YENDUCHAKA's SparkPeople Blog YENDUCHAKA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Frustrated I haven't been liking the numbers I've been seeing on the scale lately. When I reached my goal weight, I decided that I would never again allow myself to get back on that Slow Gain Train. My plan was to eat and exercise as I wished. If my weight went above a certain number, it would be time to track my food and exercise more until I was back into healthier habits (and of course the weight would be taken care of in the process). My weight did go above that number this past summer, and I di... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 07:36:04 EST Regaining lost ground It took me a long time to reach my first weight loss goal, but I did it, and then set a second goal which I also met. Over the last year, I had gained a little of it back, but wasn't concerned about it too much. This past fall my little one was weaned, and I started watching Gilmore Girls (There is so much good/bad food on that show! It made me want to nosh on pop tarts and fast food all the time!). Between those two factors, I gained back even more, until I realized that with this week's... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:03:50 EST Maintenance- so far, so good! I've been in maintenance mode for over 2 months now, and so far it's going well. My life got a lot more hectic and stressful, but with a lot of prayer, I'm handling it. <BR> <BR> Without going in to a lot of detail, I discovered that on top of marital problems, my husband has been doing a LOT of lying to me through the years, and we now have some huge financial problems as well. I was so stressed out, and had no idea what to do. I've been a housewife for the past 13+ years, homeschooling ... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 19:27:11 EST Happy Birthday to me! Today was my 37th birthday. This past year has been a big one for me, as I gave birth to my fourth baby (but the first baby in over 11 years) just before my birthday last year. Getting fit and losing baby weight was NOT high on my priority list, but breastfeeding really helped get those pounds off. I didn't really start to make an effort at exercising until April, and it has been very spotty. I'm doing what I can when I can, and trying my best to keep my life balanced. <BR> <BR> I was ho... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 21:53:38 EST Activity Tracker and Random Musings Wonderful news! My middle daughter moved our piano to sweep underneath it today, and found my Spark Activity Tracker!!! I'm so happy. I got it for Christmas, and lost it within a week of receiving it. I was really bummed out, especially since I had been wanting one since the previous summer. I knew it had to be in the house somewhere, but I had no idea where it could have gone. My family does not wear shoes in the house, so I devised what I thought was a clever method of wearing it to g... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:35:47 EST Goal Met I've been within a pound of my goal weight for the past month, so I think it's safe to say that I've reached my goal. Finally! Four years after joining SP, I've taken off the last of that 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> I don't really feel a sense of victory about it though. I suppose I should, since I worked hard for the first 15 pounds of it. But then I just hovered there for a long time until I got pregnant. After having the baby, the weight has come right off, but this is through almost no e... Mon, 25 May 2015 09:48:51 EST getting back in the game The past several weeks my weight has been lower than it was before I got pregnant, which I am very happy about. I can't be proud of it, because it is through no effort of my own. I can place this success entirely on the appetite of my little chunky monkey. He nurses a lot, and refuses to eat table food. I'm excited because it looks like after almost 4 years of being on SP, I might actually reach my goal weight! <BR> <BR> I log in to SP each day, but most of the time, that's it. I know... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:44:57 EST birth, and life afterward Not really sure where to start, since it's been so long since I've blogged here. The rest of my pregnancy went very well. I was feeling great, even when I was overdue. At my 41 week check, my blood pressure was a little high, but the doctor was more concerned with the placenta. Apparently after a while the placenta can begin to die off, which of course is not good news. They had me come in again 3 days later to continue checking it. At this visit my blood pressure was still high, and th... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:06:48 EST 21 weeks along Not a lot has been happening with me, health wise. I'm well into my 2nd trimester now, and have gotten a tiny bit of energy back, but I'm not feeling anywhere close to my normal energy level. I got a prenatal workout DVD. It has a cardio session and a yoga session on it. I tried the cardio session, and it was a great level of intensity for me. It was only a 20 minute workout, so it wasn't too long either. However, the day after I did that, I could barely move because I was so fatigued. ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:11:43 EST 11 weeks along I've been feeling pretty good this week. My nausea seems to be subsiding. Some days I have more energy than others. I really can't complain about the nausea and fatigue. I really only had around 3-4 weeks of it. I think I'm starting to feel like regular me again. This morning I had enough energy to try a quick workout. I found one on that uses a stability ball (I love my stability ball!), and was very excited. It was quite disappointing. It was only two exercises, and nei... