LEANGIRL22's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEANGIRL22 LEANGIRL22'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/ Big Changes Are Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367226 First off -- I have to report that I lost a pound! So thrilled with each pound lost. I did my cardio 30 minutes yesterday and that is a victory every time. It's getting a little easier though. But the big news is our house sold. It took about 3 weeks and we are kind of in shock and getting ready to get on a plane for the Dallas area to find our new home. Really scarey, I am happy as our home was a high maintenance place with everything needing paint and stain all the time. Lots and lo... Sat, 27 May 2017 09:24:06 EST I Already Messed Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366833 Well, just as soon as I got started I messed up. I had to go out of town for a day and didn't get any exercise in at all. I didn't even attempt it. I am not going to give up, and right now I am waiting for my husband to get up so I can go into our bedroom and get on the treadmill. I was up early to take my son to work and walk Max our dog. I've had my breakfast and decided I'd write to get this off my chest. I need to admit when I let myself down. I wasn't prepared for what I need to d... Fri, 26 May 2017 09:32:09 EST Loving Myself Enough to Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365990 I read the above title and it really motivated me however, I have given it some thought. Loving myself seems weird to me but the idea of respecting and taking care of the body God gave to me is closer to my thinking. Either way you look at it, the concept can be motivating. We only have one body so it only makes sense to take care of it and give it a chance to flourish. I think we sometimes take better care of our pets nutrition than our own. We have to put healthy fuel into the tank to ... Wed, 24 May 2017 09:34:55 EST Busy & Healthy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365797 I got my exercise done in the morning and I liked that so much better. I was able with my son's help to get that chest of drawers I was talking about almost stripped. Just needs a little more on the drawers. So the worst is over and we can move on to sanding, staining, painting, etc. If it turns out okay I'll post a photo. <BR> <BR> Healthwise, I was good with diet and got the cardio in and drank all of my water. I am trying to eat less meat (usually its lean chicken) and more veggies... Tue, 23 May 2017 21:53:11 EST Moving Right Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365393 I did 35 minutes on the treadmill and ate healthy today. Probably didn't get enough carbs today so will work on adding more of them tomorrow. I know since I have started exercising my legs do feel a bit tired when I get up. But I think that is to be expected. I am sleeping longer and better. I am drinking the water but find it a nuisance to be in the bathroom all the time. But I tell myself that I am ridding my body of toxins and fat. I am happy with myself (content actually) that I ha... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:57:53 EST Busy Productive Day Yet A Healthy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364917 Well I kept my priorities straight today. I went to church in the morning and then repainted my kitchen cabinets (white) in the afternoon. Fred (my husband) helped and we got them done. This was just a repaint but they needed it. Still need to put things away when the paint dries but they are done! <BR> <BR> And I still managed to do 30 minutes of cardio that I promised myself I would do. I recorded my food (leftovers) and fluid intake. I still need to get more fluids before the even... Sun, 21 May 2017 21:47:55 EST Focusing on Improving My Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364333 It's hard to admit you haven't really been taking care of yourself -- but that's a fact for me. Well time to wake up and pay laser focused attention. The past two years have been really difficult -- first major surgery but thanks to God's mercy they didn't find any cancer. Had to recover though and that took a while. Then I fell and badly sprained my ankle and foot. I was in a boot for 6 months and there is still some weakness in my left ankle. On top of that my brother died of brain ca... Sat, 20 May 2017 11:47:00 EST Taking a Hiatus From Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330445 For anyone who may have wondered what happened to me as I have not been on the site for a while -- we have had a family situation that has put extra demands on my time & attention. My brother is dying of brain cancer and I have needed some time to sell a couple of houses and move to Texas. I need to be close to my father who is 97 and will need my support. <BR> <BR> I just cannot keep up with everything so will possibly return next year when things settle down. I have enjoyed my time on... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 19:28:27 EST Day 2 - Hobbling on a Treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280311 Well, I survived my first exercise routine out of the boot! 6 weeks of that is enough! All I could say when I was done was ouch! But it wasn't that bad and this morning my foot isn't any worse for wear! I thought for sure it would be... but it's fine. So I will wrap it and get going today. I am encouraged. I didn't do more than 15 minutes because it hurt and I didn't want to re-injure the tendons, but I was in motion and going forward. I proved to myself that I could start exercising an... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:09:22 EST A Second Run at Healthy Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279915 I have been off the site for a while -- over a year for sure. Lots has happened. My son moved home to live with us which is a blessing as he helps me so much and I am grateful for that! Secondly, I had a serious health challenge as they found a large tumor in my colon when I had a routine colonoscopy. I had a cancer scare but it turned out the tumor was benign! So they took out a section of my insides and here I am. The surgery was last June, and I have recovered from it with a few die... