MICHELLEPHANT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MICHELLEPHANT MICHELLEPHANT'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/ My baby is all Graduated - So proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386754 Yes, he is the first in a long line of GED getters, to go the whole way and get the real deal paper...I mean, a really long line....Anyway, for that reason and 10,000,000 others, I am so proud of him. My little man is all groweded up...when did this happen? Sigh..... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l584050889.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1365928100.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1661725078.jpg"> <BR> <i... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:48:42 EST Is there such a thing as an accurate scale??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370080 I mean, ok, this Weight Watchers brand digital scale we have...says I weigh between 286 and 294 , in me skivvies, this morning...everytime I step on it, its different...the higi thing at the store says I weighed in at 282...fully clothed....I NEED to know what I weigh! Im bustin hump and HAVE to be losin...I cant go by the "how ya feel" thing, I feel like an old used up holey sock shoved under tha couch n left fer dead....sigh... <BR> <BR> Any one got any ideas? I asked at me dr office, they... Tue, 28 May 2013 08:14:08 EST Second job work out! wow how many calories are you burnin?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365755 OK, had to do some huntin, but, if yer curious what you be burning at your job, here is a site to check it out: <BR> <BR> http://calorielab.com/burned/?mo=se&gr=1<BR>1&ti=Occupation&wt=150&un=lb&kg=68 <BR> <BR> At my current weight...Im burnin 264 calories a hour! Doin 3 days a week, 4-5 hrs...yeah baby! <BR> Pay me ta burn some butt off, a thank you very much... <BR> <BR> I knew I was feelin it at the end of tha shift, on me feet tha whole time pretty much, I sneal me a 10-15 break mid wa... Thu, 23 May 2013 14:01:50 EST Not M.I.A. been workin muh butt off, literally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363134 Me new job, slingin produce....is just that...W.O.R.K......bending, lifting, stretching....hey...thats a workout! hahahaha... <BR> <BR> Scale agrees, 3lbs down, so, Im gettin paid ta werk out for 4-5 hrs...go figger... <BR> <BR> Dont get me wrong, Im a twisted lump of gimping humanity till tha end of tha night...but, hey, I know I been there! <BR> <BR> Other news... <BR> <BR> Our boy Kenny has landed his FIRST job! He starts trainin today at Papa Johns....ya, we kinda said, no bringin yer... Tue, 21 May 2013 07:59:18 EST Hubby got the All Clear from the cardiologist! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357654 Yes! Beautiful words fer sure! ALL CLEAR! He can get back at workin n all that fun adult responsibility stuffs. <BR> <BR> Has a follow up in 3 months, go over bloods n stuff. <BR> <BR> VERY cool too, the doc is a lead on a cholesterol med study...and Mike is perfect for the study group! 4 YEARS of free meds, Dr visits and blood work! Oopa doctor style! More details to go over n all that, but, gads, a real step in the "good happenings" direction. <BR> <BR> Also found out, he only has to ta... Wed, 15 May 2013 16:35:22 EST Gettin my Hermit on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354917 Aight, Michelle is not in a good mood, at all, and has no happies to share with yall as I usually do. Cant to tha realization Imma lousy mom, that is easily forgotten by both kids on moms day...both of whom have FaceBook accounts and coulda posted a somethin up fer free....one lives in tha home with, the other has my cell to get in touch with me to vent, rant and ask for money...so... <BR> I spent yesterday waitin for a lil word from either....finally at 10:30...I gave up n went to bed.... <B... Mon, 13 May 2013 09:45:29 EST Effient v/s Plavix I'm looking for feedback please? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348282 Long story painfully short....My man needs this sorta med to keep the stent clean and clear of clots, etc....Effient is $260+ a month.... Plavix can be $50.00.....with the other 5 meds he needs for how ever long....its kickin $400 a month, and he has no insurance.... <BR> <BR> I can't get him on insurance at me main job, and, me 2nd job will help, but..... <BR> <BR> If he can go with the plavix...it would be a rel help... <BR> <BR> he IS seeing his Dr next Tuesday for a follow up to the e... Tue, 7 May 2013 07:40:37 EST Do you have this look when you eat a nugget??