TASOGAREBAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TASOGAREBAN TASOGAREBAN'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/ An Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729849 So it's been a month and a half since I posted a blog and I figured I'd update on what's been going on. <BR> <BR> Concerning the AF days, I drank more in June than I have in the last few months so that's not good but I'm still nowhere near drinking the way I used to (which was a shot a day after work because I was so angry) so that's a plus in a way. I have a goal to have six drinking days in July due to the Fourth of July holiday, a wedding and a birthday so I think that's doable. <BR> <B... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:43:37 EST Looks Like a Good Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696866 So...this happened yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l909881273.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And what is this, you may ask? This is my Summer Collection, Sparkpeeps! I spent three hours on this yesterday, lol! Three hours cleaning up and packing my Spring Collection and pulling out this whole set (and adding to it, if I'm going to be really honest) to use for the next three to four months. I do this four times a year and yes, I do have four seasonal collections. Sum... Sat, 17 May 2014 08:33:06 EST Damn It, AF Days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693397 LOL so for Mother's Day I went out with the family for lunch to my regular margarita spot. Mom has never been so we made sure she was able to try them and we sat outside while we ate. It was actually a really nice Mother's Day and I also ended up buying her some flowers and a kindle ebook from a series that she likes. It had to be an ebook (which she is iffy getting to work since she's not really technologically literate) because the library doesn't carry the spanish version so I purchased it... Mon, 12 May 2014 12:22:21 EST Feelin' Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683969 Mostly because the clerical boss is away at a meeting, lol! But also because two of my fave shows have managed to steal my breath this morning and also because I got a workout in so I'm super happy about that. Had fast food yesterday but tonight shall be leftovers. I'll see if I cook something tomorrow though. AND I just have two more days to finish off this week and earn some comp time so I can have a five day weekend when Memorial Day rolls around. <BR> <BR> Today is also the closing date ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:42:20 EST What a Weird Morning Already... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676986 I fell asleep last night I would say around maybe between 10pm and 11pm. And for some reason I woke up and checked the time. It was 2:52am. And I couldn't go back to sleep. Because I couldn't go back to sleep I twisted and turned in bed for about an hour before finally getting up, getting dressed, grabbed my phone and headphones, put on my HRM and headed outside to walk the dog. After walking him to poop, I walked him toward the pier and made him run with me a little bit, the poor little guy.... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:45:54 EST Spriiiiiiing is in the Aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiir! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671993 If you pictured me singing that Blog Title, then maybe you know me a bit too well, lol! <BR> <BR> Today is an awesome day people! I mean, granted, we are a bit short-staffed on librarians today but all in all, with the great weather, the breeze, and the sweater being the only thing I wore in to work today (besides jeans and a t-shirt, OUT OF THE GUTTER, PEOPLE!) for the weather, I'm feeling quite happy. <BR> <BR> I am starting my third week AF (alcohol-free) and I owe it to the Cutting Dow... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:44:58 EST Ah Monday.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655414 So I slept a bit too much yesterday after hanging with a few friends Saturday night which means Sunday was a wash. BUT because I had so much sleep, I was good to go early Monday (today) so what does that meeeeeeean? I got my workout in, got a good breakfast in and was in a cheerful mood when I made my way to work. And what topped off my good mood? The branch closing to the public, the staff being reassigned/let off for the day because of high carbon monoxide readings which led to the boiler b... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:33:03 EST Thank Yous and Updates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648418 I know I said I would update about what was going on with the talk but I haven't had much time and then on top of it my moronic self went and ate something that I guess was sitting in my fridge a bit too long hence the tummy mess of yesterday, lol! Anyhoo, let me update you guys on what happened in my talk with the regional! <BR> <BR> So I went up to speak to him and told him I didn't want to file a complaint against the clerical boss here but that I wanted to complain to him about what had ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:51:51 EST Trying to Make a Change. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646196 So anyone who knows me here on Spark or has known me for the last few years knows that I used to work at another branch with a good staff, friends who I am still friends with now even though they are retired. About a year and a half ago I transferred to this current branch thinking I needed to make a change because the ladies were going to be retiring soon and I was kind of at a dead end. <BR> <BR> Little did I know that it would be like this once I was here. I was miserable here for the las... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:54:28 EST The Birthday Prank Twenty Years in the Making! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638788 SO! Because I'm a terribly mean sister (or because it was technically my guy's suggestion), we played a prank on my bro for his birthday out in PA. AND IT WAS GLORIOUS. <BR> <BR> We went out to PA Friday night and ran a few last minute errands. By the time we got back to the house, my dad was on his way to tipsy and mom had hijacked a bottle of tequila. It's all the woman drinks. We (the "kids") grabbed a bottle of Green Apple Smirnoff and went downstairs to the first floor for a game of Car... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 16:46:18 EST Real Quick Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638652 The weekend was awesome but I actually have a bit to add to that because there was a joke we played ony my bro that I think will live on in our lives FOREVER. But more on that in my next blog entry. I just finished making a workout playlist so I'm going to go try it out now and see how it goes. <BR> <BR> Laters! Mon, 3 Mar 2014 13:50:52 EST TGIF and Vacay, baybeeee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635958 SO my subject title says it all, I'd say, lol! <BR> <BR> Today after work I need to pick up a birfday cake for my bro (lol) and then we're going to pick up a friend and head on out. My parents are already out in PA and my bro is picking up two other friends on the way out so I'm actually really excited. Well tonight will be a short night I'd say because we'll probably be getting to PA late but tomorrow will be all day partying, I'm sure. <BR> <BR> And then a week of vacay....a week of me g... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:24:51 EST Updating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634373 Soooooo I never write blogs anymore and I used to write blogs all the time in my early years on Spark, booooooo! I think I made 5 years earlier this month (why can't I remember!?!) that I've been on Spark and I realized that it was such a comfort to me before but that I've been neglecting it a lot for the last year or so. <BR> <BR> Anyways, the reason I'm updating. So we're at the end of February and while I've tried very hard to get myself going, I've only succeeded a tiny bit. So I can't ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:34:50 EST 2014 Valentine's Day Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612050 I posted this on one of the teams I'm in but I figured I would toss it up here as well in case anyone wants to follow along! <BR> <BR> 2014 Valentine’s Day Challenge - a two week challenge leading up to Valentine's Day! <BR> <BR> Saturday, February 1st: First day! Try to get in 10k steps today! <BR> Sunday, February 2nd: Cook a healthy meal today and try to make enough for leftovers! <BR> Monday, February 3rd: Get in your eight cups of water today! <BR> Tuesday, February 4th: Do a video/DVD... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:59:55 EST Hello 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579944 So I have been without a comp for the last week at home. I usually don't have time to update at work so imagine the frustration I've been going through, lol! But on the upside, I've been reading a lot. :) <BR> <BR> Anyways I know I'm late but New Years Resolutions! Check these babies out! <BR> <BR> 1) Complete a story. I have a few stories that I've been writing bits and pieces of (NaNoWriMo back in November was RIDICULOUS. I wrote like 50+ pages in a month for one fic and realized that I'm... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:15:34 EST 25 Days 'Til Christmas Countdown Challenge!!! Wooooooo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554029 Heya folks! I figure I would post this in a blog too just in case anyone outside of the teams below wanted to follow along and try it out! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/g<BR>roups_individual.asp?gid=56524 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=51876 </link> <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, this almost-month long challenge has something specific set aside for each day leading up to Christmas! Some are fitness-related, some nutr... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:56:02 EST Rough Week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484582 So it's been...a rough week, lol. <BR> <BR> Basically from the start (which was last Saturday) my grandfather passed away. The wake was on Monday and the funeral was on Tuesday. Because I worked last Saturday, I needed to take Monday off from work. Tuesday I had a strange election schedule in which I had to come in to work at 5:30am and leave at 10:30am. After that I headed over to the church to try to catch the end of the mass before the funeral. I ended up catching up with my bro and we ch... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:20:21 EST Fall, Halloween and Life! (Part I) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476900 So...it's Fall. Let's face it, once Labor Day is done, it's Fall for me. Which meeeeeeeeans... <BR> <BR> I have officially changed my playlist over to my Autumn OST, lol. I wasn't really listening to too many (what I consider) Summer songs because I had downloaded new albums going into the summer but now that Summer is officially over to me, I've gone into Fall mode which means Autumn music, Autumn backgrounds to most of my computers and sites, my Autumn Collection is out (lotion and sprays)... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 15:01:10 EST So I Did a Thing. And That Thing is Called Running! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457363 So this is a big deal even though I'm sure you guys are like, "It's just running, dude. Get over yourself." But it's NOT just running! It's actually going outside, possibly running into people (even though I went out at 5:30am, lol!) and doing an actual workout outside! This is major to me because I've had this thing about running since I was a teen. <BR> <BR> I also feel like I was doing it wrong, LOL! It's weird to say but I was mentioning to Yami that it felt like I was literally hitting... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:58:37 EST A Shout Out to Runners! Quick Question! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442350 Ok so I'm debaaaaaaaating picking up running. I've never been a fan of it (mostly because I was always made fun of when I was younger because of my boobs which aren't even BIG but whatever) but I keep thinking to myself that it seems like the easiest type of workout (and by easiest I mean easiest to get ready for meaning I would just need my workout clothes, my sneakers and my music and I'd be set, not that running in itself is easy, lol) and possibly very relaxing too (just me, the pavement ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 13:31:27 EST Motivation Sparked..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401480 So I upped my weights finally. I have a set of 3s, 5s, 8s and now a set of 10 lbs dumbbells at home (technically the 10lbs are my bf's) and I never felt the need to up my weights because for some exercises the 8s were good and for others the 5s were good. <BR> <BR> But then I went to go see Man of Steel in theaters and while I will admit that the guy playing Superman is totally hot and has a lovely body, I wanted to know what his workout was like. I'm aware that I'm a female and that he's m... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:55:36 EST Morning Walk With Tucker (with pics). http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378805 I went on a walk with Tuck this morning and these were some pics I took. I promised Zo I would post some awhile ago and I've been slacking, lol. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1898819467.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1809077007.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l279636183.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1724100499.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 08:28:30 EST Random Musings. Warning: Emotional Content Matter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362263 So I woke up this morning and the sky was gray and the rain was misty. I checked the time and it was 5:28am but the room was a light blue which is why I guess I came awake. I sat in bed for ten minutes, just about wide awake, and I debated getting up then or at 6:10am which is after my guy gets out of the bathroom from brushing his teeth. I decided to get up then so I actually got up from the bed at 5:42am. Now this is a big deal because if I get up after 6am I have this weird thing where I h... Mon, 20 May 2013 12:26:15 EST Sharing My Trackers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331943 So for the last few weeks I've been really good about working out and eating right. During the day. Then I come home and just totally blow it. I'll order out for dinner or I'll eat something healthy but then keep eating. And eating. And eating more. <BR> <BR> SO! I have decided to share my trackers and get all of y'all up in my business, LOL! I need to keep myself accountable and I figure, seeing as how I have to stay honest with you guys, that this might be exactly the way I need to do it! ... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:46:19 EST Summer Collection Chat and Some Blogging! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327766 I know it's been awhile since I've blogged but surprisingly I'm usually around spark. I might miss a day or two here and there, or a weekend, but I always try to at least log in. <BR> <BR> Anyways, my Summer Collection! Now when I say Summer Collection, I'm talking about my lotion, LOL! I credit my lotion with helping me stay on track a lot of days. If I don't like the collection I have out (they change every season) then it usually starts to bring me down soon after. I got sick of my spring... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:51:55 EST The Forecast is Sunny! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276167 Ok that's a straight out lie. We're expecting a ton of rain and some snow. But I mean the forecast on my current life and immediate future are looking good. I've been very good with my nutrition for the last few days (which I'm really proud of. I always mess up at dinner time because I get home too tired to cook) and my fitness. I've worked out the last three days straight (this can be tough lately for me. I wake up with a lot of back pain every morning). Granted this morning was Yoga and onl... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 15:48:50 EST Looking Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224426 So today is the last work day before my weeklong vacation to AC. Woohoo! I'm broke but still. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Things are looking up at work since my last blog entry and it mostly had to do with my clerical boss setting me at ease during a meeting. She complimented us and said we were the best staff she's ever worked with which really made a lot of the pressure roll off of me because I never knew how she really felt about us. If you are a boss or supervisor, compliment your staff regularly,... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 13:41:40 EST Everything That Can Go Wrong... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213218 ...DID this morning, lol! It was ridiculous. I got up late so I walked the dog with my guy as he was leaving for work. In doing so I locked myself out of the apartment so I had to call my guy after the dog walk to come all the way back to let me back into the apartment. After that I had to feed the dog and by then it was too late to work out. I brewed some coffee and it was so weak I actually had to add instant coffee to my cup. I pinched my finger while I was trying to make a healthy breakfa... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:02:44 EST What Do You Do If... (Blog Venting) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208185 ...you don't like anyone at your job? <BR> <BR> And by like I mean that I have no close, real friends, only acquaintances. I keep regretting this transfer to this branch even though the ladies that I used to be very close with at my old branch are retiring this month and the last friend I had there is transferring out of the branch to one closer to home so he wouldn't have to put up with the craziness over there anymore. So now my old branch is literally left kind of broken. <BR> <BR> I was... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:53:24 EST January 2nd Too Late? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185617 Happy New Year Sparkers! <BR> <BR> So I went over with my drinking on New Years Eve and spent all day in bed yesterday recovering. First lesson of the year learned although I thought I was doing very well pacing myself with the water. Whatever the case, I'm just about fully recovered. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here are a few of my goals/resolutions for this year: <BR> <BR> 1) I threw together a Good Things in 2013 Jar so that I could toss some notes on good things that are coming my way this year ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 08:53:42 EST Got Myself a FitBit Ultra. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164379 And I am loving it. I am warned not to wear it during heavy cardio or strength training because technically it's only supposed to be used as like a pedometer or for running but I'm a fitness DVD junkie so when I work out I tend to take it off. But. BUT. Let me tell you guys what this crazy little thing does. <BR> <BR> So I wear it just about the entire day. No, not when I shower. That would be a bad thing to do. I hear the little device doesn't like water. But I sleep with it and it says to ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:52:35 EST Rough Day Yesterday, New Day Today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148399 So yesterday I had an IT guy come in and comment on my weight. Which was nice. Had this been a torture chamber and that was the best treatment I would be getting. But this isn't so it was not. Nice, I mean. He also commented on the fact that I seemed to be going white from work stress although I don't know if he meant literally or figuratively but whatever the case, I was not happy. Obviously this new branch stresses me out and I realize that I have made the biggest mistake of my library care... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:57:04 EST Work Drama V http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108530 Because I'm almost positive that I've made blogs about previous work drama, at least two. So I'm gonna round up to number 5. <BR> <BR> So I have vacation from work this week, starting Wednesday. I'm just trying to make it through. <BR> <BR> I have fallen back into a groove with my fitness and my nutrition and I'm hoping I can sustain it again and not fall off the wagon. I can feel that I regained a bit of weight and I would like to stop that in its tracks, lol! <BR> <BR> Work has been dif... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:41:10 EST October! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082015 So the mere sight of the word gets me happy. I love October. I love September but I LOVE October. Mostly because in September, it's still kind of hot and most of it is still Summer. But October is straight on Fall. The leaves are finally really falling and changing colors. You can hear them crack under your boots as you walk, especially if you have a park close by. I just took Tucker for a long walk around the whole park across the street from me and I think even he was in a Fall mood. We got... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 11:16:38 EST New Branch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052757 So today is my first day at this newly renovated branch. I grew up in Park Slope so I used to come to this branch all the time growing up. Now I'm here working and at the moment, I could NOT be happier. <BR> <BR> I have my own desk here, my own space. Which means once the produce junction in pa has the baby pumpkins out, I'm buying a ton and setting them up! Also I am going to have SUCH a great time with decorating the area, with making it my own little place! And I have my own computer so ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:02:27 EST Fall, Work and Life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048400 Good morning, sparkers! Hope you don't mind reading the goings-on of my life for a little bit but there's a lot to talk about and not much of it has to do with nutrition and fitness, sadly. It's mostly professional and home life and the upcoming months now that Autumn is on its way. <BR> <BR> Anyone who knows me knows I love Fall. I used to write Autumn Blogs every Autumn but last year I just wasn't in the right mindset. This year I am and it's not even Fall yet! Which means I need to make a... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 10:58:57 EST July Goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950631 Ok short and sweet. Again. My power went out in the apt which was nice because I was in the middle of a blog entry... ! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> 1) Get in 30 mins of cardio/ST/circuit training a day. One rest day a week, up to two. <BR> 2) Track all my meals and calories every day. <BR> 3) Write at least one page a day of fiction/fanfiction a day except Sundays. I'm thinking Sunday might be my lazy day. <BR> 4) Read 4 books this month. <BR> <BR> To start off this very hot month of Independen... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 16:59:40 EST Reboot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4911765 So I've been away from Spark (not completely away but away in that I barely updated which means everything suffers) and basically away from fitness and eating right for a bit. The eating-right more so than the fitness but last week I took the whole week off, didn't work out, only did my usual dog walks and walks to the bus stop. And surprisingly, though I felt like crap and just kinda felt like any little thing would put weight on me or set me off, I was actually ok with myself taking the wee... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 15:13:23 EST Dogs, Books and Other Life Lessons. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857197 So I already got my dog walk out of the way for the morning. I was watching my silly pup eat breakfast after we got back (figures no one else is up, right?) and I realized that there was a valuable lesson to be learned from his eating habits. <BR> <BR> Damn if I could find it though, LOL! <BR> <BR> I'm just kidding. On the serious side, my dog is a picky eater. Sometimes he wants food and sometimes he doesn't. Sometimes all he wants are treats for breakfast. That's...not happening, lol. But... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 08:21:52 EST Slowly Coming Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4839752 So last week was like, WOW bad. LOL! I had really bad back pain going on (it's usually really bad in the mornings which is why I didn't work out this morning when I got up. I might need to start working out only in the evenings after work although I'm always so tired after work that I never want to finish anything), I think my allergies were/are acting up and on top of it my guy was home sick as well so even if I had wanted to work out, I would have had no place to work out because my bf's b... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:50:15 EST Winter/Spring Update: The Good, The Bad and the Meh. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4805569 So I have been basically away from major stuff with Spark because my internet is slow as molasses at work (It takes ten minutes to update one meal for one day) and on top of it, now my comp won't start at home. So I've been AWOL and really hating it but then have only been getting frustrated when it takes all day to update my breakfast on the nutrition page. Booooooooo. <BR> <BR> Good news: We are currently on Week 4 of Insanity! Which means starting Week 4 and we're all pretty much still go... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:48:29 EST All Over the Place Lately. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759763 Good afternoon, Sparkers! <BR> <BR> It's been a bit since I've blogged and I think I've been needing it. Life has been hectic to say the least. In trying to maintain some reading goals and getting ready for the cruise and then going ON the cruise, my mind has been so far from fitness and healthy nutrition that I'm back to feeling like crap. I have to admit that I did fit in a couple of 40 minute sessions while on the cruise with the stationary bike (and let me tell you, I LIKED that bike. It... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:40:46 EST Here's an HRM Question For You Guys! Help Me Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701103 Is it possible my HRM is lying to me? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l110276550.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the second(ish) week that I'm kicking this "diet" into gear. I have a cruise coming up that is going to send me right into a Spring/Summer mindset and get me out of this Winter funk (I should take tropical/warm vacations in the Winter more often!) so I need to look good for my bikini, lol! I've worked out hard pretty much the majority of last week and these ... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 12:35:37 EST Busy, Busy Weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686845 So all in all, it's been a busy one for me. My guy's mom and bro have come from PR, his brother to stay with us indefinitely, his mother to stay with an old family friend while she gets some medical attention from an American doctor, lol. She's been having issues as long as I've known the woman (which is about four years when I met her the one and only time) and over the weekend, as soon as she got here, she was taken to the hospital. Seems she has high blood pressure and diabetes. Also seems... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:57:26 EST Get Ready For a Crazy Rant. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664153 If you are reading this, you can absolutely switch off this page, lol! This is most likely going to be long and ranty because I need to get it off my chest. <BR> <BR> My work environment has become toxic. The entire staff in the branch is stressed out over this woman/boss who came in and decided to make changes, to the point that we're all walking on eggshells and hating the thought of coming in to work. Five years ago, I loved coming in to work and I loved my job. I loved the people I worke... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 13:58:10 EST A Stolen Christmas Survey and Some Changes in the New Year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4626979 First, the survey. I stole it from Yami. <BR> <BR> 1. Have you been naughty or nice this year? <BR> I've been naughty. GNAW-TEE. <BR> <BR> 2. What do you want most for Christmas? <BR> I would like to get out of debt, lol! But if not that, then just to enjoy the day. <BR> <BR> Do you believe in Father Christmas? <BR> Nah, not for years. <BR> <BR> 3. What is your favorite food at Christmas? <BR> Pasteles and coquito. Plus the food my family makes. It's a very Hispanic Christmas, every ... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:54:16 EST Feeling the Need to Blog and Update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4599930 So this last week has been downright cruddy for working out and eating right. I was so stressed at work hoping to get to the end of the work week and a small vacation that I was just miserable with and to people. So I'm glad that's over. <BR> <BR> I am heading off to a thanksgiving dinner for friends tonight! We had the family thanksgiving on Thursday and tonight it's all for friends so I have made the jello shots (lol) and have the bottles for the drink list and I'm also making a baked ziti... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 11:31:27 EST On the Lookout For Baby Teeth! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4587277 My puppy is losing his baby teeth, lol! He's lost three so far and has slowed down with eating because of it (I thought he was either sick or just not wanting a new brand of wet food we had gotten him to try). My guy noticed the first one he had lost a few days ago and yesterday he showed me that he had lost his two front teeth! And Christmas is right around the corner, OMG! LOL! He has these two little holes that look like pinpricks where his front teeth used to be and he looks sooooo cute w... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 14:49:27 EST Workout at Work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4566840 So as of October 31st, a small group of us have decided to do P90x for the full 90 days (I think we're doing it for a cruise coming up in February...) to see if 1) we can withstand it and 2) have beach bodies for mid-January I guess, LOL. Whatever the case, we've been going strong but then again we really are only on Day 4.. <BR> <BR> Anyways, once I knew we were all serious about it, I had to take a close look at my daily schedule and started to make some changes to it. I had originally pla... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 14:08:14 EST Ok, So I Need Some Help Please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4541649 So. <BR> <BR> I've been putting a lot of thought into bringing in my workout gear and trying to work out at work. This is a major thing to consider because the only space I would have is in the kitchen/lunch area and there's usually at least one person there. It's not a ginormous room but there would be enough room there for me to do a small type of workout. So one question I have is, would it be inconsiderate for me to work out or to do small exercises while someone else is sitting around e... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:57:27 EST