Sunday, June 05, 2011
Yep, Nascar is on but besides that, I have 16 people coming to my house fora BBQ. My sister was going to have it at her place which is great for outside events but since it is RAINING in Northern California, it is moved to my house which is bigger.
I got Chef Meg's Baked Bean recipe and soaked the beans Friday night and started cooking them yesterday morning. I am really glad because when I tasted them last night, they were still hard. I was thinking I would have to just toss them and buy canned today but I left them on low in crock pot all night. What would we do without crock pots!??? Anyway, I was actually having anxiety about the stupid beans so woke up and 6 am and my first thought was, "MY Beans!!" They are perfect. Just delicious and I am really exited about having a good side dish, low sodium and know that I made them and didnt just open a can. (See? I can cook things besides cookies and cake pops!)
My contribution is also steak. A young sales man came to my door the other day and one thing lead to another and I got 2 huge boxes of steak: Ribeye, sirlon, bacon wrapped filet, and ground steak burgers.
So I have been marinating steaks all night. My sister, TEXWIFE, makes a mean macaroni salad (using light mayo and healthy things of that nature) and my neice is bringing her hot new boyfriend (see? there is life after divorce!!) and a green salad. I got baked chips and salsa so we are gonna have a great meal. Is it wrong that I am sooo excited about it??? lol.
My other neice is bringing her boyfriends family, which is what this whole thing was all about.
I love having people over and my husband is such a great host. I feel blessed to have a home that can accomodate people and that folks can feel comfortable in. Next to my kids, this is the best thing my hubby has ever given me.
I started my morning with the 10 minute cardio kick boxing so I am ready to party! Kady is working out of town so cant be here, which is weird to have a family event without her. It is giving me a glimpse into life when she is on her own. I am happy for her but it makes me a little sad anyway..lol. Kelly and her Art will be here, tho, so that helps.
I will take some pictures today in case you wanna see what a day in my life is like... hope you guys find something to make you smile today.
Make it special.
Friday, June 03, 2011
If you dont like cheerful, cheerleading (slightly braggy) blogs, then you wont want to read this.
I have been stuck in the 230's for a long time. A very long time. Like since January. I have lost lots of pounds, back and forth, but very few going down and staying down.
This is what I did to start moving it the way I wanted it to go.
1. I DECIDED
That's right. I decided that I was going to figure it out and do what it took to keep going. I am not done yet. It was comfortable there. I could maintain it, but that is not what I set out to do.
2. I MOVED
I started moving more. I was comfortable doing the same stuff every day.
Yes, I kept walking but I joined a 28 day spring bootcamp. 10 minute video's in the am? Pshhhh, I can do that! And I did. Every day. Never waivered. It was great. It gave me a great boost for every day, I felt my body responding soo quickly, felt the muscles (actual muscles!) under my skin, saw progress every day. I am keeping it up 3-4 days a week.
3. I SET A GOAL
Yes, I have a MAIN goal but I set a mini goal. I had been in a challenge with a friend to lose 2 pounds in a week. That is what started it but I set a new goal. I wanted to be at 70 pounds down when I leave for Utah next week. I am now just 1 pound away! It has shifted my thinking so I am now not just working towards some far away random goal, but I have a carrot (or cookie in my case) dangling in front of my nose and I going for it!
Sometimes we all just go along, doing what we do, eating cookies (guilty) and lamenting the lack of weight loss but doing the same thing, day in and day out. When was the last time you really (really!) sat down and had a stern talking to yourself, or encouraged yourself to FINISH this! You all started but who is gonna FINISH it. You are, damn it, and so am I! I am NOT comfortable where I am. I dont like LIMBO!
5. REACH OUT
Someone needs you. Someone was there for you when you needed it most. Remember? Or if you are new, this is the key. Helping someone, making a friend, spreading the spark, asking for help, giving encouragement, comforting someone...This is why it works!
None of this is new. I didnt come up with some brilliant little idea or any new tricks. I just am refocused and WORKING at it. I guess I kind of forgot that it would be hard sometimes. I got comfortable. Well, comfortable had me weighing 291 pounds, too, so comfortable is not my friend. It isn't always easy but it is always worth it. Spark yourself. Or write me and I will put a fire under your, um, feet.
Make today a great day! I dont care if it is Friday, my favorite day of the week. Make a commitment to yourself and on Monday, be PROUD of what you did this weekend. If you blow it, or sleep all weekend or failed to do what you set out to do, that is OK. Just get back in the game. It is one day at a time, people. Just take today and OWN it.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
When was the last time you cheered on a stranger on spark?
When was the last time you read a new person's blog and commented?
When was the last time you went to a "Motivator's" page and found some inspiration?
When was the last time you added a new friend?
When was the last time you checked on a friend you haven't heard from in a while?
When was the last time?
Remember when you started here?
Remember who and what made all the difference that day, that week, in your journey?
Remember how good it felt to find a comment on your page from someone who reached out to you?
Yea. That is your job today. Remember. Reach out. Make a comment. Make a friend. Someone needs you. Get out of your comfortable little circle.
It will make all the difference.
Monday, May 30, 2011
So upon completion of the 28 day spring bootcamp, here are the results:
I lost 4 pounds
I lost 1.5" on my waist
I lost 1.5" on my upper chest
Everything else stayed the same.
I did take some starting pictures and I am taking finishing pictures tomorrow but am not sure if I will post them or not. We will see.
Do I think it was a success? Yes, I do.
I feel stronger physically and I feel stronger in my commitment.
I'm really glad I did it and will continue to do the strength training video's 3 times a week.
I think it was just the boost I needed.
I have a goal to be at my 70 pounds lost by June 9th when I leave for a 10 day vacation in June.
When I was there last June, I could barely walk a mile.
When I was there in October, I climbed a mountain.
When I go this time, I am just excited to see what else I will do.
I am 4 pounds away from that goal.
If I push real hard, I can do it.
I am gonna do it. Watch me.
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