MCONFESSOR's SparkPeople Blog MCONFESSOR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Still Exist. If anyone still has this show up for them, I'm back. :) <BR> <BR> Very long story short - cutaneous melanoma. It was a very small growth that was caught VERY early. I had to have two excisions, several rounds of antibiotics, and a few months on Prednisone. If you're at all familiar with that, it is not the most fun ever. Due to the area the excision was in, it also caused a full halt of exercise - especially pool activities. So, I have been waiting it out. <BR> <BR> All of the meds en... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 23:48:37 EST Welcome, August. It is already AUGUST. Of 2015! I know I sound like an old person, but this year just continues to fly by. <BR> <BR> I got in over 18k steps yesterday and I never left my house. It was crazy. We hosted a Harry Potter Open House and had over 30 people at one point, and over 40 over the course of the evening. I was on my feet from sun-up to well after sundown, but it was a a great time. I WILL share a few photos in here, because it was active work. :) <BR> <BR> We are going to take the boys ... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 12:04:54 EST Emotional Health Matters, Too. I said I would keep this blog for my health/eating/diet/exercise things, but I think my emotional and mental health factor in there. <BR> <BR> My stepfather passed away this evening. He and my Mom had been together for 20 years. I'm very sad for her. He was never crazy about me, but there were fond feelings there and I loved him for being who my Mom loved. He has also been the only Grandfather the children really knew from my side of things. <BR> <BR> I hate that my Mom had to go through ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:30:16 EST Down 5! Today marked the first weekly weigh-in now that I have re-started things. I am down 5 pounds, to the ounce. Lots of work has been put into this, but I still allow myself things that I enjoy - like my homemade GF blueberry muffins made with Greek yogurt, and my own carrot cake recipe. :) I am replacing my go-to chocolately treats with healthier ones (like those previously mentioned). I am eating salad a LOT, which is great for me. I'm getting in my 10k steps each day (usually more), I'm worki... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:26:36 EST I LOVED IT! AquaFit was FANTASTIC! I absolutely loved it. It is one hour straight without a single break. Constant movement. It focuses on every body part - and maybe some you weren't sure you had. Despite that, it was easy for me to keep up with the instructor. There were about 30 women in the class, all at roughly the same fitness level/body type. I wasn't in love with the fact that there is a glassed in overlook area that really attracts 'watchers' once the music starts, but I got over it pretty quick... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:08:01 EST Aquafit Night! Can I even tell you how much I hate the idea of wearing a swimsuit in front of people. I mean, yes, I wore it to the beach, but still. Ugh. HOWEVER, I want to look better (and feel more confident) in a swimsuit next summer, so that means sucking it up and dealing with being in one this summer! I hope this isn't too difficult. My friend swears it isn't (she went for the first class two nights ago. I had some intestinal issues and decided a pool was not the best place for me that night haha), a... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:47:47 EST Volkssporting! There is a thing called the International Volkssporting Federation. Aside from the name being awesome, haha, the group is also very intriguing. They have chapters in cities in over 40 countries around the world that organize walks for group members. You all get together and walk! It is to promote walking as a way to a healthier lifestyle, making new friends, and seeing your city. I think it sounds wonderful and believe I have talked a friend into starting it with me! Most walks are 5k or 10k,... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:27:11 EST A(nother) New Start. I'm not even going to launch into some explanation or excuses. I messed up. I was doing well with working on my health and weight loss - and then I wasn't. That's really the long and short of it. <BR> <BR> I've put back on most of what I lost - save 8 lbs. I'm going to consider that -8lbs a blessing and hold onto them. I've re-edited my goals on here, sat down and made out an eating and workout plan again, and have tried to get myself back in the right mindset. I am going to stop posting a... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:14:45 EST The Pool is Up. The pool has been installed and is being enjoyed regularly. We are also considering a family membership at the Base gym so we can all pursue our various health goals under one roof at one time. It also has an indoor pool, which Ian would love year 'round. :) <BR> <BR> Ian's 19th birthday party went amazingly well. He had such a great time. I may have already talked about that in here, but if not - now you know! His actual birthday was also fantastic. He really enjoyed all the festivities t... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:36:03 EST Waist Exercise Link Just want to remember where this is. :) Going to start it tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR><BR>?post=the_lose_your_love_handles_workout Tue, 9 Jun 2015 23:35:35 EST Dutch Apple Pie Baked Apples Let's face it, I'm going to want a sweet bite or three after dinner. That's just the way it is. I've tried to cut it out entirely and that throws me off course worse than anything. So, I allow myself those few bites and make sure I account for that in my day's numbers. <BR> <BR> With that said, not everything has to be chocolate and cream. :) Tonight I made a delicious apple dessert that can be made with as little (or much, I suppose!) sweetness as you want. The apple is the primary ingredi... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 23:51:02 EST This Isn't Even the Busy Part, Yet! It is difficult to believe that this was my last 'slow' weekend for the next 3 months! Yesterday we had our oldest son's birthday party. It was 6 days before his actual birthday (which is the 12th), but we wanted to make sure we could make it as special and 'just for him' as possible, so we had to work with the calendar. He had a fantastic time! He'll be 19 on Friday, but as he functions at about a 2-3 year old level in most areas, it was definitely not your typical 19 year old party. :) He c... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 14:26:00 EST Wedding Season is Upon Us. I kicked off the bakery's wedding season on Friday with a lovely teal and white function, and followed that up with a candy themed birthday on Saturday. I did Pina Colada cupcakes last night and will be doing banana bread, a cherry cheesecake, cookies, Buckeyes, and cupcakes tomorrow. Smuft and Gnome cupcakes on Sunday, and then it really gets busy. :) <BR> <BR> We have been able to stick with our weekend plans, though - with my husband and I taking time out for a date evening or day, and s... Tue, 26 May 2015 09:32:45 EST Photos! Military Reenactment and Lighthouse <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 20 May 2015 10:08:31 EST Another Great Weekend. I feel incredibly Blessed to have had such a fantastic weekend. My husband had duty on Saturday, but thanks to the long weekend we still had two full days. On Sunday, we packed upa full picnic and met a few friends at the Lighthouse and old Fort to watch a military reenactment, visit, and tour the grounds. It was very nice and we Moms were able to wander off while the Dads kept up with what the kids were up to. We're fortunate that 3 of ours do not need constant supervision, but of course Ia... Tue, 19 May 2015 10:15:57 EST Stress Eating. Here's the thing - I don't do a lot of 'emotional' eating. When I am sad, eating only makes me feel worse. When I'm super busy, there is rarely time TO eat. When I am angry, I have no interest in food. When I am under everday normal life 'stress,' I can manage just fine. Really out of the ordinary genuine 'stress' seems to cause me to go into some kind of frenzy that rivals even the greatest of the Great Whites, though. What is up with that? So, I am having to really actively fight that toda... Thu, 14 May 2015 10:48:28 EST A Day of Nothing! Normally I would HATE 'doing nothing,' but yesterday afternoon and today I have really kind of enjoyed it. That makes me feel a LITTLE lazy, but not much. I've had a busy...every other day! Haha. In all seriousness, though - I needed the break. My ankle has been able to rest up a bit, I slept, I watched a nonsense movie that I picked, and I had gluten free pizza (a rare treat for me). I was wonderful, but this has been enough. I am looking forward to getting back to normal tomorrow. <BR> <B... Wed, 13 May 2015 20:26:01 EST Such a Nice Visit! It is almost 6:30am and we just got back from dropping my in-laws off at the airport to head home. We all had a wonderful week and are very thankful for the opportunity to have spent the week together. We made a trip to the light house and old fort, a garden and waterway, and had lots of quality time hanging out and visiting. The kids enjoyed playing games with Grandma and Grandpa, and Noah (our youngest - 14) really loved that Grandpa wanted to sit and watch nature documentaries with him. :... Tue, 12 May 2015 09:31:25 EST Fiesta Photos! We picked up my in-laws from the airport last night without a hitch and had a plate of food waiting for them when they got back to the house. After a short visit, we all turned in because we were ALL exhausted from a long day. Sometimes I imagine how tired I'll be at 76 and 81. It kind of makes me tired to even think about it. ;) <BR> <BR> <BR> Our dinner went very well last night. Eveyone had a great time and the company was quite enjoyable. Today is an inside day, I believe, as the wea... Wed, 6 May 2015 11:34:05 EST Cinco de Mayo. I am a bit late in posting yesterday's blog, so there may be two today - or I may make my blog about the 5th on the 6th. I guess it'll be a surprise to all of us! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I spent a lot of time prepping for today, as well as getting in another good chunk of walking. We're having our dinner party tonight and my in-laws arrive in about 16 hours. After that, the schedule is jam-packed. <BR> <BR> As a side note, my brother and I have always not-so-affectionately referred to Cinco d... Tue, 5 May 2015 08:10:59 EST Kids Help Phone Walk! (Photos) Today was the day. Thanks to the generous support of a few friends and the members of the ship my husband is currently posted to, I was the 3rd highest individual fundraiser in our city! I had a great time, helped a great cause, and got in a great bit of exercise - and won the grand prize in the raffle, a new pair of Nike's that will fit one of our sons! :) Not necessarily, of course, I was walking because I believe in the cause, but definitely a pleasant surprise! I am in talks with the coor... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:53:55 EST Another Day, Another Cake. No photos of this one, yet. I'll be making it later today. A somewhat regular of mine has ordered her birthday cake - a S'mores cake! It will be a fun one to make - simple, but tasty and festive. I am also stopping in Michaels on the way home from the delivery to pick up some Mexican theme paper for our Cinco de Mayo dinner party next week. <BR> <BR> How crazy does it seem that in a few days it will be MAY? I don't mean to sound like an old person here, but it feels like time is just flyin... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:24:07 EST Lovely Day at the Parks! (Photos) Yesterday we spent the majority of the day out and about. First, we met a few friends at an oceanside park for a wonderful picnic full of good times and good food. I had made a variety of mini quiche, bacon and cheese filled cresent wraps, spring rolls, cupcakes, baby lemon pies, and mousse shots. We all had a great time and 11 of us were able to casually visit for a little over two hours. <BR> <BR> Once we parted ways with out friends, our family went down to another park and the inner Har... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:53:12 EST Heavy on the Baking. Today was a big baking day. One of my regulars ordered a large variety box. Everything turned out well, though, and they were very happy. They are a great family. I love that the kids get super excited about being able to take my cookies in their lunch for school and have my homemade banana bread in the morning for breakfast. I am doing a birthday cake for them next week and a am catering dessert for their neighbourhood party next month. <BR> <BR> It was kind of cool and rainy today, so I d... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:36:40 EST Such a Gorgeous Day! Today was absolutely beautiful. Unbelievably sunny, nice temperature, good breeze, and just an overall great feeling day. All three of my sons and I went for a walk this morning and then played Frisbee for a while. We also pulled out our putting green machine for the back patio. I am also looking for a new patio set - hopefully by the first of May. My husband's parents arrive for their annual Spring visit on the 2nd. <BR> <BR> We have a busy May. They arrive on the 2nd, and I also have a b... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:06:02 EST A Good Day. Despite doing 3 hours of landscaping/outdoor work around our house (which was a workout of its own!), I was still able to squeeze in two walks and a hike today, in addition to four loads of laundry, homebaked Chicken Cordon Bleu for dinner, and a homemade low fat chocolate cream pie for dessert. It was nice to have a day 'off' and not have to spend the day baking. It's also nice to see the step count soar past 13k without even trying. <BR> <BR> I am feeling a bit of pulling burning discomfo... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:55:43 EST Confessions and Shame. Time for 100% honesty and accountabilty here. I suck. <BR> <BR> I've put on 10 pounds that I had lost last calendar year. I'm bummed, but trying not to beat myself up over it. I've also slacked off on working out properly and my walking. I could 'blame' a lot of things, but honestly - I just blew it. <BR> <BR> So, I gave myself some time off from SP and from obsessing about it. I needed to get my head back in the game and REALLY commit again. I didn't want to come on here, talk about how... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:37:24 EST Happy Easter! I hope everyone who still takes a look at this had a great weekend and an enjoyable Easter. I've been so busy that writing anything that isn't a quick FB status or business related is just falling behind. I haven't even read anything other than news and daily devotionals in at least two weeks! <BR> <BR> <BR> I have also put on a little weight. I know it is from erratic hours, lack of sleep, and sporadic eating habits, not a lack of exercise or over-eating, but that still doesn't make it an... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 20:53:15 EST Recumbant Bike? I am thinking of puchasing a real piece of gym equipment for the house, but I KEEP going back and forth between a recumbant bike and an elliptical. I THINK I want a recumbant bike and I think I've found the one. I keep having that "what if we never use it," thought, though, you know? I don't want this mocking me from the corner as I sit and glare back it it. Haha. I am pretty positive that I would actually use it a lot, however. It would be a good way to justify watching a television show. Ri... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:13:43 EST As It Seems... ...I am not eating enough. Isn't that a stupid thing? I need to up my calories, fat, and carbs to get things rolling again. I really do believe that is the core problem I am dealing with right now. I am honestly going to have to start setting alarms, or something, to keep myself on track. I get so busy that I just let it slide until it is later in the evening and then I just have some cottage cheese and a piece of seed bread and call it a day. I know it's a problem, but I keep thinking I'll s... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:27:50 EST A Long Overdue Entry. (Photos, of course) I know, I know. It has been forever since I have been on. I feel terrible about it. By the time I get finished each evening, I have no great desire to be online. That's a horrible attitude when it comes to SP, though, and I need to lose it. I'm trying - admittedly not very hard, though. <BR> <BR> I AM still getting plenty of exercise and eating properly, though. The four pounds I had put back on are off again, and business is actually too good. I am plotting out my break times now. Other tha... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:18:48 EST I Love Monday. Unlike the majority of the world, I love Mondays! It is usually the one day a week that I do not have anything that is a 'have to.' This week that is especially welcome. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we had visitors from out of town over for a nice luncheon and then we had local friends over for dinner. I put together a finger food spread and tiny strawberry shortcakes and lemon and Key Lime pie shots for dessert. For dinner, I switched to full meal mode and made a homemade lasagna, homemade garlic b... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 17:54:40 EST Getting My Groove Back. It doesn't matter how difficult it is getting for me to squeeze in REAL workouts, I am going to have to double my efforts. I'm moving plenty, but it's just not enough. I need the steady routine of structured workouts at set times. So, I'm going to get back to that. <BR> <BR> The pastor that my husband had when he was a child is in our area on vacation with his wife this week, so we are having them over for lunch on Sunday. I am looking forward to a solid reason to make a watermelon teapot a... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:29:52 EST Early Morning Blog. (Photos) I am SO glad to see Monday arrive this week! I have spent 12+ hours on my feet in the kitchen every day since Thursday, and then did the deliveries after that. Add to it, another 2-3 hours a day doing consultations, and it makes for a long four days - especially adding in keeping up with everything else. I had honestly planned on having a homemade lasagna for the family in yesterday, but by the time I had finished the orders and flew out the door (apron still on, no less), it just wasn't happ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:52:06 EST Flowers (Fondant ones, that is.) I have spent today working on the flowers for a romantic vintage-inspired wedding I am doing this weekend, and am getting ready to start on the Minecraft blocks and pick axe for a vegan, GF, dairy free, nut free birthday cake I am doing this weekend. <BR> <BR> In news that has nothing to do with work, I have put on four pounds. I mean, HOW? I honestly think it is from LACK of eating, as crazy as that sounds. It's very frustrating because I am definitely getting enough movement in and I'm N... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:41:31 EST Making Time for Working Out. Despite the fact that I spend so much time on my feet, I am really making an effort to keep on a regular workout schedule, as well. I wish rushing around 5+ miles a day in the kitchen was enough to whip me into shape, but sadly we all know it isn't. So, I am forcing (today it really WAS a struggle!) myself to get up and work out first thing every morning. I am doing my best to make sure I am doing cardio and light weights to keep myself in check. I don't always WANT to, but I know that 6 mont... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:47:22 EST Dinner Party Success - and Lots of Exercise. I have been sailing over my 10k steps a day without even putting in effort or wearing my tracker while actually working out. It has been crazy. Good, though! I am always much happier when I am active. <BR> <BR> The dinner last night went very well. It was nice to spend the evening with friends. <BR> <BR> I didn't mention it the other night, but on Wed. evening, my husband was sort of robbed. It wasn't a mugging or violent crime by any means, which is why I say 'sort of.' While we were ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:18:55 EST A Weekend Full of Work. My husband's four days off were very nice, but mainly because I had so much to do that the extra set of hands full time was a godsend! Haha. Between Thursday evening and yesterday, about 350 cupcakes passed through my kitchen, as well as Buckeyes, cookies, and other confectionery treats. I've booked another wedding as a result of a tasting on Saturday, and I was able to get in a bit of shopping in Chinatown yesterday. Yes, I've added even more decorations for the dinner party on Thursday. I'm... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:04:16 EST The Michael Jackson Experience - Wii We've found a new dance game to keep us busy - The Michael Jackson Experience. It is fantastic and I love it. It really gets a sweat going after a couple of songs. It's also the first dance game that I have dominated across the board against everyone in the family. Haha. I think a lot has to do with me remembering all the MJ videos (and dances) from my youth. Score one for being old! Ha! <BR> <BR> We did a LOT of running around today. I delivered well over 200 cupcakes and made a stop at t... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 02:38:22 EST 25 Years Between Photos. A friend of mine posted a picture of me from our yearbook back in 1990. Ha! Ugh. <BR> <BR> So, this is me 25 years ago and now. Sadly, there is a lot more than 25 lbs between the two photos! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:35:06 EST This Week is Great! (Other than the lack of sleep) One of my brides-to-be made a gorgeous Instagram collage of her tasting sample. I just love it. She booked her order today and it should be absolutely beautiful when it is done on the 28th. I look very forward to seeing it all come together. <BR> <BR> I have made the first set of sample "Tiny Bottle" guest favours. They seem to be well received. I would love to ease my way into that part of things. They can work for any kind of party and the themes are only limited to one's imagination. (H... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 01:41:24 EST I am So Glad to See Monday. (Photos of baking) I know it is not a popular opinion, but when you work for about 48 hours since Friday night, you really look forward to Monday. :) <BR> <BR> The wedding on Saturday went well, as did the other tasting. My daughter's birthday party was also fantastic. I have spent more time baking and cooking and decorating than I care to count up though, and have only had about 4.5 hours of sleep total since back on Thursday night. It was all well worth it, however, and I can sleep tonight (I hope). My husb... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:39:39 EST Weddings, Weddings, & More Weddings! I got in last night to find another inquiry about a wedding. My ultimate dream had always been to be a wedding and event planner, complete with baking - heavy emphasis on weddings. I do not know that I'll ever branch out into full planning, but the baking side of things is really shaping up to be wedding heavy this year! I am giving some serious consideration to offering a very cut-rate special for each a bride-to-be, parents of a child around 7 years old, and someone hosting a baby shower i... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 07:50:12 EST Tracking Steps I track my steps every day. My goal, of course, is to never be under 10k steps, but I definitely shoot for more. By keeping count through everything, I have learned exaclty how many steps certain acdtivitie are. <BR> <BR> Wedding Sampler Packs: 5k steps <BR> Wedding w/100 cupcakes and a small cutting cake: 10k steps <BR> Wedding w/100 cupcakes and tiered fondant cake: 11.5k steps <BR> Weekly standard grocery shopping: 8.5k steps <BR> Walk to the horse farm and back: 5k steps <BR> <BR> Funn... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 00:18:30 EST Swashbuckling Saturday! You know how I love a good theme dinner. Today we had friends over and it was very nice. They even brought the hostess (me!) a bouquet of flowers. I thought that was very thoughtful! <BR> <BR> I got in well over 10K steps today, as well. Hope you all had a good day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I cannot remember if I posted a photo of this, or not. It was one of my Christmas gifts. I have it hanging by my kitchen office desk. :)... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 01:48:08 EST Sore (but in a good way). When I got to my workout today (running a bit late due to Ian being up all night and requiring a little more attention this morning), I realized that some of my muscles were sore. Not enough to have even been really noticeable all day, but definitely something I took note of when I started my warm up. It feel nice, though. It was a sign that I'm really back at it and making a difference. I like that. <BR> <BR> I am adding an extra serving of fuit to my diet each day now, as well. I eat lots... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:08:30 EST Happy Monday! Well, I did it. I stuck to the plan and was back at working out today. :) I DID notice a bit of lingering wheezing in my lungs, but it wasn't enough to cause me to stop. I am really glad for that. I also dit a bit of light weight training later in the day - just enough to ease myself back into it. It felt good. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone in the Northeast is well prepared for the storm. In all honesty, I hope the newscasters and weather reports have just over-hyped this and it isn't as bad as... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:48:15 EST Good Morning! I hope everyone is doing well and getting a well deserved day of rest before starting this next week. My husband and I are getting ready to have a leisurely breakfast together while the children all sleep in. It is incredibly rare for them to all be snoozing soundly at 7am, but we'll take it! Later, we are going over to visit friends and drop off some treats, but for now it is all relaxing. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am getting back to my good ol' Jillian Michaels workouts. I have missed them - ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:18:18 EST Thank You, God! I am FINALLY really feeling better. My lungs have protested a little bit today and I am definitely sore, but for the first day since New Year's Day, I feel more like myself. I am so glad. I honestly feel like I have put on weight and lost muscle tone these past nearly 3 weeks. I am not even touching the scale, though. I don't need to feel bad about myself over having gotten sick. Some things truly are out of my control and one of my goals this year is to learn to accept that gracefully. :) T... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:50:46 EST Good News! On July 1, 2011, my brother and his wife suffered a horrible loss - their son passed away at birth. It was terribly sad for everyone in both families, of course, but was completely devestating for them. There was a lovely memorial service and years have gone by. <BR> <BR> Fast-forward to last night. <BR> <BR> My sister-in-law gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby boy at 10:43pm. Mom, Dad, and baby are doing great. I cried almost as many tears of joy for them last night as I did tears of s... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:10:00 EST