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:54:39 EST A Quick Hello to My Spark Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984703 Wanted to let you know I am missing being back in action, but wishing all you well and hoping you are all moving each day towards your healthy goals! Took a photo on the way home from the lake where we stayed. In the photo are my husband Fred and my son Jeff (and of course our dog Max). They all took great care of me coming home! This was taken on top of Afton Mountain at the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains at an overlook. <BR> <BR> Be back soon, <BR> <BR> Sheila <img src="http://photos... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:11:40 EST Went on Vacation & Got Pneumonia! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983041 I can only sit for just a little while. Ended up getting very sick the morning we were leaving for our trip. Went anyway -- thought it was just a gluten attack. It wasn't. I ended up in the hospital ER with pneumonia. Slept most of the time. Read a little. The boys got to go fishing so that was good. Just got home last evening. Feel awful. No energy...taking antibiotics and can barely walk across the room. The only good news is I am down 2 pounds. So no matter what I'll always tak... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 08:29:19 EST Did It Again. One Day at a Time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980427 I made it through another 40 minutes on the treadmill! I really really didn't want to get on the treadmill tonite. I have lots to pack, etc., but I walked in the front door and headed straight for the treadmill. I knew if I let my mind start to think about it I would talk myself out of it. Let myself off the hook. But I just did it. No thinking, no bargaining with the body that just wanted to eat dinner and do anything but exercise. So -- I really feel good about myself. I am glad I d... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:49:05 EST Victory over the old self today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979778 Thank you so much for all your comments. I really do take them seriously and consider each comment. I really appreciate your caring and support so very much. I am making sure I get more water as I was falling a bit short on it each day. Also, I did buy a food scale and I am monitoring each bite and recording it as well. If anything I am probably not getting enough calories. Also I have tried hard to get more sleep -- although that isn't easy with so much going on. But I have been doing... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:51:53 EST On A Plateau......Yikes I am so tired of it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979224 I guess I am just going to be on this plateau until I figure out that I will just have to move a lot more than I have been to shed the last 9 lbs. It is driving me crazy so I may as well get serious and get it over with. I have certainly proven that I know how to maintain. So since I lost the first 11 lbs. you'd think I could motivate myself to get moving and get rid of the rest. I certainly think about it all the time. So instead of thinking about it I need to just move move move and j... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 22:55:14 EST Catch Up Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976552 I have come to the point where I see that I am just going to have interruptions in my weight loss journey. It is just not going to be totally "me in control of each day." Because I just have commitments to others that have to happen I will have to put those things in first place. I have a need to bring in income so that has to happen. I need to care for my grandson and that has to happen. But, that said, I am still on track even though Monday and Tuesday it was not first and foremost. I... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:33:55 EST Into Each Life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973943 It has been such an emotional week for me. I finished paperwork for my son's disability and I am praying that there are no issues to keep him from continuing to receive benefits. So that was an emotional block of time all morning. Then we found out my husband has DVT which is a thrombosis or blood clot in his leg. So he spent all afternoon and early evening getting ultrasounds to confirm the diagnosis and then going to several pharmacies to find the drugs for it. I am wondering why he is... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 00:01:40 EST Back On Track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972879 I haven't blogged in a few days as things have just gotten so crazy. I have been quite upset as I have had to scramble to pull together all kinds of information to turn in to social security disability folks regarding my son who has ADHD and Aspberger's Disorder. Jeff has some serious disability deficits that limit him severely. He was born with this and it isn't like he will be getting better or anything. At any rate, we are having to prove that he is still disabled and show all kinds of... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 23:51:05 EST Keeping it moving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970498 Just got off the treadmill for 45 minutes and the rowing machine for another 10 minutes. I feel better because I added some more carbs for energy without going over my calories. It's seems to be about balance. I hope that doesn't stall the weight loss. I am concentrating on portion control, and keeping the body moving. Yesterday was my exercise day off so I was glad to get moving again today. It really was great to have had a rest and it felt so good to be moving again today! I will c... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 21:56:01 EST I'm celebrating today! Finally hit 150 for the last time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969067 I have decided to do something nice for myself today for hitting 150. This is harder than I thought it would be. I guess because I didn't understand exactly what the changes in my lifestyle needed to be. So it has been a learning curve for sure. There are just some behaviors and food habits that have to stay gone forever. I get that now. Otherwise the weight will be right back again and I am just not willing to allow that. Also my life needs to be active no matter what! So I am mental... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:44:47 EST You Guys Are All So Right... Thanks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968202 I totally appreciate your comments and your encouragement. And I agree with you all. You are so right about portion control!!! My nemesis! It has been three days since I last wrote. I have been super careful and weighed and measured everything. I have dropped one half pound as of this morning. Negligible. But I must tell you ---I am not as frustrated as before. I think that is because I know that I will eventually drop the weight. It has to come off. I am exercising and eating corre... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:02:04 EST All I have done this week is maintain...change needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966322 Does the word plateau ring a bell with anyone? It sure is ringing in my ears! All I have succeeded in doing this week is maintaining what I initially lost. I have exercised religiously and thought I was eating properly. However, the scale doesn't lie so I must be kidding myself somewhere. So I took a look over the past week and thought seriously about what I have been eating. <BR> <BR> Breakfast is always oatmeal with 1% milk (.25 cup) -- no worries there. Lunch is smallish salad wi... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:33:39 EST FYI and An Observation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964518 My FYI: is about the photos on my Spark Page. The birds in the photos are Sand Hill Cranes which I love. The larger birds are the Momma and Papa and the little one in the back is the baby. He's more timid. They were feeding in my Dad's back yard in Florida. This was taken before he moved to Texas. He loved feeding them and they were like pets for him. These birds mate for life and are such a joy to watch. They are not just in Florida but migrate all over the states in various areas. ... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:26:38 EST Crazy Busy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964069 Was in motion all day today. Did a buying trip to Ashland and Richmond and while I accomplished a lot, I got home late. My son and I then proceeded to sand his desk that we are refinishing. We will hopefully put a coat of primer on it tomorrow night. But tonite we did get it sanded. Also we had dinner late (I was good on the diet all day - no problems there). But it just got so late I couldn't exercise because my husband went to bed and the treadmill was in the bedroom. So I did 15 min... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:46:05 EST I Really Didn't Want To Do It... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963469 We had my daughter and her family over today for Hailey's 15th birthday. Had a great time and enjoyed the family feast. But I did okay with the food. For potato salad I only had a half cup, same with cole slaw, and had lots of cider vegetables and some chicken. All in all I saved calories from breakfast for this large lunch so did okay for the day. Dinner was just more veggies again so okay there. Lots of temptation but got through it. These are the times that really test me. I love h... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:02:45 EST What is a Good Day??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962683 Any day I lose a pound is by definition a good day! Each one is hard fought. But in reality any day we are moving toward our goal weight and have eaten healthy foods in healthy amounts is a good day. And any day we have exercised and moved our body closer to the lean side is a good day as well. So today is the result of our consistent healthy lifestyle. Again, the key is the consistent day by day just doing it! Go Nike! I am patting myself on the back as an "atta girl" for sticking wit... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 10:08:16 EST Consistency is the key..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961949 I am reminding myself that in my new active world...consistency is the key! I was on a buying trip today and also had deliveries to ship out and on and on. But at the end of the day the consistency of my diet and exercise is the key to reaching my goal weight and goal health! I have only lost 7 lbs. but already I feel better. It is hard to describe but I have a lighter feeling and more energy. My pants are definitely looser at the waist though I have not changed a size yet. It is encour... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:39:21 EST Didn't Fall Off the Wagon But Rested From Exercising... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961475 Well, today was a great grandma day as I was watching the kiddos again. I enjoyed spending time with them again. This evening I worked on my business and got caught up a bit with it. I am working on sending some boxes out in the morning. I took a rest from exercise except for 10 minutes on the treadmill to keep my metabolism revved up. However, I was very good on my diet and didn't fall off that wagon. I will get a good night's sleep and then be off and running in the morning. All in a... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 23:53:20 EST Short But Sweet Tonite... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960907 I did 40 minutes on the treadmill and 10 on rowing machine so feeling good, however, it was a totally crazy day with 3 kiddos and an urgent business matter I could not avoid. So the 15 year old helped out and we got through it. At any rate tomorrow will be better as a grandma day. This balancing family, work and healthy lifestyle is challenging but I am managing. Change is good for this old lady. I lost another pound so I am down 7 so far! I reached my Saturday goal already so I am ecst... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:59:02 EST Monday And Back to Work... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960396 I have my own business so Monday for me is back to work. It was a busy day and I was on the road on a buying trip. I stayed on my diet, drank water, and made it back home by 5:30 pm. Not too bad. Ended up working this evening as well. Pushing hard to get things done before tomorrow. I watch Jacob, my 14 month old grandson. When I watch him I don't really get anything done but that's okay because he is such a joy. At any rate, I have the girls tomorow as well. They are such a joy to h... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 23:01:16 EST Sunday Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959621 Sunday is the first day of my diet week. This is a great Sunday because I have lost a pound! I only have one more to lose this week by Saturday so I think I can do this for sure! If I lose 2 lbs. per week I'll reach my goal weight of 139 by September 30th which is my goal date. I decided it would be more motivating to put dates on my goal and my intermediate goal points. If I can make 2 lbs. each week then I can make my goal date of September 30th! So today I will exercise with a vengea... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 15:39:59 EST Internet Connectivity Issues & Still Being Consistent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958823 Have you ever seen those commercials about getting high speed internet even though they are living "way out here"? Well, don't believe it for a nanosecond! We have suffered with "high speed internet" which is really fraudulent advertising perpetrated on folks living in rural areas. We have suffered through a company called Wild Blue (satellite internet provider) and then they were bought out by Exceed (whoever they are???) and Exceed has totally throttled us back and added customers unti... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:47:23 EST Been a Busy Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958269 It has been really busy today. I spent time cleaning out and hauling things to the dump (really fun job), and then making some stock purchases for my son. Really scary in this market, but I kept him in health care, food, and cleaning products - things people need no matter what the market conditions are. So, then I have been working on my business and getting boxes ready to ship out. <BR> <BR> Now I am headed for the treadmill for 30 minutes (my least favorite part of the day) but I wi... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 20:16:39 EST Love Your Comments & Taking Them Seriously! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957455 I love there we have such wonderful support on this site! We all do need that whether we like to admit it or not. I do love to get your comments and suggestions and do take them seriously. I agree we women are usually taking on more of the load than we need to when it comes to our families. Won't go any further into that -- it would not be productive or positive. However, I have begun to delegate a bit and while I am babysitting for Jacob (14 month old) I have left a couple of items that... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 10:25:49 EST Balancing Is So Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955291 This weight loss thing is so hard because there are so many things pulling me in all directions. I have to keep my business going and that takes time, I have family time (grandson Jacob 2 days a week), a house to clean, and I need to carve out time for ME -- exercise & cooking so I eat carefully and properly! Each night I need to make a plan for the next day. What is the priority? In the past I came last on that list and now that just can't happen. I made a commitment to myself to take ... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 08:58:03 EST Sunday - A Day of Rest & Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952562 Sunday I made it to church and basically took a day of rest. Our pastor puts things into perspective and that helps especially when I'm down. Sunday was a good diet day and I also exercised 30 minutes walking, and 8 minutes on the rowing machine. The rowing machine is hard for me. I had to start at only 5 minutes. When I went up to 7 minutes my back was very sore so I had to drop back to 5 and start again a couple of days later then work up a minute at a time. Now I can do 8 minutes wi... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:00:47 EST Sunday Morning Thoughts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952108 Well, I found out my main trigger as far as going off my diet & weight loss is concerned. Emotional reactions to life! I have an adult son who has Aspberger's disorder and lives with us. He decided to be disrespectful and rude and was having one of those days where he was not going to be happy. As I am the one who cares for him the most he took it out on me. I was also dealing with some negative business issues and by last night that little voice in my mind said "Find something in the r... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:59:18 EST Today's Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951442 Well, made it through the Pennsylvania trip with no problems concerning food. Had everything I needed in the cooler and stayed hydrated. Did stop for frequent bathroom breaks -- but stayed hydrated. It was a long day but got through it. I have lost three pounds so I am happy about that. i have been really good with both the diet part and the exercise part. Hope I can keep this up. I need to go now as I have to get a meal in before picking my son up at the train station. He's on his wa... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:34:54 EST Tuesday Stuff + Staying on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949775 Blogging to stay on track helps me so here I am once again. Took the car in to get it ready for a day trip tomorrow to Pennsylvania. I treated myself to a new water bottle that shows the measurement of how much liquid I am drinking on the side. Got it for the trip and as a reward for losing a couple of pounds. I am also planning on what food goes into the cooler for the trip so I will be good. Any suggestions would be nice to have so please chime in. I'm thinking carrots for chewing and... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:19:44 EST Here I go again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948731 I have been off the site for almost a year. And low and behold I have not lost any weight in that time. No surprise there. I have not been taking care of myself and instead I dove headfirst into my business to keep the extra income (that we need) coming in. Retirement income just doesn't cut it. So -- I need to lose exactly 21 lbs. which is exactly what I needed to lose the last time I posted. So now what? Here I go again. Just got back from Texas and I needed to pick up some clothes ... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:39:54 EST Grand Canyon Trip... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751670 I did want to share some photos from our 5300 mile car trip from Virginia to the Grand Canyon and back. We went to Dallas/Ft. Worth first for a family wedding and I got to see my Dad who is doing well at 95! Then we went to El Paso, up to Phoenix where we visited friends we had not seen in 30 years! Then we went to Sedona - one of the most beautiful places in the US! Then up to Grand Canyon (South Rim). From there to the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest and then Albequerque where I got to... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 12:22:28 EST A Little Progress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751649 I just had to write about this because it is the first time i have gone down in weight since last fall! I LOST 2 LBS!!! I am so proud of myself. I promise not to get as excited about the next pounds lost, but this was such a change in direction I just had to share it. I didn't exercise a lot but I did get on the treadmill. I just changed the volume and type of food I ate. Well, onward and downward with the weight. Here's to more cardio today! Never give up! <BR> <BR> Sheila <BR> <em... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 12:00:18 EST I'm Back on Spark People Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747529 Well, I finally retired for the last time! I was finally was able to retire again! I needed to cover 2 mortgages for a while and had to return to work. I worked overnight at Walmart managing the stocking crew so my days and nights were upside down and over time I was not doing well at taking care of myself. So, that was then and this is now! Now I can take care of myself again and readjust my priorities to what I choose <BR> 1. Taking care of my health! <BR> 2. Taking care of my new gra... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:54:31 EST A Quick Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484863 I have a minute before starting dinner -- the first one I've started in a long while. My DH is cooking these days for which I am grateful. Tonite I am making tilapia and a salad. I weigh the same 145 and I have decided that since my my old step tracker didn't turn up I will get another one per your advice. I just thought if I gave it some time it would show up -- but not so far. <BR> <BR> Not much is new that I can share at the moment. Fred (DH) has been going to my son's house to hel... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:19:36 EST Hey, Remember Me??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479753 Just wanted to stop by for a minute to say a big hello Tao those who may have been reading my blogs. I do miss all of my SparkPeople friends! My new job has so exhausted me and I don't know how long I will really last at it, but it is paying some bills right now that I needed to take care of...so will try to hang in there for a while. <BR> <BR> As far as my health is concerned...I haven't been able to do cardio in several days, but for 10 hours every day I am bending and stretching like ... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 18:19:37 EST Transitioning to a New Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464552 Today is a transitioning point for me. I am now working overnight 4 nights a week from 9 pm to 8 am. I am up tonite so I can sleep tomorrow and work starting at 9 pm tomorrow night. It's kind of a mind bender and I'm not quite sure how it will work out. I am actually a night person so I am hoping it will be okay. I am the Overnight Support Manager for a Walmart store and looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> But my challenge now is to have a healthy lifestyle given I am doing 4 10 hr. days... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 01:02:52 EST If you have good health you have everything! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460510 Spark Coach asked us to visualize the future 10 years from now. I am visualizing that I will be living an active lifestyle and enjoying my life near my children and grandchildren. I will be traveling some and enjoying myself being active in a gym, taking classes, and being social with others in my age group. I am at my goal weight and maintaining is not a struggle because I know how to eat healthy foods and I stay active each day. <BR> <BR> Each day I remind myself that the steps that I t... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 23:39:50 EST A Second Look at My Goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458943 Spark Coach has suggested that at this point in my weight loss journey I take a second look at my exercise program. Toward that end I need to ask myself 1) how am I doing? 2) if it is working for me? and, 3) how sustainable it is considering I am probably going back to work shortly? Also, this causes me to also rethink my other personal goals since working 4 ten hour days will likely result in a readjustment in all of my personal goals. <BR> <BR> Toward that end I have given some thoug... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 14:29:15 EST Here I Am Again...Made it 2 Days in a Row! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456713 Well, Spark Coach was right -- time to re-evaluate my goals and weight loss plan. I have lost 13 lbs. and I was very encouraged today. I had a job interview -- which I felt good about. We will see if I make it to the next round of interviews. At any rate, I bought a new pair of dress slacks to wear to the interview and guess what -- size 10 !!! Oh my gosh! It's been a long time. Now I don't fit into every size ten -- I'm actually kind of in between a 10 and a 12, but what a thrill to w... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 23:57:04 EST Back Online Again After a Week Off... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455619 Well, here goes. I have had company and been so wrapped up in various projects that I just got overwhelmed and fell off the wagon a bit. I have managed to stay on the Spark diet the whole time so I feel good about that, but the exercise went kaplooie!!! So today I did 2 miles on the treadmill and got back on track. The good news is I have actually lost another pound! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we have an appointment in the afternoon, and then at 8 p.m. tomorrow night I have a job interview. Plea... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:08:53 EST