CINDYR457's SparkPeople Blog CINDYR457's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community MOTIVATION... Don't let what you can't do interfere with what you can do... Anonymous. What a great motivational quote!!! <BR> <BR> It has been a bit of struggle with the beginning of school, new issues with Mom but pushing through. God has been so good in all of it. OH, yes and new responsibilities with the women's group @ church. The new leader and I have not always gotten along so... instead of focusing on the negative... I decided to try the approach I would always use (but forgot about!) Decided to ... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 07:19:30 EST Church In The Park Can't wait for Saturday... this is so huge! Somehow, we managed to get two tractor trailer loads of clothing donated to be given away - ALL FREE! Someone did some leg work... Kudos to whoever did this. <BR> <BR> I will be facepainting all day... last year I sat for four hours straight without a break. Totally insane! Hopefully this year it is going to be a bit more organized. <BR> <BR> It is a long day, but so worth it! <BR> <BR> School is sort of underway... classes don't officially beg... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 13:16:15 EST Workout @ my desk, in my cube... Brought a set of exercise bands to work with me because I can take 10 minute breaks and do some exercises more easily than I seem to be able to accomplish at home. So, yes... I just did 10 minutes with mostly upper body, and two for the thighs... which need ALL the help they can get! <BR> <BR> I was falling asleep because I have been doing this data check in SAP, since it is a recent conversion and all our codes need to be entered accurately. I have a list of 3000, and in two days I have man... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 12:20:56 EST Getting into the new school year! Well, I am off and running with my new classes... so excited! School does not officially begin until Sept. 12th but we have these fundamentals that we need to go through and begin the journey into nutrition. They lightly touch on the many subjects we will be covering. <BR> <BR> I watched two DVD's, one on shopping for whole foods, the other was on cooking by Amy Beaman. It was fabulous, watched it with my mother and she got really excited about some of the recipes even though many were veget... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 07:44:41 EST Laid up at home... Well, I was really on a roll, and then I did something very dumb... I tripped, my toe gaught caught in the cuff of my pants, and RIPPED my toenail and clear across the top of the toe at that base of the nail... ooooooh the pain, and the BLOOD! <BR> I am all bandaged up, rested all day yesterday, couldn't do much else. Today is not so bad. Think I am just going to do some isometric exercises that can be done sitting down, and use the exercise bands <em>317</em> to do what I can without hur... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 10:12:52 EST Funny what will motivate you to do more... Isn't life funny... what will motivate you to get off your butt and do what you should have done all along. <BR> <BR> I have met a really nice guy, we chat... on line, on the phone and have not met face to face . . . YET! Not rushing it but he makes me laugh and right now that is great. Not to mention all the cute little names he has for me...LOL! Can't help but smile. <BR> <BR> Not rushing this relationship by any means... but it is so nice to have someone who has been through similar lif... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 10:14:21 EST Exercise videos... Changing up my exercises, just to keep it interesting and keep me motivated. New exercises are not always easily coordinated and I am kind of a nut about getting it right! <BR> <BR> It really is not easy to change a mindset... takes a lot of work to press on to the goal. Still pressing on... <BR> <BR> Trusting in Him to get me through, to give me the strength, both physically and strength of mind to focus on what is really important. <BR> <BR> Had an amazing day at church on Sunday, so loo... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 07:40:46 EST GREAT Exercise Blog Post... I watched this video this morning, and can't wait to get home later today to do this. I have limitations and these take it a little easy and don't appear to be as taxing as others I have tried. <BR> <BR> Blog Title: <BR> 3 DVD Reviews in 1: The 'Keeping Fit' Series <BR> <em>48</em> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 08:12:55 EST Feeling the effects of a great day yesterday... Yesterday was Friend Day at church and man oh man am I feeling the effects of it all TO-DAY. <BR> Saturday was a very busy day with making 25 lbs of potato salad, and a desert for Sunday. There was also a few errands that had to be run, all the music for the band/Worship on Sunday... and clothes shopping. Why did I have to do that too, because I was really desperate for new summer clothes. <BR> <BR> With the heat of the day, and an hour in the sun with no water... guys kept forgetting to br... