GRACEMCC45's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GRACEMCC45 GRACEMCC45'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/ They said this would happen. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391771 And by they - I mean most of you guys. <BR> <BR> And me. <BR> <BR> My "OCD-type A-schedule-pants" got lost. Especially when it comes to Spark. Some days with Elliott I am totally in control and have life down to a science. Not very often. Most days are pretty willy-nilly and I am totally ok with that. So where does this fit in with Spark? <BR> <BR> Last week, I had a bad cold and Brad was working long hours. I could not be bothered to track my food on Spark - something I have done religi... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:46:59 EST Guilt-Free "Milkshake" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379318 As some of you may know, I have had to go dairy-free since Elliott was born, as I am breastfeeding and he is sensitive to cow dairy. I have been ultra-sad about no ice cream this summer, but just tweaked out a dairy-free, guilt free milkshake recipe! At 154 calories, you have to try it! <BR> <BR> 1C unsweetened vanilla almond milk <BR> 1 frozen banana <BR> 1 Tbsp or less unsweetened cocoa powder <BR> 1/2 Tsp (ish) vanilla <BR> <BR> Blend. <BR> <BR> If you wanted to go even lower calorie, ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:43:10 EST My poor little guy :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363144 Hubby came home from work on Friday with a stuffy nose, figured it was allergies. <BR> <BR> By Saturday night, it was worse. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, I was at a specialty baby boutique, and mommy-gut told me to buy the special suction aspirators for baby's nose that you use mouth suction to get the gunk out - much more practical and productive than the bulb suction aspirators. <BR> <BR> Glad I did, because Elliott has his first cold... and I was up at 2am sucking snot out of his nose, becau... Tue, 21 May 2013 08:11:40 EST Oh, right... Spark... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345299 Motherhood is a lot of things. Namely, time-consuming. <BR> <BR> Who am I kidding though, I friggin love it. Elliott will be 11 weeks old tomorrow (!), and we are starting to get some kind of semblance of a pattern to our day. <BR> <BR> This is what a typical day in our house looks like <BR> <BR> Somewhere between 5am-630am, Elliott wakes up. I take him from his bassinet next to the bed and lie him next to me in bed and nurse him back to sleep. At 650am, my alarm goes off. I start the di... Sat, 4 May 2013 12:08:07 EST Round two! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313422 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> April 1 marked the "reset" button for me! My 6 weeks of just loving on my little boy and relaxing are over! My doctor cleared me for full return to exercise, and I am starting to get to work on getting back to my pre-preggo weight (or as close as I can get to it!) <BR> <BR> I'm sitting between 152-153 lbs, so basically I have about 15lbs to lose. Not too shabby! I'm hoping to have it gone by July 1st, but I'm not going to pressure myself. It's just me hoping to fit i... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 08:58:57 EST How Time Flies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288042 Holy Moly - Elliott is going to be a month old on Sunday - that's crazy to me! It actually just seems like yesterday we brought him home from the hospital. Crazy to think that on Tuesday will be his 1 month appointment - and I'm assuming he's over 9lbs already, this boy is HUGE! <BR> <BR> It has been an amazing few weeks. Very trying and tiring at times (like when he decides to cluster-feed nonstop for 3. Straight. Hours. Thank God for breastfeeding convenience!!) <BR> <BR> This week, Brad ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:19:16 EST The Sweetest Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266412 It all started on Friday, February 15th... *cue flashback/dream sequence music* <BR> <BR> I saw on Twitter that our favorite burger joint was having a 1st birthday celebration on Saturday the 16th - specials, cake, all that jazz! Brad and I decided that we would go there for lunch on Saturday. Saturday, Feb 16th is a special day for us. In 2008, when Brad and I were dating long distance, he took his first visit to me, and on Feb 16th, we did a 17 hour date, so this was kind of our way to cel... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:43:04 EST My bags are packed, I'm ready to go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251724 ...haha, scared ya! <BR> <BR> Y'all thought I was saying we're off to the hospital, didn't ya? NOPE! Not a sweet chance! My bags have been packed for weeks (are you surprised?) and living in the trunk of the car for a few days now. <BR> <BR> Updates: Every second day I have SUPER energy... the trade off? Every other day, I have zip, nada, zilch for energy. Meaning yesterday, the last valid day for my gym pass, I couldn't go. I mean, I could have gone. And sat. Maybe take a nap on the stre... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:20:23 EST Ok... now time to freak MYSELF out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243257 *PRE-AMBLE: we are NINE days from due date, people!