MUSICMOMOF2's SparkPeople Blog MUSICMOMOF2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community February 11, 2016 Boy, what a day. It started off with work - got the bulletins printed off for Sunday. Then I made a quick stop to fill the car up with gas before heading to the high school to practice with the choirs. I finally got home about 12:30 and was just too tired to try and get anything done. I don't know why I'm dragging right now, but I don't like it. Anyway, Matthew had his band concert tonight so we headed out for that. It was a great concert - minus the annoying 8th graders that couldn't seem... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:04:53 EST February 10, 2016 Another day done. I didn't sleep well last night, so I've really been dragging today. The day started with having to get Matthew to the high school, then I headed to work. I got a few things done and then spent time waiting for stuff from Pastor to finish up the bulletins. I headed home early so that I could get on Ticketmaster and buy tickets for the Newsboys concert (they'll be at the Iowa State Fair on August 11). 17 tickets to purchase for us and several members of the Praise team. Luckil... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:49:46 EST February 9, 2016 It was an interesting day. My original thinking was that I'd head to work and then would be practicing with the high school choirs. Well, I never got an email from the choir director, so it was just work this morning. I did get quite a bit done so that leaves less to have to do tomorrow, since I'll leave early to get home to order tickets for the Newsboys concert. It will be interesting trying to order 17 tickets! Hopefully it's not quite as stressful as last year. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I spe... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 20:12:19 EST February 7 & 8, 2016 Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> Sunday was a fairly calm day. Just church in the morning. We did end up not having Praise team practice so I was able to watch the whole Super Bowl. It was a nice day, just spent relaxing. <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: mostly okay. Day 39 of no Diet Dew. <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: Day 35 - rest day <BR> <BR> 3. Personal: watched the Super Bowl! <BR> <BR> Today has been fairly calm too. I did have to venture out in the wind and flurries this morning to take Matthew to the ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 20:21:49 EST February 6, 2016 So glad that basketball is done with! Jacob's team played two very good games today, but they still lost. The first game they led until the very end and the second game was very close. I just can't believe how much contact there is at this level (they are 3rd-4th graders). The second game was very physical. I'm just glad that we're done. Afterwards the team met at Pizza Ranch for their "celebratory" get-together. After that we ran a few errands and then came home. I'm now trying to fig... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:59:06 EST February 5, 2016 Well, it was a pretty good Friday. Once I got the boys off to school, I did a few things around the house and then headed to town. I stopped at the church to print paychecks (yay!), then ran a few errands and got groceries. Then I was able to enjoy the rest of the day at home. I really didn't do a lot. Mike ended up having to work late, so I had to take Jacob to basketball practice. Mike met us there and I came home. They decided to go to the high school game, so I have had a few more qui... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 21:11:55 EST February 3 & 4, 2016 The one downside of trying to blog at night - I space it out! <BR> <BR> Wednesday ended up being another snow day because the visibility and roads were not the greatest in the morning. Jacob and I did make it to town for his hair cut though. Then I took him to basketball practice later and Mike picked him up. It made for a weird Wednesday though when I'm used to having the evening to myself. Overall it was a pretty good day. <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: good. <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: day 31 - W... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 19:54:35 EST February 2, 2016 Overall today went well even though I've been fighting a migraine all day. The boys kept pretty busy. Mike had gotten a bunch of Lego Bionicle robots from someone at work, but hadn't told the boys. He left them in the kitchen this morning and that is pretty much what they did most of the day. There were no instructions, so Matthew was looking them up online and they were getting them put together that way. There were two already together and the boys put together another 13!! Jacob did abou... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:29:22 EST February 1, 2016 Overall it was a pretty good day. I actually got 8 loads of laundry done! So glad that Mike replaced my washer pump. Other than that I did do some cleaning, but mostly just enjoyed the peace and quiet of an empty house. It was definitely needed in preparation for tomorrow. We have this wonderful snow storm moving in after midnight tonight, so I had figured that the boys might not have school tomorrow. Of course, I thought that maybe the school would actually wait until the snow was flying... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:13:00 EST January 30 & 31, 2016 Saturday: <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a busy day. Jacob had two basketball games in Des Moines so we headed that way. So glad that there is only a week left! After the game we did some shopping. Mike needed to pick something up at Home Depot and then we headed to Target so I could get the "standard" things that I usually stock up on at Target. Once done there we made a stop at Kohl's so that I could return some things. I actually didn't shop! Then, even though it was only 4:00 we headed to Oli... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:28:14 EST January 29, 2016 It was a busy Friday for me today. It started with having to take Matthew to the high school for small group practice. Once back home I had my breakfast and then headed back out for my hair cut at 8:30. Another trip back home to get changed and then it was off to the church for a funeral - the Praise team was singing a song. After the funeral I headed back to Greenfield (my 3rd trip) to get groceries. I finally got home for good about noon. Yes, that was all in the morning. The rest of my ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:09:59 EST January 28, 2016 I have reached my breaking point tonight and I don't like it. Things have been tense since everyone's been home. Whining, fighting, screaming, yelling and of course, crying. I was feeling better today, so I don't know where all of this has come from. I cannot handle this. <BR> <BR> Anyway, other than that it really hadn't been too bad of a day. I got all of the bulletins printed this morning and have done a few loads of laundry. Really hoping that tomorrow is better. <BR> <BR> As for m... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 20:37:34 EST January 27, 2016 It was just a weird day. I got up at my normal time, but decided to delay my workout since I needed to get Matthew to the high school by 7:15 again. So, after Mike and Matthew took their showers I got mine taken during the time that I would have been working out. I had my breakfast and once Jacob was on the bus, Matthew and I headed for Greenfield. Once I dropped him off I headed for work. I got the newsletter done and worked on a few other things and left earlier than normal (since I got th... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:39:00 EST January 26, 2016 I wish that my body would win this fight, because I am exhausted! I'll have bursts of energy and will feel fine and then I come crashing down. This afternoon I've been hit with a headache, so it's wiping me out even more. I skipped out on going to the basketball game tonight. Jacob's basketball team is playing during halftime of the HS boys' game. I'm just feeling too tired. I will be in bed early again tonight. The bonus is that I'm not sick, just apparently fighting it! Praying that I... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:36:02 EST January 24 & 25, 2016 Sunday - I woke up tired, but okay for the most part and Matthew was still doing well. Jacob still had a tummy ache and Mike was improving. Overall it was an uneventful day. Church in the morning, football in the afternoon and Praise team practice in the evening. Most of the day I just was drained, so I'm guessing that I'm fighting whatever bug is in the house. I did go to bed before 8:00 last night! Jacob was definitely feeling better in the afternoon and evening because he was all but b... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 18:38:52 EST January 23, 2016 Well, another sick family member. This time Jacob. He woke up with a tummy ache like he had a few weeks ago, but didn't feel sick to his stomach. We stayed home and skipped his game. Mike was feeling better and felt like he should get some things done (even though I told him to rest). I will say that the one thing that I'm glad he got done was replacing the pump in my washer. 6 loads of laundry done today. The only one with an issue was the load before he fixed it. Yay! Of course, he did... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 20:04:46 EST January 22, 2016 Well, today ended up being different than originally planned. We were supposed to go to Winter Jam tonight, but Mike ended up being sick (respiratory flu). I had to convince him to stay home from work. Why are men such babies? Anyway, I didn't sleep all that great last night, so I really didn't want to try and take the boys by myself. I can't stand crowds anyway, but worrying about the boys would ruin it even more. So I told the boys that I would take them out to eat for supper after Jacob... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 21:36:24 EST January 21, 2016 Well, overall it had been a good day. Work went smoothly and then I headed to the Middle School for the Academic Awards assembly. Matthew got Perfect Attendance for 1st semester and made the Exemplary Honor Roll (used to be the "A" honor roll - 3.7-3.99 GPA). So proud of him. The rest of the day was spent at home just trying to get some things done. I got bills ready to pay tomorrow and set up my online payments. I did let Gypsy out so that she could do her exploring and running. Unfortuna... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:33:04 EST January 19 & 20, 2016 Another night of completely forgetting to blog... <BR> <BR> Yesterday was mostly okay. Work went well. My evaluation went well and I did get a raise. The rest of the day I just relaxed trying to fight this cold. Things fell apart when the boys got home. Mike got them a snow-removal job and they got the call because of the snow. Jacob was refusing to go and a lot of yelling and fighting ensued. They finally left and I tried to calm myself down. Unfortunately it led to emotional eating. ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:12:19 EST January 18, 2016 I am so tired tonight... I think that I've managed to pick up another cold. Seriously? Just because I didn't sleep well Saturday night. I just can't win, can I. <BR> <BR> Anyway, today was nice. The boys did have a late start, but there weren't any issues this morning before they left. I then enjoyed the quiet alone time. I got some cleaning and laundry done and did a little bit of reading, plus finished watching the final season of "Revenge". I did go out and give Gypsy some fresh wa... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 20:48:33 EST January 17, 2016 It has been one weird day. First off I woke up at 4:00 a.m. and then couldn't get back to sleep, so I went ahead and got up at 4:30. It was nice because I was able to have a little bit of quiet time before the entire household was up. Mike was up at 5:00 and I got Matthew up shortly after. Jacob got to sleep a little bit longer than the rest of us. We all went about getting ready. Mike and Matthew headed out the door just after 6:00 to head to Greenfield for the Lego Team trip. Matthew's... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:24:26 EST January 16, 2016 I am ready for this day to be over with. I am just in an angry mood and I don't know why. Well, I do know why - until tonight I haven't had hardly any time to myself and I am a mama that needs her recharge time. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the day started with Matthew saying that he didn't feel good, so I stayed home with him while Mike took Jacob to Creston for the Hoop Shoot. 4th place out of 16! Not too bad! Matthew did improve so we all headed to Greenfield. I dropped Mike and Jacob off at th... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 20:39:33 EST January 15, 2016 Another pretty good day. I do have to say that sometimes having the boys home is a good thing when it comes to snacking. There will be days when I just feel like I snack and snack and I think part of it is because nobody is "seeing" what I'm eating - even though I do track everything. My portions are just off. Anyway, with Jacob being home Tuesday and Wednesday and then the boys having today off from school I did better at sticking to one snack and I just had my little treat for after sup... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 21:13:03 EST January 13 & 14, 2016 I realized after I shut down my computer last night that I forgot to blog. <BR> <BR> Jacob ended up staying home again yesterday and I did get him in to see the doctor. He was okay. The doctor figured that it was drainage from his sinuses irritating his stomach (that is what I was thinking), but to keep an eye on it. It's probably just the start of a cold. Anyway, so he ended up missing several things since he stayed home. I felt better about it though, even though it meant another missed... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 19:44:06 EST January 12, 2016 Well, it was a weird Tuesday. I ended up not making it in to work. Jacob woke up saying that his stomach hurt - of course, couldn't exactly explain how it hurt. He didn't have a fever and didn't ever get "sick", but I did end up keeping him home just to play it safe. He's definitely fine tonight, so hopefully tomorrow will be normal. My evaluation has been moved to next Tuesday as the Council President can't make it tomorrow morning. So my day was spent with my boy. He played with his c... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:53:12 EST January 11, 2016 I had a nice relaxing quiet day at home today. I love my Mondays!! I did end up having to pick the boys up and take them to bowling though because Mike had to work late. I kept score for Matthew and would try to watch Jacob a little bit. Jacob had one awesome game - his score was 166! That's his highest yet. Not too bad for a 9-year-old, right? <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was a good day. <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: still no Diet Dew! Other food was fairly good today. Stuck with portions. <BR> ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:35:21 EST January 10, 2016 Well, I said that I would be back and here I am! Today was a pretty good day. Church went well, even though it was a small crowd today. I'm guessing that the extreme cold kept people at home. It was a nice service though. Pastor was gone with the Confirmation students to Youth Quake in Des Moines, so he recorded his sermon again. My afternoon was full of trying to watch football. For some reason channel 13 (NBC) wasn't really coming in very well for us. No sound and a partially scrambled... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 20:57:04 EST January 9, 2016 Saturday was a crazy day! <BR> <BR> The morning was calm, but the afternoon was busy. Jacob had his first basketball game in Redfield, so we piled in the car and headed that way. We did make a stop in Dexter at Drew's Chocolates first. Yummy! We then headed to Redfield for the game. We were early so we watched the end of the girls' game that was be played. I opened up NFL Mobile to check in on the game and Kansas City had already scored! I did watch a little bit off and on when Jacob w... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:54:13 EST January 8, 2016 Okay, I thought that things would be calm tonight with the oldest gone for the weekend. I was wrong. We have 9-year-old drama going on again - and all because of a card game. Good grief.... I just want peace. How ironic that Tenth Avenue North's song "Worn" is on the radio right now. <BR> <BR> Anyway, today went fairly well. I had quite a few errands to run this morning and managed to get everything done and enjoy some time at home. No clutter-fighting today, but did get a load of laun... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 21:33:54 EST January 7, 2016 Tonight it's 9-year-old drama. Just can't catch a break. Whoever says boys are easier are crazy! <BR> <BR> Anyway, overall a good day. Work went okay and I've just been hanging out at home. I did do a little bit of clutter patrol tonight. Not a lot, but a little. <BR> <BR> As for my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 8 of no Diet Dew! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: day 4 of Walk Strong. Today's workout was Barefoot Fusion Sculpt. It uses light weights (I used 3 lbs), but wasn't stre... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 20:47:42 EST January 6, 2016 Well, I was having a good day until everyone got home and the 12-year-old drama began. Good grief. Now I have a headache... <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: no Diet Dew and fairly good with my food. <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: day 3 of Walk Strong - Brain Fitness Fun. I'm skipping yoga because it is just too chaotic right now. <BR> <BR> 3. Personal: did a little bit of cross-stitching. I almost skipped it. <BR> <BR> Another bonus for me today - I started tackling some of the mess... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 21:34:59 EST January 5, 2016 Happy Tuesday! Not a lot happened today - just work this morning and then home for the rest of the day. I did go outside around 3:00 to let Gypsy out and played with her for a little bit. The wind was a bit cold, but I'm just glad that the sun was shining. She is one silly puppy though. I had a sweater that I had originally bought for Toby last winter, but he never really wore them in general, so it had gone unused. I thought I'd see what Gypsy would think. I managed to get it on her and ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 21:20:27 EST January 4, 2016 Today was a pretty good day. The boys went back to school and Mike went back to work, so I had a nice quiet house to "recover" from Christmas break. I did have a few errands to run, so I got those done early so that I would have the time at home to relax. I managed to get a few loads of laundry done and went throw one basket of stuff from the bathroom and got rid of several things. I'm definitely feeling better than I was yesterday, emotion-wise. <BR> <BR> As for my goals: <BR> <BR> 1.... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 21:11:42 EST January 3, 2016 Boy, it's been a rough day. I am definitely ready to get back into the routine of school for the boys and work for the husband. I love my family, but I am ready for a break. My emotions have been up and down, so it's like every little thing has been driving me nuts. I'm just ready for the peace and quiet. <BR> <BR> The headache is finally gone (I think), so that helped. Church went well this morning. Then I get home and Mike had been "cleaning". Now I know that I shouldn't complain abou... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 20:41:17 EST January 2, 2016 Yes, my second blog for today. <BR> <BR> It's been a fairly quiet day. I allowed myself to sleep in, hoping that it would help with the headache. Needless to say, the migraine has held on for another day. I did get my workout in this morning and have pretty much been taking it easy. I managed to get a few loads of laundry done and straightened some things up. My oldest had Lego team practice (their team made it to state again), so I took him in for that and picked him up. <BR> <BR> As f... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 19:47:26 EST January 1, 2016 I meant to blog last night, but we were watching "Empire Strikes Back" and I spaced it out. All in all, the first day of January was a good day, except for waking up with an extreme migraine (which is still in full force). <BR> <BR> I started the day with my workout - didn't go all out because of the headache, but still got a good workout in. The rest of the day my eating was okay, not super, but not horrible. I stayed within calorie range and no Diet Dew. I did get my 15 minutes of cros... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 07:52:37 EST December 30, 2015 Wow! I can't believe how long it has been since I posted last. That's how busy things have been and I really haven't had a lot to say I guess. <BR> <BR> Anyway, all in all 2015 was a pretty good year. I stuck to my exercising, but food has been up and down - isn't that the way it always is? I have decided that I need to make sure to blog so that I'm holding myself accountable to this journey. The one up side is that I'm not really gaining anything, I just keep going up and down a few poun... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 18:47:11 EST May 31, 2015 Wow, I am so glad that this month is over! Just busy, busy, busy. I was done with the piano accompanying on the 17th, so that helped wind things down. Thursday was the boys' last day of school and today was their piano recital. So things are calming. We have a fairly quiet week ahead until the weekend. Matthew will be 12 on the 6th and Jacob will be 9 on the 9th, so we'll be heading into what we call "Birthday weekend!". Saturday we are planning on going to the Connection Music Festiva... Sun, 31 May 2015 19:28:11 EST May 2, 2015 Wow, what a crazy time it has been! Overall April was okay for my goals. The only consistency is that I got my workouts in! <BR> <BR> The last half of April was full of piano playing and that just took time away from other things and then some meal planning went out the window. NV's HS Choir is split into two classes (because there are so many kids and she couldn't fit them all in the room together), so I have had to be there from 10:00-12:30 (note, right over my lunch time). I have enjo... Sat, 2 May 2015 10:45:44 EST April 13, 2015 It's another weird week ahead - Mike is off to Wisconsin for work again and he won't be back until Friday. Yikes! Luckily, it's not a busy activity week for the boys, but it's a busy week for me. Today is fairly calm. Jacob has Cub Scouts after school and Matthew is just going to ride the bus to Greenfield and go to the library to work on his People 2 People project. I will head in to pick them up at 4:30. The plan is to just take them out to eat. <BR> <BR> Tuesday is ridiculous. Jacob... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:20:11 EST April 6, 2015 What a great weekend! Saturday was calm. I got some laundry done and just relaxed around the house. Easter Sunday was wonderful! Awesome church service, great Easter breakfast provided by the Luther League kids and then a great trip to Lamoni. Mom made a wonderful meal (as usual) and of course I ate too much. The up side though is there were a lot of veggies!! And I got to enjoy some angel food cake with strawberries. Yummy! We had a great time visiting. The house was so different wi... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 08:20:26 EST April 4, 2015 Yesterday was a crazy day! The boys had the day off from school for Good Friday, so I had schedule allergist appointments for both Matthew and me. Mike took the day off too, so Jacob stayed home with him and Matthew and I headed for Des Moines. Our appointment went well. We're set for another year! Then Matthew wanted to eat lunch at Cracker Barrel, so that's where we headed. I did stick to my guns and order off of the "Wholesome Fixin's" menu. Boy was it yummy! I had the Apple Cider BB... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 08:36:20 EST April 2, 2015 Well, day one went well. I measured and weighed everything and stuck to my healthy eating. Yay! Today I've gotten plenty of exercise, but my lunch wasn't the healthiest. I met my sister in Greenfield so that I could watch Kinsley while she got her hair cut. So I had her in the stroller and we walked around the square a few times. Felt good to just walk and it's a beautiful day! Then we went out to eat and of course, by that time I was super hungry, so my willpower was low. Oh well, it's ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 15:17:55 EST April 1, 2015 I think my scale and measuring tape played a trick on me this morning. Yikes! I am on track for today. I will make healthy choices. I will measure and weigh everything. I will keep moving! <BR> <BR> It was a bit depressing this morning, but I almost expected it. I've been doing a lot of snacking here and there and just eating, eating, eating. Most of the time I am actually hungry, but I'm not making healthy choices and then I eat until I'm almost too full. <BR> <BR> One NSV right now... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 08:16:41 EST March 31, 2015 Well, it was a crazy month. My grandmother passed away on the 7th and we had her service on the 15th. The boys had spring break and things were just busy. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my goals were so-so. Food was up and down, exercise was great, and the cleaning wasn't as intense as I had planned. But that is okay. It was a rough month. <BR> <BR> So, my April goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: reduce added sugar intake and keep off of the Diet Dew!! (I'm on day 3) <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: Friday I'm ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:49:14 EST March 2, 2015 I realize that it has been quite a while since I blogged. I don't know where the time goes. Or it's just that I have nothing to say. LOL! <BR> <BR> So overall February was just okay. Workouts went well until the end of the month when family illnesses got in the way and then I wasn't feeling well. I was right back on track this morning though! <BR> <BR> So, I'm ready to move on to a new month. I have my workouts planned for the month. I'm mostly following Jessica Smith's 21-Day Walk O... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:48:13 EST January 31, 2015 Well, overall January was mostly successful. Nutrition is the only thing that really needs work. I don't know what it is, but that is where I struggle the most. Maybe it's time to try something new.... As for fitness, the last week had less yoga, but I finished strong with workouts. The scale had dropped in the middle of the month, but ended up back where I started. I'm about ready to give up on the scale and just focus on how I feel. It is frustrating! <BR> <BR> So, my February goals:... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:50:04 EST January 18, 2015 I'm a few days late with my update, but it's been a little busy. <BR> <BR> So far, still doing pretty good on my goals. I'm mixing the workouts up a little, but I'm still trying to make sure that I'm doing at least 15 minutes of yoga each day (with the exception of Sunday - my rest day). Food is mostly okay. As usual, I'll have a few great days and then I'll have a bad day. Luckily, most have been good days and I've been able to keep the snack monster at bay. The only downside is that I... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:52:37 EST January 8, 2015 Well, week 1 of January went mostly okay. Food still needs work - I had a lot of snacky days. The up side? All of my Christmas chocolate is gone! The yoga is going great! I've been trying to do an hour a day. On work days I have to split it up, but it's been working out. I've also been doing a short Wind Down video in the evenings. I think that it has helped me sleep better. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a really nice day with the boys. They were home from school because of the frigid temp... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 08:17:55 EST December 31, 2014 Wow, the last day of 2014! Overall, it's been a weird year. My fitness has kept going strong, it's my food that needs help. For the most part I maintained throughout the year. 2015 will be the year that I make some more little changes to get that scale moving back down. <BR> <BR> Here are my goals for January: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: focus on eating more minimally processed foods (aka eat cleaner) and continue to watch portions (this is my biggest issue). <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: January ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:22:05 EST