DEBORAH2180's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DEBORAH2180 DEBORAH2180'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/ Just not Feeling It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864673 I am feeling a bit ragged this week with work. Getting up early and coming home late. Plus, my TOM is visiting which is just making me feel blah. <BR> <BR> I have half...maybe slightly less than half the gumption to get up from my chair and head to the gym. My eyes are sleepy. <BR> <BR> My last time at the gym was Saturday morning. I seriously need to get back. I am now thinking tomorrow will be better...even though I have to get up early again. <BR> <BR> I seriously need a new jo... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:52:42 EST To Gym...or Not To Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863342 I really want to go to the gym...but it is that nasty time of the month. ugh! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Why do I always feel so blah and sluggish? <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I could walk but it just doesn't seem like a "workout", especially when I have to go out in this frigid cold that is misting frozen ice pellets. I have also noticed that when I do have a great workout, and my body is all hot and sweaty, I head out in the frigid air and then my muscles clamp up - painful! <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:36:18 EST What a busy Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862060 Due to my call-off the first part of the weekend, I was responsible for passing meds at my residential group home. Geez, it took a long time! Then I had a crisis at the other home... <BR> <BR> During this time, my friend texted me about watching a movie with her, American Sniper. We are to meet up at the theatre at 12:30. <BR> <BR> I get home at 10a, quickly changed, and headed out to the gym. I rocked it with 3 miles on the treadmill. The first mile, I walked as fast as I can comfort... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:58:22 EST Work Prevented Me From Going To The Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861268 I am somewhat upset that I was unable to go to the gym to walk / jog. Because of my call-off yesterday, I have subs today who cannot pass medication to the clients. I also had to train the staff on the clients. Simultaneously, I was training new case managers at the home too. Whew! <BR> <BR> I literally worked from 8am-8:30pm with a very quick lunch speaking with a client's mother. <BR> <BR> It is now 9:45pm and we just finished eating dinner. <BR> <BR> I am ready for bed. I have to g... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:51:13 EST Hate Call Offs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860570 Just as I was walking in to the gym, I receive a text from my staff who called off the rest of his shifts and I have to scramble to fill them. <BR> <BR> I text-walked two miles looking for coverage. I was able to get all but one shift covered and that is tomorrow afternoon. I am still waiting for more responses to come back and hopefully I will get a "Yes" response. <BR> <BR> The bad thing about getting subs in is that I have to make sure I also have med passes covered...otherwise, I have... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:34:26 EST No Workout for this Chick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859779 I was all for exercising tonight and at work I was just pumping myself up for running.... <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> By the time I came home, I just collapsed. <em>39</em> I was just too tired... <BR> <BR> Earlier today...and I mean EARLIER today as in 3:45ish am...my dog decided that it was morning and "wake up" everyone because I want to play! <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> By 5 am, I was back in bed resting until the alarm for my husband to get up at 5:40 am. <em>128</em> I rest... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:32:13 EST Finally saw a drop in weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859054 It's a half pound, but I will take it! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> It's been over a week since I lost any amount. My scale is in increments of .2 and my last weigh in was 189.4. I am now 189.0!!! <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> Funny how just a little .4 loss on the scale makes me smile for several hours this morning! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I hit the gym today after work and this time, I really did take it easy. I walked 100% for 2 miles. (I had on the wrong bra, purposely, so that I w... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:44:22 EST Took it easy this time at the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858241 I decided that I REALLY need to take it easy at the gym today after jogging for an hour on the treadmill (with 2-3 really short walking breaks) <BR> <BR> Yesterday I could barely walk or sit comfortably....I was SO stiff! <BR> <BR> Today, I woke up feeling fine! Amazing! I decided to see exactly how fine I was feeling at the gym....hehehehe <BR> <BR> I walked a mile....then jogged a lap, walked a lap, repeat until I achieved another mile. My legs were a little sore so I just walked a 3... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:40:25 EST Too stiff to exercise - boo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857347 I could not sleep well last night. Yesterday, I jogged almost an hour straight. My hips were aching and sleeping on my hips caused a lot of discomfort. <BR> <BR> This morning, it settled in to my lower back. Sitting hurts but if I am still, the pain will go away....until I have to get up! Oh the stiffness! <BR> <BR> Decided to take a day off from exercising. It is now in the evening and I am feeling less stiff. I can move around easier. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I hope to hit the gym aft... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:09:44 EST Wanted to take it easy at the gym...hahaha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856644 I almost did not go to the gym today since I was just not feeling it. I took my inhaler and now I am committed to go. I definitely do not want to waste a puff on that magic med! Without it, I cannot jog at all!!!! <BR> <BR> So, I get to the gym and I am simply amazed at what I see! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l8340452.jpg"> A tournament with at least 50 ping pong tables! <BR> <BR> I walked the track upstairs (6 times around = 1 mile) for about 2 miles and watchi... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:35:44 EST Tried a Pilates Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855329 Okay, I went to the gym after work and walked / jogged almost 2 miles before the Pilates class began...my warm-up. <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Then I went in to the Pilates Class and did pretty good on the legs! I am thinking that this is going to be easy. Probably because I am using the muscles needed to jog. <em>416</em> I hear people (presumably seasoned pilatiers) that are making grumbling noises...but I am doing alright! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Then we moved on to sit-ups. H... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:02:54 EST Tried a Tabata Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854631 I went to the gym after work and walked about 45 minutes with a little spurts of jogging in between. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Oh, my Adidas clothes came in! <em>250</em> But not the belt that holds the music, keys, etc... boo... <em>42</em> So I held my phone that is playing my music the entire time I walked. I did find the slot on the pants - it is on the back right side that is probably big enough to fit an iPod. I had a hard time trying to fit my phone in the pocket upright ... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:01:47 EST Allergies...Over Ate...No Workout...Boo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853760 Today started off good. I had a doctor appointment with an allergist, dreamy looking doctor. <em>211</em> I did not pass, I was more borderline, with the breathing tubes. He decided that I was good enough to do the skin prick test to see what I am allergic to. <em>40</em> Well, apparently, I am allergic to trees, grass, mold, dust mites, ragweed, dog, cat, and cockroach! <em>24</em> Yup, cockroach! As if there was a test for this!!! OMG!!! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I ca... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:15:54 EST Light headed this morning!?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852936 I was not feeling right this morning. I did my usual routine but just couldn't shake that light headed feeling. I was slightly dizzy too. And my left eye was twitching - so annoying! <BR> <BR> I drove in to work and just couldn't shake the feeling. I was still a little bit hungry and thirsty. Not typically normal... <BR> <BR> I decided to leave work and get a sugary coffee swirl and coffee cake muffin from Duncan Donuts. After I finished off my snack, I actually felt normal again! <BR... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:27:28 EST 7 Miles!!! Whew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851958 Yesterday, I did 6 miles... 3 miles jogging and 3 miles walking. I was sore for the rest of the day, mostly in my hips and my feet. <BR> <BR> Today, I told my husband that I plan on taking it easy at the gym... hahahaha! <BR> <BR> 4 miles walking, 2 miles jogging, and 1 mile on the treadmill walking some major inclines to a cool video that took me through the Grand Canyon. <BR> <BR> Group classes start up tomorrow so I may be trying those out too...giving me some variety other than just ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:39:05 EST 6 Miles and In The ZONE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851217 I finally made it to the gym and mostly walked 2 miles on the walking track. Then I moved on to the treadmill and jogged 3 miles! I was so in the zone!!!! <BR> <BR> I started off at 3.3 until that became easy, then bumped it to 3.4...then 3.5....and finally 3.6 <BR> <BR> I was very comfortable at 3.6 as my average speed. Not bad!!!! <BR> <BR> I tried 4.0 but that was a little too fast...but this will be my goal. I did want to see what 6.0 was like...and that was running! OMG! then ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 17:35:32 EST Still have the shoulder pain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850621 The pain in my shoulder seems to be improving but I am quite baffled as to how I got the pain in the first place! <BR> <BR> It is still bitter cold and I have been in and out with clients and doctor appointments and then cashing grocery checks for group homes and then dropping off the money at the homes. Well, I just hit one home....tomorrow, I will go to another home to drop off the money and work a little bit. We have a small crisis that we are being proactive about. The State will be... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 21:06:09 EST Shoulder / Neck Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849891 I have no idea why I have this annoying shoulder and neck pain! It hurts!!! <BR> <BR> I am thinking that when I walked and jogged at the indoor gym track and then left quickly to go home in the freezing sub zero weather, the cold got to my shoulder and neck causing the muscle to injure. This is the only explanation that I can come up with.... <BR> <BR> Either that...or I am dying...I am such a hypochondriac! LOL <BR> <BR> Well, it was another day of running clients around in this cold w... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 23:24:54 EST Brrrr - No Gym Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848872 It is way too cold to go to the gym tonight. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I went last night when it was just as cold and it was not fun heading to my car all sweaty. Brrrrr! <em>425</em> Oh, and I was very surprised that the gym was very crowded! All the cool treadmills were taken up! <em>315</em> The indoor track was full too. I ended up walking / jogging 3 miles and then called it quits since my son needed my car. His car is dead frozen... <BR> <BR> So tonight, I am just goi... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 18:56:29 EST Feeling Back in the Groove! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848071 It's been a week now since I have started up again with this site and with tracking and exercising. It feels good. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> But I have forgotten some things... <em>2</em> When jogging, even if it is for just one mile, wear the proper bra! <em>198</em> I am a little top heavy and the rubbing definitely chafes the skin! OUCH! The size of food is smaller than what I remembered... Drinking all that water is a lot!!! Which means lots of potty breaks!!! <em>204<... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 21:56:04 EST Brrrr it's Cold! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847149 I decided to skip the gym due to the dangerously cold weather. We are expecting snow too. I also wanted to take a break from walking every day and just have a "rest" day. <BR> <BR> I am not sure about tomorrow or the next or possibly the next day due to sub-zero degrees. I sure hope I can squeeze some exercise in during the day at the gym....or just walk on my treadmill at home. <BR> <BR> Gee, I so do not like this January weather! I sure hope February is better! So cannot wait for Ma... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 22:49:41 EST Doing pretty good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845453 I am doing pretty good with tracking my food, water, and exercise! I think the hardest part is actually getting motivated to go to the gym. I feel like I am a slow starter where I have to walk a mile just to warm up to exercising harder. However, it is getting easier to head to the gym since I am trying to make a habit out of going each day. If I just walked a mile, then it was a success. But since my son takes my car on weekends, I get dropped off and picked up. So, I have to remain at... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 09:38:51 EST Surprisingly not sore this morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844548 I worked out yesterday afternoon with walking and jogging about 4 miles. <em>249</em> I did jog a straight mile and it felt great! I haven't jogged in at least a half a year so I am surprised that this morning, I am not all that sore! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> I do know that I am carrying an extra 10 pounds from when I stopped working out last year. I feel so jiggley and wiggley <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I remember how I felt health-wise last year and I want to get that feeling bac... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 09:14:42 EST My First Workout at the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844183 I went to the gym to walk miles. I wanted to see how many laps around the upstairs track inside the gym would equal a mile. They said it is 6 laps... unfortunately, my GPS app does not work well inside the gym...I guess thick walls... <BR> <BR> So, I moved on to the treadmill. Now that was state-of-the-art Life Fitness Connect touch screen! I decided to use one of their built in hiking programs and jogged a mile in the Californian forests - did a mile and was in the zone! Next, I went ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 19:42:41 EST I joined the Gym!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842644 I was able to use my free pass yesterday at the gym since it was the day it expired. I walked the upstairs track. It took me 2 hours to walk 2 miles, ugh! On my day off I had to deal with 3 call offs from my work. It was impossible to find coverage! Who wants to work on New Year's Eve??? Well, we ended up closing a couple group homes and had New Year's Eve "Parties" for the clients that were displaced in other homes. Yay! But it took 2 hours to get it all in motion....all while walkin... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:12:33 EST Starting off slowly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841800 I am getting back into this site again and I am doing it slowly. Too many changes all at once may just overwhelm me - so, for the past several days, I just want to get used to recording my foods. Yesterday, I consciously increased my liquids. I am trying to blog daily once again and hit other various parts of this site. <BR> <BR> By next week, my goal is to get used to eating clean again. Lots of salads, fruits, vegetables, and all in my caloric range. This also includes being able to... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:13:53 EST Starting up again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840605 My work load just got cut in half! I am so thrilled! <BR> <BR> I plan on starting up again with my weight loss goals and get back to where I was when I jumped off the wagon. I have gained at least 10 pounds...it could have been worse with gaining the full 30 back that I had lost a year and a half ago. <BR> <BR> My jeans are getting incredibly uncomfortable and I really do not want to purchase the next size up. I'd rather spend my money at the gym than buy new clothes that don't look ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 13:16:49 EST After 4 crazy months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836062 I am finally free from working crazy long hours! I plan on joining the gym in the near future so that I can do group classes as well as the treadmill, stairs, and the indoor track. I am also thinking about swimming every now and then. <BR> <BR> I want to get back to what I was doing a year ago with jogging crazy long distances and feeling my best ever! Love that inhaler!!!! <BR> <BR> Which leads me to my inhaler... I ended up getting bronchitis again last month. I told the Urgent Care ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:20:49 EST Making a New Rule for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762747 I was on this site faithfully when I was working part time. Last summer, after I graduated with my Masters, I decided to focus on me and I worked out by walking and jogging miles each day. I LOVED it! <BR> <BR> Then I landed another position at my job which was full time and I was immediately swamped! My weight loss stopped and then slowly crept back on. I am not at my original starting weight, but will be soon if I keep this trend up. <BR> <BR> Two weeks before my vacation, I literall... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:11:06 EST I Seriously Need to Make Time for Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737900 I have been very swamped with work - working at least 12 -16 hour days each day almost 7 days per week. If I did not get what needs to be done at work, I bring it home. This is becoming very ridiculous! <BR> <BR> I understand that for the first month of a whole new staff and clients at 2 of my 3 group homes will cause some chaos, but it is ridiculous when toilets are constantly clogged, alarms going off all the time, clients having massive behaviors due to being out of their elements and s... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:45:41 EST Trying to get my routine in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711988 I have upped my walking <em>342</em> and jogging <em>363</em> but not nearly what I was doing last year <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I am so very busy with work <em>17</em> that my head is spinning. I really enjoy what I am doing but this is not my career, just a step in that direction. There is a lot of driving! <em>433</em> which I am not fond of...especially when I have to go to <em>535</em> airports and <em>282</em> hospitals for my clients. I hate the Illinois Toll Sy... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:57:03 EST What a Beautiful Day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702396 Today I was able to sleep in a little <em>102</em> My puppy also slept in too! <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> I had my <em>140</em> and <em>106</em> then took my inhaler. <BR> <BR> I walked my <em>313</em> for 1.6 miles with a little jog here and there... then we came home so he can rest. I changed out my <em>331</em> since my last year's shoes are getting so worn out! <BR> <BR> I put on my tunes <em>335</em> and jogged <em>363</em> 4.4 miles; making it a total of 6 ... Sat, 24 May 2014 21:46:17 EST Day 5 - Pleasantly Pleased http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699801 In the last 5 days, I lost 3.2 pounds. I know that the first week is a huge weight loss and then it will taper off to a half a pound - 2 pounds per week...if I am lucky. <BR> <BR> Last year, I set up in my "Other Goals" a personalized goal that I click off anytime I lose weight, regardless if it is a 0.2 lb. I am then able to see some sort of progress each week. <BR> <BR> My last year's healthy habits are slowly coming back. I still need to drop the soda and pick up more water. My fruit... Wed, 21 May 2014 08:34:10 EST Day 4 and Already Noticing Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699024 