NAMSMOMMY's SparkPeople Blog NAMSMOMMY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community An idea I am thinking about stopping tracking. I'm not keeping it up anyway. For now, its just not for me. I am seriously thinking about weight watchers points, but can't afford a membership. I am definitely going to track the fruit and veggie servings and the water. Hopefully I can be on my best behavior and still lose. <BR> <BR> Speaking of losing, I have lost my motivation to run too. BAH! This has so not been a great 2 weeks.... HELP! Tue, 8 Feb 2011 13:36:03 EST February goals I am a goal oriented person. I find that when I set goals I am more likely to get things done and it pushes me to do more than not setting them at all. Unlike most people New Years resolutions are awesome for me because it gives me big goals for the whole year. =) So, I am trying the last few months that I am in Oregon to set myself some goals to keep me sane. This post is my goals for the month of February. <BR> <BR> Last month I ran a total of 39.3 miles for my 10k training. I hope to up t... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 12:34:08 EST Change.... You know that feeling you get when you finish a LONG book, even a good one. You are glad that it is done with but in a way sad for that very same reason. <BR> <BR> That is the way I have been feeling this last week. <BR> <BR> You see, on Thursday of last week I put in my two-weeks notice at Walmart. <BR> <BR> This is HUGE for me. I had been with the company for seven and a half years! That is almost a third of my LIFE. Almost all of my adult working life. <BR> <BR> I am still really sad t... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 22:04:44 EST SO CLOSE! I met every goal but one! GAH! <BR> <BR> And, I went over, on stupid fiber. <BR> <BR> But, I did get my cholesterol screening results back. All normal levels with a LOW cardiac risk. =) Wonder what those numbers looked like a year ago :P Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:23:06 EST Two days in a row baby! That I have tracked all my intake and met EVERY SINGLE NUTRITION GOAL! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> And in my humble opinion, that is awesome. I track calories, calcium, fiber, protein, and sodium, and to have met all of those two days in a row. That gives me a pat on the back I think =) <BR> <BR> Plus I got a great run in yesterday. I have the plan in place for the run tomorrow, and also a walking weekend if nothing else! =) Oh, did I ever tell you where I get to spend this weekend? At the beautif... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 21:00:09 EST Back to tracking I am going to admit it, I have been HORRIBLE with my tracking the past few months. And you know what, that is OKAY! I need to come to terms with the fact that sometimes it isn't going to be possible to track, but I need to find the way to make what I want from my life to match what I am allowing myself to eat. I want to be able to go out and eat. I want to be able to go to family gatherings and not worry about what is in every single dish, but I also need to accountable to myself. I am worth ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 17:16:31 EST Ode to running So, I was trolling the blogs on Spark today and came across ASBBERTSCH's. She had at the end of her blog an ode to running. I just HAD to share. =) <BR> <BR> Here is the link to her blog, so you can tell her how much you like it =) <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3892889 </link> <BR> <BR> I am putting on my running shoes <BR> to get rid of these mid winter blues. <BR> No sore muscles, or painful shin splints or falling snow <BR> Will not g... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 14:01:03 EST A COLD! run Tonight I got the opportunity to run with the hubby again. Its nice to do that. Talking makes me sure that I'm not overexerting myself on my run, and we can catch up on non-stress related stuff. Lets face it who can talk about stressful stuff while running? I can't! The worries are left in the frosty wake that follows me. It was stinking cold! I think my sweat was freezing on my skin while I was going. Okay, so maybe not quite (I can't say that only because there probably are people that is ... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 00:20:35 EST Starting a streak Track all food. No matter how awful it looks written down. It is ONLY by seeing what is going in that I can change it. Tomorrow is always a new (better!) day. <BR> <BR> Training plan begins tomorrow. =) Happy New Year everyone!! <BR> <BR> PS Just a few goals for now, until I can get my plans in place for attacking them and WINNING against my resolutions <BR> <BR> 1. finish my degree program with a 3.5 gpa (currently a 3.65, so, not too worried) <BR> 2. finish my 10k in less than 90 minut... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 01:38:23 EST My training plan This is the plan I am following to train for my first 10k. =) <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> run 1: 2 miles <BR> run 2: 2 miles <BR> run 3: 2 miles <BR> <BR> Week 2 <BR> run 1: 2 miles <BR> run 2: 2 miles <BR> run 3: 3 miles <BR> <BR> Week 3 <BR> run 1: 2 miles <BR> run 2: 3 miles <BR> run 3: 4 miles <BR> <BR> Week 4 <BR> run 1: 2 miles <BR> run 2: 3 miles <BR> run 3: 5 miles <BR> <BR> Week 5 <BR> run 1: 2 miles <BR> run 2: 5 miles <BR> run 3: 6 miles <BR> <BR> Week 6 <BR> run 1: 2 miles <... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:30:58 EST 10 days Until the new year. Taking someone else's idea, I am making some mini goals to end this year on a high note. These are all things that I want to work on so they become habit again. =) <BR> <BR> I will: <BR> 1. drink at least 8 glasses of water daily <BR> 2. track my food everyday <BR> 3. get some kind of exercise daily (even if its just cleaning!) <BR> 4. I will focus on one area for organizing each day (unless working, in which case, just tidy the house) <BR> 5. spend some time daily in ... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 23:15:47 EST I hate Christmas Don't get me wrong. <BR> I actually LOVE Christmas. <BR> Maybe too much. <BR> I hate that there is always something to do, always somewhere to be, too much to celebrate. And with that comes the food. And I have tried to keep it in moderation and use the tips from this site, but I'm gonna be honest here - it isn't working. I am seeing that damn scale creep up and I HATE IT! I am praying at this point that my break from school will give me some time to work out. This just aint working!! Mon, 13 Dec 2010 01:13:37 EST Me Its a new day right? <BR> <BR> I am setting two easy goals for myself for the week: <BR> -track everything I eat daily <BR> -at least 10 minutes of "sweat" time per day (at least 3x this week) <BR> <BR> And I realized I never posted the rest of my 30 day challenge here. But I did post it on my blogger blog ( you are most welcome to go take a look! Thu, 9 Dec 2010 13:12:13 EST November 14 Today I am so thankful for my mom. I am so blessed to have her in my life. I know as a kid you never realize how much they do for you, but as an adult, I KNOW what she is doing for me. Without her help I wouldn't be able to work. I wouldn't be able to go to school. My family and I wouldn't be in the situation we are now, we would be far worse financially. I am constantly blessed by the attention she gives to my kids. I don't have to worry about them when I am at work because I know they are s... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:21:43 EST November 13 Today I am so thankful for my job. <BR> <BR> As most of you know, I work at Walmart. <BR> <BR> It may not be my dream job, or even the ideal job for me. But Walmart has given me such a platform for my future career. I have learned to effectively work with other people. I can work under stress (thank you Christmas in retail!) I can work well with difficult people (thank you holiday shoppers!) I know that I can do most anything, because if its going to happen, it likely already has to me at W... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 22:06:06 EST Month of thankfulness continued... November 9 <BR> Today I am SO THANKFUL for a work study job (federal grant to the school to give me $$ for working for them) that I can do homework (and other things!) at. <BR> <BR> I love that I can have some me time with just a few questions to answer. =) MUCH easier than trying to do it at home with three kids who want constant attention. <BR> <BR> Tonight I got most of my portfolio done which is WONDERFUL since its one less thing to do on my extra day off (Thank you veteran's day!) <BR>... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 21:09:05 EST November 8 I am thankful today for my children. I have been so incredibly blessed with three BEAUTIFUL girls. I can't say that they are always perfect, and I can't say that being their mommy is easy, but it is rewarding every single day that I am with them. Today, for example, Liv has been FIGHTING her nap like no other, but when I went and got her out of her bed this last time, she gave me the biggest baby smile and a hug and kiss. How on earth can anything compare to that. <BR> Mon, 8 Nov 2010 18:41:32 EST November 7 This blog is a continuation of my daily blogs for the month of November talking about one thing each day that I am thankful for. I have to say one aside, a status is being copied and pasted around facebook telling people to do this same thing in their status but then adds at the bottom how hard it gets when you keep at it. I must disagree completely. The more you look at what you are thankful for, the more you see how you have been blessed! <BR> <BR> Today is a beautiful Sunday and a good ti... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 10:45:29 EST November 6 I am most thankful today that I passed my CPR for the professional rescuer class. That as well as the fact that it was only 8 hours instead of two 8-hour days like I thought. =) Another step completed in my journey. Sat, 6 Nov 2010 19:17:04 EST November 5 Today I am thankful for my children. <BR> No they aren't perfect. <BR> And yes, sometimes they do drive me crazy. <BR> But I wouldn't change them. <BR> God has certainly blessed me with three beautiful girls =) Fri, 5 Nov 2010 18:41:31 EST Thankful Month! Perfect time for me to focus on what I am thankful for. So, this month I am going to pick one thing each day that I am thankful for. I am copying the first few days from my regular blogger blog <BR> <BR> November 1: <BR> Today I am thankful for my health. You never realize how important it is until you have a sick kid. It sucks. Especially when they can't do anything on their own... I am so thankful that I have the health to take care of them. I am so thankful that most days I can stay home ... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 21:14:45 EST I hate Halloween Seriously. I was doing so well. Keeping my calorie intake in check. Keeping with the "program" but now I have pounds of candy on hand, and can't keep my hands out of it. <BR> <BR> Add that to the fact that I have yet to find balance in my life and can't seem to get the up to go workout. I am not losing the way I was. I am at nearly 40 lost this year, which is nothing to sneeze at, but ugh. I don't even know. I am just tired of the constant worries about calories in. I am tired of getting mad... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 22:33:01 EST 50 things I found an amazing blog (<BR>journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3741310) in which the writer listed 50 things she learned in the time it took her to lose 50 pounds. I think everyone should go take the time to read it, there are pictures! But if you don't have time (or don't think you have time) you can read them here =) <BR> <BR> 50. Emotional eating is fine. Emotional eating is chili on a cold day and wine with my family. It is having pizza on Fridays an... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 21:45:59 EST MOTIVATION I found a "secret of success" today that I couldn't help but share: <BR> <BR> MOTIVATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS. THIS HELPS ME WHEN I NEED THAT LITTLE PUSH TO KEEP GOING. <BR> <BR> M- MAKE short term goals <BR> O- OUT with the negitive <BR> T- THINK of why you want to do this <BR> I- IMAGINE how you will feel <BR> V- VISUALIZE how you will look <BR> A- ACKNOWLEDGE your successes <BR> T- TREAT yourself with respect <BR> I- INVESTIGATE new ideas and food <BR> O- OBSERVE your healthy lifes... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 20:47:08 EST Back to tracking As you can see from my status, if you are looking right now, I am back to tracking everyday. I need to apparently. I can maintain just fine but am not losing. I met every goal today though. That makes me feel better. And I have a plan for tomorrow. I am also working on the working out. Thinking I am going to get back to my 10 a day thing. If I only do 10, fantastic. If I do more, woot! <BR> <BR> Besides that, there isn't a whole lot going on. I am just finishing week 4 and only have six mor... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 21:05:59 EST My first 5k - with pictures! You all know from my previous posts today was my first 5k. I never ever thought I would be doing this! I am a RUNNER! <BR> <BR> I started off really well. My good friend Kendra helped me get into a position mid-pack and she took off way ahead of me! <BR> <BR> I didn't have any point in the race that I felt like stopping and walking. I jogged the entire run. YAY! I am so proud of myself. The race even had a few hills, and man do I hate hills, but I did them. Didn't even stop! <BR> <BR> I fi... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 20:35:47 EST 30 day challenege day 23 Today's topic gives me an opportunity to brag on my not so little girl. Day 23 — The last person you kissed. The last person I kissed was McKayla, my oldest daughter. I was leaving the preschool this morning and gave both the girls kisses, she just happened to be last! I can't believe she is gonna be FIVE this month. She is turning into quite the sass. She is quick to love, and quicker to make friends. I swear the first thing she asks every kid we see "What's your name?" followed quickly by "... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 21:28:35 EST The Blind Boy I stole this story from my good friend and just had to share! =) <BR> <BR> A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat. <BR> <BR> A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. <BR> <BR> Soon t... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 15:07:23 EST 30 day challenge day 22 Today's topic looks fun! lol Your pet peeves. I have quite the list. <BR> <BR> * smelly people <BR> * people who wear too much perfume <BR> * rude people <BR> * those who let their kids run all over the store screaming <BR> * inattentive parents in general, people who let their kids eat anything (knowing the weight issues they may face later) <BR> * people who don't use their turn signal <BR> * people who forget to turn off their turn signal <BR> * people who ... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 01:00:42 EST Had to share... I read a daily spark blog today that really jumped out at me. I will share it here, but to credit its author the blog can be found here ( <link><BR>er_never_let_others_define_you </link> ) <BR> <BR> "We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us" Virginia Satir <BR> <BR> "Never, never let others define you"--this short, yet powerful phrase was echoed by former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith during his acceptance speech following hi... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 15:39:29 EST Gotta love all the compliments on a day like today. I wore some new pants (SIZE 14 baby!) that I got from a friend. They have small pinstripes in them. I paired that with my red sweater with white collar and cuffs and a nice pair of black high heels. I didn't realize I looked that much different than normal, but the compliments I got tell a different story. I had an awesome day! =) Just feels great to have the affirmations from other people that I am looking good! Woot. Plus, got in a 3 mile run. I LOVE... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 22:02:35 EST 5K in 10 days, SAY WHAT!? I cannot believe the day is already nearly here. I have my plan for the rest of this week and next. I plan a few days before not to run so that I have "fresh" race day legs. And I have my goal set, 45 minutes or better. I just have to go now. I don't even have to worry about what to wear (except which pants) since I get a t-shirt. I cannot even begin to explain to you what I am feeling right now. This is exactly what I have been working up to for the past four months. I have also started in t... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 21:04:04 EST I need a plan I just need to make a fitness plan and stick with it. Even if I'm not running. I got a copy of the Insanity workout, maybe that will keep me on track. I am going to post my week's goals to keep me accountable. <BR> <BR> Wednesday - run with hubby <BR> Thursday - short workout after work study (maybe walk home?) <BR> Friday - Insanity workout <BR> Saturday - Insanity workout or long walk <BR> Sunday - run <BR> Monday - long walk or Insanity workout <BR> Tuesday - short workout after work st... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 13:37:30 EST still struggling to find the time (and energy) to workout while going to school. Maybe it just isn't going to happen this term. This will be the worst, but I can't see not working out at all... UGH! <BR> <BR> I know what I need to do, its just doing it and having a babysitter when I do! lol. Just keep me in your thoughts my spark friends. =) Its been challenging. Tue, 5 Oct 2010 00:27:34 EST This week... Has been insane to say the least. I dropped one of my classes, so I am down to only 13 credits. It wasn't that the class was hard, it was just leaving me no time for homework for my other classes which this week was OVERWHELMING! Wow. I am still struggling to find the time in my schedule to workout, but am working on a plan for next week. I have a bunch of fitness planned this weekend with access to a gym! =) <BR> <BR> I did a run yesterday, the first since last Thursday, I could tell that ... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 20:18:13 EST 30 day challenge day 20 Oh my goodness. You all are going to think me junkies with today's challenge topic: your favorite television shows. There are SO MANY! First off it is FRIENDS now and FOREVER! I love that show so much. I still watch it and get into a great mood. I also like (and not in any particular order) CSI (the original), Wife Swap, NCIS, America's Next Top Model, 30 Rock, The Office, Law and Order SVU, Charmed.... oh my goodness I really could go on and on. I really just love TV. I love that not everyth... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 23:32:22 EST 30 day challenge day 19 I love the topic idea today: something that makes you different. I love to talk about this, and hope no one here will blast me for it. I have someone who makes me different actually, and his name is Jesus. He alone is the reason I have faith that this isn't all for me. I know that He has great plans for me and so long as I am in His word and asking for His guidance, I am going to go far. I have been a christian for as long as I can remember, it makes me stand out because it gives me a reason ... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 00:27:36 EST 30 day challenge - day 18 Today's challenge topic is the person that you wish you could be. I don't believe in wishing. I could wish all that I wanted that I was skinnier and that got me no where. I believe that the only way you can become the person you want to be is through hard work and with His help. I have spent lots of time praying and wishing that my life perfect, but there is no perfect. I believe that God puts you in situations and with people so that with His help you can become the person He wants you to be... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 00:19:22 EST 30 day challenge - day 17 Today's topic is the place you wish you were from. I can't really say that I would change where I am from. I was born in the sunshine state, Florida. My dad was in the navy and stationed in Jacksonville. Both my sister and I were born there and lived there till I was just shy of 4. I have no memory what-so-ever of that time, but wish I did. I think that might be the only thing I would change. I constantly tell people when they note that I am "always cold" that I am from the sunshine state and... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 00:47:43 EST 30 day challenge - day 16 Today's challenge topic is someone that’s not in your state/country. I am guessing what this means is I get to talk about someone not in my state/country. I will blog about the person who is the farthest from me in distance. My friend Hania lives in New Zeland. Her and her husband Kyle were a really big inspiration in the early stages of my relationship with my husband. They came to the US this last summer and we got to spend a few hours with them and their beautiful daughter. It was like we ... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 00:38:21 EST 30 day challenge - day 15 I thought since I am half way through my 30 day challenge I would re-post the topics. The whole idea of the challenge is to get you into daily blogging (in my case again lol) by giving you a daily topic to write on. I have found it really interesting because its usually something I wouldn't write about. Please feel free to take this idea and use it in your own blog =) Today is day 15, see my writing below the list of topics! <BR> <BR> Day 1 - Your best friend <BR> Day 2 — Your vices <BR> Da... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 23:20:37 EST 30 day challenge - day 14 Today's challenge topic for the challenge is someone you’ve drifted away from. I have to admit that most of the people that I was close with in high school I have drifted from. I think that is life though. I think that as you get married, you become closer to your spouse and then you have kids and that bond with your spouse and child are then more important than any other, and I think in all honesty, most relationships with other people fade into the background. I think it takes a really stro... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 01:14:34 EST 30 day challenge - day 13 I am so excited to write this blog. Today's 30 day challenge post is something you’re looking forward to, and that ties right in with what I was going to blog about in the fitness part of my blog! What I am looking foreword to is my first 5k race. It is on October 17 and I CAN'T WAIT! (what, wait, did I really just say that?!) <BR> <BR> I don't even feel like the same person I was when I started the Couch 2-5k program just 10 weeks ago. I "graduated" from the program this week, and already ... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 00:32:12 EST 30 day challenge - day 12 Today's challenge topic is your dream vacation. I think mine would be quite involved, but if it had to be just one country, I would go to Australia, with a stop in New Zeland as well. Probably a cruise there. Enjoy my time. I also want to scuba dive while I am there. =) <BR> <BR> My day today went well. I had work for 4 hours as a customer service manager, so I'm sure that burned some calories running around the store like a crazy person! lol I then came home and did a 40 minute run in the ... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 22:55:03 EST 30 day challenge - day 11 Today's topic is interesting to me... A deceased person you wish you could talk to. I am very blessed to have not lost many of my close friends or family members. I think if there were one deceased person I could talk to it would be my Opa (my grandfather's dad). He was in a Japanese work camp during World War II while the rest of his family were in a concentration camp. My grandpa is JUST now opening up a bit about his time in Indonesia before they were captured, won't talk about the camp li... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 23:44:04 EST 30 day challenge - day 10 Today's topic is someone you don’t talk to as much as you’d like to. I think that one is actually my sister in law. Sadly, we talk the most on facebook. She lives in Nampa, Idaho, where we hope to move as soon as I graduate. She is the sweetest person ever. I love my sister in law! <BR> <BR> Today was a good day. I got to take the older two to preschool this morning. Then I was off to buy my books for school. All I have left to get is two from a friend then I am set for fall term. We start ... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 23:26:01 EST 30 day challenge - day 9 Today's topic is someone you wish you could meet. I guess the person I would like to meet would be James (from the Bible). He was just such an amazing writer. His book is totally a story to me. At my deepest times of sorrow, I can read those words "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." He wa... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 01:03:37 EST Are you freaking kidding me?! I just LOST my entire blog post. UGH! I was nearly finished, then hit something and couldn't go back. UGH! I guess I will start all stinking over. <BR> <BR> 30 day challenge day 8 <BR> Today's topic is your favorite internet friend that you’ve never met. I can't really say I have a favorite. I have about 5 that I talk to DAILY and would love to meet in real life. We have known each other since I was preggo with my first, so more than 5 years now! I have met one of the ladies and she was jus... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 23:06:43 EST 30 day challenge: day 7 Today' topic is "your job" but you know what? I really don't like my job. I work at walmart, and it isn't my career of choice. I tried to "work my way up" got up to department manager (of infants and girls-wear) then decided that this isn't what I want to do for the rest of my life. I stepped down as soon as I had my papers for school filled out. I have been a part-time cashier there for the last two years. I am now in school full time (as most of you know! lol) to be an administrative medica... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 20:47:59 EST 30 day challenge day 6 Couldn't have picked a better topic today if I planned it! Today's challenge topic is "someone who inspires you" I can give you one name that jumps right to the forefront of my mind, KACI! She is my ultimate inspiration. Not only is she very positive and will help if you want it, but she supports you and is just there when you don't want to be told what you should (or shouldn't) be doing. But that is how she MOTIVATES me. This blog is about how she INSPIRES me. I can do that in one sentence: ... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 01:05:38 EST