MAMAMIDWIFE1's SparkPeople Blog MAMAMIDWIFE1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Making lemonade or, in this case, meatloaf We have been blessed this year to join a farm share. So every week we get a pile of fresh produce, meat, eggs, milk... It has been the best thing that ever happened to healthy eating in my house! We start all meal planning with our veggies and our protein because those are what is most readily available in the fridge - as it should be. It has been a challenge to eat creatively and seasonally. It is winter now and the selection is much smaller, lots of sweet potatoes, potatoes, kohlrabi, some ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 16:14:29 EST Time to begin again Baby is here! A sweet little boy joined our family a little over a month ago. He is perfect and everything I could hope for. My big kids are just as in love with him as us parent types. In short life is crazy, chaotic, messy, and absolutely great! <BR> My body is recovering from pregnancy and birth so much faster than I expected. I feel fantastic! I am definitely loosing sleep and feel that, but otherwise, I am back to my usual activity level. That means I am ready to start building up exerc... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 00:55:42 EST I'm still here! I am now 22 weeks pregnant and feeling it :). It is hard to have come down in my weight and be back up, but the wiggly little feet make me feel like it is all worth it. I am doing what one should never do at any other time in life and boxing up the clothes that don't fit, but oddly, seeing them in the bottom of the closet is encouraging. It reminds me of what I was able to accomplish and that I will be back there again in my size 10 pants. I did it before and there is no reason I can't do it ... Sat, 5 May 2012 15:40:15 EST I changed my mind I have been feeling my way through sticking with spark people while pregnant and it has been a lot of learning so far and I am sure a lot more to come. For one thing, even modest exercise goals may be unreasonable in the first trimester. For going the nap that I would give an arm for feel like the equivalent of working out for at least a half hour. I just going to have to accept the limitations of this phase and roll with it. <BR> The biggest decision of all, however, is that I am not going ... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:17:34 EST Doing things differently... As you may have guessed from my new ticker, I have just found out that I am pregnant with my third kiddo! We are SO excited, and this baby is very, very welcome. <BR> And it is a little weird to be setting aside my weight loss goals before getting to the finish line. There is a part of me that feels discouraged. I was really excited about looking awesome in my tank-tops this summer and I am having a hard time letting that go. I put a lot of energy into psyching myself up for this process and... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 17:32:14 EST Healty eating more expensive? I was really surprised by the percentages on a poll I took this morning. The question was "Is healthy eating more expensive?" The responses were strongly weighted to "yes". I was more than a bit surprised. I know that not everyone is going through the same changes in house and habits that others are. We all started in different places and so maybe comparisons are not really relevant. All I can speak to is how it is at our house. <BR> The people who raid the fridge at my house are me, my husba... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:10:52 EST So, maybe making a few hundred truffles for Christmas wasn't the best idea... It really didn't even occur to me before I started making them that maybe having a double boiler full of melted chocolate bubbling and little balls of peppermint fondant and home-made caramel all over my kitchen for a period of a week and a half might be more temptation than was fair to myself. I didn't do as badly as I could have, I turned down the tastes I would normally have had more times then I caved which I consider a major success. However coupled with being sick for a week and working... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 21:54:36 EST Holy measurements, Batman! So, I have not really changed weight in a month, I don't feel like my clothes are fitting any different. It has been hard, but I have been keeping with it, because I am really committed to doing the work this time no matter what. This week in particular I have made a commitment to myself to do ALL the things I need to do to get healthy. I have been measuring my waist, hips, thigh, and upper arm monthly since I started with spark people and it is time to do it again this week. I was really rea... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:59:26 EST Alright, Plateau, your time has come... Plateaus are stubborn things. They just sit there, as immovable as a small mountain (with a flat top of course :). But I am getting off this one and it is happening THIS WEEK. I am strong, I am prepared, I know what I need to do, and I am going to do it! One step at a time, one meal at a time, I am doing my exercise, I am tracking everything, I am not going to let anything (especially me) get in my way. RAWR!! <BR> <BR> So, Morning Pep Talk complete. next on the to do list... <BR> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:28:42 EST Logistics challenge It is taking all of my positive thinking to stick it out this week. Don't get me wrong, I WILL be sticking it out, but I definitely have had more moments of wanting to throw in the towel the last day or so. <BR> Take today, as a midwife, I don't exactly have regular hours. My day ended yesterday with an 11:45pm phone consult, and started this am with a call in to assist at 4:45am. I don't really mind. I sleep when I can and I get all the rewards of helping families through such an amazing mo... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 23:43:16 EST arg. Plateausville. Well, I have been hovering around the same weight for about a month now. It has annoyed me more some days and less others. Today, IT BUGS ME SOOOOOOO MUCH!!! <BR> What bugs me the most is just that I am feeling helpless to do much about it. Now, I am well aware that i am not actually helpless in this. I know there are levers for all of the obstacles between me and the movement on my scale. But just for the duration of this blog post, I am going to indulge in a little whining. <BR> I know tha... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 16:20:44 EST I choose to work toward the life I want TODAY Realization in the shower (I do all my best thinking in the shower): <BR> I have a life that I want. I know what it will look like, I know what it will feel like. I want it so much I can taste it! But I can't HAVE that life today. I can't just get up in the morning and be fit, wear new pants, be debt free, own a house... <BR> But if I don't start WORKING toward that life that I want today, I will never have it. <BR> So, I can be sad about all the things I want and "can't have", or I can get ... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 17:29:34 EST I'm worth it, and I'm not the only one This last few months with spark people has been an amazing road. I have taken control of my food, my activity level, and my finances. I feel better physically and emotionally. I genuinely feel like I am living a different life then I was in July. I am a different and much happier woman, wife, and mother. I am about half way to my goal weight, and it has been so easy so far I might even go further, who knows? All in all, life is really good! <BR> For the first time in probably my whole life, ... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 18:15:55 EST De-stressing I joined the de-stress your life challenge this week, and my first quest is to figure out where my stresses come from. Today I think that my biggest stresses came from needing to think about big life choices. My family, in addition to slimming down and getting healthy, is also working toward having our finances in a condition we like, so the budget for this month has been in the works the last few days and came to a final draft this am. We are talking about moving to a near-by city. I am tryi... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:40:17 EST Stage #2: Why am I eating exactly? Breakfast, woke up ravenous so I ate! <BR> Morning snack, feeling grumpy kids having snack at toddler class, noticed it had been 2+ hours since breakfast, ate. <BR> Lunch, growling tummy and hungry kids, ate. <BR> Just now, our gorgeous organic produce box was delivered, and I ate a plum just 'cause it looked so darn tasty! But hey, needed more fruits and veggies anyway right? :) <BR> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 17:47:35 EST Stage 2: why am I eating exactly? Well, I'm not sure where else to put these, so I'm going to put them here. Yay for public accountability! <BR> 2:30- making food to eat because my tummy is growling Mon, 24 Oct 2011 17:30:34 EST I hate feeling hungry... problem solving It started yesterday and now more so today, I am hungry. This is really the first time since starting spark people that I have felt hungry other than when I look at the clock and say "Oh! I'm hungry because I am really due to eat again!" I just ate about an hour ago and I am really hungry. It is feeling hard to stick to my calorie goals. <BR> There is a very good reason for this: I have started exercising more so my body is building muscle and using more calories. I know it will be great int... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 17:25:21 EST Secret goal #1 achieved! I have the feeling that I am not the only one who has one set of goals that are on the fridge, on your spark page, on the bathroom mirror, where ever. These goals are things like "Lose 20lbs", "Just say no to ice cream", "More veggies!", "Have you had your 10 glasses of water today?". Then there is another set of goals: that pair of pants that you know you should have gotten rid of, the two piece swim suit that you won't wear but is still stuffed in the closet, that sweater that "fits" but do... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 01:16:22 EST Tired Legs, Happy Family It was a lovely fall day here! <BR> We are blessed to live right next to an amazing walking and bicycling path. It is along the road part of the way but then it heads off among trees and follows a stream. It used to be where the rail road tracks ran, but they were taken out and now the green ravine and bridges are scenery for exercisers and commuters on roller blades, bicycles, skate boards, and feet. <BR> After lunch today, 4SASHA and I packed up a snack, diaper bag, a stroller and our two p... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 21:21:15 EST Today's Exercise Secret: the Zoo If you are looking for a new workout adventure, take the kiddos to the Zoo! Our zoo is hilly too, so between pushing the lunch-laden stroller up and down hills, holding one or both of my wee ones up the see the naked mole rats in their den or giraffes bending down to eat grass or how hippos can close their nostrils when the go under water or arguing bats, chasing my funny daughter as she run off chanting "I go walking! I go walking!", and just generally tooling around for 2+ hours it is a pre... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 18:16:27 EST Hard Days Today was hard for me. <BR> My daughter has a class in the morning, hosted by friends of our family about 20 miles away. Since my son is homeschooled, he comes along. Every once in a while, since it is a long drive, we make a day of it and stay at their house until their son comes home so the boys can play. Today was one of those days. <BR> But being away from home puts me at the mercy of the food choices of others and that is really tough for me. Luckily this family eats pretty well and mos... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 23:48:46 EST Together The best part about my journey to a better life here on SparkPeople is that I am on it with my wonderful husband (4Sasha). I can't describe how much more fun it is doing it together! I have tried to make changes in various areas of what I have seen as MY life, but with kids, and work, and everything that goes on every day it always seemed that there was something more important to work on. But this time, WE are making changes to OUR life. Every stage is both of us working on our shared projec... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 16:26:08 EST Patience I am thinking about patience today primarily because it seems to be thin on the ground this afternoon. <BR> I am homeschooling my son (5.5 yr old) aided by my 18 month old daughter. It is undoubtedly great for my kids and I am committed to doing what is best for them. For me, however, it is very challenging some days (read "most days"). I am an introvert and my most awesome son is an extrovert of the highest order so we tend to be at cross purposes at least some during the day, such as now.... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 17:52:21 EST Follow up: No more bugs I am pleased to shout from the hill tops that our infestation is done. What a trial. <BR> I try so hard not to use chemicals in my home. I clean with baking soda, castille soap, and vinegar. I use biodegradable dish soap. My garden in 100% chemical free. But now my house is a hazard to all bugs. It is really sad to me that it came to this, and I wonder how long it will last. The spiders seem to to be moving back in slowly, and I guess that is a good sign! Sun, 2 Oct 2011 01:26:12 EST Ewwww! Bugs! We have been battling an infestation at my house. What were creepy crawlies from out side have come in, and they have come inside in unacceptable numbers. Now, I am a pretty green lady. I like the natural approach, and I hate chemicals, but there are times when you just have to pull out the big guns. <BR> So, I spent the weekend cleaning, vacuuming, dusting, washing, wiping our entire house, and then fumigating. <BR> Hopefully we will be done with the six-legged beasties that have been nibbl... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:29:57 EST Busy I love to be busy. I love to go from one thing to the next all day and two things at once isn't even a problem most of the time. But there is such a thing as being too busy. When I move from the range of "regular busy" into "too busy" it isn't fun any more! <BR> This was a "too busy" day. Here I am at the end of the day feeling tired and grumpy. <BR> Next task: Take a deep breath and "allow the day's trouble be for sufficient for the day." Today is as done as I can make it, and tomorrow can... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 23:36:00 EST