LALATIDAH's SparkPeople Blog LALATIDAH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thanksgiving Eve Like I said yesterday... I am so thankful for what I DO have and that I don't have to GO TO a job on this "family" holiday. I feel for those who HAVE to go to work tomorrow. Some of them are there because they choose to be (for the extra pay), but some choose to be because it is a better choice than being alone. <BR> Every year, we invite someone we know who is alone or less fortunate than we are, but this year, nobody came to mind. For that, in a way, I am thankful... thankful my friend... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:47:07 EST Wow! Am I ever thankful... After reading the comments on my blog yesterday, I realize how lucky and blessed I am! There are sooo many people out there who are forced to miss some holidays due to having to work. I cannot imagine having to punch a time clock on a day when one should be with their family... Thanksgiving is one of those special holidays. I will NOT be shopping on Thanksgiving day and I don't think anybody else should be either. I do understand there are people who dread holidays due to not having family... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:51:03 EST Another Monday.... It's Monday... back to reality... <BR> I still can't believe Thanksgiving is THIS Thursday! I have so much to be thankful for, but I miss having young(er) children around. Now that they are all growed up, they have other plans. <em>39</em> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:29:23 EST FUNday Sunday The Harvest Festival was awesome! TOO MANY soap vendors, tho! We found gifts for 3 people! YAY! Christmas shopping is almost finished! <BR> Thanksgiving food shopping Tuesday night... <BR> Hope you had an awesome weekend! <em>334</em> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:56:24 EST WOO HOO! It's shopping day!! For the ingredients I will need for Thanksgiving brunch & dinner!!! <BR> I hope you all have an <em>345</em> weekend!! <em>334</em> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:19:59 EST It's Friday!! Not a big deal for me, but glad because I get to see my friends during the weekend at karaoke! <BR> Tomorrow is shopping for Thanksgiving day. I can't remember if I told you... we do not have the traditional Thanksgiving feast. I am making Chicken Lasagna Roll-ups, Butternut Squash stuffed shells with Sage Browned Butter & a pork tenderloin (roasted on the grill). The roll-ups have chicken, spinach, mushrooms, cheese & alfredo sauce. Pretty calorie laden, but yummy! <BR> Sunday, we are go... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:26:09 EST Guess what today is.... Yup... Thursday!! What do I do on Thursdays? BOWLING!!! YAY!! <BR> I hope I have a good night like last week.... all three games over my average! <em>244</em> <em>334</em> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:19:25 EST Very strange My blog posted yesterday as two separate blogs dated the same day... very weird! <em>40</em> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:18:37 EST 100 SparkPoints That's my goal everyday. Most days, with the Start Page team flag points, it's pretty easy to go over 100, but today .... not so much... but I did it! <em>334</em> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:05:05 EST 100 SparkPoints That's my goal everyday. Most days, with the Start Page team flag points, it's pretty easy to go over 100, but today .... not so much... but I did it! <em>334</em> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:05:02 EST Monday Monday I'm glad I don't have to "report" to anyone.. Having my own biz with my OWN hours is <em>345</em> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:28:25 EST FUNday Sunday It's raining... it's okay cuz we NEED it! But it interfered with our plans for today! We were going to go to Napa and visit our favorite winery Whitehall Lane and pick up some yummy olives & cheeses at Dean & Deluca. Oh well.... I guess I'll watch #48 Jimmie Johnson win the NASCAR race! YEAH!! <em>334</em> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 13:45:02 EST WHEN? My life is not my own right now.... GRRR!! <em>24</em> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:43:57 EST Friday is.... HERE!!! YAY!! Wait, why am I so excited??? It's just another day for me! <BR> So... on another note... I got POKED!! yes, poked!! HERE!! on SP!! I get poked alot (I know, "alot" is not a word... but I use it ALOT!!) on FaceBook and now, I just got poked here on SP!! My good buddy Bryan, of course! You go right ahead and poke me all you want, Bryan! <em>334</em> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:51:49 EST I'm loving MY life! I am ecstatic that things are really looking up for me as far as my Younique business goes. <em>334</em> <BR> I hate that I can't talk