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Two things that never occur........

Sunday, April 06, 2014

My son has been sick since Thursday night. This is something all parents go through and know how tiring it can be! To be honest, I am exhausted! However, I am feeling PROUD of myself! Two things occurred, one since Thursday and one happened today!

Usually when my son is sick it is like that "Get Out of Jail For Free" card but for me it is more like "Get Out of Exercising For Free" card for me. I usually say I'm tired from caring for him, waking up at all hours of the night....I just cannot exercise or stick to my goals. This time, even if it was not at the planned time, I did work out and stuck with my goals!!! Not only did I workout BUT I manage to slightly increase my time and speed on the treadmill!

My second occurrence was this evening. I made dinner, felt very hungry and filled my bowl right up. Now mind you, I grew up in the Clean your plate club which I am finding it hard to revoke my membership as an adult. Tonight though, halfway through the bowl of chicken casserole I was starting to get the over stuffed feeling. I stopped eating and kept eying the bowl, the inner battle raging! To clean my plate or to not clean my plate?? I am proud to say I pushed the bowl away and did not clean my plate! What a great feeling that was!!!

I just need to keep making these small goals and sticking with them.....baby steps will get me through.....I GOT THIS!!!!!

T

  
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/8/2014 12:36PM

    thats EXCELLENT!!! I hope your son is better soon
you are handling it well!

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JOMAMA 4/6/2014 6:32PM

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Calcium and Vitamin D....and goals.

Friday, March 28, 2014

I have been faithfully taking my daily vitamin for 12 days now! I am stating to notice a difference. The biggest difference is, my joints do not hurt as much!! Because I had a hysterectomy so young, in my 30's, the doctors told me I would eventually need a calcium supplement. Keeping that in mind, when I chose my daily vitamin, it was one with higher amounts of calcium and Vitamin D, the Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb the calcium.

Tonight, our local PBS station posted an article online about what our bodies need to build strong bones. After reading it I realized I am still not getting enough calcium or Vitamin D. I am still only getting about half of what I need! Because of the hysterectomy, and I do not take hormone replacement therapy, I need 1000 - 1500mg a day of calcium and 1000 - 2000 IU of Vitamin D.

Currently I am getting 500mg of calcium and 1000 IU of vitamin D. I have decided to add a calcium supplement to my daily vitamin. Starting tomorrow I will have 1100mg of calcium and 1400 IU of Vitamin D daily. I am excited to see if there will be any difference in how I feel!!

I have just about worked out my April goals! I have realized, for me, the more specific the goals are the easier it is for me to stick with them. I am also realizing I cannot tackle all this change at once, it is too overwhelming, and I tend to give up. Choosing 2 goals a month seems perfect for me! I am not overwhelmed, I have stuck with the goals and feel good because I am actually doing this!

My spark is back, thanks to a friend on here who kept liking my activity even though I would only sign on once every few months or more. I started signing on more and more, always looking forward to the email that said my friend had like my activity. Then I started signing on more and more because I felt my spark coming back! I have even set my homepage on my computer to SparkPeople. It goes to show that even the littlest of things done can change someones day or life. I will pay it forward!!!

Tamara

  
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JUSTYNA7 4/2/2014 1:49PM

    Sounds great! But be careful too! I took too much vitamin D and was getting weakness and nausea and the doctor said I was becoming toxic from vitamin D and had to go off it.

For the rest, hurray for being here and blogging and your spark beging back!

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FRANCESCANAZ 3/30/2014 4:39PM

    Paso a Paso...Step by Step. emoticon

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MOMMYMACT 3/29/2014 5:41PM

    Thank you mj7dm33!!!!

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MJ7DM33 3/28/2014 11:33PM

  Glad that your spark is back! Do what works for you!

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MOMMYMACT 3/28/2014 11:13PM

    Golfinmomma, Thank you!! Do you know how much magnesium? My daily vitamin has 50mg in it.

