The Earth is a Fascinating Place

The Aurora Borialis, Australia blanketed in Sea Foam after a cyclone, Volcanoes and Lava, Giant Squid, Humpback Whales, Dolphins helping one another, Flooding … need I say more?

Don’t know why, this just struck me today and I thought I’d share.

New Clothes!

I had to go shopping for new clothes because all mine were getting really big. I went down about 2 pants sizes! I was so excited. I kept bringing the wrong sizes in the dressing rooms and had to go back and get smaller sizes – it was awesome! Still shopping in plus size, but next size down will NOT be plus size!!! Hopefully that will be soon.

It’s so strange the things that give us motivation, isn’t it? For me, this fun shopping spree is huge motivation to keep going! I have not been doing so well with my eating lately and REALLY need to get back on the program!!! Still struggling with vegetables, but I’ve decided to start drinking V8 to help with that. I’m sure it won’t help with still attempting to consume 8 glasses of water a day, though. And, what…..t doesn’t count if I add vodka to it? Well, there goes that idea! Ha ha!

Had my measurements done again recently… everything was either the same (neck) or down. Unfortunately, I don’t have them with me at the moment so I can’t give a complete update, but I will soon!!! I know I lost about 2 inches in the waist area. The scale, however, has not been going in the same direction. Which is why I need to get back on the healthy eating train, starting NOW! Neither me nor my eating accountability partner have been very good. Shame on us!!!

School is going OK, Thursdays are a killer, but I’ll get through it. At least that class is fun. The instructor is really funny and keeps things very interesting and the time really flies by. The difficult thing for me is to keep from getting involved in things at school. This is why you really should go to college when you’re young, with little responsibility and lots of free time. I want to join every group and do all the cool things they are doing and network with great people and great companies, but I just don’t have the time. It really kinda sucks. But, in the end, I will still have a degree. It has also been difficult to do any work outside of class. Finding/making time to read is a challenge. This week I’m staying a couple of days at the beach with a friend since the hubby is still working out of town. Hopefully I’ll find some down/quiet time to study. Research time is NOW and I need to get on it!

Well, nothing too exciting, I guess. House hunting has slowed down since we made an offer (another offer) on a house. This one is a short sale that will probably take a while so we’re still keeping our eyes open while in the short sale process. I really, really, really love this house though! I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t get it, just needs to happen sooner rather than later. So… I’m going to start getting strong again, with the eating. The 2 Hershey’s nuggets I had already today don’t count, right? Ha ha! Going to make some steamed veggies now… Stay Strong!

Me!

The Biggest Loser

The Craziness has begun. Classes started last week and this middle of the day class stuff is not as great as I had hoped it would be. Yeah, I only have to go to school one night a week, but I’m out of the office for about 2 hours, 2-days a week because parking absolutely sucks. And I’m supposed to keep it on the DL …. that’s not as easy as you might think. If I didn’t care about my job and want to do the right thing, it probably wouldn’t be so bad. But I am so thankful for this opportunity and really don’t want to take advantage of it! My boss is being super cool about it all…. he’s pretty awesome.

I’ve joined “The Biggest Loser” competition at work and I totally intend on winning. It’s been one week and I’m already behind, but I will catch up. While most in this competition will lose momentum I have an advantage because I already have this goal and don’t intend on giving up. I’ve already lost 21 lbs and, unfortunately, that doesn’t count, but my weight loss will be more slow and steady. The others in this competition have really just started too so their initial weight loss will be more, but I’ll get them in the long run.

Just to add to the craziness that is my life, my husband is now working out of town from Mon-Thur. He leaves around noon on Sunday and comes home around 1 or 2am on Thursday. So, my daughter is picking up his slack at the house. I mean, it’s the least she could do since she is 19 not working and not going to school! She’s cooking dinner, cleaning, vacuuming, taking out the trash, taking trash and recycles to the street etc… and doing an OK job. Last week was better, but she has been sick this week so I guess I can cut her a little slack.

My week now consists of:
Monday – Gym to make up for missed Saturdays (Not every Monday and I cancelled last Monday to go look at some houses, but didn’t end up seeing them anyway), home, shower, eat, FaceTime with hubs (if it works since he gets a crappy WiFi connection at the hotel sometimes)
Tuesday – Class at 12:15, then gym at 6:30, get home around 7:30, shower, eat, study, FaceTime with my husband, and finally sleep.
Wednesday – Gym at 6:00 with the trainer (Or 6:30 if he puts the appt. in the computer wrong, and on the worst possible day since I had to also go to my Mom’s house last night because my uncle is in town. It always seems like there is something like this going on!), home, shower, FaceTime with hubs.
Thursday – Class at 12:15, Class from 6-9pm, home, talk to hubs on the phone to make sure he’s safe driving and get his ETA, then sleep until 1 or 2am when hubs gets home.
Friday – Work, home – CRASH (Oh wait, I actually get to spend some time with my husband)

This weekend a friend is letting us use a condo on the beach for the weekend, which is cool, but I’m already stressing out about it because I don’t know when I’m going to get laundry and grocery shopping done! But I really want to just go and chill with my husband for a while….. always have “things” on my mind stressing me out though.

