NURSEMOMTOTHREE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NURSEMOMTOTHREE NURSEMOMTOTHREE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Perfect.... is never going to happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596850 I could have titled this "Perfect AIN'T gonna happen". I often use the word ain't when I'm making emphasis. When the topic of discussion is beyond the realm of ever happening (at least in my little world). <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was thinking this morning about what I want, and realized I wanted things to be perfect. Perfect, whatever I imagined that to be...goal weight, strong body, healthy diet, clean house, stress free day at work. And I want everything perfect at the same time. But, it's ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:28:10 EST 6 years on Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809037 I was looking around on my Sparkpage and realized something. <BR> <BR> In June, I will have been on Sparkpeople for 6 years........and I weigh more now than when I started. I at one point was below my goal weight, but stopped doing everything I knew and gained it all back and more. <BR> <BR> Life happens, and sometimes it stinks. I can start new, I've started before, but can't find the same momentum that I had before. <BR> <BR> Here is my plan. <BR> 1) Go through fridge, stock with he... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:04:40 EST Stress Busting Challenge Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4663585 I just joined Sparkpeople's official Stress Busting Challenge. <BR> <BR> One of the things they suggest is to blog about what stresses you. I could go on and on. <BR> <BR> 1) Work - First let me say that I won't be blogging here about work. I am a nurse in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With the internet available, it would be my luck to blog about something going on and someone, somewhere would read, recognize and report it. Therefore, I'd lose my job ( or at least get a wri... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 09:33:47 EST No longer full time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3214181 Well, my orientation period at my new job is officially over. Today, I am scheduled to work but due to low census was placed "on call". That means at any given time between the hours of 7am and 7pm, work can call me and I'm required to be there in 45 minutes. It's a 30 minute drive, so that leaves 15 minutes to take care of necessities before leaving. I decided that I must work out, and could do that. If work called, I'd stop what I was doing, take a quick shower and be on the road in 1... Mon, 10 May 2010 12:03:55 EST Ho Hum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3083001 I'm feeling very blah lately. Not just lately, but for a long time. I've thought a lot about how I would write a blog post, or what I would say. I've just not had a desire to do it. I've not had a desire to be healthy, I've got no motivation..... <BR> <BR> That's not true. I do have motivation. I'll be taking a camping trip this June to several state parks and I want to be in good shape to hike ( that means losing some pounds and strengthening those muscles). Also, my new job has an aw... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 14:40:59 EST The start of a new year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2674688 I've done something that I don't think I have EVER done before. I rang in the new year with a stomach virus. I'm absolutely certain that I'm starting 2010 with a weight loss! LOL. Not the kind of weight loss I would enjoy with all the wonderful food sitting around me and I toast at midnight with a glass of Gatorade. I only made it to midnight because I napped from 8:30-10:00pm. <BR> <BR> I have high hopes for 2010. I want to get back on track with my health, get my home organized, and... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 09:43:27 EST First exercise in a long time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2609155 Well, since I can hardly find time to exercise, it would make sense that I can hardly find time to blog about it either. <BR> <BR> This past Sunday, my family and I ventured out to a new park we found. It has an 11 mile paved trail. We rode bikes, and it was a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> <link>www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/ar<BR>eas/lh-flatwoods.html </link> <BR> <BR> I hope that I can continue to exercise. Right now I'm forcing myself....I hope to enjoy it soon. <BR> <BR> ETA: If... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 07:15:16 EST October: New Month, New Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2443302 October is here, and time is passing me by whether I lose weight or not. <BR> <BR> I think I've got a new attitude. For the past 2 days I've had 8 glasses of water. and it wasn't a big deal to drink it. So, is this a new attitude? I need to BELIEVE it is. It's the old, "fake it 'til you make it" philosophy. I don't know how long it will last, I don't know how close it will get me to my goal. But I've got to believe something in my mindset has changed and build on it every day. Thu, 1 Oct 2009 07:21:17 EST I'm just not into it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2425424 I'm really gonna have to think long and hard about why I'm not into the healthy lifestyle anymore. I lifted weights this morning...for 12 minutes. and I. was. done. <BR> <BR> I just didn't want to continue. Where has my desire gone? My motivation? I can't find them. <BR> <BR> tips anyone? Thu, 24 Sep 2009 10:27:15 EST After the fact doesn't help...I'm a paper person anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2351324 I used to just LOVE to input my daily food into the SP tracker, but it's not working for me anymore. It was fun entering data and seeing the numbers pop up. But it's not helpful if it doesn't stop me from eating the bad stuff in the first place. <BR> <BR> I just had an experience where I got emotional over something and I grabbed a bag of cookies and started eating: no nutritional value, no portion control, possible stomach ache coming my way. And most of all, the situation that made me g... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 13:30:40 EST Tampa: The new vacation destination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2329026 Our second set of house guests left for the airport this morning. And we've only lived in this home for 2 months. I was told by different people that when I move to Florida we'll have lots of people visiting. So far, we're not proving them wrong. <BR> <BR> I've realized many things happen when we have guests staying in our home. <BR> <BR> 1) I throw all routine out the window - bedtime, wake up time, laundry, dishes, cooking <BR> <BR> 2) My healthy lifestyle takes a big back seat - I ... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 13:57:07 EST update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2314593 Well, I thought I was back in the game, but apparently I'm not. <BR> <BR> I had several days where I drank all my water and ate all the right foods. I was feeling really good about things. Then something happened. I think it's called life. In a perfect world where I was maintaining my weight, these life events wouldn't have mattered much. But, when I'm trying to lose weight, every little thing that distracts me is affecting my ability to drop pounds. <BR> <BR> I remember several year... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 07:56:36 EST Totally Frustrated and emotionally spent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2287018 Bear with me through this blog. Earlier today, when I was angry and frustrated, I had every word of this blog in my head. As I drove home and the anger turned into a full blown temper tantrum involving screaming and sobbing...I was left emotionally spent and the words sort of left me. Or the words didn't seem important any more, or my desire to blog went away and my desire to sleep took over. (haven't had a nap yet) <BR> <BR> Let me explain. <BR> <BR> Today I had my second and last visit... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 14:03:19 EST Tour de Seven Oaks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2229463 I just got back from an awesome bicycle ride. It went around our sub division called "Seven Oaks". It started out as a ride to the elementary school just to see how long it would take (10 minutes was the result, we live to close to ride the bus, so we're considering riding bikes to school). When we realized it was only 10 minutes, we decided to hop on the path that goes along the outside of the development. By the time we made it all the way around and back to our house it was 50 minute... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 21:13:57 EST Plan the work...work the plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2224382 I believe there is a saying like this. I don't know who originated it, but I like it. It says a lot. <BR> <BR> When you really examine things, nothing can be accomplished without a little planning. If left to "it will happen on it's own" it usually doesn't. Having good intentions doesn't get the job done unless you plan out how to execute those good intentions. <BR> <BR> My daughter has to plan her course work over the next 4 years to make sure she'll meet the high school grad. requirem... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 09:15:28 EST To have RA or not...that is the question. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2191466 I've lived in Florida for 2 weeks and have had 4 medical visits, 1 abdominal ultrasound and 1 mammogram. I went yesterday to my primary NP to get results and walked out more confused than ever. <BR> <BR> First, no one can tell why my liver enzymes were elevated (and they still are). This is so frustrating when your body doesn't respond the way it should. <BR> <BR> Secondly, my thyroid levels were a little off. They weren't out of the normal range, but not lined up with each other like th... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 07:45:28 EST My Dearest Chocolate (a dear John letter) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2047278 My Dearest Chocolate, <BR> <BR> We've known each other forever, but it's time to say good bye. What you did to me last night was unbearable. Don't try to blame it on my other friends (healthy food). It was you, and I know it. To awaken me at midnight with such horrible heartburn was unforgivable. It hurt really bad, and I had to take medicine. I know that it's time to go our separate ways. We've grown apart. You used to love me, but now you hurt me. Go find some other unsuspecting... Sat, 9 May 2009 09:48:39 EST Light at the end of the tunnel (we have a contract on the house) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2000581 It's been 8 1/2 long months since DH took off to Florida. Sometimes it seems like years, sometimes weeks. We have a contract on the house and made an offer on one in FL. I have tons of things to do, but am trying to eat healthy. This week was filled with doctors appts. for me and the kids (total 4) AND dentist appts. for me and the kids (total 4). Add to that scheduling things to be done for inspection repairs. Busy, busy busy. <BR> <BR> Great news to share about my liver enzymes. the... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 18:23:35 EST The end of methotrexate for me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1952036 I don't have the exact numbers, (believe me, I'll get them) but I was informed today by my doctor that the liver enzymes are still elevated...so stop the MTX. That is the only RA drug I am on, so I hope the pain doesn't get too bad. <BR> <BR> I leave on Friday for Florida, stay for 10 days, have blood work drawn again on the 11th day, and have an appointment with the doctor on the 12th day. <BR> <BR> I was on Doxycycline (for Rosacea) which was stopped on March 16th. Hopefully the l... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 14:50:34 EST Slipped through my fingers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1937475 14 months ago I was at my goal weight, below my goal weight actually. I worked hard to get there. I exercised most every day, ate healthy , drank my water and got enough sleep. I made my health a priority. <BR> <BR> You know the rest of the story. It's happened to many people. I allowed life to get in the way, went back to my old lifestyle and gained the weight back. I did it again just a few weeks ago. I had lost 2 pounds and then started eating Easter candy, so I gained it back. ... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 16:39:49 EST How am I stressed? Let me count the ways. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1885141 1) We're technically in contract negotiations on the house - it was a lowball offer, and I hate the waiting for news. <BR> <BR> 2) Our dog has done three unprovoked bites ( to our children) in 3 months - so I'm waiting on the vet to call me back and discuss options. <BR> <BR> 3) My liver enzymes were not any better when we checked last week - as a matter of fact, they were worse. More changes of my meds and not knowing how things will turn out . <BR> <BR> 4) My dermatologist stopped m... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 18:12:12 EST Are Wii Fit yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1725311 Get it? Are Wii Fit yet, is really Are We Fit yet? okay, so it's only funny if you've got a stomach ache like me. <BR> <BR> I felt okay this morning, but had some digestive issues that followed me through out the day. <BR> I was already dressed to work out, so I did the Wii Fit. It's only my second time on the thing, and it's fun. However, I don't know that I'll shed massive pounds with it. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else use it? Got any great ideas for calorie burners other than the g... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 17:29:43 EST Need....Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1576963 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/5/b256847635.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need to start drinking my water. I just need to. Think Nike, Rebecca....Just Do It. <BR> <BR> I've never been a big liquid person. I'd open a 12 ounce can of diet coke and drink 3 ounces of it. And that would be my liquid for a day. I'm not trying to replace other beverages with water. I'm trying to add beverages. Period. <BR> <BR> I can no longer deny that I'm not drinking. With winter in full swing ( earl... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 10:43:40 EST Gotta Get My Groove Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1558425 Recently I've noticed that things are just blah around here. I'm apathetic about so many things, but "with it" enough to be overwhelmed about the things I'm procrastinating on. <BR> <BR> * Health (exercise, or lack thereof, and good food choices) <BR> * Home (nobody's gonna buy the house anyway, do I really need to clean?) <BR> <BR> It seems like it's all or nothing for me. I'm either putting all I have into being healthy, or nothing at all. I don't know why, I just know it's gonna ... Mon, 10 Nov 2008 11:42:46 EST Personal goal for RA challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1552460 I've joined the Healthy Holiday Challenge for my RA team. This runs from Nov. 3 - the end of Jan. I'm hoping it will keep me on track and prevent me from gaining weight over the holidays. Heck, I may even lose