WAYSOFGRACE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WAYSOFGRACE WAYSOFGRACE'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/ And life moves on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746178 I've been getting work early all week, which isn't a bad thing. I've been able to try to focus on the harder to answer problems during the hour it's quiet in my office. I love it when it's quiet! I made some important discoveries in these quiet moments, and I am looking at things from a whole new perspective. <BR> <BR> Home life is slightly improved at the moment, but I haven't changed my mind on moving. It's time, and that's that. Worked on a couple of interesting projects sewing last ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:39:14 EST Why it's ok to not be perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744726 Perfection is a very subjective state. My idea of perfect is not the same as yours, or your neighbor, or your family members. So why to we keep striving for perfection when it cannot be defined? <BR> <BR> I will be the first person to tell you I am NOT perfect. I am not even close to my own idea of perfection, and that's ok. I am a person, which means I am a work in progress. I am changing, every day, for better or even for worse. It's still ok. So long as I am learning something alon... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:44:59 EST I am not what she says I am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743998 Long story short, Plex and I are looking for a home of our own that can be rented with a move in date of August 1. <BR> <BR> My MIL called me a "lazy, unappreciative pig" who's cooking "isn't fit for the dog". This is because we bought televisions for the bedrooms that my daughter and us have been using, at my MIL's suggestion. We didn't stop in the family room to say "Look what we bought", so now we are taking over her entire house according to her and she will not tolerate it. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:08:55 EST Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736525 In these early morning hours, I like to have a quite cup of coffee (yes, I still drink it and yes I still love it), and think. I don't think of anything in particular. I just go with whatever pops into my head. It's my time to evaluate, plan, dream. No one disturbs me. There's no one urgently calling me away from my tasks to deal with the latest crisis. It's me time, and I take it every day with pleasure. <BR> <BR> Just as important as a healthy body is a healthy mind. To be at peace ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:00:28 EST I'm in a mood....and it's not what you think http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735139 You've seen it before...I say I'm ina mood and it's usually not a good one. Not today! Yes, I'm in a mood, but it's the mood to be HEALTHIER! Yeah baby!! <BR> <BR> I love waking up with energy! This means I got a minimum of 7 hours of sleep. Last night was the first night in a long time it was uninterrupted by bathroom breaks, LOL. All the increased water has to be processed, and it's been in the middle of the night it seems. The fact that I slept all night tells me that I'm on track... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:08:25 EST As it comes together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734358 Anytime I've started a diet, I've been gungho at the beginning, and steadily lost steam until I forget I'm supposed to be doing something about my weight. I would never really see any true loss, sometimes I'd gain, but I never felt good or healthy. This is different. <BR> <BR> I've taken off 52 pounds, and for the most part have kept it off. It came off the same way it got on me....a little at a time. It's taken me 18 months to lose it. That's ok. I did lose steam with this program, li... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 08:16:17 EST Sometimes they mean well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728247 We all have them in our lives. You know them. They are the people who TELL you that you need to lose weight, Encourage you to exercise, then FEED you all the wrong kinds of things. Ugh! <BR> <BR> It would be easy to sit here and tell you to just say no and stick to your guns. Actually DOING that is an entirely different animal though. I know first hand how hard that is! <BR> <BR> I live with someone who has successfully lost and kept off weight. She's the kind of person who believes i... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:48:57 EST Don't let the world knock you down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726924 There are so many different diet programs out there, and even more people who will tell you what you are doing wrong without offering solid support to what you should be doing. So how do you debunk all the myth and get to the truth? <BR> <BR> I'm not a fad diet person, and never was. I remember growing up with the grapefruit diet, the chicken diet, the nothing but veggies diet all going on around me. None of it interested me in the slightest. As a teenager I didn't see myself as overweig... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:15:41 EST Rockin and Rollin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724272 I love having fun! Good old fashioned fun...the kind that makes you laugh and say "I haven't done THAT in years!", and the kind that brings back memories of good times. Yeah, that's the kind of fun I like to have. I'm 48 years old now, and my childhood fun days are over......or are they? <BR> <BR> As a kid, you couldn't keep me in the house on a nice day unless I was sick...and I'm talking feverish kind of sick. I'd be out there playing cops and robbers, cowboys and indians, football, ta... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:04:58 EST And now I'm even older http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720424 This past weekend Plex and I did the whirlwind tour of RI, CT and MA! Depsite the fact that we were not there for very long, we in fact did ALOT! <BR> <BR> We visited with our son in CT. He's an inch shorther than Plex who is 6'3", and he's only 15! He'll be turning 16 next month, and I have to say I am so impressed with the man he is becoming. He is autistic, and brilliant in my eyes! He loves to build things, and I know he can be a brilliant designer! He conversational skills are com... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:16:14 EST What a week so far! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715514 It's been busy busy busy at work, and I am loving every second of it! I love having things that keep my mind occupied while I am learning new things! This job is still wonderful to me! Yeah! <BR> <BR> Loving my job makes it that much easier to be motivated to take care of myself too. I am not dead exhausted when I get home most days, and since we are dog sitting this week for my BIL, it's a good thing! Max is a wonderful dog....black lab who thinks he's a puppy, not to mention a lap dog... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:00:56 EST Keep on keeping on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712734 This week was a bit off. That's the best way I can describe it. I was OFF. I didn't feel sick, but I didn't feel energized either. No other way to put it. So how does a person deal with just feeling blah? <BR> <BR> I did what I always do. I got up every morning and I went to work. I did my job to the best of my ability, and made great progress on my project. I ate healthy meals, and tried my hardest to not just crawl into bed when I got home. <BR> <BR> I ate healthy meals. I made a... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 12:09:28 EST Weekend update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702068 What a week! <BR> <BR> I have so much energy! I am loving my job! Yesterday during a manager's meeting within our group my immediate boss told the director I was the best thing to happen to them! I've done more work in the last two week than the previous compliance specialist did in six months! And here I am thinking I could be doing more! Holy moly! I apparently did so well this week, and yesterday in particular, that my boss let me leave a half hour early for the long weekend! <BR> ... Sat, 24 May 2014 11:05:44 EST Music makes it fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700540 Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I don't have a particular genre that I absolutely love either. All genres have something to offer me. I like to joke and say you can tell how I am feeling by what I am listening to, but honestly it's the truth. <BR> <BR> For me, I find exercise is more fun and I am far more energetic if I am listening to upbeat music. I also find that when I am tired, if I listen to something upbeat I gain more energy. It's a formula that works for me... Thu, 22 May 2014 08:00:30 EST Stepping it up a notch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699771 So I have returned to wearing my pedometer during the day, and boy I have I stepped it up....literally! <BR> <BR> I used to take between 4000 and 5000 steps a day, and felt like 10000 steps in a day was just impossible. Right now, I don't see it as impossible anymore. Just this week alone I have logged over 7000 steps on Monday, and 8604 yesterday. Today I am shooting to hit that 9000 mark. I know I can do it! <BR> <BR> It has a price though. My knees have been killing me. I'm not sur... Wed, 21 May 2014 08:00:13 EST Routine is good for this soul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694645 All those months out of work really took it's toll on me. I am a creature of habit, to be sure. I WANT and NEED to get up and go to work! Sounds weird, doesn't it? Here's why routine is good for this soul. <BR> <BR> 1) I had never been out of work as long as I was in my adult life. I got into the routine of getting up, eating breakfast, checking in on SP, heading to work and making a conscious effort to get in as may steps as I possibly could. When I was out of work, I did SOME of tho... Wed, 14 May 2014 06:48:53 EST Happy Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692729 To all the ladies out there, and the men who have taken on the role, Happiest of Mother's Day to you all! <BR> <BR> I had a discussion with a friend this morning about mother's day. She recently had a hysterectomy, and has never had children. Today she was being a Debby Downer (my goodness there are lot of these people in my life!) and saying how this was a hateful holiday to be reminding those who can't have kids of what they are missing out on. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I nipped THAT ... Sun, 11 May 2014 16:50:03 EST Mom always said.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691826 "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." It's a very simple concept, but one that seems to have disappeared from this world. <BR> <BR> With my starting to work on Monday morning, my daughter needed a car of her own immediately. She hadn't saved any money for it yet, as she just started working herself. So her grandmother and great grandmother decided to help her out. Instead of a bank loan, they loaned her the money. A repayment plan has been established, and all ar... Sat, 10 May 2014 10:05:24 EST Couldn't be happier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689724 This week is going to be a good week, I just know it! <BR> <BR> I found out yesterday that the job I interviewed for last week is mine! Huzzah! 5 months out of work is long enough for this extremely hard working lady, let me tell you! I start Monday morning, and while the money is not what I was making up north, to be honest it's in my wheelhouse of livable wage. <BR> <BR> My daughter, Boo, is also working again. She's working for a fast food place, but luckily it's not a food she's ter... Wed, 7 May 2014 11:21:16 EST Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671805 I use my mother-in-law's scale this morning, since mine is somewhere in the storage unit. According to her scale, I have lost 12 pound since March 30th. Really? Is this true? <BR> <BR> I know my clothes are fitting better. I have had more energy. I've walked...ALOT. I've watched my diet carefully because of my blood sugars. Is it possible that I actually lost that much, or is her scale just that wacky? <BR> <BR> I'll take the measurement as true since I have no other means of verifyi... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:37:32 EST The Measure of Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669759 How do you measure success? For every person, it's different, and comparing your results to someone else's can actually do more harm than good in my non-professional opinion. Our bodies are not the same, so why should we expect to have the same results as the person next to us when it comes to losing weight? <BR> <BR> Some people use the scale to measure their success. Not a bad choice, but not the only choice. The scale will tell you how much you weigh at that exact moment. That's it. ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:03:29 EST Day 3 exercise challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663441 Boo and I didn't get to do the exercise challenge until the end of the day, but we still did it. I am proud of us! Today we are upping the reps to 9. The fun part of last night's exercise extravaganza was when the dog, Cookie, decided I needed kisses more than I needed crunches! I'm lying on the floor and she is licking my face while I am giggling like a mad woman! Plex ended up having to distract her so I could get my crunches done. <BR> <BR> Still no word on the job front. I will keep... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:50:45 EST Day 2 of my exercise challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662501 Yesterday was a pretty good day! I did my exercises with my daughter, Boo. I ate well, even adding a salad to my dinner meal and making my main meal portion smaller to accommodate the calories. I drank 6 glasses of water, and I had a lot of energy. I even managed to quiet the negative Nancy in my life to an extent. <BR> <BR> I was asked what was new and exciting with my day. I said that Boo and I had started this exercise challenge. The woman who says to me on a regular basis that Plex... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:11:19 EST A different perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661657 I took a look back at my progress to date. I have lost nearly 15% of my weight since I started. Not too shabby. I'm taking way longer than I should though, and motivation can be lost when results aren't instant. Not that I am losing motivation. I do from time to time lose interest though. I'm responsible enough to admit that. It's not the diet that fails, it's me failing the diet! <BR> <BR> I see so many people on my Facebook feed that are doing these crazy diets, posting incredible w... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:51:55 EST Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660749 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I woke this morning after 8 hours of sleep feeling fantastic! I'm back to monitoring my blood sugar consistently as of today, which means testing before and after meals. It was higher than I like when I woke this morning, but honestly it wasn't that bad. I need to keep track of this, because I will run out of my medication on Wednesday and I do not have any refills left, nor do I have a doctor to go see. Not having health insurance stinks, but the Healthcare Marke... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:40:40 EST Still hanging on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660047 I weighed in earlier this week, and noticed an 8lb loss from my last weigh in. I'm amused by that, because I was feeling quite chunky that morning! I'll take the loss though. <BR> <BR> I had an interview last week, and I am waiting to hear on it this week. I'm feeling pretty good about it, but it's up to the owner to make the decision. It won't be in the QA field that I have spent the last 24 years, but that's ok. I'm all for a change! <BR> <BR> Last night Boo, Plex and I went out to s... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 13:24:29 EST Why do I do this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651627 I've been feeling rather down and frustrated lately, and it's not because of my weight loss/get healthy progress or lack of. <BR> <BR> I am still not working. I have never been out of work this long. I've had interviews that went nowhere. I've sent out more resume and cover letters than I can count. 90% of the time I don't hear back at all. The rest is usually the form letter email saying thanks, but no thanks. I know the economy is bad, and that the jobs just aren't out there for what... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:00:41 EST Inspiration close to home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610877 I fully admit that the last couple of weeks I have been completely unmotivated. I've been so focused on finding a job that I have neglected to log in and log my food. As the depression that comes with long searches set in, my urge to emotional eat returned. While I did my best to fight it off, I was not 100% successful, and that's ok. The fact that I even realized I was doing it was a huge step forward, an NSV (Non Scale Victory) of sorts if you will. Breaking the cycle will be easier, o... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:06:14 EST Getting rid of the toxic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591172 My mood this weekend can be best described as irritable. Yes, I blog, but for the most part I am an intensely private person. I do not like being watched or questioned at every turn, and I feel like this has been happening all weekend. <BR> <BR> Friday morning I set out to finish a sewing project for my BIL. I had one of the items nearly complete, and the second one cut when I left the house to take the younger daughter to pick up her last paycheck from her seasonal job. While we were ou... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 12:11:39 EST January 4 - Beginning again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581674 Staying positive in an uncertain time is so hard. Yesterday my work contract was cancelled suddenly. I was told that I was not a fit for the job, as I was more geared to a management position than the position I had. Not the way I wanted to start the year. That being said, I found some positive in this event. <BR> <BR> The job really wasn't a good fit with my experience and goals, even though I haven't been a manager in 7 years. The company wasn't ready to really get to the next level re... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 09:21:43 EST January 2nd - Taking the time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579599 Yesterday I went outside to stretch my legs for a bit since I'd been sitting, playing a video game with Plex, and I heard the most amazing sound. There was a red tailed hawk perched in the trees lining the driveway, and he was calling out. I've seen hawks flying plenty of times, but to hear one up close and personal like that made me stop and appreciate the world around me. <BR> <BR> So many times I'm rushing about and not paying attention to little things. I take them for granted, and I ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:46:45 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577591 Welcome to 2014!! Are you ready for a year filled with yourself as a priority? I am! <BR> <BR> Halfway through 2013 I lost steam. I had been doing well, and then got bogged down in other things in my life that gave me way too much to worry and stress myself about. The result was not so great weight loss, loss of motivation, the return of being too tired and all the feelings I had before. I recognized this, tried to get myself back on track, but never quite managed to get back that speci... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:42:29 EST Yes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574457 I woke up this morning and tested my blood sugar right away. I had been a very naughty girl about this for a few months now, and I've been feeling physically crappy for about as long. Welp, I tested this morning and was rewarded with a blood glucose of 132. Right in the normal wheelhouse for me. Yesterday I was at 133. I went down, and I am pleased even if it is only by one point. I'll take it. I want to see those numbers back in the low one hundreds again. To do this, I have to be dil... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 09:57:39 EST Closing out a year and beginning a new one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573653 It's that time of year when people look back at what they have done for the past year and make resolutions to do better in the new year coming. Have we honestly done better? Let's think about that. <BR> <BR> Last year was a year of many ups and downs for me, figuratively and literally. <BR> <BR> 1) I lost weight <BR> 2) My A1C went down to 5.8 from 6.1 <BR> 3) I lost my job <BR> 4) I found a new one <BR> 5) I got married (holy cow I still can't believe I got married) <BR> 6) I moved... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:57:09 EST Things you can learn just by reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562069 So I searched the SP site for articles on how to tone up my upper abdominal region, and I discovered something very interesting. Did you know that the abs are not separate muscles, but one huge one? So when you are doing those ab exercises, you are actually getting the whole muscle, not just one part of it. I know personally that different parts of my abs will get sore if I overdo it, but I learned something new! <BR> <BR> I also learned that when I am working out my abs, I should also be... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:09:23 EST My body has never done this one before http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560581 I've been losing weight and toning up, but not by being a gym rat or anything. I've been walking the dog every day, parking further from the door at work, home and shopping centers, and in general moving more. So what is it my body is doing that it's never done before? Well, my abdomen is slimming down, but only my lower abs. My upper abs are not slimming down at all. <BR> <BR> When I've lose weight before, I've lost pretty much all over every time so this situation has me scratching m... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 13:48:38 EST Being happy in a negative environment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559100 I try to stay positive and happy as much as possible. I believe in the power of positive thinking, really and truly. This is not an easy task when there are many negative people surrounding me these days. <BR> <BR> People at work have terrible negative attitudes. People at home are full of negativity....though they don't realize it. At work I understand it. It's very clear to me that there are people on my shift who feel threatened by me. I'm not so full of myself to think I have nothi... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 12:51:13 EST Wow!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557466 After I finished typing my blog yesterday, I got a phone call from my BIL. I generally don't like to have him involved in our business, for personal reasons, but yesterday I made an exception and boy am I glad I did! <BR> <BR> The job for me has been going along, but I made discoveries on Monday night that sent off warning bells in my head. I've become very uncomfortable with this job, and applied for college as I said yesterday. Well, I was recommended for a different job with a differen... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 09:30:56 EST 12/4/2013 Moving in the right direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556692 Hello again! I hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving! I know I did! <BR> <BR> I've been moved to my regular evening working shift, and the best thing I can say is that it's a paycheck. The company needs a very big lesson on what cGMP means, and they need to replace this QA group with one that actually cares about quality, let me tell you. I don't think I will be staying with this place past my 6 month probationary period, honestly. I've been seeing a very negative trend lately, and ... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 10:04:43 EST Feel like I've been in a whirlwind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548255 I started my new job, and at first I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. The people were not friendly initially, and the training was, well, not very well thought out. I did ALOT of reading of the Procedures, and I found that even they are not up to par with what I have been working with previously. I do, however, try to keep an open mind so I kept plugging away at it. The job has gotten much more interesting, and the people are getting warmed up to me. Of course, I start working my r... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 08:15:13 EST Renn Faire visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536746 Plex and I decided to visit the Carolina Renaissance Festival today. We were there for 4 hours, and saw so many wonderful people and items! We didn't wear our garb, as I can't find most of it since the move. It may be in the storage unit, which is packed to the ceiling with items we can't bring here to the house. <BR> <BR> We are currently living with his mother and grandmother while we get on our feet and save to buy our own home. It's not terrible, as I generally get along with my moth... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 18:06:18 EST Greetings from North Carolina http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535603 I am finally able to sit down and write a blog, Huzzah! <BR> <BR> Recovery from the car accident is continuing, with a back spasm here and there but the leg is mostly ok now. If I stand too long it lets me know I shouldn't be, but otherwise I am almost back to normal. <BR> <BR> The move was exhausting on so many levels. So many friends and family to wish goodbye, and so many tears. I know this was the right move for us, and I have so much wonderful news to share! <BR> <BR> The day afte... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 08:59:34 EST I don't even know what day it is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526290 It's been busy since the wedding with all the packing to prepare for the move. Then it got a little twisted. <BR> <BR> I was in a car accident this past Saturday. I was hit by another driver, and my truck is currently at a service station. I am hoping it can be fixed. In the meantime, I have to let my body heal AND pack a house. Not so easy. <BR> <BR> I have a sprained, leg, sprained knee, sprained shoulder, sprained neck and a closed head injury. Luckily I was able to come home from ... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 08:47:58 EST Day 63 Back to Basics - Moving Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508852 How do we handle moving stress? Before Sparkpeople I would have been living on pizza, beer and little sleep. I know better now because I have read the articles and made positive changes to my lifestyle over the last year and a half. Now you will see just what this great community has helped me to accomplish! <BR> <BR> Moving 101: <BR> <BR> 1) Sleep 8 hours a night. I have been doing this without a problem. This morning was a little more difficult to get up, but that was due to a chang... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 10:45:22 EST Day 61 Back to Basics - Post Wedding Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506837 Yesterday was the big day for Plex and I! I don't have to tell you how happy we are because you can see it on our faces! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1715622675.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was an amazing day following a week's worth of stress and worry. Our friends did an amazing job pulling this all together, and I am probably the luckiest woman alive! At least I feel like I am! But I will tell you, while I am exhausted from all the running around and probably have mo... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 10:16:16 EST Day 51 Back to Basics - Vacation Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497553 Ah vacation time! It's that time when you take a break from all your normal routines and relax, right? Well, taking a break from all your routines is not really a good idea. Getting up in the morning close to your normal time is a good thing. Drinking your water and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise each day is also a good thing. Now I am not saying you need to hit the hotel gym at the break of dawn, nor am I saying that you need a temporary gym membership wherever you are visit... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 08:32:33 EST Day 41 Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488109 This has been amazing 24 hours! I didn't end up taking a nap when I got home yesterday. Once I sat down and started stitching while waiting for Plex to pick me up from work, I woke right up. Amazing how that works! I got home and washed dishes, made preliminary packing plans for our upcoming trip, and watched my beloved Bruins win the first pre-season game against Montreal!!! Go Bruins!!! <BR> <BR> The best part to all this is that after 1:30pm I didn't take any more of the pain medicat... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:22:26 EST Day 40 Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487401 I am very very sleepy, thanks to the pain medication I was placed on over the weekend. Seems that after dislocating my toe I started to change my walking to compensate, and in the process strained the ligaments in my knee. I'm on rest, ice, compression and elevation for a few days to get the knee pain managed. <BR> <BR> All that being said, I went to LARP this weekend. I did all roleplay, no combat, and had much fun. <BR> <BR> Wedding update as follows: <BR> 1) RSVPs are beginning to ... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:38:37 EST Day 35 Back to Basics - Wedding prep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482865 Going to start this one out with a birthday shout out to my youngest daughter, Boo, who turned 20 today! Happy Birthday, mon petit enfant! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a day that I thougt would never come. We addressed and stuffed our wedding invitations! Actually, when I say we I am referring to my daughters Panda and Boo, and my best friends/sisters of the heart Brenna and Gwyn. <BR> <BR> I also had a weigh in, and I am down another 1.2 pounds, bring me to a total loss of 10 pounds of thos... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:28:50 EST Day 30 Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477691 Yesterday was a busy day! I had a community service day off from work because we performed at a benefit concert last night in support of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. It was wonderful to be a part of! It was video taped (or whatever you call it these days), so I will share a snippet with you when I get it! <BR> <BR> For the record, before I went away last weekend I stepped on the scale to discover that I had regained 26 of the 42 pounds I had lost. I ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 11:09:08 EST