Monthly Archives: October 2011

Measuring up…

Measuring up…

Ok, show of hands… Who out there fears the tape measure even more than the scale? Come on, I know some, if not most of you do. I mean, the thought of actually knowing my waist measurement is a bit nauseating. Or upper arm… It is amazing how many inches an upper arm can be! Regardless of this fear, I have always found it interesting to see which parts of my body I lose inches from the fastest. Not only is it just interesting but I think it is a good tool also… You can see which areas are definitely being targeted and which areas you need to step up your game in. It can also be a great confidence booster for those times when your actual weight-loss is stuck… Just because you are not losing big numbers on the scale does not mean that you are not losing inches.

I actually measured myself this summer, on July 18th. I think, at the time, that it was a failed attempt to kick myself back into gear. That did not work very well but I am glad I did it, as I now have what are pretty much my starting numbers to which I can compare all future numbers.

So I decided to measure myself this morning. I have been contemplating it for a few days now. I have now lost 17.1 pounds, so I have been thinking that it is time to check out what other progress my body has made. I was not at all disappointed with my results! I have lost inches at every measuring point, even my neck, wrists and ankles! Most notable? I have lost 1 inch in my waist, 1.5 inches in my thigh, and 2.5 inches in my hips! My total for all my measurements combined is 8.5 inches lost! That is pretty great if you ask me! And it does show me which areas I need to focus more effort on in the next month.

I do not have a plan at this point for how often I will measure myself… It might be at certain weight-loss increments or it could be every few months. I am planning on coming up with a solid game plan for November. Then I will measure myself at the end of the month so I can see if I am getting the results I want. Stay tuned for more details as I figure out my plan for November!

Weigh-In Wednesday!

Weigh-In Wednesday!

I am flabbergasted this morning. I will be honest… I was feeling completely confident about this week’s weigh-in. I even wanted to weigh myself yesterday morning instead of today because I was excited to see how I had done. I feel crazy even thinking that! The reasons I felt so confident? For one, I really upped my exercise this week. I did a cardio workout six out of seven days, plus I did some strength training on several of the days. Another reason I felt so confident was that I met two of my 30x30x30 goals. I know only one of these had anything to do with weight-loss or exercise. However, I think that just the act of being able to cross something off my list, even something fairly mundane, reinforced in my mind that I am doing something to meet my goals. I am taking charge of my life. I am taking steps to change the things with which I am unhappy.

So, it was with confidence that I stepped on the scale this morning. My goal for this week (in order to meet my Rocktober goal) was to lose 2.15 pounds. Well, I knocked that goal right out of the park… I lost 3.5 pounds! Yippeeee!! That is more than I have lost any other week on this journey and I believe it is more than I have EVER lost in one week in my whole life!

I was completely flabbergasted when I saw that number! I seriously just stood still for a few moments with my mouth hanging wide open. :O Then the excitement kicked in! As I wrote my new weight on my chart (200.7, thank you very much!), I even got a few tears in my eyes from all the emotion I was feeling! This puts me only 0.8 pounds away from my next goal, Onederland! Which, by the way, I do not think I will hit next week… I KNOW I will hit it! It ALSO puts me only 4.7 pounds away from my 10% weight-loss goal, which is also amazing!

I am not going to hesitate in saying that I am very proud of the progress I have made so far. I think that so often when people go on a weight-loss journey, we tend to celebrate for a second but then get hung up in the bigger picture. So instead of focusing on the fact that I still have almost 73 pounds to lose, I am choosing to celebrate the fact that I have lost 17.1 pounds! And almost all since September 1st! That is amazing. That is almost as much as Zeeva weighs! LOL! This is a journey I have tried to start so many times in my life. And, aside from the fact that I have already lost more than I usually do on a “diet”, I know that is time is different because I am different. This is a change that has been a long time coming and I am definitely embracing it and rejoicing in every victory!

Thank You Lord for this victory this week!

Two Birds with One Stone…

Two Birds with One Stone…

October has been kind of crazy in Indiana this year. We have had several bouts of unseasonably warm and sunny weather. Today was the start of a stretch of three such days, so we decided to get out and enjoy it before the gross cold weather comes back!

