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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I'm been out of pocket lately! Sorry!

My computer caught a virus and got wiped out. I am on a friend's computer today so I thought I'd post and let everyone know what was going on.

Health wise... well... I dunno.

I am finally all signed up for the Gym. I have a 2 year commitment to Anytime Fitness!! WOoo Hooo! And guess what.... I haven't gone once in the week I've been signed up. Why does it always seem that something comes up? I have to move past that. I have put a schedule in my day runner and on Monday the 26th I will begin a steady and constant exercise plan. I can't do it this week. Something is wrong with my car and it's losing gas. No leak or anything, but it's just burning through gas super fast. So I have to be careful to conserve as much as possible. I don't even drive home after taking my daughter to school in the mornings right now. I drop her at school, go 5 minutes to my friends house, stay there all day doing homework, then pick Jordon up and go home. Best way I can do it right now.

Nutrition wise I'm doing fair. I'm making good decisions on my meals. My big problem is that I find myself mindlessly eating at nihgt...A LOT!! I think it has to do with me being alone now. I think that at night I get lonely and sad with Crystal gone and it comes out sideways as over eating. Hmmm well, now that I've identified it what do I do about it?

Well that's life in my world right now...

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BUDBABE10 10/21/2009 2:34PM

    I know exactly what you're saying!! LIFE always get in the way of the best plans. My computer has crashed also, so the only time I can check in is at work, so my time on Spark is very limited. And some days I'm blocked from the site, so can't check in at all.
I had a membership for a gym a little over a year ago. For at least 6 months I went very regularly. At least 3 days a week. Then, the excuses came.... just "didn't have time" because I had other things to do. Yeah.... the weight shows it too.
Keep on keepin' on! We CAN do this!!

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Not so great..but getting better

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Ok so I have proven to myself 3 things the past 2 weeks.

1. I am committed to changing my life and my health...finally and for real!

2. I DO have the ability to make good healthy choices when I go out to eat (so long as it's a place that has healthy offerings.) And that extends to my beloved Starbucks and numerous other coffee shops. No-Fat Latte's are yummy as are No-Fat less sugar mocha frappes. Still trying to figure out how to make my Caramel Apple Spice less fattening.

3. My willpower needs major work. It's easy for me to fall of the wagon and chow without thinking. When that happens it's hard to get back on the wagon. But I CAN DO IT!! Basically Willpower need to match Commitment. Willpower + Commitment = Success!

I am determined to complete my mission of A Stone By Christmas/Yule! I CAN DO THIS!!!

So today I am in a low energy place. Usually when this happens I don't do much of anything. But today I am working toward conquering that too. I have to make myself move! I have some fun things coming up!

Today I am going to sign up for the Gym...FINALLY! I'll post when I get that done!

Tonight I am going to a club with a friend of mine who has a friend in a band he wants me to meet. I don't usually go out so this should be fun and interesting!

Tomorrow is Friday and I have nothing planned...BUT...and this is a BIG BIG BIG thing for me... My darling wife will be home! She will put in around 10pm and be here for the weekend!! I am so excited...and oddly nervous. LOL

Saturday my daughter and I get new glasses, then we have Pagan Pride Day at Zilker park that we are going to. All proceeds go to the Food Pantry! Then that evening we're going to see my oldest nephew at a school Marching Band Finals contest. He is a section leader and we are all so proud of him.

Sunday is my youngest nephew's first birthday. I'm doing the menu and cooking. I love to do that kind of thing. I've been teased that I should go into catering...uuhh bad idea! LOL So cooking begins tomorrow!

Then, sadly, my wife leaves to go back to Baton Rouge Sunday too. 1 month down and 11 more to go before she can be transferred back home. I'll be so happy when it's over.

Anyway...there's my weekend in a nutshell.

Hope everyone is doing well and has a great weekend!

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GINW1977 10/15/2009 7:14PM

    You can do this. I can do this. We just have to keep trying. Glad to hear Crystal got a chance to make it home. Last I talked with you, you weren't sure when she'd make it. Take care!

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I got a battery for my scale and now I wish I hadn't!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ok so I'm trying not to freak out or be mad at myself. I know this is probably just bloated water weight due to it being around my time of month. But I got on the scale and guess what..I'm UP 2 pounds. That makes it official. I am officially the biggest I have ever been. I'm sitting at 290.

Gotta change this.

I mentioned my plan in my last blog and that I was looking into joining a gym. Well I got the information and Crystal approved of it. So I am joining Anytime Fitness this week or weekend.

Please wish me luck!

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REEDSKI 9/29/2009 2:39PM

    You can do this!!! You have made the right choice to come to SparkPeople and start a new lifestyle.

