NIELSENSLADY's SparkPeople Blog NIELSENSLADY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New Fitness Class! My lil Joey update! I found some money! Landed 2 new jobs! When I came into 2016, I'd hoped to finally have a break in my mommy Joey routine. We've spent the last few years at home. He had part-time pre-school but I dropped him from the program once he wasn't being moved forward due to not potty training. I just wanted things to finally be different. My age keeps popping up in my head as if I'm seriously feeling like I'm missing out on living. Being a stay at home parent can weigh on you psychologically. <BR> <BR> I went to a school fair this... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:16:26 EST Dang y'all 7 years on Sparkpeople! I just realized I celebrated 7 years on Sparkpeople! I would have never thought that joining this website while I was supposed to be working in the office would have turned into a place I still come back to 7 years later. <BR> <BR> I am proud of my dedication to the site. However, I'm not sure I'm better off when I reflect back on 7 years ago. <BR> <BR> I probably weighed about 230. I weigh 256 right now. <BR> <BR> I had a job as a grad assistant. I have no job now. LOL. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:09:28 EST Les Mills on Demand I don't know if there are any fans out there of the Les Mills workout series. I love their Pump workouts and I've always wanted to try out Combat. Well now they've got workouts on demand for $12 a month which I think is so cool. I think there is a free 10 day trail too. <BR> <BR> Still waiting on my gallbladder results. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of taking a job and dropping my son off a couple days a week with someone who keeps children locally. I can't get him to preschool because he isn'... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 22:54:31 EST The Science of Weight Loss Convo I was excited to see I had dropped 6 pounds in a day since Sunday on the scale. However I didn't like how I did it. My son and I had the most horrible disgusting virus. We were both miserable. My husband had to take off from work to take care of us. And thank goodness for zofran. I spent all day in bed. At first, I thought I was going to have to go to the ER at 3AM because I was physically unable to drink water to keep up with the amount of water that I was losing in diarrhea. I belche... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:14:22 EST Happy New Year 2016! This end of the year I decided to stay in. The reason being because after two months of eating and being nauseated and the diarrhea, I'm actually burned out on food. LOL. I can't believe I'm saying that but yes, I can't do it. I quit. <BR> <BR> I spent a good bit of my holiday, nauseated with no appetite. I ate stuff but I could not enjoy it a whole lot. I never felt hungry, really the entire two weeks. <BR> <BR> I'm back on medication for a few more days but it didn't help much. My ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 22:09:17 EST Getting through the Holidays! Well November is gone again! It was fun but it was a stressful month. I can no longer pay for my 4 year old's preschool. So he's home with me. He was only going 2 times per week and was part of a 2 year old group. He'll be 4 in January. The reason he was in that class is because of his blatant refusal to use the potty. I've told him though that after he turns 4 he's losing his Ipad privileges until he uses the potty. I haven't let it stress me too much but its coming time to qualify f... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 17:08:50 EST Depressed Well, the last two falls I can't seem to run away from health problems. Its making me very sad and just depressed. <BR> <BR> Last year, I was dealing with a uterine polyp and a para-ovarian cysts. I had two surgeries. I also experienced diarrhea for two months. Everyday, after every meal and several times a day. I took pro-biotics. I went to one doctor who did nothing. Then, I went to another doctor who diagnosed me with yeast. He gave me medication and I got better. Later in the year... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:40:53 EST Approaching week 4 of my journey I am doing my very best to stay focused! Halloween was tough. I did my best to track my food for all of October. <BR> <BR> My weight loss for the month of October from my lowest weight is 11.6 pounds. I gained 1.4 pounds from yesterday but I'm looking to refocus and set new goals. <BR> <BR> From my lowest, I am a little over 5 pounds away from my lowest weight last year which was 259. This is my next mini goal. <BR> <BR> My second mini goal by Thanksgiving is 255. <BR> <BR> My large ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 20:41:12 EST Some good news! Bye 270's My tummy troubles have inspired me to work on my weight again. Not getting any younger. My eating plan combined with 30 minutes of activity everyday have helped me drop 6 pounds in my first week! Bye 270's! I hope we NEVER see each other again. LOL. <BR> <BR> By the way, its actually chilly here in GA. <BR> <BR> Tonight my son celebrates his first Trunk or Treat of the year. If he can keep from getting sick, he's gonna be busy with events up til the 31st. My goal is to stay out of hi... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:10:54 EST October 2015 Blog Can't go a month without at least one blog. How's everybody?? <BR> <BR> I had a birthday. I'm 35 now and my husband had a birthday. I had another stomach flare up which required medication. I'm still on it for a few more days. I'm trying to eat less. I can't necessarily eat super healthy because my ibs actually gives me issues with lots of high fiber foods. I have very quick motility. Ugh! But I am cutting back on my fried foods and trying to cut back on sugar intake. I'm down abou... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 23:08:41 EST Layba Day Weekend!!! I realized I didn't post since last week so here's some new stuff. <BR> <BR> I got Joey some awesome clothes for next ta nothing! Loved it! I had to listen to my sister go off on this guy she's been seeing for five years. Its such a waste of her time and I HATE hearing about it. And of course she goes right back to his house the next day. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I'm down 3 pounds since last week. I've logged food almost everyday. I didn't batch cook on Monday. I have a hard time w... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 01:34:20 EST Day Four of my awareness week I don't know what to call it. I'm just trying to pay attention this week. <BR> <BR> Today was pretty good. I finished eating after 8. This is to ensure I can get some sleep tonight. Eating food can result in some violent night time issues for me. Most importantly, I can't sleep. I was up til 4AM yesterday with bloat and gas. So right now I'm ok. My stomach is grumbly but I don't feel bloated at the moment. I hope this isn't a pre-show to more gas. I have this happen at times too. ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:10:41 EST Day 3 of my week long protein adjustment plan Day 3 <BR> <BR> I am starting to dislike fish! LOL. The longer you have it stored, the fishier it gets. I was trying to prevent cooking everyday but I like my food better fresh but I hate to cook. <BR> <BR> Today I went out and got takeout chicken for lunch. Probably more sodium but 39 grams at lunch. I'll just track via MFP. <BR> <BR> So this time last year I was the same weight. I'm great at maintaining 280 LOL! That is what I weigh as of yesterday. It was around 279.4 I think.... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:50:32 EST Day Two Yesterday did not go so good. <BR> <BR> Not because of out of control eating but because of the dang diarrhea. All day and felt sick going to sleep. <BR> <BR> Today is better though. Had a delicious breakfast and some fish and I feel ok so far. I also ate a nut bar from Nature Made which was good too. <BR> <BR> So far I like that I can eat food and not feel hungry. I still find myself wanting a few chips so I'll probably need to get them out of the house. <BR> <BR> I felt bad about ho... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:39:01 EST Day One Numbers <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I forgot to adjust my calories. I actually am happy with these numbers. <BR> <BR> I tried the zoats. I got a little bloated. I am not sure if I'm going to be able to have a good protein source other than meat. There doesn't seem to be anything that I can tolerate so far. I still have to try my pure pea protein. I might consider pure rice protein. There was one drink that I had at V... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:44:14 EST Alright! I'm caving... I went out. I spent about $55 on groceries. And I've put together a sort of menu for the week and I'm prepping some food ahead of time. You're right! Planning is easier. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> So anyway, here's my menu at least through Thursday. <BR> <BR> Breakfast will be <BR> <BR> Zoats and egg whites <BR> Tilapia and Jasmine Rice <BR> Steak Tips and Red Potatoes with some steamed veggie <BR> Chicken breast with terryaki and sweet potato and zucchini <BR> <BR> Zoats a... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 22:17:52 EST Completed my first KettleBell Workout So I got in about 90 swings today. It was so fluid. I don't even feel like I'm working out until I get to 40 and then my legs start to feel a little jelly like. I used a lighter dumbbell to help me get through some sets so I was using 25 for about half and 15 for half. I don't really hurt too much but I'm sure I notice in the morning. I did some stretches and called it a day. I don't even feel anything in my arms. I actually did some shoulder work afterward. <BR> <BR> I'll be on Tracy... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:28:43 EST Found me a mentor! I spend so much time at home I often find myself doing research. I had a Beachbody program called Pump. I got it last Christmas for $45. Well I decided I wanted to find something else to do and put it up for sale on eBay and it sold for $250. Apparently it was discontinued which is why it sold for so much. <BR> <BR> But anyway I wanted to find something that I could do that was more effective in less time. I figured I could devote about 30 minutes a day to something. I follow a lady ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 01:08:19 EST Oh my goodness! I could honestly delete my blogs and just start over.. Here is my update. <BR> <BR> Nothing worthwhile to write about but I figured I would get it out via blog anyway. I've been stressed a lot. I am struggling with dealing with my toddler's chatteriness! Bah! Is there a diagnosis for that???????? He talks all day long! I've been occupied with trying to do work for this MLM company. I don't recruit though. I just sell product because I hate recruiting. I've made about $600 over two months which is ok I guess. Its my only option as a sta... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 01:39:51 EST Healthy Habits Week One Day One So I'm not getting any thinner yet, LOL! My eating is not great. I honestly don't think its horrible compared to some but the scale says I've put on about 7 pounds in the last couple months so its not good either. <BR> <BR> I've read repeatedly by the women I admire most that the best way to see results is to chuck the scale for one to two weeks at a time and only use it as tool in healthy habit tracking. Even if our goal is to see it go down, it is only part of several outcomes we need t... Wed, 27 May 2015 00:40:44 EST Back to the Grind Finally back to GA after a week in Salt Lake. Josh lose his Grandma at the end of April. Her husband Grandpa Joe planned her service for the 16th and he flew us all and put us up in a hotel and fed the congregation. It was a crazy week. The elevation gave me and Josh awful gas. I was up every night belching. It's about a mile above sea level. I swear I'll never get used to it. I always seem to experience trouble everytime I visit which is why I'm terrified of going to Park City and tr... Tue, 19 May 2015 02:29:45 EST It's Spring, and we're organizing..... I figured I've been away long enough. We are all trying to get organized to better ourselves. <BR> <BR> Believe it or not, Josh' Grandma is still with us! We have been calling once a week to talk to his Grandparents. We know our time with her is limited and we just enjoy being able to talk to her when she has the strength. Hospice checks on her three times a week. Her husband who is wonderful bought her a new television for her room. He prepares her meals and does everything around the... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:41:39 EST I'm sad I have been busy here and there. I don't have much to say right now except we just found out this past week that my husband's grandmother has only a few weeks left on this earth. <BR> <BR> I've lost people in my life but this one is by far the most painful. I lost my own grandmother almost three years ago but it was kind of expected. Josh's grandmother is in her 70's but was a very active woman and did for EVERYBODY including her husband. When I think about what he's going through righ... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:07:09 EST Well I'm excited!!! I wrote down my last blog in a matter of minutes. It was a matter of fact, aha moment of clarity and I wrote it down as a reminder of how important my tracking is. It will contribute to my health and my weight loss. <BR> <BR> I've been off a few days. Just doing day to day stuff and I noticed a few trophies and goodies. I thought cool! I've made a couple friends. I was just checking my emails when I saw I was getting a new comment. I click in and I saw 115! Wow! My lil ol thoughts... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:55:10 EST Three days in and I want to be lazy I started tracking again on Wednesday on my phone. When I do it is helpful. I know this!!! I have a need for food like a smoker has a need for cigarettes and so I know I must track in order to maintain some kind of control or I guess parameters for myself. <BR> <BR> However its Sunday and I'm ready to just say........ahhh I can just try to eat better I don't have to track blah blah. <BR> <BR> I think honestly I don't want to track because I want to eat more than the food I'm only allow... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 19:57:00 EST I saw the 250's again!! It was for like one day and I am up again from some weekend indulgence! LOL! I am determined to keep my indulgences better controlled and will work on remaining consistently better/healthier on Sunday and through the week!! <BR> <BR> I know I'm capable of getting to the 250s and I am so ready to be done with the 260's for good!! Yes for good this time! <BR> <BR> On the upside. Josh's grandma is doing ok right now. She's responding well to the anti-nausea again enough to eat a little fo... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 00:11:35 EST Not how I wanted to start 2015.... My husband and I need prayers along with an important member of our family. My husband's grandmother has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer as of Monday. She'd been having symptoms over the last few months and had no idea it was ovarian related. She'd been dealing with severe indigestion and difficulty eating and and over Christmas, had fluid build up in her lung. We thought she at first had a bacterial infection but it turned out to be a tumor that had grown so large it was affecting her... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 23:15:21 EST 21 Day Experiment Today I went to the dollar store to get some measuring cups. I've decided I want to try a free version of the 21 Day Fix program from Beachbody. I would get the program but it is expensive and we are broke. But I found enough information on Pinterest to replicate the program. Its basically a laid out clean eating plan that already has the calories and your proper portions laid out for you. Its restrictive in the fact that you eat what is allowed on the layout and then you are done but at... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 23:04:06 EST Today is share something cute day! Not really a national holiday. In fact I just made it up but I wanted to share a pic of my lil precious sweetie pie! I haven't posted a pic of him in forever!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry it is sideways. Stupid iphone. Pfft. <BR> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:41:06 EST Two Grand and Other Social Media I have not done too well tracking my calories on SP or Myfitnesspal. I still have both accts open but I find that when I track I often leave little nibbles out or sauce or sips. <BR> <BR> I found a new account that I've begun tracking on. It is called Two Grand. Its free and you track by taking pics of your food. What I love about it is because it gives me ideas and its another great social platform and you can also share your pics with Twitter, Instagram and Facebook if you like. <BR>... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:38:58 EST Here's a Simple Tough Bodyweight Workout I saw this while I was researching bodyweight workout that I could pull off if outside with Joey. This was told by a Crossfit Trainer. <BR> <BR> 15 Pushups <BR> 15 Situps <BR> 15 Squats <BR> <BR> Go as hard as you can for 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> This is completely modifiable and you can build up. For me, I might be doing good at five minutes and work my way up. Just thought I'd share. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:40:19 EST I'm over this week.... Joey has been sick. I'm tired. I don't like taking pics of myself. I don't like cleaning and cooking and I am sick of struggling to pay bills which I have not even seen my medical bills yet. <BR> <BR> I don't want to complain without a solution. But I have some current projects going on to hopefully alleviate above problems. <BR> <BR> Carry on.... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:36:22 EST I missed my 6 year... :( Aww man! I missed my six year Sparkversary! Now I have to wait a whole nother year to celebrate. LOL. <BR> <BR> Speaking of missing...I have friends who have not updated their status in over 1000 days! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> This is still a good place to post, vent, etc. But some people have moved on I guess to other things. I still remain because I have not achieved all my trophies yet. Once I do, then I can leave. LOL! Just kidding. <BR> <BR> This week has been rough. I guess ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:57:35 EST This modern mom... Is ready to hire help. I feel bad on one hand that I can't do it all. But its just so much and its like I'm constantly falling behind on my list. <BR> <BR> 1. I have a growing business <BR> 2. I have a two year old at home and he also has preschool three times a week <BR> 3. I am responsible for all bills and finances including twenty medical bills in the kitchen right now. <BR> 4. I have to deal with all our house chores most regularly. My husband usually helps one day a week. I never h... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 21:33:15 EST One heckuva year but still hopeful.... I hope everyone has been great these last few months. I've been out mostly. I've been depressed. I was having all these health issues and they were freaking me out! Its so much deeper than a few problems though. I've had anxiety for years. Its so hard to get out of my own head. And even though I'm a functioning member of society. On the inside, I'm ALWAYS filled with worry or doubt. That's the only life I've known though. I've grown up being criticized by peers, family. I didn't gr... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 19:49:08 EST 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