SUZYMARC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUZYMARC SUZYMARC'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/ Super Surprise Success for the Breast Cancer Awareness Pot Luck today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312689 <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>390</em> <BR> Honestly there just plain are NOT enough emoticons to express how thrilled I am at the so fara success of putting together my store's 1st pot luck meal as I try and get us to meet our fund drive goal. I came home exhausted last night and pep talked myself into getting the slower cooker out (since it was the one going to be slaving cooking all night) and starting the pork tenderloin slow cooking for my take in... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 13:37:28 EST My Stress Relief Plan of Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308411 Recently I got promoted to be the Administrative Coordinator, which I guess makes me the secretary to the store's Operational Assistant Manager. I was very hard on myself at the start of my new job responsibilities since due to my home schedule I need to start work 1 hour later than most people in that position. It and area you just cannot mess up in since I deal with the store's sales and internal paperwork along with many other duties, so I've got to have my time management down and still h... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 05:42:07 EST Trying to Be a Motivator For a GREAT CAUSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304619 Well, today I was officially asked by my store manager if I would be willing to take over the role of fundraiser "motivator" for our Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising internal drive. This means at the moment we are trying to raise funds through just employee/associate donations. The guy who was appointed this task by the District Manager just isn't into it at all and has continually dragged his feet and not followed through on the 3 events we've come up with to take in donations. <BR> So f... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:01:16 EST Help- backwards slide & hanging on by my gnawed down nails http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4570215 <em>40</em> Lets just say, its either been weeks or feels likes weeks of downward sliding on my part. To say I've got some stress factors around me would be an understatement. My son is continually battling heavy nasal congestion which has me back to sleepless nights which brings back memories of his infant years. For 2 weeks now we've been crashed on our reclining love seat and sofa for our sporadic night's sleep. <BR> <BR> Next on the line up is my husband's health which has me concerned... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 21:15:25 EST For My Next Trick- Tightrope Walking or is it Juggling? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4480182 I've got a lot of new things occurring in my life currently and it seems like I am learning to perform for the circus. My son is now a Middle Schooler, and I am trying to give him freedom yet still be pro-active with hearing about school and dealing with homework, studying, and project issues. <BR> <BR> My goal this year was to try and become a substitute teacher and I took the state required Effective Teachers Training Program during the summer, which is a whole blog in itself. Let me just... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 08:49:41 EST Saying Farewell to My Spring/Summer Garden- Its Been Worth the Effort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4402678 As some of you have seen either in an earlier blog or during my friend feeds I've been a very busy bee working my butt off in this year's expanded veggie garden. Despite a year of super HOT temps and lack of rain, its managed to grow weeds by the tons and even more so LOTS of fresh veggies. Its all good, I get great workouts pulling those weeds, hand tilling the soil, watering, then reaping the rewards of lots of fresh veggies I haul out in 2 or more gallon buckets each trip! On my sparkpage ... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 15:32:08 EST Noticing Healthy Changes in My Husband- Has He Been Sparked? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4397747 I will confess for most of the time I've been either dating or married to my husband he's seen me dieting and exercising. Heck, when we first met I was an ABSOLUTE mess- dealing with epilepsy and coping about my lack of control by becoming anorexic & a toxic exerciser. Did I mention I also had an defensive attitude and had been raised by brothers and hanging out with the guys? So, why the heck did he stick it out with me since 1987 sometimes is still a mystery. Maybe he saw my inner strength,... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:53:26 EST Used Up A Huge Quota of Good Luck Today- Car Mishap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4333897 Why is it when someone asks earlier in the week how your car is doing, and the answer is "fine" something happens only a few days late? <BR> <BR> This is today's ordeal and I am so thankful for my string of good luck and my guardian angel who has got my back. <em>43</em> Earlier in the week my husband had asked if my 1994 Camry was running okay, and I've had no problems. Then this week when I was going to top off the tank to prepare for a "new town to explore" road trip with my son, I notic... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:32:59 EST Time for a Vent- barely avoided dog fight during the evening walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4329218 Hi Sparkers, <BR> <BR> Many of you may know I've got 2 furry coaches named, Bruin and Nitro who do their best to talk mom into morning and evenings walks for their cardio exercise and also keep mom fit. <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> Here in NC the only times I can truly walk the dogs are in the mornings and evenings after 7 PM which they are like clockwork in making sure I follow through by shadowing my every move indoors around those times. Its hard to say "NO" to puppy dog eyes and Bruin, our a... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 21:11:21 EST Suzy, Suzy- Short & Sassy How does your garden grow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4296447 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20157852.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l120087652.jpg">Yes, I love old nursery rhymes and one of my challenges this summer is to do battle with the heat, humidity, drought conditions, weeds, and pests (deer, though cute and bugs) as I grow this year's family vegetable garden. Last year, I broke out in some very strange and painful rash on my body while attempting to weed and harvest my garden and I let it go "kaput"... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:42:07 EST Celebrating a Healthy ME by running a 5k race- pre birthday celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4283835 Hi Sparkers, <BR> I set myself some new challenges this 2nd Spark Year to see how far I've managed to incorporate a healthy lifestyle as my way of choice. One of my newest challenges was stepping away from my walking routine and doing interval training using the 5k Your Way program which is <em>345</em> and gives you the <em>306</em> attitude. After feeling empowered from my training I finally entered a 5k race back in May to help support the local girls & boys running clubs. This was an ... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 18:30:24 EST A Little Guide to Life- Hallmark Birthday Card that hits HOME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4272442 Hi Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I am happy to declare on Monday, June 6th I will be turning 44 years old. I have managed to change directions in my life to view things with a more positive outlook, full of energy, and the inner belief within myself of being able to make a difference. I am very fortunate to still have both my parents around to talk to, get support from, and continue to learn life lessons from. This is the card my mom sent me this year that I wanted to share with you all. Yes, its a ... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 11:58:18 EST So it begins- strategies for outside workouts in hot & muggy conditions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4251045 Oh, where did the spring like temps go for our area? <em>24</em> I awoke this morning to hear the weatherman say, we will be in the 90s and it will be hotter each day. This is what we normally start to feel in July- UGH. Thing is I have to continue with my 5k training since the race is on June 4th and I am DETERMINED to walk/jog this one regardless of weather conditions. So, instead of re-routing my outside workout plan to a more comfortable inside cardio workout I took it outdoors. Morning ... Mon, 23 May 2011 13:23:45 EST Call Me the Berries Picking Queen of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4249313 Hi Sparkers, <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Many of you who follow my friend feed or posts on teams know I do my best to stay active and come up with ways to keep healthy food choices in my home. Right now I've got an enlarged garden growing and my son thinks I am a little kooky for walking around the garden pep talking my vegetable plants- but hey I want a <em>345</em> harvest this year. <BR> <BR> Back in April I started my mission of filling the new upright freezer with healthy food choices b... Sun, 22 May 2011 18:45:08 EST Some New Reasons to Smile Lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4243270 Hi, <BR> I was just sitting here thinking of some great things happening around me lately that gives me plenty of reasons to smile. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> First, I just noticed when my son comes up to hug me not only is he getting taller but he can reach his arms all the way around my middle and give a good squeeze! <em>9</em> <em>247</em> Meaning not only are his arms getting a longer but I've gotten smaller in the waist line- how is that for a way to measure results. <BR> <BR> Second, ... Thu, 19 May 2011 12:09:48 EST Learning Adventure in Running Shoe Shopping/ Foam Roller new torture device http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4239434 Hi Guys, <BR> <BR> Well now that I have a 5k race in my mental trophy case and have faced the challenge its time to train for the 2nd one. My goal for the year was to do at least 2 5k race events and I am planning on one called Dollars For Scholars on June 4th. After that I will continue with my outside walks and interval training for the summer but due to heat & humidity have opted to bow out of any racing commitments during the brutal months. Come fall I'd like to find a 10k or small race ... Tue, 17 May 2011 18:58:22 EST Spring Break 2011 Family Style- Day 5 heading home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4226104 Its our final day and we've got to check out from the resort. I've discussed it with my son, and have agreed he can get some hermit crabs to add to our pets. What the heck, right? I remember when I was younger and wanting something cool like that for pets and being told, NO. So, after Daniel looked in all the coupon books he tells us to head to Bargain Beachwear to hunt for his hermit crabs. YES, I said crabs because we end up with 3 of them. <BR> <BR> They get to stay in their carrier in th... Wed, 11 May 2011 16:57:17 EST Spring Break 2011 Family Style- Day 4 BEST NIGHT EVER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4226030 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l489853851.