SLIMMERSUSAN10's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SLIMMERSUSAN10 SLIMMERSUSAN10's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ We Interrupt this Habit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725294 Well, this past Saturday STUNK! <BR> <BR> 1. I drove 3.5+ hours to Kansas City to watch my favorite baseball team only get 3 hits and lose 2-1. <BR> <BR> 2. The people I wanted to visit after the game weren't home. <BR> <BR> 3. The BBQ place I REALLY wanted to eat at was PACKED so I didn't eat there. <BR> <BR> 4. Went to visit a friend and my cell phone ended up falling out of my purse onto his front lawn. He found it Sunday morning which meant I had to make a 2-hour round-trip... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 01:09:35 EST Forming a Habit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718800 Well, I overcame my challenge of the Wellness Center being closed. Thankfully the town where I live has a lovely lake. I walked downtown this evening and did several laps around the lake. The mosquitoes are starting to make their presence known again, but really didn't have much interruption. <BR> <BR> FitBit Steps = 12,904 <BR> Stairs = Just 1 flight <BR> Miles = 5.56 <BR> <BR> 3 of the last 4 days have been over 10,000 steps! Actually, over 11,000 steps! I am starting to form a hab... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:37:02 EST A Blessing in Disguise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718162 Well, I've now seen photos all over Facebook of my "man friend" with his girlfriend and it's driving me batty! I'm not going to be immature and unfriend him, but it still hurts every time I see one. If I can just remember the bad times instead of all the good times, maybe it will be easier... <BR> <BR> That said, maybe all this is a blessing in disguise...when I was with him, all we did was eat and sit around watching TV. Occasionally we'd go to the Casino and a football game or two, but ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 23:54:38 EST A Better Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716864 Today was MUCH better! I didn't have as much sleep as I'd like to have due to the fact that I'm not one who sleeps through storms. Tonight should be much quieter! <BR> <BR> I didn't get up and go work out before work, but I did take 25 minutes out of my lunch hour and went and walked on the treadmill. I do need to get some weight lifting in there, so in order to do that I'm going to HAVE to get up before work! I figure if I can focus on the weights in the morning (except on Mondays and W... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:53:40 EST Failure...and lots of it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716131 Looking back over my blogs the last few months, I've noticed one HUGE thing. Everything I've tried to do up to this point, I've failed at. <BR> <BR> 1. My high school class reunion is now less than a month away. Instead of losing any weight, I've actually gained 5 pounds! <BR> <BR> 2. My 20-day plan is basically a bust. Haven't done anything I thought I was going to do. <BR> <BR> 3. And the ultimate failure...things have officially ended with my "man friend". Even though things ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:09:06 EST Time to "Reload" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705641 Completely revamping my eating habits, AGAIN! One of these days SOMETHING is going to stick! <BR> <BR> Doing a 100-Day thing of sorts. Instead of weighing in every week, I cut things into 5 20-day segments. I'm also making one change each 20 days and see if I can stick with that. <BR> <BR> The first 20 days, I'm going to stay out of the candy drawer at work. I've consumed a LOT of chocolate and usually end up feeling absolutely HORRIBLE! Cutting out the chocolate is actually two-fo... Wed, 28 May 2014 23:55:36 EST Week One Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661213 Well, at the end of Week 1, I'm losing by 4 pounds. He's lost 8, I've lost 4. But, at least I've LOST! <BR> <BR> Challenges #1: A VERY busy week with little time to exercise. I should have done SOMETHING, but being on a deadline with my second job took almost all of my evening. I don't have that deadline this week, but what I do have is either the start of a cold or MAJOR allergies! Either way, I have absolutely NO energy to do ANYTHING! I have walked over 7,000 steps today so that'... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:40:00 EST IT'S ON!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654642 Well, yesterday was my date with my "man-friend". We watched basketball and ate and complained about how much we need to lose weight. <BR> <BR> We decided that starting tomorrow, we're going to have a contest to see who can lose the most weight in a month. The loser pays the winner $50. YIKES! When you bring money into it, it's an entirely different deal! Of course, the $50 may not ever change hands, but it's a good incentive either way. <BR> <BR> It's also a good way to get me in ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 14:04:37 EST Some REAL Motivation Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636402 "Birthdays Challenge" is going well. I've lost about 2 pounds since I started, depending on what time of day I weigh myself...I didn't drink as much water as I should have today because I was working in a different building which would have made it nearly impossible to get to the bathroom as often as I do when I consume the quantities of water that I normally do. <BR> <BR> My "man-friend" did something TOTALLY out of the ordinary today! HE PLANNED AHEAD!! His "1-year Sober Anniversary" is... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:54:57 EST A So-So Week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633939 Things are going well as far as the Birthdays challenge. I have done some form of exercise every day since Sunday. I even did Zumba AND Rockin' Body tonight! Walked over 12,000 steps today! (And drank either 72 or 96 oz. of water...I lost track). <BR> <BR> The "so-so" part...my recent lab results at my doctor weren't what I wanted. My A1C level was still in the Pre-Diabetic range so my doctor put me back on the Metformin. My prescription had run out and she wanted to see me before she ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:57:19 EST Birthdays Challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631303 I'm going to give myself a bit of a challenge... <BR> <BR> As the title of this blog states, it's a Birthday Challenge. <em>44</em> No, not MY birthday, I've already HAD my birthday! <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow (yeah, I'm ALWAYS "starting tomorrow", but it works this time), I'm going to "refocus" on my eating/exercising. The reason I say tomorrow works this time is that tomorrow is my oldest niece's 9th birthday. I'm going to work on creating good habits (drinking more water on wee... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 01:48:19 EST My Journey - The Word of the Day Is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628802 PROTEIN!! <em>496</em> <em>490</em> <BR> <BR> I made a HUGE discovery this week and with some confirmation from a friend of mine, am working to put it into my healthy eating (He said, "Don't use the word 'Diet'")...Monday morning, I ate one of my Jimmy Dean breakfast bowls (The Delight kind) and an apple for breakfast. For the FIRST time in about FOREVER, I was FULL all morning!! I wondered how that could be...then I noticed something on the box my breakfast bowl came in...22g PR... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:54:51 EST My Journey - Day 1: Hurdle #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624461 As mentioned in my earlier blog, my 25th High School Class Reunion is coming up. If that isn't enough, I went to a SMALL high school (Graduating class had 43, I think) so everyone knew everyone. There really wasn't any way to keep to yourself. And I wasn't the type of person who wanted to do that anyway. <BR> <BR> I've struggled with my weight CONSTANTLY over the years, probably since 4th grade. That's when all those "seconds" at lunch began to catch up with me BIG TIME! I was 120 in ... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 02:52:16 EST Note To Self... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620934 I am feeling like CRAP! And it is my own fault! Why? Because I have been eating like crap! I try and watch what I eat, but sooner or later, I'm going to slip something in there that my stomach just goes, "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!" At some point today, I did that. I just wish I knew what it was that hated me. I'm thinking it was the protein bar I had this afternoon for a snack (after I'd had plenty to eat for lunch), but whatever it was, I wish I could get rid of it! <em>24</em> <B... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:23:50 EST Motivation -- A Reunion! AAAAAAAHHHHH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619130 Well, all I can say at this moment is I HATE WINTER!! <em>24</em> I am SO ready for all of this snow we have to melt and be gone! It's hard to get motivated to go anywhere and exercise when the roads are crappy! <BR> <BR> Was reminded last week that my 25th high school class reunion is this summer over the 4th of July. Since I was a chubbster in high school, I most certainly do NOT want to look like that now! Time to get serious! It's been a bit frustrating here at the first becaus... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 02:05:30 EST 43 -- Looking forward to my best year yet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605434 Wow, guess it's been a while since I blogged! <BR> <BR> At 9:15 tonight, I will "officially" be 43. I enjoy celebrating birthdays because it means that God has blessed me with another year on this earth. Birthdays in my family mean family get-togethers and lots of attention! As one of my ex-boyfriends once said, "You Reeds celebrate EVERYTHING!" (We also celebrate big on holidays, too) <BR> <BR> Last week, I finally decided that unless I'm accountable to someone, my weight loss journe... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:04:11 EST This Time Next Year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568400 I've always been the type of person who lives in the past. Well, NO MORE!! What's past is past. I can't change it. I can't second-guess myself anymore. Time to become a forward thinker! A year is a long way off, obviously, but it's fun to think about what could happen... <BR> <BR> 1. My Sweet Adelines chorus will have competed in Baltimore, Maryland in November. As much coaching and rehearsing as we have coming up, I can't imagine we'll do horrible! Maybe Top 20? Top 10 would be gr... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 01:27:31 EST Yep, Monday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558561 Got the "official" word today! I do start on Monday! Went and filled out the "paperwork" (all computerized now) this afternoon. Glad I did that today, it took over 1 1/2 hours to do it! Wouldn't have wanted to cut into my workday with that! <BR> <BR> With the payroll as it is, I'll only get a week's pay on the paycheck I get on Christmas (hopefully the day before!) but that'll be okay. My first REAL one will be in early January. We get paid every two weeks which will be nice! <em>... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 17:52:12 EST STILL Waiting....GRRR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556933 Well, I THOUGHT I would get to start the new job this week! Got the pre-employment testing done yesterday, but I guess they're still waiting on the results of one of them. Too bad my ex-brother-in-law who works in HR can't just say "Susan doesn't do drugs!" but that wouldn't fly. <em>24</em> So, here I wait. Looking more and more like it'll be Monday before I get to start. Oh well, at least I've got a job!! <BR> <BR> It's gotten COLD around here and going to get even worse the end... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 16:22:41 EST New Job, Check! Now what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551796 Well, now that I've got the new job, which I will start some time next week, I hope, (They couldn't get me in to do my pre-employment testing until Tuesday at the clinic.) time to focus on the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> Now that my commute has been cut from 35 minutes to about 5, I'll have a lot more time to work out! So, some thoughts: <BR> <BR> 1. Bed NO LATER THAN 11:00! (Except for Mondays, which are Sweet Adelines nights and I don't even get home until 11:30) <BR> <BR> 2. At the g... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:07:15 EST Answered Prayers...YES!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550850 Well, thankfully that didn't take long! God's answer to whether or not I'd get the job here, which is what I really wanted, is YES!! I just went to an Open House at one of the newly renovated buildings that the company I'll be working for has done and I mentioned to the Company President (who I used to babysit!) that I interviewed last week. He said, "Yeah, saw that! Have you heard anything back?" I said, "No." He said, "Oh, you will!" and gave me a fist bump. I later ran into the owne... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:57:05 EST Disappointment...But Minor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549971 Found out this morning that I didn't get the job that I originally wanted so much in Sedgwick. I thought I would have been more disappointed than I was. God obviously has different plans for me. Will I get the job here? I don't know, but I'm really hoping so. As I may have mentioned before, the gal who interviewed me told my ex-brother-in-law, who works in HR, that the interview went "very well". Not sure how to interpret the "very well", but he seemed to think that was a good sign! <... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:40:11 EST An Unexpected Gift... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549425 Wow, two days in a row! Impressive! <BR> <BR> Had a TOTAL surprise this afternoon!! It takes a bit to explain the background, so bear with me: <BR> <BR> Last week, my Mom had a man from my sister's church come and paint the ceilings. They'd never been painted in the 42 years she's lived here (my parents built the house and moved in to it in 1971 when I was 2 months old) and really needed it! What a difference a coat of paint makes, even on "popcorn" ceilings! As the painter was finishi... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 21:44:29 EST This Week...What Will It Bring? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548582 The week of Thanksgiving! Could be a very interesting week! <BR> <BR> 1. I should find out SOMETHING in terms of where my next job will be. Will it be here in Sterling? Will it be in Sedgwick? Will be fun to find out! I'm now 50/50 on what job I want to work out. Although I would like to get out on my own, I do love my hometown and would definitely like to work here. Since the place here has now asked for my references, I think that might actually be the one that works out...we sha... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 18:31:08 EST BRRR... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547325 It's cold! And it's only November!! I hope this isn't a sign of things to come!! <BR> <BR> A few updates... <BR> <BR> 1. As I thought originally, I don't qualify for Unemployment. I'm not too bummed out by that, but it would have been nice to have the money! Hopefully one of the jobs I've interviewed for this past week will pan out. <BR> <BR> 2. The interviews I had with the company here in my hometown went VERY well! I had feedback from my ex-brother-in-law who told me that my poss... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:54:05 EST The Waiting Game... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545215 Had written a lovely blog but the computer ate it... <BR> <BR> Quite a bit has happened in my life since November 7th....some follow-up first... <BR> <BR> 1. The contract position I was all excited about didn't materialize. They decided to interview me for something else that wasn't my cup of tea at all. I also didn't get that "friendly" vibe from the people there. The contact would have been longer than originally thought and, while the money would have been great, I would have had to ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:37:16 EST Things Are Looking Up - Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534937 I've used the title before but that's a good description of what's happening... <BR> <BR> 1. Had a phone call yesterday from an agency with a contract position possibility in Wichita. Would be with a SOLID company but only through the end of the year. There is a possibility I could be hired on permanently, which would be great! Haven't had any follow-up to this point, but the pay would be FABULOUS!! The only issue would be finding a place to stay in Wichita instead of commuting over an... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 13:24:35 EST Frustration... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532922 It's only been a week and 2 days and I'm starting to get frustrated on the job search. I applied for Unemployment, but it seems like the State would rather people end up on the street than actually have to pay them while they are looking for a new job. Thankfully I STILL live with my Mom, although I'm hoping that the next job I am able to find (if ever!) pays me enough to be able to move out! <BR> <BR> I have been working out more (30 minutes yesterday, HoopFusion class tonight) but the ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 12:16:47 EST Life Changes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525668 My life is changing in some good and not so good ways.... <BR> <BR> One way that I see as both good/not-so-good...As of last Friday, I'm looking for another job. I kept my attitude up for a long time, but it got the best of me in the end. On the plus side, it shouldn't be too hard for me to find something that offers more pay and hours than I was getting, but finding that particular job might be a bit tough! I've got several leads already so hopefully I won't be unemployed for too long. ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:50:48 EST On Your Mark, Get Set....GO!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513270 Ah, Monday! Not usually my favorite day of the week...but a good time to start my Focus 13 plan! <BR> <BR> I had fully intended to get up early this morning and work out at home, but my only workout was hitting the snooze on my alarm! On the plus side, I did get almost 8 hours of sleep! I think I was asleep somewhat close to midnight, which is 2 hours earlier than my "old" bedtime. Guess I shouldn't have taken a nap in the afternoon! <BR> <BR> So far this morning, I've had 20 oz. of... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:22:02 EST Disappointment.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508024 Was reading over my last blog and am quite disappointed in myself. I'm the biggest procratinator I know, I think! I haven't started my drinking water Spark Streak yet. I signed up for the Better Sleep in 4 weeks Challenge and haven't started that yet. <BR> <BR> Lately, the biggest hurdle in my life to all of this is due to procrastination. My second job is doing handwriting projects for a company in my hometown. I tend to think I can take on more than I actually can and end up staying... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 13:29:44 EST 50 To Go!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485864 No, not 50 pounds, although I wish! (That's probably more like 60) <BR> <BR> 50 POINTS!! Once I post this blog, I will be 50 points away from Level 13! When I started Spark People, I was unemployed, so I had all day to read articles, play trivia and build up REALLY long log-in Spark streaks! Although I'm trying to be better about logging in regularly, I no longer get my "Perfect Attendance" trophies every month, and most months, I don't even get the "Consistency" trophy! <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 01:46:10 EST TGIF!!! And TGIFB (Thank Goodness I'm Feeling Better!)!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484635 Friday the 13th...not a big deal for me. I'm not overly superstitious... <BR> <BR> Finally feeling better. Found some OTC stuff that worked after several days of taking the wrong stuff. Of course, it was my MOM who suggested switching from wasn't working to what was! I've also slept 15 hours the past 2 nights (plus a 2-hour nap when I went home sick yesterday afternoon), so I'm sure that's helped. <BR> <BR> One good thing about being sick...my scale is saying better things and my jean... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:26:28 EST Must.Eat.Better!