IMCRABBY66's SparkPeople Blog IMCRABBY66's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Save Another Family <img src=""> <BR> My family loves each other. My family loves each other. <BR> I have to keep reminding myself of that over and over, because some days... <BR> Not so much love is floating around. <BR> The loss of sugar, bags of chips, and white bread has got the teenagers in a snarly mess some days. <BR> The girl wants sweet things to put in her lunch, the boy wants something to munch on after school. Something remotely normal, is how h... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 08:06:51 EST Truly THE best thing I have made! <img src=""> <BR> Today my husband was craving chips or crackers...something to dip his cowboy caviar out of the bowl with. <BR> I have a primal/paleo recipe for crackers, but have just never tried it. <BR> I keep thinking these things are going to be so weird and hard to make but time after time it's easy and quick! <BR> I am so thankful I read The Primal Blueprint. <BR> I look at Marksdailyapple everyday. <BR> I search Pinterest for new... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 14:36:47 EST Sneaking the healthy back into our food <img src=""> <BR> I have to say our teenage kids are being pretty good about our new way of eating. <BR> Both understand that putting processed, chemical laden food into our bodies is what has gotten us all bigger than we should be, and will lead to health disasters down the line. <BR> Still, they are teenagers and they were starting to baulk at one more piece of fruit for a snack. <BR> I found a recipe on Pinterest for natural energy ba... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 08:33:50 EST Squashing my fear of squash <img src=""> <BR> I have been a carb and sugar junkie for at least 40 years. <BR> Growing up on Captain Crunch and Poptarts did not make for a tiny little girl. <BR> But now that I am 45 I am begining to grow up to be a smart human. <BR> I am learning to make choices of food that come from nature and not a factory. <BR> Last night I cracked open my first spaghetti squash. <BR> I took a recipe from Pinterest that I liked, followed it, and ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 10:57:51 EST Pinterest and Sparkpeople and Paleo...Oh My! <img src=""> <BR> That my friends is what 100 pounds of fat looks like...and it's inside of me...holy crap! <BR> I have lost 80 pounds once before, and let it come some. <BR> I keep trying to do this but have just seemed wishy washy about it. <BR> Why do we do this to ourselves, over and over and over again? <BR> My beautiful (normal sized) mother was rushed to the hospital the week before Christmas. She had collapsed at work,... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:33:52 EST The Devil is alive and working hard in Cincinnati <img src=""> <BR> husband and I joined the swanky expensive gym in town. <BR> We planned on glorious times, sweating on the treadmills, joining in on the exotic classes, using our free personal trainer hours hand in hand, and then heading to the waterfall hot tubs and eucalyptus steam rooms. <BR> Sounds grand....almost like a dream...until we signed the papers. <BR> <BR> Almost right away the devil of fat popped up and stuck hi... Sun, 16 May 2010 11:25:42 EST Lifetime Fitness, my new home away from home...sigh... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband and I signed our family up to join Lifetime Fitness here in Cincinnati yesterday. <BR> It is expensive and we are going to do some tightening of our budget to make it work, but we both felt we needed some place to start again, where we could go with our teenagers, or at midnight if need be. <BR> <BR> It's a fairly swanky place where you CAN do it all. Plus they gave us 4 free personal trainer hours to g... Sat, 1 May 2010 09:13:32 EST I'm with the Band...and other lies. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This weekend my husband's band had a gig. It was a benefit concert for a woman who is on her third different cancer. So a very worthy cause. <BR> I'm "with" the band (band wives count. I mean sort of!) so I wanted to look "hot" and "edgy". I just don't feel it anymore at all, and I wanted to find that cool fun feeling again. <BR> <BR> I kept trying on outfits that I used to wear, and I felt hot wearing ... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 08:33:37 EST Treating the sick with food...a chunky mom's plight. My son is home sick. For 2 days now. He has a high fever, chills, aches, and an appetite. <BR> He is 15 and they always have an appetite! <BR> Sooooo...I am a fat mom, and we always heal things with food. You fall off your bike=brownie. You have a fight with a friend=baked mac and cheese. It is a terrible cycle that I have been trying hard to break. <BR> Now with the hit shows on the FoodTV network, my son is a semi-foodie. He enjoys frittatas, pastries with ganache, and anything from G... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 11:09:03 EST He thought he had me but I turned the tables on him!! <img src=""> <BR> My husband is a love. He gives me everything I could need, and then some. <BR> <BR> But...he told me no. <BR> <BR> one tells me no. <BR> <BR> I wrote in one of my blogs about the bike I would like to get so I could be outside when it warms up a bit and do something more exciting than just walking the park. <BR> <BR> I have the money now together for it (thank you Craigslist!!!) and I asked him last night to o... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 10:42:22 EST Housework Whore <img src=""> <BR> I had to barter my body over the weekend to get some workout time in. <BR> <BR> Saturday is supposed to be our day to all get up and work together to get cleaning and laundry done and out of the way. My thought is if we work hard for a couple of hours in the morning it can be done and we all can enjoy the rest of the weekend. <BR> <BR> But my kids are teenagers who always have a project due, a group project to work on,... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:50:19 EST Sparked To Trikke and Triton! <img src=""> <BR> I was reading the other day about someone getting a lot of exercise on their Triton bike. <BR> What? I had never heard about this kind of bike before and it really caught my interest. <BR> I watched some very cool videos on youtube and read peoples testimonies about how much they love it. <BR> I have a pretty cruiser bike that I will ride every now and then with my daughter, but my butt always goes number(plus another sens... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 08:32:57 EST My Husband brought me a box of chocolates. WTF?! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay. I know he is a little threatened with my trying so hard this time to lose weight. <BR> This might be the longest and the most organized I have been about it before. <BR> But WTF? <BR> How do I take this? <BR> I know he loves me with all his heart, he has cared for me me so gently through sicknesses, and all my serious PMS stuff in the past. <BR> He is a wonderful father, he is really a great person. <BR> But...... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 09:15:12 EST Reunited and it feels so good! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I totally lost it for 4 days. <BR> I never exercised, I ate M&Ms, I sat, I did not eat all my fruits and veggies. <BR> I feel like I had excuses for it all. <BR> <BR> But it's all crap. <BR> <BR> If I had tried even the slightest bit it would have been better that the TOTAL give up that I had going. <BR> <BR> When I was being a slug (my old self) these last 4 days I remembered that place and feeling, gosh I felt lik... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 07:53:33 EST The kings of winds and hail attack a jogger!!! ME! Now I am not sure if it is just me...or does someone up there not want me to jog? <BR> This has been a crazy day. <BR> My son got home and looked at me (parking my butt on the couch) and said he thought we should keep up the trying to jog on pavement thing. <BR> Jeez...again?! <BR> That didn't go so well the first time (do you remember what I did to the squirrels?). <BR> So up I get and off we go to the park. <BR> We set off around the course (my butt still swinging several different directio... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 20:47:47 EST Caving in to the weigh in. I finally caved. <BR> I was not going to weigh in until I hit 3 months and hoped to see a really large weight loss number. <BR> But...I just could not take it. <BR> I needed to know if this was really working. <BR> I am still in the same size pants, so how is it I lost 20 pounds and still wear the same pants? <BR> I guess many many more crunches are needed, the problem is all in the waist band (cause there is no waist~only barrel shape). <BR> Sorry for the whining, I am just looking forward... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 08:57:46 EST All hail the jogging queen...or not. Well...I like to think I am hot poo on toast sometimes. <BR> Don't we all. <BR> I jogged on the treadmill for 2 miles with out slowing down or walking this morning! <BR> Got off the machine and did a little "I am soooooo cool!" dance! <BR> I bragged to my 15 year old son that I will probably whip by him on the 5K we are doing in May. <BR> I mean come on...I seriously rock! <BR> So with a smile and a condescending tone in his voice he challenges me to jog around the park (which is one mile aro... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 21:13:02 EST Another snow day....AAUUGGHH! We got 10" of snow last night. <BR> I want to vomit. <BR> I was out with the snow blower until late at night helping out the neighbors! Good exercise pushing that thing! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did much better with my crunches because I decided to do them on my exerball instead of flat on the floor, much nicer to my back! <BR> <BR> Today was day 3 of the push ups! I did not do any more than I did on day 2, I just feel tired and listless today. <BR> I think the snow just BUGS me, and drags m... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 18:59:42 EST Retro Exercises and the 100 push up challenge! is day 2 of the 100 push up challenge. YAY me!!!! <BR> I did 50!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> Granted I did take a one minute break in between each set of 5, but WOW 50! <BR> Then I decided yesterday that I would try to work up to 100 crunches. I could do 6 and then thought I might have pulled something!! Gahhhhhh! There are NO muscles in the tummy! <BR> That challenge will be much harder for me. <BR> I then decided "Let's go completely Old School ~ Retro exercising!" <BR> I started jumping ... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 11:34:46 EST 100 push up challenge and big bag of jello arms! My great friend WOLFKITTY suggested in her blog that she was starting a 100 push up challenge and was even a champ enough to put pictures in of her "before" arms! <BR> Jeez...she is so brave! <BR> Well I wondered if I could even do one. So I went to the website she was following and watched their demos. <BR> Got down on the floor and found I could do 6 without puking (almost). So I followed their day 1 circuit. <BR> Curled in the fetal position is how my husband found me. Whi... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 22:51:43 EST The Weekends Make Me Weak! I just don't know what it is about Friday, Saturday, and Sunday that make me so weak willed and silly! <BR> I hold firm Monday through Thursday but when Friday night rolls round there is this huge struggle to get myself to exercise and even be good about eating. <BR> I tell myself "those malted milk balls are a reward for being good all week!". <BR> Jeez...I just feel like I will never grow up and get past these issues that keep me in the fat cycle. <BR> Most Saturdays we try and get out ... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 23:14:35 EST Snowed in and snowed under! Wow! Wednesday was something else! I live in Cincinnati and we had a big snowstorm yesterday. <BR> All of my 15 year old son's friends came over and spent the day eating and running in and out of the house! <BR> I slept in, did not get on the treadmill once, and ate several really bad things (hershey kisses being the big offender). <BR> I lazed around in a chair almost ALL day and read a book from cover to cover. <BR> It was lovely! <BR> But....reality comes crashing back in. <BR> I got... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 08:32:37 EST Nothing Tastes as Good as BLAH BLAH BLAH! There is this saying that I keep seeing on other people's pages and blogs. Nothing tastes as good as thin feels. <BR> That I guess might be true, but when you DO NOT know what thin feels like the words are completely hollow and totally empty of value. <BR> I have been walking and exercising for 1 month now. I do feel better, my clothes feel a bit better, and I sleep easier at night. But...... <BR> I live in a world where instant gratification is the norm, so why am I not a size 10 yet. <B... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 08:41:12 EST Can Flying Pigs Smack the crap out of the Obesity Monster? My skinny and very fit cousin invited me to run in the Flying Pig Marathon in May. I had a little chuckle over that. Is she insane? Heck I have been huge for 22 years, how am I going to make it in a marathon? But with my NEW way of talking to myself, I took a deep breath and told myself that I am turning a corner. I have not missed a day on the treadmill. Some days I even jog a bit. <BR> <BR> Crazy as it sounds, I signed up for the 10K (that is 6 miles right?). I can do 6 miles a da... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 08:27:16 EST I have a new life "THEME" song! I have decided that I have a new life "THEME" song. It is Someday by No More Kings. It is truly appropriate for what I am living right now. <BR> I have stopped talking crap about myself, and only saying good things. <BR> I am looking around me everyday and saying appreciative things about how I look and feel. How I appreciate the fact that I can do the 1000 pieces of laundry at home instead of lugging them to a laundry mat (the old me would have bitched a blue streak about finding yet AN... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 08:38:35 EST Three Weeks In And Feelin Fine! I am feeling soooo good about myself! I have stuck with this for three whole weeks! I have been walking on my treadmill for 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the evening. Sometimes I even jog, and this morning I felt so good I all out ran for a bit! I was hit with violent vomiting flu 3 days in to my commitment and I was off my feet for several days, but I got right back to it and have been on track. I have been using my total gym every other day, but not as consistantly since it is in... Mon, 19 Jan 2009 13:01:23 EST