DONDAIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DONDAIN DONDAIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Fitbit Leaderboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492352 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492108 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486658 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485625 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483145 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 Accomplished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470353 Did some exercise in the pool today. It was a really nice day. Also paced my halls for over an hour to get in 10000 steps. This is the third day in a row of over 10K steps. I am trying to make a streak of at least 7 days. I have this app for my phone that is called Daily Insist. You can set it up to remind you of something that you want to do daily for 7, 14 or 21 days. My choice was 10K steps. Let's see if I can do it for the 7 days I have it set to for a start. <em>311</em> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:24:51 EST Race Week Avoidance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462316 Having a good day. Slept well last night. Went to a meeting at work today and got there early. I thought it started at 2 but it started at 230. Oh well. I got a Sudoku book really cheap. It was on sale at 50% off plus my 35% discount. Came home and went shopping with my mother for some essentials at the Dollar General. Trying to get everything now before the weekend as it is Race Weekend here in Bristol and we are trying to avoid the traffic. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:35:55 EST Daily Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461033 I have been weighing myself everyday for the last three days. I will keep it up for a week and then look at the data. For now I just want to stay in the habit of getting on the scale. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:06:42 EST Difficult Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460384 I had a difficult night last night. I did not get to bed until after 2am. I woke up with a really bad strange dream at 6:06. Did not get back to sleep right away, and woke up at 830 when the dogs needed to go out. Finally got up at around 1030 but was still tired. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:33:42 EST Article in the Pennsic Independent Newspaper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458813 This article features a dragon that my husband got when he was deployed in Iraq. There are a few mistakes but it is still cool. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l259858776.jpg"> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 11:35:48 EST Back from Vacation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458102 I am back to Spark People after a great vacation and catching up on things when I got home. I did some geocaching and Munzee capturing yesterday for about 3 hours and had a good time. I even showed someone else about them. Hopefully he will go and look them up on his computer when he has time. I gained about 10 pounds over vacation but lost 2.3 in the last week. I want to get in the habit of weighing myself at least once a week to hold myself accountable. I tried the once a month thing but th... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 13:28:25 EST A Very Long Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5394064 My 8 hour day turned into a 10.5 hour day. They asked me to stay and do a lot of extra cleaning. On an up note I walked over 15k steps which was 6.56 miles and included 7 floors. That is an all time record. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:35:15 EST Long Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393297 I've got a long day at work today and only a 15 minute break to eat. I think I ma going to bring in a tuna fish sandwich so I don't have to wait to eat. An 8 hour day should have half an hour but not for me. We shall see what happens. I am tired today so it will make the day seem longer. It is pouring outside. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:51:37 EST Refi and NCLEX http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392252 Had a good day at home...got up early. Did not sleep well last night so I am tired today. But, the Hubby and I called around to places and we are going to refinance our home. We will have a better rate, include the insurance and taxes into the mortgage and still pay less. We will have some left over to get a new central air system put in to replace the old dying one. We are really excited about this. He also took his NCLEX test today and we think he did really well. We won't know for at least... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:16:06 EST My Father http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391103 I was reading the Spark blog entries today and one of them mentioned something about what is your fondest memory of your father. Well, it got me thinking. My parents were divorced when I was 2 years old so I do not have childhood memories of my father. About 20-25 years ago, I reconnected with my father through email mostly. I have not seen my father til about two years ago when we had a family reunion. Since then, I have seen him 2-3 times a year. The last time I saw him was at my nieces gra... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 19:23:08 EST A Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391085 Home early from work. Slept in today but was woken up early by the neighbors mowing their lawn and our dogs barking with their dog right outside my window. Had a good day. If I am up early enough tomorrow and it is not raining I might just mow the lawn. Excited about being co leader on 4 Spark Teams. Just told someone at work about Spark People. Let's see if he joins. Could be interesting since he is a boss. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 19:06:48 EST Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390424 Spent some time in the pool today. Had a great dinner with Mom. Did some exercise. Slept late too. All in all a great day. Not many steps though. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 23:46:05 EST Work Ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389497 Went to work tonight and it was good and bad. I enjoyed talking to my guests but I did not earn enough to even cover minimum wage. I hate serving on Friday nights. But I walked over 3 miles while I was there and did like 7 floors I think. So, all in all, I will take it and be happy. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:33:47 EST The Pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387577 It was really hot today. I spent some time in our pool. I think that was the first time that I got in to the pool alone. Every other time someone else was with me, usually Himself. So while I was there I did some swimming (breast stroke), water aerobics, and some water jogging as well as some stretching. Got in again with Himself when he got home from work. Did some computer research on Refinance loans for the house, since our mortgage goes to adjustable next year and we want to do some impro... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 01:34:42 EST Pavilion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386309 The lawn got mowed just in time for us to start getting ready for our vacation. We will be living in this pavilion for about 17 days. It will have walls and candles and tables and chairs. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1387828643.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can't wait. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:52:26 EST Work and the Lawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385275 The Hubby got a new lawnmower today while I was at work. He also mowed the yard. It is a mower that I can use too, so he will no longer be the only one responsible for the lawn getting mowed. Yea. I did a really short shift at work tonight. It was only 3 hours but I did 5k steps while I was there. I drove a coworker into work because she did not have a ride and she lives right around the corner from me. It was nice. I have a short shift tomorrow too. Then I am off for two days. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:58:43 EST Another 10K Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383678 Had to go to work at 9 am this morning....when you are used to the late shift 3 or 4pm start times, having to get up at 8 is early. I am really tired but I made some money today and did over 10K steps. Put some gas in the car and brought home dinner and lunch tomorrow for me and dinner for him. With over half left over to deposit to the account tomorrow. Sun, 9 Jun 2013 18:57:46 EST Another Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382676 I hit an all time high for steps on Sunday the 2nd at 13047, then on Wednesday I did another 12,400+. I did not break 10k except for those two days. I have felt really tired this week. The hubby had a colonoscopy on Thursday morning. We had to be there by 6:15 am. It has thrown off my sleep schedule since then. A friend is getting initiated tonight and the hubby and I are invited. I am very excited for him. Sat, 8 Jun 2013 18:01:03 EST The Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374658 I have had an interesting week. I worked 32 hours this past week. For those that work a 40 hour week on a regular basis this may not seem like much, but I was used to working a 20-24 hour week. I picked up two extra days because they had to let a prep cook go, so they needed someone to cover his shifts. I was tired and sore almost every night. Also, I found out that a neighbor and friend passed away last Sunday. I found this out after I accepted the extra shifts. I was unable to go to his vie... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 13:34:12 EST Ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365742 Not feeling well today...just out of sorts. Nauseous enough to not want to go to work but well enough not to call out. Ugh. Hopefully the Hubby will get off the couch again today. We shall see. Thu, 23 May 2013 13:52:13 EST The Hubby got off the couch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364551 Had a great couple of days off. My husband and I went for a walk last night with the dogs. It was a start to get him off the couch and exercising. It was great but cut short due to Severe Thunderstorms. Wed, 22 May 2013 12:05:20 EST Had a Great Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363462 The Hubby's graduation was really nice. I am so proud of him. Then we went to Knoxville for my niece's graduation from High School. She is going to Carson Newman College next year. I am proud of her too. She graduated with International Baccalaureate, National Honor Society, and other honors that I can't remember right now. My mother's birthday was yesterday and we made dinner for her. And this morning I had my mammogram for this year. Tue, 21 May 2013 12:44:43 EST Had a Great Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353459 I had a great week. Caught up with friends that we have not seen in a while. Spent time with my mother-in-law who came up from Florida. Did not exercise much. Did not spend a lot of time on the computer. Went out to eat a whole lot of times. Will have to exercise a bit more and watch what I eat over the rest of the month. Spent some time with the Hubby too. <BR> <BR> Today is our 17th Wedding Anniversary. Sat, 11 May 2013 21:27:45 EST Work Tonight Was Great http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345698 I was a Server Assist tonight at work. For those not in the restaurant business that means that I took the food once the grill line was done with it and garnished, got