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Happy November!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

This is the time of the year where it gets busy and it can get very easy to get off track.

But I have a plan to stay focused! emoticon

First, my youngest daughter's birthday lands on Thanksgiving Day this year. She turns 15 years old. So we have lots to celebrate! emoticon

I am breaking down each holiday so that I can tackle them on it's own. Every year I just lump this whole season together because I just thought that if I messed up around Oct. 31 with all that candy, then why bother. But I am doing it differently this year.

My plan of action for Thanksgiving is that I will eat the traditional Thanksgiving meal (it's at my house this year with family coming in from out of town) but I will only eat the REAL serving sizes of the foods I cannot live without and I will make a platter of raw veggies and fruit to start out with. I know it sounds crazy, but there are going to be so many sides, that if I did sample some of them, I would be satisfied. I am also drinking plenty of water and having a good breakfast.

Just to be on the safe side, I signed up for a 5K on Thanksgiving morning here in the West Valley where I will meet up with other fellow Sparkpeople members. I have to start burning calories early because let's be honest.....I WANT my piece of pumpkin pie with Kool Whip. emoticon emoticon
I plan to take the family and the dogs for a walk. Anyone that wants to stay and watch the football game can do so, but I will be enjoying our beautiful weather now that it has finally cooled down.

Last year, I was sick with Bronchitis and laid around like a slug and didn't get to eat because I was too sick. I refuse to waste this Thanksgiving away by laying around.

So, that's my plan....got to do it for me....even if it sounds crazy! hahaha

This was a good week for me. I lost 7lbs. Probably mostly water weight, but I'll take it!


I am wishing everyone a wonderful and blessed rest of this November. I have SO much to be thankful for this year! Praise God for holding me up during the times I could not walk.

Does anyone else have a "plan of attack" for Turkey Day? emoticon

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/15/2014 6:37PM

    So much going on for the holidays, so good to have a plan. Having a birthday on Thanksgiving, very special too. I do eat my Thanksgiving meal, I also remember to have my breakfast and I think it is a great idea to have a veggie platter, that way I do not go crazy. My family also goes for a Thanksgiving walk.
Good idea for the 5k, maybe I should do something like this too. Glad that you are having some great weather.
My plan is pretty much like yours. You have given me an idea about that 5k, so thank you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Trials and Blessings and Victories!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I just love the Fall here in the desert. It finally cools down enough for all of us and we can get out and enjoy it. I saw that next week after Sunday, we will actually be in the mid 70's. YES!!!

It will be easier to do some running outside. emoticon emoticon

My husband had back surgery during the summer and is recovering quite nicely. He has been going to church more often since he has been home recovering which is so great. He wasn't much into church, but has been coming more and asking a lot of questions.

During this time my husband had a "fatty growth" removed from his knee that was pressing up against a nerve. Just when he was about to be cleared to go back to work by the doctor, the results of that growth came back as a cancerous tumor. We were both in shock! We were not sure what he was going to need. So after many test and another opinion from a different pathologist in Cleveland, and much prayers, the test came back negative.....so my husband is clear....meaning NO CANCER!

PRAISE THE LORD!!! It was a trial and it got my husband's attention. God is so good to us. He gives us the grace and carries all the heavy burdens. He knows where my head is at. It has me looking into my own walk with the Lord. I need to make HUGE improvements! I am not where I should be. I am thankful that he shows me where I need to change so that I can improve.....He truly loves us unconditionally.

So I've signed up for another 5K in January. It falls exactly on my birthday so I get to do something fun! emoticon

My mom and step-dad are visiting us for Thanksgiving this year. My youngest turns 15 on Thanksgiving. So that will be fun. I have to also make some vegetarian options this year for my vegetarian daughter as well. (That will be interesting)

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of October!

Enjoy and be blessed!

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ADIRONDACKMOM 10/30/2014 8:26AM

    Wow! Another one of life's "WAKE UP CALLS" as one would call it! Thanking God that he is cancer free! Yours is a testimony of God's Blessings! Amen!

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 10/26/2014 7:53PM

    So glad all is ok for your husband, I do believe some things happen to get our attention, and help us to head down the right path. Great that your husband is listening. God IS good.
Good luck with your 5k, those are such fun. Sounds like a great holiday for you too.
I hope the rest of october is wonderful for you too. Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEISTHEANSWER 10/26/2014 7:29PM

    Awesome news!
God is good all the time. (Romans 8:38

Lois

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JAROL7 10/26/2014 4:50PM

    I think I learn more from the trials than from the blessings. There is no question which one is more fun.

