WINSLOWGIRLS3's SparkPeople Blog WINSLOWGIRLS3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Trying to keep up with everything So here is the update with me. My dad is having surgery on his neck very soon. We meet with the neurosurgoen tomorrow morning to find out when the surgery will be. It should be VERY soon since he is starting to get paralisis. <BR> <BR> As soon as we are done with his appointment, I will drive 2 hours back to my house, pack up my stuff, and David and I are on our way to Seattle to see my BFF! She just found out a few weeks ago that she's preggers and her hubby is not being very nice abo... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:53:10 EST I'm still alive!!! I have been told by a lot of people lately that I have been neglecting my spark friends and they are right! Sorry about that! Life has just really gotten in the way in the past few months. All the preparations for the holidays and kids keep me very busym but then to add to it, my Dad has a broken neck again. He has had 2 fusions in the past and it looks like he is going in for another one. He has an appointment with the neurosurgeon tomorrow and we'll find out if surgery is necessary. B... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:43:46 EST Happy Happy Joy Joy! Well, I've been doing pretty good with my eating and exercising. Well, the exercising has come to kind of a halt due to breaking my toe a few days ago at my parent's house. They are not the best house keepers and my Dad left his steele toed boot in the middle of the floor. I didn't see it and accidentally kicked it really hard while trying to run to my daughter so she didn't make a huge mess. My toe is now totally black and is wrapped up with another toe in the hopes that it will heal pro... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:21:57 EST soul searching and being happy! I have been doing a lot of talking lately with my hubby and we have been doing our best to figure out if there are underlying reasons for us being overweight. Every weight loss show that I¡¦ve seen, the people have some mental obstacle that they have to get over. Well, we have come to the conclusion that while our lives aren¡¦t perfect, there are not really any obstacles for us to get over. I have medical issues that were seriously hindering my efforts to lose weight and that caused me to ... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:20:02 EST Doing it on my own! I've been going to doctors and trying to lose weight with their help for about 7 months now. In the past 7 months I've lost about 30 lbs, but was really hoping to have lost at least 50lbs. Unfortunately, we discovered that I have a severe vitamin D deficiency which was making it INCREDIBLY hard for me to lose weight and causing all sorts of other health issues. <BR> <BR> Some of the symptoms included: <BR> - Trouble losing weight no matter how much I dieted and exercised. <BR> - Hair lo... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:06:42 EST More Doctor appointments. WOOHOO! :-p Incase you couldn't tell, I was being a bit sarcastic with my excitement. I am happy to report though that I don't have Cushing's Disease!!! YAY! I just have a vitamin D deficiency and it is easily fixed. Apparently though, I need to go in and get booster shots for my immunizations as they are no longer in my body. I also have to go back to the girly doctor and find out what options I have as far as BC goes since all the hormones from the pill are screwing with me big time. After this t... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:29:24 EST Blood Test Results & Feeling OVERJOYED! Last night I got a call from my doctor and he told me that my blood work came back, but they are still waiting on the saliva test. He said that my Parathyroid is just fine!!! That means that I don't have to have that surgery. WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> In my bloodwork though, they did find something else. I have a severe vitamin D dificiency. This discovery has made me so incredibly happy! He went through all of my symptoms with me and this explains every single one of them! Th... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:09:11 EST Mixed feelings and needing advise! I applied for a job last Sunday evening and got a call on Tuesday to go in for an interview Thursday. I went in and the interview went really well. I liked the guy I'd be working for and he seemed to really like me to. He called me today and asked me to come in for a second interview! Yay...Right??? <BR> <BR> I have been wanting a job for so long. I'm really not the type of person who enjoys staying home and being a homemaker. I LOVE my kids and love the fact that they are not being ra... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:13:35 EST Waiting for test results and focusing on Hubby's b-day! I went in for more blood work today. They took 4 more vials of blood and gave me these cotton things for my saliva test. I have to do that at midnight and 8am and then hand them in. Hopefully I'll have all the results in by next week and can find out exactly what is wrong with me and treatment options. Until then though, I'm doing my best to not think about it and focus on other things like my husband's 40th birthday! <BR> <BR> My husband is such a great hubby and daddy that he deserves ... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:45:53 EST Test results, crying, and trying to be ok This has been an incredibly emotionally draining day. I started the day out with a phone call from my mom telling me that my dad was going to the ER for extreme pain in his stomach that was making him throw up. They were concerned about colon cancer, but thank goodness he has no cancer in his body. Instead they found that he had a stone lodged in a duct in his gall bladder and it has been there for quite a long time. This explains the many trips to the ER over the past year and the fact t... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:43:45 EST Endocrinologist update I went to the Endocrinologist last Friday. As I went through all of my issues with him, he agreed that something is wrong with me. Also, my BP which is normally pretty good was VERY high. It was 165/114!!! He took 5 vials of blood and is having me collect my urine for 24 hours for evaluation. I will be taking the urine to him tomorrow (gross I know), and he called me today with the results of my blood work. Unfortunately, everything came back completely normal. I know that I should be ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:47:17 EST Insanity workout, puking, and jiggling ! I've been doing the Insanity workout for 3.5 weeks now and have been religiously sticking to my 1200-1400 calories per day and doing my workout everyday!!! My scale is still gone, so I don't know what the numbers are doing, but I have noticed a few changes. <BR> <BR> As I'm working out, I have noticed that I can feel my muscles in my stomach tightening up and the fat all around it feels very foreign. It just feels like something that shouldn't be there. It jiggles all over the place and... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 20:14:00 EST Side effect of Insanity Workouts! The Insanity workouts are just as they say they are! INSANE!!! They are the hardest workouts that I've ever done and put all the other at home DVD's to SHAME!!! Even the warm up is hard! <BR> <BR> Well, I have completed the first week of the program and have been sticking with the diet that they recommend and was expecting to see drastic weight loss. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Apparently, when you enter into such an intense program, your muscles rip and your body begins to defe... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:42:18 EST 1st week of INSANITY done!!! I completed the first 6 workouts in the Insanity workout program!!! I'm actually quite proud of my hubby and I for it! It is the most insanely hard workout program ever!!! I have been doing the biggest Loser DVD's for a few months and have had no problems with them. I have even added in weights and all that with them. With the first Insanity DVD, I was soaked and exhausted by the end of the warm up! When I found out that was just the warm up, I almost cried! LOL!! Then the workout las... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 12:43:31 EST 60 Day Insanity Workout begins TOMORROW!!! I am so excited for the Insanity workout program to get here. I just checked the fedex tracking thing and it will be here today sometime! David and I are going to do this together and I am soooooo looking forward to this! We will be following this program to the T and will hopefully get great results!!! My friend Hannah has a very good friend who just finished her first 60 days on it, and she lost a little over 40lbs!!! I really hope that I get that kind of success! I have heard from a ... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:51:46 EST My week in Avon! This past week has been pretty fun. My girlies and I went to spend a week with my parent's in Avon and we got to do some fun things. Unfortunately, my parent's had to work and my mom got sick the last 2 days that we were there, so we were on our own for a lot of that time. <BR> <BR> One thing that I realized while I was there is that I am much happier when I don't watch tv much. I didn't have the tv on at all during the days and it only come on in the evenings when my parents were home ... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 20:15:14 EST My new mini goal! Well, I have decided to set a new goal for myself! My hubby's birthday is October 14th and that weekend we are having a BIG party for him as it is his 40th birthday!!! We have people flying in from several different states to celebrate with us! Unfortunately, not his own parent's, but that's a whole different story. Needless to say, THEY SUCK!!!! <BR> <BR> For his birthday present, I'm taking him to Idaho Springs(about an hour from Denver) and am going to take him zip lining and rafting!... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 12:53:40 EST 4 months, 33lbs down, and done with doctors! At the beginning of March I decided that it was time for me to stop being a spectator in my own life and do something about my weight again. I had been trying to lose weight for quite some time only to have little to no success and then I'd give up. On March 10, 2012 I decided that enough was enough! I went to the Doctor and asked for help. She was really great about it. She gave me nutritional advise, exercise advise, and put me on a prescription diet pill called Phentermine37.5mg. For... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:34:34 EST So thankful for Sparkpeople!!! I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to all of my spark friends and sparkpeople in general! Over the past few years I have had my life completely fall apart on me and everyone on here has been so supportive of not only my weight loss issues, but my sucky life issues as well. <BR> <BR> Just recently I had a MAJOR financial issue with my husbands student loans and all the wonderful people on here not only offered me their support, but they offered me some really great advise. Thanks to all o... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 09:08:57 EST Goodbye Spark Friends I just wanted to say good bye. I didn't want to just dissappear and have people wondering what happened to me or where I went. This departure is not what I want or really voluntary in any way, but everything in my life seems to be falling apart once again. <BR> <BR> I know that I should be used to it by now since that just seems to be how things go for me since Oct. 2009 when David lost his job and everything came crashing down around us the first time. With all of the moving and chaos in... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:06:59 EST Feeling better about life! Things are looking up! I don't know why I get so stressed out about everything, but I do. Money issues stress me to the max and I just don't deal with it the way that I should. I tend to cry. I think that it makes my husband NUTS, but maybe he was that way before I married him! LOL. <BR> <BR> My car may be a pain in the butt with the things that are wrong with it, but it is very fun to drive and should be a reliable car as soon as I get it all fixed. My Uncle is going to a junk yard ... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 10:46:39 EST Ahhhhh!!!! Really???? Ok, so I took my VW Passat into a specialized VW "Mechanic" yesterday to have it fixed since my radiator thing broke and my car wouldn't hold coolant. I asked him to give me a quote on how much it would cost to fix everything so I can have a good reliable car. He called me and told me that it would be very close to $1,000.00 to fix everything, but the only critical thing was the radiator. We told him to go ahead and fix that and then we will just try to have something else fixed with every... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:01:17 EST No big surprise This week has been a LOT disappointing. I have been INCREDIBLY stressed out because of money and just life in general. <BR> <BR> On Friday, my husband, whom I love very much, decided to take the little bit of money that I have managed to save and bought himself a car off of craigslist. I tried telling him that I didn't think that was a good idea and that he should just wait till we could afford to get something that would cost more, but be more reliable. He insisted that the car would be ... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 11:49:37 EST Birthdays and weight loss!!! YAY!!! (Pics included) Today is proving to be a great day!!! When I woke up, I was greeted by the first of my birthday girls for this week! Alayna, my middle daughter, turns 7 years old today!!! She got flowers and balloons first thing this morning and then requested chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast! I did eat 2 of them, but no syrup or butter for me. hehe. Once I got them off to school, I had to finish up the cupcakes that I started last night. I had to make the frosting and get them all frosted and sp... Wed, 23 May 2012 13:10:24 EST I'm freaking out! So, in December the girl who took my place at my old job when I had to leave because I was having my 3rd kid, called me and asked if I wanted my job back. She was supposed to give her notice in March and I was supposed to go back in May. With the understanding that the job was mine again, I waited around and didn't look for a new job. In March, she decided that she wasn't going to quit after all. I completely understand that she freaked out, but I was very disappointed that I wasn't goin... Thu, 17 May 2012 15:45:19 EST My fingers are crossed!!! I have been taking my thyroid medication for 2 weeks and have noticed a little bit of change. I am sleeping better! I forgot to take my seeping pills last night and I actually slept the entire night, so I am going to try not taking them again tonight and hopefully will have the same results! I have also noticed that my skin is not near as dry and my hair is healthier. Hopefully this will mean that my body will start cooperating with me! <BR> <BR> I have been off of the Phentermine for ... Tue, 15 May 2012 22:05:29 EST My haircut and yearly donation to Locks of Love! I decided that my reward of cutting my hair when I had lost 45lbs (half the weight that I want to lose) isn't going to be happening anytime soon because of medical things. So...I got it cut today!!!! I'm really excited! I will have fewer headaches now!!! Now there is no more LONG NASTY hair!!!! YAY!!! I bet I lost a good 2 lbs but cutting my hair off! <BR> <BR> I have been donating my hair about once a year since I was a junior in High School, so this is another donation to go to the... Mon, 7 May 2012 17:18:15 EST It has officially been 2 months! Well, as of today I have been on my diet for 2 months. I have been exercising and eating right. Doing everything that I am supposed to be doing and I'm still not losing any weight. I weighed in this morning and I'm still at 192 pounds. :-( I knew that was coming, but it is still VERY DISAPPOINTING!!! I am glad that I didn't have a gain this week. I was a little concerned about that with going off the Phentermine. That is still only a total of 23lbs lost. SUCKY!!! <BR> <BR> It was ... Sat, 5 May 2012 09:42:56 EST My Dr. appointment today I had my 2 doctors appointments today. My first one was with my regular doctor and the second was the girly Dr. I'll start at the beginning. <BR> <BR> About 2 weeks ago I decided to go off of the diet pills and just focus on exercising and my diet. I thought for sure that I would be able to completely do this on my own. After a few days of being off the pills, I gained several pounds back and was concerned, so I called the doctor. She told me to go back on them until I could see her... Tue, 1 May 2012 16:35:12 EST Week 7 weigh in day! This week I decided to take everyone's advise and not check my weight till weigh in day. It was incredibly hard, but I did take several days off of weighing myself and made it to today. Maybe it's like the saying that a watched pot never boils. A watched scale never moves downward! LOL <BR> <BR> I have been doing really well with my diet and exercising this week. Unfortunately, I found out that the rate that I was getting for kickboxing was only an intro rate and then it just sky rocket... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 13:28:00 EST Totally bummed, but coming up with alternatives! I'm really bummed that the kickboxing classes turned out to be so expensive. It just really sucks!!! I was really enjoying the classes, instructors, hanging out with my friend Elizabeth, and just having time to myself. I am not going to let this get in my way of exercising though. <BR> <BR> Today I am looking into some different gyms to see what they offer and how much it would be to go. I won't be able to go with Elizabeth anymore because she has signed a year long contract for the kick... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:04:14 EST Week 6 Highs and Lows This week has had some really great moments and some not so great ones. To start with, I am still not losing any weight. It has been two weeks since I have lost anything and I really don't understand why. I am sticking with the diet that the doctor put me on and I am exercising more than I have in a very long time. I would think that that combo would have me losing weight! I am very wrong in that assumption though. It is very discouraging and makes me cry more than I'd like to admit, bu... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 19:58:57 EST Going off the Diet pills and taking kick boxing! I spoke with my Doctor today and she said that she thinks that it would be a great thing for me to go off the 2 diet pills and spend the money on extra kick boxing classes instead! I will be saving about $90 a month by not going to the doctor once a month and getting the 2 different pills, so I can definitely afford to take on the extra kick boxing classes! WOOHOO!!! <BR> <BR> So, here is my new plan! I am going off the pills tomorrow! And my new schedule will be as follows: <BR> <BR> M... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 22:26:51 EST Week # 5 No weight loss, but great week! This week has not been as great as I was expecting in the weight loss department. I really increased the amount of exercise that I'm doing and stuck with my diet. I don't understand why I didn't lose any weight. When I weighed in this morning, I was exactly where I was at last week. I'm really hoping that it has something to do with retaining water due to my TOM, but I'm just not sure. <BR> <BR> This week I had no choice but to walk to the school to get my kids because my Husband has h... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:26:58 EST I made it through week 4! Well, this has been a pretty bad week. My poor Puppy Indica apparently had a doggy stroke and we were terrified for a lot of this week that we were going to lose her. It was incredibly hard on all of us. She seems to be making a full recovery though!!!!!!!!!! Fortunately though, my diet didn't suffer at all. I managed to get through the stress of this week without stress eating! I was very happy about that!!! <BR> <BR> On Thursday I had my 1 month check up at the doctor to check my BP an... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 10:30:22 EST My disappointing 3rd week. :-( This week went pretty much as expected. I had hoped that I would have greater weight loss this week, but unfortunately my time at my parents house was not helpful in that goal. <BR> <BR> I am certainly glad that I was able to be there to help my Dad out after his surgery, but as some of you may be aware from previous blogs, time spent at my parent's house is anything but relaxing. As soon as I walked in my parents door, I started cleaning. I did 4 loads of dishes and had to scrub the co... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 21:20:59 EST My food for the day! (Pics) So I have had people asking me what I'm eating, so I took pictures of my meals today so you can see! :-) <BR> <BR> For breakfast I had an egg white, spinach, and turkey frittata, a little bowl of grapes, and a bottle of water. SOOOO GOOD! About 180 calories <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For lunch I had chicken with green beans that was cooked in buffalo wing sauce and a bottle of water. It may not look very appetizing, but it is real... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 22:53:49 EST My second week!!! This has been a really busy and great week for me! I have stuck with my diet really well. The exercising part of it was ok, but I will concentrate on that part more this week. I spent my entire week going from room to room of my house and cleaned each of them from top to bottom and got rid of a TON of stuff!!! I love the feeling of having a very clean house! <BR> <BR> As far as my week two progress, it was minimal. I was really hoping that I would continue to have the huge success that ... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 18:38:15 EST My first week on Phentermine and alli Ok, so this has been a pretty stressful week, but for once diet and exercise has not added to that stress! I truly think that this phentermine prescription is going to be my life saver! It makes me not feel hungry at all and gives me extra energy to actually exercise despite the fact that I may be exhausted some days. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago I managed to stick to a VERY strict diet and I lost 4 lbs in that week. I was ecstatic, until the next week when I let up just a little bit and I g... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 21:45:05 EST My Dr. Appointment and new goal! I had my doctors appointment today and it went better than expected! I weighed exactly what I thought I did and no one was judgemental of me!!! I was so nervous about that. :-) They drew 3 vials of blood and are running a bunch of tests. The doc believes that I have something wrong with my thyroid, so I will probably be going on meds for that soon. I also told her about how unhappy I am with the way that I look and feel and she was more than happy to prescribe me a diet pill. I take it... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 16:14:46 EST My first week back I had a fairly good week. My stress has pretty well stayed under control and life is going along like normal. I stuck to my diet for the most part. :-) I did have a half of a home made chocolate chip cookie and a bite of our home made bread, but that's it! I was able to get in some exercise pretty much everyday. I have discovered that jumping rope with my kids is a ton of fun!!! We have been doing that everyday! I have also learned that a bra is definitely necessary while jumping rope... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 12:25:12 EST I'm back and doing my best! I think that my break from stressing out about losing weight has done me some good!!! I am now back and ready to give this my all I think! I have managed to get a lot of my stress under control and have done a lot of talking with my Husband to get things under control. I am taking a sleep aid every night now and I take a double dose every other night and that seems to be helping with my sleep. No more waking up at 2am and not going back to sleep!!! YAY!!! That has done wonders for me. ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 12:52:58 EST Taking a break Well, my life is spiraling downward once again and my emotional state is just not that great. I have been trying to lose weight, but unfortunately with NEVER getting more than a few hours of sleep a night I am just not up to exercising the way that I need to in order to be successful. I don't go overboard with my eating, but that doesn't seem to matter. <BR> <BR> I know that Sparkpeople is supposed to be a motivator and totally inspirational, but right now I just feel worse about myself ... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 13:14:25 EST How am I supposed to do it all??? I just don't know how I am supposed to do it all! I am expected to take care of the entire household. I get the kids up every morning, get them ready for school, make their lunches, get them to school, come home, feed Lissie, clean the house, do the dishes and laundry, brush the dogs, pick up the dog poo, make breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and do everything else around here. I'm also expected to make the time to exercise everyday and take the dogs for walks. Then when my hubby gets hom... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 17:58:44 EST Juice fast might just cost too much $$$ Well, I went shopping yesterday and got a ton of fresh fruits and veggies for my juice fast, but the cost of it might just be too much for me at the moment. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, when we moved back to Denver a few months ago, we had to agree to pay a double deposit on the house due to losing our house in July of 2010. David is making good money again, but all of our extra money is being sucked up by monthly deposit payments and the hospital bill from when I had the stomach flu. <BR> <BR... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 20:31:29 EST Beginning to prepare for my juice fast! Well, now that the holidays are over and my brothers are gone, it's time to prepare for my juice fast! Starting tomorrow I am cutting out all the JUNK food. This is going to be incredibly hard, but will be so worth it! I am going to incorporate juicing into my diet as well. I plan to pretty much go vegan. I will eat fresh fruits and veggies and will have my green juices as well. I'm going to take this process as slow as I need to in order to get my body somewhat adjusted before I go to ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 22:45:55 EST Best Xmas Present EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! I was woken up this morning by my hubby at 6 am and he told me that there was an extra special suprprise for me downstairs. He had the lights on, which he never does before work, and so all I could think was that I had to get up and clean up dog poop off the carpet or something. I drug myself out of bed and went downstairs, too tired to actually ask any questions, and as I got down there I saw my little brother standing in my living room!!!!!!! A much better surprise than dog poop!!! LOL!... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 21:48:27 EST Planning a juice fast!!! Thanks to one of my great spark friends (String1719) I have decided to try a juice fast! I watched the video that she recommended and have decided that this is just what I need to do in order to change my life. Up until a few weeks ago, this was all about losing weight, but then I ended up with gall stones and was in some of the worst pain of my life. That was a huge eye opener for me and I realized that not only do I need to lose the weight, but I need to get myself healthy and hopefully ... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 11:52:06 EST Feeling kind of icky! Last night I made a great dinner. I made us steak, potatoes, and spinach. Well, I lost a filling , so it was hurting to eat the steak, so I gave most of it to the dog and my 2 year old. I didn't really like the potatoes for some reason, and so I was left with spinach. The spinach had some pepper, chopped up onions, and a little bit of cheese in it. That was my dinner. I had 2 spoonfulls of that and that was pretty much it. After I was done eating it, my stomach started hurting really b... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 11:29:02 EST Wow! Just Wow!! Every now and then life just seems to get a bit overwhelming and I don't feel like I can keep up. Then someone in your life makes you realize just how lucky you are to have the life, family, and friends that you have. <BR> <BR> I have been feeling overwhelmed lately by the cost of everything. We needed a new computer, but it was just too much money. Well, my father in law came into town for thanksgiving and he brought us a brand new computer that even has a touch screen! It is absolute... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 18:42:27 EST