BANDMOM2012's SparkPeople Blog BANDMOM2012's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 28 - 176/1000 Well as you can see, I am being totally honest. What a fiasco! But that is 176 minutes more than I had last month. My foot was more than a twinge and then other inconvenient pains were happening in other regions. Too much too soon I guess - but never fear. I will get that 1000 in a month - it is going to be mine. <BR> <BR> Blessings on your Monday - may it be a funday! Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:47:39 EST Day 7 - 176/1000 Wow, Monday kicked my hiney <em>46</em> Today is already looking up <em>334</em> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 10:36:11 EST Day 5 - 167/1000 Ok, ended up taking the entire weekend off, but it was worth it. Sundays are designated rest days at our house (no activities unless it is family related). We are vigorously working our way through the Walking Dead Season 3 in order to be ready for the Season 4 premier <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> The weather has cooled down significantly over the weekend and I am going to take my show on the road, literally, after work. Looking forward to breathing in the fall atmosphere <em>465</em> Mon, 7 Oct 2013 09:44:33 EST Day 5-167/1000 Added a pretty sweet walk to my fitness minutes :) Taking today to rest, hitting it again in the morning! Sat, 5 Oct 2013 22:54:00 EST Day 4 - 136/1000 So pleased to report the progress! We had dinner plans with another family last night and I walked my fitness minutes first <em>311</em> I know that it has been well over a decade since I have said, "Hey, you know what? I need to take care of me first, then we can go do whatever." <BR> <BR> Happy, happy, happy! <BR> <BR> Yay Friday! Fri, 4 Oct 2013 09:55:08 EST Day 3 - 105/1000 Ok, I hurt myself a little bit . . . but I was having fun dancing with the Wii - Just Dance 3 & 4. I am hoping that it is just a little twinge <em>24</em> I added 9 minutes of arms with Coach Nicole and then 35 minutes of dancing with the Wii to my total yesterday. <BR> <BR> My food was a success until I hit Taco Casa for dinner <em>198</em> Sometimes being the full-time working mom does not make it easy, but I could have just eaten the tostada and nothing else. I usually do best i... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 10:02:40 EST Day 2 - 61/1000 What did I do? 30 minutes of pilates (much harder than the last time I did that video <em>2</em> ) and 31 minutes of walking up and down the driveway. Super, super proud of myself for skipping a band meeting! <BR> <BR> Debating on opening up my food and fitness trackers, but I don't want you guys to be disappointed in my lack of food tracking. I keep weight watcher's points in a spiral so I don't always commit to double tracking. But I will try. <BR> <BR> Started my minutes for today... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 09:59:38 EST Day 1 - 31 Day Spree of Fitness And how and when did this day begin? Husband sick at 4:30 a.m. He was kind enough to wake me at 4:30, nudge me at 5, poke me at 5:15 and blessedly began snoring at 5:30 . . . <BR> <BR> I shall prevail - 45 minutes of fitness before midnight tonight . . . I have given myself permission to put me first and I am begging out of a band planning meeting, which is big because I am indeed, a band-mom :) <BR> <BR> For 31 days, fitness and tracking are my priorities. Look out Sparkies, I am coming... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 13:03:08 EST October - Going for 1,000! This is my month to push and pull with everything I've got. I am going for 1000 fitness minutes. Who is with me? I will be committing to 31 days of daily tracking :) I really want to accomplish something big this month after having been bulldozed by September <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> The cool in the air this morning is inspiring me to greatness and accountability. <BR> <BR> Started the day with a little early tracking and a desk arm workout with Coach Nicole! <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:18:16 EST A Fresh Start for Fall It has been such a blessing to feel and smell that wonderful change in air that leads to Texas fall weather. On Friday the 31st, I could smell the change coming. Isn't that crazy? <BR> <BR> Last night I took a wonderful walk, much to my daughter's dismay (She likes the driveway all to herself!). I am so ready for change :) <BR> <BR> Have a happy week Spark People! <BR> <BR> P. S. Yes, I fried like bacon on that first game. We put the hurt on the opposition with our final score somewhe... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:24:46 EST I Told You So! It is the first week of school here in the stix and as I forewarned, I will be sitting at the first official game of the season with the temp expected to hit 102 on Friday. Sizzzzzzzle :) However, I am forming a plan of water and apple slices in my backpack :) I can only hope that the officials don't take their jobs too seriously and just let the kids play football instead of stopping every play with a flag. Don't they know parents are frying alive? <BR> <BR> I am soooooo happy to be get... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:12:27 EST Triple Digits :( It is very, very hot in Texas today. We are experiencing a nice little wave of hot with a week of days in the triple digits. In just three short weeks, I will be sizzling on the bleachers like real bacon, not even turkey bacon, but real bacon <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy weekend sparkies <em>129</em> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 17:14:42 EST Fresh Raspberries, YUM! Got a pound of Driskell's raspberries on Saturday and they are gone! I cannot remember ever eating these as a child and I don't know why. They are delicious. <BR> <BR> I am going to try to break myself from the daily habit of weighing in this week and try to wait until Sunday to weigh again. Wish me luck on this because I have been weighing in every morning for years, decades even. <BR> <BR> Blessings for a good week! <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:46:29 EST Great Weekly Weigh-in! Really pleased to step on the scale and see results this morning :) Meal planning tonight leads to another successful weigh-in next week. Thanks for al!!l your encouragement this week Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:56:03 EST Great Weekly Weigh-in! Really pleased to step on the scale and see results this morning :) Meal planning tonight leads to another successful weigh-in next week. Thanks for al!!l your encouragement this week Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:56:02 EST I Can Smell the Weekend :) Rain and storms rolled in this morning very early :) I am very excited and looking forward to 5:00 p.m. because that is when my weekend off officially starts! Yay for the weekend! Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:11:45 EST Posting Loss Again :) Ok, it is frightfully early, but I am going to post another loss for the week even though weigh day is Sunday. I am just excited. <BR> <BR> After our band trip, I reached my highest weight ever and was out of onederland for about two weeks. I handed the reins over and pigged out on a pity party. It such a small thing, but I feel more like myself today than I have all summer <em>30</em> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:50:00 EST Hump Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Needed a little reminder that it is a journey, not a sprint <em>88</em> <BR> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:39:01 EST Tuesday, Not Feeling It I would really, really like to be a kept woman <em>334</em> I would work out in the mornings, have my personal chef prepare delicious healthy fare all week and get my toes painted - daily! <BR> <BR> But in reality, it is Tuesday and it ain't happening <em>46</em> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:01:07 EST Posting a loss today, FINALLY! I am thrilled to be posting a 2 pound loss today. I didn't think that scale was ever going to show me any grace :) <BR> <BR> And yes, it is sad that I have the stomach flu to thank for it, but I will take it! <BR> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:09:14 EST This Week Is Almost Over! My home has been invaded by the stomach bug. I am so thankful that my men are resting today and I am back at work and reasonably coherent. Today has been blissfully quiet and I am truly thankful for the peaceful lack of sound. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to picking up my freggies for the week tonight and making those meal plans :) I have missed my Spark buddies this week :( Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:28:25 EST The Third Time Was NOT Charming The third day of rising at 5:30 a.m. to walk before work was NOT charming ladies and gents, not charming at all <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> There are things hurting that I did not know existed, but at least now I know I have one <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I have formulated a plan and I have a goal. I want to get 1000 fitness minutes in a month. Maybe this month, but most definitely in August. I know it is an imaginary trophy, but dammit, I want it!!!! Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:16:41 EST Silly Me ;) Ok, I felt so phenomenal yesterday after such a great start, I weighed after work <em>198</em> Of course, I did not lose 10 pounds in one day! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 10:11:52 EST Great Start! I did make it up and out on my driveway to walk this morning. I logged in 30 minutes - mostly to the disturbing lyrics of AC/DC :( I have got to figure out how to work my Ipod! <BR> <BR> What makes for an even better day is the assurance that I met my fitness goal for today and it is not looming over my head in defeat. My DH met me at the end of my 30 minutes to tell me he was proud of me this morning. <BR> <BR> I did indeed spend my precious hours at home on Saturday and Sunday preparin... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 10:17:24 EST Loooooong Week :( This has been a very long week at work. I have worked 9+ hours each day and will do so again today. I am really hoping I have Sunday afternoon at home to re-group and getting ready for another 5 days straight of no lunch days. By no lunch, I mean I don't get to leave the building and I have to be better prepared for breakfast, snack, lunch and snack at the office. <BR> <BR> I had two super great days on plan and the scale rewarded me with a 2 lbs loss. Then I had two horribly stressful ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 10:59:58 EST Take Off Your Glasses This morning I had a wonderful glimpse of the future me. In a surreal moment, I could see myself at my goal weight. Powerful arms, curvy waist, muscular thighs - all I had to do was look at myself without my glasses <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> Without my prescription eyewear, I can't see anything but a blurry shape. I've got to tell you folks, I was absolutely delighted to see that the person I want to be was right in front of me. I just felt so inspired this morning to appreciate my body ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:20:11 EST The Best Salad Ever!!! Yes!!!! I accomplished my goal of eating a healthy supper at home! I have got to tell you that was the best salad ever! <BR> <BR> A beautiful bed of romaine hearts, shaved turkey breast with chopped bacon (1 serving), bright yellow cherry tomatoes (quartered), sweet red bell peppers (chopped) with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese and a wonderfully ripe avocado comprised my perfect dinner. I used salsa for dressing! <BR> <BR> For years I have avoided the avocados I love - I am not rea... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:16:18 EST Lost A Battle Ok, let me be honest - this week has been a beating so far. Every good intention has gotten the poop kicked out of it at 5:00 p.m. I have not been home in the evenings and I am exhausted <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> My one goal for the day is a healthy supper in the comfort of my own home . . . Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:43:40 EST Tracking Today I got all my meals tracked so far. I can easily see that I need a grilled chicken salad for supper with a side of chips and sauce. Using my tracker makes it so easy to see what needs to be done at 5:00 p.m. to stay on track until bedtime - usually 10:30 p.m. For today, I am very low on protein - hence the chicken breast salad. <BR> <BR> It's only Tuesday, but I am looking forward to sleeping a little later in the morning on Saturday. I am planning on a trip to my favorite market to get r... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:49:36 EST Monday :) Busy, busy day with three funeral services today. I am excited for the weekend already! Looking forward to a solid week of healthy food choices with a stocked fridge, pantry and freezer :) <BR> <BR> It is going to be a good week Sparkies! Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:56:01 EST That One Hurt :( I took a ton of clothes to the re-sale shop yesterday. I had several items that I bought last year that I haven't worn. I never wear dresses to work because I don't like wearing hose and I clean a lot after funerals and slacks make that more comfortable. <BR> <BR> I returned several things that I bought for the band trip which were too big, too thin, too something. I decided to treat myself to a trip to Belk - which I really like. I was greatly disappointed in several things being too sn... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:11:59 EST Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Thank you so very much for the many well wishes on my 25th Wedding Anniversary. We had a wonderful weekend of room service <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> This weekend also marks my 2nd year with SparkPeople. I looked at all my "stuff" this morning and I did something radical. I set the hard re-set and re-worked my nutrition and weight loss goals. I was delighted with the changes that popped up on my nutrition page. I also changed my weight ticker <em>39</em> After ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:29:38 EST This Is Me :) Thought I would add another full body pic <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is me with my sweetie and a very special young lady who graduated this year. It has been so hard to take pictures lately because I have been ashamed of my weight. I look in the mirror and I don't see the same person who shows up in photos <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Since Monday, I have managed to take off 5 lbs of vacation water weight. ... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:18:28 EST I Can Smell the Weekend!!!! Man I am ready for 5:00 p.m. on Friday! It is a killer to come home from vacation and have to get right back up after 10 hours in the car and go to work :( And this has been a long frustrating week too. I would love to be a homemaker and have the opportunities to just be managing my house and my family. <BR> <BR> We made it through the band trip. I actually had a good time, but it was exhausting. The schedule kept us up at dawn and out till bedtime 4 days straight. We kept taking our c... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:41:29 EST Let The Packing Begin! Everyone in my house needs to pack! Our daughter leaves for her second summer internship on Sunday. She will be gone til August. Has she packed? No! My son, no worries, he will wear the same shirt for five days. My husband, worries . . . he will discover Tuesday night that he doesn't own enough underwear for a five day trip that begins Wednesday at 4 a.m. Me? I have already lined up my panties and pulled out last year's flip flops for the beach. I just need to pick up sunscreen and ... Thu, 30 May 2013 10:18:50 EST Last Week of School Is Here!!!!! I know that I am not even in school, but I am thrilled that my son is finishing up his sophomore year :) The boy does not enjoy educational pursuits and it makes for a long year of teacher conferences and emails complaining about his lack of interest. What can I say? The child is his father made over <em>211</em> I do find it interesting that he has never had a male teacher complain about his attention span. He is finishing the year with a 100 average in band, art and theatre. What do... Tue, 28 May 2013 10:34:53 EST Control, Alt, Delete I am ready for a reboot but I cannot find the buttons to make it happen <em>46</em> My get up and go done got up and went <em>2</em> Thu, 23 May 2013 10:21:23 EST Happy Mother's Day Taking a moment to just be happy that I have an amazing family that includes two great kids. Wore my mother's day corsage to the funeral today because it was just too nice to not get more wear out of it. I am grateful for the sunshine and the beautiful day. I may be inside all day working, but it's there and I can see birds from my window. Looking on the Brightside of some serious overtime hours this weekend <em>41</em> Sun, 