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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I reset all my goals. I was thinking of just erasing my profile altogether and making a new one, but my greedy side didn't want to give up the trophies and points I worked so hard to earn the last time I started. I feel like a big fat failure, literally. I noticed in a previous blog I had written I was wining about gaining ten pounds, if only it were just that. Ten pounds... nope I managed to gain back 30 this time. Ten pounds over my last starting point.

Yesterday my daughter said "Mom did you quit Sparkpeople? You used to be obsessed, what happened?" Good question. I was stressed, I didn't have time, pick an excuse I'm not really sure what it is. Mainly I wasn't doing what I should have been doing, eating healthy and exercising.

Two years ago I was laying on the floor strength training, feeling irritated with it all and it occurred to me that you cant just exercise to get the body you want, you have to keep at it for the rest of your life. I didn't and I could kick myself for it. I'm ready to get back down on the floor,. I'm willing to get back in the kitchen. My husband and I were talking today about whenever we brought food to a potluck we were always asked what was in it with suspicion. Nobody really wanted to touch the stuff that might be good for you. I haven't gotten that response in a while, I think its time to shake up the potlucks again. Bring on the quinoa and the flax seed.!

Here goes nothing, sack lunches for this college girl and a crockpot in overdrive. Time to put the treadmill in my living room to good use. This is not a resolution, this is a commitment, whose with me?

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MEDDYPEDDY 12/28/2012 12:57AM

    Imagine a year fro now, when you have lost those pounds again... emoticon emoticon

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PJ2222 12/26/2012 10:38PM

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How do you feel about Phys Ed?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

That is the question my college adviser asked when I was registering for classes today. before I tell you my answer I gave her let me just say that back even in elementary school I hated gym. In sixth grade I would volunteer to grade papers instead of participate. In High School I'm sad to say I cut class to get out of it.
Today I needed just one more credit to be a full time student so she looked at me and said how "hoe do you feel about Phys Ed"? My reaction: oooh, I want to take weight lifting! Haha so not me
Weight lifting was full, so I'll be taking circuit training, which sounds like more fun anyways.
Funny how things work out, two years ago before I started there was no way I'd pick that class. Thank you sparkpeople for helping me find my inner spark (and for giving me an excuse to go shopping) emoticon


Starting over

Friday, May 20, 2011

I've been lazy, I've been eating out when i should have been at home cooking. I've been drinking iced coffee instead of water, and it shows. I've been Facebooking when I should have been exercising.
I'm not saying I can get things back to good again overnight, but I am saying I'm ready to start over and regain all my healthy habits.
It's scary that it only took a little over a month to let everything spiral out of control. I slowly stopped exercising which of course stopped weight loss and I didn't change my eating habits which caused weight gain. Then I started eating extra. The first five pounds were easily shrugged off as water weight or TOM (sorry guys) but when I stepped on the scale again I couldnt believe what I had done. TEN POUNDS, TEN POUNDS I had worked so hard to be rid of were back. what is even more crazy is I managed to do this at the same time I started a healthy eating blog. Here I am trying to be inspiring and I cant even get it together for myself.
I have been slowly working in exercise in again and cooking more again, but yesterday i had my husband take a picture of me doing a plank for my blog and I couldn't believe how fat (for lack of a better/nicer word)I looked. I posted the picture anyways because I'm not trying to hide anything. I've been eating bad/too much and not exercising like I should.
after seeing that picture I was determined today that I was going to get it right. I exercised I ate a healthy breakfast and lunch, then stress got in my way. My DH came home early and let me know he had lost his regular day job before he went out to take care of the lawns we mow. as soon as he drove off i took the kids inside and had donuts with them (two) Now I dont want dinner and I feel guilty. I wont let this stop me though I will get up and exercise again in the morning and continue trying to regain my SPARK. I did it before I can do it again.
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ELLEYKAT 5/23/2011 11:00AM

    I'm also struggling to get back on track. It's hard, but we CAN do this!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 5/22/2011 5:41PM

    How human we all are.. The weekend Spark Diary had some advice I found useful, maybe you will too:

Don't wait until tomorrow, next week, or next month to get back on track - start today. Put your mistakes behind you into the past and move forward. Even the most successful people in the world make mistakes!

All the very best for the future in all aspects of your life!.

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    Sorry to hear about your husbands job. I'm glad you made the decision to get back on track. You can do this!!!! emoticon

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CUSH1932 5/21/2011 9:14PM

    The hardest part is making the decision to get back on track. emoticon

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PEGTIGER 5/21/2011 3:48PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your husbands' job. I do hope something else opens up soon. So glad you have the mowing jobs to help a little. It is terrific in the face of stress you are still trying to get back on track. Great job!

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Mini Martian Marathon

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

This last weekend was a busy one. We started Friday night with a trip to the ER, My DD Victoria dislocated her kneecap.
Doesnt she look happy.
After staying up late we had to get the kids up early for an hour and a half drive to Dearborn ( I live in MI) So my oldest son could run the last 1.2 miles of a marathon. He's been going to the high school and running with a group of kids for weeks. We thought because we slept and left later than planned we were going to be late but we ended up being an hour early emoticon
So we walked around a bit.

Than the time finally came for Damian to get his number and get ready to run.

My husband Duane got to run with Damian so I stayed behind with my twins to cheer the kids on.

The twins were my helpers, right after this the battery in my camera died so I dont have a picture of him with his medal except on my phone. I'm super proud of my boy and a bit envious too. Next year if we get to do this again I hope to be a good enough runner to at least do the half.

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PSALM3RD 4/7/2011 2:47PM

    Yeah for Damian!

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Turning my kids into healthy eaters, or annoyingly picky eaters??

Monday, March 07, 2011

I go to the store I read labels, check out serving sizes, and have even weighed out snacks for my family into little snack bags. I dont really think about it I just want my family to be healthy, but apparently I'm being watched.
My oldest DS has been checking calories and serving sizes on things lately and a few months a go we thought it was hilarious when one of my 5 year old DS who cant read said he wanted to see the calories on the back of the juice bottles. I'm instilling good eating habits in my kids right?
Over the weekend My oldest boy, Damian went over a friends house to stay the night. My friend knows I'm a bit picky about what I want my kids to eat, watch or do so she showed me the drinks she bought. Some sunny D and some generic apple juice so annoying me flips the bottles and read the labels. They are both basically flavored sugar water with added vitamins so I asked her to just give him water. I find it a little hard to eat there if it's not fried it's full of sugar. I'm trying my best to be polite and eat a bit, but the surveys are right if you have an overweight friend it really does affect you, meaning since we have been hanging out quit a bit I find myself eating out more and I have gained a few pounds back.
The next day when I picked him up I find out that he has refused to eat anything she's offered him. When we got home I asked Damian why he wouldn't eat her food and after a bit he finally told me it was because he didnt want all that junk they put in their bodies in his and he doesn't want to get fat...OH.
On one hand I'm proud of him for wanting to make wise food choices, but then ...

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REDSHOES2011 3/7/2011 9:25AM

    Kids in this age will eat health without knowing all the details- as long as the healthy food is on the table.. If he asks where is the vegetables and ryebread at her place- she may open her eyes your a fine mom with a very sensible eating pair of kids..


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