BIGMAMAT's SparkPeople Blog BIGMAMAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Why not? No better time than the present to be mindful of my eating . Most of you know that I am a nurse and I work at the hospital. With the holidays fast approaching, everyone visits their loved one in the hospital. AND to show their appreciation, they bring food, and LOTS of it. And you guessed it, Candy , cakes, pies, cookies, cookies, cookies. All, my weakness...... <BR> So I have a choice, I can gain the Holiday 10 or I can lose it. I am choosing to LOSE it. My goal(success rate goes up when ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:00:03 EST weight loss and work update Hi everyone! Missing the good old days. Hope all is well with all of you! I haven't been on here for a while so I thought I would blog to let you all know what's going on with me. <BR> I started Midnights (3 12 hour shifts a week) and I am much enjoying my days off! Today is the first day of 6 off, happy girl right here! <em>100</em> <BR> I am planning to enjoy some of this "almost fall" weather. <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> As for the work, I have always enjoyed being a nurse. Hands on... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:12:46 EST First day at my new job Hi everyone! How was your Monday? I am blogging to update you on the changes in my life. I am so happy to say I survived my first day at my new job! <BR> <BR> It felt so strange to be the new kid on the block.. But, I survived and it was good! I am home early(which never happened at my other job) AND I ate good today! Soooo Happy! I finally feel like I am going to turn my life around. <BR> <BR> Happy Monday everyone. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:13:18 EST Time off Well Ladies, I've finally taken the plunge. I have been incredibly unhappy for about a year now. Struggling with with decisions. I have excepted a new job! <BR> <BR> I am going back to the hospital where I started out my nursing career. I am going to work 3 x 12 hr shifts . I need my life back! I need time off! Right now I am finding myself working 5x12 hr shifts, so anything would be an improvement. <BR> <BR> I don't start till June 30th so I am waiting a couple of weeks to put in... Fri, 30 May 2014 05:56:58 EST Time passing by Hi sparkfriends. I cant believe its been a month since I've been on. Hope everyone that's on and reading this is enjoying the signs of spring. I thought I would write a blog to let everyone know what's been going on in my life. <BR> <BR> As some of you know, I have been struggling with my job since starting with the new company in November. Lots of changes, difficulties and challenges. Working long hours. adjusting to full time. <BR> <BR> I am finally settling in to my new role. I h... Sun, 4 May 2014 19:40:11 EST reaching out for recipes Hi everyone! I am working full time now and I'm reaching out for support. I am struggling with how to get everything done. I have always been fortunate to work part time but recently upgraded to full time status.... I have been putting in 40 hrs plus a week and I am praying that as I get the hang of the job, the requirement will be less. I miss you all bunches.... I miss time at home taking care of things and I hate delegating . <BR> I really am looking to you all for your go to rec... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 22:30:42 EST Instant weight loss plan.... So, Unfortunately I have found a weight loss plan that is fool proof. At work Thursday, I was eating a small candy cane, and the cap on my tooth came off. It's a back tooth and it has had a root canal so it doesn't hurt but they can't get me in until Monday. This happened Thursday . I'm thinking, REALLY? I think it's a crazy that Monday is the first day they can see me??? What the heck. Ok. So I made a big pot of "skinny soup", put it in the blender and poof. Instant weight loss pla... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 18:39:00 EST busy life.... I don't know how we could be busier!!! This is cooper. Our new pound puppy. Boxer and???? Anyway. The good news is I am walking more, the bad news, I have no time!!! lol. I still miss my beloved LAB Sandy more than i ever thought I would, but this little guy is easing the heart ache. Hope this finds you well. Hugs. Tricia <img src=""> <img src=""> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 19:39:12 EST Haven't blogged for a while. Just wanted to share a little of what's going on with me. It has been a little crazy this summer with the job search. I know I shared a little with some of you and I just wanted you to know that I will be staying with the company that is buying out our hospice. Effective Sept first I will be with the new company. I received 5 job offers but that one ultimately was the best opportunity and fit my into my life and schedule. fingers crossed . Thought I would include a couple pictures. Our p... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 09:46:08 EST drum roll please.... Yep. That's right. I had a very successful weigh in on Monday! 