LOBOSMOMMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LOBOSMOMMA LOBOSMOMMA'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/ It's Me Again, Margaret http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796151 Ah yes, I know. I keep saying I'm going to stay on track this time. I'm like a broken record. I seem to keep finding excuses. It's been a few months since I've last posted. I really haven't been on here at all either. So, here's an update. <BR> <BR> I got laid off my job at the end of June. I'm still looking for another job. Luckily I qualified for unemployment, but it's definitely not the income I was bringing in from my job. And I believe my benefit is about to run out. I did have a job l... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 02:52:18 EST Thyroid Testing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687959 I've been a bit worried since I failed my physical for my new job due to my pulse being high *likely* due to my meds, as the NP put it. I emailed my VA doctor and explained the situation, and he told me to come in for lab testing and a holter monitor. I've been even more worried about the monitor, because to me that means: red flag! heart trouble! I went in for my lab tests this morning, and all that they tested for was thyroid. That actually settled my nerves a little to know. I was told to ... Mon, 5 May 2014 11:13:19 EST Soda Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684931 Since starting back on Topamax for my migraines this past October, soda has not tasted very good at all to me, so it's made it much easier to break my Dew habit. I do admit to having a couple of slip ups last month, but I have no idea how I managed to drink them. They still taste nasty to me. That is still a tremendous improvement for me. That used to be my morning coffee. Still though, the few I had last month is all I've really had since October. I will not order them on the rare occasion ... Thu, 1 May 2014 12:47:26 EST Wake-Up Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682570 Friday was my physical for my job I was supposed to start in a few weeks. My physical determined whether or not I had the job. I had a start date set and everything. But I didn't pass the physical. Why not? My pulse was too high. Not my high blood pressure that I'm being treated for as I was worried about. Something that I had absolutely no clue that was even a problem. So now my job is still looking like it's ending on June 30, and I'm back to the starting board for my job search. Like I rea... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:04:18 EST Patience Is NOT My Friend Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678722 Monday afternoon, I got a call from the HR guy giving me a conditional job offer. He tells me he needs me to get in for a physical this week, like the following day. So I tell him well I'll need about an hour notice since I'll be driving from work. He tells me they normally schedule the appointments first thing in the morning and that I should wait to hear from him first. So, Tuesday morning, that's what I did. I never heard from him. I called him and got no answer. I went on in to work. Call... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:23:24 EST Waiting Game... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674437 So, I think my interview went well yesterday. I met with two supervisors and the police lieutenant. I was so nervous and I hope I didn't fidget too much. The LT started off by telling me a little about the job and then they each took turns asking me a series of questions, all the while all 3 of them taking notes with every one of my answers. After they were done questioning me they instructed me to turn over a sheet of paper that had been placed next to where I was seated, and proceeded to go... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:20:09 EST Bundle of Nerves! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672909 I'm not sure if I'm more nervous or more anxious. Maybe it's both equally. I haven't had a formal job interview in quite some time, yet tomorrow, I have a big one. <BR> <BR> At the end of February, I applied online for a Communications Officer for a local law enforcement agency. Not long after, I got an email inviting me to take a test for the position. I was told the test would take approximately 3.5 hours, and THAT made me nervous. I had absolutely NO idea what kind of rigorous testing wo... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:16:55 EST Not Feelin' It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668394 Today has not been a good day. It's one of those days where Migraine has taken over. I'm on meds for them, and they are helping, but I'm still getting the occasional migraine. It just seems like the ones that slip through now are much worse. I'm not sure which is better: Getting migraines almost daily, or getting them maybe once a week, with them being worse. Ugh. I'm being treated by a VA doctor. He's done all he can for me and has put in a request for me to see a neurologist with the VA. Go... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:24:12 EST Chocolate? What Chocolate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605579 I have a confession. I was craving a candy bar yesterday. Like really craving one. I stopped by the gas station on the way home from work to get gas, but didn't go inside. I got home and looked inside the cabinets. I found a box of chocolates the hubby's grandparents gave us for Christmas. I admit it, I gave in. BUT I'm happy to confess that I ate one, yes ONE small square, and put the box back. I closed it up and put it back on the top shelf. I'm so proud of myself! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 19:42:48 EST I'm Still Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593288 I haven't been checking in here lately, but I'm still hanging in there. I'm happy to say I've been soda free since the last week of October! Woohoo! I'm still working on increasing my water intake and decreasing my sweet tea intake, but it's a start! I'm also still slowly cutting back on how much sugar I add to my sweet tea. I've tried using splenda, but it just doesn't work for me. So hubby and I will just gradually cut back until we can take it almost unsweet. He's a skinny guy, but we've b... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:59:11 EST Motivational Photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551605 I was browsing my list of pages I follow on Facebook that I have grouped as 'Pretty Stuff', and one of those pages had posted a photo that I really liked. Now, I don't follow any pages pertaining to weight loss but I don't recall offhand which page it was from. I like some quite sarcastic pages so it may have come from one of those. Anywho, I liked it and found it quite motivational, and thought I would share it with my Spark friends. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:10:07 EST Making Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546027 I took a chance and stepped on the scales this morning. I know, probably not the best way to start the day right? Well, It was good! I've lost 10 pounds since starting Topamax, Granted, it's probably the 10 pounds I gained when I was put on Depakote, but I'll take it! I know it's a start in the right direction and I'm positive it's not the last loss I'm going to see. It is also that TOM for me so that should count for something as well. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to feel a bit better overall al... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:38:21 EST Topamax Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544446 I am on week 3-1/2 of Topamax and so far I think it's helping with my migraines. I'm still getting them but not daily like I was. Definitely not as severe, knock on wood I didn't just jinx myself. I'm only up to 50 mg per day so far. If you've never taken it, let me tell you how the dosage works. You're supposed to start out with 1 dose of 25 mg at night for a week, then increase to two 25 mg doses, one in the morning, one at night for a week (or however long your doctor recommends), then gra... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:13:48 EST Setbacks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532072 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1592912281.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have had a few setbacks recently, therefore gaining weight instead of losing, but some were out of my control. <BR> <BR> I have started seeing a new doctor since starting my new job in January. I finally found out how to go about being seen by a VA doctor since I am a veteran. Now that I work on an Army base again, and there is actually a VA clinic literally right outside the main gate, that is who I primarily... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 14:59:14 EST Missing In Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487196 I'm afraid I haven't been online much lately. Work keeps me pretty much busy most days, and by the time I get home I just don't feel like it. Then add in I'm back in school now, and with the classes only being 8 weeks, that keeps me busy as well. After working 8-5 with an hour commute 5 days a week, and a 6 hour class every Saturday, I don't much feel like doing anything once Sunday rolls around. <BR> <BR> I will admit that even though I haven't been trying as hard to work on my goals, I hav... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:52:03 EST Tornadoes and Tropical Storms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380411 I hope none of you were affected by all the Tornadoes that hit during the month of May. I hate that so many folks were killed or injured, especially the children. I will never understand why places in the areas most likely to be hit with Tornadoes do not have storm shelters. It does make me feel good to know that so many people went out of their way to help, even if just by sending donations. I'd like to think that everyone was nice at all times, but at least it's good to know people help out... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 13:51:50 EST Dear Migraine: I Don't Like You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332930 Today I am suffering through my second day with a migraine. It wasn't too bad yesterday while at work, but got worse once I was home. I was so nauseous that all I managed to eat for dinner was a banana. That's not normal for me, but nothing else in my pantry or fridge sounded good. Then there's the fact that I didn't want to make the effort to actually fix anything other than maybe toast, but I didn't want toast. Luckily after eating my banana I at least didn't have any more hunger cravings. ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:18:06 EST My Vitamins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320780 Yesterday I mentioned that I got back in the routine of taking my daily vitamins. Today I'll tell you why I take what I take. <BR> <BR> 1 - Prenatal vitamins rather than regular multi vitamins. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for awhile. I'm over 35 so I just want to make sure I have enough of whatever I need in my system if I ever do get pregnant. I'm convinced I was pregnant and miscarried last spring. I never tested positive, but I FELT pregnant, my period was 2 weeks la... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:54:46 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319624 My biggest problem inhibiting me on my journey to lose weight and get healthy? Motivation. I simply lack it. It's not that I don't want to lose the weight badly enough, I just can't seem to find the motivation. Ever. I always seem to find an excuse, when in reality, there is none. Not for every single day that is. <BR> <BR> I commute an hour to work and I'm NOT, never have been, a morning person. I have to be at work at 7:30. My alarm is set for 5:45. I'm lucky if I'm out of bed before 6:05.... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:05:08 EST Hubby Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318340 Things have been going much better between the hubby and I. He has been much more attentive to me and spending less time on his computer. In fact, he didn't even get online last night. I have been happy to have him spending more time with me lately so much that I haven't pushed my luck by asking about the other chick. Last night we talked about it a little bit and he actually told me that he did finally tell her she needed to back off. I told him it wasn't the fact that he was trying to be a ... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:51:39 EST Ready To Walk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317355 Yay! Lobo's harness finally came in today! Time for the both of us to start our evening walks again! :) <BR> <BR> Last week I got him a harness from the local pet store, but he did not tolerate it so I had to return it. I did not have my receipt so the store only gave me store credit. Needless to say both furkids were delighted to get two new awesome toys. <BR> <BR> He's very skittish about so many things. This harness was the kind that you had to put his front legs and head through then s... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 15:43:37 EST Rough Week, Better Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315491 As you all know my husband and I are having a few problems. Mainly due to him keeping his female friend who has caused problems around. Well over the week it was rough. I had a hard time keeping my temper in check and that didn't help matters any. <BR> <BR> Into the weekend things started looking up. He had to work most of the day Saturday. To try and keep my mind off things I thoroughly cleaned the house. I even cleaned the couch where Lobo likes to sleep (drool) on it during the day while... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 08:17:55 EST Rotten Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307613 So this weekend was not good. At all. A female friend of my husband's hinted around to me that she's leaving her husband for my husband. Now don't get me wrong, I trust my husband and know it isn't true, at least on his part. But I have a huge problem that he doesn't want to cut ties with her. He says she's just a friend and she isn't going to cause problems. I keep telling him she's already caused the problem. To me it feels like he is choosing her friendship over our marriage. He says it's ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:37:23 EST Today = FAIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304372 So today my energy is low, my cravings are high, and it's that time of the month. Needless to say I caved and got a candy bar this morning. I'm still nursing the soda from yesterday. But at least I managed to find a healthier alternative for lunch than the McDonald's chicken nuggets I was craving. And I won't lie, I didn't get them because the line at the drive-thru was too long! But I'm not going to beat myself up over it too much. I've been doing pretty good up until the last two days. I'll... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:08:07 EST Oh! My Aching Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303443 At some point while working at my last job, I hurt my back. I dealt with it for two weeks before I did anything about it. Partly because I was thinking I'd just overdone it a little and would be feeling fine in a few days. Partly in fear of being fired because of it, since I did get hurt on the job. I didn't have money for the doctor at the time, since I wasn't even working 20 hours per week. My husband's boss had insurance for me, but with a $30 doctor copay and $15 for prescription, I didn'... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:00:38 EST Just Too Much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302105 As I've mentioned, I've had a lot going on this past year. It was a tough one for me. I may go into detail about the different situations at some point, but for now I'll just kind of give a brief summary. <BR> <BR> In February 2012, I got diagnosed with Bell's Palsy. I'd had it before, but before was very mild compared to this time around. This time it caused me to miss a week off work simply because I couldn't drive. My left eye would not stay closed and it put strain on my right eye which ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:10:36 EST