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So Glad April is OVER. Good effin' riddance.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Well, its that time where I review last month (gulp!) and plan for this month. Let's just get this over with.

I'll start with what I did successfully. I made it passed 500 fitness minutes for the month, but just barely. At least I did it, but it was quite a struggle.

Okay, that about covers it. Out of 10 goals, I got one done. I didn't track food and water, I didn't stick to my unhealthy with healthy rule, I hardly ate homecooked meals, I almost never ate breakfast, and I still struggled to stay on top of my schooling. I didn't use each piece of fitness equipment I own, I didn't do different cardio, I didn't integrate more toning/ST, and I definitely didn't blog weekly on my other website.

What. Went. Wrong. Lots of things. My spring break began the first week of April, and though I was out of town, didn't do too bad. Didn't exercise as much as I wanted, but I ate fairly good. Then, my uncle passed away and all the confusing emotions that went along with that. And my aunt found out her cancer metastasized to her brain. Add some more scoops to the emotions. Sadness for the family I never met, the family I loved, and the rest of us who are left to feel the hurt. This month was full of craptastic emotions that I didn't know what to do with.

But, I guess grief does that. It also messes with your head quite a bit. When I blogged about my sadness and grief on April 12 (A Rocky Start) I only had 5 wonderful Spark friends say something to me. That's the least amount of comments I'd gotten on a blog since November. A blog about personal pain and grief and I have to say, I felt abandoned by the Spark community. I know death and grief and whatnot are extremely uncomfortable subjects to deal with and talk about. Doubly hard is when it's someone you don't really know all that well. But, people who are grieving need nothing more than to know someone is thinking about them and possibly praying for them. That's all I needed.

Just when I started to pull myself out my slump, sorta, my grandmother gets into a wicked bad car accident. Her car is totaled. The front end is mangled, like an accordion leading up to the firewall. She had an angel riding with her though because she ended up with a few pretty bad bruises (namely from the seatbelt) and a few cuts and scrapes. A woman well into her 70's all but walked away from the crash! Luckily for her, the other driver is at fault, so the insurances can fight out the deets and she can get a new car. Which will make finances tight for the both of us. As if they weren't tight enough already. Scoop back on those emotions.

In the month of April I should have heard from the flunkies at my surgeon's office. I don't know what this person does all day that prevents her from calling and scheduling surgeries and then letting patients know when their date is. Her title is "Scheduler". Somehow, this person isn't able to even do that. Here I am, 11 business days after my appointment and I still don't have a date set for The Big Chop-Chop. And yes, actually, I have called to find out what the deal is. Still haven't gotten a call back. *Fumes*

And today, though not actually April, but just a continuing theme of crappiness, I discover that my DSS practicum will probably be at a facility that isn't anywhere near me. SWELL. Should be really easy getting to and from there without a car. Good thing the bus system here sucks so it'll be really hard to deal!

I'm make no apologies for my mood. I still feel grief, stress, sadness, emptiness, loneliness and fat. I'm allowed to feel like that for now. I need to finish school cuz it's really burning me out. Then, I can deal with the rest of it.

So, for the month of May, I've decided to not have any goals. For all I know, I'll be having surgery by the end of it, so I'd only have a few weeks to accomplish goals anyway. Coupling that with finals... No. No, thank you. My broad "goal" for the month is to work on being as healthy as I can before going under the chopstick-like knife. Eating well and healthy, exercising when I can, listening to my body tell me when it's tired or in pain, and just getting myself mentally in a better place. That's it. I'll keep my April goals posted and see if I can get motivated enough to do any of them. But, no pressure if that doesn't happen.

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KUJAYHAWKGIRL 5/12/2012 6:06PM

    Jilly - so sorry about your rough month!!! I never saw your blog in my feed and feel so bad that we Sparkers weren't there for you. Losing a loved one is the hardest thing. (((hugs))) to you and I'm glad to hear your goal for May is to have no set goals. It will be good for you!!!

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LUCYLU22 5/9/2012 8:34PM

    I am so sorry that April was just plain rotten! I somehow missed your post about it as well, I am so sorry about that. I try so hard to keep up with all my sparkfriends, but I know there are times that I fall down on the job. I truly hope they get you in to this surgery ASAP, and maybe kick this so called "schedulers" tush! Good for you for staying on top of it, and trying to find out when it will be. I am so glad that your grandma is ok, now hopefully they can just get your car stuff figured out! I think you are smart to take May as maybe a time to reflect, and not focus on goals. Best wishes on getting this surgery out of the way so you can move on.


