Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Weigh In Wednesday! 11/24/2010

Well this was supposed to be a big week for me and I guess it kind of was.  I had made a personal goal to lose 23 pounds by Thanksgiving week.  Well, I lost weight this week - 1.8 pounds to be exact - but I was .8 pounds shy of the 23 total that I wanted to get to.  My first reaction on seeing what I lost was not the typical reaction I have had over the last 9 weeks.  I was disappointed - yes, you read that right, I was disappointed that I only lost 1.8 pounds!  I was so focused on making it to this total, this goal that I had set for myself that I couldn't be happy that I had just lost 1.8 pounds.  So, I am now down 22.2 pounds in 9 weeks - and that is awesome and I am proud of that.  It took me a little while to realize how stupid I was being. 
I met Zoe at school today for a Thanksgiving lunch and the minute I saw her face the fact that I had missed my goal by .8 pounds was quickly forgotten.  I was brought back to reality by an almost three year old - I find that happening to me more often these days!  Her smile and kisses reminded me of the reason I started this healthiness journey in the first place - the bazillion years that I want to spend with my daughters and family as a healthy mom.  I know you aren't supposed to say that you want to lose weight and get healthy for other people - you should be doing it for yourself - but honestly if I don't get healthy it will be my children who will bear the brunt of that.  So, I am doing this for myself but ultimately my children and the rest of my family and friends will benefit as well. 

I know I should probably be worried about the holiday and the eating that happens because of it but I really am not worried at all.  I know what I have to do and plan to stick to the plan and stay on point all weekend!  I still have a long way to go and this holiday is not going to derail me!  So, I will be up first thing tomorrow morning and I will do the Shred before the girls and I settle in to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! 

Thankful

So, I wanted to write this profound entry about all of the things I am thankful for this year!  Well, I have recently discovered I am not that profound - who knew! 

There are your typical things that I am thankful for - and not just this week because it is Thanksgiving, but I am thankful for these things all day, every day - my loving & supportive husband, my adoring and loveable two girls, my parents, my inlaws, my brother and his family, my husbands siblings and their families, and all of my wonderful and awesome friends and extended family!

There are a few other things I would like to throw in to that list as well(some of these are not "traditional"):
  • Our home: while it is too small and we are bursting at the seams, it keeps me and my family dry, warm, cool and safe regardless what this state's crazy weather patterns throw at us.  And it is our place to gather as a family and spend time making memories!
  • MOA/Nickelodeon Universe: if you have ever seen the looks on my children's faces when they see the carousel and know they are getting to ride it - this one is self explanatory.  We have had so many fun times with our family and friends at the MOA it definitely is a great spot!
  • My Honda Element: when I purchased this vehicle a month before I found out I was pregnant with Zoe, I imagined my baby sitting in the car seat in the back and tooling around town without a care - and for the most part that is what has come true!  I would have never imagined the amount of funny conversations that Zoe and I would have on our rides to school and to pick up Ava but they honestly are some of my favorite days and times in my vehicle - if I have to be stuck in rush hour - I can't think of a better companion!  The girls have developed music interests in that truck, they have spoken new words, and we have had some good times in that truck - we "heart" our Element!
  • 30 Day Shred: Jillian Michaels is the devil of the exercise world but I honestly love her!  I have been doing the Shred for a little over two weeks and it has helped me with my weight loss and my re-energizing of my mind and body.  I feel better every time I do it and it helps me really start the day right.
  • Weight Watchers: This may sound funny but I really am thankful for this company - yes, they take my money every month so I can come to their office and sit in a meeting once a week and use their online tools.  However, the leaders and online tools have really helped me in my healthiness journey and I know I was not able to do it on my own so for that I am grateful to all of them. 
  • The numerous blogs that I read on a regular basis: There are a select few blogs that I tune in to regularly, they are inspirational, they are relateable, and they make me feel human!  The whole blogging industry has been quite a phenomenon the last couple of years, but I seriously enjoy it and have loved learning about new things, being inspired to taking the first step on my healthiness journey, and remembering that there are people in this world that have so many difficult things going on and they continue to live and persevere! 

