ROXYZMOM's SparkPeople Blog ROXYZMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A Powerful Image In So Many Ways... Earlier this week, I saw this post and picture on Chris Powell's (Extreme Weight Loss) Facebook Page. <BR> <BR> Chris wrote "Such a powerful image. We are all the same underneath it all! Body fat is just a 'blanket of energy' covering our bones, organs, and muscles. When we eat less energy (food) and move (exercise), the blanket of energy get smaller!!" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Even a week later -- I keep going back to this pi... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 21:25:40 EST Good News/Bad News... Good news: I lost another pound. <BR> Bad news: This bronchitis is getting old! Yesterday I went to work and felt fine until lunchtime. The tired feeling hit me all at once. I thought my split pea soup might uplift me - it did not, though it tasted quite yummy! I did a little bit of more work, then went home and took a nap! Later I made dinner then went back to the couch. <BR> <BR> This is driving me nuts! I not used to so much sitting. My doctor ordered me a refill on my antibiot... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:21:51 EST A Great First Week S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g To An Awesome Second Week... I lost 2 pounds during week 1 of the 5% challenge. I have 6 more to lose (in 7 weeks) to hit my goal. I am feeling good and feel like I am going to do this! <BR> <BR> I was sick last week, and in fact, ended up with bronchitis. I still need a nap in the afternoons, but, I definitely feel better and am starting to get my energy back. I am not feeling body aches anymore. I am eager to run again - as soon as I get over my cough. In the meantime, I am walking and today I even tried hoola-h... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:56:01 EST A Doctor's Visit I Didn't Expect... Part 2!! <BR> <BR> So, earlier today I shared that I was avoiding my family Doctor because I was worried he was going to suggest medication for high cholesterol. I have been battling it for a while - I have bad genes!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But...after remaining sick for a whole week, I decided to bite the bullet and go. <BR> <BR> I found out I now have bronchitis, so it is good that I went. I am now armed with an antibio... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:51:29 EST Avoiding The Family Doctor... I have been fighting flu-like symptoms all week. And now I am having coughing fits. Guess I am going to have to wave the white flag and go to my Doctor. Truth is that I have been procrastinating because I know he is going to tell me I need to take cholesterol medication. Yes, I never went in to see him when they called me! I read up on statins, my brother had bad side affects when he took them - so, I don't feel comfortable about them. <BR> <BR> I have tweaked my diet more and am taking... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:34:57 EST Looking For Inspiration? There is Deena Kastor... <link><BR>-good-long-run </link> <BR> <BR> Deena Kastor, age 41 - crushed the Master's Half Marathon World Record running in at 1hr 09mins and 36 seconds this weekend at the Philly Rock-N-Roll HM. The article above is well worth reading - Deena lives through the same struggles we all do with balancing family, injuries, managing training time, and mother's guilt in reference to doing something for herself. She does not let her age define her! She has a... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:57:48 EST Day 2 - 5% Fall Challenge... Today I felt great when I woke up, then all of a sudden around 10 am things started going down hill. My throat was feeling a little "scratchy". I thought it was allergy related, but then, all of a sudden energy depleted my body and I was freezing, then sweating, then back to freezing. Ugh! <BR> <BR> One of my new Sparkbuds suggested ginger, water, cinnamon, lemon and honey. So I ran out this afternoon for ginger - found it in tea bags. It is steeping now, I am excited to try this out. S... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:23:16 EST My Roxy Turned 7 Today... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She is such a sweet girl. She goes almost everywhere with us. <BR> <BR> I am blessed. <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:41:54 EST Healthy vs Skinny and Our Kids...<BR>thy-body-image-its-not-just-about-the-<BR>pounds/ <BR> <BR> Everything out there is about LOSING weight. I never really noticed how bad it was until my son was diagnosed with anorexia last year. Our kids are constantly bombarded with unrealistic weight goals - thanks to the media and actors/actresses getting skinnier and skinnier. And all of their peers are in the same boat. <BR> <BR> As Heidi says - we need to role model being healthy and he... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:46:59 EST You Inspire Me... SparkPeople sent me an email yesterday that I have become a "SparkPeople Motivator" based on your votes. <BR> <BR> Thank you. I do have to say, I feel like I got to this place for selfish reasons! I love to read how you are all doing and am so motivated by all of you! All the different ways everyone exercises gives me ideas. Your recipes help me expand my kitchen skills. Your determination and persistence to obtain your personal goals, lose/maintain weight loss, fight diabetes, manage fa... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09:15:24 EST My 27th Wedding Anniversary... Today is my 27th wedding anniversary. I married a great man. <BR> We have had our share of ups and downs - mainly because we have kids! - but we have always worked as a "team" and I am so grateful that he has chosen to be part of my life. <BR> <BR> Today, after driving across country for the past 4 days - with our son and his dog - in a Penske truck, while towing a car and then unloading the truck during a heat wave in San Diego, the poor guy is flying back to meet me in Virginia this eveni... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:07:49 EST Let There Be Peace On Earth... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It many ways, 9/11/2001 seems like yesterday. I vividly remember that morning, how I was alerted, who I was talking to. The helpless feeling I had when a mother of one of my students - a Philadelphia air traffic controller - called me and warned me that they couldn't find a plane. She was worried it would crash into our school. (It later crashed into a Pennsylvania field). The media played the crashes over and... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:22:00 EST Checking In... It's been such a crazy week! Last Sunday we moved my younger son out of his townhouse. He left Tuesday for boot camp. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I helped my other son pack up his townhouse and Saturday we loaded the truck. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That truck is packed! <BR> <BR> And, he left a lot!! So, now I am working on getting the house cleared so it can be rented. Yesterday was about cleaning - it wasn't real di... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:23:00 EST My Running Streak Lives On... Today marks Day 24 of my running streak. I am now in the habit of running again. I have not permitted ANY excuses not to run everyday (I would have before). My husband has been very supportive too - he takes Roxy out while I run, and waits for me on days he wants to go out to breakfast. <BR> <BR> Now that I have established this habit, I do need to mix it up a little bit to prevent injury and keep it interesting. I am going to go through my collection of exercise DVDs. I am going to r... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:48:21 EST Sending Off Both Sons... My husband and I threw a "send-off" party for my younger son on Saturday. He is headed off to boot camp for the National Guard. I had a lot of fun designing everything. <BR> <BR> Here was the "mess hall"... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tables... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Patriotic Flower... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:02:03 EST Coming Through... Lots to do today. <BR> <BR> School starts Monday. As a school Administrator, this is the busiest time of year. Figuring out classes by the hour - literally. I am always amazed at how many people wait until the last minute. Monday there will be more! <BR> <BR> We had "meet your teacher" last night. I love to watch the children. They look so excited. Most touch everything in the classroom as they wander around. Great possibilities for the school year. <BR> <BR> I will be back in fron... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:02:44 EST The Power of A Streak... Day 662 SparkPeople Login <BR> Day 78 lunch/salad streak <BR> Day 10 running streak <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I enter everything I consume in the Spark Food Tracker and all my exercise in the Spark Fitness Tracker. I figured out that I have a slow metabolism. I need to consume 1200 calories per day to lose weight - including running. To maintain, I can't go over 1300 calories per day. That is hard to do! As I studied my da... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:55:00 EST Taking Time To Heal... The past few months I have felt like I was in a rut. I finished my two running goals in May - the Philly Broad Street 10 miler and the Delaware Half Marathon, then abruptly stopped. I had toyed with training for a Marathon, even laminated a plan but just let it go. I thought maybe I needed to try something new, maybe I was getting bored. hubby and I took Salsa lessons. We both enjoyed the 8 lessons, and decided we were going to be too busy in the summer and would resume lessons i... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:20:29 EST The World Is Off It's Axel... Trying really hard to stay positive... <BR> <BR> My brother is at Sloane Kettering today. His red blood count is so high that they have to take blood from him every week and a half so he doesn't get a blood clot. They thought it was leukemia but he had no symptoms. Last night he tells me his son - my Godson - is in rehab and got arrested for stealing at Bestbuy . <BR> <BR> I told my younger son and he said "look mom, our immediate family is doing great - it's not us". <BR> <BR> Well, ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:54:45 EST Oh Say Can You See... I just returned from a 3 day boat trip to the Baltimore Harbor. My oldest son and his dog ended up coming with us. <BR> <BR> 3 adults and 2 dogs ... wasn't sure how this was going to go on a 30 foot boat!! <BR> <BR> We live on the Elk River in Maryland and traveled down the Chesapeake Bay Saturday morning. The water was very smooth and the temperature was perfect. <BR> <BR> Sailing into Baltimore... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:48:57 EST Update On My Son's BF Mike... Mike was told he isn't a candidate for the trial drug. He went for a second opinion and was told he probably will not live another year. <BR> <BR> Please keep him in your prayers. <BR> <BR> My son is pretty upset. I am really worried that he is headed in a downward spiral. I don't have the energy or strong nerves for a repeat of last year. I feel all the tenseness and stress throughout my body. <BR> <BR> My husband and I planned a three day boat trip and now my son invited himself -an... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:22:24 EST When Is Enough, Enough? My grandmom will be 92 next month. Until last year, she lived in Florida by herself and drove. She went to church, shopped, was in 2 red-hat societies and went to the pool every day. <BR> <BR> Then she got heart surgery and everything changed. She fell into dementia (from the anesthesia). At first it was horrifying - she thought little people were living under her house - said they had the same furniture. She was so scared. I went to visit her before my Disney World Half Marathon in Jan... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:34:01 EST Update on my son's BF Mike... I took my son to see his BF, Mike, today. While my son was visiting. the Dr came in and told Mike he has 3 tumors in his bone marrow. <BR> <BR> The Doctor gave Mike two choices - another bone marrow transplant or a trial drug out of New York. Mike picked the trial because he read about someone who did it and survived. He got another test to see if he is eligible, we will know tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Two days ago another hospital told him they could do nothing more. <BR> <BR> Today he has a... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:38:45 EST Prayers Needed... Please pray for my son's BFF Mike who is fighting cancer. He is at Univ of Penn. He has had a 103/104 fever for one month. It's serious. <BR> Thank you! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:05:53 EST I am seriously not making this stuff up... I know this is the internet, and I am starting to wonder if you guys are taking me seriously.... <BR> <BR> My son suffered (still sort of is) from anorexia, his BFF (age 26) is dying from cancer, my husband had prostrate cancer (I think we beat that), my Aunt has parkinsons, my grandmom has dementia and now today my BFF tells me she has been diagnosed with Lupus! Her mom is dying and her dad is going to jail for espionage. <BR> <BR> Ugh!!!! Just for the record -- I am not making this stuff... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:42:46 EST What I Have Been Up To This Summer... I have been staying in my calorie range most days this summer. I started a salad/lunch streak about a month and a half ago. I eat a salad everyday for lunch. I pack one for work, and if I go out to a restaurant for lunch I order one. I am picky about what type of salad I order. <BR> <BR> What I have found over the years is that I LOVE dinner. My new take is to eat oatmeal for breakfast most days (I need to get my cholesterol down), a salad for lunch and a healthy dinner. I have not bee... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:21:15 EST How Does My Garden Grow?... I am having a blast with my veggie garden this summer! I find it to be a great de-stressor. Last year it rained so much that it barely reaped anything! This year is going to be a whole different story. <BR> <BR> This is my tenth year with this particular patch. It is the perfect size to keep up with and in the perfect location for the right amount of sun. I put Epsom salt under the tomato plants to ward off bugs. I do not spray my plants. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:58:35 EST I am still here... This is my first blog in June. May and the first part of June are busy times at my School. We hold 7 graduations in three days, and begin Summer Camp. On top of that, we had a major state inspection. We did very well, but it was very stressful on everyone and a lot of work. <BR> <BR> This week was the first week of summer camp. The School-Age Director went on vacation for 2 1/2 weeks Wednesday. Let's just say it wasn't organized. So, I am working a lot of hours and hiring summer camp co... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:06:59 EST Half Way Through The Weekend... My older son, Joe, took my hubby to Ocean City, MD Thursday thru Saturday for a Ravens gig. Raven players and cheer leaders show up periodically through the three days. My hubby and son saw the cheerleaders a lot but not the current football players. My older son is the one who had/has anorexia so my hubby paid close attention. My son came back looking better (his face fuller, etc.) My hubby said my son ate everything and didn't display anorexic tendencies (eating the ends off fries onl... Sat, 31 May 2014 23:42:32 EST Salsa Dance Lessons - Too Cool!! Here is a video of what we have learned so far. <BR> <BR> Last night my husband and I had our third salsa lesson. It was so much fun! <BR> It was such a fast 45 minute class!! And full of laughs, serious tries and woohoos!! Our instructor is awesome, he is calm, helps each person individually and has a great sense of humor. It is a joy to go to each lesson! <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of my husband and I at the first lesson - trying so hard... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Thu, 22 May 2014 21:54:19 EST The Delaware Half Marathon Mother's Day Gift... This Half Marathon was bittersweet for me. I was supposed to run it last year, and ended up having to defer because I was in California with my son who was deathly ill with anorexia. Two nights before this race, I read all of the blogs I wrote last year. I had a lot of support from my Sparkfriends as I trudged through my son's mental illness. I thanked God that I had access to this site. I also thanked God that I didn't lose my mind...I came close more than once! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I ref... Tue, 13 May 2014 20:53:11 EST Salsa Dancing Lessons -- Day One... Not sure how many of you have access to Groupon, but it worked out to be a great resource for Salsa Dancing Lessons. I had a $10. coupon so I ended up paying $29. per person for 8 lessons each! It also included a Dance Social! <BR> <BR> So, last night was our first lesson. My husband and another couple that we hang out with were part of 20 participants. I loved the diversity in body types and age. It was so much fun! Lots of laughing, sweating and concentrating! The 45 minutes went to f... Thu, 8 May 2014 22:10:07 EST Happy Cinco de Mayo! This is the bomb!! Today I took my Elementary Ed students to an authentic Mexican restaurant. It is an annual event. Then, I showed this video - it is amazing!! <BR> <BR> Watch "Dancing salsa dog only 1yr of preparation(full vi…" on YouTube <BR> Dancing salsa dog only 1yr of preparation(full vi…: <BR> <BR> Enjoy!! This will be Roxy in one year!! Mon, 5 May 2014 21:25:27 EST The Broad Street 10 Miler... As you may remember, I was nervous about getting to the starting line, since it required parking 10 miles away and catching the subway in Philly. <BR> I packed up all of my disposable stuff in a grocery bag last night for today's race -- 2 small boxes of raisins, 1 cinnamon-raisin bagel, 1/2 banana, hand-sanitizer, 1 small bottle of water and my newly prescribed Singulair. There were 40,000 runners - no way was I checking a bag in! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 4 May 2014 21:16:27 EST Almost Ready For The Broad Street Run... I have trained, I have a plan on how to get to the start line -- I think! <BR> <BR> This afternoon I got an adjustment from the Chiropractor and treated my poor feet to a pedicure. They were not looking to good - it was a little embarrassing! <BR> <BR> Today it took me 3.5 miles to get my breathing under control. The pollen is really messing with my allergies. I focused on slowing my breathing down and taking slower breaths - similar to yoga breathing. Well, when I did that, my runn... Fri, 2 May 2014 16:34:06 EST From Navy Wife, to Air Force Wife, to Army Mom... This, by far, is going to be the hardest. <BR> <BR> My son knew this, so - he gave me a lot of warning. I know it is good for him, I support him in his decision, but - it's still really tough. He is a supervisor at UPS and they are great at supporting their military employees. He keeps his seniority while he is away and gets an extra week of vacation. Both UPS and the Military fund his college. <BR> <BR> So, why is it tougher? They say when a mother has a child their heart goes wit... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:16:24 EST One Week Until the Broad Street Run/Two Weeks Until the Delaware Half Marathon... I feel like I am ready. I kept up with my training plan, despite all of the snow, lower back pain and a bad allergy season. I wish I was 10 lbs lighter, but I am still going for it! <BR> <BR> I now do my Christine Felstead Yoga for Runner's Video before and after a run and am visiting my chiropractor for adjustments. He thinks my back pain is due to my hamstrings (says I am quad dominant). Tomorrow I am going to visit my family Doctor to get antibiotics - I feel like a sinus infection is c... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 11:31:21 EST I Am In The Groove... Staying Mentally Strong worked very well for me this winter.. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My training for the Broadstreet Run and Delaware Half Marathon is going very well. The Broadstreet (10 miler) Run is in 4 weeks and the Delaware HM is in 5 weeks. Yesterday I ran a very comfortable 8 miles. I didn't hit any walls, and had no aches or pains. It was a very hilly run in a development near my house. I actually ran into someon... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:38:40 EST Running, Yoga and A New Cook In My House... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Got a lot done around my house on Saturday after my company left. Lots of cleaning and organizing. I hopped on the treadmill in the afternoon, my hamstrings were really tight. I walked for 5 minutes and then hopped off and popped in my Yoga for Runners DVD. It stretched everything out and felt great! <BR> <BR> Sunday was errand day - lots of birthdays coming up and had to get to the market. My husband and I ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:29:06 EST What I Have Been Up To and My Mental Toughness... I have been quite busy the past three weeks! Got back from checking on my Aunt in Texas, caught up at work, and went right back out on vacation in Key West. It was an 8 day family trip - hubby and two boys. Points of it were a blast - deep sea fishing, running, biking, a lot of walking, spectacular sunsets and touring other Keys - other points were quite taxing... Every night I felt like I was making sure everyone got back to the condo ok - Key West is loaded with bars! And it was Spring ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:07:03 EST T25, My Hubby and My Sons... My husband bought T25 right after Christmas and finally brought it out of the box a couple of weeks ago. He worked out to it once, and didn't invite me to check it out with him. I have heard a lot about it and really wanted to try it. Today I finally did! <BR> <BR> I have to say, it was different than I thought it would be. It is a 25 minute video and I moved intensely the whole time, but I didn't sweat the way I thought I would. I did "feel the burn". From what I gather, T25 is a sca... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:11:49 EST Catch up... It was a very busy week! All last weekend and the first part were all about wheeling and dealing for a new car (well, used but new to us). We finally found one in our price range in Camden, NJ. We also sold our Saab to a young couple. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Somewhere in there I decided I needed a schedule for my treadmill training. I have been doing a great job staying in my calorie range but needed to get my butt in ge... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:03:06 EST Car Shopping... We have been car shopping for three days straight! I ate healthy but lots of sitting! One sales team tried to rip us off -- not happening!! <BR> <BR> The only exercise I got in was cleaning the house and shoveling snow. I have to work on more fitness minutes this week!! <BR> <BR> I hope you have a fantastic week!! Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:05:09 EST Yippee, Snow Day!!... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had to close the school for the day...we ended up getting over 1 foot of snow. It is extremely rare when I close, so I felt like a fish out of water! We were in the "wild card" section according to the news team. We didn't know if it was going to rain or snow. <BR> <BR> It was a real heavy snow. I was worried about the weight of the snow on my house's upper deck. It looked like a good work out, so I went ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:09:37 EST Need Enlightment... I called my Aunt on the way to work to see if she ate and took her meds. I have called every morning since I got home. It's the only thing I can think of to help. I hate the fact that no one is there for her and my uncle. My aunt said this lady, Pam, who I met, is telling them not to move, she will move and take care of them. Pam's boyfriend has a drug problem and I think she is trying to take advantage of my aunt and uncle who are in their 80's. I am ready to go back down and punch her... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:43:53 EST I Have Returned... I got back from Texas last night. It was mentally tough! The Doctor said my Aunt needs to go in assistant living. I noticed my uncle is losing his memory and can't see well at all. That is why my Aunt doesn't want him to drive. Saturday night was very scary. She forgot to take her blood pressure and Parkinson's medication. She had a bad dizzy, shakey scare. She looks so fragile, said this was our last time together. She finally agreed to go to her daughter's. Today she changed her mi... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:46:00 EST Touching Base... I haven't forgot you guys! <BR> <BR> I had to fly to Dallas for four days to check on my Aunt who has Parkinson's. It has affected her swallowing and she stopped going to therapy for it (doesn't want to ride in the car with my uncle). We got her in to the Doctor yesterday and she is down to 97 pounds. Of course, she got a huge lecture from me! They won't move near a relative (everyone is offering and begging). They are in their 80s and change is hard. <BR> <BR> I leave tomorrow so to... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:13:15 EST My son one year later - (Warning: involves anorexia - very descriptive and blunt)... One year ago today, my nightmare began. A nightmare that would plummet me to a dark, dark place I had never been -- and never want to go to again. I found out my 24 year old son was dying - from anorexia. <BR> <BR> It is certainly a year I will never, ever forget. It was a year of begging go to an anorexic hospital, arriving at one in San Diego, walking the floor of an anorexic hospital and seeing the most malnourished, skinniest but still alive possible people ever, and realizing my son ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 19:41:22 EST Veggie Cheese... A couple of Sparkers asked about veggie cheese. I have used this brand for as long as I can remember. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It comes in all different flavors. I especially like pepperjack and provolone and their parmesan cheese. <BR> <BR> You can find it in the vegetable section of most grocery stores. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:36:00 EST Veggies, Running, and Sunshine In Sight... I have been focusing on adding more veggies to my diet. <BR> <BR> Tuesday I made stuffed peppers - peppers stuffed with a mix of bison, brown rice, onions, diced tomatoes, jalapenos and topped with veggie cheese. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last night I made red roasted hummus, and coupled it with an apple and walnut salad. <BR> <BR> Tonight I gave a new veggie juice recipe a try. I used hot water, boullion, carrot, tomato, kale... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:26:58 EST