SHAWFAN's SparkPeople Blog SHAWFAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Is it Friday yet?!?! Too cute not to share.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> IS my Friday!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:25:11 EST Neurological issue? Hello friends, <BR> Just a thought here. Something I kind of started thinking about since I'm still having trouble studying.... <BR> Could there be some neurological issue at work here? I mean, even when reading a book, which I do often, I find myself having to read the same paragraph, sentence, sometimes whole page, before the meaning of what I'm reading sinks in. <BR> Same goes with the material that I'm reading for this test. I've read the book 3 times. Yet, I've been taking practice... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 18:37:05 EST I am Lovable.... Always remember, no matter what happens.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 9 Aug 2017 09:01:09 EST Feeling better, thank you... Thank you to all for the comments wishing me well. I'm feeling a bit better. <BR> Most of this was from the stress I've been under over the last few months. With all the working and not enough time for myself. <BR> Am hoping to get my DH to rub my shoulders tonight, when he gets home. That would certainly help a bit. Can feel the tension in my back and shoulders. <BR> <BR> Part of it is because I'm trying to get used to hearing aids. Had a 30 day free trial, which will run out on ... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 20:19:27 EST Again to start over Had a 3 day streak of 10,000 steps daily. Then got sick. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. Can start over again. Mon, 7 Aug 2017 17:51:55 EST Done worrying about all work, no play... Today is day 3 of a streak of getting at least 10,000 steps in every day. <BR> Overtime is over, for now. Don't know for how long. Of course, my desk is still over loaded, but hey, I'm not going to stress any more about it. I've only been telling my bosses how far behind I am for the past few months. And they haven't listened. <BR> SO...I've been using the time between when I get there to when work actually starts to get a good walk in. <BR> Then after work, I go to the gym and get an... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 22:28:38 EST First day of August and somethings got to give.... Goals I'm going to focus on this month: <BR> <BR> 1. Take more time for myself. <BR> 2. Stop stressing over things I have no control over. <BR> 3. Start taking better care of myself instead of worrying about the job or the family. (Two of the things I have no control over.) <BR> 4. Keep up with drinking more water. <BR> 5. Work on controlling the cravings. <BR> ....I could go on and on. These are the most important. <BR> <BR> Had a doctor, follow up visit today for my blood pressure. ... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 21:14:25 EST Mid week stretch... Hello everyone, <BR> Quick blog, hopefully, to let you know I'm still around. Still studying... <em>24</em> <BR> BUT, I now have someone who's going to be studying with me. Course, he lives in Ohio, so we'd have to use texts and/or Skype in order to work it out. <BR> He doesn't HAVE to take this test, if he doesn't want to. The state of Ohio doesn't require our agents to have this. But, because he'd heard that I've been struggling, he ordered the material, just so he can study along ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:01:40 EST Another Saturday catch up.... Short...hopefully.,...tonight as I'm supposed to be studying. <em>24</em> <BR> Studying is going better, at least. <BR> One of our "boarders" was kicked out last week, so it's a bit quieter. Thankfully, DH has settled down and isn't nagging me so much about the weight, cause between him nagging about my weight and nagging about this test, it's been REALLY hard not to say, "Screw this!!" and walk out! (Hoping Sparks doesn't mind) <BR> <BR> Still not losing, but it's not, yet it is, p... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:54:52 EST Trying. Not so easy... Still really busy. Still trying to take care of myself in as many ways possible. Eating more salads for lunch. Watching sugar intake. Easier since they've added sugar tracking now. Not really eating quite as much fruit as I had been. Not sure what to believe with all the hubbub about watching the kinds of fruit you eat. Bananas? Really?! And some of the veggies too? <BR> Would figure that it's foods that I like. <BR> Still trying to do as much exercise/movement as possible every day... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 22:33:59 EST Saturday catch up I was reading a blog shared by BROOKLYN-BORN, by SWEDE-SU from Thursday. Thought I'd share what my reply was to her blog. Very insightful and something I need to start researching sometime very soon if I want to be ready. <BR> Sharing her blog here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383923 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> My reply: <BR> <BR> "Thanks for your insight to eating while traveling. My DH and I are planning a trip to Scotland next ... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 15:58:32 EST Because of SparkCoach... Hello everyone, <BR> I'm taking the advice from SparkCoach this morning and blogging about my progress, or lack there of. <BR> Not gaining, not losing. <BR> Exercise is on and off this past week. Last week was better. <BR> Eating is pretty well. Not "cheating" even though there's plenty around to cheat on, especially since I'm the first one in the building every morning. I'm proud of myself in that respect anyway. <BR> Still working a lot of overtime, which has been detrimental to both m... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:31:08 EST Back for now...... Hey friends, <BR> <BR> Been loitering and tracking on Sparks for the past few weeks, trying to catch up with everything from work and home. <BR> <BR> No guarantees that I'll be around much yet, but wanted to let you all know that I've been keeping as active as possible every week. <BR> <BR> Still working a lot of overtime. When it's not really hot and humid out, I get out for a walk at lunch. Trying to walk for at least 30 minutes in the mornings also. <BR> <BR> Started a program last... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:06:11 EST End of the road....for now. Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Sorry I've been so quiet lately. As usual, work and home life have been very hectic. Still studying on top of it all. Still not getting anywhere with that either. I really want to take this test very soon. Just don't see how I'd pass it with the little I have been able to study, and it being few days and far between. <BR> <BR> First, I know that part of the reason is I get EASILY distracted. If it's not the television that someone else is watching, no matter ... Sun, 21 May 2017 21:26:13 EST Another busy day....with travel Hello everyone. Whirlwind day today. Left KC for Colorado Springs, CO at 11:00 am, had meetings while there, then flew back to Kansas City this afternoon. We almost ended up staying there overnight as the plane had some issues at first. Thank goodness we didn't! None of us brought any extra clothes or necessities, plus there weren't any rooms anywhere there, what with being Cinco de Mayo. <BR> After our pilot babied it a bit, for about 10 minutes or so, he was finally able to get it going, t... Fri, 5 May 2017 21:50:44 EST Busy and not happy with my efforts.... Was a very busy day today. Don't have many that AREN'T very busy for the last few months. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I did take some time, when I could, to get a bit of walking, stair climbing in. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to be able to get a bit of SOME kind of exercise in tomorrow. Flying to Colorado in the morning for meetings then flying back tomorrow afternoon. Will be looking for ANY way to do something while there. And I'm hoping that it's not late when I do get home. <BR> <BR> Al... Thu, 4 May 2017 22:02:49 EST What am I thankful for today..... 1. I woke up when there are many that didn't. <BR> 2. I went to work when there are many who don't have a job. <BR> 3. I had plenty to eat today when there are many who don't have anything. <BR> 4. I have a roof over my head and a warm bed to sleep in when there are many who do not have either. <BR> 5. I have the love of my life and my family while there are so many who are alone. <BR> 6. I have many friends that I can turn to when troubled while there are so many who suffer alone and in fear... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:57:32 EST Last working day of the week.... Good afternoon everyone, <BR> A quick blog since it's just after lunch. And the last working day of the week. <BR> <BR> I've been "lurking" with Sparks since I've not had the time to do much else. Trying to keep up with everyone that I can and such, but not really working the program. <BR> <BR> The BLC challenge will close soon and they're getting ready for the summer challenge. I'm hoping to get my testing done before then and devote more of my time to that and actually lose some of t... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:22:34 EST Weight No More: 40 Things About Me Borrowed from MISSDORKNESS, ONEKIDSMOM, POLSKARENIA, ADAKARA, NEWCAZ, CTYONIT et. al.: <BR> <BR> Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> No <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> Quit smoking 28 years ago. Was not a heavy smoker anyway. <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? <BR> No. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite sweet drink? <BR> Sweet Tea <BR> <BR> 5. Do you hold any diploma(s), degree(s) or... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:27:30 EST 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