MOM_OF_1's SparkPeople Blog MOM_OF_1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community First blog for 2015 Well so much for blogging once a month last year. I just couldn't keep up with everything. It was another busy year, I will try to get you all up to speed. So still many appointments throughout the whole year. My son qualified for developmental disability services which means they pay for someone of my choosing to watch him while I have a break! It has been wonderful and very refreshing to go out on a date or just hang out with friends or my sisters! My son also qualified for SSI and even got... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:12:21 EST First blog of the year and long over due!!! Hey all, I'm soooo sorry for not keeping up on blogging but when August of 2013 hit nothing slowed down and there were tons of appointments, sicknesses, and other things going on to where I just haven't been able to keep up with blogging... So I will be sharing a lot with you all on this blog and get you caught up... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So in August of 2013, there were many counseling appointments, doctor appointments, and in home appointments... Legal Aid ended up not bein... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:44:23 EST August 10th Update... Wow I can't believe it's been so long before I've written in my blog... In my defense I have been a very busy momma... So I will do my to catch you all up... I'll do a recap on July & then do one for August... <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> July was a very busy month, with doctor appointments, counseling appointments, Avery's birthday, my birthday, dentist appointment, & getting my award letter and fulfilling all the requirements for that I have been super busy... Avery had a birthday ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 21:15:10 EST June 11th Update!!!! Hello everyone!!! A lot has happened since the end of May so I will share with you all the exciting things & everything in between. On May 24th I went in to sign all the paperwork for our new place. May 25th was moving day!!!! My sis-in-law, her hubby, and a friend of theirs helped us move. My sis-in-law also took us grocery shopping afterwards as well! We didn't go to church on Sunday because I was completely exhausted and Avery was sick with a sinus head cold. So Tuesday May 28th we were ab... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:21:11 EST May 15th Update! Hello all, it's been awhile since I updated you on what's going on so here I go...... On May 12th you know that was Mothers Day and I had the privilege of celebrating Mothers Day with my mom after church! We had a mini velvet cupcake party! We took some pictures and just visited. It was a blast! <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> So on Monday I had my adviser orientation to go to for college. I took the bus there and back so I had to leave an hour and a half early just to get there on tim... Wed, 15 May 2013 20:07:36 EST What's happening!!! Hello all, hope your week has been a good one! Mine has been a mixture of good and bad. So we were approved for housing and I have been online looking for a place and calling places. Let me tell you, there is not a whole lot of managers that will take housing in the South Salem, OR area. So on Tuesday, I had an appointment to check out an apartment. We drove up and all I can say is what a small shack. We waited for 10 extra minutes and then we left, the manager never even showed up. So we wen... Fri, 10 May 2013 22:00:44 EST May 6th Update!!!! It's only My 6th & I have sooo much to share with you all!!!! So here I go.... As you know I had my housing appointment & was waiting for a letter in the mail that would be here no later than Monday April 29th. Well Monday came and there was no letter, so I thought it would come on Tuesday. Tuesday came and no letter, so I called housing and left a message. My housing worker called me Wednesday morning to let me know that we did qualify for housing and gave me the time and directions to go pi... Mon, 6 May 2013 20:07:12 EST Update on goals for April Here are my updates for April: <BR> <BR> Spiritual <BR> <em>248</em> So my goal was to listen to more praise music. Praise music has really been key this month! I have started My day out with praise & worship music. So When we get up in the morning I turn on the fish or K-Love & make breakfast. <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Another goal was praying more. So this month our church had a session on praying for the lost. It was awesome!!! So I have been praying mo... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:07:47 EST April 12th update! Well today has definitely felt like a long day, probably because of the weather. It's been cold and gray sky here in Salem, OR. But on the inside not a cloud in sight! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> So I got a call today letting me know that I have a housing appointment on April 24th @ 8:30am. At this appointment I should find out if we qualify for housing... Please keep us in your prayers, we could really use this. More than anything May God's will be done, not mine. <BR> <BR> <em>... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:09:40 EST Goals for April 2013! I am a bit late on my goals for the month... Better late than never.... <BR> <BR> Spiritual: <em>296</em> <BR> ~ Listen to more praise and worship music. <BR> ~ Pray more throughout the day. <BR> ~ Continue to focus on Jesus instead of my circumstances. <BR> <BR> Mental & Emotional: <em>41</em> <BR> ~ Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. <BR> ~ Read inspiration quotes. <BR> ~ Continue to stay positive. <BR> <BR> Physical: <em>362</em> <BR> ~ Continue to exercise 5-6 days c... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:14:54 EST April 8th update! There has been some awesome things that have happened this last past week! Last week I consistently did my workouts for each day! I drank 3-4 liters of water a day and ate 3 mini meals and 2 healthy snacks a day! My energy seems to have peaks and valleys and last week I had many peaks! My jeans feel looser and my face looks smaller! I feel more confident about myself & love the way I look! Here's a picture that was taken Easter 2013! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 8 Apr 2013 22:29:08 EST April 2nd Update! Well I haven't been online much these days and a lot has happened so I thought I would share with you all what's been going on! Well to start off with the 9 1/2 ponds I lost in a month and a half! Plus I went down to a smaller jeans size!!! <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> I completed the placement tests that were needed for the college I will be attending in the summer if all goes according to plan. I really out did my scores!!!! I got a 87 in writing and was referred to take WR115~Intro... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 20:29:11 EST March 22, 2013 Well I am just not online much these days with all the changes going on I just do not always have time. I had a few minutes so I thought I would update everyone on what's going on in my life!!! <BR> <BR> I filled out all my FASFA financial aid papers for college and turned them in. I was hoping to go to spring term but that might not be happening. I talked with the office and they said that they probably wouldn't get to my application until April. Well spring term starts April, so it looks l... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:38:02 EST (A-Z) Get to Know Me! (Fun Facts) A- Available or married - Married 8 years; but separated for now..... :( <BR> B - Book I'm reading right now ~ Bible <BR> C- Cake or pie - Pie <BR> D -Drink- Water <BR> E - Essential item ~ mp3 player <BR> F - Favorite color ~pink/Purple <BR> G- Games to play~ hatchlings 2 <BR> H- Home town ~Eugene, OR United States <BR> I- Indulgence ~ chocolate/Cheesecake <BR> J- Job~ SAHM/Going back to school <BR> K- Kids/name ~Avery (4 1/2 years old) <BR> L- Life is incomplete without ~Jesus! <BR> M - Mus... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:30:52 EST One of my many talents..... :) I just wanted to share some of the jewelry that I have made with you! It is a talent that the Lord has given me among others..... <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you want to see more check out my online store: <BR> <... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 23:54:58 EST What a day!!!! hello all, My day has been busy and blessed at the same time! So this morning I was able to attend my churches Tuesday women's Bible study and I got a ride from a friend who goes there! I have been attending the Bible study for over 2 years, so I am always blessed when I go... There are a variety of women of different ages that go and yes I am the baby of the group, lol... So that lasted from 9am-11:30am. I was blessed from another friend who brought me some boxes so I can pack & get ready fo... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:56:00 EST A very productive day!!! Hello all, I pray your day was a good one! Mine was great! My son isn't feeling too well, there's been sooo much going on and I think he has a virus that he isn't eating like he normally does... He is usually running around full of energy and hungry every 15-30 minutes, lol.... Lately he's been laying on the furniture and barely eating and drinking anything... He ate his break fast this morning, some whole grain crackers, a string cheese, about 1/2 cup of mac n cheese, 2 small cups of juice w... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:52:22 EST Lots of changes taking place..... This was to be the best month of goals reached, but that wasn't the case. <BR> <BR> <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> Today I exercised for the first time since February 5th with a dvd workout. My husband made a choice to abuse me and almost took my life. He is now sitting in jail with 2 felonies. The reason I haven't been able to workout is because I needed to heal from multiple punches to the head, and soft neck tissue damage. Yes I had swelling all over from neck to chest to upper back and unde... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:55:53 EST 02/01/13 I started out my day by praying, devotions, and Bible reading and studying. I have found that when I put God first in these areas I am more prepared for the day ahead. It was nice that my hubby made breakfast this morning again! After breakfast I did some house cleaning and de-cluttering. I listened to The Fish today, such amazing and very inspiring music! It just lifts me up hearing all of the songs that bring hope, grace, and healing! <BR> <BR> <em>296</em> <em>490</em> <em>335</em... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 20:46:52 EST February Goals..... Well it's that time again, writing out my goals for this month... Where to begin??? There are soo many goals I want to accomplish but if I listed each one I would overwhelm myself. So for this month I am going to pick my top 5... <BR> <BR> #1) To lose 5-8 inches or more... <em>7</em> <BR> #2) To exercise 5-6 days a weak... <em>362</em> <BR> #3) To take a class for clerical work... <em>17</em> <BR> #4) To de-clutter daily for at least 15 minutes everyday... <em>128</em> <BR>... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 20:08:58 EST Today's progress Well today has been a good day. I usually get up at 8am but today I slept in another hour. I sure felt better for doing that. I did my prayer time, devotionals, and Bible study time while hubby made breakfast this morning. That was so very nice of him.... I did my workout today, I focused on strength training. I was looking for my cord that goes to my digital camera so I can download all the pictures that are on there to the computer so I can take new pictures of the jewelry items that I don'... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:24:48 EST Here's to another productive day! I am finding out that when I blog my to do list, I am more apt to do it! So that's what I am going to do again. I can't guarantee that I will be able to do this every single day, but at least 5-6 days a week. After I get my to do list done I feel great & I am finding that I have more energy to do even more things! So here is today's to do list: <BR> <BR> 1) Clean & unclutter my living room. <em>377</em> <BR> a) Get rid of what doesn't belong. <BR> b) Organize <BR> c) vacu... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:40:38 EST Today's to do list! <BR> 1) Get my kitchen organized & clean. <BR> a) counters, island, stove cleaned <BR> b) sweep & mop floor <BR> c) clear up all clutter <BR> <BR> 2) Complete my workout for the day. <BR> <BR> 3) List another item on Artfire. <BR> <BR> 4) Spend an hour on organizing my bedroom. <BR> <BR> 5) Go through my son's toys & books & get rid of the items he no longer plays with &/or has outgrown. <BR> <BR> I will post what was completed at the end of the day. What is on your to do... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:56:33 EST Start January off with a bang! <BR> 1) To lose 2-4 lbs this month <BR> 2) portion controlled meals <BR> 3) 3 main small meals & 2 small snack meals <BR> 4) Consistent exercise 5-6 days a week <BR> 5) To de-stress daily <BR> 6) To do 3 days of cardio & 3 days of strength training <BR> 7) To have a to do list daily <BR> 8) To have balance in all areas <BR> 9) To organize my bedroom <BR> Wed, 9 Jan 2013 14:53:28 EST My goals for 2013! 1) To continue to grow in my walk with the Lord. <BR> <BR> a) Reading the Bible <BR> b) Bible study(s) <BR> c) Prayer <BR> d) Devotions <BR> e) Alone time <BR> <BR> 1b) Read the Bible in a year. <BR> <BR> 2) Go to women's Retreat <BR> <BR> 3) To lose 40 lbs <BR> <BR> a) Eating 3 meals & 2 snacks a day <BR> b) Exercising 5-6 days a week <BR> c) Strength training 3 days a week <BR> d) Smaller portions <BR> e) Drink plenty of water <BR>... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 20:34:45 EST My goals for December 2012! There is a lot going on this month: My dad's birthday, it will be the 2nd birthday without him here. There's my parents anniversary that would have made 32 years married. There's my hubby's & my 8th year anniversary. Then there's Christmas & new years. Talk about a packed month... <BR> <BR> 1) I am going to pick healthy choices & portions. <BR> <BR> 2) Continue to workout 5-6 days a week, doing at least 30 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> 3) I am going to meet my 1000 fitness minutes this month. <... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 19:11:15 EST My October goals for 2012 Hello all, <BR> Here's to a successful October! As you know it's good to have goals, so here is what I plan to accomplish this month. <BR> <BR> #1) Lose at least 4 lbs or more. <BR> #2) Lose 3 or more inches. <BR> #3) To do 1,000 fitness minutes. <BR> #4) Buy a workout ball dvd for strength training. <BR> #5) To eat 5-6 small meals a day. <BR> #6) To de-stress with yoga at least once a week. <BR> #7) To keep everything positive. <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 20:01:21 EST AUGUST GOALS FOR 2012 MY AUGUST GOALS FOR 2012 ARE: <BR> <BR> ~TO LOSE 4-8 LBS <BR> ~ TO LOSE 4-8 INCHES <BR> ~ HAVE MY SON POTTY TRAINED <BR> ~ TO COMPLETE 1,200 FITNESS MINUTES <BR> ~ TO LEARN MY 1ST SONG ON THE GUITAR <BR> ~ TO CONTINUE PORTION CONTROL <BR> ~ HAVE A DATE NIGHT <BR> ~ TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME & ONE THING AT A TIME... <BR> <BR> WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR AUGUST??? Wed, 1 Aug 2012 19:40:41 EST My July goals for 2012 This week a sparkpage challenged us to blog about our goals for July. I really haven't given it much thought as goals, I've been looking at it as a to do list, lol... I just love those! Well here are my July goals... <BR> <BR> ~ to continue growing in my walk with my Heavenly Father <BR> ~ To lose 4-8 lbs this month <BR> ~ To lose 8-16 inches off of my body <BR> ~ To stay consistent in my workout schedule (M-Sat.) <BR> ~ To do 1,000 fitness minutes this month <BR> ~ To eat 5-6 small meals a... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 19:31:09 EST What is your goal for the next 2 weeks? Hello all, <BR> First of all Happy 2012 to everyone! Now that the holidays are over with, some have probably made New Year's Resolutions. I have made some in the past but it seemed like I would almost get to my goal then something would happen to where I back step & gain some of the weight that I lost back. Sound familiar anyone??? Well this year I decided that I wasn't going to make a huge resolution. I decided that I want to start out small, so here it is.... <BR> I made a 2 week goal that ... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:42:31 EST PHASE 1 AGAIN... Hello all, I pray you are all having a great week! I bet your wondering what I mean by phase one. I'm not starting all over again, actually I am mixing it up so my body doesn't know what I am going to do to it. Are there any fellow Walk off Weight buddies? Yes, you guessed it, I am doing the walk off weight program & I am starting phase 1 again. In this program there are 2 phases & you switch them every 6-8 weeks. Phase 1 is torture your body mode & phase 2 is relax a little mode & recoop fro... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 22:25:30 EST A BIG GOAL ACCOMPLISHED! Hello all, I just wanted to share some of my excitement with you! When I first started Spark people, one of my biggie goals was to be able to be active to where I could play with my son & hubby. Well I've been a fellow sparky for over a year, & for the first time on Saturday I was able to play a game of soccer with my hubby & son! I was able to kick, run, & be a little competitive, lol. It was awesome & I can't wait to go do it again! My son was ecstatic that mommy could get out there & hustl... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 19:01:50 EST HARD WORK DOES PAY OFF! Hello friends and fellow supporters, <BR> I have been pushing my body to the limits. I've been increasing my cardio burned calories, incorporating jogging spurts, strength training, and lots of discipline. I have set boundaries and I am sticking to them. I am wearing a pair of shorts I haven't been able to wear in a long time! I have firmed up a bit and can see the results! I am going to get some 3lb weights because my 1 lb weights don't work for me anymore. My hubby bought me a swiss ball! ... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 20:35:42 EST LET'S LOOK AT THE POSITIVE SIDE! Hello friends and fellow supporters, <BR> I weighed myself on Monday and I didn't lose a pound. I felt very defeated, and depressed. Instead of putting a spin on things and thinking positive, I focused on the negative. Well today is now Thursday and I have been thinking on the positive things for the week. I might not of lost a pound, but I am glad I didn't gain any either! All I know is I feel good, I am eating healthy, I am drinking lots of water, and I feel a big difference in my body sinc... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 01:02:17 EST WORKED MY BUTT OFF LAST WEEK, WHERE IS THE RESULTS??? Hello Friends and fellow supporters, <BR> <BR> Today has been an absolutely hard for me. I actually got up this morning looking forward to weighing in and thinking, I can't wait to see the scale go down. Guess what? My worst nightmare came true, the scale didn't move, it actually stayed where it was 2 weeks ago, ugh. What happened??? I have been working really hard, last week I burned A total of 2,490 calories. The week before that was 1953, which makes it 4,443. That's over a pound of fat!... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 19:46:11 EST JESUS IS MY ROCK! Hello friends, <BR> I hope you are all progressing in all of your goals! Jesus has really blessed me in many ways. He has given me discipline, learning materials, and other tools to help further and reach my goals. I have set some boundaries and revamped my program and now I am seeing results! God has given me strength and endurance to complete my workouts and to control what I put in my mouth. Even knowing I have had some obstacles in the way of completing my workouts, I have been given what... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 15:27:10 EST It's either all or nothing! Which is your choice? Hello Friends, I hope your all having a great day! 2010 is here and I am ready for all this weight to come off! I know it's going to take hard work, nutritional changes, portion control and determination. I've decided to go all the way, which means I will be doing everything I know of to eliminate these unwanted pounds! I know if I do my part that God will help me out with the rest! =-) <BR> 2010 is the year that all this weight is going to come off! I already have set all of my goals fo... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 17:27:33 EST Limited options Hello all, <BR> I hope you are reaching your goals!!! I am trying, but so far a stand still has occurred. I am suffering from pinched nerves in my lower back, so I am limited to what I can do. Walking is great, but I can't exactly do it all the time. Strength training is a hard one for me. I don't quite know which moves to do. So I am looking for some advice on what would be doable for someone in my shoes?!? The first two months I lost 8 lbs. I have had to change how much exercise I d... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 18:52:19 EST So as he/she thinks, so is he/she! Have you ever noticed that when you think negative, everything comes crashing down on you? Have you ever noticed that when you are negative to yourself emotionally and mentally, you don't want to even get out of bed? Let alone exercise. This is the way I felt a week ago. I didn't want to do anything. Well all that changed thanks to God using my husband and my sister!!! This week has been a way better week, and the main reason for it is God working on me to change my attitude!!! He used... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 20:40:25 EST