Sunday, June 30, 2013

Call Me Maybe

OMG!! I spent eight hours in the car yesterday . . . and if you know anything about me, you know that was about 7 1/2 hours TOO LONG!! I don't handle riding/driving in a car too well. I just get too bored and restless.

But, it all went very well and Gina's bridal shower was a huge success!! She made a nice haul! I'm kind of jealous, if you want to know the truth! I think when you've been married a certain amount of time (should we say 29 years?) you should have showers thrown for you to start replacing all the items in your house (small appliances and home goods) that need to be updated. What a great idea!! So . . . who's up for throwing ME a shower?

Any who, I think Hud and I are going to try to catch a movie this afternoon - it's supposed to rain all day around here. I was hoping to get some more gardening done, but it may have to wait for another day.

In the meantime, here's another fun video for you to watch. Love our U.S. Military!! What a bunch of cuties!!

Enjoy!! And stay dry today!!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Dancing Nana - I hope this is Me One Day!

Still crazy busy time - don't even have time to give the little Pepper girl a kiss!

So, in the meantime . . . enjoy Dancing Nana! I hope I'm still dancing like this at 88!

And be sure and listen to the very last thing she says. What a hoot!!

Nana, I feel exactly the same way!!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It's Wednesday!!

Thank goodness!

Didn't you think Wednesday would never get here? Or are you NOT having the world's longest week, like I am? I don't know what's going on, but for me and Pepper, these days are just DRAGGING along!!

Well, today is going to be a busy one, so I'm going to have to get moving . . . but I wanted to share the funniest video I saw with you. If you're needing a laugh - and let's face it - who doesn't? - then you have come to the right place!!

My favorite part is what the dogs have to say after the doorbell rings - so true!!

Enjoy your day!! The weekend is in sight!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Time to be Brave and Show it ALL!

Okay - this is IT!!

I read an amazing blog post yesterday (Wow, Lyda Ann, how many times have you told us THAT? When do you find time to actually get any work done?)

Well, that's beside the point. I was reading this on my own time, thank you very much. The Braves weren't playing last night - so there!

AnyWAY - thanks to my wonderful cousin, Beverly Elaine, who seems to be planning a trip to Italy in 91 days and counting and why I wasn't included in this planning, I'm sure I don't know . . . dear, dear Bev pointed me in the direction of Sally, aka Unbrave Girl, who has thrown down a challenge to all of us out there who look at ourselves in the mirror from the neck up. Come on - you know who you are!!

That's right, if you haven't taken the time to jump over to her blog (go ahead, it's okay. I'll wait.) and see what she has to say about it . . . here it is in a nutshell. We are WAY TOO HARD on ourselves. We - mostly women, but I know some men who do it, too - say things to ourselves about the way we look and the things we do that we would never say to another person or that we would never tolerate from another person. And it's time to STOP!!

I know from bitter experience that calling myself fat and calling attention to my flabby arms and stomach doesn't make me stick to my diet and exercise plan any better. So why do I do it? To beat someone else to the punch? Why would I allow someone who would speak to me like that in my life?

So, Sally's challenge is to post full-length photos of yourself on your blog (if you have one) and if you don't, to send them to her email address. How cool is THAT? Takes some bravery, right? So, deep breath . . . here we go!

Lyda Ann and Hud - all dressed up for a night out on the town!

This picture has never seen the light of day because I didn't like the way my arms and stomach looked in it - never mind Hud looked fabulous and I think we looked adorable together. What was I being so silly about?

Now, here I am, representing my company at the Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer, and all I can think is, look how big my thighs are!! Really, Lyda Ann? Is that the priority here? I think there are bigger issues at work at this particular event than the size of your thighs.

Now, here I am with Hud and my gorgeous niece, Alex, and all I can see are my huge stomach and thighs. And the big boat I wish we owned behind us. Could I possibly focus on the fact that we're on vacation with the people we love most in the world? Nope, gotta find some time to beat myself up first.

And finally, yes finally, here I am getting ready for my last 5K race of the spring season. Am I celebrating the fact that I've run in 10 (count them, 10!!) 5K races since completing the Couch to a 5K program in October? Am I thrilled that I've run races I would never have imagined myself walking in a year ago? Nope, I'm examining my squinty eyes and jiggly arms and wondering why I can't seem to stick to a diet plan longer than two weeks. Sigh.  
But no more of that!! Starting now, I'm celebrating my killer calves . . . not the best photo, but trust me. I've got some great-looking calves! And running all these races has only helped them.

