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/ Day 1....I Can Be ME!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184902 Started my new job today! I am a very outgoing person but I wanted to hold back today because I didn't want my work group to wonder just what they'd gotten into when the decision was made to hire me! I spent very little time with my work group other than first thing this morning for our daily huddle and then with some of them at break and lunch. The rest of the day was spent in meetings and filling out paperwork! <BR> <BR> While the group of us was at lunch, one of the gals who I'd also... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 22:32:12 EST Life's (Continued) Changes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181604 This week I will work my last 2 1/2 days at my current job. Due to having so much vacation time left, I had to take quite a few days off. I was able to get my 68 vacation hours down to 40, so they are going to pay out the last 40. Whew!! I was afraid I was going to lose those! <BR> <BR> Friday, I start the new job. It'll be strange starting something new and then having a weekend, but that's the way the timing worked. I'm excited to be getting back into the world of accounting and with ... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 20:02:50 EST Life's (Big!) Surprises... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174851 My life just got rather interesting! <BR> <BR> I had a job interview last Friday for an Accounting position with a large company. My current boss was aware that I was wanting to get back into accounting so she wasn't surprised I was looking. I thought I did a horrible job on the interview and had decided I was happy where I was. That made the decision rather difficult when I got the call from the other company (what happened to "we'll know in 2 weeks"?!) offering me the position I'd inter... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 01:10:21 EST June!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174137 Wow, June already? Time flies! <BR> <BR> Today is my uncle's 70th birthday and would have been my Grandma's 95th birthday had she not passed away 2 weeks ago. (Dad's brother, Mom's mom) Popular day! <BR> <BR> 52 days until I leave for my vacation! I will be spending the week at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana enjoying fellowship and worship with other members and friends of my church's denomination, Reformed Presbyterian. There will be around 1,800 there! I'm especial... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 01:44:03 EST Reflect/Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163794 My 94-year-old Grandma passed away earlier this evening in Broomall, PA. She had not been in the greatest of health for several years and ended up dying of congestive heart failure. This is a scary thought because my Dad's mom died 7 years ago of...congestive heart failure! Kind of makes the possibility of me having the same thing in my later years a given! <BR> <BR> So, that tells me several things... <BR> <BR> 1. I need to make sure I'm eating the right things so I can get some weig... Mon, 16 May 2016 00:48:41 EST My Favorite Day of the Year!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133673 FINALLY, my favorite day of the year! No, not April 3rd exactly, but Opening Day of baseball season! Most of the teams start on Monday, but my team is starting the season on National TV and raising the World Championship flag! Going to be a great day in Kansas City, just wish I could be there! <BR> <BR> So far I'm 2 for 2 on meeting my Garmin goal. I blew WAY past that yesterday! My goal is still low since I have a sedentary desk job for the most part and it's rare for me to get over ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 01:45:49 EST April!! FINALLY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132178 Ah, April! Spring has sprung and stirred up my allergies more than they already were! That's fine with me! We got away with very little snow this winter here in the middle of Kansas! When I was a child, I would have lamented that fact, now I'm happy! I have had enough car issues (deer, guard rails, etc.) that I don't need snow adding to them! The teachers and kids weren't too happy, though... <BR> <BR> Baseball season is here!! Well, it will be Sunday night! This year my favorite tea... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 01:29:52 EST We Now Return You To Your Regularly Scheduled Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118607 Life has been CRAAAZZZZYYY lately!! Especially the last month! <BR> <BR> My doctor decided to change one of the medications I was on. It was supposed to be an easy switch. Nope!! Finally got everything switched over last Monday and after a few tests, everything looks good but I'm still suffering some of the effects from it. <BR> <BR> Note to self: Don't make any major changes the week before Sweet Adelines competition! Spent the last 3 days in Tulsa, Oklahoma. What a fabulous week... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 23:35:38 EST My Next 12 Weeks...The Challenge!