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347067 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1010673716.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Maybe, but, I don't think I ever got that excited over one, hahahaha. <BR> <BR> Happy Monday y'all! Mon, 6 May 2013 07:59:45 EST I be a 2 job wonderphant! And, hubbys 2nd week no smokes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343378 Whoopa! Gotta drop in to show the ID n fill out tha fun forms, but, I got me a 2nd job! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Be workin in produce at the local Giant grocery store....nice big, well lit place, with many MANY wonderful fruits n veggies.....I am so stoked! <BR> <em>265</em> <em>368</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> Bux are well needed! Not sure of days workin yet, but, will be from 6-10.....so....leave job #1....haul hyde home...drop car poolin roo... Thu, 2 May 2013 14:47:54 EST May already...wow...times fun when yer havin flies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342239 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1237985322.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So yeah, not alot to say, just wanting to share a smile and a thankful thought for all that I have. <BR> <BR> Thanks to me Spark pals for all of the butt kickins and words of encouragement! <BR> <BR> Thanks to the Guides n Gods that gave me my Mikey and kept him alive....and, has him up and about and back at his easier to do tasks..... <BR> <BR> Yup, me, his dad and our boy Kenny, we been doin all tha hard stuf... Wed, 1 May 2013 16:31:07 EST Just to share a smile.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335403 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1160308909.jpg"> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:30:23 EST Weighed in...scale says I lost 6 lbs?!?!? WHoopa! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332510 I'll take it! Yes, been movin me butt more...but, I think I worried at least 5 lbs off over the past few days... <BR> <BR> The Guides have deemed me worthy to have a scale that shows me some pity now and then! HAhahahahahaah! <BR> <BR> Yes, I'm mega thrilled...and super motivated...to both keep my numbers getting better all around, as well as to show my Mikey how the healthy eating and exercise do make a difference. <BR> <BR> Besides, who knew that counting your blessings burned calories?... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 05:17:26 EST Surviving my hubbies heart attack......thankful he is home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331931 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Yeah, it has been a ride fer sure. <BR> <BR> He had taken our boy for hockey practice, was foolin around with them...and it hit....he didnt fool around, thankfully...and went right to the ER. <BR> <BR> Long story short, he had a 100% blockage of his right artery. <BR> <BR> They did an balloon angioplasty put in one stent.... <BR> <BR> A couple of days in ICU, then a regular room for a day, and I brought him home yesterday. <BR> <BR> He is feeling good, all things co... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:29:28 EST All worked out, up and over....They can see me sweat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325976 Aight, today is yesterdays tomorrow after all, and, I woke up, so.....on the winnin side already! <BR> <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> Tha re-tweaking I did yesterday, I has meself doing 30 minute cardio 3 times a week, strength trainin on 2 days, and I figger, tha walkin and gardenin thats thrown in the mix wont hurt! <BR> <em>216</em> <em>85</em> <BR> <BR> Keep lookin for the healthy way ta get things done! <BR> <em>376</em> <em>108</em> <BR> <BR> I do realize, reaching for perf... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 05:37:01 EST Hating weigh in day....oh, thats today...up again???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324750 <em>39</em> <BR> I dunno....3 lbs up? Goin over me list...well "list"...drinkin water....burnin calories....under to just right on me calories 6 outta 7 days.... <BR> <BR> Im not expectin miracles, and yes, I know we fluctuate...but...what tha heck?? <BR> <BR> Have ta shake it off n keep on keepin on...not gonna give up n all that mess...just disappointing....sigh.. <BR> <BR> Oh well, best wishes to all on a great week! Tue, 16 Apr 2013 04:56:37 EST Happy Friday Friends! Hellooooo Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320927 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1604905113.