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My battle today....a picture blog

Thursday, May 19, 2011


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(celebs.icanhascheezburger.com)

It's 2:00. That cookie monster has not won (yet).

  
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BIGMAMAT 5/22/2011 10:20PM

    hahaha. I laugh. emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/20/2011 1:43PM

    My inner Cookie Monster escaped a few weeks ago and went on a wild ride eating cookie after cookie. It was clear she was making up for lost time and opportunity. She's now in a cookie comma - locked up tight.

I understand the struggle.

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JOMAMA99 5/20/2011 11:22AM

    Keep fighting that monster! Let us know how you did.

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TREASURINGLIFE 5/20/2011 8:39AM

    So...how'd you end making out for the rest of the day? :)

- Michelle

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TERRYT55 5/20/2011 12:47AM

    Hang in there! I had one of those days too!

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MELLYBEANS0919 5/19/2011 9:29PM

    Haha oh dear that is me.

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MOONBIRD 5/19/2011 8:54PM

    Hang in there! You can do it!

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NAPPILICIOUS 5/19/2011 8:27PM

    That was me with ice cream last night . Hang in there.

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SEEMAINE 5/19/2011 8:08PM

    Wonderful blog and awesome pictures! Hang in there! emoticon

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BBGYRL4 5/19/2011 7:39PM

    haha, I loved this!! Especially the cookie monster with the veggies.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 5/19/2011 7:15PM

    I love you Jan. So proud of you with no cookies!

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NEWSGIRL2177 5/19/2011 7:01PM

    Story of my life, sister.
Go, fight, win!

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LUVDOGZ 5/19/2011 6:00PM

    Mine is the candy monster today!

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ANDEENNATE 5/19/2011 5:56PM

    Thanks for this!

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KAMAPERRY 5/19/2011 5:46PM

    Hahahahahahaha! That was me yesterday!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/19/2011 5:23PM

    Hang in there, I know you can do it!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/19/2011 5:14PM

    You will win!

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BECOMINGJAMI 5/19/2011 5:13PM

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That's really all I have to say.

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DAISY443 5/19/2011 5:06PM

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JENERIN01 5/19/2011 5:01PM

    I LOVE ME SOME emoticon Monster!!

Immediately I thought of Monsterpiece Theater, I wanted to link the "Upstairs/Downstairs" but I can't.

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CHARRI4251 5/19/2011 5:00PM

    Cute! Thanks for the humor.

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I refuse

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Today is my weigh in day. I have weighed in on Thursday every week since I started here 14 months ago. I told myself no matter what it said, I would put it in my tracker.

But today? Today, I refuse. I am up 3 pounds. I am not going to do it. I know it is not "real" weight but still. I refuse.




I am not going to pretend I dont know what happened or that I was perfect this week. I have done things right and I have done things wrong.

I have stayed within my range but have eaten cookies. That means there is no room for "good" foods when your calories are being consumed with cookies. I am also struggling with sodium and not eating enough protein. I have,however, diligently been following the bootcamp and am walking 5 days a week.

Here are some other things I refuse to do this week.

I refuse to eat any more cookies
I refuse to accept this 4 pound range I have been bouncing in for weeks
I refuse to give up
I refuse to kick my butt about it
I refuse to be distracted from my goals

And finally, I refuse to go back on my word to myself so I am going to change my tracker. Crap.



(picture 1 from clipartguide.com, picture 2 Charlesshulz)

  
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RIGBY31 5/20/2011 12:49PM

    Cookies were on my radar yesterday!
Fail... emoticon However, today I'm friday strong.

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RUNNER12COM 5/20/2011 2:06AM

    Love the thought process, and how you end up doing what you know is right for you. And those extra cookie-pounds don't stand a chance against your resolve.

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CANNIE50 5/20/2011 1:37AM

    Oh, I can relate. Thank you for taking us through your thought process. I agree - I promised myself I would be honest when I committed to SP, or there was no point in me being here. This is a turning point, I bet. And, I suppose, if all else fails, I will be swatting you with rolled up newspapers. Leave it, leave it, LEAVE IT! emoticon Good girl!