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TARANITUP 5/9/2012 2:17PM

    I am so sorry this is all piling up on you at once. And I wish I had been your sparkfriend when you felt abandoned... I just happened upon your blog and this is the first time I'm seeing your page I believe... all we can really do in times like this is keep moving forward but I'm glad you vented!!!

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    I am so, so, sorry you had such a rough April. I hope May has started off better for you! See you at the next rally! :)

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JBINAUSTIN 5/5/2012 5:54AM

    You're right, April sucked. I think you deserve to have May off. Just keep hanging in there. I hope May treats you better.

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LODESTONE 5/4/2012 10:25AM

    Jill, sorry about missing your post also. I can singlehandedly lose ALL my subscriptions without knowing how I do it. I feel horrible about it, especially since you do NOT need to go down that road alone. Glad your grandmother was able to walk away, and hope the insurance company gets off their collective butts and gets it done! Maybe your grandmother's company can chivvy them along by suggesting a rental car in the meantime for the inconvenience?????

CALL your scheduler!!!! When I was supposed to have surgery 5 yrs ago, I didn't get the call, let it slide a little, then when I did call, it was long enough that I had to reschedule an office visit to meet the "see surgeon within x# days of surgery!" Some helpful soul in the office refiled my file without the follow up....... don't let yourself get lost in the shuffle.

So sorry about your uncle and aunt. Bad things always seem to happen all at once. Be strong for yourself and your family.

Hang loose for a little bit until you feel like control is coming back. Drop in-

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SMILINGTREE 5/3/2012 5:02PM

    I'm so sorry I missed your post about grief and sadness. Goodness knows, I can certainly empathize with you on the whole grief and sadness for the extended family thing. The last few years have been rough for my own.

You are probably doing the right thing by not setting any hard and fast goals for May. With so much going on, and so much stress, you would be setting yourself up to feel guilty later, and screw that.

Also, (and this goes against pretty much every expert's advice on this subject) I've found that I do much better sometimes with a vague goal - like - "try to look for and appreciate the peaceful moments in the next week." Maybe it takes some of the pressure off or something if there isn't a list item to check off.

I'm glad you aren't apologizing for your mood. You are right - you ARE allowed to feel this way. Just don't linger in the sad places for too long, ok? Come back to us later, feeling a little better.

In the mean time, I hope you can find one or two bright spots as you work your way through the hard stuff, and again, I'm so sorry I missed your recent posts.

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ABB698 5/3/2012 12:20AM

    Wow Jill, let's hope May is aMAYzing for you, glad your grandma is okay and you are plugging along. Sounds like we need to go on a long, big group hike again! Hugs!

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NEWSGIRL2177 5/2/2012 11:12AM

    Dang, girl! What a sh*tty month. I'm glad your grandma is OK.

I'm sorry you have so much difficult stuff to deal with right now. I think it's normal to struggle amid so many emotional situations, and maybe you can get to a place where you can give yourself some breathing room.

Hang in there!

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RSTM99 5/2/2012 10:26AM

    Good for you for giving yourself a break. You don't HAVE to have goals on the go all time. You probably accomplish way more than you give yourself credit for just because they don't match up against a predefined list. Getting through exams, surgery, family matters are actually some pretty lofty tasks. Make the best of each day and know there are many many wishing you the best!

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/2/2012 9:35AM

    I understand how life can get overwhelming. I've lost so many people over the past five years, and my mom is currently dying. Then
there's our daily lives which bring a host of
challenges on top of all the grief from departed
loved ones. The important thing is that you
had your operation and are now on the
mend. Give yourself TLC and patience
during this healing time. Don't be hard in judging yourself. Treat yourself as you would your best friend. Big hug.

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A Rocky Start

Thursday, April 12, 2012

This month hasn't gone nearly as well as last. I'm not letting that deter me, but for the moment, I'm just going with the flow until things "level out", so to speak.

