Saturday, December 29, 2012

Here we go again...

2013 is almost here. It's crazy to me to think that 1 year ago I started my journey. Unfortunately, I have not been as successful as I hoped to be. I lost my determination and stopped trying a long time ago. Now, it's time to start over.

I regained a lot of the weight I lost, but thankfully not all of it. I am still down 17 pounds right now. I haven't decided exactly what I am going to be doing this time, but I am going to count weight watchers points instead of counting calories. I have done this in the past, but never seriously. I am also going to run again, starting with the couch to 5k program. At the end of eight weeks I will be able to run a 5k again. It's been a long time since I have been able to do that.

I am looking forward to doing this, to continuing my journey. It's a matter of sticking with it and making permanent lifestyle changes. It will mean big changes and a better me!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Challenge

This week our SparkTeam is starting a new challenge. I am really looking forward to this because I think it will help me get back on track knowing the whole team has to work together to be successful. We had to make a personal goal to get points for our team each week. (There will be other team goals as well.) I decided to have 2 goals: track my food every day and to write for 30 minutes a day. This should help me achieve 2 of my ultimate goals.

Since I have been so lazy lately, (I let vacation really mess me up and haven't been successful since then.) I have actually gained weight. : ( It's very frustrating, but it's my own fault. Today I start anew. Back to not drinking any soda, tracking my food and exercising. I was able to go run twice this week and it was so wonderful. The weather's been nice and I love running at the park. It's frustrating because now I know it will take longer to reach my goals, but I have to get over it and move forward. I can still do this and I am going to.

I also will try to post more on my blog throughout the week. I really enjoy doing it and hope that you enjoy reading.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Take 2

It's been awhile since I have been on here. I seem to have lost my determination since our vacation. I have gotten it back though and am ready to do this again.

I've had some realizations in the past couple of months. I need to follow my dreams. There are a lot of things that I want to do and haven't taken the time to do them.

This Thursday I will be restarting the devotional Becoming the Woman I Want to Be. I only went through the 1st week before and I wasn't really taking the time to be serious about it. This time I want to get as much out of it as I can.

Tomorrow I am going to start counting calories and exercising again. I have had a little motivation this week. I bought new jeans and I was able to buy a size 14! That is a big change from a size 20 so it was pretty exciting and motivating to keep changing and keep working.

One of the biggest goals I have is to write a book. It's something that I have always wanted to do and I have never taken time to do it. (I have this fear of failure that keeps me from doing new things.) We watched a biography on Stephen King. When he started writing he was working full time and taking care of a family and he still took 2 hours a night to just write. If it's something that I really want to do then I would take the time to do. So that's what I am going to do: Prioritize and take time to meet some goals.

I'm 26 and I don't want to look back and have regrets. If I don't start now whose to say I will ever start. I don't want to one day say "Why didn't I...?"

So this is Take 2 of Act 2 of my story...




Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Vacation Pt. 2

Life has been crazy since we returned so I am finally getting around to blogging again.

The Petrified Forest was our next stop. It was very pretty there as well.




On our way through Arizona, we stopped to see the meteor crater near Winslow. It is the world's best preserved meteorite impact site.

We also saw Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter that night. It was pretty good. I need to finish reading the book.

Finally, the next day we made it to the Grand Canyon. There are no words or pictures that really capture its beauty.

It was amazing and we hope to go back one day. We even got to watch the sunset there. 

Next, we went to Vegas. That place is crazy! One night at a time is definitely enough. We stayed at the Bellagio. It was beautiful.
Fountain Show at the Bellagio.
I will have to finish up with a Part 3 next. I have really strayed from my "diet" since vacation started. I am having a hard time getting back in to it. I need to do it though. Tomorrow's day 1 of Act 2 in "On My Way to a Better Me."

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Vacation Pt. 1

What an amazing adventure my husband and I just had! We decided to take a road trip to the Grand Canyon and once we started making plans, we ended up wanting to go all the way to the coast of California. Let me just say, I am so glad we did. We saw so many incredible things, things that I can't even begin to describe, but I am going to try my best to share with you.

Ready to go!

We drove through Illinois and part of Missouri the first day. We didn't see much except for traffic and the St. Louis Arch.


The next day was a lot more exciting. We drove through Oklahoma and into Texas We got to see several different attractions:

The Big Blue Whale in Catoosa, OK
This used to be a swimming park and it is a part of the historic Route 66. It was built in the early 1970's.

