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Here I go..For good this time!

Monday, April 05, 2010

Tonight I am entering a Biggest Loser Contest here in my small town. I officially weigh in this evening. I cannot begin to tell you all how excited I am to finally get this started. The contest runs from April 5-September 30. The winner of this contest gets a BRAND NEW CAR! How stinkin' awesome is that? What a great motivation this is for me.

I am a super competitive person, so I really think I will do well with this. Over 100 people are entered in this. I figure that half will drop out just because they will get bored or discouraged. I will not be among them. So that leaves about 50 people to compete with. I know for sure that I will be in the top ten. I am nervous about having to compete with men, based on the fact that they just lose faster.

In order to stay in the contest, we all must complete 3 fitness classes and 1 nutrition class per week at their facility. I love that I 'have' to do this, because it will really keep me accountable. I must weigh in on Mondays. I am not happy about having to weigh in the evening (I never have before), but I cannot change that fact.

Here is how I am going to win this contest (at least top ten for me):

1) No Alcohol (I love my wine)
2) No Diet Coke
3) Eat 100% Clean (have already been doing it about 75%)
4) Workout at least 6 days a week
5) Wear my BodyBugg and faithfully calculate calories/calories burned
6) Let everyone know I am doing this (do not hide it)
7) Journal and write down what I eat (everything, no matter what)
8) Drink 100 ounces of water a day

I am so excited!!!!!!

  
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BLUETIGGER33 4/6/2010 2:43AM

    Good luck! A new car is excellent motivation!

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RCATSLADY 4/5/2010 9:18PM

    Good luck and let the reward 'drive you'. I just love the Biggest Looser TV show. So what kind of car is it?

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LISSA1976 4/5/2010 8:40PM

    A healthy you and a new car are great motivation ;)
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WISLNDR 4/5/2010 6:00PM

    What a great motivational tool! And by all means, make it public!

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LOOZINITNOW 4/5/2010 5:06PM

    Good luck! What an awesome incentive! emoticon

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Not proud of myself

Thursday, March 18, 2010

So here I sit. I have recently moved to a new town (my husband's home town) and I am in constant fear of running into people that know my husband's family or grew up with him. My sister has also since moved back to Texas and is now only about 1 hour away from me. We have mutual friends. Couldn't be happier about the move and having all of my family so close to me. I went to college about an hour away as well. The possibility of running into former friends of either myself, my husband or my sister terrifies me.

How could I have let myself get to be 100 freakin' pounds overweight? I am doing so good right now, so don't get me wrong, I am going to lose all of this weight once and for all.

What's my problem, you might ask? Well, I just keep telling myself that I wish I had 6 more months of "hiding" like I have in the past. I am a very social person, you just would never know it. I have tons of friends back where I moved from. They knew me as the funny, fat friend. I just don't want to meet these new prospective friends in my current state of blubber. This isn't me. I am better than what you see on the outside. I am an inner athlete. I am a pretty person. You just can't see that now. I am tired of shopping at Lane Bryant. I want to be that "hip" mom you see dropping her kids off in the morning, perfectly dressed in the latest fashion.

I want to run into people I know from my past with confidence. I am getting there. It is just so slow. I need about one year to achieve this, I think. What would I do if they realized who I was? I know it will happen. Can't avoid it.

The good news is: I am really focused about eating healthy and exercising. I am eating clean and feeling wonderful. I have a new BodyBugg and I can tell this device will change my life. I know it. I actually WANT to sweat and put vegetables in my mouth.

I just wish I would have figured this out 2 years ago...

  
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HULLAF 3/19/2010 11:07AM

    I think you're doing a great job and shouldn't be worried about them. In fact, it would probably help if you ran into someone now and had to face your fear. I think you would find that most people aren't so quick to judge and that you are more focused on this than anyone else would be. I do know where you are coming from and how you feel. More important than anything is how you feel and your ongoing success! Keep up the good work. I know you can do it. emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 3/18/2010 9:04PM

    If they are any kind of friend at all they will remember you for who you are as a person, not for what you looked like before and now. You are taking care of yourself now and that is all that matters.

