CRYSALLIS1's SparkPeople Blog CRYSALLIS1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Update 10 more days until my daughters wedding. It's exciting. The To Do List for it is fun & manageable. <em>337</em> <BR> Working hard to get caught up at work. I will be better able to handle my stressors if I feel a little less back logged. Just need some quieter days. <em>303</em> <BR> Walked all over the mall last night. Felt great to put one foot in front of the other & keep moving. <em>311</em> <BR> Liking the cooler weather. Wore several sundresses this summer. Unfortunately the... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:01:02 EST Things are looking up! Things are looking up. Thank you for your support dear Spark friends! <em>88</em> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:39:35 EST It's morning Woke up with a headache. Tossed & turned last night. Praying that with some ibuprofen & a cup of coffee I'll be ready to face the day. And a heavy dose of prayers. <BR> <BR> My goal for today is 8 waters. <em>88</em> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:14:45 EST Whew, I'm exhausted today! Stayed up very late checking off RSVP's. <em>128</em> I need nap & only been up 20 minutes. <em>102</em> Amazing how many people forget to respond either way. <em>52</em> Sent lots of messages Hopefully they will roll in in the next few days. <em>38</em> <BR> Stayed within calories yesterday. Did not drink enough water. On the run all day so hard to do. <BR> I do vow to not let my work & personal schedule throw me to the lions <em>241</em> I'll work really hard on getting my ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:07:31 EST Struggled Today but I'm Encouraged Back to work today. Lots of recent changes & a very heavy workload. Love my job & will likely be there until I retire. Just a stressful time. <BR> Hard to stay focused on my health goals today. Two positives are that I enjoyed returning to Spark tonight. I packed a healthy lunch today.I did slip up by forgetting my goals & ate some stress with a visit to the vending machine. Tomorrow's another day. I'm worn out but somehow still feel encouraged. Praise be to God. <BR> Spent sometime welco... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:21:46 EST So Glad to be back So glad to be back on Spark again. As I said recently I'm busier then ever right now but it feels good to be taking a few steps forward to meeting my health goals. Had a nice time off from work. A little R & R, several wedding chores done, time with grandkids, time with my hubby, To Do Lists reorganized, & my house is a little cleaner. I assume work will be a challenge tomorrow but I will feel a little stronger after getting so many things done at home. It was a good week. <BR> I'm drinki... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:01:23 EST Today Update Checking off a To Do items one by one . On my feet running around the house & yard all day. Wearing out but feeling accomplished. I don't normally track housecleaning but this was all busier & a bit more strenuous then usual. Two beds to make & a laundry room to empty so I better get at it if I want somewhere to sleep tonight. Water goal met. Freggies a bit short. Didn't eat allot today but my stomach actually appreciated the rest I think. <em>88</em> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:18:31 EST Yay, I got it Going On Today! Up early. Checking off a BIG TO DO LIST. I pretty much always keep up with everyday household chores but sooner or later the dust piles a little to high in the corners, things need reorganized etc. exactly what I'm doing today. Also working on my daughters wedding tasks. Ironing shirts, peeling very stuck stickers off glassware etc. Organizing TO GO totes etc. So excited; bought them a Kitchen Aid. Yes, you can make allot if unhealthy things with it but there are plenty of health things too. ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:33:29 EST A Simple To Do For Today 8 <em>91</em> <em>88</em> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:28:06 EST Thanks to All who Keep on Keeping On! I don't get on this website much of late. I sorta don't feel worthy of it. Busy with many changes at work, daughters wedding, & life in general. I just can't pull my energy together in the right direction to do one more thing. I realize the importance of taking care of myself but just can't seem to be consistent. I also know the benefits of it all. <BR> However, I must say I'm encouraged & feel hopeful when I read the blogs of my lovely Spark Friends who are winning the battle & to those t... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:45:31 EST Day 2 Internet access is hard to come by here so I won't be posting again until Monday. I'm at my camper. A minimum walk of 30 minutes each day is planned. 