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September Already???!!!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Wow....
Time waits for no one.

I love the Fall season in the desert. It's a time of rest from the heat. Cooler weather means time to open up the windows and doors and let the fresh air in. Sometimes staying stuck inside with the A/C can dull the senses.

I also love the sweet warm smells of cinnamon and nutmeg. It must be childhood thing. I am also a "everything pumpkin season" kind of girl! emoticon emoticon

But the best part is that now the "desert valley dwellers" can venture out to hike and walk. Where most states begin to hibernate, we begin to go outside. I guess it's our "summer"!

Now I can change up my routine a bit. I haven't seen much progress because I have not been focused like I should be. Work has started for me again this year and we have been quite busy. One month in and the teenagers are all fired up. I sense that this is going to be a long year.

Well, I'm looking positively and not letting the joy of the Lord leave me. emoticon

Hope everyone has a wonderful month!

Keep it up Spark Friends!

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UNICORN212 9/14/2014 1:39PM

    I sure wish it would cool down a bit! It is still too hot to walk the dogs unless it is 4 AM!

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 9/6/2014 10:17AM

    Love the Fall too, look forward to color on my walks emoticon And of course cooler weather

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JERZRN 9/5/2014 10:02PM

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Happy September!

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Caregiving.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The month of July has kept me off track with myself. Whewwww! emoticon

My husband had back surgery earlier this month and my daughter had 4 wisdom teeth removed two weeks later. It has been an interesting end to our summer vacation here. I officially start work this Monday and my girls start school in another week.

It will be interesting how I will juggle my husband still recovering, my oldest daughter and her achy jaw, my youngest starting freshman year in high school, and work with all the other responsibilities that i have.

All I know is that God is SO good to me. He is my strength and provider. He is faithful and I want to continue letting go and trusting Him! My head understands it, but my silly heart and will have a hard time following. I am always trying to take control.....(like I really have control in the first place!)

I just need to incorporate my exercise and food prep in my busy schedule. I have noticed that I work the best under extreme pressure. (I'm so hard-headed)

So I am creating my dinner menus for this next week and prepping anything I can do ahead of time. emoticon I plan to do my exercise videos in the mornings before work and do my SP running plan in the evenings 3x/week. If I can I might try and do a cycling class on Saturday (but I may wait a bit for that one because it still is super difficult)

My plan is to get back on track because from the looks of it, I am going to need all the energy I can get for the month of August.

Hope everyone has a great ending to their July 2014!

God Bless!

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IGNITEME101 9/5/2014 6:37PM

    Glad you were up to the job! Care giving is not easy~

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ADIRONDACKMOM 7/27/2014 10:56AM

    I can relate to your circumstances, with my husband on the mend after bypass leg surgery and myself with both knee injuries.... it is difficult to get things done.... hope your life settles down and your family recovers quickly! You sound like an excellent caretaker and nurturer! Now take care of yourself....

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HMBROWN1 7/26/2014 8:33PM

    Best wishes! I hope your husband and daughter are all on the road to recovery.

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Self-Discovery and Some Summer Fun!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

It's been busy!

My youngest daughter graduated earlier this month from 8th grade. I can't believe I have 2 high school kids on my hands! Yikes! emoticon

For her gift, she wanted to go to San Diego. (which was absolutely fine with us!) LOVE San Diego! Lots to do and I'm a beach girl by heart!

We were really active there which is what I wanted. We were so busy that I found myself eating only 3 square meals a day with absolutely no snacking in-between. We had no time for it and didn't miss it at all!

We found ourselves doing things like hiking, lots of walking on the boardwalk, boogie boarding, and kayaking for the first time. I was scared out of my mind because of my weight and the fact that it was in the ocean.

It was awesome!

I really discovered what I was missing all this time. I was holding back on all the things I want to do. Even at my weight, I still went kayaking, hiking, and boogie boarding. I am sure that it did not look all that pretty, but I had a great time....and for the first time....I didn't care what others thought I looked like. I cared if I was having a good time with my family. I LOVED being active. I loved that I was having a good time with the people around me and laughing with them. It has boosted my confidence....and I am worth it!

Now that we are back, all i want to do is stay active and try new things. i don't want my family to get stuck in that lazy rut. I want to live life and I want my daughters to do the same.

My daughters want to live in San Diego...I told them to study hard and get a well-paid job because living out there is expensive, but if you love it....then it's worth it!
(My oldest daughter who is an organic, pescatarian junkie blended in really well there.)

3 days wasn't nearly enough time to spend out there. Looking forward to going out there again!

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