LIVELAUFLUV's SparkPeople Blog LIVELAUFLUV's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Today Today was a great day. I went to Jazzercise, coffee with the girls, for a walk with my daughter, then came home and did some chores. I put dinner in the crockpot before I left for Jazzercise. Today has been a day full of good, healthy choices. Tomorrow will be the same 😀💐💗 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:02:14 EST It's raining Yippee!!! It's raining today! I'm thrilled. We are so desperate for rain. Hubby and I are going to go to the mall for a walk. <em>244</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:24:20 EST Hot and Humid Sunday It's hot out, it's humid and I'v had enough! I'm ready for our normal, cooler weather to come back! I'm a 70 degree girl, so 85-95 degrees does't work well for me. I know I'll be whining in February when it's only 5 degrees outside, but this is crazy. It's the hottest and driest summer on record. We are in a severe drought. Bring on the rain! Sun, 14 Aug 2016 13:48:49 EST Thursday 8/11/16 This has been a big week for me! I celebrated my birthday yesterday, I am 29, again! My kids, especially my son, isn't thrilled with that, since he is also 29. My daughter just laughs now, as she is 31. She had a hard time with me celebrating the anniversary of my 29th birthday when she turned 29, but just laughs about it now. <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:21:28 EST Monday Make today a great day no matter what! Mon, 8 Aug 2016 09:10:34 EST 7/23/2016 I was at an event recently where there were no electronic devices allowed. It was a really odd feeling, not being able to photograph the special event that was going on. It was also kind of cool, because instead of people focusing on whether they got a good photo, they actually paid attention to what was going on around them. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:08:47 EST Monday 2/23/15 It's been a long time since I posted, but I haven't forgotten the basics of my life journey. The winter weather, recovery from surgery and just feeling blah have me choosing not to take long walks outside. I'm looking forward to getting back to that. I need the fresh air and sunshine! <BR> <BR> Life has been pretty good, but I am struggling with the mental part of having had cancer. I sometimes still have the why me thoughts, and wonder if they got it all, (even though they think they di... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:56:05 EST Wednesday 12/17/14 Today was my followup appointment with the oncologist, and luckily they think they got everything when they did the surgery. I have to do follow up appointments every few months for the next two years. They said that even one tiny cancer cell can cause cancer to grow in other areas. So while we got good news, it's still scary. <BR> <BR> I can drive again!!!!! I can go for long walks again!!!!!! I cannot do the elliptical yet, and still have to watch my flights of stairs but this is a ste... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:07:37 EST Surgery is over but recovery is hard! my surgery went well on Wednesday and I came home in Thursday, which was a big mistake. I really just wanted to come home so I ignored the signs that I wasn't ready. I paid dearly on Thursday as I was really nauseous and nothing helped once I got home. Friday was a different story though, I felt great and of course over did it. Saturday I rested all day and will do the same today. Hubby will be home all day today so he won't let me do anything I shouldn't do! Today's to do list includes wri... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 10:42:54 EST Saturday with a smile Today has been a busy day, started out taking my car in for GM recall work and an oil change. While waiting for my car to be done, I took a long walk. It was 4.5 miles round trip to the mall and back. It was an awesome walk, the sun was out and that always makes me feel better. I found a dollar bill on the ground, along with 2 pennies and a dime along the way. I always pick up the change I see on the ground, it's kind of a game now, see how much I can find when I walk <em>528</em> . ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:17:08 EST Life Altering 11/13/14 Three weeks ago I got a phone call from the doctor, that a test came back questionable. Had another test last week and this one came back positive. To hear your doctor say the word cancer is very frightening. Today i was having a pity party, as i have to have a hysterectomy (total, with lymph nodes, ovaries, everything) and I had to pull myself out of that frame of mind. I could lose myself in depression, but I made myself put on my big girl panties and make the day as normal as it possib... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:16:15 EST Rainy Days, Good or Bad? 10/18/14 Another rainy day. I don't like rainy fall days. I don't mind the rain in the spring and summer, but in the fall, there are so few days left before the snow falls that I get a bit upset with rainy days. Not sure that makes any sense, but that's how I feel this morning. Two days in a row, of not getting outside for my nice long walks, two days in a row of dampness in the house, two days in a row of me feeling sorry for myself. So I guess today is the day to make a change in my attitude. ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:48:18 EST Sunny Sunday 10/12/14 Very exciting day around here getting ready for our kitchen remodel to start tomorrow morning. The kitchen is cleaned out and ready, but I'm not sure I'm ready! I don't really like change, and this is going to be a big change for me. We have lived in this house for 23 years, and haven't done anything with the kitchen until now. The layout isn't going to change too much, but it will be enough of a change to throw me off. They are supposed to be done in 3 weeks, and I hope they are. I am ... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 15:48:02 EST Thursday 10/9/14 Yesterday was a tough day for me. It was the 1st Anniversary of my Mom's death. I'm not sure what I expected, but it was weird. DGD and I went to the library for story time, then met DD for lunch, visited with my Dad for a few minutes, and then came home to wait for our entertainment center delivery. My mom would have enjoyed story time and lunch, as those are 2 things she would have done with my kids when they were little. She was on my mind all day. <BR> <BR> Today started out rushed,... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:17:45 EST Thankful Tuesday 9/9/14 I just got back from a fabulous walk with a friend from my old job. Listening to her talk about work confirms that the decision I made a year ago 9/13/13 to retire was the right one. I can't believe it's been almost a year. <BR> <BR> This past year has been filled with: <BR> ~ Joy <BR> ~ Awesome time spent with my little granddaughter <BR> ~ Terrific time spent with hubby (since I'm less stressed, we spend a lot of quality time together!) <BR> ~ Learning more about myself <BR> ~ Enjoying l... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 13:48:50 EST Being Kind to Ourselves 8/29/14 The topic of the week at our Weight Watchers meeting is being kind to ourselves. Are we kind or are we really hard on ourselves? I'm working on this one. Instead of being mad at myself for eating something or eating too much of something, I need to remember what I would tell a friend, write it down and move on, don't beat yourself up, life throws us curves and we need to learn how to deal with them. <BR> <BR> Being kinder to myself isn't easy. I've been so hard on myself for so long that... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:02:46 EST Saturday 8/16/14 Ahhh Saturday! That awesome day of the week when we run around like chickens with our heads cut off doing all of the things we didn't get done during the past week so we can get ready for next week! I am so blessed to be able to really enjoy my Saturdays now that I am retired. It's been 11 months since I retired, and I have enjoyed every day of it so far! Today I have a nail appointment, and then hubby and I will go for a walk and trim the bushes in the back yard. (OOOH too much fun for m... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:57:50 EST Saturday 7/19/14 Ok it's confession time. I have not felt like exercising for the past couple of weeks, and finally succumbed to the draw of being a slug. Thank goodness my fitbit buddy nudged me to find out if I was ok. This made me realize how much my online friends mean to me. I put on my big girl panties and am back to making sure I get my 17,000 steps in daily. <BR> <BR> I have major headache issues. Migraines, sinus headaches, tension headaches, you name it I have them. They have really gotten ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:32:12 EST Thursday 7/3/14 Another successful weigh in at Weight Watchers is in the book. I'm slightly below my goal weight, so I will enjoy free meetings and e-tools again this month. I enjoy the new meeting I have found, and can really relate to the people in the meeting. There are a lot of retirees as well as a lot of Lifetime members. It's pretty cool. <BR> <BR> Today we talked about being kind to yourself. One of the women said that she would never call her friend a slob or a jerk for eating something that ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:26:36 EST Saturday 6/28/14 I'm horrified by a picture of me that was posted on Facebook yesterday. The video, taken in 1999, shows me at my highest weight. The video was a Champions of Industry video hosted by Pat Summerall and it boasted the company I was working for. I retired from that company in September 2013, after the company was purchased by big business and run into the ground. The company was just split off from the parent company, which is awesome, and the original name restored. I'm thrilled for the co... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:12:52 EST Friday 6/27/14 Went to WW and did my monthly WI, and I'm free again!!!!!! Glad to get that free e-tools code, glad to attend the meeting and not have to pay for it!!!!!! I'm determined to attend next week's meeting too and get below my goal weight so I don't have to stress so much about my monthly WI!!!! Anyway the meeting I attended yesterday was awesome. The leader talked not only about the Points Plus plan, but about Simply Filling, and incorporated both plans into the meeting. I haven' t run across... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:49:46 EST Wednesday 6/18/14 Colonoscopy went well yesterday, the only issue I had was that they were running 90 minutes behind! I got home and hubby had put some flowers on the entertainment center for me, with a note that said "I miss you! Love Kohler". LOL our toilets are Kohler brand....silly guy, makes me laugh all of the time! <BR> <BR> Today has been a weird day. I feel off today. I'm grouchy, testy, and my patience level is that of a gnat. Unfortunately, I have DGD all day today, it's my 11 hour day with ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:58:51 EST Tuesday 6/17/14 Life has been busy, but pretty good. The hardwood floor is done in the living room and up the stairs, and the living room has been painted. Now it's time to put the furniture back and get back to normal. It's been 10 days since the TV and couch were taken out of my living room. Now the living room is the room that I use the most, so it's been quite an adjustment for me. In fact, today, there is only the love seat, entertainment center and TV in the living room, but I'm there! No more si... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:34:37 EST Wednesday 5/28/14 I am so excited this morning. I haven't seen dgd since Friday, and we get to play together all day today! We are going to have breakfast, watch a little Disney, then walk to the park to play! <BR> <BR> DD and I went new car shopping yesterday, and DD bought a 2014 chev malibu. She is so excited . She picks the car up tomorrow afternoon. Her car is in rough shape, needs a new clutch, so it's time to replace it. She was able to get her own car loan without a cosigner, which is a big deal... Wed, 28 May 2014 08:02:19 EST Tuesday 5/20/14 Tuesday, what to say about Tuesday. I have a physical at 10 this morning. I'll walk to the doctor's office, and then continue on for a 4 mile walk. I'll only do 4 miles this morning, because I need to mow the lawn, and then spend some time stacking wood. Our wood for the winter season was delivered yesterday, and it will take a while to stack it all. Lucky for me it's a great work out! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mantra: <BR... Tue, 20 May 2014 08:12:18 EST Monday May 19, 2014 Time to post a blog, since it's been a while. Life is good. I'm enjoying the spring with my little dgd, enjoying puddle jumping and walking to the park much more than I ever enjoyed accounting! We spend a lot of time outside, playing, swinging, and even walking around he block. On a GREAT day, we walk to the park, play on the hill behind the dorms at the college and pretend the gazebo is the cove where Tinkerbell lives. She has such a great imagination! I love seeing the world through 3... Mon, 19 May 2014 13:53:58 EST Monday 4/28/14 Back from our trip to Maryland, and we had a good time. DGD was good, as was DD. We enjoyed visiting the Baltimore Zoo, and getting a tour of Towson University where my niece attends college. We also rode the Metro into Washington DC, walked around the mall and enjoyed the beautiful weather. <BR> <BR> Today has been an ok day so far. DGD doesn't want to take a nap, so she's upstairs whining. BUT, she will get over it. The sun is shining here, and we will go outside after her nap and pl... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:41:49 EST 75 yesterday 40 today UGH! The weather was beautiful yesterday. I spent a lot of time outside, knowing that today was going to be rainy/snowy etc. <BR> <BR> I'm headed over to DD's soon, so that we can go shopping for Easter dinner. She is cooking the family dinner for the first time ever. I'm pretty excited that someone else is going to host! I don't mind hosting, in fact I enjoy it, but it's a hassle, so it's nice to go to someone else's house! There will be 15-18 of us. I have to take a folding table over, ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:18:40 EST Thursday 3/27/14 FINALLY feeling better. I got out for a 4 mile walk today, stacked fire wood, grocery shopped....I'm sure I did too much, but so far no fever today, for the first time in a week!!!! Unfortunately, hubby has caught it now. He won't stay home from work, as the owner I guess he feels the need to be at work, but it would benefit is employees if he STAYED HOME! <BR> <BR> I can't wait for tomorrow. I am finally going to see my little granddaughter. I haven't seen her in 8 days, which is a rea... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:23:19 EST Tuesday 3/25/14 I think I have the flu. I googled symptoms of the flu vs a cold, and it looks like the flu wins. I won't have my little granddaughter again tomorrow as I still have a fever. UGH! <BR> <BR> Being sick is killing me. I have been getting in more than 17,000 steps per day, and I'm just sitting on the couch today, feeling lousy, and feeling guilty about not getting in my steps. I am not sick often. I have decided I don't like it one bit. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:21:57 EST Monday March 24, 2014 We had a wonderful mini vacation in Maine over the weekend. We went up to watch our nephew play in the Division III Frozen Four tournament. They lost the first game on Friday, and were eliminated, but the team that beat them, went on to become the national champions, St Norberts of Wisconsin. We watched 3 games, and all of them were pretty good games. <BR> <BR> I came down with a cold on Wednesday, so it was a bit of a struggle to travel, and to enjoy our mini vacation. but we managed. ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:39:12 EST Monday 3/10/14 i woke up a little sad this morning. Our beloved kitty isn't doing well, and we will make the decision this week to put her down. The question isn't whether to do it, it's just the when. She does seem to eating a little bit this morning, yesterday she didn't eat or drink much at all. She has lost a lot of weight, and is very lethargic. <BR> <BR> Mantra: <BR> <BR> I am the only one who can do this for myself. <BR> I make the choice of what I put in my mouth. <BR> I make the choice to... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:28:44 EST Sunday 3/9/14 It's Sunday and the sun is shining today. I'm thrilled to see the beauty outside and am hopeful that it is warm enough to go for a walk today. It will be a little slower today than usual, as my hips hurt today. I know I should probably take the day off from exercise, but a leisurely 4 mile walk shouldn't hurt anything LOL! <BR> <BR> Had a good day yesterday. Got lots of stuff put away after having to move things for the guys to come and insulate the sill plate on Friday. I also filed th... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 09:42:10 EST Saturday March 1, 2014 I am headed out for a walk soon, it's almost 20 degrees outside!!!!!!! I am thrilled to be able to walk outside today. I ran earlier in the week, and my knee hurt at the 2 mile point. I decided that I need to stop running and only walk now. My knee hurt for 3 days after my run, and that's just not worth it. I need to preserve my knee as long as I can. Hubby said I should just get it replaced, but at 51 I don't really want to do that yet. I know it's the arthritis, and I could just get ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:44:11 EST Tuesday 2/18/14 It is finally warm enough to go for a walk/run outside today!!!!!! I am so thrilled!!! I did 5.75 miles!!! I did wear my YakTrax though, since it was snowing LOL! I wanted to get outside yesterday, but the windchill was less than 10 and I couldn't risk taking DGD out in that! <BR> <BR> Today has been an awesome day so far. Chores are almost done, just have to fold one load of laundry, and then make dinner. DH came home for lunch, it's always good to see him in the middle of the day. <BR... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:07:46 EST Sunday February 16 2014 Woo Hoo for Sundays! Time to relax a bit, have breakfast with Dh and watch some TV. The driveway was plowed this morning, but I went out and shoveled for a bit cleaning up after the snow plow. I also got out for a 30 min walk, which is awesome since the windchill is only 3 degrees! <BR> <BR> Mantra: <BR> <BR> I am the only one who can do this for myself. <BR> I make the choice of what I put in my mouth. <BR> I make the choice to exercise daily. <BR> I make the choice to have a positi... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:36:10 EST Saturday February 15, 2014 I love Saturdays. Saturday is the day I get to sleep in a little, relax in my jammies, and plan for the upcoming week. I make sure that my menu is planned, my chores for the week are planned out based on any appointments I may have, and I plan what dgd and I are going to do the three days she is here during the week. <BR> <BR> Even though today is Saturday, DGD is going to be here for a few hours today. She and I are planning on going outside for a little while this morning. Yesterday we... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 07:52:27 EST Where did January go? I'm amazed that January is gone and we are now into February. It seems like time flies by so quickly now, even though some days seem to go on forever. I successfully weighed in at goal at Weight Watchers for the 17th month in a row and am determined to continue that streak! I am changing my lifestyle plan a little bit though and am going to work on cutting down on the sugar that I put into my body. That starts today and I'm going to follow the plan set up by Spark People to eliminate suga... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:12:33 EST Checking in It's really cold here today, -3 with a wind chill of -27. No walk for me so I'll hop on the elliptical when I get home from my massage and Chiropractic appointments. Today dgd will be here at 4pm but will only stay for a little while since ds started his new job yesterday. No more working until 6pm for him, so this week will be a week of adjustment, a week of timing changes for the time that dgd and I spend together. <BR> <BR> Mantra: <BR> <BR> I am the only one who can do this for myse... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 08:13:54 EST Creating a plan for a healthy 2014 I start every day with my Mantra- <BR> Mantra: <BR> <BR> I am the only one who can do this for myself. <BR> I make the choice of what I put in my mouth. <BR> I make the choice to exercise daily. <BR> I make the choice to have a positive frame of mind. <BR> I make the choice to be healthy! <BR> <BR> And write out my goals for the day- <BR> Goals for today: <BR> ~ read my mantra <BR> ~ 80 oz water <BR> ~ 15,000 steps <BR> ~ 25 flights of stairs <BR> ~ keep an open mind <BR> ~ jour... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 08:37:36 EST Sunday November 17 2013 Mantra: <BR> <BR> I am the only one who can do this for myself. <BR> I make the choice of what I put in my mouth. <BR> I make the choice to exercise daily. <BR> I make the choice to have a positive frame of mind. <BR> I make the choice to be healthy! <BR> <BR> <BR> Goals for today: <BR> ~ read my mantra <BR> ~ 80 oz water <BR> ~ 15,000 steps <BR> ~ 25 flights of stairs <BR> ~ keep an open mind <BR> ~ journal every bite <BR> ~ weigh and measure food today <BR> ~ journal though... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:12:45 EST Saturday October 26 Mantra: <BR> <BR> I am the only one who can do this for myself. <BR> I make the choice of what I put in my mouth. <BR> I make the choice to exercise daily. <BR> I make the choice to have a positive frame of mind. <BR> I make the choice to be healthy! <BR> <BR> <BR> Goals for today: <BR> ~ read my mantra <BR> ~ 80 oz water <BR> ~ 15,000 steps <BR> ~ 25 flights of stairs <BR> ~ keep an open mind <BR> ~ journal every bite <BR> ~ weigh and measure food today <BR> ~ journal though... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 20:32:02 EST One Day at a time, one step at a time, one goal at a time Life will get back to some sense of normal this week. My sister has gone home and now we learn how to live life without our mother. Funny how even though she was so sick, we still looked to her for things. It's weird not being able to talk to her, hold her hand, or see her. I never knew it would be this hard to have a parent die. <BR> <BR> Mantra: <BR> <BR> I am the only one who can do this for myself. <BR> I make the choice of what I put in my mouth. <BR> I make the choice to exerci... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 19:24:07 EST Mom earned her Angel Wings yesterday Early yesterday morning, my brother was outside with the dog, and saw a shooting star. About 20 miles away, my mom took her last breath and peacefully passed away. <BR> <BR> We spent the morning with my dad, making arrangements and saying goodbye to my mom. There were lots of phone calls to make to friends and family, and thank goodness I was prepared with a list of who needed to be called, and who could pass information on to others. <BR> <BR> It's sad to say I'm glad it's over. I will ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 07:39:55 EST Tough week with my Mom This has been a tough week with my Mom. She is in the last stages of dying, I don't think it will be long now. She has given up on this life. She wanted by 75, that was her goal in life, and she turned 75 on August 5. Since then she has gone downhill fast. In the last month, she stopped doing things for herself, and as of yesterday, isn't getting out of bed. Her organs are shutting down. This is so hard for us to understand, why is she doing this? I watch my Dad try to get her to eat,... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 08:11:58 EST First Half Marathon completed! Hubby and I completed our first half marathon today. We didn't do it in stellar time, but it was good for us. We completed it in 2:43:16, which is an average of 12:38 per mile. We used the couch to 10k program week 1 schedule, so ran 1 minute, then walked 1.5 minutes from mile 2 to mile 10. After mile 10 I was exhausted, so we ended up walking most of the rest of the race. I plan on training harder next year so that we can run more and get closer to 2:30:00 for the race. Someday it woul... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:20:27 EST Wow it's been a long time since I blogged! I can't believe it's been a month since I blogged! So much has happened. Hubby and I decided it was time for me to retire, so I retired last Friday 9/13/13. I'll be watching my granddaughter 3 days a week, which will save everyone money, and hopefully she will get the attention and life lessons she needs. She is going to preschool 2 days a week, so I'm not too worried about her educational needs. <BR> <BR> My mom isn't doing well. She turned 75 on August 5 and pretty much said I'm done... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:59:16 EST Sunny Sunday...last day of staycation..... Today is the last day of my staycation....I don't want to go back to work tomorrow. I have truly enjoyed my time at home. I enjoyed the long walks and long runs I was able to take. I enjoyed spending time with my family. I enjoyed staying up later than 8pm and getting up later than 5am. <BR> <BR> My clothes are laid out for the week. My exercise bag is packed so that I can take my lunchtime walk. My lunch is packed, and we are having leftovers for dinner tomorrow night. <BR> Planni... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:54:22 EST Saturday Sunshine Today has been an awesome day so far. I got up early, went grocery shopping, then my little granddaughter came over to play. We finished putting the groceries away, then walked to the farmers market and then on to the park. Dgd was exhausted when we got home from the park. We had some lunch and now it's naptime. Once her nap is over, we will run to Target, then to my parents house to deliver groceries. We will then head over to my daughter's to feed her kitties while she is out of town.... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 13:47:42 EST Thoughts for Thursday Yesterday was a good day. The weather was perfect, we didn't reach 70! My friend and I took a 4 mile walk during lunch, then I came home and did a 4 mile walk/run. It felt great to run yesterday! My arthritis is under control right now, and running is an option. There are times when running isn't an option so I will take advantage of it when I can. <BR> <BR> It's only 49 degrees this morning. I wish I could get out for a walk or run today, but it's Thursday, so that means my Weight Wat... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 05:50:58 EST