READY4CHANGE81's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=READY4CHANGE81 READY4CHANGE81's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Did they see me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828786 I read this blog today and wanted to share it with all of you.... something I've struggled with in the past. Some of you may not relate, but those that can I want you to know that you are not alone. ***THE POST BELOW IS SHARED FROM ANOTHER BLOGGER on another site...but I can relate!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> did they see me? <BR> i don't know why it's so hard, <BR> to just walk by it. <BR> it doesn't have power over me. <BR> i'm stronger than i think i am. <BR> but just one bite, <BR> that couldn'... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 20:41:56 EST Stress is not a free pass!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827233 This week so far has not gone as planned :/ <BR> <BR> FINALS WEEK. WEEK BEFORE TESTING. = STRESS <BR> <BR> I need to <em>227</em> right now and take a deep breath and realize stressing out will not change the amount of work on my plate at the moment. <BR> <BR> I've recognized more than ever how much of an emotional eater I am... Every time I would get stressed over the last few days I would crave things I would normally not even eat??? (like Twix candy bar?? or pizza) What in ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 22:55:26 EST Happy Birthday to me :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824663 Hello friends. :) I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with loved ones and good friends! <BR> <BR> This has been the first Thanksgiving that I have spent it with friends (not family/significant others family) so it was a little different. I was going to just stay home to avoid holiday food, but at the last minute changed my mind when some friends were insisting I come over. I was really proud of how well I did. I didn't overeat at all and I made my holiday about the comp... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:03:13 EST Hey friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814516 I am doing well.... even got some workouts in lately. My muscles are feeling it. LOL :-) I am not sure if it is allergies but I've been dealing with chest congestion and a horrible cough/itchy throat for several weeks now. I will start coughing and can barely catch my breath and my eyes will start watering. Has anyone experienced this???? I've been drinking tea with lemon and honey. I've tried mucinex and Tussin yet nothing works. Any suggestions??? It's causing a lot of fatig... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:46:52 EST chugging along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804270 I really do have some of the best spark friends!!!! Thank you all so much for your support!! I will go and check out your pages tomorrow and see what is going on in your world!!!! <BR> <BR> I have had a CRAZY and exhausting week, but I feel hopeful that thing are going in the right direction. <BR> <BR> I got rid of some extremely toxic things in my life this past week and while it was hard I know in the long run that it is what is best for me... <BR> <BR> Sometimes I do not understand why... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:09:14 EST feeling hopeful & blessed (: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801752 Thank you so much to my spark friends for the comments & goodies today. It seriously lifted my spirits and considerably helped my mindset! <BR> <BR> I've started the day off strong w/ my lunch packed and ready to go! =) I ate my packed lunch & snacks at work, but didn't eat anything in the afternoon which left me really hungry when I got home. I stopped at starbucks and got a black americano. I really wanted to order something sweet, but I knew it was just in my head. More often than no... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:03:58 EST Spark Friends... I could use some encouragement. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801161 I admit it. I convinced myself I could go through this journey alone. Not because I thought that I was better than anyone at Spark People or that I didn't NEED any of you. It wasn't that at all. It was more because I felt like every time I got on spark people it was a song, dance, & some sort of promise that I was going to do better. I would do better for a week, two...or maybe three, but slowly I would fall back into bad habits. I would let one bad meal turn into a binge that could lea... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:03:41 EST I need a reset button... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766219 I was off to a good start this summer with eating right and working out. THEN one day at the gym while doing mountain climbers Ianded on my foot wrong and fractured it. Honestly it was a HUGE blow to be and I let it allow me to get completely off track. I felt sorry for myself and let myself believe that it would always be something. I know I made poor choices to get to where I am today, but I also know that I am the only one that can change my attitude and behavior. <BR> <BR> For mor... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:04:59 EST midweek update :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705625 This week started off rocky with my grandma having a stroke :( She's been in the hospital and recently transported to a rehabilitation center. She is paralyzed on her left side and her speech is very slurred. It breaks my heart to see her like this. <BR> <BR> I have been getting my workouts in and did some meal prepping tonight. :) I'm feeling better than I did over the weekend by focusing on knowing that I made the right decision. I've kept myself fairly busy so my mind doesn't start... Wed, 28 May 2014 23:25:35 EST Saying good bye...or see you later. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703007 Over the past year I feel like I've taken one step forward and two steps back. Ive clawed my way back up only to fall back down. Gaining and losing the same 20lbs or so over and over again. <BR> <BR> I am not better off today than I was a year ago and that HAS TO change. I write this blog with an extremely heavy heart and tears rolling down my face...so bare with me if it doesn't make sense. It's time for me to BE REAL and BE ME. <BR> <BR> Today I made the hardest decision emo... Sun, 25 May 2014 19:52:02 EST quick check-in :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690180 I promised a blog... not a long one...but here it is :) <BR> <BR> I've been faithfully hitting the gym for a little over a month now and it feels great!!! I feel so alive again!! I feel like I've got my groove back! :D <BR> <BR> This week I've tightened up on my diet...and the scale is moving!!!!!!! YAY! This past week I exceeded my step goal and only dropped 0.6. At first I was a little discouraged and then I thought NOPE...You kicked butt in the gym this week! You worked out on days... Thu, 8 May 2014 00:15:39 EST Short & sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681997 Today I logged into my 24 hour fitness account to see how many times I've gone to the gym this month. I have gone 17 times!! woo hoo! I am very proud of that!! <BR> <BR> I have earned over 80,000 steps this week! :) Soo.... Why only the 5lbs weight loss for the whole month. <BR> <BR> HAS TO BE DIET. <BR> <BR> so... as much as I hate it... I have to track. Everything else is adding up to a loss ... (calories in/calories out) <BR> <BR> <BR> back to the basics. :) <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:14:09 EST Testing week... dun dun dun.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679076 I am very proud of myself & how well I've done this week. It is what are normally the most stressful days of the year for Texas teachers. (STAAR TESTING) However, I took on a different approach this year... <BR> <BR> WHY STRESS???!! <BR> <BR> <BR> I have busted my butt teaching these kiddos all year, tutored 3 days during the week and on Saturdays.... Why should I be stressing? There is nothing more I can do. <BR> <BR> I cannot tell you how much better this week has gone for me. I pr... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:49:48 EST In life you get what you think you deserve & I deserve the WORLD! :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677465 This journey is so much more than counting calories, drinking water,and working out. Through SparkPeople I have met so many people on this journey who are just like me. It has felt great to feel like I am not alone because for so many years there were so many people who could never relate. I have never really been close with my family. Of course we love each other and do things for one another, but the TIGHT close bond I see with many other families doesn't exist for me. I've always fel... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:48:00 EST The cardio queen is back! ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676717 Something happened this weekend... something clicked. <BR> <BR> While I thought signing up for a race (Dirty Girl Mud Run) 5 months from now was just something I could work towards it really sparked something inside of me. Even though it has only been a few days I noticed a huge change in my attitude an the way I am looking at where I want to be. I know the power is completely within me to get to where I need to be and I am the only one that is holding me back. I am the personal respons... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:21:27 EST 176 days to go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675426 To say that I have needed something to give me a push in the right direction is a bit of an understatement. I am not sure when it happened, but the drive I had to continue on this journey with the same enthusiasm went out the window long ago... which is often hard to admit. Especially when not a moment goes by I am not thinking about my weight, where I am, and when am I going to do this... <BR> <BR> I have always wanted to do an all women mud run and tonight I found one. While it was a b... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:06:33 EST showing up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665590 It’s about you “showing up” to your life. It’s not about waiting for the money or waiting for the right time or the right person, It’s about you- stepping up and living your full potential instead of settling. And it isn't until we look beyond the superficial layers that we can move forward and get what we want in life. <BR> <BR> How bad do you want it? Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:30:49 EST Living in the moment!!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652825 Don't let another day go by where you let your past hold you captive. In the end, who really cares how many wrong turns or detours you had to take as long as you get where you belong. Yesterday's excuses EXPIRED when your eyes opened this morning so no matter how great the task start today at making the rest of your life the best of your life!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> brand new hair. brand new me. brand new attitude. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l465643598.jpg... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:04:03 EST Spark Recipe :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643790 Look what I made today... :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l616496839.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1390342819.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have to admit they turned out pretty awesome. <BR> <BR> I found a spark recipe and kinda made it my own. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed this with a 1/4c baked red potatoes (made with tsp of extra virgin olive oil & Mrs. Dash) and 1/2c mixed fruit :) <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 17:50:32 EST Thinking out loud... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641737 Hey spark buds... :) <BR> <BR> Sorry I haven't been around lately... <em>2</em> We have state testing coming up in a few weeks so work has somewhat taken over. <BR> <BR> A little weight loss update... <BR> <BR> The first weigh in of the BL (work biggest loser) contest went very well... I was down 11.2!! <em>40</em> I couldn't believe it. While most of it may have been water weight it was incredibly motivating and caused me to step up my game for the second week. I worked out... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 23:06:16 EST What's on your playlist? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606263 I am pretty bored with listening to the same songs when I workout.... <BR> <BR> What awesome songs do you have on your playlist that you would recommend?? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of buying myself a new CD at the end of the week as a reward if I keep up with my workouts/lose weight when I weigh in at WW. :) <BR> <BR> Okay...GO.... <BR> :) Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:53:26 EST Attitude is everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606165 I got this in my email this morning and thought I'd share. :) I know attitude is something that makes a huge difference on this journey. What you believe about yourself is so important. If you believe you can...the bigger chance is you will... <BR> <BR> I may even disagree with how low the percentage (8%) of worry comes true. I think if we worry about things enough they become a self-fulfilling prophecy. (been there. done that.) <BR> <BR> However, thought it was a great video to share... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:57:45 EST Is January almost over? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605546 It seems like I just brought in the New Year ...ummm yesterday? <BR> <BR> During the week has been go, go, go....and I really have not had time to blog. After the back injury I really limited my (hardcore) exercise and was proud of myself for not trying to push through it and trying to work through it and making it worse. <BR> <BR> I spent this time focusing on my diet and I am very proud of how well I've done so far. Since we've come back to school (work) I have not ordered out despite... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 18:48:45 EST Day 2 and 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587498 Considering I was in bed before 8pm last night I didn't get a chance to blog. Somehow I have managed to hurt my back during the workout I was so pumped about on Monday. It was hard for me to even get through the day at work because no matter how I turn my head, walk, bend it HURTS like someone is stabbing me in the lower back. I have been pretty pumped up to get my workouts in and this has kind of threw a (short term) wrench in the mix. While I am a little frustrated, I am learning to no... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 22:52:35 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584990 I have been up and down on this journey many times. Recently, I had to be honest with myself and look back to what really works... I won't get into all of that because most of you already know...and that would probably be a long winded post that I do not have time for!! ha ha <BR> <BR> I did fairly well with my diet today. I stayed within range...no junk...no bingeing on anything.. :) The staff did end up eating out for lunch today so I ordered tacos with only steak and onions. I only ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 22:22:16 EST Change isn't easy, but it is worth it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556389 So many times I want to sit down and blog, but I either do not have the time and when I do have the time I do not have the energy or feel like my time would be better put to doing something else. <BR> <BR> Here are a few updates, thoughts...and realizations... I know it's kinda long :P <BR> <BR> After a challenging holiday and birthday I have had a great week so far. I prepped a few meals Sunday night and it's really helped me over the last couple of days. I did try something new...cous... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 23:36:33 EST more than an exercise thing... (I miss her) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551885 Today was an amazing day... <BR> <BR> I was able to get lunch with some friends, go wander around some stores, get some books at B&N, and then went to a movie with a friend tonight. <BR> <BR> The movie I went to see tonight stirred up so many unexpected emotions. I am not sure if it is the holidays or the significance in the movie, but it was something I felt I could no longer run from. Once I was finally alone in the car tonight a flood of emotion took over me. Something I hadn't exp... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 23:58:27 EST feels good to be sore again :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537832 I wanted to first say THANK YOU for those of you who regularly comment on my blog and check in on me. I'm sorry I haven't been a great spark buddy lately within reading blogs and catching up on comments. I try to come in and update here and there... <BR> <BR> I also find when I start commenting on blogs I can be here forever. ... next thing I know an hour and a half later I am still sitting here at the computer. I wanted to get on spark after my workout today, but I was worried if I did I... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 00:35:06 EST since I've been gone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533416 Short update... <BR> <BR> Since the last time I blogged I joined weight watchers. I really need the support and reminding myself the importance of portion control. <BR> <BR> I have given away the last of the Halloween treats the students have given me. I should have done that day one. All that chocolate/peanut butter combinations adds up quick... = empty calories I do not need!! <BR> <BR> I mentioned in a status that I lost my fitbit... well, it was found by my coworker today in the ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 23:14:18 EST Blog 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526928 I'm pretty proud of myself that I've kept up my blogging streak! <BR> <BR> <BR> I really enjoyed having PJ day yesterday at work, but being so difficult was hard to not want to take an afternoon nap! <BR> <BR> Today we had crazy sock and hair day. That was fun too, but the students were bouncing off the walls. I know they enjoyed it though. Tomorrow is neon colors and sunglasses. Thurs we get to wear "super hero" costumes. I also have my formal observation with my principal that day ... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 22:55:29 EST little steps... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526021 I'm not going to write a long blog entry because I'm super tired and need to get some rest. <BR> <BR> However, I wanted to note that I exceeded my 7,500 steps by just a little today. <BR> <BR> DRUM ROLL PLEASE.... <BR> <BR> 13,648 steps ... a little over 6 miles! woo hoo! That is the most I've had in a while. It sure has taken a lot of out me, but I'm glad I did it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Now to just work on getting my water in & diet... <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:29:39 EST quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525070 Well, I didn't make my steps goal today and honestly I'm not sure the exact number of steps I earned. The trouble with my fitbit is that it has to be attached to your clothing. If it isn't then it doesn't count your steps. I switched outfits today before going to hang out with a friend and left my fitbit attached to my other clothes. So... I need to get back into the habit of making sure it is attached. :) <BR> <BR> I think I did rather well making healthy food choices this weekend. ... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:19:15 EST Am a a sleep-eater?!!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523954 So a couple of nights over the last few weeks I have woken up to a cereal bowl or left overs out on the counter in the morning. I know that everything was put away the night before. <BR> <BR> I live by myself so I know nobody else is leaving it out at night. Otherwise, I would definitely think it is someone else. <BR> <BR> Which means... I am getting something to eat in the middle of the night without even realizing it!!!! I dont' recall it in the morning most of the time. <BR> ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 14:09:55 EST Made my steps goal :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523512 Boy am I glad it is Friday! <BR> <BR> WooHoo!!! <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning feeling a lot better than I have. I have made a diligent effort to increase my water intake and it seems to have helped. When I woke up I put on my fitbit and gave myself a goal of 7,500 steps today. Normally my goal is 10,000, but I wanted to give myself something doable as I am getting back into the swing of things. <BR> <BR> I just logged in and I have 7,867 so far today. <em>224</em> = 3.49 mil... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:18:12 EST Appreciating the little things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522727 So tonight I had my breaking point.... <BR> <BR> I was at wal-mart filling out some paperwork for moneygram and while I was there my wallet disappears. I wasn't feeling well before I went, but I needed to go and take care of some things. While I was there filling out the paperwork I was texting and not paying attention to what was going on. So I go to grab my wallet and take my paper to the counter and I notice that it was GONE. So I panic!!! I KNEW I had it right next to me prior to g... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 23:12:00 EST blessing in disguise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519821 I had another trip to the ER via ambulance this week. :( I fainted at work and have had a series of blood tests to try to figure out what's going on. The doctor does not agree with ER diagnosis, but hopefully the blood work will give some answers. The doctor conducted a test where she took my blood pressure laying down, sitting up, and standing up and noticed a significant drop when I would sit up or stand up. She said I could have "orthostatic hypotension" ... however, she didn't want ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:16:18 EST It's your life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508353 read this today... thought I'd share! :) <BR> <BR> "Don't forget that YOU create how your life is, no matter what is thrown at you! If you have crappy people in your life, get rid of them...don't let them bring you down! If you have a job you hate, figure out what your passion is & GO FOR IT. If you want to lose weight, stop making excuses why you can't and make it happen one CHOICE at a time. We ALL have ups and downs, unsupportive people in our lives, things we wish were different, & strug... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 21:16:35 EST aiming for consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501967 Lately I feel like things at work are piling up. If it isn't one thing it is another, but isn't that how life goes? <BR> <BR> Today I was dragging by afternoon. I really felt like I just need a cup (or 3 of coffee) and maybe that would wake me up to get through the rest of the day. This year is flying by! I cannot believe it is already October. I feel like there is never enough time at work to get what I need to get done...curriculum and my assignments...but I've learned that I have t... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 23:16:08 EST Want to see results? DO THE WORK!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500690 I keep promising I am going to catch up with y'all update/blog/comment and then time gets away from me! So I have about 20 minutes before I am meeting a friend at the gym so I figured I would try now. ...even though I should be finishing grading some papers... <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I weighed myself on the scale this morning and I was down 3lbs!! Yay! <em>9</em> I managed to workout 4 times this past week, which was one day less than I had planned, but I am still proud of myself co... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:31:07 EST I'm ready for my COME BACK!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494418 So today I took advantage of the "fresh start" I blogged about yesterday. I promised myself prior to today that I would have an official weigh-in and update my tracker. My weight has been all over the place the last few months, but it is directly related to my behavior, habits, and attitude. I have been so up and down when it comes to diet and exercise is often hit or miss. I've told myself that I want this, but I've felt like my spark has been gone. Honestly, I've felt like it's been ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 00:20:54 EST Every day is a fresh start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492147 The last month has been pretty crazy, but I am still alive and kickin' :) <BR> <BR> I am starting to adjust to a new schedule as much as I can. I am not a morning person so I can't say I will ever gladly jump out of bed at 5:30am. :) Over the past month I have been in/out of the hospital/doctors offices and it has been a rude awakening to me. I do not want to live my life in a doc office or dependent on medication. <BR> <BR> I've learned that you cannot change people no matter how muc... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 18:34:21 EST Day 3- Short & sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483175 My blogs have been so serious lately and honestly I don't have the energy to post all that has happened in the last 24 hours... I'll just say that today has ended on a good note. :) <BR> <BR> I saw this today and it made me giggle. So I am going to keep it short & sweet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l73573729.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know I do... <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:05:42 EST Day 2: The Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482137 I had just typed up an entire blog and then lost it... I hate when that happens... <BR> <BR> Well, I guess I will go with the shorter version ;) <BR> <BR> So yesterday I said I was going to challenge myself to live a more peaceful life (less stress). I think often when we challenge ourselves we get just that: A CHALLENGE. However, if I am ever going to truly understand this change fully and make it through I have to be able to do it all the time (meaning practicing peace.) <BR> <BR> I g... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:50:47 EST Day 1: stress free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481097 Over the past week or so I have been doing well eating during the day, but then night time rolls around and I get this overwhelming feeling that I am SO HUNGRY. <BR> <BR> Well, thankfully Lauren (sparkgirl32) told me on fb to start thinking about/journaling how you feel before you eat something late at night. Honestly, I feel that all signs are pointing to stress. Unnecessary stress. Stress of everything I did do/didn't do... my never-ending to do list!!! I am stressing over things that ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 22:21:12 EST Another good day in the books :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479068 It has been really nice to have a day off. I was pretty tired last night so I went to sleep around 10am and didn't have too much trouble waking up at 7:30. I had to get up early because I was having a washer & dryer delivered between 8-2. I was able to get a lot done waiting on them since they didn't come until 12:30 or so. I had some cereal (honey bunches of oats) for breakfast. I put a roast in the oven in the morning so it was nice to have it for lunch. I was so busy organizing and u... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 23:01:55 EST Following the rules :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477255 This week has gone by super fast! I cannot believe it is almost Friday already! However, I am ready for a couple days off! <BR> <BR> Today went really well. I started the day off with a huge bottle of ice cold water and it did make me feel a lot better. :) I brought breakfast with me (egg whites, turkey sausage, red potato, peppers, onions, and mushrooms.) I cut it all up and make it kind of like a scramble and just heat it up when I get to work. It was pretty tasty and kept me full... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 22:45:41 EST Your journey is what you make it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476142 So I said I am going to try to blog more... <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor today for my followup after being in the hospital and he basically gave me a plan for the next week. I am still feeling pretty exhausted, but like he said my body has been through a lot in the last week. I need to continue to eat better, follow his instructions, and stay positive. Honestly, over the last few days I admit I was struggling with being positive. I realize that I needed to take responsibility for this,... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 21:30:05 EST A night at the hospital = a huge wake up call... & Energy bus update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474053 I always have the best intentions to blog more, but life tends to get in the way and blogging gets pushed to the side. Can any of you relate? <BR> <BR> Over the past month a lot has happened. I have moved into my own apartment (in which I have more stuff than it can hold)...so that has been a task to go through everything and figure out what I TRULY need and what needs to go. So aside from the overload of paperwork, grading, meetings, and lesson plans (I know, it comes with my job) I am ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 23:09:34 EST New School year & a new beginning :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459376 Hey everyone! <BR> Just a short update before I need to get some sleep! I have to be at work at 7:30 tomorrow...we will have teacher in-services all week then the kiddos come next Monday. I am getting pretty excited. I am thankful to be in a career that you get a fresh start every year. A new set of everything. ... (yet technically we get a fresh start daily) but I think y'all know what I mean. :) <BR> <BR> I got a book this week that my administrators wanted us to read called "The Ene... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 23:46:26 EST I'm back from IL... :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428824 Hey everyone! It's been a little while since I've updated :) <BR> <BR> Since my last update I went back to Illinois for my sister's wedding. It was a really beautiful wedding and great day besides my fall (concussion). However, I am completely healed from the incident with no long term injuries! So I am extremely grateful for that! <BR> <BR> I spent 3 weeks in the Midwest with my family and overall I did a really great job of staying on track especially with my eating. I bounced around b... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:00:27 EST