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Batter Up!

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My wait is over...Today is the first official day for regular season  2011 Major League Baseball! Spring is officially here and summer is right around the corner....although you can't tell with the 2 inches of new snow on the ground and really cold temperatures.... but what matters is that baseball is BACK!!!! I ♥ baseball!!!!


So that is what my husband is thinking about....

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Often times during the day, when we are sitting watching TV or eating dinner I will look at my husband and say "What are you thinking?" Nine times out of 10 he will answer nothing. Yeah sure...I really wanted to know what he was thinking and why he wouldn't be open and honest with me. I am sure some of you have the same problem.

As I was looking for a solution to my problem, I came across the book For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhahn.
This book was an eye-opener for me. When Bill says he isn't thinking about anything, he probably is not thinking about anything! (Completely different from when a woman says she isn't thinking about anything, because we usually are thinking about LOTS of things! LOL)
For Women Only offers 7 revelations about men that we probably knew deep down, but we are not practicing. These include: Men need respect, men are insecure, men are providers, men want more sex, men are visual, men are un…

Eat Your Peas Faithfully

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Eat Your Peas Faithfully: Simple Truths and Happy Insights! by Cheryl Karpen promises to be a 3-minute forever book. This means that while this is a rather quick read, the ideas and sentiments expressed throughout the book will be uplifting for the rest of your life, in other words, forever!

As I read through Eat Your Peas Faithfully, I found a message that I had forgotten. God loves us! He really loves us and wants us to do well in life. The little messages reminded me that God has a purpose for each of us and we should trust in Him and everything will be fine. These messages came across in affirmations and encouraging sayings with evidence given with Biblical passages. As I suffer from depression and anxiety, I found this to be the perfect book for me! It was so uplifting and just brought a smile to my face.

The illustrations by Sandy Fougner are beautifully intricate, yet simple and offer a sense of calm to the book. They go very well with the theme.

I would recommend this book t…

Responsibility...or lack thereof....

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Not sure what is going on, but it seems like I am surrounded by non-responsible people these days.

This week we are on Spring break from the school that I work at. I am babysitting one of my after school care program kids this week during the day ( I will call her A). Supposed to be babysitting from 7:50-5:10 or so....

okay....so Monday her mom dropped her off at 7:55. Tuesday, her mom dropped her off at 8:15. Today it is 8:15 and she is still not here. (she got dropped off at 8:20). Her mom is supposed to be at work at 8 am. (Her mom works right down the street from my house.) I am shocked that her mom keeps her job. If I showed up to work late everyday then I would get reprimanded in some way. Her mom says she has a hard time waking A up....

Look you are the mom, YOU need to be responsible and get her up. If I have to be somewhere at a certain time, I make sure my kids are UP and AWAKE and ready to go on time. In this economy you can't be late for work. You have to be responsi…

Wordless Wednesday

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Happy birthday

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Happy 11th birthday to  my little brother Josh! You are a great brother, a wonderful uncle and a fun young man. You have so many things going for you! We love you!


Menu Plan

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Well last week's menu plan was a complete FLOP!!!! We had so much going on, with me working extra hours, Bill working LONG hours and evening activities scheduled, etc. We did not eat out, except for Thursday when we went out to celebrate my mom's birthday but we didn't have to pay. Other than that we just kind of fended for ourselves. I am hoping to get back on track this week...

I am going to start planning lunches this week (for the kids) as well, as I will be babysitting a 3rd grade student from the school that I work at, from 8-5 every day. They are on spring break this week and I will be watching her. I will probably be watching her this summer as well!

So this week for LUNCH the kids will be eating:

Monday: hot dogs, watermelon, carrots (cooked and raw)
Tuesday: Macaroni and cheese, grapes
Wednesday: spaghettios, green beans
Thursday: pizza and fruit salad
Friday: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit

SNACKS will be: fruit, cheezits, granola bars, fruit snacks,…

Weight Loss Update #12

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WEEKLY WEIGH IN:

I have nothing to report as I won't be weighing in again until Easter morning.
I have gotten so depressed with seeing rising numbers on the scale and so focused on a number that I will be re-starting weigh-ins on Easter Sunday.
For Lent I have given up fast food and junk food, so I hope that will lead to a lower number on the scale.
I want to focus more on feeling better about myself and being healthier.
I have also started getting up early (before the kids) and exercising so I have no excuses.


