FAVORITEAUNT84's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FAVORITEAUNT84 FAVORITEAUNT84'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/ I'm Home! (Super short blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371378 I'm home, back to work, and EXHAUSTED. Long story to be accompanied by photos of my vacation, so stay tuned! <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 29 May 2013 10:58:21 EST I'm so excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363340 So, first things first. My final grades are in and.... *drum roll*... I got a 4.0 for the semester!!! <BR> <em>104</em> <em>100</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Here's the other thing: A very close friend moved away last September. We were joined at the hip. She taught me more things than she'll ever know. I miss her like crazy. So, Thursday morning, I'm taking a plane to Whidbey Island, WA to visit! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> She's picking me up in Seattle and we'... Tue, 21 May 2013 11:13:04 EST Are you in a bad mood? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352231 This is fabulous: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1520052253.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This totally works. I've done this many times. The getting up and getting started part is the hardest part of the whole thing, but I've never thought to myself, "Gee, I wish I would have just stayed on my @ss, feeling crabby." <BR> <BR> Try it. You'll be grateful you did, I promise. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> Melissa <BR> Fri, 10 May 2013 14:00:38 EST Feeling Human Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347363 ...well, mostly. <BR> <BR> Little by little, I'm getting there. I was able to smell my coffee on Friday! I had a follow up with the doc and he's happy with my post-op progress. He's happy, so I'm happy. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> The weather was amazing this weekend, so I went for a little walk with my dog. It was really nice to feel the sunshine and hear the birds. I'm still really tired from the crazy 6 weeks I've just had, but feeling better every day! <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR... Mon, 6 May 2013 12:02:47 EST I'm home, surgery went fine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333200 Surgery is all done. Went great. Other than blowing out 2 veins trying to get an IV in, no complications. :D. I'm at home now. They gave me Morphine and Hydrocodone, so I'm a little bit high and a lotta bit tired. <BR> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:03:52 EST Mini Blog/Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330754 Ok, so, I'm headed for surgery Tuesday morning - less than 48 hours away. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I'm nervous and tired, but really looking forward to having it over with. A positive attitude is important. <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> My friend, who had surgery 2 weeks ago, was finally released to an assisted care facility, after 11 days in the hospital, and she will remain there for the next month or so. She's got a very positive attitude and the doctors/nurses are very happy wi... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 16:01:26 EST Request for my SparkFriends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323153 My friend had emergency surgery last week for a major internal infection. They worked on her for 5 solid hours. She's still in the hospital, though maintaining a very positive attitude, it looks like she'll be moved to assisted care soon, where she'll be hanging out for at least another month. I'm helping take care of her cat, mail, email, etc. while she's away from home. <BR> <em>282</em> <BR> <BR> My surgery is next week, so her sister is coming to help look after the house and cat w... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 20:06:51 EST Say it with me, "I love ME." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313841 Learning is something I love to do. Seriously, I'm just finishing my second semester of college at 28. <BR> It's something I think I'm fairly good at. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, the lesson for today's blog is one that has taken me years to work on. I have to "study" this information every. single. day. <BR> <BR> <BR> First, some rules: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l473344078.jpg"> <BR> I have been the CHAMPION of talking *ahem* 'crap' about myself... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 17:17:52 EST Never. Give. Up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310882 I may only be 28, but I've had a million chances to give up in my life. There's a long, ugly story behind that statement, but that's not the point I want to make here. There are days (yep, we've all had them) when our goals seem SO FAR AWAY, and we have that thought that it might just be easier to give up. Being unhappy or disappointed is never easy. Sometimes we forget that. <BR> <BR> There are many days where I need to remind myself of the how, what, and why I am doing what I'm doing to g... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 00:22:56 EST Sinuses and Mixed Emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294960 Ok, so a few of you know that I've been dealing with this freakin' sinus infection for about 3 months now. I've been to the doctor a ridiculous number of times, 3 solid rounds of antibiotics, nasal steroids, neti pots, oil pulling, mucinex, pseudoephedrine, vitamins, tea, herbs, apple cider vinegar... <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> You name it, I've tried it. <BR> <BR> So, I FINALLY got in for a CT scan on Monday. Guess what - I need surgery. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> My ENT showe... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:08:37 EST Roller Derby (Yay! Finally doing something social!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261682 As some of you know, I work full time and I'm a college student, so I don't get out much. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I've also been dealing with a sinus infection for nearly 2 months, but I've been getting acupuncture each week for the last 4 weeks, so I'm actually feeling really good despite the crud that is living in my face. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Aaaaanyway, my boss is on hour roller derby team (Hel'z Belles for those of you who live in Montana) and I love going to support her! <... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 01:48:07 EST I've been MIA for a bit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247765 I'm dealing with a sinus infection that I've had for over 6 weeks now. I've maintained a fever hovering between 100 and 102 the entire time. Three rounds of antibiotics plus nasal steroids have not touched it. Oh yes, don't forget I'm still working full time AND I'm in college. <BR> <BR> I'm exhausted. I'm having a difficult time being motivated. When I get home from work, knowing I have hours worth of homework to do before bed, I just don't feel like cooking. As a result, I'm not making... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:46:21 EST All dressed up and nowhere to go. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213094 I've released enough of my body weight that it was beginning to get painfully obvious that I needed to buy smaller clothes, particularly for work. <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, I'm still in the 'obese' category. I don't have any delusions of being a model or anything. However, I'm starting to appreciate my body for what it is instead of hating it. I think this has really helped on my journey. It's pretty hard to want to fix something when you're so busy resenting it. ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:42:19 EST So incredibly saddened by the news of the school shooting in Connecticut. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166670 Let's all set politics and opinions aside and pray for the families and community so needlessly, horribly devastated this morning. <em>51</em> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:14:36 EST Final Exam Update (QUICK) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165727 Finished my Research class with 103%. Ohhhh yes. <BR> <em>104</em> <em>100</em> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 18:04:20 EST When I'm done with my Exam, I'll be celebrating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164531 I have 1 final exam to take for this semester, I'll be doing that tonight after work. Once it's officially over, and I've gotten a decent night's sleep, I'm totally going to celebrate the fact that I got 100% on my big giant Research project. I'm really really proud of the work I did on it and how it all turned out. If I could figure out how to, I'd upload it on here for you guys to see. I spent hours and hours gathering information and photos, formatting it, recording my voice, etc. It all... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:31:05 EST Haha! Another little blurb! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157106 This happened a bit ago, but I just realized that I've lost over 10% of my body weight! WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> Went to Good Will last night, since I really need to get some smaller clothes, bought two pants and two shirts, each a smaller size than I used to purchase. I'm wearing one of the outfits today and the pants are still too big. I'm ok with that though, they were $2. <em>9</em> Wed, 5 Dec 2012 12:46:04 EST Mini entry since I've got homework to do... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152912 I hit the 30 lb mark this morning! I'm totally stoked! <BR> <BR> Sidenote: I need to buy smaller pants. I had an incident at work the other day that could have been very embarrassing if anyone else had witnessed it... <em>2</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 19:25:40 EST I forgot about this one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138520 So, from a couple of my other blogs, you've probably seen some of my makeup art. <BR> <BR> This year I was having a Halloween Costume Identity Crisis. If you haven't already seen my Happy Halloween blog entry, you might check it out to see what I ultimately went with, but I was practicing the night before, trying, trying, trying to decide what the heck I wanted to be. <BR> <BR> My dog is the only one who actually got to see me wear this look, but I thought I'd share it here. <em>334<... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 15:59:56 EST I stole this format from another blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132782 However, I liked it, so I'm going to use it to introduce myself a little bit! <BR> <BR> A. Age: 28 <BR> <BR> B. Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C. Chore that you hate: Washing the dishes! I don't have a dishwasher. <BR> <BR> D. Dogs: 1 Chiweenie named Jack McFarland <BR> <BR> E. Essential start to your day: Snooze button <BR> <BR> F. Favorite color: Green <BR> <BR> G. Gold or Silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H. Height: 5' 7" <BR> <BR> I. Instruments you play: Trumpet (when I was in school) ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:18:28 EST Happy Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119287 I've always loved Halloween. Luckily, I'm not big on candy, so this doesn't present any issues with my food plan. I've always loved dressing up though. Love Love Love it! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm planning to walk the neighborhood with my nieces and nephews this evening. Good thing it's warm this year, it's usually pretty frigid in Montana on Halloween. I remember being so sad when I was little because I'd have this awesome costume that we made and then I had to wear sweats under my d... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:34:28 EST So I have a few random hobbies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089578 They make me fairly popular with my nieces and nephews though! <BR> <BR> One of my hobbies is makeup. Some of it is stuff you can wear every day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l581601006.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l287554693.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some of it is a bit more dramatic, if I get excited about new colors... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l993503155.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Or a holiday (Independence Da... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 01:25:26 EST I'm Cheap. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086521 I suppose "frugal" is the more appropriate term. Although, I'm sure I could be bought for the right price... <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Aaaaanyway, I want to eat healthy and nourish my body. However, I'm the only one who pays my bills, so I don't want to spend a ton of money doing it. <BR> <BR> Autumn has arrived in Montana (it was 33 here this morning) and you know what that means? CROCKPOT WEATHER! This is rather misleading, since I use the crockpot year round - it's great for not heati... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:47:13 EST That Moment When You Realize How Far You've Come... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083821 Many times it is so much easier to notice the progress that others make, whether or not we choose to be happy for them or jealous. What I find absolutely astonishing, and it makes me rejoice each and every time, is when I have those moments that I recognize the progress that I've made that cannot be measured with a scale or measuring tape. <BR> <BR> For example, I used to LOVE drama. If I wasn't involved, I would get involved. I've always hated confrontation, but boy, I was sure cheering th... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 13:06:14 EST Hey Monday! Bring. It. On. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082157 I had a great weekend. I made a nutritious dinner to share with my sister (who hung out at my house Friday night) and we watched The Avengers. It was awesome. I had no idea it would be so funny! <BR> <BR> Sunday I went to Avenue Q at our local theatre with a couple of friends. It was hilarious! <BR> <BR> What a great, relaxing weekend. I'm really glad I chose to finish my homework during the week and take the weekend off. I could have used it to get ahead on this week's assignment, but I c... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:26:41 EST Dealing with a loss of a not so happy variety. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077375 My great grandmother passed away last night, about an hour after I left her side. <BR> <BR> The experience of visiting her for what I knew would be the last time left me physically and emotionally exhausted. For both our sakes, I kept my chin up, my eyes dry, and spoke with her like it was any other conversation. After telling her I loved her and leaving, I was completely drained. <BR> <BR> The feeling seems to be carrying over to today. I'm at work, trying to stay awake and be productive.... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:47:56 EST FRIDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069175 Well, I'll be at home this evening, doing a bit of Walk Away the Pounds, and then finishing the Gandhi book for my World Religions class. I'm going to finish the assignment for my Research class because tomorrow I'm going to a college football game and I don't want to be thinking about my schoolwork. <BR> <BR> In the past I would have put all of this off until Sunday afternoon and worked right up to the 11pm deadline. Now, I'm all about not causing myself undue stress. Plus, having my Sund... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:35:14 EST Fitness Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067769 So. I ordered a workout DVD (Xtend Barre) I found through the video section on Spark. It arrived in the mail yesterday. I was totally jazzed to do it. <BR> <BR> I get all un-officed, put on the sports bra, yoga pants, tank top, and I'm ready for this workout. I pop in the DVD, watch the introduction, the tutorial (so I know what she's talking about if she uses terms I'm not familiar with) and hit play on the six minute warm-up. <BR> <BR> THEN... Reality punched me in the face. I am SOOO... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:44:41 EST One Day At A Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066387 Yep, you're right, it's a cliche. I've been learning why cliches are around - because they're true. <BR> <BR> If I look at my eating/fitness habits for the next 10 years, I will get overwhelmed and dive right 'off the wagon.' I can say this with conviction, I've done it before. Many times, in fact. <BR> <BR> However, I can do this today. Just for today, I can go for a 30 minute walk. Just for today I can make my nutrient goals without going over my calorie goals. Just for today, I can ma... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:56:44 EST