ANGIESSPRESSO's SparkPeople Blog ANGIESSPRESSO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community So Blessed <img src=""> <BR> Last night was simply refreshing. <BR> <BR> I was weary on my way to the singing. As our group traveled along the winding country roads of Tennessee, I couldn't help but stare out the window at the beautiful blue sky God created. I snapped this picture. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With each mile I could feel a little more strength filling my heart. I knew what ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:01:45 EST Finding Me Again... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was reading a book lately about the different ways we deal with stress. While reading this book, I discovered that I am the type of woman who tucks and hides. I tuck all the things that cause the stress deep inside of me, while I hide behind a bright smile and happy disposition. Since I wrote my last blog on here, I have tried to just take each day as a moment by moment journey. My daughter still lives with ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:36:13 EST On The Road To Well.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What a crazy few weeks I have had, but oh what understanding I've come to gain. I fought so hard in denial the truth of me having Celiac Disease. All the symptoms were there, the migraines, fatigue, anxiety, depression, bloating, pain, nausea, mood swings and brain fog. I didn't want to admit that the disease was taking me down fast, because that would mean I would have to give up gluten, barley, wheat and rye... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:17:27 EST Happy Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> *Happy Saturday* <BR> <BR> I am so thankful for this quiet and calm Saturday morning. My house is calm at the moment, and for this house that isn't the norm. Later in the day the chaos will be in full swing, but for now I am enjoying my quiet, calm, and snowy morning. We like most of the other parts of the country haven't gotten a whole lot of snow here in Southern-Middle Tennessee. We got a dusting on th... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:40:45 EST Cold Monday Since I last blogged, I have been trying really hard to fight my food addiction amidst all the chaos in my daily life. I didn't allow the holidays to stop me, and most everyone kept trying to tempt me by saying, "Just wait until after the first of the year." I couldn't wait until the first of the year because after leaving work one afternoon I was rushing to pick up a few things from Walgreens. I felt a draft, and realized I'd torn the thigh out of my jeans. A huge gaping hole I tried to ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:26:05 EST Back Again.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't know where I lost sight of myself, but somewhere in the past 6 months I did. In June my first grandchild Marshall Mason was born, and from there it was one struggle after another trying to find some sort of normal in my life. I've asked myself every single day what normal truly is, and for me I'm still not quite sure. My life is at the moment far from normal. The only strong and constant thing is that ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:54:40 EST With the Sunrise <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I want to focus on all the things I am thankful for in my life. Jesus who died on the cross and arose from the grave because of his eternal love for me. I want to focus on a wonderful church family, group I sing and travel with, husband, son and daughter. My parents who I am learning every single day how to have a different kind of relationship with them excepting them for who they are, and trying de... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 08:54:56 EST What A Week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This past week was very crazy, hard, and yet I watched God do so much in our lives. Let me emphasize ESPECIALLY MY LIFE! The week has been stressful with my daughter, as I was working 11 hour days, coming home and finding myself completely depleted. After doing my laundry, cooking supper, then washing and putting the dishes away I'd stumble to my bed, curl up and sleep just to repeat the day 7 hours later.... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 16:33:20 EST Quiet & Calm Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This has been the calmest weekend I can remember in a very long time. My son and daughter are both home, no drama at the moment, and it's so priceless. We went out yesterday to celebrate my son's new job letting him get some things he has been wanting. We walked all day at the mall and different stores, then ate at Subway for Supper. It was a really great day. Earlier before we left my husband and I went ... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 19:05:50 EST A Day Away <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have had the absolute best weekend so far! It started yesterday afternoon when we got finished at work around 11:00. My best friend and I decided to go do some shopping and I tried on a size 10 jeans and they fit me comfortably. I was in a size 16 on Christmas day so it brought tears to my eyes to see the reflection of my hard work. Even with the stress of my daughter's drama I have been eating healthy, e... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 21:45:12 EST I'M STILL HERE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so thankful that I had yesterday off after all the major overtime. There was a couple of days last week I'd work 12 hours, then come home shower, eat a snack and go to bed. I was frazzled to say the least. My daughter had a sugar test on Wednesday, and her dad took the afternoon off from work to take her. He had a talk with her about helping me here at home, so she has put about 20% more effort in. ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 08:23:08 EST A Day of Rest <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so exhausted, although I'm going to church for the morning service, I'm not going tonight and will be back in the bed at 7 pm for another 10 hours of work tomorrow. I've been getting up at 3 am to go in and work til 3:30, then I come home and crash HARD! My body is exhausted! <BR> <BR> On the positive note I've lost weight this week, due to the extreme physical work I do. I pushed these lines full ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 09:31:49 EST I MUST RELY ON GOD <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am on my second cup of coffee this Saturday morning with a mind full of thoughts. I have a feeling I will do A LOT of writing today, but wanted to start here first. This has been such a hard week for me physically and emotionally, yet God has given me such a strength to be able to press through the trying days. I went back to work on Tuesday to a very physical day! When I got home from work my daughter ... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:49:08 EST Tired of being sick <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have had the cruddiest two weeks that I've had in a long time. The previous Friday I was put in a very physically hard department at work, and on Monday I was down with a severe migraine that lasted two days of recovery. I did go back to work on Tuesday, but was physically drained. Couldn't sleep Wednesday or Thursday night and was trying to work while my body was screaming at me, and my daughter was stressing... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 20:07:04 EST I feel challanged! I started back to the gym on Wednesday, feeling a bit fatigued after being down with my migraine for so long. I sure felt the sore muscles after leaving there. I went back again Thursday night and Friday, although Friday my best friend wanted to leave before I was truly done with my workout, but I was able to get an entire hour in. All in all I feel like I have had a good workout week, after doing 50 minutes of cardio today. <BR> <BR> I struggled a whole lot with my emotions this wee... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 15:17:30 EST Raw Revelations I know I haven't blogged as much as I've promised myself I would beginning this new year. I as a writer have struggled with a loss of words in the midst of this healing process from emotional, physical and sexual abuse. It's been a dark valley with murky roads and unmapped territory, and my heart has been exposed more than it's ever been in my entire lifetime. It would take months to write of all that God has been purging me of, and truly tears would be the only way I could describe the la... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:53:50 EST Hurry Up Weekend It has felt like the longest week ever! I have one more work day and I will have three wonderful days off to spend with my family. Last week I rejoined the gym, sending my best friend and I into a week full of much needed exercise! I had a coworker tell me today that she can see the weight loss already in my face especially, which makes me feel like my hard work is beginning to pay off a little. <BR> <BR> Over the past couple of weeks while I was dealing with trying to recover from the... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:31:18 EST New Years Day We had the best night just being home last night. I made a healthy dinner and my best friend came over. We watched movies, laughed and mapped out our eating plan for 2013 (my best friend is learning to eat healthier along side me). I was so thankful for the most peaceful new year I can remember in ages! We did have one hiccup about 10:30, when my daughter's boyfriend came over and they were fighting. They kept it quiet in the kitchen, but I could feel the tension, but my best friend ke... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:51:34 EST Cold Saturday Night It has been a very cold day, and all I really wanted to do was stay all cuddled up in my PJ's. I didn't get to do that, since we went over to see my mother this afternoon. It was very difficult for me at times with my dad there, not sure how to handle the emotions I was feeling. My mother is what you could give the title of "food pusher", and there were times today she tried. I was so proud of myself because with my emotions running so "HIGH" I normally would have given in to her attempts... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 20:41:57 EST Exhausted Thursday I pray everyone had a wonderfully blessed Christmas. I can't lie and say I didn't cry a whole lot from missing my parents being here with me, but I was so thankful to have my husband, daughter and son to help ease the pain. We had a quiet afternoon just being together, hot cocoa (sugar free) and love. I'm very blessed! <BR> <BR> I went back to work today after being off work for 5 days, and I'm so exhausted. We are going to work 10 hours tomorrow, possible 8 hours Saturday, and 8 hou... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 19:35:47 EST OVERWHELMED CHRISTMAS EVE The house is quiet this morning as everyone is still asleep. I love the quiet mornings that I have to myself, before all the drama starts. I was so heart broken yesterday. My daughter who is pregnant, living with me, and not working informed me that she will be going over to her baby daddy's house tomorrow for Christmas day! I was so upset! She knows this is the first year without my parents being here with me, yet instead of having him come here with us, she has decided to go there. I... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:16:40 EST I CAN, I CAN, I CAN!!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have had a lot of things I have struggled with over the past few months, and I have to admit that I emotionally shut down for a while. I gained over 20 pounds of my weight back, leaving me feeling very insecure and broken. During these past few months, God sent a very special friend into my life who even as I type this I wonder how she's been able to handle my emotional breaks. She loves me like a sister, hold... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 10:38:57 EST