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Another year older, it's been a great year!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Today is my birthday. emoticon I'm having a good day. We went to breakfast with my parents and we will go out to dinner later. We are going for Mexican and I'm looking forward to it. The kids baked me a cake and decorated it. They did a great job decorating it, we'll have that after dinner. The kids got me scented candles, gift cards and chocolate (my weakness!!). My hubby was really sweet, cuz he went to a few stores looking for a kettle bell for me. He couldn't find a 20 lb one that wasn't $40, I will get one later on. Other than that, it's a pretty normal day. I'm still studying for my test this week.

This past year has been very exciting and challenging at times too. I've been able to experience lots of different things. Being in school really has helped me grow and find myself. I'm so fortunate to have so much support from my family and friends that is allowing me to finish my degree. I'm so grateful for that.

I had originally had the goal to lose weight before my birthday last year. I didn't quite keep up my end of the deal. This year I am older and wiser (maybe!!) and I am taking my weight loss day by day. I was looking at my yearly goal of 3000 fitness minutes (I know it's not a lot) and I saw that I am at around 2800 minutes so far, not bad considering I really didn't get serious until July! Even six months ago, I would've never imagined doing 300 minutes, let alone close to 3000. I feel great, I'm glad I'm eating better (not perfect), I have more energy and more drive to do it. I've got many great Spark friends here supporting me and pushing me to reach my goals. I so appreciate that, you have no idea. emoticon

This next year I plan to increase my exercise minutes goal. I know I can do way more than 3000 minutes per year. I'm still hoping my hubby will jump on the bandwagon with me. I will finish my degree in May and then I will take my Nclex exam over the summer. By this time next year I plan to be working full-time as a nurse. I can't wait!

Here are some of my goals for the week:

1. Work out at least 90 min.

2. Eat healthy and track all food

3. Increase my water intake (I still struggle with this)

4. Study for my test

5. Work on my presentation/paper

I hope you are enjoying your day. Thanks so much for reading!!

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SARA-SMILE 9/27/2014 6:56PM

    Awww...sorry I missed your birthday! I hope it was great! emoticon

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KRYSSCOTT 9/22/2014 1:47PM

    Hey pal, Happy Belated Birthday! I read about all your birthday plans and it sounds like you had a full day. Mexican food .. Yummy! When is that test? Be sure to let us know how you do. I'm sure you will do well as your making the time to study your butt off.

I hadn't realized that somewhere we had a spark fitness goal of 3000 fitness minutes.
Interesting. There is so much about this place I still have not discovered. Your almost to your goal 2,800 down and you've only been working three months.. By the middle of next month you'll have beaten that 3,000 goal and you know what they say about goals.. You have to keep striving for bigger and better things.. So just start thinking about how your going to challenge yourself in the months ahead.

Lovin' your goals for the week and Your plans for the future! Even if your hubby decides to let the wagon pass him by ( like my husband did) remember you still have us.

For me, this weeks push is Strength Training. I've almost met my 80 mile challenge for the month and I don't want to burn off all my muscle.

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TRYHARDER2014 9/22/2014 7:53AM

    emoticon Happy Birthday! emoticon emoticon

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VALLITTLEMAMA5 9/22/2014 7:52AM

    Great goals! And fantastic work on the degree!

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RASPBERRY56 9/22/2014 3:37AM

    I'm glad you had a emoticon - here's to many, many more!

I like those goals you set for the week - emoticon

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EDLEAR 9/22/2014 2:59AM

    I hope that you had a Happy Birthday!
I love it when kids make h.b. cakes for their parents, you must be so proud of them. Year anniversaries are good times for introspection and goal setting, as you have done. Good luck with them all in the coming year. emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/21/2014 11:16PM

    Happy Birthday

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BMCC488 9/21/2014 9:33PM

    emoticon Sounds like your family is pampering you :) How exciting about your nursing goals becoming a dream by next year! You're doing great with all your goals.

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DALID414 9/21/2014 8:34PM

    emoticon We are 2 days apart!

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AUDISP 9/21/2014 7:25PM

    Happy birthday, glad you are having a grand day.

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RICKHANN 9/21/2014 5:58PM

    Happy birthday.

