DANISARANAC1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DANISARANAC1 DANISARANAC1'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/ One day at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311808 My husband and I have been trying to contact people about places to rent. They are in high demand right now, yesterday there was a post of CL for 2 hours when he emailed, and by that time the lady already set up several other appointments for viewing! This is going to be tough! <BR> <BR> We did get some good news, though. DH was working in a position temporarily, and they asked him to be full-time, so at least we know he won't have to look for another job! He actually likes this one, too, wh... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 19:18:46 EST It's Wednesday already?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310457 For some reason I keep thinking it's Tuesday, I don't know what's up with that, the week is slipping away from me, and spring break is almost over! <BR> <BR> Financial stresses are weighing heavy on my family right now, our lease is up and we need to find a new place to live by June, and there are no places for rent in our town! It's kind of a small community, and I'm not willing to relocate my kids' school. I keep taking deep breaths, I know we'll figure it out, I just like to be a little ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 17:27:23 EST It's 5 o'clock somewhere... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309161 I feel like I hit my peak motivation around 5:00, which, naturally is NEVER a good time for the rest of the family. The kids are being needy, the baby is awake and crawling underfoot, (I stepped on him during last night's workout!) dinner has to be made, and dishes have to be done! By the time all of that is done, it's time for baths, bedtime stories, and bedtime! Ugh, I wish there were an easier way to do this, I just have too many kids. Lol. With my husband working 2nd shift, I'm being run ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 17:04:20 EST crap! I've gained about 5 lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307947 Admittedly I've lost direction. I'm finding it increasingly difficult to stay on track, weekends are always tough, my husband has completely lost motivation, and I feel like I try to squeeze every free minute with my kids, when I'm not trying to run our household. <BR> <BR> But the absolute worst thing that has happened is I've been booted off from the Wifi network at work, so I don't get service on my phone at all, when I use it the most to track my calories in! I don't get much time to sit... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 19:11:12 EST spring is almost here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292837 Ugh. So I haven't been on much lately. I am tired. I have been working 12's lately, leaving VERY little time for anything else. Today, things slowed down a bit, but only for a minute. Tomorrow is going to be crazy all over again. <BR> <BR> Food-wise, things have been going pretty well. It's pretty expensive trying to eat right. St. Patty's Day was kind of a gimme, I was definitely splurging. But we're back on track now, and I must say, eating healthy is no problem for me, I love veggies! And... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:11:32 EST Wind back in my sails! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288189 I love all of the support on this site, incredible! <BR> <BR> That said, I got through the 2 worst days of my week, now it should be smooth sailing for a little while at least. Feeling very much energized after the workout I just got in, 30 minute moderate circuit training from the biggest loser game on Wii, probably should have pushed myself to challenging, but I still feel empowered. Going to sit down with the trusty ole planner tomorrow and try to come up with a well-organized and structu... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:40:18 EST Just not feeling it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286835 As anyone that reads my blogs knows, I've been struggling a lot lately. I feel like I have been absolutely overwhelmed with the added workload in my life. I am still trying to workout and eat right, (yesterday is no indication of that) whenever I don't live up to my expectations, I feel like I'm letting myself down. I'm not losing weight, I'm not feeling the excitement, and I'm not sure how to get pumped again. I'm so ready for the weather to warm up so that I can get outside and do more. I n... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:02:53 EST Paused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284155 This past several days have been pure hell. I don't really know how to deal with everything that's going on right now, and I am not losing the weight like I was initially. I know this is due to stress, I've always had a hard time with weight during stressful times, regardless of how I eat or exercise, this occasion is no exception. <BR> <BR> I wouldn't say I'm putting my go-get'em on hold, but I've definitely lost steam. It's discouraging that the one thing in life that I've felt I'm finall... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:04:15 EST GGGRRRRRR!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282956 I am so unbelievably annoyed right now, for reasons I cannot get into, but one thing is for certain-we will be moving ASAP!!! I have been under enough stress and pressure lately, I seriously want to explode. Also, our main family car was supposed to be fixed today, but apparently the guy put the wrong transmission in it?!? Seriously?!? So now it's going to be even longer, and we are already struggling to get by with one vehicle, especially since that vehicle is a truck and we can't fit our ki... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:22:04 EST sunday sunday sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280916 So on today's agenda is family dinner, my turn to cook. I'm making a slightly lighter version of a pork roast, instead of gravy it calls for a tomato-based sauce, which has the potential to be great! Last night's bbq turkey meatloaf was a huge success, my husband said he absolutely loved it, and it went into THE BOOK. Several of the recipes we've been trying have been really excellent, I'm so glad we haven't given up flavor with our new lifestyle, certainly makes it easier to stick to it! <BR... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 08:51:07 EST "Like" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279927 I wish we could "like" comments that other people leave on blogs, I feel kind of rude that they say something nice and I don't have a response. SO-for anyone that has left kind words or that does in the future- THANK YOU! I DO appreciate it! <BR> <BR> Anyways, I blog every day, so I don't have a whole lot of exciting things to say. <BR> <BR> Today is Saturday, and my husband has to work until 4. I'm going to be cleaning all day. My stepson didn't come visit this weekend because the oldest l... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 09:49:58 EST It's a beautiful morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278912 It's really nice outside today, and I'm stuck inside. Last car broke down completely last night, so now we are down to borrowing a truck. I left work early today so that I could make sure my oldest made it to school, only to have him call a half hour later because he wasn't feeling well. Sore throat. After looking at it, it's pretty swollen. So he's in quarantine right now, and we won't be doing anything for a while. My luck is crap. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 13:06:53 EST like cabbages and kings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277610 Well, we dealt with the crap from work, and I am very satisfied with the results. I hate drama, and I'm glad this phase is over with. <BR> <BR> It's Thursday, and I miss my husband, I will get to see him again on Saturday! With him working 2nd, my life has become increasingly more hectic. I desperately need a break and some R&R. Maybe I'll take a nap today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was so exhausted, I had every intention of skipping my workout and getting some rest, but I just couldn't bring m... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 15:25:46 EST Rough day at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276309 I had an awful day at work today, a whole fat wad of drama. I'm not terribly concerned about it, but I still don't feel like dealing with it. I have plenty on my plate as it is. <BR> <BR> Everything else in life is fine, today. Kids are doing well, husband has been pretty lazy around the house, but he's been trying to get the car situation figured out. I gotta give him props for that. <BR> <BR> I'm ready for this day to be over. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 17:51:07 EST I'm BACK! I'm back in the saddle again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274907 Ok, so motivation is back, which is great, and hopefully I'm out of the funk for a while. I've bumped up the intensity of my workouts from moderate to challenging, and I'm feeling great so far. I'm so excited again, that I'm starting a list of things I'd like to do for myself as a reward, like a tattoo, or a bracelet, or getting my hair done, something wild and fun! I just need to determine some goal numbers and deadlines to pinpoint everything. I really feel like my life is getting on track! Tue, 5 Mar 2013 20:42:28 EST Just another manic monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273248 Beginning of the week always seems so hectic, and then it seems to peter out about Thursday or so. Today I had to work from 6 am until 4 pm, got home at 4:30, made delicious sweet potatoes with turkey brats, sauerkraut, turkey bacon, and thousand island, (one of my favorites!) and left before the baby could even finish eating to go to parent/teacher conferences. Got back home by 6, cleaned up the kitchen, played a little boxing on the Wii, got lunches around for tomorrow, and now the boys are... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 19:43:01 EST I could use a rub-down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270994 My muscles have been terribly sore since yesterday, the night before that I did REAL push-ups! Not the modified on-your-knees version! And I must say, I don't think I'm quite ready for that nonsense. 2 days later, and I'm still feeling it. <BR> <BR> Well, today is Sunday, and I've decided to make that my day of rest, since I do workout every day, I should probably recover. I feel a little crappy about it, since I had a calorie SURPLUS yesterday! *gasp* but I need to train myself to chill th... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 11:19:50 EST Old McDonald had a farm... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270099 Ugh, so I went to Mickey D's today. Thought maybe a shamrock shake sounded good, and some nuggets. Gross. That is exactly how I feel right now. I am MISERABLE! I have always been a firm believer in "cheat" days, just to remind myself of why I gave up eating that crap in the first place. So now I'm sucking down the water and hoping this knot in my gut goes away so I can get a good workout in! Sat, 2 Mar 2013 18:26:03 EST dun dun DUUUNNN!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268824 So car #2 has taken a dump. So hopefully this weekend we can get at least ONE of them up and running again. Also gonna help my dad build some bee boxes, and Sunday should be funday! We'll see. <BR> <BR> My attitude has improved, even though my sleep has not, which I believe is having the biggest effect on how I feel. I felt my old self again today, and was pretty excited when I realized that boxing on the Wii and playing Just Dance gets me LOTS of vigorous exercise! And I barely even notice!... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 16:52:10 EST it's getting better all the time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267518 I am so tired. I am so stressed. I know that it is having an effect on my body, and I don't like it. I'm not quite sure how to deal with it, but I keep trucking through my workouts every night, and counting calories, and doing all of the right things, it's just the extra chores and weight of the car troubles bearing down on me, I need a way to relax, I just no longer get any free time with my husband gone before I get home, and not getting home until I'm in bed, and then I leave for work befo... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:10:37 EST a change will do me good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266354 I am wrecked. I am stressed out over our car, working, taking care of 3 kids, and my husband starting a new job, meaning more chores and duties for me, and much less "me" time. Work has been rough lately. I've hit a low. I'm still trudging through the workouts, but my heart certainly isn't in it like it was before. I bought a new pair of workout pants today, since the other ones are now too big, and I'd like to get a resistance band, maybe next week, to change things up a little bit. I could ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:44:23 EST when the going gets tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265126 So things are not getting any better in general, but my fitness program is going well, and the BodyMedia has helped a TON with measuring calories out, steps, and sleep. I'm in love with it! I burn so many more calories at work than I thought! <BR> <BR> The rest of this week is looking pretty hectic, with John working 2nd shift, I have so many more responsibilities, including cooking extra dinners on some nights to make up for the nights that I don't get time to cook, with running errands, p... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:34:38 EST dog tired. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263816 I am absolutely exhausted today! DH started a new job, so now I work 1st shift, and he works 2nd, which works out great for childcare, but makes a LOT more work for me! I got out of work today, got the baby, picked up the oldest from school, came home to make dinner, 2 dinners, actually, because I have to work late tomorrow, and I had to do 4 loads of laundry! Not to mention cleaning up the kitchen and trying to spend time with the kids. After they got baths, now the baby is in bed, and the o... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:22:44 EST dawning of a new era http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261977 Tomorrow DH starts a new job. Which is good financial news, especially since he'll be working 2nd shift, and we will need minimal child care, but the at-home work load will be increasing, and we'll only see each other on the weekends, but this job may be only temporary. <BR> <BR> Now we just have to get the car situation taken care of, it looks as if the Malibu may need a new transmission, which, of course, is a HUGE problem. Oh well, we have made it through much worse. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:43:41 EST obladi oblada http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261386 Well, it looks like the problem with our main family car is the transmission. Yay. But, things are going to be ok, I've completely given up worrying about everything. I can't deal with the stress. <BR> <BR> I've lost 16 lbs so far this year! That's incredibly exciting. Now if this ear infection would just let up... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 19:30:47 EST damn this infuction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259061 Double ear infection is not getting better, and I've been taking meds since Monday. I don't know what's up, but I'm not too thrilled. Still going to smuggle in a workout tonight, though, something full of cardio. The baby still has a stuffy nose, too. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Bugga's 6th birthday! He chose Key Lime Cheesecake and ham and Swiss sandwiches for his dinner and dessert, with BBQ chips. Not the best choices for mom, but not the worst, either! Can't wait to give him his gifts and brin... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:28:13 EST double trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256443 So I finally broke down and went to the doctor, I have a double ear-infection. I'm taking antibiotics for it, but I'm still in a lot of pain, and can barely hear. My jaw hurts. Seems like it's just one thing after another for me this year. And the poor baby has a runny nose, again, too. <BR> <BR> On the plus side, I got my BodyMedia today, and I'm excited to use it during a workout this evening, it's been 2 days since I've worked out, so I desperately need this! Hopefully I can do it without... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:42:59 EST tell me somethin' good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252577 Well, this week has been wrought with sickness and the onslaught of Aunt Flow, but I've diligently worked through it. I can't say that my diet has been awesome, especially with Valentine's Day, I took myself out for Greek food, falafel is surprisingly fattening! Lol. But I've still managed a 4.9 lb decrease! Which I am ecstatic over, although I think it will go up a little, I'm still excited to see such a low number, it's encouraging. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm noticing my figure coming out more, ... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 11:53:27 EST irritable... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249490 Fever is worse, head is throbbing, can barely breathe. Made it through work, barely, tried to get a little rest this afternoon, but it didn't work. Made some turkey sausage with pasta recipe for dinner, it was awful. Started my period today. What else have ya got? Throw it at me! I'm doing some yoga, anyways! Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:58:15 EST why me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248103 My head is throbbing and full of mucus. My entire family has gone through the wringer with this illness, I'm ready for it to be OVER! I can't even think properly because my head is so plugged up. <BR> <BR> On the bright side, I picked up some new workout gear, which I'm excited to use, I took some DayQuil and I'm going to do a workout in about half an hour. I got new pants, a hair band, and socks, and I got the hubs some new shorts, the old ones just kept falling off! <BR> <BR> Well, here's... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:27:58 EST ummm...something's not right here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246949 So we've been doing the Biggest Loser games for the Wii as workouts, and they kick butt! The only problem is that there is no way for us to determine ACTUAL calories burned during workouts, so hopefully I can get a BodyMedia here soon, I need a better grip on my calorie differential. <BR> <BR> Today I bought a knee brace, some yoga socks, and a yoga headband, that has rubber grippers on the under-side to hold it in place, which is key for me because I have a lot of issues with that. The knee... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:08:56 EST aaaaaaawwww snap! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244379 Yeah, great workout tonight with the hubs, can't wait to start seeing stellar results! One problem: my knee keeps popping! And it hurts like hell! So I checked out knee braces at the store this afternoon, and I've decided that I have to have one, and I should probably wear it all the time. I also saw several other things I really wanted, like yoga toe-less socks, kettlebells, weights, resistance bands, sweat bands, hair bands, yoga pants, sports bra, etc... <BR> <BR> Which is too bad, cuz I'... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 20:24:37 EST one foot in front of the other... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243817 Well, I really wanted to go for a family walk today, but it looks like that is a no-go, too cold for baby outside. The in-laws are coming over today, though, for dinner, I'm making taco pie, and I know it's not a healthy choice, but they aren't very adventurous eaters, so I gotta keep it simple...not to mention my SS is here, and that means war at dinner-time, at not quite 4 YO, he doesn't like ANYTHING that isn't processed and sugar-filled. Guess his mom is a convenience-food parent, and als... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 10:33:18 EST turning point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242893 Our family is at a crossroads, hopefully DH will get an interview for this new position, I'm desperately hoping, it will be life-changing for our family! So excited right now, I can't wait to hear what is going to happen! Fri, 8 Feb 2013 13:16:49 EST everyday I'm shufflin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242038 A little frustrated, my "lazy" days of not keeping within my calorie allowance have caught up to me. The scale was a little on the high side, and I refuse to even track weight gain, so there's going to be a gap in my weigh-ins until I get back below my most previous weight. <BR> <BR> The GOOD NEWS, (yes, there is some) I splurged on veggies today. It is a splurge when you are piss-poor like I am, but I found it important. I've decided that I'm going to keep a tray of fresh veggies on the tab... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 20:12:20 EST getting back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240613 So apparently the weightloss nostalgia has worn off, I'm not seeing exciting results, and the humdrum of every day life are catching up to me. In all honesty, it is tough working full time, already up at 4 am just to get to work by 6, home by 2:30 to a screaming baby that absoutely MUST have his momma RIGHT NOW, pick up the 5 YO from school by 3:15, come home, keep the kids occupied while hubs makes dinner, or else I make dinner, bath times, bed time routines, and then a very short workout wi... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 18:52:22 EST waah waah waaaaaaaahhhhhhh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239084 The last, um 3 days, have not been so good for this girl. Sunday was kind of a cheat day, I had a few beers and indulged in a few snacks I should have passed up, then paid for it dearly yesterday with terrible stomach cramps ALL DAY. They haven't quite gone away...yesterday's eating habits were returned to normal, however, there was no possible way I could muster a workout. Today, I'm back on the horse, I still don't feel 100%, but I'm going to get that workout in anyway, the problem with tod... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 17:50:39 EST Planning foods for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235429 This is going to be a tough one, since our grocery budget is sadly thin this paycheck. However I am going to go to Pinterest for some lunch ideas. Why does healthier food have to be so expensive!?! <BR> <BR> Polish sausage, Italian sausage, 3 chicken breasts we have in stock, so looks like we will be having at least sweet potato reubens! Yummy! Also have bacon, can do sweet potato chips from the biggest loser... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 09:09:27 EST Food Fight 2/2/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234182 So I made this meal last night, chicken boobs marinated in balsamic vinegar with olive oil, asparagus drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and all of it topped with tomatoes and olives sauteed in more balsamic and olive oil, topped with a little mozzarella. <BR> <BR> Now, I thought this was AMAZING. I love all of the flavors in the meal. My husband on the other hand...well, he likes brats with mac and cheese, and if he had things his way, he'd never eat a vegetable. <BR... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 08:40:31 EST January Journal Entry 1: 01/28/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227407 So after almost an entire month of lifestyle change for my husband and myself, I am pleased with the results. I haven't really gotten much recognition, but I've only lost about 5 lbs so far, so no biggie there. Definitely becoming more conscious of what I consume since tracking on SparkPeople.com, what a huge help! Have been a member for 1 whole week today, but began regular exercise around the 4th of this month. <BR> <BR> I gained a lot of weight with my pregnancy, and it's been nearly imp... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:45:25 EST