SWANATOPIA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWANATOPIA SWANATOPIA'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/ A new kind of schedule..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610036 This week, I have been working on a new schedule that works for me and my family...really difficult situation because my husband works as well, we home-school the two "teens" and we have a home business. Me working will definitely add a bit of hamper to the whole deal but it's only for a little bit, unless I end up absolutely loving the job which happens every time. <BR> <BR> My hours will be 8-5, Mon-Fri <BR> Husbands hours are 6-6, Tues-Thurs <BR> Ashlan still has basketball practice Tuesd... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:43:10 EST Reaching beyond..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606645 Hello everyone! Well, I've decided to get a job and get my brother a Lawyer. 25-99 just doesn't settle well in my stomach, so for the next couple of months, I will be extremely busy. <BR> <BR> I have a job interview on Monday. God willing, I will get this job that is only 2 miles from my house. I plan to start jogging to and from work after I get adjusted to waking up in the mornings. It is a Drafting job which pays very well. <BR> <BR> I already have most of the money, the Lawyer wants $1... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 22:30:19 EST Burned Out on Exercise..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599295 I thought this was really funny but somewhat true! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1986745095.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1. On the way to the gym for your usual workout, you suddenly remember your sock drawer needs to be organized immediately. You hurry home before sock chaos ensues. <BR> <BR> 2. When your walking partner calls for the third time, wondering where you've been, you consider changing your phone number and, possibly, moving. <BR> <BR> 3. You're doin... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:13:19 EST Diet Binge Drinker.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597029 I have to admit that when I get stressed out, I reach for the case of diet sodas; root beers, Frescas and Diet Dr. Peppers. Just because they are diet doesn't mean that they are good for me, I know that first hand because the day after, I usually suffer from a migraine, but, so far so good...I have only been through a 12 pack this week. <BR> <BR> Things are moving forward quickly with my brother and if you have been a follower of me, you will remember when I had to care for him when he had h... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:09:59 EST Serious upper body ST..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589667 My husband helped me with this today, as I had been putting it off all this time. Strength training in the legs, no problem.....arms and upper body...ugh, I'll be right back...lol! <BR> <BR> So, he showed me how to do pyramids (beginners). <BR> <BR> Here's what I did! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2111661569.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Oh my arms are sore! Yesterday, I did Jillian Michaels ab workout, which always makes my back, legs and abs sore. I did Taebo as well ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:59:11 EST 5 and some change....2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589196 Last year my theme for the year 2013 was "My 5 Mile Love Walk!" I literally walked all year long, keeping at least 5 miles a day on my streak but aiming everyday for 10 miles! It was so rewarding but I didn't lose weight while doing this. It just helped me maintain and tone up! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211598 </link> <BR> <BR> I like the number five! It's a good number to stop and and take a look backwards and/or forwards....ev... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:26:41 EST Windowpane Potato Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585048 A recipe from Cooking Light....worthy of sharing! <BR> <BR> <link>www.myrecipes.com/recipe/windowpane-<BR>potato-chips-10000001918459/ </link> <BR> <BR> I love that these have four ingredients and turn out not only healthy but beautiful...I mean...I don't think I could eat them ;) <BR> <BR> Picture: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l82882528.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 2 medium baking potatoes <BR> Cooking spray <BR> Assorted fresh herb sprig... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 23:10:28 EST Off to a good start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582358 Starting the new year, I did everything possible to get back on my weight loss plan. The week before, I had lowered my calories and drank lots of herbal tea. This helped so much because I dropped 6 pounds right off the bat! The first 6 have always been easy to "purge" off when I start my program, so I was just waiting for it to disappear quickly but now, the real hard work comes in. <BR> <BR> Saturdays (today) I take my rest day and unfortunately, today, I suffered a migraine but I am glad i... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 21:24:15 EST 2014 ~ GOALS, GOALS, GOALS..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575991 1. Measure, weigh and just say NO! <BR> <BR> Portion control every meal! Practice eating as clean as possible, whenever possible! <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Less online and more outside! <BR> <BR> Implement more physical activities rather than “workouts!” <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. Breakfast, lunch and dinner! <BR> <BR> It’s time to cook morning, noon and night! Make no room for "easy" meals to sneak in! <BR> <BR> <BR> 4. Walking the walk! <BR> <BR> Maintain 8 miles a day on Fitbit! <BR> <BR... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:18:23 EST Getting prepared.