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MOONBIRD 5/19/2011 8:53PM

    Cookies are my weakness! I know you can bust through that 4 lbs! I made brownies last week and sent some home with my friend so I wouldn't eat them all.

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KAREN1924 5/19/2011 5:38PM

    I think we all can relate to your feelings on this. But you got it right IT'S ALL ABOUT ATTITUDE! And you got a bigger attitude than those dang cookies. You are on the right roll and hope to aquire the same attitude if I need to. Thanks for the blog, you will do this because you REFUSE to quit and have that keep on gettin' on attitude. Good for you and you WILL see results, I REFUSE to believe anything but!

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ALOFA0509 5/19/2011 4:49PM

   
COOKIES!!! I made some yesterday and said I'll only eat 4.. turned out I ate 4 every hr!! lol.. Love your attitude sista.. Rock ON emoticon

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BECOMINGJAMI 5/19/2011 3:13PM

    I love, love, and beyond love your attitude. You inspire me in so many ways, Jan. And even in the process of your brutal honesty, you still manage to make me smile. Thank you, friend, for helping keep my head in the game -- and still putting me in a go0d mood. I love reading what you have to say.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/19/2011 2:58PM

    I did the same thing about a month ago! It is hard to be doing a lot of things right and not have the scale show a difference.

I love your refuse list!

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TREASURINGLIFE 5/19/2011 1:25PM

    Living and learning...that's what it's all about, right? I'm proud of you for keeping to your word and putting in the gain, even though it hurt. It just goes to show that where our calories come from really does make a difference. And when the week is all over and the cookies are all eaten and we have to look back and reflect on where our choices have brought us, it's good to be able to truly feel that our goals are worth way more than any more cookies!!

Keep on keeping on my friend. Choose wisely. As you can see, choices really do matter. ((((HUGS))))

- Michelle

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KAMAPERRY 5/19/2011 1:15PM

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/19/2011 1:12PM

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You have a great attitude!!!!! emoticon

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DAISY443 5/19/2011 1:05PM

    I refuse to believe that you cannot do this! You will do it. I found your blog this time, no idea what happened before!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/19/2011 12:53PM

    Oh, I get it sister! Things have been crazy lately, but you know it's not real, just like the Jabberwocki in Alice in Wonderland, "it just isn' real, it just isn't real..." Ha! We'll get through this too!

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BADASSBLONDIE 5/19/2011 12:21PM

    PEANUTS!!!!!!!

*hugs* I see a lot of really awesome things you did this past week. Keep going and add to them and you'll see the results you want! *hugs*

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 5/19/2011 12:21PM

    Don't change it, Jan. Wait to see how you do next week and then take it from there. You got this!

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RUNBAREFOOTMAMA 5/19/2011 11:55AM

    Oh cookies......it's a love/hate thing for sure. emoticon
Next week, your tracker will go the right way.

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JENERIN01 5/19/2011 11:54AM

    I actually have posted the "same" weight rather than a 3 lb gain because I knew it wasn't real. The following week I ended up with a 5 lb loss and I knew that I didn't lose 5 lbs in a week, I new it was carry over from the "gain". Even if you change your tracker...you will probably lose it just as fast. No sweat.

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KESHIAG 5/19/2011 11:52AM

    lol love the illustration! Im glad you will track it because next week when you lose the three pounds plus whatever you will b realllll happy

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Yesterday's Crohn's walk (pictures)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

We had a lot of fun at the walk yesterday in Sacramento. Our team was the top fundraiser with over $4000.00 raised!

Kady works for a company who sells these "Volcano Splash" drinks at festivals and such and they donated the stuff for us to give them away. They were a big hit and it was fun seeing everyone's reactions to them! You cant really tell but they use dry ice and they smoke..it's pretty cool.


Here is Frank and Kady, giving away the drinks:



Here is a picture of my daughter, Kelly and her boyfriend, Art.(yea he looks like Vin Diesel and we tease him mercilessly about it all the time).