It didn't help that spring break began right at the beginning of April, but if it hadn't, I might have begun a good thing only to get derailed part-way through. And it wasn't like I had the most relaxing spring break, either. It was nice to see my family... at least, what I did see of them. Upon my arrival, my mom, baby brother, and sister-in-law were all sick. The only person that wasn't was my middle bro. While I don't want anyone being sick, it sort worked out for me because I got to spend way more time with my midbro. He's a computer gamer nerd, so usually when I visit, I hardly see him since he's glued to his screen. We hit his gym once during the week, ran a bunch of errands, sat at Starbucks and sipped coffee. It was nice.

Luckily, I also did the majority of the dinner cooking when I was there. Normally my baby bro and SIL do the cooking, with my mom jumping in occasionally, but I did it pretty much. Which meant I had control of what I made, what went in to the food, and whether or not it was healthy. BOOYAH! There's a tip for you right there, folks. If you're ever worried about nutrition when you visit someone, just take the reigns yourself!

Unfortunately, I was only able to hit a gym twice during the week. I would have gone for a walk outside, but if you think my allergies are bad here in San Diego! I'm so allergic to my hometown!!! And the wind was blowing, and its dusty (as deserts are), and it hasn't rained, and everything's in bloom... Also, my shin splints have been acting up, so a sidewalk would not have worked for me. And it was already in the upper 80's and 90+ degrees out on various days when I was there. I hate the heat. HATE IT. That desert gets to be 115-120 degrees in the summer. I like the milder, colder weather of San Diego much, much better, so when it hits anything above 78, I get cranky. Outdoor exercise was not an option. Indoors would have been more viable, but my baby bro has turned a good chunk of the living room into a music studio, so there's much less space then there used to be. Also, they have hardwood floors. I'm glad I was able to go at least twice to the gym... better than nothing, I suppose, but I would have liked to workout 5-6 days when I was there.

It was also a pretty rough week as far as everything else goes. My uncle passed away from lung cancer. He wasn't even a smoker, either. This one is a little tough for me, though. I never met my uncle. Never talked to him, nothing. So, I don't really feel all that sad. I feel sad that my dad's a little sad about losing his BIL. I feel sad that my aunt lost her husband and that my grandmother lost her SIL. I feel sad that someone in our family has died and that someone has died a pretty unpleasant death in general. I guess when someone dies, we feel like we should be in full-grief mode. I'm not. I don't know how I should be feeling, really. It was rather sudden, too, although not unexpected. He has been living at a facility so he could be receiving round-the-clock care and finally it got to the point where they couldn't do anything more. So, they sent him home. It wasn't long after that he passed.

While all this is going on, my aunt (his wife), whom I have met and enjoyed visiting with when she'd come see my grandmother and my father and my family, has discovered that HER cancer has spread to her brain. She was initially diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. She was doing okay after, but then it was discovered she had cancer in her lymph nodes. The last report I had heard was that she was also doing okay thereafter, but the latest news that it is now in her brain seems to say otherwise. Her prognosis is rather grim, I'm sad to say. Once again, my dad will most likely be losing another member of his family, we'll be losing another member, and my poor, frail, aging grandmother will be dealing with the grief of losing a child before she goes. For all of this, and more, I'm terrifically sad.

Since being back in San Diego, I've had to play some catch-up regarding school mostly. I got back a day later then I intended (spring break should never end with Easter) and had a big test in my leadership class on Wednesday, so I had a few assignments to turn in online prior to that. And, of course, I woke up on Wednesday, test day, with several things going on. The weather outside was nasty. It was crazy windy out and raining like mad! There was no way I was going to walk in that ugliness for 15 minutes to school unless I wanted to be soaked to the bone. Worse, though, was I had the most painful sinus pressure imaginable! It felt like my face was trying to blow my eyeballs out of their sockets. How's that for a visual? It hurt so, so bad! I even had a little bit of light sensitivity and nausea. So, odd, as I rarely get symptoms like that with headaches and migraines. Anyhow, I took a bunch of stuff and went back to bed. I got up, did some more studying, dragged my carcass to school (it was now dry and sunny out) and aced my test. I was the first one to turn it in, too. Crazy! I sat through the rest of class, but it was a struggle. The pain in my face was making it difficult to concentrate and to even see. I need glasses to begin with, but can't afford them right now, so I'm without. The notes my instructor was writing on the board were so blurry, I could hardly see what was written. Luckily she reads them out loud before she expands on them, so I was able to type it all up. Normally I don't have that much trouble seeing the board, so I'm guessing it was related to this face-ache. I also haven't been grocery shopping since being back here in San Deezy, so I have very little to eat and what I have isn't the most healthy, so I've been eating out. My body is feeling it, too. I am not feeling so hot. Maybe that's part of the pressure headache.

