TDMTBIRD's SparkPeople Blog TDMTBIRD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Take time to chew! Ok everybody, this is important! <BR> <BR> I got a phone call Friday night from my mother saying my dad was having chest pains. I sent my husband, who is on the local RS, over there and he had a squad meet him. They determined no heart attack, thank the Lord, but his abdomen was bloated and he was in so much pain, they took him to the hospital. After a few tests, they found a hole in his esophagus. They call it a microtear. He remembered basically inhaling an egg roll and admitted that it fe... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:53:21 EST I started a new team! I have recently started going to the Y again. I got caught up this fall and just haven't been going, but I did last night and feel bad that I haven't been. I am making a commitment to go at least twice a week. I love going to the pool, using the gym, taking the kids for the activities, so I started the YMCA Sparklers for all us Y members. If any of you out there love going to your Y, join me! I will be thrilled to have you aboard. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 15:59:02 EST What can oxygen do for you... I was reading this article the other day and decided to share. It is about deep breathing and its benefits. I am a big supporter of using oxygen to jumpstart my energy and it has helped me lose weight. I hope it helps someone else too. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>efits-deep-breathing/ </link> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:52:59 EST What I love about me I have to talk about things that I love about myself this week for my FFF weekly challenge. It is something that I never have thought about before. <BR> <BR> 1. I love my eyes. They are a beautiful dark green. Green eyes run in my mother's family and I am the only grandchild tha has them. I guess it is something that I consider unique to me because no one has quite the shade I do and I love them! <BR> <BR> 2. I love that animals take to me so easily. As a child I loved animals and they love... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 19:13:19 EST Cinnamon!<BR>ements/health-benefits-of-cinnamon/ <BR> <BR> I learned that there are some great benefits from using cinnamon! I love the smell and the taste, but who knew there were so many benefits!!!!!! Check out the above link to see for yourself. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 15:51:28 EST Eating 3 I just read another article. The most healthy restaurant meals of the year. I like to eat out and probably do so too often but it is nice to have healthy choices and this article mentioned a few places I like to go to. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 20:42:24 EST Eating 2 I'm not diabetic but I know several people who are. I read an article today on diabetic free foods. All are low carb and good information for anyone wanting to watch their sugar intake. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 20:37:09 EST Eating I read article about the 10 reasons why we eat when we aren't hungry and I hit most of those reasons. Talk about a wake up call. Reading this has reminded me that I really need to be mindful and ask myself am I really hungry before I eat. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 08:54:45 EST My birthday wish....well not a wish a promise..... Today I turn 34. I am making this promise to myself that I will reach my final goal weight by 35. I am going to kick this year into high gear. I already know what I want and how to get there. I have to lose 85 pounds to get there and I am determined by age 35, I will be fabulous. <BR> <BR> Yeah I know, I am fabulous now, but I want to hit 35 feeling healthy, having energy and done with plus size clothes. <BR> <BR> Thank you thank you for all of my Spark Friends and Done Sisters who are taki... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 13:52:45 EST Sandy I am getting ready for the hurricane that is hitting my area sometime tomorrow. I think the wind will be the worst thing here. They have changed the predictions so much who knows what will happen but I hope it isn't bad. I don't want to lose power, who does? When you have little ones it is especially hard. <BR> <BR> To all those that are being affecting by Hurricane Sandy I wish you all to be safe and if you happen to lose power, you and your families will be ok. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 20:07:59 EST End of my first Rock It challenge Last day of my first challenge. I wasn't able to start at the beginning and there were a few times where I forgot to check in. Tomorrow is the start of the fall challenge. This time I will remember to check in every week. I volunteered to help out with my team and I am excited about that. I really enjoyed the challenges last time and I can't wait to get started with my next one! Sat, 20 Oct 2012 20:42:10 EST Fight with gall bladder My gall bladder and I aren't getting along. I had an attack the other day. Very bad but I wouldn't go to the doctor. Probably not the best decision I know but I'm really nervous about it. Anyone go through this lately and have advice? Wed, 3 Oct 2012 22:25:43 EST #4 Today I swam with my girls and got 2.5 on the treadmill. Great workout and then we went grocery shopping. Not as much fun as being at the Y but totally necessary. Sat, 29 Sep 2012 17:33:04 EST #3 Who doesn't love Friday? I love the end of the week and getting to do fun stuff during the weekend! Tomorrow is Y morning. The girls have swimming lessons and I will get some laps in. I wish there was a Saturday water aerobics class and I usually go on Fridays but today I went to a memorial service. I plan to walk on the treadmill after I hit the pool and then grocery shopping which I don't love but it is necessary. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 22:27:56 EST Rock It Blog II Let's see.....what are my thoughts of today..... <BR> <BR> Well, I have been riding around on some farm visits today and noticing the leaves are really starting to change. I love fall. I love the cooler nights and the beautiful colors. Some people say it is depressing, but there is nothing prettier than a flaming red maple or a golden yellow poplar. It is harvest time for a lot of my farmer buddies and they are busy busy. I am noticing that tobacco is turning yellow and no I don't smoke, bu... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:52:41 EST Rock It Blog ONE I have to blog this week for my challenge. <BR> <BR> I went to a wedding over the weekend. My little cousin, 21, is now married. I remember when she was born and babysitting for her when she was a little thing. Hard to believe that she is grown up. My own children are growing up so fast, I can't hardly belive it. It just seems like yesterday that they were babies, well no more. It won't be too much longer and I will have a teenager on my hands! <BR> <BR> So far this week, I am getting my ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:07:46 EST WILD KINGDOM - PART II Ok, had a brush with a snake the other day... If you haven't read that one - see my previous blog. Well, yesterday my adventures with wildlife continue..... <BR> <BR> I am walking my dog, Dutch. We are at the house and he is now on his own. I see him checking out the bushes, slowly, stalking them. I knew something was in there and I was afraid it might be a snake. Then wham! Dutch snatches something out of the bush and runs off!!! I tell him to drop it and he does. It was a little bird! A yo... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 09:41:42 EST it was a snake I had a brush with wild kingdom yesterday..... <BR> <BR> My children and myself are having dinner with at my parents' house with my mom's sister and brother-in-law and of course, my brother. We are having a good time, eating good food and telling funny stories when my youngest asks me for more to drink. I notice she needs ice, so I turn to go into the kitchen from the dining room and there is a SNAKE in front of the fridge!!!! I back away slowly into the dining room and in a high pitched pan... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:29:02 EST Why can't I stick with it? UGH! One of my goals is bite it and write it. I always start off pretty good and then fall off the wagon. I even got a little notebook that I can stick in my pocketbook or even in a pocket to keep up with it. Do I remember......NO! <BR> <BR> Anyone got some tips to help me stick with bite it and write it? Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:39:51 EST When you have an OMG moment.... I know all of us have these. The key is to do something about it. <BR> <BR> Mine was the beginning of July. I knew I had gained some weight since the last summer, I can read a scale, but it didn't really hit me until I took the kids to the amusement park. There is a particular ride that if your child is under a certain height, the parent must ride too. Well, I have ridden on this thing first with my younger cousins, then my oldest child, and with my second and I fit in it ok last year. Well,... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:43:20 EST Long week.... Is it just me, or has it been the longest week ever?!?!?! I know I have to work a lot of extra hours this week. The problem is that I didn't do my exercises those days I was working late. Man, can I tell a difference. Exercise seems to give me more energy and why I never stick with it when I know how good it makes me feel....well...I don't know. <BR> <BR> To all my buddies out there that had a long week or even if they had just a normal week.....TGIF! <em>410</em> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:51:03 EST Happy 4th! I hope all of you have a safe and wonderful 4th of July! <BR> <BR> Also I'm going to wish my husband, Andy, a very happy birthday today as well as our great Country! <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <BR> Wed, 4 Jul 2012 13:10:40 EST To all my sister Done Girls and Spark Buddies! I have the biggest grin on my face this morning. I have the honor of being selected the Done Girl of the Day by my Done Girls Team!!!!! Wow, what a positive feeling! I feel like I can conquer the world today! <BR> <BR> As far as me beating the heat, well no special secret except I have been staying inside as much as possible and waiting until very late to walk my dog. We had a nasty storm blow in over the weekend and thankfully I never lost power, but there are many in Virginia that did and ... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 11:05:18 EST It's a hot one! I don't know about anywhere else, but in my region of Virginia, it is dangerously HOT and DRY! My farming buddies are worried about their crops and livestock. I worry about that too. I don't care if my yard burns flat up, but there are a lot of crops and animals out there will continue to suffer if we won't get some kind of relief soon. <BR> <BR> I wish I knew a good rain dance........ So to all out there in the same boat as me, pray the AC contiues to cool us, we get some nice rain showers... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 15:42:28 EST Happy Father's Day! To all the Fathers and Father's to be, including my wonderful husband and my dad, have a great Father's Day! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 14:58:52 EST Resistance This week I am all alone in the office with the box of cookies left over from last week's tour. They sit in that box, taunting me. The first day I gave in, and I felt horrible. I couldn't believe I put that over processed crap in my body. So, I am resisting the urges now. I focus on that feeling I had the other day and it has really helped. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 10:10:57 EST I'm Done! I joined a new team today. DONE being the Fat Girl team. That is so true about me, I am done being the fat girl. <BR> <BR> I am the fat girl at work, fat girl at church (at least in my age group), fat friend, fat cousin, fat child, fat grandchild, etc....... Well, no more. I am so over this. I don't want to be the fat girl anymore. I don't want it for my girls either. I have got to do better so that I can set a good example for them. I don't want them to have the fat girl syndrome that thei... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:37:40 EST Home again I am back from my family vacation. We had a great time at the beach and if I could, I would have stayed another week. Time flies when you are having fun and my family and I really did. <BR> <BR> Back to reality now.....I am glad to be home, lots of yard work that need my attention and cleaning to do. Lots of stuff to do at work and then I really need to get back into my routine. I was doing really well for a while, but I fell off the wagon and got left behind. I need to catch up and hop back... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 10:09:30 EST Got to get back on track I have been really busy studying for an important exam that I have to be certified in for my job. The problem is that I put so much focus on that, I let my focus on other things slip. I still cared for my family like I always do, but the focus that I have been putting on myself, I let it go. I had been exercising and packing my lunch. I let it all go for one week, no exercise, eating lunch on the go and I gained back all the weight I lost!!!!! I was so mad this morning. I know why it happened... Mon, 14 May 2012 15:49:24 EST local grown Today was my first experience at a produce auction. I got the most beautiful cabbage and strawberries from local growers right within my county and at a really good price. I can't wait to make dinner with my new produce tonight! There is nothing like fresh local grown produce. <BR> <BR> I was also able to get some beautiful squash plants for my dad and some really pretty flowers. I was so excited to be able to go today and support my local farming community. It is a new thing that just start... Fri, 4 May 2012 13:47:47 EST A little down, but still positive Since the weather is getting warm here in VA, I pulled out the summer clothes, mainly the shorts and capris pants. They barely fit. I got a little depressed, realizing that I have gained 8 pounds since last summer. I didn't do my usual - throw my hands up, head for the cookie jar and give up. No, I went for a walk outside and it made me feel a lot better. I knew I had gained some weight since the fall, but trying on clothes makes you realize it a whole lot more than just looking at the scale.... Wed, 2 May 2012 09:12:29 EST Office challenge Today is the first day of the office challenge. I am really excited about it. We are all different ages and different sizes, but we all have one goal - we want to feel better and eat better. I told all the girls about Spark People and I hope some will join. It has really helped me focus. I have had a slow start, but that is ok, I feel like I am making progress every day. Tue, 1 May 2012 09:26:45 EST Rainy Monday Well, I went to help out with a stream monitoring class for a group of high school kids and got caught in the rain, and even though my feet are feet and it is pouring outside, I don't care.... Normally a day like this would put me in a terrible funk, but I am excited to go to the Y tonight and my new challenge starts this week. I am ready for it. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:58:32 EST Spreading the Spark! I am so excited. My office is doing a 3 month weight loss challenge and I spread the spark! I am hoping I will get at least one new sparker to our spark family, hopefully more, but if I can reach one, that will make me feel really good. <BR> <BR> I also got another girl to come to water aerobics with me!!!!!!!! I am so excited, most of the time I am the youngest one in the class, it will be so nice to have someone my age. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:48:43 EST clutter I need to declutter my house. I have read several articles that have motivated me to do so, but when it comes time to do just that, I can't make myself do it. I hope to be moving to a new house over the summer and I really need to start the pitching process so we won't have to move unnecessary things. I feel like I need to take a day from work to just go through the house and destroy the clutter. <BR> <BR> I guess my biggest problem is staying clutter free. I feel guilty throwing out my kids... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:05:17 EST kids I had an awesome experience teaching kids about competition in nature today. I miss being a teacher some times, but my job now allows me to go to schools and teach kids about conservation and the environment without all the beauratic ridiculousness that I know all teachers daily face. It made me feel so good to have so much fun with the kids. Gotta love youth! <BR> <BR> Going to enjoy being with my own as soon as I get off this evening. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:02:18 EST Springy That is how I feel today! Just springy!!!!! <BR> <BR> I did my breathing yesterday on the way home and felt so good that I did a 2 mile walk when I got home. I didn't crash on the sofa or run to the kitchen for a before dinner snack (which I am famous for), I went right into a walk, right in my living room. My girls walked with me for a little while and then off to their own things, but I kept going until I hit 2 miles and then stopped to make dinner. <BR> <BR> Exercise is something that I ... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 08:56:25 EST the flu I have had an old-fashion case of the flu! No wonder I felt so bad the other day. I spend a whole day in bed asleep yesterday and now I am beginning to get back on track. <BR> <BR> Thank you to all my buddies that were worried about me and showed me their support. I really appreciated it! You guys are so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:20:20 EST crummy..... I have felt crummy all day. I don't know why either. I went outside earlier and walking was a chore for me today. I don't any appetite either. I hope I am not coming down with something. Ugh! I hate being sick........ Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:06:20 EST Taming the Lion I hear this roaring in my head and tummy for the sweet things in life all the time. It has been so hard ignoring the roar. I have managed keeping the Sugar Lion at bay. I am not contantly sneaking little pieces of candy here and there all day. I allow myself one indulgence at night and that gives me something to look forward to, so I know I can make it all day, a little something at the end of the day helps me without feeling horribly deprived of the sweet things I love. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:18:26 EST I did it! I went to a meeting today and didn't compare my size with anyone else in the room! I didn't even think about it until I got back to my office. I have spent so much time beating myself up over being me when I shouldn't have all along. I know in my heart that the people I come in contact with don't obsess over my size and I shouldn't either. <BR> <BR> On another note, I did it again! For two days I have been able to ignore the basket of chocolate in the office and I cut way back on my sugar in... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 14:19:33 EST Does anyone else do this? I wonder if anyone else does this or thinks like I do????? <BR> <BR> Every time I go to a meeting, which is quite a few these days, I compare myself to every other woman in the room. I always ask myself, am I the biggest girl here? I am always so relieved when I am not, that is so horrible I know. Last week, I was the biggest one there and I felt so depressed and self consious. Now I see these folks all the time and I shouldn't feel this way, but I can't help it and I wonder if I will ever b... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 10:44:09 EST POOL NIGHT! Tonight is my usual night to hit the water at the Y! I can't wait. Tonight is deep water class, altough I perfer chest level with my feet on the bottom. Oh well, it is the only night this week that the whole family can go, so deep water it is! <BR> <BR> Gorgeous day here, I am going to try to get out in the field a bit and soak up this great sunshine! Tue, 13 Mar 2012 09:22:49 EST Monday Another lovely Monday and I say that with lots of sarcasm. Yeah, I am another one of those Monday haters. <BR> <BR> I walked 3 miles on a treadmill at the Y on Saturday. I was really proud of me, but I shouldn't have tried to do so much at once. My legs were so sore yesterday and I can feel a little burn this morning. I will walk the dog this evening at a normal pace. <BR> <BR> Loving the time change, I love having the evenings to do stuff outside. Maybe if it is pretty, me and the family w... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 10:08:55 EST meetings and meals I have a lot of meetings to go to this week and next week and they always have tons of goodies and heavy meals at these things. I know I don't have to eat all that stuff, but it is so hard when it is right there in front of you and all your other cronies are having so much fun indulging in the stuff you know you shouldn't have. What to do, what to do! <BR> <BR> I am going to try to be good, no doughnuts, leave the roll in the bread basket and say NO to dessert! We will see how I do......stay... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 16:28:12 EST Feb 29th Today I am feeling good and doing my breathing exercises. I have found that I can do a fair work out while I am driving. How many programs can deliver that???? Go Body Flex/Oxycise! I use both programs in combination and I recommend them to everyone, either one is awesome! I have gotten over my nasty cold and deep breathing helps me feel more energized. <BR> <BR> I am still doing a little walking and making it to the pool once a week for Aqua Aerobics, but I am loving breathing! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:31:16 EST back on track Over my illness, glad it was a short-term thing. <BR> <BR> So happy I can back to my normal activities. I slept all day yesterday, but I have my energy back today, so I will do my BF tonight and get in a 20 minute walk. <BR> <BR> Happy Friday to all my fellow Sparkers! Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:53:00 EST sick day I did a program at an elementary school yesterday and when I checked out at the office, the nurse was talking about kids with stomach aches. <BR> <BR> I have it. My husband says I have no immune system. I agree. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:52:55 EST sick day I did a program at an elementary school yesterday and when I checked out at the office, the nurse was talking about kids with stomach aches. <BR> <BR> I have it. My husband says I have no immune system. I agree. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:07:12 EST sick day I did a program at an elementary school yesterday and when I checked out at the office, the nurse was talking about kids with stomach aches. <BR> <BR> I have it. My husband says I have no immune system. I agree. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:05:26 EST