CAROL_HOORAH's SparkPeople Blog CAROL_HOORAH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community back to 212lbs.... I've been stuck at 212lbs for awhile now. Granted, I haven't really been doing anything to get lower than that. I was loving life and feeling great when I weighed around 208lbs, but then I think I got scared, because I looked so good. (weird, right?) Now though, I just really want back there. Pants fit so much better, there. <BR> I'm going to try and not eat late at night anymore. I didn't eat anything last night... here goes nothing. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:16:50 EST Skinniest I've been in awhile... I love that warm weather is now here, it means that I'm out walking in our new neighborhood. With plenty of parks, play structures, and beaches around, every day I'm out walking with the kids. Evidence of this is the weight dropping off me, despite me not doing much else! (Well, I guess that I have also not bought any cookies or treats in weeks helps as well!) I'm 210lbs now, and I haven't been this weight since before I was pregnant with my first child. I can finally say that I'm back to m... Wed, 22 May 2013 08:37:18 EST from 6 cups of coffee a day to 1 green tea You know you're a hardcore mom when you have a blister on your hand from pushing the stroller. <BR> <BR> In other news.... I've been eating less meat and dairy, and more whole grains, not perfect at all but more than usual, and I'm already seeing progress weight wise, I'm at a lower weight now then I was before my second baby was born finally!!! yayyyyyyyyy!! Now, to get lower then before the first baby was born, that's the next goal!! The nice thing is though, I'm 215lbs and I haven't been... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:08:24 EST Flirting with the idea of going vegan Or mainly vegan.... def open to eating meat / dairy from small friendly local farms. <BR> <BR> Anyone else vegan? What do you think? Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:38:53 EST I blame the wagon for throwing me off... We just moved, and only now, about 6 wks later, are things taking on some semblance of normalcy. I have totally fallen off the wagon, or as I said, it threw me off - but now I'm hoping to get back on track, little by little. It's hard, with two kids under two, there always seems to be something stressful.. right now we're sleep training our youngest which is foreign territory for me at this age of 4 months... with my oldest we only bit the bullet when she was much older... anywho it is stres... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:39:57 EST Down 10 lbs.... Very happy to say that I've lost 10 lbs since I started this new journey January 1st. I've had ups and downs already - I'm currently in a "low". I'm not tracking my food, and I've been eating out of control sometimes... and yet this morning when I weighed myself, I still weigh 216, my lowest and have not gained yet. So, that makes me happy. I think that when I was tracking, I was losing weight way too fast (below the recommended). Breastfeeding 2 young ones does have it's positives!!! <B... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:20:16 EST How are YOU doing (it)???? Well, despite a superbowl setback in poor eating choices, I am still losing weight, Im sure thanks to breastfeeding! <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing?? Thu, 7 Feb 2013 11:10:13 EST Little changes that add up in a big way I am really feeling spectacular. I've lost 7lbs in 18 days, and I'm fitting into a pair of jeans that were so uncomfortable I couldn't wear them just a month ago. My muffin top is much smaller, my energy is up, and I'm feeling more confident. I'm going through my closet and throwing out all the granny clothes I own... I don't know why I ever wore them - I'm too good for that crap!!! I think I was feeling so down about my body and I didn't even realize it, that I was willing to wear whatev... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:51:21 EST my favourite new salad.... I just can't get enough of it, I think I've had 6 of them in the last 4 days.... <BR> <BR> mixed greens <BR> roasted almonds <BR> dried cranberries <BR> goat feta cheese <BR> creamy balsamic vinagrette <BR> <BR> I can't get enough of it!!!!!!!!!!! Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:30:04 EST I've decided to love myself, today. I discovered a mistake I made after my first daughter was born. I didn't like my body, but I couldn't get up the motivation to change it. Looking back now, I know it was because none of my clothes fit, so I was wearing either too tight or too loose clothes, most of which were passed on to me from someone else. Nothing I wore felt good on me, or felt like ME. I finally figured out - how could I have possibly been motivated to change, when I felt like crap?? <BR> <BR> So now, after the bir... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:31:53 EST Last time I lost weight.. I was pregnant. Reading my last blog post now made me laugh. I wrote on March 3, 2012 that I was excited to have lost weight and I had an undertone of puzzlement, wondering what exactly it was I did that did it. Well, now I know what it was. It was that I was pregnant again!!! Weight started melting off me as soon as that little baby started growing in me. Of course I gained in the second and third trimester, and eventually a little girl named Felicity Iris Ruth was born! <BR> <BR> Now she's almost ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 20:02:50 EST Lost MORE weight!! This is great - I haven't been on the downward slope like this in years, I've lost more weight and I can see it already off of me - a great feeling/look! <BR> I'm somehow down to 217.5... must be tracking the other day/some small changes I've been trying to do + exercise. <BR> I'm just going to keep that motivation and keep trying to make small better changes, woot woot! Sat, 3 Mar 2012 18:00:06 EST lost a little bit of weight... Somehow I finally dropped from 225lbs to 220lbs. I think it's because DD is eating more solids and less BFing. I'm one of those weird people that doesn't lose weight during breastfeeding, but I think it will come off as soon as I'm done. <BR> <BR> So at least i'm motivated now to try and lose more since I've lost a little bit - I've been going to the gym a couple times a week, and today I'm tracking every little thing I eat, which I haven't done in forever, but I'm realizing is not an opti... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:54:55 EST getting ((((((((((fatter)))))))))) Good Lord I am getting so fat! <BR> When I look back to photos just after having my baby, I realize I was thinner then. This is not the way I want to be going, up rather than down on the scale! <BR> Speaking of scales, I finally bought one. <BR> Slowly thinking about how to get my game back on track. <BR> Logging on here was a first step. <BR> I'll weigh myself tomorrow morning, that's the second. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 23:00:43 EST still going, and going, and going... I think it's working, I'm looking a little bit thinner in mirrors! <BR> I've gone to the gym at least one other time since my last post... and I've not ate at night, except for, if I ate lightly the whole day, I allow myself a snack if it's not past 9pmish. That's still big progress for me :) <BR> Slight setback - I've developed what I think is thrush in one of my breasts :( just going to take it easy and rest lots, and eat whatever during the day to help me get back to health. Got to keep ... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 00:40:20 EST going strong Still going strong.. it must be about a week now that I haven't ate in the evening or in the middle of the night, except for an apple or half a banana :) YAY! I'm seeing results already on my figure... no more hugeness that scares me, woot! As for the daytime, I'm still mostly eating whatever I want, with an emphasis on eating more of my main meal, so that I eat less for dessert. <BR> <BR> I have a wedding I'm going to on Oct 15th... I need to use that as inspiration to keep going - seein... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 02:32:58 EST I suck at logging, but I can do other things! So just like my title says, I suck at logging food. <BR> <BR> My last blog said that I was going to write down everything I ate. <BR> <BR> FAIL. <BR> <BR> I just can't bring myself to do it. I think it's because at WW in the past I did that, and I'm just, so "over it". <BR> <BR> BUT, I have good news. <BR> <BR> I am succeeding in other ways. Failing at logging my food has actually given me motivation - because my thought process is, I can't do it this way, so how CAN I do it? And an a... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 22:21:55 EST miserable failure! My eating is HORRENDOUS! <BR> <BR> <BR> My physiotherapist has told me not to jog, only swim, and my swimming pool just closed for the season! <BR> <BR> <BR> I need to write down everything I eat tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WILL WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING!!!! Tue, 30 Aug 2011 00:31:00 EST ate too much too late at night... When I roughly tallied my calories from the day, I was in the right range, but too many of my calories were consumed after dark, and my hubby reminded me that can sabotage weight loss efforts. <BR> <BR> I am looking SO INCREDIBLY FAT in the mirror, I'm 226lbs and I just need to lose 5 lbs to look a lot better, for some reason when I'm 225+ I look much different than 220-. My baby is being dedicated on Sunday - I want to look skinnier by then, I know that gives me no time!!! ahhh! Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:26:05 EST daily update Doing well today - not eating a whole lot, and I took a little walk with a friend, better than nothing. Now to work on my thesis! (My goal is to almost complete my thesis while baby is younger than 6 months old, before I officially return to school and baby will be older and sleeping less!) <BR> <BR> Now... hopefully I can keep it together for tonight, and not eat too much! Wed, 24 Aug 2011 18:22:40 EST okey dokie! Okay then, I will update my page! I will weigh myself tomorrow, and start afresh here. <BR> ******* I just reset my program here, and my fastbreak goals are: 10 mins exercise each day, and not to snack mindlessly in the evening! ********** <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was just looking at photos of myself when I was super skinny... oh man oh man, what I would give to go back to that! <BR> I've got to go to a physiotherapist about my pelvis, n... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 23:50:09 EST Baby's out... now I need to lose the baby fat! Elena Rose was born on June 28th, at home with midwives, perfectly healthy in every way, and an awesome labour - I'd do it again tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Now, how do I lose the weight?!?! <BR> <BR> I'm 224lbs currently.. should I start another Sparkpage, or change this to reflect my current situation?? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 7 Aug 2011 10:21:52 EST big news.. So, a couple things have happened since I last logged on.... <BR> 1) David and I got married September 3rd <BR> 2) David and I got pregnant a couple weeks later! <BR> I'm 12 weeks pregnant now, and eating for two! I think I weigh about 195lbs, which I'm okay with. :) Looking forward to losing all the weight again once the baby is here, hopefully safe and sound :) Fri, 10 Dec 2010 14:38:03 EST Wow! Hey guys! I love how many of you are still checking in on me, you're too sweet!! Love y'all!! <BR> <BR> Had a 20 minute jog today.. made a sinfully delicious chicken recipe - <BR> <BR> 1/4 c melted butter <BR> 1/2 c honey <BR> 1/4 c prepared mustard <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1 tsp curry powder <BR> <BR> throw the chicken in that and baste every 10 minutes, oh my oh my! <BR> <BR> Now that I've had all that buttery goodness, I am going to try with ALL MY MIGHT not to eat anything else tonight - and if I d... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 20:31:40 EST update Getting back on track slowly, very slowly... a day at a time... <BR> <BR> did a little workout on dvd today.. it was much easier than in the past because my body remembered the moves, its fast paced so it helped when I still knew what was coming next.. the main thing is I worked up a sweat, even if it was only 15 minutes! <BR> <BR> Didn't finish my lunch, I stopped when I was full... I've just got to remember not to chow down!!!!!! But man do I ever love food!!!!!!!!! I've just got to remem... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 13:18:11 EST exercise & eating... one good, one bad Okay, so yesterday I feel I did well with exercise - I spent another 20 minutes in the gym bouncing around then I went outside and jogged for maybe.. 15 minutes? All very short.. but hey, it's better than nothing! <BR> <BR> But my eating has still been ATROCIOUS. I'm going to write down what I eat today in an effort to help myself. Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:10:58 EST checking in Thanks for the basic advice guys! I needed it. And I need more of it... I just need to hear it again and again until it sticks. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I'm happy to report that I worked out for 20 minutes in a pretty hardcore fashion... not for long, but at least strong. <BR> <BR> Today I've had a crazy 9 hour day at school and I have a huge assignment to work on.. no extra exercise today, but I haven't ate too badly... will try not to eat too late tonight. Fri, 16 Apr 2010 20:00:55 EST I can't believe I haven't blogged since last year.. And i probably shouldn't be blogging right now either because I should be working on a final paper due for school... but seriously, I need help! <BR> <BR> I'm 182 lbs.. and I'd rather be 168lbs. That's honestly not that far to go, but I feel so far off the track I have to remember how to get back on. <BR> <BR> My wedding is August 7th.. I'd like to be back to being super fit by then.. that gives me only a little less than 4 months. I think my first goal will be to go on spark once a day.... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 09:16:08 EST I'M ENGAGED! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> David asked me @ sunset on August 7th on a hill with a lot of history to us, if I would be with him forever. I agreed!!!!!!!! WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm the luckiest happiest girl in the world!!!!!!!!!!! Tue, 11 Aug 2009 09:29:38 EST Isn't this INSANE? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Realistic, right? Fri, 7 Aug 2009 11:41:21 EST yummy salad romaine lettuce (or spinach) <BR> strawberries <BR> feta cheese <BR> walnuts <BR> raspberry vinagrette <BR> <BR> Do it!!! So good! :) Fri, 24 Jul 2009 16:46:29 EST Fly in July I've joined a challenge - a "Fly in July" challenge on the Fit for Summer team. I've been getting back into exercising, I've been doing the sparkpeople swimsuit ready bootcamp exercises.. and yesterday I played baseball for half an hour.. now I just need to get my eating back under control!!! Enough mayo and toppings!!!! <BR> <BR> I tracked my breakfast this morning, that's a start, I can do this! Thu, 2 Jul 2009 10:00:34 EST Canoeing on the South Nation River Yesterday I went canoeing with a couple who is friends with myself and David. Oh my goodness was it ever more than we bargained for! We were on the South Nation river canoeing for SEVEN hours. SEVEN!! We didn't bring enough food so we ran out of food about two hours into it.. we did it in the hottest part of the day so we baked like california raisins... and it was much much longer than we had expected! <BR> <BR> But it felt like a real adventure!!! lol We actually gave up before we'd ev... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 10:22:28 EST my 10K time 98 days until Peru. <BR> <BR> I'm doing well on my new resolutions - the only break in my self-promises was the night after my 10K, I ate ater 9pm because we only got home at 8:30pm! <BR> <BR> The 10K. <BR> <BR> We hadn't trained barely at all, only maybe a jog once a week of about 4km. Talk about UNDERPREPARED! <BR> <BR> Despite being unprepared, I felt like I did fairly well at the 10K, I felt like simply because I was able to jog most of it, only walking for 10seconds at a time every ... Mon, 25 May 2009 09:20:58 EST Getting wider, ack!!! I'm definately falling behind in my fitness. I'm up to 176lbs, which is 6lbs more than I ever wanted to be again. I'm going to have to start revisiting Spark every day to focus on my healthy habits. I know I'm overeating, I just need to gain the will to stop and refocus on my health. I was originally overeating from the stress of exams and such and now it's just stress in general that has me overeating. This is still a transition period for me - I'm in a full time job right now at a call... Sat, 23 May 2009 17:00:12 EST life life life, moves so fast through transition stages I have not been so active on Spark for the past few months. Finally though, I am finished my degree, my exams, my hectic-ness, and I feel like I may potentially have more time from here on out for awhile to Spark. I NEED SPARK! <BR> <BR> I need to get back into being excited about being FIT. Although I haven't gained significant amounts of weight (I'm back to 168, from my lowest being 158ish), I'm definately a lot more flabby and flooshy and squishy... I haven't been exercising like I nee... Fri, 1 May 2009 10:04:44 EST finished my undergrad degree! I had my last two exams on April 21st, and I've now completed my undergrad degree!! (as long as I didn't fail any exams :) ) <BR> <BR> I've started a job that I'm soon going to quit.. I've worked 3 days doing it, it's pretty crappy. It's door to door selling mixed with manual labour. The plus sides? I'm outside all day, talking to new people, and getting into shape. The down side? Not enough money for the time involved. I'm going to look for a new job today. Thu, 23 Apr 2009 11:01:24 EST iron deficiency <BR> I was just diagnosed as iron deficient... my iron is supposed to be between 80-300mg, and i'm at 27. I was given an iron supplement by the doctor. But now that I go online, I read about things like toxicity, and i'm scared about the high dosage in the pill - it's 300mg per pill! I've already taken two, but I think I'm going to stop, and make changes in my diet instead of just adding on a pill. <BR> <BR> I know the problem - it's that I love milk so much that usually after a meal I'l... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 11:06:39 EST HUGE NEWS! I was just accepted into graduate school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> So.. Lord willing winter '10 I'll start my quest for my MA in Communications. :) <BR> <BR> I haven't received official word yet, but I just had a professor email me congratulating me, so it's just a matter of time until I get official notice. Hopefully the official notice will also say it will be all paid for, because my grades are high! :) Thu, 19 Mar 2009 21:45:46 EST uh oh, better get back on track... I've been taking too many liberties with those dangerous little things that add up - like mayonnaise, ketchup, and some processed food. <BR> <BR> My weight has bumped up to 171! The good news is the weather is warmer every day, and very soon now I'm going to be regularly exercising outside. I think I'll set a goal for myself... <BR> <BR> hmmm.... <BR> <BR> Okay, to get started in a spirited fashion, my goal is to do 2 forms of outdoor exercise this weekend. <BR> <BR> Have a great weeken... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 09:25:23 EST arghgh sodium! It's so good to take stock of what you're putting in your mouth! <BR> <BR> I just had a lunch that was 61% of my daily requirements of sodium, and I thought it was pretty healthy :( <BR> <BR> Tuna sandwich 2 w.w. bread 1tbsp may 1tsp dijon mustard 1 green onion <BR> campbells tomato soup <BR> 2 pickles <BR> <BR> but one pickle has 13% sodium in it!!!! THIRTEEN!!! and of course the campbells soup had a lot. <BR> <BR> I'm going to look up a recipe for tomato soup and try and make my own ne... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 13:52:38 EST First run of 2009 I took a quick run yesterday... it was -11 C outside so it was QUICK. I hate the cold when jogging, it causes my asthma to act up.. but yesterday I decided we were over the worst part of winter. <BR> <BR> I haven't jogged outside since probably around late October 2008. <BR> <BR> It was quick, it was fun, it was exhilerating, and I was FROZEN after only 8 minutes, so that's how long my jog was lol 8 minutes, but I'm glad at the thought of doing it more often very soon, in warmer temperat... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 07:43:04 EST New old fat picture of me! <BR> <BR> Found an old picture of me from summer of 2006... wow, I am SO HUGE!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 28 Feb 2009 13:29:28 EST Making the ING race for charity I have an organization I've been volunteering with for a couple years now here in Ottawa called Citizen Advocacy - an organization that matches up people with disabilities with volunteers simply to be a friend to them, since disabilities can make one lonely, without friends, or needing an advocate. <BR> <BR> It's a great organization that has brought a lot of joy into a lot of people's lives (volunteers included!) and I want to combine a couple of my loves by raising money for this organizat... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 06:05:40 EST back from Cuba, tanned and ready for summer I'll post pictures of our trip here. <BR> <BR> We had an amazing time in Cuba, I learned so much about their culture and LOVED many many things about Cuba - I even learned a lot of Spanish in only a week having never learned any of it before. <BR> <BR> We went snorkeling, (amazing coloured fishies!) horseback riding, relaxed on the beach with drinks, threw a baseball around, took a guided tour of Holguin (in french by accident, but I still understood three quarters of the tour and it helped... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 09:32:12 EST I'm going to CUBA!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Okay this has happened whirlwind quickly, but what's great about life is that change can happen so fast! <BR> <BR> On Thursday, my teacher asked us all if we were going anywhere for spring break. *idea born, hey we should get away spring break! <BR> <BR> On Friday, David & I rushed around town and got our passport applications in so that we can fly out of the country. *success, and we'll receive them feb 13 <BR> <BR> On Saturday, I searched for 3 and a half hours online for the best all in... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 22:59:55 EST push it real good! My fitness level is doing super duper well. I've been working out again regularly, roughly every two days, back to how much I was doing it before this last semester came and went. I feel great for it! <BR> <BR> Did a 40minute full body strength training dumbbell workout last night with my boyfriend.. he loved it too, so hopefully we can workout more together again. Still been swimming lots as well. <BR> <BR> I've got a LOT more knee/leg strength then I used to have.. the summer of runnin... Mon, 19 Jan 2009 13:20:08 EST Super Size Me rant followed by big news.. I just watched Super Size Me for the first time. Yuck!!! <BR> <BR> I'm lucky enough to already be educated in almost all facts and figures given.. the thing that shocked me the most was that those average Americans did not know what a calorie was. Granted it was only 5 people interviewed in Manhatten that didn't know (but they didn't show how many people DID know) but I think I would have a really really hard time finding 5 people that didn't know what a calorie is. Maybe I'll try it myse... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 23:53:06 EST Back on track with a vengeance! I've been doing really well since school started again.. due in part to the forced exercise of at least a one hour walk each day. But I've also still been exercising over and above that, with swimming and going to the gym to weight lift at least once a week each. <BR> <BR> I'm eating five or six small meals a day again, no more of the holiday feasts.. *sigh* I'm definately seeing myself get thinner again YAYY!!! There was a scary roughly week long period where I just did not like how much ... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 13:03:59 EST motivation: seeing yourself get bigger! :( I KNOW I'm going to succeed in getting this holiday weight off, because I HATE IT SO MUCH!!! <BR> <BR> For the first time EVER since starting this weight loss journey I can SEE the pounds added back on. Before now if there was a weight fluctuation it was mostly water or the scale and I was always looking at myself getting thinner- this time I can see that I've added some weight around my mid section and I hate that sight so much that I am super super motivated to get back to my low end of m... Thu, 8 Jan 2009 12:41:36 EST