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483218 It's Kansas State Fair time! I thought I was going good and watching what I ate while I was there tonight. Obviously not! I must have eaten too much of the fried food variety today. Either that or it was some ingredient in the ice cream. At any rate, I'm paying for it now! I just need to remember how horrible I feel when I don't eat the right things. One of the biggest problems for me is Mexican food! I LOVE Mexican food!! Unfortunately, it HATES me! That and pizza! I decided I'd j... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:58:09 EST 88 Days - September 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472197 Somehow, I skipped August! <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> What is 88 days from now? THANKSGIVING! Why is it such a big deal? Well, this year, the big family holiday happens to be Thanksgiving. And, since my brother and his family haven't been around here for a few years and have recently moved back, LOTS of pictures will be taken! As of this very moment, I have gained most of my weight back and no longer weigh 191.5. I've got 88 days to get some of my weight off and look decent in photos. ... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 02:03:51 EST I'm Losing It - Making Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440380 Even though I'm not seeing it on the scale, I AM making some progress! <BR> <BR> 1. My breakfasts have gone from Donuts and Diet Mountain Dew to 2 hard-boiled eggs, fruit and water. That's been a HUGE difference for me! The first day was a tough adjustment, but I'm getting used to it... <BR> <BR> 2. The last two days I have drank a TON of water! 80 oz. yesterday, 90 oz. today! Granted, I've spent the majority of my day going to and from the restroom, but that's just added to my FitB... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:40:34 EST I'm Losing It - Day 2 (For Real!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437379 Another rainy Monday! <em>257</em> <em>27</em> Of course, it's been raining almost non-stop since Saturday night! My poor dog...actually, my sister's poor dog! Since my Mom and my sister and her kids are on vacation in Philadelphia, I'm on dog sitting duty. The dogs have to stay outside all day until I get home in the evening. If MY dog didn't hate the neighbors so much, they would let him (and Daisy) in the house when it poured. But noooo, Max has to be a nerd and be overly pro... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:51:16 EST I'm Losing It - T -2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434305 Well, my Advocare stuff came in last night! Usually takes about a week, but they must have known I needed it fast! My gal didn't even rush ship it! <BR> <BR> So, I'm going to enjoy the eating tonight and tomorrow and then begin the 10-Day Cleanse on Sunday morning. Usually Sundays are big dinners after church at home, but since my Mom and my sister & family are on their way to Philadelphia to visit Mom's side of the family, I'll just be eating at home. Good day to start as any! <BR> <... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:29:45 EST I'm Losing It - Day 1 (Well, kind of...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430801 Day 1 of my "plan" -- slightly modified! <BR> <BR> The reason I say "slightly modified" is that my Advocare supplier forgot to order my 10-Day Cleanse, so I won't be starting that as soon as I planned. <BR> <BR> I synched up my FitBit early this morning and now have it connected to me. I discovered that I take a LOT more steps than I thought I did! I have a 1/2 hour commute to work every morning and I was afraid my FitBit was counting steps while I was driving. I discovered it was the ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:05:37 EST I'm Losing It!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421864 Some people might say "Well, we already KNEW that!" It doesn't refer to my mental state, although it might later on... <BR> <BR> No, "I'm Losing It" refers to a new blog I will be starting in a week (both on here and for my poor, unfortunate non-Spark friends) that talks about my weight-loss journey. <BR> <BR> As some of you know, I currently live with my Mom for the free rent until I can get some bills paid off and afford a place of my own. She is heading on vacation on the 24th, accom... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:06:29 EST It's Friday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418937 Well, for a 5-day work week, it certainly has gone quickly! And usually when you've got something you're looking forward to at the end of it, time seems to crawl. Not this time! <BR> <BR> What am I looking forward to? My brother and sister-in-law and two ADORABLE nephews are moving "home"! My brother has been in the Navy and was stationed in Beaufort, South Carolina, WAY too far to go visit as often as I'd have liked. And, since I never had vacation when they lived down there, I never g... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 13:31:07 EST Monday Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400256 Greetings and Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> Busy weekend, looking forward to a great week! Spent some time at my company's sales banquet Friday night with Tony. It was nice to have a date to the banquet for once! The rest of the weekend, I worked on my handwriting project for a non-profit company where I live. <BR> <BR> Looking at getting a Fitbit soon. I think I'll get the Fitbit Flex since it sounds like it's easier to wear. I especially like the sleep monitor capabilities. Several of m... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:23:56 EST A Life Off "Hold" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389622 Well, it's been a long time since I wrote on my blog... <BR> <BR> This last month went really bad as far as exercise/eating right/weight loss. In fact, I've neared that 200 pound mark again. Haven't gone over it, but hovering VERY near it! <BR> <BR> I tried to figure out just WHY I went off the wagon as much as I did. It hit me tonight...I applied for a new job about a month ago and was sure it was the job for me. It was right across the street from where I live instead of 30 minutes aw... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 01:55:10 EST Fun Times Ahead!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339551 Another Monday, but at least this one is sunny and warm!! <em>464</em> <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> Had lunch with Tony (formerly known as "Miami") on Saturday. All I can say is WOW!! He's a TOTALLY different person! He's got a long road ahead of him, which he is aware of, but he took the first major step! Excited about a "fresh start" to our relationship! <BR> <BR> This weekend is going to be a lot of fun!! Will get to see my college buddy but I'm more excited about him getting to... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:43:15 EST FRUSTRATION!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333002 Snow in April? Well, I guess it IS moisture. Hope this is the end of the WINTER weather! <BR> <BR> Hurt my knee last week in Hoop Class. We do 30 minutes of hoop-less exercises at the end of class and my knee didn't like lunges/squats too much. The pain hasn't gone away in the week since I did it, despite taking pain meds and such. So, went to the doctor today. She took an x-ray that didn't turn up anything. I personally think it's a sprained ligament, but doctor wanted to see if it's... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:20:45 EST CHANGE... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331791 It's raining!! YEAH!! Usually like The Carpenters sang "Rainy days and Mondays always get me down..." but not when we DESPERATELY need the rain! <BR> <BR> Heard from "Miami" last night!!! (HAPPY DANCE!!) He was able to go back to work today! He told me last night that he was a little scared. I asked him if it was because of the kids' reaction at school (he's a teacher). He said, no, he was afraid of change. <BR> <BR> When ISN'T change scary? Whether it's change for the better ... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:15:11 EST TWO WEEKS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329901 You may have seen my status update and thought "Two Weeks"? Well, it's more like 13 days now! Found out early last week that a college buddy of mine is coming to town the first weekend in May! Looking forward to seeing him! It's been several years, but it's been 23 YEARS since he was back on campus! Not a possible relationship, he's married... <em>24</em> Oh well... <BR> <BR> "Miami" should be feeling much better now. I haven't heard from him lately and don't know if I will. I have... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 18:14:36 EST "The Plan" - Continued... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299548 I think I'm up to Day 4 now... <BR> <BR> What a weekend! Friday night, I headed to Kansas City, MO for Sweet Adelines competition. This is the final year for Region 7, so it was a bittersweet time. The chorus I sing with combined with the chorus I used to sing with to have 67 ladies on stage. We ended up winning the competition and will now spend the next 18+ months getting ready for International Competition in Baltimore in November of 2014! Lots of fund raisers in my future! <BR> <BR... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:20:20 EST "The Plan" = Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295033 "The Plan", you may ask? Here's the scoop: <BR> <BR> While "Miami" is taking care of some things in his life for the next month, I decided I'm going to do a 30-day plan of my own: <BR> <BR> <BR> DAY #1 - Bought "The 10-Minute Trainer". I am looking forward to getting this in the next 3-5 days. I have always made the excuse "I don't have time to workout" other than my HoopFusion days, but that is not going to be an option any longer. I can ALWAYS find 10 minutes to workout! I just h... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:10:40 EST LIFE... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284000 Life has gotten quite interesting, in ways both good and bad. <BR> <BR> 1. Lost a friend of mine to a heart attack last Friday. He was only 40 years old! He leaves behind 4 children. Makes me more aware of my own health. <BR> <BR> 2. The high school girls basketball team in my hometown took 3rd at State. WOOHOO!! Close to playing in the final game, but came up a bit short. Of course, had we not gotten the news that day of a prominent member of the community passing away (see #1), ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:28:10 EST