Monday, September 13, 2010
~*~ WTF??? Entry Card- Template for 9/15-9/19 ~*~
Me, just a few weeks ago.
Starting Weight: 247.2
Measure your Waist -48
Measure your Hips - 53
Measure your Thigh -28.25
Measure your Calf -17
Measure your Upper Arm -16.5
Measure your Boobies -49
Current BMI: 40.7
During this challenge, I have a general goal of getting my BMI below the 40's. I started at 50. I also want to fit into size 22 Jeans (or beyond)
My biggest challenge will undoubtedly be staying on track with my excercise.
My nutrition goals for the next 10 weeks will be focused on staying within my range.
My cardio goals for the next 10 weeks will be focused on walking further each week until I am up to 2 miles consistantly.
My strength training goals for the next 10 weeks will be focused on my arms.
My rest and flexibility goals for the next 10 weeks will be focused on doing more stretching.
PART ONE - DIET & EXERCISE
Between now and 9/19, I am going to try to play tennis at least once. I have never played tennis. ever. but I want to!
Between now and 9/19, I am not going to bake and eat anything unhealthy!
These 3 excuses will be unusable for the duration of this template:
The weather is not allowed to derail my excercise.
A party is not allowed to derail my eating well.
My hormones are not allowed to derail my life in any way, shape or form.
***BONUS CHALLENGE- ADD UP HOW MANY CALORIES YOU *DRINK* THIS WEEK! (NON ALCOHOLIC AND ALCOHOLIC ALIKE!)
Ok and yes, I hear the Captain calling!!
You can motivate me by staying in touch.
PART TWO - THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
This week, take the time to do one of the following just for yourself.
A. complete a fun project
B. start a fun project
C. brainstorm ideas for something you can do just for yourself over the winter, something that will take a semi-long time to complete. - Like make your own new bag, or put together a family photo album, or redecorate a room, or start a journal, or make a quilt, etc
D. Make a list of things you loved as a child but have not done or participated in for a very long time. See which ones you can incorporate into your grownup life.
Practice setting time aside for yourself, either every day or once a week, and allow yourself to be selfish for a little while, and recharge, so you can better handle the rest of your life and be better for your family or job and friends.
Monday, September 13, 2010
I mean, I use a stapler like 40 times a day. If it doesnt work, it is irritatiing! You waste so much time fixing it and taking the crummy staples out and re stapling and I thought today: You know what? Why am I fighting this? A new stapler is like what, $10.00? Am I not worth $10.00 for a less annoying day? Yes. Yes I am.
What is your stapler thingy that annoys you and you could fix so easily??
Sunday, September 12, 2010
So yesterday I went to Lane Bryant to return a bra that I bought. Yea it was too big. I got a 44c and a 42c the last time (from a 48 c)not really knowing what size I needed. So anyway, I exchanged it for a 40 C figuring that would be the next size I am gonna be.
They had a great sale on Panties. Not knowing what size (again), I bought some 18-20's and some 22-24's because I figured I would be getting into them soon enough (from a 26-28) and I am still in the same panties I was wearing 40 lbs ago (I dont know why, I just never got new ones).
Then, they had some tanks on sale for 4.99! Summer is almost over so I got 2 in size 18-20 cause I am still in size 22-24 (again from 26-28).
So this morning (come take the ride with me even tho you know where this is going), I took a shower and was getting dressed. I decide to try the size 18 panties. Um, yeah, they FIT!!! So that means the 22-24's are never getting worn. I BLEW by that size! (Back to Lane Bryants for an exchange!).
Then I put on the 40C Bra. Yep! It fit too!!! (That means I can do one of my goals, get a Victoria secret bra since they have my size!!).
Then the tank top. Uh huh, wearing it right now!!!
I am not much of a bragger but come on... This is a fantastic day for me! Do you know how friggin tiny I feel right now!?
I came out to the living room, dropped my drawers, shook my ass at my husband while yelling, "SIZE 18 BITCH!" Then I whirled around, lifted my size 18 tank, shook my boobies at him and yelled "40C!!! under my (pull top back down) SIZE 18 TANK TOP!!"
