The last several months have been challenging as my husband has had several serious medical issues. We both gained about 10 unwanted pounds during the ordeal and now that things are slowly getting back to normal, we are both ready to lose them and their "friends". I am not known for sticking with things too long in the weight loss world. I get bored and frustrated very easily and tend to slip back into old, bad habits. I am also an emotional eater and will eat simply for the taste even if I know I am already full. I think it's part of the "clean your plate" mentality.
The big difference this time is that my hubby and I are going to team up together to lose this extra weight. We each have our own goals. I need to lose approximately 110 pounds to be in a healthy BMI and weight range. He has about 50 pounds to lose to be at his ideal weight. Though these numbers seem very daunting, we will both be following the same basic plan and will be able to support one another and help each other with motivation and getting through the tough days. The biggest problem I see is if we both want to be lazy on the same day! LOL.
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!