Friday, November 07, 2014
I weighed in today, the "first" day of my effort (of THIS round of efforts). As expected, I lost a pretty good chunk of weight, as history has told me this is the case.
But because I am using the advent calendar to remove pounds as I lose them, I let my son rip up the numbers. Because when I lose 15, it's a night of bowling for the family.
The original advent calendar...(since this was taken, I put the numbers in descending order)
I told him this morning, "Hey Elijah. It's time to rip 4 numbers off the calendar!"
He said, "You lost 4 pounds?!?"
I said, "Yep!"
He shouted, "Woo hooo!!!"
So he was tearing up the numbers and said, "So Mom, maybe next week you can lose FIVE!"
I said, "Well buddy, I expect it will either be 1 or 2 pounds next week, but each one counts."
And so we keep looking forward!
Have a great weekend, Sparkers!
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
After our Wii "Just Dance Marathon" last night, I asked the kids to give ideas for rewards for weight lost. For those of you who looked at my last blog, you saw an advent calendar of sorts, where I (or my kids) will rip up the numbers of pounds I've lost when I weigh in on Fridays.
So here's what we came up with. Photo...
My daughter is 16 and my son 9. So you know whose ideas these were...
15 lbs - bowling - both kids came up with this idea
30 lbs - ice skating - my daughter
45 lbs - Sky Zone trampoline fun time - my son
60 lbs - Laser Web - we are all jazzed about that
67 lbs - Pandora bead - daughter, and mani/pedi - me (and my daughter wants to join)
My husband looked at the sheet this morning and said, "67? I think you'll need something more than that" meaning he saw my list and thinks the reward should be added to. I'm all for it, but I have plenty of time to plan for that.
And my husband said, "I'm really proud of you" when he saw me making the dinner casserole this morning so I had more time to exercise with the kids after work. I realize we (me, and you Sparkers here, too) aren't doing this to get praise from others, but let me tell you, that was really nice to hear.
This is the first time in a long time that I am really jazzed about this. And I know the kids will keep me motivated, especially my son. That kid...once he grabs onto an idea, he will NOT let go of it.
All of you told me to get my family involved. You told me this a long time ago. Apparently I'm a slow learner....
Stay tuned for progress!!! And thanks, as always, for your support!
Monday, November 03, 2014
A visual reminder for the entire family that they have to help me with this. This sparked a lot of questions from my kids.
My 16-year-old: "What's this?"
Me: "It's my reminder of my November goal. And it's there so you guys can keep me accountable."
Her: "What are the little numbers in the corner of the big numbers?"
Me: "That's the grand total of weight I need to lose."
Her: (eyebrows raised in a "huh" sort of way.)
Me: "So you guys need to keep asking me about it, okay?"
Later, during my son's get-ready-for-school shift.
Him: "What is THAT?"
Me: "It's my monthly goal reminder. Every time I lose a pound, I rip off the numbers."
Him: "What are the little numbers in the corner?"
Me: "The grand total of weight I need to lose. It might take me over a year, but this way we'll be reminded to help me get there, okay?"
Him: "So then we just rip up the papers?"
Me: "Yes! Then I put up my next month's goal. Maybe I aim for only 4 pounds next month. But every month, I'll put up a goal and you can help me get there, okay? I'm just having a hard time doing this by myself."
Him: "Okay. Like maybe we can go to the Y on the treadmill or something."
Me: "Right buddy. But we don't belong to the Y. You can help me by walking with me first. And then when I get in better shape, maybe we can go play at SkyZone." [he went there for a birthday party this past weekend. It's a trampoline place!]
(And now that I recap that, I'm thinking I need to make that one of the goals that I put up on the long list of numbers.)
As the long chain of numbers floated around whenever we walked by or opened the pantry door, the dog:
"Bark bark bark!!!!" I had to drag him over to the papers to sniff them so he wouldn't keep barking and/or tear them up prior to the goal being met.
I'm aiming for 15 lbs this month. I know it sounds lofty, but because I have 67 to lose, I would not be surprised if 5 - 7 lbs come off this week alone. It's not going to be that way forever, but usually when I start eating 1200 - 1300 cals a day and take moderate walks, it drops big for a little while (think about how on The Biggest Loser they lose like 15 lbs in one week. The bigger they are, the harder they fall when they first start the good habits.)
Let's hope this helps...the family is in on it!
Thursday, October 16, 2014
A friend gave me a recipe for pumpkin muffins that is super easy. She said it was a Weight Watchers recipe. I modified it then entered it into the calorie counter I use. Give either a try - you may want to enter the ingredients into your own calorie counter just to make sure they are correct.
One box of reduced-sugar yellow or white cake mix
One can of pumpkin (15 oz)
1/2 c water
1/2 bag of cinnamon chips
This is a Weight Watchers recipe that makes 24 muffins. 2 muffins = 3 points.
One box of spice cake mix
One can of pumpkin (15 oz)
1/2 c water
My daughter was able to get 20 muffins out of this recipe. The calculation (if I did it correctly) gives it 81 calories per muffin (like I said, maybe enter these yourself).
For both recipes: Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
Monday, August 04, 2014
On impulse, I bought a water bottle based on a spot I saw on Good Morning America's "Deals and Steals." It is a personal water bottle that allows you to have flavor-infused water.
My water flavor of the day is cucumber cilantro. My sister first used hers with a blueberry basil infusion.
The bottle was designed by a teenager who wanted to have different flavors of water. This way no sugar or artificial stuff is needed - just fruit, herbs, veggies, whatever.
I thought you might be interested being as we're all doing what we can to get more hydration. I've seen some blogs here where people have made some tasty waters. Here is a site that has several recipes, too.
Stay hydrated, my friends.
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