Sounds like it was a great year for you with the better eating, fitness and school.

Keep it up. Looking forward to hearing about your goals and your job as a full-time nurse.

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KRISTA987 9/21/2014 5:38PM

    Happy birthday!

Great goals! You can do it!

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CRACKERS4554 9/21/2014 4:43PM

    Happy Birthday!

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A pleasant surprise to start the day!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I had another week of not wanting to throw the scale out the window!! I lost 0.7 lbs. I view every loss, even if it's small, as a victory. Even better, I'm down 2 inches also. emoticon

My hip has been giving me problems this week. Especially on Monday when I was barely able to walk and had to have everyone get things for me. It was not fun. I ran on Sunday and it probably aggravated it. I took it easy on it today and walked instead of ran. It still feels pretty good.

My kids are both sick this week. Just a bad cold. They both sound awful, but are not sick enough to stay home from school.

I will be taking my daughter shopping for her first homecoming dress this weekend. It's hard to believe she's old enough to be in high school. She's going with a group of friends. She's not allowed to date yet, we are thinking maybe when she's 35, lol! emoticon

I hope you all are having a good week and even better tomorrow starts the weekend. Thanks for reading. emoticon

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KRYSSCOTT 9/22/2014 1:34PM

    35 sounds like a good age. Yes I wish I had subscribed to that philosophy with my oldest daughter. Trust me when I tell you you'll start to go grey really fast once this rite of passage starts occurring. My kids kept us hopping, wasn't as bad with the two boys but still somewhat stressful.


Do you know what you did to your hip? A misstep, a fall, yanked a little hard on that sciatic nerve? Giving it a day to rest is a smart idea, I know you said you walked instead of running but if the pain comes back, take a day or two off... emoticon

Sorry to hear that the kiddos are sick, although it is somewhat of a relief to learn it's just a cold. I hope your daughter is able to kick it to the curb before her homecoming dance.

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KALEWINE 9/21/2014 9:39AM

    I hope your hip gets better soon. Mine has better bothering me lately as well. Congrats on the weight loss and inches lost!

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EDLEAR 9/20/2014 4:17AM

    Everyday that you don't feel like throwing the scale out the window is a day bathed in sunshine! I'm glad that that's going well for you. emoticon
Wow, is it homecoming already?
I remember shopping for the dress, glad that you're getting to share this with your daughter. Does your town have the traditional parade through it, and will the marching band be a part of that if so? I'm a sucker for the small town parade.

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LINDA! 9/19/2014 8:53PM

    I hope that your hip feels better. I remember m emoticon y daughters getting all dressed up for homecoming and prom. I took a lot of photos and still like to look at them, Hope your kids are feeling better. Good for you with the weight/inches lost.

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BMCC488 9/18/2014 10:05PM

    Sorry about your hip and the kids being sick. Hip or any joint pain can be a pain all around, the inconvenience and sheer discomfort. I hope it continues to feel better and that your kids feel better soon!

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Taking it one day at a time

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It's been quite a week. As you may know, my grandma passed away last week. It's been hard, but she is no longer suffering and that makes me feel better. Although I'm still sad, each day that passes, seems a little better. I have enough going on to keep me busy to help keep my mind off of things.

I can't say I've had a good week when it comes to eating. I think I ate pasta four days in a row! Don't get me wrong, I love being Italian!! Although I wasn't able to get a really good workout during the week, I was mindful to still make sure I tracked my steps. Every little bit helps, I guess.

I got an unexpected four hours off from work today. I may have to go in at 7 pm, which is fine. I can use the money as I got cancelled on Friday and my hubby was off 1.5 days this week too. The only problem is that they called after I had already showered and was ready for the day. If I get cancelled the rest of the day, I will get my workout in today too.

My daughter had her first marching band clinic yesterday. I think they did a great job. Ok, I might be a little biased!! Although they had to perform in the chilly air. My son is doing well too. He will finish up his last physical therapy session this week and his foot looks great!!

I'm looking forward to getting back to routine. School is keeping me busy, but I'm able to get my workouts in too.

For any of you who work out with kettle bells, how do you know how much weight to start out with? I would love to try it.

