PROFMOM4's SparkPeople Blog PROFMOM4's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy new year! Any of my spark friends still plugging away? I've gained some of my weight back but am determined by God's grace to get healthy and happier again. I hope to comment and encourage you too. Best wishes to each of us in the new year. Si se puede! Sun, 3 Jan 2016 10:56:11 EST It's a beautiful fall, y'all! Hi Sparkies! It's been two months since I posted a blog. *hanging head in shame*. It is gorgeous in north central PA right now. Unbelievable colors of fall. I'm so thankful for the beauty where we live. The fog in the mountain valleys, with flaming orange and red all around. . .purple hills in the distance. . . just lovely. DH and I went hiking last weekend at World's End State Park. So much natural beauty I just want to hold on to it forever. <BR> <BR> Well gotta tell you I am sti... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:13:24 EST Bits of summer (woo hoo!) to carry into fall. . . Almost the semester. . . I'm at work on and off this week; first day of classes is next Monday. My little caboose (well, he's 21) comes home for a week between his summer job cleaning dorm rooms (poetic justice!) and his semester start. When the semester begins, of course the garden harvest needs serious attention! Our apples and concord grapes are ripe. Sauce? Pie? Jelly? Juice? Wine? I love good apples. We also have rutabagas. . . but most of our other crops are a bust due to rode... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 06:53:14 EST blew it today; oh well Woke up at 2:30 AM and couldn't sleep the rest of the night. . .don't know why, except I wasn't in my own bed, but it got me real tired. So. . . after attending my niece's bridal shower today and driving the 3 hours home, I felt exhausted and shaky. My solution. . . chocolate. Lots of it. And salted almonds. Haven't messed up like this YET since I started sparkpeople. Well I am determined to chalk it up to overtiredness and not be defeated--back on the right path tomorrow! DH and I are... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 19:32:35 EST Great biking trails! The summer is winding down and the school year starts next week, so I am trying to get some good biking in. Beautiful paths: the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail in Lewisburg PA (18 miles)--did it today. Gorgeous farmland and a very picturesque town. Susquehanna River Rail Trail in Williamsport (18 miles)--another beauty. Pine Creek Rail Trail in the Endless Mountains area of north central PA is long and lovely--we do around 20 miles when we go. I also do a lovely 12.5 hilly loop in the countr... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:30:56 EST Yay !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! First big goal met !!!!!! Thank you !!! So I am SO excited! Today I weighed in at 162.8, which means for my height (over 5'8") I am at the high end of a healthy BMI! 24.7 !! This is not something that I EVER dreamed possible; I was edging into the obese category a few months ago. <BR> <BR> My first big goal was to be within a healthy BMI range by my 31st anniversary, on Aug 8. And I made it! OK, OK, i know I am always a couple of lbs more at the doctor's, because at home I weigh myself wearing nothing, first thing in the m... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 10:17:54 EST Very bummed My doc says probable stress fracture in my foot. The xray also showed my other nasty foot issues (bunion and osteoarthritis--what? Eeew!). I am probably not going to get a bone scan to confirm because I would have to pay 30% of it as coinsurance and they cost a couple thousand. So my wonderful nurse said keep a good supporting shoe on it; no running (ever), no long walks with the dog while it heals, upper body stuff only. And see how it is in a week. She wants to send me to a podiatr... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:08:50 EST A small victory! Well, to me it was a big one. I have been stressed all week about something; basically it was a job proposal I had to write for some freelance work; lots of angst etc. I have REALLY felt stressed, wondering how to write the proposal, wondering if I even had the time to take this extra job on (since I DO want to schedule time for exercise this fall when I am back teaching), wondering if I was capable or just a bogus teacher after all. <BR> <BR> My default mode when I am very stressed is e... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 18:51:59 EST Good news/eh news I am SO excited to say that I have lost 30 lbs as of today. Wow. I never would have thought this possible. I have only a couple of lbs more until I am at the upper end of a healthy BMI, and only 20 more until I am in the middle, where I want to be. I could not have come so far without Sparkpeople and God giving me the strength and motivation. I also thank Him for generally good health. . . better than I deserve, considering how I've been overweight for 20 years and haven't really taken c... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:55:54 EST Grace So, quick check: What does the word "grace" mean to you? As in, God's grace? <BR> <BR> I confess, it's one of those specialized Bible words that I kinda don't stop to think about when I am reading. I know we are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8), and that it is a gift of God. But I guess my default definition is it's just God overlooking our sins, or it's spiritual gifts, or even "gracefulness"-- poised or gentle behavior and speech. <BR> <BR> But hey! I saw this today in Tit... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:43:10 EST Lovely June I feel so blessed to have seen all 4 of my chillens and both wives this month. They are all in their 20's, but live scattered in PA and NY. We just got back from a trip to Buffalo--really a great, fun city, despite its economic woes. Went sailing, saw Shakespeare in the Park, walked, hung out with my chillens. My son and DIL are making a difference there in the inner city. So proud. <BR> <BR> Lots of biking, walking, eating a tad over--sheesh the food thing is still hard. Oh my gosh... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 08:51:50 EST Time to post! I've been slacking a bit on posting. . . sorry sparkies! Hope y'all are doing well. I was at the beach last week with DH and even though it was restaurant week, for the most part I did pretty well with my nutrition. Notice I am not calling it a diet. That sounds like deprivation, where nutrition sounds like being good to yourself. yep. <BR> <BR> I have been getting manic amounts of exercise. I have never liked exercising, except for swimming laps, so this is a new feeling. Exhilaratio... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 09:46:44 EST My Bod is God's Well hello Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> For me, it's been a good couple of months--down 21 lbs (well 4 of those lbs came off in January but I count them!). Been exercising like crazy and being good on the food plan. Today I budgeted in a half-piece of homemade strawberry shortcake :) I know I won't be able to keep up as much exercising once the school year starts (though I promise myself to do 1/2 hr daily even then), so for this summer I am in Fat Camp. Well, let's call it Body Shop. Sou... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 20:02:46 EST My wedding rings Another motivation for losing weight: I want to be able to wear my wedding rings again! <BR> <BR> We are complicated. Weight/food/exercise issues are complicated. I don't pretend to have it figured out. But I do know that God answers prayer. He loves to answer prayer. He waits to answer prayer! I have prayed for a deeper life with God (through regular Bible study etc) and He is answering (I'm far from perfect but growing). I am praying for help with getting physically fit and healt... Tue, 22 May 2012 08:41:09 EST The garden's in! Today I finished up the garden--planted 3 rows of potatoes and one of onions. I have a lot of stuff in! I love it at this time of year when everything is so promising and the weeds and the varmints haven't interfered yet! Our church has a large community garden; I have a 20 x 50 plot. It's lots of fun to work together. Plus we share seeds, tips, and extra produce! <BR> <BR> So. . . my fitness tracker says 2 hours of gardening is like 524 calories. Really? And then it warns me I am doi... Fri, 18 May 2012 11:25:13 EST Health benefits I have several health issues that are a direct result of being overweight. . .and it is amazing how just 15 lbs of weight loss and consistent exercise is helping with them: <BR> <BR> Cholesterol down to 143 (last check 175; I'm on cholesterol meds so a goal for me is to get OFF the meds. . .doc says we can try when I am in a normal weight range) <BR> <BR> Plantar fasciitis/heel pain--much better! <BR> <BR> Knee pain with deep knee bends--much better; stronger knees! <BR> <BR> Reflux/sing... Mon, 14 May 2012 06:58:20 EST doing the spring into shape bootcamp challenge Woo-hoo--hope I can keep with it! Walking's pretty easy for me but strength training? --going to try a positive attitude about it! I have lost over 11 lbs so am psyched. Beautiful weather, God is always good. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 21:47:56 EST spring! Spring is here and that sure helps the fitness motivation! I've lost 8 lbs over 3 months and then put one back on. . .why do I do that to myself? Anyway DH and I have new bikes--a great motivator--and we are trying to put them to good use. 20 miles yesterday and 2 miles, with steep hills, today. I need to stay motivated--tend to let down my guard when I lose a few. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! I'm a newbie and would be glad for some encouragement. Kinda shy ab... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 19:43:03 EST