ROOTIHAUSMAN's SparkPeople Blog ROOTIHAUSMAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community December, 2017 It has been a stressful few months. We recently sold our home of 27 years so quickly that our new home would not be done in time to move into it. We are now in an apartment and counting down the days for our new home to be completed. Without my Sparkpeople friends, I could have not gotten through it. I try to remember each day to take time for me and all of you help me know it is one of the most important things we should do each day. <BR> God Bless each of you! <BR> Hope you all have a wond... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 21:28:34 EST 2017 May This has been a changing year. My kids are officially adults: on their own paying their own way. It has been an adjustment but a positive one. The time my husband and I spend with our kids is precious and we continue to build memories that will hopefully last a lifetime. My husband and I are finally able to spend that quality time together. We have been together for 34 years and will be married 30 years in July. As a celebration we will be traveling together in June and July exploring places... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:29:50 EST 2016 Many Life Changes This year has been full of changes. My daughter graduated college, got her first teaching job in Kindergarten, her passion and moved out of our home and is learning to become a full-fledged adult. She is my baby, how did that happen? My son is working for a bank and just got a promotion. He will be working at the operation center in Mortgages. Both of my adult children are self-sufficient. Their lives are starting to blossom. My husband and I are very proud of their accomplishments and cannot... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:30:17 EST Happy New Year 2016 will rock! Love being part of SparkPeople! I have learned so much about myself and have made some amazing friends who support , encourage and cheer for you through all of life's ups and downs. Thank for being there! It means so much to have all of you as my extended family. I will each one of you a new year fill of happiness, good health , prosperity and don't forget to laugh enjoy each day to its fullest! 💜 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 23:48:45 EST It has been one year....... It has been one year ago today that my Mom passed.My mother was a women like no other. She gave me life, nurtured me, taught me, dressed me, fought for me, held me, shouted at me, kissed me but most importantly loved Med unconditionally. There are not enough words I can say to describe just how important my Mom was to me and what a powerful influence she continues to be everyday. I cherish my beautiful memories today and know that you will forever be in my heart. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 15:23:27 EST Fall already- getting back on track Wow! It has been a long time since I have blogged. Fall break was very well needed and it coming to a close. I go back to work on Monday. It was great to be able to travel with my husband and have nine days away together on the east coast. We got to visit with family and some very good friends! We definitely ate out too much and because on raining most days, I did not get to exercise as much as I wanted too. I did catch up on sleep so that was great! Getting myself back on track with walking,... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 13:13:28 EST Getting back on track Finally seeing some results and on track to continue to be healthy each and every day. Have my husband on board too which makes it more fun. We walk and work out together encouraging each other along the way. Have a wonderful week! Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:31:15 EST January 11 I am doing well. Walked 4 and one half miles today with my husband. It was great to spend time together and also exercise. I have been watching what I eat and continue to workout. This is my lifestyle not a diet. I am happy to be part of Spark people. I have many wonder friends who have truly supported me through life. Some things that I have learned are: <BR> Make everyday a great day! <BR> Positive Mental Attitude <BR> Making and taking time for yourself is very important, it has made me a ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 20:27:08 EST Happy New Year January 1 I have finally gotten on the scale and am back where I started in weight however my measurements are consistent and only have a few that have went up so I am thinking that working out is building more muscle which my husband tells me weighs more. My clothing still fits and I just feel a little rounder in the middle but I am at that age (over 50) which everyone says is middle spreading . My goals this year are to continue to take care of my health. Instead of measuring weight and inches, I am ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 09:57:50 EST Happy New Year! Happy New Year Everyone! Have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year! <BR> <BR> Setting my goals for 2015 tomorrow! Looking for better progress on being more consistent in taking care of myself since my Mom passed away a month ago. I need to take that time for me again. Hoping 2015 brings more ups than downs, more positives than negatives and more active family and friend times. <em>381</em> <em>107</em> <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <em>30</em> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:05:14 EST Merry Christmas! From one of my special spark friends, Barbie, I would like to share this with everyone! <BR> <BR> What shall I wish you for Christmas? <BR> This season of joy and delight <BR> The sound of carolers <BR> On a starlit night? <BR> <BR> What can I wish you for Christmas? <BR> What is the thing you desire? <BR> Is it health, wealth, or happiness <BR> Or the warmth of a Christmas fire? <BR> What can I wish you for Christmas? <BR> <BR> To give you all the joy I am able? <BR> A merry tim... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:21:34 EST Update on Mom Mom passed away Friday. Service this Friday. Sad that she suffered with cancer but glad it was not too long. Cannot believe that this is really happening. Hopefully she is enjoying heaven with my Dad, Nanny, Poppy and Aunt Jo and many other family members. I love you Mom and will miss our conversations. I am happy that you are not in pain any more. <BR> Love, <BR> Sandy Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:51:13 EST Updates Well found out this week that my Mom has stage 4 lung cancer. Knew something was wrong when I was there two weeks ago. Not easy when you know the time you with a love one is limited. Will try to make best of it and get home to New Jersey as much as I can this year. Lots so changes new job and now Mom's health. Praying for peace and strength love and hope! Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:51:12 EST September 21, 2014 Well I finally weighed and measured myself after noticing that my middle was less curvy than usual. Although all of my clothes still fit, I feel like my middle has spread a little bit. Being over 50, I knew it was coming so now to get back on track measuring everything and tweaking my exercise program. I am still strong in my sit ups and crunches. I will be trying to do more of both in the months to come. Staying active is important to me so I will be trying more things to help the weight com... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:48:02 EST July 6, 2013 Well my new job starts in a week from Monday. Going for training on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It has been 20 years since I have changed jobs. Excited and nervous at the same time. Teaching for the past 28 years and starting my 29th in a new district as well as helping start a new school for Gifted students. Extremely excited for the challenge as well as a little nervous. <BR> I have been walking each day and trying to watch what I am eating. This last year has been a little more challen... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:37:17 EST June 10, 2014 Cooler weather and rest and relaxation continue. Love hiking fishing and hanging out with my family! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:51:07 EST June 8, 2014 Well today starts our vacation in Prescott AZ. It is much cooler here up north than in the Phoenix area. I am grateful to be able to enjoy a week of cooler weather. Hoping to rest, relax and get rejuvenated for another school year approaching sooner than later. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 10:36:27 EST Summer break Well today was about 94 degrees and I got up extra early to walk before it hit 80 degrees. Temperature is climbing this weekend and could get up to 106 degrees. Have to continue to walk in early morning and do some workouts inside. Thinking of trying water aerobics with a friend of mine. Hope everyone has a great weekend. <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 May 2014 00:10:04 EST Last week of school coming up- New job in the fall It has been a while since I have blogged. I have continued to make my 10,000 steps or more each day. I continue to watch what I eat. I am going to concentrate on relaxing this summer before I start my new job in July. I am truly excited to have this opportunity to work with gifted students everyday and being able to challenge them to their fullest potential. This is my last week at my current school. I have been there for 21 years and have really enjoyed working with the students and staff. I... Sat, 17 May 2014 19:41:03 EST Happy Easter! Happy day! Looking forward to spending the day with family! Cooking up a storm and also taking my walk this morning! Hope everyone has a happy day and a happy week! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:50:02 EST This message is a keeper------ <BR> <BR> Powerful meaning <BR> <BR> A Birth Certificate shows that we were born; <BR> a Death Certificate shows that we died; <BR> pictures show that we lived! <BR> Have a seat, relax, then read this slowly. <BR> <BR> I Believe... <BR> That just because two people argue, <BR> It doesn't mean they don't love each other. <BR> Likewise, just because they don't argue, <BR> It doesn't mean they do love each other. <BR> <BR> I Believe... <BR> That we don't have to change friends if... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:50:00 EST March 30, 2014 - It has been a while-lots happening! Well it has been a while since I have written on my blog. I have been really great about keeping up my exercise and watching what I have eaten. I am starting to see all of the benefits of me staying away from the foods that I have allergies from since I got results from in January. I am more energetic and feel happier! I will continue on these journey and hopefully will start seeing the pounds drop but truthfully I am happy about how my body looks. Shopping has been fun because things I try o... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:51:35 EST Frustration with spark activity device My spark activity device will not sync. It is very frustrating. Anyone have any suggestions to fix it. I have been talking to Coach Jen. No luck yet. <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening. <BR> Have a great rest of the weekend! Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:17:49 EST Sunday, February 23, 2014 Walking a 5K next weekend! I will be doing my first 5K on Saturday, March 1. I am walking to raise money for Ryan's house. <BR> The mission of Ryan House is to provide respite and palliative care to children with life-threatening conditions and, as needed, end-of-life care. Ryan House provides a welcoming, comfortable environment where some of Arizona’s most special children can truly be themselves. Parents get a much-needed short break, while the kids receive care from an experienced professional nursing staff. It all... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:30:13 EST February 5, 2014 WOW! It has been a while since I have blogged. I am walking 10,000 steps or more each day and have since I got my Spark Activity Tracker. I continue my walks with my husband and lifting weights. I look forward to breaking my 10,000 steps each day and think I will try for 12,000 a day soon. It has been a busy school year since returning from winter break. This school year is going by very quickly and I worry about the 5.5 million dollars the district is cutting. I feel for my students and fell... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 22:12:10 EST Happy New Year! Have a healthy, happy New Year! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:59:52 EST Merry Christmas Have a heathy happy day! Wed, 25 Dec 2013 08:49:46 EST Spark Activity Tracker Loving my spark activity tracker! I raced against myself each day making sure I make my goal of 10,000 steps or more. Most days I have been able to make it and sometimes go way over 10,000 steps. Each month I am going to increase it to myself motivated. I think it has been a great investment! I am glad to start the new year excited about continuing my journey to becoming as fit as I can. <BR> <BR> Have a great week! <BR> Merry Christmas! <BR> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 20:22:08 EST Progress I am still using my spark tracker. It has helped me see when I am active and when I am not. It has motivated me to keep going. I am working on 10,000 steps each day and trying to burn 500 calories or more. I made my goal 6 out of 7 days last week and I am going to continue to push harder. I have dropped a couple of pounds and I am excited to see progress again. I believe! <BR> <BR> hope everyone has a great week! Sun, 15 Dec 2013 09:16:09 EST Spark Activity Tracker I am finally hooked up to my Spark Activity tracker. Looking forward to burning off those extra pounds. It is my challenge to myself to get my body moving more and get those extra pounds off. Hoping my body chemistry will get back on track. Working with a natural path doctor who has helped me tremendously! Hope everyone has a great weekend! Sat, 7 Dec 2013 09:38:42 EST Happy thanksgiving! I am thank ful for my family and friends! Hope everyone has a wonderful day! Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:04:31 EST Sunday, November 17, 2013 Well today I tried a new free app from my IPad called C25Kfree. It takes you from the couch to a 5K. You jog a little and walk a little and work your way up to a 5K. I did not think I could jog because I am too well endowed but my sports bra held be well. I actually liked jogging then walking. It was a nice change and it was all timed and I could play music so I just had to jog or walk and not concentrate on anything else. I am going to do this 3 days a week and follow the plan that the... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:58:11 EST November 9, 2013 Well it has been more than a week since I have written. It has been a crazy week or so. It started last Friday night with my son having pain in the left side. We eventually took him to the emergency room and he had a kidney stone which took several days to pass. He is my cancer survivor and I feel like he continues to have issues and does not get a break in feeling well. Even though he has been cancer free for 12 years. His body suffers from the treatment. At his age of 22, he should be havin... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 20:56:33 EST October 31 Happy Halloween, Thu, 31 Oct 2013 08:34:24 EST October 30, 2014 It has been a busy week and Halloween is approaching. The students at school are so excited this week not just for Halloween but for the school BBQ and carnival. Looking forward to a fun day at work tomorrow! <BR> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 23:45:23 EST Day 23 to day 28 of coach Nicole's bootcamp I finished all 28 days. My update is a little late because my husband and I met some of our family in Denver for five days so I was not able to update. While in Denver we did lots of walking and sight seeing. Fun outdoor adventure, <BR> Hope everyone has a great week! Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:42:30 EST Day 22 of Coach Nicole's 28 day bootcamp almost there... Day 22 <BR> Did Cardio-Sculpt and Tone and Burn. <BR> <BR> I can feel it working! <BR> <BR> WOOHOO! only 6 more days to finish! <BR> <BR> I can do it! Sun, 29 Sep 2013 12:25:12 EST Day 20 and Day 21 Friday and Saturday Coach Nicole's 28 day bootcamp Day 20 I did a 40 minute workout. The total body challenge and a 10 minute warm up cool down. Day 21 is a rest of cross train day and I took a 2 mile walk with my husband this morning. <BR> <BR> 3 weeks down and 1 to go! <BR> <BR> WooHoo!!!! Sat, 28 Sep 2013 14:51:29 EST Day 18 and Day 19 of Coach Nicole's Bootcamp Day 18 was a rest day. I walked with my husband in the morning. <BR> Day 19. I did cardio burst. I walked with my husband in the morning again. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:41:56 EST Day 17 of Coach Nicole's Bootcamp This is a rest day. I took a 2 mile walk with my husband this morning. Weather is getting nice here in Arizona. Have a great day! Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:45:05 EST Day 15 and Day 16 Yesterday I did cardio burst. <BR> <BR> Today I did Total Body challenge. Toughest workout so far. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day! Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:02:41 EST Day 13 and Day 14 of Coach Nicole's 28 day boot camp Day 13 I did my short cardio-sculpt workout, ran errands and cleaned the house. <BR> <BR> Day 14 I did my cardio blast and had a resting day which I really needed today. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:45:25 EST Day 12 of 28 day bootcamp Coach Nicole's Did Tone and Burn this morning as well as Cardio Burst. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to enjoying the day! Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:06:20 EST Day 11 of Coach Nicole's 28 day boot camp Today is a rest day but my husband and I are taking a walk. <BR> <BR> WooHoo! Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:11:46 EST Day 10 of Coach Nicole's 28 day bootcamp workout Cardio burst done! Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:35:28 EST Day 9 of 28 day boot camp Coach Nicole Finished tone and burn Yea! Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:50:06 EST Day 8 of 28 Day Coach Nicole's bootcamp Today is a rest or cross train day. I did Joel Harper beginning workout for 20 minutes and I walked this morning for 36 minutes and did 2 miles. <BR> Hope everyone has a great day! Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:17:52 EST Day 6 and Day 7 of 28 day boot camp Day 6 was a rest day so I took a 2 mile walk with my husband. <BR> <BR> Day 7 I completed the short cardio-sculpt workout. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 16:58:26 EST Day 5 of 28 day bootcamp Short cardio-sculpt done! Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:44:26 EST Day 4 of 28 boot camp Finished Cardio Burst! Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:33:06 EST