IMREITE's SparkPeople Blog IMREITE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community i finally used the timer i found a tabata timer app months ago. i finally used it tonight. i did not have a written down plan of moves and i could have gone more intense, but good for a first time using it. <BR> <BR> with the holidays coming i will need shorter workouts and i want to have some quick my efficient routines. i figure it i keep using the timer i can stay focused and keep up the intensity. Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:56:40 EST toys my grandma had a small foot stool with a removable top she recovered and fixed. it became the toybox in her living room for when little kids came over. that is what i want. debating on if i want an ottomon or hope chest type of item, but it will be for storing toys. Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:07:34 EST toy box or hope chest our living room has some old wooden shelves. thy have cracks and nails poppint through. we are thinking of replacing them with a hope chest or toy box. we do not have kids but we do have younger nieces. i am not sure what stylee i am looking for. i wouild like a bench style so it could be used for extra seating when company comes. Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:36:38 EST craft sale i didn't need anything, did not want anything but i went with my mom and sisters anyway. the craft sales were fundraisers. 1 of the sales was at my alma mater and the other was at my niece's school. so i was happy to spend money on the entry fee and a few small items. Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:27:07 EST last weekend before holiday kickoff my brother in laws birthday party is sunday. it will be a family thing so that will be fun. i need to get my to do list made in chunks in order so i can get stuff done instead of being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:03:21 EST good week our required ot was reduced so this week was kind of relaxing. next week is no required ot so i can get do whatever Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:02:05 EST relax night came home and relaxed for a while. then my hubby made supper. so a good night Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:39:32 EST shower mostly cleaned i caved. the all natural cleaners did not work at all on the mold in my shower. i used a cleaner with bleach. it worked for the most part. there are a few stubburn spots but now it will be easier to keep clean Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:30:39 EST meat day my uncle has a dairy farm. we bought some meat from him. i love farm fresh food his animals have always been healthy and cared for. we shared 1/4 with my parents. it is fun. we get together with other people getting meat, normally extended family and neighbors. we cut up the meat together, we can trim more fat and then it gets used for making suet to feed the winter birds. so less waste and we get leaner meat. Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:36:15 EST epic again... another great day. not sure why. just woke up with energy and happy. i got a little antsy in the afternoon but otherwise energy level was good. i got sleepy after i got home but othersiw felt great all day for no specific or special reason Fri, 10 Nov 2017 21:14:19 EST got what i need i was asked for my christmas list. i have what i need and most of what i want. this year we bought new furnature for the living room. i tend to like giving gifts more then getting Thu, 9 Nov 2017 21:42:29 EST back at it even though i had the last 4 days off, the last 2 i kept up with my bedtime routine and managed to get myself to bed at the target time. <BR> so tonight i am already thinking of ways to keep the routine. i will fix my bedtime routine it will just take time. Wed, 8 Nov 2017 20:12:23 EST back to work i had a 4 day weekend. i go back to work. i relaxed pretty well. got some cleaning and organizing again. have to get up early tomorrow.. sigh <BR> <BR> on the plus side i have 3 routines left of my 6 week challenge. so i should be ready to start something new on sunday. Tue, 7 Nov 2017 23:40:04 EST Cleaning science project i have mold in my basement shower.i did not want to use chemical cleaners. some of them are toxic and i dont have a a window or good venting to get rid of the vapors. so i tried making natural homemade cleaners <BR> <BR> i found a few options. 1- i tried a magic eraser. it cleaned the walls but did not remove the mold. 2- a water and hydrogeon peroxide w lemos solution. that did not work. and 3- a baking soda paste. <BR> <BR> none of them worked. a 4th option - spray with vinegar... and... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 19:47:29 EST 4 day weekend i have pto to use up for the end of the year. so i am spacing them out. so i have monday and tuesday. i hope to use it to recharge my battery and get my energy back. Fri, 3 Nov 2017 21:11:02 EST no more eating after 10 that is the new rule. i am NEVER hungry on worknights but yet i get tempting to have a snack, i tried saying i could have a healthy snack. last night i ate a mini candy bar and all of a sudden realized i was mindlessly eating. it was not healthy and i was not hungry. so no more eating at night when i am not hungry. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 19:57:26 EST week is dragging at least monday and tuesday did. rest of the week should be easier Tue, 31 Oct 2017 20:56:20 EST kids meal my dh and i took my nieces shopping for christmas today. then we went to lunch at mcdonalds. i ordered a kids meal. it helped me with portion control. Sat, 28 Oct 2017 22:32:42 EST Normal day but felt epic it was an odd afternoon. nothing exciting or special. but this afternoon i felt bouncy, excited.. dare i say ENERGETIC at work. normally i get jumpy before quit time but i stayed focused most of the afternoon and got stuff done. <BR> i was happy and music was in my head and i was just joyful. when i left work i thought it was an epic afternoon. nothing unique or special happened. i just was pumped to get home and exercise or tackle my to do list. <BR> <BR> id like to know how this happe... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 21:41:28 EST sugar journal it is actually a snack/ craving. carb journal. i have been pretty good about each day, remembereing to write down something before a snack or after a meal. i am trying to retrain my body/mind to notice saity cues so i dont crave sweets or eating to much junk Tue, 24 Oct 2017 22:05:02 EST goal item when i lose 10 lbs i am going to buy myself a new cute shirt or dress... wither i will use luleman (my sister loves them ) or another online site Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:14:47 EST congrats but still jealous someone tole me today that they lost 40 lbs since january. i was annoyed. this person never works out, rarely eats vegetables and has slow thyroid like me. grant it he is still overweight but i was still jealous. then after the green eyed monster took a few laps i was able to feel happy for that person. being annoyed with someone else will not help me with my goals so why waste the energy on it. jealousy does not burn calories. Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:53:58 EST ordering clothes online anyone have luck ordering clothes online? <BR> i found some fun styles and the site says plus size, unfortunatly when i check specific items the largest option is medium or small. i want to reward myself with some new cute tops and i dont wante to wait till i am a specific size. Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:08:21 EST great day went with my mom, 2 sisters and their kids to a pumpklin patch. they picked a pumpkin, went for a wagon ride and ran around outside. then came home did some light cleaning. then1 of my sisters came with her dh and 3 kids for homemade pizza. they both had fun helping my dh cook and my kitchen was not destroyed! clean up was fast and i only had to pick up ingredients, Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:28:57 EST squash i have a bunch of squash in my garden. i'll have to find more recipies to use them. i planted a kind named "carnival". it is a hybrid of the sweet dumpling and acorn squash. <BR> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:27:44 EST sugar challenge this is a big fight fore me. i have a lot of bad habits to change but if i start out small i can alter my taste buds and thought patterns to crave sweets so often Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:18:26 EST do nothing day slept in and ran errands. did 1 workout otherwise did not do much. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 00:41:07 EST fish fry night i got to-go dinners from the local fish fry and brought them home and some relatives came over for a family dinner. very yummy and fun Fri, 6 Oct 2017 20:28:02 EST try everything but not commiting i heard an advertisment on the radio for a diet product that really works because the person said they "tried everything" . my first thought was the person half assed everything but was not patient or commited to anything. <BR> <BR> i can relate to that. i am a dabbbler. i try stuff all the time. I need to but the mental planning and energy into making a good plan, sticking with it and not making bs excuses. <BR> <BR> there is more on my mind on this topic, but i will ponder it while cle... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 21:13:08 EST homemade chilli i used tomatoes and peppers from my garden. no canned tomatoes this time. Canned tomatoes are LOADED with sodium. os i will admit it taseted a bit odd so i used some sea salt. it will take time to get my taste buds to be used to less salty things, it will take time and practice to reset my taste buds Sun, 1 Oct 2017 19:57:19 EST apple orchard made apple sauce in my slow cooker. it was good. Sat, 30 Sep 2017 21:50:13 EST meal shake tried in my experience meal replacement shakes or smoothies are not filling. I either feel bloated or i have a lot of food cravings after having 1. a new protein shake place opened near my work place. they gave us coupons and i could walk there so i decided to try it. you get the a shot of aloe (to help digestion) a tea (hot or iced) and a protein shake. i spent about an hour sipping on them. i did notice the rest of the afternoon that i was full. not bloated. the raspberry tea was not sweet but ... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 21:43:56 EST closer closer to weekend Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:34:25 EST final week of september close to the end of the month. september flew by Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:55:26 EST mostly restful did not do much, although i did get some stuff projects done Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:27:44 EST pontoon day went to my parents. my aunt and uncle joine us on a pontoon rige to a local restaurant. then ride back to their house. it was a gorgeous day. too bad we both had to work otherwise we could have been on the water earlier. Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:24:06 EST 65th anniversery today was my grandparents 65th anniversery party. so many people all meeting at the old farmhouse. kinda crazy that they have both lived so long and still take care of one another Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:30:59 EST diet plan mostly i need to be more mindful about my eating. but i need to come up with a plan that will help keep my eating more in control Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:36:18 EST meal planning i dont know why i am so bad at planning supper. i guess it is because i dont like sticking to it. although breakfast and lunch are easier to do because once i am at work i dont like to use the vending machine and i dont go out during the work day. Sun, 10 Sep 2017 20:30:43 EST Lasagna night my dh made lasagna. his resipe is a bke, lets set over night and then heat. so he made it and we took it to my sisters and had dinner with her family. it was a big hit. the kids were tired from their first week at school so they were a bit crabby but it was nice to play with them a bit Sun, 10 Sep 2017 00:53:45 EST sleeping goal the 3 day weekend messed with this so much. by tuesday night i was off the habit. tuesday night was the sa,e. finally last night i said i HAD to get to bed. so i need to stay work on getting it in place Fri, 8 Sep 2017 00:05:55 EST finally friday woot woot Sat, 2 Sep 2017 00:19:38 EST finish strong tonight is another night of my challenge. to help me stick to it, i put it on my calandar, the next day, i change the color of it if i was successful. i can sleep in on the weekend so i dont need to be in bed as early, but i do wan to make a point of going to bed when i was sleepy. Thu, 31 Aug 2017 21:14:45 EST feeling non-scale victorious i dont have any team challenges currently going on so i have not weighed myself since last week. mentally i was thinking of non scale victories i could post. everything i thought i failed at, i had a victory or 2 to take its place. <BR> <BR> for instance- 1) i walked less according to my fitbit. however, i picked stuff from my garden, washed it and froze some stuff. and i cleaned my kitchen when i finished, <BR> <BR> 2) my workout was shorter- however it was more intense and i focused on ... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 23:53:57 EST day 2 of bedtime routine last night was successful. i started already tonight. i got some stuff done instead of taking a nap. Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:32:34 EST couch ordered and new loveseat and 2 new recliners. i am strangely excited. normally dont care about decorating or furnature but i loof forward to the new stuff. of course i have old stuff to give away. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 21:07:53 EST rainy day but still better then hurricane weather Sun, 27 Aug 2017 00:57:35 EST couch shopping actually more like possible a new living room set. so it is time to shove a crowbar in my provervbial wallet. <BR> <BR> i dont like to buy new stuff but i think they are pretty worn and could be replaced. Thu, 24 Aug 2017 21:09:15 EST old people chicken i have relatives that live half way across the country. when they visit the extended family would get together, normally we would grill chicken. my cousin was about 8 and started callling it "old people chicken" because all he great aunts and uncles would be there. about 20 years later, most of the greats are in nursing homes or passed away. <BR> <BR> so my uncle all of a sudden said "oh no. no we're the old people". so then my sister and i were teasing him and said we should call my cousin ... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:50:54 EST broken fridge on saturday. i was at my parents house. my niece went into the fridge and said "Grandma your fridge is broken. It's empty" my mom cleaned it out and moved some of it to the neighbors so all that was in there was some water bottles. milk and refridgerator pickles. <BR> it was not empty but it did not have that much in it. <BR> <BR> we thought it was funny because my mom has so much food in her house and my noece thought it was broken without it being overflowing. Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:24:01 EST