LANNIEMANUEL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LANNIEMANUEL LANNIEMANUEL'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/ time to slow down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509581 been a busy week for me. tuesday i went to a fundraiser and then shopping with dh. well by time i got to bed it was 1am and i was dragging yesterday. fell asleep about 7pm last night and did not get up till 6am. guess my body is telling me I am not the young thing i use to be. <BR> Today i get to see dr for checkup and knee issues. hoping that i dont have to have surgery again. it is making me crazy that i can not walk to work. but that is what comes with age, grr. <BR> have a good... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 07:31:05 EST another monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507667 another monday done and over YEA, now its time to get through the rest of this week. but i know i can. hope everyone has a great tuesday Tue, 8 Oct 2013 07:15:39 EST happy monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506671 hope everyone has the best day possible. Mon, 7 Oct 2013 07:36:32 EST last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503168 well last night i attended a fundraiser for the local aid's help center. so much fun. they were auctioning off crazy hats. and i managed to get 3 of them. But what made me happiest was to see a hat i knitted go for $25 dollars. and got a request for more to be made. <BR> <BR> hope everyone has a great Thursday. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 06:39:38 EST wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502132 happy hump day to all. yea i made it through half of this week. now if it would quit raining at night i could start walking to work again. oh well cant get flowers with out the rain. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 06:43:46 EST sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499093 Yea its Sunday. time for my day to relax and then to bingo. but not a regular bingo, this is a fund raiser bingo where all the prizes are donated stuff and all the money raised goes to local charities. this weeks charity is aids help. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow would have been my in-laws 47th anniversary so i am taking half the day off to help fil get his mind off his loss. We are going to play tourist around here (Key West), and do some things i have not done in the 4 1/2 years i have been her... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 08:00:40 EST happy friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497491 hope everyone has a great weekend. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 07:10:09 EST last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496572 so with the events of the last 6 weeks we decided to play it low key for our anniversery. went to dinner at a great restaurant then walked the strip. found my demise a candy store that has jelly belly and hello kitty. Oh was i an trouble. well we did walk a bout a mile so the dinner could be walked down. as for the 2 pds of belly beans i am hoping my daughters find them and help me eat them slowly. and i think Santa clause is going to have to get me a designer Hello Kitty purse and wall... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 06:45:13 EST 19 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495590 19 years ago today, i said i do to the most loving and patient man, and sadly family members were actually taking bets on how long it would last. the highest being 5 years. HAHA We showed them. we have had our ups and downs (but what marrage doesn't). we have endured tragedies and even deployments in response to 9/11. But through it all we made it. <BR> Sadly, with FIL here, and his anniversary would have been on the 3th we are going to quietly celebrate, and make some great plans for ne... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 07:19:58 EST tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494525 another day down and slowly we are all healing. FIL is getting stronger every day. DH is too. <BR> <BR> Work is going really good for me. and got some great news. cant share yet but i am seeing the light in our dark times. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday Tue, 24 Sep 2013 06:53:35 EST slowing getting there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493464 well the events of the last month are starting to wear down, and i am happy to report that i am back to walking to work (when it is not raining). and my father-in-law is starting to come back from the devastation of losing his wife of 47 years. he has been staying with us for a while. He has started going to the gym and walking alot more. I also got him to wear his cpac machine. the next month is going to be a hard one though. Their anniversary would have be on the 30th of this month an... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 06:36:38 EST rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488967 rain, rain, go away, lannie wants to walk to work today. <BR> down side to living on this island is when it rains, it rains a lot. but think i am going to use the tread mill at work during lunch to make up for it. <em>27</em> <em>257</em> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 07:10:14 EST trying to get back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487950 with all that has been going on, I am having a hard time getting back into my routines. but slowly i am making progress. I am eating healthier again, and walking to work. so now i just need to find time for the gym. but it is going to take baby steps. <BR> <BR> but on a positive note, I am still loving the new job. been there for about 2 months and doing real good at it. I have a great boss, and the therapyst are all very friendly. It feels good to working as a team. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 07:06:34 EST my absents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481359 well I have had a bad last 2 weeks. my mother-in-law passed away, then my ex's mother desided to turn into mega bitch. i then got a bad chest cold, followed by a diagnoses of glaucoma. I am trying hard to hang on, and i have to stay strong for hubby and father-in-law. but it is getting hard. <BR> <BR> and to top off matters, i got sucked up into the Fifty shades series (which helped this weekend forcing me to lay around while i tryed to kick this cold). <BR> <BR> I am truely going t... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:53:51 EST day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460660 well got my cardio in again. but cant walk to work because it has been raining. :( but there is a tread mill i might use at work today. <BR> Hubby came home last night from seeing an old friend so i am pretty happy about that. <BR> hope everyone has a good tuesday Tue, 20 Aug 2013 06:23:22 EST woohoo i did it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459535 well i did it. finally pulled out my workout video and started my cardio again. not as bad as i though. and I am pushing to work on my eating. Yea me. lol. I am trying real hard to work on my eating and before long i will be back on track and ready for my training for the run. <BR> hope everyone has a great monday Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:16:06 EST happy sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458670 hoping everyone a good sunday. <BR> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 08:23:40 EST Fitbit where are you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456867 ok now i am just upset. my fitbit seems to be playing hide and go seek with me. I have looked all around my house and still can not find it. I even tried calling "olly, olly all come free" but it has decided to still hide from me. ok in all seriousness I really do miss my fit bit and i guess tonight will be moving heavy stuff around to find it. might even have to consider getting it replaced. <BR> <BR> but i have been through worst so i will carry on and log in my walk to work the old f... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 07:19:56 EST busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455777 busy day ahead. lots of patients and all of the therapist will be in at some point today. so I have alot of paperwork ahead of me. but that is good because keeps me busy. also gets me up and walking around, helping clean up for the next patient. <BR> <BR> Down side is I have lost my fitbit. I feel so lost without it. I have toyed with the idea of getting the newest one but I like being able to see my stats on it. So i guess its time to move some beds and couches around and see if it ... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 07:21:28 EST yesterdays training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453614 yesterday i had training for how to handle potential patients that get out of hand. it was real interesting. I learned how to calm people down and a lot of self defense techniques. <BR> I work in a hospital that has a psychiatric ward and sadly this training is necessary. and after hearing some of the stories, I am glad i do not work on that floor. <BR> hope everyone has a great day Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:21:16 EST what if http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450626 I know we should not live in the what if's but sometimes my mind goes there. I know the bad choices i made back then lead me to the good live i have now. but somewhere in the back of my mind, with if i did chose this or if i did not make that mistake. <BR> Dont get me wrong, I have an amazing life now and love every minuet of it. but if i could only see how life would have went if i had chosen differently. <BR> <BR> But that is how life goes. Things happen for a reason and sometimes i... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:28:08 EST happy friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449564 well friday is finally here and going to try to do all the things i plan on doing every weekend. been slipping on my eating and walking. but will change all that. I am starting to find myself taking mini breaks and walking or doing steps. that is a good sign i hope. Fri, 9 Aug 2013 06:42:55 EST thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448431 well so far this week i have slipped in my blogging but sometimes sleep is needed. Not too much going on here, desided to take a break from my routine and recharge my batteries. <BR> hope everyone has a great day Thu, 8 Aug 2013 06:59:42 EST Happy Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441904 happy Friday everyone. so excited for my weekend of nothingness. well bingo on Sunday and my date night tonight. <BR> <BR> Yesterday i was able to walk both ways to and back from work. which was a huge accomplishment because i was wearing a long sleeve tee. but it will help me build up to my goal of the princess run. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend Fri, 2 Aug 2013 07:28:05 EST getting there, slowly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440656 well time is creeping up on me and I need to start training for my 3k for the local womans center fund. I have a group of us that are going to run it in our kangoo jumps. I have been very bad about working out lately and know that i will have to strengthen my core, thighs and gluts to prevent reinjuring my knee. <BR> On the plus side I have been walking to work more often, and according to my scale i have lost another 3 pounds. So i know i can do this. just got to find the time. but i kn... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 07:18:18 EST end of the month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439334 well work will be a busy day for me. I have to close out the recurring accounts and then make new ones for them. glad i have about 2 days to do this in. but I am still liking my new job and think it will be ok. <BR> <BR> hope everyone has a great day. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 05:54:09 EST tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438184 hope everyone has a great day. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:09:27 EST Last Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436938 so last night we celebrated one of our friends 21th birthday. a little drag queen bingo and then pizza (slipped off my diet) then a drag queen show. It was all in good fun and hubby went with. we had a blast. the birthday girl was Loving the whole event. <BR> <BR> My poor hubby was differently out of his comfort zone but was a good sport about the whole thing. <BR> <BR> I am proud that i did not drink alcohol, (yea no empty calories for me). but the pizza did not help. so i think i am... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 06:43:21 EST weekend not long enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435974 well sunday creeped up on me. time to finish the chores i did not do yesterday because we desided to do some shopping instead. but was able to get alot of walking in so i am good. <BR> <BR> today we are going to see friends and there new baby. and then a night out with a friend for her 21st birthday. should be a great day. and alot of walking around. woohoo more steps for my fitbit. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great sunday. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 08:32:41 EST happy saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435098 well hope everyone has a great saturday. I am going to try to spend it indoors as it is very hot and sunny outside today. but with all the house hold chores i have to do I am sure i can get enough walking time in. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:22:59 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433911 Happy friday. hope everyone has a great weekend. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 06:52:01 EST chuckle for the morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432719 I was outside, this morning enjoying the sunrise and taking the dogs out. when a baby frog hopped on my 75 pound dog. it Jumped on her back and she was twisting and turning to see what was there. I think if she were human she would have screamed. the frog was not on there long. Poor Sophie kept looking to see if she could see it. too bad i did not have my camera. <BR> She is fine now but i did get a chuckle out of it this morning. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 07:10:44 EST time for a change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431422 to quote one of my favorite books/movies "get busy living or get busy dieing". well time for me to get busy living. I am going to make time to start working out. I will find time to get my housework done and most of all i will find time to get back to working out. I need to get back to core strength. Not to mention I have my first 3k in early November in my Kangoo shoes. I know it is going to take some time to get up to that since i have been very sedimentary lately. <BR> my first step... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:43:32 EST time to start again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430220 well today is going to be a slow day at the clinic so we will spend the day cleaning in preparation for visitors coming from home office this week. I am a bit nervous though because with me still being new, and having no real training, this is going to be interesting. But now i have time to get my office in order. it is a bit disorganized and i have yet to set it up. <BR> <BR> On the lighter side i have started walking to work again and working for a physical therapy dept, I have access... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 06:53:07 EST rambling about my kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428986 Well hubby was not up for snorkeling yesterday <em>39</em> but did get to spend the day knitting and relaxing. Not to mention with the rain letting up it has been so humid it was HOT. <BR> <BR> I also got to spend time one on one with both of my girls. I love how they both see things so differently. my older one (24 years old) is a bit open and love to chatter on, she currently is into gardening and her plants. Her bf is military and just got orders to Birain, so she is nervous about... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:32:53 EST rather be under the sea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427996 Well its Sunday morning again and time for laundry, and house work. I am thinking of doing the minimum and going snorkeling. it has been raining for almost 3 weeks straight and that makes it hard to get anything done. we have also been dog sitting. <BR> <BR> I am lucky enough to live on an island and can go almost year around. I have seen a lot of great stuff too. although i have never found Nemo, I see Dori all the time. and the best part of is it, it burns a lot of calories. So m... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 07:45:40 EST Newjob http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427075 Well the joke was on me. The physical therapy clinic is usally either closed or only a few patients on fridays. so that is my day to get all the paper work done, clean up around my office and this was the day of the month that I cleaning of the machine that has the hot water heating pads. Well i was busy enough to get stuff done and started on learning how to do more of the insurance authorization side of things. <BR> Well the bosses did not want to get me signed up for some of the insur... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 07:11:30 EST friday woohoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426043 well it is my day of catch up at work. there will only be 2 patients in the clinic. so i can get some paperwork done and prepare for next weeks visit from corporate office. lots of cleaning walls and such. but i don't mind. <BR> <BR> I also get to rearange my new office. (have i mentioned that I love my new job). I am learning so much and the clients are great and my physical therapist are awesome. For once it is a place where we work together to help, instead of trying to throw each ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 05:54:45 EST trying to stay postive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424967 well it is going to be a busy day today, not to mention yearly female checkup. and despite the fact that i stepped in doggie poop (then proceeded to track it through the house). I am going to remain positive. hey poop happens <em>246</em> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:07:20 EST house full of love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423793 Well April's mom never came home, hoping everything is ok with her. but meanwhile she is being spoiled rotten. even the dogs love her. <BR> Yesterday was my oldest daughter's bf birthday so she cooked a great dinner, and for the first time in a long time we had a full table. dh and I, daughter #1 and her bf and daughter #2 and her gf. I miss having family meals where everyone sits around and talks and jokes. Lucky for me boyfriend is a bit of a health nut (ok overboard) and will not eat a... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 06:35:42 EST i think i have a part time cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422671 so when i got home from work last night, my next door neighbor's cat was asleep in one of the chairs in my florida room. how she got in is a suprise to me. so i let her sleep a little longer. Then I put her back in her own screened florida room. 20 minuets later she was back. and again i put her back. <BR> Mind you I have 3 very large dogs in my house at this time. (the biggest one is a great dane/rottweiler mix). <BR> about half an hour after i put her the back one of the other neigh... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 06:58:01 EST monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421466 well there is a facebook thing going around that everyone should post something positive for one month. so I will do it on here. <BR> I did not want to say anything till it is official but head quarters has signed off on my paperwork and all i need is administration to sign my paperwork. I have a new job position. when all is said and done I will be the clerk for the physical therapy clinic. I am so excited. <BR> Also i am so proud of my oldest daughter. She entered a local costume conte... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:27:18 EST happy sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420484 despite the fact that there is a storm going on outside, I plan to make this a very postive day. time to spend with the family and catch up with everyone. <BR> Hope everyone has a great sunday Sun, 14 Jul 2013 08:08:21 EST long time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419554 well it has been a long time since i posted and a lot has changed. I have changed jobs, (yea me). I am now the physical therapy clerk for the hospital clinic. so I can still walk to work. The people I work with are great and the clients are friendly. <BR> <BR> Sadly i gained some weight back but working on my eating to fix that. back to avoiding cookies :( Sat, 13 Jul 2013 07:48:02 EST day 5 and still going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302438 well i am on day 5 and with all the stress around me this week i am still sailing along. Loving this. last time i quit smoking i was cranky (ok a royal bit**) but with inlaws in town, pms, and extra work load at work, I can say i am doing MUCH better on the patch. I have lots of engery. <BR> When the inlaws leave my plan is to start running again. I have a <em>364</em> in the <em>465</em> (fall) and want to be able to run it. <em>363</em> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:08:16 EST and here we go again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298100 well for the second time in my life I have quit smoking. my last cigarette was friday morning at 745 am. and i am not trying to kill anyone <em>244</em> but this time i am using patch, and lobelia. and i have to say this is much better. I have also started using food grade diatomaceous earth to detox the heavy metals from the smoking. and i am starting to feel engernized. <BR> sadly i have not been exersicing lateley because i have had no engery but i think i will give myself one m... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 10:27:13 EST happy sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270763 well its another sunday, and that my fun day, as the bangles would sing. I get to dance around the house listening to my friend do his reggae show on the local radio station (what a fun way to get in some cardio). catch up on my laundry and be able to knit. sadly i am a bit behind on that. but it is all good because today i have desided to be upbeat and happy. <BR> <BR> wishing everyone love, peace and happiness Sun, 3 Mar 2013 08:19:38 EST made it to the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269460 It was another rough week for me. my coworker was out for 2 days and that just made my days longer and backed up. not to mention that we have a new policy about over time. i have to ask my manger before we stay longer to finish up our work. and that really sucks because my Mondays are usually 12 hr days. <BR> <BR> on a positive not i attended my first smoking sensation class. i know i can do it. I quit for 6 years. but stress got to me. so now i have to pick a real date and keep up wi... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 08:59:54 EST frustrating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261928 so its been a very frustrating weekend for me. Dh and I went to give blood on Saturday and when i was going over the paperwork with the tech found out that because i had respiratory infection last month could not give <em>39</em> . <BR> I kind of got over that but then we come home and dh calls his sister to say happy birthday and she gets judgmental with him about our money situation. She has no idea how much we earn but wants to tell us not to waist money on a trip for our 20th wedd... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 09:57:42 EST grrr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260756 I am not liking my scale right now. I know it takes 6 weeks to see results when you start working out and that you gain in the begining (I do) because you are building muscle but darn it, i did not like the number i saw. so i will just have to keep trying and get there. <BR> ok whining over. hope everyone has a great weekend <BR> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 08:01:08 EST