KIM22211's SparkPeople Blog KIM22211's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day Trip It is so hard to eat right when traveling but we had to take about a 3 hour drive to a funeral. That meant eating out. <BR> Over all, it wasn't the best day calorie wise, but I know for a fact, if I were not at least aware of my choices, it would have been 3 times AT LEAST than what I ended the day with. I think I was able to stay under 2000 for the day but because I was sitting most of the day, there was a decline in my steps as well. <BR> Glad to have the day done. <BR> Went to a yummy res... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 06:03:46 EST Titles As many of you know, my oldest son and his wife are expecting their first baby in April. <BR> I have always said my title will be Nonni. I like the sound of it. Don't want granny tagged to me! lol <BR> But my sister, knowing I am a glam girl, said "You will be called Glam-ma" <BR> I have to admit, I do kinda like the sound of that. It is different and with me being a girlie girl, it might work out! <BR> Have a great one <BR> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:12:12 EST weekly weigh in I have been trying to aim for a 2lb loss for this week. I put in way more steps than I usually do and tracked tracked tracked everything. Kept calories at about 1100-1400 a day. <BR> Results................3.2 loss. <BR> I know, 2 lbs a week is what is recommended for long term "keep it off" but when you just stay on track and keep consistent and plan properly, sometimes the results are more. <BR> I am going to celebrate that loss! <BR> Have a great Friday! Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:15:16 EST Love is in the air......... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My mom likes to decorate her whole house for each holiday. This is her bathroom decor for Valentines Day! <BR> <BR> She's so "Martha"! <BR> <BR> Have a great Day! Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:24:53 EST Trying to Prep I am having a small,well,let's face it, with the size of my family,nothing is small!! But we are getting together for the Big Game and also to celebrate my 3 son's birthdays. Since their birthday all land within a week of each other, it is easiest to just get them all together! <BR> I have one son and myself that are on the healthy eating patterns and so I am REALLY going to make sure he and I are taken care of. There will be plenty of other junk I am certain of that! With my family, food is ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:04:12 EST 29 years ago today I got the new title of mommy! My oldest son was born! <BR> <BR> Have a great Evening Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:52:34 EST Monday Monday Today we are going to have breakfast for dinner. Hubs loves it so it makes it real easy to want to do! <BR> I think I will try the oatmeal in a crockpot as well. Sounds so delish! <BR> <BR> Have a great day all! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:24:38 EST Gotta Brag a little........ My son and his wife recently bought their first home. It is a big old house. They purchased some curtains and one set cascades over a staircase so my son cut it and angled it and sewed it to give a smooth finish! How adorable is that?! <BR> Here are some pics of their new (old) place. <BR> <img src=""> the front angle <BR> <img src=""> side view <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:25:35 EST Weekend Plans I have to say, I love it when hubs has to work weekends sometimes. It is relaxing and yet productive as well. <BR> This weekend target........ clean out the old antique hutch that is going to my sons new home! It's going to be quite an undertaking and I am going to involved my teenage daughter. WARNING.......There may be kicking and screaming involved with this process! lol <BR> Have a wonderful yet productive weekend all! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:24:44 EST Headed the right direction..........finally It seems like I pretty much wasted a year but I am back in action! Lost 2.6 this week and am fully committed to keep doing what it takes to get healthy again! <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! Take care of you! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:25:41 EST Healthy Goals Been taking vitamins and all kinds of healthy things. I really hope it is going to make a difference in my labs next time I have to go to the Dr! <BR> Goal for this year........get off all prescription drugs that I possibly can! <BR> Goal for this year also, by December 31, all labs look wonderful! <BR> <BR> <BR> Make your healthy goals then make them happen! <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:32:39 EST 10000 Finally moving more and I hit my 10000 steps goal today! In fact, I went over 11000! I am so glad! <BR> <BR> Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:39:25 EST the secret is to keep changing.. I tend to get in ruts. Eat the same old thing over and over because I know the amounts,calories,healthiness etc it is for me. When I invest more time in my healthy lifestyle choices, I seem to be more successful <BR> Recently my daughter talked me into buying this yogurt dressing. I LOVE IT! Going to try different versions of it next time! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got the ceasar one but this is my next one I am going to get! <BR> ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:03:09 EST Gave it a try my vanilla drink and oooooooooooooohhhhhhh wow!! I think I like it even better than the coffee one! So glad I got 100 servings size! Heres to eating healthy! Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:47:17 EST Vanilla!! Just got my vanilla drink and so ready to try it mixed with some fruit! It is my meal replacement/vitamin drink and I was getting tired of the same old one. Coffee flavored. I like it but I like a variety more! <BR> Can't wait to give it a try! <BR> Have a wonderful weekend! Sat, 17 Jan 2015 03:15:33 EST YAY!!!! It is Friday! yay! My mom told me about a sale on ground turkey so I am running up to the store and getting a nice hook up! $1.88 lb. Unheard of. How sad is it that that is considered a great price! <BR> Also, the weather today is going to be around 60 degrees! Unheard of as well! Hubs is getting out the Harley and going to go for a ride! I am sooooo thankful! It is great thing for one's mental health! You know how winter can cause the crazy to come out in us!!? <BR> Have a great day all! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 02:30:34 EST What a loser! I lost 3.4 this week! woo hoo! Looks like my breakfast drinks are doing the trick and I am getting in all the vitamins that I need too!! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:55:32 EST First time in a long time I have been "off" for a while as far as my healthy choices and weight loss have been. But for the first time in a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng time, I am actually looking forward to a weigh in tomorrow! <BR> It feels good to be back. <BR> I am okay if I don't see results, because I FEEL results. My health is better and I can really tell! <BR> Have a happy hump day all! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 07:13:53 EST Great Start! Great start to this week! I am drinking a vitamin/replacement meal for breakfast and it was delicious! I got some running done and even a little house work to boot! Feeling productive.......even with hubs off today! <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:42:22 EST Nice and quiet I (almost) feel bad saying this but on the Sundays hubs has to work, I really do enjoy my quiet time at home. Doing what I want. Nobody to cater to. Nobody to have to entertain!! <BR> I enjoy doing for him, but it is just nice to get to sit down at my pc and not worry about having to do this or do that! <BR> Hope your Sunday afternoon is peaceful! Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:34:11 EST Christmas with the little ones When we went down to Joplin to see the family down there, the little ones and I made a gingerbread house. It was a hot mess! But they had fun so it was worth it! <BR> javascript:void(0); <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful weekend! Sat, 10 Jan 2015 03:20:27 EST 2015 I want to make some goals for the new year. I am ging to keep it real simple. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink my water everyday <BR> <BR> 2. Do my devotions daily <BR> <BR> 3.Take all my meds/vitamins daily. <BR> <BR> 4. weigh in once a week <BR> <BR> 5. Shop smart <BR> <BR> These are just reminders for me and I know I can do it. Simple yet sometimes I don't manage to get them all in. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Friday! Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:22:47 EST Where there is a will........... there's a way. <BR> For me, it is to save some money. Well, not exactly save per say but managing it. <BR> Insurance increase starts this month and so I am looking for ways to shuffle money from here to there and I decided we can cut back on groceries. <BR> I am going to try to feed this family of 3 on 300 a month. I think I can! Won't be too easy but with the right sales and coupons I believe it sure can be done! <BR> Off to look up recipes for the week! <BR> Fail to plan, plan to fail! Thu, 8 Jan 2015 01:57:30 EST Back in the saddle! I can not begin to tell you how thankful I am for my home!! It is so true, there is no place like home. <BR> Made it back safe and sound. Well, safe anyway! <BR> Was greeted with some pretty snow once we returned. <BR> I was never so happy to get back in my own bed! <BR> Hope you are doing wonderful! <BR> Wed, 7 Jan 2015 01:22:32 EST heading out Will be a little distant for the next 2 or 3 days as I will be out of town celebrating Christmas with the in laws. <BR> Hope you all have a wonderful safe weekend. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 01:30:47 EST ready set go! Ready or not, 2015 is here! I am feeling empowered and excited for finally a new year! <BR> Here's to 2015! <BR> Have a wonderful new year all! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 03:23:24 EST bye bye 2014 no big plans for 2015 new years day because I have to work. So hope you all have a safe and wonderful ringing in the new year! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 00:46:11 EST clean up! Time to get things all back in order and get rid of all the junk food around here!!! Daughter and I have been busy cleaning all day! The more we get done today, the less we will have to do tomorrow after church! <BR> <BR> Question...when do you typically put away all the Christmas decor? <BR> I usually do it the 1st of January or the weekend after if I am working. In this case, we will be going out of town that weekend so I opted to do it early. <BR> <BR> Have a great evening all! Sat, 27 Dec 2014 18:52:42 EST STRONG! I read an article on here that said stong is the new skinny. love that! Sat, 27 Dec 2014 00:16:21 EST Was Santa good to you? Hope you all had a fab Christmas! Ours was wonderful. Hubs got called in to work for tonight and I too am working but rather than complain, I am grateful that we have jobs and that we will have extra income to help pay for all the extras! <BR> Everyone seemed to love their gifts and it was a perfect day! <BR> Merry Christmas! Thu, 25 Dec 2014 23:17:59 EST What a nice gift! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of my son's girlfriend, her name is Abigail, got this for us! Wasn't that such a sweet wonderful gift?! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas! Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:28:26 EST Christmas cooking/baking with my baby <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He is my youngest son. He has a degree in restaurant management and culinary arts so he is my little helper in the kitchen. <BR> We went shopping together and had a great day! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is our big day with the kids and Christmas Day is with my whole family. <BR> Hope you all have a blessed Christmas! Tue, 23 Dec 2014 22:16:25 EST The way it is done in KC! Hubs is making his homemade bbq sauce that has been a family recipe for years and years and years! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> looks awesome! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> putting it in handled mugs this year! Should be much easier on us! And then they can use the cup afterwards! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a Sparklin... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:38:15 EST If nothing else..... I am getting in my water today and yesterday! I am monitoring it closely! Drink that water! <BR> Have a great weekend! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:54:19 EST It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Much to my surprise, I opened the back door to find a winter wonderland in progress! It only adds to the joy for me at this time of the year! <BR> It looks like about 3 inches. I have no clue how much we are going to get. I rarely watch the news! <BR> But a great surprise for me! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will try to get a prettier one from the front of th... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:53:39 EST Dead dog tired I have been working overtime and I have been use to 32 hour weeks so 48 hours feels like a ton! lol That is funny because I use to work 70 hours a week straight if not more for 8 years straight! See what getting spoiled does to you?! <BR> Well I have all the gifts wrapped and the dogs and I are dead dog tired! Caught them sleeping and it was so precious how Harley had her arm around her sister Bea. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Christmas ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:12:30 EST Gifts My dad bought my mom this beautiful purse and asked me to get it wrapped for him! My dad is the worlds best gift wrapper! When he was a youngster he did it as a job for Hallmark Cards display windows! So he asked me to wrap this for him! I would never intend to insult a 3rd grader but I think my level of skill is that of a 3rd grader compared to dear old dad! <BR> Well, it will be exciting to see how I do! lol <BR> Have a great rest of your Monday! Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:34:49 EST much better! I got caught up on sleep, headed to church this morning then going to get the last minute stuff for gifts and then wrap some! <BR> I even made one batch of quick cookies last night! I feel really good for this time of year! I have never been this far ahead of the game! <BR> Have a great one all! Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:51:37 EST hanging on! Voice is still in tact! Call volume dropped a bit which is expected in the weeeeee hours of the night. 4 hours to go. 23 out of the last 32 hours have been work. I will miss this maybe in January! <BR> Have a wonderful weekend! I plan to sleep/finish wrapping/go to church/chill! Sat, 13 Dec 2014 03:16:51 EST Operators 2 worse nightmares 1. hiccups. So hard to take a call with them. <BR> 2. Losing your voice. I am heading into number 2 now! ugh! <BR> 17 hour day! Merry Christmas! Tis the season! Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:28:02 EST Answered Prayers? I received a call today from work. They asked if I could work some over time this week. <BR> So I will be a busy girl between now and Tuesday. Good news for extra money right before Christmas! <BR> But I am going to be one tired girl! <BR> Hope I can think up some quick easy dinners! <BR> Have a great evening! Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:37:41 EST Tank the Pug My son has always wanted a pug! He got one tonight. <BR> Tank! lol He wouldnt hold still for a pic. He was too excited! So this is as good as it gets! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He is a doll! Hope Tank is a good fit for my son! Wed, 10 Dec 2014 04:41:20 EST Sometimes you feel like you just can't win.... With all this stupid insurance changes in the USA, we just got word ours was increasing for 2015 by 240%. <BR> Nothing motivates you to be healthy like that! <BR> Now it is mandatory that we have insurance and so there is no way around this. <BR> Talk about a punch in the gut! <BR> If you are not healthy now, GET HEALTHY QUICK! <BR> Take good care of you and yours! Tue, 9 Dec 2014 18:53:42 EST Baby Blanket......... DONE!!! <BR> <BR> It is really much prettier than the picture shows! <BR> I am so happy it turned out great! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a peaceful evening. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 22:07:36 EST Nice,quiet, peaceful evening Enjoyed a nice quiet evening. Had Chinese for dinner and I went with shrimp vegetables. I have not logged it yet but feel pretty good about my choice. It wasn't fried so that is a plus,right?! <BR> Have a wonderful weekend all! Fri, 5 Dec 2014 22:15:16 EST advantages and disadvantages I am the child that lives the closest to my parents. I love living so close and although there are a couple others that live nearby, I am about 1/2 mile from their house. <BR> Hard to say whether this is an advantage or a disadvantage............... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Oh, did I mention my mom is the best cook...EVER!!! <BR> She was doing some baking today and had an extra she brought over! <BR> It is still hot from the oven! <BR> Ho... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 19:49:53 EST Blankets and gifts I have my blanket started for the baby boy. I am trying to get it done by Christmas! It is so soft and cuddly! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is a very bulky yarn so it is harder to work with but I am making great head way. Just started it tonight after dinner so I might not be around here too much because my time is going to be spent trying to get it done! <BR> <BR> I will post a pic when I get it all finished! Hope it turns out gre... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 02:09:41 EST Boy oh Boy! My first born son and his wife just found out their first baby is going to be a BOY!! It didn't matter to me in the least but I am just excited to get to know now! <BR> Time to start my blanket for the baby boy!! Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:41:10 EST Finished with the decor! I have all the Christmas decor done that I am going to do. Donating some to my son because this is his first Christmas in his home and having his own tree! <BR> Fun stuff! <BR> Have a great one all! Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:16:07 EST I survived! No sleep for the last 2 days and ventured out to get that leather for my son on Black Friday! He assured me that it would not be busy because, well, after all, it isn't like it is a "typical" black Friday target point for most! <BR> I pulled into the parking lot as sure enough... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I almost fainted! I called my son and said I thought you said nobody would be here!!!! Well, as soon as I got parked, the doors had... 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