We have a state park on the outskirts of our small city. It is a small park, with a few trails… it is centered around some very old Native American mounds. I went a couple of times when I was growing up (I spent most of my childhood about a half hour from where I currently live). However, I am a bit embarrassed to say that we have not gone even once since Thomas and I first moved here, which was over six years ago. Sad, right?  We just are not outdoorsy people and the trails never held any real interest for us. So today was the day that we finally visited the state park, with my parents and Zeeva. By making this “trip” (is it really a trip if it is less than four miles from your house??), I got to mark another thing off of my 30x30x30 list!

I actually really wanted to go to one of the big state parks to see some leaves this fall… that was my original intent when I added this to my list. But this month has been pretty crazy for us and the parks are all at least 2 hours away… it would have been mean to make Zeeva have to withstand being cooped up like that all day. She would have definitely protested! So, this was the backup plan that I came up with. And I was pleasantly surprised by the park. While the path that we took was a bit bumpier in areas than we would have liked for Zeeva’s stroller (we will have to invest in a different stroller if we want to make a habit of this type of thing!), it was a beautiful day. There was a gorgeous mixture of crunchy leaves underfoot, a wide array of colorful leaves overhead, a refreshing breeze, and sunlight streaming through the trees and glinting off the nearby river. The temperature was in the mid-60s, which was perfect for walking. There were also not too many other people there, which was a definite plus!  And, thus, the first bird was killed…

Now, I had a second mission in mind with this visit to the state park… I really want to be able to check the 3 mile walk off of my 30x30x30 list. And my family was very supportive of that. We tracked our distance on Thomas’s phone, but actually forgot to get the official total before we left the park. But we walked at least 3.1 miles, which was the total at our last check that we made! We did it! And the awesome thing about meeting this goal is that it is not something I did alone… my wonderful hubby and my parents did it too! Woohoo!! Way to go guys! And Zeeva tolerated being in her stroller for that long, which was also great!  :o)  We did not exactly charge straight through the walk… there were several stops for photo opportunities that could not be passed up. But we did it, crazy hills, rocks, slick leaves and all!  :o)  And the second bird was officially killed with one stone!  Gruesome saying, I know, but it had to be said!

Time for a bit of a side note!  I just have to share this with you all. At my last weigh-in, I had lost a total of 13.6 pounds. This is a fantastic amount, and I am very happy with my progress thus far… but you do get to a certain point where you start to wonder if you are looking any different than you used to look.  I am definitely to that point.  The only area I have noticed any change in myself is around my c-section scar. I even broke down and asked my mom about it last weekend!  Sad, I know!  She said that I looked different, but I still did not see it in myself.  But I finally got some real verification in my mind that my body is starting to change. I put some freshly laundered jeans on yesterday morning, jeans that are generally pretty tight when they first go on, but then loosen to be only moderately tight for the rest of the day.  :o)  Some of you probably know exactly what I mean!  Well, I put these pants on and then went about getting ready to leave the house, not really paying any attention to them.  After about five minutes though, I realized that they had loosened up and were now actually kind of baggy through my thighs, butt and lower ab areas! Yippee!! That was such a great thing to notice! A major confidence booster for sure!

One of My Favorite Things…

One of My Favorite Things…

It appears to be that time of year again. Sometimes it happens in the Spring, other times in the Summer, and still others in the Winter… This year, it is apparently Fall’s turn to partake in this experience. During nearly every year of the past 17 years, I have enjoyed rereading one of my all-time favorite books. I am talking about, of course, Gone with the Wind. I know, many of you probably think I am crazy to read a book that many times, much less one as lengthy and detailed as Gone with the Wind. However, it is a book that has captivated my attention ever since I very first opened it’s cover.

I do not recall what first made me want to attempt reading this massive book back when I was in middle school (my copy of it is a whopping 833 pages, which contain some of the smallest type I have ever seen in a book!). I suspect that it probably had something to do with having already read all of the other books that interested me in our middle school library. Or perhaps I just wanted to be able to say that I had read it. Whatever the reason, it was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed from the very first sentence. If I remember correctly, it took me less than a week to read, and maybe even just a few days! I loved it so much that I even read it again within just a few months. One of my Christmas presents from my mom in 1995 was my very own copy of the book… one of my most cherished presents of all time and definitely a present that has gotten a lot of mileage!

