BALANCEDMP's SparkPeople Blog BALANCEDMP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wow...Second Trimester Already Here! It's hard to believe my second trimester starts in a few days and THAT I AM ALREADY POPPIN'!!!! Ah, it's all good and 4 pregnancies will do that. <BR> Excuse the bruising on my abdomen, but with my pregnancies I have to take daily blood thinning injections into my abdomen due to a clotting disorder that I congenitally inherited! <BR> With my second trimester, I really am aiming for getting more nutrient dense foods and exercising when my body allows me with balance and inner peace! This is a... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:24:22 EST Anyone Game For Joining Me? a 30 day round of food blogging! I know being accountable helps me EL BIGGO EL WAPPO EL TIMO! Yes, that's spanish...don't ask! So, I thought what better way to stay accountable to my health by food blogging, but it is nice having someone or people doing it with you! <BR> Takers? No takers? That's okay, but gosh darn it I may just bite the flippin bullet and do it! I kinda don't want to ( can tell you I"m slipping things in during the day I shouldn't be), but this is about helping each... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:00:37 EST I'm Quite Shocked... Well, I'm just about 12 weeks along in my pregnancy (baby #4 on the way) and I FINALLY got the guts to weigh myself after about 5-6 weeks from when I first found I was pregnant. <BR> My weight has been at it's highest (145lbs) for quite some time due to not handling stress well and exercising lack of discipline through emotional eating. Exercise has always been there, but my eating has had a lot to be desired. <BR> So, going into this pregnancy being 10lbs heavier than the others I was a b... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:27:40 EST Pregnant and Maintaining My Health Yup, I'm pregnant...I know I was surprised too! Well, not on how it happened :P So, a new chapter in my life moving from losing body fat and maintaining muscle onto Keeping myself in an optimal state of health and keeping my weight at a SLOW and STEADY gaining process via 80/20 clean eating! <BR> The past 5 weeks have been tough as I've had food adversions, but crazy cravings already (I think a lot of it had to do with emotional eating with the transition of things). I have already put on ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:47:46 EST Fitness Changes... I think, well I am, I will be starting up P90x again! It's cutting season after all so why not do what's worked for me REALLY well twice! <BR> I did P90x, my own style, a year ago and it got me awesome results with a touch more added cardio! I kind of need a break from my "dungeon" and it's dusty as anything which I hate breathing with while I workout! I notice it more in the heat. So, I will be looking forward to this change. <BR> I am also done with eating for weight loss, but am focusin... Tue, 20 May 2014 19:55:57 EST Fourteen down in Twelve... Yup, my goal is to lose 14lbs in 12 weeks to get to 16% body fat there abouts. I will be happy honestly with 18%, but last August I was at 16%. It took a lot of commitment, but i was driven enough to get 'er dun! <BR> Fourteen pounds in 12 weeks seems reasonable enough. If I'm eating within my macros and calories and my workouts are on point not just going through the motions this should be very doable! <BR> I think I may report on my page notes how I'm and report via my ticker! <BR> Excite... Tue, 13 May 2014 15:32:00 EST Reboot Monday I am getting refocused on taking the bull by the horns and doing what I kind of was avoiding....getting seriously clean again! I took the iifym approach there for a bit, but found I was getting a bit too lax. The past month has not been a productive health and results month, but it's okay with how much was going on! <BR> I am going to be doing carb cycling starting Monday and seeing how that goes with how much it effects my blood sugars! I tried it about a month ago and with all the st... Sun, 11 May 2014 15:52:39 EST 32 week and 49 days to go! Wow I can't believe i will be 32 weeks in 2 days! It's crazy. I am really tailoring back on my exercise. I can't do my challenge group exercises anymore, but I'm mostly just walking! <BR> My friend is having a baby shower for me this weekend which will be nice! Hoping for ALL diapers and wipes, ha. <BR> Beachbody coaching is going WONDERFULLY! I am having a Shake and Share event next weekend and just hoping my body will cooperate! <BR> So I thought I would add a current belly shot! Oy,... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 19:16:02 EST NEVER stop setting goals~ Hey guys! I just wanted to encourage you all to NEVER stop setting goals. A little experience to share with you and to encourage you. At the beginning of January I set out to really strive to get prove to myself that even pregnant I can set high standards for myself and get toned. I did not have a focus of losing weight, but a focus to PUSH and try to set a realistic standard and try to tone. <BR> <BR> So these were my goals: <BR> <BR> Start each day with a glass of water; aim for 14c... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 18:21:52 EST This is the difference between P90x and P90x2. Hi all! I know that I have shared with you about becoming a beachbody coach, which I am thrilled about. I have already been receiving some questions about what the difference is between P90x and P90x2. I could sit here and explain it all, but I think this will link will do a better job of it personally handed to you by Tony Horton himself. Let me know if you have any questions. Also, check out my website if you are looking for a coach or products from beachbody. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <l... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 12:20:16 EST I'm a Beachbody Coach~ Hey guys! I am so excited to tell you and share with you about my new health and wellness endeavour of becoming a beachbody coach. I have done alot of their workouts and tried some of their amazing products, but it was P90x that made me a believer. This really all started from just the love of helping others, but going the next step in branching out by helping more people is really my mission. It really helps me along the way as well. <BR> <BR> So, check out my new websites. I will be... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 12:10:06 EST Just about 6 1/2 months~ Hey guys. I have barely been on here, but I have been doing good. I got the flu over the New Year, but it took a good week to get over it. <BR> <BR> The baby is doing great and right on target for weight and growth. Me, on the other hand, feel huge and dressing is just not fun. I feel like all my pants I am constantly pulling up over my belly and I am constantly re-adjusting things. LOL...well I better start getting used to it cuz I have 3 months left. <BR> <BR> The last time I weigh... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:26:20 EST Santa's 5 month pregnant helper~ OH so festive... So, I thought I would throw in my monthly updated belly pics. I still feel like these pics make me look smaller than I am but oh well. I figured tis the season so let's have fun with this! So, I put on the old santa sexy suit (yeah, it still fits!!!!! thank goodness for stretchiness) and thought I would be festive! <BR> <BR> So, here are a few shots of my 5 month pregnant belly. <BR> <BR> Not much updates. I weigh in tomorrow to see how much weight i have gained. AS of last Tuesday ... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 07:01:45 EST A Workout I Have Been Enjoying I put this workout together Monday and I really enjoyed it. I wanted to do a circuit that I could tolerate, but was somewhat challenging. This is a 2 circuit workout that incorporates ST moves followed by 30 seconds of cardio. I do each circuit twice without resting and then take a minute break in between circuits. Keep in mind this is something tailored to me as I am pregnant and probably not suitable to most. I really enjoyed it though. Oh, and my burpees are quite modified. I basic... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 11:10:41 EST Our baby's gender~ As of yesterday, it's official we are having a boy! I was happy with whatever the outcome would be. I am just so happy the baby is healthy and I am doing well according to the doctors. The baby is a little 7 ounce healthy boy. I love to think of being the mom of 3 boys. <BR> <BR> So, as of now, I am 18 weeks and doing well. Still walking and occassionally jogging when I am up to it. Trying to stick iwth my pushups and lunges. I have gained about 11 1/2 lbs with Thanksgiving and am d... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 13:02:20 EST Finished my son's Christmas present~ I was so happy to finish this sewing project for my son for Christmas. It took me a few days, but it was something he really wanted and it HAD TO BE MADE BY ME! How sweet! How could I refuse that. <BR> <BR> So he really wanted a Cars robe. I couldn't find Cars 2 material but he liked this alot. I have been making him robes since he was 2 and then the others get passed down to my youngest. I just buy them matching slippers when they outgrow them. <BR> <BR> So here are 2 pictures o... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 18:15:26 EST Being Intentional With My Workouts~ Basically for the past 3 months I haven't been so intentional with my workouts. Ofcourse being pregnant you are happy just moving that first trimester! I have been very fortunate to be able to walk and do something 5 days a week even 6 some rare weeks. My walks have slowed down quite a bit lately but still happy I'm able to be doing that. <BR> <BR> So bringing me to the purpose of this blog, I have been going through all my "fitness", HERS, etc...magazines to create more space and just ... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 17:33:05 EST Catching up and 4 month belly shots~ Well, I have to apologize for not being around lately! I think that power outage for 5 days just made me realize how I need to back off a bit on my computer and I just have been crazy busy! From the snowstorm of 12 inches, we lost power for 5 days (only 2 days of intermittent generator use borrowed from someone as ours blew up) and didn't get phone/internet service for 7 days! I became quite more of the domesticated wife that i already am. It was fine, but you just had to be more creat... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 12:29:48 EST Carving Pumpkins and First Snowfall~ My kids and I had a good time carving pumpkins 2 days ago. They have been dying to do it and finally we had a good chunk of time in the afternoon to do it. They each had their own little pumpkin to carve and then we did a large one. I carved each side for what they wanted to have done. It makes both kids happy. ha. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 12:05:40 EST I want to be better~ You know there are alot of people on here that have great goals and set out to achieve them all, but they don't all do it solely for health. There is on individual that I see that lives that consistently and her pure intention is health and well-being. Don't get me wrong here there are alot of people that do so well and are so inspiring, but I don't see what everyone does and I only have so many friends. For those of you who are my friends (well I have befriended or has befriended me) I a... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 09:36:20 EST Second Trimester~ I can't believe it's already here although I know I have quite a ways to go. I am definitely looking pregnant now if someone knows me. If not, maybe not so much. I look more like a girl that needs to tighten up her abs! ha. <BR> <BR> I am really excited for all the changes and I did not set off my first trimester the best nutrition-wise. So, this trimester and hopefully until the end of the pregnancy I am trying to commit to eating more healthy not so much for me (which is still import... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:57:36 EST Hot date/Feeling Good/ Turning Heads-My man's head! What a title. lol. So last night my honey and I got to go on a date. He surprised me and set one up for us. I had been saying for the past month that I wanted a date so bad. We had a date back in July and it just felt time to be alone again! You know, those dinners where you are not interrupted! Half the time we don't get dinner together as a family anyway due to my husband's work so this was very nice. <BR> <BR> We decided to go to Olive Garden. My husband has really been wanting t... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 07:37:50 EST I'm struggling with this.... I kind of feel guilty for struggling with this, but this is kind of where my obsessiveness comes into play. I am struggling with my calorie range during pregnancy. I know I should be eating on average atleast 1800 cals, but I am so uncomfortable with that. There are days I do eat that for my blood sugar, but on the other side of it I am not hungry enough to eat that. I am not one to regularly get hungry even aside from pregnancy. I can definitely eat that just to eat, but that is not t... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 12:37:58 EST Your thoughts on children's nutrition.... I REALLY struggle with this one sometimes. My struggle comes in with at certain times what is the better choice of what to give my children along the lines of sugar that is not pure vs. artificial sweetener! I don't like either. For instance, we went out to breakfast and knowing it was going to be a rainy day where we are stuck inside with limited activity (keep in mind we live in a 650 sq. ft. apt.; yup small), I struggled with whether or not to allow them to have the sugar free syrup ... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 13:58:28 EST Some blood sugar struggles and belly pictures....(food blog) Busy day today! I had my first appt. with my high risk doctors (perinatologists). It went very well, but was very lengthy. I was gone for 4 1/2 hours. Everything is more involved with my appts. being a diabetic pregnant patient. I had to get a baseline EKG, blood testing and the womanly internal stuff, etc....I saw the baby today via ultrasound which was great. It has the perfect little profile. <BR> <BR> Exercise today was pretty good. I did a leg routine without weights like squat... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:18:02 EST Food Blog As I said in the other blog entry I am going to be doing weekday food blogs to keep myself more accountable to eating better foods. <BR> Nothing really to talk about today unless you want to hear me ramble, but I am just going to show you what I ate for the day. <BR> One thing, (of course I found something to talk about haha) is that tomorrow is my first appointment with my maternal fetal medicine group (perinatologists) and my care will be there until the end of the pregnancy. They are... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 18:58:18 EST Weekend with my boys! (pics) It was a pretty layed back weekend as my hubby had to work Saturday. We are ALWAYS home as it feels, so I wanted to find something to do that was a bit our of the ordinary and interesting and FREE! ha. Through google search I found this great little farm that has a corn maze, pumpkin patch and animals, but they were putting on hot air-balloon rides!! So, we hopped in the car (took silly pics first) and then headed on over! Well, we actually ATTEMPTED making our own caramel apples, but ... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 19:38:55 EST Food Blog So today I ate very well. I felt terrible all day and forced myself most of the time to eat and none the less, eat well. I wanted the not to healthy things sometimes, but tried to keep on track. Knowing I had to food blog helped! BIG TIME. I think I will definitely keep doing this. <BR> <BR> My blood sugar was an issue today. I had to eat an extra snack for it, but made it an apple atleast and not a dunkin donut along with my coffee that I wanted. I am on a no sugar kick for the pre... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 19:00:53 EST So, I'm thinking.... I need to set some goals (written goals) and start some food blogs again to annoy the heck out of all of you. No, to keep myself a bit more accountible. Everyday I focus to eat the right things, but it seems like I fall some how and go over my cals. I am trying to shoot for 1450 a day, but pshhh, it's probably been more in the upper 1600-1800. Eek...I'll hit that 25lbs. before I know it. The only good thing I have going right now is that I am still exercising or let's say moving. I am w... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 12:45:05 EST Kicking the habit.... Well as most of you know I am pregnant. As my blog entry states "I'm kicking the sugar habit". Maybe habit is not the best word, but it's something that really needs to go right now. As a diabetic, my body is easily sensitive to sugar and sugar makes it very very difficult to control my blood sugars. Normally, I will allow one day on the wkd for my sugar fix, but it's still not good. Lately with the pregnancy, I have been not reeling in those sugar cravings. Not do I only just want to g... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 06:24:48 EST My Breasts are getting bigger and my Belly is getting a little bigger...Hmmmmm? Yup, you guessed it! I am pregnant! I am about 2 1/2 months right now. Well, we have been trying for quite a bit of time since my miscarriage almost 2 years ago, but I realized back in July that my exercise was the cause of not conceiving. My exercise routine was more intense and long for what my body could handle conception wise. So, towards the end of July I started backing off on the length of my workouts and the complete intensity. So just by those changes we conceived within a mon... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 17:10:38 EST Handstand Pushups So I have only attempted these once. On my first attempt I was only able to do 2. It was quite awkward as I felt like I was going to fall forwards. After my first time which was a few months ago I said to myself that I was going to master 10 of them. THat was going to be my new conquered challenge. Well, it's a few months later and have I done one? NOPE! Not really sure why. I honestly forgot about them. I think I got sidetracked with something else fitness wise. <BR> I woke up thi... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 13:17:31 EST Just being stupid.... <img src="">Yes, that is quite normal for me. I definitely have my serious side, but what's life without a laugh and having fun. <BR> My kids and I were messing around on the trampoline as they were showing me their flips. So, mom had to chime in and get with the best. Haven't quite mastered the backflip yet. I'm a pro at the front flip though. Atleast my kids don't think I'm old yet! Even when my son asks me how old I am and I sa... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 18:21:21 EST Teaching, Life and Red/Platinum highlights... Love my title? Yeah, pretty random, but these are the things going on in my life right now. Right now my life has changed quite a bit since homeschooling. We are starting on our third week, but the first week contained only 3 days of school. I wanted to ease them into the routine since having a month break. Second grade is twice the amount of work for my oldest and pre-K is just roughing up the edges of what my youngest needs to expound on in his education. It gives him much routine t... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 11:20:26 EST Hurricane Irene and the last 7 days Well thank goodness after 6 days we finally have power again. I got a bit more domesticated than I ave been, but it was fine and it taught me how to conserve EVEN more. I am pretty good about conserving on lights and hot water, but it taught me the appreciation of it much more. <BR> <BR> I have to say that amidst the difficulty of cooking and exercising (exercising smart let's say) I did very well. I started homeschooling my kdis as well this week, but only did a 3 day week easing into i... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 20:20:44 EST Day 22: Overall pretty good So I woke up to a coconut custard pie and an oreo cake sitting in my fridge. Gosh, why didn't that refrigerator monster gobble it up during the night? Ugh! Okay so back to reality. I got rid of the stuff A.S.A.P! Thank goodness my in-laws have a sweet tooth. I didn't need the temptation. <BR> <BR> I knew that today was going to be a little bit of a challenge so I really needed to stay focused. I did give in today to 3 oreo's that I discovered that were leftover. I really knew my ... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 20:34:27 EST Day 24: Thumbs up Day 23: Thumbs down Okay I"ll make this quick, but day 24 working towards consistency with my eating was great even for making a oreo cake. Temptations, of course, but I beat them. <BR> Now for last night having our friends over, I caved and had some cake. I was not wanting to. I figured I will just have my coffee and be content, but once I served everyone I fell back into that mode where I feel like the outcast. Well, it's not so much that but my friend brought a dessert as well and I felt bad not eating... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 09:22:25 EST Day 25: Today I was consistent Okay 2 days in and I'm doing okay. I got in a great workout :shoulders and arms and a 20 min good paced walk. Still no abs this week. Yikes I'm slacking. I have a cold and with being gone until noon each day for my children's soccer camp I am pretty tired by the evening time. Well, I should add that I have been getting up at 5:15 to get in my workout and get us all ready before leaving after breakfast. i am the type of person I CANNOT leave my home untidily. Oh it drives me insane if ... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 13:36:18 EST Day 26 of Consistency You know what this is about if you read my last blog. I have 26 days until we have our family photos taken and I need to get my focus back from all the get together and activities of the summer. <BR> So recap on day 26. My exercise was HIIT and I was planning on getting in a little more (about 20-30 minutes) work on the treadmill with abs in the evening. Unfortunately, my blood sugar was not agreeing with me and I didn't want to toy with that. So I am adding in that time planned today. ... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 16:58:45 EST 26 days of getting my focus back No I am not in a wedding or going on a cruise, but in 26 days we are finally after starting a family having family pictures done. I have gone off track this month and gained a few pounds and want to get my focus back. I will say that it will be not too hard getting back as we will be setting into the fall/school groove and backing off the BBQ's and get togethers. That has been my biggest trouble. We have gone to about 10 get togethers in the past 3 weeks. That's alot. <BR> <BR> So, I... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 07:13:31 EST What a difference a year and a half can make.(pics) I came across some photos on me from February of 2010 at a point I was ready to get serious. I am not quite sure off hand how heavy I was. If anything I was about 143-144 pounds. That is a bit scrumptious for my 5ft. 3 1/2 frame. Looking at these photos though it makes me realize how far I have come. I have definitely had my ups and downs along the way which if you know me is about every few months. That I am still working on. About every 3 months my all or nothing attitude comes awake... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 16:50:08 EST Visiting Old Historic Gettysburg (pics of me being silly ofcourse) My hubby and I about 2 weeks ago went down with the kiddos to visit family in Pa. , but we were offered TIME ALONE! Woowee! So, the history buff my hubby is really wanted to see Gettysburg. I have been saying since we were married that he would be in a historic dream going there. I have been there as a child. <BR> <BR> So, we left my kids at my parents house and headed out about 2 hours to stay over and visit Gettysburg. We had alot of fun just touring the historic ground my foot and ... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 11:02:02 EST Starting P90x/ Sports Bra Sparkies Update Hey guys. I really have been so busy and have not updated anything here. Life for the past 2 weeks has been super chaotic. I was barely home last week. So by the middle of the week I was burning myself out. I was trying to keep up with my normal schedule and workout schedule. I started to make bad food choices. I have not weighed myself, but I can totally tell in my abs. They are like a flluffer nutter. I know through making good food choices this week and just getting back into my u... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 08:34:45 EST Sports Bra Sparkies wk 2 (pics)/5weeks down 10 to go my challenge Hey all. Man, I have so much catching up to do. Such a busy week for me that I really didn't spark much. I have to many people to get back to and if you are one of them I apologize. <BR> So, my week could of had much more improvement with my ab workouts. I only got in 3 out of 5 and plan on getting in the fourth today. I, also, overindulged on friday on Lindt truffles. I swear they were so smooth and delectable I made love to them. Seriously, my hubby bought me a bag and I had half ... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 07:30:00 EST Sports Bra Sparkies end of wk 1/ 4 wks down 11 to go So this my 4th week with focusing on my big goal of losing 15lbs in 15 weeks. The first 2 weeks went well losing 1 3/4 lbs and then another 1 1/4 the following week. Last week i was discouraged not losing anything. WEll this week I lost 2 lbs. So patience and consistancy are my lesson learned here. I felt discouraged because I want to stay on track because I will be having the challenge of getting in workouts and great clean eating as we will be going away in a week and a half visiting my... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 07:32:47 EST Sports Bra Sparkies Start (Pics)/Week Recap 12 weeks to go I'll just start off with some stats and pics for the start of Sports Bra Sparkies TEam. I will be doing my 5 x a week ab routine Monday through Friday as Sunday is chaotic for me. <BR> <BR> So, I am starting with a natural waistline of 28 1/3 inches and at the thickest part of my abdomen just under my belly button 34 inches. <BR> <BR> These pics I am a bit fluffy as I ate out and had some drinks the evening before. <BR> Can't wait to lean out! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 21:32:22 EST Random questionnaire about me...just for fun! 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> No, but I was almost going to be a Julie..Can't see me as a Julie. Sounds to prissy for me. ha <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> Wow, it's been a while. Can't remember. I guess that's a good thing. <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> Generally, my handwriting is very nice, but I love my cursive. <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> Don't eat it much, but buffalo style turkey breast if I were to have ... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 20:34:17 EST Sports Bra Sparkies Round 2 Okay, so this is round 1 for me, but mostly round 2 for everyone else. I am a newbie to the team and can't wait. I am so undisciplined when it comes to working my abs unless I am doing a specific program. I have probably worked my abs 4 times in the last 6 weeks. I know bad! My abs come along more due to clean eating and losing weight. I still need the discipline in working my abs though. That is really why I joined the team and I DO WANT TO WIDDLE MY WAIST! I like my abs, but I woul... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 09:21:18 EST 15 weeks to a 15lb. loss: 2 down 13 to go Well, this is a bit overdo, but I'm sure no one is looking out for an update or sitting on the edge of their seat to finally know "HOW DID MOLLY'S WEEK GO IN HER CHALLENGE?" haha. Yeah when you are the weekly blogger only you are the one that is really anticipating a GREAT UPDATE BLOG hoping to say "hey, i lost more weight or i got stronger,etc...". Well, this week I can say " I lost 1.25lbs and I am running consistently." I am almost more happy about the latter half of that statement th... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 21:10:32 EST My Life: A little look into my life I have to thank LIL-EZZY for this. I saw her blog on this and wanted to give it a try. What a blast. So have fun watching, cause it shows a part of who I am as a mom, a woman that likes to have fun, my life living healthy, and the simplicities of life. Fri, 1 Jul 2011 10:52:18 EST