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Ugh! Feeling unhappy.

Monday, April 25, 2011

I think I am having a mental block and I'm not sure why I'm trying to sabotage myself. I got down to just over 180 pounds, which is the lightest I've been in seven years and had about 4-6 weeks of success in losing weight. My funk started last week Sunday with a fried chicken dinner at my mom's. One day isn't a big deal and then I was right within my goals for two days straight. I thought I was doing well but something told me I wouldn't lose weight that week. I'm not sure why I thought that. Maybe it was because I was so close to being in the next "weight bracket" and maybe it was because I subconsciously thought that my weight loss over so many weeks was a fluke. I don't know. Thursday night my kids were at my mom's house and my husband had a great time working out at the gym together. And then we decided to go to Taco Bell. I only had two fresco style tacos but still went over my calories for the day. I ended up gaining 1.2 pounds for the week after all was said and done. Grrrrr.....

Sunday starts a new week for me. It was EASTER Sunday. A day full of food. I actually would have been just fine if I hadn't had dessert and then dipped into the Easter basket my husband and I got from the Easter Bunny (my Mom). I went over again.

Today we left for the Wisconsin Dells for a 4 day, 3 night vacation. I did well for breakfast, having my usual lean pocket, banana and glass of milk. Then I went to the gym and worked out on the elliptical for 45 minutes and did 20 minutes of strength exercises. I was back on track. Got back from the gym and had to get packed and ready for the week and before I knew it, it was time to go but I hadn't eaten lunch and had only had a protein drink for a snack. I was hungry but there was no time for my usual chicken salad for lunch and we wanted to get on the road. So we ended up going to Taco Bell again. It was a better choice calorie-wise than McDonald's or another fast food place but still not the best.

When we got to the Dells we checked in and tried to decide what to do. We drove around for a while and then went to dinner. We went to Denny's because I knew I could get a relatively healthy chicken salad and soup . I ate half of the soup and gave the rest to my kids. I got one scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert even though I knew I shouldn't. Add the McDonald's vanilla ice cream cone (since two of my children wanted McDonald's for lunch instead of Taco Bell) and the rest of Paul's cinnamon twists from Taco Bell and I'm about 400-450 calories above my range and REALLY high on sodium. Grrr.....

I feel like there's not much I can do about being healthy this week but we brought a fruit salad and stuff for sandwiches for lunches here so really we should be fine. I'm just worried that I'll gain more this week and don't want to be on that trend. I found the workout room and it's not much but I'll get on the treadmill for an hour each day and hope for the best. It does help that where we have to go to breakfast is on the other end of the resort and it's a long walk so there's hope. I just hope I can stay on track and still enjoy some good food this week. Wish me luck!

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    Thanks Laur. I needed that! I will do my best to be good this week and not beat myself up. I feel much better today. Now to the water park so the kids stop driving my crazy! :)

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LAURIE-RN 4/25/2011 11:04PM

    Ok. I understand. Now. You have been exercising. You have been keeping up with water. You made mostly good choices. You are going to be great this week. Keep tracking, even if it go over. It will keep you honest.

You and I had this conversation today. It's not all about the scale. It's the clothes and the tape measure. We WILL measure when you get home :)

You can do it. I know you can!


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    Thanks for the good luck wishes. I think today was just hard because we had to eat out twice so hopefully the next few days will be better. Thank you!

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WINTERRAIN 4/25/2011 10:29PM

    Good luck this week. And it sounds to me you might just end up with a healthy week, you bought fruit salad and things for sandwiches that's healthy and good! Think of all the walking you will do and you have a treadmill so that's a bonus!

I psych myself out to, that's something I'm working on everyday!


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The Blue Shirt

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I have had this really pretty blue floral shirt for a long time that I haven't been able to wear because my hips were too big and I just didn't feel comfortable having it so tight there. So I've had it in my closet, not wanting to get rid of it since I really liked the style. There it sat and once in a while I would try it on and then get discouraged and take it off again. This went on for at least a year - maybe two. I told myself, "I'll lose weight someday and be able to wear it."

This morning I decided on a whim to try it again. I got it out of the closet and put it on. IT'S TOO BIG! It fits around my hips just fine but the top (read chest) part of the top is big. I showed my husband and he encouraged me to put on a cami underneath it and wear it. I finally get to wear this shirt today and it's probably the only time I'll get to since it really is too big. But I'm okay with it and I'm just happy that I can put it on without worrying about looking fat in it. If I can figure out how to get pics uploaded on here I'll put them up. Yay! :) Have a great day!

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    Thanks Sis! By the way, most of the shirts you gave me are too big! Ack!

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LAURIE-RN 4/21/2011 8:31PM

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations my sister! You ROCK!


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    I go shopping a lot! Things are getting too big really fast and it's awesome! :) Thanks for the support You rock!

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REBECCATKD 4/21/2011 11:12AM

    Hooray! Now you get to go shopping! Just don't buy too much; the clothes you buy today will probably be too big next month!

I'm proud of you -- keep up the hard work!

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Sticks of Butter

Monday, April 11, 2011

A few years ago when I was going to Weight Watchers at work we were talking about only losing half a pound or less each week when our leader encouraged us to think of this: One half pound is two sticks of butter. So if you only lose a half a pound, that's two sticks of butter that is gone from your body. Butter is a good visual since it's just a pile of fat at room temperature.

