IMIN2GENES's SparkPeople Blog IMIN2GENES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Oh the irony... *sigh* Sometimes I get so dag-gone frustrated! I went to the doctor's office yesterday because I was feeling a little bit like I was the day before I had the whole respiratory issue. So, I figured I would go see the doc right away before anything got worse. <BR> <BR> The good news, all my breathing checked out just fine. I wasn't too worried because I could tell I was moving air okay and I check my blood oxygen frequently just to be sure. After describing my symptoms, my doc basically said ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:27:34 EST I did it! Well, I did it. I'm not one to ask for help. I've always been one to take care of myself. But today, I reached out and made contact with a trainer. I don't know if he'll be able to help me. But most importantly, I asked. <BR> <BR> I hate to ask for help. It's hard for me. I don't like to have to depend on other people. The fact is, I need to learn how to reach out too. <BR> <BR> I don't hesitate to help others. Any time I can, I jump in and do what I can. So, I suppose this is a step forwar... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:24:58 EST Catching back up... Well, we had a little bit of excitement last night. Our lights started doing this weird flickering thing, then the power flashed off and on several times and THEN it started making this woomp, woomp sound. Our HVAC system started making really crazy sounds so my DH ran down and shut off the power main to our house. Everyone of course started trickling outside... our whole neighborhood was out of power. Rumor is that it was a blown transformer just up from our development. <BR> <BR> Needless ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:36:59 EST So much fun! Well, the weather held for us. Yay! DH and I were able to get out kayaking on the lake for about 1.5 hrs. We found some pretty cool spots just dopping around. I was nearly run over by a great blue heron. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> My DH says "look coming here" ... I no sooner got turned and it flew by just to our right. We saw another 3 during our trip. I kinda saw where one landed, so I was paddling over to see if I could see it a little bit closer. As I came around a tree, it took off... it... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:50:30 EST Thankfully uneventful day... Not that it wasn't CRAZY busy! It was another one of those days that I put in 3 miles in the lab. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Those are always interesting! At least it keeps me out of trouble. Plus I'm making progress on digging out from under the avalanche of backlog. That's the way science goes sometimes though. Feast or famine... <BR> <BR> That reminds me... I just found out another one of our article was just published! That's 2 this year. Woo hoo! It's always good to get the work out the... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:43:28 EST Can't wait for the weekend! This has been one heck of a week... <BR> <BR> Monday - got caught in horrible, road flooding storm. <BR> Tuesday - had mommy/daughter date night without daughter... :( <BR> Wednesday - work computer died <BR> Today - I hit a crow on my way to work... <BR> <BR> No, you didn't read that wrong. It was a CROW. As in the flying, black bird. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I was minding my own business driving to work. I was just merging from one int... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:07:25 EST What a day... <img src=""> <BR> This was my morning greeting.... <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> It took the better part of the day; but our IT folks were able to recover it for me by the afternoon. I thought I was a goner when I got in and there was nothing but white letters spelling out hard drive failure. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> The good part of it happening today though was that I had a ton of data to review in the lab. So I most definitely wasn't bored... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:08:54 EST Continuing the thought... First, I want to thank everyone for their comments and support yesterday. After reading them and rereading my blog, I realized that I hadn't mentioned that I've already been honest with her. <BR> <BR> Smoke has been a trigger for my asthma for longer than I've known her. Even before we were married, both my DH and I have mentioned it as a problem for me. She's seen me use my inhaler. She's even scolded her now ex-husband when he was smoking upwind of me. Of course, she's also said to others... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:41:24 EST Make it count! I saw this quote and I just had to share... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How true is that? We only have 1 life to live. It's never too late to start to live it either. Sooner is always better than later; but I don't want to waste any more time on the "what if's" or looking back. <BR> <BR> Eyes forward. Let's go! <BR> <BR> Hope y'all are had a great weekend! Mine was lots of fun; but a little bit traumatic. My SIL is a smoker and that'... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:17:19 EST Another quickie... Today we were out and about at a party to celebrate our aunt's 80th birthday! It was a lot of fun and we got to see one of our cousins who lives in Colorado plus one of our uncles who lives in Arizona. It was a fun gathering; but over too soon. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great weekend! I'm ready for bed! <BR> Chris <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:23:48 EST The present moment... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Forgive the brief blog... I've got to go celebrate 22 wonderful years with my DH! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Sending wishes for a wonderful weekend to you all! Spark on my friends! <BR> Chris <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:48:49 EST Gummy Bears Strike Again... Ack!! What is it about those tiny little bears anyway??? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> They look so sweet and innocent... <BR> <BR> I don't have issues with sweets. Chocolate maybe a little; but that's another blog... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> I don't crave sweets all the time. I can say no to cake, cookies, doughnuts, candy. I don't drink soda regularly. But stick gummy bears in front of me and you better stand back! <BR> <BR> Well, that's normal... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:47:26 EST Sharing an insight... Friends on one of the teams I'm on (One for All) posted an interesting article today that I thought I'd share. It's about artificial sweeteners "Sweeteners Trick More Than Just Your Tastebuds" - here's the link: <link><BR>k-more-than-just-your-tastebuds.html#i<BR>xzz2VWrHxVlk </link> <BR> <BR> I think it's worth sharing. It also reminded me of a personal experience which I think is worth sharing too. <BR> <BR> There came a time when I noticed I was g... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 19:22:24 EST What is a blog? I was pondering this question... <BR> <BR> I'm always curious. Why do some blogs get selected as "Featured" or "Popular"? Why do some get noticed and others not? What makes a good blog? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> That when I realized that it just doesn't matter... <BR> <BR> I'm not writing a blog to move mountains. I don't have all the answers for anyone. Heck I'm lucky if I can find an answer for myself sometimes... <BR> <em>246</em> <... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:57:13 EST Little bit of a scare... I realize I've been MIA for a little bit. Sorry about that! <BR> <BR> First, I was trying desperately to clean out my closet and bedroom to make space for our new bed. Then we were trying to get ready for vacation last week. <BR> <BR> We were supposed to leave for the beach 2 Sunday's ago (6/22). Notice I said supposed to leave... <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Well, all was good on Thursday before our departure. I was wrapping things up at work so I wouldn't have anything to worry about over v... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:23:06 EST Still here, still streaking... Just really stressed out this week... <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I've had better weeks and I've had worse, so I'm not complaining. So far, despite being stressed out, I haven't gone for the comfort foods and I haven't binged on anything. In fact, when I got home from work yesterday, I was starving. I had missed my late afternoon snack (planned in my menu) because of work. Instead of reaching for something "quick and easy", I had a plate of celery with a little bit of peanut butter. <BR> <em>... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 21:31:39 EST Food, food, food... Still tracking... that's a 15 day streak!! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> Some days are better than others. I'm in range more often than not which is good. It's just making me realize how out of whack I was after I stopped tracking. So, I've had a little bit of adjustment going on right now. And, DH & I are both working on changing habits. We're slowly eliminating the "junk" food around the house in favor of better quality foods. Things like rice for example, we're replacing the white with brown ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 21:38:27 EST Getting ready for the work week... DH just finished prepping my lunches for the week. This week I'm having foil packs again; but this time it's BBQ chicken with fingerling potatoes. A side of jello, sweet peppers and a smoothie for my late snack. I've got granola and greek yogurt for breakfast. He's kind enough to put it all together for me. Sometimes I just don't like cooking. <BR> <BR> So far planning and tracking like this have been working much better for me. I'm slowly getting back to the business of losing weight. Doing... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:00:12 EST A shopping we go... My debit card is weeping though... <BR> <BR> We spent far too much money at the bookstore. Despite the fact that I have a Kindle as does my DH and my DD. She just loves to read... at 12, I figure who am I to argue... there are much worse things she could be in to at that age than books. We also picked up a new game which is pretty fun! <BR> <BR> The best purchase though was at Hudson Trail Outfitters. We got a paddle for DD for her kayak. DH and I each have our own kayaks and when DD was l... Sat, 31 May 2014 22:29:53 EST I just have to say... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!! <BR> Chris <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> PS - Streak is still going strong! Plus I was in range again... <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:26:34 EST Sometimes the motivation finds us... When I was going through my Spark emails, I saw this <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To which I say, once again, I'm being sent another message. It's a timely message for me since I've been struggling a little bit lately. <BR> <BR> It also reminds me to say thank you. Thank you my Spark friends for being my safety net and rekindling my flame. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Still tracking ... Thu, 29 May 2014 20:56:03 EST Short blog today... Still streaking and still in range! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> But, I am WIPED out! It was a long day and a full comedy of errors... critical piece of equipment failed in the middle of my work (we - me and our facilities guy - were able to recover it) and a fire alarm complete with full building evacuation... in to the rain. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> At one point I was manually shaking a plate of samples because the shaker was being fixed. Let's just say I'm g... Wed, 28 May 2014 19:58:40 EST Day 9 and still streaking... Yay! I tracked everything again. Surprisingly I was on the low side of my calories today. Almost too low... <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I need to be careful of that. I had made foil packets for lunch - I take a chicken thigh, 2 tablespoons of fresh salsa wrap in foil and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. I also ate a cup of jello and carrots. I wasn't hungry at all; but my total calories for that was only around 200. I had yogurt and granola for breakfast; but my 2 pm, my calorie total for the day wa... Tue, 27 May 2014 20:59:07 EST Thanks awesome Teddies! My Teddy Bear team... I love you guys! Thank you SO much for making the day extra special! Y'all are the best when it comes to support and keeping my tushie moving. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tracked everything again today... my streak is building! A little bit over; but only just a little. <BR> <BR> For now, I'm off to bed... DH was snoring something fierce last night despite his CPAP so I didn't get a whole lot of sleep. <BR> <em... Mon, 26 May 2014 21:51:26 EST A little disappointed but still going strong... Keeping the streak alive and still moving forward. I've been tracking everything and once again came up out of range today. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> That just convinces me even more that my "eyeballing" strategy was WAY off base. Geez! Your eyes can be fooled. Pretty easily too! I should have never given up the tracking habit. Unfortunately, I did... but I'm doing it again and getting my act together. Now I know just how crucial it is to MY success. <BR> <BR> I need to do it for ME. <BR> ... Sun, 25 May 2014 22:04:27 EST Just had to share... this made me cry and think hard... This was worth reposting... <BR> <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=82 </link> <BR> If you haven't watched it already, please do. It made my cry to hear what so many women said about their bodies and made me realize that I'm not alone with the body hating. I can see beauty in so many things, just not myself. Interestingly, when I went yesterday to get my new CAC card for work - it has a photo on it - I said "well, that's not too bad a picture" and th... Sat, 24 May 2014 21:56:20 EST Finally... success in the bedroom... <img src=""> <BR> Made you look... <BR> <BR> But seriously, lack of sleep has been an issue for me for a long time. I'm lucky to get 6 hours a night normally. A few nights ago, I noticed just how much light pollution we have in our bedroom. There's light coming in our master bath window from a streetlight. There's light coming in our bedrooms windows from another streetlight - despite the fact we have blackout blinds in our room. The ca... Fri, 23 May 2014 20:52:50 EST Just checking in today... Day 4 of my streak... I think... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Yep! I'm that tired... <BR> <BR> I'm super happy that this weekend will be a 3 day weekend for me. I hope to get a little bit of down time. I could use it! <BR> <BR> I was in range again today. I still want to work on adding some more freggies each day. Maybe I'll make that my next streak... <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you all are having a great week! Happy Friday Eve y'all!!! <BR> Chris <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <img ... Thu, 22 May 2014 20:27:09 EST Another day in the streak! Woot! Day 3 it is... I tracked everything again today. I was in my range across the board. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I think I can count that as a little victory! <BR> <BR> Things are still pretty crazy at work. I like being busy and I'm trying not to let myself feel overwhelmed. There's a lot on my plate and I'm being trusted with some pretty critical work for our whole group. That just makes me stress myself out a little bit more because I don't want to goof up. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> It su... Wed, 21 May 2014 19:33:50 EST Umm.... <em>246</em> <BR> Well, the streak continues in to day 2... I'm just not quite sure how "proud" I should be of it today. I tracked everything... including the decadent chocolate mousse pie. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> We had a bake sale fundraiser today I forgot about. One of my friends was a chef and made it for the sale. Being the chocoholic I am and knowing it was going to be divine I couldn't pass. Well, I could have; but really didn't want to pass. <BR> <BR> So, I adjusted my plan, swi... Tue, 20 May 2014 20:42:48 EST Building momentum... I realized after rereading my blog from yesterday that I got interrupted and never did finish a few thoughts. LOL! I can't tell you how many times that happens to me... <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> One thing I know I'll need to focus on is getting proper sleep. I RARELY get more than 6 hours a night. Most nights I'm luck to get over 5 hours. I think that may be holding me back some. I keep reading about how much proper sleep benefits you. It's hard though. I've tried going to be earlier, readin... Mon, 19 May 2014 20:39:25 EST Fighting not to throw in the towel... *ugh* Right now I am feeling so frustrated and defeated. I'm going to try and use my blog today to help me sort a few things out... normally, when I'm feeling like this I tend to withdraw in to myself. <BR> <BR> So, this is me... trying to change my behavior and keep moving forward. <BR> <BR> Let's see how it goes... <BR> <BR> I've been a member of Spark since Feb. 2011 - so just over 3 years now. In my first year, I managed to lose just over 35 pounds. I also gained a TON of new friends ... Sun, 18 May 2014 17:58:37 EST One Proud Mama! <img src=""> <BR> Nuff said! <BR> <BR> I am so proud of her. She's growing up to be such a beautiful little lady. She was nominated for the society by teachers and then a committee reviews their applications. DD and her two best friends were inducted tonight. It's not just grades either - you have to demonstrate good citizenship and leadership. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm off to bed. I'm exhausted and my computer time is up. Plus, as luck woul... Thu, 8 May 2014 21:01:19 EST Weekend Warriors... must see pics! This is a picture I just have to share... <BR> <BR> It's not often you get to see something like this... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> That's 4 generations in my family represented there... From left to right - my mom, my grandma (mom's mom), me and my daughter. How awesome is that? We were pretty excited. <BR> <BR> I've got another picture of everyone there which includes my aunt, my cousin, my uncle, my dad and my DH; but he's still "perfec... Wed, 7 May 2014 19:19:48 EST Unexpected Sources of Motivation... It's funny how sometimes the universe just puts signs out there for you. I know sometimes I miss them, outright ignore them; but sometimes... boy sometimes they just hit you over the head with a sledgehammer. Those ones, I usually don't ignore! <BR> <BR> Well, I just got hit again... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today, for the first time in a few months, I remembered to check in on SparkCoach. When I first signed up for SparkCoach, I fou... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:54:27 EST What the heck happened?? <em>40</em> <BR> So much for my extra time... <BR> <BR> I was deep in the throes of organizing and planning my next round work when I hear my office mate say "see you tomorrow". <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> It's 3:30 pm? But I just got to work... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> I guess I was just really into planning... am I a super geek or what? <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Wait, don't answer that. Pretty please... <BR> <BR> Anyway, I digress... <BR> <BR> DH and I wound up taking DD up to meet ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:10:46 EST Never too old... <img src=""> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Chris Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:19:33 EST Finally! A blog... <em>334</em> <BR> I'm BAAACK..... *evil genius laughter* <BR> <BR> Truth is, I was never gone. I've been quietly logging my fitness, spinning my wheel and lurking around with comments as I could. I had set a pretty high mark for the last few weeks. According to our program director, I was making a "Herculean effort"... well, I don't know about that; but it was a pretty high target I set. <BR> <BR> What happened was that a critical piece of equipment for me was down for a month. It pushed... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:00:32 EST My Daily Calm... too good not to share... Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness. <BR> ~May Sarton <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She's a wise woman... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope you're having an awesome weekend! Catch you later! <BR> Chris <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:55:41 EST We don't need an excuse... I don't know how familiar you are with "Hot Facebook Mom" - it was something that I was aware of but wasn't following closely. This woman - Maria Kang - posted a photo of herself with her children. <BR> <BR> Splashed across the top was the message "What's your excuse?" <BR> <BR> This particular post had created quite a controversy. There seems to be no middle ground, people either love it and think it's great or they absolutely hate it. Me personally, I'm kind of neutral. In fact, that's p... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:00:27 EST Saturday fun! My DD and I were lucky to find out that our local nursery offers classes occasionally. This one was for Terrariums. It sounded like a fun way to spend some time together. DH tagged along with his camera, of course. <BR> <BR> Here's DD and I at the bench in the greenhouse after the presentation and discussion... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's mine... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 20:36:12 EST Where did my weekend go? No, seriously... what happened? I mean, I know we lost an hour for daylight savings but it seems so much worse than that. <BR> <BR> I started this blog last night. I even had almost all of it written, then <BR> <img src=""> <BR> the whole thing disappeared. So, I figured it was a sign... that my blogging, as well as my weekend, was over. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> It was a good weekend mostly. We had to go back to get our taxes finished... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:54:22 EST Sorry Sparkies! My friends, I'm sorry I've been missing you lately! Work has gotten a little bit insane. We've finally gotten my machine up and running so now I've got the avalanche to work though... <BR> <BR> Tonight I'm hoping doesn't become the norm for a while... I've been doing really great eating clean. It truly does make a difference for me. But today, DH is still in Georgia with work and I was running late. I had to work an extra hour. Then DD asked for McD's. I was just so tired I caved without muc... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 20:33:58 EST I think Mother Nature has gone mad... This is just SO crazy! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We were in the 50s... today we had a high of 18. Schools, businesses, heck even the federal government was closed. We got a significant amount of sleet overnight as the temps dropped quickly followed promptly by lots of snow. I think most of the north-east got hit pretty hard. We were on the southern edge of it. I can't complain too much... we're warm and safe. I just wish Spring would get h... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:27:17 EST Ahh... the sigh heard round the building I hadn't realized how much the publication was weighing on me. Then I saw the notice that it was accepted and I swear to you, I literally felt a weight off my shoulders. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The work I do is truly discovery. It's not like we're building things or designing things. So, when we're asked to show progress... having your work published is one way of showing something measurable. What's cool about this publication is that th... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:53:17 EST Leave it to me... OUCH! I can be such a klutz some times. Geez! <BR> <BR> I always walk with determination. My second home is the lab, so I'm always moving through it with purpose. So, I was organizing my space to get started, set my foot and must have just turned JUST SO... I felt something pop and practically went to my knees. <BR> <BR> In all fairness, my poor back was injured way back in college. Then, a few years later I actually tore the very same muscle. It took a long time to heal and it's just never been... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:51:05 EST I'm just a little bit crazy... or a whole lot depending on who you ask! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I learned a long time ago to NEVER take myself too seriously - in work and in play. There are just so many challenges thrown in our paths as we journey through life. If you can't laugh at yourself it can get pretty rough. Occasionally my friends and family think I'm pretty warped. I suppose they could think worse... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Seriously though, I always try to... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:09:09 EST Not going to be a failure... <img src=""> <BR> I think that this is a message to keep in mind all the time. The only way I won't succeed is if I fail to start. I may have had more success at times than others; but I refuse to give up and I refuse to stop trying. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to work on the mental/emotional side of my journey now. I know the nuts and bolts. I know what I need to do; but I think to truly succeed, it's important to work on the other side too. <... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 19:22:59 EST A nice little bonus... I think I mentioned before that I had done the Good Belly challenge here on Sparks. It was over a while ago; but I've been keeping up with the daily probiotic. I've had pretty good results from taking it so I was encouraged to stick with it. I think I had such a big improvement was because I was in bad shape before. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Anyway, one benefit I've noticed of late... I'm not getting sick. My DH has been sick more than once as has my DD. Not me this time! Woo hoo! Can't comp... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:16:16 EST Earth laughs in flowers... ~Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> That's my daily calm for today. I just had to share... <BR> <BR> Here's me and Earth laughing... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sending you wishes for joy, laughter and happiness all through ... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:34:14 EST