TEACHERDAWN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TEACHERDAWN TEACHERDAWN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Trying To Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982808 Wow, December since my last post, funny thing about that, I've been stuck bouncing through the same weight range since then, and it is starting to get really really old and frustrating. I've been stuck between 174-180 for the past seven or eight months now, usually holding around 176. I thought for sure with summer coming it would be great and being out and moving even more I would have an advantage, but man have I been wrong. Between the heat being killer this year and having a hard time bei... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 08:39:28 EST What a Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4618839 So my last post was on Tuesday about having a rough Monday. Well seems as if that was only the begining of the rough week there. Tuesday as I am getting the boys ready to head out to ECFE class my husband calls and says that he is on his way home. He went down on the roof at work, his back went out on him. And here on Friday he is still out of comission, and being work comp I'm not sure when he will be able to go back to work as his restrictions don't mesh well with his job, 4 hours of seate... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 09:29:41 EST Good Bye Monday, Hello Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4614498 I normally enjoy my Mondays. Its one of the days I work, the day I have a sitter come so I can leave early and get some extra stuff done. But this week, there were so many little things that happened, that alone, no big deal. But one on top of another, I was gettng irritated. Kids picking at each other, this rarely occurs, so I can deal with it fine when it does. Sitter brought her little brother with, no biggie really, just would have liked the call first, but my oldest enjoys playing with h... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 08:34:52 EST That was rough... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4611657 Well luckly all my effort on my blogs and blog replys helped me out and I was able to stay in my biggest loser challenge, even with the weight gain. With only 6 people left now, a little gain puts a huge risk on for being eliminated. But now onto what was really rough. <BR> Our oldest will be 3 this week and has some allergies, both food and environmental, and might be developing asthma. Well yesterday we went to afriends house for lunch and to do our Chirstmas pictures. Both boys had cute ou... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 10:33:50 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4610835 I was going strong all week, recovered from a few poorer choice in the prior weeks with eating (always stayed in range, just not the best choice) but now when I did great for the most part, got in all my workouts even if I wanted to just nap I gained a pound! No reason really which makes it really frustrating. Its not that time of my cycle, nothing. So I might be down right now, and just ate a huge meal at a friends house, but I will keep looking forward and see all the progress I have made a... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 17:00:08 EST Friday 12-2 Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4609782 I was worn out today, but managed to do pretty good all in all. Stayed on track with eating, and even got in a workout even though I really didn't want to, but I did it, and I even had time for a nap still. Thus this evening has gone better, I even was able to keep my promise and take the boys outside to play in the snow for a few minutes. I had to take a timer out though as I had to get in and make dinner. All in all it was an alright day I guess. Boys in the tub right now (daddy does bath t... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 19:37:44 EST To do or Not To Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4607361 To Do or Not To Do pretty much summs up what consummed my afternoon and evening yesterday and actually kept me away from blogging. And the decision is to do. Do what you might ask. Well go where I maybe shouldn't but deeply feel I must, and address some concerns to my brother-in-law. My big sister had their first child back in June, and things are not going all that great, but I know she is just putting on the brave face saying all is well, and its not. We are so much alike, I did the same th... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 09:08:25 EST Tuesday 11-29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4604633 Yesterday I managed to get almost my entire to-do list completed, only missed out on cleaning the table area and vaccuming the boy's rooms being my only time for that left was when they were napping, and well it just doesn't work well that way. <BR> I got home from work last night just before 11:00pm, and was amazed to find my husband still up, and I asked him why he was up and he responded that he was watching my show for me to fill me in (Criminal Minds) well it just happened to be a 2 part... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:34:38 EST Hello Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4602227 Yes, I am one of those people that acutally like Mondays, they are just one of my exciting day. Crazy I know. But I get the husband back to work, the kids on their normal routine, and my workout time is no issue. And after having a four day weekend, I am so ready for Monday to be here. Plus I also teach tonight and the sitter comes at 3:00 so I get a little extra time away for myself. <BR> So today I have to get the house back in order, it has become a war zone, major goals for the day are t... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 07:27:18 EST Sunday 11-27-11 A New Day, A New Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4601268 It's been a while since I have kept up with my blog, and now with a challenge in front of me I have just the thing to kick me back into gear and get back to my blogging. All in all I think Thanksgiving was a sucess on being within reason, both Thursday and Saturday for meals. I am looking forward to this next week and getting things in order to the excitement to kick in with Christmas coming. Now with the boys getting a little older, especially the one that is almost 3, we have true excitemen... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 14:13:16 EST Events from 15 years ago changed my life forever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4553826 I've been in a weird funk the last few days, and seeing a post from yesterday dated 10-25 made me recognize it was a deeper part of me that has been being affected, even without being concious of it. 15 years ago on October 25, 1996 my world was forever changed, everything was dumped upside down. I was a month away from turning 13, but I grew up virtually overnight. It was that day, a Friday that my 16 year old brother was suppose to pick me up after school. I had to practice for a duet in a ... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 08:46:48 EST Road Blocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4523318 I am starting to feel like I am standing in front of a huge road block, and can't keep going. I was so happy to hit 180, but now I'm stalling out at 179, I just want to keep going, but my body seems to be on a break. That and the last two weeks I've hardly slept due to sick kids, and well just stress of trying to keep up with everything. One thing that has really been weighing heavily on my is my grandma. We are headed down to my parents this weekend, and they live next door. I have this feel... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 22:38:02 EST Goal Met, New Goal Set http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4484909 So I gave into temptation yesterday and stepped on the scale again. And....179lbs14oz. OMG I made it to my 180 goal, and early even! I had it set for the 22nd, our anniversary. I haven't told hubby yet, but I will soon. I think I just want to make sure it stays there first. That was the number that hubby put out when I was pregnant with our first, that I would get there after he was born. Well pregnant again 6 months later...yup that was on hold, but I finaly got serious this year and made i... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 15:32:01 EST A new week, a new blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4480280 With my husband off for a week, plus the holiday, and making a trip down to my parents life was just crazy and I fell of the blogging bandwagon. But I did do pretty well staying on track. I was a little shocked at the scale when I got back from my parents, but that is all gone again plus a little more. I am excited to say with the changes I have made, I am happy to say I think I will actually make my goal of hitting 180 by our anniversary on the 22nd. As of this morning only 1.5 more pounds ... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 09:46:21 EST Day 29 Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4460275 I am bound and determined to stay on track with this weekend coming up. Which I know will be harder without my husband, it seems like when he is not around my family will push me harder on what I am eating, or should I say not eating down there. But I WILL BE STRONG! Knowing that I will miss out on at least one day of working out I tried to make some of it up this morning. My husband had to leave a little earlier this morning for work, and being the boys were still sleeping I figured I would ... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 10:04:41 EST Day 27-28 Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459615 So yesterday I did my cardio with the Biggest Loser Cardio Blast, I love getting a little variety in my workout, and today I did the Shred again. Although I still can't keep up with all the advanced stuff on level 2, I am finding that each time I get a little bit stronger. FInally on the walk out push ups I am starting to drop into the push up rather than just holding the position. <BR> <BR> I have to be fully honnest and I am not looking forward to this upcoming weekend at all. In order to... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 23:12:53 EST Day 26 Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4456217 So I got myself back on track yesterday. Pulled in the reigns on the food, cutting back on the surgar, I always stayed in limit, but did not make the best choices, I got tired, and thus lazy and I can not be letting that happen. But let me tell you yesterdays workouts helped to make up for it. I got my Shred on again with level 2 at nap time and then last night for class my students had said they wanted to do pilates (most did not know what they got themselves into) so we did a 30 minute lowe... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 10:12:45 EST Slow at Blogging, but still getting it done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4454020 Life is just crazy I guess I don't seem to keep up with everything, and blogging is sure one of the things that get left by the wayside. But here is a recap of the past few days, well the weekend I guess. <BR> <BR> Friday: Day 23 Shred <BR> I had planned to do the Shred for my workout, but I was so worn out from not getting sleep and just being stressed that I decided that I would take a much needed nap instead. I honnestly felt that I was too worn out to safely do my workout, thus I let it ... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 08:08:29 EST Days 20-22 Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4449364 Okay things have been super busy and finding time to blog has been pretty low on the priority list. After all getting the garden produce cared for and into the freezer is far more important at this point in time and took up my entire night on Wednesday. But here is a recap of the past few days. <BR> <BR> Tuesday Day 20 <BR> I have lost my push to do just the shred, but I have been still making sure to do workouts that are of a similar level. So again I did the Biggest Loser, Cardio Blast, ni... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:57:26 EST Day 19 Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4442172 This morning started out strong, I had lots of energy, looking forward to a good day. But man my day has gone downhill, I have nearly zero energy now. UGH!! Kids have been a handful to say the least, but at least the little guy is taking a 2 nap day which is the atypical day and the second one is actually longer today, should be better this evening, even though I will be at work, but it should make a better day for me. But for workout, I didn't want to do it, I think this is the first time I ... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 15:37:45 EST Day 16-18 of Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4441497 All I can say is What a weekend, well it all started on Thursday. Hubs called to let me know that he was on his way home from work ( I had to teach that night as well). Well he sounded horrid, first thought was that he had taken his back out at work, but talking to him I was worried that he had heat exhaustion, well sure enough by seeing him and talking some more he sure did. I had the tub running for him when he walked in the door, I really wanted to take him in, but he wouldn't go so I call... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:22:50 EST Day 14-15 of The Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4435010 Yesterday was a good day for getting my workout in. The kids went down for a nap right away and gave me a chance to not only workout but to also get dishes and laundry done, it was great. Then last night hubby went to work on a friends air conditioner, and once I had both boys down for the night I figured I would sneak in one extra workout, give my Biggest Loosers Cardio Max a try. Well I got through the warm-up and about 5 minutes into the workout and he was home. Ohh well I figured I would ... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:01:59 EST Day 13 of the Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4430791 Again today my son was convinced that I should not be left alone long enough to work out. He was sure the babysitter was coming and he didn't want to miss any time with her...well not today mommy doesn't work. So again its going to be an early bedtime, but with a couple quick breaks to send him back to bed I got my workout in. Just frustrated with him right now. He went to bed an hour early last night because my husband couldn't deal with him, he was that cranky from not having a nap. <BR> ... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 15:28:18 EST Day 12 of the Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4429400 I was super motivated to get my workout in...but my 2.5 year old had other ideas. aka he didn't feel like naping today. Ummm not cool, he still really needs a nap. I did finally manage to get him to rest in his bed for a while (I thought he was asleep), long enough to bust out my workout and get almost done with my shower, then I hear a hollar and little feet coming down the stairs to find me. Okay at least I got my workout done, and clean for work that was good. <BR> <BR> Then Mondays are m... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:58:59 EST Days 10-11 of Shred...Weekend off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426922 Although I would have liked to get at least one of my workouts done this weekend, I didn't manage to do that. Saturday we had a 1st birthday party for our youngest, it took everything I had in order to get the party ready aka get the disaster zone of my house clean (a 3 day project) and get all the food ready (and yes it was all healthy minus what my mom brought). But it went great. And today was a day to recover, and we made a run out to a friends house so hubby could look at her a/c. <BR> ... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 21:26:10 EST Day 9 of the Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4421892 I did it, I managed to keep it at level 2 even though it might be the death of me. I just have to try and push through these next couple of day. Must clean, clean, and clean for a birthday party and get all the food ready. Hope I can pull this off... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 23:00:47 EST Day 8 of the Shred...Going to feel that tomorrow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4419027 As I got the boys down for their afternoon nap I was really debating if I did my full workout or if I should just crash and take a nap, but I decided to go for it and do my workout know Saturday will be blown with a birthday party. <BR> So what did I do I decided to take it up to level 2, and all I can say is OUCH!!! It was intense, I barely made it through the 20 minute workout and then just colapsed on the floor at the end and waited to stretch a little later. But I'm glad I did work out I... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:05:29 EST Day 7 Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4416926 Today I got together with a friend that I haven't seen for a couple months and for a couple months prior it was only at my work when she came in for my students' clinical massages and I was in my unflattering scrubs. She was shocked by how I was looking it made me feel great. She has never known me in better shape, she was actually a former student that had just after pregnancy, and then another pregnany you know the story. But anyways it was great seeing her and getting the kiddos together ... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 15:37:55 EST Day 6 of the Shred...seeing results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4414602 I started the 30 Day Shred six days ago, took yesterday off from that routine and when I went to pick out my clothes today for work I was suprised to find the pair of pants I picked out at first were actually almost too big to wear to work anymore. I just found them again and have yet to wear them since the kids. But what was even better was a accidentally grabbed a pair of pants that I have never worn, almost fit in 07 at my wedding time and they FIT!!! I almost didn't try them on, but decid... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 14:05:30 EST Day 5 Shred...break day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4413227 I had to give my body a break from the routine of the shred routine, so I took today "off" Still got a good workout in between pushmowing the garden (not easy, hilly rough mowing) and then attacking the giants weed down there, so it looks so much better and I got my heart rate up nicely as well. Alright off to bed and tomorrow is back to the routine of the shred. Sun, 7 Aug 2011 22:37:15 EST Day 4 of the shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4410814 Going into the weekend I wasn't sure if I would get any of the dvd workouts in, but our oldest wanted daddy to nap with him which left me with the time, and space to do so, so of course I did. I was feeling pretty good, the only major tension was in my calves, but then as I started the workout my muscles screamed at me. So tomorrow will be a break day, they really do need their recovery time and then back at it on Monday. Which I will be back because I am really enjoying it, once I got past d... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 14:05:03 EST Day 3 of the Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4409758 I was really on the fence again today about going ahead and doing the Shred workout again, man I was so sore all night last night at work and sore this morning, but I did it, and I actually noticed that I was able to do more even with being sore, and its only been 3 days crazy! <BR> <BR> Food, wow what a rough day, still in range, but man grease got me. Being the boys were in a mood that would keep me from cooking and I would have had to get it done before hubby got home from work I decided... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 21:51:48 EST 30 Day Shred... Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4407827 To be honnest I really thought about taking a break today to recover. And then I was thinking, nope with the weekend I'm not guarenteed my opportunity to workout I have to get it in. Well a couple hours later on my way into work it hit me duh its Thursday, I could have had a recovery day. Blasted all. And another honnesty note, I really thought about taking the elevator, my legs hardly function tonight after a second day, but I will keep pushing through and bought another Jillian Michaels DVD... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 22:22:08 EST New Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4405761 I think I found a good work out that will fit the bill for what I need. Short and sweet, and kicks your butt. I have to get it in during nap time, so a 20 min deal is awsome. I started the 30 day shred and man it does kick your butt, I was so shaky and dead afterwards, but now I can't wait to do it again lol. Whoohooo! Wed, 3 Aug 2011 23:03:17 EST Revised Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4398553 I had put my goal of reaching 180 to Dec. 2, 2011 just before our son's birthday, but then realized I was giving myself to much slack with it. So I changed it to align better with the calories I have set my tracker to manually, so its been moved up to 9-22-11 our anniversary. I thought it was fitting. <BR> Now one big change I need to make with it...cut back on the coffee shop. I've had the bad habit of stoping on my way into work, being I teach two nights a week I would pull in and get my wh... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 23:07:53 EST Mission Sleep: Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4394885 Last night was rough with the sleep change, poor baby was exhausted, cranky from teething and mommy was at work. But all survived, even though the first part of the night was rough after I got home, daddy thought he was getting cold and put a big warm blanket with him...umm yeah a 1 yr old does not lay still for a blanket, and it became a obstical during the night. But the good news is I had a fairly happy boy this morning, made it longer until needing a nap by half an hour and slept half an ... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 21:42:28 EST Mission Sleep Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4392201 Talking about getting my kids to change sleeping schedule might not seem like it relates to my healthy living changes and challenges, but if I can get them to sleep better, then I can sleep better, thus allowing my body to fully recover. You can loose weight better when fully rested, your body repairs itself while it sleeps. Plus if nap time and bedtime is less stressful, especially bed time with the 2.5 yr old hello both my husband and I will feel better. Less stess is a huge perk. So today ... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:59:27 EST Todays challenge...sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4390766 Sleep really has been by biggest challenge this past week. Sick kids are great at robbing it from you. You would think that getting more sleep could be an easy fix, not if you ask my kids. I find so much stems from being up multiple times a night. I want to keep on eating to stay awake, I'm drained and my body searches for fule of any form, and my brain well it just doesn't work. Thats great for college teaching. My goal this next week or two is to start seeing if I can alter the kids sleepin... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:48:47 EST Somedays I suprise myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4388596 By lunch time today I had thrown out all my cares, I was really craving some corn chips and cheese, and of course there was an almost empty bag of multigrain tortilla chips right there on the fridge and I went for it. But I really thought about it first and determined that yes it is what my body was wanting. And plus the fact that I have not had a decent night sleep for at least a week now I was just going to go with it.( Might I add a decent night equals only getting up 1 or 2 times a night ... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 23:16:15 EST What a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4386172 It seems like the day flew by so fast, I had to chase it down to get my stuff done. Granted it is nice to have some days move quickly (especially with sick kids) but its been hard to catch my breath. At times I wonder what I actually got done, but I can't figure it out. Again back to finding the balance and keeping everything in check. But at least today I got out of the house early for work, thank goodness for the babysitter, even a plus my sweet babe doesn't cry anymore when she comes, so b... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 22:20:13 EST Challenge of the balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4383780 The most difficult thing for me right now is trying to find balance in life. How much do I give before I require being given too? Its such a hard place while you are a wife, mom and worker. I spend all day with kids, then trying to do what is needed to help my husband, and then keeping up with the demands of teaching. Where do you draw the line. This is my biggest challenge right now. Sun, 24 Jul 2011 22:53:04 EST Reflections of a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4371887 Yesterday was a day to survive, and just keep moving forward. All in all things went well, the kids behaved well, had a good time at "school" and my little guy didn't even cry today when the babysitter came YAY for small victories. The tough part was my dads back surgery. Not just a simple back surgery, this is his fourth fusion surgery, a 9.5 hour surgery. He rolled into surgery at 7:30 and I made it down to be with my mom by 2:00, even though she said I did not need to be there, she was ver... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 07:45:04 EST This too shall pass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4344210 I figured with the current situations I am facing I would just do a list of those things that seem big right now, but will pass on with time. <BR> <BR> Teething (may I say I love you Ibuprofen) <BR> Night wakings <BR> NCBTMB Exam (Sure better be a pass) <BR> DH's on-call (3 weekends is a bit much in a row) <BR> Crabby kids from missing their daddy <BR> PMS <BR> Dirty house <BR> Blasted Virus attacking me <BR> 190's <BR> <BR> I think that helped more than I thought. Just putting it in writin... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 08:27:23 EST Feeling Lonely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4339191 This week has made me really appreciate the fact that I have a part time job in the evenings, I get some face to face adult contact! This was the first week of my three week between quarter break, and it has been spent mostly with me alone with two young boys. As luck would have it this is my husbands on-call holiday and since Thursday he has already gotten 32 hour of over-time in from service calls and he is out there right now, probably until late again. We both hate it. Granted all day he ... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 17:46:20 EST Fingers crossed for a fresh start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4336285 Today I have slowly started to feel better. The virus has started to loosen its grip on my body, especially my poor abused throat. I think I can finally get back to eating decent again. The last couple days I have not even tracked my food, mostly I have not wanted to eat, and then I want salty. Ugh I know what that does to me, being sick always causes a weight regain. I really want to rock it on my break, get use to my midday workout while the boys nap, and I need that routine to start now, n... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 22:39:06 EST Reflections of a sick mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4333047 So getting me sick and being the one responsible for two little guys really got me thinking about where I end up on my list of priorities, and I can see how easily I got myself where I was with my weight. After having a one sided sore throat with swollen lymph nodes for at least three day I finally decided I should take a look in my throat (Tues night) in case something was going on, and loan behold nice white leasons, huh no wonder I felt feverish that day. So my thoughts went to pretty sure... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:31:25 EST Taking a sick day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4330006 I just delted my whole blog ugh, short and sweet, pretty sure I have strep throat, going in this morning to get tested, and just wish I could get a mom day off. Checking out of here for the day. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 08:28:47 EST I Did It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4326264 I had been telling myself that as soon as I was done with school, thus one less thing on my plate (and a 3 week work break) that I would get going on my workout DVD's during afternoon naptime, and guess what, today is day one of week one and guess what I did my yoga and feel awsome, so centered, relaxed and strong. YES! Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:43:37 EST Finding the balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4323357 The reality of these life changes means being able to strike a balance. Finding the right combination of foods for my family can be a challenge at times. My husband and boys eat a great variety of foods and love virtually everything I make. The challenge is meeting my husbands caloric needs as well. With his job he is so physical and some days skips his lunch, thus he has been loosing, and he unlike me does not need to be loosing. So what do I do. Well last night I said sure to the hot dogs a... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 10:07:23 EST Exciting Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4317256 Not only did I reach my first weight loss goal, getting to 195 by graduation, but today would be graduation day! So excited, its been a long road, with many challenges but I will recieve my hood tonight with my MBA degree. Its going to be fun because its through the school I work at and a co-worker is graduating too we have gone through everything together. So its the first day of a new chapter, done with school for now, and ready to focus on my sweet sweet boys and healthy eating! Thu, 23 Jun 2011 08:53:16 EST