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094723 Well, that didn't work too well! Seems that the medication the Dr. put me on to lose weight affected my blood pressure to the point where I'm now not taking that medication but I AM now taking a blood pressure medication. It's been an interesting week in the health department, to say the least! <BR> <BR> Since the weight loss medication didn't play fair, I'm now on my own when it comes to losing weight. Actually, I wouldn't say "on my own", but doing it without medication. The better way... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:20:46 EST Being Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089005 Life has been CRAZY lately! This week especially! Although, I do wish people would quit taking what I say out of context! For some reason, my boss thought I was worried and stressed about a certain project at work. Unless she was referring to something I said a few weeks ago, I have no idea why she would think that. Oh well...I think everyone just needed a weekend! <BR> <BR> 45...half way to 90, half way between 40 and 50. Getting closer to being past the child-bearing age (If I'm not... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 01:32:03 EST If At First (Or Second, Or Third, Or Fourth...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066232 January 10th...Almost 2 weeks into the new year. I didn't even set "resolutions" this year because I'm horrible about keeping them. <BR> <BR> December's motivation didn't last long. The older I've gotten, the quicker I've been to realize that there's a reason some men are still single at 40...this one was REALLY easy! (If a guy has a TON of photos of himself and his boat in his phone, he might be too in love with himself and his boat, no matter how much he complains about still being si... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 22:34:47 EST December - The Motivation I Needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044999 Wow, Christmas is 2 WEEKS FROM FRIDAY!! That means 2016 is 3 weeks from Friday! Which means, my birthday is 47 days away! At that point, the ending point of my 5-year goal/plan that I create for that birthday will end on my 50th birthday! I'm getting old!! <BR> <BR> Motivation comes in strange ways sometimes. I haven't been very good at working out lately because I still have my moments of major coughing fits in the morning and evening so I haven't wanted to do too much to get myself st... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 17:18:32 EST 11-18 Day 7 - Making Progress!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034202 Okay, so I've been bad about checking in EVERY day! Maybe once a week or so? <BR> <BR> I haven't weighed myself and won't until tomorrow. But... <BR> <BR> 1. I've been drinking more water. With medication the doctor has me on, I've spent more time in the restroom than I have at my desk, at least it feels like that! <BR> <BR> 2. I've been decent at avoiding the candy jar. I had one fun-size box of Dots yesterday and that was IT! Now that I'm writing things down (or at least trying.... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:24:46 EST 11-12 My Journey Day 1 - Evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031265 Picked up my medication from the pharmacy at lunch. I start taking it tomorrow morning. My doctor and pharmacist are both going to be monitoring closely since this Phentermine can have some nasty side effects. I've heard that some people have no problems with it but my pharmacist said to watch the blood pressure. Thankfully they have a machine so I can check it several days a week. I LOVE living in a small town! This is one of those times where it helps to have people watching out for y... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 23:40:33 EST 11-12 My Journey - Day 1 (Morning) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030986 Starting my journey today. Went to the doctor this morning about the weight issue. She has me on a medication that acts like an appetite suppressant (not sure what, since I turned in my prescription to my pharmacist to pick up on my lunch hour) that she said the main side effects are heart-related so I have to go back to the doctor every month to renew it. Only downfall is that insurance won't cover the doctor visit so it is going to be $64 out of my pocket every month. The most important... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:23:45 EST 11-11 - A New Outlook on Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030401 One of my favorite times of day (and days of the year) is 11-11. I'm a numbers geek and seeing the same number on the clock or writing the same day and date is just cool to me! <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about the way my life has been going for quite some time and have decided that 11-11 is a good time to start making some major changes. Oh sure, I've talked about doing them in the past but haven't even reached that 21-day habit level that is supposedly the amount of time to form a goo... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:24:14 EST October!