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3 Year Sparkversary!!! (with pictures!)

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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I can't believe that 3 years ago, right after the birth of my son I started this journey! I was over 250 pounds, unhealthy, unhappy, and scared for the journey ahead of me.
Me right before my son was born. I was so uncomfortable at my baby shower. I had to rig on some maternity pants!
Now I had two babies to raise and I couldn't raise them to be unhealthy, the generational curse of unhealthy eating in my family was going to end with me!!!
I am now a beautiful 190 pounds! I've lost and gained a little but I've really learned to love myself and this body (the only one I've got) no matter how much I weigh. Even better God loves me and can USE ME at any weight I am!
I even ran my first 5K in February.
My second 5K in March, and I have my third, a survival mud run, scheduled for later this month!!!

I don't have to be perfect
I don't have to be skinny
I don't have to be a supermodel! (Though I have thought about being a plus size model!) Because who else knows that the worlds "plus size" is really just healthy!!!

I am beautiful, confident, and I know I WILL NEVER give up!!! I will never say "I'll just start again tomorrow" "I'll just finish out the week and start over Monday" No, it's about making the healthy choice everyday. Making the next best decision!

God has big plans for me, and I have BIG dreams!!
I want to have a weight loss camp for girls, because our youth are facing a big problem. Not only is being overweight okay, it's "better." That's a lie! Being healthy and active is better! Eating nothing but junk food and sitting around all day is not living!
I want to be a fitness instructor. I want to teach Zumba or Turbo Kick, I've even been thinking of starting my own fitness dance craze!
I want to have more children and this time with a healthy pregnancy, finally not fearing gestational diabetes or high blood pressure!

My life has only begun and I don't ever want to look back!!!
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Thank everyone of you who have stopped by my blog. Who have inspired me. Thank all of you for being on this journey with me! This is just the beginning of a new chapter, and this book doesn't have an ending!!!
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DCWILLIAMS831 4/15/2014 2:46PM

    Well done!

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MISSB8604 4/10/2014 11:45AM

    Nicely done!

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HEALTHY4ME 4/7/2014 9:15PM

    am beautiful, confident, and I know I WILL NEVER give up!!! I will never say "I'll just start again tomorrow" "I'll just finish out the week and start over Monday" No, it's about making the healthy choice everyday. Making the next best decision!


WOW that is so true, and hit me hard, I had a bad day today wanting to eat and eat, Luckily there wasn't anything much here to eat, but that shows me that the devil is still alive and thriving on my shoulder!!! thanks for these words. Going to add you to my page..

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ROBYN168 4/7/2014 7:20PM

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Congratulation on such a wonderful life change.

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LOLAJO54 4/6/2014 6:50PM

    wow fantastic
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I love that you want to pay it forward with a girls camp .. emoticon

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CHIPOMP1 4/6/2014 4:36PM

    Congrats. Thanks for sharing.
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WITCHYALISHA 4/6/2014 2:52PM

    Happy sparker versary

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RAINBOWMF 4/5/2014 10:49PM

    emoticon bog emoticon you.

Mary

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CAROLJ35 4/5/2014 10:10PM

    My, you made this so interesting!!!
Three cheers for you and your success!!!
You have a GREAT attitude!!!

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CRAZYGARDNER1 4/5/2014 10:24AM

  Thanks for the inspiration emoticon

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ADVENTURESEEKER 4/5/2014 1:04AM

    Congrats on all your progress!!

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SUSIEMT 4/4/2014 12:41PM

    I am so happy for you! Your enthusiasm is very catching! I love your idea of having a weight loss camp for girls and being a fitness instructor! Girl you can do anything you have a mind to. Good luck with your ideas and you are right God will use you at any weight! Woo Hoo to you!

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ANGELONE11 4/4/2014 12:33PM

    emoticon emoticon God will continue to bless you on this journey and your future endeavors!!

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MERRYBYU 4/4/2014 5:55AM

  Wow!!! This is my 1 st week on board, you have blown me away with your terrific attitude!! Thanks for posting and may God continue to bless you and your beautiful family!!

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NEWTINK 4/4/2014 4:41AM

    You have done so well emoticon and your children are simply beautiful !!!!

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MAYBER 4/4/2014 12:43AM

    thanks for sharing your achievements with us
best wishes as you continue on your journey
one day at a time love prayers peace
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RYOUNGLEWIS 4/3/2014 10:05PM

    You are amazing!!! Also you are worth it!!

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SANDY1380 4/3/2014 9:45PM

    Congrats you look amazing way to go keep up the good work

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PENOWOK 4/3/2014 9:35PM

    You look amazing!! I hope you are able to make those dreams come true!! God bless you!

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MARYJEANSL 4/3/2014 8:59PM

  You look great - congrats on how well you have done!

