WORKOUTWITHPAM's SparkPeople Blog WORKOUTWITHPAM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community December 24, 2014 (Christmas Eve) HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE, to ALL! <BR> <BR> I hope your day was GREAT! Anyone doing anything special this evening? I stopped by Shelby's house today, and I took her a poinsettia. She loves flowers so she was happy. My sister, Kay, is having the family over on Christmas Day. She is usually late making her plans, so we just found out today that she wants us there at Noon tomorrow. Shelby (my other sister) is having a family party on Sunday evening. I am looking forward to going to both parti... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:11:02 EST December 20, 2014 (Saturday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you for your comments. You are all so thoughtful, and I appreciate that you stop by for a visit. <BR> <BR> I did a little of the 'running around' today. I will do a little more tomorrow, and a little more on Tuesday, and then that's it! Actually, our family Christmas party isn't until next Sunday, so that will still leave me a couple more days to 'run around.' <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> MARYJEANSL - I remember those days of wrapping the boy's gifts only... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:00:23 EST December 19, 2014 (Friday) TGIF! <BR> <BR> Not that the weekend is much different from any other days of the week, but still I look forward to each weekend. Nothing will go on around here, but I only have one class on each Saturday and Sunday. I will be starting a second class on Sunday in January. I do not have any Fitness Floor hours again until next Friday night. Christmas will be over by then, and everyone will start thinking about the lifestyle changes they will make in the New Year. Not much action at the Y... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:52:13 EST December 18, 2014 (Thursday) Hello Everyone, <BR> I hope you are all doing well. I have canceled my Tues/Thurs evening class until January 5, so I am here earlier than usual. Attendance was very low, and since it was a commission class, it really wasn't worth my time. Hopefully, attendance will pick up at the first of the New Year. If not, I will cancel it permanently and find a location where people will come, OR I may just remain free on those two nights. <BR> <BR> Another cold and dreary day, but no rain today ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:01:10 EST December 17, 2014 (Wednesday) Almost time to have everything logged in, so I am writing very quickly. Nothing new going on, and everything is going OK. I will try to write more tomorrow if I have time. I have been working a lot of hours on the Fitness Floor, and trying to do a little Christmas shopping for the boys. I am working tomorrow on the Fitness Floor from 1 - 5 PM, and I have morning and evening classes, so that is keeping me from being on the computer very much. I hope all of you are doing well. Take care, ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:34:38 EST December 13, 2014 (Friday) Hello Everyone, <BR> This has been a very busy week for me. I have worked several shifts at the YMCA, had a huge ugly 'weed tree' cut down, plus other smaller trees and hedges, had my house pressure washed, and had a few other small jobs done. The same guy who has worked on my truck several times did these jobs. His wife worked too. They are great workers, and their fees are reasonable. Today was their last day to work probably until spring unless I come up with something else for them t... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 02:50:21 EST December 7, 2014 (Sunday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a great weekend. It was OK here. The Fitness Floor job on Friday was OK. Not much action since there is never a whole lot of action in most gyms on Friday evening. I was afraid that I would not get many hours in December because I was late getting to the sign up sheet because I did not have the password. However, I am now seeing that a lot of the workers sign up without checking their calendars. Once they check their calendars, especially dur... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 23:34:31 EST December 5, 2014 (Friday) Checking in early because I have the Fitness Floor job for the evening, and I may not have time to get back on here before the cut off time. Have a GREAT WEEKEND, ALL! <BR> <BR> HUGS <BR> Pam Fri, 5 Dec 2014 16:29:55 EST December 3, 2014 (Wednesday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you ALL for reading and responding to my yesterday's blog. Not much time to write before the cut off for today. I really don't have much to say anyway. Nothing of interest happening around here. It was cold, dreary, and somewhat rainy today, but I was inside all of the day except for running in and out of gyms. <BR> <BR> All of my classes for today went well. I taught Silver Sneakers at the YMCA today. That class is large, actually the largest class... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 02:49:36 EST December 2, 2014 (Tuesday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Great hearing from you, and thank you for your comments. Sort of a dreary day outside, but not too bad. No sunshine at all so far, but no rain either, so that's good. <BR> <BR> The Silver Sneakers class went very well. I was happy that eight ladies showed up for the class. Only one had done Silver Sneakers before, and the others were new. They had a good time, and they did GREAT in the class. They said they had a good time and liked the class. I hope they ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 15:54:57 EST December 1, 2014 (Monday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you ALL for your comments. It is nice to see that MARYJEANSL and SURVIVOR61 have both stopped by and left a comment. SURVIVOR61 is now a co-leader on the MOTIVATIONAL MEMBERS Team. She is doing a GREAT JOB of getting the team active again. I'll bet that most of you are already members of the MOTIVATIONAL MEMBERS TEAM, so stop by and check out the new threads that have been added. <BR> <BR> It was really COLD here today, BUT it is warming up either tomor... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 02:09:13 EST November 30, 2014 (Sunday) I hope everyone had a GREAT WEEKEND! Things were OK here. I had the Fitness Floor job on Saturday afternoon, and it went well. Not too much for me to do there yet since I am not giving orientations. I will do that in the future, but I want to learn more about the equipment before I put someone on a program. I can answer questions though and of course speak to and smile at those who come in to work out. Also each shift has a certain area to clean, and yesterday my area was the free weigh... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 18:46:48 EST November 28, 2014 (Friday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you for your responses on my blog of yesterday. I am glad that everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. We are all blessed with so many people and things in our life for which to be thankful. I am certainly thankful for all of my Spark Friends and for their support, encouragement, and motivation that is so generously given. <BR> <BR> Today was almost back to normal but not exactly. I was on a reduced schedule, and I only had two classes. That was OK though. ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:36:03 EST November 27, 2014 (Thanksgiving Day) I hope everyone had a GREAT DAY! My two sons, one son's girlfriend, and I went to my sister Kay's house. Shelby and her husband were also there. It was a nice day. Back to exercising tomorrow to work some of it OFF! <BR> <BR> HUGS <BR> Pam Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:15:13 EST November 26, 2014 (Wednesday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for faithfully reading and commenting on my "blah, blah" blogs. <BR> <BR> I wish every one of you a HAPPY and BLESSED THANKSGIVING! <BR> <BR> HUGS <BR> Pam <BR> <BR> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:11:47 EST November 23, 2014 (Sunday) Thank you ALL. You are ALL the GREATEST! I hope everyone has a wonderful week with nice weather. Today wasn't cold, but it has been raining most of the day. I don't know if it is still raining because I heard on the weather that the rain was supposed to move out of here this evening. I hope it moves out before we all head for work in the morning. <BR> <BR> I just watched a Memphis Grizzlies game in its entirety. That is something that I rarely can do because I am usually not here at th... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:58:38 EST November 22, 2014 (Saturday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you for your supportive responses on my last blog. Today has been great with sunshine and temperatures in the 60's. I cannot complain at all about that! <BR> <BR> Things have taken a turnaround with my hours on the Fitness Floor. I have already worked there 14 hours during November, and I have another shift on the Friday after Thanksgiving. I knew that I had those hours, but it was the December schedule that was filled except for one Friday night shift.... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:55:49 EST November 19, 2014 (Wednesday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Surprise! It was a pretty nice day today with higher temperatures. It is supposed to be in the 60's this weekend. I can live with that. <BR> <BR> Nothing much happened today that is worthy of talking about. Just a usual day. I did talk with the director of the Fitness Floor, and she said that all of the 'regulars' on the work schedule automatically sign in their usual hours each month, but that usually one or two of them will need someone to take some of the... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 02:37:05 EST November 18, 2014 (Tuesday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you for responding to my last blog. I hope you are all doing well. Things are OK around here. There was only a light 'dusting' of snow on Sunday night, so the roads were fine, and all schools and gyms were open. Being parked down "THE HILL" was not necessary, but when snow is predicted, that is where one will find my truck. Of course, I had to walk back down there on Monday morning and drive the truck back up to the house, but I can't risk being stuck on... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:39:40 EST November 16, 2014 (Sunday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you for your responses to my last blog wishing you ALL a GREAT WEEKEND! <BR> <BR> I knew my weekend would be busy, but I didn't expect it to be THIS BUSY! For starters, on Friday, I taught my normal five hours of fitness classes. Then I had a meeting immediately after the last class was over for my first training for the job of working in the Wellness Center (Fitness Floor) at the YMCA. That lasted until 5:00 PM, and then I had planned to meet with a sal... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:10:14 EST November 15, 2014 (Saturday) Have a GREAT WEEKEND, ALL! <BR> <BR> HUGS <BR> Pam Sat, 15 Nov 2014 03:21:13 EST November 11, 2014 (Tuesday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you ALL for your comments on my last blog. I especially appreciate the "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" wishes for my son(s). My youngest son is a school teacher, and the schools in the county where he teaches are closed for Veteran's Day. I gave him money for his birthday, and he is out shopping now. It was so much fun when they were younger to shop for them. Now, it is almost impossible, especially when you ask, "What do you want for your birthday?" and they say, "I Do... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:36:19 EST November 9, 2010 (Sunday) The races are over for this season. It was pretty chilly there last night, but it was not as bad as last weekend when it was so windy. Last night wasn't too bad (with several layers of clothing and a heater running). Anyway, it is over from now until next April. That seems like a long time away, but knowing how fast 'time flies,' it won't be any time before SPRING is here, and I will once again be "OFF TO THE RACES!" <BR> <BR> Oh, to fill up some of my free time (now that the races are o... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 21:43:08 EST November 7, 2014 (Friday) Hello Everyone, <BR> It was sunny today, but still TOO COLD for me. I've been hearing about snow next weekend, but I hope that is NOT going to happen. WINTER itself is miserable enough without having SNOW in the fall. Anyway, I guess we just have to take whatever kind of weather we get. <BR> <BR> I am on here early because the Memphis Grizzlies are playing a game tonight, and I love watching their games. I am out of here now though because I have a lot of stuff to do before getting off... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 18:51:12 EST November 6, 2014 (Thursday) Have a GREAT FRIDAY, ALL, and a WONDERFUL WEEKEND. <BR> <BR> Last race is this weekend. I will miss it, but it will free me up to do a few more things that I have been neglecting for months now. It will be another COLD night there, but everything is starting earlier, so maybe we won't be there too late. <BR> <BR> My computer has really been S-L-O-W today, so I am not going to be on here much longer. I am tired of waiting and waiting for the pages to come up. <BR> <BR> Take care, and kee... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 21:13:17 EST November 3, 2014 (Monday) Hello Everyone, <BR> Thank you for commenting on my last blog. I want to especially thank you for the "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" wishes for Aunt Juanita. In addition to teaching line dancing 4 or 5 times a week, she also goes dancing several times each week. She loves to dance, probably another reason that she is so lively and alert at age 93. <BR> <BR> Nothing going on around here other than the weather was a little nicer today. No coat or jacket required. I think it is supposed to rain tomorr... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 02:12:30 EST November 2, 2014 (Sunday) Hello Everyone, <BR> Thank you for your Halloween wishes. Actually, I did nothing Halloween related on Friday night. My two sons are both grown; I have no grandchildren, and there are no small children in my family other than distant relatives. My street is not 'trick or treating' friendly with no sidewalks or street lights, and even if it was, who would want to walk up "THE HILL" to see if anyone was home? Probably no one, at least no one has been here on Halloween night in many years. ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 19:45:54 EST October 31, 2014 (Friday) HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Have a GREAT WEEKEND! <BR> <BR> HUGS <BR> Pam Sat, 1 Nov 2014 02:37:10 EST October 29, 2014 (Wednesday) Hello Everyone, <BR> Thank you for commenting on my last blog. Today was one of my busy days, but tomorrow is one of my 'light' days. I used to have a class on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, but it canceled. I am OK with that. I have discovered that I like having a couple of free afternoons each week. It makes things a lot easier. Having 2 free afternoons each week for the past two weeks allowed me to take the cats to the vet, get in for a dental checkup, meet with an insurance agent,... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:44:46 EST October 28, 2014 (Tuesday) Rainy and cool today. Not such a great day weather wise. I have taught two classes this morning, and I am free this afternoon with NO appointments. My next class isn't until 6:00 PM. So, if you might be wondering what I am going to do with those few hours of free time, I will tell you.....It is a GREAT DAY for taking a NAP! As soon as I finish logging in everything that I can at this time, I am going to lie down for about two hours. Kobe, my 4 year old little boy cat will also lie down... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:29:33 EST October 26, 2014 (Sunday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a beautiful day with a high of about 82, and today we have a more of the same kind of day. <BR> <BR> THANK YOU ALL for your responses to my last blog. You are all very kind and thoughtful, and thank you for your suggestions. I have a little time to see what I can come up with. Not ALL of my classes are canceled, only about 90% of them. It happens like this every year during the holidays, but this year with Christmas and New Year's Day being on a... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:08:05 EST October 24, 2014 (Friday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your comments. I really appreciate that you take to time to stop by and leave a message. <BR> <BR> No races this weekend, so tomorrow all that is on my schedule is one class at 9:15 AM. Next week they are racing on both Friday and Saturday nights. Then it is over for the season. I had planned to work BOTH nights, but since I have the Saturday class now, I called the owner today and told her that I won't be able to work on Friday night. That... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:24:51 EST October 23, 2014 (Thursday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Nice day around here. Chilly, but sunny and not bad, although I prefer it much warmer. However, it IS fall, and for fall, it was a beautiful day. <BR> <BR> The participants in my second class of the day and I all went out to lunch today. It was fun, but something that we can only do occasionally. I am sure we each ate all of the calories that we'd burned in the exercise class, PLUS a whole lot more. Still, this was the first time we've ever done that, so it wa... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:53:16 EST October 19, 2014 (Sunday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your comments on my last blog. Thank you also for your concerns about my knee. It really has progressed very well. Actually, it feels fine, but I am still being a little cautious with it because I imagine it is still a little weak. <BR> <BR> The races went well. There was not as many people there as the owner expected, but there was a lot of other events going on this weekend around town. PLUS, it was pretty chilly once the sun went down. We... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:15:28 EST October 17, 2014 (Friday) I don't think we've had ANY rain this week. The races are on as scheduled for tomorrow, and since no rain is predicted, I guess that is the final word. It will be cold again, only in the 60's during the day, and in the 40's at night. This is a BIG race (the one that was scheduled for last Saturday but canceled due to so much rain), and the race that was originally scheduled for tomorrow will be held on Sunday. I have never worked there on Sunday. They will have to find someone else to do... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:18:11 EST October 11, 2014 (Saturday) Too much rain, so the races for today/tonight were canceled. I have mixed emotions when the races are canceled because I really need the work there, BUT it was so cold last Saturday night, that there were not that many in attendance. Tonight would be the same way, cold again. Nothing much going on other than I did do a few things on my 'to do when I have time' list. That is such a good feeling that before the night is over, I may do a few more of those things. <BR> <BR> I hope all of you... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:19:10 EST October 9, 2014 (Thursday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a little disappointed in myself because it was almost midnight before I got online to log in my Spark Stuff. I only had about 3 minutes, and that only gave me time to spin the two wheels. I had been on the site, but I had not read any articles or done anything earlier in the day other than do enough to earn only about 50 points. I always get over 100 points, and more often close to 200 points (if the wheels are friendly). I fell asleep in the recliner. Toni... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 22:12:09 EST October 7, 2014 (Tuesday) Lazy day for me. I had things to do, but I did not do them. There is still time for me to do them though, or at least some of them. <BR> <BR> Morticia, I hope Baxter is doing OK. Why did he have surgery? <BR> <BR> I have one more class this evening, so I am out of here to get ready for that. While I am out, I have a couple of errands to run that I should have done while I was out earlier today. Always something. <BR> <BR> HUGS <BR> to ALL <BR> Pam Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:36:24 EST October 6, 2014 (Monday) Have a GREAT TUESDAY! I hope you are all doing well. I didn't see any rain here today, but I think it was predicted. I think it is predicted again for tomorrow. Two of my cats are scheduled on Thursday for their yearly check up. The other three will go prbably next week. My son is taking the two on Thursday, and I will take the others. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT DAY, ALL! Tue, 7 Oct 2014 02:12:20 EST October 5, 2014 (Sunday) Warmer and nicer day than yesterday. Rain is predicted for all or most of this week. I hope you all have a GREAT WEEK! Busy one for me with vet appointments, and my son (the teacher) on fall break. <BR> <BR> HUGS <BR> Pam Mon, 6 Oct 2014 02:36:10 EST October 4, 2014 (Saturday) Sunny and beautiful day, but too CHILLY for me! Anyway, the races are on, but it is going to be COLD there this the 40's. Last week, I took my fan, and this week, I guess I will take my portable heater. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT DAY, ALL! <BR> <BR> HUGS <BR> Pam Sat, 4 Oct 2014 12:01:17 EST October 3, 2014 (Friday) No rain today, so I guess the races will be running. Someone will call me in the morning if the track is too wet. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a GREAT WEEKEND! I am tired and need to get up early so I am going to bed. <BR> HUGS <BR> Pam Sat, 4 Oct 2014 02:24:29 EST October 2, 2014 (Thursday) THANK YOU ALL for you comments and birthday wishes. It was a very nice day for me. <BR> <BR> This week has been about the same as my usual weeks, but next week I will start having a little more free time in the afternoons on Tues and Thurs. The schools in the area where my son teaches will be closed for Fall Break, so I would like for him to go with me to look at vehicles. However, that may not happen because I am sure he will still be involved with football at his school, and also on Thu... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 20:44:37 EST September 28, 2014 (Sunday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> It has been a very busy weekend for me because my birthday was on Friday. I don't say much about my birthday in advance, but it seems like all of my classes were made aware of the date. I got a lot of really nice cards, gifts, and even money. So it was a very nice day. On Friday evening, my oldest son and his girlfriend cooked dinner for me, and that was also nice. <BR> <BR> So, I was very busy on Friday, and then I had a class on Saturday morning and then the... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:14:28 EST September 25, 2014 (Thursday) WOOHOO! Tomorrow is Friday! Hope you all have a GREAT WEEKEND! The Elvis impersonator is performing in this area again this weekend, and several of my family members are going to the show. I can only go IF it rains out the races, and I do not see that any rain is predicted for tomorrow or Saturday. I have seen him twice, so I am OK with not going. <BR> <BR> Nothing going on for me. I hope your day was GREAT! <BR> <BR> HUGS <BR> Pam Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:32:31 EST September 21, 2014 (Sunday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank You for your continued responses to my blogs. On the topic of my vehicle. I think it is very close to reaching retirement age. It is 14 years old, and has over 220,000 miles. I have kept it so long for several reasons, but one being that it is a truck, and I have grown to love driving a truck. I know I will not be buying another truck for several reasons, and one being they cost too much. That is why I have kept getting this one fixed although it has co... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:51:24 EST September 19, 2014 (Friday) Another week down! Although it is the weekend, of course, I am still working, but I still look forward to each weekend. <BR> <BR> This was a normal week without any unexpected drama. WOOHOO! I did have vehicle problems which began the week before (in the drama filled week). I ignored them that week because there was too much going on to try to work getting the truck to the shop into any of my days. <BR> <BR> I got it there yesterday, and picked it up today. Thank goodness the fee was... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:37:24 EST September 15, 2014 (Monday) My kind of day...NO DRAMA! PLUS, our weather was warmer today, and it was more like summer than winter. I am not ready for winter yet, but it seems we start getting very cool weather each year shortly after Labor Day. <BR> <BR> I will be starting another new class tomorrow afternoon. I canceled one of the classes that began a few weeks ago due to lack of participation. The class tomorrow is one that I am taking over for an instructor who is pregnant and leaving for that reason. She sa... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:56:54 EST September 14, 2014 (Sunday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I hope you are all doing well. Thank you for your responses on my last blog. The races WERE rained out for last night. The rain was so heavy on Thursday, and with the cool temperatures and not one ray of sun on Friday, the track and the pits were too wet. <BR> <BR> I am hoping for a week with much less drama. I hope you have a no drama filled week, too. <BR> <BR> Take care ALL, and keep in touch. Have a WONDERFUL and DRAMALESS week! <BR> <BR> HUGS <BR>... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:24:33 EST September 12, 2014 (Friday) What a busy week with lotsa 'drama!' I was not the one who started the drama but it seemed to be coming at me from several different angles. I tried to handle it the best that I could, but later I always wondered if maybe I said too much or didn't say enough or whatever. That's just me though. I like to keep EVERYONE happy (I AM a Libra, and we like to keep things peaceful, and to always avoid drama). <BR> <BR> Heavy rain on Thursday and flooding in some of the nearby areas. Not here ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:19:01 EST