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Healthy changes

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I swear to Pete! I was totally wigging out about school on Sunday, and got upset and everything about not understanding the material, blah blah blah....when I stopped everything, went outside in the sunshine and weeded my flower beds and raked the leaves.

OH MY GOD IT FELT SOOOOOOO good TO MOVE AROUND!!!!!!!

I didn't realize that I had become so stagnant since school started. I will admit that I felt like my butt is spreading at one point emoticon I can "b" about not finding time...yadda yadda yadda....I do have some time, it's just truncated to say the least. Ten minutes here, ten minutes there...so I've decided to use them more wisely. I'll figure it out - I'm not worried.

Foodwise, there has been some really cool stuff happening in my house. I've decided to buy fresh produce on Fridays for the whole week. My little guy and I head over there after we put the other 2 on the bus....and we stock up...we have a good time out of the house for a half hour and then back we go to prep the fruits for the week. It's normal to have pineapple always cut up in the fridge, ready to eat...and strawberries & grapes at hand. I've experimented with the older 2 with scored oranges in their lunches, and they love pealing them in school. Which brings me to school.

This month is Nutrition Month in my school disctrict - they launch a great program every year involving a 2 bite club, healthy breakfasts...new lunch menues to try on the kids. Imagine my surprise when my middle guy comes home all jazzed about trying new foods! He's my "I hate anything green" kid. Well....by mid-week, he tried broccoli and marinated chicken!! SHOCKER!!! SO happy...and all on his own! Ok, not totally, but you know what I mean. The kids actually are having more input into their lunches too...which is fun for me. I accidentally put one of my Kashi bars in the oldest bag for snack....he liked it and requested it for snack, so they I put one in the middle guys bag, his report back was "it was good, and I even ate the nuts!" LOL

With all of the fresh stuff in the house, hubby & I have tried to use EVERYTHING we buy before it spoils...so we have gotten creative here & there AND it makes us cook in and not take out as much AND it shows the kids more veggie combos more than ever now. With that being said...my hubby has lost a few more pounds and is now 190! and I am SO proud of him!

Which brings me to why he started watching his own food intake more carefully - HIS workplace started a Biggest Loser contest, so, while he did not actively participate, he did take note and lost a total of 14 pounds thus far! Woohoo! and nice and slow too!! Which is even better!!

I just love this! It's not like we're not eating treats at all, but the majority of the family consumption is on the healthier end more than ever before!! It makes my heart sing! I'm not being a healthnut zealot about it either, it has just been the natural progression of things...how cool!!

Camping season kickoff is this Sunday. We have done NOTHING to get ready for this short trek, but the kids are all excited. I'm looking forward to walking around the quiet campground with the kids. I'm not sure how much studying is going to get done, though! LOL One thing I'm looking forward to is a great big campfire!!! Sweet! emoticon

  
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SUZYWM 3/26/2010 11:39AM

    It's exciting to have the kids and hubby pick up on your great new habits! We're on the verge, just teetering . . . My almost 13 year old daughter has food allergies - we're trying to figure out whats-what there. Waiting on results of a blood test. She always has an upset stomach, and misses way too much school, stressing both of us out.

Speaking of school, glad to hear that you took a break and got out in the yard. It's easy to let coursework completely take over our "free" time, yes? Hope you're enjoying your classes and taking pride in your accomplishments. I'm pretty obsessed with targeting what I need to get to graduation and then into grad school. The process sort of takes on a life of it's own.

Have a great weekend with the family! I think you've motivated me to hit the farmers market before we head to the ball field for the Saturday little league game!

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SASSYSACY 3/24/2010 11:20AM

    Wow! Lots of stuff going on! Great plan with the shopping for produce and the prep. So much time is needed for planning when trying to eat and be healthy.

Glad to hear you re-energized yourself and got out into the yard. I so look forward to that myself.

Have fun camping this weekend. My family and I also enjoying camping--love the campfires!

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TASOGAREBAN 3/24/2010 11:00AM

    Ok the spreading butt thing...I was laughing my ass off with that one for a bit. But moving on...

I sorta do what you do only I do my shopping at Walmart. I buy a ton of healthy choice meals and store them at my job and I buy tons of frozen fruits and veggies to cook with. Also brown rice and whole wheat pasta, anything healthy that I can find there. And I do my shopping every two weeks because living with four other people, the cabinets can't take much more, lol!

Broccoli and marinated chicken...yep, I'm hungry!

