SEPPIESUSAN's SparkPeople Blog SEPPIESUSAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sleepblogging Thank you to those who have been checking in on me and my apologies for not responding sooner! Layla is now 6 weeks and 2 days old, just over 41 weeks gestationally. She spent the first three weeks of her life in the special care nursery and we were so happy when we were finally able to bring her home. She's keeping me so busy with feedings, pumping, and in general trying to figure her out (what those cries mean!) that there isn't much time for sleep and Mommy is TIRED! I know it'll get bette... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:52:05 EST Layla Grace is here!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Surprise! I was only 35 weeks 1 day, but my water broke and the risk of infection was greater than the risk of prematurity, so I was induced. I had a fairly fast labor (Pitocin started at 9:15 A.M., started having painful contractions about 4 hours later, and Layla was born at 5:28 P.M.) and had no pain medications. Even though she appeared healthy at birth (Apgars of 9) she had to be whisked away to the special c... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 18:08:18 EST 33 Weeks <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a quick post from work for FITGIRL15, who continues to check in on me despite my major lack of keeping up with SP. As you can see, I've really popped! I wish I felt as ready as I look. :) For the most part I'm feeling fine, although I've started to get really tired and continue to be plagued with bad heartburn some nights. We have just seven weeks to go and so much to do before then - so many house project... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:43:37 EST 28 Weeks! I entered the third trimester a couple of days ago (28 weeks). It won't be much longer now! <BR> <BR> Here's Little Bit on the inside (28 weeks 0 days): <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Her arms are both up, you can see one of her elbows by the side of her face...all the other stuff at the bottom of the photo is 3D ultrasound weirdness.) <BR> <BR> And here's Little Bit on the outside (today, 28 weeks 2 days): <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:25:49 EST I was on the radio today! <link><BR>y-rules </link> <BR> I come in at 24:17. Fri, 6 Sep 2013 15:43:18 EST 18 Weeks 3 Days <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am in love!!! Thu, 5 Sep 2013 17:40:44 EST Glucose Intolerance Hi everyone - this is me at 16 weeks! (I will be 17 weeks tomorrow.) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am well into the second trimester now and feeling much better. :) However, I recently found out that I have a glucose intolerance that could turn into gestational diabetes once I am further into the pregnancy. So now I have to check my blood sugar at home four times a day and count my carbs. What better way to count carbs than to use... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 15:43:08 EST News News News!!! Guess what, everybody! After months of agonizing silence, I'm back to share my wonderful news! Today I am 12 weeks pregnant with a little girl! My husband and I are completely thrilled!!! Due February 3, 2014. :) :) :) <BR> <BR> (P.S. - We just found out this afternoon that it's a girl, thanks to MaterniT21, which is a blood test that checks for chromosome problems. Everything was negative and we got to find out the baby's sex super early!!!) Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:16:17 EST Time to check in with my Sparkies... Hi everyone. Sorry I've been so silent lately. I've been torn between sharing everything that's been going on with me - because I know how sweet Sparkers are and that I'd get a lot of support - and keeping it to myself because it's not really SP-related. But, today is a SNOW DAY, so I have some time and have decided to share. <BR> <BR> I guess the short version of my story is that I had a lot of fertility testing done to figure out what might have caused my miscarriages, and they actually fo... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 09:13:35 EST 2013 Goals Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> This year, I will track all my food on every work day. I already have most of tomorrow's food tracked! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 21:58:08 EST Aren't you glad you're not me? Man, was I looking forward to having a week and a half off. I'd been feeling really run down and wanted a chance to relax and refresh. But then I realized I wasn't just tired from working too much - I was actually sick. Long story short, I have shingles. Shingles! WTF! I have very itchy spots on my abdomen and back, and I'm kind of exhausted. Oh, and I think I have PMS too. <BR> <BR> On top of that, my weight is the highest it's ever been and I so desperately want to do something about it bu... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 19:41:44 EST My first two weeks at the Y: A review I am very happy to belong to a gym that is within walking distance of home again! <BR> <BR> On Monday night I took a class called "Boot Camp." I was running a little late from work (crazzzzzzy week at work) and barely made it in time, so I didn't really have my pick of dumbbell weights. I think the weights I was using were a little too light for the most part. I liked the class overall, though not as much as Body Pump - it seemed way easier. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday night I took a class called ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 17:55:18 EST Thanksgiving and Kettlebell Training at the Y So...Thanksgiving was exhausting, but it was a success! To prepare, I spent a whole day cleaning my kitchen, and another whole day and a half cooking. We ended up having 15 people - mostly from my husband's mother's side of the family, which is huge. My parents and one of my brothers came (my other brother is on the other side of the country, in CA, and had Thanksgiving with his in-laws). My parents and brother were the last to arrive, even though my mom was the one bringing the turkey! My fa... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:26:37 EST Follow-up appointment with the ob-gyn It's been two weeks since my second miscarriage, and today I had a follow-up appontment with the ob-gyn. It was pretty uneventful, but some sweet Sparkies have been asking me how I'm doing so I figured I'd share. Plus, if I write it down, I'll remember it. <BR> <BR> Basically, I had my HCG and TSH (thyroid) tested again - my TSH was borderline before so maybe going on medication would help me to not miscarry. And in January or February I'm supposed to have an X-ray taken of my uterus (if I'm... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:46:01 EST Everything happening all at once.. I had another miscarriage. In the middle of a hurricane. And it somehow triggered some kind of neurological thing that made my lip swell up. I was in the ER for 9 hours today. At least school was canceled due to the weather.. Today just sucks. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:43:38 EST Drama at Seven Weeks Yesterday afternoon I had spotting and it was too late to go to my obgyn's office, so the nurse advised me to go to the ER. After hours and hours of waiting around at the ER and a few tests, I found out that I have a gestational sac but they couldn't see a fetal pole. They tested my hcg and told me to call my doctor's office today. I did call today, and was told to go in on Monday to see if my hcg levels have doubled, and I'll need another ultrasound in a few weeks. I had more spotting this m... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 12:40:37 EST First Trimester Class We did the first official thing of the pregnancy today - we went to a first trimester class at my ob-gyn's office! The class was kind of useful - I found out a handful of things were okay that I had thought were banned, like using products with salyclic acid, doing ab work, flaxseed, and Claritin. I think I will take a conservative approach though and not use things if I don't have to. I was actually able to give up virtually all caffeine without a problem! It helped that I started to cut bac... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:30:24 EST My BIG News Drumroll please.... <BR> <BR> I'm pregnant!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay, so many apologies about this picture: <BR> 1) It's blurry. <BR> 2) Please ignore gross wet paper towel in background. <BR> 3) There really is vertical line there, I promise you. The directions on the test said it didn't matter how faint the line was - if it was there at all, it was a positive test! <BR> <BR> I found out just over a week ago and have be... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:25:32 EST First blog post in over a month First, thank you so much to those who have been checking in on me...some of you multiple times. It's not like me to be as absent from Spark, and some of my favorite Sparkers noticed. That's so sweet. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Now here's where the writer's block comes in. I don't want to write about my current state of affairs. I feel like I'm living in maintanence kind of, except that I weigh 20+ pounds more than a healthy weight. What I mean is, I'm eating mostly normal portions... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 09:01:45 EST Cape Cod 2012 I went to Cape Cod several weeks ago, but finally just got an email with the pictures from my MIL...and wanted to share! <BR> <BR> First is me doing one of my absolute favorite activities, boogie boarding.:) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Next we have the gloomy gray beach. Notice nobody else is in the water that day except me. :)The waves were big and super choppy, and it was raining a little. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:57:48 EST Finally, photographic evidence! Last time I wrote I said I'd been avoiding cameras. Well, all of a sudden I have a few recent photos of myself so I thought I'd share! <BR> <BR> First, my brother took the photo below yesterday at Weetamoo Woods in RI where we went hiking and came across some very friendly horses. :) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I am 5'6" (or 5'5" and a half-ish) and was 174lbs yesterday, so that puts me deep into the overweight range. So, I was actually pleas... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:52:41 EST The End of Overeating I've been reading _The End of Overeating_, and so far I've been disappointed. The first several sections of the book were about the tricks that food processing companies use to get you to eat more - using a combination that is difficult to resist of sugar, fat, and salt, and sometimes chemicals that mimic all kinds of flavors. When I was reading these chapters all I wanted to do was eat more sugar, fat and salt! Counterproductive. Now I've finally reached the behavior modification section of ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 12:10:59 EST Four Day Mini Challenge Hi everyone... just thought I'd share that since we are going to Cape Cod this weekend, I'm on a mini challenge to prepare. I started yesterday. I'm not tracking calories (probably should be, but I've been doing this long enough to know in general how much to eat to stay in range), but I do have some rules: <BR> <BR> *smoothie for breakfast <BR> *batch-cooked meal for lunch <BR> *something small for dinner, things like fish or chicken and vegetables <BR> *optional: 1 small drink, 1 small des... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:33:31 EST One Choice Instead of Another It's a little after 5 P.M. and I'm hungry. I was just about to eat a granola bar AND bring a brand new box of crackers to the computer with me...but then I thought about how I've made it all day so far with only healthy choices - smoothie, coffee, almond milk for breakfast. One serving of a batch-cooked meal for lunch (white chicken chili). One "just a handful" bag of almonds and cherries for snacks. Almost 90 minutes at the gym. And now it's practically dinner time. So I put the processed sn... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:22:00 EST Over 3 weeks since my last blog... I've just really had nothing I want to write about. My weight is embarrassing, so I don't want to talk about that. I've been on track with my exercise just about forever, and back to tracking my calorie intake for the past couple of weeks, and though I initially saw a drop of a few scary-high pounds at first, I've been stuck with my weight still way too high and not moving ever since. I know the number on the scale isn't everything and I have some muscle, but I don't fit into last summer's sh... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:55:10 EST First Outdoor Run in my New Running Shoes (See link to my new shoes in my last post.) <BR> <BR> They felt good! They weren't cushy like my other running shoes have felt when they were new, but I felt confident in them. They're so beautiful. :) I haven't been doing much outdoor running lately, so my legs are a little sore today, but I felt good and maintained a similar pace to when I used to go regularly, if not even a little faster (which is still very slow - now that I know that Stop & Shop is exactly one mile from home, and it too... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 10:25:13 EST I am in love... ...with my new sneakers! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7s+750+running+shoe?prodId=247423&cm_m<BR>mc=Shopping-_-all-_-NewBalance-_-24742<BR>3&mr:referralID=9e375ae9-ad94-11e1-9e8<BR>b-001b2166c62d </link> <BR> <BR> They are the freaking coolest sneakers I've ever owned. Sneaker shopping seems to have totally shifted since the last time I bought a new pair, only a few months ago. I felt like I had to choose between a barefoot type shoe (I was really tempted, but ... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 19:54:59 EST 1 for 2 so far... I remember several years ago, before SparkPeople, I had a notebook where I'd write little promises to myself like the one in yesterday's blog, and then I'd grade myself the next day on how well I did. So far I'd get a 50%. I did the workout yesterday, but I was feeling yucky because a) I had eaten less than I was used to and b) the air conditioning at the gym was broken. So I went home and had a small handful of honey roasted peanuts, which was not on my tracker. So I added it in! Cheating? H... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 08:18:26 EST Promise to Myself I promise that I will: <BR> *Eat only what is on my tracker today <BR> *Do my full strength training workout this afternoon, and 10 minutes of cardio at the end <BR> *Eat fewer than 2,400 calories tomorrow Thu, 31 May 2012 09:54:03 EST The Amazingly and Frighteningly Powerful Impact Coffee has on Me So for the past few weeks I have NOT been at ALL Sparkful. Eating has been a mess, no tracking, some days I didn't even log in to spin the wheel. And on top of that, the one thing I really prided myself in - the fact that I "always" work out, even when my eating is a mess - fell apart. It started the day my mother called me from the hospital as I was leaving school and about to head to the gym, about a month ago or so. I drove straight to the hospital to see her, and did not go to the gym tha... Sun, 20 May 2012 10:33:47 EST I'm OK... I have some really sweet Spark friends and I'm starting to feel guilty because I haven't eased anyone's mind that I'm OK. I am. It was emotionally draining, but physically it really wasn't that bad, and losing it at 5 weeks is nothing like losing it later when you have more of an emotional commitment and more physical complications. I'm really OK, going to wait a month and then try again. Sun, 13 May 2012 20:45:43 EST Home from the ER I had a miscarriage. :( Sat, 5 May 2012 15:46:22 EST Doctor's Appointment No offense for those whose advice to chill out is being blatantly disregarded here. :) <BR> <BR> I just made an appointment to see the doctor on call at 5:20 this evening. I'm going to get a blood test to find out for sure one way or the other. I am so excited I'm kinda shaking. Yeah, emotional much??? <BR> <BR> PS - Any advice on questions to ask the doctor if the answer is positive? I already want to ask about the medications and over the counter stuff I take to see if it is safe, plus I ... Fri, 4 May 2012 12:24:59 EST ?!???! My alarm doesn't go off until 6 A.M., but this morning I was out of bed before 5:30. It's day 36 of my cycle and I took the 2nd test that was in the box I'd bought (test #1 was done on day 32 with a negative result). I know I did the test correctly...I used the cup method which someone recommended to me and it was easier that way...and...hubby called from the bedroom, "Anything happening?" and I said, "I'm not sure." He said, "What do you mean, you're not sure?" and I said, "Come look." He lo... Fri, 4 May 2012 07:41:52 EST Day 34 Am I? Am I not? I'm pretty proud of myself for not breaking down and taking another test. There were two tests in the box I bought and I'm making myself wait until Friday or Saturday! But it's hard to concentrate on anything else! Wed, 2 May 2012 15:53:30 EST Obsessive much? Nothing new to report really, but I just feel like writing. Last night I sat down and counted out all the cycles I've been recording since January 2011 and discovered that they range from 28-35 days, with the average being 30-31. I also realized I'd miscounted and yesterday was actually day 32. So I'm just in a waiting game right's a definite maybe situation! Tue, 1 May 2012 17:32:34 EST Big Fat Negative I'm quickly learning the pregnancy lingo and abbreviations online. I bought an EPT test (EPT = Early Pregnancy Test) yesterday, actually a box of 2, and I took one this morning. I got a negative. It was the kind with a plus for positive and a minus for negative...and well *I* thought I could see a very faint vertical line, but my hubby couldn't. I had a wave of nausea at a meeting this morning though, and I'm now on day 33 since my last period, so...I am going crazy not knowing. You all proba... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 11:50:30 EST What's been going on for me... Hi, lots to report since my last blog! First of all, last time I wrote I was concerned about my eating habits. Well, um...I'm disappointed to report that they haven't gotten much better. And I've even let exercise slide some (though I did go to the gym yesterday)... but maybe you'll see why when you see what else I have to report. <BR> <BR> This past Tuesday my mother called me from the hospital. She had actually gone in on Monday night but knew I had to go to work and didn't want to upset m... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:58:03 EST Getting back to making the right choices about my snacks This week has been my school vacation. I've been mostly at home all day. And I've been makign poor eating choices and gaining weight rapidly. :( I'm embarrassed to say this, but I'm hoping writing about it will make me snap out of it. <BR> <BR> I really can't blame this on some sort of "set-point theory," the excuse I've been known to use for my weight ups and downs. This time though it's just simply giving in to poor choices. I have a fridge full of crisp apples and fresh oranges, and my us... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 10:22:18 EST My Activity Feed - Who Knew? Yes I'm writing a blog at 11 P.M.! It's my week off! I can write a blog whenever I want :) <BR> <BR> I can't believe I never noticed this before, and you all probably already know this...but when you click on "FEED" at the top of your Spark page you see all the status updates you ever wrote on Spark...and, more interestingly, all the comments and "likes" people left in response. I had no idea anyone was commenting or "liking" my status updates at all! I went back and read them earli... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 23:06:19 EST Insignificant Ramblings First, I'd just like to say that reading the lovely comments you guys write on my blogs absolutely makes my day!! :) I love my Spark friends! <BR> <BR> This is the first day of April vacation ("vacation" as in a week off from school to be at home, not "vacation" as in airplanes and beaches), and I have some time on my hands to write down the insignificant ramblings in my head. <BR> <BR> Let's see...where do I begin? It's been beautiful out and Jess (Mr. SeppieSusan) and I have been doing ya... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:55:43 EST Week 8 Week 1 I lost 3.2 pounds, from 170.0 to 166.8. <BR> Week 2 I lost 1.6 pounds, from 166.8 to 165.2. <BR> Week 3 I lost 1.0 pound, from 165.2 to 164.2. <BR> Week 4 I lost 0.8 pounds, from 164.2 to 163.4. <BR> Week 5 I lost 0.8 pounds, from 163.4 to 162.6. <BR> Week 6 I lost 0.4 pounds, from 162.6 to 162.2. <BR> Week 7 I lost 1.4 pounds, from 162.2 to 160.8. <BR> <BR> This week I gained 1.0 pound, from 160.8 to 161.8. You win some, you lose some. <BR> <BR> Honestly, this type of situatio... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 17:21:24 EST Week 7 My plan was only for 6 weeks and this is week 7, but I'm still going strong so here goes... <BR> <BR> Week 1 I lost 3.2 pounds, from 170.0 to 166.8. <BR> Week 2 I lost 1.6 pounds, from 166.8 to 165.2. <BR> Week 3 I lost 1.0 pound, from 165.2 to 164.2. <BR> Week 4 I lost 0.8 pounds, from 164.2 to 163.4. <BR> Week 5 I lost 0.8 pounds, from 163.4 to 162.6. <BR> Week 6 I lost 0.4 pounds, from 162.6 to 162.2. <BR> <BR> This week.... <BR> <BR> I lost 1.4 pounds, from 162.2 to 160.8. Yaaaay!... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 10:39:12 EST Sleepy I have the day off, and my husband doesn't, so I thought today would be as good as any to try going coffee-free. I was also very sleep deprived from having such a busy weekend last weekend and then not finding the time to make up the extra sleep during the week. I usually have two cups of home-brewed coffee per day, but having more than two is not uncommon. Today I had none. No tea, either. No caffeine at all - just hot water. I have been sleeping most of the day... <BR> <BR> I've been tryin... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 16:52:27 EST Way too much information, but... If you don't want to delve too deeply into my personal life, stop reading now. OK. Warning over. <BR> <BR> We have officially started trying to conceive!!! I am SO excited. Finally at the age of 34 I can start trying to have a baby..haha..I'm a late bloomer? Any tips are welcome. I keep wondering what I should and shouldn't be doing. <BR> <BR> On a totally different topic, I had a really fantastic run this evening. I think the knee and hip pain must have been a temporary injury, because the... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 21:30:48 EST ...and loss. I lost most of the weekend party food weight already. I promise I won't write a new blog updating my weight every day, but I just didn't want to leave the "Gain" blog as my most recent blog because it's already old news. :) <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful sunny April day! Life is good! Tue, 3 Apr 2012 07:58:32 EST Gain I didn't track this weekend, and I ate a lot of junky party food. I was up to 166.8 this morning. I knew I had to get the food out of here. I packed up most of it and brought it to school and put it in the teachers' room. I had Jess bring some with him, too. I just can't be around that stuff. I was back to tracking today and did fine, even though I'm still incredibly sleep deprived from the weekend. I even managed to pull off a good workout. But I really need to stay on track and keep up with... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 21:39:21 EST Week 6 of 6 completed!!! Week 1 I lost 3.2 pounds, from 170.0 to 166.8. <BR> Week 2 I lost 1.6 pounds, from 166.8 to 165.2. <BR> Week 3 I lost 1.0 pound, from 165.2 to 164.2. <BR> Week 4 I lost 0.8 pounds, from 164.2 to 163.4. <BR> Week 5 I lost 0.8 pounds, from 163.4 to 162.6. <BR> <BR> And now I've finished week 6! Reached the deadline strong! How'd I do? <BR> <BR> Week 6 I lost 0.4 pounds, from 162.6 to 162.2. <BR> <BR> So my total weight loss was 7.8 pounds in 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> Is it weird that I'm not a... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 16:45:26 EST Week 5 of 6 Completed Week 1 I lost 3.2 pounds, from 170.0 to 166.8. <BR> Week 2 I lost 1.6 pounds, from 166.8 to 165.2. <BR> Week 3 I lost 1.0 pound, from 165.2 to 164.2. <BR> Week 4 I lost 0.8 pounds, from 164.2 to 163.4. <BR> <BR> And now I've finished week 5... <BR> <BR> This week I went from 163.4 to 162.6. That's 0.8lb this week....again! <BR> <BR> Just one week to go until our party?! Yikes, so much to do. Sat, 24 Mar 2012 08:10:56 EST So far, so healthy... Jess (Mr. SeppieSusan) is all better now and went back to work today, and so far I haven't gotten sick myself yet, so fingers crossed that all is well. <BR> <BR> Don't make fun of me (at least not to my face), but I still use hotmail for my email and I can't seem to get into my email tonight! I know I have tons of blog subscription notifications and it's annoying that I can't get to them! <BR> <BR> With this heat wave we've been having, my gym has been disgustingly hot. Is it too much to as... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:21:53 EST