weight. <BR> <BR> Anyway, one of the categories we track is a "personal goal" so to speak. It's different for everyone, and I wanted to explain what I chose. <BR> <BR> My choice was to monitor "treats/dessert" because that is my downfall. When I was doing well on Spark, I would a... Thu, 6 Nov 2008 13:08:47 EST Yogalaties, or Payoga - Take your pick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1521985 Today, I had planned on doing a workout. I really did. By the time I got up at 6am, got 3 kids off to school, and got the house in a semi state of order for that all important showing that may come through - then the phone calls started coming in. First my brother, who had laid into the staff at the nursing home - and rightfully so, their care was sloppy and unacceptable...second phone call was my dad - upset and crying that the episode had taken place and he was unable to help. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 20 Oct 2008 11:29:13 EST I'm determined http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1517277 It's half way through October, and I'm not doing well in reaching toward my goal. I'm so busy dealing with 1) kids 2) parental issues in the nursing home - care of mom and wanting to send dad home too early - this took me 3 hours on the phone yesterday 3) keeping the house clean for showings. By the time 7pm rolls around, I'm tired enough to go to bed. Plus, I had 2 doctor's appointments and one didn't turn out the way I wanted. I had wanted meds to be decreased, but instead it stayed,... Fri, 17 Oct 2008 10:17:35 EST Things going a little better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1500272 Today has been a good day. It was perfect fall weather with the sun shining and cooler temps. Today is also my son's 9th birthday. Since he's the youngest, we only have one more year before they're all in the "double digits" . We'll celebrate with a big cookie tonight, then again with a cake when his dad is in this weekend. <BR> <BR> Today, my step mom was moved to the nursing home to be with Dad. She's been confused for several days and they're having trouble controlling her blood s... Tue, 7 Oct 2008 18:15:30 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1488804 My October goals are very simple....to get back to the basics. Things that used to come so easily to me have not been in my grasp for many months....and it's time to get them back. <BR> <BR> 1) 8 glasses of water a day. Now, I've never been a 10-12 glass person, but I could at least do 8 ! I don't even want to know how long it's been since I got those 5 easy spark points for drinking water. <BR> <BR> 2) 5 Fruits/Veggies a day. Again, something that used to be second nature is now r... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 10:09:11 EST Update: Life comes at you... fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1480244 I'm trying to get back on the Spark Wagon, and it's hard. I've thought a lot about how to write this blog, and nothing seems appropriate to me. <BR> <BR> Due to the very public nature of this blog, I just want to say that life can change in a moment. My parents were involved in an accident that will change their lives forever. <BR> <BR> How does this relate to spark? <BR> <BR> Emotional eating is at an all time high at my house. I'm out of the habit of exercising, and don't want to... Fri, 26 Sep 2008 10:17:26 EST " I've Slept Since Then..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1446018 Have you ever said the phrase, " I've slept since then"? Perhaps when you are reminded of something you forgot? Oh - I don't remember because I've slept since then. <BR> <BR> Well, I've come up with a list of things that I forget when I sleep. <BR> <BR> * Fast Food taste horrible <BR> * I feel better when I drink at least 6 glasses of water a day <BR> * If I plan my meals, it's not hard to get in 5 fruits and veggies <BR> * I like the way I feel after exercise <BR> * My mood is lifted if... Sun, 7 Sep 2008 18:05:31 EST Good swim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1443346 Today I swam 30 minutes. It was good, I didn't rest but twice, and I enjoyed it. I'm anxious to go 3 times next week. <BR> <BR> I have had some sad times lately. My daughter's 8th grade open house was just emotional for me. She loves all her teachers, and I hate the thought of possibly pulling her out for the move. On the other hand, I hate the thought of being separated from DH for the entire school year. Oh - and if I had to take her classes, I'd flunk all of them. <BR> <BR> DH... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 20:09:09 EST Strange Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1423312 The other night I had the weirdest dream. In my dream, our son was having surgery, so we were at a hospital. My best friend was waiting with us. While we were waiting, she began to show the signs of having a stroke. She ended up on the floor, unable to speak ( just groan) and only had minimal movement. The strangest part, was that hospital staff continued to walk around us as if nothing was going on. I was begging for them to help my friend, and they just walked past. <BR> <BR> Any id... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 08:42:55 EST Forcing myself for the greater good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1409930 I feel horrible, and the chest pain has started. I have no patience with my kids, and I feel there is no one to blame but myself. When you step off the spark bandwagon, your fitness level goes down faster than you thought possible. <BR> <BR> Today I forced myself to walk on the treadmill. I didn't want to. Really didn't want to. But I don't want to feel like I do either. Sunday I cried all day. My stomach hurts and I'm so tired of taking meds to fix what's wrong with me. I'm sure 8 ... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 10:31:52 EST Very Blah Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1378205 I finally decided what I could title my blog today. I've been thinking about it for hours. My first thought was, "The beginning of the end". <BR> <BR> DH left this afternoon for Tampa. He starts his new job tomorrow. He'll be back this weekend though, so I'm not sure why this is so hard. The kids and I have been alone longer than a week when he'd go overseas, but this feels different. I just can't get motivated to do anything...except to eat those 6 double stuff oreo cookies. At leas... Sun, 3 Aug 2008 19:23:19 EST Emotions are high...we have a job. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1336621 Mark accepted the offer today for the job in Tampa, Fl. He starts work on Aug. 4th. That gives us two weeks with him to get all our hugs and kisses for a while. The two youngest really didn't have much to say. The oldest ( 13 yr. old DD) had a good cry. <BR> <BR> She's such a planner. She came down with her calender plotting out the days she'd visit all her friends ( as if she were the cool, calm and collected business executive closing a deal) and then she burst into tears. I th... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 19:32:22 EST Back from Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1318288 We got back from our RV trip at 11pm on July3rd. I'm just now recovered enough to want to blog. Over the course of 16 days, we spent 14 in a camper. That thing was getting pretty small by the end. <BR> <BR> The music festival was great, but loud. Our 13 year old enjoyed it the most. Casting Crowns was by far the best. Chris Tomlin was rained delayed, but the show went on ( just later than planned) and as I was falling asleep at midnight, I could hear him singing. <BR> <BR> After a d... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 21:20:27 EST 20 bucks goes a long way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1269948 Well, Friday came and went, and we didn't hear anything about a job offer. Now I feel certain that if plans changed and the company decided not to go with Mark, they would have called the recruiter and said so. We've spoken with the recruiter on both Thursday and Friday and she says things are still on. I know this company is very busy, and this job is just a small item on their to-do list. <BR> <BR> So, we're moving forward at home. We have a real estate agent coming in on Tuesday to ... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 14:10:19 EST Things are looking up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1263225 I wanted to title this blog entry "Things are looking up, I guess", but I'm trying to stay positive, so I left off the last part. <BR> <BR> It's been a wild couple of days. We've gotten some closure on the last 2 job interviews. The job in Pennsylvania went to another candidate. This is actually good, because Mark felt that this was not a job description he would be happy with long term and he just felt that the company wasn't the best fit. About the same time, we learned from the recru... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 08:48:24 EST Scaling back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1243468 This summer could be a tough one, or not. My DH is in Pennsylvania today for a job interview...and he'll drive to Cincinnati tomorrow for an interview with another company. If he gets either one of these jobs, it means a move. If he doesn't it's back to the drawing board for a job. We'll know more in a week or so about these two possibilities. <BR> <BR> We're getting the feeling that when an offer is made, things could move quickly, so we've decided to get the house ready to sell while w... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 07:18:08 EST His Grace is Enough for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1210960 My stress has been through the roof lately. The other night, I had insomnia that lasted 2.5 hours. I haven't done that in over 6 months. My panic attacks are rearing their ugly heads in the form of shortness of breath. But this doesn't come and go. It's a constant mild level throughout the day. Thankfully there is no chest pain yet. <BR> <BR> My house was a wreck yesterday, so I was using my day to recover from the figurative tornado that had attacked. As I was folding laundry and t... Fri, 16 May 2008 05:46:47 EST On to plan B,C,D,E,F, and G http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1204000 If at first you don't succeed... try, try again. <BR> <BR> If plan A doesn't work ( and it's not going