ANCILLADOMINI's SparkPeople Blog ANCILLADOMINI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Found one! We found a house and signed the contract. If the probate court approves the deal, we should close on September 18. Please pray that everything (probate, inspection, appraisal, etc.) goes smoothly. But, more importantly, please pray that it's in line with God's will and that we keep our emotional balance. <BR> <BR> Frankly, this move is terrifying. It's a change from everything we've known. Even though we're only moving about 3 1/2 hours away, I feel like we're moving to another country.... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 06:36:56 EST Almost nine years! Wow, it's hard to believe that I've been Sparking (off and on) for almost nine years. Our son was still being homeschooled when I started this process. Now, he's 26 and living in another state. Weird. <BR> <BR> I'm down almost 30 pounds from my highest weight, and that feels really, really good. Although I still have a lot of weight to lose (at least 70 pounds), I am thrilled to be surrounded by a supportive SparkCommunity. If you're reading this, thank you for Sparking with me. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:51:44 EST Task for tomorrow I wound up FreeCycling 39 items last weekend! I was very pleased. (So, was my husband.) <BR> <BR> My task for tomorrow is to attend physical therapy with a positive attitude. (I really would rather spend the day at home tomorrow.) <BR> <BR> Valerie Wed, 13 Aug 2008 19:56:12 EST Tasks I completed my tasks the other day (except that the mail only took 55 minutes); I've already done my planned tasks for today (exciting things like balancing a checking account statement). <BR> <BR> My planned task from now until the end of the weekend is to FreeCycle at least 20 items. <BR> <BR> Valerie Fri, 8 Aug 2008 16:21:29 EST Another day, some more tasks Well, I did complete my tasks the other day. My fibromyalgia's been a bit this week from funky sleep, a not-so-great diet, and a new exercise at PT. So, I took today to do easy stuff (like sorting more mail, organizing the bills, and clearing out some e-mail). <BR> <BR> My goals for today are: 1 hour mail sorting (I've already done 40 minutes, so this one should be pretty easy), a SparkPeople stretching video, and day 1 of an Assumption novena. <BR> <BR> Valerie Wed, 6 Aug 2008 15:24:56 EST Task of the Day and Vacation I just got back from Michigan. We had a nice time. My husband went to training, and I went to visit a friend in Detroit and to the Fr. Solans Casey Center. <BR> <BR> We also found a restaurant that has a gluten-free, non-ice-cream-sundae dessert: a flourless brownie with raspberry sauce, ice cream, whipped cream, and candied nuts. It was the first time I'd had a non-ice-cream-sundae dessert (with the exception of applesauce) at a restaurant in over two years! Even better, there's a Bo... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 15:33:44 EST The Demise of Valerie Fat Camp Unfortunately, Valerie Real Life keeps interfering with Valerie Fat Camp. You know, exciting things like bill paying, pet care, 92-degree-full-sun-no-wind heat. Yesterday, my husband and I were going to go fly kites. There was NO wind. The tree tops weren't so much as twitching. So, we went to see "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and ate popcorn with extra butter. Actually, I ate popcorn with extra butter. He doesn't like movie theater popcorn. Oh well. <BR> <BR> I think I'll swi... Fri, 25 Jul 2008 16:15:41 EST Fat Camp, Day 3 Days one and two were pretty much disasters. I had PT both days and wound up in bed feeling like I had been run over by a bullet train. <BR> <BR> Today, however, I have been alternating paper/computer work with decades of the rosary and exercise (vacuuming, walking to a mail drop box, etc.). So, today has been much more successful. <BR> <BR> Tonight, we're going to have pizza and pop. Not the healthiest, but the pizza will be gluten-free (celiac disease) and use only half of a personal... Fri, 18 Jul 2008 17:43:09 EST Valerie Fat Camp Today I started "Valerie Fat Camp". I decided that I needed to take time to really focus on reorganizing my house (and myself). I felt that the best way to get my family to give me the freedom to do this was by doing something radical. <BR> <BR> So, I am officially attending my own in-home fat camp. So far, I've gone to physical therapy (my PTA made set the arm bike on a harder setting, so I got a more difficult workout), spent some time at Church in Eucharistic adoration, and played a ... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 17:47:30 EST