* <BR> <BR> So I ended off my last blog telling y'all about my misadventures in cooking, and my challenge this week was to cook. <BR> <BR> Well I did. <BR> <BR> Everything was edible - even delicious. <BR> <BR> ...and... I... LIKED... it! <BR> <BR> This is just super insanity - I have always loathed the kitchen - I have avoided cooking, learning to cook, baking, everything for my entire life. Would always volunteer to clean rather tha... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 20:12:34 EST Freak out ALL the people! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237280 Well, I had a fantastic few days and weekend this week, I don't know about y'all! Not having the stress of thinking about work has been great! Just focusing on getting ready for baby is awesome! Did lots of cooking, and batch cooking, and in general, I'm just learning more about how to be comfortable in the kitchen - something that does not come naturally! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the Super Bowl (ah-FREAKING-MAZing game!!!) and I straight up overate. Free day! Homemade meatballs, doritos, the... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:04:40 EST It's the right month now!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232752 Hoyo! February 1st - shabam, it's the proper month for a Bean to be born! <BR> <BR> How was January? <BR> <BR> 1) Hit 1000 fitness minutes: <BR> <BR> 1082! <BR> <BR> Ka-blammo! Not too friggin bad, considering I'm now 2 days short of 38 weeks preggo! Yyyyeaaahhhhh!!! The thing I am most proud of? I skipped ZERO workouts! I moved a yoga day from one day to another, and swapped a few days around, but all-in-all, the number of workouts I set out to complete in January was achieved. This is... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 07:45:09 EST Double Standard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229319 BAZOOKABOBCAT recently had a great blog post about the double standard in strength training between men and women. That men who are perceived to be weak get referred to as "ladies" and when women are strong, there are frequent remarks of "strong for a girl" and the like. <BR> <BR> It reminded me of a poster I saw recently in a grocery store. I had taken a picture and posted to my facebook, I was so peeved by it! Now, I don't strength train currently for the purpose of power training, but I'... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:47:22 EST Control Freak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220674 When I first purchased my personal training sessions almost two years ago, Brad and I had a nonexistent budget. Bills got paid on time, but credit cards racked up, our contributions to savings were few and far between. <BR> <BR> I committed to about $3000 dollars of training...without consulting a budget. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> In order to make sure we would have the money, we had to sit down and *make* a budget. We decided to live by the "cash diet" - where our spending money / variabl... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:19:45 EST Just for Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216249 Nothing Spark-related really - just for fun! <BR> <BR> A - Available or attached: Attached. <BR> <BR> B - Book: I am not a big reader anymore - crazy as a kid for it, but I'm still getting over university required readings. I love the Harry Potter series, I've read them through 3-4 times and will probably do that again soon. I am currently rereading The Hunger Games trilogy <BR> <BR> C - Cake or pie: Please don't make me choose. Pie on a more regular basis, but if it's cake I'm craving, n... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:40:51 EST All About Bean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206975 Hey guys! Quick update - I've done my friend list clear out - went from 330's to 150's. Much more manageable! <BR> <BR> So this is all about Bean - and where we are in preparation for his arrival. Okay, knowing me I'll get sidetracked, but I'll try to keep this in some sort of linear, organized fashion - baby brain is a very real thing! <BR> <BR> January goals: <BR> <BR> 1) 1000 minutes! <BR> Where I'm at - 533! So, I am at 53.3% of my goal at 45% of the way through the month. Excellent ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:36:15 EST Cruel, Selfish, Necessary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203147 I am currently in the midst of whittling down my Spark Friends list. <BR> <BR> I had 333 people on there. That is crazy, and completely naive to think that these are actually a) active accounts and b) people I actually connect with. It actually breaks my heart a little bit to see the inactivity on some of the accounts. <BR> <BR> I feel like it's maybe cruel or selfish to disconnect from those that maybe haven't been so active on the site (I basically set a 3 month inactivity rule - if even... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 05:34:06 EST Very very sneaky! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187278 I last saw my doctor 3 weeks ago, and she told me she would be laughing at me at our next appointment (January 2) as she does all her prenatal clients, because we all gain wayyyy too much over the holidays, but really, it's the one year to really indulge, so she enjoys laughing at all these freaking-out mommas-to-be (it's a University clinic, where all current students and alumni can continue seeing a doctor, so it tends to be people who are well educated, career driven, etc). <BR> <BR> So ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 23:28:58 EST 2012 Wrap-Up and a Look Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183437 I hope everyone had a wonderfully super duper fantasmagoric holiday time! I certainly had a magical time - even if mostly just due to being off work for 8 straight days! What a nice break! <BR> <BR> If you fell off the wagon, I hope you at least can still see it to catch up and jump right back on. Don't be too hard on yourself if you ate a few too many Christmas cookies or skipped a workout or two to join in on some family fun (or Boxing Day/Week sales). That's what this time of year is al... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 09:47:48 EST Just a moment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169334 I don't have a tonne of time, just wanted to share something that happened to me today with you all... <BR> <BR> I work in an Addiction Services Inpatient Withdrawal Unit. This is where people come to get clean off drugs and alcohol and start making links with community or outside resources to continue their recovery/sobriety. <BR> <BR> Some pretty interesting, mind-blowing stuff happens, and it's never the same day twice. <BR> <BR> But it's a lot of the same clients twice. 6 times. 95 t... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:09:51 EST Get a cup of tea, this is a doozy of a catch-up!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152332 Yes. Wow. We are there already!!! First - some belly pics for y'all. Here's where I left you at week 21: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1880167820.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 22: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l979673398.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 23: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1606665240.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 24: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1322370086.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 08:12:15 EST Put it back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137534 I've been MIA for a week or so now, still here, and spying on all-a-y'all, just quiet. No reason really, just quiet. <BR> <BR> Everything is going smoothly, I'm up to 154lbs now, so up 16lbs total and at 26 weeks that's great. I want to gain a max of 35lbs this pregnancy, so I'm right about halfway there. It's coming on nice and slow now, not like when I gained 10lbs in 2 weeks then maintained it. I'm a solid 0.75-1lb per week gain, which is great. <BR> <BR> Mostly, I'm attributing it to ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:19:11 EST Lightbulbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125691 I can't lie - I was having some major mental breakdowns about dealing with pregnancy cravings - and just bad eating habits in general. <BR> <BR> It has been very easy from the beginning of this pregnancy to keep up my fitness. I always feel better at the end of a workout than I did before it started. Both mentally and physically. If I go more than 2 consecutive days without exercise, I want to rip E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E-'S heads off and I get to deal with additional joint and muscle pain, headache... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 03:34:28 EST Happy Halloween!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117930 I am really enjoying some spectacularly relaxing days off this week! My new goals of 10 cups water, 20g fibre, and 8 fruits and veggies before any unplanned or unhealthy food is REALLY helping me avoid too much temptation! Tonight I am going out for supper with a friend and then going on a Ghost Tour, so I know I will be over in calories, but knowing that before supper I will have all those goals accomplished makes me 100% okay with that! <BR> <BR> We are totally safe from the somewhat incle... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:48:29 EST Clearing out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112922 We have a large upright deep freeze in our kitchen. <BR> <BR> That BADLY needs a manual defrost!! We were starting to run low on our usual stock-pile of meats, so Brad says to me on his return on the weekend "Need to do a meat run." <em>496</em> <BR> <BR> I decided: NOPE!! Let's eat completely out of what we have left (a whole chicken, 3 pork roasts, 6 chicken breasts, 4 pork chops, 1 pkg ground turkey, 1 pkg ground pork) then defrost the freezer, *then* restock for winter. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:55:46 EST Waiting for my show to buffer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110165 Ok... I could easily be meal-planning or such and such yadda-yadda while I wait for Fringe to buffer on my computer, but I came across this instead, have some free torture!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> Adjacent <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Downstairs <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Brown <BR> <BR> Your mot... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:27:20 EST Whoodathunkit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103960 Turns out I'm a jogger. Or runner, I suppose. <BR> <BR> I did that 5K way back in June. I jogged once 2 weeks after that, and again not quite 2 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> Due to my major insomnia today, and gorgeous sunny day out, I decided to make today's scheduled "Run/Spark Vids" day a running day. <BR> <BR> Put on my awesome new workout capris (they have that band that folds down over, or UP over if you are pregnant, soooo wonderful!) and drove to my favorite jogging spot, a track partial... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:07:03 EST The "Double" Debacle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103286 ***Warning: may cause cravings! Sorry!*** <BR> <BR> <BR> I ate a burger yesterday. <em>489</em> <BR> <BR> Alert the media! <BR> <BR> Hold the presses! <BR> <BR> No, don't. That's actually a fairly normal thing for me. <BR> <BR> I had posted a status yesterday about going into Burger King blindly and ordering a sandwich, and how I was shocked and appalled at what I had put in my mouth. A few of you made comments about it being a "double" and that should have put some alarms in motio... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 03:46:53 EST Weighing the cost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100455 I'm not going to go into details about yesterday's emotional meltdown that persisted for 70% of my day. A quick recap: I think someone shoved 22 weeks of emotions into one day, Brad's dad (totally unintentionally) pissed me off with the wording of a text message, my Dad was around and I can't not share with him when I'm upset, and love him to bits, but he can't drop a subject to save his life. And Brad is still gone, so trying to explain this stuff over text was incredibly frustrating and pre... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 20:46:23 EST Strange things are happening to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097676 ...ain't no doubt about it! <BR> <BR> (+10 points if you can name the movie I'm getting that from!) <BR> <BR> <BR> I did it! I made it though my 5 day goal of staying in range! It wasn't always easy - I had cravings and there were some major temptations. There was free warm cherry pie at work one night, and I didn't have any! <BR> <BR> In fact, here are my calorie intakes for Mon-Fri (goal range is 1770-2120) <BR> <BR> 1893, 2055, 2086, 1938, 2070 <BR> <BR> Even with a stressful Thursda... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 14:59:32 EST Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093362 Cravings suck. <BR> <BR> When I was in the deepest throes of my weight loss, a "craving" would come along, and I could so easily (eventually, anyway) push it to my next treat day or use other coping skills to avoid it. <BR> <BR> I could stay religiously in my calorie ranges for 10+ days in a row, and not eat a single thing that could be considered unhealthy. <BR> <BR> Then, I got pregnant. <BR> <BR> Immediately people said to me "Go ahead, give in, eat whatever you want!" and the dread... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 23:01:39 EST Boom-POP!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091894 Belly pics continued! Please be kind about how I look - I took these religiously every Sunday morning, even outside during EILCA (Evil In-Law Camping Adventure) and some mornings are very early!! <BR> <BR> Here is where I left you at Week 15: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l393809320.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 16: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l804395696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 17 (at my cottage): <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 21:16:13 EST I'm alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089459 Hi Everyone - <BR> <BR> Life has been crazy busy since getting back from vacation - today was the first day in weeks that I only had 3 responsibilities on a day off rather than 5+! <BR> <BR> I still don't have a lot of energy to share much tonight, but here are a few bullet points just for a quick update. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) We were supposed to find out Little Bean's gender yesterday, but the report my doctor got from the ultrasound said that they were unable to determine gender!! Ay carum... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 22:26:42 EST Vacation - Part 1 of 3! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053387 I'd like to tell you all that I was perfect in the first of 3 phases of my vacation. Eeeegghhhh!! Nope! <BR> <BR> All workouts planned: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Stayed close to ranges: NOPE! 2 days over 3000 cals in a row! Ah well! <BR> <BR> But here's partial proof you can do a full upper body work-out with just a pair of 5lb dumbbells, a yoga mat and a resistance band, no matter the location: <BR> <BR> Bicep Curls: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l397712470.... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:20:26 EST What it feels like... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048015 ... it feels like there's a centipede crawling around behind and below my belly button <BR> <BR> ...or sometimes it's like a teeny weeny cell phone tucked in my waistband, stuck on vibrate <BR> <BR> ...or sometimes it feels like that kind of gas rumble right before a giant toot. <BR> <BR> <BR> But it's none of those things. It's my Little Bean. (S)he is getting big and strong enough now to start flicking around, and (s)he's *almost* as active as her Momma. <BR> <BR> It is peaceful ser... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 03:38:59 EST September Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042557 I know, it's a few days late <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> September is going to be interesting. I have 2 weeks vacation from the 7th-21st. We will be doing a pretty crazy road trip in that time, with random bits of business and relaxation. My kinda trip! Despite a 2 week hiatus from "my" gym and my typical schedule/routine, I am setting myself up for success. <BR> <BR> 1. Fitness minutes - <BR> <BR> My current schedule is for about 740 minutes, based on the workouts I have planned. This bein... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 14:17:35 EST Whoooo wants Belly Pics? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037686 Here ya go everybody!! We take a picture every Sunday, that's my week change, so here are weeks 8-15! Some angles are weird because on the weeks that Brad was away, I had to rig up a system basically using a kleenex box to wedge my phone in to take the pic. <BR> <BR> Week 8 - July 8 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l142766204.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 9 - July 15 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l406172157.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 10 - July... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:42:57 EST Safe and Boring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036400 I recently just worked 4 twelve hour day shifts (known as TDs). Typically I work 2 TD, then two twelve hour night shifts (TNs), then 5 days off. It's a very likeable schedule; I truly earn my paycheque on my TDs as an RN, and feel like I've "earned" the easy shifts of TNs that are basically glorified babysitting for about half of the shift. <BR> <BR> I work on a unit that has mostly medically stable clients - no IVs, no catheters, no physical care requirements. Basically, my clients sleep f... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:49:06 EST The Universe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028117 Sometimes the universe sends subtle messages to us about things we need to change in our lives to avoid the worst possible outcome, or to achieve the best. <BR> <BR> Sometimes the messages aren't so subtle. <BR> <BR> I first joined the military straight out of high school. They were going to pay for my nursing degree, and I would owe back 5 years of service when I was done. Growing up in a military family, knowing the lifestyle it brings of moving constantly, time apart from loved ones, I... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 15:24:04 EST And what a week it's been! Get comfy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025007 Howdy my friends! <BR> <BR> So Mom and Dad were up from Tuesday to Sunday. It. Was. Glorious. <BR> <BR> I can't describe how great it was just to shoot the breeze in my living room, watch them interact with my nephew (5 months old now, they left when he was just 10 days old), run errands with them. All golden! <BR> <BR> Highlights: <BR> <BR> - so much delicious food. I was over my calorie range by up to 700 calories (usually only about 300) I think every single day they were up. So... ma... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:00:37 EST Manic Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014089 Alrighty! Got off my last nightshift this morning, hit the gym, did my lower body ST thang... then (because I know you all need a laugh)... here's a pic of the awkward-preggo-half-nap-on-left-side-after<BR>-a-workout. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l255738810.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you see why this seems so awkward for people to see? And I have NO idea whose hips those are... must be an optical illusion because my knees are hiked up a bit. I have a very square fra... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 19:33:16 EST How'd my week go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010345 I worked a 12 hour day shift on Wednesday. Starting at about 10am that day (so 3 hours into my shift) I started getting a thick, dull headache. It starts at the top of my neck, swerves around my ears to my temples, digs deep into my eyeballs, then floats through my forehead to about an inch above my hairline. <BR> <BR> These are my migraines. I get one of these *maybe* twice a year - and thank goodness for that. Nothing helps except sitting still. Luckily it was a fairly slow day at work, s... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 23:02:05 EST The Dresses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001591 Ok, Brad made a clause for when he let me buy the two dresses, and it was that we took no pictures today during our huge long outing. I always make him take a picture of me, or me of him, or me of us, and he hates it. So I agreed to that, but I know y'all wanted to see the dresses. They are from Old Navy, so both together came to $53 (after tax, but I had a 15% off coupon, and taxes here are 15%, so it evened out). <BR> <BR> Numero Uno: I'm wearing this today, hopefully I can find a skinny ... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 08:06:19 EST The Champ is Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000904 Okay, so we only ended up playing 5 games, here is the breakdown: <BR> <BR> Yahtzee (6 rounds). Brad: 1682, Grace: 1381. Okay, he kicked my arse. <BR> <BR> Monopoly Deal: Brad won 1 hand, I won 2. Burn, sucka! <BR> <BR> Dominos: (scores like golf) Brad: 49, Grace: 37. Take that! <BR> <BR> Life: Brad: 1,585,000 Grace: 1,680,000. Oooooohhhh, SNAP! <BR> <BR> Rummy: Brad: 720, Grace: 1030. *does the Chandler dance* <BR> <BR> That means I won 4/5 games. THE CHAMP IS HERE!! <BR> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 15:47:51 EST 2 weeks later! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999755 Oi! Y'all let me go 2 weeks again... I am holding each of you responsible. Okay, a bunch of you have told me to blog, so thank you for that kick in the bum! <BR> <BR> Okay, okay, okay… where do I begin? I hate that it’s been so long since I’ve blogged, but life all of a sudden went warped on me. No big emergencies or anything, just busy! <BR> <BR> The biggest news: as of this coming Sunday I will be 12 weeks pregnant! Wooowwww!!! So exciting. Most of you know, that’s considered the “safety... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 15:51:44 EST Frickin' Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979549 Oof. I did it. Glad that week is OVER!! I managed to (of course) get talked into working on Sunday from 7a-1p, in exchange for taking my Monday 3p-11p shift off. Work 6 hours, get 8 hours off? Why not?! So I'll have tomorrow off, then a quick 6 hour shift on Sunday. Not too shabby! <BR> <BR> Here we go, ladies and gents - the final check in of the week! <BR> <BR> 1) I was in my car at 1503. Blammo! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 2) Holy almost blew the week, Batman! So 10am this morning, boss st... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 17:23:35 EST Thuper Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978288 1) I was in my car at 1502. Heck yes! It got crazy busy at work near the end of shift, but I powered up (literally jogging from med room to nursing station, etc to shave some seconds off... Shh!! Don't tell Occupational Health!) and got'er done! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 2) No fast food - although I was starving when I picked Brad up from work and we hit Walmart - a McDs ice cream was calling my name! Mostly all healthy meals and snacks, except my evening snack was fruit with chocolate dip, j... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 20:02:39 EST ...Had to! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976531 Yes, I was that teenager who sent these around Hotmail by hitting FWD 17,000 times. <BR> <BR> Yes, I was the university student who procrastinated by doing these on facebook as notes. <BR> <BR> And now yes, I am the 24 year old mommy-to-be who has been dying to do one of these for a few years, and has had no venue to do so. Wheee!!! <BR> <BR> I saw a few of these on my feed so I figured I'd do it! <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> Nope. My middle name is after my grandmother... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 17:18:07 EST Wonky Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976500 Howdy all! Here's my daily check in! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) I was in my car at 1505. Just in the nick of time! There was a couple minor crises brewing on the unit as I was leaving, and I wrapped them up as fast as I could and passed them onto my relief. I had to help the charge nurse deliver the news to the nurse whose initials had been forged last week. Not fun!!! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 2) I really, *really* wanted to stop at Second Cup (Canadian not as awesome version of Starbucks) after t... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 16:53:24 EST Terrific Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975059 Howdy folks!! Time for the daily check-in of mini-goal week to get me through my dreaded 7-3 week. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) I was in my car at 1502. Boo yeah. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 2) I had my Tim Horton's cranberry blueberry bran muffin as planned when I left work to go do some errands, and it was mega tasty delicious. Lots of fibre too! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 3) Today was my only planned rest day, and boy did I ever! I wanted to go home and take a nap before my massage, but I was scared ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:09:23 EST Oh, Hi! Where the heck have I been?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973343 Okay... first things first peeps.... y'all let me go 11 friggin' days without blogging? Don't let that happen again, YIKES! I feel like I've been drifting along. I have been stupid busy with work and life and such, but I need you guys too!!! <BR> <BR> Alrighty, Brad was gone most of last week for work, and I did *not* do well. I repeat: I worked 4 TNs in a row (one of which was literally the most emotionally and mentally draining shift in my life - at one point I called my manager crying be... 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