CHUBBY_MOM's SparkPeople Blog CHUBBY_MOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Dance performance | <img src=""> the granddaughter had a dance showcase this past weekend. This group of girls came out and her eyes got huge, she slide down the bleachers to where our feet were, and just watched. A few minutes pass when she lookedat her Mom and said " Momma, how do you check those girls? I think they are vampires." She was pretty freaked out. The girls did an amazing job, she was fascinated by them, even if a bit ... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 21:41:26 EST Wearing Purple Today is Epilepsy Awareness Day. To show your support of someone with epilepsy and to raise awareness you are encouraged to wear purple. Today I wear purple for my granddaughter. <BR> My granddaughter had her first seizure when she was just 11 days old and has been on medication to try and control the seizures ever since. She has had a couple of medicine changes, which are very scary! There are many different types of seizures and she has finally been diagnosed with partial complex epilepsy.... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:41:20 EST Still laughing!!! Wow it's been a long time since I did a blog! This one isn't going to be much of one but it is something that happened today and still makes me laugh. <BR> I was in the kitchen stirring a pot on the stove. It was one of those things that require you to stay there and stir the whole time or it would have burned. As I'm standing there I figured that it would be an easy way to get some steps in so I start walking in place. I had been doing it for just a very short time when my sons girlfriend co... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 19:10:56 EST Forgot my tracker! Here it is 4:00p.m. already and I just remembered that I still haven't put my SPAT on! So do I just take whatever steps I get, even though it won't even be close to 10,000 steps or do I dodge the rain and try to go for a walk? <BR> The last 2 days I got my 10,000 steps but not 10 minutes of fitness since the granddaughter <img src=""> was here and we were busy playing, hanging out, blowing bubbles, playing with side-walk chalk, playing in... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:14:13 EST weather This weather is getting about as crazy as the weather we has this winter. Tonadoes, straight line winds and flash flooding, not good! The humidity is almost unbearable, but I shouldn't complain when so many others have had unbelievable damage to their homes and other property, the loss of crops and cattle. Makes me very sad. <em>39</em> . Saying prayers for those affected by these unfortunate events! Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:26:54 EST -*-*-Happy Dance!-*-*- My Mom is home from the hospital and had her first follow up today. Doctor said she is doing very well. Even gave her the ok to do the 4 hour drive tomorrow for Christmas with my brother! She is still a bit confused but both drs say that is pretty normal. <BR> Managed to find a swim suit at Wal-Mart today so now I can go swimming with the Granddaughter over the weekend. Maybe that will help burn some calories! <BR> Hope everyone has a safe and healthy weekend! Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:00:05 EST Random things Wow is it cold or what. We had -19 this morning when I left for work. That's before the wind chill is figured in. The husband didn't have to work because of the weather so he drove me in so the car wouldn't have to sit out in the open parking lot. That made me happy!! It was sure nice getting into a warm car when he picked me up. I don't think my poor old car liked the cold to much, it was making some weird noises. The husband said was because it was so cold. A guy I work with has a daughter ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:28:58 EST Tracking I really don't like tracking my food! Scares me when I see the totals right up there on my computer screen! <BR> I need to throw out the mayo, wow is there a lot of fat in 1 TBSP of mayo. I also need to start bringing my lunches and snacks with me to work again. I was doing pretty good at that until last month. <BR> My husband doesn't understand that I can't eat the stuff he does and gets upset when I don't want to eat what he has cooked, so I give in so he doesn't pout all night and eat it... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:54:37 EST The first day of the new year. Wow, hard to believe that the holidays are pretty much over. I loved spending time with my family and friends. I even enjoyed the shopping, since I spent most of that time either with my Mom or my Daughter, and I usually don't like shopping. I most definitely enjoyed the wonderful food, a little to much (OK, honestly, a lot to much)! <BR> The tree is put away, a little worse for wear after the dog redecorated it, and pretty much all other signs of the holidays are also packed away. I'm sure ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:27:06 EST Life IS Good!! December has been a rough month for me as far as my eating, fitness and tracking have been going. Got caught up in shopping and preparing for the holiday, and then taking my Mom back in forth to doctors appointments, didn't eat healthy at all and most fitness time I had planned was spent sitting in a car for hours at a time. So not a good month! <BR> Yesterday the Granddaughter came and spent the day while my Daughter (her and her Husband have a truck) helped my Son return a very big, very h... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:06:12 EST Merry Christmas! I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas! May all your Christmas wishes come true! <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>335</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>425</em> <BR> May you have a safe journey if traveling! Merry Christmas my Spark friends! Tue, 24 Dec 2013 16:47:13 EST Im a human vacuum! Wow, did I over eat today. Forgot my cooler that I take to work with me this morning, and I DO NOT take money with me into work, vending machines call me name if I do. By the time I was done with work I was starving, or so I thought. Just ate everything I could shove into my mouth! <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>234</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I didn't get my steps in either today. <BR> <BR> <BR> I did see this picture and found it inspiring. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 00:04:59 EST Busy weekend This weekend was a very busy weekend, but a lot of fun! Friday night I was so tired from a crazy week at work that I really didn't do much but come home from work and sleep. Saturday my daughter and I were supposed to take the granddaughter to a event but the daughter ended up working so I just took her. It was in memory of a friends sister and nephew. Each child that came got to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, gifts, an ornament with their name on it, and milk and homemade sugar cookies. My... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 21:14:29 EST Why I am upset. This is our dog <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is our Christmas tree <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is Papa and the Granddaughter hanging candy canes <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is how the dog rearranged the tree while I was at work <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 13 Dec 2013 01:18:02 EST Chicken and Kale A while back I was looking through recipes, either on here or Pinterest and found a recipe for soup that had kale, chicken, carrots and chicken broth as some of the ingredients. I thought that I had saved it, but can not find it. Does anyone know of a similar recipe that they would be willing to share? <BR> Sun, 8 Dec 2013 19:25:47 EST My Dad I talked to my Mom a little while ago to see if Dad liked what she had bought when we went black Friday shopping and she said he wasn't home. She said that he had ran to the grocery store and while he was there saw that some one was having car trouble. He went to help them and found out they had been visiting family and were on their way home, about two hours away yet. They were an elderly couple and didn't know anyone in the area, no cell phone to call anyone else to help them. So my Dad did... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 01:30:48 EST Happy Thanksgiving! As I am sitting here this morning I have been thinking of all the things I have to be thankful for, and I have many! The most important is my family! We may fuss and disagree from time to time, we don't always like the choices that some may make and I'm sure they question mine at times, but they really are pretty great people and I know when I really need them they are there for me! I am so very fortunate that both my parents are in fairly good health and my children are healthy and my grandd... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:00:02 EST It's Friday! it's Friday! WootWoot!! Managed to my goal amount of steps in today but none in the 10 minute zone but did do some yard work, mostly raking. I wasn't really cleaning up the yard as making big leaf piles for my granddaughter and myself to play in. I would rake a huge pile of leaves <em>465</em> then we would crawl, jump and roll in them! Don't tell her but I think her "hamma" had more fun then she did. We finally got damp and cold enough that I had to make her come into the house. Did suppe... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 00:37:10 EST Day gone bad! Today has been a struggle from the time my alarm went off at 3:30a.m. until I drug my butt into this chair! <BR> My legs, knees and hips hurt when I first got up and as the day went on, the more they hurt, almost to the point of tears. There was no way I couldn't walk at work, just part of what I was doing today, the steel toe work boots <em>42</em> weren't helping anything either. Since I felt rotten I thought that gave me the excuse to eat rotten, and boy did I. I have a hard time stayin... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 20:56:49 EST Halloween I am a big kid at heart. I love Halloween! I make my family spend days getting our garage ready for Halloween. Putting up black fabric around the inside of the garage, stuffing dummies, setting up spooky props and decorations, string up those darn fake spider webs, and making awesome treat bags. This year we did hands filled with candy, complete with a spider ring and holding a glow stick. Unfortuatley this year we only had a little over 30 kids, which means we have lots of leftover candy, NO... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:34:25 EST Steps Last night at 11:00p.m. I was a little less then 700 steps from my daily goal and it was driving me crazy. I really didn't think I was going to make it. I had to since that is one goal I can usually make daily, so I walked up and down the short hallway in the house, through the bedroom and kitchen for 20 minutes but I did it! I made my goal for the day! I even went over my daily goal! WOOHOO! Thu, 31 Oct 2013 07:01:01 EST Spark Tracker I LOVE LOVE LOVE my tracker! I get so excited when I have all my lights glowing! Sounds silly but it really motivates me. Sad that I am not going to reach my goal for the day. Had so many things going on that it is just not going to happen. Tomorrow is a new day, 10,000 steps here I come! Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:13:13 EST hmmm....spark tracker? Well I put my Spark tracker to the test today. I love the fact that it shows how many steps I have so far today, but it didn't show my work out time. That is a bit disappointing. I did a brisk (for me) walk of at least 20 minutes but it still says I have no work out minutes! I didn't stop so I'm not sure why it isn't showing up. It said on the information that I read that it has to be 10 minutes of continues movement to be counted as a workout and I didn't stop or even slow down to much. Yest... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:33:53 EST Copy and paste as requested, because I agree! We could all use these words of encouragement now and then. <BR> <BR> Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. <BR> <BR> Just something to think about... did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? <BR> <BR> Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? <BR> <BR> Did you know the ones who take care of others all the time are usually the ones who need it the most? <BR> <BR> Did... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 06:34:28 EST pfffttt! What a BEAUTIFUL day! Went for a walk with my son and the dog this afternoon. My son has a lot longer legs then I do! I think I had to take 3 steps to his one! Poor dog was tired when we got back home and is still doing the "Superman" on the kitchen floor! If I could get back up I think I would be doing the same! <BR> Hope you are all having an awesome day and are able to get out and enjoy the wonderful weather! Wed, 2 Oct 2013 19:25:36 EST After work. Right as I was getting off work my daughter sent me a text and asked if I wanted to go for a walk with her.That was a nice surprise. Of course I said yes, love spending time with her and my granddaughter. We had a nice walk, only 30 minutes but that was plenty of time for the granddaughter. It was such a beautiful afternoon! <BR> When we were almost to their house we saw 2 little kittens run across the street. As we got closer we could see that they were climbing up the legs of my daughters ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:04:29 EST That BIKE!! I just HAD to buy that bike! <em>334</em> I used to love riding bike, 20 or 30 years ago! Now the bike sits in my garage and I swear laughs at me as I walk by to go into the house! <em>246</em> I have tried to ride it a few more times but I just can't do it. I wobble and weave and just can't ride in a straight line if there is ANY incline at all. On the flat surfaces I can do alright, but not many flat surfaces for me to ride on here. It also seems like it doesn't quite "sit" right for... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 10:58:14 EST It's a new day! It's a new day and a new beginning! Will be trying to make the best of it! Thu, 26 Sep 2013 06:39:48 EST I want a perfect life! Today I am taking an unplanned vacation day, and not for anything enjoyable. It's a day that I didn't really have to use since I have been burning through them pretty fast lately. I've used too many simply because I hate the new job I have been doing, but that's a whole different story! <BR> Last night was very stressful! I am normally in bed by 8:30p.m. (I know, that's early) since I have to be up by 3:45a.m. but we got a phone call at around that time that made sleeping impossible. At 11:3... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:23:31 EST I blew it today. Oh boy, I really blew it today. I needed to have an eye exam today so I could order new glasses and contacts so I called my daughter and asked if her and my granddaughter would like to come along with me. They did, (YEAH) so we decided we would have lunch before the exam since we had a little over an hour until my appointment once we got to the town (city?). Hu Hot was right next to where my appointment was, so we decided that would be easiest since we could just take the stroller along to t... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 00:45:19 EST I don't want to! I have been sitting here trying to get motivated to either walk or do a Richard Simmons dvd, but I don't want to do either. I mean I truly truly don't want to!!! Am tired after work and just want to sit here doing nothing and I can if I want to!! ...........But my Granddaughter called me on my way home from work and wants her "Hamma play you" which is her way of saying she wants me to play with her and if I am going to be able to do all the things she will be asking eventually I need to get ... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:51:30 EST Bike Well I did it. I bought a bike. Was going to go for a ride yesterday, got it out of the garage, rode up the drive, down the street and around the corner. I thought I was dying, I kid you not! My knees hurt so darn bad! It was like there wasn't enough room for all of me on that darn bike, and my balance left my as soon as I really had to pedal, was all over the street. Think I better do a little more walking first, and leave the bike for when it is a bit cooler, and darker! I'm sure the neigh... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 01:56:31 EST Motorcycle and bucket list I'm excited! Today, after many years of suggesting to my husband, that we go to Breeitbach's Country Dining in Balltown, Iowa, we are going. Even better, we are taking the motorcycle and afterwards we are going to take the ferry across the Mississippi into Cassville WI. I love riding and it sounds like today is going to be the perfect day for it. Yesterday we took off on the bike with no where in mind and rode for over three hours. Left after the granddaughter went home and I was pouting be... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 08:17:19 EST heat Oh my, is it ever hot! 4 days in a row of record heat. I am just exhausted and now am getting horrible cramps on the insides of my upper legs. Not sure if it's because I got over-heated at work, no air, and we have to wear flame-retardant long sleeved shirts and long pants. Just feel 100% drained. Tried to do a bit of a workout but don't think anything close to a real workout is going to happen tonight. Think I'm going to find a very large and very cold glass of water. <BR> Hoping for relie... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:02:08 EST wedding In about an hour we are leaving. I just realized that I won't be able to log in while I am gone....OH NO!! My niece is getting married and we are going to be staying in some cabins, almost the whole family, my son and husband are the ones not coming by choice, my niece and nephew because their mother is pulling a power trip. There will be no way to get the internet. I don't have that option on my cell phone and not sure if anyone else does. <BR> The drive is going to be a long one, 4 hours. G... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 15:03:19 EST Fussy baby Had the grand daughter today and she was so funny. She is just a little over 5 months now and is really starting to be her own mini person! She sure fights naps though, so we walked, and as long as we walked she would sleep, but only if we walked!! Thu, 13 Oct 2011 20:22:16 EST feeling better?? I am going to try to get back to the gym today. Lungs and chest still feel a bit funky but need to do something. Have a wedding coming up this weekend and will be out of town so won't be able to make it to the gym, but hope to do some walking! Tue, 11 Oct 2011 04:05:45 EST rambling This last week was a BAD week. I just had a bad attitude about everything. Early in the week wasn't able to get into the locker room at the gym, then the rest of the week I was sick. Really felt rotten so I used that as an excuse not to do much of a work out, they used it not to do any workout. Went to the doctor on Friday and she said I had "The Crud" just have to wait it out. Drink extra fluids, rest, that sort of stuff. My head feels like it is going to blow up and my chest hurts from coug... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 16:31:11 EST Locker room still closed! Stopped at the gym again this morning only to find that the locker room was still closed, but they had a sign up this time. Hmmm, wonder when they put it up? Came home with the intention of going for a walk but I just couldn't make myself do it....grrrr. Instead I baked, apple streusel muffins and apple crisp. Sent the muffins with my husband to work and the apple crisp to my son. I did sample the muffins and they were pretty good. The husband liked them and the guys he works with did too! M... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 20:17:20 EST One of those days. Got off work at 6 a.m. and all I wanted to do was come home and go to bed. I knew that if I didn't go to the gym though I wouldn't workout at all today so off to the gym I went. When I got there it was full, way more people there then normal, can tell it's getting colder outside! So I head to the locker room to change, but there is a man in there laying down tile. Can't get to my locker where my shoes are...grrrrr. I have my workout clothes in my bag so I could have changed in the restroom bu... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 19:57:32 EST Change in plans Got off work this morning at 6 a.m. made it to the gym by 6:10, on the elliptical by 6:20 and left at 6:34. Not much of a work out! I had planned on doing 40 minutes on the elliptical, some strength exercises and 30-40 minutes on the treadmill but plans changed. <BR> My daughter called my cell phone just as I was getting into the elliptical, the baby was up and wanted to stay up, since about 3:30 this morning! The daughter asked if I could come and watch her so she could get a little sleep s... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:10:41 EST Lazy Day Today was a lazy day! I did nothing, and I don't feel bad! had a fairly busy weekend and just needed a day for nothing. Friday I had be be up early so I could meet my Mom and price items that we are going to need for Mom and Dads 45th Anniversary celebration. After we were done with that the husband and I had to do some shopping and then pick up the Grand Daughter...yeah...who was spending the night. I love it when she comes, but boy do I get worn out. It was getting late by the time we got h... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 21:45:02 EST my umpf My umpf is missing, can't seem to find it anywhere. If found please return it to me as soon as possible. Went to the gym this morning and just couldn't seem to get into it. Most of the time I may not want to go but once I get there and get into what I'm doing the time just flies. Not this morning, I had to bribe myself to even do the elliptical, then the weights, couldn't seem to even lift them, struggled with the whole workout. So as you can see, I NEED my umpf back! Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:31:54 EST Thank you! I just want to thank everyone for the kind words and positive thoughts when I didn't get the job I was trying for. Would love to thank you all individually but my silly computer is so slow, but THANK YOU!! It means a lot! <BR> Have a happy and healthy night! Tue, 23 Aug 2011 20:57:06 EST Job)-: Well I didn't get the job so for now I will still be a 3rd shifter. The person that signed out of the job last week signed it back and since they have more seniority they get to go back. I guess it just wasn't meant to be. I will just have to keep watching the posting and maybe one day soon, I hope, I will be working days. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 09:25:23 EST I didn't! When I got off work this morning I was butt dragging tired. As I walked to my car I thought about how easy it would be to just go home, but I didn't. I got to the stop light and thought how easy it would be to keep going straight ahead instead of turning left, but I didn't. When I pulled into the parking lot of the fitness center I thought about how easy it would be to just punch in my info and just go home, but I didn't. I may not have done the greatest workout, no weights today, simply just... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:09:28 EST Keeping my fingers crossed! Well I did it, I signed a job posting at work, for a day shift job. I don't know if I will get it but if I do it will be a HUGE change for me if I do. Will find out Thursday morning. I have been on 3rd shift for almost the entire 15 years that I have worked for this company, and have been doing the job I am currently doing for almost 7 years. I am worried about being able to do the new job since it involves working with chemicals, now I do a lot of fork lift driving and computer work. <BR> Hu... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 20:50:19 EST Wow is it hot! Just a quick update. I haven't been able to spend much time here lately since they took internet access away from us at work and my home computer is soooooo slow. I have been exercising pretty often and drinking my water. The weight is still at a stand still but I'm not giving up! Went to to gym today but didn't stay very long since I really wasn't feeling very well. I think the heat got to me, it was soooo very hot at work last night. They are supposed to be putting in a fan in my work area ... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 21:46:04 EST Sleepless days and stress! Well I finally did it, I stepped on the scale, and it wasn't good! The weight has jumped back up to 212!! <em>234</em> <em>29</em> <em>46</em> I have been really bad at watching what I eat and part of it has to do with the fact that I can't sleep and so I get up and eat. There is no one else home during the day (I work 3rd shift) so instead of coming out and talking to someone, I eat, and it is mindless eating, half the time I don't even want it but if its there, I eat it. Afterwards I am... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 14:42:11 EST Pictures of Granddaughter and recommitting! I finally was able to post pictures of my granddaughter. I loved being a mom, but being a grandma is the most unbelievable feeling in the world! She is a wonder to me! <BR> I hadn't been doing to well with the choices I was making food wise and the fitness was a bit hit and miss this last month but it is time to recommit. Have been trying real hard this week to make better food choices and have tried to do some form of exercise even if it is for only a few minutes. The weight was starting to ... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 08:33:19 EST