EBEAMS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EBEAMS EBEAMS'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/ Moonlighting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074964 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/98f54359-e44b-4b9a-b054-3b53535fb5f7.JPG"> <BR> I worked late last night at my second "job". I call it that but it's really what I do for fun ... most days! I guess I should call it my "calling". I wouldn't give up my day job to do it all the time again but I love still having my fingers in dispatching, so to speak. I love pouring into the next generation and knowing that I'm doing something that will make a difference for the rest of someo... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 22:40:22 EST Oh dear ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073002 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a83199a9-cd80-4f8d-86c2-6190c94a15aa.JPG"> <BR> Started out my day with a dentist appointment to get a that tooth that's been paining me on the path to being fixed up. You know the saying "Be careful what you wish for."??? That was me today. I came home, took Ibuprofen and conked out for a few hours to sleep off the pain. I know this is really hard for anyone who knows me well to believe but I have a little mouth. Honest! The said tooth i... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:09:04 EST Brand new week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071768 Ahhh .... the baby shower is finally done! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e213b2d-2b64-48f5-b11a-4cc60bf6e332.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2c8769a-1d65-449c-9aff-9feda7dfcc02.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d2957a7-a6a3-4abe-857f-87261be8ef8f.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fb1020a6-3de1-482e-8887-9e3a2c567ffd.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I made/crafted everything but the cake and cupcak... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:16:42 EST Happy Monday to me ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067494 (Disclaimer: I have no idea why my photos load sideways ... Sorry!) <BR> <BR> Yes, I know that it is Tuesday but it's my work week Monday ... so there you have it. Thanks for those who commented on my blog on Sunday. Not long after I finished that blog, I got up and started working on stuff that needed to be done. Yesterday, hubby and I load up the trunk of my car and made a trip to the Youth Ranch to donate. Two things were at play there ... I've finally seen the hoarder TV show AND my... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:36:43 EST No motivation today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065765 I have about a billion things that I should get accomplished today but I'm tired. I started going through some stuff this morning to get things organized better (My sister is coming to stay with me this weekend for the baby shower. That means the house needs to be "right".) I cleaned off and organized a set of shelves in my dining room, cleaned out and organized my pantry and got the guest room bed uncovered from the shambles of Christmas past and the Christmas coming in February when my s... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 12:37:17 EST Glad it's the weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064404 I have been running around like crazy all day long. I worked on (and completed) a couple of projects, then made some good progress on other things that would have slipped through the cracks without some follow up. Bless the people I work with ... I think they dread seeing me show up at their desk. I find I get much better results if I talk with them face-to-face rather than call or email. I'm hard to ignore! :) <BR> <BR> I didn't realize that I haven't eaten very many calories today unt... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 22:00:46 EST I have a story to share ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063491 You know how you are always hearing that we "plant seeds" today that we may not ever get to harvest? We plant, someone else might water and someone else might harvest? This is a story about that. <BR> <BR> Last year I was approached completely out of the blue by a guy I used to work with years ago to come work with him in a part time capacity. I had no idea why he asked me and never really thought about it until Tuesday night when we were talking before I taught a short class. <BR> <B... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 20:54:50 EST Good day overall ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062552 but, man, was I grumpy. Probably no one else noticed but I did. I was grumpy in my thoughts and my spirits. I was awake from 2 am til 4 am this morning and then fell asleep until 6 am. When I woke up, I was groggy and just felt drug out. I haven't even really felt excited about finally weighing and finding out I lost 3 pounds. <BR> <BR> That said, my eating was good today and I got some exercise worked in by dropping my car off to get new tires on it. I walked back to work --- well, ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 21:41:06 EST I'm tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061595 We kicked off today with a run. 4:20 am is really early to get up so you can go for a run ... but it's the best investment of my day! I should go to boot camp tomorrow morning but I'm going to see how I feel in the morning. I'm exhausted tonight. I worked all day and then went over and taught a class. All in all it was an okay day but things are still really messy in that one part of my life and that is bothersome to me. I like order. I like predictability. I suppose this is a good te... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 22:18:40 EST Struggling with emotional eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060500 I have an area in my life right now that is very chaotic. I am like everyone else ... I'm not a huge fan of change and my first reaction is to hunker down and just hide. Sometimes you can't do that. I like it much better when I can but sometimes it just doesn't work out that way. <BR> <BR> Earlier this evening I was prowling the house when my 4 year old inside started wanting chocolate. I couldn't find my husband's stash and I couldn't bring myself to eat the Christmas candy that I saved... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 21:30:45 EST Home again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059497 It's always nice to go somewhere for a quick break from your own reality. It's even nicer to come back home! :) The bonus of this quick trip was the mattress we slept on last night was phenomenal. We actually took the sheets off this morning to find out what it is. It was heavenly. Guess what we're looking for now ... ??? You got it! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is back to work for a half day since my part time job is cracking up again this week. Yawn ... I think I'd better hit the sack. Even... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 23:33:47 EST The Year of Eda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057203 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0a17ae8-5236-4c70-86e6-f34c2a0a3bc4.JPG"> <BR> <BR> 2016 is going to be a much different year for me. I started over again sometime in November and December ended up being a pretty good month, even through it was very difficult to stay engaged about the holidays. <BR> <BR> Here's what my month looked like on paper. Every day with a "G" on it and the day outlined means I met ALL of my daily goals of taking my vitamins, getting however man... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 17:24:53 EST Looking to set goals for 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053368 I finally let my hubby in on the fact that 2016 is going to be "The Year of Eda". He was confused at first but caught on right away. I am so very blessed to have such a wonderfully supportive husband who wants whatever I want for myself. If I am content to do nothing, he is content with that as well. If I'm wanting to do a 1/2 marathon, he wants to do it with me. He's such an amazing friend. <BR> <BR> That said, I need to ensure that my goals for 2016 are for myself and that I am dedic... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 11:48:25 EST Made it through Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053040 Thank you ALL for the Christmas wishes. I appreciate it. Honestly, I don't know when Christmas will be better for me but, for now, I'm happy to make it through that Season without a breakdown. Crying doesn't count as breaking down - not in my book. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I took off my FitBit and just let myself have a day without the pressure to ensure everything was dress-right-dress. I took two naps on the couch yesterday ... and both of the Christmas stop overs went good. My granddaug... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 19:01:36 EST She did it again this morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052232 My hubby and I headed out bright and early to go run at the Rec Center. It was lightly snowing and not even 5 am as we drove away from our very warm, comfy bed. Today was Week 2, Day 1 of the C25K program we are doing. It's been a little frustrating for us to try and get all the "moving" parts of using that app for the intervals for running/walking and a different app for music to help keep a steady pace. One of us is always starting the wrong one first. We haven't figured out which one ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 19:09:17 EST The power of a compliment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051604 I woke up around 1 am and was hungry! I haven't ever had that happen before as far as I can remember. I wake up thirsty sometimes but I don't remember waking up hungry. I got up and had some almonds and a banana while I wasted 2 hours of my sleeping time trolling Facebook while I couldn't sleep. I dragged back into bed around 2:45 and just laid there listening to my sweet hubby snoring. Bless his heart, I kept poking him to get him to re-adjust until I fell back to sleep! <em>334</em>... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 09:36:33 EST Not much going on ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051426 I'm staying on track with my goal to clean one area of my house every day that I'm off. Today was the master bathroom. I don't know why but it makes my heart happy when the master bathroom sparkles. OH, and I've got all the clothes actually hung up or put away ... that's an accomplishment for me! <BR> <BR> Finished Week 1 of C25K early this morning with my hubby! Then it was breakfast with a friend before jetting around the County to deliver edible gifts that I didn't want to linger in t... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 22:50:16 EST Searching for joy in Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050609 I woke up this morning with a very clear thought in my mind that I am searching for the joy of Christmas. I think that thought process was started by my Spark buddy, ONEKIDSMOM, who blogged a couple of days ago about the "spirits" of Christmas. Her blog touched a part of me that I wasn't aware was there. I always struggle at Christmas with emotions that stretch as far back in my past as I can remember. Right now ... today ... it's messy and a bit sad ... <BR> <BR> The spirit of Christma... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:20:46 EST Yes, I survived yesterday ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050286 ... and no, it wasn't pretty. That said, today is a new day. I'm tracking my calories. I've went for a run. I've drank 7 of my 8 servings of water for the day. I'll go take my vitamins when I'm done here. Heart may still be hurting but my brain is actively engaged to make this the best day I can. <BR> <BR> I'm doing good as far as how the Christmas prep is going. I only have the stocking gifts still to wrap and the stockings to put together. The gifts are all wrapped but I need to pu... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:10:50 EST Missing our son ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049796 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0236e491-3ea5-4eef-ab03-e084f9a8005a.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Our son, Allen, would have been 25 years old today. He would have been cocky, funny and frustrating as he strutted around and proclaimed he was "the man". I still miss him every day. There's a hole in our family that will always be there ... <BR> <BR> Hug the ones you love, whether you like them right now or not. Tomorrow is never promised ... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:41:57 EST Best husband ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049561 This evening my darlin' and I got ready to head out to a party I was supposed to go to. On the way, he was talking and talking about work and people from his work as my stomach started to hurt more and more. I finally interrupted him and said "I don't want to go to this party. Can we just turn around and go home?". He's so awesome! He found a place to turn around and we were headed back towards home when he said "Do you have your minutes in for the day". Nope, sure didn't. I had no act... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 22:55:53 EST Train wreck of a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049066 Ugh ... This was one of those days where it was always on the edge of being a huge mess the whole entire day. I stayed out late last night, which is totally unusual for me, and was sliding into bed at 11:52. That's so abnormal for me on any night but really odd for a work night! I did, however, sleep until the alarm went off this morning. Funniest thing was I was dreaming I was in a waiting area outside of Martha Stewart's office, watching her through slightly parted curtains as I waited ... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 22:01:34 EST What a day ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048546 This morning I was up early again ... as in 3:07 am. Things are very chaotic right now in my brain and I'm having difficulty sleeping. I know I need to and I'm tired but that doesn't seem to matter to my brain. I'm supposed to go out with friends tonight (like in an hour) and I really want to bail. Decisions, decisions ... <BR> <BR> I needed to cook a turkey this morning for our Christmas party at work. I was able to get it all ready to go and in the oven by 5 am. It took WAY less tim... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 18:57:51 EST Day 1 Week 1 of C25K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048094 Yep ... starting from the ground up AGAIN! It felt good this morning to run. I don't have the strength or endurance I used to have but I was running. Getting my exercise early in the morning was a great kick off to a phenomenal day. I had my 10k steps before noon and ended up with over 14k - plus 31 flights of stairs tracked today. Whoa ... No wonder I'm totally exhausted. I didn't get much sleep last night and I'm totally ready to crash into my bed! <BR> <BR> I did great today at work... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 21:03:50 EST Looking for GREAT running app http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047410 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0bd63d0-d597-43ca-b682-24aa7b5eb8eb.JPG"> <BR> I currently have downloaded two different C25K running apps but was really disappointed when one of them had no music today! I'm guessing it was because I don't know how to use the app yet but it was really frustrating! Running and walking with music is so much easier. I'm on the hunt for a great training app that will help me stay motivated and moving forward. My goal is a half marathon by Ma... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:43:36 EST Tree's up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047024 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf70c99c-7902-4f0b-aa93-15b80904684a.JPG"> <BR> <BR> ... and that's about the extent of my decorating this year at home. My office is almost done ... after I finally dug everything I was looking for out of bins that weren't marked. I hate when I'm disorganized. I'm buying clear totes to store everything in. The green totes are gonna be history! <BR> <BR> It was a good day today. Played some racquetball with my darlin' this afternoon an... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 20:44:56 EST Busy day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046621 Well, to catch you up on the past couple of days, yes, our granddaughter's surgery went well. She said she was seeing great the next day. Kids bounce back fast! In fact, my daughter-in-law did Christmas at her house with her family yesterday. That's lots of kids and lots of rough-housing! <BR> <BR> As for the party ... All I can say is "Oh MY". I thought I do a good job of entertaining (when I used to do that) but this party was over the top. I mean, seriously -- the fanciest shin-dig ... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 23:25:20 EST Random stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046042 I didn't blog last night - not because I didn't meet all my goals (which I didn't) but because I was so exhausted yesterday I came home early and took 1 1/2 hour nap that threw everything else off. My nap put a big dent in my steps/active steps for yesterday. Sigh ... I ended up going out to shop for the stuff to make all the goodies for tonight's party after we went over to see our granddaughter who had surgery on her eyes yesterday. Then, I slept last night (medicated) until 4 am. Since... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 18:22:35 EST 7 days of meeting all my goals! Woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045113 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/26b7728d-7486-4754-8977-199915653fc8.JPG"> <BR> I have a calendar with every day for a SOLID WEEK marked for meeting every singe one of my goals! Woohoo ... That's a great start! I'm still feeling very motivated about the "Life Reset". I know the big board has a lot to do with the continued excitement. I love that my hubby pays attention to it too. He asked me the other night when I was going to take my measurements! <em>40</em> Who k... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 22:28:19 EST Today was messy and unorganized http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044530 I had my hubby set the alarm for early but didn't end up getting up when the alarm went off. I was still pretty sleepy and weighed out whether it was more important to go walk or to lay in bed and doze off for a little while. I opted for choice #2 and headed off a little later than planned. I usually am able to get between 5000-6000 steps at work just on a regular basis but today was ALL sitting. I have lots of little things to get caught up on and many more that need more regular attenti... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 21:33:32 EST Hello again ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044018 Lots and lots of stuff I could tell you about today but I'll spare you. Let's stick with just a few things today. <BR> <BR> Goals met: <BR> Water - <em>248</em> <BR> Stayed within Calories - <em>248</em> (even eating out twice today) <BR> Over 10k steps - <em>248</em> <BR> Over 30 mins of active minutes - <em>248</em> (57 mins - Woohoo) <BR> Vitamins - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Work bag and food bag are ready for tomorrow. I'm headed out early to exercise before work. Hav... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 21:49:53 EST Just in time ... A rest day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043344 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22ff8227-1643-498b-bd11-2d58a6f48b82.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Resetting the pathway of my life for my future includes being intentional about taking care of myself with rest and fun too. Sundays will be my rest day (as much as "rest" is a part of being a working wife). For me that means still tracking what I eat, accomplishing the tasks that need to be done and just enjoying some down time. For today, that meant the laundry got done, the bed linens ... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 17:17:35 EST Kicking this week out with a BANG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042886 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ebd6e88-9cc8-4970-9497-c432b022417d.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I needed this reminder this morning. I really just wanted to snuggle back under my blankets this morning and rest. However, there were things that had to be done. You can't just back out of commitments that were made months ago without a really good reason! So, at 4:30 am, I rolled out of bed and started my day with water and a dry, toasted half of an English Muffin so I could get some c... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 19:40:55 EST Making progress on my Life Reset Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042430 I got off early today (thankfully since I feel terrible) and still managed to get my 10k steps on before 3 pm. I was at a local high school helping grade senior project presentations (I learned a ton about welding from a really cool chick today!) and had a LONG break between my first and second set of presentations. I wore my flat and comfy Sketchers today and decided that I was going to head out for a walk for the 20-30 minutes I had available. It wasn't very cold but there was a light dr... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 19:08:01 EST Oops ... Learning opportunity today ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042009 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4df32878-6786-4532-acfa-0e1836d2543e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ouch ... I hate it when you learn through mistakes that are painful - Trust me, I'm an "expert" in this field. Today I wore my super cute boots to work. They have about a 2 1/2 inch heel and make me feel good. I read recently that the first thing people subconsciously notice about you is your footwear. So, I "upgraded" to some really cute shoes & boots that are great show pieces but not ... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 22:49:15 EST Finally home and all is well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041345 I think I've decided it doesn't matter how long you are away from home, it might be too long. I missed my bed. I missed my own space. I missed being able to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Spoiled ... very spoiled! I know. <BR> <BR> That said, today was the launch of "My Life Reset" for me! After we unpacked, grocery shopped, cleaned veggies and fruit, cooked meat for the rest of the week as well as some quinoa and rice (big breath) and got all the laundry folded, hung and pu... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 18:28:00 EST Good day of travel yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037627 Both of our flights were good .. very little turbulence. Hubby and I rented a locker in Minneapolis and stowed our carry ons for a walk-about of the airport to get our exercise in for the day. We figured out the airport is MASSIVE and that we could walk forever in there. <BR> <BR> Seeing family is always nice. Dinner was fun ... and awkward like it always seems to be when you don't see people for awhile. I have a difficult time talking about myself, so personal questions tend to make m... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:30:45 EST Big plans, small steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037211 I'm past the planning stage and working on the action stage of things. I get that all things take time. And that it's easy to revert back to "old" habits because it's the most convenient and comfortable thing to do. So, it's small steps this time. Small Changes ... and attention to detail. I've got things printed for a new exercise and weight tracking station that will go up on my bedroom wall when I get back from vacation. I need to swing through Jo-Ann Fabrics and see if I can find so... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:56:21 EST What I'm thankful for ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036824 Each of you who read my blogs ... I'm thankful for you! <BR> <BR> Each of you who leave me a comment on my blogs ... I'm thankful for you! <BR> <BR> Each of you who send me a Spark gift ... I'm thankful for you! <BR> <BR> Each of you who leave a comment on my Spark Page ... I'm thankful for you. <BR> <BR> I have received so much support while being on SparkPeople. I love it. I love that people I've never met in person will take the time to reach out across the internet and give support,... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:09:41 EST Life is like the ocean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029172 ... and, often, I have to decide whether to sink or swim as the tide comes in and goes out. This past week, the head of our agency announced that he is most likely headed to a city 2 hours southeast of where we live to be their boss instead. <em>46</em> I've worked with this incredible man for 22 years. He was an officer I dispatched over the radio. He was the one who made the final decision to promote me last year ... He's family. This is a time when the tide is going out and I'm l... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 09:22:45 EST Adding as I go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028404 This was a good week. I'm still trying to find a new "center" and get stable but, all in all, I was pleased with some progress this week. I exercised 3 days this week. That's a start. I didn't obsess with food this week. That's progress. I enjoyed the outfits I wore this week and felt very confident in them - before any weight loss. I consider that a HUGE victory for me! I even went a tad outside my comfort zone and still felt good about myself. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was an emotionally... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 21:16:44 EST Working my new plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025593 Ahhh ... I love having things on paper. That makes it a plan ... a real plan. I started out really ambitious and then figured out that I need to re-plan and start smaller. So ... 30 mins of exercise per day. A better plan for what I'm going to eat at work and when. Staying connected to Spark People. Finding joy in every day. <BR> <BR> I can do this! Mon, 2 Nov 2015 19:49:08 EST I'm finally home ... for few weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024228 Whew ... I'm still dragging from being away so much! I spent yesterday grocery shopping, cleaning and doing laundry. I found cobwebs in my house when I was mopping. Ewwww .... that's gross! <BR> <BR> I'm home for about the next 3 weeks and then it's off to KY for Thanksgiving. We've been trying to schedule Thanksgiving in KY with my in-laws for about the past 10 years. It is finally happening this year! I'm so, so, so excited! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Each of these trips gave me ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:59:02 EST Enjoyed a little down time today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015728 That last trip was REALLY good in the sense that we got a lot of great information on fixes we have been wanting. I love that the people we meet with are smart and so willing to share whatever they have with other agencies. We NEED more people like that in this world! <BR> <BR> That last trip was really a bear for totally other reasons. The Great Wolf Lodge is a kid oriented resort with a HUGE water park inside the building and the entire place geared to kids ... on all levels. It was li... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 22:37:21 EST Far from home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013985 The more I travel, the more I realize how much I like home. I'm guessing my retirement years will be spent puttering around my own ave rather than exploring! The place we are at for the conference is a giant famy resort with an indoor water park. Lots and lots of kiddos ... I'm not used to this. Guess it's time to stretch my boundaries and work on patience. Apparently I need it!!! Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:33:05 EST Day 32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012438 Well, it wasn't a great day but it was ok. It's over and that's a good thing. No work tomorrow so I'm assuming I'll sleep like a baby tonight - I mean a content baby! ;) <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be a marathon day of attempting to get all the things I normally get done in my 3 days off all done in one day. I need a list ... and a clone ... and way more energy than I usually have. <BR> <BR> Whew ... I'm tired and I haven't even started the day yet! <BR> <BR> Night, y'all Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:02:37 EST Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010818 Slept great until 3 am. Figured since I can't sleep that I could take care of the things chasing around in my brain. Created a flow chart to detail out the two different paths that we can take on a problem at work. Checked my emails, sent replies, posted on Facebook -- and decided to go ahead and blog early since I will be in a seminar until late this evening. <BR> <BR> One month today - 30 days - This is good news. I haven't been restrictive or obsessive over food or exercise but I've... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 06:54:14 EST Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010630 <em>102</em> Unfortunately, this has been me all day long. I am just wore out. I didn't sleep well last night and that translated to a really deep sleep after I finally was able to go to sleep sometime after 3 am. I've felt drained and tired all day long. <BR> <BR> On the positive side, I'm getting to where I can figure out how my physical state of being affects my mental attitude. Today I dressed in bright pink and black and got several compliments ... but inside, I felt fat and d... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 21:23:25 EST Drum roll, please .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010013 It's .... a BOY! I was so incredibly touched to see our first biological grandchild. I did get a video, I did send it to his daddy ... and I'm convinced that little Allen James waved to his daddy on purpose! <BR> <BR> On another front, I had a NSV today!!! I put on my uniform shirt WITHOUT my "suck it up" spandex thing that I usually wear ... and no straining of the buttons at all! I haven't jumped back on the scale yet but that one thing made me feel like a million bucks! No straining ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:05:18 EST Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009297 Good thing this is a "for the rest of my life" thing. I almost forgot which day I'm on! It's been a busy but fairly calm day today. It is my only day off this weekend since yesterday was completely, totally and exhaustingly filled up with Cade's Camp. We started at 8 am and hubby and I finally left around 9:45 pm. I logged in over 10,000 steps for the day and was truly happy I had the forethought to shower in the morning before I left since coming home to get ready was RUSHED!!! Things ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 20:24:29 EST