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575758 Today, I plan on: <BR> <BR> Downloading 10 hours (separated into 1 hour remixes) of workout music. This will help me get motivated this coming year. <BR> <BR> Download an offline workout generator software and calorie tracker. There will be no excuses if I have to go "offline" for a while. <BR> <BR> Reorganize my Before/after pictures. I do plan on re-starting this weekly pic process in order to assist me in my last 30 pound loss. It helps keep me motivated! <BR> <BR> Get rid of all my si... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:48:29 EST Looking back 2013..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574747 I had made some goals last year....let's see how I did..... <BR> <BR> My Goals: <BR> for the Year 2013! <BR> <BR> ~ Focus on God! - I have kept God my #1 this year. Learned so much but can never learn enough! <BR> <BR> ~ Reach goal weight - I hit my maintenance status. I had a weight in mind but realized, it's not about a number on the scale...it's how I feel! <BR> <BR> ~ Become Holistic Nutritionist - I didn't get to do this one because the cost was absolutely ridiculous but that hasn't ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:33:49 EST Clean eating & getting healthy..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573867 I decided this week I am focusing on clean eating so I can detox the cookies and cake from my system....who's coming with me...lol! <BR> <BR> Today is going good! Yesterday went well (managed to keep calories under 1200), except I had to rush Kim to the ER because she was coughing up blood. I ended up taking her to another hospital because obviously, this hospital is worthless! They diagnosed her with having double pneumonia but took good care of her, so she should be good in a few days! I e... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:51:10 EST Fighting back the flu..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573066 I decided that it would be much easier and cheaper to fight the flu with healthy foods rather than medicine. <BR> <BR> So, here's what I put in my body today! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup oatmeal with 1 cup water, 2 teaspoon creamy peanut butter, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 whole wheat toast, 5 blackberries. <BR> <BR> 3 cups coffee (black) <BR> <BR> Lunch! <BR> <BR> Green salad; kale, spinach, mustard greens topped with salsa and Avocado. <BR> <BR> Juice: Beets, carrots, &... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:10:39 EST I burned my wagon...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572654 Ugh, well, I fell off my wagon and I think it blew up in pieces...lol. I haven't been able to find any motivation and once I get started, something drastic happens....like....the entire house catches the flu (current except me!) <BR> <BR> But the good news is I am not giving up, oh no I'm not. I have gained about 8 pounds, of course, my scale is on a borrowed battery from a much played XBox and mostly dead, so I question that gain. Looking at that weight was discouraging but it's okay, I nee... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:33:19 EST Energy ~ boost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505964 Well, folks, I have energy and things are getting done finally! It feels so good to be back to my own self where I can get all my projects back! Remember the old me? Out there for hours a day digging for a swimming pool...lol! Oh, about the pool, that switched to a winter project due to extreme Texas heat. We plan on getting an excavator this month and digging the hole and then the entire pool should be complete by the new year! <BR> <BR> We got a break this weekend because son didn't have a... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:11:42 EST Take it with a grain of salt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503370 This was my attitude about EVERYTHING yesterday. I felt so calm and stress free! Arguments, raised voices, judgmental views....all were experienced yesterday and I just shrugged them off and continued on... <BR> <BR> I really felt like I was on cloud 9 yesterday as far as being mentally on top of my game! I was able to complete all laundry, homeschooling and practices and get some things done for today. <BR> <BR> Great feeling! <BR> <BR> I hope it last ;) Thu, 3 Oct 2013 10:45:41 EST P.C.O.S. Insulite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502548 I received my Insulite system in the mail yesterday. It's a nice concoction of all the herbs and vitamins that are used to treat P.C.O.S. naturally. Keep in mind that I do not and have never taken over the counter meds for my P.C.O.S. (not counting a week trial of metformin which made me sick) so I was excited to find something that had every herb I had researched over the past years for P.C.O.S. already combined in one. <BR> <BR> I took yesterdays dose and felt an overwhelming of things. I ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 13:53:45 EST Very Quick Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496336 After much misery I have decided to give this herbal remedy a try for P.C.O.S. <BR> <BR> http://pcos.com/index.php <BR> <BR> I am hoping this works as my P.C.O.S. symptoms are making me miserable. I am doing better this week, still keeping with the daily routine of eat and exercise although by 2 pm I am drained and have 0% energy! <BR> <BR> Kim and I are going to join a gladiator workout....looks challenging and tough! We walk about 4-6 miles everyday while my son is at football practice. ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:07:40 EST Birthday Bananas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493863 The worst thing in the world is allowing satan to steal your joy! He has had me cornered all this week and I refuse to allow him to take one more minute of my life. <BR> <BR> With that being said, I had a great birthday. The entire day I was upset and mad at "I don't know what" but I learned a valuable lesson yesterday........life will go on whether I am pissed off or not. <BR> <BR> My kiddos and husband bought me a card and a whole plate of bananas because I had went running that morning ... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:24:42 EST Unintentional success stories.