BILLETWIFE's SparkPeople Blog BILLETWIFE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Summer Cruise Time is OVER The kids are returning to school this Thursday and I am grateful for that on so many levels. I work for my husband so my work schedule has been imploded. I only did as much as was necessary to keep us running this summer. But I often felt like business was left undone. I am looking forward to 6-8 hours of solid work this fall/winter/spring. I have lots of goals for making this business a much better place. <BR> <BR> And even worse, this schedule drama has absolutely wrecked my diet/exe... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:53:25 EST Suggestions from moms to stop the grazing???? I think most moms out there would agree with me that nibbling from your kiddos plates is a very easy, and very common, thing to do. As in, "hmmmm, it would be sad to let this 50 calorie chicken nugget go to waste" and "I need a spoonful to be sure it isn't too hot." and my favorite......"someone has to lick the ice cream off of the spoon prior to putting it in the dishwasher." And if you honestly added all of that up, the calorie count is a killer. I read an article once by a WW leader w... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:28:04 EST Goals For Today Eat Well and Log every bite --- I am off the RAILS thanks to my husband having oral surgery. Suddenly, he can't eat grilled chicken salad and for some reason, I think that means we should eat chicken and rice, pasta and all of the kryptonite foods that get the best of me. SO, it is time to knock that off and get back to cleaner eating. <BR> <BR> Find time to power nap.....I have an insomniac daughter and that means my sleep is seriously disrupted. She is in a bad phase right now and I am... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:54:45 EST A glimpse of triumph in the middle of frustration Yesterday was a lesson in seeing the benefits of my efforts - except, the benefits were the ones that have nothing to do with the scale. And sometimes, I am very unappreciative of those marks of progress. I just want to see the scale go down - and sometimes, I want it to go down Biggest Loser style!!!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my husband and I had to clear out the basement....they are coming this morning to begin the build out. And we had A LOT of stuff down there. So, I spent three hours h... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 08:30:23 EST Gone too Far???? Bizarre Symptoms I have been VERY committed to this lifestyle lately. I have increased my workout to 45 minutes 6 days a week and I am maintaining between 1300 and 1600 calories a day. Mainly, I am skipping all white food (rice, pasta, bread, potatoes) and sticking to protein, veggies and fruit. Lots of salad, grilled meat and veggies. <BR> <BR> BUT, I am spacing out, forgetting everything, have no focus and cant get ANYTHING done. I find myself being impaitent with my kids and husband etc. Then today,... Sat, 18 May 2013 22:36:05 EST Recording Mother's Day Lunch....and having Calorie SHOCK!!! I am going to state, right off the top, that I do NOOOOOOT regret what I ate yesterday. It is absolutely one of the my favorite dishes and I only eat it one or two times a year. But WOW!!!! I had no idea that the manicotti from Maggianos (we are talking about the spinich, chicken and alfredo ones here) had over 1000 calories. I guess I always assumed that it would be high, but I was shocked. I am thinking I will go ahead and have the spaghetti next time. <BR> <BR> I did note that I ca... Sun, 12 May 2013 14:28:14 EST Happy Mother's Day - celebrating with new workout DVD's Happy Mother's Day - I treated myself to three new workout DVD's. I just LOOOOOVE the ones from Leslie Sansone and I used a new one this morning that featured 2 miles with 2 pound weights. It was a far less chatty version and the miles were faster and more complicated the some of the other DVD's. I am gonna be aching tomorrow and I am SOOOOOO excited to do it again. I think I will have time for a three mile walk tomorrow morning and I can't wait. <BR> <BR> It is a good system for me and ... Fri, 10 May 2013 11:15:02 EST Spring in my yard equals Spring in my step I am so happy spring is finally making a full week appearance here in lovely Colorado. We have had lots and lots of snow since Valentine's Day and some of it has been that sloppy wet amazing snow that leaves us laughing at how fast it melts. My parents are major farmers and ranchers and this late snow has been a tremendous blessing for those folks. They are enjoying green grass after an early winter that left us worrying and most cities pondering watering restrictions. BUT, the sprinkler ... Mon, 6 May 2013 08:17:59 EST Minus 11 pounds - 29 more to go I set a goal at the beginning of this year. I am going to lose 40 pounds before my 40th birthday. Did you see how I said that. Not, "I want to lose 40 pounds" but " I AM GOING TO lost 40 pounds" and thanks to my husband deciding he wanted to join the crusade, the program is going really well. <BR> <BR> I am down 11 pounds. I am struggling to make 5 workouts a week and for some reason I am struggling to drink water. I manage to get nine 8 oz glasses a day, but it is something I have t... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 08:46:06 EST Meeting Calorie Goal vs Meeting that Goal WELL!!! I had a revelation this week.....and it might not be news to some of you, but it was a huge red arrow pointing at the scale for me. You can meet that calorie goal day after day and if you are eating calories your body doesn't need to be healthy, the scale WILL NOT MOVE. That is a number.....but the way you got to that number really matters. My story...... <BR> <BR> My husband finally got sick of my comments about my pants getting looser, my chins reducing in number etc and decided to get... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:24:51 EST Easter Reset - and Hubby is along for the ride!!! Today is the day.....the day I threw the Easter chocolate in the trash and hit the reset button. The day AFTER I spent hours at the grocery store stocking up on all of those healthy foods we actually enjoy but had allowed to dwindle out. AND, the day my husband is willing to join me on this journey. Two people working together, living together and eating together nearly round the clock really need to be on the same page regarding what they will be eating. I am SO grateful that I have bee... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 08:42:24 EST Lent is Over - But NO EXCUSES remains I gave up excuses for Lent. Excuses about why I don't have time to get up and exercise. Excuses about why I dont have time to sit down and log what goes in my mouth. Excuses about why I nibble, why I overeat and why I choose crap over whole food. <BR> <BR> I lost 8 pounds. Honestly, completly lost them. And gain a little mobility, a lot of pride and a whole lot less me. I am so happy. <BR> <BR> Onward and forwad Sun, 31 Mar 2013 22:31:03 EST feeling a little sad - and out of my groove Anyone else ever have a few days where they feel sad and angry and just out of sorts. I am just coming out of a stretch of days filled with frustration and anger and just overall annoyance with my life. It ran the gamut from "why is the weather so crappy" to "I hate that my sister in law will leave her kids to Fitwall when she has been gone all day" to "I wish I had the time/whatever to leave MY family a little bit to take care of me" <BR> <BR> Whine Whine Whine!!! It manifested itself ... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:20:25 EST Spring Break, A Funeral, and Giving up a Workout for Sleep My kids are on Spring Break this week and that adds a lot of drama to my days. I work for my husband, and things are pretty busy right now, so taking a week off isn't an option. They will have to go with me to the shop. Fortunately, my mother-in-law works with us so she is there three days a week to give me a little space. <BR> <BR> We started yesterday with a funeral for a good friend. He was hit by a kid high on, and transporting, marijuana almost a year ago. The other driver left ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:18:01 EST Spring Break, A Funeral, and Giving up a Workout for Sleep My kids are on Spring Break this week and that adds a lot of drama to my days. I work for my husband, and things are pretty busy right now, so taking a week off isn't an option. They will have to go with me to the shop. Fortunately, my mother-in-law works with us so she is there three days a week to give me a little space. <BR> <BR> We started yesterday with a funeral for a good friend. He was hit by a kid high on, and transporting, marijuana almost a year ago. The other driver left ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:18:00 EST Missed my Workout - Now, I have to figure it out!!! Couldn't do it.......I just couldn't get up this morning and snoozed the alarm for an extra 30 minutes. Plus, it was a full hair day (blow out, flat iron etc) so I couldnt even squeeze in a quick one before my shower. SO, now I have to figure out how to get in a workout today!!! <BR> <BR> I am SO worn out from a whole bunch of sleepless nights and that extra pep from working out makes a huge difference in my day. But, I am missing that today and I am already feeling it. <BR> <BR> I wil... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:15:56 EST adjustments to my fitness goals meant a HUGE increase in my calorie range - FREAKING OUT I have been working very hard at increasing my fitness. Yes, I desperately want to wear those cute dresses that I am seeing in the stores, but I don't want to do a crash diet or something crazy either so I am working pretty hard at fitting exercise into my day. I am getting up at 5 am and working out 20-30 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> Today, I logged my fitness minutes and the tracker threw up this little note about my calorie range against my current fitness goal. HMMMMMM, I changed the fi... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 16:24:30 EST Time to Tweak Eating within the calorie range? Check <BR> Getting up at 5 AM for a minimum of 20 minutes fitness? Check <BR> Seeing big numbers on the scale? NOPE <BR> <BR> Time to tweak a few things......... <BR> <BR> 1. switch one cup of coffee to tea. Save those calories. Use green tea and reap those benefits too!! <BR> <BR> 2. water water water.......I have been severely off on this one and I know it is a game changer. So why can't I pick up that bottle??? <BR> <BR> 3. change up the workout... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 08:03:12 EST Advice? Tips and Tricks?? Here is my delimma......I have been on track with my calories, spending more and more minutes seeking fitness and activity in my life and I feel like I am getting thinner (I can button my pants a lot easier etc). BUT, the scale doesn't move. It is hard to stay motivated to stay on track when the easiest validation of my effort doesn't seem to be happening!!! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have advice or wisdom on this point in my journey? I would be thrilled to hear any good tips and tricks that... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 11:07:40 EST Double minutes I have finally settled into this early morning routine, and last night, I committed to NO SNOOZE BUTTON. What does that mean, another 15 minutes to bust through a mile with my DVD's. So, instead of just doing one section, I did 2. Double the calorie burn and more minutes. I am hoping that will help get the scale moving!!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:53:46 EST I feel thinner And that is a good thing because the scale doesn't seem to be moving much!!!! <BR> <BR> On a bright note, my husband has decided to get on the bandwagon and lose some weight. He wants to start walking a mile at lunch (which I suggested about 6 months ago) but it has snowed about a foot since he made his announcement so it hasn't happened yet. Hopefully the sidewalks will be cleared and we can get going before he backs out on me. <BR> <BR> And finally, Husband has agreed to a meatless di... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:02:44 EST Fitness Minutes Up - Calorie Intake UP??? Advice???? It was a horrible week.....I don't know what happened, but I had a really hard time meeting my calorie goal (blew right past it most days!!!!) BUT, I did manage to log a whole lot more fitness minutes than usual. Are those two related? Any advice on fixing that??? <BR> <BR> That being said, I went to the market this morning. I bought sweet potato, sweet peppers, salad, cucumber, tomato, kale, banana, berries, apples, and I am going to eat them all!!!! Did I mention broccoli, cauliflower ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:34:31 EST Be in charge, or your coffee will make you LARGE!!!! Had coffee with such a good friend this morning and when it was my turn to order, I said "I'll have what she had" cuz I heard her say non-fat. What I didn't hear? "do you want whip with that???" I needed the coffee date.....and I enjoyed it immensely, but when I came back and logged that cup of non-fat coffee, it had 400 calories. MORE THAN I HAD FOR LUNCH YESTERDAY!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Note to self - be in charge of what goes in your mouth. Non fat skinny vanilla latte is 130 calories ... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:56:41 EST 17 minutes of cardio/9 of arm work. Off to a good start Enough said!!! I got up, popped the DVD in and got it done. <BR> <BR> Awesome. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:36:43 EST Giving up Excuses - 40 days of committment for LENT Lent is beginning and I was trying to decide what I was going to give up. What do I do/enjoy often enough that it has become a stumbling block in my life and in my relationship with God? Well it occurred to me that my relationship with food and my lack of a relationship with my treadmill just might be the thing holding me back from realizing what His plan is for me. <BR> <BR> So, I intend to spend the next 40 days concentrating really hard on treating the body that God gave me with the r... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:01:11 EST Half a Gold Star So - a gold star for only eating half a portion of chicken gumbo at Qdoba today, but you can take that gold star away for exhibting a huge lack of control in the face of frosted heart shaped sugar cookies!!!! <BR> <BR> But, I get HALF of a gold star back for finding a way to squeeze in 17 minutes of walking DVD between picking up my son and picking up my daughter!!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:37:18 EST Off Track Weekend....and what I learned is amazing how quickly you can not only fall off the wagon, but get run over by it!!! After a focused week, I woke up ready to break the naughty weekend cycle and did pretty well on Saturday. I had a spinach omelet for breakfast, only ate half the pancakes (and skipped the butter), and had fruit instead of potatoes. Managed to finish the day on track and squeezed in a little workout too. THEN, we opened a box of Girl Scout cookies and I ate four. and I went to bed with a very ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:05:03 EST Down 2.6 pounds - 5 total and feeling better by the day I have really struggled to find a "plan" that works for me. So, WW, South Beach, 17 Day Diet were all tried and while I always lost weight for a little while, I found things with each that were deal breakers. Eventually, that one thing would create such a barrier that I returned to my comfort zone....and the scale crept up each time. WW is a great plan, but the leader in my group was SO annoying to me. She was in her 40's and shopped in her daughter's closet!!! Plus, she was always goi... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 10:57:13 EST It's WORKING - and now, I have to make it keep working I am finally seeing results.....not huge losses on the scale, but a definate loss of some of the pudginess on my belly and a more defined line between my chest and tummy area. SO, that motivates me. I carry ALL of my excess weight around the middle so it is nice to see some action there. <BR> <BR> We are still eating very lightly and sticking to super soft foods as hubby recovers from oral surgery and bone grafting in his mouth. It is pretty easy to stick to my calories when he can't eat... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 10:57:15 EST SLOW!! But big opportunity and a big dose of motivation Does anyone else get so motivated by the new dresses and cute tops that are starting to appear at your favorite stores?? I wear a ton of clothes from Old Navy, but always feel really left out by the summer things.......clingy tee shirts and the adorable, but short and sleeveless, dresses they put out. I love them because their clothes are pretty disposable. When they are on sale and you have a matching discount code, it is easy to purchase things to wear and not worry about. And this year... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 10:18:07 EST Feeling 75% Human and ready to get moving on my GOALS!!! Finally feeling well again. I was able to sleep in my bed and get a decent night's rest. And I woke up MOTIVATED!!!!! Motivated to eat better, to sleep better, to take time for a little quiet mommy time and to MOVE MOVE MOVE!!! SO let go already. <BR> <BR> Today's goals: continue to drink lots of water. I have been flooding my body with tons of water trying to move the gunk out from my virus so I need to continue that habit. <BR> <BR> Throw the cookies away - enough said!!!! <BR> ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:10:09 EST Still Sick....Still Stuck You would think that ingesting nothing but tea with honey would make the scale plummet, but NO!!!! Instead, it just sits there, making me feel even worse! I want to feel better. I want to get back to making new habits. My kids were just getting used to the mommy exercise part of the day. They either join me (not very helpful!!) or at least give me 30 minutes to walk on the treadmill, but now I will have to start that habit making over again,,,,,,for all of us.!! <BR> <BR> Have a good da... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:47:45 EST Can't Breathe, Can't Exercise!!!! Working so hard today to control calories and really really really focus on my water intake. I have the worst chest/head cold and just walking up a flight of stairs leaves me gasping for air <BR> <BR> I am not giving up, or using this as an excuse to stuff my face!!!!! Mon, 21 Jan 2013 17:17:40 EST A 3 year old, a 9 year old and a half sick Mommy find a way to work out! so it wasnt' my perfect, fat burning, sweat inducing workout. In fact, it wasn't even close to what I had planned for today. But that was before I got up feeling about half sick with a scratchy throat and a heavy chest. Did I mention my sinuses are on fire???? AND before my husband decided tonight was the best night to run an errand with his friend Kevin. <BR> <BR> So, I headed home with two tired kids and no plan to overcome this little upheaval. BUT, I remembered I had seen a listi... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:45:01 EST sleep and exercise deprived I always swore I wouldn't let my kids sleep in my bed. And then I let my daughter sleep with us, and the struggle to get her back into her own bed nearly killed me. Then, I forgot what a struggle it was in the six years between the two of them. So now, I have the exact same problem with my son. <BR> <BR> Well, Mommy is very tired, very grumpy and very very very determined to get that kicking 4 year old into his own bed. <BR> <BR> Add to that this awful cold snap that is keeping me o... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:26:59 EST A tiny loss - but a loss WOOT WOOT!!!!! a pound gone. I am taking this loss 10 pounds at a time. And I lost a pound this week. I have only been serious for about 4 days so that makes me really happy. I feel like that I am finding a little bit of a groove. <BR> <BR> Now, it does help that my husband is on board as well. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:22:15 EST A Triumph and a Fall My daughter had a birthday party last night, which means I worked later than usual and I was home alone with my 3 year old son. He is a very good boy, but my treadmill is in the garage. AND it isn't very warm out there. So, committing to getting my 30 minutes in meant leaving the door open, turning on the TV and hoping he would help me get it done. Well, I GOT IT DONE!!! So I enjoyed logging my fitness minutes a lot yesterday because I overcame my impulse to just do what is good for them... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:09:24 EST Next time is MY turn My sister was giving me a hard time about being on the treadmill the other day.....she has been working out (jogging lightly, swimming, or walking) daily for about a month now. When I saw her on Saturday, I was shocked. She looks great. Now, my sister is a very prissy, not into pain kinda girl so I know she isn't training for a marathon. BUT, she is posting major results with minor changes. <BR> <BR> My husband is really on board for making better food choices right now and he is going... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:36:40 EST 40 before 40 - day 1 So, I will be 40 years old on December 28, 2013 and I am not going to blow out those candles at this weight. I just returned from shopping for a party on Friday night and guess what??? I hated everything. It was so depressing and even worse because there is no one to blame but me! <BR> <BR> I am already working at getting more active. I work for Todd, my husband, so I have chances that most dont. If I am sleepy, I can get up and buzz around the building for a while. I can take my son o... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 22:55:03 EST Is this Groundhog Day??? I get up every day.....thinking today will be the day. I will get in a little exercise. I will prepare and eat healthy food. I will BEGIN! and some days are better then others. But there aren't enough good days to make that scale fall in any appreciable increments. <BR> <BR> FRUSTRATED.....not with the scale, but with myself. I know how. Now why can't I get off my butt and DO IT ALREADY?????? Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:19:31 EST Does a new kitchen equal better health???? 10 loooooong weeks of remodeling. and I have an amazing new kitchen to prove it. My husband just let me do what I wanted to do and the result is the kitchen of my dreams.....Electrolux appliances, glass tile, slab granite, new cabinets! So, after 10 weeks of eating out, or eating simple (think quesadilla, grilled cheese and grilled) food, I think we are ready to begin eating MY cooking again. <BR> <BR> BUT......that need to change too. No more of the overblown, Sunday dinner type food on... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:03:41 EST weekend binge killing me! POOF - gone, just like that. I was starting to get back in the habit of getting up for a little exercise, starting to enjoy eating and cooking in a more health concious way and even becoming more dedicated to tracking what goes into my mouth. and then, WEEKEND!!! <BR> <BR> We enjoyed a trip to the fair on Friday night where I skipped soda for my water bottle and managed to control my cotton candy fetish, eating a little bit with the kids and then moving it away from me. Saturday was a goo... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 09:55:45 EST GOAL _ No More BINGO arms Bingo Arms - you know, the kind that wave around like a little flag when you wave them in the air??? Anyway, I wanna be rid of them!!! My arms aren't scary flappy, but enough so that I am always looking for a way to cover them up. Tank tops and sleevless tops are OUT and I want to change that before next summer. Nothing would make me happier than only carrying a carigan for too chilly rooms, NOT using one as a cover up to disguise one of my least favorite body parts. <BR> <BR> So, hea... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 11:20:57 EST sweaty, happy and feeling stressed about getting my daughter in motion work out down - two miles of indoor power walking. I used to think that indoor walking was crap, but sitting here covered in sweat with a few muscles that haven't been used for kicking in a while, I think i was wrong :) I am sure I will need to move up (more miles, walking with weights etc) down the road, but for now, two miles and I am feeling worked out!!!! <BR> <BR> so I am an exercise rookie - as in, I know what to do, I am just not very disciplined about doing it. I grew up on a farm... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 09:28:20 EST Day 2 - Positive Amanda Feeling pretty good this morning. My hair looks awful - because I put my workout first. Got started a little bit late, but I didn't blow it off for a perfectly blown out hair day. Instead I did the work out and pulled my hair up into one of those much hyped messy buns :) I doubt I look like a starlet, but at least I got to log my activity for today. More calories burned than using a blow dryer!!!! <BR> <BR> So, I need to correct what appeared to be a mudslide of bad choices yesterday. ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:43:23 EST death of the whiner me I spent some time reviewing my past blog entries......really? Am I that much of a whiner. I TOTALLY hated the negativity that had seeped into my day to day discourse on this site. so no more! <BR> <BR> I am in control of this life, this body and smart enough to manage challenges when things I can't control get in my path. <BR> <BR> GOALS: <BR> get up and move it at least three days this week. that is not the wimpy exercise I did this morning because I was late (and hoping to correct lat... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 10:23:53 EST happy friday - please please let me sleep in tomorrow Most people look forward to the weekend for the freedom......I just want to sleep in! I am really proving all they say about lack of sleep and diet problems, choosing to have WHITE rice for breakfast and then a 500 calorie slice of Starbucks lemon cake for a snack!!! <BR> <BR> I am going to force myself out for a stroll when my son wakes up, and fill up a water glass this minute. There is zero I can do about the lack of sleep right now, but there is plenty I can do about letting my exhau... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:11:31 EST Struggling with life today So, the husband is still sick....and being very typical. He needs to eat to gain strength, but whines that eating hurts his stomach. But complians that he is weak and tired. Still refuses to eat....see a pattern here? I have been a 24 hour nurse for 5 days now and frankly, I am feeling more like that woman from the stephen King novel than Florence Nightingale :) <BR> <BR> So, we are headed out (this kids and I) for lunch, groceries and bleach bleach bleach. And I have lectured my husban... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 14:18:29 EST A new outlook on stocking up the house My poor son was coughing in the middle of the night, and the endless issues with getting my daughter to sleep were in full force, and all of that adds up to very little unbroken sleep for mama. BUT, I still feel like I am on track to have a great day filled with lovely food and hopefully and little bit of exercise. <BR> <BR> I have been popping in to the grocery store to restock the house with fresh food instead of relying on a well stocked (read: canned!!! and boxed) pantry and frozen ba... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:51:29 EST Good Morning I am up early and have a raging headache. I think it is from the allergens perking up again here in colorado. We have tapped into the monsoon and the more frequent rain is making everything grow and turn green again. It is nice to stop paying the city for water, and I am so grateful that the farmers are getting a little extra moisture although I fear it is too late for many of them. I grew up on a farm and my parents still rely on rain to grow crops and grass for the cattle and people so ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 09:28:30 EST