This is Owen: He is 9 years old and was the honored Hero this year. He gave a great speech and is a really brave kid:





This is the starting line for the 1.25 walk around the state capitol.

And a shot of our team (and others) getting ready to walk:


So then, my great niece, Sami and I had to do the Hokey Pokey:





And finally, my shirt from last year. A 3X.


And my shirt from this year: A XL.

  
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BAYBELIEVER 5/23/2011 7:14PM

    You are awesome, and so much fun! I want to do the hokey pokey!

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GRACEISENUF 5/20/2011 9:01PM

    Looks like fun...I wanna do the hokey-pokey!

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LOVE2BTHIN2 5/16/2011 12:25AM

    Fabulous pictures! Great job and wonderful enthusiasm shines through. You look like you guys could take on the world! Congrats on the smaller shirt size!

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    family fitness for a great cause! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 5/15/2011 6:40PM

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/15/2011 5:37PM

    Somehow I am not surprised that you did the hoki poki!

Awesome pictures and thank you for sharing them!

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MKACILLAS 5/15/2011 5:01PM

    what nice pics! Big Congrats on the drop in t-shirt size. Great job on raising money for a good cause!

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ATREAT4ME 5/15/2011 5:01PM

    Two things, Jan:
1) Woooohooooo to you for going from 3X to XL!
2) Let me know next year's date. If all goes well this year, I'd like to help your team!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/15/2011 4:51PM

    Sounds like you all had a great day! Yay for smaller shirts!

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JBARSTOW 5/15/2011 3:00PM

    Great job on the walk....and CONGRATS on the size change! You have plenty to be proud of!

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RIGBY31 5/15/2011 2:47PM

    What a beautiful day, beautiful family. And you even got some hokey-pokey in!

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BECOMINGJAMI 5/15/2011 2:47PM

    Sounds like you had an amazing day, and for an awesome cause. My aunt has Crohn's, and so this topic is very special to my heart anyway, but still. I had to drop by and say brava! (And send many extra congrats for the drop in tee-shirt size.)

If I ever get down your way, I'm going to have to stop and see you. That's just the end of it.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 5/15/2011 1:48PM

    Good for you Jan! Looks like a truly special day. I am so proud of you! Hugs.

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BADASSBLONDIE 5/15/2011 1:46PM

    What a great walk and fantastic pictures! Thank you so much for sharing adn for all the hard work you guys put in! :D

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DAISY443 5/15/2011 1:30PM

    You are an amazing woman! Great job on the walk. Just think of all the people who will be helped by your efforts!

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And now for something completely different....

Friday, May 13, 2011

Tomorrow is the Take Steps walk for Crohns-Colitis in Sacramento, CA. Last year, Kady was the honored hero. I remember walking around the state capitol and thinking "This must be like 3 or 4 miles!" It was all I could do to make it but it was progress because the year before, I sat it out. When I got home, I tracked it. It was barely over a mile! lol.... That was 2 months into my spark journey. This year? That is gonna be a cake walk! (did I say cake??? I certainly hope so!!).

Kady has raised nearly $4000.00 for the CCFA and when we walk tomorrow, in my heart, besides Kady,I am going to be carrying HISBLONDIE's boy, and I am going to be carring Cheryl (ATREATFORME) and I am going to be walking and praying for a cure for this terrible disease. I am also going to be thinking about my progress in this last year and how far I have come but more importantly, how far Kady has come.

KRAWRS asked me today how Kady is doing and she is doing great. Amazing, even. SHe has so much energy and just a fabulous zest for life. It looks like she will probably have to have an adjustment surgery this summer but we can deal with that.

One of the things I want to pass on is this: When you think something is the worst thing that can happen, sometimes it's not. Sometimes it is just something you have to go through to have the best life you can.

Tomorrow is going to be a great day and I am excited for my small part in finding a cure and raising awareness . I will post pictures! Have a great Saturday. I dare you.

