SHAWFAN's SparkPeople Blog SHAWFAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Looking forward to a good Thanksgiving... Hello my friends, <BR> <BR> Thank you for your kind and generous comments on my blog yesterday. This time of year, we all find ways to be thankful for what we have. It's important to try to take this into the rest of the year as well as the new year to come. <BR> <BR> I challenge each of you to take the time each day to stop and thank God for one or two things each and every day. Having an attitude of gratitude can really impact us with positivity and change our outlook on life. <BR> ... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:42:52 EST Better day and week ahead Hello everyone, <BR> Today was a better day than this weekend had been. Of course, we're very short handed, as usual, but I'm not going to let that get to me this week. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful that I had the patience to get through what I needed to and still managed to get a lot off my desk. <BR> <BR> I'm also thankful that I had the patience with my granddaughter, after work, to not get upset and angry upon finding that she had fun with grandpa's shaving cream....all over our bed. <BR> ... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:24:49 EST Not a great weekend Hello friends, <BR> I hope everyone had a good weekend. I know several states got snow. I'm thankful that we haven't yet. We know is coming though. <BR> <BR> Friday was a pretty good day. My daughter and I went to see the new Hunger Games movie. We both liked it. Then I had a doctor appointment, which didn't go too badly, except that my daughter wants me to find a different doctor, or second opinion. I've been seeing this doctor for a few years. He's got me on a couple different medicatio... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:47:34 EST Friday's entry Well, my doctor appointment went alright. For the most part. Glad I took my daughter in with me cause, to tell the truth, I have a hard time explaining to this doctor what's going on. Just like I have a hard time "expressing myself" in my own thoughts and blogs. <BR> It might help if I wasn't always so tired. Was up at 2:00 am again this morning with a less than sleep granddaughter, who just had to have some grandma time. <em>24</em> <BR> Suffice it to say, my daughter had an easier ... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 21:33:35 EST Something to remember every day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone! Let's make today count!! <em>381</em> <em>247</em> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:33:26 EST Tuesday's entry... Hello everyone, <BR> Today was a rainy and cold day here in KC. Was too gloomy to feel like doing much of anything. But you know what? I did do something anyway. <em>30</em> <BR> Started out the day climbing the stairs 6 times getting the office ready for the day. Didn't get outside for a walk because of the rain, but I did do a lot of walking, with my tummy tucked in as much as possible each time I got up from my desk. <BR> I managed to get a 30 minute walk in before work started al... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:40:29 EST Monday's entry Hello everyone, <BR> Thank you for your kind comments and prayers while my DH and I were out on the road over these past few days. Glad to be back, for the most part, and back to exercise. <BR> I've been changing up my routine a little bit since coming back. Hope to be able to keep it up, seriously. <BR> Today was good with some core exercises this morning, stair climbing throughout the day, and elliptical this evening. <BR> Tomorrow will be walking in the morning. Need to get my heart... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 22:11:18 EST Back home, resting and cleaning.... Thank you all for thinking of us while we were away on this business trip. Thank goodness we didn't have any undue issues, other than having to back track once in order to pick up someone that needed to be audited. Long story short, when I left the office, I wasn't going to audit him. Once I got out on the road, I was notified that I had to audit him. <em>24</em> Wish the powers that be would make up their minds. <BR> <BR> Anyway, DH and I had a pretty good time out with each other. ... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:43:15 EST Tuesday entry... I'm not doing as well as I could be. Mostly because I've been so caught up with trying to get everything ready for my business trip I'm going on tomorrow morning. There was A LOT to get done today, particularly since my Dh picked me up at 2:30 this afternoon, because he didn't want to have to drive all the way back into the city to get me at 4:30. <em>24</em> <BR> I could have probably used that extra 2 hours. I'm sure that I probably forgot to do something, or I left something behind.... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 21:03:33 EST Weekend entry Don't know about anyone else, but my weekend was definitely full. <BR> Luckily I was able to relax some though. Didn't get a couple of things done that I had wanted to do. That's my fault for having a faulty memory. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Hoping to be able to get a couple of these done tomorrow evening or Tuesday before we leave. <BR> <BR> As for being active, it has been a pretty active weekend. Not a lot of cardio really but some core and shoulder work. Will be working my shoulder... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 20:53:53 EST Friday funny... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday everyone! <em>247</em> Fri, 6 Nov 2015 09:56:15 EST Thursday's entry Another short blog. Busy, exhausting day today. Managed to get a good walk in this morning. Didn't wake me up much though. <BR> I'm not sleeping well. worrying too much about my job. Wondering what I should do. Today I was very close to saying the heck with it. I'm going to start looking for a new job. I may still do that within the next month or so. <BR> <BR> Am heading to bed. Hope everyone had a good day today. Tomorrow's Friday. I'm hoping for a more relaxing weekend. <em>247<... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 22:01:47 EST Wednesdays entry.... Today was a very busy day. I did, however, manage to get another elliptical workout in and a lot of walking and stair climbing today. Burned about 3,000 calories. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Time for bed. Hope everyone had a great day today! <em>247</em> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 22:24:20 EST Tuesday's entry...and what a day for the Royals. Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> You would NOT believe the kind of day today was here in KC. With the Royals win, of course KC HAD to have a parade and celebration. ALL of the schools and a lot of the businesses closed for the day. This is serious stuff to the people of KC. Especially since it's been 30 years since the Royals won the World Series. <BR> <BR> The building I work in was right on the parade route too. I DID NOT go out to view any of it cause there would have been no way to do i... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 22:06:04 EST What a Busy weekend!! Whoa!! Good morning everyone! I've been "away" again and not posting as I had said I would every day to try to keep myself accountable. <BR> <BR> Situations change daily, though, so it's been tough trying to get here to post. This weekend in particular was difficult. Not only was it my birthday, but we have been rooting for the Royals to win the World Series, which last night they did!!! <em>244</em> , and working with the grandchildren with Halloween. So, the computer has been the last thi... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 07:54:46 EST Not a good day eating wise... Well, today didn't go as well as I'd planned. <BR> My office had a birthday party for 2 of my co-workers and myself, since our birthdays are so close together. There was a lot of food. I'm saying A LOT OF FOOD!!!! <BR> <BR> I went to work this morning telling myself that I would stick with everything low calorie, low fat and stay away from the fattening stuff. I really meant to do so. I even bought a veggie tray in myself, even though I know I didn't have to, just so I would have some ve... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:44:44 EST Wednesday before a birthday party... Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been absent from Sparks for a couple of days trying to finish getting prepared for the upcoming audits. And I'm still working on them. Have so much to do and doesn't seem to be enough time to do it in. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow the office is having a combined birthday party for 2 of my co-workers and myself. My birthday is Sunday, one of the co-worker's birthday is Friday and the other's is on the 5th of November. How fun is that? <BR> <BR> I'm going to be stron... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 21:37:30 EST Monday accomplishments Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Today wasn't a bad day, other than we were supposed to get a new girl starting in our office and she "emailed" the boss saying that she resigned. <em>24</em> Really?!?! On the day you were supposed to show up for work?! How rude. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I did get a lot done, although most of it was emailing. Since I was off from last Wednesday until today, there was a lot to catch up on. So, I didn't get a walk in this morning. Hopefully tomorrow will be bette... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 22:32:06 EST Back to routine.. Hello everyone, <BR> Today was a good day as we got back into the gym this morning and I had a great workout. An hour on the elliptical and some stair climbing today. Step count: 12,156. <BR> <BR> We also did a lot of house cleaning, which I didn't track, as my knee started hurting so I took my time and sat through most of the house work while everyone else did the heavy stuff. I mostly did laundry. There was quite a bit since we were gone for 4 days. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the start of ... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 22:12:53 EST We're home safely.... Thank you to everyone for thinking and praying for our family while we were away to care for, then say goodbye to my husband's younger brother. <BR> <BR> We were grateful to get to the hospital Wednesday afternoon and be able to spend some time with him. He was responsive to my husband, his oldest brother and to our daughter, Bobbi. She was always his "baby girl" after she was born, 28 years ago. She was grateful to be with him and that he recognized her. He wasn't able to speak really... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 19:19:31 EST Will be away for a few days... Hello friends, <BR> We're traveling to Iowa tonight or very early tomorrow morning due to the declining health of my brother in law. We should be back home sometime Sunday afternoon. But that's going to depend on a few things. Namely if he passes or not. <BR> <BR> We will be taking our laptop but right now, I'm unsure how, or if we'll have internet access while there, and it's hard to interact on my phone. <BR> <BR> Please pray for us on this trip and for my brother in law, Mark, as he'... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20:35:51 EST Went missing in action... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Sorry I've been out of it for the last couple of days. Busy weekend had the most to do with it. Yesterday was the last day for the KC Renaissance Festival. We're almost always actively participating taking photos there. Yesterday was no different. <BR> <BR> In the midst of walking, however, my knee gave out, not even an hour into the walking. So I had to have a helping hand of my daughter, Dh or grandson with me from then on. <BR> Suffice it to say, it didn... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 20:30:28 EST Friday eve.. ...and another good day. <BR> Got in a lot of activity today. Mostly walking with some extras like climbing stairs whenever possible. Step total for today: 10,685 Not too bad. It's not a much as yesterday, which was 13,547 steps. Yesterday I had time for the elliptical. Tonight I didn't <BR> <BR> My Dh got a call from our daughter about one of our cars. Seems that there was a gasket missing from the timing belt. My daughter is a pretty decent mechanic. She's knows a lot about our ca... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 21:37:09 EST Great Wednesday! Hello friends, <BR> Great day today, activity wise. 25 minutes walking this morning, getting in 2.5 miles. Walking and climbing stairs as much as possible all day. 2 sets of planks at 60 seconds each set. Then 25 minutes of interval work on the elliptical tonight! <em>244</em> <em>334</em> <BR> And a day of mostly clean eating. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Let's see if I can keep this up the rest of the week! <BR> <BR> Thank you to those of you who suggested "taking my beck cards w... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 21:17:08 EST Gotta work on not making excuses Hello friends, <BR> Today wasn't as great as wise. Could have done better and talked myself out of the cravings. Didn't do it. It was like I just didn't care today. <BR> I didn't eat a lot of junk really. But I had a piece of breakfast pizza instead of my morning fruit and protein smoothie. And the cafeteria at work was serving pizza for lunch so I gave in there too instead of eating the chicken sandwich and soup that I had packed. I didn't even have a salad with the piz... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 22:22:28 EST A good Monday... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Today was a good day. I did finish a lot of what I needed to do to prepare for my trip next month. Still have some things I need to do, which I'll work on tomorrow. Still need to find hotels and car rental. Then prepare and turn in my itinerary. <BR> <BR> Had a pretty active day, without too much pain. Thank goodness. And did a 30 minute workout on the elliptical this evening. Again, without much pain in the knee or groin. Hoping to be able to get out of b... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 22:22:03 EST Still dealing with the pain... ...but I'm not going to let it get me down. <BR> Hello friends, <BR> After reading someone's blog today, I decided I'm going to back off doing so much exercise...for awhile at least. See if I can control the pain. Maybe take up some yoga poses. Just beginner yoga, of course, since I really haven't practiced yoga before. The person's blog that I read explained that some yoga poses can help alleviate pain. So I'm going to check into some simple yoga poses that may help. <BR> As for exercis... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 22:41:40 EST Finally a relaxing weekend... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> I've taken the day off of the computer today to relax some and also to spend some time with my hubby. We had a few hours to ourselves today and made the most of them. <BR> <BR> It's been tough to put into words what is going on since I still not sleeping too well lately. Been experiencing pain in my knee and groin if I walk too much, so I've been a little easier on the exercise. Didn't go to the gym today because of that. I did spend about 15 minutes on my ellip... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 23:25:59 EST Friday Eve.....A good day Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> A quick blog as I need to hit the hay. Haven't been sleeping well again. <em>24</em> <BR> Didn't get a walk in this morning as I still am trying to get everything ready for the upcoming audits I will be doing November 11, 12 and 13th. Suffice it to say, I have to work off the clock....again in order to get it done and ready before it gets too late. 20 people, not to mention my manager and vice president, are depending on me to get these done. <BR> <BR> As for... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 22:30:50 EST Trying to stay healthy... Hello everyone, <BR> It's only Tuesday night and already it feels like it should be Friday. Oh how I hate being so busy at work. Wish everything would slow down, just a little bit. The only good thing is that the days are going by so fast. That's the bad thing too. There just isn't enough time in each day for me to get everything I need to done. