STRIVING4HEALTH's SparkPeople Blog STRIVING4HEALTH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 35 Weeks Pregnant with Twins!! We are almost there!!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pregnancy-update/ </link> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 21:49:31 EST 21 Weeks Pregnancy Update <link><BR>ncy-update/ </link> <BR> <BR> Happy and Healthy! Sat, 27 Dec 2014 17:07:17 EST Boys or girls... or both?? We found out what our twins are!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>update/ </link> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:57:03 EST 16 Weeks Update! Click through to read! <BR> <link><BR>ncy-update/ </link> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:27:10 EST We have news to report! <link><BR>-report/ </link> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:56:15 EST Jillian Michaels Body Revolution – Week 1 <img src=""> <BR> Whew! <BR> <BR> I finished Week 1. I have my rest day tomorrow, thank the Lord. <BR> <BR> I told my hubby that I can count on 1 hand the amount of times I have worked out 6 days in a row since I’ve known him! <BR> <BR> Jillian Michaels Body Revolution is a 90 day program divided into 3 phases. And, if you have ever done any Jillian Michaels dvd’s, you know she doesn’t mess around. The program incorporates both car... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 23:04:15 EST Busy but awesome weekend! Added a new blog over at my website, hope you will check it out and leave me a comment there that you did! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-weekend/ </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you have a happy and healthy week. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks friends! <BR> Erin Sun, 14 Apr 2013 23:56:15 EST I'm still here!! Sorry I haven't been writing here much! I HAVE been writing over at my blog though. <BR> <BR> Feel free to check it out and recommend it to a friend! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My weight loss is slooooooowly coming along. I feel like I may be plateauing a bit, but I think it is mainly from eating junk on the weekends. I am going to try and do better this weekend though! <BR> <BR> How has your week been going?? Wed, 3 Apr 2013 00:14:12 EST The struggle continues. My malar rash showed back up. <BR> <BR> What is a malar rash? <BR> <BR> A malar rash, also known as a butterfly rash, is often seen in Lupus. <BR> <BR> It can be red, or even purplish, and can sometimes feel a little scaly. It can stretch from cheek to cheek across the nose like a butterfly’s wings and normally stays away from the nasolabial folds (smile lines on your face). It can appear as faint as just a flush, or bright red. <BR> <BR> Here are some pictures of what it may look like: <... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:56:42 EST One of my best days yet! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, today was a pretty great day! <BR> <BR> I've been wearing my Bodymedia Fit Link for over a week now, but this was the first day I hit the majority of my goals. <BR> <BR> I burned 2600+ calories and it is only 8 pm! A great calorie deficit... plenty of steps taken. Only thing I didn't manage to hit straight on was my sleep duration last night. I stayed up too late and had to get up too early. I'll try bet... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 20:55:00 EST The ugly truth about weight loss miracles. Lose weight fast! Never diet again (except for this diet)! You’ll have more energy and won’t be hungry! Lose weight, not muscle just by slurping our drink! You don’t even have to work out! Take 6 pills a day and watch the fat melt away! It’s a miracle! Drink a shake for breakfast and lunch and eat a sensible dinner! <BR> <BR> Fad diets. <BR> <BR> Pills. <BR> <BR> Shakes. <BR> <BR> Supplements. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There’s an old adage that says, “If it sounds too good to be true, it pr... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 14:02:10 EST My Goals for March Daily <BR> 100 oz water <BR> 2 cups green tea <BR> ERF (eat real food) <BR> 1600 cals or less <BR> 8 hours of sleep or more <BR> Think positively <BR> <BR> Weekly <BR> Yoga/Pilates 1x per week <BR> Weights or Cardio 4x per week <BR> <BR> To keep reading, head on over to my blog! <link><BR>rch/ </link> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:55:23 EST Neutropenic I am still writing! <BR> <BR> Check out my newest blog: <link> </link> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:54:10 EST December Goals Check out my newest blog to see my goals for the upcoming month!