MOMTOCONNOR2003's SparkPeople Blog MOMTOCONNOR2003's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting Back on track AGAIN So this few weeks has been crazy due to family sickness and spending alot of time in the hospital with family but I am back. Sadly my scale said I gained two pounds since yesterday but I know it is from the salt. My husband cooked dinner last night and I told him what he made was really salty. Sure enough my scale reflected it this morning. That is okay because I know within a day or two those 2 pounds will go away now that I am back to drinking 100 ounces of water a day. My goal this ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 09:18:02 EST Life events that weigh you down So I have not been on in a couple weeks. So much has happended. When I stopped posting a couple weeks ago I was still experiencing back pain. I had a pinched nerve in my back and I was on the mend but a little scared to exercise for fear of reinjury. Then my grandmother (who raised me) went into the hospital she is 84. At first they said she was dehydrated, her blood sugar dropped and she had a virus, after 3 days in she was sent home. A few days later she went back only to discover she... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:27:59 EST Back to work and on track So sadly when I feel bad I am a big baby and I never follow directions. Because of my back pain and sinus issues I have been having for a few days now I let it get the better of me yesterday and I ate frozen yogurt w/ toppings, A brownie, etc. I went over in calories but not over my BMR so yesterday was a wash. I am back to work today. I strapped on the spark activity tracker and I am trying to take some extra steps today. Still not exercising but trying to put in a few extra steps. So ... Wed, 14 May 2014 10:15:59 EST Deflated by pain So I am a little deflated today. My back is still hurting and my sinus' won't stop draining today. So I am home praying for some pain relief. I am being good on my diet as I can not exercise. I hope I can at least walk the 5K on Friday. I already paid the registration fee for me and my daughter. So this week will be a week of watching my food and water intake and healing, I am a little sad because last week I was killing it with diet and exercise. <BR> <BR> My goal is to still get d... Tue, 13 May 2014 10:21:29 EST In pain and not happy So last week I was on a role. I ate on the low end the entire week, exercised great then I took the kids to Busch Gardens. I was walking around and all of a sudden I felt a sharp pain in my back. I have been on pain patches and a heating pad ever since. I am so upset because everytime I get a good roll going something seems to happen. So now I am just trying to eat at 1200 calories since it seems like exercise will not be happending for a week. I am also suppose to run a 5K on Friday. ... Mon, 12 May 2014 14:17:22 EST I'm on a roll! So this week has been great I have stayed in my calories range and on the low end every day this week. I have exercised all week and have added more intensity to my workouts. I do not have official weigh in until Tuesday but I am hoping for a two pound weight loss. I am pretty sure I can do it I already have a calorie differential of over 4700 calories today since Monday. If I can create a 2300 calories differential this weekend and Monday I am hoping my scale will ready 219 by Tuesday! <... Fri, 9 May 2014 11:24:34 EST Great week So far I am on day four in a row of eatting on the low end of my calorie scale and exercising. Don't get me wrong I have been doing this for a while now but this is day 4 with a positive attitude and unwavering spirit. I am determined to lose 2 pounds this week so far I am down one and I have one more to go by Tuesday. Yesterday I had a 1,100 calorie differential so if I can contiue that I will accomplish my goal. <BR> <BR> This morning I did zumba again to up my calorie burn. I was hop... Thu, 8 May 2014 09:02:47 EST Martha Stewart kicking in So I am on a roll this week. So far I have eaten in the very bottom of my calorie range. This morning I got up and zumbaed for 30 minutes. It has been a while but I survived. Last nights dinner was baked chicken with carrots and potatoes. Tonight is beef and broccoli over egg noodles. My husband does not care for rice so the only way I could sell him on beef and brocoli was if I told him it was going to be over noodles. Lunch is a salad. I have been trying to eat this salad all week b... Wed, 7 May 2014 08:59:35 EST Medical update So after 4 weeks of B12 and Mic shots I had a follow up with my doctor. She was happy that I had lost 5 pounds in one month. She said because of being diabetic it is harder to lose weigh especially when we are still trying to get my meds right. I however think that the 5 pounds was water weight. I have been drinking 100 ounces a day for a month. I am wondering how much actual weight I lost and not just water. I know 5 pounds is still good but I am questioning whether the shots where wor... Tue, 6 May 2014 10:37:32 EST TGI Monday So yesterday I was not good with my diet. Not even a little bit good. I went to a birthday party cookout for a one year old and I read the label on the hamburgers and also died. One hamburger patty was almost 400 calories so I guess I just decided not to try. I had a hamburger, macaroni salad, fruit salad, cake, ice