Thursday, February 27, 2014

Responses to Friend Makin’ Mondays: Randomly Getting to Know YouGood morning everyone...a few days late. :-)

1. Introduce yourself in under 10 words. Texan, and mom of 3.

2. How did you find Friend Makin Mondays? I don’t remember how I found Kenlie’s blog, but that’s how I found Friend Makin Monday.

3. Have you ever met any of your blog readers? I don’t have too many readers at the moment, so other than my best friend, no, I have not..

4. How many states have you visited? I won’t really include the ones from when I was little bitty because I honestly can’t remember the trips, just being told about them. I have been to Florida, New Mexico, Colorado, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Arkansas, and that’s all I can remember right now.

5. What did you have for lunch yesterday? Yogurt. I had dental work done on Tuesday and my mouth was still sore.

6. How many different places have you lived in? I was born and raised in Denison, Texas and now live in Richardson, Texas. I was in Kissimmee, Florida for 3 months while going to school, but can you really count that since I was in a dorm??

7. What’s your favorite color? GREEN, it has always been green. 

8. Do you have any pets? Three at the moment, a puppy my son brought home (I’ve been calling him Freddy, but my husband has different ideas), a schnauzer/terrier mix named Daisy and a Bichon named Beaux.

9. What would your ideal job be? I do enjoy baking and making things from scratch so that would be amazing, but I do enjoy being a legal assistant as well.

10. Do you have any tattoos? No, I do not.

My Personal 100 Day Challenge...and have you ever??

Okay, so I'm going to start with the have you ever part... Have you ever realized how reliant that you get on other things to give you feedback? The laptop computer that my Spark Activity Tracker and FitBit are connected to is basically dying. So I have not had access to my activity trackers because they can't sync if the computer isn't on. I told my husband this morning that we are moving them tonight because I can't take it. I feel like it is pointless for me to walk if I'm not getting "credit" for it which is ridiculous because my body knows the difference. The things you realize, right? 

After some research, this is what I have decided for my 100 Day No Excuses Challenge: It will go from March 1, 2014 to June 9, 2014. My goal is to lose between 14 and 28 pounds. Notice I am sticking to a 1 to 2 pound loss per week. Focus on eating less processed foods/eating cleaner. Working out 15 minutes per day, at least, 5 days per week. I will shoot to have an "active" rest for the other two days of the week. I want to hit at least one workout class per week and incorporate some stength training in there. Also, I want to find a healthy way to deal with my emotions instead of letting my mood eat my food. I have not decided whether I will follow the PointsPlus or Simply Filling plan yet, but I will be sticking with one of the WW plans. 

Here's the kicker, March is my birthday month. To that end, I am not going to make excuses, but will allow myself to be human. I can have a "splurge", whether it be a piece of cake or milkshake, a burger or whatever, but if I can focus on the above for most of the time, I think my goals are absolutely attainable. What do I hope to accomplish by this? I am hoping that I can form some healthier habits and kickstart myself back in the right direction. I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I weigh in tonight so I should be able to post a "Starting Weight" after tonight. 

UPDATE: Starting Weight is: 189.2.  Goal by the end of this challenge is to be between 175.2 and 161.2. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Pondering 100 day challenge...

I was down 0.8 at weigh in at my Weight Watchers meeting on Thursday.  I have been feeling recently like I am not really working the plan, but just going through the motions.  I will say in the spirit of honesty that I have been really nervous about trying the new Simple Start plan.  Since I have really begun tracking, I feel like I need to continue that trend.  I have made the decision that I have to give it a whirl.  I feel like if I don't that I will ultimately regret it because I will have that "what if I did it and it worked??" feeling.  I owe it to myself to try.  If I don't like it or don't do well, I can honestly say I tried.  If it does work, then I've only lost weight...and how is that a bad thing?

So, I have been seeing many people post about their different variations of the 100 day challenge.  A lot are very inspirational.  I am thinking of my own variation.  I am thinking of a No Excuses 100 day challenge.  I will not lie, challenges are sometimes hard for me to keep up with, but I feel like if this one is self imposed, that it may be a little different.  I have requested assistance from my family.  I haven't decided all the perimeters thus far, but I'm thinking that I will try to follow the Weight Watcher plan (whether it is counting PointsPlus or Simply Filling after Simple Start), working out at least 3 times per week, if I get more, that's a bonus.  Here's the thing, my birthday is coming up at the end of next month, but I have the momentum now to do this.  I am thinking I just do it anyway.  This is a lifestyle change, not a "diet" and I'm going to have celebrations along the way.  My friend at WW, Carla managed to lose even during her birthday week.  I think I can totally do this.  Anyone want to join me?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Change starts now...

Well, actually, it started yesterday.  I made the decision not to go weigh in on Thursday because I had had fun (NOT) sliding home from work a couple of hours earlier.  Since I knew I really needed to see what was going on, I went yesterday morning.  Can I say I have been 100% on plan? No, not really.  But per the official scale, I was 2.6 pounds down.  As I was checking out FB, I noticed that some friends of mine had posted their workouts and it really made me realize that I have been making excuses for myself not to workout.  I do realize that all the workout DVDs or planning in the world isn't going to help me if I don't do it.  So I got up yesterday and did my 5 Really Big Miles DVD (it's Leslie Sansone in case you were wondering) and burned some calories as well as got some toning in as well.  I felt much better once it was done.  Today I headed to the Nia class at Move Studio that my friend Jan was substituting.  I had forgotten how much I really enjoyed Nia until a few weeks ago.

I think I have been struggling, in part, because I have an irrational fear going on.  Just to give some back story, I was raped when I was younger and being a child of divorce, and having an on and off relationship with my dad, I have a hard time trusting...men especially.  I have found a wonderful man that I chose to marry.  I wouldn't trade him for anything, but I have this fear (I know it's irrational.  Didn't I say that already?) that our relationship will change and not for the better.  I have talked to my DH about this and have realized that he will love me and support me no matter where I am in this journey to my healthier self.  Our relationship will change whether I lose weight or not because it is the nature of being married/in a relationship.  I was successful when my DH and I were still dating.  I am determined to take control of my future (with a little help from above) and work towards being a healthier version of me.  Off to plan my workouts for the week. :-)  It's time to make it happen.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Feeling Frustrated...

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It has been a few weeks since I have posted anything.  Honestly, I have been feeling my motivation wane.  Of late, I have been doing some soul searching.  I know what I need to do, but I have been lax on doing some of it.  However, just when I was getting seriously frustrated with counting every little thing and making sure that it is logged, I received an email that I drafted before the first of the year from Futureme.  It reminded me that my focus was on the smaller changes.  While I may feel like I'm spinning my wheels at the moment, I know that if I work the program, I will be successful.  In the past, I have lost almost 50 pounds, but I gained it back when life got in the way.  Life is not always going to be perfect, but I know I can do this again.  One step at a time by making lifestyle changes.  I can control my own destiny when it comes to this weight loss journey. 

Having said all that, I think I am going to try the new Simple Start program, especially since I am having difficulties with my food tracking of late.  Perhaps I should try this and see if it will help me get past this feeling of frustration.  So when I do the shopping, I will make sure I get things that are on the program or on Simply Filling.  Anyone else have experience with this program?