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!

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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A New Challenge

As you know Lindsey and I were so happy with the results from our first challenge.  This is why we decided to start another! This time we have invited others to join us for a Spring Bikini Body Showdown, because who doesn’t need to get ready for beach season!  Right now there are 4, by the end of the week there should be 5 of us all together.  This time we are doing a the biggest percentage of weight lost wins!  So far I’ve lost about 1.5%  I’m not in the lead 😦  But, that’s ok, I’ll keep at it slow and steady wins the race!

I missed you last week, I had so much reading to do for my classes I completely lost track of the days as they became filled with reading, question answering and some research.  But I’m back.

At the end of our last competition we decided to take a week off  then start the next competition.  Well I gained back two pounds so was up to 159 on 2/6.  Which was the start date for our new compeition.  My goal is to loose about 25 more lbs.  Which leads me to my question for you all.  I have been doing a lot of research on Ideal weights, BMIs etc.  For women it seems our ideal BMI for health is around 22, for attractiveness is somewhere between 19-22.  My goal weight has been to get to between 135-140lbs which is about 5-10lbs more than I weighed in highschool.  In my research I have found to get to the Ideal BMI of 22 I need to weigh somewhere around 135-137.  Which luckily is about the goal I have in mind.

After talking to some people, I have realized that when I start to get closer to a healthy weight I am going to stop paying attention to the scale  and BMIs.  I will still be weighing myself to stay on track, even once I get to an ideal point.  I think large weight gain happens because we do not pay enough attention to weekly fluctuations.  I know that’s what happened to me, I didn’t weigh myself and all of the sudden I looked in the mirror and couldn’t figure out how I got here.   Once I get to a healthy BMI/Weight to see what is IDEAL for me I plan to simply look in the mirror, at pictures and the size of my clothes to decided where I want to be.  What do you all think?  How have you figured out your ideal weight?

Starting Weight:  177
Last Weigh In: 157

Today: 156

Just so you know, last week I lost the two pounds I had gained back on our week off and from here on out would like to continue loosing around 2lbs a week.  So, the goal for next Monday is 155!  Lots of workouts planned and still loving my Body By Vi shakes.

See you next week.

The End of Challenge #1

Yesterday marked the end of the weight loss challenge Lindsey and I started on October 31st.  The challenge was to lose 35lbs in three months.  An extremely difficult goal at anytime, but this one was made significantly harder considering we chose to start the challenge on Halloween (we both had a child that would be going trick or treating), then it ran through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

Which brings us to today, one day after the end of the challenge.  While neither of us lost the full 35lbs, we both achieved significant weight loss.  How much weight did I loose?  Well, in this last week I worked out really hard and was very careful with my eating and lost a total of 22lbs!!!

Beginning Weight:  177
Last Week:  160

Today:  157 🙂

FINALLY, under 160!  I’m so excited, remember when I started the challenge with Lindsey I had gained two lbs since I had started weighing in with you.

Yesterday, Lindsey and I decided to start another challenge.  I still have 22 more lbs to loose and she has about 20.  We started talking and we decided to get more people involved in our challenge!  We have been so successful loosing weight through this challenge and being there for each other we wanted others to benefit too!   We have asked a few people to join us in our challenge.  If you are interested let me know, through email or Facebook message and I can give you more details.

Even though its a little horrifying looking back at how I started, I wanted to share with you some before and after pictures.  Please don’t look too hard at my face or kitchen in the background of the after pictures!  Both are a mess, I was cleaning the kitchen and have no makeup on, but had to grab Vince this morning before he went to sleep to take my after pictures 😉

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Not Much to Report This Weigh In

Sadly, I do not have much to report to you this weigh in.  I am getting frustrated as you will see when I reveal my minimal weight loss over the past two weeks.  I did not weigh in last week because we spent the week at my dad’s house because my sister was in town.

Starting Weight: 177
Last Weigh In: 161

This Week:  160 😦

I’ve only lost one pound, I’m pretty sure I’ve hit a dreaded plateau.  So ridiculous.  No wonder people have a hard time losing weight.  You’re going along eating better, cutting out some of your favorite foods, you’re sore from working out and all of the sudden the scale stops moving!!!

OK, I’m done complaining.  I’m going to stick with the Body By Vi shakes.  Besides helping me stay on track honestly its very convenient for me to drink a shake for two meals rather than try to make myself something healthy.  I still like the Biggest Loser Challenge game for the Wii, I think I’m going to increase my workout times or do one of the extra workouts.  The only thing that is a little annoying that I thought I should share with you in case you plan to purchase the biggest loser game is that throughout the workout you are switching the remote from hand to hand, or putting it in your pocket and moving the balance board in or out of place.  I don’t mind it but when I was reading others’ reviews it was something people complained about often.