A couple of years after I first fell in love with Gone with the Wind, I stumbled upon a used copy of its sequel, Scarlet. I purchased it in a flash, eager to continue the story of Scarlet’s life. When reading it, I found that I did not love it as much as I loved Gone with the Wind… I loved it even more! Some years, I do not get around to reading Gone with the Wind, but I ALWAYS read Scarlet.

I do not know exactly what it is that keeps drawing me back to these books again and again. Honestly, while I love period movies, I do not tend to be drawn to older books. I generally find myself having a hard time paying attention while sifting through all of that difficult language. So what is so different about these books? The fluidity of the Southern speech? The descriptive detail that draws me in and makes me feel as if I am really there? The intrigue and romance between the various main characters? The excitement of Scarlet finally growing up and admitting to herself who her true love actually is? Whatever the reason, I love diving in and discovering all over again the enchantment of these books.

Maybe some of you will join me on my dive?  :o)

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Weigh-In Wednesday…

I think that this was the first week that I have ever been excited to weigh myself! I even found myself wishing that yesterday was Wednesday so I could see if my extra efforts in the exercise department had paid off… Crazy, I know! Well, crazy for me at least! I am happy to say that my hard work did pay off… I lost 2 pounds! Yippee!! And I am actually sure that I would have lost even more if I had made a couple of different food decisions and had worked out more. But I am not going to beat myself up about it because I did do a great job… 2 pounds in one week is great! I now have 4.3 pounds left until I meet my next goal… 2.15 pounds, 2 weeks in a row… Can I do it? Stay tuned to find out!

On a bit of a side note, we have had absolutely gross weather the past two days. Highs in the upper 40s, rain on and off all day, wind… Yesterday it even HAILED for a few minutes! I am sooo not ready for this! I miss being able to walk outside… It was so nice pushing Zeeva in her stroller, enjoying the sun and the breeze. This weather has definitely put a damper on my desire to exercise. Our house is so dark during the day that all I want to do is sleep!

I did force myself to do some crunches and pushups yesterday. And today I did some of my cardio salsa video, but had to stop due to some pain in my foot. Zeeva was also extra into giggling and chasing my legs around, so it was a very difficult workout time! She is so silly sometimes! Hopefully she will let me do some more exercise later today.

A Sugary Revelation…

A Sugary Revelation…

I had an interesting observation about sugar today. I went the entire month of September without having any sweet treats. This month, I have allowed myself only three sweets… A slice of baby shower cake, a slice of wedding cake and some Raisinets that I got as a wedding favor. I do not remember how my stomach felt after the baby shower cake, but I do remember feeling very odd all over. And I remember saying that I thought it was from the sugar. Now, after both the wedding cake and the Raisinets, I have gotten severe stomachaches. I even felt feverish the night after the wedding!

This all indicates to me that my body is definitely liking that I am eating less sugar these days. All the more reason to keep it up! I do not even want to think about how I would feel if I sat down right now and ate a pint of Ben & Jerry’s like I used to do!

Side note: Has anyone been keeping tabs on my 30 x 30 x 30 list? I have now accomplished FIVE items! Yippee!

Zeeva’s Big Day…

Zeeva’s Big Day…

Today was a day of several “firsts” for Zeeva… some were big, others were small, but all were important!

First of all, Zeeva got to see her new “big girl” car seat… it is currently sitting in the middle of our living room, waiting to be installed in its new home.  She spent quite a bit of the day walking around it, yanking on the straps, inspecting the fabric, and putting her toys under it and in the seat.  It definitely put a smile on her face!  I think she will be very happy with it.

Onto the next “first”… Zeeva has always been a bit weird about baths. She tends to tolerate them… up until it is time to get her hair washed.  At that point, she starts screaming and trying to climb out of the tub.  So I have been trying to slow down bath time when I give them to her.  I try to get her to play with the water and her rubber ducky, and I splash the water and sing all kinds of silly songs to her.  She has been responding to the ducky (by responding, I mean chewing on…), but she has never seemed at all interested in the water… until tonight. She splashed and splashed and splashed and splashed! We will have to get the camera out next time because she absolutely LOVED it! She started out with just one finger and was using both hands fully by the end of the bath. She created a lot of waves, let me tell you! She did not even seem to mind getting water in her face, so hopefully this will help with her phobia of getting her hair washed. And I have a feeling that all of that splashing will help me get over my phobia of having water in my face!  ;o)

Now for the 3rd “first”… After bath time, it was time to wind down for bed. Thomas was holding her and decided to try something else that we have tried before with no luck… high fives.  And, low & behold, she actually did it this time! Woohoo!

