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Mar 8 -- One week of training down, another week to go

Friday, March 08, 2013

My return to the workforce is well underway. I logged 14 hours for training this week but am thankful that we get tonight off. Last night I had my first test and got a 98%! Next week I have a test on Monday, hope to have Tuesday night off, the will do CPR/First Aide certification and Wed/Thurs and I'll be ready to start as a DSP. William & I have already started talking about some of the activities we want to schedule. It will be nice having the extra income in the house and I can finally feel like I'm contributing to my family's well-being.

Tonight I need to go over to church and help set up for our Silent Auction Fundraiser for tomorrow morning. I also need to do some printing/signage for the event and work on a script for the style show. This afternoon I also need to go to our school Administration Office and finish my paperwork for substitute teaching as my sub license came through last night...YEA!!!!

What amazes me most is that in all the chaos that has been going on this week, I've found time to exercise every day. Some days it has been only 15 or 20 minutes, but I've gotten at least a mile in either on the treadmill, outside, or using my Leslie Sansone videos. I don't know if it's "normal" but since I've been working out, I CAN'T STOP EATING!!!!! Although I'm not really losing weight (I'm at a plateau and I'm taking in a lot of calories!), I'm not gaining either and my shape is definitely altering! I haven't taken measurements but I know that my waist and hips have toned and tightened! I'm trying not to focus on the number on the scale because if I do, I'll get depressed that I'm working so hard and the number isn't going down. I think my workouts are going to get even better as the weather warms, at least I'm hoping!!!

Lastly, I want to say that I count myself incredibly blessed to have so many encouragers and supporters surrounding me as I make changes in my life. My husband, my mom & step-dad, my kids, my bosses, and even my Sparkfriends are a vital part of what keeps me going. It would be easy to get overwhelmed and just want to quit, but there has continually been someone standing close by that gives me a nudge when I feel like falling down! I just want you to know that I couldn't do it without all of you.


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ONEMONSTERSMOM 3/11/2013 12:54AM

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GOOSIEMOON 3/8/2013 10:17AM

    You will figure this thing out. Please be patient with yourself and give yourself lots of encouragement. Set small goals and congratulate yourself along the way.

It will add up to improvement as long as you keep going!

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Mar 2 -- Haven't done much right today :(

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Do you ever have one of those days when you just feel "off" and really don't care? That's me today. Actually, that's been me for a few days now. All week long I've been running and chasing my tail trying to get a ton of stuff finished, and I think it's finally caught up with me and I'm just plain tired! I may be at the bottom of my bipolar cycle too and that certainly isn't helping matters.
We had to be up early today to pick up my son's new bed frame. I also got a little shopping done while I was in Greenwood, but I didn't really feel like doing much. I tried to lay down for a bit although what I should have done was hit the treadmill. I didn't really sleep although I got away from everyone and everything as I shut myself off in my bedroom.
After my break, I went to a bridal shower. Fortunately there weren't a lot of things there to blow my eating schedule, but there was some really rich chocolate cake with a ganache; it tasted wonderful (although the sweetness eventually made me queasy since I haven't had much lately). By the time I got home, I just wanted to go back to bed again. Now I'm sitting here typing instead of closing my eyes because if I go to sleep, I'm afraid I'll miss my exercise again and I've already missed 3 days this week!
This is not the way I like to start a new month! I have new goals but I'm not really working toward them yet. When is this "funk" going to break so I can be successful again? I've been through this enough to know that it will get better, but when you're in the midst of it, it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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    Hang in there. The light is still waiting for you! Hugs

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    Yes I have had those days. I end up apologizing for everything but breathing. Keep your chin up and know you are not alone.. emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 3/2/2013 8:49PM

    we all go through this keep trying and pushing and soon you will be there

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TINADEE86 3/2/2013 6:51PM

    Don't let your self get down. we all have those days. I know where you are coming from,I've had them this week also. Not sure if it's the weather or what. Haven't been on my game. I still haven't thought about what I want my March goals to be yet. Maybe I will think more about that tonight. Keep pushing! It will get better!