It's sort of a gross thought but it's effective. Since the beginning of March and getting serious about tracking, I've lost 12 pounds, which is 48 sticks of butter. Doesn't sound like much when you say 12 pounds, but consider the visual and it's a lot! Since my heaviest, I've lost 51 pounds, which is 204 sticks of butter. When I think of putting that back on it grosses me out! Only 34 pounds, which is 148 sticks of butter to go. :)

So the next time you think you've ONLY lost 1/2 pounds, or even 1/4 pound, it's still weight off of your body and it's still good! :) Keep plugging away and you'll succeed - one stick of butter at a time.

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    Maybe that's what that phrase means! It is gross isn't it? :) Gross, yet effective.

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REBECCATKD 4/11/2011 10:34PM

    Gross! Thinking in terms of butter lost definitely puts the numbers in a different light. Is that where the phrase "pounds melting away" comes from? Ewww...

Less butter! More muscle!

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First Tournament as a Black Belt

Monday, April 04, 2011

This past Saturday I competed in my first Tournament as a Black Belt. I had my brand new black belt last Tournament but only competed with my daughter in Family Forms because I was too intimidated to compete with the black belts then. This time I decided to do forms and breaking. I wasn't sure what I was going to do for breaking but thanks to an awesome 4th degree black belt in class he helped me figure out what to do.

I wasn't nervous about doing my form because I was comfortable with the one I did. I went up there, did my form to the best of my ability and didn't place. I was completely okay with that since I just wanted to do well and get the experience.

I WAS, however, VERY nervous about breaking. I was doing two power kicks and a spinning kick. I knew I would be up against black belts I had watched do breaking before and were awesome. they all had a lot more experience than me and I really wanted to do well. So I took my 5 boards and went to the ring with the other ladies in my division. There were 6 of us and everyone had gotten their belts ahead of me. I got to go second. The first woman went up and tried to break 3 boards at once. She did well, but those 3 boards just wouldn't break.

Then it was my turn. I set up my kicks: A hopping side kick through 2 boards, then a hopping axe kick through two boards and a 360 back kick through one board. I bowed to the judges and started my kicks. Loud power scream, and BAM! The first two boards split like butter. I was pumped up! Then I went for my hopping axe kick. I thought the holders had the boards a little high but I went for it anyway, knowing I'm pretty flexible and I could do it. BAM! Those two boards broke right away too! All that was left was the 360 back kick, which I had done in several tournaments and was one I knew I could do. BAM! That one broke too. I did it! The goal I had was not to place - just to break all of my boards and I did it! The other ladies went and did well. A couple of them had one to three boards that didn't break so I thought I might have a CHANCE to place.

Then came the results. I was called up to SECOND PLACE! I was so happy and excited! I never expected to get a trophy as a black belt but I did it! And in my favorite event! I was on top of the world. I didn't care that I didn't win - I took home a trophy as a black belt. That 2nd place trophy means more to me than any trophy I've received so far because it shows that I can play with the big guns and do well. It was a great day!

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    Thanks to both of you! :):):)

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REBECCATKD 4/4/2011 2:38PM

    You certainly can play with the "big guns"! Don't let those other Black Belts intimidate you; you've just proven that you are definitely a contender! Congratulations!!!

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LAURIE-RN 4/4/2011 11:10AM

    Woo Hoo!!! You did great! Your excitement and enthusiasm radiates through your post. I am so proud of you my sister!!

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Third week of success! Keep them coming!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Boy am I bad at this blogging thing! I usually think about posting something but nothing comes to mind. But today I got on the scale for my weekly weigh in and it said 186.4! That's the lightest I've been since I was pregnant with my third child and he's going to be 7 in July. I'm finally off the roller coaster that has been my work life for the past year and am back in my original department where I belong. I am happy and calm for the first time in a while.

I also have made the decision to work out every day. I know I need to take a day or two off a week but I'm totally a creature of habit and I need that daily fix even though my body sometimes doesn't think I do. But after only missing 5 days in about 6-8 weeks I feel absolutely GREAT.

I am proud of myself for making many more healthy choices in the food that I eat. I am finally on track to eat what my body NEEDS not what my mind wants. The girl who hates most vegetables is finally finding a way to eat more of them. I've pulled out my old Weight Watchers cookbook that had tons of recipes in it that I love. I've gone to McDonald's twice since I got on track and both times I didn't get anything for myself except a reduced fat vanilla cone. I got something for my children but then went home and made myself something good. I've been using whole foods and not many processed ones. I'm proud of myself and know I can do this for the long haul.

It helps that my husband is finally on the healthy food bandwagon that I've tried to get him on for years. And he's finally joined the gym with me and actually works out with me once a week. He's finally understanding my struggle and how hard it's been for me to be healthy in an unhealthy household. It's definitely a start and one I plan to keep up.

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    Thanks to both of you! You're awesome too! :)

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LAURIE-RN 3/28/2011 12:02AM

    So proud of you!

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REBECCATKD 3/27/2011 10:52PM

    Thanks for the update, and congrats on saying good-bye to 190! You will never see that number again!
emoticon Good to see that the family is on board with you. And yes, keep those successes coming!

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