TREEBW's SparkPeople Blog TREEBW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Been a Long Time... I just realized how long it has been since I have written a blog. I do not really have much to say, but figured I would write anyway:-) <BR> Working a retail job to get by, school is almost full-time, trying to find a decent job, helping out my broken dog. Nothing fun! And I have no social life! So, really, I guess I should NOT be writing since I have nothing positive going on, but oh well. <BR> The one good thing I have to say is that I get in between 3 and 5 miles of walking each day that ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 22:33:16 EST Checking In Just a quick blog to check in...I haven't been blogging very often, but I know I should be! <BR> <BR> Trying to find the energy to exercise even though my job physically exhausts me has been difficult, but I really need to be doing some extra work on my body. I know that exercise will also help with my depression and keep me from sleeping away the day when I have a day off. I also need to get back into the habit of walking my pup every day, the poor little guy suffers when my brain is feelin... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 22:31:20 EST New Year, New Ticker, New Goals I have had my Spark 'ticker' set on a weight-loss goal for ages (years and years) and it never moves more than 2 lbs up or down. So, I have decided to start the year with my ticker set for fitness minutes rather than weight loss. I figure that if fitness is my goal, then I will have an easier time reaching my goal. All I have to do is get out there and walk, do yoga, anything physical at all. <BR> <BR> I wish all of my Spark friends and family a wonderful new year!!!! <BR> <em>216</em> Let... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 01:05:23 EST Me and My Muddy Butt Woke this morning with some energy so I decided to use it by going on a hike. <BR> I must say that Great Falls Park was gorgeous today! I have never seen the Potomac rush over the falls like it was today and it was really quite fascinating. <BR> I parked my car a bit further up the river than Great Falls just because I didnt want to pay and wanted to walk along the river trail since I had not done that. Definitely worth it! The only problems: forgot tissues (duh...allergy season), forgot "do... Mon, 2 May 2011 16:22:28 EST Check Out These Recipes!!! Ok, I have to put the link up for these recipes: <BR> <link><BR>lunches-and-dinners </link> <BR> I had not been to this website before reading the Spark email today but, oh my goodness, I can not wait to make some of these! <BR> I have already put a pot of brown rice on and made hummus (sort of) so that I can get started on some of them. <BR> Thankfully I have some leftover tempeh in my freezer (plain tempeh is not my favorite- at all) because there is ... Sun, 1 May 2011 15:50:22 EST White Tea Smoothie I just saw this recipe on 'Whats Brewing' on Veria and thought I should share because it looks really good and very healthy: <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries <BR> 3/4 cup plain yogurt <BR> 1/2 cup brewed white tea <BR> 1/2 cup pomegranate juice <BR> 1 frozen banana <BR> Blend away. Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:29:00 EST Breakfast- Overnight Oatmeal I have decided that there are two reasons I do not eat breakfast: <BR> I am not hungry in the am; <BR> I am lazy in the am! <BR> <BR> So I decided that tonight I will try to make the overnight cold oatmeal. Majority of the recipes I found are meant for a slow-cooker, but I do not have one so I will try the cold version. <BR> <BR> I have oats, light soy milk, and some dried cranberries. (and cinnamon) I can add a banana in the morning as well. <BR> If any of you have tried this and know of ... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:42:01 EST Anyone Know of a Good Lip Plumper/Line Eraser? I know this is an odd question and blog, but I really need something for the lines around my mouth and can not afford to get injections (not that I want to). <BR> So if any of you have used anything that really works, please let me know! <BR> Thanks! Tue, 8 Mar 2011 10:20:41 EST Yahoo Finance on Weight in Women and the Work Place "If you're a skinny woman: <BR> New York University sociologist Dalton Conley conducted a study and discovered that a woman's weight negatively impacts her household income and "job prestige." In fact, a 1% increase in body mass results in a 0.6 percentage point decrease in family income. <BR> <BR> Another study by Jay Zagorsky titled "Health and Wealth" found that Caucasian women get the most financial slack for higher weight, seeing their wealth drop 12%. In comparison, African-American ... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 10:05:23 EST Kettlebell Workout #1 Holy cow. This was the hardest workout I have ever done in my life! I could barely do more than 5 reps of each exercise without feeling like I was going to pass out. I mean, this was seriously hard. I did realize that I truly need to work on my arm strength considering I couldnt life the thing over my head with my left arm. I guess I need to start at least using my left hand to hold the leash for my crazy right arm is SO much stronger. <BR> Hopefully soon I will be able to do the wo... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 17:46:28 EST Theodore Roosevelt Quote that Many of Us Can Agree With!!! If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month. <BR> Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:04:26 EST Great Day! So far I have had a great day today! It helped that when I let the dog out this morning it was nice and warm...AND sunny! <BR> Went to take my first art history exam and got an 'A'! Woo-Hoo! <BR> Then came back to get my dog and took him to his favorite walking spot- the gorgeous Theo Roosevelt Island. It was so gorgeous out and lots of lovers walking and holding hands and happy smiling people. <BR> Granted, I did have one of the most embarrassing moments of my life! There is a sort of moat t... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 15:37:29 EST HRM and New Teams My heart rate monitor frustrates me! I am not sure why I cant get the hang of it, but it just does not seem to do what I try to get it to do. For instance, today I apparently worked out for 1 second, and then for 38 minutes. But- I only did for 19 minutes (I know, not long, but I am trying). <BR> <BR> I am enjoying a couple of new teams that I joined; one team is a one minute yoga pose each day which is fun since I am not really familiar with yoga poses, and it is nice that it is only one m... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:32:14 EST Am I Lost or Lazy? Well, I had the best intentions of working out today but it did not happen. The good news is that I did get quite a bit of homework and studying done, but I cant help but wonder why I am not finding the energy to work out. I have wondered if a grand laziness has taken over me, but usually when I am lazy it is mental as well as physical and I worked my brain like crazy today. I have already done my taxes, I am caught up in school, but my house is a mess and I am not working out. The fact that ... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 20:56:39 EST NoVA Sparkers T-shirt Design for Race for the Cure <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Last year our team had talked about making t-shirts for the Race so I decided to try to come up with something cute and fun. Anyone who is going to join our team for the Race or who would just like to have a t-shirt for their own Sparking fun is more than welcome to order one! Mon, 7 Feb 2011 11:53:37 EST Best Smoothie Ever Not sure what the calories or anything is, but it was very healthy and oh my goodness so good. <BR> One thing with me and recipes- I dont measure so the below is all approximate: <BR> <BR> 1 banana <BR> 1/2 (?) cup frozen mixed berries <BR> 1/5 package of silken tofu <BR> 1/2 (?) cup of soy milk (it was really thick so I added a bit more after the first few sips) <BR> 1 or 2 TBS peanut butter <BR> <BR> Blend away. I was impressed with this one; usually I dont use tofu but I am trying some n... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:41:47 EST UPDATE---- A GOOD UPDATE!!!! A Dog Year is 7 Years WOW-All I needed was to know he is now married! I feel so darn good right now I cant even explain it! I AM FREE! I AM TRULY AND FINALLY FREE! I just listened to songs that I couldnt listen to within the last couple of months and danced my ass off!!!! I AM FREE FROM THE ASS AND ALL OF HIS CONTROL!!!! <BR> WOO FREAKEN HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> GOSH DO I FEEL SO FREAKEN SPECTACULAR RIGHT NOW! <BR> <BR> Found out my ex is re-married. This is ok with me, whe... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 20:42:17 EST Excuses vs Desire I realized something very important today: you cant do it without the desire. <BR> <BR> I have had so many reasons to not exercise lately: my knees have been hurting, I have been tired, I have been quite depressed, I now work odd hours that I am trying to get used to (making dinner at 8pm is odd for me), and the big one- absolutely no energy. <BR> But these things do not matter. <BR> What matters is desire. My knees still hurt (though not as badly), I choked on a chip last night and my thr... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 16:59:07 EST Eating with Anxiety I realized something really important today: I eat when I feel anxiety. I have found that it is not depression and not stress; I gain weight when feeling these things, but I don't eat. When I start to eat uncontrollably is when I am having anxiety. The past few days I have been eating an incredible amount of food, and both today and yesterday I realized it was during anxiety attacks. Today I tried to do some deep breathing and it helped a bit, but I still ate way too much dinner. Like, two di... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 21:00:59 EST Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Spark Friends! I am thankful for all of you and really appreciate the friendship and 'shoulders to lean on' that all of you provide on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> I hope your day was lovely and you found a ton to be thankful for (and enjoyed all the carbs and fat your tummies desired!)! <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving, <BR> Teresa <BR> <em>426</em> <em>247</em> Thu, 25 Nov 2010 22:42:25 EST The Plan I had such a good plan: raise my daughter well, save money, travel. And then NC happened. Now it is about: debt, life, no travel, hell. I have grey hair, daughter is off at college, debt, awful job. What happened? I took a swing and went for it and it back fired. Hard. I have never been in a worse place, I have never cried every day. Please don't say it can get worse, I know it can. <BR> <BR> I am officially asking the Universe for help. Help me. I can't go on this way. Life has got to impr... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 23:13:58 EST Empty Nest / Lovely Compliment First- I would like to mention the compliment I received yesterday: <BR> I walked in to a room at work where there was the HR guy, a new accounting guy, and a new trainee for sales; I walked up to the doorway and looked in and smiled. The new accounting guy said something and the trainee said how sweet it was- I had missed the comment so I asked what was said. The new guy said "Now that is a way to bring sunshine in to the afternoon". He was referring to my smile! It was the sweetest thing I... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 19:31:18 EST The Benefits of Running with a Purple Tongue 1. You dont care if the weather people warn to stay indoors. <BR> 2. You put on workout clothes and know you just look hot. <BR> 3. You start your first jog and nothing seems to jiggle. <BR> 4. You seem to move REALLY fast! (even if logically you know you are not) <BR> 5. You still look hot towards the end. <BR> 6. You dont care if anyone hears you ask your dog to pull you up the last hill. <BR> 7. You know you can conquer the world by finishing week 1 day 2 at 9:30 pm. <BR> <BR> For those ... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 21:51:30 EST Applause, please. ...ok, maybe just a pat on the back. <BR> <BR> I put out my workout clothes last night and set my alarm early. I then realized that they messed up my pay check and I am missing about $200. I talked myself in to realizing there was nothing I could do until I got to work. I started reading a Buddhist book on how to lessen the thoughts and lighten the brain. Breathe, Teresa, breathe. <BR> <BR> Somehow I hit 'dismiss' on my alarm rather than 'snooze'. Ooops. <BR> <BR> I still took the dog for ... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 21:15:54 EST Time to Come Back Full-time I have had so much and yet so little going on lately that I dont really know what I am doing! <BR> <BR> My daughter has graduated and is in CA with her dad for another week and then off to VT for school. I am in the process of realizing what Empty Nest Syndrome feels like- not sure I like it so much. Though I did sign up for emails from First 30 Days on how to deal with it, so I hope I can start making some positive strides towards being alone (literally) for the first time in my life. Betwe... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 17:03:16 EST Race for the Cure What a great day this was!!! It was truly an unbelievable day and I loved spending it with my Northern VA Spark Team. <BR> <BR> Here are some photos of me, my daughter, our amazing team, and just some other great shots. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 22:23:53 EST Happy Memorial Day Everyone!!! I hope you are all having a Happy Day and enjoying lots of grilled meats and veggies! <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> Mon, 31 May 2010 18:50:56 EST I am a Trash Taker! My daughter and I were on our way home from shopping and we drove by a machine of some sort a few houses up from us. It was an exercise machine- maybe an elliptical machine? Well, she tried it out while I was still in the car and it seemed to work. <BR> And yep, you guessed it, I have a new exercise machine of some sort! It was heavy but we carried it down the street and got it home. <BR> Once I can find my cord that gets the photos from my camera to my computer I will post the photo so you ... Sun, 16 May 2010 18:02:18 EST Ready to Date This is strange (for me it is strange): <BR> I feel as though I may be ready to date. <BR> <BR> I was single for 6 years and then decided to marry a Jerk in NC. Long story short: met this guy, knew him for two years, dated long distance, I was convinced he was The One and left my life (and took my daughter from her life) to marry the Jerk which turned out to be an incredible mistake (thankfully I found out very quickly) and the marriage lasted a whole 2.5 months. So I am here in VA via a lo... Sat, 1 May 2010 23:09:43 EST Yummy dinner turned lunch... Often times when I cook I do not even realize what I have added to the meal, therefore I can not actually write down what I have put in a recipe or , if I do remember, what the amounts are. <BR> So- <BR> I had some left over steamed asparagus (the skinny, yummy kind) that needed to be eaten and we were out of lettuce for out nightly salad. <BR> <BR> I decided to cut up the asparagus (not too small) <BR> Added some chopped (again, not cut too small) red onion <BR> broken up white mushroom pi... Sat, 1 May 2010 22:57:00 EST Universe: I Would Like a Good Job, Please. I like my job (the actual duties)...but not the internal environment. I have also had jobs where I LOVE my co-workers, but not the job (getting yelled at by customers on a daily basis at Dept of Child Support was not the most fun). <BR> I need to find a job where I actually look forward to going. It has been a while and I miss the feeling of waking up and looking forward to the day ahead. <BR> So--if any one knows of a place that is hiring a 'Customer Service' person, please let me know. Cus... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 18:47:53 EST Everything Happens for a Reason I do truly believe that everything happens for a reason and I believe I have been forgetting that recently. <BR> <BR> I am not feeling confident in the new job---I feel very confident that I can do the work, just not that I can handle being yelled at on a daily basis. It's not just me being yelled at, it is the majority of us in that department. <BR> Though if I am being completely honest with myself: I sometimes yell (well, I more raise my voice) at my daughter for probably some really stu... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 21:48:39 EST "...write about a life issue that might cause emotional eating." I am supposed to write about a life issue that might cause emotional eating. How much time do you have? <BR> <BR> The past few days I woke with anxiety. I have also fallen to sleep with anxiety. I have also come home from work and just felt famished. Do they all go together? Probably. <BR> <BR> I have had my ex on my mind A LOT the past couple of weeks. I am wondering if I will need to go to court as a witness for his custody case with his first wife; this makes me lie there and re-think al... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 20:56:29 EST Workin in an Office... Working in an office can be very difficult. My boss (who is training me so I am in her office all day) eats super yummy fried food every day. BBQ flavored chip. French fries. Yummy goodness all the time! So far I have been good. I hope that I can stick with it for a while. <BR> <BR> I have to figure out my workout time. Or I have to start being able to wake early in the morning. By the time I get home and see my pets and my daughter I really do not want to go workout and I am HUNGRY so I wa... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 19:45:18 EST Thank You, Friends. I just want to send out a Thank You to all of my wonderful Spark Friends. I know that we are all here for our weight-loss support; though I also know that we all get support in many other ways. <BR> I want to thank you all for supporting me in oh-so-many ways. Your friendships mean so much to me. <BR> <BR> <em>125</em> If I could, I would send flowers to you all! Thu, 15 Apr 2010 19:53:49 EST Spring I may change my mind in 6 months, but I think that Spring is my favorite season. <BR> <BR> Coming from coastal Southern California I never understood why people would go on about how wonderful Spring is. They talked of renewal and life blooming and...all that stuff. Where I come from the roses bloom, but they do that a couple times a year. There are a few more flowers in some gardens, but some have flowers all year. <BR> There are Poppies; I do love Poppies, especially the CA Poppy. But be... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 21:45:27 EST Trouble Goal Lately I would say my trouble goal has been eating 2 fruits per day. <BR> You would think this would be easy for a vegetarian, but I gave up bananas a couple of weeks ago and those are my favorites! I can easily eat 2 bananas in one day, but not doing that has made it a bit more difficult. I bought peaches, tangerines, we always have apples as my daughter has an apple addiction, and we have a ton of frozen fruits and berries. <BR> So why cant I just eat them all? I do not know. I eat a ton ... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 15:35:31 EST Just Checking In Finally something positive! I am now officially employed! The job does not pay the bills, but I think that it could turn out to be a good position for me. I figure that my daughter is moving out in the fall and at that time I can try to find a roommate (yikes!) until my lease ends in June 2011. If I can do that, things will be just dandy. <BR> <BR> Earth Day is coming! So my daughter and I just went and donated our time to clean trash on the Potomac River. Nothing like getting dirty to feel ... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 12:23:50 EST Where Did My Mojo Go? Argh. I have let myself fall so far behind in all that is important right now. <BR> <BR> School: Finals in 3 weeks and I am about 2 or 3 weeks behind in work (for my difficult Spanish class). <BR> Exercise: had a bad couple of runs and am just really having a hard time getting back out there. <BR> House: my dog is dirty from the back yard, there is pollen everywhere, My vacuum broken (need I say more). <BR> Money: I have never been in debt before in my life and I really need to start mak... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 18:07:21 EST Not My Best Day for a Run My run started out ok. I did 20 minutes straight on Friday and figured today having two 10-minute runs would be ok. <BR> <BR> I just could not get it going today. <BR> <BR> Did my 5 minute warm-up walk, started jogging- kept reminding myself that it is always really hard for the first 3 minutes. <BR> Then I heard the guy in my ear (Robert Ullrey) tell the Week 6 Day 1 people that their 5 minute run was up. Crud, I am already at 5 minutes and my legs have still not woken up. It just hurt ev... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:19:35 EST I am Runner. Hear Me Roar. I wonder how many times I will think that. How many times will I be jogging and think "I am a runner now". It happened again today! Here are the photos of my soaking wet shoes- if you look closely enough you will see the dirt stuck in my socks from the huge puddles! Here is me looking as ugly as can be with my hair just completely wet and stuckl to my head...not pretty, I know. But-- it is the head of a Runner! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <im... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 13:08:56 EST Stolen From Javalovertoo - Stolen from javalovertoo whoe Stole it from PERSISTANT123, who stole it from SVELTINGTON, who stole it from DARKTHOR's blog, you know the drill, fill it out and pass it around! <BR> <BR> 1. What did you eat for breakfast? Yummy hot tea, cereal, milk, banana. <BR> <BR> 2. How much water do you drink a day? A lot. More than 8 glasses, I just do not count. <BR> <BR> 3. What is your least favorite "healthy" food? Yams. Yuck. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite fruit?Bananas! Grapes! Pineapp... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 21:34:47 EST Mini-Workouts Galore! I kind of cracked myself up tonight! I did not meet my calorie burning goals today so I set out to burn some cals without doing too much. I played 'soccer outside with my dog for a few minutes...that got tiring on my poor, sore calves pretty quickly. So I found a website (Gaiam) that had a bunch of super short workout videos. I did a bunch of them! I logged about 3 to 5 minutes each of T'ai Chi, yoga, pilates, and a mini cardio walking workout. I guess I am a little proud of myself for getti... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 21:35:35 EST This Week Will Be a Better Week! Two days in a row now I have worked out in the rain! It was actually kind of nice once I got out there. My feet and calves got cold and wet, but it still felt really good! I was also able to convince my daughter to join me today so that made it extra great! I love when she comes along. <BR> <BR> I am going to try to work on being more positive this week. I need to get back to my goal of writing down at least 3 things per day that made me happy. This past week I had a hard time doing this, bu... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 20:33:44 EST - The New Anti-depressant? I was on anti-depressants from 11/2008 until 10/2009. <BR> <BR> Prior to that time I thought that Depression was a silly 'illness' thing that doctors told patients so that they could take the easy way out - prescribe medication, make more money, ...etc. <BR> Then I went through the worst time of my life (which I have mentioned here before). I was seeing a therapist and dealing with what I needed to deal with and thought I was progressing. I got worse. I went through a phase where I could n... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 14:44:17 EST I'm Off My Game -- total rant...very negative... I'm off my game. For the first time in my life my knees hurt and I have blisters. I spent a small fortune on new shoes less than two weeks ago and I have pain. <BR> <BR> I had a job interview today and when I walked out I did not have that 'nailed it!' feeling . Usually I know I nail it and usually I get the offer. Today that did not happen. I couldn't get my answers formed and I couldn't stop the nervous chatter. They called to see if I could come in today instead of Monday and I almost s... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 21:52:13 EST Survey Blog Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> Table <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Explicative! <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Clean <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Far <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> Who? <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> Peacefulness <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> Scary!!! <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> Tea <BR> <BR> What roo... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 15:48:12 EST Lovely Compliment from my Daughter Last night my daughter and I went to dinner (I have recently started being a secret shopper so we sometimes go out for a free dinner!) and I was telling her how I can't believe I have only lost 5 lbs. It seems that I would have lost a bit more by now. <BR> My daughter said the sweetest thing; she said that it is really noticeable in my face and my eyes. <BR> <BR> Eyes? What in the world is different in my eyes? I didnt really want to question her about it (to ask could have sounded ungrate... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 12:05:29 EST Running in the Rain I had such a great feeling today. It was raining, and cold, and my daughter and I got into the car to go to the W&OD trail for our C25k - Week 3 day 2. I sat there for a moment and said 'hey- I have always wanted to be one of those people who is so into exercising that they will go in the rain'. I am now one of those people! <BR> <BR> It was also great today because my daughter wanted to go with me again! I love that she is wanting to get into shape again. It cracks me up though...she will ... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 18:47:25 EST Still Feeling a Bit Negative...but Hopeful Isn't it interesting how life works? We are going along and things are just lovely and wham - we hit a big brick wall. <BR> <BR> Or we are stuck at the wall, feeling like our legs are broken from hitting the wall and wondering if we will ever be able to get up and get around that wall again. <BR> <BR> I have had the first thing happen. I have hit that wall so many times. Which means that eventually, I was able to get up again and get around that wall. I do not remember the good things or th... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 22:21:53 EST