Sunday, January 31, 2010

Week Five Weigh In

I was down today!

I weighed in at 196 lbs so that is a loss of 1.8 lbs this week and a 13 lbs total since Dec. 27th when I started this journey in healthy living.

I have earned my first reward for 12lbs lost and I am going to order new pajama's from Sears.

Quick side note about a couple of things;
I had to drop out of the challenge I mention in an earlier post about 30 push ups and 30 sit ups daily because I did something to my neck this week.

Also the baby slept 2 six hour stretches again last night and I had almost 2,000 calories yesterday. So it is looking like my husband was right.

Hope everyone has a good day and I am off to the Sears online site to order me some p.j.'s.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Supply issues

This is a strange kind of post but here it goes.

On Thursday evening my husband says to me that he thinks I am not eating enough! Really! This has never been an issue in my life so these words were a bit of a shock. So I decide to hear him out on this topic. His point was the baby, who is now 2 and a half months old, up until about 10 days ago had been sleeping really well at night. She was going about 6 hours between feedings. For the last 10 days or so she was waking up at about the 2-4 hour intervals to nurse.

Now... I know that restricting calories can effect one's milk supply but since I have alot of fat reserve I figured that this would make up for the calories I was not eating. I checked back on my food journal and I was averaging 1,000 to 1,300 calories daily. After a bit of research online I found out that I really should not be eating less than 1,800 calories and should be aiming for more like 2,000 until she is older and having some solids.

So I put this 'theory' to the test yesterday.....I consumed 1,976 calories yesterday. What did the baby do for sleeping last night????? She slept 2 six hour stretches!!!!!!

Was my husband right?!?!?!? I guess time will tell....I will continue to eat between 1,800 and 2,000 calories for the time being unless baby shows me that it isn't my calories that is effecting her sleep patterns.

Will I lose weight by eating this amount of calories? I hope so!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I just had the greatest supper!

I made homemade 'Sweet Potato Fries' for the first time ever and I think I just found me new weakness.

I had with these fries some homemade 'Vegan Chili' that I made last week. Thank you to The Clean Eating Mama's blog for the chili recipe.

I had to share with you about my scrumptious supper.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Week Four Weigh In

Quick post this morning.....results from the scale.....down 2lbs. Weighing in at 197.8lbs today. I have .8 of a pound to go until I get my first reward, a new pair of pajama's.
I should be able to do that this week.

The next 30 days I have the challenge with some other mom's to do 30 crunches and 30 push ups daily....I will let you know how it is going. I think my muscles hurt already!

Have a great day all!

Friday, January 22, 2010


I had a non-scale victory last night.....since my husband has been away this week I am having some stressful moments. I don't know how single parents cope.

Anyway, after a long day of moody children I had them all tucked in to bed (except the baby) and sat down to try and find something to watch on television. Suddenly I was thinking about all the 'good tasting' food {read junk food} that was in the house. It has now been 3 and a half weeks since I had put a morsel of this kind of food into my body. Where were these thoughts coming from and what good would this mindless eating accomplish???? Eating this stuff would not remove the stressful day that just ended and it only would create the old familiar feelings of guilt. So I worked through the temptation and conquered! Instead of the cinnamon rolls, chips, chocolate kisses and sugar cereal that seemed to be calling my name I went for a tall glass of cold water and fat free microwave popcorn. I felt great when I layed my head down to sleep!

This morning to eat.....a pancake with oatmeal and flax seed mixed in the batter, 1 tbsp. of organic peanut butter, 2 tbsp. maple syrup (the real stuff) and lots of blueberries and strawberries. It was so good!

After breakfast I did some cleaning and then did the 2 mile Walk Away the Pounds DVD workout with the children. This was FUN and good for everyone!

Enjoying the husband comes home this afternoon! I must go and get the laundry started....with eight people in the family this is a job that NEVER ends.

Blessings to you all!

Thursday, January 21, 2010


I did the Leslie Sansone 4 mile Walk Away the Pounds ~Super Challenge this morning.

I have not done such an intense workout since before getting pregnant with my second last child so I am HAPPY and feeling the burn.

I think what the greatest thing is that I did it with seven children in the house....they all (except the baby) played with each other so well. I had a snack of cut up watermelon ready and told my eldest when to put it on the table. Having the snack ready to go was the real saver.