about it more on here... SP won't let me! <em>24</em> <BR> But, you can message me if you want to hear more about it! <em>334</em> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:00:11 EST It's Wednesday already??? Wasn't it just Sunday? What happened to Monday & Tuesday? I was so busy, I didn't even have a chance to acknowledge what day it was/is!! I don't know if that is good or bad... Actually, for me... days of the week don't matter except I know I get more interaction with my friends Mon-Fri since they all have jobs to go to and mine is wherever I want it to be as long as I have my iPhone with me. That's all I need to run my business! I LOVE IT!! <em>334</em> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:07:54 EST It's a new day! I'm up BEFORE the crack of dawn and my FitBit tells me I did NOT sleep well at all... 89%!! When I have to get up early, <em>128</em> I wake up a gazillion times to see if it's time to wake up!! GAH!! I HATE early morning get-ups! <em>102</em> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 08:56:27 EST Monday.... again... every week we have a Monday! No biggie... just another day for me... but I do want to get to the gym!! It's GONNA happen!! <em>231</em> <em>334</em> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 11:32:57 EST FUNday Sunday... a day of rest, chillaxin & catchin up to be ready for the week! <BR> I hope you all enjoy your FUNday Sunday! <em>334</em> <BR> oh, and Bryan... thank you for the uplifting response on my blog yesterday. I was shocked you used emoticons!!! Thank you for always being there for me! I got your back too! <em>382</em> too! <em>247</em> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 11:31:44 EST About yesterday.... to those of you who "needed the point".... I'm not naming names but you know who you are Bryan! <em>334</em> or to those who missed me yesterday (anyone?)... <BR> if you KNOW me, you know that I am HAPPY <em>334</em> 99.9% of the time. Well, yesterday was that .1% ... if anything went right yesterday, that would have been awesome... unfortunately the only good thing that happened yesterday was I made it home without getting into an accident. Well... yesterday WAS and today IS... so... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 13:14:05 EST Motivation... Where does it go when we lose it? Hmmm... I don't hate working out. I hate putting other stuff off so I CAN workout. AAARGH!! <em>198</em> <BR> I just read a really good article about it... <BR><BR>?post=where_does_your_motivation_go_wh<BR>en_you_lose_it <BR> I just need to DO IT!! NIKE!!! <em>334</em> Thu, 5 Nov 2015 11:21:32 EST To the gym! I MUST get to the gym today! <em>231</em> I AM going to MAKE time to go to the gym! <em>334</em> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 08:45:32 EST no time... I haven't made it to the gym yet this month!! GAH!! <em>198</em> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 19:05:58 EST New month, new start Isn't it strange how "we" seem to make fresh starts on the first of the month? first day of the week? I was out of town and away from wifi & computers yesterday, so today is my official first of the month. <em>249</em> <BR> I've been doing a few SP 30-day SP challenges and I did not start them on the FIRST of the month or week. It felt a lil awkward at first (OCD!) but the two challenges I did/I'm doing don't really require a first of the month start. I'm just happy I finished one an... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 13:18:59 EST Halloween WAS... FUN! But.... my day didn't go well at all. I didn't dress as a sexy vampire <em>24</em> I had a bunch of errands to do yesterday and I attempted each one, but was shut out for one reason or another. By the time I got home, I was so frustrated and angry that I didn't even WANT to dress up! By the time it came time to get ready, I put on a pair of denim shorts, my blinky tank and OVER-DID my makeup & hair. It looked good, but nothing like I originally had planned! <BR> <img src="http:/... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 10:06:55 EST HALLOWEEN!! My favorite holiday! Tonight I will be dressing as a sexy vampire! <em>333</em> Our neighborhood tavern where we run our karaoke show is having a Halloween Party. We will be having a costume contest ($100 first place), a raffle for some nice fun prizes and of course karaoke. It's so much fun every year and I'm hoping tonight will be just as fun if not more! <BR> Wishing you a FUN and SAFE Halloween! <em>422</em> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:03:27 EST TGIF to all... It's the weekend! <em>244</em> Well, it's no biggie for me cuz I don't spend 5 days a week at a REAL job (one that I HAVE to be at for a set amount of time to receive a formal paycheck), but I will have someone to PLAY with cuz my friends have THAT kind of job! <BR> Today, I am running some errands... I have to buy a gift for a lil "game" I'm playing with FB friends, go to the post office (UGH!), get my lil Kia Soul through the car wash, put my window decal on the back window and door sig... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 14:14:01 EST 10 hours! I slept 10 hours!! Only 4 wakeups (hot flashes &/or potty - ooops TMI! <em>40</em> ) I took Nyquil, which makes me sleep for 9-10 hours. Usually it's GOOD sleep... last night was just okay. My FitBit One registered my sleep at 95% efficiency. That's pretty good. <BR> I'm hoping I won't need a nap today! <em>334</em> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 14:09:52 EST YAY! I FINALLY had a good sleep WITHOUT Nyquil. I slept really good. <em>102</em> Couldn't take Nyquil because I had to get up too early and I need 10 hours of sleep when I take it... it knocks me out! But, even without, I slept well. <em>224</em> Only 2 wakeups (coughing fit due to got too hot!) but went right back to sleep. I musta been really tired! <em>334</em> <BR> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 08:50:36 EST Day 3 of .... this annoying cold!!! <em>527</em> Me no like!!! Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:24:56 EST Believe it or not... I am still doing the SP Find 10 Challenge. I am on Day 14. Today's challenge is "Hoof It" Walk instead of drive. Even though I have a TERRIBLE cold <em>527</em> , I am going to take a 10 minute walk after lunch. <em>311</em> The temp outside is in the mid 70's and I think the fresh air will do me some good. Hot & sour soup is on my lunch & dinner menus - the perfect cold remedy!! <BR> Stay healthy!! and enjoy your day! <em>334</em> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 14:49:01 EST It's Sunday and... my cold is keeping me inside again. <em>198</em> Don't want to share it with anybody. Definitely having Chinese for dinner! Gonna bring home extra hot & sour soup to eat for the next two days! YUM! The best part of having a cold! <em>334</em> Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:35:39 EST Having a lil fun today! I woke up with a cold and it's cloudy outside, so I'm staying in. I decided to make a few videos to post on my business pages on Facebook. They are so fun to make! Sat, 24 Oct 2015 19:03:10 EST Oh NO!! I haven't had a migraine in quite a while... well.. I can't say that anymore.... <em>527</em> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:18:20 EST Feels good to be home I love vacays, but it's always nice to come home! My hubs & I both own 24/7 businesses so we RARELY take vacays. It's easier for me to get away because my biz can be run from my iPhone. So, I get away when I can. I went to Las Vegas for 6 days to visit my Mom & Sis (& her fam). I had an awesome time... good quality time! But I sure did miss my Hubs! <BR> I haven't blogged since the day I left and I went back to it to see the comments and I had TWO from the same person... Bryan! His com... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:42:03 EST SP 30 Days of FIND 10 Challenge Day 4 Today's Challenge... Om it Out!! WHAT??? LOL Meditate while you walk... Here's the article...<BR>ss_articles.asp?id=894 <BR> It really does make sense! Here's what they wrote about today's challenge <BR> Try Mindful Movement <BR> Walking isn't just great for your body--it can also do wonders for your mental health! Your challenge today is to walk for at least 10 minutes while incorporating some of the tips in the article below to turn your walk i... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:05:28 EST SP 30 Days of FIND 10 Challenge Day 3 Today's challenge is Fit In Fitness. No supporting article, but here's what was posted: <BR> We spend so much of our time waiting for things--waiting in line, waiting in traffic, waiting at home for the repairman. If you find yourself waiting today, march in place, dance around or do a few sets of squats--every little bit counts to help you Find 10! <BR> I HATE waiting... especially in lines! I'm waiting right now... waiting for 11:45 when I have to leave for my nail appt... so, I will do a... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:55:42 EST SP 30 Days of FIND 10 Challenge Day 2 I'm pretty sure this is going to be a good productive challenge. Today's challenge: Conquer your cardio! Do a Cardio Blast! The supporting article lists 110 ideas for a 10 minute minimum cardio workout... some of them are things one does just about everyday.. easy peasy!! <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=1596 <BR> Today, I will certainly have no problem meeting this challenge.... laundry & vacuuming alone will get me there today! <em>334</em> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:23:43 EST New Challenge Accepted! After having successfully completed a 30 day challenge, I have decided to do another one! This one is SP 30 Day Find 10 Challenge. Here's some info: <BR> Welcome to SparkPeople's 30-Day Find 10 Challenge! For the next month, you'll get easy-to-follow challenges to help you squeeze at least 10 minutes of fitness into your day. Ten minutes is a great start for anyone who wants to develop a consistent routine. Are you ready? For your first challenge, we want you to reach out to a friend and as... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:11:24 EST SP 30 Days of Small Changes Challenge - Day 30 YAY ME!! I did it.... all 30 days!! <BR> Today's challenge is GO FOR THE GOAL... The supporting article is the Do's & Don'ts of Goal Planning.<BR>tion_articles.asp?id=124 <BR> I have read this article many times because it is a good one to refresh your memory of goal setting. <BR> Now, to find another 30 day challenge.... <em>334</em> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:31:06 EST SP 30 Days of Small Changes Challenge - Day 28 & 29 I missed blogging yesterday because I was in Reno for work & pleasure and did not have access to a computer. <BR> But I DID do both days' challenges - I can't remember what they were right now... I'm dead dog tired!! Only 4 hours of sleep in two days... it's 7:00 pm here and I'm going to bed as soon as I finish up here... nighty night! <em>102</em> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 22:01:24 EST SP 30 Days of Small Changes Challenge - Day 26 Today's challenge - Create a complain-free zone & the supporting article <BR><BR>ness_articles.asp?id=835 <BR> I am so fortunate to be one who is happy 99% of the time. Life is too short to waste time with worry, sadness & depression. I am grateful for what I have and waking up every morning puts a smile on my face. People are always asking why & how can I be happy all the time! I SMILE! <em>334</em> Fri, 9 Oct 2015 12:57:50 EST SP 30 Days of Small Changes Challenge - Day 26 DONE! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:34:13 EST SP 30 Days of Small Changes Challenge - Day 25 Today's challenge is Fill 'er Up! Talking about boosting your fiber intake. Here's the article <BR><BR>ition_articles.asp?id=442 <BR> No problem for me in that area! <em>334</em> Wed, 7 Oct 2015 12:32:35 EST SP 30 Days of Small Changes Challenge - Day 24 Today's challenge is Boost Your Bottom Line... in other words.. work on a better butt! The supporting article is very helpful, providing a butt exercise for each day of the week... another challenge in itself, but not too difficult! <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=1755 <BR> WOW! I just realized I've almost made it to the end of this challenge... just a few more days to go! I'm gonna make it FOR SURE!! <em>334</em> Tue, 6 Oct 2015 13:00:43 EST SP 30 Days of Small Changes Challenge - Day 23 Today's challenge is Stop the Snack Attack or End the Late Night Noshing <BR> I don't particularly have a problem in that area, except on night we run our karaoke show. We eat dinner at about 6:30 or so and by 2:00am, being wide awake, we are STARVING! So we come in the door and go right to the fridge! It's usually just a few bites of whatever is handy & quick... sometimes a bowl of Multi-Grain Cherrios with 1% milk for me. That's not too unhealthy.... <em>334</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 12:06:07 EST SP 30 Days of Small Changes Challenge - Day 22 Today's challenge is Shake Your Groove Thing.... It's all about the music you use for motivation for workouts... check it out.. <BR><BR>?post=the_100_most_motivating_workout_<BR>songs_of_all_time Sun, 4 Oct 2015 14:54:59 EST SP 30 Days of Small Changes Challenge - Day 21 Today's Challenge - Declutter Your Mind... hmm...sometimes I think I have "HALFheimers" - I only have it half the time... no, but seriously, sometimes I have to wonder.... <em>211</em> <BR> Here's the article to support today's challenge.. I guess I could use a few of these tips.. <BR> did Day 20 of the SP 30 days of Small Changes Challenge Sat, 3 Oct 2015 15:51:29 EST SP 30 Days of Small Changes Challenge - Day 20 Today's challenge is Go For 100 - Torch an extra 100 calories <BR> The article that goes with this one<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1777 <BR> is filled with some AWESOME ideas for getting rid of at least 100 calories. I printed it out and it's taped up on my desk to remind me to go that EXTRA 100! <em>334</em> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 17:21:28 EST SP 30 Days of Small Changes Challenge - Day 19 Today's challenge - Plan Ahead <BR> This challenge is about planning your meals. I already do that and have done that for many years. But, a lot of the time, my plans are shot down by hubby &/or friends wanting to go out! But no worries... I'm flexible! <em>334</em> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 13:36:36 EST