LASARRE's SparkPeople Blog LASARRE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Still Going Strong I am still meeting my step goal each day. I am working out each day. I am working to get out to the barn at least 2 days a week. I do Pilates 2 days a week and get to the Y or treadmill at home when I don't get to the barn. <BR> <BR> I am determined to get my blood work back to where it was. Again, I'm not sure that I trust the last blood work as it was not a fasting test, but I am getting it done again in October. <BR> <BR> I have kept up with my fitbit challenge each day and I am so ready... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:13:05 EST Still Trucking I am still exercising every day and hitting my step goals. I participate daily in the fitbit step goal and I still hit it or get higher than my goal. If I can't get to the gym or the barn, I do my treadmill at home. <BR> <BR> I have been more mindful of what I am eating and trying to be diligent about tracking my food. <BR> <BR> The scale isn't coming down as fast as I would like, but my clothes are getting bigger :) I know the scale is just a number and at least I am on the right track. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 12:43:36 EST Great Beginning to September! I am still on point with my exercise and steps. Those daily fitbit challenges keep me going. It feels like you are walking with your friends who you usually only get to interact with on internet sites :) I put my goal for 6,000 steps a day because that is very doable. I work from home so I don't get in a lot of extra steps each day walking to my car etc. My steps have to be intentional unless I am showings properties, but I have found that most houses don't require a lot of steps. The only ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 17:27:12 EST I wonder why... Why is it that people lose their common decency on social media. It is like they have the only opinion that matters and you are not allowed to have one. They say stupid things they would never say to your face. <BR> <BR> I do not post any real political stuff. I do post some stuff that I care about. There is one person in particular, who used to be my student teacher by the way, who attacks me on whatever opinion I have. She will even post stuff and tag me in it to show how wrong my opinion ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:00:12 EST Today's Accountability I am still on my exercise streak. I did manage to go over 10,000 steps each day on the weekend. <BR> <BR> I am working on my food. I went over calories yesterday, but I still tracked them all. I'm still struggling a bit with the smoking. Don't know how I got back into that. Haven't gone over 3 cigarettes in a day. I quit before and I will do it again. <BR> <BR> Shoulder is fine. Last shot must have worked. Back to Pilates tomorrow and back on the horse on Thursday :) <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:59:25 EST Accountability So far, this has been a very good week for exercise and eating. I am working really hard at tracking everything. I have exercised for 10 consecutive days. I have gotten in between 8 and 10,000 steps each day. I have been doing the daily fitbit challenges and it is really motivating. I have always been competitive. I did discover that the zip and Charge HR do sync together which is great. I made my step goal 6000 steps which is very doable for me but I was too lazy to get to. Now, I ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:18:12 EST 8/20 Accountability I am doing the weekend warrior challenge on Fitbit. I have done 15,000 steps today and 105 minutes of exercise and burned over 500 calories. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I have been doing really well with my eating. It has been helpful that we are eating at home more. <BR> <BR> Whatever we did in Pilates and the exercises she told me to do at home are working. My shoulder feels good. I still think I will go to the doctor on Monday at see what the MRI says or maybe I should wait to make sure th... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:11:11 EST Update 8/19 Went to Pilates today and she worked out a whole routine that did not hurt my shoulder, but helped it. She thinks if we work at it and stretch it enough, it will take down the inflammation and the bone won't rub against the tendons. I'm good with that. <BR> <BR> Had the MRI yesterday. I meet with the doc on Monday to see what it showed. If he wants to do surgery, I am not going to do it until I know if we can get it under control with Pilates. <BR> <BR> My exercise has been good. My steps a... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:54:58 EST Shoulder Update 2 The shot in my shoulder didn't work. I haven't been able to sleep the last few nights due to my shoulder hitting the pillow. <BR> <BR> I am upset as the doc said pilates was not good for it because I keep having to put my arms over my head. I don't want to give up Pilates, but I think maybe I should stop for a while. Not to mention it is pretty expensive. It is hard on the pocket book. <BR> <BR> It is like a catch 22 as it helps my neck, but hurts my shoulder. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> T... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 23:31:07 EST Light Bulb!!! Finally, the light bulb went off in my head last night. I have been putting on weight and I couldn't figure out why. I have been exercising more and eating the same as I always have. Yet, the weight keeps rising and not by a little, but by a lot. <BR> <BR> Then it dawned on me. Steroids. Let's see I have had 2 cervical steroid injections since June. I have had 4 regular steroid shots since May. I think that is a lot of steroids. <BR> <BR> Last night I started researching steroid shots and ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:57:47 EST Shoulder Update Doc said I re-injured the rotator cuff. For now, he gave me a steroid shot. He said if it is no better in 2 weeks, then I get to have another MRI and if it shows that there is another impingement on the tendons, he will have to go in and remove more bone. He said over time you can get calcium deposits that will impinge on the tendons again. He is hoping the shot will work. <BR> <BR> He was also very explicit once again that I was not to do any strength training with my shoulders due to my f... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:08:59 EST Accountability I paid the $29.99 one time fee to get the "enhanced" sparkpeople. I figured for all Spark does, it is worth it. Also, I use to pay that just for the coaching which is now included. Doing this made me realize that I truly need to make myself accountable. I did pretty well this week. <BR> Sunday: 50 minutes treadmill at the Y <BR> Wednesday: 65 minutes at the Y <BR> Thursday: 50 minutes Pilates <BR> Friday: 30 minutes riding and 20 minutes walking <BR> Today: 50 minutes at the Y 45 minutes trea... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 14:59:46 EST Recommitting Myself Ok, enough of the pity party of my stressful life. Things have actually worked out well. I got my raise plus cash to pay for our expenses. My husband is now able to show houses on his own and they will give him his own zip codes for the lead program. Many agents won't go into certain parts of Milwaukee because they are afraid, but Brian is there all day for his other job. So, he will take those leads. We have 4 new buyers this week. I am hoping to be able to convert them all, but that isn't a... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:13:03 EST Manager Dinner and decision updates Had the dinner with my manager last night. Of course, her first thing was to trash the other brokerage. Recruiting 101--don't trash another place show me what makes yours so much better. I didn't tell her where I was thinking of going. She figured it out as a lot of big named agents have moved there. <BR> <BR> She then proceeded to make it seem like she was going to do us a really big favor and it took a lot for her to get our vice president to agree to it. It sounded like she was going to p... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:23:53 EST Updates JC was awesome at the show last week. The judge didn't like him, but that was ok. He was there for me to get ready to show him and he was a perfect gentleman. I practiced 3 times with him. <BR> <BR> Had a meeting with a new brokerage on Monday. I really like their philosophy and it doesn't seem like they are just after the almighty buck. You can actually take new agents on your team and train them and get part of their commission. It is all set up for you. This is what I have wanted to do fo... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:45:36 EST Blah Day I just can't get myself motivated today. It is hot outside. Got in a big fight with Hubby last night. I am trying to figure out what to do with him in our real estate group. I can't afford to pay the same amount for him that I do for me as he is only part time and he doesn't do any negotiations. <BR> <BR> The horse show starts Thursday. I hope it cools down. <BR> <BR> Back to pilates tomorrow. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:56:36 EST Decisions, Decisions I have been at my current brokerage since 2010 when I left a different brokerage. I have always loved it here, but they have made many changes without considering the effects those changes are having on the agents. <BR> <BR> I moved from one of our offices to another in about 2012 after my mother passed away. There was no longer any need for me to be on that side of town and my current office is by my husband's office so it works out well. <BR> <BR> When we first started here, they suggest... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:14:27 EST On Overload The week coming up is so emotional for me. My mother passed away on July 14, 2012. That is the day that JC shows in the upcoming show. I would give my eye teeth for my mom to be able to see him. I will never forget when I had to remove him from training and retire him and she was so upset and said I did a horrible thing to him. Obviously, I was lucky and he is very happy being a show horse again. <BR> <BR> On top of that, I read an article about the BRCA1 and BRCA2 tests. My mother had brea... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 22:37:02 EST Starting to Have Confidence again! It has taken me a long time to start feeling confident and to have fun with JC again. His trainer has been awesome and spends lots of time with him and me. She has taught him RESPECT! She has also taught him to LISTEN! <BR> <BR> In all the years I have been riding which is 40+, I have never had a trainer who worked each horse the way the horse needed to be worked not the "I need to get each one out for 15 minutes a day" mentality. Although I only pay for partial training, she works him at l... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 15:15:02 EST Not my Circus; Not my Monkeys! I have been really good when it comes to riding JC and going to Pilates, but I have fallen off the gym track. Every time I mean to go back there, something happens. My neck was so bad that I had to get another epidural block. It has been a year since the last one so I am pretty happy with that. <BR> <BR> I had a huge issue on one of my listings which kind of triggered my whole outlook and attitude toward everything. It is a really nice house only 4 years old. I received multiple offers on i... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:23:37 EST Going Crazy I have to start blogging regularly again to sort things out in my head. Things have been nuts. Work is insane. Agents have been rude and nasty in this market and buyers and sellers want everything now. <BR> <BR> Have been in Minnesota since Wednesday for a horse show. JC is getting better and better. I'm not showing him yet. My trainer is. I have to learn to ride the "new" show JC. <BR> <BR> I swear every day I have been here I have gotten more bad news from work. Then these idiots decide... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:03:07 EST Becoming My Mother When I was growing up, I resented the hours my mother worked. I never saw her except on weekends and one day during the week when we went to the barn. If she was home, she was on the phone with her patients. Of course, my mother didn't believe in charging her patients either which was a sore spot with me. <BR> <BR> I see myself starting to do a lot of things my mother did. Of course, my business is seasonal so there are months I do nothing as far as work. This has been the toughest real esta... Fri, 6 May 2016 14:02:14 EST JC's Win Picture He won the championship! What a guy! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 4 May 2016 09:51:20 EST It's Show Season! <img src=""> <BR> Show season began with mother nature forgetting to take her pills. I swear she is bi-polar. We had major snows coming down. We could barely see driving home. My trainer showed him last night. We forgot how nervous he gets at the first show of the year. He was a bit tight and nervous especially after horses ran into him on 2 occasions. Good thing we started early this year. As to your questions ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 16:52:53 EST The Good, the bad and the ugly! Wow, life has been busy. I feel like I went from 0 - 100 in no time. For 3 months, my business was dead. Now, I am so busy I can't keep up. I have 9 closings coming up. It seems like every day I get a new referral from a previous buyer or seller or one of my lead programs. I am not complaining just wish I could even things out over the years. <BR> <BR> I did get the new saddle. It is awesome. Luckily, I sold my saddle as well and got almost what I paid for it new so I didn't come out bad at ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:21:52 EST My Brain is Buzzing Wow, March is flying as fast as February did. We are in full swing Spring real estate market. I am a bit overwhelmed by the amount of buyers I have. I do have some sellers as well. Once again, I am forgetting about me. I am trying, but my phone starts so early in the morning and the only time I have to myself is starting about 11:00 at night. <BR> <BR> My husband is building my home office in the rec room. It looks beautiful. This is what it is supposed to look like: <BR> <img src="http://... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 00:01:23 EST Lost a Month Wow, I can't believe it has been a month since I posted a blog. What a month it has been! I have written 7 or 8 offers. Four have been accepted. I had to take over a listing for another RELO agent on Friday as, according to what the sellers told me, he liked the "bottle" a bit too much. Relo asked me to take it. I ended up with 2 offers on it and they got well over asking :) Of course, it is a RELO property and the Relocation company is a pain in the a@@! I literally spent the entire weekend... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 11:32:47 EST 1/30/2016 I should clarify that, as a real estate agent, I am self employed. The only reason the guy can request we go to those meetings is because it is a thing that you have to be trained for and many are not invited to the dance if you know what I mean. I am also a Relocation trained agent and I have to keep current with training with that as well. <BR> <BR> The company can not require that I attend the weekly meetings in the office or that I sell any specific amount of homes. What I do is up to m... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:50:18 EST Continuing On... I heard back from the guy with the meeting. It turns out he is having a makeup meeting for those of us that can't get to the other state. He is doing it only 10 miles from where I live. He didn't want to tell anyone as he wants the majority of people going to the "big" meeting. This "big" meeting is on February 24; the makeup meeting is on March 7. It seems to me that once again he is not giving people notice and they won't be able to make either meeting. Doesn't he realize that people make ... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:08:20 EST Update for Update I had enough of my kids and decided to go to the Y. Usually, my DD goes with me. I had a nice, quiet time. I did the Elliptical and the treadmill for 60 minutes each and then stretched and walk the track for another 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> When I got home, DD had cleaned the house and, as soon as I walked in, she apologized. Apparently, she and her brother worked it out last night. So, for the time being, that drama is done. <BR> <BR> Then...the work drama begins. I am a rapid response agent ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:19:39 EST Update from 1/26 I was so upset with everything that happened yesterday that my ulcers started acting up. I think that could also be because of the antibiotics. Last night, DH decided to get me out of the house as I was so worked up. I made very good choices. I just had half a turkey sandwich with no mayo, fruit and a salad. <BR> <BR> In either case, I hadn't seen my daughter all day and my son was still at work when we left. We didn't know what was going to happen when he got home. We walk in the door and D... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:10:46 EST So Angry and Frustrated!!! I think I am at the end of my rope. As most of you who know me know, my son has Aspergers. He is 22 years old and he does have two jobs now. He is still at the one place where they give him 1.5 hours a day unless he can find more to do and he gets about 23 hours at the other place per week. <BR> <BR> We found a therapist who is very good. However, it is a VERY slow process. My son still has trouble controlling his temper, but only around us. A week ago Sunday he got very angry and started sw... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:01:56 EST A Real Eye-Opener My daughter and I watch The Biggest Loser together. The other day she told me what was staged and how long it actually was between weigh ins etc. I asked her where she got all that information and she told me to google The Biggest Loser Secrets and The Biggest Loser--where are they now. <BR> <BR> I did that and it was quite eye opening. The weigh ins are actually much farther than 1 week apart. People are kept dehydrated and mal-nutritioned. They stick them in Saunas for 6 hours prior to the... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 13:10:44 EST Pushing On... I am working really hard to get this weight off. Now don't fall over, but I have only had 1 glass of wine all week. Yes that is one glass. Part of that probably has to do with the fact that I was taking Benadryl and didn't think that would be a good mix with alcohol. <BR> <BR> Speaking of which...ok so I am stupid. I have been really dizzy for the past week. I went to Pilates and just couldn't keep my balance. Someone there said to try Benadryl. I did so. Don't like the stuff one bit. Even w... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:02:29 EST Time To Get Serious! I don't know how time passes so quickly. It is already January. Show season is only 3 months away. My goal was to lose 10 lbs so I could have my riding suit taken in and I would feel more confident showing JC. He has come such a long way this winter. He is doing great. No more spinning or being stupid. My trainer's goal was to make him senior proof (owner 50+ years of age HA!) and she did her job. <BR> <BR> I realized I need to start focusing on mine. I lost almost 2.5 lbs this week. I am dr... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 19:24:43 EST Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> <BR> Friday, January 01, 2016 <BR> <BR> I copied this from Ceriusly w ho copied it fromi JAZZEJR's blog from today. She re-blogged it from June 30 2012, when she got it from BBONET who got it from Musolf6, who got it from... <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 30, 2012 <BR> Taken from BBonet's blog <BR> <BR> Please respond that you want your name added to the bottom of the list. <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:17:24 EST Today's Blog The worst thing about writing these blogs is figuring out what to call them. <BR> <BR> I realized that I never wrote about our trip to New Orleans. It was absolutely awesome! If I could move there tomorrow, I would. I absolutely love the City. For the first time, we did the swamp tour. The weather was gorgeous and so was the swamp. Not at all what I expected. We had the car, but didn't use it. We mainly just stayed in the French quarter and took our time doing nothing which is exactly what ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 14:15:13 EST Unbelievable Since the neighbors went after our home owner's insurance for the dog nipping their kid, we got a letter that the insurance is dropping us. Thanks Liberty Mutual! <BR> <BR> I have been calling places all morning trying to find someone that would include liability for the dog on the home owner's policy and it doesn't look like that is likely. One agent even told me to get rid of the dog. Apparently, the neighbors have been paid $1,000 and now they are going for more. <BR> <BR> Every insur... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:47:43 EST 12/5 I finally took it upon myself to call DS' employer...the one he has been with for 2.5 years. They are actually very nice and just said that they don't want to lose him which is why they are trying to find more hours for him. Unfortunately, they just can't accommodate his limitations. I suggested they work with his job coach, but I don't think they are going to do that. So he is back to his 1.5 hours a day there. However, his other job now has him at 40 hours a week. I hope that lasts after t... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 12:41:26 EST Updates and Stuff Wow, I didn't realize it has been so long since I blogged. My son started work at Stein and that is going well. He ended up back at the other place for only 1.5 hours per day. Now, they called him this morning and wondered if he wanted to work at Fed Ex loading and unloading for 5 hours a day midnight to 5 a.m. He is taking that job. So he will no longer work at the original job. I am having trouble keeping up with all this. HA! <BR> <BR> Took my daughter to my Orthopod for her knees. Her kn... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 13:09:53 EST Finally Saying Goodbye My son finally quit the other job today. He found out this morning that they were going to cut him to 1.5 hours a day. Seriously, who does that? My husband asked why they didn't just fire him. Very simple...they needed him to quit or they would have had to pay unemployment. Last week, they were calling him to come back every evening because the guy that took that job was on vacation. <BR> <BR> Today, they cut his hours to a ridiculous amount. Unbelievable. I spoke with his job coach and he... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 11:58:10 EST 11/4/2016 The hardest thing I find out writing a blog is coming up with a title. I've decided the date works HA! Things haven't been great exercise wise this week. I ended up with something this weekend and a 103 fever. I feel better and did exercise yesterday. But, today, I am really tired. It could be because the dogs got me up at 5. That is the middle of the night to me. <BR> <BR> Updates on my son. Of course, with no word of warning, his current job called and said he didn't have to come in for h... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 14:22:21 EST Updates My son had an interview with another company yesterday. Initially, they will give him 20 - 25 hours a week which is fine. He can keep his morning shift with the job he has and he will have a full time work week plus the side jobs. This company does have the potential for full time, permanent employment. <BR> <BR> It seems like his other job has ESP. As soon as we started with DVR again, they gave him the "temporary" extra 4 hour shift. Then, last night, they had him do a two man run to Illin... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 12:32:17 EST I Made Progress :) I think I am getting somewhere. Job coach called and we had a meeting this afternoon. He was very good. He has worked with people on the Spectrum for 18 years and wasn't put off by my son's habits in the least. He understood him perfectly. He came up with a plan that may give my son a full time job down the road with benefits and he can still keep his part time job for now. He can go and help him on the job and this employer will not drop my son's hours for deficits due to his disability. I w... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 15:54:06 EST And it continues... Dear son's Job coach finally called this morning. He told my son that we should wait until Friday. If nothing changes by Friday, he will take my son to Steins. He can definitely get him a job there? Really? He said he was going to do that two weeks ago. WTH???? What does he expect to change by Friday. They have said they will not give my son the extra hours permanently. Do we know why? No. Why don't we know? Because this idiot won't do his job. I wish I was one of those people who could do no... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:12:20 EST My Exercise Buddy :) My daughter has become my exercise buddy. We do something every day. Today, I was really sore and I wasn't going to do any exercise. We were watching tv and it was boring so I said, "let's go for a short walk." I knew she didn't really want to, but she went with me anyway. We ended up walking for 45 minutes. We walked for about 2.5 miles. We followed the creek on the new path they put in and then walked through the woods on the way back. <BR> <BR> We were saying that it is so nice living her... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 15:42:26 EST Updates and Stuff First off, I am ready to explode at DS's job coach. He will not return DS's calls. It turns out that DS's extra 4 hours was just until they could hire someone else to do the job. We can not understand why they won't give it to B. He already knows the job and trained others to do that. That is where the job coach should come in, but we can't get hold of the job coach. I know the Dr has also tried to get hold of the job coach. I'm hoping Dr. D gave up and called the employer himself. He is abso... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 15:14:23 EST Some Hope! <BR> Today we met with the psychologist who works with adults with autism. He explained that my son actually has aspergers. I really liked him a lot. He is the first psychologist we have met with that seems to really want to advocate for B. He is going to call B's job counselor from DVR and see if he has met with B's employers to see what is happening there. I laughed. I have never found DVR counselors who choose to do much of anything. B has had this counselor for 3 months and has met with ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 19:40:58 EST On A Roll :) I have been on a roll this week. I have been tracking everything I have been eating which was one of the challenges for this week. Also, we only ate out once this week. We are cutting way back on that as we are trying to save for our trip to NOLA and Nashville in December not to mention the calories. I cut way back on the alcoholic drinks as well. <BR> <BR> I put my orthotics back in and they seem to be helping. Now, I can walk after I walk. I did the treadmill a couple of times today and wa... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 18:37:03 EST Anatomy of Walking From Leslie Sansone <img src=""> Wed, 7 Oct 2015 16:41:18 EST