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend friends! <BR> <BR> My hubby comes back from workin in Pittsburgh tonight.....then has a golf game tomorrow...son has a DEK hockey game Sat & Sun..... <BR> <BR> Weathers sposed to be awsum, so, I hope to get some walking or riding in one day...no, I WILL get some walking in!! <BR> <BR> Too stormy McRainy & windy out for a walk around tha complex today, might blow me ta Mexico!.... <BR> <BR>... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:20:27 EST OFFICIAL!!! No more insulin!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317581 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l356001875.jpg"> <BR> OMG!!! I am...SO stoked!!!! I got THE call from my doctor tonight....my blood work shows I have gotten steadily better, and this round, shows that...if I keep up the current healthy eating and exercise...I will be fine! <BR> <BR> No recheck even for 6 months!!! Of course, to be safe and sure, I'll check me numbers now n then to be on top of things, but...WHOOPA! <BR> <BR> No more high BP meds...no more insulin....gods,... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 20:32:49 EST May 4th 5k Relay for Life walk.....I think I can.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311577 <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> So, I get this hair up me nose that I wanna get me self into a Relay for Life Walky thing this Summer......I look up for my area...and what dooo you know, there is one on May the 4th....1 month from today..... <BR> <BR> I am gonna go for it I do believe! <BR> <BR> I have been walking 1 to 1.5 miles at work all week....hahahaha, yep, bring on tha iron man oct-athlalon!!! <BR> <BR> But, I feel good, and, Im sure I can make my way through it....earn me a snazzy 2x t... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 14:51:53 EST Walkin at work is still a thrill! Whoda thunk it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310086 <em>311</em> <BR> Also a cool bean that twice round the company is a mile, hahaha, makes keepin track easy. <BR> <BR> I need to get more into some strength trainin...If yer readin me ramble, drop me some ideas you use for workin the muscles! <BR> <BR> Whats the best thing to feed ants in tha pants? Wed, 3 Apr 2013 11:46:02 EST Weigh in day...no loss....sigh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308431 ...No gain tho, reckon that much is a good thing, hahaha...ah well, maybe next week? <BR> <BR> Maybe my scale was messin with me before? haahha <BR> <BR> OK,tryin not ta bum out here...someone kick me in tha hind parts! Tue, 2 Apr 2013 06:48:41 EST Happy Monday...is that a oxymoron er what? hahahaah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307061 Howdy all that bother ta click n peek! <BR> <BR> Weekend was good...got good cardio in both days, and slept like a rock, hahaha... <BR> <BR> Workin on crocheting a "plarn" clothes bag....anyone saavy what plarn is? <BR> <BR> Its a GREAT way ta use up those plastic grocery bags up n keep um out tha land fills....my hubby can never remember tha reusable bags when he goes, hahaha....and, I has a bin at work for peeps to toss theirs in at lunch time, so, thats part of me tree huggin ways... <B... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 07:09:26 EST Happy Easter Weekend Spark Pals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304445 <em>451</em> <em>450</em> <em>453</em> <em>450</em> <em>452</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>450</em> <em>453</em> <em>450</em> <em>452</em> <em>450</em> <BR> <BR> No huge plans, and I like it like that....get some bike ridin in, sposed to be beautiful weather. <BR> <BR> Hubby is takin me n son out to supper, woo hoo! No cookin! Hahaha.... <BR> <BR> Wishing love n hugs to all, may the Easter Bunny leave all good stuffs for you and yours! <BR> <BR> <em>4... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:15:29 EST I has me new bike! His name is Onyx! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301576 <em>108</em> <BR> <BR> Bike...check....helmet....check....smart alec son with cam to capture mom makin You Tube gold...grounded! Hahahahaha <BR> <BR> Yep...I has wheelz! Hes so pretty....a 29 inch cruiser....all I need now....a snow free, rain free day...just, a few hours window really...to get out there n start re-learnin how ta ride! <BR> <BR> My hubby and boy will be ridin with over the weekend hey say...we ARE supposed to have true, sunny, nice, real Spring like weather...sooo....ei... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 06:01:55 EST 3lbs GAINED??? WTH happened??? ACK!