DONDAIN's SparkPeople Blog DONDAIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New Ring So a few weeks ago I ordered a new wedding ring that I feel better about having in the pool. It arrived today. I am super excited. I got it engraved with MSK 11 MAY 1996 DFH on the inside. <img src=""> Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:55:27 EST Today Today started off well. I got to sleep an extra hour before work. It was a long day at work but it was good. The only bad thing was that I did not get a chance to eat anything substantial until I got home at 1730. But I got greeted by the dogs my husband and the cats in that order. I always have to greet the dogs first so that I can get in the house to greet everyone else. I love my family. Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:17:15 EST great day we had another snow storm today. I live in TN. I got to bowl this morning and then I went to work. It was a nice boring day at work (I am a lifeguard). Then I got to come home. I was a bit late in getting home and was not able to make the business meeting of our local medieval group due to the fact that I slid a bit coming home. I played a bit of Wow but I'm really tired so it wasn't much. I got to play and pet the pups and kitties. I really want to go to bed but I knew that I had to get this... Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:23:59 EST Day Off I had a nice relaxing day off. The pets are doing great. My husband asked me to talk to my PCP because my snoring kept him awake last night. I told him that my allergies have been really bothering me and I hadn't taken my medicine for a few days. I will make sure I take it from now on. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:34:05 EST Morning I am starting the day. Well, really I have already started it. I have helped my mom get her dog tracker started and charging. I have walked around her yard getting pictures of the fence where the dog has been trying to break is chainlink. I have also walked two loose dogs back home. Now I get to get ready for work. I have committed to getting 10 minutes of exercise today. I have already gotten 4. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:45:41 EST New Challenges I have started two new challenges. The Daily Goal Challenge and the Small Changes Challenge. The first day of the challenge said to tell one person that I started the challenge. I thought that I would tell all of you instead of just one person. I have a very hard time staying committed to anything. I start out really great than I stop. I have a hard time finishing projects as well. And I take on more before the others are done, so I have a never ending (seemingly) backlog. I'm working on it t... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 23:27:16 EST St Patrick's Day I am enjoying this St Patrick's Day. Played a bit of World of Warcraft. I will be doing our taxes later on today as well as helping Mom with hers. Cleaned the computer room a bit. Going to be having corned beef and cabbage for dinner. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:28:02 EST Loving Life I love my life. The animals are getting used to each other. And the cats are more active and exploring the house. My husband is wonderful. Sat, 10 Mar 2018 23:21:10 EST Bowling and work Went bowling in my league this morning. I did okay. Then I went to work and relieved my boss half an hour early. She was very happy. I got relieved 15 minutes early. It was a good day. But I am tired now. Wed, 7 Mar 2018 21:59:54 EST Animals The cats are settling in nicely. the dogs are getting along with the cats. I am enjoying life right now. Tue, 6 Mar 2018 19:52:24 EST Long Day at Work I had a long day at work today, but it was good. The cats did not want me to leave this morning. When I went in to say hello they were playful and cuddly, winding around my legs. It made it very hard to leave. I'm off tomorrow. I got over 13K steps today and 47min of activity. But my Fitbit is not syncing properly. It is very annoying. Mon, 5 Mar 2018 19:56:04 EST Cats Our new cats are settling in...we adopted two cats from the shelter last week, But because they were a bonded pair of one male and one female we could not bring them home until they were fixed. We got them on Friday. They are adorable. I have named them Aphrodite and Apollo. <img src=""> Sun, 4 Mar 2018 23:05:58 EST Road Trip We made it the hotel for tonight Tue, 27 Feb 2018 19:34:54 EST Preparing for Tomorrow Tomorrow I leave on a trip to go to a funeral. Today was spent preparing for that trip. Going to work. Doing a lesson because I will not be there for the regularly scheduled lesson. Doing laundry. Preparing for the arrival of the new cats. I will finish packing in the morning. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 23:50:34 EST Lazy Day I have been having a lazy day today. Spent most of the day either watching pre season baseball or playing Everquest 2 on the computer. I did some crochet, too. Sun, 25 Feb 2018 23:18:54 EST New Things So, I am trying some new things. One, I don't talk to my father. He has not made any effort to talk to me so I have not either. The new thing I am trying is to write him every week by email. If he does not want to receive them he can let me know. But I thought that this would be a good way for him to get an idea as to what is going on in my life. If he responds with what is going on in his life that is great. Two, we are getting a bonded pair of cats. I am so excited. My husband is slightly a... Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:12:42 EST 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