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A big thank you for the prayers Sparkfriends!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mother-in-law update:
She is off of all tubes, gadgets, beeping devices and EVERYTHING!! The last thing to come off was the ventilator, and it took 4 days because of some complications, but at looong last, it is off. And to make things even better....EVERY SINGLE TEST THEY DID came back N E G A T I V E!!!!!! emoticon Clean bill of health!!

They are planning on moving her out of the ICU tonight. She is sitting up, and talking a bit too!!! SO glad she is on the up up up swing of healing now!!!

emoticon so much for all of your prayers and healing vibes! You are all so emoticon

  
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YAMINOKODOMO 8/25/2010 1:53PM

    Awesome! I am so happy for you! And for your mother in law! emoticon

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OAKBORN 8/24/2010 10:15PM

    So glad that she is on the mend and out of the woods!

Hang in there! All will be well!

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TASOGAREBAN 8/24/2010 7:13PM

    Awww good stuff! Sending you tons of happy hugs and well wishes! :)

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MRE1956 8/24/2010 7:02PM

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/24/2010 6:11PM

    Praise The Lord!

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    I'm so glad that things are getting better for you and your family. emoticon

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Restaurant madness

Saturday, August 21, 2010

First and foremost, a MIL hospital update for those following: Status quo from the last update...slow and steady...still in ICU, probably for another week. If she gets out earlier, then it will be joyous gravy!! :)

OK - to the blog at hand:

I have to admit - I really don't eat out at restaurants for several reasons - #1 I have my own personal chef (my dear hubby is that good)---#2 small children and sit down restaurants don't mix (at least mine don't...until now)---#3 we never have a sitter to GO out (hahaha)

So today, I brought the kids to work with me, and I told them, if they were REALLY good, we would go OUT to dinner at a restaurant....and not McDonald's or BK. HOOK----LINE-----SINKER....I had them!! Oh boy oh BOY were they GREAT today!

...... and so, after this long and draining week that ended in the longest workday on record....with kids in tow to boot....we went out to dinner at Ruby Tuesday. Is it Ruby Tuesday, or Ruby Tuesday's???? Anywhooo. I digress...

Did you know that TODAY of ALL days, the nutrition info on the restaurants website was down?? well...it was! I know because I looked! Eeeesssh! I have been SO good, and did not want to break my streak. OK, OK, OK - confession time...I have JUST GOT up into my calorie range each day...and by a hair. That is why I am tracking - so I can GET to that range, because stress now, makes me forget to eat. Talk about a 180!

Now in the place, I looked and drooled at the menu....buffalo chicken sandwich (the waiter was just describing the pretzel bun it was put on and all I saw was a scale wiht numbers next to his head shooting to the sky!), the quesadilla, decisions decisions.....my eye landed on the herb crusted tilapia. "HMmmmm," says I, "Maybe that is the way to go tonight - I never make fish for myself, and I've had this and that before, I can make them at home. But the others are SOOO goood and I have been underall week and blah blah blah blah....." you catch my drift. The menu debate...and a BLIND menu debate too! I have no idea what anything is, so I went half with gut/half with guilt on the decision....the fish.

Now, I like Ruby Tuesday because they give you the correct portion most of the time, the stuff is fresh, a good product...and my kids eat everything on their plates...because it is the correct portion size, even if it is french fries and chicken strips.

The food comes and In literally 5 minutes....we are done eating - we are fast eaters, what can I say. Waiters LOVE us too....not picky, not apt to complain, quick tip, and done! Whallah!

So I get home and start researching...Guess what WORKS now?!?!? The Ruby Tuesday website!!! Ta-DAH!!! and off I run to look things up..on there and on Spark.

All I can say is that I made the BEST choices I could, with the info at hand...probably could have done even better if I had the info I needed, but all in all...not too shabby. It was still a 900 calorie meal...but compaired to one that could have been 2000 or 4000?? I will keep my 900 cal meal, thank you very much.