I don't think I have shared it here but my goal in the spring is to start training to run 5 km. I have never been a runner but this is just something I want to try....maybe I will hate it but at least I can say I have done it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

On My Own

I will be on my own for the rest of husband is going out of town to see family. This is the first time since the baby was born that he won't be here. Six of my own children plus the Daycare children.....oh my! Wish me much patience.

I went out shopping yesterday and stocked up on groceries.....lots of good fresh fruits and vegetables.

Bonus**A Leslie Sansone DVD I had bought via e-bay arrived yesterday I am ready for this week.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Week Three Weigh in

I expected so much more from this weeks weigh in. I eat completely healthy, drank more than 2 liters of water daily and exercised 3 days this week but because of some wonderful bloggers out there I have a positive outlook on this lifestyle still.

It is so easy to become discouraged....I want to see all the extra weight I am carrying gone.....NOW.....but it doesn't work that way I know. Thank you to those bloggers that see the good in baby steps and share it on your blog you helped me over this hurdle last night and I am 'happy' to report this morning I lost 1.4lbs this week. I am officially in 'onderland' and never to see a dreaded 2 at the beginning of my weight again.

To date I have lost 9.2lbs in 3 weeks.
I have also lost 2 inches off my waist, my hips and my bust. Total inches lost is 6.
I am pleased with all this and need to remind myself I am doing this one last time so I want to do it right.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Difference

So why is losing weight this time going to be different?

My husband and I feel that our family is complete now and this is the difference.

In my early 20's I lost 70+ lbs and maintained that loss until I had three miscarriages in a row. With each miscarriage I put on 15lbs from emotional eating putting me right back to where I was as a teenager. I have since had 4 more children (six in total) but never had lost all the weight from the miscarriages.

I am now focused on losing the weight again and since we are not planning on having anymore children I know that I can keep the weight off this time for good.

I also am determined to be a good example for my girls. They need a healthy mom!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Week Two Weigh In

As anyone who reads this blog can tell I am not much of a writer but I will be at least letting you all know once a week what happened at the scale.

My life is busy like so many of you and it is only going to get busier as we start back to homeschooling tomorrow after a 3 week break so any time I can sit at the computer I will be spending it reading all of the wonderful blogs on my blog list.

When I sit here reading about all of your lives let me just tell you I CAN relate to a lot of you. The ups and down of losing weight and the battles that are faced within and without are SO real but SO worth the it. I am personally feeling like I can win this battle over food for good with the help of the Lord, my family and the little groups of women that I am associated with.

This week has looked like this....I had my BIL here for 5 days and he brought with him my favorite chocolates, cookies and then of course we had to make big breakfasts and suppers but in it all I maintained control. I exercised 5 days this week and eat healthy each day.

My biggest accomplishment thus far in my journey is I have went 14 days now without eating any sweet/dessert. I have challenged myself to do this until my birthday in March.
So it is game on!

The scale says today that I am 201.2lbs......that is a 2.4 lbs loss this week.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Group Motivation

Last night the group of women that I am linked up with on this weight loss journey met for the first time to establish what, how and why we are all doing this.

We decided to have a 'Biggest Loser Reward' at the end of a 21 week competition that will go like this. We are all contributing $6.00 to a pot, we each come up with what our own personal reward would be that is approximately $36.00 and the person with the highest percentage of weight loss on the first weigh-in in June will receive the pot money to buy their reward. Also in the pot money will be any money that we had to pay for being up in weight. One dollar for each pound if a person gains.

I am excited to be a part of this group. I think we are all going to do well because we are motivated to keep each other going in the tough times and to share the joy in the journey.

We also partnered up with one person in the group that we are personally responsible/accountable to. So I think I will be calling on her to get together for some workouts because this is a hard one for me to make sure I take the time to do.

I am off now to do the Walk away the Pounds 3 mile walk with my 9 year old.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Week One Weigh In

Just a quick post this morning to announce that my first week was officially a success.
I was able to accomplish all of my personal goals and have recorded a loss of 5.4lbs. This weeks weight was 203.6lbs.

I am very pleased and looking forward to a brand new week! I will post my goals for this week later.