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Saturday, April 14, 2012

I have been MIA for awhile.

I was getting super frustrated over not being able to get below 140lbs. So I decided to stop obsessing and focus on just making healthy choices.

I kept exercising 6 days a week. I kept eating healthy meals full of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. I took several week long breaks from sugar to see if I could (I can!).

And now I am down to 137.5lbs.

Only 2.5lbs from my (what I thought was unreachable) goal set way back in October. People, I have not seen 135lbs since before kids. I have not seen my current weight since 2004.

It has taken me so much longer than expected to lose 12.5lbs. I thought it would be done by January 1st. Here we are in April...

There are so many GOOD things about the weight coming off slowly and I am actually glad it has taken me extra time and focus.

1) I have really focused on making this a new way of living my life. This is not a diet or some short term deal. To stay at a healthy weight I cannot go back to how I was eating. These slow changes over a period of months have not been that difficult and now it feels "normal" to eat and exercise like this.

2) I have had time to figure out what works for me. For example, I need a "cheat day" once a week when I have cookies and pizza with my kids (Fridays). I find myself able to say no to many less than healthy choices during the week because I am so looking forward to baking with my kids after school and snuggling up to enjoy pizza and warm cookies in the evening. I find I rarely eat more than 3 cookies and usually one slice of homemade pizza on wheat crust with lots of veggies...AND IT STILL FEELS LIKE A SPLURGE!

3) My family is eating so much healthier, too. We now order a bountiful basket each week (bountifulbaskets.org) and have 60% of our meals vegetarian. The kids are asking for fresh fruit for snacks or homemade 9 grain bread. YAY!

I really appreciate the boost that sparkpeople gave me when I started. I had no idea how to count calories. I figured since I exercised I could eat whatever I wanted. I found amazing recipes that I continue to use on a daily basis. I enjoyed reading blogs and getting encouragement from others that are farther along in their weight loss journey.

I know 12.5lbs doesn't seem like much...but it is huge to me. I have carried around that extra weight for 6 years. I am hoping to lose the last 2.5lbs by my son's birthday in May. It will mark the end of my years feeling ugly and unhealthy after becoming a mom. I am strong, beautiful, and healthy....AND a mom! And I will have done it without surgery, gimmicks, or expensive diet plans.

Go me.



  
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MINIMINIV 4/15/2012 12:53AM

    Welcome back! You are going strong girl.
Congrats on your progress.
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Happy V-day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

We had our big traditional dinner last night. I stayed in my calorie range and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Today I have planned all my meals and snacks. NOT going to be tempted by the chocolate treats and extra calories they pack.

This year, I am choosing to love myself.

That means not treating my body like a garbage can by dumping a bunch of junk in.

It deserves to be fed well.

Happy V-day to me!

  
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CLWALDRO 2/14/2012 5:52PM

    Good choice to have a Healthy Valentine's Day.
I have decided to give healthy gifts as well. To my DH he is getting new hiking boots. My son gets a small Lego set he wanted. My MIL gets a scented candle as she loves them.
I ate healthy all day and am looking forward to a nice dinner.
I even volunteered at my son's party and had no food from the chocolate fountain.
WooHoo for good choices

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V-Day cometh

Sunday, February 12, 2012

We have a tradition at our place for Valentines. LASAGNA! And not some store bought stuff. Nope. HOMEMADE LASAGNA! Our recipe is loaded with fat and calories. We only eat it twice a year, Valentines and my husband's birthday.

Of course, we serve it with salad, crusty french bread and some sinful chocolate dessert.

Best. Meal. Ever.

My grandma comes to dinner and we treat her as the guest of honor. We dine by candle light. I tuck little Valentines at each place setting, sealing them with chocolate kisses. I wear an bright pink blouse and earings that look like conversation hearts.

I love our Valentine traditions. LOVE. THEM.

I thought about trying to make them healthier this year. Veggie lasagna? Whole wheat french bread? Fat free chocolate pudding?

I settled on whole wheat french bread. That is all I could concede. It is one day out of the year people! We are going to have our love day dinner!

I cook healthy, mostly vegetarian meals every other day of February.

Love day deserves a splurge.

Do you have any love day traditions?

  
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CLWALDRO 2/13/2012 3:05PM

    I do not have any Valentine's day traditions but I was thinking of cutting everything in my son's lunch into heart shapes.
I think you should keep your traditional meal unless everyone agrees to change it.
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DAVIEGRRL 2/13/2012 11:45AM

    I added up all the in advance calories and will having my french bread without butter and skipping dessert. I will still enjoy the meal and not go over my calories needs. Yay!

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NEPTUNE1939 2/12/2012 10:07PM

    Do your best to avoid fats from breads, etc. with your other meals - a one time pig out should not cause problems. My wife cooks lasagne and that's the routine I use.

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Half Marathon

Thursday, February 09, 2012

I have been invited to run a half-marathon with my cousin and sister-in-law in February 2013. The Princess Half-Marathon in Disney World, to be exact.

My questions...

1) Will there be princesses cheering me on as I cross the finish line? REAL ones? This would be highly motivating. A bonus would be pictures of me with said princesses and some sort of medal.

2) Do I like running enough to do a whole heck of a lot of it? The farthest I have previously run is 5 miles. I love tri training because it is varied. I fear intense boredom on a high mileage running schedule.

3) Will I be able to find the perfect pair of pink running shoes in time? I refuse to run in a princess half marathon without pink shoes. I actually belive they also should have rhinestones other forms of sparkle to boot.

4) How far is a half marathon?

5) Will I have FINALLY lost a full 10lbs (*gasp* maybe even 15lbs) by then?

So, that is where I am at right now. Please feel free to leave me some answers if you have any.

  


Down, but not in the right way

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

With my new and improved plan I have gained a pound.

Niiiiiiiccccceeeeeee.

Hello Discouragement! Fancy meeting you here. What's that? You want to set up camp and stay a bit? Why the heck not. You can hang out with the 2 lbs that I can't shake from my belly, thighs, and butt.

Blah.

And I can't figure out my new MP3 player and it is driving me nuts. I hate exercising in silence. I hate feeling stupid over a tiny little electronic device that continues to work perfectly for my husband but I have yet to hear play even one song. I have had this thing since Christmas. AND I believe I have set some sort of record for number of trips to the bathroom in a single day due to the 150oz of water I have been imbibing daily. People at work are starting to talk.

Me, the stupid 2lbs, and Discouragement are can be found hanging out in Loser-ville...in silence...wishing we were smart enough to master that frickin' MP3 device...and visiting the bathroom about every 5 minutes.


(Insert LOSER Emoticon here...I cannot find on SP so you will have to use your imagination)

  
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GRIFFMAGIC 2/8/2012 9:51AM

    Hang in there! I know Disappointment and I know how frustrating it can be when your body isn't cooperating. 150 oz of water is a lot! Be careful not to strip your body of essential nutrients. They can get filtered out of your body with all that water your peeing.

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