Which brings me to why I blogged this. It is SO deceiving. What you think are not too bad, are HORRID 80% of the time. A quesadilla, for example was 1300 calories just for that! I could have had the buffalo chicken burger for LESS calories! and those don't even include the sides! Believe it or not, the sirloin was one of the better choices on the menu...and I always thought it was the chicken!

So this girl's lesson is learned...do some research first if you can and if not, do the following
- order the broiled fish
- order the sides plain b/c if you don't they will throw the whole hog on it if you don't specifically say not too
- stick to water (the drink alone was a treat, but 200 cals I could have axed easily)

I think it is safe to say that this will be my rule of thumb from now on...unless I am seriously craving something on that menu....THAT is a different story entirely!! and a different blog as well.........

  
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DWEXCEL 8/31/2010 7:29AM

    Hey Girl!

You are so lucky that your hubby is the chef at your house. I get the honors here, and I usually don't mind it, but with the heat this summer, 30+ days of right at 90 degrees, with no AC, I have opted to go out to eat more this summer.

Everything you said reminds me of why I got to the weight I was to begin with. My old career job involved taking clients out to lunch all the time, and then after having a long day, I would stop at the drive thru on the way home. It was amazing how much weight I lost just by me doing the cooking at home, and skipping the restaurants!!!!

Another thing is that you expect the food you go out and pay a high dollar for to taste better than what you make at home. NOT! I can't tell you how many times my husband and I will sit down and look at each other and go....OMG if I were having people over for dinner, I would be so embarrassed if my meal turned out like that.

I, like you, started to order the fish, number 1, I knew I needed to eat more of it, and number 2, I didn't really know how to cook it.So that seemed like a logical choice for me. So last summer, I decided I would learn how to cook fish, and I've turned into a pretty good cooker of fish, too, I might add.

At any rate, not only is it hard to maintain good choices when you go out to a restaurant, it is also hard to get food that is better than what you get at home. No wonder people get so fat.......But this summer, I just couldn't take the heat and humidity, so I did get out of the kitchen.....a little bit....LOL

By the way, there is another web site called calorieking.com that you can look up nutritional content on, and it includes every restaurant you can imagine on it. Give it a try.

Take it easy girl!
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YAMINOKODOMO 8/22/2010 1:18PM

    I know exactly what you mean with the calorie intake for certain foods in the menu. I live in New York and a lot of the fast food places and most of the restaurants have the calories on the menu next to the meals. Its crazy how much calories certain things were! I went to a place called Famous Daves Bar B Q and Grill and honestly I dont think there is anything less then 2,000 calories on that menu..

Well with the information not at hand for you, you choose a pretty good meal! Good for you!

And glad to here your MIL is slowly but surely getting better!

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OAKBORN 8/21/2010 8:45PM

    I feel your pain... it's so hard if you can't look at the menu first!!

I had done great all week until I got weak last night and tonight... fried fish, chocolate cookies, ice cream, &c.

But with Army PT today and an extra walk this evening, I am okay and hey! I did better than last week.

You did okay. Tomorrow is another day.

Rah Rah Rah! from your personal cheer squad in MO!

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HEALTH4LYFE 8/21/2010 8:07PM

    I found out after I picked a turkey burger at (I think) Ruby Tuesdays as well, that it was about 800-900 calories and the fat content was unbelievable! And almost all of the nutrition information had 0 as the protein amount, which of course, couldn't be right. So, like you, I have learned to research first! and then order.
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Thanks for the prayers..an update

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thanks everyone for the prayers....my mother-in-law is still in the ICU, making progress every 2 days or so, that then stables itself off....which is very frustrating!! But I will not be upset, because slow & steady wins the race. emoticon

But seriously...sometimes it feels glacial, and I am not the one sitting in the hospital with her, I am just holding down the fort, but still....that uber-slow glacial feeling is there.

