JENNIFER994's SparkPeople Blog JENNIFER994's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Tough Week Had the in-laws driving me crazy, they've been all over us all week. She's been bringing by cookies, pies, and candy all week. Luckily, I've been strong and have not eaten them, and I've mostly thrown them away. It's just been busy with the kids, and I'm suffering from fall allergies, and menopausal tiredness and hot flashes. Also have had issues with 14 year old son. <BR> <BR> Luckily, I have done well with eating on all but one day. I've also gotten lots of exercise. Fri, 25 Sep 2009 19:11:25 EST 2.5 weeks later... .... I'm feeling much better. Can you tell I was PMS in my last blog? I've also switched to some different meds, as my previous meds had significant weight gain and appetite stimulant side effects. I was so hungry, it was a major struggle just to keep my calories at 1800 daily, and some days I'd be so hungry I'd eat well over 2000. <BR> <BR> I did the Wii fit today, for 65 minutes: 45 of cardio, and 20 of strength. I'm hoping to go for a bicycle ride tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I've also ma... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 21:28:18 EST Feeling Resentful and Tired At times I resent being female. Everyone expects you to take care of them, but they don't give anything back, except my husband, thank God. I can understand this with my kids, who are 7 and 14, that's how kids are. But, my grown extended family is this way, also. I need to learn to tell them to go to He** in so many words, not literally, but just to not care what they think of me, and set boundaries and limits. I'm really annoyed that my older sister is coming in town, they have always p... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 11:59:29 EST Laid Back Day Just like I like it, laid back. I'm not at all the type of person who can run, run, run all the time. It's just so hard to post because my husband and kids interrupt me constantly. <BR> <BR> I made some homemade sourdough rolls, and they came out really good. My husband came up with a recipe for marinated pork tenderloin medallions, and it was delicious. So I stayed in my calorie range, although it was at the high end. It's hot, and very humid today, so I hope to go for a walk this ev... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 19:09:50 EST Going to Get Better Ok, in my steely determination, I'm not going to repeat the mistakes last week. No more relying on unreliable people, and I need to plan my own activities better in advance. My friend who is so unreliable, her husband asked my husband, who is a pharmacist for prescription pain killers. They have asked for this before, and I'd already told them "no!". They know that my husband could lose his liscense to practice pharmacy, and it would ruin our entire family. <BR> <BR> We need to distanc... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 13:21:13 EST Another Bad Day My day went to h*** in a handbag yesterday, for various reasons I won't go into, mostly having to do with a very unreliable friend. I won't make plans with her anymore. I really hope to have a better day today. I've had several bad days in a row here, and I'm trying to learn a lesson from each one, so that I have fewer bad days in the future. Lesson one: plan day trips and pack for them a day in advance. Lesson two: don't make plans and wait for unreliable people. <BR> <BR> Today will be a ... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 11:21:59 EST A Little Better Yesterday I did a little better yesterday. My husband and I went out to eat, and I ordered a spinach cheese calzone. At the time of ordering, I asked for a to go box right away when my food came, so I could put half of it in the box and set it away from me. (I learned this little trick at Weight Watchers). She neglected to do this, so I asked one of the other waiters, and they brought it. So I'm proud of myself for only eating half! <BR> <BR> However I was hungry later, and had some ritz cracke... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 11:32:31 EST Rough Day I had a pretty rough day yesterday, several major disappointments and frustrations. So, I went out to Murdoch Perk Cafe, had some chocolate cheesecake, and did a detailed drawing of the outdoor patio with the umbrellas, steps, gate, and lots of chairs. It's great drawing practise. I'm hoping to go back and add color with colored pencils soon. I'm just glad I didn't stay home and take it out on my family. <BR> <BR> Today is a new day, and it's been much better. I'm back on the wagon ag... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:10:58 EST Tired, but OK I sleep very poorly last night, so I was very tired today, which sucks, cuz my husband worked all day, and I have 2 very active boys to keep busy. I made them play outside in the yard for an hour this afternoon, and napped and rested for a while. <BR> <BR> I did pretty well with food. I stayed in my calorie range. Tue, 28 Jul 2009 19:25:14 EST Good Day, July 27 Today was a good day. I have more energy these days than I've had in a very long time. I attribute this to 2 things: cutting out stress, and exercising almost every day. I'm so glad I've finally gotten to the point where I don't feel I have to work outside the home to prove myself. Mon, 27 Jul 2009 19:32:46 EST July 26, on a roll I'm on a roll of eating decently and exercising a lot. I really do have more energy when I exercise regularly, which for me is 4-6 times per week. I just did a bike ride on Grant's Trail in St. Louis. I rode 10 miles in 50 minutes, and burned 600 calories, according to the fitness tracker here. Another good bike trail that goes right by my house is the River Des Peres Greenway, which was just expanded to run east along Germania from Morganford and Germania. I really hope that eventually ... Sun, 26 Jul 2009 21:21:39 EST July 24 Today I spent the whole day taking the boys fishing at Maramec Springs. It is hard for me to eat the way I eat at home, since we are on the go. For breakfast, I had pancakes, bacon, and a small egg, and oj. For lunch, I had a bag of chips, and for supper I had a 6" subway from Subway. I had approximately 2000 calories, so I wasn't on my diet, but I didn't eat too much either, even though the food wasn't healthy, other than supper. <BR> <BR> It was a rather rough day, as both boys were ... Fri, 24 Jul 2009 21:36:50 EST July 23 I feel that I've made a big step forward these past 3 days. Yesterday I had a very rought day, and I actually didn't binge over it. This is the grace of God at work. For breakfast, I had a peach, pear slices, and granola. For lunch, I had a salad and 2 1/2 large slices of pepperoni pizza. For supper, I had a fruit smoothie. I only went over my calorie range by less than 100. I'm very proud of myself, and today is going to be a better day. Thu, 23 Jul 2009 12:10:35 EST July 22 I've been doing well on my healthy living program. I've stayed in my calorie range the past several days, and exercising. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had eggs with ham and a Fiber One pop tart, chili cup and fries, and then shrimp salad made with fresh veggies and multigrain pasta. I also did a good workout at the gym. <BR> <BR> The calorie differential feature is a major new discovery for me; I figured out that I was cheating so often, it was nullifying the days that I did well. I'm goin... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 10:42:18 EST Triumph I'm so pround of myself. Last night, I thought I was hungry, and was craving ritz crackers with cheese, even though I was already at the upper limit of my calorie range. I didn't give in, and soon after, the craving stopped, so apparently it wasn't physical hunger. <BR> <BR> Today, I'm going to the gym. I need to do some things around the house. Tue, 21 Jul 2009 10:06:15 EST Later in the Day... OK, it's still July 20th, but I've used up all my calories for today, and I'm feeling hungry. I don't know if I should just ignore it, or go have a light snack. I'll just take things a moment at a time. <BR> <BR> I know that food and sweets are an addiction for me, and I'm not always rational when it comes to food. Some days, I'm in this mode of being good, eating healthy, not overeating. Other days, I just have the feeling of "I don't care", and I just eat and eat. Mon, 20 Jul 2009 21:44:20 EST My first ever blog I'm not much of a writer, but I very much need to find a way to stick to my healthy eating and exercise plan. I have a life like a rollercoaster, and I tend to binge eat when stressed. <BR> <BR> Last night, at Andrew's party, I binged on the cake and the ice cream. My idea is that next time, after the presents are opened, and after we all have one serving of cake and ice cream, I'll come upstairs and rest for a while, and read, or knit, so that I don't keep eating on the cake and ice cre... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 17:14:47 EST