NARNIAROSE2003's SparkPeople Blog NARNIAROSE2003's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Finding the Music Again! Some time ago, I had a falling out with my band in Raleigh. So it's been awhile since I was playing and singing regularly. That is without a doubt my biggest love - and I miss it. So I placed an ad on Craigslist to find new friends in the music scene in New Bern. Got quite a few responses and I'm going Sunday to check on of them out! Will let you know how it goes. <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:44:51 EST Exciting News! My son called me a little bit ago - he had called me three times, but I didn't have the phone on. "MOM, I've been trying to call you! Did you get the picture?" I looked at my phone and saw a text from my daughter-in-law. It had a picture of TWO pregnancy tests and they were POSITIVE! I'm going to be a Grandmother again! This is their first child so he is ecstatic. He is going to be 28 in June so his biological clock has been a-ticking! LOL. Very happy news. I was also the first one ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:14:13 EST Manic Monday SO MUCH going on at work right now, but I'm going with the flow. Continuing my healthy habits because I know when life gets hectic, the worst thing I can do is fall off the wagon. There was cake, chocolates and a cupcake just for me (late birthday present from my employer) and I didn't eat ANY of it. I even rode home with the cupcake (took it to my boyfriend) and didn't touch it. GO ME! <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:22:15 EST Cooking Up Some Stuff! Did some chores. Enjoyed the beautiful sunshine outside with a cup of coffee, my puppies, and some binoculars so I could watch the birds. Boiled eggs and packed stuff for healthy lunches this week. Going to cook flounder for dinner - fried in panko for Gary and sauteed for me. Will also make some fresh spinach and spaghetti squash. I have never cooked spaghetti squash but found a recipe in Sparkrecipes to bake it in the oven with Garlic and Olive Oil: <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeop... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 14:39:18 EST A Good Reminder <img src=""> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 19:08:25 EST Long Hours Worked about 10 hours today. Tired but content with the work I did this week. Not going to do anything I don't have to this weekend. Looking forward to spending some time with my love. Hope everyone has a great weekend! Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:00:26 EST Double the Fun! So I got an email from the iFit people today and they are going to send me a new one! So I'm going to wear both the iFit and my Spark tracker - see if they are measuring the same. Worked late today and have to work late tomorrow, but it's so good to be back doing work with families. I am enjoying my job and starting to relax a little - getting over my PTSD from the last job. It's a good feeling! <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 20:30:47 EST SparkFit! So I decided to go ahead and order a SparkFit regardless of what happened with my iFit. I think they are going to replace it - so this way I will always have a back up if one of them gets sick again or needs charging. Here's to healthy planning! <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 19:58:51 EST iFit is Sick.... I haven't been able to wear my iFit for the last few days. That totally sucks since I've worn it every day this year. *sigh* I have contacted tech support and I hope they can fix it. If not, I think I'm going to get the SparkFit. It would be nice to have something that syncs with the website. <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 19:59:18 EST Confession.... OK....I cheated. I broke down and stepped on the scale. The good news is... it was good news. BUT I'm going to try my best not to peak again before April 30. On to healthy living! <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 20:20:41 EST Feeling Content Quiet and happy day. Went for a drive towards Oriental. I so love being near water all the time now. Then to New Bern to have soft shell crab for lunch. Came home and made ham and sweet potatoes for dinner with deviled eggs. Also made a carrot cake and going to eat a small piece in a bit. Beautiful weather. Couldn't ask for more. Happy Easter all! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 19:18:47 EST Happy Easter! Spent the day unpacking some boxes and putting family pictures into frames. Just the way I wanted to. Happy Easter everyone! <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:22:07 EST Waiting to Weigh. I decided that the scale was getting too much attention from me. I was more worried about what I WASN'T doing and what the scale WASN'T doing, than focusing on what I AM doing. I AM making good nutrition choices. I AM moving when I can and doing exercise regularly. I AM doing my Sparkpoints. I AM planning for future and my fitness goals are always first and foremost. I AM a success story already, even if I never lose another pound. EVEN IF I NEVER LOSE ANOTHER POUND. So scale, I'll se... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 16:49:10 EST Cha Cha Y'all! I love my Sparkfriends - thanks to PJ and Cruisegal for your ongoing support and for "dancing" this dance with me! I love the "Cha Cha" thing that PJ shared - two steps forward, 1 step back...but just keep on dancing, right? <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:07:33 EST Shot a Blaze of Glory <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yeah - 7 day exercise streak, 30 day login streak...and on Friday I got shot down.... <BR> <BR> But it's ok! Because I'm up again. Not going to dwell. I think it was a combination of fatigue and hormones. Those will come and go. It's what I do the majority of the time that is the deciding factor...and..... <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:28:59 EST Day 7 and 10,000+ steps! It has always been so hard for me to do the everyday exercise during the work week. Just too easy to "talk myself out of it" on the way home. Well, making the commitment to do 30 minutes and continuing to say it out loud is keeping me on track. Day 7 under my belt! So glad tomorrow is Friday. <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:32:58 EST Busy Night, Priorities Right On the way home, I was stressing in my brain about doing my walk. Nipped it in the bud and went straight for my tennis shoes and the doggie leashes and got it done. After, I intended to do some work to get caught up for tomorrow, but my son called and really needed to talk. An hour later, I decided that doing my Sparkpoints was more important - all work and no play, right? There's a lot of sense in that simple saying. <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:26:46 EST Staying the Course I got a 5-day streak going today, despite the cold that is trying it's best to get me down. Going to bed early tonight. <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:38:59 EST The Best Laid Plans.... ...will get you where you need to go! I HAD thought that this would be the title of my blog because I was NOT going to meet my goals for the day. Well, I DID! The day at work was incredibly busy and I am fighting off a cold. I didn't get to take a lunch hour and on the way home, I begin to think, "I need to do work tonight to stay caught up... I can't possibly fit in exercise...I am getting sick....blah blah blah." Then I thought, "You made a commitment to yourself. It's ONLY 30 minutes.... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:21:19 EST Saying it out Loud One of the key things for me in staying accountable is making sure that I "say out loud" to as many people as I can, that I am committed to making healthy choices. That way I know they are watching to see if what I do and what I say go together. I also love the added bonus that many people seem to get motivated and inspired to make their own changes - makes me feel good to hear them say that. My current "out loud" message is that I am trying to reinstate my everyday practice of 30 minutes ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:58:13 EST Sunshine and Shopping! Took off from the house at 7:00 AM. Drove up Hwy. 55 toward Oriental, NC - and there isn't much happening that way as far as cool treasure-hunting stores. So we had breakfast at a local restaurant and headed back toward New Bern. Went to my favorite furniture store (Samantha's!) and the antique mall. Found some lovely Cape Cod water goblets in peacock blue for my dining room! May have found some end tables and a coffee table for the living room but not sure yet. Took the doggies for a wa... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:35:29 EST Friday! Had a great week. Yesterday, for the first time since January 5th, I forgot my iFit!! OMG - I felt so bad. It was like leaving a friend behind. But I still kept my healthy habits. My son (who also struggles with eating issues, although he is in denial) is visiting and I actually got him to do a 30 minute walk with me and the doggies - beautiful weather this afternoon after the rain poured all morning. Supposed to be sunny tomorrow - and we're going treasure-hunting! Looking forward to s... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:22:58 EST Fitness and Food Blog? Oh, yeah.... I've been so caught up in other things, I totally forgot that I'm really supposed to be talking about my fitness and healthy lifestyle habits here. The good news is that I have thus far this year, pretty much consistently stuck with my goals. I have worn my iFit every day and counted my steps, been making healthy eating choices, doing the "little things" (parking farthest away, drinking my water, etc.) for the ENTIRE YEAR. Feeling pretty darn good about that too! I was worrying about the ... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:37:37 EST Happy Birthday, Gary! Today is my sweetie's birthday! Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:51:13 EST Beautiful Day Today Tomorrow is my boyfriend's birthday, so we basically celebrated today since I have work tomorrow. We went for a drive down to the beach and did some thrift store shopping along the way. Found some neat things for the house, had lunch, and really enjoyed the sunshine! I cannot WAIT for it to get warm again permanently. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:28:57 EST An Inspiring Week! I'm back from the convention I attended this week for my new job. Really tired! But will share much more with you tomorrow. There were so many moments that not only inspired me for my job, but also for my personal journey. Pics and more to come! Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:05:46 EST Such a Beautiful Day! The weather today was GLORIOUS. I still spent all day cleaning and unpacking boxes, but I had the windows open and sat out in the sunshine with the doggies while taking breaks. Got the office/craft/music room mostly done so that feels good. Exceeded my 10,000 steps again, too! This week I have two days in the office and then I go to RALEIGH (who'd a thunk it?) for a conference for three days - LOL. Looking forward to that. We are having a formal affair on Thursday night to honor a lady ... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 20:04:19 EST Another Busy Saturday Didn't get it all done yet. *sigh* But I think my expectations are unrealistic. I spent all day cleaning bins in the garage, sorting, stacking and moving stuff around again. Got in WAY over my steps goal (16,000+) and feeling really tired. Tomorrow I hope to get the office in order and get a couple of pictures hung. Tonight we get to sleep in the new king size bed! <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:18:29 EST Glad It's Friday! Going to continue the quest to unpack the rest of the boxes and get some art on the walls. I hate blank walls! Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:27:05 EST Ice.... again. Oh, well. At least it's going to be Friday and I'm going to be close by at a conference. Hope everyone has a fun weekend planned! Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:41:57 EST Back to Work Tomorrow! So the last three days I have exceeded my 10,000 daily steps AND had tons of exercise due to all the moving and cleaning. Feeling very accomplished. It's not all done yet, but at least things are relatively organized. Just have several boxes that still need unpacking and placing AND I can't wait to put up pictures and wall art. I will take pics when I'm all through decorating! Back to work tomorrow... <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:20:48 EST EXHAUSTED... ...but we're here! Some of the furniture has been delivered, some boxes unpacked. Kitchen is in order. Working on clothes and bathrooms. Still waiting on our bedroom mattress to be delivered, so we are sleeping on the guest bed. LOVE THE NEW HOUSE. Can't wait until all has been done. I have tomorrow to work some more on the house, then back to work on Wednesday. No more energy to write more now.... <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 20:18:15 EST MOVING DAY TOMORROW! So I know now I'll have to come up with a better strategy should I travel again. I packed my workout clothes, packed food for lunches for work, and basically had it all planned out. What I DIDN'T plan for, was for work to be cancelled due to weather and to be stuck in the hotel room BORED out of my skull. I kept saying to myself, "go exercise." But the weather made me depressed and it was too easy to give in to old habits. Epic fail. I did finally get to start work on Thursday at 11:00 ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:16:23 EST The Truth Read a member's blog about how LONG this journey can be. She said it like this - "We don't do this UNTIL, we don this FOREVER." I love that - and that is the truth, the whole truth, and NOTHING BUT the truth. It's A LIFESTYLE, so there is not stopping and on the days when we don't work as hard or eat as well, it's OK. There's always the next minute to make the RIGHT CHOICE. <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:30:33 EST My New House and Some of the Furniture case you're interested. So excited about our move! Thought I'd share some pics of the new house and furniture we've bought (so far). The house is right on the golf course and within walking distance to the marina. Picture these as the "before" because we plan to do some updating. We plan to replace the carpet (although it's new) in the LR, DR and kitchen with laminate flooring. Doing the master bedroom in "beach chic", the guest BR in Asian (with the red chest you see below as the focal point), doing the kitche... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:34:19 EST 53 and Feeling Fabulous! I used to say "life begins at 40" because it was in my 40's that I really started thinking about ME - what I wanted, what made ME happy, what I wanted to with MY life, etc. Your kids are getting older, you may be rethinking relationship decisions you made when you were young (and stupid). But then I turned 50 - and it's been even better! I have done more in the last 3 years to REALLY love myself and think about the choices I make - and MAKE choices without fear. LEAP - AND THE NET WILL AP... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:01:28 EST Friday and Ready to Party! Been working SO HARD this week. Got another 10,000+ steps today packing more stuff for the move. SO tonight we are going out to see some friends' band play, have dinner with some other friends and generally just CELEBRATE - the new job, the move, my birthday which is tomorrow, and saying farewell to our friends. Can't wait! <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:11:28 EST Awesome News! Thanks for the Mojo! So yesterday we heard from our realtor. We had sent a list of about 7 items that had to be fixed on the new house or we were going to have to abandon that deal and try to find a rental by March 1. We were so afraid the homeowner was going to say NO outright. Well, not only did they not say NO - they didn't even counter! They agreed to fix everything on our list! New Bern move on March 1 is all systems go!!! Woo hoo!! Thanks for all the prayers, mojo, candles lit, etc. So excited! <BR... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:17:52 EST Back to the Arctic Attic! Going to burn some more serious calories today (hopefully) finishing up the packing. Have some SERIOUS stress going on that I need to share. As I've shared before, I am in the process of selling my house. We are in the process of buying a house that we are supposed to be moving into on March 1. I also start my new job next week, so I have to stay in a hotel for the week while we wait for the house to get ready. SO - the appraiser was at our new house on Monday and found some things that ... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:41:38 EST Snow and Ice.... ..yuk. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:29:39 EST Trip to the Arctic....I mean Attic! Working my butt off today - up and downstairs to the basement; up and down stairs to the freezing attic; lifting and moving heavy boxes, cleaning and purging. Burning up those calories left and right. Yeah, baby! Making a few bucks selling stuff on Craigslist, too! Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:52:45 EST OK - Time to (Wo)man Up Again! Been letting busyness and stress sway me from my exercise. Have had a few glitches on what I eat, but overall have still stayed the course in that respect. But I HAVE to exercise, because if I don't I get down, I can't cope, I get bitchy, I am NOT AS HAPPY. I have EVERY REASON TO BE HAPPY RIGHT NOW, so letting something that I CAN CONTROL control me and steal my happiness? I think not. Thank the gods tomorrow I HAVE to get my big ole butt up in the attic and work on more packing and purg... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:34:01 EST Bought Furniture! Made a huge dent in what we will need. Now worn out and ready to veg. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 20:44:59 EST It Is Finished! My Team gave me a nice send off with lunch out and some gifts and cards. I will certainly miss them, but not that job. For the next 10 days, life will be about furniture shopping, getting services transferred, making plans, and having some fun! We're going down to New Bern tomorrow to furniture shop. Sunday home to rest and pack some more. Monday back to New Bern to meet the appraiser at the new house and measure for floors, curtains, appliances, etc. I already have a reservation at a ho... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:49:11 EST Tired, but I want to share.. ....and I will, when life slows down. Tomorrow is the LAST DAY at the hellish job I've had for over 10 months. I am so grateful for what is ahead for me. So grateful. <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:40:09 EST Homeowner's, Flood, Wind and Hail Insurance... Oh, My! Holy cow. The one "little" thing that the realtor failed to mention? The wind and hal insurance! It's RIDICULOUS! Totally the stress maker of the day....*sigh* Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:10:49 EST Moving is Exciting...and STRESSFUL. Already feeling the stress - SO MUCH to think about and get done. I'm in the process of winding down my job with a week in between before I start my new job. I'm also in the process of selling my townhouse. Gary is in the process of buying our new house and all that goes with it. We are pretty much selling all of our furniture and are excited about buying new stuff - but we have to get the floors done first. SO MUCH TO COORDINATE. Messing up my routine but I'm going to do my best not to... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:52:36 EST Listening to the Body... and Using the Lessons Learned So I REALLY pushed it physically this weekend - but still got up this morning and went to the gym. Proud of that, but by 10 am I was feeling EXHAUSTED. So came home from the office early and I think I need to give my body a break tomorrow. Today is also one of those days when Gary is at hospice and my old mind thinks, "Hmmm.....I could eat anything I want!" I know that feeling well. It starts with legitimate hunger - and in the past I would eat frantically until I was pretty much sick. ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 19:03:35 EST Feels So Good - You Want to Do It Again! OK...get your mind out of the gutter. Well, that is good...but... WAIT. I was talking about EXERCISE!! I did 6 hours of heavy cleaning yesterday resulting in over 10,000 steps going from the attic to the basement. I had decided that today would be TOTAL REST day. But as soon as I woke up, back down to the basement I went - and before I knew it, I was doing laundry. Then we took the dogs for a short walk. THEN I decided it is such a beautiful day, I'd drive over to Shelley Lake and do a... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 16:46:38 EST Lucky, Lucky Day! First awesome thing? Found out that not only do I finally NOT owe the IRS any taxes, I am getting a big fat refund in the next few days! <BR> <BR> Second awesome thing? WE GOT A HOUSE! Made an offer yesterday and they accepted. They are even going to let us move in a couple of weeks early if the loan hasn't fully closed yet, because I start my new job on February 23rd. <BR> <BR> Third awesome thing? I GOT 10,000 steps in today! Love it when my iFit beeps and says, "Goal Achieved!" W... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 19:52:56 EST