Monday, September 05, 2011
I saw this a few years back, different setting of course. Hope you don't think it is distateful, but it is kind of true!
Saturday, September 03, 2011
About 8 weeks ago, THETURTLEBEAR invited me to join the 5% challenge. I had seen that she and Teresa159 were both part of the spring challenge, and thought it might be cool. Am I ever glad I did! And for several reasons. The top reason, however, is because I felt accountable to my teammates to get those fitness minutes in every day (well, most every day). Fitness minutes are the one thing you track consistently each week. I wanted my team to win (even though we haven't yet)! But, we were really ALL winners. At least the people who got those fitness minutes in. For me, that is the most important key to weight loss.
So, if you are looking for something to add a little bit of friendly competition to your sparking, as well as something to help you reach your goals, sign up! If you like to exercise, sign up for the Determined Daisies team!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Answer "What's your weight story" with these questions! Feel free to respond on your own blog.
1.) How old are you? I am 44 years young.
2.) How long have you been overweight, obese, or unfit? I was thin until I went to college. I think I gained the Freshman 30 instead of Freshman 15. I did get that weight off, though. At least most of it. My real struggle started when I got married. DH loved to eat, and I loved to cook. We both gained quite a bit of weight those first few years of marriage. Then came DD #1. I gained 50 pounds and kept most of them. DD #2 added to my weight. I was obese for several years (youngest DD is now 12).
3.) What made you decide to get healthy?
I decided almost daily that I was going to get healthy. It just didn't usually last longer than a few days. But, last fall DH caved and decided to build a pool. Was I ever motivated?! I found SP about a month after we started construction, and DH decided that having his wife tied to the kitchen cooking for 7 men daily, and sometimes as many as 12 people, was just a little too much. Too much work, too much time, and too much money. He built a break room for the guys, and they are on their own for meals now. No more huge lunches and desserts every day. I have time to exercise! (At least when I am not in the field.)
As for the pool, I even bought a two piece late this summer! DD had her volleyball team over last night, and I have to say that I looked better than a few of those high schoolers! (Not that it takes much these days, but I was still proud and didn't hesitate to walk around without my coverup.)
4.) Has anyone ever made rude/mean comments to you about how you look?
Yes, it is a long story, but a jerk who was supposed to be a friend made the comment that he wondered "who that short, fat chick was going in and out of his house." It was in front of a lot of people, and when DH found out about it he was fighting mad. The guy and his wife are divorced now, but I saw Jerk at the youth fair this summer. AND I served him a pork plate at our picnic this weekend. I wanted to say, "Hey, I'm not short and fat anymore, but you are still a d#*k."
5.) What do you hate the most about your current/starting size?
Current size: I wish my tummy was flat again. And I don't like the size of my thighs, but they are better than before!
Starting size: OMG my butt was big! And when I bent over sideways, my skin on my waist would make a roll. I have never had rolls on my torso, and it grossed me out.
6.) What was your favorite unhealthy food before?
Ok, this could be a book. I loved chips (still do), pizza (still do), Velveeta/Rotel cheese dip with chips (still do). You get the picture. Loved eating fries at any fast food place, Sonic onion rings, Sonic Blasts. I was most definitely a binge eater.
7.) What's some of your favorite healthy foods now?
Now? I am really into the Clif Oatmeal Raisin Walnut bars for breakfast. I enjoy chicken, greek yogurt, salads, AND McDonald's ice cream cones. lol
8.) What is the hardest part of this journey?
Several things, really. Mixing up my food. I think I am in a rut. There is only so much you can do with chicken breasts. I do love them, though.
Getting my cardio in can be a challenge if I don't do it in the morning. Also, I have not done any ST for months. Thought about it really hard yesterday. Hope to do some today!
9.) What does your workout regime consist of?
I spend time on my ellipti-kill and dreadmill. The EM is my calorie burner, and the TM is to give my feet a break because they go to sleep on me while on the EM. I use a Garmin 405CX with a HR band to figure my calorie burn. Spark People estimates on calorie burn are out of line.
10.) What do you want everyone to know about you?
I weigh almost all food I log, unless it comes in preportioned containers. Have you seen what 3 cups of romaine really looks like? It is 85 grams, and you would have to pack that stuff in there to get 3 cups. And how do I know my "cup" of melon is the same as your "cup?" Almost every food item on SP can be logged in grams, and the nutrition labels list everything in grams, as well. I love my digital scale
Now it's your turn............let's hear your "story"
Thursday, August 18, 2011
So this week is our little town's "homecoming," of sorts. I believe it the the 107th Sheldon Old Settler's Picnic. Our town of 500 draws in a crowd of alumni for the weekend activities.
It started yesterday for me. As oldest DD and I were getting ready to head off to Joplin for Sam's, we discovered that both small trailers were loaded down. One with the Kubota you see in the snow picture on my main page. It was with DH. The other had the rewards of an auction my FIL had been to over the past few days. I don't know how many bolt bins we had to unload, but some were so heavy we just had to take the drawers out to get them off the trailer. We finally got that done; it only took us two hours! (We were hot and sweaty by that time.) When I went to hook up the trailer lights, the fitting for the trailer didn't fit my Suburban! We bought the vehicle sometime in February, I think, and DH hasn't had the time to make the conversion. So, DH was on the farm at the time. He tried an adapter that wouldn't work, either. In the end, we took his four-door dually pickup that drives like a semi! It is nice enough, with all the bells and whistles, but it just doesn't turn like my car. Trying to park the thing on any given day in a crowded parking lot is a challenge, but then we added the trailer! There was no putting off the trip, however, and so we headed south.
