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/ First Week of My New Job is Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364291 What an incredible week this has been. I love my new job. Really looking forward to getting my first paycheck in a couple of weeks. I am adjusting to the new routine. I have a couple of days to catch up on all of the things that I no longer have time to do during the week: house cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, paying bills, etc... <BR> <BR> I am definitely getting a lot more steps in the course of a day now that I am working full time. I have very little desire to check e-mail or g... Sat, 20 May 2017 09:57:03 EST Loving the Body I'm In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360251 Today was another opportunity for me to love the body that I am in. I went clothes shopping today for my new job. I start on Monday, May 15th. I have a very limited number of clothes that are appropriate for work in my present size. Fortunately, I was blessed with a couple of gift cards as graduation presents from my friends. The fact that one of them was specific to a particular store helped to motivate me to go shopping. <BR> <BR> I spent a lot of time in the store today, determined n... Wed, 10 May 2017 16:23:01 EST New Chapter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359697 A new chapter has begun. I graduated from college with my Master's degree this past weekend and I have a few days in between the completion of my degree and the first day of my new job. I will start my new job on Monday. I am still flying high on the accomplishment and the celebration of this past weekend. All is well. <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Tue, 9 May 2017 10:32:19 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358650 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b53fec7b-4f69-4af0-a305-ef665f44e1f0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of me with my youngest niece, my brother, my mom, and my sister-in-law after I was hooded and received my diploma today. No more countdown. It is finished! And I could not be any happier. It is well with my soul. <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> Sat, 6 May 2017 23:45:21 EST Almost There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357435 Well, I am almost there. I turned in my last assignments to my professor last night and now I have one more class tonight. On Friday Mom is coming and on Saturday I will graduate. I cannot wait to have my diploma in hand. It has been a long journey. So grateful that it is almost over. <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> Thu, 4 May 2017 03:21:25 EST This time next week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354694 This time next week I will be done with my school work and classes and my Mom will be on her way to see me and spend the weekend celebrating my graduation with me. <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:34:27 EST The Excitement is Building http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348821 For those of you who have been following me for any amount of time, I am sure that you are fully aware that I am on the final leg of what has been a very long journey. I woke up this morning and realized, oh my goodness.... I am graduating 3 weeks from today! My emotions are pretty much over the top as the day approaches. I feel like I have tunnel vision. All I can see is the prize in store for finally crossing that finish line. The Boston Marathon has nothing on me for the amount of sel... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:37:09 EST Decided to Take a Fresh Air Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343186 Yesterday I was in the middle of typing a paper for school when one of my friends called me and wanted to go for a walk. I decided to take a fresh air break and go for a walk. After the fresh air break I returned to my school work and submitted my paper. It was a good decision and I am glad that I took the break and spent some time moving with a friend. <BR> <BR> <em>361</em> Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:54:57 EST Setting a Timer Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342143 Anyone else ever have the experience of feeling like a whole day just flew by and you didn't get anything done? Well today I am trying a new tactic. I am setting a timer and giving myself small bits of time to get things done. For example: I needed to do my laundry today. I live in a 3rd floor apartment and my laundry is done in the basement. Sometimes I start the laundry and then forget all about it because I am involved in other things. Today I am setting the timer to remind me to go... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 09:45:19 EST Love the Body You're In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341658 I don't know who this is for, but I feel prompted to write it. So here we go. Recently, I decided to go dress shopping. You see, I am graduating from college with my Master's degree in 36 days and I really wanted to celebrate my accomplishment in style. The dress that I had originally thought that I would wear for this occasion does not fit me because I have gained a little bit of weight since I purchased it (May 2015 - for my nephew's wedding). Anyway, I went dress shopping not having a... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:31:25 EST Getting Close to a New Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338292 Last night was the first night of my very last class that I need to complete before graduation. I was happy to be there, but also amused by something that happened. You see, I am on a path toward graduation that is out of the ordinary. My graduation is scheduled for May 6th, but the class that I am enrolled in does not end until May 25th. My original understanding was that I needed to complete all of my work for this class by the time of graduation in order to graduate, but when I met wit... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:17:51 EST Loving My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317386 Today's Blog is definitely going to be on a very personal note for me. You see, I am on the homestretch of realizing a lifelong dream... I am on track to graduate with my Master's degree in May of this year and I will finally be eligible to be employed in my chosen field without having to convince someone of my qualifications based on my life and work experiences. We live in a world where there are certain benchmarks that we are expected to attain in order to be recognized as qualified for... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:05:54 EST New Chapter of My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297409 Hello Spark Community. <BR> <BR> I am probably not going to be seen in the Community very much for the next 16 weeks or so. I am on the home stretch of completing my graduate studies and my schedule is pretty intense right now. In 16 weeks (if all goes well) I will be graduating! Can't tell you how excited I am and how amazing it feels to know that a life long dream will be accomplished. <BR> <BR> So let me share what I am doing to take care of myself during this leg of my journey. I ha... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:48:51 EST It's About the Intensity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266114 The new gym that I am trying out is different because of the fitness programs that are tailored to fit you. My first day at the gym I completed a fitness assessment. Since then, the workouts have been designed to get me exercising with intensity. There is a ton of variety. I am working harder for a short period of time to get the most out of the time that I am spending at the gym. My next workout session is scheduled for Monday. Today is a rest day. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:03:50 EST Fitness Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265749 I may have found a fitness program that will work for me.... One week down of a two week trial period and I am liking it..... <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 12 Nov 2016 15:08:18 EST My Catch All Space http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265163 Does anyone else have a "catch all space" in their home? It's the space where you walk in the door and things get set down just because you have walked in the door. I have a continual battle to not allow it to become a cluttered mess. It takes so little effort to just put things away right away, and yet, somehow.... I keep seem to fall back into the pattern of using my catch all space rather than just putting things away right away. It took about 15 minutes this morning to just put it all... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:14:03 EST Perseverance and Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254921 I went away last week to go see my Mom and celebrate her birthday with her. When I came home, I stepped on the scale and realized that I had gained a few pounds while celebrating with her. Well, I am happy to report that just four days after a four day weekend getaway, I am back to the weight that I was before I went to see my Mom. In case you have not read my blogs in the past, I am keenly aware that spending time with my Mom seems to be a trigger for me to deviate from my plan of eating ... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:29:46 EST Uphill Battle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219251 I had the pleasure of attending a leadership conference last week. One of the speakers presented an idea that has been ruminating in my mind. The idea is that we all want and hope for the results that are at the top, or uphill, but often times the effort that we are willing to exert is the effort that is required for a downhill journey. The changes that I want to see in my life come with an uphill effort, not a downhill ride. I have decided that I am going to take this idea to heart and f... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:08:46 EST The Journey Continues...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213186 I have been struggling with my food choices lately.... emotional eating perhaps. My mom came to visit me unexpectedly a couple of weeks ago. I used her visit as an excuse to eat without reservation and I have not gotten back on track since she left. I am still attending my WW meetings and I am still weighing in even though the numbers have been moving in the opposite direction since her visit. The good news is that I have not returned to the weight where I started and I have a plan to go... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 10:41:32 EST I had a weight gain this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205734 I knew that it was bound to happen eventually and I can't say that I am surprised that this was the week that it happened. Parties all last weekend and then my mom came to visit me at the end of the week before my weigh in. I am not discouraged. I know what I need to do this week in order to see a loss next week. I am proud of myself because I still went to my meeting and I still stepped on the scale. I am not giving up. Still moving forward one day at a time. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:03:47 EST I realized something today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201101 I am actually ahead of my goal of losing a pound per week because my first weigh in with WW was on day one. I thought that I had finished four weeks last week, but that wasn't true. It was actually my fourth weigh in including my original weigh in on day one. That means that this week is my fifth weigh in, but I have only been on the WW program four weeks as of today. I am happy to report that I have lost 2.4 pounds this past week making my total weight loss in four weeks 7.2 pounds. Ver... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 18:29:14 EST Four Weeks and 4.8 Pounds Gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199347 It has been four weeks since I joined Weight Watchers and I have lost 4.8 pounds. I said from day one that one pound per week still equals 52 pounds in a year. I am happy with the progress that I have made so far. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:09:52 EST Nothing Wrong with Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193018 A couple of weeks ago I decided to join Weight Watchers. I felt like I needed the accountability. It was too easy for me to pretend to myself that I wasn't steadily gaining weight week by week and day by day, but I could see it in pictures and I knew that my clothes were no longer comfortable. <BR> <BR> When I weighed in two weeks ago, I had reached my all time highest weight once again. I knew that if I didn't do something I wasn't going to be able to wear any of the clothes that are in ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 12:26:48 EST 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