MAMACHAE74's SparkPeople Blog MAMACHAE74's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My blog This week is birthday week: my niece turned 15 yesterday, my cousin turned 35 today and mine is in a few days. I have been celebrating with them and not restricting myself. However, I could not force myself to eat the stuff I have left alone for a while. I didn't even indulge in desert because I just didn't want it. I was shocked last night. A few things I've noticed this week is when I eat sugar my eyes water profusely, when I eat dairy I get the same thing (butter came with the meal I order... Tue, 3 May 2016 15:26:13 EST My blog Feeling sleepy and a tad sluggish.bleh Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:51:19 EST My blog Got out for a five miler on the treadmill of course however it was the fastest 5 and I feel pretty good. My weight routine I am falling in love with. It is grueling and it makes me feel so accomplished at the end of it. I'm still sticking to vegan eating which has been easier than I thought. I find that other folk are uneasy about my food choices and that is the hard part because I don't understand it. However I don't deter or haven't as of yet. I have drastically decreased my alcohol intake,... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:18:14 EST My blog Feeling good. How about you. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 03:57:46 EST My blog Loving the day almost forgot to blog. Met with some Co workers and actually had fun with them which surprised since I am so much older than them. Looking forward to exercising and planning my meals. Really loving my off days. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 02:52:48 EST My blog Glad I'm off! Thu, 21 Apr 2016 03:51:34 EST My blog Dreading tomorrow...ugh Wed, 20 Apr 2016 05:40:31 EST My blog Feeling good today Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:16:35 EST My blog I'm not going to lie I am getting tired of logging and blogging. I think I've hit the point where I am going to have to force myself to continue so I don't go back to my old habits Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:24:35 EST My blog Date night with hubby. Went to comedy show and had a blast. Had a drink and it made me have bubble guts. It has been a long time since I've had a mixed drink and I guess my stomach is not having it anymore. I noticed that when I eat sugar period my stomach gets all bubbly now. My favorite junk foods don't have the same appeal and I find it not worth it. I guess I can mark sugar off my list of things to eat or just have it during celebrations and in small amounts. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 04:47:49 EST My blog 041516 Made a cabbage medley that tasted so yummy. Zucchini later with wild rice and beans Sat, 16 Apr 2016 05:46:10 EST My blog I've been eating a vegan lifestyle for about a week and I am already adjusted. This surprises me because so many said it would be difficult and so I expected to slip up many times before I transitioned. I'm so glad I transitioned and my tummy is happy as well. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:22:53 EST My blog 0413 I'm running out of titles so I'm just going to name everything my blog and the date. Hopefully I get the date correct! So I've been sleeping more which I must have needed, and since I've started eating helathier, I am now back on track with sleeping and it feels good. Hope ur day is great. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:58:44 EST Snacking Hard to find vegan snacks. Probably because I am used to the junk like donuts cookies and cakes. I don't want those but I would like some healthy vegan options. My quest for the week is to find a good vegan option other than homemade granola. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 20:44:16 EST It keeps getting better and better I can't help but to blog about my lifestyle because I am enjoying it much more. I get a lot of "good Luck" and "ooh that is a tough lifestyle" from folk when I say that I have switched to Vegan. It is as if people expect that I have to explain myself, but I don't put anyone on trial for choosing to eat pizza and other fun stuff. I also have to resist the urge to "teach" people about this lifestyle when they are going in on me due to their lack of understanding. <BR> <BR> My stomach is g... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 05:45:24 EST Feeling good Feeling good about this life of mine. Happy about the choices I made and continue to make that I know are benefitting me now and will continue to do so later. Yay Sun, 10 Apr 2016 06:56:38 EST Vegan me I don't want to obsess over what I eat being a vegan, yet I find myself doing that since the lifestyle is so new to me. I am obsessing over ensuring that I am getting my nutrients in like calcium. I realize that I need to ensure that I go out into the sun for about 20 minutes a day so that my vitamin d levels are not low. The only supplement that I am taking is b12 and it looks like I am hitting my nutrient goals. I am going to have to get used to not eating junk and i know that this will... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 08:30:47 EST Vegan lifestyle here I come! So, I have been contemplating going vegan for about 6 months. I was hesitant because I didn't think I could give up meat as it has been a staple in my diet for years. So, I have done research spoke with many folk who live this lifestyle and I am finally transitioning. This will be for the better and I am hopeful that any ailments that I have had in the past will subside and I am looking forward to not having issues with my stomach anymore. I think the next 4 weeks or so will be a huge learnin... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 22:11:35 EST Another bleh day Up cuz I can't sleep can't sleep cuz my stomach is in k n ots. Tomorrow I want this to be done. Thu, 7 Apr 2016 05:21:17 EST A little high a little low Low for the last few weeks dealing with work stuffs. It's amazing how one incident can shift my mental. My stomach was in knots for two weeks and I didn't say anything to anyone and I was just dealing, now today those knots had me doubled over and along with them came a migraine and flutters in my chest. I do not like feeling like this and I know I need to get centered to be able to handle all that is coming at me. I just hate when folk go out of their way to pick a part my actions and I beco... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 23:52:37 EST Going going going I wish I could surround myself with more content folk that I can identify with. Folk that don't try to make me into what they think I should be and then run a smear campaign because I won't. I work with folk that are nice nasty. Nice in ur face and talk negatively behind ur back and goes to far extents to get others on board. It's exhausting working with fake people. Glad I have a great home life it's my safe place and I can relax and be loved:) Mon, 4 Apr 2016 23:41:25 EST Vacation I need one! Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:38:22 EST Tabboulleh tabboulleh tabboulleh Good morning. I find that after I work out I live to have a cup of tabboulleh with some beans or kamut. I love this stuff and discovered it about two weeks ago. I have been tinkering around with the recipe and I have found one I really like it is the traditional recipe made with parsley, green onion, tomato, cucumber, mint leaves, olive oil, lemon juice, pink himalayan salt, bulgar, and cracked black pepper. Just chop all these ingredients into small pieces and mix together. The bulgar had to... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 06:37:41 EST Tabboulleh OMG I loooooooooove this salad. I made it with sprouted wild rice and quinoa and it came out so delish. I cannot believe I didn't know about this before. Yummmmmay Mon, 28 Mar 2016 04:05:27 EST 13.2 in my best time so far Today I ran 13.2 in 2 hrs 10 mins. I'm feeling pretty good about this. I'm preparing for the bay to breakers and then the diva half. I love to run because it gives me time to think things through a sort of meditation. So here is to my first 13.2 with good time. Cheers yall! Sun, 27 Mar 2016 20:09:13 EST Too tired Okay this last week maybe 2 I have cut back on my routine because I found myself so exhausted. Tomorrow I will start back up again. I am looking forward to it. Sat, 26 Mar 2016 06:29:45 EST Grouchy Today was a no good horrible very bad day. Pfffft. Thu, 24 Mar 2016 03:13:55 EST Whooped The fastest 6 I've ever run I ran yesterday! I doubt not believe it as it felt like I didn't even do run it. It made me think back to 2 months ago when I started really running consistently for training, how hard 3 miles used to be and 6 was considered long mileage. Now 6 is like "I got this" and it feel dern fabulous! 16 are now my long runs and are still a challenge and I love it. I'm really glad that I was able to pick up running again it is a great way for me to get in tune with myself an... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 04:30:29 EST Back to school Break is over now it's back to writing papers and learning. I am looking forward to the next 6 weeks:) Mon, 21 Mar 2016 03:28:57 EST Bowling fun Had fun bowling today. Tomorrow my running schedule starts back uo Mon, 21 Mar 2016 02:53:35 EST Feeling blessed and loved I feel like I need to purge some folk out of my life. I just don't need folk in my life that keep telling me that I am misbehaving according to the Bible because I am "outspoken". If I didn't already know that I am blessed and loved I wouldn't recognize the need for the distance. I'm loving this journey called my life and I am very thankful for my discerning spirit and the ones that truly care about me. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 06:14:04 EST Too much rest So I'm following my schedule and I have another rest day. This is hard to do. It looks like next week I turn it up so I'm looking forward to that. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:02:42 EST Optimistic Feeling good and ready to get over this plateau. I have a light running schedule this week which is good but my weight workout has been upped to the next level. I'm looking forward to my workout today. Happy sparking. Wed, 16 Mar 2016 04:46:01 EST Celebrate good times ... with a small shopping spree So today I went to the gym (realized that it's allergies acting up as to why I'm not feeling well) and the workout was brutal. I got through it and realized that I needed to do some gear shopping since I have gear with threads unraveling and some of my pants are barely stitched together in the thigh area. Most of my gear is over 4 years old and I cover up the used portions with shorts. So, today I celebrated my journey with a small shopping spree with my hubby and I found some awesome sales ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 04:14:38 EST Bleh bleh bleh bleh bleh Okay I need something to get rid of this head cold. Any suggestions? Natural remedies I prefer. Thanks Mon, 14 Mar 2016 03:38:33 