DONDAIN's SparkPeople Blog DONDAIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Celebrating a small victory I lost 1.3 pounds since the first of January. Small victory. I have also started cutting out soda from my diet. I know that it is extremely bad for me but it tastes so good. This is my 3rd day without soda. I'm going to slowly cut out excess sugar. For now I'm starting with the soda. I'm getting my caffeine from other sources. I'm hoping to eventually cut that out too. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 19:11:38 EST Death I lost two friends, one on the 4th and one on the 5th. The one on the 4th I have not seen in several years. He was a good guy. The one on the 5th was a lot closer, in proximity and the relationship. I considered her a good friend. I will miss her a great deal. <BR> I ask you all to love one another and let your friends and family know how you feel, you are not promised tomorrow and you never know if that will be the last time no matter the length of time. Sat, 6 Jan 2018 22:10:59 EST Day 2 of the New Streak Got up today and took the dogs to the vet for their annual checkup and shots. They did great and are healthy. Harley Quinn even lost some weight which is good for her as she only has 3 legs. Then I went straight to work as one of my guards called out with strep and double ear infection. Mom took the dogs home for me so I could go straight to work. The Yankees won today and Aaron Judge hit his 49th and 50th home run first tying and then beating the record for home runs in a season for rookies.... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:53:38 EST Alas The Streak Has Ended I made it to 91 days of logging in. I was sick yesterday and did not do much of anything, I forgot to log in. Today is the first day of a new streak. Let's see how long I can go. I'm aiming for at least 100 days. Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:26:43 EST day 83 Almost 3 months straight. I'm dealing with some things right now so I may not be on here for any length of time. I want to keep my streak alive but it may just be a spin of the wheel. Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:35:03 EST Day 79 I know it has been about a month since I posted anything but the streak is still alive. I have 79 Days of logging in to Spark People. Some of those days were just spinning the wheel. But on a good note I got a new level today. I am happy to be at almost 3 months of streak. I also want to be more committed although that is not quite the work I am looking for. More Involved but that isn't quite right either. I'm going to work the program better. Sun, 10 Sep 2017 13:54:09 EST day 52/14 Personal Best streak for days logging in to Spark People. I did it. There were a couple of days during this time that I was really tired and did not want to get on the computer but I did anyway. I am super excited that I made to continue the streak for as long as I can. Let's see how long I can do it. I have also gotten at least 50 points every day in August. That was tough too. Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:22:20 EST day 51/13 Today has been a great day. It is one of my dogs 9th birthday. We found him in my mom's front yard 8 years ago. The vet said he was about a year old when we found him so he is 9. We had a little party for him. Tomorrow will represent a new personal best streak for logging in to Spark People. I almost missed it today as we got home late and I got caught up in watching the NY Yankees play. The game is still going on but I took the time out to get on here. I want that new record! Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:29:00 EST day 50/12 So, Taylor Swift's song "You Belong With Me" came on the radio the other day and it got me thinking about things. On how growing up so much emphasis is placed on how the girl looks and that determines the guy she will get. I remembered growing up and seeing all these girls in the bathroom making sure their hair was right their makeup still looked good etc. trying to get the guys interested in them. The guys were interested in them all right but based on how they looked not who they were. I wa... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:22:28 EST day 49/11 Still here. Did not have a chance to get on before work. I am tired but I got on anyway. Logged in and over 100 pt. Goal of 50. Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:56:38 EST day 48/10 It is early, the beginning of my day. I have not done anything with it other than take my vitamins and play with the dogs. Oh yea, I gave them breakfast too. I'm looking forward to work and might do a little workout before hand. I slept really well last night. The Yankees won last night. It's an all around great day. The sun is shining for the moment but we are expected to get some rain later on...we really need the rain. I am very comfortable in my life right now...I will finish up my commit... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:09:12 EST day 47/9 Today is day 47/9. It's nice to see the consistency. I want to keep it up. I'm beginning to do a little more movement in my day. Just adding a little bit at a time with a little bit of strength movements too. I will be starting my bowling season soon and I want to be in better shape for it. I want to have more strength in my arms and be in better health. I hope to score better this year than last year. I feel like I was out a lot last season due to illnesses. I don't want that to happen this ... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 23:07:54 EST day 46/8 46 days of logging in and 8 days of getting at least 50 spark points. I have to admit that today I am really tired and did not want to get on. I just wanted to veg out by playing World of Warcraft. But I really did not want to break my streak especially since I am so close to breaking my personal record of days in a row. My longest streak is 51 days. I know that I can do it. I want to blow it out of the water. Tue, 8 Aug 2017 22:32:13 EST day 45/7 A month and a half....happy. I had to work today but got relieve 2 hours earlier than expected. I got to come home and play World of Warcraft for several hours. The Yankees have a day off today so no game tonight. Mon, 7 Aug 2017 20:39:30 EST Day 44/6 Day 44 of logging in and day 6 of 50+ sp. I got a consistency trophy for last month. The first time in almost 11 years. Yes 11 years. I want to get the perfect attendance trophy. That is my goal for August. <BR> Sun, 6 Aug 2017 20:30:28 EST day 43, day 5 Today is 43 days straight of logging in to Spark People and Day 5 of getting at least 50 Spark Points. Usually over a hundred but at least 50. My longest streak of logging in is 51 days. I am 9 days away from breaking that streak with a personal best. My goal is to blow it away but for now I will settle for getting there. I'm having a nice relaxing Saturday. NY Yankees are about to start and we are about to have dinner. Sat, 5 Aug 2017 18:58:58 EST day 42 Day 42. It is early morning before work so I don't have a lot to say about the day. I am feeling good and happy. I am ready for the day. I am glad it is the weekend starting tomorrow. Fri, 4 Aug 2017 08:20:08 EST Day 41 So, yesterday I had to take my mom to urgent care because she has severe vertigo with nausea. She could not drive herself and did not want to call 911. Apparently one of the stones in the inner ear dislodged and is causing this. She got medicine. Today she fell, while I was at work and could not find the phone which fell over when she tried to get up. By the time I got off of work she managed to get herself up but the room was a mess and she had some scrapes on her knees and ankles. I helped ... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 21:49:33 EST day 40 Today was an easy day of guarding but one of my guards needed his shift covered for tomorrow. I got it covered. I have to get up really early tomorrow so that I can be at work by 5am as there is no one else who can do it. I will be stopping at a convenience store to get some caffeine. 40 days of logging in. I feel great about that. I should be done work at 1 tomorrow afternoon. Wed, 2 Aug 2017 21:03:39 EST day 39 I was very sick yesterday. I had a headache that did not go away until midnight. I was nauseous all day too. That did not go away until 8 this morning. I went to work yesterday even though I did not feel good. I got home took some medicine and slept for another 2.5 hours. I woke up ate some saltine crackers, drank some ginger ale and slept some more. I was really glad that I did not have to go to work until 1 today. The day turned into a long one. I did not get done work until 9. I was schedu... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 23:32:32 EST Day 36 Today is a quiet peaceful day. I have not done much in the way of movement but I did do a lot of crocheting. I am drinking water and watching baseball. It is a much needed relaxing day. Sat, 29 Jul 2017 18:42:44 EST Day 34 Right now I am sitting at home in a quiet house. The dogs are resting and the TV is off. I really like the quiet. The kids next door are playing. The birds are singing. I have to go back to work later this evening, but for now I get to enjoy being home. I will do a little cleaning later and of course watch some NY Yankees play. Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:46:47 EST Continuing Streak I am still in my streak but I don't remember what day. I am doing well. I really like my bullet journal. I am looking at a few other things. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:46:19 EST Day 32 It has been over a month of checking in here every day and spinning the wheel. Some days that is all I did, but other days I did more. I am really glad that I have that streak. I am going to add getting 50 points or more a day for the month of August. I have started a bullet journal. I am excited about it...I have a habit tracker to keep track of when I do things and how often. I can also keep track of events better and projects to do. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:38:23 EST Day 30 I have logged in for 30 straight days. For the last 12 days I have pretty much only logged in to spin the wheel...but I have been here for 30 days straight. One of those days I managed to get over 100 points. I have been very busy or very tired and I am trying to get more organized. I woke up this morning not being able to breathe. I hate allergies and asthma. I set up my Aria scale with the new wireless so now it will sync. I was supposed to go with my husband on a walk through on a new site... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:22:22 EST Day 18 Today was a short day for Spark People....just the minimum stuff. spun the wheel and blog and status update. I am just too tired after the long day at work. But It is still part of the streak so yea me. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 20:12:04 EST Day 17 So today was good. I am here for day 17. I have continued my streak for Spanish but lost my streak today for soda. I had a glass tonight that I did not even finish. I have still had more water than usual. I went swimming with my husband today. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:41:39 EST day 16 Day 16 has been really good. I went swimming in our pool for an hour and a half with friends and my husband. we had cheeseburgers and watermelon. I slept well last night. And I look forward to tomorrow. Being in the pool reduced the swelling in my ankle as well. I have also been consistent with no soda and my Spanish. Sun, 9 Jul 2017 22:14:33 EST Day 15 Wow day 15 has been's a Saturday so no work but still good. My foot is still swollen from hitting my shin 3 weeks ago. I will be seeing a doctor hopefully tomorrow. I am still going strong on the no soda and Spanish streaks. I made meatloaf for dinner tonight. The hubs made the veggies. We invited Mom over and the dogs so we had 4 dogs in the house for dinner. The Yankees won today too. Sat, 8 Jul 2017 20:15:00 EST 2 Weeks I have logged in for 2 weeks straight. I even received a trophy for it. I am super excited that I completed this goal. I feel very good about myself. I have also cut out soda. This is my second day. I am still going strong on my Spanish streak as well. I am drinking far more water than I have been and feeling pretty good about it too. Fri, 7 Jul 2017 16:23:48 EST Day 13 Day 13 went to work had a good day. worked on the schedule for the guards. Thu, 6 Jul 2017 17:31:34 EST Day 12 I am here for Day 12. It was a good day at work but I left my Fitbit charging at home. I did some extra stuff like brushing the pool before it gets vacuumed tomorrow. We are now home watching The Yankees and NCIS. Wed, 5 Jul 2017 16:40:46 EST Day 11 - Independence Day Today is Independence Day for 4 July 2017. It is a quiet day. I may go to the Fireworks tonight but that is uncertain as we have dogs and I will want to stay home with them. Fireworks and dogs do not mix well. Happy Birthday America Tue, 4 Jul 2017 10:34:47 EST Day 10 I have done it. I have been here for 10 days straight. I am really happy that I have made it for 10 days. I'm looking forward to day 11 then 12, then 13, then it will be 2 weeks. Tomorrow is Independence Day for the USA. I really don't have any plans other than to spend it with my family. I hope to do some grilling, either burgers or chicken. Today I went to work a little early because I did not know for sure that the guard in the morning could stay until 9. It was a good day. <em>244</em> ... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 17:03:23 EST Day 9 This is Day 9. I'm pleased to have achieved this consistency. I have been on for 9 days in a row, without a miss, every day. I know that 9 days is not that much but it's more than 8 and I will get 10 tomorrow. I'm thinking about adding more to my routine but I'm holding off for now because I am still concerned about overwhelming myself. I'm going to stick with it for 30 days. When I make 30 days I will add more to my routine so that it won't seem overwhelming at that time. I will have establ... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 18:30:21 EST Day 8 I slept really well last night, over 9 hours. I feel much better emotionally today. I still have issues but I'm in a happier place. I'm glad that I stuck with it so far and stayed consistent. There were times over the past week that I was really tired and wanted to go to bed but I stayed up and logged in and wrote my blog entry and logged into my teams. I think that I earned at least 100 Spark Points each day that I logged in. I figured since I was there I might as well get the points. This m... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 13:07:28 EST It's been a week It's been a week that I have been on SP. Consistency. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:53:16 EST Day 6 I went to work this morning, a good day. I got an email this morning from one of my guards saying that he can't work on Monday...I got the shift covered this afternoon. We are going through some personal issues right now and having difficulty communicating I am meeting resistance in communication. Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:05:16 EST Day 5 Today is day 5. A lot has happened today. Work from 9-1 then did some computer stuff. Then I had a doctor's appointment for my yearly physical. I'm in reasonably good health. Came home. Helped mom with some stuff at her house. Then came home again. Took a shower then went to a book signing at a local bakery/coffee house. Got home at around 1030pm. Not much time for SP but I got some in. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:22:21 EST Day 4 and still here I'm still here...I'm happy that I'm still here. I want to stay here and keep going. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:08:00 EST Day 3 again I am trying and succeeding so far in being consistent. I know that 3 days is not very long but it is longer than 2 days. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:58:29 EST Day 2 I have started over again...I'm on Day 2 again. I'm taking it slower and seriously trying to not do too much as to not get overwhelmed. I'm realizing that going all in all at once sets me up for failure as I cannot keep up the intensity for very long. Right now I'm trying to do at least the minimum amount so I can stay with it....even if it is just spinning the wheel for the day. I'm doing a little bit more than that but if I'm having a bad day I'm allowing myself to just spin the wheel. It's... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:54:40 EST 172 Days It has been 172 days since I was last on the site. Let's see if I can do better this time around. <BR> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:57:46 EST A New Me Journey Day 2 I went to work today and after work I swam for a quarter mile. I really did not want to do it but I did it anyway. I am proud of myself for actually getting in the water and doing it. I then came home and took a shower. I feel very good right now. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 19:35:09 EST A New Year I am looking forward to the new year. This past year has been a year of ups and downs but the ups have been really good. I started working at our local YMCA and received a promotion 5 months later. I quit working at Cracker Barrel and am now a much happier person. We have our health and the love of family. I have a plan on improving my health, that includes Spark People. I have a really good friend that will be there for me for accountability. I need to be more consistent and persistent. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 10:12:24 EST Football I really love watching NFL Football and my favorite team is the NY Giants. Last year for Christmas it was a NY Christmas for me. My husband got me several NY Giants and NY Yankees items. I'm watching Thursday Night Football. My husband works nights and is working tonight. He does not like watching football at all. So when he is gone I get to enjoy the games. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:34:06 EST I'm Back I've been sick and busy but I'm back. Tue, 6 Dec 2016 20:11:56 EST Dollywood I did not post anything yesterday because I spent the day at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. We had a good time. We did not see any shows but we went on at least 3 rollercoasters. I walked over 11K steps and caught several pokemon. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 18:10:02 EST Veteran's Day Today is Veteran's Day. My husband is a military veteran from the Navy as a corpsman attached to the Marines. I had a good day at work. Payroll is completed on time. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:18:24 EST Thursday Today I woke up nauseous. Spent most of the morning in bed. I went into work today at 1 and stayed until 6. A member told me that he really likes talking to me because I have some great insights. We were talking about the relationship that he has with his wife. When I got home I found that my new Fitbit Flex 2 had arrived. It is now charged, set up and synced. I'm excited to see the new data. 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