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300657 So...I dunno how, but, ye olde scale is tellin me I have put 3lbs back on? I weighed in again at work on the office gym scale, it tolds me the same thing....I knowwwww it fluxes up and down...due to this n that and sometimes even the other...so I SHOULDNT let it bug me.... <BR> <BR> But....we all know thats not so much gonna happen, hahahaha.... <BR> <BR> I am not thrilled to see a bounce to the up way....gah... <BR> <BR> mutter...grumble...assorted cusses n curses.... <BR> <BR> <em>24<... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:56:24 EST I LOVE my new doctor! Such great news!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296091 Oh ya......he is THE man! Reminds me of Mr Rogers! Course, Mr Rogers is a hero a mine from way back......but, hey! I am SO stoked.....he is takin me OFF of my Sugar and Blood Pressure meds!!!!! <BR> <BR> Only for a week to start, see how numbers go....but, he seems to feel that I DONT NEED THEM! With the loss I have so far n all, and gettin more healthy! <BR> <BR> He says even if I DO need a sugar med, he will go with a low dose pill! But, most likely wont even need it..... <BR> Even if I d... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:38:33 EST Another pound fell off! Weekly weigh in #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283916 I mean, I set meself up to be losin 2 lbs a week.....and, maybe if I could go potty it would be that, ROFLMAO....sorry, TMI.....but hey, I recon, Im losin, thats the main thing.... <BR> <BR> I do wonder if me doin more exercise time...and not quite being able to eat tha calories Im sposed to inna day....I mean, Im usually 100-200 under tha lower end number 6 outta 7 days...and have yet ta go over me high end number yet.... <BR> <BR> Am I ramblin? I usually end up there..hahaha....visuals a ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:19:28 EST My Doctor just up n quit!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272856 <em>40</em> I'm like, totally geekin....I call to refill a script with me doc....and I'm told she left the practice...and didn't go anywhere, she just left fer family reasons...so, OK, but, hey, a courtesy call from tha place woulda been real nice....now, I'm purely ole geeked...gotta either find a new doc after 4 yrs of bein with one that made me feel safe n brot me back from near death....or go with another doc thru the place she left....whine...I dunno what ta do over all, I'm in shocki... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 14:23:56 EST 1st goal met! 26 lbs lost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264333 I am estatic! And, a little confused, hahahaha....SP recommends you update your numbers when you lose some, makes sense....so, I updated, and its telling me I can have 300 MORE calories per day....um.....what? I was figgerin it would LOWER my calories in and RAISE my work out stuff.... <BR> <BR> Oh well, gift horse ,all that? <BR> <BR> At any rate, me first time under 300 lbs in many moons my friends...I am one happy miser today y'all! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>104</em> <em>185</e... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 07:27:04 EST Weekly weigh in...4 lbs down!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255812 Lovin life! Havin me cheerleaders here on Spark and in me real world, sure does make a difference huh!?! <BR> <BR> Feelin fabu! Lovin life, and, wearin a shirt today that hasnt fit fer toot in ages....STRUT! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>334</em> <em>381</em> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 07:24:46 EST Spinach dip...my new addiction....Idears for uses? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248672 Yep....1 16 oz lite sour cream , a package of tha frozen 12 oz spinach, thawed n squeezed dry...1 package of tha Knoor veggie mix...all total...800 calories....broke down into 100 cal servings....with 6 whole wheat Ritz crackers fer 90 calories....ohhh ya....190 calorie, seems evil, snack of tha gods! <BR> <BR> So, me pals and fellow trekkers? What ideas do you have to plop me 100 calories of yum on besides a crackers? <BR> <em>4</em> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:19:21 EST OK, so, I'm Old Skool... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245013 Ya, me man and the kids are all over the latest games ala Xboxstationcast 6......so, I bring up tha grand daddy....pong....hubby concurred....kids thot we was makin it al lup, hahaha....hadda use tha Google prove it method....ah, tha good ole days.... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:29:20 EST OMG...I have...ENERGY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240655 What is it! Hahahaha...I am coming home and not floppin into me chair and turning into a lump....but, making my good din din...and doing all the dishes for tha whole crew...and still feelin pretty great! <BR> <BR> I think I can get used to this! Wed, 6 Feb 2013 19:39:36 EST 6 more lbs lost! *happy dance* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238218 What a great feeling! Man!!! So far thats a 17 lb drop to get me going! Feels weird just to say that! GOOD weird tho! <BR> <BR> and, thanks to a great trade and barter site in my area, my hubby picked up my new to me bikelast night, so, I can pedal everyday now at home! <BR> <BR> The Guides are great! Hugs to all! <BR> <em>252</em> <em>104</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 06:13:29 EST Made it 10 minutes on bike..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237310 <em>198</em> <BR> Oh wow....that was too much like...work.....hahaha....one step at a time.... <BR> <BR> 165 calories burned that wouldnt a been! <BR> <BR> shootin fer Monday, Wednesday and Friday to ride 10 minutes..and go up from there! Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:21:26 EST Fabulous Friday February First! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232684 Howdy all...just wanted to drop a note to say have a great weekend and thanks do much for all the positive backing I'm getting! It feels great to get an "atta girl" or a "woo hoo" for deeds done! <BR> <BR> May your weekends be warm and happy, if only in your hearts... <BR> yeah, I can get mushy sometimes... <BR> Michelle <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 06:50:59 EST Me 1st weigh in.....11 pounds lost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228288 I know its that initial loss we has when we start doin things tha right way...but boo ya! feelin mighty fine to see that drop no matter what! <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 07:32:05 EST Hubbys business is getting closer to GO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227186 Ya, we've been trying to get things rockin for a family run Lawn care & Repair company....Albrights Lanscaping & More....my hubby, his dad and uncle, have it all set and some clients starting out. Big step today, a heavy duty truck has been added to the cache a tools n such ....now, when the time comes, they can haul mulch n rocks n dirt n all that good stuff. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:21:40 EST Hat-dicted? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226043 Or somethin like that...I be makin hats and peeps keep placing orders....these hats are my one ego boost in life! <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:27:52 EST Youngest son turns 17 today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222829 So, of course, I left a long list of chores for him to do, hahahaha, with "stop pouting, Happy Birthday, no chores" as a signature.....had a Patriots theme cake made for him....other than that, no idears what hes gonna get into,...... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:10:43 EST Always so tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221868 I dunno....just always tired...I know it has to do with not being more active. But, feel the stress n nerves and all that stuff life throws at us has to do with it too. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:48:41 EST My Bike came early...and was smashed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219799 GAH! I got all head up and happy, drag it out tha box ta put it all together, and tha body <BR> is all broke n smashed....sigh....gotta love UPS......and now, we start the return run around.....Seventh Avenue! Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:22:17 EST Feelings can be a mess huh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218879 So, Im gonna ramble here I reckon. I'm one a those peeps that has come to that place where ya feel sorta like...I dunno, no one needs ta hear my crap anymore... <BR> <BR> I'm pretty good at keepin things inside...so, we'll see how this works out. <BR> <BR> Im a hermit...ask any of tha 5 peeps that know me in the real world....I go to work then go home...repeat....venturin out ta do wash now n then.... <BR> <BR> Bein bi-polar has ta do with it Im sure...so, enjoy tha ups, and run fer yer li... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:16:11 EST