LEANNROCKS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEANNROCKS LEANNROCKS'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/ Ten things you must tell yourself today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464853 10. IT'S NOT TOO LATE. <BR> No matter who you are; no matter what you did; no matter where you've come from, you can ALWAYS change and become a better version of yourself. <BR> <BR> 9. I AM PRICELESS IN SOMEONE'S EYES. <BR> Focus on those who love and accept you for who you are, and shower them with the love and kindness they deserve. Cherish the people who saw you when you were invisible to everyone else. <BR> <BR> 8. THERE IS ENOUGH TIME TODAY TO DO SOMETHING I LOVE. <BR> You will find h... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 12:06:52 EST Moov-In at the 40 acres and Dr. Sexy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464392 Dropping a kid off at college is both emotional and exhausting. He wanted to know why we did not load the car yesterday evening and I promptly asked him how secure he felt with leaving his expensive, high-powered gaming computer in a locked car outside his window. ‘Nuff said. <BR> <BR> We have a small car and it usually takes us two trips to get everything in his dorm that he wants to have, at least that is how it worked last year. Somehow his housing contract got screwed up and he got tosse... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:27:28 EST The Awesome Goodness of God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456534 My life mostly reflects a cycle of exercising and healthy eating and then, well, not. We finally upgraded our bicycles at Christmas and were enjoying the challenges of riding in the Texas Hill Country. We are excited for our daughter’s plans to spend her vacation with us in August. Our son is finishing his first year at UT; life is better than good. Then came my husband’s diagnosis in early May – diabetes. Earnestly, I read everything I could on his treatment and what meals I should be feedi... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:46:00 EST Is All or Nothing my Ball and Chain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314606 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l805646270.jpg"> <BR> Chaos. Pandemonium. Ground Zero. <BR> <BR> I once read a book entitled “Does this clutter make my butt look fat?”. It discussed the parallels of a disorganized, tumultuous home and body issues, primarily dealing with weight. Since then, I've read a plethora of other articles that communicated the connection of how all parts of our life are inter-connected. It caused me to ponder if I was a bad employee because I was in... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 12:01:10 EST Time to Re-assess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224556 <em>222</em> <em>486</em> <em>473</em> <em>480</em> <em>262</em> <BR> <BR> While I AM eating more of the good stuff, I'm not eating or drinking any less of the crappy stuff. And every Monday, I start strong with the exercise, only to succumb to my bad knees until Monday rolls around again. My eating seems to be centered around getting rid of the bad stuff so we can start clean. Yada, Yada, Yada. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> In two weeks, I'll make the trip to Houst... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 15:45:27 EST What My FitBit Says About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195769 <em>311</em> <em>104</em> <em>17</em> <em>320</em> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> I splurged on myself and received a FitBit One right before Christmas. Cute little gadget, but I wasn't as impressed as I thought I'd be. Didn't wear it for a week because I've been traveling and also laying around with a sinus infection. I had decided to send it back. I can get lots of apps on my new phone that will do almost all the same things. But, I have to start whatever app I want to use, whereas t... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 20:41:42 EST So That I'm Not a Liar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192670 My DH told me that when I got ready to start Insanity again, he'd try to do it with me. Well, tomorrow is that day. My allergies are still making me absolutely miserable, but I am also miserable as I watch the days tick away while I lay with a heating pad on my face. <BR> <BR> I am posting this week's workout plan and commit to you that I will do them. <BR> <BR> Monday : Fit Test (me), Cardio Power & Resistance <BR> Tuesday: Pure Cardio <BR> Wednesday: Plyometric Cardio Circuit <BR> Thursd... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 07:52:23 EST When We Knowingly Harm Ourselves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190027 We know without a doubt to never use our cell phones while driving, yet accidents happen daily because this warning is ignored. New generations of smokers think they can quit any time they want, despite the mortality rate that proves just how dangerous smoking is. Our families are laced with smoking-induced illnesses and death. Excess alcohol consumption is a social travesty - ruining families, jobs, and lives. No dollar amount can be put on the damages here. <BR> <BR> A couple of years a... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 12:42:03 EST I'm Really Developing An Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188759 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l161161564.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 19:18:38 EST Words are nothing but http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186873 Along with you, I have many things I'd like to see change before the end of 2013. My dreams and goals stay the same from year to year - I know them so well that the list that used to be taped to the bathroom mirror is ragged, curled, and water-stained; at least I think it is water. <BR> <BR> Truly, I wish my more intransigent nature would emerge with the force of a charging lion. I know I have an obstinate side to me - just ask my husband who swears there is no one on the planet as stubborn... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 19:55:10 EST If You Do Only One Thing In 2013 . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177060 . . . . put yourself at the top of your list. It takes a deliberate effort to make time for you and your health. This is the one thing that should be set in stone because so much depends on you and when you aren't at your best, everything is a struggle and robbed of joy. Why do you keep putting this off? Once you are flat on your back, you will realize all those excuses you used were just that and you will start pondering how things can be better. Change that before the inevitable happens. <... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 20:49:39 EST I shouldn't dread this time of year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129514 . . . but I guess I do. Temptations are everywhere. Opportunities to eat are abundant, many disguised as obligations to see family or to just be festive. Food gifts have the potential to goad me into ‘just one bite’ that never ends. Instead of just saying that I will do my best to restrain from excessive indulgences - which I am only kidding myself, by the way – I have decided to have a PLAN. A plan on paper, on my wall so that I will see it everyday. <BR> <BR> I know there are things I si... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 11:58:33 EST 17 Day Diet Compliant - Egg Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119089 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l278566359.jpg"> <BR> This is a wonderful breakfast recipe that I tried this morning. I found it on http://www.kalynskitchen.com/. She has loads of South Beach recipes. Since I am on the 17 Day Diet, she has many recipes that I can tweak. <BR> <BR> Next time I make it, I will use more whites than whole eggs and probably add broccoli. The beauty of this recipe, you can add what you have. I added some leftover taco meat, made from ground tur... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:25:57 EST Insanity - Second Day - WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118296 Not ONLY did I do Insanity's Plyometric Cardio Circuit, I went for a bike ride in these steep hills. I did pace myself better during Insanity, which probably did not amount to doing half of the workout. This is exactly how I completed P90X. As long as I am faithful to give my best efforts, I will get stronger every day. <BR> <BR> And then I came home and took a nap. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:35:28 EST Insanity - Day One - Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116816 If I’d had the energy, I’d have taken a chill pill. They do make them, don’t they? Seriously, I refuse to suck. I deny it a place in my life. It is just gonna take more effort to keep it away than I had expected. I don’t suck. I don’t suck. I don’t suck. Gonna fake it til I make it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l846665148.jpg"> <BR> One problem with repeatedly restarting Insanity is the Fit Test is always day one. I substituted Pure Cardio for today’s workout. I kno... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:38:19 EST Habitrail Contraption Adversity, or, just my Obstinance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114923 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1521522076.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While it is true that we live in a society that is technological, I am anything but. And by the time I learn to use a program or connect a device, the technology or equipment is outdated. My mental keyboard is always short a few keys, if you get my drift. When we left Houston, we downsized by half and I lost my video players. I thought, no biggie, I’ll always have a computer and my exercise videos play flawlessly.... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:29:53 EST Insanity is my Poison. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110557 I can’t help it. I am an all or nothing sorta person. When I struggle for that balance signifying control, I ultimately find myself brought to the same, empty end. It is time to allow myself the freedom to do things my way. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l784143807.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “MY WAY” is to push myself to my limits. It means to grab hold of something so fiercely that it demands my best efforts. I am dissatisfied with these apathetic, weak exercise videos that ar... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:25:19 EST He Made It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904535 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l252858356.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just had the most wonderful weekend in years! I was surrounded by family who had flown in for Josh’s Valedictorian speech and commencement ceremony. It was a massive event held in Reliant Stadium. My brother and his wife who live across town from me joined us for two days. I was thrilled to give my SIL a quilt for their first baby. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l264695718.jpg">... Wed, 30 May 2012 15:12:44 EST Things Beyond My Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890199 My laptop hates me - or maybe its Spark. I will try this again. I should type my first draft in Word so that when the text disappears, I can hit that little “undo” button to save the day. I can’t believe it has only been 7 days since my blog. A super-stressful week. <BR> <BR> I did not realize that I had been holding my breath until Thursday morning’s official declaration of class rank. Our school district (maybe they all do this) weighs all AP, IB, and Honors classes the same. Sever... Sun, 20 May 2012 19:53:09 EST May has been the longest year of my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879908 I was doing SO good at spinning the wheel on Spark - even hit a 30 day streak and then last weekend I did not even power up my laptop. It didn't occur to me until Monday that I broke my streak. Oh well, I am not too reliable during the summer as it is. This summer will be no different. <BR> <BR> There is too much drama happening right now. My gorgeous DD is carrying twins and there are complications. God has answered one prayer - we are waiting for the others. I feel so guilty not bein... Sun, 13 May 2012 21:28:05 EST Stubborn Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841472 Life has so many obstacles from point A to point B that it should be water off a duck's back by this time. My hard-headedness has to be one of my better assets - I seldom take no for an answer - unless it comes from God. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l88611277.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My fitness center changed the key for the first time in nearly 5 years. I've seen the door bashed in, boarded up and the facility trashed at least a dozen times over those years. I'd s... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:38:18 EST A Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830922 I awoke this morning with new purpose after receiving the great news last night that my daughter is flying in for Joshs graduation next month. It has been two years since we've seen each other.There are no words to describe my joy. <BR> <BR> Since October, it has been non-stop scholarship applications for me. Research and essays and transcripts and post office and. And it is done. Josh & I decided that a lot of these awards will be withheld because of his financial aid offers so we decid... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 20:32:06 EST Wound Too Tight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828979 That's me. Can't do much physically since my knees are still swollen so the anxiety piles on. Not doing too bad with the eating - emotional eating has always had a hook in me. <BR> <BR> Too many things coming down within the next 90 days. I've thrown a tantrum of sorts when I told my family that I would buy their plane tickets since they won't drive here for graduation. And NO! I don't care that they didn't make here last year for my niece's graduation. SHE didn't graduate Valedictori... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 15:59:45 EST Ok, so maybe this IS an accountability blog . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814945 . . . since it is an update of my last one. I did P90X all week - minus all the jumping. I modified everything and only went to the point of pain with my knees. I am dismayed with my loss of strength yet I know that muscle-memory will kick in with my consistency. Even with all my delicate movements, my knees are swollen and keeping me awake at night again. Not sure what my plan is from here. <BR> <BR> My war with soda continues. This is not one of my strong times. Last year I had a s... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 12:46:22 EST NOT my accountability report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4804650 Busy people are expert jugglers. How many balls do you have in the air? Or, how many dinner plates do you have spinning? I know technology is supposed to streamline our lives, but I must've missed that train because I personally feel as overwhelmed as ever. <BR> <BR> Time to get back to basics - labeling my plates and putting a limit on how many I allow myself to spin at the same time. I love a clean home - that is first in my daily routine. I have learned that on those insane days wh... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 21:50:51 EST I've heard you need to have a goal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4787809 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l166343474.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And I've always got them. Lately it has occurred to me that I don't have a plan of action - I just know it is something I want. I do not know what has happened to the past nine months. My life has been a blur because of all I've had to do and there is no relief for another six months. Actually, I think the next months will be more frantic. <BR> <BR> I am determined to regain control of my life. Time to get a fi... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 18:22:01 EST WHAT goes up. . . ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710436 Why is it everytime my life gears up another notch I abandon all fitness goals? I know this about my self; I've gone around this mountain so much there HAS to be an algebraic equation for it. (Or maybe a medical term?) I feel SSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better when I am lighter. My breathing is easier, I sleep better, my clothes don't cut into me, my knees thank me. But, here I am again feeling frumpy.....and only myself to blame. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 14:39:11 EST I Shouldn't Be Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664468 Saturday mornings finds me moving at a much different pace than other days. Saturdays are unique that way for me; no other day has this distinction. I do not know if it comes from a self-preservation instinct for me to take a breath, or if I am lazy and complacent. As I sit here, I don't even feel guilty. It may be hours before I quit searching for new music. Later today I will be critical of myself - after all, there are too many things on my list. Research to do, books to read, paperwork... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 17:09:24 EST Is it Providence or Surrender? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585949 For the 2nd time in as many months, my kid is home sick with the flu. There is always something about vacations and school holidays that calls for what ever germs are floating around and hits our schools and before long, teachers and parents also are ill. It is so bad, apparently, that the attendance clerk asked for details because the health department was tracking them. To his credit, Josh hates to miss school because the make up work is brutal. I knew when he came home from school last ... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 19:01:04 EST The "Thou Shalt Be's" to follow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4582317 Yes, I've been online W-A-Y too much since my last blog as I explore what others have to say about success, productivity, time and self-management, to name a very few. I have bought a digital timer for myself to keep from having to set the alarm on my rinkie-dink cellphone. I've been trying to get myself trained to doing things in 'time-boxes'. Sometimes a new gadget breathes new life and fun into my day. <BR> <BR> I ran across a blog that wanted to reflect on here. <BR> <BR> 1. THO... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 14:34:24 EST Shackled with Busy-Ness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4578555 I was at a parent's meeting at school this week. Like every other parent there, I am busy. Actually, I am busy beyond my own comprehension. Then a statement was made that I am already finding out for myself - this is as slow as this school year will ever get. Based on what several mom's had told me last year, senior year was to be the taper year since the heavy lifting had already been done. Not hardly. And certainly NOT for a student with top class ranking. Since these are the kids i... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 20:35:46 EST Life by the Rules http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4547037 My son just rolls his eyes and leaves the room as I watch old episodes of "Lost in Space". It seems that every week, the robot, that compassionate, all knowing collection of circuits and metal, would lash out "Danger Will Robinson". <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l662052785.jpg"> <BR> Personally, I thought he needed protection from Dr. Smith and inept parents, but that is not what this blog is about. <BR> <BR> It seems everyday we hear of something that is bad for us. ... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:11:24 EST It Isn't ALWAYS about the Scale. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4538179 As much as I try NOT to get all wrapped up in that number on the scale, I'm terminal - it'll never happen. A big butt equates with other big body parts and I am ecstatic when I can button a blouse or get a pair of jeans up, zipped and buttoned without laying on the bed. I have to drop pounds to have those victories. <BR> <BR> My first victory after beginning The 17-Day Diet was a drastic, really drastic, drop in my cholesterol levels. On the 31st day of this cleaner way of eating, my cho... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 14:30:22 EST For as long as I can remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4513826 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l525396931.jpg"> <BR> <BR> . . . October has been my favorite month. I'm unable to explain the almost magical atmosphere that surrounds me during this time. I suspect it could be linked to the start of the holiday season, but no month captures my heart like October. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l962223654.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The weather is more tame and predictable. My moods seem to fall in step with this tra... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 15:08:32 EST What happened to the straight & narrow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4497402 Massacred. Smothered. Overwhelmed. Shattered. Defeated. <BR> <BR> After 4 months of persistence, I will be able to walk the Texas Marathon on New Years Day. Actually, it will be the half marathon. Now I'm not sure that is the thing I need to do. No, I'm not just being a woman here. I am tired of trying to analyze it all. <BR> <BR> I've learned this month that with no training, my knees do not swell and there is no pain. That also means no pain pills. Why haven't I been training? Doc... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 20:24:59 EST Identifying the Golf Balls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4464969 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l282666040.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am forever trying to juggle too many things in my life at the same time. I've believed it was terminal with no chance of a cure. Because of this, my successes are limited. Unable to devote my focus on a single task, all tasks suffer. It is time to reevaluate my process. Here is something that will help me to get my bearings. <BR> <BR> I've seen this in numerous emails. I do not know the author. <BR> <BR> A ... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 22:16:41 EST Oh Sparkie, Sparkie, where'd ya go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4368638 Life is full of setbacks, unsupportive (I know that isn't a word) people, obstacles in the way, critical people, limited opportunity, crushed dreams, time restraints. Excuses - all of it. I refuse to be defined by someone else's opinion of me. I refuse to be defined by the various bumps in the road. And I won't be defined by the looming obstacle that I have yet to overcome! <BR> <BR> I know that setbacks are invaluable because they help me evaluate my life and make adjustments. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 19:59:41 EST Returning to an almost normal life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4351832 I am pleased with my week. I've made progress from those disabling Synvisc injections. I've tried to work my knees hard, yet not over-do. While it isn't realistic to compare this experience with a total knee replacement, I've tried to follow a similar rehab program. <BR> <BR> "Train that/those knee/s like you're training for the Olympics." <BR> <BR> "Work those knees like they are your only job." <BR> <BR> My only regret was not getting on the elliptical 48 hours after the injections.... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 19:09:58 EST Where's My Pony? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4328680 You know, the one from the story? Here's a refresher of one of my favorites. It also happened to be one of Ronald Reagan's favorites. <BR> <BR> <BR> The story concerns twin boys of five or six. Worried that the boys had developed extreme personalities—one was a total pessimist, the other a total optimist—their parents took them to a psychiatrist. <BR> <BR> First the psychiatrist treated the pessimist. Trying to brighten his outlook, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceilin... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:49:19 EST Strength, Attitude, Fortitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4309026 Early June. <BR> Texas. <BR> Hotter than the surface of the sun. <BR> Humid. Air you can wear. <BR> Expected relief - late October. <BR> Forecast: more of same. <BR> Worst drought in history. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l349741405.jpg"> <BR> <BR> More than enough to destroy this one's attitude. After that, the decline is swift. It's not as if a BAD attitude is better than NO attitude. That is just not me. I've been down that road and I don't like i... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:43:19 EST Wait-listed? Already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4270801 I have been looking forward to the Texas Marathon that is held in my neighborhood on New Years Day. Even signed up for it 2 years ago, but had to withdraw when my knee issues arrived. I did not think registration opened until July 1 - ya know what they say? "That's what I get for thinking." <BR> <BR> Registration is closed and I am on the wait list. I had planned to register to walk the half, now I am waitlisted to walk either the half or the full. I am disappointed to tears. <BR> <BR... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 19:07:50 EST I Got Duped, and I'm Reaping The Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4263893 Yes, it's been months since I blogged. My continuing story of online aversion. On another blog maybe. <BR> <BR> It was all the rage. Maybe it still is. I'm not even sure when it began. I first heard about it from my quilting board. Then DH heard about it from one of those daytime doctor's shows and started asking me about it. I did as much research as possible, sharing it all with him and he seemed to have more than a passing interest. After looking for 3 days, I finally found and bou... Sun, 29 May 2011 21:25:13 EST Make It Happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3993298 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l613817910.jpg"> <BR> MAKE IT HAPPEN <BR> Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but sail we must, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. - Oliver Wendell Holmes <BR> <BR> It is only a month into the new year, and little has changed. I continue to make the usual ‘do’ lists, complete with goals and deadlines and I continue to sail right past most of... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 18:24:07 EST Uninspiring month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3975253 This blog entry is part of my grand plan for 2011 - accountability each month to myself. This is going to be my best year ever. <BR> <BR> 1. Review progress every month. <BR> Report card for January has to be a 'D'. <BR> <BR> 2. Be a FORCE on Spark. <BR> Actual : I started strong, then fizzled. Logged on every day. <BR> February Assignment : Earn 50 Spark Points daily; post to a Spark Friends page every day. <BR> <BR> 3. I will save more than I spend. <BR> Actual : Saved 3x what I... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 20:50:05 EST SO glad this day is over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3919505 <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> We all have them. You may have had one today as well. Thankfully, a month, a year from now it will be forgotten. Nevertheless, I am not a happy Sparker. <BR> <BR> To start with, I am behind. So far behind that I thought it was Jan 10. I overslept, so my delayed TurboFire workout got bumped by my hubby who needed me to do other things. My son called at lunch, askin... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 21:40:21 EST Five Year Sparkaversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3903635 <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <BR> <BR> My how fast time flies! This will be my best year EVER! <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Jan 2011 13:41:42 EST ALL I DO IS WIN (or . . . Focus of 2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3902918 I know that I am late with proclamations for the new year. I allowed myself time to really search my heart. I am almost wishing that I had done a condensed version, maybe only a month's worth of intentions, but I am gonna spill the entire bucket. These are my hopes for 2011. I apologize for the length - this is more for MY benefit. <BR> <BR> 1. Review progress every month. <BR> I have already loaded my computer calendar with reminders for reviewing and reporting my progress. This is w... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 09:53:12 EST I Can Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3877842 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l745225813.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ya know, if I'd had at least a modest amount of awareness, I would not have so far to recover. Since 'graduating' from P90X, I have regained 10 pounds. I have only myself to blame. <BR> <BR> Today I have a scalding awareness of what I am gonna accomplish this year. The list is massive. I can do it. One thing that drives me is a dual goal. My brother & I hope to convince our family to gather this summer AN... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 18:19:30 EST My Choices came With a High Price http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3861837 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l640185095.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The price of my choices <BR> Sometimes I just hate myself. That person that looks back at me is not the person she claims to want to be like. Words. Just words. Empty ones. Words without actions are worthless – worthless is the way I feel sometimes. I let things in my life overcome me. What I really want, is to REALLY WANT to be the person in my dreams, my visions, my hopes – to reach the high goals I s... Sat, 25 Dec 2010 15:48:31 EST I have to say thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3687733 Today my son, several of his classmates, and almost a hundred other people participated in an emergency drill at Bush Intercontinental Airport here in Houston. This is something the airport is required to do by the FAA. The details that went into the planning of this event were just mind-boggling. To guarantee the "suddenness of the disaster", emergency responders were just as clueless as the "victims". <BR> <BR> Upon arrival, the "plane crash victims" were given sealed envelopes that d... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 21:10:10 EST