I'm also going to celebrate these lovely collar bones and much thinner face (let's ignore the pending paperwork on the desk)! I don't have to go far to find someone who would like to trade places with me - so why am I trying to tear myself down? It's just plain silly!!

Thanks Sally!! This is exactly what we ALL needed. Now we just need to keep it up!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Getting Out of the House

I think the four walls were starting to close in on Hud yesterday . . . he's not one of those people who can sit around and watch TV and let that be the extent of his day. Even when he's watching a ballgame, he's still doing something else - looking up something on the computer or working on a project. He never just sits. So all this enforced sitting hasn't been fun for him, at all.

When I got home from work, he was in a snappy mood - and I don't mean that in a good way - so I suggested that we drive to a street fair I had heard about downtown and walk around. I was amazed at how quickly he said "yes" and jumped (hopped) in the car. We also took our camera, so he could take some pictures of old buildings . . . in case he'd like to do some painting while he's home during the day with nothing else to do. (Hey, at this point, I'm willing to try just about anything!)

It was a beautiful evening, lots of people were out walking around and we had a great time!

Hud, the photographer, with his scooter

Several antique stores downtown were also open, so we spent some time wandering through them . . . not really looking for anything in particular, but just enjoying being out!!

I have to hustle to keep up with Hud when he's scootin' around!!

It was getting late, but we decided to go out to the local park and get some photos there before the light was gone. I haven't seen any of the pictures Hud took yet, but I think I got some good ones . . .

Lyda Ann's selfie

Almost too dark . . .

We're going to get some more art supplies for him when I get home tonight - who knows? I may have the next William Mangum or Bob Timberlake living under my very own roof!! Now, wouldn't THAT be something! Hud does have a lot of artistic talent - much more than I'll ever think about having. Now that he has some time on his hands, why not do something with it? Hey, when Margaret Mitchell broke her foot, she wrote Gone With the Wind. We'll just see what heights Hud can reach.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

And She's Back!

Howdy Y'all!

That's right - Lyda Ann is back and feeling sassy today. Not sure what was going on with weepy ol' me on Monday, but I can definitely say I'm over that today!

Part of the reason for my extra-good mood today is the fact that I just got a HUGE work project off my desk today . . . and it feels GREAT!! I was given the project two weeks ago and asked if I could complete it by June 20th. I really didn't think I could, but said that I would do my best. Well, let me be the first to tell you - I DID IT!! I may have nagged people to death and driven some folks around here crazy to get all the information I needed, but by golly, I got it DONE!! And it looked pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. I won't know the results of the project until August - but just getting it done was an accomplishment.

Another reason for my great mood today - finally got my lazy rear end out of the bed this morning and back on the treadmill. Yes, it's about time!! I had the realization yesterday that, since it's my birthday month, it's also the month that I have my health assessment here at work. YIKES!! I have one week to try to undo any damage I've done since last year. I think I'll do pretty well, but . . . Pepper and I will probably be walking tonight in addition to my morning treadmill work!!

I have fallen in LOVE with a bar from Kashi that I wanted to tell you about - it's their Pumpkin Spice Flax Crunchy Granola Bar. Since I'm having to stay away from chocolate :( I've been looking for snacks that are tasty and filling - and this one is both. 170 calories and 5 Weight Watchers Points+. I am loving them!!


Do you have any "go-to" snacks that I should try? Especially when Hud breaks out the ice cream? Let me know! I'm always looking for something new and different to try.

Okay - I'm off to continue basking in my glory . . . 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Abrupt Change of Plans

I had today's posting all planned out in my mind . . . how I was going to gripe about Hud's surgergy on Friday (it all went very well and he's recovery slowly, but doing fine) and how my birthday was pushed to the side while he wasn't feeling well. Then I was going to talk about how badly I've done with diet and exercise (same song, second verse) and how today is a new day, starting fresh . . .

So what happened? Not really sure.

I was driving into work this morning, listening to the radio, singing along - as I do - when all of the sudden, it was all I could do to keep from bursting into tears. Now, I know my singing is bad. But that's it. I know it. It doesn't ever make me want to cry. So what's up with THAT? Nothing's happened to make me sad or depressed. I was feeling pretty good about everything up until that very moment.