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485288 I had a "blog" as I sat at my 15 year old son's football game last night..... all of these thoughts were in my mind. <BR> <BR> Man, my son, just a year ago was overweight and I thought for sure he was going to end up being my 30 year old gamer son on the couch...lol...I kid you not! Our lifestyle two years ago encouraged him to sit steady on the couch and play video games or get on the computer, swapping them both out when one becomes boring. <BR> <BR> My daughter's favorite meal two year... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 10:59:20 EST Celebration time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473382 Yesterday was a day for celebration for me. <BR> <BR> September 1st! <BR> <BR> Facts when I started my weight loss journey: <BR> <BR> > Start date February 22 2012. <BR> > I weighed 245 pounds and I wore a size 24! <BR> > I was experiencing the worst symptoms of P.C.O.S. which included; heart palpitations, extreme migraines, breast lumps, hormonal issues, facial hair, hair loss and chronic fatigue. <BR> > I had been diagnosed with an enlarged heart (heart disease). <BR> > I smoked 2 pac... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:44:37 EST No rest in site.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470048 This week was hectic! Waking up at 5:00 am every morning, cooking breakfast, taking son to football practice, practicing basketball with daughter, running the track for 2 hours while son practices, coming home and homeschooling, dealing with customers and fixing computers, laundry, cleaning, cooking and getting ready for the next day....ugh! <BR> <BR> I did survive this first week and it seems like I have been going for a month...haha! Tomorrow is his first game...yeah, I'm excited. We pract... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:47:31 EST Trying to schedule craziness.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464113 I'm sitting here trying to figure out a schedule for this school year and whoa, do I feel overwhelmed. Between my daughters basketball and sons football practices, their games, homeschool, my home business, being a wife, a mother and trying to fit fitness/health in everyday....I'm really thinking I'm gonna have to have a superwoman cape to pull everything off...lol! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1410688546.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today, while son was at practice, I g... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:47:52 EST Tough Love..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463345 Today, was a very interesting day for me. My son has been wanting to join football for a few years now but since I homeschool, I waited until he was beginning High School. Today was his first day of practice. Let me tell you that football is not for the weary or the lazy and my son practically came from couch to football...with that being said..... it was a crazy day. <BR> <BR> I sat through the two hour day of his first "observation" day and watched as he struggled through his drills, wanti... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:17:47 EST Keeping up with the cardio..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453489 Hello everyone! I'm Sparking away, Just a little quiet lately as I transition my reading and lifestyle improvements into maintenance. There are so many useful articles on Spark and the blogs are so helpful! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, at the dinner table my husband told me I looked like I was withering away...lol. Thanks hon..but I had told him to tell me if I started looking too thin. Not trying to be skinny but fit. <BR> <BR> So, I am going to have to let go of most of my cardio. Right now, jus... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:15:31 EST August Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442589 I took a much needed break the entire month of July! By break, I mean, I wasn't as diligent in logging in my workouts or nutrition. I did workout, almost everyday for at least 45 min. except for last week (schlitterbahn week but I easily burned over 2000 calories at the water park) and I was eating the same ole foods I have always eaten, so no calories over here. I lost 3 pounds last month! The weight is slowly but surely coming off! <BR> <BR> This month, August...oh, it's on! I still need ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 18:52:49 EST What was the best part of your weight-loss journey? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442126 I was asked this question the other day and didn't have to think about it too much. The best part of my weight-loss journey has always been knowing that I am setting a Good Example for my Children! <BR> <BR> See, my life doesn't belong to me, per say. My life belongs to my family (my husband and children). They are the reason I started and they are the reason I succeeded in my weight-loss journey! <BR> <BR> As a mother, I have always tried to live what I preach to my children and tried to r... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:21:37 EST Pool update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430135 Hi everyone! Just a quick update on the pool...it's been rainy and hot here for about a month or so....... my pool project came to a halt after filling with water, draining and hardening. My husband has promised me we will rent an excavator so I won't die out there...lol...he loves me. <BR> <BR> After our trip to Schlitterbahn this coming weekend, for the kids bday, it is going to be number 1 priority. I'd love to get it done by this summer...hoping it will happen. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 01:55:55 EST Where to start.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428490 Today, our family had an Italian Potluck dinner! <BR> <BR> Homemade pizza, lasagna, garlic bread, meatballs, you name it we had it! <BR> <BR> I don't even know where to start on the nutritional tracker...lol. <BR> <BR> BUT I had one of each, very small portions and didn't stuff myself....of course I had to make room for mama Linda's Italian cream cheese cake and Brown Betty...OMG...so delicious! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1145852718.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My I... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 18:03:17 EST Choking the Ticker.