4MYBOYSANDSELF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=4MYBOYSANDSELF 4MYBOYSANDSELF'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/ Another year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577408 Another year gone, and I'm back again. Sigh. I'm tempted to delete my spark account and just start fresh. But, really, it's all part of the journey. So here I am. This morning I'll weigh myself for the first time in forever. Ugh. And I've been psyching myself up to start tracking food and getting active again. Baby steps. I've been on a vicious cycle of not moving because I hurt - partly due to plantar fasciitis, largely due to my weight - and then feeling lousy because I'm not moving, and th... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 05:40:07 EST Loving myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192638 A huge turning point in my life came when I was a freshman in college. I was walking across campus, with my usually self-hating script running in my head, when I suddenly thought, "(several friends names from high school) love me. There HAS to be something in me to love!" I honestly couldn't imagine what they could love about me. For years I wouldn't touch anyone or hug anyone outside of family, because I hated myself so much that I felt like I would somehow contaminate them by touching the... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 07:22:52 EST Tiptoeing Back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183156 I've been gone, for a long, long time. I regained all the weight I lost, plus a little more. I'm feeling crappy, out-of-shape, and without energy. Sigh. But I've always known I'd be back, that I wasn't leaving SP for good. Life has been crazy, but has finally settled down. December was miserable - a nasty bout with pneumonia left me with lots of time to sit around feeling like a slug. I'm still recovering - still have the cough, no stamina, and have to sleep sitting up. Which means lousy sle... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 04:49:42 EST Day 16 of 365 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3742777 Why is junk food so darn appealing? Sigh. <BR> <BR> School was canceled today due to no power, so another lazy day. Though I did get quite a bit done for my business, which is good. Tue, 26 Oct 2010 22:45:56 EST Day 15 of 365: Head not in the game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3740492 I know it'll get there if I just keep this up, but it's not there yet. <BR> <BR> Went to my Rescue Squad meeting tonight (I'm a Life Member). I really miss running calls. But I've let my EMT certification lapse, so I'd have to retake the entire class. Just don't see any way I could pull that off right now. Sigh... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 23:32:18 EST Days 13 & 14 of 365 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3737618 Ugh. Never posted a blog yesterday. I was going to do so after my party, but got home ridiculously late, so that didn't happen. So late, in fact, that today was a total waste. <BR> <BR> But tomorrow I'll be getting back to the gym. If I can get the kids and myself out the door early enough, I'm thinking of trying the yoga class again...yikes! Sun, 24 Oct 2010 21:27:28 EST Day 12 of 365 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3734148 Not doing great with all this. Need to get re-focused and back on track. But at least I'm still here. Fri, 22 Oct 2010 22:41:47 EST Day 11 of 365: Crazy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3732157 Spent the morning at preschool with my 5 year old...wow, that's an exhausting job! Afternoon spent getting ready for my party this evening, then party this evening. I'm wiped! Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:14:43 EST Day 10 of 365: Lost Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3729565 A lazy, lost day. Cuddle time with the kids, a little work on my business, not much else. My son was feeling better today, so by the afternoon, I decided he can go to school tomorrow. We made dinosaur sugar cookies for him to bring to school - this is his 'special week', and dinosaurs are the theme. Fortunately I'm not crazy about sugar cookies... <BR> <BR> No gym tomorrow either, since I'll be volunteering in his classroom for his special week. But I should be able to get there on Friday. ... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 21:38:57 EST Day 9 of 365: It never fails! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3727196 I'm on a roll! Went to the gym all 5 days last week. Went yesterday. Went today and had great workout. And now...my oldest is sick. Can't make it to the gym tomorrow - I can't (and wouldn't) bring a sick kid to childcare. Sigh... <BR> <BR> I'll figure something out. Maybe the Wii. Tue, 19 Oct 2010 22:46:42 EST Day 8 of 365: The Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3723609 I made it to the gym today which is a victory. My older son has preschool Tues. - Fri., so those days are easier. Drop him off, go to the gym. Mondays are harder. But I did it! Yay, me! Mon, 18 Oct 2010 14:32:15 EST Day 7 of 365: Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3720388 Okay, the food tracking is NOT going well. It's just such a pain, especially if I eat a meal at my parents' house or whatever. I need to just suck it up and deal with it - and be willing to estimate when necessary. Otherwise I'll never get back on track with it. Sun, 17 Oct 2010 07:59:30 EST Day 6 of 365: Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3718835 They say that not getting enough sleep leads to overeating. Yup. Got almost no sleep last night, and I've been eating like crazy this morning. Time to cut that out. <BR> <BR> On the positive side, I finally got my Komen 3-Day page updated. Check it out! http://www.the3day.org/goto/Laura.Browning <BR> <BR> Just putting one foot in front of the other... