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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Weigh-in #10

Greetings Readers,

Another quick blog as I'm jotting this down during my lunch break @ work. Last week was not as good to me as I hoped. Not for lack of trying... believe me. I tried. But alas, I gained 1.4 lbs. this week. However, I never had a chance to work out, ate catered dinners twice, pizza and subs twice, and generally was in situations where I had little choice in the food I was eating, but was STARVING when it was time to eat. So I'm sure my portions weren't great either. I was also drinking quite a bit.... which doesn't help. And to make matters worse, my boss came in for a visit yesterday and brought lunch w/ her and she always brings great, delicious things w/ her. We had salads and wraps (not too bad), I avoided the small bags of chips, but the cookies and freshly-baked rolls, however, were unavoidable.... :( It's very easy to eat like a fat kid.... boo!

Anyways, I went to the gym last night - had a great water aerobics work out, and am working like hell to detox myself.... again....

What is nice, however, is that people are starting to notice. At a meeting I was at Thursday, someone asked if I had lost weight, and he was very complimentary, which was nice. Makes you feel good when others notice your hard work. :)

Like anything in life, you fall down and you dust yourself off and try again. Here's to a better week. :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Weigh In #9

Hello Everyone,

This is one of those posts that's going to be short and late. Sorry to disappoint... ;) Been a busy week. Going to a Model UN conference this week/weekend to volunteer some time... it's good for the soul. :) But in the meantime, there's work stuff I've needed to get done beforehand which was hugely pressing. Working out this week has been not good. Was involved in a car accident this weekend (nothing serious... I was not driving... my friend and I are ok, those involved are ok, and her car is ok... all that matters!), and Sunday and Monday, I was pretty sore. Not to mention we have a new water aerobics instructor (or, apparently, the original one returned... however you want to look at it...) who runs it like water aerobics boot camp. It was different, but in a good way when I went last Wednesday. Different muscles working.

Anyways, as for the weigh-in, last week I lost 1.6 lbs! This brings my total loss to 23 lbs!! :)

I have a very short-term goal for now... I would like to get down to 25 lbs. lost in 2 more weigh ins... so when I'm posting weigh-in # 11, I should be half-way to my goal for the year!! That to me is crazy! But I'm very excited and very motivated and planning to do the best I can while at conference. I bought to-go smoothies for breakfast and some manderin oranges (I love those little Cuties oranges that come in a box!) and will carry around a trusty can of almonds for snacking. A few meals are provided, which I'll have to watch out for, but I think w/ moderation and a healthy lunch, I should do ok. :)

Here's til next time. :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Weigh-In #8

Hello Friends,

Well, it's been 2 months since I've started weighing in... I've been pleased with a steady loss... some weeks have been better than others, but such is life.

As for this past week, I have started taking alli. I have been on it one week as of today and as of today, I am no longer taking it. The, ahem, bathroom issues it has caused have been atrocious and have been unbearable for the past 2 days. While I believe it has helped, which I will discuss more about here shortly, it is not worth dealing w/ the bathroom issues and feeling like crap that goes along with it. I was fairly pleased with my progress doing it the natural, old fashioned, albeit hard way. So it's a good decision for me, I believe. Was definitely worth a try and I wouldn't NOT recommend it. It definitely works. But if you have anything less than a strong stomach and a normal.... um... GI system, I would use caution.

And now that we're all entirely uncomfortable talking about pooping, let's move on to the weigh-in. Last week, I lost 3.6 lbs! I was entirely shocked. I figured I would have been down 1lbs. This brings my total weight loss in 2 months to 22 lbs! I am very proud of myself... not to toot my own horn too much. :)

I am also FINALLY starting to notice some changes. Last night, I happened to stroll by my closet (which has full-length mirrored doors) after getting out of the shower, and was like, wow... my legs look like, well, legs. I have always always always had thick legs. No matter what I've done... I've had big thighs and calves. It's where I have always carried my weight (I've gotten more top-heavy as I've gotten older...). However, as I got fat, they were kind of blobby and gross looking. Now, while they sure aren't getting my in a Nair commercial anytime soon, they definitely look more defined and nicer. That's a good start!