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007666 Wow, where is the year going?! We are finally to my favorite time of the year! The cooler nights, the jacket weather, almost time to get my sweaters out again! My theory is in the winter, if you're cold, you can always put on a sweater or something. In the summer, if you're too hot, you're out of luck! Besides, I don't think ANYONE would want to see me naked! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> This is going to be an important month for me as far as my health. My boss has given me some awesome ... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 21:36:19 EST Now I've Done It... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982943 What have I done, you ask? Well, nothing good, as far as my health is concerned!! <BR> <BR> Let me just say, I REFUSE to become my grandmother! I've let my health issues get so far out of hand (no matter how hard I try to not let them get that way) that my feet are constantly swollen (no, I'm NOT pregnant!) and my legs hurt! My grandmother refuses to take her Lasix and so her legs are the size of tree trunks! (It will make her go to the bathroom too often if she takes it, she says) I'm ... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 01:01:42 EST August Already?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970223 The month all teachers and students hate...back to school!! For those of us who DON'T get our summers off, it's just August. <BR> <BR> Vacation is over. Had a wonderful time, but looked HORRIBLE in pictures, especially the one taken of me on the beach in Ocean City, NJ. THAT is the kind of photo that is quite motivating. My mom said I should put it on my fridge but I think it should just be BURNED instead! <BR> <BR> A "free" weekend (except for the funeral of my beloved high school Engl... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:39:18 EST July...Yep, sure feels like it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954242 Greetings from HOT Kansas! The heat is good for the harvest so I guess I can live with it for now... <BR> <BR> Ah, July! Already had a fun adventure! A friend of mine bought me a ticket to see Weird Al Yankovic for my birthday back in January. Last night was the concert! And WHAT a concert it was! FABULOUS!! Fun to see how an artist who has been around 32+ years incorporates years of music into one 2-hour show. WOW! He went WAY back on some of the songs! <BR> <BR> Made my VIvofit... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 01:23:59 EST June Checkup... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951033 Over half-way through June. How are my goals coming? <BR> <BR> 1. I am wearing my Vivofit every day. There are a few days I haven't made goal but I now have a good friend who also has one and is challenging me as far as steps. He's been reffing basketball this summer so some days he has over 13,000 steps! I decided I was going to meet his challenge and see if I could beat him at least one day! His last check in was 7,000 steps. I have 10,535! So, unless he comes up with a lot more b... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:57:37 EST 5 Goals for June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937560 1 1/2 hours until June 1st. (Central Daylight Time) <BR> <BR> I'm going on vacation on July 22nd to visit relatives in Philadelphia (and attend a cousin's wedding). I haven't seen any of them (except for my Aunt) since 2008! My Grandma reminds me of that often. I finally have a steady job with vacation time! <BR> <BR> So, 5 small goals I'm going to shoot for in June...tune in to see how I do! <BR> <BR> 1. Hit goal on my Vivofit every day. I had a Fitbit One but kept losing it. W... Sun, 31 May 2015 23:41:28 EST Almost June!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936026 Hard to believe Monday is June 1st! May has been quite the stressful month for me with our deadline at work. We have had a lot of interruptions and other things thrown at us so we're not going to meet the deadline but we're not the only company who isn't, so we're hoping for an extension. Will have to see how that works out. <BR> <BR> CPAP life is going quite well! I've been sleeping anywhere from 6 1/2 to 9 hours a night with some waking up to adjust the mask but not as much anymore. ... Fri, 29 May 2015 01:22:46 EST CPAP Adventures - Nights 1 & 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933108 For a few days, I'm going to chronicle my adventures with my new CPAP machine in hopes that some of you reading will know what I'm going through and have some "tips"... <BR> <BR> My results from the sleep study were quite astounding! The max Respiratory Episodes they prefer you to have in one hour is 5 or less, NOT the 67 that I had! The most my doctor had seen in quite some time! Yes, that's more than one a minute! I also had oxygen desaturation, so as Dr. Ronsick said, I'm definitely a... Sat, 23 May 2015 16:48:41 EST May = STRESS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921512 We've arrived at May! Wow, where has the time gone? This is going to be one STRESSFUL month for me! Facing a June 1st deadline at work that it's going to take the 3 of us in my department a LOT of time and energy to meet! We can do it! <BR> <BR> Thankful for my vacation day next Friday! My bagpipe band is playing in a parade in a nearby town. Hoping for beautiful weather! It's usually pretty nice on that day. I just hope I don't think about work when I'm off! I've been dreaming abou... Sat, 2 May 2015 21:59:23 EST 3.14.15 Pi Day = My Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892775 Pi Day, my sister's 40th birthday and MY day to work on getting my life in order. <BR> <BR> Many issues in my life have been due to the fact that I'm SO unorganized I don't know which end is up at times! Today I'm going to work on fixing that. It's going to take some time, but I have a plan! I've had "plans" before, I've just been HORRIBLE about sticking to them! <BR> <BR> 1. I live in a tiny apartment so it shouldn't take me hours to clean it! I could probably do it all in an hour... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 11:41:34 EST March!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884570 Wow, already on the 3rd month of 2015! Time flies! <BR> <BR> March is going to be an interesting month for me for several reasons: <BR> <BR> 1. My friend who has been working in Hawaii the last 3+ years comes home (may already be here, or stranded somewhere along the way due to snow). Good thing he likes to shovel snow since we have it! When we lived in Overland Park, we played a lot of tennis, rode bicycles, went walking and other "healthy" stuff. Then we'd go eat somewhere NOT health... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 01:11:32 EST Happy Birthday to Me...Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862619 I am now on my way through my journey through my 45th year. Big events seem to happen to me on double years. Example, I graduated from college at 22, my Dad died when I was 33, what big event will happen now that I'm 44? I'm hoping it's something FABULOUS like meeting the man of my dreams and getting married, but I'll settle for getting into the shape I've always wanted to be in! <BR> <BR> So...that's going to take a few lifestyle changes... <BR> <BR> The biggest one is going to be get... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:26:55 EST Sabotage!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833150 NOT been a good two months or so for me health-wise! <BR> <BR> I now live on my own which means I do my own cooking, or don't. I've been eating a lot of Subway Pastrami sandwiches...I only have a "limited time", right? Or my old standby, PIZZA! Yeah, not good for the body! Sabotage #1 <BR> <BR> I haven't been very good at taking my Plexus Slim. Even though I felt good when I took it, I haven't been taking it very often lately. I usually sleep in too late to remember to take it befor... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 01:19:06 EST Time To Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788602 Wow, looks like I completely spaced off September! <BR> <BR> Lots to update! <BR> <BR> 1. Probably the biggest development in September will actually take place in October. After 2 1/2 years of living with my Mom rent-free, I am moving out! I was able to get a one-bedroom place at the public housing complex here in town. It will be great having my independence back again but it will also be nice being close enough that I can come home for a meal or two! I officially move around the ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:43:49 EST 25,000!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756660 When I post this blog, I will have finally reached 25,000 SparkPoints! <BR> <BR> I'm amazed it took me this long to achieve that! When I first joined SparkPeople back in 2010, I was faithful about logging in every day. I had a SparkStreak of several hundred days before I missed a day. I was unemployed during that time and had time to read all of the great articles and advice. Now that life has gotten busy with work and all my other activities, I don't get the chance to log in like I wa... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:42:29 EST Ready to Rock August! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751292 July was kind of a wash out for me in terms of exercising/eating right. Getting sick just threw me off! <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> August is going to be MUCH better! After watching the infomercial for a LONG time, I finally decided to order my own Focus T25. I have a friend who has done it and she said it really kicked her butt! Looking forward to seeing results! I have 3 months until my Baltimore trip (YIKES!) and 4 1/2 months until Christmas, so I should have plenty of time to get it... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:30:41 EST Are You Kidding Me?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737511 I spent the entire day at work on Thursday sneezing and blowing my nose. It was RAW by the time I left work! I became very skilled in driving with my knees because I kept sneezing and blowing my nose while driving. <BR> <BR> I took 24-hour Allergy medicine around 1:30 on Thursday. Didn't work. Took another one, didn't work. Now, I've always heard the one thing that allows you to tell if you're dealing with a cold or allergies is the color of the mucus. (GROSS! <em>24</em> ) Well, ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:07:08 EST 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