PEDSNURSETAM's SparkPeople Blog PEDSNURSETAM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community This is my story. This is my story. In May of this year I was given a pedometer, I fussed around with it trying to decide if I was really going to use it. Long story short one day at a time I started walking with short little goals. My initial goal was 7 miles a week bc I was pretty sedentary. But by June I was walking about 6000 steps a day 5 days a week. Then I increased it to 10,000 walking around on breaks and short evening walks. One day a flip was switched and I got the hair brained idea to try and walk ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:17:52 EST 1 year and The New Me; A Gluten Free Walking Addict So I’m so excited about whats going on in my life that I can hardly contain it. I was going to wait until the year anniversary of my Gluten Free Adventure which is about 2 weeks away, but now is close enough! <BR> <BR> A year ago- and you can read that journey on my blog under Being Tam, I decided at 215 lbs, enough was enough. I felt gross and miserable. I was a gluten-a-holic. And a fitLESS wife. I’ve been trying on and off to become healthy for years now, and I was about to give up as all... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:10:38 EST Gluten Free 9 Months; A New Challenge I have been GF for 9 months! I am astonished by how quickly time has gone by and the fact it is just a life style now. I had initially lost 10 lbs on it- however, I have slowly been gaining as I hit a plateau. I have done numerous things dealing with my weight. Running, swimming, walking, gluten free... but nothing has been more effective than calorie counting. So Im back to the basics. Gluten free being an incredibly hard endeavor for a previous bread-a-holic, gives me hope, bc I know I can ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 09:01:16 EST 6 months Gluten Free Its been almost 6 months now that I have been Gluten Free. I have lost weight and feel a whole lot better. The holidays proved to be a challenge but only in that I missed certain holiday faves. On the other hand I am incredible proud of myself for not falling. I know this is good for me and feel so great for having such an impact with this new lifestyle. <BR> I have plateaued though and although I have not gained a single pound, I am not losing as quickly either. <BR> <BR> Time for phase 2.... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:06:45 EST Being Tam: The Case of Twizzler Bamboozeler OK here's the deal "You don't want to be bamboozled. You don't want to be led down the primrose path! You don't want to be conned or duped. Have the wool pulled over your eyes. Hoodwinked! You don't want to be taken for a ride. Railroaded!" <BR> <BR> I got bamboozled... I got taken down the primrose path... hoodwinked and duped. <BR> <BR> On our way home from a recent visit to St George, middle of the night, kids asleep, husband sleeping... tired eyes. So I pulled over and walked into the ... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:55:13 EST Being Tam: A month Gluten Free Well its been one whole month today since I went gluten free. The results in 1 month are as follows: 15 lbs lost, increased energy, better mood (i still need nerve support with Valerian raising three boys lol), HUGE decrease in BP (went from pre-hypertensive to a VERY healthy low), sleeping better, my cholesterol levels are WNL, and now it has become so easy that I don't really even think about it anymore other than checking ingredients if I am unsure on something. IT IS AMAZING that I ever t... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:37:36 EST Being Tam:Gluten Free and Healthy Breasts 2 topics in one blog? Why not? It's my blog anyways:) <BR> <BR> Well, I have made it to week 3. So far it has been 99% successful. I decided to "splurge" and the 1% failure was the result of eating fries. Yes, a gluten free food usually but it wasn't and I was half way through them before I realized they were so crunchy bc they were battered fries... which I assume has gluten in it lol. So one fail in 3 weeks and by accident. Not too bad. <BR> <BR> Feeling pretty confident these days. More... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 08:48:34 EST Being Tam: 3 days of Gluten Detox So here is the 2nd chronicle of my GF (gluten free) adventure. The first three days were a little bit of hell in my life. Physical attributes included cravings, hunger, headaches, and nausea. The latter 3 only lasted the first day really. By the end of day 2 and day 3 though I started feeling SO GOOD physically. I was not ever hungry! I brought a ton of food to work, cut up veggies, fruit, tuna, peas, black beans... and by lunch I was stuffed and had only eaten half of what I ate and was only... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:25:34 EST Being Tam: Overcoming My Gluten Addiction I’m not really addicted, and can stop any time I want <BR> I'm not nearly as bad as OTHER people! <BR> Now is not a good time to stop! <BR> I don't have time (or money) to get help! <BR> I work hard and I deserve to indulge in this <BR> Its not really that big of a deal. Its only... <BR> <BR> Gluten. <BR> <BR> Sounded a bit like an addict of some kind right? An alcoholic or a drug addict giving excuses. But Gluten? Really? Yes. Really. <BR> <BR> My name is Tammy and I am a glutenaholic. <B... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:49:41 EST Here I go... AGAIN The sweet face of SP always pulls me back. I'm out to to try again. 40lbs goal for this year has started with a ten lb INCREASE :( <BR> This crazy world is constantly trying to pull me down and yet again I allowed the hardships of life to get the best of me. I've been too tired to care what I do with my body and now I'm thoroughly regretting it. But everytime I screw it up there is some kind of excuse as to why. I need to grasp that stress is what pulls me out of the game and I need to be a... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 10:14:01 EST DAY 4 Four days down into the new year. Four days that I have calorie tracked. four days into meeting my week's fitness minutes. Four days into meeting my Christmas 2011 Deadline. <BR> Feels great- a brand new start. Putting last years failures behind and remembering last years accomplishments to push me forward with inspiration. <BR> The part I struggle with the most is calorie tracking AS I eat, instead of hours later, and meal planning on work nights. Im a nurse working nights which puts a new... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 00:30:39 EST 2010 Looking Back Looking back on 2010 I have seen many ups and downs in my Spark Adventure. At first in looking back I felt sadness bc I felt as though I MOSTLY failed. But then I remembered a few things, things that Sparkpeople has taught me... <BR> 1. This is a lifelong adventure and I am still a baby at Sparking. I need to be patient with myself. We dont expect a little baby to never fall- in fact most of the time is about falling and getting back up. <BR> 2. I HAVE had some major accomplishments and need ... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 03:46:41 EST One Year Ago... Wow. One year ago I started walking 20 minutes a day. It was slightly before I met Sparkpeople and fell in love. A year ago i thought "i need to do something about this!!! I can not stay an overweight wife, mommy or nurse! I am fed up!" So I began walkng and one day turned to 2 and 4 and before I knew it I had walked 60 days straight! And lost my first 8 lbs! A year ago i weighed my heaviest in my life... 208# YIKES! It was having kids, nursing school, more kids and then a new career etc etc ... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 02:54:12 EST BK? WTF?:) Yes I said WTF?!!!!! WHAT THE FUUUUU...DDDDggggggeeeeeeee!!!!???? Seriously? Can I blame ignorance? (since Im not sure if I spelled "ignorance" right- i think it might be an E- I rest my case!) 850 Calories for a whopper with cheese? I NEVER GO TO BK... so today I saw the sign... the "lure me its lunch time and you are hungry and cant wait less than a minute to get home and make something healthy" sign... <BR> It said "2.99 Wednesday!" So I thought "hmmmm I didnt eat much breakfast and could... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:18:20 EST Blogging Schmogging.... Well my blogging became schmogging bc i havent done it in forever, along with everythinig else in my life! HA! I could give up on blogging, give up on cal counting and running bc i have said "I failed" and "Im back" so many times in the last 4 months that i am losing faith. But im still here. Im still here and Im blogging. Im calorie counting and I ran today. I have a new goal and I am not going to quit just bc I have messed up to much. The devil on my shoulder tells me Ill never do it, Ive f... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 23:38:34 EST Being Tam For new "Being Tam" episodes please see my blog at Fri, 30 Jul 2010 11:56:39 EST Being Tam… Episode 2- “Knowledge brings forth Wisdom; And Wisdom brings forth Knowledge.” <BR> “God grant me the serenity to except the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and Wisdom to know the difference.” Serenity Prayer <BR> Ok so in this episode of BEING Tammy… <BR> Tammy takes a good hard look at a regret that was not in her control…yet a regret just the same. <BR> All week I was trying to figure out what I was going to blog about for Episode 2. Well it was apparent this evening that I didn’t need all week… I only needed today. Today was a terrib... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 10:12:03 EST BEING Tammy¡K Episode 1. BEING Tammy¡K Episode 1. <BR> <BR> <BR> 17 lbs to GO¡K <BR> Oh¡K and they will GO. <BR> So here¡¦s the thing. This weight loss bit, this endeavor I took on in September has been full and I mean FULL of ups and downs. I mean sometimes I kick a** and other times, well¡K it kick¡¦s my a**. It¡¦s a very discouraging moment when you set out to commit and do something but you let yourself down. It is so much easier to give it up. Easier to not face the reality that you are totally vulnerable... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 18:16:57 EST SPARK DAY 4 Today is DAY 4 of running a mile a day, and spark tracking my calories. Realizing that I could accomplish the first 20 lbs- well I know i can now lose the last 20. Although I have been regularly running since I started this endeavor in September- I had really quit sparking in feb due to laziness using excuses like moving (moving is exhausting but not a good excuse for quitting. I have stayed at my 20lb loss since then but have not lost anything more. TIME TO GET BACK TO IT! I have 5 months a... Thu, 27 May 2010 12:01:37 EST My First 5K! I am a runner now! Im in the orange- kinda hard to miss. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 12:06:41 EST MY FIRST 5K! Well I began training in November to run a 5K. I had NO INTENTION of actually doing one I just thought I'd train for one to get some running into my life. I could not run 2 minutes in September when I started SparkPeople. So I began running a min at a time and then found a training program on my iphone. Come January a friend said "run a 5K with me in April for the Huntsman Cancer Inst." <BR> Her friend and coworker recently died of Cancer so 1. How could I say no to my best friend and 2. I'm ... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 11:30:24 EST FIGHT! Against Cancer! I am excited to announce that for the first time EVER I am going to run a 5K on April 17th!!!!! As a nurse I cant help but have a sincere desire to contribute to the fight against cancer. We all have either had it, will get it or know someone who will get it or has died from it. I never planned to run a 5K but I was training for one just to get in shape and as part of my health plan... not knowing that I was training for a real reason... to run in the fight against cancer. I am asking for you... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 03:42:47 EST The Four Modules of DBT (to understand what in tarnation I am discussing here please see several blogs back where I begin discussing DBT.) <BR> <BR> So I jumped right into the Emotional Regulation of DBT. I would like however to give you an idea of the four modules that DBT is based on so when I mention them you will know what they are... emotional regulation being one of them. So here they are... (btw I am not a HUGE fan of wikipedia bc it is not a professional resource, but i liked the way they explained these 4 ... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 16:48:27 EST "Positive Event Ideas for Emotional Regulation and DBT" Adult Pleasant Events <BR> Ok seriously this is one heck of a list of positive events- but there is something for everyone. As a DBT skill for emotional regulations you are supposed to do at least 2 things each day as positive pleasant events. In fact so many of these things ARE things we do everyday without thinking about it. But thats the key point. WE NEED to think about them and realize there are many positives in our life. And yes I can count- but I had erased a few of the items listed ... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 15:22:59 EST Steps to Increase POSITIVE EMOTIONS "Steps for Increasing Positive Emotions" <BR> The following are some steps to build positive emotions. Keep in mind that this is not formal DBT training as I am not a formal DBT trainer- however I am a Registered Nurse, and this is me learning how to use DBT to get me through my own addictions and emotional disregulations. I am reading more about DBT and becoming more knowledgeable in days to come. What i do know is this information is extremely helpful as a guide to understand and putting in... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 15:09:54 EST Emotions are like puppies... Emotions+DBT=Beneficial??? YES!!!! Yes, its true. Emotions have some good use for our bodies. <BR> BUT emotions are like an untrained puppy. Without proper training they chew up your furniture, pee on your carpet and bite children bc they play to rough. But with proper training puppies turn into adult dogs who protect you, keeping you safe and loved. They dont chew up your favorite couch, they tell you when its time to go potty and they save biting for special occasions only. They sit when y... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 14:29:42 EST What is DBT? Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) combines cognitive and behavioral therapy, incorporating methodologies from various practices including Eastern mindfulness techniques. (<BR>bt_.html) <BR> <BR> It was developed by Marsha M. Linehan, a psychology researcher at the University of Washington. It was originally designed to treat people with borderline personality disorder. It was then put into use for drug addicts or those with emotional instability. ... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 14:12:40 EST Wasting emotions on Words... or in my case- FOOD I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results." Florence Nightingale <BR> <BR> Florence Nightingale was my nurse predecessor, and a chick who could hold her own. She didnt take guff from anyone, and because of her ambitious confidence she revolutionized the field of nursing. She essentially created the modern world of nursing. <BR> <BR> I like her quotes because they are straight forward tell-you-like-it-is inspiration. <... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 13:48:57 EST LOVE DAY Goal Well, My first medium short term goal <BR> was to be 184 lbs by Feburary 14. Its getting awefully darn close. Im feeling like I might be defeated BUT BUT BUT I have not given up nor will I. Its still possible with a realistic, healthy outcome. I would however have to lose 2 lbs a week until LOVE DAY. <BR> Ill keep you posted:) Sat, 23 Jan 2010 13:21:56 EST Inspiration Quotes from Nurses Who Came Before Me.... I am nurse and here are some of my favorite quotes from those who came and paved a way for me as fellow nurses. YES! WALT WHITMAN was indeed a nurse in his time! <BR> <BR> <BR> Florence Nightingale <BR> “I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.” <BR> <BR> “Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion <BR> <BR> I attribute my success to this - I never gav... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 21:50:32 EST 28 day Program- Week One and Accountability Week One I have begun! One thing we are to do in week one as an action step is to be accountable and well- here I am being accountable to who knows how many cyberspace and Sparkpeople! So here are my goals! <BR> LONG TERM GOALS <BR> GOAL 1- My GOAL IS LOSE BETWEEN 40 AND 50 LBS BY NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 17, 2010 <BR> <BR> WHY; TO BE A HEALTHY AND FIT AND SEXY WIFE, MOM AND NURSE <BR> <BR> GOAL 2- TO BE A ROLE MODOL FOR MY CHILDREN <BR> <BR> WHY: BECAUSE THEY NEED ONE! <BR> <BR> GOAL 3: TO... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 21:48:01 EST Happy New Year So the last time I wrote it was while trying to pick myself up. For a while like 4 weeks I did just fine- and I even started running! LIKE training for a 5K! BUT then Thanksgiving it was the last day I ran- and the last day of really doing anything with my health or fitness at all. I have hated myself for it- SOOOOO then I decided that I have proved to myself that I can do it- I did do 60 days afterall and the first 30 days was like a little miracle. I have proved it to myself I Can and WILL ... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 21:13:31 EST Round three begins Well I have made it past Day 60 and round 2 is over and round three begins. To bring to date - I have been doind a 20 minute walk or more program which started at 30 days then took a day break and then did 30 more days. So I am now on day 62! <BR> <BR> Round two proved to be a trial. It began with a nasty virus that kicked my weak asthmatic lungs butt. I was sick and unable to make it a few feet without coughing and weazing- This lasted 12 days!!!!! So Although I followed through it was a m... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 04:29:57 EST 30 Days Dare to Walk It all started August 22nd. I was checking out "Livestrong" for like the 15th million time to "start tracking my calories" and get serious about it "this time." I asked my husband if I could join weight watchers. He said "Why cant you just count calories and exercise?" I thought, "Because, duh, don't you know that to really lose weight and be healthy I have to spend lots of money to get there?" but instead I said,"because that hasn't worked for me..."To be fair however I began to contemplate... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 03:47:37 EST Cleaning with a friend My buddy Cristiona and I came up with the idea to clean eachothers houses once a week. And walk togeter as well. On Tuesday we walked and it was great- minus poor little babies that were not in the mood for a walk <em>41</em> <BR> Today we did the house cleaning a try. She came over to my house and for 2 hours we cleaned and organized my entryway-coat closet, and pantry. Scrubbed walls and baseboards and it was more fun to clean together. Then when she left I kept going! A total of 8 hours ... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 04:05:30 EST