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ANGIEF09 3/18/2010 6:28PM

    Good for you for realizing what is important, that is the kind of attitude needed to succeed.
I agree with Adriane about not caring what others thing about you. They don't know the "real" you then. There are too many people that judge everyone on appearance, it is such a shame. I know some people that are very fit and thin and are horrible people because they judge us that are not like them as being lazy and all we do is stuff our faces.
I wish you all the success in the world on your healthy new lifestyle journey.
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ADRIANE29 3/18/2010 4:13PM

    Well the important thing is, you have figured it out. You know what you want and how to do it and nothing will stop you now! Really, who cares who you run into! What IS important is that if you stay focused and continue to eat right and exercise, the weight will be gone for good! Please don't care what others think. You are doing something about it. You are doing it for you and for your health! I'm rooting for you!!

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Eating too much healthy food is still not good for ME!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Well, I have to admit it that my weight is not budging. At all. I lost about 15 pounds fairly quick, and now seem to have hit a brick wall. I know exactly what the cause is: I am not being truthful on my logging of food and calories consumed. I have a tendency to log my food "before" I actually eat it. I still follow my eating plan, however, I am not logging all the healthy "snacking" I am doing. I am not eating a hamburger or a hot dog. Instead, I am eating 3 servings of hummus or whole grain toast w/ organic almond butter and a banana.

I have been HUNGRY lately. Or at least I think I am. Maybe I am just bored. I am a SAHM to an adorable 2 year old (have 2 older girls as well). He is going through a crazy faze of yelling at the top of his lungs. So I have a tendency to not go out in public (unless I have to). I don't push myself on the treadmill like I do at the gym. I need to get off my butt and go to the gym. I have a much better workout there. I love the classes.

So back to my original problem. I am now going to start only writing down what I eat, as I am eating it. I need to hold myself more accountable. I am not happy about not losing anything the whole month of February. I ate so healthy, just too much. Gotta get this mindless eating under control, once and for all!

  
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LIFEHASCHANGES 3/5/2010 7:57PM

    Hah ha! This blog is so right on! I mentioned the same issue in another blog! Eating too much healthy food is still eating too much food! Its all good, we will make it. I am recovering from a little weight gain, but I am back on treack! See you around spark!
God bless u!
Mrs. K

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ANG1ROBERTS 2/23/2010 2:32PM

    I am so proud of you for taking a look at your behavior and really thinking about how to make changes in order to meet your goals.

You didn't make excuses - you made a plan. GOOD JOB!

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TIKITAMI 2/23/2010 2:02PM

    Look at you identifying and resolving the problem. Good for you not giving up and knowing what changes you have to make!

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GYPSYGOTH 2/23/2010 1:50PM

    they say we all underestimate what we eat, by as much as a quarter... so you could be ingesting a lot more calories than you need and not know it!
be careful, too, with calorie-dense foods like hummus. healthy, YES! but 3 servings is enough for a whole meal, not a snack...
good luck- you can do it!
also make sure you're getting at least a little exercise- it's MUCH EASIER to cut 250 cals and burn 250 cals than cut 500!!

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LUCKIEST24 2/23/2010 1:43PM

    Wow! I could have written your last paragraph!!! You are so right! Just because it's "healthy" doesn't mean you don't have to count it!! Thanks for giving me a push to start logging every danged thing!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 2/23/2010 1:42PM

    Track, track, track, every morsel of what you eat! emoticon

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Eating Healthy is EXPENSIVE!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Contrary to what you have been told, eating "clean" and organic is very expensive. I came home with 5 small sacks of groceries yesterday, and shockingly spent $150.00. Granted, I was out of most of my staple items (tahini, olive oil, brown rice, greek yogurt), but it is crazy to think that in order to put healthy food on my family's plate, I must spend a lot to do it.

