HIGGS02's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HIGGS02 HIGGS02'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/ 2 Months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367026 I cannot believe the 25th will be two months since my dad was killed at work. It seems to be going by so slowly. It feels like it should be longer than that. I also cannot believe that it has been 4 months since I posted a blog entry. Wow! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Anywho, so I finished my second semester and got 2 A's, 2 B's and a C. After the accident my grades dropped horribly. I was getting nothing less than 90's on all my Geography quizzes and exams before it and then the first exam aft... Fri, 24 May 2013 20:16:23 EST Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223538 So turns out I have the flu. This totally blows. School starts Monday along with my daughters daycare. I have one day of work. Eight hours. That's it. This is probably the longest I have been awake in the past day and a half. The only thing I've wanted is water and the Bolthouse Farms Chocolate Protein drink. And to top it off, my voice is gone. They have me on Tamiflu and I'm taking a decongestant also. Yeah, it's not helping. I am so stuffed up it's not even funny. I can't breathe to save m... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:35:14 EST Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218287 So this is me at Day 24. I don't really feel different except that my pants are starting to get a little loose. I don't feel like I have lost any weight at all. According to the scale I have lost 1 lbs and then gained it back... But my clothes are fitting a little looser.. So yeah.. Just now I have gotten the worst headache. Like it just came out of nowhere. So I am going to go take some meds and drink lots of water and hopefully that will help. I will write some more one of these days. I'm t... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:35:00 EST Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214856 So I've been having the worst week imaginable. I'm stressed about money and whether or not I'm going to have money for daycare for my daughter. And it doesn't help that I only have 16 hours. I am hoping and praying that the GI Bill kicks in at the end of the month and that I will be getting money. <BR> <BR> So right now to take my mind off it, I'm listening to Bill Engvall. It's impossible NOT to laugh while listening to him. My favorite one is the F16 joke and Dork fish. They are so awesome... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 22:09:19 EST Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212227 So today I went and got my books for school. How sad is it that a USED book cost about 5 times more than a new book? That's horrible! It's no wonder people cannot afford college and have to take out hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans! <BR> <BR> Anywho, so I'm switching back and forth between Suits and King of the Nerds. I would like to say that I am in love with the house in the nerds show! I want it! Batman suit and everything! Well, that's about all i'm going to write because I hav... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:19:22 EST Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210831 So today is/was Day 7 of the 28 Day Bootcamp. It's been interesting. I've lost a pound in that time frame. But I have also been snacking and stressed out like there's no tomorrow. But hey, at least I have LOST weight and not gained it back! I am back down to 172. I was down to 165 in August and then life/school happened. This semester is going to be different because I am in school from 1010-1525 and won't have time to stop and get something to eat. I also have power bars and everything else ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:19:25 EST Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209221 So totally lost track of the days! Wow, haven't posted since the 12th! Bad me! But yeah, I've been stressing and everything else and I have been so scatterbrained it's not even funny. But, for the most part, I have been keeping up with my exercises. My wrists have been bothering me so I've had to modify a lot of them that I usually do. I hate it because it doesn't feel like I'm doing as much as I normally do. My knees and back have also been bothering me but that's from the weather the past c... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:59:38 EST Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204301 So this is going to be short and sweet because I'm super tired from all of the jumping around I did when the Ravens were playing and my voice is almost completely gone. It's all scratchy and squeaky!! <BR> <BR> WE WON!!!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!! We beat Peyton Manning!! They said the Ravens would never do it! We proved them wrong! We were the underdog - out favored by 10 and we came out on top! We live to fight another day! This will be the year that we win the Super Bowl and give Ray Lewis ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 22:34:57 EST Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202621 Okay, so yesterday I stated that I was going to read my Geek magazine. That got me thinking that I didn't post anything I got for Christmas on here! (Hang with me for a minute, you will see where this is going...) How rude of me!!! <BR> <BR> So here goes. Some things I got for Christmas... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1639812887.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l583550025.