DETERMINED_ME's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINED_ME's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkCoach I realized today that I truly need to get back to the basics and learn how to focus on what's needed to lose weight. I've been doing what I remember but apparently I don't remember as much as I thought I did so today I joined SparkCoach and am starting with my fast break. <BR> <BR> Maybe by getting back to the basics I can figure out how to fit fitness in with all the other things going on in my life. But then wait, I have time on the computer, I should be able to make time for fitness t... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 22:00:50 EST Happy New Year I can't believe it's already the 13th day of 2016...So far these last two weeks have not been the healthiest but have not been the worst. The worst part right now is we are broke and have no veggies or fruits in the house. <em>24</em> Luckily, we get paid on Friday so we'll be able to stock up then. My husband had a lot of Dr's appointment this month (we only get paid once a month) so we spent extra on gas as all the appointments are at least 60 miles from home. Oh well, life goes on... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:01:47 EST Beginning with my daughter My daughter Cassie is 13, she weighs around 170 lbs and is starting to lose confidence in herself. So...To help her I suggested SparkTeens...She joined today. I thought of SparkTeen because then she can associate with other teens that are beginning to feel the same about themselves and so she has someone her age that might be able to help boost her confidence. Also her and I are starting an exercise program together (at home since we can't afford a gym or anything like that). We'll set up... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:51:50 EST Time flies So often time just gets away from me...I haven't lost anything from my last post, I will admit that I have been working on NOT stress eating. <BR> <BR> My MIL was moved again, this time from the duplex across the street from us into a nursing home (where she should have gone to begin with). That has taken some stress off me since I no longer have to care for her. <BR> <BR> My DH had surgery on the 20th of November to have his pain stimulator in him spine removed because he needs MRI's to f... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 21:31:37 EST Hello It's been a month since I've posted here. I am happy to say that I am down 10 lbs since my last check in. I'm happy with that as I am fitting into jeans that I haven't been able to fit into in over 1-1/2 years. That's good for me. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Had a lot going on here...My MIL moved to Washington from Texas, she has many health issues and needed to be closer to family. Well, she lives in the duplex across the street from us so she's definitely close. <BR> <BR> As many of you... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:11:06 EST Tired I'm tired of not liking how I look... <BR> I'm tired of not being the person I want to be... <BR> I'm tired of living my life feeling like I'm not myself... <BR> I'm tired of making excuses... <BR> <BR> Today I am making a menu, I am setting a schedule for my daily routine, I am getting myself back on track, and I am getting my family on track for the good, the bad, and the ugly. <BR> <BR> Funny, I blog and I blog but nothing comes of it. I realized that I can say anything I want via writi... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 16:02:40 EST Looking for motivation I lost my want, my need, and my dream to be healthy. <BR> <BR> Actually, other than being obese I am healthy according to my Dr and all the tests I've had done lately. Obese? I guess weighing in at almost 280 is obese, I don't even know where to begin anymore. <BR> <BR> My husband has always been very supportive of whatever I choose to do but it's so difficult for me to stay focused when I'm trying to deal with his health issues, take care of the kids, and keep the house clean...the i... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:17:48 EST Trying to make a comeback Darn it, it's the same words I've used before...When will the roller coaster end? Wish I could blame someone other than myself. <BR> <BR> Quitting is so much easier than continuing on. Thought I had found my way, thought my focus was in the right place...Guess that focus wasn't as "focused" as I thought. <BR> <BR> Time for a new plan...Starting from the beginning, nothing else will do. So I am trying to make a comeback...Is this even possible this time around? I have so much trouble... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 18:06:34 EST Moved Well, we are all moved into our new house. It's great! We still have much to do with unpacking but all in all we are feeling settled. <BR> <BR> My healthy lifestyle has not been the healthiest as of late but it will get better. I am holding steady and am continuing to get at least some fitness in each and every day. <BR> <BR> Life is good! Sat, 13 Jul 2013 01:12:06 EST 174 Down ~ 191 to go More packing done today...Tomorrow I will hopefully finish the play area and get a good start on the daughter's room. Son's room was finished today along with the craft room. Tuesday morning I'll start in the kitchen/pantry before I head to work for the afternoon/evening. <BR> <BR> Very excited for this move! Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:09:29 EST 173 Down ~ 192 to go Yard sale was slow but we did earn enough to cover the cost of the moving truck so that is great! Work was busy but went well. <BR> <BR> Now I'm ready for bed! Sun, 23 Jun 2013 00:53:02 EST 172 Down ~ 193 to go I think we're ready for the moving/yard sale tomorrow...I'll be at work so Paul has to deal with it. I'll finish helping getting it set up in the morning before I head to work but then it's up to Paul until I got off about 4pm. <BR> <BR> 1 more week and we'll be in our new house. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 01:14:33 EST 171 Down ~ 194 to go Today has been packing, packing, and more getting ready for the yard sale this weekend...Before we know it it's going to be moving day. I have to work the weekend we are moving, it's my last weekend on the job. I feel bad that it's going to be Paul and the kids that will be doing most of the moving, but I'll do as much packing as I can while we are getting ready and I'll do most of the unpacking once we get moved. I am looking forward to that part. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will b... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:40:35 EST 170 Down ~ 195 to go Work today then packed a bit after I got home. Tomorrow will be packing all day since I do not have too work. <BR> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 01:09:18 EST 169 Down ~ 196 to go Worked today...Came home did a little sorting, tomorrow I work again but then will come home and kick it in gear to get more packed. <BR> <BR> Time for bed! Wed, 19 Jun 2013 01:03:08 EST 168 Down ~ 197 to go Missed yesterday...Darn it!! <BR> <BR> Been busy getting ready to move plus working. It's going to be crazy the next 2 weeks but it will be worth it in the end. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:52:45 EST 166 Down ~ 199 to go Today outside my store there was a car show. What beautiful classic cars are out there. It was enjoyable! <BR> <BR> After work went to my niece's graduations party, super proud of my Katie girl! Off to college starting next month... <BR> <BR> As for me, I'm sleepy now and ready for bed. Tomorrow is work again, then Monday take Mom to the doctors, then mow, and pack more...2 weeks is going to go fast! Sun, 16 Jun 2013 01:29:30 EST 165 Down ~ 200 to go We have begun the packing...I do not like packing but unpacking can be fun. Although, I have to admit, I am looking forward to getting my hands in the dirt at the new place...I'm going to do very little this summer, add some bulbs in fall, then come spring, boy I'm going to be busy! 1/2 acre to play with, it's going to be fun!! I'm going to study up to figure out what will work best for color almost all year round. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to get moved!! Sat, 15 Jun 2013 00:52:39 EST 164 Down ~ 201 to go Copying directly from hubby's blog: <BR> <BR> Well, I know some of you are waiting..... WE GOT THE HOUSE!!!! We will have the contract on Monday and will be moved in by July 1st, yep just that fast!! We are super excited, super nervous, super scared and super every other emotion. <BR> <BR> Will keep you posted as we progress!! Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:30:49 EST 163 Down ~ 202 to go Worked today <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm watching my 2nd cousin while my cousin goes to work...Lucky girl is out of school already while my two still have 2 days left... <BR> <BR> It's going to be a good day tomorrow! Thu, 13 Jun 2013 01:05:28 EST 162 Down ~ 203 to go First time this year that I forgot to blog...Yesterday we got new phones and I was so engrossed in setting mine up, I completely forgot to blog & I forgot to spin the wheel... <em>46</em> Which means I broke my 239 day streak on day 240 all because I forgot. Oh well, guess I begin that one again. <BR> <BR> Went tonight to look at the house inside that I fell in love with the outside...The inside is cute, small but cute and totally something we could be happy in. So now we wait and see if ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:20:01 EST 160 Down ~ 205 to go I spent the day at a friends house helping her set up her new "smart TV". That was fun, I love new toys. Of course, now I want one...Not going to get one, but I want one just to have another toy <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, it's been a good day. Tomorrow is the last Monday we have to get the kids off to school until September. My little girl is not so little anymore, she'll be heading to 6th grade while my little man will be heading to First grade...Oh how the time goes by so fas... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 23:57:17 EST 159 Down ~ 206 to go I'm in love! Isn't it funny how we can fall in love with a house without truly seeing it? What I mean is, we went to look at this house an hour away from where we currently live, I have never been to this little tiny town and knew nothing of it until this house was found on craigslist. So today we (the 4 of us) took a drive to go see the outside of this house, we could also see the rooms downstairs through the windows but the owner was unavailable to meet us today to show us inside. So wa... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 00:46:17 EST 158 Down ~ 207 to go I was really tired today...All the stuff going on makes me tired. I finally woke up (really work up) when I was at work. Of course I was moving a lot while at work. Now I'm ready to head to bed, tomorrow we're taking a drive to somewhere we've never to been to check out a house that looks interesting on line. Should be a nice adventure! Sat, 8 Jun 2013 01:17:54 EST 157 Down ~ 208 to go Today turned out to be a decent day, the weather was beautiful and the paperwork I had to help my mom with turned out to be much easier because she had already done most of it 2 years ago. Go figure! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I've had a good walk today and am feeling good. Fri, 7 Jun 2013 01:07:57 EST 156 Down ~ 209 to go Decided to take advantage of the nice weather this morning and took a walk before I headed off to work as in, I walked to Isaiah's bus stop this instead of driving him there. Came home and actually wished I had a bicycle to ride to work, naw...Not really it just was a thought for about 2 seconds. It's not that I couldn't ride to work, as it's not that far but I don't really want to. After work I walked again...This time to go get Isaiah from the bus stop. <em>334</em> I did walk almost... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 00:34:00 EST 155 Down ~ 210 to go It's been a good day! Walked Isaiah to the bus stop, then off to work where I was semi busy for the day, came home walked to the bus stop to get Isaiah from the bus. It was a beautifully sunny warm day today and just made it a good day. Tue, 4 Jun 2013 23:53:31 EST 154 Down ~ 211 to go Took my mom to the doctors today, she has to have more tests done. She had a stroke about 2 or 3 weeks ago and so they are running tests to see if the problems she's having has to do with that or if they are from something else. Only time will tell. <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 00:35:16 EST 153 Down ~ 212 to go Today for me was a fairly lazy day...I have to say, I enjoyed it immensely! I did really nothing today other then play on the computer and read...Paul went to his meeting with Cassie, Isaiah stayed home with me but he was out with his little friends playing outside so I just enjoyed myself trying not to think of troubles, just losing myself in my play and books...Of course I'd check outside to watch Isaiah and his little friends playing. <BR> <BR> Now it's about time to head to bed to get a... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 00:34:18 EST 152 Down ~ 213 to go Another day in the books. Had a good day at work, then came home to my beautiful children, grandchildren, Step-son, and of course my wonderful hubby! Had to run up to Mom's to help her with her oxygen tank then came home to eat pizza and have a drink. Seems to be something I needed. A lot on my mind lately and not sure where to go with it all. <BR> <BR> It will all come together somehow some way. <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 01:53:05 EST 151 Down ~ 214 to go Today was lawn mowing day, and boy was it tall...All the rain here in Washington has just made it grow so quickly. It's a great workout as we a large yard, so all in all it was a productive day. Tomorrow it's work day! <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 01:09:02 EST 150 Down ~ 215 to go Lazy day today...Tomorrow will be more productive. Fri, 31 May 2013 01:04:37 EST 149 Down ~ 216 to go Today was a slow day at work but I still made over 5000 steps for the day so I'm happy with that. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be lawn mowing day if it's not pouring all day. Thu, 30 May 2013 00:30:09 EST 148 Down ~ 217 to go Had a busy day at work, I was moving and shaking all day. Tomorrow will be a bit more laid back but I'll get in a lot of steps on purpose. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 29 May 2013 00:39:27 EST 147 Down ~ 218 to go Today was a fairly lazy day. Took Cassie to the store to go spend the $4 that was burning a hole in her pocket <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Now it's just about time to head to bed. Working tomorrow. Tue, 28 May 2013 00:44:30 EST 146 Down ~ 219 to go Kids came home today from Grandma's house, they had a good time. I was allowed to sleep in until 830, had a meeting at work today. <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 May 2013 23:56:47 EST 145 Down ~ 220 to go Today was our 11 year wedding anniversary. We've had many rough years with Paul's health but together we've come a long way. I love knowing that we are in this life together and work together through this journey to a healthier us. <BR> <BR> We spent the day out and about, walking a few miles and just enjoying each others company. What a great way to spend the day!! Sun, 26 May 2013 01:13:47 EST 144 down ~ 221 to go Good day today. <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 May 2013 01:57:55 EST 143 Down ~ 222 to go It's been a good day today. We will continue to do the best we can each day. Isn't that all any of us can really do? <BR> <BR> Thank you for all your support! Thu, 23 May 2013 22:33:58 EST 142 Down ~ 223 to go Weigh - In Wednesday...That is where I will start today...It turned out to be a good one today, down below my low in March (233.4) to 232.8 today. Very happy to see progress finally...It's going to take considerable amount of work to get to where I want to be but I am happy I'm seeing progress again. <BR> <BR> Today I'm feeling better then I have in days, although my sinus's seem to still be giving me issues my residual headache from Monday's migraine is GONE! It's good to start feeling bet... Wed, 22 May 2013 23:56:45 EST 141 Down ~ 224 to go Another day wasn't too bad...Residuals from my migraine yesterday but all in all not too bad. <BR> <BR> Working again tomorrow. It's going to be a good day! I just know it! <BR> <BR> Have a great one! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Tami Wed, 22 May 2013 00:08:56 EST 140 Down ~ 225 to go Morning started out great, went to the gym, had a good workout but Paul was hurting so we left just a little early (still was a good workout). Came home, cooled off then showered and headed out to run some errands. I was driving and all of the sudden my vision went wacky so I had to pull over to let Paul drive. Darn it if my vision issues didn't turn into a migraine...Ugh, been down pretty all day, made it home just in time to run into the house and get sick. Not pretty! <BR> <BR> So now... Mon, 20 May 2013 23:35:41 EST 139 Down ~ 226 to go I missed my great nieces 2nd birthday party because of this crud. <em>39</em> Oh well, better to miss it than to risk getting others sick. <BR> <BR> Not sure what tomorrow brings...We lost wifi earlier as our router went out but luckily we had spare in the garage. Guess it's time to upgrade to a gateway that is an all in one. Going to check into that tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Now I'm going to play a few games on FB then going to head to bed. <BR> <BR> Thanks for stopping by! <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 May 2013 23:24:43 EST 138 Down ~ 227 to go Still feeling pretty crappy...Hoping this crud will leave soon. <BR> <BR> Spent the morning relaxing, then worked this afternoon/evening...Now I'm about ready to head off to bed. <BR> <BR> Spark on my friends!! Sun, 19 May 2013 00:45:54 EST 137 Down ~ 228 to go Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Busy day today, took mom to the kidney Dr today. Really liked this guy, wish he was a general dr and could be her actual Dr but that's okay, at least he's helping us figure out what is going on with her Kidney. <BR> <BR> Was home for a couple of hours then it was off to the Dr's for Cassie for her check up. Shots for her, but she was a champ. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm still feeling kind of yucky but it's getting a bit better. Tomorrow I head to work for a few... Sat, 18 May 2013 00:20:41 EST 136 Down ~ 229 to go SP was down last night so I was not able to blog, so to keep my streak alive this blog is for yesterday. <BR> <BR> I was sick yesterday, stuffy nose, sore throat, the works... <BR> <BR> Relaxed most of the day. Fri, 17 May 2013 10:36:30 EST 135 Down ~ 230 to go 3 lbs are gone this week. So happy about that. Have major sinus issues today. I sure hope they pass soon. <BR> <BR> Heading to bed. Thu, 16 May 2013 01:13:51 EST 134 Down ~ 231 to go Today was a work day, I managed to get in just over 5000 steps today and hope to do more tomorrow while at work. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is weigh in day, I expect to see a change from last week. I am looking forward to seeing the scale numbers starting to go back down. <BR> <BR> As Paul has an early day tomorrow we're going to be heading off to bed. <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 May 2013 23:53:54 EST 133 Down ~ 232 to go Went to the gym this morning after getting the kids off to school. It was exhausting but it was a good workout after all. <BR> <BR> Came home and pretty much did nothing...It's been a good day! Tue, 14 May 2013 00:52:17 EST 132 Down ~ 233 to go I pretty took it easy today...Paul fixed us breakfast this morning, which was awesome!! Homemade pancakes, can't beat it! <BR> <BR> Enjoyed time today reading, watching movies with the kids, and drank lots of coffee because it just seemed like the thing to do today. <BR> <BR> Now I'm just chilling and ready to head off to bed soon. <BR> <BR> That's about it for me. Sun, 12 May 2013 23:44:58 EST