SHEPHERDMOM's SparkPeople Blog SHEPHERDMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community September 3, 2013 I am in the clouds, my great niece is in remission, and has tolerated chemo well, my family are all healthy and I have been staying the course. Another beautiful day and I didn't give in to temptation over the holiday season. "Pat pat pat pat." That is me patting myself on the back. Thank you to all who have encouraged me and I wish you all a wonderful day. Now to get to work. Oh yeah, yesterday was my 33rd "aniversary" with the County of Los Angeles. And I thought I was only going to... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:00:03 EST Happy News I have been informed my great niece is in remission! Praise God! A BIG load is off my shoulders. <em>244</em> <em>334</em> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 20:30:58 EST August 28, 2013 - Annual Health Fair Today we had our annual "Health Fair" at work and I was pleasantly suprised to find out that my numbers are much better than last year. My cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose are down, my muscular strength is above average. <em>244</em> What a difference the gym, watching what I eat and Sparkpeople have done for me! <em>104</em> Thank you all for your encouraging words. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:19:03 EST Reassessing I had a up and down week last week. I received notification that my great-niece has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Talk about terror! She just turned three last week and she spent her third birthday in the hospital. I have had some experience with cancer because my brother is a five year survivor of cancer. They told us to make funeral arrangements because he would not live out the week. Fooled them didn't he? Once I gathered my wits, I was able to listen to the prog... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 14:07:36 EST Another new week Ahh, Monday, the start of another new week. We get to start all over again. I look forward to little by little incorporating my new healthy habits and getting rid of my old non-healthy habits. <em>211</em> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:36:46 EST I know it's too early to pat myself on the back buuuuuut.............. Once again I made it to the gym. Wow, I feel great. Sore, but so proud of myself. Whoo Hoo! I just had to toot my own horn. If I keep this up, it just might become a habit! I know, it's only been two days but that is how to start. As long as I keep going and doing what I know that I need to do, I should be able to make this a lifestyle change. Go ME! <em>104</em> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 13:33:45 EST Mission accomplished! I made it to the gym! I had a difficult time getting there, but I did it. And I worked out on the treadmill for an hour and rode the bike for 45 min. and even did some of the machines. I went in thinking that I couldn't pick up where I had left off, eight months ago, but I did it. Without overdoing it. I felt so good I am going to do my best to get back in there today. Sometimes you just have to say "this is it, I have to make time for ME!" <em>104</em> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:29:51 EST I resolve..... Still trying to get to the gym. I WILL do this TODAY. <em>101</em> Game face. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 01:13:09 EST Day 2 - New is scary I didn't make it to the gym as planned. It was so hot at home that I just vegged out. Not good. But I did manage to track my food and my steps. Baby steps, baby steps. I have to learn to be a turtle. <em>134</em> Slow and consistant. I can do this. It is just going to take some "un-learning" of comfortable old habits and learning new better habits. <em>40</em> Scary! Tue, 2 Jul 2013 11:45:25 EST Starting over.................again Here I am again on day one of this journey. I have promised myself to work out at the gym four nights a week. It is hard for me, as I am almost exhausted when I get home, but I think that with some movement, my stamina will get better. I have let myself go knowing that I need to make a change, but I can't change the past, I can only change what I do from now on. So here goes............ <em>249</em> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 14:10:58 EST