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hi, so you know we got our long anticipated Polynesian Night dinner & show cancelled, which bummed all of us out. How do I make a grand finale for the trip for us- we go back to Barefoot Landing to see if T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station will be operating even due to the weather. Its a last ditch effort to top the trip off. We know we've got a LOT of traffic to contend with so leave early and wait in line for 1 fu... Wed, 11 May 2011 16:23:17 EST Spring Break 2011 Family Style Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4225970 Its the 4th day in and I am so excited since the clouds have blown away and I see blue skies! Then I watch the news while I take advantage of the gym that morning to see the severe weather warning and tornados again-yikes! We've bought tickets to that night's dinner and show WE REALLY want to attend since its Polynesian Night and we get a meal plus hula and fire dancers- come on. <em>218</em> Nope, it gets cancelled. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> So I think, well lets hope on the shuttle to do t... Wed, 11 May 2011 15:51:04 EST Spring Break 2011 Family Style in Myrtle Beach, SC Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4225943 Okay, we relaxed Tuesday, now it time to get out and explore! I started the morning by getting down to the gym and doing my 1st EVER water aerobics class. It was so much FUN and what a workout. I will be seeing who offers water aerobic classes around my area and the fee involved because that was <em>345</em> and better yet, there were others there doing the class for the first time. When I go back to the resort in August I will make sure to invest in some water shoes to help with my feet sl... Wed, 11 May 2011 15:36:39 EST Spring Break 2011 Family Style in Myrtle Beach, SC Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4225904 Hi, I am back. On day 2 of our first time ever Spring Break vacation. It was our day to RELAX! I looked over the resort's schedule to see they offered FREE water aerobic, yoga, strength, and cardio classes plus an indoor pool and gym! <em>244</em> So, while the guys slept in I headed for the gym and checked it out. I did NOT spend my entire gym in this facility but did feel good for taking some ME time to workout when I could and was happy to see I wasn't the only nutty one up and hitting t... Wed, 11 May 2011 15:17:21 EST Spring Break 2011 Family Style in Myrtle Beach, SC Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4225795 Hi sparkers, well let me say the last time I went on a Spring Break vacation was back when I was in high school and instead of heading to Florida or someplace warm & sunny I jumped in a car with 2 good friends and we headed to snow buried Pennsylvania to Bucknell University to see a graduated friend who was attending there as a freshman. It was quite an experience and one I fondly remember- especially when I froze in fear on the bridge crossing a river due to the feeling of its movement wi... Wed, 11 May 2011 14:27:41 EST My 1st 5k Race- Courage, Determination, & Belief. Time to Celebrate ME. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4217024 Okay, its Mother's Day weekend and I've been on SparkPeople for a full year and still counting. How do I keep myself challenged and moving forward in living a healthy lifestyle? By seriously thinking about something I've never had the courage, determination, or self belief that I could do an actual race. Its one thing to go out my door daily and walk the many miles I do for a workout. Its another for me to push the envelope an undertake 5k training then step it up a notch by taking my walkin... Sat, 7 May 2011 20:17:05 EST 3 Weeks of Stress, Upcoming VACATION-Adventures in Bathing suit shopping with Guys Along! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4187609 First off let me say, its been a CRAZY stressful last 3 weeks and I am proud of myself for keeping it together, staying strong for those who needed me, doing my best to make healthy food choices, and squeezing exercise in when I could. This was suppose to be the month, where I kept up with my walk/jogging training to advance to running and was able to ration out what needed to be accomplished to prepare for our Spring Break Vacation in Myrtle Beach, which will happen tomorrow. <em>104</em> E... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 17:29:14 EST Wow- I Am An Active Role Model to My Son- Goal Met! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4135231 When I first started Spark People I felt my way around, tracked, read and educated myself and slowly worked my way into posting, joining teams, blogging, and finally challenging myself to lead or co-lead on teams. I did procrastinate in one area though- my vision collage and figuring out what my focus and purpose were to then set my goals. I bought the book, <em>305</em> and started reading it and learned to fully understand how to best use all Spark People and make it work for me. What I p... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 19:18:17 EST Crossroads Which Path Did I Choose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4135047 Hi Sparkers, <BR> About 2 weeks ago I had a very bizarre day and had a lot of heavy thinking to do. It all started with me calling my husband's dentist to change his appointment date due to our recently reserved vacation week in Myrtle Beach, SC. While setting up the new date, the office manager inquired into if I was still working at the café which I quit last May. I told her no, but I had finally gotten my driver's license and was staying busy volunteering at the elementary school. She aske... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 17:20:25 EST Something to make you LAUGH- A Woman's Day at the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4114450 <em>213</em> Hi fellow Sparkers, <BR> A friend of mine who knows what a fitness NUT I am sent me this in an email and had me smiling and laughing this morning. Maybe this is one of the reasons I choose not be attend a gym or get a personal trainer. I like being my own "drill instructor & cheering/pep squad". Give it a read and see if maybe somewhere along your life you haven't had similar thoughts like this lady when doing your search for a healthy lifestyle and jumping in with both feet i... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 06:45:00 EST Who Am I To Argue With a Fortune Cookie? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4004198 Okay, about a week ago while attending a new teenager's birthday party held at the favorite Chinese Buffet place in town this is the fortune fate put in my cookie: "Good clothes open many doors. Go shopping." <em>250</em> Needless to say after reading it I started to giggle and handed it down to my friend, Debbie and her daughter to read. They laughed too and said, "Don't argue with the cookie, you should go do it." Then I just pocketed away the fortune in my pocketbook and put the though... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 13:47:38 EST How does one cope with eating out buffet style? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3924061 How does one cope with eating out buffet style?" <BR> <BR> This is a question that hits me square in the face each time my husband asks if we want to eat out and my son suggests either Golden Corral Restaurant, the No. 1 Chinese Buffet Place, or CiCi's Pizza. This is where I stumble in my healthy lifestyle journey trying to figure out what's hiding in all those tempting choices lined up on those food stations. I've done the reading and hope its stayed stored and accessible in my brain when I... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 09:23:55 EST The Good, The Bad, & The Almost Horrible of December 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3878326 Well, I looked at my reports and food choices in December to come to understand what happened when I got on the scale this morning. New Year, new goals, new reality check, right? <BR> <BR> Well, the scale reported that I am now 144.4 pounds, okay accepted. I really wanted to see I had maintained or lost but it didn't happen. Now how did it occur-getting sick with the flu which morphed into pneumonia sure didn't help. Doctor's orders was I was to lay off the exercise, rest, and no volunteerin... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:48:36 EST Christmas Cookie Bake-A-Thon 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3854724 Well, here in my home it doesn't feel like Christmas until I go into my annual Christmas bake-a-thon. The majority of what I bake is a variety of cookies, but I usually add in mini quick breads or muffins. I am not talking a small amount of cookies I am talking many, many dozens. This year I added in a SparkPeople recipe for Cranberry Orange muffins which were out of this world delicious so I doubled the recipe to make a bunch to freeze & label with the exact calorie count per muffin. These a... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 20:52:23 EST Peace on Earth-Tiger & piglets! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3824234 In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth <BR> <BR> to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, <BR> Due to complications in the pregnancy, <BR> <BR> the cubs were born prematurely <BR> <BR> and due to their tiny size, <BR> <BR> they died shortly after birth. <BR> <BR> The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, <BR> <BR> suddenly started to decline in health, <BR> Although physically she was fine. <BR> <BR> The veterinarians felt that the... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 20:23:57 EST The Knot (Not) Prayer- a reason to share http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3809705 <BR> The Knots Prayer <BR> <BR> Dear God: <BR> Please untie the knots <BR> that are in my mind, <BR> my heart and my life. <BR> Remove the have nots, <BR> the can nots and the do nots <BR> that I have in my mind. <BR> <BR> Erase the will nots, <BR> may nots, <BR> might nots that may find <BR> a home in my heart. <BR> <BR> Release me from the could nots, <BR> would nots and <BR> should nots that obstruct my life. <BR> <BR> And most of all, <BR> Dear God, <BR> I ask that you remove from ... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 10:38:24 EST The Insanity Outside My Front Door. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3791683 Hi Sparkers, <BR> Did I mention in any of my friend feeds that road construction is happening on my road? The last 2 weeks they were working on the opposite side of my road putting in septic line for a big planned development coming in. <em>40</em> <BR> There goes my nice quiet country road with the view across the way of a crop field & various wildlife (deer, foxes, turkeys, possums, black bears) soon to be gone, maybe. People don't realize some of these animals will remain in rural settin... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 10:07:16 EST Volunteering, reaping the rewards, being impressed with kids today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3790463 Hi Sparkers, <BR> Since getting my driver's license I've been seriously thinking, "What's next?" <BR> Well, for the first time ever I can truly volunteer to help out at my son's school and get a peek into how the school system works these days and just what an elementary school child's day is like. Yes, its been a number of years since I was in elementary school and boy, has it changed! Ever since my son's started public school I have always let his teachers know I was willing to do whatever... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 15:24:54 EST Can You Imagine Breaking your Elliptical from too much use? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3783816 Hi Sparkers, <BR> A few weeks back I posted in some of my comments & in my friend feed that alas my yard sale wonder find of the spring, a Kettler Comet elliptical trainer, is out of commission and waiting to see if its doomed to the scrap yard or if I could get the manufacture to fix, send parts, or (fingers crossed) be overwhelmed with my story and send me a new one. <BR> <BR> See ever since I got the elliptical last March in a yard sale for $45, it has highly motivated me to really crank... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 20:27:45 EST Family Adjustments to my License http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3740023 Well, now you all know that I am out and about on the road as a legally licensed driver. <em>104</em> <em>433</em> <BR> <BR> Its been a period of adjustment for me and having so much freedom, its a bit overwhelming. I am using my baby steps once again to slowly make my way solo into the world. A big worry of mine was that I'd start getting lacks in my walking but I make sure when I park its far from the store, since I don't mind the extra steps others do. I have managed to fill my car up a... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 20:12:24 EST Goal Achieved- I am a NC Licensed Driver, Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3739885 Hi Sparkers, <BR> Many of you who have followed my friend feed already know I accomplished a long time goal for myself on October 6th, 2010. This is the day I took on my worst fear (driving) and travelled to Kenansville, NC to take my road test. My previous blogs tell the tale of my baby step driving adventures as I worked on my driving skills with the unbelievable support and patience of my best friend, Debbie. I've not only battle my inner demons and long ago driving ghosts but have dealt w... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 19:12:25 EST Battling a Shaky Confidence- yet I am staying STRONG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3683058 Hi Sparkers, <BR> During the weekend I had a driving incident with my family that started my confidence to shake and the old fear to take serious roots again. I drove us to the park a short distance from our home and my husband yelled because I was taking a turn too fast, which caused my son to get upset and for the first time since I've gotten behind the wheel, I felt panicked. Good news is: I made the turn, I kept us in the proper lane, NO ONE GOT HURT, and I got us safely to the park. Bad ... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 19:54:41 EST Finding the Positives in my Week & not focusing on the Negatives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3667925 Hi Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I just realized as I was walking this morning I've really come pretty far this week in doing a bunch of positives despite some roaming around negatives. I thought I'd share them and see if maybe I could help another Sparker realize how to stack up the positives around you so the negatives seem pretty minor. <BR> <BR> During the past weekend me and my son tagged along with friends to Raleigh, NC where a number of different festivals and events were taking place at the ... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:33:03 EST My small driving victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3658867 Hi Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I haven't written lately about my driving adventures due to I really haven't been back out on the road. Though, this weekend my friend, Deb commented I needed to get back out there since the end of the month is approaching fast and that's when my goal is to take the North Carolina road test to get my license. That being said, I asked if she had to work on Monday which she didn't. I also noticed I needed to do some serious grocery shopping. So, I had a plan in mind and ... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 15:45:38 EST My Good Fortune today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3616427 Hi Sparkers, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share some reasons I am smiling so big today. First I managed my time very well and I was still on high with my self confidence from yesterday's driving adventure. Well, my husband decided to leave work early, but that was because NHL 2011 season for PS3 came out today, not me. He's really a big kid when it comes to those games and the day of release. I realized he would then monopolize the TV with his game play so I cranked on my workouts to get them al... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 21:06:24 EST On Top of the World- I DROVE on the INTERSTATE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3612613 I am on top of the world right now my fellow Sparkers! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Today, I did the best EVER in my driving lessons and really pushed myself out of my comfort zones and faced those fears! I made sure to start my day with my cardio walks and a good breakfast since I had BIG plans. Today, was designated "Girls Day Out" no boys or husbands and doing the "girlie" thing. In order to do that though, I had to tackle downtown Jacksonville, NC on a holiday and military pay day! Anyone who... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 19:40:37 EST Hurricane Earl's coming- what do I do-Go Fly a Kite! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3604585 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l228058833.jpg"> <BR> Hi Sparkers, <BR> You know that old saying, "When life hands you lemons make lemonade!" I've got a new saying, "When troubles set in and your worrying and there's a good wind outside- Go Fly A Kite!" <BR> <BR> I live in Jacksonville, NC which is considered part of the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Well, yesterday we prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Earl the best we could and waited. My son had a full day of sch... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 17:21:24 EST Battling a Cold- Would You, Should You Exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3600948 Hello Sparkers, <BR> My entry title sounds like something from Dr. Seuss don't you think? Yes, I am currently battling a cold which started coming on last Sunday with a sore throat. My symptoms have been low or lack of energy, loss of appetite, nasal congestion, and foggy head, and losing my voice with a cough when I talk too much. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I started thinking,"GREAT, now how do I handle this in my healthy lifestyle and still reach my goals?" <BR> <BR> For once in my lifetime... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 15:28:20 EST Driving to Far Off Places-FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3584090 Hello Sparkers, I am really having a fun time learning how to drive and feeling more confidence in myself. Tonight I wanted to just spend time driving with my friend without the kids. I realize I need to get the drive time in to build up my experience and feel more comfortable behind the wheel. I really enjoy the conversations I get to have with my friend along the way as I go down the roads. <BR> <BR> Today I set my sights on venturing further out since I had a full tank of gas. So, I rode ... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 21:36:04 EST How do you deal with stress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3580550 Today, I am actually feeling stressed. It all revolves around a time share condo resort we ended up signing on for in Myrtle Beach, SC. I know we can afford it but it still is a big commitment and will still effect our family budget and "emergency cash flow". My husband has left me to figure it out since I am the more organized individual but my stress is climbing over this. <BR> <BR> Now in the pass how would I have handled this- most likely I would have started searching or making comfort... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:49:47 EST Driving with more confidence by visiting other towns now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3571128 Last Sunday, August 15th, to be exact I took another step forward in my approach to conquering my driving fears. Deb, my friend and driving instructor asked if her son, Zack could come along for my driving lesson. He wanted to see me actually behind a steering wheel and driving the roads. I knew if I said, Yes, my son would want to join his best friend. I figured its time for me to attempt having them in the car instead of just Deb & me. The whole reason for me getting my license is so I can ... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 20:31:17 EST Dealing with the Back to School Jitters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3570529 Well, I wanted to write this blog yesterday, but it was basically a day of trying to play catch up. Tomorrow is the 1st official day of school here for my son who will be entering into the 5th grade (WOW, time is flying). We made sure to do our school supply shopping weeks ago along with a new wardrobe and shoes to start the school year off right. My son is not at all thrilled about returning to school, though he does really well with his grades and socialization. I know he is getting bored, ... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 16:28:08 EST Good Bye to my Trusty Pedometer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3563645 I am sorry to report my long time companion, my dear little OMRON HJ-112 pedometer drowned during my vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC. How could something like that happen you may be wondering. Well, I was wearing my 2 piece bathing suit so I had "Peddy" strapped to my bottom half as we strolled along the beach looking for seashells. I was so careful on the beach and when wading in the ocean to cross a small inlet to get over towards a pier. Then we decided after our shell gathering to hit the po... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 20:29:04 EST