60 minutes for today. I'm we'll on my way with water for today . Garden produce is abundant and is my main menu item. I'll report back Monday night or Tuesday. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:21:10 EST Day 1 again Day 3 didn't happen <BR> Fell asleep much earlier then planned. I was exhausted. Don't think I moved a muscle all night. So we're back to day 1 for exercise. 30 minute walk felt great tonight, Water is improving, <BR> Onward up word! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:18:36 EST Streak Day 1 & 2 Thanks everyone for your support on my last blog. I'm encouraged. I'm glad that somehow I was able to dust myself off & hit the road again. <BR> Day 1 I barely got my 10 minutes of fitness in. I did get 8 waters. Very busy with several tasks around the house I had been procrastinating about. So I feel better about meeting some goals. <BR> Day 2 I shopped after work for 6 hrs. Many returns & searching for things needed for my daughters wedding. Bra & shoes problem. Didn't find what I was w... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:00:48 EST My Biggest Accomplishment is that I'm Still Here I'm ashamed & have pondered putting my page offline. I have great ideas & plans but never seem to advance far with doing them. Too many excuses that I not even going to list. <BR> Am I just using this as a social network? I don't really think so. If I wasn't here my weight would probably be much higher. I love Spark. The whole concept is my answer. <BR> To simplify all this my plan for today is 10 minutes of exercise & 8 waters. Perhaps too simple but it's where I'm at. I'll report back to... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:17:01 EST Status Update Great weekend with a family wedding. Sunday worked on flowers & other details all day. Monday off doing wedding errands all day with my daughter for hers'. It was fun we never went together to do that before. Tuesday night cleaning & organizing. More of the same tonight plus packing for a 3 day weekend. Mosquitos are horrid & appear much larger then usual. Plenty of storm clean up. Thats becoming a little too routine. The yards are nothing but standing water. Nutritionally I'm greatly impro... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 06:51:55 EST I'm Walking the Walk Today I have a real busy weekend however I have my health goals in mind today. I'm Walking the Health Road today. It's official, I'm back on program. <em>88</em> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:27:16 EST Moving Forward I reviewed my goals and was ready to make some edits. My previous goals are my goals & programs that I still believe in. Really nothing much to edit. <BR> My barriers... <BR> Stopping my old ingrained habits. <BR> On the Go during my work day. Not always able to access refrigeration or a microwave during my work day. <BR> Fluctuating work schedule. <BR> Busy schedule after work. <BR> Tired , stress,& and a bought of the blues. <BR> Food Greed. <BR> Burning the Candle at both ends. <BR> Li... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:07:17 EST The Next Step.... I'm feeling better mentally. My spirit is content. Now to <em>88</em> take care of my body. <BR> Eat a healthy breakfast. Pack a healthy lunch. 8 glasses of water. Finish the day with a supper that keeps me in range. Track my food . 20 minutes of elliptical. It may sound simple but it will be a challenge. I'll report back in the morning. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:54:49 EST Making Progress My office is fairly organized now. Just have a few small projects that need sorted. Hoping they will come & do the small remodeling project that is planned soon. It will be much easier to concentrate on my work when all of this is done. My co-worker will be so surprised when she returns today. <BR> I cleaned a fair amount this weekend at home. It's my mission to get as much as possible done this week. <BR> Lots of To Do tasks for my daughters fall wedding. But were making progress there too... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:06:54 EST I have been a Cleaning Machine I'm on a mission to clean & organize both at home & work. Making much progress it feels great! With as crazy & hectic as things have been it's necessary for my mental well being. <BR> I do need to work on fitting cardio exercise in too. Haven't bought groceries for awhile & trying to clean out the fridge, freezer, & cupboards a little. Cooking more often which is great. I do need to stop to get some fresh veggies sometime soon. My stress & blues are improved. Yay, I'm making a comeback. <e... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:00:24 EST Yesterday I did much better yesterday, I just did it even if I wasn't feeling it. Had a sweets meltdown but I was still much improved. Went to bed late last night due to storms. Tired today but ready to repeat my actions of yesterday; minus the chocolate. <em>334</em> Did allot of reorganizing at work & home last night. Very productive day. <em>88</em> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:41:29 EST Just for Today Just for today I did my hair & makeup. Just for today I put on a bright top & a summer skirt. Just for today I put on a smile & will only allow positive thoughts. Just for today I packed a delicious salad & mixed melons. <BR> As I walked out to go to work I felt a light breeze. The sky was a brilliant blue with big white puffy clouds. The birds were cheerily singing. <BR> This day will be a great day. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <em>88</... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:54:07 EST Me Update.... Spent about 8 hrs searching on line for everyplace I could think of. Really like JJHouse but there is a no return policy & I'm afraid. It's also out of the country. Not sure what shipping would be. Has anyone ordered from there? About every dress I like anywhere else goes up to size 16 only. I need 18 or larger. Daughters colors are a shade of purple, silver & black. I'm not wearing purple. Unless it's a dark silver I look horribly washed out. I have dark hair. Tried on a black one I liked y... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:13:03 EST Need a Mother of the Bride Dress & Suggestions ASAP Looking for a black formal mother of the bride dress. Need it by September 2014. Looking for on line & dept store suggestions. Pls private message me as I'm not sure you can mention store names here. Need size 18 woman's. The dresses I like the best on line are out of the country & NO refund. Hoping to get something to cover my upper arms. Lace or sheer is ok. PS I'm back from vacation a few days early so I get get some things done. <em>88</em> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 01:25:37 EST Exercise Goal Right now I have 0 Fitness Minutes for the month. My goal for this week is a minimum of 30 minutes per day for the next 10 days. Aiming for 300-500 minutes during that time. Watch my ticker zip along! <BR> And For a little test of my humor...I laced up my shoes & put the pups leashes on. Then I felt a plop of wetness on my arm. I looked up for an offending bird or something. I chose to walk a little further & see what happens. Apparently I was standing under a single rain cloud :)! It wasn... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 23:02:57 EST Truly Unbelievably Busy.... Over the past 4 years my job has been really busy & intense. Over the last few weeks it. Ramped up more yet! Never an excuse for poor choices but that's what I have been doing. To sum it up I'm rushing, rushing, rushing all the time. Making rushed & cruddy choices. I have put pretty much all volunteer activities on hold. I do take time out for family. Nothing I can do about my workload. I believe in my work & that's just the way it is right now. <BR> My daughters wedding is in 3 months. I had... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 21:44:01 EST I must get myself in order So busy. So tired. I just need to find time to evaluate & get on track. Grocery shopping tonight; a chance to get it right. <em>88</em> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 06:56:55 EST Full Report to come soon. Thanks for the push for a full report. Super busy right but I'll report in a day if two. I do remember my own advice to never quit. So I'm here. <em>88</em> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:10:50 EST KEEP GOING <img src=""> <em>88</em> Sat, 31 May 2014 08:08:09 EST I will Not Quit! <img src=""> <em>88</em> Tue, 27 May 2014 23:26:50 EST Incredibly busy.... I have been so incredibly & unavoidably busy both at work & home. Struggling to keep up health habits the best I can. I think I'm loosing the war. I promise myself I will strive to make as many good choices as possible. I won't quit my health plan ever but my attempt at it recently has been dismal at best. Hopefully brighter more manageable days are ahead. <em>88</em> Wed, 21 May 2014 06:50:34 EST My lunch is packed for tomorrow. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will add some Pom juice & Pear Infused Vinegar. So glad I made a trip to the fresh food asile at Sam's tonight. <em>334</em> <em>88</em> Tue, 13 May 2014 21:50:09 EST I Need Food Tracker Help I held to my goals for the day except nutrition has room for improvement. I'm feeling motivated & ready to take on my tasks. I had a major problem entering food on my tracker. It was such a slow process that I actually dozed off. Any hints to make this a quicker process? <em>88</em> Mon, 12 May 2014 22:37:22 EST I'm Feeling a Spark Despite the Rain... Interrupted sleep last night due to concerns for severe storms & tornados. Thankfully none was too severe here. More on the way all day <em>40</em> . I lift up my prayers to people who were affected by severe weather. <BR> <BR> I'm tired today but feeling like my Spark is back. Might be all that lightening? <BR> <BR> Had a relaxing weekend with my husband and friends. Great day with the kids yesterday. My grandchildren were the sweetest part. <BR> <BR> So what am I going to do with th... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:58:49 EST Happy Mothers' Day! <img src=""> <BR> Looks like a great gift idea! <BR> <em>88</em> Sun, 11 May 2014 23:23:09 EST It's a slow process .... <img src=""> <em>88</em> Thu, 8 May 2014 22:21:50 EST Some Inspiration from above. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 <BR> Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. <BR> <em>88</em> Wed, 7 May 2014 07:57:28 EST Today's the Day I get back on track. It's been over a week that I slipped off the path. Good bye stress. Good bye blues. Hello healthy Me. My smile is out of my pocket. My mind is ready too. <img src=""> <em>88</em> Wed, 7 May 2014 07:48:11 EST Create in Me a Clean Heart God <img src=""> <em>88</em> Tue, 6 May 2014 07:00:10 EST Mid Vacation Update Rest, relaxation, reading, getting some Bible study in, laughs with friends, fresh air. Talked to all the kids on the phone over the weekend. Not as much exercise as hoping for due to the constant rain. Planning on Pilates in the camper the rest of the week. Nutrition fair. Lots of freggies in the fridge for the rest of the week. Cleaning & reorganizing today. Coffee with a friend this morning. Life is good. I'm feeling blessed. <em>334</em> <em>88</em> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:29:28 EST My Confession..... Confession: <BR> Last week was so busy with a short work week, opening our camper for the season, and a large Easter gathering at our house on Sunday. My nutrition & exercise suffered. Exercise minutes were honestly hard to come by. I did make up for several minutes over the weekend. Cute little chocolate bunnies & coconut eggs were on the attack too. Not enough freggies during the week. I did not fall completely but took a big stumble. My excuses for the most part are valid. My actions ar... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:36:55 EST He Arose! <img src=""> <em>88</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:56:47 EST Seven Days <img src=""> <em>88</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:49:53 EST Holy Week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:03:17 EST Too busy for my own good :( Working a short week but lots of hours. Getting the house ready for Easter. Not that Jesus cares or my family but I will feel renewed when it's done. To think I have been working on this for a month or so. Leaving Thursday to stay at the resort my camper is at. Took a vacation day for Good Friday. Ready for the peaceful time with my husband. Hurrying home Easter morning to spend time with family. Celebration is at my house. My daughter is going to get the ham in the oven for me. Last Fitness... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:03:32 EST Yesterday was very stressful. Here's a Note for Today. <img src=""> <em>88</em> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:04:30 EST I Walked into the Conveience store with all it's Temptations. I bought a bottle of orange juice <em>478</em> & a bunch of bananas <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> That's right no rolls, no chocolate, no breakfast sandwiches, no pop. Didn't even want them. <em>88</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:39:13 EST Have No Regrets! <img src=""> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:57:24 EST He Meant That <img src=""> <em>88</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:34:08 EST Ending a Good Week Nice day; many chores accomplished. My daughter & her rescued puppy came for a visit too. Planned to work out tonight when all the hub bub was done. Couldn't do it this morning as hubby was anxious to check off our to do list. Now it's storming. & I'm not comfortable working out just in case we need to take shelter. Definitely can't take a shower with this weather either. The rain should clean everything off & green it up. So I will be renewed in an unexpected manner. I vow to make up my lost... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:38:09 EST