BEAR14GSB's SparkPeople Blog BEAR14GSB's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Veggies are my friend...even if I'm sick of them! Trying to find new and exciting ways to eat vegetables without adding tons of cream or cheese is SO hard. I've been eating a lot of mashed cauliflower and I'm just sick of it! I was desperate for something different and determined not to blow my diet with a bowl of mashed potatoes, so I started searching my cookbooks. I found a recipe that, honestly, looked gross. But I had all the ingredients, and beggars can't be choosers, so I fixed it. I am thrilled to report that it really tasted good... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:44:00 EST Sticking with it I'm several weeks into this thing and I'm still here, sticking with my healthier food choices. It's paying off and I've lost 6 pounds. I'm pleased with my progress and looking for more weight to come off in the days and weeks ahead. I know that I need to incorporate exercise into my life again but haven't figured out a way to do that yet. I'm thinking about some 10-minute BeachBody workouts to throw in here and there. Thinking doesn't get much done though. HaHa! Maybe tomorrow. :) Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:00:14 EST Thankful for the SP App! Ten days back on SparkPeople and I'm already 4 pounds down. I am so pleased with my progress. It hasn't been too hard to stick with this time around either. I guess I'm finally just ready to make a change again. I've talked, griped and complained about the weight for a few years now, but I guess my dissatisfaction and my motivation finally lined up. <BR> <BR> We went to the County Fair last week and I was so good! No elephant ears, funnel cake, no ice cream. THEN we went out to dinner.... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:15:17 EST Thank God for Fast Results I am a lot of things, but patient is NOT one of them. So, three full days into my diet and I am down 2.2 pounds. I am so grateful for quick results because I need that to stay motivated at the beginning of my weight loss journey. Once I'm into it a bit, it doesn't bother me as much when the weight loss slows down. Probably because I have already seen success. I am already fitting clothes better or liking what I see in the mirror a little more. But at the beginning, when I'm all fat and f... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 12:54:39 EST Success in Baby Steps I have successfully completed two days on my new eating plan. I have lost .6 pounds and I'm thrilled. It's a small loss, but it is, never-the-less, a loss. Eating better has not been too hard. I know that I will get burned out if I don't figure out a healthy alternative to my starchy favorites, so today I am trying a "no potato salad." It's made with cauliflower. We'll see how it tastes. I hope it's good because I just can't eat salad for lunch every day. I just don't like salad enoug... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 07:55:48 EST Getting Back to What Works After working so hard to lose 75 pounds after my daughter's birth, I've allowed 20 pound to creep back on. I've kept thinking that I know what to do, so I was just going to do it and not fool with SparkPeople again. When I was actively losing weight, I spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME on SparkPeople and felt that is was a "time stealer." As a busy homeschooling mom and a wife, I just didn't feel like I had the time to devote to calorie tracking, blogging, teams, etc. Well, two years after the 20 pou... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 18:43:31 EST I've Learned My Lesson I worked hard last week and lost an incredible 4.2 pounds, but after a weekend of free eating and no exercise, I gained three pounds back. I've exercised hard this week and watched my eating and three days later, I'm still up .4 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm guessing that one pound of my weight gain was real weight and the other two were water weight. I really hoped I'd have canceled out the gain my now, but I haven't. The food I pigged out on wasn't even that good. But I find that I eat more ... Wed, 26 May 2010 11:44:19 EST I did it again ;) Yup, another morning of not wanting to exercise. I made my best effort to NOT exercise this morning, too, even watching a movie with the kids as soon as they got up. I tried to use the excuse that DD is sick as my excuse to not exercise. But the fact is, she's sick, not me. And it's just a little sniffle. It's not like she's vomiting everywhere or anything. I finally accepted that that was a poor excuse. So, at 10:30, I finally put on my shoes and just did it. <BR> <BR> Once I