This past week was okay diet wise. I went over my calories a couple of times, by 100 or so. I have been SO hungry this week. I also didn't stick to my menu plan and in fact felt diet fatigue because I just didn't want to eat fruits and veggies. I hit a wall diet wise. I did keep track of all calories though so that is a good thing. I haev hit the wall, but I am recommitted to eating better and am going to SMASH that wall.
Exercise wise, I did GREAT this week. I …

Philadelphia Cooking Creme review

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Last week I received a coupon for a free container of the new Philadelphia Cream cheese cooking cremes from Kraft First Taste program. I also received a $1.50 off coupon as well. When I went grocery shopping, I used my free coupon to buy a Sante Fe blend Philadelphia cream cheese cooking creme. (I thought about buying 2 as they were on sale, but as you will see I was glad I did not)

  Tonight for dinner I decided to make the recipe that was featured on the back of the package for chicken enchiladas.
The recipe was pretty easy to make...using chicken, onions, diced tomatoes, cheese and the cooking creme. Cook all that together, then spoon into tortillas, roll up, put more cooking creme on top, cover and bake for 20 minutes or so.
 
 
I served these with spanish rice for a Mexican fiesta dinner.
This was my plate. Since I am counting calories and fat, I figured this to be... Chicken enchilada...324 calories 12g fat Rice...230 calories 5g fat
My husband's review of this was: "…

Letters of Intent

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Foursons has a great weekly feature that she runs, called Letters of Intent. In it, she invites readers to write their own letters of intent and to link them up to her post. This week I have decided to join in....

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Dear Mother Nature,

I am not sure who or what has made you mad. In the past week we have had temperatures in the 70s, a tornado warning with funnel clouds spotted, snow showers, rain, and more snow for tomorrow night. Can you please make up your mind?

Signed,
Not knowing whether to wear a coat when I leave or not.
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Dear Bill,

I am so proud of you. The News' senior showcase basketball all star games were great and you coordinated ALL of it. The night was a great night for the kids and their families. I know I don't tell you often enough how proud I am …

Cleaning the Bathroom

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Next week, the school that I work for is on Spring break, so I am going to be deep cleaning, organizing, decluttering and spring cleaning my house. We rent this house and while it has it's upsides it is also hard to keep clean with the dust, etc. that accumulates. We are looking to move in a couple of months when our lease is up so I want to get a head start on decluttering and getting things ready for a big yard sale before we move. (less stuff= less we have to move!). So my plan is to spring clean the house room by room next week.
I got a head start this week as I deep cleaned my bathroom with some great SC Johnson products!  
I am a bzzagent, so I received what you see in the picture for free to use and to review. I received: Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel Glade plugins scented oil refill Glade scent of spring candle Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-a-clean foamer Pledge Lemon Clean
For cleaning my bathroom, I grabbed the Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet cleaning gel, the Glade plugins oil ref…

Menu Plan

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Here is this week's menu:

MONDAY:: Lasagna, salad
TUESDAY:: whatever you can find/ leftovers/ sandwiches
WEDNESDAY:: Manwich sandwiches, green beans, fruit
THURSDAY:: Chicken enchiladas, soutwestern veggies, chicken nuggets for the kiddos
FRIDAY:: Beer battered fish, , macaroni and cheese (for the kiddos)

SATURDAY:: Ribs in the crockpot, julienne potatoes, green beans
SUNDAY:: Chicken and cheese and stuffing casserole, broccoli, fruit salad

For more great menu ideas visit http://orgjunkie.com/

Weight Loss Update #11

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WEEKLY WEIGH IN:

I have nothing to report as I won't be weighing in again until Easter morning.
I have gotten so depressed with seeing rising numbers on the scale and so focused on a number that I will be re-starting weigh-ins on Easter Sunday.
For Lent I have given up fast food and junk food, so I hope that will lead to a lower number on the scale.
I want to focus more on feeling better about myself and being healthier.
I have also started getting up early (before the kids) and exercising so I have no excuses.


I did really well last week with keeping in my calorie allotment and exercising 5 of the 7 days!!!! YAY!!!
I do want to find out the number on the scale but I am NOT weighing in as I am trying to focus on eating better and just being healthier. Honestly, I feel better after eating better and exercising. I had Pizza Hut pizza last weekend (I was watching my little brother and sister) and the next day I felt sluggish, bad, bloated, etc...
I hope this works.
I have been wor…

Spring

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HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!!!!!