We did a little shopping at Kohl's, one of the ONLY times I was able to spend my Kohl's Cash! I didn't find any real clothes to wear, but I cleaned house on workout shirts! I got some for less than $3, and then I took off the $20 Kohl's Cash! I also got some awesome workout socks at the mall, and Cait got a cheap swimsuit for next year.
Then for the real reason for the trip. We spent well over $1,000 on food for the 4-H/FFA food stand on Friday and Saturday night. Today I will smoke 80 pounds of pork loin and cut it up for tomorrow. Then tomorrow morning I will smoke the beans and potatoes to be served at the lawn tractor pull. I get to do the same thing Saturday morning for the sides that will be served up on Saturday. All together I'll do 60 pounds of potatoes, 10 pounds of onions, and 6 gallons of beans. Last year each club cleared right at $800. We served over 400 hamburgers, almost 200 hot dogs, untold nachos, and our famous Farmland KC Wild Wings. I don't know what they actually are, but they look like pork loin on a pork rib bone. They cost us a fortune, but it is a tradition for us to have them. We sell them for $2.75 each, and make about a quarter each. Some people order them 5 and 10 at a time for family! Here is a pic of the smoker DH and DS built a few years ago.
The other side is a grill.
Since Cait will be a Junior this coming school year, their class (of 14 kids) will have the dunk tank fundraiser going on, as well. We will be selling homemade cookies, too. She has mixed up 6 batches of dough altogether so far, and put it in the fridge. She will bake a few to sell tonight. I may mix up some peanut butter dough this morning so she can make the Peanut Butter-Cup cookies recipe I found in the August 26th issue of All You. Also on the menu will be brownies! I'm just glad that she is determined to bake a few batches at a time and get them immediately out of the house so they won't be a temptation to either of us!
Anyway, my challenge will be to take time to eat right and exercise throughout the next few days. I am actually back down to 169 from my high of 178.5 last Saturday morning. I did really well yesterday, and saved calories for my double dip of Braum's Cappocino Chunky Chocolate yogurt. I even got a short workout in before I left. This is a fun, busy time for our family. Our town is so small, and like most other towns, a few people do the majority of the work. DH and I will be torn between working the dunk tank (gotta have an adult taking $), his 25th class reunion, and the food stand. It will all be over around 2 am Sunday morning.
I'm tired already, just from reading this blog!
Friday, August 12, 2011
Wow, I have had tons of success with this website. I have tried all sorts of diets, pills, and supposedly "magic fixes" because losing weight the right way is hard work. It takes time to cook, measure, and log my food, not to mention the hours sweating on the fitness equipment. But, for the past nine months, I have done it. I've not been perfect, but I was doing something right.
So,why have I given myself free rein to eat whatever I see in front of me for the last week or so? It really started going downhill on Monday. We had a swim party for our 4-H here at the house, and I bought several packages of hot dogs for the event. I had two at the party, and some chips, and a cheesecake dessert that is to die for. Ok, that is not going to kill me, and I knew I just needed to get back on track the next day. Things like that have happened all along my journey, but I knew it was part of life, and I was okay with that. But we had tons of hot dogs left over, and I have eaten so many of them over the past week (thank goodness they are gone)! I even made chili on Tuesday, and had two chili dogs that evening. I have munched on those chips I so proudly resisted the week before. Enjoyed pepper jack cheese on Triscuits. Thursday evening I ate 4 (yes, four) hot dogs. With buns. How does a person even physically do that? I've had to run quick errands to town twice over the past few days and had two medium (not small or mini sized) blizzards. Of course yesterday it was McDonald's fault because they had a truck blocking their drive-thru. I was going to have their ice cream cone, but when I saw that truck, I was determined to have the DQ blizzard, something I had talked myself OUT of before I left on that errand.
I got on the scale this morning and weighed 177. That is 12 pounds OVER what my ticker says. I know I haven't really gained that much, but I know I have gained a lot. Probably at least 6 or 7 pounds. I was SO close to my goal for the 5% Summer Challenge. One of the team leaders even posted congrats to me and a few others who were just on the verge of getting to our 8 week goal. I'm trying to analyze why I do this to myself. It seems like I hit a milestone, and then let myself go for a while. I just can't do that, but it happens every time. What will I do when I hit my goal? At this rate, I am taking three steps back for every one step forward. Yesterday I did great until that trip to town. But I checked my tracker, and that blizzard put me at my calorie limit for the day. So, I threw in the towel and had a cheese enchilada with the family. Then friends came over for a late night swim and I had some pizza with them. And that was AFTER I had "vowed to do better."
So, I am taking it one step at a time here. Tomorrow is weekly weigh-in for the Summer Challenge. I'm going to be honest, just like always. And I know there are people out there who will see the number and wonder just how the heck I can let myself go when I have come so far. Heck, they will probably wonder how a person can gain that much in just a week! And you know what? I wonder that, too. But I don't have the answer. I am thankful for all my friends on here, because I do feel accountable to you all. That is the difference in this site and all other weight-loss tools I have tried. So, here is me, confessing my "sins," and trying to climb back on the wagon.
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