MOM4407's SparkPeople Blog MOM4407's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community First day back to work Today I got up at 5:15am and <em>315</em> . <BR> Got my lunch (smoked turkey and sweet potato and salad)Snack fiber bar and almonds <BR> Got to work no internet, no phone. <BR> That's OK I have lots of cleaning to do. Cleaning and rearranging. <BR> I kept looking at my Fitbit to see if I had enough steps. Yes (15000+) <BR> <BR> Quick trip to the dentist to get a crown . <BR> Back to work <BR> Finally home at 6:30p. <BR> I am not going to take a nap. <BR> My daughter is already telli... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:02:47 EST My last day of freedom Students look forward to summer vacation so do School Staff teachers, librarians and principals. <BR> It gives us times to get our <em>334</em> minds back. <BR> <BR> For me this is my last day of freedom. I start working on Thurs. <em>39</em> <BR> My summer freedom is over. <BR> My walking 7 miles a day over <BR> Swimming in the evenings over <BR> Taking <em>102</em> over. I think this is the hardest thing taking naps. <BR> <BR> But my TOPS leader told me not to psych m... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:04:08 EST The Journey is Mine The Journey is mine. <BR> <BR> I just got back from the annual conference for TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). There were many people that have lost great amounts of weight. Many times I watch The Biggest Loser or other weight loss shows and I think these people are not real. They are just actors not living a normal life. Well at the TOPS conference I saw real wonderful people that have lost weight are are Keeping it off. <BR> One speaker I listened to shared his story. Wayne Vandenl... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:23:58 EST Therapy Recently my daughter had her tonsils out. She has been resting, resting resting but she does need therapy. <BR> <BR> She has time therapy animals visit her. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> These help keep her clean. They lick her face so she does not need to wash. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> If your bed is tooo cold they will be happy to warm it for you. <BR> <BR> This is Pepper the the... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:11:49 EST Summer already Friday was the first day of summer. Wow here in South Texas the Temp is always hot. Ok in the winter it is cool. So summer means 100+. <BR> <BR> I love walking. I wanted on Friday to walk 10 miles. I woke up and my foot was hurting. I think I pulled something swimming. So Saturday I walked only 8 miles. Still I am proud 8 miles is great. And I can still walk around the house. My foot still hurts but only when I stretch it like a ballerina. <BR> <BR> On Friday I went to the... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:11:42 EST Walk, Walk, Walk Yesterday I read the blog 3 labors + 3 babies =50 miles. The author walked 50 miles in one day. I could not believe it. So today I am going to challenge myself to walk 10 miles. Ok not all at one time I am going to split it up. In the morning I got up late so I did not start walking until 10am. It was already 90+. The wind was blowing and there was a nice chop on the bay. The book I was listening to was just getting to the exciting part so walking 6 miles was easy. Tonight I am g... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:58:22 EST Back in the Day Back in the day I would walk for fun not exercise. <BR> I would bike to my friend's house on sidewalks. <BR> the town had sidewalks. <BR> I could swim at the pool for hours and not be tired. <BR> I could teach swimming, tread water with my arms up and not be tired. <BR> I drank water from the garden hose. <BR> <BR> <BR> Growi... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:25:52 EST Update on my weight loss This year I have been working hard to lose the last 30lbs. At the beginning of the year I cut out some foods that might be making me gain weight. Soy, corn, wheat, eggs, milk, peanuts and most of all sugar. I lost 14 lbs and feel great. <BR> <BR> Now the stress of work has been keeping me at a stand still. This is the time of year when we are testing students and as a teacher/librarian I am under more stress than before. Co-workers are stressed out and tempers are short. I want sugar... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:43:46 EST To Friends of Irene (DIDMIS) Spoke with Irene she is doing well. She can now get out of bed on her own and she is happy. She asked to tell everyone she is working hard so she can get back home and start dancing around again. PT is going well. She is using rubber bands to help her strenght the knee. It hurts but she says it is making her strong. <BR> <BR> If any of you will like to send her a card here is the address of the facility where she is at. <BR> <BR> Legend Transitional Healthcare <BR> 2109 S K Center Stre... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:15:47 EST TOPS Funday On Saturday we had our TOPS Area Funday. It is the time of year when our Coordinator comes to update us on the rules of TOPS and recognize the different chapters for their achievements. We also have fun skits, and contests. <BR> At first I thought I would be going by myself but one of the TOPS friends Sallie went with me. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I came in 2nd for the area in walking I walked 1456 miles last year. Most days I walked 5 m... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 20:09:47 EST January update 2013 I started out on a new lifestyle. I have been listening more to my body and trying to eat what it needs. <BR> This month I have lost 13 lbs and I am walking daily, recording what I am eating. <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Feb. I am going to challenge myself to the virtual races on Sparkpeople. The last one I did I ran 5k in 39 mins. Today I did a 5k in 41mins. I can do it faster I know I can. <BR> I am going to continue to limit the amount of wheat, soy, milk, eggs, peanuts,... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 22:07:03 EST How I am saving $300 dollars At the beginning of the year I started a new diet like so many. My diet eliminated food I might be intolerant to(The Virgin Diet). I did not eat Wheat, Milk, Soy, Sugar & all artificial sweeteners, Corn, Peanuts, Eggs for 21 days. <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> I feel so much better. By eliminating these food I have lost weigh, but gained energy. <BR> <em>315</em> <BR> The best thing I am not taking decongestant any more. Every night I would have to remember to take my allergy meds o... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 06:01:48 EST I can hula hoop I was watching TV I think and I saw a woman talk about how she took 4" off her waist by hula hooping. <BR> How fun right? I went and got a hula hoop at Walmart. <BR> How depressing it kept falling down. <em>39</em> And falling and dropping and dropping. Was my hoop broken or what. <BR> But I did not give up. <BR> As a kid I loved doing this. <BR> Day 3 frustrated I finally said I am going to youtube to see how to hula hoop. YouTube has everything on it. <BR> I learned to p... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 20:48:44 EST Being my own cheerleader I keep trying to lose weight, but it keeps finding me. <BR> <BR> When I saw this quote I thought is is me. I keep losing the weight. I am motivated. I am relaxed. I am exercising. I am journaling. I can take a nap. I feel great. The pounds come off. Last summer I Lost 20 lbs. but school starts <em>198</em> <BR> I am tired. <BR> I am stressed. <BR> I get angry but I eat my emotions away. <BR> I gain back the weight I lose. <BR> This is the cycle I have been on for years. <BR> <... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 07:29:11 EST Still on Virgin Diet On the 3rd I said I was going to try to eliminate some things from my diet. <BR> Eggs, milk, wheat, soy, sugar, corn peanuts. These are the foods that cause the most food allergies and food intolerance. <BR> Ok I have done great on the eggs, milk, wheat, peanuts and corn. Today I added soy sauce to my stir fry vegs the broccoli slaw. I just needed some taste and I did not want all the salt. I was thinking maybe wasabi ?? <BR> <BR> In the morning for breakfast I have been having pinto be... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 22:04:10 EST Virgin Diet??? Has anyone tried it? I recorded the Today show and was watching it. I love watching all the January show with all the health tips. <BR> <BR> The new diet book they were introducing was Virgin Diet. The author says to eliminate Dairy, eggs, soy, gluten, peanuts, corn, sugar and artificial sweeteners from your diet. This caught my attention. <BR> <BR> Many year ago I had went to an allergies who told me I had food allergies and to not eat the same foods everyday. He wanted me on the rotation diet. I did... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 06:01:35 EST New Year drinking NOT ME Yesterday I was out walking with my dog when an older gentlemen drove next to me on his golf cart. He started talking to me about my boxer and being healthy.. (I live in an area with many Winter Visitors) As he drove away he said,"Now don't get to drunk tonight." <BR> <BR> I thought why would I want to waste my calories on getting drunk. Is that why I am out here walking 4 miles today. OK maybe on sweets but not on drinking. I have never understood why people drink to the point of n... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:58:17 EST If I won the lottery If I won the lottery what would I do with the money? During lunch one day someone asked that question . The lottery was at 45 million. <BR> <BR> 1st maybe get a new car mine is 10 years old but it still runs so maybe not. <BR> 2nd I think I would build a bike trail to the local store so I could walk/bike there without being hit by a car. <BR> 3rd Pave around my yard so when I am gray and very old with a walker I can walk around my yard without falling. <BR> 4th pay for my kids to go to... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 18:22:30 EST Wonderful Day of Fun and basketball I am the school librarian my classes rotate with the PE coach. So if the kids are not at the library they have PE. On Friday he lets the kids have free play. But the class in the library does not get to do it. They always feel cheated. This year I asked the coach if I could have my Friday classes go out to PE if I would go with them. He was happy to say yes. <BR> <BR> So today I got to go outside and play . In school I was not very active. I did not play sports but I did learn the b... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 18:23:36 EST I needed a good laugh Tonight I had took my two daughter out to eat. This never happens. My husband s out of town so us girls went out. In the car we were playing the game what if. One of the questions "Would you like to be 80 and obesity or 50 and a model? <BR> <BR> I said I want to be 50 and a model. (I'm 51) My loving daughter said " Mom you are a model a model citizen" <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks for loving daughters. Wed, 5 Sep 2012 22:20:44 EST Learning to say NO So today I say NO to people when I was busy and others wanted me to help them. <BR> I said NO. Wow were they shocked. I usually stop what I was doing and help others. I would then stay late and do my work. Today I said NO I am busy doing my work and I can not help you. <BR> I may lose friends they are the ones telling me to learn to say no. I should not feel guilty about saying NO. But why do I feel guilty then?? Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:23:48 EST Hard Days Do you ever have a day when everything starts out right? <BR> You get up early exercise and feel great. <BR> You have a healthy breakfast and feel wonderful. <BR> You have packed your lunch and do not have time to eat it. <BR> You are at work and the computer will not work, the boss wants the report, people are wanting things from you and the mins are passing too quickly. There does not even seem like there is time to go to the restroom. <BR> <BR> Your routine has been interrupted. You do ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 05:15:56 EST Prepared for the week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." <BR> <BR> This is Sunday and I have prepared my lunches for the week. <BR> 5 oatmeals measured and ready to go <BR> 5 strawberry yogurts <BR> 5 salads <BR> 5 salad dressings <BR> 5 containers of grapes <BR> 5 containers of cucumbers slices to eat <BR> 5 bags of carrots <BR> 5 tomatoes <BR> 5 oat bran <BR> <BR> Now this is just the start. I usually add some K Breakfast bar... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 18:03:46 EST Summer is a forgotten Vacation In the summer I love being outside <BR> here is a picture with a friend of mine at the beach <BR> <img src=""> <BR> She is an inspiration to me because she has lost over 70lbs and she maintains healthy eating habits. <BR> <BR> So for me the summer is over. <BR> I am back to work and the restful naps are a forgotten memory. <BR> This summer I lost 20lbs. <BR> I am going to try to lose 30lbs before the end of the the year. <BR> I know f... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 20:21:02 EST Meal at Olive Garden This was a birthday week for me. <BR> Starting with mine and then my youngest daughter. For me we had steak and cake. I must admit that I did have my cake but I went for a 3 mile walk afterwards. I had saved my calories knowing what I would eat and I enjoyed it. The next day I had the cake for supper. This has been the only cake in a long time. I enjoyed my birthday and the cake. <BR> <BR> Today to celebrate my daughter's B-day we went to Olive Garden. I ordered the Apricot Chick... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 20:10:34 EST Getting energized Today I started school again. <BR> This will be my 27th year as a teacher/librarian. <BR> Every year I get so energized by meeting new people and seeing new students. <BR> Many can not believe I have been in educations so long. <BR> By the end of the school year I am tried and ready to leave the campus and the students behind. <BR> But this is a new year. The kids will be older and I hope this year I can teach them more. <BR> The teachers will be the same with some new ones. I look forwar... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 19:47:55 EST I was hit by a car This is a true story. <BR> It is serious unlike many of my blogs. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was <em>108</em> and a driver was stopped at a <em>227</em> . My <BR> Friend and I crossed at the cross walk. She rode her bike in front of the car and the drive was over whelmed with her beauty <em>20</em> did not see me and he started to pull out and he hit me or at least my bike. <BR> <BR> From years of walking and biking and knowing drivers do not look around I was prepared . I was able to j... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 22:45:16 EST Last night I was attacked Last night as I was finishing my walk. I went by a little store and I was attacked a Hershey bar. It is true I think maybe I was just overwhelmed with heat and it just jumped into my mouth. Tonight I am not going by that store. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 18:51:26 EST Can it get any hotter I got up late today so it was 10am before I went walking. It was a very beautiful day at South Padre Island so I walked and enjoyed. When I got home 2 hours later I found out that there is a heat advisory out. I felt great I am glad I took water with me and I was at the beach at least walking in the sand. Saturday I am going to try to get going earlier. I just have to get out of bed. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:44:13 EST Is the scale a liar? As I step on the scale I whisper <BR> Scale scale on the floor <BR> Give me a numbed I will adore. <BR> <BR> At my weekly weigh in I think it is <BR> Russian rulet. <BR> NO NO <BR> I came back from a road trip. I was mad at myself because I had gained 10lbs. <BR> So many of my Spark friends wrote it is s just water weight but I knew the ice cream I had eaten the gummy worms and the taffy. <BR> SO in the last 5 day I have walked 4-6 miles in the morning then 3 at night. NOT as a punishm... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:26:06 EST Thanks to my Sparkfriends No place on the web could I write about gaining weight on a trip and have so many people support and understand how I feel. Facebook just would not do it. <BR> <BR> Thank you Sparkfriends. <BR> <BR> Within 5 mins of my posting how frustrated I was at myself I had Spark friends encouraging and supporting me. How easy it is to blog when things are going wonderful. But when I am mad at myself it is great to have the support of Spark. <BR> Thank you all for inspiring me to keep on track. ... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:50:26 EST Frustrated at self After traveling for 2 weeks in the car and thinking I was eating right I weighed in today and found I had gained 6lbs back. OMG I worked hard to lose those pounds. I guess siting in a car for 75 hours without being able to exercise does not help. I tried to eat salads and good healthy meals when we stopped but let me tell you on the road it is very hard. When you are driving 12+ hours a day it is hard to find good healthy food. Subway is not always an option. Some of the salads I order... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:06:38 EST Where would I be without TOPS (take off pound sensibly) I have been heavy all my life. <BR> When I graduated HS I was 190lb <BR> I am one of the few people that can say I weigh what I did in HS. <BR> I have lost and gained so much weight. <BR> <BR> When I was in WW I lost weight and became a lifetime member 140. <BR> Quite and had my second baby 200lbs. <BR> <BR> Joined TOPS and lost 50lbs. So proud. <BR> <BR> <BR> Quite and had my third baby. Rejoined TOPS but could never get down to goal. Quite again went up to my highest of 250 but at t... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 21:10:20 EST Exercise in the park Woke up late today but I still went out walking. It was a beautiful over-cast day so it was only in the 80's. I was listening to a wonderful audiobook so I did not want to stop(Games of Thrones) <BR> Before I knew it I had walked 6 miles. To cool off I went for a quick swim. Just 15 mins but enough to relax the legs and stretch out. <BR> <BR> I may not do this everyday but for today. <em>243</em> Mon, 2 Jul 2012 19:30:15 EST Back on track I have been trying to get my laptop to allow me to blog for several weeks. Today out of the blue it has allowed to to finally blog. <BR> I love summer. In the Spring I get off track. It seems I took the detour on the road to success. <em>230</em> Stress ahead. <BR> <BR> I looked forward to the summer so I could get back on track. I have been trying to walk at least 3 miles per day. I am also biking, kayaking and swimming not daily but when I can. <BR> <BR> I have been faithfully kee... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 16:26:15 EST Spiders and tortise Whooo I have not been able to blog for awhile. My computer has been acting up. <BR> I have been going up and down both with weight and the emotions. The stress of work is always the hardest now and I need to stay focused so not to gain. <BR> <BR> At TOPS we are working threw the Book Day One the new members guide. It reminded me how I have made goals in the past and how I have achieved these goals. I would exercise everyday no matter how I felt. If I ate a few calories extra the next day ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:21:02 EST TOPS Funday 2012 On Saturday I attended the 2012 Funday for my areas TOPS chapter. TOPS is a weight loss support group I belong to. I attended weekly meetings and have weekly weigh ins. TOPS is a support group. I am with people who feel about food just like I do. TOPS keeps me accountable to myself. <BR> <BR> So this is our annual event when our Coordinator Kay Brown gives out awards for weight loss and exercise. The theme of the party was pajamas. It was great to be comfortable all day in my pajamas. ... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 23:11:19 EST 10 miles I did it Today I got up and got ready for my 10 mile run for the Hospice House in my area. Well I went to the park there was nobody there. Yup I got the dates wrong. It is next week. Oh well I started walking anyway it was a beautiful day. <BR> Ok it took me 3 hours to walk but I was having fun and pushing myself. <BR> I did not bring water with me so I had to stop several time. The drinking fountains did not work. I did find a water faucet. I was able to wash out my mouth and get a drink wi... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 21:02:11 EST My first 10 mile challenge On Saturday I am challenging myself to walk 10 miles for a walkathon for The Hospice House in my community. I really think that hospice care is important and I am blessed to have two legs that are strong and healthy so I can walk <BR> <BR> I do not know if I can do it. <BR> I walk every morning 3 miles. 6 miles is easy for me. I am challenging myself to 10 miles. <BR> So on Saturday I hope it does not rain and I hope it is a wonderful day to go walking. <BR> For me rain or shine I wi... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 22:17:50 EST Eating out healthy I have been on vacation and for the past few day my husband and I have been eating out for lunch. It is always a challenge for me to find place to eat out and be healthy. I am tired of salads and chicken sandwiches. <BR> <BR> Tues I went to Denny's and had the Fit Omelette it was very good. I am not big fan of spinach but I liked it in the Omelette. I even went a bought some spinach so I can experiment with it. <BR> <BR> Weds we went to Panda Express. I had the Vegs., Chicken & Beans... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 11:09:20 EST Help Me Tell me what to take to the family Christmas Eve Party I did not handle the holiday parties at work very well. <BR> Everyday for 12 days before the vacation people brought goodies to school. <BR> For the first few days I just ignored them and I did not eat. <BR> But people really got insulted that I did not participate and eat the things they brought. <BR> I was like I personally insulted them. <BR> So I would go and just take a taco, a cookie or something. <BR> Then the last 2 days I was so busy I did not eat breakfast so I was hungry (mis... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 09:44:38 EST End of the year I am on vacation from work A big difference. I can walk now 9 miles. Ok understand that most days I walk between 6000-10000 steps just at work. So this year I thought I would make myself have a Christmas boot came. I try to walk 6 miles in the morning and then another 3 mile by the end of the day. Ok my feet hurt but that is just like I feel at work. <BR> <BR> My goal is to be below my weight at the beginning of the year. I have 2lbs to lose by the end of the year. I am going to ... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 21:34:07 EST Stress Stress go away Today was a much better day. <BR> On Monday I wrote about how bad and stressed out I felt over the weekend. <BR> I had a bad Friday and things got the best of me. <BR> <BR> I was very proud that on Monday I did not turn to sweets chocolate instead I walked on my treadmill. <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> Today I got up walked and ate right. <BR> I have my TOPS meeting and I am happy to say I lost .5lbs. <BR> At work I felt good and was energized. I felt better and I am not going to let stress be... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 23:01:32 EST Glad last weekend is over (just venting) Last weekend was a very hard weekend for me. <BR> At school on Friday we had our Dec. Festival. <BR> Our Asst. Principal was sick at home, the principal had meetings so that left me to get the show going. Needless to say I had 3 classes in the library every period so I could not do much. <BR> I must admit I was stressed. <em>198</em> <BR> Since I could not be in three places at once some things did not get done as quickly as some of the teachers wanted them to get done. I could just ... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 18:37:52 EST Really I could not walk in the morning Tues. Day 2 was very hard for me to walk in the morning. I go up early but so did the baby girl <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So instead of walking on the treadmill I ran around the house chasing her and trying to catch her for about 15 mins. She also helped me with the stretching. <BR> Tues wrote in the journal and ate within the calories. Yea a good day. <BR> I did go to the weigh in gained 2.5lbs. I am not worried that will be off next... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:34:02 EST Day 1 (again) OK so again I have fallen down along the journey of weight loss. <BR> I had a gain over Thanksgiving but I am starting over again. <BR> I am going to be focused during Dec. <BR> Day 1 <BR> got up and walked on the treadmill 2.5 miles <BR> eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and supper (in my calorie goal) <BR> wrote down everything I ate in my journal. <BR> <BR> These are the things that went right. <BR> It was a Monday for me. <BR> My hair straighter broke, I could not find my car keys or ... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:00:23 EST Thanksgiving Vacation Sorry I have not been as active as I used to be. <BR> During the summer time seemed endless. <BR> When school started I was back in the fastlane time flew by. <BR> I was glad to have Thanksgiving Vacation to relax. <BR> My husband and I went to Falcon State Park camping. <BR> The park in about 90 mins from our house. <BR> I spent the week kayaking and trying to fish. <BR> Some may remember that a young couple had some problems with border bandits at Falcon lake. I am happy to say that it w... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 21:48:56 EST When the going gets tough I eat chocolate Quote of the day. <BR> <BR> The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> I really like this quote. For me it was easy to lose weight over the summer. I was not working and I could exercise and rest. Now I am working and dealing with the challenges of life. Stress, work, family, late nights, early mornings ect. I gained last week and I really had to take a look a... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 21:43:57 EST My 1st massage I have always wanted a massage. I have seen the movies with women feeling wonderful after their massages. I have even read that massages help to lose weight. At our school Career Day we had some ladies from a local massage studio come. All summer I wanted to go but I just did not find the time. For my birthday a friend gave me a massage. <BR> Yesterday I went. I have never had a massage so I did not know what to expect. I was lead to a room and asked to disrobe. Ms. Sanchez started t... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 10:22:21 EST P.E teacher/librarian extraordinaire This year is going to be the best year of my life. <BR> I have been an elementary librarian for 19 years, 1st grade teacher for 7. <BR> This was the first year I started school with no crying babies. WooHoo. <BR> <BR> 2 years ago I started my weight loss journey again for the hundredth time. But this time it was different I was older, my knees hurt and for the 1st time I was at a middle school. I had been moved to a Middle School and I did not have the energy to learn how to deal with ... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 21:28:13 EST