Whale Skeleton at the Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City, OK
This is the largest museum of skeletons in America with over 300 skeletons on display!

66 foot tall soda bottle at Pops in Arcadia, OK
Pops has over 600 different sodas. It was insane. The food was really good and we brought home a 6 pack of different sodas to try. 


We ended the day with a Texan sunset. It was beautiful! (Pictures never really do it justice.) 

The next day we drove through the rest of Texas, New Mexico and part of Arizona. We got to see several different things here as well.

Palo Duro Canyon

This is "The Grand Canyon of Texas." It was very beautiful here and definitely worth seeing. 


We ate at the Big Texan for breakfast: Home of the free 72 oz. steak. 


Then we stopped at the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX. There are10 Cadillacs buried nose first in the ground. You're allowed to spray paint them if you want. It was pretty interesting. Another Route 66 stop.


We drove straight through New Mexico and into Arizona and got to see another beautiful sunset. 

There is too much to fit in one post, so I will break it up into sections. I do have some good news though, I gained weight on vacation, but I only gained .2 pounds. I was very surprised that I didn't gain more, and very happy that I am still on track. I will try to post another part later today or tomorrow. 

Until then...


















Tuesday, June 5, 2012

31.4!!!!

Finally some good news to report. I've lost my first 30! It is such a relief in a way. I was stuck so long trying to reach that goal that I felt I would never get there.

I know that I still have a ways to go before I am at a healthy weight, but I really feel like I can do it. The only thing holding me back is myself. There are always excuses I can make, but really it comes down to self-discipline. I shouldn't worry about going out on the weekends (one of the many excuses I have told myself), I should just make better choices when we do. It's all about choices. There is always a healthier option.

Now I need to get into the habit of running. I just haven't wanted to go. Once again, I can make a lot of excuses, but I just need to do it. I think I need to alternate running and strength training or exercising with the Wii. Maybe with more variety, I will be more likely to do it.

So my next goal will be to lose 40 pounds. I have 8.6 left to go. Maybe I will be able to make it before vacation!

Vacation Bible School is this week at church. It keeps us really busy. Last night was the first night and it seemed to go really smoothly. We have a lot of people involved and they all did what needed to be done. This is the first time I'm not teaching and it feels kind of strange. It does however give me time to work on the movie each night when I would normally be teaching instead of having to do that at home afterwards. Hopefully we will have more kids show up tonight.

It's been a stressful day at work today. There's a lot going on and my patience is wearing thin. Sometimes it feels like no matter what I do, it's never good enough or the right thing. Tomorrow will be better.

This post has been kind of everywhere. Sometimes you just have to get it all out.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Elusive 30

I feel like I have only had negative things to report lately. I am growing frustrated with myself. I have lost some of my determination. I keep telling myself that I am going to get back on track, but I am finding it hard to do. I'm not losing any weight, but I'm not even really trying. I don't know how I expect to get results if I am not even working at it.

I am going to strive to do better tomorrow. I have to keep going. I can't come as far as I have and just stop. I was so excited about losing my first 30 pounds, and I still have not made it there. I'm not sure why I stopped trying...crazy I guess.

Hopefully I will have some good news to report soon. I have got to get back on the right path before our vacation. That will be the true test of my determination and I need to lose some more weight before then. Next time I post, hopefully I will be at 30.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hectic

It has been a busy couple of weeks.

May 5th we went to the Awolnation concert. May 6th we went to a concert in Chicago. It was unlike anything I have ever seen, but we had a great time!


Awolnation Concert

Yes, there is someone standing in the fire.
See him?
Needless to say, everything I ate that weekend was unhealthy. I gained weight last week. It was my first gain since I started this and it did not sit well with me. It was very frustrating. I haven't been as enthusiastic about this as I need to be. I haven't been counting my calories or anything that I need to be doing. I have got to start keeping track again. 

I did lose a little this week, but am still .3 away from where I was two weeks ago and 1 pound away from losing 30. I purchased some new pants since thankfully mine no longer fit very well and as a little incentive I haven't opened them since I received them. When I lose 30 I will open them.

This weekend was busy as well. We went to see the Avengers Friday night. Great movie, I definitely recommend it. Saturday we went out of town to visit my Grandma. It was really good to see everyone. On Mother's Day we spent the day with our families.

