JPAMPY's SparkPeople Blog JPAMPY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Dec. 23 2013 WOW an unexpected death in the family has brought sadness. Christmas is just a day away and we had exciting plans for my mom and dad to come visit. Those plans have changed and we will not be with them for Christmas. They will be attending a funeral for my uncle. Sad that he died. Sad that my parents won't be with us for Christmas. Feeling blue already, from the wintertime. Feeling like just curling up and not doing anything. I don't feel like exercising, I just feel like crawling into bed, h... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:44:02 EST December 22, 2013 Looking forward to Christmas. We are having family here and I am looking forward to it. It will be fun. <BR> About 2.5 months ago I started a workout program from TeamBeachbody. I'm in the last of three phases. I haven't lost weight but I have gained muscle, strength and fitness. I think that is more important than weight loss. My clothes fit better and I feel more comfortable in them. I still have some work to do but I always will. I am planning on getting back into running as soon as I fin... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 20:49:27 EST Today December 4 2013 Today was a great day. Started off with homeschool. Looked at my calendar and saw it was National Cookie Day, so as fun cooking project, the kids and I made cookies. While we were waiting for the dough to harden in the fridge, we did a 20 minute workout. Then after lunch and during naptime, I did another 45 minute workout. I feel good and tired. Thought about taking a nap, but decided to SPARK instead. Going to have a cup of coffee and a snack here in a bit. I hope that you, whoever is readin... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 14:56:38 EST Day 2 of December Awe... today I am tired. I didn't want to exercise but I did... for 50 minutes!! The best thing I could ever do is push through these days when I just want to nap instead of exercise. I am so glad I did. I still feel tired but now I have my workout done for the day. Tomorrow is a rest day so I can nap tomorrow if I choose. Its great to have choices. I hate having a workout looming over my head. I feel even worse when I blow it off and don't do it. Ahhhh.... this is what success feels like. WO... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 15:30:08 EST After Thanksgiving Thanksgiving was a very enjoyable time this year. I didn't eat too much and I spent more time visiting and enjoying the company of my family than I did obsessing about food. I also completed ALL my scheduled workouts because I brought my workout DVD with me. First time ever that I have done that. I completed the second phase of my workout program and now have one more phase to complete, then I will be at a maintenance level. I can wear jeans that I haven't been able to wear and I like the way... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 21:12:47 EST Thursday Today is so much better than the last three. Starting to feel better about a lot of things. Children are not sick anymore and life seems to be evening out again... until next week. :-) Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:53:54 EST Tuesday Today feels like its going to be a LONG day. My child is still sick. I stayed with her in her room to make sure she had help if she needed it. She didnt go to sleep until an hour past her bedtime and then she got up at 0430. I can tell you that is NOT enough sleep for me. Then my other child got up shortly after at 0515. Fabulous!! Wonderful!! I'm running on very little sleep. My children are already demanding and suffocation me and I hadnt even had my coffee yet. GRRRRR.... As look at today ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:29:57 EST Monday I weighed in this morning. Not suprised at what I saw. The scale is going up. Today, I am giving my body a break. I have a 35 minute workout that I will do but as far as food, I'm keeping it minimal. I have been eating WAY too much. I am sabataging my own progress. I am going to make better choices today. Moment by moment. I need to really get my eating in control. That is the only issue now. I have been consistently exercising for the past two weeks. I see muscle where there wasnt any before... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 07:11:20 EST Restaurant disaster- 11-17-13 Our family tradition is to go out for lunch after church on Sunday. Today was no different. We chose to go to a pizza/ salad buffet. We arrived at about 11am. Got a table. My 3 year old started fussing and whinning and crying. Asked her what was wrong and she said she couldnt walk. Then said her tummy hurt, then said her head hurt. We were a little frustrated because she has a bad habit of complaining and so we were irritated. We tried to calm her but she just kept crying and whinning and wou... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:27:27 EST November 14, 2013 I have been away from sparkpeople for a while, but have been doing well. I started a new training program and have been doing it five days a week. I have recruited seven of my friends to help me stay accountable. Each day after I do my workout I will contact them via text message and tell them I have completed my workout. If I have not texted them by the time I should have my workout finished, they check in with me to make sure I do it. It has been working GREAT!! This is a something i havent... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:31:03 EST June 28, 2013 I am going to try again and again and again until I get it. I'm a Yo Yo dieter. I havent made the changes a lifestyle, only a temporary fix to lose weight. That is why I have gained and lost, gained and lost, gained and lost. Its a cycle. I'm just writing my thoughts about what comes next. I dont know how to come to terms with permanently giving up some of my favorite comforts. I will need to find other things to replace comfort foods. That is not going to be easy. I am thinking it is going t... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:33:16 EST Does it help? How? Fast break goals... does it really work to keep track of small, more attainable goals? I have made many, many, MANY fast break goals and have not kept up with tracking them or doing them for that matter. I have great intentions but when i am on SP, Im on for a short time and dont even think to track other goals. I may accomplish those goals for the day but dont even think to track them. I track food, exercise and weight. That is about it. I may surf SP and blog or reply on a message board. Ju... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 18:28:26 EST June 14, 2013 Mind over Body- a 10 step program to overcome emotional eating. I am at step 1- putting the 'I' back into my vocabulary. I need to start keeping track and journaling my emotions and situations where I start to eat when I am not hungry. I need to ask myself, what am I feeling? I already know that a lot of times I eat when I am not hungry because I am bored, frustrated, happy, tired, not feeling well. I eat mostly for the comfort of it. But after I eat, I feel guilty and find absolutely no comf... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 06:46:06 EST June 13, 2013 I was ready for bedtime. I was saying my night time prayers and then a thought, out of the blue occurred to me... EAT! I'm hungry... eat! It is 2100, I'm in bed. I'm tired. I already had more than my calorie intake for the day and my mind is telling me to eat. WHY? <BR> It got me thinking... what is the psychology behind emotional eating? Why do I emotionally eat? Why do I eat when I am not hungry? Why is food on my mind ALL the time? I exercise and yet I'm not losing weight. I eat healthy a... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 22:25:13 EST Never thought I could do it Last year when I started running, I thought a 5k was intimidating, not to mention, undoable for me. Well, I faced that intimidation and I ran a couple 5k. Didn't think I could run one in under 30 minutes. My first 5k was under 29 minutes. This year so far i have run two 5k races, both within 28 minutes. I never thought I could do it. But I did it anyway. Now, I am looking at a 10k race. Never thought I could do it. I have run 10 miles on the treadmill, three times and 10 miles on the road one... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:26:38 EST Eating 'clean' Eating clean means choosing to not eat things that are processed, high in fat, sodium, sugars and other unhealthy, un nutritional ingredients. It was my intention to start today. However, I had the morning to myself without the girls. So, DH and I went to breakfast at our local café. I made a good choice (Greek Omelet) but it was still high in calories and sodium. So for tomorrow, my plan of attack is to start out my day with an early morning run with a good friend of mine. We will run betwee... Fri, 31 May 2013 17:50:51 EST May 28, 2013 Today was a busy day!! We started out with family pictures. The girls did absolutely wonderfully!! They stole the show. I'm very excited to see the pics when they are ready. Last week I got in 17 miles... 10 mile run and a 7 mile run. This week isnt looking so good. I was supposed to run today but just did not have the time. We had pictures and then lunch and then I had to take my daughter to the doctor this afternoon. My husband works so I wasnt able to run this afternoon either. So, I am ke... Tue, 28 May 2013 18:38:10 EST April 27-May 1 2013 I'm back. My computer was plagued with viruses that wouldnt even let me get to the internet so I had to take it in to get it cleaned up. I havent sparked for a few days because I didnt have my computer. Now I am back and have a few exciting things to share. <BR> First: Saturday my DH and I ran our first 5k race of the year. It was AWESOME!! DH and I achieved new PRs!! Second: I went for a long slow run yesterday that turned out to be not so slow... for me anyway. I ran 7 miles at almost a 10... Wed, 1 May 2013 16:42:03 EST To train or not to train.... I posted a while ago in one of my blogs that I was training for a half marathon, but at that time had not found one I wanted to run. Well, I have finally found one I am planning on running in the fall.... Sept. to be exact. I am thinking of postponing my half marathon training schedule until the race gets closer. I have other 5k and 10k races planned. As far as seriously training for my half, I think I am going to stop where I am at now, keep running and pick up where I left off once my half ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:13:00 EST April 13, 2013 Last night I ran 10 miles on the treadmill instead of following my training program. I vowed to take saturday and sunday off from exercise. That won't be difficult considering I have a small painful glitch in my left hip. I dont think it is anything serious and the more I walk on it, the less pain I feel. I think as I was getting tired at around mile 5 or 6 I started changeing my gait a little and that magnified the issue. So, I have two days to recover and then resume my program on monday. ... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 16:00:17 EST April 11, 2013 Yesterday in my blog I was complaining that I was frustrated because of how I have been eating. Today I am doing MUCH better! Today I have been tracking everything and I completed my scheduled run and strength training for the day... not to mention that I kicked butt on my run today. I did run on the treadmill but I ran faster than I ever have and for a longer period of time. I am really excited about this. I guess I should know by now that there are always great days after the bad ones. WOO... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:07:36 EST Frustrated The past couple weeks have been so busy with birthdays and the Easter holiday. I ate and ate and ate. Well, now I am trying to find that discipline I used to have BEFORE I let myself indulge. Looking back, I see that two weeks ago I allowed the holidays to pull me into the ditch. Now I am spinning my wheels trying to get out. I start the day out well and then things take a tumble in the late after noon and evening. It isnt even that I am hungry. I eat when I am not hungry. I eat because I hav... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:20:16 EST April 9, 2013 I have been keeping up very well with my training. Sometimes I juggle my workouts; sometimes I run further distances than suggested on my training program. I find that I am improving without actually really trying to. The more I practice/run, the better I seem to get. Yesterday was supposed to be a stretching/strength training day, but I used it as a rest day. I like to do my strength training after my run. So, this week I start running longer distances. I have a 3.5 mile run and then i will ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 07:47:34 EST Day 4 Today my training program had a 3 mile run plus strength training scheduled. I ran 4.2 miles instead and will run the 3 miles + strength training for saturday. I swapped days. The run was nice. I kept up a 10 minute mile pace. Felt good. Sunny. Slight breeze and a couple hills. It was a really nice run. Now I plan on resting the rest of the night and tomorrow. Friday is a rest day for me. Then, I start in again on Saturday. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:02:26 EST Day 3 Today was a 2 mile run or cross training. This morning I did some heavy house cleaning including running up and down two sets of stairs over the course of an hour. Even though I could probably get by with using that as my cross training, I still would like to get some cardio kickboxing in. I really enjoy that. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:40:58 EST Day 2- half marathon training Today I am going to run three miles. I didnt do strength training yesterday as my schedule suggested, however, I did get 3 miles in with my friends and I stretched really well. Today I will do strength training after my run. I have a short full body strength training program in place already. <BR> Thank you everyone who has commented on my first blog about my half marathon training. I know I can count on your for encouragement and support when training gets tough. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!! Ju... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:34:26 EST Day 1- Half Marathon Training Today I start my training for the half marathon. My program starts mondays with strength and extra stretching. I will be running this afternoon with some friends. I think we will be running 3 miles. I will get my run in then stretch after that. I am thinking I may do my strength training this morning or during the day before my run. <BR> I will try to post every day for the next 12 weeks to let my sparkfriends know how my training is going. Please feel free to offer any encouragement and sup... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 07:25:54 EST March 18, 2013 Hello everyone! <BR> I wasnt around SP all weekend. My DH and I went away for the weekend. We bought new running shoes for the upcoming season. I also bought the Runners World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training and I am so glad I did. I am learning so much about running that I never knew before. I am also finding a TON of motivation to sign up for a half marathon. I am breaking in my new shoes on the treadmill and then I am really itching to get out on the road. We just got a TO... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:09:37 EST New healthy recipe Good morning all my wonderful Sparkfriends!! <BR> Yesterday my daughter wanted pancakes for dinner. Since I already had dinner planned, I thought I would make pancakes for breakfast. I am always striving to make our meals much more healthy and beneficial for our bodies. So, I took a plain pancake recipe from Betty Crocker and made it my own. My daughters and I LOVED them so I wanted to share the recipe with you. Make it your own!! <BR> I call them, "Blueberry Wheat Flaxseed Pancakes". <BR> I... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:27:14 EST March 12, 2013 Today was a good day. Not real stressful. Actually today was a very restful day. I am even planning on going to bed a little earlier. This afternoon, we volunteered at our daughter's school's fundraiser. They put on a rigatoni feed. We helped bus tables and clean up. Got some walking in and ate a delicious rigatoni dinner. Fun time helping out. Came home and was going to watch one of my favorite tv shows but saw it was a re-run so I decided to jump on the computer and Spark instead. Also, I a... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:34:56 EST A first for me... I have been running since last year. I ran three 5k races last year. All of which I really enjoyed. Then I got thinking, maybe I could do a 10k. So, I started running more miles to get the mileage in... not so worried about time, just the mileage. I havent entered a 10k race yet.. that is my goal for this year. But i have another goal.... a Half-Marathon before the end of 2013. 