cream and then because I new I was bad I had general tso chicken for dinner. I went over big time. Well I am thankful it is Monday and I am back on my rountine. I am so goo... Mon, 5 May 2014 11:42:40 EST Busy day! So today I managed to run errands, buy some more pavers for my patio, sand, potting soil, planters, trees etch. Then I worked on the yard all day. I am very tired but the yard is starting to look nice. I purchased new cushions for the patio furniture and a new umbrella. Tonight I am suppose to go to my Dads and cook steaks on the grill however my husband is running late getting home. One of my pet peaves is running late. I can't stand to be that person. UGHHH! <BR> Sat, 3 May 2014 17:19:22 EST Blog blog blog So I try to blog at least 4 to 5 times a week. Sometimes it is not about much, sometimes it is venting and sometimes it is sucesses. Today I am have a great day and I have to say I am proud of myself. I did great yesterday and managed to go to an awards program with refreshements after and the only thing I had was one cheeto. It was the new hot ones and I wanted to see how hot they where. I got up this morning and did walk aerobics. I wish I could have gotten in more than 35 minutes but... Fri, 2 May 2014 10:12:29 EST Happy Thursday So I joined a challenge to try and lose 12 pounds in 8 weeks. I will be happy with 8 but I really would love to get out of the 200's sooner than later. <BR> <BR> I had a doctors appointment this morning to have lab work done. I am hoping for bad results. I know that sounds horrible but I have been having some issues with no energy I am hoping it is something as simple is my diabeties meds are not working so they have to up it or something. At least then I would have the answer to why I... Thu, 1 May 2014 13:48:18 EST Sorry for the venting yesterday Debbie Downer is gone! Sorry for the Debbie Downer yesterday. When I got on the scale yesterday at the doctors office and it said I gained I was devastated because I had worked so hard for the past several weeks and to gain more than one pound was crazy to me when I was working so hard. The good news is I cut down on my sodium yesterday and my scale is now back to normal. It does not show that I lost anything last week but it does not show I gained now. For the past couple days I had only been drinking 80 ounce... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:56:42 EST Venting about the scale So today I went to the doctor. For the past now this is4 weeks I have been getting B12 and MIC injections. I was told I would have extra energy and it would help boost my weight loss. Energy is something I have very little of lately. So I was surprised when I felt no boost of energy from the shots. In fact last night I fell asleep at 7:30 p.m in the chair in the living room I woke up at 3:30 in the morning went back to bed and slept until 6:45. My energy is at an all time low. UGHHH! ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:19:46 EST Busy weekend yet the scale stands fast So tomorrow is my weigh in at the doctors office and my scale is still reading as if I have not lost anything this week again. Maybe it is a Monday thing because my scale did the same last Monday. I exercised like crazy this weekend. I got a ton of yard work done on Saturday and went to bed 3 hours early due to being exhausted. Yesterday was a fish fry for my Dad and Uncles birthdays. Needless to say with few options I did not do so well with my eating but I did manage to take my sister ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:02:54 EST Busy day now off to bed So today I got up early and went to the grocery store at 8 a.m. I normally only go once every two weeks so it takes me a couple hours to get it all done. Then I went to two different places to get plants for the yard. I managed to plant two lime bushes, tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, cilantro, oregano, basil and a lot of different types of flowers, I manage to put down paving stones for the new grill we purchased. Ours died a couple years ago but we had not replaced it yet. I also w... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 21:06:49 EST Almost blew it So I have been great all week. I am so glad I have not gone over in my calories one day. I have also been exercising as I joined the Spring Challenge so I am doing a toning video and cardio. Sadly this morning I only got in a video and 10 minutes of cardio so I will walk on my lunch today to try and get in more exercise. So nice out today. Last night we went out to dinner to applebees I ordered off the 550 calorie menu but then I ordered a side salad to go with it. It was down to the wi... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:51:47 EST Challenge needed and stuff So I am looking for a good challenge. A challenge that will push me to work out, to watch what I eat and push my limits. I really want to lose 20 pounds in two months and right now I have only lost 5 so I have a way to go. Don't get me wrong that is only 25% of my total goal of 80 pounds but I would really like to push myself. If anyone is in a group like that please let me know. I want to be held accountable. That is important for me to stay on track. <BR> <BR> So yesterday I did good... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:27:28 EST 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