Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday Summary

Oh My!!! Did you all hear the hooting and hollering from over here in Northern Ontario?!?!?!

I weighed in this morning for the first time in two weeks.....

The precious piece of metal told me that I weighed 155lbs!!!!

That is a 2 pound loss....this is also my original goal weight!!!

I had set out on this journey hoping to reach this weight by my baby's first birthday. She is only 8 and a half months old right now.
Success!!!! I love it!!!

In total I have lost 54 lbs in 31 weeks.

I have not been this weight since before getting pregnant with my daughter, Hope, 10 years ago.

I am very excited about this accomplishment, I only wish I lived closer to some you who have been so inspirational and motivational to me so I could celebrate with you all.

I have decided to lower my goal weight but I don't know yet what that ideal weight will be for me. 155lbs I had thought would be great but I am not content with the flabby belly, I will focus on losing weight until I reach a point were I am satisfied with that area. I am thinking it will be somewhere between 140 -145 but I don't know.

According to BMI charts I am in the Overweight category and I would need to weigh 136 to be in the Normal, another 19 pounds...maybe this is realistic ...I don't know right now. I do know that am going to continue down the road of weight loss and freedom until I find a comfy to speak.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Victories

I woke up this morning feeling so great! I don't usually try to go by feelings because they can take you places you don't want to go when they are bad but today was different. I was having the victorious feeling, yesterday as soon as hubby left my thoughts started down a bad road but I quickly made the decision to sit down and blog about what I want to do this time when he is away. All the details are in yesterday's entry.

Back to the good feelings! I made it through the day yesterday and accomplished the goals I had set before myself even through a few stressful moments and so set the tone for today. I woke up and wanted to succeed, I was having one of those 'I feel skinny days'.
Yeah for those days, I wish they came more often!

As the morning went on I decided to do my measurements because it was almost the end of the month. ...results...I was impressed... I was not expecting any change but I was wrong! I was down 1" on my bust, 1.5" on my waist and .5" on my hips. With the changes in measurements I decided to try on my target dress, to my amazement I was able to do that dress up without any trouble.
At the beginning of June I could not get it done up all of the way and then at the beginning of July it fit a bit better but still I was NOT able to do it up. Here are the pictures to prove it. The quality is not the greatest in today's pics because I had to get my 4 and 6 year old to take them but they still show the difference. Okay...I am rambling now...on with the pictures.

This set was taken on June 1st, 2010.

These one were from today!

I will still need to lose a few pounds before I would feel comfortable wearing this dress in public but it is coming.

I will not list my eats today because I have already said enough but I will tell you that they were all good healthy, clean foods that I eat in moderation. I am counting cleaning (vacuuming & dusting) the van and taking the children (3 in a stroller) for a walk as my exercise for the day....yes it is not a DVD workout again but it is something and with it being after 7pm already I know that I will not get in anything else because I am going to crash on the couch either with a book or a movie once the children are in bed tonight.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thursdays Food and Activity Report

My husband left at around 1pm this afternoon. So my eats will reflect from lunch on for today.

2 cups of Lettuce
1/3 cup Red, yellow and orange peppers
1/2 cup Broccoli
2 oz. Chicken Breast
1/4 cup Raisins
1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
2 tbsp. Caesar Dressing
One Handful of Jalapeno Potato Chips

Afternoon Snack
Cup of Chocolatey Chai Tea with 1/2 tsp. sugar & milk

2 slices of French Toast made with Whole Wheat Fruit and Nut Bread
2 tbsp. 100% Pure Maple Syrup
2 slices of Bacon
1 cup Cantaloupe

The way the evening was going I just knew that I wasn't going to get a workout DVD in so I did my own little workout while the children watched a movie. In total the exercises took me 17 minutes and here is a list of all I did.

30 Bicep Curls with 10 lb weights
30 Shoulder Raises with 5 lb weights
30 Triceps Kickbacks with 5 lb weights
30 Push Ups
30 Jumping Jacks
30 Squats
30 Lunges
30 Dead man Lifts with 5 lb weights
16 superman
30 Crunches
30 Reverse Crunches
30 Butterfly Chest lift with 5lb weights and a leg raise

Now if all goes plan to get the children into bed in the next 10 minutes, have a nice hot bath and then crawl into bed and read until my eyes want to close.


The next few days (until Sunday) will be a time of willful choices on my part. Hubby is gone away and it the past this has been a time of poor habits coming into being again. Not this time!

  • I am making the commitment to myself that I will not eat out side of hunger while he is away.
  • I will not eat because I am stressed, anger or just want to.
  • I will eat three balanced meals and two healthy snacks each day.
  • I will do some sort of exercise each day...not my running schedule of course but a DVD of choice.
I am making these commitments public and I want to be held accountable to them, so nightly I will post how things went that day including what I eat and the exercise of choice for the day.