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great month! <BR> <BR> -Erin Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:55:57 EST Just life. Sorry I haven't been blogging here as much! I have been working on my blog on my website and want to just focus there for awhile. Work has also been very busy. Just have a lot going on! <BR> <BR> I was sick a lot this last week with a stomach virus, and was just not feeling up to snuff. I am feeling better today and am looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with my family this week! I have to work everyday, but do get off a little early on Thursday so I can drive up and be with my ... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 16:00:57 EST Nothing Splendid. Need a little encouragement today? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d/ </link> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 00:32:33 EST Hard run. *sigh* Today I set out for an easy 3 miles. I took Lumi with me, and though running is normally more difficult with her, I figured it would be easy breezy. <BR> <BR> Not so much. <BR> <BR> I started getting a side cramp just after a mile out, and had to slow down. Then slow down a little more. <BR> <BR> Continue reading my blog here... <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 9 Nov 2012 13:36:36 EST What is Lupus? Part Deux! There are so many unknowns when it comes to Lupus. Unfortunately, one of those unknowns is what causes it. We know what causes many cancers, heart disease and diabetes… but not lupus. <BR> <BR> Lupus and other autoimmune diseases tend to run in families. If one of your family members has lupus, you may have a greater tendency towards an autoimmune issue. Autoimmune diseases include multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, myasthenia gravis, scleroderma, polymyositis, vasculitis, Sjögren's dis... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 13:41:12 EST Overcoming setbacks. Well I had a great weekend with my sister! Though it did involve lots of eating. Bleh! My stomach stills feels ucky today! Gonna work on eating very cleanly today and tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My sister and I... somewhat blurry! <BR> <BR> Check out my newest blog on Defying Lupus for some pointers on how I do my best to overcome setbacks! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>acks/ </link... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 12:06:38 EST Thank goodness... TGIF!!!! <BR> <BR> i am headed up to my sister's house in St. Louis in the morning to visit with her so I won't be around this weekend. <BR> <BR> Check out my newest blog post and leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you!! <link><BR>e-each-day-than-you-think-you-possibly<BR>-can-lowell-thomas/ </link> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has an awesome, healthy weekend! <BR> <em>386</em> Erin Fri, 2 Nov 2012 11:08:39 EST I heart me some goals. I can't believe October is over. <BR> <BR> October is my favorite month of the year. Mainly because it marks the return of fall. I have always loved fall... time for falling leaves, sweaters, pumpkin spiced everything and well, I just love it all! 2012 was no different. This past month I: <BR> <BR> Stuck to a Paleo lifestyle m/l. <BR> Exercised 700 minutes. Definitely need some improvement here. <BR> Started thinking about creating my own blog, thought up some ideas, received some proddin... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 09:32:41 EST Some days... and some great news!! So, this is how my day started yesterday... <BR> <BR> I woke up 10 minutes late. It took me another 5 minutes to get out of bed. When you get up 60 minutes before you are supposed to leave, that doesn't leave you much time to get beautified, or in my case, wear matching socks. <BR> <BR> I skipped the shower and threw on some clothes. I brushed my teeth and hurriedly applied some makeup, because if I don't, it ain't pretty. Especially at 6 am. <BR> <BR> I made my super tasty smoothie for br... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 21:53:10 EST Needing some direction. (Super long update) I have felt aimless the last few weeks. It has left me feeling a little down in the dumps and so I decided I need to make some goals to try and reach. <BR> <BR> There is one week left in October and I am determined to make it count! <BR> <BR> Oct. 24-31 <BR> 1) Eat Paleo EVERY DAY. <BR> 2) Drink 100 oz of water and 2 cups of green tea/per day. <BR> 3) Run and go to the gym when I can. <BR> 4) Count my blessings and try to be more optimistic. <BR> 5) No tv for the rest of this month. Catch... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:35:34 EST Overcoming I had sooo much sugar on Saturday and Sunday, yesterday was a struggle to stay away from it!! <BR> <BR> But, I am proud of myself. I didn't give in. Even after I passed 1 ice cream and 2 frozen yogurt shops on my way home from work...I didn't stop! I was craving sugar so bad, it was frustrating me like crazy. <BR> <BR> Sugar is really addicting. Worse than anything else for me. <BR> <BR> I am dedicated to having a healthy week!! I hope you are too! Tue, 16 Oct 2012 08:43:35 EST Some days are tough. Some days I REALLY hate having Lupus. I am just tired and want to stay in bed. <BR> <BR> I know for the most part I just need to get more sleep. It is hard for me to get through the day if I haven't had 8-9 hours. For the last week or so I've had maybe 6-7 hours every night. For some people that may seem like a lot, but I feel NORMAL if I get 9-10 hours of sleep! <BR> <BR> When I am so tired, it makes it that much harder to make good decisions food-wise, and hard to force myself to get... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:32:21 EST Silly old scale. So today I am soooo thankful to have a way to measure my body fat! <BR> <BR> The scale still said 160.5 this morning. After cursing it a few times I got my body fat analyzer out. <BR> <BR> I worked out quite a bit more this week than I had in the past couple and I knew my nutrition was on so I knew I had to be able to see progress another way. <BR> <BR> Last week I was at 27% body fat. <BR> <BR> This week? 25%!!!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> That means I lost about 3 pounds of FAT thi... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 09:31:36 EST October is my favorite month! So I hope to see some awesome changes!! <BR> <BR> I am going to keep eating Paleo. <BR> <BR> Sunday I had pizza, cake and ice cream at my niece's birthday party. I didn't feel TERRIBLE, but I definitely didn't feel GOOD. I felt lethargic and my stomach definitely felt bloated and gross. Plus I still felt hungry! There was no satisfaction. When I eat Paleo meals I don't feel full, but I feel satisfied. <BR> <BR> I am also still holding on to the sodium!! I know it will probably take a ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 10:29:33 EST I need a new normal. Well, I know the month isn't REALLY over yet. But I'd like to get my thoughts down here about how September has gone, because I don't know that I will time tomorow. <BR> <BR> Symptom tracker: <BR> Fatigue - My energy levels were a little sporadic. Some days I felt really good, some days pretty darn tired. I haven't noticed a huge difference. <BR> Malar Rash - My rash has actually gotten a little worse. <BR> Hair loss - Has been much better. Haven't noticed quite as much in the last two we... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 11:25:15 EST Disappointed but not defeated. I stayed home from work feeling yucky. Just having some sinus stuff and wasn't feeling 100%. It was nice to have a lazy day. I watched tv, did some laundry and put clean sheets on our bed. Totally lazy! Though, I'll tell ya I just exchanged the pajamas I wore all day for clean pajamas about 2 hours ago. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got my results today from the bloodwork I had done last week. <BR> <BR> Not good. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> My white blood cell count and neutrophi... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:53:08 EST This turkey is cold. Day 5 finished!! <BR> <BR> I have been experimenting with cutting gluten, nightshade veggies, dairy and processed foods from my diet. I won't lie, it has been TOUGH quitting cold turkey. I've still been staying within my calorie ranges... in fact that has been the easy part. When you're eating REAL food it is hard to eat a ton of calories! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am trying this to see if cutting out all the super junk will help my Lupus symptoms. I am doing this for the month of September a... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 22:46:35 EST Staying positive when you feel like giving up. I have struggled SO MUCH the last few months. <BR> <BR> Right now I am working on staying positive about being healthy. <BR> <BR> It is very difficult to try and eat healthy and exercise when in your mind, you only see how hard it is and how it just really, really sucks to try and do it! <BR> <BR> I know it is what I should be doing, and it has been so hard for me to find motivation. I think I have finally hit the point where I am starting to remember how GOOD I felt. Not how it has fe... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:38:21 EST Ready to move it! Got cleared for exercise by my doc yesterday!! Bring it on!!!! <BR> <BR> He also said I had 6 gallstones that were 1/4 inch or bigger and 3-4 smaller ones! Yuck! He said it definitely needed to come out! Let's just hope I feel better and better!! Thu, 9 Feb 2012 10:14:48 EST Ze plan. I'm healing up from my surgery pretty well! <BR> <BR> I have my post op appointment with my surgeon tomorrow morning and then fingers crossed, I should be cleared to exercise! Not being able to do ANYTHING for two weeks has really sucked. I'm excited to see if I can run again with no issues!!! <BR> <BR> Of course I'm going to have to start out walking first. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Thursday I head back to work, and back to my regular schedule! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have a new goal in ... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 11:08:21 EST Crazy, crazy life. News in my life? <BR> <BR> -- I'm having my surgery on WEDNESDAY!!! Finally!! Can't wait to get it done and over with! <BR> <BR> -- I'm engaged!! My (then) boyfriend asked me to marry him on Saturday, and of course I said YES!! Planning a possible May/June 2013 wedding. <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> -- I turn the big three-oh this Sunday. <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry I haven't been around SP much here lately. Just trying to... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 21:11:05 EST Good Health for 2012. That is all I am wishing for!!! <BR> <BR> I don't get to have my surgery Wednesday as planned. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately my white cell count was even lower than before after getting my Neupogen injections. My rheumatologist thinks it is just from the Lupus, so he put me on Prednisone again. Which between being on that and the holidays, my weight is up. The only nice thing about being on the Prednisone is that it gives me energy! <BR> <BR> Several of my other counts were down also, so righ... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 17:58:08 EST Where have you been, young lady? Well I've been back from Las Vegas for almost three weeks now!! Time flies!! <BR> <BR> I haven't done much other than work and fight these stupid allergies. <BR> <BR> Theeeeennnnnn... <BR> <BR> This week I had a check up with my doctor. <BR> <BR> Dun, dun, duuuuunnnnnn. <BR> <BR> My bloodwork was all screwy again. <BR> <BR> I have literally been feeling (other than the stupid allergies) the best I have felt in months. So I was really surprised at this. <BR> <BR> My liver enzymes w... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 11:41:03 EST Ohhhh Las Vegas I'm still recovering from my trip! <BR> <BR> Literally! <BR> <BR> I managed to really hurt my foot while wearing high heels three days in a row. Up until yesterday I could barely walk in regular shoes. I still am having some pain but am just trying to stay off my feet. <BR> <BR> I am just now feeling like I'm catching up on my sleep also. I hardly slept at all last week, and came home feeling like garbage. <BR> <BR> I had fun, but I am SO glad to be home. It was a crazy, crazy week.... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 11:07:33 EST Same weight minus less inches means more muscle! I've maintained the last 3 weeks I've weighed in. It is hard sometimes to get over that number, but I went ahead and measured this morning to see if there were any changes. <BR> <BR> These are the changes I've seen in little over a month... <BR> <BR> Chest: 37.5 - 36.5 = 1 inch <BR> Waist: 28.5 - 27.75 = .75 inch <BR> Hips: 41 - 39.5 = 1.5 inches <BR> Thigh: 23 - 22 = 1 inch <BR> Calf: 15 - no change <BR> Arm: 12 - 11.5 = .5 inch <BR> <BR> <BR> My body IS changing, even if the scale does... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 08:38:39 EST You just gotta be honest. When I weighed 236 pounds it was so easy to lie to myself. <BR> <BR> I told myself that it didn't matter what I ate. <BR> <BR> I still looked decent. <BR> <BR> Who needs vegetables? <BR> <BR> I knew what it felt like to feel good in my body. <BR> <BR> It didn't matter that I became out of breath just from walking. <BR> <BR> Eating fast food 5-6 times a week (or more) was NORMAL, right? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It isn't to so easy to tell those same lies anymore. <BR> <BR> I ate like CRAP... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 12:24:42 EST From 18's to 8's Just sitting on my couch, drinking some green tea and listening to the wind bring in a storm for the evening. My favorite kind of morning. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have really been ENJOYING eating better. And I SOMETIMES enjoy working out. I definitely can't say I always enjoy that. <em>20</em> But I am definitely loving how I feel and how my body feels. I am the smallest I have ever been in my adult life and it feels GREAT. I am fitting into some size sixes, ALL size eights I try on. It ju... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:48:36 EST Step away... Golly, I don't know what my problem was yesterday. <BR> <BR> Yeah, I had a pretty long weekend, but I got decent sleep Sunday night. I just woke up yesterday feeling drained and exhausted. I worked most of the day, got home a little after 8 pm. Took my meds and went straight to bed. <BR> <BR> I am proud of myself though... They had these cookies sitting on a shelf at work just calling my name all day yesterday. I mentally thought to myself, "Step away from the frosted cookies. Just s... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 10:39:51 EST Ridonculous day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 4 mile walk <BR> 20 minutes of shopping <BR> 5 hours of massaging <BR> <BR> And that, my friends, is how you burn some serious calories in a day. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 22:14:21 EST It's raining, it's pouring. It is pouring rain today, totally not helping my willingness to get my butt off the couch. <BR> <BR> ------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> I'm done with ruining all my hard weekday work on the weekends. <BR> <BR> DONE I say. <BR> <BR> This weekend I vow to keep myself under 1800 cals/day and burn at least 2500/day. I will make a PLAN daily. <BR> <BR> Here are my calorie burns for Monday and Tuesday: <BR> <BR> Monday <BR> <img src=" Wed, 12 Oct 2011 11:44:09 EST I made it through the day! No bingeing! No stuffing my face!! <BR> <BR> Check out my nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> Today wore me out. :( <BR> <BR> Came home and had a nice long talk with the bf though. I feel somewhat better. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your notes!! You ladies are my inspiration and you keep me going!!! I love you all!! <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm going to bed! This girl is worn out! Wed, 5 Oct 2011 22:35:21 EST Here is my confession. What am I doing to myself? <BR> <BR> I'm feeling super down this week. Just being realistic about some things. I don't think it being that TOM helps much either, but I can't blame it fully on that. <BR> <BR> When I start getting stressed or sad or anxious, I just don't deal with the ish. I am an emotional eater. I just stuff away my sadness. <BR> <BR> I do fine til just about dinner time and BAM. I don't know what comes over me. <BR> <BR> I know eating this garbage is not good for my... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 09:59:59 EST 5 lb Mini Challenge - Weigh-in #1 So, I went from 159 last week to 155.5 this morning!! <BR> <BR> This is uncharted territory for me. One pound lower than my lowest EVAR!!! <BR> <BR> I know some of this is water weight, but I'm going to take what I can get. <BR> <BR> I seriously probably haven't weighed 155 lbs since I was 10 years old. :) :) :) :) <BR> <BR> Let's just hope I make it through the weekend without any significant damage! Austin (the bf) and I are going camping here in a few hours. Me, loving to cook, h... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 09:33:30 EST 5 lb Mini Challenge - Update! Well, I'm just pluggin' right along! <BR> <BR> I am officially weighing in on Friday and I hope to see a change on that scale (in the right direction). <BR> <BR> I've worked out when I have the energy. I'm trying not to push myself too hard. It really kind of sucks that I get so tired. <BR> <BR> I remember back a couple years ago when I was about 40 pounds heavier than I am now, I would sometimes work out EVERY DAY for a WEEK. I felt great. Now if I work out a few days in a row, or ... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:15:11 EST 5 lb Mini Challenge - DAY 1 DAY 1 - Sept 22 <BR> I had an awesome day yesterday... <BR> <BR> -My nutrition was right on target. <BR> -I could have moved a little bit more, but I did make it to the gym. <BR> -All in all, I had a 1,057 calorie deficit for the day! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Finally took my measurements and such this morning! <BR> <BR> Weight: 159 lbs <BR> <BR> Chest: 37.5 <BR> Waist: 28.5 <BR> Hips: 41 <BR> L Thigh: 23.5 <BR> R Thigh: 23 <BR> L Calf: 15 <BR> R Calf: 15.5 <BR> L Arm: ... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 11:31:15 EST The good & the baaad. Let's get the bad stuff out of the way! <BR> I really need to get motivated to MOVE. <BR> I just haven’t had a ton of energy. <BR> This week at work has been really stressful. <BR> <BR> The good stuff? <BR> My nutrition has been pretty good. <BR> Since I’m so tired I sleep like a dead person at night. <BR> I get to sleep in on Friday!!!! (I’m super excited about this) <BR> We’re going camping next weekend!!! <BR> <BR> I ordered a dress to wear to my sister’s bachelorette party in Novembe... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:38:43 EST Running Playlist - Help!! I know there are running playlists everywhere on the web (including SP) but I'm looking for some new awesome songs, and some old songs too that will get me going. <BR> <BR> What have YOU been listening to when you run or workout???? Sat, 27 Aug 2011 18:21:26 EST