I started the end of March and I'm almost under 200. I've been very good about my exercise but haven't been tracking food recently or I'd already be below 200. I HAVE been making much healthier choices. Lots of fruits and vegetables and cutting back on processed sugar, white flour breads, and bad fat foods. I've been tracking in my head thinking that's ok and it's not. When I was tracking religiously I was losing 1,2, or 3 pounds a week. Now I am losing more slowly. So, I recommend that you TRACK YOUR FOOD. And EXERCISE DAILY. Yes, daily. Start slow if you need to but make exercise a daily habit. Even if it's only 10 min. to start with.

I am so happy that you put new batteries in your scale. It's distressing but in a few weeks you will start to feel wonderful! God bless you! I know you can do this!!!

Stay away from the Halloween candy.

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MY-CHALLENGES 9/29/2009 2:31PM

    The biggest thing that has helped me lose weight is tracking and planning my meals. They say you have to burn more than you consume. It's difficult to do that if you don't have a clear picture of what you're consuming. The two go hand in hand.

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A Stone Before Yule/Christmas

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I joined a new team called No Topic Off Limits. Well a few days after joining I get the post saying "A Stone Before Christmas" with the following message.


""Well Christmas is coming !!

As most of my Sparky friends will be celebrating in the USA, here is a link/paste, to a nice page that will explain what most of the USA gets up to over Christmas, you call it Thanksgiving dont you?

And the other point is there are 94 days to go.............which is 13 and a bit weeks, now I dont know about you, but I always get clothes that are too small for me !! always.

So it got me thinking.........why not go for an all out push to shift 14 lb, a stone as I will call it in Wales.

That is just over a pound a week, and what would a stone do for your looks and self esteem ?

Well that is MY plan, if you fancy it just post that "YOUR IN !!!", and then there will be no going back !!

So, shed a stone for Christmas is now in opereation, lets get it on..........

I AM IN !!!!"

This sounds like a very doable thing. And I like that each person can have their own plan. So I decided what the hell. This isn't a challenge. He's calling it a Mission. I like that much better. When I attempt a "challenge" and don't make it I feel like such an utter failure! I don't know why I'm more comfortable with the word Mission, but I am. So my plan is that I'm going to cook just SP recipes for dinners and try to make sure there is enough for leftovers for lunch the next day. I will do my best to eat breakfast in the mornings. I will cut down on my mindless munching (I hate that! I really have to get a handle on it). And I talked to Crystal last night about joining a gym. I figure I can drop Jordon off in the mornings at school and hit the treadmill at the gym on my way home. She said I could so I'm getting the information on that today. Hopefully I can start that part soon.

Here's a funny story that goes with this though. I woke up yesterday morning completely pumped and gung ho to get this started right? So I figure a current weight in would be a good place to start. I step on the scale and it blinked and quit! LOL The battery died! I almost let it kick my butt but didn't!! In the past I would have given up right there! (Sad huh?) But nope. No more of that namby pamby crap for me! I'm going to go get a battery this afternoon and weigh in the morning.

Night before last I made Ranch Cheddar Turkey Burger with oven fries. OMG they were so friggin good! Jordon even ate 2 of them!!! I was impressed! A definite keeper recipe! I had one and then had another for lunch yesterday. I made Keema for dinner last night. Jordon said it was missing something so I went searching recipes and discovered the missing spices! Yeah! It was only spices missing and not something that will add a ton of calories! It was good the way it was but it did need a little something. There is a ton left over so I'm having that for dinner again tonight! Jordon's going to a concert so I don't have to cook anything new!

I am trying hard to make better decisions on what goes into my body. I have come to accept myself to a point. I no longer feel like the most disgusting creature on the planet. But still... I would like to feel better. So I am going to do this mission. And if I succeed then great! I will keep going with it. If I don't, I will not beat myself up for it. I'll just keep trying!



Saturday, September 19, 2009

On Fridays at my house we have Pizza and Movie night. It's a tradition in our family and a night I love and look forward to! I'm learning about healthier choices for my pizza too! Papa Murphy's has DeLight Pizzas. The Chicken and Artichoke hearts kind of sucks. They use marinated artichoke hearts that are WAAAYYYYY too marinated! LOL But I'm still looking at the DeLights and trying new ones.

Tonight's movies? We watched House...surprisingly good. Then we watched The Haunting of Molly Hartley. One word... LAME!!!! Oh saying it sucked just isn't good enough. It my daughter's perfect words... EPIC FAILURE!!!! Ugh...horrible movie.

Ok..that's all. Just wanted to share! LOL

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IRISHRAVEN 9/24/2009 10:25AM

    Tracy I'd love to! A friend of mine makes a delicious pizza with a white garlic-y type sauce that is so yummo! But every time I've tried to make pizza I screw it up and it taste yucky. So any suggestions you have would be super appreciated!

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TRACYZABELLE 9/24/2009 6:25AM

    Next time make your own pizza-- it is fun and easy!

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