Friday, February 28, 2014
"Birthdays Challenge" is going well. I've lost about 2 pounds since I started, depending on what time of day I weigh myself...I didn't drink as much water as I should have today because I was working in a different building which would have made it nearly impossible to get to the bathroom as often as I do when I consume the quantities of water that I normally do.
My "man-friend" did something TOTALLY out of the ordinary today! HE PLANNED AHEAD!! His "1-year Sober Anniversary" is March 20th. I'm SO proud of him! He asked me the other night, "I think I'm different than I was, right?!" Oh my, he doesn't know the half of it! He's a completely different person! Anyway, I told him we should go out and do something fun to celebrate, maybe a weekend getaway or something. I was expecting the usual "That's too far away" since that's usually his reply when I ask him what we're doing 3 days before something. The response I got instead was "Let's do something the 22nd." WOW!!
SO, that means I've got 3 weeks from tomorrow to lose a few pounds and look REALLY good! Of course, he doesn't judge me the way I am now, but it would be awesome to show him a better me! (He HAS seen the "First Thing in the Morning Me" and hasn't run the other way...)
This time of year has been a bit rough on our "under remodeling" relationship, too. He's a basketball referee so his Fridays (and some Saturdays) are pretty booked. I KNOW God has a sense of humor because I am "famous" for expressing my displeasure toward the refs at basketball games. He's only officiated one game that I've been to (since my high school was playing - in a State Tournament, even!) and the friend I was sitting with thought it mighty funny that I really had to keep my mouth shut. I told him "I'm not yelling at you, I'm yelling at the OTHER guys!" I was instructed not to yell at ANY of the guys in striped shirts at ANY basketball games, they're just doing their jobs! (Yes, Dear! ) He's reffing another game next week that my high school is playing in, providing they don't slip up prior to the final game. It's a bit of a drive, but since it's been several weeks since I've seen him (and it's my high school that'll be playing) I'm going to go!
NOT looking forward to MORE snow and ice this weekend! But, at least Spring Training has started so that means the start of baseball season (my favorite season of the year!) is just around the corner.
Have a Wonderful Weekend, All!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
F.R.O.G. (Fully Rely On God!!!)
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I'm going to give myself a bit of a challenge...
As the title of this blog states, it's a Birthday Challenge. No, not MY birthday, I've already HAD my birthday!
Starting tomorrow (yeah, I'm ALWAYS "starting tomorrow", but it works this time), I'm going to "refocus" on my eating/exercising. The reason I say tomorrow works this time is that tomorrow is my oldest niece's 9th birthday. I'm going to work on creating good habits (drinking more water on weekends, going to bed earlier so I can get up and workout BEFORE work since I don't do so hot working out AFTER, etc.) and measure my progress for 3 weeks. Why 3 weeks? My youngest niece's 6th birthday is exactly 3 weeks from tomorrow, which also happens to be St. Patty's Day.
My new Zumba shoes (Ryka Exertions) have arrived as has my Polar Heart Rate Monitor, so I'm becoming quite serious about this! I've been REALLY bad about paying for stuff in the past and then not using it, but that will end! I also bought myself "Rockin' Body" that I'm looking forward to starting. (Darn infomercials!)
I keep seeing family photos that my Mom has taken at various times that pop up as screen savers. I look like CRAP in all of them! Of course, most of them were not of me specifically, but I look fat and grumpy! YIKES! In my mind, I don't look like that, but reality says differently. Is THAT what people see when they look at me? WOW! Things have GOT TO CHANGE!!
Have a Super Sunday, all!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
F.R.O.G (Fully Rely On God!!)
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I made a HUGE discovery this week and with some confirmation from a friend of mine, am working to put it into my healthy eating (He said, "Don't use the word 'Diet'")...Monday morning, I ate one of my Jimmy Dean breakfast bowls (The Delight kind) and an apple for breakfast. For the FIRST time in about FOREVER, I was FULL all morning!! I wondered how that could be...then I noticed something on the box my breakfast bowl came in...22g PROTEIN. AHA!! I wasn't 100% sure if it was JUST the protein or if throwing the apple in there helped too, so that's when I turned to my friend who knows a thing or two about fitness/eating.
