DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thursday, 10/23/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started the day at the gym with the trainer. We first talked about his upcoming trip to Spain and the plans for a "sub" trainer that he's put in place while I did my initial stretching. Then I headed to the treadmill for 10 min. before I endured squats for what seemed like forever. I dislike those so much. Finished with more stretches and then I headed home. <BR> <BR> Got through school with the kids ea... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:08:33 EST Wednesday, 10/22/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have enjoyed a quiet day once again. Unfortunately the "anger" is right on the surface with my son today and it got worse after his counseling session. He never can tell us what they discuss, but we know he must not like it as the anger level seems to intensify afterwards. <BR> <BR> I got a couple errands taken care of and worked through the co-op items that came out of the board meeting last night s... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:42:35 EST Tuesday, 10/21/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started the day with the trainer and thankfully he listened to my woes about the muscle strain and we spent the time really stretching and working them. I will admit I get a bit frustrated as it seems like we can't move forward as quickly as we could if it weren't for all this tendonitis, muscle and knee stuff. I am working at being okay with it. <BR> <BR> Managed to get school completely done with both ki... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:59:46 EST Monday, 10/20/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Very happy this afternoon as we had our first drama/issue free day at homeschool co-op. I will admit it has been emotionally exhausting since we began and that isn't the place I want to be. <BR> <BR> I'm procrastinating on getting the few co-op emails done now as I am enjoying Sparking and watching "Property Brothers." Tonight is craft night so a very short time home today. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow.... trainer,... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:48:48 EST Sunday, 10/19/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Had a wonderful visit with my brother and his wife, but the time was way too short. They didn't get here until about 5 on Friday and then had to leave this morning at 5 to drive back to Salt Lake City to catch their flight home. We made the most of our time though. <BR> <BR> Friday night we had supper here at the house and then spent time on the patio talking. First night out there with the new patio cove... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:46:17 EST Thursday, 10/16/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The essential oils class on emotional healing last night was so much fun and very informative. I was able to get a treatment before things got started and I felt 100% better within minutes. I was totally shut down emotionally and it was different than any other time before. I need two oils (naturally I don't have them yet), he gave me some floral drops and then reset a muscle/pressure point. I found it qu... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:42:27 EST Wednesday, 10/15/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My hope for a drama free day was not meant to be. I'm am emotionally drained today and beginning to feel depressed. Thankful tonight I am heading for an evening out with doTerra essential oils for a class on emotional healing so perfect timing. It is offered at my chiropractor's office and he said I was welcome to come even though I am already a rep as I want to see what I can learn. <BR> <BR> The d... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:33:34 EST Tuesday, 10/14/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I drug myself out of bed this morning and headed off for my time with the trainer. Amazing how difficult some of those core/glute exercises can be! Whew! I made it through and it was good to hear at the end after struggling to make it through at times that I was making good progress and to just keep working. He gave me some new exercises to do at home as we are really trying to strengthen up the core/glut... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:21:16 EST Monday, 10/13/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I had the calmest day at co-op since we began the first part of September! I prayed for it and am thankful to receive the blessing of calmness. Do have one family that the Board has to deal with, but it has been coming for weeks now so didn't throw me off much. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I took a 30 minute nap and then got all the co-op emails finished up. Now I'm sparking before just settling down on the s... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:35:35 EST Sunday, 10/12/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A nice morning of worship and this afternoon should be fairly quiet. Tim is wanting to get the tar paper done at least on the patio covering as rain is forecast and I am need to do a little co-op stuff for tomorrow which includes getting Maegann's things ready for cooking class before I dig into the video to begin my new Beth Moore bible study. <BR> <BR> Isaac has been out of sorts all morning so another go... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:25:06 EST Saturday, 10/11/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Very thankful that today has been calm and peaceful. Much needed after yesterday's "fun." Began the day heading to Bountiful Baskets and then grabbing some groceries before coming home to get busy cleaning. I did find time to get some Wii Fit accomplished and my "homework" core exercises. Next came getting things ready for co-op and updating receipts in the computer. Finally finished watching The Bigges... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:25:05 EST Friday, 10/10/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is one day I do not want to go through again if it can be helped. I am totally exhausted from all the events that have happened. <BR> <BR> Began normally... breakfast, starting laundry, working through school and then the phone rang. It was Tim phoning that I needed to bring some of his meds to him. I ended up speaking with the nurse because I wasn't quite sure what was going on, but she let me know ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 23:23:28 EST Thursday, 10/9/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started the day at the gym and I shared my current woes with the trainer regarding my knee, shoulder and tendonitis in my left ankle. He had me do some more subdued weight resistance work because of all of it, but it was still a solid workout. Today was also photo day to update progress. He sent me the pictures and I just cringe mostly because I know I am up 20 lb. and my clothes are not fitting. It is ma... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:08:22 EST Wednesday 10/8/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A quiet Wednesday and much needed. School with the kids went smoothly and then it was time to head out for Isaac's counseling appointment. I began work on a co-op project that I had actually forgotten about (oops) and then we all went to lunch. Afterwards a quick trip to Target so Isaac could look at scooters and then home. I have been cleaning out my "TO DO" pile and got some bills paid and finances upd... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:20:02 EST Tuesday, 10/7/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was "get back to the gym" day after most of a week off. The trainer put me through it and it was also weigh-in day (first one) so now there is that accountability that amazingly really pushes me because I don't want someone else to see the scale go up. I think this was a good thing...although I dislike jumping on the scale for others. I have to step up getting my homework done which is mainly stretc... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 21:38:06 EST Monday, 10/6/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day with ups and downs at co-op. I can't believe how this keeps being the trend each Monday, but I know who is behind it all and that evil one is not going to win. Because things keep popping more people are being brought into the details which means more awareness and more prayer. <BR> <BR> One highlight today was the group student photo for the yearbook. I love seeing all the kids together as ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 21:33:37 EST Saturday, 10/4/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day did not begin as planned as I wasn't up with the alarm (a mistake) so I slept through my gym time. Thankfully I was up in time to head out for my Bountiful Basket. It was a yummy one too! Going to love those fruits and veggies this week! Once those were picked up I went to Walmart as I needed a pair of jeans (one pair just isn't enough for a week now that the weather is cooler) and a few grocerie... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 19:24:06 EST Friday, 10/3/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our day was all shifted around once again as Maegann had an appointment with our Chiropractor to work on desensitizing her to a latex allergy. We might have gotten some schoolwork done, but I took a phone call from the lady that shadowed Isaac at co-op on Monday. <BR> <BR> The phonecall.... She thinks the biggest thing for him is communicating as a self-advocate. Now we must talk through all of her thoug... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 18:12:24 EST Thursday, 10/2/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has just been odd. I cancelled the trainer as I felt miserable this morning from TOM and we all slept in a little bit. I ran an errand to Walgreens while Isaac was finishing breakfast and washing dishes and then we were heading to Claire's so Maegann could get her ears re-pierced. The nerves kept her from doing school so I knew we had to get it out of the way. What I didn't realize is that it would... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 18:24:27 EST Wednesday, 10/1/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed a very quiet day and tomorrow should be close to the same. The only things on the schedule were school with the kids and taking Isaac for his counseling session. <BR> <BR> Counseling went okay, but I still don't get how they seem to get so sucked in by children with autism. He called me in to ask about the neighborhood situation as Isaac had spent the whole time (pretty much) telling him how much ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 22:47:09 EST Tuesday, 9/30/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I got a great night of rest and was raring to go for the trainer today and then found out he had the flu. I headed to the gym anyway and put in extra time on the treadmill and then did some core and stretching. I was okay with the slight break today though as I did wear out quickly. <BR> <BR> Got home to find "stormy Isaac" brewing so tried all I could to keep the anger at bay. Worked for the most part. ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:48:43 EST Monday, 9/29/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> That is what I must remind myself of for co-op days from now on. The attacks are coming fast and furious this year through behaviors of different students. It's exhausting and today it hit home as Maegann was a direct target. I have found out exactly who caused the hurt and thankfully it is a family that will take care of things so it will stop. Mostly these are just little things here and there, but all... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:59:50 EST Sunday, 9/28/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Had a fun evening out with some of the BAM (Boise Autism Moms) ladies. Great food, talk and a fun round of Bunco. Was a nice 4 hours out of the house! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning I got to enjoy the new baby for a little bit as Sascha put him in my arms and said, "Wade, meet your grandma." I know I'm just an adopted grandma, but it... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:47:30 EST Saturday, 9/27/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been fairly quiet. The usual morning of the gym, food shopping and a few errands. I was home by 10 and did the vacuuming once the food stuff was put away. I also got items ready for Maegann's cooking class so I'm ahead on that for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Tonight I am going to the Boise Autism Moms quarterly fun night. I debated about going, but decided that there wasn't anything else happening and ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 18:37:47 EST Friday, 9/26/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As today is an official rest day from the gym I slept in and then took the kiddos to breakfast. Figured out one thing I did wrong...let Isaac have an item with eggs in it. <em>198</em> Eggs=anger And yes, that anger did show up during schoolwork time. Did get him through it all, but it was rugged. Maegann didn't do as well with her schoolwork because she was still tired from her fun evening with the... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:16:33 EST Thursday, 9/25/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last night I took Isaac out for his mom/son time and his choice was Smoky Mountain Pizza. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I should have taken a book to read. He was glued to the sports TVs and maybe said 1/2 dozen words to me the entire time. LOL Once home we played Wii Summer Olympics for a little while. <BR> <BR> This morning I headed out to mee... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:12:23 EST Wednesday, 9/24/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been a quiet one! Chose to sleep in and make the gym happen in the afternoon. Good choice...I feel more rested. Took the kids to breakfast, ran a couple errands, got school done and took Isaac for his counseling session. Got him going with lunch and then headed to the gym. Once home the hubby was here and he got the kids busy painting boards for the patio. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:51:45 EST Tuesday, 9/23/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I found myself telling the hubby this evening that I didn't get anything accomplished today so I must make a list to see the truth. <BR> <BR> Actual accomplishments: <BR> *gym/trainer <BR> *school with Maegann <BR> *2 loads of laundry <BR> *bought dog food <BR> *Maegann to the pediatrician <BR> *errand to Walgreens for the antibiotic <BR> <BR> Hoped For List: <BR> *gym/trainer <BR> *school with both kids <... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:19:03 EST Monday, 9/22/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got my wish today. Co-op offered some down time for me and I didn't have much to deal with once home as far as communications. So thankful! I got the 2-3 emails sent and it's done until later in the week. I wasn't sure how it would go as I had about 11 families out so lots of scrambling to get subs in place in the classes, but it all worked out. I even put myself in one class (Math Tutoring/Study Hall) ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:16:32 EST Sunday, 9/21/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Worship was different this morning only because of a very sad situation that is happening with a young man that Tim and I mentored from his late elementary through high school years. He then made a series of not-so-great choices complicated by horrible military memories. He recently remarried a sweet girl (she was already pregnant) and their son was delivered on the 16th. Little Wade had some respiratory i... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:40:02 EST Saturday, 9/20/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I can't believe how non-stop this day has been and that is not what I thought it would be like! When I see the list below it is no wonder I'm so thankful to finally be Sparking and watching a movie online. <BR> <BR> *Gym <BR> *Bountiful Basket <BR> *Walgreens <BR> *Grocery Store <BR> *Haircut <BR> *Put everything away from the stores <BR> *Started laundry <BR> *Vacuumed <BR> *Made 2 of 3 beds with new linen... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:05:28 EST Friday, 9/19/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed a quiet day at home which also meant one morning for the entire week that I did not have to awaken to the alarm clock. However, while Tim was up early getting ready to head to a meeting he didn't pay attention to the houndies so Jolie came upstairs and woke everybody up early. Oh well. <BR> <BR> We got school accomplished and while the kids were doing their work I got things done for co-op. I real... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:31:06 EST Thursday, 9/18/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Made it to the gym a little late this morning thanks to a tire going flat. Had to turn around and come get a different vehicle. Nice that Rocky had a few extra minutes so we could get a full 30 minutes done anyway. He is pushing me and that is a good thing. He sent a nice text a bit later in the morning telling me he thinks I'm doing great and to keep up the hard work. Now if I can just get the scale to... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:50:10 EST Wednesday, 9/17/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning the kids and I headed out for Maegann's eye appointment at 7:30. Glad I kept the appointment even after finding out much of the recent trouble was a sinus infection because we did learn her eyes have changed enough that glasses are not needed currently. <BR> <BR> Afterwards we went to breakfast at McD's and then ran a couple errands on the way. Then it was time for schoolwork. Got it done eas... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:46:59 EST Tuesday, 9/16/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Woke up tired as expected as I adjust to crazy busy Monday's with the homeschool co-op. First stop...the gym! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am beginning to not like the words "you've graduated" from the trainer. Means I can expect a much more intense workout. He did say I'm breezing through them and I'm right where he had hoped I'd be strength-w... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:30:33 EST Monday, 9/15/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Survived day 2 of co-op....only 25 to go! LOL It wasn't nearly as crazy as last week, but I was on the go. I spent time this afternoon getting some new items ready for the board meeting tomorrow night and a few emails to others along with the group. <BR> <BR> Tried to take a nap, but the kids came to get me because the neighbor boys and the two "mean" ones from down the street were in the yard throwing ou... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:46:12 EST Sunday, 9/14/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Having a quiet day and am thankful as Monday's are now busy, busy, busy with the homeschool co-op. After we were home from worship and lunch I had Tim do some pressure point stuff for my knee and it is much better now. I will baby the tendonitis tonight with essential oils and heat and it will definitely be feeling better for the day ahead. <BR> <BR> We did go by a community "fair" this afternoon fo... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:14:42 EST Saturday, 9/13/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Came home last night with a very sore knee and very tired feet after standing for almost five hours. The venue for the concert last night was all standing room unless you sat in the bar or bought $55 tickets to be in the balcony/bar area. Very few seats even in those areas. We got there about 6:30 and found a spot that seemed like it would work for us. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:53:46 EST Friday, 9/12/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoying a quiet day at home and considering a nap just so I can make it through the late evening easier although "sleeping" through a Skillet concert sounds less than likely. <BR> <BR> Made it through school this morning with some bumps in the road for Isaac. We've gone to a list that he wrote himself so he can be reminded each day what a "good" school day looks like and then also what the positives and neg... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:12:10 EST Thursday, 9/11/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Trainer day so I headed out to get my warm up done before Rocky arrived. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He switched things up on me again so my muscles would be tricked and I am expecting some sore spots by morning for sure! My victory today.... survived 3 sets (each side) of 30 second side planks at the end of the 30 minutes! <BR> <BR> Once ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:18:38 EST Wednesday, 9/10/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have enjoyed a very quiet day and am thankful for one of those this week. I did have to laugh when I came back downstairs at one point and found this stack of books as Maegann had finished her studies and it was time for me to check everything. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Looks worse than it really is as she had put all the teacher books and a ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:44:29 EST Tuesday, 9/9/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I drug myself out of bed to head to the gym. I was still so tired after the long, busy day at co-op Monday. I barely got there in time to get my stretching and treadmill warm-up, but I did! I also did everything the trainer asked of me and ended my time with what Rocky called the "real man push-up" to test my core. I was able to do four of them which doesn't sound like a lot, but for me it wa... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 21:56:38 EST Monday, 9/8/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We did it! We survived to talk about our first day back at co-op! Wanted to get the annual "back to school" photo in front of the garage at home, but the neighbor boy was hanging around waiting to leave so we just piled in the car and then took the photo at the church. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was as crazy and fun day as expected and... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 23:32:51 EST Sunday, 9/7/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been a quiet day and that is much needed before the craziness of tomorrow as co-op is finally starting for the year. More "evil darts" being pitched our way, but each one has been deflected and we're looking forward to a great first day. I still need to get things ready for our lunches and for the cooking class Maegann is taking. Must bbq chicken and get her ingredients and bakeware ready to go! <BR> ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 18:31:45 EST Saturday, 9/6/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began my day at the gym to get my cardio "homework" accomplished. I also did some resistance machines as I haven't done much with the upper body with the trainer....yet. I then headed out to pick up my Bountiful Basket and a few groceries. <BR> <BR> After I got all of that put away I headed to drop some items at the thrift store and then did a walk-through at the church our homeschool co-op meets at so I ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 17:51:03 EST Friday, 9/5/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I enjoyed this fun graphic on Google this morning in honor of my birthday. Yep... "Happy Birthday to me!" We'll be celebrating as a family tomorrow night, but I've had a very nice day so far. Any day with zero hysterics by the children is a nice day! LOL Got all the usual Friday chores done this morning (school, laundry, cleaned bathrooms) and then enjoyed a couple of hours out for lunch with the other homes... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 19:16:09 EST Thursday, 9/4/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been full of "happy" and that was much needed after all the "sad" of yesterday. <BR> <BR> Began at the gym as it was trainer day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I knew I was in trouble when I heard the words "progressive workout." I have learned that means he is going to push me harder with things that I know. It was called less time in ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:32:20 EST Wednesday, 9/3/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is one of those days where I'm just ready to pull the plug and pray the next day in with the hope of things being much happier. Nothing horrible happened...just a lot of sad things occupying my thoughts. So instead of too many is the "done" list: <BR> <BR> *flat tire repaired (was on the way to take the kids to breakfast...low tire light came on) <BR> <BR> *school with the kids <BR> ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:03:11 EST Tuesday, 9/2/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day began at the gym and I must admit I never knew there were so many ways to engage the core with the help of a floor mat. Never left the ground today once the stretching and treadmill time were completed! So far not feeling the soreness, but I know it will set in tomorrow. The really "great" news.... Rocky said the killer stuff hasn't come into play yet. Yikes! Maybe I should be rethinking this six... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 22:16:46 EST Monday, 9/1/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoying a quiet day at home. I did get through some school with the kids, but didn't do as much since we'll be at co-op again beginning this coming Monday. Next I got the soup built for the crockpot and did have to make a run to Walmart to get tomatoes....was completely out and needed it for the soup. Then I got busy grading Maegann's schoolwork and then it was time to go to lunch. The kids had earned i... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:58:33 EST