Still On Track!

Random Pictures for this post today! MY VALENTINES

Weigh in Wednesday is back again, I am happy to report I have been keeping to my exercise goals and good eating.  Thanks to pinterest and many new and healthy recipes I’ve collected its making it a lot easier.  I don’t feel like baked chicken and veggies are my only choices.  If you haven’t been the skinnytaste.com yet, go there NOW.  Well, when you finish reading my post.  But, she has tons of recipes, a lot of them are my favorites made over to be healthier options.  So exciting!!

My goal for this week was 153 on Monday I was there.  I’m hoping to see some change today, but it seems like the weight waits until the end of the week to come off now.  🙂  Which is fine because it keeps me working throughout the week.

Last week I am pretty sure I was active everyday except Saturday, I sat on my behind in class all day.  And during lunch we went to Fitniche to be fitted for new shoes.  If you haven’t done this I recommend it. First, I was wearing half size too small 😉 Already I can feel the difference.  When I was working out with my too small generic sneaker my feet were sore the next day.  I know it sounds funny but that’s the best way I have to explain it, when I walked it felt like the underside of my foot was sore.   Having the correct shoes for your workout needs and feet I now know are really important!

Here’s my weigh in:

Starting Weight:  177
Last Week:  155

TODAY:  153 🙂

My goal for the upcoming Monday is 151!  Wish me luck in sticking to my workouts!  Today I’m going to do Yoga for 30minutes on my Biggest Loser game for Wii and then walk after dinner.   This is a new “thing” Vince and I are going to try to do.  Since we are eating dinner at 5-530 and he doesn’t have overtime this week we have plenty of time to go out for a walk before he leaves for work.

I know working out is probably not at the top of your priority list, it wasn’t always on the top of mine.  I used to make excuses for myself why I didn’t have TIME to work out.  But, be honest with yourself.  Do you have time to watch 30minutes to an hour of TV?  Do you have time to check emails or Facebook for 15-20minutes?  Do you have time to read a good book for 30minutes?  Then guess what you have TIME to workout.  You just haven’t set it at high priority.  I know you think that I am at home all day, not working so I have plenty of time to get in my work out in.  I do nothing all day while you are at work.

I can tell you staying home is the hardest job I’ve ever had, there are no lunches or 15minute breaks.  No other adult to talk to, or complain to about the company!  But, honestly and truly I love every minute, don’t get me wrong there are times when I think “Oh WHY oh WHY did I not go back to work”.

I don’t know where the time goes!  Playing and feeding and coloring and diapering and running the the potty take up all my time.  I know it sounds crazy but when you finish with one and sit down the other needs something.  In between I write to you, do school work and clean (although I’ve lost a lot of cleaning time to my new pinterest obsession) and fit in a workout during the 30minutes to an hour each day they are both sleeping at the same time!  Is that what I want to be doing during my only break in the day. NO ABSOLUTELY NOT!  I want to be eating girl scout cookies watching trashy TV!  But, I also am so tired of making excuses for myself.  I am ready to be fit and feel good.

KISSES!!! XOXO

I know many of you have work on top of two kids so you are working two jobs.  But, I bet your kids would love to go for a quick walk after dinner instead of watching TV.  I bet they would get a kick out of you doing planks in the living room, or jumping jacks during commercials.  Little changes can add up to a lot over time.  And with summer just around the corner wouldn’t you like to be even just a little more toned then you are now.  I would!

Last summer when I was pregnant, I said I was going to be in shape enough to learn to surf.  I’m on my way there!  I am looking forward to time at the beach this year.  Which is a feeling I haven’t had in a while!

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Weigh In

I posted on Monday about my refound inspriation and motivation.  I’m still feeling good and motivated.  And Vince has finally bought in to being healthier!  THis will be great for me, because its so much easier if he is not eating all those wonderful FATTENING foods I love!

Sunday we went to a trail by our house and walked 2miles then both did The Biggest Loser Challenge workout for our Wii.  Monday night I did 25min of Yoga this was extra as I have set me game to schedule me 5 30minute workouts per week, Mondays and Fridays are my off days.  Last night my Biggest Loser cardio/strength circuit for 35minutes, and tonight is another Yoga day for about 30minutes.  Still loving the Body By Vi shakes.  Last time we were at the grocery store I got bananas and frozen sliced peaches.  I wasn’t sure I would like the banana as much as I liked the strawberries and raspberries, but I LOVE them.  The peaches are ok not bad but not as good as the other mixes I’ve tried.  Of course, my favorite still being the chocolate peanut butter.

