29MOMOF4's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=29MOMOF4 29MOMOF4'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/ my first 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552515 Walked my first 5k this morning. Eventually i might be able to run but I am just so excited that I completed it - my only goals I set for this were to finish and to not be dead last. I suceeded!!! One hour isn't bad for my first time:) already looking forward to my next one!! Fri, 29 Nov 2013 00:36:23 EST walking buddies and jogging!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503394 In the last couple of weeks we moved closer to family again which has been great! I have started walking every morning with my mother in law and friend and discovered they walk alot faster than my 6 yr old! Really had to start pushing myself more and i am getting to the point that i am able to keep up them most of the time:) works well since my kids are in school and i was really struggling to get the motivation to go walking alone. My son still loves to join me on non school days though whic... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:10:17 EST morning walks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457379 I have come to love my morning walks! Hayden my 6 year old always loves to come with me and we just walk all over town for an hour or so <em>30</em> he picks which way we go at every corner so every day is a different route! Loving the one on one time we share together each morning! 3 weeks in on spark people (second time around) and doing great! I can already see a difference in my energy level and the way i feel overall <em>104</em> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:20:33 EST nice quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439781 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1587183257.jpg"> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:27:19 EST 2nd time around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259228 I'm back. Its been a really rough past year dealing with moving and the death of my mom. I fell apart and stopped dieting. I really wish now that I had been able to stay strong but the past is past and I am determined to not give up and reach my goal! I loved my mom but it was really hard at times because she was constantly being very negative about my weight loss journey and it's easier this time already not being constantly torn down by the negative comments every day. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:36:25 EST A woman's lifeline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4312958 A Woman’s Lifeline <BR> <BR> Age 3: She looks at herself and sees a queen. <BR> <BR> Age 8: She looks at herself and sees Cinderella <BR> <BR> Age 15: She looks at herself and sees an ugly duckling (Mom, I can’t go to school looking like this today!) <BR> <BR> Age 20: She looks at herself and sees “too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly” but decides she’s going out anyway. <BR> <BR> Age 30: She looks at herself and sees “too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:11:17 EST loving oneself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4292145 <BR> " The truth is that loving oneself- and one's body-is a discipline all its own. It means challenging the images that the fashion industry has foisted on us. It means ignoring the voices that tell us that being healthy is a distant second to being thin" <BR> <BR> I ran across this quote in a book that I am reading and it hit me that I really need to remember this. I get discouraged so easily when I don't lose the weight as fast as I want to or when I don't lose as many inches as I di... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 16:41:26 EST strength training, smiles and laughter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4179615 today as I was doing my strength training my 2 year old son came up and laid down on the mat next to me and started to copy what I was doing. It was so cute to watch him try and do a back extension. When I went to do my pullovers with the dumbbells he picked up a pencil and started to copy my movements. I loved watching this and I just smiled and laughed with him all the way through my strength training today! <BR> <BR> I am so thankful that I decided to lose this weight and develop a hea... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 15:17:06 EST new clothes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4171634 my mom took me to a rummage sale and told me to get some new shirts and I found quite a few that will work soon or already work! I got size large or smaller and refused to buy anything above that! It made my day in a couple of ways. Large shirts that actually fit me now! (I started at 2X ) I have just been wearing all my shirts baggy for a while and I was surprised to see that larges actually fit rather nicely! <em>244</em> another thing was that my mom was actually showing her sup... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 11:37:32 EST Perseverance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4151652 "Perseverance means to continue in a given course until we have reached a goal or objective, regardless of obstacles, opposition, and other counter-influences... <BR> Perseverance is a positive, active characteristic... It gives us hope by helping us realize that the righteous suffer no failure except in giving up and no longer trying." <BR> <BR> Joseph B. Wirthlin Fri, 8 Apr 2011 11:55:13 EST progress pictures! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4126842 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l933187433.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> One month and 1 week later! I bought this shirt a little over a month ago and my mom told me it would be a waste of money that I would never be able to wear it. This shows that I am moving in the right direction! This is a size large and I can button all the way down! still tight but another month or so and I should be able to wear this shirt comfortably! This sure gave me the motivation I so desperately n... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:33:30 EST self esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4110022 Its been pretty busy around here for us. we have been doing some major cleaning and getting rid of a lot of stuff. It sure helps to get going on it though when you stop and consider the extra calories I burn just by cleaning :) <BR> <BR> I struggle with my self esteem and I always have so my husband gave me a notebook and I have been writing something positive about myself every 2 hours or so and I can already see a difference in the way I feel about myself. I find that I don't have to r... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:42:58 EST mental success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4085949 I went in to see my mom yesterday and do some shopping with her and overall was a great day. At one point during the day I mentioned to her that I had gotten rid of my wedding dress because it just sits in my closet year after year taking up space and its not like I ever plan on wearing it again. Her response was that's great. you won't be wearing it ever again and its not like you will ever be able to fit into it again. My biggest thing I got out of that conversation is the fact that f... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 10:07:53 EST Motivation needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4061228 I slacked quite a bit these last few days. I tracked if I felt like it and didn't exercise at all and now I have gained back the 2 pounds I lost week- already. I started with good intentions on monday morning but I lost all hope when I took my kids to the bakery that my sister works at for a treat for my sons birthday. I can't go in there again for awhile. I can't say no to all the goodies that my mom buys for me while I am there. I decided to go ahead and enjoy myself and eat what I wan... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 18:09:35 EST changing my mindset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4045115 I have a tendency to want to skip my exercises if I don't do them earlier in the day while the kids are in school. I like to spend my evenings relaxing and doing the things I want to do so when I don't get my exercises in earlier I figure just waiting till the next day won't make that much of a difference. I talked this through with my husband earlier and he told me that I need to try and make it a point to do my exercises around the same time everyday whenever possible and that would also ... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 18:12:13 EST chocolate cupcakes and Zumba? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4029008 I found myself in a rather interesting situation today. I just received Zumba as a gift from my husband and decided today I was going to try it out (with everyone gone so no one could laugh at me! - mainly my kids lol) Without even thinking about it I start making the cupcakes for my sons birthday and then started my exercising. Its a good thing I was so into trying to follow along with the game because those cupcakes smelled really good. I was really good though and I only ate one and t... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 22:03:40 EST Valentine candy.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4020411 My daughter came home yesterday from school loaded with valentines and of course tons of candy. She handed me a candy bar and said "here mom! I saved this for you because I know its your favorite! I wish I could have found some way to turn it down or at least I should have told her I would save it but I didn't. I ate it. I did not overly gorge myself like I have done in the past! I had one or two and was really good after that. I was proud of myself for not giving in and eating everyth... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 17:45:43 EST oh the pain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4013828 I spent the last couple of days spending the day shopping with my mom and sisters. They were fun afternoons. The norm for lunches though every time I go in to see them (they live 30 min away) is to stop for fast food somewhere and eat. so friday I had mcdonalds for lunch but stayed with two hamburgers and then we ended up having pizza hut for dinner. I ended up having mexican yesterday for lunch. they all tasted great but oh the horrible stomach aches both nights. That alone ruins any enjo... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 10:40:55 EST Please read this Entry!!! Very Important!! This is NOT 29momof4 . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4009695 Just to let you know before you read this this is chef4rent not 29momof4. <BR> <BR> As many of you know 29 and I are on this journey together. We have been married for almost 9 years. We devoted the first nine years to adjusting to the many changes in our lives, and focusing on everything BUT our health. We have focused on kids, we have focused on work, we have focused on hobbies, and everything else. In December of last year we decided it was time to change our health and lifestyle. <BR> ... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:12:31 EST small changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4005224 so I looked down today and I could see the tips of my shoes and without bending way over either! I haven't been able to see my shoes in years! That perked me up to actually notice a change! I am starting to feel some muscle in my biceps and I can actually feel my ribs some! I had to ask my husband what these bumps were. I was kinda worried for a bit there having never experienced the bump on my arm. (All growing up I was skinny but I have never had any tone. ) As small as these changes a... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 21:29:21 EST my goal to achieve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3998894 I made myself get up and get in my exercising for today even though I really dreaded having to get up and do it. (having one of those days where you just want to be lazy all day). I am feeling great and happy with myself for not giving into the laziness! I set a goal today with my mother in law. my goal is to be able to walk with her on her daily walks (she does a 2-3 mile brisk walk every day) and be able to keep up with her. Last time I tried was a couple of years ago and I couldn't do i... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 18:33:56 EST a little humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3986816 my daughter came up to me yesterday as I was getting ready to do my excising yesterday and asked me why I was exercising. I told her that we need to exercise to help us become more healthy and to help us lose weight. She then asked what it meant to lose weight so i told her that by losing weight it would make me skinny. She thinks for a sec then says Oh! Like grandma!! I said yes. like grandma. she said ok and walked off. I started my workout video and a couple of minutes later I look ov... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 11:18:54 EST a lesson learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3983833 My husband and I are doing this weight loss journey together which helps to keep me going. I got so discouraged by the fact that he had lost more weight than I had. He would tell me that it was different for everyone because our bodies are different among a few other points he brought up. Sadly it took a week or two for it to sink in. I now realize that I can't compare my weight loss to someone else's. We are all going to lose weight at different speeds. Once I accepted that as long as I ... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 12:17:25 EST back on track again :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3968874 I am fully back on track again and it feels great! It was so tempting to just wait for monday but I made myself get up and get my exercises done :) <em>244</em> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 11:45:58 EST On the road to recovery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3959672 my back is healing well enough that I don't have to go in to the doctor daily anymore! I just need to watch it for awhile and make sure it keeps getting better and not worse :) I ate pretty good these last couple of weeks but have not tracked. I was probably under quite a bit on calories and stuff but I am determined to get back on track with it :) I am feeling pretty good and I am going to start with some light cardio and see how it goes :) I am finding it hard to stay motivated and eat h... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 13:25:50 EST getting frustrated.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3940655 I have been dealing with an infection on my back for a week now and its not getting better so they are changing my antibiotics so hopefully that works! (i am getting tired of having to go into the doctor every day). Anyways where the infection is on my back it makes it difficult to do much. I am going actually really missing being able to exercise(never thought i would hear that come out of my mouth!!) does anyone have any ideas of any exercise of any sort that wouldn't cause much pain to t... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:11:26 EST struggling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3918361 I am struggling today- i feel like i have no energy whatsoever today. I want to just be lazy but i forced myself to get up and do 2 miles on the walk away the pounds (that was rough today!) now to start talking myself into getting in my strength training for the day... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 15:36:02 EST keeping a positive attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3909706 i really need to work on staying positive and not letting negative comments get me down. I need to learn to ignore those comments that bring me down and remember that I CAN do this and that its my opinion and my support group comments that count and not the downers. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:59:06 EST feeling good :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3900534 i was so elated when i stepped on the scale yesterday and saw i had lost 9 pounds! my first lost in along time!! i am starting to see small differences in different places and i am starting to feel some muscle in my arms :) its a GREAT feeling!!! Fri, 7 Jan 2011 13:33:31 EST out with the old, in with the new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3896951 since joining spark people and becoming more aware of the food that we eat, i feel sick when i look back at my old eating habits and realize just how many calories i was eating on a daily basis. no wonder i gained alot of weight! a few weeks ago it wasn't a big deal to have a supersized meal at some fast food place and then have a huge dinner of something from the freezer section (and not the healthy choices by any shot! ) and end the evening with a huge bowl of ice cream. i can look back ... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 13:41:05 EST i reached a goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3892572 i am feeling pretty good today! i reached my goal of sleeping 8 hours a night and drinking 8 glasses of water a day. i am not a big water person so this is probably the first time ever! i used to drink soda all day instead of water but i have been soda free for 4 days now :) Wed, 5 Jan 2011 12:08:39 EST no more skipped days for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3887925 i skipped a couple of days of exercising over the weekend and i could tell when i went to exercise yesterday. i never realized how much a difference of skipping a day or two could make. Never again will i do that if i can help it!! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 10:22:28 EST one week in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3880490 i am one week in on spark people and so far i am doing really well! i have stayed within my calorie range and exercised every day!! i find that when i exercise my day just seems to go much better :) i am feeling very optimistic that i can do this!! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 13:55:45 EST