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sunday check in #9

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Welcome to Sunday check in!

Remember last week? I asked about progress? How did you do THIS week? Name ONE THING you are going to do RIGHT this weekend to keep you on track or get you on track?


My week was fantastic. I named 5 things I was going to do right in a blog.

I wanted to lose one pound. I did that. X 4!!! I have not lost 4 pounds in a week in maybe, over a year?
How did this happen?

Small steps.

I got prepared. Planned, shopped and cooked my meals. And not diet food either. I made tacos, turkey burgers,spaghetti... it I made it healthy and I planned my other meals around that. I also ate a lot of protein at breakfast, one of the best tips I have ever received, thank you, Cannie!

I walked this week and I jogged for 1 minute intervals twice during the walk. Now, that may not seem like much to some of you, but with bad knees and bulged discs in my back, its a big deal for me. And even if it was just for 1 minute, it challenged me and my body. And I feel like I accomplished something. I am not going to move forward with the 4 week plan to run a mile, but I am going to do it at my own pace. Will keep you updated.

I didnt bake this week (until yesterday) but even then, I was restrained and stayed within my goals.

I ate popcorn for snacks in the evening when I was feeling munchy. And I went to bed hungry sometimes. It didn't kill me.

I am working on becoming "regular". Enough said on that one.

Yesterday, OK started taking Amberen for menopausal symptoms. Will keep you posted on that.

Mostly, I remembered, decided, recommitted, made an effort, paid attention, cared, worked and generally strived to continue what I am doing here.

Mostly, I am not done. I will probably never be done because even when I get to my goal weight, and I will, I will need help, my S P friends, my trackers, etc. To never go back too where I started. I will never go back to that unhappy, fat, unhealthy person who not only didn't care about herself, but barely lived on the edges of my life.

I'm down 55 pounds and I am not worried about where I was (70 pounds) or how long it takes. I am starting from here, today and moving on, one small step, one meal, snack, minute or day at a time.

Come with me!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DEE0973 9/18/2012 2:17PM

    You are working this program....Hooray for you!!!

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TJCADDO 9/16/2012 4:07AM

    emoticon On being 4lbs. down! Thank you for talking about how you are going about reaching your goals without disrupting your life.

Keep going, keep going!

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AAAACK 9/14/2012 12:30PM

    I LOVE this part: I went to bed hungry sometimes. It didn't kill me.
I need to post this in my pantry as a reminder!

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GRACEISENUF 9/13/2012 9:06PM

    I am SO PROUD OF YOU! 4 pounds is amazing Jan.

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SARAWALKS 9/12/2012 6:37PM

    This is awesome, Jan, hurrah for you! Yeah, it's those little decisions that add up and make the difference. Working the program, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 9/11/2012 1:00AM

    Way to go on the 4 pounds -- you are quite the overachiever!!

From my comment on your last Sunday blog ---

Goal -- lose another pound, dig up some chokecherries and transplant some lilac bushes.

I didn't manage to lose the pound, but I did dig up a couple chokecherry bushes and transplanted one bunch of lilacs.

Goals this week -- lose that dratted pound. Transplant another lilac bush. Patch the bad spots on the north basement wall with mortar. Put waterproofing paint on said wall.

Make a big batch of meatballs to freeze for quick meals and try out a gazpacho recipe.

That sounds like an awful lot, doesn't it?? I hope it's not too much.

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GUNNSGIRL91303 9/9/2012 3:15PM

    What an inspiring blog. The one thing I'm going to focus on this week is to be more active in general, not sit around the house reading for hours on end. I'm going to get my chores and exercising done for the day before I sit down to read, or spark or other work on the computer and will re-read this blog when I need to motivate.
Thanks for kicking my butt back into gear with your great words and thoughts!!!
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CELLISTA1 9/9/2012 2:18PM

    Congratulations on the 4 pounds. That's terrific!

The week was pretty good for me. Calories a little high, but just a little. Went to Pilates 3 times and walked a couple of times. Today I actually went to a walk/run to benefit ovarian cancer awareness. My mom died of that so I am at risk, so naturally I felt connected to the cause. I asked a friend to walk with me and we did 5K. It was hot and not at all scenic, except for the beginning and end which were on the CBS lot. I sweated a lot! This week I plan to continue packing lunches to take to work most days.

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DAISY443 9/9/2012 1:56PM

    It's workin' for you!

My goal for today is to waterproof the deck and that will be enough cardio for one day!

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RUNNER12COM 9/9/2012 12:24PM

    The one thing I'm going to do this week to stay on track is get out today (and every day this week) and get my run done.

Summer of Run continues!

