KMVBBAM's SparkPeople Blog KMVBBAM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community To Begin Again After a long hiatus, my hope is to begin again, and it’s okay as long as the thought to be healthy is still in my mind! I want to look back at what I’ve written in these blogs and see progression in my mental and physical state as the past few years have had many distractions. In the past three years, we have spent more then a year out of three years in hospitals or rehabilitation facilities with both our parents but mainly my in-laws. My FIL passed away at the end of January from a cardiac... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:26:59 EST Curve Balls of Life Starting a new year with a fresh start and know I can get back on track much easier after the consistent time I spent on Sparkpeople. For those who have asked where I have been, I decided to go on a roller coaster, well not really by choice. My Father-in-Law was in the hospital for two months, then rehabilitation to learn to walk again. From the end of April to the second week in August, my time was consumed being a caregiver. Two weeks after we brought him home, I got the entrovirus with... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:05:06 EST Learning from Life There have been many curve balls thrown our way in the past few months and still trying to wrap our heads around it or find the new normal. This is the short form of the past few months. FIL ended up in ICU for twenty-three days and the majority of those days on life support, then the hospital for another two weeks, on to acute care rehab, and now in rehab trying to relearn to walk. It is amazing how fast a person’s muscles atrophy when not in use. After almost eleven weeks, he can now walk ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:17:47 EST Lost and Found <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Spark Activity Tracker what are you doing to me? <BR> I am addicted to you but you want to disappear, <BR> Please stop jumping off my shoe and hiding for days, <BR> Your best hiding place was just the other day, <BR> When you hid under leaves, <BR> It took me two days but I found you, <BR> You were lucky being I lost your sister tracker in an airport, <BR> Your competition, the Up Band has been trustworthy, <BR> An... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:17:51 EST Back from Vacation and Back to a Healthy Lifestyle <img src=""> <BR> This is the beautiful sunrises we saw each and every morning. <BR> <BR> We had the most wonderful time in Cancun. So very relaxing, memorable, warm, and enjoyable yet when I come back from a place like this it seems to take weeks to get back in sync with the day to day activities in our home and on my healthy journey. To top this off, we went on two trips within a month and this really threw me for a loop. Don't get m... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 11:24:38 EST Choices 'Who you become is infinitely more important than what you do or what you have.' – Matthew Kelly <BR> <BR> “Our lives change when our habits change.” – Matthew Kelly <BR> <BR> I am so looking forward to 5 days of bliss. Heading out to the airport to visit my sister, warmer climate, and going to a dynamic speaker. Maybe I will get some perspective of my own to carry on throughout this weight loss journey and beyond. The speaker is Matthew Kelly and he will be speaking about Living Everyday... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:15:40 EST Anxiety with Doctor Appointments How many of you hate your yearly doctors exams? I just had my yearly appointment and realized how much anxiety goes with these appointments? Will my weight be okay? Will my blood pressure be okay? Will the cholesterol test come out okay? Then I told myself, I am trying to make a lifestyle change and am back to eating right and exercising so regardless of these tests I am moving in the right direction but holy cow why does a person stress out about these tests? Tue, 7 Jan 2014 10:36:26 EST Heigh-ho "Heigh-ho, heigh-ho <BR> <BR> It’s back to normal I go, <BR> <BR> Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, heigh-ho <BR> <BR> Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, <em>335</em> " <BR> <BR> We were looking back at the past three weeks and there is only one day out of 21 days we didn't have something going on. I thought I would be getting our home back to normal last week but it took longer then planned. Our home had expected and unexpected visitors for the past month and there never seemed time in the day to fit e... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 20:45:07 EST Happy New Year Sparkfriends “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.” —Neil Gaiman <BR> <BR> Happy New Year to all the great <em>223</em> 's! Be safe today! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:12:54 EST Trip Motivation to Break this Plateau My husband booked a trip to Cancun in February. This is giving me much motivation to break this plateau and get into the next size down of clothing. Think I'll hang a few Cancun pictures around the house, one on my bathroom mirror, another on the fridge, and the last one in the exercise room. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 12:00:46 EST Twas the Night Recreated Twas the day before CHRISTmas, as Jesus is born, <BR> He is born in a manger, and a star will adorn. <BR> This star will shine and guide three wise men, <BR> Who desire to see our savior be born, <BR> The sheep are all nestled down for the night, <BR> While the shepherds make sure, all is just right, <BR> And Joseph in waiting and Mary in prayer, <BR> As they know, they will be nurturing Our Savior, Our Lord, <BR> Then out in the sky a star arose with great light, <BR> The shepherds were ama... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:04:43 EST Not Necessarily a Miracle but Lifestyle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can't say it's a miracle as I am working on a healthier life style. I have not lost weight nor gained weight in the past two weeks and decided that is a good thing. There were so many distractions but I still tracked my food and worked on keeping my steps up to par. If I had not started moving my body in the past two months and started tracking my food intake, the story would have been different. My ankle and... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 21:12:15 EST Christmas Tree Tradition The Christmas tree is a big part of our house and I cannot get off easy from anyone if I choose to only put up one. I put up three Christmas tree’s in our home each year and love each one of them. Each tree has a Nativity Scene under each, minus the baby Jesus that goes into his crib before bed on Christmas Eve. We have the Golden Spider (an old folk tale about a widow who was too poor to decorate the family tree. A spider spun its web around it. When the Christmas day sun touched the threa... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:18:38 EST New Clothes My daughter told me I looked like I messed my pants as baggy as the rear end of my jeans were and my son said, "Mom your clothes are to baggy." So today I went out and bought some new clothes. I needed an outfit for my husband's Christmas party on Friday and decided, "What the heck!" Three pairs of pants (one size less) with tops to mix and match makes for a very happy Mama. Being I don't like to shop for myself, I had no guilty feeling, just plain excitement. Oh and it helped to have m... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 22:11:10 EST Thanksgiving Bowling 2013 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Picture is of my DH taking my place so I could take a picture of our youngest granddaughter, Savannah, trying to bowl for her first time. <BR> <BR> Such a grand time going bowling this year (understand this is the only time I and others bowl during the year). Our children and extended family have loved doing this after Thanksgiving dinner and we are starting a new tradition with the next generation. <BR> <BR> Th... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 21:51:39 EST Wonderful Memory Day Oh, how my legs ache but it is a good ache. All the prep and deep cleaning for this day worked the extremity muscles. I did not realize the type of workout you get while going up and down a ladder. I think I will have to change up my workout in the coming weeks and do this again. Worked until midnight on cleaning and food prep so I could relax before the twenty some people show up this afternoon. Only a few little things left besides the turkey and baking the dishes prepared. WooHoo!!!... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:49:48 EST Dreaming <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Picture from last December's Cancun trip and I am dreaming of the day we go back. What a beautiful, amazing, and relaxing trip. There is so much beauty in this World. <BR> <BR> DH just asked why am I smiling so big...had to say, "Just dreaming of our next vacation. Hint, Hint." Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:54:02 EST Thank You I went to Weight Watchers in my mid twenties to lose weight after college and I did this and became a Lifetimer at WW. When my first son was born, I actually lost weight easily. First time and only time in my life, I did not crave food or struggle to keep weight off. Then came my second son who past away at six weeks from a brain tumor but was pregnant shortly after with my daughter. Never lost that baby weight and was now up to 142 pounds. I thought I was heavy at that time and strived to ... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:26:17 EST Another Car My DH did most of the leg work but my daughter has another car to drive. I am feeling very "Blessed", filled with "Gratitude", and "Thankful" as her car was totaled, over 18,000 dollars in damage and she and her passenger came out without a scratch, bruise, nor any pain, AND she is alive. <BR> <BR> God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say, ‘Thank you?’ – William Ward <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 18:41:05 EST Sharing Yesterday's Activity Seventy Five percent done with outside decorations. It was relaxing while walking through large tees in FIL's backyard and finding branches to cut and yes I burned lots of calories! Thought I'd Share... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:11:33 EST Pumpkin Puree Tomorrow was way to windy to work on decorations outside so I went to plan B. I had cleaned up the fall deco outside and had a few pumpkins that could be used for puree. A few had to be thrown out but in all, I salvaged four pumpkins, one being a white pumpkin (supposedly it makes a great pie filling). <BR> <BR> There are many health benefits with pumpkins. <BR> <em>147</em> A 1-cup serving of pumpkin puree supplies 3.4 grams of iron, a mineral that helps keep you from getting sick by s... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:19:39 EST In a Nutshell In a nutshell… <BR> 1. FIL checked himself out of the hospital without going to rehab on Sunday. Decided it is out of my control and my husband is taking over the whole situation. Learning experience, as I age or have limitations…I will do everything in my power to recoup so as not to frustrate my children. I have already given them permission to kick my butt if I will not listen to them or the professionals. <BR> <BR> 2. My Grandson’s baptism was Sunday and around twenty people came to o... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:47:28 EST Update Hip, Hip, Hooray my hubby is home and at the hospital as I type! I have a few hours to relax before I take my shift and he goes to work. <BR> <BR> The surgery went well for FIL but an hour into recovery his heart rate dropped to 28 and he was going to intensive care when they stabilized him. Another hour and a half went by and he was stabilized and going to the cardiac floor due to a heart arrhythmia and not the ortho floor. Another three hours went by before he was moved to a room as th... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:56:10 EST Hospital & Cargiver Help I will be at the hospital the remainder of the week as my father-in-law had a knee replacement today. My mother-in-law does not feel comfortable driving to the hospital (about a thirty minute drive), so I take her each day and bring her home. It is like caregiving to two elderly people but not at their home. A few months ago, he had his other knee replacement, many complications arose, and my Mother-in-Law was not herself. She turned mean, did a lot of yelling at everyone including her hu... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 09:44:13 EST Artsy Decided to be a little Artsy yesterday and made a step stool for my newest grandson's baptism. Thought it would be useful for years to come and kept me active for a few hours. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:26:57 EST A Great Companion Always there to give affection, to motivate a workout, and just being a trusted companion. We love you Scooter. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:59:08 EST Feeling Out of Sync Took my husband to the airport for a five day guys golf trip. We left early this morning for the airport...after, I grocery shopped, went to water Zumba, and came home to make meals. The rest of the day I've felt out of sync. I think I just need a good night sleep and my brain we'll be working better. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is going to be much better and it is suppose to be a gorgeous day so the plan is to get out of this house and spend time finishing up the last of the clean up for winter. Sat, 9 Nov 2013 22:36:54 EST Success <img src=""> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 09:00:05 EST Motivation & Inspiration Watching my Godson and nephew, who has cerebral palsy, at his wheelchair basketball practice show so much self determined motivation gave me so much inspiration. Nothing stops him from going for something and succeeding. I am so thankful to have him around to show me how your inner strength can overcome. <BR> <BR> Here is a small clip of his teams ability: <BR> Wed, 6 Nov 2013 14:48:12 EST Update to Malfunctioning Crock-Pot UPDATE: <BR> <BR> Very excited to report that the new crock-pot turned out wonderful. I made a chicken recipe from Sparkpeople (<BR>il.asp?recipe=1326428) and cooked for just under six hours. I added long grain rice and sauteed onions and portobello mushrooms in chicken broth, then added all to the crock-pot. The chicken was delicious and it was a bonus as the family loved dinner. I could even set a timer to go to warm at my requested time. Look... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 19:44:35 EST Fun Aqua Workout Phew, just got back from Aqua Zumba and I am relaxing. It was a blast and made me realize I need to work on my coordination. At least in the water no one could see I was missing some of the steps. My coordination isn’t as good as it use to be but hopefully this workout will get me their by the end of December. <BR> <BR> Aqua Zumba is a dance workout but in the water. We did the Twist in the Water, Bali Danced, and Latin Dancing to a variety of different songs. It was one hour of cardio and... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 14:57:40 EST Three Funny Quotes Needed a pick me up and laughing always does the trick, thought I'd share.... <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> Do not reward yourself with food, you are not a dog. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Sweat is just your fat crying. <BR> <BR> <em>358</em> When I exercise, I wear all black. It is like a funeral for my fat. <BR> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 11:03:54 EST Temporary This is temporary, this is temporary, this is temporary. <BR> <BR> These stupid feet are getting frustrating. I guess I have bone spurs with inflammation of the Achilles/Planter Fasciitis. Some rest and not much jarring of the heal will help. <BR> <BR> I keep telling myself to take good care of myself as I would if I took care of someone else. I can get back on the horse and slooowly start back to exercising. I did not realize starting out so intensely could bring about this inflammat... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:52:40 EST General Check In Yesterday I got my workout in and then had a wonderful time in a golf tournament with my husband and son. Our team won, ten under par... <em>244</em> and wonderful memories and laughs filled the day. <BR> <BR> Today I participated in a 60 minute class called water workout and then participated in half of the water aerobics class. I am trying to find the class that will work me the most. <BR> <BR> I saw this quote and thought it interesting..."No matter how slow you go, you are still la... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:02:18 EST Woke Up a Few Muscles Yesterday I woke up muscles that must have been very lazy or sleeping. Yesterday my husband showed me how to use his circuit machine. Today a few muscles are upset with me for waking them up. They keep getting irritated each time I move and disturb there peaceful place in my body. I guess they will have to be put in their place a little more during my workouts. They need to know who is in charge. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck, I am golfing in a scramble today with my son and husband where the ... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 09:40:01 EST Questions From a Spark Article Read an article on Spark that asked these questions and decided to post them for looking at, at later dates. <BR> <BR> What does success look like for you? <BR> <em>104</em> Success takes on many shapes and forms but is a feel good feeling and knowing an accomplishment has happened. <BR> <BR> Imagine what your life will look like and feel like when you have accomplished your weight loss goal. Don’t let it depend on a number on the scale. What will be different and better? <BR> <em... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 14:52:46 EST Paid for Workout Classes Pulled the trigger yesterday and signed up for a two month workout program that will have me swimming, doing Ta Chi, Zumba, and Strength Training. Figured this would keep me motivated during the holiday season if I had to actually give up the well earned cash in my pocket. Hopefully this cash will contribute to weight loss. <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> <em>528</em> <em>237</em> <em>353</em> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:04:39 EST Future Self Thanks Me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My future self is thanking me for starting this journey up again. Today's exercise relaxed me and I am feeling stronger each new day. Even though the scale keeps tricking me, I don't care because I know I am feeling so much better. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:07:52 EST Deep Sleeper My husband bought an UP band by Jawbone and I have been trying it out for the past week. It is interesting following my sleep habits. I have found I am not a normal person and exact opposite of my husbands sleep habits. I am in deep sleep for 60 – 80 percent of the time and light sleep for the remainder. Usually I go to deep sleep within 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Last night I had 4 hours and 58 minutes in deep sleep and 3 hours and 2 min of light sleep. <em>102</em> My deep sleep and... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:09:36 EST Learning to Plan Ahead The past four days have been a huge learning curve. I love my grandchildren with my whole heart and love spending time together with them and would not give these memories up but I now know I have to create a few new goals and strategies for myself. There are positive changes I need to make, which I will discuss at the end. <BR> <BR> Here is the recap… <BR> <BR> Thursday evening was one of those nights where you look at the clock repeatedly and cannot fall asleep. Finally, fell asleep aro... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:06:27 EST Fall Creative meets Burning Calories <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last week I decided to do something, I have not done in over years…I decorated for the fall. It was a blast and kept me moving. My daughter was so impressed when she came home on fall break. She remembers how I use to decorate in the fall years ago and was wondering why I stopped. I guess life became so busy; it was one of the priorities... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:12:41 EST Dancing in the Rain <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With the rain, we are having my mind drifted to a quote by Vivian Greene. I use to live by this quote for many years. Someone once told me when we were children we loved to jump in puddles, getting dirty wasn’t a big deal but as we got older and those care free times turn into much more of a problem. <BR> <BR> Why do we decide to quit enjoying the small things in life? To dance in the rain our outlook may chang... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:43:17 EST Finding Time Finally finding time to begin yet again. This summer was crazy, in fact the summer didn't happen until late August. Our youngest of four children graduated from high school and went off to college. My Father-in-Law had knee replacement with complications but all is well now. This was a long 12 weeks taking care of our household and helping my Mother-in-Law as she doesn't drive long distances. Also, taking care of their yard and ours was a huge task. I thought the summer was beginning tow... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 09:59:43 EST Time Off Yes, I've been missing in action. Due to a family emergency, I truly found how hard it was to keep sparking while in crisis mode. April 5, 2012 was going to be an ordinary day with the exception of readying the house for Easter guests. I was to meet my husband at Sam's Club for food and Easter basket supplies. As I pulled up to his truck in the parking lot, I noticed he was on the phone. It was the police explaining to him how my mother-in-law was in a car accident and at the ER and they ... Mon, 14 May 2012 01:06:19 EST My Exercise Partner My remarkable dog is a special gift. After getting our dog a few years ago, she surprised me. As I started walking the treadmill, Scooter (part German Shorthair, part Beagle) embarked on a barking rant. When I stopped the treadmill, she stopped barking and jumped on the treadmill with me. An idea came to mind, I started the treadmill and to my amazement, Scooter started walking the treadmill with me standing on the side platforms, unable to exercise, I needed to come up with a solution. <BR... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 11:12:01 EST Backwards Walking <em>231</em> So Bob Harper from Biggest Loser says if you hit a plateau in your diet, change up your exercises. One of his suggestions was to walk on the treadmill backwards. <BR> <BR> Being adventurous, I tried this new fangled way of walking the treadmill. I only tried to go at the lowest speed as I had trouble walking backwards fast enough and thought I was going to be body slammed by the treadmill into our wall. Oh, I forgot to mention, you aren’t supposed to hold to anything. That... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 08:54:42 EST Pedometer - Review If you haven't read my first two blogs, here they are: <BR> <BR> Pedometer - Friend or Foe <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4780413 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pedometer- Proper Placement <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781978 </link> <BR> <BR> Here is my take on the pedometer reviews. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Omiron Aerobic Hi... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:48:30 EST Pedometer - Proper Placement <img src=""> <BR> Okay, now I am being obsessive. I am going on my third day of wearing the pedometer and no it isn’t counting my steps appropriately. Yesterday my step count was way down. I thought maybe it was the difference in shoes or lack of shoes. Does it depend on the hardness of the floor? Who knows, but my obsession with this purchase caused me to Google the proper placement of this little gadget on my hip. <BR> <BR> This is... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 12:51:01 EST Pedometer - Friend or Foe <em>11</em> Who knew a pedometer could be so complicated? I decided to break out an old pedometer and track my steps in a day. With this pedometer I couldn’t get to 10,000 steps and on days I was moving more the steps were lower. For me that meant I needed to get a new one that might be more accurate. Off to the store I went and in the process bought the Sparkpeople Exercise DVD. My small purchase cost somewhat more but well worth it. <BR> <BR> Programming this small piece of equipmen... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:12:08 EST Control I’ve never wanted to be called a controlling person but I do like to be in control of my surroundings. I know part of my control came into play years ago, after my son passed away. It was my way of trying to get rid of my insecurities and inconsistencies in life. If I could control my surroundings, I would feel I was back in control of my feelings and life in general but I never wanted to be called a controlling person. <BR> <BR> Now the dictionary says control is to exercise restraint or... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 11:32:50 EST