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Back in the groove!

Monday, August 27, 2012

This week is the first one that I can return to mostly normal workouts. Pretty excited about that!

Cole missed his first day of school today due to fever, so my plans have changed a bit to spoiling him in an effort to cheer him up. But first I'm about to get in an awesome work out to keep me going today. Seriously can't wait!

Lots of appointments this week as well as working on some music for 1 of my piano students. He is a Pastor and has asked me to compose a song that he can learn and play for communion and times of prayer. That's a pretty exciting offer, so I'm all over that. I also have to get my lessons together for my other students as well.

Health goals for the week: 2 cardio sessions, 2 strength training sessions. Lots of water, tracking food, and more cooking at home. After a weekend away where all we did was eat out, it's time to get back in the kitchen. :)

Have a great Monday and really push it this week!

  
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BOBBYS1GIRL 9/1/2012 1:33PM

    Thanks HW! He's feeling much better now and had a great first week of school. :) They grow up so fast!

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HALFWRITTEN 8/30/2012 11:26PM

    Hurrah!! Ok the fever is a bummer and I hope your son feels better, but I'm glad you're feeling better.

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Sleep challenge, push up challenge and life

Friday, August 24, 2012

Things have been hectic here this week. I've been caring for my friend's son because their other son had heart surgery. Both boys are now back with their parents, and the one who had surgery seems to be doing well -yay!

I've been busting my butt this week to get better organized. We are working on our finances, keeping up with general paperwork, as well as the insane amount of school paperwork.

We are heading out of state to see my family one last time before school starts on Monday. So I really need to do my grocery shopping today and pack since we are leaving in the morning.

My son had kindergarten orientation today and he seems really excited for school to start. I have to say, I am so happy that he is excited and not scared. My daughter is absolutely crushed that she won't be going to school until next year. Breaks my heart for her, since she loves to learn.

My sister has moved pretty close to me and has needed some support and will continue to need support as she gets on her feet and healthy. I don't mind helping her out though, if it means she gets to not just live life, but to live life well. Her interest in getting healthy is something that I hope spreads to my mom, stepdad, and step brother as well.

I haven't been able to work out much this week. My ankle is recovering though it's not 100% yet. And I just haven't had the time. So I've been squeezing in 10 minutes one day, 15 minutes the next. I'm hoping that next week I can get back into a normal routine. The other thing is that I have not been sleeping well in this past week. I'm so exhuasted. I am really hoping my body sorts itself out soon.

I am going into week 3 of the sleep challenge here on spark. I've gotten some great ideas and have been implementing them as I can. I think once my life settles down a bit the things I've learned will be more effective.

Speaking of challenges, next week I am restarting the 100 push up challenge. I started it a while ago but had to stop in the first week due to bronchitis. I'm about 85% recovered from that, so I think it's safe to resume most of my normal workouts.

Next week I have to get really serious about watching what I eat. It's good to hit the target calorie range, but why bother if it's nothing but empty calories, ya know?

So to recap: more workouts, less junk food, more sleep.

Good times all around. Now to go pack!!





  
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BOBBYS1GIRL 8/24/2012 8:26PM

    Thanks Lvells! Here's the link http://www.hundredpushups.com/ .

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LVELLS 8/24/2012 2:46PM

    Happy safe traveling! Hey, what's the 100 push up challenge??
Laverne

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Happy Monday, and my "Thrive, don't just survive" story.

Monday, August 20, 2012

I know, everyone who works is thinking, "Happy Monday?? Is she CRAZY?" Well, yes. I am crazy. But I'm also a stay at home mom so EVERY DAY is like a Monday to me. Lol. Anywho, on to my story.

Most people join SP to lose weight. It's what the site is kinda geared to, so it makes sense. But when I first started SP, I was using the tracker as a way to make sure I was getting enough calories, and to see what areas I was lacking in nutrient wise. You see, I was suffering from chronic migraines. It was so bad I could hardly eat and I was laid up on the couch by 3pm almost daily. I was losing weight, and I was losing it incredibly fast. Last winter, when I got down to 103lbs, I started getting really scared and decided it was time to get some help.

So I met with my doctor, and we played around with medicine until we found the right dose of the right medicine to help me battle these migraines.Night and day difference! I still get the occassional migraine, but no where near the way I was before. Less migraines meant less nausea and puking. You'd think that meant I would be able to eat again, right?

Wrong. My body had gotten used to eating just a few bites at a time. So while I wasn't losing any more weight, I wasn't gaining any back either. My doctor encouraged me to get back to tracking my foods, and to pick one meal a day to eat just a little more than I had before. He also encouraged me to start working out again. I thought the guy was off his rocker. I asked him, "Wouldn't working out just burn more calories and make me lose more weight?" He said no. Apparently my chronic migraines had my body stuck in a sedentary lifestyle. My body didn't "need" more calories because I only burning the minimal calories to survive.

Well, I wanted to do more than survive. I wanted to thrive. So I put in the effort to start working out and to eat six small meals a day. At first I didn't care about the quality of the meal, just the quantity. But after I hit 108lbs, I was finding it easier to eat. So I started eating more at dinner, and attempting to make that meal just a little healthier. I hit 112lbs and started feeling my energy come back. People started to comment that I looked healthier. My clothes started to fit better.

