SUCCESSN2014's SparkPeople Blog SUCCESSN2014's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A HUGE MILESTONE IN MY LIFE HAPPENED TODAY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There have been many things that I've struggled doing since Josh passed away. Many of those things being small and things that most people wouldn't need help with. Things like tying my shoes, shaving my legs, driving, etc. <BR> <BR> Well, as I've gotten healthier over the last several years some things Alan has been relieved of doing and I've been able to go back to doing them myself. With each of these things I... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 15:46:46 EST GETTING BACK ON TRACK -- FATHER'S DAY 2014 June has been a very tough month this year. I thought last October was bad, nope, this has been far worse. <BR> <BR> June 1st -- My great grandma passed away <BR> June 3rd & 4th -- Flying to and from Chicago for her service <BR> June 8th -- Alan's son arrived in FL after not having seen each other in 15 years (Happy moment, not sad) <BR> June 10th -- Alan's mom passed away from cancer <BR> TBD -- Her funeral <BR> <BR> In the midst of all of this my emotions have been going up and down. I'v... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:46:37 EST Another Passing in the Family & Stress eating me alive Alan's Mom has been battling caner for the last few years. She passed away on Tuesday. Considering he's the oldest he's been put in charge of everything, what few things there are to do. She pretty much had all of her arrangements made and paid for. All he has to decide is where to lay her to rest. <BR> <BR> Then the added stress of dealing with his sister. I've lost my husband and daughter so I know what death can do to a family. You would think it would bring family closer together (like w... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:56:50 EST RIP Great Grandma.... Rough Week On Saturday afternoon I got a text from my grandma (dad's mom) that my great grandma was not doing well. My great grandma has been in hospice for the last year. When I went to see her last June she didn't recognize me. I walked out of the nursing home in tears. I knew that day that that would be the last time I'd ever see her alive. <BR> <BR> My dad had sent me a message on Facebook around 530pm on Sunday afternoon saying that things weren't looking good and she was in her final stages of li... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 01:50:34 EST I'm Still Here I'm still here. I haven't wrote a blog since Sunday afternoon. Well for good reason, I've not been feeling all that great. <BR> <BR> Sunday night I went to bed and tossed & turned. Then I abruptly woke up at 4am and got sick. I had taken my Glumetza around 10pm but forgot to have some toast beforehand. I'm thinking that's what caused the stomach issue. When I finally woke up Monday morning (TMI) Mother Nature decided to pay me a visit. So needless to say I was completely wiped out all day Mo... Wed, 28 May 2014 23:16:18 EST Rainy & Tired I'm so tired today. I had another restless night where I think it was close to sunrise before I fell asleep. Then it start storming around 3pm this afternoon. Looks like we have rain in the forecast all week this week. Alan just came home from picking up a few things at the store. We're going to do a simple dinner of just hot dogs. I think I'll head to bed early tonight and hopes that I'll get some sleep. <BR> <BR> I know what's causing these sleepless nights. I'm worried about the mammogra... Sun, 25 May 2014 18:25:54 EST 1st Workout since last week Wow! When you haven't worked out since last weekend using 5 pound dumb bells to do ST is killer! Nothing over the top tonight, just simple stuff. I've had some poor food choices the last few days when it came to having dinner (Taco Bell last night & wings tonight). More than likely going to do some sort of stir fry tomorrow night. <BR> <BR> Brunch: spinach with a few diced pieces of grilled chicken and 1 cut up sliced piece of ham and 2 tbsp lite ranch dressing <BR> <BR> Snack: Peanut butt... Sat, 24 May 2014 22:21:32 EST Not A Lot To Report Today I woke up far to early, had breakfast, and went back to sleep. I woke up a few hours later and piddled around the house. I did some laundry and enjoyed the beautiful weather outside. I'm on Day 2 of my Glumetza restart and so far today I've not had any issues. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had 2 triggers: <BR> <BR> A single Hershey nugget with almond <BR> A few swigs of a Coke (which I only started to drinking to wake myself up because I was so flipping tired) <BR> <BR> After the few swigs of Cok... Thu, 22 May 2014 22:52:25 EST 2014 END OF YEAR WEIGHT GOAL & RESTARTED GLUMETZA TODAY MAY 21, 2014 (Wednesday) <BR> <BR> RESTARTED GLUMETZA -- 2,000 mg taken with breakfast <BR> <BR> WEIGHT: 177.4 <BR> <BR> GOAL WEIGHT FOR END OF YEAR: 164.6 (12.8 pound loss from May 21, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014) <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How did I come up with that number? <BR> <BR> Simple: From June 1st - December 31, 2012 I lost 12.8 pounds with diet, exercise, & Glumetza. So, I made that the goal for now - end of the year. <BR> <BR> <em>207</em> CHANGED WEIGHT LOSS TICKER <BR> <BR... Wed, 21 May 2014 16:00:59 EST I Finally Figured Out What's Going to Work A weight loss journey is never <em>338</em> and <em>437</em> . It can cause your emotions to go crazy <em>24</em> <em>30</em> <em>18</em> . There is no doubt you have your good days & your bad days. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> You have days, weeks, or even months where you do everything and you continue to hit that brick wall (aka plateau) <BR> <BR> That is where I am at right now. I didn't fully realize it until this... Wed, 21 May 2014 14:32:22 EST SEMI HEALTH UPDATE FROM LAST BLOG Semi Update: I called Tricare to figure out what was going on. They knocked me down from Prime to standard because I forgot to make a premium payment. <BR> She reinstated me to Prime but it won't go into effect until June 1st. So I can't get a referral or see anyone until that time. So I'm going to have to wait some time. <BR> <BR> I'm going here in a little bit to at the very least get my Glumetza refilled so I can start taking it again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> UNRELATED NEWS: <BR> <BR> I'm ... Tue, 20 May 2014 16:38:29 EST I Have What?! <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> I went in for my annual physical today. My doctor found a lump in my left breast. Now, I know most people would say 'Oh don't worry. Its probably nothing." See, normally I wouldn't worry but the history of female cancer in my family is lengthy & only one sided (my mom's). My great grandma, my mom, my aunt (mom's sister), and my mom's aunt (my grandma's sister) have all had cancer or passed away from it. My mom's aunt passed away just a few short months ago due to (I ... Mon, 19 May 2014 22:15:01 EST Woohoo! First 5K on concrete! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know it sounds like a silly title but its amazing the difference between walking circles in your backyard and walking concrete! Now this is the 2nd time that I've walked 3 miles with my watch. However, for whatever reason I didn't push to walk a little more to get that 5K completed. However, today, <em>244</em> I DID IT! <BR> <BR> I had fun thru part of it because I was texting back and forth with Alan's son... Sat, 17 May 2014 18:10:00 EST Excitement filled day! Wow! Today went fast! <BR> <BR> Well, first things first... We got <em>67</em> !! <BR> <BR> This means I was able to get out and <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, you will notice its a funky distance. Well, there is a reason for that. I was shooting for 2 miles but by the time I made it to one of my "landmarks" my foot cramped up on me. I called Alan and have him come get me. I jumped in the truck and he asked ... Fri, 16 May 2014 22:59:57 EST May 15 Sorry I didn't get a blog in yesterday. Nothing much to report other then it was really raining and I did some basic ST. I had an awesome breakfast of eggs over easy, toast, and bacon. It filled me up pretty well to the point I wasn't hungry for lunch. Dinner we had tacos with a homemade seasoning I made, refried beans, and spanish rice. I need to add some cayenne pepper to the mix to give it a little heat for next time. <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:48:39 EST Stupid Hormones, Exercising, & Frustrated Having PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) really wrecks havoc on your body. Basically to explain it in simplest form: its a hormonal imbalance. My hormones are all screwed up. When I got diagnosed in 2012 I managed to lose 20+ pounds that year. 2013 I lost 10 pounds. This year however, UGH. <BR> <BR> I honestly thought I was doing well. That is until I looked at my spreadsheet for the year and I've been yo yo-ing the same 2 - 3 pounds since January. I get around the 177. __ mark and its ju... Wed, 14 May 2014 14:33:08 EST May 13 -- Where Did This Day Go? Wow! This day seemed to have flown by! <BR> <BR> I didn't get a workout in until 10pm and even then it was a short 10 minute Wii Free Step. Hey, 10 minutes is 10 minutes, its better then 0! <BR> <BR> So last night we had some shocking things happen all within a couple hours. I talked to my aunt (well i still consider her that even though her & my uncle have been divorced for several years) for the first time in over a decade. It was nice to catch up with her. She's had a rough few years. <... Tue, 13 May 2014 23:54:18 EST DEPRESSION: NOT A JOKING MATTER I was reading something on Facebook earlier in one of the groups I'm in. A woman was complaining about her brother. Apparently he was complaining about his kids and she was tired of hearing about it. Now, let me tell you I'm the first person to say point blank "Cherish your loved ones. Cherish your spouse, cherish your children" because I have lost both in a blink of an eye. I know what it feels like to live every day wishing you were able to take back that last petty arguement. <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 12 May 2014 21:12:59 EST Miles & Chicken Fried Steak <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2 miles in 43:03 <BR> <BR> Dinner was homemade chicken fried steak, homemade mashed potatoes, soy glazed green beans, and rolls. Everything turned out great. I need to