PAISLEYOWL140's SparkPeople Blog PAISLEYOWL140's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hard work I'm sure I have wrote up a blog about this but I cant remember everything. <BR> <BR> The conversations you have with yourself in your head seem to hit so much harder than the talks you have with a friend. I was just thinking about how I never have energy to exercise. Then I tell myself how it just isnt due to broken or little sleep, it also has to do with what you eat. <BR> <BR> I eat horribly. It is hard to change what you eat when living with other people. Im not using that as an... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 14:07:39 EST What a summer Back in May my grandma was going back and forth from hospital to nursing home. Since then she has been doing a lot better. Shes able to get up by herself but she still needs the walker. Shes eating a lot better and is talking more. <BR> <BR> She has dementia. It hit her hard back in June of 2014 and over time it went from forgetfulness to sneaking out of the house to up all night to falling out of bed and now to not being able to walk without some form of help. For almost a year now s... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 14:58:01 EST Just some updating Saturday night I went to the gym and worked on my arms, shoulders, back, thighs and did some cardio. I tried 3 new machines for my upper body and I loved them. I felt great afterwards. Woke up the next day fine until around 3 or 4 pm when I slightly bent over to move a TV tray. Felt a tightness in my lower back and its still sore. I dont know if I did something at the gym or if my back just hates me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I wrote up a plan for the gym. No Im not going to start it word fo... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:53:24 EST Gym time!! After almost a year I have finally made it back to the gym. They did a big remodel and it is soooo much nicer. More machines and more room. The free weights are on a different level which is great because before they felt like they were on top of you while on the bikes. I did the bike for a few minutes then moved to the leg press, chest press, pull down, adduction, abduction, and then finished with a 20 minute walk. We plan to go back tomorrow to just do some cardio and again on Sunday. ... Fri, 5 May 2017 22:59:02 EST Health scare Friday a home nurse came to check out my grandma because we are starting up home physical therapy again. She takes her oxygen and it was 82. We got scared because we check it all the time with ours and its always high 90s. She pulls out her other one and it too was 82. We put our on her finger and it read 97. We were confused and scared so we took her to the hospital. Turns out her oxygen was fine but they still went and did blood tests. <BR> <BR> The tests show that she has Troponin... Tue, 2 May 2017 13:20:45 EST A new fav I watch the girls today but their dad is dropping them off and he has a habit of not really telling you when he will drop them off. I've been up since 5:30 and I usually eat around 7 when the girls are still asleep but since their dad is dropping them off I was going to eat when they got here. Well it was 9:30 and I was starving! I did not feel like having "breakfast foods" so I had a light lunch. <BR> <BR> This is going to be my new go to because it was so yummy and I didnt feel blah aft... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:53:40 EST Back is almost 100% My back is starting to feel a lot better. Here and there I get a little twinge but Im able to stand up straight. Since Wednesday (when it happened) I havent really been resting it. I still did dishes, help lift my grandma, fixed food, and did some cleaning. Today though I am going to rest. Im making myself rest today because its going to be nice all week and there is a lot of yard work that needs to get done. <BR> <BR> This week once my back is 100% better Im going to head to the gym. ... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:17:04 EST OMFG Are you kidding me? Today I woke up ready to start my day. I did some light stretching and some simple yoga moves. Later on I did some adduction and abduction and some arm exercises using 3 lb weights. I then decided to plan out my day tomorrow. Outside by 9 to clean out flower beds, edge work, sweeping the porch, and cutting the grass. Then everything changed. <BR> <BR> Im talking to my aunt and I go to dump the pee from the training potty and as I put the bowl back in it I feel this sharp stab in my lowe... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:59:35 EST Annoyed with self I talk and talk about wanting to change and be healthy and then I just dont. Im really tired with myself. I need to get more serious and remind myself that its important for my physical and mental health to drop this weight and to become healthy. <BR> <BR> My lower back has been hurting these past few days but I AM going to the gym tomorrow and do the bike for an hour. I love the bike, its the best!! I need to make a small goal this week to jump start my millionth plan. I also need to r... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:41:48 EST What a week I watch my cousins 2 little girls (4 and 1) 3 times a week. Monday and Tuesdays 7am to 330pm and Wednesdays 7am to roughly 7pm. This week was different. My cousin and her husband had tickets to a concert last night so my cousin dropped them off yesterday at 2pm and Im not to sure as to when she will get them today. Probably around 3 because she will want to take the advantage of not having the girls around. <BR> <BR> Monday and Tuesday went by just fine. Wednesday I had a headache all d... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:03:21 EST My cousin, Brittany She just posted a quick 30 sec, 2 exercises, on Facebook. Last year she became a licences fitness trainer but sadly she lives in Florida. Her family moved down there around 6 years ago. She just finished High school so she stayed here in Ohio. She moved back and forth for awhile but finally decided to stay down there. <BR> <BR> When she posts those videos it motivates me to head to the gym. Yes I know I can exercise here at home but I never leave the house. I only leave to help take ... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:30:50 EST I have no luck On the 28th I was sore from starting my new exercise plan the previous day. When I woke up Thursday my legs felt so much better but because my life sucks, I woke up sick. <BR> <BR> The previous week I didnt have the girls to watch because they were both sick. They were still a little sick but my cousin thought they werent contagious but she was wrong. Thursday (march 30) I woke up sick. latter that day my aunt started to feel sick and then Friday my grandma decided to join the sick par... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 15:02:36 EST Nothing is holding me back Yesterday just before I started my exercise plan my thighs felt a little tight. I did a quick warm up and then got to work. I was only a few counts in when I felt just how tight they were. I moved on to other exercises, not involving my legs, to give them a rest. I finished with some cardio and then crashed. <BR> <BR> I was on the couch resting and then when I got up there was so much pain. Felt like knives in my thighs. They only hurt when I go to get up or down or go to squat down.... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:42:35 EST WOW I just started my new exercise plan and WOW!!!! I am so out of shape. Today was lower body and cardio with some combination exercises. Its a total of 20 exercises but I was only able to do 11. I didnt even start out with cardio and my heart rate went up quick. I did what I could. I never tried to get to 15 counts. Didnt want to kill myself on my first day. Right now my Heart rate is back to normal, only took a few minutes, but I could now sleep for hours. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is cardio ... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:19:40 EST These past two weeks Last week I didn't have to babysit because my cousin and her husband took the week off of work to have family week. The previous week my cousins husband lost his father to cancer. With all that free time I did nothing. I didn't go to the gym or exercise here at home. <BR> <BR> This week the eldest (almost 4) was sick so my cousin took off work and got sick herself. So that is 2 weeks with a lot of free time. I also did nothing this week. I will say this though. This week my stomach ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:34:28 EST My Story When I was little I was active and in shape. Until the second grade. That's when I started to look chubby. I wasn't over weight or anything. I just got my round cheeks and a small belly. I was still active but my mom took me out of softball since I started to go to a different school. (Also she wouldn't let me join any teams or after school programs because she didn't feel like picking me up or keeping up with things. And no she wasn't a single parent. In the house were my parents, aun... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:32:26 EST Didnt give up Today the plan was to do some yoga, exercise, and then cardio. I got to bed late (11:30ish) and then kept waking up thinking it was time to get up. I've been up since 5:30 and I cant get a nap in today because I'm babysitting. I am sooooo tired and to make it worse its on and off rain today. Rain makes me a little tired. So yeah, this day is poo. <BR> <BR> I did do my yoga today and while I was doing it I could feel how tight my body was. Since I hardly got any sleep and my body is t... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 10:52:35 EST It all begins Monday I dont think I'll be making it to the gym this weekend like I had wanted to. Me and my aunt are going through old family photos and its taking forever. Tomorrow I just want to relax and clean my room up some before getting back to watching the girls Monday. Tonight and tomorrow Im going to write up my new plan, look up healthy recipes, and plan out the menu for the week. I do plan to head to the gym Monday and do some cardio on the bike. <BR> <BR> I get over excited when planning out my ... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 18:30:39 EST getting better I think it was on the 20th of last month that I re-caulked the tub and pulled a muscle. When looking at pictures I would say it was the serratus anterior muscle, that general area. It hurt to breathe deep, bend over, reach, cough, yawn, laugh. and lay on the opposite side (the left). Now it just hurts when I yawn and bend over. It went from a stabbing sharp OMFG pain to some slight pressure. <BR> <BR> Now that I am able to breathe right I can get back to exercising. I want to head to ... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 15:44:44 EST Annoyed On the 21st I woke up with a pain in my ribs just under my right boob. Ive pretty much been sleeping on the couch since early summer. We have a daybed in the living room for my grandma. On some Friday and Saturday night I get to sleep in my bed. So that Tuesday it was hurting. I told my aunt I need to sleep in my bed that night. Woke up Wednesday feeling a little better. Slept back on the couch and woke up a little bit more sore. I took it easy Thursday. It felt like a knife in my ri... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:51:10 EST Its truly HARD When you grow up living a not so active life and eating whatever you want, it becomes very difficult to change. <BR> <BR> A couple years ago I joined a gym and the first year I did good. I went a few times every month. Would have loved it more if I was able to go at least 3 times a week but when you share a car and take care of someone its hard. I tried to make time for me so I got up at 430 in the morning and was at the gym from 5 to 620. It was fun getting up early to go do something ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:52:23 EST Ready Eddie Spaghetti The second half of last month I have been on and off sick. It spilled over to this month and then I got a nasty cold sore above my lip and on the side of my nose. Now Im cold free and the cold sore is gone. <BR> <BR> Today I went to my grandparents place to celebrate Jan and Feb birthdays. When I got back I took my dog for a walk and instantly was in the mood to head to the gym. Sadly I cant go today because there is housework to do. Not just cleaning but organizing a few things, hang... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:24:45 EST End of month check in I had planned to write this up last night but I was tired and I felt horrible. Today I feel even worse. I feel like Im getting that cold back plus a nice headache. Add in there that I got 2 large cold sores on my lip and nose. When I break out in my cold sores my glands swell up and my jar hurts. <BR> <BR> So with January I started late with my exercise challenge but I was happy with myself that I started it. This month Im going to work on balanced healthy meals. Im also going to hea... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 12:22:51 EST Exercising with a cold I started feeling sick Wednesday morning with a sore throat. Thursday my throat hurt even more and I started coughing and sneezing a lot. Friday I felt like crap with a runny/stuffy nose. Thursday was a rest day but Friday was booty and thigh day. Even though I felt crap I did my exercises. It was just 5 exercises 1 set of 20 (4 doing both side) plus a plank. Afterwards I felt like my head was going to pop. <BR> <BR> Today I feel a little better but not by much. I still just feel like ... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:41:00 EST Horrible week I started my exercises this week and stuck with it. Im proud of myself :) I woke up Wednesday with a sore throat. It hurt to swallow and I was coughing and sneezing all day. Thursday I woke up and my throat hurt even more. Half way through the day I was able to swallow but I was still sneezing and coughing up a storm. Ive also been very drowsy from the mucinex dm that Ive been taking. Today I still feel like poo. It feels like my head and stomach is full of mucus. All I wanna do is s... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:34:13 EST New Plan - Day 1 The plan I had before was a good plan but just not for me. The last plan/challenge was too long and would have killed me. I still plan to use it but I need to get my body ready for all of that. I decided to break it down into groups: <BR> <BR> Group 1 = Booty // plank // cardio <BR> Group 2 = Core // plank // cardio <BR> Group 3 = Upper body leg combo // plank // cardio <BR> <BR> A group is a day and after 3 days I take a rest day. Im going to start out with 1 set 12 reps th... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:27:53 EST Yet another bust Yesterday we started the housework late so when 11 came around we stayed up and finished up some more work. 1am pops up and we arent sleepy, barely even tired. I think we fell asleep somewhere between 130/2. <BR> <BR> Alarm goes off at 6 and we wait for the girls to be dropped off. Their mom leaves at 7 and everyone goes back to sleep. I lay here for half hour trying to get some sleep but I was awake. I didnt want to just get up and start dishes because I know that come 8 I would be f... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:26:07 EST The day Before Tomorrow I start my challenge. Im excited but I already have a feeling I wont be getting to bed around 9 like I wanted but more like 11. <BR> <BR> Me and my aunt had 3 full days to where we could get a lot of house projects done. There has been a lot of rain these past few days and I always have low energy on long rainy days. Same thing with my aunt. I cant remember Friday but yesterday we were just so tired and had zero energy. Nothing got done. <BR> <BR> Today we had planned to get u... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:21:15 EST Jan 16 thru Feb 14 challenge Yesterday I wrote up a challenge that should.. well challenge me. It starts out with 20 second plank, 3 exercises for cardio starting at 15 reps, and then 22 toning exercises starting at 15 reps. The goal is to get it up to 2 min plank, cardio 4:100, and toning 5:20. I know it seems like A LOT but its just a goal. Im not going to force my body to do what its not ready to do. But then again I might surprise myself. <BR> <BR> During these 30 days I do have 6 rest days, so its like 3 day... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:02:30 EST Fitness Challenges I pinned a lot of different challenges on pinterest. Yesterday I looked them over and set them up in groups to do every 30 days, 3 to 4 challenges to a group. I looked at them again today and decided to make my own challenges. Still do 3 to 4 each 30 days but have them be where there isnt a lot of the same exercises being repeated. <BR> <BR> I think I might just make these my at home exercises. After Ive done them all I want to see which exercises I like and then create my final at hom... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:15:46 EST Week 1 - A bust The snow kept me from heading to the gym along with the fact that I share a car with my aunt. Its hers so its her rules. <BR> <BR> The other thing is that since Thursday morning I have just been really tired. I'll have these small chunks of time where I have energy and I'll get something small done but then it hits me hard. I just wanna go lay in bed and sleep. It was horrible yesterday. We got a last start to the day and had to run grandma to the lab to get some blood drawn. We get th... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 16:46:22 EST 2017 This year is the year to get things done! <BR> <BR> Each month me and my aunt sit down and write up a list of things that HAS to get done. So much has happened over the past couple of years that all the house projects get pushed aside. This months list is already a long one. <BR> <BR> I feel so overwhelmed today thinking about being healthy / getting into shape. I've had time to psyche myself up to where I can just jump right in BUT I feel like time just flew by and I dont feel ready. T... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 12:48:09 EST Good bye 2016! This year just flat out sucked. I called it cursed back in April. My grandma came sooooooo close to death. We got her to the ER just in time. My uncles mother in-law passed away. And my cousins father in-law has cancer and has about 6 months left. <BR> <BR> There was only 2, ONLY TWO, good things that happened this year. The birth of my cousin Abigail (I watch her and her sister 3 times a week) and my cousin Jaxon who lives in Florida. They are also one month apart. <BR> <BR> Cant wa... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 23:57:26 EST Family Motivation My cousin is now a certified personal trainer. But she lives in Florida :( I am very happy for her because she is doing something she loves. Im using her as my motivation. I dont want to look exactly like her but I want to have the same drive as she does. She works as a waitress and with homecare assistance. I dont know if she has any clients but she still finds time for the gym. She is a very hard worker. <BR> <BR> Monday through Friday I am stuck in the house till 5pm. My grandma h... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:23:18 EST Busy December My cold is finally 100% gone. The rest of this month though is going to be crazy. Today Im making sugar cookies and brownies for the family cookie exchange. Every year I make over 100 sugar cookies plus something new. This year Im making brownies dipped in white chocolate and then sprinkled with peppermint stick dust. Tomorrow we are all heading out to my grandparents place to make cookies that look like candy canes and this one cookie that is filled with whipped egg whites, sugar and wa... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 17:35:44 EST Getting closer to feeling 100% better I think I am finally starting to feel better. I always get sick around this time of year and it always last at least 3 to 4 weeks. I hate it. <BR> <BR> Thursday or Friday I plan to go to the gym. I just plan to do light weight and casual bike ride. Our gym is in the process of growing. Both stores on each side moved so they bought them. Cant wait to see what they do :) <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did a lot of yard work and today I am feeling it in my butt, hips, and back of thighs. Plan t... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:05:49 EST Getting better Day 13 of this cold. Started out with a butt load of painful coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and congestion. Now I just cough here and there and Im still coughing some stuff up. I have my energy back but if I do too much I feel like I've just walked up a steep hill. I dont want to exercise just yet but I want to start up my yoga routine. <BR> <BR> Over the past few days I have been thinking about how 2017 WILL be the year of change. I've said that a million times in the past but I reall... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 11:32:44 EST Sick as a dog I still have this cold. I keep coughing and sneezing and my ears keep popping. Im slugish so when I start to do things I get tired FAST. Im glad I got a lot of house work done Tuesday morning. My aunt started to feel sick Tuesday night and my grandma started to get sick last night. Now with everyone sick we arent doing the movies tomorrow. We are just going to lay around on the couches and watch TV all weekend. <BR> <BR> I want to wait a week after I get better to head to the gym. Ive ... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 11:29:55 EST Birthday curse Tuesday was my birthday and I woke up SICK. I feel cursed because over the past few years something always happens to where my birthday gets screwed. We had planned to go to the movies but now we are going Friday. We are seeing Ouija : Origin of Evil. <BR> <BR> I had also planned to go to the gym but as you can guess, that didnt happen. Instead I just cleaned house. Today Im watching the little germ bag that gave me this cold. She is driving me crazy because we have to keep watching Wa... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 12:53:23 EST My birthday gift My birthday is coming up and I just need to change everything . The rest of October will be full of getting yard and house work done. Too much stuff has gone on this year that has kept me from getting things done and focusing on my health and fitness. <BR> <BR> On my birthday I am going to the gym. After that I plan to go 3 to 4 times a week. I also need to work on what I eat. It was hard this year to focus on that because of my grandmas health. I got hardly any sleep which made me not... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:29:18 EST ... 