SCMAMAJONES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SCMAMAJONES SCMAMAJONES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ A Birthday Promise - I did it!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455847 Hi my Sparkers.... <BR> <BR> Today I turn 45. I'm excited to finally be moving forward in my weight loss. I've lost seven pounds and I've been exercising a lot more. My husband has joined me, and he has lost over 20. <BR> <BR> Last year, I promised myself that I would be published before my next birthday. I took the leap in May and self-published my romantic suspense, No Strings Attached. If you like romance with mystery, you can buy it online through Amazon either in paperback or in Kindle... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 08:29:15 EST Paleo Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388963 I won't even talk about the ten pounds I've gained in the past year, and the 5 inches I've gained around my waist. It's sad, but I'm moving on. I'm going to be 45 in August, and I've got to get control. My weight this morning starting fresh was 219.4. <BR> <BR> Carbs have been my nemesis, but I've had trouble doing without completely and doing South Beach, so I'm going to try Paleo, which I believe lets you have potatoes but no corn. (And I so love fresh corn in the summer boo) I am still no... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:10:33 EST A Dream Realized http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369064 Ever since I received my first manual typewriter in seventh grade, I've dreamed of publishing fiction. Last August, when I turned 44, I vowed that one way or another, by the time I turned 45 I would be published. At the time, I had a draft of a novel that I was revising, so it was doable. I made the decision to release the book as an independent author because these days, publishers aren't offering a lot in the way of advances, and royalties through e-publishers are low. If you like romance,... Mon, 27 May 2013 08:26:14 EST TIme to Move On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327700 Greetings sparkers!!! <BR> <BR> I've been mostly silent on here. I've gained at least five pounds, and the pounds keep coming. Two friends and I had a good talk this morning and we're all three going to try really hard to motivate each other. We're going to enforce breaks and take walks, and try to move more throughout the day. <BR> <BR> I'm resetting all of my sparkstreaks to 0 today. I'm starting with water and over 10k steps, and I'm forcing myself to track calories. I'm going to try t... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:15:38 EST Recovering and Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277068 Sorry I haven't been around much lately. Everything looked good with my surgery, and I'm mostly recovered. The doctor didn't find any masses or irregularities. We're not going to do anything else right now. I'm going to start taking progesterone during part of my cycle to see if that will help me become more regular. <BR> <BR> Now I've got to do something to move forward with my weight. I popped up to 215 but I'm back down to 212, still a horrible number for me. I'm hoping that I will fe... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 08:31:08 EST Surgery Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257523 I'm asking for prayers and sparklove tomorrow as I have a surgical procedure. The doctor will be looking inside my uterus with a scope, I'm having a D&C and endometrial biopsy, and she's also looking in my abdomen with a scope to see if there is excessive scar tissue causing my issues. There will be incisions for the abdominal portion, so I'm expecting a week of recovery time. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping at least after tomorrow that I will have some answers as to what may be causing my symptoms of ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:57:16 EST December Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161887 I haven't blogged in a while, mostly because I haven't had much to say. But I just wanted to take a minute and thank everyone for the whoo hoos on my pounds lost. In the past few weeks I've lost four pounds. For someone who has been on a steady up-swing for a while, I'm back going in the right direction. From a recent high of 212.8 down to 208.8 this weekend, I'm pleased. <BR> <BR> I've cut way back on processed carbs, like bread and pasta, and I've cut way back on other carbs as well, suc... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 08:47:11 EST Pity Party Over - Let's Move Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136260 Sorry about my depressing blog earlier in the week. Sometimes you just have to have a good cry and ask "why me?" <BR> <BR> I prayed for an answer from the ct scan, and although fatty liver isn't the answer I wanted, it's what I've got. <BR> <BR> I tracked my food yesterday and was around 1500 calories. Tonight I will go to the gym before dinner. <BR> <BR> Thank you for all of your encouragement. <BR> <BR> Why me? The answer is because I've mistreated my body for years. I've medicated m... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:04:45 EST Back to the Doctor - Answers but More Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134910 I'm venting this morning so this may be long. <BR> <BR> It's tough when doctors ignore you. Or they write you off as a hypochondriac, or just tell you that it's part of getting older when you know how you feel. You can't help it if your symptoms are diffuse or intermittent. <BR> <BR> For some time now I've had intense pressure in my upper abdomen. I knew I had fibroid tumors in my uterus and felt like one had grown. I'm out of breath constantly, I feel pressure when I sit, and often I feel ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 08:44:51 EST It's All About Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113706 I'm pretty pleased with a choice I made at lunch today. I went to a buffet at our college that is primarily geared to students, but they have a cheaper price on Friday ($5) for anyone. They have a fabulous salad bar, and like most colleges, have various stations where you can get different types of food. <BR> <BR> I got a salad with a lot of good veggies and non-meat protein, then went to a pasta station where they had a creamy chicken rotini casserole and got one serving. It was very good,... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:52:33 EST Asking about Smoothies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112486 Anyone got any good recipes for breakfast that aren't too difficult or use really bizarre ingredients? I'm looking for protein and delish. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:09:50 EST FitBit and Sparking!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103465 Okay, several of you may have heard me talk about the fitbit for a while now. It's a little bitty pedometer that I wear on my waist all the time. I've had it for two years now, and I love it. It's that extra burst my conscience needs. "No, you didn't do anything today. You don't have any steps," it tells me, and I resolve to do better. <BR> <BR> FINALLY fitbit and sparkpeople have figured out that they make a great team. I have been asking FOREVER for the two to hook up. Now, my fitbit s... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 08:29:51 EST Control Alt Delete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101404 I'm doing a reboot today. My lazy, slug-like fatitude has got to stop. I saw that word in a SP blog this morning and it fits me. <BR> <BR> I have to start tracking food and exercising more and stop making OCD excuses for why I'm not doing either. <BR> <BR> I walked my ___ off this weekend in Manhattan, and it brought home how out of shape I've let myself get. I went over 20k steps a couple of days, and was well over 15k when I didn't get all the way to 20, and I've been seeing 6k on a good... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:02:17 EST Taking a Mental Break to Regroup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032794 Good morning sparkers and welcome to fall!! Not fall, really, in terms of temperatures, but fall in terms of school starting back for those of us with kids. <BR> <BR> While I have been somewhat active in terms of non-fitness, I haven't done much in the way of aerobic minutes or strength training. I won't say I've been a slug, because I've been very busy, but I don't have much to show for it on my minutes calculator or my weight for that matter. <BR> <BR> In August we've taken two mini-v... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 08:48:19 EST On Eating Out... Or NOT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992777 Good morning sparkers! <BR> <BR> I haven't written a lot of blogs in the past few weeks, primarily because I don't feel like I'm making any headway in my quest to be healthier. But I feel like I may be turning a mental corner, so I thought I would share. <BR> <BR> I love to eat out. I like the variety on the menu. I like new taste combinations. I like not having to do the dishes. Get the picture? I absolutely love to eat out. In fact, probably up until late last year I would have said i... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 09:23:37 EST On Journaling and Weight Loss Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956593 So, here I am, the yo-yo queen. I've decided to keep a more personal journal on my food tracking page. I'm really working through some negative self-talk, so I am going to try really hard to do this, at least for a few days. I may post these occasionally in my blog. These ramblings may not make any sense at all from a logical viewpoint, but it's what's in my heart. I may not post all of them in a blog. These are not edited for public consumption. What you see is what you get. <BR> <BR> Her... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 13:57:05 EST Getting Ready for July - Seeking Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4944401 If you were looking for a blog with answers - this isn't it. <BR> <BR> Wow, any efforts to be fit have fizzled. I'm going to spend the next few days re-evaluating how I need to work fitness into my life. Issues I'm dealing with: <BR> <BR> I work full-time. Enough said. But there are full-time employees who fit it in. I have additional challenges because of the parking situation (college environment, there is none), so I need to noodle this through. Work has been particularly stressful the... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:51:16 EST Strengthen your Body: Be Prepared for Emergencies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923160 I'm back from a whirlwind tour of the "New Cities". Saturday June 2nd I flew to New Orleans for a conference, returned Wednesday night, flew to New York on Thursday morning, and returned Sunday night. I was in recovery mode Monday and finally came back to work today. <BR> <BR> The New Orleans trip went fine. We even had some fortunate circumstances coming back that allowed us to depart at an earlier time. For the trip to New York, we weren't as fortunate. <BR> <BR> This New York trip was m... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:14:45 EST It is SO EASY not to Exercise!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872994 Life happens. Work gets crazy, kids activities take over, throw in a little big of digestive distress and there you have it. Very little action on my part in the past month or so. <BR> <BR> The logic goes something like this: <BR> Fit me: "I should get up early and exercise." <BR> Lazy me: "I need the sleep more. I promise I'll exercise after work." <BR> Fit me: "It's after work. You said..." <BR> Lazy me: "Yeah, I know, but I've got to take the daughter to dance, and then there's supper to... Tue, 8 May 2012 21:27:45 EST Fighting my Way Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842420 I'm burned out and I just had a vacation. But it was an EXHAUSTING vacation - what else would you call six Disney parks in six days? I came back to a desk piled with work that no one does when I'm not here, with more coming that has due dates of April 30/May 1. The end of the school year is gearing up in full force, which means dance recitals and awards days, and a trip to GA to see my niece's graduation from high school. Another exhausting trip coming up the first week of June. To top it a... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 11:06:55 EST Non-Scale Victories: Disney Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828327 Although I track my weight religiously to keep myself accountable by weighing every morning and recording it in an Excel graph, this has never been about the weight for me. So here are a few things that I learned on my Disney trip last week. <BR> <BR> In 2009, our last trip to Disney, I was five pounds heavier and hovering between a size 18/20. I completely avoided clothes that had buttons, and favored anything with an elastic waist. I had been walking, and had lost about 10 pounds from my... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 08:38:48 EST What are we calling Boyfriends/Girlfriends now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790666 I am writing a romance novel, and thought I would ask my sparkers who are single or have single friends ... <BR> <BR> What are we calling boyfriends/girlfriends now? In the early stage, before any rings or jewelry, before moving in together, but after intercourse has happened (don't be upset with me if you believe in abstinence outside of marriage - it's a romance novel, remember) <BR> Or do couples avoid talking about it at all ? I've been happily married fro 13 years now and I don't want... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:07:52 EST Two Years on Spark: What I've Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785069 Well, I had my two year anniversary sometime last week, and it's taken me this long to find the time to talk about it. <BR> <BR> Here are few of the things that I've learned in two trips around the sun: <BR> <BR> * We are not on an island. Weight loss and a healthy lifestyle are not solitary sports. If I share on those days that I'm on fire and meeting targets, then I just may lift up my sparkfriend who is struggling with demons that day. Likewise, if I put out a call for help, I get it. ... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 08:25:58 EST A New Attitude - Almost Two Years on Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759406 This weekend finds me starting a new era in my journey to health. March 3rd is my sparkversary, and I can't convey how much this website has meant to me in the past two years. I have never felt like I've fallen off the wagon. I've always been here, logging in, logging fitness minutes. Have there been weeks and months where I didn't lose anything? Yes. Do I care? Not really. This journey has never been about the weight. <BR> <BR> I do not have this ideal of 124 pounds that my 5'2" BMI ... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:55:51 EST End of the Biggest Loser Challenge - Winter Lemons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4749336 Well, I need to go back to my letter from the beginning of the challenge: <BR> <BR> From February Melissa <BR> To December Melissa <BR> <BR> Well, the holidays are over and the New Year has begun. In the past ten weeks I have : <BR> <BR> Finished the revision on my novel. This means that I have had to put myself first some evenings to get it done. -- Still not managing to get this done. I've made some progress, but I'm not where I need to be. <BR> <BR> Exercised consistently at least 30 m... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:56:56 EST Day 2 South Beach - Success Eating Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4744050 Something has changed in my mentality. Insead of focusing on what I can't have, I've been focusing on what i can eat. So for dinner tonight, we went out to eat Mexican. Now, let me preface this by saying that Mexican food is one of my triggers. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I conquered it. I ordered chicken fajitas,, and ate the chicken, peppers onions and tomatoes, and guacamole, and refried beans. I wasn't sure whether the refried beans were technically SB or not, but it wasn't a pure starch so I w... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:35:30 EST Guilty As Charged - If I Can't Do it All I Do Nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741729 So if you've been following me, you know that I've struggled. I'm up to a weekly average of 208, and last spring I dropped below 200 briefly! It's time to get serious again. Clearly my *plan* (if you can call it that) of cutting portions and limiting sweets isn't working. <BR> <BR> So I'm going to take two weeks to detox from carbs and try South Beach Phase I again. So far this morning I've had eggs for breakfast, and I'm eating a salad with vegetables and roasted chicken for lunch (no c... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:47:55 EST A Bit about Pre-Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4720262 With my crazy schedule and kids who have to be carted hither and yon, eating at home is a struggle. I have had some success lately with pre-cooking. If you are struggling with this, here are some ideas that might help: <BR> <BR> Cook up ground beef/turkey and freeze it using a FoodSaver or similar device. Then you can pop it into spaghetti sauce and let it simmer, but it is already browned, which takes so much time. If you like meatballs, you can make up a bunch and freeze them in packs ... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 10:58:28 EST January Results and February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4720251 January Goals: <BR> <BR> 1000 Fitness Minutes: I got to 815, or almost 82%. <BR> <BR> Status of Rewards: I bought three books, one after getting to 250, another after getting to 500, and a third after getting to 750. This isn't *exactly* meeting the 250 a week criteria, but I decided that the 250, 500, and 750 were adequate rewards, with a bonus if I get to 1000. <BR> Now the clock has reset for February, so the leftover 100 minutes or so don't count to the next book. (This is compared ... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 10:51:40 EST Week Two Results - Through 1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693741 Accountabiliity STINKS, especially when you didn't do what you planned. <BR> <BR> Goal 1: 130 Fitness Minutes - Nope, nowhere near 250. <em>245</em> <BR> <BR> Goal 2: Eat at least 5 fruits and Veggies Daily: I managed this 5/7 days (the days I tracked). <em>248</em> <BR> Goal 3: Strength Training: I did accomplish this - 57 minutes out of 130 was strength training, or 44%. <em>248</em> <BR> Goal 4: Tracked Food: Managed Full tracking 5/7 days, two days I tracked nothing. Weekend... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:03:18 EST Validity versus Reliability: Why Food Tracking Drives me Crazy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4673914 If it's one thing that I have struggled with over the course of my healthy me journey, it's tracking food. Yes, we all agree we should do it. People who are more mindful of what they are eating are more successful. <BR> <BR> But it's hard!!! Mentally, logically -- it is very difficult for me to track. So here is what I am struggling with today. <BR> <BR> There are two keys to measurement: reliability and validity. <BR> <BR> Reliability is that you will get the same results every time ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:08:58 EST Week One Results - Through 1/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4673633 Okay, I'm forcing myself to do this -- if I'm going to put goals out there I need to be accountable. <BR> <BR> Goal 1: 250 minutes <em>248</em> - Had 267 Minutes -- Bought my book and read it in two days. I've got to stretch these babies out better!! I'm just such a fast reader. <BR> Goal 2: Eat at least 5 fruits and Veggies Daily: <em>248</em> <BR> Goal 3: Strength Training: <em>248</em> Did some, better than I was <BR> Goal 4: Tracked Food: <em>245</em> - Managed Full tracking... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:17:27 EST Never Say I *Only* Lost X Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4662010 Please stop it. It doesn't matter to me how much weight you personally feel you have to lose. Don't say only, as in "I've only lost 15 pounds." <BR> <BR> This happened to me today. <BR> <BR> A dear friend of mine told me today told me she weighed 215, and I thought that was a loss for her, so I said, "That's a loss, isn't it?" because from her tone she didn't sound happy about it. Me, I get happy about any loss. <BR> <BR> This is what she said -- "Yes. If I look at where I was this tim... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 13:04:33 EST Consistency Consistency Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4653410 I won the consistency badge again in December. This is my favorite badge. Why? Because it underlines everything I believe in about weight loss. This is not a sprint. This is a marathon. I'll struggle with weight from now at 43 until I die. I will continue to have to make good choices when it comes to exercise and food. <BR> <BR> I have yet to get the perfect attendance award, simply because often I forget to log in over the weekends. Then if I do log in to add fitness minutes, I forg... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 08:24:12 EST Time for New Goals and a New Reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4651393 One Goal this year: <BR> <BR> 1000 Minutes a Month <BR> <BR> Well, I've reset my annual fitness goal to 12,000 again. It's a stretch goal, but it's a stretch to the extent that if I make it I know I will have achieved something. In 2011 I ended up with 9,267 and I had three months where I was over 1000 minutes, and another three months where I was over 800 minutes. I guess I achieved 77% of my goal. In contrast, in 2010, I joined Sparkpeople March 1st. If I had done 1000 a month I woul... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 13:58:03 EST New Fitbit -- Includes Floors Climbed!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4642971 Yes, I'm a geek. I've had a fitbit for a year and a half now. It's a sophisticated pedometer that tracks your steps, uploads to a website, and let's you set step goals. I love it because it's slim enough to wear under clothes (clipped to my underwear most days) and it's a constant reminder to get moving. Their basic tracking website is free. If only it would hook into sparkpeople it would be perfect, but maybe one day the two sites will get together. I'd pay extra for that. <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:42:04 EST Don't Wait until After Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4625321 Have you fallen off the wagon? Did you eat too many goodies? <BR> Have you been too busy to exercise? <BR> So what? <BR> Get back on the wagon now. Get back on the horse. Get back on the weight-loss/maintenance train. Whatever metaphor you prefer, don't procrastinate. Take action now, or odds are high you will be five pounds heavier in January. <BR> <BR> Commit to at least ten fitness minutes a day. Don' t get seconds--of anything! If you must have a treat, stop at one, or a very sm... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:57:20 EST Letter to Future Me - Ten Weeks into the Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4624150 As part of my Biggest Loser Challenge, I'm writing a letter to my future self. I couldn't figure out anything to tell my future self, since I will either do what I need to do or I won't, so instead, I'm writing a letter from my future self to my current self telling myself what I've accomplished. (Sounds like a Back to the Future movie, doesn't it?) <BR> <BR> From February Melissa <BR> To December Melissa <BR> <BR> Well, the holidays are over and the New Year has begun. In the past ten w... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:06:11 EST Three and a half Years Ago.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4623795 I went to a gastroenterologist yesterday to talk about some stomach issues I've been having. The last time I saw him was in the spring of 2008 when I was having horrible acid reflux and heartburn. <BR> <BR> And do you know what he said? He congratulated me on my weight loss. He said normally when he sees people and it's been years between appointments, there's a 10-15 pound weight gain. <BR> <BR> Gong back to my trusty charts where I track my weight over time, I can see that in March of ... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 08:54:48 EST The Prodigal Daughter Returns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4605051 I just typed a really long, very inspiring blog, then my browser crashed. Sigh. It was very inspiring, I promise. Here's a shorter version, hopefully as inspiring. <BR> <BR> I went back to the gym tonight and walked two miles on the indoor track. I did two miles in 38 minutes, which was great considering I haven't walked for fitness in over a week. <BR> <BR> I'm struggling right now after the time change to fit exercise into my week. With my alternate work schedule, I'm working later s... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 21:11:48 EST My Sweat Pants Are Too big!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4582695 Big non-scale victory today! I dressed for the ballgame yesterday, and the weather was iffy (cool morning to warm afternoon) so I wore sweatpants. I didn't want to wear jeans because I felt bloated and I thought I would be uncomfortable sitting for hours... <BR> <BR> But here's the thing -- my sweatpants were practically falling off of me!! They made me look much bigger than I am. Thing is, I used to fill those babies out! <BR> <BR> So today I went to the store and splurged on a couple... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 19:59:36 EST Avoiding the Grocery Store Was a Mistake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4572441 It's like a bad traffic jam -- you see it coming, but you can't get around it and you're stuck. That's how I was last week. Halloween weekend we went out of town. I avoided the grocery store the week before because I didn't want to buy a lot of food that was going to spoil. <BR> <BR> So we came home Halloween. I rushed out to buy candy to give out but didn't have time to do much else. Tuesday my kids were out of school. They had a physical in the morning, and then in the afternoon I t... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 09:23:13 EST Over Forty and Fabulous!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4552312 In the past few months I think I'm turning a curve. Do I have the body of a 20 year old? No. Frankly, even when I was 20, I don't think I had the body of a 20 year old, but that's neither here nor there. <BR> <BR> I'm stronger and fitter than I was at 20. I've carried two children to term, breastfed both of them longer than most people thought was normal, and that made wonderful changes to my body. Wider hips. Larger breasts, even if they sag a little now. I wouldn't take a bit of tha... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 10:33:04 EST More About Balance Part Deux http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4549864 If you are one of my friends you probably know that I struggle with balance. Working full-time, two elementary school kids, and a husband all compete for time. Other pulls for my time include tryin gto get fitness minutes, healthy cooking (Lord knows I love a restaurant!!!) and my hobby of all time -- writing. <BR> <BR> I have written fiction since I was a child, and in the past few years I have been working on a romance novel. It was done, and I had submitted a query to a publisher. I h... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 22:08:33 EST I Climbed a Mountain Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4538798 Not a metaphorical mountain. A literal, larger than life, mountain. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l847851829.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l373173419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> See those tiny pinpoints at the top? That's people. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l591725391.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's the view of our car. Yes, that's' how far we climbed. Amazing!!! <BR> <BR> We climbed from 5420 elev... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 22:20:08 EST My 8-year old Daughter and Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4528012 I am still pretty upset with my husband this morning after some comments he made to our 8-year old daughter last night. He got it in his brilliant mind that the kids should weigh, since they haven't weighed in awhile. <BR> <BR> My son just turned 10 and weighs 85. My daughter, 8 1/2, weighs 97. She was toward the top of the height/weight chart he found online at 97% for weight and 65% for height. My son was on the high side for weight, but in the middle for height. He's telling them thi... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 08:39:55 EST Thinking About Balance.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4522138 So I've been struggling with this concept of balance lately... <BR> <BR> It seems when I try to add fitness minutes, my house suffers. When I try to keep the house in decent shape, my fitness minutes go down. Right now I'm seeking this perfect zen level that both are in balance..... <BR> <BR> So last night, seeing that my laundry has reached almost a waist-high pile, I realized that once again, the scales had tipped... So I started a load of laundry, and instead of walking 2 laps around t... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 09:09:48 EST Changed my Ticker to Fitness Minutes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4516413 After reading one of my friend's blogs, I'm making a change along with her.... Instead of pounds and such nonsense, I changed my ticker on my sparkpage to my fitness minute goal for the month. I have control over that. I can't control this crazy weight thing that my body does.... <BR> <BR> I'm excited about my new ticker. Because right now, this isn't about weight for me. It's about healthier choices, fitness minutes, and balance. Gaining and losing the same three pounds every month get... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 08:29:41 EST I'm not frustrated, but...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4509933 If you are a woman in your thirties reading this blog, please be aware that while it's not impossible to lose weight after you turn 40, from my perspective it's highly improbable. So work your muscles, cut calories -- do what you need to do NOW, because after you turn 40, it's over. <BR> <BR> I don't mean that your life is over -- certainly not. I'm 43, and loving life. I have an awesome husband and two elementary age kids that keep me running. My job is fabulous. <BR> <BR> But..... <... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 09:17:48 EST A New Idea for Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4507539 So a few weeks ago, I bought a frozen "ready-made" meal produced by PF Chang -- General Chang's Chicken. It is intended to serve two, has broccoli, red bell peppers, non-breaded chicken, and a sweet/spicy sauce. One serving, approximately half a bag, was around 410 calories I think. The idea is to cook your own rice to serve with it. <BR> <BR> So, I cooked that tonight, and in a separate pan, seared additional broccoli, red bell pepper, and onion. I tossed in some light soy sauce, opened... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 22:14:44 EST