So, there are a few of the things that I wanted to give the extra shout out to this year!  I am so blessed in this world, I have a beautiful family, healthy children and wonderful friends and family! 
Please be sure to take a moment and tell the people in your life how much you love them and appreciate them!  Life is short, I have to remind myself of that every day, stop and take a moment to let it all soak in! 

Have a happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Weigh In Wednesday!

Another week in the books - they seem to be going faster - especially since it's dark before I even LEAVE work at night! 
I lost 1.8 pounds this week - which really isn't my favorite part - my favorite part is that I am officially at the 20 pound mark! 
8 weeks = 20.4 pounds lost!

Starting last Monday (8th) I started doing the 30 Day Shred.  I have done it 10 days in a row now (including today, Thursday).  Today was my first day bumping up to the Level 2 workout.  I was hesitant because I didn't really know if I was ready to take that step, I had toyed with the idea of just upping my hand weights in Level 1.  But, my friends on Facebook encouraged me to just go for it and I did!  I am really glad that I did - it was more intense but it incorporated some new exercises and it was kind of nice to have a change of pace.  Level 2 brings with it - walking push ups (which I actually did) and planks!  I really am proud of myself, I have gotten up every morning, early, to work out before I go to work for the day.  It makes the rest of my day go so much better, I have more energy and I don't have to stress about when I am going to get some movement in for the day!

My eating is still going well.  I have tried some new recipes when cooking at home - trying to break out of the frozen meal syndrome.  It's nice to have meals all packaged and pretty and spelling out to me exactly what it means toward my points goal for the day - but the chemicals, etc in those processed meals can be frightening.  I have started thinking more about how I can incorporate real, filling foods in to my diet - so we'll see how that goes!  One of the blogs I follow is actually trying the "living clean" eating plan so it will be interesting to see what kinds of things she comes up with and how the clean eating makes her feel, etc and if I can take some of her experiences and try them as well. 

So, I am officially in week 9 of WW, tomorrow is Day 11 of the 30 Day Shred and it's FRIDAY!  Hello weekend!  I am getting my hair cut and colored on Saturday morning and I am beyond excited - I get a new do and get to spend time with my adorably pregnant friend who is also my stylist!  Bonus! 

I have a personal goal coming up next week - I wanted to lose 23 pounds by Thanksgiving - I need to lose 2.6 pounds this week in order to make that happen!  Wish me luck!!

Take care and Be well!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Check in

Another great week on the scale - I could seriously get used to this!  I lost 3.2 pounds this week, bringing my total for 7 weeks to 18.8 pounds.  I am so close to that coveted 20 pound mark I can taste it! 

When I started this journey I never really sat down and put to paper what my goals were for this.  I knew in my head the weight I wanted to try to lose but didn't really have anything really set in stone as to how I was going to get there.  I read a few healthiness journey blogs and they all seem to have the same theme - they had a goal, and they had mini goals along the way to achieving the big prize.  So, i have decided it is time for me to articulate my goals, get them in writing and check back along the way to make sure I am meeting them.

Short term Goals:
1. Lose 23 pounds by Thanksgiving.
2. Maintain my weight loss through the Thanksgiving holiday.
3. Get active on a daily basis
4. Lose 30 pounds by Christmas holiday
5. Maintain my weight loss through the Christmas holiday
6. Lose 40 pounds by Valentine's Day
7. Stay active - every day, do something

They are not outrageous, nothing fancy, just some milestones that I would like to stay on pace to be able to hit.  After the first of the year I will add some more based on where I am after the Christmas holiday!

I have not felt this good about my health, my body and the way I look in a really long time!  I know that these changes are going to benefit me but I know the ones who are really going to benefit are my girls.  I want them to see a healthy, fit mom that can play with them and chase them around the yard - not a mom who is overweight and doesn't have the energy to keep up with them.  So, as much as I am doing this for myself, my girls are never far from my mind. 

I started reading this blog called PriorFatGirl about two weeks ago.  One of my friends knows this gal, they workout together, attend blogging events together, etc and she had linked to her site so I decided to check it out.  Well, literally for two weeks every time I was on the web I was reading her blog - I started from the beginning and have finally caught up to the present on Monday.  This girl is amazing, she has lost nearly 100 pounds in two years, she has maintained that weight loss for well over a year and she is inspiring!  She is holding a PriorFatGirl event in January and I am going to do everything I can to make sure I am in attendance.  The support and community that she has gained through her journey is really remarkable and it's a true testament that we can do this, the good old fashioned hard way - eating right and moving more!  Thanks Jen (PFG) for the insight, inspiration and motivation! 