EST Still bleh I have a cold still. I don't want to let it effect my workout schedule. I'm not feverish just my throat is feeling a little lumpy and I am congested. I am sick of taking nyquil it is making me naseous to think about taking it. Anyway, I will at least walk today so I can be moving and hopefully that will work up and out this phlegm. I am looking forward to getting over this cold, hopefully it will be soon. Happy sparking y'all! ! Sun, 13 Mar 2016 22:33:42 EST A case of the bleh So this week I have been having headaches (migraines) and some dizziness. I immediately thought that I was not eating enough and exercising too much so I started reviewing my diary. Then today came, I woke up throat on fire coughing and sneezing and feeling like bleh. I suppose the headache was just the beginning of this sickness. I hope this (cold, allergy or whatever it is) does not linger for long, I have miles to cover ;). Happy sparking y'all! Sat, 12 Mar 2016 09:41:00 EST Lazy lazy lazy That's what I am today. Woken up with a headache so I am resting. Happy sparking Fri, 11 Mar 2016 04:34:39 EST How long am I supposed to rest again??? So I am scheduled for a week rest meaning no weights for a week. This week seemed so long and I feel like a whole 7 days is a rather long time for a break but I suppose it's best to allow my body to rest. Friday I will be back in action. As for right now I am reading up on my next set of exercises so I can be prepared. I hope everyone is doing well on their journey. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 03:27:17 EST Gym in the morning On the days that my hubby works I wait to go to the gym with him when he gets off work in the morning. This time really requires much adjustment for me. When do you like to workout? Wed, 9 Mar 2016 03:46:50 EST 12 oh lovely 12 run schedule called for 4 miles yesterday. I went to the gym ran the 4 then midnight hit and I thought I may as well bang out the scheduled 8 and I did. This 12 was challenging yet doable. Afterward I felt like I had conquered the doubt that I had for a long time. I am feeling pretty good about this accomplishment. Yay for me:) Tue, 8 Mar 2016 06:20:38 EST MamaC's journey Still chugging along and feeling good. I made my first tabboulleh today and oh my it came out pretty darn good. I have already had two bowls of it. The good thing is I know it will last me all week and I will probably eat it breakfast lunch and dinner as my side. I decided to try new recipes to keep it fun and interesting. I am working to switch my eating habits to that of a pescatarian lifestyle so I am incorporating more veggies and still getting protein. I am making changes that support m... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 22:45:18 EST Starting my week off of rest I'm scheduled for rest this week...yay. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 23:03:46 EST Sure why not? One of the things that I have learned to let go of is other folk having expectations based on their biases. Some days it is tough to paddle/wade through all the bs that gets thrown my way and at times it weighs me down. Then I get the God is forgiven you speech for whatever reason and I have to be honest it offends me. Today I am just in a sure why not mood and looking forward to getting off. Hope your day was a good one. Thu, 3 Mar 2016 17:13:44 EST The worst day for sleep OMG this was the worst day for sleep for me. My hours at work changed and it made me so tired today I did not have energy for exercising. As a matter of fact when I finish blogging this, I am going to sleep again. <BR> Hope everyone had a great, restful day. <BR> Thu, 3 Mar 2016 00:33:46 EST Bleh no more :) So for the last 6 or 7 days I have been struggling with my workouts feeling low energy and unable to make my double digit runs happen which got me to looking at my journal. I keep a pretty detailed exercise journal and log my foods daily. So when I went back to compare the two I realized that my old eating habits had me consuming well over 2500 to 3000 cals, I mean I was a junk food junkie.. potato chips were a staple in my diet and I mean a family size bag to myself. Red wine was my thirst q... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 03:53:54 EST Craving noodles So I ate probably the most unhealthy noodles ever but they were yummy. I don't know why I was craving them but it has me looking at my nutrition to make sure I am getting all the fuel I need to replete after my long runs. Hope everyone is finding success and staying motivated. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 23:51:53 EST Great day for a run Ran 9 today. Hopefully I can make my long run tomorrow. Feeling pretty good :) Sun, 28 Feb 2016 02:32:46 EST Bleh Today I am exhausted. I figured out why I've been depleted and it is because my work hours are inconsistent and the variation is making me exhausted because I cannot get enough sleep. Fri, 26 Feb 2016 02:52:19 EST Because I think I need to write this There are so many folk on here that reach out to seek motivation after they have binged and gained weight. My question is always "what do you need to be motivated to do". I don't like to give out canned remarks as I so often see happening and sometimes I feel like what I have to say may be a tad bit too brutal for the sensitive ones. But these posts made me take a look at my journey for the last two years on this site and all of the ups and downs that I have experienced and the lessons th... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 04:28:20 EST