Letters of Intent

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Foursons has a great weekly feature that she runs, called Letters of Intent. In it, she invites readers to write their own letters of intent and to link them up to her post. This week I have decided to join in....

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Dear Relatives,

I don't understand how what my hubby put on facebook was offensive to you. This is what he put:

"Lots of people are saying they can't give to Japan's relief efforts because the economy's bad, or other recent tragedies etc. How about this: instead of that LAST beer you're having on St. Paddy's Day, put that $4 in your pocket, take it home, put it in an envelope and send it to some Japan relief charity. If a few million partiers do this, how many millions of $$$ can we raise? Repost and spread the word"

If this is offensive in any way to the Irish heritage please let me know how. I don't understand how this is offensiv…

St. Patrick's Day

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Couponchief.com Review

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As you can tell if you have read my blog with any regularity I LOVE getting things in the mail and I love to get things for FREE or for a lot less than full-price. One of the ways that I do this is to use coupons whenever I can. Since we have moved to a smaller town, I have gotten more into the habit of buying things online for the best selection and from some of my favorite stores--- Target, Baby R Us, Best Buy, Toys R Us, just to name a few--as these store do not have a brick and mortar store here in town.

In the past I have gotten frustrated while searching online for a coupon code with the millions of sites that claim to have the best codes, only to have them be useless or having to pay for a code. Not worth it to me! That is why I was SO EXCITED to find the site couponchief.com!



Coupon Chief is the premier destination for coupons for thousands of online sites. Couponchief.com has over 50k coupons for over 15,000 stores, all in one place! This site allows you to look for coupons …

Fun stuff in the mail....

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This week my mailbox has been full of FUN stuff....I thought I would share with you some of what I have gotten... The cleaning supplies and lipstick are part of bzz campaigns that I was selected to join for Bzzagent.com. Watch for more posts about these products coming up!
I got a coupon for a Free 20oz. diet coke from mycokerewards.com and a coupon for a FREE Philadelphia Cream Cheese cooking cream from Kraft First Taste. I have been wanting to try these :)
A new book from Booksneeze.com (see review coming in the next couple weeks!)
And LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I WON A GIVEAWAY!!!!



I received the following from Brooke Anna at Mommy Does: An Elmer's craft pack which includes lot of glue sticks, a bottle of glue, glue dots, a x-acto knife and a
x-acto scissors. YAY! These will be perfect for crafts with Rebecca! YAHOO!! Thanks to Brooke Anna! Go visit her, her blog is awesome!
So that is the fun stuff I have received in the mail this week. Have you received anything fun?

Menu Plan

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Here is this week's menu:

MONDAY:: Cheeseburger Macaroni, salad, green beans

TUESDAY:: Hot dogs, baked beans, cantaloupe

WEDNESDAY:: Pizza Roll-ups, carrots, fruit salad

THURSDAY:: HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!! Meatloaf, peas, julienne potatoes, rolls

FRIDAY:: Beer battered fish, brown rice, broccoli, macaroni and cheese (for the kiddos)

SATURDAY:: pizza/leftovers

SUNDAY:: Chicken and cheese and stuffing casserole, green beans, fruit salad

For more great menu ideas visit http://orgjunkie.com/

Weight Loss Update #10

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WEEKLY WEIGH IN:

I have nothing to report as I won't be weighing in again until Easter morning.
I have gotten so depressed with seeing rising numbers on the scale and so focused on a number that I will be re-starting weigh-ins on Easter Sunday.
For Lent I have given up fast food and junk food, so I hope that will lead to a lower number on the scale.
I want to focus more on feeling better about myself and being healthier.
I have also started getting up early (before the kids) and exercising so I have no excuses.


Letters of Intent--March 11, 2011

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Foursons has a great weekly feature that she runs, called Letters of Intent. In it, she invites readers to write their own letters of intent and to link them up to her post. This week I have decided to join in....