Dad, Lucas and I went golfing yesterday. We had fun. I think I am learning a little but and hopefully I'm getting a little better. It is definitely good exercise. We walk the course instead of using a cart. I forgot my pedometer so I don't know exactly how far we walked, but we think it was close to 2 miles. I almost forgot: last Thursday I was able to run 2.34 miles!!! Getting closer to 3.

Well, I think I have rambled enough for one post...


Monday, April 30, 2012

Success!

Thankfully, this week has been a successful one. 1.4 pounds down! I only have .8 pounds left to lose the first 30 pounds. Dreams are becoming reality and it feels good. Hopefully next week I can say I've lost 30 pounds.

So, game night was a success. Everyone played and we had a really good time. There was ice skating, horseshoes, archery and a lot more. The Kinect is awesome!
It took a picture of us when we got a high score:

(I told my family their pictures would end up on my blog Saturday.) 

I ran on the dreadmill today. It was torture. My Garmin's battery wasn't charged so I couldn't run around the neighborhood. It was nice to be able to control my speed. When I am running outside, it's harder for me to keep a steady pace. I ran my 2 miles in 23.16 today. I need to start working on running farther though. Maybe if I stick with it consistently again, I can get to 3 miles. That's my next running goal.

Our first rose of the year is blooming. Thought I'd share a picture with you.



I am going to start the new devotional tomorrow. The first thing I have to do is make a list of 25 things that I want to do, be or have. It's supposed to be your first gut reaction. What is your first thought?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Lesson Learned

So I finally went running again today. It has been 2 weeks since the last time I ran. What's the lesson I learned? Never skip that much time in between runs. I was still able to run the 2 miles, but it was hard. It's discouraging now to realize I wasted 2 weeks. I wonder how far I could be running now if I hadn't stopped. It's is just motivation to keep going and not have another set back like this. I am sure there will be more times when I feel like I can't do it, but I have to keep going. 

I think this quote may help in the future:
 "Running long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it's hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same  time." - Monte Davis

The new devotional I have decided on is another one by Donna Partow. I am planning on starting it Monday. It is also a 90 day series. It's called "Becoming the Woman I Want to Be." This year is all about change. 4 months into it I am feeling pretty good about it. A lot of change has been made and it's very uplifting. I have dropped one of my goals from the beginning of the year though. I was going to read the Bible through in a year and I stopped doing that. I found that I was just reading it to say I've read it and not really studying it. Hopefully this devotional will keep me in the Word every day and help me to continue in my transformation.  

We are having the family over tomorrow for game night. I am pretty excited about it. There is sure to be lots of laughter, especially with Mom here. I'll fill you in next time... 


Monday, April 23, 2012

Lazy

I am sorry to say that this past week has been my laziest yet. I haven't been running and I haven't been keeping track of my calories. I have just been in a funk. It was a bad week at work and I was just down in general. I go through phases where I am down and this past week has been one of those phases. I think I have recovered now. I am feeling better anyway.

It was a very busy weekend:

We were able to go to Thunder over Louisville Saturday. (I tried to upload a video, but I keep getting an error.) We had a good time and probably walked 4 miles total which is always good. We even tried fried alligator. You would think since I grew up in Louisiana, I would have had it before, but this was the first time. It's true what they say... it does taste like chicken.
                                                       

Also this weekend we went to see Chimpanzee. We have been waiting a long time to see it. It was a fantastic movie. Oscar was so adorable and it was a great story. All of the Disney Nature movies have been awesome.


To continue our busy weekend we went to a Louisville Bats game tonight. It's always a great time. Dad even caught a souvenir baseball for me. : )

Back to the journey... I somehow managed to lose .8 pounds this week. I was very surprised to say the least, especially since I haven't been doing anything that I should be doing. This week has to be better. I've got to put last week behind me and make the most of this week. That's all I can do, right? There are two options: continue in my laziness or continue my transformation. It's all about choices. Hopefully this week, I make the right ones. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I Survived Easter!

I was pretty worried about this week's weigh-in. Holidays are kind of stressful when you are trying to lose weight, but I was able to stay within my calories on Easter. I had to be especially mindful of what I was eating because my weigh-in was the next day and I knew I didn't have any time to try and make up for it. It felt like a great accomplishment to be able to do that. It reinforces the changes I have made. I lost 1 pound this week. Hooray!

I went for a run yesterday. It was beautiful outside. I was able to run 2.27 miles. When my watch beeped at 2 miles I just wanted to keep running. What a change! I never dreamed I would enjoy running again.