So when I got here, I saw Danielle LaPorte's column for this week (I know - I talk A LOT about her!!) and, once again, this one hit the nail right on the head!! Here's a portion of what she had to say today:

Default refrain: I can take it.

Paradigm-shifting response: But you shouldn’t have to.
1.      Acknowledgement first, analysis second. If you have a reaction — a rush of emotion, a dark thought lunges in, a curious question circles your mind, your stomach flips, or your heart goes ba-boom — then something is really actually, for real, for sure happening to you. You’re having an experience that is true for you. Never mind qualifying how justifiable or sane your painful or fearful reaction is, just notice that it is really happening — because denying it is a form of insanity.
2.      Endurance can be a very unwise choice. As inevitable as emotional and physical suffering is, it doesn’t always serve to make us stronger — sometimes it just wears you right down. Sometimes, the test of strength is to say “This isn’t working,” the millisecond it’s not working.
3.      Believe your pain. It’s not a friend you want to invite over, but when it does show up, it always — always — brings you precious information about what’s best for you.
4.      Dare to be high maintenance. I bet you’re invincible in many areas of your life. But when you need it, ask for special treatment.
5.      You want people on your team who believe you. I have friends who would be dead now if they didn’t keep looking for a doctor who believed what they said or how their body was responding. Keep searching for a lover who understands your vision of partnership, a collaborator who can see your dream, friends who are tuned in enough to say, “Is everything okay?”
Healing happens in resonance, not opposition.
If it hurts, it hurts.
Bring your pain into the light and everything changes.

So, I guess I have to acknowledge there's a bit of pain there somewhere. Maybe sit and have a good cry? Write a tragic story and get it all out? Go out and buy some fabulous shoes? They all sound like good ideas. Pepper will know what to do.

I do know this. It will get better. I won't feel this way long. But it's crappy to feel this way right now.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

It's All Good, But -

Have you ever had one of those crazy, busy days . . . one where you're happy to be doing all the things you're doing, but there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day to get it all done?

Well, welcome to Lyda Ann's world!!

I don't know how everything has suddenly come together at one time, but work and home and fun and friends have all converged into the next few days - and WOW!!

So what I'm trying to say here is - I don't have much time to put down any thoughts here . . . sorry!!

I will leave you with a quote from one of my favorite authors - Danielle LaPorte. If you're not following her blog, I think you'd like it: "Be the first to give an apology, even if you’re just thinking about being sorry." Since I always seem to have trouble saying I'm sorry - this was a good one for me.  

Okay - gotta get to work! Have a great day!

***Update - Hud just called. He thought he was going to get his cast off and start wearing a boot for the next 8 weeks. Turns out he's going to have to have surgery tomorrow because his heel isn't . . . wait for it . . . healing properly. Bahahahahaha!!

Might as well laugh as cry. Sigh. Poor ol' Hud. Talk about an unhappy camper!!

More details to follow!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Now THAT'S a Celebration!

Wow - talk about a busy evening! I don't think we could have squeezed (sqooze?) one more thing into Jet's birthday celebration yesterday. Sparky and his fiancee, Gina, joined us for dinner out. They also brought along Gina's four-year-old little boy, Chipper, who is our future grandson! You had no idea Lyda Ann and Hud were going to be instant grandparents, did you? He's just as cute as he can be - as you can see here!

Chipper - wearing Uncle Jet's glasses and hat

Dad is still in his cast 2+ weeks since his knee surgery and he opted not to go out to dinner with us, so we went to his house for cake and presents. He's still doing the "online dating" thing but can't type, so he had to give me instructions on how to answer some of the inquiries he's received from interested ladies. You wouldn't believe some of the "flirts" and other intro's he receives. Women who live 3 and 4 hours away saying things like "we aren't that far away from each other." Well, yes you are if you're wanting to meet for lunch. Dad's looking for someone in a 30-minute radius. I wish he could find someone to pal around with.

These late nights have put an end to my running - I haven't run one step since the race on Saturday . . . and today is Wednesday! I told Hud last night that I HAVE to start getting to bed by 9:30 so I can get up early and exercise. No more 11:00 or 11:30 nights for me! It just makes for a long, tiring day!!

