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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Popping in for an update

It has been about a month since I was last here, give or take.  This seems to be the norm now.  It has been quite a busy time for my family.  My husbands birthday, my son's birthday and I our lovely vacation. 

Since the last time I was here I have lost 6 more pounds bring my total lost to 36 pounds.  I know I could have lost more but I know exactly why I didn't. Five of those pounds were lost before I left on vacation. I had this big plan in my head, I was going to eat as good as I could, I was going to take my kettle bell and I was going to utilize the hotel gym....syke!

Here is what really happened..I forgot my kettle bell, I ate whatever I wanted and I never saw that hotel gym.  However I did walk miles and miles five of the days I was there.  We went to Disney World so tons of walking, and tons of sweating.  That was probably what saved me from gaining a zillion pounds while I was there.  When I got back home I weighed myself I was up 10 effing pounds!  ten!  You know in the next 3 days I peed out all ten of those pounds, every single one of them.  That's a ton of sodium.  So I broke even.  The week after we came home from vacation I didn't do anything on the exercise front.  Nada.  For some reason I decided to give myself the week off....but on the bright side I did get back to eating better.  Again I stayed the same that week.

I had to  have a heart to heart with myself.  Last year when we too went to Disney World I had lost 50 pounds.  When we got back I was up and then I lost momentum then I gained 53 pounds, all my weight I had worked so hard to get off plus some.  I was well on my way this year to doing the same thing.  I knew I didn't want that to happen so when Monday rolled around I got myself up at 4:20 and dusted off the treadmill from it's two week vacay.  When I weighed in on Saturday I was down only a pound.  I decided I would just take it without fussing and try harder this week.

So I am rolling out of bed 4:20, counting everything that goes in my mouth and getting my butt back on track! I will leave you with a few pics.

 My hubby and kids we were getting on Star Tours.  Which I was totally nervous about getting on because I heard there was issues with hip room and seatbelts for larger guests..but no problem!
 My daughter and I waiting in the car for the boys.
 My totally awesome measuring cups, these are an essential in weight loss. 
   I had one bite of the famous Disney World turkey leg, not impressed..

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I'm doing okay

I know my blog has been quiet, and normally that means something bad but in my case I am happy to report that's not the case.  I have just been so super busy, as usual.  My life never seems to slow down.


I am still losing weight, slowly but surely. My weight loss has stalled.  I haven't gain anything back and the last time I weighed I had lost 4 pounds.  So right now I am sitting at 30 pounds lost since February.  That doesn't seem like a lot to me and I wish it was more but that is what I can do right now I  can complain.  The scale is moving in the right direction.

I have been juggling around what works for me.  I think I may have found a routine I can live with. Most mornings I get up every weekday morning by 4:30 to workout. I do a 20 minutes on the treadmill, walk/run a little over a mile and then I do 15-20 minutes with my kettle bell.  I have to say I really like my kettle bell.  I can tell a huge difference in my arms.  I can feel my muscles!  Last week the kids and I went to the Arboretum to walk instead of getting on the treadmill.   It's beautiful out there, we usually go before I get ready for work and before I drop them off at summer camp.  So we are talking 6:45 am so it is still nice and cool.  We walked everyday last week. I also did my kettle bell every morning.  I usually get another walk in after dinner most of the time on the treadmill.  This week I have had to resort back to my treadmill so far.  Rain yesterday morning, and today my son couldn't walk that far, he hit his foot on the bottom of the pool when he jumped in so he is sore.


I didn't weigh in last week so I will weigh in on Sunday.  Pretty pathetic but I have my kids hide my scale so I don't obsess and get on it everyday.  I'm crazy like that.

My eating has been good.  I finally count calories. It's easier than I realized.  At first I typed up a whole big list but now I know what I am eating, since we eat a lot of the same things.  I just get my calculator on my phone and when I make my lunch in the morning I add up my breakfast and everything else I am taking with me to work, then add in my dinner.  When I run low on calories I just stop eating or pick something lower in calories.  I bought a nice kitchen scale so I weigh everything out and use my measuring cups and spoons.  I think I have it figured out for the moment. 

My husband and I are taking the kids on a surprise trip to Disney World in about two and half weeks.  I am so excited.  I plan on utilizing the gym and taking my kettle bell with me.  Also know I will get a ton a walking in at the theme parks my only issue is the eating.  I plan on making the best choices I can.



 I read blogs everyday, I just find it hard to sit down and type something out.  Hope everyone else is going great!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Long time..no post...rambles

It is so hard to find the time to post these days.  Between work, kids and everything else this blog gets put on the back burner. 
I have been doing good.  I have lost a total of 25 pounds since February.  I try to exercise at least 5 days a week.  Eating has been good for the most part, I still struggle with weekends.

Yesterday I had Orange Leaf,  yogurt place with the toppings type of joint.  I had peanut butter yogurt with some chocolate chips sprinkled on top.  I don't see anything wrong with treating yourself as long as it's not all the time.  I wanted some ice cream and I feel like I choose the best option, rather than going to dairy queen and getting a blizzard.  But I still have feelings of guilt even when I make the right choice.  It's like I have it in my head if it tastes good it must be bad for me.  And it isn't just yogurt that does this to me.  Lets take sweet potatoes for instance.  I have swapped out russet potatoes for sweet potatoes, the obviously healthier option but I can't get through my head it's better because they are so good.  I feel guilty for eating them because I thoroughly enjoy them.  I guess I am just cray cray!