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 09:01:49 EST Figured out what has been happening with my body... Over the past several months my weight has pretty much stayed in the same range of 2-3 pounds. That range lowered by about 3 pounds in the past 6 months, so there really hasn't been any big change. Then a couple of weeks ago it started dropping significantly faster, which had me puzzled since I had all but quit exercising. I had been quite diligent about it before, but in the last month or so I stopped making time for it. I might work out once or twice a week, and that's it. And I wasn't... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:15:47 EST hooping Last month at my daughter's dance recital, one of the tap classes performed a dance in which they used hula hoops. Not just plain old hula hoops- this was hooping in the dark with black lights, so their hula hoops, tights, face paint, accessories, etc. glowed. It was pretty cool, and all I could think was how to turn this into a fun class at our homeschool co-op. That would be one fun fitness class! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> The only problem is that I don't know how to hula hoop. I don't... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:54:25 EST finished New You Bootcamp I finished the New You Bootcamp here on SP this week, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I had been looking forward to this program ever since I found that stability ball at the thrift store in the midst of my previous workout plan. It was challenging, but also fun to try new exercises. And hey, I got to play with a ball like a little kid every morning :-) My favorite was playing "catch" while lying on my back with my legs perpendicular to the floor. I had to squeeze the ball wi... Sun, 19 May 2013 08:32:09 EST April week 3 Hmmm, it's been a little while since I blogged about my New Year's resolutions, and I've found that the longer I went without blogging, the more I got off track. To be truthful, I had to go back to my old blogs to remember what all of them were. Since the last time I blogged, I've been pretty faithful about exercising, but haven't been doing great with eating. Since Easter, my eating has been way out of control. I can feel and see the difference too- my stomach often has a mildly uncomfor... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:08:06 EST February week 1 I did not have a stellar week. My weigh in this morning showed a .6 lb. gain, and all I can say is that I'm suprised it wasn't more. I did well with exercise this week, but consistently overate. Late in the week I got a good deal on M&M's, and that was the end of any thoughts of healthy eating for the rest of the week. I have absolutely NO willpower when it comes to chocolate. Any junk food in general- if it's in the house, I feel compelled to eat it, even if I'm not craving it. And the... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 12:29:23 EST January week 4 I didn't do a great job of keeping track of what I did this week, but that's ok. My main priority was to rest up and let my ankle heal and get rid of this cold. Ankle is all better, and the cold isn't as bad right now. I'm sure that once it's gone I'll have lost like 5 pounds just from all the nose blowing I've been doing. Yuck! <BR> <BR> <BR> PHYSICAL HEALTH: <BR> <BR> 1. "Continue with a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise 5 days per week." I got 1 day of cardio in, and did TONS of wa... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:40:55 EST January week 3 This week started off great, but on Wednesday my head cold that I had over Christmas returned, and I haven't been getting any exercise in since then. This cold isn't too bad (mostly severe congestion and a little bit of a cough) but it's leaving me really tired. I'm trying to rest as much as I can so it doesn't get worse before running its course. To make things even more fun, I did something to my ankle this morning and can't walk very well. Oh well. If a cold and sprained or strained a... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 11:54:32 EST January week 2 Ok, here's how I did with my New Year's Resolutions this week: <BR> PHYSICAL HEALTH: <BR> <BR> 1. "Continue with a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise 5 days per week."I did fantastic with my exercise this week. I'm feeling really good about that. I completed week 1 of the January Jumpstart, and will begin week 2 tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> 2. "Eat a minimum of 1 fruit and 1 veggie every day." I did quite poorly with this. My eating in general was terrible this week. I think because I in... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:32:15 EST January week 1 Since Sundays are my weigh-in day, I'll be doing my weekly blog posts too. So, here is a recap of my goals and how I did this week: <BR> PHYSICAL HEALTH: <BR> <BR> 1. "Continue with a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise 5 days per week." I got 4 out of 5 days this past week, and did way more than my minimum each day. I joined the January Jumpstart, and plan to use that for this month. <BR> <BR> 2. "Eat a minimum of 1 fruit and 1 veggie every day." Did well with this most days, and will s... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:46:00 EST Wonderful news For those who were praying for my brother-in-law over the summer, I just wanted to share a bit of news about him. He has decided to wean himself off of all of his pain medications (he has a disease called Stiff Person's Syndrome that is very painful). This in itself isn't the wonderful news. His disease will probably progress more rapidly now. The good news is that since he has done that, he has been much more at peace. He had been so angry all the time, looking at everything in his life... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:43:09 EST Resolutions I typically don't make New Year's Resolutions, but after seeing a Sparkfriend's review of how well she did with her 2012 resoultions, I decided maybe I'd give it a go this year. I'm hoping that by writing everything down and keeping track throughout the year, I'll do a good job of sticking to them. <BR> <BR> PHYSICAL HEALTH: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue with a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise 5 days per week. <BR> <BR> 2. Eat a minimum of 1 fruit and 1 veggie every day. This sounds ridiculous ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:19:20 EST PA Grand Canyon My sister and I planned a surprise visit for our mother to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon earlier this week. She's mentioned her desire to go to the Grand Canyon several times, and while a trip on that scale isn't quite within our time constraints or budget, we could manage this one, as it's only about 3 hours from home :-) So my hubby, kids and I picked up my sister and mom, and we all enjoyed it together. <BR> <BR> I had really been looking forward to it. I love car trips with family, si... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 13:36:06 EST a near miss Ok, the other morning I wake up and am very pleased to discover that I didn't sleep in too late to get a quick 10 minute workout in. So I pull out my DVD, pop it in and decide on Coach Nicole's Hop To It workout. This requires a jump rope, so I grab my daughter's beaded jump rope, since the weight of the beads will probably help the rope not to flop around in the air like our other cheapie dollar store jump ropes. I start the workout and realize that in this one you're laying the jump rope... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 12:59:32 EST week 4 of July I'm posting a little late this week because my mother-in-law was visiting us for a long weekend. She came up by herself this time, so we got lots of chatty, girly time in :-) It was wonderful! She introduced me to Pinterest. I'm not sure if that's a good thing, but it sure is fun! <BR> <BR> This past week was good. I didn't do so well with my nutrition, but I did great with the cardio and prayer. I'm up a pound, but overall I feel good about the week. <BR> <BR> So far this week I'm ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:43:00 EST week 3 of July I did so much better this week! And I'm pretty happy that the scale reflected that. I think my embarrassment and frustration with myself last week was just the kick in the pants I needed :-) I tracked almost everything I ate this week and got my cardio in every day but one. I had lots of extra work doing house cleaning, yard work and other various things preparing for my youngest daughter's b-day party yesterday, so I'm sure I got more activity in than I realized. I did well with doing m... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 10:21:05 EST week 2 of July This week again I started well, but slowly dropped off. There was no one big reason- I just didn't put forth the effort I knew I should have. I don't understand how I can go from being super motivated to this in such a short time. I'm pretty frustrated about it, but no despairing here! This just means it's time for a new plan. I'm doing a challenge during July on one of my teams, and the wonderful ladies there give encouragement and help keep me accountable. I've decided to start checki... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:02:10 EST week 1 of July I've been doing pretty well meeting my goals this week. I haven't taken the time to record my progress, but I did stay within my nutrition ranges most of the week, I got my cardio in during the first half of the week, but it went downhill after that. I did a better job than I had been doing at making time for prayer and sticking with it. That is the most important goal for me this month- to get a prayer "schedule" firmly established before our school year starts. <BR> <BR> The week starte... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 07:17:47 EST June recap & July goals While June was not by any means a bad month for me, it wasn't the glorious rejuvination of healthful eating and exercise that I had hoped it would be. The reason for that is simply that we were just too busy. I had too many days where I was chauffering the kids from place to place, and was too tired for exercise and tracking my food, and sometimes didn't have the time or ingredients on hand to make good, healthy meals. My kids and I were VERY busy with VBS, a new puppy, catching up with ... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 23:29:29 EST ballet My middle daughter had her dance recital last weekend. It went very well, thank the Lord. Watching it made me want to return to ballet again. I danced when I was younger, but quit a year or two before I got to pointe. There is an adult in my daughter's class only a few years younger than me, which made me start thinking maybe I could do this. But right now that isn't a financial possibility. Maybe after the kids are grown and gone, but definitely not now. <BR> <BR> Anyway, after her ... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 09:27:45 EST one year "Sparkiversary" I joined SP in May of 2011. The day I joined was one of those chilly, yucky, rainy days and my mood was matching the weather. I was feeling pretty down about myself. I had been putting on more and more weight, and felt helpless to stop it. I knew my eating habits were becoming more unhealthy, and that combined with my lack of physical activity was going to lead to some major health issues down the road. I remembered hearing about SP and thought, I'll give it a shot. Though I truthfully... Fri, 18 May 2012 07:19:06 EST a diagnosis for my daughter- i'm so happy! My 12 year old daughter's doctor called today with the results of some bloodwork she had on Friday. She was diagnosed with Grave's disease, which means she has an overactive thyroid. It has caused some anxiety, fatigue and weight loss over the last few months. I'm so thankful that they were able to find the problem so quickly, and that it's something that is easily treatable. <BR> <BR> At her appointment on Friday, the doctor told me all the things that would be checked in her bloodwork. ... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:05:51 EST success! I've pretty much given up trying to lose weight until this summer. I had lost motivation and couldn't find it anywhere. I've still been logging in daily, reading articles, keeping up with team goals, etc., but haven't been putting forth any kind of serious or consistent effort toward getting back on track. <BR> <BR> Today I feel very successful. I got a lot of yard work done today (gardening, clearing brush, etc.) which has left me pretty tired. I feel good that I got so much physical ac... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 20:02:07 EST so tired! A while back we had a water pipe burst while we were gone for the day, and it soaked our kitchen and dining room floors, as well as the wall in between the two rooms. Our house is something like 130 years old, and so it's pretty crooked. As long as we had to replace flooring, we decided to level the floors and paint. It's been a slow process, but it's coming along nicely. We finished the dining room, and today started the kitchen. I spent most of the day painting. It turned out pretty w... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 21:22:12 EST struggling and thankfulness I have been having such a difficult time eating well lately! In the winter all I want to do is curl up with a good book and munch on something sweet. The thought of eating anything cold is not appealing, and of course all of the healthiest foods (dairy and fresh fruits and veggies) are refrigerated, so I don't want those. The idea of getting off my rear end to work out should be appealing because it will make me warm, but it just isn't. This is my first winter with SparkPeople, and I wasn... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 21:53:42 EST day 200something I haven't been tracking my food or my weight lately because I've been too ashamed to do so. <BR> <BR> I decided to let myself take the week of Christmas off from tracking my food. I wanted to be able to enjoy all of the goodies I had been baking with my children (in moderation) without calorie or fat numbers jumping into my head with every bite. After Christmas we still had goodies left in the house, so I figured I'd just wait until all of that was gone to start tracking again. I created... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:21:35 EST day 191 I've been thinking that my very uninteresting blog titles might give the impression that I think of SP as something akin to a prison sentence. I don't feel that way at all. It's just that I don't feel like thinking up some cute title, and this is a way I can keep track of how long I've been at this. <BR> <BR> It's been so long since I've blogged here, mostly because I've had a little more on my plate than I was able to handle. SP slid down on the priority list :-( Fortunately, our homesc... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 21:58:33 EST day 140 My scale is out of comission for now, because it needs a new battery. Hopefully I can pick one up this week. I'm really enjoying the freedom of not knowing that number for the time being though. I haven't been doing well at staying within my calorie and fat limits, and I enjoy the scale's lies. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> In other news, my 13 year old joined spark teens today. When I was in high school I went through an anorexic phase and got down to a pretty unhealthy 96 lbs. I don't want an... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 15:52:48 EST day 127 OK, this is something really silly, but this morning as I was pulling my hair up, I noticed my collarbone. I haven't seen it for a while. When I noticed that I was too chubby for it to make an appearance any way I moved, it kind of bothered me. I was surprised to see it again and stood there moving my arms around a bit just to look at it. Totally ridiculous, I know. Never thought I would admire my collarbone. But there I was staring into the mirror, smiling like a ninny about catching ... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 13:25:26 EST day 120- it's official, 15 pounds gone! When I signed up for SP and was asked to enter my current weight I was reluctant to go weigh myself at the time. I had just come home from celebrating my grandmother's birthday at a restaurant, and didn't want to look at the scale just then :-) So I picked a number that was in the middle of the 5 pound range I had been seeing for the past few weeks. <BR> <BR> When I weighed myself this morning I had crossed the 15 pound mark, which was my original goal. Yippee! I may have lost a little... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 08:37:44 EST day 110 I'm feeling pretty down right now. I've been consistently going over my fat and calorie ranges lately. Tonight my husband was going to go out to dinner with the kids (they got him a gift card to Red Lobster for Father's Day) and asked if I wanted to come along. I though it might be nice to stay home and get some quiet time to myself. I could get a lot of work done for our homeschool co-op that I've been putting off, get some cleaning done, and cook myself a good healthy dinner that wouldn... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 22:09:18 EST day 108- goal day (again)! Well, I didn't meet my goal weight by the original date that I had chosen, so I gave myself another three weeks. Today's the day. I got on the scale this morning, and it read 0.6 pounds over my goal weight. That's close enough for me :-) Today is my 14th anniversary, and my hubby and I are going on a date later this week to celebrate. (Today we are doing something very unromantic- meeting with our life insurance rep. Can you hear me lovingly asking, " How much do I get if you die, dear?"... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:14:32 EST day 99 I'm feeling pretty good about being me! When I weighed in this morning the scale said 129.2. Last week I was at an even 131. Now I can't take all the credit for this, because I donated blood this week, and there's a one pound loss right there. But I didn't think I was going to lose anything this week. I didn't do any exercising until Friday because we had a busy week and I was very tired after donating blood. Also, I haven't been doing a very good job of staying within my fat and calori... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 09:07:23 EST day 87- goal day! I started SP in the middle of May. I wanted to loose about 15 pounds, and chose today, my birthday, as the day I wanted to reach my goal. I figured that would be a nice birthday present for myself :-) While I haven't yet lost 15 pounds, I have lost a little over 10, have gained the motivation to eat tempting foods in moderation, and have become much more active. I've really surprised myself by sticking to this. Now tracking my food and making sure I get some cardio in 5 days/week has bec... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 11:03:29 EST day 84 My sister in law came to visit us for a few days this week. She's a very fun, outgoing person. I usually love visiting with her, but am always left with some feelings of inferiority. She can be a very judgmental person, and doesn't always think before she speaks. She has always been very thin, and places very high value on appearance (to the extent that she used to starve herself, and binge and purge, etc. to stay thin). In her book, fat people do not get as much respect as thin people. ... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 09:47:00 EST day 75 I had been craving an ice cream sundae for a while. Not just any sundae. This one is 2 scoops of Hershey's chocolate ice cream topped with crushed peanuts, mini Reese's pieces and chocolate syrup. Living across the street from an ice cream shop makes it kind of tough to put these kinds of cravings from your mind :-) <BR> <BR> Last night I was well within my allotted fat, calories, etc. for the day, so I decided to splurge and have the sundae. Usually I eat half of it and put the other ha... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 08:37:06 EST day 69 I'm feeling pretty good about this week. I had a couple of days that I did not stay within my goals, but overall I've been doing well. I've been pretty active despite the muggy heat. I was dreading my weigh-in last week, and was surprised to have lost a pound. I wonder- since I'm eager for my weigh-in this week, does this mean I will have gained? LOL We'll see in a few more days... <BR> <BR> I'm feeling good about being me! <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 21:33:20 EST day 63 I'm losing my spark! For the past few weeks I've been going over my calories/fat pretty often, and I'm getting complacent about it. I'd love to find a sparkbuddy who is here for the same reasons I am- to live a healthier life style (making good food choices and making sure I get some exercise) in order to truly treat my body as a temple of the Holy Spirit, and to grow in holiness. <BR> <BR> I'm trying not to let this bother me too much. I joined SP 2 months ago, and I am much healthier th... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 22:26:35 EST day 54 I jogged a mile this morning. I did it at a reasonable pace (for me), so it took me over 13 minutes, but I did it. Sometimes I get discouraged and a little exasperated with myself when I go way over my nutrition ranges etch day, but when looking at the overall picture, Sparkpeople has really been helping me to meet my goals. I still eat junk food, and still overeat sometimes, but I don't do either of these things to the degree that I did before joining SP. Plus, I now get some exercise et... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 07:41:10 EST day 47 I've been doing well with exercising. I started getting sick of doing my cardio, so I splurged and got three new dvd's. They're all cardio dance (two 10 minute solutions and one of the sparkpeople). I started doing these this week, and am eager to do my cardio again. Hopefully these will hold my interest for quite a while. <BR> <BR> I am definitely losing motivation to eat healthfully, don't know why. I have to keep reminding myself that this is a part of stewardship. This body is a gi... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 22:35:50 EST day 36 I have definitely been losing motivation to eat healthy and lose weight this week. I've been working hard to get my house back in order after a school year of letting messes accumulate. Going through all of that dusty junk has been making my allergies go nuts, so I'm feeling tired and groggy all the time. I'm just not caring so much about anything but getting these projects finished so I can sleep :-) I've gone back to eating a lot of junk food (it's quick and easy, and all the sugar give... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 09:59:55 EST