LADYFROMTHEWOOD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LADYFROMTHEWOOD LADYFROMTHEWOOD'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/ Day 335 - Thanks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274298 Thanks for your support and prayers yesterday. I had two appointments to discuss the results of my ultrasound which showed that my uterus is full of fibroids. This is why my monthly has been heavy to the point that I've been anemic for years (it once got down to 4.5 despite being on iron supplements) and I have low-pain pressure in my lower abdomen. Not unusual for a woman of my age and not a risk for cancer, so I quieted my nerves with online research. However, the nurse practitioner tha... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:30:54 EST Day 326 - Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270181 Hello! Long time, no see! <BR> To say I've been busy with school and home is, well, the truth. <BR> My college courses are finally beginning to wind down for this semester. Part of my requirement this semester included working at the local middle school with the guidance counselor for 2-3 days a week until I reached 120 hours. That ended on Friday. <BR> So, what else have I been up to? <BR> <BR> I was in a play at our local community center. First one I've done in decades! Lots of fun. ... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:53:12 EST Day 232 - Gonna do it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220849 I've lost 2 lbs. this past month without tracking or going hungry. I credit the change to a vegan menu. I bought an Instant Pot while they were on sale. Been trying out lots of new recipes. My tastebuds are really beginning to change as well as my energy level. Sometimes I eat lunch for breakfast. I only want sweets and fats when I am super-stressed, so it's still an old coping mechanism. However, I have been able to resist the old habits easier and easier. It felt good to exercise ye... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:30:20 EST Day 231 - Up for a breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220318 Man, I've been battered ever since coming back from my trip. Hopefully the worst of it is over for now. Both our kids have had some serious issues that required more of our resources, attention, energy, and prayers than usual. One had to move in for a week while trying a new medication until the doctor cleared regular activity. Talk about scary and exhausting! <BR> <BR> Plus, Lucy had the surgery to repair her torn knee at the same time. So, she has suddenly required way more attention ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:18:38 EST Day 214 - Tofu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210565 I did it. I bought tofu. And I cooked it despite not really knowing what I was doing. I emptied the water out of the package, then cut it into cubes. Then I browned it in a non-stick pan, no oil. After that, I added soy sauce (mistake, b/c it went soft again), garlic, grated ginger root, and veggies (bell peppers, mushrooms, and a little bit of eggplant.) <BR> <BR> I ended up with a bowl of vegan yumminess that filled me up. I learned I should not add liquid to the tofu while cooking. ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 19:18:22 EST Day 213 - A few pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209766 I am only getting a few photos from my dad at a time. And a few from others that took the trip with us. Thought I'd share a few. <BR> <BR> Here is a pic of my dad and I in Washington State, as we visited with a distant cousin in the hotel. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f7332dc3-d9d2-4c21-a2b8-7591d4d20e65.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This one is of me hugging a redwood tree in CA. This place helped me to recharge my batteries. So quiet. I felt so small. One could easily ima... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 12:29:56 EST Day 211 - Back from the Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208861 Good news... I lost 1/2 pound. Let's not discuss the fact that I am 9 pounds over goal for the year. A loss is a loss! And this is the lowest weight I've been all year! Pretty good for eating out every meal for 21 days, eh? <BR> <BR> I tried to eat vegan during my trip. I had to give that up pretty quickly. I did well to eat vegetarian. This trip was not the type to consider any meal possibilities beyond the SAD. I did break my vegetarianism in search of good fried oysters on the Pac... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:21:14 EST Day 188 - Long haul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196144 Woke at 4 a.m. to get ready for this trip, so to say I'm sleepy at 11:30 "my" time is an understatement. We are spending the night in Wisconsin. Tomorrow we will head to Minnesota to the Mall of America. <BR> <BR> I walked at every stop. At the hotel, I got in an hour on the treadmill and some upper body strengthening. Had veggies and fruits all day, at Shapiro's Deli & Cafeteria and Cracker Barrel. I made vegan zucchini bread late last night and brought a loaf, some fruit, and raw al... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 22:31:01 EST Day 187 - Preparations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195079 Hi, buddies! <BR> Today is my last full day at home. I leave for the bus trip with my dad at 5:15 a.m. tomorrow. We will be riding all day, from central Kentucky up to Wisconsin. There are scheduled breaks, 3 at rest areas and 1 lunch, so I am planning to squeeze in a short walk each place. I've also checked that the hotel has a fitness room. A nice one, actually, including dumbbells. <BR> <em>362</em> <BR> I can see that food choices will be a problem. Most of the restaurants on th... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:29:53 EST Day 182 - Life Keeps Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192592 Hi, friends! <BR> Sorry I've been awol lately. I finished strong on my classes. Two more A's. I just discovered today that I had made the President's List for all the semesters since I returned to school last Fall. That means a 4.0 for those semesters. So, now I'm looking for scholarships to cover the $5,500 that I will have to borrow this coming year to graduate. <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> It took me almost two days to realize I am on a summer break now. Once that set in, I became almos... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:33:09 EST Day 174 - Southern Style Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187422 Now, I live in KY. We have plenty of Southern-style restaurants and fast food. But last night's dinner out... just blew my mind. <BR> We went to the visitation of Hubby's uncle, then out to dinner. I ordered the veggie plate. Steamed broccoli, baked sweet potato fries (was shocked that they didn't offer baked sweet potato), and then a naughty order of fried green tomatoes. I knew Hubby would eat at least one slice of the tomatoes, so I didn't feel too badly. <BR> But I got tickled at wha... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:14:42 EST Day 173 - Doing better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186918 Yay, I'm blogging! <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> Things that have happened... <BR> There is a kitten living in the big garage area at Hubby's work. We've been feeding it and trying to get it to not be afraid of people. Hoping to make it a workplace pet/mouser. <BR> <em>239</em> <BR> Daughter came to the house for Father's Day. She cooked pork chops and made a banana-split dessert. (We also did a Red Cross run together as a family for a young couple with 3 children under the age of 3! It ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:57:14 EST Day 159 - In for a penny, in for a pound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178269 Sometimes I wonder if I'm doing the right thing. I know you probably do too. All this time spent tracking. All this time spent doing schoolwork. I guess I feel the moments slipping through my fingers. Existential questions about purpose and vision have whispered incessantly in my ear all morning. What am I doing with my life NOW? Am I living it well? <BR> <BR> I have a fridge full of super-healthy foods. But I have to prep so much of it that I miss the convenience. I've spent an hou... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:14:23 EST Day 155 - Busy, but Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175680 Good morning! <BR> I am at Hubby's work, in a back office all set up to do my schoolwork. Here I am Sparking...lol! My plans today are to meet an old friend for a rare lunch, then go grocery shopping. This evening, I am hoping Hubby and I can catch the hot-air balloon race even though he isn't too keen to stay in town that late. I've brought my tennis shoes in case I can fit in a walk at the park as well. <BR> Tomorrow, we have a date planned. The farmer's market, then lunch at the same ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 09:35:47 EST Day 154 - Tests http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174981 I am taking two college courses at the moment. One is on Christian beliefs, a general ed. requirement of the institution. The other is on Testing and Assessment as it relates to casework and counseling. I thought the latter course would be boring. Instead, we are taking a lot of online versions of tests that we might administer to clients. It's been interesting! Personality tests, career interests, how conservative we are concerning attraction, and so on. <BR> <BR> I'll share the links... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 08:29:43 EST Day 153 - Go with the Flow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174476 I had such a healthy, happy start yesterday! <BR> Lucy the dog and I even went for an impromptu morning walk. <BR> I had a tropical smoothie for first breakfast. <BR> Then something happened. Family stuff. An unexpected trip of 230 miles with no planned snacks/meals. <BR> But did I let it throw me off track? NO! I refused to let my interrupted flow be an excuse for unhealthy choices. I did grab two water bottles on the way out. I read snack labels at the gas station. (Geez, the granola... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 13:42:18 EST Day 151 - Sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173255 I've always known that 15 minutes of sun exposure is enough to produce vitamin D. For some, vitamin D is hard to get from food unless it is fortified. <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> Careful not to burn, I have begun laying out for 30 minutes each day, 15 minutes each side. I just hope the Google Maps satellite doesn't pass over when I'm out. Hahahaha! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> We stayed home today, Memorial Day. Hubby worked on his truck and I worked on homework. The only non-vegan food I've... Mon, 30 May 2016 19:06:02 EST Day 150 - Detox? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172746 I am learning as I go, researching every day, about veganism. <BR> <BR> I turned down my 100-calorie microwave popcorn and some Doritoes today when I wanted a crunchy snack. Both have milk. Instead, I had baby carrots with hummus, then raw almonds. I've learned to drink my coffee without milk. I made fajitas tonight, replacing the meat with portabello mushroom slices. I wanted a dollop of sour cream so badly! Instead, I added a dollop of hummus. Not bad, not bad! <BR> <BR> My daily c... Sun, 29 May 2016 23:15:39 EST Day 149 - Can't Complain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172070 If asked how my day has been, I'd replied, "I can't complain!" <BR> <em>36</em> <BR> Woke early. Pondered my paper due by midnight. Made coffee. Ate breakfast and then showered. Went with Hubby to meet his siblings at the cemetery. Only one brother and his wife showed up. We put the flowers on their parents' headstone and strolled around the cemetery, chatting. <BR> <em>214</em> <BR> Headed to town where we ate at Mellow Mushroom. I didn't see the veggie burger on the menu, so I... Sat, 28 May 2016 19:18:02 EST Day 148 - Dealing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171575 Just a check-in. <BR> <BR> Have some stress concerning both the kids, but I'm dealing with it. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, these are just learning moments. But moms never stop worrying if their kids will be alright. Never. They might be at peace when they don't know the rough stuff, but mom's can tell when things aren't good in their kiddos hearts. I guess I should count it a blessing that they tell me the rough stuff (eventually.) <BR> <BR> I didn't lose weight this week, but I didn't gain... Fri, 27 May 2016 20:21:30 EST Vacation pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170787 This gives you a little taste of our vacation in the Nolin Lake area of Kentucky. It rained a big chunk of the time, so I didn't bother taking pictures of us reading inside the camper... hahaha! If you get the chance to visit Mammoth Cave, do so. But if you get the chance to also visit the other caves in the area, I hope you will since they hold more beauty! We've seen Mammoth Cave many times, so we tried Diamond Caverns this trip. <BR> <BR> The campgrounds. <BR> Setting up camp... <BR> ... Thu, 26 May 2016 12:54:14 EST Day 145 - Living on Lake Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169589 For some reason, I've struggled to get back to the old me since vacation. I look around and have no desire to make lists nor any guilt for not doing much beyond just enjoying my moments. I laid out this afternoon, hung more laundry on the porchline, watched what I wanted on Netflix. It's like I'm still at the lake, only I'm enjoying my ridgetop. Probably seeing my home like others do... like a vacation getaway with an awesome view and lots of peace. <BR> <em>47</em> <BR> <BR> I've be... Tue, 24 May 2016 16:06:41 EST Day 144 - Back to it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168832 <em>436</em> Nothing like a vacation to make you appreciate home! <BR> <em>473</em> Nothing like eating too much junk food (chips, cookies, donut sticks, flavored creamer) to make you appreciate real food. I seriously started CRAVING eggs by day 4. This is despite planning good suppers for the week. My coffee tasted so good this morning, like REAL coffee instead of a masked diva imposter. <em>106</em> <BR> Other than the weather, vacation filled the need to unwind and learn to enjo... Mon, 23 May 2016 13:42:32 EST Day 136 - Determined http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162982 I am determined to have stress-free days despite the stressors that pop up. Such as getting the camper stuck in the yard. Or busting a brake line. Or someone calling in the middle of the night for that "get you out of jail one time" favor. <BR> <BR> I am determined to enjoy our vacation despite having my first week of Summer classes the same week and learning that wifi will be unavailable at the state park campground. <BR> <BR> I am determined to exercise my butt off to work off the wine a... Sat, 14 May 2016 19:14:34 EST Day Something or Other http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161346 Seriously, I have gotten off track on SP this week. Stress eating a little, and not tracking well. However, TODAY should be the last day of turning in assignments for class. Then, I will begin on next week's reading/tests to get a jump on Summer session so I can enjoy a week at the lake with Hubby. <BR> <BR> My dad's 5th wheel camper is parked in our yard, awaiting me to clean all the dead ladybugs out of it, then pack it up. He had not used it since 2011 or 2012, so we got a flat tire o... Thu, 12 May 2016 08:12:38 EST Day 130 - Slip, Get Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159274 I spent so much of this week under the stress of school. I did manage to find a movie editor online, but it took 3 days to get the video to load, edit, and upload. Then I had the stress of the possibility of the volume being too low for my instructor to hear it. To say I've been waiting to exhale is an understatement. I sent the finished product to my instructor as I was walking out the door on Saturday to take my mom to an early dinner at Cheddar's. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Mon, 9 May 2016 09:44:19 EST Day 129 - Sorry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159011 No blog of sustenance today. It's been a long weekend and I'm just vegging out. I plan to be back tomorrow (Monday.) <BR> <BR> Thinking of each and every one of you though! <BR> Teresa Sun, 8 May 2016 21:49:41 EST Day 127 - This is Working! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157473 This morning was weigh-in. I lost 2.4 pounds this week! By using my Fitbit to track my calories burned, and SP to track my calories in, and keeping burned higher than in... success! I suspect I'm burning more that Fitbit calculates, since that's almost too fast in the pounds lost department. My chart says I had a 3,043 calorie deficit for the week, which should be more like 1 pound instead of 2.4. I will keep an eye on that. I'm still charting everything on a paper calendar, so that hel... Fri, 6 May 2016 08:51:03 EST Day 126 - Brewed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156882 Good morning (or whenever you read this) my Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo today? Do you have Derby plans? (I enjoy watching the Derby race on t.v., seeing the fashion at the track, but don't buy into the hoopla surrounding it despite being a Kentuckian.) What about Mother's Day coming up? I'm calling my mom today to set up a time/day to take her out to eat either on Friday evening or Saturday. Sunday is supposed to be stormy and will no doubt be busy as well.... Thu, 5 May 2016 10:47:40 EST Day 125 - Percolating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156165 I rested yesterday, catching up on sleep with a nap. Shopping and schoolwork on Monday must've worn me out more than I realized! The meeting at the fire department went well last night. Afterwards, Hubby took me to Pizza Hut because I was so low on calories for the day and neither of us felt like making supper. Even after eating two slices of stuffed-crust, veggie-lovers pizza with garlic butter I came in on the low side of calories. I guess because I had gone back to sleep after first b... Wed, 4 May 2016 10:35:29 EST Day 124 - New Shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155393 I did not work on a new morning routine due to plans to go to town with the goal of finding new shoes for Daughter and myself. I started it off well with a homemade breakfast of oatmeal with fruit and seeds instead of processed sugar. And I filled my water bottle (3c.) and my regular water cup (3c.) to take on the road with me. <BR> <BR> We spent a long time at the shoe store, trying on different styles until we were almost burnt out on shoes. I did buy a pair of sneakers that feel divine... Tue, 3 May 2016 08:38:53 EST Day 123 - Upping the Ante http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154543 With May comes a challenge to myself to tweak a few goals. <BR> * Go from a minimum of 5,000 steps/day to 6,000 <BR> * Go from 15-120 active minutes to at least a minimum of 20 <BR> * Go from 8 cups of water minimum to greater than 9 (so basically 9.5 or more) <BR> * Go from a minimum of 7 hours of sleep to 8 (naps can help when available.) <BR> * Keep the intake lower than the output on calories for the day <BR> Add - take a shower/bath at least 4 times per week (see previous blog "I've beco... Mon, 2 May 2016 08:07:50 EST Day 122 - May I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153939 Can I? I don't know, can you? I mean, may I? <BR> Ever had that conversation with one of your elementary teachers? <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So, it's now May. The month of school ending for many students and teachers. The last month before what we all think of as the beginning of summer. Are you ready for summer? I like thinking I have this one last month before the official start of the season of tank tops and shorts, maybe even a bathing suit. I will need a new bathing suit fo... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:29:45 EST Day 121 - Loving Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153432 I have been dealing with some severe pain, monthly. Yesterday, I did the craziest (or sanest, depending on how you look at it) thing. I spoke inwardly to those places that hurt and told them I loved them. I thanked those spots for the part they play in my life. I thanked my hip joints for putting up with all the weight I've required them to carry and for the extra work they've done lately as I've exercised. I told my lady parts specifically how much I appreciate my children and even that... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:52:48 EST Day 120 - I've Become My Mother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152695 The following is a deeply personal revelation, mostly for my own purpose. It is quite the feat for me to recognize and face the following. <BR> <BR> My mother and I did not mesh well at all when I was young, so to hear someone say "you look just like her" or "that sounds like something your mom would say" just runs all over me even today. While we do favor in looks, she had this way of putting on a front for others that was contrary to the way she was at home. I swore I would never do tha... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:31:33 EST Day 119 - Holy Hostas, Batman! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152013 We got the craziest hail storm yesterday! It had already lasted longer than any we had experienced (and we've seen 'em plenty) before Hubby decided to start filming. Then it lasted even after he stopped. In fact, so long that we got bored of watching it! While rain sounds great on a metal roof, hail storms do not. A neighbor about 1 mile away had his barn roof blown off. Other than some holey Hostas, we didn't get any damage to our things even though we watched our vehicles get pelted. ... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:56:06 EST Day 118 - Ugly Duckling Stage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151299 Here is the fixed link to my vision board video. I had forgotten that I had to take the "https://" off of the link for SP. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Miz4BS_ua5g </link> <BR> <BR> Oh, my, goodness. My body is in that ugly duckling stage of looking lumpy and flabby as I shrink faster than my skin. I know I need to work harder on toning up my muscles. I've been here before. It's just a stage. Like the chrysalis stage of the butterfly and the awkward stage of swans. I try not ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:36:19 EST Day 117 - Regaining Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150694 My stress went off the chart yesterday as I had trouble finishing a homework assignment. I managed to finish it with only 20 minutes to spare. AND I did not realize another assignment had fallen into the late category until I went to turn it in at the usual time. I still turned it in and said a prayer. <BR> <BR> I felt so "a day late and a dollar behind" yesterday. I've decided I must get a system in place to help me keep up with deadlines. I'm so used to remembering well or not having ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:08:05 EST Day 116 - Walking the Dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149841 Here is my vision board video! Click here. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Miz4BS_ua5g </link> <BR> <BR> We drove down to visit our son yesterday so that Hubby could help him fix his starter. I had already planned to walk while they worked. Turned out that Son was dog-sitting for a friend. <BR> <BR> This is Arya (AR-ree-yah). I suspect she is a Collie/German Shepherd mix. Very high energy! But she hasn't been trained to mind or be calm. I took it upon myself to walk her and do... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:24:50 EST Day 115 - It's too easy to undo the good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149119 Ok, I overdid it on Wed-Fri and ended up being too tired and too hungry on Saturday. I still end up with a 581 calorie deficit at the end of last week though. Lesson learned yesterday? Don't stop at the Snak Shak for a caramel sundae. It's not worth the calories. And their ice cream, while lactose-free, still triggers my milk allergy. <BR> <BR> New day, new week. Today I do plan to have fried oysters at Toot's, so I will have to be careful about side items and my meal at supper. Hubby... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:00:49 EST Day 113 - Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148230 I'll update my chart tomorrow because I am too pooped to do another single thing today except veg then go to bed. But I can tell you I knocked my goals outta the park yesterday and today. <BR> <BR> Went to town on a whim with Hubby. <BR> Had Hardee's (Carl Jr's) for breakfast. <BR> Got my engine light checked out. Sparkplug. <BR> Worked a little on homework. <BR> Bought lunch from Subway. <BR> Daughter dropped by for a visit. <BR> Walked purposely around the business three times today and ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:10:20 EST Day 112 - Charting as a Tool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147157 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1cbe75b1-837a-43cf-8db2-b5407476e312.jpg"> <BR> My class for Counseling Techniques includes the assignment of creating a vision board. I have to write a blog or create a video blog for this. If the video blog turns out well, I'll share it here as well! <BR> <BR> This little calendar is what I worked on last night as part of my vision board. I've decided to record my S(teps), W(ater), Z(zzzz's/sleep), I(ntake of calories), and O(utput of cal... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:11:27 EST Day 111 - A Little Math http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146383 If I walk around the center of my house, that's about 33 steps. <BR> If I want to get in 10,000 steps in a day between 8 and 4, minus 2 hours in which I may or may not take a nap (depending on my sleep deficit), I'll need to walk 43 rounds every hour. <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> Hubby and I are in need of a little getaway, but planning it has proven to be difficult. I only have one weekend in between my Spring semester ending and Summer session beginning. We are going to take the chance... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:15:27 EST Day 110 - Purposeful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145558 The busyness of life has been an easy excuse for me to neglect my Sparklife. My health is important (and SP supports that) as well as the friendships I have here. I must be mindful to make my SP time a daily priority no matter what else is going on. <BR> <BR> And boy, has it been going on! Yesterday was the first day I've ever tried to sleep in since I had some insomnia during the night. Hubby woke me up to report that he saw a house fire reported on the news about 20 minutes away from u... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:01:34 EST Day 108 - Anniversary Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144282 The weather has been nice. Too bad we've been missing it with naps and shopping. You'll never guess what we bought on our anniversary. A pair of binoculars for use on the farm and camping. That's us in a nutshell. <BR> <BR> We did go to town to eat at Bob Evans. That steak didn't even taste like steak! I brought 3/4 of it home to Lucy the dog. We grilled brats for supper and drank too much wine and beer and stayed up too late watching Netflix. <BR> <BR> I could be a spoiled crybaby a... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 15:05:52 EST Day 106 - Yesterday's Recap, Today's Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142826 Yesterday I spent around 6-7 hours working on Red Cross business. I woke up early and realized, "I have a job to go to this morning!" That was weird. Hahaha! I was successful at completing my first case! I learned a lot from it and know what I need to work on to be better next time. <BR> <BR> I came home for lunch instead of eating out. Win. <BR> I resisted the urge for a pop while out. Win. Today is day 90 of my "no pop" streak. <BR> <BR> I had supper in the oven (fish and roasted ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:57:16 EST Day 104 - Life Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141852 I went to work with Hubby today. Just because I could. And because I dreaded staying home where grief might sneak up on me and cause an unproductive day. We ate out for breakfast and supper, but took soup for our lunch. My Fitbit battery died mid-morning, so no steps recorded. I did manage to do schoolwork and check out a book from the library. Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning." It's a must-read for counseling students since he was one of the great theorists in therapy. <BR> ... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:40:01 EST Day 103 - One Last Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140501 The pain pill from the vet helped her. She finally ate last night, but hasn't touched her food this morning. Everything we've done for or with her in the past 24 hours has been unbearably hard. Her last outing in the yard. I'm thankful that it was warm and dry enough to do that. Her last pills. I packed all her meds up to give to the vet to dispose of or give to someone that could use the free meds. Her last meal, which she hasn't touched. Her last brushing. Hubby emptied her litter ... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:59:22 EST Day 102 - Decision Made http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139709 I've eaten within range for two days straight now. And I've gotten in 12 c. of water each day. (That makes the biggest difference in me.) I still have not exercised purposefully, but I've already walked this morning while the eggs were cooking just to get in extra steps. Hubby is wearing his Fitbit faithfully now. He still hasn't started tracking his food yet. Last night he made supper. Portabello mushroom caps cooked in a concoction of soy and spices, with sides of baked potato and sa... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:47:45 EST Day 101 - Getting It Together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139061 First off, thanks, friends, for commenting yesterday. I appreciate you. <BR> MC is currently lying on a flannel blanket beside me on the couch. I've decided to spoil her rotten for the rest of the time. I can tell in the past 24 hours that her anemia is indeed getting worse and she is starting to have moments when she just doesn't feel good. If she wants junk food (dry kibble) or outside to lick dirt, then by golly she's gonna have it. Time is too short. <BR> <BR> I didn't tell you that... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 10:57:24 EST