SHAWFAN's SparkPeople Blog SHAWFAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 230? 231? Hey Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> Had a pretty good day today, considering! Changed up my workouts to Jessica Smith tv in the mornings, plus a 7 minute HIIT workout. Let's see what we can do with this! <BR> <BR> Came home and thought I was going to need to change the battery in my spark tracker, cause it's getting low, but not in the red yet, so I left it alone. Maybe will need to change it this weekend. <BR> <BR> Got in a 45 minute elliptical workout and decided I'd best post quick before ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 21:13:49 EST 1 picture...finally... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll try to post a few more tomorrow or soon. This is my son, Adam, Crystal and myself with Kendall Mae, taken yesterday. <BR> <BR> Promise, I'll get more up soon. This was from my 9 year old grandson. He's going to make a good photographer, like his grandfather. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Have a good night. Sleep well. <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 21:41:52 EST Day 230 Hey everyone, <BR> A quick blog to say hello and to let you know that my family is leaving back to Kentucky early tomorrow morning and I'm heading back to work tomorrow as well. So after the last 4 days of sporadic exercise, I'll be back to regular walking tomorrow and, hopefully back to the gym, even if I have go by myself. My DH goes to give plasma tomorrow anyway, so I should be able to go myself. <BR> <BR> I had a "well woman" check up today, and was told by the nurse practitioner that... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:53:47 EST Day 227 and 228... We did a lot of walking today. Well, maybe more me and the kids than anyone else. <BR> In all I got over 7,156 steps in today. Not so hot yesterday, but we still have company, so that's going to happen. I did get an elliptical workout in yesterday, even while they were here watching a movie with me on the elliptical. LOL Just didn't get more than 45 minutes in. Only made it to about 5,689 steps yesterday. <BR> We did a lot of visiting and picture taking and such. I will have some pictu... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:43:07 EST Days 224, 225 and 226...I think...And Beck... Sorry I've been missing in action the last few days. We've been preparing for our son's, daughter in law's and granddaughter's visit. They made it here late last night, safely, thank goodness, and we've spent all day together today. Well, myself, my DD, my son, and wife and daughter, anyway. DH had to work today. He didn't have the vacation time to be able to take time off as I did. <BR> <BR> The first day went pretty well, with just spending time with the baby and getting to know her a... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:31:32 EST Day 223 and Beck... Hello all, <BR> Another short blog as we were up really early this morning with an antsy granddaughter who wouldn't sleep. Funny thing is, she fell asleep before dinner and will now sleep all night, probably waking very early....again. "sigh" Can't win for losing. <BR> <BR> First, I did walk for a good hour this morning before starting to work. My Spark tracker didn't pick up the minutes as it should have. It did, however, record the steps. <BR> Plus I managed to get in 3 sets of modi... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:50:33 EST Day 122 Hey everyone, <BR> I am beat. Was up until 10:15 last night and woke up at 6:00 this morning. Had a quick workout on abs before my doctor appointment at 8:30 so I didn't get a cardio workout in until this evening and then it was only about 35 minutes. Better than nothing, I guess. Step total for today: 6,263. Again, better than nothing. <BR> <BR> Since I didn't get to work until 10:45 this morning, I'm going to time in early tomorrow and Wednesday to make up that time so I don't have to... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 21:09:04 EST Days 220 and 221....I think... A quick blog tonight as it's very late. <BR> This weekend has just flown by. So much still needs doing to get ready to start this 21 Day Fix, but I'll have to try to work on that tomorrow after work. <BR> I've been relatively active this weekend, working the exercises on the DVD from the program. Easy enough for starters. Plus I'm still doing my regular elliptical workouts, when my knees don't hurt too badly. Mostly working on the core right now. <BR> I've changed the day that I'm weigh... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 22:36:27 EST Day 219? Or is it? I'm so lost... Maybe it's the lack of good sleep that has me confused. I give up. Gabi's keeping good track of these days. At least one of us has been. lol <BR> <BR> Had a pretty good day today. Did my walking this morning, instead of the video workout I had been planning, cause my internet wasn't working on my tablet. <em>39</em> I can't get Wi-Fi at work so I have to bring a hot spot with me for internet connection. Well, my hot spot had to have a factory reset yesterday, so I lost the passwor... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:09:12 EST Days 217 and 218 A really quick blog as I didn't want to miss another night without. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a pretty good day. I did get a small walk in, even with my computer issues. Then after work I did a good elliptical workout of about 50 minutes. <BR> <BR> Today, I drove in to work myself, so I started out on the elliptical for about 35 minutes then showered dressed and left for work. I was about 15 minutes late for work because of bad traffic. <em>24</em> It happens. But since I'm usually... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 21:48:05 EST Day 216 Thank you, everyone, for your up beat comments on yesterdays blog. Yes, I am still pretty tired, and yes, this will most likely be short. <BR> <BR> Did walk this morning for 45 minutes. After work came home and got in an elliptical workout of about 45 minutes. So step total for today: 10,565 First time in about a week. <BR> <BR> Don't know about tomorrow as IT guy has to come down and work on my computer again. Since he rebuilt the thing, I haven't been able to access areas of website... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:32:17 EST Day 215 And a short blog tonight. <BR> I got in about a 30 minute walk today, plus some stair climbing, which I had to track separately. <BR> Step total not so great. I'm not worried about it so much right now. <BR> <BR> Will be starting a new challenge towards the end of this week. It's the 21 Day Fix. A friend's daughter on Facebook turned me towards it and now my friend is interested in it also. Maybe we'll all get into it. Hopefully. <BR> <BR> Haven't had too much time to investigate i... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:51:56 EST Day 214... ....and can you tell I've been so tired I can't even keep track of the day that we're on?! Oh boy! Now I feel like an idiot! So sorry Gaye and Gabi! I believe today is actually day 214. Gabi keeps better track than I do. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Today was as busy as yesterday was. Woke up a bit later than yesterday, only because I didn't get to sleep until after midnight. <em>24</em> It's NOT going to happen tonight. As soon as I'm finished with this, I'm heading to bed. Promi... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 21:33:30 EST Day 112 and 113 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This one really speaks to me of my struggles lately. This is one for my vision board, which WILL be finished, finally tomorrow. No matter what. No Excuses! <BR> <BR> Been feeling a lot of pain in my leg and knees. As a consequence I've been lax in my exercise just a bit because of the discomfort of it. This quote brings it all back to the fore front. Exercise is what will help th... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 23:08:25 EST Day 211 part 2 Well, just another short post. <BR> <BR> It was a busy day at work today and I was having a lot of trouble with my computer. Wouldn't you know it, the IT guy left for his daughter, who, hopefully gave birth to a healthy baby today. I'll find out tomorrow...hopefully. <BR> <BR> Did as much walking and stair climbing as I could today. The problem is that we lost one of the people out of our office. She decided it wasn't the job for her and up and quit. Today was supposed to have been her l... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:46:17 EST Day 211... <BR> “THE ONE THING THAT YOU HAVE THAT NOBODY ELSE HAS IS YOU. <BR> YOUR VOICE, YOUR MIND, YOUR STORY, YOUR VISION. SO WRITE <BR> AND DRAW AND BUILD AND PLAY AND DANCE AND LIVE ONLY AS YOU <BR> CAN.” –UNKNOWN <BR> <BR> Something that we all need to remember every day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone and thank you for your comments of concern for my health. Much appreciated. It was probably from going to bed on an empty stomach after taking my night time meds that did it to me... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 08:57:07 EST Day 211... Good morning everyone and thank you for your comments of concern for my health. Much appreciated. It was probably from going to bed on an empty stomach after taking my night time meds that did it to me. I just wasn't hungry but should have had something on my stomach. Lesson learned. <BR> <BR> I've had a shortish morning walk this morning of about 30 minutes. It would have been longer except for the IT guy that had to come down to work on my work computer and I needed to help him by log... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 08:57:04 EST Day 210? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Another short one. Yep, it's getting late...again. <BR> <BR> Didn't do as well today as yesterday. Woke up feeling dizzy and nauseous, but went to work anyway. <BR> I did walk but only for about 45 minutes this morning. Had a few things to clean up from a former co-worker's desk too. <BR> I managed to get in some extra walking and stair climbing during the day. That's about it for today. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be a better day. I'm not feeling as ill now as I ... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:38:11 EST Day 209...I guess I've been off a day. :) Just a quick blog tonight as I'm late...again...getting to bed. <BR> <BR> Good exercise day today. An hour walk this morning, plus 4 sets of planks at 2 minutes per set. <BR> Did a lot of walking throughout the day, including climbing stairs whenever I could. <BR> Came home and cleaned house. <BR> Step total for today: 10,946 <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Will attempt a Jessica Smith video tomorrow morning. Hoping that I can make it through a good cardio blast early and not sweat too badly... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:53:53 EST Day 209 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Was just sent the attached picture of my beautiful granddaughter Kendall Mae this evening. She's 4 days old today. Mommy and baby are doing well. Mommy and daddy could use a bit more sleep, but they're adapting. <BR> <BR> I tried to stay as active as possible today. Didn't really succeed overly well. Tomorrow will be better though. I'm getting a lot of motivation from Gabi in al... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:04:07 EST Day 208 Thank you for your kind comments on my baby granddaughter. I'm just a little bias but I think she's beautiful myself. <em>334</em> And I haven't even met her in person yet. I will in a couple more weeks though! <em>224</em> Can't wait! <BR> <BR> Today ended up being busier than I thought it was going to be. I had planned to have a conversation with a friend of mine who lives in Virginia, and that fell through when my body shut down for a little while and I took a nap. Hope she ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 22:29:35 EST Day 206 and 207? I think? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of pictures of Kendall Mae. She's a beauty! She's home with mommy and daddy now tonight. And mommy is back in her own bed and more comfortable. <BR> <BR> Shortish blog tonight as I really need the sleep tonight. Didn't sleep well last night for whatever reason. Rea... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 21:21:29 EST Day 203, 204 and 205 respectfully ...Should be in bed. Am trying to upload a picture of the baby but my computer isn't cooperating so it's going to have to wait until tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I haven't posted about my activities over the last couple of days because we've been pretty busy, what with work and worrying about this birth and all. <BR> There's been one day that I didn't get much of anything done, mostly because I had some bills to pay and after work just couldn't do anything for myself. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, I've b... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 22:24:37 EST Woohooo!!!! She's JUST been born!! Wish my new granddaughter a Happy Birthday!! She was born at 7:55 tonight, Central Time. I don't know her weight yet. Still waiting on photos too. It's only 8:14, though, so I figure they're still cleaning her up and having mommy, daddy time. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> As you might imagine, I've been on pins and needles all day long waiting for this baby to be born. Crystal's labor was a long one! <BR> <BR> I am SO tired from being up half the night waiting, wor... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 21:27:42 EST Baby's coming!!! Good morning, everyone! <BR> Daughter in law is finally in true labor this morning! Her water broker late last night and she's been in the hospital since 11:30 last night. My son is giving me updates every few hours as to how things are going. I think he's excited! I know I am! Just wish we could be there with them! <BR> <BR> Not walking again this morning, only because we're having a birthday party for a co-worker today and I'm trying to get some things arranged and set up around the o... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 07:43:30 EST Day 202.... ...and not able to get through all of my email tonight. It's getting late...again. I'll try to post in the morning, if I don't walk. <BR> <BR> I didn't walk this morning. Had some bills to pay instead. Came home and jumped on elliptical for a 45 minute workout. Step total: 5,689 Tomorrow will be better. <BR> <BR> I did some planks also today. <BR> <BR> Have a good night everyone. I'll try to catch up tomorrow. Sleep well. <em>247</em> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 22:05:23 EST Day 201 And a quick blog. Daughter in law in hospital this morning then back home this evening again. False alarm, I guess. She's so frustrated that the doctor won't induce her. She's too much in a hurry to have this baby! I remember the feeling though. LOL <BR> <BR> Active day. 45 minute walk this morning, plus 3 sets of planks at 2 minutes each set and 2 sets of squats. <BR> After work: 30 minutes on elliptical. Total workout time: 86 minutes. Step total: 12,515 <BR> <BR> Have a good nigh... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 21:39:00 EST Day 200?! According to Gabi... ...Guess I'd lost count again. Whoops. Happens when you're feeling sorry for yourself. Sorry about that blog post from yesterday. I try not to be negative. I try to be uplifting and supportive when I do post or comment to anyone. It's tough when it comes back on you from an unexpected source that you thought you would depend upon. <BR> <BR> Enough about that. Thank you all for your kind comments and encouragements yesterday. Today was a better day. I'm getting back to where I was, ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 21:38:08 EST I'm not a quitter So I took the weekend off. I've already said why I've needed to. I'm not happy with myself for doing so. In fact, every day this weekend, from Friday...the day I took off today, I got out of bed and dressed in my workout clothes with the intent to get a workout in right away. Never happened for one reason or another. Usually because I found something else that needed to be done instead. So I waylaid the workout for myself. <BR> This doesn't bode well for the BLC28, which is at... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 21:59:46 EST Day 198 and another slow day Getting late....again and have been up since 2 this morning. Yawn. Just hoping I can sleep tonight. <BR> <BR> I realize the problems I've been having with the sleep has been with a bum hip. <em>24</em> Not at all happy about the thought of that issue. Bad hips run in the family. My mother has had both of her hips replaced...twice, as has her sister. <BR> If I could really focus on losing this excess weight, maybe the pain will go away. It's hard to focus when the pain is almost cons... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 23:02:54 EST Day 197...Part 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Had a pretty good Friday. We got a lot of cleaning done I'm pretty happy about that. Let's hope that it lasts awhile. It's just teaching the kids to pick up after themselves that's the fun of it. Oh, and teaching DH also. He's a bigger mess maker, sometimes than the kids are. <BR> <BR> Didn't get a lot of shopping done until DH got home from work, thou... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:44:35 EST Day 197...Part 1 Good morning! Hope everyone had a sound sleep last night! TGIF!! <BR> <BR> I was up at 2:00 then again at 3:00 and 3:30, thinking that it was time to get up so I woke DH up...whoops...he forgave me. We did get up at 4:30, or I should say, he did. I got up to see him off to work then I climbed back into bed and slept until 8:30 when my grandson woke me. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Oh well, so much for an early morning workout. I'll get it in sometime today. Not too much planned for to... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:21:43 EST Day 196...and sort of a day of rest Today was my Friday! Yay!! And my DH drove his motorcycle in to work, which meant that I drove myself in to work this morning. <BR> So I slept in. Considering I've been averaging about 6 hours of sleep a night every week night, I guess I needed it. I didn't get a walk in this morning, nor did I get on the elliptical, although I had sort of planned on doing so. Just didn't happen. <BR> I did do 3 sets of planks before going to work this morning, though. <em>104</em> That got me goin... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:41:17 EST Day 195 Hello my friends, <BR> <BR> It was such a BUSY day today! <BR> I DID get an hour walk in this morning, neglecting to get a post in. Neglecting to eat my breakfast until late. Neglecting just about everything. lol I guess I figured that walk was more important. <BR> Plus I did 3 sets of planks at 2 minutes a piece, for a total of 6 minutes this morning! Yay!! <BR> <BR> I made sure that I was pretty active today also. Our fax machine is down in our department, so we can't fax out. ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:25:23 EST Day 194...Part 2 Thank you all for your comments on my blog this morning. Very much appreciate your thoughts and opinions. <BR> I managed 5,956 steps today. Tomorrow will be better. I will get an earlier start on my walk, for sure and I will try the elliptical again tomorrow night. Couldn't do it tonight. It just bothered my leg a bit too much. Could be because my elliptical is a bit tight. If we go to the gym, it may be better. We'll see. <BR> Did 2 more sets of planks at 2 minutes a piece, making ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:54:30 EST Day 194....Part 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning! This is what I'm planning for today! Today stay away from all negativity! We CAN do it!! <BR> <BR> Thank you, again, for your thoughts on my DH. He started again this morning and I stopped him before he could go on. "Remember...I just fell! I need to get back into the swing of things again! Don't push!" He shut up. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I did walk for about 30 ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:12:28 EST Day 193...Still not feeling it. A shortish blog tonight as it's getting late again. Trying to catch up on everything before bed is hectic enough. <BR> I didn't get a walk in this morning as my ankle still was bugging me some. Not a whole lot like yesterday, but I didn't want to chance it. And when I did have to walk on it, I took it slow and easy. Didn't do the stairs as I usually do. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will probably try walking for at least 30 minutes to see how it goes. Still no stairs. They hurt too much yet... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:36:04 EST Day 92....Ha!! I don't know about much of any kind of exercise today. Reason being as I fell out of our front door by stepping down onto a rock, twising my ankle, falling and twisting my back, hitting the side of my head agains my DH's motorcycle. Not fun. <BR> Except for a cut behind my ear, where my earring cut into my skin, a sprained ankle and an aching back, I think I'll be fine. I'm going to take it easy today and not do much of anything too strenuous. Maybe lift some hand weights. Hard to say wi... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 13:29:48 EST Day 191 and not as active as I'd thought it was going to be... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's getting late, again so this will be kinda short, probably. <BR> We were up relatively early this morning, hoping to go to the gym, however DH was hurting this morning and didn't want to go. So, I didn't want to go by myself. We decided instead to go to Farmer's Market before it got to hot and get our shopping done there. Which worked out well. <BR> <BR> Afterward, we... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 22:09:04 EST Day 190 and It's The Weekend!! YAY!! What a week!! You could NOT imagine and I couldn't begin to explain. Just know that it's going to get weirder and probably more stressful as time goes on for me with my job from now on, due to changes that are taking place with the mutual fund company that we're working with. And we're not at all happy with these changes. <BR> <BR> I may try to explain more some other time. It's getting too late and I'm beat. <BR> <BR> I was able to keep moving today, at least and while I didn't ... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 22:02:08 EST Day 189 I think that's the day we're on. Tired and need to go to bed but I wanted to post at least a short blog. <BR> <BR> Got a good hour walk in this morning. Yay!! <BR> Did 2 sets of planks at 2 minutes per set. <BR> Once I got home, I did 2 sets of ball crunches. 50 count each set. <BR> Then I climbed on the elliptical for quite awhile. Well, according to the Spark tracker, I stopped and restarted a few times. And that's correct for several reasons. Having to answer the phone. Having to hel... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:52:26 EST Day 188 Short blog tonight as I'm super tired. <BR> <BR> Got in about 45 minutes on the elliptical this evening and 3 sets of planks this morning. These and climbing stairs several times today helped get me to 8,025 steps total for the day. I didn't walk this morning as there was just too many letters I needed to get out right away before the phones got too bad. <BR> <BR> I'll do better tomorrow. Today was weigh in for BLC28. Not very good. I'd lost a pound last week. I gained it back this we... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:43:22 EST Day 187 Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> Another busy day and another almost sleepless night last night. Not because of a storm so much as because my DH came up and came to bed. Not that I mind so much usually, but he's still in pain while sleeping, even though he won't admit it, and tosses and turns all over. Keeps me awake. <em>24</em> Granted, he didn't come up until after 2:00 am, and I'd been asleep pretty well up until then. I should have asked him to please come back downstairs. It's nice t... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:47:29 EST Day 186 Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> It's Monday night and what a busy day it's been. Started out with a few storms this morning and a lot of rain with flash flooding. I was soaked to the skin from just going from the house to the car to get to work! Should have taken extra clothes. Oh well, I had an extra jacket that I wore most of the day, which helped. <BR> <BR> I did walk this morning. Only for 35 minutes though. I'd meant for it to be longer, but a co-worker came in earlier than expected so ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:31:31 EST Days 184 and 185...I think... I've kind of lost track. This weekend has been spent mostly offline with internet problems of all sorts. When I was able to get online, it was on my phone only and that was limited. So I had to keep it to minimal contact. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you to Gabi, Gaye and Gardenssforlife for thinking of me while I've been "away". I appreciate your thoughtfulness. <BR> <BR> As for the rest of the weekend, to tell you the truth, this has been kind of a laid back weekend. DH and I have... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 20:50:19 EST You have one job to do... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:37:59 EST Day 183 Another shortish blog for tonight. <BR> It was a very busy day. And I may become a grandma....for the fifth time tonight. Waiting to hear from my son as to how the daughter-in-law is doing. Too much to go into tonight. Either she will or she won't. We'll see. lol <BR> <BR> I couldn't walk this morning as I had too much to get done again on my desk. Had to teach a class for 90 minutes today also, so that took up a lot of time that I could have been working on things that needed to be d... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:51:08 EST Decisions have GOT to be made! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone! Happy Thursday! <BR> This seemed appropriate to me and my lifestyle of late, so I'm posting it as a reminder to myself to make better decisions from now on. <BR> <BR> I will post again after my workout this evening. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <em>247</em> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:36:19 EST Day 182 A quick blog tonight as I need an early start in the morning. <BR> <BR> I didn't get a walk in this morning since I had to work right away this morning, and I probably will tomorrow also. I did get on the elliptical this evening, though, for 45 minutes and managed to get in over 8,356 steps in. It's not the 10,000 I would have liked, but I'll take it. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a new day and a new opportunity. I definitely will work on some body weight exercises tomorrow too. Found a good ... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 21:49:22 EST Day 181 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Can you believe it Gaye and Gabi that we're on day 181?!?! <em>244</em> <em>243</em> Ladies!!! <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your concern for my hubby yesterday and today. He's doing much better today, with the help of the pain medication. I think he also walked around a bit today stretching out some of his muscles and getting a bit of exercise in, which... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:12:52 EST