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> As for activity, today was not an especially good day. I did get some heavy cleaning done once I got home from work. ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 22:08:22 EST Sunday night already :( This weekend wasn't a great weekend activity wise. Or more today wasn't. Did a lot of walking yesterday with shopping and things and an elliptical workout in the morning. Other than that, not much of anything else, other than playing with the kids and kittens. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to a better week this week. Still have to work in the morning, off the clock, unfortunately, to get ready for my trip in November. Have a lot to do to get ready for that and not much time. Will definitel... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 22:02:52 EST Finally Friday Hello everyone. I'm so relieved that this work week is over. Talk about exhausted. Too busy at work to even think straight half the time. As for activity, almost nil today. I did climb stairs as often as I could. According to my fitbit I climbed 6 times today. Also walked as much as possible. It makes it harder when I'm on a deadline and have a lot to sort out. I did get a good start though. Hoping that next week goes well. Hope everyone had a good week. Sleep well. Hugs Fri, 2 Oct 2015 21:28:57 EST Wednesday and a better least more active Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Was able to take some time for myself this morning with a nice energizing walk to start the day. That lasted all of 45 minutes to an hour. I'm not exactly sure since I wasn't timing it. The Spark tracker hasn't been keeping very accurate measurements since I changed the battery either. The fitbit is doing great though. I like the badges I win on that. <BR> <BR> It was pretty cool this morning and didn't get too warm over the day. Fall is definitely in the ... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:28:35 EST And back to the drawing board.... Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Sorry I've been missing in action....again. Been so busy at work every morning, trying to get paperwork off my desk and planning a business trip for the second week in November, that I just haven't had much of a chance to catch up. And I'm still working on it all. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> When I get home, I'm just so tired. More from thinking all day than from anything else. That and spending so much time on the phone. Yesterday, we should have gone to the ... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:42:44 EST Sunday night.... Hello everyone, <BR> Sorry I've been missing in action the last couple of days. Haven't been able to use my computer much cause we haven't been home. And we've about run out of data on our phones for this month. So, suffice it to say, I haven't been able to do much and I'm behind. <BR> <BR> Activity has been ok this weekend. A lot of walking mostly. Saturday we went to the farmer's market then shopping. After my Dh got home from work, he needed to go out to the stables to drop off ph... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 21:05:46 EST Today's my Friday... Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Another quick blog as I'm exhausted. <BR> I got in a 45 minute walk this morning with more steps throughout the day. Always remembering to keep my belly in and walk quicker than usual. <BR> <BR> Got home a little late this afternoon, since the Royals are playing tonight and the traffic was bad. Did some cleaning then jumped on the elliptical for about 15 minutes. Step total for today: 10,515 <BR> . <BR> That makes two days in a row making it over 10,000 step... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 21:39:26 EST Another good day... Hello everyone, <BR> Today wasn't too bad, although busy. Didn't get what I wanted to started, but there's always tomorrow. <BR> <BR> It was a good day for activity also. I walked this morning for 30 minutes then this evening at the gym, I had an intense elliptical workout for 45 minutes. <BR> <BR> Now it's time for bed. Hoping to have been sleep tonight. Tomorrow may be easier, considering it's my Friday. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Have a good night everyone. Sleep well. <em>247</em... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 21:51:59 EST Wednesday morning Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Remember, the day can be great if you let it. <em>247</em> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:47:29 EST Tuesday was good Hello everyone. <BR> Just a quick blog as it's getting late, again, and I haven't been sleeping well again. <BR> <BR> Didn't walk this morning as bills had to be paid so what activity I did do was strictly done when I could. <BR> <BR> After work, I'll admit that I didn't get on the elliptical as soon as I got home. Just wanted to veg out for a few minutes....which turned into 30 minutes. Then dinner was ready. After dinner, I did get a 45 minute workout on the elliptical. Not as goo... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:39:36 EST Monday's workout...Woohoo!! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Today was a good day for workouts! I had my morning walk of 45 minutes. Plus 2 sets of modified plank at 2 minutes a piece. <BR> <BR> After work, we made it to the gym without problems. There I had thought about getting on the elliptical, but decided that I needed some more core work done, so I did the following: <BR> <BR> 1. 