The last “first” is the biggest and most exciting… Zeeva took her first step on October 2nd. Since then, she has taken a step here and there, but never really seemed to notice what exactly she had done. Thomas was sick today, so he stayed home with Zeeva while I ran to the store to get him some things.  He was sitting on the floor with her and she took THREE steps in a row toward him and then collapsed in his arms!  Yea!!!  :oD  What a way to make her daddy feel better!  She also took two steps around me later in the evening, but the other set was so much cuter and more exciting!

All of these new “firsts” for Zeeva are so exciting! They are also kind of sad though… they point to the undeniable truth that she is swiftly approaching the one year mark.  :o/  What a mixture of feelings that brings with it!  She is such a joy to have around… I do not know how we managed life without her!

A Delightful Day…

A Delightful Day…

Tuesday was an absolutely gorgeous day. High of 77. Not a cloud in sight. A beautiful “summer” breeze on what should have been a crisp fall day. It was so gorgeous out that I decided to fullfill one of my 30 x 30 x 30 goals. Zeeva and I sat outside on a blanket!

Now, I am aware that this may not seem very exciting to most of you. To Zeeva tough, it was very exciting. Due to my severe allergies, a lack of shady spots in our yard, and the extreme heat that our region had to endure for most of the summer, Zeeva has not had all that many opportunities to be outside. Especially on the ground. So this is still a new and exciting experience for her.

We were outside for about 45 minutes and it was so funny to see how her attitude changed the longer she was out there. For the first half of our excursion, she just sat next to me, smiling and looking around but not moving at all. She was definitely interested but a little unsure of what to do with her surroundings. Then a particularly strong breeze came through and blew a bunch of crisp fall leaves onto our blanket. I tickled her with one and let her hold it… She as fascinated! And she only tried to eat it a couple of times! She eventually explored the grass very lightly with her fingertips and stood up to show her excitement. I do think she is still a bit worried by the grass… Her foot touched it at one point and she lunged herself into my arms, as if to say “what in the world was that, mama??!”.

All in all, we had a great outing. It was so fun to see the breezes kick up Zeeva’s hair and the tree shadow dapple across her face. She delighted in experiencing the beauty of the day that God made for us. And I delighted in watching her experience great joy at such a simple thing.

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Weigh-In Wednesday…

In my last post, I talked about how I was not expecting much of a weight loss this week… And that I would not be surprised by a bit of a gain. Regardless of this prediction, I was fearful of getting on the scale this morning. I was up with Zeeva at one point during the night and I even found myself thinking that maybe I should wait until Thursday to weigh myself this week… I just felt heavy!

Thankfully, my prediction was wrong… I did not gain this week! I lost 0.7 pounds. Not huge, but definitely more than I expected! And it shows me that I am doing better with my eating than I thought.

I did some calculations this morning… In order to reach my goal of losing 30 pounds by my 30th birthday, I have to lose a little over 0.8 pounds each week between now and March 25. That is really encouraging because it is definitely do-able! I have decided that I do need to ramp up my exercising and food control. I need a boost. Do not get me wrong, I am perfectly happy with the 0.9 and 0.7 pounds that I have lost the past two weeks… Slow and steady wins the race, right? But I can feel myself getting a bit complacent and I do not want that to happen. So I am really going to focus on portion control and healthier food choices for the next three weeks. I am also going to start exercising daily again. I have actually kind of missed it during the last week! Today is the last really warm day we will likely have this fall, so I am going to try to make the most of it and take Zeeva for a walk. I know I will probably have to go at a slower pace than normal but I think my foot an handle it. I am also planning on adding a video workout of some sort several times a week, maybe even every day.

