SHAWFAN's SparkPeople Blog SHAWFAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Tuesday entry... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Quickly: <BR> Only a bit of a walk this morning. Too much went on to get much more in. <BR> 35 minutes on elliptical this evening. <BR> Drank 72 oz water. <BR> Stayed away from the Halloween candy. <em>224</em> <BR> Ate on plan...up until after the gym. Then had a smoothie, which I thought was going to be my dinner. It was a "low fat" smoothie, however, with only maybe 200 calories. <BR> DD made grilled pork chops for dinner. Yum. Had 3 oz there. <BR> Sti... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:45:58 EST Love yourself every day! <img src=""> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:13:28 EST Monday entry... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Quick post tonight. <BR> Managed 35 minute walk this morning while at work. <BR> Another 35 minute Jessica Smith walking this evening while watching granddaughter. <BR> Some leg lifts, stair climbing, squats. <BR> Drank 72 oz of water. <BR> Stayed out of the Halloween candy. <BR> Did pretty well, considering the stress at work today. <BR> Not that I didn't THINK about it a few times. <BR> <BR> Have a good night all. Peace and Blessings. <em>247</em> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:22:05 EST Exhausting Sunday. Quick entry tonight as I really should be in bed. <BR> DH and I took granddaughter to the last day of the Renaissance Festival today. <BR> We walked for hours! Lots of steps but still didn't make it to 10,000. Only to 9,165. Oh well. Will try again tomorrow. Hopefully. <BR> Did well calorie wise. Although, I was probably under calories for the whole day. We didn't buy any food out there. Only having breakfast before getting there. Then went out for Italian afterward. The Italian was... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:05:35 EST Funny For today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Have a great Friday! <em>334</em> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:07:22 EST Thursday...Frustrating day..not a great doc appointment Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your kind consideration. <BR> Today was a frustrating day. Long story short, the nurse practiioner that I saw today feels that I have a bacterial infection. Boy, does it hurt. So, she prescribed an antibiotic for the next 7 days. Powder to keep it dry. <BR> Really hoping that this works better than the cream the OBGYN gave me last week that didn't help. <BR> <BR> Not much in the way of exercise today. Since I had to leave early for the appoi... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:22:49 EST it Friday yet?! Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your kind comments yesterday and today. I'm worried about the diabetes, yes. I've had pre-diabetes before I had lost all of the weight the first time and was on meds for it then. I'd prefer not to have to do that all over again. <BR> On the plus side, I did lose 2 lbs over the last week. I'm gonna keep doing what I've been doing and STAY away from all the junk that's coming into the office for Halloween already! My manager brought a whole bad... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:58:49 EST Tuesday entry into October and no change...yet... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your sweet comments from yesterday's blog. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. <BR> Not much better today. Rash is still hurting. Doctor did say it may take a few days for it to go away. I'm doing my best to keep it clean and dry when not using the cream. This has got to be the worst yeast infection I've ever had though. <BR> I've taken several people's advice. My DD found a yogurt with probiotics and active cultures in it that I'm using for my... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:23:04 EST Monday... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> This weekend was busy and not busy. A lot of steps Friday and Saturday and hardly anything Sunday. Really not much to tell about...that I can really remember much of anyway. <em>246</em> <BR> Friday, actually was Grandparent's Day at the kid's school. Both DH and I took the day off to be able to go to that. We had fun, with a lot of walking. The school was packed with people though. We didn't stay more than probably 2 hours. That was enough for us. <BR> <... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:11:06 EST Friday entry.. Hello friends, <BR> Busy day today. I did stay home from work as today was Grandparent's Day at the school my grandkids go to. It was certainly a BUSY place with a lot of grandparents there. <BR> <BR> First, I had a visit with my OBGYN this morning. Regular check up, pap, breast exam and such. That went pretty well, other than the fact that she's concerned I'm not doing enough for myself. Still dealing with nasty yeast infections since the last time I saw here, which was probably around ... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 22:16:14 EST Wednesday entry... Hello friends, <BR> Good day today, except for the stress. But I managed to work it all out once I got home. <BR> 35 minute walk this morning to get my heart going. <BR> 50 minutes on elliptical this evening. <BR> 20 minutes core and bicep workouts. <BR> It's something at least. <BR> Need to keep it up. It does help with the stress. <BR> <BR> Bad weigh in however. Didn't lose, didn't gain. Stayed the same. <em>24</em> <BR> It's rather annoying. But I keep telling myself that ... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 22:23:31 EST Tuesday.... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Pretty good day today, other than a lot of wind. Storms coming on tonight. <BR> 40 minute walk this morning. 20 minute walk at lunch. 20 minutes on elliptical this evening. Would have been longer but I needed a nap when I got home from work. <BR> Actually, i still need a nap. Allergies are really acting up. Not only with me but with others I work with. Almost feels like a cold. Thankfully, allergy meds seem to help somewhat. <BR> <BR> Praying for those in H... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 21:37:57 EST Monday entry... Hello friends, <BR> Quick entry tonight. <BR> Busy day at work and didn't get a walk in, unfortunately. <BR> Had to watch granddaughter this evening so turned on a movie we could both watch and did some "Jessica Smith" along with some body weight exercise. About 30 minutes worth. Didn't really clock it in, what with the granddaughter "helping." <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Ready for bed now. Have a good night. Peace and blessings. <em>247</em> Mon, 3 Oct 2016 22:22:11 EST Sunday evening... Thank you all for your kind comments on yesterday's post. <BR> Today wasn't a very good day with the family. I won't go into the problems here. <BR> However, I did get a 30 minute workout on the elliptical this evening. Think I'll probably get back on before bedtime as I'm not quite at 10,000 steps yet. Would be nice to start the week out well. <BR> <BR> Have a good night, everyone. Hope the new week starts out well for all. Peace and Blessings. <em>247</em> Sun, 2 Oct 2016 20:03:39 EST Star Shot from last night. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Was able to get DH to help with a little bit of editing to get this photo presentable. Hope you like it. There was a lot of light pollution around, as you can see. Sat, 1 Oct 2016 21:25:26 EST Saturday.. Hello friends, <BR> DH and I did go out to the lake and took some good star photos. Nothing different about them, really from the last time we went out. He's saying we really need to find another location. <em>246</em> <BR> That's OK though. The lake is a good hour drive from home. It's about the only location that doesn't have a lot of light pollution. He's been talking to other photographer's on FB about their locations and has some great ideas of where we could go. However, he's... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 19:48:50 EST And Thursday's done... Hello everyone, <BR> Quick entry... <BR> 30 minutes walking this morning. <BR> 30 minutes walking at lunch. <BR> 25 minute on elliptical this evening. <BR> 30 minutes house cleaning looking for melatonin. <BR> <BR> Stayed away from the junk, for the most part today, that was still in the office. I did have one muffin and one small piece of Russell Stovers candy. Otherwise, I did well with food today. Still learning how to add "Good" calories so that I'm not under eating and over exercisin... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:48:43 EST Wednesday's entry... Hello friends, <BR> Today was a hard day, food wise. It was my manager's birthday and there was a lot of food brought in. I'm not going to say that I was able to keep out of all of it. I had a small piece of breakfast pizza this morning...after my usual breakfast of a fruit and protein smoothie. <BR> <BR> I also had two cookies for a snack, along with a nature valley bar, an apple and peanut butter. Healthy Choice Chicken and Rice for lunch and another fruit and protein smoothie for dinn... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:36:21 EST Tuesday entry... Hello friends, <BR> Not as good an entry as yesterday, but I'm keeping at it as much as I can. <BR> Today's efforts: <BR> 30 minutes on the elliptical <BR> 2 sets of 20 pushups. <BR> 2 sets of 20 leg lifts <BR> 2 sets of squats. <BR> <BR> Better than nothing, I guess. Tomorrow's a new day. It's harder with the added pain from yesterday. My heel hurts tonight. And no, I'm not trying to make excuses. <em>211</em> <BR> I'll get through. Each day will get just a little stronger. Each ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:44:34 EST Good Monday Hello friends, <BR> Thank you for the comments on yesterday's blog. i'm feeling OK today, although I did stay home from work. Woke with a good headache though. Seems like I've been doing that quite a bit over the last week. Probably allergies acting up cause once I've used my allergy nasal spray, I get to feeling better. <BR> Granddaughter stayed home as well today. She woke with a headache also. Better to be safe than sorry. <BR> Workout today was body weight. Squats, lunges, lateral lu... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:18:27 EST Sunday's entry... Hello friends, <BR> To tell the truth, I didn't sleep well last night so I kind of walked around in a daze all day. Took several cat naps, when I could, but I was also stuck baby sitting my granddaughter. She wasn't too bad for me. She's down sick herself, so she laid quietly watching her programs on TV and slept some. <BR> I kept up with some walking today, but only really made it to 7,000 steps. Beside laundry and house cleaning, that's about it for today. <BR> Will try to get the s... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:53:51 EST How's this for a Saturday.... Hello friends, <BR> Today was a long, hot, humid day. The weather is changing, beginning over night tonight, with rain moving in. Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy also. <BR> Very active day today. Yesterday, I started a body weight exercise streak that I hope to keep up with every day. It's one that Sparks has on the 28 day Challenge. I'm beginning with just one of those workouts per week. I know it's set up for 28 days, but I'm going to stretch it out longer so that I can make these ex... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:55:03 EST Wednesday's entry....Aaaacccckkkk!!! Hello friends, <BR> Still trying to get the hang of the tracker in the BLC32. That's why the frustration tonight. Too little time to go through all of the days through the week just to enter everything that's needed. Can't seem to get it done once daily with everything else going on, so I'm trying to enter everything quickly on "THE" day. <em>24</em> <BR> Good part is that I've lost a pound. Bad part is that I'm still spending too much time on the computer rather than working out to ... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:23:03 EST Wednesday's entry....Aaaacccckkkk!!! Hello friends, <BR> Still trying to get the hang of the tracker in the BLC32. That's why the frustration tonight. Too little time to go through all of the days through the week just to enter everything that's needed. Can't seem to get it done once daily with everything else going on, so I'm trying to enter everything quickly on "THE" day. <em>24</em> <BR> Good part is that I've lost a pound. Bad part is that I'm still spending too much time on the computer rather than working out to ... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:22:58 EST Tuesday's entry Hello friends, <BR> Another quick entry, if I can just type well enough to get it done. Did too much typing today at work. Fingers need a rest. <BR> <BR> Walk workout, as usual, this morning of about 45 minutes. Stair climbing as much as I could get away with. <BR> Was hoping to make it to the gym today since DH went to work on his motorcycle and I drove in myself. No reason I couldn't have....except for the traffic. It took me over 50 minutes just to get home. That's a 20 mile trip.... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:33:27 EST Monday's entry... Hello friends, <BR> Quick entry tonight. A good walk this morning of about 40 minutes. Some stair climbing when I was able to get away from my desk. <BR> No gym as I had to watch my granddaughter this evening. She's a handful. <BR> Step count" 7,150. Could have been better if I'd tried a bit harder. <BR> Tomorrow's a new day. <BR> Have a good night, all. Peace and blessings. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:08:57 EST Sunday rest day... Hello friends, <BR> Don't let the title fool you. There was some work done today. Mostly house cleaning. <BR> Step count isn't the greatest today but, again, today was mostly a day of rest. <BR> <BR> Our town had a festival this weekend. Traffic, both days, has been terrible! Good day for a rest day, as far as I'm concerned. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the first day of a new work week. Not that I'm looking forward to it. I'm going to try to keep a positive attitude as much as I possib... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:19:50 EST Saturday entry... Hello friends, <BR> Quick entry as it's getting late....again. <BR> Over 12,500 steps today. Started with an hour on elliptical this morning. <BR> Ended with a good hour walk of more than a mile with grandkids down to the town festival and back home. <BR> Still not doing any ST or core work though. Need to get to that. At least core work every day. Planks, push ups, crunches, etc. No excuses. No matter what. <BR> <BR> Have a good night all. Peace and Blessings. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:28:53 EST Tuesday night's entry.. Hello friends, <BR> Just a quick entry tonight. Not a bad day exercise wise, although I didn't get walking in this morning, nor a core workout as I'd planned. <BR> Today was a birthday day for a co-worker. So there was too much food there. Had a hard time keeping out of most of it. Mostly the cookies. My bad. <BR> Had one strawberry cupcake too. Shouldn't have. <BR> Anyway, we made it to the gym and I did an hard elliptical workout for 45 minutes. Was beat and sweaty by the end. <BR... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:13:10 EST Realization.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning friends. <BR> Will try to post again later. <BR> Have a wonderful Tuesday! <em>247</em> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:50:04 EST Monday's entry... Hello friends, <BR> Short post tonight, since it's getting late. Walked for 40 minutes this morning. Elliptical this evening for 25 minutes. I'm almost to 10,000 steps. I'll get there before I go to bed, I'm sure. Watching the granddaughter this evening while Mom went to school and grandpa took grandson to scouts. She's keeping me busy also. She loves the new "Jungle Book" movie and catches new things every time she watches it. <BR> Tomorrow will be gym time. Planning on core work at ... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:23:48 EST Sunday evening... Evening everyone, <BR> Thank you for thinking of me on my last blog post. The heel pain was a bit more manageable today. Ibuprofen helps some. <BR> Time at the Ren Faire yesterday went by quickly. We had a great time, even though I couldn't do as much walking around as I really wanted to. <BR> The lady we know at the media booth was very helpful in letting us use the patio there for our grandson's birthday party. He wasn't unhappy that none of his friends couldn't be there, thankfully... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 21:39:40 EST Friday morning.... Good morning friends, <BR> Happy Friday! <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My computer was out last night, due to DH upgrading memory, so I couldn't post. Also, my heel was hurting pretty badly so I used a frozen bottle of water for massage and went to bed early. <BR> We did make it to the gym last night. Elliptical only 30 minutes. Better than nothing I guess. Didn't make 10,000 steps, although I give it my best shot. Heel pain is a bummer sometimes. <BR> Still working som... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 08:36:27 EST Wednesday's entry... Hello friends, <BR> Thank you for your positive comments from my photo of the Milky Way on yesterday's post. Not a lot of talent really. Just a lot of luck and instruction from my DH. He was trying to do the same with his camera, but using a different lens, and couldn't get it quite the way he wanted. But he knows what he needs to do to make changes with the lens. <BR> <BR> Today wasn't as great a day as yesterday. Don't think I mentioned in my post yesterday that I had an amazing day w... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 21:27:33 EST Tuesday entry... Hello friends, <BR> Sorry I haven't been around much, especially over the weekend. DH and I kept pretty busy with several things over the holiday. <BR> I believe I've mentioned that DH is a part time photographer. Well, he's been trying to get me into it for several years now as it's a great stress reliever to get out in nature and find something interesting to shoot. <BR> Saturday, that's what we did. Only he's been working quite a bit on star photography lately. So, he decided to dr... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 22:35:44 EST Happy Friday... Hello friends, <BR> Today wasn't a great day. Tired all day through. Fell asleep once I came home from doctor's office. Didn't sleep much though. DD and I had some errands to run and clean the house so we spent the better part of the afternoon doing these. <BR> At least the house looks better since she and the kids won't be here this weekend. Less work for us. <BR> Hope everyone's had a great Friday and is looking forward to a wonderful Labor Day weekend! <BR> Have a good night. Pea... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 22:08:12 EST Wednesday night and I'm not done yet.... Hello friends, <BR> Quick one tonight, hopefully, cause I have about 1500 more steps to do to make 10,000 for the day. <BR> Started out this morning with 45 minute walk PLUS 2 sets of squats, 2 sets of 25 modified pushups, 2 sets of leg lifts. <BR> Once home, I had some cleaning to do and watching the grandkids until DH got home from giving plasma. Could have gotten on the elliptical before now, I guess. Had a BUNCH of email to get through, however. <BR> Now, I'm wishing you all a good ... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:04:54 EST Monday night entry. Hello friends, <BR> Today wasn't a bad day in all. 45 minute walk this morning, some stair climbing, 45 minute on elliptical this evening. Cleaning kitchen afterward. Got in over 10,400 steps in for the day. Not too shabby. Hoping the rest of the week goes as smoothly. <BR> <BR> Have a good night all. Blessings for a great week ahead. <em>247</em> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:52:03 EST Start of another week... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning friends, <BR> It's the start of another week and getting to the end of another month. How 2016 is going by so quickly! <BR> 40 minute walk this morning. Don't know if I'll get the chance to do much exercise this afternoon after work since there's a few things that need to be done once we get home. Most notably, cutting veggies and cleaning out the fridge for the week. <BR> <... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:57:29 EST Saturday... Hello friends, <BR> What happened to the rain that we were supposed to get here in KC?! It was supposed to be raining all weekend! <BR> Not that I'm complaining that it's not! Would like to have a correct weather forecast though to be able to prepare for the day ahead! Geesh!! <BR> DH took the grands out photo shooting this afternoon and haven't come home yet. It's getting pretty late and I don't expect that they'll be back home before midnight at least. That is unless it's too cloud... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:03:02 EST Thursday entry... Hello friends, <BR> Thank you for your thoughtfulness during our severe weather yesterday. Thankfully no one was hurt. <BR> My thoughts and prayers are going out for those in Louisiana and Italy who are undergoing all of the difficulty and death in these disasters. Also to those in California who have lost their homes in the wildfires. God Bless them all. <BR> <BR> On a side note, I did make it to the gym this evening. Spent 50 minutes on the elliptical. Just 8,452 steps today. It's get... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:42:28 EST Wednesday... Hello friends, <BR> A quick blog tonight We have a tornado warning going on so I'm going to have to shut down. <BR> I'll try to post tomorrow. <BR> Have a good night where ever you are. <BR> Prayers to all affected with the flooding in Louisiana and the earth quake in Italy. <BR> <BR> God Bless. <em>247</em> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:22:18 EST Tuesday entry... Hello friends, <BR> Not too bad today. I managed a walk around the block at lunch and stair climbing throughout the day. <BR> After work, we couldn't get to the gym because of bad traffic. Even if we had, we'd only have been there not longer than 15 minutes, what with having to change and all. DH had an appointment to take the grandkids to a skating party for the grandson's boy scout troop. <BR> Since they're home, I can tell they all had a great time. <BR> In the meantime, I spent 15 m... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:20:10 EST Back and ready to get serious....again. Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Well, my trip was very eventful. Didn't get much chance to do much on Sparks, other than spin the wheel and try to check other's blog posts. Also tried to keep up with emails. All of which happened sporadically, to be sure. <BR> At the end of each day, we were dragging to a hotel late. Wednesday night we were in Des Moines finding that the Iowa State Fair was going on. Oh boy. I had taken my bosses suggestion of not reserving rooms for the nights we were going... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:58:55 EST Buisness trip beginning tomorrow morning... Hello friends, <BR> Thank you all so much for your well wishes for the trip. We'll be on the road by 4:00 am , more than likely. It will take at least 3 1/2 hours to get to the first stop. Tomorrow really shouldn't be too bad cause the agents I will be visiting with all live close to each other. Two of them in Nebraska. <BR> It's Thursday, I'm not really looking forward to. A lot of travel time in the car and more than likely not able to stop anywhere for lunch. Friday will be MUCH be... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:06:12 EST Sunday night already...another new week Hello friends, <BR> Sorry I've been a bit out of it this past week. Been getting ready for an audit trip this week. Once we're back a week from today, everything should get back to normal. I hope anyway. <BR> <BR> I will try to post as much as I can while away. At this point, I really don't know how much time I will have for myself though. Am hoping to at least get some walking done every day that we're out. And I'm hoping to find motels with gyms to be able to get some exercise in eve... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 22:29:48 EST Wednesday night entry... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Quick post and I really need to get to bed. Hot, muggy weather again today. Tomorrow will be as well. It's almost fall. Not sure if I'm happy about that... <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Very busy day today. Had to sit quite a lot writing letters. Gym afterward and the elliptical again. I've been thinking that since I can't take the time in the mornings to get a good walk in that I need to get it done at the gym after work. So these past 3 days have seen over 10,00... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:47:32 EST Good morning Sunshine! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who make the morning and spread it over the fields." <BR> - Mary Oliver <BR> <BR> Too often we take for granted the beauty of things that are most common in our days. As J. Wirtthlin explains, "The more often we see the things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us." Today, let's practice gratitude for ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:22:14 EST Tuesday's entry... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Thank you for your kind comments on my granddaughter's photos yesterday. Can't believe she's already a year old! <BR> <BR> Today was a very busy day. Every morning, before I head to work, I tell myself that I can take at least 20 minutes out of my time once I get to work to do a bit of exercise. No matter what it is. I do have an exercise mat at work and a couple exercise bands to work with. You know how much I use them? Hardly ever. If it's not one reason, ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 22:03:04 EST Monday night and photos...I hope Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Thanks for thinking of me today! Yes, it was a nicer day today. I'm hoping that tomorrow is just as nice, but they are saying that the heat is coming back. <BR> <BR> Nancy Jean, I wish I could send the cooler weather your way. And yes, it gets really muggy here after the rain also. Before we know it, it will be Autumn and cooler weather. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 21:53:54 EST