We high 5'vd then I grabbed the laptop and said, "I have to blog this!" to which he replied,
"Thats right, Frank, I am a blog HO too, so you better get used to your new wife who wears size 18 underwear, (but not for long) and a 40C bra!".
Oh yes, a good day indeed.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
I love blogs. I love reading them. I love writing them. I love reading the comments that people leave about blogs. I love finding a comment one of my friends left on someones page that I have never heard of and checking it out. I am kinda obsessed about it.
Thank you for feeding my obsession and please, go read my 6 month blog I posted or any of the others and leave me a comment or "like" it. I need a fix.
Friday, September 10, 2010
S is for starting a spark. It is also for SIX months. When I began, I felt old, terrible, cranky and fat. I was simply fed up with myself. I googled free online programs and found SP. I signed up, didnt tell anyone and decided to "try" it. I really loved the program from the start and decided I would track my nutrition and add fitness later. I also decided to not tell anyone until I had dropped 15 pounds with a few exceptions. I did tell my sister, husband and kids with one request. Do NOT say anything about what I am or am not eating. It was going to be up to me. I also left myself an easy exit for when I failed. So I began. What I didnt expect was the support, the welcome, the instant connections with everyone. It inspired me to not try but to DO this.
Then I shut up and started putting up.I cut out extra sugar (no cookies, cakes etc. and told myself it was for 1 week. Once I knew I could get through that week, I kept going. I lost 15 pounds in the first month. I tracked my nutrition and it kept me in check. Then I facebooked it so I would be accountable to lots of people.Then I began to walk.
I have now lost 43 pounds and over 20" which includes 3 bra sizes, 1 jean size and 2 top sizes.
Here is a picture of me before I started. I am holding a tray of sandwiches. Nice.
P is for my mantra: Progress, not perfection. I knew I was not going to be perfect, that it was impossible but that as long as I made progress, I would be happy. And I have been. Here are some progress pictures. I waited a long time to do the "pull-the-old-pants-waistband-out picture"!
A is for Activity. I do so much more now. It is embarrasing but I used to drive my truck along behind my husband and dog. I convinced myself I could not possibly walk. Now, we walk a mile or more, together, on most nights. My limp is almost gone (had knee replacement and am postponing another one) and I feel muscles in my legs that were buried under layers of fat! I walk now where I used to sit or ride a kart. I make up long ways to go around to get more steps in. I move instead of sit. I love to make plans to go places knowing I can walk and keep up with everyone instead of making excuses to do something else where I wouldn't have to move much.
R is for re-creating my self, my life, my habits, my future. To get healthy and active. To not accept the life in chains I had before. I have had many epiphanies since I began and going back over some of my blogs, the most important was that I CAN DO THIS! And also, for such a control freak, why was I letting food control me? DUH!
Here is a picture of me before, riding a seadoo. I still ride the seadoos but I look a hell of a lot better doing it now!
K is for the kindred spirits. I have made very close connections to some people here. If you are reading this, you are probably one of them. If you just found me, then I believe it was not by accident and we will probably be in touch more now too. I love the people here, the spirit of what we are all doing, the compassion, the outreach, the support, the love. I love hearing from you and cheering you on. I love that this WORKS!
I love that I am losing weight, getting fit, changing my life. I love that I may have some influence in your life as well. I know I will hit my goals, maybe not in a year but I will get there. I am forever changed, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually as well. I have been lifted up from my limitations and I try not to be mad at myself for letting it go on for so long. Clevagal asked me last night if I am always up. Im not but it is my natural, optomistic way of being. That is who the real me is. I really didnt like the Jan I was and I dont think my family really liked her either. It is good to be back. I can't wait to see the Jan that is coming in the weeks, months, years to come. Being a Libra, balance is very important to me. My "scales" had tipped for far too long and it feels wonderful to be more level again. These last 6 months have been completly life changing. I am heading to a great place. If I can, you can. Thanks for being on the journey with me.
Here's a before picture for your viewing enjoyment.
Doesn't everyone play the Harmonica with a loaf of bread in their shirt?
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