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 11:20:02 EST Working on change... I have been seriously working on changing ME! I think I finally reached the point of being sick and tired of being where I am and only I can change that! <BR> <BR> Out of the blue yesterday, I just did my exercise bands, was late for work and did not even care. I did call and say I would be late had a personal issue! Today, doing the lower body, need to build up my strength. I started the videos but ended up with tendonitis in my elbow. Still doing the cardio though, that one is a work out.... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 10:59:06 EST Feeling confident... It is new me! I don't know what this is other than answer to prayer. God never forsakes those who love him, He is always faithful and He does hear our prayers, our heartfelt cries. What an amazing God I serve. <BR> <BR> Reviewed some of my postings, things I wrote on my page, goals I wrote so long ago. It is so nice to know that even though I forgot some of these, God didn't and He has provided for me. He has brought me back on course, reset my sights and renewing my commitment to me! Thu, 16 Jun 2011 07:22:24 EST Working on the next steps... Still waiting for the new video to arrive. Ordered it on Friday, did not get sent out until today. Really was hoping it would have been processed sooner but nope! <BR> <BR> Came home from work today and got busy right away. That is the key for me. I can't come into the house and sit down. Once I do that it is all over. I actually fall asleep. ??? <BR> <BR> I mowed the front lawn, trimmed the Hydranga tree and two spruce trees growing on either corner of the house. I want those monsters GON... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 17:18:43 EST What I am looking forward to. I was going to briefly state a few things I am looking forward to in pushing forward with losing this weight. I have changed my mind on that one and I am developing a list of things that I am looking forward to. I know this list will continue to grow and I can continue to amend that list as time passes... for me that will be very exciting. <BR> <BR> It has been a very long time since I have set goals for myself - and only for myself to achieve where my health and appearance are concerned. ... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 12:23:33 EST Making changes... Well, I feel like I have been here so many times but, on the positive side of things, I guess I can say I have not given up. Don't know what my issue is, can't seem to stay focused on ME! I am quite capable of taking care of everything and everyone else... just not me. So what gives? <BR> <BR> I spent more time reading posts in SP library to get past issues I knew were a problem for me, but... still stuck in that limbo that seems to waylay me every time. How in the world do I break free from... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 12:08:38 EST Where has the time gone... I have been away for about two months, time sure does fly when you are having fun. Hmmm, was that what I was having? ? ? <BR> <BR> Life sometimes takes us down roads that we don't necessarily want to be on, but we need to make the best of it, and did I ever get sidetracked. Helping a friend in crisis mode, really zapped the life out of me. Spousal abuse... and that is all I am saying about that! <BR> <BR> Mom... well, we will be treaking into Boston since she needs to have a total knee repl... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 12:23:38 EST What's UP with restaurant food and sodium content... Has anyone taken a look at the sodium content of restaurant foods lately? <BR> <BR> I mean seriously, and we wonder why so many Americans have trouble controlling blood pressure. I am really shocked at the amount of sodium that is used in the foods. <BR> <BR> I know, this does not cause high BP but, you can't have high BP and eat at restaurants either. If you knew what you were putting in your mouth, you would be really shocked. Some of the foods are WELL over the limit of sodium in a food ... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 17:58:47 EST Anyone out there compost? I have no idea where I am going to get the time to do this, but it has, for some reason really peaked my interest. I saved a couple articles on SP about gardening and composting and would really like to get back to growing my own veggies in the summer. <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> I used to do this before I got very sick and was FORBIDDEN by my rheumatologist to do any gardening at all. I grew up growing our own fresh veggies, canning, freezing etc, and it is quite a lot of work but there is not... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 07:26:53 EST R.W. Knudsen using Truvia WOW... this has been a long time coming. I used to be a supporter of Splenda but after reading and the negativity associated with the chemical used in the manufacture of the stuff, I stopped using it. I also noticed the more I used it, the sweeter I needed things to be... that was not a good sign. <BR> <BR> So, now there is Truvia, they have a great website and are extremely forthcoming with inforation about all the ingredients in their product. <BR> <BR> So, now there is this line of LIGHT... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 07:11:14 EST Boy - January was a rough month... Don't know about anyone else, but I live in the NorthEast, and I have had enough snow. I live in Southern New England and I have not seen snow like this since I was a kid!!! It is piled dangerously high at the end of my drive, and I live on a busy street. I inch out of my driveway in the morning, praying that God gets me out safely. <BR> <BR> So.o.o... glad it has hit 40 degrees two days in a row. So much of the stuff has melted, but, not enough. I am praying that we don't see a whole lot mo... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 14:07:34 EST time fly's Where does the time go? Why is it that life gets so busy that we just get lost in the busy-ness of it all. I think the snowstorms might have something to do with this where I am concerned. Man, oh man, am I flat out tired of shoveling the stuff! The piles at the end of my drive are dangerously high... proceed with caution does not even begin to describe it. My body is tired, the bones ache, the joints scream at me, and I had no grip left in my hands.., <BR> <BR> Soaked in a HOT tub for over... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:48:30 EST Spreading the spark... <em>252</em> so why don't I? I read another blog on this subject and it got me thinking... this is my refuge away from everyone I know, and I want to keep it that way. Is that selfish, or am I taking care right now to find a piece of myself that I feel is really needed right now. <BR> <BR> I have shared this site with a few people, one has joined but not sure how active she is... don't think she is really participating. My thoughts on this though are that I wanted someplace I can go where ... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 07:03:21 EST 10 More weeks until SPRING!!! <em>126</em> Talked to my sister yesterday and this was the first thing she said... LOL! Optimism - ain't it great! <em>219</em> <BR> <BR> Having said that, I need to motivate myself out of these doldrums... ugh! I have not gotten sick in several years and to get nailed like I did in December, well, it was a little overwhelming. Something I am just flat out not used to. <BR> <BR> So, MONDAY - 1 PM - GYM - NO EXCUSES!!! <em>328</em> <BR> <BR> Lots to do today, have to make a list bec... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 08:46:06 EST Monday morning... Recouping from and overly busy weekend. Missed the wedding due to the taking in a boarder, not taking in the boarder... wasn't meant to be for either event. I was in so much pain though, tried everything I knew to do to relieve the lower back pain which was actually making me ill, and nothing helped. Then someone asked me if I had peppermint oil... forgot about that but yes I do. So I sprayed the lower back, rubbed it is as best I could, heated up my hot pack, put is on the couch with me on t... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 08:51:11 EST ... and the Saga continues: <em>39</em> <em>40</em> so my border changed her mind about leaving the boyfriend and although I am somewhat relieved, not so sure. Evidently some things transpired in 24 hours that made him realize she was not going to put up with his actions. He got pretty broken up over it and asked her not to leave and HE volunteered to go to counseling. <BR> <BR> That in itself is a good sign, and I applaud him for this, and her for giving him the benefit of the doubt. BUT... he is still not willing ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 05:35:07 EST My life changed today... Life takes unexpected twists and turns, especially when you open yourself up to God and what He would have you do. I have known for sometime God has been speaking to me about one particular thing and I really was not comfortable with this. Did I ignore God, I guess you can say YES, I did. Why, the usual... fear, isn't that we all tend NOT to listen when he whispers? Fear, it can be so paralyzing and sometimes we don't even know why we let it paralyze us. <BR> <BR> So, I am taking in a border... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 06:38:05 EST Can't wait because this too shall pass... This too shall pass, a promise I hold on to! Since I got sick with the flu, I seem to have settled into this "funk" and with the stress of the holidays, having the kids fly in, dealing with everyone being sick with that 24 hour stomach bug, including my mother on Christmas Eve day, I feel like I am stuck in idle. I really want to take another day off, I should take another day off! That migraine did not help this situation either. Here is the thing, I only work maybe 5 hours a day tops... so ... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 06:35:07 EST pressing on toward the goal... So, it seems as though since I decided to make a commitment to me... to become healthy, lose the fat, exercise, change my diet completely... I have hit one road block after another. It is beginning to make me mad! I need to take a stand to overcome this. <BR> <BR> I called in sick today since I was up all night and have not slept in over 24 hours. I had a migraine all night, plus, I had leg cramps. One is bad enough without the other to complicate matters. <BR> <BR> I decided as long as I w... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 22:36:15 EST 2011 ~ Reaching for the Moon! <em>31</em> <BR> I have been doing some serious soul searching, talking to God, thinking about what I am looking for in 2011. This is quite a process since I am not making any snap decisions, not rushing to get it down on paper... just talking to God about my heart's desires. <BR> <BR> My biggest desire is for family unity. This is so out of my control and is a complete trust factor in God and His ability to knit my family back together. Dysfunction is our first name. Watching people who a... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 07:25:02 EST 2011 - OUT with the OLD and IN with the NEW 2011. . . Have you thought about the actual number? I think about my great grandmother on my mother's side and my grandmother on my father's side, and the fact that they were born in the late 1800's - SERIOUSLY! All I can say is WOW... time sure does fly! I remeber in particular these two women being in our home at a family Christmas dinner and Nana - the great grandmother, asking Gram (my dad's mom) how old she was... Gram of course asked well how old are you? Her response just cracked me u... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 05:37:14 EST Reminiscing... Christmas came and went... not without it's share of unplanned events. I just love this holiday. For me... it is celebrating the birth of Christ. Though this may not be his "actual" birthday, as historians are pointing out, who cares... I will celebrate Him everyday if that is what it takes. <BR> <BR> We had our Christmas production at church, though it was NOT your typical program one would think you would see in a church. EVERYONE talked about it for days. We are a small church but had ove... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 07:49:49 EST PART 2 - Reading up on Nutrition... I have been continuing my search about nutrition and the health benefits of whole foods, whole grains. With the SP feature on whole grains today, I went digging for more information. I read all the comments which launched me into a search on soaking grains before using them in recipes. <BR> <BR> WOW! What you don't know can really make you sick! Did you know you should soak whole wheat flour before you make your own bread? I didn't! But I do now, and ... for those of us who have allergies t... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 07:55:43 EST Reading up on Nutrition... Since this is one of my passions, no... it is my passion, I am home with the flu right now so I am taking advantage of the down time and getting in some reading. I've been cruising through strength training articles, nutrition artlcles etc when I came across this baby... and it made me so glad I have opted for the Mediterranean Diet. <BR> <BR> I found this article recently posted in the Health Articles on SP: Health News <BR> Contaminated Butter Points to Need for Better Surveillance, Study ... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 07:48:05 EST First full week at the gym... <em>315</em> Yesterday I had my first full workout at the gym... it was great. Although, my ankles really did not like the treadmill. OH THE PAIN ! ! ! It is gone today though, thank God! <BR> <BR> I really loved getting through my first full workout, even though I did not feel good, I could have made that excuse and stayed home but I chose not to! I called my girlfriend to see is she wanted to go with me, but she was decorating for Christmas so... I went by myself, which is no big deal, I... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 09:38:26 EST Week 2 of my new journey... <em>236</em> It has been one God moment after another for me this week. When you leave yourself open to whatever God has planned for you, the blessings just overflow. Joined the gym last week on Wed., had my first day with my trainer on Friday and that went very well. On the not so good side, in my physical endurance test, the lunges and squats were overdone, and I literally could not walk on Friday morning, had to run to the healthfood store and buy up Bromelain, powdered Ginger, Siberian ... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 06:35:03 EST A REALLY BIG VICTORY... Sunday was an amazing day at church, I LOVE church! God is the center of my life, and He has chosen to heal me of so many things. I received an answer to prayer that I have been seeking God for, now oh. . . for a few years. He has systematically healed me of some things and this process as finally led to the BIG ONE! <BR> <BR> I am no longer bound up by sadness... God has restored the years the locutsts have eaten... as he promised to do, I am truly happy, I wake up happy, I go through my d... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 15:44:35 EST My day at the gym... I made it to my appointment today, and went through my analysis, and of course I already know just how bad I am physically... worst shape I have ever been in in my entire life. MY ENTIRE LIFE!!! <BR> <BR> So, I signed on with a personal trainer, we meet once a month, she will get me started... and monitor my progress every four weeks for the next six months. Then I am going to play it by ear. Getting Wayne Westcotts book - Strength Training Past 50 - and just keep pressing on to my goal - b... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 18:06:18 EST He's continuing to work... wooooooooohooooooooooo I JOINED THE GYM... <em>331</em> have an apt. today to do a run through with a tech @ 3pm. <em>7</em> I have a friend who I don't see much any more but is a true expert in this field. I googled him... Wayne Westcott... and found a book available on line that he wrote: Strenght Training Past 50 which I am going to purchase. Wayne was instrumental in my healing process when I had Lupus. He gave me an amazing gift of a gym membeship @ the SS YMCA. He and his wife are amazing Christians. Wa... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 07:03:18 EST The time has come... to JUST DO IT! Well, I have been putting it off long enough. I kept telling myself, I have enough videos at home I don't need to go to the gym... why pay all that money, I can do this on my own... HA! LOL!!! Sure I can, but did I? of course I didn't! Kept making myself promise after promise and once I got home, of course there were all these "other" things I needed to do... then I was too tired when it was done, so I had to sit and watch a movie where I would just fall asleep, wake up @ 2 am, and shuffle of... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 13:56:02 EST STRESS... STRESSED OUT is a horrible way to live your life, and... it has side effects you aren't even aware of, at least I wasn't. I think I was more on the money when I told someone I had to change my life because the amount of stress I was under was going to kill me. That could not be more true. The stress and tension you feel in you back and shoulders is difficult and you know that is the outward physical sign of being stressed. But what about the inner signs that you don't see. The stress that the... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 07:11:00 EST Home from RETREAT... What a fabulous retreat... two and a half days of just spending time with God, friends, new and old. Finding friends I have not seen in a while and spending time with them was just the best. <BR> <BR> Thursday night we had a great worship service. Special guest speaker and entertainment was Janet Paschal. WOW... what an amazing woman, 5 years breast cancer survivor! Her story is pretty amazing. Her singing is even better. <BR> <BR> Friday night was Lisa Bevere... let me tell you, this woma... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 01:59:35 EST I've been away too long!!! It has been too long since I participated on line. I spent the month of October just logging in, racking up points but not participating at all. <BR> <BR> Getting used to my new schedule at work, redefining my daily calender has been a bit of a challenge. Of course Mom figured because I am part time, that extra time needs to be spent on her. I finally broke! Called my brother, sent him a few text messages, because Mom was just not listening. Well, brother dear talked to Mom. Have no idea wh... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 07:03:39 EST Two weeks of R & R...??? <em>40</em> Well what should have been two weeks of rest and relaxation - not really relaxation, but time for me - did not really happen. Even though I explained to Mom, that my brother needed to be called instead of me... for two weeks, she still managed to sneak in a call here and there. <BR> <BR> I took her shopping yesterday for window treatments, and decided to drive her to my home so she could see some of the landscaping that has been done. Much to my surprise, Victor was there plan... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 10:05:01 EST What's up with that??? So, yesterday was an amazing morning. I had a fabulous start to the day, church was great - Pastor preached a really good message. Love it when he makes you think.. and ask God if there is anything you can be doing differently to touch the lives of others. <BR> <BR> Then not 20 minutes after the service did I get slam dunked by a woman in the congregation... was she listening to the sermon? or did she fall asleep! I wonder! <BR> <BR> here's the jist of the story... <BR> I was in the parking... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 12:37:23 EST “The triumph can’t be had without the struggle. . . “The triumph can’t be had without the struggle. And I know what struggle is.” quoted from Wilma Rudolph, an amazing overcomer. Her story is here with the motivational pages... she is an amazing woman, one of America's greatest Olympic athlete's. There is a video clip everyone should watch... <BR> <BR> When circumstances seem too difficult and you can't see beyond them, that is when we need to press on toward the goal with even more determination. It is time to dig down deeper than you have ... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 07:58:53 EST next week is Finals week... <em>198</em> <BR> Well, gearing up for finals week... every nine weeks I have finals. It is exhausting. <BR> <BR> Hope to stay in touch next week while gettng my finals done... I am feeling the pressure already. ugh! <BR> <BR> So all of you who are praying people, please keep me in prayer for this. I have two weeks off and I am out of a job as well, so I am taking advantage of the two weeks to CLEAN MY HOME!!! <BR> <BR> I will be doing job hunting, but my main focus is the house. After ... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 07:39:36 EST ! ! SURPRISE ! ! at what the Mediterranean Diet is doing for me... Well, when I started this journey, my commitment was to me... because of health issues, time issues, I decided to just eat the healthiest I could eat, joined up with E-Diets and the Mediterranean Diet plan, and took on the thought process that if I lose weight in the process, then that is a huge bonus. My goal was at that time to JUST GET AS HEALTHY AS I POSSIBLY CAN. No processed ANYTHING FOODS! <BR> <BR> I bought a few articles of clothing about a month ago, and put on the slacks, they ar... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 09:55:56 EST Got through a really difficult week... <em>104</em> Well, I got throught it. Didn't think I would though. <BR> <BR> You know those people who want to get ahead on the job and don't care what they do to get there... well, my group encountered one of "those people" this week. This person jumped over everyone's head and went straight to corporate legal with accusations and charges regarding contracts and compliance issues. What a nightmare! Every single one of her accusations and charges have been proven false. The compliance cha... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 11:30:21 EST Church in the Park... We had such an awesome day yesterday. So many people, the word is out, everyone shows up. The Food give-a-ways were amazing, the clothing, the school supplies, backpacks - that line was HUGE! <BR> <BR> Our church had the opening number and we did a rendition of the Blues Brothers complete with two guys dressed just like them. We even got the cops on duty to play a role and chase them up onto the stage... it was hilarious... got everyone's attention!!! We sang two more praise songs, and it w... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 07:56:57 EST Miss blogging... Have a really full, full week this week., was off line for five days due to an "issue" with Verizon and they kept telling me it was my system.... wasn't - have a great support team, and they checked it all out... it was not my system! Thank you God! <BR> <BR> Lots of cramming this week to get homework assignments in ahead of time. Several meetings at church for the huge day on Saturday. <BR> <BR> CHURCH IN THE PARK.... TAUNTON, MA. <BR> Opens: 12N. <BR> FREE - SCHOOL SUPPLIES - MUST REGIST... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 07:14:42 EST I wanna be a DONE GIRL... YES I DO... after reading some of the posts, and some of the pages of DONE GIRLS... I found myself saying... I want to be a DONE GIRL! <BR> <BR> So what is my problem... I want to do it all... and my schedule is so frazzled, and full, that it prevents me from doing lots of things I want to do - for me. It's an excuse you say... mmmm no... not an excues, a fact. here is my schedule... <BR> <BR> I work full time on a fairly stressful job, which by the way is ending on Sept. 10th. My contract... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 09:32:30 EST