SEWINGMAMACDS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SEWINGMAMACDS SEWINGMAMACDS'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/ A Month Later Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827497 It has been almost a month since I last blogged and I figure it is time for an update.... <BR> <BR> I am still fatigued and my motivation has been low and my weight has been slowly creeping up. I did see the naturopath in November. It was a good appointment. But we are waiting for lab tests until I can see my new primary care doctor Dec 17. The doctors will coordinate things, so when the naturopath wants labs he will ask the MD who will order them so that insurance will cover. <BR> <BR... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 10:43:57 EST Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, Fatigued and Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812747 It's been a week and a half since I last blogged. They have been rough, physically and mentally. I have struggled with fatigue on a daily basis. I didn't exercise for five days and my weight went up. To top it off I was extremely frustrated with my doctor. <BR> <BR> I knew something wasn't right. So I called my doctor. It took me two days to finally get through! I asked if I could get a full thyroid panel done before I went in to see him. That way we could discuss the results then in... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 18:42:49 EST The Thyroid Solution Diet Revolution book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806652 Yesterday, I read in The Thyroid Diet Revolution... <BR> "Because intensive exercise can also cause a release of stress hormones, Sisson cautions that, rather than help, it actually contributes to an increased risk of insulin resistance....Aim for moderate activity on a regular basis, but recognize that exhausting yourself with exercise not only isn't likely to help your effort but may actively prevent you from losing weight, by interfering with your hormones and metabolism." <BR> <BR> Thi... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:35:26 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806032 My alarm went off this morning and I just didn't feel like getting up and exercising - I was tired. I figured I would try to get 10 minutes in 3x's today. Well, that didn't happen either. <BR> <BR> I tried my doctor's office @4 times today, but each time I would just get the voice message. I finally left a message, but never heard back. I know Monday gets extra busy, but I was still frustrated not getting through to them. If I haven't heard anything by mid-morning tomorrow I will try, t... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:20:40 EST Non-Stop Weekend Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805344 Well, I didn't do too well on my daily goals this weekend. It was a very packed weekend again. <BR> <BR> First thing Saturday morning was my session with my trainer. He upped some weights and was encouraging all the way through it. he worked me hard! <BR> <BR> I also had a good talk with him. I have been frustrated because I haven't been losing weight - I have been staying on track with exercise and eating, but the weight hasn't budged -- just playing around with a couple of pounds. ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:28:12 EST Intervals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804219 I had time so this morning I did an additional 10 minutes on the elliptical because I wanted to finish the book I was reading. The kids were picked up early, so I headed to the gym. I was going to work out on the stationary bike, but decided to do the arc trainer. I haven't been on it since before my knee surgery in Feb. I did 40 minutes of intervals on it. What a good workout! <BR> <BR> I worked on getting my sewing room cleaned up this morning. Then I made and sewed a binding on the... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:02:16 EST Kilt Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803649 I wasn't hungry at lunch again today, but I did have half an apple and 1 T almond butter. <BR> <BR> I finished the kilt today. Plus I made a sash for our pastor's wife and another small sash for his daughter from the leftover tartan fabric. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 31 of 100 - 10/23 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 27/31 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 27/31 <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>24... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:03:03 EST No Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803052 I wasn't hungry at lunch so I didn't eat anything. I know, not a good idea, but I I kept busy and didn't snack. Therefore I didn't reach my fiber goal, however, I did get 32 grams of fiber today. <BR> <BR> I am making the kilt for our pastor. He is Irish and has always wanted a kilt. He will be doing a monologue on John Knox on Nov 2 and will be wearing his kilt then. I am almost finished with it. I just have to finish the lining and final pressing. Since what I had to do today on it ... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:09:07 EST Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802436 I had a good day and stayed focused on my eating plan. <BR> <BR> I was able to get my goal for the day on the kilt done. I am almost done - I am hoping to finish it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 29 of 100 - 10/21 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 25/29 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 27/29 <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>248</em> 23/29 <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings of freggies <em>248</em> ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:09:49 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801785 I have my grandson & granddaughter for a sleep over tonight. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 28 of 100 - 10/20 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 24/28 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 26/28 <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>248</em> 22/28 <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings of freggies <em>248</em> 26/28 <BR> 5. Blog Daily <em>248</em> 23/28 <BR> 7. 