12 May 2013 15:25:05 EST Loved This! Working through my mental issues this morning by reading through Spark articles and blogs. Check out "Do You Know What Real Women's Bodies Look Like?", Spark Daily Blog. There is a link to the Belly Project, which is awesome. <BR> <BR> My belly is perfectly normal with its stretch marks and all! Feeling much better about myself this morning knowing that I am not alone and my body is pretty much like every other woman who has birthed a baby or two <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Now that I am a... Fri, 10 May 2013 10:05:01 EST Sugar, No Sugar? It seems like everyone around me is on a "no sugar, nothing white" diet trend. It is very atkins like, but no one is calling it Atkins. What appeals to me about this is the immediate results. Two people I have known for years have had amazing success since January - 70 lbs. of success. <BR> <BR> I have never really stopped to think about how much sugar is in unprocessed foods. Do you? I love fresh fruits and I can't see myself living without the delights of summer produce. <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 9 May 2013 11:54:57 EST Small Rant I absolutely hate coming into the office, after my weekend off, to trash and dirty bathrooms. Really, I am the only one with a college degree that can empty trash and use a Lysol wipe??? Mon, 6 May 2013 10:12:57 EST The Weekend is Finally in Sight It is such a relief for Friday to be here. I have been miserable at work this week. I think I am experiencing a mid-life crisis . . . I am ready to change everything: jobs, house, cars, body, hair, clothes . . . <BR> <BR> Maybe it is just spring fever? Not sure, but I do know that I am ready for the weekend. Margarita time and chips and salsa can't come fast enough today. Fri, 3 May 2013 10:53:41 EST Flowers :) I love flowers and one of the crazy perks of working at a funeral home is . . . . wait for it . . . . fresh flowers! All the time! <BR> <BR> Last Wednesday was Secretary's Day and my co-workers got me a sweet little arrangement. Well my friends it is Thursday and I am still rocking those blossoms as far as they will go. I pick a little wilt out each morning and shuffle them around. I just can't bear to throw them away until they are all the way enjoyed <em>41</em> Thu, 2 May 2013 10:08:04 EST 5 Weeks til the Beach! Grrrr! Five weeks til we hit the beach with the band. I love my son, but my idea of the beach is sitting in the sand with a margarita while munching on fresh guacamole. It is not making ham and cheese sandwiches from the cooler while 32 teenagers enjoy the surf <em>39</em> I have got to change my attitude about this . . . . plus, I need a tan. I know about the dangers of tanning booths and natural tanning, but I am beyond white. Just a little sun would go a long way <em>67</em> <... Wed, 1 May 2013 11:39:27 EST The Double Corset, Really This week I saw this article about Jessica Alba wearing a double corset to "help" her lose her baby weight. My question is: did they cinch it up so tight that she could not eat? Even after reading the article, it failed to register how wearing a corset day and night helped. These kind of articles are ridiculous, don't you think? Genetically speaking, Alba won the lottery. She doesn't have a weight problem and has probably never been overweight her entire life. So why the ridiculousness?... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 11:24:53 EST The Unlucky Cricket :( As I opened the office today, an oily black cricket hopped in the door and I promptly kicked his stinky behind back out to the porch. After grabbing the paper, I pulled open the door to go back inside and low and behold the oily black cricket was hobbling for the door. This time I smacked him away with the paper. That was obviously not a lucky cricket. Had he been singing and dancing with a tiny umbrella and wearing a top hat, I might have let him stay <em>334</em> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:16:35 EST 8 Days Can Make A Difference :) Re-focused my drive this morning in order to finish April strong. I am shooting for many, many fitness minutes. I am happy to say that I finished the 9 minute arm workout with Coach Nicole and I am looking forward to a nice walk when I get home this evening followed by pilates. I would like to earn the privilege of rest when I collapse to watch "Bates Motel" before crashing for the day. <BR> <BR> What I like about pilates is the incredible way it tightens and tones. My DVD has three ten m... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:44:29 EST Restless Wednesday It has been extremely slow around work. I am caught up, project-less, and bored silly. I am creating things to keep me busy and I don't like it <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> So basically that's about it for me . . . Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:07:36 EST Keep Blogging! I feel a wonderful sense of community this morning after perusing the blog offerings of my friends. Thank you girls for just being yourselves! And um, you guys too! Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:33:27 EST Ready for the Weekend :( The weekend was a blur. Here it is Monday morn, and I am ready for Friday <em>46</em> It was just one of those kind of weekends without any down time. Saturday morning work, followed by grocery shopping, laundry and housework with Sunday morning church, followed by more cleaning and a movie out - it makes for a tired Bandmom <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I am trying to recharge my batteries over a hot cup of parley tea with a slice of lemon. This has become the beginning of my mid-mornin... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:50:52 EST