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Uneventful day

Thursday, August 21, 2014

It was a lovely, calm day for me and Cooper. He did go to the groomer's and got to play with the doggies there. Otherwise it was just the two of us doing our thing. What a blessing!

The college students come back this week. I really enjoy when they are gone for the summer. Ah well, I guess I have to dust off my patience and tolerance once again.

This week is also the local arts and crafts festival in town. I will have my once-yearly fried dough either Friday or Saturday. I debated skipping it this year, since I gained so much on vacation, but I know I will splurge on something else if I don't go ahead and get it... so, why not go ahead and savor the treat?

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 8/22/2014 3:52PM

    Yes! Or go with a friend and split it! Live your life, YUM!

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CINDHOLM 8/22/2014 9:42AM

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BIGPAWSUP 8/22/2014 8:03AM

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DESERTDREAMERS 8/22/2014 4:14AM

    You needed a calm day after the one before!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/22/2014 1:45AM

    Have fun!

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/21/2014 11:03PM

    I would walk off the fried dough at the arts and crafts festival, I love them !

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MBPP50 8/21/2014 8:32PM

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"Interesting" day...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I think I will go back to tracking 120 minutes of fitness every day. It worked for me before.

It was an "interesting" day today. I got wrapped up in a book last night and stayed up too late, so I got a late start this morning, but I got in a good two hour walk with the dog, followed by some time on the bike. Then I was off to the eye doctor, who told me my eyes have actually improved since my last exam. That took up a good portion of the afternoon. Came home from my appointment, and took Cooper to visit with my neighbor, Patty, before heading our for a short walk. Patty is doing pretty well, especially considering she had knee surgery three weeks ago. Anyway, on our way out for our walk, a guy who lives in my floor of the apartment building had pulled in to park and had some kind of stroke or seizure and hit a couple parked cars. Of course we called the ambulance and police. Walked Cooper two more times and took another short turn on the bike. Then there was a very loud noise up in the attic of the building that sounded like some kind of explosion. It blew the covers off the sprinklers in the ceiling on my end of the hall. Nothing appears to be amiss, and the maintenance man came and checked the attic and everything, but nada.

All this excitement today and I am ready to curl up in front of the fan with a good book and just chilling.

  
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BIGPAWSUP 8/21/2014 3:18PM

    Heck of a day. You deserve to r your feet up.

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/21/2014 1:32PM

    Yeah, that's about enough of that for now.

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GARDENCHRIS 8/21/2014 7:40AM

    emoticon what a day!

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MBPP50 8/21/2014 6:50AM

    Wow! That was some day. I hope today is a little less "interesting."

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DESERTDREAMERS 8/21/2014 3:18AM

    Wait, the sprinkler covers blew off, and nothing was wrong? Weird. What a day - as the Chinese say, "May you live in interesting times!"

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/20/2014 10:55PM

    Wow that was an interesting day alright !

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CINDHOLM 8/20/2014 10:15PM

    Wow!!

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Looking for a new goal...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Before I took off for a month's vacation I was working on a fitness streak... and met my goal of 1,000 days. Now I am kind of at loose ends as far as goals go. I do have the vacation weight to lose, which should be my top priority, but it doesn't feel directed enough. I did well with the fitness streak. Blogging my progress daily made me feel a certain sense of accountability and accomplishment. I need a new goal to focus on. It needs to be something that provides that structure for me once again... without being too specific. (I rebel against strict training schedules.) Any ideas?

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 8/21/2014 1:09PM

    I picked something I can't do that is really hard for most women: a pull up. I have been doing push ups, incline body weight rows, upper body strength training, and the zillion other components of focused weight loss so I can get closer and closer to that goal. It is hard because it is such slow work, but that is really good for me.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/20/2014 9:52AM

    Fitness minutes worked for you before, or try mileage.

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GARDENCHRIS 8/20/2014 7:37AM

    just start on the first thing you think of, make it a fun goal.

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MBPP50 8/20/2014 4:13AM

    I can't think of anything. Right now I am aiming for 120 minutes a day- something you inspired me to do!