35-40 g fiber <em>248</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:11:29 EST Restful Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801068 I really enjoyed today - nice and restful. <BR> <BR> We taught Sunday School this morning. After lunch, I laid down for a nap. I only got 30 minutes then the phone rang four times. After the 4th I gave up in trying to nap. So, I started to working on the kilt. I was able to finish sewing in the canvas innerfacing - my goal for the day. Now I am going to relax, cross stitch and watch TV. <BR> <BR> This weekend is want I really needed. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 27 of 100 - 10/1... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:17:34 EST Day of Leisure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800601 Nothing planned for the day. I slept in. I exercised on the elliptical. Had a leisurely breakfast-- I made High Protein Pumpkin Pancakes (my recipe concoction). Worked on my checkbook. Took a nap. Worked on kilt. Cleaned bathroom. Took a walk with husband. Worked & studied Sunday School lesson. Sparked. Good Day. Relaxed!! <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 26 of 100 - 10/18 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 22/26 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (mini... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:26:46 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800083 I accomplished my goal of how much I wanted to get done on the kilt today. <BR> <BR> I am ready to have a restful weekend. The first one in over three months where I haven't anything planned. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 25 of 100 - 10/17 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 21/25 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 23/25 <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>248</em> 19/25 <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings of freggies... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:52:26 EST Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799547 I slept in this morning instead of getting up to exercise as I was planning on to go to the gym. The kids were supposed to be picked up early, but ended up being later. So, I almost didn't go to the gym, but I did. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 24 of 100 - 10/16 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 20/24 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 22/24 <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>248</em> 18/24 <BR> 4. Eat 5 ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:50:33 EST Productive Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798978 I had a good productive day. First of all, I did 30 min on the elliptical, then did another 15 min strength training. <BR> <BR> As I was going through SP emails I saw the Slow Cooker Marinara Chicken and Vegetables. I decided that was what we were going to have for supper. So, I got everything in the crockpot and I had dinner done! Usually it is time for dinner and I am hunting in the refrigerator or freezer to figure out something to make. I made a few substitutions and it sure was goo... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:18:53 EST Still Tired, But Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798367 People have asked - I am not getting sick. I just have had too many late nights and too early mornings. I am still tired, but doing better. <BR> <BR> I took out the last 13 pleats of the kilt today, so I could redo it. <BR> <BR> I have been more conscious of how much fiber is in my food. My daily goal is 40 g. I reached it again today. <BR> <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 22 of 100 - 10/14 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 18/22 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:12:34 EST Exhausted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797723 I have been exhausted the last couple of days, so I haven't exercised. The only exercise I did today was march in place while I washed dishes tonight. <BR> <BR> I did however eat 41 grams of fiber today. My goal was 40. I m more conscious now of the fiber in the food that I eat. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 20 & 21 of 100 - 10/12 & 10/13 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>42</em> <em>248</em> 17/21 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</e... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:21:24 EST Down 1% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796561 Friday was a long, busy, but great day. My granddaughters came at 6:15am and I had them until after 7:00pm. Plus I had my other two grandchildren in the morning. Needless to say it was hectic. The cousins love playing together. It is so fun to watch and hear them play! <BR> <BR> After lunch I worked with my two oldest granddaughters with their homeschool work (preschool and kindergarten). I also started preparing for the dinner we were hosting for our church's Growth Group leaders. I... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:53:40 EST Kilt/Mending http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795527 I mainly worked on a kilt - finished the pleats, then realized I need to take some out because they were too big. AGGGHHH. I did well though and did not snack like I normally would do when frustrated. <BR> <BR> Then I worked on 3 dresses my DIL gave me to mend...broken zipper, skirt torn off, and a torn button off. Mending is not my favorite thing to do. However I did get those done. <BR> <BR> I got 34g of fiber today. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 17 of 100 - 10/9 <BR> <BR> 1. Trac... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 22:43:09 EST Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794940 Today was a good day. I was able to sleep a little later, yet still got up and did 30+min on the elliptical. Then throughout the day I did some bursts of marching in place. <BR> <BR> I got a lot of other things done...laundry, finished quilting a quilt, and was able to finish at least half of the pleats on the kilt I am working on. <BR> <BR> I have been reading the Full Plate Diet. A SparkFriend challenged me to get 40 grams of fiber a day (recommended in the book). Yesterday, I got 30 ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 22:37:20 EST Self-Sabotage?