I said at the beginning of October that I wanted to reach my next weight-loss goal by the end of the month. That means I have 6.3 pounds to lose. I am giving myself until November 2, since that is my normal weigh-in day… In order to reach that goal, I need to lose slightly more than 2 pounds a week. It is a little bit of a daunting task to think about, but that is what I am shooting for! I did it three times in September, with ease… I am going to do it three times in October too!

A Little Bit of Hodgepodginess…

A Little Bit of Hodgepodginess…

Today’s post is probably going to be a bit of a hodgepodge… I am currently sitting down to write this with no topic in mind, so please bear with me!  :o)

Sunday was a bit of a crazy day.  We have friends who are starting their own church.  Their first official service was yesterday, so we went to support them.  They did such a great job pulling everything together!  They are really following God’s lead for their life and just trusting in Him… it is so inspiring to see!

After church, we went out for a quick lunch with my parents.  They came back to our house with us and my dad watched Zeeva while Thomas worked.  My mom and I proceeded to do the following:

  • washed the dishes
  • cleaned the kitchen
  • straightened up Zeeva’s room (which was quite the undertaking… check out my update to my 30 x 30 x 30 list! I only have 29 left now!)
  • straightened up the living room
  • vacuumed Zeeva’s bedroom, the hallway and the living room
  • washed, folded and put away FIVE loads of laundry

Whew!  I am tired just thinking about it!  Thankfully, my dad made dinner while we worked, so I did not have to worry about that.  Chicken Enchilada Casserole… mm mm good!  We had it for dinner tonight too!

Onto my weight-loss journey… I am still in recovery mode with my toe.  I am not having much pain, although I can still only wear sandals.  I do have a lot of itching though, which I think is a reaction to the shots they gave me to numb my toe.  A LOT of itching.  :o/  It happened last time too.  Thankfully, that is subsiding.  So I am hoping to get back into a normal workout routine soon!  I might even try taking a walk around my neighborhood with Zeeva tomorrow.  It is the last day of Indian Summer weather, so it seems like a shame to not get out and enjoy it.  I did do a workout video this morning… Crunch: Cardio Salsa!  Actually, I should say that I TRIED to do the video.  Zeeva sat and watched me for the first few minutes, clapping her hands and shaking her tushie… she is the best cheering section ever!  And, boy, does that girl love to dance!  After about five minutes, however, she decided that I was playing a new game with her.  So she followed me all over the room as I did my workout moves and would try to climb up my legs if I stood still for even a split second… All this while giggling hysterically.  It was comical!  I was scared that I was going to kick her or something, so I tried holding her after a while.  The added weight, though, made the workout a bit too much for me.  I did get through about 3/4 of it though!  And I actually felt energized while doing it, which is great.  I was worried that I would hate it, since I have not done anything like that since last Wednesday.  But it felt surprisingly good to get back in the grove with a workout.  I am very proud of myself for not giving up!  The old me would have definitely taken this toe setback as a chance to just fall back on my old ways.  I have been doing fairly good though!  Not perfect, but definitely nothing catastrophic!  :o)

All in all, I am feeling pretty positive.  I have gotten some things done around the house that I have been avoiding, which has me thinking about other things that I want/NEED to do in the near future.  I am still feeling optimistic about my weight-loss journey.  However, I will say that I am not expecting much of a loss this week and I actually will not be surprised if I even gain a tiny bit.  I went from walking and doing other exercise pretty much every day to nothing for 5 days straight.  It was unavoidable.  That is just how life is sometimes.  I am not going to beat myself up over it though.  I know I am on the right track, I just had a little setback.  I am picking up where I left off!

Oh, and I just remembered that I have some exciting news to share!  Are you ready??  You sure???  :o)  Zeeva stood up in the middle of the room all by herself for the first time today!  OK, sorry, I know that probably is not all that exciting to the vast majority of you, but it is pretty exciting in my world… and this is my blog, so you will just have to deal with it!  ;o)  Seriously though, she has been trying to do that for at least a couple of weeks now and has not ever been able to get all the way up.  And she did today… and promptly fell back on her tushie.  LOL… oh well, it is a start!

Now I am off to attempt to get some sleep!  Sometimes I just have to empty my brain before sleep will come… tonight was one of those nights.  I wish you all a wonderful night’s sleep and a glorious Tuesday!