DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 2/10/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all slept in this morning and I sure needed the extra rest. I then got a few paid work things finished up that I had to do before being gone all morning. One was on Isaac's plan renewal and the current plan ends tomorrow. Glad the rep finally got back to me on it...she's had it since December! Ugh! <BR> <BR> First up was the dentist for my cleaning. Since I've been clenching m... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:16:53 EST Tuesday, 2/9/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Woke up this morning feeling much "lighter" in spirit so another confirmation that the changes to come by resigning as Director at co-op is right. <BR> <BR> I headed to the Nutritionist's office first thing and my levels were perfect although the scale is not budging. Means the stress/emotions are calming down and I should be able to see a downward trend again soon. Yeah! She was s... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 22:25:23 EST Monday, 2/8/16 <img src=""> <BR> And that is where I am resting tonight. Problems are in His hands and the peace He offers when we do is present. <BR> <BR> Today brought the final decision regarding our homeschool co-op and I will continue to cover them in prayer as they have some rough days coming although they don't know it quite yet. I am resigning as Director next week at our board meeting. I've been praying about this an... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 23:34:23 EST Sunday, 2/7/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A good morning of worship and made it through the next largest day of hugs and sympathy regarding dad's death. Almost hard to believe it has already been one full week. <BR> <BR> After church I headed to the gym and got a good workout done. Could sure tell it has been a couple of weeks since I've been there! Elliptical wore me out quicker than usual, but I just took small breaks an... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:48:07 EST Saturday, 2/6/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been quiet once again and for that I am grateful. The week has been more emotional and busy than I had expected and my health journey totally suffered because of it. I've acknowledged it, made initial plans to get back on track and am putting it behind me as best I can. It does help that I feel awful with the weight gain (thank you sodium) and lack of fitness time! <BR> <... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:57:27 EST Friday, 2/5/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have chosen today to be a rest day. As I do think I've got a touch of a cold and my sore throat is teasing me again today I know the rest is needed after all the emotion and busy of the week. <BR> <BR> Isaac was off with Meg all morning and Maegann and I did a couple very quick errands and had breakfast at Subway. I'd saved some $ out of the grocery budget so we could. Once home ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:03:58 EST Thursday, 2/4/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The class last night was not as good as I'd hoped, but I did take away some new information. I think the most difficult part was the two presenters kept talking over each other and it was just back and forth, back and forth. Tiring! Thankfully the snow held off until I was driving home and we didn't get nearly the amount that was predicted. <BR> <BR> I had a good visit with the pot... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 22:53:22 EST Wednesday, 2/3/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We slept in this morning as it is the only day this week without the need for an alarm. I got the laundry going, did school with the kids, took the second load of dad's things to the thrift store and then did some email until time to leave for the teen event. <BR> <BR> Maegann did okay at the event, but once again it is the continual "outsider" and even her supposed best friend is st... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 19:02:51 EST Tuesday, 2/2/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And naturally there have been plenty of those random memories today as we cleaned out my dad's room at the assisted living residence where he has lived for most of six years. <BR> <BR> I started the day at the Nutritionist's and she could tell just from my labs and my tired appearance that something was up. Everything was totally off and the scale was up. Stress is not kind where the scal... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:33:33 EST Monday, 2/1/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> First of all.... <em>304</em> everyone who left comments or goodies for me upon the death of my father. I appreciated each and every one of them, but there is no way I can stop by everyone's page to say thanks. <BR> <BR> This morning we headed to our homeschool co-op as usual and there the day was filled with hugs and offers of help along with continued prayer for our fami... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 22:26:51 EST Sunday, 1/31/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last night we knew my dad had become very anxious and was being given an anti-anxiety med to help. The prayers of many were being said that he would find peace in God and pass quietly in his sleep. Those prayers were answered. By early morning he was no longer restless and about 11 this morning he was gone. Made for some fun times in worship trying not to be too much of a distracti... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:29:43 EST Saturday, 1/30/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today really took on a life of its own and I have survived to tell about it! <BR> <BR> First thing was picking up our Bountiful Basket. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I also chose to buy the Salad Pack this week as it sounded like it would have items that are on my current nutrition plan and I was right... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:53:51 EST Friday, 1/29/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day has been constant. Here's the breakdown: <BR> <BR> **breakfast at Subway with Maegann while Isaac was with Meg <BR> **swept floors <BR> **4 loads of laundry <BR> **cleaned the bathrooms <BR> **scrubbed all the doors and baseboards in the house <BR> **finished up the paid work I'd left undone yesterday <BR> **email cleanout <BR> **Sparking <BR> **watched a couple of movies whi... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:52:19 EST Thursday, 1/28/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a bit rough around the edges with Isaac once again. We have been trying extra Melatonin about midnight and have had some good days. Well...last night we tested the waters and didn't wake him to take this and now we know it is needed. Oh my was it needed! <BR> <BR> Got school done (barely), made vegetable beef soup, went grocery shopping and then did some paid work before ... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:31:58 EST Wednesday, 1/27/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I slept well last night and woke up feeling much better. I did have my daughter test me on the B vitamins last night and they definitely made me weaker so I am sure they were the culprit. <BR> <BR> Got school finished up before taking Maegann to her yearbook committee meeting. Isaac played the Wii for a time while she was gone so I easily got the receipts caught up and the first of ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:20:48 EST Tuesday, 1/26/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am glad I headed to the gym first thing even though I was dragging when the alarm went off at 7. Monday's at co-op just wear me out. I got a "good enough" 30-minute workout and then headed home. Got the laundry started and then drug out the schoolbooks. <BR> <BR> About 10:30 I noticed I was feeling dizzy in the eyes as I was sitting there trying to Spark. Thought lunch might hel... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:15:39 EST Monday, 1/25/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And that is where I need to be...asking. Decisions have to be made for our family regarding our current homeschool co-op and I know I/we can't make this one without guidance. It's too big. This was also the topic in our student council class as we study spiritual disciplines. Prayer. <BR> <BR> It was a good day at co-op, but Maegann had a rough one with her friend who is being so ... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:20:13 EST Sunday, 1/24/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Worship was nice this morning and another good sermon in the series on Acts. The use of bubbles to offer a visual of simple beauty in relationships was memorable. It also gave Maegann a good idea for her student council campaign. Pass out bubble jars and use bubble wrap to make her posters keep the theme. I was surprised she was considering running! <BR> <BR> After lunch I took Ma... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 18:50:39 EST Saturday, 1/23/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And I do not want to reach total burnout so I need to really be careful of what things I commit to doing. Saying "no" is not a problem for me though as I've worked hard to hone that skill. <BR> <BR> Isaac's basketball game was so good today. They lost by one point, but almost pulled off the win after being at a 13 point deficit by halftime. My throat is still a bit sore from yellin... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 17:19:11 EST Friday, 1/22/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning was spent doing quite a bit of cleaning at home, laundry and getting some client tasks finished up. The afternoon offered time to get the co-op tasks finished that came from the meeting last night so again that is all ready for Monday. Meal planning is done for the week as well. <BR> <BR> We went to Pizza Hut tonight for supper (I enjoyed my salad and one piece of pizza... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 23:16:41 EST Thursday, 1/21/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This has been a much better day! Woke up late and then ran a couple fun errands with the kids before we settled down to get schoolwork accomplished. None of us had much focus so there was a lot of laughter during school. <BR> <BR> Maegann and I decided to get the grocery shopping done this afternoon instead of tomorrow morning as we were out of so many things that we use often. Onc... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:34:07 EST Wednesday, 1/20/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> That about sums it up for me right now! Just having a hard time making it through each day right now. I know it will change once the hormone levels get "messed with" again. I know the results were faxed to my Naturopathic doctor this morning, but haven't heard from her yet. <BR> <BR> Slept in until 8:30 this morning and then got the kids busy with school work after a quick breakfas... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:20:08 EST Tuesday, 1/19/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been a quiet day and one where the decision was made early on that it would also be a rest day. Between not sleeping well and dealing with these hormone levels that are keeping me tired, on edge and more it was the right decision for today. <BR> <BR> I went to the Nutritionist first thing and had my lab draw done by Doc before seeing Pam for the nutrition side. All the lev... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 19:00:55 EST Monday, 1/18/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Had a very quiet day at co-op for a change and that was very welcome as I still wasn't feeling that great thanks to "Mother Nature." The year countdown is back on once again. Ugh! <BR> <BR> We had a very nice opening worship today and I particularly enjoyed this part. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:32:19 EST Sunday, 1/17/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Does anyone else think it is inappropriate to show R rated movie previews during a "family" football game? Just proved why we typically only watch recorded shows or avoid the commercials. <BR> <BR> Anyway.... Started the day sliding to church as the fog had frozen. Nice that it melts by mid-morning. Pretty sure we'll see the same in the morning as it has been raining a... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 18:49:43 EST Saturday, 1/16/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started our day with a snowstorm. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It snowed for about three hours and is warm enough that most of it has melted off. We headed out in the storm for Isaac's first basketball game of the season. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 16 Jan 2016 18:28:16 EST Friday, 1/15/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has felt like one of those days where you are just constantly spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere! <BR> <BR> Started out as it was supposed to. Isaac off with Meg for his 2 1/2 hours, Maegann and I went to Subway for breakfast and then to buy a few groceries and then I was able to start working. I did get the weigh-in done for team Emerald (BL challenge), checked ema... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:11:38 EST Thursday, 1/14/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We woke up to about an inch of snow. Not much, but it was pretty and stayed on the ground long enough for the kids to enjoy some time at the park playing and sledding. While they played, I shoveled the drive and sidewalk. Unexpected fitness minutes! Thankfully the wrist is so much better today I haven't noticed the ache at all. <BR> <BR> Managed to get school finished up before I ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 22:02:02 EST Wednesday, 1/13/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I started the day with a plan and so far I've stuck to it! Here's the breakdown: <BR> <BR> **school with the kids <BR> **gym <BR> **Subway for lunch <BR> **cut up the chicken for supper <BR> **update receipts/finances/pay bills <BR> **Spark <BR> **listen to the YouTube video for Student Council class <BR> <BR> I cheated and have been Sparking while listening to the video. Easier th... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:23:13 EST Tuesday, 1/12/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This poster reflects a message we offered the Student Council yesterday in class and this week their homework is to work on meditating in God's Word and see what they notice about how everything else looks around them when they do. <BR> <BR> This morning I headed to the Nutritionist's office and my levels were okay. Ketosis was slight, but on the rise so I'm sure by next week it will be fi... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:23:20 EST Monday, 1/11/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I thoroughly enjoyed my time watching football yesterday and as usual the Wild Card games did not disappoint. They always seem to play so much harder in those games. I only missed one pick out of the four games! Ready for another weekend of football! <BR> <BR> Here's where I left the cross-stitch Sunday night. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 11 Jan 2016 23:53:06 EST Sunday, 1/10/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The belated Christmas party was a lot of fun last night. A great meal and a fun white elephant gift exchange. I actually had a good number and snagged a nice gift. It is a bbq pizza kit. I will give the stone to the lady I "stole" it from though as I have some already and don't need another one. <BR> <BR> I will admit that I did check the football scores during the party off and... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:27:47 EST Saturday, 1/9/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This thought was one part of the "preaching" at the co-op teen "P" themed event. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There were 16 teens at the party last night and it was fun seeing how they dressed for the theme and the foods that were brought. Unfortunately I do still see a total divide within the group. I k... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 16:09:25 EST Friday, 1/8/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've had another day of constant activity and sadly it did not include a trip to the gym. Started by seeing Isaac off with his therapy worker and then heading to Subway for breakfast with Maegann. We then got our little bit of groceries purchased before coming home. Got the refrigerator cleaned out and reorganized in preparation for the new veggies & fruits from Bountiful Basket tom... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 19:22:03 EST Thursday, 1/7/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> For the first time this week, excluding co-op classes on Monday, the kids sat down and did schoolwork. It's just been an odd week for getting that accomplished. <BR> <BR> Afterwards I took Isaac to lunch at Chipolte as he had asked if we could go. After the struggles of yesterday I felt something like this was a good idea, but it was contigent on his behavior, getting schoolwork don... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 18:16:19 EST Wednesday, 1/6/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This poster totally reflects what my house felt like today. One small boy was working hard to affect, or should I say, infect the rest of the family. Didn't work for him thankfully. I'll get back to this..... <BR> <BR> Somehow I slept until 9 a.m. I know Tim was up and out of the house by 8 so how this happened I have no idea. Both kids were still asleep too! Isaac asked if we c... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 20:26:19 EST Tuesday, 1/5/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began my day heading out for my weekly visit with the Nutritionist. She was concerned as my levels came back all wonky. Amazing how co-op can affect me physically! I was a bit dehydrated, out of ketosis and the scale hadn't changed my number. We agreed if I see this drastic of a change next Tuesday we will switch to another day. At any rate I am using today as a fat load day to tr... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 18:48:38 EST Monday, 1/4/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I survived the first day back to co-op since our December break. It was crazy as expected due to the high energy of 130 kids seeing their friends again and from all the questions that came my way. Enjoyed having our sister co-op's Director visit with us for most of the day as they are still not back in session and she was curious how ours ran and what I did each hour. I hope I can f... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 22:59:33 EST Sunday, 1/3/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A new sermon series started this morning on the book of Acts. Should be a good one. Pastor Steve wasn't feeling very well, but he did a good job getting things going. <BR> <BR> My plan to go to the gym was derailed when I learned that Isaac's friend was being dropped off after he was done at church and Tim and Maegann were off on an errand so I needed to be home. I spent the time g... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 17:40:08 EST 1/2/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The first two days of January have gone by in a blur! All necessary activity, but no time/energy left to do much "fun" online. Here's the breakdown: <BR> <BR> <em>408</em> New Years Day <BR> **gym (first thing!) <BR> **sweeping the floors <BR> **co-op emails & other work needed for Monday <BR> **roasted a turkey and made the full dinner <BR> **played Train Dominoes with Tim and J... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 20:32:08 EST 12/31/15 -- New Year's Eve! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have to start by saying that the way I saw today playing out was totally different than how it went. It was a fun day, mostly spent with Maegann, and we're both exhausted. After breakfast we got Tim to get all the Christmas boxes down from the attic and garage shelves so we could take Christmas down. First came the outside decor, but five candy canes are still too frozen into the ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 22:32:34 EST Wednesday, 12/30/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been thinking through my health goals and have already selected my word for the coming year. Possible. I have already made a fresh start with my food and exercise telling myself that my Jan. 1 was actually Dec. 28. On my way! <BR> <BR> This morning I took Isaac to McD's for breakfast for something unexpected to start his day. Once home I got school finished up with the kids... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 20:29:39 EST Tuesday, 12/29/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began my day at the Nutritionist's for my weekly check. All was great and spoke with her about the past few days having more hunger than usual. She gave me a couple things to try and see if it helps. We're thinking things are different due to the gym time and all the new stuff I'm doing regarding hormones and vitamins/minerals. It's all good! <BR> <BR> Afterwards it was errand tim... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:54:25 EST Monday, 12/28/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Even though I didn't have as restful a sleep I got up with the alarm and headed to the gym. I definitely have less energy in the earlier morning hours than when I go in the afternoon, but I still got a decent workout. <BR> <BR> Once home I helped the kids with their schoolwork and then Isaac and I went to the library. Next up was getting started on the finances and bills before lunc... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 22:11:11 EST Sunday, 12/27/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Worship was nice this morning and we all enjoyed helping celebrate a 95th birthday. She is amazing as she still lives on her own and drives. We've known her for over 20 years and she's a sweetheart. <BR> <BR> Maegann went home with Dakota's family to spend a few hours today and we came home and made tacos (I had taco meat on a salad.) before settling down for football. Tim was able... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 16:52:23 EST Saturday, 12/26/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last night I made a decision that today would be my "January 1st". My restart. I am happy to report that I did it! I made it 100% today with my food intake and my fitness! I have decided that I will begin journaling when I am tempted to do otherwise and see if I can take these emotions captive and turn them around. <BR> <BR> This morning I headed out to buy groceries after breakfa... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 21:48:36 EST 12/25/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Christmas Eve service was beautiful last night and then we slid home on the icy roads. We celebrated Jesus' birthday with Maegann's first attempt at an ice cream cake. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We then had the kids open their ornaments for the year before settling down to watch the "I Love Lucy... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 18:40:58 EST 12/24/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We are having a white Christmas! Didn't get as much as they predicted, but enough for some fun outside and to stay around for tomorrow. I was thankful my trip to pick up some homemade peppermint rolls was before the snow really started coming down. Isaac and I enjoyed a roll while we were waiting for our corn husks to soften in the warm water. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:33:50 EST Wednesday, 12/23/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was so nice being able to sleep in this morning. Was surprised it was 8:30 when Isaac came in to wake us up because there was a little bit of snow on the ground and he wanted us to see it. I told him he had to sing a Christmas song for us before we'd get out of bed and he started right in on The First Noel. Cute way to start the day! <BR> <BR> After breakfast we got our schoolwo... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:55:50 EST Tuesday, 12/22/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We had a good time last night at our "Christmas Outing" with Terri and her son Dakota. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We were all a bit disappointed that the Botanical Garden Lights didn't work out due to the weather, but we had fun over salad and pizza. Great friends! <BR> <BR> This morning I headed t... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 21:16:43 EST