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/ Expecting More Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866437 10 - 14 more inches with 40 MPH wind gusts. Winter has finally arrived in New England! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:04:27 EST Expecting More Snow Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865679 It is snowing once again. Weather forecast is for another 3-6 inches today. I don't think that is enough to keep me home today, but it is enough to make me leave early and plan on extra travel time today. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:05:24 EST First Day Back @ Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865380 My first day back at work after being snowed in for two days wasn't all that bad. The roads are still touch and go. Many places are semi-cleared rather than completely cleared. It's not uncommon to have to take turns on some roads that only have one lane of travel cleared as opposed to two. I won't be doing any excess driving for the next couple of days. I am glad that I was able to make it to work and back safely. That was enough for today. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:36:52 EST I Hurt All Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864410 I think I my have overdone it with the shoveling yesterday. I hurt all over. Headed back to the chiropractor later today. It may take a while to get out of the driveway. I think we definitely got the 2 feet that was predicted. I am just a little south of Boston. I can't remember ever having two snow days off from work back to back before. It was quite an experience. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:39:46 EST Never Seen Anything Like This Snowstorm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863585 Until now, I would have said that I have seen some snowstorms, but I have never seen anything like this snowstorm. I think the big difference is the combination of the howling winds and the large quantity of snow. You could not persuade me to go outside in this weather for anything. I am staying inside and staying safe and warm until this one is over. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:54:59 EST Plan For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862087 We have a snowstorm headed our way. I was outside shoveling a combination of snow, slush, and water yesterday and gave myself a pretty good workout. When it is that wet, it is very heavy. If the weather man is right, we have a much bigger snowstorm headed our way Monday night into Tuesday. That means that my plan for today is to get the food that I need so that I am okay with staying inside for a couple of days if we get the snow that is in the forecast. I am hoping that I will not need ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:30:38 EST Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861554 Grateful for waking up to snow on a day when I didn't have to go to work. <BR> Grateful for the people in my life who remind me that I am loved. <BR> Grateful for peace of mind. <BR> Grateful for an awareness that I can do things differently than I did before. <BR> Grateful for a roof over my head and a heating system that works. <BR> Grateful for a computer that works and internet access. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:36:43 EST What a Wonderful End to My Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861436 Yesterday was a very good day. I have a couple of close friends who have celebrated my birthday with me in times past. I wasn't able to celebrate with them this year because I decided to go away and spend time with my family for my birthday, but my friends said why don't you come over the weekend after your birthday and we'll celebrate then. So we did. I really enjoyed my time with them and I enjoyed a beautiful and tasty birthday cake that was made just for me. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:32:15 EST Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860771 I've been thinking about doing some serious goal setting. I am planning to take some time today to write down some goals and the plan for how I am going to achieve them. I am thinking that I probably need to do some short and long term goals... maybe 6 months, one year, and then further out. We'll see how it goes. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:45:35 EST Recovering From A Fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860011 On Sunday morning I took a pretty bad fall. I had come out of my Mom's house, stepped off of her patio and onto her driveway, and fell. Apparently her driveway had frozen over with black ice from the morning rain and below freezing temperatures. <BR> <BR> I went to the chiropractor yesterday after several days of being sore and experiencing headaches. After a thorough assessment I am happy to report no broken bones. I have whiplash. I am also grateful that my Mom did not fall. <BR> <BR... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:14:28 EST Ready to Go Back to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858444 I am thinking that I am ready to go back to work today. I hope and pray that all goes smoothly. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:44:21 EST Just What the Doctor Ordered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858080 I had an amazing weekend. Thank you for the birthday wishes! Seeing my family and getting away for the weekend was just what the doctor ordered. I feel so much better. This evening is for putting things away and going to bed early because it is back to work tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:43:40 EST Happy Birthday to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855559 <em>383</em> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:06:35 EST Hoping to Unplug and Really Relax http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855271 I am going away this weekend and the piece that I am looking forward to the most is not being at work. My work life has been pretty stressful since about the middle of December when my computer database started crashing. It finally took it's last breath on January 7th and I have been operating without it for the past week. I really needed to get away this weekend and just not think about anything work related. Hoping to unplug and really relax this weekend. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:42:57 EST Two More Days Until My Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854050 I am looking forward to getting away this weekend. I am planning to go visit my family. My nephew's birthday is Jan 23rd and my birthday is Friday. There is a birthday celebration planned for Sunday after church, not for my birthday, but for my nephew and his girlfriend. They are turning 18 and 19 respectively. I enjoy spending time with my family and I am looking forward to a long weekend away from work. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:45:11 EST I Can Do All Things.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853242 I had a good night's rest last night and I think that I am ready to tackle the workplace once again. My mantra for today comes from Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. One day at a time. One foot in front of the other. <BR> <BR> Here we go! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 06:33:25 EST Returned to Work Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852919 So, I returned to work today after two days off to regain my perspective and my footing. I had many moments during the day today where I had to talk myself through and just stick to the plan. The plan is to do the next right thing. <BR> <BR> I am not allowing myself to look at the big picture because when I do I get completely overwhelmed. If I can just stay focused on the task at hand and keep taking one more step there is a chance that I will get through this challenge and come out on t... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:01:07 EST Plan For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851005 My plan for today is to just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I am not working again until Monday and I am hoping to use the weekend to not stress about work. There is nothing that I can do to change what is happening at work, so I need to just let it go and trust that God has a plan for me and somehow He will cause all things to work together for my good. One day at a time. I will get to the other side of this. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:30:35 EST I Need An Off Switch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850639 My head is working overtime. Gotta let it go. Turn it over. Something... <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 21:37:16 EST Who You Are Makes A Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849706 I struggle with this concept. I want to believe that it is true, but there are many days that I don't feel like I am making any difference whatsoever. I want to believe that who I am makes a difference and that the people in my life really are better off because our paths have crossed, but there are some days that it is just really hard to believe that I make any difference whatsoever. I want my life to make a difference for the better each and every day. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:40:06 EST One More Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848757 I made it through one more day of not stopping on the way home or on the way to work to buy something with sugar in it. It is getting easier, but I have to say that the words of encouragement and support that I have received on my blog have really helped me as well. It can be a challenge, but with all of the support that I've received I am definitely encouraged to keep putting one foot in front of the other one day at a time. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the support Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> <em... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 16:04:55 EST Sugar is My Achilles Heel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847359 I have been noticing my habit to grab for something sweet on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I am not talking about fruit. The good news is that I have eliminated all of these items from my home. Maybe that is why I am more aware of the desire. Because there is not a ready supply in the house, I have to make the decision to not go and get something on a daily basis. Isn't that crazy? Gotta stay the course. One day at a time. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 6 Jan 2015 07:09:12 EST Grateful for My Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846935 I am grateful for my friends. Don't know where I would be without their support and understanding. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 19:04:53 EST Yesterday Turned Out Better Than It Would Have http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845450 I have been fighting the blues for a little while now. In the past week and the past few days I have been doing better about being honest with my friends about how I am. One of my friends asked me what she could do to help me out of my funk yesterday. I explained that I needed to go grocery shopping but was having a hard time motivating myself to do it. Just verbalizing what I needed and asking for help was a tremendous step in the right direction for me. <BR> <BR> She helped me to make ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 09:36:16 EST New Year - New Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844563 I am at a crossroads once again. Need to make a decision about whether or not I am returning to graduate school in the coming week. I see three options - to return to school full time or part time or not at all. I'm not real sure what to do. A scripture verse came to mind. <BR> <BR> Psalm 37:4-6 (NIV) <BR> <BR> 4 Take delight in the Lord, <BR> and he will give you the desires of your heart. <BR> 5 Commit your way to the Lord; <BR> trust in him and he will do this: <BR> 6 He w... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 09:34:01 EST Ready or Not..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843565 Ready or not I have to return to work today. Would really like to have the day off, but that is not the case. Hoping that once I get moving it won't feel like such a challenge to just do it. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 05:56:13 EST First Walk of the New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843095 I spent the day hanging out with my friends today. I asked if anyone wanted to go for a walk with me and got a very good response. We went for 38 minutes. It was a lot of fun with some friends. So glad to have friends who were willing to brave the cold weather with me. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 17:33:48 EST It Was Harder Than I Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841688 It was harder to keep my commitment to walk yesterday than I thought it would be. I was not able to go for a walk while I was at the doctor's office, so I decided to head to the mall. I went to the mall for the sole purpose of getting in my walk. I am happy to say that the walk was accomplished but the mental battle to get it done was fierce. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:01:00 EST Today is Day Four http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841025 So, I was pleasantly surprised by an award for a 3 day streak! LOL! I see this as such a non event, but apparently Spark People sees it as a big deal. I guess that is good because I can't even tell you the last time that I strung three days of activity together... even if it is just 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> Today I am hoping to get my walk in while I am at the doctor's office. I have to wait for 30 minutes after my allergy shots before I am allowed to leave. Weather permitting, that is goi... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 06:11:07 EST Day Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840358 So today is day three since I have recommitted myself to moving for at least 10 minutes per day. I feel really good about that decision and plan to continue moving forward today. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 07:16:14 EST Two 15 Minute Walks Accomplished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839980 <em>224</em> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 16:04:43 EST 15 minute walk yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839667 I went for a 15 minute walk yesterday. It felt good and it has inspired me to recommit to 10 minutes a day of fitness. Hopefully I can make fitness a part of my healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 02:36:52 EST So Glad That is Behind Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839184 I don't mean to be a Scrooge, but I must admit that I am incredibly grateful that the holiday season is behind me. Today is the first day that I woke up without that shadow hanging over me and I am grateful that it is behind me. <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Dec 2014 08:23:21 EST Merry Christmas Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838257 Hope your day is blessed in every way possible! Thu, 25 Dec 2014 08:08:05 EST Christmas Eve Eve Service http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837763 Last night I had the joy of attending my church's Christmas Eve Eve service. It was amazing! So incredibly grateful that I live in a country where I am free to worship! <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 02:58:27 EST Avoidance Solves Nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836619 This weekend provided me with some time to reflect on what's been happening in my life. I realized that there are some things that I have been avoiding rather than tackling. For today, I have made a decision to stop practicing avoidance as a coping mechanism. Avoidance solves nothing and although the alternative is hard work, I believe that I am worth the effort. <BR> <BR> Pressing On One Day At A Time! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:27:09 EST The Weather Man Was Right... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836213 Our weather forecast for this weekend included a prediction of snow. Although we did not have any snow on the ground when I went to bed last night, we definitely have some on the ground this morning. It is hard to tell how much has accumulated but the ground is white. <BR> <BR> I am glad that I kept to my commitment to get out and get moving yesterday. I don't think there will be an outdoor walk in my plans today. I really do prefer outdoor walks over mall walks. I try to stay as far aw... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:15:05 EST I Made It To The Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835729 I am incredibly grateful that I made it through last week and into my weekend. Looking forward to some "me" time.... time away from work and time to take care of me. I am planning to go for a long walk today and use it to unload a ton of stress from this past week. Walking helps me to clear my head. <BR> <BR> Thanks again for the words of encouragement and support! <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday! Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:37:08 EST Yet Again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835237 I am amazed by the encouraging words that have been posted on my Spark Page and my blog entries this week. I want to say thank you to all of you who have supported me and encouraged me this week. I really appreciate it! I don't think that I could have made it through this week without you! <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> <em>304</em> <em>223</em> <em>304</em> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:40:42 EST Game Plan For Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834714 Computer issues at work have not been resolved, but I am resolving to do my best to just stay in the moment and trust that this will all work out. <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:21:23 EST Do Not Like Feeling This Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834242 This week has been challenging to say the least. <BR> <BR> The computer that I use at work is crashing and I have to figure out alternate ways to do just about everything that is on my daily to do list at work. <BR> <BR> I posted a blog yesterday about stress and I have been searching the Spark Community and website for tips on how to deal with stress. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I think I am doing well. <BR> <BR> As long as I remember that I am not in charge things seem to be a little less stres... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:50:38 EST Stress.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833744 Stress.... Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Or somewhere in between? <BR> <BR> Sometimes it motivates me. Sometimes it feels overwhelming. Sometimes it makes me see things differently. Sometimes it makes me look up and realize that I need help from a power greater than myself. Sometimes it stops me in my tracks and sometimes it brings me to my knees. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Is stress a good thing or a bad thing? And how do you cope? Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:13:33 EST Allergies Are No Joke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829031 Allergies are no joke. I just got off of the phone with my mom. She called me because she was having an allergic reaction to a skin care product that she used and she wanted to know if I had ever experienced difficulty with this same product. <BR> <BR> The truth is that I am very careful about the skin care products that I use because I have had allergic reactions to some of these products in the past. <BR> <BR> Recently I had to verbalize a request for a client to cut back on the amount ... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:38:15 EST My Inspiration for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828974 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. <BR> Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV) Sun, 7 Dec 2014 07:43:05 EST My Goal For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826769 My goal for today is to decide what my next goal is going to be. I need a target, something to work toward. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 05:56:04 EST I Have Been Moving In The Wrong Direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826204 My weight has been going up instead of down. I am ready to get back to work. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 06:22:33 EST My Thanksgiving Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825634 It took 7 hours to drive home last night. Overall the road trip was not too bad, just a little busy. I guess that is to be expected. I enjoyed my time with family and friends, but I am very glad to be back home. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 08:23:34 EST Happy Day After Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824194 Well, I made it to my Mom's safely yesterday. It was a 6 hour road trip, but well worth it. We had a wonderful day and now I am checking in on Spark People. I even think I did okay on my food choices and portions yesterday. It was a wonderful day. Hope all went well for my Spark Friends as well. Happy Day After Thanksgiving! Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:53:38 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823685 <em>304</em> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:45:48 EST Trying Not to React http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823153 I am trying not to react to the weather forecast. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:06:23 EST