For a long time now I have been content to just sit around and do nothing. Well, as you can guess, that attitude has gotten me nothing good. I gained back the 25 lbs that I had lost previously, I stopped exercising and my body and heavy breathing are definitely showing it, and I generally just feel tired and "wimpy" all of the time. I guess my upcoming vacation (in about a month) and the fact that I am going to start college again in August have made me take a good look at myself and my bad habits.
I joined WeightWatchers last week and weighed in at only 0.2 lbs short of my all-time heaviest weight. Over the course of the first week, I started drinking more water once again and adding fruits and veggies to my meals. I prepared all of my meals, only eating out once to celebrate a friend's birthday. My hard work during the first week paid off with a loss of 3.6 lbs! I purchased a pedometer yesterday and am wearing it for the first time today. I've taken a walk around my office parking lot this morning while on a break and I even took the stairs both up and down. It's small changes like these that helped me start losing weight last time. This time I really hope to get up the momentum and work toward my goal of losing about 100 lbs. I've decided that instead of just watching that "horse" called Life, I am going to get back on it and "ride"!
Keep up with my progress and see additional photos of my journey on my personal blog: nyssawlj.blogspot.com/ .
I've been away from SP for about a month now, logging on periodically but not really following any nutrition plan or exercising. Between starting a new job, being SERIOUSLY stressed out, having my hubby travelling for business for three weeks straight, and a host of other things that all seemed to happen at once, I have managed to gain about 8 lbs of my weight back.
It's SOOOOO frustrating how quickly that can happen. I mean, really? Eight pounds in 2 months?!?! I worked hard to lose that 8 lbs originally. Now I have to do it again. [sigh] Oh well. Things are finally starting to settle down and Hubby is back in town. Things will be back to a regular routine very soon (hopefully).
Today I stumbled across a "stitching for charity" website called Love Quilts. As I often times want to stitch projects but don't really have anyone in mind for them, I thought this would be a perfect way for me to be able to do my cross-stitching and it would go to a worthy cause. Love Quilts is a collective of men and women who cross-stitch designs based on a specific theme or color-scheme. The designs are then turned into a quilt for a child who is battling a life-threatening and/or life-long illness. The concept began in 1999 and Love Quilts has provided over 400 quilts to these special children.
I decided that for my first project I would not choose a specific child but instead, would work on a design that could be used at a later time for an "emergency quilt". This is a quilt that needs to be completed in a very short amount of time rather than the many months that a custom quilt for a specific child takes. My piece is in the theme of "Realistic Birds" for a future little girl's quilt. It is an Asian Mandarin Duck sitting in the water with leaves gently falling around it. The photo of the full pattern is posted but I will be modifying the pattern by only completing a portion of it. There are size constraints with the quilt squares so I will only be stitching one of the ducks in the design. I will also be modifying the colors just a bit as the pattern calls for a speciality thread that can be difficult to wash. This quilt must be able to be machine-washed at home so I will change the thread type/color. For this first project, I will have until June 1, 2011 to complete it and get it to the coordinator.
I am excited that I found this site and their group. I encourage all of you to also join in on this very worthy project even if you do not currently know how to cross-stitch. It's pretty easy to learn, there are many materials/books out there to teach you how to cross-stitch, and there are a lot of more simplistic patterns out there for beginners. For more information on Love Quilts and a list of their guidelines, please check out my personal blog under the "Wonderful Websites" section for a link to their website.
Note: The pattern I am using is from "Oriental Cross Stitch" by Lesley Teare. It is called "Mandarin Ducks".
Today was my weigh-in day for this week for the BLC15 Challenge. (Go MOCHAS!!!) I weighed-in at 220.6 lbs, down 2.8 lbs from last week! WooHoo! I'm so excited! I have finally made it to the 25 lbs lost mark!!! This means that I am a quarter of the way finished with my weight loss. WooHoo!
New Year's Resolutions. I normally am not one for making resolutions for the new year as I very, very rarely every stick with them. Instead, I wanted to simply state that I will do my best to lose around 75 lbs this year to end 2011 around my goal weight of 150 lbs. I know that there will be times where I fall off the wagon or gain a little weight back or simply just HAVE to have that piece of chocolate, and I will not beat myself up over it. I'm moving in the right direction, no matter how slowly that might be, and that is all that matters. If I make my ultimate goal weight by the end of 2011, wonderful. If not, at least I am making progress.