ALENAORRISON's SparkPeople Blog ALENAORRISON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Stressors in my life 1) Having an autistic son who needs extra care & attention. He is currently the only one homeschooled. He has speech therapy once a week, behavior counseling once a week, and psycho-social rehabilitation twice a week. <BR> <BR> 2) Having a rebellious 16 year old daughter. She went from being super sweet and responsible to rude & irresponsible, sneaky & lying in just a few months. <BR> <BR> 3) Having a husband who is a long-haul trucker and is only home for 3-4 days a month. <BR> <BR> 4)... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 15:52:12 EST Stress is ruining my healthy goals! This past summer I did really well with exercising almost daily and eating better. I managed to lose 20 lbs before going on a 10-day Mexican Riviera crusie with my husband. It was the first vacation we have ever had alone. While I didn't feel totally comfortable in a bikini, I wore it anyway because I was proud of my accomplishment to finally, after 6 years, weigh 165. However, since we've been back it's been miserable. <BR> <BR> When we returned, I found out that my 15 yr old daughter h... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 15:45:59 EST 86 days to go... My husband & I are taking a belated honeymoon cruise and we leave in 86 days. If that isn't motivation to get in shape, I don't know what is. I have been struggling with the same 20 pounds for the last 2 years and I want to be done with them. So... My goal is to lose as many inches and pounds as I can before we set sail. I know it probably won't be much, but I want to feel more comfortable in a bathing suit while on the beaches & the decks. I don't want to constantly wonder if I should c... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 01:06:38 EST Emotional Eating I can't get away from it. Whenever I'm stressed, I go for the sugar. Then I eat too many sweet things so I go for salty to balance out my taste buds. Next thing I know, it's been 2 days and 2 pounds more. I'm really stressed because the dog I adopted New Year's Eve, Sam, has some serious medical conditions. I'm one of those that have fur-babies, not pets. Even though he's only been part of the family for a week, Sam is just like one of my other kids and I feel the same stress I would fe... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 19:22:19 EST Munchin' at the Movies I've come to the realization that when I'm watching a movie, about 1/2 hour into it, I get a snack attack. My husband always breaks out the ice cream or popcorn. Since he's truck driving now and only home a few days a month, I'm trying to train myself to NOT snack during a flick. I go for water instead. And if that doesn't cut it, I go for some herbal tea. If I'm still feeling like I want a munchie, I try to do something low-cal and/or healthy. 2 cups of air-popped popcorn with a dash o... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 15:53:31 EST What I know works for me What works: <BR> -Eating low-fat yogurt with low-fat granola or other crunchy cereal for breakfast or snack. <BR> <BR> -Drinking tons of water and Odwalla juice <BR> <BR> -Lots and lots of aerobic exercise combined with medium weight training <BR> <BR> -Working out a gym where everyone else just wants to work out and there's not "mommy" disruptions. <BR> <BR> -Taking my multi-vitamin, Fish Oil, and Fiber. <BR> <BR> -Having regular sex (sounds strange, but I don't eat as much if I'm getti... Wed, 31 Jan 2007 16:12:27 EST Argh! Where does the time go?!?! I haven't been able to track my foods or exercise online for almost a week now. Between being super busy at work and home and having sick kids, it's a wonder I'm still functioning. I have been writing down what I eat as I go, so that helps me to stay focused and not over-eat. <BR> <BR> And now that I've re-started physical therapy again, I'm even more limited on time. And, let's be honest here, it does take time to enter all the foods that you eat. <BR> <BR> But I think I'm still doing ... Wed, 31 Jan 2007 16:08:44 EST The Early Morning Me--AS IF! I am trying sooooo soooooo hard to get up an extra 20-30 minutes in the morning so I can exercise. And I haven't made it yet. But each morning I get up just a little bit earlier. It's hard. I am not a morning person. But between not getting home from work until 6 or 6:30, getting dinner for the family and getting kids settled, I don't have time in the evening. So I decided that I was going to start getting up earlier and exercising in the morning before I get everyone else up and get go... Wed, 17 Jan 2007 14:30:51 EST depressed I'm depressed and I know it. At least I'm not depressed because of my diet and exercise habits. Not lately anyway. I got up today and did 20 minutes on the treadmill then did some core strengthening. Nope, I'm depressed because I'm looking for a job, hopefully a career, and no one's interested in me. I have awsome skills (if I do say so myself) and I'm intelligent and talented. So I don't understand why my phone isn't ringing off the hook with interview and job offers. And it makes me ... Tue, 2 Jan 2007 19:30:40 EST Shame on me But not really. I've been crazy busy. We decided to move from Anchorage, Alaska to Post Falls, ID where my parents live. We did it in a little over 2 months. Sold our house, packed and everything. We've been here almost 3 weeks now, and I decided today that I need to get back on track. So my goal is now foremost in my brain again and I hope to make the lifelong changes needed to accomplish it. Thu, 28 Dec 2006 12:53:45 EST Late Start I got up late today, but I feel pretty good. I'm planning on exercising as soon as I get the living room cleared a little of all the toys. So in about 10 minutes. I then want to clean up the house a bit and maybe go for a walk. It's cold out, but clear. I'll just bundle up the babies really well. But I really want to get out of this house! Tue, 10 Oct 2006 14:39:49 EST One side stronger I've been trying to exercise a little every day, and stretch every day. I've noticed that my right side is a little stronger, a little more flexible than my left. Not sure if that means I need to work more on my left or if it'll even out eventually. I'm going to keep monitoring it and see if anything changes. But for now, it's a nice fall day and I"m taking the babies to the zoo. I'll get my walking in, they get to have some fresh air and see the animals. The bonus is that they'll get t... Wed, 20 Sep 2006 14:36:37 EST Eating well when sick So I've got this stupid cold. I started getting sick Friday and today it's better, but over the weekend I was miserable. Sinuses hurting, stuffy nose, headache, body ache. And what did I eat? I honestly don't remember. I know that normally when I'm sick I don't eat very much and what I do eat is high calorie, high carbs. I also drink a ton of soda when I'm sick like that as drinking water makes my throat hurt. So this weekend I didn't do too well. And today wasn't the greatest but it ... Tue, 19 Sep 2006 00:29:58 EST Slacker that I am I haven't done anything with Spark or my diet for, oh, about a month now. Shame on me! I got caught up in life and put my wants on hold. Again. Then yesterday I stepped on the scale for the first time in that month and saw that I gained 5 lbs. I had a moment of depression, followed by a moment of anger at myself, followed by new resolve. So I printed next week's grocery list (this week we're out of money already) and made sure to exercise. And I'm planning on exercising every day. <B... Thu, 14 Sep 2006 12:39:53 EST Weekends are hard When my husband is home, eating properly on the weekends is really hard. We always go somewhere and pack some healthy snacks, but sooner or later we're all hungry and still at least 2 hours or so away from home. So what happens? Fast food. And since we have 4 kids, it's normally McDonald's. I know, I know. McDonald's has chicken salads now and has finally joined the ranks of fast food restaurants catering to those of us who are trying to eat less fat and be healthy. So I order the sala... Mon, 7 Aug 2006 11:20:07 EST