ORANGECOWCAT's SparkPeople Blog ORANGECOWCAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 2017 - I want everyone to succeed!! It's been a long time since I joined SparkPeople. It was January 8th, 2008. I was seriously overweight. I was frustrated, depressed, irritated and mostly, ready to change myself. I'd never been overweight in my life but I allowed myself to get that way after giving birth to my son. Terrible excuse for me...I should have been focusing on being healthy for my son, my husband, myself...for our futures and for my life. I made that change over 9 years ago. <BR> <BR> I was just looking through my... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 13:59:44 EST Teagan Riley Clark -- birth story <link><BR>agan-riley-clark.html </link> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 19:11:20 EST Light up the sky... <link><BR>ght-up-sky.html </link> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 16:10:59 EST Tiny flickers of hope... As I reread my blog entry this morning, I prayed that by sharing it someone would find comfort and hope :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>is-past-year-i-started-something-new.html </link> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:41:20 EST Running with the birds <link><BR>nning-with-birds.html </link> Sat, 8 Oct 2011 18:50:46 EST (pre)School Days! <link><BR>hool-days.html </link> Sat, 10 Sep 2011 12:46:51 EST My super smart little boy <link><BR>eld-trip-jacobson-bear-creek-park.html </link> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 19:41:21 EST Moving on...with God <link><BR>ving-with-god.html </link> Sat, 20 Aug 2011 16:53:44 EST Shooting Stars <link><BR>ooting-stars.html </link> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 00:28:32 EST Yes...STILL! <link><BR>sstill.html </link> Sun, 22 May 2011 18:44:57 EST still.....???<BR>eartbroken.html Sat, 21 May 2011 23:59:06 EST God's Comfort... <link><BR>lowing-god-to-comfort-you.html </link> Mon, 16 May 2011 23:32:34 EST Score is God-3, Satan-0!<BR>atan-is-jerk.html Wed, 11 May 2011 18:02:51 EST When I'm wrong...<BR>hen-im-wrong.html Tue, 10 May 2011 15:15:49 EST Stillness in a busy life <link><BR>-still.html </link> Wed, 4 May 2011 19:11:41 EST My Baptism I was baptized on Easter Sunday...amazing experience! Here's a link to my blog in case you're interested in my story... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 21:49:07 EST Stripes and running with scissors <link><BR>ripes.html </link> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:04:19 EST Discouragement and Faith <link><BR>scouragement-and-faith.html </link> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 16:41:46 EST **RACING 2011!** Tentative race schedule for 2011: <BR> <BR> April 10th--> Big D - Texas Half Marathon, Dallas, TX <BR> <BR> April 30th--> Drake Relays Half Marathon, Des Moines, IA <BR> <BR> May 21st--> Fargo Half Marathon, Fargo, ND <BR> <BR> June 4th--> Dam to Dam 20K, Des Moines, IA <BR> <BR> July 9th--> Midnight Madness 10K, Ames, IA <BR> **OR** <BR> July 10th--> Summerfest Half Marathon, Milwaukee, WI <BR> <BR> July 30th--> Bix 7- 7 mile, Davenport, IA <BR> <BR> Oct 16th--> IM... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 20:12:57 EST December year <link><BR>ppy-birthday-jonah.html </link> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:01:20 EST I feel like a hypocrite sometimes <link><BR>feel-like-hypocrite.html </link> Sun, 26 Dec 2010 13:09:51 EST 12 days of gifts from Jonah <link> </link> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 17:15:36 EST My first half marathon...and the weeks leading up to it! <link> </link> Sat, 17 Apr 2010 15:21:17 EST Faith <link> </link> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 18:17:35 EST one month <link> </link> Fri, 29 Jan 2010 15:10:55 EST Back to square one... <link> </link> Thu, 21 Jan 2010 23:11:30 EST No words... <link> </link> Sat, 16 Jan 2010 16:52:38 EST getting back into a routine So on Monday I started running again. As much as it feels good to be exercising, my heart just isn't into running like it was earlier. I know that in time, that will come back. I just found myself feeling empty. Yesterday, near the end of my 5 mile run, I nearly broke into tears. I'm sure it's just a mixture of hormones and emotions right now but since my treadmill died, I've been working out a a gym and the LAST thing I want to do is start crying in front of a ton of people! I'm just not su... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 19:47:26 EST Heartbroken... 2009 ended on a very sad note... <BR> <BR> Tuesday 12/29 I woke up at 5am having contractions...I knew this wasn't a good sign at 16 weeks pregnant. We went in for an ultrasound which showed that our baby was alive and healthy; however, my cervix had started to dilate. We were sent to a perinatal specialist in Des Moines in hopes of stopping the dilating and perhaps stitching my cervix closed. Unfortunately, by the time we reached the doctor, I had dilated to 4 cm and my bag of waters had st... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 16:25:21 EST ugh! I really wish this morning/afternoon sickness would end! I didn't have ANY nausea with my son so this has been challenging to my sanity! I struggle to find energy during the day...probably because there's not much food for my body to work with. I've cut back my running miles because I've already lost about 10 lbs and I don't want to lose any more. I'm not terribly worried...I know a lot of women lose weight in the beginning. But I also need to remember to take care of myself and the baby! So ... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 14:51:03 EST So excited to have another baby! Well, after over a year of trying to get pregnant, we are finally going to add a second little one to our family! I'm starting this pregnancy a little heavier than with my first, but I'm not too worried. First of all, I gained 15 pounds in my first trimester last time! That will not happen this time, I can guarantee it! I've actually lost a little weight in the first 8 weeks, mainly because I can't even look at food until about 4pm. Breakfast and lunch consist of water and saltine crackers! B... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 12:55:49 EST Why do I feel guilty? Strange thing happened today. I took a look at my training calendar and realized I ran EVERY day last week...Sunday through Saturday. Um, not intentionally. I think my brain just went on auto-pilot! My husband had to work two extra days this week and I think it just seemed like I should be running. <BR> <BR> Anyway, as soon as I saw it, I was like "whoa...I need to take a day off!"...I did run over 30 miles last week, which is higher than any other week this month. So I did what any respons... Sun, 24 May 2009 15:44:33 EST My other blog <link> </link> Thu, 21 May 2009 13:27:33 EST Need to kick myself a little... I'm struggling so much with motivation lately. It doesn't help that the weather has been gloomy...I get feeling so blob-like when it rains! The skies are supposed to clear a bit this afternoon and I already told my husband that I'm doing a long run today. I have to say, long runs are my favorite. I love hill running because I feel very accomplished when I'm done. I'm not a big fan of tempo runs or Fartlek but I do them because I should! Speed work in general...ugh! But my long runs are my mos... Fri, 15 May 2009 14:36:45 EST OK...I'm pissed I'm doing everything I can...running, strength training, eating the right number of calories... <BR> <BR> I'm not losing weight... <BR> <BR> Anyone truly believe in the connection between stress and weight gain? I've had a few people tell me that they think it could be contributing but I don't know if I believe it or not... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 13:54:51 EST How March going to be different from February **NUTRITION: Plan every meal. Every day meet my calorie needs. <BR> <BR> **FITNESS: Cardio 5 days, but push for 6. I was losing the most weight when I was working out more. But it can't be running every day...I think that may be what started burning me out. So I'm going for 3-4 days running and the other days my fitness DVD until it's nicer weather outdoors...then I'll bike or something. Strength training 3 days. <BR> <BR> **MOTIVATION: I've got to remember to take some me time. I'm not sur... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 13:29:20 EST Time for an update Well, there has been a lot going on for me in the past week or so. I'm just now getting over a terrible head/chest cold. I kept working out throughout the illness as best I could but I didn't really feel like it most of the time. I can't wait to get my energy back so I enjoy my running again. <BR> <BR> I've had to put my sprint triathlon training on hold for now. My husband drives a truck over the road and I just don't have enough child care to properly devote myself to training...especially... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 20:42:16 EST Rough weekend There was an issue with our new landlord...we no longer have a house to move into. This means that we are still in my in-laws basement. This also means that we are back to square one...looking for a place to live. We were supposed to be spending all weekend moving, and instead, we spent Saturday moping. Today is a little better, but I am super down in the dumps. I feel SO unmotivated. <BR> <BR> But deep down I know it's all going to work out. We may end up moving a little further away than ... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 13:04:20 EST January 4, 2009 I'm going to be more faithful about posting in my blog section this year. I look back over last year and sometimes I wonder about certain weeks, or months...why things went poorly or went very well. I think if I update at least once a week, I'll have something to look back on and learn from. Yeah... <BR> <BR> My cat keeps nudging my hand with his very cold nose and I keep messing up! Arg! <BR> <BR> Anyway, so my first 4 days of January have been pretty good. I've been faithful about running... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 16:46:52 EST The new year is coming! I'm actually pretty excited to start the new year this year. I'm healthier, I'm 50 pounds lighter, and we're moving into a house! This past year was hard, but I'm so glad that I went through it. I learned more about myself this past year than ever before. Plus, the friends I've made here are wonderful...everyone has such a wonderful story to share. I get so excited when someone else here reaches his/her goal or has a breakthrough moment. And when someone I've gotten close to suddenly disappea... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:41:00 EST I think I see SOMETHING I'm still so sick. I had a such a hard time falling asleep last night because of this congestion. The last time I looked at the clock it said 3:15am and I think I fell asleep out of sheer exhaustion. Ugh. <BR> <BR> But when I was getting dressed and pulling on my jeans, I think my midsection is seriously gotten smaller! It doesn't look so, well, round! I can't measure yet...well, I could, but I won't. Thursday is the day. Besides, everything fits well today and I think I'll just enjoy that f... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 11:40:13 EST sick...again Let me just vent about this. I've heard my whole life that when you're eating well and exercising, you'll get sick LESS. <BR> <BR> I don't buy it. <BR> <BR> Last year in Oct thru December, I was the most sedentary I'd been in my whole life. We were also eating so much processed food (especially frozen pizzas!). I didn't get sick at all! This past year, especially from June through now, I've been so good about exercising 5-6 times a week, and we eat very clean. And I've had SO many head and ... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 20:13:21 EST HA! I couldn't think of a HA is going to have to do it. <BR> <BR> I've been so frustrated the past week or so. And I find that I'm a little negative to myself. I know I'm working hard, I know I'm making progress...but I find myself saying some very "not so nice" things about myself to myself! It makes me kind of sad. Just today I caught myself commenting on some "gross" part of me while getting dressed post-run. Why? What's the deal lately that I can't see the good? When I first start... Fri, 12 Dec 2008 20:47:01 EST Just getting tired of seeing it... What is IT? Well, IT is the area of my body that falls below the girls and above the hips. If I had a super power, I think I would want the ability to zap fat. I am working my butt off and I look gross. You know, it's a whole lot better than it was last year at this fact, it's better than it was in June. But I'm just disgusted with it...and every time I see it, I am reminded of the fact that I got lazy and let myself get to that point. I had a really good workout today and then I t... Wed, 10 Dec 2008 16:59:00 EST Going to try something new I am having a really tough time losing weight in my mid-section. I've lost almost 50 pounds and I feel like everything is thinning up EXCEPT my tummy area! I know the only real way to burn it off is through cardio, which I usually do for about 45 minutes now. I'm going to bump that up little by little until I'm at 60 minutes. I also researched it and I really think I could benefit from trying out a program like South Beach. I LOVE my carbs...especially in the form of breads. And I got to thin... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 16:57:06 EST Enough! Oooo...I have been so bad lately! Not my eating habits. I am careful to track my food and I always stay in the ranges. But my exercising has been SO bad lately! My husband drives a truck over-the-road and he was home from Saturday until Wednesday...I didn't run once! Ugh. I felt so lazy today when I finally got back into the swing of things. And today was a strength training day on TOP of cardio. I feel like a slug. <BR> <BR> Oh well...back into the groove. If anything, this hiatus made me r... Thu, 9 Oct 2008 17:12:11 EST it's official! I am officially a COMFORTABLE size 7. I have been wearing my old jeans that were 7's for a little while now but I couldn't really believe that they were "real" 7's...I figured they were older (several years at least!) and had stretched and blah blah blah. But these jeans are SO old that they are starting to wear out in places and I knew I needed new ones. Today was the day. <BR> <BR> As I was getting out of my car I reminded myself that I had to keep my expectations reasonable. I decided tha... Wed, 24 Sep 2008 15:40:55 EST crap food So, today I ate like crap. <BR> <BR> I stayed within my calorie range, my fat range, my carb and protein ranges. <BR> <BR> But the food I ate was CRAP. <BR> <BR> I'm gonna chalk today up as a cheat day and start fresh tomorrow! <BR> <BR> (stupid m&m's....) Sun, 21 Sep 2008 22:50:58 EST still yucky So, I took Sunday off (like I usually do). <BR> <BR> Walked Monday for 60 minutes. <BR> <BR> Took Tuesday off because I couldn't stop coughing. <BR> <BR> Decided to push it and ran for 33 (?) minutes Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I'm coughing up both lungs. I CANNOT be sick! This just CANNOT be happening! <BR> <BR> I know, I know...take it easy, let your body heal...I know what I'm supposed to do. <BR> <BR> But there has got to be someone out there that understands my frustration...I r... Thu, 18 Sep 2008 00:01:44 EST feeling yucky My son seems to have caught a little "bug" since we moved to Iowa...probably because he's been around a lot more children! He's had the typical cold-like symptoms...runny nose, cough, decreased appetite, kind of lethargic, etc. Well, I was HOPING that maybe this one would pass me by. No such luck. Yesterday I had a low fever and a runny nose. Today, I feel like I got run over by a truck. The body aches that I have make me think it could be the flu. And now I feel even worse for my little monk... Mon, 15 Sep 2008 11:38:50 EST