NIELSENSLADY's SparkPeople Blog NIELSENSLADY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Holding Steady I'm gearing up to send off a bunch of packages for my business. I'm within a five pound range of my lowest weight. I went up the five during Thanksgiving and I've been going up and down but I'm ok with that. As long as I don't gain more. <BR> <BR> I had to go back to the lady doc with pain on my right side. Turns out now I have one of those blood cysts that some women can get during ovulation. Ugh! This sucker hurts. <BR> <BR> My stomach is better after nyastatin. However I seem to... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:28:04 EST Couple goals While my doc wants me to lose weight and I do too. I'm not sure where I want to end up yet. I do have two big goals right now though. <BR> <BR> I bought the cutest pair of size 16 denim trousers today. One Five One I think is the brand. I'm in 18W right now but I hope to fit into those one day. I paid like $15 for them. They were so cute. <BR> <BR> My wedding ring!! I got it resized to fit my 7.5 finger when I was 200. Instead of resizing again. I want to resize my finger to fit th... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:30:08 EST Day 4 On I'm not sure what I call version of low carb. It has definitely been tough. I'm trying but I'm not perfect. I've had no tea and no soda. Only water. I've had a little bit of pasta on Sunday. I cheated and had a few chips on Monday. I purchased some bread but I have not eaten any because I saw yeast on the ingredients and decided to freeze the bread til the end of the month. <BR> <BR> I've had more veggies. I've switched to the red potatoes which I like and my doc is ok with too. I had a little brown rice tonight. I've had a lo... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:33:52 EST Decided to post my looooooong overdue update Happy Sunday. <BR> <BR> I have not posted since September. Its been a whirlwind these last few months. I hope that I can explain it all without writing a book here. LOL. <BR> <BR> I was having abnormal cycles back in August and September. I missed the previous year's gyno visit and finally made an appointment. I was told it was likely a polyp. And yes it was but at the time they found what looked to be some kind of mass pressing my ovaries. I was told I would have to take a blood tes... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:12:58 EST September 2014 My Birthday Month Nothing new. Mommyhood. Joey stays sick often. Working on business. Struggling with bills. Fights with husband. No weight loss. Blah blah. <BR> <BR> I was really excited that my alma mater went up to the next level conference and our football team is headed to face GA Tech this week in Atlanta. I really wanted to go but we're broke so I'll be trying everything I can to keep my mind off of the game Saturday. <BR> <BR> Joey started school and in the three weeks he has been sick he's ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:29:25 EST July 2015 - Wild Toddler I think I like giving my monthly blog a theme that represents what I'm going through and Wild Toddler is it. I'm not too fond of this age I admit. He seems to be needy all day long and discipline does not seem to help all that much. He's only compliant when he wants to be it seems. He starts school next month so I hope things get a little better. He gets to socialize and I will finally get a little time back for myself which will be good for my sanity. <BR> <BR> Discipline seems to be... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:19:56 EST June 2014 - Attack of the Norovirus Well May has to be one of the worst months in my history books. My family and I were attacked by the Norovirus TWICE! That is cruel punishment. I can honestly say that luckily the second time around was a bit easier in the most important ways but worse than others. My son was sick on Sunday before Memorial Day, then my husband was sick the following day then, my stomach was upset all through the week and then I had the virus on Friday through Saturday night but I had Zofran. Yaaaay!! I ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 02:17:45 EST May 2014 - Some hard work is paying off!! My days for the last 2.5 years has been, just do what you can. Some days I feel fatigue, sometimes complacency. I'm home with my son who is a ball of energy. I try to keep a clean home. I try to manage my family's finances. I did this while dealing with IBS, low vitamin D, and somewhat depressed because I felt like I wasn't getting enough time to do something for myself. <BR> <BR> I'm slowly trying to get that back by pursuing my own passions. One thing I never would have thought I cou... Fri, 9 May 2014 00:59:44 EST April 2014 Update Since my last blog post, I've lost 10 lbs!!! <BR> <BR> Don't get too worked up though. LOL. I lost them in two days over the past weekend with this awful stomach virus! Ugh! I was planning to head to an estate sale which was my first major buy and online sale, well I haven't listed the items yet but I was full of excitement! <BR> <BR> Anyway, the night before Josh gets this awful virus! I get it the day of the sale! I haven't been that sick since February 2009. I am still recovering ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:27:14 EST Its March and no signs of Spring near... I heard on the news that our fountains have been changed to green for St Patty's and its still cold and miserable here along with everywhere else in the country. Well except for Vegas. That is where my husband has been working the last week while I'm held up with my kid at my parent's house. Its been pleasant but I miss my bed and my stuff and my house!! Joey acts up really bad here too when I'm with him. I can't get him to go to bed before 2AM!! Ugh! <BR> <BR> I have a twice a month jo... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 02:53:30 EST Operation Workout Bursts So I've been trying to figure out a way to exercise at home without a gym workout. It is hard to do something consistently long while I have Joey at home. He literally does everything I can to get me to stop moving or dancing. I could wait til he naps but his nap time is not always at the same time. He's a big sleep fighter. Sometimes my stomach is upset and exercise for a long period of time is difficult. too. <BR> <BR> So I'm going to try and do short daily bursts a few times a day. ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:45:22 EST Spring is coming 2014 I'm really happy to see Spring will be early in GA. Practically tomorrow at 80 degrees as the high in my area. Wish you could all come over and sit in the sun with me. I need it. I've been forgetting my vitamin D and I'm starting to feel tired in the middle of the day again. I've never been good at taking meds. <BR> <BR> My mom is a diabetic now. I can't remember if I mentioned this before and she is handling it ok. She takes meds and she is trying to adjust her diet. My sister is tr... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 01:48:58 EST Weight Lifting I finally pushed myself to my first day of weight lifting. I've done enough research I think to begin a routine that I am excited about. My muscles are weak and I have a long way to go. Eventually I want to really lift heavier. My muscles really need some help. LOL. <BR> <BR> I have to begin doing some more cardio but I would definitely want to make a habit of this first and then let cardio fall into place. <BR> <BR> <BR> Maybe one day I can do a pull up! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 03:45:37 EST Halfway through Intuitive Eating Well I'm finally at the part of the book that is giving me steps to becoming an Intuitive Eater. I'm on the first part <BR> <BR> Pause during your meal. <BR> <BR> This means take a second halfway through. Ask yourself if you are full or satiated. On a scale of 1-10, about a 6-7 is a good number. If you are still hungry, keep eating. If you are full, it is time to put the fork down. This first step can be a challenge for those who are used to cleaning their plate. I am not always a pl... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:29:55 EST I picked up this book and...... Its the first weekend of the new year. And I'm all about new beginnings. This year I want my goals to stick so I know to get there and not just stop or end or fail, I'm going to have to learn from what I've done in the past and try something different. <BR> <BR> So far, I have not been on a scale since 12/28 <BR> <BR> I've been researching my new approach to eating mindfully and I'm currently reading or listening to Intuitive Eating on audio. <BR> <BR> This book knows me. It knows my p... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 02:04:16 EST 5th Sparkyear! For the record, I'm getting ready to celebrate my 5th year with SP. I'm devoted to the page and I want to be devoted to myself. <BR> <BR> <em>408</em> <BR> Cheers! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 01:58:18 EST Back from my Christmas hiatus Didn't gain a pound! There is something about being at higher elevations. My in law grandparents have a two level house and I was winded on them regularly. They live in Salt Lake and the elevation is 5000 and I live below sea level in GA. I got there feeling ok but exhausted after a week. I slept for hours and hours yesterday. <BR> <BR> I ate great. 3 meals a day. Some snacks. I honestly wish they had more sweets but it was all free so I took what I could get. I had these amazing co... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 23:22:01 EST Its the Holidays and I'm over FAILING! Well my son turns two next month. In these two years I've put on 80 pounds mostly from lack of energy, some depression, mindless eating, etc. <BR> <BR> I've written all these blogs about staring over! This was going to be it! This was how I was going to do it! Oh no, I've blown it! I'm so over all of it, really. <BR> <BR> I'm in a good mood though, don't get me wrong. Things are ok. Money is still tight but I'm in control of things. I told my husband we were going to keep things in C... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 23:50:38 EST Picture Sharing and other ramblings I have a poll. <BR> <BR> How long would you drive to get to a gym? Or better how far are you willing to drive? <BR> <BR> Here is my dilemma. There are a couple gyms here. Only two have child watch. One is YMCA and there room is dingy!! I don't think they ever clean it. They had an outbreak of flu in there before anyone else I heard this year! Plus it would cost me about $39 per month I think. It is also not open 24/7 <BR> <BR> The other gym is dingy too. It is a 24/7 gym and is is ... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 01:20:48 EST Thanksgiving is around the corner... I was thinking of this last week as a restart. Delete all the previous blogs and begin again. My life is in a different place now. It is hard to go through the archives in Spark without it taking hours to do. I have about 80 pages of old blog. I'm sure I've written about the same subject matter in more than one. But it isn't like it clouds my storage or anything. Can someone meet a blog quota on this site? LOL. <BR> <BR> Then again, I don't want to take the time to delete them eith... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:31:57 EST Now its November??? 0_o I'm so tired. Its November and I can hardly believe it. Its actually my dad's birthday today. I called him earlier of course. Sent him a card and all that good stuff. <BR> <BR> I've had a busy last four weeks. Joey has been sick for almost all of it and I've been sick for half of it. This was my fourth virus this year. It was his fifth. I guess I know how the Vitamin D levels are. I've decided to order 5000 IU of D3 and begin taking as soon as it arrives. Maybe then, I'll see a d... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 01:38:25 EST Support always means alot Hey all <BR> <BR> I was just writing a follow up blog to say thanks always for support. There is alot going on but like all things, taking it one day at a time helps. Its hard to do that while financially planning your month out but I go through the day trying not to spend alot. We have a budget set up too and hopefully we can really work on keeping it strict. <BR> <BR> I did have pizza tonight. It was the first night in several days that I had not grabbed fast food I had a huge hea... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 02:13:24 EST I'm gonna make these last two months COUNT Unbelievably, I'm still what I was when I lost 9 lbs a couple months ago. I didn't gain any back, so I'm continuing on from there. I'm working on activly tracking my food cals. I'm thinking of setting a fitness time goal rather than a calorie goal. For me, I need to start off slow and work harder as it gets easier. I've got Leslie Sansone up, Zumba Youtube or other Youtube workouts. I'm also a big fan of kickboxing but I like all low impact. I'm not big on jumping or plyometrics. <BR... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:44:43 EST Update For October I'm here guys. Not blogging much. Not much to blog about. I have not lost since the 9. I got out of practice quickly. LOL. I'm trying to get my cals regulated though. I track on MFP alot but I still read blogs here, just to see how my favorite people are doing. <BR> <BR> I want to work on keeping a steady rate of about 1500-1700 calories per day. Today I had one glass of tea and I'm trying to just stop with the sweet tea. Love it but I think I consume about 800 cals of it per day.... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 23:38:00 EST Had a good Labor Day No weight gain! No loss but no gain and that's all I wanted considering my parents were down. <BR> <BR> I had a big meal tonight but I stopped eating for the night around 8:15pm I think so its just water the rest of the evening. <BR> <BR> I have not had the time to put down a well thought out blog about my feelings on my new choice of eating style but I definitely want to share more and plan to share more soon. I've been busy these last few days. <BR> <BR> I have a busy week ahead to b... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 21:39:22 EST September Goals My birthday month! <BR> <BR> I want to be at 267 by my birthday! Fingers crossed! This is not dependent upon my happiness. Its just a goal I'm shooting for. <BR> <BR> I want to be 265 by my husband's birthday. Its exactly 7 days later. Same rule applies above. <BR> <BR> I want to begin exercising at least 3 days per week this month for 30 mins. This may not begin until the first or second week though due to my bronchitis that I currently have. <BR> <BR> My hardest goal for the month... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 23:05:11 EST Down 7 pounds as of Monday Can't believe it! I've finally found something that I'm going to be able to accept, use and stick with on a long term basis. I've been applying the principals of my ideas. I'm doing more research based on scientific results and its working for me pretty well so far. <BR> <BR> Over the last 19 months I've gained weight by eating mindlessly. I don't consider myself to be a binge eater. I snack all day though on empty calories. <BR> <BR> I have tried and read so many different plans and i... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:53:39 EST Intolerance Issues again I think my milk intolerance is worse. There have been things I could tolerate that have upset my stomach all week. Butter and milk chocolate seem to be giving me issues. <BR> <BR> I began tracking last week and was enthusiastic. By the end of the first night, I felt like I was starving from cutting back and I seem to be having additional reactions as a result. I've had diarrhea all week. Its like my body rejects the idea of my eating less. <BR> <BR> I have not seen any weight loss eith... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:52:59 EST What's your go to healthy eat out meal? You know, sometimes you just don't want to cook or you can't cook or its Friday or something. Do you have a fall back meal when you go out of the house. Sometimes we' re unable to plan eating out but do you happen to have a fall back meal on the days you can plan eating out of the home. <BR> <BR> I need to gather a list myself. I really enjoyed Chick Fil A's Market Salad. It starts off at 180 cals but then when or if you add the nuts and granola its 360 cals. That's before dressing. I ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:45:30 EST My biggest complaint about tracking Is trying to build recipes. Ugh! This can take forever! Then when you're disappointed by the fat or calorie content, then you spend forever plus x amount of time trying to fill substitutions. I think I've been working at this for the last two hours today. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have shortcut ideas? Well, other than finding recipes that already exsist of course. LOL. <BR> <BR> Youtube is definitely becoming a useful tool for recipes and inspiration. There are alot of people who have ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 01:24:17 EST Starting new job but no childcare in hopes of saving for a new future Welllllllllll <BR> <BR> I wrote a blog a couple weeks ago about looking for a new job because I was READY to work, earn some money, help Josh and get Joey in childcare because he gets so bored and is fussy all day at home. Well, I have a new temp job doing sales with Staples from home. <BR> My daycare prospect flaked out on me which is probably well because my son did not like her anyway. <BR> <BR> I've decided to save my money up and I've decided to begin courses for my license in Real Es... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 01:12:43 EST Do you have a child with mild to moderate anxiety Hello Moms <BR> <BR> I was wondering if you have a child with mild to moderate anxiety. He's afraid of things we find silly such as the vacuum, our box or oscillating fans, toys that talk, sometimes cartoon characters on television and is terrified of strangers. The hard part about this is I planned on starting him at a small daycare. And he's terrified of the lady who's in charge. <BR> <BR> She's apparently very good and been doing it along time according to references but she watches 8... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:44:03 EST Summer 2013 I had an epiphany tonight. When I was 22, I was overweight, broke and depressed and basically at my heaviest. Now I am 32 and I am overweight, broke and depressed and at my heaviest. Geez! I thought I was supposed to learn from my mistakes after a decade. <BR> <BR> Turns out I'm repeating my mistakes which is very unfortunate. I hope you'll excuse my absence. I've been trolling all your blogs though. I read but don't comment. I'm a lazy troller too. <BR> <BR> Life's tough financiall... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 02:36:48 EST Joined Curves this week! I am finally getting back to replying to blog comments from a couple weeks ago. I've been so busy lately but I'm too grateful for the support and the terrific feedback! There are some very intelligent ladies on this site. Glad to see you all that are still here. <BR> <BR> I saw a Living Social deal for Curves in my area. $19 for a one month membership. It's a two minute drive and an eight minute walk. I figured why not. I need the activity. I need the me time and I neeeeeed to get ou... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 23:19:41 EST What's in a weight/number anyway?? So as I was noting from my last blog, and other previous ones, I've had a real hard time getting motivated. I decided to join a diet bet in order to get some extra motivation. I mean, I can't afford to lose money!! LOL! <BR> <BR> Honestly I don't know how fully I support diet bet in a healthy sense. It encourages you to lose 4% of your weight in 28 days. To me that's honestly a lot! And not an easy task on a realistic scale. Some months I was lucky to lose five pounds. I'm a lot heav... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 00:17:32 EST My friends list has whittled down Its sad but I think that less than 30 of my SP friends are still active. How many SP friends of yours are still active? I have some good friends that are still here with me and I talk to them regularly but it is a shame to see that some of the sparkers that motivated me to lose 3 years ago with their successes have left their pages. Maybe SP should link to FB....LOL. I'm sure most of us are all active on FB. Well I am anyway. <BR> <BR> Well my only goal for this month is to win my Diet ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 22:52:07 EST Having to say good-bye This memorial day weekend is hard enough for the military, in memoriam of their lost brothers and sisters in combat or from outside related events. My husband lost a couple of friends since his time in service. For others its a time to rest, recover, spend time with family and grill out. <BR> <BR> I'm all for both. Rest time is needed, especially when its with loved ones. <BR> <BR> This weekend has been an especially sad one for me and others in my community. You may not remember but I ... Sat, 25 May 2013 23:14:44 EST A big change in my life... So those of you who have been following my blog probably remember me posting about my issues with excessive fatigue. I have been sleepy fatigued for the last year and a half. When I was pregnagnt, I slept all day, usually til 2. I think the rest was good for the baby. Well after the baby was born. I was tired all the time. I would sleep 12 or 13 hours, I would get up and I would still want to go back to bed and back to sleep. I went to the doctor back in September and they told me that... Sun, 19 May 2013 23:43:30 EST My mother's day weekend Twas a good one. LOL! I got mad at my husband because he wasn't going to get me anything. So I told him don't look for anything for Father's Day. When I got out of the shower I got a Groupon. LOL! I got what I wanted which was to take Paddleboarding lessons with him. Yay for me! It's fun and physical and not food. I love where I live. Its beautiful and warm here and there's so much to do as far as outdoor activity. I really would like to do more outdoors. Its just hard to get out ... Sun, 12 May 2013 19:02:22 EST April's Gone and On to May Wow! I can't believe we're in the fifth month of the year. Oh