DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Saturday, 8/29/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has felt like a day of constant going/doing, but overall it has been calm at the same time. Started out at breakfast with the kids and then we went to see my dad. That timing was off though as we only got to visit with him for about 5 minutes. His back was really bothering him today so wasn't feeling too great at the time. We were then off to drop Isaac at physical therapy, M... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:53:20 EST Friday, 8/28/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's what I'm trying to do today.... slow down. <BR> <BR> I did make a choice that allowed that a bit for today.... did not go to the homeschool "back to school" party. For me it was because I feel like I am just now getting any break at all from the work behind the scenes of co-op and didn't want to answer questions for several hours. Maegann didn't really care about going and Isaac wa... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:48:34 EST Thursday, 8/27/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Even though I did not want to get out of bed this morning I pulled myself out and headed to the gym. Got a good workout accomplished. I am laughing at a couple of gals that have started coming a couple of the mornings I am there though as they talk more than they work. They casually walk on the treadmill for 5 minutes and then head to the machines very slowly. They take turns on th... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:27:32 EST Wednesday, 8/26/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As my house is exploding with Fall I thought I'd stick with that theme for my blog today. <BR> <BR> Here's why the house is exploding.... we took advantage of Michael's 40% off fall florals today and Maegann couldn't wait until next week to decorate. Here's a couple shots of her work. <BR> <BR> The orange lights we bought really made the garland look so pretty. <BR> <img src="http://phot... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:11:28 EST Tuesday, 8/25/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Once again started the day out at the gym and I got a solid 20 min. on the elliptical (another fun I Love Lucy episode) and then 15 min. doing a weight machine circuit. Needed to get home so called it a day! I did snap a photo after my stretching so I could have an updated progress picture. I can sure see the difference just by looking at the fit of the shirt over my stomach! 20 lb... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:08:33 EST Monday, 8/24/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And that pretty much sums up much of my day. Just change it to reflect "Funny how Isaac..." <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> My day started out all happy and had a good visit with the Nutritionist. I'm in ketosis (yeah!) and my numbers all looked great so no changes to be made. The scale has been more kind the past week as well. <BR> <BR> Home is where things changed and then only once we... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 21:33:18 EST Sunday, 8/23/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am sure hoping my emotions are more even tomorrow. Nothing like I've endured before, but definitely not smooth sailing. And yes, mostly lower patience with DS. I am continually frustrated with the missing layer of respect that comes my way when his dad is home. This is not new and I am told is part of the autism, but that still doesn't mean I have to like it! <BR> <BR> After chu... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:11:14 EST Saturday, 8/22/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have got to stop saying "tomorrow should be quiet." <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> It started off as planned.... a trip to pick up my Bountiful Basket, wash the van and come home. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tim and the kids were gone to see my dad so I got busy with my Saturday chores. Sweeping, laundry, ... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 22:58:00 EST Friday, 8/21/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just keep waiting for the merry-go-round to stop and let me off! I was to have a calm morning where I could get the last of things needed printed for co-op finished and get a start on my employee packets for the two clients I will be supporting beginning September. Wasn't meant to be I guess. <BR> <BR> Started out smoothly.... Isaac off for his morning of therapy and Maegann and I... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:46:21 EST Thursday, 8/20/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Was nice having a day pretty much spent at home. Wasn't as productive as I'd hoped on some of my own projects, but it was still good. <BR> <BR> Gym came first and I made it through half the Tabata circuit with the elliptical for 5 minutes before and after. Once home we tackled schoolwork and today didn't get done until about 11:30. Could have done a little more but for some reason ... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:11:28 EST Wednesday, 8/19/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> calories didn't scream at the gym this morning! I got a solid 20 min. on the elliptical this morning again enjoying an I Love Lucy episode. (gambling in France by accident) I also did some machines before calling it a day. Tomorrow I plan to do the Tabata which is 3 different machines for 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest, three times in a row. Then I take a 3 minute rest before... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:44:07 EST Tuesday, 8/18/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started my day at the gym and enjoyed most of an I Love Lucy episode on the elliptical. It was the one where they were all riding bikes to Nice and spent the night in the guy's barn and she milked the cow. So funny.... <BR> <BR> Once home we did a little bit of school before it was time to head to Maegann's counseling appointment at 10. I spent the time just doing nothing.... actua... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:05:23 EST Monday, 8/17/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning feeling a bit off so I immediately went to my drops and oils. I kept things at bay, but never have felt quite level. Hopefully a good night's sleep will help. <BR> <BR> I began the day at the Nutritionist and my levels did show that something was off, but not that much. She told me to have a day off plan and load up on extra calories like I did the first two ... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 23:06:44 EST Sunday, 8/16/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started the day at church with the kids (Tim was working again this weekend.) and afterwards we went to McD's for lunch. I enjoyed a chicken salad. We had a short time at home and then it was off to the pool for the last time this summer. It closed tonight as public schools are back in session tomorrow. <BR> <BR> We had fun swimming. I knew it wouldn't be that busy so I swam for a... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 01:03:23 EST Saturday, 8/15/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning the kids and I went to McD's for breakfast and then visited my dad. He'd requested a coke and he sure seemed to enjoy it. His hallucinations were more prominent today than they have been for a time and I think it is due to the fear he is feeling. He was still saying "I'm 88...nothing to be done." <BR> <BR> Once home we did some lawn mowing and I did some co-op work. F... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:36:44 EST Friday, 8/14/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The morning was so quiet as Isaac was gone with his habilitative worker. Maegann and I enjoyed our time alone and even had a good day of schoolwork accomplished quickly. When Isaac returned he was just a meanie. I sent him straight to his room. <BR> <BR> When it was time for lunch we packed up and went to Subway and then to the pool. The kids swam for three hours today! I enjoyed... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 23:44:25 EST Thursday, 8/13/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I sure didn't think today was going to be that insane as nothing was on the calendar except haircuts at 9 a.m. Boy was I wrong! I was working with Isaac on school and it started out fine and then he went into the same old mode that just causes trouble. The "I don't want to do it." mode. with his attitude about it and the laziness/sloppiness of his writing offered me the cons... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:51:38 EST Wednesday, 8/12/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started my day off on the wrong foot....forgot to set the alarm so missed my only opportunity for the gym today. Shrugged it off and headed to Meridian to pick up the disk copies of dad's PEP/CT scan for the doctor's appointment. Good thing I did...the doctor hadn't received it. Before that appointment came taking Maegann to the skating rink to meet up with co-op friends (one is spe... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 22:10:30 EST Tuesday, 8/11/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today didn't hold a lot of activity, but it was still a day to be gone from the house for about 8 hours. First stop was Maegann's counseling appointment and then I took them to Arby's for lunch. We came home briefly to gather things needed for the rest of the day's events and then off we went. I dropped the kids off at the homes they were staying at for 6 hours while I was at the st... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 23:22:21 EST Monday, 8/10/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The return of the family came about 5:30 p.m. last night and the noise level was high. I'm glad I had purchased the movie "Descendants" as that settled them all down before bed. It's a cute movie. <BR> <BR> This morning I headed out to the gym first thing and then we tackled the lawn mowing. Next up was schoolwork...easing back in to our full schedule instead of our hit and miss sc... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:45:23 EST Sunday, 8/9/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Not a lot to write today, but thought I'd get it done before the family descends on the house! <BR> <BR> Church was very nice and then I headed out for home. Have been getting more little things done (Craigslist, emptying shelves) while I wait. I honestly thought they'd be here around 1, but it is now 3:30 and I haven't heard a thing from them. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a "calm" day as... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 17:33:54 EST Saturday, 8/8/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have had a very enjoyable day alone and would actually like one more full day, but I'll be content with the time I've been given. <BR> <BR> Started out this morning by picking up my Bountiful Basket. Our drop site appears to be getting smaller so who knows how long until they might close down. If so, I will go to the one in the next town instead. Anyway... here's the bounty: <BR>... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 19:22:04 EST Friday, 8/7/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found this poster yesterday and it was truly just what I needed to hear. I was all back in line with the emotions by evening. <BR> <BR> This morning the kids about drove me nuts waiting for their dad to get home from his meeting so they could pack the pickup and head to the campground. Unfortunately Isaac didn't make it out of the driveway without another battle. I thought the "fight" ... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 20:09:19 EST Thursday, 8/6/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today has had its ups and downs. <BR> <BR> Began at dad's follow-up with the pulmonary doctor and the news was that he has a mass in the right lung that they were looking at because of fluid on the outside of it. We then went to get appointments scheduled and the PET scan is happening tomorrow at 12:15. I took this harder than I should have because Friday and Saturday are my "all alone" d... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 23:43:20 EST Wednesday, 8/5/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And today I am thankful I can hang my hat on the first statement. Answered Prayer. <BR> <BR> I didn't blog yesterday as I was exhausted and it had been an emotionally charged day. One reason had to do with our homeschool co-op and a favored class that was still up in the air as to whether the outside teacher would still come this year. The reason it was up for debate was I had to share s... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 22:08:21 EST Monday, 8/3/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Had my weekly check with the Nutritionist this morning and the labs showed all is where it should be for the program. Yeah! I love the first week weight loss.... goes so quickly. I am down 13! <BR> <BR> Went to the gym before lunch and then after lunch took the kids to the pool. Only open two more weeks as the public schools go back in session. We had a couple of their friends me... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 00:42:24 EST Sunday, 8/2/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been a different weekend as Tim worked 12 hour shifts. Yesterday the kids and I had several errands to run, a lawn to mow, Isaac's physical therapy and playgroup (swimming). I did find time to do some paperwork, but time was very limited from activities. Playgroup was fun other than Isaac. For whatever reason he became very disobedient and sassy. His consequence was no electr... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:49:36 EST Friday, 7/31/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I was blessed to receive three hours of house cleaning thanks to the co-op moms. I have another three to use. I did some work on the computer while she was working and Maegann and Shannon (the daughter of the cleaner) played together. They barely see each other 3-4 times a year and they just start right where they left off. Wish they lived closer so they could see each other more o... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 00:10:47 EST Thursday, 7/30/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today didn't go quite as planned, but I still got everything accomplished plus a few extras. Here's the list: <BR> <BR> *finished up the draft for my test and sent it off to my friend to proof for me <BR> *school with the kids <BR> *Maegann to the chiropractor <BR> *library <BR> *lunch <BR> *a little shopping with Maegann <BR> *gym <BR> *picked up my new glasses <BR> *updated receipt... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:44:21 EST Wednesday, 7/29/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started the day at Maegann's chiropractic appointment. She has been having headaches every day and there were quite a few spots to work on and unfortunately she's felt worse, but I know that sometimes that is the case...has to get worse to feel better. If she is still feeling so awful I will call and see if he needs to see her again. <BR> <BR> Took the kids to the pool for a couple ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:12:54 EST Tuesday, 7/28/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day with too much time spent out of the house. I think the term "stay at home" mom has just the opposite meaning! LOL <BR> <BR> I did pull myself out of bed to go to the gym first thing and then had enough time to snag breakfast and start laundry before we headed out for Maegann's counseling appointment. Today was the first visit so we had to go early for paperwork. I thin... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:15:59 EST Monday, 7/27/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began the day at the Nutritionist's office and I am off an running on my weight loss plan. It means weekly UA's to make sure I'm not burning the wrong fats, but what I've learned about myself is that the accountability to her is important. Looking forward to watching the weight drop off and the health that I'll be gaining with the detox, etc., that is part of it all. <BR> <BR> Manag... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:59:20 EST Sunday, 7/26/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Worship was nice this morning. Our interning pastor has been offering the message this entire month and finished up the series on the prodigal son today by talking about the father in the story. He has done a great job, but I'm looking forward to our senior pastor taking the job back next week. <BR> <BR> After we got home I got ready and headed to the gym. Felt good getting some exercise... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:16:04 EST Saturday, 7/25/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The conference continued to be awesome this morning and went way too quickly. Next girlfriend weekend will be in December at Women of Faith! <BR> <BR> Once home I started cleaning off my desk....amazing how quickly stuff can pile up in a week. I also got the receipts updated. <BR> <BR>, gym and one last study session before my test on Monday. Ready to be on to t... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 20:13:00 EST Friday, 7/24/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today did not go as I left you believing yesterday because I forgot it was Habilitative Therapy day which changed everything around. Isaac was off with Meg at 8 a.m. and I didn't want to go to the gym at 6:45 to make that happen today. While he was gone Maegann and I actually had to shop for freezers and ended up buying one at Sears. It's now up and running in the garage. We had br... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:22:57 EST Thursday, 7/23/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Started the day at the gym as planned, but I did have to fight the usual morning battle of "sleep sounds so good". I knew that would happen so I made sure to give myself a mental pep talk before falling asleep. Not going was not an option! Made my 14th visit out of the hoped for 20 this month and I'm proud of my progress. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:26:46 EST Wednesday, 7/22/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Took a rest day today. The alarm went off and I just went right back to sleep. Tomorrow that will not be allowed! <BR> <BR> Instead we just got busy with schoolwork and had most of it finished before Isaac's swim lesson (last one tomorrow). My eye doctor appointment was at 1:30 and the morning went so fast. <BR> <BR> My eye exam showed what I thought it eyes have change... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:59:38 EST Tuesday, 7/21/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has felt busy and it is about 4 p.m. and I'm feeling quite tired. I could tell when I was at the gym that my energy was low as everything was sluggish and I couldn't do nearly as much as usual. The list of the day: <BR> <BR> *school with the kids <BR> *Isaac's swim lesson <BR> *lunch at McD's <BR> *a couple errands <BR> *gym <BR> *another errand <BR> *put the chili together fo... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:00:46 EST Monday, 7/20/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began the day at the gym and then got school done with the kids easily. I have decided that Isaac will be doing all subjects except Math first since that appears to be the subject that comes with the most anger if it is going to come. Used to be we did Math first as the day was fresher, but no more. At the first sign of anger/frustration I will close his book and he will then wait t... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:28:23 EST Sunday, 7/19/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been a much calmer day and after the past couple of days it was much needed. After worship I was able to head to the gym and came home to find everyone had pitched in and fixed lunch. Just bbq hamburgers with the fixings, minus bread like usual, and it was yummy. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I've been able to get through my pile of paperwork and watch a few episodes of Grey's... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 20:05:34 EST Saturday, 7/18/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was another busy one and I'm so tired. As Tim was working I had to take on his usual routine with the kids too so the entire morning was constant. After lunch there were a few errands that needed done so we got those finished as well. Had about an hour home before we all headed off for playgroup. Another day of water and pizza. I did choose to sit on the deck tonight...had m... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 00:31:22 EST Friday, 7/17/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning Isaac was gone with his Habilitative worker so Maegann and I went grocery shopping and did some house cleaning. I also did a little bit of work re: co-op since it was quiet and I had the time. <BR> <BR> This afternoon we all headed out about 2 p.m. for the water/fun parks as it was a company "party" for all the employees and their families. Last night I was transparent ... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:08:00 EST Thursday, 7/16/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have enjoyed what I am calling my "spa day." Got up early enough to finish up schoolwork with the kids before I headed out for my day long training session at Health & Welfare. Great "spa" huh? For a long day of taking in information the time actually went quite quickly and I wasn't ready to be heading home. I enjoyed my 30 minute lunch break at Subway and after the training I sc... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 23:18:51 EST Wednesday, 7/15/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It has been a rugged day once again. I will be honest that I get so weary of having a great start to my day and then DS starts in with the behaviors that are so frustrating and tiring. He was doing fine this morning before swimming with his school...actually was completing the hard long division we'd been working on and then after swimming he CHOSE not to be able to do it. It was so... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 19:24:34 EST Tuesday, 7/14/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A much calmer day here once I got the "storm" cleared out of the house. Yep... little boy was raging the minute his feet hit the floor. I finally got through to him once the consequence was in place and I told him he needed to stop spending so much time needing to be right and instead listen and learn. (We were doing long division.) The rest of the day has been very smooth thankful... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 19:22:00 EST Monday, 7/13/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The drink would probably be iced tea, but still.... Today found me just ready to be home. <BR> <BR> Started out meeting my dad for his respiratory test and once again he was delivered at least 20 minutes late. I will not schedule any more morning appointments as those seem to be the ones he can't make it to. I know it isn't the's dad just not being ready after breakfast. So ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:11:34 EST Sunday, 7/12/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> After we got home from church it wasn't quite 11:30 so I got dressed and headed to the gym. They boys knew when I texted "heading home" to get started on making those hamburger patties to barbecue. It worked! I really needed the gym time as I hadn't been there since Thursday and mentally I needed it too. For the first time I am actually desiring to go and that's a huge victory! M... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 17:13:56 EST Saturday, 7/11/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began my day picking up our Bountiful Basket and it was worth every cent today. Best basket we've had for quite some time in my opinion! I quickly got things put away before needing to leave for hair trims. So thankful to get the extra weight off this thick hair! Once home I started processing all the fruits and veggies and a few of the thawed items from yesterday's freezer fun tha... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 20:45:45 EST Friday, 7/10/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day was derailed moments after it began when I headed out to the freezer to get chicken out for our bbq tonight and found pretty much everything thawed on the bottom shelf. Lost about 6 roasts, 3 packages of chicken and a package of salmon. Could have been much worse! So after breakfast and grocery shopping Maegann helped me get everything into our coolers and then I turned off t... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 21:21:59 EST Thursday, 7/9/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day was good. Started with school and then I was able to get to the gym about 11 a.m. and then home with plenty of time to get the kids some lunch with some time to spare before taking Isaac to physical therapy. <BR> <BR> After I dropped him off I ran a couple of errands and then met with Isaac's current Habilitative worker regarding co-op and she wants to do it and felt it bette... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 23:42:04 EST