RFAMHERE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RFAMHERE RFAMHERE'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/ Another Restart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178901 How many times have I restarted? How many times am I going to say I'm going to do it this time? <BR> <BR> Honestly that doesn't matter. What matters is that I'm still determined to live a healthy lifestyle. What matters is that I want to take care of this body that God has blessed me with. What matters is being there for my children. <BR> <BR> What matters is that it's never a bad thing to start again! Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:20:46 EST A step back or still ahead? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2867832 Last year we had some stress that knocked me off my exercise and nutritional plans. I had been doing great and was less than 10 lbs from my goal. However during this time of stress (strongest from early February though late March 2009), I gained 15 lbs. Once we got through this rough time, that initial stress was replaced with the stress of weight gain and elevated glucose levels. I was almost certain that my summer doctor appointment would bring me a higher A1c and possibly medication fo... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 21:58:51 EST New Year goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2675959 New Year's is all about resolutions. However, I have decided to call them "goals" not "resolutions." Goals are things that are measurable and reachable. Vague resolutions like "lose weight" and "spend more time with the family" are almost certain to fail. Being more specific helps to keep me on track. <BR> <BR> My goals for 2010 are: <BR> * lose 20 lbs <BR> * lower my A1c to under 6.0 <BR> * check my glucose levels at least twice per day <BR> * take the children to the Y... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 13:39:30 EST Step Out - an awesome experience! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2435721 Yesterday I participated in Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes. The weather was perfect for the walk! Walkers could walk 1, 2, or 3.5 miles - I did all 3.5! Anyone who has diabetes was given a Red Strider hat. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/3/b83004328.jpg"> <BR> (My Red Strider hat) <BR> <BR> When it was time to start the walk, they asked those of us with red hats to come to the front and start the walk. I looked behind me, realized that all of the people behind me were ... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 14:36:54 EST Tomorrow I "Step Out" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2430099 Tomorrow I'll joining a group of people for the ADA's Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes. I'm so excited as I've never joined one of these fundraising walks before. <BR> <BR> The t-shirt I'm working on is almost done. On the front it says, "Sue's Sweeties" (my team name because my kids are my sweeties and I'm walking so they don't have to face diabetes) with six hearts, each having the first initial of my husband and five kids. On the back it says, "Walking for me... Walking for you... Wa... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 09:12:32 EST This week's doctor visit & battle of the donuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2336652 This week I had my yearly physical and blood work. Because of my diabetes, I also had an A1c check. This blood test estimates average blood glucose levels over about the last three months. For a non-diabetic, this number should be below 6.0 - When I was diagnosed last year, I was a 6.9 In February, I got it down to 6.3 This week I'm down even further - 6.2! My fasting was 114! (Non-diabetics are below 100. Diabetes is diagnosed at 126 or higher.) I'll never be "cured" but I'm loving m... Sat, 22 Aug 2009 11:42:26 EST Beat the Buffet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2279958 Yesterday was our anniversary (17 yrs), so we went out for lunch without the kids. We went to Sirloin Stockade which is a nice buffet. (We weren't in the mood for fancy, just quiet time together.) It's a given that most people overeat at buffets and we were no exceptions. Thankfully there are plenty of low-carb choices. I will admit that I had two desserts. They have some great bread pudding that I have to get every time with a little vanilla soft serve on top. Then I went back for som... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 10:22:31 EST Monday I overdid it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2268528 In the morning I did my usual water aerobics. In the afternoon, I joined my weekly fitness walking class. We power walk different routes around town. It was a 3 mi walk. Not something I can't handle. However about half way through I was having a really tough time. The only time my legs were that weak was a month ago when the heat index was around 110*. Why was I having such a hard time? I had plenty of water in one of those backpack things, so it wasn't that. Well when we returned to... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 01:51:12 EST Not too bad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2257032 Last weekend we visited family. This is a time we usually don't pay too much attention to what we eat. We live in a small town with limited choices when it comes to eating out. They live in a larger area with tons of choices. When I weighed myself Tuesday morning I was up 3 lbs. Not bad considering the stuff I ate. However I forgot that I was also a little bloated for the beginning of this week. Today I weighed myself and I was only up one pound. I can handle that, especially since my... Fri, 24 Jul 2009 19:38:12 EST Need to listen to my body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2222315 This morning one of my kids made chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. Oh they smelled so yummy as she was making them. I had two at first. Oh yes, my mouth enjoyed them and my stomach tolerated them. However my eyes and my mouth wanted more. So I took two more! Yes, my mouth enjoyed eating them. However about half way through pancake number three, my stomach started to protest. This is too much! My mouth ignored the warning and kept eating the delicious chocolate chip pancakes. Ye... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 12:08:53 EST Five days of tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2221191 I've been back to tracking my food and today is day number five. I eat so much better when I see what I've eaten that day. Today I'm low on my carbs but ok on everything else so I'm not worried. As long as my sugars are ok and I'm under not over, that's what's important. I entered that I went swimming with the kids today on the fitness tracker, but I know that my calories burned weren't that high (assuming that's lap swim?). However I'm going to leave it since I don't feel like tweaking ... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 20:18:28 EST My Fight with Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2210280 I have Type 2 diabetes. Most people don't believe me. I was diagnosed last year two weeks before my 38th birthday and 183 lbs (down from the 190s). Slightly overweight but no obese. And not *gulp* old either. However, genetics likes to play tricks on us now and then. I had gestational diabetes with all five pregnancies, my mother is Type 2 as was her father. I would tell people "When I become diabetic.." to which I'd hear "Oh don't say that. There are things you can do to prevent it."... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 16:25:17 EST Tracking, tracking, tracking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2097001 I have not been tracking my food or exercise here lately. I know from experience that I do much better if I can see how my food and exercise add up. I just entered my breakfast and I vow to keep tracking. No wonder I'm not losing weight - I'm doing too much snacking. That comfort eating in February and March became habit - a habit I need to break! <BR> <BR> So I will now be tracking every bite that enters my mouth. I will also plan ahead for snacks and make sure to taking those schedule... Wed, 27 May 2009 07:48:01 EST Oh boy! Here we go again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1935302 Due to a stressful time recently, I've gained about 12-15 lbs. On the plus side, our YMCA has organized a "winning loser" competition. I've joined a team with three wonderful women. I feel confident that I'll lose the weight I've gained plus start on the weight I had left to lose. Thank you for the motivation, dear friends! Wed, 1 Apr 2009 23:22:09 EST Another plateau but hopeful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1726176 I've been around 158-160 for a while now. It's getting rather frustrating! This reminds me of last year in February and March where I kept going back and forth between three pounds. However that was between 183 and 186. Big difference this time! Before I was just starting my journey (start weight 191 in Jan 2008). This time I'm approaching the end. Not the end of my new lifestyle, but the end of losing weight. I'd like to get down to 151. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I should be very proud ... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 21:38:14 EST 100 miles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1549643 Today I earned my 100 mile t-shirt from the YMCA (see my photo gallery). I earned it by walking on the treadmill and doing water aerobics. Of course if I had kept track since we joined the Y in July instead of starting part way through September, I would have had the t-shirt a lot sooner. That's ok. I'm still very proud of myself! I think I'll wear it on Thursday since I had handbell practice and a lot of people in the bell choir walk at the Y as well. <BR> Wed, 5 Nov 2008 00:22:14 EST Back on track tracking food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1480110 I've been good tracking my exercise (of course, exercise is always favorable, regardless the amount), but I've been slacking at tracking my food. Well last night I put in all the food I ate yesterday and I've already entered my breakfast. I'm going to keep going with it. Tracking my food on SparkPeople helps me more than I realized. Not only