House hunting is about as frustrating as it can get! We increased our budget because we just weren’t finding what we wanted in the range we were looking in. That made a huge difference, but its a scary thought taking on so much more debt. However; I have found a great house. I really think it is “the one”. Hubs goes to check it out on Friday and I really hope he likes it as much as I do. He has seen video of it and liked it so-far. It is a short sale and we’d have to make a full-price offer to ensure the bank will consider it. They have already accepted a full-price offer before, but the buyer walked about 2-weeks before the bank called. Their loss! I just have to be prepared to wait for 3-4 months or more. At least we don’t have a time-frame for getting out of our house. We do have the luxury of time, except my self-imposed desire to move ASAP.

Trying to get in my 5 fruits and vegetables every day, it really is difficult. I need to start drinking V8 – gonna add it to my grocery list this week (for whenever I get to go grocery shopping).

Stay strong people. If I can do this, anyone can!

Understanding

I’m not quite sure how to say this without sounding mean, or spiteful or something. I am not happy per se that my “thin” friends – the ones who have had 4 children and still managed to stay relatively thin (much thinner than me!) – are now struggling with keeping the weight off. I mean, I wouldn’t wish this struggle on anyone…. well who am I kidding? There is a girl or two from highschool, and maybe a couple of guys, that I would Ha ha ha! No, seriously, this is not a battle that anyone should have to fight. BUT I am happy, in a weird way, that they now have a better understanding of what I’ve been dealing with for a very long time. At least now they know that it’s not easy at all to eat “healthy” (Still not exactly sure what that means) and it’s not that I’ve been a lazy slob all these years. If there was a way for them to understand without having to go through it themselves, I would wish for that.

I am a little on the jealous side, though, that they are catching it and doing something about it before getting to the point where they have to lose 100 lbs. But that is all on ME! I could have done something about it, more seriously, before. I could have stuck to all the stupid diets I’ve done throughout the years and kept the weight off. How stupid was it of me to slack! I guess it didn’t really dawn on me – I mean REALLY dawn one me – that this is not something I can just do, lose the weight, then stop. It will come back! This is a complete lifestyle change, and it has to be FOREVER! And it really had to be made a priority. I have always let other things deter me from a healthy lifestyle. My excuse was that I didn’t have time. Well, that is always going to be an excuse! But I can no longer allow myself to use it.

I start school next week; 2 classes. But only 1 at night and it is only 1 night a week; albeit one of my workout nights. I am a little worried about sticking to it. No, I’m TERRIFIED that I won’t be able to do it all. I also still have to find a house and move…. but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. I do see it off in the distance though…. creeping up on me. We have an offer in on a house, just waiting to hear back.

Stay strong! I’ll be continuing to pray for strength!

Two BIG announcements!

Good afternoon! I am so happy and excited to make two BIG announcements. Drum roll please……

1) My goal was to not gain weight over the holidays, not only did I succeed, but I actually LOST 1.2 lbs! Actually probably more than that – maybe closer to 2, but at least 1.2 over the past 2-weeks.

2) This loss finally pushed me over the 20lb lost hump!!!!! Yay!!!

What a GREAT way to start off the new year! I hope everyone’s holidays went as well as mine; in general, and regarding weightloss. And if you weren’t quite as lucky as me to not gain, or lose, during them – here’s to you getting right back on the wagon and not letting it deter you from your big goals! I feel like I won an award or something. LOL If I still went to Weight Watchers meetings, I would get an award – a keychain I think. 🙂

Things I’ve learned up to this point:

  • I NEEDED the personal trainer! I never would have made it to the gym as often as I did – especially on saturday mornings – if I didn’t have the accountability of a trainer. Money well spent!
  • The blog helps keep me on track. I absolutely love typing blogs like this one over bummed out ones because I was struggling – even though the drama filled ones get more likes and comments – ha ha. We do love our drama, don’t we?
  • I am in control of my success or failure – not anyone else. No one is shoving food in my mouth. I have the option to say no….. and I don’t say it often enough!
  • Praying helps!!!! If it’s only because it makes that choice top of mind and really makes you think about it. But, I believe it is more than that.
  • I NEEDED my workout buddy – even though she can’t always make it to the gym with me. The accountability is still there. And one day, I’ll look as good as she does 🙂
  • Accountability is a great thing. This is where I am in the Made to Crave book and I’ve gotten my food accountability partner now too. So I have a workout buddy AND a food buddy; and they aren’t the same person. They could be, but the more the merrier!
  • I do much better when I’m tracking my food. I hate to admit it, but it’s true.

