ANNMHAN's SparkPeople Blog ANNMHAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back on the wagon 2016 was not a great year for me! I fell off my healthy lifestyle wagon. I gained weight and lost my motivation. My depression got the best of me. Now that I have another fitness tracker (my other one broke!), I am finding my motivation once again. I cried pity tears last week when I saw the scale at the doctor's office. I went home and hopped on my scale and it scared me. I worked so hard! Today I stepped on that dreaded scale. I was excited to see a lost of 2.4 pounds! I have sta... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:40:02 EST Portion Control Yesterday was our 6th wedding anniversary! I am also starting my 6th year with SP! I have learned a lot and as I look back I can see all the changes I have made towards a healthier lifestyle. <BR> On Saturday, my DH and I enjoyed going out for breakfast with my mom, step-dad, and grandma. To control portions I ordered off the ala-crate menu. I ordered an egg and dry toast and a fresh fruit. When our orders came, I took a small part of my DH's hash browns. My grandmother worried that it... Mon, 30 May 2016 10:21:02 EST I don't care what the scale said this week! The scale did not budge this week. At first I was frustrated, but then I looked at my activity, over night stay in the hospital, and not taking the time to track food I pieced it all together. I grabbed the measuring tape this morning and saw progress there; an inch of waist, thigh, arm and bust and 1.5 inches off the hips. Now since I injured my hip I imagine some of that lost was the swelling going down, but progress is progress!!! I need to remind myself that the scale is only one way t... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 10:35:46 EST Wanting to stay motivated I have been dealing with sciatica that is not surgical for 3 years. When it flares I have major issues like falling when the leg goes numb, no feeling in the foot, and worse bladder issues. About 10 days ago I feel going up the stairs. I went to ER nothing broken. So by late last week I was in more pain than before and my right hip was so swollen I could not wear any shorts or pants. So I went back to the doctor. She said I bruise the hip joint and torn a muscle. Now I am in physical ... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 07:21:04 EST Time to change the taste buds! I have always been a picky eater. In the past I have tried different foods that I now eat... more raw leafy veggies mustard. Now due to my soybean/legume allergy I can't try hummus, tofu etc. The only legume that is tolerable is peanuts. I am getting bored with the same foods. With fall fast approaching I am thinking about trying zucchini, squash. I will be searching the SP recipes for ideas. I am not a huge fan of peppers, but I have been adding them to my pasta sauce to get use to th... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 13:51:40 EST New Challenge I joined a challenge at the gym this week. It will last 60 days and I am looking forward to it! I am on a team of 3 and the goal is to reach 1000 yards. Each day we work out at least 30 minutes you get a yard. Each week we set up 2 goals and earn 3 yards for reaching each goal. I am looking forward to it. This weeks goals: weight 3 times this week and getting to the gym at least 5 days this week. Now to come up with 2 goals for next week. <BR> Been having a hard time getting in my c... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 06:33:10 EST crazy week! I have been helping a friend with her home this week. So my lunches have not been the healthiest, just quick sandwiches like turkey bologna. So weight loss was not that exciting this week, but a half a pound is a half a pound <em>20</em> . <BR> This friend and I have been friends for a few years and have bonded over food allergies. She is gluten free and I am soy free. She told me about a recipe that is easily converted to suit any dietary need. One serving is 1/4 cup flour (chang... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 08:28:19 EST What a Morning! Wow today is weigh in day for me. It's been 10 days since I stepped on the scale. I cried when I saw a 10 pound jump!!! My hubby tried to comfort me and convinced me to step back on. When I saw a loss then a gain, hubby noticed the 2 cats pressing on the scale. So I lost 2.5 lbs not a gain. Excited about my weight loss I posted it on Facebook. Scrolling through the feed I noticed that my ex-hubby is dating an old high school friend. Now I am not upset over him dating, they have been s... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:43:45 EST One Week at a Time The past few weeks I have been making a change or setting a goal. I have often read that on change a week leads to a healthier lifestyle. So what started a new outlook... I was out shopping when someone came up to me and rubbed my belly asking me when I was due! I have been taking it easy due to a few procedures and a cancer scare; my gut has been sticking out from all the swelling. <BR> I have always been a water drinker. I am also one who justifies everything. If I drink my quota in ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 07:19:21 EST Keeping On Track During the Holidays This is how I kept on track over Thanksgiving and Christmas: <BR> 1) I ate breakfast. I have always been a breakfast eater, but since becoming diabetic 12 years ago I do a better job of this. <BR> 2) I had the family over. This way I controlled how the turkey was roasted, and how the hot side dishes were made. <BR> 3) When Mom asked what she could bring I suggested fresh fruit and veggie tray. I set this out while we waited for dinner. <BR> 4) I stayed on track with my fitness. After t... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:05:19 EST Recovering I had the summer off, so I had back surgery done. I am still limited with mobility, so I am back to enjoying my daily walks. Next week I head back to the surgeon and hopefully I will be able to add to my routine. Keeping up with healthy eating habits, I have managed not to gain much weight back, but I am now out of shape. I noticed this on my daily walks and how long it takes me to complete the task at hand. I am slowly gaining back strength! Praying that I can add weights soon! Sat, 24 Aug 2013 08:41:35 EST Made a better choice Lately I have fallen off the health wagon. I now car pool so we meet at a central location which is a local super market with a bakery. Once a week I treat myself to a "treat" The past few weeks this choice has not been healthy ones (doughnuts). So today I decided to get back on my healthy eating habits and went with yogurt instead. For 90 calories I still had a sweet treat. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:35:06 EST My A1C Dropped I had back surgery over Christmas Break. My sugars went out of control afterwards. I ended back in the hospital. The nurse read my lab results. I had to ask her again what my A1C was. She replied 5.8!!!! I could not believe in 2.5 years here on SP; my A1C has gone from 7.4 to 5.8!!! Tracking my food has really helped me. I count my carbs and track which ones provide a more healthy benefit. Thanks SP for helping me stay on track with my type 2 diabetes!!! Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:22:18 EST Meatless Meals I have been seeing a chiropractor this past week to help with my knee and hip. He encouraged me to eat less meat. Now with my soy/legume allergies how am I suppose to do this? I have cut back on red meat (2-3 times a week) I eat more chicken and fish now. I need to research this a bit more and find meatless meals I can eat! Fri, 9 Mar 2012 08:18:40 EST My math equation 10yrs=200lbs Wow so much has happened to me in 10 years. I went back to college to get my teaching degree, got a divorce, got remarried and OH YEA I LOST 200 POUND!!!!!!!!!!!!! I went for a check up on my diabetes and I was weighed, 195. I was a bit excited until the doctor came in and said when you first came here you weighed 395 and now you weigh 195, that is a 200 pound loss. I know some of you are thinking that's not much weight in 10 years but my doctor and I see it as a great accomplishment! My... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:41:22 EST My 1 year Anniversary Boy what a year it has been. I now weigh below 200 pounds. Here are some things I have learned in this past year: <BR> 1. Moderation: I still have an occasional piece of chocolate--- a piece not the whole bag. <BR> 2. Water: I never realized how important water is to my body. Now that I get 8+ glasses in a day my sugar levels are in better control, I don't bloat as much (PMS), and I stay in my calorie range better. <BR> 3. Exercise: I may not track it as well as I should but I am now up... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 15:04:30 EST A long work week As a teacher, I know long hours come with the territory. I am use to late nights of grading math papers, quizzes and tests. I also run concessions stands and I am the cheer coach. This week we had 3 games plus a family reading night. I did the math and I have worked 72 hours since Monday. I am very tired. As I reflect on the week I did a great job drinking my water this week. I only had 2 12 oz diet pepsis this week. As for eatting, my lunch and breakfast I stayed with my usually heal... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:40:56 EST my happy dance Last weekend, my husband and I went to the city to get some supplies. We walked around the strip mall for a bit. There were lots of sales. I walked into LB because they carry dress pants that actually fit! They were on sale for $25.00. My other pants are a size 20 or 18, so I grab an 18 and they are too big! I try on the 16 and have the same problem. So I got brave and tried on a size 14 and they fit!!!! I was jumping up and down and crying tears of joy! The scale may not say I have ... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 13:45:30 EST One week left of freedom! I am so not ready to go back to work. I have one week left then its off to the trenches of teenagers. I have been very busy this week. I have been working on a cross stitch project and I almost have it done but I really don't think I will make that goal of finishing it before Aug 15th. <BR> <BR> I got my walk in today and my other workouts as well. I changed my weight goal and the amount of time to reach that goal. I have been debating about my weight issue. See I have set out to be ... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 11:36:32 EST thank you! Wow I think I finally found a place where I am accepted for who I am. I started posting on team sites and got this huge warm reception. Thanks SP for caring! <em>247</em> Mon, 2 Aug 2010 14:28:14 EST A weekend full of ups and downs The last few days I have not been as consistent as I should. We had a nasty storm Friday morning so I my usual morning walk did not take place. <BR> We had trees and lines down everywhere. I tried one of the 10 minute cardio on SP and since I was going back to school shopping, tracked 5000 steps at the mall while my son and hubby kept busy with their favorite stores. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was attacked by 100's of mosquitoes. I ended up missing the curb and tripped. Today I have over... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 11:50:56 EST Determined or Crazy I woke up a bit later than usual this morning. I grab a light snack a bottle of water and my Ipod and headed out the door for my morning walk. One problem... it was raining! <em>39</em> So I decided to continue with my morning routine and grabbed an umbrella. It was not raining that hard nor was it lighting so what the heck I thought. I walked my 2.5 miles. When I got home my shoes and feet were soaked. My husband asked, "are you crazy. It's raining outside and you still went for y... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 10:52:13 EST A beautiful morning I woke up at my usually 6:30 time. I know its summer and I should sleep in but why waste a beautiful summer morning. I watched the local news and got the weather and heard it was 90% humidity. UGGGG So I decided to wait an hour before taking my morning walk. I made myself some breakfast and watched one of my favorite TV shows (Charmed). I tracked my breakfast and noticed I did not meet my breakfast goals on calories, carbs etc. Oh well I will try to do better; at least I was under today ... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 11:08:15 EST Where is the "reset" button I am a child of the 70's and 80's. In elementary school we had jacks tourneys. I was winning and my opponent wanted a "redo". Later on through my young teen years my mom bought us 3 children an Atari. That was so much better than the Quick Shop video games... I had a "reset" button. So when my Pac Man game went sour I would reset it. I am once again looking for that reset button. I have gained about 7 pounds since the wedding. <BR> <BR> I am not going to list the mistakes I have made... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 12:28:23 EST A first for me Most of my life my emotional eating has come from the "negative" feelings like stress, upset, feeling nervous, depressed. Well today I "fell of the wagon" This time it had to do with the excitement of my upcoming wedding. My fiancé and I enjoyed those "evil" foods. I had sampled cake from the baker we are using for the wedding. We enjoyed sampling different kinds of candy from the candy shop, and last but not least I have been on a chocolate fixation. I normally can eat one small piece ... Sun, 23 May 2010 18:39:43 EST slept better I got over 8 hours of sleep last night!!! I even woke up before my alarm clock went off! I worked too much yesterday, but I did manage to get in 30 minutes of walking! I am trying to work a work out in at least 3 times a week. with summer right around the corner that will make it easier for me. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 08:29:15 EST Trying to Keep Control This is not an easy week for me. My oldest is moving away for a job. He has only been 28 miles from me and now it will be across a few states. I know its for the best for him but its always hard letting them go. I am very pleased with the man he became. I will really miss him. Of course with internet cell phones and other great tech stuff it will be easier to keep in touch. My goal for the next few weeks is to try to control the emotional eating. I eat chocolate and fries when upset a... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 12:24:50 EST