Wednesday, April 04, 2012
My brother and his wife had their first baby today!!!
Madelynn Grace was born at 2:49pm, 7 pounds 9 oz and 18 inches long
Hair whiter than anything I've seen and a set of lungs to rival my daughters!
Let the fun begin = )
Friday, February 24, 2012
I've worn my hair the same way for 6 years.
Here's the new cut...
I'm SOOOO happy ! I love the new do, it's exactly what I wanted. WooHoo, great way to end a crappy week!
Have an awesome weekend friends!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
This happens TOO frequently, and I'm SO tired of it. I do really well for a few months and then BAM, it seems I lose all control. I've done nothing but eat the last 2 days. I've eaten to the point where I'm sick to my stomach. After last nights food fest, my stomach still hurts... In the last 2 days, I've eaten WAY too much, pizza, ice cream , cheesecake and cookies... WTH!?! I don't even like cookies. Every time this happens, I sit and try to figure out why. Am I being too restrictive with food? Am I bored with my menu? Can I blame TOM for this? Do I feel that I get to relax a little because I've done "so well." The answer to all of those questions is a huge NO! I eat what ever I want, nothing has ever been forbidden since I began this journey. My menu is different all the time, and TOM has never dictated what I've eaten in the past. It's frustrating, and I get angry with every bite, yet I continue to consume.
Is this my subconscious "reward" for doing well or is it sabotage? Am I THAT afraid to get to goal that I don't want to get there? Or is it that I'm SO afraid I WON'T get there, I feel there's no harm in eating like this once in a while. When I do well, I get SO excited and I try on my goal outfits... yes, I have more than one. I start thinking about myself in cute outfits, spending the summer in shorts *gasp* and forgetting all about my "old life" of being morbidly obese and miserable. When I have days like these, I feel as fat as I was on day one. My 3 chins have grown back, my stomach is huge, and I feel like at any second, I'm going to go all "Professor Klump" and fit right back into those size 28's...
I know this funk will pass, it always does, but I'm tired of going through it. I know I'm doing it to myself, and I'm REALLY tired of feeling this way. I know I should be able to control this by now, I've been at this for almost 2 years. PUT DOWN THE COOKIE!!! I get it... tomorrow is another day... start over in the morning... don't beat yourself up... no one is perfect... did I forget anything? Just rambling and feeling pathetic... BBLLLAAAARRRGHHHHH!!!!!!! Whatever!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
First, I changed my ticker. A lot of people make small goals at the beginning of their journey, but I usually do things the hard way = ) Staring at that giant number of "pounds needed to lose" seemed to motivate me more than 10 pound increments. Now, it seems the closer I get to seeing my goal, that sadder I get STILL seeing that big number. In order for me to no longer be "obese" and simply just "over weight" I would have to lose half of my starting weight. What a great goal to focus on! Losing half of my starting weight AND becoming "just overweight" at the same time, excellent!
Also, I've been on solids for an entire week now. After juicing for 7 days and losing 6.5 pounds, I was VERY nervous about gaining the weight back. I continued to juice for breakfast but ate regular food the rest of the day. I'm happy to report I lost 2 more pounds this week. My workouts were the same both weeks, the only thing that was different was the juicing. I would say it was definitely a positive experience.
Finally, I just wanted to say how awesome my sparkfriends are. This is a tough journey, and being surrounded by people that get it, has made it SO much easier. All the support and love had made a HUGE difference. Thank you all SO much = ) I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend!
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Thanks to my friend Amy (ABHOSIER), I watched the documentary "Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead." It chronicles the life of Joe Cross who decides to go on a juice fast for 60 days. Nothing but juice 4 times day. When I watched this, I thought he was crazy, that's not nearly enough food, he's going to DIE, what a sick movie... WRONG! Great documentary, you should check it out. You can see it on Netflix instantly and I hear it's on Hulu as well.
Well, since I was having serious food issues for 2 weeks prior to watching the documentary, I decided it would be a great way to get rid of the sweet tooth and detox a little. I called my doctor *WHICH EVERYONE SHOULD DO BEFORE GOING ON ANY KIND OF FOOD RESTRICTION* and she said it was basically a vegetarian diet and she has no problems with it. So after getting the all clear, I was on my way. I was very concerned about the calories intake, being that it was all fruits and veggies. It wasn't a problem, I just adjusted things as I went. I also continued to workout everyday, and I didn't have any issues with that either.
First, for those that think juicing is a fad diet, it may be, but all know is that I've eaten more fruits and veggies in the last week, than I have in the last month. And now, after a full week, I'm actually craving the stuff! I decided that I'm going to continue juicing for 1 meal a day, more than likely breakfast.
Day 1, I was all excited and had a real, go get 'em, attitude. That lasted a few hours, until I though my stomach was going to eat itself I was so hungry... or was I? Not chewing your food is really difficult to deal with mentally, but physically, I really think I was fine. Chewing gum helped, but not like I hoped. Days 3, 4, were the hardest. I was really cranky!!! On day 5, I was starting to be ok without chewing, but I was tired by early evening and I thought I had made a big mistake. Then, days 6 and 7, I was feeling pretty good, I had plenty of energy, the juice was great, I wasn't missing the "food" at all.
I do have some pros and cons of doing this experiment...
- TONS of fruits and veggies. I'm not great with this, so this was ideal. What a better way to mask the taste of kale, but with apples and lemons.
- The juice tasted great!
- I feel really good... not superhuman good, but really good!
- There is a free website www.jointhereboot.com, which is the website from the movie, and it has everything you would want to know. There are recipes, a supportive community, and you even take an assessment to see which "reboot" is right for you.
- My whole family enjoyed the juice. That's very hard to do when you have a child who hates everything that isn't peanut butter or a hot dog.
- I got to eat veggies, that I'd never eat by themselves, kale and beets in particular.
- I lost more weight this week than I have in a LONG time!
- Cost!!! It was expensive for me to do this, AND purchase groceries for the rest of the family. Another reason why I'm cutting back to once a day.
- I was VERY cranky on day 3!
- I'm not sure the weight will stay off...
So, all in all, I enjoyed doing this and will continue on a much smaller scale. I wanted leave you with some photos of the 2 juices I drank most in the last week, and to show you just how much food you actually ingest in one juice.
The first is the "green Lemonade" which I drank every day. I made it in bigger batches so it was in the fridge when I needed it.
This is made with 3 cups of kale, 1 whole cucumber, 1/2 lemon, 2 large granny smith apples, 4 stalks of celery, and a piece of ginger root. I LOVE this juice, it taste exactly like fresh squeezed lemonade!
Look at all those veggies!
The second juice I drank the most was called "Sunset Blend."
This is 1 large sweet potato, 2 large gold delicious apples, 1 large red pepper, 2 beets, and a medium carrot. (I used baby carrots because I already had them) This was a surprisingly sweet juice, but very good.
Well, that's it for the juicing and I hope it was as informative as everyone hoped! Have a great weekend Sparkies!
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