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794350 I woke up with a headache and was just too tired to exercise. So, I laid in bed for an extra 15 minutes before I got up. Mid=morning my husband messaged me to say he was going to go to the barber after work and would be home later and wanted to know if I was going to the gym. It has been awhile since I have gone and I knew I needed to get back (except for going twice a month for sessions with my trainer I haven't had a regular time there). <BR> <BR> The kids were picked up early, so I h... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 23:09:45 EST Family Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793702 I had a wonderful, busy weekend! Saturday I had four of my granddaughters. We had fun playing, baking, fall decorating and getting ready for a family birthday celebration. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l564511689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They had a sleepover Saturday night. They came to church with us and when we got home all my kids and grandkids were here. We celebrated September & October birthdays and then watched four episodes of the newest Doctor Who. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 22:31:59 EST Thursday & Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791992 Yesterday was crazy. My daughter reminded me that we were having a two man band staying for the next three days. I had forgotten. I had to clean and reorganize our guest room. It had been the room where we "threw" stuff when we got new carpet and I hadn't finished putting things back where they belonged. <BR> <BR> I also started sewing on the kilt and luckily was only on the second pleat when I realized I had made a mistake in the math. Therefore I redid all the planning on the pleat... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 23:25:21 EST Better Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790761 Today was so better than yesterday. I got a good 30 minutes on the elliptical and was able to stay on track with eating. <BR> <BR> I did a good maintenance on machine -- oiled & cleaned. Did a lot of testing on a test quilt and it looks good. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 9 of 100 - 10/1 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 8/9 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 8/9 <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>248</em> 7/9 <... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 22:57:52 EST One of Those Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790064 Today started okay. I got up and did 30 min on the elliptical and was able to do 15 min Jessica Smith Lower Body Workout for Bad Knees. That was tough and was a great workout. <BR> <BR> The rest of the day was frustrating! The kids were whiny and getting into things they weren't supposed too. They also fooled around during nap time. I had problems with my quilting machine. The last quilt I quilted was fine. But when I tried working on a new one the tension was out of whack and ke... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:05:13 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789415 It was good to get up early and do 30 minutes on the elliptical. I am ready to have a good week. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 7 of 100 - 9/29 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 6/7 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 6/7 <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>39</em> 5/7 <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings of freggies <em>248</em> 6/7 <BR> 5. Follow trainer's eating plan <em>39</em> 3/7 <BR> 6. Blog Daily <em>248</em> 7/7 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:31:27 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788732 We taught Sunday School this morning. I love teaching kids! After church & lunch, my grandson & granddaughter were dropped off for a sleepover. This afternoon he helped me make Apple Cake for our Bible Study's dessert which we hosted tonight. I cut the sugar in half and it was still very delicious and lower calorie:) <BR> <BR> I didn't have any supper except for a piece of apple cake which really wasn't on plan. But I did okay for the rest of the day and stayed within my calorie limit. ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:33:46 EST Craft Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788119 Today was the craft fair. It was small about 20 vendors) and sponsored by our subdivision. There wasn't a lot of traffic and I didn't sell anything. I did get 3 inquiries though, so we'll see if anything comes of it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l702883139.jpg"> <BR> I wasn't going there with big expectations knowing it was a small fair. As my husband and I talked about it afterwards, it was a good push for me to get my website up and to get things started for... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:17:29 EST Fair Preparation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787628 I basically worked on getting things ready for the craft fair today. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I had my first phone call from a wellness coach from our insurance plan. My "assignment" for the next month is .., whenever I feel like snacking/grazing drink water before I do. I hope this will be helpful. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 4 of 100 - 9/26 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 4/4 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 4/4 <BR> ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:56:36 EST Great Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787101 I didn't get to workout on the elliptical this morning, but I knew I would be at the gym tonight. I had a session with my trainer. We (or rather I <em>211</em> ) worked on legs and abs. This was the first full leg workout since I had injections in my knee in June. He went easy so we could build back up. I feel it now, so I am sure I will feel it more tomorrow. I know I need to work on stretching out my leg & hip muscles on the foam roller - they have been very tight. <BR> <BR> I wor... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:48:03 EST Snacking Struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786467 I got up and did 30 min on the elliptical again this morning. It is good to have daily goals again - it sure keeps me focused! <BR> <BR> I still struggle with snacking. I followed the nutrition plan except for snacks. It is so hard when I have to feed the daycare kids and I want the same thing ie banana bread. Plus my daughter made Chocolate Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies - hard to resist. I have made a note now and put on cookie jar...."Carrie - NO COOKIES!" Hoping I'll do better tomo... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:27:20 EST "Back in the Saddle" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785819 This morning I got up and did 30 minutes on the elliptical and was ready for the day before the daycare kids came. First time in over a month. It was nice to get moving again. Besides I missed reading <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I adhered to my trainer's eating plan except for afternoon snack. I had the last Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffin...temptation is now gone... and a bowl of ice cream after supper. No more ice cream for me for awhile now. But I was able to stay within my calorie rang... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:46:39 EST 5% Challenge + New 100 Day Personal Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785122 I haven't blogged since my birthday in August when I completed my 100 Day Personal Challenge. Things went crazy. I had to finish getting the house back in order after getting new carpet. I had to finish a sample kilt for a band to see if they would want me to be their kiltmaker. Plus I am starting a custom memory quilt business. <BR> <BR> I did finish the kilt and the band has said they want me to be their kiltmaker. Also, when I was at the Longs Peak Highland Games I found out that t... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:22:34 EST Day 100 of 100 -- Challenge Completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768449 I just finished writing a blog and lost it -- frustrating! <BR> <BR> Today is the 100th day of my personal challenge. This is from my first day..."I am ready to get back on track. My birthday is in 100 days. So I am starting a challenge for myself to lose 15-20 lbs. My goal is to be at 225 or below by my birthday. Many of the following goals had gone by the wayside and they used to be habits. Time to input them back into my routine." <BR> <BR> I only lost 6 pounds, but my daily goals did ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:48:33 EST Day 99 of 100 - Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767724 I worked on the kilt off and on today. <BR> <BR> I did a SP 12 min cardio video this morning. I still am tired and haven't got back to getting up early to work out on the elliptical for 30 min. <BR> <BR> Daily Goals- <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>42</em> <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings of freggies <em>248</em> <BR> 5. High protein breakfast <em... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:21:08 EST Days 92-98 of 100 -- Flat Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767051 This last week has been HECTIC! I had no reserve to get on and blog. I was getting reading for carpet installation by packing up things, moving furniture and painting. It was nice to be able to paint and not worry if it got on the carpet! <BR> <BR> I also had two church meetings (one for Children's Ministry and one for Small Group Leader's) on Wed & Friday nights. <BR> <BR> Every night it was after 11:00 or later that I went to bed and I am used to going to bed @9:30. <BR> <BR> On Thu... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:06:50 EST Days 89-91 of 100 -- Getting Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762558 Saturday was spent moving furniture out into the garage, then we went shopping for new couches. We had picked one set out a year ago. The couch is 102" - we wanted a big couch that would sit 4 people -- our family is growing and we needed more seating in our living room. We wanted to make sure it was the right one. We got home late and needed to finish preparing for teaching Sunday School the next day. <BR> <BR> Sunday we had to be at church early to set up as we are in a temporary facil... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:25:15 EST Day 88 of 100 - Moving Furniture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760579 I worked a little on the sewing room today. I also needed a break to sew and I put on a border on the Colorado Cabins quilt. The tartan came in the mail and I worked on the measurements for a kilt that I need to make by Labor Day weekend. <BR> <BR> After supper my husband and I moved bookcases, chairs & the hutches out to the garage. <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Goals- <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> <BR... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:16:49 EST Day 87 of 100 - Ice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759892 I decided yesterday to take one day easy on the knees and didn't exercise. I had my granddaughter's last night and we went and got my husband at the airport., therefore I didn't blog last night. <BR> <BR> I packed up my second hutch today. Now all I need to pack up my sewing room <em>198</em> . I also did laundry today. Now it is time to ice my knees and watch The Waltons <BR> <BR> Daily Goals- Day 86 - Wed 8/13 <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>42</em> <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 gla... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:29:59 EST Day 85 of 100 - Knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758562 I had a rough night last night. My knees were very achy and I ended up putting a heating pad on for awhile. I had already taken Ibuprofen and put volteran gel on them. They have been bothering my since last week - each day has gotten worse. I am planning on icing them as soon as I am done with this blog and watch an Agatha Christie "Evil Under the Sun". <BR> <BR> I packed up the first china hutch after the kids left. <BR> <BR> I ate a very small danish for am snack. I was given some th... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:20:33 EST Day 84 of 100 - Staying focused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757894 I didn't get up earlier this morning to exercise because I was still tired from the weekend and knew it was going to be a busy day. I still got 120+ minutes exercise going up & down stairs carrying boxes and then mowing the front & back lawns. I;m still staying focused on my goals <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Goals- <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>248</em> <BR> ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:43:29 EST Day 83 of 100 - Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757196 After church we went to pick up some bubble wrap at Sam's Club. Then we went to Red Lobster. I put half of my meal aside before I even started to eat. <BR> <BR> When we got home we did some packing and moving furniture. <BR> <BR> We still haven't found a home for the cat yet. Hope we do in the next week. <BR> <BR> Daily Goals- <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 23:08:54 EST Day 82 of 100 - Packing begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756616 Yesterday I didn't blog because we had a Growth Group leader meeting and we didn't get home until after 11:00. <BR> <BR> This morning I had a session with my trainer. I was exhausted but pushed through it. <BR> <BR> We started the process of packing up things in preparation of getting new carpet. <BR> <BR> Daily Goals- Fri 8/8 <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <e... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 23:11:09 EST Day 80 of 100 - Tired & Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755429 The last couple of days have been crazy busy. Yesterday I was too tired and decided to sleep instead of getting up earlier to exercise. However, I was able to get exercise in by moving boxes downstairs. This morning I wasn't able to exercise <BR> because I had kids come at 6:15am. It was a long day -- the last of the kids left at 6:00pm. <BR> <BR> I didn't blog yesterday because we went carpet shopping and when we got home my daughter had friends over watching a movie in the family room ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 23:19:24 EST Day 78 of 100 - Carpet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754034 Yesterday one of my daycare clients said they would need to find new daycare because their child had been tested with a severe cat allergy. We have been thinking of getting new carpets and furniture for some time now, but we didn't want to until my daughter's cat was gone. Well, this was the push -- we told our daughter she needed to get rid of the cat and tonight we went and looked at carpet. <BR> <BR> I was busy all day taking pictures and packing up the things from my grandparents. I w... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 00:20:17 EST Day 77 of 100 - Washing/Baking Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753290 I haven't blogged since last Thursday because I have been out of town at a mini family reunion to distribute my grandparents things. It was good to finally get things taken care of in the house. <BR> <BR> Today I worked on washing things I received either in the washing machine or in the dishwasher. They have been sitting in the house for 7 years and needed to be cleaned. <BR> <BR> I also made banana bread -- doubling the recipe four times. I had a lot of bananas that needed to be worked... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 23:38:20 EST Day 73 of 100 - Black Eyed Pea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750747 I needed to go to the library, so we ended of going out to eat at Black Eyed Pea for supper. I got the grilled tilipia and was able to stay within my calorie range for the day! <BR> <BR> Daily Goals- <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>248</em> <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings of freggies <em>248</em> <BR> 5. High protein breakfast <em>248</em> <BR> 6. Elimi... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:50:33 EST Day 72 of 100 - Busy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750031 I was busy today with kids, laundry, & quilting. I was able to get the 11 pinwheel block centers remade during nap time. I did not get a chance to read Made to Crave. <BR> <BR> I have two of my grandkids for an overnight tonight <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Daily Goals- <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>248</em> <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings of freggies <em>248</em... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:19:44 EST Day 71 of 100 - Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749309 This weeks LTGL goal for the 5% Challenge is to deliberately do 10 min. of happiness and focus on the connection between happiness and good health. This corresponds with the chapter I read in Made to Crave. <BR> <BR> "Tying my happy to food, skinny jeans, or anything else sets me up for failure." <BR> <BR> "I have to learn to attach my happy to the only eternal stability there is and remain there...tie my happy only to Him. It's called learning to remain." <BR> <BR> " [In]John 15:9-12..... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:29:03 EST Day 70 of 100 -- Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748565 It was good to have the rest day and I was back on track today for the most part. I did end up having a glazed donut for morning snack. I haven't had a donut in I don't know how long. Some house guests we had over the weekend bought them and left them. Unfortunately, I did give in and eat one. But to compensate I didn't eat an afternoon snack. <BR> <BR> I did get up this morning for my daily routine on the elliptical. Then tonight after dinner my husband and I went for a walk. It wa... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:19:30 EST