SIRENALEANNE's SparkPeople Blog SIRENALEANNE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Starting Life Over <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've had really bad luck the last 2 years. After 13 years of marriage and 6 months after buying my dream home, my husband had an affair. They are still together and they live in my dream home with their large family. We did not have kids. My ex decided to stop paying everything and I filed bankruptcy. In my divorce haze I found a guy I thought loved me. I bought a truck for him and was conne... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 17:17:49 EST Sluggish Today I'm feeling kinda sluggish. I haven't been making the best, healthy food choices. I've been writing and staying within my calories though. Still, I need energy. Anyone have any energy tips? I'm walking everyday to help with my energy levels. Also taking probiotics (florastor) and vitamins. Tue, 5 Apr 2016 14:13:08 EST Happy Healthy Dog Sitting <img src=""> <BR> I just completed my first paid dog sitting gig. She was adorable and helped me be more active. I got in more steps by walking her, playing with her and taking her to a local park. I have two older senior doggies and she ran circles around my little guys. It was a good experience for us all. I'm proud of my pups, they played good host. I've taken care of dogs for over 16 years. I've Pet sit for fr... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 20:51:51 EST Overwhelmed I have feeling very overwhelmed. <em>40</em> I guess I should view these things as blessings but right now it's just alot of changes. I'm feeling stressed out and finding it difficult to lose weight and stay within my daily calorie range. I want to eat everything! I just got a new phone. I'm dreading transferring and getting all my settings correct. I hate adjusting to new technology but again this is a blessing. My live in boyfriend has made comments about my weight, that he knows that's ... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 14:44:31 EST Overwhelmed I have feeling very overwhelmed. <em>40</em> I guess I should view these things as blessings but right now it's just alot of changes. I'm feeling stressed out and finding it difficult to lose weight and stay within my daily calorie range. I want to eat everything! I just got a new phone. I'm dreading transferring and getting all my settings correct. I hate adjusting to new technology but again this is a blessing. My live in boyfriend has made comments about my weight, that he knows that's ... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 14:44:31 EST Feeling positive vibes <img src=""> <BR> Its interesting, i get the same feeling i get shopping for a car as I do buying clothes or shoes. I get filled with hope and thoughts of adventure of all the places we'll go. All the things we'll do. I'm excited about our new future. Loseing weight, getting healthier, traveling, learning and trying new things. I feel positive and happy. I haven't felt this way in a very long time. Thu, 3 Mar 2016 16:46:05 EST 2015 WORST YEAR EVER! In January of 2015 I found out my husband of 13 years was having an affair. He'd been struggling with PTSD and things were getting progressively worse but I never expected he'd cheat. I was devastated. Things got violent and I just wanted out. So I filed for divorce. He wouldn't sign the papers unless I gave him the house. My dream home. The place I worked so hard for so long for. I wanted a quick and painless divorce without lawyers. I could have fought harder but end the end I just wanted o... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 21:02:54 EST I'm back! Wow a lot has happened since November. I got a promotion and became a supervisor. We we're looking for a house because since November I've been commuting back and forth from San Antonio to Austin. The drive is 2 hours each way! Finally after months of sesrching we found the right house. Its being built in Manor, tx just 20 miles from my work. The husband is trying to get transfered up there soon. <BR> <BR> Between the house hunt, the commuting and my new position at work I've had very litt... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:10:33 EST Happy Thanksgiving! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thank you all for being my SparkFriends. I'm sorry I haven't been on lately. I started a new supervisor job and it's been rough getting the hang of things. Also, I have to commute and hour and a half each way 5 days a week. The commute has been cutting into my gym work outs. I haven't had time to hit the gym but I've been taking the stairs at work as much as possible. Also I haven't been able to keep track of what ... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:43:22 EST Great News! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First off let me apologize for not being very active in the Spark Community these last few weeks. I have some great news and things will be changing very rapidly for my family. <BR> <BR> On Thursday we received news that my husband is approved for VA disability. We have been waiting for a little over a year and a half to find out. This is wonderful news and such a relief as now we won't have to worry about Alber... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 10:26:26 EST Weekend Warrior Hi friends! <BR> <BR> This weekend was jammed packed with festivities. We had a scooter rally called Rally De Los Muertos. <BR> I had planned to go to the first rally stop boneshakers, then watch my brothers play at a bar, then go to the San Antonio MuertoFest, then check out the Diwali festival. I was really tired but I gave it the old college try. <BR> <BR> Friday I worked till 5PM and when I got home to ride my scooter to the rally it wouldn't start <em>198</em> I can't use my scoo... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 21:52:15 EST What is the healthy habit you have most difficulty keeping up? Staying within my calorie ranges and getting enough sleep. <BR> <BR> Dave Matthews <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Nov 2013 13:54:11 EST Happy Halloween! 40 pounds Hi friends! I dressed up as Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory for Halloween. I was going through some old photos on my work computer and I found a photo from 2011 when I dressed up as a hippie. I decided to make a side by side photo. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The caption reads: <BR> PROGRESS ISN'T SCARY! <BR> DON'T GIVE UP! <BR> -SUCCESS IS NOT A RACE, BE PATIENT- <BR> Keep Sparking, It Works! <BR> <BR> Anyone else dress up for... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:56:41 EST Eat, drink and be scary I have to talk myself into the gym again. I just feel runned down. I've lost my mojo. I went yesterday and it's like starting new all over again. All I did was walk on the treadmill and I felt winded. I'll just keep pushing till I get my mojo back. It's there…..somewhere. <BR> <BR> Anyone got any plans for Halloween? We'll be celebrating my hubby's birthday with his parent's anniversary tomorrow. <BR> <BR> This is happening this weekend! Can't wait <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:57:46 EST 13 Days! I am feeling better and rested up from all the previous festivities and illnesses. I knew I had to get back to it. I told my bestie that it's been over a week since I went to the gym. Then I looked at my spark streak for going to the gym and discovered it's been a lot longer. The last time I was at the gym was October 16th! 13 days ago! I'm going to start small and work my way back up so today I'm going to walk on the treadmill. I'm looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> What is the longest you'v... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:42:45 EST Anyone watch the blacklist? I can't wait for each show. I want to know Red's agenda! <BR> Any thoughts? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And now Dave Matthews <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:19:25 EST Who ya gonna call?!?!?! Hi friends! I've been super busy. We've had good times and sick times this last week. First the bad; I got sick with a UTI and a Sinus infection. I'm feeling better now and am almost done with my antibiotics. Now for the fun stuff. <BR> <BR> Last week Sunday My Mom and I went to see the Ghostbusters Quote-a-long at the Drafthouse. For those of you that don't know I have a Ghostbusters themed scooter so Ghostbusters is kinda my thang. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 28 Oct 2013 00:01:08 EST "People what a bunch of bastards!" -The IT crowd <img src=""> <BR> This is from the British Show the IT crowd. <BR> <BR> I'm having a hard time at work. <BR> ------Edited so I can't get in trouble------ <BR> there is really nothing I can do about this. I just have to wait it out. <BR> I'll stick it out I just needed to vent. <BR> <BR> On another topic I'm planning a suprise birthday party for my mom tonight. Hopefully it all goes well. <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Dave Matthews <B... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:22:30 EST Slowly Surfing Hi friends, <BR> Sorry I haven't been on in a while. I got sick, I'm on antibiotics and my internet has been really slow. ARG! Anyhoo, just thought I would check in and see how everyone is doing. <BR> <BR> How is eveyrone? <BR> <BR> Dave <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This upload of Dave took about a million years! Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:37:17 EST Daily Visualization-Picture five things you want in your life Daily Visualization <BR> Picture five things you want in your life, whether they are people, goals, experiences or things. How will reaching your small goals today help you achieve those dreams, too? <BR> <BR> Reaching my small goals daily will help me obtain what I want in my life. Reaching my daily goals will help me to stay healthy. <BR> <BR> <em>276</em> 1)Experience- Go to a Dave Matthews Concert - If I stay on track, eat right and reach my smalls goals I will be healthier. When Dav... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:28:19 EST "Why won't you run in the rain and play?" - Dave Matthews 41 I decided not to let the rain stop me from going the gym today. The rain did keep me from earning the appropriate amount of steps on my fitbit so far. I should be at 7,500 steps by now. I'm at 2,500. I have a feeling I'll be at the gym forever trying to reach my 10,000 steps tonight. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> Dave Matthews <em>55</em> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 17:25:15 EST Rest Day I'd been going non-stop for the last couple of days. I haven't exercised consistently but I've been really busy. I've been reaching my fitbit steps none the less. So today I will rest. I think all the exercise I've been doing the last few months has prepared me for all the non-stop chores, fun, events and errands I've been doing. And that's what exercise is all about, right? <BR> <BR> NSV: We could wear jeans the last month of work because we've had an influx of on the job training. J... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:59:40 EST Texas Renaissance Festival 2013 <em>524</em> friends! We are back from the shire. We came back early Sunday morning (1AM) actually but I was busy all day tending to my sick hubby. More on that in a bit. <BR> <em>221</em> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Hubby and I went to the Texas Renaissance Festival. It was wonderful! It was near Houston (Swamp Land) and it was really humid because thunderstorms were passing through. We didn't get rained on. We dodged the rain by taking shelter in the car when we saw d... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:07:48 EST It's Friday! YUSSSSS!!!!! <em>524</em> Hi Sparkfriends! <BR> <em>337</em> The hubby and I are going to the Texas Renaissance Festival tomorrow. <BR> <em>27</em> It's supposed to rain but we plan on taking ponchos. <BR> <em>40</em> I wonder what rain gear was used in medieval times. <BR> <em>387</em> I should google that. <BR> <em>334</em> Anyhoo, have a wonderful weekend sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Anyone got any plans for the weekend? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> Dave Mat... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:22:39 EST NSV: Talked Myself into a Workout <em>104</em> I'm feeling much much better today. <BR> <em>315</em> I did some cardio on the treadmill. <BR> <em>211</em> I had to talk myself into it. <BR> <em>433</em> I just kept in mind that 75% of the battle was just showing up to the gym. <BR> <em>250</em> Once I was on the treadmill it was smooth sailing from then on. <BR> <em>105</em> Feeling pretty groovy. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How's your week going sparkfriends? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> Dave M... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 22:42:52 EST I'm not letting my Healthy Life Style be Cauterized <em>234</em> Ugh so I had my wound cauterized today. I imaged being in a room in a patient gown with a wood burning kit. It WAS just as I imagined but the doctor was very nice and gentle and he talked me through the whole thing. He thinks he got the wound to close. Maybe one day I will post a picture of the scar but right now its too gross to post. I have a rare skin condition called hidradenitis suppurativa. It's under my left underarm. There's no cure but surgery can sometimes treat it. I... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 22:56:47 EST Church Pups <em>288</em> Last Sunday our church held services at Brackenridge Park in San Antonio. <em>434</em> It was a beautiful day. <em>67</em> We took the fur kids and they were really well behaved. <em>338</em> They sat quiet and still for the entire service. <em>296</em> It was a great morning but after the sermon we had a picnic. <em>191</em> I had a hamburger and half a hot dog and got sick. <em>15</em> I forgot my body doesn't process simple carbs very well. I think the white br... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 15:07:03 EST I'm back baby! Hi sparkfriends! Things have calmed down some at work so I'm back. <BR> <BR> I had kinda of a set back. My arm had opened up again. I just had surgery on it in July. I thought all last week I was just being lazy but it turns out I was getting sick. I have a doctors <BR> appointment on wednesday to try and see if he can fix it. I hope so. I have way too much stuff <BR> to do this October to be sidelined by this. <BR> <BR> <BR> October Schedule Revised <BR> Texas Renaissance festival near ... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 12:28:38 EST Lots of October Fun Wow my October calender is filling up fast. Hope I have the energy to enjoy it all <BR> <BR> *Albert's 33rd birthday <BR> *Cousin coming down from Scotland <BR> *Alamo City Comic Con <BR> *Church Picnic <BR> *Walking Dead Season Starts <BR> *Scooter Rally <BR> *Texas Renaissance fair <BR> *Halloween <BR> *Ghostbusters movie quote-a-long at the drafthouse <BR> *Work Customer Week (Dress up with different themes all week) <BR> *Doctors Appoinments. <BR> *And lots of outdoor movie events <BR> ... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 13:47:55 EST What has been your biggest accomplishment today? My biggest accomplishment today is going to the gym. I took 2 days "off" to rest. I almost took 3 but I'm back baby! Feels good! <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> Dave Matthews <em>55</em> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 3 Oct 2013 18:40:46 EST "You need a rest" - Body Work has been really stressful and it isn't going to let up until November! We have an overload of new hires and our auditing workload has increased. I was feeling great till about noon when I started feeling really sick, tired and dizzy. I'm not sure if it's my stress, allergies, anxiety or other health issues but my body basically told me "You need a rest". So I'm not going to fight it. I'm taking a rest day today and possible tomorrow. I've learned to pick my battles when it comes to my bo... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 22:18:01 EST 2013 Austin's Scooter Rally without a Name <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http:/... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:36:14 EST Austin's The Rally with No Name is this weekend! The scooter rally is today. Right after work we're leaving to Austin and we are going to <BR> P-A-R-T-Y! Have a great weekend friends! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Do you have any plans <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <em>49</em> Dave Matthews <em>49</em> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:14:21 EST Daily Community Task:Today blog about 5 great reasons that inspire you to work out Daily Community Task: <BR> Today blog about 5 great reasons that inspire you to work out. The next time you're feeling unmotivated, refer back to that list for a spark of inspiration. <BR> <BR> 6 great reasons that inspire ME to work out: <BR> 1) Good Health; I want to be a blessing to others and I can't do that if I'm sick & unhealthy. Exercise helps me stay healthy. <BR> a. I want to beat diabetes <BR> b. I don't want weight loss surgery <BR> ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:26:11 EST Stress Eating HI friends. I've been really stressed out at work and I feel like stress eating. So far I've been doing good by identifying that I'm not hungry just stressed but I want to just eat and eat. Do you have any suggestions to curb stress eating? Thanks in advance for the advice! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <em>49</em> Daily Dave Matthews Picture <em>49</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:16:45 EST MIA Sparker Hi sparkfriends! It's a busy week at work so I won't be able to Spark as much. I'm still sticking to the program and writing everything in but I might not be "seen" as much. <BR> <BR> Not only is work busy but I'm gearing up to go out of town this weekend for a scooter rally in Austin, Tx (I reside in San Antonio). I'm excited but abit aprehensive about sticking to my healthy life style. <BR> <BR> I have a plan and I've told everyone I'm going with about my fears and so far they are very ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:34:28 EST First day off Fall and proof of God's Grace Today was extraordinary and highly active even though I slept in. <BR> First I went to church with the husband. <BR> <em>296</em> <BR> Walked the dogs at the park for 45 mins. Walking the 3 fur babies without the hubby is no easy feat but it went well. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 22:02:32 EST You want me to do what? Girl you cray cray! <em>67</em> HAPPY SATURDAY SPARKPEOPLE! <em>67</em> <BR> Sorry to yell but I'm on a high. I got up early on a Saturday to meet my BFF at the gym. (Amazing, I never get up early on Saturdays) My BFF inspires me. She just joined the same gym and my workouts have been rejuvenated. It's Wonderful! <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> I have 2 NSVs to report as a consequence of this early morning workout: <BR> 1) I only had 2 beers last night cause I knew I had to wake up early. As a result I narrow... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 13:18:12 EST Who Ya gonna call? STRESSBUSTERS! <em>412</em> You ever have one of those days where you just feel like you can't catch up? I've been late for everything today. It's stressful but these things happen regardless of your best efforts. Stress wreaks havoc on my eating habits so today I'm going to take the time to run through some of the ways I like to relieve stress. <BR> <BR> Sirena's Top 10 Stress Busters <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> 1) Listen to nice soothing music <BR> (DMB, Perhaps? I think YES!) <BR> ... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:03:41 EST Walk of Shame My blog title is the reason I avoid buffets and Pot Lucks now. <BR> I don't want to do the walk of shame leaving the restaurant or work place. <BR> I want to do the walk of <em>345</em> <BR> I want to Dance the Dance of Victory <em>355</em> <BR> I want to do the shimmy of sucess <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Let's avoid doing the walk of shame today. <BR> When you feel like falling off the wagon (and it's unplanned), think ahead. <BR> Do you really want to do the walk of shame? <BR>... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:25:28 EST Daily Community Task: Biggest Accomplishment Today My biggest accomplishment so far is walking on my breaks even though I am feeling run down. So far I have 6674 steps in out of 10,000. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> I am going to meet a friend at the gym after work. I'll go to the gym with or without mojo today because I've been trying to get this friend to go workout with me for years. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <em>54</em> I got caught in a downpour yesterday walking from my office to my car. It was heavy rain. It felt like a water hose was ... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:25:31 EST “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” ¯ Thomas A. Edison <em>189</em> I've been thinking about all the baby steps it's taking to get to where I am and where I want to go. All the ways I've failed and succeeded. A blog I visited today inspired me to write this. <BR> <BR> What are some of the baby steps you take every day to contribute to your new healthy life style? <BR> <BR> Here are my daily baby steps: <BR> I drink 8 glasses of water a day <BR> I make sure to walk on all my breaks at work <BR> I carry my gym bag in the trunk of my car just ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:46:43 EST Long Monday Hi Yall. Today was a long day. Very busy though. Work is going great but I'm busy because I'm a team mentor. I help answer questions with work instructions and software issues. I love it, I love helping. But I am very tired so this is going to be short. I didn't get enough sleep so I did this to myself. I should know better to rest up for Mondays. <BR> <BR> My non-scale victory for the day is going to the gym despite being tired all day. I talked myself into going. I worked out for an hour... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:09:37 EST It's Never Too Late to Make a Non-scale Victory Happen I had a very long day yet it was not long enough to get everything done. <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> <em>296</em> I went to my churches 100th anniversary celebration. The service was 3 hours long but I hardly noticed. It was a wonderful celebration and we had quite the collection of speakers. After we spent the morning at church I spent a few hours with my Mom. <BR> <BR> I love my Mom, she is a strong and wonderful woman but she can be intense and can be all over the place sometimes. She... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 23:05:33 EST My experience from a friday the 13th night of hedonism to the likes of which have never been seen!!! Warning: this blog may contain too much information for some people to handle. I'd like to attach a friendly reminder of "do not judge lest ye be judged". But by all means laugh and comment and share your own experiences. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <em>49</em> (This is my Judgey Kitty Face Pic.....Don't be a Judgey Kitty, BTW this is not my cat just some random internet cat) <em>49</em> <BR> <BR> Ok this blog title is a bit misleading b... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 13:59:17 EST Operation try not to slap husband on a Thursday was a success! My non-scale victory is tied into this blog title. Yesterday I stayed within my calorie range and passed up unhealthy foods despite husbands worst efforts. <BR> <BR> *******WARNING, May Contain TOO MUCH INFORMATION for some*************** <BR> <BR> After a very satisfying dinner and an awesome 1 hour workout, my husband got a call from his mother asking if he wanted a cheeseburger (Side note: we live with his parents) and he said yes. Ok I've tried and tried to get hubby to hop on the heal... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:00:54 EST Non-Scale Victory: Completed a 2 Hour Paranoid Workout Despite Cray Cray Peeps Yesterday my work cancelled OT. So I left to go to the gym, The same gym I'd been going to for over a year. MY GYM!. And there was 2 girls from my work that just months ago nearly destroyed my career and tried to get me fired. I almost turned around and walked out but I decided to stay. Not only did I stay and complete my work out I managed to log 20,000 steps on my fitbit and worked out for 2 hours! Behold, the motivating power behind betrayal, rage and paranoia. So I'm using my insane worko... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:31:16 EST SparkCoach: Daily Community Task - End of Plateau Busters Program Daily Community Task <BR> Write a blog about where you want to go from here now that your plateau-busting program has come to a close. What did you think about the program? What strategies did you learn from it? Write out your thoughts on your experience, and plan what your next step will be in your weight-loss journey! <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Where do you want to go from here now that your plateau-busting program has come to a close? <em>3... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:14:06 EST OverTime Fears: OPERATION STAYING ON A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE TRACK <em>17</em> I'm working overtime this week. I signed up for Overtime this week which means I'll be working from 8am to 7pm with a one hour lunch. I'm worried because I haven't worked OT in over a year (That's the last time my job offered OT) and the overtime work I'm doing is new to me. But my biggest fear is of it getting in the way of my healthy life style, affecting my sleep, gym time, work outs, quality of food. The thing is I need the money. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> So my action pla... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:58:25 EST Changed up some SparkPeople Scale Data I adjusted some of my sparkpeople weight data. Originally I had entered that my starting weight was 272 and I wanted to get to 172 pounds. Well 272 is the highest I've ever weighed in at a doctor's office, and not what I weighed when I started sparkpeople. So I adjusted my numbers to what I weighed when I started sparkpeople and that is 260. I also changed my ultimate goal weight to 145. <BR> <BR> I don't know if this will help or hurt me but it's a little like starting over again. Maybe I'... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 15:19:16 EST