BIGMAMAT's SparkPeople Blog BIGMAMAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Weekends with Bigmamat (#3) Hey Sparkfriends! <em>213</em> Excited to do the weekend blog. <BR> Good bye July! <em>253</em> <BR> <em>524</em> August! <BR> <BR> July has been my friend. A fresh start, a new perspective, a new Motto, a new beginning. <BR> <BR> Started at 243# <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> LOST 11# <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Current weight 232# <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> GAINED endurance and perspective. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I wanted to lose 8 pounds .Met my weight loss goal for J... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:24:51 EST SKINNY GIRLS EAT CAKE, WHY CAN'T THE CHUNKY GIRL HAVE A DOUGHNUT? I am feeling thankful for this site this morning and all the fabulous sparkpeople I have met along the way. <BR> I am treating everyday as a new start, making positive choices and it's showing. 10 pounds down! Woohooooo!!!!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I realized after reading other people's blog and evaluating my yo-yo ways, that what I was feeling after LETTING myself have that doughnut was guilt. Why should I feel guilty about having ONE doughnut.? It's not like I do it everyday and I o... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:31:46 EST Tomorrows a new day. Tomorrow is a new day. Thank goodness. after working the last two days, I decided that this morning I would allow myself a doughnut on the way home. Just one. <em>473</em> <BR> Why? After two very long night-shifts I felt like i could splurge a little. <BR> Why does one splurge lead to another? <BR> Weakness.... <BR> Ate my doughnut on the way to pick up and deliver the boys to band. had a complete melt down because I couldn't find my wallet which turned out to be in DH vehicle . ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:13:52 EST Weekends with Bigmamat (#2) I am blogging a few days early. (No it's not Sunday yet. LOL) <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I lost one more pound this week for a total of 8 pounds which was my first goal! Yay!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I have exercised like a mad woman <em>198</em> , but unfortunately I have also eaten like one. Not really, but I did go over my calories a couple of days. I'm tracking though. <BR> <BR> Worked really hard to try and get the family a little more active this week. We went and played tenn... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:23:34 EST Fantastic Day! Up early today. Middle child had to be at band camp at 630 this morning and its about 1 hr and 20 minutes away. THAT'S REALLY EARLY!!! <em>102</em> I really enjoyed the ride there talking to him, (really the only way to get quality time with a teen is trapped in the car, lol) <BR> Then I went to my mom and dads for a surprise visit. They loved it. They were eating breakfast, so we had coffee and enjoyed the time. Mom and I took a nice walk and had some alone time to talk which was reall... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:02:59 EST Weekends with Bigmamat(#1) Good morning Sparkfriends! I have decided that I will make a weekly blog on the weekends so I can share(and track) my progress and so you can share yours! I am, once again, happy and excited to be on this weightloss journey. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 8 pounds a month, which is 2 pounds a week. I have lost 7 pounds in July so far. <em>334</em> Still waiting on the next pound to drop off. <em>386</em> <BR> I have a digital scale and it kills me when I see a glimmer of that nex... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 09:42:45 EST Success is so much more than a number on a scale A number is only a number. That's right. I said it. There are so many things I love about this site. <em>252</em> <BR> I love it that people from all walks of life can come together with the same goal " to be healthy". Yes, weight loss may be important, but when I read the success stories, that's not the only thing I see. People in these stories talk about their improved health, and the increased ability to do things. Lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, normal cholesterol levels... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:02:21 EST REBOOT TIME Came back from vacation refreshed and renewed. After my birthday I decided its time to press the restart button. Here we go . Hold on tight! Personally I find a direct correlation with my weight and confidence and happiness. I have always felt that people treat me different when I'm heavier. TRUTH. But then it occurred to me that MAYBE I'm more likeable when I'm thinner. <BR> <BR> Maybe my attitude is better when I'm thinner. <em>40</em> So my goal is to work on being positive. Mak... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00:34:12 EST feeling blue So, My last status was 19 days ago. ugh. I have had a big set back again. I feel like a broken record. I cycle so badly. I was doing soooo good and BAM. set backs happen. I hurt myself at work. long story. pulled a hamstring and hurt my back. Super sad. I was off a week and then had to go back because I don't have FMLA, haven't been there a year yet. Anyway, Still having major pain issues so could use some extra prayer. Love you lots. And please pray I get a handle on this eating! ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:59:34 EST work, work work.... So I got on to spend a little spark time and realized that I hadn't been on for 6 days! what's that. lol. Then I realized that I worked Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 12 hr shifts. So that explains my absence . I need to get back on track. Not that I have been bad, exactly, just not good. lol <BR> I went to the gym today but only for 40 minutes. Just busy. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I found a buyer who wants to buy all of my eggs. lol. I sold 5 1/2 dozen today! Yay!!! . So once... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:01:01 EST busy day Feeling accomplished today! woke up early. Enjoyed to morning solitude. so nice. might be my favorite time of the day. Sent the boys off to school. Delivered 5 dozen eggs. (which cleared out my fridge a good bit) Went to the gym and did one hour of cardio. A friend saw me in the locker room and asked me if I showered. Um, no, that's sweat! Yay!! <BR> picked up the boys from the bus since school let out early due to rains/ and flooding in the area. snow in the forecast tonight. made sup... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:33:35 EST Last day of February I can't believe February is gone! Looking forward to a wonderful March full of mild weather(insert optimism hear) It has been a bitterly cold February full of snow. <BR> <BR> As I wrote in my last Blog, Not the weight loss that I wanted but moving forward. 9 in January, 4.5 in February = 13.5. I'll take it! Double digits baby! Woot, Woot. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Every pound gone is a victory! Thinking positive thoughts. <BR> <BR> My goals for March? Thinking positive. Movin... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:53:10 EST moving forward Moving forward. Straight ahead. The road is rocky, lots of hills but beautiful all the same. <BR> Extremely slow weight loss and progress.... With today being the 24th, reality is hitting hard. Not going to meet goal this month. THIS is ok. Moving forward. <BR> <BR> What could I have done differently. Honestly, I think the sweet splurges (sugar cravings, ugh) got me this month. Cold and snowy.... I hate to even step out of the house on those days. Just coming off a big work stretch. <... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:18:22 EST Triple Yoke(non weightloss related blog from Crazy Chicken Lady!) Ok, no question what this one is about! <em>30</em> might as well have been a golden egg. I'm so darn excited. <BR> <BR> TRIPLE YOKE!!! No joke. <img src=""> <img src=""> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:46:24 EST Mid February Blog Happy Valentines day! So this morning I weighed in at 12 pounds down since the first of the year. Yay! Right on target. February loss has been slow. I was one pound past goal in January so I am right where I need to be. 9 last month, 3 this month =12. Goal for the end of February is 16 total. <BR> <BR> 4 more pounds. <BR> <BR> I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..... <BR> <BR> Hubby bought me a fit bit for our anniversary today! Woot, woot! so excited. Maybe this will he... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:38:57 EST Hello February!!! Come share your goals with me. Welcome February! Statistics show that people who write down there goals are more successful. So here we go! Let's share. <BR> In January I lost 9 pounds. Yay! My goal was 8 pounds down so I am soo happy to have met that. <em>104</em> <em>521</em> <BR> I would like to add that my 11 year old has been carefully watching what he has been eating and he lost 10.5!! So proud of him. <BR> <BR> So that brings me to February. <BR> <BR> I am hoping for an 8 pound weight loss. <e... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:00:12 EST favorite things. I always seem to go in cycles with my food choices. I get a favorite thing, eat the heck out of it, get tired of it, then move on to something else. Does anyone else do this? <BR> <BR> Thank goodness I have left the donut phase. <em>473</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> So I have discovered that I love coconut oil. Just a little dab will do ya, and its suppose to be good for you so I have been using it will my scrambled eggs and sautéed shrimp in it the other day. Yummmy! <em>4</em> ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:33:17 EST Mid January Mid January update. Its cold here. I guess it's cold most places, it is January! <BR> I was so excited to get my Spark activity tracker, but of course after a couple of days its gone! I've lost it. The crazy thing seems to come and go from my kitchen where my computer is, because it is syncing periodically? I think my dog ate it! <em>40</em> <BR> I have done well but the last couple of days made some poor eating choices( I am tracking them even though I'm not proud of them).Trackin... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:27:12 EST January Hi friends! Happy New Year. Looking forward to see what 2015 brings. 2014 brought some big changes for me. I resigned my position with Hospice and went back to work at the hospital. I am finally adjusting to my new job and settling in. love the 12 hr shifts. more days at home to enjoy the things that really matter. <BR> I got a Spark people activity tracker for Christmas and joined planet fitness! So excited. looking forward to great things to come this Year and moving forward with you a... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 22:39:44 EST 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