Better get to work - here's a picture of the happy couple!

Gina and Sparky - getting married in three months

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Time Flies Like the Wind . . .

Come on - you know the rest of the joke. "Fruit flies like bananas." Hahahahaha!!

You have to search pretty hard to find this kind of humor on other blogs out there! Not everyone is bringing you this kind of highbrow stuff!

Actually, the reason I mention time passing so quickly is . . . my tiny baby is 21 years old today!! Can you believe it? I really can't - seeing as how I am only 25, I'm not exactly sure how that is possible. But you can imagine - he was sitting on a bar stool at midnight last night, waiting for the moment he could show the bartender his ID and legally order his first drink. Notice I didn't say "drink" his first drink. I know better than that.

While Jet was out partying, his ever-faithful mother was at home, making his birthday cake. I think it turned out pretty well.
Jet's cake - waiting in the 'fridge

It has sliced and sugared strawberries between the layers - yum, yum! Let's just say we'll be eating "off plan" tonight.

Speaking of eating, last week's eating went very well, but I knew after the big loss last week that this week's loss wouldn't be as large - and I was right. Just one pound. But that's okay. I'm good with it. As long as I'm losing. The problem is going to be this week - with Jet's birthday today and then mine on Sunday. Yikes!!

Last night was a little bit scary - Pepper started acting really strange. She wanted to go outside after we had already taken the dogs out for the night, which is unusual. She's usually the first one in her bed. So Hud went out with her, and she disappeared in the back yard. Our yard isn't that big, but she was in the shadows and with him on his crutches - he couldn't see her. So I went out there with a flashlight and found her wandering around the yard, eating grass as though she were starving. I kept calling her name and trying to get her to come to me, but she acted like she didn't hear me. Finally, Hud and I decided to leave her alone and we went inside. After about 20 minutes, I couldn't stand it, so I went back out in my PJs and bare feet, but I couldn't see her anywhere in the yard. Hud came out with me and then suddenly she came running up, as though nothing had happened. She sneezed a few times and came on in the house.

She's 11 years old, which I know is old for a Lab, and I know she isn't going to live forever . . . and that's as far as I want to take that sentence. This morning, she acted just fine and ate her food just like she always does. Who knows? Again - I don't want to think about it.

On a happier note, I found a good picture of the birthday boy and Hud - two of my three sweeties.
Jet and Hud - ignore the Phillies hat. Jet and I are trying to educate Hud on that! 

Monday, June 10, 2013

It's Friend Making Monday!! Who Knew?

Kenlie, one of the blog writers I read, who writes "All the Weigh," has invited all her readers to answer these questions on their own blogs and then post the links to their blogs on hers, so we all get to see each other's work. Sounds like a neat way to see what everyone else is doing. So, here are my answers to the birthday questions. As you can see, I have a big day coming up. Thanks for reminding me!!

 How Do You Celebrate?

1. When is your birthday?  June 16th - just around the corner!!

2.  Do you like to celebrate it or do you prefer to keep it quiet?  I'm ALWAYS up for a celebration!!

3. Have you ever had a surprise party?  No and I don't think I'd like it. I like to be in control too much to turn it over to someone else.

4. What sign are you?  Does it represent you well?  I would tell you I don't believe in this stuff, but I'm a Gemini and I do seem to fit the pattern. There are definitely two sides to my personality and I seem to have all the characteristics.

5.  Do you tell the truth about your age?  I've always said I was proud to have gotten this far - until I hit 50. That was a hard one, for some reason. Then when 51 showed up and I had to keep moving up the 5 decade . . . I wasn't ready for that!! I haven't lied about my age or refused to give it, but I'm not out there sharing it at the drop of a hat, either.

6.  Share your best birthday memory.  I don't know which would be the "best" - all of my birthdays have been great. Whether I'm at the beach or at a baseball game, I always have a good time. That's the advantage of a summer birthday!

7.  Share a few items that could be on your birthday wishlist.  All I'm asking for this year is a Garmin for my running. Hope everyone will pitch in for it.

8.  What is your favorite kind of cake?  I love all kinds of cake. Chocolate would be my favorite, but now that I know it's a migraine trigger . . . pound cake or carrot cake.

9.  If you could be anywhere on your next birthday, where would you be?  At the beach with Hud.

10.  Do you make a wish when you blow out the candles?  Of course!!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

And it Rained, and it Rained, and . . .