At 117lbs I was over the moon. Not only did I look better, but I felt great. I met my workouts and meals with more enthusiasm than ever. I stuck with 6 small meals a day, because it made me feel balanced. When I hit 120lbs I had to buy new clothes. That's the first time in my life that I weighed that much while not being pregnant. Normally I hate shopping, but this time I actually had fun with it.

I'm currently at 124lbs. My goal is to hit 127lbs and maintain that weight. I have to start focusing on nutrition a little more, so I'm back to tracking on here. But my point is, I feel the healthiest I've ever felt in my life. Migraines had been sucking the life out of me since I was 8 years old. If you are suffering with something like that and it's making it hard to hit your goal weight or you don't have energy or you simply don't feel well, go see your doctor! You don't have to live that way.

I felt trapped for so many years. I felt unhealthy. But once I got help from my doctor and some encouragement from fellow sparksters, my life changed. It feels good to finally be me.

So go ahead, thrive. Don't just survive. Trust me. No matter what your goal is, it's worth it.

  
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KIWIANN 8/20/2012 12:26PM

    emoticon Congrats on all you have accomplished so far! And what a great attitude!! Thriving is so much better than surviving!

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My name is Melanie, and I am a snackaholic.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

It's so bad. I can eat healthy meals all I want, but I seem to have no control over my snacking. I snack when bored. I snack when hungry. I snack just because there is food around. This wouldn't be so bad if I could manage the portions.

For example, I made from scratch apple pie yesterday. My husband cut it and gave me a huge portion. I only ate what I thought was reasonable. With the leftovers today I cut my slice a little smaller. It was great! I was being careful. Then I decided to ruin it and follow up the pie with a bag of popcorn. I ate the whole full sized bag. By myself. See what I mean? No self control!

I do the same thing with soda. If it's in my house I tend to guzzle it, so we don't normally buy it. Well, we had family over yesterday so I bought some Coke. I have not overindulged (yet) but I've seriously thought about it. It's frustrating how much I struggle with snacking. I always have.

So this week I'm going to focus on snacking portion control. The goal is no more than 1 soda a day. Focus on both quality AND quantity of my snacks. And I want to start looking around for some healthy snack options to buy next grocery trip to help discourage excessive unhealthy snacking. I also need to work on my water intake again. I think that might be playing a role in it too.

I'm rambling. I think I need to go to bed. I ramble a lot when tired. emoticon

Mel

  
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BOBBYS1GIRL 8/19/2012 9:05PM

    CMCBRIDE- I think I need to get back to tracking for a while. That seems to help me be more accountable.

Laurance- Sorry to get your mind on snacking! Lol!

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CMCBRIDE37 8/19/2012 8:52PM

    We buy popcorn for our air popper...then we can control if we want butter or olive oil or coconut oil just how much we put on there and a little goes a long way. I make enough for the whole family...take my portion (and put the oil on mine if I want it) and then my two boys and husband split the rest and clean up. Once it is put up that is the end of it.

I also just measure and log everything...right away...using my phone app or computer...that seems to put an end to the snacking...Like making the snack, measuring it and eating it are the first three steps and tracking it and cleaning up (if any needed) are the final steps. Since I started here I have really put an end to the mindless snacking. I hope you can find strategies and a plan to help you control this. I think thinking about it and writing about it are the first steps....awareness.

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LAURANCE 8/19/2012 8:48PM

  Oh my! I can identify! A snackaholic! That has been me. It's only recently that I've been able to put the brakes on.

Yes, if you're tired now, go to bed. I am about to do likewise. I'm tired, and just thinking about snacking has me wanting something. But I won't do it!

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I just applied for a job! And other random updates...

Friday, August 17, 2012

I haven't worked since February 2010, when I closed down my licensed daycare. Since then I have stayed at home with my 2 munchkins, waiting for at least one of them to start school so I could return to the workforce. Well, today I applied for an assistent teaching job near my house. The odds that I get it are slim, but there are a ton of other similiar opportunities around here, so I'm not giving up if this one doesn't pan out.

In other news...I've injured myself. Yeah. Go me. I stood up and felt/heard this loud, hard pop just behind my ankle. There is a tendon there and I'm pretty sure I've aggravated it. The pain isn't severe, but there is mild swelling and twinges of pain with certain activity. Giving it a little more time and then if I'm still hurting I'll call the doctor on Monday.

On the upside, I am feeling a lot better now. I still have tightness in the lungs but finally have my nebulizer meds and that has made a huge difference for me. Hoping to be close to a hundred percent better next week.

I've been slacking the past few days. Haven't worked out and I've been overloading on junk. Gotta get back on track. I think I need a good workout to get me going again. Guess I will see what I can do that won't bother the ankle.

Anywho...that's my little update. I think I'm gonna go play my piano now. emoticon

Later gators.

  
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HALFWRITTEN 8/17/2012 10:07PM

    I hope the piano playing was relaxing. Sorry for the dominoe effects of pain and sickness for you lately. I hope you get the job though!

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KOMTRIA 8/17/2012 12:40PM

  Good for you fro applying anyway and not letting the thoughts that you won't get the job get in your way.

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