WHITNEYLD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WHITNEYLD WHITNEYLD'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/ Hello, September! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988880 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17215194-eda2-46ba-bf8e-8e84cbc7661e.jpg"> I have had a productive day. I organized my pantry somewhat, which was a total messy disaster dumping ground of stuff. I vacuumed the house and cleaned some kitchen. Put away several loads of laundry and washed two others (don't judge me! I have been working a lot :) ). About to do some carpet shampooing on some Bella created stains. I was feeling excited about the coming fall and felt justified in c... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:14:02 EST New Month - September. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988383 Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new month. Looking forward to a fresh start. I feel like I have been eating a bit less and more healthy as well. Just started a new job last Monday. I work 4-8PM Monday Wednesday and Friday. And I also worked this last Sunday and next Saturday and Sunday. So busy week this week. I am trying to earn some extra money because we have a lot of bills due this month including homeowners insurance car insurance etc for the year. Isabella turned 2 officially last ... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:52:27 EST August Goals & Updates. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980813 Well, the summer is slipping away and I am still in the same spot. I am 171.5 lbs. my mom went alcohol free and has been eating much smaller portions. She hasn't weighed herself in a month and went to the doctor to check up on that. She lost 15 pounds this last month! She has never had this much success. I hope to take a page from her book. I have sort of been trying to eat a little less and I haven't continued to GAIN weight as I had been. So there's that. I did walk this morning with my mom... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:46:22 EST Broken Scale & Exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967235 Well, I was feeling pretty low the past couple of weeks. My scale continued to rise and I was looking at 176 last week! WOW. Mind you, I delivered my 8.3 pound baby at 186, lose 45 pounds in 3 weeks (it was almost all fluid and baby), was down to 142 or so and then gained a lot back. I recently have gained 10 pounds after hovering around 160-163 for almost a year. I was up to `171.5 or 172 when the summer challenge started. Anyway, then my scale told me about five different weights. I realiz... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:51:48 EST In the Clear! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943437 I have waited the week in between lice shampooing with Bella, and we combed her hair thoroughly last night, and I have done this most every day since I found it, removed them, and shampooed and gelled her hair and combed and combed. She didn't have any still, and still no eggs, no more scratching for her, so I think we nipped it in the bud. I never had any, and neither did my husband, but the whole family treated as a precaution. UGH! So glad it seems to be over. I have sequestered us away... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 11:00:26 EST Birthday & Lice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941766 I had a really nice birthday. My husband and I had a lovely dinner out at a fancy restaurant for my birthday. We also did some work on our house. We painted our deck with deck over, and it looks so much nicer. Pics to come! Bella had a good weekend. Last week was somewhat horrible. I took Isabella to the play time bounce house day and when we got home, I found she had LICE! Ugh. So she isn't even two and had a horde of critters a crawling. I had my husband check me and himself and we didn'... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 12:25:25 EST Day 4 Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932273 I am still on track and I am about to end day 4. I haven't stuck to healthy eating for this long in what feels like forever...it is a good feeling! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I am already down a few pounds! 21 Day Fix is working, eating wise, and I did T25 twice this week and the elliptical today. Tomorrow is a double day, so we will see how that goes! I am pledging to do at least one video of T25 and then maybe the elliptical as well. <BR> <BR> I do feel pretty hungry at times, but mostly... Thu, 21 May 2015 23:48:44 EST Day 3 & Motivated! Eating Right and Working out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931462 I am on day 3 of my 21 day fix diet and I did t25 the past two days. I am quite sore today and intend on doing 30 min on the elliptical today in place of the workout video. I have done extra well and healthy choices for the meals the past few days. <BR> I took my measurements Monday so I will post my results from that on day 21! <BR> <BR> My mom is also doing this and ordered her set of containers and the 21 day fix videos, which should arrive tomorrow or the next day... we are going to do... Wed, 20 May 2015 14:35:27 EST 21 Day Fix. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930334 I received my 21 Day Fix by Beachbody measuring containers today and ate according to them. I also did T25 cardio today. Feeling on track! Mon, 18 May 2015 17:50:59 EST One More Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920998 Yesterday I went shopping for my early birthday gift from my mom, and I purchased several tops and two pairs of capris for my summer wardrobe and our mother-daughter trip next week! It is hard to believe that we leave in merely one week from today. <BR> <BR> I have been floundering a lot in regards to my eating. I need to get back on track... hoping to regain control... summer is practically here. Fri, 1 May 2015 21:06:40 EST Easter Fun! (w/ Pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906281 We went to my home town for Easter, as usual. Isabella had a wonderful time. We went to my dad's house first for brunch and Isabella received an Easter basket from them. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l157072861.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l516734412.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After we left my dad's, we went to the farm and house of Isabella's great-grandma... She really had fun hunting eggs, and then looking warily at the goats and chickens. ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:20:24 EST Day 3 100% on Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904764 This is my third day with everything on track, eating healthier foods, tracking every bite, and doing at least 30 minutes on the elliptical, as well as no alcohol. I am feeling good and even though the scale hasn't moved, I know I am not gaining and it will show eventually. <BR> <BR> Ready to start the challenge and meet my 5% goal! Fri, 3 Apr 2015 11:19:25 EST April 1. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903427 I went to the grocery store yesterday and purchased some healthier foods... veggies, fruit, and some frozen smart ones meals. I also bought a case of equate ultra weight loss shakes (slimfast). I am going to try and drink one for a meal per day and eat a smart one for the other meal, and then cook for my family for dinner and try to make those healthier as well. i roasted asparagus last night and baked potatoes to accompany a grilled rib eye (thin and small, so it fit into my day). My husband... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 09:16:14 EST Spring 5% Challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898844 I signed up for the challenge this spring. I think I am totally in the right mindset for it now. I haven't done a challenge since last spring. I did thirty min on the elliptical yesterday and I am about to hop on right now. I am making it a requirement for every day, and I know this will help motivate me to make healthier choices and hopefully reduce stress so I don't feel the need for the glass of wine to relax! Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:06:27 EST Birthday Trip. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898071 My birthday is coming up in early June, and this May is the anniversary of the trip to Geneva on the Lake with my mom last year. This year we are going to stay at the same place in the same condo and it will be just us two - bella is sitting this trip out and getting some quality time with her daddy! I am super excited - this means my first break ever for more than a few hours from Bella. I love her dearly, but toddlers are a lot of work and I am excited to be able to go to wineries and stuff... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:33:11 EST Gluten Free. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868142 I have been vomiting, nauseous most days, and diarrhea almost every day all day for 3 weeks now. I went to the doctor last week and had some tests done. I got my results today and I had an abnormal blood result for Celiac disease, which my dad has. <BR> <BR> They are sending me to a gastroenterologist in a few weeks to do an endoscopy and confirm the Celiac disease. I tried the gluten free pizza from Pizza Hut tonight. It wasn't bad. I don't eat much bread or pasta anyway, so i think my symp... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:26:33 EST Ahh, Finally Feeling 100%! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850613 I am finally totally better, felt good last night as well. I am feeling good about my choices the past two days, as well. I have eaten pretty well, tried to eat less and make better choices. Today I had Greek yogurt nonfat with blueberries, a couple strawberries, and about 10 almonds for breakfast. For lunch, I had the other "buffalito" from Buffalo Wild Wings. Essentially, a grilled chicken taco with extra lettuce and pico de gallo. I had a small portion of dinner, which was a slice of turke... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 20:55:29 EST Another Wonderful Trip to S.C. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849432 So, some of you may remember I have in-laws who live down in South Carolina, and every time we go it is horrible. My husband involuntarily committed me and Isabella to go with him down there for New Year's. We left on NYE after my hubby got off work and drove until a few before midnight. We got there around 11:30 AM the next morning after we had stopped for the night and drove a few hrs on New Year's day. The next day, however, Bella got a GI flu and puked in her sleep all night, so that was ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:18:36 EST Prayers Please. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836030 I have a new-found empathy for those with COPD or those on daily breathing treatments. I developed bronchitis bad almost pneumonia from the flu this week, had to go to urgent care today and got a bunch of antibiotics and steroids to take all day long. Also on breathing treatments via nebulizer 4 times a day minimum. I feel so terrible, from flu symptoms ALL OF THEM, and now this. Isabella got the flu now, and has fever of 102; I am afraid I am going to die. <BR> <BR> I am never smoking anoth... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:22:18 EST Isabella & Santa! (Pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832356 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l264931928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It took a lot of work to get that little smile! I figured she would cry, but she was great! Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:05:29 EST Starting Over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831906 I am starting over, turning over a new leaf. I had a therapy session last night, which was my 5th or so. It was terrible. My therapist, if she still is, was unpleasant and said I am not committing to anything and she doesn't see me being in therapy long. WHAT?! I have been trying to get her to give me ideas on what to focus on, etc. I thought that was her job, to guide me and help me figure out what to do to manage my stress, anxiety. So that was a mess. I cried and left early. She really hur... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:35:40 EST I'm Here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820913 I just wrote a long, long blog entry and the my computer restarted! GAH! I am not going to rehash it all. The gist? I am still overweight bordering on obese, at 166. I keep seeing myself as getting bigger but the scale says the same weight. I think my muscles are gone and replaced with fat. <BR> <BR> Isabella is getting so big! She is very much a toddler. <BR> <BR> I will elaborate more later. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:42:20 EST Fall Photo Shoot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798536 We finally have Bella's one year photos and some fall family photos. So far I really like them. A friend did them, as the photographer I had tried to set things up with had some issues and couldn't do it after a couple weeks of waiting. She did a great job! We had a perfect day for it. They are taken at the golf course next to my house and some in my front yard. <BR> <BR> I guess they are too large to put on here. <BR> <BR> I haven't weighed myself in almost a month, probably. I am 166 or ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:57:31 EST Waddling Through. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789662 I am still around somewhat, just have been meandering through the doldrums at the moment. I haven't been weighing myself, but even after a lot of bad eating, I have somewhat remained the same weight. I consider that great, but I feel less and less attractive each day. I have so many chins it is ridiculous. I look at myself and don't see multiple chins sometimes, then I look again another time and I see them, or see a photo where they are always present. <BR> <BR> Bella is doing well. We are ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:28:28 EST Fall has Arrived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780245 My favorite season has commenced. It has been VERY fall-like weather. We went to the fair for a little bit yesterday, which was nice. Sunny and cool! Bella had a fit while we were there so we left after a little over an hour. She was so tired. Then, we get home and she is put for her nap and starts chatting happily up there. I bring her down, feed her a snack, and then she is ready to rock and roll for hours until bedtime! What a peculiar little angel. She must not have liked the smells and s... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:46:35 EST Moved in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774807 Moved into new house. Not all unpacked. Lots to do yet. Haven't weighed in for weeks. Probably not good indication of my progress. <BR> <BR> Updates later. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 21:24:34 EST Anniversary Trip & Back on Track. (w/ Pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763820 We had a blast going to Put-in-Bay and Kelley's Island for the weekend. That being said, I didn't take Nutrisystem with me and we just ate whatever. I have faltered the past two days, but today I ate well within NS and stayed on track! Here are some pics from the trip One is at the Glacial Grooves on Kelley's Island! Very cool. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l118859102.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1476987423.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bel... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:26:47 EST One Week & Down 4 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757511 I completed a week of Nutrisystem. I am down 4 lbs, to 163 this morning. I had one day where things were not good - day 4. I am back on track and doing good, though! I feel motivated. I even did some exercise today - calisthenics and some elliptical time. Probably 20 min total, but it is something! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to moving. I hope we get to move in on time. There are some issues on the seller's end that need resolved. <BR> <BR> Bella is crawling so well now. I am somewhat dr... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:20:56 EST Day Three, Plans & a Princess. (w/ Pics of Bella!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754926 I am having a photo cake made for Isabella's birthday in a few weeks. This is the photo I am using... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1248023337.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think she looks cute, plus the dress she is wearing will go with the Disney princess theme colors (pink, purple, white). I am looking forward to stuffing my little munchkin in her birthday dress! <BR> <BR> Therapy is coming for her today, they have been off for the past month. I am wondering what t... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 08:37:35 EST Day TWO. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754477 Today has went well thus far. I felt like I was going to throw up while choking down my NS bagel this morning...I ate about a third of it and stopped. It was too disgusting. I wasn't expecting it to be so sweet, and the texture. I don't like bagels anyway, so the bread doughy-ness is just gross to me, I don't eat much bread. I ate carrot sticks with 2 tbsp. salsa for a snack, and it was so good. I must have been really hungry, huh? I don't particularly enjoy eating carrots, but I FELT LIKE I ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 14:34:43 EST Day ONE. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753721 Nutrisystem day one has commenced. So far, the food is good. I added the required veggies in to the meals. It arrived at 9:45 this morning, so I had eaten a kiwi and was waiting to see if it would come. I know this is a big month, have hubby's birthday, our 3 yr wedding anniversary, and then Bella's birthday all in the next three weeks. But! I need to start. <BR> <BR> I took measurements today... dear me, I am the same in waist as in chest now... and my hip-to-waist ratio is obscene. I am go... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 15:08:36 EST Nutrisystem. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748938 I am pretty excited today. My mom offered to start me on Nutrisystem! I ordered my foods today and they said should arrive between 4-8 days, and my mom started Monday and hers arived within two days. Yay! I really think this will help get me on track and back into eating the right portions. It is a VERY generous offer, as this program isn't cheap! I am so excited. I have never tried a plan involving set foods and meals. It seems like it will be good for me. <BR> <BR> I think a lot of my prob... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:19:04 EST Well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748314 The home inspection is Wednesday. Looking forward to getting this done and moving toward with the house! I am so excited to live there. It is a farther walk to the park than I remembered when we drove by the other day - more like 10 or more minutes. At least I will get some exercise! <BR> <BR> My eating is terrible. I am tired by little activity these days. I wanted to eat healthy today and have already eating tons of stuff. I don't know what is wrong with me. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:11:19 EST Day 6/Whole30. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744273 Yesterday turned for the worse in the evening. I am just SO tired. Baby is teething bad and very cranky, won't sleep, so me being tired equals eating tons of crap. I don't know. I am wearing a wrap now. Today is lined up to be ok, although I had a small bag of chips which is a no-no. I just NEED carbs like a drug addict needs drugs when I am this tired. I literally fell asleep when my stepdad stopped to see the baby this morning for 10 min while he was playing with the baby. She was up at 4AM... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:45:00 EST Day 4 & 5/Whole30. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743215 Yesterday was disastrous. I was a cranky psycho and I ate loads of NOT Whole30 foods. I totally went off the wagon, food wise. This morning is a new day. I prepped meals for the next couple of days for myself that are Whole 30 compliant. I know I SHOULD start over at day one, but I am not doing that. I am just continuing on. <BR> <BR> It was the combination of too many temptations over the past few days that lead to me feeling starved and irritable and tired and hungry! <BR> <BR> So, each ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:52:39 EST Day 3/Whole30. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741935 Last night I had a few major temptations, but I stayed strong. My hubby didn't eat the dinner I cooked at home, he wasn't hungry. He WAS hungry when we were at our friends home, where I was offered WINE, and said no. Then, when we left, he went by a pizza place and got cheese stuffed breadsticks and a pizza, which rode on my lap the way home as he ate some out of the box. I didn't eat anyting! I only ate dinner at home and a few nuts before we left, and that was it. No more eating. Yay! A tot... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:04:19 EST Day 2/Whole30. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741408 Today is going ok. I definitely woke up hungry this morning. I lost 2 pounds since yesterday somehow. I know I am not technically supposed to weigh myself, but I was curious. We are still waiting to hear about the offer we put on the house. I am waiting as patiently (not really) as I can. I couldn't sleep again last night. I need to be extra careful today, as when I don't sleep enough I seem to want to eat (and usually DO eat) all day. I just had a snack because I feel ravenous even after a b... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:23:14 EST Day 1/Whole30. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740897 Today has gone well. I can eat a lot of the T25 meal plan ideas on this regimen so I have some ideas of easy meals to eat through the day. This morning, I had 3 eggs with italian seasoning, pepper, and a tomato. For lunch, a large chef salad consisting of 2 cups of lettuce, a half cup of cucumbers, a tomato, 1.5 oz each turkey and ham, and homemade oil and vinegar dressing. I also had a banana. I am kind of hungry now, so I am going to have a half ounce of cashews to tide me over until dinner... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:32:17 EST Whole30. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739953 I bought the book "It Starts With Food" and read half of it in bed last night, prompted by many blogs lately. I looked into it online a lot, too, and I am starting a Whole30 tomorrow. I am going to the store tonight to get a few things to make it til the weekend. We are looking at 2 of the houses for a second time tonight, and I think I changed my mind as to which we should offer on. We made a verbal on the other one, and they came back with a counter offer which was at our MAX budget, not in... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:46:50 EST My First "Body Wrap." (w/ Horrible Photos of Me). http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739354 I wrote about It Works! Wraps a few blogs ago. I received mine in the mail yesterday, but Sunday my mom and I went to a "wrap" party. I was wrapped. I also took before photos. Yikes! It was a HUGE wake-up call. I took my mom's photots, too, and holy crap. Just to refresh and come clean, here are my "Beach Body" before photos when I was 157 and started T25. It's a small photo but you can still see. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l969896630.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:28:11 EST To Resize or not to resize! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734638 I am debating whether to resize my wedding rings. I was a 5, and wore them til I was a few months preggers. Now I am like a size 7 ring or bigger, but I am hesitant because I want to lose significant weight. What do you think? Now I am carrying a baby and have no ring, so people in my small town wonder what is going on. Also, random people I see when we are out look at my finger sometimes to see if we are married. Hello, judgmental! I AM married and am approaching my 3rd wedding anniversary, ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 14:28:00 EST A Confession & Tears. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733551 I haven't written about this, at least not to the extent that it has happened. I am just going to come out with it. I hit 169 today, haven't been this big since I was 6 months or more pregnant, I lost a few lbs. at first when I became pregnant and it took me a long time to gain the first ten pounds. I have been asked, I believe, 4 times in the past 6 weeks... if I am pregnant/when I am due. We were shopping at a grocery store and a person handing out samples stopped me and asked when I was du... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 06:58:28 EST Bella's 1st Fourth of July! (w/Pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732421 We went to a cookout last night and Bella received a lot of attention! She clapped her hands a lot yesterday. No fireworks, though, as all the festivities wore this baby out! She didn't get up til nine today! Unheard of. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l853088060.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hub and Bella <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l629928646.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1450117664.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was fun! Is... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:08:26 EST Bella's Birthday Planning & News! (w/pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731187 Oh my goodness, it is only about six weeks until my little angel turns 1. I may just keel over now! Time has gone by so fast, I am happy and sad. Bella is progressing, this past week she is able to sit up on her own from the floor and she rolls around and scoots on her booty to get places. She turned 10 months old on June 25th. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2134779136.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am planning her birthday. Today, I ordered her birthday outfit. Here it i... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:33:33 EST Anyone Ever Heard of/Used "ItWorks!" Wraps & Products? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726149 My hubby's boss's wife sells "ItWorks!" wraps and products. My sister in law just lost 14 lbs in a month and she is seriously smaller and her baby belly is GONE since last time I saw her. She is using the wraps and I think a few other products. I am blown away, because obviously I think any kind of wrap is a scam. However, results don't lie especially when she isn't selling them so it isn't like she is trying to sell ME some. So...I ordered some "Greens" which is powder that you mix with wate... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:49:46 EST Feeling Optimistic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720680 I did well overall last night. I ate a bit more of the dinner than I had intended, but I stopped eating by seven and didn't snack despite offers of ice cream cones from my husband and other snacks (those deadly little packaged iced cupcakes included!) I didn't drink enough water, so woke up feeling dried out. I am not displeased by yesterday, however. The biggest mini-triumph: I didn't drink any wine, nor did I want to get any. <BR> <BR> Today is going well thus far. I haven't eaten very muc... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:08:51 EST Another Day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719744 So...I did well eating yesterday until my husband wanted to get ice cream cones and came back with my favorite and most deadly thing: fried mozzarella sticks. I ate five of them and a few bites of an ice cream cone on top of having already eaten dinner and OVEREATEN dinner (over twice as much of the new recipe as I wanted to eat). UGH. If I can control myself through the day, I lose it at night. I am thinking I may be a lost cause. <BR> <BR> I had Kashi GOLean Crunch for breakfast. Of course... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:58:14 EST Morning Walk. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719102 Isabella and I walked for about an hour this morning. She was up around 6 so at 7 AM we headed out. I put the cat inside the mud room so she wouldn't get lost following us. I was walking at a good clip - around 3 mph, I'd say. 55 minutes later I felt great! I know 3 mph isn't very fast, but pushing a stroller over sometimes-uneven terrain it feels like quite an effort. <BR> <BR> I have had a small apple, a scrambled egg, a cup of black coffee. For lunch, I had a veggie burger with tomato an... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:37:02 EST Exercised and Feeling good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715759 I did 20 minutes on the elliptical today, mostly uninterrupted while the LO napped. It felt good! It was hard, I increased the resistance, and I felt good afterward, if a bit sweaty! Baby woke up around then so we went for a walk around town in the stroller. Unfortunately, my cat followed us and acted tired within five minutes so we only walked for about ten minutes. Still, she enjoyed getting outside and it was still something! <BR> <BR> Today is my mom and stepdad's 20th anniversary. I am ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:17:44 EST Birthday Plans. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710683 I turn 27 on Friday and I am not looking forward to it. Hubby is taking me out to eat somewhere fancy and we have a sitter until 10 (grandma!). That will be nice. i just feel older and still not as accomplished as I'd have liked. My sister is possibly visiting Saturday, although there are just a series of disappointments surrounding her and our semi-estranged state. My dad is coming for Sunday and I am doing Father's Day for him. <BR> <BR> Bella has her first therapy appointment tomorrow mor... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 16:46:20 EST