Tension is on the rise in that sense...I heard it in my husbands voice, and I am not the happy go lucky mom with the kids because now I just miss him terribly...and so do the kids. You see, this all happened while they were on the road en route to NC from NY...and now they are all stuck in Delaware - in a hospital and a hotel, watching and waiting for progress. My husband went to be with his dad & mom, and his sisters...thus me "holding down the fort" status (or is it stati - must consult my Latin again) the last few days.

Anyhoo - in the meantime, I have cooked more healthy foods at the kids' request (believe it or not), made more interesting foods, and have eaten very well with all things considered. I only ate chips as a snack one time, had some wine one night once...so I guess the compulsive emotional eater is gone....but replaced by a healthfood zealot who is tracking her calories like her life depended on it. I know exactly where this is coming from - I can CONTROL that part of my life, so I am...ROFL.....might make it down to 130 after all!! Hahahaha! Now, don't go all "she has an issue" all over me...the tracking is actually making me eat, so I DON'T FORGET to eat - because that happens now too...and THAT is NOT good for me or my family that needs me so much now. See...told you I was fine emoticon

OK - I just needed to vent a bit. It's hard when there is no other adult to bounce conversations off of...I'm not used to it....I give single parents a heck of a ton MORE credit now than ever.

Keep praying!! and thank you!!

  
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IAMLION 8/20/2010 6:22PM

    emoticon sending hugs your way!!! emoticon

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TASOGAREBAN 8/20/2010 1:54PM

    Hey lady, hang in there, ok? You're doing fabulously plus eating is always good, lol! I hope hubby comes back soon, I know what it is to miss someone. :(

On the upside, you seem to be handling it well so stay strong! :) emoticon

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YAMINOKODOMO 8/19/2010 10:31PM

    I am happy to hear that you mother in law is doing a little better. I will keep sending my healing vibes her way, and like oakborn said, hang in there! You can get through this! I know this is a hard time for you and vent all you want. Thats what we are here for! The support you need to help get through some troubled times. emoticon

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OAKBORN 8/19/2010 9:59PM

    Hang in there! You have friends. I'm glad that your MIL is better and sorry it's taking so long. It's hard not to have your other half around to go through this with.

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Prayers and good thoughts will continue for you and yours.

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Prayers needed

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hey all....

I need some healing vibes sent into the universe for my mother-in-law Mary.

She is in the hospital's ICU right now...long story short, she was having stomach pains that were so bad, my father-in-law took her to the ER .....longer story cut shorter...the gall bladder burst.

She is in for a long hall now. It required a major surgery, and with her age and health, it is going to be a long recovery. In the meantime, prayers are needed to get her out of the ICU.

This probably could have been avoided - a lesson to us all to get things checked out if something feels wrong.

Thanks everyone....every little bit of healing vibe sent into the universe helps.

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IAMLION 8/19/2010 6:32PM

    Sending prays to your MIL and family! I hope all is going better now as I am behind on the news. Take care girlie! emoticon

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ANDIHALLI 8/16/2010 9:59PM

    Prayers are sent! Strength, patience, and blessings are being sent your way.
Andi

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HEALTH4LYFE 8/16/2010 9:10PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with your MIL Mary and your family. Take care.

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ANNIEONLI 8/16/2010 8:27PM

    Thanks everyone...it means a lot.

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DWEXCEL 8/16/2010 5:57PM

    My prayers are on their way........

Donna

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JENSHAWN 8/16/2010 5:06PM

    I will keep her in my prayers.

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YAMINOKODOMO 8/16/2010 4:47PM

    I am sorry to hear that. I hope she has a good recovery, I will definitely send some healing vibes her way emoticon

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SUCHAHOOT 8/16/2010 4:13PM

    Love, Light and Prayer for Divine Guidance for all working to bring Mary back to health. Hugs and Prayer for all of you guys too!

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    I will pray for a full recovery in the shortest time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OAKBORN 8/16/2010 2:14PM

    Prayers and good vibes on the way...