13.1 miles is intimidating to me. I'm a 5k runner, a recreational runner, a runner who runs for fun and health... n... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:07:32 EST Freebie Friday I started using the SP meal plan again since i had fallen way off track. I've been doing really well for the past couple days. Today we ate breakfast out and I ate homemade pizza for dinner. Even though I splurged, i still made good choices and stayed within my calorie limit. I thought I was going to go over and considered really making it a 'freebie friday'. Now I am glad I didnt. <BR> I ran 5 miles today after being off from running for seven days. It was tough the last two miles but it wa... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 20:32:03 EST 3-3-13 This morning went to church. I have been eating three healthy meals a day and trying not to snack in between meals. I tend to eat too much when I snack between meals. I had a yummy breakfast smoothie this morning and a very healthy and filling lunch. I have been running regularly and getting regular exercise when I'm not running. I dont really have much to <BR> report. Still the same weight. No gains. Doing well overall. I guess that is why I havent been blogging lately. I'm just keeping on.... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:14:01 EST oh man!!! :-( I really sabataged myself today. I ate 2799 calories. I didnt track and just ate whatever I wanted. I guess for eating whatever I wanted, that isnt really that bad. Nonetheless, I am better than this. I have more self discipline and love for myself. Old habits die hard and that is not an excuse. My plan of action for tomorrow so I dont mindlessly eat all day long like I did today is: 1- track all my meals/snacks/food before I eat them and 2- get my run in before I start my day. That is my pla... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:32:04 EST February 15, 2013 I had a wonderful Valentine's Day. I hope everyone else did as well. I went for a long walk in very cold weather and it was invigorating... once my face and toes thawed out. LOL Last night I ate very poorly, making good choices, but eating too much of everything I ate. Went over in calories and saw on the scale I am gaining again. My attitude: NO PROBLEM. Cut back, pull in the eating reigns. I have been exercising regularly. That is not lacking, which is good. So, today is a new day. Back on... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:31:21 EST Keep on going anyway Today I had great intentions of running a long run (6 miles). However, I bit off more than I could chew. I haven't done any exercise for a couple days nor have I run for much longer. Jumping in and thinking I was going to run fast and long was a HUGE mistake. I did however manage a 29 min 5k. Not my best time, however I will take it. :-) I felt awful the duration of my run. I started out running too fast and then things got worse. I got tired fast, I couldn't catch my breath and I started fe... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:36:37 EST February 3, 2013 Today is game day and I am rooting for the 49ers. <BR> On another note, I havent blogged in a couple days so I thought I would catch up. I ran 5 miles on the treadmill yesterday and felt great!! Today, however, my head feels a little 'off'. I hope I didnt get back to exercise too soon. It has been almost a week since my fall. My neck is feeling stiff, but that could be because when I run, I sometimes tense up. Anyway, taking it easy today even though I have strength training. I took a nap an... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 16:35:57 EST Jan. 28, 2013 Early this morning my 3 year old decided to get up and come into our room at 0330. I asked her what she was doing and she said she wanted to sleep with us. We haven't ever 'bedshared' with our children, so I brought her back upstairs to her room. Being groggy and still half asleep, I tucked her back in and went downstairs... and then I slipped and fell. I hit the back of my head on the step and I think I slid down the rest of the way... only a couple more steps. Since it was so early in the m... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:25:46 EST Jan. 24, 2013 It was another wonderful day at my house. I began my day with a nice hot cup of dark coffee. I love the really dark roast and some medium roast coffee. For the first time in a LONG time I was able to sleep in past 0600. My children didnt get up until around 0700. It was so great to be able to wake up on my own and not HAVE to get up to take care of children right away. I had my cup of coffee and tinkered around the house. Then I ran on the treadmill for almost an hour. I ran 5 miles at a fair... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:20:47 EST Jan. 23, 2013 Today was a good day. I was tired as I have two sick children home with upper respiratory colds. They were up a couple times in the night. Anyway, today would have been a workout day but I decided to take a day off and catch up on rest. I will make sure I exercise tomorrow. I need to get some running in this week before it's over. I plan on having a cup of black coffee and catching up on some much needed studying tonight. <BR> I have been contemplating homeschooling my children. I want them ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:38:32 EST Jan. 21, 2013 I wasn't here over the weekend. I didnt do any tracking. I did get a 2 mile run on the treadmill in. I spent the weekend away with a great friend of mine. We get away once a year to refresh from motherhood and marriage. It was a great weekend, cold, but great! I learned new ways of parenting my children in a Godly way instead of an ungodly way. <BR> Part of my 2013 goals were to be a more self controlled, honest person. Well, I honestly have not been a very inspiring mother this past year. 2... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:18:34 EST Jan. 18, 2013- My journey I have to say that the beginning of 2013 is proving to be a great start!! I have learned so much in the past couple years here on SP about living a healthy life. I am so grateful! I want to share what has happened over the last couple of years. Some of my Sparkfriends already know the ups and downs and backs and forths I've done while being here. I think I actually got it this time around. I fell off the weight loss wagon a few times and got back on, fell off, got back on. I never gave up no ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:11:55 EST I did it again!! Jan 17, 2013 AWESOME!! I am done eating for the day and I stayed within ALL of my daily required allotments. I am so happy!! I ate well! I have been doing well for a couple weeks. Last night I fell off the wagon again. We went to a chinese buffet. I started off really good with a lettuce salad with a little bit of ranch dressing to taste, about 3 oz baked salmon and green beans. After that, I let loose and I ate a bunch more food. Today I did well. Tomorrow I will exercise and eat well again. WOO HOO!!! I... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:02:14 EST Jan. 15, 2013 My plan of attack today is to make up for the calories I overate yesterday. I gave in to temptation and ate almost anything I wanted. Today, to get back on track, I am nixing all junk. I will be eating fruits and veggies. I started out my day with a smoothie consisting of fresh blackberries, frozen blueberries, half a banana and half cup skim milk. I plan on sipping on it until it is gone. I had a cup of coffee without creamer and I will be drinking plenty of water. I will post more later. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 08:33:35 EST Jan. 14, 2013 Today my plan to run changed to doing house cleaning. When my house is clean and smells good, for some reason I am at peace. LOL I cleaned up the house and then read my bible for a while. I am still washing rugs and place mats but they will be done soon. I will have clean place mats and bath rugs. AWESOME!! I will go pick up the children from school, make lunch for them and then it will be naptime... for everyone, me included. If I dont get enough sleep, I find that I want to eat more. Weird... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:56:56 EST Jan. 13, 2013 Visualization... does visualizing my goals really work? Sports psychologists say it does even if it seems silly. I think I am going to give it a try. Each day I am going to try to visualize my day in the areas of exercise and fitness. I am going to see myself make better food choices and run faster during my run. I'm going to see myself feeling good about the success of the day. I am going to recall what it feels like to be victorious over a craving. I'm going to see myself as strong, fast, p... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 16:05:41 EST Jan. 11, 2013 Today I almost resorted back to old coping habits of comfort eating. Thank Goodness my DH helped me realize that eating is not what I really wanted to do. <BR> All week, my child has been sick and I kept her from school. Finally, today I was looking forward to her and her sister going to school so I could have some much needed 'me' time. Well, unfortunately for me, our schools closed due to bad weather and icy roads. So, the girls are home again with me. I NEED A BREAK FROM BEING MOMMY!!! My... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:29:14 EST Jan. 10, 2013 Today was a beautiful day here. It was 35 degrees and sunny. I could have gone for a run, but I needed a rest day. So, I went for a nice walk. It was invigorating!! I have been utilizing the free trial of Sparkcoach and although I doubt I will subscribe, I am using what I m learning. Today was a good lesson. It was about night time eating. Which is why I am here blogging. I closed the kitchen after dinner and have not eaten anything since dinner ended at about 5pm. I am having a cup of coffee... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 20:07:25 EST January 8, 2013 Today was good. I feel I am doing well overall. I am exercising regularly by running and doing Turbo Jam workouts. My eating is good, although I went over my allotted calories for today. However, even though I went over, most of my calories were healthy calories. It was the popcorn, one cookie and cup of coffee with a tbls cream that sent me into the red zone. Otherwise, i would have been within my calories for today. I did get in a good, 3 mile run. Tomorrow my plan is to do some cardio with... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 22:06:20 EST Jan. 4, 2013 WOW!! I had an amazing day! I dropped the kids off at school and then went grocery shopping. I bought mostly fresh fruits and veggies. I stocked the house with things we needed. I made a healthy dinner of stir fried pork tenderloin with red onions, cauliflower and broccoli with low sodium soy sauce and brown rice. I tracked everything today. I was so busy today that I really didnt notice that I didnt over eat. I just finished checking my report for the day and I stayed within ALL of my daily ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 20:09:26 EST