ASHENDREAMER's SparkPeople Blog ASHENDREAMER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I lost 19 pounds and all I did was have a baby! Grayson was born on 2/25 at 11:04 pm. He was 9lbs 12oz and 23 inches long. He is 3 weeks old today and around 10 pounds. He is gaining slowly due to supply issues but we are taking it one day at a time. He is a great baby, nurses well, doesn't fuss a lot and sleeps great. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:52:58 EST Wow, it has been forever. I have not been on Spark in forever. While living at my parents I got very off track and then we moved. We have been in our new rent house for two weeks now but it looks like we just moved yesterday. <BR> <BR> Trying to deal with a toddler (newly 3 as of Jan 31st!) and being 36 weeks pregnant while trying to unpack and settle in is not working out very well. I am always short of breath, sleep and patience. I think the baby would have been here already if I where not on progesterone. Zander ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:43:16 EST 20 weeks! It has been about 6 weeks since I wrote a blog post! So.. we had the private gender scan, twice. The first time baby would not turn around, all we saw was the back lol. The second time it took less then 10 seconds to see and I was actually the first to say "it's a boy" so that was kind of cool. We had our anatomy scan a few days ago and everything looked great, though we have to go back on November 1st and take another look at the heart because he was not positioned well at the first scan. Th... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 12:17:56 EST Almost 15 week update.. I went in for my appointment yesterday with my midwife. It was so so. I gained 2 pounds and even though most of my blood sugar numbers are good my fasting numbers are horrible. I asked about taking cinnamon but she said it wasn't safe for pregnant women. We decided I would try walking for 15-30 minutes each night sometime after my evening snack and seeing if that made any difference. <BR> <BR> On a better note we found out my ultrasound had been scheduled for 10/11, they will be looking at ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 20:07:47 EST Answers: No insulin! (yet) I called my midwife on Friday and discussed insulin with her and told her all my numbers from the week, she agreed with me that diet is working for now and sent an email to the educator/nutritionist on my behalf. I went in today and talked with the educator and she was amazed at how well I was doing. She said based on my weight and the number I got on my one hour test she had brought up insulin under the assumption that I could not handle a diet change. I have watched every bite of food I hav... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:08:52 EST Reflections on my meeting with the diabetic educator/nutritionist. I have been thinking about this all day and the more I think about it the less it makes since. I saw my diabetes educator today for the first time.. she reviewed my numbers from the week and said she wanted to see me in another week. When I go back we will go over my numbers and talk about insulin. Wait! What? My numbers have been amazing! According to the paper she gave me my numbers should be under 120 after meals.. I have not had a single reading over 108. Why would we be talking about ins... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:44:14 EST Bad news comes fast I had my glucose test on Monday and yesterday got the call that I failed. I did not get an actual number but it must have been pretty high because we are skipping the 3 hour test. Because I am so early in the pregnancy they are classifying it as type 2 diabetes and not gestational. I am really upset and scared, not just for the pregnancy and what diabetes can mean for the baby but also for the future. I know I will do whatever I have to keep the baby safe and healthy so the next 7 months are ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:35:43 EST Pregnancy week 10, ultrasound pic and diabetes talk I had my first appointment with the midwife yesterday. She was great, no nonsense but very nice. We discussed the gestational diabetes likelihood due to my first pregnancy, weight and family history. If I end up with it again (high chance) we will have to work with an OB and if it gets out of control like last time I will be released from her care and given to the OB. I really don't want that. I have started eating low carb again and will be having an early glucose test on Monday when I go fo... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:20:05 EST Where have I been? And a BIG announcement! Sorry for being gone for so long Spark friends! I know I just disappeared and left a couple of teams hanging. I am very very sorry for that! My family and I love with my mom right now and she decided to cut of the cable and internet to save money. I could not really say anything about it since I was not working so I just had to deal with it. I am working full time now and offered to pay half so I am back! Unfortunately I gained about 13 pounds while away <em>15</em> . <BR> <BR> And now t... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:56:36 EST Alpha Centauri For this challenge I have to write a blog about my progress so far. <BR> I know I am getting stronger, I can feel it. I know I am losing at least a few inches, my pants are baggy and my double chin has disappeared. Overall I am happy with my progress but the number on the scale is always waiting in the shadows ready to knock my self esteem back a peg or two. <BR> <BR> Overall I am happy with my progress though. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:17:41 EST Sorry.. and Thank you! So, I have been on Spark off and on for a few years and just now figured out how to view the notes people send with the goodies. I went through them all and read the sweet, funny, supportive and inspirational notes you all left and I am so touched! Thank you to everyone that has sent one and I am so sorry I did not figure out how to get to them sooner! Sat, 9 Feb 2013 23:44:39 EST Random... Did everyone besides me know that The Biggest Loser contestants only ate around 1,200 calories a day while burning over 6,000? Out of curiosity I goggled it and everything I read said the same thing, 1200. I read a few other things revealed by previous contestants but I really hope they are not true so I won't be posting them. <BR> <BR> I am a little sad that the trainers, nutritionist and doctors would allow them to do that. I would imagine it is all for ratings, who would want to watch pe... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 20:42:27 EST Making due I try to fit in exercise whenever I can. I need to build up endurance but life happens, having a toddler happens, spending most of my time in travel trailer with no floor space happens. So for now I am making due. <BR> <BR> I ride an exercise bike 3+ times a week (speaking of which why is there no ifit training on Sparks fitness?) and try to get in 3+ days of walking but to get in a little sumthin extra I have had to think outside the box (haha, get the pun?). Walking takes place outside an... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:17:30 EST BLC21 Challenge, Letter to my 16 year old self Sunni, <BR> Be happy! Things are not as bad as you think they are. Stop with the diets and do what you know is right. All the gimiks will get you no where. Stop listening to what others say and live life the way you want! You will not grow out of your love for body art, crazy hair and funky clothes... rock it for as long as you can. Start swimming again! You are an excellent swimmer and it is not to late to go back. Learn to love yourself before falling for any guy, no matter how hard you ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:43:04 EST I did it! <BR> Today marks the 14th day since I have had even the slightest craving for sugar! I had a huge sugar addiction, HUGE! Doughnuts? Pft.. I could have eaten a dozen a day and still want a snickers before bed. When I was pregnant with my son I had gestational diabetes and ended up having to give myself 3 shots a day just to keep my numbers in check, even then I saw it as a pass to have a piece of cake. The insulin did its job so what was the harm? I was bad! <BR> <BR> I wish I could say I h... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:49:40 EST Almost Wednesday Pick Me Ups (pics) A friend posted these on her facebook page and I thought you all might enjoy too :) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:19:41 EST A little discouraged, oddly still motivated Yesterday I did my first "long" walk since both injuries have healed. I decided to do 1.5 miles to start out with (mistake 1) and I choose a new track (mistake 2) and it ended up having 3 huge inclines, great for the muscles and heart but horrible for my knee. The first wasn't so bad but by the time I was half way down the second I could feel my knee acting up and by the end of the track I was limping <em>28</em> . <BR> <BR> I am not sure if I should walk through the pain or give it tim... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:07:59 EST Awesome day! Today has been such a great day! I woke up pain free from both my knee and foot which was really surprising since last night both where throbbing. I've decided to give them both another week of rest before starting a new walking program. I had been doing a C25K program but I guess it was a bit to much. <BR> <BR> After a great breakfast with my son I decided to go spend some of the Christmas gift cards that have been burning a hole in my pocket lol. We went to Layne Bryant armed with lots of... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 18:23:18 EST I need your help! I would love some ideas/tips on non-impact areobic exercise. I went to the doctor this morning and he thinks I have a stress fracture in my right foot and overextended the left knee (I don't have insurance so I opted to not have x-rays). He said to take it very easy for at least 2 weeks and if the pain was at a 2 or below I could then resume exercise slowly. I don't want to sit on my butt for the next 2 weeks though and would love to do at least a little something every day to get my heart ra... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:17:20 EST NYNY Week 1- Manage Stress New Year New You week 1 challenge, how do you manage stress. <BR> <BR> I have been learning to deal with stress all over again since quitting smoking. Grabbing a cigareete was just so easy. The three things I found that work for me are.. <BR> <BR> In public- Deep breathing while concentrating on my breath. I don't huff and puff but a few simple breaths are not really noticeable. <BR> <BR> At home- The best way to deal is with exercise. When my son is having one of THOSE days I'll leave hi... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:52:00 EST Shocked! Weight loss, Celeb crush and Bathroom Exercises :) I stepped on the scale this morning and the number was a total shock, I am down 10lbs since Monday! I found out Monday that a family friend got us backstage passes to The Flaming Lips New Years Eve Freak Out so I will be meeting one of my celebrity crushes, Wayne Coyne!! Needless to say I have not slacked once on my diet and exercise since finding this out lol. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Speaking of exercise, I have figured out a great... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 12:46:54 EST Middle of week 2 We are in the middle of the 2nd week living with my parents and things are finally starting to feel somewhat comfortable. We don't have much space of our own so it feels really cluttered and chaotic but I guess I could not expect much else since we moved our 3 person family into a single room that also functions as a craft room, storage area and office. <BR> <BR> I have lost 10 pounds in the last 2 weeks and have not had a cigarette in 3 days. My husband is also quiting and seems to be havi... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 12:21:08 EST Getting started We have fallen on some pretty hard times and by the end of the month my husband, son and I will be living with my parents for 3-6 months. Knowing we would no longer be on our own has caused me to delay any diet changes up until now but I finally decided I could not put it off any longer. We went shopping last night and only had $50 and 2 of my sons wic checks to buy a weeks worth of groceries for 3 people plus household items we needed. <BR> <BR> I decided to concentrate on smaller portions... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 11:56:15 EST I am ready, but... I am ready to make a change.. ready to feel better, look better and be better. I am still so confused though that I don't know where to start or what to do. I am the type of person that believes everything they hear and when it comes to health no one can seem to agree on anything which leads me to become overwhelmed and just give up. <BR> <BR> Low carb eating allows me to lose weight without dreading meals or feeling deprived but no one can agree on if it is healthy or will cause heart atta... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 13:22:35 EST