DEEKELLYE's SparkPeople Blog DEEKELLYE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Merry Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Elijah got up at his usual time before 7am this morning and was really excited to see that Santa came to visit him last night and that his elf Angel went home to the North Pole. I am really appreciative of everything Elijah's Sunday school teacher does for him beyond Sunday morning. Her and her family bought Elijah some things to give to him for Christmas and wrapped everything but the candy canes. We couldn't get ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:15:38 EST Still Up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's nearly 6am and I'm still awake. I'm waiting for 6:15 to get here so I can get Elijah up and ready to go so I can go to bed. I'll probably put my work shirt, under shirt, pants and apron in the washer right before I go into Elijah's room so I can take them out of the dryer and hang them up before I go to sleep. I probably won't sleep past 1:30 like yesterday but that's ok. I'm thinking about taking the bus to ... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 07:00:27 EST Been Tired <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am still having a hard time adjusting to working at night and sleeping during the day. I had Wednesday and Thursday nights off after working everyday since the Thursday I started. Then Friday comes along and I go back to work and I look at my schedule and I work Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Then my manager puts up the schedules for the next two weeks. I work Wednesday and Thursday and get Friday... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:10:11 EST Days Off <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have last night and tonight off of work and I don't have to go in until 8:45 tomorrow night. I'm glad to have the time off since I've worked everyday since starting there. I worked on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I do need the money but I also need the time off. I cannot begin to tell you how nice it is to have an income again and to have money to get what we need and want. I bought so... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:03:47 EST Riding a Bike <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Training started on Thursday with videos. Friday's training was washing the dishes. Saturday and Sundays training was basically me taking the tables by myself. Working at Waffle House is like riding a bike. The training wheels are off and the helmet is hanging on the handle bars. My trainer told my manager that I was ready. Normally they send people to another store for training and a class but I don't have to go b... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:34:24 EST Called Back <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last week I had 2 interviews for Waffle House and at the second interview the guy said they would call me back either that afternoon or the next day. Well I got a call back. It was just like a week later. I have everything but the black shoes. Well I have black shoes but they are in the form of nice black boots that are comfortable but not enough to work in all day and I'm not wearing my nice black boots to work at... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:47:13 EST Dirty Dishes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was planning on doing the dishes yesterday but never got around to doing them. So they are not so nicely stacked on the counter above the dishwasher until I get around to doing them. Debbie is off today but I highly doubt that she'll be doing dishes since she rarely does them. She barely cooks as it is. I really don't expect her to come out of her room much but then again I'll barely be going out of my room much... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:30:30 EST Hint of Sarcasm <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The first interview yesterday went better than the first one because with the first interview a lady did it and the second a guy did it and for what ever unknown reason when I get interview by guys I get thrown off. So the guy asked me about transportation and I was like if my mom and sister can't take me then I'll walk since I live on the other side of the underpass for the interstate. Then he's like what if it's... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 09:44:10 EST Interviews <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got a call yesterday about an interview at Waffle House. I'm not particularly wanting this job but Christmas is coming up and I get cash daily in tips and cash paychecks every Sunday. I'll be working from 9pm to 7am to start out. I don't mind that shift. It's my second choice. I'll still be able to get Elijah off the bus and spend the evenings with him and go to church on Sunday. I'll be rushing home Sunday morni... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 11:55:40 EST Forgotten Book Bag <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everything was going smoothly this morning as I got Elijah up and ready for school. He gets dressed, takes his medicine, and goes out the door without a fuss. Then we are walking to the bus stop and he's writing and taking his good ole time and when we get to the bus stop I look and him and notice that we forgot his book bag. So we go back home and he stops to talk to this guy who's always out in the morning for th... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 09:42:22 EST Back to the Routine <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I really do love Mondays. I have clean laundry. Elijah is at school. Mom and Debbie are at work. I'm back to my cleaning and exercise routine. It took me a while to clean my room only because I haven't done so last week. Between mom and Debbie putting stuff in my room and Elijah watching TV in my room it got pretty messy and I didn't clean it because it was pointless with everybody home. So now it's clean. I still... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:10:28 EST Good and Plenty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Elijah was up before 6:20 this morning and for like the first 20 or so minutes I was out of bed he did not stop talking. While I was getting my coffee I kept telling him to sit down and be quiet and watch his show. He had some trouble doing that. Now that the power rangers are on he is being quiet for the most part. Don't know where he gets the excessive talking from. It drives me nuts sometimes. Glad he talks so w... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:18:58 EST Interrupted and Lost Dream <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last night I was having this dream where I was at a hotel. I think I was at the end of the stay because my mom was there for me and Elijah. I was talking to a guy I know who was staying at the hotel. I was avoiding mom so I could talk to him. Elijah ended up at a ball pit of sorts and I was by the pool. I couldn't finish the dream because Elijah comes into my room and wakes me up because he couldn't put his underwe... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:35:07 EST Missed Bus <img src=""> <BR> <BR> School for 1st grade and up started August 11 and August 18th for pre-k and kindergarten and it's almost the end of November so you would think that there would be a routine set in place on getting the kids to the bus stop on time. Not with a certain few parents. There are several parents who have 2 or 3 kids. One parent has 3 kids and walks to the bus stop every morning and is rarely, if ever, late. There is anot... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:20:21 EST Happy Camper <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am a happy camper right about now. Debbie left for work before I got up this morning. Starting yesterday she works at 6am everyday she works between yesterday and Christmas. Sucks being at work at that time, I know because for the last year and a half or so at Bob Evans I had to be at work at 6:30 every day. Debbie doesn't get a day off until Thanksgiving and then she works 4 days after that. That sucks but at t... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:02:12 EST Oranges <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This month I wanted to get more fruits and veggies. Succeeded slightly with that in that I got a big bag of oranges and carrots at Sam's Club. We normally get the carrots at Sam's Club. I got broccoli at Sam's Club and some yellow cherry tomatoes. I wanted to get some spinach but unfortunately that didn't happen. Albertson's has a sale on Ken's salad dressing. It's buy one, get one free. Ken's makes the Asian sala... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:18:51 EST Goal Unmet <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For this challenge my goal was to lose 10.5 pounds and I lost 1 pound this challenge. Started off at 210 and finished at 209. When I first started losing weight it took me about 10 months to get out of the 220s and stay below the 220 so I'm thinking that it's going to take me a while to get below 209 and stay below 209. The challenge goal was left unmet. The goal to stay under $100 at Sam's Club was also unmet. I ... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:54:47 EST Challenge Ending <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is the last day of week 8 of the 5% challenge and tomorrow is the last weigh in. This challenge has gone fast. It was the first challenge I was in that Elijah was at school and I could walk whenever I wanted and spend more time at the fitness center and go to the fitness center earlier during the day. How ever old habits die hard. I've been walking, not so much now that it's colder outside and I have yet to ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 06:06:19 EST Cross Over <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tuesday night began the cross overs with Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Law and Order: SVU! I ended up watching Chicago Fire on Tuesday since it was after 19 Kids and Counting and then couldn't wait until last night to was SVU and Chicago PD. Man was it good. I normally don't watch Chicago Fire but since it was a cross over I did. The people from Chicago Fire weren't in the other two shows but people in the other two... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:16:32 EST It's Cold <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today will definitely be a hot tea and a hot shower kind of day. It's cold outside. It's not as cold as it is in some places but it's like 50 with a high of 56. The 10 day forecast is showing 50s and 60s as highs and lows of 30s and 40s. I am grateful for the cooler weather but not quite ready for it to be this cool. Sunday I came up with the idea of keeping hot tea in the crock pot and it's been so nice to have ho... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:18:17 EST Hot Tea <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So lately I've been drinking hot tea after I'm done with my coffee. Not sure if it's because of the cooler weather and how cold I've been feeling or that I'm feeling a bit down in the dumps and frustrated with life in general. Either way I had to get another box of Earl Grey yesterday because I didn't have enough tea bags to last until next weekend when we go grocery shopping. I've been thinking about getting my 2 ... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 07:38:55 EST Trip to the Park <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday mom and Elijah didn't have school or work because of the election day. We didn't vote because mom forgot about it. I made potato soup in the crock pot yesterday. It was really tasty. I haven't been using my crock pot very often lately. I need to plan more meals for the crock pot. This month I am going to figure out a few weekly meal plans and see if we can save money because with 4 mouths to feed food do... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 07:09:44 EST Clean and Shiny <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We started going back to the church where we were going after we moved down here at the end of summer and a month or two ago I started bringing my flute and playing it again. Two weeks ago the head joint was getting stuck because it needed cleaned and I was going to clean it. Last week we didn't go to church but yesterday we did. I forgot to clean my flute so I stuck some chap stick on it to get some of the gunk o... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:34:18 EST Extra Hour <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't know about anybody else but I love when daylight savings time ends and we fall back an hour and get an extra hour of sleep. This year I'm not lucky enough to get that extra hour of sleep because Elijah refuses to go to the bathroom before bed and ended peeing in his bed. I look at the clock on the wall and it's 3:30. I decided to just lay in bed for a little while. Then I just happen to glance at the clock n... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 05:29:54 EST DIY Laundry Detergent <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A friend of mine posted her recipe for the detergent she makes so I got the bright idea to make it as well. So I told mom about it and she found a different recipe for it and printed it out. So yesterday I used the last of the detergent and since we needed some we had come to an agreement. Debbie brought home 2 giant icing buckets from work. Mom bought the stuff. Which left me to make the stuff. I was going to wai... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 16:07:22 EST Last Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is officially the last day of the squat and kettle bell challenges. I'm glad too. I've given it much thought and I have decided not do the next two squat challenges. Over the last few days I have seriously struggled to do the squat challenge mainly because I really don't like doing squats. I started using the elliptical. Yesterday and today I've done 30 minutes on it. It doesn't bother me any more. The tread... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:14:55 EST Interview!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The day after I put my fifth application in at Hobby Lobby I get a call from one of the managers for an interview. YAY ME!! My theory is I'd put in as many applications as possible in at Hobby Lobby until I at least get an interview. I don't care if I had to grab all of the applications that they have out to get an interview. I just want an interview and a job. Hobby Lobby is open from 9am-8pm Monday thru Saturday... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:29:17 EST Fights <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So Sunday night, Monday night and this morning Elijah and I have had fights. Sunday night it was because we went with our neighbor to the family fest at her church and we got home about 9. Last night it was because Elijah was so tired he couldn't decide if he wanted to read a chapter in his book or not which eventually we did. This morning it was because he wanted his ninja turtle sword and mask and candy that was... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:36:16 EST No More Rest Days <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So today is day 26 of the challenges that I am doing. I've switched days around a few times this month. There isn't a scheduled rest day until the 28th of the challenges but I was so tired yesterday that I moved the rest to yesterday. That means from now until day 30 I have no more rest days. I am finding it difficult to squeeze in the squat and kettle bell challenges on Saturdays and Sundays. Yesterday Elijah got ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:26:36 EST Early Morning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mom made cupcakes and a cake last weekend and on Monday she's like where are the cupcakes. My sister had put the plate everything was sitting on in the microwave. So I'm like in my belly. My mom's like seriously where's the cupcakes. I'm like in my belly and my sister pulls out the plate and the cupcakes are missing. OOPS my bad. My mom's like Deanna. This is what happens when temptations are in the apartment. I c... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:24:02 EST Switched Days <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So today is supposed to be a rest day from the squat and kettle bell swing challenges but I didn't feel like doing them yesterday so I took the rest day yesterday instead. So I'll be doing the squats and swings today. I'm allowed to do that every once in a while. It doesn't happen all the time. Yesterday I didn't really feel like doing anything any ways. I was cold so I wore my fuzzy soft socks and drank hot tea a... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:08:55 EST Computer Time!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday afternoon I went to get on the internet on my computer and couldn't. Tuesday I ran a disc defrag on my computer and still couldn't get on the internet. No suck luck on Wednesday. My sister doesn't know where her computer cord is at so she borrows mine from time to time. If my computer isn't plugged in it shuts down because of the battery. So I get on the computer this morning and so far everything is running... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:02:13 EST Fancy Date <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Before we started grocery shopping Elijah wanted to have a fancy date with me. We were talking about what day to have it and we picked last night and we were talking what we would eat. He decided we should eat chicken and rice. I added a vegetable to dinner. For dessert he said we... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:02:13 EST Day 15 of 30 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just completed day 15 of the squat and kettle bell swing challenges. The numbers are getting bigger every day it's not a rest day. I've come up with a plan on Monday. I break the squats up into groups of 20 and the kettle bell swings into groups of 30 and write down after I've completed each set. I'll do 20 squats and then 30 swings until I've reached the total number I need to do. By the time I'm getting to lik... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:28:26 EST Tuesday Morning Coolness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's a cool Tuesday morning. I'm loving it the nice break from the hot weather. It's supposed to be 78 today. I've taken a walk this morning after my shower. I did my squat challenge. It's a rest day on the kettle bell swing challenge. My sister is picking me up about 12:30 to go talk to her manager about a job at Sam's Club in the cafe. Same hours as my sister but not as many hours. I think my sister said 32 hours... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:35:49 EST It's Friday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am in a better mood now than what I was last night and this morning. There are 3 adults living in this apartment and it seems like I am the only who can put away dinner. We had spaghetti last night and the noodles were gone which left some sauce. I was tempted to leave it out because quite honestly I didn't feel like putting it away and we were out of spaghetti noodles. Then I decided I was going to make lasagna... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:30:11 EST Rest Day # 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a rest day from the squat challenge. Today is a rest day from the kettle bell swing challenge. Today is day 366 of spinning the wheel everyday. 366 days of logging in in a row. I don't know how I managed to pull that off tho. I wonder how long I can keep the log in streak going. Today I'll be doing 100 squats. I'm going to look up and see what variations of the squat I can find and do different kinds ... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 09:21:41 EST Rest Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is a rest day from the squat challenge. Tomorrow is a rest day for the kettle bell challenge. I am going to do the DVDs I borrowed from the library today. One's a kettle bell and the other is a weight lifting DVD. I am going to go to the fitness center at some point today. I haven't been there yet this week. I set Elijah's medicine on my coffee so I'd remember to give it to him and I put it on the counter and... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 10:08:47 EST Peaceful Monday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mondays are probably one of my favorite days of the week. Mom and Debbie (my sister) are at work and Elijah is at school and I am left to be home alone. Mondays are the days where the grass gets cut and my laundry gets done. I love the smell of freshly cut grass and the smell of hay. I'm not a city girl. I love the country. My laundry is all washed, dried, folded and put away. I made a mes of one of my drawers ove... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:58:12 EST It's Early! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks to the wind blowing thru my window and moving my blinds I woke up at 3:30 and couldn't go back to sleep and then it started to rain. I laid in bed until about 4:45 because my sister is still sleeping in the make shift dining room bedroom. I listened to the rain and the radio for that amount of time. I really do miss waking up by 5am without an alarm. If it doesn't stop raining by the time we go to the bus s... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 06:45:32 EST Evil Squats <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is day 2 of the 30 day challenges. Between my shoulder blades are a little sore from the kettle bell swings. My legs feel like death from the squats. I get a rest day on Saturday from both of them. I'm not entirely sure what exactly possessed me to do the squat challenge. If I don't die by the end of this month with the current 30 day ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 14:00:45 EST Challenges <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today my sister and I were planning on going to the library. Her friend from work came over to disinfect the apartment and to give my sister some cold meds and then we went to Target, Dirt Cheap and the library and then Chick Fil A. I should have ordered a salad instead of the 4 piece chicken strips. Salad would have tasted better and I would have felt better without that order and the Diet Dr. Pepper. I got my st... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:05:41 EST Tired Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just think that is hilarious! It's something I would totally do. Yesterday while my second load of laundry was in the washer I did the first of 3 dumbbell exercise routines. I didn't do everything in the routine but I did add some stuff. Then after the washer was done I went to the fitness center and dried my clothes and did 10 minutes on the treadmill and 20 minutes on the bike. I wanted to do longer on the trea... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:23:49 EST Weekend Update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saturday was my birthday. Elijah and I went to the hot air balloon festival with my neighbor and her grandson. The boys had fun with the rides. My neighbor and I were disappointed that we didn't get to see the hot air balloons because we decided to go in the morning and the balloons didn't come out until 3. She said next year we will go in the afternoon instead. It was a nice day for it. I got a little sunburn. Mo... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:20:25 EST It's Friday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found that sign at Hobby Lobby last year. Not sure if it's still there or not. Tomorrow is my birthday! I'm excited about it. Elijah and I are possibly going to the hot air balloon show with my neighbor. Last year we went when my sister came down for a visit. It was a nice time. I may have to clear out some pictures on my phone so I can take some tomorrow. I am going to do some cleaning when I get home from taki... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:23:28 EST Sleepiness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That would have been me last night. Elijah went to bed a little after 7:30 last night because he was eating popcorn after his bath. Sometimes it's hard to get things done and in bed on time now that he's at school and it's like 4 when we get home after he gets off the bus. I don't start dinner as early as I used to because of homework and the time we get home. The neighbor wants usually wants her kids to play with... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:23:24 EST Sunday Morning Silence <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The start of the challenge yesterday went pretty well. We took 3 full walks around the complex and then started on a 4th walk only to make it to the front pool. We had to back track because Elijah some how dropped his ninja sword somewhere between home and the pool. I don't like when he brings toys with him because he either loses them or at some point doesn't want to carry them any more. Since he's 5 he's old enou... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:07:06 EST Saturday Morning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was hoping that since Elijah went to bed after 8 last night he would sleep in this morning but no he didn't. He got up about 6:15 and I heard him in the bathroom about 5 minutes later. UGH! He's like I slept in. My response was no sir you did not, you got up before I would get you up for school. It's still dark outside. I was hoping he would sleep until at least 8 this morning. As usual he would not stop talking so... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:11:18 EST It's Friday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is the eve of the start of the challenge. I'm excited about it. I got on the WII fit plus board and it said I lost 10 pounds since Monday. That would be great since it puts me at under 200 pounds. I'm thinking that it says that because the batteries are low and need replaced. I would love to start the challenge under 200 pounds. When I checked on the scale in the bathroom it said I was 212 not 197.I am not g... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:03:55 EST Smoothies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am a huge fan of smoothies. Love them. You can get your 5 fruits and veggies in one cup in the morning and be done with them. So delicious. The way that my sister makes them they taste like pie or muffins. Yesterday and today it's pumpkin smoothies. She puts honey, oatmeal (the quick cooking kind), almond milk, frozen banana and vanilla yogurt in all of her smoothies. To get it to taste like pumpkin pie she adds ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:26:50 EST