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LCRUMLEY81 4/3/2014 8:45PM

  AWESOME!

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AMBER461 4/3/2014 7:48PM

  Great blog, you are an inspiration.

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PT.JEFFGIRL 4/3/2014 4:48PM

    Your confidence and self-acceptance is great. Congratulations. emoticon

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SCRAPBECCA 4/3/2014 4:40PM

    Well done!

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POLSKARENIA 4/3/2014 3:52PM

    Great results, super plans for the future...

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MOLLYBROWN55 4/3/2014 3:51PM

    Very well stated Girlfriend! Congratulations!
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NONNAOF2 4/3/2014 2:52PM

  What a wonderful blog! Congratulations on your success and your family is adorable! Keep up the good work! :-)

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    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story! emoticon

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KMRJPR 4/3/2014 1:51PM

    Thanks for a wonderful blog, you're right...its about healthy choices all the time. I need that dedication.

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TREE57 4/3/2014 1:32PM

    What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. The transformation is amazing!

You have a beautiful smile!

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TODAYIAM 4/3/2014 1:07PM

    WOW great and inspiring blog!! My son turns 1 on May 1st. I had lost 90lbs before I got pregnant and gained 40 for the pregnancy, lost 20 when I had him and gained 14 back!! ugh!! I started today (yes a Thursday) really getting back into the grove. Its been a slow process but one that I am determined to do.

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MICKEYJ1961 4/3/2014 12:40PM

  What an amazing job! You are an inspiration to me.

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HYATTI1 4/3/2014 12:24PM

    I opened this and girl you shocked me...... I did not expect to see such a transformation. Then again a lot of us put on the pounds when we are pregnant and it comes off ...within a couple of months afterward. Still ... with that said like I said you shocked me.....you look great and so full of energy and good health. I hope the hubby is having fun trying to keep up with you.

Joanna

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EJB2801 4/3/2014 12:07PM

    Great progress in every aspect! You are so right about making the choices RIGHT NOW, not later. Sounds like you've encountered a set of young people that seem to be unconcerned with their health. I wouldn't say that the teens I know here in my area are OK with being heavy. Definitely they wouldn't say overweight or obese is better than being at a healthy weight. I do think that they feel the negative consequences are still in the distant future, though. Also, I think many of them feel trapped and extremely self-conscious. If you do get the opportunity to do a weight loss camp for girls, I hope you will devise ways to make them feel strong and desirous of moving. I have watched my daughter, who happens to be quite coordinated, retreat from almost all sports or activities. She used to do ballet, swimming, and then karate. Her weight gain correlated with family stress and financial downturns - some of which curtailed continuing in those activities anyway, and now she is very reluctant to work at movement. I think it would be helpful to emphasize more individual activities - as in non-competetive sport - that can still be done in a social setting. And that social setting must be very, very alluring as well as emotionally safe. Believe me, I have tried, but I have not found the key to this conundrum.

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TUBLADY 4/3/2014 12:04PM

    Congratulations on all that you have achieved.
I have no doubt that you will accomplish what you set out to do.
Be strong, stay positive.
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DSHONEYC 4/3/2014 11:48AM

    emoticon and inspiring.

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    If you believe it, you will achieve it! emoticon

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BAMAJAM2 4/3/2014 11:39AM

  You are beautiful-- Your family is beautiful.
You have every reason to be very proud of your achievements!
Congratulations.. Hooray for you!

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WORKSOUT4CAKE 4/3/2014 11:32AM

  I love this blog!! I am just starting my journey and I can't wait to be where you are in a few years!! Thanks for the inspiration!!! emoticon

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HAPPYMENOW58 4/3/2014 11:25AM

    Wayyyy to gooooo! You are beautiful! Congrats.....Love your goals..... emoticon

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Streak into Spring Wrap Up and What's next!?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

So I so didn't finish the Streak into Spring. It's been a cray cray couple of weeks. My husband has been on call twice this month and twice next month. He's a plumber so when he's on call, he's working! Especially with the weather here in Texas.

I do think I want to figure out a Blog or Vlog challenge for April (my Birth month btw!) Also that will be my... three year anniversary with Sparkpeople! (It's been more than that, but three years under MomNameMantooth!

Oh and I finished my second 5K! The Blacklight Run Saturday!

I'm already signed up for my next 5K in April, a survival-esk Tough Mudder type thingy! It's in Forney TX the 27th so I'm kind of really excited about that!!! My husband is pretty pumped about it as well!

