DONNA19711's SparkPeople Blog DONNA19711's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community January 14, 2014 It's been a tough five days. I had a three day weekend, and spent two of them in bed sick. Had this nasty cold, that kicked me hard in the butt. I am still not at 100%, but I am well enough to be able to go back to work today. Even went to the gym this morning, and put in an hour of a workout. Totally drained me, but it was worth it. Went to the gym at 5 this morning, had a hard time sleeping last night. Finally decided to get up, and get to the gym before having to get my children up, and of... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:03:56 EST January 9, 2014 Here it is Thursday already. Only two more days of work, and then my weekend starts. This week has been very busy at work. With a move in, a resident passing away, different medical issues with some of our residents, and the paper work. I don't know how I have kept my sanity. I start training a new med aide tonight. Should prove to be very interesting. The young lady I will train, has shown to be one of our best caregivers, so time to step her up to the next level. <BR> <BR> Woke up with my... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:48:11 EST January 8, 2014 Having a really good morning. Went to the gym this morning and had a good work out on the treadmill. I start out with a slow work for about 3 minutes, and then each three minutes I increase the incline until I get to 10, and then I drop down again each 3 minutes, until I get to 30 minutes, and then I do a cool down for 10 minutes. Making it a 40 minute workout on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> Getting ready to make some chili in the crockpot for dinner tonight. I am trying a new recipe, instead o... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 14:06:24 EST January 7, 2014 Here it is Tuesday. Woke up this morning with a stuffed up head, and nose. I have a cough. I have no energy what so ever. Welcome to the cold and flu season. I still have to go to work today. Hopefully I am feeling better soon. Decided not to go to the gym this morning, want to get over this and start feeling 100%. <BR> <BR> I can't believe we are even in January. No snow on the ground, it has been cold, but not like we usually get around here for this time of the year. <BR> <BR> Have a l... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:32:17 EST January 6, 2014 Today is Monday and the start of another work week. Went to the gym this morning. Did 30 minutes on the treadmill. 2.5 mph at a 5% incline. Then I did stationary bike for 30 minutes. <BR> Making fruit salad to take to work with me for dinner tonight. <BR> <BR> The boys went back to school this morning. It's been a very quiet morning. Going to go and get a sandwich from subway and then it's off to work. Not much to talk about this morning. <BR> Have a great day everybody. <BR> <BR> Quot... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:51:18 EST Sunday January 5, 2014 It was a good weekend. <BR> <BR> Went out last night with some of my friends from work. Went out dancing, and out for a few drinks. Should have stayed away from the mozzarella sticks and nachos, but I did get back on track this morning. <BR> <BR> Today was a day of reflection and prayers. Need some special prayers for a friend of mine. HIs fiancé just gave birth to a baby girl Madison Rose. She was born 6 weeks early, she weighs 2 pounds 9 ounces. She was taken to the children's hospital ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 01:29:00 EST January 3, 2014 Day 3 of a New Year. <BR> <BR> Off to the doctor this morning with Daniel, time to get his medication checked, and update the doctor on how Daniel is doing. <BR> <BR> Woke up this morning with a headache and a back ache. Time for a new mattress for my bed, but will have to wait until the taxes come back. <BR> <BR> These are my short and long term goals for the New Year. <BR> Short term goals: <BR> 1. Lose ten pounds by February 1 <BR> 2. Try a new recipe each day for a month <BR> 3. T... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:22:17 EST January 2, 2014 Day 2 into a New Year. Things are going good so far. Trying to keep on the right track. Trying to find recipes for different fruit and vegetable smoothies. Some mornings I don't eat breakfast until around 9 in the morning, I don't like anything heavy on my stomach, so I am going to try something light on my stomach. <BR> <BR> Going back to the gym on Monday, when the boys go back to school. I have missed going to the gym. Just been so busy with work, activities, and the holidays I fell behi... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:51:55 EST January 1, 2014 HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY <BR> <BR> Happy New Year everybody. Hoping that 2014 will be a better year. I had so many ups and downs in 2013. Things are starting to look up for the New Year. I start my new position at work today, as the swing shift lead med aid, and will also be doing some training to learn the RCC(Resident Care Coordinator) position. This is mainly to help out the current RCC when she goes on vacation or she is sick. <BR> I am planning to take my weight loss one month at a tim... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:28:20 EST December 1 Here we are in December already. November was a month of ups a downs. I will get the downs done, and out of the way. <BR> We lost four more residents at work, so our hours were cut down even more. I was working from 2pm until 8:30pm. As a caregiver and 2pm until 10pm as med aide. I just thank God that I had more med aide shifts than caregiving shifts. I still felt bad for the other caregivers. <BR> <BR> Been going through hell with my Autistic teenage son. His medications are not working l... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 15:31:18 EST October 26 After four weeks of ups and downs. I have decided to start from square one again, and get back on track with my weight loss. I have been having some problems with getting my life together. Finally went to the doctor on Thursday, and was diagnosed with having a panic disorder. Now that I finally have a name to my problems, and the doctor has me on medication for it. Hopefully now I can get back on track. <BR> <BR> My computer service was down for a couple of days while they were putting in n... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 13:17:10 EST October 2 Happy October everybody. I would have blogged yesterday, but ended up having to go into work early. Woke up this morning, not wanting to get out of my nice warm covers. Woke up with stuffed up nose, and soar throat. I am hoping that I am not trying to come down with a cold. Still going to the gym this morning, and see what I can do. I still have to go to work today. <BR> <BR> It is very cold this morning. I had to scrape ice off of my windows this morning, before taking the boys to the bus ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 11:56:42 EST September 22 Today I decided to take it easy, Taking a break from the gym today, and it's also back to work today. After having three days off. I will get back on track and head to the gym tomorrow. It has been a cloudy Sunday here. The boys are getting ready to go to Royal Rangers. Decided to stay home from church today. Needed to rest before going back to work. <BR> <BR> Having a hard time staying in my calorie range today. I am under my calories. I just haven't been that hungry today. Not sure if I a... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 15:12:35 EST September 21 Happy Saturday everybody. Went to the doctor yesterday, and everything is looking good. <BR> My blood pressure was good. 114/70. My blood glucose level was excellent. 70. The doctor is ordering me some support hose for my varicose veins. He wants me to wear them for the next three months, and then I go in December and see how the socks are working. If they are working, then I will continue to wear them. If they don't work, then he wants me to see a vein specialist. <BR> <BR> After my appoi... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 17:47:37 EST September 20 Can't believe we are already almost done with September. Didn't we just start the new year. <BR> Had a good day yesterday. Didn't blog yesterday, I was to tired. Had a really productive day. <BR> Went to the gym yesterday, and did: 30 minutes on the treadmill, 30 minutes on the stationary bike, and 30 minutes of strength training. Came back from the gym, and got my house cleaned, and the laundry done. Fixed Hawaiian Pork for dinner last, and had it over brown rice. Made a green salad with i... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:24:01 EST September 18 Having a great morning. The boys went off to school. I went to the gym did 60 minutes on the treadmill at 2.5 mph at a 2.0 incline. Came home jumped into a shower, and now I am going to eat my lunch, and then get ready to head off to work soon. I should clean my house before work, but I don't feel like doing it. <BR> I am having fun sitting here watching the three squirrels chase each other around the tree outside my window. <BR> <BR> Some people are willing to pay the price and it's the s... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:28:48 EST September 17. Good morning. As I sit here and wait to take the boys to the bus stop. I am looking out of my window, with the sun just coming up in the horizon. I notice the beauty that God have given each and everyone of us. That we are all special in our own little way. We are all not perfect, and we each have our own little faults. I came to realize that last night after I got home from work. I went into the bedroom, looked into mirror, and started to cry. Before me I didn't see somebody with a beautifu... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:25:40 EST September 10 This week has been quite the week. The boys are enjoying school, and work is going great. I am going to go back to being a med aide part time. I will be doing 2 days of med aide and 2 days of caregiving. We have a new administrator at work now, and things are starting to turn around and looking up. <BR> <BR> Please send prayers to our family. Just as we are getting back to normal after my grandmother passed away, on Sunday my cousin was arrested here are the charges <BR> 21 charges, includi... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:24:12 EST September 5 Yesterday started a brand new school year for the boys. Daniel entered the 8th grade. This is last year in middle school. We are getting him prepared this year, so his transition to high school won't be rough on him next year. As he faces many hurdles in his life. <BR> Jacob entered the second grade, and is looking forward to a great year. Joseph entered Kindergarten yesterday. He enjoyed his first day riding the big bus. Looking forward to have a good year at school for the boys. <BR> <B... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 09:47:21 EST August 19 Had a hard time getting myself out of bed this morning. I finally pulled myself out of bed, and made a cup of coffee. After having breakfast I headed for the gym. I did 30 minutes on the bike, 30 minutes on the treadmill, and did 50 minutes of strength training. After the gym I came home and made lunch for the boys, and having my time on the computer. Have to work today. <BR> <BR> Today I needed a little encouragement to help me start the day. Looking through my Bible this morning, and foun... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:53:12 EST August 17 Another beautiful day. Getting ready to head off to work. It was a good morning. <BR> The house is clean <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The boys are playing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had a good breakfast <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hubby and I relaxing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Getting r... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:51:33 EST August 16 Woke up to a very chilly morning. Had my cup of coffee and oatmeal. Started to watch the news, but soon turned it off. Got tired of hearing about all the bad stuff going on in this world. Went to the gym, and put in 65 minutes of exercise. 30 minutes on the bike, and 35 minutes of strength. Came home, and fixed breakfast for my oldest son, and then we made a trip into town, to get a few things for dinner tonight. We stopped off at Wendy's and got lunch. I had the grilled chicken sandwich, and... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:48:52 EST August 15 Had a fairly good day today. It was a beautiful day. In the low 90's today. <BR> Went to the gym this morning, and had a wonderful workout. I feel like I am getting stronger each day. Came home, and got my house cleaned, the boys are with grandma and grandpa tonight. They are going school shopping in the morning. Had a wonderful dinner of soft tacos tonight. I used ground turkey instead of hamburger, fat free refried beans, fat free shredded cheese, fat free sour cream, lettuce, and low sodi... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 00:07:22 EST August 6 Grandpa finished building the house, and now he brought grandma home this morning at 8:15am. (Let me explain). <BR> <BR> When my grandfather was still alive. He built all three of the homes that they lived in. My grandparents lived in a tent while their first house was being built. After grandpa retired, they moved over to Discovery Bay, where grandpa built their other two houses. The last house he built he was in his 70's. My grandparents were married 67 years, before grandpa passed away o... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 12:11:05 EST August 5 Got the call yesterday evening at work, that I knew was coming soon. Grandma's is not doing well, she took a turn for the worse. She is on Hospice and they are keeping her comfortable. I took off from work, and drove up to Seattle. She is still with us, but slept pretty much all day. Went back to the motel at midnight, and got some what of a good sleep. <BR> <BR> Woke up this morning and had breakfast at my aunts house. We are going to see grandma again this afternoon. Nothing has changed, ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 13:54:33 EST August 4 Going to blog a little earlier today. I have to head off to work in about 90 minutes. <BR> Been a crazy morning. I had a hard time getting out of bed this morning. Had my breakfast and then fed the boys their breakfast. I had a headache this morning, so went and laid back down on the couch. Fell asleep for another couple of hours. Finally decided I had better get up and start doing some stuff around the house. <BR> <BR> I am not looking forward to work today. We had another co-worker qui... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 14:53:52 EST August 3 Sorry I didn't blog yesterday, got home late last night from the reunion. Going back out later this evening for a night around the bon fire. Everybody is heading out tomorrow morning. <BR> Having a pretty good day. Trying to stay within my calorie range. Doing good so far today. We will see how things are after dinner. <BR> <BR> Went to the gym this morning and had a good workout. I did: <BR> 30 minutes on the treadmill <BR> 30 minutes on the stationary bike. I decided not to do any stre... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 17:20:00 EST August 1 Can't believe that it is August already, where did the summer go? In just 35 days the boys go back to school. <BR> <BR> Going to face my biggest challenge over the weekend. Going to my high school reunion. It is going to be a combination of four or five classes getting together this weekend for a campout. Going to be hard to want to stay away from the hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, the mac salads, and all the other camping staples. I am planning on packing my own meals. I am brining ve... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 14:48:11 EST Since Joining Spark People. Weighed myself this morning, and I only lost 3 pounds this month. I was hoping for a higher number. Since starting with Spark People 4 months ago, I have lost a total of 30 pounds, I can fit comfortably in size 3X clothing. I have gone these 4 months without drinking any soda, not even the diet. I enjoy my flavored waters, and my ice tea. I have successfully learned how to track my nutrition and my fitness. I have had good and bad days, and when I have a bad day, I learn from my mistakes, don... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:51:43 EST Depression Gone Finally got out of my depression, and realized that being in my depression wasn't getting me anywhere. I sat down and wrote out what I am thankful for vs. my negativities, and my thankful list won. It made me so much better. (Thanks Dawnwaterwomen). <BR> <BR> I had a lot of memories today, as I was unpacking my grandparents dishes. These dishes have been in our family for over 50 years. My grandparents, my mom, and even us grandkids, and great grandkids have eaten off of these dishes, when ... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 15:46:00 EST Depression Just can't seem to get out of my depression today. I did not want to get out of bed this morning, all I have done all day so far is lay around the house. I did finally go to the store and got some groceries. <BR> I don't know if it's just one of those days, or that I keep thinking how much time I have left with my grandmother on this earth. I didn't even feel like going to the gym this morning. I have to pull myself out of this depression, before I go to work this afternoon. <BR> Have a goo... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:22:26 EST July 10, 2013 Just got back from the doctors this morning. I have Carpal Tunnel in both of my wrists. He is going to recommend that I wear a brace on my right wrist, because it is the worst. He thinks that I will eventually will need to have surgery on my right wrist. He wants to try the brace first for about 6 months, and see how everything is going. I have to go to our local medical supply store and get one today. <BR> <BR> Going to have a great day. I have a meeting at work today, and it's payday. Goi... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:33:02 EST July 7, 2013 Hard to believe we have already made it through the first week in July. I hope everybody had a wonderful Fourth of July. I did pretty well this week. I even stayed on track with my diet. I think having to go to work that evening really helped out. I pack my own lunches when I go to work, so I am able to pick healthy options. <BR> <BR> Had a very interesting evening at work last night. Our elevator broke down during our meal time for the residents, so we were having to haul food trays up and... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 12:29:31 EST Sunday June 30th. This past week has been full of challenges and uphill battles. <BR> At work we had two more of our care staff quit, leaving us short handed. I have not been able to clock out until almost 11 at night, when I am suppose to be out of there by 10. Then I have a 30 minute drive home, and when I get home, it is shower time, some computer time, and then it is off to bed. Lately with the hot weather here, I have had problems with trying to fall asleep. Thank God my husband is going to buy me an air... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:04:33 EST True Motivation My true motivation for losing weight, is to feel better about myself. Let me explain. <BR> In March of 2010 I had lost 50 pounds through Spark People, and then two things happened that changed my life. <BR> In early Mach of that year, I was in an accident, when my SUV hit black ice, and I spun out of control hitting another car that was in front of me. I was bruised up, and had a small crack in my ankle. I healed up, and thought my life was getting back on the right track. Later on that mon... Sun, 12 May 2013 15:44:51 EST May 1 Happy May Day everybody. Still battling this cold, but feeling a little better today. I did go to <BR> the gym and did 30 minutes on the bike. Getting ready to work my 4th day out of 6 and then I will have the weekend off. <BR> Here are my stats for the day <BR> <BR> Calories: 1,622 <BR> Fat: 48 <BR> Carbs:210 <BR> Protein:85 <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> Exercise bike:30 minutes. Burned 494 calories <BR> <BR> Days without soda: 59 <BR> <BR> Quote of the day: <BR> <BR> God, our Creator, has ... Wed, 1 May 2013 15:26:40 EST April 30 Wow can't believe that April flew right by us. Where did it go? <BR> Not having the best day. I woke up this morning could not talk, and my chest felt like it was on fire. Ate breakfast, got the boys off to school, and went to the gym. Was only able to do 25 minutes of strength training today. Did not have the energy to do my full 60 minutes that I had planned. Hopefully I am feeling better tomorrow, so I can do my 90 minutes of cardio. <BR> <BR> Here are my stats for the day: <BR> Calori... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:31:23 EST April 29 Sorry I haven't been blogging for the past couple of days. Been crazy busy around here. <BR> On Saturdaymy we celebrated Jacob's 7th birthday, on Sunday it was church, and I had to go back to work. I am pulling a 6 day stretch this week. Went off of calories on Saturday, but I was able to get back on track Sunday, and get on the right path again. <BR> <BR> Stats for Monday: <BR> Calories: 1610 <BR> Fat: 44 <BR> Carbs: 287 <BR> Protein: 63 <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> Treadmill 15% incline, 2 ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:18:09 EST End of my 8 week journey. Tomorrow will end my 8 weeks with being back with Spark People. In the 8 weeks I have <BR> Lost 20 pounds, lost inches, and overall feeling better all over. I am able to walk upstairs, without having to stop, and take a rest. I joined my local gym, and I am getting stronger in my arms, and legs. <BR> <BR> I have learned how to track both my food, and exercises, and that posting on community boards have helped me as well. I have faced many obstacles along the way. Some weeks I wish that I w... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:12:45 EST April 25, 2013 Having a hard time getting my calories in today. Here are my stats for the day. <BR> Calories: 1448. My calorie range is from 1550-1900. <BR> <BR> Cardio: Stationary bike: 30 minutes <BR> Treadmill: 10 minutes 15% incline 2 mph <BR> <BR> Strength: Seated Triceps Extension Machine: 3 sets, 15 reps, 35 pounds <BR> Abdominal Crunch Machine: 3 sets, 15 reps, 50 pounds <BR> Seated Chest Press Machine: 3 sets, 15 reps, 35 pounds <BR> ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:08:10 EST 4-24-13 Today's Calories: 1594 <BR> <BR> Cardio: Treadmill 30 minutes. 15% incline 2 mph <BR> <BR> Strength: Seated leg curl machine-3 sets, 15 reps, 70# <BR> Leg extension machine-3 sets, 15 reps 70# <BR> Back extension machine-3 sets, 15 reps, 70# <BR> Hip adduction machine-3 sets 15 reps, 70# <BR> <BR> Days without soda: 52 days. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:33:24 EST April 23, 2013 Calories: 1645 <BR> <BR> Cardio Treadmill. 