Friday, February 01, 2008
Ok, here are my goals for February.
1. Exercise at least 5 times a week for 30 min.
2. Lose 8 pounds.
3. Stay within my calorie range.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I made it to 50 pounds lost!!! Where did it go??? I don't care, just as long as it is gone!!! WooHoo!!! I am so excited! I know that I have a long way to go yet, but I am going to let my ticker rest for 1 week. I want to see that I was successful, so that it will continue to motivate me to get to the next goal. During that time, I am going to continue to do what I have been doing to make progress, and I will change my ticker next week to my next goal of 173.
I am going to go out today and buy myself a new outfit that fits correctly to celebrate this milestone.
I also want to thank everybody who has touched my experience during this time, who has encouraged me to get to where I am. I appreciate all the help, laughs and encouragement that I have gotten. I think that the next 25 is going to be even harder, so I will need a lot of encouragement to keep it going!
Good luck to everyone who is trying to reach a goal! You can do it, all it takes is some time and determination to get to your goals!
Monday, January 21, 2008
My friend and I were talking on night in December, looking at the ads in the newspaper, saw chicken breasts on sale for 69 cents a pound and decided that we were going to get together and do a day of cooking. I went to the grocery store and bought 40 pounds of chicken breast and 30 pounds of hamburger. My friend bought the rest of the ingredients for our day of cooking. I also had some pork left over from the yearly pig roast we do, so we used some of the pork from that as well.
Since we decided to do this right before the holidays, we picked Jan 19 to do the actual cooking. OMG what fun we had! It was so incredible! We enjoyed it so much that we have already decided to do it again. It took us 13.5 hours to make everything that we planned to make, and some things that we didn't plan on making, but had the ingredients, so we made them..
My day started at 9:30 am. I got up, put some of the chicken on to cook, and then started to do some cleaning. I had to clean up the kitchen, since my hubby didn't do his dishes from the night before, and the kids had the living room a mess. I also got some of the laundry done before my friend came down.
When my friend arrived, we put on some more chicken to cook, and started the hamburger. We made 2 of each of the following--taco pie, lasgna, chicken enchiladas, chicken packets, pork hash brown bake and birds nest pie. We also made chicken corn noodle soup, chicken pot pie, home made bbq sauce and 100 meatballs. We also pre-browned some of the hamburger, so that in a hurry, all we have to do it thaw and heat the hamburger for a quick meal. We also bagged some of the cooked chicken for a quick meal starter. We were able to make all of this for about $165. And we will be able to have quick meals for the next couple of weeks. All we have to do is thaw the dishes and bake them.
It was a lot of work, and a lot of fun too! Since this was the first time either of us had attempted anything on this scale, we did run short on a couple of items, so we improvised. But it was a learning experience, and we will be better prepared the next time we do this.
The only time that we sat down that day was when we stopped for dinner. We made nachos for dinner, they were yummy, but since we were both cooking all day (and not sampling) we really were not that hungry. Which we figured would happen, which is why we chose the dinner we did.
We kept up with the dishes all day, and when we were finished it only took about another .5 hour to clean the rest of the kitchen up. We finished about 2 am in the morning, then had a couple of drinks, and went to bed. It was a good day!
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Looking back over 2007, here are some of the highlights of my year.
In January, we said goodbye to my hubby's grandmother. She had not been doing well for a couple of weeks, but she made it through the holidays, and we had enough time to be with her on the day that she passed away. It was a really sad day!
Our house was finished, and we moved back into it in May. What a great mother's day present!
In June, my car turned 10 years old, with 250,000 miles on it, and it is still running great! We took a vacation down to Rehobeth Beach.
In July, I found and joined SP!
In August, we took a trip, (in my car) out to Minn to visit friends of my husbands that he had not seen in over 10 years. On the way there and back, we were able to stop at a lot of different National Parks, and see some of the beautiful areas the United States have to offer.
In December, Christmas was great, the kids were so excited! It was a great day! I had dinner at my house for 14 people, and we just has a nice relaxing day.
For New Year's Eve, we went to downtown Hershey to watch them raise a Hershey Kiss. It was me, my daughter and my neighbor's son, my hubby stayed home with our son. The kids were a little bored, but the music was great, and the fireworks display was awesome.
I ended up losing 43.5 lbs for the year! Not quite what I thought that I would do, but I am extremely happy with what I did lose. I will continue going and I will get down to my goal weight in 2008!
All in all, it was a great year. There were of course some sad times, as we had several friends lose loved ones.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Tackling big challenges with small actions
This is a perfect illustration of tackling big challenges with small actions. It also shows the power of focus. There's a growing tendency for people to want to have it all. Not wanting to sacrifice anything, they run themselves straight into the ground--sometimes literally--only to end up frustrated, unhealthy, and tired, with nothing to show for it. What they don't realize is that you can have it all (or close to it). You just can't have it all right now. Does it feel like you're always busy, but you never seem to get anywhere? That's because when you try to do everything, you don't do anything well. Your child may force you to learn this lesson anyway. Instead of living your life all at once, try doing one thing at a time. Choose one goal and, through some small "things" every day, focus in on it until you've succeeded. During the day, put your full mind and efforts on one task at a time. You'll be much more productive (and calm) in the long run.
I liked this reflection as well. It is amazing at the amount of weight that I have lost in such a short amount of time by just making small changes over the last 4 months. And by making the small changes, it has been a lot easier to keep up and stick with this lifestyle change then it would have been trying to make all the changes at once.
I am a multitasker and always have been. So I know the days that I am focused on one activity, like cleaning, I get a lot more done, then when I am trying to do many things at one time. Every day I try to take 15 min and just concentrate on decluttering some part of my house. Depending on the task that I am working on, many times that 15 min turn into 30 min or more, but I get the job done a lot quicker then if I don't make myself take that initial 15 min.
So making smaller changes is a whole lot easier then trying to do it all at once! I need to take what I am learning in my quest for a healthier lifestyle, and program it into the way that I am living the rest of my life.
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