I remember thinking that I was glad it wasn't going to be sunny this morning - I didn't want it to be hot for my last 5K race of the spring. I really do remember having that thought. What I don't remember is wishing for a torrential downpour!! But that's what we had! OMG - that's exactly what we had! I wish there had been some way for us to get a picture of me and Hud, wrapped around each other under an umbrella while the rain just poured down. With poor ol' Hud's cast wrapped up in plastic, in an attempt to keep it dry and our umbrella almost sideways to keep most of the rain off. It was unbelievable!
Grey skies are gonna clear up!  Photo credit Blue 5K on the Runway

The rain was so bad, we didn't even try to get any photos while we were out there. Hud took one of me at the house, before we left. It was sprinkling then - I had no idea what was coming up!!

The only time I was dry all morning!

But the race went off, just a few minutes late, and I ran really well. It was a lot of fun, running on a runway at the airport and we saw lots of people out there that we knew. I think we'll definitely do this one again!

My two patients had a great day today. Sparky was here, helping out with the grass cutting around the house, so Hud had someone else to "boss around" today. Two of my brothers came into town to visit dad, so he was feeling pretty good by the end of the day. 

Saw something funny online the other day - you've probably seen "grumpy cat" hundreds of times . . . he seems to be almost everywhere. Well, here's another one, but this one made me laugh out loud!

Hope it gives you at least a smile. Enjoy your weekend!!

Friday, June 7, 2013

And We're Walking . . .

Sorry, I was MIA yesterday. Did you miss me terribly? I'm participating in a "learn all about your community" project through the local Chamber and yesterday was History & Government day. Which would have been a lot more enjoyable if it didn't rain the first Thursday of EVERY month - which is when our little group meets. I learned a great deal and had a lot of fun - as I always do with this crazy group of people - but I also started growing moss on my north side. So I've got that going for me.
Here is one of the oldest tombstones we saw in the local cemetery. It was hard to read, but it's for a child that died in 1852, before its first birthday. There were two children from this same family buried in the cemetery, both died very young, like this. And then the family moved to Indiana. I know children died early back in those days and, if they moved, the family wouldn't have taken them with them. But I still thought it was terribly sad.

Here's one where the parents are buried on one side and two of their children are buried on the other. And again, one of their children didn't make it to his first birthday.

As I said, it was a fun and interesting day, dodging rain drops.

My little patients are doing well . . . still hobbling around. I think they spend their time, while I'm at work, thinking of things I can do when I get home. I swear my "chore" list gets longer by the day!!

The 5K on the runway is tomorrow. This weather system will still be in place, so it won't be too hot - thank goodness! I saw online yesterday where a friend of mine (who runs ALL THE TIME) posted "signed up for the 5K on the runway. Anything under 20:44 is a win." Since my best time is probably around 35 minutes, I wanted to drive straight to her house and hit her!! Hud reminded me that she has been running A LOT longer than I have and trains more, blah, blah, blah. Sigh - I can't let competitive things like that get to me . . . I have to run my race and let her run hers. But . . . one of these days!! :)

Since Hud won't be running tomorrow, I'll make him take lots of pictures. See ya on the runway!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Things get Better, Things get Worse

I think I'm going to start shopping on Craigslist for a flackjacket or something like that. Let's just say yesterday wasn't a good day to be around my house. You know, it started well - a good weigh-in and then I was off to work with the boss gone all day. Well, Hud took my dad to the doctor to get the cast off his leg. While he was sitting in the waiting room, the receptionist saw Hud sitting there - with a cast on his leg - and asked if he was waiting for the doctor. Hud told her no, that he was waiting for another patient. The next thing he knew, Hud was being called back to meet with the doctor! Turns out, the doctor had shown Hud's x-rays to a colleague who specializes in foot injuries and wanted to give him the results of their conversation. Since Hud was there in the waiting room, he just called him back for a chat. Well . . . the news wasn't what Hud (or I, for that matter) wanted to hear. He recommends that Hud stay in his cast and off his feet (and out of work) for at least 8 - 10 weeks. Hud has short-term and long-term disability, so money isn't the issue - he's just miserable sitting around the house!