Hotpinkcamaro49, thank you!!! Yes, we can do it!! :)

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GOLFINMOMMA 3/28/2014 11:07PM

    I also need Astra calcium and vitamin D. Which I took for two months before I found out if you are taking calcium you also need magnesium. I have switched to calcium with magnesium and am now feeling better and a side effect is I am sleeping allot better at night, a really good side effect. Good luck getting everything balanced.
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5k your way

Friday, February 22, 2013

I have never done a 5k before! I use to work out on and off over the years, but two years ago I had a total abdominal hysterectomy and had a very difficult recovery! I attribute the difficult recovery to me being over weight. It took one year for my wound to fully heal. Over the last two years my physical activity has been little to none.

This past Christmas I actually looked at pictures of me, which I have avoided in the past, and was in shock and cried at how big I am. January 1st I chose one healthy goal and stuck to it, cutting out 99% of the diet soda I drank (it was my only choice of beverage for the last year) and drinking more water. My goal for February was to start exercising again. I mostly like to walk on the treadmill. I put on my headphones, listen to the music, and walk all my worries away. As we are approaching the end of February I have not lost a lot of weight and I had the horrible cold (fever, coughing, no voice, very tired) for over a week and am just now feeling totally better.

I was praying for myself, that I would not give up on myself again, and get healthy this time. I then signed on to Facebook and was notified that The Biggest Loser is coming to my town to do the Biggest Loser walk. I felt it was the answer I have been looking for! It is something solid to work towards. It is for all fitness levels and no time limit on when you finish. You have to pay a registration fee between $25 and $40 (for the 5k) depending on when you sign up. I felt guilty about the money at first BUT I never spend money on myself and told myself I deserve this! I always take care of the household expenses and my son first. Then if there was any money left over I would think of myself, usually there is no money left over, hence never doing anything for myself. So this is a treat to myself and a healthy one at that!!! :)

I am hoping the 5k your way program keeps me on track and gets me ready for the Biggest Loser walk in June. I will be starting it on Monday, so my rest day is always on a Sunday. Until Monday I will just do my normal walking on the treadmill.

Until Next Time,

~T~

  
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COREY04 2/27/2013 9:17PM

    There is no need to worry about speed. I would just come for the support.

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MOMMYMACT 2/24/2013 8:09PM

    Cud333, I do not want to give up on myself this time. Every time in the past I have. But that picture of me from Christmas made me realize how dire it is for me to be healthy, my 10 yr old son deserves that!! I would love a walking Buddy!!! Right now my pace is very slow but my goal is to be able double my speed by June 9th. I know I will be the back of the pack crossing the finish line BUT I will finish, :). Thank you for being so kind to someone you do not even know!!!

Sue5007, thank you for reading my blog, :). I have written down your advice and will remind myself of it as I am training, I do not want shin splints. I also think I will be repeating a few weeks on the training plan. Based on my practice tries this past weekend! I am not sure how long it will take me to finish, and even if I am the last person, I will finish. Thank you for the good luck, :).

emoticon here I come!!!

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COREY04 2/22/2013 7:20PM

    Please never give up on yourself. If you need a buddy I will drive up and walk with you. I know looking at pictures can be painful, but the journey is truly the destination. All those things we perceive as obstacles are really part of our journey.
You will get there step by step. In the meantime, please remember to love every day, because you only have one chance to live it.
I have virtual sticky notes on my computer: One of them says: "What are you going to do to make incredible?"

I hope you have an incredible day. emoticon

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SUE5007 2/22/2013 3:37PM

    Nice! You might get nervous but there will be a lot of excitement that day. Pick someone ahead of you and try to stick with them, or beat them.

Take your time training. If you can't go as "fast" as the program says, then repeat a workout or two. Go slow when you're jogging, like baby steps, start with a short stride and keep your feet underneath you when striking the ground or you will get shin splints. Do some strength training on your non-run days (especially for your legs) even if you just do 50 squats a day.

Don't worry about your how long it takes, and be proud of any improvement you make no matter how small.

You may have easy days, and you will have days that for no apparent reason are hard. Don't fret, the hard days are the ones that will change you, strengthen you and they always lead to a good day.

Good luck!

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March Changes...........