Be well!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Weigh in (kind of late) and week recap! Can you say Shred?!?!

Okay - this post is a little late considering tomorrow is already Wednesday again and I will be weighing in again tomorrow!  But, I did lose another pound last week - which was a bummer and a blessing all at the same time - I wished it had been more but I had a girls night on Friday and had some adult beverages which are not usually in my diet so a one pound loss was Great!
After last week's loss I am now officially down 15.5 pounds since starting this journey 6 weeks ago.  To say that I am happy and proud of this would be an understatement.  I really feel like I am getting a handle on my diet (what I eat, not some pill or fad diet) and being really aware of what goes in mouth all day.  I have down right mastered the concept of drinking water at this point.  Like today for example, I had 20 oz down before I even got to the office and now at noon I have already drank another 32 more!  My body has actually started to crave water - it's an amazing phenomenon.  I have only had ONE diet mt dew since Saturday night - that in itself is a miracle - evidently I don't actually NEED the caffeine! 

Last week I decided that I needed to step my game up a little bit and add some more consistent and vigorous exercise.  Several of my friends have mentioned the 30 Day Shred and up until now it really didn't sound like something I was interested in - but I thought what the heck.  My mom had the DVD so she brought it over Sunday.  I decided that Monday morning would be my first day doing the Shred.  I woke up at 6AM (if you know me this is huge), threw on my workout clothes and headed to the living room.  I knew that I would HAVE to start on level 1 and my goal was to not stop - if they don't stop on the DVD, don't stop.  It was hard - the hardest 25 minutes I have experienced lately.  But, I did NOT stop.  I felt like puking after I was done and it took awhile for me to recover but I did it.  I was proud of myself.  As I went down stairs to grab something from the laundry room I quickly realized why they call it "Shred" - my legs already hurt - 10 minutes after I was already hurting walking down the stairs!  Its okay though - it feels great and I feel like I have accomplished something for the day and it's not even 7AM yet!

Now, skip ahead to this morning!  I woke up rather sore this morning and not really feeling like I needed to do the Shred again.  So, instead I did the Biggest Loser for Wii - I worked out with my virtual Bob this morning and he did a great job of waking up my muscles and getting me a good workout and good sweat this morning.  I will be doing the Shred again tomorrow morning - stay tuned!  : )

As a family we are keeping busy.  The girls are crazy as ever but I wouldn't have it any other way.  Zoe is going to be three in a few weeks and I can hardly believe it.  She is so smart and amazes all of us every day with the things that come out of her mouth.  I love to listen at her door in the AM or at night before bed to hear her playing by herself and making up stories, characters - she has such an imagination! 
Ava is 16 months old and is all over the place.  Once she got the walking thing down she has not stopped.  Her speech is still trying to catch up - she doesn't say much but she thoroughly understands EVERYTHING we say.  She adores her big sister and is just a little love bug. 
Rob is working hard as ever - he is still working 6 days a week so we are quite limited in the time we get to spend with each other - but the time we do have I think we do a pretty good job of making it count. 
The girls are spending some time with my dad and stepmom this weekend so Rob and I are actually going on a date with some friends on Friday night to see a band.  I am so excited, live music is the one thing that I dearly miss from my younger and more care free days!  We are going to see Pert Near Sandstone at the Cabooze - bluegrass, I will definitely be earning some activity points with some dancing! 
Anyway, tomorrow is weigh in day again.  I am feeling really good about this week.  I feel like I have made some positive strides towards really making these life changes and not just about losing weight.  The losing weight part is pretty awesome but knowing that I am getting myself healthier and in return setting a good example for my kids and all the other people around me is the real victory.  Oh, and being able to pull on a pair of dress pants that I have not worn in three years and they fit, they were not tight, did not create a muffin top - yeah, that's pretty awesome too! 

Make it a wonderful day! 
Jen