STAMPINTINA's SparkPeople Blog STAMPINTINA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Trying to do well this week with limits... Ok, so I am still trying to keep the limits I have set. <BR> <BR> I am trying to still make better food choices and to get what exercise I can. <BR> <BR> I skipped the pool this morning because I have had a migraine since yesterday afternoon and I am still fighting it. I also have a sinus infection and it is not helping me to feel any better. <BR> <BR> Anyway... hoping to do enough to continue the loss! <BR> <BR> Hugs, Tina Thu, 5 Aug 2010 22:24:29 EST Why does this always happen? Ok, so I have worked out like a mad woman, and have eaten correctly for the week. I am making good choices and yet... I GET SICK! <BR> <BR> Why do I often get sick as soon as I am starting to really feel good???? <BR> <BR> UUUGGGHHHH I now have a low grade fever and am dealing with sinus congestion, ears hurting and the darndest sore throat! Anyway, I will do what I can to feel better! I am downing FAR too many calories in Orange Juice but that is OK, I need the fluids and the vitamin C. <... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 23:58:20 EST Great day~ Ok, today I got up and went to Water Aerobics.... We did a total Abs workout... over 800 crunches with high cardio mixed in!. Then home and on to work for a bit.... THEN tonight I took the boys and hubby back to the gym. I did another 1/2 hr of a water aerobics class (cardio) and then swam with the family another hour. I logged 3 hrs total in the pool and though I have been "dry" 2 hrs I am still prune fingered LOL! <BR> <BR> I have eaten sensibly even with a bit of reduced fat ice crea... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 00:45:27 EST Keeping Accountable Well, though I have not been logging my food and all, I have made good choices most of the time. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the day that I go to lunch with friends and they all splurge... I chose a cup of soup and side salad. I stuck with water. I also was able to resist all junk at Walmart and bought carrots and cucumber to go along with my tomatoes at home. I broke into the carrots as soon as I hit the van since I was starving, but it was NOT a candy bar etc... So I am proud of my choices. ... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 11:18:45 EST Time to Move FORWARD AND DOWNWARD So... life is going to move on! <BR> <BR> I am tired of being so tired. <BR> <BR> I finally pushed the Dr. to give me finally some Thyroid meds. Though my levels are .01 and .1 within the normal range... I don't feel like they are. <BR> <BR> Anyway... I totally updated my front page intro... go check it out if ya want! <BR> <BR> Hugs, Tina Sat, 24 Jul 2010 12:12:54 EST too long OK it has been far too long since I have posted! I have a new phone that let's me get on here, so I hope that I will do better at psting, logging my food and exercise!!! You are all welcome to help kick my tush back into gear! Hugs, Tina Fri, 16 Jul 2010 23:05:14 EST 6 days after surgery I wanted to take a minute to fill you in on all the stress in my life. <BR> OK, so that GOITER of just over a year ago... well I had a car accident last Feb. and somehow that seems to be what sparked the changes. That is when my weight loss stopped and when gain started again no matter what exercise I have been doing or how carefully I watch my diet. When I went in this Feb. I was frustrated... my labs are "normal" I was .1 within the normal thyroid ranges of T3 and T3 and .3 into the normal ... Sun, 9 May 2010 23:38:07 EST That darn Thyroid... Thyroid problems are REAL Wed, 7 Apr 2010 19:42:42 EST Thyroid is sabbotaging me! I am tired of my thyroid causing problems, so I am starting on: <BR> <BR> Terry Naturally Thyroid Care <BR> and Terry Naturally Tri-Iodine <BR> <BR> together hopefully my Thyroid will begin to function better, as the doctor does not want to put me on Synthroid until he really HAS to because of the high risk of my thyroid QUITTING if we do. <BR> <BR> Tina Sat, 27 Mar 2010 17:53:23 EST Doing It My commitment to start over again! Fri, 12 Mar 2010 21:45:57 EST Starting over again!!! Well, I am working hard to be back on track. I talked to my doctor and told him of my frustrations. I am still working out and my eating I did not feel was too out of line, but the doctor says that I need to drop to like 500-700 calories for a week then back up not above 1200 in order to jump start my body again. UUUGGGHHHH for someone who works out hard and has obviously stretched out my stomach, this is HARD!!! This is day 2 but I am sticking to it and will try to keep on track. I am givin... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 21:39:17 EST UUUGGGHHHH UUUGGGHHHH, well Life has been over running me lately, and I am NOT keeping on track well at all. I have been loosing and gaining the same 3 lbs over and over. I am tired of it and need to turn on the weight loss! I have got to go back to what I was doing before, yet it seems like it is not making a difference now like it did before. I have GOT to find a way to rev my metabolism that seems like its on HOLD! <BR> Off to the gym I go, then healthy eating is the goal! <BR> Hugs, Tina Tue, 16 Feb 2010 11:15:29 EST WOOO HOOOO back on track. Well, it feels so good to be back on track and working out like crazy again. <BR> <BR> I have begun a new TOPS chapter that is family friendly and we are taking things one step at a time. <BR> <BR> This month our little chapter of 8 lost over 24 lbs together. How cool is that... <BR> <BR> Hugs, Tina Tue, 1 Dec 2009 01:26:14 EST Overwhelmed Lately, I am still feeling very overwhelmed with all the commitments I have in my life. I am working like crazy with Avon. I am selling digital scrapbook software on my blog and ebay which means I have to ship it as soon as orders come in. THEN I am the primary president at church and feel overwhelmed with pulling it all together. <BR> <BR> On top of it.... I am going to be starting a TOPS chapter so that we can meet in the evenin... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 11:51:49 EST SCHEDULE CHANGES... Well, its about time.... <BR> Kids are off to school and I get to get back on track. My schedule can iron itself out again. I will be able to get back to my daily workouts and start to feel MUCH better. I am so grateful for the schedule that school brings into our lives. <BR> <BR> Sooo, off I go to lose all that I can this school year. It is TIME to take care of me! I have so much on my plate and taking care of me has to still be a priority. <BR> <BR> I was also called this week to be ... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 10:58:10 EST Sick of being lazy... Ok, so I have been way tooo lazy about cooking, and I have been eating junk that I should NOT be eating and it is obvious. I am back up a few pounds and this has GOT to stop and get off again. I cannot and will not go back to my bad habits. <BR> <BR> I am going to start drinking my water again, yes I have even gotten lazy with that. I am going to start planning dinners and eating at home again. I am going to start journaling my food again. I have to do what I can for ME. Weight loss ... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 10:59:31 EST Wild Summer Days... Wow, it is hard to keep all of my schedule when the kids are out of school. <BR> <BR> They are WILD and LOVE to fight all day long. BUT, I am doing my best to just keep them BUSY! <BR> <BR> We have been going to the health club in the mornings, then on to the park or a friend's house. I am doing my best to just keep them running and active. AND AWAY FROM THE KITCHEN... My one son is hungry CONTINUOUSLY!!! I do NOT want him to put on any more pounds, he is already on the heavy side... <... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 11:21:06 EST SRD photo Well, I didn't get the photo from SRD added. SO here is the pic from the Baggy clothes parade... <img src=""> Sat, 6 Jun 2009 09:34:14 EST JUNE - JUMP, Utilize NOW Everyday Jump, Jump off your tush and into your goals. Make sure your goals are specific and trackable. Be sure you know what you want and be ready to jump through whatever hoops are in the way and DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> Utilize the tools you have. Our team is here to support each of us. Utilize the food and exercise trackers. utilize your status, your blog and even try new spark recipes. <BR> <BR> NOW, We have stalled enough this year. It is our Year to SHINE... I am going to jump in now. Its ok that t... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 23:14:49 EST SRD WA was a Kick I Needed... Well, I have not been doing very well this year with my weight loss. I am just staying at the same spot. At least I am not gaining, but still I have a LOT more to lose and need to step it up and be focused on my goals again. <BR> <BR> I went to TOPS State Recognition Days this weekend and it was AWESOME. Great speakers and so much celebration of the successes of others. My friend April and I both did the before and after parade. They put a photo of our before weight up and we hold up an ite... Tue, 19 May 2009 11:11:06 EST I was asked what my day is like..... I have been asked what I do in a normal day... sooooo <BR> <BR> Ok, here is my day. <BR> <BR> 6:30 got up to get kids ready for school they were out of here at 7:30 and 8. <BR> <BR> 8:10 had a turkey roll up in hand and headed for the health club. Where I did Total Gym leg presses for 10 min. then did crunches on the ball, then did more leg presses on the Total Gym. <BR> <BR> 8:50 in to get ready for water aerobics class. <BR> <BR> 9:00 water aerobics class with Lauren... we did REPS ... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 10:15:24 EST Plateau = Fight Harder Well, I know my body is trying to plateu. I began this journey at 396 lbs. I am as of today 264 SO That is what an awesome 132 lbs GONE!!! Well, I have been playing from 269-265 for the last couple of months. So last week I decided I WANT TO WIN. So though my body wants to plateau, I want to lose! <BR> <BR> On Biggest Loser last night Bob reminded his team that they need more protien when they are working out as hard as they are. I had already decided I wanted to step up my workouts and SEE... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 11:06:12 EST KEEP ON GOING... Well, all those things that keep pulling me down are NOT going to win. <BR> <BR> I feel SO much better the more exercise I get and the healthier I eat. <BR> <BR> I am going to lose this week. I will stay on track. I will do the best I can to feel better. <BR> <BR> I will yes even make a doctor appointment I guess.... <BR> <BR> Hugs, Tina Thu, 16 Apr 2009 10:59:32 EST Ups and Downs are Part of LIFE! Well, <BR> I am so tired of dealing with health issues. In January I dealt with Diverticulitis which set me back and made me unable to work out for 2 weeks. Then I was doing great for a couple of weeks and then I was rear ended while stopped at a stop light. I have been dealing with back injuries since then. THEN, I got a major sinus / ear infections and was running a fever for 2 weeks. Finally, this weekend I dealt with heart palpitations and went into an anxiety attack because of it... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 18:05:06 EST You call me Motivator and I thank you for motivating me! WOW, apparently I am motivator of the day again. I feel so honored to be able to have my hard work motivate and inspire others. <BR> <BR> I have struggled this year so far with the health issues then car accident laying me up and slowing me down. <BR> <BR> I am SOOOO in this for the long haul and DETERMINED to lose this weight and reach my goals. <BR> <BR> MOVE, no matter where you are or what you are doing MOVE some part of your body even just a bit... keeping moving means you keep b... Sun, 8 Mar 2009 20:57:37 EST Bad Luck... God's Miracles Well from feeling like the queen of bad luck lately, I totally feel that I have been in God's hands. Miracles never cease... <BR> <BR> Friday 2/20 I was stopping at a stop light when I got rear ended by another car going 25 mph. My body took the brunt of it. <BR> <BR> Then Sunday 2/22 or Monday morning early, I had my van broken into and a bunh of stuff stolen. There were some things that they could sell quickly for cash value, but a lot more that was IMPORTANT to me and not them. So ... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 23:15:18 EST Busy day as usual. WELL, yesterday I was the presenter at TOPS, and I did my lesson on Exercise. Some of the ladies cannot go and run all over like I do. SOOOO, I did the whole lesson from sitting. It was a LOT of fun and they all think I am totally crazy as usual. <BR> <BR> This morning, I got up at 6:15 and got my workout clothes on so as soon as kids left I could go workout. WOO HOO, uh oh its 6:45 and the beloved phone rang. It was the sub service. WOO HOOO I need the work, UUGGHHHH I gotta work inste... Fri, 13 Feb 2009 00:02:48 EST PHEW.... exhaustion.... Yesterday was a WILD day, with my mom here and a Social Security Phone interview for my son. Then Chiropractor and KIDS everywhere and a potluck dinner. DH got pulled over TWICE yesterday, one resulted in a ticket, but we have prepaid Legal and they will handle it and hopefully get it dropped. Then to top it off his tire was going flat and had to be blown up 2 times to get him home. By this morning it was DEAD flat. <BR> <BR> After an eye dr. appt. and a run to costco we came home and unloa... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 00:15:04 EST Life is frustrating UUUGGGGHHHHH <BR> I have had a rough week. When I cannot exercise I really realize how imparitive my exercise is. I have Diverticulitis, and yes the doctor says I am too young for this. Anyway, I think it is from the 7 and 12 grain bread that I have been eating every day for 3-4 months. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have not been able to exercise for over a week and I am miserable. My depression kicks in, my aggression and frustration with life. DH does things and they piss me off, Kids do thin... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 23:09:02 EST Trying to keep from Plateauing Well, I think my body wants to plateau... I don't wanna do that. <BR> <BR> SO... I have almost doubled my exercise including adding some weight training that I have NEVER done before, so yes, I am building muscle. BUT 2 weeks ago I had NO LOSS... I turtled. Then last week I lost 1 lb. and after doing about double workouts I really was not happy. <BR> <BR> I did go in finally and update spark with my exercise amounts so that it recalculated my calories. WOW that was a big jump in calor... Mon, 19 Jan 2009 10:56:08 EST From 396 lbs to Water Aerobics Instructor WOW, at 396 lbs I began in a water aerobics class. I was overwhelmed, and so out of shape that it was hard to do half of the class. I was winded by the time I had gotten out of my van and into the locker room. I had to rest before changing and getting into the pool. <BR> <BR> WELL, things have changed a LOT since then. I have lost about 125 lbs. MOST of this is due to continuing with water aerobics for the last year and a half. I have modified my eating and that also plays a huge part. I ha... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 22:14:05 EST WE ARE DRY... WOO HOOO. Prayers are answered... We are DRY.. Sat, 10 Jan 2009 15:03:31 EST FLOOD WARNINGS AGAIN Well, We flooded December 07 and just barely are recovering. I got my laundry room back in November 08. I finally on Monday hung pictures on the walls again. <BR> <BR> Many are evacutating and rescue crews are out already. They opened our church as a rescue center already and this all brings back too many memories. Steve and I and the kids were at the Church shelter for over a week just over a year ago. I PRAY we can stay home and be safe. <BR> <BR> I just want to survive and stay ... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 20:39:10 EST NEW YEAR, NEW ME, SHINE IN 2009 WELL, since it is a new year Idesserve a new blog post. Its time to SHINE in 2009. Many of you have been with me from the beginning, some found me later in my path. I am realizing that we all want our weight loss to be instant, and that is just not possible. We have to take it one day and step at a time. You have to change your life style, not just diet to lose the weight. You cannot lose weight if you don't change where you have been and what you have been dealing with or rather your reacti... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 14:02:06 EST New Me. Well, I was at church the other night at a party. One of my friends came up and hugged me and commented that I was shrinking so fast. I told her I had lost one of her. laughing... 125 lbs... and she told me almost she is up to 130 now. I was really excited. I have lost a whole person. <BR> <BR> I feel so much better. Well, other than the sinus and chest crud I am STILL dealing with. Oh, and the leg that is so sore still. <BR> <BR> BUT overall my energy is amazing even being sick. <... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 20:38:49 EST Exercise in my schedule Wow my schedule is truly insane. <BR> <BR> I schedule my workouts on the calendar. Every morning at 9 am it says I will be in water aerobics. I am a substitute teacher, so if I am teaching then I try to move it to the 6pm class instantly. I have decided that my workouts are essential. Without them, I cannot function and depression takes over. <BR> <BR> Tina Thu, 4 Dec 2008 10:01:42 EST SORE day... HELLO, <BR> WELL, I am up and SORE today. Yesterday I fell on my way into the pool. My foot slipped on the top rung of the ladder and my leg became trapped between the ladder and the wall of the pool. I ended up going to the Dr. and it is NOT broken thank goodness, but wow, it is sore. I was so stubborn though, that I stayed in the pool a full 45 mins and did my workout but only with one leg and almost all arms. I figured the cool water and pressure of the water were better than land whe... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 10:02:16 EST I am doing better!!! Well, thanks to all the AMAZING support here and in my TOPS chapter, I am back on track pretty well. I struggled but bounced back. THANK YOU EVERYONE... <BR> <BR> I actually lost 2.8 lbs last week and so that makes my 75 officially at TOPS and I believe 125 total. WOOO HOOOOO..... <BR> <BR> I guess I am just thankful for your help and support. <BR> Hugs, Tina Sat, 29 Nov 2008 00:17:58 EST Depression is trying to creep in. OK, I am posting this because this is kind of my journal as well. But I am laying it on the line. I am struggling with depression again and I know it is due to my lack of workouts. The pool really is my medication and when I am not there often enough I STRUGGLE. Between Sub teaching and Jury duty this month it has just been a big challenge. <BR> <BR> I have decided that I have GOT to go back to food journaling TODAY... I will pack my lunch and not go out with my TOPS pals, mostly becaus... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 11:24:56 EST 119 down only 126 to go... God helps each step... Well, this has been a long time of hard work. I am seeing consistant losses most weeks. I have been named a motivator and my post used as the motivational post of the week here on spark. I am just glad my story can help and inspire others. <BR> <BR> I have a LOT I am dealing with. Life is hard sometimes, with 4 high need kids, and teaching, and still recovering from the flood.... I just keep going. One day and step at a time. I have to! I want to be here for my family and to live as... Wed, 5 Nov 2008 23:31:05 EST Little Steps = BIG changes = LIFE Well, I figure myself as being down 87 lbs now. My doctor though told me he has my highest weight at 396 therefore, he is showing 111 lbs lost. I like his numbers better of course. <BR> <BR> The changes I have made include: <BR> Adding exercise. 95% of it is water areobics. At almost 400 lbs, there was NO WAY I could do a traditional workout. <BR> <BR> I have modified my eating to decrease beef and add chicken breast in its place. I have cut a lot of fat, and sugars. I am doing my b... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 00:22:45 EST Motivator of the Day WOW, that was a total surprise. I don't get the daily emails since I get swamped in email. BUT I found out that I am the spark motivator of the day. <BR> <BR> I am doing the best I possibly can to stay on track and do what is right. I am eating better, exercising and drinking TONS of water again. <BR> <BR> LETS DO THIS EVERYONE.... <BR> <BR> Hugs Tina Thu, 16 Oct 2008 23:30:18 EST Subbing ~ keeping me BUSY.... The last 3 weeks I have had many days of sub teaching in the high need special ed room. This week we had the 2 one on one aides sick so we all tried ot help out where we could. The one boy had seizures 6-7 on Mon. and 4-5 on Tues. He is on a feeding tube and has no speech etc... he is a sweet boy, he has a LOT of challenges though. Then we have another who is Autistic, close to non functioning. He tore his undies off and tore them up. Then would NOT wear clothes. He had to have his grandma br... Wed, 8 Oct 2008 19:46:00 EST GOTTAWANNA I am honestly so glad I have my TOPS group. They have kept me accountable. BIG TIME... they keep me focused. I got a card this week and one of the incredible women reminded me of my goal to be the division winner at State in 6 months. Well, My last weigh in in December is the one that goes in for that. I am only 3 months from that deadline and I do WANT this honor and title. SO... KICK MY TUSH.... I want to be the winner this year. I know I CAN do it, I just GOTTAWANNA... enough to contro... Sun, 28 Sep 2008 11:04:58 EST TOPS Fall Rally SO SORRY I have been out so much. Saturday was a fabulous day. I was out the door at 6am and was not home until 9pm. I drove a group of our TOPS ladies to the State Fall Rally. It was SO MUCH FUN... I was actually called onto stage 3 times. The first time was because I was voted Chapter Angel and they wrote a little blurb about me which was read. I knew of that one. Then I entered the summer contest and I was in the top 10 for most weight lost all summer. I believe they said there were a... Mon, 22 Sep 2008 10:05:30 EST A couple of articles I liked... Found this article on Yahoo! <BR> <BR> A lot of us are out there watching what we eat and exercising, but still not making a dent in our bellies and body weight. There are a few things we are probably not doing, or doing too much of, that would mean major improvements in our health. <BR> <BR> 1. Get more sleep. After a very short period of time (about 6 nights), studies show that your glucose levels can rise if you get only 4 to 7 hours of sleep each night. New parents are excluded, but eve... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 01:03:51 EST Message to my team... 1 year anniversary of my life changes. Ok, it is official. The first day of school marks the one year mark for me. One year ago today I was 366 when I got on a scale that went high enough. I know I was heavier than that likely closer to 400, but never found a scale that would hold me at that weight. <BR> <BR> Anyway.... I am down 84 lbs in ONE YEAR... I cannot believe the LIFE I have reclaimed. I pray for you all to jump on board and let our TEAM lose like this. Lets do this together. I cannot even explain all the things I... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 23:29:53 EST LONG TIME NO BLOG Well, its been a LONG time since I have blogged. This summer is going by in a whirlwind. Every day I have several appointments and all is scheduled to the minute it seems. I am at the pool each morning (though this week the pool is closed for maintinence) then I am running kids to counseling, occupational therapy, doctors, dentists, vision appointments and more. Then we have park days with friends on the calendar and all the other chaos of life. <BR> <BR> SO, I have been trying to stay... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 11:30:50 EST Prayers Needed I had a really rough day yesterday. I started the day ready to go to the reunion to find out my van had been broken into and purse stollen. SO, I spent an hour and a half cancelling all credit cards etc... It was NOT a good time. But the day got worse after I had a good time at the reunion. <BR> <BR> I did pretty good at the reunion food wise. I had TONS of food, but mostly it was veggies. I had a bunch of my pasta salad but it was fat free except the tad of olives I put into it. I had... Sun, 20 Jul 2008 12:33:27 EST Planning to stay on track at reunion. Today I slept in, well as much as I can with boys watching TV... But I just went into I am too tired mode. SO, I missed water areobics. When the kids go to the health club later, I may go work in the gym some. I don't like being in the pool during Dive In Theater. All the kids can use floaties of whatever kind and can watch a movie projected up on the wall. Too many kids, too much splashing, and nowhere to work out anyway. <BR> <BR> I am making a salad to take with me to the family reunion ... Fri, 18 Jul 2008 14:42:55 EST