Then, when my dad came out from his appointment, he was in a NEW ankle-to-hip cast for another two weeks - when he (and we) all thought he was going to be out of the cast and just in a brace. Oh, it was not a happy time around our neck of the woods last night!!

On the good news front, even though the Braves kept me up late last night watching their game (a win!!) and Hud waited until 30 minutes before my alarm went off to develop a mysterious nose whistle, I got up this morning and got on the treadmill and got my running in!! I've started interval training and it's not hard, but it really is different. I'm sprinting for a set amount of time, then walking, then resting, then sprinting again. I'll be interested to see how the 5K race goes Saturday after I've been doing this sort of running leading up to it.

Just saw a funny picture online I thought I'd share with you - it made me laugh . . . and we can all use a laugh!

                                Dogs with Google glasses think they're so cool!!

Photo credit: Pragmagraphr

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Time to Weigh-in . . . Are You Ready?

I wasn't sure how I was going to do on the ol' weigh-in this morning . . . I knew I had done well with the WW points+ - not so well on the exercise front. So it really was a toss-up.

I'm happy to report that I am down 4.5 lbs for my first week!! Yay!! Of course, it's easy to lose that first week and the real work now starts, but I'm very happy about that.

Hud found out from the doctor's office yesterday that he can't work for at least two weeks, so was pretty grouchy last night. He's just such an active person and he doesn't like sitting around, doing nothing. Of course, there's plenty around the house he could be doing . . . if he were healthy and mobile. I really don't know what he's going to do with himself during this time!

My dad goes to the doctor today to get the cast off his leg and find out what kind of brace he will have for the next few weeks and what kind of physical therapy he'll be doing. I think he'll be a lot happier, now that he'll be getting out of the house and start moving around again. Maybe this will also free up a little bit more of my time, if he can take over some of his own chores again.

Our younger son, Jet, gave us some news last night. He's decided he wants to change majors and he doesn't want to join the Air Force and become a pilot after he graduates from college, after all. As far as changing majors from geography to business, I don't have a problem with that . . . I never thought he was all that enthusiastic about geography to begin with. I never really understood why he had chosen that particular major. And lately, he seemed to have lost his enthusiasm for flying and becoming a pilot. This could explain the lack of focus on his schoolwork and why it seems to be taking him so long to get through school. Hud and I told him that he needs to do something he has a passion for - and if that's business, then that's what he needs to do. He shouldn't do something just to make us happy. Now, let's see if he buckles down and starts taking his schoolwork a little more seriously.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Let's Recap the Weekend and Move On, Shall We?

So sorry, I've been MIA since Hud's appointment with the orthopedic doctor on Friday. I think I was in shock and just blanked out on everything . . . Actually, the doctor didn't really tell us anything we didn't already know. Hud's heel is broken in three different places - how one does that running to first base, I do NOT know. But he did! And the way it's broken, it needs to be stabilized with no pressure on it for six weeks. So that's six weeks in a cast and crutches. Even Pepper was staying away from all the hobbling! Hud spent most of the weekend asking me to carry things around the house for him until a friend of mine suggested I find a backpack for him. Now that's made him a little more mobile - and a lot more likely to survive his time with me.

Over the weekend, my dad decided he was sick and tired of sponge baths and he wanted a real shower. So we had to try to protect his cast as best we could with plastic wrap and garbage bags - and he took a shower. The whole time I was just hoping and praying that he didn't fall over and kill himself in the shower. He did fine and was so much happier when he got out. He looked a little pale when he came back into the den, as though it was a lot more work than he thought it was going to be, but you could tell he felt better.

For myself, the weekend was a mixed bag of results. My WW points+ continues to go very well. I've stayed right at my total limit every day, so I've felt very good about that. I tried that spinach - feta cheese pie recipe I gave you a couple of days ago on Saturday and it was delightful! The fresh dill in it really makes a difference! And each serving is only 3 points+.  I will definitely use that recipe again. I bought some quinoa, so now I'm searching the SkinnyTaste web site for a good quinoa recipe to try.

As I said, my eating plan was good - the exercise was non-existent. Every day there seemed to be something standing in my way of getting on the treadmill (a good excuse?) and I just never made it happen. The 5K on the runway is this coming Saturday and I'm afraid it's going to be broiling hot out there for it. Not excited about that part, at all. I'll have my first official weigh in tomorrow and, hopefully, have something positive to report on that front.