The Road to One-derland!!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

So Flippin' Close

.2  !!!!   Of what you ask?   I am .2 away from 50 lbs.  ARGH!!!!  Seriously!?!?!?!  Sooooo, one more week go. Hopefully this will take me into a new 10's digit on the scale, too.  It's been a good week...still working out hard with a mix of circuit training via the 30 day shred (been doing level 2 this week) and cardio thanks to our trusty stationary bike.  I've had a few days of eating a lil more generous portions, but I think it all has worked itself out with my daily exercise.  I surely don't do that often.  Well, only in daydreams.

Hope everyone has a grand weekend.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Size 16

Yes I did.... I wore a size 16 in public this weekend.  oh yeah baby!  I was so jazzed to wear them, that I didn't even care that I didn't have the right shoes to wear them with.  Thankfully I was at a house party and kicked my shoes off.  :)  These pants I last wore 5 years ago.....when I was 15 lbs lighter.  Seriously, it is amazing how exercise can change one's body.  I'm so glad I tried on my "skinny" clothes and found that I was close or ready to wearing most of it.  Yaaaay me!!!
And, if you're keeping score at home.... last year at this time I was in a 22.  So my advice...if you're working hard and the scale is not budging much...try on some of your old "skinny" clothes for some motivation.  You just may be closer to wearing them than you expected.

Friday, January 20, 2012

50 Pounds....I see you and I'm coming to get you....

1.6 pounds away from the huge milestone of losing 50 pound.  FIFTY Pounds!!! I am so jazzed, pumped and motivated.  I feel it happening NEXT week.  After some set backs or plateaus, or blahsville feelings in the fall, I'm finally gonna do it.

I've never lost 50 lbs before.  I've never stayed with a program or healthy mindset for this long before.  Can you tell I'm excited?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Stress and emotional eating

So something came up today that was a bit unsettling for me.  I don't want to get into specifics here, but there is no resolution for a few weeks.  My initial feels were of being kicked in the gut.  I wanted to just curl up and sleep the day away....after bawling my eyes out, that would just feel better and take it away, right?  After those feelings past, I had images of a gorge-fest....all you can eat pizza for lunch at a neighborhood pizza place was calling my name.  Or, perhaps, sneaking out to grab a few sushi rolls....usually with some nice, crunchy tempura shrimp running down the middle.  I didn't though. I continued on with my planned lunch....spicy seafood soup.  It was tasty, but I still feel the painful urge to drown my troubles in some cheesy, starchy goodness.

one moment and meal at a time....

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

46.6 !!!!

Ok friends, it has been a year.  I'm down 46.6 !!!!  Woohooo!  I never really knew what to expect when I set out on this journey, but I'll definitely take being down 46.6 lbs!  Nearly  50 lbs that I vow to NEVER see again.  I'm eating better , living a more active lifestyle filled with intentional exercise, drinking water constantly.  I feel GOOOOOOOOOD!!!

In this next year, I'd like to accomplish the same feat.  I'd like to take off an add'l 46 pounds. Hell, let's round it up to 50!  I know that sounds like a lot, but I have a lot to lose.  So, you heard it here first.  Next year at this time,  want to be down a total of 96lbs.  Watch me do it!!!

A Shred update

So Jillians's 30 day shred is going to be more like 45 for me.  I took an extra couple of days on Level 1, then didn't do it for 4 days.  I attempted Level 2 tonight ...yes, I said ATTEMPTED.  I think Jillian was trying to kill me.  It's much more challenging for me than Level 2. Now to put a positive spin on things, I guess that will make it easier to see my growth, right?  LOL  Lots more use of balance, planking, etc.  I don't think my poor wrists can handle this.  I will trudge forward though.  I will continue to do this program til we set sail next month at this time.  Any other shredders out there? Did you experience wrist pain and weakness?  What's a girl to do????  It's not from using the weights, but from holding up this BOD of mine.  Oh boy!!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A glimpse of the old me (not pretty)

I bit of my former self popped out this weekend and it was scary.  I was out of town sans kids for the first time in ages.  I was road tripping home and realized 1) I hadn't really had breakfast and 2) I had forgotten to re-fill my water bottle.  I stopped and picked up some bottled water....and a tube of Pringles.  Why oh why did I friggin buy them?  And you know, while you're driving you're mindlessly  munching.  Before I knew it, the tube was EMPTY.  Yep, I'd eaten over 700 calories of nothing food....salty, fake potatoes.  How could I let myself get so out o control like that?   It was scary to see how quickly I could polish off those chips. I was so disappointed in myself.  :(

