HEART4HOME's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HEART4HOME HEART4HOME'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/ Glad to be back!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400252 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1694225172.jpg">I am so thankful to finally have internet access at home once again. I really missed Sparking and the encouragement that I receive here. However, I have been able to keep in touch with some of my Spark Friends during the time I was away due to having FB on my Kindle. <BR> <BR> This post is long overdue. My 5K in April was great. I cried before we even started the race just because I couldn't believe that I had stuck with som... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:19:41 EST Plans for April and OtherRandomStuff... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303157 March has been extremely busy for me. However, I managed to fit in lots of exercise, bible reading and healthier choices. I am pleased with my progress so far this year. Although the pounds are not falling off as quickly as I would like, I feel that I am improving in so many other areas of my life. <BR> <BR> The last two weeks have been filled with birthdays and vacation with my family. I didn't watch what I ate and tried not to go overboard with the treats. I failed some days especially du... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:40:40 EST Spring is in the air!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282507 I am looking forward to a new week. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here in NC and I see glimpses of Spring all around me. I love this time of the year and especially having more daylight in the evenings. <BR> <BR> I am still plugging along in my Biggest Loser Challenge. It really does help to have accountability and each week we are encouraged to stretch to new heights in our choices and levels of fitness. I have lost some pounds but mostly inches and I feel so much better. I love ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:24:15 EST Week 8 Run For God (Yes we can) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271729 It has been a good week. I feel like I am getting stronger physically, mentally and mostly spiritually. Since being involved in the Run For God group I have been blessed beyond measure. I started off with the goal of finally accomplishing a goal and trying to find a way to put less focus on my personal issues. God has been faithful to help me do just that! <BR> <BR> Yesterday after our run, we went back into the neighborhoods that we ran in and put door hangers on the door knobs inviting pe... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 20:51:27 EST Running and loving it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253655 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l373003730.jpg"> I'm on the left in the black. Sorry that I couldn't get a better pic. <BR> <BR> This picture makes me so happy. I have been participating in a small group bible study called Run for God. Each week we discuss our bible lesson, share our struggles and victories as well as learning the basics of running. Our group has about 40 people of all ages, shapes sizes, backgrounds and even some from different churches. I love coming tog... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 13:50:33 EST Weekly Wrap Up and other random stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223563 Bad weather has began here in my neck of the woods. My goal is to keep my family safe and warm. My hubby gets off early morning when the roads will be slick. Praying for safe travels for him. <BR> <BR> The kids and I are enjoying an evening snuggling and watching a little PBS! My oldest made homemade cookies and I didn't over do it. Go me! I purposely didn't buy any processed goodies on my shopping trip today. <BR> <BR> I have tracked consistently for three days and it has really helped me ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:54:47 EST BLC21 Just Do It Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213410 Our week 1 challenge is to Just Do it!!! I love the theme. The challenge runs from Friday until Monday. These challenges are good for keeping me focused on my goals. Sometimes I can talk myself out of doing so many things. Knowing that my team is counting on me and that I am counting on myself motivates me. There are four parts to the challenge. <BR> <BR> 1. D- Decide on something to tackle and then just do it. I made the decision to buy something for myself "guilt free". It is hard for me ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:32:23 EST Goals for this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207845 I am so happy to say that I have been moving right along this January. My exercise has been on point and my nutrition is improving. I am dealing with some stomach virus thing the last two days but I will not use that for an excuse. I am being careful and doing what I can. Yesterday before it really hit me I was able to complete WK6D1 of C25K. I am so proud of myself because I remember when week one seemed like torture. <BR> <BR> My challenges are helping me to stay focused. I love interactin... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 06:36:16 EST Gearing up for a Healthy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181113 I realize that I have not been consistent with my blogging so that will be a priority in the new year. I have never stopped pushing toward my goals. I didn't reach all of my goals in October but I stayed consistent with my workouts. The last few weeks I have started going back to my TOPS support meeting and eating better and it is really starting to pay off. I have to seek outside support because my kids are super active and skinny and their diet is pretty good. They don't get hung up on the ... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:55:40 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081846 I was thinking about what I wanted to accomplish this month and I came up with a few ideas. I am involved in a couple of challenges to keep me motivated and moving in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Challenge #1 <BR> Peak 313 Living and Active Challenge: I love this challenge because we focus on our spirit as well as improving our physical health. I know that I have been blessed during this challenge. I have met some wonderful and encouraging ladies on my Peak 313 Challenge Team. I almost h... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 09:32:46 EST Peak 313 Wk 2 Wrap up and new goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071823 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l900125872.