AWOOD1973's SparkPeople Blog AWOOD1973's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Family reunion... :) So the weekend of Memorial Day, my husband's family had their annual family reunion. Thank goodness it was his family, because if it was mine, we would have had like 10 people show up, with 5 of them being my family! LOL <BR> <BR> Prior to this little get together, my husband's aunt had sent out a lovely little album of last year's reunion. She divided it up into family's and then had a section for "other halves", meaning me and all the spouses. So I didn't see my picture in there, and w... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 03:18:49 EST 40th birthday present to me... :) Well, it's been a while, as usual. LOL <BR> <BR> So, since I had finally chosen to do something about my weight issues, I have decided to do something that I NEVER thought I would do. I have decided to start training for a 5K. Now, I am no runner, that's for sure. I kinda started doing interval training in my living room for about 3 weeks, before deciding that I would do this. We have the Color Vibe 5K coming up ON MY BIRTHDAY (Oct. 5th) and even though I know it's not a timed race, I w... Sun, 12 May 2013 23:27:00 EST O. M. G.!! (layman's terms... Oh My Goodness!! Well, something AWESOME happened to me, today! I stepped on the scale this morning (my SP weigh day) and I am now lower than the weight I was when I graduated HS!! I am now 198.4. I know it may sound like that isn't huge, but I haven't seen this weight in 21 years! I am SUPER happy and EXTREMELY excited!!! I about passed out in the bathroom! That would've been bad, as everyone is still asleep in my house! What a ruckus that would've been! LOL <BR> <BR> I can't believe that since Jan ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 06:02:28 EST Just pluggin along... :) Can't believe how long it's been, since I have blogged!! Wow! Time flies so fast. :( <BR> <BR> I joined WW on January 23rd, 2013. I have been so religious about tracking my food since I've joined, it's not even funny. So far, I have lost 7lbs in 3 weeks. That's more than I've been able to do on my own in the last 4 years. So, altogether, since I joined SparkPeople in 2008, I have lost 19lbs! I am happy with my progress! I have never ate so many fruits and veggies in my life, but no... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 02:31:41 EST Well, that makes me extremely relieved... So, I got a phone call from my doctor's office about my testing results for thyroid, insulin levels, cholestrol... They were all EXCELLENT!!! I am extremely happy and relieved that I am not having to worry about that stuff! My dad passing of Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure and every kind of heart disease known, is scary to me. I don't want to follow that path, although, I don't smoke. I don't believe that is the ONLY cause to all of his illness, but it definitely played a major role. ... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 03:46:44 EST Time to blog again... :) Wow, can't believe how fast time passes!!! It's been a while since I have done this, but here goes... <BR> <BR> First of all, everything is going pretty well. I went to the Dr. on Tuesday of last week to have a checkup and get blood drawn for checking cholesterol, insulin levels, thyroid levels... you name it. Just wanna be sure that I am not going in the wrong direction here. :) I have been diagnosed with Sciatica. For those of you who do not know what that is, here is my best discrip... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 04:12:33 EST Wow! It's been 2 months since I blogged last???!! Hi all! <BR> <BR> Yep, it's been a while since I have sat down and let everyone know what's going on with me. 8 weeks?? Did it really go by that quickly?? Can't believe that Halloween is Monday, and then we will start planning for Thanksgiving! My how time flies when you have a sick hubby and then that sick hubby gets better and goes out of town for a whole week. I have been so crazy!!! <BR> <BR> First of all, in my last blog I told you all that my oldest daughter was going on her fi... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:08:03 EST Getting genuinely excited! :) Hi all! <BR> <BR> We have so much going on this next month, I don't even know where to start! With this new school that my daughters are going to, it is all based around Environmental Education. My youngest daughter has her first "day camp" on September 9th. No tent setting up, or anything like that, so that should be a lot of fun. I'm really looking forward to it! <BR> <BR> My oldest daughter has her first 3 day campout on September 21st-23rd at Tuttle Creek State Park, which is in Ma... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:25:01 EST I am jumping in head first...! Well, this weekend was good, other than my hubby being gone pretty much both days. I got the BEST compliment in a long time! <BR> <BR> I went to a friend's house on Saturday for a jewelery party. Now mind you, I haven't seen my 2 dear friends in over 4 years, before I started my weight loss journey. I walked up the driveway to my friend's house, and she came out and did a triple take! She said, "Oh My Goodness!!" "You have lost SO much weight, you look absolutely FANTASTIC!!" What a swe... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 12:54:02 EST Reflecting... Well, school is coming really quickly for my children. It has been a really fun summer with them, now that they are getting a little older. We spent countless times at the pool, and doing things pretty close to home. My daughters will be starting a brand new school this year that focuses on Environmental Education, so they get to go on campouts (something that I did with that very same school as a child), so they are super geared up for this year! <BR> <BR> I am ready, but not so ready ... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 04:30:49 EST Turbo Fire (part 2) :) So... Haven't blogged in a while, but here it goes. <BR> <BR> I am really feeling down about a couple of things. I finally broke down and bought the Turbo Fire for myself. You see, about 3 weeks ago, I had done this darn thing religiously for 5 weeks straight, never missed a day. My poor friend that I was doing it with, her whole family came down with Strep Throat. Everyone got better, but her 7 year old daughter. She ended up in the hospital with Scarlet Fever, only to have surgery ... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 04:05:25 EST Let me just say.... So, today will be week 3 of Turbo Fire! I love the fact that I haven't missed one single day! Woohoo! Sundays are our rest days, so it's nice to have that little break, but no so much of a break that we don't want to get back into it! <BR> <BR> The thing that I am finding very frustrating right now, is that I am not seeing rapid weight loss results. My friend and I have been doing this and being totally dedicated to it, but I think that my lack of sleep is really messing with my hormon... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 04:18:16 EST Turbo Fire... :) My friend Wendy, and I started Turbo Fire (Chalene Johnson) last Friday! Oh my goodness! It is so much fun! I already feel a difference with all the boxing and jabbing that you have to do! It's a cross between kickboxing and Zumba! We have done it 3 days now (Sunday was a rest day)(two 30 minute sessions and one 15 minute intervals (crazy)) Tomorrow we do a 55 minute session! WOWZER!! It makes you really want to push yourself. I have been going over her house to do it. There are goi... Mon, 23 May 2011 18:44:53 EST Hmmm... So, I am normally a very positive, upbeat person. I can take a lot of things that might look grim to someone and turn it around in a heartbeat. I can't fool myself any longer. I have put on 3lbs in the last 2 months. I haven't been applying myself, like I was before. I was walking here and there, but wasn't going to the gym, the one thing that held me accountable for getting my workout in for the day. I am very disappointed in myself, but plan on turning things around. <BR> <BR> I we... Mon, 16 May 2011 14:12:11 EST Whew! I thought weekends were for relaxing! :) Well, it's been a while since I have blogged, so I will catch everyone up on what's going on with me! I can honestly say that I feel like an "epic failure" here lately. Working out has been the least of my priorities. I have been so busy with my kiddos, and preparing for the last days of the school year, that I haven't really been focusing on me and what I need to do to get my workout in. <BR> <BR> This weekend was busy. My hubby and I rebuilt our 18ft flower bed out in the front of ou... Mon, 9 May 2011 06:59:47 EST Hmmm, who knew I just needed to MOVE!!! Haven't blogged in a while, so here we go! I've been really disappointed in myself here lately. I haven't had the want, nor motivation to want to exercise. Been a little blue lately. I don't know if it's because I haven't been doing more in the way of exercise, or if it's because my husband has been working 12 to 14 hour days. I feel like we are seeing each other less and less. He's even been working on the weekends, which is usually "our time" to catch up and hang out as a family. I k... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 03:20:46 EST Yeah, Monday! :) Well, this week went by in a blur. I was EXHAUSTED! I feel like I have been out of the game for a while, but really, I was just trying to catch up from that nasty week of sickness we had going through the house! Not only am I glad that it's over, but glad that no one else in the family got it! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> So, for all of you Wichitans out there..., how about that wind?! Boy, does Ks know how to show us who's boss with nature! Good Lord it was awful! My hubby and I took the... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 23:22:36 EST I broke it! :) Well, I finally broke my little weight loss plateau that I have been on. I have been working out like crazy, and it is finally showing on my darned ole scale! I am going to try and go to the gym everyday this week (before I get home from work), since my kids are home this week. Anything that we do during the day outdoors, will just be an added bonus! I have been eating a lot of salad, which I had started steering away from, but with it getting nice, that's what I have been craving! Fine ... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 03:53:27 EST WaHOOOOO! :) It's BACK!!! I HAVE A VOICE!!!! I can talk! So excited, because that also means....BACK TO THE GYM!!!! <em>104</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I am soooo much better! I went to the dr on Friday, and she put me on a steroid that tapers off in 6 days! I felt 110% better by the 2nd day I was on them! I had totally strained my vocal cords, which was causing the voice loss..., not strep! Thank the Lord!!! I can't believe how amazing I feel!!! Can't wait to get my butt back to the gym! I... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 03:05:25 EST Irritated... :( I never thought that I would say this...., but I am SOOOOO ready to go back to the gym! However, all it would take is me getting on the elliptical, or raising my heart rate just a little, and me breathing heavy, and I would be in a coughing fit! I don't think so! So here I am, not wanting to get out of my habit of enjoying going to the gym, and irritated! My throat is on fire from all the coughing. I do physically feel better, but I don't want to take the risk of not being completely hea... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 14:23:00 EST Trying to get over this flu bug... :( So my Saturday consisted of waking up with a screaming headache, pressure in my chest, and a roaring 102.6 fever. Not exactly how I wanted to start the day out. Thank God my husband didn't have to work today, because there was no way I was going to be able to take care of my kiddos! :( My oldest daughter has a bit of this, as she came home on Friday running a temp and went straight to bed and slept till 3:30 this morning. Her and I laid around all day. <em>24</em> My husband and youn... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 00:19:17 EST Fever and chills and body aches, oh my! :( So yesterday, I started out with a fairly small cough. I was up for 20 hours yesterday (meaning up at work all night, and most of the day, Thursday), so by the time I had gotten my kiddos from school, I felt like I was having an out of body experience. <em>100</em> I got the kiddos home and laid on my loveseat, and then came the chills and fever. Oh Good Lord! That is all I need right now. I went to work, because not only do I not call in, but I had no one to cover me. In 9 years of ... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 06:20:11 EST Just catching up... :) Everything is going well! Kyle (my youngest), has a doctor's appointment for a follow up from our disaster last week. He is doing so much better! We have created what I call a "chore" chart and on that chart are two things that he is doing so well with. 1. Go to the bathroom. Now for all of us that seems so insignificant, but to a 5 year old, well I guess you have to put it in writing. lol 2. Try a new food everyday. He has done really well with this. My son is the pickiest person I ... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 04:20:23 EST So much fun!! I tried Zumba for the first time today! It was a blast! I have to tell you, I was VERY apprehensive when I first got there, not knowing what to expect. There was another lady standing there, and I had asked if she had done it before. She told me no and that she had just watched a couple of times. I got out on the floor and told her that she HAD to join me! So we took the class, and at the end, she thanked me for telling her to get to it! That made me feel very proud, that someone was t... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 21:24:33 EST Time to catch up..., on me! :) So yesterday was not a very good day..., not with me, but with my son. <em>39</em> Already, I was dealing with this UTI, which I am happy to say is on it's way out the door, but then there is my 5 year old that I thought had the same thing I was dealing with. Well, come to find out it wasn't the same thing, he had an "impacted colon". Good Lord! I'm sure some of you know what that is. And let me tell you, with a 5 year old that can't differentiate while having this, to go #1 or #2, is... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:32:09 EST Fighting it... Well, it seems that I am now fighting a Bladder infection, which is making my lower back hurt, and all the lovely symptoms that come with it! Funny, I take cranberrry supplements EVERYDAY, so you would think that this wouldn't be possible. Just the luck of the draw, I guess! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Took my kiddos bowling yesterday, and we had a great time. I have enjoyed them being at home, although I am ready to get back to normal scheduling. I didn't sleep at all yesterday, till my hu... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 04:18:48 EST It was a good weekend! I got to workout on Saturday for an hour, so that was great! Took my girls to see Gnomeo and Juliet at the movies yesterday evening, and all I had was a big ole bottle of water! No sweets, no popcorn! Pretty proud of myself on that one! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Measured myself yesterday, and I have lost anywhere from .5 to 1 inch in all locations, so I was absolutely thrilled that I am losing somewhere! The scale doesn't seem to be budging, so I am trying not to let that make me lose m... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 16:04:20 EST Been finally feeling awesome! Whatever the heck was going on with me at the beginning of the week, is gone! Yeah!! I am feeling soooo much better! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I had a date with my elliptical and one of my girlfriends at the gym, yesterday. I pushed myself really hard and when I was done, jello was my nickname! <em>198</em> I did a full hour on the "variety" level of my workout. That means it's like you are running in some serious peaks and valleys! WOW! I was burning!!! My rear end felt like it wa... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 03:27:16 EST What a fantastic day! :) Valentine's Day was super! First of all, I made it to the gym yesterday at 5:30 for my "double" circuit course! I thought I would've been dying by the time I had gotten half way through the 2nd one, but I pushed myself! I was on cloud 9! There were only 2 of us that did the double. <BR> <BR> So, when I left there, I had to run around and get some things to bake all day for my kids' valentine's parties at school. I arranged a huge bouquet of flowers to take to my mom, and then proceede... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 01:42:19 EST HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!! :0) I have been EXTREMELY tired. I slept darn near all day on Saturday (I had to work Friday night), which I absolutely hate doing, because then my weekend is wasted! I had planned on going to the gym on Sunday, but my son was with me, and my hubby and girls were gone. I worked out a lot going up and down the stairs doing laundry! lol <BR> <BR> I really listened to my body and slept more than usual this weekend. I was beginning to wonder if I was coming down with something, but I am feeling... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 01:42:42 EST Made it to the gym! :) So here it is Saturday, and I don't normally go to the gym this day, but I thought, what the heck? I will go! I had to work last night (damn snow days!). An hour long on my elliptical will do the trick! (weigh in on Monday, have to make an effort to see the scale go down) <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> What a beautiful day it's going to be. Hoping we can do something with the kiddos, as we have been extremely busy, and then there's that darn cold stuff that's been running through my hous... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 06:36:30 EST Woohoo, Friday! ;) So, I made it to the gym yesterday, and worked out for an hour. Would've liked to have done an hour and a half, but I will take the hour! :) It flat wore me out! I slept all day, after I dropped off my kids! Guess I was glad I listened to my body, because I normally don't do that, even though I am a 3rd shifter and should. I actually feel human again! lol <BR> <BR> My son was a trooper and went to school today. I think he was missing his friends. :) He will be staying at home with ... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:07:06 EST Can't believe it's Thursday already! :) Shoveling, shoveling, shoveling! That's all I have seemed to do in the last couple of days! Whew! <em>198</em> Glad that I am done, now I am going to let the sun do it's melting work in the next couple of days! <BR> <BR> My son now looks like he is coming down with the little flu bug that went crazy at our house over the last snow days we had. He felt pretty yucky today. Hate that. My hubby also had a snow day today, so it was nice to have him home. I got to sleep, while he did art... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 04:17:38 EST Snow...again??!!! So, yesterday I felt REALLY sluggish, don't know if it was the weather, or the what. I'm sure that had a lot to do with it. I wished now, that I had ventured out into the snow, and worked out. I know that I would've felt a lot better. Today is a new day, and I know that if I don't get my workout in, I will feel so much like I did yesterday! So, I am at work at the moment(it's 1:43am), and I made sure that I brought my workout clothes..., so no excuses! I am going!! <em>334</em> <BR> ... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 02:47:21 EST In Rememberance... Every 56 days (only because that is the rule), oh and of course can't if you have the sniffles, I give blood at the Red Cross. I have been doing this for the almost 2 years now, and had started it right out of high school, until I started my child bearing years. I then had to put it aside. So I started up the last part of 2009, and have been doing it eversince. The rememberance part is for my dad. My dad, before he got very sick and passed, volunteered daily at the Red Cross to drive the... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 01:53:52 EST Excited! So yesterday, I went clothes shopping. Something that I absolutely dispise! I needed something to wear to the Employee Appreciation Party that my company was throwing last night. I went into the store and picked out a pair of jeans (size 16) and wanted to try them on, more so to see if that whole losing a jean size, was really true, or I just happened to be able to fit in that pair of jeans I had by fluke. Reality check, I guess you could say. I tried on this pair of jeans, and THEY FIT!... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 07:50:21 EST Kicked a**, and took names! Heehee! Today was AWESOME! Not only did my kiddos go back to school, but I got a little bit of sleep, and then coaxed myself to get into town and go to the Y. I did 1 whole hour (intervals) on the elliptical! Wow! I am working my way up! I felt so good. I stretched and felt really energized! I have to gear myself up for going into work tonight..., because I don't work on Fridays! Thanks, snow days! NOT! They totally messed up our schedule at work! <BR> <BR> Working out with my nephew's gir... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 18:52:01 EST Getting better... Well, I finally made it back to the gym (I've had 2 sick kids at home), and let me tell you..., i FEEL GREAT, AGAIN!!! I was starting to lose my mind not leaving the house (I haven't had to work since Monday), and was not wanting to get off of track. Today, I went to the Y at 6am(just cause I knew my kids were going to be home.., again!) and did 45 minutes on the elliptical at full throttle. Wow! What a difference! <BR> <BR> The girls are feeling better, and knock on wood, my son, hubb... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 16:54:46 EST Blah, for Tuesday! So, I was going to make workout this morning, however it wasn't the snow that stopped me, it was the fact that my oldest woke up this morning throwing up! Good Lord!! I didn't figure on having a snow day with 2 sick kiddos! Fevers, and just plain not feeling well! I guess it still is winter..., huh??! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Kinda ate crappy today. Not a whole lot, just not the best of choices. I have tried not to over do it, but with not being able to really leave the house, well...... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 01:02:33 EST School is cancelled... again??! Oh and lost a pound!! :) Wow, not only did I have a sick kiddo at home with me yesterday (hence the reason I did not blog, and I do everyday), now I am going to have all three of them home! Go figure! :) lol <BR> <BR> I did well yesterday..., at weigh-in this morning I had lost 1lb...that is a 3.6lbs loss for the month! Got in my circuit course and elliptical for 30 minutes. I felt better starting out the day with having a kid at home. Took her to the dr. and she has the good ole fashioned flu bug. Yuck! Slo... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 03:15:09 EST Little late, but still going! :) I'm getting my blog in a little later in the day than I care to, but here I am!!! <BR> <BR> Had a great day yesterday, but was crazy busy! My son had a birthday party, so my dear hubby took him to that. I spent 2 hours at the salon, treating my girlies to a wonderful wash, cut, and style! Oh, do I love their hair! Sooooo cute, and they didn't even know what it was like to be pampered like that! The stylist did an awesome job! <BR> We had some of our very dear friends over for dinner (... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 22:24:43 EST Lost a jean size!!!!!! So last night, we had a get together at Applebee's for my niece that turned 15 on Thursday. I had no idea what the heck I was going to wear. I had been given some jeans by my sister, that before my weight gain over the holidays, I could fit into. 2 pairs of these jeans are a size 16 (I wear an 18). I thought, you know, I'm going to try one of these on. THEY FIT!!! Right then and there, I knew that just because I am not dropping tons of weight, I am losing inches! I am just going to ke... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 03:22:13 EST Weekend, here I come! :) Ordered my new Skechers today! So excited that I actually hit my goal of going to the gym everyday, and not missing more than 1 day in the work week. I have to work tonight, which is unusual, because I normally don't have to work on Fridays...not looking forward to it. I will take my workout clothes though, and get one in before going home Saturday morning! It will be good! <BR> <BR> Worked out this morning. Buddy wasn't there. :( Did 25 minutes of the circuit course instead of 30, be... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:14:40 EST Shazam!!! I can't believe it! I went to the Y today right after lunch and I did an hour on the elliptical. Now I don't just go at my own pace when I do this, I go full speed running the whole time. I do intervals, which means I am constantly going up and down on my workout! Wow! 5.25 miles! I am getting better at this thing! I felt fantastic today! <BR> <BR> My hubby is taking half a day off, and we are going to tour the school that I am trying to get my kiddos in next year. I went there all ... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 00:16:34 EST Exhausted..., but still good! I got home this morning, and I am finding it a wee bit easier to sleep during the day (for a 2 hour span) after I get off of work, especially with all the working out I am doing! I still have to tell myself it's a "nap", so that I don't sleep all day! I am going to get some zzzz's this morning, and then go workout after lunch. Hopefully, I won't be fighting for a machine. Didn't get to go this morning, so I gotta make up for it someway, somehow! :) <BR> <BR> End of month at work is comi... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:18:05 EST My small goal is in sight! Good Lord, where has this month gone??! I can't believe it's almost over! I am so excited! Getting my brand new pair of skechers this weekend has really helped me put my butt in gear at the gym! I had 1.5 pieces of pizza last night, so the gym is calling my name! :) <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I walked a mile at the Y, did the circuit course for the 35 minutes and did the elliptical for another 30 minutes! I burned some SERIOUS calories! I felt great! I grabbed my exercise ball that after... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 02:36:56 EST Finally...! Finally, all is back to normal with our school system! The kiddos will be in school all week, without a chance of it getting nasty outside (for at least this week)! Yeah! Working out with my buddy this morning, and then doing some much needed organization at the house. Still not done with that! <BR> <BR> This eating right thing has got to be the best thing I've ever done! I got my husband a George Foreman grill (years ago) and I tell you, I have been using the heck out of that thing! ... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 01:50:53 EST Sunday, Sunday! This is my "take it easy" day. I look forward to it and and am ready to pass it all in one! Luckily for me, I am not taking it easy on watching what I am eating, because I don't want to "have to" work harder at the gym tomorrow to get it all back off! lol It is getting easier on the weekends, because there are some days when I feel like I struggle with them, but for the most part, I have myself in a good frame of mind! <BR> <BR> Ready to get back to the gym tomorrow! I feel so much be... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 18:14:41 EST Taking it somewhat easy... I feel great! I slept so hard last night, that when I woke up, I was in the same exact position that I was in when I fell asleep! Haha That can make you sore, too, I found out! Did some stretching to cure some of my back woes. Feel better now. We are taking the kiddos and going to the Y today for some indoor swimming. They are so excited. I may sneak away and go play on my favorite piece of equipment, the elliptical. Wouldn't hurt to get one more workout in, before the new week start... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 12:09:28 EST Kicked some butt! I missed going to the gym with my workout buddy this morning, so I thought I would go by myself. I did the elliptical for 50 minutes (I've only been able to do 25, since getting back into this), and hit the 4 mile mark! I was soooo proud of myself! I know I did well, when I step off of the machine and my legs feel like jello! lol <BR> <BR> I stretched long and hard after that one! I realize that I will probably be just a tad bit sore tomorrow, but wow, was it well worth it! Not to ment... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 13:58:03 EST