I've already mentioned that I have an appointment with my surgeon on Tuesday. We'll be discussing what's going to go down and when for this stupid gallbladder, so I'll keep you updated. In relation to this, but not really, I want to join this gym that's sort of near my house, but I'm kind of conflicted. They offer a student discount, so its really super cheap for me to join! My problem is I have to sign a year contract to get the discount and otherwise I wouldn't be able to afford it. But, with this surgery, I'll probably be unable to workout for at least a month, if not two (assuming they can do the laproscopy) and I don't want to pay for months I won't be using, ya know? Also, its only a 15 minute walk away, but the primary reason I want to go to this gym is to use the cardio equipment. But, I'll be getting 30 minutes of cardio just getting to and from the place, so is it even worth it? Shin splints worry me, too, with this as I want access to the treadmills and ellipticals so that I don't have to deal with them. But, 30 minutes on a sidewalk in gym transport means they'll probably rear their ugly heads, right? And I'm not much of a weight machines girl unless I have a trainer guiding me through them, so I don't know how much weight training I'd actually do at the gym. They also have classes that I'm interested in taking, that are free with the membership, so I'd probably take advantage of that a few times a week, too. I'm not sure what to do about this.

So, for now, I'm going to listen to my body, get some really good food in it, and start working on my goals for this month. I had 1,011 fitness minutes last month. I don't want to end this month with only the 142 I currently have. I can and will do better than that!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 5/8/2012 4:16PM

    Wow, sounds like April was the kind of Passover trials we usually have (and my mother in law died in April last year so we had that kinda hanging over us this April.).

Plus I also got a sinus deal at the end of the month! Hey did you know Dark Chocolate (like 80-90% and no sugar or milk/lactose in it!! check labels) helps with that face ache?? I kid you not!! But I also found making dietary changes helped me, like cutting out the store-boughten milk. I don't know if you can still get the raw milk from AltaDena any more? I used to get it from the El Rancho market in Pasadena years ago but California has been trying to shut down raw milk like forever (this was late 70's when I was there.).

Really bad about your uncle? and mine died here in January. He was my aunt's 3rd? 4th? husband... but I knew him a little bit more than I did the first two. It's tough when relatives just die unexpectedly like that and everyone has different beliefs or opinions about what happens after death, so then it all gets bottled up because you don't want to say something that makes others mad or uncomfortable or whatever...

Man I keep forgetting you are out there in San Diego!! I know you have your crappy days and all, don't we all? but you are SOOOO close to the beach! Just go out there and stick your feet in the water for a few minutes, even if the tide comes in and gets your butt wet, and think of me!! I'd be out there walking with you if I could get out there! Is that beach cafe still there (I think there was like a chain of them, one in each of the beaches there, Pacific Beach, LaJolla etc?).

I was reading something the other day called "Earthing" and sounds like walking on the beach in the water a bit, barefoot is the perfect way to discharge negative energies... ahhhhh I miss Florida!! I miss San Diego! Hawaii! Oceanside!! all the beaches I've ever been before.... I could go earthing barefoot in our grass but have to dodge birdpoop and dog poop from all the walkers who walk by our house and let their dogs bomb away in our front yard (meanwhile our back yard is occupied by OUR dog, so I rarely step (bare)foot back there!! For Sure!! EWWWW


What was your degree in again? I forgot... I'm getting senile that way.

Need to get off the computer, fun as this is, but it's making my left arm/shoulder ache again.

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RSTM99 4/16/2012 5:24PM

    Wow - that's a lot on your plate! Take care of yourself too, stress can take its toll in the worst ways. Hope things go the best they can for your family - very tough.
Good for you for planning and forging ahead - inspiring!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/13/2012 6:39AM

    Wow Girl, you have lots going on! sorry for the loss...grief is interesting...it can feel one way and then another and often it is a general feeling about life itself!
Good luck with the Dr appt. And recovery! Man you had me joining and not joining that gym with each comment! I have no idea...wait TIL you go to the Dr..then do a pro and con list!
Hope you feel better with the sinus...I am just getting over a bad one! Meiserable!
Love and Hugs,

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BLUE42DOWN 4/12/2012 3:39PM

    emoticon With grief, simply let yourself feel whatever you feel. There is no right or wrong to it as long as you're honest with yourself.

