Sunday, January 20, 2013
I'm actually finding all of this quite easy now. I have a routine, a schedule. I wake up and the lemon water is what I crave. It's what I reach for and it starts my day off.
My days at work are still my easiest... the routine there are just so matter of fact and really on point with the timing, so I'm eating every few hours with snacks and proteins and all of it... even getting up quite frequently for water breaks, so I'm getting my activity in as well.
When I get home from work, I get in my exercise, which usually is minimum of 30 min, but is usually an hour. I have been doing the Leslie Sansone walking tapes, which I frequently switch up, sometimes using ones where she highlights the hand weights, or the stretch bands or even the boosted walks. I've even started grabbing my "bean" (if you remember those from the infomercials from a few years back) and doing some ab/core workouts as well. Then I heat up or cook up some dinner and watch a bit of television or work on my book or blog, then its off to bed (OR, I'm running my teenage son around who has quite the busy life himself as he's in a few theatre productions which are just ramping up into performance weekend modes)...
My weekends are a bit more sporadic, but I've been trying to get even them into some sort of a routine where I try to get the grocery shopping done very early, the exercises done by 5 pm'ish, so that I can maybe cook something nice for dinner and even do a bit of prep work for some meals for the week (hugely helpful for my lunches and snacks for work week). Then I like I get a bit of tv or movie watching in, as I am a bit of an addict in that department.
Ya know, they say that one thing overweight people have in common is a HUGE amount of tv watching... many hours. Well, it's sadly true for me as well... and it's one of the things that I'm finding it hard to give up... I even find that when I'm online, I open up a window with netflix or hulu just so I can try to multi-task and still get it in... or if I'm REALLY backed up on my tivo, sometimes I even say goodbye to Leslie for a bit and figure that since I've been watching her for MONTHS, I figure I have a fairly good handle on her moves by now, so I'll watch something and just MOVE MOVE MOVE while watching my shows and glance at the clock and then just stop moving when I feel I've gotten enough movement in... it's pretty pathetic, I think... Just when I used to dread the holidays, or the mid-season there-just-isn't-a-damn-thing-to-watch weeks, now, I think, whew, I can exercise, cook, catch up, but OMG, then it'll start again and what'll I do???? lol My name is Marie and I am a TV Addict.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I just got an email that I've been nominated by The SparkPeople Community as a motivation to others! I'm super honored!
I guess the community can vote for SparkPages that are motivational and based on Community involvement, personal accomplishments and more, I have received enough votes to become a "SparkPeople Motivator"! I now have an icon on my SparkPage! How cool is that?
You know, I do hear how much I've motivated alot of you in your journeys, but I seriously want to thank you all for how much you all have motivated me in mine! I am SO glad I came here early on in my journey. In fact, I almost think it was the perfect trifecta. I chose the diet first... 17 Day Diet, the support team, SparkPeople.com and found the team on here, 17 Day Diet as well as other interests Need to lose 200+ Pounds, Scrap & Craft to Lose! and Wii Exercise and then just the Blogging community in general, then the Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pound tapes and here I am 126 lbs later, into my 212 lb journey.
I started my journey on March 19, 2012 with my husband, Ivan. He and I haven't really lost any momentum. We are very focused, we are very motivated (me more so than him, but he's here and still going strong)... and now, I'm writing a book, I've started a blog outside of SP as well called ExtendingOurHappilyEverAfter.com and I hope to get to my goal by October of this year.
When I started my journey I wasn't able to stand more than 2 minutes, now I regularly walk 4 and 5 mile workouts every night after work. I am a different woman. I want to be here to help anyone, that's what makes me happy. I remember only too well that feeling of not knowing what to do and thinking it's such a far off reality to be in control of your own health and fitness. But, it's not even been a year and I own this. I understand it now and it's only been through the help of all of you! These teams are true gems. There are so many people here going through the daily struggles.. they've had your same questions and know the answers! ASK THEM! Ask me! ASK! lol
It's a wonderful community that is on 24/7! How awesome is that? My husband is a huge support, but he works and he sleeps... It's ok... he needs to! LOL But, that's the gem of the internet... I can always ask a question here if I need to. And I've needed to! Or, I've seen a friend that has needed a question answered and I'm honored to have been up to answer it.
Again, thank you! What a wonderful feeling to be so held in esteem by your friends online and in life! I really feel honored and blessed! You all make me smile so very much! I hope I make you smile!
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
192.5 lbs between us... gone forever and 9 months, 6 days in.
On March 19th, we started this challenge together! Look at us now!
Ivan is 16.5 lbs away from his goal. I'm 92.5 away. It'll be done.
So excited... life is good! Everyday is a joy and new things are being discovered! I'm stronger. I'm able to get up from benches just with my legs now... I feel that's my core and strength in my legs, right? I'm starting to wonder that when the fat sheds, will there be muscles waiting to greet me? I am so curious to see what waits for me and it's so exciting. My collar bone is ready to show itself... I feel it... but can't see it yet in the mirror, but it's there... maybe a week, maybe two. I remember when I saw it when I was in my 20's... it made me feel sexy. Silly, maybe... but it did.
Check out the new us... We are beaming!
Monday, December 24, 2012
This is my time... and I'm going to do it!
