JILLYBEAN25's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JILLYBEAN25 JILLYBEAN25's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Mid-Feb Check-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315213 Since I'm already halfway-ish through February, and I need to "revamp" my goals for the remainder of the month, I thought I'd just check-in really quick. <BR> <BR> To recap my Feb goals: <BR> Make it the gym twice a week <BR> Cook at home most nights for dinner <BR> Allergy shot each week <BR> Track!!! <BR> <BR> Making it to the gym twice a week was going well until last week. I had a weird incident happen on Thursday, my normal gym day, that required I be out of town. And now I've got one... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 02:00:21 EST End of Jan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308132 Weeellllllll... <BR> <BR> Things for January are a very generous so-so as far as the things I wanted to get started on. <BR> <BR> I did make it one week to the gym (last week). I hope I get to make it this week. It will be a challenge! My granny has decided to start out with two days a week at the gym for her, which I think is okay for me, too. If I can get my asthma back to normal, I think I can increase to minimum of 3 days a week at the gym. Eventually I'd like build up to 4 days a week... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:02:57 EST 2017- So It Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289137 Uh... 2017 hasn't started off that great for me so far. I woke up with what I thought was a bad headache, but as time wore on, I'm more convinced it is a migraine. I didn't party last night, so I'm not hungover. Hell, I didn't even make it awake 'til midnight. I was in bed by 11. I couldn't knock out this stupid migraine with anything- essential oils, a big ol' ibuprofen 800, an Excedrin, a cup of coffee, a bunch of water, a big fat nap. I give up for now. I'll just be in pain. On the plus si... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 23:53:41 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2016- Days 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275072 I'm finishing this up a little late. I had it mostly written, just not posted. I've gotten in the habit of writing my blogs in a word processing document, then copy/paste here. Too many have been lost in the Spark ether! <BR> <BR> Day 26- Today I'm thankful for an able body. At least it is for now. But, truthfully, I can navigate through my life fairly easily. I have legs that work. My feet have some plantar fasciitis, but I am able to get around on them. My hands have arthritis flares every... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:32:01 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2016- Days 22, 23, 24, & 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272211 Day 22- Today I am thankful for social media. I always hear so many people complain about the various social media platforms they are apart of... "There's so much drama" or "my friends post stupid stuff" or some such negativity. For me, I don't let other people's drama get to me and carefully craft how my social media comes at me and what I put out into the world, too. I have no shame in unfollowing or even deleting people that constantly cause drama or a constant flow of negativity/complaini... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 01:34:47 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2016- Days 18, 19, 20, & 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270489 Day 18- Today I'm thankful for essential oils. I'm not totally 100% convinced this stuff works on a "medical" level so to speak, but there are some things about essential oils that I find work for me. For example, doTERRA has an oil blend called "Breathe" that smells like a fresher, more natural Vick's Vaporub. That stuff has been helping with my congestion and cold lately. They have an allergy blend (Tri-Ease) that has lemon, peppermint, and lavender that I rub into my allergy hives/rashes w... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:59:29 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2016- Days 15, 16, & 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268711 Day 15- Today I am thankful for the donors and sponsors that regularly give to me at my job and/or to the organization as a whole. I mean, I can't even express my gratitude in words. Without them I wouldn't have a job and without them I wouldn't be getting a paycheck for that job. These people have a lot of faith in our organization and the work we do for underprivileged teens, teens who are about to become parents (and do become parents when they're just babies themselves), and teens who wan... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:49:02 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2016- Days 12, 13, & 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267019 Day 12- Today I am thankful for my church. I think all my religion-based activities make it sound like I'm way more "religious" than I really am. The truth is the people at my church are wonderful people and I enjoy being around them. Like all human beings they have their flaws and their opinions that differ from mine, but overall they're warm people that genuinely care for each other. I'm also given many opportunities at church to bless other people. I love being able to make someone happy o... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:29:06 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2016- Days 10 & 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265253 Day 10- Today I am thankful for the cats. They bring light and life to my existence. They snuggle and cuddle and relax with me and suddenly everything is right in the world. I lived in San Diego for 5 years (I wish it was more... LOTS more) and during that time I had a cat for about 6 months. Those other 4 and a half years were empty without a cat. Now that they're in my life, I've got fullness and love! As an example of how thankful I am for the cats, yesterday on Facebook, my newsfeed was p... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:42:08 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2016- Days 7, 8, & 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264491 Day 7- Today I am thankful for amazing coworkers. It feels good to work with a team of people that are not only passionate and dedicated to their own jobs, but extend that to helping where help is needed outside that. We had a representative from our national office come visit our chapter on Tuesday. On Monday, most of my coworkers stepped up to the plate with me and we cleaned our whole office building. We haven't been able to hire a janitor since I took over as secretary, so our poor office... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 20:02:07 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2016- Days 5 & 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263022 Day 5 <BR> I knew I'd be too exhausted to do day 5 yesterday on actual day 5. Because.......... *drum roll* <BR> I'm thankful for having fun activities to do! Yesterday was the church's annual Harvest Party, which is basically another excuse to get to together and eat. Hahaha! It was totally fun (and very exhausting for me, as by default I ended up in charge of the kitchen). It was also a chili cook-off. I wasn't planning on doing chili, but only about 2 or 3 people signed up to bring chili a... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 22:29:53 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2016- Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261856 Today I am thankful for my water bottle. I think I was thankful for my water bottle a few years ago, but I upgraded my bottle just before summer. My new favorite holds 40 oz of liquid. It keeps cold beverages cold for up to 24 hours (which I can confirm!) and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours... it's still well into the 90's or 100's here during the day, so I don't need to test the hot beverage theory yet. Regardless! It's an amazing bottle. I love it so much. I got it at Costco originally an... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 11:31:56 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2016- Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261545 Today I am thankful for salad. Whoever invented salad needs a firm, grateful handshake and pat on the back from me. I could literally eat salad every day. Well, a different salad every day. I love everything about it. All the raw veggies or fruits or toppings and dressings. So many things make so many combinations. SO GOOD! I can't even pick a favorite salad, I love so many. My favorite fast-food salad is El Pollo Loco's double chicken avocado salad. But, at home I make so many: garden salad ... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 19:42:15 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2016- Days 1 & 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261078 Day 1- I am thankful for leftover Halloween candy. I know, I know, my previous blog was me lamenting my weight gain. Here's the deal: I have a sweet tooth. I accept that. And I'm not going to deny me something that I love (sweets) cuz we all know denial leads to ravenous binge. So, when I do get candy or sweets, I make a very conscious effort to get them in sizes that are reasonable and satisfying. Honestly, I can't tell you the last time I had a full-sized candy bar... It's been a LONG time.... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 20:17:41 EST Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259562 Well, let's see... I'm not totally sure where to start or what's important to write about since it's been quite a while since my last post. I've done a church women's retreat, an out of town work conference, a mud run, a baby shower, and lots of busy work things in between all of that. And in the nearest future, I have a church harvest party, wedding shower, Thanksgiving homeless outreach, a work BBQ, Thanksgiving at home, a women's ministry activity to plan, and a wedding to attend. All befo... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 01:21:43 EST Could Be Better, Could Be Worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231401 Well, a few things have gone a little differenty than I was planning since my last blog. I decided not to waste my time taking that one useless class this semester. It wasn't what I wanted, what I expected, nor had anything to do with my goals- it was just a class to take. But, it really would have been a waste of time and money, so I dropped it. That means I'm not eligible for the psychological counseling at the school. I'll have to figure out my insurance coverage. Oh, and that lump on my b... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 23:37:22 EST More Than "Just Blue" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215868 Its probably pretty obvious by this time that I've been a barely-there member of this community for the last several months. It's not that I'm not getting support or anything here. Actually, quite the opposite. You SparkFriends of mine are really wonderful! I appreciate you all and I don't think I express that enough. <BR> <BR> But, lately, as in several months lately, I've been struggling. With multiple things. <BR> <BR> My biggest struggle at this time has been depression. I normally cycl... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 23:15:31 EST Comic-Con 2016 DONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208455 I thought I'd do a blog today mostly to keep myself awake until an appropriate bedtime. Although I could probably sleep from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. with how tired I'm feeling. <BR> <BR> This past weekend was Comic-Con and I ended up being able to go. I got paid Wednesday and that was pretty much all I needed to happen so I could go. Oh, and a few "donations" from my granny. I had a great time, for the most part. Friday was a really warm and really humid day at the con and we all ended up more or ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:34:27 EST Update Long Overdue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201773 Oh geez, oh man! Quite a few things have happened since my last blog. Despite all the cons, most of which still exist, I took the job as administrative secretary at our local chapter at YFC. I am fond of the pros, by the way. I'm still learning the ropes for a few tasks that couldn't really be trained because they only happen once a year. It's kind of a drag that THIS is the time my friend left and I took over because there is a lot involved during the summer. We have several things to accomp... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 01:27:54 EST Cluttered Mind (and it's a biggie) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179334 Alrighty. Well. I'm trying to be upbeat and positive, but lately the truth is I've been feeling pretty down. I'm sure right now it's a result of the usual ups and downs that occur with me, so I'm not terribly worried about being depressed at this moment. It's just a drag waiting for it to finish up and begin lifting again. The purpose of this blog is to put down my thoughts, sort them out, and maybe get some clarity about all the things that are whirling around in my head and causing my troub... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 22:57:26 EST Weddings and Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174063 Alrighty, I promised you a more upbeat and positive blog. So, this will be it. I have a few quick thoughts based on the content of my last blog, so I'll get those out of the way first. <BR> <BR> Firstly, regarding the upcoming changes to church. Right now, I'm not planning on going anywhere. I am happy with my current church and there's no need to make a switch. For the time being, the other church services are on Saturday nights. So, there isn't a time conflict if I decide to attend both ch... Tue, 31 May 2016 22:40:47 EST Uncertainty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168471 Uncertainty is an uncomfortable place to be. I'm experiencing a lot of that right now. And I'm very overwhelmed by it. I have faith that eventually everything will be worked out, but in the meantime... <BR> <BR> There are two big things on my mind right now. One of them has finally been made a public announcement and that is that my cousin and her husband will be leaving our church in the middle of July. Her husband is a pastor at our church. But, the way our church was established was that ... Mon, 23 May 2016 01:01:16 EST Granny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160531 I cannot tell you how ecstatic I am that I survived last week... and today's workday. <BR> <BR> Before I launch into that whole clusterf*ck, a quick note about my last blog. Not that I've had time to think about it, because I really haven't, I will say that despite my best efforts at convincing myself it's okay, I'm still quite self-conscious about posting anything "negative" or about any kind of ailment I may or may not be suffering from (none lately, so yay!) on Facebook. I experienced one... Wed, 11 May 2016 02:34:11 EST Self-Conscious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152569 Okay, well, April is pretty much wrapping itself up. I can't say that any more positive changes have occurred since last I posted a blog. I guess the best thing that's happened is that my mom has slooooooooowly improved in her moods. It's only really been more noticeable within the last few days, though, so it wasn't early enough in the month for me to get away with taking the car to the gym. <BR> <BR> I've been kept pretty busy this month and May will look to be about as busy, too. Things s... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:51:08 EST Okay, April. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134868 Alright. Well, my March didn't really turn around in the last days of the month. And so far my April is starting on shaky ground. The day after Easter I started exhibiting the first symptoms of the dreaded stomach flu. Initially I thought I was suffering some sort of indigestion, as it was mostly stomach pain and nausea. By the next morning: BOOM. Totally obvious that it was stomach flu. Remarkably, I didn't really feel "bad" per se. I didn't feel fatigued or achy or anything you'd associate ... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:38:20 EST So Over Smarch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129060 Well... March is almost at a wrap. To say I'm disappointed with how this month has gone would be a severe understatement. Just overall, March was a rough month. REALLY rough. <BR> <BR> My mom's moods have been pretty dismal lately. And as I'm the one that is closest to her, I get to bear the brunt of the negativity. Sharing a car with her downright f***ing sucks. I was so happy to get a new reliable car so that I could continue my daily life without worrying about the safety of myself, my mo... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 02:34:04 EST Lousy Smarch Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116510 We're 10 days into March. This month is not going very well for me. <BR> <BR> I'll start with my mauling story, as referenced in my status update. I'll do my best to recall it. It happened fast (although my brain was registering it really slow) and there was a significant amount of confusion associated with it. The perpetrator of my mauling was my cat Kyle. I was in my living room, having just gotten home from cleaning day at work. I had an envelope in my hand, whose contents I was completel... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 02:17:42 EST February Recap Thingy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109546 Alright, let us take a look back at the month of February. See how I did. See what I didn't do, so I can learn and improve for March. <BR> <BR> I literally made a decision on February 1st to just get moving. No plan, no excuses- get to the gym and just DO. So, I did! I've pretty much kept it to a short walk or ... um... whatever on either the treadmill or the elliptical. Keep it cross trainin' yo! I didn't do too shabby when it came to exercise. I made it to the gym at least 2 days out of an... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 14:20:27 EST Coming Up ROSES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103401 My head smells FABULOUS! <BR> <BR> My sister-in-law gave me a few samples of shampoo and conditioner that smell like roses. Oh. My. Goodness. I love the smell. I love real floral scents (not the faux, perfumey "floral" smells). This stuff smells like someone took some rose petals and smeared it all over my skull. Bonus the shampoo/conditioner won't make me break out into hives like a real rose would. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, we're only a few short days away from the end of the month. I guess now ... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 00:18:57 EST Feb Starts Fab http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091946 Okay, so we're a little more than a week into February. Starting on the 1st I made the decision to just start DOING. Even in 9 days I've had my struggles and my failures. But, I'm still trying and still staying positive. And I'm planning to keep on keeping on! <BR> <BR> I'm not going to go my usual route this time, at least right now. I may employ my old goal-setting tactics when I feel myself start to falter, but for now, I'm just trying to keep it simple. <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> Exercis... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 14:50:34 EST Back to n00b http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079140 Alright, January is just about ready to wrap up. I have more or less kicked the bronchitis to the curb, although I am still experiencing a few lingering symptoms. Mostly some mild coughing and phlegmy things, so I'm wondering if another round of something (antibiotics?) is needed to get it fully gone. It's also about time for an iron boost, so I've got some chicken livers thawing in the fridge. It has to be done! <BR> <BR> But, since I am feeling better and things are moving right along in l... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:54:57 EST Bronchial Betrayal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068082 Well, ain't that some sh!t. Bronchitis. I've been battling this since just after Thanksgiving. Started with a bad sinus infection that traveled downward to my lower respiratory area. I did a round of antibiotics, my guess is it didn't quite knock it all out. Have I really gotten so used to feeling like crap all the time thanks to my asthma that I don't recognize when the crappiness is a little "differenty"? Probably, since I've mostly functioned as normally as possible through it. Well, I've ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 23:27:35 EST Do What You Can for as Long as You Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059458 Alrighty, so we're finally into a new year! I think most people have a new year/fresh slate sort of mindset when it comes to new years, but I never seem to. It's always felt like just another day, a continuation of whatever is already going on- just as Monday runs into Tuesday runs into Wednesday. I don't feel like that is a bad thing at all. I like it, in fact. It doesn't have any expectations or pressure. It follows the same mindset I've always had on this health journey of mine. There is n... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 22:52:53 EST So Dry... So, So Dry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045704 My December hasn't exactly started off stellar. I woke up last Friday in the wee hours of the still-dark morn with a brutal sore throat. I mean it was amazing to go to sleep feeling a-okay and wake up a few hours later totally unable to swallow my own saliva. I drank down some cold water thinking maybe my throat was horrifically dry. Nope. That pain stayed. I couldn't even believe it. And soon it turned into a raging sinus infection complete with goopy lungs. Since I got sick on a Friday, the... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 02:35:07 EST 30 Days of Thankful- Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040310 The final day of thankfulness for this round. I mean, I hope to practice being thankful for the rest of my time on earth. But, for my November blog series that I do every year, this will be the last. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for SparkPeople. This journey toward whatever my goals are- weight loss, improved health, fitness, whatever... it's not a straight line. Sometimes it's not even a line that goes in one forward direction. Right now it seems my line has doubled back on itself and exte... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 22:15:48 EST 30 Days of Thankful- Days 26-29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039712 Day 26 <BR> Today I am thankful for my crazy family! We had a nice Thanksgiving together. Dinner was held at my cousin's house, so we jammed about 25 people into that little condo! It was actually cold outside, too, which was pretty awesome and amazing. Except I forgot to bring a jacket. I cooked the turkey (or my mom did, really), the dressing (made regular and oyster), roasted veggies (I used a homegrown eggplant from my friend's yard, a few parsnips, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, beets, ... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 22:23:29 EST 30 Days of Thankful- Days 22-25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037744 Day 22 <BR> Today I am thankful for my church. There may things that are said and done in my church that I don't necessarily agree with, mostly because I'm a liberal progressive and pretty much all the churches here are conservative traditional. But, the people who attend my church have the biggest hearts. They don't judge and they don't spend their time trying to "convert" you. They just show you love and respect and that's amazing! This Sunday we had a joint event with the baptist church ac... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:05:09 EST 30 Days of Thankful- Days 18-21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035868 Day 18 <BR> Today I am thankful for my job(s). I mean, really for really reals. Not only has getting this job been an answer to a prayer allowing for a little more cash flow into my empty pockets, but it's also part-time and pretty flexible when needed to be so that I can continue with school (which I'm planning for next fall) and taking care of my family. On top of that, the people there aren't jerks and everyone is very understanding and supportive of when issues come up. For example, being... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 21:19:13 EST 30 Days of Thankful- Days 15-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033985 Day 15 <BR> Today I am thankful for what I call "Border Livin'". I'm sure I've mentioned before that I live a few short miles away from the US-Mexican border. There are cultural aspects about that that are really sucktastic (like subjugation of women thanks to Mexican male machismo culture or high drug activity or gang activity that spills over here), as well as environmental things (lax standards across the border affect us over here, namely factory air pollution, unrefined gasoline in vehic... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 02:12:15 EST 30 Days of Thankful- Days 11-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032317 Day 11 <BR> This should be fairly obvious. I'm thankful for our veterans! My grandpa and great uncles all served at some point. Great Uncle Cy and Great Uncle George served in the 40's and my grandpa, as the youngest brother, served in the 50's. I have many friends and family members that have served recently, from Afghanistan to Iraq. My preference, of course, is to not have a need to go to war. But, I'm thankful for those that have fought so that I can enjoy my life's freedoms today. <BR> ... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 01:14:52 EST 30 Days of Thankful- Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030065 Today I am thankful for modern medicine. Believe me, I try to turn to natural remedies or "suffer through for the greater good" stuff if and when I can to help heal my body. But, my asthma and allergies are no joke, and sorry, no amount of essential oils, healing herb tinctures, or rain dances with focused meditation is going to open up my tight-as-a-crab's-ass airways. I take 3 asthma medications and 1 allergy medication. I also do immunotherapy for my allergies in the form of a weekly shot.... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:52:51 EST 30 Days of Thankful- Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029601 Today I am thankful for gummy vitamins. Truthfully, I'm not really sure if these gummy vites actually have any vitamins in them. But, I don't take them to get my full daily value of vitamins and minerals, either. I take them to make up any potential deficit my diet may have had for that day. I take a women's formula multi, so it's vitamins, minerals, and especially, a little touch of calcium in them. Supposedly. Anyway, I have a difficult time taking regular pill vitamins. My stomach just doe... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 01:42:29 EST 30 Days of Thankful- Days 5-8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029035 Well, I'm a little behind on my thankful posts, but I am thinking about what I'm thankful for. I'm just not writing it down. But, now I am. I've been delayed thanks to a big project and some so-so health. I'm sitting here typing this with kleenex jammed up my nose (just like in my previous photo). My asthma and allergies are both raging because I ran out of one of my medications. Turns out the rx is up, too, so I can't get a renewal until I see my doc. Which, I already have an appointment for... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 01:42:27 EST 30 Days of Thankful- Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026803 This one may be pretty obvious. I'm very thankful for Kleenex. I go through it like it's going out of style. My allergies are just the absolute suck. For the last two or three days, we've been having some pretty wicked wind blow consistently. A week or two prior it would blow on and off. The upside is that it's cooled it down and dried out the bit of humidity we had. And I mean the temperature outside right now is RIDICULOUSLY beautiful! Alas, the wind keeps me indoors. This area gets pretty ... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 18:55:45 EST 30 Days of Thankful- Days 1-3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026018 I do this every year all through the month of November, although I should truthfully be practicing it daily all year long. I'm starting late this year due to a few things, but now more than ever I need to focus on the things that I am thankful for. <BR> <BR> Day 1- Reliable Transportation <BR> Today I am very, VERY thankful to have a new car. For so long I drove a car that was barely hanging on by a thread. I was pretty sure it was only bird droppings acting as the glue that kept the car as... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 12:26:33 EST Retreats and Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019661 I think I'm more or less recovered from my long weekend. It was every bit as busy, fun, and fulfilling as I thought it would be. <BR> <BR> In the weeks leading up to the party, the four of us organizers were busy little bees. I was elbow-deep in crafting something special for the women to take home with them. I found this awesome product, thanks to Threadbanger, that is basically some fabric with a stiff backing that you peel off. You can run it through your printer and print whatever you wa... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 01:58:39 EST Yup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001561 It's been a bit since I last updated. I just don't feel like I have much to talk about. <BR> <BR> I am now officially the “cleaning lady” at YFC and the Wednesday office gal. It still only amounts to about 10 hours a week in work, but it's something. Not entirely my ideal, but at this point, every little bit helps. And it gets me out of the house for at least that long on those days. The cleaning part is rigorous, vigorous, and very physical, so I've been counting it in my fitness minutes, ... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:50:18 EST Hanging In There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985844 So, I had myself a brief, but fun, couple of weekends away. I was cooking for a few retreats related to the place I volunteer and do temp work, and for church. It was a lot of work, very exhausting, with little sleep, but I would do it again in a heartbeat! The ranch where the retreats were held was literally in the middle of nowhere. There was no technology to be seen anywhere! My cell phone usually had little to no signal. There were no computers. No televisions. No landline telephones. And... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:31:04 EST Getting It Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979287 I'm feeling a little overwhelmed at this moment, so I thought I'd write out some of my thoughts and just get them out of my head. <BR> <BR> I had a great weekend away. I was asked to help cook meals for a retreat our local Youth for Christ chapter put on for their junior high and high school students that will assist the volunteers on school campuses. It was 6 meals total: lunch & dinner on Friday, all three meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. The retreat was held at a ranch on the m... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:45:28 EST Tough Love is Still Love... in this case. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972686 Thank you all for your responses on my last blog. I am going to admit, I was very surprised to see so many people “side” with my friend. I don't think there was a side to take, but I can't find the right word to describe it differently. Agree? That doesn't seem right, either, but maybe it's closer. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I did give it a lot of thought. I need to define my goals in a clear manner for myself and take stock of what my objectives are. Things I want immediately and things I want in a ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 15:45:56 EST