NURSEMOMTOTHREE's SparkPeople Blog NURSEMOMTOTHREE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Nutrients - Who’s on first, What’s on second, I don’t know’s on third Macro nutrients... I’ve heard a lot about them. Are there also micro nutrients? I’m not sure. The only thing I’m sure of is that I’m not paying any attention to them. <BR> <BR> In college, my most hated class was nutrition. Thank the good Lord that it was only one semester. My instructor’s name was Kitty - that was her given first name. And she had a doctorate....probably in nutrition. And that’s all I remember. <BR> <BR> My first time on SparkPeople, I was only concerned with calor... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 08:40:04 EST What a Schedule! (random thoughts about stuff) I have spent the afternoon writing out a schedule. Sort of a daily time map for myself so that important things get done. I've been mulling this over in my head a while and today wanted to get it onto paper. While doing this, I had some random thoughts about use of time in regards to working and keeping house and being healthy. <BR> <BR> In no particular order, here they are. <BR> <BR> It takes consistency to make a habit. 21, 28, 66 days...take your pick. The only thing literature ag... Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:15:44 EST Can daily streaks be bad for you??? I just wanted to take a second and talk about daily streaks. <BR> My life is busy. Period. My work schedule is different from your typical 9-5 job. Every day I work, I am away from the house for a minimum of 13.5 hours and that is if I get out of time...which usually doesn't happen. Then add in the fact that I work night shift, so most of my waking hours on my days off involve me in a slight sleep deprived stupor. I spend my days off catching up on things (housework, errands, special proje... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 11:24:03 EST The Blog That Never Comes Many times throughout my day I'll have a "revelation" about my spark journey and think to myself...I should blog about that...and then I never do. Because time is in short supply and life has to be lived. <BR> <BR> Oh, I remember my revelation and usually jot it down "shorthand" style in my notebook. But I don't put the extra thought and examination into it that it deserves. <BR> <BR> Does this happen to anyone else? Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:29:57 EST The Spark: My Purpose and Goals I've been reading "The Spark" book and wanted to blog about my purpose, goals, etc. <BR> <BR> I could have a different experience than most people starting out with this book. I've been on this site for 8 years. I've already used the tools, changed my lifestyle and reached my goal weight. However, I let life get in the way and stopped "Sparking". So all the weight came back and more. I decided to dust off that book I bought years ago and never read. <BR> <BR> One thing I've discovered,... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:16:25 EST New exercise routine Well, after my last swimming experience, I was hoarse for 5 days. That's the same length of time I was hoarse after the original throat surgery. I will give it another month or two before I go back into that chlorine filled room at the gym. <BR> <BR> Possibilities for return to the pool: <BR> 1) just sit on the bench for 15 minutes and see if breathing the air does any damage <BR> 2) water walking for 15-30 minutes <BR> 3) water aerobics class (an entire hour) <BR> <BR> My problem is I d... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:39:19 EST The verdict on swimming is still out Well, I had a great time in the pool yesterday swimming my laps. But 6 hours later I became hoarse and developed a sore throat. I had these symptoms for about 5 days after the surgery on my vocal cord/trachea , but have not had any problems for 3 weeks. I didn't even have problems yesterday until 6 hours after I got home from the pool. My DH thinks the chlorine irritated the surgery site, or it could be the force and speed of breathing in the pool, or a combination of both. I just know th... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:11:43 EST Update on my life, surgery, and swimming The main thing going on in my life these days is that my husband lost his job. Actually, his plant is about 40 people lost their jobs. Our second daughter will be a senior in high school, so we've decided that I will remain in Jackson, TN until she graduates next May. DH has a consulting position with his current company that will take him through the end of the year/Jan 2015. After that we'll decide if he looks for work with another company so we can stay here, or stay with t... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 17:21:53 EST Deja Vu or decide <BR> Deja Vu means the illusion of having previously experienced something that you are actually encountering for the first time. <BR> <BR> What's the word for feeling like you've done something before, then realizing you have? Oh yeah, INSANITY..... Doing the same thing over again and expecting different results. <BR> <BR> I restarted my SparkPeople Stress Busting Challenge today. I wrote in a journal about the things that stress me and possible ways I could deal with them. Then I dec... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:22:04 EST Perfect.... is never going to happen I could have titled this "Perfect AIN'T gonna happen". I often use the word ain't when I'm making emphasis. When the topic of discussion is beyond the realm of ever happening (at least in my little world). <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was thinking this morning about what I want, and realized I wanted things to be perfect. Perfect, whatever I imagined that to be...goal weight, strong body, healthy diet, clean house, stress free day at work. And I want everything perfect at the same time. But, it's ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:28:10 EST 6 years on Spark I was looking around on my Sparkpage and realized something. <BR> <BR> In June, I will have been on Sparkpeople for 6 years........and I weigh more now than when I started. I at one point was below my goal weight, but stopped doing everything I knew and gained it all back and more. <BR> <BR> Life happens, and sometimes it stinks. I can start new, I've started before, but can't find the same momentum that I had before. <BR> <BR> Here is my plan. <BR> 1) Go through fridge, stock with he... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:04:40 EST Stress Busting Challenge Team I just joined Sparkpeople's official Stress Busting Challenge. <BR> <BR> One of the things they suggest is to blog about what stresses you. I could go on and on. <BR> <BR> 1) Work - First let me say that I won't be blogging here about work. I am a nurse in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With the internet available, it would be my luck to blog about something going on and someone, somewhere would read, recognize and report it. Therefore, I'd lose my job ( or at least get a wri... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 09:33:47 EST No longer full time Well, my orientation period at my new job is officially over. Today, I am scheduled to work but due to low census was placed "on call". That means at any given time between the hours of 7am and 7pm, work can call me and I'm required to be there in 45 minutes. It's a 30 minute drive, so that leaves 15 minutes to take care of necessities before leaving. I decided that I must work out, and could do that. If work called, I'd stop what I was doing, take a quick shower and be on the road in 1... Mon, 10 May 2010 12:03:55 EST Ho Hum I'm feeling very blah lately. Not just lately, but for a long time. I've thought a lot about how I would write a blog post, or what I would say. I've just not had a desire to do it. I've not had a desire to be healthy, I've got no motivation..... <BR> <BR> That's not true. I do have motivation. I'll be taking a camping trip this June to several state parks and I want to be in good shape to hike ( that means losing some pounds and strengthening those muscles). Also, my new job has an aw... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 14:40:59 EST The start of a new year! I've done something that I don't think I have EVER done before. I rang in the new year with a stomach virus. I'm absolutely certain that I'm starting 2010 with a weight loss! LOL. Not the kind of weight loss I would enjoy with all the wonderful food sitting around me and I toast at midnight with a glass of Gatorade. I only made it to midnight because I napped from 8:30-10:00pm. <BR> <BR> I have high hopes for 2010. I want to get back on track with my health, get my home organized, and... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 09:43:27 EST First exercise in a long time Well, since I can hardly find time to exercise, it would make sense that I can hardly find time to blog about it either. <BR> <BR> This past Sunday, my family and I ventured out to a new park we found. It has an 11 mile paved trail. We rode bikes, and it was a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eas/lh-flatwoods.html </link> <BR> <BR> I hope that I can continue to exercise. Right now I'm forcing myself....I hope to enjoy it soon. <BR> <BR> ETA: If... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 07:15:16 EST October: New Month, New Attitude October is here, and time is passing me by whether I lose weight or not. <BR> <BR> I think I've got a new attitude. For the past 2 days I've had 8 glasses of water. and it wasn't a big deal to drink it. So, is this a new attitude? I need to BELIEVE it is. It's the old, "fake it 'til you make it" philosophy. I don't know how long it will last, I don't know how close it will get me to my goal. But I've got to believe something in my mindset has changed and build on it every day. Thu, 1 Oct 2009 07:21:17 EST I'm just not into it. I'm really gonna have to think long and hard about why I'm not into the healthy lifestyle anymore. I lifted weights this morning...for 12 minutes. and I. was. done. <BR> <BR> I just didn't want to continue. Where has my desire gone? My motivation? I can't find them. <BR> <BR> tips anyone? Thu, 24 Sep 2009 10:27:15 EST After the fact doesn't help...I'm a paper person anyway I used to just LOVE to input my daily food into the SP tracker, but it's not working for me anymore. It was fun entering data and seeing the numbers pop up. But it's not helpful if it doesn't stop me from eating the bad stuff in the first place. <BR> <BR> I just had an experience where I got emotional over something and I grabbed a bag of cookies and started eating: no nutritional value, no portion control, possible stomach ache coming my way. And most of all, the situation that made me g... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 13:30:40 EST Tampa: The new vacation destination Our second set of house guests left for the airport this morning. And we've only lived in this home for 2 months. I was told by different people that when I move to Florida we'll have lots of people visiting. So far, we're not proving them wrong. <BR> <BR> I've realized many things happen when we have guests staying in our home. <BR> <BR> 1) I throw all routine out the window - bedtime, wake up time, laundry, dishes, cooking <BR> <BR> 2) My healthy lifestyle takes a big back seat - I ... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 13:57:07 EST update Well, I thought I was back in the game, but apparently I'm not. <BR> <BR> I had several days where I drank all my water and ate all the right foods. I was feeling really good about things. Then something happened. I think it's called life. In a perfect world where I was maintaining my weight, these life events wouldn't have mattered much. But, when I'm trying to lose weight, every little thing that distracts me is affecting my ability to drop pounds. <BR> <BR> I remember several year... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 07:56:36 EST Totally Frustrated and emotionally spent Bear with me through this blog. Earlier today, when I was angry and frustrated, I had every word of this blog in my head. As I drove home and the anger turned into a full blown temper tantrum involving screaming and sobbing...I was left emotionally spent and the words sort of left me. Or the words didn't seem important any more, or my desire to blog went away and my desire to sleep took over. (haven't had a nap yet) <BR> <BR> Let me explain. <BR> <BR> Today I had my second and last visit... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 14:03:19 EST Tour de Seven Oaks I just got back from an awesome bicycle ride. It went around our sub division called "Seven Oaks". It started out as a ride to the elementary school just to see how long it would take (10 minutes was the result, we live to close to ride the bus, so we're considering riding bikes to school). When we realized it was only 10 minutes, we decided to hop on the path that goes along the outside of the development. By the time we made it all the way around and back to our house it was 50 minute... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 21:13:57 EST Plan the the plan I believe there is a saying like this. I don't know who originated it, but I like it. It says a lot. <BR> <BR> When you really examine things, nothing can be accomplished without a little planning. If left to "it will happen on it's own" it usually doesn't. Having good intentions doesn't get the job done unless you plan out how to execute those good intentions. <BR> <BR> My daughter has to plan her course work over the next 4 years to make sure she'll meet the high school grad. requirem... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 09:15:28 EST To have RA or not...that is the question. I've lived in Florida for 2 weeks and have had 4 medical visits, 1 abdominal ultrasound and 1 mammogram. I went yesterday to my primary NP to get results and walked out more confused than ever. <BR> <BR> First, no one can tell why my liver enzymes were elevated (and they still are). This is so frustrating when your body doesn't respond the way it should. <BR> <BR> Secondly, my thyroid levels were a little off. They weren't out of the normal range, but not lined up with each other like th... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 07:45:28 EST My Dearest Chocolate (a dear John letter) My Dearest Chocolate, <BR> <BR> We've known each other forever, but it's time to say good bye. What you did to me last night was unbearable. Don't try to blame it on my other friends (healthy food). It was you, and I know it. To awaken me at midnight with such horrible heartburn was unforgivable. It hurt really bad, and I had to take medicine. I know that it's time to go our separate ways. We've grown apart. You used to love me, but now you hurt me. Go find some other unsuspecting... Sat, 9 May 2009 09:48:39 EST Light at the end of the tunnel (we have a contract on the house) It's been 8 1/2 long months since DH took off to Florida. Sometimes it seems like years, sometimes weeks. We have a contract on the house and made an offer on one in FL. I have tons of things to do, but am trying to eat healthy. This week was filled with doctors appts. for me and the kids (total 4) AND dentist appts. for me and the kids (total 4). Add to that scheduling things to be done for inspection repairs. Busy, busy busy. <BR> <BR> Great news to share about my liver enzymes. the... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 18:23:35 EST The end of methotrexate for me. I don't have the exact numbers, (believe me, I'll get them) but I was informed today by my doctor that the liver enzymes are still stop the MTX. That is the only RA drug I am on, so I hope the pain doesn't get too bad. <BR> <BR> I leave on Friday for Florida, stay for 10 days, have blood work drawn again on the 11th day, and have an appointment with the doctor on the 12th day. <BR> <BR> I was on Doxycycline (for Rosacea) which was stopped on March 16th. Hopefully the l... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 14:50:34 EST Slipped through my fingers. 14 months ago I was at my goal weight, below my goal weight actually. I worked hard to get there. I exercised most every day, ate healthy , drank my water and got enough sleep. I made my health a priority. <BR> <BR> You know the rest of the story. It's happened to many people. I allowed life to get in the way, went back to my old lifestyle and gained the weight back. I did it again just a few weeks ago. I had lost 2 pounds and then started eating Easter candy, so I gained it back. ... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 16:39:49 EST How am I stressed? Let me count the ways. 1) We're technically in contract negotiations on the house - it was a lowball offer, and I hate the waiting for news. <BR> <BR> 2) Our dog has done three unprovoked bites ( to our children) in 3 months - so I'm waiting on the vet to call me back and discuss options. <BR> <BR> 3) My liver enzymes were not any better when we checked last week - as a matter of fact, they were worse. More changes of my meds and not knowing how things will turn out . <BR> <BR> 4) My dermatologist stopped m... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 18:12:12 EST Are Wii Fit yet? Get it? Are Wii Fit yet, is really Are We Fit yet? okay, so it's only funny if you've got a stomach ache like me. <BR> <BR> I felt okay this morning, but had some digestive issues that followed me through out the day. <BR> I was already dressed to work out, so I did the Wii Fit. It's only my second time on the thing, and it's fun. However, I don't know that I'll shed massive pounds with it. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else use it? Got any great ideas for calorie burners other than the g... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 17:29:43 EST Need....Water <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I need to start drinking my water. I just need to. Think Nike, Rebecca....Just Do It. <BR> <BR> I've never been a big liquid person. I'd open a 12 ounce can of diet coke and drink 3 ounces of it. And that would be my liquid for a day. I'm not trying to replace other beverages with water. I'm trying to add beverages. Period. <BR> <BR> I can no longer deny that I'm not drinking. With winter in full swing ( earl... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 10:43:40 EST Gotta Get My Groove Back Recently I've noticed that things are just blah around here. I'm apathetic about so many things, but "with it" enough to be overwhelmed about the things I'm procrastinating on. <BR> <BR> * Health (exercise, or lack thereof, and good food choices) <BR> * Home (nobody's gonna buy the house anyway, do I really need to clean?) <BR> <BR> It seems like it's all or nothing for me. I'm either putting all I have into being healthy, or nothing at all. I don't know why, I just know it's gonna ... Mon, 10 Nov 2008 11:42:46 EST Personal goal for RA challenge I've joined the Healthy Holiday Challenge for my RA team. This runs from Nov. 3 - the end of Jan. I'm hoping it will keep me on track and prevent me from gaining weight over the holidays. Heck, I may even lose weight. <BR> <BR> Anyway, one of the categories we track is a "personal goal" so to speak. It's different for everyone, and I wanted to explain what I chose. <BR> <BR> My choice was to monitor "treats/dessert" because that is my downfall. When I was doing well on Spark, I would a... Thu, 6 Nov 2008 13:08:47 EST Yogalaties, or Payoga - Take your pick Today, I had planned on doing a workout. I really did. By the time I got up at 6am, got 3 kids off to school, and got the house in a semi state of order for that all important showing that may come through - then the phone calls started coming in. First my brother, who had laid into the staff at the nursing home - and rightfully so, their care was sloppy and unacceptable...second phone call was my dad - upset and crying that the episode had taken place and he was unable to help. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 20 Oct 2008 11:29:13 EST I'm determined It's half way through October, and I'm not doing well in reaching toward my goal. I'm so busy dealing with 1) kids 2) parental issues in the nursing home - care of mom and wanting to send dad home too early - this took me 3 hours on the phone yesterday 3) keeping the house clean for showings. By the time 7pm rolls around, I'm tired enough to go to bed. Plus, I had 2 doctor's appointments and one didn't turn out the way I wanted. I had wanted meds to be decreased, but instead it stayed,... Fri, 17 Oct 2008 10:17:35 EST Things going a little better. Today has been a good day. It was perfect fall weather with the sun shining and cooler temps. Today is also my son's 9th birthday. Since he's the youngest, we only have one more year before they're all in the "double digits" . We'll celebrate with a big cookie tonight, then again with a cake when his dad is in this weekend. <BR> <BR> Today, my step mom was moved to the nursing home to be with Dad. She's been confused for several days and they're having trouble controlling her blood s... Tue, 7 Oct 2008 18:15:30 EST October Goals My October goals are very get back to the basics. Things that used to come so easily to me have not been in my grasp for many months....and it's time to get them back. <BR> <BR> 1) 8 glasses of water a day. Now, I've never been a 10-12 glass person, but I could at least do 8 ! I don't even want to know how long it's been since I got those 5 easy spark points for drinking water. <BR> <BR> 2) 5 Fruits/Veggies a day. Again, something that used to be second nature is now r... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 10:09:11 EST Update: Life comes at you... fast I'm trying to get back on the Spark Wagon, and it's hard. I've thought a lot about how to write this blog, and nothing seems appropriate to me. <BR> <BR> Due to the very public nature of this blog, I just want to say that life can change in a moment. My parents were involved in an accident that will change their lives forever. <BR> <BR> How does this relate to spark? <BR> <BR> Emotional eating is at an all time high at my house. I'm out of the habit of exercising, and don't want to... Fri, 26 Sep 2008 10:17:26 EST " I've Slept Since Then..." Have you ever said the phrase, " I've slept since then"? Perhaps when you are reminded of something you forgot? Oh - I don't remember because I've slept since then. <BR> <BR> Well, I've come up with a list of things that I forget when I sleep. <BR> <BR> * Fast Food taste horrible <BR> * I feel better when I drink at least 6 glasses of water a day <BR> * If I plan my meals, it's not hard to get in 5 fruits and veggies <BR> * I like the way I feel after exercise <BR> * My mood is lifted if... Sun, 7 Sep 2008 18:05:31 EST Good swim Today I swam 30 minutes. It was good, I didn't rest but twice, and I enjoyed it. I'm anxious to go 3 times next week. <BR> <BR> I have had some sad times lately. My daughter's 8th grade open house was just emotional for me. She loves all her teachers, and I hate the thought of possibly pulling her out for the move. On the other hand, I hate the thought of being separated from DH for the entire school year. Oh - and if I had to take her classes, I'd flunk all of them. <BR> <BR> DH... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 20:09:09 EST Strange Dreams The other night I had the weirdest dream. In my dream, our son was having surgery, so we were at a hospital. My best friend was waiting with us. While we were waiting, she began to show the signs of having a stroke. She ended up on the floor, unable to speak ( just groan) and only had minimal movement. The strangest part, was that hospital staff continued to walk around us as if nothing was going on. I was begging for them to help my friend, and they just walked past. <BR> <BR> Any id... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 08:42:55 EST Forcing myself for the greater good I feel horrible, and the chest pain has started. I have no patience with my kids, and I feel there is no one to blame but myself. When you step off the spark bandwagon, your fitness level goes down faster than you thought possible. <BR> <BR> Today I forced myself to walk on the treadmill. I didn't want to. Really didn't want to. But I don't want to feel like I do either. Sunday I cried all day. My stomach hurts and I'm so tired of taking meds to fix what's wrong with me. I'm sure 8 ... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 10:31:52 EST Very Blah Today I finally decided what I could title my blog today. I've been thinking about it for hours. My first thought was, "The beginning of the end". <BR> <BR> DH left this afternoon for Tampa. He starts his new job tomorrow. He'll be back this weekend though, so I'm not sure why this is so hard. The kids and I have been alone longer than a week when he'd go overseas, but this feels different. I just can't get motivated to do anything...except to eat those 6 double stuff oreo cookies. At leas... Sun, 3 Aug 2008 19:23:19 EST Emotions are high...we have a job. Mark accepted the offer today for the job in Tampa, Fl. He starts work on Aug. 4th. That gives us two weeks with him to get all our hugs and kisses for a while. The two youngest really didn't have much to say. The oldest ( 13 yr. old DD) had a good cry. <BR> <BR> She's such a planner. She came down with her calender plotting out the days she'd visit all her friends ( as if she were the cool, calm and collected business executive closing a deal) and then she burst into tears. I th... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 19:32:22 EST Back from Vacation We got back from our RV trip at 11pm on July3rd. I'm just now recovered enough to want to blog. Over the course of 16 days, we spent 14 in a camper. That thing was getting pretty small by the end. <BR> <BR> The music festival was great, but loud. Our 13 year old enjoyed it the most. Casting Crowns was by far the best. Chris Tomlin was rained delayed, but the show went on ( just later than planned) and as I was falling asleep at midnight, I could hear him singing. <BR> <BR> After a d... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 21:20:27 EST 20 bucks goes a long way Well, Friday came and went, and we didn't hear anything about a job offer. Now I feel certain that if plans changed and the company decided not to go with Mark, they would have called the recruiter and said so. We've spoken with the recruiter on both Thursday and Friday and she says things are still on. I know this company is very busy, and this job is just a small item on their to-do list. <BR> <BR> So, we're moving forward at home. We have a real estate agent coming in on Tuesday to ... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 14:10:19 EST Things are looking up I wanted to title this blog entry "Things are looking up, I guess", but I'm trying to stay positive, so I left off the last part. <BR> <BR> It's been a wild couple of days. We've gotten some closure on the last 2 job interviews. The job in Pennsylvania went to another candidate. This is actually good, because Mark felt that this was not a job description he would be happy with long term and he just felt that the company wasn't the best fit. About the same time, we learned from the recru... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 08:48:24 EST Scaling back This summer could be a tough one, or not. My DH is in Pennsylvania today for a job interview...and he'll drive to Cincinnati tomorrow for an interview with another company. If he gets either one of these jobs, it means a move. If he doesn't it's back to the drawing board for a job. We'll know more in a week or so about these two possibilities. <BR> <BR> We're getting the feeling that when an offer is made, things could move quickly, so we've decided to get the house ready to sell while w... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 07:18:08 EST His Grace is Enough for Me My stress has been through the roof lately. The other night, I had insomnia that lasted 2.5 hours. I haven't done that in over 6 months. My panic attacks are rearing their ugly heads in the form of shortness of breath. But this doesn't come and go. It's a constant mild level throughout the day. Thankfully there is no chest pain yet. <BR> <BR> My house was a wreck yesterday, so I was using my day to recover from the figurative tornado that had attacked. As I was folding laundry and t... Fri, 16 May 2008 05:46:47 EST