We had an Easter Egg Hunt at church Saturday and I wanted to share a picture of the cupcakes I made. This is one of my newest hobbies. I've always enjoyed artistic things and decorating cupcakes kind of falls into that category. The kids seemed to enjoy them.


Today marks the end of Week 1of the SparkPeople challenge I am a part of. I need to be a little more serious about it this week. This week's challenge is to workout 15 minutes a day, exercising each muscle group (upper, lower and core) for 5 minutes. Last week's was to do 30 minutes of cardio every day and I only did that 4 out of the 7 days. I will do better this week.

On another note, I need a new devotional to start. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

25!!!

I have finally lost 25 pounds! 25.6 technically, but 25 seems like a "big" accomplishment to me. That's 27% of my goal. I really wasn't expecting to lose anything this week. I haven't been running like I need to be. (I did run Saturday morning and today, I just haven't added it to the Activities yet.) Today was the worst run I have had in awhile. It was the hottest it's been since I started running and I could definitely tell a difference. I couldn't even run the entire 2 miles. I ran about 1.75 and walked the rest. I've got to get into the habit of running every day. Looks like it may be raining tomorrow so I might have to face the treadmill. : (

We went to see The Hunger Games this weekend . It was pretty good, but the movie is just never as good as the book. They have to leave things out, but they changed a few things too. I had to reread the book before we went to see it since it had been so long since I read it. After seeing it, I had to reread the other 2 books too. I couldn't remember how it ended and I couldn't stand not knowing. It is definitely a series worth reading.

A team that I am a member of on SparkPeople is having a Spring Challenge. We are split into teams and competing to lose weight and there are weekly challenges to complete. This will be the first team challenge I have been a part of. I am looking forward to it and hopefully it will be an encouragement to work harder.

Exhaustion is setting in, time for bed...


Monday, March 26, 2012

Another Good Week

2 pounds down this week! It feels so good to be on the right track. I bought a Garmin Forerunner to better monitor my exercise. I have used it the past couple of days. If you go to the Activity Page of this blog you can see what it monitors by clicking on the link. It uses GPS to track your path, keeps track of your time, calories burned and lots of other stuff. I think I am really going to like using it. I decided to get it so that I can just run around the neighborhood and the subdivision around us instead of going to the park every day. I am sure that I will still go to the park sometimes, but at least now I do have the option to run here and be able to monitor the distance and time correctly.

So I have been running just about every day and tracking my food and it's good to see results. The goal is to lose 2 pounds per week and I haven't been able to do that every week. Meeting that goal this week has given me a little boost. Hopefully I will be able to say that about this coming week too.  

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I Survived

Even though it was 86 degrees out when I needed to do my exercising, I was determined to still do it. I made sure to drink lots of water throughout the day and to eat lunch. I am tracking my exercising now on the "Activity" page to hold myself accountable. I did my 2 miles in 31 minutes today. It's slow, but I am making progress. I walked the first half mile, ran 1.25 miles and then walked the last quarter mile. I surprised myself because yesterday I only ran .5 and walked the rest. I told myself that I was going to run as much as I could and it was good to make it that far, especially with how hot it was. I was definitely exhausted when I was done, but now I'm feeling pretty good. Also, my running shoes felt great today,  much better than my other tennis shoes.
New Balance Running Shoes


It's nice to be back on track...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Another One Gone

One more pound down. One pound still feels really good. Now that it has warmed up I have started going back to the park. It is so much better than the treadmill. I went to the park yesterday and today. The local park has a mile track and it makes the walk/run go by quicker and it just feels better to be outside. I'm not really sure how to describe it. Also, for some reason we skipped Spring and went straight to Summer so it has really warmed up. It was 80 here today. I figure I need to get used to it if I want to run outside. If I can learn to cope with 80 then hopefully 90 will be manageable.
I bought some new running shoes today. Looking forward to trying them out tomorrow. The performance t-shirts and pants I got are really nice. I would say they were definitely worth buying.
I wasn't very good last week. I haven't been putting my food into Sparkpeople everyday. Last week was a bad week in general and I felt really defeated. It had nothing to do with this journey, but I let it affect this part of my life too. I think I have come through to the other side of that now and am back on track.
Well, I am exhausted. Off to bed...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

1.8

I am a few days late posting, but I did post my weight on Monday. I lost 1.8 pounds this week! It feels good. I think it's strange that the more I exercise the less weight I lose. I was at a standstill for a couple weeks and I was exercising almost every day. I haven't exercised much at all the past couple of weeks and I have lost weight both weeks. It seems like a really good excuse to not exercise, but I know I need to keep at it. 

