HSMAMAOF2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HSMAMAOF2 HSMAMAOF2'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/ To begin again....again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197451 After a rough time dealing with medical issues, change in schedule and miscellaneous life events, I am beginning, again. I know when I am on SP, things just work. Without it, I'm just another overweight mom with too much on her plate. (not just food!) I NEED to do this, for myself and my family. My family is so good to me. They support me, try new recipes. I really could not ask for more. <BR> So, here I go again. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:06:53 EST The short version of a long story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157471 I have missed being on SP more than I can express. I wish my heart could say what I want my fingers to type! Where I've been in a nutshell: <BR> Some of my being off of SP is my own doing. I'm big enough to admit that. Some of it is too little time in my crazy schedule. <BR> I started a house cleaning job in April, twice a month, that I had to give up at the end of September. (will get to that) <BR> Started watching two children in June for extra income. Still doing that. <BR> Started having ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 20:05:42 EST weekend without SP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890044 The family and I went camping for the weekend with the in-laws. My parent's live close by, so they came over Friday and Saturday night for dinner. My mom stayed all day Saturday and she and I got to have some time just the two of us. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> The campground we stayed at didn't have wifi so I was on my own for the weekend! I actually did pretty good. I also decided not to stress out over things since it was a vacation. I ate small portions of the things that were harder to fig... Sun, 20 May 2012 17:29:35 EST It's working, it's working.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4873146 Whenever I give up a food I really want or am doing an exercise I don't care for, or catch a glimpse in the mirror and can't see a difference, I just keep saying, "it's working, it's working, it's working." My sweet dh says to me, "yes, it is working and I see it. I'm very proud of you." He's so awesome. <em>30</em> <BR> I have lost 7 pounds since re-starting on April 12. Now, I didn't think 7 pounds was anything to get overly excited about. (I was excited, I'm just anxious to get back to w... Tue, 8 May 2012 22:57:17 EST progress and planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859469 Hello Spark Friends! I hope everyone is doing well on their journey to health and weight loss. <BR> I have done so much better than I expected! I have lost just over 6 pounds since re-starting SP on the 12th with the meal plans. I must confess that the meal plan gets old after a week. It's the same foods over and over and over...... So, the kiddos and I have been checking out Light & Tasty cookbooks from the library. I also have been trying to cut the fat and calories in recipes I consistent... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:32:27 EST So far, so good... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845682 So far my "new" journey to weight loss and health has gone good. I knew that tracking calories was key for me. I also knew planning meals was just as important. I had looked over the Sparkpeople meal plans before, and some of the meals just didn't sound very appetizing. Then there was all that missing beef! LOL <em>489</em> Well, I was determined to try the most appealing ones. My kiddos were right on board with me. Now, I must confess that my DH was out of town. It has been a little easier... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 18:16:03 EST New things, busy life and Easter fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828713 New things I'm going to try to see if it helps: <BR> <BR> I will be trying to follow the SP meal plan for the week to see if it is easier than trying to plan on my own. My kids are going to do it with me! It's nice to have them helping me. <BR> <BR> I will also be trying to get up early to exercise, instead of "trying" to find time. It is too easy to skip when I don't MAKE time. <BR> <BR> My life as a homeschool mom is so busy. I love it though and wouldn't trade it for anything. My DD (... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:43:18 EST Letting myself down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4818523 Why was this so easy for me in the very beginning? Why is it so hard for me now? I don't know what's worse, that I've let my family down or that I've let myself down. I KNOW that it is possible for me to lose weight, I've proved it to myself with SP in the beginning. SIGH why do I do this to myself? I'm not happy with my current weight, yet I continue to find excuses to not do what I need to do. <BR> Well, I'm back at it again, so hopefully this time, I won't find a reason to stop! Tue, 3 Apr 2012 12:26:41 EST struggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4624219 It is so hard to eat well with so much going on. DD's bday (which was a blast) actually, I'm not doing too bad. I just get frustrated that I can't use my trackers every day. The place we are staying does not have consistent internet and I've been having trouble getting on line and staying online. I am still trying to be consistent and measure and weight my food and make wise choices. A lot of days I'm not hitting my 1200 calories and I think I really need 1400. How do you know what is the rig... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:56:48 EST returning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4604225 So, here I am. Returning to SP. I NEED to be here. I HAVE to be here. I cannot do this on my own. I have never had the success with weight loss like I did when I was on SP every day. I don't know why I thought I could keep doing things on my own. <BR> Today is day 1, again. I have gained back 20 pounds. <em>39</em> I'm happy that it wasn't ALL gained back, but still, it is frustrating. I'm mad at myself, because I should have seen the signs sooner. I guess I just didn't want to. <BR> I ha... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:49:24 EST still going...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4325540 Ok, so I'm really not doing so hot on posting blogs and keeping up here on SP. I am however still going strong on my exercising and counting points the weight watchers way. <em>311</em> I have lost some weight, but was discouraged when we bought a new scale (the digital variety) and it shows 9 pounds heavier then the scale I've been using. <em>28</em> So, even though I know I've still lost, it was discouraging to know I have 9 more to go! But, I have lost AT LEAST 2 pounds this week! Wooh... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:48:19 EST Still hanging in there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4298057 Ok, so I don't do so good with blogging here, but I have been working on my weight loss goals with measuring out my food again. My mom joined weight watchers and got me one of their handy dandy points calculators to use to try it our for myself. I did weight watchers many years ago when my son was a year old. I never seemed to do good unless I went to meetings. I think having someone else see my weight was a real motivator! I think I'll have my hubby do my weekly weigh in. Maybe that will hel... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 12:01:08 EST No excuses....I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4215436 Before the end of 2010, the local christian station I listen to was talking about claiming a word or phrase for the year. I never really committed to anything, but every time I heard them talk about it, I just kept thinking "no excuses". So I decided to myself, this was going to be a year of no excuses. That said....I have no excuse for not being on SP for the last 2 months. Nor do I have an excuse for not weighing or measuring food, not exercising at home when I can't make it to the gym. Not... Fri, 6 May 2011 22:31:55 EST my time is over!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4035899 Saturday night was my son's crossover ceremony into Boy Scouts. He earned the highest award possible in cub scouting, the Arrow of Light. We are so proud of him! After 3 years, my time as den leader is over! <em>244</em> He starts boy scouts tonight. His dad will be taking him to meetings, so dd and I are going to have girls night! I hope she is excited about it, I know I am! <BR> Our family tried to go to Winter Jam last night and it sold out. We know now for next year to go much earlier, ... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:10:06 EST time is a flyin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4020672 Where does the time go? Seriously, I can't remember some days what I did the day before. LOL Saturday was so busy. I had a scout meeting to paint my son's arrow for his cross over ceremony which will be this Saturday. Then I ran to the bank, gas station, bought new tennis shoes, (been trying to find shoes since last May) Met my dh to pick up the kiddos. Ran to Target for a birthday gift for son's friend. Dropped off kids at party. Did the Wally World run, went to Tractor Supply for dh, picked... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 19:50:20 EST a better day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4003688 It snowed again. Not a lot, an inch or so. I love the look of freshly fallen snow on the ground and tree limbs, it just makes me think of a newly washed world. I just can't help it. And when the sun comes out and it looks like a giant sparkly blanket, that just makes me smile more. <BR> My sweet dd is better today. We think she got sick from taking her vitamins on an empty stomach and then drinking oj. I told her to eat first, then take her vitamins. So far, so good. <BR> Hubby seemed a litt... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 10:53:32 EST the life I live http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4001749 Today started out great....not. My dd wasn't feeling well, she thought it was a sugar spell so she had her little brother get her some OJ. Well, that didn't help. She ended up throwing up the entire contents of her tummy. Twice. Poor thing. I put her to bed and proceeded to text all the necessary people. First was her daddy. Then the drum instructor to cancel ds's lesson. Lastly was our friends we went bowling with yesterday, so they can watch their kiddos, just in case. <BR> Since sister wa... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 17:05:35 EST another week down, but not the weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3981711 The meeting with the trainer was good. She worked me hard! I was sore for 2 days! That's ok, I learned a lot. I haven't been back yet though. Between weather and sick people at home, it just hasn't worked out. <BR> We are having a major snow storm here. One of the major Interstates is shut down for miles. (we heard rumor of 200 miles closed, but not sure) So, DH stayed home today. I'm so thankful. He's been working 2 hours away. <BR> Even though my weight's not down, it's not up either. I'll... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 19:08:04 EST the weekend in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3955971 Today I will meet with the trainer again. I'm really excited about this. <em>9</em> Finally someone to tell me exactly what to do to get the most out of my workouts and what to do at home. <em>319</em> <BR> <BR> Well, there is still sickness here at the homestead. My hubby has had bronchitis for a week and my dd started coughing ickyness Saturday night. Then this morning ds tells me he's not feeling so hot. <em>282</em> So, we'll just keep on pushing fluids and vitamins and rubbing vick... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:58:57 EST To begin again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3940304 So, I started off SP with a bang and was cruising right along. Then the computer started malfunctioning, the holidays hit and well, other things just got in the way. Now, I have been still watching what I eat. I have not gained any weight, which is a big deal for me. The weather and illness has kept us from the gym for the last few weeks, but we made it in on Monday and I finally got to meet with the trainer. She was very encouraging and we will meet again next Monday when she will let me kno... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:31:43 EST MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3919104 I know I've been missing in action. My computer finally just wasn't working so it made posting and tracking a real pain in the rear. <em>28</em> But, not wanting to pay $200-300 dollars to fix it or $600-700 for a new one, I decided to fix it myself. I know nothing about computers except how to get online and type a paper. So....my computer is now working. I wiped the hard drive and re-formatted it. All by myself. <BR> I had to cancel my appointment with the trainer in December due to illn... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 19:46:52 EST the good, the bad, and the Merry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3869027 The good....I have lost .5 pounds over the holidays! I never would have guessed that, with all the delicious food! I do know that I can't eat as much as I used too, and the thought of how much I used to eat is nauseating. <BR> The bad is my computer is still being a pain in the rear, so I'm back to using the kids' computer. We just can not invest the money right now into a new computer. I need to take it in to the computer shop and see what they will charge to fix it. It might be worth it co... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:08:59 EST where I've been http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3848939 The last few weeks have been the usual busy weeks for me. Music lessons, trips to the gym, library programs, scouts. Same old, same old. We get 2 weeks off from all outside activities! <em>244</em> My computer has been acting up, and I just didn't feel like doing what I needed to track on the kids' computer. No excuses, just didn't want to. I was measuring food and keeping a daily total. I should have written it down to put in now, but oh well. Live and learn. <BR> My daughter's birthday wa... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 09:41:54 EST changes to make and birthday/Christmas planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3821705 I need to make some changes, I'm just not sure where to make them. I am trying to get back to tracking food, but my computer has been VERY uncooperative lately. I decided I will just have to use the kids computer to get this done, so I make sure I'm staying within my calorie range. The lack of weight loss has been going on longer than the lack of tracking. I have also been working out at the gym a few times a week. While my endurance is up, my weight is not moving. It is very frustrating. I d... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 12:21:46 EST getting back into gear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3812840 I haven't been blogging or tracking food for a few weeks now. I haven't gained any weight, which I am thankful for, but I haven't lost either. We are trying to get to the gym at least twice a week. My endurance on the recumbent bike and elliptical is getting better each time. I had a friend say I looked like I've lost more, maybe it's muscle or I'm toning up. I tracked my food today for the first time in a while. I'm still within calorie range. Hopefully I'll get past this plateau soon, it's ... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 19:05:27 EST busy as a bee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3785004 Life gets so busy in the fall. Music lessons, scouts, library programs, etc... I'm not complaining at all, I love this season of my life with my children. I just sometimes wish we didn't have all those things every week! <em>40</em> We have also been going to the gym at least 3 times a week. Trying to squeeze that in can be kind of tricky somedays. Tuesdays are easier for the kids and I, since my ds has drum lessons, we go right after and we're only about 5 minutes from the gym. My two kids... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 10:57:12 EST Happy weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3753810 We had a busy but happy weekend. I love fall. The trees are so pretty and I love to have our fireplace going. We haven't started using the fireplace yet, but it's getting close! <em>465</em> On Saturday's my son bowls on a kids team with one of his friends. Then we brought his friend home with us for the night. I shampooed the living room carpet while the kids all moved furniture around for me. Then they had frozen pizza and we watched "Scared Shrekless". <BR> <BR> Our family has been look... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 11:05:14 EST my ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3748376 My friend with cancer was admitted to the ER in another city for emergency surgery. She was there to see about getting into a clinical trial, and now will have to wait until she has recovered from the surgery. (4-6 weeks) I don't know how much time she has. I don't know if anyone has told them. I think of her all the time and just wish there was more I could do. I know God has all things planned out and He knows what He is doing, but it is still hard to not be able to help. I pray all the tim... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 12:09:22 EST how things are going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3733752 I have lost 20 pounds with SP! <em>244</em> <em>252</em> I never knew it could be so easy. It can be a hassle sometimes to weigh and measure everything, but it hasn't been as hard as only eating "diet" food and counting points. (for me) I haven't been keeping up with blogs, message boards, teams, etc...but I do track my food EVERYDAY. I drink my water EVERYDAY, all of it. Even if it means getting up 5 times in the night! <em>91</em> <em>40</em> I feel better and my clothes look nicer on... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 18:17:17 EST update on my friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3716185 Last week we received new of our friend being diagnosed with cancer. Today we found out that it is stage 4. Her prognosis is not good. Please pray for this family, pray for healing of this disease and comfort for them as I know they will struggle in the days and weeks ahead. <BR> Our other friends are still reeling from the loss of their sister to breast cancer. Please pray for them as well. <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 22:39:17 EST just plain busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3712551 These last 2 weeks have been busy for me. Especially this week. Monday we had PE at 2, and then my son had to pre-bowl for his bowling team right after PE, I went to the store immediately after that, then the kids went home with their dad, who thankfully was not working in the opposite direction that day. I had a committee meeting for scouts at 7, and made it home around 9. Tuesday I had to meet up with another scout mom to get the decorations for our halloween party that will be at our house... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 11:01:56 EST sadness abounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3700517 My friend was supposed to have a major surgery today to remove a tumor from her spine. I found out that it was cancelled, because she got news on Tuesday, that she has cancer. There is more testing to be done, but it could very well be stage 3 or 4 at this point. She is a wonderful lady, so if you would pray for her and her family, I'd appreciate it. I will not reveal her name. God knows who she is. <BR> Within 20 minutes of hearing this, I get a call from my friend in NY telling me her siste... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 22:58:50 EST Hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3697518 These last few days I've noticed I've been hungry. I'm staying with in my ranges, drinking 8 or more glasses of water, most of my meals are the same as the previous month. And...I'm hungry. I eat, I get full and with in the hour, I'm hungry again. 2 weeks ago, I struggled to hit 1200 calories because I wasn't hungry. It is frustrating. I just want to eat a big, big meal and get it over with! I won't, but that's how I feel. Wed, 6 Oct 2010 19:20:57 EST Exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3689131 Ok, it's no big secret that I do not like to exercise. It just isn't fun to me. I envy all you exercise lovers out there. However, I know I need to do it. For me, my health, my family. I did not do much exercising my first month on SP, maybe 5 miles total. But I was losing weight! That is exciting all on it's own. Well, in the last week the scale has decided to super glue it's pointy little finger in one spot. Now, I am happy that it hasn't moved up, I would just like to see it come down. So,... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 14:44:39 EST things I love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3682425 I love my hubby, my kids, our great dane. I love chickens and roosters. I love reading and sewing (when I have time), I love having people over to my house. I love fall, clothes on the line, hearing my kids laughing, watching my husband work on things, (gotta admire the muscles <em>2</em> ) I love being in a free country, homeschooling, my family and friends. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful life. Sometimes I think we need to take time to appreciate what we have and how blessed we r... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:30:22 EST noticeable difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3676580 You know that feeling you get when you notice your weight loss? Of course you know the scale is moving down, but you can't "see" it yet. Then something happens that makes you really KNOW it is happening and not just a malfunction of the bathroom scale. Well, it has happened. For those of you who like hot baths, you might understand. I was able to fit into....drum roll please.....the bathtub without my hips touching the sides! <em>244</em> I know this is silly to some, but hey, it's the fir... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:58:11 EST fun weekend, restful Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3672226 Friday my dh and ds left for the BSA Centennial camp out. So my dd and I met my parents for dinner. I went over on calories, but I knew I would and was not upset about it. I know sometimes that will happen. I was not going to get depressed or beat myself up about it. I have not gone over on my calories before now. I have actually been struggling to get enough calories. But I did not use that as an excuse. I did not eat how much I used too, and I avoided foods I use to eat. But I did get some... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 19:33:40 EST moving at the speed of life with allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3667552 I've been in what feels like slow motion this week. I have seasonal allergies that decide which season they want to visit and they come with a vengeance. No warning, they just hit me hard and fast. It feels more like a massive head cold, just without all the symptoms. There were many, many moments that I really wish someone would have cut off my head. <em>24</em> <BR> I am so blessed to have such great kids that can keep on doing their thing, while I'm totally useless. They took it upon the... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 12:46:05 EST Calories..hog roasts, air shows and birthdays OH MY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3646890 I have had trouble the last four days getting to 1,200 calories. I just squeaked by yesterday, and the day before I was below. The other 2 days I did what any normal person would do....I ate ice cream! <em>30</em> <em>76</em> I started thinking maybe 1,200 is too high for me. So, I found a website that asks for age, weight, height, what you want to weigh by what date and it calculates your calories for maintaining, losing, or gaining. According to it, I'm supposed to be getting between 1,20... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:54:28 EST Life with chickens... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3642304 I love chickens. I also love roosters. Especially as decor in my kitchen. (the roosters) We have 8 Plymouth Barred Rock hens and 1 rooster. We have had 4 other breeds before and though the kids hate the chores, we love those fresh eggs! <em>490</em> So tonight, my son asks his sister if she locked the chickens up for the night. She says no, gets the flashlight, dons her mud boots and heads out in the rain. <em>257</em> A few minutes later, she intercoms us from the shop, ( my hubby's overs... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 22:12:27 EST Seriously! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3625569 First off let me tell you this is a rant on my part. You do not have to read it. It is NOT intended to offend anyone, so if you feel that way, I apologize. I just get tired of feeling like I am on trial for my choices. <BR> <BR> Ok, why is it that most doctors are anti-homeschool? I mean seriously, did you not just have a conversation with my child and can you not tell that he/she is fluent in English and can carry on a conversation with an adult, without prompts from mom? What difference d... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 14:50:22 EST Rainy days can be good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3623716 Today was a great day. I had a really good night's sleep so I woke up feeling refreshed. It was rainy and cool, but I don't mind it too much. Especially when I know it's bringing the gorgeous fall with it. <em>465</em> It also helps that I didn't have to go out in it for long. The kids and I had an awesome unit study today that I just kind of came up with. We did Bible, geography, vocabulary, reading, writing and science all related to our Bible reading! <em>296</em> Then the kids did mat... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:11:50 EST Blah, blah, blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3618374 That's how I'm feeling today. I'm eating within my calorie range, making healthy choices, drinking my water and I just feel blah. <em>24</em> Oh, well...it will pass. I didn't lose any weight this week, but I didn't gain either. I'll take a no loss over a gain any day. <BR> <BR> Maybe it has to do with the fact that I slept in my sons bed last night. He has a congested cough from allergies that was keeping him awake and since he was so tired (it was after 11) he was "seeing" things that w... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 11:49:27 EST Back to life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3614112 Vacations are so fun, but can be so exhausting! We do so many things in only a few days. My family and I went to Omaha for the 4 day weekend. We took our RV and my parents took their RV and we stayed at the same campground and did everything together. My mom has joined SP, so we were tracking food together. It's tough to stay within your calorie range on vacation. We packed sandwiches and fruit for lunches and had planned our breakfasts and dinners before we left for our trip, so that helped ... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 09:08:32 EST Tired..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3607691 Today we went to the zoo in Omaha. I'm very tired. We left home yesterday and I've been staying within my calories and meeting most of my goals. I will be depressed if I gained weight over this weekend, after being so careful. We are having a good time though. Tomorrow we have a family reunion and I'll do great as long as there isn't any chocolate cake! Until next time. Sat, 4 Sep 2010 22:26:05 EST Keeping things in reach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3598030 I have always hated dieting. I felt so deprived of all the foods I love. I don't feel that way using SP. I used the recipe finder today to make hot wings. Wednesday are pizza and hot wing night around here, so I felt like I would be missing out. Not today! It is so nice to be able to keep things in reach and still meet my goals. I CAN eat the foods I love, I just make different choices about how to prepare them and how much I eat. I love that! Wed, 1 Sep 2010 20:17:49 EST Another day and feeling good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3590658 I started my day with a 2 mile walk with my Leslie Sansone video. Then after logging on to SP while eating my FiberOne cereal, I showered, let the chickens out, did 3 loads of laundry, which I hung out on the clothes line to dry. Then I worked on my cleaning and homemaking schedule. Then my hubby took me out to the local Mexican restaurant, which is fairly new. I was so nervous about what to get! Thankfully, I posted on the message board and two awesome SPer's gave me ideas. I did great, and... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 21:18:36 EST A new week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3586313 I am so glad to be starting a new week with out that "start a diet on Monday" mentality. This has been so much easier then any other thing I've tried. I love all the motivation and encouragement from everyone. I think that is what will make this work for me. To not go it alone. <BR> So, good luck to all of you as we go into a new week. <BR> Sun, 29 Aug 2010 18:13:48 EST Going into the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3581677 I've done good so far. Lost 3 pounds. I hope that I can keep things under control on the weekend! I am not online much on weekends at all, so I'll try my best. I have stayed within calorie range, but been up or down in other areas. But I've been drinking my water!!! Hurray for SP! Fri, 27 Aug 2010 21:50:48 EST Dazed and Confused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3578147 I wonder if anyone else feels like SP is too much to take in. I don't want to be consumed by my computer because I have so much to keep up with on SP. I am not saying I will quit, I won't. I just wonder if anyone else out there feels dazed and confused by it all. Where is the balance? I still have needs that need to be met for my family. I still have multiple jobs to do each and everyday that must take first place over the computer. I want, no need the support and encouragement that is happen... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 20:20:47 EST