DONDAIN's SparkPeople Blog DONDAIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Accomplished 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 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 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 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 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=""> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 11:35:48 EST Back from Vacation. 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 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 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 Had a good day at 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 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 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 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 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 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 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=""> <BR> <BR> I can't wait. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:52:26 EST Work and the Lawn 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 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 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