Congrats to your husband! No one does anything like that at my job (although everyone and their mom is like, "I have to lose weight...") and if I were to start something like that no one would participate which is usually why I go at things alone. But congrats that he's lost weight! :)

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OAKBORN 3/24/2010 8:02AM

    What a neat blog! These are the kind of changes that last (in so many ways)!!!

Have fun camping this weekend!

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DWEXCEL 3/24/2010 8:01AM

    Good for your husband on his weight loss! You know he has to be inspired by you! Good for him, and you, and for your boys. They are learning some good food lessons right now at the ages that set the habits for the rest of their lives. They are so lucky to have you to show them the way!

Camping season sounds like lots of fun, especially the bonfire! We used to have a camper and did lots of camping in Michigan before we turned into Florida snowbirds. LOL! Bet you'll get lots of walking in!

TTY later!
Donna

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BIKERDIANE 3/24/2010 4:51AM

    Change is good!
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HEALTH4LYFE 3/23/2010 11:42PM

    It is fantastic that your choices have had a trickle down effect and now your whole family has become involved in making healthier choices and are reaping the benefits.
Hope you have a great day tomorrow and get in whatever movement you can, whether it is 10 minutes or 60!

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YAMINOKODOMO 3/23/2010 11:35PM

    First of all congrats on your husbands weight loss! Thats awesome!!

I think its grerat that your kids are getting into the green foods lol I wasnt a big fan of veggies when I was younger but now I love them! I think you should definitely keep the veggies and fruits comin' because thats good that they are eating that stuff wooohoooo!!!

I hope you guys have a good time camping! I actually love camping! I love being away from the city in a forest, I love waking up early to the sound of birds chirping. Its great family time!

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One day you'll need them.

Friday, March 19, 2010

"What will you do with all of your accomplishments?" he asked.

"I will save them, " she answered, "until they are needed."


These lines are from a movie and they rang in my head and it seems like I had memorized them as fast as they were said out of the actors' mouths. They resonated something inside that I immediately acknowledged as true...especially with being a mom.

Being a mom is kind of like a jack-of-all-trades job. Pic a job - you do it. Nurse. Protector. Teacher. Accountant. Busdriver. You take "you" and put it away for a while because your role is all consumed by these joyous little beings. But eventually "you" has to be taken out at a later date...dusted off...and then held up to the light to see if everything is in tact.

You never know what you are going to find when that time comes. Some shake out just fine...others need some repair...some need a major overhaul! LOL But no matter when you dust yourself off...there are those bits that are still there, in tact, that were saved for another day.

I find myself constantly reaching into that bag of 'past accomplishments' now that my kids are getting older. To teach and instruct; to advise and to correct; to console and to guide. It really is amazing. In reaching into that bag, it also brings to light the fact that you were always there, waiting to use the gifts that God gave you.

  
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GOODGIFTSRHERE 4/4/2010 12:59AM

  My kids are the same age as yours and I feel like I am in the midst of a similar process. You have said it well. I find the rediscovery quite an exciting and heartening process. I have only just joined Spark, reading your story was very inspiring. Thanks for the chance to see into your world! Kathy

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YAMINOKODOMO 3/23/2010 11:38PM

    Well said. I dont have any kids but I know that I feel exactly like you when I finally do have kids and they are growing up! I always am for moms looking for there old selves once their kids start getting a little older. Its always good to never forget who you were because that person is who made you you.

I am happy for you!

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TASOGAREBAN 3/22/2010 12:28PM

    I don't have kids so this doesn't resonate with me too well but it does kind of hit home when it comes to life in general. Sometimes you just get too many things that have to be done, too much work to do that when you finally focus on yourself it sometimes just seems like there's more work to be done! Lol! Well that's how I feel sometimes. I'm sure it'll be even tougher when I have kids. I also wonder how much I'll enjoy it.

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JENSHAWN 3/20/2010 4:16PM

    AMEN SISTER!! WELL SPOKEN!

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SUZYWM 3/20/2010 2:17PM

    Hi Hon, this hit close to home. I really lose track, and know that journaling or blogging helps, but I don't often take the time to do that.

Hope you're getting over the flu bug, we've had the same out here on the west coast. I didn't swim last week, and finally went out for a short walk today. Now - I really need to ditch the Robins Eggs so I don't eat them all before Easter. One of my downfalls!

Happy Saturday!
Suzy

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HEALTH4LYFE 3/19/2010 11:41PM

    Thanks for the insight and perspective. Good blog. emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/19/2010 8:10PM

    Great blog!

Thank you!

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TAMARAJ88 3/19/2010 7:16PM

    Thank you for the beautiful post. I just had my first daughter 7 weeks ago. i hope I don't get too dusty and am able to impart the same kind of wisdom with my precious peanut.

