ILIKETOZUMBA's SparkPeople Blog ILIKETOZUMBA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Long time, no blog! It's been forever since I blogged. The unexpected early arrival of the babies (I was shooting for making it to 37 weeks but the babies came at 34 1/2 instead) turned my life upside down, of course. They were born at 4 lbs 2.3 oz and 4 lbs 0.5 oz, so they were very tiny and obviously premature, but they were "late premature" and so they were in pretty good shape for preemies. No oxygen needed, no feeding tube, they just stayed a week in the hospital (turns out that was somewhat dictated by our... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:16:13 EST Happy to be truly alive As most of you are probably already aware, today is the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. As soon as I realized that, I was immediately grateful to still be blessed with the gift of life. On September 11, 2001, I was a freshman in college, with no idea what I wanted to do with my life, no prospects for finding a life partner, I was most definitely overweight and probably obese by then and only going to see that weight climb in the next several years. <BR> <BR> In the twelve year... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:15:34 EST To clarify, I'm not completely against junk food or think it's evil, I swear! So I feel kind of bad...I *did* come off rather cranky in my last blog about National Bacon Day. And now I'm going to ramble about it some more! So fair warning to you - this is going to be another long and boring sort of blog. <BR> <BR> So I'm not particularly against the concept of bacon or junk food or treat food or whatever. I eat some kind of dessert every day, and it ain't always whole-wheat-oatmeal-organic-dark-chocolate<BR>-chip-cookies-with-applesauce-instead-<BR>of-butter. :) I... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 16:34:11 EST "National Bacon Day," really??<BR>al-bacon-day/?hpt=hp_c4 <BR> <BR> I really, really dislike how so many things have a designated "day" (frequently so designated by the industry that produces them) - Ice Cream Day, Donut Day, Bacon Day...there's got to be an "official" day for any number of unhealthy foods that are okay to eat on rare occasions but don't really need to be celebrated. At least not to me. Just because it's Donut Day does NOT mean I plan to include a donut in my e... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 10:51:35 EST Yay, schools!<BR>_news_detail.asp?health_day=679585 <BR> <BR> This health news article I read today makes me happy! Although I'm also a little confused. I thought schools were increasingly ditching their PE programs in order to have more time to focus on learning whatever kids need to know for standardized testing. <BR> <BR> But anyways, it sounds very encouraging anyway! Of course, I wish the numbers were even better than they've gotten, but still. I'm going... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:57:48 EST People were cooking with spices 6,000 years ago! This has nothing to do with weight loss or fitness or anything, but I thought it was really interesting considering how many of us have had to learn to adjust our cooking/eating preferences to incorporate fewer fats or salts and more spices and herbs to make food tastier. <BR> <BR> Also, I have a graduate degree in anthropology with a particular focus on paleoanthropology, so this appeals to the nerd in me too. :) <BR> <BR><BR>ced-food-even-6000-yea... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:23:22 EST "You never forget that you know how to purge" I watch ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" show every week. If you're not familiar with it, each episode follows a single person (or in one case, a married couple) as they spend a year losing weight under the direction of a trainer named Chris Powell who apparently specializes in helping the extremely obese lose weight. He and his staff teach the person how to eat healthfully, how to work out, and he frequently provides a sympathetic shoulder for them to cry on, because these people are almost alwa... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:44:14 EST Grateful I've just been thinking of how glad I am to have lost all my excess weight before becoming pregnant. I know that the weight loss triggered amenorrhea so that I couldn't get pregnant without hormone shots, and I went through some very confused and crazy recovery from exercise compulsion/too much calorie restriction that I'm still not completely over...but I tell you what, I can't imagine being pregnant while being overweight, let alone obese like I was. It would have been MISERABLE, not to me... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 16:19:28 EST Childhood obesity news! I'm sure lots of you have already heard this, but I'm kind of excited about it and going to share it anyway, just in case you hadn't yet come across this news: <BR> <BR><BR>/signs-of-progress-in-childhood-obesit<BR>y-fight/?hpt=hp_t2 <BR> <BR> A tentative, preliminary woohoo! :) Wed, 7 Aug 2013 11:43:35 EST "Reclaim Your Tastebuds" via attune foods blog I pretty much never buy Attune Foods products - I've done it a couple times, but they don't make many things that I can find in my grocery store and I like eating lots of variety! But they do have some really good blogs on their site. <BR> <BR> This is one I just read today that I thought was particularly interesting - about recalibrating our taste buds in order to enjoy real food more instead of processed artificial junk. <BR> <BR><BR>reclaim-your-t... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:08:47 EST ordered for everyone at work today I work in a small museum. 3 full-time staff, including me, and two part-timers. Out of nowhere, my boss the curator decided he was going to order pizza (since we had all our staff here) for us and for some of the staff at one of our sister sites down the street that have helped us a lot recently. <BR> <BR> Nice gesture and all that, but pizza? Not even GOOD local type pizza. Just Domino's. Ugh. <BR> <BR> I wasn't quite sure how to handle it. I pack my own lunch. I like eating my own foo... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 12:24:14 EST Word associations with food I've been realizing in the last year or two, but particularly since I got pregnant, that I've started making immediate associations with food when I see certain words that might be completely unrelated to food but have some vague connection. Like I'll see something that uses the word "straw" and my mind will instantly jump to "strawberries! yummy!" Or I'll be reading something about a golf club and I'll think "CLUB SANDWICH!" Just now I was reading an article about child fashion and came ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 15:24:36 EST Interesting article about "the other F word"<BR>ts-sachs-kids-healthy-weight <BR> <BR> Having had some real disordered eating/exercising behaviors of very different kinds throughout my life, I really want to raise my sons to feel good about their bodies and their health without worrying whether they are "fat" or whether they weigh too much or whether the food they're eating is "bad." It might be hard to figure out how to do that as a parent, but I will do my best. (I think there will be a whol... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:55:59 EST Alone for 3 weeks! Poooooooooooooooooor me. <BR> <BR> The husband is currently in Puerto Rico and will stay there for the next 3 weeks doing work stuff. Now I have to do all the stuff that he lets me get away with not doing, because he likes to take care of me and feel useful - dishes, laundry, taking out the trash and recycling, paying bills, all that stuff that I manage to avoid because he's too good to me. Oh well. :) <BR> <BR> Mainly though, it's going to be lonely! We live in a house now, not a tiny ap... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:59:07 EST Yikes...glad I had no interviews to get into grad school<BR>_news_detail.asp?health_day=678542 <BR> <BR> This article describes a study in which researchers found that when there was an in-person interview, obese applicants were less likely to be accepted into graduate programs. When there was a phone interview or no interview at all, obese applicants were just as likely as non-obese students to get in. <BR> <BR> CRAZY. <BR> <BR> I was definitely very obese when I applied for grad school....thank goodn... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:31:39 EST Ultrasounds and genetics counseling I've been getting monthly ultrasounds because my pregnancy is "high risk" purely due to the fact that I'm carrying twins. I have to go to a hospital 30 minutes away from my house and my usual OBGYN because the usual folks aren't used to dealing with multiples, and the maternal-fetal medicine center at the hospital is better able to do these scans and see what's going on with the babies. So anyways, the last couple ultrasounds have been pretty good, but they keep freaking me out a bit because... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:30:33 EST I really appreciate obesity studies like these<BR>_news_detail.asp?health_day=678409 <BR> <BR> To sum up, researchers found a genetic mutation in mice that seems to have made them obese - they ate as much as other mice, but for some reason their metabolisms didn't work the same way and they held on to the energy, making them gain weight. This mutation is also found in people, although VERY rarely. <BR> <BR> What I like about these studies linking obesity to genetic differences is that maybe eve... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:45:10 EST Dude, that's not trash. Sometimes I feel like I'm being ridiculous, but really - there's no reason NOT to recycle everything you can! I take my own bags to the grocery store, I reuse some extra grocery store bags I have to use as trash can liners, and I recycle the rest. In my area, it's not hard to do that. It seems like every grocery store has a plastic bag recycling bin at the entrance, and I just collect all the extra bags I accumulate (bread bags too, because I read they could be recycled the same as grocery b... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 16:21:30 EST I would have been too fat to go to this...<BR>couts-bmi/index.html?hpt=hp_t2 <BR> <BR> I understand that the Boy Scout Jamboree includes many physically demanding activities that necessarily require certain safety limitations for both participants and those who are overseeing things (like rappelling - whoever is belaying has to be able to support the person on the rope if they fall). However...this BMI cut-off where you can't go if you have a BMI of 40 or higher makes me sad. At my heavies... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:01:31 EST This has got to be a superfood, right? I ate so much of this TOTALLY nutritious food tonight. It's full of calcium, protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants...right? <BR> <BR> Sure, there's some sugar in it. And okay, the milk was whole milk. Plus that bit of light cream as well. Oh yes, and there were melted semisweet chocolate chips in there too (partial credit on the antioxidants?). But there was cocoa powder! And unsalted peanut butter! And the aforementioned milk! <BR> <BR> I may have made some chocolate peanut butter ice ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:58:56 EST Baby Supplies, Assemble! We are finally starting to seriously get baby things together. We'd gotten some clothes already (mostly gifts and hand-me-downs) and minor things like tiny stuffed animals and bibs and whatnot, but in the last couple days we narrowed down paint colors for the nursery to about 3 shades of light green, we bought and assembled the two cribs, we have a dresser ready to assemble whenever we next get some time, we got a double frame stroller (the Joovy Twin Roo) and put that together, my mom has do... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:54:55 EST Mexico has more obese citizens than the US? Other countries too??<BR>/world/americas/ap-lt-mexico-obesity.h<BR>tml?hp&_r=0 <BR> <BR> Who knew? Not I! It's sad to see how many places are so unhealthy, but I always just bought into the global stereotype of "Americans are the fattest people on the planet" and in a weird way, it's nice to see that's not actually true. (Though it's heartbreaking to read that part about how many Mexican children don't get enough food, too.) <BR> <BR> Hopefully all parts of the world ... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:53:36 EST Is it bad that I hope other people at work will eat the junk food before I give in to temptation? I kind of feel like a bad person. There have been a lot of single-serving bags of chips and cookies and things around work because we've had events and so on happening lately. Chips have become my latest pregnancy OMG-can't-get-enough-0f-it food (previous foods on this list include any meat, peanut butter, crackers, oatmeal cookies, hummus...not all at the same time, they take turns). So it's been hard to resist and I have definitely snacked on chips a fair bit recently. At least they were... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:07:23 EST New shoes always make such a big difference I swear, I'll think "I haven't had these sneakers thaaat long, how could I need new ones already?" but meanwhile, my feet are starting to hurt and the shoes aren't as supportive and my running pace is lagging... <BR> <BR> Though lately, I've just attributed the lagging pace to being 6 months pregnant with twins. :) <BR> <BR> But I finally dragged myself out to get new shoes the other day, and I went running in them this morning...and the difference was huge! I mean, not earth-shattering. ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:01:53 EST Baby Supplies! My mother and I went to Babies R Us today and ordered the babies' cribs and a dresser for the nursery - yay! It's nice to have some of that big stuff taken care of now. Plus, Babies R Us gives you a 10% discount on certain of the big ticket type items - furniture, strollers/car seats, etc. when you are buying two or more of them for multiples. So we got the cribs for 10% off, which definitely helps when you're having to buy two! <BR> <BR> They also had a nice double jogging Mon, 8 Jul 2013 22:41:52 EST NAPTIME I took a nap today. I can't remember the last time I let myself take a nap (not including during long distance travel)...but I know it's been YEARS. <BR> <BR> It felt really nice. <BR> <BR> I might have to do it again sometime soon! :) Fri, 5 Jul 2013 22:54:55 EST Happy Active Fourth of July! I rode my stationary bike before work this morning, I took walking breaks at work, and then my husband and I walked the 2.5 to 3 miles down to Colonial Williamsburg to see the fireworks this yay!! All kinds of activity today. :) And it's so nice to be the kind of person that doesn't balk at walking a few miles just to see some fireworks. We could have driven....although then we'd have had to battle all the traffic leaving the area. But still. Me-from-a-few-years-ago would ne... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 23:34:52 EST People are so nice sometimes Or is it just because I'm now looking very obviously pregnant? Twice in the last week, I had complete strangers tell me I was "beautiful" while I was just out and about, and then I was out jogging today and a woman walking towards me on the sidewalk offered me her water bottle as we approached each other. <BR> <BR> I was really touched by that. Sure, it was a warm and humid morning and here comes this woman who is definitely preggers chugging along all sweaty and you might think that that ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 22:57:11 EST Raynaud's at bay! I don't know if it's the increased weight gain, the presence of two little extra bodies inside me keeping me warmer, or some combination...but my Raynaud's is bothering me SO much less these days. I haven't needed gloves at the grocery store in a long time!! And today, I went out for a walk and got poured on and my clothes were soaked...and I felt just fine! Granted, it was like 80 degrees at the time. But still. There was a time when I still would have been a bit uncomfortably chilly in any... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 22:56:45 EST Easier exercise is more enjoyable... I'm almost 6 months pregnant with twins now, and I simply cannot exercise at the same level as I could pre-pregnancy. It's taken some getting used to because I always pushed myself during workouts before, and if I try that now, I feel sick at best. At worst, I could hurt the boys. <BR> <BR> So I haven't been able to push myself, and the intensity level of my workouts has been gradually dropping. I've noticed this primarily in my running, but today I went for a long bike ride and had to do... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 23:51:45 EST Opinion piece on the AMA's classification of obesity as a disease<BR>-obesity-disease/index.html?eref=igoog<BR>ledmn_topstories <BR> <BR> I just thought this piece that I found on was interesting because I find this debate very interesting. On the one hand, I totally understand that classifying obesity as a disease could potentially help a lot of people get insurance coverage for treatments that might help them that otherwise they wouldn’t be able to afford. On the other hand…it just doesn’t quite sit righ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:36:25 EST Announcing...the babies' genders! If you're curious, I can now EXCLUSIVELY reveal (aren't you intrigued?) that from now on, I can refer to my upcoming twins with the appropriate pronouns. <BR> <BR> *drum roll* <BR> <BR> We are having two little boys! <BR> <BR> I am a little sad that I won't share girliness with one of my kids, or be able to pass on my curly hair and have fun arranging a daughter's hair all cutely, or dressing her in adorable dresses and giving her stuffed unicorns and all the ridiculous girly stuff that I... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:59:03 EST France! I'll have to add some photos later; I'm currently at work (shhhh, don't tell my boss!) <BR> <BR> Anyways, we had a great time in France. My parents, husband, sister, and brother-in-law (who is French) all went together and spent most of the time in Provence, where his parents live, checking out lots of castles and Roman ruins and other sights around Arles, Tarascon, Boulbon, etc. We went to a town on the Mediterranean and my husband and I went to the beach and enjoyed ourselves. It was wind... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:14:56 EST 20 week ultrasound - so far, so good, we think! I had my 20 week ultrasound yesterday, and everything went pretty well, for the most part. Baby A is in a position (vertex) that made it easier for the sonographer to see it, so she got lots of measurements and the only thing that concerned her (which she didn’t mention until the end of the exam, which took well over an hour for the pair of them) was that the femur length was right about the 10th percentile, which is borderline as an indicator of Down syndrome. "Normal" is apparently anywhere... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 09:37:21 EST 20 week ultrasound - so far, so good, we think! I had my 20 week ultrasound yesterday, and everything went pretty well, for the most part. Baby A is in a position (vertex) that made it easier for the sonographer to see it, so she got lots of measurements and the only thing that concerned her (which she didn’t mention until the end of the exam, which took well over an hour for the pair of them) was that the femur length was right about the 10th percentile, which is borderline as an indicator of Down syndrome. "Normal" is apparently anywhere... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 09:37:20 EST Well, now I know how to cure constipation...another TMI blog of total honesty and oversharing! As I'm a big fan of TMI when it comes to health and bodily functions (my philosophy is: hey, we all deal with this stuff, why make it into something embarrassing and taboo?) I should warn you: this blog is going to be kind of grody for those who aren't into bathroom-related stories. :) It's also long...but you should get some good schadenfreude out of it! <BR> <BR> I just had the most ridiculous experience this morning and I'm still chuckling over it hours later. <BR> <BR> Background info: ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 12:19:12 EST I semi-successfully jogged tonight, kind of! I slacked all day long since I was off work today. I did the usual incapable-of-controlling-myself thing where I ate everything I could think of early on in the day so that I was basically out of calories by the afternoon, I got sleepy around 1pm or so and decided that dammit, I'm pregnant with twins, I can take a nap if I want to (plus it was soooo rainy out, how can you not get sleepy?) so I slept for about an hour. All this time I'm just procrastinating about my exercise, of course...I wa... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 22:47:06 EST Get it, girl. LOL I love people sometimes. Well, almost always, to be honest. But anyways... <BR> <BR> I like going for walks before/after work and during lunch. Gets me some more exercise to break up periods of sitting around at work/on my lengthy commute, plus I get fresh air and (hopefully) some sunshine, which always improves my mood and alertness. <BR> <BR> It's been so hot and sunny lately, though, that I've had to start bringing my giant granny hat with the super-wide brim to try to keep some of... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 16:15:20 EST Sleep vs. exercise I've been getting about 5 to 5 1/2 hours of sleep a night lately, and I know it's not sustainable. I had to call my husband this morning while I was midway through my hourlong commute to work because I just could not stay awake on the road. I'd already had some near-unconscious moments and sucking on a hard candy, drinking my water, and singing with my CD player didn't help, nor did putting the windows down - that was almost worse because the wind (even at 70 mph) was somehow very soothing. <... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 15:40:09 EST Excavations I am an excavator. You know, the annoying person that digs all the cookie dough chunks out and leaves the vanilla ice cream, or scoops all the soft chewy bread from the middle of the loaf and leaves the outer crust. <BR> <BR> So I always used to excavate the chocolate bits out of things that weren't chocolatey enough for me. The chips from cookies, the peanut butter cups from ice cream, the fudge ripple from ice cream, etc. But after losing weight and learning to appreciate a much wider var... Fri, 31 May 2013 00:00:16 EST Manage leg cramps at night I used to have a problem with my lower legs and feet cramping up when I was in bed, to the point where the pain would wake me up and I'd have to get out of bed to stand up because that's the only thing that makes those kinds of cramps go away for me. <BR> <BR> Haven't had that problem in a long time. <BR> <BR> Then I got pregnant, and here we are 4 1/2 months in and I start getting leg cramps in my sleep again. Only this time it's several times a night and the pain is really bad and sometim... Wed, 29 May 2013 12:46:42 EST Getting my old walking pace back! My hip still bothers me, but I've just about gotten my old walking pace back! :) I don't think I can run on it yet or do Zumba, but walking has gotten SO much better. I barely limp at all when walking normally, and I don't think I do it at all when I'm in