The changes I am noticing are: <BR> <BR> I lost over a pound <BR> I am challenging myself to break my records in Run Keeper <BR> I am blogging daily again <BR> I am recording my food intake and exercise <BR> I am feeling more energized <BR> I am winning over the excuses of why "I can't" or "I don't want to" <BR> I am eating healthier <BR> I feel stronger <BR> I am mindful of MEEEEEEEE <BR> <BR> I come first over my job <BR> I need to be healthier now so I can enjoy tomorrow <BR> I feel you... Tue, 20 May 2014 08:27:49 EST Day 3 of the New Me...for this year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698767 I did not get a chance to work out as planned. I knew I wouldn't be able to since my son had a baseball game...which I ended up missing. Work related...of course...gah! <BR> <BR> I really should do my workouts in the early morning now that the weather is nicer and that I can just jump in the shower and then go. I don't need to blow dry my hair or do make up. I am not in my 20s anymore... <BR> <BR> I have been recording all my food intake, though and was just slightly out of my calorie r... Mon, 19 May 2014 22:05:55 EST Day 2 - Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697689 I beat my jogging record by 1 second!!! <BR> <BR> I am doing the Run Keeper app and I love it! <BR> <BR> Last year, late fall, I got my first iPhone and installed MapMyRun app. I upgraded it and ever since it didn't work properly, so I downloaded the Run Keeper. I also stopped running between January and April. Anyway, today I checked my MapMyRun app records and realized I was jogging almost 2 minutes faster per mile last year at my prime! <BR> <BR> Okay....new goal is to get to my all ... Sun, 18 May 2014 13:27:08 EST Starting over with Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696955 I decided to start fresh once again since I became inactive on this site due to a new career and the horrible winter. I know these are excuses since I could have made sure to at least get 30 minutes of exercising in on my treadmill. <BR> <BR> Since I stopped working out due to my excuses, I became a couch potato working from my laptop doing work. I am overwhelmed with my work but I came to the conclusion that this will always be the case. I also realized that if I work extra more hours, I... Sat, 17 May 2014 10:37:48 EST 1 Year, 12 Days - My New App, the RunKeeper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670532 I just recently downloaded the free app, RunKeeper. I LOVE it! It maps out your distance, minutes, calories burned, and elevation. I have mine to speak to me every quarter mile. When the female voice comes on, it says something like this: 0.25 miles in 4.08 seconds. At this pace you are doing 16.32 minutes per mile. <BR> <BR> I am doing a free training app to get me into shape for a 5K run. I did my 3rd training objective this windy 65 degree morning. First, I took my inhaler (a must!... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:06:14 EST 1 Year and 5 Days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664911 I was going to blog on my 1 Year Anniversary on here but time just kept on slipping. I think it was because I was so discouraged with the crappy April Fool's weather and I was feeling slightly sick. <BR> <BR> Now I feel better, still a runny nose, but I can deal with that. <BR> <BR> Lately, I have been feeling the aches and pains from not exercising. I sort of stopped exercising in January and ended up becoming a couch potato once again. I feel it in my lower back and I also feel "fat... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 09:39:06 EST Day 359 - Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653821 I got a new, full time job back in late November and the paperwork to process was over a foot tall! I am a social worker and recently obtained my Masters. I work in residential group homes. The job is very challenging and I am enjoying it very much. Sometimes I make mistakes....like the other day...and I got reprimanded yesterday (giggle) <BR> <BR> My house manager's personal belongings were damaged from a client and called me screaming. For 10 minutes she was going off and heading to w... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 10:16:02 EST Day 357 - Jogged a Pathetic Mile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652648 It turned out to be a nice day (after the weird morning snow storm) in the mid 40's with a light breeze, so after work, I decided to jog outdoors. <BR> <BR> I took my inhaler and walked / jogged a block with my puppy as my warm-up exercise. I did okay... <BR> <BR> Dropped him off at home and off I went for my mile run. The last time I jogged a mile was the first week in January. Wow, I was pathetic! <BR> <BR> Last summer, I was able to jog up to 6 miles with several small walking breaks... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:09:38 EST Day 337 - March 1st - Going Active Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636809 I reset my weight in which I gained 6 pounds. Not too bad since I stopped working out altogether in the last 2 months. I have been insanely busy with my new full time job...which is just going to get more insanely busy since we are going paperless. Talk about scanning mega-documents into a .pdf format and saving to certain locations on the new company software...as well as switching old material from the old software into the new software. Sigh... I've come to realize that everyone else ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 10:38:02 EST Day 317 - Still Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619426 I have been working mega hours that just zapped me away from any form of exercising and on some occasions, good food choices. My training is almost complete - I missed a training session due to flight cancellations to get home for the training...which should have been cancelled! <BR> <BR> I am almost caught up with the 6 months of paperwork and getting everything back into State compliance. I am no longer in a constant panic of who is working at my 2 group homes, one home is missing a hous... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:34:36 EST Day 299 - Wow! On all levels! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602061 Wow that I am one day away from 300 days on this journey! After accepting my new, full time position, I found it extremely difficult to get back on track.. <BR> <BR> Wow, my position I took is a huge mess! I don't know if it was a good or bad thing to get the company's software installed onto my new laptop...I worked the entire weekend, from morning to night. My butt is sore! LOL I still have mega hours to go to get to where I feel comfortable... <BR> <BR> My director is HORRIBLE! Majo... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:46:29 EST Day 289 - Took Several Weeks Off From Here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591710 I have been extremely busy with my new promotion. It is very discouraging when I do not get support from the director. We had a staff meeting headed by the director and he was just lying through his teeth saying how he is very much on top of things...and he was looking right at me when he said it. Grrrrr..... <BR> <BR> This weekend is my first time being On-Call, which means I am responsible for about 8 other group homes. <BR> <BR> ------- <BR> <BR> My son, his girlfriend, and I flew ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:06:08 EST Day 274 - Still Holding Steady! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574201 I am still holding steady with my weight. I did make several not so good choices in the food / beverage department....soda, icecream, cheese, sausage, & crackers, Chinese food, pizza....yeah definitely not good choices... <BR> <BR> But I am keeping my intake at a moderation! <BR> <BR> Today was such a nice day that I tried out my MapMyRun app again. This is my second time using it. The first time was jogging right when the heavy snowfall began in 23 degree weather. Today was in the mi... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 23:40:31 EST Day 266 - Eliminating That S.T.R.E.S.S.!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569758 It been 3 weeks that I started full time in my new position. It has a tremendous amount of responsibilities and with all new jobs, it can be stressful. My director increased the stress by not supporting me or teaching me what I need to know. He basically told me I am on my own to figure it out. He also screwed up my staff schedule and if there is no coverage for these shifts, then it falls on me to work those shifts on top of my other duties. He is going on a 2 week vacation very soon an... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 10:02:58 EST Day 263 - Work Frustrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567852 I just recently got promoted at my job as a case manager for 9 clients in two different group homes. I understand that the transition can be quite difficult, but I am getting so frustrated with the lack of support from my director! <BR> <BR> I ordered emergency supplies for the homes over two weeks ago that the director actually had to do for me since I was not hooked up to do It myself...the director shipped it to the wrong home! I literally had to use my personal credit card to purchas... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:18:04 EST Day 260 - Working Lots of Hours...Me on Back Burners... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566061 It's been about 8 days since I blogged last. I feel like I am really slacking off. I have pretty much stopped tracking my foods and haven't been on the treadmill in over a week. <BR> <BR> I still step on the scale every day or two just to make sure I am still hovering at my current weight...which I am! <BR> <BR> My new job is extremely stress filled! I am responsible for so much stuff it is making my head spin! <BR> <BR> I am a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP)... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:06:40 EST Day 252 - I Survived My First Week in My New Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559612 I think I put in at least 50 hours of work in my new position. I have literally immersed myself in the paperwork that I miss my lunch. The previous case manager did a horrendous job keeping up with the paperwork and let some very important deadlines go by where the recipients lost their benefits. The client population I work for are all intellectually disabled and live in group homes. Several actually do work in the sheltered developmental training programs doing piece rate jobs. <BR> ... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 08:55:30 EST