APRILAUTUMN1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=APRILAUTUMN1 APRILAUTUMN1'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/ Well, I am back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776253 Hey there hey! <BR> I am baaaaack on spark! I took a leave of absence(unannounced) due to my pregnancy. Glad to say, I gave birth to my last healthy beautiful baby boy July 17th of this year! <BR> Today I tried on all of my pre-pregnancy jeans, and while snug, I was pleased to find most pairs still fit. <BR> What else was I up to while away? <BR> I took an art course from two local ladies last winter and reminded myself how much I love art, and love a group of people doing art together! <BR> ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 02:26:06 EST 2nd blog of day:did something hard but good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400140 Yesterday was a great day. <BR> Last year, a month before we lost our baby at five months gestation, my neighbour and her husband lost thiers seven months in. It was heartbreaking, and this had been their first pregnancy. It seemed so unfair. <BR> Yesterday, my good friend went to see them in the hospital to welcome their beautiful new baby girl! And I went along:) <BR> It was so good to step into that hospital for a new life! It was so good to see my friend, who had a rough delivery and had... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:41:20 EST 5k colour walk run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400124 Ok I did it! Its been almost a year and a half since I stopped running, and Friday I got back at 'er with my friends in a run for our new swimming pool. We wore white and got splashed with coloured powders. <BR> I am still suffering from a nasty lingering cold. I thought seriously about laying low. I didn't feel very well while doing the run. But afterwards? I felt soooo much better! That "got back on the horse" feeling. <BR> It was hard going with others. I realized I had only run solo befo... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:28:16 EST Help! Feeling bummed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364125 Ok, I've been around here long enough to know the scale doesn't tell you everything and we shouldn't obsess. But I am really frustrated!!! <BR> I do weigh myself every day, first thing in the morning. I find it keeps me motivated to stick to my plans. In the past I've had good success doing this. <BR> But something is up with my body and I don't know what. Typically, I do not see huge swings in my weight. A pound to a pound and a half is my norm, and I know not to freak. <BR> Im in week thre... Wed, 22 May 2013 01:19:23 EST Insanity oxygen and toddlers;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359626 I finally found a fitness program I like. Now I am setting to the task of beginning it! I've been doing yardwork and playing with the kids and walking for my minutes in the Spring 5% challenge. I have been clean eating for two weeks straight now! I have also been on track all week for calorie limits. I was really dissapointed to find myself feeling heavier than ever! Seriously, I am puffed up and retaining water. I weighed myself this morning and yes, I weigh more instead of less. I haven't b... Fri, 17 May 2013 19:12:27 EST Mango pineapple smoothies and clean birthday breakfasts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355455 Soooooo today is hubby's birthday. What do you get/make for the man who doesn't want anything ever, Christmases and birthdays included? <BR> How about sneaky healthy breakfasts he can grab and go? <BR> Mama always said the way to a man's heart....... Heheh <BR> I am making him a brekkie menu he can pick from. I shopped for all the ingredients this weekend so I am ready for whatever he chooses! <BR> Yes, this is an attempt to get him eating healthier-the breakfast burritos he has been nuking a... Mon, 13 May 2013 17:36:16 EST Sushi success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352506 Haha! I CAN improvise and still eat clean! <BR> Last night's meal plan called for Asparagus & Avocado sushi. A quick stop at the other local grocery store procured me some avocado, and i subbed cider vinegar for the rice vinegar the recipe called for. <BR> I skipped the steamed cod and used the wild salmon filets I had in the freezer. I found a clean dill and balsamic marinade for them online and it was Gooooooood! <BR> Half way thru bbqi g them my hubby informed me my brother in law wanted... Fri, 10 May 2013 20:15:50 EST Clean eating meal review week one:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351235 I am two-thirds of the way through the clean eating meal plan for week one and figured I would blog a bit about it thus far. <BR> If anyone is curious what I am looking at, its the April/May issue of Clean Eating magazine. Interest piqued? Check out cleaneatingmag.com for an explanation, free recipes and meal plans with shopping lists:) <BR> I enjoy the variety of the simple breakfasts. I am usually pleasantly surprised by them! I was stuck in an oatmeal and coffee kind of morning before. ... Thu, 9 May 2013 17:26:37 EST frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250654 Help! <BR> <BR> Why do I feel soooooo upset after speaking my mind? <BR> <BR> We have been renovating our house since last June. There have been a few breaks in between where I have had a week or two of peace, where my home is mine again, no messes to tidy, no dangers for my kids. Im a bit of a spoiled brat, I know this- I am getting a fabulous, gorgeous kitchen and bootroom, plus storage below, and my house looks new on the outside. Its a lot to be thankful for, but it has also been har... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:54:01 EST On my way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246682 Here I am listing some reasons my plans to get healthier fell by the wayside in the past and my strategies to stick to it for the next eight-plus weeks. <BR> <BR> 1. Making Time for Fitness <BR> I have found it difficult to be consistent with exercise. Once I am started, and can see results, I am more motivated. I will get up early with my husband, before the kids, and do a thirty minute session in the basement at least three times a week. On the other days I plan to squeeze in activity w... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:45:36 EST My Levis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242842 As part of the Winter 5% Challenge we have an assignment: <BR> List all of the reasons you want to lose weight <BR> <BR> One big one for me? I really, really want to slip into this pair of Levis I bought over a year ago. <BR> They were a success story in a way-about this time last year I was at the lightest I had been since my wedding in 2005. I weighed 206. I went into the regular sized section selling jeans, and found a pair of curve id levis-built for girls with hips an thighs and bum. I ... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 12:35:09 EST 5% assignment- triggers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240406 List ALL your trigger foods: Salt and Vinegar chips, cookies, definitely chocolate in any form, chipotle honey almonds as of late. Tim Hortons Mocha <BR> <BR> What are the sources of the Triggers Foods? Hubby likes the salty- for instance he popped open a bag of ranch chippers one night before dinner- we were both ravenous. I had a couple handfuls when I really didnt want to. <BR> I tend to keep dark chocolate in the house <BR> I baked a double batch of allergen free chocolate chip cookies-... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 15:21:00 EST This curvy fashionista is having fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128036 I love clothes. and shoes and bags and makeup and the list goes on. I have always been this way. My first drawings were of princesses in fabulous gowns lol. <BR> Lately, I don't know what is going on with me, but I am feeling good! <BR> Perhaps it has to do with being back on track here with Spark, and feeling confident in my self and abilities. <BR> Maybe i have finally started embracing my curviness in a new way. It helps reading the blogs that I follow- check them out, girlwithcurves... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 05:31:22 EST Hello Tracker its time again:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121898 Ok, I have been off the tracking path for most of this year. I know it was a big part of my success during last year's weight loss of 38lbs. I was actually really excited to join the Fall 5% Challenge because maybe, just maybe, there would be a week of TRACKING!!! And this would spur me on.... <BR> I have been following clean eating magazine's two week meal plans and shopping from their premade lists. I find myself slipping back into old habits of late however-non whole grain bagels and cream... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 21:00:57 EST Advice please! Caught between two friends fighting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116175 I admit, I feel a bit " highschool" posting this problem, but I am seriously looking for ideas from others who may have been in this situation before. <BR> I have two really close girlfriends I have known for nine years now. At one point all of us worked together at the same company and enjoyed it. I also live in a very small town of about 2000 people. <BR> Over the last year and a half I have witnessed these two ladies move further and further apart. Some small things happened between them a... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 23:02:41 EST Choose to soothe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097167 Well, yesterday could have been a rotten one. It was to be my angel baby's due date. I'm not saying i wasn't sad, or wistful, or cranky! Half way through the day, after having enjoyed my two youngest frolicking in the new snow, and a heart-to-heart with my big kid, I decided to do something for me. I called up a bestie and said lets go see Taken2! <BR> It was silly for all kinds of reasons-she has to work the next day, its 45 minutes each way, the roads could have been terrible, and its soo n... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 02:19:26 EST I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075894 Well, it has been the hardest year of my life, 2012. Alot of sadness, alot of health issues, recovery both physical and mental. I find myself back at the start of my weight loss journey, but that is not to say I have forgotten what was learned in my past! I am determined to pick myself up, dust off my laces and go another round;) i joined the fall 5% challenge, and I hope it helps me to focus on something positive and constructive, and that i get to help cheer on other sparkpeople along the ... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:06:13 EST Almost a month of clean eating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4737121 Well, proud to write this little blog-still going strong on the nutritional end of things! <BR> I am reeeeally learning to enjoy healthy clean food. I am thinking some of my freggie avoidance was due to my intake of processed foods previously. <BR> Hubby and i went back to our favorite restaurant last night for steak and conversation. Its so lovely to make time for the two of us! With Valentine's day being on a Tuesday this year, we decided an early celebration was in order. My surprise a... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:12:59 EST My clean eating adventure Day 4 and 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699735 Well, had hot date night with the hubby and managed to survive! Some things I did that I am proud of: <BR> I ordered my salad with dressing on the side( a nice mixed greens) <BR> I had a baked potato with fixings on the side and only added a tbsp of sour cream and chives(no butter, no bacon)- I mashed it all in the skin for more flavor <BR> I had a nice juicy steak, about 7 oz of an eight oz one <BR> I had a glass of red wine instead of a sugary cocktail- they had my favorite, the Blasted Ch... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:44:16 EST Day 3 of clean eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4695228 Hi folks, <BR> <BR> It has been a long while since I have written and its time to refocus! I am now on the third day of "clean eating" and have decided to share the ups and downs of weaning myself off of refined, processed foods and sugars! <BR> A couple of weeks before Christmas I busted a plateau eating mostly clean-I dropped four pounds! I felt happier, and was reintroducing myself to meal planning and following through and cooking healthful meals for my family. I loved the fact that the ... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 13:33:21 EST Cleaner eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4615134 In joining the Winter 5% challenge, I had to look at my diet again. I had been toying with the idea of clean eating to get me out of my food rut. I was also curious to see how it would affect my body. I have been struggling with my carbs and a lack of protein. So when I googled "clean eating" and cleaneatingmag.com has free recipes that sounded "foodie"-ish and not overly simple, I dug a little deeper! <BR> Turns out they had free meal plans, organized into seasons, with user friendly shoppin... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 15:54:36 EST Hooyeah! Three inches GONE! hips waist and thigh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4598085 Felt I needed to broadcast this success....especially after my last Slog Blog;) <BR> I went back to the process of searching for non-scale victories again. Out came the old tape measure. Thought of mself as a slacker lately-less running and exercise. While this is the case, I just have to celebrate! <BR> My waist is down AN INCH! <BR> My hips are down AN INCH! <BR> My thigh(right) is down AN INCH! <BR> i was afraid that little blue tape would tell me i was right, but boy did it prove me wrong... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 15:40:04 EST So that was hard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4592880 Yes, it was hard. But I did it. I feel fairly upset right now. I so do not like my treadmill. I am feeling negative, so if anyone does not want to be infected, please read no further and hang on to your positive bubble!!! <BR> I ran my five k trot on November 5th. I have not kept up my running since, only having gone out twice after. And it has snowed, and I am not prepared with yaktrax yet. I am not sure why I did not make more of an effort to find them before now. I feel like I sli... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 19:34:38 EST One more run till 5K time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4564326 <em>224</em> <em>40</em> <BR> I am so excited to be here in this week! Its week 10 of my training, and its the week I signed up to do the trick or treat virtual trot 5K! I have to laugh at myself a bit. Why on earth am I nervous?! Its just another run! Like all the other days when I wondered how I was going to feel, if I would be able to do it, etc etc. But hold on a minute- it represents a goal to achieve! It matters not that I am running against the wind( and possibly sleet!) instead of ... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 01:20:36 EST Ok-I've got six months till Mexico!Ideas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4554574 <em>298</em> So, looking back and at present, I am having success sticking to my running. In four weeks I will be done my training program, and I have definately noticed that checking off my little training session box and jotting down notes each time keeps me motivated! <em>248</em> <BR> I like seeing that progress down on paper. So what is next? <BR> I have been doing well at the food end when it comes to staying in my caloric range for the most part, but I need some focus when it comes ... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 16:17:51 EST Blurb! Running and other stuff;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4547271 Just feel like blogging today! <BR> Got out for my third weekly session of running this afternoon- <em>244</em> <em>182</em> <em>27</em> <em>425</em> It was great! I am now done week eight and onto week nine next! <BR> I had thoughts about a second rest day. Since I had my two little ones I have had some uncomfortable achiness in my hips and lower back area during sleep and after sitting too much-it cleared up five months or so after my son was born, but is creeping back in lately. Probab... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 23:39:32 EST I CAN do it! Running woman:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4540976 Yahooo! One of my goals is to celebrate the little things more, in order to recognize happiness and to propel myself forward on this journey with positive vibes! <BR> So today I write to say I am able to run for five minutes straight no stopping! Yahooo!!! <BR> This is week eight of my training program <em>334</em> <em>104</em> to run a 10k. Its a thirteen week program and I am so happy to report that I have made it this far(i have tried it a few times previously but didnt stick to it) <BR> ... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 02:24:46 EST Surround myself with positive people http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4534168 So I managed to get away for a few hours with the girls this Saturday evening for a clothing club party(once a month deal where we all put fourty bucks in the pot and pull a name of lucky woman who gets to shop and show what she got herself). I wore my new jeans <em>9</em> <em>244</em> In celebration! <BR> I happened to mention I go running and I was surprised at the reactions I got! <BR> A couple ladies seemed happy for me, good for you they said. But then the conversation turned to negat... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:21:43 EST I did it! Cracked the 220's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4517319 Oh thank You God! For making sparkpeople and sparkfriends to guide me along:) <BR> I am soooo happy to report that I have finally kissed the 220's goodbye! I didn't truly realize that this was one of those mini milestones for me until I hit the lower end of the 220's and started believing in myself more. <BR> All those words of encouragement about plateaus and nonscale victories kept me going so thank you friends! <BR> October is here and I have a fabulous sexy costume to wear at the end of... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 15:59:06 EST Some non-scale victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4506086 Last week was a bit of a rough one for me. Mentally I was tired and physically I battled a cold along with my little ones. No fun! <em>39</em> <BR> But I'm here to celebrate the little things I noticed amidst my crappy moods and illness. <BR> I still ran. I debated all day beforehand-should I give my body a rest? Will I feel worse? Can my lungs keep up? (I have asthma which hasnt bothered me in a long time but acts up when I have a cold). All these little worries got shoved aside because I... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 05:31:17 EST Argh when is this scale going to budge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4497179 Okay, I know I need to think positively. But really? I have spent the entire month of September at the same weight. And I would be okay with that if I felt I hadn't really tried to lose weight or given it my best shot. I have been patiently plodding away and making fitness a habit. Its still a struggle to get out the door, it may be for a long time, but what am I doing wrong?! <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> Seeing a loss really keeps me motivated. And if I look back at August, I spent the first... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 17:39:11 EST example of Progress not Perfection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4495298 Well, I skipped yesterday's bootcamp video. I could have completed it about ten times over if I really look at it! <em>24</em> <BR> But that's ok, I am going to have days like that for the rest of my life, the trick I am learning is to do the best I can to make up for it! <em>224</em> <BR> So today I did day four and day five videos together, and I must say I felt the quads burning on the last one! <em>406</em> <BR> I like this refocusing thing. I have a goal, well a few, and I am making... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 17:21:43 EST Ok, started 28 day bootcamp & doing the halloween virtual race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4490588 <em>331</em> Hey, my first 5K race will be the virtual one sparkpeople has arranged for the week of Oct 30th to Nov 5th! This is fabulous for so many reasons- <BR> I now have to finish my thirteen week running program I have been working on since I was oh, about 25. <em>198</em> <BR> I don't have to worry if it snows or find a race locally which could be quite impossible given how northern we are! <BR> <em>425</em> <BR> And I will be running with fellow sparkers! This is an amazing idea... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 04:39:14 EST Pre-babies jeans fitting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4486909 Yes! So I blogged last about my jeans falling off, the flip side to this positive is fitting into my old jeans! I have, oh, about ten pairs I kept for when this day came. Feels good! <BR> I have noticed some things- although they fit, and I am super excited about this, my body has definately changed! Things have moved around a bit since prebaby days. I would say the thighs are more toned with the ups and downs all day of motherhood, no more desk job, and now the running. My booty is bi... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:05:29 EST Yes! Pants falling off haha! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4469596 <em>312</em> So I reported having lost four pounds just before the weekend. I was thinking there was the distinct possibility those pounds might jump back on after a fun weekend of imbibing! I was wrong! Thank goodness. <BR> I also can celebrate the fact that every pair of pants I brought were falling off me! I hadnt really worn jeans since the beginning of summer, but even my old capris that fit snug were slipping! I hope no one is offended that I pat myself on the back in my blogs, I just... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 14:16:20 EST Work pays off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462961 So I had been struggling lately with a plateau and I busted it! What changes did I make? Got back out running for one. Got a date tonight to go again, and I will be into week four of my walk run plan. Yes! <BR> I spent the last two days very busy- a lot of walking on Wednesday as I did a parts run in town for my husband who is a heavy duty mechanic, and then I shopped for groceries, pushing the kidlets around in that buggy! . <BR> I parked extra far away, took my time with the kids in betw... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 16:20:18 EST Yes! Got back running and it felt Gooooood:p http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4457711 Okay, I finally got back to my walk run program after pretty much a month! Phew. I had full intentions of taking a break over our vacation and had made sure i got week three finished(walk three and a half minutes, run one and a half, do this nine times) <em>28</em> just before we left. <BR> So what happened? I guess it doesnt matter. What does is that I picked right back up again. <em>211</em> <BR> This is an important lesson to learn for me. I like perfection, but as one of my SparkTeam sta... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 02:37:58 EST Fat fall fashion;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4454793 Well, i believe that everyone deserves to celebrate their bodies, big or small, and i thoroughly enjoy perusing plus sized fashion sources. The other day I happened upon thecurvyfashionista.com and I hope its not against the blogging rules here on Spark to mention that! <em>40</em> <BR> Of course it is my goal to not have to wear plus sized clothing by next summer, but I am taking the approach of celebrating the little successes along the way and you can bet that involves some shopping <em>... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:28:29 EST Saved by the bag of broccoli! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4452162 <em>4</em> Its fun looking in my fridge these days. Its so full of colorful healthy produce! And i like that all this food does not have preservatives-then i have no choice but to eat the good stuff before it goes bad. <BR> Today I celebrate my bagged broccoli. <BR> I used to pass by precut items in the produce section, deciding that was a lazy girl's way to throw away money! And if a pint of raspberries was an arm and a leg, forget it! <BR> But now, with my little blueberry-loving daughter... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 00:57:00 EST Saved by the bag of broccoli! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4452161 <em>4</em> Its fun looking in my fridge these days. Its so full of colorful healthy produce! And i like that all this food does not have preservatives-then i have no choice but to eat the good stuff before it goes bad. <BR> Today I celebrate my bagged broccoli. <BR> I used to pass by precut items in the produce section, deciding that was a lazy girl's way to throw away money! And if a pint of raspberries was an arm and a leg, forget it! <BR> But now, with my little blueberry-loving daughter... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 00:56:20 EST Oh Yeah, got out on my bike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4448973 I get sooo caught up in the daily routines of feeding and cleaning and changing bums that sometimes, I forget to go outside! Today I actually was looking for an excuse. My daughter and I had a blast yesterday splashing in the kiddie pool before Autumn arrives in the Peace Country. I am definately feeling the need to soak up the warmth of the sun while it is here these days. So tonight I managed to get us all out the door(teenager too!) and on our bikes, with the two little ones in the bike... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 03:52:23 EST My first Blog ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4437245 Well here I am, making an entrance in the blogging world. Always wanted to! I'm back from vacation, the kids are napping, so its time for mommy to figure out how this works! I managed to create my sparkpage, joined a new group and tracked my weight. Next up, get back to tracking my food. Yes it takes time, but its a big part of my weight loss success and I know it. <BR> I also found out yesterday my girlfriend has narrowed down the date and place of her destination wedding to which we are... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 18:31:18 EST