SHAWFAN's SparkPeople Blog SHAWFAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 109 Today was a pretty good day. Started with a 45 minute walk before work and got some extra walking in during the day for various reasons. After work, dh and I went to the gym and I had a good elliptical workout for another 45 minutes. Step total for today: 12,679 <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be a little challenging. I'll try though. <BR> <BR> Thank you to everyone for your continued support and encouragement! You are very much appreciated! Have a good night all! Sweet dreams! <em>247</e... Mon, 4 May 2015 21:39:59 EST Day 108 Today was a relax day, sort of. DD and I went grocery shopping this morning and got most of my walking in at that time. I got in a good 35 minute walk this morning. <BR> Then we went to the movie, as a family, to see the new Marvel movie "The Avengers". It was good, but we had problems with the 7 year old and she had DD had to leave half an hour into the movie. So DD will be going to see the whole movie herself sometime over this week while the kids are in school. <BR> After the movie... Sun, 3 May 2015 20:58:45 EST Day 106 and 107 Happy Saturday everyone!! <BR> I'm back home after a successful seminar and trip! And frankly, I had fun! Learned a lot, which is always nice. Don't know how much of it I'll remember come Monday, with my bad memory, but every little bit helps. <BR> Friday, we left the airport at 10:30 am and landed in Hammond, LA at noon. We went to an Irish Pub in downtown Hammond for lunch and I ordered a shrimp Cobb Salad with ranch dressing on the side, which I only used maybe a teaspoons worth, at ... Sat, 2 May 2015 15:06:34 EST Day 105 And it's my Friday, although I will be working tomorrow and Saturday. At least I'll be out of the office for a day. <em>244</em> And traveling on top of it! Double <em>244</em> <em>334</em> <BR> I have to admit, though, I am apprehensive about this trip, to an extent. Number one, I've gained this weight, that I'm trying to get off, so I'm sure that I'm going to have trouble fitting into the airplane seat. <em>2</em> not to mention buckling in. At least I'm not flying comme... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 21:17:19 EST Day 104 A quick blog.... <BR> Didn't do too well today, but then again, I'm still not feeling quite up to par. The sore throat is gone, and now I'm congested. Uuggghhh. I'm still sure it's allergies and not a cold. <BR> I did a 45 minute walk today then came home and rested. Well, really had to get some laundry done for the trip on Friday, so got that done first. <BR> I did step on the scale this morning and was surprised with a 3 pound loss. <em>224</em> <BR> Now I hope I can keep it going!... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:36:50 EST Day 103 And still not feeling well today. I went to work with a sore throat and a headache this morning and just couldn't beat either one, even though I did take some allergy medication and was drinking some throat tea. Heading to bed early tonight, to hopefully get a good nights sleep. <BR> Gaye and Gabi are doing great! Gaye got her Beck book today and is already starting to read it and Gabi did a great workout, even though she was pretty tired out. Prayers to both of them that they both get a ... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:10:15 EST Day 102 And another quick blog. Busy day getting caught up from having last Friday off. <BR> I did get a 30 minute walk in this morning, which felt good. Will start earlier tomorrow morning and hope to get in more steps before I have to get down to work. <BR> We didn't make it to the gym after work, as I'd thought we would, as I came down with a sore throat and just wanted to come home. I did jump on the elliptical once we got home though and did over an hour here. Got in just over 10,000 steps fo... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:28:31 EST Day 101 Just a quick entry tonight. <BR> It wasn't too busy a day today. I took it easy, except for finishing the laundry and cleaning a couple of rooms. Took a 45 minute walk with the kids this afternoon, since it was so nice, also. <BR> Steps for today: 6658. <BR> Not as good as yesterday, true, but I needed a bit of a walking break today. There was just so much I could do anyway. <BR> Gaye and Gabi did really well today, so we're still gong strong! <em>244</em> <BR> Tomorrow, it's back to Mon... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:48:28 EST Day 100 It's been a rainy, cool day here in KC. <BR> In answer to your question from yesterday, CAZ, I pretty much had a trim done on my hair. They took off probably a good two inches off the back. It was getting rather long. Now it's just below my shoulders. <BR> <BR> We were up rather later than expected last night, so we slept in a bit this morning. <BR> Upon rising, I got a good elliptical workout in, which felt pretty good. Wanted to get some crunches done also, but dh wanted everyone to get ... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:42:36 EST Day 99 Even though I had the day off, that doesn't mean that I lazed around all day. DD and I each had our hair done this morning. <BR> Afterward, we had to go to the school and pick up my granddaughter, as the principal had had enough of her for today and sent her home. So, she spent the rest of the day with mommy and me. <BR> <BR> So, we all went grocery shopping and running errands, getting ideas for what pots or buckets we want to get for planting some veggies. We can't really plant a gard... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:13:43 EST Day 98 ....And still plugging away. Thank you all for the comments on my blog yestrrday. I was feeling frustrated at the scale and at myself. I have to rethink some of what I'm doing. Yes, I'm working out more. Yes, for the most part, I'm watching what I eat. I have times though when I'm seriously stressed that I just don't care. Guess that's partly my job. I just wish that I could get online at those times and post and get it off my chest to get some relief for myself and some positive feed... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:04:08 EST Day 97 Today was my Thursday. I'm so glad that my work week is almost over. Tomorrow being my Friday will certainly be busy, but I'm going to try to get my desk as cleared off as possible so there will be less to come back to come Monday morning. Let's hope anyway. <BR> I did take my walk this morning for 50 minutes. Feels good to get my heart going that early in the morning. Makes the day better somehow. <BR> I also stepped on the scale this morning. Didn't get a good reading though. I don... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:07:10 EST Day 96 We're all still going strong, aren't we gals?! Gabi, I know had a great day! I'm pretty sure that Gaye also had a good day today also! Since she's been cleared to walk, she's been walking every day and getting her 10,000 steps in on level paths. <em>244</em> Gaye! <BR> And Gabi! She's really doing great on the treadmill! <BR> I didn't get home in time to get on the elliptical this evening, as my glasses were in so we had to stop to get those. However, I did walk for an hour this ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:55:13 EST Day 95...the rest of the day Today ended up being a busy day and I've got a load on my desk again. I'm aiming to get at least a 30 minute walk in tomorrow morning. Maybe 45 minutes, if I can manage it. <BR> <BR> After work today, dh and I went to the gym and I got an elliptical workout in. A good 45 minute workout too. Total steps for today: 10,156. <BR> It was a rather cool day today, and I didn't get outside. Tomorrow I'm going to try to get outside for a walk. Hopefully the weather will be nicer. It's been r... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:22:17 EST Days 94 and 95 Sorry I didn't post yesterday. Internet issues at home. <BR> <BR> DD and I ran a few errands and did some shopping yesterday. I got in a lot of steps. 6,909 in all. <BR> Dh had a photo shoot that ended up lasting most of the afternoon. He took our 8 year old grandson with him. He had fun helping with the horses, mucking out the stalls and feeding the horses and such. <BR> <BR> I got a bit of walking in this morning. Not much, mind you. Only enough to get things set up for the day. I'v... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:14:31 EST Day 93...The rest of the day I had a good workout on the elliptical this morning, even though dh ducked out on me. By the time I was finished, he was ready to leave for home, so we left. <BR> I made myself a promise, which, unfortunately, I didn't keep, on finishing my exercise at home. Instead, we got home and ended up cleaning instead. Well, I guess that can be counted as exercise, of a sort. <BR> Then, dh, daughter and kids left for the stables while I stayed home and did my nails and watched a couple of movies. T... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:55:13 EST Day 92 and 93 I didn't get a chance to blog last night cause I was so exhausted when we finally got home, I even skipped dinner and just fell into bed. <BR> I did manage to get an hours walk in yesterday morning, before work. Before being chained to my desk the rest of the day. And I don't know why I do that to myself. I set up reminders on my computer to get up and take breaks, then I get caught on the phone or too many other Co workers are away from their desks, so I'm not able to. So I forget. I have to... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:31:12 EST Day 91 Didn't get up early to exercise, like I'd planned this morning. I must have needed the extra sleep. I ended up sleeping an extra hour before finally getting up. Oh well. <BR> I did manage a bit of a walk while at work today. In all, I walked 45 minutes, according to my BodyBugg. <BR> When I came home, there was too much to do to be able to get on the elliptical after work, so I'll have to depend on getting a good walk in tomorrow morning, and possibly the elliptical or some ST after w... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:01:17 EST Day 90? Well, we made it through April 15th. There was a lot of running down the hall to fax or running around the building to pick up overnighted mail and such that needed to be sent out today, so I got in about 45 minutes of exercise, I'd say. Tomorrow will be better. <BR> I managed to get my desk mostly cleared off, and I don't need to worry about having to go into work early tomorrow, because dh has a dentist appointment and has to leave work early for that, so I'll be driving in to work myself... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:43:10 EST Good morning!! A quick blog before I get to work.... <BR> Thank you, Gabi and Caz for the encouragements on my blog last night! Very much appreciated! <BR> It's raining here this morning and cold again, so I don't know if I'm going to be able to get a walk in at all today, at least outside. So, I'm hoping that we'll be able to get home early enough, after the doctor's appointment, to be able to get on the elliptical, at least for 30 minutes before bed. Keeping my fingers crossed. <BR> I'll try to catch u... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:27:17 EST Day 89 Just a quick blog tonight as I'm exhausted. <BR> I did get a walk in this morning. About an hours worth. Tomorrow will be a different story, probably since I have SO much work on my desk that needs tending. I'll probably have to dig into that as soon as I get to work in the morning. And after work, I have an eye doctor appointment, so no gym tomorrow. Steop count today: 10,020. Not too bad. <BR> So, in way of exercise, I'm hoping to be able to get out and take a walk during a break away... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:42:42 EST Day 88 Today was a good day for exercise. Not so much for stress. The exercise helped though. <BR> I did walk for an hour this morning, managing to get more than 8,000 steps in just this morning. <BR> After work we went to the gym and I got a quick ST workout in over about 30 minutes time. <BR> Step total for today: 10,723. Not too bad. Hoping to be able to get a walk in tomorrow also. Don't know that I will though, with all the paperwork that piled up just today. "Hopeful" <BR> Thank you to ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:02:24 EST Day 86 and 87 I'm sorry that I have been off line pretty much the entire weekend. Sometimes you just have to switch off and take the time to unwind. And that's what I did. Not that I feel much better, especially since I have to go back to the hectic stress again tomorrow, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Wednesday is April 15th and that will be the most stressful day of the week. Everyone will have to be in the office, unless it's a dire emergency. Let's just hope that we all can make i... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:59:58 EST Day 85 Today was a mixture of good and bad. It was busy at work. Not quite as busy as it was yesterday, thank goodness. At least the phone wasn't plastered to my ear. But we had a lot of faxes and emails since our fax machine was on the fritz for 2 days. And guess who gets to take care of the So, I got to answer a lot of emails and track a lot of faxes that came in, once it came back up. Yippee. NOT!! <BR> Then I get a text, after lunch from my daughter telling me that she w... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 22:11:42 EST Day 84 and not as active as I'd hoped Just a short blog tonight, as I'm tired. Our granddaughter woke everyone up at 3:30. "Sigh" <BR> When I got to work, I didn't get right to work, as I had been doing, but I did walk around the building for about 20 minutes, so I had a bit of a workout there. Climbing stairs and walking halls, turning on lights and starting coffee and things, since I was the first one in the building this morning. <BR> Once work started, the phone just kept ringing and ringing. I don't think I had more tha... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 21:01:06 EST Day 83 And a good day. Still pretty busy, but at least I did get a good workout in this evening after work. <BR> Didn't get a walk in this morning, again. Still trying to get ahead of things at work. We'll see what tomorrow brings though. I did get a lot done, so maybe I'll be better able to handle a walk tomorrow morning. <BR> At the gym, I got an elliptical workout in. Good stress reliever. Step count for today: 10,865. <em>244</em> And I did take several needed breaks from my desk to... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 21:22:52 EST Day 82 ....And not a great day for exercise. I did it again this morning. Got right to work on my desk and got a lot done. It's just something I need to do this week, I guess. Maybe I'll feel better once I've gotten everything off my desk and don't feel sure that my managers are going to be breathing down my neck again to get things done. Even though I've been busy training the new girl, who I'm pretty much done training now. She no longer needs me with her as much as she did last week, which ... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 22:11:28 EST Day 81 And back to the grind. And yes, I did get right to work right away this morning instead of taking my morning walk. And I'll probably do the same tomorrow and possibly Wednesday too. There's just so much piling up on my desk again. Trying not to let it stress me out, but that's a little hard to do when I'm training someone AND trying to do my work AND trying to catch up too. Not fun. <BR> So, I did get to the gym this evening and spent about 45 minutes on the elliptical. Not the greatest ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 21:33:56 EST Rest day... I'm not afraid to admit that I didn't do much, other than 45 minutes of heavy house cleaning today for exercise. But then again, today is Easter Sunday and a day spent with family. So I didn't worry about it too much. I haven't heard from Gabi, but Gaye has been really sick and feels like a failure in this since she hasn't been able to keep it up with this illness keeping her down. I don't feel that this should set her back to the beginning at all. She's worked too hard for that. She ju... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 20:06:49 EST Days 79 and 80 Oh boy, what busy days we've had the last two days! And yesterday wasn't a very good day for any of us, unfortunately. <BR> Didn't get much in the way of exercise in yesterday, Friday. We just weren't "In the mood" for it, or anything else for that matter, except getting on each other's nerves. Especially the kids. They've been out of school for the past week, for Spring Break, and, even though Mom has been taking them to the park nearly every day, they are still very energetic and easily ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 23:27:14 EST Day 78 ....And our Friday! Woohoo!! What a day it was though! I sure hope I hear something good next week about today, cause I really worked my tush off for my department today. <BR> I did start the day with a 45 minute walk before I started working early. Good for me, too. Getting some of that paperwork off of my desk was important to my own sanity. Especially being that I've been really busy training the new girl this week. With all the walking I managed to do today, my stap count was up ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 20:59:17 EST Day 77 ....And I didn't get a lot of good sleep last night so this is going to be short. <BR> I didn't get my walking in this morning. There was just too much that needed to be done, since I'm in the middle of training the new girl this week, and I don't want to fall too far behind again. So, I started working at about 6:30 this morning and got a few things done before anyone came in. A good thing too. There were a lot of letters to write and send out this morning. And all before I could get st... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:23:30 EST Day 76 Well, so far, the new girl is working out well. Since I'm still in process of training her, she's a quick typist and is picking all of our lingo up quickly so I should only have to sit with her tomorrow and Thursday and a bit on Monday, since we have a long weekend and things can easily be forgotten. <BR> As for my day otherwise, I got in an hour walk this morning before work started. And with all the walking throughout the building that I've done today, I got in over two hours of walking... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:14:13 EST Quote of the Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!! Blessings!! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:54:01 EST Day 75 Monday is about over. I got the job of training the new girl this week. Fun. <BR> In answer to your question, Caz, today was her first day. She seems really nice and I hope she works out. My job is to train her in processing our mail. This way she gets to know our forms before moving on to something a bit more challenging. <BR> For her first day, she did really well. She is a good typist and caught on quickly to everything that I was telling her. She made some notes, and I'm hoping th... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:51:09 EST Day 74 .....and an end to a good weekend. I'm going to miss my son and his girlfriend, Crystal. They will be leaving for Kentucky tomorrow, after we leave for work in the morning. <BR> We had a good weekend with them though. Just wasn't long enough. Didn't spend enough time with them. They had friends here to see also. Oh well. <BR> As for today, I didn't do too much, other than taking a 45 minute walk. Other than that, I relaxed or watched the grandkids. <BR> Tomorrow is a new day, and altho... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:57:52 EST Day 72 and Day 73 Can't believe we've made it through to Saturday evening already. <BR> My youngest son came home from Kentucky with his girlfriend, and a surprise, for his 26th birthday yesterday. My daughter and I spent most of the day running errands and cleaning house, so that was my workout. Strangely enough, I got in about 8,598 steps yesterday. Calories were low also, for the most part. Still having those times during the day when it I just have to have something to eat, no matter what it is. And... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:01:50 EST Day 71 Today was my Friday! Woohoo! Doesn't make me any less tired. I'm heading to bed shortly. <BR> Thankfully, Gaye made it through her surgery just fine and is home resting. Thank you, Jesus. <BR> This morning, I managed to get in a 95 minute walk before starting work. Plus the extra walking that I did during the day, made for about 110 minutes altogether. Step total for today is: 11,315. <BR> I was hoping to get some ST in after getting home, but that didn't happen. Will work on getting... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:16:55 EST Day 70 Already!! Another short blog for tonight. I'm heading to bed shortly. <BR> Was up early. Then decided to drive in to work myself since I had a dental appointment and dh isn't working his overtime any longer and didn't really want to wait around for me, which is understandable. Dentist ended up taking more than an hour and a half anyway. <BR> I didn't get a chance to walk this morning. Since I left for work a bit later, both kids were up early and wanted my attention. Oh well. Tomorrow will be bette... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:28:11 EST Day 69 What a day. Busy. And I am exhausted. <BR> I did get my walk in this morning, and I'm hoping that I will tomorrow also, since I won't be able to get to the gym tomorrow evening since I have a dentist appointment. I have so much paperwork piling up on my desk though, that it's getting stressful again. And I can't work overtime. Oh, I could work off the clock and not get paid for it, just to get it off my desk that much quicker. I just don't feel like it. I'll get my walk in instead. ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:06:20 EST Days 67 and 68 Another quick one I'm afraid. <BR> It was a long day today and I'm exhausted. Almost time for bed too. And I'm babysitting on top of it. At least she went to sleep early so I can get finished what I need to online before I go to sleep. <BR> Yesterday, was an active day, although I didn't think it was going to be. My daughter and I took my grandson to the zoo for 3 hours and we walked quite a lot of that time. There were a lot of people there and the lines to everything were full. We did... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:23:39 EST Day 66 Another late night. This has got to stop. I'm exhausted. And another short blog. <BR> I slept in a bit this morning, since dh had to work. Then when I did get up, it was time to start cleaning. Went from room to room and did about 5 loads of laundry on top of that. Still more to do tomorrow. Heavy house work done today and grocery shopping done also. <BR> I didn't get much done, other than that, in the way of exercise however. Climbing stairs counts though, so I'm happy with that. Go... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:19:41 EST Day 65 I'm late getting to bed so this will be short. <BR> Had a reasonably good day at work today. Walked for an hour this morning and for another 35 minutes throughout the rest of the day. I know, a lot of sitting. I had a lot of letters and emailing to do for work. Managed to get in over 10,156 steps though, so that was good. <BR> Am very glad it's the weekend and looking forward to some relaxation. <BR> Have a good night everyone. <em>247</em> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:39:27 EST Day 64 Short blog as I need to get to bed early. <BR> Was up early and did an hour elliptical workout here at home for a change, since dh had a dentist appointment today and we drove in separate. Also got in about 45 minutes of walking throughout the day, which was hard as it was a cold, rainy day. So, managed 9,023 steps for today. Not too bad. <BR> Good going, Gaye and Gabi! We're still going strong, ladies! We ARE the Three Musketeers!! <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>247</em> <BR> ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:52:53 EST Day 63 and Hump Day Thank you, everyone, for your supoort for my disappointment of working off the clock and not getting paid for it. It wasn't my idea. And it would have been nice if someone would have said something to me instead of letting me continue to time in early and then just adjusting my time when they came in. <BR> But, I'm not going to let it get me angry. Lesson learned. I'm not going to fall for that again and I'm not going to trust the people that I work for again either. <BR> I started out ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:26:34 EST Day 62 ...and turns out that I shouldn't have been working overtime. I've been working off the clock and not getting paid. Figures. No one bothered to tell me either. <BR> Oh well, at least I got a lot of work done, so hopefully I won't get behind again. <BR> Just a quick blog tonight, as I need to get to bed. Up extra early this morning so I need to get to bed early tonight. <BR> I didn't get a chance to get much walking in today. Probably about 30 minutes off and on throughout the day, up an... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:03:16 EST Day 61 ...And not quite finished with the overtime, I fear. Since I had Friday off with my bridge work issue and lack of sleep, I came in to work this morning with a LOT of work on my desk. Figures. So, I got right to work on it. No one said not to work the overtime, so I timed in early. I'm hoping I'll be able to get some walking in tomorrow morning before having to time in again to try to get more done. Hard to say what I'll feel like doing tomorrow though. Hate feeling stressed when there'... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 21:11:01 EST Day 60 and a new week ahead ... and may it be a better week for everyone. <BR> This weekend went pretty well, once I got past my frustration over last week. Did a lot of praying for that help. Thank you God. And Thank you to every one of my Spark friends who have stood by me in support during these stressful weeks. I'm not promising that they are over, but hopefully, they will be easier to handle going forward, with God's help. <BR> We had beautiful weather here in KC this weekend. I hope the rest of you had wonder... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:58:53 EST Day 59 It's hard to believe how far we've come girls, and we're still going strong. <BR> Spent the day walking and relaxing. I managed to get 8,563 steps in today. Not the best, but it is Saturday and I needed a day of relative rest. Tomorrow may be the same way, other than we're taking the grandkids to the zoo for the day. So a lot of walking will be done then too. <BR> An early night tonight will make it an easier day tomorrow, so it's good night all. <BR> Thank you for your continued support.... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:46:34 EST Day 58 I am SO glad that it's Friday. I ended up staying home today because a temporary dental bridge came loose and needed to be re-cemented back in and I needed to talk to my doctor concerning the stress that I've been under at work and what I can do about it. Got a little bit of help on that front and will try to not let negativity from the work place continue to get me down. It's just going to take awhile for that to sink in and become habit. <BR> I did get a 20 minute workout in this morning... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 21:50:20 EST