Examples: all organic
1) cucumbers $5.69 for 2
2) milk $5.99
3) chicken breast 1.5 lbs= $12.00!

Someone on a limited budget could not afford this. I feel sorry for the person trying to do good, but simply cannot afford to go totally organic or clean.

There are virtually NO coupons for healthy products. In my sunday paper I just kept flipping through the pages looking for something to use (I did find Eggland's Best eggs). Crazy. If I wanted to buy Hamburger Helper or Cheetos, then sure I could have used those for double coupon day (not that I do).

I really think we need to stop and think about this obesity crisis we are in (myself included). We are keeping America fat because it is so much cheaper to by unhealthy. 99 cent menus at every fast food place.

Now that I have committed to eating "Clean" I cannot imagine putting that crap in my body again. So, I will continue to pay these crazy prices for food, in order to keep my family healthy. We do not eat out anymore (you just don't know what they are putting in menus). We do save money by not doing this. I just wish we could find a cheaper way. There are farmer's markets about 30 miles away, so I guess we will have to make it a family affair on Saturday mornings. I know my 3 kids would actually love it. They have no concept of how much things cost. Oh, the good old days...

  
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MBSHAZZER 2/7/2010 1:13PM

    I totally agree with you that it's cheaper to eat junk; however, you can lower your "healthy" bill. Not everything needs to be organic... go online and check out what are the organic "must haves" and buy regular for everything else. Good luck!

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CAROLYN1213 2/3/2010 11:28AM

    Very true! We have been fed the idea that more is better and we are 'entitled' to fast convenient foods. However, though these foods are cheaper, they contain absolutely NO nutrition which means your body is still hungry and searching (craving) food so you are prone to eat larger quantities. Furthermore, convenience foods are full of additives, preservatives, dyes and sodium. All of these cause health issues that you would then be spending money on doctors and medicines for. The cost of organic can blow my monthly budget, so I have had to choose how 'clean' I can afford to be. Some items, I just cannot afford at this time. When the farmers markets are open, I do better for less than the grocery store price on veggies and meats. Great blog!

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PENNYPANCAKES 2/3/2010 10:46AM

  I totally agree with you. The only things I really buy organic are potatoes because they say they absorb the most pesticides when sprayed in the fields. If something is that much higher priced then I skip the organic. Im not totally sold on the "organic" although I do eat clean. Its just not feasible unless the prices are right. $5.69 for two cucumbers is just totally insane. I would just buy regular and peel them good.

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OSITO69 2/1/2010 2:24PM

  You are so right! Halleujah! its so hard for us right now. i haven't received my disability yet, my husband was laid off. it so hard buying the fruits and veggies. i don't eat red meat which is probably a plus for me. good luck!

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OTTAWABOUND 2/1/2010 2:22PM

    I read a great list at some point in the last year about the foods where there was big difference (in terms of the harmful chemicals) and payoff in purchasing organic fruit and veggies versus those where, because of their skin and ways they absorbed nutrients, if didn't make a huge difference.

This way, you pay the extra for the foods that have the most capacity to harm you and can relax and know that you are practicing harm reduction in the others.

The legumes suggestions is great. We limit ourselves to 4 oz portions of meat, which is the suggested correct serving size, and supplement with egg and plant proteins.

Truth is, the higher prices reflect the real cost of growing food when a whole whack of petroleum derived chemicals aren't being used...

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MERRYCAKES 2/1/2010 2:15PM

    It can be more expensive but there are options. It depends on how flexible your family is and whether you have time to shop and cook.

* More meals based on legumes and grains (even organic rice and dried beans are really inexpensive)

* Veggies and fruit - Farmers' markets, CSAs, etc., rock. Also if you check out the sales flyers for your grocery stores, sometimes you can get a great deal in season. During the summer, pick berries and freeze big bags for smoothies, etc.