Another thing I would like to weigh in on...counting calories. I hate the thought of counting calories.  Hate it!  Sure I look at the calories in something or I measure something out based on the calories but I never keep a running total on the calories I take in but I think this is something I truly need to do...So today I have embarked on the journey of counting calories.  Lets see if I can keep it up. 

I have made so many changes but feel like I need to make so many more..but one at a time is working so far.  I read something today "go about your lifestyle changes like you go about remodeling a house, one room at a time."

Until next time..Hopfully I will be back sooner with an update!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Progressing quite well

It's been a few weeks since I posted.  I have been busy at work, busy at home, busy on the weekends, I find it hard to blog.  I'm not even sure if I still have anyone who actually still reads this, but I still find it therapeutic to journal this weight loss journey so I will still blog.   Maybe one day I will find the courage to post my blog on Facebook for all my friends to see. That will be the day I want everyone to see how far I have come.  Right now I am still hush hush. 

I am pleased to announce since last posting I have lost 9 more pounds making my weightloss "reset" 16 pounds lost.  My goal for February was 10 pounds, I got eleven.   My goal for March is 10 pounds.  I have lost 5. So half way there! I have a "super" goal in my head of 15 but won't be bummed if I don't make that. 

I have been exercising about 6 days a week.  Usually on my treadmill, sometimes a workout video or a combo of both.  I took off Sunday and Yesterday because I have been working on some things for my daughter's birthday on Saturday but I plan to get good workouts in for the rest of the week. 

There is a good chance I won't be weighing in this coming weekend because I am due my monthly visit and I don't want to step on the scale and get discouraged if I see a gain or no movement.  So I think I will avoid Mr. Scale until the following weekend. 

Hope everyone is doing good!  Until next time!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Just a little rambling..

I skipped my weigh in last week for two reasons...monthly visitor..enough said and my husband and I had our second year wedding anniversary needless to say we ate well at a nice steakhouse.  I tried to do well and don't think I did to bad.  I had the 7 oz sirloin, baked potato butter on the side, and house salad with ranch on the side. We stayed in the same hotel we stayed at on our wedding night and the front desk sent us up a special treat.  Chocolate covered strawberries. 




  I had some of course and definably don't feel bad about eating them. I am deciding what changes I need to make one day at a time.  One of my decisions is not to cut out everything I love.  I know if I do then I will fail.  I have read so many  weight loss blogs and they all have something in common.  They didn't deprive themselves from what they wanted.  If I want to eat at a steakhouse and enjoy good food. I will. But only for occasions like my wedding anniversary.  If I am craving something sweet I will have it, just in a smaller portion. 

This week I started the 30 day shred again.  Fun fun.  I spent 20 minutes with Jillian then spent 30 minutes on the treadmill.



The photo doesn't do justice to the sweat and redness of my face!

 After that since it was nice out I went out and played a game of HORSE with my son and attempted to teach my daughter how to ride her bike without training wheels.

Tuesday was 30 day shred again and treadmill afterwards.  Wednesday I was super sick with a virus my children passed onto me. I went home from work yesterday still feeling a little under the weather but I still pushed through a 20 minute treadmill walk.  Enough to work up a nice sweat.  Tonight I am looking forward to another round with Jillian and the treadmill. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Little at a time

I am happy to report I have lost another 2 pounds this past week. Since "resetting" I have lost a total of seven pounds.  Slow but steady.  I have been measuring out portions, eating more veggies, trading out regular pasta for wheat pasta and switching regular potatoes to sweet potatoes.  Small steps can really add up.  I have been walking on my treadmill every night.  I'm feeling good. 

I have decided not to tell anyone about my weight loss this time around.  Hopefully I will get those compliments everyone wants to hear "have you lost weight?" 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Goals

I have officially started my weight loss again.  Two weeks ago I cut out regular soda.  I have been having two Diet Dr. Peppers a day.  One with lunch and one with my dinner.  The rest of the day I have a full water bottle at my side.  I plan on phasing out those two daily Diet Dr. Peppers too but I have to wean myself off of them cause if not I will get a killer headache.  I also cut out most sweets and fast food.  I lost 3 pounds that first week and 3 pounds the second week.  So down 6 pounds so far.  My goal for this month was 10 since I got started late. I'm hoping to lose 3 or 4 pounds this week to make my goal for the month.  If not no big deal.

My goal for February is a big one.  20 pounds and it's a short month at that.  If I don't make it I wont be to upset, I realize 20 pounds is a lot to lose in a month. Since I am starting back I expect the weight to come off quicker in the beginning.  We will see. 

I got my tread mill today!!  It's waiting for me at home.  This means it is time to get the ball rolling on my exercise.  I will have no excuse not to workout.

I'm working on another blog.  I haven't decided if it will a crafting blog, or a blog in general. I consider myself to be crafty and love to make things.  I have noticed when I craft I don't snack. I'm not thinking about food because my mind and hands are busy creating.  So I have a whole list of items I want to accomplish this year.  I will be sure to let my followers here know when my blog  gets going.

I had a couple of comments on my last blog.  Thank you Carbie and Robin for your support.  Hopefully most of my followers are still out there.  I intend on looking at blogs again. To see how everyone is doing.