MEGAYNA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MEGAYNA MEGAYNA'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/ Tiny toes and button nose... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522290 Well Im back and excited to introduce my precious daughter Hailey Carice Marie Simpson! She was born 6 weeks ago at a mere 7lbs and is happy and healthy... worst pregnancy ever and Im glad its over but I wouldn't trade her for the world! Im so ready to get active again now that I can move around without my hip causing tears... so lets do this! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l544767690.jpg"> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:33:16 EST Still alive and trying to survive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286264 Hi friends... I have found my way back! Actually I have found some energy and time to visit... Spark has definately been on my mind in the last few weeks. I just havent felt very well and decided to take advantage of any soare minutes I had to rest, rather than to blog and read up on how you all are doing. <BR> <BR> 13 weeks yesterday and i seriously look and feel like im at least 6 months along... ugh! this baby is definately taking its toll on me! Its so different working full time and ha... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:09:08 EST I thought fruit was GOOD for you?!?!?! Sigh... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247480 I feel like a stranger on here LOL Funny how 4 days off can make you feel that way! Just wanted to update... <BR> <BR> How is it that one small piece of fruit (or the taking of) justifies this much uncomfortableness?!?!? And I havent even hit the heartburn, leg cramps, constant peeing, foot in the rib, scary contractions, pushing head out uncomfortablness!!! Just dpesnt seem fair! I didnt steal the fruit.... why meeeeeee?!?!?! LOL <BR> <BR> Still dragging my ass, almost wishing I had teh fl... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:15:35 EST When emotions run high... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238408 Definately feeling like crap... again! I cannot wait for this phase to end! Going for an ultrasound today to see if this baby will be a Leo like mama or a Virgo... I dont much care, I just want to know how much longer until Im out of the first trimester and can get some energy back! It is always worse when I am tired... I feel like my stomach is in my throat and I could yak at any given time. I honestly have wanted to just lay on the floor at work and cry, thats how tired I have been. And the... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:09:37 EST Week by weak... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232892 Another week down... hooray for almost finishing the 1st trimester... maybe my body will let me start eating again!! This past week has been hell, and I find myself asking myself "What am I doing?!?!?!" LOL <BR> <BR> Saw my dr this week, and because my morning sickness has been so bad and Im so tired from not being able to keep anything down, i completely forgot to ask him how many calories I should be eating, and what i can do for excercise. I guess I can always call right?!?!? <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:18:51 EST 11 weeks and feeling it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222736 11 weeks tomorrow... How cool is it that my first trimester is essentially over and I only just found out?!?!? LOL Actually its not that cool because i had no time to prepare for the crappy parts of being pregnant. <BR> <BR> The morning sickness is hitting me full force by early evening and two nights in a row supper was over-cooked bacause I couldnt pull myself away from the toilet... ugh! I think I need to brush up on some information... I really only got this sick with my oldest, and she... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:13:51 EST Baby Bump #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218241 Hellllooooo friends! <BR> <BR> I feel like I havent blogged anything in a long time, ok actually I havent done anything on here in a long time, but that may be because I feel completely lost LOL <BR> <BR> Just found out we are having baby #4 (Baby #1 with my fiance though so it feels a bit different LOL) Complete surprise but we are happy about it nonetheless. <BR> <BR> So I have spent my week trying to find some resources to help me along this journey as I really would love to try and ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:04:50 EST All in moderation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200142 Totally needed my program today! I guess when it comes to fitness and working out, I have had an "all or none" attitude... I would plan a weekly workout and make sure I had something to do everyday that would kick my butt and take the fat off. While that seems achievable for some... I forget to remind myself that I am new to excercise (or relatively new anaway) I think that may be why my energy and motivation deflates 5 days into it... I am simply asking too much of myself! <BR> <BR> So Tod... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:20:30 EST Good Things Come To Those Who Wait!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198752 An update for those who have been following my blogs the last few days... Got the long awaited phone call inviting me for an interview for an amazing job opportunity... Well it wasnt quite an invitation, but more of a hiring on the spot! Yep, over the phone... on the spot! Sooooooo excited, Soooooo excited! Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:23:09 EST Excuses Excuses... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198433 Ok so Im fired! Yep, Thats right... fired! <BR> <BR> When was the last time I actually did some physical activity?!?! You dont want to know the answer! And the scary thing is, I know the answer and while it should be enough to kick me in the butt to get moving, I almost feel paralyzed by fear. Or I have a running commentary of excuses in my head... <BR> <BR> Im tired... I cant do a workout cause the kids will just interupt me anyways needing something or fighting with each other... The wor... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 09:31:15 EST Ohhhh the willpower... I have none! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196559 Soooo a friend of ours brought over a ColdStone Creamery Ice cream cake at new years, which sat in my deep freeze until last night. I took it out more to bribe the midgets to eat than anything else... and of course I figured "whats just one tiny 1/14th of the cake?!?! Cant be that bad!" So I sat and enjoyed a very small 1/14th fraction of this cake with my midgets... sooooo good! <BR> <BR> Fiance guy says "leave a peice out for me so it isnt too frozen when I get a chance to eat it"... Goes ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:08:24 EST Hi Ho~ Hi Ho~ Its off to work... I dont wanna :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194554 Sooo Christmas break comes to an end and school is back in! Most moms would be excited about this, as it means routine for thier children is back to normal... Me? Nope! I get to send my 3 back to school and go hang out with 30 new ones! Ahhhh the life of an educator! I know too well how hard it is for a child not on the spectrum to get back in the swing of things... lets hope my client will have an easy transition!!! <BR> <BR> Should find out early this week if I get the position I have wai... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:06:15 EST No Such Thing As A Stupid Question... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189661 Ok friends... I need some help! This year Santa (or some other awesome grown man) brought me a nifty little watch thing-a-ma-jig that apparantly helps you track calories burned (as well as a lot of other fun things) Trouble is, i have no clue how it works and the instruction sheet was not very helpful! <BR> <BR> I know how to get my heart rate off the watch, and i know how to set the time, and use the timer... but I do not understand how it works to track how many calories I have burned. I ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:11:55 EST I got back up!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185657 To quote a Whitesnake song... here I go again on my own.... Ok so not really on my own... but here I go again! I feel like a stranger on this site now, crazy how a couple weeks away can do that! Good news though... I definately learned some things over the holiday season that I am going to make into little goals for myself in the future... I actually have a "what not to do" list for future holiday seasons and I feel comfortable tackling the next one... I sooooo wish I had this insight 2 weeks... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:14:15 EST I think I forgot how to 2-step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171855 Sooo another step backward... Where my dance partner be?!?!? <BR> Before this program, anyone who knows me knows I was not an eater... not in the least bit! And no it wasnt because I thought I was fat... it honestly just became habit out of circumstances in my life. I remember tracking my first day, eating what I would normally eat, and seeing the results at the end show a whopping 400 calories!!! Yikes!! I was able to start eating more and more over the weeks after, which was not easy and m... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 09:11:29 EST One Step back.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168880 Wow what a crazy weekend full of Holiday madness! This is my first time around trying to encorporate both enjoying the holidays AND keeping my goals, and this weekend i failed miserably :( Nothing was tracked, no fitness was done... I didnt even measure or monitor what I ate, and I definately feel it this morning! It feels awful! I think the scary part is that the holidays are barely over... I have a full work schedule this week, with the in-laws making a last minute decision to visit this we... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:01:54 EST Any reason is a good reason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166275 I read a blog earlier this week in which the writer went into specific detail as to why they wanted to change thier lifestyle to something more healthy, and it really inspired me. So I am making a point of writing my own blog that I can look back to on days I need help remembering the bigger picture, hoping it will serve not only as a great motivator for myself but also possibly inspire someone else to do the same. <BR> <BR> I am not hugely overweight, and I dont have a lot of weight that I ... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 09:14:17 EST Little (More realistic) Surprises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165213 Day 27 here on Spark people and I think I have finally gotten the hang of all this! I posted in an earlier blog how my scale was not cooperating with me, at least not how it was in the first week, which was heartbreaking! But Im guessing my first week scale was being generous knowing that I would need to see big results in order to continue going LOL This week my scale is going down... bit by bit everyday... .5lb every time I step on it! That to me, seems realistic and my smile has returned! ... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 09:03:53 EST Workout Blahs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164394 Another day home with the sick wee man, who is feeling more like himself today, Thank you all for the kind comments on my previous blog! So I may get in a better workout today, which normally would be excited, if I still enjoyed the workout video i have been doing for the last 3 weeks LOL Think its time to move on to something that challenges me, and piques my interest again! So I am in the middle of downloading a new one... I took the time to watch it online this morning and it seems do-able... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:13:43 EST Barky Coughs and Bronchitis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163256 So I had enough of listening to my wee man's baby seal cough and took him to the walk in this morning... He did not in fact swallow a baby seal... nope, the awful noise is crappy yucky bronchitis! My heart breaks everytime I hear him try and talk, or even try to breathe. <BR> <BR> I know its going around, and I understand that kids get sick... but today at the walk in clinic there were 4 other kids from Luke's daycare, all with the same cough... makes me wonder how parents can send thier kid... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 12:57:26 EST Just a Tad Discouraged... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161901 Three weeks into the program, and I have stuck with it everyday! I know that in itself is awesome! Really trying to keep perspective as my weight scale slowly goes up this week! I am working out, and feeling great about it... I am staying within the nutrition ranges set out for me, and feeling great about that too! My first week on here my scale was very cooperative and went done 6lbs... these last 2 weeks it has hovered around the 150 mark and this week is slowly creeping back up to where it... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:02:51 EST Saturday Smiles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160021 Hooray for Saturday! Today I get to spend the day with my midgets, looking for and setting up the Christmas tree! Still think its too early to put it up (considering my family's tradition was setting it up on Christmas eve) but I will compromise I guess... <BR> <BR> So as if a day spent with the midgets isnt enough to bring saturday smiles, I got an email today stating that there is a position available for what I went to school for! Wooohoooo! Im not too worried about getting the position,... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 09:28:57 EST TGISD!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159096 Thank God its Shopping Day! <BR> <BR> This will be the first time we have bought groceries since we started this awesome journey on SparkPeople, and for once I am actually excited about grocery shopping! We have done a great job of purging our house of the crap food hiding in every cupboard, as well as research what we are gonna need to replace it with in the future to keep ourselves moving forward. Thank goodness I get to go solo, considering it may take me a bit longer than usually and I w... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 09:37:26 EST Excuses Excuses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157977 But... but.. but... I DONT WANT TO! <BR> <BR> Yep, that has been my mantra for this past week. I really have no valid reason, other than that... I dont want to! I have worked one day in the last week and honestly have not gotten much of my extra long to-do list done either. I wake up with good intentions... I even track what I want to do for a workout first thing in the morning cause it doesnt feel really good deleting it at the end of the day. While my motivation seems MIA for most of the ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 09:16:10 EST Its almost like Rocket Science... Or is it?!?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156892 Ok, stupid question time LOL I think I have a good handle on this healthy eating business, in terms of staying within my limits set for me anaway... But I have heard before that a meal should be 50% protein, 30% Carbs, and 20% Fat... Does this seem right?!?! And if so, then I really need to figure out what I need to be eating to boost up my protein! Soooo faithful commenters, here's the deal... when/if you stumble upon my rant today, please leave a quick comment on 3 of your best protein fill... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 09:19:26 EST Little Surprises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155693 What a lazy weekend it has been... 4 days off work, date night, family brunch, etc Ok so it wasnt really lazy, but it was definately hard to stay on track with my goals! I thought I would be taking a giant step backward but this morning when I stepped on the scale I was 1.6lbs down from yesterday morning!!!! I know, I know... One shouldnt weigh themselves everyday, but for me I need those little successes... .5lb here, .5lb there... I have the biggest smile on my face this morning! Off to sha... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 08:49:59 EST Another Moody Monday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154764 Hello Monday! Why is it when you have the biggest to-do list, you feel like not doing anything?!?! Gets me everytime! LOL Days where I only have 1-2 things I absolutely need to get done, I find myself finding dirt in the house, rearranging furniture, etc. Days where I have 1/2 dozen must do items on my plate, I just want to crawl in bed! Must Must Must find something to get my butt moving on these days... anyone have a shock fence I can put around my bed?!?! LOL <BR> <BR> Happy monday! Mon, 3 Dec 2012 13:11:22 EST Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153477 Beginning of December already... WOW! I think this is the first year I have been finished my christmas shopping before december, and that feels great! Now to try and tackle the holiday eating! This morning we are off to have brunch with half of the family... and as much as I love the brunch here, today I am a wee bit scared! For 2 weeks, i have been toting around a notebook and writing everything I have eaten/drank down in it so I can track later... Gonna feel a little lost not being able to ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 11:37:21 EST ~ A Day Without Laughter Is A Day Wasted~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152423 So today is the day I take the fiance on our secret date... So I guess its ok for me to share exactly what it is now... I won tickets to the Ron James comedy show! I am so excited because it is something we havent done together and we most definately need a night out of the house! I cant wait for him to find the tickets in his lunch box today! Hopefully this night out will give us a chance to reconnect as a team, and I will get an awesome ab workout in from laughing so much! <BR> <BR> Happy... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 09:35:19 EST Another small success.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151489 So although my scale keeps slowly creeping back up, my partner in crime (aka the fiance) has been slowly losing weight! I dont know which is more exciting, seeing the numbers on my scale drop? Or seeing the excitement on his face after he steps off his? Its been a struggle of thinking we dont have time to make good health decisions and rapidly watching our bodies change in result. We thought it was a lost cause since we get up at 5am every morning, and he sits in big heavy equipment for 12+ h... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:11:27 EST Beating stress... ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149619 Last wednesday when I woke up I was on cloud 9... stepped on the scale and it told me i had succeeded in losing 5lbs (over the week)... 5lbs! I did my wee happy dance in my basement not knowing that my great feelings would crash down not too soon after. Lets just say that the rest of the day was crap! Full of stress and heartbreak and it totally killed my motivation... I think took in a total of 300 calories that day and the next and couldnt bring myself to excercise. It has been a struggle ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:31:49 EST Every little success counts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141543 Here I am in day 5 of my weight loss mission and I am down 3.4lbs! Before I would get discouraged and quit... WHADDYA MEAN ALL I LOST WAS 3LBS?!?!?! Followed by a THIS SUCKS, I QUIT! Its so hard to look for the small victories, but I tell ya, when I hopped on that scale and it said I was down 1/2lb I celebrated like the day my youngest became fully potty trained! I think you have to make it a big deal to keep your motivation up! I probably looked quite silly doing my wee happy dance wearing n... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:52:34 EST Time Wasted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139416 I realized today just how much time I spend doing things that are unnecessary and could be used more wisely for getting active. Its early in the day, if only I could keep off facebook long enough to walk the dog, Ill be laughing! Sun, 18 Nov 2012 15:03:22 EST