BE-THE-CHANGE's SparkPeople Blog BE-THE-CHANGE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 05-11-2016 <img src=""> <BR> Today is the 2nd anniversary of my dad's death. I miss him more than ever. Wed, 11 May 2016 23:17:36 EST 05-10-2016 We went to my great-nephew's orchestra concert last night. Nelson is in 4th grade and plays the viola. He had a duet last night while the larger bands were changing places. He did very well! I would have been a nervous wreck. <BR> <BR> I couldn't get both of them from my vantage point, but this is Nelson playing the duet. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 10 May 2016 13:39:31 EST 05-02-2016 There is a really interesting article in the New York Times today. It is titled "After 'The Biggest Loser,' Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight". A scientist at a federal research center had the idea to follow the Season 8 'Biggest Loser' contestants for six years after the final night. The project was the first to measure what happened to people over as long as six years after they had lost large amounts of weight with intensive dieting and exercise. They may have gotten some insights in... Mon, 2 May 2016 13:12:47 EST 05-01-2016 If you asked me, I would have said I hadn't posted a blog in a month or so. Boy, how time flies! <BR> <BR> I've been busy at work, with tax season, with some Spark guests, and then sick. This week I attended a conference for my nonprofit work on Thursday and Friday and still worked both evenings after the conference. I was also working just now, because no one reviews anything until the last minute. And I'm not perfect. <BR> <BR> It's been a big week for our nonprofit. On Wednesday we h... Sun, 1 May 2016 19:56:47 EST 02-22-2016 Wow, I didn't realize I missed the whole weekend. My husband was feeling sick all weekend so we didn't do much. We both worked a lot of hours last week and pretty much crashed on Friday night. <BR> <BR> Saturday I spend working on tax returns. I generally don't mind doing taxes, unless the person owes a lot of money and didn't realize it before I tell them. I always want to say "don't kill the messenger". I know they are angry at the situation, not me, but it still feels lousy. <BR> <B... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 20:25:38 EST 02-19-2016 <img src=""> <BR> This is how I feel. Fri, 19 Feb 2016 23:15:09 EST 02-18-2016 I apparently fell asleep in the middle of posting last night. It was another long day at work. Fri, 19 Feb 2016 07:25:18 EST 02-17-2016 There is a water main break near the end of my street. Right now we have no water. Here's to hoping we can shower in the morning! UPDATE - we have water this morning! Wed, 17 Feb 2016 23:56:29 EST 02-16-2016 I know this is late, but I took the time to take these pictures and so I am posting under this date. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday we had a very icy morning. All the schools wound up closing. My entire office decided to work from home. So I sat in my office all day and decided I HAD to finish organizing when my work day was over. This also fit in with my 40 bags in 40 days challenge. So once I was done with "work", I got to work and finished cleaning my office. That meant finding a place for th... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 10:18:26 EST 02-15-2016 I have been using my phone for blog posts and I just realized that some of them did not actually post. I know that last night's post was fairly long, but I'll be darned if I can remember what I wrote about. Oh, the joys of getting older! I was off today and very grateful for that. As much as I enjoyed the weekend with family, it was also exhausting. My sleep is still off. For those who asked, I do not have sleep apnea. I've had two sleep studies done over the years and I'm not even borderlin... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 23:06:14 EST 02-13-2016 Today is my husband's 60th birthday. We had a wonderful day with our grandchildren and a great evening with family and friends. It was such a pleasure to have all three of our children together. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 23:43:47 EST 02-10-2016 Last night we went to bed at 10 and I was still awake at 11:50. I finally fell asleep but woke up at 1:15 with horrible acid reflux. I slept sitting up the rest of the night. I still felt awful this morning and decided to work at home today. I went back to bed until 8:30 and then worked all day. I was more relaxed today than I've been in a while. I am really not sure why sleep is so elusive. I have been worried about work. I often wake up but I usually don't have much trouble going back to s... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:32:20 EST 02-08 and 02-09-2016 Work continues to be very busy but I am getting a handle on it. I had a good talk with my boss today about my workload and priorities. I knocked a couple of items off my to do list. I am still working long days but it's better. Now if I can just stop waking up every night! Tue, 9 Feb 2016 22:35:28 EST 02-04 thru 02-07-2016 This week at work was physically and mentally draining. I blew several of my streaks, including blogging (and sleep). Time to get them going again. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:14:06 EST 02-03-2016 I worked from 7:15 am until 8 pm today. I still have a few things to do for tomorrow but my brain was fried. I left things set up and ready to go. I don't expect the auditor to arrive 9:30. I should have enough time if I can get up early and get started by 7. Wish me luck! Wed, 3 Feb 2016 21:48:40 EST 01-31 thru 02-02-2016 The days are running together. Work has been overwhelming this week. As much as I have gotten done, I am still behind. Tomorrow is my last day before the auditor arrives. I still have SO much to do. I'll just have to stay at the office tomorrow until it's done. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:32:07 EST 01-29-2016 and 01-30-2016 Thanks for all the kind thoughts and prayers. <BR> <BR> My grandson (and his dad) are on the mend. <BR> <BR> My daughter, Angie (aka PRETTYKITTY26) saw the neurosurgeon yesterday. There is no spinal damage. She has whiplash and lots of soft tissue damage. He gave her a script for a muscle relaxer, a soft collar (instead of the hard cervical collar), and he wants her to go to physical therapy. All in all, the best outcome we could expect. Here are some pictures she posted on Facebook. Yo... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:38:18 EST 01-28-2016 Keep some good thoughts for my family and a friend. My daughter is in a lot of pain from her accident. I am taking her to see the neurosurgeon tomorrow. Hopefully it's just deep bruising from the air bags and nothing more. <BR> <BR> My younger grandson, Frankie, has pneumonia and a double ear infection. I am betting his dad, my son Vinnie, also has pneumonia but of course he did not get himself checked out. I pulled a mom on him and told him to get to the doctor on Saturday if he is not... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:24:23 EST 01-27-2016 I almost forgot to post tonight. I am already in bed and posting with my phone. It was a long day and I can't think. I'll post more tomorrow. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:10:25 EST 01-26-2016 After I posted last night, I was worried that it was too whiny. Well, today the universe decided to tell me I was right. I was on my way to work when my daughter called. We had just been texting before I left, so I couldn't imagine why she was now calling. Well, it turns out she had a car accident. She wanted me to come and get her and bring her to the emergency room. Long story short, she seems to be ok. She has a lot of bruising from the airbags. The CT scan was negative but since her nec... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:01:19 EST 01-25-2016 What a long day! It actually started last night. We went to bed at 10, but I didn't fall asleep until almost midnight. Then I woke again around 3:30. No idea why, but it makes for one tired day. <BR> <BR> Suddenly I am absolutely slammed at work. I had 7 items on my to do list for today, and I got just 3 of them done. I am only in the office 1/2 day tomorrow and then I am alone for the rest of the week. That is a good news/bad news type thing. I won't be interrupted by co-workers, ... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 19:46:23 EST 01-24-2016 I did not get as much done as I had hoped. However part of the reason for that was an unexpected visit from my oldest son. We haven't seen his since Christmas Eve so it was nice to take a couple of hours and catch up. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 22:10:58 EST 01-23-2016 We escaped the worst of the snow. We got about 5 inches. On the other side of the state, my son says they have 2 feet. I planned to stay in all day and I did just that. I got some well needed rest this morning. I got some work done and some board work done. More of both tomorrow. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 22:30:40 EST 01-22-2016 It's been a long week. I have a big list of things I want to get done this weekend but it looks like I'll have to work for at least part of the time. So far we don't have too much snow but I am planning on staying in all day tomorrow no matter how much we get. If you are in the storm's path stay safe and warm. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 00:00:50 EST 01-21-2016 Thanks so much for your comments on my last blog. I could not have done this without SparkPeople and the support of my friends here. It's hard to say how close we are to actually opening the shelter. We have the possibility of a partnership with a housing organization here. It's still early to know if it will pan out. We have also become aware of a property another nonprofit is selling. It was a shelter in the past so that would put us ahead with zoning. We are trying to arrange to see it... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:24:43 EST 01-20-2016 The organization we have started is called Proud Haven. We have a website and you can find us on Facebook. Our mission is to open and run a shelter for homeless LGBTQ+ youth. When I was a child my family was homeless for over a year. By that I mean we did not have our own home. For a time we stayed with my aunt and her family and then we lived with my grandparents for a while. We were lucky to have family to help us. My husband and I have housed numerous people over the years, mostly but... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:39:31 EST 01-19-2016 Today was a long day, but productive in the end. It started with me setting off the alarm in a new office space our non-profit will be using. After getting someone to help me turn it off, I hosted a meeting there. After that it was work all afternoon. We lost power for a while but it came back on just as we were going to go home. I found a mistake I made when reviewing some work we had to resubmit with more details. I'm glad I found it but since we already submitted I may have to explain th... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:01:34 EST 01-18-2016 It's much too cold for me. I don't mind winter but these wind chills are ridiculous! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 22:37:18 EST 01-17-2016 I wrote a blog on my phone last night but obviously it didn't post. We had a quiet day at home after my SIL and niece left. We lazed around all morning and spent the afternoon working on our annual budget, until it was time for the weekly call with our grandsons. We didn't talk last week because they were feeling well. It's amazing how much a one-year-old can change in just two weeks! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:25:15 EST 01-16-2016 Last day of company. We had dinner at my BIL's house. He and his wife recently moved back here. I was a bit anxious but we had a good meal and a pleasant time. I tracked as well as I could when we got home and I'm just a little over. We've had a nice visit with my SIL and niece, but I am looking forward to getting back to the routine. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 22:48:28 EST 01-15-2016 I am a bit over on calorie range today. My visiting SIL took me to lunch and I underestimated the calories. I did eat healthy foods and I tracked it all once I got home and could search the Internet for calorie counts. I am counting today on the win column. This SIL used to be my cheat buddy. We would constantly sabotage ourselves and each other by being that person you could overeat with who would always help you "justify" it. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 23:17:57 EST 01-14-2016 I know it's technically Friday but I am just going to bed so it's still Thursday to me. It's been a day from hell. There's too much to get into at this hour. Suffice it to say my streak continues. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:51:49 EST 01-13-2016 I had a meal planned for tonight, but I had forgotten about a meeting right after work. By the time I got home it was after 8 PM. I did not have the time or the inclination to start cooking a meal. Instead I had soup, salad, and fruit. Plan B for the win! Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:42:01 EST 01-12-2016 I was not feeling well this morning and I decided to take a personal day to recharge my batteries. Now I don't think I can fall asleep! Tue, 12 Jan 2016 23:05:54 EST 01-11-2016 It's been a long day but I managed to stay on track. I didn't have lunch until almost 3:00 but I ate the food I brought for lunch and only that. No stress eating - a small victory for me. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 23:00:45 EST 01-10-2016 We had a very pleasant visit and dinner with my daughter and her partner. We just love their company and it was nice to spend time with them, which we don't get to do very often. <BR> <BR> We were celebrating her birthday. They are both trying to be very healthy in their eating, so we had a great meal that was in my food range. We had fresh fruit for dessert - no birthday cake and we didn't miss it! Sun, 10 Jan 2016 21:10:41 EST 01-09-2016 I started my current job on February 1, 2013. I work at a non-profit organization which is almost entirely funded by federal grants. On March 1, 2014, I along with several others had to move to part-time time due to a decrease in our grant money. Some people were laid off, so I was happy to have my job. This change was supposed to last for six months. However, I have been working at 3/4 time ever since. My budget has not been happy but it was nice to have the extra time. Since then we ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 19:40:46 EST 01-08-2016 <img src=""> <BR> The most important thing about today is that it is my daughter's birthday. She is also known as PRETTYKITTY26. Angie is the best daughter, and friend, that a mom could hope for. I'm looking forward to having her and her partner over for dinner on Sunday. Fri, 8 Jan 2016 23:36:19 EST 01-07-2016 We had unexpected company for dinner and she just left, so this will be a short post. Seven days of tracking all my food. Seven days in my calorie range. My husband was out of town last night and brought a bakery treat home today. I am happy that I did not eat any of it. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 21:17:43 EST 01-06-2016 I am stumped as to what to write about tonight. I had an idea earlier today while I was at work, but now it escapes me. I am also having problems with the site, so I think I am going to call it a night. <BR> <BR> I am still on track - brought my lunch and ate it again today. It feels good. Wed, 6 Jan 2016 21:43:35 EST 01-05-2016 Oh, the sheer pleasure of having our house to ourselves again! <BR> <BR> My SIL and her son were up at 4 AM to leave. She had to take him to the airport for a 6:30 AM flight and then she was getting on the road for Georgia. Of course, they woke us up. I am not sure what time we fell back to sleep, but we wound up oversleeping. <BR> <BR> I decided I would prepare everything I planned, even though we were running late. My new schedule has not been set yet, so no one was expecting me at 8 ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 19:59:32 EST 01-04-2016 I ran out of the house this morning without any food (one more day of in-laws), so I stopped at the grocery store on the way to the office and picked up some healthy food for both breakfast and lunch. <BR> <BR> My boss did indeed ask me if I had brought lunch, and I said yes without asking where she was going. I also got a small veggie tray at the store, which was good because I was very hungry mid-afternoon and I ate those instead of hitting the holiday treats we still have around the of... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 17:51:01 EST 01-03-2016 Wow, I am actually hitting 3 days in a row with some sort of post. I haven't done this in months. I've also got 3 full days of tracking and 3 days on plan. It's been a bit easier to do since I was home all day for those 3 days. I haven't left the house since New Year's Eve. Tomorrow is back to work and that will be my first real challenge. <BR> <BR> Ours is a small office and we pretty much eat lunch together every day. If everyone brought lunch it wouldn't be such a challenge. Howe... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 20:52:03 EST 01-02-2016 There was an article in our paper today titled "A new year really can mean a new you". It talked about setting goals, rather than making resolutions, which is something I had already decided to do. They found five things that many self-improvement websites seemed to agree on. <BR> <BR> 1. Smile more - I started doing this last January, but it quickly fell by the wayside. I need to work on it more this year. <BR> <BR> 2. Save (even a little) money - I think we all know we should save mo... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 21:35:24 EST 01-01-2016 <img src=""> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:15:01 EST 12-25-2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas! Fri, 25 Dec 2015 09:06:14 EST 12-04-2015 Today's prompt is winter beauty. I have to say, unless I am able to stay home, I don't find much beauty in snow these days. I'd be just as happy if we didn't have any snow, just cold. We had an accident on I-80 a few years ago, and I still don't know how my husband and I escaped without injury. Ever since then, I am anxious to drive in snowy or icy weather. <BR> <BR> I do appreciate how pretty it can make the city. This picture was taken downtown a couple of years ago. Just when you th... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 19:37:57 EST 12-03-2015 Oops, thought I posted this last night. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is an early morning picture around the corner from my house. Each year it seems like we have more deer in our neighborhood. One night we came home to find one on the front walk! They didn't come quite so close to the house when we had our dog. My husband found a deer tick on himself last month while cleaning up the leaves. Luckily... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 10:53:28 EST 12-02-2015 Tradition is a hard one for me right now. As our kids moved into their own homes and started their own families, many of my own Christmas traditions have fallen by the wayside. I used to always have the house decorated and the tree up on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, but as of today, nothing is done except the outside lights and my husband did those. It looks like we won't have anyone here on Christmas itself, so my traditional breakfast is no more. <BR> <BR> I guess I'll have to go ... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 20:15:02 EST 12-01-2015 I cannot believe it is already December. I know people say that all the time, but it seems like the older I get, the faster time passes. There are never enough hours in the day anymore. My "to-do" list is constantly spilling over to the next day. I need to start prioritizing things. First has to be me. As they say when you fly on a plane, "Please put your own oxygen mask before assisting others". If I am not at my best, I can't do my best for others. <BR> <BR> The biggest thing I c... 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