MARCIEMCGOWAN's SparkPeople Blog MARCIEMCGOWAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Friday January 16th I woke up at 5:00 am and gave my friend a ride to work. Since I was out near the JCC Fitness Center I worked out for nearly 40 minutes then went home and woke Anthony up to get ready for school. <BR> <BR> Then I went to the dentist. I have not been to see a dentist in many years. I did not have any dental insurance. I am happy that I picked Gentle Dentistry. Instead of using a pick to clean my teeth they used a sonic spray of water. It was so much easier and less painful I still need to go b... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:57:45 EST lunch at work yesterday. We had a really good lunch at work yesterday. At the Rose Blumbkin Home yesterday we served Breaded walleye, paprika potatoes, wild rice with cranberries and the soup was creamy peanut soup. I had a hard time controlling my portions. I love walleye, and everything else was so good. I never heard of creamy peanut soup. I tried it and I loved it. I had two small bowls of it. <BR> Does anyone know of a easy recipe to make creamy peanut soup? <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:20:10 EST My day off Today was my day off. I had a good productive day. I did laundry, some grocery shopping, and took my car to the car wash. I also went to the JCC and exercised for 45 minutes. <BR> <BR> Today is Monday and one of my favorite shows is on. I am watching Major Crimes on TNT. Tonight's show is the Season Finale. Seems like a short season. Now I am waiting for Rizzoli and Isles. <BR> I work the next two days. then I will have Thursday and Friday off. Then work Saturday and Sunday. I will have 14... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:54:26 EST Hello. I now have Blue Cross insurance I am insured through my job and we switched to Blue Cross Blue Shield. So far I am happy with the change. We all had a health assessment last week. I know my cholesterol and my blood pressure. My good and bad cholesterol are both in the right zones and I feel great. I need to lose weight and I knew that already. <BR> If you don't remember I am a dietary aide at a nursing home. One of my benefits is I can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner for FREE. I always eat breakfast. Usually some hot cerea... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:49:59 EST hello I am back I have been gone for a few weeks. I have not been very motivated, I think it is this dreary weather. The short days and lack of Sun has me down. I know that I will feel better once spring arrives. My goal right now is to not gain a lot of weight before I get my motivation back. I know that this spring I will be stronger than I was this time last year. <BR> I got a new Kindle Fire HE for Christmas. I plan on taking it to work with me so I can track my food at work. <BR> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 17:01:42 EST my goals. I have to confess that in the last month I have not exercised as much as I would like to. I have been busy working two jobs and my son has been getting in trouble at school. The good news I have not gained weight, I even lost a couple of pounds. I just joined Blue Moon Fitness. It is a local gym that is about 3 miles from home and it will cost 20.00 a month. I can bring a friend and work out together and I love the location. My second piece of good news, I am 5 pounds closer to my new goal of... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:21:05 EST I had a flat tire Saturday morning Thank God for AAA. I was driving to work this AM for a meeting and I had a flat tire. I was almost there so I parked and went to the meeting. After the meeting I called AAA and within an hour my car was back on the road. I was so worried that it would take a lot longer. It is so cold here and my feet are freezing. But thank God for helping me stay safe. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 06:31:04 EST 52 Week Money Challenge - Are you Game??? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am going to do this, but I will put the money in my savings account. This way no one can spend it. <BR> <BR> So how does it work exactly??? Well for 52 weeks you save the same amount of money for which week you are on. For instance week one you save $1, week two you save $2, and so on. By the end of your 52 weeks you will have saved $1,378.00. It may not seem like a whole lot, but it is when you are not ta... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 00:50:26 EST I had my first pedicure today I have never had a pedicure before in my life. I always hated my toenails and I could not stand to let someone else touch them. On my little toes the nails point upwards and they are very small. My right foot, my big toe the nail is yellow and never changes. <BR> Well, my best friend's daughter is learning how to fix hair and do nails, and the school needed models. I volunteered to let her friend do my feet. It was not as bad as I thought it might have been. they were a little concerned abou... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 23:00:23 EST Watching the CMAs I worked today and it was a good day. I stayed within my calorie range and had fun at work. <BR> I got home at 8:30 PM and I am watching the Country Music Awards. I love watching this program. They are all so positive and supportive of new artists. Country music is so inclusive of anyone who loves music. <BR> I hope you all have a good night. I am going to watch the rest of the show and get some rest. <BR> <BR> plans for Thursday. <BR> 1) exercise <em>324</em> <BR> 2) clean the apartm... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 22:40:43 EST new part time job Hello, I started my new part time job today. <em>249</em> I will be working Monday and Tuesdays from 10:00 till 5:00 pm. I am working the box office at Aksarben Cinema. I like it here. <em>272</em> <BR> One of my benefits will be free movies. I can see any movie (that is not sold out) and I can take a guest. <em>220</em> <BR> I also can have free popcorn and pop <em>222</em> while I am working. But I am staying away from the pop and sticking with water. Near the end of my sh... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 21:58:02 EST Some helpful advice <img src=""> <BR> water is the best drink around. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> exercise and relieve your pain without pills. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This would be cool if it was true. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 15:12:44 EST good news today I was at the grocery store when I received a phone call. I got the part time job that I had applied for. I will be working two days a week from 10:00 am till 5:00 pm. I now need to get my son to wake up sooner so he can take the bus to school everyday so I can still exercise at the JCC before going to work. <em>328</em> <BR> <BR> Wish me luck. <em>246</em> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 13:37:42 EST 10 uses for baking powder <BR> 10 TIPS to use Baking Power for: <BR> <BR> 1. Stinky Feet: Sprinkle Baking Soda in socks and shoes before wearing <BR> <BR> 2. Remove car odors: Sprinkle Baking Soda on seats and carpets. Let stand 1/2 then vacuum <BR> <BR> 3. Give your pet a dry bath: Sprinkle Baking Soda on pet, rub it in, the brush them. <BR> <BR> 4. No More Smelly litter Boxes. Sprinkle 1/2 cup into litter box then fill. <BR> <BR> 5. Use Baking Soda on Christmas Tree to look like snow <BR> <BR> 6. Forgot to ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:03:18 EST a good day. Today is Monday. I took my son to school and then went to the JCC for a nice workout. I used a cross training machine for 25 minutes, did some strength training for nearly 45 minutes. I worked on my upper body today and then followed this by walking around the indoor track for about 15 minutes. <BR> I went to the Westroads Mall to get my watch fixed. I had dropped it and broke the crystal. I like this watch and I was afraid that I would get water inside and ruin it. I was lucky; today they h... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:57:09 EST No school and no work today My son has no school today or tomorrow. I had no work today. I took him to the wild Life Safari near Ashland Nebraska. I did not bring my camera. I should have, we saw a bunch of wild turkeys and next to them were two deer. It was so cool. The leaves in the trees were also very cool. <BR> <BR> Here is are some images that I found on Facebook. I think this is something to keep in mind. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:08:04 EST my first spin class today Things have been going well for me this last week. I have not had time to blog lately so I will try to recap the last few days. Today is Monday and I had no work today. I went to the JCC to exercise this morning and had my orientation for the JCC and learned how to use more of the equipment. I like to start my using their cross training equipment for about 20:00 minutes then strength train for 30:00 to 40:00 minutes and end with a walk around the track. <BR> Last week I took two classes at th... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:43:02 EST my new goal I have a new goal to take 2 classes at the JCC each week. Today I participated in the Swim class. <em>237</em> Thursday I will take either a swim class or a Zumba class. I am not sure which one. They are at the same time. <BR> My second goal is to lose 10 more pounds and when I do I will reward myself with a new gym bag. The JCC has a nice one for 20.00 or a slightly larger one for 30.00. My bag has a bad zipper and I need a replacement. <em>256</em> <BR> I am currently 175 and have ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 15:21:08 EST good morning Hello, I usually would avoid looking at my body in the mirror when i would get dressed. Today I looked and I was surprised at how much smaller my torso looks. I still have some fat on my belly, but it is so much smaller than it was before. Wow!!! I never thought this could happen. But using Spark People with eating less and exercising more has had a positive impact. Now I need more sleep, more water and more fiber in my diet. I really needed this motivation. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> and... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 07:21:37 EST my day I had a great day. I took my son to school and then headed out to the JCC and got in a great workout. I used the recumbent cross trainer, strength trained my upper body, and then walked around the indoor track. <BR> After this I used their shower and it felt great to have the hot water on my muscles. I took my laundry to my dad's house and used his washer and dryer. I went and got my son a new bus pass for October. Called MUD, I have a new account with them and I have not received a bill ye... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:35:14 EST day off I decided that my exercise for today would be a long walk at the zoo. I love going to the zoo. <BR> I love walking a the zoo. i also saw the movie Penguins 3D. I think that on my days off I will either go to the JCC and exercise or go to another location in the city and take a walk. Omaha has lots of place to chose from. I could go the the Joslyn Museum, it is free for everyone for the next three years. Or I could go to Lauritzen gardens and enjoy the flowers, a walk through my neighborhood ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:27:59 EST My job at the RBJH I am working at the Rose Blumkin Jewish home. I know that many of the residents are Jewish. But you do not have to be Jewish to live here. They are elderly and many survived the Holocaust. I have read many stories about the horrible nightmare that took place in Europe from 1939 till 1945. I did not know anyone who had survived this until coming to work here. I do not want to pry into anyone’s private live and emotions. Tonight I was talking to Joe. I am not sure how old he is, he looks to b... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:59:12 EST Exercise at the JCC I wanted to go and exercise today at the JCC. I forgot that today is a major Jewish Holiday and the JCC was closed. Today and yesterday was Yom Kippur. On the bright side I get paid for these holidays even if I am not working. <BR> Since I could not use the JCC I went for a walk at the mall. It was nice and relaxing to walk through the Westroads mall. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 21:52:44 EST Just got home from work I have not done anything today except work. I will blog more Saturday. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:41:57 EST I went to the JCC today (Jewish Community Center) I have a free membership thanks to my new job. I loved the exercise facility. I asked for help and got some advice o how to use their equipment. It was fun and I like being there. I did not feel uncomfortable or like I did not know what I was doing. My plan is to go 3-4 days a week. I work 3 days a week (13 hours each day) <BR> Today I used a recumbent machine, a few machines that targeted my arms, shoulders and legs. They were easy to use and I liked them. I ended the workout by walking aro... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:41:53 EST I am back I will be able to blog more often. I now have my internet connection and I am ready to get back to the basics of Spark People. When I post daily and record my eating and activity I lose weight. So far I have lost 35 pounds. I think that the investment in the internet has been a life changing investment. I love Spark People and I could not have done this without it. Thank you so much. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> My plans today. Do laundry (done). Go out to eat with my best friend <em>220</e... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:32:47 EST We are now moved in to our new place. Monday we moved the last of our stuff to our new town home. We will not have internet or cable till Monday. I am using the computer at the library to spin the wheel and get my log in points. I work this weekend and will not be able to check in until some time on Monday. <BR> The good news I am still loosing weight and I am very active with the move and work. <BR> The bad news the new place is smaller and we need more storage space. I am actively thinking of new ways to store my items. I wil... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 12:03:25 EST my first night without our cats Last night was the first night without our cats. I did see a couple of pictures online this morning of Zoey and Bella. Their new owner took these and posted them for us to see. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Bella was hiding behind the microwave and Zoey was laying on the floor. <BR> <BR> Work today was okay and I got off work a few minutes early. Monday I will be packing... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 23:22:09 EST this is a hard day We had a hard day today. When we move we will not be able to have any pets. We had two beautiful cats. We found someone who was willing to take both cats. We just dropped them off today. Anthony and I are very sad. <BR> I will get over this in time. We have had Zoey for 9 years and Bella for 4 years. I miss them so much. The good news is we know where they are and they are together. Their new owner promises to keep in touch and let us know how they are doing. My son has never had to this be... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:08:29 EST Gym I just got my free membership to the gym at the Omaha Jewish Community Center, also known as JCC. I can join as a benefit for working at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. My son can also join, his membership is 12.00 a year. <BR> That beats the YMCA and the place is huge. There are two pools <em>237</em> racket ball <em>260</em> , ping pong, basketball <em>299</em> , an indoor track <em>311</em> , and loads of exercise equipment <em>328</em> . I get two free sessions on how to use... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:44:46 EST My BMI According to my BMI I am now overweight. I am no longer obese. <em>244</em> <BR> That was one of my goals. Seems kind of silly, it is just a number. But I see it as a stepping stone to a better goal weight and a better lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:59:48 EST I weighted myself tonight I am very happy to report that I have lost 31 pounds. I have been working hard towards this goal for the last 6 months. I know that I am not done, but I am happy with my progress. I know that I will hit a plateau and that is okay. I am hoping to reach 160 before hitting that plateau. <BR> <BR> Work today was busy and at time frustrating. I had to work with a girl that is 28, but acts like she is in high school. She is so lazy and I do not like working with her. I have to work with her again... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:21:24 EST my goals My first goal is to keep my calories under control. Next be more active, On the days that I work I am on my feet and on the move most of the day. On my days off I need to stay active. It is hard because when I get home I just want to sleep. I think that once I get used to the 13 hour shift I will be able to work in a new exercise routine. <BR> <BR> Tonight I went to my son's curriculum night at his new school. The parents were given a copy of the students schedule and we had to walk to each... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:19:20 EST My son starts Middle School tomorrow. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> some days I feel this way. One day my scale says that I have lost 4-5 pounds and the next day they are back. This is why I do not like to use the scale more than once a week. <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:19:04 EST thunder shelter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> found this cute dog on FaceBook. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:32:33 EST Today is Snoopy's Birthday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I loved reading Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang in my local newspaper. I was so sad when Charles Schultz died. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:49:50 EST love this image from Seattle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I once lived in this great state. I loved the Space Needle. <BR> <BR> I wish I took this picture. I found it on Face Book a friend posted it from King 5 news. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 17:50:55 EST The last three days have been tiring I worked the last three days. I work fulltime in three days time. I am so tired and I ache. I woke up early today as usual, but I really want to go back to sleep. <BR> I forgot to turn up the volume on my cell phone and work had called me this mroning at 5:40. someone called in sick and they wanted me to go in to work. I am happy that I did not hear the phone. If I worked today I would be working 5 - 13 hours shifts in a row. I am working Sunday morning. I don't think that this old body coul... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:17:33 EST Dieting is hard <img src=""> <BR> <BR> found this on Facebook Thu, 8 Aug 2013 22:25:12 EST long hard day at work today at work was a long day. We served breakfast, lunch, tea time and dinner. I got to eat for free and I kept under my calorie limit. I love the fresh fruit that we have available. I had three servings today. I got a complement from my boss. He said that I was doing a good job and that I was learning fast. That felt good. <BR> I was not able to log in this morning I am trying to catch up before going to bed and staring a new work day at 6:15 Thursday morning. <BR> Time for bed. <BR> <BR... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 23:17:36 EST today I had two interviews today. The first was at 10:00. I will hear from them by the end of the week. It is a part time job working in the morning making breakfast. The second interview was at 1:00 the job is at Von Maur. I was offered the job, but my dad is not sure about this one. It is from 5:00 till 9:00 pm. I need to call them and get some more details about the hours and how many days a week. My son needs me at home in the evening. I am confused. I went months not finding any work and now I... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 22:16:47 EST one very stressful day I went to the bank to get money to buy a money order to pay the rent. I had a bad check once and now I must use money orders or cashiers checks. When I got to the bank there was no place to park. I had to park at the grocery store next door and walk over. That is okay, I like to walk. I waited in line for a long time to find out that their computers were not working. I had to go to another branch. I had to walk back to my car in the rain. <em>27</em> . It was not a hard rain, but the point... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 19:46:58 EST had a good day today my exercises today. <BR> treadmill 15 minutes <BR> <em>231</em> <BR> recumbent bike 30 minutes and then another 40 minutes <BR> <em>324</em> <BR> strength training 20 minutes <BR> <em>328</em> <BR> walk in the neighborhood 20 minutes <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> tonight my son and I watched our DVD Hairspray (with John Travolta) <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be the open house for his new school. August 14th my so will be starting 7th grade. I am so nervous for him. I hope he make... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 22:41:19 EST feed the plants <img src=""> Sat, 3 Aug 2013 01:59:14 EST Dogs Welcome Dogs Welcome <BR> <BR> A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a Midwest town he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote: “I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?" <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who wrote: SIR: "I've been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I've never had a dog steal towels, bedclo... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 21:51:55 EST my neighbor gave me a whole bone in pork loin Do you have any ideas for cooking it in a slow cooker? it is about 3 inches thick. I would love to cook it, but I don't have any ideas. <BR> I don't want to use the oven and heat up my apartment. I plan on cooking it on Saturday. I have it in the refrigerator and I put some pork seasoning on it. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 17:01:48 EST good news I have now lost 27 pounds. I am so happy. I feel great. Now it is time to go to bed. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>102</em> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 00:51:59 EST my new job I started my new job Monday. I also worked Tuesday. Both days I started at 6:15 AM and finished work at 8:15 PM. Those are very long days and mostly on my feet. I am a dietary aid at a retirement home. One of the benifits of working here is free breakfast, lunch and dinner. I had a waffle for breakfast yesterday, sweet and sour meatballs for lunch and baked salmon for dinner. I had fresh fruit with nearly every meal. The food tastes good and I save money. <BR> My feet hurt, my calves ache a... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:56:21 EST Sunday I was busy this weekend. Saturday I went to a free concert in the park at Aksarben Village. Those concerts are always a lot of fun. I took my son and as soon as we arrived he complained that he wanted to go home. I took him home and went back and had a great time without him. <BR> I was there with my best friend and her husband. I was so happy to see my cousin Linnea. I have not see her in many years. The music was great and the people I was with were a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:49:40 EST quote for today <BR> When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you <BR> till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, <BR> never give up then for that is just the place and time that the <BR> tide will turn. <BR> - Harriet Beecher Stowe <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 06:19:18 EST