ALNEAGLE's SparkPeople Blog ALNEAGLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Husband's Discectomy Surgery My husband had his surgery on Thursday morning and it went well. We had to be there bright and early for pre-op lab work and prep. They took him back between 7:30 and 8:00 am and started surgery at approximately 8:04. He came out and went to recovery at around 9:47. It took longer than anticipated because they said the disc was starting to calcify which made the job of removing it and little more difficult, but overall they are claiming the surgery a success. He was in recovery for about... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 16:13:15 EST Huband's 3rd Injection & Follow-up The 3rd Injection didn't make any change in Josh's progress. He seems to have plateaued with his improvements. They still can't get much reflex out of his left leg or foot. He still has burning and pain down the back of his leg to the knee and upper calf. They are concerned at this point because we are sitting at 4 months and the nerve is showing weakness and no improvement in strength. He can't raise up on his toes on that leg at all. He can do it no problem on the right leg. They say ... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:22:50 EST Husband's Injection #2 and Follow-Up Well injection #2 did much better than injection #1. They do want to do a 3rd one to see how much he improves with it. They do a series of physical therapy-type tests each time before and after to check his progress. They check his reflexes on each leg, have him try to stand on each leg, etc. He wasn't able to raise up on his toes on the left leg with the first injection at all, but after the 2nd one is now able to raise his heel up off the floor a little bit. He's not able to bounce up an... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:02:50 EST MIA Status ~ I'm Back I know I've been gone for over a month. I have no excuses. I have just been out of it emotionally. Ever since my husband herniated the disc in his back, it has just been VERY draining on me. I can't even describe what toll this has taken on my physically and emotionally. I don't want to sound like I am complaining, but everything has fell to me. I am now pretty much required to do EVERYTHING around here. I not only carry my load, but his too. He is not allowed to lift anything over 5 ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:35:16 EST Broken Scale & 3lbs to go <img src=""> My scale broke sometime over the last week to 10 days...I am not real sure the exact day, I just know when I went to weigh-in on my usual Wednesday of this past week, it was broken the digital lettering was all jumbled and mostly missing. It was unreadable and the black "ink" was pooled in the bottom left corner of the screen. I guess you would say the crystal was broken?? Anyway, we came home to ... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 08:58:14 EST Here's the Math This morning I sat down and did the math. I really, really, really want to be to 140 by the end of this year. I am SO close to that goal. I only have 5.2 lbs to get there. There is 7 weeks left in this year. 5.2 lbs divided by 7 weeks equals .74 pounds a week!! That is not that much weight to lose a week!! That is not asking a whole lot from my body. I believe I MIGHT can do this. I am going to try extra, extra hard in the coming weeks to make it. This is my goal. I want to be ther... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:52:49 EST My Workout Schedule Part of my Plateau Busting Challenge today was to make a blog post about my workout schedule. <BR> Currently, I am doing P90X, Zumba, and the Couch to 5K with my 9th grade daughter. She is doing the Couch to 5k as her P.E. credit. =) <BR> <BR> So, as you can see, I am staying very active. Today's challenge is basically telling me to make sure that I am taking rest days, LOL, it may not seem that I am doing that since I am doing so much. I am though. This is what I typically do. <BR> <BR... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:38:08 EST Update on Sam (The Rescue Dog) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sam is healing up really well and continues to adjust to his home. Sarah has decided to keep him and not put him up for adoption after all. She got attached and couldn't let him go. He is really sweet and loving. I wanted to let all of you who read about him in my previous post know. Thanks for all of your support and prayers for this sweet dog. She sent me these 2 pictures through text... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 08:33:08 EST My Measurements! So, I joined the Plateau Busting Challenge here on SP and yesterday was measurements day. We were instructed to measure instead of weigh ourselves to see if we had any non-scale victories. I will admit it has been a while since I have compared numbers with a measuring tape, so this was a good exercise for me to perform. <BR> <BR> So, here they are: <BR> <BR> Neck: <BR> Jan. 2012 - 14.5 <BR> April 2013 - 13.25 <BR> Aug. 2015 - 13 <BR> <BR> R. Bicep (flexed): <BR> Jan. 2012 - 13 <BR> April... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:27:30 EST Dog on My Doorstep! I had a dog show up on my doorstep yesterday morning bright and early. He was whining outside our door so DH got up to investigate. Turns out he was severely injured. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We initially thought that he may have been hit by a vehicle passing by. We weren't really sure. I called our vet who informed us they couldn't take him because of liability. I couldn't afford to accrue a huge ve... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:10:57 EST Ziplining Fun!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My son went down the zipline with his daddy at the back to school bash Monday evening. It was about 30 feet up. He really enjoyed it once he got over the initial nervousness of jumping off the edge. <BR> <BR> ~Amanda Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:29:57 EST Zumba! I just finished up my first Zumba video session with a couple of the other ladies here on the college campus. It was a lot of fun. We decided to start with the beginner video that basically just teaches you all the moves. We did about 50 minutes worth of moves and it still broke me out in a sweat!! We laughed and had a good time. I am not a very coordinated person, so I am sure I was a sight to see, but I feel like that the moves will be fairly easy to learn and it may help me with my we... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:11:12 EST Zumba ~ I'm Gonna Try It I live on a college campus and try to take a 1-mile walk every morning and then my hubby and I usually would do a evening jog. (we fell off that band-wagon a few months ago though...oops). I contribute walking and jogging to my weight loss success. I hope to pick the jogging back up once the weather cools back down. We have continued to do evening walks, but the jogging just got to be to hard in the heat. Anyway, one of the women has noticed me walking by her office window on those morni... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:44:24 EST I'VE LOST 50 LBS!! (PHOTOS) This has been a BIG week for me. My official weigh-in days are Wednesdays. I also weigh-in on Sundays as a mid-week check-in to keep myself in check and on target. I knew that I had fell to 149.2 and that I had hit the 50 pound lost mark, but didn't want to believe it unless I was still there on the official weigh-in day of Wednesday. Well, I did it!! I made sure I had my phone handy this time to snap a photo if it was still the same (or lower for that matter). <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:17:09 EST Joined the Walkabout Challenge Anybody want to join me? You can find it here: <BR><BR>?post=step_into_shape_with_the_30day_w<BR>alkabout_challenge <BR> <BR> I am on day 2 today, but I would love to have some of my friends jump in here and join me to help keep me accountable and we could do this together. <BR> <BR> I am a BIG believer in the buddy system! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <BR> ~Amanda Tue, 3 Feb 2015 09:55:33 EST Migraine Headache Follow-Up Appointment I had my migraine headache follow-up appointment today. This is actually the 2nd follow-up appointment I have had. I had a 1-month follow-up and then today was an 8-week follow up from the 1-month appointment. I am feeling SO much better and more and more like my old self. The first month I was doing better but wasn't up to my full dose of medication. The medicine is a taper on and taper off type and so I wasn't up to dose yet. Now that I am there and have been there for about 5-6 weeks... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 13:43:39 EST I can wear a belt (that my hubby made me) AND not look fat!! One of the fun things about losing the weight is that I have discovered the fun in wearing belts again. I don't wear them all the time, but I do wear them again. I had absolutely stopped wearing them once I gained weight because they were NOT flattering at all on me. Anyway, I have started wearing belts again. It also, just so happens, that my hubby has picked up leather working as a hobby. He used to sit around as a little boy with his grandfather and work leather and watch his grandfat... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 10:00:54 EST Migraine Help At Last? I have been pretty busy lately so I can't really use my migraines as 100% of the reason why I have been MIA a lot since the spring. I will say that they are partly to blame. It started back around September of 2013. I suddenly had an increase in migraine attacks. I have always had 2-3 a YEAR. In September I had 2 in the month. That is a lot in short time for me, but I really didn't think anything about it. I had a pretty good October and then wham I had a couple in November. Then I ha... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:24:44 EST #ShareaCoke with Pictures Coke has started a new marketing campaign. I didn't know about it until I walked by the soda section and saw my name on a bottle. I thought I was seeing things, LOL! Needless to say, I bought it because it had my name on it. It currently is sitting on top of my refrigerator. I decided to watch for my DH and kids' names on bottles. I found a Coke Zero with Josh's (DH) name on it, but haven't seen either of my children's names yet. I would like to get all of our names in Classic Coke fo... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:31:02 EST Pull Up Assist Bands ~ Advice? So, I have been doing P90X3 and using Exercise bands to do the modification Pull Ups. I can't do an unassisted chin up/pull up....yet. I don't feel like the bands are doing as much for me anymore. I am still not in a place to be able to do even one unassisted. <BR> <BR> My question is how does everyone feel about Assist Bands? Do they work and do you think this would be an option for me to build up to doing unassisted pull ups? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help! <BR> <BR> ~Amanda <BR> <... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:53:07 EST I MADE A COAT!! ~ Update and Winners announced The winners of the Albion sew along have been announced. I didn't win, but I still had a lot of fun and it was a GREAT experience for me. <BR> <BR><BR>on-parade-and-winners <BR> <BR> The link above will take you to the announcement. You can also go here to see all 68 entries into the contest: <BR> <BR> Thanks to all of you for your support! <BR> <BR> ~Amanda Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:50:34 EST I MADE A COAT!! =) So, I bought a pattern and made a coat. My first ever. I entered it into a sewing contest and hope that I at least make it as a finalist, but we'll see. If you would like to see my pictures, they can be found here: <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>03/ <BR> <BR> or on my blog here: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The support of any of my SP friends who have flickr accounts is appreciated!! =) <BR> If you like my coat, please favorite it! ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 09:34:07 EST My BMI is FINALLY in the Normal range! According to my BMI has finally hit the normal range! I am sitting at a 24.7 BMI and 25 is the very top of the normal range. I am barely in there, but it still counts! HA!! <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ~Amanda Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:45:27 EST Update on My Breaking Fitbit I wrote an e-mail to fitbit about my Ultra starting to fall apart. I was pretty sure they wouldn't replace it, but requested it anyway. I also asked that if they couldn't replace it, would they please consider sending me a discount code toward a new one. I included a link to my blog post here on SP with pictures of the condition my Fitbit Ultra was in. <BR> <BR> They wrote me back. They congratulated me on the weight I had lost using their product. <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> They al... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 09:01:53 EST My Fitbit is breaking!! =( First, my clip that it slides into broke. The clip part on back broke completely off, so I have had to wear it just as it is. It's been about a week and now the actual fitbit is breaking! I am so sad! I am past the 365 day warranty mark. It was 1 year old back in May. This little gadget is not cheap, so buying another one is not an option right now. This makes me so sad. The outer black case is coming completely off, so I am going to try to super glue it for now, but I won't know what... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 14:32:01 EST A Fun 5k I think this looks like a really fun 5k race. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I want to sign up for the one in Memphis. That's the closest one to my area. It is still a 2.5 hour drive, but I think it would be worth it! <BR> <BR> ~Amanda Sat, 17 Aug 2013 22:12:27 EST Giving My Clothes Away =) I know it's a good sign to have to give my clothes away, but it's not so good when you don't have much of anything to replace them with. HAHAHA! <BR> <BR> I have finally broke down and decided to pull 3 of my favorite outfits out of my closet and pass them on. I have "outgrown" or should that be "outshrunk" them? I don't know. Either way, I can't wear them anymore. They are just downright too big. The funny thing is that one of them is one I deliberately held on to in hopes of getting ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 11:45:57 EST So, I took my measurements today.... And there is a BIG difference. <BR> <BR> I didn't measure back when I started the weight loss journey all over again on January 4th 2012, but I had my old measurements from 2011 when I was around 189 pounds. I actually started 2012 off at 199, 10 pounds more than where I started in 2012, so I am sure the bigger measurements were probably slightly bigger. All measurements are in inches. <BR> <BR> So, here they are: <BR> <BR> Neck - 14.5 <BR> Today - 13.25 <BR> <BR> R. Bicep - 1... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:38:46 EST Easter 2013 compared to 2012 Pics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 2013 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 2012 <BR> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 09:44:51 EST Zapped of my energy Ever since the end of December/Beginning of January I have been feeling really sluggish and tired. I have found myself going to bed between 10 and 10:30 and sleeping until 9 to 9:30. Even with all that rest I was still waking up tired and having major brain fog! That's not good!!! I have not had any motivation to workout. I haven't even wanted to vacuum or cook for that matter. I have been absolutely ZAPPED of my energy. <BR> <BR> About 2 weeks ago I started craving (and eating) ice. ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:18:21 EST Weight Loss Pics I took some more pictures of me in the outfit I wore for our Christmas pictures in 2011. Of course, I have lost 35 pounds since then, so I wanted to see how it actually fit now. <BR> <BR> <BR> The outfit then (December 2011): <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The outfit now: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <B... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 17:03:06 EST Some Christmas Fun (Video).... .....That's sure to bring a smile and some cheer to your day. <BR> <BR><BR>W4 <BR> <BR> This is the Holmes Community College Choir singing a parody of the Antoine Dotson "Bed Intruder Song". They made it into "The Grinch Intruder". <BR> <BR> They have a very talented group of young people! <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> ~Amanda Tue, 4 Dec 2012 23:32:51 EST 35 lbs Today I get to celebrate losing 35 lbs. I have been stuck in the 169 range for about 5 weeks and finally broke through! It's so good to see the scale moving again! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> ~Amanda Wed, 14 Nov 2012 08:34:38 EST Trick or Treat Trot Results <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> I completed my first virtual 5k today. I went out and gave it all I had. I signed up for the trick or treat trot run/walk and did do some walking. I feel like I made good time considering it was walking and running combined. I went with my DH and we just followed the Couch to 5k program Week 6 Day 2, which is what day we are currently on. We just made sure we completed the actual 3.1 miles before stopping our runkeeper app. <BR> <BR> Here are my results: <BR> ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 18:28:22 EST 25 lbs lost! (pictures) I have hit my 25 lbs lost mark! Well, actually, I am at 24.6 pounds lost, but I figure it's as close to exactly 25 pounds lost as I will get before I weigh in again. Anyway, I just had to take some comparison pictures because the red blouse I wore for our Christmas pictures actually swallows me now!! I can't believe it! In fact, when I wore it 2 weeks ago I thought I looked downright sloppy in it, but my DH said that I still looked fine and that the belt helped it not look so big. <BR> S... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 23:24:47 EST Virtual 5K I've done it! I have joined a SP virtual 5K. It is the week of October 28 - November 3, 2012. I think I'll be ready by then....I think. <BR> <BR> Here is the link for anybody else interested in joining in. <BR> <BR><BR>al-race.asp?r=147&t=3&g=1&a=2 <BR> <BR> ~Amanda Thu, 20 Sep 2012 21:02:25 EST Lose 5% The "By The Numbers" Spark team started a challenge to lose 5% of our weight by Labor Day 2012. I joined and actually met my goal a few days early. I really liked the challenge and decided to set myself that goal again. <BR> <BR> I am going to do my very best to lose 5% of my current body weight by December 1st. That means, that I will go from 176.2 to 167.4 in 3 months. I think I can do it. It's not too unreasonable to lose roughly 3 pounds a month. I have set goals of 5 pounds a mon... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:58:45 EST Fitbit Ultra!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got one for mother's day!! WOOHOO!! I am so excited! I had been wanting a bodybugg to get a more accurate sense of what I was burning day to day as well as what I was consuming. Needless to say, I got a fitbit from my hubby for mother's day. I didn't even know what a fitbit was! It is very similar to the body bugg, but doesn't keep up with your heartrate. It does track your activity throughout the whole da... Sat, 12 May 2012 18:13:51 EST My Couch to 5K route (with pictures) I am on my 4th week of running the Couch to 5K program. I am only on week 2 of the program, because I repeated week 1 and am currently repeating week 2. The reason for repeating would be the fact that there are 2 hills on the route my DH and I have mapped out. These hills are quite a challenge and I did the best I have ever done with them last night, May 7, 2012! I wanted to share a couple of pictures of these hills with you all. <BR> <BR> Here they are: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Tue, 8 May 2012 22:55:45 EST Post Breast Cancer & Pregnant with Twins!!! Thank goodness it's not me!!! My co-worker, Bridgett, who I mentioned early 2011 was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I started having to cover her days for treatments, surgery, and radiation. It threw my whole routine off and I gained all my weight back. Between homeschooling and working all the time, I just didn't feel like I had the time to really workout and take care of myself the way I should. She finished all of her chemo and radiation on November 17, 2011. Things stayed kinda craz... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 12:33:34 EST Trip to the NP Well I went and saw the Nurse Practitioner today for a wellness check-up. Turns out my blood pressure was 130/90. YIKES!! That's really bad...the bottom number that is. Seeing how that I am 31 (will be 32 in October) the top number isn't so bad. But, that bottom number..... <BR> <BR> It has me a bit concerned. You see, my dad was diagnosed with hypertension at the ripe age of 28. Twenty-eight!! Unbelievable!! And here I am with a bad blood pressure reading. The nurse said it may be... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 15:58:50 EST I blew it... Yes, I blew it, but I will not be defeated! I am picking myself up, dusting myself off, and starting all over again. <BR> <BR> I fell out of routine around the first of March. I have been working part-time as a pharmacy technician since October 2010. The other pharmacy tech I work with found out in January that she had breast cancer. She began having Chemotherapy treatments at the beginning of March. Needless to say, I started having to pull the hours she was missing. I began eating ba... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:32:23 EST Turbo Fire Regular Class Schedule Month One Re-Start I'm having to re-start, because I feel like I missed too many workouts the first time through. First, I hurt my back and it has bothered me off and on ever since so I have started modifying the moves. Second, I came down with a migrain that knocked me off my feet for a solid week! <BR> <BR> Oh, and I weighed in at the end of the month and have GAINED WEIGHT!! ARGH!!! I am now sitting at 193.2!! WHAT?!?!?! <BR> <BR> SO, here I go again! I hope to have a very successful next four weeks!... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 11:28:56 EST Turbo Fire - Regular Class Schedule, Week 1, is DONE! Well almost! I have one more day (tomorrow, Saturday) and then I will be done with week 2. This week has gone by really fast! I have loved every single workout. I didn't know if I would like stretch 40 or not, because I didn't really care for the Yoga on P90X. I did give it a try though and actually enjoyed it. The poses didn't get too difficult for me, so that may be why. Anyway, I felt like it helped my muscles recover from the workouts earlier in the week, but it sure did make me so... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:16:51 EST Day 5 Inferno Plan Results Well, I have made it to day 5 of the Inferno Plan. I went ahead and measured and weighed in today. I might should have waited until tomorrow, but I just went ahead and did them today. <BR> <BR> Again, I was not able to follow the diet plan exactly, in fact, not very much like it at all. I didn't have the needed groceries, because we go grocery shopping once a month when my hubby gets paid. I only run back to the store for bread and milk, etc. as needed throughout the rest of the month. ... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 13:20:24 EST Day 1 Turbo Fire & Inferno Plan I started Turbo Fire today. I also decided to give the Inferno plan I try this week to jump start the program. I don't have all the foods that I need to follow the program to the letter, but I am hoping to improvise where needed and keep my calories at or just below the 1200 allotted for each day. I will try my best to blog at least once a week to give updates on how the program is going. Here is my measurements for starting out the program today: <BR> <BR> Neck - 14.5 <BR> R. Bicep - 13... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 14:04:39 EST Sprained Ankle!! It happened Sunday while walking into church. I was carrying my sleeping son, a pillow, a walmart sack, and my purse. My daughter was carrying another pillow and my husband was carrying some food up to the fellowship hall. I was attempting to step up on the sidewalk, but couldn't see it. I apparently made a bad judgment on where the sidewalk was because in an instant, I was on the ground with my son and everything sprawled out around me. My shoes had flown off and I was in some intense p... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 14:24:38 EST Got off track... ...and trying to get back. My husband and I went out for our 11th anniversary on November 6th and I have been off track ever since. I tried to eat smaller portions and watch what I ate, but it threw me off anyway. We combined our anniversary with my birthday celebration, so we had some cheesecake. Cheesecake is TERRIBLE on calories, but it was SOOO yummy! LOL! I had a slice and then there were leftovers so I had another slice the next day! I gave the leftovers after that away! <BR> <BR... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:10:59 EST Haven't worked out in over a week! Because i started a new job! I have been a stay at home mom since 2008, but my husband and I decided that we needed a little bit more income. This decision was a hard one to make, but we decided it HAD to be done. So, I went on a search for something part-time. I was hoping for a 4:00-8:00 or 4:00-9:00 position, because my husband gets off work at 3:30. That would mean we wouldn't have to worry about child care. Instead, I found a job that would let me work 12:00-6:00 two days a week a... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 09:25:46 EST Couch to 5k Graduate!! WOOT! I have officially completed my 9th week of Couch to 5k! I am now a graduate and fully intend to keep on running! I am hoping to run in the Turkey Trot here in Mississippi at Mississippi State University. I will continue to build up endurance and try to improve my speed until then. The race will be on November 13th, so I definitely have a few weeks until then. <BR> <BR> ~Amanda Sat, 25 Sep 2010 13:21:22 EST