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MERRYWON 8/16/2010 1:10PM

    I will pray for Mary, that the surgery goes well and her healing his complete and as speedy as can be!

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Where oh where did my blogs go?

Friday, August 13, 2010

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That is my face EVERY time I try to blog about something...and then I type it...and then I don't finish it because of some reason, and then I save it in my planner (unfinished) and then I never get back to it and forget I even wrote the previous one.....OR....I have some great and inspiring thought while doing my make-up and have a list a mile long for the store (at the same time) and then I go to write it out and I completely forget everything I listed out in my head!

It's like I need a giant sticky post-it attached to my forehead to remember stuff!! Eesh!
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ANYWHOOOOO.....I digress.....

So now I will attempt another (as my son asks me for breakfast - see what I mean?)....

July have been an AWESOME month!! I don't think we have had so much fun in a summer as much as this. I think it has a lot to do with no children being in diapers and that they all can communicate well now. A girlfriend of mine with a set of 3 whose ages are offset by mine by 2 years ahead (hers are 6, 8, 10 -mine are 4, 6, 8) said it gets better and better...so nice to see she was right!! emoticon Lost of swimming, lots of camping, lots of family and friends...all good things!

And now it is August... emoticon
And the kids are bored... emoticon
And my thoughts turn to school... emoticon
And the upcoming calendar that is filled in with activities already... emoticon
And then I think back on last year... emoticon
And I KNOW for a fact that this year will be better... emoticon
Because I learned from the past year's nuttiness how NOT to do & handle things and how I can change things just by changing my attitude towards them... emoticon

So when you think about it...it can be applied to SO many things that need changing in our lives (OOOOoooooo - thought on the fly here, one that was on a brain post-it about a week ago that I never blogged about). A week and a half ago, I was vacationing with my BFF from high school...and I was envying EVERYTHING about her, as I did in HS - her curvy hourglass figure (which she will say she would rather have less of, but I would kill for some hips believe it or not) - her hair with no grays and pretty color (which made me finally get mine done after 10 months of neglect) emoticon - her gumption at running during our vacation to train for a half-marathon (she is doing it for her and I am so proud - because I will state this as a hard and true fact, I am NOT a runner, and do not inspire to be one, but I do envy that drive in a person that does...it takes dedication of a different level in my eyes - but then again, I should never say never right?).

So with all that secret (well, not really, I told her) envying going on, as we drove to a pedicure, I openly said that I was in a slump and needed to get back on track with my exercise, even though I am maintaining just fine, I need to do it for me...and then I looked back into the past...to the past year on Spark..and low and behold, in front of my eyes was my answer from my own self. By logging every month/week what was going on, I had an insight into the past behaviors that otherwise would have been hard to recall and realized that last July/August, I did the same exact thing!!!! I had fun, I ate too much, I partied for my 10th wedding anniversary and in August, I hated myself for the overindulgence and got back on track.

So why am I pointing this out to you in a blog....Weeeeellll....it is an example of past behavior modification. If we are more aware of our past behavior in certain situations, then we can change them toward the better for ourselves. Past practice. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't....but we have the power to change it if we want it bad enough.

That being said, as for myself, already the new calendar year is riddled with cubscout craziness, which I am more in charge of, and all I can do is my best...to run things, and modify them into more of a simpler version of what was done in the past and to get more people involved because many hands make light work. The kids schedule is already filling up with other activities like religion, soccer and school on all levels (including being a bus driver to two 4 year olds to preschool) and piano lessons to 4. Add my own schooling to that, and we have one filled up calendar!! (ROFL! My poor husband, not even mentioned...so, ok, throw him in there somewhere, my other part of my self being forgotten like that - poor guy!)