* Local "ethnic" markets - Asian, Mexican, Indian, etc. You can get amazing, amazing deals and expand your cooking skills!

Hope this helps!

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SMPO79 2/1/2010 2:09PM

    All I can say is...AMEN!!! My hubby and I are on a very tight budget, and the only way we can make it work, eat well, and pay the rent is to buy mostly fresh fruits and veggies (whichever are on sale) and to shop for our chicken and fish in bulk at Sam's Club. My husband is from Ireland, and one thing he still has a hard time with here is all the 99 cent menus, the huge portions, and the dizzying array of unhealthy, cheap foods. No wonder, he says.

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My Future Birthday Present

Monday, January 25, 2010

I have decided what I would like most for my upcoming May birthday. I am going to give myself the gift of 50 pounds. 50 pounds LOST! I can't think of anything better. I want to do this for myself. I have never really given myself anything health related (well that $1000 treadmill for Christmas does not count). I am already 10 pounds down. The hard part was just getting started. It has become so much easier every single day.

I am doing great so far with my healthy eating. I would say I eat clean about 90% of the time. I have indulged in a few glasses of wine on two occasions. The difference is that I have not beat myself up about it. I genuinely feel like I am SO going to do it this time. Something is different.

Yes, 50 pounds for my birthday is just what I NEED...

  
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PENNYPANCAKES 2/3/2010 10:49AM

  I enjoy a glass of wine every night and I dont' see an impact on my loss at all. Its really good for you and as long as you budget it into your daily calories it shouldn't be a problem. Great blog. I wish you the best of luck in achieving your birthday goal.

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PENNYLEWIS 1/30/2010 8:16PM

    That is the best gift you can give yourself is better health a better you. You will fell better about yourself. Be prepared not only to deal with the changes outside but with the changes on the inside too. I wish someone had told me that in the beginning. I thought all I had to do was lose weight. But its not all that simple. Even though commpliments and all by me friends and co workers, other people were noticing too. I was getting hot on for the first time in my marriage. I had to deal with that. Of course, I had no problems but I still had to deal with those feelings and the insecuries in my husband. I also wasnt used to being the subject of peoples conversations and I had to learn to accept compliments. That was hard for me too. Just be prepared. You learn alot about yourself on this journey. Just go with it. You'll make mistakes and you move forward. I know what you mean when yousaid this time is "different".

Don't beat yourself up about the wine. Just remember to save it for those special occasions every now and then. Im Fan of wine myself. Hubby and I visited the wine trails on our 21st weddingy anniversary last year year.

On special occasions, drink in moderation. So you can plan to budget into your calories for that day. Knowing how many calories are in your glass helps with drinking in moderation.You dont want to drink your recommended daily intake of calories in Wine! LOL.

Red Wine (Generic)
Serving Size: 5 oz., Calories: 124

Cabernet (Red Wine)
Serving Size: 4 oz, Calories: 128,

Chardonnay (white Wine)
Serving Size:4 oz, Calories: 90

Merlot (Merlot Wine)
Serving Size: 6 oz, Calories: 90

White Wine - Riesling
Serving Size: 5 fl oz, Calories: 118

White Zinfandel (Wine)
Serving Size: 4 Oz, Calories: 80

Wine - Sauvignon Blanc (White)
Serving Size: 4 oz, Calories: 80

With your determination you WILL do this!! If I can do this, You can too! emoticon Best wishes to you!!

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LILY_SPARK 1/25/2010 4:10PM

    Sounds GREAT!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/25/2010 3:39PM

    That is the greatest gift you could give yourself! It will get easier as you go! Don't beat yourself up over the wine. Even wine has a place in a healthy diet! Moderation not deprivation! You know what's different this time??? Sparkpeople! That's what's different! emoticon emoticon

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PAULAMARIEF 1/25/2010 3:16PM

    I think that is a super gift! I hope you are able to achieve it. You are off to a great start. Keep us updated.

Paula

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