BE-THE-CHANGE's SparkPeople Blog BE-THE-CHANGE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 19:36:52 EST 11-29-2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful for each and every one of my SparkFriends. Sun, 29 Nov 2015 15:36:16 EST Purple Passion I am the co-leader of a Biggest Loser team (no relation to the show except for the name) called the Purple Passion. We have room for a couple of members for the Winter Challenge. If you are looking for a small team that is very encouraging, this may be what you want. The teams are private, so what happens on our threads stays on our threads. <BR> <BR> These are the team expectations: <BR> <BR> We compete against other teams (usually 10 or so) to be the Biggest Losing Team over the course... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:52:16 EST 10-19-2015 ~Day 10 - A picture of your closest friend (I need to pick up the pace!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my daughter, taken earlier this year. She is 26 now and we have gotten very close since she left her teen years. She knows me better than anyone. We enjoy spending time with each other and text almost every day. I hope this never changes. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 19 Oct 2015 19:16:36 EST 10-13-2015 ~Day 09 – A picture that motivates you to do more <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These are my grandsons. In August they spent a few weeks with us, and I got to watch them a few times. I learned pretty quickly that I am too out of shape to keep up with them. I need to take care of myself so I can be around for them for a very long time. When I think about giving up, or giving in to junk food, I think about ... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 18:23:51 EST 10-10-2015 ~Day 08 - A picture of your favorite color <BR> <BR> If you've looked at my page you already know my favorite color - it's purple! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 13:36:35 EST 10-07-2015 I knew I was behind but I didn't realize how much. It's be hectic. I am just going to pick up where I left off. <BR> <BR> ~Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item <BR> <BR> As a mom, I often had doubts about what kind of job I was doing with my kids. Each of my 3 children is different from each other in a lot of ways. I would find myself wondering why...what did I do or not do...were their problems somehow my fault? I am sure most parents go through the same thing. <BR> <BR> None... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 09:41:13 EST 10-03-2015 ~Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day <BR> <BR> Although I do admire some people, that doesn't necessarily mean I would want to trade places with them for a day. Then there is the whole thing about being careful what you wish for...after all, you never know what private troubles a person might be going through. But after much thought, I realized that there was one person that I did know all about and if I could, I really would want to trade places for a d... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 10:13:42 EST 10-02-2015 ~Day 05 - A picture of your favorite animal <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was our dog, Toby, at Christmas 2011. Right before Christmas in 2013, we lost him. Toby was just terrified of thunderstorms. When a storm comes up now and I am away from home, I still think "I have to get home. Toby must be so scared." Sat, 3 Oct 2015 10:01:27 EST 10-01-2015 ~Day 04 - A picture of the cast of your favorite TV show <BR> <BR> This is a tough one for me. I don't really have one favorite TV show. I tend to like crime and medical shows. When I was a kid, I loved to sneak out of bed and watch Perry Mason. Later I liked Columbo, Quincy ME, Hill Street Blues, and St. Elsewhere. There was ER and Chicago Hope. I loved Six Feet Under and Dexter on cable. More recently there has been House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. On network these days... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 20:42:04 EST 09-30-2015 ~Day 03 - A picture of your inspiration for weight loss <BR> <BR> This is an easy one! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My grandsons, Gino and Frankie, are my inspiration. I want to be around for them and to... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:57:34 EST 09-29-2015 ~Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest <BR> <BR> The person that I am the closest to is my daughter. I love my husband, but there are things that we just don't share. My daughter and I had our issues when she was growing up, but as an adult she is one of my best friends. I hope it always stays this way. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is us several years ago. ... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:56:20 EST 09-28-2015 ~Day 01 - A recent picture of yourself <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a recent meeting of a nonprofit organization I am involved with. I am on the right hand side, in the middle. <BR> <BR> I don't like this picture, because I don't like the way I look. It's hard for me to share candid pictures. I generally try to hide as much of myself as possible. But it is what it is right now. Mon, 28 Sep 2015 22:01:11 EST 09-27-2015 30 Days of Pictures <BR> <BR> I did this once before. I enjoyed finding the pictures each day, but many of the questions also made me think, sometimes about things I realized I was avoiding. Time to do it again! Tomorrow will be day 1. <BR> <BR> ~Day 01 - A recent picture of yourself <BR> ~Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest <BR> ~Day 03 - A picture of your inspiration for weight loss <BR> ~Day 04 - A picture of the cast of your favorite TV ... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 20:26:55 EST