Monday, October 06, 2008
I was at my sister's house this weekend and got on the scale. I was surprised to see I weighed 175lbs (shoes on). The significance of that number didn't hit me until my BIL asked me how many total pounds I'd lost so far. I said to him, "Your math is better than mine, so I'll tell you where I started and where I am now and you can tell us how many I've lost so far." We all laughed and then I went on to say, "I was 250lbs in February and just now, I'm 175lbs. So, what is that?" Then I realized how easy the numbers were and calculated them myself. "75lbs?" I said to myself not really believing that was the correct number. I thought about it again and realized in nanoseconds that I was right. "I've lost 75 pounds so far, " I said again at the same time that my BIL was saying, "Yes, you're right. That's 75lbs." (My mother would be so ashamed...I need to take a few math classes again. lol).
Wow....75lbs down. You know how this started? It all started because I wanted to eat healthier and increase my fitness level. Losing weight never initially dawned on me because I honestly believed I didn't need to lose any. When I joined SP (I'd lost 15lbs by then) I noticed how everyone was so consumed with losing weight and thought to myself, "What if I did lose some weight? Would that be so bad?" I decided it wouldn't and picked the numbers size 12 or under 200lbs out of the air to be my goals. Never really thought I'd get there because I didn't care to get there. Then I thought to myself, "Well, if you're this sexy now at size 18, how much sexier would you be at size 12?" The more and more I thought about that, the more and more I decided I wanted it was a good goal and I'd strive to achieve it.
Never thought I'd end up here (currently) at 175lbs and size 8/10 (more 10s than anything).
Friday, September 12, 2008
I always donate blood, always. Whenever Red Cross calls, they can guarantee I'm coming in. As a matter of fact, I'm wearing a Red Cross shirt right now. :-) For some reason, back in July, I decided to poke around Red Cross' website (they had just held a blood drive at my job).
I came across volunteering and decided to do so. The lady I initially spoke with (via email) told me most of the volunteering is done during the day and since I work during the day, was unsure how often I would actually be able to volunteer. I believe she was referencing me helping with blood drives when she made her comments. At the time, because I didn't know what all Red Cross does, I didn't think to ask her anything else. So anyway, she tells me the dates of the upcoming orientation/training sessions. One of the dates, the only evening time, happened to be on 9/11.
As soon as I saw the date and time, I told her that's the one I wanted, I would see her then. It hit me a couple of hours later that it was 9/11. I could see no better way to spend my evening then to learn about Red Cross and how I would be able to help my community.
Well, yesterday was the day. I worked early so I could get off and make it to the orientation on time. Let me tell you, I HAD NO IDEA THE RED CROSS DID SO MUCH!!! They are unbelievable! There about 6 departments (within the Central MD chapter at least) and we heard from a representative from each department... they were trying to convince each volunteer to come to their department. :-)
To be honest, I was impressed with what each department did. Even more impressive is that Red Cross is comprised of volunteers. So, everyone I heard from last night was an unpaid volunteer donating their time for the good of their community.
I signed up for 2 departments, Financial Development and Emergency Services. With Financial Development, I will help do a lot of the writing that people will see when they see our requests for monetary donations. I will also be behind the scenes at these events. With Emergency Services, I will be trained to respond for emergencies. Fires, floods (like Katrina where Red Cross, especially the Central Maryland Chapter, had a huge presence), hurricanes, etc. (Red Cross was also in NY for weeks following 9/11).
I can't wait to complete the necessary training so I can start going out. Its not close yet, so I'm still pretty calm. I'll be a lot more nervous once I complete the last hour of the last class. lol (Classes are free btw, taught by volunteer instructors.)
There are so many options, so many ways you can volunteer in the Red Cross and better your community. If you don't want to get involved directly, you can always go to the Red Cross website and give financial donations. That is huge in itself because it helps Red Cross do what they do (I'll start saying we once I get the final confirmation).
God bless everyone!!!
In loving memory of everyone on 9/11,
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Posting a blog about an issue I'm having is motivational. At times I get advice from those of you who comment on my blog. Other times, simply because I posted the blog, I figure out a way around the issue.
