NEWMEN2013's SparkPeople Blog NEWMEN2013's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Apr 2 -- Substitute teaching: it's not as easy as it looks! Well, I got up this morning with the 6:30a alarm and ate my nutritious breakfast. I got the kids up and getting ready for school then hit the treadmill. The plan was to do a mile or 2 this a.m. but while I was walking, school called needing me to sub for the first time this year. Since I only had 20 min to get ready, I had to stop at 15 minutes (.77 miles) but I hope to get at least a mile or two w/Leslie Sansone tonight. <BR> The kids today weren't bad for the most part, but there were a ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 17:15:09 EST Mar 29 -- Just because I didn't log it doesn't mean I didn't do it I'm thinking I got a bit of exercise today as we made our way through all of the Indianapolis Zoo. I forgot my pedometer so have no idea how many steps I took, but how can you walk for 4 hours and not get some mileage in???? Unfortunately I have no "real" numbers to report so I didn't log any exercise minutes today. This has really been a bad month for exercise, but I'm hoping as the weather improves that next month will be better. <BR> I've almost made it through the first half of my Deni... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:00:28 EST Mar 26 -- 5 days to Easter and 5" of snow on the ground The weather is warming and we've seen some melting but there's still about 5 or 6 inches of snow on the ground. In some areas, it's over 8 or 9" which is kind of crazy for March. I kind of wish this were a late Easter year because the idea of wearing sweaters and boots for Easter is just not right! <BR> College visits were cancelled because a lot of schools shut down from the winter storm, but we still made it to auditions tonight. My son did pretty well and has callbacks tomorrow night af... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:44:17 EST Mar 22 -- Who knew work could be so fun? I just got in from my first night working as a DSP for my 18 year old son. It was a great night made only greater because I was getting paid to do it! <BR> He had volunteered to usher at our local theater group's production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" so we reported and were given our usher assignments. While there, we found out that Monday and Tuesday they are having auditions for their next production taking place in early May so we made plans for another outing Monday after we do college ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:44:18 EST Mar 12 -- So tired, so busy, constantly on the move This day has been absolutely crazy! How can I possibly go and do all that I have been doing? I must be entering some time warp that allows 28 hrs to each day! <BR> <BR> This is the kind of days I've been having: <BR> 6:30a. Wake the boys and get them off to school. <BR> 7:30a. Get a little laundry and dishes done before I have to face the day. <BR> 8:30a. Leave for hospital / cholesterol screening. <BR> 9:00a. Stop at Pharmacy to pick up my son's script. <BR> 9:30a. Head to the gym to... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:31:30 EST Mar 8 -- One week of training down, another week to go My return to the workforce is well underway. I logged 14 hours for training this week but am thankful that we get tonight off. Last night I had my first test and got a 98%! Next week I have a test on Monday, hope to have Tuesday night off, the will do CPR/First Aide certification and Wed/Thurs and I'll be ready to start as a DSP. William & I have already started talking about some of the activities we want to schedule. It will be nice having the extra income in the house and I can finall... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:13:24 EST Mar 2 -- Haven't done much right today :( Do you ever have one of those days when you just feel "off" and really don't care? That's me today. Actually, that's been me for a few days now. All week long I've been running and chasing my tail trying to get a ton of stuff finished, and I think it's finally caught up with me and I'm just plain tired! I may be at the bottom of my bipolar cycle too and that certainly isn't helping matters. <BR> We had to be up early today to pick up my son's new bed frame. I also got a little shopping d... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 18:41:06 EST Feb 26 -- 1st College Visit (he's growing up fast!) Tonight I took my son to visit a prospective college. They do not offer the course major that he wants, but I'm not sure he can make a living doing what he wants to unless he is willing to move out of state. He is considering Computer Aided Drafting or 3D Design which could be a good fit for his talents. It took everything in me to sit and let him answer questions without my butting in. I'm a control freak and I know it, but he's 18 and I have to accept that he's not a little boy anymore ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:59:26 EST Feb 25 -- Nothing but running, and not the fitness kind As soon as the boys left for school this a.m. I started with my day's tasks. I got a lot done, but sadly not all I wanted to accomplish. <BR> I did get several sets of "dice" made for our Good News groups, and though I didn't get them sealed, they were useable for today's club and the kids had a lot of fun with them. I got to the grocery and picked up almost everything I needed for tonight's Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Bible Study dinner; in fact, we wound up with double our needs on a... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:16:34 EST Feb 24 -- An eventful weekend So much has happened that it's hard to believe it's only been 48 hours. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my son took his written test for his beginner's license. He passed and is now legal to get behind the wheel. He drove for the first time this a.m. chauffeuring me to church. It will take a lot to teach him to drive but I am praying for strength and patience that I can accomplish the task at hand. <BR> <BR> I got a call this weekend that my background check has come through and I start training to... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:01:20 EST Feb 22 -- Ice, ice baby We're blanketed in a layer of ice. The temperature is warming but my car is still coated. My son and I were suppose to visit ITT Tech tonight but I felt the need to call off until the roads clear; wouldn't you know that our road is the worst in the county! Yet despite that, the kids went to school today. No snow days for NW Shelby!!!! <BR> I did a small floor workout with a Coach Nicole video but don't feel like I did it right. Of course, activity is good even if it's less than perfect. ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:39:45 EST Feb 21 -- A rocky couple of weeks I mean to do well with my Spark plan, but lately I feel like I'm failing. Between being sick, crampy, and migrained, I don't seem to be going anywhere. I wanted to push for 6 workouts a week but for two weeks straight the best I can hope for is 5; I know 5 isn't bad but it isn't good enough! <BR> I have had trouble staying motivated. My food choices have been lacking at best and disgusting at worst (Cheetos and Sour Cream/Cheddar Chips???? NOT A GOOD IDEA!!!!!) I usually get my water wit... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:55:19 EST Feb 12 -- Ash Wednesday approaches I converted to Catholicism back in college, but I admit that I'm a really bad (aka laxed) Catholic. In fact, I attend a Christian church regularly. There are aspects of the faith that I think are dead-on (no other faith educates and trains believers more thoroughly, and these are some of the most charitable people I've ever seen) but some parts of the faith I have never bought into (Purgatory??? Don't think so! Confession? questionable at best). <BR> Most Protestants don't observe Lent... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:51:42 EST Feb. 9 -- A moment to relax and unwind, then I'll go workout It seems like for the last several days I've done nothing but go, go, go! School meetings, helping family, church functions, errands, etc....when does it all end? <BR> <BR> This morning we were in town around 10:30a trying to get things done. My eldest took his written test for his beginners (didn't pass but it was a valuable training and I think he'll do fine when he retests next week), dropped off Goodwill donations, stopped at the optometrist to get his glasses adjusted, shopping at Wal... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 14:51:43 EST Feb 2 -- Sleeping off another migraine I went to bed last night with a migraine; it wasn't any better when I woke up this a.m. Hubby was kind enough to fix breakfast but food didn't take care of anything. Around 9 a.m. I gave up and took an injection which, of course, knocked me out. I went back to bed and slept until noon! <BR> I'm feeling a little better now but I still have moments when the pain comes back. There's a lot of tension in my neck, back, and shoulders which doesn't help the headache either. I'm thinking a major... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 14:24:30 EST Feb 1 -- A fresh new month with some improvement goals I can't believe January is already gone and a new month is beginning! Time just flies past the older you get! <BR> January was not a perfect month, but it was a good start to my Spark program. There were a lot of days that I did well with my nutrition and exercise but there were days that were a let down. I didn't always blog/journal as often as I should and there were quite a few days I didn't log my food. The majority of days, I drank 72 oz of water or better though there were a few days... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 11:35:24 EST Jan 28 -- Back to Good News Club & torn about church OK, first of all, I wrote this blog earlier today yet it has mysteriously disappeared so if this should happen to post twice, I won't be surprised! <BR> It's been a crazy busy day today. We had our first day back at Good News Club today and it actually went a little better than I expected. We were short one adult volunteer and we were anticipating a 3rd youth volunteer but everything worked out just fine. A lot of kids are out sick I think but we still had around 75 or 80 there. This is t... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:28:53 EST Jan 25 -- Bye bye Hershey girl :( I sit with tears rolling down my cheeks. The thought of dinner is nauseating, but I'm pretty sure I don't have the flu. The best dog we've ever had has moved on from this life. We were standing there, saying good-bye and reassuring her as the vet took her life. I feel like we betrayed her. <BR> She was in extreme pain and there was nothing they could do. She was going to lose her leg and the doctor didn't think she could adjust, but maybe we should have tried. She could have taken pain ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:11:35 EST Jan 22 -- A few lazy days, but getting back on track I weighed in this a.m. and I'm up about 1 lb. This isn't too big a deal and it's really not a surprise; with the craziness of the long weekend -- the bridal shower, the wedding, the kids home for an extra day with the school holiday-- I didn't do well watching my diet, and I didn't exercise at all. <BR> Today we had a 2 hr delay so I used the extra time to get back on my program. I did 20 minutes on the treadmill, had a healthy breakfast, and logged in to Sparkpeople before the boys left on... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:09:11 EST Jan 19 -- Shower down, wedding to go The shower went pretty well. Steff was very excited about her KitchenAide mixer. She got some really nice gifts and I'm very glad so many family and friends cared enough to come and support her. I know I didn't eat well today; the cake was an unusual treat and I know I ate too much cheese. I actually let myself have a soda and I haven't had near enough water today. There's not much chance I'll get a workout in because I'm really tired tonight and just feel like turning in. The best I ca... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:26:52 EST Jan 18 -- Feels good to stay home for a change I can't remember the last day I didn't have somewhere to run. I had a lot to do here at the house, but was so glad to just stay here! I got about 80% of the church cookbook typed and unless I get some new submissions, I'm done typing. There are some recipes without names that I don't think we should include, and there are a lot of recipes from a few select people who think they should provide 90% of the cookbook all by themselves, so I've decided that I'm not typing their stuff; someone el... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:07:41 EST Jan 17 -- Hard to feel unproductive after 6 hrs of volunteering There isn't a lot to say about today. I love my time at PCC but 6 hours of volunteering plus drive time doesn't allow for a lot to get done. Still, I will never be sorry for the time I spend there. Today an abortion-minded client chose life for her child; what a sense of purpose! <BR> I'm sorry to say that exercise did not make it into my regime but I guess I'm due for a day of rest. Here's hoping I find time for workouts the next 2 days at least. <BR> Did a little shopping but had to kee... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:50:00 EST Jan 16 -- The "IT'S DONE" list I read a Sparkpeople article that said if you make a "to do" list, it can be so overwhelming that you don't have the drive to do even one thing on the list. Instead they recommended making an "it's done" list. At the end of the day, you can look back and be proud of what you've accomplished while not being intimidated by what you missed. <BR> My "IT's DONE" list consisted of a few great things today -- a 1.6 mile walk, a 15 minute walking workout, some housework, and a lot of bill-manageme... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:09:54 EST Jan 15 -- Too much to do, too little time It seems like I'm running in all kinds of directions but not sure I'm getting near enough done. No matter what I give up doing, 3 or 4 more things pop up that I need to do. <BR> My niece just moved her wedding up to this coming weekend so we have less than a week to help plan a wedding and put on a bridal shower; my Mom is out of town until late tomorrow so much of the arrangements fall on me. I've got a cousin getting married in 6 months who wants me to serve as her wedding planner but I'v... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:01:53 EST Jan 14-- Trying to push my way through I'm still reeling from last night, not because the tablet is history and Eric is upset, but because I let myself raise my voice to my children over something so stupid. It's like I set there with words pouring out of my mouth, the whole time thinking 'WHAT ARE YOU DOING, YOU IDIOT? DO YOU HEAR YOURSELF????" I feel so ineffective as a parent, wife, daughter, or friend. It's as if the only person I'm really good at taking care of is me, and the only reason I'm good at that is because I have... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:33:43 EST Jan 13 -- I hate myself I feel like the crappiest mom that ever existed. I don't know if I'm more mad at myself for letting things get to this point of technology addiction with all of us, or because I lose my cool when something stupid happens and I can't make it better. Eric broke his Android tablet. I'm sure he didn't mean to; he loves that more than any other gift he's ever received. I hate that Mom spent that much money for him to use it for 17 days. I don't want him not to have it; I know it brings him jo... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:34:30 EST Jan 12 -- Started off rough but the day is getting better :) When the alarm went off at 4:30am, I was not happy! I had stayed up past midnight and my body does not function well on 4 1/2 hrs sleep! Unfortunately, there wasn't really away around getting up. My oldest had to be in Shelbyville at 6:00am and I still had to press his dress clothes for competition. <BR> My hubby gave me a soothing massage to get me motivated and it felt FABULOUS, although I admit it almost made me want to stay in bed even more! I thought about asking him to drop William ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 13:38:00 EST Jan 11 -- What a day, what a day Sometimes you just feel like you've done everything wrong. Today is one of those days. <BR> I wasted most of my day messing around on the computer, not being productive on it mind you, just goofing around on Facebook and such. I didn't get much done around the house even though the weather was actuallly nice enough for me to have done quite a bit. I ate horribly and didn't track most of what I did eat. I skipped my workout all together. <BR> Now, on top of everything else, it's 11:30p a... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 23:37:58 EST Jan 10 -- Got to stop myself from snacking I've done really well today. I know a lot of the food choices weren't terrific but I stayed within my target range on every category except fiber. <BR> I'm very proud of my accomplishments, particularly because I managed to eat out at lunch (Subway Chipolte Chicken & Cheese) without killing my numbers. Unfortunately, I'm sitting here wishing I had a little "wiggle room" so I could enjoy a Fiber One fudge brownie or even a glass of milk but I know I'll be unhappy when the totals adjust. I... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:03:42 EST Jan 9 -- Think I'll take a nap I got a good night's sleep last night and haven't been too busy today, but I really feel like snoozing. <BR> After dropping the kids at school, spending an hour at prayer circle, then about 45 minutes at Bible study, I just feel like curling up and getting some more rest. Hubby got home earlier than expected and has already turned in so I'm thinking an hour of snuggling would be nice :) <BR> Hoping I can be well rested so that when I do my Walking Fitness group tonight, I'm not too worn out.... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:23:01 EST 6:00am and still haven't been to sleep I know sleep is such an important part of health, but it's a gift I won't see until after the boys leave for school. I'm actually grateful that they are going back today so I can get some rest this afternoon. Came up with another headache this evening and the "medication" (an herbal energy supplement) has kept my engine revving all night. I'm fairly tired now but no point in laying down since the boys have to be up in about 30 minutes. <BR> Last night was definitely not good. I had a meet... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 06:10:53 EST Jan 7 -- A bad night's sleep making for a rough day Last night I totally broke the sleep rules, and I'm paying for it today. <BR> I had every intention of getting to bed by 11:00p. I made sure my youngest had his sleep-aide by 10:15p so he would be down in plenty of time. My oldest was tucked away in his room ignoring us all as he usually does, but safe without a doubt. My husband had turned in around 9p and there was nothing good on TV to keep me up all night. <BR> Then I made my mistake -- I picked up the telephone. I love my father-in... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:23:40 EST Jan 6 -- Nothing like a day in God's house The boys and I made it to Sunday school as well as worship service this a.m. I did let them cut out during the closing song because their dad got there to pick them up before we were done (I was staying after for an advisory counsel meeting). Admittedly, I didn't time everything well this morning and had to scarf down dry cereal while we were reading Genesis 50, but breakfast didn't get totally neglected. <BR> After service and the meeting, I had a chance for a great lunch -- grilled chicke... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 14:10:23 EST Jan 5 -- I feel like vegging out today I should have gone to church this a.m. to help take down the Christmas decorations, but I woke up late and honestly didn't feel like getting out. Ate some leftover tortellini for breakfast (ok, not a breakfast food but chocked FULL of veggies and truly yummy even the morning after!) and plopped down to relax. <BR> I decided to invest a little time in reading so settled in with "You're Already Amazing" by Holly Gerth. I can tell this is going to be a valuable read but I really want to restri... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:53:43 EST Jan 4 -- MIGRAINE!!! I didn't need this Though I got to bed by 11p (my goal) and I had a fantastic day yesterday with my nutritional goals, this morning was NOT a good start. Just before my husband got up for work at 2am, I woke with my entire right side throbbing! My head and neck felt like they were going to explode! Oh joy, a migraine.... <BR> I've had an Imitrix injection and 2 doses of ibuprofen so far. I suspect I'll be on meds most of the day. Watching my food will be critical today, even moreso than usual. I really co... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:08:03 EST Jan 3 -- Getting back into the routine My oldest son went back to school this morning, but he only has 1/2 days until the 8th. My younger son will go back on the 8th when full days are in effect. It's amazing how quickly we have gotten off schedule over this break -- so much so that I forgot what time school was suppose to start this a.m.! I drove William to the high school to catch the Vocational School bus and no one was there. My first thought was that I had read the schedule wrong and that they didn't start back until tomo... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 09:53:00 EST Jan 2 -- Busy, busy, busy I wanted to start the year with a renewed commitment to my faith, so I set out for Prayer Circle at the local Baptist Church as well as Bible study at my home Christian Church. Unfortunately, both were cancelled (probably due to weather, holiday, and/or sickness). I love spending time with the women in both of these groups and it helps me maintain my commitment and involvement to both my old church and my current one, so I really hope that next week things come together. <BR> I doubt I'll e... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:57:57 EST Jan 1 -- New Year, new start Like so many, I'm starting the new year with a goal to lose weight. I know I can do it but I've just got to commit. <BR> There are many other things I need to commit to if I want my life to be all I am hoping for...better housekeeping, more prayer and Bible study, less computer time, etc. I'm not setting formal "resolutions" because I know those only last about 2 weeks for me. I AM committing to doing better this year than I did last year, and that's the best I can do right now. <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:15:35 EST