For once, this is the most motivated I've EVER been. I've made the mini goal of trying to be down 120 lbs by Christmas... I am at 118.5 and tomorrow is the big day. I've been VERY good... even WITH the parties at work. I MAY not make my goal... but wow, I'm close! Do I want a cookie? Sort of. Do I have cookies? Yeah. It's nearly Christmas! I mean, c'mon! BUT... I WANT THIS. I want to see if I could do this... and I'm trying HARD to do it. It is 4:24 pm lol I can do this... Tomorrow, I'll weigh in... I'll either hit it... or I won't... but what I won't do is I won't say that I didn't try! And I WILL be proud of myself. And, I'll probably have a cookie! LOL
Okay, let's see... I have the day planned out... I do have some sweets planned. I did take a baggie in to work to take some cookies and a few candies (ONE baggie... a husband, a teenage boy and myself)... we are sharing. I didn't eat it at the party... so I am even proud of myself for that, too! ALL to get me to my goal tomorrow. I got one of those little Chinese take-out boxes of some type of cookie made by a co-worker... it went straight into the freezer... that'll come out... we may try some of those, too. Anyway, we are having turkey bacon and egg white scramble with vegetables... my green tea... a greek yogurt... (of course, my lemon water in the morning)... Not too sure what I'll eat for lunch... but it will probably be a lean protein and some vegetables... Dinner is Salmon, green bean casserole, small smashed baked potatoes and roasted carrots... not too bad... and for desert, we are having some chai bread pudding... Not perfect, but it's Christmas... and then Christmas is over and it's back to the plan... and back to the next goal.
I joined a contest at work... the Turkey Buster Challenge... as of now, I'm in the lead with a 17.4 lb loss (since after Thanksgiving)... and it ends on January 9th. The way I see it is that I'm only going to lose this weight once. Therefore, I feel that I should win this contest! LOL It's pretty simple, really... I won't be able to enter this contest next year or the year after, because, I'll be at goal and won't be able to win then, right?
Another thing I'm doing... and I'm sure it sounds totally ridiculous (it probably is)... but for Christmas... I asked my husband to buy me clothes in my goal size... size 10/12. How risky is that? I'm only in size 14/16 tops and 18/20 bottoms now. I must be insane, but I just don't see wasting the money... plus, I see it as incentive for me to get into those clothes and it just keeps me on track... so the ONLY item of clothing I will be opening tomorrow is a nightshirt in current size, because all my nightshirts are falling off my shoulders now lol
Never, EVER, have I been this goal oriented and determined... it feels amazing... I feel like another woman! I'm loving it!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
My department is celebrating Christmas tomorrow. Our managers will bring in lunch, then my coworkers each bring in something... well, I had to find out what was being provided, so I could figure out what I was going to be able to eat. Asked my manager and she told me that we were getting wraps, pasta and meatballs on the side. I'm on the 17 Day Diet, which limits carbs and so, pretty much none of those were really safe for me... however, it's the holidays, so I would probably indulge in a meatball or two, even though it's probably red meat with breading... I ask.. "What about a salad?".. nope. Okay... heavy sigh.
Go to my co-workers. What are you bringing? "Breakfast platter". That sounds interesting. What's that? "Donuts, pastries and bagels". "Sounds good!".. moving on... What are you bringing? (luckily, my g/f has sort of been on the plan with me and knows that the breakfast platter wasn't at all anything I could partake of, so she says, I'll bring in turkey kielbasa... I smile and I'm like "Bless you!" lol She smiles. Moving on... go to the guy in the back. "Dave, what are you bringing?" "I thought I'd bring cookies" (now, our dept party coincides with the United Way bake sale)... "Why, what is everyone else bringing?".. I tell him that the bake sale is going in... what the managers are bringing and that there isn't even a healthy salad (had to get that in there) and he was like.. "Really? I can do a salad!" and I"m like.. "You don't have to, but that would be great... " "No, really... I can throw one together very easily... I'll do a salad!"... "Thanks so much, Dave! A Salad would be great!" on to the next co-worker... "Barb (head of United Way committee)... what are you bringing to the party?" "Well, I thought I'd just bring in extra cookies (makes total sense)... why?" "just asking... that makes sense"... "what is everyone else bringing"... I tell her "hmmm, I can bring in veggies"... "really? That would be great! I mean, there will be soo much baked stuff available and it would really be nice to have healthier options... would you mind?" "No, really, I love vegetables, let everyone know, I'll bring veggies"... "You got it!"...
Now, I'm feeling PRETTY Good about everything right about now... thinking to myself that I really only need to bring in my yogurts and some fruit and I'm just about set! LOL I see Rich walking the halls... "Hey Rich, what are you bringing on Thursday?"... "What do you want me to bring?"... (really? could it be that easy???)... "could you bring in some fruit? Nothing much, maybe some grapes or something?") LOL "Sure!"...
to round everything out, we have hot wing chicken dip, chips, candy, cookies, cheese (to go with the kielbasa) and a banana/pineapple bundt cake... and crackers... (I had preoffered to do the bundt cake from months ago)... it does have 2 fruits in it, but that unfortunately does NOT make it healthy.
I'd have brought in my own food from home, but now, only have to bring in my yogurts... All in all, it was a very successful party planning day, and that, my friends, is how you stay on plan during the holidays... oh, and I weighed in today and lost 2 lbs and am only 3 lbs away from my mini goal of losing 120 by Christmas!
I Got this!
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