IMOFF2DLOONYBIN's SparkPeople Blog IMOFF2DLOONYBIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fitbit My place of employment is starting a fitness challenge on Monday, but you have to have a fitbit to participate fully (they gave out 50 free ones, but I wasn't at work at the time). So I ended up getting one off craigslist today. It's actually been pretty awesome. I can't wait to do this challenge with my coworkers. I think it will be good for me to have a group working towards a common goal. Also, there are prizes for the ones that walk the most. I don't know that I'll make it, but I'll try. ... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 00:33:02 EST Blog 4 - 3 day streak! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some of the tulips from Sunday. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was my 3rd day in a row getting out and walking. We took our "puppy" with us. She's the youngest and smallest. She's about 2 years old. That was hilarious. I thought she'd trip us at any moment. <BR> <BR> I didn't have fast food for lunch! Yay! Tonight when I made dinner I made enough for leftovers for tomorrow as well. Progress. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:34:54 EST Blog 3 - Goal for the next Month - Time Management Skills <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On Sunday I went to the local botanical gardens with my niece. We walked around for about an hour. Lots of fun and exercise! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> So I've realized lately my time management skills have kind of sucked. I keep not getting everything done that I need to, but it's not like my schedule is that jam packed. I only work 12-5. That's about all I "have" to do. I've been wasting so much time just sitting and w... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:19:33 EST New job and 30lbs down! Since last August when I had my tubal I've lost 30 lbs! To anyone who tries to say health and medication don't mean much in regards to weight, I say "suck it". Since dropping my psych meds I've stopped gaining weight, since stopping birth control I've lost the 30 lbs with just healthy eating and light exercise. It's awesome. <BR> <BR> I've decided now that I've made some of the food changes I wanted to make, it's time to up the exercise. Man do I hurt, lol. We have a large basement that we ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:22:32 EST Happy New Year (Blog 1 of the New Year) <img src=""> <BR> Puck <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wow, so long since I blogged. I've been doing a slow integration back to being healthier. It seems to be going well. After multiple foot surgeries, psych meds, birth control, and another surgery, I had gained quite a bit of weight. My foot has finally healed enough to exercise. In May I finally became stable enough that my doctor and I felt I could stop the psych meds and just visit regularly... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 03:30:51 EST It's been over a month! <img src=""> <BR> Twofus <BR> <BR> Well. It has been a crazy time since I last posted. I can't believe it's been over a month since my last post. I've had lots of family drama. I was sick and ended up in the hospital for 4 days. I'm finally starting to feel better. My gym finally opens back up tomorrow. I plan on being there. <BR> <BR> I'm back to tracking calories. Tomorrow I'm working on my sleep schedule. I didn't wake up today unt... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 16:55:34 EST Hoping <img src=""> <BR> The family at my family reunion. <BR> <BR> Today I have stayed in my calorie range. My mom and I went out to eat for lunch, but I only ate half my food so I ate the rest for dinner. I'm still within range right now, but I'll probably eat one more time before going to bed. I think I'll try to stick with watermelon and tomatoes. Maybe a mozzarella stick. <BR> <BR> I didn't do any actual work out today, but I did go wal... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:47:06 EST I took a walk. <img src=""> <BR> Katie and I on family vaca. <BR> <BR> I did horrible on calories today. I came in at 2,700 calories. That's unacceptable. I'm going to start tracking. I have to. I also need to start cooking food at home. I haven't been. It's time. <BR> <BR> Tonight I took the dogs for a walk. I walked for 45 minutes. I'm also about to put some time in on the Wii. I miss that thing. I'm finally able to do exercise. I'm trying to not ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 23:47:56 EST Today I'm going to be honest with myself and August goals <img src=""> <BR> The husband and I on vacation. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My mom, who took the picture, told me to point at something.... It did not turn out quite how she pictured it. <BR> <BR> Welp. Yesterday I got to start walking around the house without the boot on. All barefoot and fanciful. The main reason I'm barefoot is because none of my shoes have been worn the same... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 09:25:24 EST I went for a walk <img src=""> <BR> Some glass bowls I saw while on vacation. <BR> <BR> Last Friday I got my cast off and got a walking boot put on. I can take it off to sleep, but besides that it stays on this week. I'll slowly get to take it off more in the coming weeks. I went for a walk tonight with the dogs. It was nice to get out and exercise. It's been so long since I could do that. My foot doesn't hurt much, just on the heel which I figure is fro... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 22:30:04 EST I CAN WALK!!!!!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> My nephew's junior prom. I can't believe he's growing up so fast. Which is funny because it's not like I'm that much older than him. We're more like siblings. <BR> <BR> Guess what? I can start walking finally. I still have to use my knee walker if I'm going very far, but short distances I can walk. To say I'm excited is an understatement. I'm still in a cast for 1 week and 6 days (yes I'm counting down). <BR> <BR> We... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:30:44 EST Tornado and Tired <img src=""> <BR> My niece a while back while we were at my mom's old house. <BR> <BR> I don't think I ever said on here that my mom lost her house. Her house was hit by a tornado. It was the week after I had hurt my foot and I was in a boot right before foot surgery. I was staying with her because I could get around her house better. So my 4 dogs and I were staying with her. 15 minutes before the tornado hit my mom and I made the decisi... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:55:02 EST Bucket List Today I made a bucket list. I printed it off on pretty paper and stuck it in the back of my 3 ring binder where I can see it. I thought I'd also share it here. <BR> <BR> - Graduate from college <BR> - Move to Colorado <BR> - Become an Athletic Trainer <BR> - Get a tattoo <BR> - Take a photo everyday for a year <BR> - Take Katie (my niece) on her senior trip in 3 years <BR> - Go on a road trip <BR> - Go on a cruise <BR> - Take a trip to Canada <BR> - Take a trip to England <BR> - Go to the H... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:35:48 EST On the Job <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I started my new job. I'm actually working right now. It's only part-time work, no benefits, but I'm hoping when I graduate college in December it might be able to turn in to full time work. Hopefully. That or I'll keep working here and get another part-time job. I like my job so far. It's a whole lot of sitting and doing nothing. I'm lowest man on the totem pole and it means not a whole lot of responsibility... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:34:22 EST Foot injuries and new jobs. So the going to the gym thing went well for a couple weeks and then was fine for the weeks after that. Until May 24th. May 24th I took a nose dive off my front porch. I tore a ligament in my foot and had to have foot surgery. I haven't been able to walk since then. I haven't gained any weight, luckily, but I also haven't lost any. I still can't walk for another 2 weeks. Then it's still with a cast on and in 3.5 weeks I get my cast off and a walking boot on. At least once I get the walking boo... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:00:37 EST Going to the Gym <img src=""> <BR> Recent picture from my trip to Arizona. <BR> <BR> My mom and I went and got gym memberships! Woo! I've gone the last 2 days. Today I did 10 minutes on the treadmill (about half a mile) and 20 minutes on a recumbent bike (didn't check distance). I'm going to use netflix on my phone to help me get through working out. <BR> <BR> I went out and dropped the classes I needed to drop at college. I still get to walk the sta... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:21:43 EST Went for a Walk. <img src=""> <BR> My niece Katie and me. <BR> <BR> I took both sets of dogs for a walk today (there are 4 of them, you know). Pretty excited about that because I hate walking in the cold. My ears still hurt even though I covered them. <BR> <BR> I had dinner at the in-laws. I made sure to eat a salad before we went over. I still ate too much at their house. I'm a sucker for bread, which is why I don't keep it in my house. The baked pot... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:59:20 EST Planning Ahead <img src=""> <BR> Kita loves playing in the snow. <BR> <BR> So last night it struck me: my family reunion is in 4 months. I have 4 months to get it together and lose some weight. My extended family is... judgmental? Jerks? Other non desirable qualities. I'm the youngest so I get a lot of comments on my life, my decisions, my weight, etc. Ok, I also just need to be healthier, but it's still on my mind. <BR> <BR> My dreams of a treadmil... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 21:44:28 EST A little update <img src=""> <BR> Kita, aka Tree Dog, during a recent snow storm. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Me in the snow. I really like my red coat, but I've only been able to wear it 3ish times this year. Not really cold enough or outside enough to warrant a winter coat. <BR> <BR> Sleep is eluding me right now. I had pretty bad sleep last night and then woke up pretty early. I had been hopi... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 03:14:14 EST I'm Ready. It's been 4 months since I posted a blog. Most of November and December I was just super busy with my family because of the holidays. But January and February were just bad. I've been going through a major depressive episode for quite a while. I've been so out of everything. I was supposed to graduate in May, but I've had to drop some classes. So, alas, I'll be finishing in December (hopefully). Luckily (and this is a huge luckily here) I haven't gained any weight from this. I haven't lost an... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:21:08 EST Blog 47 - It's been a while <img src=""> <BR> This is helping me right now. <BR> <BR> I haven't been very talkative. Even as I type this I'm not sure what to say. I feel I need to update my blog, but I seem to be at a loss for words. I feel as though I'm in a slump in regards to weightloss, college, life, everything. I haven't been exercising and eating like I know I should. Trying to get back at it. I have been lurking about sparkpeople, just not talking. <BR> ... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:56:54 EST Blog 46 - Week 3 Cahllenge Check In <img src=""> <BR> Kita (aka lickmonster) and I <BR> <BR> Weekly Weigh Ins: <BR> Start Date: September 13th, 2012 <BR> Start Weight: 241 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 230 lbs <BR> Goal Date: October 22nd, 2012 <BR> Current Weight: 241 lbs <BR> Total Loss: Gained 3 lbs <BR> Pounds to go: 11 lbs <BR> <BR> I'm just about to start my monthly so I've bloated and held water. Maybe by next Sunday my weight will be down. <BR> <BR> Challenge check in: ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 17:09:51 EST Blog 45 - Not Very Talkative <img src=""> <BR> Twofus and I <BR> <BR> I missed checking in for the challenge this past weekend. I'll pick that back up on this Sunday. I kind of got bogged down by school. I had 3 papers due at the same time, 2 quizzes and some homework. It got a bit crazy. <BR> <BR> I think challenge wise the past week all I've done is kept up my fluids. I did exercise Tuesday and I'm about to exercise today. Hopefully I was just having an off wee... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 09:23:09 EST Blog 44 - Week 2 of my challenge <img src=""> <BR> Kita and Jill (mom). <BR> <BR> Weekly Weigh Ins: <BR> Start Date: September 13th, 2012 <BR> Start Weight: 241 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 230 lbs <BR> Goal Date: October 22nd, 2012 <BR> Current Weight: 238 lbs <BR> Total Loss: +1lb <BR> Pounds to go: 8 lbs <BR> <BR> Challenge check in: <BR> Exercise: I didn't get in that much exercise this week between not feeling good and just doing a lot of physically tiring things that ... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 13:58:13 EST Blog 43 - Kind of a down day <img src=""> <BR> Bek, Kita and Twofus' dad. <BR> <BR> I didn't get in any exercise today. I thought about it. Instead I went to lunch with my mom and her friend. Then I had to go to the vet with the oldest two dogs for vaccines. Then I took the youngest two to Petsmart to get out and see some people. Ok, and to buy Halloween costumes. I know. I know. I'm horrible. But I soooooo wanted to dress Twofus up as a cow and then I saw an aweso... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:29:54 EST Blog 42 - Something Feels Different <img src=""> <BR> Twofus and Kita <BR> <BR> Something about this time with sparkpeople feels different. I've actually made it a habit to drink more water (at least that is what it seems like). We're running out of water bottles way faster than normal (our town water is disgusting and when you try to do water filters they don't last more than a week, so we just do water bottles/jugs). When I went out to eat for lunch I knew it meant I'd h... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 21:13:25 EST Blog 41- Challenge Weigh In #1 <img src=""> <BR> Twofus. <BR> <BR> It's only been 3 days, but I did say I was going to weigh in on the weekends. I changed my weigh in day to Sundays though because I'm usually less busy on those days. I'm also going to set my mini goals on weigh in days. <BR> <BR> Weekly Weigh Ins: <BR> Start Date: September 13th, 2012 <BR> Start Weight: 241 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 230 lbs <BR> Goal Date: October 22nd, 2012 <BR> Current Weight: 237 lb... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 12:00:49 EST Blog 40 - Just Checking In So, for my Getting Back Into It Challenge I don't want to overwhelm myself, so this week my main goals are to increase my tracking of food and how much water I'm drinking. And just keep my other goals in my mind, but not specifically work on them. <BR> <BR> I had to go buy some exercise clothes today since I forgot to bring some with me. I had planned on working out in between classes since I had a 2 hour break today, but I haven't felt very good. Which probably has to do with the food I ch... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:30:43 EST Get Back Into It Challenge I've weighed in today and realized that since January of this year I haven't lost weight. I haven't gained any either, but I haven't lost any. I've been looking at myself and done a lot of thinking. I've come to some conclusions as to what the problems are. <BR> <BR> - I'm not exercising enough. I know part of this is because I haven't found anything I've enjoyed doing, but I'm hoping now that it's fall I can change that. <BR> <BR> - I've been eating out WAY too much. Like multiple times a... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 17:50:28 EST Blog 38 - Heh, whoops Ok, so it's been a month. Whoops. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My uncle and my mom at my cousin's wedding. <BR> <BR> What's that Amber, you're stuck on campus today for 13.5 hours and you even put one of those hours towards exercise! That's right. I've decided to add exercising to the days I am on campus. I'm pretty stoked. <BR> <BR> I've gotten in to photography as a job, not just a hobby. SO, I'm going to college full time and trying to ... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 17:10:13 EST Swim Swim Swim <img src=""> <BR> I miss Colorado, even though we were only there for a week I really enjoyed our time their. My husband and I were just better there, more active, better eaters, etc. I'm not 100% sure why, but we were. I liked the atmosphere there more. Anywho. <BR> <BR> So I've gone swimming two evenings in a row now. This weekend the husband and I decided that if our in-laws won't invite us over or let us have a key we'll just have t... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 22:20:48 EST Another Vacation Down I haven't uploaded pictures yet so no picture this time. <BR> <BR> I got another vacation over with. Went to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri for a week with my family (me, husband, oldest brother, his wife and 4 kids, middle brother, his wife and 2 kids, and my mom). I had a fun time. Enjoyed all the swimming. I should have weighed in this morning. I'm not sure if I'll see a huge gain because of everything I shouldn't have eaten, a loss because of all the exercise, or the same weight beca... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 14:39:42 EST Blog 35 - Wow, where did that rant come from? <img src=""> <BR> Another picture from the vacation I took in June. <BR> <BR> Well July 4th is coming. Yet another holiday I get to spend with the in-laws. I have an... interesting relationship with my in-laws. I say my in-laws. I mean my mother-in-law. I'm not one of those bash your MIL, all MIL are evil people, I in fact held on to foolish hopes that I'd have a good relationship with my MIL. One of the most important people in our liv... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 02:44:59 EST Blog 34 - Making better choices <img src=""> <BR> The view as we hiked at Mount Falcon while on vacation. <BR> <BR> Vacation was great. We made it home safely. It changed the husband and I while we were in Denver. We came home and since getting our paycheck we've gone and gotten a pack so we can go hiking and we went to the closest Whole Foods Market in the state (there are only 2 and this one is still 30 minutes away). I also went to the farmers market in town this m... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 01:34:37 EST Blog 33 - Vacation!!!!!!!!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> Some jellyfish I saw at the Denver Aquarium <BR> <BR> Well, my one year wedding anniversary vacation is well under way. The apartment we are staying in is very nice. VERY nice. The location is great because we're just maybe a half mile from downtown Denver. Saturday was the insanely long drive up here and then walking to get dinner. I feel healthier here already. Sunday we hit 16th street mall and Tattered Cover Book St... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:57:37 EST Blog 32 - So Ready to Leave! <img src=""> <BR> Deep in thought with my niece <BR> <BR> I leave for vacation in 1 week to Denver! I'm not looking forward to the 11 hours it will take to get there, but I'm still excited. We get an entire week of just being in Colorado for our 1 year wedding anniversary. We didn't get to take a honeymoon because my husband got a job last year at the same time as the wedding. So now, we are going for a week to stay in a condo. Excited! ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 15:15:09 EST Blog 31 - You get a new car, you get a new car, etc. <img src=""> <BR> My niece and I <BR> <BR> Well, my husband finally got a new car from his parents that was promised to us ages ago. The deal was, he got a new car if we waited to get married until he had a bachelors degree (his mothers way of trying to get him to leave me). Well, last May he got a degree and we got married in the month after. Finally got a new car. (No I don't expect parents to buy their kids cars or anything, that was ... Mon, 28 May 2012 23:02:27 EST Blog 30 - Sturfff <img src=""> <BR> Picture I took of my nephew and niece. <BR> <BR> I'm doing so much better on my food. AND SO MUCH BETTER ON MY WATER!!!!! Woo hoo! I dislike water so that is huge for me. I'm actually starting to like it again. Yesterday we went grocery shopping and I actually filled up my veggie/fruit drawers. Nothing went in to the freezer besides meat. I have armed myself with recipes from sparkpeople. I made some pizza tonight from... Sat, 26 May 2012 21:53:12 EST Blog 29 - I Wear My Sunglasses at Night. <img src=""> <BR> Myself and my niece, with awesome sunglasses. <BR> <BR> I feel I've been doing better lately. My food intake has improved vastly. Still not 100% where it needs to be, but I've quit eating so much fast food. My exercise has been increased as well. Saturday I had to move dirt and fill some holes in the backyard. Sunday I did housework for about 2 hours. Both made me work up a sweat. My niece has agreed to be my workout bu... Tue, 22 May 2012 20:16:23 EST Hello wagon, nice to see you again. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well. That was an insane month or so. Torn muscle, scoliosis, bi-polar type 2, someone at work got fired so I've been doing 2 jobs, and so on and so forth. <BR> <BR> My weight has gotten bad. As in I'm fast approaching my heaviest weight. I know why. I haven't been allowed much exercise the last month. When the chiropractor limits anything weighing more than a glass of tea for lifting and the orthopedic doctor sa... Tue, 8 May 2012 00:09:31 EST Blog 27 - Blah blah blah I'm feeling MUCH better today. Went to the chiropractor and it wasn't nearly as painful. I've done fairly well on my food intake today. Yay. I'm about to do my homework, not so yay. My goal for this evening is to finish my homework, grill some dinner, and take a walk. Also, take some pictures. Haven't used my camera in a while. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:37:43 EST Blog 26 - Sperm doesn't make a man a father (a very long rant) Bleugh I hate this. I have scoliosis in my lower back. Nothing horrible or anything, but for right now it hurts. Working with the chiropractor to relieve the pain. My limitations have made it hard to exercise or do much of anything really. And exercise helps with my depression and mood swings so those have gotten worse. April 26th I go to a psychiatrist, I'm hoping she'll be a good one who doesn't just care about my chemistry but my thoughts as well. I need someone who can give me drugs, but ... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 23:40:22 EST Blog 25 - Not Again. Mannnnnn. <img src=""> <BR> The husband, myself, niece, and nephew after a hockey game. <BR> <BR> Today I yet again tried to break my ankle. I went to the chiropractor today and as I filled out paperwork my foot went to sleep. When I got up to turn the paperwork over, I rolled my ankle. It HURT. Luckily my chiropractor is a small town one and his desk person was amazing. Got me an ice pack and helped me hobble to his office. My ankle is swollen, b... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 01:35:27 EST blog 24 - much better Yesterday got much better once I got out of the house. I went to work, then furniture shopping with my mom, dinner with my mom, and then a hockey game with the husband. Sooooo much fun. Today I am going to take Kita to her last puppy class and this evening I'm going to another hockey game. <BR> <BR> My weight this week is either a little up or the same. Which is to be expected, it is that T.O.M. Next Friday I will actually track my weight. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 12:25:17 EST blog 23 - need some joy Just feeling kind of bleugh this morning. Which I don't enjoy. I'm in the process of getting ready to head in to work for a few extra hours. I also need to do some homework for school. <BR> <BR> But I'm determined to not feel this way all day. So I'm about to get up, straighten my hair, put on some clothes for work, and head out there. I'm not even just blah about weight loss or anything, it's an entire day blah. Which is never fun, but usually easier to get out of. Fri, 9 Mar 2012 09:51:43 EST blog 22 - Car <img src=""> <BR> The compartment in my mom's new car where you can put your pop to keep it cold! I know! <BR> <BR> Since I got in the car wreck a month ago my mom needed a new car. It's pretty cool. My back is still hurting me. Which sucks. Tomorrow I'm calling the doctor again and we're setting up a x-ray to just check it out. <BR> <BR> Today was cold and rainy and I'll admit I didn't exercise. Kind of been a blah day. I'm noticing it... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 22:16:54 EST blog 21 - Smoothies are my BFF <img src=""> <BR> Saturday my niece had a soccer tournament and we head over early and stopped at the OKC botanical gardens and walked around for about 20 mins. <BR> <BR> I've started having smoothies for breakfast. Ones I make at home using my orange juice, fruit, yogurt, and then wheat germ, carnation breakfast, or whey protein. I keep it under 250 calories and high in protein and it actually keeps me full through to lunch, which is gr... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 16:54:41 EST blog 20 - <img src=""> <BR> My brother, his new wife, my 3 step-nieces, and my nephew. They got married yesterday. Only going to have an anniversary every 4 years, lol. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I tracked my food as best I could. I got the sparkpeople app and that is a big help. Man did I eat. I'm about to start my period and I have been starving. Doesn't matter how slow I eat, how much I eat, I'm just not feeling full or I do, but it starts again. This... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 10:48:17 EST blog 19 Wowsa. My body, it burns. Father in law took the husband and I to the fitness center at his work tonight. It's been a while since I got to actually go to a gym. I'm going to have to go a little easier until my back feels better. This is short and no picture since I'm on my phone. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 23:07:01 EST Blog 18 - Taxes and FAFSA <img src=""> <BR> Update on my goals for 2012: <BR> <BR> - Exercise 30 minutes 2x a week (AT LEAST) by using the Wii, walking the dogs, using weights, whatever <BR> I admit to not doing this as well as I need to be. Being sick for 2 weeks kind of ruined this habit. But today I walked around an outside mall and held my nephew. <BR> <BR> - Blog on sparkpeople 1x a week about goals and progress and setbakcs <BR> Here I ammmmm <BR> <BR> -... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 23:03:15 EST