KBEAR9963's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KBEAR9963 KBEAR9963'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/ Another fresh start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790389 This year has not gone at all how I had hoped. I lost my job in June and its been all downhill from there. Losing my job brought about depression, anxiety and the ultimate pity party. Feeling sorry for myself has only added to my already overweight frame. All that changes today. I have made and started my October workout. It is comprised of several 30 day challenges and some light jogging. If I can keep up with them for the full 30 days, I should see enough of a change to keep me on track. So... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:40:17 EST Dallas, here I come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579978 I am well into my new fitness program and couldn't be happier. I have had a fitbit now for just over a year and it has made a world of difference. I originally set a goal for 10 floors a day and am now up to 25 a day. I was at 5 miles a day and now I am up to 7 miles a day! Each year for the last couple of years, I have gone on a virtual walk. The first trip I took was from my home in Michigan to my brother's home in Georgia. It was a total of 722 miles. This year I got my co-workers involved... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:42:36 EST New Year, New Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578211 I can't believe another year has gone by. It seems like every new year starts with me making a "resolution" to get back on track and lose this unwanted weight. The difference this year is that I started planning on how I was going to do it about a month ago. I started getting workout plans together and plotted out a strict workout schedule for the next 2 months. I have very specific goals each day. I figure if I can concentrate on each day individually, it might help me accomplish my goals ea... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:19:27 EST A record day.....so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195637 I started my day with the mindset that I needed to set a goal and hit it. So I decided to start with floors climbed and set a goal of 50 floors. I hit that with no problem and decided to try for 75. Without looking at my Fitbit, I set out to get my badge for 75 floors in a day. Well, I just finished my stairs for the day and finished the day with 102 floors! It didn't feel like I went that far but I guess listening to my Ipod distracted me just enough that I pushed myself without realizing it... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 19:27:58 EST Back on track - BIG time!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193772 Well, my one night off turned into a day and a half but I made up for it today! It was really cold outside so I couldn't go for an outdoor walk. Instead I broke out my Wii Fit and played my Walk It Out game. I was having so much fun that before I knew it, I had gone over 8 miles! It was so much fun and was a great workout! I'm going to use this to my advantage until I get my treadmill fixed. Rest time is over for me, now it's time to kick it into gear and make this virtual walk to Las Vegas. ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:28:02 EST Not my best day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190853 I woke up this morning with the best of intentions of meeting all of my daily goals. I was all set until I got to work. One of my coworkers has a 23 year old daughter that was experiencing headaches and earaches in the beginning of December. As her symptoms worsened, she ended up being taken to the ER with severe vomiting and nausea. After a CT scan, it was discovered that she had a large mass at the base of her skull that was the size of a golf ball. She had emergency surgery and the mass wa... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 23:09:44 EST Reaching new heights? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188702 Well, without my treadmill, I have been forced to improvise a bit. Today was my first day back to work after the holidays. I work at a local hospital that is very large so I decided to see how many ways I can use that to my advantage. I started by walking from one side to the other. After doing this a few times, I ventured into other areas. I have to walk down 3 sets of steps if I choose to eat at the cafeteria. (I haven't been eating there for a while now because I started bringing my lunch ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 18:35:27 EST Starting out on the right foot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185725 Day 2 of 2013 brings new challenges that much be dealt with. I woke up only to find that the switch on my treadmill is broken and must be replaced. Being that I live in Michigan and that it is quite cold outside, this poses a bit of a problem. I have a very difficult time walking outdoors when it is so bitter cold so I was really depending on using my treadmill for my virtual walk. Until I can get it fixed, I have chosen to improvise and find other ways to accomplish my daily goals. I am comp... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:49:52 EST 2013-A new beginning to an old story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184797 Yet again I find myself starting the year wanting to lose unwanted weight and become healthier. After successfully accomplishing my first virtual walk to Georgia, I am starting this year with a new walk to Las Vegas (over 2000 miles from home). I already made the necessary choices needed to change my eating habits and have been eating healthier. Buying a Fitbit One was the best tool I have purchased to help me on my journey. I have been using it almost an entire month and have found myself pu... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 21:03:23 EST Virtual walk update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4356509 I have officially been on my virtual walk for a full month now and as of today, I have walked a total of 169.26 miles. I have been really trying hard to get in about 10 miles every time I walk but my allergies have been making it hard for me to be consistent. There have been a few days that I was not able to walk at all (5 to be exact) and then there have been some days that I barely made 4-6 miles, but the important thing is that I'm not giving up. I'm determined to make this virtual trip so... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 21:33:32 EST Going on a virtual walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4329207 I've decided to follow in the footsteps of some of my fellow sparkers (no pun intended) and have started a virtual walk from my house in Eastpointe, Michigan to Woodstock, Georgia to visit my brother. I started this "trip" 2 weeks ago today and have logged a total of 89.23 miles as of today. The total trip will be 722 miles so I definitely have quite a ways to go. The motivation for this trip is the fact that once I reach my goal, I will be making the real trip to see my brother and celebrate... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 21:05:09 EST A year of change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3955143 So far, this is shaping up to be a year of change for me and my family. As many of you know, last year ended a little rough for us. We lost 4 family members in 3 months, our vehicles all broke down at the same time, etc. Well, since the first of the year, there have been quite a few changes already. My husband found a buyer for our bar so we are in the midst of paperwork to start the process of changing the licenses over to the new owner. We have owned the bar for about 12 years and have been... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 08:00:12 EST Getting better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3920473 I've been so sick the last couple of days that I haven't been able to do my blogs. I'm happy to report that I am starting to feel much better. I have been getting a lot of rest and doing as the doctor has instructed. He had told me that if I wasn't careful, I could have ended up in the hospital with pneumonia. (That would be the 4th time in a year having pneumonia) I now need to see an allergist to find out why I am getting so sick so often. He thinks there may be a problem with my immune sys... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 08:16:29 EST Ups and downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3910653 Well on the downside, I'm still not feeling well at all today. I ended up only working a half day and then went home. My oldest son, made sure that I ate a decent meal and kept things quiet while I took a nap. The upside is that today is my 900 day on Spark people, I got extra points for 100 posts and that led me to my latest trophy. Lots of points today! Unfortunately, no exercise today. I just don't have it in me. I'm going to go back and lay down. Wanted to make sure I got my blog in for t... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:01:27 EST Great night, bad morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3906160 My son and I had a great time at the Monster Jam! It was so much fun. Unfortunately, I woke up this morning with a bad cold. I feel miserable today so I'm taking it easy and getting some rest today. Tomorrow, it will be back to work for me, so I really need to feel better. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend. Sun, 9 Jan 2011 11:10:33 EST Getting ready for the Monster Jam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3903882 I'm taking my youngest son and 2 friends to see the Monster Jam tonight. I'm kind of excited about it because we really have a lot of fun when we go there. I plan on doing a lot of walking so I will get some of my workout in. I will do all my other exercises before I leave home. All in all, I'm hoping to have an awesome night! Sat, 8 Jan 2011 15:17:35 EST Looking forward to the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3899766 I have a lot of things planned for this weekend. Tomorrow we are going to start remodeling the kitchen. I will have to tear the cupboards apart and get everything organized. Then, tomorrow night, I will be taking my youngest son and 2 friends to the Monster Jam. We love to watch the monster truck racing around while running over things. I'm sure it is going to be a lot of fun. I'll make a workout of walking to Ford Field and try to do some laps around it, like I did last week at the hockey ga... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 10:01:05 EST I must be a glutten for punishment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3896885 I must be crazy, because I'm going to do the training camp workout again. It was such a good workout and I really feel like it helped me. My muscles don't hurt much today, so I think if I just watch to make sure I don't overdo it, I should be fine. I really recommend this game to anyone with a Wii that is looking for a great workout. I love that I can program the exercises that I really want and that will give me the workout I need. I'm going to leave it at a half hour until I build up more m... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 13:24:11 EST Still feeling the burn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3894457 It's been 24 hours and I'm still feeling the burn of that video game workout. My upper legs are a little sore. Don't get me wrong, it's a good sore, but sore never the less. I tried to do some more today but didn't want to push it too much because I won't be able to do the other 58 days, if I'm hurt. Anyway, I did do a little bit. I'll see how it feels tomorrow and decide where to go from here. Worse case, I have to put that workout on hold until I'm conditioned some more. Either way, I plan ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 21:04:05 EST What a workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3890480 I had gotten my oldest son a new game for the Wii as a Christmas present. It's called "NFL Training Camp". It allows you to do the same exercises and workouts as all the NFL teams. I watched him do it and something possessed me to give it a try. Wow, was that a workout. I did all the female exercises and worked out for about a half hour. I really worked up a sweat. If anyone is truly interested in working every part of your body, I would highly suggest this game. It monitors your calories bur... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 21:48:06 EST Staying on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3885273 I had such a great time at the hockey game last night. Even though we didn't win, we really had a lot of fun. We were so close to the ice, it was amazing. I didn't eat any junk while I was there and stayed well within my calorie limit. I even managed to get in some extra cardio. I jogged up the stairs to the arena. Then I did 3 laps around the arena once I got inside. I think it may have been close to 2 miles all together. I jogged back down the stairs on the way back to the car. Between that... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 18:03:40 EST Not a bad start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3879536 The weather yesterday was actually nicer than we thought it would be, so I decided to go for a nice little walk. I grabbed my Ipod and my pedometer and away I went. I haven't done it in a while so I needed to see how far I could go safely. I ended up going just over 3 miles in just under an hour. I felt good when I got back home. I even managed to get a few exercises in too. All in all, I think it was a pretty good start to my new year. Today, I will get in some exercises then, this afternoon... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 08:45:16 EST Not just Happy New Year, but Happy New Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3877357 It seems like every year, I sit down on the first and write down all my goals and realize how lazy or distracted I have become as why how I could have gained all this weight back. Over the past few years, long about Thanksgiving, I know I'm in trouble and that New Year's is going to be difficult once I see weight current weight. This year, I assumed, would be no different. I stepped on the scale this morning, only to discover that the news wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I am only 15 ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 15:26:43 EST Only 2 more days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3871306 Well, we are only 2 days away from a fresh start, right? With everything I've gone through over the last year, I'm totally ready. We are still working on a solution to the car situation. It looks like my son's truck is a lost cause. He completely blew his engine. My husband's is still questionable so he went out yesterday and leased a truck so we would have something to work with. It's going to make finances even tighter than they already are but it had to be done. My truck is being looked at... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 10:05:28 EST Ready for 2010 to be a thing of the past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3868736 I had such a horrible day yesterday, that I decided to save my blog for today. I got out of work early and came home to my son's truck being broken down. This wouldn't be a huge problem except for the fact that my husband's truck has been broken down for about a month and a half now and we have been sharing my truck and my son's. In an effort to use my truck to push my son's truck up the driveway to fix it, my truck broke down. Now we have all 3 trucks in need of some sort of work. Luckily, I... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:15:56 EST Forming a game plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3865264 It's getting to be that time of year again. Every year I start my diet over again. This January first will be no different. With all of the stress and different family issues going on the last few months, I have put the majority of my weight back on. Factor in the fact that it is difficult for me to get my walking in during the winter and it just adds to my many issues. That's okay though. I have found a couple of other ways to keep myself motivated and if all works out as planned, by the tim... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 17:21:19 EST Merry Christmas spark friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3861738 Just want to drop a note and say Merry Christmas to all my spark friends! I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday. Enjoy your families and friends. With all the things I have gone through this year, I realize how truly blessed I am. I have so many friends and family members to lean on. I had Christmas with my 3 sisters last Monday (my brother lives in Georgia and was unable to make it up this year). We had a great time just sitting and talking about past Christmases. Yesterday I spent th... Sat, 25 Dec 2010 13:33:16 EST Just a quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3848673 I'm so sorry I haven't been on in so long. There has been so much still going on since my sister's fall. She is doing much better and is starting to get around a little better (with help) so that is a blessing. I have been trying to help her as much as possible. Between that and work, things have been busy, to say the least. We got word yesterday that another one of my husband's Aunts has been put on hospice and will probably not be with us into the New Year. That makes 3 relatives and 1 very... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 05:57:07 EST Lost a good friend today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3815114 We lost our good friend Norm today. He was 75 years old and had several health issues. He decided last week that he had lived long enough and gave up his fight to live. He had stopped eating and was put on hospice this past Sunday. He died peacefully at home with his kids at his side. He is now with his wife and other relatives. He will be sorely missed. (This is me, him and another friend for my birthday last year) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l793815813.jpg... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 18:08:39 EST Yesterday was great, today not so much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3807078 Woke up this morning to a call from one of my sisters to hear that another sister fell down a flight of stairs at around 6 o'clock this morning. She has a huge gash on her head, broke her clavicle and fractured her neck. I'm really worried about her. She keeps having these spells where she blacks out and seems to get hurt worse each time. I am going to see her in a little bit. Another friend of our family has been in the hospital for a few weeks now due to complications from his diabetes. I w... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 15:28:24 EST Being truly thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805167 Today is just a reminder that we need to be thankful for everything we have been blessed with. We should, of course, be thankful everyday but this day especially serves as a reminder. I am so very thankful for the many blessings I have. I have an amazing family, wonderful friends and so many other things that many of us take for granted. I have a beautiful home, clothes on my back, food on my table, etc. I also have been blessed with the ability to help others as well as myself. My health may... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 09:21:29 EST Getting ready for the holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3803156 Well, here it is, the day before Thanksgiving and what seems to be the busiest day of the year at my house. I am preparing 4 turkeys, 3 hams and all the fixings. I have done this now for just over 5 years so I have it down to a science. I know when to start each dish and how it needs to be transported. (We don't have room at the house for everyone so we take it all up to the bar my husband owns, and we all eat there.) I am going to get started as soon as I get out of work this afternoon and w... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 07:44:12 EST Sorry I haven't been on lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3801202 I really sorry that I haven't been on much lately. I have been very, very sick. I have had a lot of issues stemming from my celiac disease and it has made things a little rough for me. I'm starting to feel much better and will give it my best to be on every day again, starting today! I hope everyone will have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving! Tue, 23 Nov 2010 07:56:33 EST The results are in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3792926 I finally got the test results back and they are negative! I don't have to sit and wonder anymore. Everything is going to be fine now. To make things even better, I got on the scale this morning and lost a couple of those pounds I recently found. Things are definitely looking up! Thu, 18 Nov 2010 20:54:11 EST Not as bad as I thought but bad enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3790934 So I weighed myself this morning, expecting the worse, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. I was expecting between 15 pound gain. Much to my excitement, it was only 9 pounds. I know, 9 pounds is still more than it should be, but at least it's not the 15 I was dreading. I have been eating good choices, but have had too much. I noticed last weekend that my portions were getting just a little bit bigger than I would like them to be. Today, I did much better and even got down to my healthier porti... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 19:49:52 EST Still no answer but still being positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3788518 The waiting is definitely the hardest part. We still have no answers but I'm remaining positive. I figured that it really won't help me too much if I stress on it and wear myself down. I'm trying to keep it in the back of my mind and just go about business as usual. I am adding to my workouts a little bit because all of the sudden I am back to gaining some of my weight back. It's almost like my body knows that Thanksgiving is coming and that it feels I need to make room for the awesome food I... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 18:54:09 EST The waiting game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3786242 Last Thursday, I was unfortunate enough to get stuck by a dirty needle. One of the nurses that works with us, accidently left a needle in a patient's chart (long story) and I got stuck with it. After a quite heated argument with the nurse, I was sent to the hospital for testing. As luck would have it, the preliminary results showed that the patient is negative for hepatitis B & C but may be positive for HIV. The test had to be sent out of state for confirmation. So now I sit and wait for a f... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 19:53:17 EST Tired today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3783565 I missed my blog yesterday because it got very busy for me. I had to go to work for half the day to work on a project for my manager. Then I had to get ready for the big hockey game. I took my youngest son and my sister to an awesome dinner and when we were done, we boarded a shuttle bus that took us to the game. It was a lot of fun! It was the first time either my son or my sister had ever been to a game. We got back late, but it was definitely worth it. I am very tired today so I will write... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 18:01:51 EST Looking forward to a great day tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3780418 Today is one of my sister's birthday. I am helping her celebrate tomorrow by taking her to her first hockey game. We are going to see our awesome Detroit Red Wings play against rival Colorado Avalanche! It is going to be so much fun. I will also be taking her to a favorite restaurant that our parents used to take us to when we were young. (Our parents have both passed away so it will be bittersweet) I told her about it earlier today and she is very excited! It will be the perfect end to a ver... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 22:03:20 EST Losses and gains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3776524 Well, since I haven't really been feeling too good the last few days, I haven't been doing all of my workouts. As a result I have gained a couple pounds. I'm still in an acceptable range but it's still discouraging. To make matters worse, I have lost my voice. While my kids think it's cool, I don't because I have to make phone calls to patients all day and it's hard for the older patients to hear me. I have a lot of honey and lemon at my disposal so we'll see what happens. I'm sure it won't l... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 07:43:55 EST Officially back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3775121 I am officially back at my own office! I really missed being at my own desk. I had messages from patients who wanted to know when I'll be back. I didn't mind helping so much but it's hard when they do things differently than my office and then there's the fact that I don't know their patients so I don't have the bond I have with my patients. They said they will use me over there again if they are short handed, but I hope it's not any time real soon, cuz I'm happier here at home! I can go for ... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:21:49 EST A better day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3772820 Well, the other office needed me but only in the morning, so I got to my office in time to take my walk! YAY! They will call me if I am needed for the afternoon, but it is unlikely since they are not completely booked. It feels good to be needed but even better when my patients miss me and ask me to come back. I think I'm fighting off a small cold, but I'm not worried, I will get a lot of rest and follow doctor's orders. The fresh air from my walk helped a lot too! Not to worry, I'll be fine ... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 12:27:33 EST A rough day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3771266 I was almost all the way to work when my manager called me and asked me to work at the other office today as a float. They were apparently short 2 MAs and because I am both registered and certified, I was the most likely candidate as a backup. It was strange because they do things there, much differently than we do at my office. I managed to make through what seemed like very busy day. I must have done alright because they asked me to come there again tomorrow. I don't mind helping but I hope... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 20:11:04 EST Enjoy the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3767865 I don't know about anyone else but I sure needed that extra hour of sleep last night! After such an exhausting week, it felt good to just stay in bed a little bit longer. Today, I am taking my long walk, making a nice big dinner for my family and then probably crocheting. (I spent a lot of time on my book yesterday and promised my family that today is going to be about family) Tomorrow is the start of new week. I'll be ready for it! Got my game plan already set! Enjoy the day spark friends! S... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 13:09:53 EST What an incredible day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3765816 The sun is shining and the air is crisp but not too cold. I am going on my 6 mile walk today and doing some light housework. I have written another chapter in my book. I will probably do some more crocheting later this afternoon but all in all, I plan to just enjoy the day and what it has to offer. Take a minute and appreciate the incredible beauty of a magnificent day! It will change your whole outlook. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Be blessed spark friends! Sat, 6 Nov 2010 10:51:26 EST So tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3765174 The stress of the long week has finally caught up to me. I'm taking a break tonight and will be relaxing with my family. I feel like I really accomplished a lot this week so I don't feel guilty about taking it easy for today. I will be back on track tomorrow for sure. I already have a plan to take a walk and I will also be doing some other workouts. Good thing we get that extra hour of sleep this weekend! After the week I've had, I think I'll be able to put it to good use! Have a good night e... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 22:49:46 EST There's no I in team, but there is ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3762704 My boss gave me a huge compliment today for all the hard work I put in this last week while working alone. She appreciated my efforts at being a team player and being able to get the job done. It was nice to feel the appreciation because I do take my job very seriously and always make every effort to do the best I can. My co-worker even thanked me because I took care of some things she was going to do when she got back. I guess the most important thing I walked away with is that even though i... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 20:42:02 EST Feeling accomplished! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3759417 I feel very accomplished today. I have been working alone in the office since last Tuesday, while my co-worker has been on a much needed vacation. It has been a little stressful but I have been determined to get through it. Today is my last day alone! YAY! I went on a 2 mile walk at lunch time and got some new ideas for my novel so that's a bonus for me! All I need to do now is complete my workouts tonight and then I can work on my novel for a little bit. If I have time (seriously?) I think I... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 12:45:01 EST A novel idea! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3757848 Well, I'm through the second day of writing my novel and I think I'm doing okay. I'm supposed to write up to 1600 words per day to reach my goal of 50,000 words in a month. I only have 1300 for 2 days but I feel good about what I've written so far. The ideas are flowing and the words are coming easier than I thought they would. I'm not going to stress on whether I hit my daily word goal or not. This is a personal challenge for me and something I have always wanted to do. If I don't finish in ... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 20:20:34 EST New month, new goals, new project! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3754186 This is the first day of November, the first day of new challenges for myself and the first day of novel writing adventure. I am going to continue with my daily blog challenge. (I have already been going 62 days strong!) and will continue to challenge myself in other ways. I am very excited about my novel writing adventure. I have to wait until I get home from work because I am working by myself today and there is a lot to do. I am hoping to get the majority of the first chapter done tonight!... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 12:51:43 EST