Here are some goals for the week:

1. Track all food and stay within my calorie range daily.

2. Get at least 90 min of exercise (I have to be realistic with studying)

3. Get ready for my clinical presentation next week (nervous!!)

4. Study for my test (it's not til next week!)

5. I will be really excited if the scale moves any amount in the right direction!!

I am finding that listing my goals, whether large or small, really helps keep me focused. What are some of your goals for the week?

Thanks so much for reading. I hope you have a great week! emoticon

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KRYSSCOTT 9/16/2014 8:06PM


All things considered, i'm glad your doing so well. I know you said you didn't have the best week eating or the best workout but you've been very busy and you've tracked your steps so i'm sure you did alright.

Good to hear that your son's foot has healed well and that your daughter is still having fun with marching band, but what about you? Meet any interesting crazies during clinic the last two weeks?

I like your goals for this week, they are very doable and with all you have going on your not pushing yourself to hard. Sorry I can't help with the kettle bells, I have never used them before.

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BIGSISTRUCK 9/16/2014 9:22AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your Grandma. :( Sounds like you have a lot going on but good for you for staying focused on your goals!

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EDLEAR 9/15/2014 3:12AM

    Sometimes it's best to be uber-busy.
I'd say it would be a little suspicious if you weren't a lit bit biased about your daughter's marching band, lol, and I'm glad that your son's foot is continuing to improve.
When I first used a kettlebell with my trainer we used a 20# bell for k.b. swings. Now we're up to using two 53# bells together for farmers' carries and k.b. dead lifts. We also use them for goblet squats, alternating lately between 35# and 53#.
I enjoy k.b.s as they're easy to hold onto.

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BMCC488 9/14/2014 9:55PM

    That is a lot going on but sounds like you're handling it all like a champ! emoticon emoticon

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Yesterday was a very hard day :(

Sunday, September 07, 2014

I am very sad today. This week has been really hard on me. As I have mentioned in my blog a few weeks ago, my 92 year-old grandma has been sick and was recently in the hospital. On Thursday when the doctor came to see her at the nursing home, he found that she had fluid on her lungs again. She begged and pleaded with him not to send her back to the hospital. At this point she was still in her right mind so he obliged her wishes. For most of that day she was still verbal and coherent. By Friday she was non verbal and moaning with labored breathing, but she was able to still eat some breakfast. I visited with her for a bit while she slept. It was then that we decided we wanted to put her in hospice.

We had a meeting set with hospice for 1:30 pm yesterday. The nursing home had called around 12:30 pm to say grandma had taken a turn for the worse and that we should come up there. We went up there right away and she clearly was looking worse than the previous day. Her breathing was still labored, but she didn't seem as in distress as she had been. We still had the meeting with hospice. We stayed with her all day, leaving long enough to eat. My mom and I cleaned out her old room at the nursing home as she had been moved to a private room. It was like she was waiting for us to finish because we loaded my car with her belongings, went back into her room to sit with her and within five minutes she was gone.

I'm glad I was able to be with her when she passed. I know she lived a good life. I'm sad that she is gone, but I am also relieved that she is no longer suffering and even more glad that she is with both my grandfather and my aunt, both whom she missed terribly. I will miss her terribly but I know she is in a better place.

Thank you so much for reading.

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SAJECHA 9/14/2014 11:07PM

  I'm so sorry for your loss I am a hospice care provider and I know how difficult it is for you to lose your gma. My thoughts and prayers are with you

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SROBINSON20 9/14/2014 8:42PM

    My heart breaks for you when I read this. It is a blessing to know she is in a better place but still so hard to say goodbye.

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DAPTHOMAS 9/10/2014 7:29PM

  I am sorry for your loss of your Grandma. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that she is in a better place and not in pain.

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EDLEAR 9/8/2014 6:42PM

    I'm so sorry that you 've lost your Grandma. emoticon It was very fortunate that you and your mom were there with her.

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DLYNN1113 9/7/2014 10:59PM

    emoticon So sorry for your loss. Sounds like you had a special bond with her, that she waited for you to finish up to be there with her. I know it's hard even though you know they are better off, and like you said, with your grandpa, but your heart still hurts... let it. Then remember all the happy memories and the times you shared that can never be taken from you. Keeping you and your family in prayer.

