FLKAIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FLKAIN FLKAIN'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/ 9 to 5 For Real! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896142 Made it thru 2 hours of Zumba. I taught about 20 minutes of the 5:30 class and 2 songs at the 7pm class. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the weekend. I'm attending a Master's Class on Saturday and teaching Sunday School. I need to be working on that!! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:13:38 EST St Patrick's Day Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895477 My school Zumba class met today and we had our St Patrick's Day party. They all wore green and we did a warm up song - Dance above the Rainbow. It's my first Irish dance. (Thank goodness it's only once a year!) Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:11:03 EST Happy St Patrick's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894857 <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> My day was uneventful (which is a good thing.) After school, my students had a club meeting and I taught piano this evening. I've received a call for a neighbor needing tutoring. I don't know when I'll find time. I really need to say no, but it's not in my nature. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:59:10 EST Early to Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894239 Well I'm tired. It's been a busy day and I'm going to bed soon. Unfortunately, I need to get a lesson plan together for tomorrow. But I might figure that out in the am. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 21:45:25 EST Sunshine and Laughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893555 The waiter at brunch described a dish as "sunshine and laughter" in a bowl. It's stuck with me all day! <em>67</em> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 21:05:02 EST Pi Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892970 3.1415 Having a great time. My niece was terrific in the play Legally Blonde. While I didn't think it was appropriate for middle school, the students did a great job. No exercise today. I'll catch up on Monday. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 19:14:53 EST Friday the 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892491 My sister and I are half way to our destination and are enjoying dinner. We spent several hours in the car catching up. <BR> <BR> I'm sticking with my diet today - dinner tonight is a house salad & chicken noodle soup. No promises for tomorrow! Fri, 13 Mar 2015 21:44:49 EST Hitting the road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891951 About to finish another fantastic week. I've stuck to my diet (about 1300 calories). I've exercised (1 hour of Zumba). And my sister and I are going on a road trip for the weekend. <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 22:15:06 EST Sleepyhead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891271 Luckily my leg is no longer bothering me. Zumba was fun. Two new ladies joined us today. The diet went well today. I had about 1300 calories. I'm kinda sleepy. Maybe I need a nap before getting to work. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:06:58 EST Limping Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890767 Yesterday's exercise may have been a bit much. I woke this morning (2ish) with the worst Charlie Horse!! Painful!! Luckily, it was my day off; I limped for part of the day. I hope it's gone by tomorrow because I'm scheduled to teach after school. <BR> <BR> The diet went well, I consumed about 12oo calories. I'm off to bed. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:31:56 EST Full Throttle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890162 After 2 weeks off plan, I started back today. It went well; I still have one shake to drink before going to bed. <BR> <BR> For the first time, I taught a 60 minute Zumba class. I had some help from another instructor who taught 3 songs so I could "catch" my breath. With the exception of one song, it went well. <BR> <BR> Another Zumba instructor called last week asking if I would be interested in subbing for her on occasions. So I went to her class tonight and was introduced to the l... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 22:41:46 EST Comfortable in our Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889486 Saw this Sparkpeople video on Facebook - A group of adults and a group of kids were both asked one question: "If you could change one thing about your body, what would it be?" The answers differed a LOT between the two groups. <BR> <BR> The kids struggled to come up with one thing to change. They wanted mermaid tails, wings & sharks teeth to eat stuff! Sounds like fun! <BR> <BR> However, the adults readily supplied an answer (eye shape, protruding ears, butts) and an explanation (bullyi... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 21:20:27 EST Random Thought of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888732 I was thinking as I got out of the shower, how I wouldn't take a shower at the gym because I couldn't get a towel to go all the around me. Not even a beach towel. I would have to go home -- dirty, sweaty and sometime even wet (the pool). No longer have that problem! Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:45:46 EST Snow Day 100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888409 <em>444</em> <em>425</em> Need I say more. I'm going stir crazy! <BR> <BR> I've been out a couple of times today. I bought a dress to wear to a party tomorrow evening and I did go to Zumba this evening! <BR> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 23:08:55 EST Snow Day 99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887724 Not really, but it's getting old. <BR> <BR> But I've gotten caught on up some stuff: <BR> 1. Typing a survey for my mother <BR> 2. Update my school webpage <BR> 3. Read a book <BR> 4. Worked on some choreo for next week. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:23:18 EST Word is out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887107 My class is growing. I had 14 students in class including 3 new ladies. We might need a new location. I worked up quite a sweat! They talked me into another workout on Friday (weather permitting.) I'm so over yesterday's incident. God blessed me with a wonderful group of women to dance with. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:58:30 EST Treat You Dirty and Call it Clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886471 I'm usually a very even tempered person but I'm going to vent and then leave this topic alone! <BR> <BR> 3 weeks ago, a friend asked me to participate in a Zumba party. While I normally teach piano on Tuesday, I said yes and rearranged my schedule. Now, she saw me type this event in my calendar. <BR> <BR> So when I show up tonight, she says, "Oh you're here. I hope'd you had forgotten. I have enough instructors." <BR> <BR> While I was disappointed, I was professional and let it go. ... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 20:47:23 EST Living a Balanced and Healthy Life According to Dr Seuss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885862 Just some great lessons for kids and adults from Dr Seuss- <BR> <BR> "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You." <BR> <BR> "Why fit in when you're born to stand out?" <BR> <BR> "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." <BR> <BR> "You're on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who'll decide where to go." <BR> <BR> “Don’t give up. I believe in you all. A ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:52:46 EST Knicknacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885142 I have been working like a dog since I got up this morning. Church was cancelled because of the ice but I took advantage of the day. <BR> <BR> While I washed all the dishes from yesterday, I put the furniture and knicknacks back. After talking to my parents, I spent the rest of the day making lesson plans, grading papers, making a test and entering grades in the computer. I'm just getting fished and realized that I hadn't posted today. <BR> <BR> I've packed the remaining sandwiches an... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:37:59 EST Reaching Out, Reaching within http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884411 It's official-- my Zumba Gold class will start on March 12! I'm really nervous, but I guess its time to step out and see what I'm made of. <BR> <BR> I'm used to "regular" Zumba as a student and a teacher. Zumba Gold is suited for beginners and people with limited motion/abilities. I will need to modify some of my songs within the next 2 weeks to be ready! This was always my goal, now I need to have faith and go for it! Please pray for me! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:39:47 EST Just desserts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883989 Four ladies stayed for Zumba after school. I finished most of my prep for my book club meeting. I just need to puree the tomato soup and add the roux; then I need to ice the mini desserts. I hope the ladies show up. Last year when I hosted, only 3 came (out of 12)! I was left with a lot of leftovers. I took them to school and the teachers took care of it! I don't want to be left with all that dessert over the weekend! <BR> <BR> I plan to go to Zumba in the morning. I have a lot of stuff... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:33:39 EST Promises Promises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883431 I survived back-to-back Zumba classes this evening!! The owner of the studio asked me to sub for an instructor next week!!! Yes!! <BR> <BR> Not much to report today. My cousin visited and we had lunch with her son and granddaughter. I got a bunch of papers graded; okay I didn't start until 8:30! We have a 2 hour delay in the morning. But tomorrow will be busy. In addition to teaching, I promised the ladies an extra class at school, and I have to finish the preparations for my book club me... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:21:23 EST Just in case http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882748 The ladies in my Zumba class are so much fun. Even though we work in the same building, I don't have a lot of interactions with them. I guess you really get to know someone when you work out! <BR> <BR> I ordered hip skirts for them and they were (almost) more excited about them than the exercise. Some how they have convinced me to hold another class on Friday (weather permitting). <BR> <BR> I'm feeling my shoulders today after yesterday's workout. While I had reservations about the clas... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:36:10 EST Punch Punch Jab Jab http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882085 Now ya'll know I exercise everyday. But today my body is hurting! It's the good ache; knowing that you gave all during your workout. That cardio kickboxing is no joke. I've done Body Combat and this was a much more intensive workout! <em>325</em> <BR> <BR> It was a struggle to get up at 4 and leave the house by 4:30. Luckily I put all my stuff in the car last night so I only needed to get dressed this morning. For a while it was just me and the instructor. I did some walking befor... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:04:53 EST Early Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881419 I'm trying to get ready to go to the gym in the morning. It's been a while (Spring 2014) since I've been to the gym BEFORE work. Hopefully I've packed everything in the car - clothes, lunch and backpack - since I won't have time to come home before work. <BR> <BR> The diet went well today. Especially after a horrible weekend of binge eating. But I'm moving ahead. <BR> <BR> Off to bed; 4:15 comes awful early!! <em>128</em> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:41:01 EST Quiet on the Eastern Front http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880778 Nothing to report today. I feel like it's the end of Christmas/Winter break and I have to get my body and mind ready to go back to work. Of course the body is not cooperating today; I've been experiencing digestive issues ALLL day. Yuk. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:34:46 EST And now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880171 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l824217405.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey by exercising by myself. I would walk outdoors or do a dvd at home (Walk Away the Pounds, The Biggest Loser). I own about 25+ dvd. About 4 months after starting my diet, I joined the gym. I started with water aerobics; the water was easier on my joints and muscles. Several months later I left the pool and went to Zumba! Now I belong to 3 gyms (including the Zumba studio). <BR> ... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:41:31 EST Out of Sync http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879659 I've been up since 3:30 this morning. I've cleaned my bedroom closet and a made a pile of stuff to donate to Goodwill. I went to school to pick up my laptop; tired of typing stuff on my phone! <BR> <BR> I went to Zumba at my gym. They have a new instructor; she was great! Every instructor has their own style. I liked Stephanie & her choreo. It wasn't too difficult to follow. The studio where I take/teach Zumba will be closed all weekend because the street hasn't been cleaned. Plus tomo... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:23:25 EST Done done done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878876 Yes, I finished my laundry, washed the dishes for my book club meeting AND graded those lab reports. <BR> <BR> I did much better today on my diet. I was able to go to 5:30 Zumba; the road leading to the studio was really icy. Unfortunately, the 7 pm class was cancelled. It's likely that the morning & evening classes will be cancelled tomorrow. I did my new cool down and I ended at just the right time!! <BR> <BR> Well no school tomorrow. What to do? What to do? Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:11:19 EST Southern Comfort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878373 This snow has got to go! I ate off plan today, not because I was particularly hungry; it was pure BOREDOM! I had 2 bags of popcorn and a Stouffer's Macaroni and Cheese. <BR> <BR> On the positive, I did go to the gym this morning and my laundry is done. I finished on my cool down song and am working on choreo for Uptown Funk. I also read a book. <BR> <BR> School is out again tomorrow. I still haven't graded those papers. <BR> <BR> Zumba isn't until tomorrow evening. Hopefully, I c... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:16:10 EST Adult Snow Day (round 2!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877678 So another snow day! We received between 6-8 inches and bless God for my neighbor who cleaned my sidewalk. Around noon I cleaned the snow off the car and out of my parking space. That was about the most useful thing I did today. (Oh I did empty the dishwasher.) <BR> <BR> My piano student cancelled so I was able to visit my friends at the gym for Zumba this evening. Most of them stayed away but I got my second workout in for the day! <BR> <BR> I get another snow day tomorrow. After go... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:44:58 EST Adult Snow Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877000 I'm enjoying my snow day. We started with a 2 hour delay and by 8 - they closed schools (and no it wasn't snowing then!). I honestly think we could have gone 1/2 day. But I don't get paid to make the big decisions. <BR> <BR> Instead of standing in line with the other nuts this morning, I went to Body Combat. It's been a while (at least the instructor remembered me - she yelled my name at least twice during the work out!). I'm beginning to feel it in my shoulders as I type this. Zumba w... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:17:03 EST Obesity in Remission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876336 I just read a disheartening article - Here's the headline & quote: <BR> <BR> Diet and exercise alone are no cure for obesity, doctors say <BR> "For most of the nation’s 79 million adults and 13 million children who are obese, the “eat less, move more” treatment, as currently practiced, is a prescription for failure, a group of weight-loss specialists says." <BR> <BR> The article seems to bash the "eat less, move more" method of weight loss BUT offered NO solutions. (The article suggests th... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:23:08 EST Feeling G0od http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875847 Feeling Good by Michael Buble has become my jam! " <BR> Breeze driftin' on by <BR> You know how I feel <BR> It's a new dawn <BR> It's a new day <BR> It's a new life <BR> For me <BR> And I'm feeling good <BR> <BR> On February 13, 2012, I started my weight loss journey. I took a few minutes to review some posts during that year and I can't believe how far I've come. <em>505</em> While I've gained some weight, I'm faithful to my exercise routines! <BR> <BR> One of childhood friends visite... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:17:15 EST Love is in the Air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875352 There's nothing like Valentine's Day at a public high school. Students are walking around with balloons, boxes of candy, cupcakes, flowers, stuff animals... The office delivered an edible arrangement to a student in my class. Who buys a teenager an edible arrangement? LOL <BR> <BR> Luckily, I didn't receive any candy this year! I think I still have last year's candy in the freezer. No weight loss this week. I'm okay with that. I'm feeling good and my clothes fit. I will need to review... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:15:27 EST A Corn Dog for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874759 I love corn dogs. I haven't had one in a while. But back in the day I would pay the entrance fee for the Fair, buy a couple corn dogs and go home. <BR> <BR> I only mention this because I watching a Daily Spark video - 20 Things You Should Say More Often by Kid President. No. 18 - "Here is a surprise corn dog I bought for you because you're my friend." Nothing acknowledges a true friendship better than a corn dog. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 22:14:03 EST The Mood Lifter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874091 Every day I'm becoming convince that exercise can help your mood. Take Zumba today. The ladies arrived to class COMPLAINING - students, parents, other teachers. ( I didn't have a great day in the classroom either, but I shut it out of my mind.) I let them complain for a minute and then I started class by saying that there is no "whining" in Zumba. We're here to party! <BR> <BR> A few minutes later, the ladies had their hip skirts on and were dancing and shaking everything thing they had. ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:33:10 EST Hunger Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873441 I defeated the cookie monster again! <BR> <BR> I've been hungry the last couple of days. With the Simple Diet, you are encouraged to eat an extra entree/shake if necessary. But I've been doing my own little experiment. Studies suggest that hunger may be masking thirst. So instead of grabbing an extra meal, I've been trying to drink water. Sometimes it works; right now - not so much. Since I didn't work out today, I'm not going to indulge! I guess I'll go to bed early and start again ... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:24:40 EST Cookie Monster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872778 I was excited to get back into another pair of pants this morning. <em>244</em> Who needs new clothes; getting back into the old ones are way more exciting! <BR> <BR> Weird weather today. I slept with the fan on last night and dressed in light clothing for school. I didn't know I had afternoon bus duty and I nearly froze my skinny behind off! Now they're calling for snow in the am. <BR> <BR> I passed up both cheesecake and a cookie cake today. Okay - the cheesecake wasn't a big deal... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 21:25:00 EST Crazy Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872063 Normally, Sunday is my day of rest (at least from exercise), but who can resist a free Zumbathon! I played 2 services this morning, had time to come home eat a little lunch and attend the Heart Healthy event. I actually had a chance to catch up with my sorority sisters. <BR> <BR> Don't think I mentioned it but I lost 3 pounds last week. Praise God! I'm feeling better every day. <BR> <BR> Another busy week ahead. But no choir practice on Monday! Sun, 8 Feb 2015 20:34:43 EST Why does this stuff happen to me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871466 Today's story - Because of my weight loss I can generally shop in "regular" stores. However, I still like to buy my bras at the plus store. They seem to fit better and they will measure you if necessary. <BR> <BR> Any way, I belong to a bra club at this particular store. You get punch card and after purchasing 7 bras, you get the 8th one FREE. So this morning after 2 Zumba classes, I decided to redeem my coupon. I pick out one bra and a pair of pantyhose; I hand salesperson my punch ca... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 20:55:17 EST Red Hot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870932 Another full day of educating our youth!!High schoolers are tooooo much! Today they were all in my business. Why? I wore a red dress to school today (National Wear Red Day- Go Red for Women). They were convinced that I had a hot date after school. If I did, why would I get dressed so early? <BR> <BR> This evening I went to Zumba. I'm in talks with the owners about starting my own Zumba Gold class there. They're going to see if there is any interest in having the class. I'm so excit... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 21:44:03 EST Lonely Sofa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870335 I must confess that I'm looking forward to the weekend so I can catch up on some rest. HA-HA! Like that's going to happen! Let's see - Zumba (Friday night & Saturday morning) - Two services on Sunday and Zumbathon on Sunday evening. I remember the days when I was a couch potato. I don't remember the last time I actually sat on my sofa. <BR> <BR> I taught the 2nd half of Zumba tonight including the cool down! Unfortunately I didn't get my 10 minutes of walking in today. The other part... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 22:09:29 EST Adding it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869563 I had 8 women attend Zumba today; 2 were new students. We're having parent teacher conferences and some teachers did not want to have to go home to take showers and return. But we had a great time. I earned my first income today too! The ladies made a tip jar and I made $10. It's not about the money. I enjoy exercising and want others to enjoy it as well. <BR> <BR> I'm waiting on a parent so I'm walking in place to get my 10 minutes. Today's fitness challenge was about walking medit... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:41:45 EST Woman of Steel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868950 To meet today's 10 minute challenge, I went back to the Small Change Challenges from last month. I walked the stairs at school for 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> I also completed the 3rd challenge which involved strength training. SparkPeople provided a list: skater squats, forward lunges, calf raises, planks, superman, push ups, pendulum or triceps dips. I completed the superman which works on the core and the lower back; I held the position for 30 seconds. My only concern is that they didn't... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 20:59:24 EST Walking in Wal-Mart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868239 I'm starting a new challenge this month -- The Walkabout Challenge. This week we will be walking for 10 minutes each day. Because the wind is whipping, I'm just coming in from walking at Wal-Mart. I got a basket and pushed it up and down the aisle for 10 minutes then I returned the basket. (I did buy some broccoli which I've steamed for tomorrow's lunch. <BR> <BR> I'm supposed to tell at least 3 people about my commitment to this challenge. So SparkFriends - you're hereby notified. (... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 22:11:43 EST Lazy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867436 Needless to say - today has been extremely low key. We closed the club down last night. It was Latin night - just what Zumba instructors & students require. Some young man asked me to dance and I told him I hope he could keep up with someone old enough to be his grandmother!! <BR> <BR> Another busy week ahead. Zumba - Monday, Wednesday (my class @ school), Thursday, Friday, Saturday and another Zumbathon on Sunday; Parent-Teacher conferences on Wednesday and Choir practice on Monday & Thu... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 20:52:44 EST Dancing all day (and night) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866711 The Zumbathon went extremely well. We raise over $3000. I had a lot of support - friends from several gyms. I have to share this. In the middle of my second song I temporarily lost my mind and jumped off the stage and danced into the middle of the crowd. Then hopped back on the stage to finish the song. My 50 year old bones will be feeling this later. <BR> <BR> Now I'm getting ready for ladies night out. I've accumulated 25000+ steps today, I don't know how much boogie I have left! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:51:30 EST Cracked, yet abiding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866211 My Zumba mentor invited me to hear her speak at her church this evening. The message was - Cracked, yet abiding. Even though were facing difficulties (jobs, family, finances) or are stressed, we should continue to do God's work. <BR> <BR> God puts the right people in your path. I needed to hear the message because I've been worrying over something that I really have no control over. Actually, I was "borrowing" trouble (my mother's favorite saying!) <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the Zumbatho... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:28:40 EST Sweeeeet Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865533 The small change challenge was to read labels and pick one source of sneaky sugar in my diet to avoid for the day. I'm a southern girl and I love sweet tea. While I primarily drink unsweetened tea (with sweet n low), I still occasionally indulge. Apparently there are 12 teaspoons (48 grams) of added sugar in 16 oz glass. So I'm challenging myself to go 1 week without sweetened tea! Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:07:02 EST