HENLADY11's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HENLADY11 HENLADY11'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/ Here Goes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729044 I can't believe it has been MARCH since I last made an entry. 12 hour shifts at night will do that to you. <BR> My manager has said I can move to day shift in August. So that is one thing to look forward to. Day shift at my job is roughly twice the workload...but you can sleep at night and be up in daylight so you feel better. Tradeoff. Hope I can keep up with it. <BR> Husband is finally starting to sleep at night, even when I'm not home. He has also started walking with our dogs on t... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:44:49 EST be aware of the obstacles; don't let them stop you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650833 that's my message to myself today. <BR> Life is like the Great Balancing Act of 2014. My husband is retired and likes us to do stuff together. I have a job that requires a lot. I work at night so my sleep cycle gets regularly scrambled. I like to eat healthy food with fish and veggies; my darling beloved loves to eat what I refer to as "the food of death", the stuff high in white flour, sugar and salt. <BR> right now we are both sleep-deprived and grumpy. He has been having insomnia pret... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:13:49 EST Still going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618736 I had a day off yesterday and it was good. I did a medicine ball workout, only 1 set because I'm not in shape, but still it was 20 minutes of maneuvers with a medicine ball. Good core exercise. I'm a little sore today but not too sore to enjoy life or go to work tonight. I guess that was my goal. Workout enough to start burning off some calories but not be miserable the next day. <BR> When I was younger I would have made fun of such small efforts but when I was younger I didn't think I... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 15:16:47 EST this is NOT a setback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618024 I set my first weeks goals really, really low. Drink 6 cups of water a day and journal on SparkPeople every day. Well, I missed a day yesterday. In the past I would have been really mad at myself and down on myself, but I'm going to focus on what happened, recalibrate my plan and move on. <BR> It was a busy day yesterday. That's just a fact of life right now. I worked till 7 am, had to sleep till 2pm, got up, took care of animals, made a smoothie and took my husband to his PT appointment.... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 16:37:39 EST Digging for motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615946 ON2VICTORY-a really inspiring Spark blogger-posted some good thoughts about finding your passion, what will keep you going. Anyone can "start a diet" or "start working out". The trick is finding out what will keep you going. <BR> So today I'm pondering what makes me want to do this. Some of the reasons: <BR> -I'm a nurse. Every day I see people, ordinary good people, who are in the hospital with conditions that probably could have been avoided if they had eaten a healthier diet and kept ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 13:16:11 EST Blogging it out: I need a Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614873 Life happens. I started working nights, husband had knee problems, I started back to school. Job looked uncertain, work schedule kept changing, husband's knee got worse. Had to withdraw from class. Holidays came with family love and family stress. New at work so I got to work on all the holidays. Husband's knee became so bad he had knee replacement. Started class again in February. <BR> I fell back into my old way of coping with stress-eating too much, and eating a lot of junk. Now,... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 10:40:44 EST 5K on Sunday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517371 Work and life have been interfering with my schedule of training but today I was determined to get in a good workout. Did 3.25 miles on the treadmill-woohoo!! <BR> Last year I ran in the Komen 5K. It was the first time for me. I had been running and walking on the treadmill so I figured I could do the distance. <BR> Well, I finished-barely. I realized right away that training on the treadmill had not gotten me in good enough shape. We were running on pavement! and on HILLS! and it wa... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:32:44 EST Night shift: Doable but different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513555 Still working out how to keep a healthy lifestyle, not overeat, exercise regularly and still see my husband and have a life while working all night and sleeping till afternoon. <BR> Husband is adjusting better-at first we just really missed seeing each other, but he's getting pretty good at doing his projects and running the house while I'm asleep. <BR> Sunday is the 5K I've been talking myself into for months. I started doing the SP 5K Your Way walk/job program and was progressing pret... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:42:13 EST night shift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462238 Just finished my first 2 nights in a row, 7p to 7a. Its going to be tough. Being sleepy seems to trigger that idiot part of my brain that keeps whining,"if I EAT something I will feel less tired..." <BR> Which is not, not NOT true. I know that. Eating does NOT make me less tired, it makes me full. <BR> I have really got to watch out for that. Also being sleepy seems to make me want to eat carbohydrates a lot more, but most of the weight I've gotten rid of was because the Hub and I ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:37:10 EST First day back at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438178 the hospital I'm working at has a BIG emphasis on keeping healthy and will even give you a better rate on your insurance if you get regular physicals and lab work. <BR> but in orientation they had a bowl of candy for every two people, sitting on the conference table. By the grace of God I didn't eat any but those peppermints and Tootsie rolls were calling my name by the end of day! Then, on one of the breaks, the leader URGED us all to go downstairs and get cake and soda they had set out... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 06:54:53 EST More of a Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436441 I have a job! Starting tomorrow I'm in orientation....then next week I start working night shift. I am really really glad to be working again. <BR> the hard part is going to be maintaining weight loss and workouts on night shift. I am determined to make it work. I used to be a major "stress eater" at work but I don't want to go back to that. <BR> Got to get used to staying up all night again....I haven't done that for a long time. I've been following ON2VICTORY's blog for a while, he... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 17:31:29 EST Keep on keeping on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429529 According to the 5K YourWay calendar, you should do the walk/jog intervals one day and then rest or cross-train the next day. due to weather, family issues etc. I ended up "resting" 2-3 days in between each session. but even so, on the third session I noticed my legs and breathing were recovering a little better than they had before. <BR> Doing some weights today to keep a little upper body strength building, then tomorrow starting walk 3 minutes, jog 1.5 minutes, 5 times. <BR> <BR> A... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:04:41 EST Getting started for a 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420242 So today I started on the SP couch to 5K program. My dog Melody and I did 5 intervals of walk 4 minutes/jog at least 1 minute. My husband and HIS dog walked their 2 miles. And it didn't rain! <BR> The 5K I have my eye on is the Susan G. Komen in October. That is around 10 weeks from now, so even a procrastinator with confidence issues (like me) should be able to get in shape for it. <BR> I like the SP workout because it steps up the time/distance very gradually. Previously I have tri... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:48:58 EST Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404355 Had an interview Wednesday. I think the interview went pretty well, but I was so screamingly nervous all day Tuesday, stressing about what to wear and looking stuff up to prepare myself. Did manage to get through it all without overeating much. My exercise routine suddenly fell apart but I'm going to get back on it. Exercise is part of what is helping me cope with stress. <BR> Husband had a PSA that was elevated and his doctor is going to do a biopsy. So we are both pretty nervous and... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:37:12 EST Things are finally getting better in a LOT of ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398164 and I am sooo thankful. <BR> <BR> I am still unemployed. Updated my resume, visited and/or applied online to everywhere I could think of. <BR> Any of you who have been unemployed know what a black hole of rejection that is. I told my husband I was determined NOT to get overweight and depressed just because I didn't have a job. I kept working out-exercise really kept my endorphins from dropping-and I started tracking everything I ate, even if it wasn't a healthy choice. (Turns out ... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 10:33:19 EST dealing with it-unemployment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333703 yesterday I posted about the stress of working with someone who doesn't like me and keeping grounded in reality and not letting it get to me. in the morning I was called into the office and informed I would not be needed in that position. <BR> Yep, I'm being let go. I knew things were bad but not that bad. <BR> My mind is still reeling. I was offered a chance to work 12-hour shifts on the hospital floor-after being an office worker for a year and a half. Or I can go file for unempl... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 05:36:12 EST managing my mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332555 I work with someone on Wednesdays and Fridays who dislikes me. Unfortunately she is the manager of the department. <BR> That sounds sooo grade school..."waaah, she doesn't want to be my friend...". Well, after gritting my teeth and telling myself all the excuses like,"she didn't meant that/she was having a bad day/when she sees how hard I work she will change/her family is driving her nuts."....I'm old enough now to deal in reality, and the reality is, she doesn't like me, and its been l... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 07:01:59 EST Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331310 I am going to: <BR> -Drink at least 8 cups of water <BR> -eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegs <BR> -workout at least 30 minutes (done) <BR> -MANAGE MY MIND: watch for the negative lies that crop up and try to push me back into my safe little pudgy overweight cave. If I manage my mind and remind myself of reality it should be a pretty good day no matter what happens. <BR> <BR> The mental part really is the hardest part, isn't it? Mon, 22 Apr 2013 06:46:31 EST one day at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326017 Well I'm back. Hopefully. I get pretty cynical sometimes. But anyway, I did get up this morning and since I was having a lot of trouble getting excited about my usual routine (because it is dark and raining outside and it makes me want to just go lie on the couch and snooze...don't go there..) I found Spark had a new workout from Canyon Ranch, only 20 minutes. Canyon Ranch is usually way beyond my level but I figured, 20 minutes... <BR> Canyon Ranch is STILL a bit much, I just don't have a... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 06:40:27 EST Boston Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324770 spent the last 30 minutes watching and reading about the bombs at the Boston Marathon. I am just numb with shock and outrage and horror. At a public event that celebrates life and health and the triumph of the human spirit over the physical body.....WHO WOULD DO SUCH A THING???? <BR> <BR> Trying to get myself grounded enough to go to work and function. <BR> <BR> Oh Boston and all my brother and sisters who run....my heart goes out to you. Stay strong. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 05:53:10 EST how committed am I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295820 Spark had a good article about checking your level of commitment to living the way you know is best for you. I read it and am thinking it over. I'm somewhere between slight committed and fully committed. This week I didn't track my food and I'm annoyed with myself about it but there you are-I didn't. Mostly because I didn't WANT to enter all those tortilla chips and see how many calories they are!! <BR> BUT-I did get up every day, Monday through Friday-and exercise. Monday, Wednesday a... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 06:39:19 EST good news/bad news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284822 I have had a cold since the weekend, and for the past 2 days it has really drained me. I swear I keep hearing my mother's voice in my ear,"Starve a fever, feed a cold..." It's weird how your mind will play tricks like that trying to get you to take off the brakes and go eat a lot. <BR> I haven't done great on my food plan but I haven't done terrible. We had a med supply rep at our office today doing a demo, and he had brought Panera bagels and several kinds of cream cheese. (Evidently ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 06:37:22 EST Being honest with myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282078 For the past 2 weeks, I've been tracking my food and eating healthy good stuff.....most of the time. Unless something upsets me, where I suddenly indulge myself with something. I've been doing 10 minutes of SparkVideos here, 15 minutes of walking there. Unless I get tired/sleepdeprived/have a cold/don't plan ahead enough/feel sore. You get the pattern. <BR> <BR> I'm going to stop lying to myself. The reality is, I'm not doing it consistently enough to really make a difference. I was... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 06:33:37 EST Spark People videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265560 This week I'm trying out the SparkPeople videos. Most of them are pretty beginner-level so they are right where I'm at. Today I was tired and short on time so I tried the Yoga Fusion, which was ok; yoga with some extra moves. <BR> The feature I like the most is when you finish you can click on the tracker button at the bottom and it will calculate the calories you burned and add it to the Fitness Tracker. <BR> Now, some of the easy videos don't burn a lot; less than 100 calories doesn't... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 06:29:30 EST Anyone else have to deal with shingles? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258347 Of all things, I had an outbreak of shingles. <BR> Not a severe one. Small patch on the back of my leg, along with that "viral" feeling I get-very tired and draggy. <BR> Got started on the valacyclovir and today-back to work. <BR> <BR> Anybody else out there have to deal with shingles? This is my third outbreak-I have had the shingles vaccine but it is 50% effective and apparantly I'm not in the 50%. Supposedly shingles means your body's immune system is down-but I've been feeling reall... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 06:43:15 EST knocked down by depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242410 I've had to battle with depression from time to time during my life; it's really gotten bad sometimes as I get older. I've seen a counselor but so far have not been on any medication for it. I say so far because I may have to someday; all of them have side effects and I would like to avoid that. <BR> The past 2 weeks have been very cold, weather has been overcast with no sunshine, my job is changing with new administration, I really don't like some of my work at all and wish I could chang... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 06:34:46 EST learning as I go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216197 If it was easy, we'd all be thin......wouldn't we.....:) <BR> <BR> Well, eating went off track this week several times. My job was being audited, and anytime you have a government inspector with a clipboard walking around it makes all of us screamingly nervous. Two of my coworkers (Weight Watchers members) were eating chocolate at the desk; one of them said wonderingly,"I went downstairs to get a side salad and I have no idea how I ended up with this taco salad with cheese..." I know ex... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:05:08 EST Learning how to deal with "the downshift" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197403 I have felt this before. Whenever I actually get started on eating less and moving more, I feel pretty happy about all the possibilities...I might be able to wear nice looking clothes, not be so tired, less achy joints...and then it hits. I call it "the downshift" because it reminds me of what happens if you're driving a stickshift car and accidentally put it in first or second gear. Wham! suddenly the forward movement slows to a crawl. <BR> My brain starts feeling sluggish and foggy, m... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 17:49:07 EST I really love SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194344 There are so many good things on this site...the people, the plans, videos, recipes...if I come home from work and I'm having a bad day it really helps to get on SP and see how everyone else is doing. <BR> Part of my plan is to eat 5 fruits and veggies a day. It's a simple thing but it turned out to be surprisingly hard. Never realized how little veggies I eat! <BR> So I had cooked a pumpkin (not something I usually buy, it was from our garden) and had all this cooked pumpkin puree i... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 06:57:03 EST "It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180868 Got that from another Sparkperson this morning. A great thought for the day. <BR> <BR> I'm psyching myself up to get back on track and begin eating mindfully, exercising regularly and getting in shape for another busy year. What I've learned from Sparkpeople is that most of the game is mental. <BR> I can have a good menu plan, get up early and exercise, remember to bring a bottle of water to work, have at least one healthy snack on hand somewhere, but if I'm stressed/depressed/anxious/... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 12:36:55 EST