RUSSANDMIN1's SparkPeople Blog RUSSANDMIN1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Lord got me through last October...He can get me through this. As I remember back in October to the day I wrote, "Am I having a stroke?" to my husband knowing that I wasn't able to get it out to him so he could understand. As my brother took me to the hospital, I just sat wondering what is going on with me? The doctor that took care of me said it was just a migraine. BUT.... The LORD in His mercy took care of me knowing that the nurse that had just come on duty took one look at me and pushed for me to get a CAT scan. I am so Thankful to the LORD for hav... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:12:33 EST The LORD is good all the time.. Its been awhile since our 6 year old daughter, Faith was diagnosed with Leukemia July 8th. She has done very well with the chemo treatments and all her medicine. I'm so Thankful that the LORD has been with us through all this. We came home to visit her Grandma and Grandpa as well as worship with our church family. She was so glad to be home but looked a little glum when her and Daddy drove off to Burlington for her next appt. this afternoon. I don't know how others do this without the LORD. H... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:27:13 EST God's perfect timing... I was thinking back to how God has perfect timing. When I was going through my depression and getting my prescription never in my life did I think I would be going through the road I'm on now. But.... The Lord is good. A stronghold in the day of trouble. <BR> Thinking back over this past week. My, what a blur. Sunday my daughter had a pretty high fever. One that had lasted about 4 days. So I asked DH to take her to the e.r. The doctor sent us home after taking her blood and doing some researc... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 05:40:04 EST doing better with the sunshine.. Well, since my last blog I am doing much better. I have been to my appt., got my hormone levels checked and spoke with the doctor who is sure I have some depression. He has since given me a prescription for zoloft. <BR> The last few days have made me tired with the medicine but I'm starting to feel better and my mood is good. I have also talked to a good friend of mine who has dealt with depression. She knows the Lord as well and know you need to take a good walk outside each day. ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:06:45 EST a little depressed.. My husband says, "isn't someone supposed to be happy when they've started losing weight?" When I had my stroke close to 6 months ago I was so ready to get healthy. I was all set to lay aside the sugar and chocolate. But the more I started learning about healthy eating and exercising, the more I'd realize that all this time I'd been stress-eating. So I'd set aside the desire to pop something in my mouth so I'd feel better only to find that I was all stressed over the events taking place. So I ... Sat, 24 May 2014 00:11:07 EST Just a little discouraged... I wake up this morning to rain hitting the metal roof. Ugh...Its a dreary day. I guess it doesn't help that I checked my weight yesterday and gained rather than lost. I'm looking to the day when I won't have to look at the scales every week and can enjoy healthy eating paired with some good exercise. I'm working on getting some life goals and getting out/enjoying the day. Anyone else hit a "blah" day and needing to push themselves to get going? Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:40:25 EST Stress eating and journaling.... I am reading up on stress eating and ways to deal with it. Its good to know there are oth ers that are in the process of dealing with it too. I have gotten some good ideas on how to de-stress such as what I'm doing at this minute. I had started blogging as sort of a way to journal to myself how things are going. I'm hoping to get an understanding of when in my life I had started to stress eat and when/if this had anything to do with my stroke. I'm hoping it helps me to be able to talk to my ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:59:15 EST sunny with a chance of wind :) Well, I went to visit my daughter and her new baby; we had a good time walking the mall and catching up. That baby is soo cute :) she sent me a pic of him smiling! So we spent a good deal of time looking at all of the neat dresses for Spring and I am so excited to finally fit in a size 12... never thought I'd get into another one again. I am on a roll. So glad to get the Trim Healthy Mama book. It has really been a help to me. Kids are taking a much needed break outside and now its time fo... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:45:20 EST the bucket is off the time for Spring! Yesterday was husbands day off so we decided to take the kids to the nature center to do some walking. It was a beautiful, sunny day. The snow was deep but was starting to really melt. This week its supposed to be in the 40's. My 5 year old is busy making snow angels along the path, another is looking for a good walking stick. My 8 year old has decided to do some bird watching. Everyone was having a good time. Even my 8 month old was happy as a lark sitting in his seat that I use to carry hi... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 06:03:06 EST its a beautiful sunny day.... It was soo cold this morning. The weather on my phone said it feels like 5 below zero. Yikes!!! Wish we could sleep in today :( Did our school ...Did the laundry...then darling son tells me that the water isn't working in the shower. Ugh.... apparently the water pump gave up the ghost and quit working. So we're patiently waiting for husband to come home to take a look at it and decide what we need to do to get things going. I'm so over Winter.... <BR> I am letting anyone know that if you'd li... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:09:04 EST so today is going to be our LAST last snow storm of the winter, err..spring? Well, I'm looking out the window at what appears to be an upside down snowglobe :( <BR> It looks like our winter wonderland, haha. Its giving me a little motivation to get going on some exercises and get set for my next weigh-in... keeping busy until then- the kids are going to be doing some extra school work since Dad is at work. We've decided that since his days off are on Wednesday and Saturday then we will work Saturday and have Wed. Sunday be our days off. <BR> Soon we'll be doing our te... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:59:25 EST wishing I could get some motivation... I've been seeing some slow as it seems. I have been losing a pound a week but am getting rather discouraged. Its so hard with me having had 9 children and nill exercise in between. The "pouch" is still there. I remember one of my old doctors that had delivered a few of them says " wow- its like you just delivered. oh, that hurt... <BR> I'm looking forward to the day that this exercise starts to work on this pudgy belly. <BR> I'm slowly losing the weight... slowly being careful t... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:31:59 EST hopefully the last winter storm :( Well, we enjoyed our drive to the childrens museum. I am so happy to say that at my last doctors appt. the nurse had put my weight down as 163... I'm telling her, hey thats great :) I am so glad to come here and get myself weighed. I'm down 6 pounds from going to the mall- that scale says a lot more...So back to the drawing board... <BR> My hubby turns 45 today. I am right there with him as I turn 43 in June. He has a cholestrol check the end of this month that we've been trying to encourage... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:46:00 EST okay, so we're officially on vacation! Well, the family is officially on vacation. We're going to take the kids to a childrens museum that we took our "first "family to back quite a few years. Notice I say "first" family. We've been married for 23 years. Have 9 children. But we consider our first 3 children our "first" family. (smile) Our second family consists of everyone 10 down to 8 months. We laugh when at the doctors office, people ask "are they all the same name"? okay... are they all yours? his? <BR> Its crazy how when I wa... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:18:28 EST so I'm a nerd.... Have you ever watched a Dave Ramsey show where he asks who is the one in the relationship that writes out all their goals, writes all the budgeting down....? well, apparently I'm the nerd in the relationship. I didn't quite realize it until I'm watching my second oldest daughter writing out all her goals and thinking. She got this from me??? wow... I'm a nerd :) Yes, I write everything down. I've always been a writer. Put my goals down, wrote out all my spring cleaning checklists, yes, there ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 08:12:50 EST taking some time and working on goals... well, I've gotten back to 169 pounds. I had some stress-eating going on, gained 2 pounds then realized I was back to where I started...noticing that I had gotten off track, I was thinking about something someone said to me. That if I make it a habit of getting all stressed out about my life and eat then I won't get anywhere. So I am taking a step back, asking the Lord for help to get me through some things and also asking for wisdom to deal with it.. Then I'm re-committing to eat healthier,... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:38:10 EST and the scale says. part two I was missing home sooo much. Missing my husband, missing my children, my parents and brothers/sisters. Missing my church family. I was asked to come up with a schedule of my day to day routine. My day to day routine? Here I was watching the nurse put up a schedule of my routine at the hospital and then I was brought down a floor... no routine put up for me to I'm being asked again... where is your routine? And I'm thinking....I understand. We have been lacking structure. With a... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:02:11 EST and the scale says.... So every Monday I drive to the mall to get weighed. My weight has steadily come down 1-2 pounds each week for the last several weeks. I am so hoping that the scale is good to me...I'm really wanting to lose this extra weight to be on the road to a healthier lifestyle. I didn't start gaining until my 3rd baby. Thats when I realized I didn't recognize that "girl" in the mirror. She didn't look that big....didn't smile back at me... Thats the time I'm thinking I started eating to make myself hap... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:06:27 EST so I'm watching this new "t.v. show"... your probably wondering what this show is? Its called "Ruby". a show of one womans journey to weight loss... My husband doesn't understand why I watch it but she's really kind of motivating me to work out my own weight loss journey. I've gotten so close to losing and somehow I lose hope that I will ever get there. I am hoping to lose 28 pounds and gain some muscles in the process "smile". One day at a time right? Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:19:56 EST the snow is melting :) Yay!!! So as I'm looking out my window I see the ice hanging from my roof and dripping into a puddle. I'v e sent the kids out for a little time for playing. Its such good exercise. Pretty soon I'll be loading them up to go walk the trails once it gets warmer- I'm so excited to think we'll be able to get that energy out and be able to sleep a little sounder. Ive been using shakes to keep track of my calories and realize that soon I'm going to have to incorporate a little healthier eating into this li... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:53:28 EST the snow is melting :) Yay!!! So as I'm looking out my window I see the ice hanging from my roof and dripping into a puddle. I'v e sent the kids out for a little time for playing. Its such good exercise. Pretty soon I'll be loading them up to go walk the trails once it gets warmer- I'm so excited to think we'll be able to get that energy out and be able to sleep a little sounder. Ive been using shakes to keep track of my calories and realize that soon I'm going to have to incorporate a little healthier eating into this li... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:53:28 EST will Spring ever come???? I am doing really well for the past year I've had- I had my 9th baby in July, had a stroke in October which resulted in a good amount of time recovering from my right side paralysis that happened. I'm so glad the paralysis didn't last. its fast becoming the end of February and I'm so thankful to be able to bring the kids back home ( I had previously home schooled the kids and was able to bring them home to the kitchen table to finish the year schooling) They enjoyed the public school but mis... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 15:27:00 EST Yay!!! Spring is coming :) I had to change all my colors to get ready for Spring. So excited to be able to get out and start walking again. I probably won't be starting any new exercises until we have our 9th baby in July. We're all so excited for the baby's arrival. The boys are happy to have another boy :) <BR> I'm hoping to keep my weight gain to a minimum because my midwife is concerned I might have gestational diabetes. I'll be having the test done this coming week and will find out the results shortly after. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 16:53:16 EST zzz. so tired. Well, it seems my energy went away with the summer sun. Fall and Winter are always hard when daylight is at such a premium. School has started again- hard to believe the first quarter is through already. But we are doing good. Thankful that we haven't been exposed to the nasty cough/flu thats been going around. <BR> Soon Thanksgiving will be here- so thankful to the Lord for all he's done this past year in our lives. He has blessed us so much. <em>102</em> <BR> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:10:41 EST summer is here :) It's been a while since I've been to Sparkpeople. I'm all ready to keep moving towards my goal of weight loss. My 8th baby girl arrived January 24th. What a sweet baby! I have since lost some with the birth itself and nursing but I've still got a long way to go. <BR> With the summer weather here I'm hoping to get out with the kids and hubby to get some walking in and start eating some of that delicious salad and veggies from the garden. <BR> My latest find has been from the grocery store- ci... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 20:50:23 EST What a beautiful day :0) I am feeling some encouragement today with the weather and the scales...I have cut the majority of sweets and sugary things out of my diet temporarily hoping to get over the feeling that I "need" them every day. Well, its helped. I am feeling much better. I am leaning on the Lord to give me the strength to keep going in the direction I've started. I am also starting to get the water in that I need everyday~yay!!!! Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:38:12 EST I'm over my "pity-party" :0( I've been having such a struggle the last few many problems with my back and the weather being the way its been. But the Lord has been faithful and my back pain has subsided. I'm sooo thankful! I sometimes fall into a little bit of depression. My former pastor used to call it a "pity-party" that people have. <BR> But....things are going better. So, on to exercising and making healthy meals. <BR> I want to set a good example for my children...not just the healthier life style, but ... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 21:42:12 EST now to get going and lose this weight! I am sooo excited about the weather change! Cannot wait to get out walking... and start losing some of this extra weight :0) Now if I could just clamp this mouth shut and keep all them goodies out of my mouth :0( Its such a battle but I am going to succeed- I want to be a good Mom to my little kids and a good example to my older older daughter wants me to start some exercise tape with her. Maybe Ill take her up on it. Make it a challenge, huh? I also want to be the best help meet to... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 23:03:08 EST