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saturday stuff (or, what has Jan been up to today)

Saturday, September 08, 2012

I have been a cooking fool today!! Kady had an overtime shift this morning so she came in at 7 am so we all went to breakfast which was fun. One of her friends brought me fresh tomatoes so I made fresh marinara sauce. I added spinach, garlic, onion, and some leftover super lean ground beef from tacos the other day.

I have always guest-imated how much 2 ounces of pasta is and today I actually measured and boiled it separately so I would know. Well, that was enlightening! I do not normally eat a full serving of pasta and I always thought I was eating more than that. So that was coo.-
One of my customers gave us some apples and they are a bit sour for regular eating so I made cobbler and it was delicious! I made single servings in big muffin cups and it was delicious! I only ate a part of it so yeah, me!

Then I baked 2 cakes for cake pop orders and only ate some corners of it so I'm good with my calories today. I have not binged or gone on a sugar frenzy. I have eaten fruit and will have salad with dinner, plus we are going walking this evening with stitchy and then will stay home and watch a movie.

I am feeling very positive. Very positive indeed. Tune in tomorrow for week 9 of our Sunday check in.

  
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DAISY443 9/9/2012 2:01PM

    Yum-can I come live with you (Daisy dog, too!)?
I can bring fresh tomatoes, bell peppers and pears from my back yard!

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AAAACK 9/9/2012 1:46AM

    What a yummy sounding day!

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GRACEISENUF 9/8/2012 11:23PM

    Wow you were inspired today weren't you? We had take out...lol. DD came home with her new beau. We had just met him once before and he is really a great guy....thank you Lord! They are definitely smitten with one another. Little brother gave him a thumbs up too. :)

Enjoy your Sunday Jan.

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MAMADWARF 9/8/2012 11:23PM

    I would have, but since kd wanted to go to breakfast so early, I got dressed and stayed dressed till 7:30 tonight!

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CELLISTA1 9/8/2012 9:08PM

    What I want to know is were you wearing your jammies while you were doing all this cooking?

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Ode to.......

Thursday, September 06, 2012

When I awaken in the morning,
I slide into you,
Hoping for a few stolen moments alone, together, just you and me

You fit me like a glove, no, a warm loose sweater,
A thousand comforts and memories,
Woven together.

And the day begins and we are ripped apart,
But the joy of knowing we will be together,
Later, is something to look forward to.

No constraints, just sweet softness and total acceptance.
You hold my darkest secrets and know me intimatly,
Everyone knows that when they see me in the evenings
They will see you first.

Oh how I wish we could spend each and every day together!
But that is not acceptable in today's society.
Maybe someday, but not now. Not yet.
But I have hope.

I am happy with the few hours we share.
I am never happier than when I am with you, except maybe when we bring in
That extra special "other' one....my slippers.

Oh how I love you, my pajamas. I am yours and you are mine. Forever.

  
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LISALGB 9/7/2012 8:18PM

    Love it!! There is nothing like pajamas!!

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JITZUROE 9/7/2012 6:13PM

    Umm, hello my name is Bren and I sport my jammies the SECOND I walk through the door!!!
LOVED THIS,
Bren

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TADTURC 9/7/2012 10:49AM

    I'd swear this was written for my mom. She's retired and if she doesnt have anything to do, she'll hang out in her pj's all day. Love it!

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DAISY443 9/7/2012 9:38AM

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CANNIE50 9/6/2012 11:26PM

    And here I thought you weren't a jammie girl. My bff and I tend to text each other with questions like: "it is 7pm, it is still light out, is it too early to put on jammies?" (the consensus is NO, not too early). Ironically, I never leave my pajamas on in the morning - I get dressed immediately, usually in exercise gear first, since I tend to have early morning fitness dates. But, as fall and winter come calling, so too does the urge to put those cute comfy jammies on earlier and earlier. Once, when my brother and his family were staying with us over Christmas, he accused me of being a bad influence on his wife because it was dinnertime and we were both jammied up! Loved your ode to pajamas and will be sharing it with my jammie loving best friend who, while normally very stylish, has been known to make a quick trip to the grocery store in her jammies, only to discover that not only were they on inside out, in one instance they were backwards! Needless to say, I take great pleasure in reminding her of this emoticon Go get those pj's on Mama-girl, I'm not far behind....

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KAYE454 9/6/2012 11:17PM

  Great said blog

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any of you ladies ever tried amberen?

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

I just ordered a 90 day supply. Yea, I'm desperate. This whole menopause/Peri menopausal thing is making me nuts. I was 1 month shy of of full menopause. Now, my hormones are crazy, I can't sleep, I'm bitchy, I have other issues that I'm just sick of and I believe it is not allowing me to lose weight ( even when I am not binging on cookies!)

Let me know if you have tried amberen and I will give an update after I complete my first 90 day course of it..