Along w/ thinking that my legs are looking a bit better, I've also noticed that I have knees again! When I sit, I can actually see the shape and definition of a knee sticking out of my pants. Previously, they kind of looked like cankles. Like, there's thigh and calf and a blob in between. I know it sounds silly... my husband got a chuckle out of it when I showed off my knees... but little things make me happy. My jeans are starting to get too big, too. Like, to the point of rediculousness. Which is kind of nice, but I definitely prefer pants that fit... kind of sick of all my pants looking like MC Hammer pants.

Stop. Hammer Time.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Weigh-in #7

Hello Friends,

I do apologize for the tardiness of this weigh in. Work has been crazy... hell, life has been crazy. But there is much to update on....

Over the past 2 weeks, I've been struggling to see results. In reaffirming my committment to this lifestyle, I worked out consistantly and ate well, and ended up losing 2.4 lbs last week! I was tickled! This has brough my weight loss total to 17 lbs. in nearly 2 months! :)

I went to the doctor's last Thursday because the prescription I take needed a refill and I thought it would be good to share my results with my doctor and see what my weight was the last time I went to see him (which, as it turns out, was in September of last year). I was only 1 lb. heavier than when I first weight myself back in January. I found that to be a little odd. I would have thought I would have lost more weight in the first 2 weeks of the diet than just 1 lb. But then again, there were a few "wild card" moments between September and January which could have affected my weight gain/loss. My birthday is in November, and I was definitely eating well that week... and by well, I mean enjoying food that I'm sure was terrible for me, followed closely by Thanksgiving! The week before Christmas, I went to Disneyworld w/ my family. Despite being on vacation, I really didn't think I ate terribly and the walking around definitely burned calories. But then there's Christmas.... and I ate EVERYTHING I could between Christmas and New Years b/c I knew I would be starting this lifestyle change (I made the decision to do it while in Disneyworld b/c my family is a bunch of power-walkers and I could hardly keep up and was embarassed by it. Also had a wonderful conversation w/ my step-mom who was very influential in this decision.). Anyways, long story short, I can officially say that I have lost a total of 18lbs. since the beginning of the year. Double yay! :)

My doctor was very pleased w/ my dieting results thus far. He could see I was losing weight and was impressed w/ my motivation. He gave me a trial sample of alli, which is a weight loss aid pill that blocks the fat, and for every 5lbs. you lose through diet and exercise, alli will help you lose an additional 2-3 lbs. depending on your level of diet and exercise. He said he had heard good things about it and that I should give it a shot. I started it yesterday. You take a pill w/ each meal. So far, so good. Makes my stomach feel a little funky, but that's part of the side effects... which really just effect your, um... potty habits. So we'll see how that goes. I also really like the website for alli... there are a lot of good tips, menu items, a community of alli takers so you have people to talk to, which is kind of nice. So, I feel pretty good about it.

As for this week, I must say my execising routine has been poor. I didn't get to go to the gym Monday b/c we had a flooded basement, no hot water, and needed to get some things done around the house b/c of all those issues and pick up some groceries. I can't go to the gym tonight b/c I have to get an oil change before my husband steals my car and drives to Nashville for work. I am really going to push myself to work out at home tonight. However, my mood has not been conducive for working out. I've been particularly somber over the past few days for no real reason. I don't know if some of the things going on at work are coming home with me, or if it's because I have changed how often I am taking my prescription I mentioned earlier... but it's been a rough couple of days. My eating habits are fine. Just exercising has been off this week. Need to find a way out of my particular funk...

So, that's been my past week or 2. Thanks for being patient... I will do better w/ blog posts....

Later gator!