PAISLEYOWL140's SparkPeople Blog PAISLEYOWL140's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 My motivational inner voice YOU CAN DO THIS!!!! <BR> <BR> All of this is really simple. You just have to stay focused. Keep that goal right in front of you at all times. Never let it slip off to the side. <BR> <BR> Over the years you NEVER gave up. Life got in the way and you gave in on yourself. You allowed yourself some treats that just got out of hand. Put your foot down and stop it! <BR> <BR> You love fresh veggies; steamed and grilled. Why aren't you eating more of that? You can make the foods you alre... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:02:47 EST Still no gym time In my last blog I was talking about going to the gym and well... I havent been able to go yet. The plan was to go last Thursday night but I never got around to it. My cousin showed up to work on our shed and he was here from 9am to 7pm. My grandma also had some guests over; a physical therapist, occupational therapist, and her sister. Everyone was tired at the end of the day. At 8 I remembered that I had to make a german chocolate cake for my aunt to take to work. I make it from scratch... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 11:14:44 EST GYM TIME Last night I was laying in bed thinking about how it is already July and I think I have only been to the gym, maybe, 5 times this year. I had talked myself in to going tonight but I have the girls till 630/7 and then housework to do. I also want to get to bed by 9 because for months now we havent been getting to bed till 11 or later and have been getting up at 6. I have been soooooo tired and I really need to get my sleep. <BR> <BR> So tonight I SLEEP and tomorrow I head to the gym afte... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 14:14:01 EST Too HOT to handle Last week our AC went out and we got it fixed. Two days later it went out again. A fuse shot and it was fixed. A day and a half later its out again. <BR> <BR> The AC is pretty old but we are hoping that it will last at least another year. The AC guy is coming back to do something, I forget what my aunt said, something about a reboot. I dunno. <BR> <BR> We really need the AC working because it is really affecting my grandma. With her dementia the heat is making her very weak and it i... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:01:29 EST Step 1 Today I will finally get me some ME TIME. I was planning on going to the library and write up food plans and stuff but my grandma had a fall so I need to stay home just in case. Shes fine, just bruised knees. The plan is to now just sit in my room listening to music and still do the meal plans. <BR> <BR> I still wanna do the 21 day fix plan. Easy to follow and easy to create a meal plan for the whole day. I dont have to go crazy with all the counting. <BR> <BR> After the meals I need... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:47:00 EST 21 day fix Ive seen this diet plan ever since it became popular. I never thought about trying it because you had to buy things. Well today I was looking through Pinterest for meal planning and I saw it with the portions you should eat depending on you calorie count. I wrote things down; my portions and the food list. <BR> <BR> I would like to try this but I have to go over it with my aunt. I fix the food for everyone and I dont want to fix 2 different meals. But I think she should be fine with t... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:30:04 EST Dreams I dont know how many of you have dreams that feel 100% real, or have ones that seem to continue as if the dream is actually another dimension of your life. I love and hate my dreams for those reasons. I hate waking only to miss my 'dream life'. <BR> <BR> Last night I had a dream that I want to return to. It ended in heart ache but I want to return to find him. <BR> <BR> I was in a small very run down town. I was part of a wedding party that had left me behind. I couldnt find my cell ph... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:44:39 EST Skipping steps I was watching American Ninja Warrior and saw commercials for the Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge and all I can think about is what it would be like to be on one of those teams. If I ever want to get to that level I have to work hard. <BR> <BR> Now I just cant go right to the gym and do a lot of cardio and strength training. I would hurt myself or just crash. What I need to do is step one, change the way I eat. <BR> <BR> The steps... MY steps: <BR> 1. change the way I eat <BR> 2. start s... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:11:34 EST Venting is healthy I watch my cousins kids at least 3 times a week. Yesterday I got my schedule for the next 3 months. Her and her husband are going to 3 concerts so I get the girls those nights. One of the concerts are on a Wednesday, one of the days I watch them, which means I'll have the girls, 4 months old and 3 year old, from 7am to about 11pm. 16 HOURS!!! <BR> <BR> My cousin knows I dont get out since I take care of my grandma and the fact that I have no friends. She also knows that I like to listen... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 17:02:41 EST Reply to my last blog Well I never made it to the gym this morning. I didnt get to bed till 1030 but didnt really get to sleep till 1130. Housework and a shower took a little longer than I thought. Would have been in bed at 10 but my grandma fell asleep for like 10 minutes and then woke up all confused. This made it hard for us to give her her bedtime meds. Finally got her in at 1030 but she wouldnt stay i bed. She woke me up around 1130 and it took forever to get her back into bed. Around 330 I heard her m... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:53:35 EST Everything starts tomorrow Today Ive been outside doing yard work; weeding, cut the grass (large yard), trimmed rose bushes (8), trimmed hedges, cleaned up what got cut off, and there is still A LOT to do. So now with my arms covered in scratches I sit here thinking about tomorrow. I plan to head to the gym. The thing is, is that it will be at 430 in the morning. <BR> <BR> I still have housework to do tonight plus a shower and we are still unsure about dinner. Fix something or get something out. (Its 5 right now... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 17:14:10 EST I need this Ive been getting up at 5 or 6 every day and all day I have felt drained. This is because I never get to stay asleep through the whole night. My grandma wakes me at least 2 times every night. A couple weeks ago she woke me up at 330am and wouldnt stay in bed. I would get her back in bed and once I start to drift off I hear her at the gate. I needed sleep that night because I had to babysit that day. <BR> <BR> I havent been to the gym in over 2 months and Im going crazy. Ive been rethin... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:12:59 EST Early bird... I got up this morning at 5 and went right into house work. Dusting, vacuum, dishes, laundry, moping, cleaned all the door knobs, stove top, and straightened up. Oh and I cleaned out the fridge. I also organized it and realized we need for fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> It was nice to get up before everyone else. Yes I was cleaning but the silence and not having people in my way was nice. It was also nice to finally be able to clean for more than 30 minutes without having to stop because o... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:31:25 EST Eye of the Tiger So Im pretty much all talk no action. I cant remember the last time Ive been to the gym. Ive been trying to get to bed around 830/9 but my gram still gets up a couple times through the night and mess with the gate till I wake up. This makes me tired all through the day and I just feel like bluh. <BR> <BR> I started watching the girls (my cousins 2 little girls, 3 month old and 3 year old) again last week and it wasnt to bad. The 3 year old likes to tell me to calm down when ever I ask ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 20:34:55 EST My possible new LIFE Over the past few years I have been wanting to change how I live my life because there are just parts of it that I just do not like. I need to eat a lot better and be active. I also need to be more positive about things. <BR> <BR> I shouldn't give up on things so easily. I know I can do it, I just need to stay focused and remember to get back up if I fall down. Now with my writing, I need to just keep at it. Try to write something every day. It can be one of my stories that I'm worki... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:03:05 EST March Madness First off I never seem to be sore the next day but 2 days later. I went to the gym Monday and felt fine yesterday. Around 7 at night I did feel it in my arms though. Now today my triceps are really sore. My hips are also a little sore too but it isnt a big deal. I think I might skip tonight but go tomorrow. I need to stretch/yoga everyday. I noticed my body was tight and tired feeling only a few minutes into the treadmill (walking is my warm up). I think that was due to the fact that ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 11:15:56 EST GYM Finally feeling better so I headed back to the gym today. I was only there for an hour, 40 cardio - 20 upper body and legs. It was so crowded tonight. There was probably 12 - 15 treadmills open. Theres usually 10 in use when I go at night around 830. I didnt see any specials so... I dunno. <BR> <BR> What I hated was that I didnt get that endorphin kick till I was 15 minutes into the bike and I did the bike last. So I pretty much sat in the car for a sec thinking about heading back in. ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:22:55 EST Still sick... Im still sick but not as bad as last week. I still have crap in the back of my throat and Im still coughing. I am though able to breathe THROUGH MY NOSE. I hate having to breathe through my mouth and taking breaks from chewing food just to catch my breath. <BR> <BR> My joints were also sore and stiff from this cold but they are much better now. Im not going to the gym until everything is out of my system. I need to make myself get up and do some exercises here at home. At least work on... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:27:39 EST UGH! I have no luck The weather has kept me from the gym this past week so of course when the weather is better I come down with a cold. Sore throat from drainage, sneezing and feeling weird in the head. I also feel drained of energy. I will though stretch and do some yoga everyday. Ive been stretching my hips and inner thighs over the past few days and I have noticed some change. <BR> <BR> I hope this cold is over by Sunday because I want to head back to the gym next week. I might go on a walk later today... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:29:03 EST Kick in the face Got my yearly physical last week and got the results yesterday. <BR> 12/10/14 2/5/16 <BR> Cholesterol 200 215 <BR> HDL 63 74 <BR> LDL 104 116 <BR> Triglycerides 163 127 <BR> VLDL 33 25 <BR> <BR> Early last year I t... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:24:00 EST Early bird gets the worm Early last year I tried getting up at 5am to head to the gym. I love going early because there was hardly anyone there. I also felt really good starting the day out on the right track. I only went that early like 3 times. <BR> <BR> The issue was that I wasnt going to bed early enough. I always felt so tired. I also felt rushed because I had to be home by 615 because I share a car with my aunt and she heads off to work around 630/640. My cousin also dropped her kid off around 620. <BR>... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:48:02 EST Early bird gets the worm Early last year I tried getting up at 5am to head to the gym. I love going early because there was hardly anyone there. I also felt really good starting the day out on the right track. I only went that early like 3 times. <BR> <BR> The issue was that I wasnt going to bed early enough. I always felt so tired. I also felt rushed because I had to be home by 615 because I share a car with my aunt and she heads off to work around 630/640. My cousin also dropped her kid off around 620. <BR>... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:48:00 EST Me and my crazy plans Ive wrote up so many blogs about making up exercise plans. To tell the truth, Ive never started any of them. I do though have a routine at the gym so thats really good. I get in 40 to 60 mins of cardio and 30 toning. BUT I dont make it to the gym enough to see very much of a change. <BR> <BR> Its hard to anything here because I take care of my grandma who has dementia and I babysit 3x a week. Right now Im not doing any babysitting because my cousin just had a baby but once she goes ba... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:06:49 EST Exercise at home This weekend has showed me that it is going to be a challenge for me to keep my gram off her broken toes. We've tried to keep the boot off of her and have her just put her foot up but because of the dementia she has to follower you if you leave the room to do something. What me and my aunt had to yesterday was take turns with housework. One of us stay with her in the living room while the other does some type of housework. <BR> <BR> So this week I had planned to start exercising at home... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 13:12:50 EST The struggle with eating out So this month was our "no eat out" month. Never happened. My aunt HATES to cook so when my back was out we ate out like 4 nights in a row. We also ate out last night because it was a long stressful day and my aunt didnt want to eat the potato soup I had planned to fix. Tuesday my grandma had a fall and yesterday morning 2 of her toes had a little purple on them. I tried to hard to make her stay off her feet but she doesnt like to listen. The more she was up the darker they got. I told ... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:38:04 EST