LASARRE's SparkPeople Blog LASARRE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting There Made it to the gym 3 times this week. Love going there to swim and now I can actually do laps for at least 30 minutes straight. I couldn't do that the last time I belonged to a gym. Tomorrow, I am going to go and take a group lesson with JC. She also wants me to start riding with others on Wednesdays. <BR> <BR> I was actually pretty good over the Christmas holiday. We are Jewish so there aren't a whole lot of snacks around. My husband and the kids went to my SIL's house. I stayed home as ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:49:49 EST JC Update-- answering questions We had a meeting with C today. I believe we worked everything out. Does she clean stalls on Sundays ...No. Can we go out there on Sundays and take care of it and I ride him..Yes. <BR> <BR> His feet are in great shape. Better shape than they have been in in years. He is happy and healthy. He has only had one bout with Colic since he got there. He used to colic several times a month. C has agreed to show him at the first show, but let me practice to get used to the show ring again. She a... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:51:07 EST Into the Fire... From the frying pan that is. OMG is the drama with JC ever going to end. My fuse is at its end and I am ready to find another home for him. Unfortunately, I have spent so many years in the Saddlebred world here that I know I would just be harming him because I am ticked. <BR> <BR> So, continuing on from the weekend's bullsh*t... <BR> I was going to try to get to the barn today and I did try. Then the freezing rain came. I had an appointment for a health assessment for our insurance. I co... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:56:44 EST Small Steps I have decided to take small steps to reach my goals. We joined the gym and the kids are getting me there. I really don't want to go today, but I will. I went yesterday and did the elliptical, the treadmill and the pool. Today, I will stick to the elliptical and the treadmill as I don't want to over do it. <BR> <BR> I am cutting back on eating out as well. While things are quiet, we have to keep an eye on our finances. We used to go out a lot because I was always home working and it was my... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:33:27 EST Some Positives :) It seems like everything I have been writing lately has been negative. I have had enough negativity for a while. So I decided to focus on some positive things. <BR> <BR> The gym has been working out great. Went there today with DD and a friend of mine met us. We spent over an hour changing off on the different machines. My friend had never tried any so we had fun. I really like the elliptical machine. It definitely works your glutes HA! Last week, I went swimming and floored myself. I co... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:40:16 EST Is It Just Me? I'm beginning to think that I expect too much from people. I guess I expect people to give me the same type of service I give my clients. Yes I work hard and I expect that from others as well. I didn't think it was too much to ask of people who I pay to do a service for me, but maybe I am wrong and I do expect too much. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking I lost my assistant because I expected him to work more than 25 hours a week which was really more like 10 hours a week. Maybe that isn't the way it... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:52:23 EST I Got a Kick in the A$$! By my daughter. She came to me a few months ago and wanted to go check out the YMCA which isn't too far from us, but I blew her off. Then this morning she came and said that she had an idea. It was the same idea to go check out the YMCA. I didn't really want to because I remembered when we belonged to a tennis club which cost us a fortune for start up membership and like $300 per month. I wasn't looking to get into that again. <BR> <BR> She convinced me to at least go and talk to them. The... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:51:33 EST I Got a Kick in the A@@! By my daughter. She came to me a few months ago and wanted to go check out the YMCA which isn't too far from us, but I blew her off. Then this morning she came and said that she had an idea. It was the same idea to go check out the YMCA. I didn't really want to because I remembered when we belonged to a tennis club which cost us a fortune for start up membership and like $300 per month. I wasn't looking to get into that again. <BR> <BR> She convinced me to at least go and talk to them. The... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:51:32 EST How Far I've Come... I completely forgot how far I have come to even be able to consider showing a horse again. In 2007, I was employed by the Milwaukee Public Schools. I had been there for 18 years. Long story short, the school system doesn't believe in teacher safety. A fight broke out and I got caught in the middle of it. I had to have surgeries on each shoulder by the beginning of 2008. I made the decision not to go back as it wasn't worth it physically, or emotionally. However, I was making a very good liv... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:46:25 EST Don't Know What to Do Continuing on with yesterday's blog... I don't think there is enough material to make the suit big enough and I don't know if they could add extra material. I don't know how any of this works. Now, I'm thinking this may not be worth it. I can't afford to have another suit made. I could go and buy a simple pair of black jods and have a day coat made to go over them. The problem is that the only jods that would fit me are ones that my trainer doesn't think look good in the show ring. <BR... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 11:17:28 EST A Rude Awakening I gave in and tried on my riding suit. It is so not happening. I had that suit made in 2005 when I bought the horse prior to having JC. I told them to leave big seams to be able to let it out. Not sure there is enough material and there is no way on earth I can lose enough by April not to mention I don't want to take the chance of not having a riding suit. I'm thinking I will take it back to where I got it and see if they can add more material to it. Ugh. This is not good :( Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:46:06 EST Getting Back to It I did a really good job with my last exercise streak and it is time to get started again. To get myself going, I just ordered two new Leslie Sansone DVDs which are supposed to be very good. I can always tell the ones that are really different because i can't find them on You Tube. <BR> <BR> My husband has agreed to let me show JC again next year which poses the issue of the riding suit. Usually, I have to lose about 5 - 7 lbs before show season. This is more like 25. I only have until May. ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 11:52:18 EST I just don't understand people.... I don't know what it is with buyers that they think they can request a showing on a property and I will show it to them within an hour. Why can't people understand that I have other showings set or that I have to call the listing agent? The worst thing I can do is ask if they are pre-approved. They feel it is their right to see any property whether they are pre-approved or not. <BR> <BR> Obviously, I am going to have to change what I tell people when I offer to show properties. First off,... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:41:57 EST Staycation Work has been pretty slow lately. I have showings here and there, but nothing like it was. I remember when I first started in the business and the lulls would drive me nuts. Now, I've decided it is all part of the business. I still have closings coming up and I have met all my goals for the year. My income is up, my sales are way up and my total year end is up from last year. <BR> <BR> I have decided that anything more I do this year is just a bonus and I'm not going to fret about havin... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:33:42 EST Updates and Such Well, my assistant quit. Never talked to me or anything. He met with my office manager and gave her the same story about needing to make more money to support his kids etc. I understand that. What I can't understand is how he keeps quitting jobs that are paying close to $20 per hour for the same reason. Making some money is better than no money. I offered to pay him hourly until we finished the You Tube segments. He said no and that is the last I have heard from him. I asked him for update... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 12:17:37 EST Poor Me! I absolutely hate those words! As many of you know, I decided to take on an assistant. I paid for him to take the courses, get his real estate license, his E&O insurance and his GMAR dues. He started out really strong. I warned him that I could only give him so many leads, but, like any real estate agent, he also has to bring his own buyers and sellers. <BR> <BR> Things were crazy when he started with me this summer. I was incredibly busy and things were nuts when I left for Alaska. I wa... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 23:00:59 EST People Floor Me! I had to write about this to sort it out in my own brain. I was talking to my SIL last night. We were talking about our last Thanksgiving in this house (we hope). Then we started talking about other things. I don't remember how the conversation got there, but she told me that her son (who is not the most trustworthy person around) told her that my son called the Mayor of where they live the "C" word. <BR> <BR> That confused me because, as far as I know, my son doesn't even know that word.... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 14:15:48 EST WIO Challenge Mii with Juggler <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Trying to get this to fit was a pain! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 14:01:06 EST October Results/ November Goals I started October with my weight higher than it has ever been. I did manage to lose a little over a pound and bring it back down. I am still not happy with it. <BR> <BR> In November, I am hoping to lose 2 lbs. My doc says .5 lb per week is good. I am seriously working to try to get back in my riding suit for next show season. This will definitely take some doing. I know what I have to do. I have to make smart choices. <BR> <BR> <BR> I did exercise every day in October. I started by rea... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:33:04 EST Here We Go Again! Those of you who know me know I love being a real estate agent. Yet, it is still frustrating every time the market goes on vacation. It is even more frustrating when I go on vacation as I tend to get really busy two months prior and end up working on vacation. Things were crazy before I left for Alaska. Since I've been back, it has been dead! <BR> <BR> I booked the tickets to New Orleans for February. I know what is going to happen. The market is going to start going crazy again next ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:51:48 EST My Inspiration For one of my challenges, I have to blog about who or what inspires me. My inspiration to work hard and be successful at what I do is my mother. My mother was one of the hardest working people I knew. She worked because she truly cared about what she did. She also taught us that we could have anything we wanted as long as we worked for it. When I chose to quit teaching and become a real estate agent, my mother was behind me 100%. She told me that I could be as successful as I worked to be. I... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:47:13 EST On a Role... I have hit 26/26 days this month that I have gotten in some type of exercise. I am going to try to make it the whole month without missing a day. I started after reading the spark guy's blog about 10 minutes a day. I usually end up doing well over that. On slow or rest days, I do 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> We had two showings on the house today. Both went very well. One we weren't expecting. They just showed up at our door. There was some miscommunication with their agent. Don't know how in t... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 17:11:35 EST Updates I haven't been blogging much lately because it seems like there are not enough hours in the week to get everything done. So many things have happened. <BR> <BR> I was helping some people buy the farm where JC is. It was sold at Sheriff's sale and I was working with the Asset Manager at the bank to get this property for my buyers. Before the sale was confirmed, the current owner filed Bankruptcy putting everything on hold. What a mess. This person has so many liens on the farm, my buyers ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:02:41 EST My Very Own Channel and other stuff I now have my own YouTube channel to help people buy homes, sell homes and learn about the real estate market. My assistant had me do it. I can't watch it as I hate watching myself. It would be awesome if my spark friends could help me get it going by subscribing to it. <link><BR>JEx9923ii8Xg </link> <BR> <BR> We did end up going out for pizza last night for my birthday. We got home and, while I was out with the dog, the kids put out a Turtle Cheesecake... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:32:56 EST What's In a Number? Nothing. A number is simply that. Today, I turned 50. I don't feel any different than I did yesterday at 49. It's cool that I can get AARP discounts. <BR> <BR> My husband and I were laughing last night because he celebrated my 20th, 30th, 40th and now 50th birthdays with me. I don't feel older. I feel a lot smarter. Oh my, it so true that the older we get, the wiser we get. If I had known even 20 years ago, the things I know today. I would be in a completely different place. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:22:00 EST I Feel Lost I feel like I lost my friends. Not my online friends, but my friends that have been with me through so much stuff. It is like, since I quit teaching, I only see them when bad stuff happens. I know that, no matter what, they will always be there for me, but I feel kind of sad that they never pick up the phone and just call to say hi. I call them. <BR> <BR> I hear about them all going out together and I have said that we would love to join them, but the answer is usually, "well it's a teacher ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:15:52 EST So It Begins... Being a Realtor, I deal with buying and selling homes everyday. I've discovered it is a lot different when it is your own sale and purchase. I keep second guessing myself as to what our home is worth. We don't get a lot of homes for sale where we live. Most of the same people are still here from when we moved in 21 years ago. We have a lot of updates in our home that most of the homes here don't have. I'm not sure that is worth anything in this market as I'm not 100% sure how much this area w... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:13:18 EST New 5% Challenge I really fell off this summer and it is time to take back control. I am so ready for this challenge. I need to get back in the habit of exercising daily. It does seem like every time I do, I end up hurting something lately. It is really hard to stay motivated to exercise when you hurt. <BR> <BR> I am going to pull out my Wii and Leslie Sansone DVDs and use those again. I used to use them all the time. Then I got frustrated with those because I couldn't raise my heart rate enough. Now, I thin... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:11:21 EST 9/11 - 9/13 Accountability It's been a busy week, but I have the weekend off. Joe got an offer accepted this morning which is very good. He just wrote another one today. I am having a bit of an issue staying patient and reminding myself he is just learning. Most of this stuff has always come pretty easy to me, but when it comes to the documents, I had to learn them as well. I think he will be a good addition for me to give me some time off. <BR> <BR> I have been exercising for the most part. Still have to be caref... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:08:29 EST 9/6 - 9/10 accountability I haven't been doing badly. I took a lesson at the barn on Saturday. I didn't ride JC. I rode another horse. It was fun to ride something different. She had us riding for close to an hour. I was sure I was going to feel it the next day as this horse pulls on his bridle a lot more than JC. I was very happy when I didn't have any soreness the next day :) <BR> <BR> I didn't get any exercise in Sunday or Monday as I was running around like crazy. Joe actually had two buyers this weekend... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:31:40 EST 9/4- 9/5 accountability One of my goals for this month is to blog regularly to keep up my accountability. This is the third day I have worked out which is pretty good considering I started this 3 days ago. <BR> <BR> I have changed up my workouts each day which is what I used to do. I have been pulling some old stuff off the shelves. Today, I pulled down Exerbeat. I forgot how good it is to work all the parts of your body. <BR> <BR> With the treadmill, it is basically your legs. I do that to get steps, but I ha... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 16:09:30 EST September Goals I looked at the little notebook I keep to write down my exercise each day and almost fell over when I saw that the last entry I put in was August 8. Aside from a couple rides on JC, that is probably correct. Wow, that is bad! <BR> <BR> Well, I can't change the past, but I can definitely shape the future. I don't think keeping this weight on is helping my feet at all so I can work through the pain and get the weight off. <BR> <BR> My goals for this month are: <BR> at least 30 minutes of e... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 13:38:22 EST Home Again! I would like to thank my daughter for keeping my blogs going. She is a great kid. <BR> <BR> The trip to Alaska was really interesting. Absolutely beautiful scenery. It is something that was really interesting to do once. I am working on getting the link to work to the video. It is on my Facebook page and my Google +. <BR> I hope it works. The pictures are awesome. It was cold and damp most days. Didn't get to see any whales. I feel like I have become one however. I need to get it to... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:35:46 EST Hi. c: Today or tomorrow may be my mom's last day without cell phone service. She sent me a few pictures and it's all cloudy and foggy there. I think she said they pull into Canada this evening. She said they should've docked in Canada and driven back to Seattle... which probably would've been shorter and cheaper! Ben and Joe worked on the garage again today. Not really sure what they did because it still looks the same. We did get mom's car out of the garage! Parents come home on Saturday evening. ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:30:19 EST Hello again. Once again, this is Nina's daughter, Sarah! My mom told me to come on her SparkPeople page today and tomorrow because I guess she's without service. Sad. :( She told me last night that she and my dad didn't get to see whales because the weather has been so bad. That's Alaska! They did see ice bergs, however, so the trip hasn't been a total loss. They're going to Canada today or tomorrow, so that's cool, too! <BR> <BR> I'll tell you a little about my day just because. I had to babysit my mom'... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:04:37 EST Hello. Hi everyone! This is Nina's amazing, wonderful, beautiful, caring, and DUTIFUL daughter, Sarah! She told me to sign on here today because she and my dad are on the boat and are at sea all day, so no WiFi. It's too expensive to pay for WiFi on the boat!! I don't really like boats. We all went on a cruise when I was like, 8. I wanted to watch Titanic with them before they left, but nope. :( So anyway, here is a blog entry because why not? I opened one of her 100 tabs to her blog page and it sai... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:30:34 EST Overwhelmed OMG, it is crazy. Got an accepted offer on one of my listings today and wrote an offer for that seller today. All these home inspections are going to happen when I am gone. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to go into panic mode. The last time I was this busy was Spring when I would expect to be busy. I certainly don't expect it in the summer. I found out from a friend of mine that they charge $100 per hour for Wi Fi on the boat. That certainly is not happening. <BR> <BR> I turned off the lead p... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:50:02 EST 72 hours OMG, in 72 hours we will be on the plane to Seattle to get to the boat that takes us to Alaska. I have so much to do. I have been trying to figure out how to leave instructions for my backup agent as to everything that is going on. <BR> <BR> Things would have worked out very well if the State of Wisconsin could have moved its duff quicker and sent Joe his license. He still doesn't have it. He sent in the documentation like 10 days ago. This is insane. The one good thing about it is tha... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:59:41 EST Update To continue on with Sunday's saga. Brian and I finally talked on Monday when he got home from work and I was ready to kick him out. I explained how horrible it felt to me when neither he nor the kids could help me when the biotch slapped me. I told him how embarrassing that was to me. <BR> <BR> I think we both realized that it is definitely time for us to move. This was supposed to be our 5 year house 21 years ago. We have had to stay in the City of Milwaukee because of Residency requireme... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:29:32 EST RIP Robin Williams Such a sad day to see such a young man with so much talent take his own life. He said so much truth and made us all laugh. Now he has made us all cry. These words are so true. God speed Robin <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After what happened to me this weekend with no family behind me, I understand this 100% Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:04:10 EST Rethinking Things- Not Good Things really blew up yesterday. I was by my neighbor's house. I have known her for 18 years. Her daughter, whom I've known since she was 5, was over. She is 31 now with a child. That same daughter was in the streets with her 6 year old at 1:00 am yesterday. I texted her and asked her to keep it down. I could tell when I got to her mom's house that she was ticked about it. She and I have been going rounds lately as she has been posted pretty provocative photos of herself on Facebook and sh... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:53:52 EST Updates and Stuff Wow, this last week flew. Monday, I gave in and got the cortisone shots in my heels again. Wow, I forgot how much those hurt for the next few days. My heels hurt so bad after the shots that I put all the weight on the front of my foot and that didn't help the other condition. Needless to say, exercise was pretty much non existent. Walking was not an easy task. <BR> <BR> We did get to the State Fair which was fun. It is a tradition that we go every year. I did manage to walk 6 miles that... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:33:29 EST A New Month I just can't figure out where this summer has gone. I know part of it has gone onto my waist. I was happy when I weighed in this morning I was down 2 lbs. Finally headed in the right direction. <BR> <BR> I did make a huge mistake last night. I found an old "horsey" friend on Facebook. I noticed that she hadn't been showing anything this year and usually she is posting all her wins etc. So I pm'd her an asked if she was showing. She was pretty snarky and said that she sold her horse quit... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:07:23 EST Life's choices This is so true! I have to remember this! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:20:01 EST Not Accomplishing Much Didn't get any exercise in this weekend or today. My feet and hips are driving me crazy. I am really busy at work and did a lot of showings this weekend. I think going up and down all the stairs and walking on a lot of concrete did not help. <BR> <BR> I got orthotics which are supposed to be really good, but I can not wear tennis shoes at work. I am going to the barn tomorrow to ride JC. I need to start pushing myself again. I just lost my mojo :( Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:30:26 EST to love it! This has been one busy weekend. Wrote an offer Friday night. Had showings and a listing appointment yesterday. Listed the house. Buyers from yesterday decided to write an offer on one of the properties we saw. Today, I get to start with another new buyer. And people say real estate is dead in the Summer. This is only happening because I booked the cruise HA! <BR> <BR> In either case, I decided to go back to the horse show yesterday night. I wanted to see my sister's mare who is JC's ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:18:57 EST Horse Show Details We decided to go to the show last night. It was nice. I ran into my former trainer and it was wonderful to see her. Ran into a lot of people I knew from that barn. Saw people from my new barn. <BR> <BR> I ran into a lot of other people that I hadn't seen in a long time. Many started by commenting on my sister's horses. I was very honest and said that they would be better off telling her in person as I haven't seen the horses nor have I seen my sister in 2 years. I think some were rathe... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:42:45 EST Working On Getting my Spark back I read a blog by spark guy a couple of days ago where he talks about his 10 minute a day exercise streak. That reminded me of my mantra which I forgot. All it takes is 10 minutes a day. I can do 10 minutes a day. I decided to start working on that again. <BR> <BR> Today I wasn't going to do anything. We have some horrible people living next to us. They are renters and just don't care about what they do. They yell and scream using fowl language all night. I've called the police in the ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:51:37 EST This is just weird Two years ago yesterday my mom passed away. My mother was everything to me. We did so much together in my life from raising horses to going out to dinner together every week to just sitting together. There was nothing about me my mother didn't know. <BR> <BR> The day my mother died, I stopped at a supercuts and bought some shampoo. I bought a really big bottle because it was on sale. I never really used it because I am not a huge Paul Mitchell fan. Last night, I decided to get rid of the s... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:02:59 EST Forms Etc Thank you for all the comments on my blog yesterday. Actually, my son decided to fill it out himself. It was basically asking the same question 10 different ways. He got it. His handwriting is awful, but he thought it better that they see him for who he is and they would realize why he has trouble getting a job. <BR> <BR> As far as the attorney, there are attorneys who will do work with SSI on a contingency basis. He hasn't been denied which is good. Usually, you are denied with your f... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:51:04 EST