911 whats your emergency? Saturday me and my aunt got a lot done. Yes it was just 2 things but they were big things. I got the porch patched up and ready for the resurfacer. We got the shed primed, almost. Just have to get the ladder out to finish the high part. We had dinner late and we were tired. We got my gram on the toilet and it took her forever to pee. We were about to get her up when we heard her going number 2 so we just left her there. She then falls asleep but was still going. She has done this bef... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:12:00 EST reality I started to type up a blog and it was half way done until I realized that it was just another blog where I rant on and on about everything I have to do and why I cant get it done. About how I want to plan things out and be organized. <BR> <BR> So in this blog Im going to tell you that I am going to try my best to get as much as I can done, when I can get to it. I told my aunt that I need to get outside done and I plan to be out there every chance I get. The only times I cant be out the... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:27:50 EST Deadlines So I tried to plan things out for the week and it didnt really work. I needed help moving things out of the dining room so that I could paint but my aunt would change her mind last minute. She has been putting in a lot of OT at work so thats why she wasnt helping me so much. <BR> <BR> We did finally clear the room out and I got the primer and 2 coats up. The room was a really dark brown. Now its a creamy yellow. I look at it and feel that I should have put 3 or even 4 coats of primer on... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 18:01:26 EST Planning things out From now until the new year Im going to plan out my week every Sunday night. Mainly just house and yard work and school work stuff I wanna do with my little cousin. This will help me focus on what needs to get done. <BR> <BR> Come the new year, yes its early to talk about this, but I want to have a journal where I plan out EVERYTHING. I will have my exercises, my cousins school plan (she'll be 4 in April), meals, housework, grandmas exercise plan, and anything else. Each week Im also goi... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:36:59 EST Busy as a Bee Right now my aunt is doing grocery shopping while Im doing the dishes and laundry. After lunch the TV is going to music for my grandma while we head to the back room. There is so much that I want to get done today so that tomorrow we can just relax and plan out the rest of the week and weekends. <BR> <BR> Monday and Tuesday we are going to have good weather so those days are for the yard. Cutting the grass, clean up the edges (theres a lot), finally finish the front flower bed (weed and m... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 13:56:19 EST Over the next couple weeks I finally got a chance to head to the gym Monday. It was so nice getting in some good cardio. I woke up Tuesday will a KILLER headache. Slept with a different pillow so I did something to my neck which moved up the right side of my head and hung out just above and behind my eye. Finally starting to feel better today but I still feel a little off. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is MAJOR house cleaning day. I am so behind. Then Friday Im watching my cousins kids for a couple hours while she heads t... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:20:26 EST No sleep plus lots of work... still So I never got out to do any work Friday. I dont even remember last week. Me not getting enough sleep is killing me. <BR> <BR> Saturday I finally got a chance to head out to the lake to see my grandparents and to do some birthdays. It was nice getting out and seeing people but at the same time it was such a nice day that I wish I was here at home doing yard work. <BR> <BR> Sunday we had planned to get up early and do some yard work but everyone slept in. My cousin was going to drop the ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:19:37 EST no gym but plenty of house/yard work So I havent been to the gym yet. Sunday we found a very large china cabinet and no place to put it so later that day we had to do some cleaning and moving. That night I hardly got any sleep then had the girls from 7 to 3. I was dead to the world all day and that night we again got to bed late, midnight. <BR> <BR> Tuesday I had the girls again and then we had to wait for my aunt and her husband to come and help with the china cabinet. We got it at HOMEGOODS. Broyhill China Cabinet Mardel... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 20:34:05 EST Ending the month right! Got to bed late 11 something, got woken up by grandma at 230 because she was knocking her teeth (dentures) on the metal bed frame, couldnt get back t sleep because she kept moving around and then wouldnt lay back down. Alarm goes off at 5 and we help her with the bathroom and get her back into bed. <BR> <BR> I stayed up and started on housework. I did sit down at one point and then an hour or so later realized i had fallen asleep. Got done at 10 and took a shower then finally ate somethin... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:32:02 EST Out of the woods and back on the trail I cant remember the last time I was at the Gym. Im thinking it was early April but looking back through my blogs I think it was actually Feb 28. WOW!!! I miss the Gym and thats $50 wasted. <BR> <BR> My lower back is always tight and sore and will move up my back every time Im on my period so once this one is over Im heading to the Gym. I hate wasting money. I also miss that feeling I get at the Gym. Energy. Positive thoughts. Drive. Confidence. The list goes on. <BR> <BR> Lack ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:54:20 EST