RISAMEANSLAUGH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RISAMEANSLAUGH RISAMEANSLAUGH'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/ Sickness, stomachaches, and sadness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572348 Well, it's the day after Christmas. To combat my usual "down" feelings that happen after a major holiday, I've given Spark goodies and made myself useful while I care for my granddaughter. Neither she nor I had many Christmas treats, too much sickness :( <BR> Both of us have had the head cold/creeping crud that makes one feel AWFUL. I think I could take it if it was just me but when she is sick . . . that makes everything worse!! <BR> <BR> On the plus side, I've ridden my stationary bike ... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 14:54:23 EST Idk how long I've been gone, but I AM BACK!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568056 Hi. My name is Riisa. I probably haven't been "sparking" properly (only fitness) for a few months. Today I posted this message on the "30Somethings with 100+ to lose" although I'm sure that I'm not a 30something (LOL). I know, I've got issues. I work too much and my husband has no job. My daughter moved back home with my granddaughter and that's the joy of my life (besides teaching Spanish and watching "Walking Dead" with my husband). Here's the message I posted today: <BR> <BR> "My ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:54:11 EST I just might be making progress!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436364 Well, the original title of today’s blog was going to be “It is what it is”. I felt like, losing one half pound is all I’m destined to do. **BIG SIGH** Then something changed and I’m hopeful again. <em>189</em> <BR> <BR> I’ve got a confession to make: I’m a hot mess. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I mean, I’ve been WONDERFUL with working out – that’s what I do and I do it well (not braggin’ just sayin’). <em>104</em> I’m off for the summer and, despite doing quite a lot of keeping o... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 15:48:43 EST "Back home in Indiana" (yeah, it's both a song and an attitude)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418219 Well Tuesday morning in the wee hours, I arrived in Indianapolis. My husband met me and we drove home. It was sometime after 3am when we got here. I wasn't quite the wreck I thought I would be, despite not being able to sleep until sometime after 4. <BR> Idk if I've lost more than a half pound (I'll know that tomorrow when I weigh). I ate probably about 1350 as an average of calories daily when I was there. Frankly, yellow squash saved me! My mother, ever the traditionalist, told ... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:25:43 EST Texas, day 2 . . . or is it 3? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411665 Well, after a crazily long day (I stopped counting at 20 hours) and a good sleep, I'm here!! So special thanks to all the kind messages on my last blog. I appreciated it and needed (used the spiritual help)!My Mother is in good spirits and we've had a nice time. My sisters have left town (with their families) and Mother and I are on our own!! <BR> The thing is, sometimes her computer works, sometimes MY computer works and sometimes NEITHER work. So, as long as I can keep my "streaks" ... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 16:02:37 EST Texas Bound! Well, day after tomorrow . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407916 I'm really filled with mixed emotions right now. I'm going to Texas, that annual trek I make either by plane or car. This time it's plane, so quite naturally, I'm journey proud (that is to say, wake up early, can't go to sleep at nig.ht). Whenever I have to fly anymore I just get all . . . Queasy inside. My stomach becomes this other worldly thing and I am not proud to say, I'm a white knuckle flyer. Why does it matter, because my daddy was a pilot!! <BR> So I'll be leaving Fort Way... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 21:54:14 EST What's goin' on ? (as in the Marvin Gaye song) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392255 <BR> Well, it’s been about 17 days since I last posted and it’s not going well right now. Seems I’m on a collision course with food. Other people have other vices, mine is food. Not just any food, but ice cream. And I’ve been eating it (along with other stuff) like it’s going out of style. <BR> It’s not just that I’m not eating properly, it’s that I’m eating emotionally. I’m upset (still) with everything going on at home (although things are getting smoother, it is still an upheaval – e... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:23:47 EST Stress, thy name is "Life" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367935 My daughter and granddaughter moved in with us week before last. Then they moved out again. Today they came back, this time to stay, I think. After the initial shock has worn off, I’m ready for this to happen. I’m happy to have my granddaughter in a more positive place, even if it takes some adjustment. I’m glad but I’m sad also. Divorce can be messy and is so stressful. But I thgouth I was just fine and dandy with this situation. Unfortunately, my emotional side isn’t ready for it AT... Sat, 25 May 2013 21:50:55 EST Catchin' up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361165 Just looked up today and saw I was remiss! I haven’t blogged since May 3rd and that’s too long! I have excuses, of course. I was sick. I got “down” and didn’t want to show that negativity on Spark. I had an arm/shoulder issue that had to settle down – so my exercise has had to made to go s-l-o-w-l-y (that’s a bummer!). And when I had finally made up my mind to write, there was the “power outage” from the fire near Spark headquarters (last Thurs?), so again no blog. In the meantime, I’v... Sun, 19 May 2013 14:09:54 EST Under the weather! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343290 Well, I’ve caught it, a cold, I guess. This is what my mother calls “the epizutic” (is that a Mississippi phrase?, that’s where she’s from anyway – maybe I’ll call it a “Southern” phrase). I’m coughing and “harkin’” and feel just terrible. Yes, I have had a headache for over 3 weeks. Yes, I thought it was “under control”. I even went to the dr yesterday and GOT ANTIbiotic! But yesterday, I gave up! I set up lesson plans (for two days). I am sick (DATGUMIT). Oh I’m so angry that I’m a... Thu, 2 May 2013 13:18:39 EST Wow! What a day! And it's not over yet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337369 Wow! Just got home and can't quite believe it. My students had their Academic Superbowl today. I coach Social Studies (though I also teach SS -- in Spanish) and it was a classic middle school ride. First we had one of our youngest players quit. No explanation. Then he changed schools (that broke my heart). Then another girl, one of the strongest players, had to go away the weekend of our big meet! Oh no!! <BR> <BR> I know challenges come up to make us stronger. I know the other stud... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 14:04:06 EST "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened" -Dr Seuss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314861 Last night, I went to sleep with an “uh oh” on my mind. It’s the end of Spring Break. School begins on Monday, so Sunday is the last day to get EVERYTHING ready before school starts again. It’s the last mad dash to make sure: laundry is done, food is ready for next week (both lunch and dinner), the house is clean, and lessons are ready for tomorrow (yes, I did that one BEFORE I left for break!!). <BR> But as got up, instead of feeling dread, I felt relieved. I even smiled!! I had ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 16:59:36 EST Ch-ch-ch-changes!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310721 This week is filled with changes: it’s Spring Break. No school, so no work for me! Time to deep clean the house (did it)! Time to finish last week’s grading/projects (did it)!! Time to exercise and swim like crazy! Screeching halt sound!! The pool that I use is closed this week. <BR> As a person who regularly experiences pain from osteoarthritis AND a hypo thyroid, I’m not usually interested in doing any exercises outside of my regular routine. So the pool closing threw me for a ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:54:20 EST The Glass IS half full (well, today, I think so). http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299888 Well, tomorrow I get to find out if the scale has moved. After reading the blogs of some other Spark People, I realized in little over two months, I've lost about 5 times LESS than many of them. I think, at some level, I've known this. And I've been more than a little bit down. <BR> <BR> Today, I was blessed by a natural event that, hopefully, has hit the reset button on my natural propensity to get worn out by everything and then get depressed. Luckily, I live in Indiana and we got "hit... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:02:33 EST Wearin' of the Green day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290281 Happy St. Patrick's Day! <BR> <BR> Today was a better day for me! I worked out for over an hour and felt stronger thereafter. I even cleaned my house and RAN THE SWEEPER yesterday!!! I wasn't (too) sore afterward! <BR> <BR> Turns out, my Spark friend HawtGranny was right! I walked yesterday and today before I did my "Cardio Blast" and I could tell a difference! I sweated BIG TIME today and, as a person with hypothyroid, it takes quite a lot of working out for me to sweat. So today was... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 20:34:38 EST Maybe . . . just a little bit . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280603 Today was about hitting the "reset" button in my head. <BR> <BR> It was about getting outside of my (somewhat obsessive) thoughts about the scale that won't move. It was about no move overworking out (nor under working out!!). It was about getting past the crazy soreness and still having a nice Saturday. <BR> <BR> Thanks to a dear friend and awesome family, I have hit that button. I feel better, perhaps I am ever so slightly closer to the middle of my self -- maybe where there is balance... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 22:12:36 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269986 So far, today has been what I will call "useless", except for it's not. I have an awfully hard time with "me" time without feeling like a selfish lout. And I did wake up feeling like I'd been hit with bricks. Why oh why, I ask you, did I challenge my sixth graders to a high kick contest(tae kwan do style) if they finished all their work? Why did I choose to win? Why did I agree to (and yes beat -- but they ARE in 6th grade) all of them in arm wrestling? Is this how I fight my "age issue... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 16:19:49 EST Reflections on a birthday well lived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261580 Well, today was one for the record books! I made it through the day without any birthday tears despite: my daughters being out of pocket for most of the day (one I didn't see at all), my husband having to work half the day, not hearing from one of my brothers (in TX) and having almost everything hit a faulty bump on the first try. <BR> <BR> If anything, Spark People has taught me to look on the brighter side of things. All day long things seemed a bit down, but I kept looking up. I kept... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 23:13:42 EST The Present, as in here and now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254232 Well, it was a pretty good weekend, all in all. A few ups and downs but mostly relaxing, cleaning, then relaxing again. My husband and I had a good evening. My husband isn't working but is working like crazy on an online school course that (as a veteran)guarantees him a job upon successful completion of the course (sometime next year). That's great but I often get anxious: what's next? What will happen when . . . Well, today I had to realize that right now is all we have. So if he's he... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 23:32:29 EST Each and every day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244348 Today was one of those day, well, it started out that way. I had to "beat myself around" as my Mississippi grandmother would say to ride my stationary bike, to walk with my husband, to get my students' papers graded, and finally to go to school (just for a minute)! <BR> <BR> It was when I was at school, that my motivation kicked in and "made the day right". The creativity came back to me, the depression abated (somewhat), I made bulletin boards and got the energy to continue. The same wil... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 19:51:19 EST Febuary, or febrero, in Spanish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235642 Well, it's February! My birth month! The snow month (sometimes), which is exciting for someone who grew up without snow. The Superbowl is today! <BR> <BR> And I'm forcin' it, as my students would say. I have no favorite team for the Superbowl! My stomach and head are achey and I've still got LOADS of work to do (both at home and at school)! I feel like a super whiney spoiled child!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm SURE the tiredness and the backache came from too much time at school yesterday (4... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 11:49:32 EST Thoughts on a snowy morning in Indiana http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224289 I'm feeling sad this morning. I'm not sure why but I thought if I wrote a little, maybe it would come out through my words. I am melancholy by nature and, as everyone, have my life has It's "ups and downs". Today I woke up and everything hurt: my fingers and hands, my wrists, my thighs, my knees (always) and tops of my feet. That last body part told me it was the lovely sodium which has been over the top the last two days!! Plus I KNOW when the body hurts and the sodium is up, there wil... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:50:52 EST I'm gonna keep on keeping on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220865 It's been an ok day but a long one. I'm quite sure I should be sleeping now. Somehow <BR> "talking" here lets my brain rest and helps some balance return to my life. I got sick last week and so I got behind on work. <BR> <BR> I sat down on the couch &worked for 3 straight hours! Good thing I had worked out earlier! <BR> <BR> I'm still very excited about Spark People and what it's doing for my brain. I like reading the articles, etc and refocusing my mind. This thing is a godsend, real... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:33:17 EST " . . . and hope shall not disappoint us . . . " http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216046 I'm sitting at home this evening, settling in. It's been another good day of a mighty fine weekend. I've got tomorrow off (as I'm a teacher), so I can reflect tonight and transmit my thoughts to y'all. <BR> <BR> I think of how a week ago tonight, I was getting sick. Now, I'm better. <BR> <BR> I think of how two weeks ago I was getting ready to return from my holiday break and was worried about high my weight was (or is). I've been exercising and, though I've yet to lose too much, I feel... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:13:12 EST Where I am right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214866 It's been a pretty good day, a typical Saturday but a good one. I worked out and ate properly. I cleaned house and relaxed. It was a day like many other days except I WAS THERE. I mean, I participated, I was 100% there. <BR> <BR> I didn't become dazed with overwork or television and begin eating mindlessly. I didn't overeat. I got lucky because today, where I am, my mind is clear. <BR> <BR> And I'm glad. Very happy and blessed for today. <BR> <BR> Riisa <em>20</em> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 22:17:11 EST The End of the Week is not the End of the Road. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213665 Well, after being out on Wednesday (from school), I made it through the rest of the week. I didn't swim though **sigh** and now that entire process (commonly known as muscle soreness)will have to start over. At least I've got a three day weekend and though I'm seriously tired, I'm no worse for wear. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone out there who has problems after working out? I fight muscle soreness every single day and I've always thought it was this or that. Now I'm wondering, is it somethin... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 22:29:24 EST Really? Now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208596 Well, I've been doing the eating right and working out. I've gotten up at 4:30am at least 3 times and I've had great swims (ok, I'm half swimming, half "water walking" and yes, that does mean taking a walk through the water at the pool). I've done the superamazing cardio videos that are here on Spark. <BR> <BR> I've lost 3 lbs and it's only been 14 days. I'm thrilled, seriously. <BR> <BR> I know that EVERYONE I KNOW has been sick. My husband, my younger daugher, my son in laws (both of ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:03:54 EST It's that feeling: "Hurry up!! And wait!!!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205719 Well, it's kinda been one of those days. Got up, did all the "right stuff" (you know, went to church, worked out, ate lunch, walked the dog, you know the drill), and finally got ready for work (at school)tomorrow. But I never got into the rhythm of the day. I never relaxed. Add on top of that the fact that I might be a LITTLE sick (or at least my crazy nose/junk in my throat thinks so!! <BR> <BR> I've decided to return to swimming. It's my first love (as a sport -- one of the few I'm go... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:21:36 EST I'm enthused! I'm workin' the plan! I'm, ...I'm, ...I'm impatient!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204046 Well, it's been a good week. I've seriously fallen in love with Spark (although I tend to call it "Sparkle"). I've talked about it with my kids (my name for my students) and many, many adults at the school where I work. <BR> <BR> I've taken the time to work out with cardio blast and have started swimming again (6xs this week!). I was a swimmer in junior and high school. I'm even riding my stationary bike for longer. <BR> <BR> I've tracked my food religiously and have kept within the p... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 19:15:56 EST I made it to Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202710 Well, I made it! My first week has passed. I've had a couple of times that I've eaten until I'm too full (literally 2 times -- very big step for me) and I've exercised 5 times (Yay cardio!) . I even went to one of the high school pools before school and swam (ok I walked more than I swam, but I still swam some!) two times. <BR> <BR> It's been an exciting week, but I'm glad it's over. I still don't know why I've exercised less but have lost more than I have in months. It's kinda wild tha... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 20:30:28 EST The return that comes with the new year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193738 Well, tomorrow it all starts anew here in Indiana, the school year. Or, at least in this part of Indiana, our school district is going back to school. My lunch is packed, my clothes laid out, my lessons are planned (I do have to make copies in the morning - dangit!), and I'm ready to go. <BR> <BR> Or am I? <BR> <BR> As I look across our snowy field behind us, I know my weight loss efforts would do best if I just had more time. I know, it sounds greedy and selfserving, but this holiday ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:03:45 EST Realizations and very bad dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190626 I Wanted to say "muchas gracias" to everyone for the fine "welcome" notes. Spaqueen we are already good friends and I don't even know you!! <BR> <BR> I should have known that today was going to be "one of those days" when I woke up hearing my husband wheezing. He wasn't in our bed but sitting up, in the living room so that he could sleep. The flu is back in my house y'all and I'm not happy about it. <BR> <BR> Today was about realizing that: a)I can't do it all b)it will take time c)I ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 20:46:05 EST The first thing to go is . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189064 To start off, my name's not Riisitina. But, since I'm too camera shy and find it difficult to talk about my "failure" of gaining weight, I thought I'd start out incognito. In Spanish, the word "risa" means "laugh". I've finally come to the place where my physical self is so different from what I used to be, I just have to laugh. <BR> <BR> I mentioned that I have an eating disorder, but it's really an obsession with exercise. I love it. Exercise makes me feel strong and capable. I get a... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 22:13:41 EST