ICAMP2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ICAMP2 ICAMP2'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/ Juicing/Green Smoothie Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641624 I was asked to share some of my favorite recipes for juicing, what I have found is that it really is individual taste that plays in here. I will give my basics though. <BR> <BR> Green Smoothies - <BR> I like the "base" to be a frozen banana or an avocado ( I don't freeze the avocado). They make it very creamy and pull it together. The smoothies I made without those really seemed more icy/slushy. You won't taste the avocado, promise! <BR> <BR> Then I put about one cup frozen berries in ther... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 19:37:19 EST Juicing... Green Smoothies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640573 I have entered the fine world of juicing and green smoothies. I have always been fairly anti-juicing because of losing all the fiber. I love juices but the recent developments with low potassium and magnesium made me rethink my previous thoughts (you don't have to believe what you think right?) <BR> <BR> I have been having green smoothies daily. My Vitamix pulverizes banana, blueberries, kale, coconut oil, eggs and whatever else into a delicious thick smoothie. This becomes a meal to really ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:28:24 EST Cardiac Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634661 So much for thinking it was going to be quick and easy and I could go on my way and back to exercising. ohhh noo.... <BR> <BR> Cardiologist has some concerns. He thinks I may have an arrhythmia and that is what caused the low potassium/cardiac issues (arrhythmia can release adrenaline and this apparently reduces potassium, who knew?) <BR> <BR> So, I am having more testing done... over the next two weeks. I see him in four weeks. I can walk 30 minutes a day on a treadmill but no strength tra... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:33:06 EST Hospitalization - hypokalemia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627483 Last week I had a clean bill of health and thought WooHooo all is well in my world! <BR> <BR> Er. Not so fast. <BR> <BR> Thursday at work I felt so sick. I had some nausea and some chills, I thought maybe I was coming down with a virus. Around 3pm I told my coworker I had chest pain. It was dull but very noticable and nothing like I had ever felt before. A bit later I noticed I was dizzy when I would walk, but thought maybe it was a virus and tried to remember how much water I had drunk. ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:22:37 EST Follow up Dr. Appt for labs/Diabetes/Cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617240 I have been pretty nervous about this . . . to say the least. At my last appointment my Dr. (who is actually a cardiologist but also doing internal medicine) was concerned for my blood sugar numbers and gave me the "diabetic" diagnosis. He was also concerned about cholestorol levels. I knew that my couple of years in the south has been hard on me. I had gained a ton of weight and have been on a journey back to wellness so I had a strong suspicion that my numbers were likely BETTER then they ... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 19:50:39 EST Not so fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608381 After thinking all is well, I was wrong. Looks like Hannah has a torn miniscus. <BR> <BR> Maybe surgery <BR> <BR> Bring back the mama anxiety and lord help me keep working out.... *sigh* Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:52:46 EST Mamas Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605826 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1481156638.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This has nothing to do with fitness or diet... but this mama has a full heart... mamas parenting adventurous children will understand the insomnia that comes after another moment of panic... when our cubs are hurt and every possibility enters our mind in that brief moment that time stands still.... like waiting for the first cry... or the first school nurse call... the moment the paramedic tells you your child is ... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 02:44:33 EST coconut oil and jogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603812 <BR> <BR> Two separate issues ... <BR> <BR> I am random.... <BR> <BR> First, I jogged with my kids tonight! Was awesome! I decided to jog with them instead of the gym since I had the midweek workout to do! Was 65 out and beautiful! <BR> <BR> Second, I happened to notice this article and it gave an explanation for why I get so hot after coconut oil! I have noticed this many times, also .... when cravings hit I do exactly what the author does, eat a bite of CO. Cravings end instantly! Was... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:44:20 EST 2014 BLC weekend Challenge - SMART goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600435 Working on setting goals for weekend challenge! I realize my biggest struggle is being tired and hungry, so easy to order pizza and call it good! After working it out for the last few days, here are my smart goals: <BR> <BR> 1. I will work out 30 minutes per day 5x a week minimum. Initially I was going to say go to the gym but I do so much hiking and outdoor activity I will define it as exercise. <BR> <BR> 2. I will not eat fast food/ pizza more then one time per month. <BR> <BR> 3. I will... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:33:11 EST BLC Navy Ninja Style! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596205 I just found out last night that I am part of the Navy Ninja's again <em>104</em> I had originally been informed that I couldn't do it this round because they were full but it changed! <BR> <BR> Excited <em>224</em> but falling behind because I haven't been doing the prechallenge work! OH NO! <BR> <BR> AND my computer is broken so I am primarily doing it by phone except breaks at work... <BR> <BR> BUT I am excited and charged up! Looking forward to catching up with all my fellow ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:01:27 EST Good Workout Tonight... was a rough weekend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585110 Well the bad? <BR> <BR> Rugged weekend! I had two kids with birthday party sleepovers. Can we say pizza... cake.... ice cream... chips.. OH all the food that is not normally here. I ate pizza... and I didn't go to the gym. It is what it is and I won't really beat myself up for it. I just will jump back on track. <BR> <BR> Went to the gym today and did 30 minutes on the treadmill and worked upper body. My legs are sore so I suppose that is good :) <BR> <BR> Feeling some frustration that I ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 00:23:36 EST New Years Hike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578721 What a fantastic day! <BR> <BR> I started Whole30 today but had an almost fail... went hiking and packed a picnic, forgot half of my lunch at home but I munched on some pepperoni (NOT whole30 good lol) and some carrots, avocado and tomato. I really wasn't too hungry for dinner but I did have some meatballs and sautéed kale. I came in with very few calories but it is what it is... I'm not hungry which surprises me because I went for a LONG hike today!!! Maybe I am too tired to be hungry LOL <... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:50:42 EST The good, the bad and the ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577183 I got permission to go back to the gym <em>104</em> but.... sorta kinda limited... <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> So, not that anybody really cares about my health issues but blogging helps me to figure it out. Basically in a nutshell it boils down to a few simple things. <BR> <BR> 1) he thinks there may be a tear in my knee causing fluid to drain into my leg causing the swelling. He would like an MRI but after discussion that I can't possibly have surgery or treat any particular issue right ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:04:00 EST Knee problems .... sigh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576156 I have been faithfully plugging along and about a week ago I began noticing significant pain in my knee and toes... long story short I also realized my foot/feet have been icy cold. I was at work last Tuesday (Christmas Eve) and finally saw the Dr. who immediately tried to send me to ER. I am way too stubborn.... by Christmas Day I was in the ER. They told me that it was a 60-70% chance that I had a clot in the main vein leading to my heart/lungs. It was NOT a fun experience but ultimately, i... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 00:05:41 EST The burn is back :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560948 I still am so happy when I get to work out. It feels just amazing, especially after so long without! I have two coworkers who go to the same gym I do and it is fun to have company as well. <BR> <BR> We iced over this week so I missed a few days... then this weekend I hit it hard again. I am hitting 30 minutes cardio and 30 minutes on the weights.... primarily doing lower body one day and alternating with upper body. I am really starting to feel that burn of muscles when you push them just a... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:36:13 EST No Workout Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556362 Argh, it is amazing how quickly we adjust to feeling the need to work out! I love to go to the gym and after my years in the south, I find it an absolute privilege to go each day! It is my time where I can focus on myself and what my needs are. Getting back in touch with my body can be difficult.... so difficult... but it does not change the love I have for it. <BR> <BR> Today just worked out that I didn't get to go. I planned to go before work, but with the icy cold weather I didn't feel sa... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 22:53:26 EST Love is quite a motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553341 <em>26</em> I am in LOVE <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> There! I said it! And it is great motivation! <BR> <BR> I will spare all the sappy details but after "the accident" my life seemed to take its own wild turn of events. Somewhere in that turn of events, a close friend of mine (whom I had always felt deeply attracted to) and I realized we don't want to live without one another. He was actually the first person I called after the accident, while we were still in the hospital... I guess I sh... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 10:21:23 EST Joined the gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550377 I had a bad fall which resulted in a swollen tender knee the last several weeks. I didn't join the gym because I wanted to let my knee have time to fully heal. I think it has!!! SO, today I joined the gym and did my first workout. It was fairly simple, I just did about 45 minutes of strength training. I think I have a plan to do 20 minutes cardio, a circle around the various weight machines then maybe another 20 or so minutes cardio. Right now I plan on going after work each night. <BR> <BR... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:51:01 EST Settled in my cottage by the sea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517721 Wow, what a journey it has been. <BR> <BR> If you have followed you know that I went from being a mother with up to eight children at home (foster and bio children) and living in Arkansas, through a terrible accident and now, have finally landed at my cottage by the sea in Oregon! What a journey! <BR> <BR> I am proud that I have maintained the 25 pounds I lost, but ready to begin losing again. Through the move across the country, starting a new job, adjusting to life with only TWO children... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 12:09:11 EST Changes...Moving...Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450845 I haven't been on SP in almost a month. It wasn't intentional, in fact until the last day or two I honestly had forgotten all about SP, and several other online communities I am part of. <BR> <BR> my last blog was about being fired up, wanting to make holistic changes, evaluating what was healthy to my families lives. And... I spent weeks processing the fallout from the accident. My sweet Hannah had more injuries then I originally thought and as we began dealing with memory loss, some behav... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 12:29:18 EST Restarting with two more pounds but a determination like no other http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424639 Wow... its been a wild two weeks. From my lowest, most terrifying moment to the exhilaration of knowing my children were safe... running between those hospital rooms to see their faces and feel their breath was so much like counting your babies toes and looking them over at birth.. yes.. all there... intact.. <BR> <BR> Safe. Alive. Breathing... A future. <BR> <BR> Where do I want to be in that future? On the sidelines? Sick... overweight... tired... cranky? <BR> <BR> No. I feel like I wa... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:48:49 EST The most traumatic incident of my life, and rebuilding. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420821 July 4th my oldest daughter Jayme, my children, grandchildren and foster children went to see the fireworks about 30 minutes away. We left at the same time, my 12 year old Hannah deciding to ride home with Jayme and spend the night. We said our goodbyes and due to traffic, they left before me. <BR> <BR> 15 minutes later, I saw an awful accident, the car was upside down, dust was still in the air. No ambulance or police was there yet. A man was directing traffic. I slowed down to let the firs... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 14:56:26 EST Motivation - Where art thou? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405240 I have lost all motivation. I don't know where it is.... Maybe its hidden between the walls of sleep, a place that I won't be at until Monday or Tuesday. Maybe the wall of anxiety has removed it from my grasp. <BR> <BR> I have lost the excitement of exercising and working out. I am falling into food ruts and grabbing what is easy because survival right now feels about the best I can do. <BR> <BR> I want to be happy and excited and jump into my day again. The last six weeks I have had a ba... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 07:33:30 EST Coconut oil make you hot?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399566 So, yesterday I blogged about how I use coconut oil and feel its an incredible part of my weight loss. In sharing with a few others I began thinking about how when I do have a coconut oil smoothie I feel my body heat up. I have no idea if the heat is it actually burning the fat but I certainly feel the burn... <BR> <BR> then I found this article today! <link>www.bodybuilding.com/fun/the-fat-bur<BR>ning-fat-the-coconut-is-natures-premie<BR>re-thermogenic.html </link> well, that makes me l... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:43:14 EST Wellness via coconut oil and sleep :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398038 I realize I have not been well in over a week and it has really taken a toll! I left work 2 Wednesday's ago because I was nauseas, spent the rest of the week/weekend with sick children, had an awful traumatic day Monday (with foster children) and ended up sick again... <BR> <BR> But now I am back to feeling well. I slept a solid full night, was able to pick up my Azure order this week so lots of healthy good foods in the house, and have been able to get some light exercise in. <BR> <BR> I... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 07:52:22 EST Flu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393900 I have the flu, I have had some messages from people, I will write more then I can but even the colors on this page are making me feel like I am running to throw up again... day three... I'm out of some of the challenges I think... I don't even know whats going on, will figure it out when I can breathe again without pain and nausea Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:28:03 EST Best laid plans .... meet stomach flu + six kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390006 Seriously I wonder sometimes if I should even try. I am somewhat frustrated that I joined the BLC challenge because I just can't get it together and don't want to let the team down... <BR> <BR> This morning I planned breakfast, got up, made coffee, not even one cup down and baby girl (8 months) threw up and was crying... I get her situated and began getting breakfast for the others and my 12 year old threw up from one end of the living room to the other trying to make it to bathroom... sigh.... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 13:43:28 EST BLC, Calories and reality check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389731 What a week this has been! We had a crisis with a foster child resulting in him leaving, and I took a baby that is eight months old so adjustment to schedule and time is all over the place. I am finding it extremely difficult to exercise during the work week (Tuesday - Friday) as the only possible solution is to get up at 5 am and exercise, but now with two babies in the bedroom... well.. that's a challenge too. I will persevere! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My bigger challenge right now is ca... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 07:54:56 EST Food, toddlers, exercise... oxymoron? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383201 No real anything to say today except that I am finding I am wanting to track chasing toddlers as exercise <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I was able to exercise during naptime yesterday but it was hard! All I could think is that I should be mopping the floor or beginning prep for dinner, how nice it would be to sit and play on the computer or just stare at the walls a bit. It has been a long weekend.... for sure. <BR> <BR> I am doing well with eating and staying on track. Summer is easier for m... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 09:13:54 EST Goals... BLC22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382177 It's somewhat ironic that I am a therapist and I never really have gotten into the concept of visualization, goals and really breaking them down into increments that are attainable. I am more of a "dream big" and just make it happen kind of person. Maybe I get discouraged to plan "1.5 pounds a week" instead of "I want to lose 50 pounds by someday" <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> But, this week part of the challenge is to set some attainable goals. So.... after shuffling and stomping my feet and b... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 07:58:27 EST BLC first day and I'm scared! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379722 I haven't done a BLC challenge before and today is day one! I think I am all caught up but not 100 percent sure. It seems like there is a lot to do, but manageable! <BR> <BR> I need this as a time to really focus on myself a bit. The day to day living sometimes makes me forget about my own needs. Like tonight when I sautéed a chicken breast in coconut oil, sautéed fresh carrots, broccoli and peppers to go with it... <BR> <BR> and ate one bite. <BR> <BR> By the time I was done bathing babi... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 23:04:05 EST Down 16.5 pounds ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377556 No exercise yesterday! <em>198</em> I dropped all the kids off at daycare/preschool, ran off to work, had an unexpected trip home then back to work... Off at 430, picked up a new foster child then dashed home to get kids ready for baseball... Off to baseball, home at 8 and STILL had to cook dinner for the crew!!! I stayed on plan though and didn't eat the chicken fettucini I gave them (and I would have LOVED TO) then was up until 10 sorting out 9 year old boy issues... then had to clean t... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 06:43:31 EST C25K on hold - beginning whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375403 Well, I have decided to make peace with putting my C25K on hold for now. My 17 year old daughter leaves for about 6 weeks on Tuesday and there is no way I can exercise outside of the home without her here. I think I can manage with the Jillian Michaels Shred, the Nerd Fitness home workout and the 28 day challenge videos while the little ones are sleeping. Tuesday we are going to the zoo so I will count that as my exercise :) <BR> <BR> Second, I have realized that I am slowly getting to feel ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 09:14:04 EST When are excuses not excuses? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374342 Seriously <BR> <BR> I haven't exercised in days, and then yesterday, I ate junk all day. <BR> <BR> There should be no excuse but at the end of the day, there still were crazy valid reasons why. <BR> <BR> This morning I resolve to waking up early and exercising before my house of babies wakes up and of course ... 6am sneak down to exercise and first, the police show up because my door is open and they think somebody broke in... followed with new FBaby and FDaughter waking up at crack of d... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 08:08:54 EST Exercise... WHEN? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371972 I have been doing so well exercising but with the addition of three new foster children I am finding that my exercise habits have greatly suffered. However it hit me today that on Tuesday my 17 year old leaves for a month... which means I will exercise WHEN? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Today I was up at 5 and the baby was up already... <em>39</em> the preschooler shortly followed so clearly no exercise could happen. I dropped them off at daycare and worked until 5, picked them up, home in ti... Wed, 29 May 2013 22:34:52 EST random disorganized day :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368721 I planned to run this morning but 8 kids in the house made that on the impossible list. I did however make it to church and did 3 of the 28 day challenge videos. I have missed a few days so it was nice to do them back to back and catch up. I then thought if I took all the kids to the park I could run and they could play but, that as fairly impossible. I made about 15 minutes into the week 4 c25K and had to stop... it was 700 degrees and I had sweaty toddlers running all over. I came back, gav... Sun, 26 May 2013 20:43:42 EST 8 children equals zero exercise, or, overload of exercise ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367971 I haven't exercised in 3 days and that is way too long. We had a bad storm tear through Arkansas so I was working out inside with Jillian Michaels (OUCH) then got one run in. Thursday night I was asked to take 2 foster children for a night and they had a very very difficult time adjusting, hence, I had no time to do anything other then hands on care. <BR> <BR> Friday night they left and three children came. The baby was incredibly sick so went from work to children to urgent care. Came home ... Sat, 25 May 2013 22:41:45 EST Bad exercise day, great food day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363898 I am a huge lover of good food.... and I like healthy food so I guess I am very lucky that way! I really dislike processed or convenience food and I think the majority of the reason I have gained so much weight is that its hard to find solid whole organic food in Arkansas ... enter... Azure Standard! LOVE them! Love being able to put in a great order of food and have it delivered a month later! <BR> <BR> Today was my food drop and that is always a fun day! Picked up 250 bucks work of coconu... Tue, 21 May 2013 20:54:45 EST Jillian Michaels Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362449 I have done this three or four times. I have yet to fully finish but I am 95% there, I wear out in two or three spots so stop but try to keep it less then 5 seconds. <BR> <BR> Today I did the day 7 bootcamp video then the shred. It is a hot humid day here in Arkansas and the windows were open with the fan on. I thought it would be ok. Mistake!!! I literally had sweat pouring off of me in streams when I was done. <BR> <BR> I didn't run today like I wanted due to the heat. Maybe tomorrow morn... Mon, 20 May 2013 15:21:30 EST Finished week 3 of C25K! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360222 WooHooo! I thought the three minute runs were going to kill me but I got through them! The second (last) three minute run I got very tired and wanted to stop but closed my eyes and kept telling myself I could do it. When I heard the podcast say time was over I sobbed. I am so surprised how well my body is responding! I am so overweight and unhealthy and to see my endurance and ability increasing is amazing! I am frustrated that my weight isn't falling much but my inches are going... 1.5 off ... Sat, 18 May 2013 13:02:56 EST Bad food and exercise day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357944 This morning was rough, driving to the airport to pick up my daughter. I got a skinny caramel machiatto and turkey bacon artisan breakfast sandwhich at Starbucks. I should know better then to eat any form of fast food because I was instantly sick and regretting that. I was back to work and realized my salad was on the counter... ugh... I ate a handful of raisins and sunflower seeds mixed. It was all I had and even though the calories were a whopper I figured it was better then fast food, whic... Wed, 15 May 2013 22:20:19 EST