all that well right now) then move on to another plan. Cookies are not a nutrition powerhouse food, Rebecca. I don't care if they are organic. Or if they contain absolutely no High Fructose Corn Syrup. They're still not good for you on a daily ( ha, or hourly) basis. And neither is candy. <BR> <BR> You've tried hiding them out of your sight, putting them in the freezer or sorting... Mon, 12 May 2008 20:53:05 EST Bring on the gum, I'm stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1191778 I've read that chewing gum can take the place of emotional eating. Well, that's something I'm gonna have to try because it doesn't look like the emotional eating is gonna slow down for me any time soon. <BR> <BR> My DH has been out of work since Jan. 7, 2008. We REALLY don't want to move....again. He's spent the last 6 weeks interviewing with a local company. He went through 4 interviews. FOUR....and they went with another candidate. <BR> <BR> We've been praying for God to "open and ... Tue, 6 May 2008 17:28:15 EST Settling into maintenance (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1179620 I've taken the month of April to decide on my maintenance range. When I started SP I weighed 135. Over 5 months I lost weight to reach my goal of 120. Without changing anything, I continued to lose and got all the way down to 116. Then I went on vacation and gained some weight. Here are my thoughts. <BR> <BR> 1) I really didn't like weighing 116, or 117 for that matter. I felt too tiny. I could feel bones that I didn't like feeling. And I didn't feel strong, but weak. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 1 May 2008 10:13:16 EST Time to get down the bike. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1162956 Today, my DH got all the bikes down from their overhead storage in the garage. We all got brand new odometer/speedometers to put on the bikes. They're a fun tool to have when you're riding. <BR> <BR> Remember when, as a kid, you didn't ride bikes to exercise? You just rode to get somewhere...or just rode for the fun of it. You didn't care if you got hot or sweaty...riding bikes was fun. Because you didn't have any other cares in the world. <BR> <BR> I hope to have some times like that ... Wed, 23 Apr 2008 16:40:21 EST Thank You, Turtles....and frogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1147036 I just wanted to thank everyone on my Rheumatoid Arthritis Turtle challenge team. You ladies keep me going when I want to slide into old habits, take a day without exercise or just stop. My points haven't always been the best because of decisions I've made, but you bring me back. Your comments to me in threads and on my page always motivate me to not forget the basics. This is about being fit, healthy, and managing my RA. When I forget that, I know where to go for support. I thank you... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 14:39:01 EST I want to be a runner. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1132975 I'll never forget the day my podiatrist told me to get off the treadmill. I had neuromas in both feet and I was not to walk, run or do any impact exercises. I was to wear only running shoes ( for cushion) for the next 4 months, even to church. This was to be done to avoid cortisone shots and foot surgery. I cried for days. I'd just started back on SP. I was enthusiastic about exercise. My treadmill was the only one on the block not being used as a clothes rack. <BR> <BR> That was ... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 09:17:11 EST Don't swim with strangers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1126222 When I entered the pool today for my lap swim there were only 2 other people swimming. That left 3 lanes empty after I got in. After I swam about 15 minutes and I'm nearing the end of my lane, I notice this man about my age standing in my lane. It's obvious to me that the pool has filled up and he wants to share my lane. I've shared with my friend before and we did fine, so I pop up for my breath, tell him it's okay to share and go on my way. <BR> <BR> First of all, why do swimmers hav... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 14:53:04 EST One MILE - 46:20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1120108 Today I swam a mile in 46 minutes and 20 seconds. I've never swam longer than 35 minutes, so it's a new personal best. My goal was to swim 40 minutes, but when I was almost done I realized that I only had 4 laps to go. There was no way I was getting out of that pool with only 4 laps to go. So, I DID IT !!! ONE MILE. Fri, 4 Apr 2008 15:42:21 EST Lookout emotional eating...I'm on to you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1115326 I'm so proud of myself. We have a plumbing issue, and this morning the plumber called and announced that he'd be there in 30 minutes (it was 8am). " Is everyone up?", he asked. Not in a tone wanting to know if it was ok, but in a tone that just announced...THIS IS YOUR WARNING, I'M COMING. I was so so so mad. I was already dressed out in swimsuit, waiting for the kids to catch the bus so I could head to the gym for a swim. I told him to come, and I got the kids on the bus. Then I noti... Wed, 2 Apr 2008 17:56:55 EST