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/ 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 Is It Friday Yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822609 Okay, I know that yesterday's post was all about "One Day At A Time" and how much I love that slogan, but today I am definitely thinking, "Is it Friday yet?" How much of a contradiction is that? <BR> <BR> I am not a Black Friday shopper, but Friday this week equals family time, away time, no work time... all things that I am very much looking forward to. Come on Friday! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:44:26 EST One Day At A Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821993 I really love that slogan! One day at a time.... It has helped me so much. It helps me to stay in the day, to do the best that I can, to stay motivated when the to do list is way too long, and to do the next right thing. It just helps me all around. <BR> <BR> I got a lot of things done this past weekend. It took a long time to do the things that I did, but every little bit counts. I had a laundry challenge to deal with. My dryer went kaput. I hauled my clothing out of the house to do ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:58:43 EST Yet Another Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821449 Yesterday was a very good day. I got some bills paid, went for a walk, talked to my mom, and straightened up the house. Today I have already done a couple of loads of laundry, third one is in process as I am typing this. I still have tons on my to do list, but I definitely feel good about the progress that I am making. Hope everyone is having a good weekend. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:11:38 EST Weekend Has Arrived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820984 Work week is done and now the weekend work begins... Grateful for a couple of days off from work to get things accomplished at home. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:32:40 EST Status Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820489 The month of November has been a bit crazy at work. One co-worker took the 2nd week of November off from work. A second co-worker took the third week off while a third co-worker welcomed a new baby girl into his family this week. Next week the third co-worker will be taking the week off to bring his wife and new daughter home from the hospital and spend some quality time with them. Next week is also Thanksgiving here in the U.S. Crazy busy month with a lot of challenges. Today I am co... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:45:57 EST Getting Ready for Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819292 I woke up with a stiff neck and I am achy all over. Going to go jump in the shower in the hopes that will help my body to loosen up and recover from the fact that I fell asleep on the couch last night rather than going to bed. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:14:37 EST Countdown to Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819196 Had to laugh.... I had a client stop by my desk today to tell me that it was one day closer to "hump day." I was very amused. Did not know that there were people out there who are counting down to "hump day." My catch phrase has been, "Is it Friday yet?" <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:29:25 EST Today is Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818109 I did not track my food yesterday. It was a day for eating. Today, however, is day one. I will be writing down everything that I eat today - good, bad, or indifferent. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here we go! <BR> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:15:24 EST Keeping It Simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817565 I have been looking at my program, by that I mean I have been looking at what I am doing well and what I am I not doing or not doing well. One thing that I have not been doing well is consistently tracking my food. So this week one of my goals is to track everything that I eat - good, bad or indifferent. If I am not willing to track it then I had better not eat it. Sounds simple enough, right? Trying to keep it simple and just get back to the basics this week. <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 04:36:21 EST To Do List is Too Long http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817132 Ever have one of those days when you know that your to do list is way longer than the number of hours that you have in the day to do it? Today is definitely one of those days for me. I am trying to figure out what is most important and what will leave me with the greatest feeling of satisfaction that I did it. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:43:24 EST Accomplished Another Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815970 So yesterday I took my friend and her two daughters to the library so that the girls could participate in an hour long activity. While we were waiting, my friend once again agreed to go for a walk with me. We weren't out for very long, but I am still very proud of myself for choosing to walk rather than sit around waiting for the girls to be finished. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:07:16 EST So Proud of Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815329 I accomplished my long walk yesterday and I am so proud of myself. I went to a friend's house and told her that I needed to go for a walk. Without hesitation she embraced the idea. We loaded her daughters' bicycles into my car and headed off to the bike path. The girls rode while we walked. My friend set a rather ambitious goal for us, but she told me to set the pace. So we went at it until I felt that it was enough. We turned around and headed back. We walked for just about an hour. ... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:06:35 EST Veteran's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814778 i don't say thank you to the men and women who have served in our military often enough. Today I want to say thank you! I appreciate that service and I don't ever want to take it for granted. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:54:33 EST So Glad that Today is Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812985 I was ready for a weekend. I am so glad to have a couple of days off from work. It felt really good just to sleep until I was done. <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday everyone! Sat, 8 Nov 2014 08:37:41 EST What a Disaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811752 I just finished filling in my food journal from yesterday. What a disaster! I ate and ate and ate and ate. I did not intend to consume more than 2300 calories, but I did! Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:23:23 EST Update from Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811102 Well, I did not make it to the mall for a 10 minute walk yesterday. I am planning to go to the mall and do a 20 minute walk today if at all possible. There are going to be days that I just will not be able to chisel out that time and I need to accept that fact. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 06:19:55 EST Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810458 I kept my commitment to go to the mall and go for a walk after work last night. It felt good. Not sure how I am going to fit exercise into my day today yet. Today is a work, doctor, school day which means I leave home early and get home late. Hopefully, I can get out a move at lunch time. Hope everyone has a Happy Tuesday! Tue, 4 Nov 2014 06:36:51 EST Headed to the Mall After Work Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810099 I managed to keep my commitment to walk for at least 10 minutes a day for two days in a row. It was nice to have a friend to walk with me on day one. I kept my commitment on day two even though it meant walking alone. My plan for today is to go to the mall before I go home. It would be much harder to make myself go to the mall if I go home first. The weather is still cold and the days are very short. Once the sun goes down it is harder for me to motivate myself to leave the house. <BR> ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:18:04 EST My Fitness Plan for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809240 Yesterday I found a friend who was willing to go to the mall and walk with me for 10 minutes. Today I plan to return to the mall and walk once again with or without a walking partner. It is snowing here today so an outdoor walk is not in my plan. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 10:17:16 EST November Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808615 So I read something a little while ago about a November Challenge and then I read something on someone's blog about a challenge to exercise at least 10 minutes a day for at least 20 days in the month of November (or something like that). So I have decided that I am going to do my best to do something for at least 10 minutes a day for the next 30 days. Today I am planning to do one of Coach Nicole's videos because it is raining and cold outside and that does not sound like the fun walk that ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:55:33 EST Taking Another Step Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807358 So my request for an incomplete in each of my two classes was approved. I have a new deadline of March 18, 2015 to get all of the assignments from these two classes turned in. I hope to have it all done long before then, but we will see what happens. I am also officially off of the roster for the next class which is a 5 week class that is scheduled to run from the 2nd week in November until just before Christmas. <BR> <BR> I believe that I am doing the right thing, but I am still sad abou... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:49:50 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806936 Round three of allergy shots went well yesterday. Class went well last night. I have submitted paperwork to my school for an incomplete grade in order to complete the work that I have not yet completed because of my health. I have two more weeks for the classes that I am presently enrolled in and then I am going to take a break to focus my efforts on finishing what needs to be done for these classes. <BR> <BR> Not feeling the greatest today, but doing my best to just take it moment by mom... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:38:16 EST Committing to the Process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806116 Pretty simple thought today: Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 <BR> <BR> Now if I could just stay there.... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:24:59 EST Tomorrow Will Be Round Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805470 Tomorrow will be round three for my allergy shots. Still having trouble managing my other symptoms, but I plan to talk to the doctor about that again tomorrow. I am still hoping to continue feeling better one day at a time. Been praying for a complete and speedy recovery. <BR> <BR> Here's to the best Monday possible! Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:18:10 EST Love My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805042 It may seem crazy, but in spite of all of the difficulties that I have been experiencing with my allergy symptoms this past month or so, I still love my life. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:58:54 EST Made a Tough Decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804454 I made a very tough decision this past week. I am not going to take the next class that I was registered to take for my grad school program. I am so far behind due to the medical stuff that I have been dealing with during the past month that I cannot put one more thing on my plate. I am submitting a request for an incomplete grade for the two classes that I am presently enrolled in and I am going to do my best to get those assignments finished by the end of this year so that I can resume c... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:59:09 EST Some Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803179 I am trusting the process of change in my life today. One thing at a time, hoping and praying to eventually find myself on the other side of this with a story to tell. Pressing on one day at time. Believing that the victory will be worth the effort. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:36:18 EST Doctor's Visit Yesterday Was Very Helpful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802600 I am really beginning to love the people in the doctor's office. They are so incredibly helpful. They really listen to me and make good suggestions. I feel free to ask all of the questions that I need to ask and they answer them. I have seen a different person so far on every visit and everyone of them has been helpful. <BR> <BR> After explaining what has been happening since the last time that I saw them, they recommended a few changes in the dosing of one of my medications and they sug... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:13:35 EST Round Two of Allergy Shots Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801883 Last night was rough. I am not sure if installing the air purifiers and getting them running stirred up stuff in my home or what. I coughed and coughed and coughed and coughed. I was beginning to think it would never stop. I finally ended up sending out a few messages to friends asking them to please pray for me because it was beginning to look as though I was never going to be able to rest. I slept for a couple of hours and now I am awake and Sparking. I plan to talk to the doctor agai... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:21:25 EST I am Determined.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801298 I am determined to do the best that I can. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:13:44 EST Removing Allergens from My Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800679 I have been using my "spare time" to remove as many allergens from my home as possible. I have already purchased dust mite covers for my mattress and pillows and I am debating about purchasing one for my box spring. I spent a large portion of my day yesterday on cleaning all of my bed linens in hot water including the comforter, quilt, and bed skirt. I cleaned the baseboards, heating vents, ceiling fans, and the vacuum. Took everything apart and got all of the hard to reach places that I ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 04:21:59 EST Healthy Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800158 I am making my health a priority. No two ways about it. Healthy eating. Exercise, Getting enough sleep. Drinking my water. It is all about having a quality life. I want to be healthy. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:53:30 EST Not Even Going to Bother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799654 I am not even going to bother to step on the scale this morning. The last 24 hours or so has been very challenging. I am physically exhausted. I have been making good healthy food choices and I feel good about that, but I am completely wiped out. I will be doing my best to get through my work day today. I will be glad when the day is done so I can come home and rest. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:07:48 EST