I hope you all stayed strong over the holidays and continue to do so now!

Ups & Downs

I’m not really sure how long it has been since I wrote a blog post. Too long, that’s all I can say! I’m still out here trying to eat right, exercise and just be amazing like usual. Not always successful, however!

Christmas is right around the corner – 4-days away, I believe. I can’t remember a Christmas in the past that was more stressful than this one! I am determined not to gain a pound during the holidays! And I’m proud to say that so-far, I haven’t….. So-far. I know I’ve read somewhere recently where someone said, “It’s just one day”, meaning Christmas. And true, technically Christmas is “just one day” but there are a whole lot of “days” leading up to it that are a challenge! We deal with many many outside vendors where I work and they like to take us out to lunch. We have our holiday luncheon at work every year with lots of deserts (which I skipped!!!!! – The deserts, that is). The vendors that can’t take us to lunch send us chocolate and nuts and other goodies. There are Christmas parties of friends and family with lots of food that’s bad plus alcohol. And not to mention you have to add all the shopping and wrapping to your normal routine so what little time for cooking I had is even less! So, the eating challenge of Christmas isn’t “just one day”, its like a month! And to get through it without gaining will be a miracle! If I could lose through all of this, well that would be a major bonus!

Just a quick update on the house situation: Our house is SOLD! We’ve signed on the dotted line…. all of the dotted lines, my goodness! And it was a cash deal. I hate to think how many more dotted lines we would have had to sign on if it weren’t! We had found a house we really liked, but after praying about it tons, then finally realizing that God was sending so many signs there might as well have been a neon sign flashing in our faces that we were ignoring, we decided it just wasn’t the right house for us. For now, we’re on hold looking until after the holidays. We’re renting the house from the people we bought it from and they are in no hurry since they were just planning on renting it out anyway, so we’re just waiting it out right now. Thank Goodness because if I’d have had to move two weeks before Christmas….. I might have had a nervous breakdown! Don’t get me wrong, I want out of that house! Away from that neighborhood in the worst way!!! You have no idea! Maybe I’ll share all that one day, but this blog is about me losing weight and getting fit so I’m trying to stay on topic 🙂

Keeping on topic….. Stress is a HUGE part of my weight problem and these are the kinds of things that cause stress, which causes me to over eat or eat bad stuff. So, I guess that’s why I feel it worthy of mention here. Its life – life gets in the way, am I right or am I right? I just have to keep pressing on and keep the bigger (or smaller 😉 picture in mind. Keep my focus and motivation up.  Not always easy. But when you have a little voice in the back of your head reminding you that you have a bridesmaid’s dress to fit into in October….well, that’s some pretty good motivation. Plus – working out is such a great stress releiver!!! Wow! I am really enjoying my time at the gym. Of course, it’s with my buddy Lorrie – and that helps a TON!!!! I don’t know what I’m going to do when I move and have to workout at a different gym without my Lorrie. Not gonna think about that right now. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it!

So to all my fellow loosers out there (weight loosers, I mean!) stay strong through the Holidays! I can do this. You can do this. And most definitely together…. WE can do this!!!!

Praise God!

 

P.S. Can anyone give me some pointers on how to get more vegetables in during lunch??? Struggling with that right now!

Such a slacker I am!!!

Where have I been? I’ve been busy! We found a house that we really like, it’s a foreclosure so it’s complicated I guess. The sale of our house is looking pretty good at this point – we have a closing date and a lease agreement to rent it back from the people who are buying it until we can close on a new house. So, I won’t be homeless!!! Yay!

But I haven’t been tracking my food and workouts on MyFitnessPal like I should, and haven’t really been eating great. Not horrible though. I did lose another 1.6lbs so I’m down 18.4 total now. Not too shabby, right? Considering everything – I think I’m doing pretty good. Two people commented that I look like I’ve lost weight in the same day last week too. It’s funny how the drop in lbs on the scale and the change in body don’t necessarily coincide.

I also haven’t had a chance to pick the book back up yet either! I’m so bummed about that, but I will make time. Not this weekend, though. I’m going to Universal Studios Resort this weekend with my BFF and my SIL and I am sooooooooooo excited! We’re doing Universal Studios on Friday (TOMORROW!!!) and Islands of Adventure on Saturday, then spending Saturday night livin’ it up at City Walk. Margaritaville….. here we come!!! Just us girls. This is something my BFF and I have NEVER done in all the many, many…. many…. many years we have been friends. We’ve been to Disney together, but had our men with us too – and she was pregnant at the time LOL. That was a long time ago. (Her youngest child is 12, and she was preggo with her oldest.)