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/19/2014 11:43PM

    I will think about it and get back to you I am at a loss tonight my dear friend's youngest son died today.So I can't think.

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Another day done...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Took the dog for a full two hour walk this morning. He was up for it, and he wasn't really tired when we got home! I was a little tired, but I lured him into his crate and went for a short run. Less than 3 miles. I might not run tomorrow though, because my IT bands are really tight. If I take another day off they might loosen up. Anyone have any good stretches? (I don't have a foam roller.)

After my run I went for a short bike ride, before my dad picked me up for a doctor's appointment. I took Cooper along, and he waited in the truck with my dad, since I figured it would be a short appointment. It was. Nothing new. Speaking of which... I still haven't heard anything about the results of my stress test I had done at the end of June. I am just going to assume that that is a good sign.

Dad and I (and Cooper) drove out to the farm, so I could grab mom's car and mom and some little girls to go to a Bird Club picnic. I don't know anyone, but I am mom's taxi driver and it was free food, so... I ate too much. There was really good food. I didn't have just one dessert, but 4! I did take small servings of each, but still... 4 desserts? What was I thinking? No wondering I am gaining weight again!

Tomorrow is another day. Another opportunity to make better choices. I will be glad when all the picnics are over. I have no self control at picnics. emoticon

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 8/20/2014 2:46PM

    You can use any cylinder as a foam roller, but of course something hard will not have as much give so it might be a little painful. (I have had physical therapists tell me that I can even use a can of soup!)

If you have a dollar store near you, you might be able to buy a foam pool noodle toy for a buck. It's got a LOT more give than a foam roller, but it is a start.

Nothing really releases the IT band like massage, but there are a zillion helpful stretches. Just Google "stretch IT band" and you will find videos, images, and descriptions of a lot of great stretches.

Recovery from tightness is such an important part of an intense workout program! Wishing you relief.

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DESERTDREAMERS 8/19/2014 11:47PM

    I just got back from a "Farmer's Picnic" at a local restaurant - did well with the entrees and sides, took a little of most things. But, when it came to dessert, I grabbed 2 servings of a couple of them, but my friend didn't want to eat hers with the wine she was drinking (I'm always the designated driver). I managed to not eat the 2d peach puff, but the apple crumble screamed my name!

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MBPP50 8/19/2014 6:29AM

    Sounds like a great day to me. I'll be glad when summer is over- all the ice cream, etc., is too tempting!

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/18/2014 11:51PM

    You will be fine tomorrow !

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/18/2014 11:51PM

    You will be fine tomorrow !

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Going stir crazy!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I am trying to force myself to take a rest day today. It is making nuts! I walked the dog for a mere 30 minutes this morning, then went for a fast hour and a half paddle in the kayak (top speed 5.2 mph). Then I went to a family friend's 80th birthday party... and ate too much. This was followed by a visit to the rehab with Cooper to visit my neighbor, Patty, who is recovering from knee surgery. So, really I shouldn't be feeling crazed.... But I have pretty much been sitting since we got home, and now I am restless. Hopefully Cooper wakes up soon and wants to walk.

Why is it so dang hard to force myself to take a rest day? Especially since my "rest" days are still so active? I can't imagine what I would be like if I truly did NOTHING for an entire day! I guess this is an improvement though over the old sedentary lifestyle I used to lead. I am just feeling antsy!

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 8/18/2014 2:07PM

    What a blessing that it is so uncomfortable to NOT get going!

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DESERTDREAMERS 8/18/2014 10:03AM

    Hang in there, sweetie!

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KALEWINE 8/18/2014 8:55AM

    It's hard to sit still when you're used to being active all the time. Maybe rest day means not pushing, but just enjoying a leisurely active day. Instead of running, walk. Go slower. Just take it easier on yourself.

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/18/2014 12:58AM

    You can do it !

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/17/2014 7:37PM

    Hang in there. Enjoy the Nora Roberts!!!

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MBPP50 8/17/2014 7:13PM

    I hate forced rest days. Maybe a good movie- there are tons out there!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/17/2014 7:10PM

    I feel the same way! I feel guilty if I don't get SOME intentional activity every day, but of course not as much as you. Maybe you just need a new book!!

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