I did run on the treadmill Monday, but I haven't exercised yesterday or today. I will tomorrow though. Another date with the treadmill.

This week has been kind of a down week. It's been very frustrating and my eyes have been opened. I have a lot of thinking to do and some decisions to make, but I think this will be good in the long run. I think there are changes ahead (at least I hope there are changes ahead) and I am looking forward to it. 

2012 has been good so far. I've grown and have really started to change. It has been very encouraging and gives me great hope for the future.  

Saturday, March 10, 2012

So long 25

I am sitting here enjoying my last few hours of being 25. It's hard to believe another year has passed, but it feels good to know that I am entering 26 healthier than I entered 25. I have pretty much been a slacker this week. We have been celebrating my birthmonth and I have not exercised at all. I have stayed within my calories every day, but I need to get moving again. We have played the Kinect a few nights this week and that involves some activity, but nothing like running. I have got to get back on track starting Monday. It looks like it is going to be raining this week so I guess I'll be having a few dates with the treadmill.

Lucas and I went to Bravo last night for my birthmonth and it was amazing. We had never been before and I was pleasantly surprised. Their lasagna was the best I've ever had. We then came home and played Carnival Games Monkey See Monkey Do on the Kinect and it was a lot of fun. Some of the games were pretty difficult, but fun nevertheless. Tomorrow we will be celebrating with our family so it should be a good day. Church, lunch with my family, dinner with Lucas' family, and I am sure there will be lots of laughs. (We're going to Famous Dave's for lunch and last time we were there we were all laughing uncontrollably.)

Well, next time I post I will be 26. 25's been good, but I am looking forward to what 26 will bring...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Onederland

I am officially in Onederland. I am more than happy to report a 3 pound loss this week. Hooray! It has been trying not losing any weight for a couple of weeks, but now that I am under 200 I am feeling very encouraged. This was my first weight loss goal, to be under 200 pounds. It took 2 months, but I have reached goal #1. 20 pounds down, 72 to go. It feels so good to know that I have lost 20 pounds this year, to have been able to keep my determination despite the setbacks. I know that there will be more weeks that I do not lose any weight, but this week's loss motivates me to keep going.

Lucas bought a Kinect for me for my birthday. We only have the games right now that came with it, but they have been very enjoyable. We played for at least two hours tonight. This is one more way for us to be active and to get some exercise while having fun. The technology is amazing with the Kinect, very impressive. I had never played with one before, but I am pretty sure that it will be used frequently.

Well, it's time for bed. Thank you for your prayers and your encouragement!


  


Saturday, March 3, 2012

One Crazy Day

Yesterday was an interesting day for me. I was stressed out at work because of the employee luncheon that I was in charge of for the first time ever. Thankfully, it went off without a hitch, but at the same time, my husband was flying home form Texas.

As I was tracking his plane on-line, I was also tracking the storms that were headed our way. It appeared as if the plane and the storms were going to make it to Louisville at about the same time. Everyone was talking all day about how bad these storms were going to be and it made for a very stressful time. Lucas' plane landed early before the storms hit and we were able to make it to church to safety. (We don't have a basement at home so we went to the church basement just to be safe.) As we were driving to church we were watching the skies for any sign of a tornado. It was a scary ride.

We were sitting in the basement watching the weather and it was terrifying. I have never seen such destruction so close to home. Henryville is about 12 miles away from us, Pekin is 16 miles away and Borden is 12 miles away. To see the devastation and to know that it can happen anywhere is truly a scary thought. It's only March, it's not even Spring yet. How many more times will this happen this Spring? I have such a heavy heart for these communities, for everyone involved. I know as a community, Sellerburg will pull together and do what we can, but it will never be enough. Lives have been lost and lives have been turned upside down.

So as I said, yesterday was crazy. So happy to have Lucas home after being gone since Monday, but so sad over the destruction in Southern Indiana.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

.0

Well, I am still at 200... it's good that I haven't gained any weight back, but it is a little disappointing. All I can do is keep trying. I am counting my calories on SparkPeople and exercising almost every day. I made it 2 miles on the treadmill Sunday. I started out too fast though and it was pretty difficult, but I did it. Today I finally got to go to the park to walk. It was so nice out and time goes by much quicker at the park than on the treadmill. I walked 1.5 miles and ran .5. It's kind of embarrassing running in public, but it is something I need to get over. (Not that I think I look silly or anything, it's just I am still not very fast and I always feel like people are watching and I can imagine what they are thinking.) I know you're not supposed to care what other people think, but it's hard to get past it sometimes.