I was thinking to myself yesterday that I want to come to the place in my life where I eat like a NORMAL person. I know there really isn't NORMAL in society but rather everyone has a different meaning of what it would look like. So for the purpose of this blog I will define to you what I consider is NORMAL in eating.
Normal would be a person who eats to satisfy the physical need that will allow a healthy functioning of their body. A normal person does not allow their minds to be ruled by what, when and how they will consume the next bit of food. I strife to be that person!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sensitive Topic

I had this great article come in by email today and had to share it.

It is for anyone who struggles through some hard days on this weight loss journey, like I just did over the end of last week and through the weekend.
It is from the Sparks People website and here is the link.

For the first part of this journey to lose weight I seemed to just sail along without any bumps in the road and this lasted until May (5 months into the walk). What changed in May I asked myself...the answer....this is when I started to have my menstrual cycle again after having the baby in November. Hormones in the monthly cycle are the only thing that I can pinpoint as a change.

So I will be challenging myself over the next few months to find ways to handle the hormonal fluctuations differently than I have been over the last few cycles where I have given into the desires to overeat and become very emotional/angry with myself and others. If anyone has ideas or better yet proven strategies on how to handle different hormonal cycles I would love to hear them.

I am so glad to be on the other side of the difficult days for another month!

Monday, July 26, 2010

A New Day

I have had a great day!! I got in a 4km run this morning while the baby napped, my husband is at home with us again as he was not able to do the job he started last week do to Carpal Tunnel in both hands.

I was feeling extra hungry at lunch today so I had a sandwich with my fruit and vegetables. After eating this I still wanted to eat because felt like I was hungry but I told myself...funny how we talk to ourselves...that I had just finished eating enough calories to satisfy my physical need and that was all I was getting until a snack later in the afternoon. I then got out of the kitchen and busy with other things. felt good to be back at the disciplined eating way of life!!!

At 3pm I packed the children up along with an apple and headed to the beach for a couple of hours. It was great to get out and do something away from the house.

Thank you to those who have offered support over the last number of sure makes a difference knowing people care and are interested in your life whether it be struggles or victories they are a big hug to you all!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

What a Funk!

I am having a few rough days in a row! Yuck....feeling very emotional which always leads me to eat uncontrollably.

I could stop if I really wanted to but I just give in and eat.

Then the cycles of negative thoughts about myself, anger towards myself and others and just plain feeling depressed.

I need to snap out of this yucky funk...and soon!

"Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it." Anne of Green Gables would say.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

10km Training Begins

Today marks the beginning of my 10km Race Training! I guess I really am going to do this....I will be entering the Wiky Road Runner on October 17th.

It is a 8 week program from the Running Room that I am going to follow. Starting the program today actually puts me done the training 2 weeks before the race because I am entering a shorter (5km) race with my 9 year old on October 3rd and I just wanted to be done training before the first race.

The schedule for the week looks like this, today is Cross Train, Sunday Rest, Monday 4km, Tuesday 3km, Wednesday Rest, Thursday 4km and Friday Cross Train.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Fresh from the Garden

I am getting into a bit of a routine now. I was able to get all my chores done yesterday in the morning and also made time for a 30 minute workout and a shower. Yeah!

I am having the grumpy/emotional/painful days of ovulation that started yesterday. This means a not nice Mommy to be around and eating good becomes more difficult. I had a struggle in the afternoon with my eating and did overindulge on food that I never eat. I hate the cycles that evolve when I overeat. I am sure all who struggle with weight issues know what I am talking about and there is no need to explain any further. I hope I do better today!

Last night I went out to weed the garden and found I had some produce ready to pick and eat. I harvested 4 cucumbers, (we all shared one last night, yummy!) 3 zucchini (small) and lots of green beans. Guess what we are having with our lunch and supper today?!?!?

A side note; we decided that adding a kitten to the family was not a great idea at this point so I was able to find a good home for her at our neighbours where we can visit and play with her as often as we would like. This made it a bit easier for the children to accept the fact that WE were not keeping her.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Next Weeks Supper Menu

I hope the new blog look is not to much for your eyes! I didn't plan on changing it but apparently Blogger had other ideas. sigh!

My husband is working REALLY hard, 12 hour days on a road construction crew. Like operating a jack hammer for an entire shift on Tuesday. It is a good thing that he was working out before taking this job. He has lost 5 pounds in 3 days of work. Nice weight loss program. lol
He has to get up and be out by 6:45am and not home until a little after 7pm. This means that I too am up at 6am to have coffee with him and see him off. Everyone is adjusting well to the changes considering we are all use to having him around all the time.

I still have not figured out how to get in my daily workouts...I was planning on doing it in the mornings during the babies nap...I would sent the children outside to play and squeeze in a 30 Day Shred on the week days and then do a good run on Saturday but so far life seems to happen as soon as the baby is asleep and by the time I get things in order it is time for her to wake up. I will keep trying to get it in and when it happens it does. I did manage a quick 3km run last night and then about 10 minutes of weight & abs training but I am usually just too tired out by 8:30 at night when the children are in bed to put on my shoes and go out.