full-on cruising mode. <BR> <BR> Yaaay!! <BR> <BR> Hopefully that means I can get back to jogging soon, because I tell you what, I'm starting to loathe the sight of my stationary bike. :) (Just kidding, bike, don't ever leave me, you ar... Tue, 28 May 2013 15:05:05 EST Would you submit/have you submitted your weight loss story to a news outlet? I was reading this iReport the other day... <BR> <BR><BR>ght-loss-fitness-studio/index.html?hpt<BR>=hp_c4 <BR> <BR> ... and it made me think a little. I wonder how CNN chooses which weight loss success stories to post, and I wonder what people's reasons are for submitting stories. Is it a kind of pat on the back? A celebration? A way to help keep themselves accountable by going super-public? A desire to inspire/help others? There's lots of g... Mon, 27 May 2013 21:46:49 EST Snot Rockets and Eating When Exhausted My day started off great - got in an hour on my stationary bike, got a 20 minute walk in before work, another 20 minute walk at lunch, and 14 minutes after work. I was supposed to lift weights this evening, but I'm so exhausted after literally standing around all day at work. I was training on admissions and gift shop registers even though my job is supposed to deal with collections and curatorial duties for the museum, because I'm a "supervisor" and I need to know how to do all the register ... Sat, 25 May 2013 21:04:27 EST Are they repeating Daily Spark blogs? Is it just me, or have a lot of the Daily Spark blogs - no, excuse me, the official SparkPeople blogs or whatever they changed the name to - been repeats of old ones? I swear I've read a bunch of them before, and I KNOW I've read this tabata entry from today previously. It doesn't matter to me because reinforcing knowledge is always good, and it makes getting sparkpoints go faster for me. :) I'm just sort of curious because it makes me feel like I'm going a little crazy or something! Deja v... Fri, 24 May 2013 11:17:02 EST Settling in at work Today was the first day I spent any time at my desk getting settled in; the last few days, I've been at another museum property helping to set up an exhibit that opens this weekend. It's nice to have some down time to go through the various binders full of info and policies and set up my desk and voicemail and all that, plus I've gotten to meet more of the people I'll be working more closely with and most of them seem really nice! <BR> <BR> Plus I got a couple quick walks in before work and... Thu, 23 May 2013 17:03:28 EST Sometimes, I am so gross I ate oatmeal off the floor of my car this morning. <BR> <BR> I was running late for work, so I took my big soup mug of cinnamon raisin oatmeal that I'd made and put it on the passenger seat. Then I sort of forgot about it as I was going around a corner in my neighborhood, and whoops, the thing rolled right off the seat and onto the floor. Most of it didn't spill, but several spoonfuls ended up on the dirty floor of the car...and I pulled over and spooned most of it back into the cup. I d... Tue, 21 May 2013 23:49:12 EST I think my hip is getting better! It still hurts, but I was able to go for a walk before work (20 minutes) this morning and another one afterward (27). The hip DEFINITELY hurt a bit by the time I finished each walk, but it's noticeably better than it has been in the last few days when I wouldn't have been able to go for a walk at all. Sure, my pace was kind of slow (3.1mph and 3.5mph) but that's not too shabby for a pregnant limping waddle of a walk. :) <BR> <BR> Also, some dudes in a truck totally called out to me while I... Mon, 20 May 2013 22:27:37 EST First day down, and I'm pooped...but I did get a little cardio! Got through my first day and it was a bit tiring - I spent all morning and much of the afternoon on my feet, and with my hip still hurting so that I limp everywhere and can't walk far/fast at all, it definitely wore me out a bit...but I still got on my stationary bike at home and cranked out 45 minutes before dinner! I wasn't planning to do any cardio today initially because I figured the first day at a new job would be tiring enough, but of course I still feel supremely guilty about not exer... Sat, 18 May 2013 23:55:51 EST Starting my new job tomorrow! I finally got a new job now that we've moved...although it's in a city an hour away. But the job itself sounds awesome (it's almost exactly the kind/mix of museum work that I'm most interested in, or at least it sounds that way), the people I've met so far are really nice, and it'll be SO good to feel productive and do something stimulating again. Pretty much all I do these days is eat, procrastinate about exercise, exercise, and go grocery shopping. And read about being pregnant. That's ser... Fri, 17 May 2013 22:57:20 EST