SHAWFAN's SparkPeople Blog SHAWFAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Is it only Wednesday?! Hello friends, <BR> Time is running away again. Thought that today was Thursday ALL DAY LONG!! Apparently I wasn't the only one, from having discussions with others today. <BR> <BR> Oh well, the weekend's coming. Two more days to go. <BR> <BR> I want to apologize for only thinking about what ever kind of day(s) I've been going through and not thinking of others and what they're going through. Or sharing some sort of motivational thoughts to help others out. Right at this time, I'm just... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:19:22 EST Monday entry Hello friends, <BR> I'm still around. Just been really tired. Trying to keep as busy and active as possible. Each day is a different, with different circumstances. <BR> Still studying...or trying to. <BR> Yesterday was a lot of walking and some body weights. <BR> Today walking along with elliptical. Need to do a bit more walking as I'm almost to 10,000 steps for the day. Then bed. <BR> <BR> Have a good night all. Peace and Blessings. <BR> Will try to write a bit more either tomor... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 21:54:53 EST Happy Thursday...almost Friday Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Thank you for your comments from last night. <BR> <BR> Yes, we got about 3 inches of snow last night. Not too bad driving in to work since the snow was dry and powdery. Course that doesn't mean that there weren't accidents galore out there come rush hour. People here in Missouri don't know how to drive in snow. <BR> <BR> So far this week I've been able to be active doing SOMETHING every day. Whether climbing stairs, elliptical or some body weight exercise. I... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 21:41:37 EST Wednesday night... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Thanks to all for the comments from yesterday's blog concerning our pet and the engagement of our son and "daughter-in-law" to be. We're still unsure of the date of the wedding. They're still thinking a couple of years yet. Who knows. <BR> <BR> Today was a pretty good day. Stayed as active as I could, considering the FREEZING temps outside and inside. Our house is very cold in one room and warm in another. We have to keep a blanket up between these rooms to tr... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 21:53:56 EST Monday or Tuesday?! Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Ever feel like you're missing a day somewhere whenever there's a holiday and you're off for a few days? Yep. First Christmas and now New Years. At least this is a short week, although it's the last short week until Easter, I think. That's not to say that I don't have a day off coming to me. I tend to take at least one day off a month. I believe it will be the last Friday of the month, if I'm not mistaken. <BR> <BR> Son, daughter-in-law and grandbaby left for ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 21:53:41 EST January 1st and a new year... Hello everyone, <BR> Thank you for your kindness over the loss of our family pet. You're right in that they are part of our family and Scooter will be missed. <BR> He's been living with my youngest son over the past few years because he was getting older and needed the extra attention. I'm at work 10 to 12 hours a day. There's just no way he would have gotten the attention he needed here. My son considers him more his pet than ours because of this. I suppose he's correct in that. I re... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:19:19 EST December 31, 2016 Hello friends, <BR> Today was a hard day for our family as we decided that it was time to relieve our family dog of his pain. He's now in Heaven with God. He was with us for just over 16 years and we loved him as much as our own children. <BR> <BR> God Bless and have a Happy New Year all. <em>247</em> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:21:51 EST wednesdays entry... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Not a bad day. Will probably be the best day this week. I'll take what I can get. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, December 28 <BR> <BR> Fitbit Tracker <BR> Steps: 11563 <BR> Calories Burned <BR> Exercise: 1711 <BR> Total: 3144 <BR> Minutes: 90 <BR> Distance: 5.5 miles <BR> <BR> Bed is calling. Have a good night/day. Peace and blessings. <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Forgot to daughter is doing better. She came home around midnight last night, from the ER. Th... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 20:30:41 EST Tuesday past Christmas and emergency for daughter. Hello everyone, <BR> Can't believe it's after Christmas already! Time sure is doing it's thing on us, isn't it? <BR> Spent the day home today. Was planning to do a bit of exercise, and I guess you could say I did. Cleaned a lot of the house, is what I did. Believe me, with two spoiled kids living in the house, it doesn't take long for them to destroy it again. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> My daughter had a problem with a nodule that burst in her ovary a couple of weeks ago. Went to her do... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 18:16:20 EST Christmas Eve already. Doing Ok... Hello friends, <BR> I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas Eve with family and friends. Or if you are celebrating on Christmas Day, I pray that you have a wonderful, peaceful time together. <BR> <BR> We spent this morning with 4 of our grandchildren since 2 of them have a busy weekend ahead of them, so we probably won't be able to see them again before next weekend, maybe. Those two got to open their gifts from us and their cousins. <BR> This evening, we had cornish hens and sweet ... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 22:55:55 EST Tuesday before Christmas... Hello friends, <BR> Quick post to let you know I'm still here. Tired, but I'm here. <BR> Can't wait to talk to my endocrinologist Friday about the Levothyroxine I have to take. See, at least about blood work to see if the level needs to be adjusted. <BR> Thanks to JEANKNEE for the information she has been posting about inflammation. Sure has opened my eyes. <BR> Tons of questions for the doctor come Friday. <BR> It's still going to take a few days, to possibly a week, before I feel mor... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 22:33:59 EST Sunday night and a busy weekend of Christmas shopping... ...which hadn't really been planned at all. It just happened. I guess with Christmas just a week away, it's a good thing we went today. We hit on a few really good deals. <BR> Ok, most of the shopping we did was for craft items since I'd decided I was going to make Christmas presents this year. Of course, I had help from the grandkids. <BR> Eating wasn't out of range this weekend, so I think I did well. A lot of walking was done over the weekend. Didn't make it over 10,000 steps either ... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 21:23:09 EST Saturday evening and FREEZING!! Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Not a great start to the weekend going here. Snow, snow and more snow, as with just about everywhere. Did a lot of shopping for Christmas though. Didn't plan on making a whole day of it, however. I decided to make gifts this year for my co-workers and bosses. Should have gone with a written list of everything that I was going to need instead of winging it. Ended up spending too much money. Go figure. <BR> <BR> Grand kids and I just finished getting some of the gift... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 21:15:22 EST Thursday morning and things I've found out. Good morning friends. <BR> Still struggling here. But I've learned something about one of the medications that I have to take. I go to see my doctor next Friday so I'm hoping to learn more from him. <BR> I had my thyroid removed back a few years ago, due to cancer. That, or shortly after, is when I started to regain the weight that I had lost. <BR> I know that I've spoken with my doctors about the cause of it, cause I didn't change my healthy habits at all. So why was the weight coming ... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 08:58:39 EST Wednesday.. Hello friends, <BR> Thanks for all the well wishes. I'm getting better, slowly but surely. <BR> I've got so much to say, and no time to say it, so I'm going to bed. Haven't been sleeping well with being sick. Up coughing all night. Keeping DH up also. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Just checking in. Did get some exercise in today. Hard to tell how much since my fitbit isn't working right for some reason. <BR> 3 sets of squats this morning. <BR> 3 sets of modified planks. <BR> 55 minutes w... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:59:14 EST Glad Monday's over... Hello friends, <BR> I probably could have taken another day off with still being sick. Tired myself out early. It's hard to stay awake right now, but I'm watching my granddaughter while her mother is at school and Grandpa and brother are at boy scouts. Can't wait until they're home. <BR> Of course, daughter had to destroy our kitchen by making donuts, phefernisons, and smoked pulled pork. None of which I can eat. Course, I had to have a taste of everything. Needed to put the remaining d... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:06:43 EST sunday evening... Hello all, <BR> About to head to bed but wanted to say thank you for all the good wishes and prayers. I felt better today. I was able to get out of the house and grocery shop at least this morning. Haven't done much of anything else though, other than study a good part of the day, when not falling asleep, that is. <BR> Still taking my meds and they all seem to be helping. And I know, I need to keep taking the z-pac until gone in order for it to help the ear infection. <BR> Hoping that I'l... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 21:00:52 EST Bronchitis and ear infection Hi friends. Nurse practitioner said to stop what I had been taking as it wasn't working and made my blood pressure rise too much. I'm on a z-pac and cough meds, along with Flonase. Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow. Today was a good nap day. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers. Have a good night/day. Hugs. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:50:30 EST Friday morning.... Good morning everyone, <BR> <BR> “We should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.” <BR> –Alyson Noel <BR> <BR> Have a beautiful Friday. <em>247</em> <BR> Fri, 9 Dec 2016 11:44:48 EST Thursday and back home from business trip Hello friends, <em>247</em> <BR> Still sick but I had a business trip yesterday and today. Am back home now. What a trip though. Will try to tell more about it tomorrow. Bed for now. <BR> <BR> Have a good night all. Peace and Blessings. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:36:28 EST Thursday and back home from business trip Hello friends, <em>247</em> <BR> Still sick but I had a business trip yesterday and today. Am back home now. What a trip though. Will try to tell more about it tomorrow. Bed for now. <BR> <BR> Have a good night all. Peace and Blessings. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:36:08 EST Sick....again Hello friends, <BR> Don't meant to be a downer here, but this is getting rediculous. First I was sick over the Thanksgiving weekend. Now I'm sick AGAIN!! <BR> Had to go to work today even though I could have stayed home in bed. Today was the office Christmas luncheon. Suffice it to say, I didn't eat anything. Everyone said the food was delicious. My stomach wouldn't have been able to handle it. <BR> I'm hoping I managed to stay far enough away from everyone so as not to get them all sic... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 20:00:18 EST Tuesday and back to work... Hello friends, <BR> Quick post tonight. Getting late and I need sleep. <BR> Walked about 20 minutes this morning. <BR> 35 minutes on elliptical tonight. <BR> Need to get back into planks and/or pushups every day. Along with squats. <BR> Am having problems with my feet again. Which may be related to my weight. <BR> I felt good when I kept up with these AND ST at the gym. Need to get back to it. <BR> It's been hard since I need to study too. <BR> <BR> Have a good night all. Peace and Bless... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:18:32 EST Day off today.... ....and it's a good thing. Slept in a bit this morning. Not too much, but some. Am feeling a bit better today, for sure. Need to keep that going by going to bed in just a few minutes. <BR> It certainly helps to get 8 hours of sleep in. Hard some days though. <BR> <BR> Not really looking forward to going back tomorrow, cause I know what I'll be walking in to. AND I really need to crack down on studying. No one is going to do it for me. <BR> <BR> Have a good night/day all. Peace and... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:32:24 EST Sick this weekend and taking time for myself.... ...of course, time happens to go by quickly. <BR> I'm still not feeling quite up to par. Thank goodness I have tomorrow off as well. Don't need to go back to the office with a new girl starting, especially, and spread it around. <BR> <BR> Seems I took a couple of days away from Sparks as well. At least didn't log in for points yesterday, and I think Friday as well. Oh well. Time to start a new streak. <BR> <BR> Haven't been eating much this weekend, so that at least, is good. Nothing ... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 22:07:36 EST Life is so much more. Not to be taken for granted. <img src=""> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:23:56 EST Saturday... Hello friends, <BR> Exercise today consisted of a 75 minute walk at the school's track down the street from our house. Brisk morning walk with a warm coat and scarf, since I chopped my hair off, and some tunes. By the time I got back home, I was sweating pretty good. <BR> Spent a couple of hours relaxing. <BR> Now heading to bed. <BR> Oh, and over 11,000 steps for today! <em>590</em> <em>244</em> <BR> Have a good night/day. Keep warm, especially those in places that have been hit w... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:03:01 EST Thursday's entry... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> 45 minute walk this morning. Good walking too. Was sweating a bit by the time I was finished. 10,565 steps today. Not too bad. <BR> 45 minute ST workout this evening at the gym. Won't be able to get back to the gym before Saturday, and even then I'll have to really push myself to get there cause DH has to work Saturday morning then has a photo shoot in the afternoon. Really need to push myself on this. Two days strength workouts so far this week. Saturday wi... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:00:20 EST change. Maybe it's my scale?! Good morning everyone, <BR> Quick post this morning. WI didn't go as well as I'd hoped. Now I'm wondering if my scale is the problem. I stepped on the scale at the gym, as I mentioned yesterday, and compared to this morning, saw the same weigh in amount. And this morning was "al naturale" as compared with wearing clothes yesterday. <em>24</em> <BR> So, now I need to figure out if I should buy a new scale or.....?! DH says he doesn't think there's anything wrong with it. He weighs in... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 07:08:29 EST Is it Friday yet?! Hello friends, <BR> Another day, another reason to keep going, no matter what. <BR> Should have studied this morning after I got to work, but didn't. I felt more like walking than studying. I managed 45 minutes walking. Not too bad. <BR> A lot of "sitting" took place after that, so I'm glad I got that walk in. <BR> I'm trying something a bit different for weight loss. I had been using "Gardens Of Like, Raw Fit" for my breakfast smoothies. Sometimes twice a day. It does well with keepi... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:13:05 EST Beginning of a new week... Hello friends, <BR> I believe I needed a rest day after having walked so much over the weekend. I kept finding other things that absolutely needed to be done today, after having the afternoon off last Friday. It's hard coming back to work after even just an afternoon off. There's always so much to catch up on. Especially emails. <BR> So, as mentioned in yesterday's post, the weekend was good. Got in a lot of movement along with some ST Saturday. <BR> Monday's are always hard. This morni... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:40:26 EST Lovely weekend both weather wise and exercise wise... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Quick post tonight as it's getting late already. <BR> was kept busy for most of yesterday with gym first thing then a lot of errands. Weights were the busy at the gym instead of cardio. So, when we finally did make it home, and it was such a gorgeous day, I took a nice walk down the street to the Junior High track. It's only about 2 blocks away from home. <BR> Had a good walk there. Probably walked close to 2 miles. <BR> Today was a bit different. I needed t... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 22:30:54 EST Thursday... ...and no change over yesterday. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you all for the encouraging words. How I wish we could all be in one place and have a group hug. I've really been needing a hug. <BR> Tomorrow is a half day for me, unless they decide to ask me to stay for the afternoon. The company takes us out for our birthday on the month of our birthday. Tomorrow is the day for such. Then, supposedly, we get to go home afterward. I'm not sure if that particular perk is going to happe... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:50:51 EST wednesday.... .....and no, I did not have a good weigh in this morning. I am, however, going to try tomorrow morning. See what it says then. <BR> DH is starting in on me again about not being able to lose. Let's put it this way, I've been on this particular plateau for well over 2 years...probably. Gain a few, lose them again. Gain them, lose them. <BR> And yes, for the most part, I really do watch what I eat every day. Some days are better than others, just as it is for everyone. I've done REAL... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 21:16:45 EST tuesday night... ...and election night. <BR> Late posting and this is NOT going to be long. <BR> Since I knew that we would likely have to stand in line tonight, and I was right, to vote, I did all my walking this morning. A good 50 minutes worth. Then walking throughout the day, as well as the squats when I could and stair climbing when I could also. All of this, along with walking in place while "standing" in line for over 2 hours, I managed to get over 10,600 steps in today. <BR> Tomorrow's weigh in. H... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 22:07:38 EST Quick Monday entry... Started a new Challenge today. I think it has to do with IdealShake and the Shake up activities. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Anyway, since today was Monday, it was a start. I didn't do the squats EVERY time I went to the bathroom, but I did do them a few times today. And I haven't done the plank either. <BR> Actually, I had to wait until I got to work this morning in order to print this out so I had it on my desk. ... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 22:16:37 EST Saturday... Hello friends, <BR> Gotta say that I started the day not feeling very motivated, thinking about all that I've got to do this weekend and wondering if I'd be able to get any exercise in at all. You know your tired when that's all you can think about. <BR> Suffice it to say, this may be disjointed. And short. <BR> DH and I spent most of today babysitting our granddaughter. I had the choice of going with them to a new stable for horse back riding lessons for the granddaughter, or staying ho... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 22:26:05 EST Appreciation... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Remember to hug someone today. <BR> Blessings. Wed, 2 Nov 2016 08:51:40 EST Tuesday's Birthday.... Thanks to all who wished me a Happy Birthday today! It was a good day! <BR> Yes, I did walk this morning. Yes, I did get my steps in today. Over 10,300 total for today. <BR> No, we didn't go to the gym. The grandkids wanted some time with grandma tonight. <em>30</em> <BR> Will be posting a photo of them in their Halloween costumes soon. Possibly yet tonight. Getting late though and I didn't sleep well last night. <BR> <BR> Have a good night. Peace and Blessings. <em>247</em> ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 21:53:28 EST Saturday and Sunday... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> ST yesterday. Cardio today. <BR> Upper body, mostly yesterday. Arms, chest, shoulders, triceps, biceps and core work. Spent a good hour with DH with the workouts. <BR> Today, after grocery shopping, I took a good 45 minute walk outside. It was chilly and overcast, but otherwise a good day for a walk. Better than elliptical. The fresh air was good, especially instead of what was going on at home. (sigh) <BR> As I've said before, our daughter and two of our gran... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 19:51:27 EST Friday... Hello friends, <BR> Welp, didn't make it to the gym. Actually slept in this morning and forgot to pack my gym bag last night. Wasn't late for work, but had to hustle once I got there to get things ready for the day. We had a "Class" in the office yesterday and today. It was my job to make sure that they had fresh coffee and ice water every hour or so. As I said yesterday, I was lucky in that one of the new ladies was kind enough to help me out. Whenever I was on the phone or doing somet... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 23:01:37 EST Thursday entry... Hello friends, <BR> Busy, stressful day. Thank goodness tomorrow's Friday. <BR> I'm thankful that one of the new girls was willing to help me out today. <BR> Didn't get much done in the way of exercise. <BR> Tomorrow's a new day. And I get to drive in to work by myself. <BR> Am hoping to be able to leave work early. Maybe I'd be able to make it to the gym. <BR> Wish me luck. <BR> Good night. Peace and blessings. <em>247</em> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:38:01 EST Wednesday entry... Hello friends, <BR> Thank you for your encouragements on yesterday's post. Yesterday was a good day for exercise. <BR> I had hoped today would have been also, but getting home from work, I had to babysit my granddaughter and call my mother, as her birthday is Friday. We spent a good hour talking and catching up. Not that I don't talk to her often, but she recently lost her eldest sister. She's been feeling the depression ever since. Since she lives in Iowa, some 400 miles away, calling... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:26:58 EST Tuesday entry... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Quick post. <BR> 30 minute walk this morning. <BR> Took as many stairs as I could. My Fitbit battery is low though so it didn't "catch" everything. <BR> 45 minutes ST at the gym. And I hurt. <BR> 30 minutes on the elliptical. <BR> And I STILL haven't made 10,000 steps! Only at 9,900. <BR> Maybe I'll make it while heading to bed. <BR> <BR> A BIG Thank you to 2BDYNAMIC for the GREAT Blog today! Everything I've EVER thought, and couldn't put into words!! <BR> <BR... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:41:46 EST Better Monday.. Hello friends, <BR> Thank you all for your kind comments from yesterday's blog. Today was a new day. Started out well anyway. With a 35 minute walk before settling down to work. <BR> We have two new ladies who joined our company this morning. I had the job of introducing her around, showing her the building, helping her log in to her computer, etc. The other lady was taken care of by the office manager. This is a first for our company. To be training two new employees at one time. T... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:02:33 EST Sunday night and what a ride... Hello friends, <BR> I'm not talking about a good ride either. <BR> It's been a bad several days. Very busy, and yet there was time to take, selfishly, for myself. And yet, I didn't do anything good for myself, until today. <BR> I didn't get much exercise in over this last week. I haven't exactly been eating the best every day either. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the beginning of a new week. I'm going to buckle back down and work it at again starting tomorrow. No gym time, unfortunately, as I ... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 22:28:37 EST 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