DETERMINEDNOW12's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDNOW12's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Life is getting normal Wow, you don't realize how much a move turns you upside down until its done. between holidays, packing, packing, and packing; then unpacking, unpacking and unpacking, this went a little nuts around here. We moved officially a couple of weeks ago, and it is just now home. We went through almost two weeks of mu son not sleeping well. We went trough the dog going a little bonkers. I went through enough to warrant full dosage on my bipolar meds. It was a little crazy. Yesterday, I sat on m... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 00:58:44 EST New home, new choices Hooray! The house is ours and we are starting to get things ready for the big move! I am fortunate in that my lease isn't up until the end of January, so at least I can take my time. We started painting bedrooms today and moving some of the boxes over. I can't decide on a lot of things, but it will all come in good time. It's amazing how I look at hings in our house now, and find myself assuming everything will be easier when we are moved. There are certainly things that will be easier ... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 22:30:23 EST Christmas is here (sort of) I am continuing on the basics. The holidays certainly caught up to me on the scale, but it was fun and delicious, and I have no guilt. Now for our tradition of putting up the tree. We are decorating much simpler this year. I close on the new house in 11 days, no need to get out all 5 boxes of Christmas decorations. It's exciting and nerve wracking and fun to plan. I won't have some of my usual temptations this year, which will hopefully help with not gaining any more. Now on to pick ou... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 20:06:31 EST Just three things.... Wow, the year is almost over. It has been a crazy, maddening few months, full of changes that aren’t quite done yet and surprises both good and bad. After almost losing my mind a few weeks ago with everything going on, I realized it is time to take a step back. I try to jump in with both feet over and over. I don’t stick with it because I take too much on too fast, then I am frustrated because it didn’t work. I need to work on changing that habit. For the remainder of the year, we are g... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 09:18:23 EST July is kicking my butt - It's time to kick back! So, I totally derailed on the second round of the challenge. Between my kiddo's activities and my own demands, we didn't blow everything up, but I certainly wasn't keeping up the way I should have. Bring on July with two weeks of my son gone and I didn't go near the computer much at all. A week ago I signed up at a gym after accepting that I am not going to get the fitness I need done at home. Additionally, I am working too hard and I need to learn to take my lunch (or at least some break... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 22:16:54 EST It comes easy if I don't think about it - Spark Solution Summer Challenge Days 5 & 6 Well, my "daily" blogs for yesterday and today are getting combined. It was a crazy week, and last night I couldn't bring myself to look at the computer. I escaped to a book and relaxed the night away. All of it is falling into place naturally with the food. Exercise seems to be the sticking point that just doesn't come easy to my day. I did make it through the strength routine, but it felt like a fight all the way through. I would get a couple reps in, the phone would ring. Finish tha... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 21:13:44 EST Back on track baby! - Spark Solution Summer Challenge Day 4 So, after a couple of frustrating days, today went great! I didn't get up on time for the walk, but got a fantastic workout at Kenpo tonight! After several nights of not nearly enough sleep I was not making it up early. I did get up on time to get breakfast cooked. Passed on the catered lunch for my "Ceasar's salad" and had a healthy serving of leftover Roasted Chicken. 45 minutes of kenpo tonight and I felt good! I have been looking at all my attempts to plan exercise and this weekend... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:29:00 EST Closer to plan, ha! - Spark Solution Summer Challenge Day 3 So, as we left our heroine last night, it was incredibly late and there had been no workout. Add in time to get dishes done, clothes laid out, e-mails answered and prep for today and bedtime actually ended up after 1. A poorly chosen snooze of the alarm and I was up late. Forgot my food at home and ended up meeting my son's dad again halfway to pick him up. <em>20</em> It was a total off the wagon day. Breakfast Burrito for breakfast, catered lunch for my all day training, but I did h... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:55:57 EST Yikes! No exercise tonight... Spark Solution Summer Challenge Day 2 Well, I can honestly say there are some things that will stop my work out. It's 10:46 pm, and I have seen my home for more than 40 minutes for the first time since 6:45 am. I agreed to meet my son's dad halfway between our homes since he got off work late and my son wanted to check out a potential troop for next year. I went to work, came home, fed us (loved the oven roasted chicken and veggies), then off to scouts an off to drop him off. Yikes. I admit days like this frustrate me SO muc... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:51:52 EST Spark SOlution SUmmer Challenge - Day 1 Ok, so this is a day late, but yesterday went really well. Its almost ironic that I was so busy prepping for today and getting my walk in with my son and dog that I forgot to post anything on the Challenge. There's an interesting conundrum. How do I balance activity with time on the computer for SparkPeople, e-mail, etc. This morning started well, with a last minute save from the freezer. So far I am on track, and it feels good not to be eating the stuff I had gotten back into the habit ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 09:57:31 EST Spark Solution Challenge – Round 2 Here we go for round to of the Spark Solution Challenge. I really enjoyed this the first time around, but obviously I didn’t take it as much to heart as I thought. While in the challenge I did well at sticking with it, then a week or so ago I found those pesky bad habits creeping in. We are all human and back slide, but I am excited to get reinvigorated before I can back slide too far. There is so much going on, it is relaxing to open the book and know this is what to do. It is too easy ... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:48:34 EST Halfway Check-in As I mentioned a few days ago, I am participating in the Spark Solution two-week Challenge. The first week has been great, even with a few setbacks. To learn more about the program, check this out <link> </link> <BR> <BR> For the halfway check-in, there is a little Q&A that made for a great reflection moment on the last week. Looking back at why I started and where I want to go next is a great motivator. <BR> <BR> I wanted to try this program for a fe... Sun, 19 May 2013 22:05:40 EST Make It or Break It I have tried a number of times to commit to getting through this yo-yo I am on, and there always comes that one time that derails me. This time it was day 3 of 14 for The Spark Solution challenge. Last night my son was gone, so I did the workout and decided I was taking the rest of the night off. How hard can it be for me to throw the food together in the morning? <BR> Well, after being up every couple hours because our beagle was looking for my son (she gets freaked out when he isn't home... Wed, 15 May 2013 23:21:23 EST Getting up 9 times…. One of my favorite quotes is “Fall down 7 times, get up 8”. This is probably more like 10, 11 or even 12, but I am getting up again. After a year of deaths, professional chaos and just general life, 2013 is shaping up really well. I have felt a passion and urgency to be better that I haven’t felt in a very long time. There is still no shortage of challenges. We are adjusting to my son getting hearing aids, I have a new manager starting at my office Monday, more projects than I will ever ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 22:19:40 EST Magness Wow, I have learned you don't need a bootcamp when you have a cub scout. Magness kicks my butt every year. I have posted one of the stats from this amazing weekend on my status. Feel free to respond to this blog with your guesses. My son loves scouts, and I love what he gets out of it. The food, is a whole different story. We eat pretty healthy, until we are camping. But, right now in my walk, I can live with it. My almost healed foot gave me some trouble, and the sun today had me swe... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 00:05:29 EST On my way to better…. I had hoped to post this last night, but couldn’t get the new entry to pop up… <BR> The schedule kicked up again this week, and my tracking was great despite the things I ate being terrible. I can own that. Shifting schedules is so much tougher than I think it will be. Going from being home at 3:45 to being home at 5:15 has really thrown my cooking time off. I am still committed though to getting through this adjustment. Meals are planned again; everything is setup for a no think healthy... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:45:13 EST Fall seven times, Get up eight This certainly feels like my pursuit of goals lately. I got focused, then distracted, focused, then distracted. My desire to get my health on the right track is so strong, then I sprain my foot. I am ready to get meals prepped and going, we’ve been camping for three weekends in a row, which means no time for much grocery shopping, much less food prep. <BR> And again, I will get up. This week it’s a week-long training with lunches ordered in. The good news is that I don’t have any more ... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 22:25:17 EST Small progress is progress Well, I can say the bland food is doing something. 6 lbs in 3 days. Kind of scary frnkly. Loss like that doesn’t typically stay off. The last day of the Jumpstart, and I am really ready to eat regular food again. I am thankful that I haven’t lost an energy, and I am motivated to continue. Telling myself no is definitely that hardest part. OF course, saying no in general is a struggle for me. I sometimes feel like I have told myself no for so long, I would love to say yes more often. ... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 07:30:16 EST Moving forward Finally over the crud that settled in at the beginning of the month. Now it’s time to look to get my health running. I am so overwhelmed so much of the time. Even though we are still aligning activities with our priorities, I just don’t seem to be getting any relief. Additionally, I am cycling through the same 10 pounds every week. I have joined the Stress busting challenge to see if I can pick up some new tools for dealing with it, and am doing the Flat Belly Diet from Prevention to try... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 09:54:32 EST Moved, settling and Sick :( We survived the move on February 4th (after 2 feet of snow the day before), and are finally getting routines down and comfortable in the new home. It's incredible what stress does. Between the move, outside commitments, and not being able to find some our stuff, it feels like the last two months have been an incredible blur. Just when I thought I was going to reach outer orbit on this roller coaster we've been riding, I crashed. I caught a stomach bug last Monday and Influenza by Wednesda... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 23:21:51 EST One week to move day and a little experiment……. We are moving in a week. While I realize for many people this would be a no brainer, for me it means trying to organize and re-organize everything to achieve a number of outcomes. This is how I work. IT’s been cathartic though in many ways. Goodwill probably thinks I am wonderful for all the stuff we are donating; my family will in March for the open “Family & Friends” garage sale in March. My family and friends get first dibs before we sell/ donate in April. I have taken the new perspe... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 00:48:15 EST How much more……….. I believe everything happens the way it should. It doesn’t mean we don’t have choices, I just believe the Lord has an outcome known to Him for every one of those choices. I also believe we aren’t given more than we can handle with His help, most of the time. In truth, I trust Him. At the end of the day, I know it’s Him, not me. During days like the last few, I admit, I wonder. In the last week my son has been accepted to our district’s gifted and talented program (which means changing s... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 00:39:27 EST Sometimes you have to start over… I have been on SparkPeople off and on for 3+ years. I once lost 25 lbs. (it is all back now), but I did it through the excitement, confidence and support this site gave me. This past October, I had hit my stress level with everything. I would start losing, then get “busy” and stop getting involved. I was back and forth on everything in my life in seemed. So, I cancelled my SparkPeople. I cancelled a lot. I spent two months with my son, our Pack leadership, and my boss figuring out what... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 00:42:25 EST