The really interesting thing is that yesterday, I had a breakfast entree that had only 12 grams of protein and I ALMOST made it to lunch. Was hungry about an hour before. SO, that tells me 2 things:
1. I need MORE than 12 grams of protein to be full.
2. I'd BETTER stock up on those breakfast bowls!
I'm sure the Walmart checkout guy was amused by the number of breakfast bowls I purchased tonight. (I'm set for at least a week at work!) I also bought some other frozen entrees that I can take to work with me and not have to wonder what I'm going to eat on my lunch hour. Subway has seen me twice already this week...
And, a little victory...
Tonight was the first time in a LONG time I wasn't tempted to grab a Kit Kat when I checked out. In fact, the only sweets I bought was the box of 90-calorie brownies that I'll take to work with me should I be short on my protein again...not likely to happen, at least not at breakfast!
Have a Terrific Thursday, All!!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
F.R.O.G. (Fully Rely On God!)
Saturday, February 15, 2014
As mentioned in my earlier blog, my 25th High School Class Reunion is coming up. If that isn't enough, I went to a SMALL high school (Graduating class had 43, I think) so everyone knew everyone. There really wasn't any way to keep to yourself. And I wasn't the type of person who wanted to do that anyway.
I've struggled with my weight CONSTANTLY over the years, probably since 4th grade. That's when all those "seconds" at lunch began to catch up with me BIG TIME! I was 120 in Jr. High and it went up from there. I played tennis in high school, but otherwise was pretty sedentary. I don't know exactly what I weighed my Senior year. My Senior pictures were really good, but I think the photographer was just an expert at making my fat face look thin. When I saw the photos of me on my graduation night, I looked AWFUL!
In college, I began eating cafeteria food and getting a lot more exercise while walking to class and training for softball. Since the cafeteria at my college wasn't known for wonderful food and the snack bar hadn't been built yet, I opted for salads, cereal and other things that were somewhat healthy. Since the nearest fast food joint was 10 miles away, it wasn't convenient to just hop over to grab a burger at Sonic whenever I wanted to. I was also "in love" so I was focused on things other than my weight. To this day, I couldn't even tell you how much I lost, just that a few photos from my Freshman year in college showed me looking really good by the time January and February rolled around. I was wearing size 8-10, with an occasional 7 thrown in! My Sophomore year, they built the snack bar, I quit softball and gained everything I lost and then some! The worst of it is when I worked at a Guest Ranch in Colorado during the summers and enjoyed the Mexican Tuesdays, BBQ Thursdays, and Saturday night buffet with a GIGANTIC dessert table! The biggest humiliation came my Senior Year when I couldn't fit in any of my dresses I'd worn for proms/formals in the past and had to wear a plain dress. (That's what I get for assuming I'd just wear something I'd worn 2 years before)
20-25 years later, I'm still about 50-60 pounds over where I want to be! I've gotten REALLY good at complaining about how I look and how I need to lose weight but I'm also REALLY BAD about doing something about it! I lost 25 pounds on Weight Watchers but eventually quit going. I lost the same 25 pounds on another weight loss plan that I couldn't afford after awhile, so gained that back, too. I've been a member of too many gyms to count. I even spent $1,000+ on a personal trainer I didn't really get any benefit from!
Looking back, I can easily see what my #1 biggest hurdle is: MY BRAIN!! It sure knows how to sabotage things! I know what I SHOULD be doing, but my brain tells me "it's okay to sleep in this morning, you don't need to go workout". "It's okay to eat this stuff, you can get back on track tomorrow." I have a visual in my brain of a healthy "Me" but getting that out of there and into reality is another story.
I've taken some steps to get this going:
1. Ordered a heart rate monitor
2. Ordered more comfortable shoes for Zumba
3. Asked friends who are heavily involved in fitness for advice. One friend is a female who is in great shape. She's about 15 years younger than I am, but she did have some good advice. Another friend of mine is a guy who I've known literally all my life. He's managed several gyms and is very into weight lifting. I'm hoping that he'll have some good ideas, too, and then I can put those ideas together to make my vision into reality.
But, I'll have to outsmart my brain in the process!!
Have a Super Saturday, all!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
F.R.O.G. (Fully Rely On God!!)
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