does it help with my weight loss, but it helps me control my diabetes better. <BR> <BR> Now to keep up with things. <em>4</em> Fri, 26 Sep 2008 09:08:07 EST My parents finally saw the new me today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1468499 My parents are visiting and finally got to see the new skinny me today. I think they were surprised. They knew I had been working out but I hadn't told them how much I had lost. Also, they haven't seen a full body picture of me in a while. It was nice! Unfortunately our time today was cut short. My mom isn't feeling well. They're in the area for a few days so I'm hoping she recovers quickly so we can spend time together. The younger three are hoping to spend the night with their grand... Fri, 19 Sep 2008 18:53:26 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1454344 Someone on another message board I frequent asked "How do you control your eating?" Here is my answer, albeit somewhat rambling: <BR> <BR> I'm not sure, to be honest! Earlier this week I got the urge to eat everything in sight but instead I just grabbed a bowl of cottage cheese. That's so strange to me that even I can't understand it. I guess it's like going to the Y for waterobics every morning. I may not want to do it, but I go. Ok, maybe paying for the class is motivation by itself. LO... Thu, 11 Sep 2008 21:26:49 EST I'm in the 150s! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1449032 I'm down another two pounds, bringing me to 158. I haven't been this weight since shortly after dd1 was born. A friend this weekend said she doesn't think she's ever seen me this skinny. I replied, "You haven't!" She met me between dd2&3, when I was in the 180s. <BR> <BR> I can't wait until my parents visit next week! They know I've been working on losing weight but they have no idea how far I've come. I haven't seen them in a year, so won't this be a shock! <BR> <BR> I have a wonderful gro... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 08:14:58 EST Me??? A size 10??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1429750 In January, I wore a size 16 which were a little snug. All summer I've been wearing shorts with draw string elastic waists. When I do craft fairs for my Dandy Doggy Duds business, I like to wear black shorts (if outside) or pants with a shirt that has my business name (ala Cafe Press). I decided that I needed a new pair of black jeans for my fall events. <BR> <BR> I put a size 14 and a size 12 in my cart and went and tried them on. I decided to start with the size 12, knowing that if they we... Fri, 29 Aug 2008 12:42:15 EST No longer "overweight"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1367452 Oh, my! I'm right on the line between "overweight" and "healthy weight". I never thought I'd see this day! Of course in my mind's eye I'm still over 190 lbs. It will take a while to get myself out of that overweight mindset. I'm so close to my goal of 151 lbs (I'm 164 right now). I used to wear XL t-shirts but no I wear size large. I actually tried on a medium size t-shirt this weekend and IT FIT! WOW! <BR> <em>9</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2008 15:53:07 EST More ways to work out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1313572 On July 1, we joined the YMCA. We live less than two blocks away. We were members years ago but we didn't use it. At that time we only had two small children. It was so hard for me to get there and work out. Now my older children are able to watch the younger ones. I think that we've used the Y more in the last few days (even with them being closed for the 4th) than we did the whole year we were members before. <BR> <BR> I've enjoyed using the treadmill and the kids love the pool. I... Sat, 5 Jul 2008 14:04:20 EST WOOHOO! Half way there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1276413 <em>104</em> <BR> I'm now officially half way to my goal. I'm so excited! I haven't been this light in about 13 yrs. I have had to buy new clothes which feels great. None of my shorts from last summer fit! My husband and kids have been so supportive! I don't know if I could have done it this easily without their support. <BR> <BR> Here's to another 20 pounds! <em>9</em> Tue, 17 Jun 2008 16:19:14 EST Almost to my initial goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1218264 My ultimate goal is 151 lbs, but I decided to divide that in half and set a half way goal. In January I started at 191. That wasn't my highest. My highest non-pregnant weight was 196. I haven't been this light since my oldest daughter (almost 15 yrs) was about two years old! I had to go buy new summer clothes. Most of my shorts that I wore last year are too big. I had so much fun! Only 24 lbs until my ultimate goal! My ticker will reflect this once I reach the half-way mark. Tue, 20 May 2008 07:51:14 EST If it is to be, it is up to me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=981367 This quote by an unknown author can be taken many ways. As a mom of five children, the martyr in me thinks about all the household chores and the reluctance of others to help. Yes, if it's going to get done, I'm going to have to do it. <BR> <BR> However I'm