IRISH421's SparkPeople Blog IRISH421's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Last Day to Get Christmas Shopping Done :-( Where has this year went. We sure say that a lot this time of year. This is my last day to try and get my shopping done. Yesterday I did get my mom's lap blanket done and all the mending done and a lot of cross stitch done. <BR> <BR> List for the week: <BR> Today shopping <BR> Monday-Wednesday--Wrap Christmas Presents <BR> Thursday--Plan food for Christmas Eve <BR> Friday-Saturday--Finish anything that isn't done <BR> Sunday--Christmas with my side of the family <BR> Monday--Finish wrapping ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 08:01:53 EST I did it. This morning I decided that I was going to go outside my comfort zone and do a selfie in my swimsuit that I wear every year and then take a new picture in the same swimsuit every month. I am hoping to see improvement by next summer. <BR> <BR> Okay I'm also going to change my picture on the start up page. This is really going outside my comfort zone. <em>46</em> <img src=""> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:54:28 EST Outside the Comfort Zone Just finished reading a blog about being outside your comfort zone. I am going to try something...I hope I can come through. I think after I get done working today I am going to try and take a selfie of myself in my swimsuit that I wear every summer and then take one every month and see if I can see a difference. I am hoping this will help me loose some of the pounds before next summer. <em>30</em> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 07:20:36 EST My Thoughts This Early In The Morning? As I set here at the computer and try to figure out how to get through another Christmas I know it will go okay, it's just the thoughts that are after Christmas. You know LIFE. After Christmas we have to go back to the real world of bills, work, kids and grandkids. I know Christmas will be fun this year we will all get to be together and we have two new granddaughters that will only be 6 months old. <BR> <BR> What will it be after Christmas. I was just looking over my two sons student loans ... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 06:42:21 EST 21 Days till Christmas We now have 21 days till Christmas and I have lost 2 pounds. Yaaa for me. I am happy with that and the only things is really did was change some eating habits an am really trying hard to get in my 8 cups of water. <BR> <BR> I'll keep working and striving and when Christmas gets here I hope to maintain. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 06:29:20 EST It's a New Day Getting points collected before I jump on the treadmill. <em>198</em> I have decided I am going to set up my favorite songs on my phone and walk and listen until I am done. <em>189</em> Also I am trying to accumulate as many freebie points as I can and then try and match them with the same amount of walking points. <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> It's a shot but I'm gonna try. <em>334</em> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 08:30:03 EST Happy, Happy, Happy Today is Thanksgiving Day and I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. <em>429</em> I began the day with hubby putting the birds on to roast and then I made my chip dip and I found a recipe for an oreo cream pie. <em>471</em> <BR> <BR> But after being thankful for a healthy and happy family, <em>334</em> I decided to jump on the treadmill! <em>198</em> At first I was going to sit down and start going through the flyer's to do some Christmas shopping but had a second thought... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:54:43 EST It's the day before Thanksgiving Okay today is the day before Thanksgiving. I had a great weigh in, I have started the day with my fruit smoothie. I know the day will be a long day at work because I saw everything I had to do for today. But I will get through it. Then the plan is to come home and walk on the treadmill and my son will be home so hubby and I are planning on taking him out to eat and do some shopping. <BR> <BR> Everyone have a good day and a great Thanksgiving. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 07:23:52 EST Catching up....hehehe Okay....reboot....Just read my last blog....April 30, <em>234</em> o my have I been gone that long? Well I have been logging in and doing a lot of reading and posting and tracking, but I'm not dropping on the scale! <em>24</em> Why? Well I guess I also have to do some exercising. <em>3</em> Maybe that will make the scale move. <em>38</em> I have collected a lot of Spark points with all the posting but hardly any points have been accumulated by exercise. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 08:25:25 EST Ya.....I'm still here and hingin in there Summer is finally here! I was able to get out and push mow the yard. Yaaa..I got in 30 minutes of exercise. <BR> I have been very, very lazy when it comes to the whole weight loss thing. I haven't been tracking, exercising very little....but I do read all the weight loss articles on Sparkpeople and I just signed up for fitbe so I could read some more articles. <BR> <BR> My questions is why can't I read myself skinny? If I exercised and tracked the way I read I would get to my goal so... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:01:34 EST Still Here Well, I know I have been gone a while, but I have been doing a lot of cross stitch, with two baby blankets sitting here looking me in the face I have been working really hard at both. The one I am down to detailing and the other I have a good start on. <BR> <BR> I have also decided to go strictly with Sparkpeople. Trying to keep up with two weight loss sites was just frustrating me and took a lot more time than I really wanted to work at keeping up with. I am doing my weight loss slowly. (Ve... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 08:39:15 EST Today's Destiny :-) Hope everyone is doing well and almost ready for Christmas. <em>41</em> Well if anyone isn't ready for Christmas, please don't feel like the Loan Ranger. I still have a lot to do. <em>30</em> I still need to get more shopping done, Christmas cards out and the trees put up. <em>446</em> Seems like since I have carried mail and the kids are all grown up Christmas just is kinda a more relaxed day off. <em>41</em> <BR> This year though my daughter and I have a plan. We are going t... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 06:57:55 EST Yesterday.....Fun Day Yesterday my daughter and I went to Toledo and did some major shopping (only 12 hours) and had such a good time. <em>224</em> We went to stores we don't normally get to go to when hubby goes with me. <em>244</em> I found a few gifts for Christmas and we got to have some nice long talks that I have been wanting to have with her. We also got our lunch free at The Olive Garden. <em>190</em> We sat and sat and sat. When we finally really started wondering if they forgot us the waitress ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 08:14:43 EST I'm still here..... I'm still here. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have been working hard on getting a baby blanket done for my daughter. they have been waiting to hear from the adoption agency and two weeks ago they got a call. We were all so excited. Then the agency called and told them that the girl's mother wanted here to go to another agency. We were all so disappointed. I am still working hard on getting the blanket done because I am hoping they will hear soon. <BR> My daughter and son-... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 08:03:17 EST Plan Of The Day My plan of the day....When I get done here I am getting on the treadmill and walking for 45 minutes to one hour and then cleaning my kitchen. Yesterday was great. I got up and walked on the treadmill for 45 minutes then the dish guy came and hooked up the new box for the TV and I got my living room moved around and cleaned. <BR> I have also made up my mind regarding Weight Watchers. I am going to finish the challenge I started then drop them. I like to send tokens to everyone that is doing... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 07:08:13 EST Got a lot Accomplished Today was a very good day. <em>334</em> Got up...Got on treadmill and walked for 45 minutes. <em>315</em> Then the dish guy came and hooked up the new TV and while he was here I was able to get the living room moved around and cleaned. <em>198</em> <BR> With the room the way it is now I have lots or room to do my DVD's. <em>355</em> Now I can do dvd's and walk. And while I am walking I can also watch TV which will help the time go a little faster. <em>128</em> <BR> I have... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 15:20:41 EST I'ma Movin Well unlike the last blog, I have been getting out and moving more. <em>334</em> Yesterday hubby, son and I went out and trimmed trees all morning. The only downfall was we came in the house ordered pizzas and watched football the rest of the afternoon and well into the evening. <em>28</em> But I am happy to report the Nortre Dame <em>281</em> game was quite exciting! They did squeek it out in the end. <em>198</em> I had planned on taking Maddie for a walk <em>313</em> during t... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 06:52:04 EST I'll admit it...I've been lazy lately Yup like the title says...I have been lazy lately. It seems like when I get home in the evening it's time for supper and then kick back. I haven't had time to get on the treadmill and I don't even get on the computer. We have been loaded down right at this time with political mail and it is really keeping us busy. Have you ever noticed that when your brain is tired you just can't get moving. I'm that way. I think, think, think all day and when my brain to to kick back it goes into sleep moti... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 08:09:22 EST Halloween Weekend Well, we had a great time for the Halloween campout <em>30</em> . Friday evening was a bit rainey <em>27</em> but Saturday and Sunday were beautiful <em>67</em> . We ate good, so now I am about 3 pounds up. <em>39</em> There was also a lot of walking. <em>313</em> (which felt wonderful) But now I'm serious about getting back on program. <BR> Did get in an hour on the treadmill today. <em>315</em> I did get 3.1 mile in and it took 53 minutes. <em>334</em> So now I have ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:54:54 EST Can Anyone Tell Me....... Can anyone tell me how to plug a recipe in to find the calorie value of foods. I thought I saw it once when I was looking in the recipe section but now I can't find it. I like to try different recipes but I want to be able to input the different ingredients I use. When I log my food at the end of the day I guess at what might be the close to what is in the recipe. Sat, 13 Oct 2012 06:40:39 EST Tracking!?!? Okay I'll admit it....I hate to track!'s time consuming and seeing what I eat will sometimes make me just plain mad! But....I have to do it. When I track the scale moves and I do see progress. When I don't track....the scale moves in ways I really don't like. So I will once again get back on the track. I need to track not only my food but also my exercise. I know I need to reduce my food intake just a bit and raise my exercise a bit. I have settled to comfortably into the same ol ro... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 06:30:29 EST A Walk in the Mall Today I just wanted to do something a little different, so I went to the mall and did my walking. I got in 55 minutes or 6545 steps. I felt so good. I wanted to try and get in more but I saw someone my hubby and I use to bowl with years ago and she asked me about my inlaws. It slowed my trot down so I decided to get my shopping done and head home. Maybe I'll take Maddie for a walk later this afternoon. She could use it too. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:09:20 EST Yesterday Was Beautiful Yesterday was beautiful! <em>224</em> Daughter, myself and the little beagles hiked 2 1/2 miles. <em>313</em> It felt wonderful! <em>198</em> <em>334</em> The trees were beautiful. <em>465</em> It may rain today, <em>27</em> so I'm going to try and get my exercise in before it starts. <em>252</em> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 11:03:07 EST Today is the first day of the new plan I posted yesterday that I was going to try out a new plan. <em>189</em> So.....this morning I am going to accumulate as many points as I can, <em>100</em> total them up then try to make my activity points equal all my blog points, reading points...everything. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Like I said yesterday, if I spent as much time on my treadmill <em>315</em> as I do commenting and accumulating points by reading, <em>224</em> I should march right through all the steps. <BR> <B... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 07:55:35 EST I Have A New Plan As stated in the above caption...I have a new plan. <em>3</em> I like to try and accumulate as many points as I can with the Spark Plan. <em>43</em> I read a lot, make comments on different people's blogs and I also post on several other things. Been thinkin. <em>189</em> ...if I would spend as much time on my treadmill as I do in reading and all the blogging and talking that I do I would probably accumulate more spark activity points. <em>244</em> <BR> Well....I am going to tr... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 12:24:02 EST First Day Off In A While This is my first day off in a while. <em>224</em> I have a lot of plans and list that is the length of my arm. <em>41</em> I do plan on getting in a lot of activity, with that being at the top of the list. Mowing the yard and closing my garden on the list, but at the top beside a lot of activity. <em>386</em> <BR> I do plan on spending some time with my daughter and she would like to go and do some trails. <em>41</em> We don't know if we will be walking <em>311</em> or ridin... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 07:08:32 EST No Computer, No Blog Just got my computer back. Hubby and I had withdraw for two day. I missed logging and blogging. Need to catch up on my meals and spark points. <BR> Will get in walking tomorrow. Meeting some friends this evening for supper. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:04:11 EST A Bike Ride Today My plan for the day was to head over to the mall and do some walking. <em>315</em> So I phoned in a refill for a prescription but I can't pick it up until after 12:00. <em>39</em> So hubby and I are going to load the bikes up and go take a long bike ride <em>108</em> and then pick up prescription. <em>334</em> Son is home for the weekend and is planning on making dinner. <em>345</em> What a wonderful son. <em>250</em> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:40:33 EST 55 minutes walk Yesterday was beautiful <em>334</em> . After work came home and pick Maddie up and we got in 55 minutes of walking. <em>313</em> She was one tuckered pup. <em>102</em> Today it looks like it might be either my dvd's or a walk on the treadmill. <em>104</em> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 06:47:46 EST Exercise? What is it? I wake up every morning with a plan <em>100</em> ....go to work, run errands, come home, walk either on treadmill or outside. <em>315</em> Well yesterday work went well after that everything kinda went array. <em>234</em> I told my husband I wanted to take Maddie (our dog) to Defiance with me and go walking. <em>313</em> (Sounded great at the time) Then hubby called me while I was working he had to go to the doctor and he found out he had gout. <em>24</em> It all began Sunday an... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 07:03:21 EST Festival Food Well the festival is over and weigh in was this morning. <em>33</em> Well I was up one pound. <em>234</em> But it could have been worse, it could have been a lot more. But I guess with the golf cart breaking down and all the walking I got in due to the breakdown <em>24</em> I'll take just a one pound gain. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 06:34:37 EST So To Finish Yesterday's Story Yup as I said yesterday the golf cart decided to quit right in the middle of the crowd. <em>40</em> So sis and I put dad in the drivers seat and we began pushing the golf card through the crowd. <em>198</em> (And I thought the exercise was going to go out the window for the day) Pushing that golf cart through the crowd was a lot of exercise. So many comments <em>246</em> One guy asked dad how many girl power his cart ran. <em>246</em> Sis and I laughed and laughed. But we had a lo... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 09:15:01 EST Lot's of catching up to do Just checked my blog. <em>24</em> I thought I was doing good with keeping up with my posts and bloggs. Well I haven't blogged for two days. <em>234</em> <BR> Well just a little catch up. <em>100</em> My sister came home yesterday for my mom's birthday <em>383</em> Well mom didn't let us know but she had to work. So sis, dad and I celebrated without her. <em>246</em> Dad can't really walk and the fall festival is going on in our town. So sis and I got the bright idea <em>3</em>... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:40:18 EST Another wonderful day Today was another great day. <em>334</em> The girl I'm training is done. She cased all the mail and when I went out to deliver it she made no mistakes. <em>224</em> (Which remindes me..I need to text her and let her know). After I got done working, I decided to walk out to the bank <em>315</em> and then I walked on out to pick up my Avon. I ended up walking about 4 miles. <em>198</em> It took me 80 minutes. It felt great <em>104</em> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:59:58 EST Another wonderful day in the neighborhood :-) Yesterday was gorgis I only had to run half the route due to the fact I am training a new girl. She did great! She has done a good job casing and is really absorbing everything I have been telling her. I really think she is one that will like this job. <BR> I tell people I love my job, and I really do. With mail carrying it's something you really like or you just hate it. There is no in between. <BR> Also last night after supper hubby and I went out and did some yard work. It worked out... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 06:35:40 EST It's Back To Work Day Yesterday was a great day. the sun was shining, so i mowed, cleaned kitchen. Today after work hoping to get in the yard work I saw needed done yesterday while mowing. Hope everyone has a wonderful day Mon, 10 Sep 2012 06:30:32 EST What a beautiful morning Today just feels good! <em>334</em> Got plenty of <em>102</em> . My plans for today are....when I get done here hopping on the treadmill for 30-45 minutes, then mowing, making stuffed shells for suppers later this week and then some cross stitching. <em>224</em> <BR> I did have a misshape this morning. I spilled my milk all over this counter, floor, cupboards and the counter. Fortunately the measuring cup did break. <em>198</em> The only good thing was it had to clean the cupboa... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 08:22:34 EST Great Start For The New Day Yesterday my boss told me I didn't have to come in until 7:45 <em>224</em> because we are training a new girl so I decided that I was going to get up and get on the treadmill this morning. <BR> Soooo I did exactly what I decided to do.....I got on the treadmill and walked for 30 minutes <em>244</em> It feel so good, I know I got in a decent workout because I broke a sweat. <BR> Now I am here catching up on my Sparkpeople and WW pages with a cup of coffee. Unfortunately I will hav... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 06:23:37 EST Really Should be getting ready for work I really should be getting ready for work but instead I am sitting here surfing my Spark pages and WW pages and trying to think about what to have for supper. I know it needs to be something light because last night we had pork chops, mashed potatoes, asparagus and beets. It was so good and very filling. <BR> I weighed myself this morning and was a little disappointed but o well get back with the program and get a walk in and I'll be fine. <BR> Well I must go and get ready for work now... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 06:32:26 EST Day 14 -- Day after a holiday. :-) Even though today was a long day due to being off yesterday it was still worth being off. My son, daughter-in-law, daughter and son-in-law and mom all came out and we cooked out. It was wonderful! There was a lot of mail but I still don't regret yesterday. <em>30</em> Tue, 4 Sep 2012 18:35:07 EST Day 13 -- Happy Holiday Got up this morning and went out and mowed the yard after my 45 minute walk on the treadmill. Thank goodness I got my walk in because normally I count my push mowing as my walk. It usually takes me about 45 minutes to one hour to mow the back yard. But today I couldn't keep my little push mower going so I had to ride the whole yard. Which took 3 hours. O well I did get my walk in although I was hoping to get more activity points with my mowing. <BR> Well hope everyone has a wonderful holid... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 15:19:32 EST Day 12 -- Relaxation Day? Today I woke up with the worst stomach ache. Hubby and I went to Walmart to get our groceries for the Labor Day cookout. Although we didn't need the little bag of peanut butter cup, rollos and kisses, we bought them! We ate at the Chinese restaurant then came home. <BR> We put things away then set down and he opened the little bag of candy. Then I took over, believe me I am paying for it today. <BR> I am on water the rest of the evening and an early walk in the morning. Hope everyone ha... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 17:33:56 EST Day 11 -- What a day! Had a great blog going, It went into cyber space. O well. After the kinda day I had I'm goin wrap this up and go to bed! Goodnight <em>29</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 18:42:17 EST Day 10 Today was another long day on the route. Didn't get done until 3:30. I did have a plan, I was going to take Maddie, my dog, on a long walk but I stopped by my mom and dad's hour and my mom and her dog went with us so we didn't get quite the walk in that we wanted. Maybe tomorrow we can get in a major walk. <BR> However, last night hubby and I rode our bikes into town, which is 6 miles, and had pizza with our two sons and daughter-in-law. This morning was my official weigh in and I felt enc... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 18:53:31 EST Day 8 & 9 Woops, looks like I missed a day of blogging. Yesterday was a very long day on the route and I was exhausted. I came home ate and fell asleep in my chair. <BR> Today was much better. I came home and got on the treadmill for 30 minutes. When hubby gets home I think we will probably ride into town and eat supper. <BR> Well until tomorrow hope everyone has a wonderful evening. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:07:21 EST Day 7 Well today is Sunday and hubby and I can't decide what to do. Do we want to bike ride, go to Defiance and get him new phone and do a little shopping? Bike ride does sound great later this evening. We are definitely going to grill out. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 07:47:43 EST Day 6 Well I have blogged for six days straight now. The new route went well. I ran a little late but it will get better. I was so hungry I grabbed a quick shower and ate. I brought home a chicken club sub from our local restaurant. It was delicious. <BR> But now I'm bushed. Sitting in my chair blogging and I'm about to get off the computer and just maybe do some cross stitching if I can stay awake. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 17:08:01 EST Day 5 of Serious Blogging and I'm tired Yesterday I woke up, weighed myself, got mad, went to work, came home and mowed. I was so mad about what I weighed in at I just came home and mowed. Today I'm tired, it caught up with me. I do start my new route tomorrow so I went out and route the route for practice. Hopefully tomorrow with go okay then I do plan on gong out and working in the garden. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:35:40 EST Day 5 of Serious Blogging Well when I weighed myself this morning I was in shock. I went up! After a day out on the route and doing a lot of thinking, I go a little tick off at myself. So mad at myself I just went out and push mowed for one hour. I should get tick off more often. <em>101</em> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 17:02:20 EST Day 4 of Serious Blogging This is day 4 and not really much has happened. I did, though, thankfully, this morning got in 10 minutes on the treadmill. I say thank goodness because this afternoon after I was done on my route the girl that will be coming to my route wanted to go out and drive it. So I didn't get home until after hubby got home so I couldn't really get on the treadmill. Tomorrow I will get my treadmill time in and I think I should be able to get out and push mow. So I should be able to rack up quite a fe... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 17:37:20 EST