DAWNWATERWOMAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAWNWATERWOMAN DAWNWATERWOMAN'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/ Day 19, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767751 Today was okay. I delivered DH to work & then taught the 6am deep water class. After last night's deep water class my knee was bothering me a lot through out the night. This morning it really hurt. After that, I taught the remaining classes from the deck. I came home & did some Sparking. Then I elevated my leg & started in on a new afghan, in blues. I am liking it. We watched AGT as a family. Looking forward to tomorrow night to see the results. Tomorrow I have PT. I am dreading it. My knee h... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:17:51 EST Day 18, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767022 Today has been a long day & I have an even longer one tomorrow. I am trying to just keep on keeping on with a smile on my face. I have a friend who is hurting physically & emotionally and that makes me hurt too. I've been on the verge of tears all afternoon. All I can do is be here for her & pray. Isn't that about all we can do anyway? Love one another. Be there for our friends. Pray for the best. <BR> <BR> I taught 2 hours of classes this morning from the deck. It was HOT! Then I took DH t... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:10:57 EST Day 17, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766317 Today has been a good day. I'm tired but happy. I have been crocheting ever since I got home from work. I taught 3 hours of swim lessons at the pool, one student canceled. Church was nice. We had a baptism and that was wonderful. We have a very tiny church family & it's wonderful to see it grow a little bit. Every person counts. Time for me to get back to the crochet hook. I'm watching some tv & need to go to bed soon. I'm so grateful to be on the last color of my afghan. Then I can start the... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:20:03 EST Day 16, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765754 Today has been a really busy day. I got up early & dropped DH at work before going in to work myself. I taught a private swim lesson at 8am. Then I crocheted for 30 minutes before my "kiddies" showed up & I taught a pre-school swim lesson for an hour. Then it was an hour deep water class. Rushed off from there & picked up DH from work at Kmart & drove him to work at Autozone. Then rushed to meet my friend & sub-teacher for lunch. I had promised to treat her out for all that she has been doing... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:18:11 EST Day 15, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765247 Today was a good day. A busy day. It started out with me being honest with myself. I was tired & I had a long day coming up. I got Paula to teach my morning classes. I still taught 5 hours (in the pool) and did an extra hour of cardio on my own. DH & I went to the bank & took care of some business. Got the rent paid. Had lunch together. Picked up my medications & some school supplies. Then I dropped him home & headed to work. I taught 3 private swim lessons & then 2 water aerobic classes. The... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:57:31 EST Day 14, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764618 For the most part I have had a crap day. In the end some good stuff happened so I am going to bed happy. Tomorrow is another day. <BR> <BR> My weight was up for the 2nd week in a row. I gained 1 pound this week, 2 last week for a total of 3 pounds up SINCE visiting the orthopedist. He told me that I had to lose AT LEAST 50 pounds and now I'm up 3. I'm so frustrated. My exercise is down... by his instructions... my strength exercises are UP because of the PT exercises that I am now doing dai... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:11:18 EST Day 13, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763880 Today has been a busy day. I am going to say that it was a good day. It was a difficult day in some parts. It was an awesome day in others. I taught 2 hours of classes this morning from the deck. It was hotter than blue blazzes up there. I was sweating like crazy. After that, I came home & got my crocheting, picked up Becca & dropped her at the Y on my way to our Adult Swim Lunch. We had a nice lunch. I had a nice chicken salad salad. It was delicious. (YES, I said salad twice) It was chicken... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:03:35 EST Day 12, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763237 Today has been a good and busy day. I started the day teaching 4 hours of water aerobics/swim lessons. I made sure to stay on a noodle so that I got more exercise, but no impact. My knees hurt tonight but not as bad as they did the other day. Then my friend Robin, treated DH & I out to lunch as a thank you for him working on her car. Came home & did a lot of Sparking while watching Disney movies with Aurora. Then I did a lot of crocheting and watched AGT with the family. Great show tonight. N... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:30:39 EST Day 11, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762525 Today has been a pretty good day. I didn't go to work because I didn't sleep well & am not feeling well today. I did crochet all day long. I watched some fun tv shows. I watched some Peppa Pig with Aurora. My calories are pretty low today. I drank plenty of water. I'm admit that I am having a bit of an issue with depression. Finances are always an issue, the more work I miss the worse things become. On top of that, my ex's (the one that committed suicide) birthday was today and he's been on m... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:24:13 EST Day 10, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761648 Today has been a good day. YES, I got my PT exercises done first thing this morning. No, I didn't make it to church this morning because my stomach was upset. Yes, I worked this afternoon. Taught 2 hours of swim lessons & did 15 minutes of Deep water aerobics on my own. Yes, Paul & I went to the movies. Expendables 3. We both loved it. There were so many famous older action heroes in it. We hope that there will be another one. We really enjoy action movies. This is the first time that Paul &... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:40:39 EST Day 9, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761152 It's been a really busy day & I am really tired. It's a good tired though. I was in the pool for better than 5 hours today. Felt great. I know, more than I am supposed to do but that's just the way it is today. Funny thing that happened... I was swimming laps and all of a sudden noticed that my shorts had fallen down to my knees... LOL... glad that I had a bathing suit on.. too funny. Anyway.. time to get rid of them. Movie night a church was nice. Oklahoma! We do a movie musical once a month... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:54:10 EST Day 8, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760521 Today has been a good day. I spent the morning with my granddaughter watching cartoons & crocheting. I didn't go to work this morning because the knee was hurting so bad & I knew that I was going to be there a long time this afternoon. I ended up doing 4.5 hours in the water. It felt GREAT!!!! I can't tell you how much I love to exercise. It's driving me crazy to try to cut back. UGH. I still have to do my PT exercises tonight so I will be over the hours that I am supposed to do. I will just ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:42:12 EST Day 7, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759911 Today has been a tough day. I am hurting a lot. I didn't work. I went to the deep water class but no one showed up but my other two teacher/friends and that water was really cold. Since I was hurting so badly, we decided to skip it. I was afraid that the cold water would make me hurt worse. <BR> <BR> Kaydon helped me sorting through yarn today. I have some set aside to start my next project. I am going to start after I have posted this. I am so excited. <BR> <BR> This afternoon we went to... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:55:25 EST Day 6, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759318 Today was a good day. I didn't go in to work this morning because I was hurting. I went to physical therapy & had a good workout there. When I left, not only my knees were hurting but now my hips were too. However, I am going to go with the flow. Anything that will help me get stronger & do better with the surgery. I am going to comply. I didn't go to work this afternoon because I was hurting more. I finished fringing both of the shawls that I have done this week. They are all packed in the "... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:26:05 EST Day 5, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758630 Today was a good but long day. I taught 4 hours of classes in the pool. Discovered that my knee will not allow me to teach in the shallow water classes. I will be teaching them from the deck (sitting, not exercising) and will teach my swim lessons, deep water classes & swim laps for my exercise. I got a lot of crocheting done. My family & I watched AGT tonight. Excellent acts. My food was good today. I'm tired. Time for bed. Tomorrow will be another pretty long day. I am going to physical the... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:09:59 EST Day 4, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757870 Today has been a good day. I was so happy to be back at the pool. I enjoyed the swim lessons that we taught this afternoon. I got my lockers all organized and set. I needed one in each locker room because I need to use both at different times. Using the walker is making things a bit more difficult for me and it will be easier not to have to carry a gym bag or all the other bags that I have been dragging back & forth to the Y. I am still enjoying my 365 day plan. So far so good. Honestly, I ha... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:17:39 EST Day 3, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757121 Today is my youngest son's birthday. He turned 31 today. Last year he was in jail for his birthday. I am grateful that he is home & free & working & happy today. He posted that he went for all-you-can-eat crablegs for dinner. I admit that I am jealous. I love them. Of course, all-you-can-eat are dirty words for me these days. LOL <BR> <BR> Today has been a good day. I would have liked to have slept later but Aurora woke me up to inform me that it was morning & that I needed to help her get b... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:10:12 EST Day 2, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756565 Today I have been busy working on DAWN. I posted a blog earlier, that really should have been posted yesterday. Today I have worked on my schedule, I have worked up a 365 Daily Report Key, for accountability, and I have given myself permission to just obsess on getting it "right". Now, I will sit back and DO IT instead of prepare for it. It's the process that I go through. <BR> <BR> I am loving my "plan". Today I talked on the phone with 3 dear friends. This may not seem like much to many. ... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 21:53:32 EST 365 Days of Transforming DAWN: loving Dawn healthy continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756451 I started this YESTERDAY. The reason that I started it yesterday is because it was my sobriety anniversary. I got sober 8-8-88. LOL I did it because the numbers were right... I worked it because IT WAS RIGHT. I am worth it. Here is my 365 day plan: <BR> <BR> 365 Day Transformation of Dawn: new ways to continue "Loving Dawn Healthy" <BR> <BR> SPIRITUALLY: <BR> Start a STREAK: attend church weekly <BR> Read the entire bible in one year. (use reading plan) <BR> Read & ponder the "Verse a day"... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 17:06:09 EST 99 pounds from my goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729425 Ever since I had my latest weigh in last Thursday, this song has been haunting me.... except that the words in my head are "99 pounds from my goal....." <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoy it. I LOVE this song! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAQgILW5V6k </link> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:46:41 EST Let go of FEAR... Happy Birthday Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708367 Today would have been my father's 87th birthday. He died last year. I had not seen or talked to him in years. It wasn't & isn't because I didn't love him. It was because I let time get away from me. It was because I let my phone phobia keep me from calling him. It was because I let my fear of rejection dictate my actions. FEAR. False Evidence Appearing Real. <BR> <BR> How many times have you let FEAR keep you from doing things that you wanted to do. Not things that you SHOULD do, but things... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:54:43 EST Because I'm happy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707786 It's been too long since I last posted a blog. It has NOT been because things are not going well in my SPARK life. It's just because I tend to allow myself to become more of a "human doing" than a "human being". I love the Lincoln Rymes series by Jeffrey Deaver. One of my favorite characters pushes herself to stay busy because "if you keep busy, they can't get to you" or something along that line. Much of the time, that is how I feel. Truthfully, I'm not really sure what I am afraid of "catch... Sat, 31 May 2014 23:51:01 EST 1st Quarter 2014, reporting in.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662177 1st quarter of 2014 complete. Since Jan 1st, I have lost 13 pounds. That is only 3.88%. However, I am NOT going to stress over it. I am losing and that is a happy thing. I have set the goal for the 2nd quarter's loss to be 5%... which will make my July 1st goal: 305. We'll see if I can get there. I sure hope so. If nothing else, I am determined. <BR> <BR> My focus for the first quarter of the year has been to MAKE A HAPPY DAY. This means that I have been focusing on being happy & CHOOSING... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:53:17 EST Count your blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656577 Today has been another good day. I am feeling good about my food plan & about my life. My caloric range is low & has been staying in range for quite awhile now. That makes me happy. My carbs are good today. As I said yesterday, they have been at 20 or below since Feb 25th except for 9 days. A couple of those days it was just 21 or 22. The highest day was 38 carbs. I am thinking that since the major culprits on the high carbs were either tomatoes or Brussels sprouts, I don't have to spend too ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:19:18 EST Gratitude... 3/24/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655740 Since I wrote my last blog, I have had a lot to be grateful for. Frankly, I am blessed and am able to find more to be grateful for than most folks. I'm still filling my "gratitude jar" for opening on New Year's Eve and I never cease having full pages of what I am grateful for each day. <BR> <BR> I arrived home safely after little problems on the plane. The ironic thing was that I had the same exact flight attendant. That was funny. Happily, my friend Kathy was waiting for me when I arrived ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:58:13 EST More Pittsburgh trip, 3/19/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651659 Yesterday was another good day here in Pittsburgh. Deb had to be at a work luncheon, so I got to get all my laundry done & do some Sparking while she was gone. Then Deb picked me up & we headed into the city to pick up Di. Next stop, Alter Ego Tattoo Shop where Deb's daughter's boyfriend, Red, works. Yep, I got a tattoo. Once upon a time, Deb got a SPARK tattoo. I really loved it when she showed it to us on her blog. Once I saw it in person I knew that not only did I still really like it....b... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:41:13 EST Pittsburgh trip... so far... 3/18/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650811 It's about time that I should write another "catch up" blog. The GOOD news is that I have not been avoiding posting because of any crisis or the fact that I am "hiding" from Sparkpeople because of a slip or anything of that nature. Franky, I have just been really busy & my life has been going so GREAT that I have just not been able to slow down enough to blog about it. I'm blessed with some alone time today so here I am, sharing a "catch up" with you. <BR> <BR> First of all, let me just say... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:38:03 EST Another "catch up" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643220 Friday we had a big snow/freezing rain/sleet storm. It put the cabash on my Church retreat. I already had a substitute all lined up for work, and she really needs the money so I got a free weekend. I've spent the weekend relaxing, putting together puzzles, Sparking, talking on the phone, watching tv shows that I have had on DVR & never made enough time to watch. I've also been getting ready for my upcoming trip to Pittsburgh. I'm so excited that I don't know what to do with myself. I've been ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 22:22:26 EST March 6, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641763 Today has been a wonderful day. I taught 3 hours of water aerobics this morning. Then my friend, Selda, picked me up & took me to her house where she fixed a wonderful (clean) lunch based on my food plan. We had a lovely visit. Then she cut my hair. It looks really great considering that she is not a hair dresser. We had fun. She took me by the drug store to pick up a prescription before taking me home. We were trying to beat the sleet/snow that we are supposed to get tonight. It's snowing ri... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 23:52:23 EST Playing Catch Up... March 5, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640728 Where does time go? Seems that I am always finding myself looking at my blogs and asking "How did I miss posting a blog?" It is my intention to blog daily. I do much better on my program when I DO. Then, time just seems to fly past me & I don't get it done. <BR> <BR> Off the top, let me say that Day 3, 4 & most of 5 (the day isn't over yet) have been SPOT ON, clean NO STARCH NO SUGAR days. I am really loving my food plan. The flu-like symptoms of detox are gone, along with the headache. I a... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 19:18:42 EST March 2, Day 2 clean: NO STARCH NO SUGAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638045 It's been another great day. Church was good this morning. I spent the rest of the day teaching swim lessons at the Ypool. Now I'm watching the Oscars. I LOVE IT! My food has been good today. Clean, 8 carbs. I'm happy. We're expecting a storm tomorrow. Here's to hoping that all will go well & it may pass us by. <BR> <BR> Bright blessings to you all. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:23:10 EST March 1st, Day 1 clean: NO STARCH NO SUGAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637483 Today was a long and busy day. I taught swim lessons all morning. Had a nice brunch with my husband. Went back to the pool to teach more afternoon lessons but had some children call out... then had some digestion issues and had to come home. Thankfully, my friend Paula was there to teach my 2pm & 3pm classes for me. She is a real blessing. This afternoon I came home & between bathroom time and napping pretty much just let the afternoon slip away from me. This evening I have been sparking a LO... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 09:05:57 EST Day 5- regrouping & recommitting to DAWN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636459 Today has been a very LONG but successful day. I taught 6 hours of water aerobics & 2 hours of swim lessons. I'm VERY tired. My calories burned are high. My food plan is doing fine. Everything is within my SparkTracker range except the fat which is high. This food plan seems to run with a high fat. Oh well, the beat goes on & I am happy that my carbs are just 16 when I am allowed 20. Tomorrow I will begin at Day 1-Food Plan because I will NOT have anything off of the given food plan. IE: Toda... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:16:05 EST Day 4- regrouping & recommitting to DAWN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635668 It's late & I'm pooped. I taught 4 hours of classes today. I stayed on target with my "NO SUGAR-NO STARCH" food plan. I'm pleased with my success. Tomorrow is my LONG LONG day at work. I have already packed my breakfast & lunch for the day. I will be at the pool from 6am-8:30pm. I was hoping that I would get my van back tomorrow but I don't know how in the world that I will be able to get over to get it with all the classes that I teach.. SO.. I guess that I will have to get it on Monday if i... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:17:06 EST DAY 3- regrouping & recommitting to DAWN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634832 Today has been another really good day. My food is clean & I got in 2 hours of exercise. I had a nice lunch with a good friend. We talked a lot about my new food plan & how I feel about it. My Serious Sisters helped me to figure out the new food plan AND how to fix my nutrition tracker to help track a LOW CARB food plan. I don't really understand how it works but it's working. My total carbs showed 33 but my "low carb" number was 12. I am not sure yet why they are different but I am hoping t... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:07:21 EST Day 2- regrouping & recommitting to DAWN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633782 Today has been a good day. My food is clean & I got in 5 hours of exercise. I had a good OA meeting tonight. I am feeling good about myself, my program and my recommitment. I am more determined than ever to stay on task & find success. I am so grateful to Spark People and to all of my Spark Friends for the support & inspiration that is offered here. Thank you for being on the journey with me. Bright blessings to all. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:24:57 EST Day 1- regrouping & recommitting to DAWN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632975 When 2014 began, I made up my mind to make this my best year ever. On Jan 15th, I turned 55 and DID have the best day ever. Since then, for whatever reason, I have been in a bit of a "funk". While I push myself to stay grateful, it seems that depression has been pulling me deeper and deeper down into the abyss. That makes me go crazy AND crazy for Dawn mean.... compulsive overeating. I am so sad to admit to the fact that I have been eating out of control. Blows my abstinence all to pieces. B... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:50:49 EST The BEST DAY EVER, 55 & still alive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595272 Today has been really quite perfect. I woke up before the alarm. I was in the pool for 5 hours, teaching 4 water aerobic classes & 1 swim lesson. Then I had a wonderful "adult swim lunch" with my very favorite swim friends. There were 17 of us, including my husband and we had a grand time. I got gifts, which I was NOT expecting. Then I took Paul to work & went back to the pool to teach another private swim lesson. Then it was home to relax & watch tv & nap. My family fixed me a favorite meal.... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:19:58 EST A team challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592950 On one of my teams, we have an optional daily challenge. Today's challenge, should we choose to accept it is: WRITE A BLOG. Here I am! <BR> <BR> I've thought a lot about my last blog about What makes me happy. Honestly, I am a pretty happy person overall. I posted about the memory/gratitude jar that I am doing for 2014. Someone else I know said that they were not doing it because they were worried that they couldn't find something positve every day. Funny, when I consider my life and all... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:06:27 EST Jan 7, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586261 WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY? <BR> <BR> There are so many answers to this question. Basically, I am a happy person. My family makes me happy. Watching the grandchildren, listening to them, playing with them, all makes me happy. Being at the pool makes me happy. I am blessed to love my job and the people that I deal with... both co-workers and participants in my classes... all that makes me happy. Seeing the sunset or sunrise, makes me happy. Watching snowfall makes me happy. Good movies, good books, ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 22:38:21 EST A year in review: Jan 2013-Jan 6 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584776 It's been way too long since I last blogged. I thought that I would take some time to put together and summary of 2013 & then talk about my goals & thoughts about 2014. I'm also going to include pictures to help you see how my year went. <BR> <BR> 2013 began the same way all of my years have begun as long as I remember. A tradition that my mother taught us from a very young age, was the act of banging pots & pans together to ring in the new year. As long as they have been doing the New Year... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 19:34:39 EST Positive that I can't seem to keep caught up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524942 I have kept notes for a blog, but then I get so busy that I don't get it posted. I have remained focused on the positives in my life & counting my blessings. I am grateful for more than I will ever be able to write about. Here's a brief "catch up". <BR> <BR> OCT 16: Grateful for my sister who celebrated her anniversary birthday on this day. <BR> <BR> OCT 17: Weigh day with BLC. Grateful for my weight loss. Positive, lost 5 pounds this week. <BR> <BR> OCT 18: Grateful for the joy that I ... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 20:51:09 EST Positively Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514624 Once again, I am behind on my blogging & my positive list. So, I'm playing catch up again! <BR> <BR> Sunday, 10/13, was a great day. I had a good time at church. It was an excellent sermon as always. Afterwards, I picked up DH from work & came home to relax. The most positive part of the day was that I stayed home from work and had another day of REST. Another positive was that I got my Lovely Limes newsletter done & am very proud about how it turned out. I really love my BLC team & try to ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:17:45 EST Positively catching up!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511945 I'm still focusing on the positives, even if I have had a busy week & been too tired to blog as often as I'd like. My last blog was on Tuesday, 10/8. <BR> Wednesday 10/9 was a really good day. I took care of myself because of my coughing & did NOT go in & teach my 6am or 8am classes. It is a big deal when I take the time to REST. I need to do that more often because my cough gets really rough at times. Between the allergies that I have and the asthma really can get me down at times. The pos... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 23:25:21 EST A positive day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508433 Today has been a good day. I'm tired but happy. I am still coughing quite a bit, actually more than I was... but I am feeling MUCH better. I'll just deal with the cough for now. That's the way it is for me. My asthma always gets involved and a cough always follows. Oh well... it will all be fine. <BR> I got up early & taught my 6am deep water class. Then put out all my equipment for the rest of my classes for the day. I did some extra workout for myself afterwards. Then came the first of my ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 22:31:05 EST Positive blogging, a catch up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506451 Okay. I am behind on my positives. I'm sorry about that. I've been sick & trying to catch up on rest & sanity. LOL <BR> <BR> Oct 3: My positive is that when I got the chills & felt like crap, instead of pushing myself to work.. I asked my friend Paula to teach my classes & she agreed. I had already taught the 6am class & got the chills really bad. I felt much better after resting & taking care of DAWN. That's all part of my "loving Dawn healthy" and for the 3rd.. that was a win. <BR> <BR> O... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 22:47:10 EST Positive Blogging... thanks Deb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503028 My friend Deb (Be-The-Change) has challenged herself to post something positive daily for the month of October. I am going to match that challenge. I missed yesterday but I do have a good positive to share for 10/01. <BR> <BR> My Oct 1st positive was getting good news from my cardiologist. 2 weeks ago I had to get an electrocardiogram. Last week I had to wear a Holter Harness/ heart monitor. I've been waiting for the results and got the call from the doctor's office on the 1st. My doctor so... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 23:30:36 EST Happy to be blogging again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499498 Many of you have sent me goodies & spark page messages commenting on the fact that I have not posted a blog in awhile. Thank you for the love and support. It made me feel good to get your messages. I appreciate it. <BR> <BR> To be honest, I have not been doing "great" emotionally. I'm frustrated about this 8 week plateau. I'm stressed about some health issues that continue to be a nuisance. Don't get me wrong, I am still grateful & blessed. I'm just not feeling on top of my game. <BR> <BR... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 18:05:44 EST Sept 14 & 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486651 Sept 14 <BR> <BR> I'm overtired and feel like I'm getting sick. It's been a busy day. Got all my new classes started. We had a good time. I taught for 5 hours today. I really enjoyed myself. I got a nice nap during the afternoon. Watched some tv & did some Sparking. My food was high, my exercise was even higher. I am happy with my plan of action today. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Day 380 Loving Myself Healthy <em>248</em> <BR> Day 180 Facing the Mirror with I LOVE YOU <em>... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 22:06:04 EST Happy Friday the 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485023 Sept 12: <BR> Today was a VERY busy day. I taught a 6am Deep Water class, exercised for a week on my own, showered & headed to a 9am Cardiologist appointment. That went alright. I have to go back next week for an echocardiogram and then the following week I'll be fitted with a Holter Harness for 48hours. We'll figure this all out. After the appointment I rushed back to work & taught 2 more hours of classes. Then it was lunch with a couple of friends, home to collapse. I got a lot of Sparking ... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 23:50:01 EST