TEEDAGG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TEEDAGG TEEDAGG'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/ Spuratic blogger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280192 Looks like I'm a spuratic blogger. I have been very busy with work and some days it's all I can do to track my food. I'm going to make this a priority - Blog at least once a week, either Saturday or Sunday, and track my improvements. <BR> <BR> We'll see if saying this publicly will give me the boost in momentum I need to achieve this goal! Sat, 9 Mar 2013 14:26:18 EST Still losing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853400 I am sick as all get out - didn't work out yesterday or today. Pounding headache and coughing up goo. Stepped on the scale and lost 3lbs! Of course, the only thing I'm able to do is drink so that helps. Hope I feel better tomorrow, I need to get back into my routine. <BR> <BR> My first goal is to be 200 by Mother's Day and I think I can do that. I am trying the DASH diet and it seems to be working out well for me. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:18:42 EST 5 days in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842350 This is my 5th day since I came back and I'm doing well. 20 minutes on the elliptical every day and this morning, I went 1.72 miles! I had been at 1.6. When I got on the scale, I was down 3.4lbs! Not bad! Yes, I know it's water weight, but a loss is a loss. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to a good weekend - tomorrow's Friday! Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:33:05 EST Time to try again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4839147 It started with a melt-down. I went to CJ Banks to buy an Easter outfit. I took some clothes into the dressing room and none of them fit well. I had to get the next size up, which made me the same size I was the last time I started SparkPeople. I called my husband and told him we were going to buy the elliptical I had been looking at for several weeks. As I was talking to him, I became overcome with emotion and started to cry. I had worked so hard to lose the weight and then I allowed ... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:51:29 EST It really works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3261758 It's working! I know what to do and I'm still doing it! I haven't had a chance to do a real workout in a week. I just found a position as a line cook in a new restaurant and I've been training all week last week, plus still teaching. I go from work to work to home to bed. I haven't been able to track my food because it's so irregular and I don't have 'portions', just a bite of this and a bite of that. Tracking my food is very important to me so I 'm really struggling with it right now. ... Mon, 24 May 2010 08:37:25 EST Just keep swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3226159 I'm a dork. I know it. I accept it. I still have friends. I'm ok with it. When I'm working out, and I'm at the point that I don't want to go on but I know that I need to go on, I start humming the tune from Dory, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming." I'm not swimming usually. I'm usually on the ab machine or the elliptical. The important thing is that it makes me finish my workout. Today, when I looked at the scale, I had to smile and I started thinking, just keep losing, just ke... Thu, 13 May 2010 13:43:32 EST No School Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3215300 Oh, did it feel good to wake up this morning, knowing that I could ease into my day. I worked out first thing and then had a hair appointment. Nothing makes you feel better than a good cut and color. It's also good therapy for me. My stylist is great. I've been going to her for almost 25 years now. She was very supportive of me through good times and bad and she is very impressed with my weight progress. <BR> <BR> When I went to the store this afternoon, I felt really good about my... Mon, 10 May 2010 16:51:51 EST Happy Mother's Day to Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3212118 We love to celebrate at our house. Life is too short not to appreciate the good times and share them with friends and family. Last night my mom and mom-in-law came over for dinner and today my hubby made me a wonderful brunch. Being a chef, I always make the meals but Dan (the hubs) can cook just as well as I can. He's always in the kitchen right along with me and since we've changed our eating habits, he has been wonderful...looking at labels, experimenting with spices and herbs to get m... Sun, 9 May 2010 21:57:28 EST Taking the Bad and the Ugly and turning it into the Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3190596 Monday morning. The alarm goes off and I don't want to get up. My Friend came yesterday and today is always my worst day. I need to get going but I'd much rather lay here and feel like doo-doo. Ok, time to pull up my bootstraps and get going. Something clicked with me when my feet hit the floor. <BR> <BR> Rather than go downstairs in my robe looking desperately for my coffee, I put my work-out clothes on and went into the living room to search ON Demand for exercises. I found Jillian M... Mon, 3 May 2010 18:48:40 EST Sunday, lovely Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3187106 It's been a great weekend. My husband and kids were out of town, so I had the whole house to myself. I had no one to pick up after, I could eat what I wanted when I wanted, and I was able to get quite a bit done around the house. <BR> <BR> I never turned on the tv and spent quite a bit of time doing laundry. When it was close to time for them to come home, the doorbell rang and my mom was here! She lives 2 hours south of me and was up for a birthday party. She wanted to surprise me. I... Sun, 2 May 2010 22:37:28 EST My weekend just for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3181799 Hubby and kids left at 8:00 this morning for Cincinnati to see my brother in law and his family. I have the WHOLE weekend to myself! I'm starting off by working out and then I'll work this afternoon. Then, going to a girlfriends house for her Kentucky Derby party. That will be soo much fun! I'm already mentally preparing myself for it, knowing that I will eat the veggies and fruit and see what low fat proteins she has available. 