  
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CANNIE50 5/16/2011 6:50PM

    "One of the things I want to pass on is this: When you think something is the worst thing that can happen, sometimes it's not. Sometimes it is just something you have to go through to have the best life you can."

Bless you for sharing this. Thank you from the bottom of my (for now)

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ATREAT4ME 5/15/2011 10:10AM

    Oh my Friend. I am so touched! And I am so happy to learn how well Kady is doing. I completely agree with you that sometimes going through something is just what you must do to have the best life you can. I am going to do a better job remembering that.



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ANNASBF 5/14/2011 11:55PM

    Noticed your blog on another Sparker's feed and had to respond. I agree that it is amazing what you can learn to live with.... and live WELL with. Your blog is amazingly inspirational in a lot of ways... and the fundraising is such a meaningful thing to do. I am very glad I read this today, thank your for writing it.

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/14/2011 11:43PM

    I am so glad Kady is doing well. She is amazingness and so are you.

I will pray for a cure too. In the meantime, I rejoice in your present and continued success.

Many blessings to your beautiful family. Now, go get 'em, hot stuff.

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HEALTHYBARB1 5/14/2011 4:22PM

    Have a great walk! Barb

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KAMAPERRY 5/14/2011 3:25PM

    This is awesome! I want to do something like this.

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GRACEISENUF 5/14/2011 2:40PM

    THANK YOU... THANK YOU... THANK YOU for posting this blog Jan. I REALLY admire you for taking part in this walk to fight this horrible disease.

Kady is AWESOME...what a fighter that girl of yours is. Give her a big ole hug for me will ya?

YOU MAKE US ALL PROUD JAN.

Love Ya!

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KRAWRS 5/14/2011 2:32PM

    :D I'm sorry I haven't been up on everyone's blogs/progress/participating in cheerleading... but I do think about all of you! I was and am glad to hear Kady's doing well. Congrats on YOUR progress as well!

"When you think something is the worst thing that can happen, sometimes it's not. Sometimes it is just something you have to go through to have the best life you can."

Exactly. You nailed it.

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BADASSBLONDIE 5/14/2011 10:58AM

    Thank you so much, for everything that you do. *hugs* WTG on your progress with walking and I'm so glad to hear that Kady is doing so well! *hugshard* ROCK that walk tomorrow! You should take lots of pictures and make a photo blog.

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RIGBY31 5/14/2011 10:44AM

    Kady and her mama... changing and awakening the world! Have a wondeful, proud moment. You two are a mighty force.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/14/2011 10:14AM

    Sounds like you two will be having a great day. Can't wait to see the pictures.

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MKACILLAS 5/14/2011 9:08AM

    sounds like you will have awesome day! Your daughter must get her strengths from you. keep up the good work!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/14/2011 7:27AM

    That's great! Kady is an amazing woman. Wonder where she got that from.... :)

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DAISY443 5/14/2011 6:23AM

    Walk tall! You and Kady are frequently in my thoughts. Tell us all about it! Go!!!!

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VBPARROTHEAD 5/14/2011 12:23AM

  Thank you for yor walk in this take steps for chrooooons and colitis. My cousin's son committed suicide a number of years ago because he couldn'[t tolerate the pain any more and we know sevral other people with the disease. There isn't a walk in our area that I know of; so, thank you for participating in your area.1

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MKPRINCESS007 5/13/2011 11:51PM

    I like your style! Awesome that you are taking part in this event. I have a good friend who's daughter also suffers from Crohns and I know first hand the challenge it is.

Tomorrow is going to be a great day. Can't wait to see the pix!

Karen

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Dance

Thursday, May 12, 2011

3 steps forward, 2 steps back, one step sideways, up, down, start again.

NO, it isn't square dancing. It is this dance called "weight loss". As I bragged on Monday, (first mistake apparantly), I was down 3 pounds. Today (my normal weigh in day) I am up 2. (Note to self: Bragging is unattractive and will bite you in the A$$).

I have been eating within range, drinking all the water, watching the sodium, excercising on schedule, doing my boot camp workouts (went from 4 days a week last week to 7 days this week with 2 extra video's. They are short 6-15 minute videos).

