LISA_SUMNER08's SparkPeople Blog LISA_SUMNER08's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Excited! So I am looking forward to the Fall fitness challenge! I've really been thinking about everything I want to accomplish and my goals. It's not really about the weight right now for me. I just want to feel better. I've been feeling pretty sucky in a lot of areas. My core muscles are gone and my lower back is really starting to hurt. My legs are getting crampy and my overall physical health is horrible. I haven't been nice to myself like I wanted to be after having my baby. Freedom from the rest... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:42:15 EST Checking in! Things have been crazy! I didn't think I would be so busy as a stay at home mom! I still can't find the time in a day to get everything done that I need to! Of course being on demand for a 4 month old who is breast fed doesn't help! But otherwise we are doing great! The older boys started school, so it's just me and the little man at home! He is so amazing! He has started playing with his toys and he uses his one hand and his feet to hold things! And he has this little musical mirror snail th... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:48:53 EST Sneaking Veggies So I made ghoulash last night and thought I would beef it up a bit! The kids LOVED it! When we finished eating I asked if they knew what all they ate and they said no. I started listing off the veggies: tomatoes, corn, onion, carrots, and green beans! They argued with me forever about the carrots! They said they didn't see any in there so I didn't really add them! Lol! Lttle do they know I do this with lots of dishes! It was just the first time with ths dish! <BR> <BR> I gave notice to work ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 16:58:26 EST Update after baby I didn't realize howlong it has been since I updated! Baby is doing great! We just had his two month check up yesterday and he has almost doubled his birth weight. He is now 8 lbs 10 oz! The adjustment with four kids has been like nothing. Declan is such a good baby! He is so alert and doesn't fuss much at all! The other boys are really good with him! It's been nice so far! <BR> <BR> I have decided not to return to work. We have a lot of appointments with specialist and I would be away from ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 13:12:51 EST Wow! Baby is here! So the night of my last water broke! 4weeks and a day early! I was terrified! But things went well. He was face down and turned so all my labor pains were in my my back and hips. I did not get the epidural and they gave me the lowest dose of patocin (sp?). He arrived safe and quick! So quick the nurses refer to me as 'the one who went in 15 minutes!' lol <BR> <BR> Baby Declan was born April 30 at 4 lbs 8.4 oz and 17 1/4 in long! He is perfect in every way! <BR> <img src="http://... Fri, 2 May 2014 08:55:21 EST Plan of Attack! Just a couple more weeks and Baby Declan will be here!! And I can get back to my weight loss journey!! I’m super excited about both!! I have a list of things to do this week and next in preparation for bringing baby home and one thing on my list is devising a plan to get this weight off in the healthiest way possible! We have the crib set up, the clothes washed, the swing and bouncy seat put together, and the stroller ready! Now I need to finish up my cleaning and start planning my strategy f... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:55:48 EST Coming into the home stretch! 35 weeks today! I had an ultrasound yesterday (up to two a week on top of my weekly dr. appointment)! Baby Declan is doing great! Here are the comparisons of my last three ultrasounds: <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago, he was estimated at 3 lbs. 11 oz. putting him in the 10% growth rate. They thought there was a problem with my placenta not doing what it is supposed to, so they've been checking the flow between baby and me. Last week my levels were elevated so I had to go back in a couple days to rec... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:45:57 EST Snow and Baby Declan Spring break and it's SNOWING!! It was like a blizzard on the way to work this morning!! I'm so over this weather! Give me some sunshine so I can go outside and walk! I haven't really been doing much in the way of working out. Cleaning my apartment is workout enough for me right now! You wouldn't think 10 lbs. is a lot to work with but this baby is getting heavy! Yeah, I finally hit the 10 lb. gained mark at 31 weeks. I guess I shouldn't be complaining. It was 50-60 lbs with the others! Well,... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:21:32 EST Good News! We got some good news on our last visit! Baby Declan is putting on weight! He is now in the 26th percentile in growth and out of the 'too small' range. We are not in the clear yet as he is borderline. So I have to go back in another 2 weeks for another growth and heart check. Things are looking really good so far! <BR> <BR> This winter weather is really getting on my nerves, though! I am starting to hate snow! So ready for it to warm up! I want to get out and go walking again. Like, soon!! I... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:36:51 EST Baby Update! It's been a while!! So much has happened! I am 27 weeks today with our fourth little boy and super excited and scared! By far this has been the most emotional and trying pregnancy! I started the pregnancy with some kind of infection; I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and insulin dependent gestational diabetes; my body started creating blood clots under baby at 10 weeks; I was off work for 3 months... It's been one thing after the other! <BR> <BR> Baby boy is doing good! I go today f... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:01:33 EST I'm still here I'm checking in every once in a while. I haven't been very active due to morning sickness finally kicking in and extreme exhaustion. I'm doing my best at this point but just getting out of bed for work seems to be a daunting task at this point! I'm hoping the 2nd trimester (when morning sickness is supposed to ease up) will bring more energy and enable me to do more. <BR> <BR> I am really taking in everything my body is doing as far as creating this miracle inside me! I thought about it a l... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:54:49 EST Hyper sensitive senses! Great! I woke up at 3 am this morning to this horrendous smell! The kids ended up sleeping in our room after watching a scary movie, so at first I thought someone had really bad gas! But it wouldn't let up or go away! Then I thought I could smell the rabbit's cage from in the living room! I got to thinking about it and realized that was too big of a smell to be the rabbit! So I checked my window. Sure enough it was wide open with the fan right by it and someone had the balls to walk their dog and le... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:30:30 EST Baby Brain! Thank you, everyone, for all the well wishes! <BR> <BR> I forgot how absolutely brain dead you get at times when you are pregnant! I can't concentrate on anything!! Did I take my prenatals? I think so..I'm not sure! Did I turn the stove off? I believe I did. IDK. Where are the boys? Did I just ask you where the boys were? AAHHHH!!! <BR> <BR> And my headaches are unreal!! I usually only get them in the evening but they have me down for the rest of the night. Hubby got upset yesterday evening... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 14:01:58 EST Baby #4! So I found out I am about 6 weeks pregnant yesterday! Actually, I took the first test on Monday but I had a doctors appt. scheduled for something other than pregnancy and they went ahead and figured my due date. <BR> <BR> Yep! Baby #4! <BR> <BR> Wow!! <BR> <BR> I have to say I was pretty upset and scared when that first test was an instant positive. We were not in any way trying! It was actually the opposite! But everyone's excitement has really made me look forward to this baby! My 6 y... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 16:25:20 EST Such an inspirational story! I want to be a runner. I really do. For some reason I just can't get motivated to do it. But I came across this while looking at the top stories on Yahoo. Thought it was pretty inspirational! If these guys can do it, I have no excuse! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>siness-owner-one-running-154620319 </link> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:36:30 EST What is up with my taste buds!? Over the last few weeks I've noticed some changes occurring and I'm not exactly sure what it's all about. I have a sensitivity to sodium. If I have high sodium foods I get SUPER bloated!! So I've been doing really good about avoiding processed meals lately. I made homemade lasagna one night this week instead of Stoufer's. It was amazing!! And no bloat! <BR> <BR> I've also noticed I can't STAND sweet tea and sodas! I don't know if it is just the increased water intake but sweet tea and sodas... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:56:31 EST Feeling good about the challenges!! I am really enjoying this Biggest Loser Challenge! This weeks challenge is an exercise break challenge. I've set my timer for 20 minutes and every time it goes off I do some sort of exercise. Not only am I getting in my fitness, but I'm also feeling more energized and the morning seems to be going by faster! <BR> <BR> I walked while Tyler had practice last night. 4.1 miles! I talked my walking buddy into signing up for SparkPeople and she really likes it! We were discussing recipes we foun... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:32:53 EST About skipped Friday the 13th So I went walking Wed. and Thurs. during my son's football practice. 3 miles Wed. and 3.58 miles Thurs. Felt so good!! Last night I slept like a baby! I slept so good that when my alarm clock went off this morning I hit snooze and wondered why in the world my alarm was set for Saturday morning! haha! Took me a minute to realize it was only Friday. Then I was dragging. But that's ok! That means the weekend is just beginning! After work I'll be ready for a relaxing weekend! Well...I can dream a... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:11:50 EST Sick This past weekend was miserable! I guess the weather change is making everyone a bit uncomfortable, but the sickness finally took over. <em>46</em> I had a horrible head cold with a sore throat. I didn't feel like doing anything! At all! Except eat! <em>15</em> Why is it when I'm sick I just want to eat and eat and eat...unless I have the flu. I don't even want to list all the things I ate (1) bc I'm ashamed and (2) I honestly do not remember! <BR> <BR> Somehow, I lost 1.2 lbs this we... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:46:50 EST Happiness I read the article this morning on happiness <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1678 </link> and it really made me think about my happiness. I'm not a happy person. I try to be, but I feel overwhelmed and stressed ALL THE TIME! This article really made me realize a lot about myself and how my negative thinking and attitude gets in the way of being happy. I snap at the kids a lot, for 'laughing too loudly while I'm on the phone.' I am always on the go. 'Run, run,... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:00:23 EST Sudden burst of energy (??) Yesterday was a weird day for me. I'm not sure how to even explain it. Monday evening the boys were out playing in the apartment complex, riding their bikes. I go out and check on them or watch them out the front window to make sure they are where they're supposed to be. I get a phone call from my neighbor, who happens to be the Assistant Manager of the complex, asking if I'm home. Well...yeah. She informs me that my two youngest boys are on the other side of the complex, past the trees and o... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:56:10 EST Food tracker I've been tracking my food again to see what all is going into my body. I've kinda been slacking on the tracking for a while! (Ok I'm exagerating on how long it's been! Too long!) WOW! I've just entered today and yesterday and I've already gone over on EVERYTHING!! Ugh! No wonder i'm just kinda chillin' at 193. I'm going to have to start meal planning again, and this time choosing healthier meals! <BR> <BR> Hubs and I have been kinda going at it recently. Things have been stressful financia... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:44:46 EST "Barbaric" strategy...I agree! I don't know if anyone has seen this on Yahoo! today but I thought I would share and get your opinions. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bc-news/tongue-patch-surgery-extreme-m<BR>ethod-weight-loss-131423873.html?vp=1 </link> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:23:52 EST Summer Challenge Recap So, this challenge was awesome, but I didn't put forth as much effort as I could have. I started out strong but summer activities got in the way and then I just became semi-lazy. My goals were: <BR> <BR> 1. I WILL learn to quit eating before I am completely 'stuffed.' <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 2. I WILL lose at least 5 lbs. (Hopefully 10lbs.) <BR> <BR> 3. I WILL plan all meals and stick to that plan. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 4. I WILL do some sort of cardio every day. <BR> <BR> 5. I... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 11:44:14 EST A much needed vacation! After today I won't see this office for 9 days!! I can't wait! I haven't had a week off in years! <BR> <BR> I am going to take this week off to really sort out some things in my life. First off, I need to get some much overdue 'Spring Cleaning' done! lol I have things that need to be organized or gotten rid of all over the place! I really want to downsize on the amount of JUNK we have! I want to sit down with the kids and hubby and go over a routine I think is doable in order to keep the pl... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 11:27:14 EST Interesting Article This article really made me think about things. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=is_being_really_lean_really_worth_it </link> <BR> <BR> I didn't know that if you try to change your body too fast it will work against you. I think my body works against me no matter how fast or slow I try to change things! I'm going to start to re evaluate my plan and change at a slower pace. Maybe that's why I get so burnt out so quickly. Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:26:22 EST What a wonderful trip!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The boys had a blast this past weekend when we went up to see my family! And I was in denial that we were actually there! It's been 8 yrs since I've been up to see my family! It was nice to go back! <BR> <BR> The trip up wasn't too bad, just long. The boys did amazing. There was one fit that broke out with our youngest before we even left town, but we pulled over and took care of that and it was smooth riding all... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:05:39 EST Back from our trip! Well, back to the real world! Ugh! Today was rough to say the least. We didn't get in until after midnight and we both had to be at work this morning. So tonight I'm just hanging out. I'll post more about it tomorrow with pics! But we had a blast! And I think I weighed less this morning than when we left!!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 18:56:47 EST Super Excited!! I booked our hotel for this weekend!! <em>334</em> <BR> We are going to visit my family in Illinois, my grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins I haven't seen in over 10 yrs. I saw my grandparents a couple of times when they came in town for visits or my dad's funeral. But I haven't been to visit them since Tyler was 3 yrs. old. And no one has met Cullen yet at all! <BR> <BR> I have everything planned out!! We are heading out late Friday, after we get off work. Saturday we'll meet my... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:02:32 EST Sneaky Sneaky!! I saw this on Yahoo! this morning. Thought it was good advice! Watch those "Lose it quick" schemes! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r-fakes-weight-loss-131408120.html </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:28:46 EST Here's to a new week! <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks to all who showed their support and offered advice in my blogs last week. I know I was a pretty big Debbie Downer, but I really do appreciate all the feedback. Things finally came to a head over the weekend and we had a heart to heart discussion about everything. He complained because he was physically exhausted from work in the evenings and I pointed out that things don't just cease to exist wh... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:33:25 EST Did he really just say that!? I don't know what is going on with my husband. It's like he is a totally different person! And today he said something that made him so unattractive I was literally sick to my stomach. <BR> <BR> He's been wanting to buy pizza for the boys for a while. Money has been really tight and I am trying to make a trip to Chicago to see my grandparents before my Grandpa gets really bad. (He has alzheimer's and parkinson's.) So he got paid yesterday and we went to pick up some Domino's. Then we decide... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:21:53 EST Really need some support!! Things have not been going very well. In the weight loss and personal areas of my life. I've pretty much stopped exercising. The husband and I are not really on speaking terms right now I guess. And I'm feeling really hopeless. I've been trying not to binge but a part of me wants to put on all kinds of weight, kind of as an 'I'll show you!' type thing to him. I know what's wrong, I just don't know how to fix it. I can talk and talk until I'm blue in the face but it doesn't do any good. <BR> ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:21:25 EST Men and milk (separate issues) I'm going to try a couple things to see if I can get any results with them. This week I want to try to cut out cow's milk. I really only drink it in the morning with my eggs or when I'm eating something sweet, so maybe this will help me cut out the sweets too! Idk. but it's worth a shot! I was drinking almond milk for a little while at one time. I think I might do that for breakfast in the mornings. <BR> <BR> After I make this a routine I would like to cut down on my carbs. That will be a c... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:35:55 EST Toasted Coconut Vanilla! Mmmmmm.... I just found my new favorite greek yogurt!! Dannon Light and Fit Toasted Coconut Vanilla! So good! And it saved me 360 calories! I wanted a cookie (well, two!) from Subway! I fought the urge to stop as I was driving by Subway and remembered I brought a yogurt for a snack. I am sooooo glad I held off! The cookie(s) would not have been as good as this right here! <BR> <BR> I have been doing amazing this week! I think I'm finally getting into a routine! This morning I did my walk for the Sizzli... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:34:41 EST Powered Through It!! Due to unavoidable circumstances I was unable to start the fitness challenge yesterday. So I used that as my rest day. I did get up this morning and let me tell you, I thought I was going to DIE! <BR> <BR> I started pretty good. I felt great. The weather was perfect. I was proud of myself for getting out of bed and getting my shoes on. I was feeling awesome in my new tank top (hot pink!). I was on top of the world! I walked for 4 minutes and then started jogging. It wasn't too bad! And I fo... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:24:28 EST My son is on board!! My 11 yr. old has been going on and on for a while now about playing football in the fall. We weren't able to get him in last yr. bc I didn't know about tryouts. So we are definitely watching for them this year. Well, I was talking to him yesterday morning on my way to drop him off at the YMCA day camp, and I asked him about football. He said he didn't want to play and got this really sad look on his face. My heart was broken. I was so looking forward to him playing bc he plays in the neighbo... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:22:02 EST Goals for the Sizzling Summer Body Challenge Here are my goals for this summer challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. I WILL learn to quit eating before I am completely 'stuffed.' <BR> <BR> 2. I WILL lose at least 5 lbs. (Hopefully 10lbs.) <BR> <BR> 3. I WILL plan all meals and stick to that plan. <BR> <BR> 4. I WILL do some sort of cardio every day. <BR> <BR> 5. I WILL increase my water intake to at least 8 cups a day. <BR> <BR> I know these don't sound like much but it is a start. I don't want to overwhelm myself. I'm doing good just keeping u... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:58:09 EST Week one Summer Challenge This week is going pretty good. I'm feeling really good about it. I didn't get my walk in yesterday and I didn't get my water in Monday, but I'm not perfect. I've got 2 out of 4 pushup days in and I'm doing awesome with my water today. This afternoon I'll go for my walk and maybe take the kids swimming. <BR> <BR> I went to Wal-Mart yesterday evening with my oldest to get dinner. We were supposed to have pork roast but I forgot to put it in the oven, so I was going to make the fish dinner I ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:07:12 EST I mustache you a question! I had a pretty awesome weekend! a girlfriend of mine came to town and we hung out. She got to see the boys race at the BMX track. Then Sunday my husband kicked us out of the house and told us to do something. So we went shopping!!! She was the first shopping buddy I've had in ages!! It was so nice! We tried on outfits we normally wouldn't wear and found some killer deals! I picked out this cute dress for her with the cut out shoulders. She normally wouldn't wear something like that but it loo... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:45:23 EST Boys are back!! Well, they will be this afternoon!! I woke up every hour last night, on the hour, waiting for morning to get here so I can get the day started. Now I'm exhausted!!! But so excited!! My boys have been gone all week and while it's been nice I miss them so much!! I think tonight I'm going to take them swimming. As long as it doesn't rain! <BR> <BR> The Smokin' Summer Body challenge starts next week!! The first week's challenges are posted and I'm super excited! I'm actually going to start toda... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 10:56:38 EST Oh, how the time flies! I didn't realize how long it's been since I've posted my last blog!! Things have been so hectic this last month it's crazy! The boys have been out of school for the last two weeks. Before that I was scrambling to figure out what to do with them all summer. I have them splitting the summer between two summer day camps. It's a lot of driving for me bc the first half of the summer I have to take them each to a separate camp, but the last 3 weeks of summer they will both be at the same camp, just... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 10:24:14 EST Motivational collage <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know it's not much, but I hung this up at my desk to see every day. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:04:52 EST Accountability 4/25/13 I just realized I completely forgot to post my weigh in and points for last week! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I’m hoping this week will be better. Last week I weighed in at 192 (even though I did not post it). I feel awful because I haven’t been very good at getting the fitness challenges, but I’m making so much headway in other areas! Meal planning has become habit for me. Actually, I keep my calendar with me and I already have meal plans for the next 2 ½ weeks! I just have to sit down and m... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:38:27 EST Water retention #4?? So I hopped on the scale to find that I was right! The pizza definitely had me retaining some water! I'm back down to 190. It's not where I want to be, but it's in the right direction! <BR> <BR> Hubby and I were watching the season finale of Bones season 6. We are totaly addicted and Netflix has enabled us to watch EVERY EPISODE! After our youngest came into the living room for the umpteenth time to say he had to pee, I made a comment about how big the kids were getting and how it made me sa... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:43:23 EST Something's got to give! I'm feeling pretty down on myself right now. My weight has crept up to 192.2. That's the most I've been in a while! I'm hoping it is just water retention from all the sodium I had for dinner last night. I've been doing really good with my eating and meal planning and sticking to it. Last night I had a turkey in the slow cooker. It wasn't done when I got home. And close to dinner time it still wasn't ready! So I ordered pizza. Carry out! I was so disappointed! I had this lovely dinner planned!... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:04:48 EST Just what I needed! This weekend was amazing!! It started off really wet, so we weren't able to have the boys' BMX race on Saturday, but we made do. Friday, I rented some movies and we just hung out at the house. My oldest had a friend over so they were occupied playing the XBox. Saturday, I woke up early and made strawberry crepes for the kids and hubby. They were delicious!! I let the kids play outside while I got somethings done around the house. They played so hard that they actually laid down to take a nap!... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:51:59 EST Accountability Report: Willpower vs. motivation It has been a crazy last couple of weeks! I feel like my world has been turned upside down! A lot of good has come from the events, however! I know I haven’t been doing the greatest with this challenge. I’m mostly struggling with the fitness challenges, and I’m working on that. But other aspects of my life have been positively affected! <BR> <BR> Eric started a new job last week. His schedule has totally changed! He went from working as a tattoo artist from 12-8pm (10pm on Friday and Saturda... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:52:03 EST I just had to share! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Someone shared this with me! I think I'm going to have to hang this on my dashboard! I ate McDonald's today for lunch and felt like CRAP!! Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:01:56 EST :P I love this! I need to start getting up earlier to get my workouts in! Correction, I WILL start getting up earlier to get my workouts in! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:34:24 EST