tweak the recipe for the chicken fried steak (it didn't coat very well). Although I will say for the first time ever making it I did pretty dang awesome! <BR> <BR> The 2 miles weren't completed at once. I did 1 mile around 4pm and another mile abou... Mon, 12 May 2014 19:29:08 EST Made the Most out of Mother's Day Having lost my daughter at the age of 2 I don't put much stock into Mother's Day. I chalk it up to another Hallmark holiday and just one more Sunday on the calendar. Having said that though Alan does a very good job of just going with the flow on that day. I had decided a few days ago I was just going to take it easy. I wanted burgers on the grill and I spent a few hours yesterday making the sides to go with them. Then he went to Publix and got me a small round chocolate cake. So today was pr... Sun, 11 May 2014 22:37:24 EST May 10 Whew! Its a hot one today in FL! <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> Today is going to be a laid back day. I'm making deviled eggs & macaroni salad for tomorrow. I told Alan I wanted bacon cheeseburgers (products all from the meat market), macaroni salad, deviled eggs, and salad. He just came back from the store with the few items we needed. He also bought some fresh cut watermelon... YUM! <BR> <BR> Dinner tonight is going to be biscuits & sausage gravy. I can't wait to try that fre... Sat, 10 May 2014 14:58:13 EST May 9 We had another long day yesterday. We took our Chevy Traverse and traded it on a Nissan Titan. We have owned one of these trucks in the past and I love that its not only something I can get into but I can drive. Plus this will help Alan with his auto detailing. <BR> <BR> I didn't eat a lot yesterday, sandwich and a few tacos from Taco Bell. Plus with it having been such a long day I did another day of ST. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 May 2014 14:55:05 EST Another Long Day & ST Numero Dos We spent most of the day 90 miles south of our home. We met with the tenant and got our mower back (which Alan isn't to happy that we got it back in worse condition it was in when we let them use it). Then went and signed paperwork so the real estate agent could finally get the house listed. Then I had to pay a visit to H&R Block. <BR> <BR> Yeah, well apparently they still need more documentation to get this tax issue squared away. GRRRRR! So I have to fax them information tomorrow morning.... Thu, 8 May 2014 22:12:38 EST Dr Apt Scheduled, Meat Market, ST Day, & WI! Wow!! What a busy day! <BR> <BR> Dr apt is made for my annual physical on May 19th at 4pm. Looks like we'll be eating dinner out that night considering my doctor is 90 miles away and its a late afternoon appointment. I'm excited to find out what my cholesterol level will look like. I also want to know what she thinks about where I should put my weight loss goal. I'm curious if she'll agree with the number in my head or make me go lower or heck even tell me I'm fine where I am (which I doubt)... Wed, 7 May 2014 16:22:39 EST Miles & Homemade Burgers & Fries! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you remember the meat market I talked about in my last blog? You do? Cool! <BR> <BR> We used the almost 2 pounds of 80/20 beef and made burgers with it tonight. Then we sliced up some potatoes and deep fried them for french fries. I'm over calories today by like 15, but I'm not all that worried about it. <BR> <BR> I will tell you this though, I will NEVER buy hamburger from a big chain grocery store every aga... Tue, 6 May 2014 21:26:45 EST MORE MILES, CAMP WANNABEFIT, & MEAT MARKET! First things first!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I would have gone further but I waited til this evening to do it. It was getting close to dark and I didn't have a bottled water on me. I need to get a reusable water bottle so I don't have to keep buying bottled water. We have a water/ice on our fridge so there is no point in buying bottled water. <BR> <BR> Okay, onto my new challenge!! <BR> <BR> CAMP WANNABEFIT! <BR> <BR> I got ... Mon, 5 May 2014 23:58:40 EST May 4 -- WOOHOO for Sun! <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I'm so glad the sun made an appearance today! I've started to notice on those long stretches of days where we get nothing but cloud cover and rain I'm really down in the blahs. My eating is terrible and I just don't have energy. <BR> <BR> I've also made another realization and its something I need to work on. I get paid on the 1st of the month. I tend to every time that day rolls around go nuts on eating bad food choice... Sun, 4 May 2014 22:19:48 EST May 3 -- Hiring, Firing, Relief, Chocolate, & To Do List We've been dealing with a real estate agent since last November to sell our Kissimmee house. Let's just say I'm tired of being made empty promises and people not following through. Long story short I fired my real estate agent today. The guy really got on my nerves between not communicating with Alan, myself, and our tenant and overall just being a real pain in the a$$. <BR> <BR> I sent him a very professional email and told him his services were longer needed. I explained why, signed it an... Sat, 3 May 2014 22:35:29 EST May 2 - Rain, Wii, ST, & Dumb Realtor We had another day of <em>27</em> . I'm