SAM_FIT_2014's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SAM%5FFIT%5F2014 SAM_FIT_2014'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/ Thursday and a long weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799322 I love long weekends. Even when I have to clean... <BR> <BR> Anyway, today is officially my Friday, so that makes me happy. <BR> <BR> I have slacked on eating appropriately the last couple of days - though still not horrible... not as good as the first couple of days this week. I did, however, get in my steps - though I really don't know how... I won't complain <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> The next couple of days will involve lots of cleaning, and prepping for my MIL to arrive Saturday (mi... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:11:55 EST Tuesday's report on Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798058 <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Tried to fit in little bits of movement during the day yesterday - including a few yoga moves during lunch to get my body out of "chair mode". But, I was still 2500 steps shy when I got home from work... so I took one of the dogs for a walk (she's not a year yet and is a challenge to walk with the other dog). It was, amazingly, not raining yesterday, so this was perfect! <BR> <BR> Ate too much at dinner, but I'm not focused on that aspect yet... must remember t... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:12:31 EST 2nd week back - Results & Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797409 Well, today was weigh in day... after a weekend of not moving enough and not drinking much water, I was a little apprehensive to get on that scale. BUT, when I did, it had gone down 2 pounds! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> So, that helped with my resolve this morning <em>30</em> <BR> I did not eat an Eggo with Nutella (like my kids have grown to love and is yummy, but doesn't stick with me at all). Nope. I made myself a green smoothie! So, there we go - 2 servings of fruit and ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:07:02 EST Thursday - accountability this week to date http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795290 Back in town and I have good news to report! <BR> <BR> Step counts (goal is 5500 per day): <BR> Monday: 5755 <BR> Tuesday: 6084 <BR> Wednesday: 6253 <BR> So far, so good!!! <BR> <BR> Fruits/veggies eating: Goal 3 per day minimum <BR> <em>248</em> So far each day. <BR> Yesterday was borderline, but had a portabella mushroom and spinach "burger" with for lunch and strawberries for breakfast (on a plane through dinner, so didn't really eat except a protein bar). <BR>... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:25:09 EST 1 week down - Accountability works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793401 Well, today would be day 7 of my new goal... but since it's a Monday, I'm reassessing and starting anew. <BR> <BR> First, to report on my progress last week, I decided on Tuesday to get in 5K steps each day. Baby steps. <BR> I am happy to report that I did just that! Even got over 6K twice. <em>244</em> <BR> I did struggle some days, but eventually made it. <BR> I weighed in this morning ... not sure if weight is up or down since I haven't checked in awhile, so I guess it's my startin... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:20:19 EST Day 3 - Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791704 <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I was around 1000 steps shy after dinner, so went downstairs and spent 15 minutes walking on the treadmill. Surpassed my goal and felt SO much better. I need to do that more! <BR> Thursday = 6538 steps <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> The weekend may be a challenge... but the kids are going to a movie night tonight and I'll have a little over 2 hours to myself. My plan is to get on the treadmill again for at least a 1/2 hour (might start C25K again if I feel THAT moti... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 12:24:40 EST Wednesday accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791181 Day 2 of 5K steps in the bag! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, it was a bit of a struggle... looked at my fitbit at 8:45pm (after I got the kids in bed)... and I needed 750 more steps. But, I paced in the living room while watching a show with DH and then did side steps during my bed time routine and I made it. (I was just stubborn enough that I wasn't going to bed shy of it... it's only day 2 after all!) <BR> <BR> 5081 <em>334</em> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 14:49:58 EST Accountability post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790403 Well, set the goal of 5K steps per day for this week... and almost blew it on the first night! <BR> Got a few groceries bought and the kids picked up then went and visited DH (to celebrate his officially being done with a 4 year training program that he just received the official notification of yesterday)... grabbed dinner on the way home (no, not healthy, but I was set on my goal of steps). Get home with plenty of time to eat, get the kids to bed, and then get on the treadmill to hit my st... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:03:50 EST Goal #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789816 Thank you to everyone who posted and encouraged me after my dump yesterday. <BR> You are ALL right... start small. (I am an all or nothing kind of person, so this is hard for me...) <BR> <BR> So... here goes: <BR> <BR> Goal #1 - get at least 5K steps per day. <BR> <BR> I'll reassess next Monday - may need to keep working to get this one met... or maybe add another Goal. <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:54:36 EST Stuck... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789080 Well, AGAIN I have been neglecting myself... my eating, my exercise - myself in general. And then it hits me like a brick wall. Like my husband calling as soon as I walked into my office this morning and asking why I was out of breath... which I should NOT have been since I'd only walked from the car... and up one flight of stairs. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm here again. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I am going full steam in my new job (and I love it!) - have a real office and eve... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:38:56 EST slowly moving the right direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745129 Okay, third day of the week and... I have increased my step count (not where it needs to be, but more than last week). I have eaten veggies every day (not a huge triumph, but... based on how I've been eating... this is a step in the right direction). So, while I'd like to say I ate 5-10 Fruits and veggies each day... I can't. I'd like to say I walked 5-10K steps/day. I can't. <BR> <BR> I CAN say that I'm finally beginning to incorporate little tiny healthy steps back into my life. Tod... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:09:18 EST Have been slacking... and absent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743586 So, I've checked in here from time to time to see what everyone is doing... but haven't posted because... well, I've been slacking - completely. No exercise, eating whatever... feeling HORRIBLE! I've had a lot of excuses this year - including a lot of stress for several months. But I have started a new job (and am loving it), DH has finished his final paper (yea!), kids are healthy, family is good... no excuses left... except that I am still there. You know that place. Where you are disg... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:58:46 EST FINALLY! Good news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720818 Okay, first, this has NOTHING to do with eating or exercise. It does, however, entail my personal stress level (which definitely affects eating and exercise!). <BR> <BR> You may (or may not) recall that my program is being downsized... and I've been really up in the air on what that fully meant for me... and where I would land (hopefully, like a cat, on my feet). Fortunately, yesterday, I was offered a position I applied for and really wanted. So, my future is assured now - and it's even... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:05:37 EST Tuesday update... Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719947 Well, I got back on the wagon last week - started eating all my fruits and veggies and cutting down on sugar. Was feeling pretty good. Then I got on the scale Monday morning... and I was UP 3 pounds - REALLY?!?!?!? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> So, yesterday was frustration... serious frustration. I was able to stay on track part of the day... then went home to help DH pick up a chicken coop we bought from a friend (and it came with one chicken), so we moved and dug the coop in and moved Mar... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:32:52 EST 2nd half of 2014 goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715835 Okay, I mentioned Monday that my pants (heck, all of my clothes really) are mad at me... so I have a renewed vigor to make things right! My goal at the beginning of the year was to make it back to 140 by the end of 2014... well, the scale has gone up and not down since then... but I should still be able to make it (or darned close) if I just apply myself. <BR> <BR> So, we all know that we need mini-goals (just saying "I'm going to lose 25 pounds" is not really going to cut it at this point)... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:03:04 EST Journey of the Mad Pants... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714379 So, I have lost the wagon again... life has been SO stressful over the past months and diet has been the last thing on my mind. I eat whatever is there... usually more healthy than not, but certainly not low calorie or fat. <BR> <BR> I have noticed this in the past month by my pants getting more and more mad at me... and I even broke down and bought a couple of pairs of new pants (in a bigger size <em>198</em> )! <BR> <BR> Anyway, yes... lots of stress. Still no resolution on my jo... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 17:20:13 EST Raining Colors - 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688011 Well, I cannot say that I "ran" the 5K yesterday... but I did complete it! <em>30</em> <BR> <em>364</em> <BR> <BR> My 5 year old daughter's best friend was doing it... so she signed up too. So I had a 5 and 7 year old who had never gone farther than a mile (other than on a hike or two or at DisneyWorld). Needless to say, completing this was a task! lol <BR> <BR> My daughter's friend had actually been out run/walking with her mom, so she had done 2 miles before... and my daughter ... Mon, 5 May 2014 12:25:45 EST Exercise improving... eating, not so much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685854 Well, my goals this week have been primarily to get my bum off the couch. And it has mostly worked. Not quite what I hoped for (didn't get out of bed for a morning workout 2 days)... but I have been taking my dogs for walks in the evening (which they love), so my steps have been better. I did have 2 days this week where I didn't meet my step goal, but 5/7 is WAY better than the 1/7 I had last week! <BR> <BR> If only I could say my eating had been so good. I had 2 days that I was on poin... Fri, 2 May 2014 14:41:57 EST Hump day and a good week so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684078 Here it is - Wednesday already (or finally, I'm not sure which) <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So, here's the update on my week. <BR> Saturday and Sunday I exercised (Saturday weights + C25K; Sunday C25K). Took Monday and Tuesday off... well, I walked the dogs Tuesday for 1.5 miles. <BR> Wednesday - already got in weights and C25K this morning. <BR> <BR> Eating, started Sunday eating better - more fruits/veggies, less flour, sugar. Monday was strong - Tuesday was less so, but still WAY bett... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:38:20 EST Grand Canyon - suggestions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683198 Okay, this is more of a questioning blog... hoping to get some Arizona folks to give me some input! <BR> <BR> I am traveling (for work) to the south rim of the Grand Canyon in late May. I am going down a couple of days early to join some friends hiking. I am from a temperate rain forest at sea level... traveling to a desert at 7K feet. <BR> <BR> I need suggestions on how to adjust to the climate and make the most of our time there - and the hiking. I have re-broken in my hiking boots, pu... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:25:55 EST BAHHH!!!! Why did I get on the scale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682498 Well, I guess to get me back here, right? <BR> <BR> Two weeks of vacation (amazing, BTW), exhaustion, sickness, and just not wanting to has led me to be at my highest weight in... I don't even remember the last time I weighed this much <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> So, today I am back. I am back on plan. I exercised twice this weekend - logging over 5 miles and a good weights workout (though I did not get up this morning to make it 3 days in a row <em>39</em> ). I know my biggest issues... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:34:35 EST When does housework qualify as exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655416 I have always kind of thought about this... but when DH gets on a roll, we clean like maniacs! Yesterday was one of those days. I didn't even get out of my PJs and I had over 7K steps... from scrubbing, cleaning, laundry, changing sheets, packing, vacuuming, shampooing carpets, sweeping, mopping... you get the idea <em>211</em> Did I mention that I HATE housework? <BR> <BR> BUT, we have the housesitters (yes, had to get 2 since one decided to tell us yesterday she couldn't stay the n... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:35:49 EST Counting down the days to vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653275 Well, I got sick yesterday, so no workout... no work either. In fact, I didn't even get out of my PJ's <em>20</em> (That felt kind of good... despite the broken glass feeling in my throat and pounding head...) <BR> <BR> Today I'm back at work and trying to tie up loose ends. I have today and part of Monday and then I am on VACATION! <em>244</em> I am so ready! We are flying to Florida, which will be quite the trek... way more than our kids have ever done - though we did split it... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:49:13 EST Day 2 - Exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651652 Well, it has been a long time since I could say that I worked out 2 (Yes, TWO) days in a row! But I did!! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> Exercise buddy and I got to the gym at 4:30am yesterday and did weights... of course, it's been close to two months since we've done a full workout... and we didn't decrease the weights enough... so we're both REALLY hurting today. BUT, we got up and went to the gym at 4:30 this morning and did cardio (15minutes elliptical and 30 treadmill) and str... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:33:36 EST My amazing son... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650033 Well, this weekend marked the 2nd time that my son has gone BALD in solidarity with kids fighting cancer AND to raise money for Childhood Cancer Research through the St. Baldrick's Foundation. He is 7 and raised over $900 by telling people what he was doing, why, and asking them to help him. Yes, we drove him around and identified locations that may be open to his solicitation, but he did this on his own! He is amazing. And, I have to say, he is beautiful bald <em>334</em> <img src="h... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:14:09 EST Forced changes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644489 Well, awhile ago, I talked about DH looking at job opportunities elsewhere... and then about a week and a half ago, I was told that funding for my program at work has been cut, so I don't have a job after June <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> So, amongst the stress of DH getting ready for physical agility testing (which he's training hard for and improving daily), I'm not faced with trying to not become a complete stress ball about my future. TRY being the operative word. <em>20</em> I succe... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:16:49 EST Weighed in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629269 And it wasn't pretty. I have avoided the scale since early December... because I wasn't exercising OR eating right... and it shows. I'm back up about 5 lbs - which means I have 10lbs to go to the "healthy" range... and 15 to where I'd like to be (so I have a cushion). <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> After loosing 50lbs in 2009-2010, it astounds me that this last little bit is so hard for me. I reached a low of 20lbs below where I am... then quickly gained back 10... and stayed there for awhi... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:29:38 EST Happy Tuesday-Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627418 A Tuesday after a holiday still feels like a Monday... but Friday gets here sooner <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Have you noticed how you want foods that are better for you when you exercise? I forget about this little nugget every time I fall off my exercise wagon... but I'm back on! Got in 2.5 miles yesterday and another 2.5 today - plus strength. And I'm craving fruit (instead of sugar - YEA!) <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> The long weekend was amazing! I made it a little longer by taking o... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:47:58 EST Change is afoot... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623096 I wish I could say I mean my body... oh well! lol <BR> <BR> Life is changing (or getting ready to change) for our family. Looking at job opportunities in other cities... which is REALLY hard for DH and I since we really love where we live... and our house... and the kids school. But, when you have done all you can to change a bad situation and it is just getting worse, sometimes it's time to cut the purse strings and find other opportunities. The challenge is, of course, that DH is in a c... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:11:21 EST Coconut oil - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622344 <em>482</em> So, having read about the amazing benefits of coconut oil for a long time, I had been thinking of buying some... then DH grabs a HUGE thing of it this last weekend when we were at Costco (since someone told him the great things it can do). I opened it the other day... and used some on my chapped lips... and smelled it. It smells like coconut, but looks like lard... hhhmmmm <BR> <BR> Today I got brave. I added a tsp to my coffee <em>106</em> - YUMMY smell ... oily on the... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:59:59 EST Toxic people... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620564 and having to work with them is really dragging me down. <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> I have been trying VERY hard to not react and to be respectful and not say bad things and rise above... but I am struggling. This person that is affecting me is terribly unprofessional and has been spreading negativity and discord. I am in a position of some authority (not supervisory) as chair of a group this person is on ... and have been attempting to let things work themselves out and allow those that n... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:19:38 EST February Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614055 YEA! January is over - and DH made it home! <BR> <BR> Had a wonderful, busy weekend and feel great about it being Monday (I know, weird, huh?). <BR> <BR> Saturday I ran around and took photos for about 8 hours... great fun and the sun came out, so even got some good photos (without the beautiful blue tinge that fog gives everything). <BR> <BR> DH finally made it in around noon on Saturday. He's in trouble at work (what could he have done... ?)... but he's home. Our son's birthday was ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:18:11 EST And then there was ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611416 Ice Fog. <BR> Airport completely socked in - no flights in or out for days... cranky agents... cranky people... no hotel rooms... <BR> <BR> I love where I live, but with no roads in or out... and the ferry only going south (to another town with a big airport) once a week... it's tiring. Well, it's tiring because my husband is on the OUTSIDE trying to get home... that's really why it affects me - hence, why I care! lol <BR> <BR> DH has been trying to get home for 2 days now... and our so... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:41:29 EST Has it really been 3 weeks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607318 Since I last blogged! Oh my! <BR> <BR> Well, I'm here now. DH is out of town - I was out last week, we crossed for almost 24 hours before he left. <BR> <BR> This weekend was insane - Scouts pinewood derby most of the day Saturday, plus grocery shopping, laundry, and cleaning. All day Sunday I got to go through something called "Fire Ops"... It's a 4 station Fire-Fighter training type simulation for non-fire fighters (can be done for spouses, politicians, city leaders, etc). As a spouse,... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:30:59 EST Accountability blog Day 6/365 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584402 Well, here we are: the 6th day of a new year. <BR> What have I done? <BR> Well, I spent time on my treadmill and using my weights 3 days now (out of 6)... not perfect... and haven't made it to the gym, but I have worked out. And that is good. <BR> DH has been picking up extra shifts (we're trying to save up some extra money to not just pay off all debt but to go to Disney in late March)... and that means I can't go to the gym because I'm on kid duty. Which is ok - as long as I put my gea... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:43:51 EST 2014 - Day 2/365 - Keep me accountable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579320 Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> I truly enjoyed my day off yesterday... didn't leave the house at all! My exercise buddy and I had planned to go to the gym at 5, but she sent me a text that she hadn't been sleeping well, so we skipped <em>39</em> Not the best start to a year, but salvageable. <BR> <BR> Spent the morning cleaning out my daughter's room (almost 5 years old and a "collector" aka horder). Came up with 3.5 bags of garbage (broken and McD toys mainly... but did find an inordinat... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:36:36 EST Importance of Being Present http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576896 I realized last night how truly important it is to be present - and to teach my kids the same. It was a crazy day, got home with the kids around 5:30 and was just exhausted - so kind of flopped in my chair and let the kids play on their electronics (son got a DS and daughter a LeapPad from Santa)... after a few minutes I realized that the three of us where in the same room, but none of us were present. <em>24</em> How sad. While I know that we will all still play on our respective ele... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:12:23 EST New Username for a New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575655 Yes, this is still Sam1am77 ... just under a new name. <em>30</em> <BR> I was thinking about 2013 and where I got (or didn't get) and I'm not where I wanted to be, but I am closer than I was in January, so I can't really complain. However, it did get me thinking about 2014 and what I want out of the next year. I'm not a huge resolution person - since I set new goals during the year, but I do like to take stock and do an assessment of what worked (or is working) and what didn't... what ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:55:45 EST When God closes a door, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573051 He opens a window! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So, if you read my posts from early this week, you know that we had a "trial" with a pup from a rescue - and the rescue ended up deciding to place her with the other family (since they'd been on the waiting list for 8 month). We were heartbroken. WELL... while DH was shopping yesterday, someone we know (not a friend, but an acquaintance) asked about the pup and DH told him the short version... and he told DH that a friend of his had lab/dalmat... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:43:34 EST Back to the grind... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572283 Happy Boxing day! Yes, that day where you box up everything (ok... I don't REALLY know why it's called boxing day, but I know it is). I usually take this day off, but I am working today... too many unexpected school functions and trips in the last 6 months, I feel like I need to get more hours in <em>24</em> So, to work I go. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a great family day. The kids were in good spirits, DH seemed so too (mostly anyway). My step mom didn't completely drive us crazy (whic... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:01:10 EST A bend in the road... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571130 is NOT the end of the road. (Thank you Mamie Parker, PhD) <BR> <BR> I have accepted that we did not get sweet Boo. My husband is furious with the rescue organization and will not have anything to do with them. Which is unfortunate, as they are really our best hope for a pup in this town. However, he is very sensitive and is really hurting (I suspect that some of the loss of his dad last month is coming out in the loss of the pup)... so is trying to protect himself and us. The kids are o... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:06:30 EST Heartbroken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570599 Talked to the gal at the rescue. The board decided to give the pup to the other family because they had been on the list for 8 months and had a teenage daughter... blah blah blah <BR> While I understood this could happen, I didn't really think it would. <BR> Kids are in tears. DH is so mad he won't speak. And I'm trying to be the "adult". It's killing me because I want to cry and scream and throw things. <BR> <BR> Why can I go "buy" a dog with almost no questions, but to "rescue" one I... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 16:53:15 EST T minus 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570526 Almost there! Happy almost Christmas Eve! <BR> <BR> We had a very mellow, family weekend. It was WONDERFUL! I ended up taking Friday off... didn't really have a reason to take the afternoon off, just didn't want to be at work - and my boss was ok with that! lol The morning was filled with a Christmas concert at my daughter's pre-school and an art display at my son's school - followed by elementary school lunch with my son (daughter, Gma, and I kept him company). It was very festive. <... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:47:24 EST Christmas countdown: T minus 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568071 My kids ask me EVERY morning, "how many more days until Christmas?" So, I thought I'd throw that here too. Life is busy and crazy... have to get to the post office today to pick up at least 3 boxes that I have slips for (YEA! hopefully one of them is my husbands present!)... <em>407</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <BR> Aside from that, it's snowing again! <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> Woke up to about 4 in... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:21:00 EST Wednesday? Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567380 I can't believe I haven't written anything for almost a week! I guess that shows how my week has been. lol <BR> Actually, it's been busy, but good. My attitude finally adjusted (or I let up on myself and the kids or something). So, even though we've been manic, I am doing ok with it. I can't even remember the list of everything we've done... but I can tell you two things I have NOT done... eat right and exercise <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> Anyway, the most ex... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:15:19 EST What now?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562933 This is how my week feels... <BR> I am trying VERY hard to remain positive. But I feel almost like just laughing at the insanity of it all. <BR> A coworker of my husbands came and plowed while I was at work yesterday (YEA!)... though it kept raining/snowing that really heavy snow all day, so I need to plow again. But by the time I got home, DH's truck and I didn't get along (there must be SOME trick I'm missing but I don't know what it is!) - and I couldn't get it up the driveway. In swo... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:33:33 EST Connections? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562308 HHHmmmm... so, Monday I said one of my goals was to survive this week - then all he** broke lose. Tuesday I changed my status to "having a hard week" and the week got worse. I'm thinking there may be a connection here... <BR> <BR> So, let's try this again! What is something good? <BR> My kids were SO excited to see the 10" of snow we got overnight! <BR> We made it safely to school and work. <BR> My Dad came through his heart surgery this morning and they said it was a success. <B... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:53:55 EST Surviving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561336 Wow! When I wrote my goals for the week, I had no idea the depth that "Survive" would take on! <BR> I was thinking about home and being a single mom and trying to prep for Christmas. Little did I know that work would blow up and leave me feeling like road-kill. <em>40</em> This happened late morning on Monday and I an still reeling. I am trying to focus on things I can control and not stress about the rest... but I am struggling. <BR> <BR> Okay - on to other things. Kids did great ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:35:03 EST Full weekend... on to the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560584 Happy December! <em>460</em> I am really feeling the Christmas spirit finally! <BR> Got the house cleaned and decorated (and the boxes put away), wrapped all the presents that need to be mailed, spent some good time with my kids... oh yeah, did karate, and scouts, had an Auxiliary meeting, took the kids to a movie... Yeah, it was busy, but good too. <BR> So, with two small kids, I always hear about the Elf on the Shelf... have thought it sounded fun, but like a lot of work for mom and d... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 14:03:23 EST Pushing it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556826 Here we are and it's Wednesday already! Holy cow! How did it get to be December 4th?? <BR> <BR> Okay, what have I done this week?... Well, it's the third day of the week and I've gotten in 1 good gym workout and 1 at home (this morning). <BR> <BR> Today was a challenge, but I'd promised my gym buddy yesterday (well, we promised each other) that we'd get up and work out NO MATTER WHAT. So, as I laid in bed trying to go back to sleep... that kept going through my head (NO MATTER WHAT).... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 13:03:29 EST