KATHIERAE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KATHIERAE KATHIERAE'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/ Good by July!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969273 July is almost over, and I am GLAD!!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Usually I am one of those moaning--where did my month go, I didn't get everything done I needed to do.. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> But this time I am celebrating, because this month has been filled with radiation treatments for my dear Mom. <em>390</em> And those treatments are 180 miles round trip every week day!! <em>226</em> But her last treatment is Monday August 3rd, so I am happy to flip the calendar page!! <em>411... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:28:58 EST feeling better, and travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952946 So, I actually did wake up feeling some better last Sunday, and although I didn't get a lot done this last week I gave myself some slack and quit worrying about whether or not I was doing "enough". I think that is a large part of my problem--I worry I might be getting super depressed rather than just letting myself relax. I actually have done more reading and studying and talking with people the last month than I did the last year of my job! My hubby pointed out that I am "healing from a toxi... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:01:19 EST Down in the dumps again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947721 <em>248</em> I had an awesome week last week. I set "home" and "work" goals for myself, and ticked off at least one item from each list each day. That was my MAIN goal, one thing per day from each list. I got a lot done! <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> Sunday was a very strange day. Church was at 11 instead of our usual 9am service, with a potluck after. It was nice sleeping in and still making it to church on time! And I love potlucks because we have some fabulous cooks around. There were LOTS ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:15:39 EST This goofy life of ours! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941706 I keep saying I will blog, and keep meaning to. Then I get busy or distracted and don't. <BR> <BR> So this morning I decided to do it FIRST! <BR> <BR> School of course is out for the summer. I will not go back in the fall, as I resigned my position and am in the process of opening my private practice!! One reason I've been busy... <BR> <BR> Next fall I will have TWO kids in High School--my son will be a Senior and my daughter will be a Freshman. (Good Lord, they grow up fast!) My youngest ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 10:50:29 EST Emotional healing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919398 So much has happened the last few weeks!! <BR> <BR> I shared a while ago how I am planning to open a private practice, for counseling. But I was planning at the time to keep my current job. Well, the decision has been made to just leap with both feet!! I tendered my resignation today, effective the last day of school (May 21st). <BR> <BR> Things have been under consideration for quite some time. But then hubby moved out to "cow camp" just before the first of April and things came to a head.... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 23:59:06 EST Busy day and stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905080 Today was busy! But mostly good. I had a sinus headache again today but after taking stuff for it did ok. <BR> <BR> We went to my Mom's for her annual egg dye mess <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm just glad she's willing because I don't want to do it at my house! She loves it. And I managed to get a decent picture of her and all three of my kids. Without posing! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l496418253.jpg"> <BR> After lunch some of us stuck around and watched a movie... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 00:02:48 EST Feeling a change in the wind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894126 I'm starting to feel change coming. And I'm looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> I'm not losing weight that I can tell, but I've been more mindful of portions and steps since getting back on SP. I started wearing my fitbit again and so am tracking sleep and steps especially. <BR> <BR> My hormones are wacky. I had a hysterectomy in late December and did really well until just the last couple weeks. Suddenly got very weepy and depressed again. And the hotflashes have doubled or tripled! I have ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:17:49 EST Good eats? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885188 <em>56</em> The last two days have gone fast! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> My daughter (age 14) has been idolizing a certain Food Network chef since he first came on TV. His name is Alton Brown and I'm sure many of you know who he is too! He had a show called "Good Eats" that was mostly science, and he has been on several other shows. Now he has one called "Cutthroat Kitchen" and we have the DVR set to record so we don't miss a single episode. <BR> <BR> <em>272</em> Well, he is on tour ri... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:07 EST Home again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881271 Well, the days flew by and I am home again. The train trip home was much faster and smoother than the trip out there! Thank goodness... <BR> <BR> I am working on catching up on sleep. And I think I'm catching a cold but am going to try hard not to let it win!! <BR> <BR> The day after we visited the sea lion caves we went shopping for a while in Florence Oregon, in a section they call "Old Town". Lots of neat little shops that sell art of various types. I almost bought myself a necklace, it ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:56:37 EST Sea Lion Caves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878313 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1829017358.jpg"> <BR> This picture right here is the best example I have of why we took this trip. My mom and her dream of showing us all the sea lion caves. I don't know if I really believe in spirit animals or not but if Mom has one, it is the sea lion. (Mine would be elephant but that's a different blog...) <BR> <BR> It took us THIRTY hours to get here to our hotel. <em>100</em> <BR> The train broke down and we ended up sitting for s... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:59:01 EST Taking a family trip!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876094 My Mom has had a dream for many years, of taking all her grandkids to the Oregon coast to see the Sea Lions. She never felt equipped to take the kids by herself (who would blame her!) so she finally decided to make it happen for ALL of us to go! She invited all three of us girls, our husbands, and our (collective) 10 children for a week long trip.My oldest nephew is taking his girlfriend along, and my hubby opted to stay home with his cows. But that is still a LOT of people! <BR> <em>100</e... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:03:50 EST lighting my SPARK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874038 I found this awesome challenge on my Christians with 100 pounds to lose team! I'm going to do my very best to SPARK every day!! <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Each day I'll earn one point for completing each S P A R K! <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> S---Spend time in the Word with the Lord <em>296</em> <BR> (We NEED HIM!!) <BR> P---Pray and Participate on our team daily <em>223</em> <BR> (It's why we're a team...you are NOT alone!) <em>220</em> <BR> A---Active--exercise at least 10 m... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:25:39 EST And again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871991 Not sure where to start, since it's been a year again. <BR> <BR> I had a hysterectomy in December, for various reasons. MY number one reason was that I was tired of the emotional cycle that went with the menstrual cycle. And all the carb cravings, exhaustion, etc. However, surgery is surgery and that requires recovery. So I have done almost nothing the last two months but lay around "recovering"... And now I am up to 315 pounds. <BR> <BR> My weight (by that I think I actually mean my looks)... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:20:39 EST So, here I go again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660863 I have started a new team here on Sparkpeople, based on the book/program "PrayFit". <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1383769379.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I used this program once before and really noticed a change in myself. My WHOLE self. I honestly don't remember when or why I stopped. <BR> <BR> These last months I have felt God calling me back to focus on my weight issues, which I let go totally with this last round of depression. I've been back on SP, and I started an onl... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:37:50 EST Every day is a new beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587055 I like Facebook. I have cut down my time there, but probably still spend more time on it than is healthy ;) However over the New Year holiday I noticed a "meme" that bothered the heck out of me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1473472671.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have started SO MANY "New Year's" with just that mindset! And so many "new" attempts to lose weight "this time for good". And then I hit a wall. Or get sick. Or lose momentum for whatever reason, and because of th... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 15:23:51 EST just to say hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479624 I haven't been on SP much since Gma died. Just went into survival mode this summer. Shortly after Gma, my step-dad passed away from cancer. And my step-mom (married to my dad) went all needy and bitchy on us about then too. She and Dad were coming for my niece's graduation and it was all the same weekend (graduation and funeral) and I think step-mom just plain got jealous that we were all so upset for Mom losing her husband. It was a mess. We got through it though, and summer just kind of "we... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 15:08:13 EST Plugging along... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352973 Thanks to all the wonderful support and love and prayers from far and near I am handling things ok. I stayed home from work on Wednesday (day after Gma died) to be with my family. I was a zombie all day, but pretty sure that was partly from not sleeping much. <BR> <BR> Thursday I went back to work and managed to do pretty well. I got lots of hugs first thing when I got there and then folks pretty much left it alone, knowing it was hard to talk about. I only "lost it" once, at the very end of... Sat, 11 May 2013 10:23:29 EST Grieving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349356 How many changes a week can bring! <BR> <BR> Last Tuesday was especially stressful at work so I opted to stop at the nursing home to see Gma before heading home, instead of going home first as I often do. MY therapy! :) I had a wonderful visit with her, holding hands and talking with her, the CNA's and a couple other ladies that live there. I was also very relieved to see that Gma was feeling better and seemed much more perky than when I had visited on Sunday. (Sunday she had been laboring f... Wed, 8 May 2013 02:37:50 EST Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295102 This is gonna be short because I'm at work <em>20</em> but I wanted to post right away. <BR> <BR> I don't own a scale anymore. Ours died and I never bothered to replace it. I used to work at the Sheriff's office and they had a scale that I used. Since starting this job a year ago I have been weighing only when I go to the doctor's office. I think that may have contributed to the gaining. <BR> <BR> I still don't want a scale at home. <em>225</em> But today I asked our Physical Education ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:10:40 EST frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292901 Ok, I have never been one to say "I will never eat {insert food name here} again!" I am of the opinion that all food should be "allowed" but within limits. <BR> <em>101</em> <BR> LIMITS <BR> A piece of <em>480</em> not the whole <em>483</em> ! <BR> A couple <em>495</em> not EVERY <em>495</em> in the box/batch! <BR> <BR> However... when it comes to actually sticking to my self-imposed limits? <em>10</em> I need help!!! <BR> <BR> I really thought this time would be different. ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:14:32 EST One week in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289954 Thursday I came home from work to an exuberant greeting from my kids. Two youngest haven't been feeling well, so it was nice to see smiles and energy. Hubby was out all afternoon checking fences because we are getting ready to move cattle around for calving season. He came home shortly after me, tired but satisfied with his day's work. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> Then one of my kids innocently asked "what's for supper?" because it's almost 5 and of course we are all getting hungry. Holy cow did I... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 14:46:34 EST I'm ba-ack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282584 I know I haven’t been on SP for a long time so I don’t know how many of you will even see this, but I needed to get it out there (for me). I am starting a new chapter in my “health” and “weight loss” journey. <BR> <em>203</em> <BR> Friday March 8th I started using doTerra's Slim & Sassy program. It consists of an essential Oil blend (five times per day, with at least 8 oz water) and Slim Shakes (I am doing just for breakfast) and supplements (taken twice per day). The shakes taste awful, (I... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:16:06 EST Time flies!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227531 I had a quiet few moments at work where I could choose something to do and I thought "SPARK"!! <BR> <BR> The days have truly been flying by. Work has been amazingly busy, and stressful. The stress seems to be letting up a bit again now so I am hoping and praying the "busy" will settle down some too. <BR> <BR> I have been trying hard to focus more on my family after work, as well as to keep my bed time (the actual "TIME") consistent so have been spending less time on the computer in the even... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:35:57 EST Getting to know Kathie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198836 "Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you <BR> and help your SparkFriends get to know you" <BR> <BR> I got this from DEBBYFROMMT <BR> <BR> <BR> Where is my cell phone? <BR> Laying on my mouse pad, where it seems to be comfortable; it gets service there! <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Dan. We've been married 19 and a half years <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Short and red <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> one of my best friends most of the time; lives in the same town as m... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:19:32 EST obsession = inaction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176848 After writing my last blog I stopped sparking. I realized that I was so obsessed with deciding what and how to do things that I wasn't doing anything at all! <BR> <BR> So I quit. <BR> <BR> But more than that, I relaxed! I decided that I don't HAVE to do ANYthing. I am 40 years old and the days FLY by so fast that if I make progress or don't this week, next week will be upon me before I know it! <BR> <BR> My body (type) hasn't changed since I was born. It isn't going to change. Time to love... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:11:03 EST Starting over. And over. And over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145111 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1243497514.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> A dear sparkfriend sent me this picture on facebook one day this summer. My note to myself says August, so that's how long ago. Pretty much says it all!! <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> I am still starting over every day. <BR> <BR> <em>435</em> I wake up saying "this is the day!" and go to bed saying "tomorrow is another day". <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> I am under stress, but probably no more than any... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 12:54:26 EST THIS instead of THAT challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118397 One of my teams is doing a two-week Challenge beginning Saturday, November 3rd and ending Saturday, November 17th called the HEALTHIER SUBSTITUTE Challenge ~~ which for myself I re-named "This instead of That" <em>334</em> <BR> Instructions are to : Read your food labels, find a healthier substitute, and let us (on the team) know. <BR> <BR> For example; <BR> Eating an <em>277</em> fruit instead of a <em>493</em> candy bar, <BR> <em>470</em> yogurt for <em>468</em> ice cream, <BR> ... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 21:22:55 EST 30 days hath... October? Part 3 (final) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117072 22. What is your current workout/fitness routine? <BR> Right now—nothing. I had been walking, but as soon as it started getting cold out I quit again. <BR> <BR> 23. What are your current fitness goals? <BR> To start a routine again! It’s just so important to my mental health to be physical daily… I do notice it. I don’t need to compete or anything. I just need to wake myself up physically in order to wake up mentally. <BR> <BR> 24. When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:34:59 EST 30 blogs hath... October? part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096585 <em>195</em> I posted questions 1-10 in the previous blog, here are 11-21! <BR> <BR> 11. What do you like most about your body? Has what you like most about your body changed as you've progressed towards your goals? <BR> Ugh. This is a hard question. However, I like how strong my body is. Even when I am not taking care of myself I know my body will do what I ask of it. I have trouble, like anyone. I have to be careful with lifting because my lower back will go out at odd times. But for the... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:29:59 EST 30 blogs hath... October? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093045 <em>195</em> I don't know if I will blog daily or just keep posting as I get questions answered, but I like this idea! <BR> <BR> Giving credit where credit is due, I got this idea from BLESSED2BEME who did this in September. The original blogger who came up with this challenge was TANYAP71 and she wrote: “This is not a perfection challenge so there is NO pressure to do one a day, every day. That makes it too easy to skip one and decide not to pick up again. I would like us to use this to g... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 18:11:34 EST Update and Going Purple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040474 I promised myself I would blog weekly, but then work was/is more "work" than I anticipated! And when I get home I don't always get on the computer (which is a good thing really). I have been trying to spend less time in front of this screen and more time with family and/or DOING stuff. <BR> <em>387</em> <BR> I saw the doc again last week, and she tweaked my thyroid medicine dosage. Wow do I feel better! I wonder if we shouldn't have started there instead of with the antidepressant, but what... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 21:01:11 EST Been too long! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023094 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l897309791.jpg"> <BR> This is me (of course) on one of the BEST days this summer. Hubby and I went out to the farm to check cows and this bull calf (who I have now named "Friendly") let Dan walk up to him and pet him. I started taking pictures of them. Then Dan moved off and Friendly walked up and started licking and rubbing on ME! Not a common occurrance out in the middle of the herd like that! This calf spent part of the winter in the hay y... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 10:18:28 EST Depression and goal setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983242 Since getting back into SP, and starting new anti-depressants that help me think clearly again, I have of course been looking at my goals. SP make it sound so easy, like OF COURSE I want to lose the weight, and instinctively know WHY I want to lose it too. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> But I honestly have a hard time deciding WHY I want to lose weight so it's tough to set goals or rewards. <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> To look better? (for who?? My husband is amazing and he love... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:55:09 EST My talk with the doc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976947 <em>282</em> As I promised myself I called the doctor's office today about my depression... I expected it would be a week or so before I got in to see the lady I wanted to see but they got me in this afternoon! The doc I like to see is only in two weeks a month and I happened to catch her. <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> We decided to leave my current anti-depressant med alone, but also to add a small dose of a second one. I have been on Zoloft for several years, and we added Effexor. So we shall s... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:53:38 EST July goals revisited... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975399 Just re-read my July goals. Hmmm. They were simple, made sense, and I haven't done them. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I just can't seem to get my head out of my... well you know. My emotions have been way out of whack for a while now (months) and I finally realized it may help to have my depression meds adjusted or changed altogether. I just can't do it on my own. Why does it take so long to realize things like that? And why must I gain all this weight back before realization strikes?? <em>198</em... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:43:06 EST July Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950908 Well, I managed to walk that one time and then wimped again every day after that. Or ran out of time because I was on the computer instead of walking before whatever thing I had to do that day... <BR> <em>101</em> <BR> So my main goal for July is to get my walk in daily BEFORE getting on the computer. <BR> <em>311</em> BEFORE <em>17</em> <BR> I have been doing well with breakfast (oatmeal) but lunch and supper this last week or so have been hit or miss. A lot of "miss". We were on the ro... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 20:56:36 EST Just need to process my day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945576 First off, Thank you Lord that it was cooler today!!! Wind was a bit much, as evidenced by a few trees down around town, but no major damage so I'm not complaining. I pray for all those affected by the fires these past days... so very scary. Please send rain on those places that need it most! <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> Today was really pretty awesome. We went to Havre to see our friend whose daughter was killed, and although we haven't seen each other since before my youngest was born (he's 8!)... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 00:34:06 EST Sad and a little bit lost... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942503 First the sad: One of my best friends from high school called me yesterday with the news that his oldest daughter was killed two days ago in an accidental shooting... My heart is broken for my friend. This baby girl was born to him and a girlfriend when they were both very very young, but he was "DAD" from day one. They did not make the mistake of trying to get married, and whenever his baby was with Mom's family he missed her terribly. Eventually he got custody and moved her to California wi... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:43:00 EST ending my "longest day" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935513 Well today (thanks muchly to my wonderful hubby for his help) I got our bedroom, kitchen and most of the dining room Spring cleaning done. Also a lot of laundry! I would have liked to get more done, but holy wow is my house dirty! I very much intend to continue the cleaning process now that I have begun finally. It feels so good to have things clean again! <BR> <BR> We ended the day by going to visit our Gramma Baeth at the nursing home. While there we took a short turn around their garden a... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 23:10:58 EST THE LONGEST DAY~Alzheimer's Info http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934559 So "the Longest Day" began here in Malta at 5:30am. My alarm went off, I remember it did. I hit the button and went back to sleep. (What a blessing to be able to do that when I want to!) <BR> <BR> Clara and I got home around 11pm from Fort Peck where she was rehearsing for "Gypsy" (she is one of Uncle Jocko's Players in the first scene) but I was up until nearly 1am due to the coffee I drank to stay awake on the drive home... So my day is starting pretty normally, with coffee and breakfast a... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:55:45 EST I did let myself quit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930080 ...but my spark keeps fighting to become a flame! <BR> <BR> I log on daily, spin the wheel and then close the page because I'm not willing to do more. <BR> <BR> But~I'm not willing to STOP spinning that wheel and break my "consistency" streak!! <BR> <BR> When I log on daily I also put in how much water I drink, because I'm damn proud of the fact I drink so much water, even if no one else notices. <BR> <BR> I once in a while update my status here, just so folks know I'm still alive. And I ... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 12:37:26 EST DIY 2.0 Assignment 9 (6/1 - 6/3) and 10 (6/4 - 6/7) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912394 DIY 2.0 Assignment 9 (6/1 - 6/3) <BR> Challenge Name: LOSE YOUR QUIT <BR> <BR> WELCOME TO JUNE! (Got your plan for June ready???) <BR> <BR> 1. ReDo Your SparkPage! It's a new month and time for some fresh surroundings. Find a mantra for your background, or pictures from this spring, or an inspiring piece of artwork, or just a bright color to inspire energy! Gotta love that fresh new month feeling! <BR> <em>248</em> Did it a little late, but I got it done! Didn’t change too much. <BR> <BR... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 23:00:51 EST DIY 2.0 Assignment 8 (5/29 - 5/31) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4903073 <em>33</em> Challenge Name: LOSE YOUR QUIT <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> <em>341</em> 1. List all the healthy good stuff you ate Fri - Mon. <BR> Fresh watermelon; fresh pineapple; fajitas made with lean steak, onions and peppers; <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> 2. Report how many days you met your homework on Assignment 7. <BR> I kept up with laundry and dishes. I stretched my back a thousand times and sat on an ice pack as often as I could stand. Today I walked 45 minutes. That was about it for me… <BR... Tue, 29 May 2012 16:12:43 EST DIY 2.0 Assignment 7 (5/25 - 5/28) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4898704 <em>67</em> For many folks it's a 4 day weekend, so the days are gonna be a little screwy. So sue me. I'll still try to post the next challenge on Sunday for you to find though. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> 1. Celebrate your achievements. What have you done during this challenge that you can be proud of? Give yourself credit where it's due. No criticism here...we're hard on ourselves all the time right? <BR> ~~About all I can pat myself on the back for is getting all my water in. I also have bee... Sat, 26 May 2012 10:48:26 EST DIY 2.0 Assignment 6 (5/21-5/24) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890847 <em>67</em> Assignment Name: LOSE YOUR DAMN QUIT! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> What did you accomplish this weekend!? <BR> <em>2</em> Got outside and moved around but didn’t work up a sweat… <BR> <em>67</em> What is one thing you are forgiving yourself for, that you did this weekend, and how are you going to fix it? <BR> <em>2</em> Have to forgive myself, I guess, for all of it. Too much food and not enough movement. To fix it I need to reverse the trend—less food and more movement! <BR> ... Mon, 21 May 2012 08:58:51 EST DIY Assignment 5 (5/18-5/20) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887145 Challenge Name: <em>306</em> LOSE YOUR QUIT <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> We made it successfully through the first two weeks of the DIY Challenge! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> As of 5/17, how many workouts have you completed? <BR> <em>33</em> SIX so not nearly enough! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> What have you noticed about your mood/stress levels/sleep quality on days you worked out? <BR> <em>33</em> I know it’s better when I work out. Although during my period NOTHING seems... Fri, 18 May 2012 11:37:29 EST Link to my "The Longest Day" page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880634 For those of you who have asked, here is the link to my donation page. <BR> <link>act.alz.org/site/TR/LongestDay/TheLo<BR>ngestDay?px=6472459&pg=personal&fr_id=<BR>2230 </link> <BR> If you are interested you can also sign up to do your own "longest day" as a team or individual--or join a team! <BR> If you want I could start a team and you could join ME!!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 May 2012 10:33:18 EST DIY Assignment 4 (5/14 - 5/17) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880478 <em>67</em> <BR> Challenge Name: LOSE YOUR QUIT <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> How did you do on Assignment 3? <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <em>67</em> I confess, this weekend <em>495</em> I ATE WAAAY TOO MANY COOKIES. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> BUT! I also am very proud to report that <em>194</em> I DRANK MY WATER AND <em>85</em> WAS VERY ACTIVE WORKING ON THE FARM. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> So I am forgiving myself and moving forward TODAY because <em>306</em> QUITTING IS NOT A CHOICE. <BR> <BR> <em... Mon, 14 May 2012 09:04:56 EST DIY Assignment 3 and #2 check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4876325 <em>67</em> How did you do on Assignment 2? <BR> <BR> Were you active all 4 days? <em>42</em> Not so much. <BR> Did you drink your water? <em>250</em> Yes indeed. <BR> Plan for difficult days coming up soon? <em>198</em> Every day is difficult! I have to CHOOSE to make it work regardless! <BR> Did you round out your routine somehow? <em>250</em> Started going to bed earlier—a real victory! <BR> If you picked a day to add up how many calories you drank... what was the total? if you didn'... Thu, 10 May 2012 23:19:30 EST The Longest Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4876257 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l110881298.jpg"> <BR> Below is from my official fundraising page. While I would love donations (obviously) my main purpose of posting this HERE is to let you all know just WHAT the heck I am up to! <BR> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <BR> Now is the time to show those facing Alzheimer’s disease that they are not alone. Now is the time to take a stand: I will nev... Thu, 10 May 2012 22:28:00 EST