BER7506's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BER7506 BER7506's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 100 DAY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE = FINDING MYSELF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599337 Before the end of the year I joined the Emotional Eating SparkTeam in a 100 Day Weight Loss Book Discussion/Challenge. The book we are discussing is Linda's Spangle's '100 Days of Weight Loss.' <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1365448100.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I bought the book well before we started, and fought temptation to charge a head. Instead, I checked out her website, got a spiral notebook that is recommended, and mentally prepared myself for about 2 half weeks.... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:56:22 EST A new motto goes a loooong way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431960 The past few weeks I haven't felt like I have been working out at all, but in actuality I have burning the calories UP! <BR> <BR> We have been rock climbing on the weekends, (which is SO much fun & an item on my 2013 bucket list I can check off!) and spending a lot of days cooling off at the lake. My kiddos are learning to swim so I spend pretty much the whole time in the water treading or racing to different underwater landmarks. I have also been spending a lot of my time doing my new f... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:03:04 EST July Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407421 WOW! I can't believe it is July already... this Summer needs to slow down. Well lets get down to it! <BR> <BR> June Goals were: <BR> Track my food and workouts: CHECK <BR> Blog once a week: FAIL <BR> Drink LOTS of water: CHECK <BR> Not weigh myself until July 1st: CHECK <BR> <BR> June was about getting back into the groove of things not so much focus on the weightloss aspect that is why I never weighed myself.. <BR> <BR> July goals: <BR> Loose 10lbs (I usually do 6lbs but I need to ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:41:03 EST Finding my happiness with SparkPeople Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384800 I sat down on Friday night and read a bunch of my blogs I have written on Spark. A recurring theme was happiness. I was so happy at the time in my life and I have really come to see that right now I am not happy... <BR> <BR> For nearly 3 years I have fought with yo-yo dieting. I start off strong and then my motivation waivers. I find excuses in the things around me - my kids, my husband, where I live, our schedule and use them to stop myself. Keeping me in this viscous cycle of yo-yo ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:32:14 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR - CHEERS TO A NEW YOU & A NEW ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183873 2013 is going to be epic!! Com'on we survived the 2012 dreaded Mayan apocalypse after all ;) I have it set in my head that this yr is going to be so different and better than the last on all fronts of my life, and i hope you are feeling the same way. I recently bought the spark and the spark cookbook.... and i am starting over with fast break. I need to build on those little steps again to ensure i make my goals a reality. I want to share with you my goals and feel free to share with me you... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:55:28 EST 10 wk challenge/gym decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166569 For a little motivation kick a few wks back, I decided to join a holiday challenge. It has done started and my motivation is seriously lacking ~ sorry teammates. So today i called a local gym and got some prices. The gym is 30 miles away which i drove that distance to the gym before moving up here so i personally see that as no big deal. There is a gym in town but it doesn't offer childcare so i foresee that one more of a waste of money because i would never get to go... oh decisions deci... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:29:11 EST MY 1 YEAR SPARKVERSARY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4045009 I had to check out my blogs to see when my year anniversary with SP was. I don't know why I thought it was closer to March, but was pleasantly surprised to see it was actually at the end of January! I missed it, but that is ok. <BR> <BR> I actually started this whole journey on January 18th, 2010 @ 222 lbs. I will never forget that in that first week I lost 5lbs and in disillusion thought I would loose 5lbs every week.. HAHA! But really WOW one year ago, it really doesn't seem that long!... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 17:15:37 EST No phone upgrade unitl I hit my GOAL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4037042 These last few lbs have been a real pain to get motivated to get rid of... I guess now that I am in that home stretch and I can see the light, I'm not in that big of a hurry - which I really should be. I should be as jazzed for these last 14 as I was the first 14 I lost. <BR> So I made my husband a deal. It is time for my upgrade on my phone. NO UPGRADE UNTIL I HIT MY GOAL WEIGHT! <BR> Which really really sucks because my husband got a sweet new phone for work and now I want one... so ... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 23:23:13 EST Meantion my weight loss one more time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4019768 This last weekend I went to a family friend’s 60th surprise birthday party. It was held at the small church I attended as a kid. I have not been down there… well since I was pregnant with my twins nor seen a lot of the people in many years. So a majority have not seen my weight loss only heard about it from my family. <BR> <BR> The response was WAY too much for me to handle!!!! Everyone said I looked great, but it was the after comments that stung… “You have never been this tiny” or ... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 13:07:36 EST I'm Still Here & Kickin'! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3841934 So the first of Oct. my family and I moved up to our house that my husband spent the yr building. So where the heck have I been?? Well, we don't have electricity, so to get online we have to turn on a gernerator.... awesome! Hopefully soon, we will have solar/wind running everything and getting on the internet and keeping up w/ sparkspeople will be a snap!! <BR> As for right now, I am and will continue using sparkpeople mobile web. <BR> Hope to be on here more soon!!! <BR> Thanks to every... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 17:13:16 EST 5 reasons why water intake is hard to get on vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3634573 Last week my husbands company send us to Montana so he could do some work there. I realized early on, that getting my water quota was going to be difficult... <BR> Here are my 5 reason's why I think traveling and getting your water intake is difficult: <BR> <BR> #1- Long drive <BR> If you are on vacation and or traveling to a city by car, trips generally take hours. Our trip, was a zesty 12 hours. Drinking 8 cups of water.. or sipping on water, will leave one pit stopping a WHOLE LOT! ... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 16:52:23 EST Ignorant and Lazy.. never again! (PIC BLOG) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3581073 For the past two week, instead of going to the gym I have been running in the evenings around my house. I have been babysitting all day, and the last thing I really want to do is drag my kiddos into the gym when they want to go home, eat dinner, and go to bed. It has also been nice because I can take the dogs running with me. <BR> As I was running the other evening I stopped and took in the view. I then decided I needed a pic. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 17:10:17 EST Hit me with it... No, Hit US with it!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3565163 I honestly think that making healthy life style changes for ourselves, is by far the hardest, most emotional, hair pulling experience any of us can go through. Weather you are here to loose 10-110+ lbs, we all have to take our lives and dump it upside down and start a new routine. Cooking healthy, working out, walking instead of driving, not watching tv and eating a bag of chips... the list goes on and on of all the nail biting things we have to change in our lives to have this "Healthy Liv... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 09:48:39 EST Finally making my 10% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3562641 I read a while back in an article on SP, that instead of saying "I'm going to loose 20lbs" to aim for 10%. I finally met mine from 202lbs - 192lbs. Seems like it took forever because of my little 47 day break from SP... which we won't be doing again! <BR> I reached my 10% on Tue, but haven't really been able to blog about this awesome acheivment. <BR> This morning however, I got on the scale just to see, and my weight was 189.6... that is already a 3.2 loss from last Tuesday!! I cannot... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 13:50:28 EST *RANDOM THOUGHTS* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3534422 *I wish I hadn't missed Body Attack this morning <BR> *I want to try on my dress for Erik's Wedding but I swore I wouldn't put it on until I was @ 190lbs <BR> * I wish I was at 190 lbs <BR> *Why does PMSing make me bloat? <BR> * I hate PMS.. I feel sorry for my husband for dealing with my PMS <BR> *I'm sick of my thighs giggling <BR> *My calves are looking SEXY <BR> *I have definition in my abs EVEN in my fuppie <BR> *I want to cut my fuppie off <BR> *I'm excited to have Onion Soup for din... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 17:15:55 EST Diary of a Chunky Mom #2 Snake in my KITCHEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3499729 Dear Diary, <BR> At first I thought it was the cruelest joke my husband could every play on me! All I kept thinking was there had to be a camera hidden somewhere and he was going to pop out; laughing his booty off as I stood on the furniture screaming, shaking, and frantically dialing everyone in my contact list with my emergency S.O.S call. But I had just recently talked to my husband on the phone, and knew that he was well on his way out of town for work; therefore, the 4 ft snake that wa... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 16:41:43 EST Diary of a Chunky Mom #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3467712 Dear Diary, <BR> I woke up this morning and really wanted to workout; but unfortunately my front door is not opening. You can turn the knob either way, but it is as if it is glued shut...yes there is a back door out of this fortress, but I prefer starting my workout by going out the front door. Yes, this is an excuse for not working out today, but I am sure I can find better more believable excuse. Oh yes, the gym doesn't have day care on Sundays. Then again, it is only 11AM, and I am sur... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 14:25:05 EST What a WEEK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3455094 I had a HUGE plan this week to kick off a 6 week workout plan that I had designed. I was so stoked to get started; I bought a food/workout journal from my gym, and was going to go shopping to get a bunch of healthy food for the next two weeks. Should have known that my kids would get sick.. it never fails!! Of all things, CHICKENPOX! So basically I am now stuck in the house from the next few weeks. To top it off my husband is going out of town for work and then up to our property to fini... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 13:59:12 EST My Workout Confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3451886 I went shopping with my best friend instead of working out!!!! I don't feel guitly either... I never get out in the evening by myself unless it is to go grocery shopping. I was suppose to go workout and had been so excited to go and do it in the morning before my oldest son got sick but had completely loss my ambition as 5 o'clock rolled around. My best friend got off of work around that time, so we went and walked around Target and talked. It was great!!! <BR> TODAY I WILL WORKOUT DOUB... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 17:37:16 EST Zion's Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3447874 In an older blog I wrote about how we were faced with a deleima of wanting/needing to have our son's hemangioma removed and the Drs. wanting us to put him on a heart medication for a year to shrink it and then removing what didn't shrink. Which was basicly making him a case study for deep tissue hemangiomas and these beta blockers. My husband and I finally took matters into our own hands and told the Drs. that we were not making him a case study, and that we wanted it removed because we felt... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 15:51:17 EST Alzheimer Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3383375 This blog has nothing to do with dieting* <BR> <BR> I have worked with Alzheimer patients since I was 16 years old, and something you may not know is that music is a GREAT tool to open up a Alzheimer's patients memory box. Think about it. How many songs do you link with an awesome memory? The song you danced with your dad to at your wedding, a graduation song, a song that themed up your best summer ever.... Every time I hear the song "Jukebox Hero" I start laughing uncontrollably at the ... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 17:27:54 EST July Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3379646 Well, It's a few days early, but I didn't make goals for the month of June, so I am jump starting July! <BR> 1.) Loose at least 6lbs in the Month <BR> 2.) Take my vitamins EVERYDAY <BR> 3.) Workout at the gym 3x's a week <BR> 4.) Blog at least 3x's a week <BR> 5.) Do a Body Comp. 2X's within the month <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 16:25:57 EST Lunch Time Lipo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3363467 I am sure all of us has had a "What the HECK just happend?" moment, and well learning about "lunch time lipo" gave my friends and I just one of those moments, not to mention a good laugh. <BR> A few weekends back, my two friends and I were having a yard sale. This lady stopped by and was looking at the table of clothes. She kept holding up pants to herself and then checking the size. We told her that there was ALL different sizes because it was a large collection of ours and other famil... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 13:04:15 EST SP I NEED YOU!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3356026 So I haven't even logged on to SP in over a month! Logging on today brought such joy to people who had sent me mail or left comments on mypage asking where the heck I have been and how things are going. <BR> Where to begin... Well my current status set 47 days ago says "BER7505 is back from vacation," and I guess I never REALLY came back from vacation. The past 47 days have been a blurr. We started building our house and my oldest son had to have surgery, so we have been traveling back... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 13:08:28 EST G'BYE 200 and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3159688 Mid week I stepped on the scale before tucking it away in the cupboard to clean, and I was pleasently greated with a 199 on the screen!!! I was stoked to see 198.3 on it this morning when I weighed in! All I have to say is: GOOD BYE- SO LONG-IT WAS NEVER NICE KNOWING YOU 2o0'S- AND I HOPE TO NEVER EVER EVER SEE YOU AGAIN!!!!! <BR> <BR> Next week we are heading to MT and I am a bit scared... I am making a bunch of healthy snack packs and I booked our hotels to have a pool and internet acc... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 19:21:32 EST That makes me feel good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3148710 My friend Megan applied for a part time job at the gym in the daycare. It really is a sweet deal. You get free daycare instantly and after 6 months free gym membership (which is awesome for her because she has 4 kids and pays $55 for daycare!!!). Anyway, yesterday she had the interview and I watched her kiddos. <BR> <BR> She told me that the gym ladies were talking about me in her interview (gulp); saying how good I am looking and how all the daycare workers call me "SuperMom" behind m... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 12:02:13 EST Reading Signs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3141297 I am sure that at one time or another everyone has asked for a sign. A sign that they are on the right path in life, a sign that they should or shouldn't take that job... the list goes on and on. I remember a few months after my dad died I was sitting at his grave crying and asking for a sign that everything was going to be alright, when I felt his mustache tickle my cheek like it always did when he kissed me. I didn't feel the kiss, just his mustache tickling me and a strong pressure like... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:40:47 EST This week is tough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3123616 I don't know why either. Between 1:30-2:30 my energy is gone and I want something sweet because of it. I have been working out every day so far this week... but goodness it takes every inch of my being to accomplish it. I'm such a dork, my friend and I were doing BodyAttack the other night and 15 minutes in I was ready to walk out. I kept thinking: "Jillian Michaels would be so mean to me right now if I were on biggest looser." So I toughed it out and did the last 15 but I didn't push ... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:09:26 EST Predicably Unpredicable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3091444 So I have been watching the Biggest Losser and a big part of loosing weight is finding things out about yourself/body. Well I notice that Melissa (red team) from the biggest looser and I have something in common. When she was kicked off (the first time) she said that she has learned that she can't trust her body. She gained a lb one week and lost a single lb another week... My body is just as unpredictable!!!!!!! <BR> I have an awesome week and then outta NO WHERE, I spontanously gain 3lb... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 13:08:01 EST Kicking off MONDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3082857 My twins turn one on Sunday, and my goal was to be 25 lbs lighter by that day. Dunno if I will get there after this weekend LOL, but I am going to bust my booty in the gym this week!!! I will be happy to just be in the 100's by Sunday, and I feel I can acheive that. I hope everyone had a GREAT Easter. We had a very low key day... my husband begged me to make my brownies and I gave in, also gave in and ate two [one sat, one sun] :( Oh well I can't deprive myself!!! <BR> HUGE ACHIEVEME... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 14:08:33 EST End of month review and NEW GOALS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3069233 My goals for March were: <BR> 1.) loose 6lbs in the month <BR> 2.) Go to the gym 3 times a week <BR> 3.) Go rollerblading 1 time a week <BR> <BR> As for the 6lbs: I actually gained 4 lbs one week, for no unknown reasons (actually in 3 days - probably bloating or something). But kicked it up and lost 9lbs the next week, and my goal was to be at 204 at the end of the month, but I was 203.6 when I weighed in on Tuesday!!!!! I think it is official that I am a gym rat; I went 5-6 days a week-... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 12:38:58 EST NO DIET PILLS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3034743 I think I have tried most diet pills on the market. My mom started giving them to me when I was probably 14.5 and they were relatively new to the market. Looking back now at pictures, a simple encouragement to join a sport or even a gym probably would have leaned me up… I was only a bit over weight at the time. But my mom thought that these pills in the bottle that have promised weight loss would do the trick. Over the last few years I have used diet pills off and on, but it was mostly fo... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 16:23:05 EST 4 weeks left http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3030664 My friend and gym buddy is in the Golds Gym Challenge and there is 4 weeks left so we are kicking it up! I am not doing the challenge, but I want her to win so bad!! We worked are little tushies off last week, and we have big plans for this week. She keeps saying that I need to be a trainer because I keep pushing her, which is funny because she is in better shape than me. <BR> I tried RPM or cycling this morning... not for me! I made it 13 min and up 2 hills and my knees were KILLING M... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 17:49:55 EST Blog Questionare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3023255 So I really need to get in the habit of blogging more and I told myself that I was gunna try to do it 3 days a wk and hahaha... that didn't happen. So here is a questionare bc I have nothing to really blog about. <BR> 1. What did you eat for breakfast? <BR> Fiber plus oatmeal w/ 2 tsp canola oil. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. How much water do you drink a day? <BR> 12 10oz cups or more! <BR> <BR> 3. What is your favorite workout? <BR> I have been doing a bunch of different workouts right now, but ... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 18:45:02 EST Enjoying Group Classes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3015362 When I joined the gym almost 4 years ago, I wanted to take the classes soooo bad, but I was affraid that I couldn't make it thru one. I would watch all these string beans heading up stairs for the classes and just know that I probably couldn't make it up the stairs LOL. <BR> I rejoined the Gym 3 wks ago with my friend, and she felt the same way about the classes... we just needed that moral support! We have almost taken all the classes they offer, and I have yet to find one that I don't l... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:22:23 EST Good day- wanted to share! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2963276 I finally joined the gym and COMPETELY LOVE IT!!!! I have been taking classes that I would have never seen myself taking! This week alone I have taken Kickboxing, Kinesis, and Zumba. With joining the gym I got two free kinesis classes which is AMAZING! I would love to take it once a week but it is $105 EXTRA a month. But it is more than worth it if ya have the money. <BR> <BR> I told my aunt that I was rollerblading on the loop twice a week as well, and she bought a pair for $10 and... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 17:49:53 EST End of Febuary reveiw and March GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2944258 My Febuary goals were: <BR> 1. to loose 6lbs in the month -goal goodie: Dinner with hubby <BR> 2. walk 2 miles 3X's a week - goal goodie: New outfit <BR> <BR> I accomplished both goals!!!! My husband and I went out to eat on Saturday, and it was wonderful!!! I ended up buying new workout pants and a sports bra because I was in a desperate need of them instead of clothes. <BR> <BR> <BR> MARCH GOALS!!! <BR> 1.) Loose 6lbs in the month <BR> 2.) Workout at the gym 3X's a week <BR> 3.) Rolle... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 16:43:53 EST My butt is gunna thank me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2927607 I have been doing a bunch of lunges the past two days. Ok pretty much all through the day! If I'm walking down the hall or to the bathroom... I'm a lungin'!!! And between rollerblading and lunging, my butt and back of my thighs are KILLING ME!!! But that good killing me, where if I am walking it hurts and reminds me to LUNGE! My butt will thank me in the end tho.. and I'm sure my hubby will too! Thu, 25 Feb 2010 15:38:55 EST My disappearing BIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2923449 For those of you that have never heard the term "BIF," it means " Butt In Front." That disgusting pooch below the belly button.. Yeah baby, now ya know what I'm talking about... maybe even carrying one around! <BR> I myself am one of those odd pear shapes. I carry my weight in my BIF, hips, and thighs. More my thighs, but my BIF is what I really really REALLY want to go away! I was reading the article about genes being partly to blame on the way you carry your weight and it said that ... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 17:45:17 EST Wanting to give up, but no reason why! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2918921 So this morning I woke up and I just wanted to throw in the towel. I really have no excuse why I felt this way, I weighed in this morning and I lost three pounds and I have actually been enjoying working out. I have continued to eat well today too. I had to go into town to buy my son a new pair of shoes and even packed a lunch just in case we went to my moms (she has WAY to many tempting foods). I even packed my sons bike and my rollerblades and did a mile at the loop trail while we wher... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 17:05:20 EST Homemade Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2906119 I stumbled upon a homemade yogurt recipe yesterday, and I was so excited that while I was reading it, I was actually starting it!!! I have been dying to make my own for about 3 years now and I have looked at different Yogurt Makers online... but dang they are expensive! Anway I started it yesterday and this morning I was shaking as I checked it.. I MADE YOGURT!!! And man oh man is it GOOOOOD!!! <BR> My family is highly alergic to cows milk so we use Lactaid Milk or goat, so I was a bit... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 16:34:37 EST 3 Apple A Day Diet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2894187 There is a book titled "The 3-Apple-A-Day Plan" by Tammi Flynn. She is a nutrition director at Gold's Gym in Wenatchee, Washington. Which is also my home town!!! Now at the beginning of EVERY year since 1997 they hold a Gold's Gym Challenge. I know there is a Gold's in New York and Las Vegas... but other than that I don't know how renown they are. Money goes to the man and women who "Transform" themselves. This isn't just based on weight or BMI. This is based on measurements, muscle ga... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 16:45:45 EST My most painful workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2885098 First off I would like to note: <BR> 1) I have a HORRIBLE equilibrium <BR> 2.) I am not graceful one bit <BR> 3.) I generally workout while my kids are taking their afternoon nap <BR> <BR> A treadmill note: <BR> My treadmill is a really old sears and roebuck brand; and if you put it on the highest speed (not running obviously) it takes the same amount of time to go a mile as i does at the speed i walk/jog at. I actually just realized this yesterday so I honestly believe that I am going A LO... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:16:25 EST Let me go pee first.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2880878 Every mother knows that carrying a baby reeks havoc on your bladder, and having twins destroyed my already weak bladder!! When I was 20 some odd weeks pregnant with my twins we went to a comedy benefit show for my DH work. The next morning I made a Dr. appointment because I thought I was leaking amniotic fluid. When my OB checked me that afternoon she asked me to simply "Clear my throat," and when I did, she was stumbling out of her seat to grab more napkins! She said she had never see... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 15:48:46 EST Such a SOUR mood :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2874987 Yesterday I had to go to the DSHS office to turn paperwork in for my mom. As I was sitting there 4 people came in; two girls, one about my age, one older, and two guys. One guy was the girl about my age's boyfriend, the other his brother. After they were really loud, they went into a side room right by where I was sitting. This room was also the Division of Child Care or CPS area. Anyway, about 10 minutes after they went into that room two women and a older man came in with an infant.. l... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 17:24:15 EST Our Hemangioma Debate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2866869 When my oldest son (now 3) was 2 weeks old I was burping him in the middle of the night, when I discovered a lump on his back. It was right between his shoulder blades and directly over the spine. The next morning we were promptly at the Dr's office to get answers. They told us that it was more than likely a hemangioma and sent us home with pamphlets. We learned that a hemangioma is your typical strawberry or birth mark that is on the skin. But in my sons case, it was deep under the ski... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 17:35:37 EST I didn't let it defeat me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2862083 So this past weekend we went to our property with a laundry list of things to get done in order to get the ball rolling for building. Generally I would have bickered and complained about having to help but not this time... or ever again. My new mentality is that it is a chance to get a little more of a workout in! <BR> <BR> Well, the goat pen needed cleaned out and all the manure moved to my garden area.. not a huge deal except my garden is down a big hill from the goat pen. I DID IT! ... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 16:23:47 EST A Picture Perfect Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2839723 In October of last year my beloved cousin Derek was in a car wreck in a blinding sand storm, he was on life support for 4 days before his brain finally shut down. My cousin lived his life to the fullest in the short time he was here - He worked hard and played even harder. Throughout the funeral pictures of his life flashed on a HUGE screen, and it dawned on me that I don't take nearly enough pictures of my kids and family. I vowed as I left that I was going to start capturing all our preci... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 10:46:06 EST I'm so EXCITED..yet I just might go CRAZY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2831091 So 2 years ago, my husband and I purchased 20 acres in a small town (which my hubby grew up in) in northern Washington. We have done a few things there: built a small cabin and a shed.. planted a tree that died (his idea not mine). It has been a slow path to building a house, with multiple bumps.. including pregnancy complications with twins, remodeling at my husbands work, and I couldn't begin on the issues on getting a well put in!!! But we are finally there... <BR> My husband is goi... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 13:59:48 EST February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2826722 Goals: <BR> 1.)*Original Goal* loose 6lbs in each month <BR> *Give it a try goal* loose 9lb by Valentines Day - A lady in one of my groups suggested giving it a try.. so I am. Sounds good, and I think will go great will my big February goal. <BR> <BR> 2.) Walk 2 miles 3 times a week (- if not more.) <BR> <BR> "Meet my goal goodies" - besides feeling great by meeting my goals, I want to add a few prizes, if you will, to add to my motivation. <BR> <BR> 1.) Dinner out with j... 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