LOGOULD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LOGOULD LOGOULD'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/ Finding my Balancing Point in Search of Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077722 I'm still learning, but I can feel myself getting closer. A BIG step for me is learning to set aside my all or nothing mentality and being content with doing my best everyday. Some days are better than others, but, thank God, each and every day is a new day to start fresh and most days I can see the successes and can build upon the healthy habits that I have been practicing. <BR> <BR> I do so want to get to the point where I can say that I am happy with my weight and officially begin maint... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:23:56 EST 1000 Reasons I Love Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072071 This is not a part of the blogging challenge. In fact, I was just finishing up tallying my abismal performance eating today....the worst day in a LONG time....and thinking that, well, tomorrow is another day and I am very glad this is not a race. I clicked over to my spark points and saw that also, for the first time in a long time I managed to rack up 100 spark points today - that almost NEVER happens. I figured that I must have hit some kind of message board post or 30 days active bonus,... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 21:38:22 EST Blogging Challenge....Current Fitness Goals 9/23/2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071746 As with any of my goals at this point of my journey, consistency is what I am striving for. When I first joined Spark, it was easy to center my life around food, tracking and fitness.....but, as the months (and years!) have passes, I have come to recognize that consistency is what will allow me to maintain my weight loss. This has required me to get very honest with myself, to let go of some of the perfectionistic tendencies, the all or nothing attitude and to persue balance and realistic g... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:16:57 EST Blogging Challenge...Just Challenges in General 9/19/2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066974 The past couple of weeks have been hectic (as usual), but also stressful, to say the least. With my sister's recurrence of cancer, my friend losing her 18 y/o son and my boss being transferred and the work situation falling apart, I am grateful to have been able to avoid the stress eating during this time. I even managed to drop another couple pounds. I think the run yesterday (my longest of the year so far) helped to jump start the loss and to jump start my mood as well. I was supposed t... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:26:47 EST Blogging Challenge - Do You Follow An Eating Plan? 9/16/2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062130 What eating "plan" do I follow? I try to stay withing my Spark Range (calories, carbs, fat and protein) and have been doing quite well since I started tracking again. Most days I am toward the bottom or middle, but on special days or if I am in situations where I don't have as much control over the food, I may tend toward the higher end. I don't think I've gone over except in one category one or two days in the past couple of months. I also track my calcium, fiber and iron and try to stay... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:26:37 EST Blogging Challenge 9/14/12 - Sharing Goals & Fears About Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059742 When I first started on this journey (at 177 lbs) just to lose a few pounds, my sister and I had both thought it would be a good idea to take off some weight. I found Spark and immediately started working the steps. My sis, however, never did jump on the bandwagon. At first, as I started to lose weight, I really didn't share this with anyone else. I guess I was afraid of what people would say or think when I failed. Yes, WHEN I failed, because I ws pretty certain that I couldn't do this.... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 22:22:25 EST Blogging Challenge 9/12/12 - The Stats and Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056953 This is going to be a bit of a combination of two topics...sort of an attempt to catch up on the blog challenge list. It's been a bit of a rough week. Scale is stuck, but that's okay, for now. Nutrition has been really good except one day and even that was in range, so, I know that if I keep doing what I've been doing, the scale will catch up eventually. <BR> <BR> I began my journey on Sparkpeople 1/2010 at 177 pounds. My waist was 36.25", hips were 43" and had a BMI of 27.7 - I knew I n... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:46:33 EST Blogging Challenge - Intro to....The Return to Blogging 9/11/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054669 Okay, here I go.....I haven't done this in a while, but I really feel that I am starting to get myself back on track, and, when I was doing my "Sparking Best" I was blogging. Not necessarily everyday, but almost. Then, I got complacent (and too busy - a good indication of priorities) and I blogged less and less and then not at all. For months. Now, don't get me wrong, I was getting other priorities in order, which had slipped, but it will be a never ending battle to keep the balance, but ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:28:46 EST I'm on a Roll NOW - 100!