KNITTY_JESS's SparkPeople Blog KNITTY_JESS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sorry I'm really sorry for not being on in over a month. It's been hell. I've had a crashed laptop, all the new teacher regulations, random crap, and more struggles with my daughter. I'm down, slightly. I've started eating more fruits and vegetables. A banana with breakfast and a salad with lunch and dinner. I am trying to do yoga and circuit training while watching tv. It's helped a bit. Unfortunately, the tantrums with my daughter have effected my workouts. Her tantrums have caused me to miss out... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:40:33 EST Squished In Did a 45 minute walk and my 60 minutes of Pilates, today. <BR> <BR> I also made some chili with the stewed tomatoes I canned, last week. Then I made some Apple Brown Betty for dessert. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 20:58:03 EST Back I'm back. Back to work.. Back with students. Back to the grind. Back to eating better. Back to working out, again. Back to feeling better. And a big backslide is over. <BR> <BR> Yes, it happens. Every step you make is not always a step in the right direction. Sometimes we backslide. It happens. Now I know why. I quit the Pilates. My legs started to hurt more. The more they hurt the more I didn't want to work out and couldn't because of the pain. It's been an eye opening experience for me to ... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 20:40:43 EST Finally! We received answers about Reese's biopsy. It was cancerous, but her bloodwork came back negative. So the cancer hasn't spread. We got it all. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 19:42:11 EST Answers I haven't heard anything from the biopsy results, yet. She's still been her typical happy puppy self. I can't explain to Vinny, our other dog, that they can't wrestle. It's sad to see her wanting to play with him but not be able to. I hoping answers come soon. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:59:13 EST Still No Answers We still haven't heard anything about Reese's biopsy results yet. She's been her typical self since the surgery. We did have one instance Friday night where she and Vinny tried wrestling. I had already told her no, but my dogs aren't the type to sit around. They are always playing. She flipped herself and landed on the back leg where she had the growth removed. Immediately she let out a loud yelp. Reese never yelps or yips. She ran to me and it took us about 5 minutes before we could get the ... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 22:34:14 EST Update on Reese We're waiting on results from the biopsy. Just hurry up and wait. That's my least favorite thing. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 15:02:42 EST Pets I finished my portion of my reports, tonight. I kept myself focused; however, it was hard. I had to take my Dobie mix to the vet for her routine checkup and vaccines. She had what I thought was a boil on the back of her leg. It's not a boil. It's a growth that has to be surgically removed and biopsied to determine if it's malignant. I'm hoping it will be malignant. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:25:03 EST Last Week of Summer Camp Still gathering everything from the yard sale. Ugh. On a nice note, someone was giving away the school from High School Musical, doll house sized. It was in the free section. Now it belongs to Selene. :) <BR> <BR> This is my last week of summer camp. I have from the 2nd through the 11th off. I decided I wanted to take a mini vacation in between. I'm hoping my husband can get one day off. If he can then I will be thrilled! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:49:31 EST Yard Sale Cleanup So I decided I will be taking pictures and posting to Facebook. The worst that could happen is that they don't sell and I will have to donate. <BR> <BR> Did some walking today. Not much since my headache was wretched. I had to take an anti-nausea med which kicked my butt, side effect was drowsiness. We started taking things down today, as far as the yard sale. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 21:14:44 EST Sale Day 2 Not a bad day, but we got wet. So, here's my question. If you still have a ton of things, would you take the time to take pictures and post on Facebook or just donate. If I do post, I will wait a month and then whatever is left will be donated. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 23:44:32 EST Sale Day 1 The yard sale went okay today. It could've gone better, but I can't complain. After all, today was Friday. We still have another day. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:16:21 EST Yard Sale Went on a field trip with my students, today. We went to Deer Park in Pennsylvania. We did some walking and were able to see animals. <BR> <BR> Today was also my stepson's 13th birthday, so we took him out to dinner at Quaker Steak & Lube. That place is so cool. I did eat less than usual and avoided alcohol. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will be going to the chiropractor for a routine adjustment and then getting prepared for the yard sale on both Friday and Saturday. With my stepson's help, I shoul... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:17:42 EST Miserable Really sore at the moment. Don't know why, but I'm having weird stomach pains. Don't feel comfortable and I'm feeling tired, but the pain hurts enough that I can't sleep. I did get my exercise in, before the pain came on. <BR> <BR> On a happy note, field trip day tomorrow. We're going to a park. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:19:37 EST No, It's Not a Misprint I decided to blog about this after I received a Spark Mail. Yes, my ticker is correct. My ideal weight is 97 lbs. I know that may seem scary to some; however, I am barely 4'11", when standing perfectly straight. I also have a small frame. I will not look anorexic or be "sickly" at 97 lbs. I know because I have been there before and I wasn't sickly. I was at that weight before I was pregnant with my daughter. While I appreciate concern, I have already discussed this with my doctor. After stron... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:57:10 EST Reunion So, I went with my hubby to his high school reunion, last night. As I am a thrifty gal, I bought my dress via a local buy/sell group on Facebook. The bummer was that the super cute dress didn't fit. I didn't realize it was stretch and super form fitting in the waist, my worst area. So I went for a dress I wore last year. Again, too tight. I stupidly looked at tags and didn't think about the fact that when I wore this dress I was a size 4. Even though this dress had a medium tag it fit like a ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:33:42 EST Just Sweat Well, I got out earlier this morning to weed, before the heat advisory. Then I decided to do almost 30 minutes of Just Sweat from Just Dance 4. It was some productive but fun workout time. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:13:33 EST Short Blog Got things out of the attic, today. There's still a ton more. I think I will have enough for a decent yard sale. Tacked in a hike at a park to end the evening. It was a nice, quiet ending to my day. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:35:49 EST What a Way To Workout What a fun, fun day!!! I got to play outside with our students, this afternoon. We had another half water day. I did the running slide and joined in with the kids. It was awesome! AND, as soon as my husband is done with the tv hooked to the Wii I will be kicking it on to do another Just Dance 4, Just Sweat workout. Maybe I'll try the electronic boxing and punk cheerleading workouts. :D Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:57:20 EST Hot, Humid, Exhausted, & Motivated This heat is crazy. Up to 97. After spending the afternoon outside in this heat, coming home, doing errands, washing two loads of dishes, and making dinner, I was exhausted. So much so that the last thing I wanted was to go outside in this mugginess and walk with my friend, no offense to Melinda. I wasn't motivated at all. In a last ditch effort to get myself motivated to do something, I looked at my wedding pics. That was enough. I popped in Just Dance 4 on the Wii. It has a nice feature cal... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:02:30 EST July 14, 2013 I did some Pilates, today. I'm still sore. I'm trying to loosen up the muscles without having to rely on sports creams. I did use some last night, but it only worked for the night. Oh well, I'm off to figure out my lunch for tomorrow. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:39:09 EST July 13, 2013 So I have been super sore for the past few days. Wednesday was the first field trip of the summer program. We went to a skating rink where we played laser tag and roller skated. I worked with one student and I caught her quite a few times. My thighs are killing me from supporting her. <BR> <BR> Tonight I finally walked again. I couldn't do the C25K because of how bad my one thigh hurts. It kept me up Thursday night, all night. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:12:57 EST Migraine What a way to wake up. Ugh. I woke up with a massive headache. As soon as I took my migraine med I began to feel it getting worse and that's when I realized I should've taken the anti nausea pill. I got sick and felt miserable. Thankfully, I did feel better by the afternoon and decided to take my friend and go for a hike. Still feeling twinges but not like before. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:07:51 EST Day 2 I did okay today. I'm feeling it though. It's kicking my butt. I couldn't exercise at home with my crazy schedule, so I made sure I played when we had our camp activities today. Tue, 9 Jul 2013 22:01:25 EST First Day Back Well, the heat did it to me. I drank a ton of water. However, the pre-packed lunch helped me. I ate a little. The first half of camp always flies by. The second half consisted of us doing tons of physical activities. This was so much better for me. We walked and played. I came home and did some Pilates, so I'm feeling good. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 17:31:26 EST Starting Back I'm starting back to work tomorrow for the summer program. It will be interesting to see how I do with work. I pre-packed my lunch, so it will be set. I'll blog tomorrow to let y'all know how it goes. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 21:26:38 EST Friends & Reuinions Yesterday we went to a friends' house for dinner. I've been exhausted lately and I happened to find out why. Here I was taking one of my meds in the morning when it knocks you on your butt and needs to be taken at night. Henceforth, I've been exhausted and switching that has helped. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I digress. Back to at our friends' house. I ate fruit salad and regular salad. :) I had some pie, but only two very small pieces. <BR> <BR> Today we went to a family reunion about 3 hours away... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 00:02:27 EST 4th Recap So I wanted to post about my 4th. I did get in some exercise both before and after. Also, I played with the kids there, so that made a difference. I did eat, but I ate less and added more fruits and vegetables. Overall, I did well. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:57:59 EST Weeding, Ohio Chautauqua, & AeroPilates We went to the second performance of the Ohio Chautauqua, tonight. It was awesome. They portrayed York, from the Lewis and Clark Expedition. <BR> <BR> Prior to that I pulled weeds, did the C25K (will definitely be re-doing this week until I do a bit better), and my AeroPilates. <BR> <BR> For those that asked, here's a video link for the AeroPilates. It's not cheap, but it's a great machine. QVC also sells it and a lot of times they have it on easy pay. <link> Wed, 3 Jul 2013 23:33:27 EST Fish Tank, Workout Apparel Deals, & Ohio Chattaquea Today was interesting. <BR> <BR> Selene and I went to pick up a 35 gallon tank for $25. I really love these Facebook buy/sell/swap groups. <BR> <BR> I really needed some more workout clothes and a new pair of shoes. I found some shorts and shirts at Wally World (Wal-Mart). The shirts were $5.96 and dri-wicking, so I bought two. I bought 2 pair of shorts. One was $4 while the other was $5. Then I took the plunge and bought a pair of athletic shoes. I tell ya, Spark Friends, it pays to have ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 22:56:42 EST Blah Overdid it, ate like crap, and slept a portion of the day. I walked/jogged way too much yesterday. A total of 8 miles. Plus I did my Pilates. Well, I was wide awake until about 4. Then I ended up eating very little and what I did eat was blah, so I felt like crud and ended up taking a nap today. <BR> <BR> On the positive, I worked out like normal. Did my C25K and AeroPilates. I'm awake but I feel normal. :) Now to just find something good to eat that appeals to me. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 23:15:45 EST C25K W/Out Pilates Is A Bad Idea!!! I am an idiot! I opted to forgoe my AeroPilates routine due to my new C25K routine. Stupid, stupid, stupid! My back, neck, shoulders, and legs have been aching. My whole body feels sore. Then the stupid C25K app deleted my workout for today. Time to re-do. Stupid smart phones. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:04:47 EST Day 2 C25K Day 2 C25K. I did it. It may take me quite a few repetitions of weeks, but I can do that because I CAN do this! Sat, 29 Jun 2013 20:54:39 EST C25K This will be short as I have to go pick up my daughter and get her ready for her baton performance for our minor league baseball team, the Lake County Captains. <BR> <BR> I did my first C25K workout today. Holy moly! Even after I got out of the shower my face still looks like a tomato. Anyways, it was rough and just when I was about ready to give in, the voice said, "halfway point" and I thought, "Oh, thank God!" I kept going. It's rough and may take me way longer than I expected, but that'... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:42:03 EST Beach Bum Well, I spent some time at the beach this afternoon. It was such a nice little break. The water was cold, but it was still fun to lounge and catch some sun. <BR> <BR> As far as exercise, I worked in my Pilates today. Be proud, a book I had on hold from the library came in, so it took everything for me not to read it all day. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:00:07 EST What a Difference a Day Makes.... ....24 little hours....brought the sun and the flowers where there used to be rain <BR> <BR> I apologize for not blogging, yesterday. I was down and out for the count with a migraine. Today my head was pounding, on and off. However, I squeezed in some house cleaning, yard work, and my Pilates routine. I really think the humidity and the shift in barometric pressure, due to the storms, effects my headaches. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself on the Wii, today. I know I should've waited until Thursd... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:15:36 EST I saw the gap between my legs! I was working out doing my Pilates with my legs in chair position. That's when I realized that I have a slight gap between my thighs. They're not smashed together. It was an epiphany moment. <BR> <BR> Today was a great day for exercise. I did a two hour hike with my family, one of the dogs, and my dad. We hiked through the Grand River. It was a hot, humid day but that's why hiking in the river is great. :) Earlier, I woke up and did a 3 mile walk with one of my good friends. This afternoon I... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 22:33:01 EST 3 1/2 Hour Trip, One Way We took a trip to the American Motorcycle Museum in Pickerington, Ohio, today. It was a nice trip, but it would be an amazing trip to do without kids. ;) <BR> <BR> Today was walking through the museum and walking at night. I didn't get my Pilates in, but I did workout. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 23:36:24 EST Better Than Yesterday Home with two teenage boys, today. I squeezed in my 60 minutes of Pilates, some Wii Fit games, some cleaning, and some yard work. I did a weigh in on the Wii, 0.5 lbs. lighter. I'm 1/2 an inch smaller in my upper arms, thighs, waist, and hips. A little progress is better than nothing. I'm proud of myself for getting up and working out considering today I ended up not feeling up to par (these are the days I hate being female). Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:44:33 EST :( So I really am disappointed with myself right now. I only did my 60 minutes of Pilates today. I did do some yard work, but I need to figure out where to fit in my extra workout. I'll comment once I figure something else out and add it to my routine. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:05:27 EST AeroPilates My intent wasn't to blog everyday; however, at this point it's working so I'm going with it. Today was another 2 hour hike; however, upon arrival at home I was met with a super surging sinus pain. I took some meds and ended up laying down due to the pain. Tonight I squeezed in another Pilates workout. If you're never heard of the AeroPilates machine, please check it out. That machine is fabulous! This is a great video of the machine on YouTube: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:28:52 EST Awesomeness What an awesome day! I made TWO spark recipes. Dinner tonight is Bourbon Street Chicken. I even made a huge container of hummus! My stepson and I were able to weed the flower beds, raised bed garden, tomato planters; spray the bigger weeds with weed killer; wash the dishes; mow the grass; and take a nice hike! It was such an enjoyable day! Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:22:35 EST Happy Fathher's Day!!!! Hello and happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! <BR> <BR> Today we spent the day together. I took Joe and the kids to the park. Joe had never been to this park before and they have really cool stone sculptures throughout. Then we walked down to the beach. The hike was nice, but my jog back and forth on the beach was exquisite. The waves added that cooling effect and the breeze kept me going. I loved it. <BR> <BR> We finished the day by being surprised by seeing my grandma. She was ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 22:46:16 EST Success!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I did it! I began to give in and grab for whatever was in the fridge. It happened to be Joe's Junior Bacon Cheeseburger from Wendy's. Then I stopped, thought about it, and decided that I could make a better, fast choice. I put the cheeseburger away without eating it. Then I pulled out cottage cheese, slice almonds, dried cranberries, and strawberries. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:59:59 EST Memoirs of Danny Devito So as I'm sure most of you have noticed I've been exercising quite a bit lately. I figured I'd start at the beginning because as they say on the Sound of Music it's "a very good place to start". <BR> <BR> As many of you know, I was diagnosed with a seizure disorder in August of my 7th grade year. With this diagnosis came a medication with a slight side effect, appetite increasing. Within a month I gained almost 30 lbs. That's when the names started. I was dubbed Danny Devito because I was "s... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:12:00 EST Time Management First, I'd like to say that I have very little time during the school year due to the intensity of my job. With that being said, I tend to spend time online and watching tv. My plan is to take the time that I spend watching tv and build my Pilates routine in during that time (i.e. workout while watching tv). Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:10:22 EST Cars and Walks So, I was blessed that my car needed to be worked on today. This allowed me to walk Selene to and from Pop Star Camp. I logged 4 miles just with that trip. Then after a call from a friend, I logged another 6 miles tonight. That's a total of 10 miles walked. While I debated doing my Pilates routine, my legs told me not to push it. The whole time I walked with my daughter she kept talking about our exercising together and how healthy it's making us. That made me feel really good to know that I'... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 22:40:49 EST Staying On Track So, I've continued using the Pilates machine and walking with my friend. It's been very rewarding. I haven't weighed myself yet, but I plan to use the Wii to weigh myself next week. I want to give myself at least one week with the Pilates machine before I do. I've felt the feeling from the Pilates machine and I've definitely felt the feeling in my legs. I'm hopeful that I will get the same results as I did when I used to use the Pilates machine full time. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:58:01 EST Exercise and Eating Well, I've been walking at least 5 miles for the past two weeks. As of Sunday, I started my Pilates routine also. Today I ate some ice cream, a tad more than I should have; however, I'm okay with this. I'm not beating myself up over it. If I do I'll end up eating more. I haven't had junk food in a while, so I figured that if I completely denied myself I'd binge. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:55:41 EST Setbacks I had one of those evenings today. I fought wit my husband. He doesn't want to go camping & I want to do something. I can't not take a break of some sort. My job is incredibly stressful and even though last year's camping trip was caotic & stressful at times, it gave me a break. I need that to re-charge. Plus, when I tried to cancel our reservations I was unable to access the website. More setbacks. Instead of taking this in stride, I acted like a child & yelled at him, pouted, whined, & even... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 23:57:56 EST