NYS_EMT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NYS%5FEMT NYS_EMT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ This whole thing isn't going so well... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133836 Life is tough sometimes. And when you are trying to lose weight, it can be even harder. This has been such a long journey and I am getting discouraged that it's not happening a little faster. I am gaining weight and I honestly have NO idea why. I got under 200 pounds once. It was glorious. I loved it and was so happy and proud. I vowed I would NEVER go back. But I did. At first I thought it was muscle. I do all the "extreme" workout programs. P90X, Insanity, Tapout XT... I love th... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:10:44 EST Mixed emotions: Going on Nutrisystem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889992 My mom is on Nutrisystem and she and I have both agreed that I have a very healthy idea of how to eat. I eat mostly clean and vegetarian. But my mom has several things on Nutrisystem that she doesn't care for and she has given them to me... it's not too bad! I was pleasantly surprised. <BR> <BR> I was even more surprised this morning when my husband wanted to do Nutrisystem. But he wants to do it with me. And honestly, I feel this is a good way to support him. My husband weighs over 40... Sun, 20 May 2012 16:44:15 EST Confused but determined! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4873994 I'm sort of confused. But at the same time, I think I know the answer. Sounds confusing? I told you I was confused! LOL <BR> <BR> I have literally been on a plateau for 7 months. Last December I blogged about this very thing. Five stinkin' months ago and I am on the same topic. And guess what? I am at the same weight that I was five stinkin' months ago. <BR> <BR> Now, my teenager, wise beyond her years, told me it was a good thing that I was still the same weight. She said that mean... Wed, 9 May 2012 13:10:06 EST I don't have to swear off bread anymore! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4761944 So I found some new bread. It's called Health Full bread and it's 80 calories per slice. What I like that the bread is full of whole grains and seeds. The sunflower seeds are especially tasty! :) <BR> <BR> I got to try the bread for free because I am a Buzz Agent. I get to do these cool campaigns and try different products. All I have to do in return is write a review... easy enough, right? But I am happy to share this product here because I know we are all trying to live a healthier ... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:49:39 EST Insanity Week One Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4720017 I have had the Insanity program for about a year now and would add in some of the workouts to my regular cardio routine. But just over a week ago, I decided to follow the program to the letter. I'm not quite sure why I decided to either, it just kind of popped into my head! <BR> <BR> I started on a Thursday not a Monday so I have found myself getting a bit confused with the calendar that came with the program, so I transferred all the workouts onto my own calandar and solved that problem! ... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 09:05:09 EST HELP! Need running/workout advice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634580 I have this strange fascination with running and it's a new one for me. I had thought about running to kick my workouts up a notch. I have heard running burns mega calories but is hard on your joints. Hmmmm. There's a lot to consider when choosing a running workout. Such a simple and basic function of the human body is actually quite complicated. <BR> <BR> So here's my problem. I love the idea of being a runner. I subscribed to Runner's World magazine and I just LOVE it! I pour throu... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:19:18 EST Frustrated as H-E-Double Hockey Sticks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4613244 I'm mad. Just plain mad. As many of you know, I suffered a miscarriage in October. All emotional stuff aside, I had gained about 20 pounds in the pregnancy, and I just cannot seem to shed that weight!!! <BR> <BR> I was down to 195- only saw that weight for one day. I held kind of steady at 197... then the pregnancy hormones kicked in and I started gaining. I got up to 217 and now, I have been bouncing between 208-212 ever since. And I just can't seem to shake it. <BR> <BR> I stay with... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 12:03:14 EST You all are wonderful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4536390 The surgery went well yesterday. It was very short. They allowed my husband in the room with me during all the prep, which they usually don't, but they understood how emotional this was. The entire hospital staff was comforting and sympathetic. The surgery itself lasted only about 20 minutes, my husband said. He had just enough time to go put my purse in the car and go the hospital's bistro and eat some breakfast and then they were paging him back to recovery. <BR> <BR> Of course, I rem... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 06:51:07 EST Worst day ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4530939 I don't usually do this. I don't usually spread info like this, but this is different. And I need my fellow Clovers to know why I have been, and will be, absent for a few days. <BR> <BR> I have been spotting on and off for 3 days. This morning, I had some bright red spotting but very little. I called the doctor anyway and they wanted me to be checked. <BR> <BR> I made the two hour drive to my doctor, told them what all had happened and then the doctor tried to find the baby's heartbeat ... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 20:18:33 EST Working out is getting tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4510448 I am still logging the minutes/miles but let me tell you... working out is getting harder and harder! I am just a couple of days away from the beginning of the second trimester and I can certainly tell! LOL <BR> <BR> On Tuesday morning, I did an hour of kettlebells and then went shopping all day. My back hurt ALL day. It was all I could do to keep walking around! Then, yesterday I did an hour of mixed aerobics and I felt great. But today, after an hour of P90X and then 20 minutes of ... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:06:57 EST Completely freaked out over a dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4508609 The title says it all. I am wreck... completely freaked out by a stupid dress! <BR> <BR> My sister-in-law asked my to be a bridesmaid in her wedding (although I am against the idea!) but I said yes. I bought a dress a couple of months or so ago. In fact, the day the dress arrived was the same day I found out I was pregnant. I was trying the dress on and still had it on when my hubby told me the test was positive. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the dress was HUGE on me. At least 2 size too big, mayb... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:18:15 EST One Square Mile of Hope 2011 with pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4503752 I had the joy and honor of helping to plan an awesome event that took place yesterday in my little town. It was called One Square Mile of Hope 2011 and was a major fundraiser for Susan B. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research and it was also an attempt to break a Guinness World record! <BR> <BR> The event was fairly simple in idea: assemble as many kayaks and canoes into a single free floating "raft" as possible. To form the raft, participants reached out and grabbed the sides of ea... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 21:42:04 EST Summer Challenge Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4464898 So I guess we are all going to have a lot of blog entries this week, huh? LOL <BR> <BR> When I first read the rules for the week, I thought, no way. I don't blog much anyway. I usually don't have a lot of time to sit and blog. But, tonight, I decided I would recap the summer challenge, and at least sort those thoughts out. <BR> <BR> I started the Summer Challenge with enthusiasm. And honestly, I ended with enthusiasm too, but it was completely different. I felt awesome at the beginnin... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 21:22:56 EST A little scare but a better day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4455083 I typed my blog last night and was so upset that I went to bed and cried and cried. My husband came up from work (we live above the restaurant he owns) and cuddled up to me, but I was so upset and I just wanted to be alone. I pretended to be asleep so he would leave me alone. I finally fell asleep but awoke about 4 am with some weird cramps. They were low and in the center of my abdomen. They felt like gas cramps, but not in the normal place you have gas cramps! But they weren't severe ... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:37:44 EST I'm scared- this is a VERY difficult blog to post! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4453511 Okay Spark Friends. I want to apologize ahead of time. This is NOT a happy blog. And I NEED to get this off my chest but I can't tell anyone I know in "real life" if you know what I mean. <BR> <BR> I'm terrified out of my mind right now. I am now 8 weeks pregnant and I am realizing that I really really really don't want another baby! I know it's a HORRIBLE time to realize this, after the baby has been conceived! My husband and I talked it over... and I thought it was what I wanted. We... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 21:55:24 EST Struggling with workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4429463 I'm having a tough time lately with my workouts... and I know exactly why, but that doesn't make it any easier to deal with. <BR> <BR> About a month and a half ago, I started noticing that I was feeling different during my workouts. I was getting tired quicker and I was out of breath more. I was having trouble staying "in the moment" if you will. My intensity levels were a bit down. What was happening to me??? It felt like I was regressing with my fitness. Instead of getting more fit, ... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 23:33:20 EST Crazy day- Husband went to the ER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4423557 It was a CRAZY day Sparkies! I drove to my mom's house today to help her clean (she owns a motel) and before we could get started, I got a call from my mother-in-law telling me that my husband was en route to the ER via ambulance!!! Now, my husband is a Paramedic and he knows what's what. And medical personnel historically make terrible patients because they always wait until the last minute to call for help, or don't call at all! So for my husband to call for an ambulance really had me w... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 20:27:11 EST Sooo tired! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4417471 This first trimester is kicking my butt! lol I remember being tired in my other pregnancies and this one is no exception! It's 9:15pm and I am falling asleep in my chair... sad. Very sad! <BR> <BR> I have been very diligent about my workouts every day though. I am still tracking my food. (I guess that means I need to add that potato soup I just ate, huh? lol) But I am trying to be real careful about exercising because I don't see my doc for more than 2 more weeks! I have some unansw... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 21:22:14 EST Figuring out Spark Life w/Pregnancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4407811 It was an interesting day to say the least. I woke up and decided to take a pregnancy test. I saw a faint line for the positive line. Hmmmm. So I took another. There was another faint line. I'm starting to freak out a little by this point. So I wake my husband up and ask him. He doesn't see the line but see where the "line should be"! What? That means positive! But he's not convinced. So I went to the store and bought the digital test... at least I can READ that one! LOL <BR> <B... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 22:09:46 EST HUGE apology to my fellow Clovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4395991 I'm sorry, Clovers. I gained weight this week. I am up a pound from last week... and I am terribly disappointed. <BR> <BR> I stayed in range... okay. I'm lying about this one. I never can make it up to my range. I am almost always slightly under. But the point is, I didn't go OVER my range. I drank my water faithfully, and I worked out every single day. So I'm stumped as to why I gained. However, I do know that some fluctuation is normal and that plateaus also happen to good peop... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 14:28:50 EST How I got over my "funk" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4388154 First, let me start by saying that I have the best Spark Friends ever! All the comments on my blog yesterday were so sweet and mean the world to me! So a huge THANK YOU to all my wonderful Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> That being said, I had a much better afternoon than my morning. My husband surprised me by coming home for lunch so I got that much needed hug even earlier than I thought! However, he came home right in the middle of my workout, but the hugs and the shoulder to boo hoo on for a... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 19:20:22 EST Struggling today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4384806 Today is proving to be quite difficult. I can't pinpoint why, but I am in a terrible mental funk and I have tried all morning to shake it and can't. It started this morning with tummy troubles (I won't divulge too much, that would be TMI, trust me!) and once I was past that, it just went downhill from there. <BR> <BR> I have spent the morning really down on myself. We had a our Summer Challenge Weigh In on Saturday and I was down... now, in just 2 days, I am up almost 8 pounds!!!! What t... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 11:39:25 EST Guess what I just did? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4368907 Wanna guess what I just did? <BR> <BR> I ran!!! Like, one foot in front of the other, nothing was chasing me, ran. <BR> <BR> I stated out for a walk. I laced up my (daughter's) shoes and got the dog leashed up and I headed out the door. I walked a mile down the road and when I turned around to go back home, for some reason, I started running. As I ran, I set little mini-goals of running until the next sign, or running until the bridge ahead. And each time I got to said milestone, I kep... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 22:17:26 EST Best Picture EVER! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4364950 So I have seen the 300s... and I sailed through the 200s and today, after my workout, I saw this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l556981132.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> SQUEEEEE!!! That's MY scale... and MY toes (in need of a pedicure, I know! lol) and MY ugly bathroom flooring, but most of all, that is MY WEIGHT!!!! wOOt! <BR> <BR> From 322 to this. Wow, what a ride! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:44:34 EST Using your body to say "NO" (With Picture Progress) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4322062 A few years ago, I was in bed reading a Prevention magazine. I was 307 pounds, divorced, single mom and miserable. I was just getting ready to put the magazine down for the night but I flipped the page instead and saw an article about using your body to say "No." This intrigued me, so I read on... <BR> <BR> This article explained that some people use their bodies to say "no" to certain activities and event in life because it is easier than actually saying "no" with words. Hmmm... interes... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 13:59:40 EST I had to admit it to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4298267 A few weeks ago now, I posted a blog about coffee being the culprit as to why I was not losing weight. Weeeellll... um, uh. Not so much. Now, I'm betting all the coffee (and creamer that went with it) wasn't helping, but I found the real culprit: My 1-year old and her food. Now, it's not my baby's fault by any means. But what I realized was that when my baby started eating "big people" food instead of the pureed mess, I was eating right along with her. A bite here, and a taste there. ... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 13:30:39 EST Well, that was an awful weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4280032 The title says it all. This past weekend was not good for the the whole eating thing. Well, I guess that depends on how you look at it. Is your goal to eat as much crap as possible? Then it was a great weekend. Is your goal to eat healthy? Then it was bad. Now that it is put into perspective, here's why it sucked: <BR> <BR> I ATE. And ate. And after I was done eating, I ate some more. <BR> <BR> I have mentioned before that my husband and his family own a wildly popular pizzeria. W... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 08:47:51 EST Coffee is the culprit??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4236113 I don't blog much... only when I need to vent really. I talk to my husband about most everything, but sometimes I just need to see things in writing. It also helps to get other feedback. So here goes: <BR> <BR> I'm totally frustrated with my current plateau. I am thrilled at far I have come, but sometimes I get blinded by the little things and can no longer see the big picture. The big picture is this: I have lost 112 pounds and can now wear a size 16! However, this really is nothing ... Mon, 16 May 2011 11:53:24 EST Yesterday was AWFUL!!! with pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4148766 I wouldn't dare weigh myself today. There's just no way I would step up on that scale to see what kind of damage I may have done. I honestly feel like I gained 10 pounds. I feel like I have fat rolls popping out everywhere and I feel HUGE- like I did 110 pounds ago. Seriously. And here is why: I binged. I did it up right too. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday, my husband and I went to a food show for our restaurant. I love going to the food shows- they are a ton of fun! So Tuesday morning I got ... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 08:59:52 EST April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4135531 So I see a lot of people posting goals for a day, week or month but I have never done that... I want to change that. I think posting goals is a great to even SET goals! When i first started my weight loss journey, my only goal was to lose weight. In all honesty, I still don't even have a goal weight! I just kind of feel that when I reach a good weight, I will know it. Maybe that's why the weight loss has slowed down so much... I need goals. And, I know, the less you weigh the less you b... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 22:06:12 EST Weekend Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4090507 It wasn't a great weekend. I ate my way through it to be honest. I felt terrible physically and emotionally and so I just ate. And ate. And ate. And I didn't workout either... sounds like a total fail doesn't it? Well, the good news is that by Saturday morning I was down a pound!!! Go figure! Although I am NOT complaining! :) <BR> <BR> I am back on track today. I have been eating very healthy and am really looking forward to my workout today after work! I can honestly say I am loo... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:52:49 EST Ignoring the scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4078905 I haven't weighed since Sunday, and for a person who is addicted to daily weigh-ins, this is quite an accomplishment! <BR> <BR> I have to admit it has been a struggle. This morning I thought, I'll just weigh today and see how I am doing- but I resisted. I want to just focus on how I FEEL rather than what a stupid scale says. I am really trying to follow my own advice and "words of wisdom" on this matter and just not weigh in. <BR> <BR> I plan to weigh in every Sunday. Once a week seems ... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 12:33:28 EST Worst plateau ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4063262 Ugh! That's how I feel. I am in the worst plateau I have ever had. I keep fluctuating from 213 to 217 and I just can't seem to get any lower than 213. I know I shouldn't weight myself often, and I have removed the scale from the bathroom, but now I find myself going and getting the scale in the mornings hoping the number will be lower!!! What the heck is wrong with me? <BR> <BR> My last blog post was about not letting the number on the scale determine self worth. When I wrote that, I f... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 12:16:12 EST Does the number on the scale determine your value? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4022255 I am loving my job today! I work as a substitute teacher and today I was called in to work for one of the PE Teacher/Coaches. My first class was a health class and then I had second period free and had to take 3 kids into the workout room during 3rd period! So I went into the workout room during 2nd period and started my hour on the elliptical. When 3rd period started, I got the students into their routine and then I finished my workout! So I have already done my workout and I don't even... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 11:06:49 EST So confused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4011935 As my title implies, I am totally confused. I am gaining weight!!! I had gotten down to 213 and now I am back up to 219 and I am not doing anything different! I am still eating within my calorie range and I am still working out every single day (except Sundays) and each day I weigh and I have either stayed the same or gained! This has been going on since the end of last month. Now, I understand plateaus and I have hit several during my journey, but usually I just stay the same weight and... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 12:58:31 EST So confused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4011934 As my title implies, I am totally confused. I am gaining weight!!! I had gotten down to 213 and now I am back up to 219 and I am not doing anything different! I am still eating within my calorie range and I am still working out every single day (except Sundays) and each day I weigh and I have either stayed the same or gained! This has been going on since the end of last month. Now, I understand plateaus and I have hit several during my journey, but usually I just stay the same weight and... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 12:57:56 EST Eating Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4005316 So today was what I affectionately refer to as an "eating day." This is a day where my whole thought process revolves around food. I want all types of food and I seem to eat all types of food. Now, on most of my "eating days" I seem to make fairly healthy choices along with a smattering of not so healthy choices. For example, I ate my Cheerios and blueberries for breakfast, but 2 hours later, I split a scone with my mom at Starbucks. I made very healthy choices at Panera Bread for lunch ... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 21:58:15 EST Another cool giveaway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3856446 I am really digging this one! This is a great giveaway for Beechnut baby foods to try the new Steamers! I love the fact that you not only get to try the food, but you also get a great tote bag that looks super roomy! Great for grocery shopping! <BR> <BR> You can enter this giveaway too by going here: <BR> <BR> http://www.deals4dummies.com/2010/12/bee<BR>chnut/comment-page-1/#comment-53202 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 19:20:28 EST Cool Giveaway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3848943 So I follow this cool blog called Crazy Coupon Mommy and she does some fab giveaways. I found one today for Morton Salt where you can win a Morton Salt prize pack. I understand that watching sodium intake is a big deal for many people, but cooking with salt is a great way to add flavor to food and keep from piling on the salt at the table! <BR> <BR> To enter the giveaway for yourself, go here: <BR> <BR> http://www.deals4dummies.com/2010/12/mor<BR>ton-salt-review-prize-pack-giveaway-en<BR>... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 09:42:57 EST New Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3813164 I am actually excited for my workout tomorrow! I got a new DVD in the mail today: Brook Benten Cardio Pump Fusion. It has two kettlebell routines plus kickboxing, plyometrics, boot camp and a yoga warm-up and cool-down! 75 minutes of a** kicking! lol Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:33:12 EST Under the Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3797513 So I am not feeling well and I am trying SO hard to gather the energy to workout. I am planning to do something low-impact, like my kettlebell routine. There won't be any bending over or jumping in that but I can still burn some calories and not lose my workout streak! <BR> <BR> The only good news from this is now I know why I have been in such a physical "funk" the past couple of days. I didn't feel bad but I couldn't figure out why I had NO energy and why I was dragging so bad. Now I... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 13:01:43 EST Feeling Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3794255 So I am feeling very frustrated at the moment. I am on a plateau which always bums me out and I am not feeling "thin" the last few days. I am feeling very bloated and off. I wish I knew when this streak will end... I just want to feel back to "normal" again. I have lost 85 pounds and was feeling wonderful. I felt thinner, healthy and pretty. But right now, I feel heavy and ugly. I HATE this feeling and can't wait to get back! Fri, 19 Nov 2010 13:21:42 EST