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 19:04:55 EST Days 11 & 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200524 So this is part of what I did yesterday. All that crap that's on the counters was spread all over all 3 countertops. I deep cleaned them like crazy - like my hands were yellow from the cleaner.. Luckily they aren't anymore. Yesterday I also went grocery shopping, did 5 loads of laundry (up and down the steps about 15 times I think yesterday) and swept and mopped the kitchen. I was so tired yesterday that I sat down to read and ended up falling asleep at 930. I don't even remember turning the ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:48:42 EST Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197671 So this is Day 10! It doesn't feel like it's been that long. <BR> <BR> And I totally forgot that it was a new NCIS tonight!! I can't believe it!!! AAHH!!! But, it's all good. I have two days to catch up on it. <BR> <BR> So, I finally have a plan. Besides going back to school, I am going to get my SCUBA license sometime after April (when I get a couple extra bucks). I am going to need this anyway for what I'm going to be. Plus, if I can land a job at the Aquarium in Baltimore, it will be i... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 20:47:34 EST Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195558 So the blogging and the picture taking has paid off. I have lost two pounds. That's pretty good for my first week (again). I am hoping that I can keep this up and lose all the weight that I want to and/or get down to a better weight. <BR> <BR> So let's see. Here's an idea of what I've been eating. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1/2 Cup cottage cheese w/ a 1/2 Cup Pinapple chunks or <BR> 8 oz Bolthouse Farms Chocolate Protein <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> some type of homemade soup <BR> <BR> Dinner: ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 18:44:26 EST Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194022 So, today me and Addy did absolutely nothing. We didn't even make it to church today. We have been painting almost non-stop for 2 days and last night when my daughter took a shower she just randomly started crying so I figured I would just let her sleep in. The only thing we did was go to the store to get a Sunday paper for the coupons. Love me some coupons!! <BR> <BR> So, besides that, I looked at my transcript for school and my classes are back. It's the weirdest thing I've seen.. But hey... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 22:46:37 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192384 So explain to me how you can go into the shower with a certain amount of paint and then when you get out, you find more than when you went it? <BR> <BR> Also, why do my classes keep getting cancelled? I have the GI Bill and the Pell Grant, so how are they cancelled for non-payment?!?!?! I have been enrolled since the day my last class was over for the Fall Semester, so how would it not have been paid!?!?!?! I'm so aggrivated!! I would be bawling my eyes out right now but I'm too tired to cry... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:18:01 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191303 So, yesterday I would have posted a blog but I wasn't home, at all, except to pick up my daughter from school. I was helping a friend paint. We taped everything there was yesterday and finally at like 11 last night we started painting the living room. We didn't even get home until almost 4 this morning. We got the den Killsed and everything also. So. Much. Paneling. And it's not even the same throughout the house. On every floor, in every room, is a different kind and color. It's so annoying.... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 09:53:35 EST Day 4/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187690 So, I apologize for not writing a blog entry yesterday. I was thinking about doing it as I was cooking dinner, but didn't and I feel asleep as soon as I put my daughter to bed. I was so tired. I got a lot accomplished at work yesterday though. I took everything off the shelves in the cooler and rearranged them so now everything fits on there better and I made labels for where everything is supposed to go. I just hope it stays like that for a while. That would be sweet. <BR> <BR> Anywho, so ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 08:29:54 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184521 So it's January 1st. Happy New Years everyone. Hopefully you make resolutions that you will keep for the whole year. Or you could be like me and not make any so you don't disappoint yourself - haha!! <BR> <BR> So let's see. I'm feeling much better today. Thankfully my headache is gone. However, my whole body hurts from work. Don't get me wrong, I like it when I'm fatigued coming home from work because it makes me feel like I did something; but this is ridiculous. My back is killing me and s... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:42:36 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182742 I have been on the go since 7 am. I'm tired and I forgot about the blog post until now. So its going to be short and sweet. I have an allergy headache from cleaning all day (mostly filing paperwork into my new filing cabinet) and I can't really take anything because I'm waiting on a friend to show up and its way to early for my 6 year old to go to sleep if I want her to sleep later than 8. So, here's my picture. Yes I'm in my jammies. No, they aren't warm enough. I'm freezing. Oh yeah, happy ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:54:23 EST Day One (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181019 So I was doing really good until I started school and my work schedule got all messed up. I had lost 10 pounds and had to get a belt to hold up my pants and smaller undies... Well, I have gained back those ten pounds plus some. So, I am starting fresh again today. To make sure I keep up this time I am going to do a picture blog every day. So starting today here is day one. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2029620997.jpg"> <BR> (BTW I HATE how I look so I am seri... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 15:22:29 EST So much in so little time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049692 I can't believe that the 3rd week of school is starting on Monday. It doesn't feel like it's been that long. I'm still waiting on my GI Bill and Pell Grant to kick in so I don't have to pay out of pocket for school. And I have my transcripts from Grantham so I don't have to take some classes over again. Woot woot. <BR> <BR> In other news, I've been slacking in keeping up with my food logging, so I've been eating more junk food. And it's only in the past week or two. I've been hungry all the... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 12:04:16 EST So nervous!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031896 So, I got signed up for 3 out of the 5 classes that got dropped. I start on Monday. I'm kinda nervous. Thankfully, I went on Friday, and after I got my books, went and found my classrooms so I know where they are. Thankfully they are all in one building!! Woot woot!! I just hope that the 3 classes are enough for the Pell Grant and the GI Bill.. If not, I'll be picking up two internet classes!! Sun, 26 Aug 2012 15:52:43 EST ARGH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026901 So went to go talk to the lady at CCBC today that helps with GI Bills and everything like that. Well, went to go print out my class schedule and it said I wasn't enrolled in classes!! I was like what the heck!?!? So went to talk to someone and they said that they were cancelled because of lack of payment. It was only like 24-36 hours since I had enrolled!! I was so pissed!! Now, my math class is later so I won't be getting home until around 730 instead of 630. And I can only enroll in 3 class... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 20:17:12 EST YAY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017336 So today I did my monthly measurements. This is only the second month I've done them, BTW. Well, I lost an inch on my waist and a half inch around my hips and thighs and .75 inches around my arms. I'm uber excited!! I've lost 4 lbs in the past 2 weeks and have lost inches. I can't believe it!! Now I just need to keep motivating myself every day to get up and be active!!! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, going for a 3 mile walk after work. Hopefully I can get in 2 miles at work tomorrow. It's Thursday, I... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:40:24 EST Slow and Steady... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014133 So I've really been on this exercise kick lately. I mean, even though I haven't been logging it in (I know.. Bad Sara!), I have been doing some almost every day. I've lost 3 pounds in 2 weeks. It's not bad. I wish I could have more to show for it, but right now, I'll take what I can get!! So here's week 3 of doing strength training exercises along with cardio. Let's see if I can lose another pound or two!!! Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:07:52 EST Can't wait for Friday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993312 I can't wait for Friday! I will be done with the leukapheresis. I can't wait. At least I'm getting paid for doing it.. Well, gotta go get ready for work. <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leukapheresis </link> incase some of you don't know what it is. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 14:41:44 EST My Little Cheering Squad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987012 So, my daughter has started to be my own little cheering squad. Today, she did strength training exercises with me. I was laying on my back and she looks at me and said "Mommy! When you breathe out your tummy gets really small!!" That just made me laugh. And she has started calling me skinny minny. I don't know where she heard it, but it actually makes me feel good. She looked at me the other day and said "Wow mommy! You look really skinny!!" I love it. She is the best little kid I have ever ... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:02:05 EST So frustrated.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979970 So I'm starting to get really frustrated with this whole weight loss thing. I know it takes time but it's been over a year and I've only lost 2 freaking pounds. I don't understand why. At work I move around 50 lbs boxes every day. I carry 5 gallon boxes of soda syrup up a spiral staircase. I am up and down that damned staircase at least 20 times in a 6 hour period. I am up and down a step ladder for a good two hours every day. I don't stand still at work. I don't sit down. I probably walk a g... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 00:43:29 EST Still no sleep.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4453717 So since I took a nap earlier this afternoon I am still not asleep. It's quarter to 12 and I am on the computer and watching Angels and Demons and am not the least bit tired. I really need to stop going to sleep during the day. I think that's why I can't/don't sleep at night. Even on the days I work when I get off I come home and take a nap. Does anyone have any idea's for getting more energy during the day? Coffee and energy drinks knock me out. I also get bad migraines. Does anyone have the... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 23:49:56 EST