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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:15 EST Up and ready to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256259 Ok I am up and ready to go. Planned walks and a run this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:37:54 EST Off to another wokshop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255855 Well I leave today for another workshop. I am driving out during the race before the next wave of traffic is leaving. Getting my steps in before leaving. <BR> <BR> Oh well its off to training I go...My DH will come on Wednesday and stay! I will be glad for the company Wed through Fri! Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:59:39 EST Football saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255353 Its a beautiful day. I am looking forward to this day with my husband before having to pack and get ready to leave tormorrow. I got my steps and miles yesterday! I am not eating well and need to deal with this again! Have a great Saturday everyone! Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:28:29 EST Traveling home :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254824 I leave about 1 pm traveling home today but it is a pack full weekend. I will have to do laundry and grocery shop. It is Race weekend near our home at the Talladega Speedway so traffic will be heavy and lines long at the local grocery. Tomorrow is a major football game in Tuscaloosa thankfully the opposite way going but with race traffic coming home. Then Sunday I leave for another workshop and will need to leave before the race traffic lets out to beat the back up. I am going a secondar... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:07:12 EST Workshop today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254425 I had a great birthday dinner the main course of which I could not even take a bite of because I was stuffed. I had some stuffed pepper appetizer and caprices salad. Oh ya three small pieces of roll and seasoned oil... I had them box it up and it's in the fridge. <BR> <BR> I got two miles in before the workshop today and I am determined to walk on breaks and lunch today to get my steps in. <BR> <BR> Gotta go! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:25:04 EST Birthday today :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254235 Today is my birthday and I spent it away from home at a workshop. My work associates took me to Italian dinner tonight. It was a very good evening. I do miss not celebrating with my husband but we will do that this weekend. He is home holding down the fort. I hope to go for a walk in the morning before we get started because I did not get 10,000 steps tonight. <BR> <BR> I did well with eating despite eating out. <BR> <BR> Well I am pooped out so good night everyone. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:27:38 EST Last work day before 3 day workshop and a big 58 years birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253377 My birthday is tomorrow but I will celebrate this weekend. Tomorrow I leave for a workshop for three days. Everything is done and ready for me to go, oh ya except for packing which will happen tonight preferably. <BR> <BR> I ran with my Talladega friend three miles and walked two at lunch so I got a 5 mile day in :). Trying to get ahead in case I don't get to have a 3 or more mile run during the workshops. I will probably get walks on breaks and before and after but don't know otherwise.... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:01:46 EST Good nights rest :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252799 Boy was tired last night and thankfully I slept well. It was a busy weekend and a good one. I am looking forward to a good work day (with a lunch break thankfully and a walk afterward). I have a planned walk/run with another ARC friend since my regular buddy is still intermittent with her commitment to go. She is often on the road with her husband but when she's home we coordinate and go together. We at both in the mileage club so always need the miles. I'm on target this month with add... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:55:10 EST Really nice day and weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252621 I have enjoyed this weekend. I got a new fitbit watch the Blaze for my upcoming birthday present. So far I love it. <BR> <BR> Getting ready for a busy week that includes some training workshops Wed-Fri. <BR> <BR> Boom it's bedtime, I need to turn in. I hope you all had a great weekend! Sun, 16 Oct 2016 21:59:58 EST Run, Game, then another Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252023 Today I have a busy day. It started with a run that I did not medal at...I however did well. Then hair cut and lunch out with the DH. We arrived home in time to unpack the groceries we picked up and change for ALABAMA football. Third week in October is against the VOLS and not going to be an easy game. So we are pulling hard for the TIDE. Tonight we have a fun run at the DH workplace which I will walk after running this morning. This mornings run was for points in the Grand Prix but to... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:04:03 EST Make up day at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251388 I was off Monday which I thoroughly enjoyed. As the result of that and the many workshops this month that will take away client time I am working today. It is only 1/2 a day and it looks to be a good schedule and a beautiful day. I see my bariatric surgeon for an annual follow up which includes an all important annual nutritional panel to make sure I am taking the right supplements. They make adjustments each time telling me to take more of one or less of another. It is very helpful. Af... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:23:12 EST Wow I love my schedule now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250852 I really do! Yesterday was overflowing and Wednesdays will be for a month or so to get everybody seen. I booked lunch and working from 8 am to 6 pm. It's sometimes grueling but my 1 pm cancelled and I got a lunch break after all...hooray! I had already eaten so I took Bella for a walk. <BR> <BR> Today I am packed, lunch, snack, and work out clothes. I have to schedule the car for oil change and tire rotation tomorrow and we have to get it there tonight so it can be done tomorrow. Looki... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:48:24 EST Busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250277 Gotta run...No I mean work. Another of those days when I don't know when I will get my steps in but will if I can. Food packed and planned the best I can. <BR> <BR> I had a great weight workout last night and got 5 miles walking in with a two + miles walked! Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:17:20 EST Looking forward to a Great day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249798 I am so happy I don't dread my job! I love the work I do and the new contract days are so much less stress. I am not saying they are without complication but the stress is just not the same and for this I am so thankful. Thank yo Jesus! <BR> <BR> I have enjoyed walking the last few days and will get out of hear and walk before work then I have weight training after work tonight. <BR> <BR> Lunch is packed, walks and work out scheduled, lets get out the door :). Have a great day everyone! Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:35:44 EST Wonderful day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249504 Walk, shop for groceries, cook for dinner tonight, internet purchase, and sewing :). <BR> <BR> Enjoyed the day off. <BR> <BR> Hope you did too! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:39:52 EST Grass fire from smoker...! All is well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248974 So we had a discussion that it was time to look for a new smoker as we put the ribs on this morning. The fire box on this one is rusted. We cooked on the smoker about 4 hours with my husband keeping a close eye. He went back out and the grass around the smoker was on fire and all the dried weeds around my Amaryllis were smoldering. We are in a drought, no burning... The quick draw of the husband with the hosepipe put out the fire. <BR> <BR> Today I met with M one of my past walking pal... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 19:30:28 EST Off days are as busy as work days sometimes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248245 Squeezing all the appointments and scheduled dog training in was difficult yesterday. To be so busy and not get all my steps is weird. I planned to walk on the treadmill and finish after dinner but my tummy was not good. I had a sandwich that I ate only 1/2 of and couldn't eat more. Something was stuck...I took too big a bite or didn't chew well or something. I just really felt nauseated and bad. I tried walking it off some but finally just went and laid down. I took a 20 minute nap to... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 10:06:30 EST First Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247744 This was my first two day a week at the new contract job and it was wonderful :). I will still need to plan for what needs done at the one day a week job where my office people are. I will need to coordinate getting everything turned in and requesting anything I need them to do. It should work itself out. <BR> <BR> I walked with a friend who has been gone traveling with her husband who drives a truck for a couple of months yesterday. It was really nice. I am looking forward to doing thi... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 08:17:26 EST Snack was rancid... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247252 I had a vegetable snack bag yesterday that I didn't finish the day before. Each day I add new vegi's to it and generally its all gone by Friday. Well this week something left in the bag from early in the week maybe Monday went bad... So when I opened my snack it smelled a little and the first carrot was ok but the celery yuck. I took the whole bag to the bathroom, we don't have a kitchen here. Dumped it on a paper towel picked out the rancid jicama, rinsed everything and tried to salvage... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 09:10:50 EST Busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246641 My food is planned but I don't have my walks scheduled... I usually have a plan but don't see where I can get the walks through today until after work. I may be walking and watching some tv tonight. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 5 Oct 2016 08:04:31 EST Good Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246461 I am loving the Tuesday/Thursday job. Got my walks in today before work, at Lunch and before weight training. Did weight workout with trainer tonight. I am Good tired! <BR> <BR> Have a great night everyone! Tue, 4 Oct 2016 21:22:07 EST Renewed effort MONDAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245571 Hey anyone else out there renewing the effort this MONDAY! Me I am. I am feeling burning gut and I know it's because of wheat, salty, fatty foods this weekend. Felt it yesterday too. I have taken my "stomach pill", omeprazole daily but still feel yucky. Don't like this...Know it's the consequence...# whydoIdothistomyself? Today is a new day and new commitment. Sometimes work days are just easier to restart. That is because I take my food and snacks for the whole day and if I have them ... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 08:49:37 EST Chineese food, big Daddy Nacho's, and giant soft salted pretzel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245055 Yes I made poor choices and am paying the consequences with 3 lbs weight gain in one day. Salt, bread, msg... I know it's likely water weight but bummer. The issue is I didn't practice resistance and while I am not cycling with 100 lbs overweight anymore I am still cycling and not JUST a healthy eater. <BR> <BR> Plan: start listing to my audio books I listened too this summer that really helped me stay on track. Download a new book to motivate me. PRAY and commit. Sun, 2 Oct 2016 09:06:34 EST Football Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244543 I begin my day with reflection on yesterday which generally leads into praise and prayer giving thanks for that day and meditation that shifts into organization of what today has for me. Yes the to do list...but also peace of God's Grace as I walk today or deal with what ever is in store. I am thankful for my life and home and just NOW to know God's presence and Blessings. <BR> <BR> My husband and I deal with automated systems associated with trying to lower our home phone bill and deal wi... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 08:04:08 EST Busy day off yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244092 Man I am glad I had Thursday off because it was busy. I got many things handled, praise God. Today I don't have to do all that! Yes I still have a few things to handle but it will be better. <BR> <BR> Got my walking training miles in plus lots of other steps yesterday :)! Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:25:24 EST Data Usage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243003 This month I went over my Data usage on my phone. I may be having some phone addiction going on. I say this as 49 % of my phone usage was facebook. Now I did use 2.5 GB of my 10 GB for my phone and the rest was my MIFI. I also had the computer do an update this month using my MIFI which used too much data I think. I need to make sure this only happens at night. I need the MIFI for two days a week and have NEVER used this much so I need to figure out what I am doing on my laptop during t... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:32:55 EST Ready for a GREAT day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242517 Up, hair washed, ready for a great day! I would have slept longer if I could...isn't it funny how early I can get up to run but how I want to sleep late when getting up for work...lol <BR> <BR> Lunch is packed, my Noon walking shoes on, my work out bag for the gym and weight training packed, lunch is ready, so I'm prepared for a great day! Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:11:37 EST Fit bit told me it was time to get ready for bed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242370 Fit bit asked me to update some sleep settings and I did not anticipating that it would tell me when to go to bed. Yes I know I can change it and I know when it said should it remind me, but it informed me it was time...lol. I found it humorous tonight and like when momma and daddy used to call bedtime. I don't know that it will remain humorous and I might have to change it. <BR> <BR> It was a good day with 2.2 miles and 11,000 steps. I also sewed. Something I started yesterday. A mini ... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:28:10 EST Listening to some relaxing Harp Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241612 So the book I read said cat's like harp music, they find it calming. So I thought why not. I steamed some on Amazon today and now I am feeling called and relaxed. I have not tried it with the Cat yet. We shall see.... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:18:18 EST Canine Good Citizenship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241072 Yep we did it. We passed both basic and advanced last evening. It took 3.5 hour for both because of the size of the group. It went great! Today Homestead Holllow craft fair and ALABAMA football. Then rest....I'm tired. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:55:53 EST Hair, Message, Obediance :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240555 I take care of me this morning and Bella this afternoon. Hopefully all goes well at 2:45 so she can test for Canine Good Citizenship level one and two this evening at 6 pm. I believe she is out of heat. No bleeding for a week. Swelling all gone. We will know immediately in class and will leave if disturbs the other male dogs in any way and just have to wait. <BR> <BR> We shall see. <BR> <BR> Steps good, weight stable, eating some wheat but minimal, feel on track. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:31:13 EST Nice day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240328 I worked part of today to make up for the court day yesterday. It went well then I got nails done and ran some errands. Home for dinner and a relaxing evening. It's been a good day. Still working on my todays steps. <BR> <BR> I did get my steps yesterday getting home much earlier than planned originally. I got home and washed a cat and 3 dogs then snuggled with the animals. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:23:14 EST Fly day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239518 No not Friday but fly day! I am excited even though it is serious business and an important purpose. I am ready, prayed up, got everything. Have to be at the local airport at 8 am. I am flying out of the airport beside the superspeedway so that should be a good view upon take off and landing. It's about an hour flight each way and I am so glad I am not driving 4 hours each way. <BR> <BR> Well gotta go. Hope to get my steps in today but may not be able to until I get home this afternoon... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:26:30 EST Good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239280 Today was a good day. This is a good job and I like it. <BR> <BR> Got my 10,000 steps <BR> <BR> Got some new boots and a new jacket that I will wear with a skirt and top I have. A jacket or sweater are necessary sitting long hours in the court house. It just usually becomes cool being so sedentary in the air-conditioning. I am flying for the first time in a small plane and excited. It will shorten what would have been 8 hours driving (exhausting) to two one hour flights while I sit b... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:15:39 EST Family :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238350 I had to head to the grocery before going to church due to being gone this weekend. Thank you whoever invented coolers :). I love my church family. It went a bit wacky for me as I had the little warriors but they were a joy yesterday. We had 7 kido's. Then we went to a great nephew's 3 year olds birthday party. 10 more kids from 1-8 running around the house be cause the outdoor party had enough of a down pour to send it inside the mobile home... Yes it was crowded with love :). <BR> <B... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:28:16 EST Feeling rested and well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237743 It's good to feel so rested. I added a location and one day commitment last October anticipating about 3 to maybe 6 months to adjust my calendar and not be so overwhelmed. Well it has adjusted much slower than I anticipated. I have just been trying to do it all plus work and extra hour this one day a week this past two months at that new job. It was July before I decreased the expected case load. In July I was also hired a second day a week at this new job. YES! it is a good job that gu... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:54:38 EST Great trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237571 We enjoyed our get away to Chattanooga TN. I had Thursday off which is unusual and no home football game Sat. So my hubby took the day off and we took off together. We did the DUCK tour and walked the Bridge to Northside of the river, shopped, ate, checked out the carousel, walked the Bluff District and went to the National Parks IMAX film. We had done the museum and the Choo Choo before so didn't do those again. We watched rock climbers in the climbing place next door to the hotel and l... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:48:11 EST Lots of fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237016 We are having a blast on our getaway. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:50:26 EST Short trip :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236224 Me and the Hubby are heading out for a short weekend trip about three hours away. Coming home Saturday. Looking forward to a getaway. Now to not over eat...ugh Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:35:49 EST Don't you hate the Consequences! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235046 Yep, I do! I have been on this cycle lately doing good all week and not doing horrible but doing enough to get off plan each weekend. Yep then gain one lb. and today its two lb. It has been about a three week cycle of doing this. Yep I have lost it by the weekend but do it again. <BR> <BR> PLAN: this week I am going back to tracking food and I WILL CONTINUE through the weekend. Starting today TRACKING. <BR> <BR> I have gotten my steps each day. I have taken walks, no running which I... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:21:39 EST Feeling ready to be back on track this morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234452 Good Morning and what a great day today! Yes its Monday but I am feeling good and ready to get back on my food plan. Yes I deviated this weekend but not badly. I am up one pound but I know it's fluid. You just don't sit out in the heat two days in a row in Alabama and not have water retention (well when you have BBQ nacho's, toast, and hot dog with bun). <BR> <BR> Gonna have a great day hope you do too! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:11:03 EST BBQ Nacho's :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233840 OK I did not do terrible but well I didn't stick to the plan either. I gained one pound but that is most likely a reaction to sitting out in 95 degree temperature with the sun beating down on you. Sweating and sweating for the love of football. Yes we hydrated well before, had water during and refilled our bottles at the water refill stations through the game. Yes it was a good win. Yes it was great to re-connect with the stadium friends we see at every football game. Yes tailgating wen... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:09:51 EST Ready for Football today :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233316 Getting ready to leave for the first ALABAMA Football Home game this season. What a beautiful tailgating day we should have. That's as much fun as the actual game. <BR> <BR> Go TIDE ! Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:22:40 EST Closure of a stress now onward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232734 I got to talk to our county coordinators, supervisor yesterday and discuss the problems we have been having since last October. I discussed the deterioration in the group over the food and feeling lack of support. Her whole demeanor, attitude, manner is so good and so like what I am accustomed to at this agency and it's just not what our county coordinator exudes. She is looking into the parent coordinator issue. I believe she heard my issue with the current county coordinators excuses and... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 08:37:20 EST LONG day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232153 Well I am having my last group meeting with the Calhoun group. Dealing with Tanya is the problem over food issues. This month I am taking care of food and will be reimbursed. We need the parent coordinator HIRED she has only been doing this job since last OCTOBER, without pay and can't be reimbursed, and no one will help her get her fingerprints handled. Not my problem after tonight. I really like this group and will miss the people just not the new coordinator from the parent agency. I ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 08:00:54 EST Bella in heat...ugh No Good Citizen testing ... I am bummed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231568 Feeling bummed. Bella will miss good citizen testing unless we can do a private class for it since she is in heat. Was getting her prepped to go to work with me but she will stay home in the yard instead. Can't have her in the office bleeding or around the male dog who also is in the office. <BR> <BR> Gonna have a great day anyhow :) Wed, 7 Sep 2016 08:27:40 EST Boo Kitty or Boocifer... She loves me she hates me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231351 Ok this kitty wants to sit in my lap but doesn't want me to move my hands or pet her. At least that's the way it feels because she attacks if I do. Well she attacks when she wants to even if I don't. Many times she is much more gentle than she used to be but still its a bite or a grab with her nails. However there are still those times she is rough and I am getting bit and impaled. I have resorted to using a mini spray bottle to spritz her when she does this. Just water and she doesn't ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 22:00:14 EST Work and repotting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230434 I am working on a summary of some enlightening summer reading for a presentation and it was just flowing this morning and I got a lot done upon awaking. My best time to do this kind of work. Today the only plan is to re pot some plants sorely needing some assistance and help. Also with the desire to keep the kitty out of them... We shall see. She is enjoying the sun room which is where she has been moved right now when we are out of the house. She is just too much of a wire chewer still... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 09:38:27 EST Great day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230165 It's been a great Sunday today. We did not go to church and we did a staycation day. It was just a great day together with the husband. Looking forward to another day off tomorrow. Sun, 4 Sep 2016 19:38:07 EST