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935469 It's been a struggle getting back on track strongly, and, since this is a lifestyle, I'm sure that I'll have small setbacks along the way again. The next time, I will know not to let a small setback turn into a major downward slide. <BR> <BR> It's been HOT here....hit 101 degrees today. Last night I wasn't even sure if I would be able (or willing) to get in both of my runs today. I thought twice about it again this morning. I know, though, that given my insane schedule, that if I didn't... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 22:42:15 EST Learning to Keep the Flame Burning - without burning out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913178 Balance has never been an easy thing for me. I guess you would call me an "All or Nothing" kinda gal. All my life, that mentality has lead me to avoid things I couldn't do perfectly, resulting in being perfect only in the art of procrastination and missing out on a great deal of life. Hence, when I found Spark, it stood to reason that although I didn't do it "perfectly", I but an immense amount of time and effort and energy into losing weight and getting healthy and was quite successful. ... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 12:28:23 EST Hanging Tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886526 The past couple of days have been CRAZY busy, but I've managed to eat well, balanced and at the low end of my calorie range. I've gotten in all my water and then some, but have had no time for fitness...gonna work on that...day after tomorrow. It's now after 10PM, I'm just getting in from work, have to be back tomorrow at 8Am and work till 5. Then, stop at the store and get a birthday present for my sister, meet some friends at 7PM for dinner and FMSC (Feed My Starving Children) project 8-... Thu, 17 May 2012 23:20:30 EST Not Giving In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4883266 Life never seems to slow down for me. It's a fact that I am going to have to learn to live (healthily) with. got to get out tonight for a run. It was short, and none to fast, but per my Garmin (have I mentioned how I LOVE him?), I got in a solid HARD twenty minute workout. Tomorrow, I will try to get in an abs class...and maybe a short run, we'll see. The other personal goal will be to get a Dr appt to get my medication changed. I know that once I get to sleeping well again, I will hand... Tue, 15 May 2012 21:53:16 EST Crossrunning.org - My New Running Partners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866231 So today, I don't work until later, so I got a chance to get out and meet some new running buddies. These new friends have started a non-profit organization called crossrunning.org and I will be doing as much volunteering with them as I can. They are currently working with a local shelter taking people who are transitioning from homelessness and guiding them through one variation or another of C25K...and the goal is to move on from there. Maybe to be able to put on our own 5/10K, incorpor... Fri, 4 May 2012 11:40:58 EST Moving Forward - on an even keel. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4865116 I know that you all have not heard much from me recently, but I've still been around. I've just been needing to devote some extra time to getting some balance into my life. I'm not anywhere near where I'd like to be, but I'm getting there. Unfortunately, along the way, I "found" ten of the pounds that I had lost. The good side is that I know just what I need to do to "lose" them again. The first thing is getting back on a fitness routine. In order to do that, I am partnering with some ... Thu, 3 May 2012 17:19:47 EST About Me: A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4758420 A. Age: 51 <BR> <BR> B. Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C. Chore that you hate: folding and putting away clothes <BR> <BR> D. Dogs: Maggie Mae and Jade (and Wiley the stud cat who thinks he's a dog) <BR> <BR> E. Essential start to your day: Coffee <BR> <BR> F. Favorite color: Ohhhh....too many....depends on my mood, I guess. <BR> <BR> G. Gold or Silver: Both...again, depends on my mood <BR> <BR> H. Height: 5'7" <BR> <BR> I. Instruments you play: flute, piccollo, hand bells <BR> <BR>... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 18:28:55 EST A Little Fitness Inspiraton http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4526247 This is going on my bathroom mirror..... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l320759484.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think that about says it all!!! Sun, 9 Oct 2011 00:20:38 EST Chicago Half-Marathon...The Bling, the Bad and the Bounceback! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4517962 Okay, this is it. I had planed for months to write some Sparktacular blog about my first Half-Marathon experince. You know the ones, where we struggle through and triumoh over and exceed our own expectations and all that. Well, if that's what you are waiting for or expecting, go ahead and tune out now. My first hlf-marathon was on Sept 11th (see previous blog). It was definately an experience I will never forget, and, yes, when I did finally cross that finish line, there were tears....an... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 22:20:12 EST Chicago Half-Marathon - the Prequell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4479477 So today was the big day and check one more off the bucket list!!! I learned lots....and had a marvelous experience, though was a bit disappointed by my performance in the last three miles. None the less, it was an AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!! I had the honor of sharing the day with a very dear friend. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l154355313.jpg"> and got to meet a Sparkfriend who did an amazing job <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l37323988.jpg"> <BR> There ... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 20:57:35 EST The Perfect Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4453605 I'm still adjusting to the new work schedule. It is harder than one might think to figure out how to add in an average of 5-6 more work hours a week and still keep all the rest of life in balance. Cooking has gotten a little more hurried, and sad to say, fitness has decreased, so, I'm going to have to work on getting more organized and making better use of every minute of the day. <BR> <BR> Today, however, was the perfect day. I do love Sundays, but this one put most others to shame. Ev... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 22:50:22 EST Guarding My Emotions and My Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426929 This week has been exceptionally emotional around the house. Immediately after the baby shower that we all (especially my sister who spent WAY more mone than I thought was necessary) worked so hard on.....my niece and her husbanc packed up their belongings and left....to go visit other friends and family for the duration of their trip. Now, normally that wouldn' sound like a bad thing, except that the very day after the shower was my sister's 65th birthday! Her own daughter, who she had j... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 21:29:23 EST Resolution - Dismal Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4417445 In an effort to be more midful of my eating, I made a resoution last week to NOT EAT at the computer or in front of the T.V. My intentions were good, but the whole experiment became a dismal failure. Give the persistently hectic pace of my life, nearly everything I do is multi-tasking....eating included. Prior to this "experiment", I would enter my food as I ate or while preparing or packing my food. When I stopped doing that, I found that too much of the time I would forget something I ... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 21:05:08 EST Needing Some R&R (Rest and Run) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4413095 Been a busy, busy weekend. Especially today, my day off, up at five and out the door by 6:30 and just now, 8:30PM, sitting down to get a litle sparking done and get to bed. First thing after breakfast and getting dressed was the loading of the car. When it takes 15-20 minutes just to load the car in the morning, you know it is going to be a busy day. Six hours at church with lighting run thriough, two services, then a baby shower for a friend, drive acrosstown and set up for baby shower n... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 21:36:15 EST Still Learning Balance and Adjustment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4411367 This week has hearalded the beginning of yet another season of life which is allowing me to demonstrate just how much I have learned (or not) about change an keeping things in balance. <BR> <BR> First, my neice and her husband are in town this weekend and the first part of next week from San Antonio so that we can host a baby shower for them. I have learned and repared well with lots and lots of fruits and veggies and even a meager attempt at some homemade hummus. Not as smooth as Sabra ... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 21:42:44 EST Dog Days of Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4400903 It is so unlike me to be looking forward to the end of summer. I am usually a bit of a sun "worshipper", not actual worship, but I do love the bright hot sunshine. This year though is different. It has been, what seems to me, unusually hot and humid and has forced me to move many a run inside and shortened too many and made even more not what I would consider up to par. I am missing the cooler temps....like the 60's etc. It's not that I am looking forward to winter and the snow, but it w... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 21:14:49 EST Running/Jogging Playlists and Pacing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4390731 So, I'm fired up again about running.....the miles were taking a toll. Now that I have a training/racing partner for the Chicago half, it has really fired up my passion again. I was going to redo some old tired out playlists, but have been at a loss for songs that I wouldn't want t delete as soon as I hit the pavement and discovered a site that many of you may find helpful. It is called Jog.fm (I just google search it and it is AWESOME). You can plug in a running, jogging, walking, biking... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:38:26 EST First Half-Marathon Excitement Just Keeps Buiding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4388476 If anyone would've told me eighteen months ago that I would be lookng forward to running, much less 2+ hours.....multiple times, I would have called the men with the funny white coats to take them away, BUT IT'S TRUE! And the closer that day comes, the more I am looking forward to my first half. To make it EVEN better, one of my favorite running buddies, who I don't get to run with except once a month or so has just signed up and is running her first with me! <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago, we b... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 22:16:25 EST For The More Mature Ladies....and Those Who Anticipate Getting There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4381713 Okay, here it is.....all my life, I have been cold (temperature wise), that is until midlife and the onset of perimenopause. It was kind of nice not being cold all the time but it didn't take long for the hot flashes to get old. And the older I got, the worse they got, until the past 3+ years when an uninterrupeted nights sleep was non-existent and for the past couple years I've had to change sheets every night or two, sleep with the ceiling fan on or the window cracked in winter etc etc et... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 21:05:25 EST Just Another Example Of Being Saisfied With Progress...and Not Perfection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4380897 Last night I went to bed with high hopes of seeing eight uninterrupted hours of sleep. It has been so very long since I last managed that feat. I think the excitement of anticipation actually made it difficult for me to fall asleep, but I did and all was going well....for about 4 hours...then the storm hit, literally. You know, those driving rains with thunder and lightening and the works which usually make me sleep BETTER, but which also make our dogs INSANE! My sis did what she could, s... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 11:18:39 EST The Sweetest of Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4380155 It's almost 9:30pm and I have the weekend off, so normally I would not be cutting short the blog, but tonight, I have a date...........with Mr. Sandman. Yes, this will be the official fourth night of the clinical trial that I am participating in and each night (and subsequent day) has gone a little better. Not perfect, mind you, but a marked improvement. Enough that I slept for 7.5 hours without waking ip for the first time in months and months and months. Going for a new record tonight -... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 22:19:06 EST High Hopes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4373520 Today was a relatively light day at work - just 6 hours - and not much business due to the heat wave we areexperiencing this week. We hit 93 degrees with a heat index over 100...not very good for the home improvement industry. Doesn't exactly inspire you to get out and replace your windows. That worked out well for me though as I had an appointment with the clinician who is supervising my case in the clinical trial and the appointment was for 30 minutes after I was scheduled to be off work... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 21:29:32 EST A Quick Look Backward ....and Then A Look Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4369009 This weekend was my younger sister's birthday weekend. It nearly threw me totally off course, but I did recover and did better than I would have a year or two ago, so I'll chalk alot up to a learning experience, and congratulate myself for the wise choices I DID make and will look forward eagerly to this next week. <BR> <BR> First, I let myself get very disappointed because I went out of my way to get Tim McGraw concert tickets for my little sister (who LOVES country music) for her birthday... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 23:01:38 EST I Survived the Long - Long Run! and lived to tell about it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4362409 So, last night I totally splurged. I ate an ENTIRE DQ Chocoholic blizzard...all 1050 or so calories. Not the wisest food choice I've ever made...in fact, probably one of the worst, but, I don't do it often or even rarely, so....back to the point. <BR> Today is a day off of wok and the weather is GORGEOUS!!! Not too hot, not too cold, not raining, just perfect for a long run. I usually do my long runs on the weekend, but since one of my running buddies is on vcation this week, we hit the tr... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 12:33:35 EST Fitness Minutes - Every Little Bit Counts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4353950 Today I passed 18,250 fitness minutes since joining Spark. Thank you to everyone who commented on my activity feed. I guess I just don't really look at that stat much. I remember my first few months on Spark seeing the activity feeds of other members who had thousands upon thousands of minutes. It was inconceivable to me how they could have amassed totals like that, much less that I could ever do it with all the other things I have on my daily plate (no, pun intended there). But, none th... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 21:26:58 EST More Great News! And It's Available To YOU Too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4348376 Today was my follow-up visit for the clinical trial that I signeed up to be a part of. I got back all of my test results and they couldn't have been better...well, they could have been a little better, but not much and for a 50 year old woman they were....to quote the clinician....OUTSTANDING! <BR> <BR> For most of my life, I have beenout of shape, overweight and heading toward ill health as the majority, if not all the women in my family are to one degree or another. Then I found Spark.... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 23:14:28 EST What I Did On My Summer Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346074 My last vacation was 20 months ago, and that was seven days to take care of my sis during and after her last back surgery. Today was my day off and totally out of character for me, I slept until 7AM and since it was about the most beautiful day off that I've had in a while, I decided to give myself a mini-vaction. I enjoyed breakfast and coffee outside and just was quiet for a while thinking of everything that I could do on my vacation....and then, remembering I'm on vacation, I just sate a... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 23:25:54 EST Persuing my Dreams, Hopes and Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4342356 With July here, I am finding myself smack dab in the middle of the summer that I miss so dearly during the cold midwestern winters. It feels like it has come on suddenly and is speeding past. In my nature, I want to add on activites endlessly, but am coming torealize that as I do, other important activities suffer. So, this month, I am trying to take the tie to be quiet ... even if it means not doing or accomplishing EVEYTHING I think I should or want to do. <BR> <BR> I am continuing to t... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 11:38:04 EST Another First http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4341573 Last year, when the temps really started to rise, I got up extra early a couple times a week to get in some miles (like at 4:30 am) before work. Since my sleep has not been all that good recently, getting up any earlier just hasn't been an option and I'm usually in bed pretty early. Tonight however, I knew that I would be up for the fireworks and since they are only a couple miles from the house, I chose to run there. Then on the way home, the temps were just too comfortable and I got in ... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 00:21:01 EST Recharging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4338027 For the past few weeks, it seems that I have just not been able to relly catch my breath (figurativly speaking). So, what a blessing it was to have 2 1/2 hours to myself at home this afternoon while the sisters were off at church. <BR> <BR> I know there were about a million and a half things that I could have done or maybe even should have done, but instead, I laid in the sun and napped fora half hour, just read and listened to some music for a half hour and then skim cleaned my sisters poo... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 23:02:02 EST Life Goes On...And So Do Lifestyle Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4336249 So, this week has been like many in my life.....busy, busy, busy. And, in addition to the already crazy pace, I learned that my sis will be having yet another surgery in August, this time to burn a nerve in an effort to make moving less painful for her. They are still looking at her thyroid...no word there yet. Then, yesterday, I had to say farewell to my "Red kitty". He was 17, almost 18, and we knew that the end was coming, but no matter what, it is still a sad adjustment period for eve... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 22:18:04 EST Riding the Waves of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4331640 Yesterday (and for that matter the past few days) have been inreasingly stressful. Last night's poor quality of sleep did not add to today either, but tomorrow is the start of te clinical trial that I am participating in, so, hopefully, I will be able to at least get some better rest. <BR> <BR> I'm struggling a little with the craving of sweets and last It didn't help that Verion is having issues with there service in my area. All five cookies were consumed while on the phone with the help... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 22:03:23 EST If It's Not One Thing, It's Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4329383 As you may know, I live with my older sister, who is partially disabled. Her husband divorced her this past year and most f her children are "siding" with her ex. Due to th myriad of medications she is on, her moods can fluctuate greatly day to day and she suffers from depression from the combination of pain and drugs etc. <BR> <BR> Well, today's news was that her daughter now wants to come up from Texas so that she (my sis-and me) can throw her a baby shower - for fifty people in Aug. YI... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 22:15:03 EST Pushing Ahead Slow but Steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4320952 Mighty lofty goals I had this morning when I got up. For once though, I was able to set some boundaries and prioritize what needed to be done vs. what I wanted to get done. All in all, I think I did pretty well. Got a load on laundry washed, dried and put away and a batch of workout clothes hand washed and they are hanging to dry. Cleaned out the fruit and veggie crispers. Did the grocery shopping. Cleaned out my wallet and purse (no small feat)! Constructed a doable budget for the rem... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 21:49:50 EST Sleepless in Aurora http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4318930 My biggest struggle these days is getting enough slep....not only have I been cutting my sleep down to the barest minimums and less, the quality is just not there. Last night I went to bed in plenty of time to get 8 hours, but just couldn't fall asleep. Then found myself reading and by the time I fell asleep, I had less than 7 hours before I had to get up and during that 7 hours, woke at least 3-4 times. Going to give it a try tonight again. Hopefully this medical test program that I am s... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 22:25:03 EST Breathing A Bit Easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4314398 Much thanks to all of you who have been so supportive these past several days while I've been stressing about the hours being cut at work. Sometimes I feel like I should have more faith and trust, but my human nature just always get in the way and feels the need to try to control.....and when it can't....I have to admit I allow myself to stress out. Not productive, but I'm trying to get better. <BR> <BR> Good news though. I met with the boss today and she added more hours and her boss cal... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 22:48:21 EST Giving Myself Permission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4309470 Today we were supposed to have my little sister and her dog over for the day. It is Reba's (her golden retriever) second birthday, but at the last minute, they (she) cancelled. This, after buying the obligatory birthday present and puppy party items (puppy ice cream cups - sweet potato w/molasses) - yummy <em>24</em> I think it's a little overboard....does Reba really know it's her birthday??? Especially the wrapping of the buffalo braid (her present), but it is more for my sister than h... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 23:11:57 EST Nourished and Encouraged and Blessed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4307713 Jotting off a quick note to update and thank all of you, my sparkfriends, for the way that you encourage me everyday. It's been a bit of a trying couple of weeks and add to that my typical hectic schedule and I was beginning to feel like beating myself up for not accomplishing all that I thought I "should" or "could". But, thanks to all of you, I was able to step back and see that I was doing all that was possible for me at this point in time and that is enough. <BR> <BR> Last night, I w... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 00:10:54 EST Making Every Day Count http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4304328 Life sure has it's ups and downs, but I choose to be happy and content with whatever it hands me. The schedule at work got edited....and I lost another hour. It's going to be touch with just 53 hours in the next two weeks. I'm praying that doesn't continue for long, but in the meantime, I am determined to make the most of the "down time". I've gotten pretty good at creative financing....just deposited a check and saw it clear from doing on line shopping thru E-Bates - http://www.ebates.c... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 08:00:16 EST Trying to See the Bright Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4301472 This last schedule that came out at work I found that my hours (as well as most of the other part timers) had been cut by 25% - 30%. It was a bit troubling, but since I have been working almost full time hours and am caught up on the big bills, I wasn't overly concerned. In fact, I was trying to look at it as a good thing.....an opportunity to get a little ahead in my training and back on track. However, today the next schedule came out and it is more of the same. I won't be able to make ... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 22:28:42 EST My Second Childhood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4292556 Today was a community service day with my church. We traditionally undertake some type of community project each month, but then once a year (today), we undertake many and more project for one super serving day. Year after year, I have always done a painting, rehab or landscaping project for one or another non profit agency or organization and today was supposed to be another one for Mooseheart. <BR> <BR> When my friends and I arrived at the church, however, we found that we had been rea... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 21:46:16 EST It's Just Like ... Riding a Bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4291097 So, thirty some odd years ago, I was riding down the road on my bibyle, minding my own business and ... the next thing I knew, someone was leaning over me asking me if I saw the truck that hit me, did I know what color it was, and did I see the license plate? Then, I remember waking up again in the emergency room. <BR> <BR> No permanent damage, but I haven't really riden a bike since. Not more than just a few feet. I'll drive a motorcycle for hundreds of mile, but riding a bicycle was a w... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 23:24:27 EST