SARAHEGILROY's SparkPeople Blog SARAHEGILROY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm back So it's been awhile. I got off track in a bad way. Since the last time I was here, my life has changed a bit. We moved from our crappy apartment into the house my parents live in (I own). Shane was going to go back to school, but changed his mind when we realized it wouldn't be worth it financially. My parents are now split and we live here with my mom, which presents some challenges. <BR> I also spent most of the last year dealing with some health issues. In June, I ended up having a partia... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:11:08 EST Doing better this week. Last week, I had a really hard time sticking to any goals. I was sick (still am a bit) and I just didn't have the willpower. Then the weekend hit and it was ice cream and burgers and sausages. By Monday night, I was so swelled I thought my legs would explode if I touched them. When I weighed myself yesterday, not only had I not lost any weight, I had actually gained almost a pound. Not so awesome. Yesterday I did really well food wise. There is room for improvement obviously, but I was happy ... Wed, 28 May 2014 11:23:57 EST Totally binged yesterday. Monday my sister started a 10 wk exercise program. She doesn't know that I am using her as competition. I want to lose a bigger percentage of weight than her. She is going for 20lbs which is about 10.5% of her body weight. She is doing T25, but doesn't really plan on focusing on food. She has horrible eating habits. <BR> In order to beat her, I will have to lose 32 lbs. I am about 100 lbs heavier than her so I definitely have my work cut out for me. I am going to focus on both food and exer... Wed, 21 May 2014 12:20:46 EST It's been awhile. I feel as if I have been on an emotional roller coaster lately. About 2 months ago, my mom had a mild heart attack. She is okay. The doctors put her on a bunch of new meds and she is losing some weight. Old habits are hard to break though and I have watched her slip back into her old habits <BR> On Easter, we were celebrating over at my sister's house. Everyone was having a good time and getting along (something that has been difficult lately). We were just sitting down to eat when my dad wen... Mon, 19 May 2014 11:54:21 EST So So Week My goals this past week were <BR> 1)Follow my menu plan <BR> 2)Drink more water <BR> 3)Exercise before I play WoW <BR> I did follow my menu the first part of the week, but by Thursday I was way off. This week I have decided to use meals I have prepped and frozen ahead of time. At least later in the week. My new cookbook should come in handy for that. <BR> I did drink more water, but not my my full 8 glasses a day. I still count this as a win though. I think f I had gone from very little water... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:34:40 EST My OMG Moment Saturday was my birthday. It was a good birthday that I got to spend with my husband and kids. Last week Shane let me go shopping for some clothes. By "let me" I mean he made sure it was in the budget. I have had most of my clothes longer than Shane and I have been together and they are starting to tear up. I found some jeans pretty easily. It was the tops. I got a new sweatshirt and a new hoodie. I know my wardrobe sounds glamorous! Seriously though, I'm a 32 year old stay at home mom. Comfo... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:45:43 EST My Fall Restart This summer I really dropped the ball. We ended up eating a lot of junk just so we could eat cheaply. I stopped coming on here and logging. After I hurt myself (again) while exercising, I basically just stopped moving. The consequences are that my kids think things that used to be treats are now every day foods. I gained 5 lbs. The worst though is that we all feel like crap. None of us has the energy we did. I'm having trouble sleeping again. Sarane is having constipation issues again. It see... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:50:35 EST Detox Revised So the smoothie detox didn't go well yesterday. The breakfast smoothie is really yummy and I wasn't hungry for hours. The lunch smoothie was not nearly as tasty. It wasn't horrid, but it had a slight bitter taste from all the kale. I ended up drinking less than half of it. I just couldn't choke it down. About an hour later my stomach was grumbling and I was really hungry. I tried to fight it. I tried to drink more of the smoothie, but just couldn't. I ended up eating a bunch of crap. When I p... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:46:33 EST Been away for a couple of weeks. Shane was on shut down last week. Basically, a forced vacation in the automotive manufacturing industry. He was off 9 straight days. Usually we would have been at each others throats by the end, but we actually had a good time. We didn't do much, but still had fun just being together. The one thing I did let him have was his "normal" food. Honestly, we ate like crap! Pop, processed boxed "food", fast food, was bad! I didn't want to argue and I knew that I would end up eating the cr... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:41:30 EST June 30~Injuries Suck! I haven't been very active the last three days. I hurt my back and lost motivation. I was doing so well too! But it's okay. I learned a valuable lesson. If I can't perform an exercise properly, don't do it! Luckily, I wasn't injured badly. My back just tensed up really bad. It's not 100%, but I feel good about starting back into it today. I am just going to b more cautious. I am also going to restart the 28 Day Bootcamp. Of course, now I know video #7 can eff off until I am stronger! <BR> I s... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 08:42:21 EST June 23~Time Is Flying By It is already June 23 and I don't know where the month has gone! I lost a whole week to being sick. Sore throat, earache and toothache. It sucked bad. I think that is what has thrown me off. Even with being sick, it has been a good month. We are finally caught up on our bills post Rock On The Range ( a weekend long concert in Columbus, OH). Shane goes every year, but never plans on the financial impact so we struggle for about a month after. Still, he has a lot of fun. I choose not to go. It'... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 10:11:29 EST June 1~My Summer Schedule How on earth is it already June? That is just crazy! I'm glad though. Shane and I are starting today with a stricter budget. At first this was just to see where exactly all our money goes. Now there is a more important reason. We have decided that in the next 1-2 years will start looking for a house! I found several houses we could afford right now, but Shane wants to put at least $20k down. Right now we could put down $12k-$13k. If we save everything we can, including our next couple of tax... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:41:45 EST May 21-A Little Of This, A Little Of That So due to our week of "normal" eating, my cravings are back with a vengeance. I never got to the store yesterday because I was just so tired from the crazy busy weekend. I ended up giving in when Shane wanted to eat out. I was good though. Instead of a big burger, large fries and pop, I got a salad. I went to Wendy's so we got frostys too. I got a small instead of the large I really wanted. I also found myself aimlessly snacking on some peanut M&M's. I don't even remember getting them. Lucki... Tue, 21 May 2013 10:45:30 EST May 20-The Week Of "Normal" Eating Last Sunday Shane told me he wanted a week of eating "normally". I told him fine but that means we go back to eating Primally hardcore (starting today thank the Gods!) I went and bought all kinds of crap that never sets foot in our home. Hot dogs, mac and cheese, pudding snacks, store bought bbq sauce, pasta and bread. There was also a whole lot of fast food. It was all kinds of bad. I tried to eat as little as possible because it's just not feasible to make two meals at every mealtime. The ... Mon, 20 May 2013 09:55:30 EST April 30-Back From The Dead At least I feel like it. I spent the last several days sick. Fever, chills, vomiting and other associated stomach issues. It wasn't pretty. It was all I could do to get up often enough to feed the kids. I really hate being sick. You can't call off when you are a stay at home mom. Yesterday was my recovery day. I am still not 100%, but I'm good enough to resume normal function. I tried yesterday, but Elora ended up sick with the same thing. I had to change the crib sheets twice. She looked lik... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:24:40 EST April 23-Family Day Yesterday Shane called off work, taking a "mental health" day. He doesn't do it very often and he works a lot of overtime. It's easy to get burned out. We decided that since it was such a nice day, we would take the girls to the park. We went to the park by my parents because it is really nice and Sarane can use most of the playground equipment. The girls had a blast. Sarane loves all the slides. Last year we couldn't even get her to slide down the baby slide by herself. This year she owns th... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:19:16 EST April 12-Gave In Yesterday I was hungry. I was tired. My husband said pizza. I caved without even thinking. It could have been much worse. I have been known to eat a whole large pizza by myself. I had two slices of a medium pepperoni, half the parmesan bread bites with garlic butter, 3/4 of the cinnasticks and two big glasses of cherry coke. I kept it in check the rest of the day though. No random snacking. A healthy baked chicken salad for dinner. Honestly, I am mostly disappointed in myself for the pop. I had been ... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:09:08 EST April 10-Cravings I was off track so long I got used to eating a lot again. I also got used to overindulging in yummy but bad for you carbs. I am a carb addict. I don't do well on plans that allow bread, pasta and other such things(I am a person that needs a plan!). I go overboard way to easily. Instead, my carb intake needs to be made up of veggies and fruits. Ok and my one teaspoon of sugar in my coffee or tea, but that is only once a day! Now that I am switching back to healthy living, my cravings are killi... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:07:52 EST April 7-Renewing My Commitment To Myself! The last few months have been really tough. I was put on blood pressure meds. My husband is having knee issues. The girls have had colds. Elora has been teething. Me and the girls had a stomach virus. Elora and I had lice (I am so thankful for the nurse at our pedi office for calming a very freaked out mama down!). Now we are all dealing with allergies. So with everything that has been going on I have been really tired and drained. I have given in to the temptation of easy fast food more time... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 10:47:53 EST It's been a while. It's been a month since I last posted. I finally made an appointment to see my ob/gyn. My last cycle was 88 days long. I gained 15 lbs during that time also. Obviously, this is not normal. I went to see her today. I had a list of questions in my head. I got back to the room and the nurse was taking my vitals. Her eyes about bugged out when she took my blood pressure. She didn't even tell me the bottom number. The top was 170. I got into the gown (as much as I could, seriously that thing is m... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:36:51 EST About my status yesterday... *Female Issues* So I have been really messed up since I had my daughter Elora. My cycles have been anywhere between 25-65+ days. I am currently on CD65. I have felt like I am PMSing for two weeks. Lots of cramps, low energy, mood swings, headache, achy boobs (sorry if TMI), massive food cravings. I have taken several pg tests. All have been negative. My dr won't do anything until I have hit CD90. I just don't feel right though. I think my dr is going to want to put me on birth control pills... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:54:10 EST 21 Day Transformation~Day 1 The girls and I are much better! All fevers gone. Just a little cough here and there. Which is good because Sarane's birthday is Saturday. My baby is going to be three years old. I just can't believe it. I swear it seems like Shane and I just got that positive EPT yesterday. I'll never forget that day. Shane and I knew we wanted to be together from the the time we started talking. We knew that we wanted to get married and have kids. We didn't see the point in wasting time. We had been talking... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 11:05:53 EST Going Primal Day 1 and 2 So the last few days have been kinda bad around here. Two sick toddlers, still sick mama who's pmsing, trying to get back into our normal groove since Shane went back to work Wed. Lots of coughing, snot, headaches and cravings to be had! I'm trying to stick to the Primal eating plan, but right now the detox phase sucks! I have given in a few times. Mostly do to my own lack of planning. Last night I just couldn't get chocolate out of my mind. I searched all the cabinets for a bar of dark choco... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:10:52 EST Jan 1~The Day Before Now that the holidays are coming to an end, I feel like we can finally get back to our regularly scheduled lives. Well with a twist. In this new year my husband and I are going Primal. We have edged close to it but never full on took the plunge. We are starting tomorrow. We are starting with the 21 Day Transformation. After that, if we still feel good about it then we will continue to live Primally. Now some of you are asking what the heck Primal is. It's an offshoot of Paleo. Months ago, Sh... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 05:36:20 EST It's monday On the bright side, the girls are feeling better. Sarane's fever broke early Friday. Elora still has a runny nose but it's much better. No meds needed other than Tylenol and Advil. Neither of the girls have ever had antibiotics. I'm hoping to keep that trend going as long as possible. <BR> I had a fairly busy weekend. Saturday I spent a few hours at the hospital with my best friend. She had a baby girl on Friday. It's her fourth child but her first c-section. She seems to be doing really well... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:26:47 EST Ugg Elora no longer has diarrhea. She now has an extremely stuffy/runny nose and lots of gas. She can barely drink out of her cup so I grudgingly unpacked a bottle. She is drinking out of that much better. Last night was horrible! She slept for about 1 1/2 hrs. Then she woke up screaming. I would get her calmed down just to have her rev back up a few minutes later. This went on for hours. About 1:30 she finally laid back down. Her naps have been short lived today also. <BR> Sarane woke up from h... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:02:25 EST My weekend Elora has had diarrhea since Thursday. She has been Ms Grump about it too. I don't blame her. Her little booty is all red. My sister ended up watching the girls last night so she didn't have to take them to my nephews football banquet. They had lots of fun. They got to play with our cousin's little girls Ella who is 11 months younger than Sarane and 11 months older than Elora. Our other cousin brought over his son who is 3 months older than Elora. Plus Sabastian. <BR> Meanwhile, mommy and da... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:52:20 EST Must. Get. Off. My. Booty! November didn't go out with a bang like I wanted. December didn't come in with a bang either. It's more than just not eating right or not exercising. My duties of being a stay at home mom have seriously been slacking too. Granted the girls are breathing and fed so I haven't been slacking that much. But the dishes are piled up, the laundry is overflowing, you can't walk on the floor without stepping on something. I just feel so drained right now. I know I need to snap out of it before it becom... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:47:12 EST Countdown~287 Days! I started the month off really good. The middle not so much. I am determined to finish even better than I started! I looked at my countdown today. 287 days until the 5k. Seems like a lot to some people. To me it seems like an impossible task. Almost. If I tried it right now I doubt I could even finish half of it. I won't let that happen on race day! I will prove to everyone that I can accomplish any goal I set out to do. Even if it involves running! <BR> Before, if everyone would have said I ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 08:39:06 EST Today is hard. Eight years ago today, I lost one of my best friends. He was killed in a horrible car accident. He died because he wrapped himself around the 13 year old girl sitting next to him. Tim didn't always make the best choices. Actually, he tended to make the worst choices possible. That's why he was where he was when he died. But he had such a big heart and he was so loyal, even when the person wasn't as loyal to him. He always had a hard time saying no. <BR> I wonder, perhaps more than I should a... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:28:20 EST Down 2 lbs! I've done really well the last several days as far as food goes. Until today that is. I ate like crap today. It was just one of those days where I had to force myself to eat anything though. Exercise has taken a hit. I've not felt well and have been so tired. I will get back on track in the next few days though. I have lost a total of 2 lbs (yay!). Even better, I put on a hoodie today that wouldn't zip the last time I wore it. Not only did it zip but I had room! Now I'm thinking my jeans are ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:38:17 EST Thanksgiving Planning This year we are hosting my parents for Thanksgiving. Usually we all go over to their house. This year Rena (sister) and Sabastian (nephew) are going to be in TN for a peewee football tournament. ~Side note: Sabastians k-1 team finished undefeated and ranked #2 in OH! So proud of them!~Things with Scott (brother) are tense and well I'll leave that for another day! <BR> I usually do most of the cooking anyway so this is just more convinient for me. I've been trying to find some new recipes ins... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:02:18 EST It's a new week. The last week I haven't felt well. Mostly do to stress and my sleep issues. I haven't exercised in a few days and my diet hasn't been what it should. So to regain momentum before I completely slack off I'm making some weekly goal. <BR> 1) Make sure to drink enough water. <BR> 2)Restart 28 Day Bootcamp and stick with it! <BR> 3) Absolutely NO eating out for the whole week! <BR> Yesterday was Elora's birthday party. I can't believe my baby will be 1 on wednesday. Where did the last year go? I w... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 09:27:10 EST Of all the things I've lost... ...I miss my mind the most. (Mark Twain) If anyone finds my mind please return it! A lot of people find the holiday season stressful. I am one of those people. It is by far my least favorite time of year. If it weren't for my kids, I would pretend Thanksgiving and Christmas (we celebrate as a family holiday as opposed to a religious holiday, but we do celebrate Yule) didn't exist. I have many reasons for this. Instead of going into those reasons why I am going to stress out, I am going to gi... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 12:05:13 EST It's My Blog And I'll Complain If I Want To... I have been in such a good mood the last few days. But all that ended when my girls woke up at 6:22 this morning. Sarane (2) has been a demanding and rather mean spirited little demon spawn this morning. Elora (11.5 months) has been very needy and whiny. There has been lots of fighting and screaming and crying this morning. <BR> On top of which my sinuses are all funky being all stuffed up one minute and running (and choking me) the next. I still have a headache from grocery shopping last nig... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 10:57:28 EST What a beautiful day! I haven't checked the weather yet, but it LOOKS absolutely gorgeous out! The sun is shining bright and it doesn't look windy at all. I can't wait to get to the track! I am hoping to improve my time, but honestly, my legs were killing me last night during my Biggest Loser 2 workout. As long as I get out there and do it I'll be happy though! <BR> I am proud of myself for keeping up with the 28-Day Bootcamp. I am on day 4. I've figured out that it is easiest for me to do my video in the morning ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 10:57:11 EST It is late! Ok it's 11:55 as I start typing this. Which means it's 5 min until I am 31. Wow, it's really hitting me hard. I probably would have felt like this last year but I was 12 days from giving birth. It's just weird to realize that I'm not a kid anymore. I'm not saying I'm old, just not young... <BR> Anyhoo, I had a good day. I came in below my calories, which I think I need to change anyways. I drank plenty of water. I really needed to because I've been lacking in that department. I was so thirsty... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 00:05:53 EST ~Blessed Be~ Yay! It's my favorite holiday of the year! Both the commercial side and the spiritual side of it. We took our 2 yo trick or treating tonight despite the rain and cold. She had a blast! She was our little zombie this year. Elora stayed at my mom and dad's. Far too bad out for an 11 mo! Plus, I messed up on her costume://She was supposed to be a ghost. Instead she looked like she had a hooker skirt on. I am still a novice when it comes to sewing and had technical difficulties with my machine. ... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:57:15 EST Blah!~A food Confessional That in a nutshell is how I feel. The weather has been crap thanks to Sandy. It's windy, rainy and cold. My joints ache. Especially my shoulder. Before you say that I'm too young let me just put out there that I have several years (8 to be exact) of factory work under my belt! Not easy jobs at all! At my last job I had several shoulder injuries due to being so short. So I hurt. Nothing new. It's good for the makers of Aleve! <BR> Sunday, as I was getting ready to do my now weekly track walk ... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:21:39 EST Getting Serious! So I've struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. Growing up we were always following one diet or another. My mom was at the heart of all the dieting. She was also the root of all the cheating! One thing I realize now that, unfortunately, has followed me It wasn't about getting healthy, it was about looking "good". No matter how crappy we felt. I think that's why we always failed. It was about deprivation and feeling crappy. <BR> So as my 31st birthday looms ahead of me (6 days... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 17:32:24 EST