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am wrapping up my second week in the Living and Active 5 week challenge hosted by Peak 313.com. I am happy to say that I accomplished all of the posted goals. We are challenged each week to memorize a scripture. This week's scripture came from <BR> <BR> Matthew 6: 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. <BR> <BR> I love that verse... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 18:17:57 EST Peak 313 Challenge and feeling the Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066783 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l865008905.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has been awhile since I have blogged here on Spark. I have never stopped striving to become fit and healthy. I have had many ups and downs and recently experienced a long plateau. <BR> <BR> My computer decided to die, we moved and it took a while to get up and running again. I really did miss all of my Spark friends and the daily motivation. My hubby is starting on his own journey, so it has made it a little ea... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 18:23:02 EST Final Food Blog for WIN Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3734473 Well, I made it to the end of the challenge and feel like I learned alot about my eating habits. I will try hard to be consistent with tracking. I also upped my protein yesterday and that helped me to feel full longer. Anyway, here are my pics from Friday. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l7312993.jpg"> <BR> Oatmeal as usual but I added a piece of left over chicken for extra protein. I had my ice cream bars (2) for snack before lunch. Only 100 calories each but I didn't... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 06:41:40 EST Food Blog #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3731570 I decided not to post my food yesterday because I was just too tired to take the pics and post. I didn't go over but I still ate too many of my calories from the snack category. My little one was up all night long Tuesday night. He caught a cold and was miserable. Yesterday is eye was almost swollen shut but thank the Lord he is better now. Now I feel like I may be catching his cold. You've got to love those kid germs, LOL. I was really tired yesterday and found myself reaching for snacks whe... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 19:18:23 EST Tuesday Food Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3726622 I am loving the fact that I have to post my food. It has really kept me accountable and I don't have to write anything down, LOL. I may be on to something. So here is my food intake for the day. I didn't take a pic of my ice cream bars today but I had 2 (100 calories) each. Hope everyone has a good night. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l307924221.jpg"> <BR> 4 a.m. Nurse baby meal LOL <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l664569531.jpg"> <BR> Breakf... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 18:24:37 EST WIN Challenge #4 and Food Blog #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3723981 Main Challenge: Pick one thing you’ve always wanted to do in the winter. Goin gskiing or sledding, building a snowman, jogging in fresh snow, whatever winter activity you want, and make plans to do it this season! 30 Points for coming up with your personal winter activity AND a plan to do it by the end of the challenge. <BR> This one is simple because I plan on getting out there and playing with my kids this time. Last winter when it snowed I was too big and heavy (see photo gallery) and all... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 17:31:13 EST WIN Challenge #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3716828 Main Challenge: More than likely, each of us found this site when someone else spread the <BR> spark to us. This week, take a moment to do the same for someone else – you never know <BR> what changes your good deep may inspire! Tell one person in your life about spark for 30 <BR> Points. <BR> <BR> This was easy because I love to tell people about Spark. I have shared the Spark with my mom, friends and my dh's cousin who is trying to lose weight also. I think my dh thinks I am nuts because I ... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 09:34:17 EST WIN Cute & Shady Sweeties Challenge #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3693400 This week's challenge is: <BR> Main Challenge: Come up with a holiday wish for yourself that you want to accomplish by the <BR> end of the year. Make a plan for how to make it happen, and put a picture on your page that <BR> reminds you of your goal and commitment for 30 points. <BR> <BR> <BR> BONUS: During this season, many of us rack up a lot of travel time! That is no excuse for <BR> shirking on your workouts, though. Using only items you KNOW you will have available <BR> wherever you pl... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 08:24:46 EST WIN Cute & Shady Sweeties Challenge: Fitness Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3686349 It has been a long time since I blogged. I usually spend my time visiting and reading while I am here. I love all of the support here on Spark! I am still sparking my way to a healthier me. I am doing a couple of challenges to keep me motivated through the holidays. The WIN(Winter is Near) Done Girl Seasonal Challenge is going great. The ladies are very supportive. Our challenge this week included a bonus. We were to take a fitness test to see where we stand. <BR> www.runnersworld.com/art <B... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 06:31:48 EST Making Progress w/ pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3464109 I am so glad that I posted my goals here because it kept me on track this week. I lost 3 pounds this week and I am so thankful. I have upped the exercise and watched portions. I utilized the food tracker here although not perfectly it helped me to get an acurate picture of my eating habits. I was eating big portions and too late at night. Changing these things this week made a huge difference. <BR> <BR> Today is my 4 month anniversary of taking charge of my health. I started logging my activ... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 08:01:11 EST Goals for 7/18-7/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3443059 I really need to get in the habit of blogging more,lol. I am doing okay in the exercise department but I need to face the truth about my portions. Yes, nursing a wee one makes me hungry but I don't have to overeat to satisfy that hunger. So this week I am going to be diligent to write down all of my food and put it into the tracker. I need to also get better with pre planning my meals. I can and I will do this. My exercise goals for the week is to get in 15 miles of Walk Away the Pounds and t... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 07:51:21 EST Down but not out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3376899 I am a little down today because I finally got a good scale and it shows a big difference from the old school cheapie scale that I had been using. Now I have been losing and I can tell a big difference in my clothes but the number is bothering me. It just means that I have a bigger hill to climb than I thought. It turns out that I am not actually 228like I thought:-( I had my dh to check his weight and it proved that my old scale was indeed wrong. Believe me when I say that when I do reach 22... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 22:14:42 EST Making Sweet Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3373925 I have been having a ball changing my lifestyle. One of the biggest motivators for change in my life is to be a better mom. Being a mom is a high calling for me and I feel so honored to have six children. Yes it is tough some days and I don't feel like I will ever get another full night of sleep lol but it is so worth it. I have a husband that helps me with the children and make sure that I get a much needed break on the weekends. <BR> <BR> I have experienced many changes on this journey and... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 20:31:13 EST 25lbs down, This is my time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3304685 I am happy to say that I am 25 lbs down since March. I am not counting my highest pregnancy weight because I lost that pretty quickly without much effort. I have my nursing baby to thank for that! I am actually lighter than I was before I became pregnant with my fifth child. After she was born I didn't jump back into exercising and it took me over a year to get going and then before I could make real progress, I became pregnant again. I couldn't think of a better reason to gain weight <em>30<... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 23:09:07 EST Finishing MAY Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3235719 Okay I've got my game face on. I have been exercising like the dickens. I know that it will pay off soon. I am fifteen pounds away from my first big goal. I bought two new workout dvds: Biggest Loser 30 Day Jumpstart & Walk Away the Pounds 5 Fat Burning Miles. I am loving them both. The first one has 10 min. routines of cardio, upper, lower body and ab routines. I am really using them for my strength training in addition to the exercises on Spark. The WATP is challenging because I'm "walking"... Sun, 16 May 2010 16:48:04 EST Celebrating the little things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3226649 Today was a great day. It was really nice here today so I decided to take the kiddos to the playground. Since I have been exercising my energy level is up. I made the decision to have fun with them instead of sitting on the bench watching them play. There was a walking circle surrounding the playground so while the baby slept I walked back and forth on one side of the playground. I pushed them on the swing and even got in a swing myself. I sat on the plastic pony with my littles and pretend... Thu, 13 May 2010 16:17:41 EST Making Peace with My Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3202203 Recently I have been looking, really looking in the mirror at this wonderful body that God has given me. What an amazing creation. I stand in awe and appreciation for all that I have been able to do. Praise the Lord! I used to not take the time to look at myself but instead I would dress quickly so that I didn't have to face reality. I sat this morning and thought of all the wonderful things that I have come through and it gave me a greater appreciation for every lump, bump, bruise stretchmar... Thu, 6 May 2010 16:11:44 EST Slow and Steady wins the race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3074497 Here I go again, I feel like I have said that so many times before in my life. I am realizing that this is a journey that will last for the rest of my life. When I was younger I would set goals for myself that had to do with losing weight for an upcoming event. I still have short term goals but I realize that learning to feed my body properly and moving it is the real prize. I am currently nursing alot and don't want to mess with my supply, so I can't cut too many calories. Everyday I am writ... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 21:57:10 EST Just checking in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1453937 I am doing a little better. I have had some days that I was able to get to the track to walk. I love walking outside because it helps me to clear my mind. I like to use that time to talk to God. Usually my exercise plan involves working out with DVDs that I own. I also like to check out new ones from the library so that I can add some variety. It is the spice of life you know! I have decided to set some good goals. In April there will be a 10k marathon here in Richmond. I plan to enter as a w... Thu, 11 Sep 2008 16:27:55 EST Slow but Sure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1416462 I am still in the race. I lost my internet service at home so I haven't been able to keep up with my spark page. I am still fighting this fight. The Lord is helping me. I had some setbacks with my eating and I stopped exercising for about 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> I decided to divorce the scale because it was depressing me. I bought a digital scale thinking that it would give me a more accurate picture of my progress. Boy did it ever. It showed a 10 pound difference than my old scale. What a bumme... Fri, 22 Aug 2008 12:19:18 EST Ready to begin again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=876815 I have made up my mind to do something about this problem in my life. Food has been such a stronghold in my life for far too long. It started in my teen years and now it is a full blown problem. I guess I could compare it to an addiction. This time I am looking to the ONE that can help me. I don't know why it has taken so long for me to finally surrender this area of my life. I know that I don't have to walk this road alone because He has already given me the victory. I look at my precious ba... Sat, 29 Dec 2007 15:12:51 EST