MOMTOCONNOR2003's SparkPeople Blog MOMTOCONNOR2003's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community looking for another good Challenging Team I am looking for a team to join that has competitive challenges. I want to have more motivation to work out, to lose weight, to have more accountability. Please let me know if anyone is on a really challenging team that keeps them motivated to lose and that is competititive. I am looking for a new challenge! <BR> <em>311</em> <em>324</em> <em>315</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:55:39 EST Started a new challenge and excited So today is day one of my Spring Challenge. I did it a couple years ago but I don't think I completed it. Today was do a coach nicole video. Tomorrow I am suppose to do another video and add cardio. I did cardio this morning even though it was not scheduled. I also plan on doing some gardening and yard work tonight as well. I have more energy this morning so that is a plus. I brought my walking shoes to work today because I plan on walking to the shopping center down the street and pur... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:55:40 EST New week new goal So today was weigh in today and my doctors scale said I lost 2 pound but of course there scale reads different from mine. Normally like a 5 pound difference so I go with my scale because on a normal occasion I do not go to the doctor every week to weigh in. My scale said I lost only one pound which is what I am going with. So I did not reach my goal of 3 pounds this week but I did lose a pound so that is great. Next week I want to reach the goal of 218 so I will need to lose 3 pounds. B... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:50:50 EST Easter Sucess! So I was worried about Easter. Holiday I always seem to over indulge. I am happy to report that with the exception for 4 mini robin eggs given to me by my son yesterday morning I was great. I ate healthy all day long and still managed to stay on the low end of my calorie range. I did have a piece of cake yesterday with my lunch but other than that I avoided all bread. I also managed to get in my 100 ounces of water in, which is always hard on the weekends. <BR> <BR> Today I am on track ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:02:34 EST sickness is no excuse So I started off yesterday with a slight fever which broke by 9 a.m., same again today. But because I was not feeling good I used it as an excuse to over indulge yesterday and went over in my calories. I am back on track today thank goodness. However today I start off with not tasting anything. That will come in handy tomorrow so I won't over eat if I can't taste it at all. So I guess that is the up side. Too bad I didn't have the problem yesterday when I hit the Skinny Dip (FroYO) plac... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:10:01 EST still chugging along while sniffeling So my cold is being held at bay with Zicam but this morning I did have a low grade fever which has now broken. I did manage to get 30 minutes of walk aerobics in this morning but not much of anything else. <BR> <BR> Last night after visitation for my uncle who passed away last Sunday my family went to a local Italian restaurant and order the GRANDE. It is a pizza the size of a table top. It is $40 but it will feed normally 8 people with each getting two large slices of pizza. So before... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:52:07 EST Rain messed up my plans :( So yesterday I took off work over spring break to take my kids to busch gardens. As soon as I posted I was going it started raining cats and dogs. So we had a change in plans. I took the kids to Lazer tag and played Lazer tag with them instead. Then I did some dancing on the Xbox which was alot of fun. Sad I did not get all the walking I wanted in. <BR> <BR> I have been fighting a cold for several days now. I am taking Zicam but my throat feels like I swallowed a SOS pad. I am reall... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:34:35 EST I lost 4 pounds I am so happy I lost 4 pounds this week. However part of me thinks maybe if I had eaten better on vacation it would have been more like 6 pounds. I am really happy and am hoping for a 5 pound loss next week. I am taking B 12 and MIC shots so hopefully I will have another big loss next week.. My blood sugar is so weird right now I am not feeling the extra energy B12 is suppose to give you. Hopefully week two will be better. I go today for my second shot. I hope they will let me do those... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:39:34 EST TGIM So happy to be back at work and back into my routine. I eat and exercise so much better Monday through Friday. I got in alot of exercise this weekend but because we where out of town on a mini vacation my eatting was terrible. So I am back to the grind today. I got in 45 minutes of walk aerobics this morning and have been eatting good today. <BR> <BR> I have weigh in tomorrow at the doctors and hopefully my being bad did not undo th two pounds I lost earlier in the week. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:01:58 EST IT"S FRIDAYYYYYYYYY So after work today I am going to head to Nags Head for a couple day to kick out the kids Spring Break. I am happy to be going because it has been a while since we have been anywhere because of my husbands college schedule. Never goes along with the kids. I am worried about eatting healthy because I am going with friends and they want to eat out all meals except Breakfast. I am going to try and stay in my calorie range the whole time and up my exercise. Not sure if I will be able to do ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:11:30 EST Plan in motion So I started off my week great and so far so good. I have stuck with the 100 ounces of water a day and it is getting easier to drink that much. I snuck on the scale though I am not suppose to weigh until next Tuesday and I have lost 2 pounds so far. Since this is my first week back in over a month I am hoping for a large loss to make up for the gain. ha ha! Maybe by next Tuesday, if I stay on track during vacation, I can lose 5 this week. More would be great though! <BR> <BR> I have bee... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:47:23 EST Because I'm Happy So I have this song stuck in my head and it reflects my week so far :"Because I'm Happy". I have drank over 100 ounces of water a day so I am sticking with my March goals, I worked out this morning so I am doing good there. I am packing my lunch and not eating as much processed foods. Today lunch a turkey sandwich and yogurt. Well I guess the yogurt is processed. UGHH so much for that one. ha ha. I even brought my exercise shoes to work so I can go walk to the grocery store on my lunch ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:49:09 EST March Slacker March was not a good month for me. I became really discouraged after weeks of little too no weight loss. I start off great and then my scale freezes. Because of trying out new meds for my diabetes I have had zero energy this month. With my motivation in an all time low I then sprained my ankle a week and a half ago. One more nail in the coffen so to speak. Needless to say I just stopped trying. I gained a couple pounds back and am now back starting over again. <BR> <BR> However I we... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:16:39 EST Easter candy UGHHH! So my sister gave me some sour watermelon peeps. When we were kids it was our favorite thing at easter. Now they do not seem as appealings so I took them to work to share with everyone and get rid of them. However I have been over the past few weeks purchasing Russell stover individual coconut creame eggs. Of all of the holidays it is my one weakness (COCONUT). Actually it is coconut creme hershey kisses that are my crack. So I have been replacing them with 120 calorie eggs from Russell s... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:55:44 EST I do not like the time change! UGHH So this morning I am dragging. Lossing an hour this weekend messed me up. I could not get up to exercise. In fact I got my kids up 15 minutes late for school so my husband drove them. I am really going to need a nap today. ha ha! But I don't think my boss would appreciate me drolling on the keyboard. Needless to say today will be a day full of coffee. <BR> <BR> To spit my lateness I did eat a healthy breakfast and packed a salad for lunch. I also went this weekend and spent $400 at th... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:33:32 EST Day 3 again!!! So today is day 3 again of eatting healthy and in my range. I am going out to a friends tonight so I will leave alot of calories for that. My friends want to order pizza for dinner so I should be okay. I am not a big pizza lover so no bid temptation there, as long as I stay away from the soda. I do love a pepsi but my sugar does not like for me to have one. UGHHH! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am planning on working out again. I am soo looking forward to it. I love to exercise and am so exci... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 10:53:57 EST New Look New Attitude So last Friday I decided I needed a makeover. <BR> <BR> I started off 2014 tired and feeling old. When I exercise and eat healthy I have alot of energy but when I stopped watching my eating and stop exercising I just want a nap. January I started off great losing 9 pounds but then I hit a wall in Februaray. The wall of course was self built. With a hamstring injury I stopped working out which means I also stopped tracking my food. I have an all or nothing personality so with each litt... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:04:29 EST Day 3 So far so good with Day 3. I ate a healthy breakfast and got in a great workout. I have already planned out the rest of my day. Tonight is the blue and gold banquet so I have already put in my food into the counter. Now I will just go have a really healthy lunch and my day will be complete for counting. YAHHH! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am hoping to get a ton of house cleaning done so I can burn more calories and stay on track. I am hoping to see a loss on weight in tomorrow but I think it i... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:03:57 EST Day 2 Though I started back on December 29 and lost 9.5 pounds so far today is day 2 for me. For the past couple of weeks I have been exercising great but not eating so healthy. So today represents day 2 of eatting healthy and in my range. Yesterday was a great exercsie and eatting day for me and I am hoping to finish off today the same way. I did my exercise this morning and I planned my meals in advance. So as long as nothing changes I can have a nice dinner and still have a snack tonight. ... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:51:36 EST I am an exercising machine but eatting nightmare So I love to exercise but what I do not like to do is eat well. I start off my day with a great workout. I love to workout. I feel so good after I workout. Then I have a healthy breakfast. I go to work and eat a healthy lunch with maybe a snack during the day. Then I degress. I have dinner planned which is healthy and still in my calorie range for the day. After dinner I find myself snacking on junk. Last night it was gourmet popcorn! Not the healthy popcorn the popcorn that has carme... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:17:31 EST Getting a handle on eatting So I always have the same struggel year after year. I work out great. Love working out but for some reason I can not get a handle on my eatting. I do good for a while and thn I will go through a spell of several days in a row going a little over my calories range. It is like someone sitting on my shoulder saying well you worked out it is okay to go over. UGHHH! I fuss that the scale never moved but my dedication to eating clean and healthy flip flops. I love feeling good and eatting he... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:57:13 EST Pray for me on Sunday Sunday is normally my hard day. This is the day I get up early, drive one hour to church and my Grandma's. Needless to say we normally eat 7-11 for breakfast, and Grandma's for lunch. I am not in control of what is fixed but once a month because we round robin who cooks to take to Grandma's. This is the hardest part because I can not preplan because I have no clue what is being cooked. So I will eat breakfast before we leave this house cutting out 7-11 this morning. I am not going to lo... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 08:16:34 EST Saturday has a healthy plan So this morning I plan on getting in some zumba and then leave to o walk around the outlets and Williamsburg. I am going with some friends and their kids and hopefully wherever we have lunch will have a healthy option. My friend NEVER eats healthy. She normally orders something with either extra sour cream, extra cheese, extra gravy or extra dressing. If not it has a layer an 1/2 inch thick of Mayo. UGHHHH! I hate to watch her eat. She always says she wants to lose weight but I have ne... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:08:49 EST Happy Valentines Day! So today is Valentines and so far I have avoided chocolate. Lets hope that keeps up. Todays lunch was a caprese salad and a cup of soup. Breakfast was a yogurt parfait that I made at home. My valentines dinner will be chinese takeout so I am going to try to order the lowest calorie item on the menu to be safe. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a snow make up day for the kids at school but I am the bad mom that says no I am not making my elementary school age kids go to school on a Saturday. That ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:42:41 EST I think my scale froze! So I am beginning to have flash backs of 2013. From January to May of last year I worked out like a demon. I was burning over 3000 calories in fitness and only lost 4 pounds in 4.5 months. I eventually just quit because nothing seemed to be working. I even went to the doctor a few times frustrated with what was happening. He was not helpful and I found out this year I am pre-diabetic which may have been causeing the problem with the scale. I am now on meds but having the same problem fo... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:20:02 EST Another awesome day So far this week I have been on track. Exercising every day and eating in my calories range. I have already burned my calories for the week in exercise and it is only Wednesday. I am hoping my scale will move by Friday morning. It will be 1/2 way through the month. I have not lost anything in February so I really want to get that scale moving down again. Because of having sore muscles this morning I stuck with Walk aerobics instead of zumba or the elliptical. I will do one of those tom... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:39:25 EST I haven't lost it! So this morning I got on the eliptical. I have not gotten on it in 10 months. I managed to do 30 minutes and not feel like I was going to die. haha! Sadly my sparkpeople tracker is not accurate in its counting so not sure how many calories I actually burned because I did not put the batteries in the machine to track. I just used my stop watch. I remeber before if I exercised for 30 minutes I burnt close to 400 calories but the sparkpeople tracker is saying 289. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I t... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:49:21 EST TGI MONDAY!!!!! So happy it is Monday and i am back on track. Yesterday was not a good day for me with eatting or exercise. I did not exercise because I had exercised 7 days in a row so I took the day off. I did zumba this morning so I am back on track. Yesterday I also went over in calories because of all of the traveling I do on Sunday but today I am back on track. Bowl of cereal with skim milk for breakfast and a lean cusisine for lunch. Dinner tonight is chili. <BR> <BR> I was so looking forward... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:53:37 EST Excited and a little scared of my new purchase Some of the teachers at my kids school participated in the teachers fitness challenge on the Biggest Loser, the short segement showed a few weeks ago. It was sponsored by Biggest Loser and Box tops for education. 6 of our staff at school participated and in exchange Box Tops for Education and Biggest Loser gave the PTA $5,000 and some fitness equipment. The participants got to bring home the Step 360 Pros they used on the show. Every year we have a charity auction at the school and I purc... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 11:00:38 EST Love my friends! I have been depending on friends alot lately with many things. <BR> <BR> I have my wonderful friends on spark that encourage me and keep me accountable for my sometimes not so smart actions. They are a great source of inspiration and a great sounding board when I am frustrated. Without them my weight loss journey would seem endless. <BR> <BR> I have great PTA friends that whenever I am working on a project I can simply say will you help and they are always there for me. I have organized... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 12:47:08 EST It's a new day! So today is my 5th day in a row of exercising. I missed a while because of sickness but I am back to exercising. This week I added zumba to the mix. I had been just doing walk aerobics and wii dancing. Starting off slowly compared to last year. So far I have done zumba twice this week, walk aerobics once and wii danced 3 times. <BR> <BR> However yesterday I went over in calories. I went to rite aid yesterday and while I was there I picked up a bag of lidnt chocolate truffle's. I ate... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:31:15 EST Biggest Loser Let Down So like many Americans I watched Biggest Loser last night. I patiently waited as Tumi won the at home challenge. She looked amazing! Then when it came down to the final 3 for biggest loser I was left speachless. I love biggest loser I think it is a wonderful show however when Rachel won my jaw just dropped. Not sure how to fix the problem of people starving themselves to win a profit. It went from a wonderful show giving people hope to watching this poor girl starve herself to death. W... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 09:48:51 EST Results are in So I went to the doctor to get the blood work results from one month ago. So my bad cholesterol is to high, my good cholesterol is to low, my vitamin D is WAY to low, and I am officially pre diabetic. UGHHH! Good thing I started getting back on track one month ago. So I have to start taking something to replenish my Vitamin D and to maintain my blood sugar. I have a follow up in 3 months and I am hoping with the help of spark I will be great! <BR> <BR> What a wake up call this morning! ... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 13:00:07 EST February off with a bang! So I started exercising today after no exercise for 11 days due to sickness. It felt good moving around and the kids both joined me. I have planned out my eating for the remainder of the day. Not great foods because it is super bowl but I will still finish off on the low end of my calorie range so YAHHH! <BR> <BR> I have already planned out my menu and exercise for tomorrow. I also have some additional helpers this month to keep me accountable and motivated. <BR> <BR> I still have to ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 16:20:45 EST February Goals So I finished off January with a 9 pound loss so YAHHHH! Now on To February. My goal this month is to lose 5 pounds. I would like to be 216 pounds by February 28th this month. So this is what I am going to do. <BR> <BR> 1- Continue to eat on the low end of my calorie range at least 5 days a week and the remain two days still within range <BR> 2- work out at least 4 days a week this month. I have been sick for over 10 days now and have not worked out but continued to lose because of my e... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:47:23 EST Feeling like Charlie Brown I have not been on spark much this past week but I did lose 1.5 pounds. soo YAHHH! <BR> I have been feeling like Charlie Brown this week. It started last Tuesday with a headache so I knew it was my sinus'. Then is progressed to a cold. Wednesday ( while sick) I tried to help my son with his pinewood derby car, (Probably should not have done it while sick) ended up stabbing myself in the left hand and had to get stickes. That night my daughter dropped a jar of jelly that shattered in the... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:01:58 EST They are calling for snow! So it looks like we are actually going to get some snow this year. YAHHH! I don't like it to stay around long but I do like at least one snow day a year. Ha Ha! I am already planning my snow day off tomorrow and we have not even seen for first flake yet. <BR> <BR> I wasn't that great this weekend because of my kids double birthday sleep over but I did not do to bad. Only went over by 100 to 200 calories. I did get up and exercise this morning and so far so good today. <BR> <BR> Wish... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:44:16 EST They are calling for snow! So it looks like we are actually going to get some snow this year. YAHHH! I don't like it to stay around long but I do like at least one snow day a year. Ha Ha! I am already planning my snow day off tomorrow and we have not even seen for first flake yet. <BR> <BR> I wasn't that great this weekend because of my kids double birthday sleep over but I did not do to bad. Only went over by 100 to 200 calories. I did get up and exercise this morning and so far so good today. <BR> <BR> Wish... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:44:16 EST So far so good for January So I had some goals that I have stayed on track with and some I have not. <BR> <BR> I have exercised 5 days a week <BR> I purchased the <em>545</em> as well <BR> I have gotten 7 hours of sleep a night 6 days a week (I need to do better) <BR> I have been drinking more water <BR> I have gone over in my calories a couple times this year (need to work more on that was well) <BR> <BR> So far I have lost 6 pounds since December 30th. My January goal was to get down to 221 by the end of the m... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:24:00 EST Love the current pool! So I took the kids to the pool at parks and rec. They have a current lap pool that I walked while the kids played. I think I am going to try and do that at least twice a week for something fun. I walked lapse for over an hour and the kids had fun on the slide and playing in the water playground. <BR> <BR> I did get the attic organized but have not started my closet yet. I guess that will be an evening thing for me to do. <BR> <BR> Tonights menu is homemade hamburgers, corn and salad... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:56:43 EST Weekend plans So tonight I am going to take the kids to the pool for a little extra exercise. The parks and rec building close to us was a current walking pool with I walk for an hour while the kids play. It is great exercise and I really don't feel like I have worked out until the next day. <BR> <BR> Saturday I have some more attic organization I want to work on. Color coding all containers in the attack so it is easier to find what I need. I also plan on cleaning out my closet. I don't think I ev... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:15:27 EST My 2014 Goals My Goals for January: <BR> Exercise at least 5 days a week <BR> Stay on the low side of my calorie range 5 days a week and 2 on the high end <BR> Drink my water <BR> Cut my carbs (sugar) <BR> Lose 4 more pounds and get down to 221 <BR> Sleep 7 to 8 hours a night. Trying for 8 a night! <BR> <BR> Weight Loss Goals <BR> 221 by the end of January <BR> 217 by the End of February <BR> 212 by the end of March <BR> 207 by the end of April <BR> 202 by the End of May <BR> 196 by the End of June <BR> ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 09:32:57 EST I'm Doing it! So far I have not gone over in my calories once since I started. YAHHH! I also after hitting the snooze a couple times goes up and worked out for a 1/2 hour. Double Yahhhhh! I am getting on track slowly but surely. My hurdle has been having the energy to workout. I am a diabetic not on medication trying to control it with diet so sometimes my energy level is down. That has been my struggle as of lately. I go back to the doctor on the 22nd and they will probably put me on meds. Howe... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 10:05:05 EST Lost 5 pounds So my first weight check was December 30 and as of then I have now Officially lost 5 pounds. I know it is the first week so I will lose fast this week but I am secretly hoping it will carry over to next week and I lose at least 3. That would be great! However I have been so tired I did not work out this morning. That and it was 3 degrees outside. I live in the VA for a reason NOT TO BE COLD. ha ha! Virginia is not too cold not too hot normally but this weather is crazy. Maybe I can c... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 10:23:09 EST I survived my first 2014 weekend Normally the weekends are hard for me to stay on track escpecially Sundays when I travel to visit family. Yesterday I managed to get in 30 minutes of exercise and then I stayed in my calorie range all day. YAHHH! So happy! However I could not drag myself out of bed this morning to exercise and I have such a busy day I am not sure I will get in much. I guess I will have to settle for only 15 minutes of circuit training today. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 09:11:18 EST Saturdays agenda So I was surprised today with my Father in law visiting. Nice surprise but with no notice. So I stuck with my orginal breakfast plan except I added a few items but did not push me over in calories. Now today will be a take down decorations day which will be like a workout. ha ha Since I have over 24 rubber made containers for decorations (easily) not including the lights outside. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 12:06:09 EST Now comes the Trial So I have been good for the past few days eatting good and exercising a little at a time. Now comes the trial because the weekends are the toughest for me. I travel to visit my Grandmother every Sunday and someone else prepares the food every other week. Hopefully I can stay in my calories range this Sunday I don't want to slide so early in the year. Maybe we will get snow and I will not have to travel and can just hang at my house. My plans tomorrow is make a big pot of beef and barley ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:00:21 EST New Year New Attitude! So today is my official first day back. I have been lurking for a few days but I started my exercise and diet today. I also took all of my measurement. sniff sniff and sadly that are alot more inches than this time last year. <BR> <BR> This morning I started off slowly with 15 minutes of upper body strength training and 15 minutes of cardio. Tonight I want to do more but have a cubscout meeting so not sure if I will fit it in. My blood sugar was still high but hopefully I will see a de... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:10:50 EST I'M BACK So 2013 was a good and bad year for me. As of tomorrow I will be cigarette free for one year. YAHHHH! However I gained 30 pound doing it! BOOOO! At the beginning of 2013 I was on point. Exercising around 8 to 10 hours a week and eating right but not losing the weight. VERY depressing after 5 months of struggling and no help from my doctor who simply told me I was lying on my food tracker. I just stopped trying. I changed my doctor and found out that I may be insulin resistant which is... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:33:59 EST Happy Monday So my weekend was crazy and I did not get to post anything. I took my son's cubscout pack camping. I rained off and on from Friday through Sunday so we had some wet children and parents. We did manage to go on a 3 mile hike and we also did geo caching so the kids had a blast. Lots of fun things to do around camp. I ate healthy because it was all camp food. Foil pack dinner, eggs in a bag, etc. <BR> <BR> I did however suffer a few aches and pains from my camping. My lower back is not hap... Mon, 20 May 2013 12:07:36 EST