SARA80's SparkPeople Blog SARA80's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community struggling Wow. This time around has been a little harder. Back up 3 lbs down 3 lbs up 5 lbs down 5 lbs. I would love to chuck it up to just having a baby and it's only 8 months later. Somehow, I can't. I lost alot of my baby weight and am struggling with these last 15-20 lbs. It's huge right now. I'm drained for energy it seems. I get rest at night, and sleep okay. But, with 3 kids it seems like it's one after the other, being sick, or something happening. I prefer working out in the evening as that he... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 15:12:22 EST Check in So, not doing bad. But I wish the results were faster! 10 lbs gone from the baby weight so, 20 more to go. Ugh. I know it's a slow process and after losing. 60 lbs in two year I realize the process is hard, especially since I had little man. So, I'm happy the scale is moving in the right direction and am getting my workouts in etc., but it's frustrating as we all know. But, on the plus side my little one is 3 months old today and just as sweet as can be! His two big sisters eat him up! He kee... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 21:35:42 EST On the wagon SO, as most know I had my little man 7 weeks ago. I have been getting back to runnin and my bootcamp stuff. Whoo, is it hard to do this without a gym! lol It's so easy to just drop off the kiddos and go get my workout in and go home. Bc of the policy at the gym it will be a couple more months before I can go due to little man. So, I'm getting it in at home. Soon with school starting back for the little one I will get my 5 am groove on lol. (maybe if I don't change my mimd...I am not a morning... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:49:16 EST Thank you Everyone for the congrats! He is my little man! I tell dh that another man has finally stolen my heart ;) <BR> I am finally signing up for my first 5k! It's the color run! It's not endurance s based so I am looking forward to seeing how I do. I don't feel pressure to compete just a good time And able to prepare for a 5k! It's great to have a goal and something to work towards! <BR> Any suggestions for my first 5k?? <BR> So excited! <BR> P.s. if U haven't read my other blogs the other... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:18:22 EST He's arrived!!!!! So, our little man has finally arrived! He's 3 weeks old now and doing great! My older DD's are eating him up! It's so great! Now, if I can get his days and nights straight it will be even greater! Up at 3 am until around 6 and then maybe get a nap in here and there :). Anyway, I am back to working out and eating strictly. I don't have alot of baby weight compared to my two other pregnancies, but none of my clothes fit me ugh. So, I have a goal of 3 months to lose 30 lbs. not unrealistic or d... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:59:29 EST 3 weeks left So, 3 weeks to go til the due date! whoo hoo! it's approaching around the corner and fast! have almost everything ready to go, just have to set up the crib and get the car seat locked and stocked in the car! am nervous, but excited. I can't wait. Older sister is excited and younger sister doesn't really get it yet, she's just 2...but still, can't wait! Older sister keeps asking how much longer how much longer! lol so sweet. <BR> I might miss these days, wished i would've endulged a little m... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:39:16 EST 6 weeks to go Well, here it is. Close to the end. I am so excited to be done and have this little guy out soon! It's seemed like up until this point it has flown by. Now that I'm counting the weeks it's probably going to go slowly! :) other wise doing good. It's the last part so...I. Am being extra careful with calories most of the time and still try to keep up with regular exercise....not so regular as I was before but at least try to do once or twice a week of spin...sometimes I try to throw in some str... Thu, 23 May 2013 20:44:28 EST Holiday, holiday, holiday eating...oh my Well, I don't indulge on holidays, I usually just take a small bite of this or that, one or two of which I truly desire. But, this morning, I couldn't resist. I decided to make a sweet treat for know those wonderful, delicous, gooey, smooth, cinnamon twist/buns...oh my. I was only going to have two....then decided to have one more...then decided to finish my daughters that she didnt (it was just a couple bites real harm done...right? <em>24</em> ) Well, I KNOW I'll... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 15:50:19 EST New dinner recipe WOW! I have to tell you all about this if you don't already know. I made a loaded baked sweet potato tonight. It is my new favorite thing. I couldn't believe how easy it is to make, and how fantastic it tasted. I love sweet potatoes, you know, casserole with all that brown sugar and butter and pecans and then i love just sweet potatoes with all that butter and sugar baked in the oven. Well, this is completely different. It came from the Biggest Loser this season so you can find it on their we... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:40:16 EST Countdown.... to early SOOooooo.....I am now 26 weeks along. Which means it's the countdown. I may do a weekly blog about this...maybe. He moves constantly and I can't sleep, but not much longer. I know it sounds nuts, but I can't wait to meet him and see him. The Dr says everything is good and he looks healthy and developing on time. I just wish I wouldn't retain so much. I've figured out that it's water retention bc when i ate tostidos (which are salty and yummy) the next day my feet and legs were WAY HUGE. my sh... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:50:31 EST Countdown So, it's finally a little past the half way point for this pregnancy. I am 24 weeks which means i have 16 weeks to go! Yay! I am HUGE! lol Weight update. I have gained 27 lbs (last time I checked) and am very upset. I still have a looooong way to go. The baby will be gaining about .5 lb at this point which means that I will gain anywhere from 2-4 lbs a month from here on out. I am trying to keep portions in control and healthy items in control. I've even decided to cut out as much sodium as ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 21:10:54 EST BIG NEWS!!! So, big news is that we are expecting our third child. Yay! So, it's supposed to be a great time and enjoy it and just roll with it. Well, it is supposed to be right? I feel more stressed right now, then when i'm trying to just maintain or lose a couple of pounds! I know that there will be weight gain. I realize that there is healthy weight gain and baby weight gain and weight just gained. I get it. However, it's more stressing trying to just gain healthy weight in these last 3 months than lo... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 19:40:38 EST Finally....going back to the gym! :) So, I've been out for just shy of a month. I'm going nuts here. I feel like I'm just sitting around doing nothing. It's weird like my day isn't complete, like everyday my body tells me I've missed something. But, thankfully my knee is feeling better, so I'm going to try some very light jogging tomorrow and some light exercises. Nothing drastic. If it isn't raining I may even just jog outside the gym building (it's about 1/2 mile around 1 x) so it would be a more natural jog, instead of the t... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 01:21:58 EST Suggestions for a downer So, I've been reporting about my running time and my last time for 1 mile was 10:09 I can't believe that! Well, now for the whole story... <BR> May 3-5 (somewhere in there) my 4 year old and I were jumping on her bed (yes, I was jumping with her on her bed;) ) and I jumped and landed on the mattress, well she wanted to do the same thing so, of course being a bad example already, I let her do it too. Except, she didn't land on the matress she landed on my knee....oopsie...I heard it pop, and... Fri, 25 May 2012 10:55:33 EST Heart broken So, we were shopping over the weekend for some new outfits for our 1 & 4 year old. I found the cutest outfit with ruffles that came in both our daughters 4 year old says to me as I showed it to her..."mommy that's for it sisters size?" I looked at my 4 year old and said WHAT did you say? For babies? Yes mommy. <BR> When did this happen! She broke my heart....I guess that means she's really not a baby...she is trying to express herself and I guess it's alright as long ... Thu, 24 May 2012 14:51:05 EST Difference in beauty or society? So, I was watching Anderson today (it was actually yesterday's episode) and they did an experiment on beauty. We've all been taught that beauty is in the eye of the beholder right? Well, not so much. There were two different women...typical blonde looking model (not hating on them swear) and the nerdy brunette geek type. Each had a flat tire...the blonde women received more help than the brunette. Why was that? Luck? Or was it really due to appearance? <BR> I have to say this. I really thou... Tue, 8 May 2012 23:01:10 EST Surgery or not to Surgery? That seems to be the question or focus in one of the forums I'm a very proud member to. <BR> Now, I haven't had it done myself. I'm definitely not opposed to it, in fact a long time ago I considered it. I really felt like it was a quick fix. As I researched the program itself I realized it is almost the same as what you have to do daily. So, for me I decided to try without it first and see what happened. <BR> Now, I do know people who have had it done. I asked one girl why did you do it?... Tue, 1 May 2012 19:30:19 EST Down, Down It's great to see the scale going down! It's great to be 4 lbs away from my goal! It's just amazing. I feel great, my energy level is way up and the bursts that I have are exploding! Going from 256 to 194 is just great! <BR> I love feeling this way. Coming up with new recipes, new ideas, using recipes from here...some of them work and some don't...I tried a no guilt enchilada...maybe I just don't like enchilda's but uhm....I will keep the guilt and work it off! lol But, for the most part i... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 11:32:16 EST Almost there So, according to my tracker here on SP I only have about 7lbs to go. Initially I'd like to lose 10-15 more. However, I will be happy with the initial 7. Here's the point. I am ready to be at the goal and maintain or lose a little more...I just want it off. Sure, I've been contemplating some "crazy diet" ideas, but I then remind myself I haven't done any crazy diet to get this far why would I back track now? I just want to see that famous number of 190 or less even! <BR> So, I'm not gonna do... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:38:12 EST Didn't Know First I'd like to start off by saying I didn't make this public before, but would like to share it now. I had to have a surgery done last week, and the healing process is taking longer than I expected. It's relly hard still to lift anything (I only lift light) and am still pretty winded. Plus a little depresed about....wait for it..... <BR> still waiting..... <BR> and waiting..... <BR> Okay, the fact that my doctor has restricted me from walking on the treadmill at the GYM! MY LIFE ... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 23:06:12 EST All you runners HELP!! ;) Yesterday, I went running late. I am currently trying my own system and decided to break up my time on the treadmill and some core exercises. So, here it is......I ran my first mile in 11:40 and my second mile in10:30 so, I want to know first is the timing decent (I am new to this and trying my hardest to train for my first 5k) and second how do you keep up the stamina? Sometimes I find myself needing a break and my body telling me I need to stop. I kinda feel like I did when I first started ... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 20:20:23 EST It's Official I have finally made it to the 100's!!!!! I can't believe it! This journey is long, hard, tiring, and not always forgiving! But with the hard work, dedication and effort put forth everyday it has finally arrived! I didn't think it would ever happen! For a while there, I thought, well, at least I'm trying....and all that effort has finally gotten me there! I'm in the 100's! WHOOHOO! I just want to shout it from the roof top! :) <BR> It really has been a long hard year and a half for this. I ... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 19:08:03 EST Runners Cont. So, this morning, I was feeling blah. I decided I was still going to complete my 4 miles in under 55 minutes. I really struggled this morning. In fact, I struggled so much that I almost gave up completely. Something inside me though said no way. You will get this done in under 55 minutes. As the time approached to being finished, I felt like I used to feel."oh well, didn't do it today, maybe tomorrow" attitude. Then I kept thinking this isn't me anymore. I can do this. Not only did I do it, ... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:36:39 EST My Sparkfriends I know I haven't blogged in a while, I have been busy as of lately and visiting with family. It's really been the best. I have however, wanted to share some great news. Those of you who know, I've been trying really hard to like running. Well, it's finally happened. I really like the rush I get from sprinting for 30-40 seconds at a time and setting a distance within a certain amount of time. <BR> So, here it is! On monday I finished 4 miles in 58:30 Then on Tuesday I set my time on the tre... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 13:27:41 EST Runners high Well,I would like to start out by saying I am learning to enjoy running. I have been working on this issue for a little more than a month. I finally jogged/ran 2 miles in 24 minutes! I walked a little more then jogged even more and finished a total of 3.59 miles in 50 minutes. This has been such an achievement for me! I now know what they mean by a runners high. That feeling of beating yourself, showing yourself that you can push harder and stronger than you think you are. You can believe in ... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:40:57 EST Have you thought about what it would mean to reach your goal? Okay. There are two parts to this topic. The first is...what would it mean to reach my or yours) goal? Well, it would mean feeling great, feeling like I've achieved what seemed like the impossible (we all know how daunting this journey is). It would also mean health, and dare I say even happiness. There are times that I am sad. I look at myself in the mirror and wonder how did I do this to myself? Why did I let this happen. So, yes, happiness. It would mean that as my children grow up they ha... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 13:12:45 EST Sparkers...sugges So, here it is. I am going to the dr. to talk about metformin. it's a rx that is used for many reasons, from weight loss to diabetes and then some. i am fortunate enough to not have diabetes. however, it seems as though slow and steady isn't working any longer either. i do have a condition called PCOS. this is one of the rxs that can help. my concerns have to do with the long term side effects...the digestive tract. does anyone know of the this rx personally or though some one they knew or kn... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 17:50:15 EST Here I go again I've been very absent from here lately. I haven't forgotten though. I just have been a real rutt and now realize that the more stress I put on myself the more my body will not cooperate. So, here it is. I am back for good. I haven't stopped exercising, or eating right, just not logging in here. Really this is the best place for all the support necessary and all the tools for our weight loss goals. <BR> So, here it goes. Fri, 9 Sep 2011 14:30:18 EST This stinks For the past, well almost ever I have been on a great track. I've lost 30 lbs with SP and have loved every minute of it. <BR> Now, the situation at hand is simply this. I am losing my hope. I look and see the difference of where I was and where I am, but it doesn't seem to be enough right now. I don't know if it's stress (which it very well could be), or just the fact that I am truly losing all hope of meeting of my goal. I have 55 more lbs to go before I reach my "goal" weight. What I woul... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 21:14:03 EST Eating well, While eating out Okay. So, here it is. I just had a real life lesson yesterday. This is a time for me to celebrate even though there has been a family emergency in the family. Well, we decided to go out to eat. Went to a steak house. Thought it'd be a healthy option. Grilled. chicken..not fried...sauteed vegetables...onions, mushrooms and bell pepper.. (didn't think to ask if it's in oil) bad treat....mashed potatoes...(they were slathered in butter...). <BR> So, as you can see this is not what I though... Mon, 16 May 2011 17:12:45 EST Wall You Will Fall Here you are wall. <BR> I see you again. <BR> You will come down. <BR> After all I am in charge. <BR> How can I let you win. <BR> I work so hard. I sweat. I cry. I fight. I try. <BR> I give my all. <BR> I tell my body you will not stay in my way. Wall you will fall. <BR> If only for a day. You will not stand in my way. <BR> I must tell you I will break you with a hammer. <BR> I will fight my way through. <BR> I will bust open that hole that I have so longed for. I will make it all... Mon, 2 May 2011 21:43:06 EST Out to dinner So, tonight we went out for family night. It was great. We don't get to do it much, so when it happens it's great. We took the girls to the park and let the oldest run around and have fun. Anyway, we went out to dinner. Decided on chinese. I know it's not the best choice. But DH hasn't had it and they had a seafood buffet (again another bad choice, but it's okay). Well, I didn't take large portions of everything I ate and I even didn't finsih what was put on my plate. However, I put in my nut... Sun, 1 May 2011 22:28:38 EST Spinning to what kind of music? I'm an avid spinner. Yes. I love to spin. It's my favorite thing to do. I even posted picturs of my first pair of spinning shoes. Now, a while ago I posted that I could spin to any kind of music. Well, guess what? I CAN'T! OMG! I can't believe this. Last night was the worst workout. When the instructor wanted us to sprint I couldn't. I couldn't get into it with her music. Let me tell you. It's the hard rock like what I would call more heavy rock. I just ended up climbing the rest of the class... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 15:29:19 EST 30 lbs down Okay. 30lbs down baby! YAY! <BR> Now, that I have realized what this means it's amazing. Sitting here thinking about it is just like WOWOWOW! I still have another 16 lbs to go before I reach my first official goal. Hopefully by the end of may I will have reached this goal. <BR> I must say that this is the most difficult thing I've ever done. Even harder than being a MOM! ;) Trying to keep up the exercise routine with sick kids, and eating right and planning, for the most part, my meals. <... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 12:40:39 EST Ladies only...please. Alright ladies. This comes from our favorite time. You know when we're bloated and a bit irratated for no real reason. Yeah. I hate it. I hate that time. I was thinking about it today. If you are like me, I end up gaining at least 1lb during and then lose 3lbs after. It drives me nuts. WHile on this journey, it makes it difficult to stay positive at that time. It's almost like I could go in my yard and scream bloody murder. However, we make it through right? But the worst time, especially for... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:13:10 EST Are we what we eat? So, I have decided (early on) that I would have what I now call wiggle days. They really aren't cheat days, because I have realized, today, that I eat pretty healthy for eating out. I try not to order something fried if I am ordering fries. I only order grilled chicken (very rarely do I order beef anywhere..). So, today I decided that we would order out, because I wanted a wiggle day. I didn't feel like cooking and cleaning up another mess. So, I also decided to do a delivery option. So, it i... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 00:39:47 EST HEY YOU READ THIS!!!! Did you feel like going to the gym today? Or outside? Or your dvd's? <BR> No???? WELL GUESS WHAT!!! NEITHER DID I.....but I went anyway. <BR> <BR> We all have our days when we want to give up. When we want to stop completely. Even, that this journey we are on is hopeless, as though it's never going to end. Well, this journey will not ever end to tell you the truth. Once you have completed the journey a whole new one will begin. It's just getting to that shimmer of a light that says you'... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 22:43:08 EST Alot to say today.... So, first. I went to my little "health evaluation" yesterday. I have been a member of this facility for about 6 weeks. i have lost 12 lbs, but according to my evaluation I have only lost 4 lbs of fat. According to what he said this isn't good. I am confident that I am doing everything that I am able to do. This is what I can do. I realize that they want to sell themselves to make money..fine. However, I am not a PT type of person. I like to have a group and have motivation. That is why I opt ... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:14:08 EST Say What?????? So, todays blog entry isn't a happy uplifted one. Well, it will be in the end. I went to the gym like I usually do through the week, but tonight was a little different. <BR> Let me explain how the gym is set up. The floor is completely open and all the rooms (spin, arobics, etc) are against the walls. You have to walk by these huge body lifters, and work out enthusiasts (go them!) in order to get to the classes. Well, I cut through one part of the machine area to get to the cycle room a litt... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 22:53:30 EST Calling on all Sparkers My very dearest friend needs help. I won't say who or what it she needs. However, I am going to ask that whoever you pray to, Please pray for my friend. She is going through something(s) and really needs this. She is very important to me. We have been through almost everything and she needs my and all prayers right now. <BR> She is the best person anyone can know. She is a sparker, and wants a healthy life for her and her family. <BR> I am so upset for her, because I know what she is goin... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:14:57 EST I feel great! And it's not because of the SCALE!!! SO, I just got home a little while ago from the gym. I did a new class this morning. Changed my routine a bit. I did a BOOTCAMP class. OMG! I can't believe it! The instructor had us run/jog/powerwalk around the building (it's not just a gym in the also has a small shopping center). Well, we did it 3X around...guess what? That's 2 miles! I did it! I jogged (slow and steady) around the building....yes, did walk a little...just a bit to catch my breath, but I did it! I can't believ... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 12:01:01 EST Bummed.... Although I know that we all have our good weeks and our bad weeks. This for me is a bad week. I gained 1 lb. I know it doesn't seem like it's terrible...but to me any gain is bad. It's going backwards. I knew over the weekend when I indulged it wouldn't be good. I really only had one small piece of cake on Saturday, but then on sunday I ate another small piece of cake and my hubby brought of all things....chocolate. I ate 4 pieces of that. It's bad. I knew I shouldn't and I felt horrible aft... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:09:11 EST Do you really want to eat that? So, I decided to make a nice dinner today for valentines day. I know it's not valentines day, but I won't be able to have a dinner on time (for our family it's 5 pm). So, I decided to make it today. I made chicken alfredo with a salad and red velvet cake (and cupcakes so he can take them to work with him on monday). So, it was really nice. However, I was looking forward to eating the cake the whole time I was baking it in the oven! It came out really good. I ate it, enjoyed it and now after? ... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 20:52:14 EST Where do you get your motivation from? This is the question... I have been asked by my very dear friend...where does my motivation come from and where can she get it.....My dear this blog is dedicated to you. <BR> There are so many things and reasons that motivate me. However, as most of my blogs say, my kids are so important to me. I want to be around to see my great grandchildren. Also, unfortunately I have found out that my mother is a little sicker than expected. I feel in a way, this may be due to our family history of being overweight/obese. I L... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 10:57:57 EST Losing It!!! So, I am part of a challenge on the ALabama forum. It's called the last one standing. I figured I'd be the first one out. Well to my own surprise I am still standing, for two weeks now!!!! WOW~!!!! It feels great to be able to do this! I am down 5 lbs in two weeks! I can't believe it! It's great to feel this way! It's great to be in a challenge, for one it makes me work out harder and be smarter about what I am eating....and it feels good to be part of a team and to just challenge myself in g... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 09:26:37 EST Today Today is a day about nothing really. WE all are struggling, fighting for our goals. Making it happen. I must say that a realization for me is to be below 200 lbs by my birthday in May. I only have 28 lbs to get below, it's not that far off right? However, my true goal that I want to make is to be around 200 by the end of april, if not below. I just don't want to get too obsessed about it though. I think if I can make it there by the end of April then great, but if not it's okay...I'l... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 11:09:06 EST Get up and MOVE! No matter what you are doing...get up and move. Here's where this is coming from. I have a 6 month old who is teething. This is a bad time to even want to think about sleeping. <em>20</em> <BR> So, we had a rough night last night. I REALLY didn't want to go to the gym today. I decided to go anyway, bc if I didn't go then I would really start slacking. So, I WENT! I have to tell you I FEEL GREAT RIGHT NOW!!!! I feel like I can do anything right now. Just to have gotten up and moved and do t... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 21:34:08 EST What a feeling!! You know when you are stuck for what seems like forever and then you finally get passed it? That is the best feeling in this world! I finally got through this platue that I've been in for a month! IT's amazing how good you can feel when the scale goes one way or the other. It's either your friend or it's not. I try really hard to not go by the scale, but it seems almost impossible. I am finally down to 227! I can't believe it. I have lost a total of 26 lbs (I weighed 253 before I started spar... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 08:19:59 EST Dreams can come true.... So, in all honesty this post comes from another spark user. fit-whit is her name..She had a post made years ago called "I have a dream". In this blog she basically said what she would like to accomplish. Now, I think this is a wonderful idea. So, hopefully years from now, when I have made my goals I will be able to tell people "Hey, I did this and that and guess what? YOU CAN TOO!!!!" So, in saying are my "dreams" that I would like to share. <BR> I hope to one day be a size 10-12... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 22:20:49 EST I'm so excited! Okay. SO for the longest time I've been exercising at home (well up until recently!!!) HOWEVER! the problem has been solved...I was able to go and start a gym. I was really hesitant about it's a contract...obligation=possible waste of money, 2nd what if later I end up not liking the facility in it's entirity? Well, least now I don't have any obstacles in the way...I can take my girls and still exercise in peace! WOOHOO!!!! <BR> SO, I look forward to it. Of c... 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