Now I'm miss positive here are some good points about this mini-binge.  I counted it on my food diary, I didn't let it completely derail my day, I got an hour's worth of cardio in later in the day, and now I'm blogging about my imperfection.  There are ups and downs in life.  I don't think it's healthy to always portray a rosey picture of perfection. So, here you have it.....I over ate, it made me feel like crap (physically and emotionally).  I know it was a result of my not feeding my body properly to start my day.  Lesson Learned!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

First week "Flying"

Ok, so this is my first week "flying" with The Flylady, and it's going GREAT!   I am definitely taking baby steps as I work through this weeks zone (the kitchen) and work on the daily routines for me and the house.  I have to say it has added a certain level of calmness to the household.  The downstairs common areas where we spend most of our time look fab.  and having things planned out the night before makes things for this non-morning person go so much more smoothly.  I've kind of adjusted the daily schedule to fit my/our needs (doing them on different days, but making sure they still get done).  

I'm excited and cannot wait to do more.  I'm really trying to take advantage of my extra time without children at home to make our home more comfortable and homey.  I think it's working.  The hubs has even commented....numerous times daily about how great things look.  Yaaaay!  Next up, looking for some good crockpot recipes so I can cut back on meal prep time.  Please share if you have any.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Good Bye Holiday Season!!!

you will be missed, but not all the tempting holiday treats. I'm pleased to say I've lost 2 lbs since Thanksgiving. Phew! Thankful, grateful,pleased, etc. I'm a big time sweet maker. I especially love making treats for my friends and family at the holidays. I enjoyed my fair share so no deprivation for Bex. :) Now I'm committed (and possibly a bit obsessed)to work towards my goals for 2012.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Shredding....oh boy!

So I've been doing the 30 Day Shred all week. OMG!!!  Can I say I HATE jumping jacks?  Never thought I'd ever have a preference for push ups or ab work. I think I mentioned that I'd attempted this workout previously, but needed a new bra.  I got this super tight, muli-hooked bra that was perfect.  Well now, after losing 45 lbs, it appears to be too loose now.  Darn it!   I was wanting to add a new bra at some point, but don't like that I now HAVE to.  UGH....they are like $55 !!!

Anyway, back to the program.  It's 3 levels, so you do each level appx 10 days.  I'm thinking I'll do each 12 or 13 days.  Right now being half way through the first level, I really don't think I'll be ready to move to #2, but who knows.  I know it can't hurt me doing it longer, right? LOL

While I do The Shred daily (appx 25 minutes of circuit training), I continue to also ride the stationary bike.  I just can't give up that baby.  I'm riding 45-60/day and it's gotten to be like my happy place.  I know that sounds weird, right?  I'm in the crazy zone now....really motivated, pushing myself....scratching to my next short-term goal.  I see 50lbs down in my grasp!!!  My 1 year anniversary is less than 2 weeks away.  Will it happen????

Monday, January 2, 2012

Resolutions, Goals, Life Changes (whatever you call them)

Welp, it's a new year....and that brings about the desire in many people to make changes in their lives.  Resolutions get a bad rap, but in all honesty, they are just goals we want to focus on, and goals ARE good, right?  Last year, something finally hit and my resolutions "stuck".  I made changes in my lifestyle that helped me lose over 14% of my body weight.  I'm thrilled with the progress I've made, but have so much more to do.  There were times my motivation waned.....well now it's back and I'm driven towards new goals.

So what's in store for this year:

  1. complete the 30 Day Shred workout dvd; I took a before pic and measurements and completed day 1; can't wait to see transpires over the next month
  2. do the Couch to 5k program.  I attempted this a few years ago and honestly I think all the additional weight made it super painful; I'm also hopeful that the addition of my iphone and the C25K app that's available will help me.  My ultimate goal is to participate in the Susan G Komen Race for a Cure in SF in September.    
  3. check out pilates and yoga classes in a local studio.  I cannot afford to take classes, but would love to see what it's like,
  4. work on the mental me.  I will be blogging about this in more detail, but I'm wanting to delve more into food addictions and the WHYS of my overeating.  I've bought some books and workbooks and will dedicate time to this facet of my life change.  
  5. Eat a cleaner diet.  I'm happy to say we've finally kicked SPLENDA to the curb.  Also,  I love researching recipes and will look for new, healthy ones to share with my family on a regular basis. 
  6. take better care of the home.  Living in disorganized chaos is stressful.  I really think it will make for a happier home and need to establish a routine that works for me and my busy lifestyle.  Flylady is a great resource for this.  It's been ages since I've followed her program, but we NEED it desperately and know it works.  
  7. I'm looking forward to participating in challenges, reading up on my favorite blogs and message boards, and keeping active over the next year.
How 'bout you?  What are your plans?