100 crunches on ball <BR> 2. 3 full planks at 30 seconds each <BR> 3. Bicycle crunches. <BR> 4. Mountain climbers <BR> 5. Superman ... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:32:38 EST Monday Morning Blessings... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. It's going to be a better week, cause I'm going to make it better! Let's keep a positive attitude every day, as it says above, and we can do ANYTHING we want to do!! <BR> <BR> Love and <em>247</em> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 09:34:56 EST Sunday night and not a great day Short blog tonight as it's getting late and I haven't been sleeping well the last couple of nights. Tonight probably wont's be any different. <BR> My grandson ended up in the ER this morning because his 7 year old sister decided to throw a knife at him. Thankfully, only the handle of the knife hit him on his head, but it was enough for 9 staples from the doctor. <BR> We still don't know exactly what she was thinking when she did it. We adults were outside unloading the car from groceries w... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:40:05 EST Beautiful Saturday.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My son and daughter in law sent this newest photo of my newest granddaughter, Kendall Mae, today. Seems she sleeps a lot. <em>41</em> Can't wait until she's more active. <BR> <BR> Today was an active day, but not in a way that would register on the Spark tracker or Fitbit, for that matter. I did climb stairs at least 6 times today, just getting laundry done. And did get some hous... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 00:46:24 EST Great workout today! So glad tomorrow is Friday! Hello everyone! <BR> Thank you for your kind responses to yesterdays blog. <BR> <BR> Today was better than yesterday in mood and attitude. Yesterday I was overly stressed about having a chat with my managers. And I wasn't in a particularly great mood. I tried not to let it be noticeable though. Just did my job and didn't let my co-workers divert my attention to my work too much. <BR> <BR> Today was more of the same, but I managed to get a lot more done. I'm hoping to get as much cl... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 21:33:24 EST Busy day but did well at the gym Hi everyone, It's late and I should be sleeping. Wanted to post that today's workout was great! Got in 20 minutes waking this morning and then over 65 minutes on the elliptical this evening. Didn't think I'd be able to go that long. :) Got over 13,000 steps in today! Woohoo!! Will try to post tomorrow. Hope everyone is doing well! Good night's sweet friends. God Bless. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 23:38:14 EST Woohoo!! Great weight loss! Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scale last night before going to bed and saw 235. <BR> Stepped on the same scale this morning upon waking and saw 232! <em>244</em> <BR> Definitely doing SOMETHING right!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <em>247</em> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 07:37:10 EST Days 241 and 242 Thank you all for your well wishes yesterday. I'm feeling a bit better. Granddaughter is still under the weather though. <BR> <BR> Dh and grandson dragged me out of the house today to go with them to shoot photos. It's been a nice day, thankfully, and except for a bit of tummy problems, I'm feeling better. <BR> <BR> May go to bed once we get home to feel even better tomorrow. Need to go to work for sure tomorrow. A lot to do. <BR> <BR> We've been hiking near waterfalls and through a park t... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 18:06:23 EST Not feeling the best today... ...and neither was my 7 year old granddaughter. She's been running a fever most of the day, unfortunately. Poor baby girl. <BR> Today was my grandson's 9 birthday party and she and I missed it. Again unfortunately. Hopefully we'll both feel back to normal tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Since I spent the day home with her, caring for her, about the only workout I did was clean house. And I took my time doing that, with frequent stops. I'll still track it, since it can be considered a workout none ... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 21:09:52 EST Days 239 and 240......and Beck traction...:) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone and Happy TGIF!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> The above is something I have to keep reminding myself of every day. To keep pushing myself, especially when someone is pushing me, is not a great idea. I know this and can't stop. It's no wonder I'm tired all the time. <BR> <BR> Truthfully, I'm keeping myself as active as I can...when I can. It doesn't help to have a sed... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:01:26 EST Day 238....Second post for the day Hi Sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> Had a good day today with great activity most of the day. Mostly walking and elliptical. <BR> Step total for today: 10,156. <BR> Been awhile since I've gotten over 10,000 steps. Hope I can keep that up. <BR> <BR> Going to bed earlier tonight, so hopefully tomorrow won't be quite a chore to wake up and keep myself going. <BR> <BR> I'm still waiting for doctor call on the blood work from Saturday. Hoping that I'm not pre-diabetic again, what with this e... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 21:06:07 EST