DONDAIN's SparkPeople Blog DONDAIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 21:16:25 EST Wednesday Today started out with bowling. I have not bowled in about a month. I did okay for not bowling in that long. Then I worked for about 4 hours then I went to Weight Watchers. When I got home I helped my mother unload her groceries. I then came back home and spent the evening watching tv and playing with the dogs. Wed, 9 Nov 2016 20:37:33 EST Election Day Today is election day. I woke up feeling nauseous so I stayed in bed for a little longer. I got up and voted and got to work by 10. That was fine. I did some work, I looked at my first aid class stuff. I went to lunch and did some guarding. I also made an attendance sheet for the swim lessons. I stayed late to talk with members and staff with regards to swim lessons. This was the first time that I was able to be at the swim lessons since the new session started. I took care of some business s... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 20:18:56 EST First Day Back to Work Today was my first day back to work after being out with a kidney stone for 3 weeks. It was pretty good. I got to talk to a bunch of people. I got lots of hugs. I brought in donuts to say thank you to the staff for covering for me while I was out. Even my boss told me not to overdue it. Mon, 7 Nov 2016 16:33:01 EST Day 3 So far it's working. I'm more consistent and more accountable with Habitica. I don't want to let my friends down so I am completing my dailies. And by making Spark People part of my dailies I am completing them too. Sun, 6 Nov 2016 09:19:00 EST New Spark Level I am now Level 16 in Spark People. I just got it today. In some ways I don't feel that I deserve this. I have only been back a couple of days. I have not had time to readjust my thinking and actions. Yet I know that I deserve this because of all the time I have put in already in the past. Here's to working toward 17. Sat, 5 Nov 2016 12:43:25 EST Habitica I have joined something called Habitica. It is an app that helps to make healthy choices a habit. I have made a Spark People guild in Habitica and made the challenges. I'm hoping this will be a really good thing and help me to be consistent. Fri, 4 Nov 2016 17:50:59 EST Dungeons and Dragons Had a great day yesterday working then visiting with friends and playing DnD until 2 in the morning. Had breakfast then came home to dogs that were very happy to see me. The hubs was already gone to his day of visiting with friends and doing some blacksmithing. I love my life. Now I am home watching baseball. Let's Go Yankees!!! Sat, 23 Apr 2016 15:38:23 EST Positive Attitude I try to keep a positive attitude. By keeping a positive attitude and optimistic outlook things seem to always get better. I also tend to enjoy my life a lot more. We all have the choice to be happy. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:21:51 EST Last Day of Bowling for the Season I bowled okay today. For the season I bowled 2 additional weeks from last season. My average increased by 14 over the season and by 8.33 from the end of last season. My total pins increased by 1297 from last season. I am extremely happy with my improvement and hope to improve even more next year. <em>130</em> <em>294</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:17:38 EST A Long Day My day started at 630 am when my husband left to take my mother to the airport. She is going to visit a dying friend. I went to work and did not get home till after 8pm. It was a long day but a good day. I feel good after exercising. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 21:20:09 EST Short Work Day I had a short work day today. So I got to come home early and spend some time with my husband. I enjoyed the sunshine and warm but not hot temps. Did some exercise and relaxed. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:45:21 EST A Day Off I got to sleep as late as the dogs allowed. Watched a little TV. Waited for baseball to start. Went for a walk. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:15:17 EST Another Beautiful Day I absolutely love these sunny beautiful spring days. I am glad that I get to enjoy them. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:00:12 EST A Beautiful Day It is a beautiful day outside and I am enjoying it. My husband has mown the front lawn and will mow the back lawn later this afternoon when it cools off some. Right now he is watching TV. I think that I will take a walk this afternoon when he mows the lawn. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:34:50 EST Respect and Value It is a great feeling to be respected and valued at work. I have been offered a extra job on a Friday coming up to make a little extra money. It makes me feel really good when they approach me for the opportunities. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:29:42 EST Feeling Better I am feeling better today. I went bowling this morning and still have my average. I thought there for a while that it was going to go down. A friend gave me a hint and I did the correction and improved my bowling just like that. I then went to work, but I did not eat lunch. I was not feeling up to it. I felt a little better after work and had something to eat. Now I will have some dinner. I went to WW tonight and lost a pound for the week. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 20:03:17 EST Sick Today Had a great day in the morning. Went to lunch. Got sick. Told work and they sent me home. The boss went home sick too. I hope it is nothing serious and I can go back tomorrow. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:15:08 EST Exciting Things Are Happening I now work at our local YMCA. I gave my notice to Cracker Barrel and have already worked my last day there. I have committed to the Y as my sole place of employment. The CEO came up to me today to offer me a higher position for the summer at more money and more hours. I am super excited at the possibilities and it being another step closer to my goal. <BR> I also learned today that Jimmie Johnson, the race car driver, comes to swim at our Y when he is in town. I am hoping to get a picture wi... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20:06:28 EST A New Beginning Again It is not easy to be consistent, finding time in your already busy day or week. I have decided that I am going to have to try to fit this in on my time off at work during the day and not just wait to do it all at night when I get home. I am so tired when I get home that I don't want to think or do anything productive. My schedule has changed this past week so finding time is challenging. I need to do it though because I need to be a healthier which will make a happier me. I have already taken... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 09:04:18 EST Two and a Half Years It has been 2 1/2 years since I have been active on Spark People. I have started again and started over. This is the second day I have logged on to Spark People. I can't believe it has been so long. Amazing how time does fly by. I am now 50 years old. I really do want to become healthier. Sat, 2 Apr 2016 18:29:00 EST Fitbit Leaderboard I decided to walk an extra 20 minutes or so just to see my name at the top of all my friends on Fitbit. I never thought I would see me as Number 1. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 23:21:26 EST I Did It, I Did It, I Did It I did it. I walked every day for at least 11500 steps per day. The first time ever that I have walked over 10k steps EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE WEEK. <BR> I did it. I walked over 80K steps for the week. <BR> I did it. I met my goal for the week. <BR> I am beyond excited that I actually did it. There were days that I really did not want to walk. And days that I was not sure that I was going to be able to get it done. <em>244</em> <em>104</em> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 17:46:16 EST 80k Steps As of today I have walked over 80K steps this past week. I have set a new goal to maintain that for the next week...which means instead of 10k steps per day it is 11500 steps per day, an extra 15 minutes walking. I can do that!!! Sun, 15 Sep 2013 22:12:48 EST Feeling Really Good and Amazed I did about 12k steps at work today....decided to complete 15k steps so that I could get over 70k steps for the week. I had a really light day on Sunday. I did it. For the first time ever since I had my Fitbit I got 70k steps in a week. Also had more than 3 days in a row of 10k steps. I should get my 7th day in a row tomorrow. In the previous months I have had no more than 8 total days of 10k steps. I have 10 days already for this month. I am feeling really good and happy right now. Accomplis... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 19:14:53 EST Fitbit for the day Just finished walking for the day and found myself listed as second place among my friends on Fitbit....The person in 1st place has almost 100000 steps for a seven day total. I did an extra 500 steps knowing that it would put me into 3rd did not realize that it would bump me to 2nd. Feeling really happy. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 22:30:27 EST