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/ Today is Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186146 What have I done well in the past four days? <BR> <BR> 1. I am definitely eating more fruits and vegetables. <BR> 2. I have made time to connect with friends and be more active. <BR> <BR> <BR> What have I learned? <BR> <BR> 1. I don't have a clue what it looks like to eat within my points range. <BR> 2. I need to make a plan to have more activity in my day. <BR> <BR> I just finished a telephone coaching session in which I was encouraged to not be so hard on myself. Go figure! I'm s... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:49:44 EST Being Confronted with Some Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185036 The past 24 hours has been a wake up call for me. I decided to join Weight Watchers yesterday because I felt like I was in need of some face to face accountability. I love my Spark Community, but I have a tendency to hide some things from you because I am ashamed of how I look and some of the choices that I have made when it comes to food. I am not leaving Spark People, but I have joined Weight Watchers as well. <BR> <BR> I say all of that to say that the last 24 hours has really been a w... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 07:48:29 EST Anxiety Is Not My Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164033 There.... I said it. I am not going to allow anxiety to prevent me from doing things. I am in the process of doing a take home final exam for one of my classes that is very challenging. I have been battling with the thoughts in my head to the point that they are preventing me from getting this assignment completed. I will not allow anxiety to keep me from getting this done. <BR> <BR> Anxiety is not my friend. Mon, 16 May 2016 10:30:43 EST Walking Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160799 My walking has resumed this week after an entire week of being rained out last week. My walking partner still motivates me to get out of bed and go for a walk Monday thru Friday and I am grateful. She tracks our speed and distance with an app on her phone. It has been very encouraging to have that information as a tool to track my progress. She pretty much goes at my pace because she is in much better physical condition than me at this point. My allergies have also been giving me some gr... Wed, 11 May 2016 11:50:12 EST Mother's Day Weekend 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159609 I hope that I don't ever forget this past Mother's Day weekend. It was a mix of happy and sad, good and bad, but the end result was that I walked away feeling incredibly grateful for my Mom. My Mom wanted one thing this weekend - me. I did my best to make her feel special and appreciated and loved, but somehow or another I walked away feeling that she had spent the whole weekend being a blessing to me and celebrating me. There is not a thing that I could do or a gift that I could give her... Mon, 9 May 2016 19:07:42 EST One Week Ago Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152815 Well, it is official. I have accomplished one week of morning walks with my walking partner as of today. We started last Friday and we have walked 4 days since then including today. It is not long and it is not fast, but I am moving. It really helps to know that someone is expecting me to show up and walk at 6 AM. I did not want to get out of bed this morning, but I did. So much of this battle is in my head. If I can just keep doing the next right thing...... one day at a time, Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:25:27 EST Morning Walks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147757 Yesterday I reached out to a friend and asked her if she would be willing to walk with me in the mornings. I told her that I am out of shape and would not be able to go far or fast, but I would like to get moving once again. She wholeheartedly agreed and we met this morning for our first walk. <BR> <BR> The goal was 20 minutes. When her alarm went off at 10 minutes, we decided to go a little bit further before heading back. <BR> <BR> Total walk time = 30 minutes. <BR> Total distance = 1.... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:27:16 EST Getting Back to the Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147127 Yesterday I went grocery shopping with one thing in mind. I wanted to put healthy items in my food cart and make sure that I would have good choices available in my home. I am pleased with the choices that I made. Today it is simply about getting back to the basics. Get a good night's sleep. Eat well balanced meals that include protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and exercise. That's it. Back to the Basics. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:34:49 EST Gym Membership http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124952 I lost my job at the end of January and decided to join a gym in the hopes of keeping me on track with physical exercise. I did really well from January 29th to March 1st. I haven't been back to the gym since March 1st. I've thought about it quite a few times, but I just haven't gone. <BR> <BR> My classes resume tonight and I am concerned that with adding one more thing to my to do list, I'm not so sure that I should continue to pay for the gym membership. I am much more of an outdoors g... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:00:24 EST Something Good Happened Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110504 I got an offer.... not a job offer..... but an offer for my placement to complete my practicum for my Master's degree. This is really good news. I have been caught between a rock and a hard place because I haven't finished my Master's degree yet, but I really don't want to resort back to seeking employment in a field where I used to work rather than where I want to work. I still don't know how all of the pieces of the puzzle will fit together, but I am hopeful that it will work out for my ... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 16:57:08 EST New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105943 Today I am grateful for a new day. Some days are better than other days, but I am extremely grateful that each day is new. I can put the past behind me and start fresh with no mistakes. Happy Saturday everyone! <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 09:07:09 EST Amused But Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097372 Just read this quote, "The only way to finish your workout is to start." I am amused, but motivated. Headed to the gym! Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:49:28 EST Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095077 I am reminded once again of the many things that I take for granted on a daily basis. Today I am grateful for these things. <BR> <BR> 1. Hot water and a shower <BR> 2. Clean drinking water <BR> 3. A warm place to stay when it is freezing cold outside <BR> 4. My cell phone and internet service so I can stay connected <BR> 5. Enough money to pay the bills for today Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:29:51 EST Two Weeks Ago Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094116 It has been two weeks since my last day of employment with my previous employer. It may very well have been one of the best things to have happened for my health. The day after my last day of work I went to the gym with a friend. Two days after that I joined the gym and I have been going ever since. I don't get there everyday, but I have gone 11 days out of 13. I met with a personal trainer on Thursday of last week and he gave me a plan for my first 30 days. After that, I will meet with... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:25:05 EST First Goodbye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081677 I had to say goodbye to a very dear friend and long time co-worker today. He doesn't work on Fridays, so I had to say my goodbyes to him today. I wasn't ready for that. Tomorrow will be the rest of the goodbyes. I need to get through just one more day. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:24:22 EST Home Stretch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078363 Five more days. I am on the home stretch. This week's focus is tying up loose ends and making sure that everything is in order before I walk out the door at the end of the day on Friday. Grateful for the 10 years that I have served. Curious to see what the next chapter of my life will contain. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 01:49:38 EST Gratitude List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077582 Today I am grateful for the roof over my head and a warm place to sleep. <BR> I am grateful for my friends and family. <BR> I am grateful for the internet and a way to stay connected with family and friends near and far. <BR> I am grateful for the freedom to worship. <BR> I am grateful for a new beginning. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 06:39:07 EST Turned A Corner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077112 I think I have turned a corner. As many of you already know, I have been looking for a job because my present position is coming to an end on Jan 29th. The corner that I have turned is that I am no longer waiting for a phone call in order to plan my next step. I have decided that even if I am not able to secure another job by Friday, I am going to continue to pursue my education. I have come too far to let the fact that I have been laid off prevent me from finishing my degree program. No... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:31:44 EST One Week From Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075975 One week from today will be my last day with my present employer in my present role. Hard to believe after all of this time that this job is ending. Still taking it one day at a time. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 03:56:35 EST Yesterday's Job Interview http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063074 Yesterday was my first job interview since I received notice that my present position is ending on Jan 29th. I thought that it went well. Some of the questions that I had were answered and I walked away feeling optimistic. Still not sure what I want to do, but at least I am making progress. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 11:59:00 EST One Day At A Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060756 The challenges and changes continue..... I am seeking a new job. Hoping to have a couple of interviews lined up by the end of the week. My present position will be ending January 29th due to my company losing the contract that we have held since 2000. I am optimistic. <BR> <BR> My doctor's visit went well. I was waiting for a phone call to be able to say that with confidence, but now that I have received the phone call I can say that with confidence. <BR> <BR> This week has it's fair sh... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 05:16:38 EST Challenges and Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050578 Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I have started with a healthy breakfast and in just a few minutes I'll be headed out the door for a doctor's appointment. 9 months ago I had to undergo a surgery and today is my 9 month follow up appointment. I am seeing a new doctor today and I am hoping and praying for a good report. Thanks to all of you who gave me such a warm welcome back to the blogging community a couple of days ago! It was nice to say hello to the Spark Community once... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:11:37 EST Hello Spark Community! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049721 It's been a long time since I have posted a blog. I have been immersed in grad school since the beginning of September and I am just now coming up for a breath of fresh air. I finished my classes this week and I am happy to say that I have accomplished another year of my education! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>380</em> <em>224</em> <em>243</em> Sat, 19 Dec 2015 09:16:30 EST Computer Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997256 So I had to take my computer to the IT guys at school today.... I am hoping that they will be able to fix it. For those of you who believe in the power of prayer, please be in agreement with me that they will be able to fix it without losing all of the work that I have already done for grad school. Thanks! Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:00:47 EST 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