Only 6more days of my weight loss competition!  I have lots of work to do, Lindsey has lost about 21lbs.  I started at 179 so I’m down 19.  Its pretty close, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to catch up especially if she looses anymore weight.  Overall, I’m happy that I have been able to lose this weight and plan to keep going I’ll figure out a way to get past the 20lb mark and keep you posted on how I do it.  Its hard to stay positive, but I’m going to do my best.

Next week’s weigh in I’ll post before and after pictures, maybe that will make me feel better too 😉

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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Back Again!

Last week was very disappointing when weigh in Wednesday came around and I discovered I had gained two pounds since Monday (Thanksgiving finally caught up to me by Wednesday), which was also a pound over my weight the week before.  I had a mini fit and decided to keep going.  It wasn’t easy but I got a lot of encouraging posts regarding last week’s weigh in and I talked to Lindsey (my competition partner) A LOT! All these things combined helped to keep me motivated and didn’t send me running to Publix for chocolate cake!  I have been keeping a low carb diet which I will be on for another week, after that I will be adding back in complex carbs (fruit, whole wheat grains, etc.)  I can’t wait for that!  As far as exercise I have been doing the Jillian Michaels 30Day Shred level two work out.  It is perfect!  You get an amazing workout in only 20 minutes, and when Jillian talks you feel like she is speaking directly to you, I know it sounds cheesey but it’s a really great video.  For anyone who has BrightHouse Networks for cable you can try it on the Sprots & Fitness on Demand channel it’s under exercise tv.  I have been viewing it on Demand but I think I’m going to buy it as well so I can get the other levels.  Here is where I now stand:

Beginning Weight:  177
Last Week: 😦 169

Today:  165!!!!!!! 

So right now I am weighing a little less than I did pre-Dominic! Now to get off the left over weight from Fallyn.  I know I said last week the goal was 162, but I am amazingly happy with 165, obviously 162 was quite a strech.  I am still on track to reach the ultimate competition goal of 35lbs in 3months.

Other news is we are thinking of doing the Warrior Dash in Lake Wales, FL on January 21 or 22.  A 5k through the mud with obstacles!  I definitely don’t want to be embarressed or not able to finish.  I will be training, any advice would be greatly appreciate as this will not only be my first Warrior Dash, but also my first 5k.  I am excited though, I’m thinking that training for an event like this will keep me motivated to exercise.

Another motivating factor, I was able to wear a pair of jeans yesterday that I hadn’t been able to pull up past my thighs a few weeks ago!  And we all know how you feel when a pair of jeans doesn’t fit anymore 😦 Now, I can tell you it felt AMAZING when they did fit, it wasn’t even a struggle to zip and button 😉

I wanted to also tell you sorry for the lack of pictures lately, my camera is MIA from the move but I plan to locate it within week’s end.  I’ve been said because I’ve made a few really great recipes that I wanted to share.  Don’t worry I’ll make them again and update you, most were tests so I wasn’t sure I would be sharing and then they turned out so good I was sad I didn’t get pictures to share.    And just so you are not bored I will also be posting our pictures taken by the amazing Cari Vaughn, if you haven’t already check out her website.  She is an amazing artist and I can’t wait to share with you our photos that she has given us.  Honestly though, I sometimes go on her website and look at all the pictures of others.

 

Weighing in After a Bad Day

Here we are back at Wednesday.  I was disappointed on Monday when I weighed in to my weight loss challenge and had only lost 2lbs.  Then yesterday I had a bad eating day, while it wasn’t terrible but I did take my daughter to McDonald’s.  Here we have $1.99 Happy Meals on Tuesdays & Thursdays so we both had a Happy Meal.  And when she didn’t eat all of hers I ate the rest 😦  For dinner yesterday I did do better, but if  I want to lose 3lbs a week I have to stay on track all the time!  It is hard with Fallyn and Vince eating whatever they want,  moving, and Thanksgiving coming up.  I haven’t decided what to do on Thanksgiving day, I’m thinking of keeping my portions very small and even then only eating the things I absolutely love.  I’d love some recommendations of how to get through the holidays and keep losing weight!

Starting Weight: 177
Last Week’s Weight:   173

Today: 172

So luckily today’s weight is still the same from Monday, so my bad choices yesterday did not have too bad an effect on my overall goal.  But I still would like to be down to 168 by Monday.  Since I only lost two last week, I’ve added the extra to my goal for this week!  Hopefully carrying lots of boxes over the weekend will burn plenty of calories!!

An update from last week as well we have found a house and will be moving in this weekend.  We are again so thankful to the great friends and family we have.  I am sad to be leaving my first house but so relieved to start over.  We are moving closer to my family who I have missed in the time I have lived an hour+ away from all of them.  We will also be closer to Vince’s work which will be nice.  The only concern is that now I will be an hour and 15 minutes from my school.  Since I only have class on Saturday we decided this was a sacrifice that we could deal with.

What a crazy year we’ve had!!!!  The one up ahead is going to be just as exciting.  Fallyn will be two, Dominic will turn one and I will have an MBA!  Wish us luck!!

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.