LADYMACK24's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LADYMACK24 LADYMACK24'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/ Balancing life and loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830872 The scales of life always seem unbalanced - <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Just last week I made a decision to press forward with my end of the year goals. Then I get the frantic phone call that my cousin was killed. WHAT? WAIT!!! We just saw him Thanksgiving!!! How? What happened? His father's health is not the greatest. His mother had mild stroke weeks prior. This is too much!!!! <BR> <BR> The funeral was planned for Saturday, but got pushed up to Thursday. I've been in a frantic state to cru... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:52:47 EST December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826167 My oh my! Where has the time gone. Hard to believe it's December. Nevertheless, we are here. <BR> <BR> I took a few moments to review what I've done. Still struggling with consistency. Still not logging in daily. Yet, I was able to loose 2lbs per week for 3 weeks. Got to the holidays and gained half of that back. The encuraging factor is I know what I am capable of. That leaves only one solution...Finish this years with my personal challenge. Since I am only competing with myself and my per... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 03:05:49 EST Thanks For a Beautiful Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816774 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l213331930.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't have everything I want; I have everything I need. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:27:19 EST Hmmm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794653 What I say I want and what I do are completely opposite. Realizing that is my first step in making some small, but life long changes. <BR> <BR> And the journey continues.... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:41:59 EST 30,056 of 100,000 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710880 The June Activity Tracker challenge is to complete 100,000 steps. Here's where I am so far. Will post an update in a couple of days. <BR> <BR> If you are participating, feel free to post your total so far. <BR> <BR> Keep steppin! Wed, 4 Jun 2014 22:49:07 EST Every Little Effort Makes A Difference. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708966 Everything from making healthy choices to exercise and positive thinking. <BR> Keep it up, no matter how small the effort. If you stick with it, you will see results. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 13:22:17 EST Happy June! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708113 It's the first day of June. It's a new day and a new month. Time for new challenges and new success; new disappointments and new rewards. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:33:52 EST What Matters Most http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702156 The things which matter the most should get the most attention. More times than not this is the complete opposite. In the past, I've made work, community, and sometimes church the priority. I've sacrificed healthy eating, not enough sleep, and peace of mind. Yet, my goals were to improve in each of those areas. When I complained about not having enough time or being to busy, what really I needed was balance. <BR> <BR> Today, I can honestly say, I've taken inventory of my actions to ensure th... Sat, 24 May 2014 12:55:10 EST Enjoy The Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701701 I can't speak for anyone else, but I know I've had a hectic and draining week. But I made it through...Thank God! <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Now I say I'm going to relax. But we will probably end up doing something. Might even end up traveling to Georgia. Nah! Whatever you decide to do, have some fun and enjoy your weekend. <em>334</em> Fri, 23 May 2014 20:41:56 EST Push Past Negative Self-Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699522 Today was supposed to be my "Rest" day. Since I missed two days, I was going to give up. Since I slacked off this weekend, I knew I would have to double up on my work out today in order to get back on track. But TODAY is the REST day. Day 20. <BR> <BR> It wasn't the doubling up that bothered me. I was going to give up, throw in the towel, and quit. My negative self-talk had already said I couldn't finish it now anyway. I heard "there's no need to continue". Negative self-talk reminded me tha... Tue, 20 May 2014 20:59:58 EST Enjoy Your Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696874 I'm glad it's the weekend. The past week was full of graduation reports, Summer registration, degree program change requests, declared minors, Fall registration inquiries and new student orientation. I know I've worked hard. <BR> <BR> Think we have all worked hard. So...enjoy your weekend. Sat, 17 May 2014 08:50:28 EST Half Way There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696619 Well, it's Friday - Day 16 and I am half way through the "Little Black Dress" challenge. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I am so very proud of myself. Normally, I start things and don't finish. But not this time. I am committed to completing this. It's not too late to join in. Check out my post on April 30th or visit the link www.30dayfitnesschallenges.com <BR> <BR> See you in your LBD! <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:17:27 EST Pushed Thru http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695617 Day 15 <BR> <BR> I had no enthusiasm, no desire, no umph to do this. Pushed thru anyway. Glad I did. Day 15 - done! <em>198</em> <em>104</em> Thu, 15 May 2014 10:56:08 EST Focus on winning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695068 The plan is always to win or do well. Never to fail, even though failure is always a possibility. Don't focus on the failure or plan for it. Focus on the success. Everything else is a by-product of your efforts. <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday! Wed, 14 May 2014 16:44:05 EST You Are Beautiful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694176 Beauty begins on the inside. What you do and how you present yourself is what others see when they say you are beautiful. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Tuesday. Tue, 13 May 2014 12:50:09 EST Weekend Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693231 Weekends are always a challenge for us. Hubby and I get to spend time together. In our spending, we don't always stick to healthy eating. <BR> <BR> This weekend I purposely paid attention. Before we left home, I decided to make some adjustments. If our food was slightly unhealthy or high in calories, then we had to drink water instead of the more sweeter/high calories drinks. If the drink was my favorite sweet tea or high in calories, then the meal was simple, yet loaded with rich vegetable... Mon, 12 May 2014 09:26:10 EST Dealing with Devastation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688411 Today I found myself repeating the same line..."It's going to be okay." Or "Thank God it wasn't worse." For some, I knew those words would not be of any comfort so I held a hand, just smiled or gave a hug. I don't know if that was enough, but it's all I had to offer. <BR> <BR> Seems like now that the waters have receded from the flooding, we really get to see just how many people have been affected by last weeks storm. I have students and co-workers who, have lost everything. Others who had ... Mon, 5 May 2014 21:43:34 EST Graduation -Day 3 & 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687593 On Saturday I was able to work behind the scenes to help with University graduation. I do it every Fall and Spring semester. It is always a bittersweet event. On one hand I am happy to see my students graduate and I hope they will take the knowledge and experiences to become the best they can and make significant contribution to our society. Yet,I am sad to see them go. So next Monday begins a new semester and a new group of students who I will guide, mentor, and assist with academic goals.... Sun, 4 May 2014 23:06:46 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686058 Day 2: I'm working it. A little sore, but today is done. Fri, 2 May 2014 21:37:33 EST "LBD" CHALLENGE - DAY 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685279 Completed day 1. <em>244</em> Thu, 1 May 2014 21:38:45 EST May "Little Black Dress" Dress Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684258 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1590895897.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This challenge is not so much about the dress or looking good in the dress...which I know we already do. The motivation is to look your best and be as healthy as you possibly can at the end of each day, each week, each month. <BR> <BR> So here's to looking and feeling your best no matter what you wear or how you decide to dress. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:36:43 EST Busy Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672732 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669373 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667228 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663908 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662407 Day 13: <BR> I made myself work in my blog (mystitchntime.wordpress.com). 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660615 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660178 Today, my babies, my twins (my dogs) are three years old. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l152529373.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659360 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 minds...no 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658941 Got my tracker today. So excited! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l362875475.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656298 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 www.sparkactivitytracker.com <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653774 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653770 Day 2: Came to New Orleans yesterday. Had a wonderful time. Oh my goodness...me 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652586 This challenge is centered around lent. Instead of giving up something, this young lady decided to declutter...one 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652442 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652332 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649024 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647554 I've been struggling with this time change. Seems like my brain and body just can't get with it. Oh, well...off 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510219 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508887 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452667 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451145 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450079 Supporting me -- Encouraging me -- Loving me -- I am my #1 fan! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1894082699.jpg"> Fri, 9 Aug 2013 15:46:02 EST First item for SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448469 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1758867345.jpg"> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 07:47:22 EST Happy to exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448166 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441655 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l838217661.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440021 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437918 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434880 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433167 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