Tamara



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OAKBORN 3/19/2010 7:11PM

    You have such a wonderful perspective. Thank you. I would say more, but my brain isn't working well today.

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Taking 5 minutes

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hey all....Boy oh boy, it's been a while!!!

Here's what's been up. Studying hard, trying to balance everything (which was starting to work) and then BAM! the kids got a virus on Fri night, and that ended that studying steak and I got sick as well on Monday night. Probably a good thing in retrospect....I have been off the wagon for a while. The virus kinda reset my body, so to speak.

Maintenance is different when you lay off tracking everything you eat, so stress had unleased some bad habits (ie. the carb-lover) and the corned beef & cabbage & irish soda bread didn't have a chance in my house! I'll pat myself on the back for staying away from the sugary stuff tho - that stuff will kill me. Anyway - itt's all about balance, and eating right, falling off & getting back on is cyclical & normal, so I tend not to freak out as much anymore.

My energy levels are really garbage right now- totally because exercising has not been fit into my routine. Again, not going to flip out - I'll get back to it when I find that balance, but I'm starting to feel that "ITCH" you get when you slow down to a crawl. The change in time is playing havoc as well....again, not going to flip out - this too shall pass, like everything else.

I have to openly admit - I'm envying a bunch of you "fitness" people right now!! I'm using you all as inspiration to get moving again! You keep my brain on the fact that it's there and not going away! So thanks for that! Keep doing what you're doing - I'll be tooting my horn along with you soon enough.

I took my Spark Lifestyle Checkup today...Got a big fat red arrow pointing DOWN telling me to get my proveribial keester in gear again by tracking and exercising...... haha ...NO DUH!! Hahaha!!! I love taking those things and being honest...a great litmus test of what's going on.

Anyway - that's my 5 minutes that I have to spare....which of course went into 15 minutes! Haha!

Thanks for the well wishes on the status while I was all icky & gross! you buds are the bestest!!!!

Now....onward & upward!!!!

  
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YAMINOKODOMO 3/23/2010 11:42PM

    I didnt even know there was a spark lifestyle checkup emoticon Dont worry I was in the same boat you were in. Last week I did HORRIBLE. Those sweets that you didnt eat... yea they found their way into MY mouth LOL I had so much cake last week that I was actually feeling like a cake feen! lol It was so bad, but like you said, I tried not freaking out and figured ok this is my first bad week in FOREVER I will definitely do better next week!

I think you will get back on the wagon soon enough emoticon

Sorry to hear your kids got sicky poo emoticon Thats never fun, hope they feeling better!

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HEALTH4LYFE 3/19/2010 9:45AM

    Do you think you could spare 10 minutes to exercise? It could give you a needed break from studying, while meeting a goal of getting in some exercise and perhaps refreshing you when you return to your studies. Just a thought. Or what about riding a stationary bike while reading your chemistry? Women can multitask better than men, so it may be an option for you.
You are juggling a lot right now, so it's understandable your time is limited. Take care of yourself and do what you can when you can.
Mo

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DWEXCEL 3/19/2010 7:11AM

    Good Morning Annie!

Sorry to hear you were ill, but glad to hear you are back on track. Seems like there's always something that derails us when we think we are going good. For me, it was my Dad's visit. While it was a great 3 weeks.....I had 4.5 pounds worth of fun. HA HA! I was kindda bummed, because I was just getting into the habit mode of using the nutrition tracker. I didn't dare use it while he was here, I would be laughed out of SP and banned forever! But, at any rate, I am in the right place, and will be getting my act back together too!

Luv ya, Donna

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OAKBORN 3/18/2010 9:07PM

    Glad to have you back darlin'! So sorry you were sick! Those tummy buggers are narsty!!

You have a big bundle of stuff to balance to be sure! Work-school-family! Hang in there and let us know how you are doing!

And I think you are doing great! You'll get back to it! We all do!

The horse waits patiently on the forward path, always ready for you to clamber back on! emoticon

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BALLOUZOO 3/18/2010 8:54PM

    Best wishes on your continuing wellness journey!

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SUCHAHOOT 3/18/2010 9:41AM

    Well, there she is...back to NORMAL!!

Glad you are feeling better, for real. I'm with ya on the exercise. I'm working back into it. I want to feel those muscles again. It seems with these few extra years, it tends to go away faster than it used to. Guess I'll just have to work to KEEP it all the time now, huh?

Happy Thursday, girlfriend!



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TASOGAREBAN 3/18/2010 7:44AM

    A Spark Lifestyle Checklist..have I seen that..? I must have. Ah well, lol!

