ANGELN325's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ANGELN325 ANGELN325's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ I'm so excited!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763860 <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Tonight when I came home, I noticed a package on my door step and it was from SparkPeople. I opened it up and I was selected to try out some products from Metamucil. I had put my hat in the ring, but it had been awhile back and kind of forgot about it, but when I opened the package up, I instantly jumped up and down for joy (inside...my ankle hasn't healed yet)! I have a 30 day supply of 2 of the products which I have to do for 30 days and then I have another produc... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:38:59 EST I found this today and I had to share! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762632 I was commenting on a person's wall when I found this comment and I absolutely love it so I had to turn it into a blog as motivation for not only me, but all of us! The only thing I changed was the emoticons because those didn't copy over and so I added my own flair there. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> L - Little by little does the trick! <BR> <em>194</em> E - Every choice is important. <BR> <em>306</em> T - Trust yourself. <BR> <em>486</em> S - Stumbling is not falling. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:52:43 EST Back to your regular programming. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760800 This week was a hard week, but I got through it and realize if I want to make grounds in my health realm, I need to deal with this ankle issue. It's getting worse. Now even my good tennis don't protect me if I walk too much. I had my ankle elevated with an ice pack last night and going to take ibuprofen today. My mission is to get me an ankle support that I can wear all the time. Something I can slip over like a sock and if that is not enough to get some better supports in my shoes. Wish me l... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:26:03 EST Things are about to get real. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759812 If you are the type of person who doesn't like intense, dark discussions, WARNING: Do not read this blog! <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Go find a happy blog of someone's success or someone who is struggling with their healthy lifestyle, and just needs a little support. This is a cleansing and is very necessary for my own journey. I will not feel offended if... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:05:18 EST What a blah day until... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758449 Woke up this morning tired and with a runny, stuffed up nose. Basically feeling miserable. Great...either my allergies are bothering me or I'm getting sick. So my day was already off to a bad start. Then I find out Robin Williams died and they are saying possible suicide. He was such a funny, talented comedian whose demons finally overpowered him. Just so sad so was very sad about that. Then I'm thinking of some of my own problems and how I'm going to get through my day. I was very mopey toda... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:54:33 EST No bronze for me this week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755725 I was in a rush to get out of the house today so my Spark Activity Tracker did not make it out with me. Does anyone else who wears one of these feel incomplete without it? When I'm swimming, that's one thing. It's not water proof, but when I'm at work, I want to know how many steps did I walk. Did I get up often enough throughout the day? <BR> <BR> Oh well, I don't have it so I decided today would be my light activity day at work at least. When I get home will be a different story when my S... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:38:08 EST I went for a little test run today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754596 I decided to go for a little walk on my lunch today just to see where my ankle was at with the healing process. I'm happy to say I made it, but I'm not 100% yet. I had to slow my stride mid-way through the walk. I'm doing these ankle strengtheners and I'm hoping between that, trying some different cardio, and little walks here and there will keep me on the path to recovery. I only trust my good tennis for any "official" walking. The better shoes I got are okay for this job it appears, but I d... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 18:41:37 EST I'm a hero? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753781 That's what the card my daughter gave to me said last night. I was her hero. Those words took me totally by surprise. Me. Me? How could that be? How did this become so. I've never seen me as anything other than an ordinary person with strong determination. A hero? <BR> <BR> I sat and thought about it for awhile and despite my struggles, I do have some things to be proud of: <BR> <BR> 1. I do not give up. No matter how bad the outcome looks. No matter how many times I fall down. I pick mysel... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 16:59:13 EST Fired up and more determined than ever. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753031 I got on the scale yesterday and *gasp*, I'm over the 200 mark. 202 to be exact. This is the highest I've ever been excluding my pregnancy weight with Caley where I was 207. I was like "Oh no! This is not happening. Ankle injury or not, I'm going to turn this around." I went for a bike ride with my daughter and then went and got myself a hopefully better pair of shoes for work because I noticed when I wear my good tennis shoes, I do not have any ankle issues. It's just when I wear my work sho... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 15:45:48 EST What the heck is wrong with me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749829 I've been so tired this week. I barely got my strength training in Monday, cardio didn't happen yesterday, and the most I've done with my abs is just suck my stomach in throughout today. I thought maybe I wasn't hydrated enough, but took care of that issue. Still tired. Thinking I'm going to go to bed earlier tonight and see if some good sleep does the trick. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:38:59 EST Not letting the tired stop me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748980 This week I've been so drained. I guess this weekend kicked my butt. However, I did manage to do strength training yesterday. Not for as long as I wanted to, but it's a start! That's what I tell myself. I just need to start and see what I can do. If it's 5 minutes, well then, it's better than no minutes. Also, I know from past history that 5 minutes will become 10, 10 will become 15 and so on. So when my lunch time comes, I'm going to find a routine I can do in my chair. I don't have my good ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:31:54 EST What a weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748036 This weekend was truly wonderful, insightful, and well...motivating! Friday night I took Caley to a Brewer's game. It was a Girl Scout event and fan appreciation night. Doesn't get better than that! Thanks to us sitting with other Girl Scouts, they made sure we didn't miss out on getting our free Brewer's shirts! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l6362980.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The walking up and down the stairs in my work shoes wasn't too good though and my ankle was re... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:27:12 EST Can't wait for Tom to leave. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746499 I'm in the crampy stage. It came early so I was unprepared with medicine. Everything is cramping, including my legs. I think I will go for another short walk since my ankle hasn't fully recovered. Hope I'm not like this at the ball game tonight. Ugh! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:49:22 EST I hate TOM. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744188 The first time I saw or heard of TOM on SparkPeople, I was like, "Who is this dude?" Then I came to realize what it stood for and thought, "Pretty clever." Well, lately I've begun to hate TOM. I know when he's coming. I get emotional and I hate it because it takes all I can to stay positive and at peace as it is. I find myself letting things go in one ear and out the other while still giving me time to grieve for the family members I lost this year, the job I miss, and of course, pray. Howeve... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:50:58 EST The adventures of ankle recovery. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743217 This weekend, I did not want to be stopped or limited due to an ankle injury. Where I live, nice, hot weather is around for a limited time and we have to make the most of it. Plus the coupons that Caley earns from her summer reading program expire so every weekend is action packed and precious. There are no weekends to lie around and wish away injuries. So I setup a game plan as I wanted to knock out 2 coupons this weekend. <BR> <BR> Saturday we went to the zoo as the weather was perfect. Wa... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:55:59 EST Woohoo! My ankle is healing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738334 I can walk for small periods of time without any pain. This is so awesome, but I know I won't be able to return to my walks during my lunch just yet. I have to continue to let things heal and then come up with some kind of return plan until I get back to my bronze level of steps. I think this week, I will look and see how many steps I get these next 2 weeks for a base line number and then I can work on setting some goals to work towards my bronze level again. <BR> <BR> It was nice being abl... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:36:42 EST Sync spot is back online. Wish my ankle would do the same now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735075 Even though I've been listening to my body, somehow I hurt my ankle? My feet were sore on Friday so I changed to my good tennis and that helped...No issues. I didn't do anything crazy Saturday or Sunday so how come when I step out of the car on Monday to take my daughter to school, I can hardly walk. I do feel soreness in my hamstrings and back so I've been stretching to relieve that, but I can barely walk on my right ankle. The pain is in the back part where the hamstring attaches. When I ca... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 06:07:19 EST This Motivation brought to you from Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732416 I have found a new form of motivation. Lately, I have been earning a lot of trophies from Spark People. Sometimes I know how to earn them, but sometimes they are trophies I didn't know existed, but I love those little guys. I know I can't put them on my shelf, but they are on the site which is in some ways better because my house is cluttered enough as it is! So these are perfect and so needed because my aunt finally lost her battle to colon cancer. This is now 3 family members cancer has tak... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 09:59:37 EST How far I have come... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728772 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l83781216.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Scotmama did an excellent blog titled Sometimes it's the little things. She detailed all the changes that she incorporated since joining with SparkPeople and encouraged us to share ours. Naturally, I did and she told me that my comments would make a good SparkBlog of my own so I thought...okay! So, here it is. All the changes I've seen happen since joining Sparkpeople: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:00:33 EST Goal accomplished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723639 I made bronze yesterday so my goal will to stay in the bronze level this week and for the next few weeks and then I will shoot for silver. So today when I saw dismal steps on my tracker, I was a little bummed at first, but then I thought sometimes the steps do not show the full story. I mowed my lawn today, weed whacked my trim, and did my gardening. Obviously these things did not generate many steps, but I worked my body hard and in the end, that is what counts. So now it's up for the rest o... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:51:46 EST It's decided...I love my Spark Activity Tracker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722323 As with any new tool, it takes a bit to decide if the relationship will be a love or hate one. At first, I wasn't sure. There was a couple of days that I forgot to wear it all together, but then I got into a routine and have been pretty consistent wearing my Spark Activity tracker. I got the colored one so it's noticeable so I do get questions about it, but it's really no big deal. I wear it on my shirt because I've worn pedometers on my pants and then they fall off when I'm in the restroom s... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:28:28 EST I got one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712446 Sparkpeople finally gave me an offer I couldn't refuse and I finally broke down and got me the Spark Activity tracker. It came right away too. Had a lot of fun setting it up last night and today was my first day wearing it. I was a little ambivalent if it was really tracking what I was doing, but when I got home, it did synch and I got to see what I did. This is so cool and will save me some time and definitely motivate me, and I got the free DVD so can't wait to check it out. I'm sparking no... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 00:03:08 EST I'm so proud of me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710707 Sometimes on the weekends, I like to really push myself because I have more time so I like to do fun things and enjoy life. Generally that is followed by a few days of soreness and I end up having to really scale back my exercise or rest all together. This weekend I rode bikes with my daughter. (She can finally ride without training wheels...yay!) We rode to the park by her school and took a break and then visited at someone in the area and then did the trek home. I'm definitely out of shape ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 17:39:41 EST The battles inside my head. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708623 I understand that part of this journey is to be brutally honest about what is going on inside my head. I was reading an article about what makes some people successful with losing weight and what makes other people (like myself) not. I think the 2 that have been my killers is motivation and approach. I fixed one...approach, but now I have to make sure that motivation stays intact and hence, why I'm blogging about the biggest battle going on inside my head...my reasons for why I want to lose t... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 06:35:33 EST Finding myself again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708046 After a very bumpy first half of the year, I'm finally starting to find myself again and reflect on my goals and what I want to accomplish. My exercise program is starting to find traction. I'm pretty much working out daily at various levels. Sometimes it's an intense workout by my standards and sometimes it's light activity or a lighter workout. I definitely have more gains to be made in the cardio area but I'm getting stronger and need to keep up with my weight training if I don't want to l... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:34:38 EST Frustrated, but not giving up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693137 Well, I decided to weigh myself to see how working my new job is doing for my healthy habits and my weight has gone up! No problem. I will take my measurements to see if I should really be concerned. Gained inches in 3 places. I was so devastated. This is what has stopped me in the past from continuing. It has never been the scale. It's been working out, cutting calories and seeing no positive changes. Then working out harder and making more changes just to see no benefits what so ever. I was... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:40:02 EST When the tough gets going, I keep persevering. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681711 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l405104849.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This has been a rough year, but I'm so proud of me. Usually a year like this would mean weight gain for me, which would have been devastating because I would have reached a new high on the scale if that happened. While I'm not doing as well as I envisioned myself in the beginning of the year, I'm doing great considering the circumstances. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1087736369.jp... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:48:33 EST This is why I exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648013 Today was my womanly physical and when the nurse took my blood pressure, she came back with 116/72. I was so excited! The top number has never been that low and while the bottom number used to be 70, it was creeping up to 80 so seeing it come back down was great! My doctor was very pleased with my exercise program and wants me to keep up with the good work. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l492454861.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of me. Every day this week, I've b... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:56:21 EST Feeling like I'm on the right track. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631594 For the first time ever, I feel like I'm heading in the right direction. It's not like I'm seeing any huge successes this year. It's just a feeling, a change in attitude that says this journey will be different from the rest. I've been focusing and committing myself to small changes and not moving in my usual let's get through this ramp up quickly, then feel overwhelmed and discouraged because there is no progress with this approach. Instead I'm trying to master a few things and slowly ramp u... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:27:22 EST Bumps in the road are to be expected http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612494 After staring off pretty strong, losing 4 lbs, and doing my first fitness test, I had my first bump in the road. This week has been a struggle to meet my water on a consistent basis and exercise. It seems like I have so much on my plate and after awhile I just collapsed. However, I'm not giving up. I just looked at the events and said what am I going to do about it? Well, for one thing, I decided that I will track only the things I'm trying to implement so the most important things I do is tr... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 21:25:43 EST Much needed break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600466 I went up north to visit my uncle and had some fun. I went snowmobiling with my daughter. It was a great workout and got me even more committed to strengthening my shoulder. I found a routine for abs that is standing so no pressure on my neck. How awesome! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:56:41 EST I'm so proud of me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596879 I've been really dealing with my situation well. I thought this would kill whatever motivation I had, but nope. I've been hitting the gym or exercising however I can. I haven't been turning to food like I thought I would although I do enjoy a yummy dinner. I did have a couple cries. Mainly because I'm going to miss some of the people there. That place had become my second family. I'm going to miss working from home, my time off, and just having work/life balance. I won't miss the stress and w... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:52:05 EST A real test to my resolve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594324 I've had some real disappointments this week. <BR> Monday - My daughter and I rush to go to our first Mommy and me yoga class to find out it was cancelled. As disappointed as I was, my daughter was far more disappointed. I'm having the money credited and will have to come up with something to do. I'm thinking doing yoga from my home and if my daughter likes what I'm doing, she can join me. If anyone knows any good workout videos that can be done with my daughter, I'm all eyes! <BR> <BR> Tues... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 05:53:47 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592536 This year is my fresh start. I wiped the slate clean and acted like I'm a new member to SP. It has been very helpful so thank you to all that supported me and shared your stories of doing the same. Am I doing perfectly? Of course not, but life is messy and through those messes, I learn a lot about myself. Right now, I'm keeping my goals very simple: <BR> <BR> 1. Get 7 hrs or more of sleep a night. Haven't been consistent here, but happy that I haven't been horrible either. Most nights of the... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:16:09 EST Sick but still staying positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587163 My daughter came down with an illness on Monday night and still trying to work the bug out of her system. It became apparent last night that I got a milder version of the bug. So exercise has been non-existent with the exception of a little stretching. My food has been off. I did a pretty good job tracking Tuesday, but today I couldn't even tell you what I ate. Just that it happened often because it seemed to ease the tummy pains a little. I have a stuffy nose and I'm coughing and sneezing an... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 17:29:09 EST Off to a good start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584741 I've learned so much last year and it's really helping me this year as I work to find out more about me and what I need to do to be successful. One thing that I learned as I timed my meals is that certain distractions are beneficial to me slowing down at meals. While chowing down in front of the TV would be hurtful, eating front of the computer is not. When I was timing my meals eating with my daughter, sitting at the table, with no distractions, my meals were over anywhere from 10 to 15 minu... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 19:08:12 EST Biggest fans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583446 I always knew that I was my daughter's biggest fan, but today I found out that she is mine. I've been gearing her up and telling her about how Mommy needs to make some changes in her life and preparing her for the changes so it wouldn't be a complete shock and today was the first day implementing some of them. My daughter has cheered me on all the way. <BR> <BR> 1. She praised me on the baked apples I did for breakfast this morning. <BR> 2. She asked me what the time was for when I was timin... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 19:57:38 EST Reflection and motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582036 So one thing that really hit me today as I was reading some SP articles is that one of the things keeping me moving forward in my journey is motivation. I say certain things, but do I really, deep down inside, believe them? I'm thinking...no because the proof is not only on the scale but the added inches on my frame in several places. <BR> <BR> I decided to wipe the slate clean. Pretend I haven't been a member since like....2007 and this is my year. My fresh start. My year to tackle demons. ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 15:38:11 EST Looking forward to 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573632 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l248063320.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has been a rough two months. My daughter is not doing well in school and the teacher is not very supportive or understanding. To say I've been stressed would be an understatement and I've been dealing with it poorly. Candy jars, cookies, and treats have found their way into my gullet. I developed an aversion to water. Even exercise became harder and harder to do. It's too cold. I'm too tired. <BR> <BR> <img s... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:26:06 EST And it begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511550 Another challenge as a beautiful butterfly. I've been working hard to remove the obstacles that have kept me from experiencing real success in the last two challenges, but I'm not complaining. Every challenge I learn more about me and grow more into the person I want to become. This weight did not come on over night. It's not going to leave overnight. I'm going to have to go through the transformation. Like the caterpillar does when he/she becomes a butterfly. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 13:22:37 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498388 I realized I have not blogged in a long time. This month has been crazy busy. I feel like I'm just running from one thing to another and then I got sick so that sucked and meant some weight gain for me. So I've been getting diligent about taking my reflux medicine because I don't want to be eating all the time and also needed to get my water drinking going on again. Well, that is starting up again! Woohoo! Water...how I've missed you. <BR> <BR> My shoulder is like 90% recovered. The special... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:46:47 EST I did really well today too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476054 I kept my eating light most of the day so I came in under 1300 calories. I also surprised my daughter by showing up at her school with her scooter when I picked her up from the after school program so we went around the track. I walked and she rode her scooter. Then we came home and played with Barbies and now I'm ready for bed. I can tell I'm out of shape right now, but that will change as my body gets used to these forms of exercise again. While my body is used to walking, no in this heat a... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 19:48:38 EST School's back in session and so am I. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474980 My daughter is back in school and it's great for me because no excuses. After work, I hit the gym. I haven't been there in so long, I felt almost sheepish, but you know what? No one gave me a hard time...nothing. I just went to the ARC and worked out lower intensity for 10 minutes. Then did the prescribed weight exercises I could do and I felt really good doing them then finished up with stretching. The water kick isn't going so well so I'm happy to have a victory here. The water for some rea... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 20:21:30 EST Change of perception http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465543 There used to be a time when I hated when SparkPeople would announce my losses after I gained weight and then at least one person would like it, and I would think, "Why? I'm just losing the weight I gained back." But now, I see the victory in that. Whenever the scale goes up, it's very discouraging. We always want it going down, but when it's that time of the month, I do not escape gaining weight. I'm bloated and feel like I have a tape worm so to find the scale going down afterwards is somet... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 09:09:39 EST Finally an LTGL goal that I can breeze through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464870 This week will be eating on 9 inch plates. Well, my largest plates which I call the good plates with flowers is 9 inch plates so I'm usually eating on something smaller than that! So I'm very excited about this challenge because all I have to do is make sure I'm not eating seconds and then I'm in like Flynn. <em>41</em> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 12:27:03 EST Back to basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457536 With my shoulder taking a setback after the CT scan, I felt things were spiraling out of control. My body is used to 7 hours of sleep. Anything less than that for more than one day affects me. So when my shoulder was waking me up and leaving me with 6 hours of broken, non restful sleep not one, not two, not three, I was in trouble. When I'm tired, I have no energy which makes it difficult to exercise. Thank God for the challenge or I wouldn't have done the 15 or 20 minutes I did every day. It... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:28:20 EST I bought myself another year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449537 Had my physical and I'm still in pre-diabetes stage. I was a little disappointed because I was hoping to be out of that mode, but I'm looking at the positive. I bought myself time and can still work on it! My A1C is at 6.3 so above normal, but not diabetes yet. My goal is to get that down along with my Triglycerides which are at 197. Everything else though was good and within range so yeah! I'm going to continue to exercise and work on healing my shoulder so I can get back in the gym with str... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 05:42:49 EST A nice, relaxing get away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446431 I went technology free from Friday night after physical therapy until Monday night. It was good to just be out in the peace and quiet and enjoy nature. Caley and I did not want to come home, but we did because I got to register her for school today and she's dressed cute for her school pics. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 12:25:18 EST Pretty good start to the summer challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436906 The first two days of the challenge have gone great as far as exercise. I planned some fun, active things for Caley and I to do so lots of exercise was fulfilled and my legs are sure feeling it today as they weren't even recovered from the first event before going out there and doing it some more. We went to the Racine County Fair on Saturday which is a very good size fair so lots of walking since the rides were on one end, but the tiger show was on the other end as well as the barns for the ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 04:57:38 EST Just what I needed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428094 I have been so stressed about numerous things that I don't want to delve into and it was taking its toll in the form of chest pains so yesterday after mowing the lawn with the push mower, I took my daughter to the beach. She got to be in the water and have a great time plus good exercise and fresh air for her lungs, and I got some much needed relaxation. A chance to escape and just enjoy the sand between my toes and sometimes the rocks and water and be a kid again. I couldn't go swimming so I... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:03:42 EST