IMIN2GENES's SparkPeople Blog IMIN2GENES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Doh! <img src=""> <BR> Yep... I'm SO over the snow! It's pretty and all; but right now, it's just annoying. <BR> <BR> I heard quite the ruckus outside this morning. So I look out... they're running a mini front-end loader in the parking lot to help clear us out today. It's a little bit bigger than a bobcat; but smaller than a full size. Well, our pickup truck was parked over in the overflow. We hadn't shoveled it out yet since the tires need... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:58:52 EST Relaxing with the family... I can't believe it; but it's snowing again today. It's been steady for most of the morning. Thankfully it's not really sticking at all. It just keeps on coming! <BR> <BR> I have to share another pic. Remember when I said it was snowing again on Thursday? Well, it was just so pretty I made DH go outside and take this pic for me... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Don't get me wrong, I'm OVER all this snow and ready for some spring. I just think it... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:15:26 EST Today's blog brought to you by wild weather kingdom... ... and the forecast is <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> Yesterday we had only a little residual snow from the last snow storm. It wasn't much; but it was still hanging around. About 7 pm we started to see snowflakes. Here's what we woke up to this morning... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> In case you can't see it... <BR> <i... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:25:01 EST Such a slippery slope... *sigh* and so easy to slide. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I have been doing so well with my eating. I've been eating clean for quite a while now. I've been so excited about it actually. I've been feeling better, had more energy and haven't even been giving sweets a second glance. Which is impressive considering I have a candy bowl on my desk for sharing. I haven't had a piece of it in months! <BR> <BR> Well, for my husband's birthday, I got hi... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:48:35 EST My Daily Calm... <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Hope you day has been filled with laughter! <BR> Chris <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:41:51 EST Preparing to tackle Monday... I'm taking time for me this weekend. I've been working on a stitching project and it's getting to a point where I can almost envision it completed. I'll share a pic once it's done. That has been letting me unwind a lot. I can get lost in the stitching so easily. <BR> <BR> I also managed to finish my library book. Whew! I was afraid I'd run out of time. Just in time for another one to come off my hold list. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> It's all at least got me in a better place for Monday... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 20:12:47 EST I did it! I did it! I did it!! Woot! <img src=""> <BR> Don't ask how... I'm not sure I remember. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> But a completed draft in proper format went to the director today. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Now, I'm going to go recover! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Catch you all tomorrow! <BR> Chris <BR> <BR> Daily Calm: We're so engaged in doing thngs to ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 20:52:01 EST Just when you thought is was safe to go back in the water... <img src=""> <BR> Some days at work are much better than others... <BR> <BR> Today I noticed our director was a little more stressed than usual. Turns out that someone - I'm not sure who - was supposed to be writing the protocols for use in our new lab addition. They've had the task since April... <BR> <BR> Today, I was asked if I could help out with it. It needs to be done by... <BR> <img src=" Thu, 6 Feb 2014 20:29:07 EST A new discovery... Don't have much to share today. It's been kind of a melancholy day. But, as I was thinking about things, I had a light bulb moment. <BR> <em>3</em> <BR> Often, on weekend, I'll sleep in some since I seem to be constantly trying to catch up on sleep. Normally, I'm up at 5 am and at work by 7 - 7:30 am. On weekends, I'll sleep in till 7 am. <BR> <BR> So, for me, a normal day of eating consists of breakfast at ~7am, lunch at ~11am, snack at ~2pm and dinner at ~6pm. <BR> <BR> Weekend eating... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 21:37:19 EST My easy scallops as requested... Not much time again today... the good news is that the engineer and I are one step closer to solving the issue with my machine at work. Whew! Two steps forward and one step back; but I'm not complaining. We're getting it figured out! Then I'll be busy 'til the cows come home playing catch-up... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So, as most of you know, time is my biggest enemy. So this recipe is quick, simple and delish! <BR> <BR> As prepared, here's the nutrition if you serve it with 1/4 cu ... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 20:05:14 EST Sometimes I wonder... You know, government logic eludes me so often... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> I think that's true for most of us though. <BR> <BR> I swear it was the silliest thing today. When I left for work it was pouring today. Cats and dogs pouring. We had winter storm warnings in our area; but it wasn't supposed to be as bad as originally thought. Well, until I got to work there was maybe an inch or so of slushy, messy mush on the roads. My commute wasn't bad and I was working away finally clearing some... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 21:21:19 EST Celebrate! <img src=""> <BR> For the most part, my week has been pretty crazy! Crazy but good. I've had a lot of after work appointments and such; so I haven't had much me time or Spark time. So, here's my little catch up for you with lots of things to celebrate! <BR> <BR> *One of the biggest celebrations for me was getting our paper resubmitted! Woo hoo! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> That thing has b... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 20:46:53 EST It's a dangerous thing... My DH got me a Kindle for Christmas. One of my friends said he didn't want to get one; because the books are expensive and the library wait lists are too long. <BR> <BR> Well, let me just say... I haven't read a book yet that I've paid for and not because I didn't buy a few. I did! I had 3 come available from the library right now, I get a loan from the Kindle library at Amazon and I get a free book each month from Amazon as well. I've read 6 books since I've gotten it and not a single one h... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:58:14 EST Something simple... I'm going for the easy blog tonight... my brain is fried!! We got the comments back from the peer reviewers for are article finally. Overall, our paper was well received; but there are a few things where additional clarification was requested. That's not such a big deal, we have all the info; but adding in some of it causes the references to get all jacked up and it takes time to correct them and get it to reformat. Even using EndNote and cite-while-you-write. *sigh* Painful but necessary. It... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:14:25 EST One of my favorites... <img src=""> <BR> This quote has always been one of my favorites and a great motivator. <BR> <BR> I'll never forget, when I was younger the guidance councilor at school told me not to waste my time being a scientist, I was a girl. Hmmm... well, guess what I am! I wasn't about to let some stuffed shirt tell me what I could or couldn't do. Science just always made sense to me. Yes I study; but it also just happens. Like an artist sees art... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:23:56 EST Happy dance time!! Woot! Today was the end of week #1 of our 5% Winter Challenge and weigh-in day. I am quite excited to say that I was down 3 pounds!! <BR> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> I was rather pleasantly surprised to see that! I certainly wasn't expecting it either. <BR> <BR> Wait, I should rephrase that... I am expecting to get healthier and lose weight. I just didn't expect to see a drop like that in the first week. <BR> <BR> In all fairness and honesty, I have been eating better a... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 19:44:10 EST Snow day!! We wound up with just shy of 10 inches of snow. Quite a bit of fun!! It would have been much more enjoyable had it not been quite so cold and windy. I think my thermometer said 5 at noon! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Other than that it was a quiet day. I woke up with a bit of a migraine, so I just lazed in the dark until my meds kicked in enough that I could function. After that I was able to read and even cross stitch a little. I even managed to fit in some exercise, although I did keep i... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:43:27 EST Mission accomplished! Yay for me! <BR> <BR> One of the pieces of equipment that I work with has been having a bit of an attitude lately. In fact, we've even stumped the company that makes it. LOL! I've been working with the field service rep and the instrument service guy in house for a while trying to troubleshoot. We think we're getting it resolved, slowly but surely... we'll see. Anyhow, any time you have to troubleshoot, it slows down your work; but you don't really want to work with a piece of equipment act... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:10:56 EST A little randomness... Today is one of those days that I just don't know what to blog about. I hate writing blogs when I feel like I don't have something important to say. I feel like I shouldn't be wasting everyone's time by putting something out there that isn't really very helpful. <BR> <BR> And that right there points to another one of my downfalls... <BR> <BR> I need to write my blogs for me. I need to use them to help keep me accountable. I need to use them as a tool to help me work things out. Have you eve... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:43:45 EST *sigh* <img src=""> <BR> It's been a rough week... <BR> <BR> I'm still here, still tracking everything, still moving my body and still reading my daily calm. Just no me time at all. Hope to catch up more tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend my friends! <BR> Chris <BR> <BR> Daily Calm: The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences. Hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to h... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:37:14 EST I couldn't resist... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was just too appropriate for me between this week and last. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> OMG! I have been the firefighter lately. Hopefully things will settle down a little bit at work; but right now I've got an avalanche chasing me. This was all planned work to be done; but I have to wait for some of the work to come in from outside. That kind of stuff is hard to plan when you're depending on someone else... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:37:35 EST Continuing the path... Today we went to the bookstore. That's always a dangerous thing in my household... DD won out and came back with 6 books. DH and I only had 1 book a piece. I know, we're bunch of nuts! Well, bookworms at least. <BR> <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, my DD and I came across this book... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It's a beautiful book. We've decided to share it and read the quotes daily. <BR> <BR> Here's our Daily Calm for today: <BR> "Beg... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 19:53:18 EST Wow! What a difference... I am shocked and pleasantly surprised by what a difference only a few days have made for me! <BR> <BR> I've been doing the Good Belly Reboot Challenge here on Spark. Some critics have said that it's just a product promotion. Yes, it is - that doesn't take away the value of doing it though. Honestly. I've done my own research and was already considering starting to take a probiotic. The notice for this challenge just came along to my inbox at just the right time. It's 21 days long. It gives m... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:34:01 EST My daily dose... Even though I've been a lax in posting blogs, I still have been viewing motivational messages daily. If you haven't tried it and have a smart phone, SP has an app that gives you a new motivational message daily. It's pretty cool! Sometimes I'll just Google images or quotes... it depends on my mood. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, I just wanted to share this one with you. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm not waiting anymore. My pl... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 20:48:30 EST I REFUSE to call 2013 a failure!! 2013 was quite a year - one I'm not quite even sure how to label. Just definitely not a failure! I'm too positive a person for that... <BR> <BR> Did I lose weight? No. In fact I gained some back. <BR> Did I eat healthier? Umm... more often than not. <BR> Did I handle stress better than before? That would be a great big YES! <BR> <BR> As with any year of your life, I had work stress, family stress, money stress, homeowner stress... you all know the drill. This past year I had the added stres... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 21:31:21 EST Great info to share... I just wanted to share this with you. Another one of my Sparkfriends (LINWINAGAIN) posted this on a team page... <BR> <BR> Saw this and wanted to share... motivating to look at what 1 lb a week really <BR> could add up to! <BR> <BR> If I lost 1 lb each week of 2014 I would be... <BR> <BR> ~7 pounds lighter by Valentines Day. I'm loving it! <BR> <BR> ~11 pounds lighter by St. Patricks day. <BR> <BR> ~by Easter, I'd be 16 lbs lighter. I'd be a cute bunny! <BR> <BR> ~by Memorial Day I'd be... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 20:02:25 EST Just have to share... One of my very good friends insists that there's nothing beautiful about ice... I just have to show here that there is - as long as you don't have to go drive in it... <BR> <BR> The view from my porch is a little bit intimidating... we had about 4.5 inches of snow yesterday which was promptly topped off with at least 1/4 inch of freezing rain. It's a mess! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love the look of the ice on the trees... <BR> <im... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 14:33:03 EST Healthy thought for the day... I got this today and just couldn't resist sharing... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love the message!! <BR> <BR> I added the Spark Quote app to my smart phone. Everyday I get a motivational message like this. It's been pretty cool. I like the reminders. Helps me keep my head together. <BR> <BR> Spark on my friends! Happy holiday wishes to you all! <BR> Chris <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:31:41 EST Happiness... This was my Spark Coach Woo Hoo for today... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'll blog again soon... I've been wickedly busy, all in good ways I assure you! So, my blogging has lagged in favor of tracking. I'm still working on that balance! <BR> <BR> Spark on my friends! <BR> Chris <BR> <BR> PS - So far the new plan is going well! I'm feeling better - well, with the exception of my allergic reaction to the asian pear... <BR> <em>198</em... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 20:44:01 EST My Piggy... oh no!!! I am SO bummed... <BR> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Our Wii has died... <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> In all fairness, it has worked quite hard. It was an early generation one and we've had it for MANY years. All of us use it - DH, DD and me. I love the Wii Fit! The balance games helped me a lot. My DH and I get in to some pretty wicked competitions over the boxing which can be quite the workout! So, I can really be too angry with it... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:37:15 EST The Plan... Okay... so, this has been the 1st week of my new plan. I just thought I'd share. Maybe it will spark a little inspiration for you or maybe it will just help me be accountable. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> Once I put it out there, I definitely feel more accountable. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Fitness <BR> As I mentioned in a previous blog, I get plenty of fitness minutes in to my day. I sneak them in everywhere I can all day long. The problem is that I need to add in some more CARDIO to get the... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 17:39:58 EST Midweek Motivation... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lately Spark's motivational messages have been really speaking to me. This one especially... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm taking some very purposeful steps this month to get back to where I once was... I had a very successful start on SP, hit plateaus and ultimately gained back more weight than I'd like. Well, this past Monday I'm back with a vengeance and ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 20:25:52 EST Yep, it's a Monday... “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” ~Chinese Proverb <BR> <em>125</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday y'all! Mine was a little bit crazy... you know... the kind where you've got a plan, you're ready to get started on it and then someone does something to thwart your plans. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Ya gotta love it! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> That's okay though... I think things will still work out okay. My DD doesn't have school on Friday. That's us... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:44:30 EST Sometimes rest is important too... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My legs, feet and ankle are thankful for me today. <BR> <BR> I can be quite stubborn and tenacious... those who know me know that well. So when I said I'm going to add an extra 30 minutes of cardio a day, I meant it. I stuck to that goal and faithfully did it 6 days straight. My inner warrior has been kicking my inner brat's butt! <BR> <em>216</em> <BR> BUT... today I made a conscious decision to rest. I forg... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 19:54:10 EST Still streakin'! <em>311</em> <em>315</em> <em>321</em> <em>549</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Well, I did it... today makes it one whole week of adding an extra 30 minutes of cardio to my day. My muscles are a little bit sore... my inner brat did some serious protesting yesterday and today... <BR> <BR> BUT... <BR> <BR> I did it anyway! My inner warrior is kicking my brat's butt! <BR> <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:59:12 EST