Oh yes, and if you've read my previous blogs I'm not a huge fan of free days or splurge days however, I am going to give it a try again. I've been stuck and I mean STUCK in the 190's since December... it's almost April! So I'm to the point where I want to do something cray to get to a healthy weight! But I cannot have my free day on a weekend I just go nuts and spend all my money... my husbands money emoticon So my day will be on a Wednesday, today actually! I'm going to track my eating (check it out if you'd like) and it does really help with me eating cleaner the rest of the week and being on a weekday I don't really leave the house and it's my Zumba day!!! So it's not like I'm also being a couch potato.

I guess that's about it...
Have an awesome Wednesday you's guys!
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KELLIEBEAN 3/26/2014 7:48PM

    Great picture! Congratulations on the race and for signing up for another one. Sounds like an exciting month ahead! Can't wait to read all about it!

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PERSISTENTTIM 3/26/2014 4:59PM

    Very cool that you are doing the races, inspirational. I do free days and while sometimes it turns into several days I regret I find that most weeks it helps me. Anyway good luck!

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Streak into Spring Day 11 - I'm Spiderman... lady

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Man it's getting hot here in Texas! It's nice though! But only if I was feeling a little better, being a girl, once in a while I get really fussy and don't want to leave my cave of a livingroom for about 5 days emoticon So I haven't done much exercise cuz my girl body is angry at me and my hubby is working late which is never fun! I've also been sleeping 9+ hours a night which I really don't like. But the good news is when I don't feel well I do my best drawings!
My kids have been watching a lot of spiderman lately so I've been in the mood to draw a spidergirl... spiderwoman... spiderman-lady... whatever!
I attempt to do an art piece a month but it hardly happens, but it's a good goal to have!

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So far I've only done a 10 minute cardio video, to stay on streak I need to do 20 more minutes so I'm going to have to go through some workout videos and figure out what I'm going to do! Not excited!

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Breakfast was of course cereal!
Lunch with chicken salad! Yum!!
Dinner was some homemade brisket and broccoli! haha Brisket, Broccoli, and BBQ sauce... all I was missing was Brownies!!!

Well that's all for today!
I'm going to try to make it into bed at 9pm, but we will see!
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ARLOGUTHRIE 3/13/2014 9:20PM

    I admire your accomplishments in art and alliteration. Its funny my husband and I were just wondering if cabin fever is common in warmer climates too? emoticon

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Streak into Spring Day 9 & 10 - Not so good weekend!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sunday Day 9
We woke up a little late Sunday morning, and I was very emotional in the morning! Seriously everything was making me cry. But after my emotional moment we went to my husband's parent's house for his brothers birthday party. I made him some lasagna (his favorite). I didn't really overeat, but I did have a little more cake then I needed, and some brownie. Honestly this weekend I wasn't doing well with my eating and I didn't exercise all weekend.

After the party we went to Six Flags with my husband's brother (it was his first time riding a roller coaster) it was so much fun! I even rode the Titan again even though I almost passed out the last time!

I did share a chicken nacho with my husband and a funnel cake with him and his brother.

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Monday Day 10
Look I remembered!!!

Today I didn't do much, the babies and I didn't get up this morning until 10am, then I needed to head to city hall to pay for the park gazebo rental for my son's 3rd Birthday. He's been talking about his Birthday for over a month now! We ordered his cake Saturday and he's been asking when we're going to pick it up every day since!

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I did a short inner and outer thigh workout (planning to do a full body strength, but that didn't happen). I went on a walk with the babies before dinner. Then the whole family went on a bike ride to a corner store, we rode almost 4 miles!

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I've had the same breakfast for a few days, and will probably have the same breakfast for the rest of the week!
Cereal!
Lunch (at about 2pm) was some lasagna rolls I made and a ceaser salad! I'm loving ceaser salad lately.
I also had some sweet tea today! I'm working on calculating calorie drinks as well. If it's got calories, it gets counted!
Dinner was chicken tacos and salad.
After our bike ride though we had a small protein mug cake, I forgot to take a picture of it

Well that's all for today, It's almost 10pm and I'm super sleepy!
See you tomorrow!
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KSWENSON8 3/10/2014 4:38PM

    Don't beat yourself up! Just get back up and try again. It's the only thing that you can do. Recognize it, acknowledge it, and move forward. Don't look back! :)

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Streak into Spring Day 8 - I just forgot!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Man guys it's been four days since my last blog and honestly it's just because I've been forgetting! I'll remember to take pictures of my food every once and a while but by the end of the day I'm in bed and forgot all about streaking!

This week my husband has been on call so after taking care of the babies all day and putting them to bed and my poor husband coming home at 10, 11 at night I have not thought about blogging.

But today we've done so much! I started off the day with some yoga and I ended it with 10 minutes of HIIT cardio. I'm hoping to go for a run with the hubs because our next 5K is coming up in two weeks!

Well guys that's all for tonight, it's almost midnight and I'd like to get this out on time!
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144AUTUMN 3/9/2014 1:10AM

  Keep up the good work!!

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