going to use this quote for positive motivation. If I'm going to be healthy, exercise, eat right, it is up to me to make sure it happens. It is up to me to be a positive influence on my children to help them see how to become healthy ... Sun, 3 Feb 2008 08:11:12 EST Walk, walk, walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=961899 I've been doing Leslie Sansone's videos for over two weeks now! I started on January 10th and have done one every day since then, except two days. I take a break once per week. Tomorrow is my "day of rest." <BR> <BR> This past week I did a 56 minute DVD! I couldn't believe it! If anyone would have told me even the week before that I'd be able to exercise for about an hour without falling on my face - well, let's just say I'd probably laugh in their face! <BR> <BR> My ticker is movi... Sat, 26 Jan 2008 20:23:24 EST My legs are feeling it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=913705 I did a two mile WATP DVD this morning. That plus all the other running around I had to do today (take care of kids, church stuff with the kids, Girl Scouts, etc), and my legs are TIRED! I'm hoping I don't hurt too bad in the morning. I'm already feeling it though. It's a good thing though. I also had to have a bedtime snack to make sure that I met my calories for today. That's *always* a good thing! Thu, 10 Jan 2008 23:14:51 EST Learning patience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=765586 There are some days I'd just like to give up. I'm such a control freak and perfectionist. If I want something, I want it NOW! I don't want to wait for it. I don't want it to take time. I want to lose weight, so it should come off now! I want to get out of debt, so it should be gone now! I want my house clean and orderly, so it should be spotless now! <BR> <BR> God has ways of teaching us patience. Our first two children were each a week early, so God taught me patience by having our ... Sat, 29 Sep 2007 16:08:25 EST Proud of myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=648963 I was going to go downstairs to ride the bike, but my dd1 reminded me that she had a reserved book waiting at the library. So instead of driving 3/4 mi to the library, I told her I'd just walk and count that as my exercise. Of course then I had to check something out for myself and wound up talking for a while. After a call from home reminding me that I did need to return, I walked home at a pretty good pace. I checked out a couple books on CD that I plan to listen to while I exercise. Wed, 11 Jul 2007 22:27:44 EST WOOHOO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=642176 My dh and I are serious about doing this and sticking with it. His support means the world to me. I've been exercising and feeling good. Now I just need to get to bed at a decent hour. I enjoy my quiet time after the kids go to bed but that's been pushed back later due to the relaxed summer schedule. I have to remind myself if I can't get that time at night, there's always morning. Most of them like to sleep in anyways. Sun, 8 Jul 2007 08:26:45 EST Yes, I'm restarting *again* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=320586 Hey, I'm not perfect! Here we go... again! Tue, 21 Nov 2006 10:04:16 EST Coming back strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=300033 I have totally fallen off the program. I'm not as heavy as when I started but I have gained some weight back. I'm tired of it. It all started when I thought I could do this without entering my food intake and exercise. I'm not ready for that yet. I need to continue to do it. I will re-start today with a positive attitude! I can do it!!! Sun, 29 Oct 2006 09:14:10 EST Moderation not deprivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=220326 That's my moto. My dh and I were really in the mood for Chinese so we got it. We were really careful earlier in the day and did a lot of activity, so we felt it was a day we desirved it. As long as we don't blow every meal and keep moving, an occasional treat is in our plan. Sat, 22 Jul 2006 20:10:27 EST Taking care of myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=211341 So much of the time I find myself so wrapped up in taking care of the kids that I forget to take care of myself. I sat the kids down and told them that to be a good mom I have to take care of myself. Otherwise I'm a cranky mom and they don't like that. A friend introduced me to SP this past weekend. Already I've seen changes in my attitude and how I feel about myself. To top it off, I've already lost FOUR pounds! Wed, 12 Jul 2006 11:16:58 EST Today is the first day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=208065 I joined SP last night so today is the first real day. Entering my food intake was a real eye opener! Luckily I did this before eating lunch so I was able to make better choices. Who knew there were so many calories in Miracle Whip Light? I even got my dh to join! We're doing this together which makes it so much easier. It was actually fun working on our meals together. Of course he teased me a bit that he gets more calories than I do. Looking forward to being 26 lbs lighter by my baby's 2nd ... Sat, 8 Jul 2006 14:35:22 EST