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Well, I did very well with some of my February changes and others I just could not get down. So..........I will continue to work with them during March!! NOT GIVING UP!

I did not gain nor did I lose any weight for February.....I will be okay with that!! Part of the problem is not being able to move very well. I long to be able to just get up and walk around the block or down town with my son. I also long to be able to just go visit people, I miss company and laughing. However, what I miss the most is being able to tear through the house and knock out the cleaning in a few hours. Now it takes me well over an hour just to wash dishes, :(.

Tomorrow I have to go over to VT to see a specialist. I am hoping for some answers and some solutions. The water retention, hip pain, and back pain are just over bearing at times. Right now I am on Prednisone and the hip pain seems to be minimal so right now my biggest set back is the water retention. My legs feel like the skin can not stretch any tighter and it is very uncomfortable. If I touch my leg it leaves an imprint. I am on a water pill but it is not taking it away. I am stressing about all this and am sure it is not helping any of my issues.

My changes for March:

1. Listen to Louise L Hay "Feeling Fine Affirmations" twice a day (if not more).

2. This may sound little BUT some how I need to get at least 5 minutes of exercise daily.

3. Cut back on computer time.

4. Two positive thoughts about myself daily, :).


I will do this, now matter how long it takes!!

Until Next Time,
~T~

  
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FRANCESCANAZ 3/12/2012 12:49PM

    emoticon Hope you get some relief after the doctor's visit.

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My changes for February......

Thursday, February 09, 2012

I am trying to do this right this time, my life is depending on that! So each month I am going to make 2-3 SMALL changes. Every time I start this journey I go all out and try to lose as much as I can right off which always back fires and I burn out quickly. Part of the problem was, I have several friends and family members who have recently lost weight, and had done so quickly (some had the operation and some just did it on their own) and I was trying to be like them. What I needed to realize is, I am NOT them, I am me and need to do what's right for me. So, with those same friends and family by my side, cheering me on to do this my way, here I go again!

For the month of February I am becoming accustomed to using smaller utensils. It takes so much longer to eat a meal with a small utensils and by then end of my meal I am feeling almost full, content like. Plus, I moved all the "fattening" food (condiments, jelly, syrup, etc.) to the back of the refrigerator, I usually grab whatever is towards the front, so this is working well for me.

I also have come to terms with the fact that my body is not at the same age I am. I am not in good health, so trying to rush into the gym and workout like everyone else is not realistic! I need to work up to that. So, I searched around on here and found and awesome team, The Chair Exercise Team (hope I put the name right!). Right now, this is perfect for me. I just need to get myself moving, my blood pumping, and my heart rate going WITHOUT doing more harm to my body than good. So, I put aside all the equipment, workout games, and schedules I use to use ( we will meet again some day!!) and will be using some videos off SP to workout in a chair until I get to a healthier place in life. Who knows, maybe I will like it so much I will keep it as part of my routine, :).

I guess I will actually have four changes for this month (the utensils, moving the food to the back of the fridge, changing the way I exercise and now this one). I spend A LOT of time on Facebook playing games ( Sims Social, Hidden Chronicles, Words with friends, Cityville, and mind jolt games). I need to drop some games and limit my time on the ones I keep. I really like words with friends, sims social, and hidden chronicles BUT that is still to much, so I need to cut at least one of those out OR say only 15 minutes a day on each game. It may still sound like a lot but is way LESS than what I play now (sometimes I am in front of this computer ALL day!!)

I know it sounds like a lot of change but the first 2 are already easily done, it is just the second 2 I need to work on. I WILL DO THIS!!! My life and my son are depending on me to do so!

Until Next Time,
~T~

  
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FRANCESCANAZ 2/9/2012 12:50PM

    emoticonThis sounds a lot like the Feb challange for our team "Adirondack Fan Club" ONE CHANGE each month. Hop on our daily "Reflections" forum if you would like to help us all keep acccountable. emoticon

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DRKYASHI 2/9/2012 10:26AM

    emoticonYou sound determined and seem to have a good plan!! Remember to be kind to yourself and realize emoticon! Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!

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