got on ... Tue, 25 May 2010 11:28:32 EST I didn't want to do it . . . but I did. I really didn't want to get up this morning and exercise. I had a weekend of poor food choices and no exercise and a 3 pound gain in two days! I am disgusted with myself and discouraged. Am I determined to stay overweight? <BR> <BR> I know that it's physically impossible to gain 3 pounds in two days and I'm sure that most of that is water weight, but it's still discouraging. We went to a birthday party on Saturday and I had hot dogs with BBQ coleslaw (wow, that stuff is so go... Mon, 24 May 2010 10:27:43 EST One Week Down I'm back. After feeling like such a schlump yesterday, it was much easier to get up and do what I knew I should today. Sometimes failing to follow through actually lets you see how good "just doing it" feels. So, even though I was disappointed with myself yesterday, it may have been the best thing I could do for my resolve to stick with it. <BR> <BR> Something I learned during my big weight loss was all things in moderation. That last bit, the in moderation part, is easy to forget. So, ... Thu, 20 May 2010 08:36:49 EST Unproductive Well, just two days into my new routine and I did not follow through. :( My daughter climbed into bed with me at 5 a.m. and spent the next 2 1/2 hours smiling at me, wiggling, squirming, getting up to go potty, etc. I was so tired when my alarm went off that I just stayed in bed. She didn't. She got up and dad turned the TV on for her. So, at 7 a.m., I finally got some sleep. <BR> <BR> However, it is now 9:40 a.m. and I did not exercise; I have not eaten breakfast; I have not exercis... Wed, 19 May 2010 09:45:23 EST Strategy for Developing Healthy Habits Well, my pastor always preaches very practical, rubber meets the road type of sermons. Yesterday was no exception. He was, of course, talking about developing good habits in a spiritual sense. The habit of prayer, reading the Word of God, speaking kind words, practicing patience, etc. <BR> <BR> He talked about how habits are what we do without thinking about it. He illustrated this by telling how his wife bought a new toothpaste for him. He keeps his toothbrush on the left side of his... Mon, 17 May 2010 09:25:39 EST Sunday plans and birthday cakes Unless I get up shockingly early tomorrow, I am not planning to exercise. I've recently started singing on my church's praise team, so I have to be there by 9 a.m. for practice. That's pretty early for me since I'm not used to having to leave the house before noon. That's one of the pitfalls of homeschooling. You never get in the habit of getting yourself and the kids up and around in the morning. Mornings are for school. Afternoons are for work, errands and outings. LOL! So, Sunday m... Sat, 15 May 2010 22:57:39 EST Best Laid Plans I had such great plans for yesterday, and I lost control of my day. That's not exactly true. I really gave up control. But I have a reason. <BR> <BR> I'm going to be working like crazy for the next week. As I was sitting with the kids having breakfast yesterday, my friend called me up wanting to know if the kids and I would meet her and the kids at the playground for an hour or so. Knowing that I'm going to be really busy and the kids will be responsible for entertaining themselves (and... Sat, 15 May 2010 08:15:35 EST Batch Cooking I found out this morning that I'm about to be innundated with work for the next week. So, in an effort to not get derrailed before I even get started, I went to the grocery store and did all my shopping so we wouldn't have the "no food in the house" excuse and have to eat out or order in next week. When I got home I fixed dinner and proceeded to make a huge pot of pinto beans (2 meals worth), puerto rican lentils (2 meals worth), and red beans (2 meals worth). <BR> <BR> I also made three... Thu, 13 May 2010 22:08:59 EST Starting Over I started working about 1 1/2 years ago, and it's changed everything. I have a very unpredictable schedule because of the kind of work that I do, and when I'm working, I just sit in front of my computer. I noticed that I was getting a little less firm, then that I had gained a few pounds . . . well, now I am up by about 15 pounds and I am miserable. <BR> <BR> My school year (with the homeschooling) is done for the summer, so I am starting over today, May 13th, 2010. I am going to do som... Thu, 13 May 2010 08:23:03 EST Finger Update So, my son saw a hand specialist today and had to have a couple of x-rays. It's really good news in that he was able to confirm that there was no break and most of his "deformity" right now is due to excessive swelling (even after nearly 5 weeks). His growth plates are intact, which was the biggest concern. He might have torn a tendon in his finger, but those heal in time. If he did tear his tendon, he may have a permanently bent finger but it should be minimal and cause no pain. He has ... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 21:19:51 EST I am not my past successes. I have kept my weight loss ticker on SP at my original weight loss and goal for years. It makes me feel good. I look at it and say, Wow, you lost a ton of weight. But it's been 2 1/2 years now. It's not an accurate representation of where I am anymore. And to top it off, after maintaining within 3 pounds for over 2 years, I've recently gained almost 15 pounds. So, I guess it's time to change my ticker to my new beginning weight and goal. I won't feel the same sense of pride, but it's t... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 08:18:52 EST On a roll? I'm almost scared to say that I'm on a roll because it's only been since Friday, but so far so good. I've exercised every day at least once since then. I'm working out in the a.m. before school with the kids and then on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I also did P90X with DH in the evenings. <BR> <BR> We were supposed to work out last night, too, but by the time we could have started it was after 10:00 and I just couldn't muster the energy to do it that late. But I got up today and even th... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 13:01:10 EST Football season is over . . . for my son. He injured his finger at practice a few weeks ago and it just hasn't healed. I finally took him to the doctor who said that he had to quit playing until his finger healed. Since the last official game of the season was on October 31st, technically, the season was over anyway. They have a "Harvest Bowl" scheduled just for fun the weekend before Thanksgiving that we had planned to participate in, but the finger will end our season now. <BR> <BR> So, the three practices/week and... Sat, 7 Nov 2009 18:07:15 EST A Fond Farewell Fifteen years ago, DH came home with a little kitten for me. He'd been over to a friend's house and when he was coming home, he discovered that a kitten had climbed in the window and had fallen asleep in the backseat. It was love at first sight. I named him Precious, because he truly was precious, but we never called him that. He was a little cat, so we always called him "Little Cat." <BR> <BR> He's the only cat I ever knew who would cuddle up in bed with me at night, under the covers, a... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 08:33:52 EST Working my way back Football season has really wreaked havoc on our schedule and meals. Since we changed teams have have to travel an hour away for practice three times/week, it's been a real challenge to get everything done. I haven't exercised since the team switch. :( We have to leave the house by 5 p.m. three nights/week. And with homeschooling, tons of work and trying to keep the house reasonably clean, we've really been eating poorly. I've been so busy with work the past couple of weeks that I've bee... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 15:58:55 EST Who knew? Honestly, who knew that kid's football (8 y.o.) was so competitive and catty and downright mean? We've been dealing with a situation for a few weeks now that finally came to a head at last Saturday's game. My son is not a natural athlete, but he has a desire to play football and the heart of a champion (he's got great stick-to-it-iveness). He's shown up to every practice ready to practice with a great attitude and excitment. He's shown up to the games on time and ready to play and so happ... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 14:56:26 EST Fuel the Machine All right, I think I figured it out. Thanks, Maya, for getting me thinking in the right direction. I've struggled like crazy trying to figure out what went wrong this week and why my workouts have been so difficult to get through. Turns out that I need a lot more carbs before a workout than I previously realized. <BR> <BR> I had a more "normal" lunch today before my workout. I had a PBJ, pretzels and yogurt for lunch. Talk about a carb-loaded meal. I got on the Gazelle and comfortabl... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 14:11:05 EST Hitting the Wall I've been hitting the wall during exercise much too soon this week. I've pushed past it and gotten in my three miles each day, but it's been SO hard! <BR> <BR> On Monday I was working as hard as I could, but I was only making 19-minute miles. I was so physically tired. I can't explain it, especially after coming off two rest days. <BR> <BR> Today I did much better. I was able to get 15-minute miles, but after mile two, I was really ready to quit. I pushed through and made my three mi... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 13:29:13 EST 30 miles I just logged 30 miles on my Gazelle since I began working out three weeks ago. You want to know the funny part about that? I've had my Gazelle since before I became pregnant with DD, so about 5 1/2 years now, and had only put 70 miles on it! LOL! Well, I'm sticking with it this time. I think moving it into the playroom where it is visible is the best thing I could have done. <BR> <BR> I haven't really noticed any changes/improvements in my body yet, but I also just got back from vacat... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 16:12:14 EST Hiking Well, I didn't work out on my Gazelle yesterday, but the kids and I went hiking instead. It was a perfect day and the weather was wonderful and we made some new friends in the process. I figure an hour and a half of hiking was exercise enough. <BR> <BR> I had an expedited job last night and was working until nearly 2 a.m. I slept in a little late this morning. Yay! And I have a job to finish up, hopefully, this morning. I don't want to work this weekend if at all possible. But anywa... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 10:39:42 EST I'm a believer . . . in the value of good socks. <BR> <BR> I never understood how important good socks were when you're doing an intense workout. But my feet had been killing me and I could tell it was because of my socks rubbing my baby toes. So, DH and I bought some good socks for me yesterday and I tried them out for a relatively short workout last night. Today, with more energy and motivation, I was able to comfortably go over 3 miles and achieved my best time yet. Two 14-minute miles and one 15-minute... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 16:44:12 EST Back from vacation and back on the Gazelle I got back from my vacation yesterday evening. We had a wonderful time. I spent 5 days in the sand, sun and surf and loved every minute of it. We stayed at a little cabin right on the beach and it was pure bliss. <BR> <BR> I have done my best to avoid my greatest fear, which was that I would get out of the rhythm of regular exercise and not start up again once we returned. Having just got back from vacation, I had a lot of running around to do today. DS needed his allergy shot and a hai... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 22:53:06 EST Vacation We're heading out for our vacation in the morning. I'm really looking forward to it. We haven't had a vacation in two years. We're overdue! I've been busy doing laundry and getting packed up this evening. <BR> <BR> I spent a lot of the day today dealing with the new kitten, Lucky. He had to go back to the vet today. Even though he's been on his antibiotic for 12 days now, he still has a UTI and a lot of swelling. He's got a stronger antibiotic and a non-steroidal medicine to reduce ... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 22:04:56 EST 3.5 miles I got on the Gazelle today with the plan to go at least 3 miles. I finished my job last night and was not under any time constraints, so I wanted to go the extra mile . . . literally. :) I got going and around 2.5 miles, I hit a wall. I didn't want to go any more. I was tired and my feet really hurt (I've GOT to get some new socks). But I hadn't reached my goal yet, so I picked a new song on the iPod and got cranking again. At 3 miles I realized that I was feeling good again, and had me... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 14:37:26 EST For your plan to work . . . you've got to work your plan. And I did. :) I did not get up early enough to work out before we started school this morning, but as soon as we finished I jumped on the Gazelle and did my workout. I feel great about my level of commitment so far. I planned to do at least 2 miles and I went 2.7, so I was able to meet and exceed my goal. WooHoo! <BR> <BR> I may have found a temporary solution to my foot rubbing problem. I wore two pair of socks while I was working out. My feel were reall... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 12:45:26 EST My excuse and my plan for tomorrow :) I feel like I should work out, but I'm just so tired. After DH's week with the flu, I felt like I really needed to clean and sterilize everything in the house. After church today I spent 5 1/2 hours cleaning everything. And I mean EVERYTHING! My feet are so sore from being on them all day. I sort of feel like I got a workout with all the stairs in this house and constantly running up and down them all day. Anyway, I think I'm going to have to skip the Gazelle tonight. <BR> <BR> My goal... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 20:49:41 EST I'll admit it . . . I've been in a mood today. I try so hard to be all things to all people and it seems like it's never enough. <BR> <BR> I needed to work yesterday afternoon, but I took the kids to the pool because they needed some time outdoors doing some fun things. It's been terribly hot but also unpredictable and stormy. It was a beautiful day and I really wanted to take them to the pool. So I turned off the computer and went. <BR> <BR> Because of that, I didn't work out yesterday. That also put m... Sat, 22 Aug 2009 20:29:44 EST Day #3 We finished with our homeschooling this morning and my son has football practice tonight. My husband still has the flu, so I will have to take my son to practice. I also got a job in my inbox last night with a Sunday deadline. I had a pest control guy and two workers here at the house today fixing some problems at the house. <BR> <BR> I would normally allow a day like today to become my excuse why I couldn't fit in a workout. Instead, I made a plan to fit in a quick two miles and a com... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:44:52 EST Day #2 Well, I did it again. Second day in a row now. After the kids and I finished school and ate lunch, I got on my Gazelle. I decided this time to do two miles. I realized that it only takes about 15 minutes to do one mile, and I wanted to do more than 15 minutes. So, today's goal was two miles. <BR> <BR> I was nearly at my two mile goal and struggling to stick with it. Just like yesterday, everything hurt! Even the bottom of my feet hurt today. Maybe I need socks with more cushion. A... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 19:25:10 EST I think I'm serious this time I have spent the summer feeling so disgusted with myself. DH and I were really committed in the spring to doing P90X and I was really seeing some good results. I was getting firm and feeling really good about myself. Then it got sick. Once I was well, it was just too hard to keep up with the schedule. I was working like crazy and trying to run the kids to the pool and have playdates almost every day. It was just easier to make excuses and I lost my motivation. <BR> <BR> Well, in the pa... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 15:11:22 EST FINALLY - pictures from the NYC trip :) Nearly one month after my trip to NYC, I am finally posting a blog. I've been so busy with work that I just haven't had time until now. I guess as problems go, that's a pretty good one to have, right? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Anyway, this picture is of DH and me at the theatre just before Phantom of the Opera began. It was wonderful and amazing and everything we hoped it would be and more. <BR> <BR> What a strange place NYC i... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 12:37:06 EST Another Year Older Well, today is my 35th birthday. I've survived another year, even with all the changes in my life since this time last year. <BR> <BR> In the last 12 months, my family moved from SC to VA. We have changed renters in our home in SC twice now. I went through training to become a scopist and began working from home. I have been homeschooling my children. We have settled into our new community, found a good church and made new friends. I have started a ministry at my church leading the c... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 19:28:57 EST Streakin' All right, this is NOTHING, but I've exercised for two days in a row now. I'm on a streak! LOL! Considering that I haven't done ANYTHING for about two months now, that's HUGE!!! <BR> <BR> On Thursday I did my Slim-in-6 DVD, which kicked by b*tt! I was SO sore yesterday that it was hard to walk up and down the stairs. When DH said, "Let's go work out" last night, I didn't know how I was going to do it. But we did a workout and I felt so much better for having done it. I'm actually le... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 10:53:58 EST Exercise Okay, so Maya doesn't let me get by with anything. No excuses for her, thank you very much! LOL! But she had a wonderful idea that I hadn't thought of (recently). I used to exercise in 10-minute snippets to make it more manageable and be able to fit exercise in on busy days. Why did I stop doing that? Thanks for the reminder, Maya. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I think part of my (brain) malfunction has been this idea that I'm going to exercise with DH at night, so I don't do anything during the d... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 11:34:12 EST Best Laid Plans Okay, so DH and I talked before he headed out to work this morning and decided that we HAVE to start working out again . . . and that TONIGHT was going to be the night. Well, wouldn't you know it? I got SLAMMED with work. A court reporter e-mailed me and wants me to do a job for her with 24-hour turnaround. So, I will be at the computer tonight instead of working out. Maybe tomorrow. Ugh! Wed, 10 Jun 2009 15:29:02 EST Totally unmotivated I am totally unmotivated to exercise. I realize that I go through this pattern of exercising consistently for a few months and then quitting. I always have a great excuse. I got sick, I've had a lot of work, I've been tired, blah, blah, blah. Excuses . . . when will I ever get tired of all my excuses? <BR> <BR> My excuse now? Well, DH wants to work out in the evenings. Now that summer is upon us and the kids aren't getting into bed at 8 p.m. anymore, by the time they get settled into... Tue, 9 Jun 2009 21:09:39 EST Update Well, I've been waiting to post an update on my son's birthday party until I could use the other computer and upload some pictures, but I'm just too busy with work. So here is an update without pictures, otherwise I will never post about it! It will have happened too long ago and then I will feel foolish for saying anything about it and I will just move on the the next thing. LOL! I'm a dork. <BR> <BR> The party was great. The kids had a lot of fun. I kept my sanity. :) I think the bi... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 09:30:12 EST I've got to tell SOMEONE my secret! Okay, I'm all giddy with excitement and I have just GOT to spill the beans to SOMEONE! I can't keep it to myself any longer and just don't know how I'm going to be able to keep my mouth shut for the next three weeks! <BR> <BR> DH is turning 40 in three weeks. For months I've been trying to figure out what I could do for him that would be sufficiently special and memorable and that would show him how much I love him and appreciate all he's sacrificed for me and our family over the last 16 y... Thu, 28 May 2009 21:46:23 EST Happy Birthday to you . . . My DS is 8 y.o. today. He is so excited. I am in shock. How did I get old enough to have an 8 y.o.? <BR> <BR> We have a fun day planned. We're going to play tennis with some friends this morning and will then go get him a haircut so he'll look nice in all the birthday pictures. I always let the kids pick their favorite meal to be served on their birthdays. This year (as every year since he was 4 y.o.) he has chosen lasagna. Yum. <BR> <BR> DH and I got him an inexpensive keyboard ... Thu, 28 May 2009 08:40:45 EST Talk to the Hand All right, I have to share the funniest thing EVER. Okay, maybe not ever, but it is really funny. <BR> <BR> I was speaking to my son (8 y.o. in two days) and walking out of the room with my back to him. I got to the stairs and I heard him say, "Talk to the hand." Now, this is something he has never said before and he said it with a smile in his voice. You know, sometimes you can just tell by someone's voice that they are smiling. Well, as soon as I heard that I KNEW that he was standing... Tue, 26 May 2009 21:10:54 EST Isn't it amazing . . . how cleaning your house (I mean REALLY cleaning it) can make you feel good? I've been so busy the last few weeks that I have picked up around my house but have neglected to REALLY clean it. You know, scrub the toilets (thank God I have men in this household who "aim to please"), Windex the mirrors, Tilex the showers, etc. <BR> <BR> So I have spent the entire day doing just that. I've scrubbed and cleaned until my little heart is content. And all is well in the world. <em>224</em> Tue, 26 May 2009 18:06:20 EST Backyard Camping Happy Memorial Day everyone. We've had a great weekend over here. Our weeked plans fell through and instead of wallowing, we've had a wonderful time right here at home. Last night we pitched our tent right in our own backyard and camped out. We got a fire pit and roasted marshmallows and made smores. We sat around the fire and told ghost stories. Even my 3 y.o. told a "ghost story" about guinnea pigs. It ended happily though, of course. DH told some REALLY frightening ones (if you're ... Mon, 25 May 2009 09:20:17 EST Lest anyone think I'm bragging . . . I was simply expressing gratitude for my blessings. I know that God has blessed me to be able to stay home with my kids and still provide an additional income to help us get out of debt. <BR> <BR> We bought a house before the housing bubble burst and remodeled it (incurring a lot of debt). My husband is a Marine, so we had to move and we were not able to sell the house, so we found ourselves supporting a house we aren't even living in. <BR> <BR> So, the fact that I did not have to put my ... Sat, 23 May 2009 12:32:41 EST