MAMMA3MONKEYS's SparkPeople Blog MAMMA3MONKEYS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community update... So much has gone on since I last posted... <BR> <BR> Hi <BR> <BR> I am such a changed woman in so many ways since I started my weight loss plan. But i'm sitting here not very happy with my weight, not recognizing my life, but working to make it all come to fruition still. <BR> <BR> I got a great job. Moved out of my ex's and established a home for me and my daughters. Got laid off. <BR> <BR> Got another job 2 days later that paid great, no benefits yet, was through a s... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 16:08:01 EST So that happened.... Went to my friends house and decided to not stick with my usual eating plan. I was probably 142 and I decided that although I would eat things with salt, I would be diligent in avoiding my binge foods. <BR> <BR> Right away I was greeted with a beer... and a shot of vodka. An hour later, i sneaked a small slice of pizza from her fridge and jumped into the shower. Later I was making these wonderful endive snacks, munching on pita chips & hummus, artichoke dip with some bread... a few shots of... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 01:23:37 EST fat girl in a skinny body.... I... look down at my body and see a fat stomach, loose fleshy thighs, loose skin all over... arms, sides, butt, thighs... I know the majority of my weight is in those areas now and there's not much I can do about it but focus now on muscles. Losing as much weight as I have is obvious to me and sometimes I wonder... who else? I keep thinking.... 5 more pounds... because the scale may not be so kind when I eat away from how I have been. What happens if I eat...? <BR> <BR> I want to be happy w... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:54:18 EST Thanks so much for the compliments :) So I've changed a few things around the past couple weeks. <BR> <BR> 1) According the a BMOS, eating 1/2 C fruit A, 1/2 C carb AorB & 2oz protein for breakfast (pre workout) and snack (post workout), I was screwing with my body. I'm still not sure how but I'm giving it a shot that the BMOS advice is right. She said that I was eating too much for after my workout (I'm not sure if this is still the case if I'm doing sculpting afterwards or not...) <BR> <BR> 2) I may have been eating too lit... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 22:32:07 EST Time for Inches Update 7/31/2012 <em>7</em> <BR> Beginning Total: 404 <BR> Total as of 7/31/12: 270.5 <BR> <BR> beginning | (now) | [lost] <BR> --------------------------- <BR> Neck: 18 (13) [-5] <BR> Shoulders: 54 (38.75) [-15.25] <BR> Chest: 52 (35.5) [-16.5] <BR> BicepL: 19 (11) [-8] <BR> BicepR: 19 (11) [-8] <BR> Waist: 49.5 (30) [-19.5] <BR> ForearmL: 14.25 (10) [-4.25] <BR> ForearmR: 14.25 (10) [-4.25] <BR> Hips: 56 (38.25) [-17.75] <BR> ThighL: 33.75 (21.25) [-1... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 18:05:39 EST Inches Update 6/26/2012 Beginning Total: 404 <BR> Total as of 6/26/12: 275.75 <BR> <BR> beginning | (now) | [lost] <BR> --------------------------- <BR> Neck: 18 (13.25) [-4.75] <BR> Shoulders: 54 (39) [-15] <BR> Chest: 52 (35.5) [-16.5] <BR> BicepL: 19 (11.25) [-7.75] <BR> BicepR: 19 (11.25) [-7.75] <BR> Waist: 49.5 (30.75) [-18.75] <BR> ForearmL: 14.25 (10.25) [-4] <BR> ForearmR: 14.25 (10.25) [-4] <BR> Hips: 56 (39.25) [-16.75] <BR> ThighL: 33.75 (22) [-11.75] <BR> ThighR: 33.75 (22) [-11.75] <BR... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 11:09:08 EST my first birthday ever Is coming in 2 days and I don't know what to do. <BR> <BR> on one hand, I've never celebrated it before and I want to - and I want to go all out - even if i'm alone. I keep thinking of indian food, cake, and a movie. But do I want to gain a ton of weight while "celebrating"? uhm. sorta yeah. I don't mean - gain weight - but eat whatever the heck, enjoy drinks, enjoy myself and my life...that I want to celebrate. <BR> <BR> But then again I'm on a roll here. Today I weighed in at 153.2 which... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 02:23:03 EST Baked Root Vegetables - my new addiction *drool* 100% carb B (I believe, I don't have my book near me) <BR> <BR> skinned Rutabaga (small is better) <BR> skinned Parsnips (small, not large with woody centers if you can help it) <BR> skinned Sweet Potatoes (small, less chance of threads in the potato - also, it's not the bright orange potatoes - those are called yams but i don't see why they wouldn't fit right in :) ) <BR> Red potatoes (any size, keep the skin if you wish) <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 400 degrees <BR> <BR> Cut into equal piec... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 22:13:58 EST Why hello there Well, I finally did it. After working in housekeeping at a hotel for 2 days back to back, I started to have a LOT of pain. So much that a week later I'm finally feeling better. I bit the bullet and went to my doctor. This has been a problem for me since I was 16 when I got stuck in several large, rough waves - I got flipped off my boogey board so hard that it was all I could do to escape the waves breaking over me, tumbling me and keeping me under. I remember coming up and so many people were... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 01:03:20 EST I'm still here! Hello - yeah I know I haven't been around. Looking for work still... found a couple but bailed. I can't physically handle being outside in this freezing weather without moving around (signature gatherer) and I'm NOT a telemarketing type person. Also, I guess I didn't want to show my face because a couple weekends ago I went "whatever" on myself and then got sick with some stomach bug, AF and then oh lucky me - the real flu... finally over all of that and am actually a little less then before ... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 20:01:44 EST Inches Update 1/28/12 I know it hasn't been a month, i just did it because I felt like it... so there :P <BR> <BR> Beginning Total: 404" <BR> Total as of 1/28/12 287.25" <BR> <BR> beginning | (now) | [lost] <BR> --------------------------- <BR> Neck: 18 (13.75) [-4.25] <BR> Shoulders: 54 (41) [-13] <BR> Chest: 52 (37.5) [-14.5] <BR> BicepL: 19 (12) [-7] <BR> BicepR: 19 (12) [-7] <BR> Waist: 49.5 (32) [-17.5] <BR> ForearmL: 14.25 (10.75) [-3.5] <BR> ForearmR: 14.25 (10.75) [-3.5] <BR> Hips: 56 (40.5)... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 20:47:39 EST my sparkfamily Even if I can't find the time or brain cells to write you all back, please know that your words have touched me deeply. i'm still determined to try! mark my words :P but I want you to know... I am here and continue to be here because of you. well, myself too :P but truly, the support, kindness, acceptance, and just warmth of your hearts... priceless treasures... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:31:45 EST Update on the inches: Jan. 8 2012 Beginning Total: 404" <BR> Total as of 1/8/12 293.75" <BR> <BR> beginning | (now) | [lost] <BR> --------------------------- <BR> Neck: 18 (13.75) [-4.25] <BR> Shoulders: 54 (41.5) [-12.5] <BR> Chest: 52 (37.75) [-14.25] <BR> BicepL: 19 (12.5) [-6.5] <BR> BicepR: 19 (12.5) [-6.5] <BR> Waist: 49.5 (33.25) [-16] <BR> ForearmL: 14.25 (10.75) [-3.5] <BR> ForearmR: 14.25 (10.75) [-3.5] <BR> Hips: 56 (41.5) [-14.5] <BR> ThighL: 33.75 (23.25) [-10.5] <BR> ThighR: 33.75 (23.25) [-10.5]... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 14:43:56 EST Inches UPDATE Beginning Total: 404" <BR> Total as of 12/6/11 299.75" <BR> <BR> beginning | (now) | [lost] <BR> --------------------------- <BR> Neck: 18 (14) [-4] <BR> Shoulders: 54 (43.5) [-10.5] idk how i got such a small number before... hmmm.. <BR> Chest: 52 (39) [-13] <BR> BicepL: 19 (13) [-6] <BR> BicepR: 19 (13) [-6] <BR> Waist: 49.5 (33.75) [-15.75] <BR> ForearmL: 14.25 (11) [-3.25] <BR> ForearmR: 14.25 (11) [-3.25] <BR> Hips: 56 (42) [-14] <BR> ThighL: 33.75 (23.25) [-10.50] <BR> Thi... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 00:26:29 EST Inches This is for YOU Heather! :D (yes, for me too :P and I needed this with the way my weight-loss is going) <BR> <BR> Beginning Total: 404" <BR> Total as of 11/9/11 302.5" <BR> <BR> beginning | (now) | [lost] <BR> --------------------------- <BR> Neck: 18 (14.25) [-3.75] <BR> Shoulders: 54 (41.75) [-12.25] <BR> Chest: 52 (39.75) [-12.25] <BR> BicepL: 19 (13) [-6] <BR> BicepR: 19 (13) [-6] <BR> Waist: 49.5 (34.5) [-15] <BR> ForearmL: 14.25 (11.25) [-3] <BR> ForearmR: 14.25 (11.25) [-3... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 16:12:33 EST Raynaud's I haven't been officially diagnosed but since 2006 I have seen the symptoms. <BR> <BR> if I'm comfortable but let say I'm sitting under an air vent - my nailbeds turn purple. <BR> i cannot handle cold foods for long without my fingers going through tri-phasic... uhm... whatever. So my fingers will turn white like devoid of blood, then once the blood starts to flow it turns bright red and eventually purple. This is caused by vasospasms of my blood vessels. <BR> <BR> I even get this, unfor... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 16:06:08 EST Inches Lost Update This is for YOU Heather! :D <BR> <BR> Beginning Total: 404" <BR> Total as of 9/2/11: 323.5" <BR> <BR> beginning | (now) | [lost] <BR> --------------------------- <BR> Neck: 18 (14.75) [-3.25] <BR> Shoulders: 54 (44.5) [-9.5] <BR> Chest: 52 (41.75) [-11.75] <BR> BicepL: 19 (14) [-5] <BR> BicepR: 19 (14.25) [-4.75] <BR> Waist: 49.5 (37.25) [-12.25] <BR> ForearmL: 14.25 (11.75) [-2.5] <BR> ForearmR: 14.25 (11.75) [-2.5] <BR> Hips: 56 (42.5) [-13.5] <BR> ThighL: 33.75 (25.75) [-8] <... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 17:26:32 EST Inches Lost When I began at 310lbs, my inches were a total of 404. <BR> <BR> as of today, 83lbs down and 49.6 lbs away from my lowest weight in the past - I thought it was time to sit and reflect on how far I've come. Also, I am taking account of what I have done in the past (and how long it took me to lose the upcoming 49.6 lbs) and focus on thoughts of success - to not only reach my goal but to maybe succeed in doing so in less time then in the past. I know it's possible because I am doing more now th... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 13:37:06 EST Remember Do you remember when you were a little kid? <BR> I remember spending my time outside. Always outside. Playing hard and loving it. I didn't have fear (ok, sometimes) but what I had the most of is confidence. Confidence that I could ride my bike around the block with my sister on my shoulders. Confidence that no matter what tree I climbed and how high I got, I could find my way back down (even if at first I'm freaked). Confidence that even while scaling my neighborhood fence and walking along... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 12:48:24 EST It's a CHOICE - No one's forcing you to do this This is posted mostly for myself but I do hope that maybe it will strike a cord with anyone else who may come across it and understand. <BR> <BR> This was me - I knew the plan worked, I knew I could do it but it wasn't what I wanted to do. I felt it was so strict and I wasn't wanting to make huge changes or face my demons when it came to certain foods. So instead, I simply "fell" back into the plan and each meal I reminded myself: It was a choice and it's always a choice. <BR> <BR> ~*~*~*~*... Tue, 3 May 2011 12:56:13 EST Dinner at my mom's last night Yesterday was dinner at my moms. We had a total of 15 over there, 6 of them were kids, lol! <BR> <BR> My impression was: Thankfully they are all used to me being on this plan and they simply ask and accept me saying no (right now anyways, hopefully still in the future as well.) <BR> <BR> BIL was picking on his cooking although he worked so hard and provided a delicious and pretty healthy meal. I took a tiny bite of his pork (maybe 1/8th of a teaspoon), he did a chili, lime marinade buuuut ... Mon, 2 May 2011 15:10:15 EST End of First Round of 6WBM Results I didn't quite get to bed as early as I thought I would. I think I should stop taking my iphone to bed with me because I ended up watching The Event on Hulu and finally going to bed around 11pm. I just couldn't sleep in anticipation of today - like a little kid going on a trip the next day, lol! <BR> <BR> Okay so here are my results. I already posted this on the team page but I want it here too :) <BR> Starting weight: 291.4 <BR> Ending weight: 263.4 <BR> <BR> Starting measurements total: 3... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 12:11:44 EST Tomorrow Is the end of my first 6 weeks and the beginning of my second. I am so excited! I know I don't need 10 hours of sleep but I can't think of doing anything else right now but going to sleep.... <BR> especially since my girls are sicky and waking up in the middle of the night... so yeah. I'm gonna see you all tomorrow with all my stuff updated :D <em>224</em> Go me!! <em>246</em> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:41:48 EST "Losing Too Quickly" I have the fear of displeasing others coming up. Just about how fast I'm losing weight. Mostly my mom. She is more apt to listen when I can back it up with documents from some sort of health study, etc. I don't know if she'd listen if I was to point it out in the 6WBMO binder. Recently she asked me how much I now weighed and I answered 250's. Of course, I was 251 almost 252 but I wasn't going to give exact numbers. However, the next day I was 249. I'm over here, thrilled about it but not so t... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:44:53 EST Update <img src=""> <BR> So 55lbs are gone. I feel so much better and happier with myself. I still fight the desire to eat off plan. Having a week where I was eating on plan all day but chose not to sometimes at dinner time was something new and I'm trying to screw my head back on straight that I can't do it. I am not there yet. I won't do it. Although I didn't gain as much as I could have, I gained enough and had to take another week to get it ... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 15:57:47 EST Chicken Pox? We are debating whether or not it really was chicken pox! Even the dr's were all confused. I bet it's because that's how mine looked plus the fact that it looked very minimal because of the immunization. I have no clue. One of the twins looked like they had something too but barely. IDK. But DD8 has been coughing a lot for 3 weeks now. Supposedly her chest is clear and the doctor is talking allergies or just a lingering cough. I feel bad because her coughing makes me cranky. I can only imagin... Sun, 30 May 2010 21:30:53 EST Procrastinating... We have a lot of things coming up this summer and I was planning on getting an early start. Usually I procrastinate until the last day and ... so far we haven't done anything. We leave Wednesday. Oh and I found out my bathing suit is tooooo big. Thu, 27 May 2010 18:11:58 EST Healthy isn't just a Goal - It's a Lifestyle! Years ago, when I reached my goal of weighing under 200lbs – that very day, I was depressed. I mean, you'd think I'd be celebrating, but I was in a foul mood! To be honest, I don't know why. Maybe it was mourning the passing of being "that" girl? Or no longer fitting in to the rest of the big family? I, being a middle child, was always more content not standing out so when it came to fitting in (then, as a healthier person), I wanted everyone to feel the same way I did - but unfortunately tha... Wed, 5 May 2010 15:59:17 EST I updated my Introduction Story And my! is mine is a HUGE one! I basically give you my whole life's story so read with patience and don't attempt it at work when you may get caught! <BR> <BR> I also wanted to thank anyone who, out of curiosity or care, has taken the time to stop by my sparkpage and read anything I've posted. I know I'm not the most motivating out there and that's fine! I don't want to be! I just want to be someone else that others can relate to and who I can perhaps help, through my story or comments, to ... Mon, 3 May 2010 16:49:10 EST My Motivational Picture This is how I know this plan works. These are pictures from 2006 of my journey to losing 120lbs in 8 months. I have regained and am just under my starting picture in that group. I have already put 6 weeks under my belt and should have had starting pictures and the 2nd shots but haven't done it yet. So this is what I have to go on meanwhile. <BR> <BR> In my last picture, the end result that I have, I wasn't even finished yet - I want to finish this for good. I want to add to those pictures -... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 21:00:33 EST New size!! A week or so ago I noticed that I could wear 24's now. I'm out of the 26/28's! And then yesterday (and the day before, lol) I was at Fashion Bug and my mom was with me helping me find a cute outfit or two. She kept handing me 3x but I had just got done asking the clerk what size 2x covered. She said 22-24 so I grabbed those instead. Yup! They fit so good! Of course, that's just the shirts - they didn't have much skirt wise that didn't look TERRIBLE on me. And what they had that would have bee... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 12:10:59 EST Just real quick... I'm doing NBU on the Provida site and things are wrapping up. I wanted to get 21 points for doing everything but I'm not too sure about how to do my toning with my injury. It's feeling a little better today. So maybe tomorrow morning I'll be doing my toning. Day 1 is a lot of upper body and having to grip both handles. I don't want to push it so I may just have to do what I can that doesn't use that side at all. I have no idea what that is. I'll find out tomorrow! <BR> <BR> I'm not just doi... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 01:41:00 EST 6 Weeks Results This week I lost 2.6lbs and 5.75 inches. <BR> Total for 6 weeks: 33lbs and 32.75 inches. <BR> <BR> I met my goals of doing my first 6 weeks without eating off plan and losing 30lbs. <BR> <BR> I'd write more but I injured something in my upper back/neck/shoulder area and being on the computer doesn't help much. DH is getting me some stuff from the store so I can take care of it. I feel a bit off from my usual schedule of getting in toning today but I didn't want to aggravate it more. I'm no... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 20:57:30 EST DD's Room & Getting ready for Week 7!! It took me 3.5 hours to clean DD8's room today. I would have called it off sooner - had someone "sprung ahead" with her clock! And we found a nice family of ants. They come in downstairs and go to her room! Lovely! Now I know why they were coming in. Hopefully the cleaning will keep them away. I really need to vacuum now but the girls are all sleep. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the end of my 6 weeks. And the beginning of my 7th. I am excited to see my total measurements and my weight. To find out ... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 01:37:47 EST There is no End if it's a Lifestyle Change Thursday, April 22nd is the end of my 1st 6 weeks. I'm excited to see my final results. I didn't really start out with the full pictures like I did last time around. Although after the first week, I put together a video and will take snap shots off of it. It's not my true starting week - but it'll do. At least I have all those measurements! <BR> <BR> Since I've put in all the effort to begin eating healthy and exercising again - I don't see a reason to quit after just those first 6. I made i... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 22:59:30 EST The Blah's I got enough sleep last night but it's been stormy all day so I didn't get my walk in. I tried the Walk Away The Pounds dvd that I've successfully used before but this time, I was feeling it in my thighs beyond belief and I couldn't get my heart in the THR that I needed! So frustrating! I only did it for 30 minutes because that was all that I could endure. I'm going to look into other cardio dvd's that I could (hopefully!) do. <BR> <BR> I really see a difference in my mood on the days I wal... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 22:57:35 EST Week 6 So I began week 6 yesterday and at first I thought I lost way more then I did. I still lost a lot more then I had in my prior week due to AF water retention. So I'm sure it's just an evening out. The last time, in 2006, that I had my six weeks I lost 30.5lbs. <BR> <BR> For the beginning of my 6th week, I've already lost 30.4. So it's like this is my bonus week. <BR> <BR> I cannot believe I've been 100% on plan with my eating and water. I started cardio and toning mid week 3 and last time... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 00:55:57 EST Challenges = Motivation I just realized something this morning during my walk... I was walking at a really good rate but when I glanced at my heart rate monitor, I was only at 118. I'm supposed to be at 123. A huge grin instantly came over my face as I pushed myself to go further. I thought about it a moment later - why I grinned and I realized it was a personal challenge to push myself to stay in heart rate no matter how much harder I have to work then I did just last week. <BR> <BR> I thrive on personal challeng... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 17:25:11 EST