HOT_MAMA_13's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HOT%5FMAMA%5F13 HOT_MAMA_13'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/ New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801199 It was with some regret that I left my post at Elements Therapeutic Massage in Woodridge after having been there for a year and a half. But sadly things were not going the way they needed to and it was time for a change. It all started when I ended up being off for a month due to some medical issues. When I was cleared to work & went back to the studio, my boss was very upset with me & cut me down to only 4 hours a week. But it was how she was behaving toward me when I went back to talk wi... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:35:00 EST Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning - Have You Forgotten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778245 The title of this post is taken from 2 songs that came up in the days not long after 9/11/01. I know exactly where I was that morning. I remember waking up in the recliner in my parents' living room and trying to focus on the television. I remember watching that second plane just disappear into the South Tower and then that large inferno blasting out the other side. I remember just being in shock. <BR> <BR> Where my parents' house is located, were one to stand outside on a typical day, you w... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:16:59 EST Hiding From Myself Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750751 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l313959765.jpg"> <BR> WARNING - NEGATIVITY AHEAD - CAUTION - DO NOT ENTER IF IN GOOD MOOD <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l283026775.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, you read that correctly. I haven't been on here for a number of reasons - second most is that I'm hiding from myself. Yes, I've been busy with working at the massage studio and such but for the most part I've been lazy on my days off. Some days are honestly needed ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 00:02:20 EST Please Support Our Soldiers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742292 <em>227</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>381</em> <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> To all of my family & friends - of all the things that you will read today *THIS* is really important to me. *PLEASE STOP & TAKE A MOMENT* <BR> <BR> My friend & former partner, James Kilanski and his brother John-Paul Kilanski both served at Fort McClellan. The exposures are many and if you need to see proof James will provide it for you. Nuclear Regulator Commission, EPA, and various other reports. <... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:45:10 EST Can We Restart June Please? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716102 I'm pretty certain that I'm not the only one thinking that right now, and it's only the 11th day! What a wild ride it has been so far for many of my friends & SparkFriends. <BR> <BR> For me it was getting the boys through the last week of school (they were actually done last Friday on the 6th), the studio at work has been very slow as of late & I've lost some hours (which I do understand, she's trying to save money too), hubby got stung by a bee on Monday & had to spend the night in the hosp... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:29:06 EST End of May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707800 This whole month has been pretty split between being pretty decent & kinda stressfull so I'll still call it a good one. <BR> <BR> I haven't posted much since our trip to Starved Rock in part because I took a few days to recover from all the un-anticipated stairs my legs were mad at me for LOL I've been doing fairly well at work but really feeling the desire to strike out on my own as well so I can do the things I'd like to do but cannot because the studio doesn't offer it. <BR> <BR> The R.... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 00:17:28 EST Starved Rock State Park - Utica, Illinois http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701160 Too tired to post much of anything right now other than this one picture. As it is I fell asleep here at they keyboard for about an hour just now!! Here are some quick stats before the picture: <BR> <BR> Upon arriving at Starved Rock my fitbit read: <BR> 742 Steps <BR> 2 Flights of Stairs <BR> 0.32 Miles <BR> 967 Calories Burned <BR> <BR> Here at home at the end of the day my fitbit says: <BR> 7,637 Steps <BR> 15 Flights of Stairs <BR> 3.34 Miles <BR> 3,564 Calories Burned <BR> <BR> That's... Fri, 23 May 2014 00:49:00 EST Hoping For The Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700404 As soon as I'm done writing this post, I'll be getting myself settled in for the night out at my in-law's place. In the morning my father-in-law, husband, two boys & myself will be heading out for a trip to Starved Rock State Park. <BR> <BR> It was supposed to be my husband as a chaperone for my oldest son's class field trip to said place, but for some very stupid and utterly bull crap reasons the school decided yesterday that they were not going to allow him to go on the trip with his class... Thu, 22 May 2014 00:36:49 EST Mucked Up Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693850 For the most part today went well enough. I mean, my measurements & weight weren't what I'd hoped this morning but they weren't worse either so I can live with it. Then, there was my eating today - I kept that well enough under control as well & wasn't really hungry-hungry during the course of the day. I'm happy with that. <BR> <BR> My dinner tonight was something I'd bought as something quick, easy & filling to take to work for when I have my longer shifts - the tuna & honey wheat crackers ... Tue, 13 May 2014 01:51:27 EST May Weight & Measurments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693335 Well, I finally worked up the gumption to finally weigh & measure myself this morning after the boys were off to school. I'm not happy, but at least nothing got worse... <BR> <BR> May 2014 Measurements <BR> Done on May 12, 2014 <BR> <BR> Weight - 248 lbs (same) <BR> Left Arm - 15 inches (down 1 inch) <BR> Right Arm - 15 inches (down 1 inch) <BR> Neck - 14 inches (down 1 in) <BR> Bust - 47 inches (same) <BR> Under Bust - 41 inches (same) <BR> Waist - 41 inches (same) <BR> H... Mon, 12 May 2014 11:16:26 EST Friday With My Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691643 Today I spent the day with my Mom enjoying an early Mother's Day Out with her. We went to a place in La Grange, IL called Primal Oceans Salt Cave and treated ourselves to their Ionic Foot Detox. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1466296735.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1547635227.jpg"> <BR> That's my before picture. We sat with our feet soaking in warm water and just enjoyed the peace & quiet. This was actually my second time having it ... Sat, 10 May 2014 00:20:17 EST Pampering Myself By Doing Laundry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690907 I decided to pamper myself a little bit today by both taking a long hot shower (before work) and actually doing some laundry too. I needed to wash my uniform so that was the first small load (so it washed & dried quicker) and then the second load I started after my shower was all of my PJs so I had nice clean comfy ones to climb into when I got back home from work. What a nice thing to know while I was at work, that clean comfy PJs were waiting for me <em>41</em> <em>102</em> <BR> <B... Thu, 8 May 2014 22:35:41 EST Wondering Wednesday - 5/7/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689785 What I'm wondering this Wednesday is: <BR> <BR> How do you detox? What exactly does it entail? Is juicing a detox? <BR> <BR> Please share with me as much detail as you can - don't worry if you happen to repeat what someone else wrote, perhaps you wrote it just differently enough I get it. I'm really trying to understand if it's something I could perhaps try to "jump start" my weight loss. <BR> <BR> Any and all non-negative feedback is very much appreciated! Thank You! Wed, 7 May 2014 12:29:09 EST Very Tired Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689238 Our youngest had been running a low-grade fever since late Friday night. It finally broke some time between Sunday night & Monday morning but we still kept him home from school because (to me) something just didn't feel right. He made it through the day pretty well all things considered. Then around 1:30 this morning he comes into our room with his hand over his ear, tears rolling down his cheeks saying "It hurts!" over and over. Hubby took him to the ER & they got there around 2 AM. They w... Tue, 6 May 2014 20:48:16 EST SparkPeople - Can You Change To Help Me Change? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688343 When I first found SparkPeople I loved the simplicity of it. I had a lot of fun discovering all the different things it had to offer. I shared it with some of my friends & my family. I did pretty good when I actually really applied myself to using SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Then, a few of my friends did join in. Soon they started leaving me behind in the dust - not intentionally of course, they were on their own journey and doing what was best for them and their lives, I'm sure I was not a thou... Mon, 5 May 2014 20:29:07 EST Oh What A (Crappy) Difference A Year Makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616849 As I went back through my blogs in search of my last set of measurements, I find them in a blog post for February 8, 2013 - almost 1 year ago. It wasn't long after that post that I disappeared from SparkPeople all together for a variety of reasons. Now, in that 20/20 hindsight, I'm seeing what a bad choice that was to have walked away for so long. I am literally right back where I started when I first joined SP and I am way less than pleased about it. It's no wonder I've been feeling worse th... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 11:33:10 EST February 4, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615473 So Monday has come & gone and I completely forgot about doing my measurements mainly because I was in so much pain from Sunday that I'd taken one of my hubby's muscle relaxers to help me sleep and ended up sleeping in until nearly 1 PM on Monday. So yeah. <BR> <BR> Now here it is, 10:30 on Tuesday night and still no measurements have been done. I am going to do my best to remember to do them in the morning once I've gotten the boys off to school. Unless I happen to be up early enough to do t... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 23:32:25 EST The End of January 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611705 It's difficult to believe that the whole first month of the new year is already over. Where did it go so quickly? <BR> <BR> I told myself that I'd get back on track this month with taking care of myself and I sort of did, but not enough. My monthly cycle really kicked my butt this month and made it difficult to do much of anything other than walk or work. I was feeling so bloated so early I didn't even dare do my measurements yet. <BR> <BR> I will start from where I am with the start of Feb... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 00:37:30 EST Polar Vortex Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606735 Well, it seems that all of my boys have the day off from school tomorrow thanks to the Polar Vortex Part II. Hubby's college is closed Monday & Tuesday, for now my kids only have tomorrow off but that's likely to change to include Tuesday as well. At least tomorrow I'll get to sleep in! <BR> <BR> Today was the first day back to work after the "conversation" with my boss Tuesday night. She wasn't her usual friendly self, but she didn't chew me out for anything either so I'll call it a draw. ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:37:24 EST Wonderings & Worry-ings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603709 I enjoy what I do for a living - I enjoy being a Massage Therapist. For the most part I really do enjoy where I'm currently working though it has it's moments (but what job doesn't, right?). But following a "conversation" with my boss the other night I'm not so sure it's where I belong for much longer. It seems some coworkers have been telling her things that are not true but because I'm still new she's taking their word over mine, and the way she spoke to me was just simply rude - even for b... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:45:29 EST SuperBetter in 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595265 I'm going to play my way through 2014! Yes. You read that right. I'm going to play! I'm finally trying a site I learned about through a TED Talk (so addicting!!) - it's called SuperBetter. My Secret Identity is Super Spoonie Pinkie Pie. This is my icon pic: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l451072847.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l5433828.jpg"> <BR> You can find the site here: <link>www.superbetter.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> If y... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:13:53 EST January 1, 2014 - Coming Back To Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578533 I was doing pretty good last year, had a decent streak going here and a few other places. Then, suddenly, around Mother's Day I blew it. I was mad at myself. I realized too just how much time I was spending online again and I didn't like it. Life was out there to be lived and I was wasting time plugged in. So, I decided to unplug. <BR> <BR> Sure I came around now & then to read a few things, but I just didn't feel connected anymore, I didn't feel compelled to reply to anything or to restar... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:44:17 EST My Valedictorian Speech from Graduation Night 4-24-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336905 Well, this would have been my speech if I'd been able to give it anyway. The graduation was a combined campus graduation with Burr Ridge (my campus) and North Aurora. Only one Valedictorian from each campus was allowed to give a speech because they did not want the speeches taking up too much time. :::insert eye roll here::: This is what I had written long before I'd officially become Valedictorian and even longer before I was told I wouldn't be able to give it: <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:42:52 EST &#9829; Finally Friday &#9829; 2-22-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260533 Today's Gratitude List ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/02/22/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-finally-friday-%E2%99%A5-2-22-13-<BR>%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> Fingers still hurting :-( <BR> <BR> Good Night & Sweet Dreams SparkFriends <BR> <BR> C Fri, 22 Feb 2013 22:55:15 EST &#9829; Today Is Thursday &#9829; 2-21-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259417 Today's Gratitude List ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/02/21/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-today-is-thursday-%E2%99%A5-2-21-<BR>13-%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> Good Night & Sweet Dreams SparkFriends <BR> <BR> C Thu, 21 Feb 2013 23:41:32 EST &#9829; Wednesday Workings &#9829; 2-20-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258201 Today's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/02/21/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-wednesday-workings-%E2%99%A5-2-20<BR>-13-%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> Hurting tonight so it's to bed I go... <BR> <BR> Good Night & Sweet Dreams SparkFriends!! <BR> <BR> C Thu, 21 Feb 2013 00:50:12 EST &#9829; Tuesday Treats &#9829; 2-19-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256949 Running a little late "tonight" in getting my Gratitude List written & posted, but here it is: <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/02/20/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-tuesday-treats-%E2%99%A5-2-19-13-<BR>%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> As it's nearly 1 AM I'll let my list be my story tonight... I'm for bed! <BR> <BR> Good Night & Sweet Dreams SparkFriends!! <BR> <BR> C Wed, 20 Feb 2013 01:54:54 EST &#9829; Monday Memories &#9829; 2-18-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255607 Today's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/02/18/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-monday-memories-%E2%99%A5-2-18-13<BR>-%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> What a beautiful day today :-) 50 degree weather, only light sprinkles here & there most of the day (then some decent steady rain after about 5 or 6 PM), the boys had a decent day over all, we went to Brookfield Zoo & had a *great* time!! <BR> <BR> I walked the equivalent of a 5K at the Zoo today - which is great practi... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:10:11 EST &#9829; Sweet Sunday &#9829; 2-17-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254236 Today's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/02/17/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-sweet-sunday-%E2%99%A5-2-17-13-%E<BR>2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> It's been a good day - a fun day and now I am ready to snuggle into bed beside my tired hubby. I feel bad that he has to work tomorrow. Hopefully he'll be off early enough we might still make it to the zoo if the weather doesn't mess that up anyway. <BR> <BR> Good Night & Sweet Dreams SparkFriends!! <BR> <BR> C Sun, 17 Feb 2013 23:37:49 EST &#9829; Sleepy Saturday &#9829; 2-16-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253187 Today's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/02/17/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-sleepy-saturday-%E2%99%A5-2-16-13<BR>-%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> Today's List ended with a little extra silliness <em>246</em> I've been re-watching the series "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" because it makes my inner child happy - come on, who doesn't remember playing with the original MLP's from the 80's?? I still have mine actually! Anyway. In the second episode Pinkie Pie... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 00:43:25 EST &#9829; Finally Friday &#9829; 2-15-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252102 Here is the link to today's Gratitude List ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/02/15/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-finally-friday-%E2%99%A5-2-15-13-<BR>%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm tired, I'm sore and I am for bed. Good Night & Sweet Dreams SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> C Fri, 15 Feb 2013 22:44:00 EST &#9829; Happy Valentine's Day &#9829; 2-14-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251042 My Valentine's Day Gratitude List ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/02/15/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-happy-valentines-day-%E2%99%A5-2-<BR>14-13-%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day filled with love and happiness and time for yourself & your loved one. Wishing you all Sweet Dreams & Good Night! C Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:15:57 EST &#9829; Wonderful Wednesday &#9829; 2-13-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249782 Today's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/02/13/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-wonderful-wednesday-%E2%99%A5-2-1<BR>3-13-%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> Tonight's blog is going to be short & sweet as well - I'm late taking my PM meds & really need to go find something simple to eat so I can take them & get to sleep. Tomorrow is going to be an odd day - both Kindergarden classes are getting together from 12:15 - 3 PM because of when the school is doing it's Valentine's... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:40:33 EST &#9829; Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday &#9829; 2-12-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248456 Today's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/02/12/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-mardi-gras-fat-tuesday-%E2%99%A5-<BR>2-12-13-%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> Feels good to be writing out my lists again :-) One of the things I'm grateful for today is early bedtimes all around and that means Good Night & Sweet Dreams SparkFriends! Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:51:25 EST February Measurements & Other Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242737 Hey SparkFriends <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry I've been so quiet the past few days, things have been a bit hectic. Tuesday night was Parent/Teacher Conferences & by the time those were done & we ran the one errand we needed to do and got the boys back home, it was already getting late. Dinner wasn't had till around 9 (which is late around here) and then after that I was trying to help my youngest work on & finish his 100th Day Project because Wednesday was their 100th Day of School and K... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 11:23:07 EST &#9829; Get Moving Monday &#9829; 2-4-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238068 Today's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/02/05/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-get-moving-monday-%E2%99%A5-2-4-1<BR>3-%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> Today has been a pretty decent day overall. I've felt nearly normal all day (which is saying something with the crazy roller coaster weather Chicago has been having these past few weeks!) and had a great morning at the gym with my dad. <BR> <BR> It felt good to just take my time and ride the exercise bike for 45 minutes... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 00:09:00 EST &#9829; Super Sunday &#9829; 2-3-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236490 Ringing in with it right at midnight tonight, today's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/02/04/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-super-sunday-%E2%99%A5-2-3-13-%E2<BR>%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> It's been a long but overall good day and seeing that it is already midnight this is going to stay short tonight. <BR> <BR> Good Night & Sweet Dreams My SparkFriends!! <BR> <BR> C Mon, 4 Feb 2013 01:01:13 EST &#9829; Saturday Sweetness &#9829; 2-2-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235131 Today's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/02/02/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-saturday-sweetness-%E2%99%A5-2-2-<BR>13-%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> Today was better than yesterday. I needed today. I am grateful for today. <BR> <BR> Off to go enjoy a little more reading tonight. Good Night & Sweet Dreams SparkFriends!! <BR> <BR> C Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:50:45 EST &#9829; February First &#9829; 2-1-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233942 Today's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/02/01/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-february-first-%E2%99%A5-2-1-13-%<BR>E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> Really don't feel like writing tonight. Don't feel like crying anymore right now. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a Good Night & Sweet Dreams <BR> <BR> C Sat, 2 Feb 2013 00:12:02 EST &#9829; Thank You January &#9829; 1-31-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232451 The final Gratitude List for January 2013 ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/01/31/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-thank-you-january-%E2%99%A5-1-31-<BR>13-%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> So amazed that January is over already. Where did it go? <BR> <BR> Well, again I'm almost done with my streaks for today so I'm for bed - Good Night & Sweet Dreams SparkFriends :-) <BR> <BR> C Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:30:28 EST &#9829; Weary Wednesday &#9829; 1-30-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230962 Today's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/01/30/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-weary-wednesday-%E2%99%A5-1-2-13-<BR>%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's blog title says it all... I'm for bed as soon as I finish huddling in my teams... Good Night & Sweet Dreams SparkFriends <BR> <BR> C Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:41:58 EST &#9829; Trying Tuesday &#9829; 1-29-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229539 Tonight's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/01/29/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-trying-tuesday-%E2%99%A5-1-29-13-<BR>%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> This crazy weather in Chicagoland is making Ray act up like crazy. I still can't quite figure out a pattern or any one specific thing that seems to cause the flare ups - perhaps that annoys me more than anything. <BR> <BR> It's been a bit of a long dreary day so I am more than ready for bed - that in mind I wish you all... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:34:55 EST &#9829; Monday, Monday &#9829; 1-28-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228089 Today's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/01/28/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-monday-monday-%E2%99%A5-1-28-13-%<BR>E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> It's the end of a long, not-the-greatest-not-the-worst Monday and I want by now is to curl up and get some sleep. I pray you all had a good Monday & that your week will continue to get better and better :-) <BR> <BR> Off to finish a few more things then I'm for bed. Good Night & Sweet Dreams SparkFriends!! <BR> <BR> C Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:26:28 EST &#9829; Sunday Solitude &#9829; 1-27-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226418 Tonight's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/01/27/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-sunday-solitude-%E2%99%A5-1-27-13<BR>-%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm feeling better tonight than last night, so I'm beginning to think one more day off before trying to tackle the treadmill again would be the safe thing to do. Then I'll join my Dad on Tuesday and take it a little easier this time around. <BR> <BR> My fingers are still achy, though typing doesn't hurt as much tonight... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 00:06:45 EST &#9829; Sore Saturday &#9829; 1-26-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225066 Today's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/01/26/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-sore-saturday-%E2%99%A5-1-26-13-%<BR>E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> Silly stubborn me pushed too far 2 days in a row & am paying the price today. Here's the link for my Gratitude List and now I am for bed. <BR> <BR> Good Night & Sweet Dreams SparkFriends <BR> <BR> C Sun, 27 Jan 2013 00:05:33 EST &#9829; Friday Findings &#9829; 1-25-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223820 Today's Gratitude List at We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/01/25/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-friday-findings-%E2%99%A5-1-25-13<BR>-%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> Had a very long but very good day - Please go read my Gratitude List for the run down... This exhausted Spoonie is heading to bed - Good Night & Sweet Dreams SparkFriends :-) C Fri, 25 Jan 2013 23:48:27 EST &#9829; Thursday Thoughts &#9829; 1-24-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222301 Today's Gratitude List on We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/01/24/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-thursday-thoughts-%E2%99%A5-1-24-<BR>13-%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've had a long day, but pretty much a good one. I need to get some sleep. I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be a rough day. <BR> <BR> Good Night & Sweet Dreams SparkFriends <BR> <BR> C Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:15:43 EST &#9829; Work Out Wednesday &#9829; 1-23-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220862 Today's Gratitude List on We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/01/23/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-work-out-wednesday-%E2%99%A5-1-23<BR>-13-%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> Overall today was a pretty good day. Enjoyed walking on the treadmill while watching the little snowflakes falling from the grey sky. Made me grateful to be indoors and warm! It's been kinda neat to watch those snowflakes get a little fluffier as the day went on. Last time I looked there was a small accumulation ou... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:31:26 EST &#9829; Tender Tuesday &#9829; 1-22-13 &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219460 Today's Gratitude List on We Love Gratitude ~ <BR> <link>welovegratitude.com/2013/01/22/%E2%9<BR>9%A5-tender-tuesday-%E2%99%A5-1-22-13-<BR>%E2%99%A5/ </link> <BR> <BR> It's been a cold, rough day today. I'm still not used to the pain the severe cold can bring me and today was a bit difficult. But, I got through it without having to ask for any extra help. <BR> <BR> But now, at 11:10 PM I find myself falling asleep at the keyboard so it's time for me to sign out and get some sleep. Tom... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:13:39 EST Measurements - Lots & Lots of Measurements! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218522 So at the end of 2012 I only had 2 sets of measurements, June and September and here they are: <BR> June Measurements <BR> Done on June 4, 2012 <BR> <BR> Weight - 228 pounds <BR> Left Arm - 14.5 inches <BR> Right Arm - 14.5 inches <BR> Bust - 45 inches <BR> Waist - 38 inches <BR> Hips - 47 inches <BR> Left Thigh - 24.5 inches <BR> Right Thigh - 24.5 inches <BR> Left Calf - 15 inches <BR> Right Calf - 15 inches <BR> <BR> September Measurements <BR> Done on September 4, 2012 <BR> <BR> Weigh... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:33:28 EST