7 pounds gone. Bam. <em>244</em> If you read my last blog, you know that Monday was my weigh in, in which I needed to demonstrate the ability to loose to get a discount on my insurance. So Monday was great. The rest of the week, not so good. <BR> <BR> Luke and I both have sinus infections.... When I get a sinus infection it triggers a flair up of my Trigeminal Neuralgia which means pain in the left side of my face. Who... Fri, 3 May 2013 20:44:49 EST Weigh in tomorrow So tomorrow is a big day for me. I have to meet with the wellness coordinator at our hospital and I have to have lost weight in order to get a 600 dollar discount on my insurance. Part of me thinks it's crap that this is required but what ever. I should show a weight loss. However, not all scales are created equal. We'll see. I lost 1.6 pounds this week. <em>104</em> <BR> I went on 2 big bike rides this week(20 miles each), and did yard work ALL day yesterday. Hours of strenuous manu... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:28:02 EST Time for a blog. Gosh, Totally can't believe I haven't blogged anything since early February! I'm still here. Doing my thing. Living life, day by day. One day at a time. <BR> After my blood work revealed my LDH was up in January, I had to meet with the wellness coordinator and dietitian at our Hospital to get a discount on my insurance. A total of 7 visits. <BR> Since January, I have lost 10 pounds! Yay me! <em>104</em> It has been a slow process but slow and steady wins the race, right? <em>134... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 18:09:11 EST Out with the old, in with the new. Welcome February! January's gone. Bring on February! Who's ready? <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm just sitting here this morning, drinking my coffee and reflecting on the past month. It's snowing here in WV. ( I was going to upload a picture but my computer is being silly). Anyway, I have lost 6 pounds since we came back from vacation! Yay! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I have made great improvements in my intake and I am 13 days into my 100 day challenge. I have exercised at least 20 minutes a day. I hav... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 10:41:14 EST In pursuit of happiness. Are you happy? In general I think I'm a happy person. God has blessed me beyond reason. I have happy well rounded kids(that drive me crazy) In general I'm a healthy middle aged woman with a career, a beautiful family . <BR> <BR> What affects your happiness factor.? <BR> Well my happiness factor seems to be affected BIG TIME by my FAT factor. lol. Maybe it's the fact that I eat better when I am in pursuit of healthy. And when I am in pursuit of healthy, I am exercising, I'm outside mo... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 08:19:09 EST Back to the real world. Vacations are nice aren't they? No cooking, or cleaning. Someone else doing all the work. I could get use to that. Well I spent the entire year getting ready for our big trip to Cali. <BR> <BR> It was the vacation of a life time for us. Our 14 year old son marched in the Rose Parade. Talk about a proud moment. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> He made the front page of the paper here in Morgantown. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We arriv... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:33:17 EST Just a little update. Just wanted to blog and let you'all know that we got off pretty lucky as far as the storm goes. The electric was off for a short time , had some tree limbs down, but that was it. My parents and a couple of people I work with still do not have electric. I am feeling blessed today for things to be back to normal. <BR> We had a band meeting this week and are finalizing the trip details for the Rose Bowl Parade. I am really excited now! They have raised 218,000 dollars with the fundraisers and ... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 20:18:04 EST waiting for Sandy. Hi everyone. Sending much love to you all. <BR> <BR> We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Sandy This evening. The flashlights are ready. The massive snow is going below us on the map and they are just calling for winds with gusts up to 50 mph, rain, and flooding here in Morgantown. They have already called school off tomorrow.Thanks so much for checking in. Will check in soon. Stay safe. Love you. T Mon, 29 Oct 2012 21:57:42 EST poached eggs. So I tried poached eggs for the first time today. Yummy! I think I have a new favorite. I asked my daughter if she new what they were. <BR> <BR> ME: Do you know what a poached egg is? <BR> <BR> MY DAUGHTER: An egg killed out of season? <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I nearly died. <em>211</em> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:03:58 EST peace of mind.(non weightloss blog) Ok. I am warning you all that this is not about weight loss. This blog is about a break in attempt at my house the other night. <BR> Thursday morning at 1215am someone was beating on my front door. I was still awake and Shawnee was up working on a paper. They could see me through the glass. It was a young couple. The girl looked like she was crying . I didn't open the door but walked over to it and said, can I help you?? He said"we need help" I said what's wrong? He said we broke down. ... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 21:52:22 EST Fall is here. I simply love, love, love fall. <em>465</em> Anyone else? <BR> I'm sitting at the table for a few minutes sparking, and I noticed the leaves are starting to turn. The windows are open and there is a slight breeze coming in. I can hear Football in the background and there is a nice yummy pot of chili on the stove. Gotta love it. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> We had a parade Thursday evening and a highschool football game Friday night. My eating hasn't been the best but I'm tracking. AND exe... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 13:36:49 EST Fall Challenge We started a fall challenge yesterday at work. Weighed in, pounds written down. goal on paper! There is something fun and exciting about making a plan. <BR> <BR> Pencil, paper, and goal. It's that easy. Now an action plan to make things happen. <BR> <BR> There are 102 days before my vacation. (don't laugh girls, you know you like to look good in your pictures. lol. ) 102 days . I want to exercise 100 days . I will give myself 2 days off if need. 30 minutes a day. That's not hard to ... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:28:28 EST Chicken wing dip and stuff.... Well It's confession time. I probably ate 5000 calories yesterday. Yes, it is possible, and YES I blew it. BIG TIME. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> My husbands cousin was in from Indio CA, and he visited with us last night. I started my day out with a nice berry smoothie, followed by a chicken/spinach salad which was to die for. Then it all went down hill from there. I had 4 peanut butter cookies, <BR> <BR> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <BR> <BR> On my way home, ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 07:19:23 EST Down 17.6 pounds! Ok, Now I'm excited. The momentum is going, the pendulum is swinging in the right direction! <BR> <BR> One month ago, the lightbulb came on, <em>3</em> and I discovered something about myself. <BR> <BR> I NEED GOALS!!!! For me, that goal is to slim down before our trip to California in December/January. It is a huge trip for us, and there will be lots of picture taking ect and I want to be smaller. LOL (so that's the long term goal. ). Gotta set my eyes on the prize. <BR> <BR... Sun, 27 May 2012 08:16:32 EST Woke up looking like this... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HAHAHAHA. I WISH. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> A girl can dream, can't she. <BR> (You asked for a picture, lol.. ) <BR> <BR> I may feel like this, but that body left me long ago. hahaha. I laugh. <BR> <BR> I did however, have a great week. I was successful at tracking every day , I ate lots of fruits and veggies , exercised 5 out of 7 days as planned. I drank water. Not 8 glasses every day, but its a start. <... Sun, 6 May 2012 09:40:52 EST Woke up looking like Shrek... Maybe I looked more like Fiona. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I woke up with my left eye almost swollen shut. lol. It doesn't hurt but I just look ridiculous.My family couldn't stop laughing at me. (They are so compasionate) <BR> <BR> To celebrate my wonderful new face, I had a swamp smoothie. <BR> (it looked like a a green mess) <BR> <BR> (yogurt, wheat germ, spinach, flax seed, milk and a large granny smith apple). <BR> <BR> It r... Fri, 4 May 2012 19:56:23 EST mama's got a plan Ok, go ahead and say it. Its about darn time!!! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I had to take the vehicle to get the oil changed today so I had some time to myself to think. ( Alot of time. I'm not sure but I think everyone except my husband was out doing that today)... Anyway.... <BR> <BR> What's missing in my life? A PLAN!! OMG. total light bulb going off here. <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> So instead of continuing to kick myself for backsliding, I am going to create some ... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 20:16:56 EST Stink bugs and other random stuff Ok, its 1230am and I am still awake. Partially because my daughter 19 took my 13 year old to the midnight premiere of the hunger Games, partly because I am snotting from the sinus infection, AND partially because the stink bugs are keeping me awake! I can hear them flying and it drives me crazy. I watched an ER once were they picked a bug out of someone's ear. Call me crazy but that sounds very unpleasant. hahaha. I laugh. I just evicted 4 of them from my house. <BR> Does anyone else hav... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 00:48:40 EST all is well. OK, I am able to breathe now. I went at 9 to see the guy at the bank about the fraudulent charges to my account. He was beyond helpful. He said he will have my money back in my account by Noon. I didn't even have to threaten his life. lol. He told me that this happens at least weekly... I asked him before I left when the lecture was coming, and he said " It's happened before to me so how can I lecture you??" <BR> <BR> The police officer came yesterday to pick up the narcotics that w... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 10:14:22 EST I feel violated... Gosh, I don't even know where to begin....It's been a really crappy weekend. <BR> Friday they caught a criminal in my back yard hiding behind our building(shed).... My kids were at the neighbors and looked out to see 3 police cars with lights in our yard(driving on our lawn) arresting someone ... <BR> So my husband took them for a walk yesterday (tracking and recreating the whole capture thing, you know, csi...) and found drugs. We called the police and are expecting them to come this a... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 12:26:14 EST I have a dream. Many years ago a brilliant man had a dream..... <BR> <BR> <BR> In Martin Luther King Jr.'s speach he wrote <BR> <BR> " I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. <BR> <BR> I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." <BR> <BR> Beauti... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 08:26:13 EST Choices. Yep. I'm still making them. lol. Some good, some bad. Mostly good!!! Yay!! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> This week(due to peer pressure, lol), we switched to greek yogurt. sprinkle with a bit of granola and 1/2 cup of berries and I must say this is my favorite meal! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I had salmon, salads, brown rice, stirfry. YUM. <BR> <BR> I tried a hot tottie for the first time! <BR> <BR> <em>469</em> Was feeling like I was getting a cold, but thankfully that passed. <BR> <BR> I ... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 09:26:48 EST Peer pressure. So my husband comes home from work the other day and says, " I want to try the yogurt in the little short round containers..." Why honey? I asked. "Cause that's the kind Danny and Michelle eat." OMG. I say to myself. You're a 49 year old man. lol. <BR> <BR> So after some thought, I bring out the paper and point to the Chobani yogurt. "That's it!" He's so excited at this point I am laughing to myself. <BR> <BR> I picked up some the next day and so there you have it. We have caved in ... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 09:47:45 EST Choices. Choices. Yep. I'm making them. Had a great week! 3 pounds bite the dust! Yay! <BR> <BR> There are veggies in my house again. <BR> <BR> I passed up Mcdonalds and went home and made eggs with peppers and spinach. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I survived the week without any chocolate oatmeal cookies from sheetz. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Ate my favorite fruit with my daughter last night, a pomegranate! We finished looking like we had massacred a small animal with the juice everywhere but we ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 19:32:22 EST And so it begins again... No New Year resolutions for me. just a fresh start. <BR> A new beginning. <BR> Everything is new again. <BR> A new calendar on the wall. No marks, no appointments, just days, open for adventure. <BR> What are you going to accomplish this year? <BR> I just want to eat healthier. It's all about choices right? I want to make good choices. better choices. <BR> <em>491</em> <em>492</em> <em>267</em> <em>274</em> <BR> No weight goals, <BR> no lose 10 sizes or lose half my weight, and m... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 18:57:34 EST Quick weekend update Just wanted to stop by and blog to fill you'all in about my horrendous weekend. My beautiful daughter was in a bad wreck on Saturday night. NOT HER FAULT. She's ok but it was really scary. She had a mild concussion, neck strain. You know, the usual wreck stuff. She has an irregular heart beat now that she never had before?? so we have an apt set up with a Cardiologist. Dealing with insurances. The other insurance claimed responsibility. Now it's insurances, bad estimates and such. so this... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 21:46:11 EST Are you making healthy choices, come share with me! Ok, Let's hear it! I know your making good choices so come and share with me! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, not so good here but back on track today! I have found a new breakfast favorite. Cream of wheat with 1 tbs of peanut butter, 1/2 of banana and a tablespoon of pecans. Yummmm. <em>4</em> Home today with a sick kid so hopefully will stay on track. I am making a pot of chili for dinner tonight, great for a cold rainy day. <BR> <BR> <em>257</em> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 09:37:58 EST I killed it. Yep. That's right friends. I've killed another sweeper. Ugh. I've already texted my husband to confess so I am sure the grief is coming. lol. I usually buy 3 a year and it doesn't seem to matter how expensive it is. They just die. I can't help it. <BR> <BR> Since I cant vaccum any more today, I decided to use the elliptical machine which I would like to say I enjoyed.. lol. Hope everyone is having a good Tuesday. hugs. Tricia <em>247</em> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:11:23 EST Chocolate. I love Chocolate. <em>493</em> In any form. I even like chocolate vitamins. What's wrong with me??? lol <BR> <BR> I am eating my serving size of mini chocolate chips. 1 Tablespoon, 14 grams , 70 calories. For all you curious people out there this is 127 mini chocolate chips. Hahaha. <BR> I laugh. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So do you Love chocolate and if so How do you get your chocolate fix??? Hum??? <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 21:20:41 EST Ok, suggestions please. Ok sparkfriends. I need to know what you make for dinner on nights you are in a time crunch? <BR> So my oh so precious daughter(can you feel the sarcasm???) pissed me off this evening. The new guy she's dating was telling her how lucky she was to live at home because she doesn't have to eat that dorm food. Well shawnee shared with me that she laughed and said"oh don't think what we have is better, we have take out 3 times a week.!" Why did this make me mad? Well It's like this. <BR> 1... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 21:35:19 EST Confessions of a bigmama If your reading this you probably have been expecting it. I think some of you all know me better than I know myself... <BR> I told a sparkfriend today I hadn't been on lately because I had been BAD. Or have I been bad because I haven't been on sp??? <BR> <BR> (here comes the confession part) <BR> <BR> In 6 months I lost 50 pounds and in 9 months I gained 43 of it back. (wow, that was really hard to admit ...) <BR> <em>46</em> I guess I just feel like such a failure. <BR> How did it happ... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 22:41:15 EST a picture is worth a thousand words. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I saw this picture and I realized, this is me. I am moving forward , upward I go. It won't be easy, but I am ready to begin again. One step at a time. It is so easy to slip back into making wrong choices and living an unhealthy lifestyle. I choose today to move forward. <BR> <BR> Thank you friends for standing by me. Lets make some good healthy choices. <em>213</em> Mon, 5 Sep 2011 23:25:39 EST August goals Hi everyone! I am back from the beach and ready to take that step into committed sparking again. It's always wonderful to get back to a routine. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> My goals are easy. <BR> Do more of this <em>311</em> , and less of this <em>4</em> . <BR> Eat more of this <em>45</em> <em>291</em> <em>267</em> <em>140</em> , <BR> and less of this <em>473</em> <em>475</em> <em>76</em> <em>494</em> . <BR> <BR> August is my month. I am in control. (I think I can, I think I can,... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 15:13:24 EST a ray of sunshine. <em>67</em> <BR> Just stopping by to blog and let every one know that I am still kicking. lol. I am feeling much better but I am still not making good food choices and I have lost my focus. Tomorrow is a new day. Sending love your way. Tricia <em>247</em> <BR> Sun, 22 May 2011 22:18:11 EST I know you are going to think I make this stuff up... Hi everyone. Just dropped in to make my rounds, answer my mail, and ect. I have been sick since last Thursday. I figured it was the flu, acouple of days in bed, blah, blah, blah. <BR> <BR> Day 6. Still not feeling well . Temp 100.7. ugh. <BR> <BR> As a woman, you know I still have to keep going. <em>24</em> You know, dishes, laundry, housework kids ect. <BR> <BR> Well it all hit me at once this morning when I had to take logan to the bus stop. <em>46</em> The flood gates... Wed, 11 May 2011 08:08:18 EST This little piggy. <img src=""> <BR> This is a pig. Isn't he cute! <BR> <BR> My blog has nothing to do with This little pig I just knew the title would make you look! Couldn't resist could you? lol. <BR> <BR> I bet you thought I was going to say something about this little piggy went to .... Nope. <BR> <BR> I actually was wondering why this little guy is so darn cute??? <BR> <BR> And the big question of the day, How come the crazy sales people ha... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 23:34:02 EST The sun is shining my friends. Wow. I was just outside and was almost blinded by this beautiful yellow orb in the sky! <em>67</em> Woohooo! The sun is out my friends!! I have gotten alot accomplished this morning so I am going to treat myself to a nice long walk/run! <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> So my husband says to me last night and I quote " dude, you need to get back in to it". Ok. What are you talking about? <BR> <BR> You need to get back into exercising. I have to admit that at first I was a little pertur... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 10:52:00 EST Claiming it. Ok. No excuses. I claim it. .... You know what "IT" is. <BR> <BR> IT is responsibility for slipping into old patterns and habits. <BR> <BR> IT is feeling sorry for myself because I lost control. <BR> <BR> It is letting pain win. <BR> <BR> Here is my correction plan. <BR> <BR> I am off for the next 10 days. I will exercise at least 8 of the next 10 days. I will log my food. I will make smart healthy choices! <em>267</em> <em>491</em> <em>45</em> <em>69</em> <em>485</em>... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 09:52:49 EST A day for me. So I went to get my hair done today at a place my friend recommended. I stopped in yesterday to make an appointment and it looked like they served the rich and famous (definitely not me) but I made and appointment anyway. <BR> On the way there today I was talking to my friend about "the experience" I started to get a little nervous(just my nature). I thought I was signing up for a hair cut and color not all this foofoo stuff but ok, what ever. <BR> <BR> She continued to tell me about h... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 17:16:08 EST I forgot. Ok, I forgot. <BR> <BR> This seems to be my theme for today. <BR> <BR> I forgot to eat breakfast. <BR> <BR> I forgot to stop for lunch until I was ridiculously hungry. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I forgot how to eat healthy. I had a coffee and two donuts. <em>473</em> <BR> <BR> I forgot, until I was reminded by my beautiful sparkfriend , That I had given up donuts for lent. OOPS. My BAD. <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> Good thing God knows my memory isn't real good, but my heart was in the... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 21:17:30 EST Quick health update. I got the unofficial results on my MRI that I had on Saturday. NEGATIVE! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> (The reason I say unofficial is that the DR. hadn't called me with results so I went to Medical Records and signed a release form and got my results. MY results, MY right) <BR> <BR> Anyway, My understanding is that the type of Trigemineal Neuralgia that I have is atypical which simply means nothing would show up on that MRI . Exactly what my brilliant doctor had expected. No surgical int... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 18:46:21 EST