My eating has been in check all week but to help with the transition I decided to plan next weeks menu now and do a big grocery shop on the weekend. Breakfasts are always the same for me, Steel Cut Oats with 2 tsp. brown sugar, 1/3 cup milk and fresh fruit. Lunch is usually a big salad with vegetables, fruit, seeds and sometimes chicken breast.
Since I put the time in to making a menu I thought maybe someone else may like new ideas too so here it is.

Monday Taco's

Tuesday Roast Chicken, Brown Rice & Green Beans

Wednesday Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes & Grilled Zucchini and Peppers

Thursday Shepard's Pie & Garden Salad

Friday Scrambled Eggs, Maple Beans & Toast

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Blog Background Problems

I am having technical difficulties with my blog. Boo!

Actually it is the background that I am trying to fix. The blog looks pretty awful right now but I have to go deal with life and will try and fix it later.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New Member of the Family?!?!?

NO, I am not expecting a baby!

The children came running in the house this morning frightened because there was a 'big cat' in the yard they said. My oldest son had been attacked by a cat in our yard 2 years ago so everyone is scared of strange cats. Being the hero that moms are suppose to be I got my shoes on and headed out to shew the pest away. To my surprise I found a little kitten hiding under the deck. I coaxed her out. She is adorable and so friendly! I think she will be joining our family if we don't hear of someone who might have lost her and if my husband gives the okay after work today.

So far the new routine is going well! I didn't get in any real exercise yet but I was on my feet all day and could definitely feel it in my legs last night. What I will call my exercise for Monday will have to be the mopping of all the floors in the main living area of the house.

Eating went well yesterday and so far today too....stress/change in the past has not usually been a good thing for me and eating, but I have felt a freedom from the 'want' to eat all the time during stressful situations lately and I am grateful for that. I look forward to walking through this time of transition without REGRET for behaviours I don't want in my life anymore.

Today I tackled installing the baby gate at the stairs because the baby is officially crawling about and she is getting quick. I don't want any accidents!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Change in Routine

Well life just got a whole lot crazier for me!!!

This morning at 7:50am the phone rang for my husband. He had applied to a few companies that are doing road work near our town for the next number of months. For those that were not aware or forgot he has been unemployed for the last year and a bit. So by 8:15am not only had he obtained employment but he was dressed and out the door with a lunch, raincoat, extra socks and water bottles he hand.

For me this means that I am on my own daily now. I have been use to having all the daily work split between the two of us and I have been able to do a workout during the day whenever I wanted.

The next few days are going to be an adjustment period.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Wonderful Post

Today I read a wonderful post from the beautiful blogger Dawne at It's My Time! For so long I have been dealing with the perfectionism trait in my life and Dawne explains things so well in her post that I felt the need to share it with others.

This woman has been an inspiration and encouragement to me along the path in my journey to healthy living and a balanced lifestyle. If you have never read her blog before this particular post she wrote is a great place to start.

I hope everyone is experiencing a great day!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Week 28

I really don't know where the time is going!
Almost the middle of July and I have not posted since the end of June. Oops!

June was a very slow month on the weight loss front. I lost a whole 2 pounds all month. Not to great for a month of Bootcamp where I was suppose to lose 10 pounds. The noticeable changes were not on the scale but with the measuring tape. Thank goodness we did both at the beginning!
The first set of measurements are from on the first of June and the second at the end of June.
Neck 13.5 13.25
Bust 36.25 35
Waist 35 34
Hips 38.75 37.5
Upper Leg 21 20.5
Lower Leg 13.75 13.5
Ankle 8.75 8.5
Upper Arm 12.75 12

Overall I can't complain about a thing with the outcome in June. I toned muscles which resulted in the smaller measurements and I am sure created more muscle weight.

July is shaping up for a great one in a different way! Today was my weigh in and I was down 4 pounds this week. 157 lbs...that is my weight today and that was the lowest I got the last time I lost weight before getting pregnant with my second last child.

I had originally set 155lbs as my goal weight but I have lowered that now to 145lbs. I still feel like I have a lot to lose just on my stomach. My arms and legs are toning up and slimming down but the rolls are still very prevalent on the tummy. I can feel the muscle underneath though so that is a good thing! 12 more pounds should make a huge difference in that. I have updated the photos on the side bar.

I have been learning alot about myself in the last 3 weeks...I am not the greatest at expressing myself in words but to put it simply I am coming to a place where I know that I am worth it. Whatever it is that I decide to do for myself...I AM WORTH THE EFFORT! If someone loves and cares about me it is because I AM LOVABLE!!! I deserve to have GOOD in my life.
For all my life I have seen myself as unworthy of love, attention or friendship but not anymore! Freedom has come my way!

I have come to realize that I am a strong and powerful woman. I have always been good at looking after other people, the clients in the groups homes and my family, but now I am taking the time to do what I need to do to look after myself too and that feels amazing!

Life is so good and so worth living for!!!