JENNEINAZ's SparkPeople Blog JENNEINAZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What went well 12-16-14 number 1: I got to the gym to see the trainer. It is getting better. We are still working on the long term goal of a pull up. Maybe someday. <BR> <BR> Number 2: we went to music lessons. The recital is Sunday. We need to practice. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I drew a minion. I named him Monty. It is silly and crazy and totally appropriate for the level of stress. We need more minions. Many many minions! <BR> <BR> (The rain is back but the hormones are going down. I think I can cope. ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:30:39 EST What went well 12-15-14 number 1: the first day of dealing with younger son's digestive issues was amazing not a big deal. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to the gym, even though it was cold and wet. <BR> <BR> Number 3: the sun came out for a little while Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:52:48 EST What went well 12-14-14 number 1: the sun came out briefly and I went on my bike ride. It was great. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I watched my episode of Grimm and it was great too. I really enjoy that show. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I went to see Kurios, the new cirque de soleil show. It was amazing. Tumblers and acrobats and a guy that pretended to be a cat. Really cool. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:26:00 EST What went well 12-13-14 number 1: japanese school happened. We got the big test back. I did fine. I even did better than my husband which is cool. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I put more pieces in the puzzle I am working on. I had hoped that it would be a family project but no one else is interested. The screens are more fun. I guess that means more pieces for me to put together. I hope I get it done before Christmas because I bought a new puzzle for working on Christmas Day. <BR> <BR> Number 3: we signed the ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:05:53 EST What went well 12-12-14 number 1: the sun came out for a little while. It was amazing. <BR> <BR> Number 2: many boxes are arriving at our house. No more shopping for me! <BR> <BR> Number 3: the forecast for the weekend is cold but SUNNY! Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:13:56 EST What went well 12-11-14 number 1: It rained. It rained buckets and buckets of rain. This is good for the plants. It is not good for me. I need to see the sun. I am a grumpy, mopey, sad, and prone to crying for no reason person when I don't get to see the sun. The plants need the rain. California needs the rain. I need the sun. Please come back sun. I miss you. <BR> <BR> Number 2: My older kids did their chemistry lab and didn't burn anything. Not even the hydrogen or oxygen gas they were supposed to be... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:32:16 EST What went well 12-10-14 number 1: my husband's friends came over last night and they were fun. We tried out a new board game called Formula D. It was good too. My husband got pizza for everyone. Everyone but me. I had two scoops of protein powder instead. Sigh. This isn't even diet related this is just lactose related.... <BR> <BR> Number 2: It is raining. We need the rain. This storm is supposed to be a big one and really wet. I am ready to see the sun for a while. Please. <BR> <BR> Number 3: we hav... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:19:53 EST What went well 12-09-14 number 1: I went for a short walk with my youngest. It was good. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to recorder lessons and got a new piece to play. A duet with my older son. We will play Carol of the Bells. I got the low part and he is doing the higher part. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I have a plan for trying to get the important stuff done. It isn't working well because I can't get everything to happen but I do have a plan. <BR> <BR> ( I want to get four things done each day. Practice my japan... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:11:22 EST What went well 12-08-14 number 1: my youngest does not need glasses, but he might in six months. But for now all is well. I also picked up my new frames. Red this time! And made an apt for my oldest to get her contacts fit. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I played at the park with a two year old and introduced her to the art of making and smashing sand castles. It was great. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I got all my steps in without biking! Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:37:14 EST What Went Well 12-07-14 Number 1: I watched the most recent episode of Grimm. It was wonderful. It gave a reason for FRUITCAKE! It was the cure to a particular type of creature's problem. Very cute and very very funny. <BR> <BR> Number 2: My coach got back to me with major kudos. I didn't gain weight while on vacation. Achievement reached! He also said that I could in fact eat whatever I want whenever I want so long as I stayed within my carbs/protein/fats for the day. This works for me. That was how I s... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:09:51 EST What went well 12-06-14 Number 1: my youngest and his digestive problem a couple days ago seems to have been a fluke. His system is working just fine now. Woohooo! <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to japanese school and took the midterm test. I think I didn't fail. The is a big step up from last year when no one in the class got more than three right out of sixty. This teacher writes much better tests. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I went to my husband's work holiday party. It was good. So many people. We arrived early... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 11:07:44 EST What Went Well 12-05-14 Number 1: I watched some of my tv shows that I missed while we were on vacation. Grimm is wonderful and not something me youngest likes being around for. He thinks it is spooky. It is. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I ate pie. Berry Bonkers Pie. It was totally yummy. I planned for it and it fit my carbs/fat/protein plan. I love a flexible plan. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The scale moved in the direction I wanted it to go. Even with Thanksgiving and being on vacation I am making progress. It is sl... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 11:05:21 EST What Went Well 12-04-14 Number 1: I saw the sun! The rain took a break yesterday afternoon and I got to see the sun. I missed it. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I finished writing up my study sheets for the Japanese test tomorrow. I hope they help. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Swimming lessons went well last night and my youngest is happy. <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Dec 2014 11:42:45 EST What Went Well 12-03-14 Number 1: Still raining. The plants are loving it. The humans are getting tired of it. i know we need the rain, but it would be nice if it was spread out over more days! <BR> <BR> Number 2: A new video game is in the house. Kingdom Hearts is back. My kids are happy. <BR> <BR> Number 3: After going biking in the rain early in the day, I stayed indoors where it is warm and dry for the rest of the day. Warm and dry is good! <BR> <BR> (Today I am not going biking because I finally r... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 10:31:49 EST What Went Well 12-02-14 Number 1: It is still raining here. While this is a good thing for the drought it is less fun when I am wet. Several places are flooded and many places are soggy. At least the people that want snow for skiing are getting it. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I saw the recorder teacher yesterday. She is such an encouraging person. I didn't practice while we were on vacation so we worked on sight reading instead of new music. I truly enjoy her company. I just wish I found more time for practicing i... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 10:16:49 EST What Went Well 12-01-14 Number 1: We made it safely home! <BR> <BR> Number 2: I texted with Sean, the trainer, and have a time set up to meet for today (Tuesday) at our normal time. It will feel good to get back to going to the gym and feeling like I am getting stronger. Vacation was nice, the extra sleep was great, but I am ready to get with the program again. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am happily sitting with a cup of tea (Caribbean Calypso Mate) and listening to the rain. This is the good life! Tue, 2 Dec 2014 10:49:26 EST What went well 11-30-14 number 1: we had a great time hanging out in the rain at universal studios. We met minions. We met transformers. We saw shows. We just plain had fun. <BR> <BR> Number 2: on the way out, we were soaked and my older son asked, "do you know what I am grateful for? The fact that my bottom has dried." Which sparked lots of comments from the rest of us saying that ours hadn't. Then my oldest said she was grateful for waterproof shoes and the fact her feet weren't wet, the rest of us comme... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:53:08 EST What went well 11-29-14 number 1: we went to Griffith observatory in Griffith park in Los Angeles. It is a huge green space in the middle of a big city. Parking was challenging but the experience was worth it. We saw a tesla coil and a plush tesla. We saw planets and the sun. We saw the Hollywood sign in the distance. It was great. <BR> <BR> Number 2: then we went to El Coyote. It is a Mexican restaurant in downtown Los Angeles near where I lived as a child. The food is amazing even my picky eater middle ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 10:22:02 EST What went well 11-28-14 number 1: we made it safely from my parent place in Arizona to Burbank, California. We will be here for a couple of days enjoying the metro Los Angeles area. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to dinner with just my husband. The kids weren't hungry so we got fast food burgers for them after we ate. <BR> <BR> Number 3: in a few days I will be home and in my own bed. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:28:08 EST What went well 11-28-14 number 1: the thanksgiving parade that we went to was good. <BR> <BR> Number 2: thanksgiving dinner as good <BR> <BR> Number 3: zoolights was amazing <BR> <BR> Number 4: we are on the road <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:12:25 EST What went well 11-26-14 number 1: my parent's TV now talks nicely with their remote. This is a big deal. They are unable to figure it out on their own and wait for us to visit once a year to fix it. <BR> <BR> Number 2: my husband and I got out by ourselves for a few hours during the afternoon. It is amazing how nice it is to be with just your husband for a little while. <BR> <BR> Number 3: the kids had pizza for dinner. Actually everyone but me had pizza for dinner. I had grapes. Because that was what was... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:43:25 EST What went well 11-25-14 number 1: I ate some of my non dairy non soy ice cream. The mint flavored one. Actually I ate the whole thing. It was yummy. <BR> <BR> Number 2: we went to the Arizona natural history museum and hung out with dinosaurs and even panned for gold. It was good. <BR> <BR> Number 3: when we lived in this area several years ago we went to a local park that has a train that you can ride. We went back and rode that train yesterday. It is totally funny that my kids are 16, 14, and 10 and st... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:45:48 EST What went well 11-24-14 number 1: the kids and I went to the Phoenix zoo. We walked around for many hours and saw elephants and tigers and all the critters. We even saw a Komodo dragon and an emu. <BR> <BR> Number 2: the Safeway grocery store here has multiple favors of non dairy non soy ice cream like dessert. I picked out two to have for thanksgiving dinner. And they have flavors like mint chip and vanilla! (At home the grocery store we go to has only chocolate and strawberry) <BR> <BR> Number 3: last ni... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:10:47 EST What went well 11-24-14 number 1: the kids are doing okay at the grandparent's house. My parents buy bagels for them and it is a great treat. <BR> <BR> Number 2: we found a new game to play with, called doodle god. It is a little alchemy clone. <BR> <BR> Number 3: still alive and mostly okay Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:33:32 EST What Went Well 11-22-14 number 1: japanese school happened. Everything is normal there. <BR> <BR> Number 2: we are in Valencia, halfway to Arizona and all is well. <BR> <BR> Number 3: even with traveling I still tried to stick with my macros. I ended up seriously low on everything and if we were home I would have found something more to eat, but in a hotel room, that wasn't possible. <BR> <BR> Number 4: I saw the scale move down. I am not sure I will be able to keep the loss over the vacation, but it was t... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:12:36 EST What Went Well 11-21-14 Number 1: It is raining here. California is in a drought, the rain isn't enough, but anything is better than nothing. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I got to the gym. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I watched too much science fiction tv, but it was wonderful. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:03:10 EST What Went Well 11-20-14 Number 1: My younger son got braces put on his lower teeth and isn't saying that it hurts. Also he picked red and white on the top teeth and green and white for the bottom. He looks very festive. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Tea is still wonderful. I am drinking tons of it. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Even with having a cold and the orthodontist we got stuff done yesterday. This is good. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:26:29 EST What Went Well 11-19-14 Number 1: The guy from the mortgage company came and looked at the house. We are trying to get rid of PMI and this is the last step. We should find out soon. <BR> <BR> Number 2: It rained. This is good for the plants and good for the state. I am drinking tea. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My husband found a Captain Archer from Enterprise jacket that looks really cool. Archer is my favorite of all the Star Trek Captains. I am still thinking about if I would wear it enough. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:54:52 EST What Went Well 11-18-14 Number 1: I saw my trainer and he thinks all that diet and exercise stuff that the online coach is doing might actually be making a difference. This is good. The trainer was very skeptical about the online part and the diet part. But he isn't arguing anymore. Woohoo! We also worked on trying to do a pull up some more. We discovered that my hand strength is really low and that is causing problems. I don't know if there is anything that can be done about that.... <BR> <BR> Number 2: I... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:16:55 EST What Went Well 11-17-14 Number 1: I went to the gym. It was cold and I didn't really want to go, but I did anyway and it was good. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Park day was nice. We brought the batting tee that arrived last week and tried it out. It is so much easier to hit off it than the bad pitches my kids were giving me. We found out that a wiffle ball that has been left outside for a long time is brittle and when hit it shatters. (I did that much to the amusement and surprise of my boys.) <BR> <BR> We also fo... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:46:35 EST What Went Well 11-16-14 Number 1: I cleaned out our board game area. Now the games fit on the shelf rather than on the floor or piled on top of the shelf. There are fewer games but the ones we play all stayed in the living room. The rest have moved to a different place in the house, but not to new homes. Yet. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I played Ticket to Ride Africa with my daughter. It was good. I like the new thing that was added for this game better than some of the other new things. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I mis... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:09:18 EST What Went Well 11-15-14 Number 1: We didn't go to Japanese School yesterday instead we went to Preview Day at the California Maritime Academy so that my transportation loving oldest child could see the school and figure out if this was something we needed to look into further. We left at 6:45 am to get there for the 8:30 am opening address. Our timing was excellent. <BR> <BR> We toured the school and the school's ship The Golden Bear. We talked to instructors and students. We saw classrooms, simulation rooms,... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:37:59 EST What Went Well 11-14-14 Number 1: I got to the gym and did good stuff. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I took the kids to see Big Hero 6. The movie was good at least the parts I didn't sleep through. (I was tired. The movie was good.) <BR> <BR> Number 3: I got lots of walking in. We walked to and from the movie theater. About a mile each way. <BR> <BR> Number 4: My husband brought home ribs for my dinner. Yummy! I will eat them on Saturday too. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:21:20 EST What Went Well 11-13-14 Number 1: I got to sleep in. I don't like rest days because the carb number is so low, but I sure like sleeping in. (Until 7:30) <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to the eye doctor and all is well. I have a very minor update to my glasses. I picked out red frames! <BR> <BR> Number 3: I My sweet wonderful husband took my youngest to swimming lessons so I could recover from the eye drops. It was very nice. <BR> <BR> (Jean- a batting tee is what tee ballers use to hit the ball. It places t... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:20:03 EST What Went Well 11-12-14 Number 1; I stayed close to my macro count for the day. That is, I kept my carbs below 170, protein around 130, and fat around 55. It wasn't perfect but close. <BR> <BR> Number 2: UPS arrived and brought a big red and white striped rug for our bathroom and a batting tee. I had hoped that UPS would arrive early enough that we could try out the tee before dark, but that didn't happen. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I got to the gym and followed my plan. I even improved a little on what I was able... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:07:31 EST What Went Well 11-11-14 Number 1: The kids' science class still happened and they had a good time. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I saw Sean, the trainer, he is unsure of what to think about me. I am not super fit but I am trying to get that way. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I saw the music teacher. Progress is so terribly slow. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:05:36 EST What Went Well 11-10-14 Number 1: The whey powder is good stuff and the blending cups that I bought work really well. I think it is helping with the hungries but we will see later in the week. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Park day has been a problem for my youngest son for several weeks. There is a lack of kids near his age to play with and he has been lonely. Yesterday the one friend who usually attends Park Day was going to be out of town camping. We had low expectations. But instead of a bad day, there were TWO ne... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:27:15 EST What Went Well 11-9-14 Number 1: I talked (by email) to my Mom about Thanksgiving and what we are going to do. It is a good idea that everyone has the same idea. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to lunch with my husband and youngest son. It was a very interesting experience to just be there with them and not the older two kids. The little guy actually has a lot to say and some of it is quite profound. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My whey powder and blender cup arrived. I will be trying them out later this morning after I... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:08:27 EST What Went Well 11-8-14 Number 1: I went to Japanese school. It was okay. The fun part was when the director wanted to show everyone this new app for learning kanji. It is the one I have been using for the past month and a half. She was impressed that I knew about it. We also talked about the Sand Dunes. I think I need to get a map of Japan since as we talk about each prefecture the landscape gets more and more incredible. <BR> <BR> Number 2: For the first time in a long time I finally hit my macros for pro... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 10:59:45 EST What Went Well 11-7-14 Number 1: I went to the gym. It was good. <BR> <BR> Number 2: The Halloween candy is GONE! This is even better. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am working on a plan for getting more from my Japanese studies. I hope it works. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 10:59:59 EST What Went Well 11-6-14 Number 1: I decided to do something to help me learn Japanese better. I bought a membership to Japanesepod101 so I can hear and understand some Japanese every day. And then I took my phone for a walk and listened to Japanese for Absolute Beginners Lessons 1 through 5. The information wasn't new but it was nice to be able to practice and understand what was going on. Today I am planning on reviewing those lessons and going on. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I didn't go to the gym because it was ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 12:25:51 EST What Went Well 11-5-14 Number 1: I made it to the gym and did the stuff I needed to do. Scary walking in, powerful walking out. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I made veggies to go with dinner. Even though the kids were eating mini tacos and I was the only one who was going to eat the veggies. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The geese and ducks are in the creek that I go over on my bike ride. I can see them from the bridge. They are having a good day too. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:02:06 EST What Went Well 11-4-14 Number 1: I saw my trainer and showed him the list of exercises that I got from my online coach. Sean was not impressed with the nutrition information. He thinks breakfast is super important and eating oatmeal for breakfast is a good idea. The online coach thinks intermittent fasting is a good idea and likes protein with every meal. Right now I am following the online coach because it seems to be working. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to music lessons and they were okay. I need to prac... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 12:08:30 EST What Went Well 11-3-14 Number 1: The sun is shining and it is cold outside, but not too cold. I really like riding my bike in this weather. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Park day happened. I understand the meeting up with friends at the park isn't a high priority for some people but my kids miss your kids when they don't show up. My youngest's friend didn't come and neither did my oldest's friend. I felt bad for them, but there is little I can do. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My husband took my youngest to water polo so ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:45:36 EST What Went Well 11-2-14 Number 1: My daughter's 16th birthday party happened and it went well. The guests came. The cupcakes were eaten. It was good. <BR> <BR> Number 2: After the party we came home and watched the new prime movies. The Addams Family and Hook were new this week. We liked them. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I got another refresher course on why not to eat any food where I don't know the ingredient list. I will not have any problems avoiding the left over cupcakes.... Sigh. they tasted good. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 09:54:28 EST What Went Well 11-1-14 Number 1: It was Japanese Cultural Day at Japanese school. We got to try out calligraphy and listen to koto and shamisan music. The musicians were very good. And it was a nice break from the vocabulary and grammar. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Last night was the last night of Haunt. I took the kids and we saw the shows and were appropriately scared. There were far more people than we expected. It was kind of cold and the day after Halloween, but that didn't seem to matter. We did have a good... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 11:19:48 EST What Went Well 10-31-14 Number 1: It was Halloween and we got one trick-or-treater. That means there is a huge amount of candy in the house. And I am got going to eat it. <BR> <BR> Number 2: It is raining. This is good for the ground but not so fun for me. I don't like being wet and cold. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I made roasted cauliflower for dinner. For me. Because I am important. Really. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:05:41 EST What Went Well 10-30-14 Number 1: I got to sleep in. My husband had something set to notify him of the weather. The problem was that it was set for 6:00 am and further that he was sleeping through it and I wasn't. After a little poking he figured out what it was and turned it off. Now I can sleep past 6:00! <BR> <BR> Number 2; Youngest son did him math without complaining. He even got them mostly correct. Older son misjudged the time to do an assignment and ended up working until about 4:00, but he didn't c... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:43:29 EST What Went Well 10-29-14 Number 1: I read part of a book of Greek myths to my youngest. He thinks they are very cool. I think that is what we will be doing for read-aloud time for a while. After we finish with the Greeks I think I might try the Norse myths. They are even weirder. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I am really enjoying how MyFitnessPal is synching with my MisFit Shine. Finally the exercise counts for something in terms of calories and eating. I have stopped tracking food on SparkPeople (sorry) because it is... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:40:28 EST What Went Well 10-28-14 Number 1: I finished reading the book to my younger son that we started back in August. We were reading a chapter a day and sometimes it just didn't get done. We will start a new book (or two) today. I think the new book is going to be Seabird by Holling C. Holling and the bonus book is a book of Greek Myths. <BR> <BR> Number 2: My kids went to their science experiment class and got to play with a Tesla coil. And I din't have to do any of the set up or clean up or anything. They had a... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:42:00 EST