Friday, January 25, 2013
We've lost 200.5 lbs as of today!
As of today, Ivan is down 70 lbs (still trying to catch up to his 73 lbs lost, he's almost there...) and I am down 130.5 lbs.
We celebrated by going out to our favorite Indian buffet. I was a bit disappointed that almost all their vegetarian offerings had potatoes... but still, we did enjoy the foods. I love potatoes, don't get me wrong, but I enjoy that usually when we go, we get lots of just veggie offerings that don't have tons of carbs for me to watch for. But, it was a treat and we've been so good. I didn't overdo on the rice or the naan, so I am fairly sure that today was still very healthy for us, and I know that Indian spices are so very healthy and good for you... so I know that always makes me feel so much better as well.
We are just relaxing a bit here at home, and will head out in about 15 minutes to beat some snow that may come down, as we have to make a drive north to see my son perform at a District Band concert. Districts is where he auditions to hold a position that only a few in surrounding schools get the honor of being chosen to perform in. So, this is quite exciting. He chose to go in with a baritone horn, as his normal instrument of trumpet had a bit too much competition and I guess that strategy paid off, since he made the cut. So, we are headed up to see the concert. He went up on Wednesday and has been there for the past few days and it's all been sponsored by the school (room and travel/food), which is pretty cool. He really enjoys being so immersed in music like that, so I know it's a great experience for him. I'm very eager to see the concert tonight and bring him back home.
It's been a slow'ish week for exercise for me, as I feel I've been fighting a cold. Even though I've still been losing a bit of weight. I've only been walking 1-2 miles a night and just keeping on top of the food, really. Getting lots of rest as well. As soon as the concert is over tonight, my son goes straight into performing 2 live shows this weekend of Les Mis'. We've been super busy and it's been so hard trying to fit all of it in, but I'm trying to do it all.
I know that there are alot of us out there that juggle family life and our own personal goals and then in the bitter of winter (and this past week here in the Northeast, it's been SUPER BITTER), it's hard to do all of it and not get sick on top of it all... but it is still important to try to keep up with all of it. I am still very focused on my weight loss goals and I do get the fitness in. I am dialing back the 4 and 5 mile workouts to 1 and 2 miles when I'm feeling a bit under the weather, but at least I'm still keeping up with it. I know it's helping my immune system from having me literally falling into bed and not able to get up, like I was last winter before I started my journey. Last winter, I had walking pneumonia, followed by a sinus infection, followed by a throat infection. I was sick for 3 months solid...
This little cough thing? This is the only big of sick I've been since I started my journey. I can manage this. At least, I hope and pray this is all I have to manage! LOL
LOL I just sort of re-read this... I must be just a bit sick... this post is sort of all over the place... forgive me. And, I'll try to post a pic of my son with us from the concert to my gallery a bit later... Thanks everyone for following my journey! I love that I know you are all out there watching and keeping up with my story!
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!
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