BBONET's SparkPeople Blog BBONET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day before Thanksgiving Today I'm off from work so I decided to go to the nursing home and spend time with mom and get her haircut. I woke up feeling miserable Sore throat and coughing. I still went to mom because she had the hair appointment and someone needs to be there to help. I was able to do that and spend a few hours with her. Now my throat is worse and I'm really feeling miserable. <BR> <BR> All of this now that I have to cook and get ready for a 5 hour drive (to Statesboro Georgia) tomorrow to cele... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:21:09 EST Results are In First of all I want to thank everyone that posted on my blog, send me goodies or commented on my page. I really appreciated each everyone one of your prayers and support! It is so nice to know that there is a whole support system out there for any situation.I love SPARK! <BR> <em>304</em> mm <em>223</em> <em>252</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Today I went to my endocrinologist for the results of the biopsy of my four nodules. <em>282</em> She had great news and tol... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 19:47:48 EST Challenge and challenges <em>192</em> Well so far this challenge is off to a good start. I'm down 3 lbs and tracking all my intake of food. <em>521</em> So I hope that the rest of the road continues in the same way. <BR> <BR> I have stayed focused even though I am going through some health issues. Yes for the last month I have been going to doctors, specialists, blood work and ultra sound to figure out why I have a lump in my throat. Well so far it has shown no thyroid problem <em>24</em> But the ultrasou... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 21:01:08 EST Special Pray Request <em>520</em> <em>520</em> <em>520</em> <em>520</em> <em>520</em> <em>520</em> <em>520</em> <em>520</em> <em>520</em> <em>520</em> <BR> <BR> I ask for prayers for my friend and co-worker, Mary, who has pancreatic cancer. She just finished chemo and is waiting for surgery once she regains her strength. <BR> <BR> The school will be having a prayer service for her on Friday and the whole school community will be wearing purple and collecting donations to help her and ... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 07:28:13 EST October 1 - Honoring Mom on her birthday! Happy, happy birthday to a very important person, my mom! <BR> <BR> Love you and miss you! I will go to see you today and give you a kiss but I know you will not recognize me! It's OK Mom - I recognize you! I love you and thank you for all you did for me and my siblings. Now it my turn to take care of you! <BR> <BR> I will leave you flowers and balloons, which you can't see (mom is blind too), to let everyone at the nursing home know it is your birthday! <BR> <BR> May God bless you a... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:42:31 EST 5% Challenge Day 1 Well I'm off to a good start on this first day of challenge. I'm feeling positive this time around and I hope to do the best I can. Last challenge was not so productive due to many things. But why linger on the past. I'm looking forward and will try do my best not to look back. So day 1 and 55 more to go. <BR> Let's rock this challenge and have fun in the process. <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>249</em> Sat, 26 Sep 2015 19:01:46 EST Back to School Well I know people up North find it hard to believe but we are back in school. I work for the Diocese of Orlando and students started school on August 12. So needless to say this has been a very long and tiring week. I teach 2nd Graders and these first few days you have to go over rules, procedures and questions never stop. 😍😄. So today, Saturday, I already feel that I am losing my voice. Week one down 😀 <BR> <BR> Today I'm spending quality time with Mom because now that I'm back a... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 12:16:07 EST Summer Ends Well this might seem a little early for some but I being a teacher go back to work next week! I have to start setting up the classrooms and have things ready for our back to school night on August 7. <BR> <BR> My summer has been in the hospital, for two weeks, and now at the nursing home with my mom. She suffered some more strokes which left her with no speech or swallow, plus she had blood clots in her legs. Things are settling down a bit with her - she is in therapy and I go everyday to m... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:43:21 EST We Plan and God Laughs!! I know this isn't right but I am taking some me time to write some positive feedback on my life. <BR> <BR> If you have read my previous blogs you will understand why. Short summary - Mom in hospital for 2 weeks with stroke, blood clots, etc. Feeding tube and filter put in. Now she is back in nursing facility but trying to prevent pneumonia so she is on antibiotics. I have been with her non stop since June 11th. <BR> <BR> While all this was going on I OOPS - missed father's day- I did take a... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:27:17 EST UpDate on Mom! Finally, after two long, anguish weeks in the hospital I am happy to say that Mom is back in the Nursing facility. <BR> <BR> She was sent to the hospital because of blood clots and dehydration - but they also discovered she had various strokes also. This brought on more complications as is expected. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> She lost her swallow reflex and her speech. So she had a feeding tube placed and then the next day she had a filter placed for the blood clots. Seeing her go through al... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:12:33 EST June 20th. Special Day I want to take a few moments to honor this date. I have been in the hospital with mom for over 10 days and right now I'm sitting here waiting for yet another procedure for her. 😪😪 <BR> <BR> However, I will now be a mom and honor my youngest son that turns 21 years old today. <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday son and may you be filled with lots of love and may all your dreams and goals become a reality. 🎂🎂🎁🎁🎈 <BR> <BR> I know the last four years of your life have been such a ... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 08:43:06 EST Mom What to say about mom. She is my everything, has always been there for me. I love you mom. <BR> My mom has been in a nursing home for four years due to a stroke. She was lucky because she has been stable for the last three years. Memory loss has been some but she usually perks up when she hears me (oh yes she's also blind) and we have great visits.. <BR> <BR> Yesterday should have been one of those normal days. But no- instead I'm told she needs an IV because she's dehydrated. Ok no big... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:52:48 EST 5% Challenge Goal <BR> Well this week has been very hectic with Teacher Appreciation week and we are also in the process of getting my son a car for his move to Georgia. Getting him ready for his big move ha been happy and sad. The actual move is in July but we will be driving up at the end of May to look for apartments. This is all so bitter-sweet! <em>224</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> We also have been dealing with my in-laws and their health and living situation. Things are not looking to good and as... Sat, 9 May 2015 14:52:40 EST Teacher Appreciation Week This is National Teacher Appreciation Week May4-8 and this is what we came to school and found this morning! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ! <BR> All of our doors were so beautifully decorated. the work the parents put into this is just amazing! Each door was done with lots of love and care! <BR> <BR> That is the start - we had Hot breakfast in the teacher's lounge - for us to get at our convenience! <em>490</em> m <em>487</em> <... Mon, 4 May 2015 15:50:16 EST Celebrating My Son! Today, 23 years ago, my oldest son was born! It was a wonderful day and even more so because we had already suffered the loss of our first child, my daughter. He came to make our lives so special and to ease the pain of that loss. <BR> <BR> He has been a wonderful son and I want to honor him today because of how proud his dad and I are of him. <BR> <BR> He graduated college in December and now he has been offered a Graduate Assistant position at Georgia Souther University where he will work... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:37:48 EST 5% Challenge Week 1 Well the start of this challenge has been just that a challenge! I had so many things going on this first week that I don't know how I lost half a pound. I had a work conference where I did get plenty of walking in <em>313</em> but I also did a lot of eating and <em>4</em> and it was not healthy. <em>198</em> . We also had wine drinking in the evening so I really am surprised I lost the half pound. <BR> <BR> Then I came home and had to turn around and go to my in-laws to help them... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:07:11 EST Spring Break/Conference OK So this week is our spring break and you say <em>244</em> <em>244</em> However, there is a national conference for educators NCEA in Orlando this year and we all have to attend/work for three days! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So I am off to work on my spring break! I might not be able to get on computer to much but I will try to stay on track as much as I can! <BR> <BR> So I am off on my spring break to the beach <em>246</em> or should I say to the convention center for three da... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 13:26:31 EST Spring 5% Challenge The challenge is off and here we go! My goal for this challenge is to give it my all! I seem to have fallen off the wagon <em>46</em> <em>193</em> <em>38</em> but I need to dust myself and get right back on! <BR> <BR> So as I said previously no excuses just let's get going!! <em>386</em> <em>521</em> <em>315</em> <em>312</em> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 11:29:00 EST My Birthday Gift Today is Good Friday and I am home from work plus it is my birthday! <em>244</em> So what have done today? I had my annual well women exam including bone density and mammography <em>198</em> I know this doesn't sound exciting but it is my way of trying to keep myself healthy. <BR> <BR> After that I was taken to lunch by some friends so I decided to splurge right before the next challenge begins tomorrow. I was not so bad but I did eat sushi, clams, oysters and shrimps! Yummy!!! <BR> <B... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 17:35:38 EST No excuse - Just reflecting! March 2015 <BR> <BR> So a few weeks before my next birthday and my weight has gotten out of control. I know I am trying but I guess not hard enough so it is time to get serious and get down to business again. I know I can do this I just need to get my mind back on track and dedicate more time to me. <BR> <BR> I wanted to be at my goal weight for my birthday on April 3 but since that won't happen I guess the best birthday present I can give myself is permission to start over. <BR> <BR> A ne... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:55:42 EST Happy! Happiness is within us all! We choose to be sad or be happy! It is so easy to fall into the sad phase - but I love the challenge of being happy for at least 10 minutes a day! <em>30</em> <em>224</em> <BR> Saturday was an extra special, happy day for me! My second graders made their First Reconciliation and the smiles on their faces made me so proud! <em>345</em> <BR> Then to hear the priest say how well prepared they were put a smile on my face! <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Then I we... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:35:56 EST February 17th - Tribute to my Daughter! My dear daughter - Angelina! <BR> <BR> What a beautiful name for a beautiful Angel! My girl I remember you always but especially on your birthday and the day you left us! <BR> <BR> It is always so hard to hear people say - oh you only have two boys - two wonderful young men I must add - but little do they know that I had my daughter before I had my sons! <BR> <BR> I missed doing all the mommy daughter things but I know you are in a wonderful place. You made my life and your dad's happy for... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:17:00 EST Week 1 of 5% Challenge Well week one is in the past and so are the 3 lbs. that I lost!!! <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>192</em> I really gave it my all this week. I took my workout clothes to work and forced myself to leave early enough so that I made it to the gym everyday! <em>315</em> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> I have decided that I need to take care of me first so that I can be effective in my work, my personal life and just plain healthier. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> So on to week 2 and I did get up... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:49:14 EST 5% Challenge Day 1 Well today is the start of the 5% Winter challenge and I am really pumped up about this. I did put weight back on that I lost in the past and I have no one to blame but myself. I could come up with the same excuse - Christmas, New Year's, Three King's, my son's graduation celebration, my husband's birthday... but no that was not it... it was plain and simple ME!!! <BR> <BR> So I know what I need to do and I will be doing just that and the challenge always helps keep me on track so I am reall... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 17:20:27 EST Goodbye 2014 - Hello 2015 <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>236</em> <em>411</em> m <em>107</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> Another year is ending and new one will begin in a few hours. I have to thank God for all the good things that happened this year and accept all the challenges that were presented to me! <BR> <BR> I have to thank my family for always being there and ask for forgiveness if I did anything to offend them during this year (which I am sure I did). <BR> <BR> My oldest graduated from colleg... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:33:13 EST A Very Special Week for a special Son! Well these last few weeks have had plenty of twists and turns. <em>40</em> I have been so busy at work and then at home it has really been fast track! I feel like I am on a fast paced treadmill <em>334</em> <em>315</em> and I can't stop it!!! <BR> <BR> But the best is yet to come!!! <em>224</em> This Friday, Dec. 12th. my oldest son graduates from the University of South Florida (USF)!!!!! <em>149</em> <em>250</em> <em>244</em> I am so proud of him and all that he has acc... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:43:56 EST I Didn't see that coming! Well I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that the scale had 2lbs. less!! <em>40</em> <em>192</em> <em>38</em> Yeah! I thought for sure now it is really broke! <em>246</em> The reason is because these last two weeks I have only been walking 10 minutes the most due to a hip injury! So who would have thought after being stuck at the same weight for weeks that now it went down!!! I did continue to track and follow everything else but who knew! <BR> <BR> Goes to show you that our bod... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:29:52 EST Doctor's Order No Exercise:( Well today I finally went back to the doctor for a pain in my hip that I have had for over six months. <em>33</em> <em>39</em> Back then he told me to take some aleve two times a day for two weeks and to go back if the pain continued. Well needless to say the pain has been getting worse progressively and I continued to ignore it. I have even been working out hoping it would just go away. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a horrible day for me. I am on my feet all day because I teach 2nd. grader... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:06:00 EST Week 2 5% challenge Well I am really disappointed in my weigh in results. I went down but just half pound after all the hard work and tracking. Again I feel that my body is sabotaging me because it likes me and does not want to leave me! <em>15</em> <em>9</em> m <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I worked out consistently and tracked and ate within my range - so what gives - I do feel that something is wrong because it seems that no matter what I do it is the same and my husband keeps losing and is not even tracki... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:09:18 EST Week 1 of Challenge! Week one of the challenge is over! I am so invested in this challenge that I was at the gym every single day! <em>315</em> <em>319</em> I did at least 60 minutes or more a day and I was tracking and measuring my food. I drank my water <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> So someone tell me what went wrong!!! <em>334</em> m <em>334</em> <em>198</em> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> I am completely baf... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:35:29 EST Fall Challenge on the way! Well once again the 5% challenge has started. I am so happy and excited to get back on track. It is so easy to let life get in the way and not watch what you eat, not work out and just go about without tracking our food intake. <em>4</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Well now that the challenge has started it is a motivator and it gives me a reason to get up and go. Being accountable to others and helping the team inspires me to do something for myself. <em>521</em> <em>324</em> <em... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:12:46 EST 5% Summer Challenge as come to an end! Well I stayed on through the whole challenge even though the weight results went the opposite direction! <em>334</em> <em>49</em> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> However, I did have a lot of non scale victories and it was the first summer in a longggggg time that I have taken any vacation time alone with just my DH! <em>224</em> So I had a fun summer after three years of non stop stress and family issues! I came back renewed and ready to continue with the issues and my new teaching assig... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:31:56 EST First Day of School! WOW! I am totally exhausted but so satisfied after my first day as a 2nd grade teacher! <em>198</em> m <em>224</em> I had gotten used to my 4th grader and I forgot how many questions you get from a 2nd grader - so that was fun - but they are all so precious and willing to please that it makes up for the extra questions. <em>521</em> <em>150</em> <em>149</em> I even had a student bring me an apple we just made it so special! <BR> <BR> Today was collecting supplies, getting their... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:14:36 EST Weigh In Results! You would think that after all those hours at the gym <em>315</em> <em>324</em> <em>362</em> that I would see a better result on the <em>192</em> . But NO just a half pound! <em>234</em> <em>33</em> <em>198</em> I guess my month of fun and travels finally caught up to me! <em>246</em> <em>4</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> However, I am not giving up! <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>33</em> <em>198</em> because I have gained a lot of other NSV and I also kno... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 13:57:08 EST 5% Challenge Update:( :) Ok today was weigh in day <em>192</em> <em>198</em> and I knew what was coming! So I did not get upset <em>246</em> <em>521</em> I told myself if you do the crime you pay the time! <em>4</em> m <em>46</em> <em>224</em> So the results are what I expected but I have to confess that this has been the best summer vacation and time I have had in a long, long, long time. <em>334</em> <em>47</em> <em>298</em> <em>388</em> <BR> <BR> So now I am back home, back at wo... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:03:49 EST Back Home and back to work! Well reality is setting in! I am back home from my in-laws and what a week that was! I think I ate <em>334</em> <em>198</em> <em>191</em> <em>495</em> <em>255</em> my way to patience! So I know the scale will be terrible but I have to face the music! <em>192</em> <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> My in-laws, I love them, but by the first day they have worn you down! They are like little bickering kids and no matter what you do it is wrong! The whole week was cleaning, taking them t... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:14:28 EST Busy Week Well I have been pretty busy since I got back home - but I have to say I do feel so relax and I am so happy I took the time for me because I needed to recharge my battery! <em>224</em> <em>216</em> <em>67</em> <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> I have been spending time with mom at the nursing home because once I get back to work it gets harder and this has been so great! <em>220</em> She still has a hard time remembering but I give her lots of love and she loves that!! <em>212</em> <... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:25:05 EST Back Home and 5% Challenge <em>224</em> <em>298</em> <em>388</em> <em>174</em> <BR> Well I am back home from California - a wonderful trip with my husband and we met up with some friends that took us to Sacramento, Carmel by the Sea, Monterey, etc. and wine country <em>277</em> <em>277</em> <BR> <BR> My husband and I had not been on a trip with out kids in the last 22 years!! <em>224</em> so this was really a treat for us. We celebrate our 24th anniversary and we just had a great time. <BR> <BR> I... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 20:09:04 EST San Francisco Update Well we arrived on Sunday morning SF time and the first thing was the weather change! <em>259</em> <em>67</em> It was sunny and cool and when we wentdown to Fisherman's wharf it was windy and wonderful!!! <em>340</em> <em>388</em> <BR> <BR> I am so happy to be here and boy did I get m,y walking in yesterday. We walked, walked, walked and walked that by the time we made it back to the hotel at 6pm West coast time and 9pm East coast <em>30</em> <em>40</em> I was completely exh... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:30:52 EST San Francisco Here We Come Well lots of things going on today: <BR> <BR> First day of summer <em>67</em> <BR> First day of the 5% summer challenge <em>244</em> <BR> My niece's baby shower <em>79</em> <BR> Finally home packing for my trip tomorrow morning <em>388</em> <em>224</em> <em>250</em> <BR> We leave the house at the 4am because we have an early flight so I guess early night for me! <BR> This get us into San Francisco around 9am and then we will have the day to relax and try to catch up on... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 20:51:46 EST Happy Days ;) June 20 is a special day for us! my youngest son was born 20 years ago in Jacksonville, FL <em>383</em> <em>77</em> <em>183</em> Today he is turning 20 and we are so proud of all of his accomplishments. <em>345</em> He has had the last three years of his teen years as a struggle and challenge due to his condition but I am happy to report that he is doing so well. <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> He is also dealing with his weight (which is due to all... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:09:57 EST Memories The weekend was a moving weekend for me again - this time helping my oldest son put his things in storage at college until he gets his new apt. in August. So once again work, but of course it is done with love. <BR> <BR> Today I had a training from work for our new grading system that starts up in August and then I went to visit mom at the nursing home. <BR> <BR> For those of you that don't know Mom had a stroke almost 4 years ago which she never fully recovered. On top of this she went bli... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:05:58 EST It is Done! Well today I finally finish moving all my things from 4th to 2nd grade. <em>46</em> <em>39</em> I had no idea how much stuff we accumulate throughout the <em>198</em> years. I cleaned out the 4th grade room <em>253</em> and left all my things stored away in my new 2nd grade room!! <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <em>229</em> <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Everything was stored away until August when I return to then organize and start the new chapter in my school career. <em>5... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:21:49 EST Last Day as 4th Grade Teacher Today is a bittersweet day! <em>30</em> <em>46</em> It is the last day of school with students!!! <em>244</em> But it is the last day I will be in 4th grade. I love my 4th graders and it is hard! However, I know I will be ok when I close up this room and start opening up the 2nd grade room!! <em>521</em> m <em>250</em> <em>30</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <BR> I know I will adapt quickly because I have that ability and some my current students have siblings that will be 2... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:40:57 EST Decision Has been Made First off I want to thank all of you that gave me such great support, advice and just listen to me during these days of my dilemma regarding my job and the changes be offered. <BR> I really appreciate all of your encouragement and support! <em>304</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Finally today after much thought and prayer I have decided to go for the challenge and take on the 2nd grade class!!! <em>334</em> <em>521</em> The decision was very hard because as I said before I love my 4... Fri, 30 May 2014 21:56:32 EST 5% Challange Has Taught Me Assertivness Yes, I can actually say that these 5% challenges and this spark site has taught me how to be more assertive in my life. All the articles, blogs from other members and comments from my spark family has helped me become this person. <BR> <BR> Why you must be think do I say this. I have been dealing with a big decision at my work which involves staying in 4th grade or moving to 2nd. Previously I would have just done what my boss asked without thinking of all the options. But because of all my s... Wed, 28 May 2014 20:46:29 EST Big Decision for tomorrow! OK! I am still weighing all my options between 2nd and 4th grade. My boss has been nicely pressuring me to take the 2nd. grade position. He is really smooching me and I am really torn. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I love my 4th grade and I do know that the group coming up has lots of problems (learning issues) but they are so independent to a point. I already know the curriculum and I just feel good. <BR> <BR> On the other hand 2nd. graders have so much eagerness to learn and please! This gro... Mon, 26 May 2014 13:21:47 EST Tribute to our soldiers I am sitting here watching the PBS Memorial tribute to our soldiers and the emotion is so hard to hold back tears. I can't even imagine the feelings of the families of the injured and especially those that have lost their dear ones! <BR> <BR> As another team member posted we need to stop and remember what this day is all about! Take a moment out of our busy lives and Remember those who gave everything for our Freedom! <em>652</em> m <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <BR> Thank you to all t... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:15:25 EST 5% Challenge I am really going through a dry spell with my weight. I keep losing and gaining the same 2 or 3 pounds. I am really doing the tracking, I get at least 30 minutes or more if possible of exercise but my body is just plain not responding. <BR> <BR> I am still continuing with my goals and I won't give up. Especially now that my son who has had medical issues for the last few years has decided to work on his weight. He was such a thin young teenage before he started on all his medication and weig... Sat, 24 May 2014 23:44:18 EST I was sent to the principal's office! Well the school year is winding down and we are all stressed and ready for it to be over. the kids are ready to move on, the parents and so am I. I have had a great year with most of my 4th graders and I just love the age group. <em>224</em> <BR> However, yesterday my principal called down to his office-which I rarely visit unless there is a situation- <em>334</em> <BR> So I am thinking what did I do or not do? What parent complained about me? Will my contract be renewed? etc. etc. <BR... Thu, 22 May 2014 07:27:24 EST