Friday, March 28, 2008

You guys are the best.....

I knew there was a reason for this guys just encouraged me sooooo very much, miss Julie and miss Julie, and I wanted to publicly thank you for it!

What an awesome blogging team to be working together with....I am going to pick my head up, not freak out if I eat one or two things that I am 'not supposed to', and keep doing what I am doing, because it is (hard, but) working!

THANKS you two!

Thursday, March 27, 2008


I've been doing so good (lost eight pounds so far!), and the last few days.....I'm struggling.

I am just wanting sweet stuff. Cookies, candy (specifically chocolate) brownies. I think that I have gone so long depriving myself of this stuff that I just can't stand it anymore! That is not good. I am wanting to do the lifestyle change thing, not just a temporary weight loss thing, and that means that junk is out the door for good. But it is really hard.

It also could be that I have POUNDS of Easter candy lying around.

What is it they say....if you don't want to eat it, don't have it in your house? Or maybe 'they' don't say that....It's just me that does?

Well, that is part of my struggle. Too much JUNK around this house. I am going to have to go thru and purge all of the candy. Or at least, maybe I could have my hubby hide it from me?

I need some encouragement today.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

We're getting somewhere.... S L O W L Y

I'm down another pound and a half... which brings my grand total to 3 pounds (I think). But considering I gained weight right after I started trying to lose I guess I am about back where I started. I was hoping that I would have done a lot better than that since I was flat on my back sick for 2 days and hardly ate a thing. I guess you need to be sick and puking to lose weight!

We had one warmish day and I took the kids for a bike ride, this is the first year that I have had a bike, trailer, and baby seat. I was SO excited about taking them for rides until I actually did it once, I realized that I am pulling almost 100 pounds behind me!! Holy cow! There aren't sidewalks where I live and my road is kinda busy so I rode down the road and turned into a newer subdivision, I thought it would be the perfect place to ride till I had to make it up the hill on the way back home (it was a little, but VERY hard hill!). Hopefully it will get easier as I keep riding, maybe I'll try to ride when my oldest is at school so my load will be lighter till I am more used to it!

Blog changes

Hey guys,

I am experimenting a little with HTML and template stuff. I hope none of the other three of you mind, but I am using our weight blog as a guinea pig. I promise to return it to it's normal state soon (unless you really like the new look!)

Looking for input

I am on a desperate search for low calorie, tasty, sweet-tooth-satisfying snacks.

Ones I have tried that are good:

  • Yoplait light yogurt--key lime pie and lemon meringue pie are both very good, and surprisingly taste a lot like the real thing
  • 100 calorie snack packs--the chips ahoy ones are very good--I also bought the Oreo ones, but haven't tried them yet
  • Edy's light ice cream--the BEST, and you would never know it is light!
  • York mini peppermint patties--only 50 calories and one fat gram apiece!

Okay, now it's your turn.....I'm challenging you, if you are a reader of this blog, even if you have never commented before, to leave at least ONE yummy, low-calorie snack in the comment portion of this blog! (My scale thanks you in advance.)

Monday, March 10, 2008

Progress report

Well, I am changing my strategy a bit.

I have been doing really well on exercising, doing about 20 minutes of cardio (my gazelle) and at least 30 minutes of Pilates each day, 6 days a week. I've also really been watching what I am eating, though last week I wasn't quite as "nazi-esque" as I was the first 2 weeks! The first week, I lost three pounds; the second week, I lost two pounds, and last week I lost one pound, for a total of 6 that I am down so far, which I am really excited about!

MORE importantly, I am noticing that my body is changing TONS. (My clothes are fitting so much better--and I'm wearing things I haven't worn in two years!) And that is where the change of strategy comes in.

My husband and I have figured out that most likely, I am putting on muscle with the toning stuff (Pilates) that I am doing. Which is great, except for the fact that muscle weighs more than fat does. Which means, the scale isn't going down as fast as I would like it to.

Here is the new plan:

I am going to start doing a little more cardio (at least 30 minutes per day) and a little less Pilates--concentrating on burning the fat that I have more so than building new muscle. I do want to build that muscle, and have nice, toned, lean limbs, but I want it to build gradually so that the scale actually shows all the effort I am putting into this!

Now, make no mistake--I do believe that there will be a point that I plateau, and the scale won't go down any further without me having to take drastic measures (like, exercise 3 hours per day or eat nothing but water and rice cakes). Let me say right now, I am NOT willing to do either one of the afore mentioned things. I will not let the 'goal of losing 13 pounds' be the guideline by which I do everything else. I will not let the conquest to a thinner body completely take over my life. The scale may never show the progress that I orignially intended for it to show.

And part of the new plan? To be fine with that. And I am.

Let me just say, I have not let up any of my determination. I will continue to watch what I am eating like a hawk, and exercise regularly. I am just as strong as I was three weeks ago, but my perspective is just a little different.

The goal here is to be happier with my body, to look better in (and out) of my clothes, and to be healthier. When all of that happens, I am going to be thrilled, whether or not the scale says 'that certain number' that I hoped it would when I started out a few weeks ago.

A little humor...

Fortunately for me, my husband has a good sense of humor. It's a little risque', but we're all adults here...

Last night Ande mentioned the fact that sex is a good workout. I said, "You're right - but if I'm supposed to work out for an hour every day, what am I supposed to do for the other 58 minutes?"

He totally cracked up! Of course, this is the same guy who said THIS as well...LOL

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Week 2

Didn't lose this week...but I didn't gain. And figuring in that I went to a fundraiser last night with some DELICIOUS food, plus went out to eat a couple of times during the week, I think I did alright.

This week, I do need to buckle down and get serious again. I liked seeing the numbers go down on the scale last week, and want to continue that trend...

Hope you all had a great week!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Something significant

Well, I had a major moment this morning...

I went to put on my bra (sorry for TMI) and I noticed something wasn't right.

It was too loose!


Major milestone, and YAY--I am excited!!

5 pounds down, and I can't wait to get the rest off--just had to share and hopefully encourage all of you!! We can do this! I'm off to go exercise now....

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Week one...

Well, today is the end of my first "official" week of weight loss. I say that because I didn't own a scale until I went shopping after church last Sunday. I probably started trying to eat a little better about 2 weeks before that.

I tried to drink lots of water (some days I did WAY better than others), and I tried to eat smaller portions. I also tried to use lower-fat varieties in my food choices (like reduced fat peanut butter and cream cheese). Sometimes I got winners (Jif reduced fat peanut butter OR Philly reduced fat cream cheese on celery makes a good snack), sometimes NOT SO MUCH (Kroger brand fat-free sour cream is YUCKY). I have also tried eating more slowly so that I only eat until I start to feel full. I used skim milk on my cereal. I allowed myself a small treat each day (like a couple of girl scout cookies or a few marshmallows), because I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. I didn't do "regular" exercise, but tried to put a lot more enthusiasm into my housework - actually running up and down the basement stairs to work on my endless mountain of laundry, scrubbing and waxing the kitchen floor on my hands and knees instead of just mopping it...(I am seriously going to need to invest in some knee pads, my knees hurt for 2 days!). I absolutely hate exercising, and know that I am going to have to suck it up and get over it in order to be really successful. That being said....

I LOST JUST OVER 4 POUNDS THIS WEEK!!! YEAH!!! Now, I'm fairly sure that a little of that was water weight, because I was on my period this week (sorry if that was TMI, but I do think it should be something we figure into our weight loss), but I'll take it!

I hope everyone had as good of a week as I did, and I look forward to reading your tips and tricks for improving our health along the way!