1FEISTYMAMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=1FEISTYMAMA 1FEISTYMAMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ And this is why I re-shifted my focus... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599995 I've increased my walking by more than double this week and that darn scale went up 2.5 lbs! Logic tells me that's gotta be water retention but this just solidifies my dislike for that darn scale. I'll keep going, knowing the additional exercise is good for me and the scale will cooperate eventually. <BR> <BR> Watching my Fitness minutes and mileage grow throughout the month (2 things I have complete control over) is so much more motivating than gambling on what that scale will read. The ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:26:55 EST Feeling Accomplished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594652 This morning, it was sure tempting to stay in bed an extra hour rather than get up, but once I stretched well (still in bed) and sat up, I felt significantly more awake. Much to hubby's dismay, I slept in exercise clothes last night, but that made it easier because I just had to put my hair up and put on shoes. Both of which, required little effort and could be done before fully awake. Since I had kicked off my walking shoes last night after our evening walk, I had to retrieve them from un... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:26:31 EST Miles and Fitness Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593484 Last year, my goal was to walk 1,000 miles. My "official" mileage was 975, although, there were a few days I forgot my tracker and I started the goal in the 3rd week of January so I very likely hit the 1,000 mark if just barely. <BR> <BR> This year, my official goal is to surpass last year's mileage, but my stretch goal is to walk 1,500 miles. I also added the goal of getting in 2500 fitness minutes every month. I achieved this 2 months last year but I'm more "into" walking this year than... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:24:35 EST Fitness Minutes Trophy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541030 I've earned the 1,000 minutes/month trophy every month this year. <BR> I've earned the 1,500 minutes/month trophy only 3x this year. <BR> I've never earned the 2,000 or 2,500 minute trophies. <BR> <BR> It's still early on the 14th and I'm just shy of 1,100 minutes for the month of November. I initially thought I'd shoot for the 2,000 trophy but I'm feeling confident.....I'm going for 2,500! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:09:38 EST Looked silly, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540060 This morning, I considered running in the dark with the dog but instead opted to watch an episode of one of my shows in the living room which is more of the size of a great room (20' x 19'). I walked, jogged, and side-skipped back and forth across the room and in figure 8s throughout the entire episode. Since I watch it on Hulu, that's only 42 minutes, but I clocked 1.4 miles in that time. I was mindful of wearing a path in the carpet so kept changing up my path. <BR> <BR> As an outsider ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:59:08 EST 4:30am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539315 I changed my alarm to 4:30 (from 5:00) so that gives me a full hour to myself now before waking the kids. In that time, I did 40 minutes of Zumba, put a load of laundry in the wash, loaded and ran the dishwasher, made sweet tea for this evening, packed breakfast, lunch and snack for myself and folded a load of laundry. When 5:30 rolled around, I changed the laundry machines, got the kids up and got dressed. We were out the door by 6:15. What an amazingly productive morning! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:48:06 EST I followed through with a plan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538179 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My body hasn't really adjusted to the time change. I've been getting tired earlier and getting up earlier and I'm totally cool with that. For a change, I have a desire to get up and exercise in the morning rather than hitting the snooze for half an hour. <BR> <BR> We have a GREAT neighborhood for walking, jogging and bicycling and I much prefer to exercise outdoors so I thought I would start walking/jogging in the morning before getting the kids up for school. ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:01:23 EST Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525676 I grabbed a bag of pre-mixed salad and a couple of grilled chicken thighs from the fridge and headed to work only to realize after I left the house that I forgot to grab the tomatoes, green onion and dressing. I was not looking forward to the salad but figured I'd give it a try before heading to the food court to pay way too much for a meal that was going to cost me way too many calories. <BR> <BR> I cut up the chicken and warmed it a litte then added it to the bag of salad mix and shook it... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:57:06 EST Yeah, Me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522229 Last night, after dinner and reading to the kids, hubby was fast asleep in bed. It was 8:30 and we hadn't gone on our walk yet. I still really wanted to go. So, I put the dog on a leash and donned my white runner's jacket and we went out the door. It was a bit eery to be out in the dark with just me and my dog (a shepherd/doberman mix) but we live in a nice neighborhood where the scariest things out there are the 4-legged critters (coyotes, bobcats and likely, a mountain lion or two) and... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:28:57 EST Reading One's Own Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521286 After posting my most recent blog about being thoroughly and utterly content, I scrolled through some of my earlier posts and learned a few things... <BR> <BR> 1. I haven't blogged in 6 months! Wow. Oops. <BR> 2. I've been meal planning for longer than I thought. This most recent month, we've strayed from the schedule, but it's still nice to have the meals in the house even if we eat them in a different order. Monthly meal planning has worked out well for us. <BR> 3. I had completely for... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:17:08 EST Thoroughly and Utterly Content http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521275 I completed my last pre-req for Nursing school and also completed a CNA course over the summer so I am now a certified nursing assistant. I will apply to 4 different nursing programs in November and one more in the Spring in hopes of being accepted into a program that starts in August of next year. All of these classes have been additional to full time work and family so now that I only have a full time job and family, I feel like I have an incredible amount of FREE time and I'm making a po... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:06:46 EST Fitbit and Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303515 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1428696993.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Since getting my Fitbit, I have increased my walking considerably and looking back over the last 2 months, I don't think 20 miles/week is enough of a stretch. I think 30 is fairly doable so going to push the goal to there for now and consider adjusting a little higher in another month or two. I had a couple of weeks where I didn't walk as much (and ate a little more) and I plateaued those couple of weeks. I wa... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:17:35 EST Excited about meal planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283905 OK, maybe I'm a total dork but I'm a planner by nature and when I create a plan that looks totally "doable", I get excited. It probably has something to do with giving me a sense of control and we all like to control our destiny, right? <BR> <BR> I'm trying to reduce our family spending in preparation of quitting my job next year to pursue a career in Nursing. I figure, if we can make fiscally smart habits now while we have wiggle room, then we won't feel the pinch quite so much later wh... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:11:45 EST My Life is a Sitcom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276263 We all have days like this and it's nice to read about someone else going through the same thing so thought I'd share. Afterall...I was frustrated yesterday, but I am laughing about it today. <BR> <BR> I worked a LONG day yesterday, even worked through lunch. Then I went to school. I got home around 7 and there was no dinner. Apparently hubby had determined it was a fix-it-yourself night. So, starving after my long day, I walked into the kitchen, threw some frozen chicken in a deep pan,... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 17:13:02 EST Gorgeous Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272551 This weekend was truly gorgeous in sunny San Diego. Saturday, we reached 83 degrees and Sunday we were in the mid 70s. Hubby and I ran errands Saturday while the kids cleaned the house and then we took them out for frozen yogurt. Sunday, we got in a short walk (2.6 miles). I didn't eat well at all, I definitely had a "bottom-less pit" kind of weekend but I'm back on track today and feeling very good overall. The kitchen is stocked with healthy choices and the weather is supposed to be in... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:57:03 EST Adapting to Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267544 So, two days ago, work decided I needed to start staying an extra hour every day because my co-workers work later in the day. It doesn't matter than I come in earlier....they might need something after 4. I don't have to work during that extra hour...I just have to be here. Yea, that makes sense. I was really quite disgusted with this at first, but it is what it is and at least I'm still employed (blessing #1). <BR> <BR> Tuesday, when I found this out, I had school. After school, I went... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:50:10 EST Blessings Feb 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264759 Some days, my blessings are so very obvious that I run on and on. Other days, it's much more difficult to recognize them which is why I thought blogging about blessings daily was so inspirational. Today is one of those days for which it's more difficult. When I woke this morning, I knew I had a 9am phone conference scheduled with my boss and I had knots in my stomach over it. Knots that twisted all the way to work to the point that I was nauseous by the time I arrived and having IBS sympt... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 13:28:35 EST 2/25/2013 - Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263648 1 - I spent a beautiful weekend with my family and got in nice long walks both days. <BR> <BR> 2 - I twisted my ankle while jogging yesterday and really thought I was going to end up with road rash but some guardian angel helped me get my good foot under me again and I saved myself just in time. Whew!! <BR> <BR> 3 - I mustered up enough self-discipline to walk past the carrot cake on the breakroom table and go for my 2 mile lunch-break walk by myself since my walking buddy didn't come to w... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:25:39 EST Feb 21 Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258694 Yesterday started out very nice but then hit a major speed bump at work. An ugly email turned my day from jolly and accomplished to sullen and pissy very quick! <BR> <BR> I am so very blessed for a hubby who understands me and lets me vent and sees things my way. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I was blessed yesterday evening to spend time chatting with friends who moved a mile and a half away from us. We walked there and jogged most of the way back. It was crisp out, but moving warmed us up.... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:42:08 EST Feb 16 and 17 Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253365 I didn't get a chance to blog yesterday because I was so stinking exhausted from our trip up Iron Mountain. Three miles doesn't sound too bad until it is ALL UP HILL and not even a hill.....it's named "mountain" for a reason. WOW!!! Three miles up was exhausting. Three miles back down was considerably easier, but one still had to be careful where they stepped since the terrain was a bit treacherous in places (steep, rocky, sandy). I was so very blessed yesterday for... <BR> <BR> 1) WAT... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 08:38:50 EST Blessings Feb 15, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251554 I'm stealing this from another member....posting 3+ blessing daily. <BR> <BR> 1. Hubby took today off to spend with the kids since they have a holiday. He is a wonderful daddy! <BR> <BR> 2. I thoroughly enjoyed last night's class. I am 1/4 of the way done with the LAST pre-req I need for nursing school. <BR> <BR> 3. My youngest son's cough is getting better. <BR> <BR> 4. My middle child's wounds are healing nicely from when the dog bit him last week. <BR> <BR> 5. Medical insurance to ... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:01:25 EST Family night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251519 Friday night is family night in our house and since this is a holiday weekend, work has an unwritten rule that everyone takes off a couple hours early so tonight's family night will definitely include a nice long 5+ mile walk followed by dinner and a movie (or two). I'm so looking forward to it. <em>345</em> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:33:45 EST This is fun... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250463 I put on a pair of jeans today that used to give me a little bit of a muffin top and I almost needed a belt! SWEET!!!! <BR> <BR> Just as I suspected, increasing my walking was the key to getting the scale to move in my favor. I need to schedule an appt for my annual check-up but I want to wow the Dr with my success. It won't hurt to go see her in a couple of months when I'm so very close to goal. <em>9</em> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:45:19 EST No resolutions, no Lent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249171 I don't do New Year's Resolutions......why wait until a specific day to improve oneself? <BR> I don't give up anything for Lent.....I'm not Catholic. <BR> <BR> Today is my 7 year anniversary on Spark and what do I have to show for it? <BR> --- 15 pounds lost (7 years ago) and kept off <BR> --- an additional 10 pounds lost and regained countless times <BR> --- LOTS of starts and stops. I've had an on-again, off-again relationship with weightloss and SP <BR> --- renewed faith in myself ... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:58:24 EST Nearly doubled my weekly walking goal!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241592 My weekly walking goal is 20 miles based on Spark's suggestion. I decided to try it...that's over 1,000 miles in a calendar year!! WOW!! I focused more on the 1,000 goal than the 20/week goal because I needed room for error AND it was a huge goal that was attainable. Yea, I wanted to hit the goal in a year, but even if it took 13 months, a thousand miles is a thousand miles so in my head I committed to 1,000 miles and "let's see how quickly I can reach it". <BR> <BR> Weeks 1 and 2 wer... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 12:58:59 EST Motivation reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241554 Tuesday, I skipped my lunch walk because I came in late to work after dropping the youngest at school. It's a new routine for him and I wanted to make sure he and my dad (who will be dropping him off) are comfortable with the new routine. Anyway, since I came in 90 minutes later than usual, I couldn't justify taking another 30 for my walk. I had school Tuesday evening and by the time I got home, it was late and hubby had to get up earlier than normal the next morning so we skipped the even... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 12:28:25 EST The scale is my friend again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239129 .....well, not really, but it's cooperating again. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I haven't seen it drop below 138.2 in several months and during most of those months, it was around 140. I'll happily take 137.8 today!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 18:29:15 EST The Exercise Tipping Scale - discussed in Ch 3 of The Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230241 This was a novel concept for me, but gave me hope. I needed to blog about it for quick reference. Should I lose sight of this and wish to find it again. <BR> <BR> Concept: In the beginning, a lot of exercise is required to see any results. At some point (different for everyone), the equation will flip and you'll begin to see results with little effort expended. <BR> <BR> Hmmmm......so there's something to look forward to. Two years ago, hubby and I followed the P90X program for 2 mont... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:31:52 EST The Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228840 I had seen The Spark being offered for quite a while and I'm not typically one to read motivational books. I figured I get enough motivation from the site --- for free --- why pay for a book?? <BR> <BR> Well, I bought the Kindle version for $5 and started reading/listening to it today. I have a 45 minute commute and the Kindle has a great Text-to-Speech feature so I often read at home and then listen to the story during the commute. It greatly reduces road rage and if traffic is a little... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:27:22 EST I'm a stalker... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227379 I'm stalking my FitBit! hahaha <BR> <BR> I ordered it Wednesday of last week off of Amazon. Normally, items ship within 24 hours. Not this time. I ordered a couple of cookbooks on Thursday and they shipped before the Fitbit, which is much more important. <BR> <BR> It finally shipped Saturday! UGH!! So I kept checking the tracking info until they updated the shipping location and learned it's coming from the Los Angeles area. I live in the San Diego area. It shipped USPS so even thou... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:23:21 EST Holy cow!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224401 Got up this morning at 7am and the weather was gorgeous.....misty & cloudy but not too cold. I woke hubby up and said "let's go for a walk". We took a new route which meant more elevation and we walked 2 hours and 10 minutes, covering 7.25 miles and burning over 600 calories. <BR> <BR> I think I'v earned the right to spend the rest of the day curled up with a good book. <BR> <BR> ***enter sigh of contentment here*** =) Sat, 26 Jan 2013 13:13:50 EST Definitely NOT an exact science... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221694 So I posted earlier that I had tracked and walked for 2 weeks with no change. Then I had 4 days where I didn't track - or walk - and I'm sure I ate horribly those days and still no change. <BR> <BR> Now, 2 days back on the program of tracking and walking, the scale dropped 2#. <BR> <BR> I've measured food for so many years, I'm confident I recorded accurate calories and they were a bit on the low side.....~1100 on most days with the occasional day ~1500. Maybe that's too low for me. Ma... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:24:19 EST Just Bought a FitBit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220537 It may be a waste of money....or it may help me focus on getting more activity into my day. Since it can be synced with SP and with RunKeeper (a GPS way of tracking my walking distances), I thought I might find it useful. Actually, it'll likely replace RunKeeper if it acurately tracks my distance travelled. I'm still working towards 1,000 miles. <BR> <BR> I'll have to play with the food logs to see which site I prefer for that but I'm comfortable with SP so it's tempting to stay here and ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:20:18 EST Humph!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218524 Logged food and walked for 2 weeks straight.....no change on the scale. <BR> Didn't log, ate like crap, didn't walk for 4 days......no change on the scale. <BR> <BR> WTH?! <BR> <BR> I'm back to logging and walking because I know it's the right thing to do but a little disheartened. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:34:51 EST Another 4.75 miles yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210017 Yesterday, I got home from work and hubby was already dressed in walking gear! SWEET!! The night before, he was dressed in pajamas and making dinner. Granted, I appreciated him making dinner, but he sent a clear message that there would be no walking that night. haha He's my walking partner and he's been struggling with motivation. I've been coercing him into walking with me. Well, it appears he has some motivation back! WOOHOO!! <BR> <BR> We try to never walk the same way twice (at ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:34:23 EST 5 Miles!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204120 <em>104</em> <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> So proud of myself. We walked 2.5 miles with the kids today (the younger 2, who loved the adventure last time, were both whining the whole time. The youngest even complained he wanted his nap! haha) After walking past the house so they could all find a couch to sit on, hubby and I continued walking another 2.5 miles. Half of it was straight up a steep hill. KILLED my thighs and we had to stop several times to catch our breath but the views were ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 20:20:15 EST Last night's family walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200513 Hubby and I enjoy our walks ---- without kids ---- it's part of our bonding time. Last night I invited the younger boys to walk with us. Part of me felt kind of let down because the kids are imposing on our alone time. But the mom in me said it would be good for them and ultimately won the argument. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> We walked 2.5 miles and averaged a 20min/mile pace, and I burned ~250 calories. Two nights before, hubby and I walked 4.5 miles and averaged a 16min/mile pace and... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:44:58 EST 20 miles/week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197052 I committed to walking 20 miles/week and then soon after, came down with a cold that lasted 2 weeks. So, cold and holidays over, hubby and I walked again last night....4.6 miles. That's a great start to 20 for this week. My middle child (9 years old) just joined the jogging club at school and he gets credit not only for running at school but also for his walk to school (1 mile exactly) and for anything parents track outside of school hours. We are to email the coach weekly to give an upda... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:45:03 EST Proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164411 I did **not** want to go on my walk yesterday evening, but I thought that might be a problem when I sat down to study last night. So, I dressed prior to sitting down. All I had to do was put my shoes on and walk out the door. It worked, we walked 65 minutes and barely shy of 4 miles. I was proud of myself for doing it. <BR> <BR> I took measurements this morning and I've gained a couple inches, but not as many as I thought I had. That's a plus. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:29:52 EST Back on track --- again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163434 I've got to stop this on-again, off-again cycle and just stay on. <BR> <BR> I just added tracking mileage to my goals and not sure I could do the 25 miles per week that it defaults to but I do think 20 is doable. Then, I thought, over a year's time, that's more than 1,000 miles!! WOW!! Pretty jazzed about the idea of walking 1,000 miles in a year so that's my goal. Rather than focus on the scale so much, I want to continue to eat decently while surpassing my 1,000 mile goal. Hopefully... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:19:44 EST delay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4441868 Fridays are my official weigh-in days but I typically jump on the scale every weekday just out of curiosity. <BR> <BR> Last Friday I was a bit disappointed when I had only lost 0.6 lbs in a week. Then I reminded myself I lost 1.8 the week before. That cheered me up. <BR> <BR> Well today, I stepped on the scale again and I'm down another 1.6! Woohoo!! It's not the official weigh in, but it motivates me to keep it down between now and Friday. <em>104</em> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:01:13 EST 3-year old wants to go to school http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4437356 My 3 year old came home from preschool with a 102.6 fever yesterday. Still had a fever last night so it was clear I was staying home with him today. <BR> <BR> My oldest had an orientation at the middle school so we still had to get dressed to go. I told my 3 yr old he could wear flip flops because he wasn't going too school today. He started crying "I want my shoes. I want to go to school. I don't have a fever". <BR> <BR> I had to smile. Those cries won't last long. In a few years,... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 20:03:34 EST It's important to EARN things in life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4432719 Several things have happened in the last few days that all have the same underlying theme...... <BR> <BR> That theme is the importance of EARNING through hard work. I've had conversations with people about manners recently. How people are ruder today than before, how they take things for granted. I've looked around and noticed the people who are most generous and most appreciative are those who have little to nothing. People who struggle recognize the struggle in others and offer assista... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:16:54 EST Balanced day afterall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4429578 Started out with a protein bar for breakfast. Splurged on Thai food for lunch. That meal used up the majority of today's calorie allowance but I rounded the day off with a fresh salad topped with grilled Mahi Mahi & a light helping of dressing. <BR> <BR> Followed that with a 4 mile walk around the neighborhood with hubby & 2 of the kids. Homemade brownies sure sounded good after that but instead I downed 16oz of water flavored with a little Mio. <BR> <BR> Overall, still stayed in the ca... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:43:25 EST Feel and look fabulous. =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4414515 Ended up sick Friday and Saturday. Only ate 670 calories Friday - gave some back. yech! <BR> Saturday still not fully recovered. Ate about 930 calories. <BR> Sunday ate just shy of 1200 calories. Felt much better. <BR> <BR> My skinny jeans now fit again without the muffin top. =) I like them so well I treated myself to another pair.....$12 on the clearance rack at Kohl's minus 20% with my coupon and another 10% with the promotion they ran this weekend. Woohoo!! <BR> <BR> I bought my ... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 13:24:39 EST Is it resisting temptation when you aren't really tempted?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4408956 Today, work is have a Bring Your Kids to Work Day. Typically, I pack my breakfast, lunch and snack and bring it to work. But since it's a special day, I thought I would show the kids the cafeteria that is available to employees. Although....I NEVER eat there. The food is decent, but I'm not on the campus and the prices are high. Still, many of the presentations they're making for kids are on that campus so I planned to eat at the cafeteria. <BR> <BR> Kids had the opportunity to make bre... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 13:12:28 EST Felt like a Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4406727 Yesterday evening was so wonderful. <BR> <BR> After dinner (broiled steak that had marinated for a couple of days, rice and broccoli), we took our boys and 2 neighborhood boys to the community pool. I tread water for 20 minutes (that I counted as exercise) then splashed around with the kids some, letting them swim back and forth from me to the side of the pool. My middle one is really doing well with learning to swim. <BR> <BR> After an hour at the pool, we took the kids home. After a ni... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 11:50:02 EST Over my food again - but still feeling good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4404741 So yesterday, I packed breakfast, lunch and snack. Ate my breakfast but when it came lunch time, a co-worker went to the local cafe and it sounded so good, I went with her. Left my lunch in the fridge. <BR> <BR> I adjusted my dinner ideas and was still at the low end of the calorie range. <BR> <BR> PROBLEM...... <BR> <BR> I didn't communicate my dinner plans to hubby and he beat me home. Like a good hubby, he started fixing dinner for the family. That's awesome! But we don't have the ... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 13:33:08 EST Over my calorie goal but guilt free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4402267 I went way over my calorie range yesterday but I'm guilt free. <BR> <BR> I was really hungry! And for the most part, I made good choices. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was a yogurt with a high fiber cereal. <BR> <BR> Lunch was a footlong ham sandwich from Subway. All the veggies, salt, pepper. NO condiments or cheese. The plan was to eat half yesterday and save half for today but did I mention I was hungry?? <BR> <BR> Dinner was 2 baked potatoes with lowfat sour cream. I was craving potatoes. ... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 12:24:51 EST Stress eating?? What's that? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4391894 This week has been a little rocky at work. Yesterday was very stressful. But when I stress, my appetite disappears. I get nervous energy and can't sit still. I had breakfast before this meeting. The meeting stressed me out. Before I knew it, it was 2pm. Lunch had come and gone and I didn't even know it. Then, it was 4pm and time to go home. Damn! Snack time passed to and I didn't eat then either. <BR> <BR> Got home, talked to hubby about work. Then called mom about work. Felt bet... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:44:37 EST