HEATHOG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HEATHOG HEATHOG'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/ Hurricane Sandy power loss survivor! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132811 I'm hoping at least a few of you noticed I've been offline for the past 2 week so or so--well, it wasn't by choice. Hurricane Sandy took down a bunch of trees and power lines in my area and we just got power back on Friday night (12 days after the storm hit). <BR> <BR> I still don't have phone or cable or internet, except at work. <BR> <BR> My youngest son had his foot surgery last Tuesday and is still not comfortable enough in his cast to start walking :( <BR> <BR> My youngest twin lost h... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:41:40 EST The bear went over the mountain...and into our garbage shed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103870 We had a big black bear on our front porch yesterday evening. I was sitting at my laptop doing some work in the kitchen when I heard a very loud shaking/crashing noise. My whole porch was moving--turns out there was a big black bear trying to get into our garbage! (Our shed is attached to our porch, and our garbage was in it, awaiting collection this morning). <BR> <BR> Here's a picture of our now damaged garbage shed...(and I think it's important to note that I love only 30 miles from New Y... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:26:11 EST The countdown begins.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102714 ...week 1 of my youngest son's 3-week presurgical casting, x-ray, and de-casting starts tomorrow. I am so not looking forward to dragging my very active 3 year old to NYC for 3 separate appointments (x-ray, exam, and casting). I've been going to CPMC for 8 years and it has never, ever, ever given me an on-time appointment. <BR> <BR> Time to go and find his portable video games... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:31:31 EST Still grieving after all of these years... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101402 October is a difficult month for me, but the worst is almost over: <BR> <BR> 8th (would have been my firstborn's 8th birthday) <BR> 13th (anniverary of his death) <BR> 14th (participated in a Walk to Remember the baby angels) <BR> 15th (Remembrance Day for our beloved babies) <BR> 18th (anniversary of his funeral) <BR> <BR> It's amazing just how raw my emotions can get, after all these years. But a BIG THANK you to all my friends, IRL and on SP. Your kind words have kept me going. <BR> <B... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:00:26 EST A really rough October... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095895 Don't get me wrong, I love the fall. More so because I live in the Northeast, where the autumnal kaleidoscope is in full bloom. But this October is a doosy. <BR> <BR> October marks the birth, and death, month of my firstborn son. <BR> <BR> October is when my youngest living son has to undergo a laborious pre-surgical routine to treat his clubfoot. <BR> <BR> And October is when I found out my middle son (youngest twin) has a speech disorder which he will not outgrow. <BR> <BR> It's been a ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 23:19:47 EST My heart breaks every October 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091452 Today would have been my firstborn's 8th birthday. But he was born 3 months too early, had too many obstacles to overcome, and died a mere 5 days later. I never got to hold him while he was alive, I never heard his voice, I never got to snuggle with him face to face. He spent his entire life in a NICU isolette. I was only able to touch his fingers once in a while. <BR> <BR> Every year his birthday, then his death day, come around. And I find myself the saddest on his birthday. A time when we... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 14:54:30 EST Please hold the Lyme... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088492 Over the past couple of weeks, I have encountered several people (IRL and here on SP) who have contracted Lyme disease. After hearing (or reading) their stories and prolonged sufferings, I must say that I am feeling pretty lucky. <BR> <BR> You see, 7 years ago, I contracted Lyme disease. Sometime in early July of 2005, I discovered a bite on my leg. It looked like a spider bite (red and raised a bit). But it didn't itch (for me, spider bites usually itch like crazy). Normally, I wouldn't h... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 23:34:16 EST To cut or not to cut... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086592 No, no. I am not talking about cutting/slashing myself. Just wanted to clear that up. <BR> <BR> But I am considering surgery. Thanks to an emergency c-section, followed by a twin pregnancy and then a singleton pregnancy, I am one of those 'lucky' women with an abdominal hernia. Actually, I do consider myself lucky, because mine doesn't hurt. But it does make me look 6-months pregnant, no matter what my weight. And I hate it. <BR> <BR> So I've been wondering whether or not to have elective s... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 12:43:30 EST Sparking friendships http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085465 I've made a few cyber friends here on SparkPeople recently and it has made me a happy camper! Thank you to ALL my friends, old and new, in cyberspace and IRL. <BR> <BR> Let's keep our spark glowing! <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 16:17:03 EST Fighting my own body.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083830 My body absolutely hates to lose weight. I don't (fully) know why, but it is true. At least since I joined the 40+ club in life. It is so frustrating--I workout 3-4 times per week, I chart my foods and water and fitness, but my scale barely budges. I feel better and look (a little) better, so I know changes are happening, but with how hard I am working and the drastic change I have made since being a semi-professional couch potato just 2.5 months ago, it is really frustrating that my body fig... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 13:18:13 EST Portraits by the Lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080431 I just got back with my family from having our pictures taken by one of our 5 lakes in town. This marks the first time we've had a family portrait done since we had our youngest boy (he's now 3-1/2, so it was way past due). I think they came out great, based on what I saw in the photographers digital camera. <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day, and the added bonus is I have now found another place where I can exercise/play with my kids outdoors! Sun, 30 Sep 2012 10:35:13 EST Guilt trips are not part of my vacation package... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078876 A couple of weeks ago, I posted on one of the message boards here on SparkPeople about my youngest son's upcoming surgery, asking if any other members had ideas on how to keep up with exercising when they are taking care of someone who is (or will be) fully dependent on them for several weeks or more. I had a few helpful comments and/or wishes of luck, but one member decided to take the opportunity to inform me that children come first and that I can put my exercise on the back burner and ho... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:17:51 EST A good kind of pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076899 After yesterday's run, my muscles are feeling the pain, but it's a good burn, proof that I worked out well! I'm hoping to get some exercise in today, but not sure if I can since I have to pick up all 3 of my boys early, take them to soccer practice, then run off to the elementary school for Back to School night (meet the teachers, etc). Hopefully I can do a little jogging at soccer practice, but only time will tell. <BR> <BR> Pic of my twins playing soccer last fall (well, not so much as pla... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:10:36 EST Mixing things up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076140 I spent Monday night with my foot encased in an ice pack, and that seemed to do the trick. I'm able to walk and run without pain now! Phew! <BR> <BR> Today was a relatively slow day (my first in the 4 months I've been at my new job) so I took advantage of the gym on the premises! I did the first installment of the couch25k (30 minutes of exercise: 5 min walk followed by 8 intervals of 1 min jog, 1-1/2 min walk, and completed by another 5 min walk and 2-min cool-down). Then I horsed around on... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 18:18:40 EST Rule of 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072650 I am a firm believer in the rule of 3...when something goes wrong, at least. I would call myself playfully superstitious. <BR> <BR> This weekend, I injured my foot. It's most better but right now I'm working from home because I've been hit with a stomach virus (my least favorite way to lose weight). So, I'm wondering what my third problem will be before things start to improve. <BR> <BR> Any guesses? Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:49:08 EST Ouchie wawa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070435 Dagnab it, I injured my foot today. Fortunately, I had already completed my 30-min Curves workout AND (assistant) coached my twins in the soccer game (we won, 4-2, and it was a great game). <BR> <BR> I hope it heals soon...foot (and knee) injuries are the worst when you are trying to exercise regularly (and don't have access to a swimming pool). <BR> <BR> Hope ya'll are having a better Saturday than I am! Sat, 22 Sep 2012 13:58:53 EST Being a kid again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069452 I had so much fun with my boys last night. I took the twins to their soccer practice and 'played' along with them for much of the time we were there. Afterwards, we practices some passing and scoring drills. It feels so good to be out there playing again, even if I am barely better than my 6-1/2 year old twins! And my little one got in on the action a few times as well <BR> <BR> So, one of my new goals is to do the running drills with my boy during practice and perhaps go and do some drills ... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:43:58 EST Maintaining balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066351 Work has been crazy busy lately, and my home life isn't exactly filled with bubble baths and massages (I have 3 boys, all under the age of 7). A few months ago, before I started SparkPeople and Curves, if something else came along that pushed me too far into the work or stress zone, I would become very grouchy, easily angry, and just not fun to be around. But now, even though these stressors are still in my life, I have found that as long as I take 30 minutes out of the day every other day to... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:34:36 EST Morale Booster! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064789 I was at Curves last night doing my normal routine when I noticed one of the regulars wasn't doing her normal walk in place between machines but was stepping briskly and really moving her legs and arms. This is what I do to raise my HR quickly and to get a more intense workout. I smiled at her and kept exercising. Fifteen min later, when she had finished her circuit, she came over to me and said that I inspired her and introduced herself! <BR> <BR> Definitely a morale booster! Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:32:46 EST I started a new tradition (let's hope it sticks)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063504 Yesterday, I had dinner at my (mother and father) in-law's house. Normally, I end up coming home stuffed and lethargic, but last night I had an epiphany. In addition to establishing portion control, I ended up talking my hubby and his brother into going on a walk with me. We had the best time walking and talking--for an entire mile while our parents watched all 5 of our kids! <BR> <BR> :) Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:44:29 EST First big test since I restarted SparkPeople... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061477 I am a very competitive person. Fortunately, I'm very competitive with myself. But I am a little worried that tonight could undermine my food/nutrition goals, as we are having dinner at my in-laws. It's easier for me to order nutritious food at a restaurant than at my in-laws, who get upset when I don't try everything they made. (plus their foods are delicious) <BR> <BR> So my goal tonight is not necessarily nutritious eating, but portion control. Wish me luck! Sun, 16 Sep 2012 11:46:06 EST Accomplishments... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059129 I am sooo proud of my littlest son. He is 3-1/4 years old, has a clubfoot, and is smaller than a lot of his friends (he was a bit premature at birth). But nothing stops him when he wants to do something (my twins are like this, too, but they don't have clubfeet). This week, he decided that it was time he was potty trained. I'm proud to say that we are now on day 3 of being completely dry all day (and night) long! <BR> <BR> This is sooo inspiring to me. I'm mean, I'm thrilled that diapers wil... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:00:15 EST Getting back in the game... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057566 Can you believe it? I'm now the assistant coach of my twins' soccer team (go Strikers)! I'm stoked--I played soccer in HS and in grad school (couldn't in college due to a bad knee injury), but haven't really done much since having kids. But now I'm back in (or at least, along the sidelines of) the game! Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:04:39 EST Losing inches, not pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056436 Well, I've been working out at Curves for 2 months now and am basically the same weight I was when I started, give or take a pound. But the measuring tape doesn't lie (done my the Curves owner)--I've lost 5.5 inches so far, and about half of that is in my abdomen! I feel more energetic and my attitude is getting more positive by the day. <BR> <BR> So, I'm uploading a photo I took of myself last month, and will do the same again after I've been at this for 6 months (consistently). I'm not go... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:35:20 EST Working out in the morning is great.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011264 ...except now I'm incredibly tired by the afternoon! Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:21:55 EST Heat, heat, go away... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4977922 Ugh, this summer has been brutal. Normally this is the time where I spend more time outdoors walking, gardening, chasing my boys...but this summer is too darn hot. And when it isn't hot, it's raining cats and dogs. <BR> <BR> On the flip side, it has forced me to work out indoors, so I am now a proud member of Curves and I finally have my Wii Fit set up, so there is no excuse for me now! Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:36:11 EST I'm back and I'm motivated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971198 Yes, I'm back. I've retired the ol' womb and am ready to start taking care of myself! I joined curves on July 5 and have been there 5 times to work out. Although I've gained a pound since re-starting exercise, I already feel more alive and energetic. I'm motivated to make exercise a life-long habit. <BR> <BR> :) Sun, 15 Jul 2012 12:15:46 EST A self-imposed hiatus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1657460 Hi all! <BR> <BR> I apologize for not being around much, but 2008 was a VERY busy year. I managed to lose over 25 pounds on the doctor-prescribed diet I started at the beginning of June, but now have imposed a hiatus because... <BR> <BR> I'm pregnant! <BR> <BR> Yep, I'm due at the end of June (near my birthday), so I've had to stop my diet and concentrate on giving my baby boy (yes, this will be my 4th son!) all the things he needs. I'm trying (but failing) to eat healthy foods and I hav... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 10:05:26 EST Down 15 pounds so far... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1364283 ...and my blood pressure is almost back to normal!! I forgot to take my meds the past couple of days due to all kinds of chaos at the house (twins sick, hubby sick, work crazy-busy, house cleaning for parental visit, prepping for becoming prez of my twins club, etc). Once I realized my mistake, I took a quick reading of my blood pressure...it was 108/80 off medication!! This is getting close to what my levels were before I had the twins and MUCH better than the 150/105 I used to get before... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 11:45:03 EST The verdict is in...I have... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1282567 insulin resistance! Basically, I had a glucose tolerance test done last week (it's a NASTY 3 hour blood-based test involving the imbibing of a vile mixture of sugar and cola) and the results all point to me becoming diabetic. So, I'm on a very controlled diet right now and have lost 11.4 pounds in 3 weeks! Squee!!!! If all goes well, I can avoid full-blown diabetes by watching what I eat and exercising. <BR> <BR> FYI--this is a picture of me over Memorial Weekend, at my near- heaviest we... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 10:59:59 EST Well, as of last week, I started a doctor-prescribed diet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1251860 Holy Moly! I've lost 6.1 pounds in one week!!!!! I don't feel or look any different, but the big ol' fancy machine at the diet doctor's office said so (the same one I was weighed on last week)! Over 3 of those pounds were fat; the rest were muscle and water! I'm stunned! <BR> <BR> I was in a particularly foul mood before going to the doc, too, as I have a nasty cold sore on my bottom lip, which only happens when I'm stressed and boy is this diet stressful (at least when the people and kids a... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 14:48:29 EST My first milestone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1119400 At long last, I have lost the 2 pounds that have been plaguing me since the birth of my twins!! For some reason, no matter what I did, I was not able to get below the 190 pound mark! But, after a couple of months of just watching what I eat, and how much, I have lost them!! Yay!! <BR> <BR> Now that April is here and with it (hopefully) some better weather, I'm looking forward to getting more physically active! I have several 2-6 mile fundraising walks coming up, and I plan on teaching ... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 10:42:42 EST