I hope you're not coming down with whatever much of your family had!

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JSALERNO 4/12/2012 2:44PM

    glad you did the cooking.

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TCHRSHEA 4/12/2012 2:28PM

    Hope all goes well for you and your family. I will keep you all in my prayers.

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April Goals

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Since I'm spending the week at my parent's house, I decided to take it slow with the goals. Coming here presents its challenges, such as food to be eaten that isn't always within my control, space to exercise, etc. So, I'm going to allow myself to be lenient this first week of April, then as soon as I'm back home, get right to it.

The goals I'm going to continue working on from last month:

emoticonIf I'm going to have something "unhealthy" to eat, I have to have something "healthy" with it. Even if I wasn't always successful with this, it made me more mindful of the choices I was making. I really liked that about this goal, so I'm going to keep it until the mindfulness starts to equal healthier choices every time!

emoticonContinue tracking food and water. 3 days a week, 1 weekend day. This time, though, I'm going to schedule the days I track. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are the days I've chosen to FOR SURE track. I can, and probably will, track the other days as well.

emoticon500 or more fitness minutes this month. I did 1,011 last month, so I know I'm capable, but I'm not ready to make that mental leap to 1000 minutes for this goal yet. I know I'll get there someday.

emoticonEat healthy, home-cooked dinners 4 nights a week. Adding: Even if I'm not cooking for my roommates. I'm not their momma and their financial situations shouldn't be influencing MY diet in any way. I can at least afford to feed myself.

emoticonEat breakfast. Bottom line, I just need to do it. Especially on days I have class.

emoticonStay on top of homework, assignments, and attendance in class. We're more than halfway through the semester. I just need to push myself and fight the boredom.

New goals:

emoticonUse each piece of fitness equipment I own at least once this month. I have three different weighted dumbbells, but I'll count that as one (I think the 10lb-er would kill my wrist), a stability ball, resistance bands, a yoga block, a yoga mat, a jump rope, and a weighted hula hoop. I might give myself a pass on the jump rope due to the fact that I don't like its design and I find it difficult to work with. If I find another jump rope I like, I'll add it back in.

emoticonTry a new cardio routine. I've been doing "Just Dance" on the Wii, each song in quick succession, and doing mostly the hardest songs, but I'd like to mix it up. I love step aerobics, so I'd like to find a routine to do involving that. I may or may not have a stepper awaiting me at my granny's!

emoticonIntegrate more toning/strength training. Currently I only do about 10 minutes after my cardio, so its time to step it up. I'll try to double that to 20 minutes.

emoticonBlog a new page on my website weekly. I bought the domain rights to my website so now its potatoestopeaches.com! (Although if you are still using the address potatoestopeaches.wordpress.com, it'll just redirect you to the site no problem.)

Good luck to everyone else on your goals for April!


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    Go Girl...great goals!
Keep up great work on website! Lookin good!
Have a great weekend!
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ABB698 4/3/2012 11:42PM

    Good luck and enjoy your time with family!

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LOPEYP 4/3/2012 7:26PM

    I love the goal of using all your exercise equipment during the month. I think I might give that one a try. Also maybe do all my workout DVDs at least once during the month.

Thanks for inspiring me and good luck with your goals. Enjoy your time at home!

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JSALERNO 4/3/2012 4:41PM

    great goals

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IWILLICANIAM 4/3/2012 3:56PM

    I love your goals! I hope you don't mind if I don't steal a few of them for myself? Seems like you are doing awesome! :D Thanks for your awesome goals! Your motivation has really helped me to get an idea how I can succeed as well!! :D

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    I bet you'll kick butt on these goals just like you did in March!!

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KKINNEA 4/3/2012 2:18PM

    Excellent goals!

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BLUE42DOWN 4/3/2012 2:05PM

    Some very nice goals there! May you have every success!

