JO28352's SparkPeople Blog JO28352's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Woo hoo! Finally feeling "normal" again, after weeks of fighting bronchitis/sinusitis. It feels so good to feel truly well again! I do not miss coughing all of the time and sinus pressure. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am thrilled to be the Amethyst in the spotlight today. Talk about brightening my day! Thank you team!!!! <BR> <BR> Wishing all of my SparkFriends the best!!! <em>247</em> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:29:02 EST Looking up? It's been a super busy week, in addition to me continuing to battle that doggone sinusitis and bronchitis. (Enough of feeling poorly, already! <em>24</em> ) <BR> <BR> Hoping with some major events for the week behind me (personally and professionally), that my stress level will go down, down, down from here! <em>104</em> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:04:58 EST Blah My recovery seems to have plateaued. Two weeks into this bug, I am still feeling crappy. It seemed I was going up, up, up; then suddenly at the end of the week, began feeling poorly all over again. I guess it's time for a follow-up visit to the doctor. UGH. <BR> <BR> Thanks for letting me whine, Spark friends. <em>247</em> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:53:32 EST Glad to be back! No wonder I was so exhausted last week! <em>2</em> I had sinusitis and bronchitis. <em>282</em> After three days of antibiotics and more sleep than you can imagine, I am finally beginning to feel normal again. <em>102</em> Not there yet, but I can see the improvement and am looking forward to "good health" again in another day or two. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> All the time I spent last week beating myself up for being so exhausted and wondering why... my body was trying to tell me ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:25:46 EST Excuses, excuses My Spark Coach "assignment" today is to blog about excuses that get in the way of my workouts. The primary excuse is "I don't have time". Secondary excuse "I'm so tired". Last but not least is that I'm doing things for everyone else. <BR> <BR> Lately, it's been our new puppy, who keeps me hopping, and transporting my child to/from a class every weekday evening. Big sigh here. Not only has this busy-ness impeded my workouts, my frustration has spiraled into poor nutritional choices on top of... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:46:02 EST New Puppy Exhaustion While I absolutely adore our 9 1/2 week old Labradoodle puppy, I must admit that I am also absolutely exhausted. It's like having a toddler in the house again. LOL <BR> <BR> We've pretty much puppy-proofed our home and are working on housetraining her, but whew! It is a log of work. It will be well worth it to have Missy as a part of our family for a very, very long time, yet for right now, I am so doggone exhausted. <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> No "spark" here. Big sigh. I think it's momen... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:17:22 EST Excited for the Spring Melt Off Challenge! - Go Team Amethyst!!! Gearing up to meet the challenge. Looking forward to longer daytime hours, warmer weather and the Spring Melt Off! <em>224</em> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 13:26:28 EST Exhaustion So tired. Sick spouse for two days. Sleepless nights for me. <BR> <BR> Big yawn here. <em>128</em> Counting down the hours until bedtime. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 13:53:08 EST Monday Wishing everyone a wonderful week! <em>213</em> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 08:48:45 EST Celebratory Brunch Celebratory brunch with friends this morning. Setting my healthy intentions prior to going out. There are ways I can truly enjoy brunch out (all you can eat, mind you), while maintaining my healthy life choices. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a wonderful day!! <em>213</em> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 09:10:22 EST Thankful I am so thankful for the support I receive from the SparkPeople community. To each and every one of you... <em>304</em> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:33:07 EST Meal planning relief Grabbing several fruits and veggies every day to have handy for meals & snacks makes meal planning so much easier. :) Wed, 27 Feb 2013 06:02:54 EST Workout time Off for my workout. Loving the bootcamp videos. <BR> <BR> Have a great day, all! <em>213</em> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:33:30 EST Big sigh Monday morning already. Trying to put my happy face on, but not feeling it yet this morning. Big sigh here. <BR> <BR> Off to hit my morning workout. That should help. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a wonderful day! <em>213</em> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:43:52 EST Weekend Recap As usual, the weekend didn't go as planned, but I stayed busy and within my calorie range. Thankful for the little things. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great week! Sun, 24 Feb 2013 23:30:13 EST Weekend So glad it's the weekend. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 20:42:52 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Loving the 28-Day Bootcamp videos. They kick my butt on some days, but that's the point, right? <em>211</em> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:55:05 EST Sparkpeople Exercise Off to do my Sparkpeople workout. <em>244</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 08:47:16 EST New goals? Feeling oh so frustrated. It seems like my life is not my own lately. Family responsibilities seem to keep taking over my fitness time. Cooking meals, transportation for others, dance classes, homework assistance, etc. <BR> <BR> Maybe my fitness goals were not realistic. (Getting to the fitness center every day.) Big sigh here. As much as that's what I WANT to do, I suppose I should revise to something more achievable like doing SOMETHING every day. The Sparkpeople fitness videos are seeming... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:35:22 EST Focus on nutrition Focusing on nutrition today. It's a challenge to incorporate fruits & vegetables with every meal, as breakfast is usually on the run for me. This morning, it's a clementine and a small apple. <em>334</em> - Yum! Tue, 19 Feb 2013 08:56:54 EST Great new week Wishing you all a wonderful new week! Mon, 18 Feb 2013 04:20:45 EST Happy Saturday! The whole day lies ahead. Have a wonderful one!!! <em>213</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 06:00:18 EST Moving forward Moving forward after several days of being stuck at home with a sick loved one. So glad to be back on track again!! <em>224</em> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:16:20 EST Scale-less Signs It's always frustrating when the scale isn't moving the way we want it to be. I'm trying to stay focused on the signs that DO indicate I'm getting healthier and more fit. <BR> <BR> 1. I have more energy <BR> 2. I don't get out of breath as easily <BR> 3. My clothes fit differently <BR> 4. I'm sleeping better <BR> 5. I don't feel physically "miserable" from what I've eaten and/or a lack of activity <BR> 6. I don't feel emotionally miserable from what I've eaten and/or a lack of activity <BR> ... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:24:54 EST A light at the end of the tunnel... Diagnosis strep throat. Antibiotics started. Family member should be on the road to recovery, which means I can get back to my routine. Work, fitness center and home. Seeing some Sparks/sunshine heading my way tomorrow. <em>67</em> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:58:22 EST Big sigh Sick family member, another day that's not my own. Thankful that it's not a serious illness and that they'll recover soon. Can't wait to get back into the gym!! Sun, 10 Feb 2013 23:02:40 EST Some days Some days are not meant to be our own. Foul weather yesterday grounded us at home, today, a sick child. - Big sigh here. Anxious to have another day of my own, to get back to the gym. Fri, 8 Feb 2013 17:32:09 EST Spinning Took a spin class last night, for some variety. It kicked my butt! Just a few minutes in and I couldn't keep up. I tried to stand up on my pedals and my legs said "uh, NO"! <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> I kept pedaling, but in my seat the whole ride. Maybe I didn't have my bike set up properly. Wow! That was rough. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I jumped on the treadmill to cool down, then into the pool just to wind down. <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Keeping it standard this morning with the ellipti... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 06:46:52 EST Food choices Having healthy food around certainly helps with making smart food choices. Wed, 6 Feb 2013 11:23:29 EST Aqua is fun! Tried aqua aerobics yesterday and loved it! I couldn't keep up, but that just added to the fun, as I spent a lot of time laughing at myself. Such a nice change from the normal day-to-day treadmill cardio. <BR> <em>237</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:21:14 EST A Sparked Monday! I'm so encouraged when reading Sparkpeople blogs and articles every day. <em>252</em> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 13:09:29 EST Shaking up my workouts Found a wide variety of ways to shake up my workouts this week. Variety is fun! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, all! <em>213</em> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 09:05:22 EST Motivation Tired this morning. Haven't slept well for the past three nights. Off to hit the treadmill. Have a FABULOUS day, all!!! <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 08:25:31 EST Moving, moving, moving Off to the fitness center for my workout. Have a wonderful day, all! <em>381</em> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 08:04:20 EST Woo hoo! I took an "adult ballet" class at the fitness center this morning. It was so much fun. I looked like a goof, but kept laughing at myself. I got a workout in, lots of leg lifts, inner thigh, calf and buttocks work that didn't even feel like a workout. So much different my usual workouts. (P.S. I am not a ballet dancer by any means.) <BR> <BR> It's an exercise adventure! <em>334</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:08:15 EST One foot in front of the other One foot in front of the other. Hit the fitness center for cardio again this morning. Looking forward to yoga tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone the very best. <em>381</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:52:05 EST Does two days of exercise make "a roll"? Yesterday began with yoga, this morning with a trip to the gym, to hit the treadmill. Going back tonight for more yoga. <em>334</em> Does this count as being "on a roll"? <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Wishing you all the best!! <em>381</em> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:05:59 EST A better day! The day began with 85 minutes of yoga. It was a tough class and really kicked my butt. A much better day!!! <em>104</em> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 20:10:21 EST Saturday! My day hasn't gone they way I'd planned, at all. Tomorrow's a new day, thankfully! <em>24</em> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 19:58:05 EST Happy Friday! Wishing everyone a happy Friday! Fri, 25 Jan 2013 08:20:31 EST Excited about fitness I have trial passes for three different fitness centers and I am so excited to try them out! <em>30</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:10:10 EST Moving... Touring one of our local fitness facilities this morning; so excited! Need to do something for myself and joining a fitness club would be such a treat! Working out away from home is always so energizing for me. <em>334</em> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:03:37 EST A new day It's a cold, winter morning, but the sun is shining brightly. It inspires me and literally brightens my day. <BR> <BR> Taking positive steps today. Wishing everyone the best! <em>67</em> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:44:02 EST New chance to turn it around "Every day is a new chance to turn things around." My SparkPeople quote of the day. Needed that reminder this morning. <BR> <BR> Off to have my morning cup of coffee, then hit the treadmill. Woo hoo!! <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a wonderful day! <em>334</em> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 09:38:20 EST TGIF So glad that it's Friday. Needing the time for restoration. So burned out. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a wonderful evening!!! Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:04:57 EST Quiet time Quiet at home this evening and after a crazy busy week, I greatly appreciate it. I really do need downtime to recharge. I am feeling more positive already. <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:34:12 EST A better day... finally Today's a better day... finally. Rough week. The funeral set it off on a bad start. Today I am making healthier food choices and although I have not exercised as much as I'd like today, I AM exercising and hope to end today with a "BANG" this evening, with my cardio. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all the best. <em>334</em> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:51:07 EST Determined to make today a better day Funeral behind us. Determined to make today a better day. Working out this morning. Have really blown it for the past three days. :( Tue, 15 Jan 2013 08:27:32 EST Weekends are challenging Busy weekend with family, always challenging to find time for myself, to exercise, etc. Began the day with an unhealthy breakfast. <em>39</em> Then had frozen pizza (NOT the healthy kind) for lunch. Must pull it together! <em>24</em> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:43:41 EST Friday! Happy that it's Friday!!! Not feeling as sore today, as yesterday. Thankful. Maybe rotating my workout types really is helping. Woo hoo!! Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:32:22 EST