KACEYSW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KACEYSW KACEYSW'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/ It's Time to Examine My Process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411639 When I found out that my high school was having an All Years Reunion this year (a once every 4 years occurrence), I made the decision that, after having missed every other reunion in the 41 years since I graduated, I was going to go. Like the good procrastinator that I am, I avoided telling my boyfriend of almost a year and a half that I would like us to attend until last week. He was thrilled with the idea (which surprised me). Given that the reunion is on the first weekend in October, it wa... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 23:10:16 EST Sometimes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397716 ...you just have to allow yourself to breathe and just be... Today got to be one of those days. I sat near a waterfront park with a stellar view of Mt. Rainier and just let myself relax and take in the beauty of where I live. I don't allow myself enough time for this type of activity, but I know it is essential to my SP and life journey. Today, I let the warmth of the sun, the light breeze caressing my skin, and the sound of the gentle tide lapping at the shore remind me of just that... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 01:26:10 EST The Joys of a Learning Curve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362766 Every day I get to wake up it's a good thing! It is especially more awesome now that I have a wonderful partner who makes it his job that I know I am well appreciated and told frequently each day that I am loved. I didn't realize how much I missed (and deserved) those moments after my husband died 8 1/2 years ago. I guess I had allowed myself to turn off all those emotions and needs when I believed I would never have the opportunity to experience them again. <BR> <BR> It is going to sound l... Tue, 16 May 2017 16:52:21 EST Finding Glimmers in the Soot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340943 It has been a very problematic and trial filled last several months for me, especially as my sinus infection continues to linger into the end of its fourth month. There have been numerous other issues that have also made things complicated, not the least of which was dealing with my beautiful Shadow's illness (which ended with her passing in her sleep sometime yesterday). Illnesses and other maladies make it difficult to handle life's usual stresses with one's usual aplomb. I have to plead gu... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:03:49 EST Facing Realities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317540 There has been a lot that has happened with me the last 6 months and I am having a very difficult time processing it all, accepting limitations I never thought I would have to face again, and dealing with health issues that were both unforeseen and unwelcome. The culmination of all these things is that I have had to limit my physical activity greatly and that is affecting every other aspect of my life. As I have PCOS to boot, despite eating a healthy, low carb menu, the weight is starting to ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:58:21 EST Being Sick Can Take A Toll on Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296202 It started as a slightly scratchy throat and a bit of head congestion the Monday before Thanksgiving. I figured it was no big deal and that I, as usual, would skate through it in a day or two. Holy Hannah was I wrong! <BR> <BR> Here I sit, 7 weeks later, still fighting the nastiness that this virus-turned-bronchitis/sinus-infection/ea<BR>r-infection has wrought. 3 rounds of antibiotics, 1 round of prednisone, and 3 inhalers later, I am still trying to get back to the land of good health. I h... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:13:51 EST Finding a New Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270800 It's funny how life can change direction on a dime. I blogged a while back about delving into a new relationship after being a widow for 8 years and how unnerving and exciting the prospects were for someone like me. To say that it has been a vast learning experience and a truly wild ride so far would be the most dramatic form of understatement I could possibly make! If I had known then what would be going on in my world now, I would never have hesitated! <BR> <BR> All I can say is that you c... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:49:59 EST I don't normally do this, but I have to say something... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264392 The outcome of the election is nothing more than a statement that people are tired of the status quo. Whether or not you feel the results are good, bad, or indifferent, people are tired of being taken advantage of by a system that is extremely broken, rudderless, and wastes taxpayer monies on an over burgeoning system that is hyper-redundant with agencies who do not even speak to each other. If families operated their budgets and spending like our government does, their phones would never s... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 14:19:44 EST And So It Begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235823 The new school year is in full bloom and the paperwork faerie has urped on my desk. Don't get me wrong, I am NOT complaining! I love what I do and thoroughly appreciate the students with whom I work. Each is such a unique being with his or her own specific trials and tribulations to work through. Many of them are homeless and come from places of unhealthy living and abuse. I get to help make their lives better each and every day by showing them their strengths and talents and teach them how t... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:50:59 EST Preparing for the Unknown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184118 Okay, I admit it... I am worried about the surgical procedure I have to have tomorrow. The thought of having things growing inside me, no matter how small, is terrifying in itself. The fact that they are outside of my immediate control certainly adds an element of helplessness to the mix, which only enhances the fear surrounding the potential of that which I face. I am a very strong person (emotionally and physically) by nature, but things the size of mere microns have me shaking in my boots... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:37:57 EST Where did the time go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178436 I was reading a member's blog and congratulating her on her 500th day on SparkPeople and acknowledging the lessons she has learned when the question popped into my mind, "Just how long have you been on SP now?" I did some research and found a duration calculator. When I plugged in the date I started and today's date, I about fell off my chair. As of today, I have been an active SparkPeople member for 1407 days. If you had asked me to estimate how long I have enjoyed this community, I would n... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 15:58:30 EST Letting Myself Start to Love Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174574 I'll be honest. Dating in your 50's is not exactly a bed of roses. As a matter of fact, I think it should require a helmet (for the number of times you'll want to slam your head into the wall over the audacity and sense of entitlement displayed by some of the lesser beings in the world of online dating) and a force field device (to automatically repel overly touchy people who believe over-familiarity on a first date is a requirement). While I have kept my sense of humor through the 3+ years I... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 16:53:41 EST Sparks of knowledge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170260 Sometimes it's a light bulb that goes off spontaneously in your head. Other times, it's the subtle curve of a smile in your direction that makes you blush. Often, if you are not truly observant, it is subtle enough to bypass your sensibilities completely. If you are truly lucky, you see it; in others, in yourself, or in the vagueness of the aura in the clouds of that day: the wondrously incredible light in the eyes of someone who truly cares... It's a blessing and a gift when recognized; a wa... Wed, 25 May 2016 16:38:38 EST New Day, New Efforts to Move Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142337 When life throws me curve balls, I either have to scramble to catch them or watch them sail in their quixotic arcs and try to duck as they attempt to take my head off my shoulders. As a general rule, I am a pretty effective catcher (especially given that the mitt I am "wearing" is far smaller than regulation and my knees aren't as flexible as they once were). I have spent my life snagging curve balls of all kinds and, for the most part, I can usually subdue the wicked little beasts and get th... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:42:23 EST You Take It As It Comes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141610 It is always interesting coming back from a week's vacation. Even though it is buttressed by 2 full weekends, that week off never seems quite long enough (or, for some reason, the time-space continuum alters for those 9 days that makes it just seem that way). I must really learn not to make my personal "honey-do" lists so ambitious if I am going to get the R&R my body desperately needs when I have these rare breaks. Working at getting better at self-care. It's never been my strong suit, <em... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:35:33 EST Time and Tide... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125320 There are so many things going on in this crazy, confused world. Between political shenanigans, terrorist atrocities, and aggravated corporate ignorance, it is so hard to stay positive! All I can do is take care of myself and those around me for whom I care, and be the best citizen I can to make each day better! Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:35:24 EST Soaring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113683 Living in the vast beauty that is the Pacific Northwest (the Western Washington area, the Kitsap Peninsula specifically), I am continually blessed with dynamic views and extraordinary nature encounters. This morning's feast for the eyes included 3 hawks squabbling over some road kill, a bald eagle perched on bayside tree observing her morning breakfast as it swam by, and a raccoon sauntering across the yard in its quest for some of last winter's fallen fruit. The capper, however, was a majest... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 17:53:31 EST Valentines Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097267 Valentine's Day always brings me pause for a multitude of reasons. Primarily, it reminds me how incredibly blessed I was for 19 years to be married to the most amazing man, loyal best friend, incredibly giving lover, and consummate healer a woman could have. It has been a long, tedious almost seven-and-a-half years since he left this plane and still, every day, I feel his indelible mark on my life. That he is missed deeply goes without saying. I know what I had with him was something most onl... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 11:13:11 EST Gratitude is a forever thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906509 Reflecting on many things today. On this journey that is my life, I have always been given the strength to face the seemingly insurmountable with the grace and assistance of people who were placed in my life. There are so many to whom I am grateful for their kind words, firm shoulders, true rudders, and infinite patience. Some of these associations have been fleeting; others long-standing firmaments to whom I have anchored along side; a few who have become "family" in the deepest, truest sens... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 14:52:26 EST Thanks to You I Am Still on the Band Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710547 It is the end of the school year and things are in hurricane mode. Today is the last day for Seniors to present their culminating projects, graduation luncheon-rehearsal-ceremonies are Friday (which all happen after I teach from 7:45 until noon), and Prom is on Saturday night (which I am helping chaperone). Between meetings, problem-solving for individual students, and closing out IEP paperwork for the year on my students who are graduating, this chick is TOAST! <BR> <BR> Through all this I ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:59:05 EST New Personal Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697037 Yesterday, at my session with my personal trainer, I did something I haven't done since I was a child. I did box jumps! Granted, the box was only 6 inches tall, but , for a person who hasn't been able to jump on anything for 30+ years! a 6" box jump (repeated over 30 times) was a very big deal for me. To say I was excited when I finished the met com, which was 3 rounds of 10 box jumps, 10 barbell thrusters, 15 wall ball squats, and as many kettle bell swings I could do in a minute (29, 31, an... Sat, 17 May 2014 12:48:58 EST Relinquishing Control So I Can Grow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695047 I find I reach points in my life where I catch myself being an observer rather and being a true participant. These times are usually infrequent and are generally characterized by a general level of subdued behavior, less inclination to laugh or make jokes, and a lack of clarity and sparkle in my eyes. I am not particularly fond of these periods of malaise, but I know that they do occur as part of life's cyclic nature. <BR> <BR> I have found that, while these times are uncomfortable for me (... Wed, 14 May 2014 16:01:27 EST Sinus Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677885 For the last week I have had a flaming sinus infection. I finally caved and went to my doctor and got the antibiotics I need to kill this dizzying monster. I had forgotten how debilitating a sinus infection could be. Given the nature of the antibiotics I am on, I am presently cramming all the probiotics and yogurt I can into my system 4 hours after each dose in the hope of keeping up with the death rate of by beneficial flora in my system. Yuck! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:21:15 EST Rebound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675965 Sometimes life sneaks up on you and snacks you very hard in the face. It takes you by surprise, it makes you reel, and it comes out of nowhere! Memories are like that sometimes. Especially flashbacks of a time in your life that maybe wasn't so positive and left a great effect on you. It can cause all kinds of reactions depending on who you are. When that happens to me, I need to get out of where I am and go somewhere that I can reconnect with my core. It doesn't happen to me very often, but w... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:35:55 EST Growth Points are a Blessing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673029 I am blessed to be learning something new every day, whether it be by way of meeting new people or by experiencing new situations. I have learned over time that, regardless of the nature of the learning (be it happy accident, sorrowful happenstance, or any other emotion in between), I get to become stronger as a human and am better able to give to others in need. I cannot put a high enough value on that and am grateful for it each day! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:59:39 EST Bringing it home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671567 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l82601568.jpg"> <BR> Me before SparkPeople <BR> <BR> Next week it will be a year and 4 months that I began Deep Water Fitness Class and the one year anniversary of working once a week with my personal trainer. Both of these ventures helped bring my total fitness to a new (read never-before-seen) level and my total weight loss to 199 lbs (143 with SparkPeople alone). It will also be my 1 year-8-and-a-half-month anniversary with SparkPeople. ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:29:04 EST Wow, it has been a long time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655560 I checked the mirror this morning and found the face of a perplexed woman staring back at me. I saw that I looked a wee bit confused and had to ask myself what was causing that look. Glancing down at my body, I noted that I was not carrying myself as positively as I had 4 months ago and that my posture was slightly off center. <BR> <BR> The scale said that I was 12 pounds up from my lowest weight thus far. Maybe that is the reason for the face in the mirror and the change in posture. I look... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:38:30 EST Seeking the golden ring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593825 I have had to spend some serious time reviewing what I am doing overall to see what I can tweak to reset my brain and I think I have found it. <BR> <BR> What I need is a new target. You see, my big goal was to surprise my family at Christmas with the New Me! That went off perfectly, but I began to seriously flounder after that with food, exercise, and depression. It took some major soul searching, but I believe I have found my new target. Chaperoning Prom! <BR> <BR> I know that sounds crazy... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:32:44 EST Trying to Right the Ship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591853 For me, Get Up Get Dirty (with warm-ups + activities) consisted of a total of 10 kettlebell swings, 10 body-weight squats, 10 sit-ups, and other assorted warm-ups plus 105 20lb kettlebell squats, 50 ring rows, 50 toes to bar, and 2800 m rowing. <BR> <BR> Going to get some laundry started and kip for a bit before I head to my water aerobics class at 3 PM. If that is not enough physical activity for one day, then I need a new gauge. <BR> <BR> I have also followed the advice of a great SparkFr... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:50:54 EST Struggling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581391 I find myself in an unusual position (for me). The last month (especially) I have been on a sugar frenzy and have not had much control over my eating. I think it is a reaction to my success and is the appearance of some old self-defeating behaviors that is tied to rejecting that success because I don't feel worthy of it. I am frustrated because I don't seem to have control over it (and I am usually VERY controlled). <BR> <BR> I need to find a way to reboot myself and kick myself in the a** t... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 23:40:39 EST New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578870 It's a new year filled with new possibilities to greet each day, fresh challenges that require meeting, and untold upcoming events that warrant attention. What's on my mind? More questions for which I have no answers (but will endeavor to find them), more emotions for which I am not sure I have an adequate response (but will face them with all the fortitude I can muster), and more reaching into the breaches of the unknown (which I will do with courage because I have the love and support of fa... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 01:25:41 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576871 Thinking both gratefully and wistfully about all that has occurred in the last 365 days that has made up the enigma that was 2013. I am so very blessed to have been through the plethora of experiences (both good and not-so-pleasant) that have been encapsulated by this block of time. So many amazing new "family" I am blessed to have in my world; so many renewed connections have been made with friends and companions from the past that have brought me joy; so much appreciation for those who have... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:45:17 EST Changes and Purging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565245 I have been clearing my room for the last 2 days of all the things I can no longer wear. Today, that meant that there were an additional 14 full trash bags full of clothing that ranged in size from 54-56 down to size 12-14 that no longer fit me donated to various organizations that serve women in need. I had no idea that I would be so completely drained. I also had no idea this would be so very emotional. I am so glad I had the support and love of a friend there with me to help me through it.... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 23:38:12 EST Pending Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556076 Well, surgery is a definite happening. I am awaiting a call from the hospital scheduler to get my date set. I am really nervous about this, but I am grateful for the surgeon's encouragement and statement that I need to keep working out everything but the tear sites. Such a positive man! Tue, 3 Dec 2013 15:26:44 EST New day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554724 Had a great day. Did really well at GUGD (thanks again Ross for a kick-butt session), accomplished several errands that needed doing, got in a good workout at the Gig Harbor Y, had the opportunity to even help decorate same for Christmas, got to spend time with Stacy Blaisdell Datin and Emrey Claire, met several other wonderful people, and even recruited some new faces for Get Up Get Dirty for next week! Now I am now totally ready to crash. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck tomorrow at my appointment w... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 01:43:59 EST "Fun Hangover" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549157 Wow! Slept in later than I have in years! I suppose that is what they call a "fun hangover." The Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert last night was beyond amazing! I spent the full 3 hours chair dancing (and getting quite the core workout - as I am feeling this morning). All of our group spent the time after the show to get our items (tickets, programs, etc.) items autographed! <BR> <BR> The band members were just so gracious and more than friendly. I was able to share with them how absolutel... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 14:49:26 EST Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541570 Is it a good thing or a bad thing that I have closed the YMCA twice in 1 week so far? Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:22:58 EST Wow, what a weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539424 It was a VERY interesting weekend. I had a date on Saturday night and had a blast! Went to dinner and then dancing. Good grief has the dating world changed in 24 years. It was great fun, but it is going to take some getting used to...Lol! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:23:06 EST Now For The Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534690 Woke up headache-free this morning (yippee)! Today is the last day of State make-up testing! I am so very grateful for that! I have 2 more kids to assess and they both are ready to work hard on their assignments and get past this hurdle toward graduation. <BR> <BR> Today also brings a marked change in my routine. I may even manage to get home early tonight and (perhaps) get to sleep early. Still plan to see my peeps at the Gig Harbor Family YMCA and getting my workout on. Definitely going to... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 09:12:03 EST Day 3 DOne http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534467 Made it through the day successfully. 