getting really tired of it and am ready to see some <em>67</em> . I just realized I haven't used my Garmin in a week! It feels really weird. <BR> <BR> Today I did 30 minutes of Wii bowling, crunches, reverse crunches, bicycle crunches, lat raises, alternating dumb bell crunches, dumb bell chest press, dumb bell chest fly, modified push ups, modified plank, seated twist with medicine ball, calf raises with chair, and squats. <BR> <BR> I've had... Fri, 2 May 2014 21:23:45 EST May 1 -- Wii Board & New Recipes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It takes a special type of person to lose their balance and fall off of a Wii board. Oh wait, didn't you know I was practicing my mad ninja skills? Yeah, that's what it was! LOL <BR> <BR> I stepped down off of it, my balance went hinky, and catching myself failed. I'm okay, but man that hurt. <BR> <BR> I found a taco seasoning recipe online thru my favorite Food Network chef Guy Fieri. I made a triple batch of i... Thu, 1 May 2014 22:07:21 EST MAY GOALS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> FITNESS MINUTES: 1,500 <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> DOWN 2 LBS <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> MILES WALKED: 56 (2 per day) <BR> <BR> <em>217</em> MILES BIKED: 44 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HEALTH RELATED GOALS <BR> <BR> Annual Physical <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Medication refill t... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:16:26 EST Last April Workout & April Stats <img src=""> <BR> <BR> APRIL STATS: <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes: 929 (15 hours, 29 min) <BR> Weight Loss: up 0.6 (if going by April 1 starting weight); however from April 9 - 30th I've lost 3 lbs <BR> Total Miles: 58.01 (of those miles 34.21 biked) <BR> <BR> GARMIN STATS <BR> 23.80 miles <BR> 8:55:20 (8 hours, 55 min, 20 sec) <BR> 2,288 calories burned <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:55:05 EST APRIL 29 -- RAIN & SHORT WORKOUT Today we got a lot of heavy rain which helped in washing away a lot of the pollen. I did some simple ST exercises. I just couldn't get motivated today to do cardio. I'm not going to hit my 1,500 fitness minutes this month. Heck, I'm not even going to hit 1,000 this month. Its been a LONG time since I haven't hit a 1,000 fitness minutes. Oh well, that just means I'll have to crank out a lot in May. <BR> <BR> It doesn't look like I hit any of my April goals. Although I guess it really depends... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 23:33:29 EST Relaxed, Hoping Equals Good Things On Scale BLC 24 ended April 9th. I ended the challenge at 181.2, up .8 of a pound from my beginning weight. However, I wasn't that upset about it, even though that last week I gained 3 pounds in a week. I had made great progress that round and had for the most part landed in 170-ville and stayed there, except that last week where I creeped back into 180-ville. <BR> <BR> Since the end of BLC 24 I've gotten back into 170-ville. I've been weighing myself every day since this past Wednesday (April 23) an... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:46:25 EST April 28 -- Stupid Allergies! <em>18</em> <em>527</em> <em>102</em> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> These all pretty much sum up how I've felt and what I've been up to since early this morning. Oh, well you forgot a picture of Food Network's Diner's Drive Ins and Dives. My DVR has pretty much been keeping me company. My head is starting to finally not feel like its in a vice, which is a good thing. I slept thru breakfast. Alan made me a sandwich for lunch & dinner he's making breakfast. Simple: eggs, turkey bacon, and to... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:08:10 EST April 27 Workout <img src=""> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:05:13 EST Happy 31st Birthday, Honey! I Miss You! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My late husband would have turned 31 today. The plan was that I was going to walk 4 miles today in his honor. Well due to the weather and me still not feeling well I wasn't able to do it. However, I did spend some time today looking into making a memorial garden for him and my daughter. <BR> <BR> Excuse the goofy expressions of Alan and I's. The annual tradition every year on Josh's birthday is to drink a Big Re... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:34:27 EST April 25 -- ST & No Energy Today I feel like someone literally just sucked all of the energy out of me today. However, I will get a bit of ST completed so as to not kill my 246 day streak. Hey, 10 minutes is better then 0. <BR> <BR> My TOM started yesterday after being gone over 70 days. With having PCOS I never know when she'll arrive... Some months its 30 days, some months its 40 days, or in this case 70+ days. Typically on day 2 I'm exhausted and today is no exception. I've spent majority of the day just lounging watchin... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:23:13 EST Annual Physical in a few weeks w/ PCM I'm anxious for pay day to get here so I can get bills paid, groceries bought, and get back to my doctor. <BR> <BR> It has been 4 years since I've had a physical. When we were trying to get pregnant in 2012 I was seeing a reproductive endocrinologist. She had told me then to get a physical done because she needed the results. Well, the dream of having another baby went to the wayside and I never got that physical done. I also had stopped taking my Glumetza but recently have started retaking... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:27:53 EST April 24 Workout It is funny to me now that I consider a simple mile walk as a warm up <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now, if you saw my blog from yesterday, you saw this picture: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you see the highlighted part? Rolling hills (30 minutes).... That was yesterday's workout... <BR> <BR> Today's workout..... Hill climb (20 minutes) <BR> <BR> So overall today was... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:06:39 EST April 23 Bike Workout! This is the workout I did in honor of John Cena's birthday! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:41:35 EST April 22 - ST day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you don't follow WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) you won't understand the reference <BR> <BR> Its the same tire I used a few days ago. It takes 35 flips to get from one side of my yard to the other. I did another 35 to get it back to its original spot. Then I bet the crud out of it with a 4 lb sledgehammer. Short but effective workout today! <BR> <BR> Oh, and <em>244</em> for <em>67</em> today!! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:58:59 EST Dinners the rest of the Month You know the month is winding down when your grocery list starts getting longer and trying to make dinners gets a little more difficult <BR> <BR> Dinners the next few nights <BR> <BR> Tomorrow (4/22) Chicken, green beans, and baked potatoes <BR> Wednesday: Stuffed bell peppers <BR> Thursday: Fish <BR> Friday: Tuna sandwiches <BR> Saturday:shrimp over angel hair pasta <BR> Sunday: Grilled cheese & tomato soup <BR> Monday: Turkey pot pie <BR> Tuesday (4/29): leftovers <BR> Wednesday: Fend for... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:59:19 EST April 21 -- Garmin Stats <img src=""> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:00:26 EST Happy Easter! April 20 -- Walking Stats I did two seperate walks today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:06:17 EST There Is Nothing Wrong with Getting Help: My Struggle with PCOS I started puberty at a very young age of 9 years old. Looking back I would say that that time in life was pretty normal as far as hormones and such were concerned. I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. <BR> <BR> November of 2005, days before my 22nd birthday and my late husband and I welcomed our daughter into the world. I could go into the long drawn out story of not being able to get a OTC pregnancy test to give a positive test, finding out late in my pregnancy that I was actually... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:30:18 EST April 18, 2014 -- Mother Nature Isn't Stopping Me! <em>530</em> I kicked <em>413</em> today! I didn't let a little <em>27</em> dampen my mood today! <BR> <BR> I couldn't get an outdoor workout completed due to obvious reasons. So then I had to decide what I wanted to do today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you can't read the text it says: <BR> <BR> 4/18/14 <BR> 1,000 step ups <BR> 50 crunches, 50 reverse crunches, 25 second modified plank <BR> <BR> (2 sets of 20) <BR... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:02:00 EST April 17, 2014 -- Day 238 of Exercise Streak & Healthier Shopping Some days I'm excited for the workout, others I'm dreading it, but dig deep to find the motivation to do it. I don't want my streak to end. I'm proud of everything I have accomplished in this almost 3 year journey. <BR> <BR> I've had my ups and downs with the scale but I keep pushing. I don't let the scale define my journey. I judge my weight loss success in many ways: inches lost, the number of miles I can do in a week, the number of miles I can accomplish in a day, the amount of weight I ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:13:40 EST April 16, 2014 -- Weigh In & I Don't Wanna Go to Oz! <em>192</em> I'm down 3 pounds! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I don't normally lose that kind of weight in a week so I'm hoping its a true showing of what I did this week. I'm hoping to be down more next week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> -- Dear Lord it was CRAZY windy today! I can't find the post on my Facebook but I wrote while I was walking "Good grief! I don't want to be blown away to Oz! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:31:05 EST April 15, 2014 - RAIN RAIN GO AWAY! I'm posting to blogs today. I just realized I didn't post a blog yesterday, whoops! <BR> <BR> Nothing exciting to report. Yesterday it rained cats & dogs here so I wasn't able to get outside to do anything. I did a cardio/ST circuit and did a circuit of ab work (crunches, reverse crunches, crunches, reverse crunches, 20 second modified plank). I was exhausted afterwards Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:21:58 EST