KLMEIRING's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KLMEIRING KLMEIRING'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/ First Goodbye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081677 I had to say goodbye to a very dear friend and long time co-worker today. He doesn't work on Fridays, so I had to say my goodbyes to him today. I wasn't ready for that. Tomorrow will be the rest of the goodbyes. I need to get through just one more day. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:24:22 EST Home Stretch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078363 Five more days. I am on the home stretch. This week's focus is tying up loose ends and making sure that everything is in order before I walk out the door at the end of the day on Friday. Grateful for the 10 years that I have served. Curious to see what the next chapter of my life will contain. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 01:49:38 EST Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077582 Today I am grateful for the roof over my head and a warm place to sleep. <BR> I am grateful for my friends and family. <BR> I am grateful for the internet and a way to stay connected with family and friends near and far. <BR> I am grateful for the freedom to worship. <BR> I am grateful for a new beginning. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 06:39:07 EST Turned A Corner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077112 I think I have turned a corner. As many of you already know, I have been looking for a job because my present position is coming to an end on Jan 29th. The corner that I have turned is that I am no longer waiting for a phone call in order to plan my next step. I have decided that even if I am not able to secure another job by Friday, I am going to continue to pursue my education. I have come too far to let the fact that I have been laid off prevent me from finishing my degree program. No... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:31:44 EST One Week From Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075975 One week from today will be my last day with my present employer in my present role. Hard to believe after all of this time that this job is ending. Still taking it one day at a time. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 03:56:35 EST Yesterday's Job Interview http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063074 Yesterday was my first job interview since I received notice that my present position is ending on Jan 29th. I thought that it went well. Some of the questions that I had were answered and I walked away feeling optimistic. Still not sure what I want to do, but at least I am making progress. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 11:59:00 EST One Day At A Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060756 The challenges and changes continue..... I am seeking a new job. Hoping to have a couple of interviews lined up by the end of the week. My present position will be ending January 29th due to my company losing the contract that we have held since 2000. I am optimistic. <BR> <BR> My doctor's visit went well. I was waiting for a phone call to be able to say that with confidence, but now that I have received the phone call I can say that with confidence. <BR> <BR> This week has it's fair sh... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 05:16:38 EST Challenges and Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050578 Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I have started with a healthy breakfast and in just a few minutes I'll be headed out the door for a doctor's appointment. 9 months ago I had to undergo a surgery and today is my 9 month follow up appointment. I am seeing a new doctor today and I am hoping and praying for a good report. Thanks to all of you who gave me such a warm welcome back to the blogging community a couple of days ago! It was nice to say hello to the Spark Community once... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:11:37 EST Hello Spark Community! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049721 It's been a long time since I have posted a blog. I have been immersed in grad school since the beginning of September and I am just now coming up for a breath of fresh air. I finished my classes this week and I am happy to say that I have accomplished another year of my education! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>380</em> <em>224</em> <em>243</em> Sat, 19 Dec 2015 09:16:30 EST Computer Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997256 So I had to take my computer to the IT guys at school today.... I am hoping that they will be able to fix it. For those of you who believe in the power of prayer, please be in agreement with me that they will be able to fix it without losing all of the work that I have already done for grad school. Thanks! Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:00:47 EST Planning to Take A Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983890 I have decided that I will be taking a break from the Spark Community for a little while. I know from past experience that working full time and going to school full time requires a lot from me. So, it's not that I don't want to participate in the Spark Community. It's just that I know that I can't do everything and still succeed at work & school. Hopefully, this decision will help to set me up for success for the fall semester. We'll see where I am after that.... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:50:24 EST Monday and I am Grateful for..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979678 Today I am grateful for a new day. <BR> Grateful that I am wearing a dress that makes me feel pretty. <BR> Grateful for the beautiful sunshine and the air conditioning that makes this heat bearable. <BR> Grateful that my work day is almost done. <BR> Grateful for the little things that I can do for others. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:55:04 EST Sunday's Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978981 Today I am grateful for life... especially the lives of my friends who are celebrating their birthdays today. One of them was born one year ago after his parents had waited a very long time to be able to conceive him. He is an amazing little boy & a tremendous blessing to his parents and to everyone who knows him. Happy 1st Birthday, Noah! <BR> <BR> Grateful for a really good night of sleep last night. Woke up feeling much better than the day before. <BR> <BR> Grateful for my church fam... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:03:16 EST Saturday's Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978462 Grateful for air conditioning. <BR> Grateful for realizing that I needed to drink lots of water today so that I would not get dehydrated. <BR> Grateful for quiet time before this day got rolling and slipped away from me. <BR> Grateful for the amazing people that God has brought into my life. <BR> Grateful for the ability to make choices. <BR> <BR> Grateful for a new day to live. <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday everyone! Sat, 15 Aug 2015 14:57:23 EST Thursday & Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977195 Today I am thankful for the beautiful weather. <BR> Grateful for a conversation with my SIL this morning. <BR> Grateful for a good night's sleep last night. <BR> Grateful for my health. <BR> Grateful for one day at a time. <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday everyone! Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:48:36 EST Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976435 I am grateful for seeing the good. <BR> I am grateful for a peaceful heart. <BR> I am grateful for clean water to drink. <BR> I am grateful for the cooler weather. <BR> I am grateful for the ability to move. <BR> <BR> Happy Hump Day! Wed, 12 Aug 2015 07:19:41 EST System Still Not Restored http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975475 Well, it has been almost a week and my computer system at work is still not restored. I know how to do things without the use of technology, but it is much more time consuming and leaves a lot of room for error. I'm in this for the long haul... grateful that I know the work around. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:40:51 EST No Grains Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972970 I just finished logging all of my food for yesterday and realized that I didn't have any grains at all yesterday. How crazy is that? I didn't plan it that way. It just happened. <BR> <BR> I woke up very late yesterday. So late, in fact, that I did not have time to eat breakfast before I left the house. I packed all kinds of snacks because one of the things that I am learning about through my 90 day fitness challenge is snacking. I've never been a big snacker. In the past my greatest s... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 06:46:46 EST Crazy Day Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972125 So, this morning I had to stop what I was doing, log off of Spark People.com and shut down the computer and other items that were using electricity at home. We had a MAJOR thunderstorm come through the area, thunder and lightning that seemed to shake the house. I haven't been in a storm like that in quite a while. <BR> <BR> I called on of my friends on the way to work this morning and she shared the story of the damage that was done at her home before she even left for work this morning. ... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 17:10:48 EST A Reminder for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971806 If I fail to plan, I plan to fail. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 05:46:36 EST Good News - Worth Sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971382 I don't know that I have posted any updates concerning my Pastor who was involved in a motorcycle accident on June 7th. I am happy to say that he has finally transferred from the hospital to a rehab where he is now working very diligently to learn all the things that he has to learn after a leg amputation. I have been encouraged by the updates that I have received and his daily posting of a scripture verse for each day since he has arrived a rehab. One day at a time and one step at a time,... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:38:46 EST 2nd of August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970872 My day has been good so far. I went to church and then went grocery shopping with a friend. I had a healthy snack while I was out so that I wouldn't be hungry while I was shopping. And then I raced home to put all the groceries away before the heat got to them. It is hot here today! <BR> <BR> Now that I am home, I am contemplating my next move. Call a friend to see if I can go for a swim in her pool? Not sure yet.... but it has been a good day so far. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:16:16 EST First Day of August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970168 I am glad to have July behind me. I don't know why, but it was difficult to maintain my healthy lifestyle once I returned from my vacation. I am planning to use August as a month to refocus and get back on track. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 08:53:41 EST Went to the Gym Again Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969593 One of my friends asked me to go to the gym with her again yesterday. I jumped at the opportunity. It is so much more enjoyable with a friend. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:16:22 EST Downloading My Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969371 I need to download my day. Not going to do it here, but I am committing to using my journal and getting it out so that it doesn't turn into something that takes up the much needed space in my head. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:04:30 EST Food, Food, and More Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966741 Today is going to be a challenge and I'm not exactly sure how I want to approach it yet. I have already eaten a healthy breakfast. I weighed and measured my portions and recorded my food in my food journal. <BR> <BR> This afternoon there are two activities that I have been invited to attend and they include food, food & more food. Not sure what I want to do. <BR> <BR> There is a part of me that wants to just not attend...... Slip out and hope that no one stops me. There is another part ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:49:04 EST I Want to Echo This Member's Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965816 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965328 <BR> <BR> I want to be strong, healthy & flexible all the way around! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:17:58 EST Happy Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965279 Just stopping by to wish everyone a Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:12:15 EST Went to the Gym Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964814 So, one of my friends has a gym membership that allows her to bring a guest free of charge. She called me after work yesterday and said, "What are you doing? Do you want to go to the gym with me today?" I said, "Yes!" Jumped at the opportunity to try out a new gym free of charge. <BR> <BR> It was a good experience. Not sure if I would go there on my own because it is out of the way, but I am still considering my options. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:06:45 EST Renewing My Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964292 I am renewing my commitment to a Healthy Lifestyle one day at a time. <BR> <BR> Last night I attended my 90 day fitness challenge support group meeting. It was awesome! There are quite a few participants who are very inspirational to me when they share their stories & experiences. I can relate to some of their stories.... <BR> <BR> I think the thing that has provided the greatest motivation for my commitment to a Healthy Lifestyle this time around is the desire to be active once again. ... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:43:11 EST Ups and Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963194 So I figured something out this weekend. <BR> <BR> I thought that I was going to be able to go to one of the fitness clubs that I have been scouting out for a "free trial" this weekend, but what I discovered is that most of the group fitness classes take place during the work week (Mon thru Fri) and not so much on the weekend. That means that in order for me to join the fitness club and take part in the classes that I want to take part in, I need to figure out a way to work that into my sch... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:31:50 EST Friday was Great... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962659 I had a really good night last night. One of my friends went blueberry picking yesterday and offered to pick some for me. I love to go blueberry picking but just haven't had the opportunity to go yet this summer. So of course I said, "Yes, please!" Well after work I went over to her house to fetch my blueberries and I ended up staying for dinner and a movie and only leaving when I was so incredibly tired that I didn't even know if I could do the drive home. I made it home and fell into b... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:20:25 EST Celebrating My Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962154 I weighed in yesterday. I have lost a total of 13 pounds since June 2nd! So happy about this and very proud of my success. Really focusing on a Healthy Lifestyle and trying to banish All or Nothing Thinking. It's more about one day at a time and making healthy choices a lot more frequently than I did in the past. So grateful for my success.... Looking forward to continuing a Healthy Lifestyle one day at a time. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>30</em> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:18:36 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961553 Somehow or another I got off track and lost my momentum for my exercise streak. So today I am starting over and recommitting myself to 10 minutes of exercise each day one day at a time. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:24:47 EST Noticing Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960089 I think we call them Non-Scale Victories or NSVs. Well, I had one of those today. My pants are getting baggy. I noticed this change this morning as I walked around the office. Celebrating the little things! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:54:55 EST Still Looking.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959446 I am still looking for a fitness center that has the types of classes that I want to attend. One of my friends suggested that I ask someone that we know who seems to make fitness a priority. That might be better than looking on the internet. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 08:08:54 EST Finding a Fitness Center http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959042 I had a really good experience at a fitness center while I was on vacation. So much so that I would really like to find one close to home that I can go to. I enjoyed the classes and the use of the weight training area. I don't want to spend a fortune, but I do want to participate in the group activities. I found that very enjoyable while I was on vacation. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 11:45:55 EST Journey to England http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958417 Well, my family is well on their way to England by now. I think I may have mentioned this before.... my nephew's maternal grandmother passed away on the day of his wedding. We didn't know about it until the day after the wedding because of geography and a very kind God who did not allow the communication to occur until after my nephew was on his way to his honeymoon. <BR> <BR> So, my entire family (minus the newlyweds) are on their way to England. The funeral is scheduled for July 14th. ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 04:55:25 EST Slept Really Well Last Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957904 So why am I feeling tired this morning? Thu, 9 Jul 2015 06:43:38 EST How Many Days? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956729 Okay.... I know..... I know. I just got back from my first vacation in a very long time and I am already wondering how many days will it be before I go on my next vacation? I just had such an amazing time! Completely totally enjoyed every minute of it. <BR> <BR> Still happy! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 7 Jul 2015 03:31:42 EST Feeling Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956191 <em>224</em> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:33:45 EST Grateful to be Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955981 I didn't think that I would say that.... but now that I am home, I am grateful to be home. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 19:10:23 EST 4th of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955475 Tomorrow I will be returning home in order to regroup and return to work on Monday. This has been an amazing vacation! Exactly what I needed.... I had no idea how much I needed to get away and not be at work for a week. <BR> <BR> Grateful for the freedom to stay up late, sleep in, come and go as I please, & spend quality time with my family and friends. I have worked hard, played hard, rested hard, and laughed hard. I even got in a decent amount of physical activity in the form of fitnes... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 16:11:47 EST Sense of Closure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954868 Yesterday I went and saw the location of a severe motorcycle accident that claimed the life of my Pastor's wife and landed my Pastor in ICU three and a half weeks ago. I don't know why, but visiting the site helped me to let go of some of the questions that I had concerning the accident. There was absolutely no way that they could have escaped the impact from the SUV that crossed over the center line and struck them. In fact, they probably didn't even see it coming because the accident too... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:03:10 EST Last Day of June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953434 How sweet it is! I have made it through the entire month of June and I am so incredibly grateful for the progress that I have made. I started my 90 day fitness challenge on June 2nd and I have successfully completed 10 minutes or more of exercise everyday since I started this challenge. I have also tracked all of my food (to the best of my ability) and consistently consumed my daily quota of water. The past couple of days have been very physical and I have been amazed by how much better I... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:14:05 EST A Wonderful Occasion & A Sad Report the Day After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952675 My nephew's wedding was an absolute blast! Loved every minute of it. I got to spend time with family and friends. I got to dance and rejoice with the bride and groom before they headed out for their honeymoon and I slept like I haven't slept in a very long time. <BR> <BR> This morning we learned that the groom's maternal grandmother passed away the day before the wedding. We knew that she was in bad health and did not have long to live, but we did not know that she had passed until this ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:13:27 EST Yesterday's Challenges.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952126 Yesterday was a challenge food wise. I made a good choice for breakfast and went out for my early morning walk and thought that I was going to have a good day food wise. The plan was to go to my SIL's house for lunch. That's where it felt like it went off track. I had no idea how to count and/or weigh and measure my food and when we were finished with lunch I was still hungry. I don't think I had enough protein. <BR> <BR> On the way home, I stopped and picked up an on-the-go protein pac... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 08:37:32 EST Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951696 I have decided that I am going to treat every day while I am on vacation as if it is <em>249</em> . <BR> <BR> <BR> My level of motivation for taking care of myself right now is very high. Numerous people have given me feedback that my mood has drastically changed since I started the 90 day fitness challenge on June 2nd. I know that the research shows that exercise is beneficial for people who suffer from depression, but I guess I just didn't realize how sad and depressed I had been. I... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 08:47:38 EST Woo Hoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951136 Free at Last! I am officially on vacation! <em>244</em> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 03:30:02 EST Good News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950632 Quite a few people responded to my status update yesterday concerning not knowing how my workplace was going to get along without me when I go on vacation. Well, first of all, let me say that I really was just kidding... that's what the "JK" at the end of that post meant. I know that they will manage without me. Even if none of my work gets done in my absence, they would manage without me. I am not irreplaceable and I know that. One of my friends hit the nail on the head when she made a ... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 06:03:30 EST