Monday, December 02, 2013
Okay, so after facing my disasterous Thanksgiving weight gain (11 pounds!), my goal for December is just to try and knock that back off before leaving on Christmas vacation. Facing a 2-week roadtrip for the end-of-year holidays means that actually losing weight during that timeframe is probably a lost cause, so my focus for those 2 weeks is going to be to maintain. When I get home and return to work, I'll get my new start weight and reset my focus starting January 6th.
So the positives for this month:
There is no more Halloween candy in my house, except for my 3-year-old's
suckers (those are reserved for him and only him).
My pantry, fridge, and freezer are stocked with healthy, quick & easy foods. The only pitfall is the 1/2 gallon of Bluebell ice cream, but that stuff is expensive enough that servings are small and savored.
Even after Thanksgiving, I'm still smaller than I was at New Year's. Even if I'm still in the same pants, they're loose instead of tight.
We're usually eating REAL food, things that even my great-great-grandparents would recognize, even if they wouldn't always recognize the cooking method (microwave).
My preschooler ate cooked spinach at Thanksgiving dinner, without me having to push it on him. Then he ate peas and corn, before moving on to the "good stuff." He did follow dinner with a large slice of chocolate cake, but hey, he ate his veggies first.
I get to see my extended family over Christmas & New Year's. This doesn't always happen, so I'm extra excited that it will this year.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Okay, I'm mostly doing a bit better on my eating. I still have bad days, but they're getting fewer. Attempting to get back into more home-cooking than dining out.
I've also picked up on the exercise...those DVDs I bought haven't gotten much use (1 video got done once), they just don't fit my life quite yet BUT my best friend and I have picked up walking. Lots of walking. I live fairly near a walking trail that has the far end at a park, so we've been loading the kids into strollers and walking the trail to the park, letting the kids play, then walking back. We have a "short" route that is a bit over 3 miles from my house to the park and back, and a "long" route" that is almost right at 5 miles, puts us at the actual beginning of the trail. I'm using the MapMyWalk app to track actual distances, speed, and it calculates my calorie burn.
I have another friend that her household is between jobs right now, so she's picking up doing housecleaning to help make ends meet. So to free up more of my time to exercise, cook, and get to the long-put-off chores (not the day-to-day stuff, but the deep organizing mess), we're paying her to do my weekly maintenance chores and to stick around and help with the "extras" once I'm home from work. Sometimes that's shampooing carpet, sorting out the "mess", or helping me cook (extra perk...dinner for her and her hubby for that one!)
My size 14 pants are getting closer to fitting again. Still too much muffin-top for me to say they fit, but they button & zip and I can still breathe. And my smaller bras are getting closer to fitting too...still a bit snug and the cup is a bit small, but soon. Sitting at 18 pounds down so far.
But progress is progress, and I'm still getting to go out and do fun things, instead of going into "all-or-nothing" mode like I did early last year. Having friends working with me is slowing me down but keeping my sanity in check, which I think is more important anyway. Who wants to be skinny but miserable?
Monday, August 26, 2013
I keep falling off my little bandwagon this year. Between stress, my hubby's eating habits, and well, a desire to get to ENJOY stuff again, I'm having a lot of trouble being good. My "kryptonite" buddy is doing really well and jumping my case about sabatoging her and trying to help motivate me to do better - thank you Nikki!
So, I've gone out and bought a few workout DVDs and a big exercise ball. I'm having to resign myself to the idea that hitting the pool like I WANT just isn't going to happen at the moment. Going to try a new angle, one that will still let me get the mandatory housework done (because even when the hubby thinks he's helping, he isn't, and the little one isn't very good about helping pick-up yet...he gets some slack, he's still under 3!)
I have managed to lose some so far, bouncing from between 10-17 pounds lost so far this year (I have some STEEP fluctuations). My size 18 pants that were getting too tight are now loose, and I have some 16s that are fitting nicely again. Strangely, some of my 18s are smaller than the 16s, even though they're the same brand and supposedly the same cut/style...I hate the women's clothing industry!
So, I'm giving myself credit for progress made and trying to decide what to adapt next to make a healthier lifestyle more convienent and easier to juggle.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Ok, I had a good start earlier this year, but fell off the wagon pretty quickly. Then it was birthdays, Easter, Mother's Day, more birthdays, etc. And my best friend is REALLY bad about wanting to go out to eat. A lot.
Well, she gained a bit more weight than she liked, so now she's wanting to start dieting and exercising too. So now my kryptonite is getting encased in lead, because between her, my hubby, and another good friend, I have some real-life accountability.
I'm still making progress on adapting my household into a "real food" lifestyle. I never realized how many common things in my kitchen won't work. I'm still using what I've bought, but as stuff is being used up, I'm being careful with replacements. Mostly working on phasing out certain condiments at this point.
On the bright side, I have 2 deep freezers (one stand-up, one chest) that are full of fresh, gulf-caught fish (courtesy of hubby's favorite hobby) and beef from an FFA fundraiser, as well as chicken breast and porkchops bought on good sales. I shouldn't have to buy meat again this year, except for things like holiday turkeys and some occasional breakfast meats (ham, bacon, and sausage).
Along with watching my calories & my hubby counting carbs, I want to cut our grocery budget. With the meat all stocked up, I'm going to try for about $100/week for our family of 3. This will include our raw milk ($6/gallon, every other week), fresh free-range eggs ($4/dozen, about 2 dozen a week), bottled waters (the water at work is nasty), and all the usual (produce, condiments, other dairy, etc.). Food and supplies for the pets, and diapers/pullups aren't counting for this. I'm also wanting to get as much of our food organic as possible, so the local Farmer's Market is my friend. Its too bad that I DON'T get food stamps, because they have a program to lets you get $2 of food for $1 of food stamp...
Thursday, February 28, 2013
I just sent in our order for a half of a cow. We also have a friend that hunts that is going to try to get us a wild hog, all we have to pay is the processing. When deer season comes around again, he's going to try for some venison for us (also, just having to pay the processing fee).
I need to make more breakfast burritos. My husband has wiped out almost all of the ones I made (I think that's a good sign, right?). I need to get stuff to make more. And make quiche, he liked that last time I made it and I'm told it should freeze well.
Going to attempt making yogurt this weekend. I think.
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