MOMTOCONNOR2003's SparkPeople Blog MOMTOCONNOR2003's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Great work out day So today I used my gym for the first time. I converted my 4th bedroom into a gym but for the past week I have continued to exercise downstairs. Using the wii, weights and videos. Today it felt great to work out upstair but it reminded me how out of shape I am. I could not event workout at the rate is use to so I still have a long way to go. That is okay because I got in a great workout and I hope for the same tomorrow. We were snowed in today. So we had the first snow day of the year. ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:22:30 EST An the right track Okay so I am not going to beat myself up over my eating on Valentines Day because it was a holiday and I did work out like crazy today to make up for it. I walked so much today my feet are hurting so I think I made up for the extra pieces of candy I consumed along with the morning Bellini's I drank. I am cooking carnitas for dinner and instead of having mine on taco sheets I am having a salad with carnitas on top. It will be much better for me and I can get my veggies in today. <BR> <BR... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:27:47 EST Venting is the answer! So yesterday I was really down because my weight had not changed in one and a half weeks. So I did alot of venting my frustrations because I was working so hard and not seeing results. I am happy to say that as of this morning my scale finally moved and I lost a pound. YAHHHH! <BR> <BR> That make 11 so far in almost 6 weeks. I am so happy that the scale is started to move down again. <BR> <BR> This morning I tried boxing for a new workout. I did not do it long but I burned crazy calori... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:24:33 EST Throw Back Thursday On Throw back Thursday most people post memorable pictures of themselves or people they love. Not me! Throw back Thursday reminds me of how off track I am. I look back at the pictures and think I remember thinking I looked fat when they took that picture and wishing I was that size again. I remember weighing 136 pounds and thinking I was fat. I was the correct size for my height but there was always someone skinnier. I have a sister that took after my mother, she is a few inches taller ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:09:53 EST Trying something new So this morning I did 30 minutes of belly dancing and then put in the cardio blast dvd. I have not done that DVD in a year or so, so that was my new thing this week. Every week I am trying something new so I don't get bored with my workouts. Last week was belly dancing and this week is cardio blast. I managed to get in an additional 20 minutes of working out last night with my daughter. Because of the weather we decided to work out at home instead of the gym. So she did one mile of walk... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:17:16 EST Lifes many ups and downs For those who do not know me, I am an emotional eatter. I have gained 50 pounds since my husband retired a year and a half ago and became a full time student. He is really enjoying not working and going to school. However it has been a huge adjustment for me. I am still doing the housework, picking up the kids, doing the shopping, etc while he goes to school. I worked full time while going to college at night for over 12 years. So I do not understand how someone can not work and go to sc... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:16:22 EST Back on track after a not so good weekend! So I have to confess I did not have a great weekend. My normal free day is Friday's because we often go out to dinner or host a dinner party on Friday nights. So I have my once a week wine on Friday. However this Friday I had 3 glasses of wine, cookies, chips and dips, gummy bears, etc. I did not just go over a little I went crazy. I did good with my eating but that was my free workout day so I did not work out. Then Yesterday I went over again. After church a friend wanted to eat out ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:19:07 EST A reward for me So today is one month and I lost 10 pounds from January 5 to February 5. My weigh in days are normally Mondays but I did jump on the scale only a few days after just checking on Monday and I did not lose more but I am happy with my 10 pound loss. Now I have to lose 7 more pounds by February 28th. My reward for February if I meet my goal is I will color my hair. My husband loves my hair when I darken it so I think I will do that if I reach my February goal. If I get my hair done in Februar... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 16:10:42 EST I think I can! I Know I can! I think I can! So I keep repeating these words to myself today. In the past I have been the little engine that got 1/2 way there, losts steam and rolled back down to the start. This time I am determined to get over that hill. I want to be a sucess story this time. I want to post fat pictures of myself and look back on how far I have come. I have not posted fat pictures because I am still to close to that starting weight and I don't want the reminder of how far I still have to go. I will just continue ... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 14:40:13 EST I need to focus more! So I have been doing good, but with a goal like 2 pounds a week the month of February I need to focus on eatting on the small end of my calorie range. I have been eatting on the high end now for two days. So tomorrow I will need to focus on eating on the small end. I need a deficet of 7,000 calories a week and I am at only 1700 after two days. 300 calories shy of my daily goal of 1,000 calorie deficet a day. So I think I am going to have to add in a little longer exercise for the next co... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 14:31:56 EST I reached my first goal So I started on January 5th and my goal was to lost 10 pounds by February 5th. I am happy to say I have reached my first small goal. Now onto my second goal 8 pounds the month of February. It seems like alot but because the first 10 came off so easily I wanted to see if the second month would do the same. As long as it is at least a pound of week I will be happy. I just want to see progress with my efforts. But secretly I want to be out of the 200's as soon as possible so I can say I am... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 14:53:16 EST February 1st So my Friday night did not go as planned. I ended up making it my free day because I had a dinner party with pizza and wine. I had planned ahead but when I got there the pizza they ordered was stuffed crust which made me go over. So I chalked it up to my free day and stayed in my calorie range on both Saturday and Sunday. So all is well. I did not get my cardio in today but I did go through my son's room, organize it, move stuff around and throw stuff way so I was moving just not to musi... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:36:20 EST The Weekend UGHHHH! Weekends scare me a little. Because I do not have as much control as I would like over what I eat and what we are doing. Tonight we have plans to get together with 3 other couples. Sadly the menu if pizza which is one of my not so favorite foods and high in calories. I have already alotted to two pieces and a couple glasses of wine. So I think tonight will not be bad. Tomorrow I am suppose to have a date night with my hubby. That means I am not sure what we are doing until the last min... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:24:36 EST On the right track! So I am not sure what I am doing different this time than any other time but whatever it is I don't want it to stop. I have lost 9 pounds in 3 weeks. I am so excited. I am still a long way from my ultimate goal of 90 pounds but I feel like it is accomplishable. This time I can actually say I have not desire to cheat on my diet. I am doing really good at turning down temptation. Yesterday while the kids where out of school I made Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I only at two all day and ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:26:20 EST Only one pound away from my short term goal! So I begain my journey back on January 5, 2015 and I have now been active for 3 weeks. I am happy to announce that I lost 3 pounds this week for a total of 9 pounds. My goal was to lose 10 pounds by February 5, 2015 and I know I can do this. It is crazy the difference between last years attempts to lose weight and this years. Last year I did not have my blood sugar under control. I dieted like crazy and worked out like a crazy person and could not lose weight. This year I am doing the s... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:34:13 EST Enjoying my second week back So I have now been active since January 5th and have lost 7 pounds. I am so happy and hopefully that I will reach my 10 pound goal by February 5. I have a long way to go but I feel I will be able to do it this time. In the past I would work so hard and not see the scale move. Now that I am on Metformin for my blood sugar it seems to have helped my ability to lose the weight. YAHHH! I am working out again which I am happy to report. I starting off easy with walk aerobics and wii dance. ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:14 EST So far so good! I have been doing great for the past couple days. This is why I love Monday through Friday. structure is my friend. I have been trying new recipes, some good some not. Tonight's was a fail. Crock pot orange chicken was not a winner. Tomorrow night is mini meat loaves with roasted potatoes and broccoli. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:50:01 EST Its a new day! So yesterday I did good in the beginning I logged in everything. I even planned what I was going to eat at the restuarant we were going to for my daughters birthday. I did excellent at the restaurant stayed right on track. Then they decided to get non-fat yogurt at the yogurt bar. It was wonderful but I went over in calories for the day with the toppings. UGHHH! I did so well all day long but I did say I could go over one day a week so I will have to count yesterday as my overage day. ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:39:11 EST Happy with week one now onto week 2 So I lost three pounds this week. I am very happy with losing three pounds but part of me thinks shouldn't I have dropped like 5 the first week of getting back and staying on track. At least that is what happens with my hubby when he tries. <BR> But enough with that I LOST 3 POUNDS SO YAHHHH! <BR> <BR> Now onto week 2. My goal this week is incorporate more exercise (which I have done), drink my water, log everything and stay focused. My goal this week is to lose two pounds. So away we ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:51:34 EST January goals posted So I wanted to post my goals for January. I weighted in on January 2nd and it said I weighted 238 lbs. I thought I was going to faint. I have never been this large in my life and that included both pregnancies. So now I am back on track. <BR> I did not start my diet until January 5th. <BR> <BR> My Goals for January are <BR> <BR> Drink at least 8 cups of water a day <BR> Stay in my calorie range a minimum of 6 days a week <BR> start incorporating exercise back into my routine <BR> Los... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:29:20 EST 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