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/ Feeling Very Peaceful This Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779576 I am in a very good place mentally and emotionally this morning. I think the decision to get enough sleep is really making a difference in my overall mood. I have not set the alarm this weekend at all. When I go to sleep at night I make a conscious decision to sleep until I am done. It has helped me tremendously. Of course, I can't do this during the week, but I did end up taking two naps this past week and that also seemed to make a difference in my ability to focus and concentrate on m... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:48:16 EST I Lost a Pound! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779027 I have no idea how that happened. I have been stuck at the same weight for quite a while now. One pound up. One pound down. Back and forth between the same two numbers on the scale, but somehow or another in this past week I managed to drop a pound. I am one pound below the lower of those two numbers that I have been seeing for quite a while. I am very happy about that. Maybe the plateau is about to end. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09:19:43 EST Tried a New Food Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778815 I went to Panera Bread with a friend today and decided to try one of their new menu items. Chicken Hummus Power Bowl. It was amazing. Not only was it a tasty choice, but I am pretty sure it was also a very healthy choice. I would definitely recommend it. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:43:21 EST Still Adjusting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777854 I am still adjusting to being back in school. Long nights and busy days. Sometimes I just need a nap. That's what happened to me yesterday. By the time I left work I was exhausted but I still had errands to run and school work to be done. I decided that the best thing I could do for myself was to take a nap. After the nap I felt so much better! I was able to focus and do what I needed to do. I got much more done than I would have if I had tried to bulldoze through the evening without ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:02:11 EST Cooking is Definitely Not My Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774453 I don't know if anyone will relate to this post or not. Cooking is definitely not my thing. I don't enjoy it. I am not good at it. And I really appreciate all of the people who are really good at it and enjoy doing it. <BR> <BR> Well, one of the things that I have tried in an attempt to occasionally have a good home-cooked meal without having someone else prepare it for me is Dream Dinners. Several of my friends have bragged about it, swear by it, and used it for quite some time. So, I... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 09:08:26 EST Crazy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774203 I arrived at work today only to discover that we were locked out of the building. The regular employees had both been scheduled to take Friday off and enjoy a long weekend with their family members, but somehow or another someone forgot the small detail that the two replacement people did not possess a key for the building. This was only the beginning of a very crazy day. <BR> <BR> So when I post that I am grateful for the weekend, let me reassure you that I am really grateful for the week... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:32:04 EST My Body is Not Where My Head is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773068 Anyone else have this problem? My head is on all kinds of plans and what I want to accomplish during the next few weeks and months, but my body is not. One of my biggest problems is managing my time wisely. With classes resuming for the fall semester, my to do list is growing very quickly. I have my first night for my second class tonight and then I really need to sit down and plot my course, mapping out all of my assignments and when they need to be turned in as well as a plan for exerci... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 05:19:06 EST Thinking About My Next Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772360 I am thinking about my next walk. When will it be? Where will I go? How far will I go? I have truly enjoyed getting out and walking this past weekend and I really want to make this a part of my self care in the new school year. Gotta have a plan or it won't happen. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 04:47:58 EST First Day Back at School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772051 Today is day one of year two of grad school. Looking forward to a new year! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 17:13:38 EST 2nd Walk Accomplished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771200 I just got back from my 2nd long walk in a very, very long time. It felt good, but I think I got a little overheated. I am in the air conditioning now and trying to cool off. Hoping to feel better soon. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:52:45 EST Had a Nice Long Chat with My Mom Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770626 I love my mom. We don't live very close to each other, but we are very close. We have been playing phone tag for the last week or so, leaving each other messages, but we actually got to talk today and it brightened my day. I am so grateful to have her in my life. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:12:12 EST I Went for a Walk Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769920 First time that I have gone for a walk in a long time. I started out just wanting to go around the block, but once I got out there and got moving I wanted to see how far I could go. I ended up doing 3.5 miles. It felt really good. I honestly didn't know that I could still do it because it has been so long since I have gone any kind of distance. I did a good warm up and cool down and spent about 5-10 minutes stretching afterwards, so I am hoping that I won't be too sore tomorrow. Hopeful... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:07:04 EST Making My Dreams a Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768502 I woke up this morning after having one of those dreams that seems like reality. One of those dreams that you have to convince yourself that it was only a dream. Anyway, it got me thinking. I have finished my first year of grad school and I am definitely on my way to making one of my dreams a reality. I am sure that I am probably like many other people in that somewhere along the way you start to realize that this is really happening. My life is changing. I am not the same person that I... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:36:33 EST Today was Day One Toward My Next Mile Marker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765626 Today has been an absolutely gorgeous day. The sun is shining. The temperature is moderate and the humidity is low. Today is the first day in a very long time that I have not had any school work to do on a weekend. I used the day today to take care of me. I spent some time with a good friend. I slept in. I read a book. I visited some friends via my online communities and I just had a very good day overall. I am keeping my next mile marker in sight and I am doing my best to live a hea... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:41:10 EST My Next Mile Marker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764679 I have been thinking about the next mile marker on my journey.... My annual physical. It is coming up in one month so I thought that might be a good mile marker. My goal is to see how much progress I can make in the next month. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:09:50 EST Finally Ready to Take a Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761301 I turned in the last of my assignments from my summer classes somewhere around 10 pm last night. I am finally ready to take a real break from school work. My first year of grad school is officially completed! Only two more to go. I have a break now until the day after Labor Day and I must admit that I had no idea how much stress I was carrying. Since I turned in my assignments it is as if a huge weight rolled off of my shoulders. I slept really well last night and woke up without any se... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 08:56:34 EST Summer Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760748 Good morning, Spark Community! I decided to weigh in this morning. I have managed to lose 5 pounds over the summer. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> The stress of working full time and going to school full time makes it very difficult for me to take care of myself. So I am very proud of that accomplishment. I have a two week break until I start my next class so I thought that I would take... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:51:07 EST Final Exam is Behind Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760280 Well, the exam last night was difficult. My professor definitely did what she said she was going to do. It required more time and effort than the first exam and the questions were much more difficult. The good news is that it is over. Of course, I don't know how I did yet, but as long as I passed I am not going to be upset. Thanks to all of you who posted your words of encouragement and talked me through the process. I am extremely grateful! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:19:38 EST Final Exam Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759740 I have spent most of the day going over my notes and the study guide that we were given to prepare for the exam that I need to take this evening. Although I have done my best to prepare, I do not feel prepared. I am just praying that I will remember all that I have read and studied. Our professor told us that she thought the last exam was a little too easy so she has increased the weight of this exam and expects it to require more from us than the last one. I need to relax, but I am not t... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:49:09 EST Final Exam on my mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758679 So today is my last day before my final exam in Research Design and Statistics. I still have a take home portion of the exam to do that I must turn in when I go to take my final exam tomorrow night. I have heard from my classmates that it is a test in and of itself so I am hoping to be up for the challenge today. I will be so glad to have this class behind me. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:36:12 EST New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756737 I am thinking about taking on a new challenge. Perhaps the 100 pushup challenge or the 200 squat challenge. I need to start doing something to increase my strength and fitness, but I need to do something that won't require a ton of time because I don't have a ton of time to spare. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 07:56:21 EST Weekend Warrior http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751667 Okay, so I have spent a good part of my morning catching up with what's going on in everyone's life via social media and now it is time for me to return to my school work hard and heavy. I got the results of my first exam and I am very pleased. All the hard work is paying off. I got a 93 and I am very proud of that accomplishment! One of my classmates withdrew from the class and two more were talking about dropping out when they got the results from the first exam on Thursday night, but I... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 12:19:17 EST First Exam is Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748685 Well, I have made it to week three of my Research Design and Statistics Class and tonight is my first exam. We had a take home portion which I finished last night and will turn in tonight when I take the in class portion of the exam. I am also turning in my second lab report tonight. This class is officially half way over after tonight. It has been intense, but I know that I can do it. Thanks to all who have offered your words of encouragement and support! <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:54:26 EST Thanks for all the Encouraging Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747573 It has been a few days since my last Blog post, but I just finished reading all of the comments left by my fellow Sparkers. Thank you all so much for the encouraging words. It really is a change in lifestyle, not a diet. I want to make the changes that I am able to maintain. I know that it will be worth it! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:37:13 EST Slow and Steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745812 I am definitely on the slow weight loss track, but at least it is moving in the right direction. Slow and steady. One pound at a time. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:22:34 EST Week # One is Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742034 Well, my first week of Understanding Research Design and Statistics is behind me. I will be spending a large part of this weekend doing my assignments for week #2. So far, so good. I have managed to get everything done and turned in on time for week #1. I have two assignments due on Tuesday of this coming week, a Lab on Thursday, and I should be getting the take home portion of my first exam in my hands on Tuesday night. The take home potion will be due on Tuesday of the following week w... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:49:03 EST How I Spent My Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737785 I spent all day yesterday doing homework. You see, I finished my first summer class on Thursday of last week and I thought that I was going to have a weekend without any school work. But, just before I left work on Friday I got an e-mail from my professor. I am starting a new class on Tuesday. She sent out the syllabus and the first homework assignment which is due on the first night of class. So, my plans for a weekend without school work changed abruptly. I spent all day yesterday wor... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:50:36 EST Life is Really Good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737174 I am in a really good place since I have returned from vacation - mentally, physically, emotionally, & spiritually. I really needed that vacation. I didn't even realize how much I needed it until after I returned to work this week. My heart is much lighter. I am able to laugh again and really enjoy the people around me. In fact, yesterday I realized that I had been smiling and laughing all day. It was a really fun day & not because of anything special, just because my heart is so much l... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 08:49:58 EST I had an amazing vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733764 I have just completed a 1,958 mile road trip over the course of 8 days. I returned home yesterday and I am taking today to regroup before I return to both work and school tomorrow. I decided to use my time off to reconnect with family, friends, and loved ones who live in other states. It was an awesome trip and so worth the time and effort to make it happen. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:32:21 EST Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725382 Today I am grateful for an itchy arm that indicates that a wound that I acquired is healing. <BR> I am grateful that I live in a country where I have an abundance of clean water to drink. <BR> I am grateful for a roof over my head, clothes on my back, and bills that are paid. <BR> I am grateful for fresh fruits and vegetables and a healthy breakfast. <BR> And I am grateful that I am employed. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:59:23 EST Today I am grateful for.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722748 Today I am grateful for family and friends both near and far. <BR> A weekend with beautiful weather and no need to go to work. <BR> My body and the ability to move. <BR> Making good healthy food choices today. <BR> A computer that serves me well to stay connected with all of you. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:53:55 EST Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719191 Today I am grateful for a whole lot of little things. My eyes. My ears. My nose. My hands. My heart. All of these parts of my body allow me to do the things that I do every day. I would be lost without any one of them. So today I am grateful for all of the parts of my body that I would normally take for granted. Not today. Today I am grateful. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:49:39 EST Happy Father's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718489 <em>224</em> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 14:11:55 EST Final Exam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703350 Today I have one project that I need to complete, my take home final exam. If I can finish this one thing today I will have done exactly what I needed to do today. One day at a time. Mon, 26 May 2014 08:44:20 EST Grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702715 I just got home from church and I am so grateful that I went. I heard what I needed to hear and I made a decision to press on. I will not quit! Even when the going is tough, I will not quit! Sun, 25 May 2014 11:01:56 EST Not a Big Change, but at least it's in the Right Direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698109 I stepped on the scale this morning - my once a month weigh in. I lost a pound. Last month, the same - one pound. It's not a big change, but at least it's in the right direction. Mon, 19 May 2014 06:09:33 EST Remembering Boston http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676889 I know that today is not the anniversary of the Boston bombing, but in some ways today seems more significant to me than the actual date. Today is the day that the 2014 runners are there to show their support and their courage. I am not there physically, but my thoughts are there and I am remembering what happened at the 2013 event. <BR> <BR> I love the Boston Strong motto. It seems to say it all. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:00:57 EST Grateful for a New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676300 I am grateful for a new day to live. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:09:54 EST Resetting My Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674833 Today is a new day. I am resetting my goals and moving forward. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:47:49 EST Blogging Once Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630860 It has been quite a while since I have written a blog. Today I just wanted to say thank you to those of the Spark Community who have continued to reach out to me in various ways despite my lack of time to participate the way I once did. Grad school has been overwhelming and time consuming. There have been some days where I haven't even logged in. <BR> <BR> Today I decided to sleep until I was done. The result was amazing. I feel well rested, a feeling that I haven't had very often since... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:34:03 EST Got My Fitness Minutes In Shoveling Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615948 It was a wet and heavy snow. I had to take a couple of breaks just to catch my breath, but I got my fitness minutes in for the day. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 13:16:40 EST Challenges and Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611981 I spent about an hour and a half on the phone with my mom today trying to help her to reset her password on her present e-mail account and then set up a new e-mail account that she can use to replace her present e-mail account. We also went through her address book and tried to contact everyone that she needed to inform that she is using a new e-mail account instead of the old one. <BR> <BR> I am amazed by the challenges that we face as the technology of the younger generation seems to be o... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:47:37 EST Putting on My Snow Gear & Getting Ready to Go Outside and Shovel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602197 One good thing about the snow, I get my exercise in without any bother. I love the snow. Shoveling snow may just very well be my favorite form of winter exercise. I feel like I am accomplishing something and I am getting my exercise. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:38:20 EST Here We Go Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601490 Yet another snow storm is buffeting my area. Fortunately, I am home safe and sound and plan to stay here until it is safe to go outside once again. What a way to get my school work done - snowed in! LOL! Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:22:09 EST Daily Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599993 I like the new link to the Daily Spark articles. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:26:14 EST Happy Birthday to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595492 Today is going to be a very busy day so I thought that I would at least start my day by wishing myself a very Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 06:07:24 EST First Night of School Went Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586704 My first night back at school went really well. This morning I am adjusting my plans to accommodate my responsibilities. This doesn't mean that I won't be on SP at all, but it does mean that I will need to modify my time on the web page in order to keep up with my school work. I love the Spark Community! Wed, 8 Jan 2014 10:19:03 EST Back to School Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584144 My winter break is almost over. Classes resume tomorrow. I have mixed feelings about this. I want to go back to classes, but I do not want to deal with commuting in the snow and freezing cold weather. After this past weekend, I am just hoping and praying that the nights that I have to go to school are not as treacherous as the ones we just had. I guess I'll just have to take it easy and do my best. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:45:09 EST Life is Still Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583266 Today was an awesome day. I went to church and then had a phone conversation with a friend which turned into an all day visit with my friend. It was good to reconnect and just be friends today! I am grateful for my family and my friends. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:21:11 EST Life is Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581931 I am grateful for a new day and a new opportunity to live my life to the fullest. <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:24:23 EST