Example, in my previous blog I was complaining because I am consuming too much fat on a daily basis. When I went home that night I realized I could make extra veggies while cooking dinner so when I decided to snack, I'd have a healthy alternative. The other main issue, is that I haven't had enough money lately to buy fruit which is what I normally snack on. I will have a reprieve this weekend and will have an extra $30 to spend (well, that I'm allowing myself to spend anyway). Since my kitchen is pretty low, I'm going to the market with most of it. Fruit is first on my list. Tofu is 2nd. I really want to try tofu. :-)
Posting is motivation!
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Up until a few months ago, I couldn't get enough fat in my diet to save my life. I was always so poorly under the fat content that I stopped trying to hit it. I know when that stopped though. When I decided I didn't want to lose anymore weight because I wanted to gain muscle (go back to losing weight later) I had to increase my fat intake so I wouldn't lose. Little did I know I was still losing inches anyway.... I'd jumpstarted my metabolism so hard, I couldn't just stop it or slow it down. But, its been awhile since I went back into weight loss mode (still lifting weights). For some reason, I cannot cut out the fat! I've even gone waaaaay over a few days. I've got to get a handle on this because I do not like it.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
1. WATER IS MY FRIEND. Prior to this journey I only drank water during Lent...that was because I figured if Jesus could die for me, the least I could do was give up all of the liquids I love for 40 days as another way to prove I really appreciate what He did for me.
2. WALKING IS MORE ENTERTAINING THAN RIDING. When you're walking, you really get a chance to "smell the roses". I get a chance to get a really good look at something funny as I'm walking by. I'm a lot more conscious of my surroundings (trying to not get hit by vehicles will get you that way...lol). I enjoy fresh air. I get to smell the flowers. I get to notice buildings I hadn't noticed before (even though I rode around in the general vicinity forever) and really look at what they are. No loud music preventing conversation. I enjoy trying to catch up to cars at a red light or getting as far away from them as possible before their light turns green (you know they catch up with me in nanoseconds...lol). I know about what time 2 buses come near my house and I try to beat them to that point (I give myself 6 mins headstart).
3. NO QUALMS ABOUT EATING IN PUBLIC. When I was size 18/20, you couldn't pay me to eat in public... despite knowing that everyone has to eat. Now, I could care less. I eat whenever & wherever, makes no difference to me. I have a friend who is around size 24 that nitpicks her food in front of others. I have told her at least 3 times in the past few months not to care what others think and to enjoy her meal.
4. WALKING & I ARE ONE. I actually like to walk. This goes back to #2....I get in great exercise & get to notice things I hadn't previously noticed. If its under 6 miles I prefer to walk instead of ride (unless I need to smell great & look wonderful when I get to the destination....lol).
5. I LOVE TO MOTIVATE OTHERS. Not that I didn't like to motivate others before, its just that I don't think I paid attention to motivating others unless it was a career/educational goal. I've always been the one that likes to motivate/encourage others, but I never realized how much I actually like to do it until SP.
6. AUTOMATICALLY GUESS CALORIES. I love being able to know about how many calories are in something before touching it. I can assess a meal in 2 seconds and know whether or not I want to be bothered with eating it. Don't get me wrong, I not a walking nutritionist, but I can get pretty close.
7. I DON'T HAVE TO HAVE MEAT. I've never been much of a meat eater, but knowing how to get protein from other resources has freed me. I don't have to suffer through that piece of meat because I need protein, there are several aternatives. Thank God for knowledge!!!
8. I CAN DO IT MYSELF. I used to be one of those people that wanted a buddy to do things. Now, I could care less. If I have someone that's able to come with me, great. If not, I'm still good because I'm going to have fun with or without someone else. (I just have more fun when its a sibling or best friend with me.)
9. I THINK I'M SEXY...WITHOUT CLOTHES ON. Everyone & their mama knew I knew I was sexy before I lost weight..... as long as I was clothed. lol If I didn't have clothes on, I managed to not look at the mirror as I passed by it. Now, I stop & appreciate what all of my hardwork did for me. It motivates me to keep going. If I get off track, I'll know because I'll be able to see it.
10. I LOVE FISH. OMG, I hadn't really hadn't discovered my love for fish until I discovered my not-love (lol) for all other meats. Salmon & tilapia are my favs!
Things that haven't changed....
1. I'm still very confident.
2. There are days when I feel like doing nothing.
3. Veggies & fruits are my best friends!
4. I'm still determined to do what I want to do. And oh yeah, when I want to do it too. lol
5. Men are still after me. lol
6. Dallas Cowboys are still the best NFL team!!! ;-)
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