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Feb 26 -- 1st College Visit (he's growing up fast!)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tonight I took my son to visit a prospective college. They do not offer the course major that he wants, but I'm not sure he can make a living doing what he wants to unless he is willing to move out of state. He is considering Computer Aided Drafting or 3D Design which could be a good fit for his talents. It took everything in me to sit and let him answer questions without my butting in. I'm a control freak and I know it, but he's 18 and I have to accept that he's not a little boy anymore emoticon

Today was not a good day for diet or exercise but I guarantee to get some time in tomorrow including at least a mile of Leslie Sansone. I need to start moving in the right direction but I'm having a lot of trouble getting motivated. I know it will happen, but I have to push.

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AGAWRITER 3/1/2013 10:40AM

    Remember, they usually change their majors three times, so don't worry yet. And there are lots of careers in computer aided graphics.

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    They do grow up so fast don't they? You can do it

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SPARKLINGHOPE 2/27/2013 8:01AM

    Best wishes!!

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Feb 25 -- Nothing but running, and not the fitness kind

Monday, February 25, 2013

As soon as the boys left for school this a.m. I started with my day's tasks. I got a lot done, but sadly not all I wanted to accomplish.
I did get several sets of "dice" made for our Good News groups, and though I didn't get them sealed, they were useable for today's club and the kids had a lot of fun with them. I got to the grocery and picked up almost everything I needed for tonight's Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Bible Study dinner; in fact, we wound up with double our needs on a lot of items because my husband decided to "help" by going to the store without telling me! I got the cookies made for Good News and even made extra batches for tonight's dinner and everybody really seemed to like them. I didn't eat a single cookie although I admit quite a bit of cookie dough went from my fingers to my mouth! I didn't get my soup made for tonight but my hubby was sweet enough to finish it up for me, but I did get the sandwiches grilled and the kids at the dinner tonight really seemed to like everything we made. Though I didn't get to exercise tonight, I did get several chapters of my scripture reading done and I think I can finish up my reading pretty easily by Wednesday.
Right now, I'm really tired and just want to go to bed. I'm kind of worried about our cat (she is missing and we think she may have just had kittens) but I'm too exhausted to stay up fretting about it. I'm praying she is hiding in the garage or maybe got outside and shows up at the door in the a.m.
Sleep well Spark-ers. Dream a little dream for me.

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Feb 24 -- An eventful weekend

Sunday, February 24, 2013

So much has happened that it's hard to believe it's only been 48 hours.

Yesterday, my son took his written test for his beginner's license. He passed and is now legal to get behind the wheel. He drove for the first time this a.m. chauffeuring me to church. It will take a lot to teach him to drive but I am praying for strength and patience that I can accomplish the task at hand.

I got a call this weekend that my background check has come through and I start training to work as Direct Support staff for the developmentally disabled (including my oldest son) on March 4. I'm thankful for this opportunity because so often I have had to take care of things that would normally fall on staff because Support can be very "flaky". It isn't a lot of hours so I won't make a large sum, but every little bit helps. I'm hoping to make enough to pay for insurance for my husband and I.

We had a wonderful church service this a.m. and I was so glad to have my son at my side for Praise Team. He frequently fills in when one of the guys is out sick or vacationing, and he did a great job even though he didn't get to practice with us.

Tomorrow will be very busy, so I'll have to start preparing tonight. Good News Club is right after school and I have a lesson plan to study and "dice" to make for our memory verse games. Tomorrow evening my family is hosting our school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes so I have to find a meal or snack that's appropriate for 35 high school kids that won't break the bank or take all day to prepare. Sometime during the day I have to figure out how to get my son's meds because there is a problem with his script and his medical coverage :( Of course, a workout tomorrow is a must as well. How am I going to get it all done?!?!?!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful and productive weekend. May your heart-light keep Sparking and shine brighter than ever!!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/24/2013 6:45PM

    sounds like a good day hugs

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