LALATIDAH's SparkPeople Blog LALATIDAH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Here I go!!! It's Monday... the new start of a new week of a new month!! WOW! That's NEW! <em>250</em> I'm getting ready to go to the gym. Was going to swim, but I really want to read.... so I'll take my iPad and walk 3 miles on the treadmill. <em>231</em> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 15:02:52 EST Sunday, the day to relax.. and that's just what I'm gonna do, but I feel a lil guilty because that's all I did last week..okay, so I had a good excuse <em>250</em> ... I had no choice! I am praying that my relaxing today will allow me to get some exercise in next week... NO EXCUSES!! <em>386</em> <em>521</em> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 14:44:37 EST New month, new start... Isn't that what we do each month? Just because it's a new month that starts with <em>249</em> , it becomes a do-over! Well, that's true in my case too, but I'm gonna call it a "Do-BETTER"! <em>3</em> I didn't do so well as far as exercising goes last month. Near the end of the month, I had a lot of sciatic pain. I know that exercising helps alleviate that pain, but I also know that I shouldn't drive when I'm in that much pain! It's a vicious cycle!! I am starting this month off wit... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 14:29:33 EST No skipping! I don't want to skip a day of blogging. I'm having trouble sitting in my desk chair again today, so I'm keeping it short! <BR> Thanks for stopping by! Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:26:01 EST SCORCHING HOT! It's another over 100 day here in Sacramento. Being in a drought and having all these massive fires makes it even harder to bear the heat knowing all those firemen are risking their lives to get them contained. and here I am complaining about my back pain while sitting in an air conditioned house with all the cold water I can drink! I pray for their safety and they contain these monsters soon. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:21:11 EST In serious pain today It is HOT <em>259</em> today, so I am staying inside. My sciatica is acting up and it is hard to sit, stand or lay down for any length of time, so I am up, sitting & laying down at different intervals trying to get something accomplished. I'm glad I have a project for each position! <em>224</em> I can do some billing while sitting, do some dinner prep while standing, and some reading while laying down. But it's still so frustrating!! <em>198</em> I want to go to the gym and si... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:12:15 EST Spark Goodie for me!! This morning when I spun the <em>347</em> , I got 50 SparkGoodies <em>244</em> . Usually, when that happens, I get myself a goodie of the same value I won. Well, as you can see.... <img src=""> our weather is forecast to be quite HOT this week, so I "bought" myself a swimming pool with my SparkPoints! I guess if I just think about the fact I "have" a pool, it will help... but.. in reality... I'm going to the... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:07:12 EST Monday ...... again... It's funny how so many people dread Monday <em>24</em> ... I don't... everyday is the same for me. But, that's a good thing! <em>334</em> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:49:11 EST OOOPs! I didn't know we couldn't "advertise" on our blogs. Got my hand spanked! Oh well.. now I know... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:54:58 EST FUNday Sunday For me, it's RESTday Sunday... <em>198</em> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:45:49 EST Feeling.... quiet Not really in a blogging mood today... BUT.. I do have a celebration... I scored 122 in points from my Goal Page!! <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <em>345</em> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:54:59 EST Skipped a few days... Was in Reno for a few days with no puter... guess I could have posted a blog from my iPhone, but it's kinda hard cuz I was wearing my contacts and my reading glasses broke and I haven't replaced them yet! I haven't been able to find a purple pair in the strength I need! <em>198</em> <BR> Funny how I am sooooo into purple!! Everything MUST be purple! <em>425</em> <em>520</em> <em>526</em> <em>277</em> <em>44</em> <em>242</em> <em>411</em> <em>462</em> <BR> <em>... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:03:32 EST Weekend Start I am starting my weekend with a lil sadness. A long-time friend passed away suddenly. Wasn't even ill. Don't know the cause yet. He & his wife had the PERFECT marriage.. much like mine & my hubs. She was totally dependent on him after her stroke about 20 years ago. She doesn't drive and unable to work. I am really worried about how she is going to survive! Please send good thoughts & prayers for her. Her name is Dorothy AKA Punky. <em>304</em> <BR> Okay,... let's switch the mood ... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 14:19:38 EST It's Friday! It doesn't really matter what day of the week it is... All three of my businesses are not Monday through Friday jobs, so the weekend isn't that big a deal. My Hubs & I are fortunate to be able to make any day of the week our weekend... but sometimes we don't get any weekend. But we make it what we make it... and still enjoy our life! <em>334</em> <BR> I wish for you all, a very nice weekend! Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:19:47 EST My day at the fair yesterday... I had a good time at the fair yesterday! I didn't get to see everything I wanted to see having two guys with me... you know,,, the flower exhibit, the babies being born, the retail area, ... so, I will go again ALONE next week during the day when my guys are working! LOL <BR> I did have a funnel cake - my first one ever! I had one with Bavarian cream & whipped cream. I couldn't eat it all cuz it was so sickenly sweet, but I ate half. I don't care too much for fried food, so It's hard to find... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:55:25 EST It's FAIR time! I'm going to the fair today! I have a "date" with my bartender! Martina McBride is performing tonight and he LOVES her! He hasn't been to the fair in years, so I volunteered to go with him! My hubs will catch up with us in the late afternoon. I know I will definitely get my 10K steps in today with all the walking! Last year, I had a 18K step day at the fair! EASY PEASY!! <BR> I hope you all have an <em>345</em> day (Ha! you thought I was going to forget to put in an emoticon!!) <em>... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:56:51 EST YAY!! Back on track! I just got back from the gym! The girls at the desk asked where I've been! Their computer showed them I hadn't been there or any other gym location in over a week! GAH! Baaad Lala! But, new week, new start.... <BR> Did 3.22 miles... the .22 was the cool down... on the treadmill... why didn't it go to .25!! I would've kept going... I didn't even realize my hour was up. the treadmill will go for one hour then do a cool down. then <em>227</em> so if you want to go longer, you have to s... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:35:10 EST The excitement is over, but it's not OVER! My Open House yesterday was a HUGE success!! <em>104</em> I was exhausted from a weekend with 6 hours sleep TOTAL! so, I was in bed AND asleep by 9:30 last night. woke up this morning at 9:00.... 11.5 hours of sleep... and it was GOOD sleep! <em>102</em> Guess I was tired? <BR> I never went to the gym last week due to out of town work for our alarm company, and preparation for my Open House for my Younique biz. So, this week, I am determined to go to the gym every day this week (... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:07:37 EST OOOPS ... Missed a day! I guess I missed blogging yesterday! <em>24</em> Sorry bout that! I went with the Hubs on service calls in Reno. The two calls took less than 10 minutes each, so we stayed and played at our favorite casino Peppermill. <BR> Today is my Open House for my Younique biz! I am sooo excited <em>334</em> and hope it is successful! <em>104</em> I am sure it will be... our other two in the past were! <BR> I hope you all have a nice day! <em>67</em> <em>129</em> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 12:56:23 EST NUTSY KOOKOO!! <img src=""> <BR> So, I don't know if you can tell, but I'm running around today with my face half made up. I have a meeting with my team in preparation for our open house this Sunday. I'd like to stay and chat, but I gotta get going! <BR> Check out my makeup line at <BR> Have a <em>250</em> DAY!! Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:35:43 EST BIZZY Another bizzy day! <em>198</em> But in a GOOD way! <em>224</em> <BR> Yesterday, during one of my step-back-and -take-a-breath breaks, I took some time to reconnect with some of my SparkFriends with whom I've lost touch. Quite a few, I noticed, hadn't blogged or commented or messaged me in a few YEARS! so I messaged them in hope they will answer & in hope they are still on SP! So I will patiently wait... <em>211</em> <BR> I just hit 1000 Sparkpoints for this month!! <em>244</e... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 14:49:28 EST BUSY BUSY!! As I look at that word... BUSY... I wonder who decided to spell it that way.... it should be BIZZY! But I guess it's really a derivative from the word business... WHATEVER!! It doesn't matter... all I know is I had another BUSY morning!! Not the kind of busy that shows... it was all in messaging between my Younique team, who are spread all over the USA! But, we accomplished a LOT! <em>104</em> So, I'm <em>30</em> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 17:42:41 EST Back on track... AGAIN! I had a LAZY day yesterday.., couldn't focus on my to-do list, didn't WANT to do anything.. just wanted to be LAZY! I guess we all have days like that! Okay, been there done that! Now it's time to get back on track and FOCUS!! <em>386</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 7 Jul 2015 13:52:35 EST too much to do! When I have too much to do, I usually get nothing done! <em>198</em> I am a very organized person, <em>224</em> but I just get so flustered when I have too much to do! <em>40</em> I have my list and all I have to do is start at the top (the list is already prioritized!!) and cross them off as I get each one done... but NO! I keep finding "things" to do other than that on the list... GAH!! <em>40</em> No worries... I still have the rest of the day & tomorrow!! {{smh}} Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:23:03 EST Whew! It's over! I made it through the 4th without a single tear <em>46</em> and no bad mood <em>39</em> . Hubs & I went to the theater and saw San Andreas. We LOVED it. Of course it's hyped up and unreal, but it was <em>345</em> !! One we would see again! <BR> No exciting plans for today. Just gonna take it easy and enjoy the quiet. We may go to Thunder Valley casino later before our birthday dinner event with our BFF's kids. <BR> I hope you all have a FUNday Sunday! <em>334</em> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 13:53:26 EST 4th of July blahs Conversely to yesterday, my favorite day of the year, is today, the 4th of July... I yearn to be HOME (Coronado, CA). I was fortunate to be there last year. But every year I am not there, since I left in 1979, I get depressed on this day. I'm really glad that I am happy 99.99% of the time! With that said, I will go about the rest of my day filling it with whatever I can to keep my mind off where I really want to be.... <em>20</em> Sat, 4 Jul 2015 17:51:06 EST My BIG day is here!! One of my very favorite days of the year is TODAY! <em>244</em> It's my hubby's birthday, <em>383</em> our BFFs birthday <em>383</em> and our anniversary #13! <em>384</em> It is amazing how time flies! Sometimes it feels like we just got married and other times it seems like we've been married FOREVER (in a GOOD way!) Would you believe we have NEVER had a fight? Yes, we disagree, but then we agree to disagree. Nowhere does it say we have to THINK alike, have the same opinion... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:21:14 EST Busy busy day today! BUT FIRST!! Gotta get my SparkPoints!! <em>347</em> <BR> Didn't get to the gym to swim yesterday <em>39</em> and prolly won't get to go today, either. With my hubs & BFF birthdays tomorrow AND our 13th anniversary... we are going on a daytrip that may turn into an overnighter. So I have a TON of work to do to clear my desk so I can play ALL weekend! <BR> I'm loving my new friends! <em>223</em> The interaction we are having is beginning to build relationships! It feels so awe... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:12:48 EST No time for napping!! It's the first of the month <em>249</em> and SOOOO much is happening today!! <em>104</em> My company released some new products that I can't wait to get & sell... take a look at my website <BR> I have a busy day ahead of me.... hair appt <em>204</em> , posting for my Y Biz, billing for our alarm company & the gym to SWIM!! <em>237</em> Yes, I - the one who HATES TO SWIM - am going to swim 30 minutes minimum AGAIN for day #3!! <em>244</em> AND, I am exci... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:13:15 EST Where did my day go? Wow! It's already 2:30! <em>56</em> My morning was soooo busy and I was so wrapped up in helping my team that I missed the day's tanning hours! <em>67</em> It's the end of the month, so we're all trying to get that last bit of success in!! I'm still going to go to the gym and swim.. <em>237</em> after hubs nap! <em>102</em> I don't have time to nap today... I still need to get some alarm biz work done!! <em>386</em> <em>521</em> BUSY BUSY!! Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:42:11 EST I DID it!! I SWAM!! <em>237</em> I swam for 30 minutes! I know HOW to swim, I just never liked to do it. I love being in the water, splashing around a bit, but swimming laps has never been something I enjoyed doing. I am going to TRY to go everyday... my main aim is to get a tan without overdoing it or just laying in the sun.... no skin cancer for me! So, if my reward is a TAN, then... that's how I'm gonna do it! <BR> Thank you to all who commented on my blog yesterday. I know I was vague about w... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:00:40 EST NEW FRIENDS!! YAY!! My friends list is growing!! I don't have much time today... going to "rescue" a good friend of the family. No details... but I'm needed there... Hope you all have an awesome day! <em>223</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:44:52 EST New Friends.... YOU? So yesterday I blogged about friends... Spark Friends <em>223</em> specifically... So far... I have one new one.. but I plan on adding more! So, if you would like to make the first move, please do! <em>220</em> <BR> Today is Saturday... the weekend... we are doing a lil clutter cleanup at our house. We have collected so much JUNK and some of it we've just kept just to keep it!! No more... it's goin <em>253</em> <em>253</em> <BR> It's gonna be a cool 94 today <em>259</em> s... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:18:33 EST Spark Friends I don't have many... I've been on this site for many years and just this past year, have used more and more of it's functions. Just this month, I started blogging everyday - I missed a few days due to being on vacay with no puter access. Without going into my daily SP routine, one of the things I do is try to get at least 100 SparkPoints, <em>347</em> by doing as many "tasks" on the SparkPoint page as I can. With that said, one of those things is posting a Blog entry... so here I am...... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:20:30 EST I'm a DORK... so I'm told yup, it's true <em>20</em> ... but the one who is calling me that is doing it all in jest! I know he loves me (in a friends kind of way) and he loves me for who I am. I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. I'm also the type that tells it like it is, but I am very diplomatic about it. <BR> I am a nurturer, a fitting way to be when you're a Mom. I like to help those in need. But I also get frustrated when someone asks for my help, gets my help, but then turns and goes back to the same... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:41:23 EST I love visits... I had an appointment today (if you MUST know.... to get my brows DID!) with a friend I have known for 19 years. She is a licensed Esthetician in a VERY NICE salon. I have only had my brows done once before and that was by my nail lady. I will DEFINITELY going back to the licensed Esthetician, not only because she is my friend, but because my brows look AMAZING!! She even took the time to explain to me how to tend to them in between appts should I decide to continue. But, I'm not blogging ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:33:21 EST It's Mahvelous Monday So many people dread Mondays <em>198</em> ... it's just another day for me. <em>30</em> With 3 businesses that are not day of the week sensitive, all days that end in "y" are GOOD days <em>334</em> ! The only thing I MUST do on Monday are my reports (you don't need the details of that) which takes me less than 15 minutes. It used to take me 2 hours, but because of our awesome technology, my time is cut way down! So scheduling gym time is so much easier!! NO excuses!!! <em>521</em... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:20:00 EST No Father to celebrate this day... I don't talk about my Father <em>24</em> ... he passed away to cancer in 1979 and (sad to say...) we celebrated our freedom! <em>104</em> That's all I'm going to say, cuz I don't have anything NICE to say about him other than he gave me life. I have plenty of surrogate Dads & Papas to fulfill my need for a Daddy for <em>247</em> , support, & love. <BR> If you're a Father or Daddy, I wish you an awesome day! If you're a deadbeat Dad, then you should be ashamed of yourself! I have ... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 13:25:40 EST PAIN-FREE today!! I don't know WTH I did to deserve the pain I suffered yesterday. <em>198</em> I hadn't done anything strenuous to cause such pain. I slept <em>102</em> most of the afternoon, went out to visit some friends for dinner, then back in bed by 10:30 and had a GOOD sleep <em>102</em> til 9:00am this morning. I guess it was my body telling me that I needed some SLEEP! <em>102</em> It sure is nice being free of pain this morning! <em>334</em> <BR> I think I'll go to the gym toda... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:15:47 EST Not so kooky today... I woke up (Thank you God!) this morning feeling like I've been run over by a truck! <em>343</em> I hurt ALL over!! <em>198</em> My calves, my shins, my thighs, my lower back, my mid back, both shoulder blades, my biceps, my triceps and my neck. WTH??? I haven't done anything... oh wait... that's prolly why!! Well, that'll teach ne to not go to the gym!! It's been over a week since I've done any exercise to speak of. I AM going today.... It's going to be HOT today 93° <em>259</em... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:19:39 EST So.... it's the day after yesterday... yes! That makes it TODAY!! Just thought I'd throw that out there.. especially for my friend Bryan who thinks I'm a KOOK! (Shhh, don't tell anyone... I AM!!) <em>40</em> <BR> So, I have this ritual... I get up in the morning (duh!) and get my coffee (duh, again!) <em>469</em> and sit down at my puter <em>17</em> . Open my usual pages, one being SP <em>252</em> . I have this thing about SP.. I want at least 100 SparkPoints everyday. Some days it comes easy - like today (I'll g... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:20:36 EST Tuck & Roll Tuesday! You know that saying... tuck & roll... but what does it really mean? What comes to my mind is somersault... you tuck in your head, make yourself into a lil ball and roll.... it's a process to get to an outcome. So how does that apply to me? It doesn't... just something that came up in my head and I needed to put it out there so I could stop thinking about it... WEIRD!!! <em>38</em> <BR> I never did get to the gym yesterday! <em>39</em> Mondays are pretty busy for me due to all th... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:34:16 EST Do you ever feel like.... you're super busy, but not getting anything accomplished? That's me today! I've been up since 9:30 and have been non-stop busy but doesn't seem like I've been productive at all!! <em>198</em> <BR> Well... at least what I have gotten done really needed to get done! <em>250</em> <BR> Okay,... back to the grind... Happy Monday to you all... <em>252</em> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:45:18 EST FUNday Sunday and even got in a lil exercise. <em>342</em> Hubs & I went to the auction/farmers market with another couple. It was quite hot walking around on asphalt, but we got almost 1300 steps in... not as many as we should have. <em>198</em> I was expecting a lot more. <BR> Tomorrow is back to the gym day for me. <em>231</em> I will continue my SP 5K Your Way Walk/Jog program <em>364</em> . I will be on week 2 day 2. Hopefully, I can complete the program as planned. No, I AM gon... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 18:16:57 EST SUCCESS!! Some of you may know, my Hubs & I run a karaoke show <em>335</em> at our local watering hole. It is a lil over 800 steps (yes we measured on my FitBit!) <em>342</em> from our door to their door. The success I am talking about is walking to the club! <em>244</em> I finally got him to walk there & back! <em>380</em> No more fear of a DUI and getting a little exercise to boot! <em>224</em> Neither one of us drank much last night, so it wasn't a drunk walk. The weather wa... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 13:46:54 EST My Good Deed was a success!! <em>244</em> He LIKED it!! <em>250</em> Bryan, I'm glad you liked it & you were worth every point!! <em>247</em> <BR> Now, for today.... I had a set back with my sciatica acting up two nights ago. GAH! <em>198</em> My leg is still really tight and the swelling hasn't gone down enough to do any walking to count as exercise. <em>227</em> So another day of rest for me. <em>46</em> I am not happy about that, but I certainly don't want to aggravate it to... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:25:40 EST Did a FEEL good thing... So this morning when I spun the BONUS wheel <em>347</em> I landed on 1000 SparkGoodie points <em>224</em> . I rarely use them and had over 65K, so I decided to give one of my dear friend's a SparkGoodie. He is someone I have been online friends with for many years <em>223</em> . He has recently gone BALLS IN on losing weight! <em>243</em> I am sooo proud of him <em>334</em> . He has found swimming <em>237</em> to be his main exercise choice and he is doing GREAT! So,... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:30:13 EST Another day... another 2 miles <em>198</em> .... on the treadmill <em>315</em> ... SP 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program <em>311</em> <em>312</em> ... week 2 day 2... I'm gonna DO IT!! <em>521</em> No, I don't find the treadmill boring! I have my iPad filled with books. <em>149</em> It's the only time I get to read and I find the time FLIES <em>530</em> by and sometimes, if the book is at a really good part, I'll stay on longer just to finish reading that part! <em>386</em> <BR> and B... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:00:01 EST Gonna TRY... to get to the gym today... I have a mile-high pile on my desk that MUST get done today. <em>198</em> I love that I work for myself and can make my own schedule, but sometimes my schedules makes me! Today is billing day and it's very important to get it done, for our customers are good paying ones and that's what keeps a roof over our head <em>436</em> , lights/heat & A/C on <em>189</em> , and food on our table <em>190</em> . I am also very lucky to own my own business... being a... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 12:10:25 EST I'm soooo excited Today I will be starting week 2 of the SP 5K Your Way Walk/Jog program! <em>244</em> I am really looking forward to gaining more stamina this week just as I saw (& felt) the increase last week! I love SPs programs! <em>252</em> <BR> I never thought I would ever run... I've hated running since running the track for PE in high school! But, somehow, this is different. Perhaps because I WANT to do it - I don't HAVE TO do it! All I know, is I am motivated, eager and excited about it no... 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