ZBMORGAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ZBMORGAN ZBMORGAN'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/ Setbacks you cannot control. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879341 For the first time in about seven years, my back went out. It used to be a common problem - stress a weak core, lifting kids, but over the years being healthy, having a low stress outlook on life and doing pilates and running meant I was safe from the pain. <BR> <BR> Then I spent a couple days travelling, and without exercise, trapped in a car or plane for a few days, I got a little grouchy. Then the night I returned home, it snowed - only 3 or 4 fluffy inches, but my excitement the next mor... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:11:33 EST Self-Worth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610109 I should be the most confident person on the planet. I have great kids, and adoring husband who thinks I'm terrific, friends, the respect of people in my community and church, and lots of hobbies, goals, and zest for life. I can cook almost anything, I ran two miles this morning, and I feel happy and healthy. <BR> That said, lately, I have been job hunting - after a long time of being a stay at home mom, and I have an interview today. I am incredibly competent person, and even when I worked o... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:50:00 EST Keeping my chin up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251511 The scale was not kind today. Despite a week of staying within calorie ranges and excercising a lot, the scale told me I had gained a pound and a half. Since tuesday. <BR> <BR> Now, I know I've been good. I've done everything I'm supposed to do, and I know darn well it's the chinese for lunch (wicked MSG) I had yesterday, or the fact that I drank alot of water during my run this morning, but it is incredibly frustrating. <BR> <BR> What keeps my chin up? Feeling great. Patting myself on the... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:25:04 EST Why do I excercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226645 It was tough getting out of bed this morning. E kids are home from school, and with icy rain and my husband out of town, it meant exercising indoors- again. No gym, no walk or jog outside. Normally I'm okay with the occasional day inside, but after a week of them due to snow and cold- well, it's getting old. <BR> So I though a reminder of some of the reasons I excercise might be a good way to start my day. <BR> <BR> 1. I never want to buy anything over a size 10 again. <BR> 2. I want to set... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 07:44:03 EST Autumn Doldrums http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074210 Fall is usually my favorite time of year - kids back to school, a fresh start, new inspiration in the workout department. But due to a few physical issues and most of the things in the house breaking within a two week period, it's been a challenge to greet each day with a good attitude. <BR> <BR> That said, excercise is one of the few things that is working - even though it's not resulting in weight loss, I've really been enjoying running and walking lately, and even dusted off a kickboxing ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:16:15 EST Post Knee Surgery and Sparking again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828311 Well I had my knee operation on the 29th, and while it was minor, I am definitely less mobile and still in some pain. It was just damaged cartiledge...my meniscus is still in tact, so the doctor thinks I should be able to do everything eventually. I cannot wait to take my first walk outside...still have a couple weeks of physical therapy before that, but soon! I suppose I've waited 2.5 months, I can wait a few weeks. The highlight of my weekend though was being able to attend Easter Service. ... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 08:26:17 EST Injury & Self contemplation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4752896 Are you bad at sticking up for yourself and your health? <BR> <BR> I am. I've had a knee injury for a couply months that has grown steadily worse. I did see my doctor at the beginning of the month, and she prescribed 4 weeks of physical therapy. I can understand why the therapy helps, but it wasn't helping me. It took a full weekend of panic attacks, pain, and crying on my husband's shoulder to get up the enrve to tell the Physical Therapist that I think the knee needs an MRI. She of course... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:29:45 EST Pride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4661911 Pride, we are taught, is a sin. But sometimes, it's well deserved, and totally different from the Vanity that we should avoid. <BR> <BR> How did I earn my pride today? <BR> I had a good weigh in (relatively speaking, post-holiday). <BR> I ran 1.5 miles on the treadmill. <BR> I tried a new healthy snack (chobani lemon greek yogurt, recommended by my hairdresser. Wish I liked it, full of protein). <BR> I stuck to my new years resolution of not getting any new books from the library until I've... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 12:17:11 EST Nightmares about my old self... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4604112 It's not often I have a nightmare - a wake up in a rush, pulse pounding bad dream. This one was the briefest I can remember. <BR> <BR> I was in the house I grew up in (age birth-13, anyway) and I woke up in my old bed and had to make my way to the bathroom. Well, I was hampered by mess everywhere papers, clothes, trashbins (empty, of course). Now, its been years since my home looked anything like this, and it wouldn't really be a nightmare if it weren't slightly exaggerated. But I have been... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 09:49:11 EST Turkey Trot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4589739 My children's elementary school, being the forward thinkers that they are, is holding a turkey trot today during each grades PE time. Parents are invited to attend, so I'll be running the .75 mile course with my 3rd grader and the 1.5 mile course with my 6th grader. <BR> <BR> I am so thankful that I can even contemplate doing this. I know there are many parents who aren't healthy enough or who don't think it's important. I am so thankful to Spark that I'll be out on that course, chugging aro... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 08:18:40 EST Grief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4488003 There is no amount of fitness that can prepare you for a sudden loss. One of my favorite neighbors died last night, an elderly gentleman who was my gardening buddy and a patron of the entire neighborhood. Every child on this street had played on his swing, loved going to his door for Halloween. He had lent probably 80% of the households on my street some specialized gardening tool. <BR> <BR> We are all on a journey to good health, and even with Spark people, it can feel like a solitary journ... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:20:48 EST Back to School -the perfect time for a challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4463717 New pencils, new paper, new notebooks. I loved back to school time as a child, even though I actually hated school. (Social issues - what chubby kid didn't have those?) SO in September I am always thrilled to throw myself into something new. <BR> <BR> Later this week, I'll be starting a new challenge that tracks not just weight lost, but cardio and strength training minutes and points earned on other random health challenges. I want to earn those points! Unless you're in academia, adults don... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 07:16:14 EST June! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4269493 This is always an insane month in the house of many a mother - End of school year brings my family a concert, a birthday sleepover, father's day, 3 soccer tournaments, vet appointments, checkups for me and oldest, swim lessons, 2 Girl Sc out Events, Book Fair, camp forms, and gathering Teacher Gifts for a year of nurturing my kids. <BR> <BR> How does a woman handle it all? Spark. I run on that treadmill and lift those weights not just to keep the pounds off, but so I can make it through mara... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 09:48:04 EST Elementary School Gym Class Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4209558 Gym class was not fun for alot of us. I am so lucky - my daughters love it. Their gym teachers have a nice mix of games, challenge, and silliness that they both look foreward to it. <BR> <BR> There's a new challenge in my kids' school - everyone gets an orange card to fill out - when they run laps around the track they write them down. Now, they have a very structured day, so most kids run are running laps during recess - which is precious. When they've run 25 laps (which equals 5 miles) the... Wed, 4 May 2011 11:20:35 EST God's Greatest gift to us is..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4122468 I am a big believer in the fresh start. Every morning (or whenever you start your day after sleeping) is a new beginning. Sure, you take your problems with you. When I wake up tomorrow, my husband will still be out of town, my house will still be a disaster, I will still have 100 shields to make for my 2nd graders Native American Day, my 10 year old will still be missing her dad so much she cries every night, and I will still be 10 pounds heavier than I like and unable to solve all the previo... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 21:30:44 EST The Roller Coaster Ride of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4083450 Stop the ride, I want to get off! We hear people say that alot, and they're never talking about an actual amusement park ride. I, for one, am strapped into a ride that's bumpied than I'd like right now. I would probably never have picked this ride myself. Constant bumps, like a husband who has been traveling about 3/4 of the time since the beginning of the year, an uncle in ICU and about to die, being overwhelmed with volunteer duties, a nasty little case of Carpal Tunnel....these are the hug... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 08:12:59 EST What I've Learned This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4006096 1. Sunshine is good stuff - if you can't get any, excercise is almost as good a mood booster. <BR> <BR> 2. Chocolate cake, even if a lowfat recipe, is still chocolate cake. <BR> <BR> 3. Pasta with cheese sauce, even if a Cooking Light recipe, is still pasta with cheese sauce. <BR> <BR> I think the winter blues have set in. My cravings for comfort food abound, and I am exhausted- which is probably just hormonal, but I can guarantee it would be less noticiable in any other season. Plus, hav... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 08:26:12 EST Not Alone Anymore! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3986084 My husband comes home today after a week and a half long trip. I know that relatively speaking, it's not a long trip compared to military and some, but the week and a half had some very intensive parenting moments, as due to weather there was only 3 days of school in that time. I have been out of the house VERY little in that time due to a snow storm, and I just cannot wait to be the not the only person my daughter complains to about her cold, not the only one to clean the catboxes, not the ... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 06:38:32 EST Busy Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3951985 In the next few hours, I have to put the chili in the crockpot (a cooking light recipe, don't panic!) get dressed, get 7 year old dressed, pick up (hopefully already dressed) 10 year old from a sleepover, drive downtown, be the Sunday School Teachers assistant at my church, come home, stir chili, change into non-church clothes, and make a lime tart. Hopefully I can relax for a tiny bit of time between then and dinner, because I want to buy the Sunday paper and take my little one to the librar... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 07:20:10 EST Wine and Nuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3943355 I had gotten out of the habit of drinking wine in the past couple of weeks. Not having that glass is an easy way to cut carbs from the nutrition count and money from the grocery bill - both things that are on the verge of being too much for my budget. <BR> <BR> As much as I love a glass of wine (really, just a glass - I sometime measure the 4 ounces just so I make sure I remember what 4 oz looks like) I think it's been keeping me awake lately. Yes, while too much will initially make you pass... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 09:00:12 EST Sisyphus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3920268 Sisyphus - does anyone remember this guy? You may not, but we all know how he feels. <BR> <BR> Sisyphus was the guy cursed to push a boulder up a hill - and then when he gets it to the top, Zeus arranged it to roll all the way back to the bottom. Every day, Sisyphus has to start anew, pushing that boulder. This is the root of the word Sisyphean - as in "Working out seems like a Sisyphean task". <BR> <BR> Last night it all seemed Sisyphean - working out, doing dishes, laundry, getting the ki... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 05:59:41 EST Sparking despite myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3909118 It is cold and grey here. I had a busy weekend, slept badly, and there is a storm coming tomorrow. What I really want to do, I think, is bake something and knit and stitch all day. But instead, I'm doing my 28 day bootcamp workout, going to the gym, writing, and doing my Home Blessing (cleaning) hour. And somewhere in there, I'm going to be extremembly proud of myself, because the old me would be on the couch by now with something sugary in the oven! Mon, 10 Jan 2011 08:16:20 EST 28 Day Bootcamp! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3906611 I started bootcamp on wednesday - a wee bit later than everyone else, but I'm also part of a winter challenge that tracks ALL cardio and Strength minutes, so those extra bootcamp videos every day are really adding up. I am so excited for wednesday, when I total up all my minutes for the week! <BR> <BR> While on the 28 day bootcamp team site, I saw something that said you could do the video of the day once - or even twice of 3 times. At first, I thought "who's that crazy?" But today, it was a... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 13:36:00 EST Reflections on 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3872732 I don't like to make resolutions - too much pressure. I do, however, think it's always a good idea to look back and figure out what I liked and didn't like about my year. This year, I probably spent too much time on Facebook games - nowhere in my life goals do I have "Play More Facebook Games", so frankly, that has to go. I'd like to read more, write more, knit and stitch more, play with my kids more - now that they have lots of draws on THEIR time, it's harder! <BR> <BR> What else did I do?... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 20:44:32 EST Gack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3826097 That is the sound of me, in horror, looking at my daily food log - only to realize I had mistakenly entered that tablespoon of honey on my low-fat biscuit as a cup of honey. Well, geez, no wonder. Made that change and all os looking well with the food log. I am hoping I actually lose some weight this week, but you never know - my next weigh in is Wednesday, and that's after my Tuesday night stitching group, where there is usually copious wine and chocolates. I try to save a few extra calories... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 20:27:08 EST Wonky Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3821100 This day hasn't gotten off to a great start. I yelled at my daughter, which I hate doing, but we have the same struggles every morning (hasn't written down her homework, packed her back, takes 20 minutes to brush her teeth and hair). What really gets me is her use of the "it's all your fault accusatory tween voice". Her life is probably too good, but she does work really hard. She took up flute this year and practices, well, more than I ever thought she would, and with no complaint. She reads... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 07:58:33 EST Major Breakthrough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3715578 No, not a weight breakthrough - actually I didn't even step on the scale today (it was POURING outside and I notice I tend to be a wee bit heavier when it's raining). No, today I took my first fitness class in 6 years! <BR> <BR> I had taken a few yoga classes 6 years ago, and for numerous reasons, it wasn't my thing at the time. Since then, excercise is often my time to be alone, so a room full of frantically sweating people wasn't appealing, until about a year ago. That's when I started to ... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 16:49:10 EST I Did it! A milestone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3684508 Okay, so I am a cardio wimp, and I know darn well there are dozens of marathoners on Spark. But today I ran - RAN 2 miles on the treadmill. Without stopping! I don't think I've done that since 8th grade. I've been having trouble sleeping and under some stress lately(hateful neighbors, a broken crown), but for some reason that makes me just workout harder. It's when everything is going suspiciously well that I get into workout slumps. So while I have no plans to do a marathon soon, I can set ... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 11:03:07 EST Why is it so hard to blog? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3660731 No, I don't mean it's so hard to get things off my chest. I mean blogs aren't on our start page - I have to go to my Sparkpage, then go to the blogs tab, then add a new blog. Not that three cliks is THAT hard, but somedays, my computer never quite wakes up to the speed I want it to wake up to, and 3 cliks takes forever! <BR> <BR> I'm not quite awake either, to be honest. I have been under the weather - scratchy throat, slightly runny nose, lightheaded. I just got off an anti-biotic for a sin... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 08:24:17 EST PMS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3639831 I would love to say PMS is terrible for dieters, but frankly, it's not. I get cranky, tired, and crave carbohydrates, sure - but in a few days, I know I will feel much better and have lost a pound or 2! So as grumpy as I am today, I know I'll be really happy next week - it's the quickest weight loss there is! <BR> <BR> Aside from that, I'm at a plateau - the 'regained most of what I lost this summer while on vacation' plateau. And those 3 pounds were REALLY hard to lose. I've come to realize... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 08:26:35 EST A Little Whine.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3608322 I returned from the beach a week ago, sick. Unfortunately, despite doing everything right (drinking lots of water, resting, taking decongestants) I am still sick, and it being a holiday weekend, I will have to wait until Tuesday to go to the doctor. I am pretty sure it's a sinus infection, and when I went to the doctor last tuesday, they assumed it was just a cold, and I REALLY TRIED to get rid of this on my own, but sometimes, anti-biotics are just the thing. Add to that my best friend arriv... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 08:23:11 EST Something Always Happens. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3475243 Most of July was pretty good for me - I was waking up sometimes by 6:20 to head out and walk or jog before my husband left for appointments or to the gym. Excercising is diffinitely more of a challenge with the kids home for summer, but I was doing it - just great - until something happened. Last weekend, my right foot felt a bit sire when I woke up Sunday morning. Couldn't figure out why - no reason at all. Despite icing it andusing anti-inflamatories all day, by Monday morning I was headed ... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 14:15:25 EST A fresh start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3399925 Did I eat badly over the weekend? Well let's just say I didn't eat the healthiest food, but I didn't eat much of it - and only at 1 meal each day. No, what really has me furious is that I am on a new medication this past week and a half that has me so constipated and in such stomach pain that I have gained 4 pounds and in general am incredibly cranky. I looked at the label last night and have found the culprit. This pill is enriched with iron, which, if you have ever been on a pregnancy vita... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 08:55:22 EST I'm off the track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3360593 I love routine, but sometimes with 2 kids, soccer, school volunteering, 95 degree heat and doctors appointments, it's just not possible. This always reminds me of Toots the Train, a toy my kids still sometimes play with. If he is turned on and you pick him up off his railway, he says "I'm off the track!" So while I run from store to school event to doctors office to girl scout troop leaders house, all I can think these days is "I'm off the track!" I am not drinking enough water, I'm not even... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 17:10:37 EST Jump right in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3237706 So after a week of feeling sluggish, sick, and as though I was eating everything in sight (which I actually wasn't) I am back on track today - entering my food, and despite the rain, doing 30 minutes of my kickboxing video. I won't weigh myself - not that I think my eating was so bad last week, but because I have figured out not to weigh myself on rainy days. I have no idea why, but it usuallt adds quite a bit - humidity, maybe? My frizzy hair soaks up at least half a pound! <BR> <BR> Now if... Mon, 17 May 2010 08:52:52 EST There she goes again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3204676 I have been a bit blue lately. There are reasons, of course - Mothers day is fast approaching, and I do not have a mother. Something awful just happened to someone I love very much, and there is nothing I can do about it. None of the clients are paying my husband, so I cannot even buy my daughter new sneakers. Yet, I am fully aware my life is pretty great, because I get reminded on a regular basis with my favorite sport: people watching. <BR> <BR> I was at the gym this morning (gym membershi... Fri, 7 May 2010 10:39:59 EST Frustrations everywhere! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3114115 I have so much to be thankful for, but this is one of those days I am just frustrated about everything. I am losing and gaining the same 2 pounds over and over again. Yes, I should be happy, I still weigh less than last year, but it still makes me feel as though I have made no progress. <BR> <BR> To add to my frustration, Tuesday is the day I spend 90 minutes in my daughter's first grade class reading with her fellow students, often one-on-one. Today my frustration reached a peak, because on... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 11:23:58 EST Spring Fever.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3036935 Or at least, I hope it's spring fever, this persistent sleepiness that I have a suspicion is depression. This always happens right before Easter....it sneaks up on me, and I cannot figure out why I am not happy. Spring has finally arrived, vacation looms, exciting things are happening, and then I remember my mother dying mere days before Easter. It was 12 years ago, it shouldn't still matter, but it does. I was 24 when my mother died, and didn't have kids yet. While she was very flawed as a m... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 08:19:37 EST Locker Room Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2930935 I find the locker room at my gym a humbling experience. Sure, there are a few women who are so ridiculously fit and perfect they make us all feel like balls of pure exhausted cellulite, but there are plenty of people who are just normal. They are focusing on those extra 10 or 15 pounds, just trying to stay fit and limber so they can get through their day without their backs going out, keep up with their kids on the trips to the playground. <BR> Then there are the others, and I find them REALL... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 11:48:40 EST Motivation Flagging..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2851067 Trapped, like a rat in barrel of water. Due to snowpocalypto, the kids were off school friday. They were also off wednesday for more snow, and monday for a teacher workday, so they were in school only 2 days last week, and I have no idea when they'll get back to school this week (stopped snowing 15 hours ago, but our street isn't plowed yet - I don't expect mail until maybe wednesday). <BR> I actually like my kids, and I have lots of ways of excercising inside, it's just hard when all the oth... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 07:58:56 EST Water, Water, Everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2788393 When does drinking 8 glasses a day get easy? I know I've consumed that much in the past - mainly on hot summer days when I'm outside with the kids or working in the garden, but drinking 8 glasses a day when it's winter and I'm also drinking herb tea, my daily coffee (only 2 cups, not terrible) and a large amount of fruit to keep me sane - we'll, I feel like a giant water drop (roughly the same shape, too). And I often panic that I haven't had enough and have to chug a glass or two, which make... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 07:55:08 EST Oww oww oww! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2765564 Doing great on the bootcamp for 2 weeks. Okay, my total lack of sleep sunday night derailed my cardio plans for yesterday, but last night i noticed I seem to have picked up a bad and very painful shoulder injusry, so I have a sneaking suspicion this may hamper my efforts for a few days. I've never had anything like this, I cannot raise my arm above shoulder height without pain - which was really annoying last night ... the Advil is kept on the top shelf of my medicine cabinet. <BR> Wil try t... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 06:56:06 EST Grump. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2758583 I have been so good. I have done 2 weeks of the new bootcamp, upped my cardio considerably, and yet, only half a pound down on the scale today. I guess I was hoping for more - I have been drinking so much water lately, I thought I would have flushed out a good pound! <BR> On the plus side, I feel terrific. I know it's not just a number on the scale, so it's time to set myself an alternate goal....the ability to run 2 miles, maybe? (Not sure I've ever done that before. Ever!) Sun, 17 Jan 2010 18:47:07 EST December motivations.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2604076 Pannettone, Stollen, Chocolate, nuts, Babka, Christmas Cookies, gingerbread, candy cane, hot cocoa, pumpkin ice cream, candied ginger, roast beef, cheese balls, swedish meatballs, champagne, and fitting into a nice dress for my 14th anniversary on the 30th..... <BR> <BR> Those motivations kept me walking a little longer this morning! Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:11:04 EST Best Laid Plans.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2459129 I know a lot of people out there are unable to excercise regularly due to some type of chronic pain, so why should I whine about a little abcess under a tooth? But the pain seems to double everyday, the endodontist can't squeeze me in to re-root canal me until next tuesday, and I am getting FAR less sleep than usual because of the pain. <BR> <BR> And the truth is, not only do I not deserve this because it's no fun, but I don't deserve this because I had been SUCH a good girl lately - excerc... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 06:17:11 EST How French women stay thin... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2246252 I was sure when I went to France I would find out the secret...how french women stay thin. Well, I found out a lot of things, many of which don't make me feel so bad as an american. <BR> <BR> 1. The Parisians love sweets - the day starts with a chocolate croissant and hot chocolate, tea and cookies are often in there, patries are everywhere, ice cream is big. This, obviously, is bad. <BR> <BR> 2. These people walk everywhere! This is good. <BR> <BR> 3. Portions are much smaller - this is V... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 06:43:21 EST Worries, worries.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2182021 I know Spark is not just about losing weight - so we are trying to be all around healthy in my house, and getting frustrated at every turn. Both kidlets have had strep recently, I had a mysterious infection, no one feels terrific - despite this, we're eating well and getting plenty of fluids. I have taken the lysol to every doorknob, lightswitch, handrail, computer keyboard, phone, etc. We are taking our vitamins, getting excercise (when we're not too sick) and I've started my kids on a 5 fru... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 06:45:26 EST She walked away fro the sugar crash - it was a Miracle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2097008 Just because I spent the past 3 days celebrating the Memorial Day holiday and my daughters birthday with extra sugar (cake - not so bad, it's the little tastes of frosting and M&Ms as one is making the cake and school cupcakes, that's the bad thing) I don't have to get sucked into that cycle. You know, the one where sugar is just part of your diet, because, well, the cake is still IN the house. So the leftover M&Ms are going into a container (not to be removed unless my children are very good... Wed, 27 May 2009 07:50:06 EST Still wrong after doing everything right. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2083930 Well I am being as nice as one can possibly be to a body - eating well, drinking water, excercising, getting a good night's sleep (whenever I can). But I am still having issue with my...er...reproductive cycle which are mysterious, baffling, and frankly, stressing me out! I hate to whine, but sometimes, it's really not fair. I know I am not the only person out there who is trying so hard to be healthy, and I am DEFINITELY not the only person out there who is frustrated by conditions their bod... Fri, 22 May 2009 08:17:54 EST Old Pants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2069373 To church today, I wore a pair of old pants. They weren't THAT old, but they were purchased at a time when I was feeling rather thin, and I hadn't been able to wear them comfortably for a while. Well, today, they were comfortable. I know some experts say you should throw out everything that you hope to fit into 'someday' but if you have enough closet space, sometimes, someday comes! And it was quite uplifting - in this economy, I can't necessarily buy myself new pants every time I drop a litt... 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