ROSEPETAL80's SparkPeople Blog ROSEPETAL80's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Food So, I keep getting this message that I'm burning more calories that I had planned and I need to adjust my goals. The thing is, when I did that it added a LOT more calories than I feel comfortable eating. I've been eating pretty much the same thing for a few weeks now and I'm still losing. I'm very tempted to just leave it alone and continue until I hit a plateau. I've gotten used to eating what I've been eating and I don't want to start adding lots of calories until I really need to. <BR> <B... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:37:06 EST What a day! Yesterday was crazy. My daughter was very excited to go to school. She had her backpack on and told me she was ready half an hour early. Then she tried to tell me that she thought it was show and tell day so she should bring her toy to school. The bus picked her up on time with no issues. Evidently she tripped at school after getting off the bus and scraped her knee but had a good day afterwards. <BR> <BR> I left work to go meet her after school. What I didn't know, (as well as two other par... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:46:11 EST Overslept Big time! I woke up around midnight to go to the bathroom and just couldn't get back to sleep. When I finally did, I wound up turning off my alarm in my sleep. I woke up too late to put in my hour on the bike. This is the first in 25 days that I missed. <BR> <BR> So here's the plan, stay on my feet as much as possible today and use my bike after my little one goes to bed. Even if I don't manage this, missing one workout will not put the 20 lbs back on. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>521</... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:08:08 EST Sitter search I received a no from the school on getting the short bus to pick up my daughter. I posted an ad on for transportation, hopefully I'll get something. In the meantime my job is working with me until I sort this out. Please wish me luck, this is something we will need for the next 3 years until she can walk to the stop by herself. <BR> <BR> The belts I ordered came in and do not fit. <em>24</em> I'm hanging onto them because they will fit soon I hope. My jeans are loose but I can't... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:40:17 EST Monday Happy Dance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Down 20 lbs! So pleased with myself! <BR> <BR> Moderation, portioning and exercise are all working so far for me. I think a good portion of it has to do with organization and preplanning my daughters lunches for the upcoming school year. <BR> <BR> Update on that, I still don't have a permanent solution but some friends of ours are willing to help out until we find a more permanent solution... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 05:26:15 EST All or nothing, 80/20, Everything in Moderation So yesterday I noted my pizza cravings and that I was fighting it as I didn't have the balance calories to cover it. (FYI, I did not give in) Now one person told me I should throw away the leftover pizza and any other junk food in the house. I'm not saying this person is wrong. But I will say that different things work for different people. <BR> <BR> First of all, I keep very very little junk food in the house. The pizza was ordered the other day and before that we hadn't had it in months. ... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 06:09:45 EST Pumpkin Muffins and Pizza cravings So yesterday I received no answer from the Board of Ed on my daughter's busing situation. I'm searching for babysitters to see if there's anyone local who would be willing to walk her back and forth. I have a couple of people willing to pick her up at the bus stop but both are also actively looking for jobs which means this is a temporary solution. I'm still upset but I'm determined to find a solution. Stay at home mom sounds even better every day. It's a shame that my husband's paycheck isn'... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 20:03:57 EST Friday Funnies Ok so I definitely need this today. I'm hoping that I get some good news this afternoon. Keep your fingers crossed for me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a good day everyone! Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:09:40 EST Frustration One of the girls at work told me yesterday "welcome to the school system" <BR> <BR> First of all, the orientation yesterday was for the bus safety. It had nothing to do with kindergarten orientation, that was in June. I didn't know about it so I missed it. Then I found out that they didn't have the paperwork for my request for my daughter to be picked up at my mothers house. My mother cannot leave the house to bring her to the bus stop because she is caring for my grandmother who has Alzheim... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 05:16:01 EST I'm a Mom So today I'm taking my daughter to kindergarten orientation. My little one is really excited, and I'm anxious. <BR> <BR> Now, I mean no disrespect whatsoever to the stay at home moms out there. If anything, I'm a little jealous. That being said, I always feel like less of a parent around these stay at home moms. When my daughter was in pre-K I felt like I was the only mom who worked. All the other moms were able to bring their kids to school, where I had to rely on others. I know I shouldn't... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 05:13:49 EST Good start to the week Yesterday I did well, I did my cycle in the morning and took an extra walk during break at work. I swapped part of my planned dinner for salad on the side with balsamic dressing. <BR> <BR> I need to work on drinking more water. As strange as it seems, I drink a ton of water on Monday and slowly seem to dwindle down throughout the week. I'm not sure if I just let myself get distracted at work or what but I'm going to pay more attention to that this week. <BR> <BR> Today is going to be anoth... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 05:22:47 EST First goal met! So happy! Done with the 1st 5%. My jeans are a little loose but not into the next size yet. But as I mentioned yesterday, I'm down a size in dress pants. <BR> <BR> This week is going to be a little hectic for me. I need to come in early most of the week because I need to leave for a little while on Wednesday for my daughter's orientation. This is the last full week of her summer vacation already! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, everyone have a great day! Mon, 17 Aug 2015 05:27:52 EST Baking today fail I know it's not fall yet but I've never been unable to find canned pumpkin at the store. There was none today at all. I'll have to try it another day. But I will definitely pass on how the muffins are once I've made them. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 19:53:30 EST Baking today Found a recipe for pumpkin spice muffins that sounds super easy and really healthy. I'm going to bake them today and I'll post later how they are. It combines spice cake mix with canned pumpkin. I can't believe I never thought to do that before! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went through my closet. I found that I'm down a size in dress pants but not in my jeans. (how the heck does that work? I hate that clothing sizes are not universal) Anyhow, since my current jeans are developing that wonderful w... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 06:31:07 EST Weekend The past two weeks have been great for me. I've been working out every morning and I'm planning ahead my meals. I've been saving time in the morning by throwing the lunches together at night, and if I want to munch on an additional snack, I check my nutritional log to see if I have the calories available. I'm trying to be somewhat flexible so that if an unplanned work lunch or anything comes up, I just take a couple of moments to shift my planned foods around and I'm all set. One thing that I... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 05:49:53 EST Friday Funny I really want this T-shirt. So cute! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I also think this meme is diabolical LOL. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In all seriousness, it's been a great week and I want to keep it going through the weekend. Being so close to my first goal is so motivating. I love that I set these small goals for myself. ... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:30:25 EST Already! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Has anyone else found Halloween stuff in the stores already? I love the holidays but I'd like to get my daughter into school before I start worrying about Halloween costumes, turkey dinners and Christmas baking. <BR> <BR> That being said, I'm making it a personal goal to lose at least 15-20 lbs more by Christmas. I think I can do it if I keep watching myself. I've just about hit a two week... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 05:43:41 EST Happy Dance! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I weigh myself every couple of days but I only count my Monday weigh in. Today I peeked at the scale and it looks like I've hit my first 5% goal! So happy!! <BR> <BR> I'm keeping it grounded until Monday, but what a motivation to keep it moving! If I keep up the good work maybe I'll be posting good news Monday! <BR> <BR> One major goal for myself, I need to get down to a size I can actu... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:29:24 EST Fall I'm definitely ready for fall. I've enjoyed this past summer but I'm looking forward to the cooler days coming soon. <BR> <BR> My favorite fall treat are Dunkin Donuts pumpkin muffins. But they're not nice to me. If I remember correctly they are in the area of about 500 calories. Therefore, my goal this fall is to find healthier versions of these and other treats that I enjoy. I'm fairly certain Ill be able to find something either here or through <BR> <BR> Since I enjoy ... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 05:19:34 EST Taking a cyber break Not from Sparkpeople of course. But I've found that I feel tired of being so connected constantly to social media. My goal this week is to spend less time messing around with my devices and more time focusing on more important things. I feel like the electronics sometimes take over when there are so much better things in life. And as always, our children our watching us. I can't tell you how many times I've seen my daughter mimic some of my behaviors. I need to be a better role model for her.... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 05:53:55 EST Great compliment A friend of mine was visiting with her daughter the other day and she commented on how it already looks like I've lost some weight. It's nice that it's already showing at least a little. I'm within 6 lbs of my first goal and I'm looking forward to trying on some new pants. I hope I'm down a size. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I'm pushing myself to keep up the momentum working out everyday and watching my calories. I'm still allowing myself my treats sometimes. We made brownies for the girls. B... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 06:23:07 EST Weekend so far Got up early and still did my workout. My daughter had a haircut this morning so before walking to the salon, we took a short walk up and down the street. I've been active all morning. Feeling good today. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Sat, 8 Aug 2015 11:11:54 EST Friday Funny <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday everyone! Heading into the weekend with high hopes. I have always had issues on the weekend with over eating so I'm planning on keeping this one healthy. I'm taking some time to clear out/clean up my cabinets. I'll be donating what I don't need to the food pantry and making sure my home is stocked with healthy options for myself and my family. And no skipping the workouts. Yes ... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 05:44:33 EST Snooze <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My morning so far. <BR> <BR> 3:15 am - first alarm goes off. I get out of bed, decide I'm still tired, push snooze. I'll still have time to work out after the second alarm. <BR> <BR> 3:24 am - second alarm goes off, I get out of bed, decide I'm still tired, push snooze. I'll just shorten my workout a little, there's still time. <BR> <BR> 3:33 am - third alarm goes off, I get out of bed, d... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 05:30:59 EST Keep pushing Day 3 on my new streak. We're packing our lunches together as a family after supper, preparing my daughter for the upcoming school year. I want to keep her involved with the food prep and making healthy choices. If I teach her this now, maybe she won't make the same mistakes I did. <BR> <BR> I'm also exercising every morning. As my schedule settles more, I want to go for walks after work as well. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 05:37:16 EST LOL <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think laughter is important to your mental health. So I'm going to share some from time to time, just because. <BR> <BR> <em>181</em> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 05:17:00 EST Monday morning Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I'm down 11 lbs. A first, I definitely beat myself up a bit. It took me over a month and a half to loose 4 lbs? I know I'm capable of doing better. But I stopped myself. I know I made quite a few unhealthy choices in the past month. Between picnics, parties and vacation, my food choices haven't been great. And I hadn't followed through with my exercise as well as I should be. <BR> <BR... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 05:29:41 EST Motivation One of the biggest reasons to lose weight is health. I had always taken my health for granted, I'm heavy but I'm rarely sick. One of my friends is now being forced to make healthy changes in her life due to her recent MS diagnosis. I feel wrong for my unhealthy choices now. She's making healthy changes to save her life. I should be doing that too. I may not have a terminal illness, but I have a life threatening problem. The difference is that I can change things, I can lose weight and reverse... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 06:55:45 EST Everything is going to be alright Yesterday I found out that a friend of mine was thrown a massive (but wonderful) curveball. While I know she is deep down thrilled about it, I also know that she must be a little scared. She and her husband are planners, they knew how they wanted to do things in their life and when, so I'm sure they have very mixed emotions right now. <BR> <BR> It made me think about how I handle the curveballs in my life. Both small and large ones come up all the time. Do I just roll with it, or do I freak ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 05:53:36 EST Everybody Talks Today's mini rant is about how I need to handle criticism and comments people make. <BR> <BR> I have a tendency to take other people's remarks personally. If a certain person in my life feels it's necessary to instruct me on every little thing (even things I already know), then it's not because they think I'm stupid or incapable. Just because there are people in our lives that always have something to say or remarks to make that are less than flattering, does not mean that they are out to hu... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 05:51:20 EST Revised my achievements I decided I wanted to revise my page a little and removed my old achievements. I had lost at least 25 a couple of years ago before gaining it all back and then some. <BR> <BR> I am NOT belittling what I did before and I'm certainly not going to beat myself up over gaining it back. But I AM going to push myself to do better this time around. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:27:45 EST Old too big clothes I'm keeping one set of my nicest too big clothes from my biggest size. The rest I'm donating as I replace them. <BR> <BR> I love that some of the clothes I couldn't wear a couple months ago are starting to fit. Sun, 17 Nov 2013 09:08:08 EST Distract the Binge Monster List Today's blog assignment: distract the Binge Monster, make a list of things to do that will keep me from giving in. <BR> <BR> 1. Crafts. I love to cross stitch but I really haven't been doing it at all lately. I have a ton of projects I'd like to do that I haven't even started. <BR> <BR> 2. Heavy Duty housecleaning. Holidays are coming, I feel like I need to make the apartment sparkle. Plus, I have no desire to eat with the smell of heavy cleaners in the air. <BR> <BR> 3. Spark. Hop ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 05:31:15 EST 5 reasons to get my workout in So my "blog assignment" today was 5 reasons to workout. <BR> <BR> 1. To lose weight. My biggest reason to be here really. <BR> <BR> 2. I feel good when I do. After I've exercised, I feel really good the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> 3. To get healthy. Weight issues considered, skinny people have health problems too that can be helped with exercise. <BR> <BR> 4. Me time. I have a 3 year old daughter and a 37 year old husband, I need me time. I read, check my emails and spark while I'm... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 05:56:54 EST One day at a time When they say one day, one meal, one workout at a time they weren't kidding. When I get up in the morning, I think to myself "just get up and go". When I get to the gym I read and I don't watch the clock, before I know what my workout is done and I'm on my way home to start the rest of my day. And so far it's working wonderfully. I feel so much better going to work knowing that my workout is done. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:09:07 EST morning workouts day 2 So the ladies I work with think I'm insane for getting up at 3:30 am to go to the gym but I'm loving it. I feel more accomplished. It's done in time to get home before my husband gets up to get ready for work. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:39:54 EST Really? I found a picture from when I was in my high school band during the Memorial Day parade. I wasn't anywhere near as heavy as I thought i was. Why did I allow the other kids to make me feel like I was so huge? I spent my whole life feeling like then becoming the "fat girl". For nothing! I wasn't fat then, but I am now. Self fulfilling prophecy. I became what others made me believe I was. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 07:46:09 EST PMS and the Binge Monster So far so good. I feel better, and not as bloated as I felt last week. I think a HUGE part of last week was hormonal. It was that time of the month and I couldn't stop eating. Why is it that as soon as my PMS hits the Binge Monster starts knocking? <BR> <BR> Granted, while the Binge Monster was calling, there was a tiny voice of reason that stopped me sooner than it would have in the past. I'm not saying that I did well by far last week. If I did well, I wouldn't have gained. But, the little... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 05:51:41 EST Recovery plan So I set some new goals/mini goals to work towards over the next 6 months. <BR> <BR> I've also decided to avoid the scale until Monday to give myself some time to burn off some of the weight I'm sure I gained. (new pants size still fits but is snugger than it was a couple weeks ago. Still not uncomfortable so I might not be in terrible shape.) <BR> <BR> The gym will be minimum 3 days a week and I'm making a point to get in my walk during break. At work I'm also changing my work habits so I'... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 06:08:17 EST embarrased, ashamed I'm afraid to step on the scale. I've been bad lately with my food. I know I didn't gain everything I lost but I can feel that I gained back some. Making a point to get back in the swing of things. With the holidays here, there's not a lot of wiggle room for slacking off. I think I need a little support. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 20:57:07 EST missed the gym Last night my daughter had a horrible tempter tantrum about going to bed. By the time it was all over with, it was too late for me to make it to the gym. Well, we all have days like that. I'll be making it up tonight. She's usually so good about bed time. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 05:43:47 EST For the Glee fans I generally ignore a lot of the news, gossip, celebrity reports etc. I however just watched the tribute episode of Glee and cried my eyes out. They did it very tastefully. I had read that they planned the death of Corey's character to be drug related. I wasn't sure how I felt about it. But the episode didn't mention how he died. It was simply all the other characters grieving. As sad and depressing the whole episode was, it was good to see how well they handled it. <BR> <BR> I realize that ... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 06:12:39 EST Not quite at 30lbs and not so satis-fries Before I start, I want to be perfectly clear, I am not beating myself up and I am proud of how far I've come, I'm just laughing at myself a little. I step on the scale and my total weight loss is now 29.6 lbs....why? Why not that extra 1/2 a lb? How rude of the scale to deny me my 30lbs loss marker for one more week. <em>225</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> The other day my aunt who is also a heavy woman (who absolutely carries her weight a lot differently than I do. I carry my weight in ... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 05:44:17 EST overweight dachshund loses 50 lbs!!! Had to share this! Amazing. Poor thing was way too heavy but is healthy now! <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>ses-50-pounds-in-viral-photos <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> Wed, 9 Oct 2013 20:26:44 EST Motivated by my tracker! Took a walk last night to light up my tracker since I wasn't going to the gym. Should have walked another 2 minutes. When I got home I was short about 100 or so steps of the goal LOL. So I paced around the kitchen grabbing my evening snack and such. Wound up short 4 steps. Obviously I quickly fixed that before bed. <BR> <BR> I can definitely say the tracked is motivating me. I'm taking longer walks during work just to try to get it to count as a workout. If I don't have an errand to run dur... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 06:16:41 EST One Handed Blog Can't wait to see the typos on this one. My daughter woke up early and is cuddling with me while I 'spark'. Her thing is holding my thumb and feeling my nail. I think it's a comfort thing. <BR> <BR> Since the cold is still in my head and not my chest, I went to the gym last night. I tried the bike because I wanted to read during my workout. I didn't sweat as much but my activity tracker said I burned more calories. I'm not sure if I believe it but the next time I use the bike, I'll increase ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 06:20:38 EST Clarification and a sick day I was definitely feeling my cold yesterday. I got up early to get ready for the gym then fell fast asleep on the couch. I decided to take the day and try to rest up a little and try to get better. <BR> <BR> As far as the donut thing from the other day. I got some less than constructive feedback so I wanted to clarify something. I am absolutely not encouraging to eat a donut everyday. What I believe is that there is room in our lives for all the 'treat' foods within reason. I'm trying to inco... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 06:20:35 EST All calories are not the same Today should be a busy day and I'm looking forward to checking out how it went on my activity tracker. I have to say that I'm so glad I splurged and got this for myself. Even my daughter likes tapping it to make it light up. I'm already finding myself trying to sneak in extra steps here and there just to get more lights to glow. I've been making a point to take longer work walks at break just to see if it I can get it to count as a workout. Of course, I need to take advantage of all this befo... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 06:30:16 EST Finally Friday Should be a good day. We ate out lunch yesterday instead of today and I ordered the steamed chicken and shrimp with Chinese vegetables again. It was so good and I only used about half the sauce they serve with it. Was still within my calorie range but I'm thinking that next time I get it, I'll dip my fork in the sauce like I do with creamy salad dressings. I'll wind up using a lot less. I also want to get a cheap set of measuring cups and spoons to stash at work so I'm more accurate about my ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 05:56:17 EST Activity Tracker, Goals, and Plans for Fall/Winter I got my activity tracker yesterday afternoon and absolutely love it. I used it during my treadmill workout and it's a huge improvement over trying to find the right treadmill speed for my calories burnt. I LOVE that although it does count my steps it does not count my everyday stuff as a workout. It did however include the few minutes walking from the treadmill back to my car as part of my workout and you know what? I'll take it. I was still in cool down mode. <em>545</em> <BR> <BR> Scal... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 05:53:38 EST