1 more day of State testing makeups to go! Whew! <BR> <BR> Managed to get all the things accomplished that I needed to complete today. <BR> <BR> Had appointment with the Sports Med doc today. Dr. Betterridge was awesome as always (even though the news he gave me was not the greatest). Looks like I will have to go under the knife to get a lube and a tune-up on my right shoulder in the near future. It should restore full function to that shoulder so I ca... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 01:17:19 EST New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532759 Day 2 of DAPE testing. Going to be more sedate (I hope), but just as challenging. As always, there is a ton of other stuff to do with the kids and the usual stack of paperwork that needs to be accomplished. <BR> <BR> After school I get to work with my best "little buddy" (who is growing like a freakin' weed) and am going to share some cool stuff with him as soon as we've tackled his homework. Once finished working with him, I absolutely, positively HAVE to run my "water mile" and get a worko... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 09:30:05 EST Contemplation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530805 Very contemplative day. So glad I went to the memorial for Wanda Kotte. It was really a wonderful service. It was packed with so many people. What an amazing woman she was. I was blessed to call her friend. <BR> <BR> I was feeling pretty "meh" after the service and had almost talked myself out of going to the Bremerton Family YMCA. I am really glad I pushed myself because it was where I needed to be for so many reasons. I was able to sort through some things that have been really eating at m... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 10:05:10 EST Nuked again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530191 Holy crud, did I get nuked yesterday! Still feeling crunky, head-achy, and definitely have the other 2 non-friendly symptoms of being "glutened." Not good, but not going to keep me from my commitments today. Neither will the power outage. <BR> <BR> Headed out to attend a funeral this afternoon in Bremerton for a wonderful woman I knew. Hate funerals as a general rule, but this is a celebration of all the beauty that is Wanda Kotte&#65279;. I cannot miss that. <BR> <BR> After that, I will ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 16:14:42 EST Home - Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528837 Home! Glad to be here, too. Took me longer to get here than I intended. Who knew? Just made myself a salad with kale, chard, spinach, arugula, escarole. portobello mushrooms, avocado, and raw pumpkin seeds with a balsamic vinaigrette and crumbled nori. Having a side of strawberries with that for dessert. Hopefully the wash cycle is long enough so I can eat it all! Lol! <BR> <BR> Had a VERY frenetic day! Tons of paperwork (literally), saw more kids than usual because we had Intake for new stu... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 01:07:38 EST Day Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527257 Thoroughly enjoying my morning cuppa and looking forward to the day ahead. I have 2 meetings to complete specialized paperwork, which is always a relief to get those out of the way to make sure my students get their needs met. <BR> <BR> Aside from the "usual," which is normally far from that term, I also get to go to the Bremerton Y for my Deep Water Fitness class, see some awesome and cherished friends, and (hopefully) get my happy tuchus to bed early tonight so I can be ready for very chal... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:33:51 EST Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527031 Busy day today! Lots to do to prepare for State Testing make-ups next week. Have to finish up some last minute paperwork related to that. It will be great to have that done. <BR> <BR> Later today I get to work with my favorite 13-year-old on homework. He is an awesome young man and makes my day every time I see him. <BR> <BR> The active part of my day will end at the Y in Gig Harbor, where I will do the best I can to get my water mile run and do some basic conditioning. <BR> <BR> That is t... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 02:30:54 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526115 t was a very productive day. Very glad it is over though because I am truly tired. It was great to see my friends Michelle Hazen, Karen Jelley Davies, Melissa Palme' Davidson, and Corey Hazen at Deep Water Fitness class tonight. I even got some good floor exercises and 3 1-minute planks in before class. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 01:42:09 EST Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524339 Home! Been a very interesting day. 95% awesome, 5% perplexing (which I will endeavor to resolve tomorrow). Errands were completed, children were towed from hither to yon, Memehune's food supplies were restored, I got out of Costco for under $40.00 (miracles do happen), I managed to get a really good workout in (weight/strength training and jogged 1/2 a mile in the training pool), and capped the day off with a trip to Target for a few utility items for the house. I do believe I will sleep toni... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 01:37:15 EST Article about my journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523583 Celebrating success! <BR> <BR> <link>m.kitsapsun.com/news/2013/oct/23/ins<BR>pired-grandmother-loses-196-pounds-jou<BR>rney-heal/ </link> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:42:50 EST Feeling better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522798 It was a very busy but awesome day. Completed so many things, started some others, and finished the school day on a real positive! <BR> <BR> Then I had the blessing of spending some time with my favorite lad doing homework, which we sailed through happily. He even made sure I got my "paycheck" in a very timely manner. <BR> <BR> Finished off the day with a round of strength training, fast-walked laps, goblet squats, some bench presses, and other fun healthy stuff. I just arrived home and and... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 01:24:49 EST