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/ 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 Any Experience with Frozen Pipes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581172 I had a surprise today. I discovered that the cold water pipe for my kitchen sink was frozen. My landlord and the maintenance personnel were able to get the water moving once again before the pipe cracked or broke, but now I am stuck with having to leave the water running. I have never experienced this difficulty before. I don't like the idea of leaving the water running all day and all night, but no one has offered me any alternatives that would prevent the water from refreezing if I tur... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 19:57:42 EST Official Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580569 I just got the official word that I do not have to go to work today due to the massive amount of snow. I was originally told that I had to be there by 12 noon, so I was working toward that goal when I got the phone call telling me that I do not have to go. The good news is that I had already been outside shoveling snow for an hour. I guess that means that I got my minimum of 10 minutes of exercise in once again. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:18:25 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 Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577471 I had one of the best New Year's Eve evenings ever. It was a fun night with lots of awesome people and lots of laughter. So glad to be in 2014! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 07:45:29 EST Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576299 Today is one more day to move forward. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:23:57 EST First Day Back at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575885 I had a difficult time motivating myself to go to work today, but I did it. I was really wishing that I could have spent another week with my family rather than returning to work before the new year. The work day went well. I got a lot accomplished, but that is not what I really want to blog about today. <BR> <BR> Instead, I probably need to blog about my desire to eat rather than to feel my feelings. In the past I have used food to escape my feelings. When the food is in place, I feel ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:04:51 EST I Lost One Pound While I Was Away on Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575000 It is official. I weighed in before I left on vacation last week and I weighed in again this morning, my first day back. I lost one pound while I was away on vacation. I am very pleased with this information. I stayed on track with a healthy plan of eating and it paid off. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:50:21 EST Eventful Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574065 I just got home from a visit with my family for the holidays. It was an eventful trip. I was not involved in any accidents on the way home, but I got stuck in the traffic delays from two separate accidents along the way. After getting around both of those a deer decided that it was a good idea to try to cross the highway just in front of my vehicle. I did not hit him, but I must admit that it shook me up a little bit. I am grateful to be home safe and sound. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:12:13 EST Final Exam Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567745 Tonight is my last day of classes for the semester. I need to turn in some things, help a fellow student with a class presentation, take a final exam and then I am done. Woo Hoo! I am so ready for a break. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck and/or say a prayer for me, whichever your faith may be. I am almost done. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 06:02:38 EST School Work - All Day Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565058 My day has been school work - all day. Just checking in for a minute before I return to it. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> <em>149</em> <em>149</em> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 18:37:47 EST The Impact of One Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564465 I just finished reading the first of the entries to the guest book for my uncle's obituary and I am overwhelmed by the impact that he had on so many people. He was a school teacher for many, many years and there are messages in his guest book from many of his previous students who are now located all over the world! Wow! Talk about overwhelming! I know what kind of an impact he has had on me and on the members of my family, but when I stop to think about all of the other lives that he tou... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 19:53:00 EST Beginning and an End http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563838 I know that death is a part of life. I get it, but that doesn't mean that I have to like it. <BR> <BR> I just got a phone call from my father telling me that his youngest sister, my aunt, lost her husband suddenly to a massive heart attack yesterday. I am very sad for her. I am also very sad because I won't be able to attend the funeral services and be with my family this coming week. The funeral services are in another state and I am in the final week of my first semester of grad school... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:39:42 EST The Payoff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560423 Okay, so this morning I stepped on the scale. It has been one week since I have been back on track with my healthy eating and lifestyle. I feel good and I am pleased with the results of my choices. Yesterday I was able to stay on track despite the desire to eat when I was not hungry. I am a firm believer in non-scale victories, but I am also using the scale to make sure that my weight is headed in a healthy direction as the result of the changes that I am making. <BR> <BR> The payoff for... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 10:45:17 EST I Want to Eat, But Not Because I'm Hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559887 Do you ever have those days? Well, I am having one of them right now. I have eaten two good satisfying meals today. Plenty of calories. Plenty of nutrition. But I want to eat and not because I am hungry. I think it is more about avoiding some feelings. I am not going to eat right now. Instead, I am blogging about it. <BR> <BR> God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 16:41:27 EST Won't Let Them Steal My Joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558454 Joy Stealers. There are a million of them in this world, but whether or not I let them steal my joy is up to me. Mean People. Rude People. Ugly People. Etc..... Stuff doesn't seem to bother me so much. I don't know why, but I seem to have an ability to roll with situations and circumstances that don't go my way. It's the people that try to steal my joy that I struggle with..... until I remember that it is up to me to decide that I won't let them steal my joy. It's mine. And they can... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 14:34:51 EST December 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556834 Wow! I don't even know how I got to day four of December already. I have been doing well with my food choices and I have stayed on track with a healthy plan of eating for four days! Slowly, but surely, I am recuperating. It takes a while when your eating habits have been so out of whack for such a long time. <BR> <BR> I am glad that I only have to do this thing one day at a time. <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <em>277</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 13:12:07 EST December 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553980 Feels like a fresh start. I am so glad to have November behind me. Sun, 1 Dec 2013 08:54:34 EST Figuring out my Relationship with Caffeine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549784 I know that I have written about this before, but the journey continues. I am attempting to return to my caffeine free life this week. I was caffeine free for a long time before I started grad school, but about three weeks into the grad school process I turned to coffee to help me with the long days and lack of sleep. I do not have classes this week so I am doing my best to be caffeine free for the week and then attempt to maintain this lifestyle when my classes resume. My last coffee was... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 09:36:11 EST Having to Face Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548399 I was asked about a month ago to have my picture taken for a directory. I really did not want to do it because I don't like how I look right now and I am not happy with my wardrobe. I decided to do it anyway because I wanted to be included in the directory. The photos actually turned out pretty well and I am going to use them for my Christmas cards this year. However, now that I have had to face myself, I am hoping that this will provide me with the motivation that I need to get back on t... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 12:11:16 EST Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545148 Today I am grateful to be employed. <BR> Grateful for the people in my life. <BR> Grateful for the mild weather. <BR> Grateful for clean drinking water. <BR> Grateful to be living in the USA. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:15:59 EST Vacation from a Different Angle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543276 My mom is on vacation right now. It is the first real vacation that she has taken in a long time. When she made the plans to take this vacation she had asked me to join her. Unfortunately, my school schedule was not compatible with her travel schedule. So, she is traveling with my two teenage nieces, rather than her daughter. We have been in contact via phone from the get go and I am enjoying every minute of communicating with them. In some ways it feels as though I am still on the vaca... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:57:13 EST Went for a Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542639 I just got back from a walk and boy, did it feel good! <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> I do not have any pets, but I saw a lot of people walking with their dogs and I stopped to say hi to quite a few of them. It is a beautiful day. Glad to be outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 11:53:37 EST Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541277 I just needed to take a minute to express my gratitude for the little things. Today I am grateful that I found the courage to make a phone call that I needed to make. I am grateful that I am facing my fears one day at a time and not letting them get the better of me and prevent me from trying new things. I am grateful that I didn't get lost on my way to a new destination in unfamiliar territory. I am grateful for a few minutes before class to make a blog entry. I am grateful for my healt... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:26:29 EST In the Process of Becoming a Pearl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530954 I just had a conversation with my SIL that has prompted me to do a 2nd post for today, not something that I would normally do, but I felt a need to write about what just happened so that I won't forget it. <BR> <BR> My SIL said, "The world is your oyster." To which I replied, "Does that mean that I'm becoming a pearl?" To which she replied "Yes" without any hesitation whatsoever. <BR> <BR> I really needed to hear that today. It's the grit that we go through that helps us to become the pe... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 13:08:15 EST Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530826 New day and I am grateful to be alive. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast. <BR> <BR> Grateful for the ability to get out of bed and face the day. <BR> Grateful for the opportunity to make healthy choices today. <BR> Grateful for a plan of eating and the willingness to do what I need to do to take care of me today. <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone has a good day today. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 10:25:31 EST Time for a Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530019 Today I am grateful for..... <BR> <BR> a good night's sleep last night <BR> my family and friends <BR> my bills paid and a roof over my head <BR> progress toward completing my assignments for grad school <BR> my health and the people that I have met in grad school and here in my Spark Community. <BR> <BR> Hope that everyone has a good weekend! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 11:52:18 EST Adjusting to My New Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527283 Kind of funny how my life has changed in the past two months. This morning was the first time that I felt as though my body may have adjusted to my new schedule.... Just in time for us to change our clocks. LOL! My sleep patterns have really changed because of grad school. <BR> <BR> One thing that I don't think I have posted anywhere on my Spark Page yet.... I LOVE GRAD SCHOOL! No. I MEAN THAT I REALLY LOVE GRAD SCHOOL! It feels great to be moving forward in my education so that I ca... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:00:05 EST