SHAWFAN's SparkPeople Blog SHAWFAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sunday evening check in. Hi friends, <BR> Just a quick check in this evening, since I've more or less been lurking on Sparks lately. And no, studying is still not going well. I'm afraid that one or another of the medications I have to take could be what's causing the difficulty. I can read a page over three times and not retain any of what I've read. It's kind of the same when reading a regular book. I end up reading one page at least three times....every time...before comprehending what I'm reading. <BR> DH has... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:42:07 EST Something to remember <img src=""> Tue, 7 Mar 2017 08:39:39 EST Bad day but I'm here.... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Not to be a downer, but I haven't been taking very good care of myself over the last couple of months because of the stresses over having to take this test. <BR> Went to the doctor this morning and my blood pressure was sky high. They checked it 4 times and each time was way high. So they told me to get to my regular doctor as soon as possible. <BR> Luckily she had an opening and could see me. <BR> Both doctors suggest that I find another job to relieve some of th... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 23:43:15 EST Back....for the moment... Hello everyone, <BR> It's been a bit. I've been "trying" to catch up on my studying for the test I need to take for work. It's been slow and tedious. And I've only got until March 8th to take it to be compliant. "Sigh" <BR> My fault. Totally. And I know that. Just find it so unfair that 3 of the new ladies get to study AND get paid, but I have to study on my OWN time. <BR> Anyway, I took today off work cause I didn't sleep that well at all last night. Don't know if it's a cold tha... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:46:54 EST Wednesday already....where has the time flown? Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> These past few weeks have not been great for me. <BR> I'm at the point where I'm about to give up. In fact, whenever there's ANYTHING to eat that shouldn't be there, I'm in it. It's stress eating. I understand that. <BR> Trying to beat the stress is not easy in my profession. <BR> Need to REALLY focus every day to get SOME kind of exercise done and NOT make excuses. Very hard on me right now. At my wits end on how to get healthy again. And I'm TIRED of reading ... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 22:03:30 EST Beginning of a another new week... Hello everyone, <BR> Certainly a busy weekend. Not in the way it should have been though. <BR> Saturday went well. The 3 hour drive to the visitation, was good other than being very windy and cold. <BR> We were one of the firsts there, so we made it through the line quickly. Spent a little while visiting with the agents that had come for the viewing. By the time we left there were a LOT of people there. Huge line. Couldn't even begin to guess how many actually showed yesterday. My bos... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 21:21:30 EST Friday night... Hello friends, <BR> <BR> This weekend is not going to go as I'd hoped. That's usually the case when working toward a goal. <BR> <BR> The CEO and owner of our company passed away on Tuesday. The day before, he was admitted to hospice, his doctor saying that he could live another 3 months or so. It was a shock to all when he passed the very next day. Seems he decided he'd had enough and went home to the Lord. He was 89 years old. <BR> <BR> He was also the father of the president of ou... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 22:18:56 EST Tuesday's entry... Again, really quick: <BR> 50 minute walk this morning. <em>311</em> <BR> 10 minute walk at lunch. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Still hurting from the weights at the gym from yesterday, but I did manage to climb some stairs and get a lot of walking around done around the building throughout the day. <BR> Still training the new girl, but she's picking things up quickly so I'm not having to spend that much time with her now. <BR> <BR> Once I got home, I did manage to get some cleaning done and... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:08:15 EST Monday's entry.... Really quick: <BR> 50 minute walk this morning. <BR> 35 minute ST this evening. <BR> BUNCH of walking and stair climbing in between. (I'm training a new girl) <BR> Step total: 12,256 for today! <em>244</em> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 21:31:25 EST Sunday evening and the beginning of the new week... Hello everyone. <BR> Finally feeling better. Thank goodness. Hoping that it doesn't come back, but I've been hearing a lot of people say that this crud is very contagious and people are likely to get it a second time. I sincerely hope now. Thankfully, I didn't have a really bad case of it. But I was down for 4 days. Really sick 2 of those days. <BR> <BR> I did manage to get a small workout in today, being that I had the house to myself for awhile. Started with 3 sets of ST. Easy thi... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 21:38:15 EST Friday and still sick... Thanks to everyone for your comments from yesterday. Yes, BTDT is about right. <BR> Guess I'm feeling sorry for myself.....AGAIN....first, for being sick again, and second, for not feeling like doing anything about it. <BR> Think it comes from living with two children. But I don't remember either of them being sick with this stuff. I'm STILL trying to get over the last sickness! "Blah!!" It could help if I could get more sleep. I'm noticing that 6 to 7 hours is just not enough. So... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:00:11 EST Thursday.. Hello friends, <BR> <BR> I wanted to share with you AMYJOS1967's blog that was really an eye opener for me. And my response to her blog below. <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305566 <BR> <BR> My response, which is embarrassing to say the least. <BR> <BR> Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this excellent blog!! Boo on the weight that came back! I'm in the same boat, dear. Only I regained 80lbs. YIKES!! <BR> I could have very w... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:38:38 EST Sunday. Much better action today. Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Today was much better than yesterday. Although I'm hurting now. DH and I met up with a former model of his this morning. She and I went to a 45 minute Zumba class. Then we went to her gym for 30 minute weights and 30 minute elliptical. Boy, now I really wish we had a bathtub. Calgon, take me away. <BR> Anyway, <em>248</em> for today. <BR> <BR> Much more to say, but I'm beat. Hoping to get a good night's rest for tomorrow and the week to come. <BR> <BR> H... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:52:33 EST TGIF Everyone!! <img src=""> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:50:13 EST No progress on weigh in expected. Hello friends, <BR> BLC weigh in was today. I didn't want to look at the scale.....and figured what it would show me would not be good. And it wasn't. <BR> <BR> As the saying goes, "don't cry over spilled milk." Tomorrow's a new day. <BR> <BR> I didn't walk this morning, which may have helped a bit. I didn't do any body weight exercises as I told myself I was going to start doing every morning. (I had been doing some every morning for a few weeks. Still don't know why I stopped.) Ha... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:09:40 EST And another week has about gone changes Hello friends, <BR> Thanks, first of all, for all the encouragement from last Wednesday's blog where I was feeling sorry for myself for all the stress in my life. <BR> <BR> As JPDANIELS said, the blogs are really for ourselves. i'd forgotten that part. It used to be that my blogging was for myself, to keep my accountable. Then it just sort of deteriorated into feeling sorry for myself. With Pam's reminder, I'm going to push forward and make it about taking better care of myself and sta... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:40:07 EST 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