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416583 So, after throwing the scale to the side and pulling the batteries over two months ago, I decided I better check in! My weight had went back up to 165 pounds so that's the reason I tossed it aside. I don't like to allow the scale to dictate who I am (even though I know some may need it and that's fine, I used it when I started) but I a at a point where I can wing it ;) <BR> <BR> So, I stepped on this morning and it read 158! The weight has gone down so that is good! A few things have changed... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:21:49 EST My new project.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414665 Hi friends....well I have a new motivational project going on! My brothers girlfriend needs some motivation so I am going to be her personal trainer! She is signed up on Spark People and you can visit her profile and add her as a friend if you would like! He username is KIMWALT and you can find her on my spark page under friends! <BR> <BR> Today, we did 45 minutes of Zumba and 20 minutes speed walking as warmup and cool down. Drank 8 glasses of green tea and was sweating! Tomorrow, it's trea... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 18:02:37 EST Todays workout & silly cat.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408834 Today, we got our shipment of St Augustine grass in. Did you know that people just change their grass out in Austin so this is just thrown away? My brother works as a Landscaper so he got this and we will give it a good home...it's beautiful BUT we have to spread it all around and that a workout! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l929195576.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A truckload! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1832380558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I dec... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 17:58:56 EST July Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407594 This month I am going to challenge myself to some strength training! <BR> <BR> I need to get these arms toned up! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1005278005.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for July? Mon, 1 Jul 2013 15:10:56 EST Who needs a vacation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406443 I do...... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l219179226.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Planning a trip to Schlitterbahn on July 30....it's going to be so much fun! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l279097303.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Close-up...I'm pretty bored on this fine Sunday...lol! <BR> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:57:35 EST Painting the shop brick... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403025 Monday, husband and I started brainstorming and decided we better paint the computer repair shop because it looks like a house. My house is attached to the back of my shop, so it can be a little deceiving for customers. Not too mention, the siding is almost 8 years old, so the rain and weather has taken it's toll on it. Here's a before picture: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1094308657.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I really wanted something that will stand out and scream...... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:55:20 EST You just have to go with the flow of the wind.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398369 Life, yeah! Things change and people make decisions that directly effect us in both positive and negative ways but for me, I always think of the positive in everything! <BR> <BR> My husband resigned from his landscaping job a week ago. At first, I was shocked but then, my Faith kicked in. I know that the Lord has plans for us! <BR> <BR> I have a small computer repair business and it has been in operation since 2001. Part of the reason it hasn't grown too much is because I have held it to a... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 14:54:31 EST Operation: Build a pool! - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391105 This morning, I had all good intentions of waking up bright and early and digging, digging, digging! <BR> <BR> Well, after hitting the snooze button and the alarm turning off, I finally awoke at 10 am. Hubby had been out there all morning but he was moving the mound of dirt around, near the house, filling a much needed low area. <BR> <BR> So, I ate and got to work. <BR> <BR> Today, I got in close to 4 hours of digging! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1596253... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 19:23:59 EST Operation: Build a pool! - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388537 Today, I took a break from digging and worked on getting my pool design into my CAD software. I am a drafter, I hold an associates degree in the field, so designing and drafting come fairly easy for me as I have been doing it for 10 years. <BR> <BR> This is a simple rendering of what I would like to do. I'd like to add a wooden gate around the canopy as well, for safety purposes and a locked door. Might even screen in this area! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:29:28 EST Operation: Build a pool! - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387086 This morning, I woke up at 6:00 am....I went to bed early, so there was no turning back...I got up, ate breakfast and got an early start. I beat the heat and it helped so much because I went faster! I mostly cleared what I had dug because hubby bought me a rake yesterday! <BR> <BR> I did manage to dig farther out. Remember the dimensions are 16 feet wide by 32 feet long, so according to this picture, I am nearly halfway to my length point. The depth is only 1 foot down, so after I dig all t... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:55:39 EST Operation: Build a pool! - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386127 Well, today's digging was cut short by rain but I managed to get in an hour in a half. I started hitting a different kind of dirt (black and hard) so it slowed me down and made me work harder! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1115219504.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am really tired! I am sore in a few places, like my inner thigh, where the shovel bounced into me a few times but other than that and blisters on my hands ...... my bodies keeping up with the work. Today was par... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 18:17:36 EST Operation: Build a pool! - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384860 Somewhere in Texas, there's a crazy woman digging a hole in 92 degree weather...lol! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l740536257.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This picture isn't of me by the way...lol...maybe a few times in my mirage today I wished it were but no...not today...lol! <BR> <BR> So, today, I got in 90 minutes of digging. Definitely put a dent in the project. Hubby was at work so it was a go alone project but ...to be honest...it was easier for me to focus alone.... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:39:20 EST Operation: Build a pool! - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383709 So, today, husband and I woke up early, went to the hardware store and purchased our supplies to start our pool. We staked off our area of 16'X32' and started to dig! We need to dig at least 2-1/2' down. The design I came up with will be half above and half below ground pool. This way, we can utilize every pool equipment out there for sale. <BR> <BR> Texas sun beaming down on us but we stayed refreshed with lots of water and by working early this morning. We did get some cloud coverage and l... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 19:35:45 EST Thanks for having my back...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379470 Thank you all so much for your words of encouragement on my feed earlier. It is rare that I have a "down" day but when I do, I am so glad to have all my friends on Spark to help me and push me through! I'm not even sure what set that off today...maybe it's my sleep...it has been "off" this last week or so! <BR> <BR> I did it though, I pushed through and ran on the treadmill 1 hour and walked. Fitbit steps = 16,340 and the days not over :) Burned 1,500 calories! <BR> <BR> Speaking of back..... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 18:53:55 EST Oklahoma Homeschool Donations... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375142 As many know, Oklahoma has suffered much damage from the tornadoes. There is a group that is helping with donations for Oklahoma homeschoolers that lost everything. <BR> <BR> Any books, curriculum, or information you can get to them is greatly appreciated. Here is the address and the Facebook page for more information. <BR> <BR> OK Homeschool Help <BR> 20566 Hickory Ridge Rd. <BR> Arcadia, OK 73007 <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/OklahomaHomeschoolT<BR>ornadoVictimsHelp </link> <BR> <... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 23:35:35 EST June goals..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375112 I'm going to keep it simple this month; <BR> <BR> cardio, <BR> cardio, <BR> cardio.... <BR> <BR> It seems to be working so I'm going to work it! <BR> <BR> What are your goals this month? Sat, 1 Jun 2013 22:55:14 EST My 100 calorie lunch for today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372594 Straight from my brother's garden! <BR> <BR> One organic zucchini and green onions! <BR> <BR> Quick Recipe: <BR> <BR> Zucchini, green onions, two teaspoons Parmesan cheese and three slices of turkey breast (thin)! <BR> <BR> Bake a 350 for 45 minutes or until golden. <BR> <BR> 100 calories! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l808281662.jpg"> Thu, 30 May 2013 13:05:44 EST Gaining the Shift... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370744 For some odd reason my body is retaliating against cardio. It's laughable to me because I know I am going to win but my weight has been going up a pound a day since I started. It could be due to so many things and is temporary, that's why I'm not worried, but I am tracking it on my ticker anyways so that I can have a report of it and study it someday..... I wonder if our body produces some kind of hormone or something when we work out or switch routines...ahhh, just a thought. <BR> <BR> Onw... Tue, 28 May 2013 19:41:03 EST Fish in the tank...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367833 Just wanted to show you all my new fish! My husband bought an aquarium and a fish. He has two Oscar fish, a crab and a sucker fish (I am sure it has another name but that's what I call it). My husbands blood pressure has been going above normal and I suggested the aquarium over the Doctors visit.... I truly believe we put our-self in a state of misery and stress sometimes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1716048659.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Sat, 25 May 2013 19:23:40 EST Operation: Build a pool! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361763 After much research, my husband and I have decided to build our pool. We are looking to build partially in ground but 1 foot above, so that we can utilize all pool accessories. It's going to be work but we are up to it! Many of you know my husband and I built our two story home (you can read more here) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4758432 </link> <BR> <BR> So, this project won't be quite as intense as that three year project. I'm ex... Mon, 20 May 2013 01:41:18 EST Scaredy Cat.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359242 Yesterday, my husband came in with a box and his phone in his hand, after work. He started explaining to me that at the job-site (he is a landscaper) they found two baby kittens in a tree stump that has never seen the light of day..... <BR> <BR> Before I could even speak, he starts to play the video of my brother rescuing the cats...and, uhm, in the background that song "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan was playing...and I was like, hey, I'm being set up here...haha. If you have never seen that sa... Fri, 17 May 2013 11:41:06 EST