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/ 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 Good Morning Spark Community http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950105 Just wanted to say <em>524</em> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 06:24:26 EST Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949582 I have completed 21 days of my 90 day fitness challenge. So far, I have lost 7 pounds, 2 inches around my waist and one inch around my hips. I wouldn't know the measurements except I had to go out and make a few purchases in order to have the proper clothes for my workouts. I am so glad that I did the measurements. It was really motivational to see that the numbers on the measuring tape have moved too. I don't know... maybe I will do a few more measurements and add those to my list so I ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:02:41 EST 21 Days and Counting..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949543 I can't believe that I have a 21 day exercise streak accomplished! Yesterday's walk was very good. Definitely starting to enjoy my walks more. The first time around the block is still pretty slow, but at least I am doing it. I actually got ambitious and did a 2nd walk around the block yesterday before I headed out to meet a friend and walk a little bit more. Until all was said and done I did 40 minutes yesterday and it felt really good. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 03:16:45 EST Taking Care of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948541 I am really trying to take care of myself. I have realized that no one else is going to do it for me. What does that mean? Well to start it means that I am tracking my food, drinking my water, getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise each day, and doing my best to make good healthy food choices. <BR> <BR> The second part of this for me means that I am doing all of the health check ups that I need to do. For me that means working with the professionals.... my chiropractor, my PCP, my al... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:19:27 EST Plan for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948096 Today is a domestic housework kind of day. Need to do my laundry and clean the house. Good news is that laundry days mean up and down three flights of stairs many times over. It tends to be a pretty physically demanding day before it's all over believe it or not. I have already been around the block once and I am hoping to go for a longer walk later in the day. Whether or not I can find a walking partner remains to be seen, but I have made up my mind that I am going to do it anyway. It'... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 08:16:56 EST Grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947593 Grateful that today is Friday. <BR> Grateful that a week from today my vacation begins. <BR> Grateful for a plan of eating. <BR> Grateful for the progress that I have made and that I am making. <BR> Grateful for Spark People & the supportive community. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:13:09 EST It's Working! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947072 Slowly but surely the pounds are coming off. I am now down 6 pounds from my starting weight on June 2nd. I am so incredibly grateful! Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:10:00 EST How Am I Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946716 Still on a bit of an emotional roller coaster. <BR> <BR> I found out yesterday after a week long investigation of the accident that claimed one person's life and left the other in the hospital in critical condition, that the driver of the other vehicle was seriously impaired at the time of the accident. His BAC was .329. He informed police officers at the scene of the accident that he had not had any alcohol. However, he did admit to being under the influence of Vicodin, Percocet & Flexer... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:33:14 EST Still Need to Talk About It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945919 Sometimes when we go through something traumatic people surround us with love and care and a listening ear for a little while and then they move on. Well, my experience is that sometimes we just still need to talk about it. The listener doesn't really need to say anything, just offer their support in the form of listening.... An occasional "how are you doing today?" would be helpful.... just something to let the person who is suffering know that it is okay to still feel the sorrow and the p... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 06:52:28 EST Tomorrow Will Be My Official Weigh In Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945669 I am participating in a 90 day fitness challenge that started on June 1st. My first weigh in was June 2nd and although I have been stepping on the scale daily, the day that I am tracking is my Tuesday weigh in. From June 2nd to June 9th I lost three pounds. I don't know that I will see that big of a difference this week, but I am looking forward to stepping on the scale tomorrow and getting the official progress report for week two. <BR> <BR> As I mentioned this morning, I am still determ... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:12:16 EST Still Going Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945000 Thirteen days of exercising for 10 minutes or more each day and I am still going strong. I can't even tell you how many times I failed to get an exercise streak going in the past. I guess it really doesn't matter now. I am just grateful to be moving in the right direction. <BR> <BR> I was once again surprised by the number on the scale this morning. I lost another pound. For some reason I think that if I don't do things perfectly, the number on the scale is going to go up rather than do... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 13:34:54 EST Weather Has Been Much Hotter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944376 The last couple of days I have been waiting until a much later hour in the day to go for my walks. The temperature and the humidity have been up. I am grateful that I have air conditioning in my 3rd floor apartment. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:00:41 EST Day 10 of 90 Day Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943664 Today was day 10 of my 90 day fitness challenge. It was a little different in that today was the first time since I started this challenge that I ate something that I really didn't know how to count. My boss purchased lunch for the staff and I chose to participate in the lunch that he purchased. <BR> <BR> He told me the name of the restaurant that he ordered from and the names of the items that he ordered, but when I contacted the restaurant I was unable to get the nutritional information ... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:27:21 EST Reconnecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942742 I have been a little overwhelmed lately... emotional overload. That's why I haven't been blogging. Within a 10 day window I lost three people and a fourth remains in critical condition scheduled to undergo a third surgery on Friday after a motorcycle accident that killed his wife this past Sunday. Lots of prayers have been lifted and will continue to be lifted. <BR> <BR> I got to a point where I had to just completely disconnect because I was on overload. <BR> <BR> I think I may be ready... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:20:33 EST Relief from Allergy Symptoms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941059 I want to give you a quick update concerning my allergies. Some of you will remember that in October of last year (2014) my life pretty much came to a screeching halt because of my allergies and their symptoms. I had been taking over the counter medications for my entire life, always needing to increase the dose and/or change the medication depending on the symptoms. I had frequent sinus infections and my symptoms were pretty severe. <BR> <BR> Well in October of last year at my doctor's r... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 08:11:01 EST Remembering.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940614 This morning I am a little discouraged. It has been forever since I have weighed and measured my food, recorded every bite, and made an honest attempt at weight loss. I started this journey once again on Tuesday, June 2nd and I lost two pounds in the first two days... so I was very hopeful, but now it is day five and I have still only lost two pounds. <BR> <BR> I remember days gone by when I have done extreme forms of weight loss and watched the pounds just fall off my body. The problem i... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 09:05:56 EST Day Three - Sustainable Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939758 I went to see my chiropractor yesterday. He asked me how I was feeling and a conversation about consistency was the result. <BR> <BR> I explained that I have been going for a long walk about once a week, normally on a Saturday, because that is when I seem to have the most flexibility in my schedule and when I have been able to find a friend to go for the long walk with me. He discouraged me from doing this. He said it would be much better for me to plan to go for a short walk every single... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 17:42:18 EST Day Two of 90 Day Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939197 I just got home from a 15 minute walk around the block. I drank all of my water. I wrote down all of my food for the day and stayed within my calorie range for the day and when I finish this blog I am headed to the living room to do my daily reading. <BR> <BR> I have some learning to do. The daily reading has been my food for thought. It has me thinking about ways that I can do things differently to really make this a change in my lifestyle one day at a time. Day two is done and I haven... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 18:03:25 EST 90 Day Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938680 I have started a 90 day fitness challenge today. I recorded all of my food today and stayed within my recommended calorie range. I drank all of my water. I went for a 15 minute walk around the block. And I did my daily reading. Day one is done. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 20:38:54 EST It Started with a Phone Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936108 My mom is not one who is given to be dramatic so when she called me yesterday morning I knew that it was serious. She told me that one of her sisters was not doing well and was not expected to make it much longer. She did not. She passed away yesterday around 4:15pm. My mom is one of 8 children. I was just marveling a few days ago about how all of them are still here. Little did I know that that was about to change. <BR> <BR> Apparently her sister collapsed and was unable to communicat... Fri, 29 May 2015 07:24:21 EST Life is Good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934549 My life is good and I am enjoying it one day at a time. <em>224</em> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:22:43 EST Off to a Good Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933910 My day is off to a good start. I put my air conditioning units in my windows this morning, went for a long walk with a friend and came home to take a shower and get ready for the rest of the day. It is a beautiful day.... sun is shining and there is a decent breeze blowing. Weather forecast says chance of showers later today, but I am going to enjoy the day regardless. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Mon, 25 May 2015 10:35:41 EST Peaceful Day At Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933549 So after all of the social activities yesterday and a tremendous amount of food, I decided to use today to catch up around my home. I am very rarely home. I am often on the run and not sitting still. So today seemed like the perfect opportunity to stay home, pay some bills, and take care of some things on the perpetual "to do" list. I am glad that I made this choice. Food choices have been good and I feel like I am back on track.... able to move forward instead of back. <BR> <BR> Thanks... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:07:41 EST Good Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933131 I had a good week, but I think I may have thrown it all out the window in the last 24 hours. Ugh! Why did I deviate from my plan? I said "Yes" when I should have said "No. Thank you." I am not happy about this. Two steps forward and one step back.... I hope that this is an accurate appraisal of what just happened because if it is, at least I am not where I used to be. I hope. I hope. I hope. Social events can get me.... Lots of good food and lots of distracted eating rather than foc... Sat, 23 May 2015 18:22:47 EST Thinking About Joining A Yoga Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932914 I just found a local Yoga Studio that I think I am going to check out and possibly join. Sat, 23 May 2015 09:03:27 EST Three Visits This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932668 I have been to see my chiropractor three times this week, Monday, Wednesday & Friday. The first day he told me that I was a "train wreck" and in light of the recent images available of the train wreck that occurred from Amtrak, I was not a happy camper. He told me that he had to work on me the same way that he would adjust one of the linebackers that he used to take care of from a professional football team. Needless to say after Monday's adjustment I hurt from head to toe on Tuesday. On ... Fri, 22 May 2015 17:40:04 EST So What Does This Healthy Lifestyle Look Like? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931487 The first step that I am taking toward a healthy lifestyle is to try to eat healthy well-balanced meals. This includes protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and lots of water. For now, I am giving up the other beverages and sticking with the water. I started implementing these changes last Saturday and so far I have done pretty well. I have been reaching out to friends when the urge to do something unhealthy strikes and believe me, it does strike. So once again, just for today, I ... Wed, 20 May 2015 15:23:52 EST Renewing My Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930883 I had no idea how much of an impact my commitment to a Healthy Lifestyle would have on me and those around me. Each time in the last 24 hours or so that I have been tempted to do something that would not be part of a healthy lifestyle there has been a message from someone or a reminder of some type that has helped me to stay focused and on track. Amazing! I am so incredibly grateful that I put this out there and that I have gotten the support and feedback that I have gotten. Thank you Spa... Tue, 19 May 2015 14:43:27 EST Healthy Lifestyle One Day At a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930206 I am recommitting to living a healthy lifestyle one day at a time. Mon, 18 May 2015 13:19:46 EST Highs and Lows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929084 I am reflecting on the highs and lows of life today. It is amazing to me how unexpectedly they change. This morning I woke up feeling very sad and missing my family. Now, I am feeling okay and looking forward to the activities that I have planned for the day. Sometimes I want to run away from my feelings or at the very least hide them, but neither one of these behaviors helps me to get to the other side. Sometimes I just have to stop and remind myself that a feeling is just a feeling and... Sat, 16 May 2015 11:04:27 EST Went for a Long Walk Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921315 I am very proud of myself for going for a long walk today with a friend. I discovered that I can still move even though it has been a long time since I've gone for a walk of any length. I definitely felt my body trying to figure out what it was supposed to do and how it should respond, but I did it! Very happy about that! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Sat, 2 May 2015 12:22:42 EST Optimistic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919095 I am optimistic about the effect that my allergy shots are having. So far this season I have not suffered from allergy symptoms nearly as much as I have in the past. I am amazed that I can breathe when I wake up in the mornings and I have definitely noticed a difference in the amount of other medications that I need to take on a daily basis. What a relief! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:18:07 EST Spring Training Begins Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918494 I just got an e-mail reminder that my spring training program begins tonight. I am so excited! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:29:08 EST Counting Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917377 I have just discovered that I have made more than 2400 posts to Spark People Message Boards. How crazy is that? Someone has designed this web page to actually count how many times I have posted to the message boards. <BR> <BR> It got me thinking about a phrase that I have heard. Something about....Life is not about counting your moments as much as it is about moments that count, or something to that effect. <BR> <BR> I don't know. It just seems kind of crazy to me that we put so much ti... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:07:08 EST Figuring Out What Doesn't Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916296 In the past few days or so I have been figuring out what doesn't work for me and doing things differently. Simple concept, but it seems to be working. <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:20:57 EST Happy Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915597 Just wanted to wish you a Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:22:39 EST Two Pounds Gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914997 I stepped on the scale this morning. Two pounds down from the 17th! Moving in the right direction once again. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:11:50 EST Bought Some New Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914708 Well I did something nice for me this past weekend. I bought some new clothes that fit. I started with new workout clothes because I am planning to start working out with a fitness class starting next week. I did not have a single thing that I could wear for this type of activity, but now I do. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:18:58 EST Time to Face the Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912773 It is what it is. I stepped on the scale today. My weight is only five pounds less than the highest I have ever seen on a scale. I cannot say that I was surprised by this. Actions have consequences. I have been aware of the fact that my clothes are not comfortable and I have very few items that I can wear for work. I am either going to have to go clothes shopping very soon or I am going to have to do something else that will enable me to fit in the clothes that I already have. <BR> <BR... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:20:24 EST Two Different Approaches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905253 A Facebook friend shared a quote from Dr. Jane Goodall, "You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." <BR> <BR> Which approach will you choose? Will you choose to curse the darkness? Or will you let your light shine for all to see? Which one do you think will have the greatest impact? <BR> <BR> Today I am choosing to let my light shine. <BR> <BR> Th... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 10:13:32 EST Fitness Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892153 How do you figure out what is the best fitness goal for you? <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with numerous health issues lately so I am not sure how much I am capable of doing. I also know that I feel better when I am moving and working toward a fitness goal. <BR> <BR> So I am putting my question out there to you... How do you figure out what is the best fitness goal for you? Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:10:14 EST Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880932 I am feeling very grateful today...... grateful for my friends in the Spark Community. Grateful for a roof over my head that isn't collapsing or leaking.... grateful for the clothes on my back. Grateful for my friends outside of the Spark Community. Grateful for my family & my health. Grateful for my job and a positive attitude about accepting the things that I cannot change. Overall, I am looking forward to a good day today. <BR> <BR> Happy Monday everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:42:03 EST Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579779 Today I am grateful for getting home safely and being able to take a hot shower and relax after shoveling snow so I would have a place to park. <BR> <BR> I just realized that this means that I did my minimum of 10 minutes of exercise today! I shoveled snow. Does that count as exercise? <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:23:40 EST