MOMMYSWAMI's SparkPeople Blog MOMMYSWAMI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community When did eating healthy become synonymous with eating gross crap? This is a post I did today about the weird, gross concoctions health and fitness experts want to pass off on us as "treats." Another rant, of course! ;-) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-healthy-become-synonymous-with-eatin<BR>g-gross-crap/ </link> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:37:41 EST Plus Size?!!! This blog post I wrote earlier today for my website. It's about the ludicrous and harmful sizing in the modeling and marketing industries with a video on a gorgeous "Plus Size" model that is making a splash right now. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:42:55 EST 3 Goals for 2013 Good lord, I can tell it's been a while. I couldn't even figure out how to find my spark page. But I'm back and happy to be. This is going to be my best year yet. Here's a link to my New Year's Goals if you're interested: <BR> <link><BR>13/ </link> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 16:13:38 EST January 20, 2011 Actually Have Something To Say The one in which I remember I'm going to Disney World, am shocked by weighing food rather than using a volume measure, and tell the tale of hip hop class Fri, 21 Jan 2011 01:10:39 EST January 19, 2011 FRUSTRATED The one in which I decide that I need to reduce my calories or I may scream Wed, 19 Jan 2011 22:27:42 EST January 18, 2011 Quick Check In Surrounded By Kids The one in which I make a quick video before drinking wine with my hubby to celebrate closing a big deal. (But really, who needs an excuse to drink wine?) Wed, 19 Jan 2011 22:24:26 EST January 17, 2011 Does beer count as water? The one in which I spell out the changes to my plan Mon, 17 Jan 2011 20:31:50 EST Sunday January 16, 2011 One Minute Check In The one in which I check in quickly so as not to break my streak Mon, 17 Jan 2011 20:29:28 EST January 15, 2011 Disappointing Weigh In The one in which I reevaluate my strategy Sat, 15 Jan 2011 12:35:51 EST January 14, 2011 Oh so thankful for a 3day weekend The one in which I threaten to drink wine instead of workout. TBD Fri, 14 Jan 2011 20:12:30 EST January 13, 2011 Searching for Lost Happiness The one in which I discuss wanting to achieve the happiness of the past to help achieve current goals. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 20:09:27 EST January 12, 2011 Super Quick Update The one in which I have to get back to my sick 4yo Wed, 12 Jan 2011 22:36:53 EST January 11, 2011 Another Successful Day The one in which my husband thinks I'm "tiny." <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:33:41 EST January 10, 2011 Within Calories Despite Worries The one in which I discuss my daughter's upcoming surgery Mon, 10 Jan 2011 23:59:47 EST January 9, 2011 The Long Hard Weekend The one in which I denounce Sun, 9 Jan 2011 20:30:16 EST January 8, 2011 Weekly Recap The one in which I have my first weigh in of 2011 Sat, 8 Jan 2011 11:42:45 EST January 7, 2011 Emotional Stress & Calorie Success The one in which I plan to drown my sorrows in wine. Fri, 7 Jan 2011 18:06:38 EST January 6, 2011 Success despite Struggles The one in which I discuss my dislike of doctors <BR> <BR> This is an enjoyable reading program that usually sells for $295. The company is giving it away free by download for the month of January. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 23:53:27 EST January 5, 2011 My First Day Out Of Calorie Range The one in which I claim to work out with Charlie Sheen's ex-wife. <BR> <BR> RunKeeper Pro FREE in January <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 5 Jan 2011 19:07:53 EST January 4, 2011 A Long Rambling One The one in which I hate on "Bhangra" exercise instructors. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to find Dholrythms dance videos. Fun stuff <link><BR>=dholrhythms&aq=0 </link> Tue, 4 Jan 2011 16:41:51 EST Day 3 - January 3rd, 2011 Only 362 Days to Go The one in which I turn into a zombie and try not to eat my kids. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 18:48:11 EST January 2, 2011 - 2 days of success The one in which Anamika cheers over a bag of greens. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 22:25:57 EST January 1, 2011 - New Year, New Approach The one in which I explain my plan for the next year and make my video blog debut without makeup and with bedhead. Enjoy! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 00:01:11 EST 10 YEARS???!!! Moments ago it occurred to me that I haven't weighed what I consider my ideal weight of 150 in 10 years! 10 YEARS!!! My personal ideal weight is not a number given to me by some formula or a magazine article. It comes from experience. I've been 20 lbs lower than 150 and 30 pounds higher. I know that anything over 155 and I start to feel uncomfortable, full, big. I know anything lower may feel great but is just too hard to maintain. At 150 I can wear what I want and feel confident. I don't wor... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 10:18:14 EST Living in Limbo - Sorting my Thoughts Well over the past month I did the Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout Program. I was highly committed and put on quite a bit of muscle, not that I need any more muscle. I happen to like a leaner looking build like a dancer, but my strength has greatly increased, so trade-offs. <BR> <BR> Anyway during that time I didn't count calories. I can't say I didn't watch what I ate because I have literally been watching what I eat since I was 8 years old. My parents are weight obsessed as is my whole ... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 08:09:06 EST Off Topic - Can you help? My little brother and his fiancee are getting married in October. Initially they started to plan a small wedding for financial reasons, even though our family is quite large not to mention their huge group of friends. They are both extremely likable people, lovable really and there will be many people disappointed that they won't be able to celebrate the wedding with them. <BR> <BR> However, just this past week they were entered into a contest at a local radio station for a chance to win a d... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:51:31 EST Just Some Weekend Happenings I'm not sure what I want to blog about, I just feel like I have some things to get out. I'm supposed to tell my Kathy Smith story but I don't feel like it right now. <BR> <BR> I went to Vegan Drinks last night. It was great. It's nice to be around people that understand you. And the whole menu, food and drinks, was made just for us. The food was good but not memorable. The chef is just learning to cook vegan because they want to add some to the menu. However, they really outdid themselves on... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 22:53:22 EST Accountable to Me Guess what I just did? Ate two slices of pizza. Yep even after I had run my Nutrition Report for the day. And I was doing so well. I was just inside that upper limit number of mine and feeling relieved that I had stayed within range. Now I'm 300 calories over. <BR> <BR> This is the first time since I recommitted to weight lose in mid-December that I feel disappointed in myself. Yes, I was slightly hungry but it was already 8 o'clock and I could have held out. I had eaten a light snack just... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 21:03:17 EST February Retrospective Hmmm. Funny how this was so much easier at the end of last month when I could look back over a month of accomplishments. It's much more difficult looking back at an entire month that was shot to hell, even if it was mostly due to being very sick. I really don't want to but here goes. <BR> <BR> February Goals: <BR> 1. Implement and consistently achieve a morning and evening routine. This will create 8 hours sleep, a (relatively) clean house to wake up to, all exercise completed and showered ... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 22:08:18 EST February Retrospective Hmmm. Funny how this was so much easier at the end of last month when I could look back over a month of accomplishments. It's much more difficult looking back at an entire month that was shot to hell, even if it was mostly due to being very sick. I really don't want to but here goes. <BR> <BR> February Goals: <BR> 1. Implement and consistently achieve a morning and evening routine. This will create 8 hours sleep, a (relatively) clean house to wake up to, all exercise completed and showered ... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 22:05:13 EST Blame it on the Ny-ny-ny-ny-ny-Nyquil I've been sick only 3 times in the past 14 years but it's a doozy when I am. I just get to the point of total exhaustion & since I can't rest it's hard to recover. I never realized this until recently, through my daily posts with my Stand Up Lose It team and my Bikini Bound team. <BR> <BR> I may even have been sick more often than that and never realized it because I am so out of touch with my body. I have 3 kids that need homeschooling and feeding and all the other things kids need and my ... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 09:31:37 EST Two Steps Forward, One Step Back The past week or so has been a challenge. After deciding to increase my calories while sick so I could get well, I've had trouble getting back to my lower calorie range. I felt so much better, that I think I've associated feeling well with eating. And honestly, I've just lost my desire to eat less, though I know that is the biggest determining factor in my weight loss. If I just cut an additional 300 calories out of my diet, the pounds start dropping off. But my motivation has vanished. <BR> ... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 20:57:06 EST 50 Things About Me If you've are reading this, you have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! Paste these instructions in the body of your blog. <BR> <BR> 1. What time did you get up this morning? 8:00am, 2 hours later than usual,it was awesome <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? Alive and still a cow <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Yes Man with my sister over a year ago. I don't see movies often obviously. It was hilarious. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 15:27:27 EST January Introspective What Went Well January 2010 - I'm amazed at my commitment to change. I've made half-hearted efforts time and again and was almost expecting this time would be the same. But it's not. There has been a real shift in me. I drank 12+ cups of water daily, logged my food EVERYDAY and stayed within range most days. I achieved 30+ minutes of exercise nearly everyday in January and I had to overcome some pretty big and persistent obstacles to achieve that. I've also noticed that my approach to weight... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 21:53:39 EST Sabotage? I think not Presently I'm drinking a Starbucks triple venti soy no whip mocha that was a surprise treat from my husband. He loves to bring me surprises because it makes me happy. Like most men, his main focus is making the women in his life happy and he's willing to do whatever it takes to bring a smile to my face. And I love that, of course. <BR> <BR> However, he indulges and spoils me, and honestly he makes me delusional. I would never buy myself a mocha. Even when I'm not actively trying to lose weig... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 14:43:36 EST What's a Mom Gotta Do to Get Some Cardio? Man what a day. I spent most of it holding two sick girls in my arms and trying to get food and fluids into my 8 year old. Considering I didn't get any sleep last night and I haven't had an adult conversation in...ummm I don't know when the last time I had an adult conversation was...I did very well. It's often emotionally overwhelming to be a full time caregiver. <BR> <BR> My husband left for work at 6:15 this morning and the girls were already awake so I knew the workout wouldn't come unti... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 23:27:35 EST WooHoo Weigh In Wednesday or Woeful Weigh In Wednesday? My feeling is that it will be woeful. Though I've only had a positive differential once this week and have increased the intensity of and varied my workouts, I can tell that I haven't lost. I may have even gained. <BR> <BR> The losses I've had over the past few weeks came from times I ate at the bottom of my calorie range. This past week I've been more towards the upper end on calories. Now technically this should have still resulted in a loss based on the information I entered into SparkPe... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 23:57:47 EST Starving the Bad Wolf I have been in such a funk the last few days. It's probably TMI but right after that TOM is over I think my hormone levels drop or something because I'm so cranky. But on the bright side I don't get PMS! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I haven't done nearly as well over this weekend as I have over the past month or so. And usually this is the point where the negative thoughts and feelings start butting in and I decide it's hopeless, nothing will work and I should just give up and indulge myself. Of course... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 23:48:11 EST Hubby is Home Early Actually I'm tempted to leave it at that. There isn't much to tell now that he is home. Somehow he makes everything instantly better. Even my sick boy is up and out of bed. Walking by the front door and seeing his arsittog there was so exciting. <BR> <BR> In preparation for hubby being gone again tonight I had hauled ass and got everything done, therapy, cooking, exercising. So now I've had my evening to relax and get my strength training done. <BR> <BR> I am greatly looking forward to a go... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 21:19:25 EST Blogging from Bed, Sweet Sweet Bed Well day one of my husband's business trip started out with me cussing. I woke up too late to workout and shower before he left this AM. The number one way to ruin my day is for me not to have sleep, which I didn't. Numbers 2 and 3 are no time to workout and no shower. So today started with the trifecta. <BR> <BR> After getting on SparkPeople and meeting with my awesome team, Stand Up Lose It, I decided I'd turn my day around. Things didn't start ideally but I know I'm in charge of my atti... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 23:53:13 EST Warning-Pity Party I have no idea what I'm going to be writing about right now. I'm basically avoiding getting up off the couch and fixing food for everyone. I also have cleaning, organizing and preparing for the week that really needs to be done. I'm just so exhausted from going all of the time. <BR> <BR> Hubby helps immensely. He doesn't work any less hard and consistently than I do and often I think he does much more. Our daughter needs hours and hours of therapy everyday and all three of the kids need home... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 12:32:15 EST I got that workout in! First of all, I'd like to thank everyone for their comments and words of encouragement yesterday. I believe without having you guys cheering me on I would have let yesterday's workout slide. SparkPeople really has an amazing community and I'm so glad to be a part of it. <BR> <BR> I knew I wouldn't be able to get on the treadmill since no one else was home to help me with the girls. The littlest one would have been climbing on the siderails while I walked. Just too dangerous. <BR> <BR> So I ... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 05:42:44 EST Stressing without my AM workout! My kids were up entirely too late last night. They were at my husband's parent's house for his mother's birthday. Bedtimes and routines in general are an ongoing issue in our house. Neither my husband nor I are very disciplined so instilling that in our children is incredibly difficult. <BR> <BR> I have worked over the past month to build a consistent bedtime routine for the kids and it had finally fallen into place. They were bathed and in bed at 8 every night and withou argument! <BR> <B... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 10:59:15 EST Life is Short, Don't Waste It Sometimes it just hits me how short life is. We love each day like we're going to live forever, like we have all the time in the world. We waste so much of everyday with being angry or sad and making excuses and procrastinating. <BR> <BR> It's so foolish. We have not one moment to spare! That second is gone and then another and another. And the older we get the faster time goes. <BR> <BR> With my first child, the first two years of his life seemed like an eternity, in a good way. I drank i... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 01:14:05 EST I Highly Recommend This Treadmill (Adam!) I was going to send a private message to Adamm9 about my treadmill since his is about to die and is in the market for a new one, but I am so absolutely pleased with my treadmill that I just couldn't keep it between us. <BR> <BR> I have had for the past 13 years a Pacemaster Pro Plus treadmill (though the model may have am updated name.) I got it on a personal recommendation from a family member so I knew I couldn't go wrong, not to mention that every year it is the top pick from many organi... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 08:42:31 EST Bragging on Myself A Little/Breakthrough Not sure if this will be much of a blog but I just had to share. I think I had a big breakthrough today. I didn't workout yesterday because blah, blah, blah. Today I almost didn't again. Husband was busy installing gas fireplace insert and I have all these rules about how my workouts need to be, kids have to properly cared for or sleeping with someone to watch them, I can't be interrupted, etc. So 10PM rolled around and I was ready to turn in. I stood up to go get ready for bed and real... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 23:13:40 EST Bad Advice I just read an article on SparkPeople that I found very interesting. It was about a study that points to an increased risk of fracture after weightloss surgery. ( You can read the article here: <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=632771 </link> ) I have my own guess as to why someone who has had such surgery would be more likely to break a bone, but that's not the purpose of this blog. <BR> <BR> What struck me was the ignorant advice from Dr. Baker, sa... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 19:41:55 EST Indecision I'm not sure where I want to go with this blog, or what I want to say. I guess I'm hoping through writing this I'll gain some insight and clarity. <BR> <BR> Over the past few weeks I've really begun to take an honest look at myself for the first time. You can't much more honest than tracking ALL your food and activity and having it stare you right in the face everyday. It really is a wake-up call. But not only has it made me more transparent in the area of dieting and numbers, it's give... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 15:42:03 EST Learning Something Everyday Well I've been using the SparkDiet for less than two weeks now and am amazed at how much I've learned about myself so far. SparkPeople came at exactly the right time for me. I had, on my own, resolved to make babysteps towards health and wellness so that I would build a lifestyle that would actually work for me and that I could sustain indefinitely. To that end I committed myself to 15 minutes of exercise a day and to eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day. It was as good a place as any to st... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 23:32:06 EST Introducing Myself I can't remember how I learned about but I am so glad I did. The more I learn about the site and it's approach to health, the more convinced I am that this time I will finally be in the shape I want to be and have the energy I've lacked for so long. <BR> <BR> I'm so thankful that I get to be home with my children everyday, that I don't have to miss the most important moments of their lives. At the same time, homeschooling three children and doing hours of therapy everyday t... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 01:11:41 EST