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/ Planning to Take A Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983890 I have decided that I will be taking a break from the Spark Community for a little while. I know from past experience that working full time and going to school full time requires a lot from me. So, it's not that I don't want to participate in the Spark Community. It's just that I know that I can't do everything and still succeed at work & school. Hopefully, this decision will help to set me up for success for the fall semester. We'll see where I am after that.... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:50:24 EST Monday and I am Grateful for..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979678 Today I am grateful for a new day. <BR> Grateful that I am wearing a dress that makes me feel pretty. <BR> Grateful for the beautiful sunshine and the air conditioning that makes this heat bearable. <BR> Grateful that my work day is almost done. <BR> Grateful for the little things that I can do for others. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:55:04 EST Sunday's Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978981 Today I am grateful for life... especially the lives of my friends who are celebrating their birthdays today. One of them was born one year ago after his parents had waited a very long time to be able to conceive him. He is an amazing little boy & a tremendous blessing to his parents and to everyone who knows him. Happy 1st Birthday, Noah! <BR> <BR> Grateful for a really good night of sleep last night. Woke up feeling much better than the day before. <BR> <BR> Grateful for my church fam... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:03:16 EST Saturday's Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978462 Grateful for air conditioning. <BR> Grateful for realizing that I needed to drink lots of water today so that I would not get dehydrated. <BR> Grateful for quiet time before this day got rolling and slipped away from me. <BR> Grateful for the amazing people that God has brought into my life. <BR> Grateful for the ability to make choices. <BR> <BR> Grateful for a new day to live. <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday everyone! Sat, 15 Aug 2015 14:57:23 EST Thursday & Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977195 Today I am thankful for the beautiful weather. <BR> Grateful for a conversation with my SIL this morning. <BR> Grateful for a good night's sleep last night. <BR> Grateful for my health. <BR> Grateful for one day at a time. <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday everyone! Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:48:36 EST Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976435 I am grateful for seeing the good. <BR> I am grateful for a peaceful heart. <BR> I am grateful for clean water to drink. <BR> I am grateful for the cooler weather. <BR> I am grateful for the ability to move. <BR> <BR> Happy Hump Day! Wed, 12 Aug 2015 07:19:41 EST System Still Not Restored http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975475 Well, it has been almost a week and my computer system at work is still not restored. I know how to do things without the use of technology, but it is much more time consuming and leaves a lot of room for error. I'm in this for the long haul... grateful that I know the work around. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:40:51 EST No Grains Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972970 I just finished logging all of my food for yesterday and realized that I didn't have any grains at all yesterday. How crazy is that? I didn't plan it that way. It just happened. <BR> <BR> I woke up very late yesterday. So late, in fact, that I did not have time to eat breakfast before I left the house. I packed all kinds of snacks because one of the things that I am learning about through my 90 day fitness challenge is snacking. I've never been a big snacker. In the past my greatest s... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 06:46:46 EST Crazy Day Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972125 So, this morning I had to stop what I was doing, log off of Spark People.com and shut down the computer and other items that were using electricity at home. We had a MAJOR thunderstorm come through the area, thunder and lightning that seemed to shake the house. I haven't been in a storm like that in quite a while. <BR> <BR> I called on of my friends on the way to work this morning and she shared the story of the damage that was done at her home before she even left for work this morning. ... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 17:10:48 EST A Reminder for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971806 If I fail to plan, I plan to fail. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 05:46:36 EST Good News - Worth Sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971382 I don't know that I have posted any updates concerning my Pastor who was involved in a motorcycle accident on June 7th. I am happy to say that he has finally transferred from the hospital to a rehab where he is now working very diligently to learn all the things that he has to learn after a leg amputation. I have been encouraged by the updates that I have received and his daily posting of a scripture verse for each day since he has arrived a rehab. One day at a time and one step at a time,... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:38:46 EST 2nd of August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970872 My day has been good so far. I went to church and then went grocery shopping with a friend. I had a healthy snack while I was out so that I wouldn't be hungry while I was shopping. And then I raced home to put all the groceries away before the heat got to them. It is hot here today! <BR> <BR> Now that I am home, I am contemplating my next move. Call a friend to see if I can go for a swim in her pool? Not sure yet.... but it has been a good day so far. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:16:16 EST First Day of August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970168 I am glad to have July behind me. I don't know why, but it was difficult to maintain my healthy lifestyle once I returned from my vacation. I am planning to use August as a month to refocus and get back on track. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 08:53:41 EST Went to the Gym Again Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969593 One of my friends asked me to go to the gym with her again yesterday. I jumped at the opportunity. It is so much more enjoyable with a friend. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:16:22 EST Downloading My Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969371 I need to download my day. Not going to do it here, but I am committing to using my journal and getting it out so that it doesn't turn into something that takes up the much needed space in my head. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:04:30 EST Food, Food, and More Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966741 Today is going to be a challenge and I'm not exactly sure how I want to approach it yet. I have already eaten a healthy breakfast. I weighed and measured my portions and recorded my food in my food journal. <BR> <BR> This afternoon there are two activities that I have been invited to attend and they include food, food & more food. Not sure what I want to do. <BR> <BR> There is a part of me that wants to just not attend...... Slip out and hope that no one stops me. There is another part ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:49:04 EST I Want to Echo This Member's Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965816 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965328 <BR> <BR> I want to be strong, healthy & flexible all the way around! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:17:58 EST Happy Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965279 Just stopping by to wish everyone a Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:12:15 EST Went to the Gym Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964814 So, one of my friends has a gym membership that allows her to bring a guest free of charge. She called me after work yesterday and said, "What are you doing? Do you want to go to the gym with me today?" I said, "Yes!" Jumped at the opportunity to try out a new gym free of charge. <BR> <BR> It was a good experience. Not sure if I would go there on my own because it is out of the way, but I am still considering my options. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:06:45 EST Renewing My Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964292 I am renewing my commitment to a Healthy Lifestyle one day at a time. <BR> <BR> Last night I attended my 90 day fitness challenge support group meeting. It was awesome! There are quite a few participants who are very inspirational to me when they share their stories & experiences. I can relate to some of their stories.... <BR> <BR> I think the thing that has provided the greatest motivation for my commitment to a Healthy Lifestyle this time around is the desire to be active once again. ... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:43:11 EST Ups and Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963194 So I figured something out this weekend. <BR> <BR> I thought that I was going to be able to go to one of the fitness clubs that I have been scouting out for a "free trial" this weekend, but what I discovered is that most of the group fitness classes take place during the work week (Mon thru Fri) and not so much on the weekend. That means that in order for me to join the fitness club and take part in the classes that I want to take part in, I need to figure out a way to work that into my sch... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:31:50 EST Friday was Great... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962659 I had a really good night last night. One of my friends went blueberry picking yesterday and offered to pick some for me. I love to go blueberry picking but just haven't had the opportunity to go yet this summer. So of course I said, "Yes, please!" Well after work I went over to her house to fetch my blueberries and I ended up staying for dinner and a movie and only leaving when I was so incredibly tired that I didn't even know if I could do the drive home. I made it home and fell into b... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:20:25 EST Celebrating My Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962154 I weighed in yesterday. I have lost a total of 13 pounds since June 2nd! So happy about this and very proud of my success. Really focusing on a Healthy Lifestyle and trying to banish All or Nothing Thinking. It's more about one day at a time and making healthy choices a lot more frequently than I did in the past. So grateful for my success.... Looking forward to continuing a Healthy Lifestyle one day at a time. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>30</em> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:18:36 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961553 Somehow or another I got off track and lost my momentum for my exercise streak. So today I am starting over and recommitting myself to 10 minutes of exercise each day one day at a time. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:24:47 EST Noticing Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960089 I think we call them Non-Scale Victories or NSVs. Well, I had one of those today. My pants are getting baggy. I noticed this change this morning as I walked around the office. Celebrating the little things! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:54:55 EST Still Looking.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959446 I am still looking for a fitness center that has the types of classes that I want to attend. One of my friends suggested that I ask someone that we know who seems to make fitness a priority. That might be better than looking on the internet. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 08:08:54 EST Finding a Fitness Center http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959042 I had a really good experience at a fitness center while I was on vacation. So much so that I would really like to find one close to home that I can go to. I enjoyed the classes and the use of the weight training area. I don't want to spend a fortune, but I do want to participate in the group activities. I found that very enjoyable while I was on vacation. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 11:45:55 EST Journey to England http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958417 Well, my family is well on their way to England by now. I think I may have mentioned this before.... my nephew's maternal grandmother passed away on the day of his wedding. We didn't know about it until the day after the wedding because of geography and a very kind God who did not allow the communication to occur until after my nephew was on his way to his honeymoon. <BR> <BR> So, my entire family (minus the newlyweds) are on their way to England. The funeral is scheduled for July 14th. ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 04:55:25 EST Slept Really Well Last Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957904 So why am I feeling tired this morning? Thu, 9 Jul 2015 06:43:38 EST How Many Days? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956729 Okay.... I know..... I know. I just got back from my first vacation in a very long time and I am already wondering how many days will it be before I go on my next vacation? I just had such an amazing time! Completely totally enjoyed every minute of it. <BR> <BR> Still happy! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 7 Jul 2015 03:31:42 EST Feeling Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956191 <em>224</em> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:33:45 EST Grateful to be Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955981 I didn't think that I would say that.... but now that I am home, I am grateful to be home. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 19:10:23 EST 4th of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955475 Tomorrow I will be returning home in order to regroup and return to work on Monday. This has been an amazing vacation! Exactly what I needed.... I had no idea how much I needed to get away and not be at work for a week. <BR> <BR> Grateful for the freedom to stay up late, sleep in, come and go as I please, & spend quality time with my family and friends. I have worked hard, played hard, rested hard, and laughed hard. I even got in a decent amount of physical activity in the form of fitnes... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 16:11:47 EST 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