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/ There's an app for that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834298 When I get back to basics, I start out with lots of energy and enthusiasm, which usually drops off after the first month. I'm full of good intentions, strong starts, but not so good on the follow through. This is changing. <BR> <BR> You see, when I started this journey on Sparkpeople, I fell into the same routine I had with every other diet. I started strong, then slacked off, then stopped coming altogether. When I was diagnosed with diabetes I came back. I've been back ever since. <BR>... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:14:49 EST Ooops I did it again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830704 Falling off the wagon is such a strange phrase, or at least I think so. Needless to say, I was a stress eater last night, and I know it. The worst part is that I made the conscious decision to do it. <BR> <BR> Long story short, my bank account appears to have been hacked. It's never happy making to have this happen, but it seems even worse at this time of year. I reported it immediately and they opened the investigation. I have a new debit card coming in the mail. I've done everything ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:05:43 EST Are you worth fighting for? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827389 It's a simple question, but the answer is quite elusive to so many of us. I'm a mom, and there isn't anything I wouldn't do to protect my kids. So why don't I feel the same way about myself? <BR> <BR> "Mom's are supposed to sacrifice for their kids." To a certain extent, I can agree with that statement. There have been more times than I can count that I decided to patch up that pair of jeans just one more time so that the kids could go to the amusement park with their friends. There hav... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:04:06 EST Head up, shoulders down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819951 Posture says a lot about a person, or so my mother used to tell me. A person who stands straight and tall is a person who is confident in themselves is what she would tell me. Remember trying to walk with a book balanced on your head? I couldn't do it, no matter how hard I tried. I was that kid who slouched in the back of the pictures, trying not to be seen. Did I lack confidence in myself? Heck no...I was horrendously shy! Years of slouching have left me with back pain. That doesn't ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:01:07 EST Life goes on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819361 There was a time when a stressful situation would have me diving for the food cupboard and eating everything in sight. After the events of yesterday, it would have been one of those times. Only it kind of wasn't. <BR> <BR> Did I eat yesterday from stress? Yes. I ate Wheat Thins, and probably more than I should have. What I didn't reach for was the Raspberry Danish in my fridge. Or the chips in the pantry. Not perfect, but better. <BR> <BR> I have made good changes in my life. I made... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:14:15 EST In total shock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818769 I woke this morning to a text from my sister-in-law that my step-brother's ex wife had died. She wasn't very old, and she certainly wasn't in bad health that I was aware of. No one expected this, and we still don't know why. <BR> <BR> I was not especially close to her. I have a love-hate relationship with my step siblings. I love them all...they seem to hate me. It doesn't bother me, really. I have a huge network of nieces and nephews that I adore. And this is why I am in total shock.... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:00:52 EST Breaking down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818378 Yesterday I couldn't stand my sciatic anymore, so I took a muscle relaxer. I hate taking them, but sometimes you need to just suck it up and deal, which is what I did. The downside to having done that is that I felt so much better I did things I probably shouldn't have done. I am becoming the definition of insanity, I swear. <BR> <BR> All that aside, Plex and I made great progress in the house over the weekend. It's amazing what you can do when you are actually home. It was nice to sit ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:08:20 EST This is starting to get on my nerve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816011 Or more accurately, it's already on my sciatic nerve. I've been fighting with sciatic nerve pain on my right side for 3 weeks now. It comes and goes, and lately it's mostly coming to stay. It gets so bad I can barely walk sometimes. <BR> <BR> I'd go to the chiropractor, except I don't have any insurance and can't afford it. So I am dealing on my own. The biggest problem is, well to be honest, ME. <BR> <BR> I start feeling well, and I go out and jump right back into my routine. Except ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:12:23 EST Water Water everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814180 Now all I have to do is drink it! <BR> <BR> This is a constant struggle for me. It's not like I am not willing to give up drinks like soda, cause honestly I already have. I don't reach for a soda nearly as much as I used to. In fact, unless I am out to eat I don't even look for it. So what am I drinking then? <BR> <BR> NOTHING. How bad is that??? I have a cup of coffee in the morning before work (hey, I'm not human without a cup every day, trust me) and a glass of Orange Juice if it's... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:13:07 EST The luckiest person I know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805250 So I am sitting here nursing an aggravated sciatic nerve (too many squats yesterday), and I commented to my husband that I am still completely amazed by all the encouraging comments from my blog the other day. He was typing something on his laptop and just said "Now you know why I believe I am the luckiest person in the world". I gave him an odd look, not sure where he was going. So he looked at me with this "are you seriously not getting this?" and said, "I'm the luckiest person I know be... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:56:28 EST Completely blown away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803843 I wasn't having a great morning until I opened my email. I made 2 cups of coffee instead of 1 (I was supposed to be putting by sugar substitute in my already existing coffee, not starting another cup in the Keurig), I was trying figure out why it was 75 degrees in my house at 2am, and 67 degrees at 6:30am, and I was making my lunch and not happy that someone drank my water bottles that I have for work (I can't stand room temperature water). Then I opened my email. <BR> <BR> You can imagine... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:02:43 EST Inspiration in all the right places http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803239 So no kidding, there I was reading a blog written by a Sparker, when I was reminded of a song my father used to sing when I was a kid. That's when I was hit with inspiration. I'm not saying that the blog I was reading wasn't inspiring, because believe me it was, it just was the first trigger in this line of triggers. Let me explain. <BR> <BR> So the Sparker had written that she eats when she is hungry, not because the clock tells her she has to. I started thinking on that statement. My ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:44:52 EST Strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793873 Thank you for the anniversary goodies and wishes! It was a good night last night with my hubby, and a very amusing one. People think that we should have gone out and done something special, or had a private night at home. Well, we are both a bit more practical than most people. We went out last night and picked up the lawn mower that was given to us, stopped by to say hello to my MIL and Nana, came home, ordered Chinese delivery, ate a piece of wedding cake, packed the suitcase for the re... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:31:26 EST The big move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788253 Know what's great about moving your home? You get to move your body! Downside to moving (aside from unpacking and trying to find everything)? You moved muscles you haven't moved in a while. Sore does not begin to describe how I feel right now. <BR> <BR> We unloaded the storage unit completely yesterday. In two trips. With 2 mini vans, a small pickup truck, a full sized pick up truck with a trailer, an SUV and a small car. I am talking about a 10 x 20 space that was stuffed to the ce... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:40:20 EST Sign of a good amount of exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787747 How do I know I got some good exercise in yesterday? I slept like the dead. I mean, I hit the pillow, slept 9 hours, and woke up in the same position I was in when I fell asleep. THAT is some good sleep! My body shut down, recovered what it needed to, and I get to do it all again today! <BR> <BR> We ran into some snafu's yesterday with the internet hookup (they didn't show up), but it will all be sorted out on Sunday, and I got a free month out of the deal! I'm not complaining! <BR> <B... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 07:13:01 EST Just Do It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787183 I was reading a Sparkmail from Maryannquest this morning, and those three words struck me to the core. <BR> <BR> JUST DO IT <BR> <BR> I thought about this, and realized just how many times I tell myself this phrase. I will tell myself this every morning when I have to get up for work. I tell myself this when I have a task that I would rather put off, like vacuuming my car. All those times I'd rather put off doing something until tomorrow, I tell myself JUST DO IT and get it over with. ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:10:41 EST Coming soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784560 This is the week of our move. We get the keys to the rental unit on Friday, and there is so much to do! <BR> <BR> The new washer and dryer are being delivered on Friday, and the internet connection is also going to be installed that day. Plex and I have discovered that we will need to take the day off from work to move bins out of the storage unit in order for the furniture to be moved on Saturday morning. We have a small window in which to get this done, as his brother is the one helping... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:48:21 EST I can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780790 "When you catch yourself saying "I can't" what you believe will manifest, but fortunately the opposite is also true, when you believe in yourself and are determined positive goals will manifest for you as well. Take your energy and consciously direct it towards positive thoughts and actions at this time and you will get a lot accomplished! " - Christin <BR> <BR> I wholeheartedly believe in this. This journey with Sparkpeople that has me at a 70 pound loss right now has been amazing, and whe... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:25:49 EST Words of Wisdom - Temperance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777064 To me, temperance is finding balance, moderation, being on "an even keel" emotionally so that I learn to act and not merely react to my circumstances/emotions. Right now I need to find balance in my life. I don't want to do anything hasty at this time, or I may end up regretting it. Do I need to step back for a bit before taking action? Moderation, harmony, and balance are the keys to success. Why do I need this right now? <BR> <BR> The answer to that question is many layered. First off,... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:38:16 EST Celebrating the little things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774777 I discovered an NSV today. I can put my jeans on without unbuttoning them and without unzipping them. I need a belt to hold them up! I am LOVING this feeling. I love it almost as much as realizing that I have lost 70 pounds. I am below 250 pounds, which I didn't think I would get to for quite some time. I did this. I made positive changes, and I made it work for me! <BR> <BR> It's been decades since I was this small, and I am on my way to being smaller, and healthier! If I can do thi... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 20:50:23 EST Top signs I should have stayed home today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773149 After a restless night full of extremely bizarre dreams, I got up this morning feeling blah. Of course the only time I actually entertain the idea of staying home from work is when I am EXTREMELY ill, so the thought didn't enter my mind. <BR> <BR> While getting ready for work, I was pulling clothes out of the closet and placing it on the bed. Now Plex is still sleeping, so I try to do this as quietly as possible. He proceeded to kick my clothes off the bed and on to the floor. Thanks Ple... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:57:58 EST Words of Wisdom - Mind over Matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771680 "The sun represents the ultimate power in its purest form. It is the sun's energy that gives life to all creation. You are also an energy source. The mind is a powerful creative force. Do you like what you've been creating? Never underestimate the power of your mind to shape your experiences - for better or worse. What you believe will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you believe you are "unlucky" or destined to fail or be hurt etc. that is the reality you will help to manifest. I... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:00:44 EST September is a Challenge Month for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771129 I'm doing not one, but THREE challenges this month! <BR> <BR> I've joined the 5% Fall Challenge, as I enjoyed the summer challenge very much and it was definitely a motivator for me to not want to let my team down! I've also gotten back to using my Wii Fit Plus, so I have joined the September Challenge there. I'm also doing the water thing, so why not? <BR> <BR> I have renewed vigor, energy, whatever you want to call it. I also realized that the scale at the urgent care was WAY off! Whe... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:57:49 EST Words of Wisdom - Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769801 "Do your current goals truly serve your highest good? Are you pursuing paths in life that challenge you to grow and reach your potential? Have you been procrastinating or not pushing yourself hard enough? If so take some time to set some clear, concise (but reachable) positive goals for yourself and work on developing them as new habits. Remember the fine line between self-discipline and punishment. Discipline is positive and motivating, it inspires you to grow and reach further. Punishment i... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:34:10 EST Words of Wisdom - Positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769197 "When you catch yourself saying "I can't" what you believe will manifest, but fortunately the opposite is also true, when you believe in yourself and are determined positive goals will manifest for you as well. Take your energy and consciously direct it towards positive thoughts and actions at this time and you will get a lot accomplished!" Christin <BR> <BR> Oh yes...I completely believe this! I went from being a positive teenager, to a negative young adult, and now to a positive middle a... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:31:48 EST Words of Wisdom - Transformations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767879 "Rather than doom and gloom, think endings and transformation. Open yourself up to new opportunities for growth in new directions that could not have happened otherwise. When a caterpillar "dies" it transforms into a butterfly. This process involves some struggle - but it's struggle with a purpose. Without this "fight" to break free from the confines of the cocoon, the newly formed butterfly can't strengthen its wings. Now is a time to look at ways you may need so that you can find new purpos... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:44:45 EST Words of Wisdom - Discipline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767154 "We need to be responsible for our actions and to use discipline and positive reinforcement to reach our higher goals. You should put yourself on notice to be more pro-active. Do your current goals truly serve your highest good? Are you pursuing paths in life that challenge you to grow and reach your potential? Have you been procrastinating or not pushing yourself hard enough? If so take some time to set some clear, concise (but reachable) positive goals for yourself and work on developing th... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:32:28 EST Words of Wisdom - Justice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765392 "This is a reminder of fairness, objectivity, weighing all sides of a story before taking action or jumping to conclusions. It's balance and compromise. We need to take action in positive ways that benefit all involved - not just yourself. <BR> <BR> Justice also means learning to be disciplined (positive and uplifting) as opposed to punishing yourself (demoralizing and demeaning). Many do not recognize when they cross this fine line. If you are disciplined you will feel inspired and mot... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:21:13 EST Words of Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764802 Remember your personal power. We can't always control external circumstances - but we are always in control of the thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors we choose to engage in. We have the choice to remain calm in the face of uncertainty. When we worry or stress, trying to force solutions or control others/circumstances etc., it only serves to heighten anxiety and frustration. It can be easy when circumstances are challenging to throw in the towel or use them as an excuse, but that ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:24:11 EST It may seem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764752 I have a ton of luck...most of it not the kind people want, and that's ok. If' I'm getting it, then people I love and care about aren't, right? :-) <BR> <BR> The medication is working. HUZZAH!! <em>244</em> <em>236</em> I will weigh tomorrow and find out just how much of this fluid is already gone! Last night I only had to get up once, which is a good thing! <BR> <BR> Plex's van that he uses for his work broke down last night, so Boo and I went to rescue him. Timing belt or tr... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:03:36 EST Didn't see THAT coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764072 Monday was the day from heck. First we find out we didn't get the house we applied for. Heartbreaking, but the least of my worries. Next, Plex got a flat tire on the highway. Luckily we had road hazard warranties on it, so it didn't cost much. Then my daughter gets sideswiped when coming home from her friend's house. It's only a scratch on the side of her car, but it made her nervous. Then someone stole 2 hubcaps off her car. I'm telling you, I can't make this stuff up. Then it was ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:50:36 EST You've got to move it to lose it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759426 I was travelling towards the end of last week and the beginning of this one. I enjoyed myself immensely at the stitchy weekend with the ladies. I ate well, didn't over do it, but I can't seem to shake the feeling of tiredness that accompanies travelling. I've been home 3 days and I STILL am exhausted come morning. I suppose sitting in an audit for my first two days back didn't help. I couldn't just get up and move like I wanted to. This audit literally left me feeling mentally exhausted... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:51:47 EST Go with it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758734 I have been very quiet in my blogging recently. I've been house hunting, and I took a 5 day trip back north to have a weekend with my lady friends doing nothing but relaxing, cross stitching (we're all stitchers) and just generally trying to get back to a sense of normalcy. It was what I needed. <BR> <BR> I've been home going on two days now, and I am STILL exhausted from the trip. I slept well while I was there, I ate healthier than ever, I drank plenty of water, so why am I so darned ti... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:40:06 EST 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