MAGGIE101857's SparkPeople Blog MAGGIE101857's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Florida trip pics Getting harder and harder to leave these little guys (and the warm weather) and come back to Chicago weather and work. Let's see what changes come about in 2014!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My girls and my grandsons! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Our little Patrick - growing up so fast! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:57:39 EST 2014 Is On The Horizon... If only we could see into the future...would you want to? Would it be a blessing or a curse, or perhaps a little of both? <BR> <BR> I've been away from Spark for a few months now; I needed to take a breather from way too many weight loss sites and endless hours on the computer. Again, a blessing and a curse; you meet so many wonderful people on here and yet the time spent catching up with everyone takes away from being present in our own lives. Trying to find the balance seems like a neve... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:33:29 EST Life Marches On.... and most days, I want the "parade" to just stop for a bit, take a water break, let me enjoy the music. <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> Suffice it to say, I'm feeling really down. <BR> - My heart has not been in the 5% challenge this time around. I'm slogging through it, but not actively participating. <em>245</em> <BR> -I joined Weight Watchers 2 weeks ago, hoping that the weekly meetings would motivate me and help me get back on track. Yesterday I ate an... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:27:39 EST BLESSINGS FOR ALL! I can't believe it's Sunday morning all ready! The weekend is flying by! Saturday was a busy day. I only got over to the new studio to drop off a few more things, so today will be a busy day over there setting up. My daughter got in safely and I took her by; she loves it! Perfect for a sewing studio! Her words "It's small, but I could live here! I'm jealous!" We went shopping and she helped me pick out a shower curtain, rugs, and towels; she's even better putting together colors than I a... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 07:32:27 EST Saturday's Update Happy Saturday all! <BR> <BR> A busy day ahead, so just a quick post before heading to the workout room. No excuse Saturday ahead!! Workout, massage, bring my daughter's tortoise to a new home, bake for church services, run to airport to pick up same daughter, and end the day at the new studio putting my sewing table back together! <BR> <BR> Yes, DH and I lugged the rest of the sewing table up the three flights of stairs late last night. Now I get to put all the pieces back together and ... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 08:13:45 EST Maggie, where have you been? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> That is the big question!!! I have not been an active <em>89</em> this challenge; I can't believe we are 4 weeks into the challenge! <BR> <BR> So much has been going on the last few weeks; it's time to share some of it with you! I have been contemplating changes in my life for some time now. I spend too much time at a job I don't like, around very negative people. What a waste of my time! <em... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 08:29:17 EST Hey, you know what day it is????? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and a special hello from my two small potatoes --- <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They are very silly!!! I couldn't love them more!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 06:43:45 EST My day is down the toilet, literally! I should have know today was going to be like this; somehow my work from home days never work out the way I plan! After 12 text messages from DH yesterday, starting with "the powder room toilet has overflowed AND flooded the basement". <BR> <BR> My first thought was basement = my beautiful workout room. DH assured me that the water didn't get into my room, only his workshop. I wasn't convinced but finished the work day and we went out to enjoy a concert on the square for a couple of hours... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 17:19:20 EST Men! Do they mess up intentionally??? No, this is not a men-bashing blog!!! Absolutely not! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Last night I said to DH: "i have an idea (lol). The first one up makes the coffee, the last one up makes the bed". DH does neither currently, and as I am working longer hours then he, it's only fair, right? <BR> <BR> DH's response: "You won't be happy with the coffee or the way the bed is made up; I'll just screw it up". To which I responded "I'll teach you how to do either one, you choose!" Nice try, DH... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:56:47 EST A Butterfly Mom's Perspective <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <BR> I belong to this wonderful group (yes, another one!) led by a very special lady; each day she provides us with her beautiful insight and motivational lessons. I am so excited that in late October, I will be traveling to upstate VT to attend a 3 day wellness seminar with her and other Butterfly Moms! TRULY EXCITED!!!! <BR> <BR> I wanted to share (with permission) her mini-lesson for today; I feel it pertains to each of us and we can all lear... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:51:35 EST Thank you for all the kind thoughts on my last blog! I really need to go back and thank each of you individually for your thoughtful comments on my last blog. The weekend flew by and I haven't had a chance yet to do much on my to-do list. <BR> <BR> My heart did flip-flops when I read how several of you were personally touched by some of the tragedies we have watched on the news. I am truly blessed that the situation here did not escalate into another horrific loss of lives. <BR> <BR> But to update you on the "shooter" situation; turns out ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 21:32:31 EST "There's a shooter in the mall"... The text you never want to receive came last night, just as I was settling down for the evening, eating dinner and contemplating a cozy night around the fire pit. <BR> <BR> "There's a shooter in the mall"....from my youngest. First, let me say that she is okay, that everyone is okay. That it turned out to be a "swatting" call from a 22 year old man who is in custody; that I am thankful that the parent of this young adult alerted the police and didn't try to handle the situation on their ow... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 09:04:20 EST Of all the days... ....for the scale to act up; today was not the day to do it. Last day of the weigh-in for the Spring into Summer 5% challenge. Two different scales....a non-digital showing a gain of 3 (possibly 4 pounds) and the digital fancy crappola scale showing a gain of 4 pounds. In two days...I don't think so. I don't think so!!! <BR> <BR> But seriously, couldn't it have waited until tomorrow to register whatever it know it will put on it's big happy face tomorrow and show a loss. I feel... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 15:23:28 EST My July Challenges - 30 days of tracking! Have decided to track my challenges on one blog, updating as I go along. I started this squat challenge and crunch challenge today; just found the arm challenge tonight so will add that one in tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Day 1 - 30 <BR> Day 2- 50 <BR> Day 3 - 75 <BR> Day 4 - 60 <BR> Day 5 - Rest day <BR> July 7 - Rest day unplanned <BR> Day 6- 60 <BR> July 9- <em>42</em> <BR> July 10- <em>42</em> <BR> Day 7 - 90 <B... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 22:06:07 EST Hello July! I am going to have a great month! I am not going to let anything get in the way of that! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Sometimes you are handed a "kick in the butt" from the unlikeliest people! Mine came this weekend from my massage therapist! It wasn't anything earth was simply this: Maggie, you are internalizing way too much; you are trying to control things that you have no control over. You need to let go, of 90% of it, and just focus on the other 10% -- focus on YOU!! ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 13:45:32 EST What a month this has been! I have to say that I will be happy to see June end. It is normally a favorite month of mine, and there were certainly some highlights this June! The twins turned ONE - <em>383</em> <em>170</em> <em>44</em> and my one and only son will be turning 24 on Sunday! <em>383</em> #1 Son!!! I traveled to sunny FL and had a wonderful, albeit too short, trip! <BR> <BR> But the month was filled with sadness as well. The loss of my cousin's husband, two friends diagnosed with cancer, and... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:09:28 EST Is Anyone's Life Running Smoothly? Every day I have to remind myself to count my blessings. When people hear what my daily life is like, they always say "no wonder you are exhausted, stressed, not losing weight, gaining weight, not sleeping...." you get the picture!! <BR> <BR> I only have to look around me to realize that there are others that have it much worse than me. Two of my dearest friends have been diagnosed with cancer, one for the second time. My cousin just lost her husband at the young age of 55. My MIL is 92,... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:27:50 EST Happy Birthday, Dear Patrick and Brady... Happy Birthday to you!! They made it - they are precious, happy and healthy!!! I couldn't love them more!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 1st birthday cake <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 1st birthday cake <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Patrick - "I only move when Brady crashes me!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:30:19 EST Hello Florida!! The day is finally here!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Time to give some loving to my grand dog Einstein! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Time to shower those little guys with hugs and kisses! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are turning ONE on June 19th!!! <em>383</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:46:19 EST A seagull does not discriminate!!!!! I would be remiss if I didn't tell you my Saturday funny! I shared with you the beautiful pics of our first sail, and forget the "highlight" of the day! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I had no sooner gotten out of the car...standing there waiting for DH to gather his things, and BOOM! A direct hit - I had been pooped on by a flock of seagulls!!! My hair, my white t-shirt, and my COACH purse!!! Yes, that's right! Have th... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 06:49:55 EST Sailing...take me away.... As promised.....beautiful Lake Michigan...very little wind, but we still went out and made sure the sails worked! Always a good thing when my knots hold! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We were joined by many others, trust me! ; I'm sure they felt they had to take advantage of the sunshine before the rain comes again! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Another view of Lake Michigan, IL si... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 19:03:22 EST Yogi (tea) Wisdom....and sad news (update) I don't read <em>106</em> leaves, but I do read my Yogi tea bag words of wisdom. Here is today's... <BR> <BR> I am beautiful, <BR> I am bountiful, <BR> I am blissful. <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> <em>414</em> <em>414</em> <em>414</em> <em>414</em> <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> I read these words, and my first thoughts were these: <BR> <BR> I am beautiful, BUT....I am looking older - look at those wrinkles this morning. <BR> <BR> I am bountiful -- that's for sure, look at the ... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 08:13:58 EST Body for Sale - cheap!! <em>198</em> What is going on with my body???? Day 3 of feeling under the weather. I worked from home the first day, suffered through yesterday at the office (stayed in my little Feng Shui'd cubicle drinking my ginger tea, but today when I woke up still feeling the agony of intestinal distress, I called in sick. I hate doing that, but I'm exhausted. No clue if this is a bug, stress, something I ate, or a combination of all three. Whatever! It is not a laughing matter anymore! <em>3... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 10:46:55 EST Catching up with y'all!!! It's been over a week since I've usual, I am behind on everything! So a quick hello and then I am going to make a smoothie and tackle some of the doggie tumbleweeds that are flying around this house, laundry and dusting before I hit the office at 10:00. My plan is to get in a workout at lunch. <BR> <BR> So what's new! Only 9 days before I leave to go see Brady and Patrick (and of course, my beautiful daughter and wonderful son-in-law!) <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 08:04:13 EST TGIF - Now if DH would just leave the house?? <em>244</em> It's Friday and a long weekend ahead! I took the day off from work today even though it is my "work from home" day...I just wanted some time to myself - to grocery shop for healthy stuff, do some crafting, some organizing...and enjoy the sunshine that was promised. <BR> <BR> I didn't tell DH I was taking the day. I figured he would be gone by 9:30 -10:00 and I could just do my thing. I knew if I told him he would fill my day with boat stuff, chores, best to keep... Fri, 24 May 2013 13:18:16 EST Oh Just Close Your Mouth!! No, this isn't about eating - or not eating! <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> It's about those negative comments you overhear, or that are spoken in conversation -- about others... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I debated about whether or not to blog about this...but it's still floating around in my head, so I better! It took place during coffee hour after church service; I tell you this because if it can happen at church, it can happen a... Tue, 21 May 2013 07:39:13 EST A quick hello! No time to blog this morning; I've fallen behind on everything and have the early shift today. Will catch up with everyone later today (and get in my exercise, promise TeddyBears!) <BR> <BR> But I did want to share a new photo of the cutest little fireman (yes, I'm a little biased). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Our little Patrick (formerly 1 lb 2 oz)!!! <BR> <BR> I can't wait to hug this little guy!!! Wed, 15 May 2013 07:33:13 EST ATTITUDE = GRATITUDE Sunday's sermon focused on just that! What a way to start a week! We loved the idea so much that it carried forward into our discussions last night at our church group! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We all have so much to be thankful for; every day that I log into SparkPeople I am reminded of that. First and foremost, to our founder - that he has created this free site so that everyone can take part. The wonderful staff that c... Tue, 7 May 2013 09:09:01 EST Graduation weekend in Michigan Monday morning here in Michigan; heading back to Illinois around noontime and taking the ex to the airport! <em>224</em> We survived but not without a few bumps in the road <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> The graduation ceremony was lovely and the day itself was filled with sunshine! Fortunately it was on Saturday, because Sunday brought the <em>27</em> again! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She made it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:13:37 EST Rolling with the punches... Life is truly a roller coaster, isn't it! Love the comments on yesterday's blog; found an outfit yesterday while shopping for my daughter's sandals (success!) and brought it home to try it out with different tops. Will decide if I will keep it or not, but I'm thinking yes. It's a long skirt that I can easily take in as I lose the weight <em>9</em> Positive thinking! <BR> <BR> Last night was our meeting with the nurse from hospice. She was wonderful; such an amazing program. I have ha... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 05:59:49 EST The Week is under way.... What a beautiful day yesterday was! The sun was shining bright, and after so many gloomy days with flooding, horrible news on the tv and a new stomach flu hitting many, the warmth of the sun seemed to lift everyone's spirit and renewed their faith that we may actually see a bit of Spring here in the Midwest. <BR> <BR> My week is a little crazy, so I need to stay focused and track everything. My main workouts need to be completed in the early a.m. or they will not get done! I know me! <B... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:19:06 EST Arbonne or bust! Morning, peeps! Today's blog is more for my benefit, to get my thoughts on paper. Yet I know in doing so, my SparkFriends will read them and give me that push I need. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> About a year ago, I signed up to be an Arbonne Independent Consultant. I love their products, I believe in their products, and I love the people I get to work with. I believe it could be the answer to many of my dreams. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 21 Apr 2013 07:39:51 EST Keeping a level head.... I just received an updated email from my pastor regarding tomorrow's service. A time to reflect on all that this country has gone through this past week; the horror of the Boston bombings, the incredible tragedy in Texas and so many lives lost, the flooding in so many states; an overall loss of that feeling of security. <BR> <BR> I was comforted knowing that suspect #2 was in custody; I don't know that we will ever know the "why" he and his brother "allegedly" committed these horrible att... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 08:14:10 EST A good day, but too little too late! Today is the last day of the 5% challenge and probably my best day ever! <em>104</em> I woke up this morning and said to myself "You are not a person who like to fail, but you have failed miserably this challenge" <em>42</em> My scale continues to rise at an alarming rate. I've made a million and one excuses, and most of them are valid, but guess what? I can't honestly go to my doctor and tell him I think something is amiss unless I can honestly say that I am doing everything right... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 21:56:08 EST Week 7 Starts Today... and my scale was not kind this morning; as a matter of fact it was downright mean <em>46</em> I will not QUIT. <BR> <BR> Week 1 - <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> Week 2 - Blog and give feedback to others <em>381</em> <BR> Week 3 - <em>414</em> <em>401</em> <em>406</em> Intentional Stretching <BR> Week 4 - Breakfast & new recipe <em>490</em> <em>474</em> <em>488</em> <em>470</em> <BR> Week 5 - Track & Stay in Limits <em>24... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 07:10:31 EST #2 Blog of the Day I never, ever blog more than once a day, sometimes only once a week! So <em>89</em> with me! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I committed to the new hours today, starting Monday! This weekend, even though I am traveling and it's a jam packed two days, I will schedule next week's activities and make a dent in some much needed areas! <BR> <BR> That was the good part of my day. Remember I said I was WFH today, so I could get all the little things done for my trip! <em>246</em> <em>334</... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:36:25 EST Mish Mosh of Thoughts Today : ) Today I have 3 weeks (or more) of "stuff" to do before I leave town for the weekend. Is it all going to get done? No. Will I put the pressure on myself to try anyway? Yes! Will I at least TRY to prioritize? I sure hope so! <BR> <BR> Those of you who read my "whiny" blogs <em>246</em> know that I have been feeling overwhelmed the past 9 months, starting with the babies early birth, then my bone spur injury and the frustration of not being able to do my marathon; the continuing PT, ... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 08:02:52 EST A good day yesterday.. and hopefully another one today! I was determined yesterday to stick to a healthy food plan, to track everything (even if it wasn't so great), exercise and stay positive! I made a healthy breakfast, a healthy lunch, planned the healthy dinner. I got in my treadmill and upper body workout in the morning, but never did get the work walk in. Rainy, windy...I got up from my desk as much as possible without setting off the "desk police alarm" <em>246</em> but still came in short on my 10,0... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 07:20:56 EST Finding the positive in all the negative! It's been nearly a week since I put my thoughts to paper; life continues to be a challenge and while I am meeting some of them head-on, others are getting the best of me! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> But through it all, I have come to realize that I need to focus on the positives and make every attempt to find joy in each day. There is always <em>67</em> in an otherwise <em>257</em> day if you look hard enough! <BR> <BR> We are now 5 weeks into MIL's health issues. She was moved back ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 08:39:10 EST Down but not out.... <em>245</em> I know I have been not holding up my end of the challenge! It felt good to exercise today, even if it was only 35 minutes <em>315</em> . More tomorrow for sure! <BR> <BR> So the good news and the bad news in my life.... <BR> <BR> The <em>170</em> are doing great! The eye surgeon, the hearing docs and the cardiologist have all said "Wonderful - we don't want to see you for 6 months!!!" A huge milestone!! <BR> <BR> The MIL - not so good. The hospital discharged her... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:15:44 EST TRACKING WOES : ( <em>245</em> <em>245</em> <em>245</em> <em>174</em> team! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge has been to track, plan and stay within your ranges. I have failed miserably at this week's challenge; even my exercise #'s are down. <BR> My spur injury has become inflamed once again, so I've been advised to back off and switch it up some. <BR> <BR> On top of that, we have been running non-stop dealing with MIL's health issues. Last night, just as I was tucking myself into bed, another... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:14:09 EST Happy St. Paddy's Day from my little leprechauns!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Patrick <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Brady Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:37:01 EST The Weekend is here - does that mean rest time? I was able to spend the afternoon and early evening at the hospital yesterday with MIL; yesterday was from "work from home" day and the hospital had free wi-fi so I could access work form there. MIL slept most of the day, waking some during frequent exams and then back to sleep. Ate very little. The plan was to return her to her assisted living facility, but to the nursing floor, around 5:00 p.m. Didn't I post something earlier in the week about "planning"???? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 08:35:02 EST Can we do this week over with something happy??? My week so far -- we are spending every waking moment (outside of work) at the hospital with Bob's mother. She fell on Saturday and then was diagnosed with pneumonia on Sunday. She is not doing well; she's 92. Docs say we may be facing some tough decisions this weekend. Yesterday my youngest daughter (college) had to put her kitty cat to sleep; we've been treating her for 6 months now for recurring UTI's, yesterday's visit was probable cancer. So proud of my daughter for being strong and maki... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 07:14:02 EST A quick update on things... I'll start off with the good news! My little guys went to the eye surgeon/specialist yesterday for their monthly checkup. We always dread these checkups, only because they have to put medieval type devices in their little precious eyes and it truly is torture for them and us! This knock down, gorgeous doctor <em>246</em> gave us the best news of all! He doesn't need to see our little guys for 6 months!!! Their eyes are healed and looking great!!! He did an amazing job and we will fore... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 07:49:59 EST Oh what a week : ( Woke up this morning to learn that I had been "booted" off my SunBears team in the 5% challenge <em>46</em> . Rules are rules....and I was late logging my exercise minutes. Life has just been a little crazy with MIL's fall and pneumonia and hospitalization...I was happy just to get in my exercise!! <BR> <BR> Still I'm feeling like a <em>24</em> <em>174</em> this morning; I was enjoying the challenge! Good luck to the remaining SunBears!!! <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 06:47:38 EST Double the Love! Well, my weekend was nothing to write home about. "We make plans, God laughs" <em>334</em> . I had even taken a vacation day earlier in the week to get a head start on those plans; instead spent the entire weekend at the hospital for MIL. A full day Saturday in the ER, brought her home, arranged for additional home health care, only to have to go back yesterday to learn she has pneumonia and would be admitted. <BR> <BR> By the time I got to bed around midnight, I had wild dreams <... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:44:08 EST To Give or Not to Give? It's not really a <em>38</em> , is it?? Today's challenge is to find and post a motivational quote, one that really speaks to us. i was delighted when a friend sent me this one yesterday; could she have seen what my day was going to turn into? It started out well enough; I was actually finishing my workout on the treadmill when the call came. Actually several text messages and one call. <BR> <BR> The texts came from child #3. She had twisted her knee at work the day before, and no... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 07:51:09 EST So What's the Point??? Are you asking yourself that very same question? <BR> <BR> Today is our 2nd weigh in for the 5% challenge. Last week's weigh in found me up a little, but I had used soy sauce the night before and I attributed the slight gain to that. The following day it was down a pound; I was happy with that for the week. <BR> <BR> I increased my workouts for week 2; it felt good to be working out again! <BR> <em>315</em> <em>324</em> <em>34</em> <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> My <em>274</em... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 07:29:03 EST A teddy Bear's Blog (LTGL) Day 7 Our final day of this week's challenge - the question of the day is..... <BR> <BR> Anything else you would like to share with your Team? <BR> <BR> This challenge has been a challenge! But a good one!!! I think everyone that participated would agree! I wish I could have read even more blogs, but those that I did, helped me to get to know my teammates just a little bit better! <em>304</em> for taking on the challenge with our <em>174</em> team! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:05:29 EST