This week has to be better. Even if I only lose .1, I am going to lose weight. I found this quote on the interwebs tonight and it is definitely something I needed to hear:
"You have failed only when you quit trying. Until then, you're still in the act of progression. So, never quit trying and you'll never be a failure. ~ Tommy Kelley
How true this is and how inspiring! I know I am not failing because changes are being made and I haven't given up, but sometimes you need to hear someone else say it. I am still as determined today as I was when I started this journey.

I also wanted to share a picture I painted last night. I have been trying to occupy my time this week and I purchased a paint kit over a year ago that I never opened. I decided last night was the night and I was pretty happy with the result for my first painting...

Monday, February 20, 2012

No Gain, No Loss

I have mixed feelings about this week. My weight stayed the same as it was last week which is definitely better than gaining weight, but it's still a little disappointing. I have been incredibly lazy this afternoon. I am not feeling very well and wanted to go to bed as soon as I got home but I kept telling myself that I need to exercise so here I am still awake. I have not yet exercised but as soon as I am done here I am going to and then I am going to bed. I know you shouldn't exercise right before you go to bed, but it's better than not exercising at all. And I am sure that it won't take me long to get to sleep even after exercising.

I almost forgot... I did run a 13:32 mile this weekend. Now I need to work on running farther. It's still not fast, but I was pretty excited about it. It is definitely an improvement. Running on the treadmill has been really hard on my bad knee. (I had to have surgery on it three times in high school.) I've got to get my knee brace back out to hopefully avoid hurting it again. I guess it's always going to hurt me. Usually it only hurts when it's cold or raining, but this running has definitely caused some pain.

So this week I am going to do everything I can to lose the two pounds for the week. That means I need to get up and exercise. I can't start off my new week being lazy. I'll never reach my goals that way.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

New Program

Thanks to a suggestion from a friend, I tried out the Wii Fit Plus this week. We have had the game, but I had never tried it. It was actually really fun. I  am using this, the Biggest Loser game and running on the treadmill as exercise. I think it's been a pretty good week. I haven't gone over my calories and I have exercised 4 out of the  5 weekdays, yet I stand on the scale and weigh more than I did at my weigh-in Monday. It is just a little frustrating. It's going to get better though.

When I signed up for the LoseIt program, I also looked at SparkPeople. It is similar to LoseIt, but I think it may be more interactive. You can join groups and encourage one another to reach your goals.  I am going to use it starting today to see how they compare. 

We had a great Valentine's Day this week. Lucas bought a beautiful charm bracelet for me. We went to our usual haunt and enjoyed a great dinner. I also survived my first night with Lucas away. He had a business meeting Wednesday and Thursday in Ohio. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but it was still strange with him gone. 

I better get moving... 

Monday, February 13, 2012

.2

Well, this week was not my best week of this journey. I didn't gain any weight, but I only lost .2 pounds. It was hard to count exact calories this week and I thought that I was overestimating but maybe I wasn't estimating enough. It is just motivation to work harder this week.

We hooked our Wii back up yesterday so that I could exercise with our Biggest Loser game and run on the treadmill. I enjoy running, but some days that 20 minutes on the treadmill feels like an eternity. So today I exercised with the game. The last time I played the game I weighed 228. It's hard to think that I let myself get this way and it's like I didn't even see it happening. Thankfully, my eyes have been opened. There's no turning back now. I am looking to the future and to this new me.

Week by week, hopefully 2 pounds at a time I will reach my goal weight and be able to maintain it.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cake Pops


I wanted to share a few pictures of the cake pops I made over the weekend. This is my first attempt at them and I think they turned out really cute.




Also, I ran on the treadmill today and was able to run a mile in 14:10. I know this is still slow, but considering I only started a couple of weeks ago I was excited about it. The past couple of times I ran a mile it took 15 minutes so this is a pretty big improvement.

