BIGTNLITTLET's SparkPeople Blog BIGTNLITTLET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Mother's Day Weekend This weekend was mother's day and it was such a lovely weekend.We had beautiful, if sometimes stormy, weather. Last year for mother's day I wanted a "spa" day in my house and got to go to the zoo instead. This year I had fairly low expectations, I just did not want to have to cook or clean. My husband made me breakfast in made, twice! Took me to the mall on the way to drop off my step-daughter and let me shop for 2.5 hours by myself. I bought two books and just read at Barnes and Nobles then ... Mon, 12 May 2014 11:20:49 EST How to change an ingrained mindset Something my husband and I have been talking about for a while has been the ability to throw food away. When he grew up resources were scarce. He lived on a family dairy farm and with 7 children in a rural area there was not much of an opportunity to eat out. I am only one of 2 children, I grew up with my mom and dad both working full-time, but as a cop and a nurse, so time together was often more valued then eating from scratch, so we ate out, frequently. My husband I have developed a hybrid... Tue, 6 May 2014 15:40:22 EST Let's Go! I am down 9-10 pounds (it depends on who looks at the scale). We had to buy a cheap scale because our good one broke. I would love to get an Aria but money is a little tight at the moment, so we bought a cheap $10 scale, however I can't see the hashmarks on the scale so I have to estimate or have my husband look for me. Anyway 9 lbs or 10 it's still pretty awesome. <BR> <BR> I celebrated by taking a long HOT bubble bath last night. I NEVER take baths, one because then I have to clean all my... Mon, 5 May 2014 15:59:54 EST A tought week ending well This week we had to make the difficult decision to put our dog down. This was very tough as we've had her for 3.5 years, almost as long as we've had T. Sophie (our beagle) was instrumental in getting me up and moving after I had T to be healthy again and after I had little man she helped to lift me out of my PPD. <BR> <BR> I didn't do very well eating the night we put her down, some mexican and margarita's and dessert were involved, however I did not clean the plate and I took home a lot of ... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:34:13 EST Tripping I just got back from my multiple trips and we had a terrific time in Florida. We did a MASSIVE amount of walking and swimming. My daughter loved the pool and Disney and my son is going to be a regular swimmer, he kept "diving" head in the water. We got back from Florida and then 2 days later I was on the road for work. I spent 3 quality days doing a lot of computer work. Wednesday I go to re-unite with my "tribe", former students wanted advice, I zumba'd with my zumba girls and then had dinne... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:18:55 EST Keep on keeping on Today I stretched when I woke up but miss t woke up right after me so I didn't get any formal work out in, but I got some lovely snuggles, which I needed. I made healthy decisions at lunch which will keep me on track. I have been downing water like crazy and so far haven't touched sweet tea or coke (my biggest weaknesses). It's the small victories that I am counting on right now. I know that by eliminating the soda I will improve my health and diet, so even if that is my biggest first step, i... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 15:56:23 EST Here we go again... I woke up this morning as my husband was getting ready to leave for the day. Normally we wake up at the same time (5:15am) and he gets ready while I wake up slowly. Today he was out the door by 5:15 to get to work an hour early since our dog has been ill, so I took the opportunity to do a short work out. I had pinned a few workouts that looked quick and simple that I could do in the bedroom, but I've never used them. Today I decided to get out of bed and do these simple workouts and I am GLAD... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:17:43 EST A Good Week gone Bad I weighed in yesterday and the scale said I gained 3 lbs. I know that is not the most it could have been and I have been trying to keep a good attitude, but sometimes it is so hard to do that. I am determined to go for a walk with the dog tonight, volunteer on Saturday and do some yoga either Friday, Sunday or both. I am also determined to eat much healthier than I did while my parents were here. <BR> <BR> The ironic thing is that my mom is always commenting on how she needs to lose weight (... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:35:07 EST TWO!! My little girl turns two tomorrow (really at 1:16am) and I just love the little imp that she is becoming. Her grandmother says she sees so much of me in her, and then she starts to climb and test her boundaries (which I apparently never did). We are going to the new aquarium and then maybe out for lunch. She is stubborn and independent, loving and too helpful, but I love the little girl she is turning out to be. When I asked her who is turning 2 tomorrow, she pointed to a poster of Minnie M... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 17:39:09 EST Is it the weekend yet? I live 1500 miles away from my family so I am SUPER excited when they come to visit. They live on the East coast in Delaware and survived Sandy and are doing well. Now our big concern is will they make to Kansas? Their flight out is not until Saturday, so I hope so. I know there a re lots of other worries for people wit this hurricane, but now that I know my family is ok I am feeling a little better. <BR> <BR> Zumba and dinner last night was as fantastic as I expected it to be. It is my 3rd... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:46:13 EST ZUMBA :) I am just os excited as tonight is Zumba night! A friend and I have committed to doing zumba together and tonight is the night, plus we are going out to eat before. We are going to McAlisters' a semi-local chain, but they have great entree salads that are wonderful and a wonderful interactive menu planner so you can really see what you are getting into. Plus they have tea! I used to love their sweet tea (I still do....) but now I get half sweet half unsweet or all unsweet. Yeah for Zumba and ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:55:01 EST I am an athlete... I am an athlete, although not in the typical sense and I currently do not have an "athletes" body. I have been riding horses since I was 5 years old- I am coming up on 25 years of horses in my life. I do not remember my first ride but I do remember the opportunity. I was asked if I wanted to ride, I remember the barn smell, the dust everywhere and I remember jumping up and down say "yes, yes, yes". I remember my mom telling me I would have to give up ballet-I had no qualms about that. I reme... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 14:48:42 EST Horses and Vegetables Random entry title huh? Eventually I will get there. <BR> <BR> Starting with Horses. It has been 1 year since I made the decision to put my Bella down. It has been 1 year since I stepped into a stable or touched a horse; it has been a tough year. I needed time to heal, to not feel guilty to take care of my family. I wrote a few weeks ago that I was going to be volunteering at a local therapeutic stable. Saturday was my training, it was also 1 year since putting my lovely mare down. It was ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:11:52 EST My "Personal Trainer" My little girl is not yet two and she has become my personal trainer over the past few weeks. It started because her brother (who is just shy of 4 months) lifts his legs in the air in an attempt to figure out how to roll over. One day I laid on the floor and did the same and then came down, then she joined us and every time our legs went up we said "UP" and then we did the same with pelvic tilts. Now my little girl lays down on the floor, puts her legs in the air and says "UP" and then pat... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 14:06:52 EST Weekend Success This weekend was my son's baptism and we had family in town and celebration abounds. I had multiple successes this weekend. <BR> <BR> 1)My husbands and my families don't really get along, but there was no tension this weekend. <BR> 2)I was able to get a 1 mile walk/run in on Saturday morning. <BR> 3) I tracked everything I ate; even when my plans changed. My tracker shows that I was under, but I ate a lot of locally made or homemade (not by me) foods, so it was difficult to track everything.... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:02:11 EST Doing More I am so excited as I am working on doing more. My current supervisor is moving on to a new job, which is great for her, sad for me as she is fabulous. She and I are going to be doing a Zumba class once a week beginning next Monday and I am so excited about it. Before I was pregnant with little man I was in a Zumba calls through our local parks department, but it was not fantastic, then I became pregnant and had horrific morning sickness-all the time. So I am so exited to be starting this. <... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:50:07 EST Losing It... I am losing it...slowly. In this case it is a good thing! I have recently lost 4 lbs, but it has been a while since I weighed myself and it feels good. My clothes are also fitting slightly better, which is encouraging. <BR> <BR> I am participating in a slim down challenge that my employer is putting on, the requirement is that you need to weigh in on Wednesday's. Who ever loses the largest percentage of body weight wins prize money. The prize money is from the entry fees of the contestan... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:08:02 EST Making Time... Today is my second half day back of work. Today was my first day of trying to fit in excercise in the new normal. Last wekk I was able to excercise after dropping my daughter at daycare, by taking little man and dog for a walk before it was 100+ degrees (I'm a weather whimp and I'll own it). I HATE heat and I don't really like the cold. I was determined today to make some time for me. So I am bloggin while my dear sweet husband gives our daughter a bath and little sleeps. <BR> <BR> I wa... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:32:15 EST I think I can... In October I stopped sparking right after I wrote about how much I had accomplished in 12 weeks. I was so happy and proud and then I stopped. Why? I found out I was pregnant with our second child. He was born a healthy 8 lbs 12 oz on June 13. I am thrilled that we have our new addition, but now I have to re-figure out how to be healthy with two under two. My toddler is keeping me active, except for the 100+ degree heat. Iam having a hard time dealing with the lack of sleep, as little man i... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:37:23 EST What I did in 12 weeks! <BR> I just received an email that said "congrats for being on sparkpeople. com for 12 weeks" I can't believe it has been 12 weeks. It really is tremendous what I feel I have accomplished in 12 weeks. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did it! For the first time EVER I ran/walked 5K. Now I am training for the Trick or treat 5K and still have 2 weeks before I "HAVE" to do this, but I am following the run/walk program on here and yesterday was 5K day. Great news-me and Sophie the dog did it!! It was ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:38:22 EST THANK YOU!! Thank you to everyone who left me such supportive statements on my last blog...This is why I spark! I really appreciate the people who affirmed my good decision making. I am happy to say that while I again did not lose any weight this week I did not GAIN weight either. My body seems to be happy right here-I'm not and I am continuing to work on my 5k program, zumba and eat healthy. <BR> <BR> Last night on my way home from my zumba class I stopped to get my husband a mini Hawaiian blizzard... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:28:16 EST Need to get back on Track... I need to get back on track. Eating has spiraled a little more out of my control then I like and since we have been fostering a dog this week I have not been doing my jogging. <BR> Today I am committing to eating healthier and working out smarter. <BR> 1. I WILL do my challenge of strength this week with the Yellow Apples2 <BR> 2. I will continue to be honest and track my food <BR> 3. I will start my jogging back, although in the afternoons when I get home from work. <BR> I had a scar... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 11:15:43 EST Friday! I love that it is Friday, the start of college football season and I get to spend the weekend with my little one and dear husband. Typically on Friday's we eat out, but try to eat something relativity healthy (i.e. sushi), but this week we have challenged ourselves to not eat out at all until the 19th which is our anniversary. That tends to be my "comfort" to eat out and not have to do dishes or think about food. I lived and worked for a university for far too long where part of my compens... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 17:08:41 EST Stress eating I have to admit, I do it. Last night I got word that my dad was in the hospital 1500 miles away and all I wanted to do was eat out. I didn't care where or what I just didn't want to have to cook or do dishes. My normally supportive, "i'll do dishes" husband felt the same way, needless to say we succumbed. BAD. We went to Cici's pizza buffet, I KNEW and stated we should go someplace that we could have something healthy, but we didn't we ended up at Cici's... I know that today is another day... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 11:10:47 EST Scary stuff... On a completely not weight management note I almost had to put my horse down today, which got me very scared and sad all at once. Since having baby t Bella has been at a wonderful woman's backyard with 4 or 5 other horses, pretty much in retirement, munching on grass, as the baby is keeping me busy and poor. This woman called me yesterday to let me know that Bella was unwilling to stand, bear weight or really do much of anything and she had a very high fever. She gave her bute and called th... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 16:58:09 EST Turn a frown upside down... Did you know it takes many more muscles to frown then smile? I've found my self frowning for much of this week and while I need to work my muscles, those are not the ones I want to work. It's Thursday, it has felt like Monday all week. When I wrote that I love this time of the year I had forgoten the issues that come back with them. This week all I have been doing is putting out fires-including having ACTUAL smoke in one of our buildinings when I walked into work this morning. Safe to say ... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 19:51:23 EST Feeling Good! So this is week 4 of this new lifestyle and I am feeling good. This morning I did not get my LONG walk in <em>101</em> as my husband was gone over night for business and so it's just me baby t and Sophie dog. While we took Sophie for a walk, managing a beagle and a baby stroller at the same time is not easy. It's ok though because I know my hubby will be home tonight and I will get a walk in then! Yesterday AM I walked 1.59 miles in 32 miutes-which is great for me! I've had 4 or 5 people... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 11:18:16 EST Getting Sick... I'm struggling with everything right now because I think I am getting sick. Wen I get sick I just want to eat out, sleep and watch junk TV. Unfortunately my real world life with a baby, dog, husband and full time job just will not allow that. I know it's healthier to eat in, but boy oh boy do I want to eat out. I don't want to exercise and I just want to sleep. So I am writing my blog entry, going to bed and going to try to sleep tonight and tomorrow I will feel more like me. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 21:29:12 EST Keeping motivated It's been 10 days with Spark People and I am trying to stay motivated. I had my last Jazz dance class of the summer with the best dance teacher at the Arts Center in town. She really has inspired me in so many ways, but she is leaving which is good for her and sad for me. I walked this morning, even though I was tired from my 90 minute dance class and I am glad I did, but I am tired, so I have decided to take Friday off. <BR> <BR> I am off and on about how I feel taking time off from ex... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:12:26 EST Lightning Bolts I'm down a little this week but I am feeling a HUGE difference in clothes already-which is great and my clothes being too small is what really got me restarted. I am slowly figuring out that what and why's of my eating and realize we (my husband and I) really use food as an incentive, because we are trying to be cheap in other areas of our life so food has been something we could indulge in. We need to eat right? <BR> <BR> Well... yes we need to eat-but WHAT we need to eat is a different... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:25:07 EST So it begins, again... I had started doing Sparkpeople over two years ago and then I found out I was pregnant. I now have a beautiful 8 month old little girl-T and wonderfully supportive husband-V. This week I have decided to start this again and see what I can do. I have a long road to travel and there will defintly be detours along the way, but it never hurts to try. Right now my biggest goal is to walk my dog every day no matter what. Our beagle Sophie needs at least a mile walk every day to be happy and I ... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 08:45:56 EST