I really need to keep my eye on the ball though. I’m going to be in a friend’s wedding in October but I’ve already been measured for, and ordered, the dress…. many sizes smaller than I am now. How’s that for confidence? Serious motivation!!! It would definitely not be good if the dress didn’t fit. I’m actually hoping I ordered it a little big and it will need to be taken in.

I had a great blog post mapped out in my head earlier and now I can’t remember even the subject of it. Hate when that happens!!! Wait…. it’s coming back to me…. I know Weight Watchers was in there somewhere. I’ve been making a lot of Weight Watchers recipies lately, mostly for dinner. I still haven’t gotten the lunch thing down very well. I seriously lack in the vegetable department for lunch. I made this Cuban Style Shredded Beef and Black Bean recipe in the crock pot yesterday, it is sooooo yummy AND healthy! That’s the greatest – the perfect combination; delicious AND healthy/low cal. I had leftovers for lunch today. I don’t exactly follow Weight Watchers currently, but I am a believer in the program. It really does work and it is something that I think I could follow for the rest of my life. It works for me because it’s not restrictive or limiting, yet it totally promotes healthy eating habits at the same time.  I cancelled my membership right before I joined the gym (Does that make any sence??) But the price of the program was almost the same as the gym membership. And I’m doing OK on my own. Well, I’m not on my own – I definitely have buddies and I have WordPress.

Working out – I made it to the gym all 4 days last week; 2 with the new Hot Trainer Frank (That’s what I call him LOL). I missed Tuesday (Lame excuse: I forgot my socks) and made it yesterday and I’m going tonight. So, only 2-days this week. I’m missing my saturday with Hot Frank because of Universal, but making that up on Monday so not too bad.

Have a great weekend everyone and remember to STAY STRONG!!!

Excuses, Excuses

Thanksgiving has me all messed up. No, I have allowed myself to use Thanksgiving as an excuse to get all messed up. Wow. That’s pretty powerful – the difference between those two sentances. Thanksgiving did nothing to me – it is just a day on a calendar, it has no power over me! I made choices. Choices that weren’t good, and I used Thanksgiving as an excuse to make those choices. Not just Thanksgiving, but my hectic, busy schedule in general. I still haven’t been to the grocery store for this week. Today is Tuesday and I have no idea what I’m going to make for dinner tonight. I haven’t been to the gym in almost a week, and only went 1 time last week. My workout buddy and I were supposed to work out with the trainer on that one day last week, but he had a ‘family emergency’ and didn’t know how to get a hold of me. Seriously??? And I am unable to make an appointment with him online and don’t have his cell# to schedule with him. I’ll get to the bottom of that tonight when I’m there. It’s pretty bogus!

I haven’t been on MyFitnessPal to track my food in over a week either. I really need to get on the ball. Maybe I should get off the blog and get on the ball. No more excuses!!!! I am strong and I will STAY STRONG!!!

For with God all things are possible

One of the bloggers I follow on here, Stacy’s Weight Loss Journey, recommended a book called Made To Crave. It’s about asking God to help you make good food choices and including Him in your diet and basically learning to crave Him instead of Food. Well, this idea intrigued me, as I am a woman of God (Yes, I am. I know what you’re thinking and hey – we are all sinners.) I asked for, and received, this book for my birthday and finally had a few moments to pick it up and start reading it last night. How timely, right? Just when I’m beginning to really struggle with all of this, that book is right there waiting for me to start reading. Coincidence, I think not! At first, before reading any of the book, I wasn’t sure exactly how to include God in this part of my life – I had never even considered it! I read the first 3 chapters last night and I’m starting to get it. When I’m having a craving, or feel like I’m about to go off the deep end and eat bad, I should stop and pray to God and ask Him to help get me through it. What a novel idea, huh? I’m willing to bet a whole lot of money that the vast majority of people trying to lose weight and be healthy have never thought of this before, even good Christians.  Probably because it seems like such a vain thing to do, and it seems shallow and selfish (that’s just the Devil talking, though). But our body’s really are a Temple, and they aren’t ours, and we really should be taking care of them. God WANTS us to!!! Do I sound like a Jesus freak now or what? I don’t even care. I trust in the Lord and look forward to getting closer to Him through this process. Thank you Stacy for recommending the book! It came just in time, as things God intends always do.

So, I’m pulling out the big guns now! There ain’t no stoppin’ me when I have Him to back me up!!! What a great feeling!!! I’m also asking for help in all the other areas I’m struggling right now. I’ve been asking for guidance with the whole house selling/buying process. I’m just waiting for the right house to appear now. All in His time though.

I know this is very different from my usual posts, but ya may want to get used to it because I have a feeling I’ll be referring to God more often in the future and how He’s helped me with my goal to get fit, and other things in life. From what I understand, the people who have read this book have gotten more satisfaction by strengthening their relationship with God than from the weight loss. That’s pretty cool if you ask me!

Stay Strong Peeps! For with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26