JPONCIN's SparkPeople Blog JPONCIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Today I Will... Get on my bike. I have been putting it off all season and drowning in obligations. I can't wait to get out there! I have missed it. Sun, 11 Jun 2017 01:14:37 EST Happy 2017 Happy New Year! I’m ready to tackle this year and feel better healthwise. <BR> <BR> The first order of business is to get back to the gym. It will probably take a few weeks to get back in the habit, and I am planning to go back to ISU’s gym, because it’s close to my house, has everything I need, and is pretty affordable with my alum rate. I like that I can pay for an entire semester and then not think about it again until the summer semester. I’m especially excited to get back in the pool! T... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 17:07:50 EST Short-Term and Long-Term Goals This morning for my weigh-in, I am within 2 lbs. of my October 14 goal, woohoo! I am going down to SIUE to see my daughter for family weekend next month, and the whole family can't wait! My youngest, who is 9, especially can't wait; he was her little bud and he would go down to her room and she would read to him or do coloring pages or play Jenga with him, or she would take him out for a slushie. He has missed her so much. We set up FaceTime once or twice a week, but of course that's not the ... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:46:24 EST I Will Always Have to Work on This We are almost through our latest storm of my husband's unemployment; the last unemployment check made it to our account today, and next week we will both see our first paychecks. *Sigh of relief* <BR> <BR> We have a lot of bills to catch up on. <BR> <BR> I got some unexpected inspiration from my kids' pediatrician, who was quoted in an article in the local paper over the weekend! She is a huge advocate for healthy eating, and the article focused on the new AAP guidelines that say how bad a... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 11:04:29 EST GO! People can say whatever they want about Pokemon GO, but it has been fantastic for me this summer! <BR> <BR> #1. It has been a good escape from the unemployment stress we have faced this summer. <BR> <BR> #2. It has been fun to play side by side with my kids. <BR> <BR> #3. Hatching the eggs has been a great fitness tool for me! Each egg has to incubate for anywhere from 2-5 km of walking, in order to hatch. I have been working on hatching eggs, and getting out there walking again has been ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:55:27 EST Summer 2016 It has been a long summer and a very disappointing one. I haven't been able to do any of the organized bike rides I had planned, because my husband lost his job in June and we are currently on unemployment and eating food-pantry food. :( <BR> <BR> The good news is, he starts his NEW job at the end of the month, and he got an amazing opportunity to work at State Farm Corporate! We are excited about not having to move; he was looking for work in St. Louis, but not moving at all is even better... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 15:59:34 EST Still Holding Steady The past month, I have been so busy living my life that I've been just staying even and not gaining anything. I'm doing a great job of logging my food and water when I have time, not so great at staying away from snacks when I'm in between obligations. Bike riding has been slow going; usually when I wake up, I head straight into getting housework caught up or getting a jump on laundry or running a quick errand. <BR> <BR> My life: <BR> <BR> Living room. The living room is still torn apart be... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 08:50:32 EST Holding Steady It's been a busy past month where I have been working full-time substitute teaching, and my weight has been about the same, give or take a couple of pounds. I'm looking forward to next school year when all the start times are changing! I will have two at the middle school and they will have a much later start time! It will give me a chance to work out in the mornings again. I have had a very hard time getting back to the exercise habit since my foot surgery. <BR> <BR> School is almost out, ... Sun, 15 May 2016 22:04:58 EST Feeling Grumbly I'm home from my trip to Florida, and relieved to say that in the past couple weeks I haven't gained anything! I've been pretty much staying the same within a couple of pounds, in spite of my mother taking us out to eat as often as possible. I made us a nice balanced meal at home one night, and sandwiches the day we got into town; all our other dinners were in restaurants, which drives me crazy. <BR> <BR> My other kids, and my husband, were pretty jealous that I was going to Fla. for spring... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:16:36 EST Happy Leap Year! And Down 15 lbs. I had a coworker when I worked at Walgreens, whose wife gave birth to TWINS on Leap Year. Pretty amazing!!! <BR> <BR> Today I'm feeling really great! I just started a March Madness challenge with my Instagram group, and we are planning to stay in our calories with no cheat days for all of March. :) I'm down 15 for the year as of this morning, and I'm really happy with how I'm doing right now. I had 3 Oreos before bed last night, but still came in my calorie range. I used to eat an entire ROW... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 11:05:18 EST Down 12 lbs. This Year I really like that I weigh in twice a week, because it keeps me honest all week without getting fanatical and weighing in every day. I weigh in every Saturday morning with my group, and then I weigh in again Monday morning because I have always done that since I've been on MFP. I always did it because it kept me from blowing my weekends, and I am continuing to do it because it keeps me from binge-ing on Saturday after my weigh-in. ;) <BR> <BR> I set a goal for myself to exercise 3X weekly, a... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 22:28:46 EST Off to a Nice Start: What's Working This year, I'm down 7 lbs. from when we got home from our holiday vacation. I call that success so far! I'm eating really well and feeling very good. :) <BR> <BR> I think there are a couple things right now that are working out well for me. The biggest thing is that one of my Spark buddies invited me to join a small group on Instagram where we take pictures every day of everything we eat, complete with calories. We also weigh in once a week, and it has been #1. a great way to stay accountabl... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:18:18 EST Christmas Vacation 2015, 2016, and MUCH more Last night my husband, kids, and I rolled in from probably the worst Christmas road trip since we've been a family. I want to start by saying that I'm very ready to leave 2015 behind!!! <BR> <BR> Every year for Christmas, we plan a little getaway for our kids, and we make a big deal out of it. Last year, we went to one of those indoor water parks for a couple days. Other years, we make a big trip out of it. This year was a big trip to Ft. Myers FL, because my husband's cousin was getting mar... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 06:56:35 EST 6 Months Post Foot Surgery Update Today at last, some good news! I was discharged from wound care after 3 weeks of intense treatment of the incision that would not heal. The original incision was about 8 inches long, but there was an inch that wasn't responding to anything I was doing to get it healed. <BR> <BR> 8 weeks after surgery: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 6 months after surgery (today): <BR> <img src=" Mon, 7 Dec 2015 22:09:45 EST A Day of Hope For the past 5 months, I have been blogging about my foot surgery adventure; it hasn't been fun, that's for sure! But it definitely has tested me as a person in ways I never imagined possible. <BR> <BR> This morning, I went to my appointment at the wound-care center of the hospital in my town, and everything about my visit was unexpected. Here, an update on how I'm doing, both inside and out. <BR> <BR> I waited a long time, but once I got in the exam room with the nurse, I started getting ... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 19:05:27 EST After / Before Just to be crystal clear on the really horrible year I've had with this foot injury/surgery, I thought I would post before/after pics in a very different way than one would normally see on Spark. <BR> <BR> Before, in 2011, my first triathlon: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After, 2015 foot surgery: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 3 years of... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 21:20:05 EST I'm So Impatient Grrr. This week my foot doctor recommended that I go to a wound care center. It's been almost 5 months since foot surgery, and yes, the incision site is still open and draining. No infection, no smell, no pain, just very annoying that I'm going through a $6 box of gauze pads every week. <BR> <BR> Last week I got discharged from PT, which came as a surprise to me. I'm still sketchy on walking without shoes, but I think my husband's insurance wouldn't pay for any more sessions, so I kinda got ... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 21:49:32 EST Back to Work I get tons of questions from students about my knee scooter, and I hate telling everyone all the gross details. So I just say I had foot surgery, and move on to whatever they are working on in class. <BR> <BR> I love being back in a classroom with the kids! I've been in several rooms over the past couple weeks and I still like the big kids. They know how to use the bathroom, and you can have an intelligent conversation with them. :) <BR> <BR> I have 2 more PT visits! My therapist told me ... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 11:57:34 EST 16 Weeks After Foot Surgery Update Happy Weekend! It has been another exciting week of firsts. :) <BR> <BR> I started walking without my cane about 3 days ago. I have quite a limp, but going places without "health equipment" has been pretty liberating! Yesterday I spent the day at my daughter's HS, fitting tuxedos and dresses for orchestra kids, and it was my first time without my knee scooter. Then, I worked at the movie theater in the evening, which is a sitting job, but by the end of the evening I was exhausted! Parking in... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 17:08:00 EST First 5K Since... My running days are over forever, but I'm not upset about that because I can still bike and swim, and I really like doing those things more than running anyway! And I still have a bucket-list goal of doing triathlons as part of a relay team, so that way someone else is doing the running part. My family and I have talked about this for awhile, and the original idea started when my oldest daughter was taking swimming at school as part of her drivers-ed block (9 weeks of drivers-ed, and 9 weeks ... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 08:33:58 EST A Week of Firsts Happy Labor Day! We are spending it at the pool one last time before it closes for the season. I decided that next year, I won't be buying pool passes for most of my kids because they don't go enough, but I'm definitely getting one for myself! It is one of my favorite summer activities. I guess I have to face the fact that my kids are outgrowing it though. <BR> <BR> What a week it was! My PT has been going well, to the point that I traded in my crutches for a cane! There is this little offi... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 09:12:21 EST Dr Visit, Foot Pics, and More Today was my 3-month visit, and I was sure my doc was going to send me to a wound center to get this stupid oozing scab healed. But no, he was THRILLED with my progress! I can't believe it! He said he did a LOT to my foot, and especially since the incision busted open early on and I had that setback, he was expecting it to take a very long time to heal, and he wasn't the least bit surprised to see it still there. And admittedly, I've been taking pictures of it every week or two weeks, and the... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:58:41 EST 12 Weeks Post Op There's not much new to say today, but I am getting around more and more, and that's always a good thing! I'm going back to work next Friday and I'm excited to go back. I miss being out there in the world. I was at a meeting at my kids' HS yesterday, and the administrators were astounded that I spent 2 months off my feet this summer. Yes, I did! I really did! Hopefully never again, God willing!!! <BR> <BR> One thing I'm enjoying though, is the last of my morning time with my youngest. I fixe... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:42:10 EST Frustrating Stuff, Exciting Stuff So my physical therapist basically let me have it for doing too much, too soon. I'm back to letting the gym be for now, and just healing this foot. I didn't even log my food this past weekend, because I feel so defeated right now, and it seems so pointless. Anyway, I'm trying to just focus on one thing at a time, and while my weight isn't where I want it right now, the main thing has to be getting my foot healed. <BR> <BR> This past weekend was also another episode of me doing too much, and... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:29:25 EST The Bionic Foot I worked really hard at PT today, and this afternoon I'm laying around with ice on it. It's been an exciting week of being able to do more with it! But it's also been an exhausting week of pushing myself, and it's time for me to slow down and regroup. This week I started walking on it, I learned/figured out stairs, drove a car for the first time since surgery, made it to the gym to work out for the first time since surgery, and went out in public with the crutches for the first time. The crut... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:15:32 EST Y'All Will Get Sick of Hearing From Me This morning my daughter who suffers from insomnia drove me to the gym very early, like at 4:30. This past weekend I got my bike and trainer set up, and in the excitement of doing that, I didn't realize that in order to get on the bike, I need to put full weight on my foot, on the pedal, to mount. So, after several tries, I decided it would be easier to just go to the gym and use a recumbent bike, which I used in PT for the first time last Thursday. <BR> <BR> It was my first time back to th... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:44:56 EST Weight- Bearing...Yikes! At my last PT session, I started putting partial weight on my new foot, and it has been very WEIRD!!! I'm using a combination of parallel bars, crutches, and the kitchen counter, and I've never done anything so SCARY before. I am truly learning how to walk again. :( The doc changed my flat foot into one with an arch, so the first time I stepped on it, the therapist had me go from heel to toe to simulate walking...and it felt like there was no heel bone there!!! It feels really weird, and I... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 18:06:25 EST First Week of PT and Graphic Incision Pic ;) It's been a pretty exciting first week of PT! I met my therapist on Tuesday and I like her. She is about 10 years younger than me and has a baby and a toddler. She talks all about them during our sessions, which is great for two reasons; first, it keeps my mind off all the discomfort while she's moving my foot around!!! and second, it's nice to reminisce to the times my kids were that little. (Especially now that I have a HS senior this year...) <BR> <BR> Anyway, she gave me a bunch of exerc... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 09:23:19 EST Heart Disease It is rearing its ugly head again, this time with my dad. My dad is a pretty awesome guy. He is an engineer and can do complex mathematics in his head, on top of being pretty handy with home repairs. He has bailed my husband out many times over the years! (My husband has returned the favor by keeping my dad's computers running all these years) <BR> <BR> Anyway, my dad had a heart attack and a triple bypass in 2001, about 6 months before 9/11 happened. His life changed before those building... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:26:54 EST 6 Weeks Post Op Update Well I am still Non-Weight-Bearing for a couple more weeks. It has been a crap summer so far!!! Yesterday, I hit the emotional bottom after my 3rd fall, which happened as I was trying to sit on the toilet. No damage to my foot/incision, but my knee has a nice colorful bruise today. :/ It is humbling to have your 17-year old daughter come and rescue you while you have your pants down. :( <BR> <BR> I spent the rest of the day having a pity party, while my kids and husband miserably looked o... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 21:10:10 EST Post-Op Fear, Nausea, and Relief Well, I did it! It was terrifying, and I spent almost the entire week prior, trying to talk myself out of it. The one thing that kept me from running away was remembering why I was doing this in the first place. I have been hobbling around on a hurting foot for 3 years, and it was TIME. I am staying focused on getting my quality-of-life back next year! <BR> <BR> The surgery itself went well. The doctor was planning to make 2 incisions, but only had to make one, and he told my husband that ... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 15:30:08 EST Foot Surgery Countdown and More I went to my anesthesiologist appointment on Tuesday and found out that I can't have ibuprofen or Aleve from now until after my surgery, because of their blood-thinning properties. So yesterday, I worked all day on my feet without drugs. I thought I was gonna die!!!!! :( I didn't realize how much I have depended on pain meds to be able to walk every day. The good thing about it was that it made me really force myself to have a good day and log my food and make better choices. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 28 May 2015 07:58:48 EST Pulling it Together This morning at the gym, I finally weighed in and told myself it was time to get back in gear. I had a good swim after lifting weights, and I did a good job logging my food. I have been logging food for about 3 weeks, but I haven't been consistently "finishing" the days. I have a pretty supportive small group of friends on #MyFitnessPal that has been pretty encouraging, even when I screw up. <BR> <BR> By the way, it's interesting, the people you meet at the gym! Yesterday in the pool locker ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:15:42 EST Ash Wednesday Today is usually when I start starving myself in hopes of pulling my crap together. It is a time of sacrifice and reflection. But this year, I'm approaching things a little differently. Instead of focusing on giving something up, I'm simply giving more to others. It has been a very rewarding past couple of months, teaching the same kids every day and being in charge of this classroom. I love these kids, and I give them all I have, every day. It will be sad next month when I have to leave them... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:56:59 EST Monday I did a great job on my food today after a weekend of cheating. I'm so proud of myself for pulling it together! I also got on my bike and did 30 minutes, which was all I could stand; also my kids were coming home from school and there were backpacks and papers flying everywhere. <BR> <BR> I'm getting in a groove at school and getting used to the routine. I am exhausted though! Taking someone's maternity leave is great for job security, but the nice thing about just getting little one-day as... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:17:32 EST Winds of Change What a week it's been! My kids were off for snow days, and I got offered a long-term sub position! I'm teaching sophomore English until March for a paternity leave. I'm really enjoying it so far, but it is a little overwhelming!!! I am a trained science/math teacher, so teaching English, and at the HS level, is nothing like I've ever done before. But I'm doing well enough, looking at my students' quiz scores so far today. Next week the honors classes start Julius Caesar, so ask me again next ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 14:06:46 EST Hello, 2015! I don't know what it is about a New Year that makes people commit to a healthier lifestyle, but this year it is working for me. It was just the kick in the pants I needed. :) <BR> <BR> I have been fighting a cold for about a week and a half, and today I'm finally feeling better! I went to bed last night very achy; all of my joints ached, and I've been hacking up a lung since last Wednesday. This morning I didn't wake up until 6:30am, and it was that disoriented feeling of "Where am I? How l... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:18:08 EST Goodbye, 2014!!! This morning I put together a Google doc with some goals for my husband and myself, and a place for us to journal together about our progress/fails/wins. Instead of focusing on weight loss, we are just going to focus on one healthy habit every week. I have all of January set up and I want to see how it goes before I make more goals for February. Dan likes to say "Sure, let's do it! I'm ready! I want to!" And then he quits after a few days. <BR> <BR> Looking back on my year, it has not been a... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:13:40 EST Happy Holidays Today I did a great job staying in my calories. Finally! :) I have been working 3 jobs and loving every minute of it. I have the perfect jobs for me!!! But it has also been crazy hectic and I don't have time to cook like I used to. Today I put down my phone games and said No More Excuses, and I made a good healthy dinner after staying in my calories all day too. <BR> <BR> Also, I went for a walk early this morning. My foot still feels horrible, but I took 2 Aleve before I left the house, ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:59:37 EST Chill In the Air What a crappy November day. The temperature has bottomed out and it is miserable, windy, overcast, and COLD. I can see I will be plastering Neosporin and Bandaids all over my fingers and toes very soon! :/ <BR> <BR> However, I'm super excited about Christmas. I got some great books for my youngest 3 kids, and I can't wait for them to open them! :) :) :) <BR> <BR> My eating this week is very good. I joined a 6-week healthy eating challenge along with one of my choir buddies, and I didn't d... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:59:41 EST Film Scores This will be short because I'm on my way out the door, but I just wanted to say how much I like the channel my son put on my Pandora account! It is all film scores to stuff like Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Narnia, and more. I feel like a complete warrior at the gym whenever I listen to it. :) <BR> <BR> This morning I killed it! Burned 1500 calories! I needed the endorphins today for Halloween. I'm really worried about tonight. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:36:36 EST Warrior? Or Non-Warrior? This morning I dragged my sorry self that has been fighting a cold for the past 4 days, and has a migraine, to the gym for training. I got a half hour on the elliptical too, which totally kills my feet/ankles but I sucked it up and did it. Yesterday, I got 45 min. on the treadmill before hitting the pool for some laps. Not bad this week for a person who feels like I do!!! I just can't seem to get past this cold, and sleep doesn't seem to help either. I took 2 days off work this week so I coul... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:26:52 EST Taking a Deep Breath This morning during training, we talked about all the things I want to do to regroup. My weight has stayed pretty much the same since I started training, and I know it's because I'm constantly obsessing about food and going overboard after doing maybe a little TOO good, so then I feel deprived and eat like crazy. So she is planning to figure out my calorie needs, and I'm planning to make a few tweaks that will help me get back on track. <BR> <BR> 1. I'm increasing my water. I'm supposed to b... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:42:46 EST Not a Great Week...But Trying! It's been one of those weeks where I am questioning everything I'm doing and why I'm doing it. My food has been better, my exercise a little on the low side, but I'm doing my best in spite of being mentally exhausted. Every day this week, I have come home and pretty much collapsed before bedtime. Yesterday, I even had a good cry before taking a nap. :( <BR> <BR> I've been working in the same middle school I student-taught in last year, and it is a rough school at times. There are a lot of k... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:32:31 EST Personal Training I never considered myself the type to give in to personal training. It is expensive, and from what I've seen of it, it is basically some guy yelling at you to keep going. I'm pretty self-driven, so I don't really think it's necessary to hire someone to push me like that! <BR> <BR> That said, I finally conceded to giving it a try, and today was my first session. I stuck with a female trainer, because the dudes at the gym are head-to-toe muscle and tattoos, and that's just really not me. So th... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:27:20 EST Getting Back to it This past week, I've been working on getting my mojo back. I've been to the gym 4 days this week, marched in a Labor Day parade as a band mom watering thirsty kids, and eaten a lot better. I still had a dish of ice cream last night before bed, but my 4th grader got it for me and I taught him how much a serving is, so I didn't have too much. ;) <BR> <BR> I'm starting to find ways to really like the gym again, and that's good!!! I was at the same gym for so long, it has been hard to get used ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:56:55 EST Lemons It's been a crap summer but I'm doing my best under the circumstances. Next week I start Job #3, substitute teaching, in addition to doing child care at the local gym and selling tickets at the local historic movie theater. I kind of feel like I didn't really get a summer, it's been so busy and I've been working so much. I feel like I'm making up for all those lost years that I was home with my kids and didn't make any money. When everyone was little, I thought the days would never end. I wo... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:46:26 EST Sunday Morning Workout I love, love, LOVE having a gym that opens early on Sunday mornings!!! <BR> <BR> It is becoming one of my favorite routines and it is one of the best things about the gym I work at. This morning, I started a load of laundry, played a couple rounds of Ruzzle, then hit the grocery store for some spinach before getting to the gym right when they opened, and I was the first one in the pool for some laps. Driving there, I played some worship music and prayed, and all while at home, my entire fami... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:07:41 EST Miles of Smiles This morning I woke up at 4am, was out the door by 5:15 with all my gear, and then on the road with my bike by 6am for Miles of Smiles. I finished my 68-miler around lunchtime, and had a small plate of food before quietly leaving the party that was getting started by all the other cyclists. <BR> <BR> I will never forget my first MOS ride when I did the 103 miles. I didn't have a road bike, all I had was my hand-me-down commuter bike, and I didn't even own a pair of padded bike shorts. It was... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:53:41 EST Depend on Yourself This is a motto that has served me well over the years, and it would do me good to remember it as often as I can! <BR> <BR> I typed a blog the other day and posted it, and then I erased it. I felt like it was too negative, and I want to stay positive as much as I can. It was about my miserable 65-mile bike ride and how hot and long it was, and how nothing went right. But honestly, I rode my bike about 65 miles further than most people did that day, so there's nothing bad to be said about tha... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:56:58 EST