OMMAMA7's SparkPeople Blog OMMAMA7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Learning tricks and tips and useful tools I've learned a couple things today! <BR> <BR> First, I think I've come up with the greatest morning routine to fit my needs. Don't ask me why it took so freaking long... <em>20</em> <BR> I started with a small protein shake, some reduced sugar vanilla almond milk and a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Then I put in a load of laundry (seriously, this or other small cleaning will be part of the routine to let my stuff settle a little and actually accomplish other tasks - something that ... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:57:16 EST Here I Am Almost a year later and my last blog feels like it was yesterday. I remember that day. But what do I remember from it? Not the overeating, but enjoying my son, nephew, and husband and golfing, making food and treats for my family. hmm... <BR> <BR> Anyway, here I am. I'm not going to go in depth with my failures or why I'm back, etc. it doesn't matter. What matters is that I am here now :) <BR> <BR> I will say that for a few months I achieved what I always knew deep down was, on some level, ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:35:24 EST delusional thinking and eating ;) Well...I overdid my food at dinner last night. <BR> <BR> Originally I was going to eat slightly different foods for dinner than what I was making for everyone else, I had a leftover chicken breast I was going to make a sandwich with while everyone else ate burgers, but when the moment came, I ate a burger. Our side dish was fruit which was good, and I turned down a "fun, adult beverage" when my hubby offered one, BUT...besides having burgers, with american cheese, I made some beef bacon (my... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:14:41 EST "The Writing Diet", etc I started reading the book "The Writing Diet", which there is also a team by the same name that I joined. So far it's fabulous! I think I've read the first 4 chapters/tools and it makes so much sense for me, and it's quick and easy to read so far. It's making me remember how I've felt doing the recommended things (like morning journaling, taking a walk by yourself, etc) so I think I'm really going to like this method. <BR> <BR> For instance, a 20-min walk is called for. But even as little a... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:58:37 EST Thursday Well unfortunately my friend had to cancel our movie and grilling night last night, but I still made the same stuff and it was scrumptious! I marinated some chicken breasts in two types of marinade and grilled them along with some corn on the cob, and I sauteed some zucchini in a little olive oil and garlic salt - SO GOOD! Oh and grapes too. I made a sandwich out of the chicken. Plenty of filling food, and I was actually under on calories but I was plenty full. <BR> <BR> Today I'm meeting u... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:30:51 EST Short blog in contrast to yesterday's... ;) I had a pretty busy day today. <BR> <BR> Got up, had a quick but healthy breakfast and took my son to a kids' nature class at an arboretum nearby. Went on a little hike during the 2 hour class, then came home and had lunch. I made some delicious salmon and asparagus. Did some quick cleaning then headed to a local museum complex for some free days. We went to the art museum and then walked over to another museum and walked around a couple hours with my friend and her daughter. Stopped at my ... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:43:20 EST Drinks and plans and goals and stuff :) Well, this weekend was a fun one, though not the greatest foodwise. I'm just starting out again, I'm not going to freak out, but I'm not going to make excuses and ignore it either. I'm tracking it and learning and moving forward. <BR> <BR> Saturday I did some stuff around the house and then we went to a cookout couples wedding shower. I ate too much, had some drinks (when I say I had some drinks I am referring to alcohol...) - I think it was 2 beers and a glass of moscato. There were lots o... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:44:40 EST For those, if any, who have missed my long rambling blogs... ;) Today was a good day. As usual, food certainly wasn't perfect and I haven't tracked it yet, but it was an active day outside with my son so that counts for something right? <BR> <BR> The weather was, as expected, extremely hot. For us anyway in northern Illinois. High temps in the 90's with the heat index being well into the 100's. So at 10 am ( and 85 degrees and humid already) we were ready for the local waterpark to open for the day. I hadn't been there in well over 15 years, but we won ... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 22:43:59 EST I'm here - please give a quick read :)'s been almost a year since my last blog on this profile. I had actually made a new profile at one point to have a fresh start, but I'm over it haha. I also did weight watchers for a while and am...over it! I liked the meetings and talking with people in person with similar struggles, but schedule and time wise, it just wasn't working. This is free and I like that instead of just focusing on points or power foods, I love how SP shows where you are in the recommended ranges of fiber o... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:15:13 EST 9/18/14 Posted this on a team thread this morning but figured I'd share here too :) <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone! I am starting the day healthy. I had instant oatmeal made with water but topped with milk. After I dropped my son at Preschool I took a walk on the "prairie path" that's a block away from the school. I walked for 45 minutes or so. My spark tracker counted two different workouts because at the halfway point I stopped on a bridge to look at a little stream for a bit. I also had to keep ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:34:30 EST Dazzling Diamonds I joined a Fall Biggest Loser Challenge and I am on the Dazzling Diamonds team, thus the page makeover which I am kind of in love with :) <BR> <BR> My goal for this fall challenge is to lose 10 lbs and get into a nice healthy routine with working out and eating healthy. I'm looking forward to working closely with a group of great people on the team and adding some fun to this journey of health with the challenges, etc. <BR> <BR> My basic plan for this challenge is to be active every day a... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:36:10 EST WooHoo! Do you ever have mornings where you just feel better and lighter? You just feel like you've lost weight? And then you weigh yourself and you have had a drop? <BR> <BR> Well that just happened to me - love it!! I have, internally, a big cheesy grin right now. Externally, a happy little smirk. <BR> <BR> When I weighed I was down 2.5 lbs. Total of 4.5 since I got recommitted on this journey of health and weight loss. <BR> <BR> Then this morning I see that a lot of other people are posting ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:44:34 EST The current ever-evolving plan... Oh sure, it might seem as though I'm wishy-washy. I have been known to be on occasion. However, when it comes to this crazy roller coaster weight loss journey, I think it's completely necessary, at least for me. <BR> <BR> I have a plan. The plan doesn't work. I have a NEW plan. That doesn't quite work. I tweak the plan. and on and on and on. <BR> <BR> So here are my current thoughts... <BR> <BR> I had a plan I implemented for a few weeks of rising early (about 5am) and getting meditation... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:27:53 EST Here we go! ...Again. <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> So....To those of you that knew me when I was losing weight and being kind of awesome and motivated...How I hope I can get back to that place. Over the last 2 years I have gained back everything and more. I've gained 50 lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm over being disappointed in myself about it. I am having a little mini (until I hear otherwise) health scare right now and between that and how I FEEL it might just be the motivation I need to get back to being motivated ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:46:03 EST Monday 4/21/14 Well spring has finally sprung around here. Last weekend we had a freak storm with accumulating hail but yesterday got up to 80! I didn't get outside much, but I had the windows open and did a bunch of cleaning. Nothing to exciting, but it was awesome in a simple way. I've been in such a funk lately. I was doing well with the spring challenge for a while and then the funk hit (my term for mild depression) and I just haven't been doing much. The house was a mess, I hadn't worked out, etc. Anyw... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:15:35 EST Saturday 2/15/14 I'm not in a blogging mood right now, but I'm making myself do it because I know it's good for me to stay in the habit, just like with exercise, etc. <BR> <BR> Let's see, today was day 12 in a signing in to SP streak. <BR> <BR> I have had a bit of a cold this week - lots of sinus pressure/pain which always makes me feel so tired! And when I feel tired I get lazy with putting in effort. I did still workout Thursday before work even though I was sick, though yesterday was a rest day and I d... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 10:18:38 EST Workout DVD's - Tuesday 2/11/14 I have had people ask me what workout dvds I use, so finally I'm posting some info! <BR> <BR> Here is my arsenal! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the one I just did: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I love it. There are five 10 minute dance workouts - 3 cardio and 2 more toning/ballet inspired ones :) <BR> <BR> Here's my favorite yoga workout: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:18:56 EST Sunday 2/9/14 Saturday was kind of busy and I used it as a rest day. I didn't eat ideal foods for all meals, but I was more reserved on portions than usual, so while I wasn't totally mindful of what I was eating, I was at least partially mindful, normally I'm not at all mindful, so I'm aware of the things I did that I am not happy with, but I will not beat myself up about it. Moving on :) <BR> <BR> So in the morning I made a fruit smoothie/protein shake for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Lunchtime consisted of a... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:57:07 EST Friday 2/7/14 Hi Everyone. So it's kind of funny, after I started the day with 30 minutes of a dance workout, I later, after dinner, did 45 more minutes just because it was fun and my son was dancing around with me :) <BR> <BR> I weighed myself today and I'm 4 lbs higher than my previous starting weight from a couple years ago. So frustrating, but I'm not letting it get me down, I know about where I was and it just reinforces the need to get with it! <BR> <BR> Okay so my workout "plan"/options: <BR> <B... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 10:05:11 EST Thursday 2/6/14 Yesterday was a more active day than usual, so I hope that helped count for some exercise! I was constantly on my feet at work and doing some lifting, bending, etc. Today I was able to take my time getting to work so I did 30 minutes of my new Wii game "Just Dance". It was a Christmas present. It was pretty fun! I think the Zumba game is a better workout, but this was good light entertaining exercise that still made me sweat. <BR> <BR> I did come up with some goals and some plans for my sch... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 12:18:37 EST omg, had a light bulb moment!'s been a while! WOW. I can't believe my last blog was in August. So let's get right to it. I have really been struggling with weight and motivation and I've gained EVERYTHING back. And the really sucky weird thing is I don't know WHY. Normally there's something that you can look back on and say Oh yeah, there was a big life change or stress around that time...I really don't know. It's been puzzling me for months. The only thing that I can think of at all that just popped in my head is... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:33:47 EST Frustration, disappointment and hope Well...I'm back on the wagon I suppose. I found my motivation unexpectedly - a diet bet. I've heard of that site in the past but had no interest. Well for whatever reason it struck a chord with me this time and I signed up for one and I've actually been tracking and am down 2 lbs in the last 2 days. I am excited about the weight going down...except I have to keep trying to ignore the voice that tells me how far I have left to go until I'm back to where I was at this time last year. Somehow, o... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:23:09 EST Day 1? again?? :) I feel kind of like this is the beginning of my new though continued journey, if that makes any sense :) Yesterday I did better with eating, my meals were healthy but the snacks were still bad. Like 2 big servings of ice cream and 2 cookies throughout the day. I am working on it though! I know if I try to change everything overnight it's too overwhelming, but I am admitting to it and making myself aware of what I'm still doing that I want to change and my main goal is to do better and be more... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:44:34 EST Struggling Well, I have no idea what I'm going to write, but I felt compelled to blog and it's been about a month since my last one. <BR> <BR> I feel totally frustrated and lost right now. I have gained back 20 lbs from my lowest I hit last year, and about 10 of those have been in the last 3 months. NOT cool. I know I WANT to take a more natural approach to weight loss, like without tracking, etc, but while I felt ready for that a few months ago, something changed and for whatever reason I'm not in t... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:25:00 EST What's new Wow - I can't believe it's been a month since I last blogged! <BR> <BR> Every time you all don't see me for a while, it's not that I've given up, or have been "gone" and now I'm "back". I don't consider myself GONE unless I'm giving up and telling everyone sayonara I'm quitting spark, which I don't think I'll EVER do, so no worries! I just don't get on here every day like I used to, and for me, that's a good thing. I'd get on here and read and post (which is great don't get me wrong) but th... Tue, 28 May 2013 11:26:29 EST Update - continuation from last blog So far my new little experiment is going quite well. This is all kind of a big experiment, isn't it? We are all searching for what will work best for our bodies. What exercise we will enjoy, what way of cooking a veggie might get us to eat them LOL... Throughout this journey I've had a lot of ups and downs but I at least knew I'd never stop trying, and that's been true. I may have lost focus for a few weeks at a time, but I always knew that I'd never give up and never stop trying to become he... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:01:31 EST Where I'm at right now... Okay so I feel scandalous saying this, but I am kind of stopping tracking on purpose. We'll see how it goes. I have done this in the past, tried to just listen to my body and before I knew it, after a few days, I was eating all sorts of crazy things and the wrong amounts. <BR> <BR> But this time is different! LOL how many times have we said that to ourselves? And often we are just a tad delusional when we say it. Here's hoping I'm not delusional, though we'll find out soon enough if I am :)... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:42:16 EST What's been going on... Well...I don't even know what I blogged about last time - probably should have looked at that first...Well On the health and nutrition front I've been doing okay. Not exactly making progress, but somehow I feel good about it anyway. <BR> <BR> Back a few weeks ago I was having bad joint aches, etc which made it really hard to work out. I know it had to do with this crazy weather, but luckily that's improving. <BR> <BR> I had gone out of town for that lake side overnight and wine tour which... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:25:47 EST Update! Well, I've had a few days this week where I've gotten close to or slightly over the top of my calorie range with food. I have felt very snack-y to the point of actually buying some of those WW little cakes (red velvet yum!) They're 2-3 bites and 90 calories. Anyway, from what I'm describing, I'm sure you can guess what's coming next week. At least I made the connection as to why I was feeling so much like snacking and eating extra so I did a pretty good job of trying to snack on healthy stuff... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:55:30 EST ups and downs, etc ;) Okay so let's see...Thursday before dinner I had about 800 calories left for the day - yay! We ended up at Subway and I got a footlong club and a bag of baked chips. I didn't figure I'd eat it all...but I did. OMG. And I still had a few calories to spare - it was awesome. I never felt stuffed either. I was truly hungry. It was the perfect thing! I'd been craving that too. Yay! Also proud that my 3 year old got his own first subway meal (kids meal) and wanted all the veggies on his sandwich (w... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 13:13:05 EST I'm a loser - Yay! (edited@ 12:40) Okay so last week (or earlier this week? not sure anymore lol) I had gotten down to 231.5 from 236.5. I immediately went back up to 233.0 - bummer. But I held on, knew it could be a fluke and it was still a good loss, etc. Well I weighed myself yesterday and it was 231.0 - yep, that 233 was just a fluke - yes!! So out of curiosity I figured I'd weigh today and see if it had gone back up or what the heck was going on and...229.0!!!!! that was my goal for the MONTH! Yay! I'm so happy that I rea... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:42:04 EST I've come a long way, baby! 5k program update, etc. Well day 2 of my 8 week 5k program went well. It's so funny how different it is at the beginning, compared to last year. Last year when I did this for the first time, I had NEVER run. I was about 250 lbs too or slightly under - I was scared for my treadmill, that was the weight limit on it and I was going to start jogging? eek... <BR> <BR> I walked at 3.0-3.2 (speed) and jogged at 3.7-3.9. That is SLOOOOOOOWWWW...... Today I walked at 3.5 and jogged at 4.3 for the first interval, 4.4 for the... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:17:35 EST weekend and today so far Well, the weekend wasn't the greatest...I did my workouts, started my 5k program again yesterday, etc, but food wasn't the greatest. I did pretty bad yesterday. Started out good and made smart choices during the day but then I don't know what happened - I ate too much and naughty food in the evening. I don't know if it's just the early stages of limiting things right now or what, but I'm craving all sorts of naughty foods that I normally don't think much about. It's like everything I see look... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:03:57 EST Last few days and upcoming week The last couple days have gone well - I'm working out, eating healthy (lots of fruits and veggies, in range) etc. I am really sore now, but in a good way! :) I did go ever so slightly over range (17 calories I think) last night, but considering I've been under the max by a couple hundred each day, and I'm over my calories burned goal by 500 or more, I think I'll be okay. I'm going to see where I'm at this week with calories burned (on my new running schedule) and I'll adjust it then if I need... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 16:49:29 EST doing good so far! So yesterday I finished with a couple hundred calories to spare - yay! I did 36 minutes zumba and 20 shoveling. I got in lots of fruits veggies and fiber. I was pretty proud of myself. Especially when my hubby brought home cookies. These cookies are frozen ready to bake ones that are the best cookies I've ever had in my life and so addicting! They are a serious downfall of mine. I was not pleased that he brought them home haha. I immediately started freaking out internally because if we baked... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 17:52:07 EST March goals Well, this makes my 3rd blog in the last 24 hours. I'll try to hold off on the next one until tomorrow morning. (If you haven't read them yet, please do - they totally sum up where I'm at right now, how I'm struggling yet how I'm re-motivating myself - and why I'm blogging so much) <BR> <BR> Goals (and some rewards) for March: <BR> <BR> *weight - 229 Reward: self-manicure <BR> *1000 fitness minutes Reward: self pedicure <BR> *3 weeks of a 5k training program complete (will sta... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 10:47:52 EST Wow... I started looking back at old blog entries to find some of my motivation again, and WOW. I was awesome. What happened??? LOL I did stuff like make exercise my top priority, get up early if I had to, take over the living room and work out in front of my hubby if I had to, take my own healthy snacks to a movie, etc. I was feeling awesome. I was so focused and strong and bubbling over with happiness and confidence and awe in myself. It was great to read. The only down thing was realizing I just ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 21:45:29 EST ugh... I cannot believe the weight I had to just put in. I cannot believe how much I have gained back. It makes me want to <em>46</em> . But I will keep going and buckle down. I am going to tell myself that it stops HERE. And that it would have been much worse if I hadn't worked out at all, If I had made even worse food choices. The amazing feeling of getting down to 219.5 last year...I am trying to remember as I just weighed in at 236.5. I gained 5 lbs in just the last few weeks. Crazy. I know I... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 08:51:10 EST not guilty? So I had a great day. Spent time with my hubby at his work with our son dropping off valentines and cookies (from our son) to him and his mom and dad and meanwhile cleaned his office. He had junk everywhere that employees have left in there, etc. I started just messing with him and kind of making fun of things in there like "what is this? Do you need this? Where does it go?" and before I knew it we were both clearing stuff out and his office looked great! It was fun :) Then I stopped over at ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:29:19 EST crazy how life works... It's crazy how things come up if you believe they will... <BR> <BR> What I mean is with this whole job situation and uncertainty, I've been focusing my thoughts/prayers on opportunities coming my way that will be for the best. I also in the past months have been focused on improved family relationships, especially with in-laws, and wanting to be more involved in my dh's family business (SLOWLY LOL). Also on making new friends in my community, being more involved, maybe volunteering, etc. <B... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:27:54 EST Getting used to my new "routine" Well, there's not much of a routine yet. But I'm getting used to not having kids here every day (except my son, that doesn't count lol). <BR> <BR> The first week of that was when we had a visitation and funeral and we were all sick, etc. Worked out well that I didn't have to work and deal with all that at the same time, but didn't get our new situation off to the greatest start. <BR> <BR> Last week was better, we are all pretty much healthy (just minor sinus irritations). I was able to be... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:46:02 EST Thanks! Thanks for everyone who's been thinking of me, posting, sending goodies, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get back on here and get back in the groove of things. <BR> <BR> I really don't want to go into EVERYTHING but basically I have been having some crazy stress, physical issues (partially tied to stress) that has made it extremely painful at times to even walk (strange sounding I know, but I don't want to get into all of it) and made me have more anxiety about physical health issues and put... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 14:52:43 EST updates/summary/changes Okay, so last week from Saturday through Friday I: <BR> <BR> Lost 2 lbs - down to 225.5 <BR> worked out for 274 minutes <BR> burned 1950 calories <BR> <BR> (some of the calorie burned amounts on my spark summary calendar don't seem right for the number of minutes I worked out...I think it might really be more but who cares LOL) <BR> <BR> So that's all good! <BR> <BR> So the last couple days I haven't been eating the greatest. I have had some healthy meals, and some not so much. Right no... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:32:13 EST Reset! Okay, yes, this is my second blog, but this is too long for a status :) <BR> <BR> I think I'm going to reset my info/ticker. It still has where I was last year when I started. And the info shows january 20-something of 2012 for my start date. Well the problem is when I look at my reports/graph is it is showing the goal line going down from there. Since I had about 6 months of no improvement towards my goal, I'm way above that and it bothers me. I can't catch up. SO I think I'll reset it for... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:46:02 EST The good, the bad...the weekend. Good: Saturday I weighed in and was down a lb. Now honestly I was hoping for more and I was slightly disappointed. But then I remembered, my eating was great some days, and other days not at all. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day(leftovers) we had chinese takeout and I didn't even try to be good. As I mentioned previously I wasn't planning on really getting on track with eating until midmonth (need to use up some other groceries before planning out and buying stuff for all the healthy meals).... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:35:50 EST I punched my treadmill... Yep...but at least I kept running! ;) <BR> <BR> I was on the good old 'mill and was jogging and feeling pretty awesome because I'd already jogged through a couple songs and was keeping my pace and breathing VERY steady, something I really struggled with the first, oh I don't know, 6 months of my jogging experience last year LOL. Okay, at least the first couple months. Anyway...So a good song with a slightly faster pace started and I was going for distance and time spent running, not speed, s... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:29:31 EST Goals and Motivation! (very long-winded today - you know you've missed it!LOL) I'm not much of a resolution person - I always think of those as things people make and break every year. It's all a choice of words and what your personal definition of the word is. I realize this, so I have no problem with other people making resolutions, it just has a bad connotation with me LOL. <BR> <BR> It's funny because January IS a great time to get started on things. To me it's not because I sucked last year and this year I am determined to get it right for once haha. It's because... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:34:14 EST Today, holidays, New year, etc :) We had a lovely Christmas. Christmas Eve was the big dinner I hosted and everything went fine and was fun and relaxed and everyone said I did a great job! It felt good! Christmas Day was nice and relaxed and I never left the house :) <BR> <BR> The only downside is for some reason I just didn't stop eating! I won't list all the stuff here as it may trigger cravings in others, but almost every time I ate I wasn't even hungry and it was a lot of food. I felt that huge swollen belly uncomfortab... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 15:29:29 EST So glad today is here! This has nothing to do with the whole ANOTHER end of the world thing LOL <BR> <BR> I have been a ball of anxiety the last few days and I couldn't pinpoint why. There were a lot of different factors, but I haven't had anxiety like that in a VERY long time. Even meditating would only reduce it for a few minutes. I kept trying to let go of everything and tell myself that I'm doing everything I can in various situations and whatever happens happens and there's nothing else I can do. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:18:05 EST's it going? Read Me! LOL Yeah, so I have been busy and haven't even been logging in. I usually log in even if I'm not posting, but nope, not this time. And go figure I'm up like 10 lbs. <BR> <BR> But you know what? I'm not freaking out. Am I disappointed? Yes. Am I going to beat myself up? Nope. <BR> <BR> I have been busy taking care of myself in other ways. I've been working on internal/spiritual things I guess you could say. I've been meditating daily (for those of you that think meditation is strange, it's rea... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:48:38 EST