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Dear citizens of Japan,

I am praying for you today after the horrible experiences you are going through. I cannot imagine what it is like to live through a tsunami or an earthquake. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Signed,
Praying in America
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Dear Rebecca,

It seems like just yesterday you were learning to crawl and roll. I cannot believe that I registered you for pre-kindergarten this week. It is amazing what a bright, delightful and smart young lady you are growing into being. You are the light of our eyes. It will be hard to send you to p…

BOOK REVIEW: PLAIN WISDOM

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Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women by Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud shares stories and recollections of life between two very different friends-- Cindy is a best-selling novelist who is immersed in the modern, technological world, while Miriam is an Old Order Amish woman who is immersed in the traditional Amish culture. Plain Wisdom offers insights to be shared from these women's lives and experiences through raising children, helping neighbors in need, weddings and other cultural ceremonies to day-to-day life. Although they live in what looks to be completely different lifestyles, readers will find that the women are very much alike with similar goals and attitudes of which they hope to achieve with the Grace and guidance from God.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up Plain Wisdom to read. What I found was a delightful, insightful read that really spoke to me. I could see myself in the lives of these two women. I could rela…

Book Review: PUJOLS: MORE THAN THE GAME

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Being a lifelong baseball fan, being married to a Sports newspaper editor, and being a Christian, I was excited to be able to read about one of the best baseball players of our time- Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals. Pujols: More Than the Game by Scott Lamb and Time Wellsworth chronicles the baseball career and the path to Christianity taken by Pujols. It highlights Pujols' upbringing in the Dominican Republic to playing in high school to one season of college baseball to being picked in the 14th round of the MLB draft to spending one season in the minors and finally to his first 10 seasons in the major leagues. Throughout it all Pujols, along with his wife Dee Dee hold true to the belief that God is behind every achievement that Pujols has and everything, the good and the challenging in their life.

While it was an inspirational read of a man who definitely holds to a God-centered life, the writing and inclusion of millions of stats was distracting. In my opinion there was…

Lent 2011

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Today is Ash Wednesday. It is the first day of Lent for Christian faiths. Being a Catholic, Ash Wednesday is the beginning of a season where we focus on abstaining from things that we like or that are pleasurable for us. We can give up things that are not allowing us to live the best and the holy life that we are called to live. You do not have to be a Catholic or a member of Christianity to change your life by abstaining from vices in your life. I have given up many things in the past....I have given up the computer, chocolate, pop (many times), etc. This year we are actually as a family going to be giving up something, and I will personally give up something. My life has been in such a distressed place. I am not living the life that I should. I am not taking care of myself, or my body as a temple of God. Therefore it is my hope that by giving up the things I am for Lent, I can live a more holy life that God wants me to live.
As a family, we are going to give up eating fast food. We …

Weight Loss Update #9 ( a little late)

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This is a little late...I did weigh in on Sunday morning so these are my results from then....

WEEKLY WEIGH IN:
DATE: 03/06/2011
WEIGHT: 212 lbs.
DIFFERENCE FROM PREVIOUS WEEK:  +0.6 lbs.

I have to get back on track. This adding a half a pound each the last two weeks needs to stop.    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Are you trying to lose weight? How are you doing?

Menu Plan Monday

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I was lax last week with making a menu plan...and guess what happened?? Dinner decisions were made on the fly. We ate out for lunch a LOT and our diets just stank. I am hoping to get back on track this week. I have recommitted to my diet and hope to get a good week in.

On another note: I have also re-evaluated our food needs and I think I will be making our grocery budget $70 a week. I hope to get back into posting our grocery bills each week. I just needed to reevaluate and see where we were, so hopefully next week I will have a grocery shopping and menu plan post.

Here is this week's menu:

MONDAY:: Ham and turkey roll-ups, green beans, salad

TUESDAY:: Chicken patties, peas, cantaloupe

WEDNESDAY:: Baked fish, macaroni and cheese, applesauce, salad

THURSDAY:: Chili (from freezer), grilled cheese, carrots

FRIDAY:: Baked pasta and cheese, broccoli

SATURDAY:: baked chicken, stuffing, corn, green beans, rolls

SUNDAY:: pizza, leftovers

For more great menu ideas visit http://orgjunki…

March 2011 GOALS

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I know I am late getting these goals up...I have had a hard February and just need to simplify life. So this month I am going to focus on diet and exercise. I will continue dealing with financial, etc. but my focus will be on my health. I am tired of being tired. I am tired of feeling anxious. I am tired of not having energy. I NEED to change. I WANT to change. So that being said, here are my March goals:

Menu Plan each week dinner, lunches, breakfasts and snacks.Calorie Count each day...keep calories between 1400-1800 a day.Exercise at least 20 minutes EVERY dayMonday through Friday get up BEFORE the kids (6:30) and do 20-30 minutes of exerciseSaturday and Sunday, exercise in the afternoon during Jacob's naptime. For Lent, we as a family are giving up fast food (more info coming) and I am personally giving up all snack foods (chips, cookies, chocolate, etc.). Stick to this! That is it! I am focusing on me this month and I NEED to do this!