2.0mph on a 15% incline 30 minutes <BR> Strength: <BR> Seated Chest Press Machine [demo] <BR> Sets: 3 Reps: 15 Weight: 45 5 18 <BR> Preacher Curl Machine [demo] <BR> Sets: 3 Reps: 15 Weight: 35 5 23 <BR> Seated Overhead Press Machine [demo] <BR> Sets: 3 Reps: 15 Weight: 35 5 18 <BR> Seated Triceps Extension Machine [demo] <BR> Sets: 3 Reps: 15 Weight: 45 5 23 <BR> Seated Back Extension Machine [demo] <BR> Sets: 3 Reps: 15 ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:03:53 EST Sunday School Humor <BR> All I Need To Know <BR> A Sunday School teacher decided to have his second grade class learn Psalm 23, one of the most quoted texts from the Holy Bible. <BR> He gave the kids a month to memorize the whole chapter. One of the girls was really excited about it, but she simply couldn't memorize the Psalm. Although she practiced hard, she could hardly get past the first few lines. <BR> So the day came for the children to recite Psalm 23 before the school board and that little girl was n... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 23:49:04 EST Saturday weigh in This morning was my weigh in day. <BR> I gained 2 pounds, but I did manage to lose inches. <BR> 2 inches in the waist: 49 inches to 47 inches <BR> <BR> 1 inch in the hips: 54 inches to 53 inches <BR> <BR> 1.5 inches in the thighs: 31.5 to 30 inches <BR> <BR> Going to have a good day today. Ready to start a whole new week tomorrow. <BR> God Bless everybody. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:04:49 EST 4-17-13 Today was a good day. <BR> 45 days without a soda <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Todays Calories: 1705 <BR> Fitness: 75 minutes/Did 5K on the treadmill <BR> <BR> I found this, and thought it was really cute. Wanted to share with all of you. <BR> THE TODDLER DIET <BR> <BR> <BR> People are always on the lookout for a new diet. The trouble with most diets is that you don't get enough to eat (the starvation diet), you don't get enough variation (the liquid diet) or you go broke (the all-meat di... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:36:56 EST A Little Humor With much sadness today due to the tragedy events at the Boston Marathon. We all need a little humor to lighten the rest of the night. <BR> Found these while reading the Readers Digest. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> 1. No More Meat! <BR> <BR> The teacher in our Bible class asked a woman to read from the Book of Numbers about the Israelites wandering in the desert. "The Lord heard you when you wailed, 'If only we had meat to eat!' " she began. "Now the Lord will give you meat. You will not eat it for ju... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 01:31:51 EST Depressed Last night I was feeling depressed. I really miss my husband and my youngest son, and I am ready for them to come home. I did something I shouldn't have done, I got out the Ritz crackers, and the peanut butter, and ate the whole roll of crackers. Totally blew my calorie count for the day, not to mention the hard work I put in at the gym. <BR> <BR> After eating the crackers and peanut butter, I sat there, and asked myself why I did it? I got up, put the peanut butter back up in the cupboard,... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:16:20 EST Saturday 4-13-13 Today was such a beautiful day that God had made. Started out this morning with my son Jacob cuddling with me, and watching movies when he woke up this morning. Then in the afternoon, my two boys, and myself went to McDonalds for lunch, and grocery shopping. Took the boys to the park, so they could play. I sat on the bench watching the children play, and enjoying the lovely weather that God provided for us today. <BR> <BR> We came home, and put groceries away, and made a wonderful dinner. A... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 01:09:36 EST My Boys Had a great day today. I managed to do 45 minutes on the bike, and 45 minutes on the treadmill. I stayed within my calorie range today. I totally felt great today. Went to my parents for dinner this evening, and had a great lunch at the health food store. <BR> <BR> Enough about me. I have posted pictures of my children, and now I want to introduce them to you. I have been blessed with three boys. <BR> <BR> Daniel is 13 years old, and is Autistic. He has Asperger's Syndrome. He has totally ... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 00:59:09 EST Thursday 4-11-2013 Today was a great day. It started out at 5:30 am this morning. I got my two boys up for school, and had my breakfast of oatmeal and fruit at 6:00am. After getting the last boy off to school at 8:15am. I started my first load of laundry, and unloaded the dishes from the dishwasher from dinner the previous evening. At 9am I put the turkey in the oven, and sat down with my laptop posting on Spark People, and Facebook. <BR> <BR> At 10:15am I drove to the gym, where at 10:30am I started my workou... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 23:04:38 EST