CHEFKATLEANER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CHEFKATLEANER CHEFKATLEANER'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/ Serenaded from Barbados http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763245 This evening I got the sweetest message from Shawn: <BR> <BR> "Hey Babe....the chorus of this song makes me think of u. Just change two words: Oh, won't you stay with me? <BR> 'Cause you're all I need <BR> This is (not ain't) love, it's clear to see <BR> Oh (not but) darling, stay with me" <BR> <BR> (attached is a sound file of the Sam Smith song 'Stay With Me') <BR> <BR> He then followed it up with: <BR> <BR> "I know telling u to change lyrics sounds silly...but the music swells the way... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:53:25 EST I'm not making a mistake. I'm making a sacrifice. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759074 Oh dear friends....I am having really hard time today. Please bear with me, because I think this post is going to make me sound like an awful person. <BR> <BR> I think I'm making a mistake moving in with Grandma. I had a realization today, as I looked at the bruise on her face (because she fell at home the other day). I am giving up my independence to move in and be Grandma's part-time care giver. But it's too late now....I've terminated my lease, and started getting rid of furniture. Grandm... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:27:05 EST Crossing some stuff off my to-do list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754623 Today was a day off...and while I didn't get much done in terms of packing, I did get some less tangible stuff done. <BR> <BR> 1. I cancelled my tenant's insurance <BR> <BR> 2. I went to Grandma's and took some measurements of my room <BR> <BR> 3. Discovered my queen size bed will fit in the room! YAY! I get to keep my bed (for now)! <BR> <BR> 4. Called the moving company and made arrangements for my piano to be moved August 13. <BR> <BR> 5. Talked to my boss about my weekly days off fo... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:38:10 EST Grand plans and the steps I'm taking to get there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751639 I finally got confirmation from my landlord that they have accepted my termination notice and I am moving by the end of August. This is such a relief to me, as last week they were threatening legal action because they claimed I hadn't given my notice on time. Turns out, it had sat on their desk, unopened, for 3 weeks. As soon as I threatened to call the Landlord and Tenant Board, they changed their tune. <BR> <BR> So now I have to get my butt in gear in terms of packing and purging. While I'... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 11:43:43 EST Feeling Fear as these big changes approach...and trying to turn that fear into something positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727730 On February 1, 2013, I posted a blog entitled The Power of Fear ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232528 </link> ) about how the fear of success AND failure can be completely paralyzing. <BR> <BR> Well, here I am, 15 months later, and while I am finally working (not my own business, but at least I have a full time job that I love), I am facing new changes which are bringing a whole new set of fears to face. And I feel myself shutting down, and b... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:23:05 EST Big scary changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712240 I feel like sharing this news here...because I think the more places I share it, the more likely it is to happen. :D <BR> <BR> I'm moving to Barbados by the end of this year. On July 1, I will be giving 60 days notice at my apartment and moving in with my grandma by the end of August. I figure this will save me at least $500/month that I can put into savings. <BR> <BR> I have talked about doing this since 2009. 5 years people, 5 years. I am not talking about it for another 5. And since my ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 16:51:18 EST An interesting thing about Bodbot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667712 Today was supposed to be my third Bodbot workout...but I was so sore from the first 2 days, and the 6km walk yesterday, that I decided to skip it. And when I clicked on "missed today's workout", Bodbot made some changes to my next 2 workouts to make sure that what should have been worked on today gets done in the next few days. <BR> <BR> Which is perfect. I didn't have to think about it. On Thursday, I'll log into my account and I'll have the workout all laid out for me. And it will get done... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:26:04 EST Bodbot Workout - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665676 I just finished the second workout that Bodbot set up for me. Again, it was not a long, complicated set of exercises. Just 4 exercises that I can already feel. Today I did Cat-Camels, Door-frame Rows, Bird-dogs and Side bridges. And today's side bridges were different from yesterday's. Yesterday I had to hold each side for 20 seconds for 3 sets. Today I had to do 8-3 second reps on each side for 3 sets. And they were hard, yo! <BR> <BR> So far I am loving this set up. I even downloaded the ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:20:26 EST Trying something new... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665273 A Sparkfriend posted about something the other day. Something I had no idea existed, but got me thinking. She posted about online gyms. Another friend of ours posted a recommendation and I decided to check it out. I definitely need the help getting in my strength training. <BR> <BR> So I set up an account on Bodbot.com...and through a series of questions, I was able to set up and tweak a schedule that takes into consideration the fact that I don't have much equipment, much ST experience/sta... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 20:51:05 EST Perfect days really do happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662920 Today has been as perfect a day as I could wish. To put it in perspective, here's how today stacked up against my Power of 10. <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of ST: <em>248</em> I did 30 minutes of full body ST. I even did some exercises that I didn't think I could do but I pushed myself through them. And felt AMAZING afterward. :) <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of housework: <em>248</em> I cleaned my kitchen and threw out some stuff that had been cluttering my coffee table. <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of car... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:16:13 EST Making progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662475 So after a mostly AF March (I had 23 days), here's how my weight and measurements stack up: <BR> <BR> Starting stats (taken March 2) <BR> Weight: 197.6 pounds <BR> Bust: 43.5 inches <BR> Waist: 38 inches <BR> Hips: 45.5 inches <BR> <BR> Ending Stats (taken April 2) <BR> Weight: 193.4 pounds <BR> Bust: 42 inches <BR> Waist: 36.5 inches <BR> Hips: 43.75 inches <BR> <BR> With these results, I'm going to continue being mostly AF for April. And I'll be continuing with my ST program. Today is an... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 09:48:29 EST New motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660084 I am 44 days away from Barbados and I've been making some decent progress. However, a few days ago, I saw something in the mirror that is really spurring me on. I saw myself. After a mostly AF March (I have 23 days so far), I have lost pounds and inches (final tally on Wednesday when I'm home). My tummy is flatter and I think I have some pretty awesome curves going on. So I have decided to wear a bikini in Barbados. Yesterday I started a full body ST program that I will do every second day. O... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:11:47 EST One of those days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651049 Today has been one of those days. You know, one of those days where you just want to curl up into a ball and cry. Lately, I feel like I've been doing is worrying about my sick family members and yesterday it all kind of came to a head. <BR> <BR> I got a call at 10am from my youngest sister. Our other sister had been taken to the hospital in an ambulance. She was dizzy, disoriented, slurring her words, and she had suffered a seizure. She apparently had another seizure when she got to the hos... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:27:55 EST So tired....and T-minus 60 days until Barbados http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648042 I am so cranky and tired tonight. I have not been sleeping well since the time change and tonight I felt really awful at work. I felt slow, grumpy, and irritable. <BR> <BR> I debated having a big glass of wine when I got home tonight. But then realized that I didn't really want to open the big bottle I have here just for one glass. So I had 2 bottles of the non-alcoholic Jamaican style ginger beer I really like. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my day off and after a good sleep-in, I'll get in a sho... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:37:46 EST Countdown to Barbados - Check-in Day whatever. :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645800 Just a quick check-in. :) Today was my day off...and I spent most of it knitting or on the phone with retirement homes. My great-aunt Audrey is going in for bowel resection surgery next week and when she is released from the hospital, she is going to a home for a few weeks for convalescent care. After making a bunch of calls to some homes in our part of the city, I managed to get her booked into the place that we toured last summer. When I told Audrey where I'd been able to get her a room, ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:49:46 EST Countdown to Barbados - Check-in Day #7 and return to running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643183 Today was uber successful. :D <BR> <BR> I got to a local yarn store and treated myself to some new yarn...I have a spring sweater in mind and I needed the yarn for it. I got some lovely turquoise yarn and some really cute little buttons to finish it off. :) <BR> <BR> While I was out, I just revelled in the sunshine...and the snow melting. So when I got home, I changed into my running gear. And went out. It was mostly a really fast walk, but I did get in 4 good segments of jogging. I haven... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 21:39:30 EST Countdown to Barbados - Check-in Day #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642482 So I didn't do too badly today. :) I went and picked up my second pair of glasses. I love both pairs. I think they're really sharp looking. Here are a couple pics...please don't judge the hair and stupid pictures. I was using my cell phone and I'm not used to the front facing camera. *lol* <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1227991082.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l410577361.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I got home from getting ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 21:55:12 EST Countdown to Barbados - Check-in Day #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641674 I really struggle to be productive on days that I work. But I will just keep on keeping on. I did step on the scale this morning and I'm down 1.2 pounds already...official weigh-in on Sunday. But it appears that something is working. Oh right...probably the no alcohol thing. :) <BR> <BR> I work again tomorrow, but I will get up early and get stuff done. Because before I go to work, I have to go out and pick up my second pair of glasses. :) And I will get some exercise and housework done befo... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 21:16:38 EST Countdown to Barbados - A rather blah Check-in Day #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640741 I am letting myself have an off day today. I just feel tired and blah and run down. I certainly don't think the weather is helping as I feel myself getting to the end of my rope with this cold and snow. This was the view from my balcony last night: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1678076309.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The only goal of my Power of 10 that I have accomplished today is 10 minutes for me. This evening is all about me. I made a yummy steak for dinner, with a b... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 19:33:02 EST Countdown to Barbados - Check-in Day #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639871 A rather so-so day...but that's ok. Not every day is going to be awesome. :) <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of ST - not met <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of cardio - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I got in a brisk, 15 minute walk today. And while it's not a huge workout, it's all about baby steps at this point. :) <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of housework - not met <BR> <BR> 10 minutes for ME - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I've read a bit today, knit a bit today, had coffee with Grandma, visited Audrey and relaxed in f... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 21:03:59 EST Countdown to Barbados - check-in day #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638976 Just a quick checkin since I'm at my grandma's. <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of cardio- not met although I was up and down the stairs at workba lot today. <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of ST: met. I did lunges hip adductors and abductors, bicep curls and shoulder presses and some more crunches <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of housework: yup! I cleaned my bathroom before I went to work. <BR> <BR> 10 minutes for me: you bet! I read for a bit first thing this morning I've done some knitting and now I'm going to m... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:13:04 EST Countdown to Barbados - Check-in Day #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637983 After posting my plan this morning, I got cracking on it. <BR> <BR> Here's how I did: <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of ST - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I did 2 sets each of squats (2x12), dumbbell flys (2x15), crunches (2x15), dumbbell shoulder presses (2x12) <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of cardio - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I danced around my living for 5 minutes this morning and then went for a cold 22 minute tromp through the snow with SEPTEMBERSPIRIT. <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of housework - <em>248</em> ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:54:28 EST 72 days to make some changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637520 In 72 days, I will be headed back to Barbados. That means I have 72 days to make some small changes so I don't look like a big blob in my vacation photos. It's funny, I feel quite comfortable in my skin....until I see a picture and I'm always surprised that's what I look like. *lol* For the next 72 days, my motivation is pure vanity. I want to look great in my swimsuit. <BR> <BR> Over the next 72 days, I will be following my Power of 10 (I know...you must all be tired of hearing about this ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 09:57:50 EST Being spontaneous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619319 And this, is why I love being single. I can do what I want, when I want, and I don't need anyone's permission to do it. :D <BR> <BR> I figured out my income tax return last night. And I'm getting more than enough back to plan a trip back to Barbados for a week. So, SEPTEMBERSPIRIT and I are looking at a couple of options in terms of dates and best prices, but we're heading back to my favourite place on earth in April or May. <BR> <BR> Soon, I will be back here: <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 10:21:43 EST Checking in for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592920 So here's how I did. :) <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of housework - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I did all of my dinner dishes, took out my gargage and made sure my kitchen was clean for the night. <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of fitness - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> While dinner was cooking, I danced around the living room. It was fun. :) <BR> <BR> 10 minutes for ME - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I got up early (for me) this morning and had a yummy breakfast with a great cup of coffee. I'm now blogging, havin... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:40:24 EST Taking the baby steps that will get me going in the right direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591761 After working 6 days in a row, today was my day off. And after setting my goals last week, today was the day I got down to the nitty-gritty and started working on them. <BR> <BR> Let's see how I did, shall we? <BR> <BR> 1. 10 minutes of housework - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I cleaned out my fridge, did all my dishes and took out my garbage and recycling <BR> <BR> 2. 10 minutes of fitness - not properly met <BR> <BR> Although I did take the stairs when I went out today and I carried my ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:50:14 EST Goal progress - so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582964 Jan 1: 20 minute walk with the dog, not enough water, not enough freggies <BR> <BR> Jan 2: 60 minutes walking the dog, not enough water, 4 freggies (I'm aiming for 6/day) <BR> <BR> Jan 3: 60 minutes walking the dog, not enough water, 2 freggies <BR> <BR> Jan 4: 60 minutes walking the dog, not enough water, 5 freggies <BR> <BR> I obviously need to work on the water. I just find when it's this cold, water doesn't appeal to me. So today I am going to drink herbal tea and try to get more wate... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:29:48 EST Dragging my butt back on th SP wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579327 Oh look...it's a new year and here I am again, starting over. I am the same weight today that I was last new year's. Which is probably the only good thing I did in 2013. <BR> <BR> I am 196 pounds today. My goal is to lose one pound per week in 2014. I will be 144 pounds by the end of the year. <BR> <BR> My big fitness goal for the year is to get running again. I have already picked my official races for the year: Brittania Beach 5k on June 14, Army Run 5k on September 21 and the Resolution ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:40:45 EST Fighting a flu :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502957 So after setting out my goals for the rest of the year, I woke up Tuesday morning feeling miserable. Today was not any better. I've got a fever, sore throat, and I ache all over. I have missed 2 days of work and tonight I went to the doctor for a note to take to work on Friday. Turns out I have a flu-like virus. Oh joy. Tomorrow will be another day of taking it easy so I can go back to work on Friday. It will probably be a few more days before I get back to full on Sparking though. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 22:15:03 EST 2013 4th Quarter - Going out with a bang http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500679 Wow...it has been quite a while since I posted a blog...and I figured since we are heading into the final quarter of the year, it's time to get some goals in place. And to catch you all up. :) <BR> <BR> After being on my new anti-anxiety medication for a couple of months, I finally realized that I was in a place where I felt ready to work. So on July 21, I applied to a job at a nearby grocery store. I got a call for an interview on July 22. My first interview was on July 31, my second on Au... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:20:32 EST Heading back to the doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357884 A few months back I went to see my doctor about my anxiety. At that point we decided to try and treat it without medication. Instead I was to journal, do my cognitive behavior exercises, eat healthy, get some daily exercise and good sleep. <BR> <BR> It was going ok....I had days where the slightest thing would send me into a panic. But overall I was on a pretty even keel. The past couple of weeks though...wow. It's a whole different monster. While I have been eating well (in fact, I stepped... Wed, 15 May 2013 21:33:34 EST This is what I had for dinner tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346659 I just wanted to post a quick blog. :) Grandma bought me a new cookbook today: The Food and Cooking of the Middle East and of course I had to try it out right away. And thanks to SEPTEMBERSPIRIT coming to the rescue with fresh mint, it turned out perfectly. :) I can't wait to make more recipes from this book. <BR> <BR> Without any further ado, Chickpea and Bulgur Salad with Mint and topped with steak. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l250702040.jpg"> <BR> <BR> T... Sun, 5 May 2013 21:23:08 EST Not a great day at all... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343711 Today I have just felt blah, and down and like hiding my head in the sand. And unfortunately that led to not exercising (other than walking the dog) and eating too much. I know what the problem is, and I'm determined not to let it impact me tomorrow. <BR> <BR> But I need to get it out, so I'm just going to dump it all here. <BR> <BR> Since April 2011, I've been having Pap tests every six months because I've had abnormal cells show up and I can't get 2 clean tests in a row. It's very frus... Thu, 2 May 2013 21:39:53 EST Managed to turn today around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339900 Today had the potential to be awful...but I managed to turn it around and make it a pretty good day. :) <BR> <BR> At 3:40am, I was woken out of a sound sleep with a killer stabbing migraine. It has been AGES since I've had one wake me up like this. I barely made it to bathroom to throw up. The pain was excruciating! It's honestly like I have a someone ramming an ice pick into the back of my skull. I took one of my prescription pain pills and went back to bed. Luckily these pills work quickl... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:32:30 EST So hungry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330834 This morning SEPTEMBERSPIRIT and I met up for a walk. We ended up walking 6.5km. I felt amazing when I got home. And HUNGRY!!!!!! Even though I had breakfast before my walk, I was starving by the time I got home...and I have been ravenous ALL DAY! So here it is, 5:49pm and I've had my allowed calories for the day. <BR> <BR> Therefore, in order to keep myself from munching this evening, I will be doing some job hunting, knitting, taking a bubble bath and going to bed early. Because even tho... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 17:53:30 EST I need to bottle this feeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326687 Why can't I remember how great I feel after I exercise? Why can't I remember the feelings of accomplishment? Of joy? Of just how darned AMAZING I feel? <BR> <BR> I went for a walk today. The sun is shining, my favourite path along the river is finally clear of ice and it was just a great day to get out there. I did my full 5k loop - it took me 53 minutes to walk it today. I'm trying to build up my endurance again so my plan for the next few days is to get in a couple more 5k walks. And then... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:52:37 EST Well, that has been a crappy weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306497 Over the course of the day on Thursday, my right shoulder got sorer and sorer. By the time I went to bed, I couldn't even touch it. I took a couple of pain pills in an effort to get some sleep. However, every time I tried to roll over, I'd wake up in excruciating pain. <BR> <BR> Friday morning, I took another pain pill and spent the day trying not to move my shoulder. Didn't sleep well Friday night. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, Grandma came over to help me get dressed so that I could check on Hel... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 17:16:57 EST Another so-so day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302530 I decided that today had to be a rest day from exercise. My arms and legs were so sore. I couldn't even do the de-cluttering I wanted to to do today because my arms were just too sore. I had forgotten how much of a workout Gold's Gym could be. *lol* <BR> <BR> Oh well, I did get a few things accomplished. I filed my income tax, I cleaned my kitchen, and I worked on my website. There are a couple of things I want to tweak, and the menu page is going to be a constant work-in-progrees, I am, ove... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:45:29 EST A "meh" day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301298 Today has been so-so. I was doing well up until about 3:30pm. And then I just felt rotten. <BR> <BR> I had a healthy breakfast and lunch, managed to get in 20 minutes with Gold's Gym Cardio on the Wii. It was after exercising that I just felt miserable. I suddenly felt like I had been hit by a truck. And not the usual euphoric feeling from exercising. This was not pleasant at all. So, I had a big glass of water, took a tylenol and crawled into bed. I slept until 7:15pm. Crazy, I know. Of c... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:20:41 EST Today has been an excellent day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300165 I got up early this morning (7:30am) and promptly had breakfast and got dressed. I then got ready and headed to Grandma's....where I did 40 minutes of exercise. Actual exercise. Not just slowly walking a dog around the park. I did 15 minutes on the bike and then 25 minutes on the treadmill. And oh boy, am I ever out of shape. I know it will come back, but I have fallen so far off the exercise horse. It's just awful. At least today I made steps towards getting back on. :D I also went for a 50... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:02:14 EST Goals for March 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270872 I didn't put a goal blog for yesterday...I ended up at Grandma's Friday night because I felt like hiding my head in the sand. I got home yesterday at 3pm and didn't feel like being productive. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here's how I did on March 1's goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 4 glasses of water (I've been slacking here...so I'm starting slowly and I'll build up to the 8 glasses/day) - had 3 <BR> <BR> 2. Do 15 minutes of some type of cardio - not met <BR> <BR> 3. Apply to 2 jobs - not met, although... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 09:36:52 EST New month, new goals, new beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268279 Ok...it's time to get my flabby, fat butt in gear. So I'm posting my goals for the month here and every morning, I will post my daily goals. <BR> <BR> March's Monthly Goals <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 5 pounds <BR> 2. Have a steady part-time job <BR> 3. Go for 5 runs (either outside or on a treadmill) <BR> <BR> Goals for March 1: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 4 glasses of water (I've been slacking here...so I'm starting slowly and I'll build up to the 8 glasses/day) <BR> <BR> 2. Do 15 minutes of some type of... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:38:35 EST Meet my newest nephew - Cohen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266280 My newest nephew was born yesterday morning at 7:01. He weighed 10 pounds, 7 oz. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l335374548.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2054744195.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471427278.jpg"> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 17:35:14 EST Mine and SEPTEMBERSPIRIT'S Saturday morning so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252321 At 2am, I was woken up by pounding bass music. At 3am, I decided to get dressed and check it out. SEPTEMBERSPIRIT woke up and decided to check it out too... <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's the result: an amazing street party, following a jumping music bus that ended with a sunrise swim at the beach. <BR> <BR> And for your enjoyment: some pictures of our crazy morning. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l54492897.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 07:24:37 EST Fun times! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251689 SEPTEMBERSPIRIT and I went snorkelling this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1865330572.jpg"> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:54:44 EST A few pics of mine and SeptemberSpirit's Barbados trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250771 Just a few snapshots of the fun we've been having: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1647896086.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1758834577.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1569973786.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l713582146.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1573840410.jpg"> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:48:20 EST Holding myself accountable to get stuff done tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240822 I'm heading to bed shortly, as I want to be up early tomorrow. I just thought I'd fire off a quick blog entry first. :) <BR> <BR> 1. I leave for Barbados in less than 36 hours. SQUEEE!!!! My suitcase is packed but it is too close to the weight allowance so tomorrow I will be doing some repacking. :D <BR> <BR> 2. Also on the agenda for tomorrow: clean the kitchen, clean the bathroom, clean the fridge (so I can see how empty it is when I get home on the 17th *lol*) <BR> <BR> 3. In catering... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 22:03:06 EST The Power of Fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232528 Over the past little while, I have realized just how paralysing fear can be. Fear of success AND fear of failure. <BR> <BR> My best friend recently shared an article with me. It's about her father and his wife, a couple who have devoted their retirement to helping out others through Samaritan's Purse (the article for anyone who is interested in reading it: <link>www.pinchercreekecho.com/2013/01/23/<BR>giving-people-a-hand-up-the-world-round </link> ) <BR> <BR> At the very end of the art... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 00:55:36 EST 3 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212959 3 weeks from today, SEPTEMBERSPIRIT and I will be on our way to Barbados. OMG! So excited! <BR> <BR> So, here's my plan for the next 3 weeks. And yes, I am pet sitting for 2 out of the 3 weeks. Except the place I'm staying at this time has a treadmill and some weights. So, I will be exercising. Anyway, here's my plan. <BR> <BR> 1. 8 glasses of water every day <BR> 2. ST on this schedule: upper body, lower body, core, day off - REPEAT for the 3 weeks <BR> 3. 45-60 minutes of formal cardio 5... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:05:08 EST I feel the need... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200219 to explain the 5 pound loss this week. <BR> <BR> 1. My starting weight from last week was taken 3 days before TOM <BR> <BR> 2. In the past week, I've only had 1 glass of wine. Amazing how quickly the booze bloat disappears <BR> <BR> 3. I've been really watching what I'm eating. Since I'm sick, I just don't have the energy to exercise...so trying to make good food decisions. <BR> <BR> In other news, I'm still sick. What I thought was a cold may actually be the flu. *sigh* Really? Thanks.... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:03:11 EST