MINIMOMO's SparkPeople Blog MINIMOMO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Mercury in Retrograde Tuesday I believe Mercury went into retrograde. Our family found out that my husband's position at the garden that was to start next week is most likely excised. Then we got a call that my job working on a renovation of a public building here on the electrician crew that has been delayed from February 1st is actually pretty much cancelled. Regulations on salary and other red tape pretty much prevent any type of casual apprenticeships so the 6 of us are just SOL. So we went from thinking we wo... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:33:55 EST Back to Routine So I finally recovered from the flu and those shooting head pains that lingered for almost a week. I was eating less than 1000 calories everyday for about a week b/c I also had this weird lump in my throat, like when you are holding back tears, but it lasted about 10 days and made eating painful. Anyways, started feeling better a week ago, last sunday, which was also the day we baked treats to send a Valentine's package to my grandma (i started doing this about 5 years ago when my grandpa pas... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 16:04:34 EST A Little Better So today I did not take Aleve and the shooting head pains have still lessened, now coming only every 15-20 minutes and usually not as intense either. So that's good, I am functioning much better, hoping to get back exercising tomorrow. But I am still trying to get back to eating more. I attempted my 1st 'whole meal' since Friday and vomited. Anyways, sorry if that's graphic, I am just wondering what is up with my body. Wed, 6 Feb 2013 22:12:09 EST Why's it hurt??? So I got a depo shot at the health dept Friday since my husband and i cannot afford to take chances right now. I found out the hard way that 'flu-like' symptoms are a fairly common side effect. I was in bed all weekend with chills, fever, aches, and that feeling where your clothes touching your skin hurts really bad. I took alot of store brand NY-quil and basically slept through it. Then yesterday (Monday) I woke up without the flu-type feelings but with this wicked pain in my right temple/ b... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 20:21:55 EST Enjoying what I can't control So right now we are hard up financially. We both have jobs we just got but they start in the next couple weeks and then it will take 2 more to be paid. Also my husband is still not on our foodstamps even though he lost his job so we don't quite get enough to feed us all, especially not healthy stuff. So lately, while we wait for more stamps to hit the card on the 9th, we have just been eating wherever we can for free. Today that meant taking my husband's aunt who is waiting for a new hip out ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 17:57:06 EST Jobs on the Horizon Things have been stressful here, but maybe looking good soon. Economics has definitely played a role in my food choices lately and brought more carbs in and less fruit/ veg than my ideal would be. And it has been so icy here my exercise has been limited. Today our car lost control twice on the way home from getting the kids so I dared not drive to a park for a walk. Also stress has caused me to have insomnia and skin rashes that I thought i was past. But the upside is some opportunities appea... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:35:21 EST What a week So my food tracker today is terrible. Had a banana for b/f, cheese and crackers for lunch and oreos for dinner. But sometimes it happens. The thing I love about tracking on spark is it makes me feel in control of my food even when I don't have alot of choice... For me food choice is very recent. I just got a car and am able to access food instead of getting crap off the candy bus that comes through public housing BUT no one has a job in my house right now and things are tight/ stressful becau... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 23:11:02 EST Just keep swimming... I have had a rough week so far. Discouraging news from potential employers, from the court system, from the news every night. Sometimes I get overwhelmed not just by the struggle of my family but by that of all my neighbors. By the immense suffering of the poor, of the dark skinned, of the female all over this country and the world. For me, trying to work through these systems of oppression causes me to break down every so often with a deep depression. Last week I was overcome with sadness an... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:12:37 EST Regrouping So i fell off a little bit this week. I never went over my calories, one day sparkpeople in fact scolded me because i only ate like 500. While i know that is not good, i just feel good about not eating junk this week despite being very stressed out. Also today i had an all day board retreat for a non profit that i work with here and i am proud of myself for resisting the delicious local bagels they had for breakfast (i opted for the spinach/ egg bake and fruit salad) and none of the delish fr... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:35:00 EST Poverty and Health The other night there were 6 police cars outside my house right around bedtime. I saw at least 5 police officers inside my neighbors house restraining the 14 year old boy who lives there. I was up til 4 am that night and my sleep has been of ever since, did not even exercise yesterday. It is very stressful to me to have so many armed men in my neighborhood constantly. My city just rehired a police who was fired for having racist/ lewd images on his work computer and they gave him backpay for ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:54:18 EST My goals I could not get the goal tracker to list my measurements as I wanted so I thought I would just post them here and update as I go. I am starting at 225 lbs and want to get to 175. My starting measurements are bust: 44", waist 38" and hips 50". My goals for after losing fifty pounds are bust: 42", waist 32" and hips 48". I am starting my attempts by eating 1200-1500 calories a day and exercising at least 20 minutes a day, six days a week. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 19:05:37 EST