Now my point in telling you this is not for me to whine (cause you know how I feel about THAT!) but just to let you know that sometimes it happens like that. There is nothing absolute in weight loss or we would have all had a handle on it a long time ago). This is today. It is not forever, it is not tomorrow, it will not change my plan, my program or my resolve.

I am not done. I am not even CLOSE to being done. I will just go on with my day, like I always do, and be excited when the scale moves down next week.

I will keep doing the dance, maybe learn some new moves, but I am not sitting it out, I am not discouraged even though I may not like this particular song.

Can we get some Creedence up in here?????

  
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RIGBY31 5/14/2011 10:50AM

    Keep dancing until the music stops... and I have a stack of 45's lined up on the turn table so I can keep movin' and groovin' and loosin'.


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ATREAT4ME 5/13/2011 9:00PM

    I'm doing my happy dance just for your winning attitude. Love it!

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TEMPENATIVE 5/13/2011 2:00PM

    look at all the happy people dancin' on the lawn!
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LISSIEONE 5/13/2011 11:55AM

    Dance dance dance! :) The two pounds might just be your muscles retaining water to repair themselves after all that new exercise! Keep at it, you will get there before you know it! ;)

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 5/12/2011 11:13PM

    Alright Twinkle Toes! This is what I like to hear. Light up that dance floor. Go Jan!

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JEANNERR 5/12/2011 7:56PM

    Add me to your dance card!


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DONNACFIT 5/12/2011 7:21PM

    I am in on the dance too!!

One friend said it's like mowing grass..ahead and back and ahead and back..I love that one, too and it reminds me I slould go mow grass....

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BIGMAMAT 5/12/2011 7:15PM

    yes, I need to dance with you again my friend! emoticon

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DAISY443 5/12/2011 7:00PM

    Can't dance, but try to keep my bootie movin'. Gotta beat this plateau! WE can do it!!!!

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COOKWITHME65 5/12/2011 6:09PM

    I feel like I have been doing that dance all week. Cant seem to get under 200. I am so close. But I will not stop trying.

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GRACEISENUF 5/12/2011 3:34PM

    I'm shaking my "booty" right along with ya!

Look out Mr. Scale it ain't over till this spark lady quits dancing!!! And I don't see that happening anytime soon. :)

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DEBBIE19580 5/12/2011 3:30PM

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SEESTARS 5/12/2011 3:27PM

    You are a real trooper. 7 days a week boot camp!!! you go girl!

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KAMAPERRY 5/12/2011 1:30PM

    Haha, I love dancing!

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JOMAMA99 5/12/2011 12:07PM

    Love your attitude and the analogy! I am dancing right along with you! emoticon

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MOONBIRD 5/12/2011 11:59AM

    You have the right attitude. I know that this is something I just have to keep doing, no matter what the scale says. It's something I will always have to do. We can do it together! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/12/2011 10:17AM

    I hate that dance!!! Unfortunately, it's the easiest to learn and the hardest to forget. We just have to learn some new moves!

CCR ROCKS!!!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/12/2011 10:16AM

    emoticon I love your attitude! This is why I use SP, positive attitudes rock!

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BECOMING_HOLLY 5/12/2011 10:10AM

    Absolutely love this one! I hate my weigh in day (Tuesday) because I am always lower at the end of the work week. I don't know what happens to me during the weekend that makes me gain, but my routine during the week is so strict that it is helpful.

I am trying to weigh in only once a week, but that is so hard!

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VICKLET31 5/12/2011 10:10AM

    Nice attitude! You go girl!!!! emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 5/12/2011 10:10AM

    "Went from 4 days a week last week to 7 days this week with 2 extra video's. They are short 6-15 minute videos. "' maybe water retention? Whatever it is, screw the scale and keep doing what you're doing. B/c you? Are rocking at life. :D

I'm pretty d@mn proud of you. :D

HECK YES CREDENCE! :D

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STARMIZER2000 5/12/2011 9:58AM

  That is my favorite way to work out

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