KATFOSTER11's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KATFOSTER11 KATFOSTER11's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Guys like Norman Reedus don't date chicks like me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579084 <em>411</em> 2013 was an unproductive year in my health, but very productive in life. (I did quit my secret habit of smoking- so Yay Me!) I have been divorced for over a year with my ex living 6 hours away. I have grown accustomed to working full time and single motherhood and take it all head on 24-7. I worked hard on my credit score and bought a house. I have completed insane projects at work. My kids are happy and healthy. So it has been a very successful year. <BR> <BR> I did lo... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 08:52:31 EST New Year, New Goals, New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187892 Can't say that I am not disappointed in myself. To go from 220 lbs to 168....and then back to 200 lbs. over the last year or 2 is very sad. <BR> <BR> Truth is... My life has changed drastically in the last year and a half. I have gone from being married to being a divorced single mom. Where I used to have help, I am now alone. Free Time is very hard to find. Now, I am not making excuses. I fell into a trap and forgot that I had the strength to get out of it. <BR> <BR> How cliche to s... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 10:20:34 EST Being Honest...Looking for Answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974106 My last few blogs have been 'Blah'. Had I lost motivation or had I really just lost a part of me? <BR> <BR> I tried to rally myself through my blogs and now it's time to face the music. Today as I sit here and contemplate the fact that I have to move my weight ticker the opposite way, I am frustrated with myself. <BR> <BR> WTF? As a single mom now, I should be excited at the prospects of the rest of my life. I should be living life instead of watching it go by....or rather falling into ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:28:33 EST What To Do When Life Gets In The Way... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921193 So of my 60 or so lbs. lost, I have gained back 28. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> I have continued healthier eating...but I slacked on the one thing that I know helps me mentally and physically. I haven't really been to the gym in months. I am disappointed in myself. There's no way around it. <BR> <BR> I have been a single mom to my 2 beautiful kids for the last year now. I wouldn't change a thing. (Well Almost...) I have run errands at lunch, rather than going to the gym because it has be... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 08:16:25 EST The Quest for Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796978 Wow. It's really been 4 months since my last blog. <BR> <BR> I can honestly say I have been living my life in that time making excuses. Now that I am a single, working mom with no family nearby, I see first hand how precious any time is. <BR> <BR> Here is where I let myself down in the last several months: <BR> <BR> - I have spent hours at work and running home at lunchtime to clean....instead of going to the gym at lunch. <BR> <BR> - I stopped weighing my portions and counting my calo... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 14:40:06 EST Knowing the Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4606123 I am struggling to re-find my spark. I have gained 15 lbs since my soon-to-be ex husband moved out of state. I haqve somehow convinced myself that everything else is more important than me going to the gym. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to be super-mom and neglecting myself. <BR> <BR> Here's my problem....I KNOW WHAT I NEED TO DO...but for some stupid reason or another I haven't. <BR> <BR> Drinking water makes me feel great....but I'm going to have another coffee becuase I need the energy... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:01:30 EST Need This Now More Than Ever... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4528093 It's no secret that I had lost my Spark since about May. That's about 5 months of half-assing everything. <BR> <BR> Let me rephrase that... half-assing everything that comes to focusing on myself and my well being. I have given 110% to becoming a great single mom 24/7. I have not slowed down or given up. I am looking forward to my future are a single mom, in fact! <BR> <BR> But in this transistion, I lost my focus and my drive. I have now offically gained 10 lbs. back. It's not due to... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 09:34:31 EST Life Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4454138 I'm going to apologize right off the bat with this blog....It's going to be scattered and possibly confusing....kind of like my life right now. (and probably some of yours...) <BR> <BR> So a lot has changed for me since July. After our family trip to Maine with all of my in laws, my husband went back down to FL to house sit for his folks place. He was doing this every 2 weeks. This time he stayed down there from the 2nd week of July to...well still there. <BR> <BR> About 2 weeks ago we ... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 09:21:43 EST Ok, Let's be Honest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4369559 It's times like these were I need to be honest with myself and take accountability for my actions. <BR> <BR> I gained 7lbs since May 13th. And here's why: <BR> <BR> 1- I was not tracking my food <BR> 2- I have not been to the gym <BR> 3- I made excuses. (I am making good choices. we are going on vacation. I will jump right back in.) <BR> <BR> Well, I know I made much better choices over the last 2 months than I would have over a year ago. I went running while on vacation and was able... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 08:51:50 EST Where the Heck Have I Been?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4248395 Well, My 35th Birthday and predicted apocalypse passed without incident and I really am still here. <BR> <BR> May has NOT been my strongest month. I have slacked. I haven' t been to the gym in 2 weeks and I have not replaced the battery on my food scale in about the same amount of time. Slacker. <BR> <BR> My hubby will be out out of town 2 weeks a month through September (including now). Not a huge deal. But, the kids are keeping me ridiculously busy on top of my full time job. I sort... Sun, 22 May 2011 08:41:19 EST I Missed My 1 Year Sparkaversary! (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4171368 This would sound like a sad thing, wouldn't it? <BR> <BR> Well, actually when I realized this morning that I missed my 1 year anniversary with Spark, I was HAPPY! Yup, slightly overjoyed. <BR> <BR> By now, you probably think I am crazy or have given up on my goals. <BR> <BR> NOT AT ALL!! <BR> <BR> I am happy because in this last year, I have completely changed my habits. This has become my life. I missed my sparkaversary, because eating healthy, exercising, drinking my water and tracki... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 09:19:01 EST A Quick Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4157367 Just wanted to get a quick 'Hello' to everyone! <BR> <BR> Things are crazy busy with work and family. All good things. My hubby is loving his new job and my job has become even more demanding. Kids are doing well. and we are ready for Spring! I am still on Spark every day and I am still tracking...and reading. <BR> <BR> I FINALLY LOST A POUND! I am hoping that the 3+ month plateau is over and maybe I'll be back to be discipline that I used to have. I am coming up on my one year spar... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 08:58:53 EST Starting Over/Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4089883 So, If I am going to be honest to myself, I have to admit out loud (or via blog) that haven't worked as hard on weight loss since the Christmas holiday. Now, here we are in mid March. Luckily, I have stayed on Sparkpeople. It has kept me honest. I have not really gained. <BR> <BR> My Hubby starts his new job (working from home) today. This means no more running home at lunch to do dishes or laundry. I have to treat the house as his office from 9 to 5pm. It's only fair. The fantasti... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 07:37:29 EST Shaking Nerves...and Good Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4059621 I'm sure you might have seen from my updated status that my husband is up for a job that is perfect for him. He was laid off 2 years ago, so this could mean more to us than anything right now. My nerves are frazzled waiting for his 10:30am interview and the wait after that to see if he gets hired. We are having a 39th Birthday Party for him Saturday, so it would be nice to be able to celebrate a new job too. Fingers, toes and eyes are crossed over here. <BR> <BR> It's been a crazy week.... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 08:01:27 EST Willpower!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4043521 Ever have the willpower to NOT do something?? <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my department at work was taken out to lunch to a fabulous Greek Restaurant. I did order the lamb souvlaki- but opted for a side of asparagus rather than french fries. The fries looked amazing...but I opted out- mainly because I was missing my lunchtime gym adventure by going out to lunch. <BR> <BR> As the day went on, I actually did not log the rest of my food for the day, but I got my water in and still ate very healthy.... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 07:59:58 EST Sunshine and 70 Degrees... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4034699 Aside from the fact that today is a Monday....I don't seem to have a case of the Mondays. WooHoo! <BR> <BR> I just made a decision. I am NOT going to the gym today! <BR> WAIT WAIT WAIT....before you start wondering why I am skipping out on exercise or falling into old habits, please keep reading. <BR> <BR> I am going running outside instead! It is way to beautiful out and I need some Vitamin D! <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> Going through my head...I wonder if I am going to work as hard runni... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 09:55:13 EST Short, Sweet and Simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4007377 The sunshine was beautiful and rather than hitting the gym, I decided to go for a walk. The route that I began walking by my office 10 months ago, used to seem impossible...in fact, when I first started walking at 220lbs., the route was MUCH shorter. <BR> <BR> Today as I blasted my iPod and walked quickly with purpose, the same path I have walked numerous times, seemed to have magically changed!? <BR> <BR> Wait...I was halfway through the whole route in 11 minutes?! Uh, next thing I know, ... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 16:22:55 EST Small Victories... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3977623 I did not want to go to the gym at lunch today. Wait...let me say that again.... <BR> I DID NOT WANT TO GO TO THE GYM AT LUNCH TODAY!!! <BR> <BR> Somehow, I am not even sure how it happened...I got to the bathroom, changed into my workout gear, walked to the gym, walked up a flight of stairs and got on the treadmill. <BR> <em>188</em> <BR> There must've been a guardian angel, higher power or small fairie sprite moving me along. It was natural and as if my brain had turned off and refus... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:03:04 EST What Happened?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3946471 Ok, so here it is... <BR> <BR> Since the holidays, I seem to have misplaced my motivation. I skipped a gym visit one day the last 2 weeks. I haven't been tracking the small handfuls of goldfish crackers that I sneak when I make my kids' lunch. Maybe I am sitting on my motivation... <BR> <BR> I haven't really gained...but I haven't lost either. I have got to shake this up and get back on schedule! I am so close to my original goal weight and closer to thinking about a new one. I am si... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 07:46:31 EST 11 Commitments for 2011- Pics Included http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3884462 I am starting 2011 of a little differently this year...no resolutions...But I am going to make some commitments to myself. <BR> <BR> This is Me: <BR> <BR> 2006/2007: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l823066968.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2008- (early) 2010: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l193942747.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's where I am going in 2011: <BR> <BR> 1. LOSING 30 – 35 LBS. <BR> • I lost over 5o lbs in 2010- So there should be no reason that I c... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 13:55:46 EST 10 Years Ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3821173 I remember vividly living in Los Angeles and my mom coming to visit me for the first time. I was loving LA! I was working in the music industry and everything was fun. Time of My Life!! <BR> <BR> When mom came to visit, I had to take her to all of the touristy places. I lived in Hollywood so we had to do the whole Hollywood blvd thing. I distinctly remember going to Ripley's believe it or not on Hollywood Blvd. There was this giant scale...you know, step on and we'll flash your weight ... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 08:41:38 EST What I Am Thankful For (2010) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3803936 2010 has been a roller coaster year...some good and some not as good. There have been many changes in my life that have led me to where I am now. I have to say, with all of the insanity, 2010 ha been a pretty good year. <BR> <BR> Reflecting on things...Here are the 10 things I am most thankful for: <BR> <BR> 10. Another great year working for a company (and co-workers) that I truly love! We all go to the gym together at lunch, play wiffleball together and even go to the batting cages- ho... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 14:19:24 EST If you HAVE to have Halloween Candy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3751569 I am avoiding it as much as possible, but while filling the Candy bowl for tonight, I learned a few tidbits.... <BR> <em>421</em> <BR> Laffy Taffy- Only 30 calories per piece (Halloween treat size) <BR> Pixie Sticks- 60 calories for 7 sticks! <BR> <BR> Both are fat free. So I guess if the temptation becomes too much...lean towards the fat free empty sugar calories rather than the fatty yummy butterfingers, snickers, etc. <BR> <em>423</em> <BR> Did you know there are more calories in a N... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 10:42:51 EST Website...with a disclaimer (LOL) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3743634 DISCLAIMER: This is ABSOLUTELY NOT an advertisement. This is just me sharing more of my life with you guys. I have blogged about my husband previously and what he does, so figured I would share his new updated site with my spark friends whom I have gotten to know so well over the last 6 months... We share a bit our of lives each day. It really adds something to my life. I hope I can add to yours in some way with my rambling. <BR> <em>268</em> <BR> Now, because I am very proud of my Hu... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 10:22:56 EST Plateau?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3732486 <em>198</em> I'm Stuck. I've been stuck for what seems like 2 weeks now. 49 lbs gone and I cannot seem to hit the elusive 50 lbs. gone. Oh how I am looking forward to seeing 170 on my scale and my wii. <BR> <BR> I signed up for a great Spark Group to lose 10lbs by Halloween. I started at 173 at the beginning of the month and I have been hitting the gym, tracking on the low end of my calorie range and drinking my water. I shook it up a couple days on the higher end to see if I could unst... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 08:04:35 EST Inspiration? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3723889 The reality of my weight loss is deep, round. mmmm...ok, maybe no so much deep as possibly becoming slightly selfish. (I think I am finding a trend to my last couple of blogs...lol) <BR> <BR> Yup- I am 34 and look older than I am. When I began this journey in April I weighed 220 lbs. I was uninspired. I was in a rut. This was my daily cycle: Kids, Work, Kids/husband, TV, bed. I was getting sick more frequently. I had no desire to take the kids to the park or to do anything active. ... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 16:34:05 EST It's All About the Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3707974 I am just getting back from my lunch time gym visit. My company got us the discount membership only 2 weeks ago, but, oh, how happy am I to have the opportunity to run (literally run) over to the gym, work out, run back and get through the rest of my day. Today it got me thinking...(Seriously once you get past me giving you my daily timeline, this might get interesting...) <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> My day starts when I wake up at 5am. <em>102</em> I make a coffee, make & pack kids breakfas... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 14:22:03 EST New Goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3687128 This is not a poor me blog...I promise. <BR> <em>43</em> <BR> It's been a rough week. My daughter broke her elbow falling off some playground equipment at school on Tuesday. So far it was a"lucky fracture that should not need surgery. But they can't put a cast on her until next week- after all of swelling goes down. It has been the most helpless I have ever felt. Her tears and the pain have been heartbreaking. The pain meds seem to help- but I have found that when she is in pain, she... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 14:58:35 EST About time for another blog....(Long and Rambling) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3664786 I have just realized how awful I actually am about Blogging. I read all of yours and enjoy them so much that I sometimes assume that I might have nothing to say. <BR> <BR> I have been on my weight loss/lifestyle change journey now for 5 months and have lost 45lbs. How exciting is that?! I have gone from a size 20 to a size 16...almost a 14. Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> It is so refreshing. I am not depriving myself of anything...it's fully moderation and portion control- and exercise. I find my... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 11:28:47 EST Looking in the Mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3495206 For probably 8 to 10 years, I have not truly enjoyed looking in the mirror at myself. I know there are also not many pictures of me in that time period either. I was not happy with myself. In that time, I was trying to get my feet back on the ground again in my hometown after leaving Los Angeles to be with my family. I lost my father to cancer. <BR> <BR> I was lucky enough to meet my most wonderful, amazing husband in that era of my life. We moved to Vermont, got married, went on our h... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 13:25:00 EST Quiet Sunday Morning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3328858 Wow- Almost 7am on a Sunday morning (the day after my 6th wedding anniversary) and my kids are still asleep! I had time to do a few things this morning... including weigh-in. <BR> <BR> So far, this whole thing for me has been an amazing change. I have totally changed my whole mindset. <BR> <BR> As a family, we are dealing with some hard times while my husband tries to start his art business. I have complete and full faith in him. His work is astounding. But like with any other start up... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 07:12:13 EST Past the First Month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3231744 What a difference a month makes! <BR> <BR> I have made it through the first month of my "lifestyle change" (notice I did NOT say diet...) I have lost just over 11lbs so far. I couldn't be happier! <BR> <BR> I now find myself craving salads and vegetables. That is an entirely new concept. I never ate extremely badly- but my portions were definitely out of control. <BR> <BR> As a working mother of 2 I was struggling to find time to go to the gym. I was truly loving going to Zumba 2 nig... Sat, 15 May 2010 08:30:23 EST UGH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3149149 So I just typed this really long Blog about how I believe that beginning to eat healthy is alot like quitting smoking.... when I went to save - and the blogosphere lost the whole thing teling me no html....I didn't have any html formatting. <BR> <BR> So as I am now annoyed as I shared my innermost thoughts on my life today...I am only posting the last line I had... <BR> <BR> "I CAN DO THIS!!" Thu, 22 Apr 2010 13:48:18 EST One Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3139862 It's been a crazy week. Sticking to the new way of eating and enjoying it. Drinking my water and walking. Am really thrilled with everything. I lost just over 4lbs in this week! Great start. <BR> <BR> Had energy to clean the garage this weekend. I am already finding myself having more energy with the kids. I am keeping the momentum into week 2. <BR> <BR> I can do this. Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:14:50 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3122981 OK- Day 3 of tracking food and excercise....Day 4 of getting moving at lunch time. In my mid to late 20s I got fat. No way around it. Since then I got married and had 2 kids and have not been focused enough to lose the weight. <BR> <BR> I belonged to a gym... I did Zumba twice a week and cardio other days. But in all seriousness, I wasn't monitoring everything I ate. I bite of the kids dinner here, extra dessert there... Although I eat somewhat healthy, I wasn't losing any weight- I wa... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 13:05:40 EST