PAISLEYOWL140's SparkPeople Blog PAISLEYOWL140's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Better back and no more funk My back is 100% better. Yesterday I was a little sore from using my muscles differently but I was able to bend over :) <BR> <BR> Over the next 7 days Im going to stretch and do some yoga. Then next Sunday Im heading to the gym. I need to start a routine because I really need to make the gym a norm in my life. We drove past it yesterday and I felt guilty. Like when you skip school and play hooky. <BR> <BR> Im watching my little cousin over night tomorrow but the rest of the week after... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:16:46 EST Horrible week Sunday I woke up with a sinus headache. I was hurting all day. My sinus headache always knock me out. <BR> <BR> Monday I woke up feeling so much better. My aunt left for work after I cleaned off her car and I stayed up and watched some TV. My gram was up and I could tell she was tired so I told her to go lay back down. I hear her asleep in her room so I lay down on the couch. Bad idea. I think I pinched something in my neck or it was my sinuses again. I woke up with a killer head a... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:42:14 EST Getting back on track I have been out of it since before Thanksgiving. Actually time has just flown by since August. Anyways, I am out of the woods and back on the trail. My cousin had her second little girl Friday so now I have 3 months to get this house ready for a 3 month old and a 3 year old. <BR> <BR> First off I need to stop with the pop and drink my water. I was doing good then, I dont know when but I was having a can a day and hardly any water. I also need to eat better but I put this in almost all... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 22:39:56 EST Creeper blog UPDATE I seemed to have pissed this person off with my last blog. I had a feeling it was someone from my past because of the way this person would approach things. I had met a girl in a chat room back in 05 when I was in a really dark place. She was great and helped me out a lot but she would message the person I was having issues with. Shes an extreme person. But this wasnt her. <BR> <BR> Here is what was in the email I got today: "I was once a member on here and I found my meaning in life.... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 12:39:47 EST Email creeper Since the summer I have been getting emails that are meant to be motivational kicks in the butt but they come off kinda rude. I dont know who wrote them because the profile changes every time. There are no pictures or anything personal. The first one I got the person said that they read all my blogs. First off thats crazy because there are A LOT. This person pretty much put me down. Said that Ive done nothing and will most likely never reach a goal because I never fight. That I never r... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 10:22:46 EST Not as planned but still a good day So things didnt really start out as planned. <BR> <BR> The plan was to get up at 6 and have a bowl of cereal and start the roast that we would be eating at 2ish (dad likes dinner early when he comes over). So this never happened. We stayed up to watch Childhoods End on SyFy last night so we didnt get to bed till, get this, 1150 hahahaha. I wanted to go to bed at 9 but oh well. I got up at 8 something and was getting things ready to start the roast when I got a txt from my dad. He isnt ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 13:35:00 EST Food for thought For about a week now I have been thinking about food for the new year. What I would like to do is live as if there is no fast food joints, just nice sit down restaurants and diners. Food at those places are a lot fresher than say, McDonalds and Burger King. We also have to go there to eat instead of taking it to go. This family likes food in front of TV and we need to change that. <BR> <BR> This morning I watched Rachel Rays 'A Week in a Day' and it reminded me that I have thought of thi... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:38:09 EST Bored, taking a break I got my coconut macaroons done and they are yummy. All 8 loaves of pumpkin bread is done. Working on my sugar cookies right now, half way done. Later tonight Im making the turtles. <BR> <BR> The sugar cookies are small, quarter size, and I 120 done so far. Probably have 140 left to make. I use to icing every single one but this year Im making sugar cookie samis. I usually do a quick icing, powdered sugar with milk, but this year Im making buttercream. That will be between 2 cookies ... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 15:13:47 EST Probably my last blog of the year So its the week of the cookies. Still making the same things but the schedule has changed. Yesterday I never got around to cleaning. Its hard to clean with a 2 year old stuck to your leg. Had her till 630, well thats when her mom got here but she sat out in the car for about 20 mins on the phone. She leaves a lil after 7 and then we get our grocery list together and coupons so we can go get the thing we need for the cookies, cake, and turtles. We ate out since we got home at 930. Her da... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 16:58:33 EST Week 14th - 18th This week I dont have much to do. I just have to make a big batch of chili for my cousins baby shower and make 2 loaves of pumpkin bread. Friday Im heading out to my grandparents to do cookies. Since I can remember we have always done a butt load of cookies, divided them up and then make smaller batches to pass out to friends and anyone else. We get together the weekend before "big family Christmas", and make candy cane cookies and kieflies (those are THE BEST). <BR> <BR> This year is ... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 14:42:01 EST Just a thought This morning while fixing breakfast I was thinking about the Gym. If I try to make it every day for an hour to ride the bike, I should be able to reach my goal sooner then planned. <BR> <BR> I really need to work on a routine. I have a plan already in mind but Im starting to think of another one. This plan will have me getting up at 450 every morning during the week. Ride the bike for an hour before my cousin drops off her kid and before my aunt heads off to work. Later in the day, a... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 12:59:21 EST Today at the gym Im currently working on a list of goals. I think I have 7 already wrote down on my profile. Im working on reaching one this week. Going to the gym 5 days in a row. Today was day 3. Over the weekend I spent 90 minutes each day and then today 60 minutes. Today I just did cardio because I left late, 9:45, and I have to get up at 6 to babysit. 30 on the bike and 30 on the treadmill. I tried to keep it at an incline anywhere from 5 to 8.5 and a speed of 2.7 to 2.9. I could have easily spen... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 00:08:40 EST Its raining GYM! On this nice rainy day I finally got a chance to make it to the gym. 95 minutes of pure heaven. I did my usual stuff but decided to push myself on the bike. 45 minutes, just over 9.6 miles. My legs felt a little like jello but so great at the same time. I want to go back tonight and work more on my upper body and walk on the treadmill, but I dunno yet. I do plan to go tomorrow and at least 3x next week. If I had my own car and my grams health was better I would be going everyday. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 17:05:22 EST Turkey and goals So my gym is open this Thursday till 1pm so the plan is to prep everything the night before so all I have to do is put the turkey in and then head off to the gym for a couple hours. There isnt much to do since its just the four of us (me, my aunt, grams, and my dad). <BR> <BR> This week I would like to aim for going everyday. MWF I do cardio and full body and then just cardio on TR. I would like for this to be my norm. Im working on my 'at home workout' list. I want to make sure Im hi... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:46:49 EST @ the gym I made it to the gym last night and I am so happy that I made myself go. I had planned to go earlier in the day and then around 6pm I just felt tired and drained. I was fighting with myself. My shoulder blades where also still sore from raking up leaves Sunday. At 830 I changed my clothes, put my hair up, got my water bottle and went to the gym. <BR> <BR> I did 40 mins cardio between the treadmill and the bike, and 30 mins between lower, upper, and core When I was working my arms and... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:43:29 EST cough UPDATE This cough is coming to an end which means I can return to the gym. Im not going tonight because Im really sore from raking up leaves yesterday. I did do some exercises and I plan to go for a walk tonight. Tomorrow, Thursday and early Saturday morning I plan on going. I might also go Saturday night because we are doing Thanksgiving at my grandparents and I already know that Im going to feast. <BR> <BR> I plan on taking better care of myself since I watch a 2 year old that loves giving me... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 16:18:23 EST got the cough... again On November 2nd I watched my little cousin who HAD to give me kisses all day. She coughed a couple times but I didnt pay to much attention. On the 3rd I watched her again and she was still coughing. Later that day I went to the gym and there I started to cough. Today we are still both coughing. Because of this I havent been to the gym since the 3rd. Its a dry cough and very annoying. <BR> <BR> This cough medicine isnt working but it feels like the same one I had back in February and... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:12:33 EST My Birthday Yesterday I turned 33 and my day was GREAT!!! I got up at 7 and spent about 80 minutes at the gym. It felt so good to be there. Its been 3 or 4 months since Ive been due to family things and me just feeling drained. The only spot on me thats sore is my chest. I plan to go back tomorrow night and Thursday night. I might even go Saturday morning before heading out to my grandparents place to celebrate October/November birthdays. <BR> <BR> This is going to be my year. I really need to ... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 08:25:22 EST UGH!! I just saw.. 'it' (not the movie) I open up my lap top and in the black screen I spot it. The other chin. I need to put my foot down and focus on my goals and work my ass off to reach them. My birthday is this Sunday so I have decided to wake up early and head off to the gym. We are going to see Crimson Peak at 11am so I have to get up at 630 (eat something small) then head to the gym from 7 to 830, and then come home to shower and eat. I want my year of being 33 the year of change. The year of achieving my goals. <BR> ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:18:47 EST What a Month These past 33 days has been soooooo busy. We finished pulling up the pavers on the front porch and we are currently filling the holes and smoothing out the concrete. We are still debating on if to paint or stain the porch, or just leave it natural. We also cleaned up the driveway. Cleaned the edges, removed a lot of sod, pulled up loose drive way, and power washed. It looks so big now! <BR> <BR> I got my little cousin a lot this month so Ive been extra tired. The little fart even gav... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:06:39 EST OMG!!! So I still haven't started anything. I feel like I haven't been to the gym in weeks. I eat whatever I want and Im always hungry. Im usually like this the week before my period, but not this time. I am stressed about a couple of things. My cousin is getting married October 10th and I still haven't lose any weight. Yes there are some parts of me that has toned up but I still have a big gut. I NEED MY CARDIO!!!!! Then there is my grams doctor appointment to see if it is dementia, if so w... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 11:15:11 EST It WILL begin tomorrow So I never got around to starting the new plan on the 26. Lack of sleep and yardwork got in the way. I was hoping to start it yesterday but as I was doing housework I found more work to do and my OCD kicked in and I spent all day in the bathroom cleaning and organizing it along with cleaning the living room. I need to finish the housework today (cleaning the kitchen and a lot of laundry) since I'm watching my cousin tomorrow through Friday. I would like to go to the Gym today but I doubt ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:15:16 EST My changing Plan Not sure if it was on this profile or my last profile but I remember writing a blog about changing things up. Changing up a routine is good for your muscles and people that do this also have better results with weight lose. So over this past week I was planning things out. Here is my plan that will start this Thursday: <BR> <BR> Monday and Thursday (Day A) <BR> a.m. - Morning yoga // stretching // Challenges <BR> p.m. - Stretching // Spark videos and Bra bulge exercises // bedtime yoga <... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:21:02 EST So far this month Since the 10th Ive only been to the Gym once. I had my busy days of house work and yard work and on the days that I could make it I was sore. Friday night my body just felt drained and I was a zombie by 8. Sunday I woke up with my left trapezius muscle (had to look that one up, the muscle that connects your neck to your shoulder) really tight. <BR> <BR> Tonight my aunt is going to the gym and I plan to go tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday. Im not sure what we are doing this weekend but I wo... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:33:46 EST