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 10:15:08 EST Day 5 of 365: I don't have to like it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3716721 ...I just have to do it. That's my motto for the gym. I'll be heading there after I drop my older son off at preschool. This will make five days in a row! I give myself weekends off from the gym, so I just have to get through today's workout. It's Friday, so that means the weight machines and 30 minutes of cardio - treadmill, elliptical, bike...whatever I feel like doing. If I start off on one and just can't do it that day, I switch to another. As long as I keep moving (hard!) for those 30 m... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 08:48:09 EST Day 4 of 365: a new goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3714528 I've set a new goal for myself. I'm going to walk the D.C. Komen 3-Day next September. 60 miles in 3 days...yikes!! I'm also going to try to organize a Tastefully Simple team to walk with me... One of my fabulous team members, who I actually met through SP, has already committed to joining me - yay, RUN2MYDREAMS!! She also knows a couple of people who may join us, and another one of my team members said she may be interested. And I haven't even officially gotten the word out yet! WOOHOO! Th... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 08:36:25 EST Day 3 of 365: one day at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3712120 Well, I got to the gym yesterday and did 30 min of cardio, which was my goal. 10 minutes on the elliptical, and 20 minutes walking on the treadmill. My heartrate monitor is acting up - I think the sensor needs a new battery. I looked at the manual, and it says to take it to a dealer to replace the battery. <em>101</em> Not sure when I'm going to manage to get that done. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Didn't do so great on the food again. One step at a time. Fortunately the Keebler Jalapeno crackers ar... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 07:54:27 EST Day 2 of 365 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3709432 I'm going to consider yesterday a success. Eating went out of control...but I tracked it all, and that kept me from continuing down that road. I went to the gym and did 20 minutes of cardio plus strength training. It wasn't the 30 minutes I should have done, but it was something. I drank all my water. And I blogged. <BR> <BR> Onto Day 2... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 05:32:59 EST 365 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3706910 A wonderful friend of mine, RUN2MYDREAMS, has been doing a 365 day photoblog on Facebook. I love the idea and her dedication. So I have decided to do a 365 day Sparkblog. Starting today, I will blog something in my Spark blog once a day. I'm generally going to try to keep it short. Part of my problem with blogging is that once I get going, I write a lot...so I put off starting. Fortunately I do write quickly, and easily, but still. <BR> <BR> So. I'm back. I really mean it. I have to be. ... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 06:09:37 EST Fighting my way back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3636223 I've been absent...for quite a while. I could list all the excuses, but they're pretty meaningless. I've gained back a bunch of weigh because not only have I not been exercising; I've been eating like crap. <BR> <BR> Well, today my oldest goes back to preschool, and it's time for me to get back to a routine and fight my way back to taking care of myself. Why is it so HARD?!! <BR> <BR> It's definitely time-consuming. Tracking especially, but also spending time on SP, and just making myself m... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 06:40:59 EST Witnessing a miracle and GRATITUDE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3308901 Today I am full of gratitude. Two years ago today, my younger son was born. He had a very, very rough start, and wound up in the NICU for three incredibly traumatic weeks. He was born with very severe meconium aspiration - in other words, he pooped in the womb, and inhaled it before birth. Meconium aspiration is not all that uncommon, but the severity of his condition was. He was a very, very sick little boy. His neonatologist later told me that he had never seen a baby with a blood pH as l... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 10:03:26 EST I'm such a carrot person... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3301083 No, not that kind of carrot (though I like those too). Incentives. They totally motivate me. Even the silly ones like the SparkPoints. I don't get anything for those, but I sure like racking them up! <BR> <BR> But the ones that really get me are the ones that I actually get something for. The free trips and other incentives I earn through my Tastefully Simple business, for example. I LOVE those. <BR> <BR> So yesterday, I went downtown (D.C.) to sign up for the Susan G Komen Global Race fo... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 16:38:27 EST Too cool - love this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3287380 How did I miss this?? I just discovered the 'My SparkSummary Calendar' on the start page. If you haven't found it yet, it's an awesome visual of the month's daily SparkPoints earned, exercise and calories tracked, and so on. I love it! And the timing is perfect. My goal for June is to track my food perfectly for the month. I've been really slipping on that. And to earn at least 100 SparkPoints per day. And now I have a great tool to track them both! I love SparkPeople!!! Tue, 1 Jun 2010 07:40:41 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3239871 Okay, I really can't claim to be starting over. I'm still 62 lb down from where I started 10/14/09, and only 3 lb up from my highest loss. But. I stepped away for a while, and now I'm back. Lots of stuff got in the way, especially travel. And, yes, I let it. <BR> <BR> But I learned a few things. Some of you are going to say, 'DUH!', but... I learned that when I eat crap, I feel like crap. Of course, I've always know that eating crap is 'bad for me'. But I've always done it. Until I starte... Mon, 17 May 2010 18:22:34 EST Back to the basics. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3081279 Up 4 lb today. Ugh. Not that I'm surprised... This past week I have not done well. A combination of the holiday weekend, my husband actually getting 3 days in a row off (yay!) which threw my routine off, and...well...poor choices. No worries. I'm back on track, and intend to get all 4 lb back off this week. <BR> <BR> But...this is also a symptom of a greater trend, which is that I've been allowing myself to get more lax on SP. I KNOW what works to keep me motivated. Log in first thing ever... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 08:46:13 EST Less than 100 lb to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3030186 My official weigh in today said I've now lost 63 lb since I started on October 14th. That means I have only 97 lb to go to reach my rather arbitrary goal weight of 144 lb. Yay, me! <BR> <BR> Okay, granted, 97 lb is still a LOT of weight. But it's only two digits, not three! <em>30</em> My goal is to lose it all by the end of the year. I'm still struggling the most with eating. But I'm doing okay, and by and large, I'm doing great with the exercise. Gym Monday through Friday (with strengt... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:29:55 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3015390 Today is the 30th day since I joined my new gym. My new gym has a new member 'passport' plan to earn a free personal training session (in addition to the two that come with membership). To do this, I had to, within the first 30 days...attend a new member orientation, work out at least 12 times, bring two guests to the gym with me, and take a class in each of 6 categories. The first three requirements? No problem. Attending classes? ACK! I don't DO fitness classes! I'm too out of shape...I'm ... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:30:09 EST My new gym's 'Group Orientation Class' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2935299 Membership at my new gym comes with a free Group Orientation Class and two free hour-long personal training sessions. I've been putting off signing up for the personal training sessions for two reasons; first, because I wanted to ask around before choosing a personal trainer, and second, because I wanted to get as much as I could out of the orientation class so I wouldn't waste any of my personal training session. <BR> <BR> Now, on the day I signed up, I was at the front desk and the fitness... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 15:19:09 EST Class #2 at the Gym: 'Intro' does not equal 'Easy' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2921027 One of the 6 categories of classes I need to take is 'Spinning.' So I took the 'Intro to Spinning' class last night. No problem, right? If it's an intro class, it should be pretty easy, walk us through the basics, etc. Right? Right? Not so much. It was 45 minutes of working really hard! Fortunately I didn't look quite as incompetent at this as I did at yoga, because I could set the resistance on the bike myself. But I did push myself really hard. I forgot my water bottle, though, so had to ... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 07:57:58 EST Tried my first class at the new gym... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2916406 ...Oh My. As part of a new member challenge, I have to take one class in each of 6 categories. One of those categories is yoga. So yesterday morning, I went to a 'flow yoga' class. First of all, I was late. I don't think I've been on time for anything since I had kids. Sigh... But I looked at everyone in there, took off my shoes and socks and went to get a mat. And then did my best to keep up for the next 55 minutes. Ummm.... Picture a quite, semi-dark room full of slender, incredibly flexibl... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 06:54:40 EST Clever marketing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2896321 One of the things I like about my new gym is that they have an orientation class for new members to learn the equipment, and that I also get two free personal assessment / personal training sessions. I realize that part of that is to get me wanting personal training sessions, which I can't afford right now. But this gym has a really clever marketing strategy. It's called a 'Passport Game.' If I complete it, I get a $50 credit towards personal training, which would be a free half-hour. <BR> ... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 07:13:54 EST I never fully left...but I'm BACK!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2891777 As many of you know, it's been a challenging couple of months. We moved, so I lost my beloved gym, and got out of my routine. Add in two small children, lots of snowy weather, and... I'm not going to say I 'fell off the wagon', because I don't believe there is a wagon. Just life. And life has distracted me and gotten me away from my health-gain focus. <BR> <BR> Thank goodness for SparkPeople. Without this site, and all you wonderful SparkFriends, I probably would have wandered away from thi... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 07:16:35 EST Ugh...gained 2 lb. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2760685 Well, I had a fabulous time in Orlando over the past 4 days. Too fabulous, apparently. I'm up 2 lb from last weeks official weigh-in, and up 6 lb from my unofficial weigh-in the morning I left (Thursday). My scale fluctuates a lot, but I am not liking this. <BR> <BR> I did try not to go too overboard with the food, but I didn't track it either...and it was soooooo good! Oh, well. <BR> <BR> But on balance there are more positives to report than negatives. I got to the fitness center at the ... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 09:01:03 EST Who'd have thunk it?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2728082 Thursday I leave for Tastefully Simple's Leadership Conference in Orlando. Leadership Conferences are always one of the highlights of my year. They're held at awesome resorts - this year it's at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort - and I can earn it for free. I get to hang out with tons of great friends from around the country, and we always have a blast. <BR> <BR> But here's the crazy part. THE part of the trip that I'm most excited about this time? Getting to the gym at the resort! LOL! I haven'... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 10:22:12 EST Yesterday wasn't so bad after all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2714038 I was feeling really guilty about yesterday. We were out and about shopping for new things we need for the house, and decided to stop at IHOP for lunch. We never eat at IHOP. There were no little symbols on the menu for 'this is a slightly healthier option', and I have to confess I didn't ask the waitress for the nutritional info. I ordered a spinach & mushroom omlette. I didn't know it came with a stack of pancakes! I gave my 19 month old one of the pancakes. I did eat half a pancake, wit... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 09:58:42 EST Just tired. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2709048 Well, the little elves did not come put all the furniture in place and unpack all the boxes last night. Sigh... <BR> <BR> Yesterday was moving day. We were mainly moving the furniture, since we had moved most of the boxes already. The majority of the moving was done by my husband, my fabulous sister, and myself. We are all soooo sore and tired today! We're all getting way too old for this. <BR> <BR> I just want it all to be DONE! I had gotten into such a great routine in the fall. Get up ea... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 11:07:04 EST What a week it has been... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2684277 We were planning to move January 6th. But on the evening of December 29th, our heating oil ran out. We knew it was getting close, but were hoping we could make it until the 6th. Minimum delivery is 150 gallons, and hundreds of dollars, so no way were we doing that for just a few days. <BR> <BR> So...December 30th we scrambled to find a pickup truck we could borrow. (I drive a Prius, and my husband drives a Hyundai Sonata...not exactly huge vehicles!). Fortunately my Dad was able to borrow o... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 09:10:33 EST My mini-Christmas miracle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2660567 ...is that I lost 2 lb this week! A lot? No. But the fact that I lost ANYTHING is thrilling! Between Christmas, having my stepdaughter here, and our impending move, I only made it to the gym once this week, on the day after Christmas. It's a good thing that my parents gave me a Polar F7 heartrate monitor for Christmas and I was dying to try it out (very cool - I love it!). Otherwise I probably wouldn't have gotten to the gym that day either. <BR> <BR> I didn't go crazy on eating, but I have... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 06:04:13 EST Lunch today was sugar cookie dough... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2654200 The title speaks for itself. Just little pieces nibbled here and there, but it was definitely too much. Fortunately the cookies are going into a box to give to my Dad tomorrow for Christmas! Actually, I don't have much of a weakness for cookies (except toll-house chocolate chip cookies, which I didn't make!). But the dough? ARGH!!! <BR> <BR> Still, it's all good. Christmas Eve dinner in our family actually is pretty healthy. We follow the Czech tradition from my Dad's side of the family. Fis... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 14:20:50 EST Weighing out M&Ms... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2639641 I love chocolate. Lately my favorite has been Hershey Raspberry Bliss. But now it's the holiday season. So mint M&Ms are out. I LOVE mint M&Ms. Not only that, but now they have Premium Mint M&Ms. Heaven! <BR> <BR> But wait, you say. You're on a health-gain program, changing your life, and all that, you say. Yup! But life without chocolate - actually life without good food - is really not a good life, in my opinion. I know some people say food is just energy for the body. I disagree. Strongl... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 07:12:21 EST Rough week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2628167 Ugh. I'm dreading writing this all down, but I need to. Not so that I can make excuses, but so that I can keep myself accountable. <BR> <BR> I usually go to the gym five days a week, Monday - Friday. I haven't been to the gym since last Thursday. As is 9 days ago. Sigh... There have been several factors. First, my little one has had a cold, and I feel strongly about not bring him around other kids (the childcare room) and getting them sick. My husband is working shift work, so his schedule... Sat, 12 Dec 2009 06:38:44 EST This month is going to be...challenging! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2613510 I am so overwhelmed thinking about the month ahead right now. Oh, not because of holiday food and all that. I'm fairly confident I can handle that. But...we just rented a new house (yay!) and are in the process of moving. We plan to be moved entirely by about the first week of January. <BR> <BR> My husband works shift work, so his schedule is insane. And his job is 2 hours from our current house - hence the move. The new house is only about 45 minutes from his job. We've set it up with an a... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 06:34:54 EST Tears rolling down my cheeks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2609047 Yesterday was an indescribable day. We've been waiting to hear about a house we want to rent for over a week now, and it was just really getting to me. I had hardly slept the night before. I was just incredibly tense, and snapping at my poor kids way too much and just having a crappy day. <BR> <BR> And then I came home from the gym, and discovered my fabulous Done Being the Fat Girl team had named me 'Done Girl of the Day'. I have 22 pages of Donie comments congratulating me and cheering m... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 05:04:03 EST Strangely confident... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2593130 I have been overweight most of my life. From time to time I have tried to lose weight, but it hasn't been a constant thing in my life. For the most part I didn't let it stop me for years. I still went out and did what I wanted. I served in the Peace Corps. I traveled. I never dated, but somehow managed to become really good friends with my boss, rented a townhouse with him (just as friends!), and somehow wound up with the love of my life. It's quite a story... <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> We'... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 07:37:35 EST I just ate my favorite Jerry's Sub - a Super - for dinner... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2563733 ...and you know what? I wasn't cheating! I ordered a small. I blush to admit that I didn't even know they HAVE smalls - it's a 4 in. sub instead of the usual 8. I added the mayo myself, because I wasn't sure how much they would put on. And I splurged and used real mayo, but only 2 tsp. It all fit into my ranges!! <BR> <BR> Now, granted, I wouldn't eat this way all the time. But it sure was a yummy treat. And the 4 inch was PLENTY! In the past I always had an 8 inch, and I was always unco... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 18:39:48 EST If I can... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2561032 If I can go off to (an admittedly fabulous) boarding school at the age of 14, traveling alone from Moscow to Boston three times a year, and not only survive, but thrive...I can do anything. <BR> <BR> If I can backpack around Europe for two months alone at the age of 20...I can do anything. <BR> <BR> If I can serve as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer for two years...I can do anything. <BR> <BR> If I can learn Hungarian...I can do anything. <BR> <BR> If I can become a Life Member of my rescue s... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 14:25:47 EST 30 days on SparkPeople... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2557940 Today I got 25 SparkPoints for hitting Day 30 on SparkPeople. It's funny how those points motivate me! I don't really 'get' anything for them...but because of them, I jumped into the boards, I read several articles a day, I've found fabulous blogs to read and be inspired by... I've learned so much already! <BR> <BR> And...I'm doing pretty well! According to SparkPeople, I've logged 1,672 minutes of exercise in the past 30 days. I've pretty much stuck to my plan of weights Monday, Wednesday... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 08:29:19 EST Rough week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2555072 This has been a rough week. We've got some incredibly stressful personal stuff going on, which is tough to deal with. Plus, I've had numerous middle-of-the-night wake-ups from the boys over the last couple of night. Between the stress and the kids, I just haven't been sleeping well, which really has me dragging. <BR> <BR> Tuesday I got to the gym, but I just couldn't drag myself through my workout. I really pushed myself Saturday and Monday, and I was hurting. Not the worked-hard-muscle-sor... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 06:22:41 EST Being grateful... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2538841 Sometimes things come up that really stop you in your tracks. This morning, while accumulating my daily SparkPoints, I opened this health news article: <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/heal<BR>th_news_detail.asp?health_day=632834 <BR> <BR> They could have been writing about my younger son. He was born at home with the help of a fabulous midwife (thank God!). And he was born with very, very severe meconium aspiration. Meconium is the baby's first bowel movement - in his case, ... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 06:56:15 EST I'm looking forward to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2537399 ...being able to sit comfortably in airplane seats, without worrying about having to ask for an extender. Not worrying about infringing on my neighbors seat, or arriving with an aching back from trying not to take up too much room. <BR> <BR> ...going to (Tastefully Simple) conferences and buying the logowear I like, not just the stuff that comes in my size. <BR> <BR> ...joining in when my friends at conferences decide to go for a hike, or out on the town, or any of the other fun-sounding, b... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 15:21:52 EST Proud of myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2530875 I hate exercising. I don't look forward to it. I don't enjoy doing it. But, you know what? I love how darn proud of myself I am when I'm done! My goal is to get to the gym every day Monday-Friday. Monday, Wednesday, Friday I do the circuit weights plus 30 minutes cardio. Tuesday and Thursday I do 30 minutes of cardio plus 5 minutes of cool down. Today I did 40 minutes of cardio plus 7 minutes of cool down (I just had to get the treadmill ticker to say 300 calories burned! LOL!). <BR> <BR>... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 11:55:42 EST