But right now, there is a calm that was not there before. Last year was crazy and filled with new-ness (is that a word?) and changes, but this year, while there is the same craziness, the new is now old, and with that comes routine and calmness through experience. Older and wiser - is that what they say? I think it is...and if that is the case, I am glad to be older and wiser.
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Now....could someone bring on fall sooner than later? this heat and humidity is wearing thin....even the kids don't want to go in the pool and would rather stay in the a/c now!!

  
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AMJSATURN 8/17/2010 12:34AM

    I to enjoyed this blog... after deciding to look for another avenue to lose weight. I am again checking into SPARK a little more. This was a past behaviors for me as well. At least weekly.

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SUCHAHOOT 8/15/2010 5:11PM

    Hey Girlfriend!
So, are you exercising again yet? I'm on again, off again. I sure feel better when I'm on!!

I'm excited about fall too. I love the season and the routine it brings...even if it is busy! I think it's great that you have your blogs to look back on & see where (&why) you were. Maybe I should consider it.

I can't wait to hear about BSA this year. Is your extra busy little guy coming back? DD is doing Girl Scouts this year for the first time. I like the Moms who are doing it. We are both looking forward to it.

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SASSYSACY 8/13/2010 11:38AM

    Wow! Very enlightening. I always enjoy your blogs!

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TASOGAREBAN 8/13/2010 9:43AM

    You know I was just mentioning this to a friend of mine on livejournal because she's talking about getting school stuff for her daughter who is 5 years old and she's listing all this craziness she's going through and for one hot minute I was VERY envious of her. I don't know why I get this feeling but I blame fall because once august rolls into september I think about all those cute old images of kids in seats and an apple for the teacher and going to a school away from brooklyn, more suburban. Your blog reminds me of all that. And it sounds CRAZY hectic and I know if I were actually in the middle of all that I'd be like, "WHY DID I WISH FOR THIS??" but sometimes being on the other side of it makes me want more.

I don't know if that made any kind of sense but your blog makes me wish fall was here. Woohoo! I love this feeling! Welcome back!

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HEALTH4LYFE 8/13/2010 9:29AM

    It's always good to hear from you and about your life and what has been going on. You are right! Reflection on where we have been can help prevent us from making the same choices, especially if we want something different. That familiar saying about "History repeating itself" comes to mind. I think that is one reason SP is so successful for so many. It is not a short term thing. It is about changing your lifestyle. If we continue with the diet mentality, then just like other previously failed diets, SP will most likely not work.
Best of luck to your friend on her first half. Mine is in November. And I have already said I wouldn't do a marathon, but as you said, "Never say never!"
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YAMINOKODOMO 8/13/2010 9:27AM

    LOL I agree! I want fall here now! Not only cause Fall is my favorite time of the year but because this heat is killing me too and I dont even want to SEE my next electric bill... *sigh*

Anyways! I am glad you have been having an awesome summer so far! I hope you guys get to enjoy the last of it before school starts again cause you definitely sound like you have a busy schedule!

And you can do it! You can get out of your little rut and get back into your routine! Summer does that to ya, when your having fun being out of the house, exercising isnt really on the mind.. Well now since summer is coming close to an end, not really but kinda, you can start setting your own little schedule for your routine so you can get back to kicking butt!

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OAKBORN 8/13/2010 9:26AM

    Hang in there girl! You are amazing!!

Your biggest fan in MO!

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DWEXCEL 8/13/2010 8:28AM

    Good Morning Annie Girl!

I know I have certainly missed your blogs. I am giggling, and saying..."me too" to everything you had to say.

This heat and humidity is killer.....I've been working out hard all summer long, but all of a sudden, I just can't take this humidity. We don't have central air, we live where you're not supposed to need it.....lol!!! Our 2 window units have been working over time for sure. But for some reason, I woke up yesterday feeling sluggish, sweaty, puffy, inflamed, swollen, just plain miserable from the humidity, and decided to take the day off, and today, I'm feeling the same way. Yuck!!!!

Glad to see you are back in full swing!

Luv ya!
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