SHAWFAN's SparkPeople Blog SHAWFAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 132 and I passed.... I'll admit that I was worried that I wasn't going to complete the test today. We only get 3 1/2 hours to complete 4 modules and I was taking my time because it was mostly questions on products that our office doesn't handle, of course. Thankfully, there was a lot of help available to read up on the screens, just not always exactly what I wanted to know concerning the questions. <BR> Anyway, I couldn't wear a watch or any jewelry, other than my earrings, into the testing area, so I have no i... Wed, 27 May 2015 21:01:23 EST Day 131 Today went better than planned and tomorrow is going to be even better. <BR> Walked for 45 minutes this morning. Plus another 20 this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Step total: 7,523 <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my continuing education test for work. I'm nervous about it and at the same time, I'm sure that I'll do fine. I know most of the material that will be presented. It's just that it's a 3 1/2 hour test. That's what I'm worried about. That's a long time to be sitting in one spot. Just hope I ca... Tue, 26 May 2015 22:52:42 EST Day 130 and a very active day We spend a good 4 hours at the zoo. Of course, my Spark tracker and other trackers only tracked that I walked about 95 minutes worth of that 4 hours, and that may be accurate. I did a lot of standing in one place though, which also counts. Was carrying a heavy camera bag most of the day too. <BR> Step total: 10,658 <BR> I kept my calories down for the day since I didn't make it to the gym this morning because of going to the zoo. Under 1600 for today. My tracker says that I could eat b... Mon, 25 May 2015 21:51:07 EST Day 129....a rest day Today was a rest day for two reasons. First, because I'd worked out so much yesterday that my legs were killing me <BR> Second, because hubby and I went to see Tomorrowland this morning, then ran some errands this afternoon. Didn't really have much energy to get a workout in after that. <BR> We did do some walking around the mall. Probably about 25 minutes worth. Not much else though. <BR> Tomorrow is a new day and Memorial Day at that. <BR> We'll be heading to the gym ... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:08:50 EST And Day 128 Today was sunny until this evening, then it started raining again. And according to the weather man, we're to get rain every day for the next week. <em>39</em> <BR> I shouldn't complain. I would just like to be able to get out into the sunshine and enjoy warmer weather already. It's been too cool for me. <BR> <BR> This morning was good. Got up early and went to the gym. Got in a 90 minute workout before heading home. Did a lot of walking today also. Step total: 11,356 and burned ... Sat, 23 May 2015 22:25:29 EST Day 127. Thank God It's Friday!! Short blog tonight. It's getting late and I'm worn out. <BR> Today was sort of a break day for me. Meant to get up early and get a workout in, but ended up cleaning up a mess that my lovely daughter made and left overnight. You'd think she would be responsible enough to clean up after herself. <BR> So, I did get a 30 minute walk in today. That's about it. Since we were short handed at work, I wasn't able to get away from my desk for a walk at all, except for the necessary business. <... Fri, 22 May 2015 21:45:10 EST Day 126 and we're really moving along Day 2 of the BLC Challenge and I'm getting the hang of it. This won't be too bad. What's going to be hardest is keeping up with posting when I need to. Will just have to make a reminder for myself. <BR> <BR> As for today, I got an hour walk in this morning. Plus 3 sets of planks at 60 seconds each. <BR> Came home from work and got a 30 minute elliptical workout in. Step total: 10,123 <BR> Could have been better. It's getting late, though, and I'm going to be driving in to work tomorr... Thu, 21 May 2015 22:23:46 EST Day 125...Second Post Did great today on exercise! A full hour this morning of walking, plus some throughout the building while at work. Then did about 30 minutes on the elliptical this evening. Making a full 90 minutes of activity. Plus another 4 minutes of the plank. It's getting a bit easier! Although I'm not showing any progress yet. <BR> Weighed myself this morning and was not happy, and did not update my Spark weight. I've gained another pound. <em>39</em> All I can figure is the weekend getting... Wed, 20 May 2015 21:22:50 EST Day 125! Woohoo!!! ....And a good start to the day already! I'll post again later today, after work. Just had to get an early start this morning with the great news that I finally got over an hours walk in this morning!! <em>244</em> My pedometer is reading my step count at 6,656 so far! I'll make it to 10,000 easy today! <em>104</em> <BR> I'll check in later to see how everyone is doing. <BR> Have a great day today! <em>247</em> Wed, 20 May 2015 09:08:26 EST Day 124 already!! Gaye and Gabi, We're doing GREAT together!! The Three Musketeers March On!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I got my morning walk in this morning for about 45 minutes, plus another 15 minutes throughout the day. Yes, it was a day at my desk today. Had a lot to do. Thankfully, I was able to get a lot done. Tomorrow I will start my walk earlier and get a good hour in. <BR> <BR> When we got home, I had planned on getting on the elliptical, but my granddaughter had a bad day at school today.... Tue, 19 May 2015 21:34:13 EST Day 123 and an annoying day and I'm glad it's over. I hope tomorrow is better. <BR> <BR> This will be a short blog since it's already past my bedtime and I still need to get a couple of things done before I go to bed. Too much to do and too little time to do it in! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I did walk this morning! <em>224</em> For about 45 minutes. It was enough. Tomorrow will be better, I hope. <BR> <BR> Came right home after work and was going to get on the elliptical but I was so tired and cold all I wa... Mon, 18 May 2015 22:13:37 EST Day 122 Hello everyone! Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> We slept in this morning after working almost 12 hours straight at a horse show in Kearny, MO. I hadn't planned on working with hubby and daughter, but it ended up that way. And boy did I do a lot of walking. <BR> <BR> There were SO many people there and a lot of different horses! Many, many beautiful horses! I didn't get to watch a lot of the showings because I was running between my hubby and my daughter delivering SD cards to be off loaded onto ... Sun, 17 May 2015 21:30:05 EST Day 121 What a day! Hubby, daughter and I went out to a horse show and hubby was the only photographer out there. We were SO busy, and it lasted ALL day! <BR> I did a LOT of walking, but couldn't tell you how many steps I got in cause my Spark stopped working for some reason. <em>24</em> And I had to give up on my body media as it ran out of juice a few weeks ago and no longer keeps good data. <BR> So, at a guess, I probably got in a lot of steps since I was walking quite a bit. Had to help... Sat, 16 May 2015 22:38:22 EST Day 120 A quick blog tonight. Today was a busy day as we were so shorthanded. Just so glad it's the weekend. I'm hoping to be able to get some relaxation in. Don't know if it's going to be possible tomorrow, but I'm sure going to try. <BR> Started out this morning with my usual morning walk of an hour along with 3 sets of planks. Really getting to feeling those throughout my core. Ouch! <BR> Managed to get more walking in throughout the day, so my step total for today is: 9,856. Not too bad. O... Fri, 15 May 2015 22:29:14 EST Day 119 Today wasn't a very good day exercise wise. I didn't get any walking done this morning. There was just too much going on with other people in the building. I did get my planks in though. And I'm feeling them. <BR> I did get a short, about 30 minute elliptical workout, in after work. I really didn't time it. I think it was about 30 minutes though. My Spark isn't keeping track like it should for some reason. Will have to look into this after I'm done and before I go to bed. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 14 May 2015 21:30:04 EST Day 118 And I'm officially in the BLC Challenge in the Determined Desert Tortoises team. I was hoping to get into the same team with CAZ, but I guess it was not to be. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Had a great day today, starting with an hour walk this morning, along with 3 sets of planks of 30 seconds each. Boy, what a workout! I could really feel that afterward! <BR> I was able to get some extra walking in today also, throughout the day. Total step count for today: 11,156. <em>244</em> <BR... Wed, 13 May 2015 21:39:24 EST Day 117 Another short blog as it's later than I'd like it to be and I need to get to bed. The day started out pretty well, with a quick 30 minute walk this morning, along with 2 sets of planks at 60 seconds each. That's a long time to hold with good form for a beginner. <BR> <BR> I had started a plank challenge last week, then too many things came up and I couldn't keep it going so I'm restarting it this week. Every day for the next month, I will be doing some form of the plank and I will try t... Tue, 12 May 2015 21:58:05 EST Day 116 ....And it's Monday...and I haven't been sleeping well again so this will be short, again. <BR> I started out the day well with an hour walk this morning and got about 6,000 steps in. Then I ended up at my desk most of the day answering the phone and sending out letters. Boring. Didn't get in as much extra exercise as I would have liked. Maybe tomorrow will be better...I hope. <BR> I know both Gaye and Gabi are doing good. Will check on them again tomorrow. As for now, I need to get... Mon, 11 May 2015 20:45:52 EST Day 115 A quick blog to wish all of the wonderful mothers out there a Wonderful Mother's Day night. I hope the day went well for all of you as well! I know it did for Gaye and Gabi! I will blog about mine tomorrow. I did have somewhat of an active day, but I'm heading to bed now. <BR> Sweet dreams everyone. And thank you for your continued support! <em>247</em> Sun, 10 May 2015 21:54:33 EST Day 114 Today was a busy day away from the house and computer. DD, the grandkids and I went shopping most all day. Found some really good deals at the Farmer's Market. Planted a few tomato plants and pepper plants. Planned the rest of our meals for the week and picked up the rest of our groceries. We didn't get everything done until 5:30 this evening, then had to get dinner started and clean house a bit. Boy, am I tired. <BR> Got quite a bit of walking in today at least. I didn't get up earl... Sun, 10 May 2015 00:03:35 EST Day 113 ....And it's Finally Friday!! <em>244</em> <BR> Although the weekends tend to go by really fast. Don't know if it's because we're so busy and having too much fun or what it is. Just wish time would go a bit slower on the weekends and we could relax a bit longer. Of course, that's an impossibility in this house. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I did my morning walk for an hour this morning! <em>244</em> And climbed stairs at every opportunity throughout the day. After work, we grocery s... Fri, 8 May 2015 22:18:17 EST Day 112 Hi everyone. So glad that it's Thursday! It was another busy day, but not as busy as tomorrow will probably be. We're going to be very shorthanded with 3 people out of the office tomorrow. Arrgghhh!! Which means that I won't be able to get out and take a walk, if I want to and if it's not raining. I'm hoping to be able to get a walk in this morning, like I did this morning. <BR> I did manage a 35 minute walk this morning then another 35 minute walk this afternoon. Step total for toda... Thu, 7 May 2015 21:48:45 EST Day 111 What a day! To make it short, I walked an hour this morning. Went to the gym and had an elliptical workout for about 35 minutes. Step total for today: 10,765. <em>244</em> <BR> I'm beat so I'm heading to bed. It's later than I thought it was anyway. <BR> Gaye is visiting her doctor tomorrow and will know when her next surgery is. Gabi is keeping up with her step streak! We're all doing great! And Yes, Gaye, we are the Three Musketeers!! We're working together! <BR> Have a good ... Wed, 6 May 2015 22:08:00 EST Day 110 Welp, not as good a day as yesterday, that's for sure. <BR> This morning I just couldn't get myself going. Probably because I didn't sleep very well last night. I'm heading to bed very shortly, in fact. <BR> It's been very humid here and stormy. And we've opened up the house instead of turning on the air. It's still too early to turn on the air anyway. So, we kind of suffer in sleep. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> We're expecting thunderstorms tonight and the rest of the week, along with ... Tue, 5 May 2015 21:22:45 EST 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