Tomorrow is my next weigh-in. I'm definitely nervous about it, but I'm hoping for the best. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Change

I am back to eating regular food again. I said in my last post that I couldn't really tell a difference in eating vegetables for 10 days, but since then I have noticed something. We had McDonald's for lunch Friday and I felt really sick after I ate. I was surprised that my body had this reaction after only 10 days of doing something different. It's amazing how quick we can change and adjust. This process is teaching me a lot about myself. I know this is still kind of a new thing and once this becomes "old" it will be harder to stick with it. This Monday is probably going to be a tough weigh-in. I lost more than planned last week because of the eating challenge and now that I am eating more than just vegetables, I am afraid that I will actually weigh more this week than last week. Knowing that fact has been motivation for me today though. We had a Valentine's chili supper at church tonight and I only ate a small portion of chili with some carrots on the side and I skipped dessert. This was especially challenging because I made a dessert for the party and being around it all day I was able to resist. It feels good to have this small victory. Maybe things really are changing...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Day 10

Well, I didn't know if I would make it through the end of the challenge, but here we are. It is the end of the final day of veggies and water. I don't really feel any different from eating only vegetables, but I am not sure that 10 days is enough time to tell a difference. The next challenge in my devotional is to drink unsweetened cranberry juice diluted with water every morning and evening for a month. It is supposed to detoxify your body. Cranberry juice also prevents different health issues such as infections and kidney stones and it improves your overall health. I have always seen cranberry juice as something you drink when you are having health issues, not   to prevent them. So another challenge has arisen. I am learning that challenging myself is a great motivator. Failure is not an option and if I propose things as a challenge then I will see them through to the end. (or at least do everything in my power to complete the task)
I started using the treadmill again yesterday. I must say that I feel a lot better when I get on it than when I don't. It excites me to think that I am getting healthier and am able to run longer and farther as time goes on. I have heard a lot about the couch to 5k program that gives you a schedule of what days to walk/jog and for how long. By the end of week 10 you should be able to jog an entire 5k race. I would love to be able to run a 5k race again. It's hard to believe that I ran that every day in high school during cross country season, but I will get to that point again. I am loosely using this program as a reference, but am trying to push myself harder than what is in the schedule. It's something that I know I can do because I have done it before and getting to that point again will be a huge accomplishment. Today when I was running I learned that if I have just the right music playing it really makes me want to keep going. Tonight's song was Dead and Gone by the Black Keys. The beat was great for my pace.
I will leave you with a quote:
"Remember the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running." ~ Sarah Condor


Monday, February 6, 2012

17 Down

Today is my weekly weigh in and I am feeling very encouraged. I know I lost more weight this week than I normally will because of the veggies and water that I have been having, but just to see that I can lose it is a great feeling.
As I mentioned before, I purchased a pedometer this week to keep track of how active I am. I must say I do not take nearly as many steps as I thought. I'm not sure why I thought I took more, but I am making this a priority...move more. I brought the treadmill back to life the week before last and am so glad that we purchased it when we did. Even though it sat idle for so long, now it is moving again. I haven't been on it since I started the 10 day challenge because I was worried I that I would be burning more calories than I am taking in. I don't know a whole lot about that and if it could be a problem or not, but I didn't want to test it. I should be back on it Thursday.
This is day 8 of the veggies and water challenge and I am feeling pretty good. I only have 2 days left and then back to normal. The weekend wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I thought since I would be home more that it would be more difficult, but this blog has really helped me get through this. I don't want to let whoever is reading this down or even let myself down and I know if I slip up I will have to write about it and share those things too.
This has been a great change in my life and I am thankful to you for following my journey and being an encouragement to me.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Halfway There

I am now at the end of day 5 of veggies and water. Today was a pretty decent day. Yesterday I was starting to feel kind of weak, but today has been much better.
I bought a pedometer tonight to keep track of my steps taken and calories burned. I would like to purchase something better in the future, but thought I would start with something less expensive to see if I will even use it and keep track of my stats.
Our scale stopped working today so I had to go buy a new one. I had a moment of panic when I thought maybe the old scale was weighing wrong since it stopped working and that the new scale would show that I weighed more than the old one did. I was kind of nervous to step on it, but thankfully the old one must have been okay when it was working.
I have lost more weight so far this week than was in the plan since I am not taking in as many calories as normal. Veggies do not have many calories at all in them. I will wait until Monday to post my current weight, but I am very encouraged by the numbers and excited to see this really happening, to know that things really are changing and it's no longer just a dream.
Now that it's the weekend I know it will be harder to stick with the veggies, but I plan on giving it everything I've got. 5 days down and 5 to go.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Day 3

Today marks the third day of veggies and water. It has been challenging at times, but not as bad so far as I thought it would be. We had carrots, peas and mushrooms for supper tonight and it was very filling.