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Goal BLOWN AWAY!! (Avert your sensitive ears to this one, folks!)

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Before I review the rest of my March goals, I first would like to review my 4th goal for the month of March. You'll recall:

emoticonActually meet or exceed 500 fitness minutes this month. Write down a workout plan each week so I'm not making it up on the fly. Having a plan should help me just get it done.

Well, I'd like to proudly report: I made this goal my bitch. I slapped it around, I made it call me "Shorty", I made it polish the souls of my New Balance Cross-Trainers with it's tongue! Not only did I "meet or exceed" 500 minutes, I more than doubled that!!! I rang in March's fitness minutes with 1,011 minutes! If I had known, I would have done 4 more minutes. My failure to do the math meant I came in 4 minutes short of 9,000 total fitness minutes logged. Oh, well. ALSO! This is the very first time in my SparkPeople history that I have logged 1,000 fitness minutes in any given month! WOOHOO!!!!

As for the rest of my goals:

"If I'm going to have something "unhealthy" to eat, I have to have something "healthy" with it." This one is still a work in progress, although I will say it made me infinitely more conscious of the food choices I make. I ate at McDonald's a few times and got chicken nuggets with fries, but also a fruit and yogurt parfait. I tried to match a vegetable or piece of fruit with everything I ate, but wasn't always successful. Still needs work, but was a definite help!

"I bought the seeds, so plant them!" I did exactly that. I planted tomato, sugar snap peas, cucumber, and sweet pepper seeds. I bought seedlings of another tomato variety, strawberries, and eggplant, too, and got those sown. Hopefully I'll have little edibles sometime.

"Continue tracking food and water. 3 days a week, 1 weekend day." I think I met this goal most weeks, but I think tracking more consistently would be more helpful. Like, I should set aside certain days to track so I know if I'm "on track" and to see if my dietary habits change during certain times of the week.

"Eat healthy, home-cooked dinners 4 nights a week." Oh yeah. I made a menu and followed it for two weeks, cooked that much the week before that, and then made sure I was eating something homecooked the week after. I need to figure out how to do the menu with more budget consciousness for all my roommates in mind.

"Eat breakfast." Ooh, uh... I am going to call this one another that is in progress. I tried for breakfast some days, but really didn't put that much effort into it. I could definitely do better with this one. I just need to sit down and have a plan for it also.

"Stay on top of homework, assignments, and attendance in class." This one needs improvement as well. I'm not gonna lie, I'm pretty bored in my classes right now. I'm not finding them very stimulating and I feel like I'm not learning too terribly much. Plus, a 16 week semester is too long! My attention span runs more around the 10 or 11 week zone. So, I need to push through the disinterest and make sure I'm staying on top of things a little better.

I'll be thinking of some April goals in the next day or so. I'm currently spending my much-needed spring break at my parent's house. I got to visit with my dad (who is still caring for my grandmother full-time) and I got to spend time with my middle brother, who I almost never see when I'm down here 'cuz I can't pull him from his computer long enough. I have a cuddly kitty snoozing on my bed. I have a tummy full of legit Mexican food. And now I'm going to call it a night.

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IWILLICANIAM 4/3/2012 3:48PM

    YAY!!! Your blog made me really realize what goals can do for us!! I am so proud of you for kicking your goals behind!! :D Congrats on your fitness minutes! I hope that you can accomplish the rest of your goals as well this month!! Keep up the awesome work!! :D

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/3/2012 1:19PM

    Now that was an awesome blog ! Congratulations on not only exceeding your fitness goal, but shattering it into teeny tiny pieces !!!

And definitely stay on top of your homework. You don't want to end up cramming at the last minute. Cramming just causes a person's stress levels to increase exponentially.

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SMILINGTREE 4/3/2012 1:08PM

    I am so, so glad you exceeded 1000 minutes! That is awesome! You had a seriously rocking March. And, YAYAY for seeds! Even if you just get a little produce from them, it's so much fun watching stuff grow. Last year I had peas on a trellis in my flower/herb garden so every time I went outside, I grabbed a handful. I never had enough for a meal, but they were so good!

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RSTM99 4/2/2012 10:48AM

    I love you how you call it on both sides, sometimes I tend to hide from the (nutrition) goals I didn't meet but if I do that, how will it magically get done. Thanks for reminding me of the highlighting the GOOD and keeping the rest on the to-get-done!

