MOVIEMAMA1's SparkPeople Blog MOVIEMAMA1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back to baby's better than nothing! So I honestly made a conscious and determined effort to track everything that went into my mouth and drink more water and even walk. I walked for 26 minutes today logging a little more than a mile in. It's not much but it's a start and we all have to start somewhere. <BR> <BR> I think my biggest problem is I get bored with it too easily. I'm trying to find new foods that I can enjoy but some of the vegetable based ones taste more "earthy" than I like. Yes, I love me those fatty foods. <em>3... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 23:41:02 EST Dang, it's so hard to get back into it!! Looking at my past blogs, I'm not surprised to see that I keep saying I'm going to get back on track and then don't. This has been a rough year for me and I'm having a hard time focusing. Sigh. <BR> <BR> I lost a very dear friend of mine a couple weeks ago. She had been my boss at the best job I ever had until 2006. Once she left the company, I got out. She was my mentor, my friend and my boss all rolled up into one. She was genuine, too. She knew how to treat people. I'd lost touch with her... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 21:18:40 EST Yes, it's time to get back on track... I've lost my motivation, my drive, my will power...where did it go? <BR> <BR> Time to refocus. Time to get back to walking every day. Time to track every bite. Time to remember that it's going to be hard but worth it in the long run. <BR> <BR> Just having a hard time staying focused. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:28:13 EST Trying to get back on track to succeed Between the drama of February and computer issues up the wahzoo, I haven't been around here much. The iPhone app is great for tracking my activity for food and exercise but it doesn't allow you to interact with the teams or write a blog. And forget about the web browser on the phone. Sheesh! The screen is just too small to be truly usable to surf or do anything on the web. <BR> <BR> After gaining weight during our frightful last couple of months, I am ready to recommit myself 100% to making ... Sun, 6 May 2012 23:49:16 EST It's starting to feel like home!! We are finally starting to feel at home in our new house. My daughter has made some friends with the neighbor girls (man, are they loud!!) and we are getting unpacked. We've found quite a bit of the stuff we've needed. (Hint, never let movers pack your stuff without your supervision; it will take forever to find what you're used to using every day. <BR> <BR> So we've got the garage going. We still have to get rid of a ton of stuff but we need to rent a truck and haul a bunch of stuff to the... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 19:54:49 EST Normal is returning to this family...finally After three weeks of turmoil and terror, normal is returning. The new house is feeling like home. My husband actually "yelled" at me because I haven't been burning candles the way I usually do. So I did and it's starting to smell like our home! <BR> <BR> We still have a lot of unpacking to do and will have for a while. We've got a lot of stuff to go through and decide if we're keeping it or tossing it. We might end up with a storage unit. I hope not. Just one more expense I can't afford. <B... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 20:29:37 EST This is why I hate moving. It takes so long to unpack and get setup, especially when I had nothing to do with the packing up. I can't find a thing! It took us two days to find our silverware. LOL!! Thank goodness for plastic forks, etc. <BR> <BR> I spent most of today hanging pictures. Of course, most of them crooked but I don't care! I use the 3M Command Strips to hang everything and they are wonderful!! But if you don't position it right, you have to start over again. LOL!! Oh, well. Some of them are up. I know I ha... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 20:44:23 EST I'm baaaaaack!!! And hoping for normal to return soon... <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, my life has been turned upside down. One of our neighbors decided to stalk me and called my boss making all kinds of wild accusations against me and husband. He knew way too much about us and our lives. This guy has some serious mental issues. (No joke, there.) However, since I'm a county employee, the county takes this kind of thing very seriously and convened a threat assessment team to determine if there was a risk to me and... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 08:52:58 EST I need a new frikkin' computer and to get back to it! I haven't been on much, mainly because my computer just plain sucks! This laptop is only 6 years old. Not a relic or anything. /sarcasm... <BR> <BR> I just can't afford a new one. I can't believe how expensive laptops have gotten. I'm going to try to save for a tablet but first I need to replace my mattress. My back is starting to give me trouble. My husband's isn't doing much better. So we're working on the ol' saving for a new one. Of course, he likes the really expensive ones. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 20:14:56 EST All is normal again...sigh... Here I am, looking for a moment of peace and contemplation...and the kids are arguing upstairs as they brush their teeth. It's a normal nighttime routine. All of a sudden, they are going to bed at the same time again. (I think my 10 year old is going through a growth spurt.) Anyhoo, it's all normal around here again. <BR> <BR> The reunion last night was sweet. She was all hugs, even to her brother. She had great stories and a wonderful time. She didn't get a gold when they went panning but s... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 23:55:20 EST Missing my baby and just having a blah day!! My 10 year old daughter is away at a school field trip...more of a camp. All the 4th graders are studying the Gold Rush and they top it off with a trip to Coloma, Ca., in the Sierra Foothills (about 3 hours away) and they camp, pan for gold, hike and do all sorts of things. I'm sure she's having a great time but, boy, am I missing her. The last time she was gone for three days, I was 8 months pregnant with her brother and she had gone to Disneyland with my parents. This is a little different.... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 23:05:42 EST Oh, my goodness!!! What a weekend!! If you don't know me very well, one thing you should know before continuing on with this blog, is that I am a die hard 49er fan. I have loved the crimson and gold since I was a little girl watching with my dad and gramma. I loved football so much, that I even followed the USFL. I would have left my husband for Steve Young and hubby knew it, if I had half a chance. THAT's how much I love football and the 49ers. <BR> <BR> So you can imagine how incredibly thrilled I am with the season the Nine... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 22:38:40 EST All good intentions...went awry!!! Argh!! The reset didn't reset. I haven't walked or exercised and here I am challenging my own team to 20 minutes of movement a day. I haven't even done it. My excuse? My feet and back still hurt from DLand. Lousy excuse, yes? Well, I'm in for it tomorrow. I return to work tomorrow, heels and all and my walking buddies will expect me at 10:30am & 3:30pm. There's 40 minutes all together. <BR> <BR> But I have to do it, no matter how I'm feeling. I gained 5 pounds over my break and I need to lose them ... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 23:03:27 EST Reset time! Fun is over, time to work! Disneyland was a blast! The kids were so excited and so well behaved (I'm still looking for pods!). We walked a ton and fortunately, a lot of the meals we had came with fruit, so that was one nice thing. Of course, that didn't stop the consumption of cotton candy and ice cream. I'm not even stressing over the fact that I put on 5 lbs. over the holidays/vacation. My attitude is, "Whoopsie!" It's just time to get back on track. <BR> <BR> The one thing I noticed was while I was eating whatever ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 09:41:52 EST Tomorrow's a busier day than today! So Christmas has ended. The toys are all over the place, the kids are in bed, and I'm gearing up for the trip to Disneyland. Tomorrow I have to make sandwiches on the sly, pack up veggies and fruit into individual servings (in sammich bags) and get stuff ready to go...all without the kids figuring out what's going on. <BR> <BR> The 10-year-old-to-be has gotten a couple gift cards to spend on the trip so now she thinks that we're going shopping on her birthday. We will...once we're down there... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 23:57:05 EST Oh, my friends, we're at less than a week away... And I'm so freakin' excited!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> We leave Tuesday morning at 4:30am for a 8-10 hour drive to the Happiest Place on Earth! The kids still have no idea what we're up to. All they know is Christmas is light this year. Our poor little tree is so empty underneath. Just wait... <BR> <BR> They are going to freak out!!! I can't wait!!! <BR> <BR> Heehee!! <BR> <BR> Weight-wise, I'm holding steady. I've lost 35lbs so far and... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 00:25:25 EST Feeling good! Makin' it happen! It is a lifestyle now!!! It was pretty cool to check my email this morning and see that I have completed Stage 3. Wow! This is the umpteenth time I've tried this or any diet and I don't think I've ever gotten this far. The difference? My family is 100% behind me. <BR> <BR> My husband has been the greatest supporter! He's the household chef. He's a great cook! And he's helped by changing many of his menus to make it more friendly towards my lifestyle change. He's finding substitutes for some of my favorite foods and ... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 19:40:07 EST Christmas has exploded in our house Actually, it's more like it's vomited all over! LOL!! Sorry, I know, gross. <BR> <BR> I have most of our decorations up, with the help of my two kids but there's more to do. And hubby needs to get off his arse and get the decorations going outside. He's only put up one reindeer and a string of pitiful! Our lone reindeer looked so forlorn last night. Oh, well, time to kick him into gear. <BR> <BR> We got our tree yesterday and the kids have put all of my Mickey ornaments on and ... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 13:47:29 EST Made it through Thanksgiving and now here come the parties! I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!! I did. It was great to visit with my brother and his wife and watch our kids (5 between the two of us) run around like little nut cases. And of course the food. The food was fabulous! And I did good. I only gained a pound over that whole weekend. Yay me! <BR> <BR> It's the little victories, right? LOL!! <BR> <BR> My laptop just doesn't like me being on it. It's an old thing and must be on it's last legs. It will just freeze up for no reason and ... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 20:06:25 EST Feelin' good! Thanksgiving is almost upon us and so is the holiday eating. Yum! <BR> <BR> However, I plan on staying on track! I've made too much progress (and dropped a dress size) to stop now. I just wish I could get into exercising again. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty good at walking at work. We've got a two mile route we do at lunch and a one mile route we do at break. At home? Not so consistent. <BR> <BR> I've been at my new job for a month now and I'm enjoying it. There's a ton to learn but I'm having fun ... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 12:07:51 EST Haven't been Sparking and haven't been beating myself up...too much! I realized today that I promised myself I would be more diligent about Sparking and I just haven't done it...could be the post Halloween "I-so-don't-want-to-knows". LOL!! <BR> <BR> I still plan on weighing in tomorrow, on schedule. It should help kick my butt back in gear. I just need to remember to use all these tools I have at my disposal, the website, my app. I've had the app forever and just keep forgetting it's there. I really don't use my phone much. I love my phone, but I just don't u... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 20:18:31 EST Focus, focus, focus...on what?! I've lost focus. I'm trying to do too many things at once and am turning myself in least, that's how it feels. <BR> <BR> I start my new job tomorrow. It's with the same department, same position, just a different division. New challenges (e.g. problem children to supervise) and new skills to learn...I hope. On my last day at my previous job, a department wide announcement went out looking for another supervisor in my position. Huh?? Turns out, that division I'm starting in tomor... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 11:07:40 EST Ready to be back on track! So this last month has been a challenge. We've had weddings, birthdays, funerals, you name it we've had it. Amazingly enough, I have only put on two pounds this entire time. Woo hoo!! <BR> <BR> Now it's time to get back to tracking. I've been pretty consistent in my choices but I haven't tracked it. So today will be a benchmark. Track everything I eat and then assess it to make the necessary changes. I know I haven't been getting my waters in, so that is priority right now. <BR> <BR> I plan... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 10:47:37 EST Sooo it's Friday... And I'm looking at a house that needs some major putting back together. Sigh, talk about life getting in the way. Guess I will spend my day off (without the family) cleaning up and getting it back under control. It doesn't help that there is a 52" tv sitting in the middle of the living room in pieces. It died about a month ago and my hubby bought a repair kit for it. He did the first repair but I guess the conductors he replaced on the board weren't the ones that needed replacing. At least, i... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 10:06:02 EST Oh, my goodness, have I been busy!!! Wow! It's been ages since I've blogged. Oopsie! At least, I've been pretty consistent in tracking my foods. Life has just gotten nuts lately. I only have a few minutes each day it seems. Sigh! <BR> <BR> So, I've been applying for promotional positions. The job I have is taxing. I work for the "the welfare department" and I run the reception unit. With the economy the way it's been, more and more people are turning to counties for help. We are constantly busy and I have two staff members who ... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 23:56:52 EST Wacky & Wild Wednesday My last blog was a little down, a little discouraging, a little bleh. I think I'm allowed. This healthy lifestyle change is hard, especially when you've spent 25+ years not being so concerned about it. But I had an epiphany today. <BR> <BR> It happened at a training. All the supervisors in my department (and there are a few of us) are required to take these trainings to help us become better supervisors. I'm more open to them than some of my cohorts. I'm always looking to improve myself so ... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 23:58:10 EST So I've hit discouragement... I've hit the point where I am feeling discouraged. I know, I know, it's only been 6 weeks. I feel like I've hit a wall. This will be the second week where I've seen no loss. I've been doing everything right. Well, maybe not hitting the waters. Some days it's really tough to get all my water in. Some days it's really easy. I drink maybe one diet soda a day. Maybe I need to start going for the smaller end of my calorie range. I've been trying to hit right in the middle. Maybe I need ... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 23:31:03 EST Slacker! Yup, that's me. A total slacker! LOL!! NOT!! <BR> <BR> What a busy week it has been! I have hardly had time to get on here and log my food & fitness, let alone lead my team or join in with my other teams. Sigh! Why is it the short work weeks are always the longest?! <BR> <BR> Even though, I haven't been as active on the site this week, I've been keeping active! That's important to me right now. Stay within my calorie range & stay active. I had one day that I was stuck in meetings then had t... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 15:30:47 EST Week 5 starts flat! Oh well, plugging along Weigh-in today did not go as I expected. I had hoped to see a little change. Nope. Not on ounce. Same weight as last week. <BR> <BR> I know, I need to expect these plateaus and work through them. I have already changed things up and it took a lot of years to put all this weight on. It's going to take time and work to get it off. I'll get there. <BR> <BR> Just a little blah today. Not discouraged. Still moving. Gonna do it! Tue, 6 Sep 2011 23:43:24 EST Feeling good, feeling positive, makin' it happen!! Every day I wake up and I am astounded at myself. In four weeks, I've changed my attitude towards food and exercise. I've changed my children's thoughts on food and exercise. And they're school age, so giving them the right habits now is important to me. <BR> <BR> We had a nice dinner of turkey burgers tonight, my new fav!! Sitting at the dinner table, my daughter asks my husband how much weight he's lost. Once he answered, my son asked me. I was happy to tell them all that I've lost 15 lbs... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 00:01:50 EST Hackin' my way through my week I think this cold has got to go! I've done nothing but hack and cough for the last week! My chest hurts from it all, my throat, you name it! It's sore. <BR> <BR> However, this cold has taken away my appetite. I have been eating just enough to meet my lowest goal. And I'm back to a four day walking streak so my negative calorie differential is continuing. I use the calorie differential as my biggest guide. My favorite radio doctor, Dr. Dean Edell, always said that if you burn more calories th... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 11:23:39 EST Week four begins on a high note! And thus ended week three...a 7lbs. weight loss for a total of 15lbs in three weeks! Holy Guacamoles!!! I am stunned and pleased. It hasn't been too hard, either. I can't explain it. I'm motivated, active, excited and I was actually mad that I broke my walking streak yesterday! <BR> <BR> I started my next streak today. I'm still suffering from a head cold but it's getting better. I went in to work today and basically sat at my desk doing my work. When I got claustrophobic, I went out for a w... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 21:51:50 EST Argh! I gave in...oh, well, there's always tomorrow! The head cold finally got to me where I couldn't walk today. I was going to go by myself but every time I got up to get dressed, my head started spinning. I decided that it was okay to listen to my body and get some rest. I slept most of today, hence the reason I haven't been all over the team boards, and I feel like I've turned the corner. While I'm disappointed that I broke my three week streak of walking every day, I'm more disappointed that I missed my kids swim lesson tonight. I just cou... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 20:41:47 EST This cold has got me but I'm not letting it get me down!! Gosh darn-it!! I woke up with a nasty head cold Saturday but I have refused to let it stop me from reaching my goals. <BR> <BR> I was able to get my whole family to go walking with me on Saturday and Sunday!! I even raced my kids about 20 yards. LOL!! I can't keep that up for long but I will have to throw a run/jog in there to break up the monotony. My husband walked the school track with me while the kids played on the "big toy", as it's called at their school. It worked out great. My husb... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 21:25:24 EST Yes, it's work! But it becoming easier I can't believe how much my attitude towards my eating habits has changed in three weeks. I'm really aware of what I'm eating or planning to eat and am really thinking about the day ahead with every meal or snack. I'm even trying things I never thought I would, just for something different. <BR> <BR> I'm glad, too, because I need this to be the last time I'm "on a diet". But that's also why I've been calling a lifestyle change. It's a change for the better, to be healthier. Eyes on the priz... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 23:43:04 EST Week 2 was a success! On to week 3 I was worried about weigh-in originally for this week. I know the 2nd & 3rd weeks of any lifestyle change can be challenging and defining of future success. I'm pleased to say that my determination to make this work is getting me there in little increments. <BR> <BR> Official weigh-in 1.8 lbs lost! <em>334</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I'm tickled!! Now on to week 3. <BR> <BR> My plan for this week is to try some different things in meals, some thing to shake it up and make it fun. I'm al... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 21:14:13 EST Enjoying this feeling... No matter what my official weigh in is on Tuesday, I have to say that I feel good. And I like it! I have walked every day for at least a mile (most days 2+ miles). Every day! I didn't think I would make it two weeks. Woo hoo!! Now I have to continue. There's just no reason not to. I feel good!! <BR> <BR> AND I've stayed on track for two weeks. Like I said before, I've had days where I've been over in one category or another. But overall, the differential has been -700 to -800 calories. I lov... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:05:54 EST Fighting with myself this week So I just wrote this long, rambling blog and it has disappear into the interwebs somewhere. <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> My issues this week have been many. First, I am still having trouble remaining satisfied. I feel hungry a lot more often. I guess I just need to wait for my stomach to shrink. How hard!! I also am fighting to try and find foods that I like that are filling and healthy. I have not gone back to my old ways at all, however. I've been faithful to my plan for two weeks n... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 11:32:03 EST Trying to gain momentum... So a successful first week of Sparking! 5.8 lbs. lighter. Eating better. Walking daily. Overall just feeling good!! <BR> <BR> And now school begins for the kiddies!! They've been really good at following mommy's good eating habits this past week. Now I plan on spending some time in Costco tomorrow, looking for the right kind of healthy snacks. Fortunately, fruit is really popular with my kids and baby carrots. The kids also love Popchips & flavored mini rice cakes. So at least there are opti... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 23:41:56 EST Official weigh in!!! OMG!! So very excited!! I lost 5.8 pounds in one week!!! WOO HOO!!!!!! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>250</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Yeah, I'm a little stoked!! I know it won't always be this much of a weight loss but what a great start!! I actually weighed twice just to be sure I was reading it correctly. OMG!! So excited!! <BR> <BR> I gotta go walk!! Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:27:31 EST Let week 2 begin! So, I had a better weekend than I did a Friday. I was having trouble feeling satisfied and was trying really hard not to get discouraged. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad I got through that day without giving up!! I had a good weekend and managed to stay within my calorie range, even when I treated myself on Sunday!! Amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it. <BR> <BR> I'm finding eating little bits every so often is getting easier. I've changed my lunch time to an hour and a half earlier a... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 13:22:01 EST Finding this a little bit challenging now... I'm finding that I am having difficulty eating enough to feel satisfied. I'll eat within my ranges but I wake up every morning and go to bed every night feeling hungry. I know I'm not starving myself. I'm eating plenty. I'm trying to find filling but healthy foods that keep me within my goals. I am starting to think that my body is having trouble adjusting to the lower caloric intake. I have no idea how much a day I used to eat but I'm sure it was quite a bit. I'm trying not to get discourage... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 15:45:13 EST Day four and she's on a roll... I'm feeling pretty darn good today. I've kept my caloric intake way down and have made some healthy choices. I even found that something as simple as changing my lunchtime by an hour helps enormously! I'm not so hungry that I'll eat anything and everything. I ate exactly what I had made for lunch and savored every bite. I still have almost 1000 calories max I can eat tonight. I'm not going to, but I think it's really cool!! <BR> <BR> I have developed a really great support system at work, to... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 21:17:06 EST Day 2 and feeling optimistic! We had our official starting weigh-in and picture taken at work this morning. That was scary!! I went ahead and adjusted my weight here so that it reflects the weigh-ins every Tuesday at work. It was odd weighing in with shoes on. A lot of the group felt the same way and some even commented about having clothes on. LOL!! We're a fun group. <BR> <BR> I walked twice today, on my morning break and my afternoon break for a total of 30 minutes and a mile and a half. Not bad! I even had to talk my... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 21:35:09 EST A new beginning for me... This is a new start. It's time to change and be comfortable in my own skin. Enough remembering how thin I was once upon a time. Now, it's time to get healthy!! <BR> <BR> I was motivated by my co-workers. Tomorrow, we are starting our own version of "The Biggest Loser". It's for fun and to get a group of people together who want to change. I'm in it for the support. <BR> <BR> I've got my walking buddy all lined up and even walked today. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> There's not a lot of interest... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 22:42:05 EST