I'm feeling a bit iffy today myself. I'm scheduled an hour workout today (trying to follow JM's 30 Day Shred with that Slim Down Program she created but I just don't have time this morning for any of it. Dental appt. at 9:30 which leaves me about an hour and 15 mins to do my hair, eat, get ready and run out the door for the walk to the dental office. I'm in a slow mood this morning, even debating canceling the appt but I just don't want to have to try another day either. Just want to get them DONE already!

Will you be back on full force? I hope so. I miss your blogs and comments! :)

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Stuck

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Getting STUCK happens to a lot of us. For me, right now, I'm totally stuck on this chemistry chapter...I even hit the restart button and re-read the book, reviewed the lecture...and I'm kind of stuck in this fear that I'm not absorbing the material enough to take a 10 question QUIZ for pete's sake. I'm wading thru a brain that is stuck...very frustrating.

But sometimes, we get stuck for a reason. Some might call it Providential...others might call it Hell of Earth. It's all how you look at it...and how you handle it.

In weightloss...getting stuck is hitting a plateau....frustrating for sure OR it's getting caught up in ones negative self image which leads to a spiral of emotional eating. So...here, getting "unstuck" is our most important challenge.

Spark's Fast Break is great for getting UNSTUCK. I use it everytime I fall off the proverbial wagon, so much so that it is now a part of my daily routine. But sometimes the stickiness is still there - I can drink gallons of water and tell myself I'm awesome in the mirror a billion times, but depending on my brain...it takes waaaaay longer than I'd like to get unstuck. (I'm feeling a little like that right now because that "vacation" really threw me off in my school work & it is pissing me off)

When this happens, i usually blog it out - Boy, I highly recommend blogging. My family looks at me & says "I could NEVER talk to strangers online....why should I blab MY business all over the place like that." Weeeellllllll........it's cathartic, that's why. if you are feeling alone, depressed, overstressed, angry, frustrated....whatever... .well, it's like the old time trick of tying a note to a helium ballon & letting it go into the air, or writing something on a note & burning it. or going to therapy. Same difference if you ask me. Except here on Spark...you get immediate support, so why the heck NOT? Even if you just put out there something once in a while, for goodness sake, it's better off that keeping it inside! Am I right??

On the vice versa of this...it works for the happy parts of your life too! Noone there when you score big on a test? Shout it out loud! Lose a half pound - toot that horn - that is GREAT! it's a human connection that somehow gets filled in this crazy cyber-world we are all connected to right now, that gives that pat on the back when everyone else is caught up in their own daily lives and you need some recognition for that effort you've done for yourself.

I'll go back to my family's criticism on this point here too..."why do you want everyone to know your business"???? Hmmm....the answer for $1,000,000 is "well, you sure as heck don't ask me, so why not? and besides, it's not like I talk about heavy things on facebook (I keep THAT for Sparkfriends - teehee) and seriously, if you keep things on an even keel, why not?" It helps me get unstuck too.

So...the small point of this blog is this...get unstuck. Try you darndest and change things up and get unstuck. If something is not working, it means that you have to shake things up a bit. Not a blogger - go blog. Not an exercise nut - get a routine. An emotional eater - chuck everything (cathartic there too) and look at the issue head on and attack it. What are we waiting for anyway? Someone to save us? A knight in shining armor? guess what? no one can save you except yourself. As with most things in life - change starts with the person needing the change...so (as Nike say) just do it already. What are you waiting for? It's time to go get unstuck.

  
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OAKBORN 3/16/2010 10:45AM

    I understand the stuck! You have friends here!

I had 7 months of stuck and am working my way out too!

To quote a favorite song of mine: "Lying on the floor, 4 stories high in the corridor between the asphalt and the sky, I'm caught like bottled water, the light daughter... I don't need to tell you what this is about, you just start on the inside and work your way out..." (Ani DiFranco)

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TASOGAREBAN 3/1/2010 9:38AM

    Good blog! And actually, I kinda like to think that my sparkfriends online aren't STRANGERS. I can usually pick a friend from my friendslist and say something I know about them. Even if in the end we never meet face to face, I kinda like to think I know you enough to tell you what kind of person you are. I may never know your deep dark secrets but I know some things about you that you've shouted out to the world and know things that you might not tell your family at times. I like to think people like that are still friends. :)

And I agree absolutely. Because I'm stuck at a plateau at the moment that's taking me a bit longer to bust through than I would like. So I AM switching it up. I just gotta get over the soreness I feel for the first few days, lol!

