PAISLEYOWL140's SparkPeople Blog PAISLEYOWL140's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Short, sweet, to the point Since the last post my grams sleeping is still the same. Up half the night and sleeping half the day away. My sleep has been so messed up that my energy level is around a 3 out of 10. <BR> I get multi naps rather than a straight 6 to 8 hours. Im so tired that there has been a few times where I didnt place myself right, pulling gram up in bed, causing me to hurt my back a little. The muscles are just a little tight, nothing major. <BR> <BR> With exercise I havent really been doing i... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:56:53 EST Change of plans So far this month hasnt gone as planned. My grandma has been having restless nights to where I get maybe 2 hours of sleep. Then she sleeps all day and thats when I get my ZZzzzz too. I fight to stay awake and try to get some housework done. If I get a small burst of energy I try to get some exercise in. Ive really only had the energy for working my upper body. In the past it has taken almost a month for her to get back on a sleep schedule. <BR> <BR> With food I just flat out ate whate... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:16:04 EST Tomorrow is DAY 1 I just finished writing up my at home exercise plan. On Pinterest I see Bodyboss every where so I looked it up. The price for the 3 month plan book isnt that bad BUT I dont have the money for it since I put in $120 a year for the gym. Also I dont have a real job. I take care of my grandma and then I watch my 2 little cousins for $20 a day. (I wish my cousin would pay me more since its only on Monday during the school months and 3 days during the summer) <BR> <BR> ANYWAYS... <BR> The pi... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:55:44 EST FOOD So far this month we have been horrible about eating better so this month we just marked as planning things out and getting things ready. <BR> <BR> Since my grandma has dementia her sleeping has been off so Ive been up all night and sleep in till 10 or 11. Not good. Lately though she has been falling asleep earlier which is great. Last night we got in bed at 10. It was nice getting to bed that early but for some reason I kept waking up every 20/30 mins starting around 3:30. Got ... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:24:40 EST Sleeping Beauty Wednesday night my grandma decided to stay up. I maybe got 3 good hrs of sleep. My aunt had the 4th off both for her birthday and taking grandma to 2 doc appointments. My grandma decided to stay up yet again that Thursday night. I got NO SLEEP. The alarm goes off at 530 and I fix my aunt her lunch and we do our usual morning routine. She leaves at 630 and grandma FINALLY falls asleep. I finally got a chance to sleep but I kept waking up thinking I heard grandma moving around but it was... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 21:34:12 EST 2018... so far The idea was to start my plan on the first. Because of my grams horrible sleep habit, I didnt really fall asleep till about 3am on the 1st. Everyone slept in and my energy level wasnt even reading and I was just so dang on tired. That night I again didnt sleep good and my dog hogged the couch. *Side note - hospital bed is in the living room with the TV and I sleep in there with her to keep an eye on her. She has dementia. Also my dog is a king charles beagle mix. So I woke up Tuesday mo... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 13:51:16 EST Stretching before the "Big Race" I'm mentally getting myself ready for the new year. Over the past month or so I have been looking at different diets. Since I live with 2 other people, 1 of them being a very picky eater, I have to alter any diet I pick. My cousin tried the Keto diet (shes the one that has never had a weight issue and is now a licensed trainer. She only went on it because her stomach was acting up since moving back up here from Florida. She stopped because she started to break out on her hands and she ju... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:46:16 EST Looking forward to a healthy change The muscles in my lower back are still just a hair tight. I take care of my grandma; lifting and pulling her on a transfer sheet, so I have no time to really take care of my lower back. I have been stretching and doing some upper body exercises and thats helping out a lot. <BR> <BR> For about a week now I have been sooo tired. In the mornings after my aunt leaves for work I usually go back to sleep for a couple more hours but lately I've been sleeping till 11 and not 830/9. Not sure what... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 20:19:52 EST Back issue In my last blog I had posted that I was planning to go to the gym on the first as a birthday gift to myself. Well it never happened. We were up late Halloween night and we slept in, till 10 I think. We were tired all day. Im thinking it was because it was so cold Tuesday night that our bodies just wanted to stay at rest. On top of that we had City BBQ for my B-day dinner and we ate too much meat and their yummy potato salad. <BR> <BR> I cant remember what we did the next 3 days. I ju... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 09:22:33 EST November 1st Im tired of how I have been treating myself. I dont take care of myself like I should be. Over the past few weeks I would just close my eyes and give myself a good talking to. I could get really tough on myself. But I needed that. <BR> <BR> I had planned to just focus on portion control for now and then start everything on the New Year. NO!!! I need to start now. Wednesday is my birthday and Im having my City BBQ. Last time I had them was 2 years ago. That morning I plan to head t... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 19:15:14 EST The Battle is approaching Yesterday I put on the first coat of paint on a large shed. Today I am hurting. For a few days now my right calf has been tight. When painting it felt fine but now its really tight. The right side of my back is also tight. Im thinking its from stretching on the ladder plus its my dominant side so I used it more. I used a brush for the first coat because of its texture. My hand was even cramping up. Second coat is going on with a roller! <BR> <BR> Sitting here I was thinking about how ... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:41:47 EST WOW 10 years 10 years ago I saw on television someone talking about SparkPeople. When I saw it was FREE I ran right to the computer and joined. I spent the rest of the day playing around on here reading articles and looking at recipes. I got to the exercises and looked them over before writing up a plan. The next day I started to exercise. This went on for over a month and then I got a cold. I felt like poo for 2 weeks. I had no energy and I just wanted to stay in bed, or on the couch watching horr... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:34:35 EST 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