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KRYSSCOTT 9/7/2014 10:38PM

    Sweetheart i'm terribly sorry for your loss. Losing someone is always harder on the ones that must stay behind. I am glad she was comforted by your presence during her passing. I hope it sets your mind at ease that she made the decisions for her journey.

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BMCC488 9/7/2014 9:58PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. emoticon I lost my grandpa just after Christmas 2010, and I know it's tough but also makes you thankful they aren't in pain anymore.

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KRISTA987 9/7/2014 5:41PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. emoticon

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AUDISP 9/7/2014 5:29PM

    So sorry for your loss. Remember her and take comfort from those memories.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/7/2014 2:25PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. May you be consoled by your memories of her.

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SIOL55 9/7/2014 2:24PM

  emoticon How blessed she was to be loved so much.

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Glad to start a new week!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I'm feeling much better today, thank goodness. I guess my allergies really weren't after all. By Friday, I was done for. After a restful day and some decent sleep (finally!!), I was feeling better. I'm just glad that being sick didn't affect either my class or clinical.

It sucks that I wasn't able to work out last week, but I was still tracking my steps so that helped keep me in a good frame of mind since I was missing working out. Although Friday I barely walked, I made up for it yesterday by finally tracking 10,000 steps. This was a great accomplishment for me. emoticon

I took my daughter school shopping today. We had a great time and she got some great stuff too. At one of the stores we went to, if you tried on jeans you got a $10 off $25 coupon. So I tried on jeans too. I had them bring me a size 14 and they were TOO BIG!!! I was so excited!! I didn't buy any because I don't need any new pants right now, I just really wanted the coupon!! But it was a great feeling. While I was waiting for her to try on clothes, I caught a glimpse of my legs and saw that I have some nice hamstring muscles forming. I was shocked. I guess the running is doing good things for me.

Now that the kids are going back to school, I'm hoping to figure out my working out schedule to coincide with my school/study schedule. I will still be very busy, but I know I can squeeze in the time to do it.

Here are my goals for the week:

1. Exercise at least 90 min. (I know the total is down, but I'm still a little congested)

2. Eat within my normal calorie range

3. Figure out my weekly workout schedule

4. Study for my first test, Ugh!!

Do any of you have goals that you would like to share?

Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a great holiday and a great week!! emoticon

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KRYSSCOTT 9/2/2014 5:29PM

    Hey hey,

Glad your feeling better! Being under the weather sucks, but you handled it like a champ. Sounds like you got all good news this week, hamstrings, size 12, and 10,000 steps. emoticon

I know your going to have to study quite a bit and it's going to be more difficult getting those workouts in, so I was thinking.... Have you ever heard of a tread desk?
One of my writer friends turned me on to it... I can't afford one yet, but I'm considering one of the cheap models... They start at about $600, but I know some people have built their own using a regular tread mill..

Here is an article about them, incase you have not heard of them before...

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SARA-SMILE 9/2/2014 7:45AM

    Good luck with the test! emoticon Congratulations on your jeans-victory! emoticon And your walking steps milestone! emoticon Have a wonderful, and healthy, September! emoticon emoticon

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EDLEAR 9/1/2014 2:34AM

    I'm glad that you're feeling better. Sometimes with me anticipation-stress can mimic cold/allergy symptoms. But that's me, my mind is getting good at giving me "gifts".
Yah for the loose jeans! You have been working so hard at this, it's great to see results for you!
I think that your goals are totally doable for you. Go for it! emoticon

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BMCC488 8/31/2014 10:51PM

    I'm glad you're feeling better and congrats on the 14's being too big! I love when I notice more muscle definition, like I've noticed recently in my calf muscles this past week. It's a wonderful feeling knowing you're building muscles and getting stronger!

One thing I need to work on this week, that isn't necessarily a goal, is to relax a bit more. This past week was stressful and I need to focus on relaxing so I don't get too stressed. Thankfully homework this week is a little more structured and normal routine so it should be better than all over the place chaos.

Good luck to you for your goals this week! They sound like good ones. Sometimes figuring out how to fit things in is half the battle.

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