bread and prepared the food to go to the table. Several coworkers complimented me on my work tonight as well as one of the managers. I went home smiling. It was a good night. Sat, 4 May 2013 22:00:53 EST Forgot my Fitbit at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344855 Ugh, so frustrating that I forgot my fitbit at home. I can only estimate how much I walked today. And I really wanted to go over 10k steps. Oh well there is always tomorrow. Fri, 3 May 2013 22:58:32 EST Productive Day without much exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343714 Well, I did get my teeth cleaned and found out I have 2 cavities, to be fixed over the next 2 months. Went to check out where my husband is getting pinned and where he is graduating. Had lunch at Jason's Deli in Johnson City. I had a great salad from their salad bar. Then went to visit a neighbor who is in rehab recovering from a severe case of pneumonia. Back at Christmas they were not sure he was going to live and he was in a coma for 2 months. He looks amazing now. The doctors said that i... Thu, 2 May 2013 21:41:13 EST Relaxing Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342421 Had a very relaxing day today. Did not do much of anything. Going to do stuff tomorrow. Doing a dry run for the Hubby's Pinning (Nursing School) Ceremony which is on Tuesday. Visiting a neighbor who is in a rehab hospital from pneumonia. Possibly going out to dinner. And going to the dentist for a cleaning. <BR> <BR> Today all I did was play on the computer, watch TV and play on my phone...oh I did do some reading too. Wed, 1 May 2013 20:05:39 EST Flat Tires and 10K steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338760 Yesterday while dropping the dogs off at my mother's I noticed the passenger side rear tire was going flat. I asked my mother if I could borrow her car and she said yes. So tomorrow morning I will be getting up early to call AAA to have the car towed and fixed. <BR> <BR> Today I went to work and stayed a little later but made a decent amount of money and will have walked over 10K steps by the end of the night. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 22:10:55 EST Unexpected Day Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336871 I had an unexpected day off today. One of my managers called at about the time I was going to start getting ready for work and asked if I wanted to stay home. Since I am still getting over this bronchitis and am still coughing I said yes. So, I did not do as much walking as I would have but I did get some more stuff done around the house. Had some pizza with mom for dinner. I only ate two slices. This is really good for me. Before I would have had at least 3 if not 4 slices. Did not have that... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:11:01 EST Laundry Laundry and more Laundry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335847 Today I did a lot of laundry and I got to sleep in....I did not get out of bed til almost 1pm. I woke up and read for a bit. I am getting the guest bedroom ready for my mother in law and I am working on getting the rest of the house ready too. I am really excited that she is coming. The guest bedroom is almost ready I just have to put away some empty suitcases and vacuum the rug. <BR> <BR> I work tomorrow so we shall see how late I let myself sleep. I should do a bunch of steps because of wo... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 23:36:14 EST Fitbit sleeve and one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334628 So, I am still sick but getting better. <BR> <BR> I lost my fitbit sleep sleeve a while ago. I found it today....I found it while I was looking for my fitbit One. I found that too. It had fallen into my husbands backpack which was lying open on the floor in front of the chair I was sitting on. It must have fallen out of my pocket and then fallen off the chair. Of course that means that it was not recording all of the activity that I was doing today. Oh well. There is always tomorrow. I am j... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:30:31 EST Feeling Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333572 Today I am feeling the best I have felt in a week. I am still coughing but not nearly as much. My coughs are more productive as well. The water is making it easier too. I have not had too many cravings for sugar and have dealt with them rationally. Scary. I am still having issues with impulses though. It is really hard for me when it is presented to me or suggested to me. But I am doing much better. <BR> <BR> I went to work today and have walked over 10k steps, or at least I will by the en... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 23:24:16 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330597 Today is day 5 of being sick. But I am well enough to try to go into work today. If they decide to send me home great, but I am going to go in. That way they can see for themselves how sick I have been and still am. I will edit this post after I come back home. <BR> <BR> So, they did not send me home and I was there til 8. It was really slow. But I am happy that I went. I am tired and coughing. Sun, 21 Apr 2013 12:44:14 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329914 Feeling definitely better. Gonna go to work tomorrow I think. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 18:26:07 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329274 So today is day 3 of bronchitis and sinusitis. I think I am feeling a little better. Still not able to go to work, but I see a light at the end of the tunnel. And I don't believe it is an oncoming train. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 01:16:35 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327954 Today is day 2 of being sick. I hate it and I can't breathe. I sat and watched TV and movies on Netflix all day. I ate good stuff though. I did not binge or overindulge. I am supposed to go back to work tomorrow but at this point I don't think I will be able to. I am still coughing a lot. We shall see in the morning. I don't want this to drop to my lungs and become pneumonia. <BR> <BR> Did not have cravings today. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:52:39 EST Bronchitis, Sinusitis and Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326754 So, I went to the doctors this morning and I have Bronchitis and sinusitis. They thought for a bit there it could have been pneumonia or walking pneumonia but it wasn't thank you very much. I am on antibiotics and I have a new inhaler. Out of work for another two day (today and tomorrow). <BR> <BR> When I got home from the doctors I had a hamburger for lunch. I made it myself so I know what was in it. I craved sugar afterwards, well really chocolate. I had some saltines instead. I was feeli... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 18:31:53 EST Breathing, Sweets and Emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325834 I have had a really hard time breathing today. I have been coughing all the time, not real hard coughs but constant. Although sometimes the coughs have been pretty hard. I took my inhaler (which is a year past its expiration date. I am calling the doc tomorrow for a refill) and now I have diarrhea. I am not sure if the inhaler, or constant coughing is causing this. I will also discuss this with my doc. <BR> <BR> I have joined a new team, The Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. I decide... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 23:28:13 EST Boston http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324572 I went to work tonight and on the way in my phone started going off. I was receiving notifications from news sources as well as twitter and facebook about the Boston Marathon bombings. I did not have a chance to really read anything at the time and really found out when work was over. As soon as I got home I told my husband about it, he had not heard. I then got on the computer and phone to try to find out about friends and family in the Boston area. So far as I am able to tell at this time e... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:40:37 EST Fever Today and Headache http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323410 I think my allergies are messing with me today. But not so sure how I got the fever. It is a low grade 99.8 but that is high for me because I tend to run at about 97-98 degrees F. So needless to say I have not done any exercise today. <BR> <BR> But on a good note, I have been named as a Co-Administrator for East Tennessee Spark Team. <BR> <BR> That's it for today...heading to bed as soon as I am done here. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 23:59:49 EST Sleep, Work and Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321938 I slept late today...I did not get out of bed til 1pm woke up at noon. Went to bed at around 1am but had trouble falling asleep. <BR> <BR> Today was supposed to be a day off...work called to see if I wanted to come in and work from 5-9 as a host tonight. I said yes. $$$. <BR> <BR> Not much time for extra exercise today. We shall see how much walking I do tonight at work. <BR> <BR> Thinking about how to deal with cravings. I will be thinking a lot on that tonight while I am at work. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 15:33:33 EST Volunteering, YMCA, Stress, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321237 Went to a meeting this morning for a community organization. I am the secretary and I have said that I will be secretary again next year. It was a good lunch and we heard an amazing singer. <BR> <BR> Right now, losing weight is not stressful. I am handling my setbacks and obstacles without stressing over them. <BR> <BR> Enjoying the day today and I am off tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I also saw a friend while I was at work today. It was cool. I got off half an hour early so I was home by the time... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:51:16 EST Had a Bit of a Lie In This Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319657 I had a bit of a lie in this morning....it felt so good just to sleep late. The hubby did everything he could to keep from waking me. I love him so much and on his birthday and all. I sent him a birthday text. I got on the scale today and gained about 4 pounds I think...but I believe the reason is the dinner we had out...I know I ate a lot. The weather is beautiful today but I think we are getting Thunderstorms later. <BR> <BR> Forgot my fitbit at home today when I went to work....ugh did ... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:40:13 EST Hubby has a Job when he graduates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319027 I only got 6.5 hours of sleep last night because my hubby got a phone call this morning. The phone rang next to my head. He got a job offer for when he graduates from Nursing School in May. YEA!!! I also walked about 9K steps today....will probably hit that 10K mark before the night is over. His birthday is tomorrow. Really exciting stuff. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:59:46 EST Starting the Day and WooHoo Moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317028 So I am just starting my day but have had some Woo Hoo moments this morning and yesterday. I was getting ready for work yesterday and noticed that my pants were a little looser. (WooHoo#1). I got on the scale this morning and my weight was down from before I got the new scale, which raised my weight a little. So now I am below where I was before new scale. (WooHoo#2). <BR> <BR> We were supposed to go out to dinner last night to celebrate my husbands birthday but wires got crossed, communic... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 10:58:37 EST