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RAINYFRIDAY 4/2/2012 10:27AM

    Congrats on your fitness minutes! Ahhh-mazing! :) Enjoy your spring break!

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TUBLADY 4/1/2012 9:34AM

    You are definitely a work in progress. Congrats on all the success you have achieved.
I recall my younger more carefree collage years as full of so much, it's remarkable you have been able to met so many of your goals.
Hay don't feel bad about the breakfast, still this many years later, and a lot wiser and knowing better, I still have trouble with eating a breakfast. Or a proper healthy breakfast.
You'll get there,
My best to you. I love that you are cuddled up with a furry warm kitty.
I cuddle with a hairy little Yorkie dog, called Titan.
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BUBBLEJ1 4/1/2012 7:03AM

    HAHA made it call you shorty! Love your sense of humour!

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    Well, you Bad Ass! Go girl! Great review. And my favorite line "I have a cuddly kitty snoozing on my bed"...yeppie! I didn't know...congratulations! Picture please!

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ABB698 4/1/2012 1:30AM

    Way to rock it! emoticon

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SBNORMAL 4/1/2012 1:25AM

  You do that thang!!!

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GABLE227 4/1/2012 1:01AM

    emoticon You kicked fitness minutes' tail! Woot! As for the rest, you will make it up in April

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/1/2012 12:52AM

    Congrats on your fitness minutes. Good job!

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RUNNER12COM 4/1/2012 12:50AM

    *heh* Love, love, love the attitude.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I've officially launched my food/nutrition blog! I'm so excited, which is probably why I'm still awake at 2am to get my first "real" post on there. Also, my gall stones are causing me some pain right now, so I wouldn't be able to fall asleep anyway. Rest assured, I'm calling this week or next to get my surgery scheduled. Turns out the end of the semester is an entire week earlier than I thought it was!

Crap, I digress. Must be because I'm REALLY TIRED. Anyhow, please, feel free to visit my new blog at:


I'll try to remember to post somewhere here on Spark when I've got a new recipe up.
I also appreciate the support! Thank you!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SHELLSNBELLS 5/27/2012 9:23AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss!

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RSTM99 3/29/2012 4:04PM

    So inspiring to take your interest and knowledge to the next level - well done!

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KSANDIEGO 3/29/2012 12:49PM

    Hi Jillybean - great blog - looks great! Congrats on your new venture. Nice photos.

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CORKY1303 3/28/2012 5:51PM

    Awesome!!! Congrats! I can't wait to check it out! :)

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GABLE227 3/28/2012 3:59PM

    Good luck on your surgery! Congrats on your blog! emoticon

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    I just checked out your blog and recipe... emoticon
Thanks for sharing.

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REINVENT_ME 3/28/2012 1:45PM

    Yay! Congrats! I will check it out!

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KUJAYHAWKGIRL 3/28/2012 1:39PM

    Amazing! I can't wait to check it out!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/28/2012 3:11AM

    Loved it emoticon
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/28/2012 3:05AM

    Going to check it out right now!
Hope you feel better soon! And good luck with the surgery!
Hope you have a great rest of the week!

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ABB698 3/28/2012 12:08AM

    YAY! That lentil chili was delish at the rally! Was this the same recipe? Mmmm :)
Love the new blog, it looks great!

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NEWSGIRL2177 3/27/2012 8:23PM

    Hooray!! I can't wait to see more recipes!

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RAINYFRIDAY 3/27/2012 12:55PM

    The blog looks fantastic! Hope you're feeling better soon.

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ARUNNINGKAT 3/27/2012 12:12PM

    Congrats on getting your blog up! I will definitely check it out.

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KKINNEA 3/27/2012 11:27AM

    Cool, I'll check it out at home.

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YIBYAB 3/27/2012 9:36AM

    Cool. Looks good...both the chili and the blog, that is. Bookmarked.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/27/2012 9:11AM

    Hope your pain subsides and that you have a good day. Have fun with your new site and blogs.

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SCHWINNER! 3/27/2012 7:17AM

    Looks great!!! I just visited and I am going to have to try your lentil chili recipe! I shall Pin it :) Looking forward to reading your blog! I thought the pictures looked great, and I enjoyed your writing too!

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