February Goals update

February was a hard month for me. I didn't do very well on the exercise and losing weight part. I feel like my relationship with Bill was strained. It seems like the kids, Bill or I were sick ALL month. It just wasn't a good month. Here is a recap of what my goals were entering February and how they ended up....

PERSONAL GOALS:
Continue working on weight lossTo do this, exercise for 20+ minutes 6 days a week. Do either Wii Fit Plus workout or Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred DVD. (I started this last month, now I just need to be more consistent with it. Didn't happen. Didn't exercise at all. Calorie count! Keep calories under 2100 a day. I was eating upwards of 2700-3000 a day (head hung in shame!) mostly due to snacking and late night eating. Was doing okay for the first week then lost momentum and just stopped. Drink at least 50 oz of water a day. I have been doing better on this, but there are days I get none. I DON'T want to get dehydrated! Fell back in the ha…

2011 Financial and Blog Goals: FEBRUARY UPDATE

On January 1, I set myself goals and resolutions that I would like to achieve this year. I know that this is something I want/ NEED to do this year. So each month I will review how I did that month and what improvements I can make for the following month.


FINANCIAL GOALS:

Make a budget and stick to it.I started budgeting for irregular bills and expenses. Still working on tweaking it, but have started! :)
Continue to gain Mypoints, Rewards points through bank, Pinecone research money, and swagbucks to use toward gift cards to be used to buy giftsAm doing this! Am doing Swagbucks most days and am trying to do Mypoints at least 3 times a week so the emails don't pile up!
Save and KEEP $1000 in the emergency fund---we have had to dip into this a couple times this year and I would love to see it STAY at $1000.I opened an ING account and made our $1000 deposit in January. I did not touch it in February! Yay!
Continue to coupon and write letters for coupons (at least 5 a week)I continue to …

2011 Personal and Family goals: FEBRUARY UPDATE

On January 1, I set myself goals and resolutions that I would like to achieve this year. I know that this is something I want/ NEED to do this year. So each month I will review how I did that month and what improvements I can make for the following month.

PERSONAL GOALS:


Lose 20 lbs. --- Right now I am at 218lbs :( and I would love to be below 200. I was at 199 on the day of our wedding (2005) and I would LOVE to be there again. I had so much more energy then. To do this I plan on: exercising 20+ minutes a day Monday- Friday. During the winter, I will do this after the kids are in bed (9pm) and then shower before bed. When warmer weather comes, I will reevaluate this and see about doing more outside. I will begin by doing 20+ minutes on the Wii Fit. I will work on drinking more water. I drink way too much soda and need to focus on getting healthier.I have backslid on this goal. I am at 213lbs now. However, I didn't exercise for most of the month and eating was awful. I am going to…

Letters of Intent--- March 4, 2011

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Foursons has a great weekly feature that she runs, called Letters of Intent. In it, she invites readers to write their own letters of intent and to link them up to her post. This week I have decided to join in....

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Dear Erin,

I am so sorry that you lost your mom unexpectedly this week. She was a truly wonderful lady. I will remember her welcoming me into your home in high school and helping me fix my dress the night of our senior prom. She will be so missed. If you need anything, please let me know ASAP!

Rachel
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Dear Bill,

I will not apologize for coming home at 10:45pm from a viewing for my friend's deceased mother. I will not apologize for not calling to let you know that I was supposedly running late. I will not apologize for being offended when you got upset becau…

Thoughts....

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Things are just not going in a good direction. There are so many areas of my life that I feel discouraged in that it is not even funny....maybe if I get it out there in black and white then I will feel better about it.....

1. My weight....I have so fallen off the wagon on this diet. I feel like such a failure and I feel like I am depriving myself. Which is not the case at all. I just don't want to eat healthy stuff, when I would rather have chocolate, chocolate and MORE chocolate. I don't feel like drinking water--I have gotten back in the habit of drinking diet pop and sometimes regular. I haven't exercised in like 2 weeks. I just don't want to. I know I should. I know that it is for the better if I do, but I don't want to.

2. My depression---I think it has gotten worse in the last few weeks. I feel like I am in a rut big time!!!!! I find that I am going to bed earlier at night, but tossing and turning all  night long. Things are affecting me more than they real…