I don’t have too much to report since I poured my feeling out to you one Monday 🙂 so here is the weigh in.

Starting Weight:  177
Last Week:  156

Today 155

Monday I weighed 154 but I’m ok this time with a little bit going back up.  I have workouts planned for the rest of the week and I know that I can still make my two pound a week goal.  Hoping for 152 since I was 154 this Monday but overall I’m “scheduled” for a goal of 153!

Almost forgot since its Ash Wednesday, I have decided to give up fast food and soda.  Yes, I have of course been avoiding fast food since I started dieting but I will still have moments of weakness and if we are out make excuses that it is more conveinent.  This seemed like a good time to cut it out completely.  I am also giving up soda (even diet) because let’s be honest it is terrible for you, even the diet stuff.

Wish me luck!

Keep Going

http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/

I found this blog through a posting of one of her recipes on Pinterest.  Andrea weighed 268lbs and was able to loose 135 and has kept it off for 5years.

Why did I want to share this blog with you?  Well, I was getting into a little bit of a slump, I just haven’t felt like working out.  I was eating decently so still losing but I know I could be doing better.  I’ve also, gotten under 160 and have been getting many compliments and started thinking well maybe I’ve lost enough, size 10 is ok.  Which size 10 is more than ok its great, for some, not for me.  I was a size 4-6 before I let things get out of control.  I can be a size 6 again.  I should not weigh just under 160lbs, my ideal weight is around 135 probably 140 at the most.  Its so much easier to just let things go but then there are major consequences, your back, knees and other joints suffer.   When we let ourselves become over weight, do not eat healthy and don’t exercise health risks such as heart disease, diabetes and even cancer is heightened.

My point being its hard to stay motivated, even with all those consequences floating in the back of your mind, its hard.  I was slipping, I don’t like working out.  I LOVE greasy cheap fast food, hot dogs, and Pizza Hut.  I could eat a pan of brownies by myself in a day, I could eat 5 doughnuts and then head to Taco Bell for a couple tacos, nacho or bean burrito.

It is hard to say no thank you to a foot long ultimate sub at Publix, and go home and drink a shake for lunch.  Its hard not to eat Cheez-Its and chocolate chip cookies.  Its hard not to, but is it worth it.  At the end of each day I am successful in avoiding bad food choices and working out, I feel good.  Feeling good about myself, setting a good example for my children, extending my life those things trump a chocolate chip cookie every time.  That’s what I try to remember.

How have I started to come out of my slump?  I did one of the things I love.  I read and read and read some more!  I read the canyoustayfordinner.com blog.  If she could loose half her body weight(135lbs) then surely I can loose 45-50lbs.  I also through pinterest.com found a lot of motivational sayings/pictures for fitness.  I made one of these pictures my laptop’s background and saved the other pictures, which I have posted here for you.  I read shape.com to find more weight loss success stories.  I read my curves diet and exercise book and my Shape magazines.  I read WebMd’s frightening data, the risks of being over weight, of not exercising and of not putting the right nutrition in your body.  Through all this reading I found new inspiration, I found the motivation to keep going and loose the rest of my extra weight.

Don’t get me wrong I am a believer in not depriving yourself and moderation.  But, I also think moderation is how you keep your weight in check.  I am not there yet.  If my family is out and there’s not a lot of choices to allow me to eat healthy, then I just do my best but I don’t let my whole day go down the drain.  If I have one bad meal I make the next one better to help balance things out.  I don’t beat myself up over a wrong choice, I think about what I am going to do now to make up for it and what I will do next time to avoid making that choice again.

I want to be healthy, I want to be fit, I want to be stong, I want to feel confident, I want to my children to develop good eating and exercise habits at an early age.  I want to loose 20-25 more pounds!!!  I want to be a size 6.  The only person who is going to get me to those wants is me.

I better start working….

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Christmas Happenings and A Weigh In

I have finished my first semester of grad school with A’s in all three of my classes.  I’m pretty pleased with myself right about now, I’m having fun with my kids, loosing weight and kicking ass in my MBA.

