DARTHA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DARTHA DARTHA'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/ CoHP - Spring 2013 Term Wk 6 Charms Homework #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354029 Got up this morning. Ate breakfast, got dressed, and even put on a full face of makeup. Watered and pulled some weeds in the garden. Emptied a bit of the dishdrainer. Feeling great and fairly productive. Then my husband got up and it's been a bit of a standstill ever since. Sun, 12 May 2013 12:48:27 EST CoHP - Spring 2013 Term Wk 6 Charms Homework #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353625 Well, I sort of ate healthier today. Had an apple fritter and a sausage biscuit instead of my usual three doughnuts. I went to a Mary Kay party today. It reminded me that I need to start taking better care of my skin. I sat at the old table and used timewise instead of being at the table with the giggling girls. Back in high school, I was used to being the young one in the group. Sun, 12 May 2013 00:36:31 EST CoHP - Spring 2013 Term Wk 6 Charms Homework #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352267 Doing better this week with the emotional/mental stuff. Need to get quicker with the time management stuff. Still can't exercise totally, which is still disappointing. My eating habits are completely deplorable. My husband would like supper made for him. I need to start ating more than just the junk food. I need to go to sleep earlier as well. I've been getting sicck from sleep deprivation. Fri, 10 May 2013 14:43:48 EST CoHP - Spring 2013 Term Wk 5 Charms Homework #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346858 I figured out my emotional problem. I'm coming off the pregnancy hormones, I think. My kid's been needing more formula the last few days, so I think I'm drying up. Nursing keeps the body in the pregnancy state. So if my kid's starting to wean, that's why I've been so crazy with all the ups and downs. I seriously teared up or outright cried at least four times today. Then a few minutes ago, I was in such a good mood I was giddy. My eating habits have been so awful this week as well, whi... Mon, 6 May 2013 00:21:07 EST CoHP - Spring 2013 Term Wk 5 Charms Homework #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345825 Assignment: Post a blog about how you feel and how you're progressing. <BR> <BR> My enthusiasm is waning so much. I feel tired and worn out, a little overwhelmed. I burst into tears from just going out to the store and library today. I've only been out of the house a few times besides all the doctor and hospital visits these six weeks since I've had the baby. I'm fighting to keep my depression in check. I pulled up the websites for the local dojos and just pretty much ogled over them. ... Sun, 5 May 2013 00:35:39 EST CoHP - Spring 2013 Term Wk 5 Charms Homework http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344912 Assignment: Post a blog about how you feel and how you're progressing. <BR> <BR> I had my 6 week postnatal checkup on Wednesday. Doctor released me for everything but working my abdominal, so she says no situps (not fond of those anyways), pilates (never tried that one), yoga (this saddens me), martial arts (this is even more disappointing), or core cardio (again not quite sure what that is). I figure that also eliminates belly dancing due to the hip movements. So I have to wait another 6 ... Sat, 4 May 2013 00:05:59 EST CoHP - Spring Term Wk 4 Divination and History of Magic Homework http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338815 Divination Assignment: Blog your goals and see where you can stand in the future. <BR> History of Magic Assignment: Blog how you got to this point to see if you really want to go back or not. <BR> <BR> My back has been killing me this week. I've got a nine pound baby that gets picked up and carried around a lot. I have a 42 pound three year old that also wants to be picked up and held a bit, too. When I did exercise, it was often cardio and/or flexibility. I didn't bother with strength... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 22:55:05 EST CoHP - Spring Term Wk 3 Divination and History of Magic Homework http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331082 Divination Assignment: Blog your goals and see where you can stand in the future. <BR> History of Magic Assignment: Blog how you got to this point to see if you really want to go back or not. <BR> This are very intertwined for me this week, so I'll combine them. <BR> <BR> Ok, so I've been trying to get organized and keep my house clean. Basically, I've had a hard time adjusting to my current situation. In my childhood, I had a few chores and a lot of things done for me, since my mom was mo... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 22:21:38 EST CoHP - Spring 2013 Term Wk 1 Divination Homework http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313888 Assignment: Post my goals. <BR> <BR> Current goals: <BR> <BR> For health: <BR> Lose my baby weight. <BR> Start exercising regularly once I have medical clearance. <BR> Eat more freggies. <BR> Eat a more balanced diet. <BR> Cut down on the junk food. <BR> <BR> For sanity: <BR> Get house and self clean and orderly using Flylady routines and control journal. <BR> Make control journal. <BR> Update and start using daily planner. <BR> Get out of my current bout of depression. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 18:35:14 EST CoHP - Something hidden in the Room of Requirement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4791337 Assignment: Write a blog today about something about your weight loss journey that you've kept to yourself. <BR> I have bad habits. I don't sleep on a normal schedule. Last night, I couldn't get to sleep so I stayed up until 6 am. Then slept until 1 pm, minus some breaks to change toddler's diaper and put out food and sippy cup for her. That makes me sound like a horrible mom, but she likes to play and explore on her own and the house is babyproofed for her. <BR> I also binge on junk foo... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 22:10:56 EST Sleep Journal and Daily CoHP Charms blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4725768 I restarted Sparkpeople's Official 20-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge. My goal for this challenge is to get in the habit of daily exercise to prepare myself for a 20 day canoe trip. <BR> <BR> I also restarted the Sparkpeople's Official Sleep Challenge. My sleeping habits are awful, so I hoping my depression and immune system will both be helped by improving my sleep schedule. The goal for this challenge is to be in bed by midnight last night and out of bed my 8 am. Last night I st... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 18:12:35 EST CoHP: Winter Term 2012, Wk 4 ingrediants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4724406 To collect 16 scruples of Fluxweed, blog 16 small things that get in the way of fitness, nutrition & health or 20 for extra ingrediants. <BR> 1. Procrastination - I put off exercising and never get around to it. <BR> 2. Warm bed - I don't want to get out of my warm bed and face the cold room in the morning. Wearing long sleeve pjs and having my slippers and robe right by my bed are helping that a little bit. <BR> 3. Husband's sleeping - Hubby works late at night so sleeps in the morning. I ... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 00:45:12 EST CoHP - Winter Term 2011 Wk 2 homework http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698037 Assignment - address your fears about weight loss <BR> <BR> I'm afraid of not getting past my plateaus. I want to be lazy and a couch potatoe, but I know I need to be moving and exercising. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 00:59:55 EST CoHP - Fall Term 2011 Wk 7 History of Magic Homework http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4593166 Assignment - Where have you been on your journey - if you do not know how you got to this point, how can you make your way forward. Write a blog looking back to see how you got to this point in your life. <BR> <BR> I'm getting better at forgiveness and working through my anger, I think. Last year, my husband and I had a major falling out with a couple we were friends with. Afterwards, I shoved everyone who wasn't family away. I didn't want to get hurt again like that. I'm starting to wa... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 23:05:35 EST CoHP - Fall 2011 Term Wk 7 Divination Homework http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4593158 Assignment - Write down both your short and long term goals, rewards along the way and steps you will use to accomplish them. <BR> <BR> Long term goal - Weigh around 140 lbs. <BR> Short term goals: <BR> Get down to the 160s. Reward - Buy fabric for fighter garb. <BR> Get down to the 150s. Reward - Haircut. <BR> Get down to the 140s. Reward - Get pregnant, gain weight, have kid, restart losing weight again (or I'll think of a reward later) <BR> Steps: <BR> Watch calories. (yeah, I know... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 22:55:17 EST CoHP: Fall Term 2011, Wk 7, Charms homework Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4593149 Assignment: How are you feeling about yourself - write something in your blog each day and explain how your are progressing. <BR> <BR> I've been reading this book on depression. It's been really helping. Part of its method for fighting depression is taking fish oil supplements or eating fish daily and regular exercise. I've noticed that I've started feeling a lot better. I've been happier recently. Although I've been tired from all the exercise. I've been going to the gym, plus garden... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 22:50:53 EST CoHP: Fall Term 2011, Wk 7, Charms homework Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4591944 Assignment: How are you feeling about yourself - write something in your blog each day and explain how your are progressing. <BR> <BR> Woot! Celebration me! Today I finished my strength training for the week. I think this is the first time in my life I've worked all three muscle groups three times this week. I also freed my gate from the vines holding it open. We've let the gate stay open for the past two and a half years, and it was so covered in vines, I couldn't budge it. It took me... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 00:31:37 EST CoHP: Fall Term 2011, Wk 7, Charms homework Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4590807 Assignment: How are you feeling about yourself - write something in your blog each day and explain how your are progressing. <BR> <BR> Well, I got a lot of dishes washed. Now I need to unload the dishwasher and dishdrainer, so I can wash the rest. I did a couple of loads of laundry. There's still a lot of dirty laundry piled up, and I haven't put away any of the clean laundry. I did clear a path so my husband won't stumble across everything when he gets home from work. I removed the ba... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 00:27:40 EST CoHP: Fall Term 2011, Wk 7, Charms homework Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4589474 Assignment: How are you feeling about yourself - write something in your blog each day and explain how your are progressing. <BR> <BR> I need to get better organized. I need to priorizie better. I get things done, but I don't get done what I need to the most. I've started going to the gym. I'm trying to work on improving my strength. I take an index card to keep track of my reps, sets, and weights. I've been working on clearing out weeds and throny vines out of my backyard, but my hous... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 00:01:19 EST Picking out a gym, part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4576445 Ok, so from the first part of the blog, I automatically eliminated the four gyms that were furthest away. I figure that I would be more motivated to go to the gym if it was close by. I went to each of the remaining four gyms to check them out. <BR> <BR> 1. Local gym - Eclipse = Positives: I love this place! I like the class offerings, like cardio ballroom! They do some classes outside when the weather is good. They also offer pole classes, which is some sort of pole dancing workout; that... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 13:25:14 EST Picking out a gym, part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4553953 Ok, so I've decided to look into joining a gym. I miss doing judo, but it's hard juggling going to the dojo and my toddler. My husband has rotating shifts and works later than scheduled most days, so it's hard to rely on him to be home to switch off with her. Plus, my mood seems to be better when I do judo. Maybe a combination of exercise and socialization. I don't do that great working out at home and being a housewife, I'm pretty much always home with only my toddler to keep me company... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 09:59:23 EST CoHP Fall Term 2011 Week 3: Mad Eye Moody Assignment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4542631 Assignment: Spy on some of my less-than-healthy habits. <BR> <BR> Eek! Where do I start? I often skip breakfast. When I do eat breakfast, it's usually not a nutritious meal. I eat doughnuts and junk food a lot. I eat a lot of fast food. I eat a ton of refined starches. I never seem to eat 5 servings on fruits and veggies daily; sometimes I don't even eat one or two servings. I eat ice cream and cheese, even though I know my body doesn't get along well with dairy products. I'll snack... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:02:05 EST CoHP Fall Term 2011 Week 3: Mad Eye Moody Assignment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4542626 Assignment: Spy on some of my less-than-healthy habits. <BR> <BR> Eek! Where do I start? I often skip breakfast. When I do eat breakfast, it's usually not a nutritious meal. I eat doughnuts and junk food a lot. I eat a lot of fast food. I eat a ton of refined starches. I never seem to eat 5 servings on fruits and veggies daily; sometimes I don't even eat one or two servings. I eat ice cream and cheese, even though I know my body doesn't get along well with dairy products. I'll snack... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:01:47 EST Taking breaks and tylenol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4537381 I've feeling very productive today. I went slowly and took breaks. A couple times I had to take some tylenol. My husband cooked lunch and dinner and took care of our daughter most of the day. I got a lot farther on painting my bathroom. Now it looks almost done. Just have some touching up, another few coats over the cabinet, and sanding some old caulk in the corners that haven't been taking the paint. Next Saturday is my first craft fair to sell at. My sisters-in-laws started a craft ... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 22:09:51 EST Taking it easy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4536268 My back is still hurting a bit. I'm so excited though! Normally, I just try to ignore a pulled back muscle and continue on with whatever I want to do. Not this time! As soon as I realized that I had hurt it, I laid down on the floor. The only thing I've been lifting is my daughter, and that's only when I absolutely have to. Yesterday (the day after I pulled the muscle), I was able to empty and reload the dishwasher. Usually, I can't do that until at least the third or fourth day after ... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 00:56:57 EST I am an unhealthy individual! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4534572 There's no getting around it. Yes, I weigh about 30 pounds more than I want to. But that's not that much of a big deal. The big concern is I'm not healthy. I suffer from migranes and depression. I have asthma and allergies. I have so many risk factors for diabetes, it's almost more practical to say "when I get diabetes" instead of "if I get diabetes." I have a major sweet tooth. I had to have a cavity fixed earlier this year. I'm lactose intolerant or I have a milk allergy, not exact... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 22:28:24 EST And the bad follow-through continues... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4532887 I decided to get out the Halloween decorations today. About halfway through putting decorations up, I realized I hurt my back. Even when I'm trying to be good and motivated, everything seems against me. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 21:55:34 EST Good decision yesterday, bad follow-through today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4531258 So it was a good thing I decided not to procrastinate and start anything today, instead of yesterday. I pretty much didn't get anything accomplished today. For some reason, I couldn't get to sleep all night until about 7ish this morning. My 18 mth old woke up around 8ish. I dozed in and out on the couch was she played around me. I LOVED HER NAPTIMES TODAY!!!! I didn't drink anything but water yesterday, so I wasn't even wired on caffine! I was told that my cousin-in-law also couldn't s... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 23:16:21 EST Today is the 1st day of the rest of my life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4528329 Today is the 1st day of the rest of my life. Today is the perfect day to get something started. Do or do not; there is no try. I'm not planning. I'm not delaying. There is no: Oh, I will think about this and get started tomorrow. There is only today, and I will get up and get things done!!! No more delays. No more pussyfooting around! Carpe diem! Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:41:42 EST CoHP - Summer Term 2011 Wk 6 History of Magic Homework http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426535 Assignment - Where have you been on your journey - if you do not know how you got to this point, how can you make your way forward. Write a blog looking back to see how you got to this point in your life. <BR> <BR> I was never very thin. My family didn't exercise really, except for walks, and our eating habits left a lot to desire. We ate a lot of starches. We like bread and pasta and fried foods. Sure, we had salads, but they included bacon bits, multiple hard-boiled eggs, cheese, seas... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 17:28:06 EST CoHP - Summer 2011 Term Wk 6 Divination Homework http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426519 Assignment - Write down both your short and long term goals, rewards along the way and steps you will use to accomplish them. <BR> <BR> Long term goal - Weigh around 140 lbs. <BR> Short term goals: <BR> Get down to the 160s. Reward - Buy fabric for fighter garb. <BR> Get down to the 150s. Reward - ? <BR> Get down to the 140s. Reward - Get pregnant, gain weight, have kid, restart losing weight again (or I'll think of a reward later) <BR> Steps: <BR> ... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 17:14:47 EST CoHP - Summer 2011 Term, Wk 4 Class Assignments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4390549 Astronomy – Do your star chart <BR> My family are obstacles right now. My 15 month old likes to be constantly underfoot, so exercising is shoved to the back burner. My husband likes to keep junkfood in the house to snack on, and when it's around, I eat it. I need to figure out more ways to exercise while spending time with my baby; we were walking around the neighborhood, but it's been over 100 for weeks now. I need to improve my willpower concerning snacks, and/or figure out healthy snac... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 19:57:11 EST CoHP - Summer 2011 Term, Wk 2, Day 7: Condition: Goals and Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4368320 I'm not doing well for dieting and exercise this week. I did horrible at Transfiguration class this week. I should have picked it as my bonus class and Herbology as class three. My aunt has an exercise bike, so I think I might ask her about using that. She's so thin now, and Mom looks so big compared to her. I've never really thought of my mom as fat, but she is overweight and we have a bad history of diabetes. I'm thinking about teaching her how to use youtube and emailing her links to... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 16:04:07 EST CoHP - Summer 2011 Term, Wk 2, Day 6: Condition: Probably Overeating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4367268 I had a ton of food today. Lunch was awesome. I did have broiled fish instead of fried, but then I ate hushpuppies and fries from other relatives who didn't finished their plate. I made my first cobbler today. Does it count for freggies if it's in my desert? Sat, 16 Jul 2011 23:15:22 EST CoHP- Summer 2011 Term, Wk 2, Day 5: Condition: Shopping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4365540 I got a huge stack of new capris and pants. Well, new to me. I went shopping in my aunt's closet. She outgrew some more clothes. Yippee for me! Uh, oh. I hear thunderstorms; maybe I should get off the computer. Bye for now! Fri, 15 Jul 2011 22:59:42 EST CoHP- Summer 2011 Term, Wk 2, Day 4: Condition: Surprise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4363493 I arrived at my aunt's house. We celebrated my brother's birthday. I actually managed to eat all five servings of freggies today, I believe. Then I got a surprise. My uncle pointed it out. My wedding anniversary is in a week and a half! Whoops! Talk about guys having bad memories. This is my second wedding anniversary and so far, and prior to being reminded, I've remembered, um, yeah, zero times. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 22:55:53 EST CoHP- Summer 2011 Term, Wk 2, Day 3: Condition: On the Road Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4359292 I'll be in the car all day. Bunco last night was a success. I was asked for recipes! I got many compliments on the prizes I picked out. And anything I didn't get done in the house. Oh, well, things will work out. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 01:02:01 EST CoHP- Summer 2011 Term, Wk 2, Day 2: Condition: Learning to Delegate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4358327 It's bunco night. I need three subs. Another lady is working on finding subs for me. I still need to make the main course. Prizes are bought and wrapped. I totally forgot about drinks; Grandma is picking some up. <BR> I'm mostly packed. My swimsuit is currently in the wash. (Can't go to Florida in the summer without one of those!) I've asked my mom to pick out outfits for the baby. <BR> Except for maybe washing the whatever clothes my husband left lying around, the last load of laundr... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:02:24 EST CoHP- Summer 2011 Term, Wk 2, Day 1: Condition: Stressed Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4355300 Ok, so I have a ton of things to do. <BR> Tuesday night is my turn to host bunco for a dozen ladies. I have the menu planned, but I still have to go grocery shopping and make the food (dinner and desert). I also have to finish buying the prizes and then wrap them. <BR> Wednesday I leave for a week and a half trip to visit family in another state. I haven't started packing yet. My parents will be here Tuesday afternoon and spend the night, so we can get an early start on Wednesday. This m... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:06:46 EST Next Week's Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4352360 Get better at time management. <BR> <BR> Get down to 170. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 00:57:48 EST July Organizational Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4343853 This is getorganizednow.com's June challenge list. I'm really bad at doing these, but my goal is to get to the point where I'm doing most of the checklist each month. <BR> <BR> *To cut down on my blogs, I'm just going to edit the list on this page throughout the month. <BR> <BR> Key: x's were already done, #'s are the days I worked on or completed these. <BR> <BR> ____ Jul 1 Yes, it's early, but start planning your Christmas list now. When back-to-school sales start next month, you can ... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 00:07:38 EST Time Management, Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4312103 As part of my 2011 Improvement Plan, I've been trying to get better organized. Currently, I'm reading "Organizing your Day: Time Management Techniques that will Work for You" by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims. At the end of each chapter, they have "Your Turn" exercises. I think I'm going to blog the answers to the questions. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 00:04:46 EST June Organizational Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4310652 This is getorganizednow.com's June challenge list. I'm really bad at doing these, but my goal is to get to the point where I'm doing most of the checklist each month. <BR> <BR> *To cut down on my blogs, I'm just going to edit the list on this page throughout the month. <BR> <BR> Key: x's were already done, #'s are the days I worked on or completed these. <BR> <BR> ____ Jun 1 Take down the curtains in one room and wash them. If you have mini-blinds they can be washed in the bathtub. <BR... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 12:48:12 EST A Productive Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4210965 Today was a very productive day. I made a really good healthy stew. My husband said he couldn't tell it wasn't a canned stew. I went for a half hour walk with my sister-in-law. Let the baby play at my in-laws for awhile. I cleaned my kitchen and did a lot of dishes. I moped the kitchen floor. It still has some food stuck on it; I need to get down and scrub it. My husband was home sick so I didn't have to sit and watch my kid all day. I let her run loose in her room and down the hallw... Wed, 4 May 2011 22:18:12 EST May Organizational Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4206358 This is getorganizednow.com's May challenge list. I'm going to try to complete it in May, but I might not do each the same day. <BR> <BR> *To cut down on my blogs, I'm just going to edit the list on this page throughout the month. <BR> <BR> Key: x's were already done, #'s are the days I worked on or completed these. <BR> <BR> <BR> ____ May 1 Plan your meals for the week. Cook some in advance if you have time. You will be happy that you did when you get to dinner time each night and don... Tue, 3 May 2011 01:08:25 EST Monthly Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4205993 In January, I made a big goal for each month. It's now May. Hmm, here are my goals: <BR> <BR> January = Draw, outline, and paint baby's mural <BR> February = Remove remants and put up new kitchen wallpaper <BR> March = Design and build living room shelves <BR> April = Paint hall bath <BR> May = Paint master bath <BR> June = Paint vanity <BR> July = Paint master bedroom <BR> August = Clean out back shed <BR> September = Clean out front shed <BR> October = Fix drainage problem in fr... Mon, 2 May 2011 22:07:21 EST End of January 2011 Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3981229 Alright, January's over. Time for February. Since I've embarked on a year long quest to improve myself. I figured reflecting on how I've been doing and where I need to go at the end of each month was a good idea. <BR> <BR> First off, weight loss - I'd like to get down to 140 pounds before the year done. I started at 187 pounds. I'm now at 180 pounds. I think losing seven pound in the first month is a good start. I know things can slow down a bit after a quick start, so I'm aiming... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 16:05:30 EST CoHP - Winter Term 2011 - Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3981062 The first challenge of the week is to write about the following three topics. <BR> <BR> 1. What are the 3 SMART goals that you have set for yourself this winter term? <BR> (1) Stay within my calorie range daily. <BR> (2) Finish my armor. <BR> (3) Organize the house, concentrate on one room per week. <BR> <BR> 2. What are the obstacles that might get in the way of you reaching those 3 goals? <BR> (1) I tend to eat a lot of junk food. I haven't been cooking much, so I eat whatever is read... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:11:32 EST February Organization Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3980715 Ok, so this is the February 2011 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia at http://www.getorganizednow.com. And like I did for January, I'm just going to refer back to this blog whenever I check things off. In January, I completed or n/a 55% of the checklist, so this month, I'm trying for 58%. <BR> <BR> ____ Feb 1 Time to start prepping for gardening. Start planning your garden so you know what you want to plant. Order your seeds now. By the way, do you have a forsythia <BR> bush in your yar... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 13:20:23 EST CoHP - going back over some old goals from 2007 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3973883 So I decided to go back over some old goals I had set as part of a CoHP challenge from 2007. I set nine concrete goals. Let's see. <BR> #1 Start exercising at least once a week, and work up from there. Yeah, I didn't exercise on a regular basis. For the past four weeks (which also happens to be when I came back to sparkpeople), I have been succeeding in this. <BR> #2 Make use of those resistance tubes I bought in the summer. Wow! I've had those tubes for 3.5 years now and still have ne... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 11:45:18 EST