I read the devotion about sugar intake and I learned some interesting facts. 6 teaspoons of sugar in one sitting decreases your immune function by 25%, 12 teaspoons decreases it by 60% and 24 teaspoons decreases it by 92%. I had never heard this or even thought about it before. The average adult consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar per day. Just these facts gives a little insight into part of the reason why we get sick so often.

Today's devotion was about portion control. We have been fooled by restaurants into thinking that we need to east huge portions of food and that this is okay. I hardly ever finish my food when we go out to eat, but just seeing how much you are served makes it hard to know how much you should actually eat. I think this process of counting calories will help me to better visualize how much an adequate portion is so that no matter where I am I can eat better.

Today also marks the one month anniversary of the day I started my transformation. I can't believe it's been a month. I have always heard that if you stick with something for 21 days then it becomes habit. According to this , eating healthy should be a little easier from now on. (Or at least tracking my food and trying to eat healthy.)

All in all I am happy with my progress so far and can't wait to see the changes in the future.


Monday, January 30, 2012

10 Days

Today is day 1 of the "ten-day vegetable-and-water-resolve challenge." In the devotional I am reading the author proposes a challenge to eat only vegetables and drink only water for 10 days. This is the point that I reached in the devotional last year and I didn't even try. (I usually have a hard time finishing anything. I like to think that I am getting better with this, but that is also where the blog comes in. It holds me accountable.) I felt kind of intimidated with this challenge. Only vegetables? It just seemed impossible. This time I am giving it a go and I really think I can do it. The author uses the story of Daniel when he and the 3 with him asked to be fed only vegetables and water for 10 days to show that they would look healthier than all the others who were eating the royal food after the 10 days. In the end, Daniel and the ones with him were healthier. This is the inspiration. Now I do not plan on maintaining this lifestyle, it's just a part of the journey. It's a temporary change that will hopefully help me choose better things in the future. The problem with cutting everything out is that when I know I can't have something it makes me want it 100 times more. I think that is a common human reaction that you could apply to anything, but just knowing I won't be having any sugar all week...

Thankfully tomorrow's devotion is about sugar intake. I am sure to learn something that will help.

Also, I have decided to weigh in every Monday. There is a section on the right hand side of the blog entitled "Weighing In."

Day 1 of veggies and water down... 9 more to go. 



Saturday, January 28, 2012

Counting Calories

The first step for me in losing weight is counting calories. I found a great website (loseit.com) where you create an account, put in your weight, your goal weight and how many pounds you want to lose each week. It tells you how many calories per day you can have and when you will reach your goal weight. Then, everything you eat, you add into the system. The great thing is, there's an app for the phone where you can log in with your account and enter what you eat into your phone. You can search restaurants, specific foods or you can enter in your own food if you know how many calories it has. Also, you enter in your exercise and how many calories you burned and it adds those calories into your total you can have for the day.

It holds me very accountable. I'm less likely to eat something I shouldn't if I know I have to enter it into the system. Also, if I eat a big lunch then I know how many more calories I can have for supper and it helps me choose better things or smaller portions.

It's a great disciplinary tool. I just bought the book that goes with it (http://www.amazon.com/Lose-Personalized-Weight-Loss-Revolution/dp/B005IUHYRO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327756422&sr=8-1) that will hopefully help me to make better use of the program and make a better strategy for me. When it arrives and I get through some if it, I will update you on how it is.

Well, I need to get moving. I have a lot to get done today!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Goals

Here are a few of my goals:
  1. Lose 92 pounds. Now, I know that probably sounds impossible, but that is my goal and I am DETERMINED to get there. (I will talk more about how in the future.)
  2. Organize the entire house this year. I found a great website that gives you one spot in the house to organize per week so that by December 31st, the house should be in complete order.  http://www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/organized-home.html
  3. Read the Bible through in a year. 
  4. Complete the devotional "Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be" by Donna Partow http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Woman-God-Wants-Me/dp/0800730720/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327551585&sr=8-1 This is a 90 day devotional so once I complete it, I will have to decide which one to do next. I am open for suggestions...
  5.  Stop drinking soda. (Started this January 2nd. So far so good.)
Looks like we're in this for the long haul...