LADYMACK24's SparkPeople Blog LADYMACK24's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Busy Days New system at work. More work. Longer hours. And the day I decided to walk at lunch...its rainy and cold. Go figure! <BR> <BR> Nevertheless - today is your day - Make it beautiful! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:48:34 EST You Just Never Know I'm the academic advisor for my department. I guide just a little over 250 students. It's been a rough few days back at work. We are in the throws of a campus wide system change. Launch day is Monday. It has become the focus of everything we do. And rightfully so. I mean - it's only going to affect the entire university. I've been training since December, meeting with students, answering phone calls, responding to emails, making schedule adjustments, meeting with students, answers emails...o... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:11:43 EST Travel from Kentucky to Ohio I returned home at 3am on Sunday, April 6th...exhausted and exhilarated all at the same time. The tour of the travelers along the underground railroad was and will forever be a truly amazing experience. I encourage any and all...if you get a chance, please visit the Slave Haven Museum and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis TN; stand on the Tennessee banks of the Ohio River and look across into Ohio; visit the National Freedom Center in Cincinnati. But most importantly - no matter w... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:35:20 EST Travel from Memphis, TN to Maysville, KY The second leg of my trip. An extra long ride in the rain. But to be here and listen to the history of Maysville. WOW. <BR> <BR> I have stayed true to my water in take but not so much the healthy eating. Will try to do better the rest of the trip. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 23:31:33 EST Deliberate Challenge - yesterday & today Day 13: <BR> I made myself work in my blog ( I used every excuse I could as to why I should not blog. Saying things like: 'No one is going to read your blog. There are already enough blogs about this same thing. You don't have time to do this.' <BR> I didn't listen. I did it anyway...and to my disbelief, I've gotten 3 followers!!! <BR> Take Away: Push through the fear. <BR> <BR> Day 14 <BR> Ready to explore Memphis, TN. But mostly excited about learning more of... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:29:51 EST Day 12 - Fitness Minutes Goal Met This Monday...the last Monday of this month. Whew, where has the time gone? Man, tomorrow is the first day of April - the start of the 2nd quarter. So far, I'm at 18 days of consistency and 441 total fitness minutes. I surpassed my goal of 400, <em>104</em> . I am motivated to continue, next month fitness minutes...500. <BR> <BR> I be traveling this week. I expect to see some exciting things and learn more about the travels of those along the Underground Railroad. And last but certainly n... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:48:23 EST Day 11 - Celebrating Birthdays Today, my babies, my twins (my dogs) are three years old. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Zoey(left) Stormy(right) <BR> <BR> It is still hard to believe it's been 3 years. I remember the day we brought both of them home. We had talked about a dog. My husband came from a family of German Shepherds. Well at that time, I could not find one for less than $500. So I continued the search. My co-worker brought a picture of Zoey to work. She stated her ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:27:16 EST Day 10 Well, I was all too excite about my new activity tracker. I stayed up later than usual to make sure it was working. Today, I was so excited that I left it at home. Go figure. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Nevertheless, today has been a beautiful day. I was able to meet with high school seniors at our annual "explore" university day. I love being in a position to influence young matter what degree path they choose, I want to be able to encourage and inspire greatness. <BR> <BR> Hope... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:49:53 EST Day 9 Got my tracker today. So excited! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After an extremely busy day at work, this was a very welcoming surprised. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:18:44 EST Day 6 - Spark Activity Tracker I just purchased the Sparkpeople Activity tracker. No more stopwatch. No more pedometer. No more websites to calculate calories burned. I am so excited I can hardly wait the 5-7 days for shipping. Check it out <BR> <BR> I am always moving. Always doing something - and I want it to count. I've been saying for a couple of weeks I would get this tracker and today I did. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> If you have one, let me know what you think about it. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:53:55 EST 40 Bags in 40 Days - Day 2 & Day 3 Day 2 & 3: On Friday before I left, I clean out one bind of recycled paper; one kitchen and 2 Walmart bags of plastic and glass bottles. <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:00:53 EST Deliberate Challenge - Day 2 & 3 Day 2: Came to New Orleans yesterday. Had a wonderful time. Oh my and my bestest friend walked and walked and ate and ate. I maintain some healthy eating. Not too hard to do, but oh my was it a challenge. <BR> <BR> Day 3: Up early. I was going to the gym in the hotel. Then I realized we would probably be walking again today. The other plan is to take a trip to the aquarium. More fun. <em>224</em> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 08:53:51 EST 40 Bags in 40 Days - Day 1 This challenge is centered around lent. Instead of giving up something, this young lady decided to bag a day for 40 days. I found out about this challenge...2 weeks ago and did absolutely nothing with it. But today...oh this sweet day...(can you tell I'm kinda excited about today) <em>334</em> I'm all in. <BR> <BR> I need to declutter, spring clean, and get busy with my sewing. So000, I'm going to use this as my catalyst to get my house clean and get some items made. <B... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:10:22 EST Deliberate Challenge - Day 1 Welcome to the 21 Day Deliberate Challenge! <BR> <BR> Yes, that's right the Deliberate Challenge. What? Deliberate Challenage? What does that mean? I am so glad you asked. <BR> <BR> Deliberate means "carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional". Yeah, I like that word INTENTIONAL. So whatever is done is INTENTIONAL - PURPOSEFULLY - METHODICAL. <BR> <BR> Why? Because if I am to be the person I was destined to be; if I am to make a difference in the lives of others, and...get t... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:00:38 EST It's Spring 2014 - This Sweet Day! Yes, Yes, Yes. Today is the first day of Spring and I am glad about it. The weather will be warmer. The flowers will be in bloom. And it seems like spirits are a bit lighter. <BR> <BR> Oh this sweet day, which is also my <em>249</em> ! Sad to say, but this isn't my first or second or third. I've had many DAY 1s before. And I will probably have a few more. But on this day and everyday forward, I do things differently. I'm beginning a couple of challenges today. And I have learned the grea... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:05:37 EST Rainy Sunday It's been raining all morning. I'd rather stay in bed, but I've got to get the girls (my dogs) some exercise...and me too. I guess a trip to PetSmart is on the horizon. <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday to you. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:31:26 EST Time Change I've been struggling with this time change. Seems like my brain and body just can't get with it. Oh, to work I go. <BR> <BR> Hope your week has been good! Have a wonderful weekend! Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:52:59 EST Happy Thursday First day without my splint. Tried not to do too much. It was hard. Now for my nightly hand massage and exercises. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:39:29 EST Set Back 4 Set Up 2 Come Back OMGEEE - has been almost 2 months and I refuse to go another day. The myriad of things and events from my reserve unit to financial to work to a car accident which has left me with a broken bone in my hand - surgery - and at least 4-6 months of physical therapy. To say the least, exercising and my healthy habits were put on the back burner and left for ashes. Some pretty bleak and frustrating days. <BR> <BR> It maybe a set waaaay back, but the set up is just what I needed to get up, ge... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 11:23:28 EST Ready for the week Morning run/walk with the dogs got my morning off to a great start. I have my plan for the week and I'm ready. These are the last few weeks before the fall semester begins...I'm prepared for that as well. <BR> <BR> Wishing you a positive week! Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:10:25 EST My Saturday Enjoyed the day with Hubby. We had a really bad experience at restaurant. The food was not good and service was subpar. We finished our day with a movie. Now I'm off to cut out some pattern pieces for my next sewing project. <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoyed your Saturday! Sat, 10 Aug 2013 20:03:32 EST Be Your #1 Fan Supporting me -- Encouraging me -- Loving me -- I am my #1 fan! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 9 Aug 2013 15:46:02 EST First item for SP So my goals have been to be more consistent with eating healthy, exercise, declutter, and sewing. I have been making healthier choices. I am getting in my exercise - need to bump that up a bit. I have organized some things. Now I need to get rid of items not being used. <BR> <BR> Here is a shrug I made back in March. Just getting around to posting a pick. Maybe this will keep me inspired. <img src=""> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 07:47:22 EST Happy to exercise Happy to be able to exercise now that my hamstring is better. I'm going to need it too. My work schedule is picking up. Exercise = stress reliever. <em>334</em> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:13:21 EST August is here <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's here and I am happy. New goals, new challenges, new friends, new me! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 23:04:46 EST Doctor Follow up Dr. findings = strained the top part of my hamstring, right at the point under the gluteus maximus. I know - Anatomy 101. Needless to say, its nothing major and the soreness is going away. <em>104</em> But you couldn't have told me that 4 days ago. The pain had me convinced I would need surgery. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Been prescribe some heavy duty pain meds and to not do any strenuous work with that muscle. There is no cure except time. A bit bummed about that. Nevertheless, I thank ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:20:19 EST Time to see the doctor There is no change to my condition. So I will be going to the doctor. Thank you all for the encouraging words and positive comments on my page. My SP friends are simply the <em>285</em> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:18:12 EST Something is not right It's 3:20 a.m. and I am in some serious pain. I think I strained or tore a muscle in my leg. Not good. Currently out of town, so I am praying the Tylenol will help until I get back home. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 03:24:32 EST July = Exciting Month July has really been an exciting month. <BR> 1) Changes were made at work - for the better for everyone. And there is still room for promotion. <BR> <BR> 2) Seeing some sure signs that my body is continuing to heal - GOD IS SO GOOD! <BR> <BR> 3) I have surpassed several goals (daily water intake, daily exercise of some sort, and consistency on SP). I just realized that I have logged more fitness minutes this month that I have for the entire year!!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> 4) Hubby has... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:36:05 EST Is more sleep making me tired? So this is the first week back in fitness mode. I kept with my regime as best as possible while I was going through. I didn't really miss doing anything except the exercising. So for the past couple of days I have just felt drained. I normally get 4-5 hours of <em>102</em> . Due to my illness I was getting 5-6 and a couple of nights more than that. All this week I have been consistent with 5-6. That's the only thing that's different. So I can't help but wonder if its possible for more sle... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:24:06 EST Hubby Is Working Out! On Sunday, hubby got called in to work. He missed a great food & fellowship with our 2nd location church family who visited from New Orleans. I texted him periodically to see if he was okay. I didn't get a response. A couple hours later he calls and tells me he went to the gym. I almost choked on my potato salad. I coughed myself through his explanation of doing 2 miles on the <em>315</em> and 5 miles on the stationary <em>108</em> . Once I was able to speak, I was like..."Where did this... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:54:58 EST Feeling Much Better Feeling much better and I'm ready to get back into it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since its pouring <em>27</em> outside - this will be my evening event. <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:46:48 EST A bit better Pressure gone. Sneezing gone. Now I've just got to ward off the this lingering cough so I can get back to business as usual. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:16:47 EST Down, but not out... So for the past 3 days I have been dealing with a serious sinus infection and major muscle cramps. I for one do not like medicine of any kind. So any information on natural remedies for the sinuses would be most graciously accepted <em>334</em> . In the meantime, I'm headed to Walgrens for some daytime meds. <BR> <BR> I will be doing more stretching, drinking my water and hope the potassium from the <em>265</em> will help with muscles. So as I nurture these headaches, stuffy nose, s... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:11:00 EST Goal Met Cause I totally committed Today, I met my monthly goal of 700 sp points and actually surpassed it. I have also consistently logged in to track my progress for 18 days. I am really proud. <em>104</em> <em>224</em> and there is more month left... <BR> <BR> I know none of those are related to weight loss or exercise. However, there are soooooo so many goals set and projects started that I NEVER accomplished or finished. But this time, I totally committed to doing better. I committed to being more active and I am... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:36:08 EST Winding down with a sweet smell Its been a challenging day...and its not over. I have a teleconference in about 40 minutes. I just remembered that scents were a good way to relax. Its amazing how certain scents can evoke a calm state of mind. My favorites are lavender and chamomile. Aaaaahhhh, feeling better already. Can't get too comfortable or I will surely miss the call. But for now...bliss. <em>334</em> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:20:56 EST Start small <BR> Start small. For it's that small spark that transforms into an over-powering flame. <em>381</em> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:15:08 EST Just wasn't with it Today was just one of those days. I didn't feel like getting out of bed, going to work, or exercising. It was just Blah, blah, blah, blah. <em>24</em> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:20:20 EST Learning Something New I just learned today that coffee could be frozen. So instead of pouring that half a pot out because hubby made too much <em>234</em> ...I can put it in the freezer and let it thaw for him. Great tip, SP! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 16:29:07 EST Approach - Attitude - Arrange I will APPROACH my goals knowing that I can. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> I will keep a positive ATTITUDE in ALL things. It never ceases to amaze me how much it makes a difference. <BR> <BR> I will ARRANGE my day to exercise and take advantage of opportunities to move. <BR> I will ARRANGE my meals to eliminate unhealthy choices. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 17:08:16 EST Getting through the weekend It's so rainy this weekend. I'm not able to get out and run/walk. Bummed but not discouraged. Will complete a couple of videos. <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> I feel more so for my dogs who will have to be cooped up inside. They get anxious and over excited when they can't get out and run. Will have to find other ways to keep them entertained. I feel a trip to Petsmart/ Petco coming on.. Enjoy your weekend! Sat, 6 Jul 2013 14:41:35 EST Learning to Line Dance Happy Friday to all. Feels really weird to be at work and tomorrow is the weekend. It was a very quiet day. Most of the office took vacation. <em>224</em> I was able to get quite a bit of work done. Now to start my weekend with line dance class. Exciting!!! <em>334</em> Stay healthy, enjoy your weekend and do something fun.... I am. <BR> <BR> <BR> MUAH!!! <em>212</em> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 19:03:09 EST Happy 4th of July <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope each and everyone enjoys a fun filled and safe holiday. If you are along the Gulf Coast - East Coast, make the best of the rain. <em>334</em> <em>27</em> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 10:41:46 EST Fitness Break Today my body is adjusting to yesterday's 1.5 mile walk - the most I have walked in a very, very, okay you get the point. <em>334</em> Today I am still ready to get out and walk some more (when the rain stops of course). Yet, I know I need to rest and my muscles need to recoup. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So while at work I took a break. Towards the end of my break I did 50 jumping jacks, you know to kinda wake me up to finish the last couple of hours. It felt good. Then I began think ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 17:40:41 EST Moment lost Sunday night, I laid out all my plans for Monday (yesterday). I was pumped and ready to go. It only took one email and I could feel the energy and enthusiasm seep out of me like an opened balloon. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I still worked out. I still completed my strength training...but it was not with the excitement and thrill that I woke up with. I tried everything. I even listened to my favorites songs. Thought about my goals and even the new challenges. By noon, I had just settled with ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 04:39:57 EST Inner Peace In an effort to obtain optimal health, inner peace is crucial. It's difficult to focus and be successful at anything if one does not have peace within. Yes Erica can still function, but is she performing at her personal best? Is her life centered? Balanced? Is she at peace? Right now, no. As I think about what my peace should look like, I realize this where most of my stress, lack of motivation, and unhealthy food choices have come from. I will begin to meditation and breathing exercises to... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 09:29:57 EST New Motivation - "Tough Mudder" Yes, you read that correctly. Tough Mudder. I had no idea anything like this existed. For those who may not know - Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile, military style, mud laden obstacle course. And I registered for it! (next year of course) <em>211</em> Psyched!!! No, I mean like really psyched!!! Like who's with me psyched?!! <BR> <BR> All thanks to my friend and Sorority sister. She competed in one recently. I read about her experience <link><BR>y/race-ser... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 19:59:51 EST The percent that counts Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. ~Thomas Alva Edison <BR> <BR> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:50:05 EST First Day Day 1 and I weighed in at 150. <BR> Goal weight is 140. <BR> <BR> Let's do this! I'll see you at the finish line. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:14:30 EST More excited about the exercise Good Morning & Happy New Year. I know its 5 days in, but this is my 1st blog for the new year! Its the 1st Saturday of this new Year and I am excited. New goals. New plans. New ideas. Its all exciting...but I am mostly excited about the exercise! <BR> <BR> Today, I'm traveling to the outlet mall. Shop? Maybe. Get my walk on? Oh Yeah!!! <BR> <BR> Happy Walking Sat, 5 Jan 2013 09:24:34 EST