1 glass of wine for me and the rest of the time, water or ... Sat, 1 May 2010 09:51:57 EST Let's hear it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3164080 I am walking on air today! Got up yesterday and weighed myself, it was 190.6 My goal is 190 by May 1st. I'm pleased with my weight because I can lose .6 lbs in a week. Got up this morning and weighed...189.4! I am sooo pumped~ready to really work it hard since my metabolism is doing what it's supposed to do. Besides, I need to release some stress since our district wide assessment tests began today. The kids are wound up pretty tight. It didn't bother me, though, because I felt great ... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 18:46:40 EST Enjoying the glow of a hard week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3154179 I started doing 45 minutes of elliptical this week and boy am I feeling it! I'm sitting at my computer in my pajamas, waiting for 10:00, so I can go to bed. I have worked hard all week, at work and working out. It feels good to feel this way. <BR> <BR> I think the endorphins have found their way into my body because I really feel good when I'm finished. Runners high - how cool! Now that I'm relaxed, I know that I will sleep well because I'm spent. I also know that I'll be hitting it ha... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 21:55:41 EST Making sensible choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3149209 I have 5 friends and we celebrate each others' birthdays together by going out for dinner and drinks together. Tonight is Marti's birthday and this is the first time since I've started Sparks that I've been faced with this. I was able to convince them to go to Ruby Tuesday's, since they have a salad bar and I can control what I put on my salad. I think that I will have 1 glass of wine and make it last all evening, rather than my usual cocktail before dinner, 1-2 glasses of wine during and ... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 14:04:45 EST This working out thing is really getting to be *gasp* enjoyable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3141716 Ok. Somebody pinch me. Did I just write that title? I don't like to exercise. I never have. However, since I've started this lifestyle change, I have really made this a must-do in my life. I have always found excuses to not work out and as a result, I've watched myself get bigger and bigger over the years. <BR> <BR> My husband runs 3 miles faithfully every day and has always been in great shape so when I started to work out, he was my biggest fan. Now, it is such a routine that I do... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 16:50:49 EST Slow and steady wins the race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3120081 I have to remember that. It needs to be my mantra. I need to remember that it didn't take me 3 months to gain all this weight so it won't come off in 3 months. <BR> <BR> As I was doing my 30 minutes on the eliptical, I had a clear view of myself...something I try not to see. I've lost 15 pounds but I still have sooo far to go. My face is still very round and my thighs look like I have a pair of those English riding pants on~you know the type, with the sides that stick out? I really wan... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 19:27:59 EST Wow! Portion Distortion at it worst! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3113498 I knew that our family had been eating much larger portions than we should just based on what our plates looked like after we heaped our dinner onto them. How surprised I was yesterday when I saw what we had previously set aside as portions for our family! It was quite an eye-opener. <BR> <BR> We planned to have Top Sirloin last night for dinner, so my husband took a package out of the freezer to thaw. I didn't think much about it until I took it out to marinade yesterday. There were 3 s... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 09:05:41 EST What a way to start the week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3110092 This morning was my first day back to school after Spring Break and I was not ready to get going. My son knocked on the door at 6:00 to say Good Morning and make sure I was up, getting ready. He's 14 and so I'm glad he took a minute to start my day off on the right side. <BR> <BR> Then, as if it couldn't get any better, I lost 1 lb just over the weekend! I'm well on my way to my goal and I can't wait! It gives me a better attitude towards working out. Mon, 12 Apr 2010 12:54:14 EST Last day of vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3099825 Wow, where did the week go? I am so glad that I have been home, though. The weather was good the 1st 4 days but yesterday and today were not so nice. We've gotten some stuff done around the house and I've been steady on my workouts. That was my biggest fear, since I'm not at school and not in a routine. <BR> <BR> We've eaten well and the kids are genuinly excited about what we have for lunch...not the cafeteria food their forced to eat normally. If only they had access to a microwave, ... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 13:27:29 EST Wonderful Wednesday - teenage daughter and me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3090598 I'm half-way through my Spring Break and I've not missed a day of working out. That is great for me, since I always use any excuse in the book not to. I've stayed on track with my eating, also...well, except for last night. I'm a chef and our culinary school is being reviewed for their ACF accreditation so last night was a reception for them. Of course, the food was wonderful but also very high in fat and calories. I ate the seafood and was pretty reasonable with my portion, but I have n... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 10:13:42 EST Spring Break! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3072816 Today is the last day of school and so we will only have classes for 1/2 the day. The last half of the day, the faculty will play basketball against the 8th grade BBall team. This is the 9th year I've played and I'm really excited because I'm in the best shape I've been in 9 years. I always play to have fun but I'm always really winded. This time, I'll be able to play full court, instead of staying on my end. <BR> <BR> I've also made arrangements with a buddy to work out this next week, ... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 11:42:52 EST Not a very motivating Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3061501 I need to work out today and I'm having a hard time getting to it. I ate well for breakfast and lunch but I'm struggling with dinner plans. After not being very disciplined this weekend, I really need to get back on track but I want something "comforting". Guess I'll check out the Spark recipes and find something good. The day is beautiful so maybe I'll take Sophia on a walk after working out, for more cardio minutes. Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:04:53 EST Monday Mania http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3056833 It's my day off and I have several things I need to do. I went off the plan quite a bit this weekend so it's back to the drawing board today. I'm not disappointed, though. I've got a good attitude and I'm ready to make better choices. <BR> <BR> I will work out today and do laundry - 2 loads since we were gone this weekend. I will eat healthy, 3 meals. I will use my coupons and my bags when I go shopping. <BR> <BR> Ok, that's my 3 To-Do's. Off to a great start! Mon, 29 Mar 2010 13:47:35 EST Another crazy Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3045393 How did we get so busy? As much as I can't imagine not being a mother, there are days (like today) that I think it would be infinitely easier without children. Our 13&14 year old are in the school play and I'm in charge of organizing the food. After work, I need to work out then fly back to the school and take in all the food. Then, it's curtain time! Can't wait to see my cherubs on that stage...when did they get so grown up? I must have missed it ;) <BR> <BR> Tomorrow it's off to Indy... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 09:18:42 EST Welcome to Onedomness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3041766 200 lbs. What a HUGE number! There is some sort of mystique about weighing 200 lbs. I went over that number and decided that I needed to stop gaining and start losing. It's taken 3 weeks but now I'm under 200. Barely, but I'll take it! 199.6...It's just a huge mental relief to know that there won't be a 2 in front of all the other numbers. Spark People is a great resource. Thu, 25 Mar 2010 10:43:17 EST Day 4 of Fit Firm and Fired Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2998594 Wow, what a surprise it is for me that I got up this morning with the purpose and focus to do my 10 minute FFFU video. I'm not the biggest exercise fan but I know that this is working and I really do have more energy when I start off with just a few minutes of working out. I hate to admit that my husband is right...he runs faithfully 5-6 days a week. <BR> <BR> My abs are sore and that's a good thing. It means I'm doing something good! I love the Spark! Sun, 14 Mar 2010 16:48:31 EST Workout during prep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2991103 Today is a crazy day for me and I wasn't sure when I was going to be able to get in all my exercising...Strength training, 10 min Fit video and 30 minutes of cardio. So, being the resourceful person that I am, I did my strength training, no equipment needed today, during my prep. Now, I only need to fit in my Fit video and 30 minutes after work and I'll be ok. <BR> <BR> I can do this! Fri, 12 Mar 2010 11:14:47 EST Ready for 21 days of committed exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2982865 Just got home from a 1/2 day of subbing and the Fit Firm and Fired Up video that I ordered YESTERDAY (!) was sitting on my step waiting for me. I can't believe it's here already! So, since I just had Subway with my husband, I decided to wait a bit to start the video. Need that oven roasted chicken to make it a bit further through the old digestion system before I start jossling everything around. <BR> <BR> I'm really excited about doing this! When Dan asked me where I wanted to go for ... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 13:28:26 EST Exercise - My Nemesis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2953182 Well, at 42, I have to admit that it's been awhile since I've been on a fitness routine. I was a swimmer in high school and was built like a brick sh*t house. Not skinny, but trim and, as my husband liked to call me, well-built. <BR> <BR> Do the math....I graduated 25 years ago and haven't worked out routinely since. I don't like working out but I have determined that I need to if I want this to work. So, today I got up, resigned to my fate, and put on my work-out clothes. Yesterday I d... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 12:31:05 EST Making today count http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2948696 Got up this morning and did a cardio blast. Had breakfast, updated yesterdays food intake and then cleaned the kitchen...the kids got the night off because of ISTEPS and of course, it was waiting for me this morning! Had a FABO lunch...1/2 tortilla, 4 Tbsp Hummus, and 1/2 yellow pepper, sliced. YUMMO! Will keep this in the back of my head for future lunches. At 2:00, I've already drank 4 glasses of water. WOO HOO! <BR> <BR> I need to clean the dining room table off...a flat surface just... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 13:57:04 EST