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DWEXCEL 3/1/2010 7:28AM

    Helloooooooooooo Anne!

Welcome Back! Boy, did I need to read something like this today! This is what I always remember about you. Before, when things weren't going so well for me, I could always read something on your page, and come away feeling entirely different. You certainly have a way of looking at things different from most people, and always seem not only to look for, but to find the positive side of things.

Ride now, my Dad is here for a visit, and it has certainly changed my routine. I worked out Monday, the day I picked him up, but I haven't worked out since. And we have eaten different too. We've had more, and bigger meals, and we've gone out to eat more too. And here's the kicker.....he's about 5'6" and is lucky if he weighs 150 pounds.

Thanks,
Donna

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CMRAND54 2/28/2010 9:21PM

    Love this blog, Thanks for sharing.
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LOOKINFIT1 2/28/2010 2:42PM

    Sounds like some great motivational inspiration! Preach on!!! emoticon

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HEALTH4LYFE 2/28/2010 1:10PM

    You hit the nail on my head as lately I am stuck, stuck, stuck!! My eating habits have been abhorrible. Today will be the third day in a row where I don't have to put a large orange X on my calendar, because I have met my goals. In the past two weeks there has been too much orange on there.
Working on "saving" myself from me. I will keep you posted.
~Mo

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SUZYWM 2/28/2010 12:43PM

    Love this - thanks for posting a really terrific inspirational blog, better than a proverbial kick in the butt. It can be really hard to know why we're stuck, and I agree with you that blogging it can clarify what's going on. It gets the stuck-stuff out of our heads and then some fabulous person on SP can add perspective.

Is this our new drug? Works for me. emoticon

Hope your strange day turns out well.
Suzy

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SLENDERELLA61 2/28/2010 12:25PM

    No one can save us except ourselves. Using FastBreak we can get unstuck. Great stuff! Thanks for a very helpful blog. I'm voting for it. Love it!

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I miss you guys

Thursday, February 25, 2010

yup - I do! Have to make this short & sweet.
I'm still here but still playing catch up from vacation in my real world because vacations are not really vacations in my world, if you know what I mean - if not, i'll explain later...in the meantime, I'm just going to say that a woman's work is NEVER done and SO underappreciated it's NOT EVEN FUNNY. Ugh....I can say that at this moment because I'm waiting for a tow because our workhorse truck won't start & I'm waiting for a tow from AAA...in the middle of my busy workday that I had to leave in order to get it to the shop. I have so much stuff to do at work it's not even funny. and don't forget school...I have chem to do this week still, which was supposed to be at my lunchhour today, but that is now taken up by the repair shop. Ugh again. OK - vent is over.

Hey, if you are a guy and you read this....make sure you give your woman and BIG GINORMOUS HUG and say "THANK YOU for EVERYTHING" and mean it, because, guess what? we do a billion more things in a day that you cannot even comprehend, all behind the scenes and without thanks and we never get any credit sometimes. We are the glue that binds your world in safety, security , and order, and if you had to juggle all of this crap, you'd go dizzy and have an anxiety attack! And don't even tell us you cleaned the house or cooked a meal...what do you want - a metal? a parade? gimme a break

Ok - now the vent is over...I need a vacation

I miss you guys. emoticon

  
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FULLOFFAITH 3/16/2010 6:14PM

    This is a late response but I have to say AMEN......

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YAMINOKODOMO 2/25/2010 3:59PM

    Amen sista!!! lol I totally know how you feel! I do a lot of cleaning now that I am living with my boyfriend.... it annoys me to NO end! lol I am like I just cleaned that!?!?!?

I hope tomorrow tomorrow is a better day!!!

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SUCHAHOOT 2/25/2010 1:31PM

    Oh my gosh! Too funny! I'm thinking that's not what you're thinkin though! Sorry about the truck. I completely missed this blog. Been waiting for you to get back to it. YOu'll make it with the school work too. You're tough. Hey, I appreciate ya if that counts for anything...

Take a breath & don't wait for tomorrow to begin a new day...it's still early enough to do it right now.

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TASOGAREBAN 2/25/2010 11:43AM

    LMAO! The vent was over twice in your blog. I'm..not a guy but I do appreciate the women in my life and I do appreciate the fact that I have no kids at the moment because it still means it's all about me. Gotta take care of me before I take care of anyone else, right?

Whatever the case, we miss you TOO! You've been so quiet and absent and whenever I go to my sparkpage I see your pic in my friends and I'm like, "Where did she goooooo?" lol!

Still hope you're doing ok though! Remember to take a second and BREATHE!

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