  
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CELLISTA1 9/7/2012 12:09AM

    Rgggg, you're not listening to me! Chinatown! You don't believe it?

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/6/2012 6:19PM

    Nope...never heard of it. I just suffered through (and made my poor DH suffer with me) and then...it stopped. I get a twinge every so often, but not like I was. The other side of this is great. Isn't that sort of what you commented on my blog today, totally different subject? :)
The other side better be worth it!

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BIGMAMAT 9/6/2012 12:48AM

    Hum... Never heard of it. I do know that there have been a lot of studies on the effect of homone regulation on weightloss or the lack there of... Keep us in the loop.

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CANNIE50 9/5/2012 9:50PM

    No, so I am curious as to how it goes - you are the official menopausal guinea pig, Mama Girl. I do a hormone replacement therapy patch, and another hormone that I take each night (which makes me sleepy and, since insomnia is an issue, that is a nice side effect). I hate to tell you this, but you do know that exercise is one of the best antidotes for menopausal symptoms, right? I don't mean a bit of exercise, either - hard, sweaty (easy to do, given hot flashes), regular exercise. It has made the biggest difference for me. Menopause is tough, we are tougher. Sweaty emoticon

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AAAACK 9/5/2012 11:23AM

    What do you mean 1 month shy of full menopause? Is there a way to tell? I'm just starting my journey, and so I'm not totally sick of it yet (it's not comfortable, but I haven't gotten too much weirder...yet). But I'm curious how you know you're 1 mo shy of the end?
I realize I'm not helping you at all with the amberen question, but I'm certain someone out there will know.
Hope today brings you a bit of relief.

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Things I am going to do right this week

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

1. Meal plan and grocery shop

2. Complete week 1 of "running a mile straight"
(Please keep in mind I never wanted to run, I still don't and with my knees, I am not sure I can run but I am going to give it hell then decide after the first week. Frank is doing it with me because he is awesome like that).

3. I am NOT baking anything and I have no parties or other sidetrack-y things this week so I WILL stay on plan.

4. I am going to fan the flames of my spark.

5. I am going to lose a pound. I am going back to my small steps mentality that lead to losing the first 70 pounds.

What are you going to do right this week?

  
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THREEE 9/8/2012 6:00PM

    i so love reading that you keep at it...you are an inspiration...which you must be able to tell from all of your comments after you blog...i hope to be able to keep finding your inspiration as i continue(sporadically) my journey...thanks, kiddo emoticon

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DAISY443 9/6/2012 7:52AM

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BIGMAMAT 9/6/2012 12:45AM

    Lovin your list Mama. emoticon How is the meal planning going? I am counting down the days until I can have everything put away/fixed and I can meal plan again. (I also need to coupon and stock up). Its very difficult to prepare a good meal when your pots and pans are still in your livingroom. lol..

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SOON2BSMALL1313 9/5/2012 10:48AM

    thats a great plan I hope you succeed this week :)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/5/2012 9:57AM

    Awesome Mama!!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/4/2012 9:17PM

    Word up sassy pants! Kick bootay!

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/4/2012 8:54PM

    I'm with you- back to what worked, log my food, be reasonable with my expectations, stay on plan.
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CANNIE50 9/4/2012 7:48PM

    So, how goes it, Mama? I already know you are eating a good breakfast. I love your "run a mile" goal. May I suggest that when you get home after running a mile (which I already know you will do - if it feels too hard, don't stop just slow waaaayyy down, trust me on this) come home and ice and elevate your knees. I use frozen bags of peas when my knees ache. They are perfect for this. I certainly would never eat frozen peas because I find them repulsive emoticon I am late checking in but I can tell you I am doing great with exercising, and just okay with food. Just now, I broke a crown while eating a #$#@ing Tootsie Pop. How flipping stupid is that? A Tootsie Pop costs 50 cents plus $500 for the crown repair. They aren't even that good! Sheesh. I feel like an I D I O T. emoticon

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MOMMY445 9/4/2012 1:06PM

    those sound like great plans! you can do this! you are worth it!

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JITZUROE 9/4/2012 12:16PM

    I am sending you good vibes to get through that mile run! You can do it! Be sure to thank your knees afterwards : )

Let's see, I am going to try to lose a pound too along with you!
That entails eating well and not caving in to my inner Pig Pen.

Bren

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SLFRISBEY 9/4/2012 11:35AM

    Great plans! I am going to do something similar... meal plan, bring lunch to work and hit the work out plan. Too bad I have already talked myself out of working out so far. IT WILL HAPPEN though!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 9/4/2012 10:17AM

    The first thing you did right was to make a list of the things you are going to do right!

Make Today a Great Day!

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