my! Things have been better. Well we're still struggling financially and I'm at my highest weight ever but I'm working on my attitude about it all. I have found that it takes practice to be thankful and appreciate life more. Especially when I've been reading about Silas, the little boy from my hometown with terminal cancer. Its been quite miraculous how wonderful the community has been for him, coming together. The doctor s... Wed, 1 May 2013 01:31:30 EST A blog for all parents This has been a bad week for a lot of people. I feel for the parents who lost their sweet 8 year old boy in Boston. He seemed so sweet and wanted good things out of life. To have it taken this way is almost too unbearable to think about. I hope that in their loss, his message of wanting peace for others will resonate. <BR> <BR> I have been hearing more sad reports about TX as well. <BR> <BR> In my neck of the woods. I have joined a FB page that has been put together in honor of a four y... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 22:56:51 EST Needing to work on other areas of myself Hello all <BR> <BR> After twenty days of keeping track the only thing that I've concluded is that I'm wasting my time writing. I've lost no weight and its because I've made no dietary changes that have stuck. I stress eat alot because I get depressed from having no money and being stuck at home all day and my son fusses alot because he is bored. <BR> <BR> What I'd love to do is have him back in day care and I'd love to find work but I've blown all the cool jobs I had a few weeks ago. I'm... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 01:13:44 EST Day 18 - A kinda gross question.... <BR> <BR> Well I just have one question for tonight. I really have problems with a few veggies more so than any other food and I'll explain why. I burp them. <BR> <BR> There are alot of veggies and a couple fruits that I will burp for hours. Bel Peppers, Kale, Bananas and Cauliflower. The burps taste so bad that I have an aversion to them. <BR> <BR> My question is there anyone else out there with this problem? Sorry to be gross. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 01:26:14 EST Day 17 Have you ever put too much EVOO into your food and it upset your stomach all day long??? <BR> <BR> Is it just me this happens to? <BR> <BR> We had a tasty filet tonight with mashed califlower for dinner. <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 00:56:54 EST Day 16 I had a very cool find today. At Publix, I was surprised to see how much the frozen food market has expanded. I found some great preservative free and healthy meals. I read the ingredients. Yep! No preservatives <BR> <BR> Very excited here! Can't wait to try them and I'll keep you posted. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 01:43:50 EST Day 15 Dentist check today. While my hygenist was proud of me they found an eleventh hole in my mouth between the teeth. Crap! I hate that. I was hoping that it would be a good check-up and it was but I'm just concerned with all the holes that form. I know its sugar in my diet and again. Vitamin D. Today was better though. I definitely consumed less sugar and I'm making my way down to none. I should probably just cold turkey it but different strokes for different folks you know. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:29:54 EST Day 12, 13, and 14 I didn't write daily but I was keeping track of my days. I took the time with my husband and son. We slept alot. I've found that I'm extremely tired again. On Saturday I went to bed at 3am and stayed in bed until 5pm on Saturday. Its sad. I'm just tired. I know it is sleep cycle being off and i'm convinced I'm not getting anywhere with the Vitamin D levels. I'm considering a few things. <BR> <BR> Perhaps an elimination diet. Maybe leaky gut is preventing me from gettting nutrients.... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 01:15:49 EST Day Eleven Not too much going on today. Joey is still getting progressively better thankfully although his diaper rash sucks from his anti-biotic. I have him on a probiotic but its not really doing anything to regulate his bowels yet. Its a fight to change all these nasty diapers. I know it hurts. He fights me tooth and nail. I've practically got him hanging upside down to hold on to him. <BR> <BR> Only a few days left of anti-biotic thankfully! <BR> <BR> I think eating has been good. I chose a... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 02:31:17 EST Day 10 Joey is still on the mend, except the awful crazy poo poos and the diaper rash. I've reduced his medication to the anti-biotic through Sunday, and I've planned to add culturelle to his bottle once per day. <BR> <BR> I made the best gluten free muffins ever. This is the first time that I've baked with banana and I wonder what took me so long??? Banana has such a buttery flavor and I love butter!! <BR> <BR> I used coconut flour for the flour and splenda brown sugar for the brown sugar. He... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:34:06 EST Day Nine Well I'm happy to say that Joey is getting better at breathing through his nose. Yay!!! However, I woke with a swollen eye this morning. Bummer! I've never had this before although the allergy drops are working but I still feel like there is something in there. Darn! <BR> <BR> Today I took my son out for a walk. I figured we could use some outdoor time. I think I did about 30 minutes so I'm happy with that. <BR> <BR> I juiced some veggies this evening with dinner. They are much easi... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 01:37:19 EST