Now that my first semester is over and I have 4 weeks completely to myself I still have a lot to tackle.  The Warrior Dash is a definite, so the goal is to become at least a jogger in the next few weeks.  Luckily, I have enlisted a couple people to help me work on that.  I also am going to hit potty training with Fallyn hard, she’s still a little younger than average to start but I think she’s ready.  She knows when her diaper is wet and has told me a few times she has to go #2 and made it to the potty.  I know that part is so gross to share for people who don’t have kids SORRY!!  And biggest thing of all is I have done VERY LITTLE Christmas shopping 😦  Hopefully I get some inspiration  on what to get and Vince and I can get some of it done tomorrow.  I know mostly I’m going to be making lemon poppy seed bread and some type of chocolate cookies for everyone but also trying to get people small gifts UGH!

Sunday we went to Universal and Islands of Adventure for our VERY FIRST child free day since Fallyn was born.  It was so much fun, I am a fan of Harry Potter and the area dedicated to the books in Islands of Adventure is amazing.  It is so detailed, I loved it.  We also got to see the Grinch and some Who’s in Dr. Suess’ Landing which was also beautiful and very fun.  Friday we are all headed to Mickey’s Very Merry Christamas Party.  I’m pretty excited because Fallyn can ride most of the rides at the Magic Kingdom Park.  Other exciting news I have been asked to be a bridesmaid in one of my best friends’ wedding this June!!!  I’m so excited she is going with a romantic/glamour theme and things look beautiful.

Now on to the most important item for Wednesday my weigh in.  I have been doing really good with my low carb eating, but have been working out less.  Soon workouts will not be an option!  If I want to be able to make it through the Warrior Dash there’s no choice I have to fit them in.

Starting Weight:  177
Last Week:  165

Today:  162 🙂

Goal, I would like to be under 160 by Christmas!   I am also going to be actually doing a walk/run 4x a week starting next week.  I’ll still keep eating well,  at the end of the week I’ll be adding fruit and whole grains back into my diet but still not more than 3 servings a day for these complex carbs.  By the way I’ve found that once you make the decision that you want to be a healthier happier you and really want to loose weight making better eating choices isn’t that hard.  It’s not always the easiest for example when you are at a theme park and need a snack there are NO low carb options so you just have to be hungry until your husband feels sorry for you and buys you an $8 hot dog since it’s the only thing you can find that’s low carb.  For Disney I’m going prepared, with a small lunch bag for cheese sticks and fruit to share with Fallyn.  I also attribute the fact it’s far easier this time to stay on track to my very public weighing, and to joining Lindsey in the weight loss competition.

Just so you can get an idea how far I’ve come I included some pictures.  When I was pregnant with Dominic I got up to 198lbs.    When I started this blog I weighed 177, in mid October but at the end of the month I had gained two lbs and weighed 179 when I started the competition with Lindsey.  Even though in the 3 months since I’ve had Dominic I have lost 36lbs unfortunately I was not at an ideal weight when I got pregnant.  I still have about 25lbs I’d like to loose and quite a ways to go.  I’ll be back here with you every Wednesday to weigh in, and Lindsey and I are planning to start another competition when this one is over to get the rest of our weight off!

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Beginner 5K Training Schedule: Go from Couch to Finish Line!

Beginner 5K Training Schedule: Go from Couch to Finish Line!.

I am subscribed to Shape.com’s email list and today I stumbled upon the article linked above.  It must be a sign!  Last night, I was reading my cousin Jenna’s blog; she is training for a faster time in her next 5k.  I thought to myself I wish that was my goal.  As of right now I barely powerwalk!  Then I get an email from Shape.com about training for a 5k as a beginning runner!

So now I definitely think I just have to try this schedule for my fitness goals.  I’ve always had a curiosity about runners.  Have you ever watched them?  They always look serene while they’re running.  Now I could be totally off base and they might be thinking WHEN WILL THIS END?!?!  But I imagine it as a peaceful experience.

The past few years I’ve scolded myself for not trying to enhance my cardio endurance.  It’s pretty bad, again my reference above to barely being able to powerwalk. But I didn’t really know where to start.  I mean I know you have to do the walk/run thing but I’m a person who needs specific instructions when it comes to exercise.  Well, I found them!

Keep an eye on Jenna’s blog too to see how she’s doing.