CTMOM2KIDS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CTMOM2KIDS CTMOM2KIDS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Are you daring greatly? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986894 “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:30:37 EST Onederland... I have arrived!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953742 I stepped on the scale this morning just before I stepped into the shower as I normally do. As I looked down with the sleep fog still in my eyes, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I tried rubbing the fog out of my eyes to make sure they were not deceiving me. I saw the same thing again... the scale read 198.2 lbs!!! I was in ONEderland!!! Oh what a beautiful sight!! <BR> <BR> I have not been under 200 pounds since my college days back in the mid 80's. I don't know when exactly the... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 07:41:10 EST The Lizard Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951874 I recently attended a leadership course specifically geared to women. I learned many things and put several new tools in the toolbox to help me in my leadership journey. But as with most things, these tools can apply to many parts of our lives. Let me tell you about Lizard Brain. <BR> <BR> In our brains we have different parts that perform different functions, with each part having a different job to do. The thalamus is at the center of the brain and acts as “command central.” It receive... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:51:55 EST When life no longer revolves around food, you discover a whole new life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948263 My whole life used to revolve around food. In fact for most people life is food centric. <BR> <BR> "Let's meet over lunch." <BR> <BR> "Let's meet over coffee." <BR> <BR> "May I offer you something to eat or drink?" <BR> <BR> A good, good friend recently lost her son. We all went over to be there for her. We all brought food, including me. One of my friends said, "We bring food because that's what we do." <BR> <BR> It is what we do. Our social life revolves around food... until it ... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 15:16:44 EST It takes longer to form a habit than you think... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946286 For those of you that are trying to form new habits, read this article! I am trying to seriously exercise and every second of it is a slog! Today I came across this article in my SparkMail from Gods_Temple, one of my Team Leaders. Now I feel so reaffirmed! From now on baby steps for me! The key is to never give up! Thank you, Gods_Temple!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/james-clear/f<BR>orming-new-habits_b_5104807.html </link> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:19:32 EST I am back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936789 I have been absent for 2 years. 2013 was the year from hell but I have finally figured things out. Stress and weight loss are mutually exclusive! I am an emotional eater. I eat when I am stressed... I eat when I am bored... I eat when I am happy or sad... I gained back 42 pounds in 14 months from April 2013 to June 2014. I felt awful about myself, yet once again. <BR> It was time to get drastic. In June of 2014 I began to seriously explore weight loss surgery for the first time. My g... Sat, 30 May 2015 12:33:59 EST It's been 4 months... but the journey started 3 years ago! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279914 November 6th is when my "rebirth" started. Wednesday was 4 months into the journey... There's been ups and downs during the 4 months but it's been an awesome ride! <BR> <BR> Let's look at the numbers since November 6th... <BR> <BR> Staying within calorie limits = 149 days <BR> Drinking 8 glasses of water = 21 weeks <BR> Exercise 90 minutes per week or more = 21 weeks <BR> <BR> Pounds lost = 30 <BR> <BR> But if I look at how much weight I have lost since my high of 264 pounds, I am down 5... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 09:38:07 EST Marooned!! And making poor choices! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245513 I came home Thursday evening from work and have not been out of the house since. The blizzard of 2013, aka Nemo came with a vengeance! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l687153476.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He dropped 36.5 inches on us and has nearly shut down our state. In our town we are faring well compared to neighboring towns but roads are a mess and plows are getting stuck. They could only remove the snow with payloaders. School was closed on Friday and will be clo... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 19:54:48 EST The time to be awesome is NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227540 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l284562903.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They often say our best teachers are our kids. The following YouTube video was posted on my Facebook newsfeed today. It really resonated with me. I hope it resonates with you also. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you believe in your awesomeness you will succeed! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l963551543.jpg"> <BR> <B... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:45:19 EST Day 1... A Born Again Sparker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225676 As we rang in 2010 I resolved once again to focus on my weight. Eh, it was a perennial resolution that I could ultimately fail once again. But each year I felt obliged to lose weight. So... on January 2nd I began an attempt at weight loss and by March 26, 2010 I had lost 13 pounds. It was through moderation rather than any real focused attempt to lose weight. <BR> <BR> March 26th was my 46th birthday. It was also the date of my physical. Incidentally, do not ever schedule a physical on ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:10:32 EST What happens when life happens? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214614 Sometimes life just gets in the way, doesn't it? Things deviate from the plan because life throws curve balls at you occasionally. You take a swing and you miss. <BR> <BR> You miss by a lot sometimes. <BR> <BR> Baseball is filled with so many wonderful lessons for life, so I think I will stick with the baseball analogy. <BR> <BR> Both my sons are heavy into baseball. They pretty much play all year long. Both of them really get down on themselves when they strike out or make an out in... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 18:31:29 EST Day 25... There's no such thing as fat OLD people http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202886 My husband said that. Take a look around. Bet you dollars to donuts you won’t find any. That’s because fat people don’t get to be old. If they’re fat they die young. That’s the bottom line. It’s a sad reality. You die in the real physical sense in that your life ends because of disease, but when you’re fat you also die in a figurative sense. <BR> <BR> When you’re fat you limit your options. You limit your mobility. You miss out on so much in life. There are many things you can't ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:45:36 EST Day 17 - A&I Blog... Review of 2012, goals for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189137 Today was a good day! Stepped on the scale and I lost another 1.7 pounds but SP rounds up! I like that! <BR> <BR> I had a follow up appointment with my endocrinologist. He was so pleased with the progress on my sugars. He stopped one of the medicines I am on! Hurray!!!! <BR> He said, "you are doing so well. The only thing you need now is to stay motivated." <BR> <BR> Stay motivated... Hmmm this is the key for me. <BR> <BR> He wants to see me again in 3 months. If I continue alon... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 22:52:27 EST Goals? You don't need goals... you need commitment and perseverance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184485 It has been 15 days of my cardio exercise streak. That is half a month! Day by day I am getting there. Getting exercise has always been my biggest hurdle in my weight loss journey. But here I am at 15 days. I am not thinking about tomorrow. I woke about today and thought to myself I need to get my 30 minutes in... I got 45. <BR> <BR> Since it's January 1st... Happy New Year, by the way... I thought I should write down my goals for year. Isn't that what we're supposed to do when a new ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:22:21 EST Day by day... TRUST the process! Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181424 There isn't a full length mirror in my house anywhere. In the dresser mirror I can see waist up only because the bed is in the way. I can't back up. Bathroom mirrors allow me to see chest up. Never really thought about this before. I don't know why there isn't a full length mirror. Maybe there is a reason and it is buried deep down. <BR> <BR> I have always had a poor body image. <BR> <BR> Always... I can't ever remember feeling good about my body. <BR> <BR> I hate shopping for clo... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:34:31 EST Day 10 - Double digits exercise streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178177 Day 10 is now in the bag, but I learned something today. Since I started the streak I have always done my exercise first thing in the morning. I would get up, get my exercise out of the way and move on. It was always such a relief knowing that I honored my commitment. <BR> <BR> Today was different. I got up and started doing stuff. I gathered laundry, emptied the dishwasher, puttered around doing things. It was then time to run errands... I missed my opportunity to exercise in the morn... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:50:07 EST Day 9 - Day after Christmas... my favorite day of the year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177154 Is the day after Christmas your favorite day of the year too? Unquestionably it is my favorite day of the year since I became a grown up and started hosting Christmas. Boxing Day! I wish we celebrated that here. <BR> <BR> All the stress and the build up to Christmas are done... kaput... stick a fork in it! <BR> <BR> My reward for getting through it all? I lounged around the house all day long in my fleece pajamas and fuzzy pink piggy slippers, where the house was toasty warm on the in... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 22:28:57 EST Day 8 - I got through Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176120 It's 9 PM on Christmas Day. All the preparations, all shopping, all the wrapping and toiling... And now it's over. <BR> <BR> All those December parties and events... And now it's over. <BR> <BR> I got through the holidays after restarting my journey on November 6th. Everyone was saying, "why don't you start after the holidays?" But that would only delay the start towards my good health journey. Why wait? <BR> <BR> You see I am not on a diet. I am not trying to lose a few pounds to... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 21:16:29 EST Day 7 - 7 days a week make! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175526 And so the exercise streak is now a week old. It is no longer a newborn but has moved into infancy. <BR> <BR> I squeezed in 30 minutes this morning before I started on my Christmas preparations. I was going, going, going all day long... prepping, chopping, cutting, getting myself ready for tomorrow's Christmas feast. <BR> <BR> We lit 26 lanterns and lined them up at the end of the driveway in honor and in memory of our 26 angels that died in Newtown. We then went to 5:30 church service... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 23:23:51 EST Day 6... Life getting in the way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174635 It's 2 days before Christmas. Life is getting in the way of my routine but it's all good. I squeezed in my 30 minutes of exercise to keep my streak and my commitment going. I must admit had it not been for my streak, which fully stands at 6 days, I would not have exercised today. Too much to do and too much going on, but I did it. I stayed within my calories counts and ate well despite my busy day. <BR> <BR> This is why streaks are so important. The numbers count!! I did not want to... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 19:02:00 EST Day 5... Feeling Hungry... and frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173964 I did 45 minutes on the treadmill this morning. I did intervals of fast, moderate and slow paces and it was a good workout, at least for me. I learned of RPE today also... Rate of Perceived Exertion. I definitely perceived that I was exerting myself. I was soaked with sweat when all was said and done. <BR> <BR> I headed to the mall at mid day to finish off my Christmas shopping. It was right after lunch. When I got there, there was not a parking spot to be found. Trust me, folks, this... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 21:18:16 EST Day 4... A very long short day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173208 For the shortest day of the year, it has been a very long day, but I got so much done trying to get prepared for Christmas. <BR> <BR> Thanks to several Spark Friends I discovered Leslie Sansone and did 45 minutes or 3 miles of her workout day following the video on YouTube. That makes my consecutive 30+ minutes of exercise streak stand at 4 days. Baby steps... it's a beginning. <BR> <BR> I made the fastest dinner imaginable tonight, which was very healthy and delicious. I completely conc... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:48:13 EST Day 3... And the world is still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172437 For most of the world anyway. <BR> <BR> I guess the Mayan calendar just ended on December 21, 2012. Had they stuck around they would have updated the calendar, and not let us fools think it meant the world was ending.. <BR> <BR> My personal challenge of 30 minutes of exercise every day is now at 3 days. I did 40 minutes on the treadmill, which included a 2-minute warm up and a 5-minute cool down. I stretched before and after. <BR> <BR> I got the exercise out of the way early. It fe... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:15:31 EST Day 2... A streak is born http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170992 Yes, it is day 2. It’s day 2 of my commitment to exercise daily. And I am making my commitment public. <BR> <BR> First of all I have to thank two Spark Friends. ITSMATT, whose Sparkpage follows. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=I<BR>TSMATT <BR> <BR> Matt is a regular blogger here, with a no nonsense hard-nosed approach to holding himself accountable. His blogs are thought provoking, information filled lessons on how to reach a healthy lifestyle. Recently he referenced the sec... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 10:53:25 EST Shattered Innocence... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167374 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l463577422.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I woke up yesterday, December 14, 2012, having just attended my team’s holiday dinner the night before. It was such a wonderful time with wonderful colleagues. Everyone brought their spouse or significant other and it was so nice to spend time with everyone. I even ate really well. Waking up Friday morning, I thought hurray, it’s my last day of work for the rest of the year. I now get to think about Christma... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 14:14:20 EST My Bucket List... A&I Candy Canes BSG Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163886 This post is a bucket list of sorts – a list of 4 things I want to learn, 4 places I want to see, and 4 things I want to accomplish in my lifetime. <BR> <BR> I want to learn... <BR> 1. Consistency and discipline... I know what to do to be healthy. I know the choices I must make and the sacrifice it will take. What I need to learn is to be consistent and I need to develop the discipline to remain consistent. <BR> <BR> 2. Photography... I have long admired those who can capture the beauty ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 01:29:56 EST My biggest challenge this year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161328 And every year is falling off the horse and not getting back on right away. Have you ever fallen hard and were afraid to get back on that horse for fear of falling again? That has happened to me on several occasions. <BR> <BR> I joined SP in March of 2010 after my husband had discovered it and started using it. It was a pretty awesome experience, I was tracking every day, and we were walking and biking, although I wasn’t doing it consistently. Exercise… the bane of my existence. Always ... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 18:19:39 EST Life is hard… it’s the “hard” that makes it worth it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159705 Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself. <BR> -- W.C. Doane <BR> <BR> The last 48 hours have been a roller coaster of emotions. Parties have started. Knowing I need to make good choices is the easy part. I know the choices I must make. <BR> <BR> It’s making the right choices that’s hard. <BR> <BR> I have made the righ... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 22:18:05 EST Are you dreading rockin' around the Christmas tree? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155257 I know I am... I took at look at the calendar today. Here they were, all piled up one right after another. The HOLIDAY PARTIES!! Some fancy, some not. Casual, formal... company gatherings, mine and his. Team gatherings at work, for Little League, Parish Council. Friends gathering... ringing in some holiday cheer! YIKES!!! The test starts on Wednesday for me, and it pretty much continues until Christmas. <BR> <BR> The last time I fell off the wagon I fell HARD! I gained back 25 pound... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 21:38:48 EST It's never too late for new beginnings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153287 I have been thinking of my aunt the last few days, my father's sister, the second oldest of 10 children. She passed away two and a half years ago from respiratory complications at the age of 85. She was a tough broad, WWII generation immigrant to the US. She faced adversity that most of us will never know, and she was as stubborn as a mule! If she held to believe about something there was very little chance that she would change her mind. <BR> <BR> Like many in her generation, especially... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 08:02:34 EST Everyday I'm shufflin'... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152351 Do you ever wonder if it's worth it taking vacation? I took Thanksgiving week off and I loved every minute of it. I started to Zumba, exercised everyday, spent quality time with my husband and children, saw good friends. I was thankful for my blessings. But then Monday came. Party over! <BR> <BR> This past week has been quite difficult. Taking the week off last week was great but I came back to a hell hole at work. I have a global job so just because I and the rest of America were cel... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 08:28:05 EST The UN-Kardashian Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147777 Yesterday, I was lucky enough to bare witness to something so special, so spectacular that I doubt it will be repeated again in my lifetime. So rare is the occasion that I am having a hard time conceiving of such an incredible event. We joined in celebrating two incredible people who are icons, or should be! See the link below. John and Ann Betar...Eighty years of marriage! Wow! How is that even possible? <BR> <BR> http://abcnews.go.com/US/john-ann-betar-<BR>celebrate-80th-wedding-anniv... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 23:03:18 EST New memories with old friends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146541 Last night I attended my 30-year high school reunion. 30 years? You're kidding, right? How and when did we get so old? I remember back in 1982 when we were getting ready to graduate, we talked about what our 5-year reunion would be like. When the time came I remember how stressed I was and how broke I went buying the perfect outfit and make-up. I was still single and was looking to impress. I had to prove I was successful! After just 5 years, we were barely out of college. None of us ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 23:02:44 EST When did we lose Thanksgiving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144289 Yesterday we gave thanks for all that we have. Today we realize we don't have enough so we go out to push and shove and beat the next guy for that last gadget that we just can't live without. I used to feel I was missing out not participating in the Black Friday madness. Now I feel good about being part of the few, the proud, the sane!! I used to be really jealous of those who would wake up at 4 AM to go out for 5 AM, when the stores opened. I would set my alarm, wake up but had no support ... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:45:09 EST So much to be thankful for... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143478 Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! I am counting my many blessings and taking stock of what I have to do to have good health. After putting the bird in the oven, my kids and I did 45 minutes of cardio videos. We had a ball and boy did I sweat! My husband and my boys are my biggest cheerleaders, and to them I am eternally grateful. I thank God for the gift of my family! <BR> <BR> My kids got their report cards yesterday and we went out to dinner to celebrate them getting straight A's! I ... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 12:44:59 EST A remarkable day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142102 Last Saturday night I went to a jewelry party at a friend's house. It was a nice girls night out, except for one thing. Somehow I got roped into doing a Zumba class for Tuesday night. One of my casual friends who I know mostly from the pick up line at school is the Zumba instructor, and she teaches a class sponsored by the Parks and Rec. A couple of my good friends there take this class and insisted that me and one other friend should try the class, blah blah, blah, rah, rah, rah! <BR> <... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:49:52 EST I fell off the wagon... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133315 ... and did not get up off the ground for over 2 years. Things were going so well. I actually had lost 45 pounds. I was so proud of myself and was feeling good. But then I hit the first major plateau. It was starting to lead into the holiday season, and well, you know... it's the holiday season. That was 2010. <BR> <BR> Since then I have regained 25 of the 45 pounds, and in the process lost control of my blood sugars again. Last week I lifted myself up and hitched myself back up on th... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:16:27 EST Numbers Don't Lie... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3489604 I am now up to 22 plus pounds since joining Sparkpeople. I am hovering around the 40 pound mark since I started my journey 6 months ago. I have not been this thin since I met my husband 11 years ago. People have been noticing and commenting enthusiastically about my weight loss. I am looking good, feeling great and buying new clothes! <BR> <BR> I have lost 6 inches from my chest, waist and hips. I have lost 4 inches from my arms and thighs. I have dropped 3 dress and pants sizes. Al... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 21:10:45 EST Success is a journey, not a destination... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3305385 And a journey it has been... it's been 2 months and a 1 week since I started my Sparkpeople journey, about 4 months in all. I am down 33 pounds. That's almost 7 packages of Dominos 5-lb sugar! My clothes are falling off me. My old clothes that have not fit for years are fitting now. I have lost 4 to 5 inches on my chest, waist and hips. I am going bike riding with my family on a regular basis on weekends. I feel better in every possible way... I have more energy, I feel stronger physic... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 08:54:37 EST I have now learned to crawl... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3158096 It took years to put on all this weight. I guess it will take quite a while to take it off. It has taken years of poor eating habits to get to this point, so why should taking off the weight not take a while? But I have seen the light. I have been born again. I am in my infancy and I am now crawling. I am on my way to learning to walk and run. <BR> <BR> I started my journey in February 2010 and I have now lost 20 pounds. My motivation comes from my husband, who is my rock. It also ... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 10:08:56 EST