Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Thank you again to everyone who has supported me - your comments make me smile & they help me keep going. I wish I had more time to comment, but I haven't! Everyone is so awesome - I love Spark!
Last night I worked an hour extra for work.. not too bad. I stopped at the food store on the way home and got some food. I was in the mood to cook. Since I have been feeling better, I have been trying to catch up on some of what I missed. I am trying not to over-do it, but I wanted to make some meals for this week. It took me 2 hours from start to finish - not too bad considering how much I made!
1. Turkey chili with beans, diced tomatoes, carrots, and green peppers.
2. Turkey Kielbasa with Shrimp with brown rice, fresh tomatoes, and green peppers.
3. Baked Whole Wheat Ziti with spinach, FF Cottage Cheese and ground turkey
I think everything came out pretty well! I froze most of the items. I even had some of each things as my dinner for last night. Yum!! Hopefully they turn out ok when I go to eat them again. I would like to try more types of meals I can freeze.. I think I want to try chicken next time. Does anyone have any recipes or ideas they would like to share? I was thinking about trying a slow cooker meal one time. Maybe chicken fajitas another time?
I signed up for another 5K - Sunday April 7th. It is only 5 minutes away from my house and on a Sunday so I couldn't resist! I just need to re-start my 5K training. It was funny - I told my parents I signed up for the 5K & I need to start running again. My Mom said to me " oh Good. I also need to use the treadmill again." My Dad was right next to her and said he needs to do the same thing! I said "Well, whoever starts using it first, needs to push the rest of us to start using it again!!" We all laughed because it is true - we all want to do it, but we can't seem to find that PUSH!
Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the day. My work day is half over already! I had a stressful morning, but I am alright now. I have lunch soon which is good. I am not sure if I am working late or not? Oh well. If I am here late, I am here late! Oh - the one older gentleman who works in my office complimented me today. He said "It still shows that you are losing weight. Keep up the great work." Other people ask if I am still losing weight, but I am glad some people still notice the difference. I really want the healthy weight to be healthy - but looking "better" is a bonus I will take!
Keep pushing toward your January goals! I got my 500 minutes for Jan so I am happy about that. I really wanted 1,000, but I did what I could with my health situation! I really need to push in Feb to be able to reach my healthy goal weight of 155!
Monday, January 28, 2013
Thank you to everyone who sent me some get well soon vibes! I am finally back at work today. My ears are still hurting a little, but I am much better now. Work is very different now in this new position. I am still not used to all of it, but I am trying my best. We are working late nights and Saturdays now when there is work to do. I am not busy right now, but I know that will change soon. Every time I ask for something to do, there is plenty to do. I just have a break right now so I am taking it. I am still not used to doing so much after laying around for so long!
I finally got my paycheck, so I want to get some groceries to start making my batch meals since I will be working at night! I don't know when they will start ordering dinner for everyone, but I don't want take out every night. I could just get salad, but that isn't filling enough for me. I usually just eat salad as a side. Even getting chicken on it doesn't seem to fill me up!
When I was laying at home sick last week, there was so much I wanted to do. I even wanted to make a list, but I was too tired to do so! I tried to keep a mental list of everything I want to do now that I am better. Well, I am mostly better! Mentally I am MUCH better!
Attend 10 yoga classes
Re-start 5K training
Sign up for 5K races
Walk on the treadmill
Go back to Zumba once a week
Go to lunch/dinner with friends I have not seen in a long time
Have a game or movie night
Save more money & pay off more bills
As I am writing this, I am also thinking - Once I am healthier... well once I am over being sick 100% there is a lot I want to do physically. I also feel like I am already healthier with my eating. I have made so many changes since I started Spark. I do feel healthier even when I am sick. I still tried to eat healthy foods while I was trying to get better. I added more veggies & fruits to my diet, and I want to continue doing that! Even when I was feeling bleck, I made a homemade soup with beans and pasta and tons of veggies.
Hopefully everyone has a wonderful rest of the week. Keep pushing towards your January goals! I need to sit down and really figure out my Feb goals. I would like to be at 155 by the Feb! I am at 157 now. I know I can do it - I just really need to up my exercise!
Friday, January 11, 2013
****WARNING - FLUBBY COMPARISON PICTURES POSTED BELOW****
So I finally took some comparison pictures. I don't notice as much of a difference between 170 and 160. My back does seem a little different in the 160 though. I definitely should do more exercising. I don't feel skinny even though I am much skinnier.
I am very close to my healthy weight goal, but I still mentally feel so far from where I would like my body to be. I am trying not to be too selfish about my looks, but when I was at 155 at age 18 my body was much different. I guess all of the fat for so long really stretched me out. Maybe one day I will feel better about the stretch marks! For now, I just have to be happy with how much I have changed in my life! I am 27, and from now on I will continue to be more focused on me! My life is very important, and I am still pushing to stay healthy! I can't go back!
Besides losing the weight, I also lost a lot of negativity in my life! I also lost my high blood pressure! I gained new knowledge, a positive attitude, and a wonderful new lifestyle with Spark. Thank you so much for the continued support. Even though I hate looking at the pictures of myself, it helps me keep moving forward. I can't go back to how I used to be. Hopefully I get more motivation to keep working out. I am trying not to slack off, but my work is tough for me right now. My new position has me a little stressed.
Start Date: August 17, 2011
Current Date: January 11, 2013
Start Weight: 250
Current Weight: 158.8
Healthy Goal Weight: 155
Ultimate Goal Weight - if I can get lower, that would be great. (I won't stop at 155)
Start Pant Size: 22-24
Current Size: 10-12
Start Shirt Size: 2X-3X
Current Size: M-L
September Waist: 41
November Waist: 38
Current Waist: 36
September Hips: 44
November Hips: 43
Current Hips: 41
September Thigh: 24
November Thigh: 24
Current Thigh: 21.5
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