HAPPYMAMA102's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HAPPYMAMA102 HAPPYMAMA102'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/ I want to be a http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457724 You might know the type. <BR> She's on every commercial and in every sitcom. She might be middle age and struggling with her own life, but at any second she's ready to share her clothing, host an impromtu dance party, or coach her kid's soccer team. She's fit, well dressed, and make up is perfect. <BR> <BR> She's also entirely fictional. <BR> <BR> But I want to be the kind of mom that leads by example. <BR> Hey, kids, lets grab your bikes/skates/pets and go hiking. <BR> Veggies are on t... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:25:32 EST she's an uptown girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335678 from the immortal Billy Joel <BR> <BR> Let me start by saying today is much better than yesterday. I got lots of sleep and feel better about life in general. <BR> I worked out for 6 minutes yesterday and did 8 flights of stairs up, 8 down. 6 MINUTES and you wouldn't believe how sore I am. ridiculous! <BR> I'm tempted to try again tonight but I'm so sore I don't know that I can. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:45:51 EST should I even be on here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334688 The only thing I've done successfully is switch to diet pop, and I still want regular pop. I don't exercise. I don't cook. I'm frustrated and sad. <BR> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 22:26:09 EST Like a rocket on the fourth of july http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325858 Hello! Good day! Im eating lots of protien, carbs, and fats...lol...:( I am NOT drinking sweet pop although I really really wanted one today. <BR> Fast food on the way to work is so tempting, and a war I lose everytime. <BR> I was hoping that my on call shift would not necessitate my coming in, but it did. I get to take care of a wonderful person who (I speculate) envies that I have the ability to walk, run, play outside, and chose what foods I'm eating. <BR> I shall endevor to appreciate ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 23:54:11 EST yuppies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324498 Happy mon! Today it was 60 degrees out so we went on a nice long walk. My 2 year old picked up a few rocks and pine cones and carried them the whole way, and for once she didn't throw a fit about not stopping at the playground or when it was time to come in. <BR> We had a quick dinner then it was time for me to come to work again. day 3 of 4...but I'm hoping I won't have to work tomorrow. I'm on call and I would much rather curl up with my babies and enjoy the evening. <BR> Did you know... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:44:33 EST i try to capture every moment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323159 I read an article about childhood obesity and risks and treatment. America really is going down hill, :). My kids are a good weight now but what if one day I get the dreaded diagnosis? How terrible would I feel? <BR> So no, I'm not doing enough. I need to switch to high fiber foods, whole wheats, cut out sugary drinks (my two year old loves her chocalate milk), and stop buying treats. <BR> It's hard, because when I go to work I feel guilty leaving them with a sitter and she looks at me wi... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 20:13:20 EST It's a bright new day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315366 Well, hopefully I will have today off with my kids and husband. And maybe it will be clear and nice outside so we can walk to the playground and play outside. After spending a good deal looking at spark teams and blogs, I feel a little more inspired. <BR> It does bum me out when I see motivated people disappear on here. I know we all do, but to see someone's last update 40 days ago be "trying to get back on track" is super discouraging. <BR> Good morning Sparkers! Have a fabulous day! ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 05:42:16 EST Yada Yada http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315265 Honestly, I feel like I can do better. I'm so exhausted with every movement this week, from the stupid cold, from the stupid caffeine withdrawal, from TOM, from sick babies, that I just want to crawl into bed and not get out. <BR> Have not been drinking regular soda for 2 weeks. I don't feel any different, except surprised and a little proud that I made the switch. I have, however, read some studies about aspartame that I find alarming. One thing at a time. <BR> I have not quit smoking. G... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 23:54:45 EST It can't be done... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314157 At least, I don't think it can. <BR> I can't work full time night shift, be up all day with my little ones, support my husband as he works 65 hours/week for peanuts, keep the house clean, laundry done, have energy to be intimate with my husband, and spark. <BR> I have not been drinking soda for over 2 weeks now. I walk daily with the kids. I am so tired of pulling that wagon around the neighborhood but the kids seem to enjoy it. We go to the playgrounds around the neighborhood and over an... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:38:07 EST Needs some friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308035 Hey! I need some friends to check in with, encourage, vent with! I don't make it on here every day but I could with some motivation! I am mother of two lovely babies with plans for a few more. I have lost ALMOST 20 pounds with quitting drinking pop and being more active. <BR> My next steps are quitting smoking and "working out" regularly. Eventually I'll tweek my diet. <BR> <BR> I want to lose at least 60 more pounds and raise my kids to be healthy adventurous eaters and active children... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 20:46:38 EST Slipping through my fingers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306953 It's a song I sing to my little ones. From Abba, or more specifically Mama Mia. I've adapted it to what I call "lullaby style" and I've sung it to them since they were in the womb. <BR> Once I dreamed of Juliard and singing opera. And now I sing to my babies as if they were my audience of thousands. <BR> Dreams change, you see? <BR> I may not be who I always wanted to be, or do what I dreamed of doing as a child. <BR> But this moment, I am content. <BR> <BR> I have been walking with t... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 02:30:33 EST A WIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300306 No sugar pop since fri am. That is pretty darn good. Yep. I used to drink a TON of pop. I'd go through a 32 ounce cup like nothing! especially since I've been at work these last 4 nights, when it's so easy to just grab and go. But it is nice, because I like the taste of the water at work better than at home for some reason. <BR> <BR> Today I'm going to keep it low key because I've worked 48 hours in 4 days. Maybe take the kids out on a walk in the evening. do some cleaning/housewor... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 04:23:12 EST Did you know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298979 Last few days have been great, work and sleep, getting my water in, starting to think about my next move. Which is quitting smoking. <BR> *gasp* <BR> Can it be done? We shall see. I will start taking chantix wed...and take it one day at a time. <BR> <BR> These are things i need to keep track of: <BR> Mood <BR> energy level <BR> hours of sleep <BR> <BR> I am not pregnant and we are going to put off trying for #3 until I can get off chantix. Because really, while I find it very easy t... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 03:12:42 EST Ribbons, rocks, and leaves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297512 That's what we found on our treasure hunt today. I've been walking with the kids. Even though I'm working the next few nights, I decided to get 'em up and out! It's almost 40 degrees outside, so really quite pleasant. We walked up and down the road and climbed hills, all the while me pushing the stroller and the tricycle that my two year old always insists she'll ride and doesn't. <BR> Well, she does ride it until we get out of the radius of the house, when I can't just leave it behind. <B... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 18:54:10 EST Ready, set, focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294186 My personal goals for tomorrow: <BR> Be fully present with my kids. This means no time sucking iphone and facebook! <BR> Cook one wholesome meal. <BR> Drink 6-8 glasses of water or crystal light <BR> 30 minutes of exercise <BR> 8 full hours of sleep. <BR> <BR> My meal plan tomorrow: <BR> protein cereal or scrambled egg for breakfast <BR> pb sandwhich and an apple for lunch <BR> <BR> dinner: I was thinking I would stir fry with chicken, brown rice, peanuts, and egg, toss it all together wit... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:33:55 EST DO something! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283050 I know, I know, I keep posting these blogs and I'm not actually DOING anything! It's as frustrating for me as it is for you. <BR> But this is the way I work. I research. I think. I plan. I make lots of lists and gather lots of facts, and then...I leap! <BR> Quitting smoking is the one goal I believe will be the hardest at first. <BR> I'm tracking my foods regularly and being mindful of what I eat. I'm sure glad my food tracker isn't public though because it's embarrassing. <BR> I'm ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:50:43 EST What's the best way? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281873 Is it better to take things in small steps, or jump off the cliff? Should I just quit pop, smoking, and junk food all at once? Or should I slowly begin exercising, ease off the pop, and then in a few weeks quit smoking? <BR> <BR> I'm getting discouraged before I even start. <BR> <BR> But my husband reminded me that he is home every morning, so my whole "I don't have time to work out with these kids" thing is not applicable. I don't know why I didn't think of him before. <BR> Bright side,... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:35:23 EST I guess I do eat...stupid food tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280518 Tracking food really makes you look at what you eat, and what you are feeding your kids. Junk! Things I thought were fairly good for them, like chicken nuggets! *sigh <BR> I let my husband talk me out of exercising today. I had my day planned and my athletic shoes on, and he said, "I don't know why you are starting to work out now when we go on vacation in three days." So I took a nap instead. <BR> Energy is so low it's dragging on the floor. Kids are absolutely exhausting. My 9 month o... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 20:58:01 EST Getting all my ducks in a row http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279471 For the record, some times I like to have my ducks all over the place and quacking like crazy. <BR> <BR> A (very) little about me: <BR> I have a two year old daughter, and a nine month old son. I want another baby, now. NOW! <BR> I sparked once before, lost 30 pounds, gained it all back, and gave up. <BR> I work part time as an RN on night shift. <BR> I have a dry sense of humor. <BR> I'm married for 7 years. <BR> I'm a smoker, for the last 9 years. <BR> I no longer recognize myself in the ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 22:13:18 EST