MOMTO6BLESSINGS's SparkPeople Blog MOMTO6BLESSINGS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Success (and failure) So the good news is that I made it to the YMCA yesterday. I swam for an hour with the kids. And then, despite feeling like Jello, I worked out. The plan had been to work out first but we were running slow yesterday. So, despite feeling way to relaxed from swimming I pushed my way through 10 minutes on the elliptical, 2 miles on the bike, and a little bit of weights for my arms..... <BR> <BR> So overall I was happy......until I went shopping last night. And bought candy. And a croissant... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 13:41:43 EST Hit a new (tiny ) goal The elliptical is not my favorite piece of equipment. The first time I used it last fall I could only do 3 minutes. 3 minutes of moving my 300 pound body up and down was way more brutal than the recumbent bike. Sweat drenching, red in the face, B-r-u-t-a-l......I am a bit of an exercise wimp I know.... ;) <BR> I found myself sick for all of Dec and the first week of January. Horrible lung infection. I became sedentary and am still getting my stamina back. I have been slowly increasing ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:57:05 EST A lot bigger then weight loss.... I have a lot on my mind as of late. I have been a busy girl, working out at the YMCA. Who knew that I could do 45 minutes of exercise? Not me. What' s more, I think I actually LOVE the treadmill. Strange days indeed. <BR> <BR> I feel like I am in a race for my life. I see clearly now how I have let certain troubled people in my life weigh down on me. I not only consumed to much food, but I consumed all the stress around me. I absorbed all the sadness and stress and misery bipolar has ... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:05:00 EST elevator....I think not! I have a bum knee. When I walk up or down stairs I hear crunching in my knee and neck. The knee crunching started even before I was considered overweight. Being obese has of course made it worse. The crunching I feel in my neck when I bend my knee GROSSES ME OUT. <BR> <BR> So I generally avoid stairs. Because of my knee. Oh, and because I am fat and the elevator is easier. ;-) Truth can be painful, right? <BR> <BR> I bring this all up because Saturday night we went to see our daught... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:49:04 EST what a difference a day makes... Yesterday the heat kicked my butt. I was feeling totally discouraged. This morning is so-much-better. Yay for waking up to a fresh start each day! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 8 Jul 2011 11:55:34 EST Feeling defeated by the heat I can't tolerate the cold. Well my feet can't. I simply cannot get them warm. Over the years my husband has lost many a pair of wool socks to me. This winter he brought me home a pair of down comforter booties. They actually were helpful. Lest you think I keep my house to cold I struggled with these freezing feet even during my 20 yrs in Hawaii. Oregon winters have only worsened the situation. <BR> <BR> On the flip side summer heat does me in. I feel lethargic. I feel bloated, as thou... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 17:29:24 EST I am now in the 270's! I made it to 279! And that was a post breakfast, midday weigh in. So I am hopeful that tomorrow when I weigh myself in the early morning, pre-breakfast I will still be in the 270's. :) <BR> I usually weigh in the early morning so I want to check again tomorrow to keep it consistant. <BR> <BR> But I am SO happy about this. It is very motivating. I started mid April at 296 lbs and am now at 279 :) I really hope that a year from now I will be blogging about hitting the 190's! <em>252<... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 19:03:30 EST Back on track Getting back on track with a vengeance! <BR> <BR> We took a break from our life and the Oregon rain and headed to the sun in So. California. 2 week road trip with the younger 6 kids. We had a good visit with dear friends....11 kids in one house between us! Good fun...It was so nice to step into the ocean again. It is what I miss most about not living on Maui anymore. <BR> <BR> Lucky for me while I was "off" track I still managed to lose some weight. And keep my blood pressure in th... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:52:03 EST OK so my Dr knows best :) Less than a week after giving up espresso and starting a very low dose of a "water pill" my blood pressure went from 150/90 to 130/78. I was over the moon this morning when the nurse checked me. I go back in on Friday and am optimistic that it will hold. It has been a long time since I got a reading of 130 :). So all of my lifestyle changes and the water pill are paying off. An an added bonus I lost 7 pounds since I started taking the pill. Water weight I know. But it was neat to see ... Tue, 3 May 2011 18:26:13 EST What can make me cry? The Dr telling me I have to give up my double espresso Yes.....I admit it. It was the straw that broke the camels back. Sitting in a new Dr's office and her telling me I had to give my Espresso to help lower my blood pressure. And I literally started to cry. That was right about then she offered me a visit to the in house therapist.....for real, lol. Worst part is I have to go back 2x this week. I am slighty embarrassed to say the least. <BR> <BR> The reality is I know how insane my life looks like from the outside. 7 kids. Home school. B... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 00:04:24 EST Trying to lose weight while surrounded by negatvity Today I did not eat emotionally. Today when my bi-polar son whom hadn't been home in days showed up unannounced I did not emotionally eat. When he admitted he was high on something I took a moment to breath deep. When he took a few belongings and left again despite my pleading I did not run to the fridge for comfort. <BR> <BR> For 20 yrs my life has been subjected to the ups and downs that go along with having a bi-polar husband and son. And I let it take it's toll on me and my body. It ... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 16:21:23 EST