Monthly Archives: December 2011

The New Year…

The New Year…

I am psyched for this coming new year… 2012 is going to be awesome, I just know it! In the past couple of days, I have done a lot of planning.

The first thing I did was plan my cleaning schedule for the whole YEAR! Now, I know some of you may have re-read that sentence to double check what it said. Believe me, I too think I may be crazy! But you read it correctly the first time… I really have planned my cleaning for all of 2012. And there is a simple reason for it… I am horrible about cleaning! LOL… I admit it! My mom can definitely attest to it also. She has helped me clean up many times over the years and, while I am always incredibly appreciative of the help, I also always feel guilty that I need the help in the first place. For some reason, cleaning is just something that does not come naturally to me. So, I am starting this year off with a big plan. Using this chart as a starting point, I have divided all of the different chores so I only have one or two (or three!) things to do each day. That way, they will not pile up so I end up overwhelmed because I have 500 things to do in one day. Some of the things are weekly, some monthly, and some are even less often. The point is that I will now be ale to look at my calendar and see that today I need to mop, tomorrow I will vacuum, the next day is trash day, and so on and so forth. I am definitely excited about this new plan… I think it is one I can stick with and make work!

The other big thing that I have been working on is my exercise chart for January. I planned out my workouts for every day… And some days are definitely going to be hard ones! I am really pushing myself this month, which is something I need. The general schedule is that I will alternate arms and legs daily, do an ab workout every other day, do some sort of cardio workout daily, and do a more intense cardio workout at least three times a week. It sounds a lot more complicated than it is! I think this schedule will help a lot because I will not have to muster up the energy and motivation to decide what exercise to do… It is already planned out! I also think the chart will be motivating to me and help keep me accountable.

I am also contemplating writing out dinners for the whole month. I know a few people who do this and I wonder if it might help to get us out of our food rut. Does anyone else do this?

That is about it! My hand is tired from writing so much in the past couple of days, but I think it is well worth it!

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Today’s weigh-in was… bad, to say the least. I was not expecting a great one and was even very prepared for a gain of some sort. But I gained 2.9 pounds, quite a bit more than I was ready to see. I am definitely not reaching my goal for this month. I am a bit bummed… I know it was all my own fault, as I was definitely not fully in control of my eating for the past week. It reiterates to me that I absolutely cannot keep junk in the house… It is very dangerous for me to be around it. And, on top of not eating right, I also was unable to exercise for three days becauseof the pain from my ear infection. That absolutely did not help matters. I am very glad that I already have a plan in place for the next month and have already started on my sweet-free time. It is definitely something that I need to do to reset myself. This is the worst gain that I have had in months.

I am going to end 2011 strong though! It is time to get back on track with my eating and exercising!

Resolutions of a Different Kind…

Resolutions of a Different Kind…

We are yet again coming up on the time of year when everyone starts thinking about the upcoming new year… and new year’s resolutions. I have never been the type of person to think that I have to make some resolutions. Some years I make then, some years I do not. It all depends on what mood I am in. And I have very rarely stuck with any resolutions that I have made, regardless of how serious they were.

I think that I want to handle things differently this time around. I am not going to make new year’s resolutions… instead, I am going to set goals for 2012. I know this may not sound very different to some (or most!) of you, but it makes complete sense to me. In my mind, a resolution has to do with changing things that you currently do, especially changing something that you have been doing that is wrong or harmful. I do not want to do that though… I want to continue on the path that I am already on. With that in mind, here are my goals for 2012!

  • Reach my final weight-loss goal… that makes me feel nervous just to write it down!
  • Treat myself to an article of clothing that I would not have felt comfortable wearing before I lost weight… this could be anything from a strapless dress or sleeveless top to a pair of shorts or a skirt.
  • Stop wearing t-shirts and sweats 24/7… I know I am a stay-at-home-mom, but there is no reason for me to look like a bum all the time, I think I have been hiding behind dull clothing for years now in an attempt to camouflage myself and 2012 is the year I am going to change that.
  • Do a sweet-free month in January. I will allow myself to having one treat for my sister’s birthday, if she has a dessert. But I will be having no other sweets, including soda. I do not think I am in a danger area yet, but I have definitely allowed myself more sweets lately and I want to get back out of that habit.
  • Food… We are in a major food rut and have been for years. Meals are usually very uninspired around our house. In 2012, my goal is to make a new dish at least once a month. I also want to have meat at least 3 times every 2 weeks. Right now there are many weeks when we do not eat meat at all. So I think that is a good starting point.
  • Church… I really miss having a church to call “my own”. So we will definitely be searching for one this year. Hopefully, we will find one right away, but we will keep following God’s lead until He brings us where He wants us to be!
  • Develop a strategic exercise plan. I made out a chart for January tonight… I want to fill it with my daily exercise plans and then mark each one off as I do it. I think this may be more effective than just doing whatever I feel like doing, which is kind of what I have been doing up to this point.
  • Develop my “spices”… More to come on this later! Intriguing, I know!

I have some other things in mind for the new year, but I think that this list is a good starting point. I am going to start 2012 strong and finish it even stronger!

UPDATE: I have actually decided that I will be starting my sweet-free month early… As on Wednesday, Decmber 28,2011, I am now sweet-free until February 1, 2012!

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Well, I lost 0.9 pounds this week… I was hoping for more but I know all my hard work will eventually catch up with me. And I now have 11 days left to lose 1.6 pounds so I can meet my goal of hitting 30 pounds when I weigh myself on January 1, 2012… That is so doable, I am not even nervous about it!

And as a side note, I just want to mention that today is my hubby’s birthday! He is 28! (yes, I am a “cradle robber”) I am hoping that he has a fun, relaxing day! I love you Thomas!

That is all for today… A short and sweet post!

 

UPDATE: I just realized that I am now in a new decade!!  180s!!  Woohoo!!!!!

A Weight Related Hodgepodge…

A Weight Related Hodgepodge…

I have had so many thoughts floating around my mind for the past few days that it has actually been hard for me to settle down and sleep at night. My brain just will not shut down. And all the thoughts are about several different areas. So I have decided to create some hodgepodge posts!  :o)  There are things that I was going to share with you all anyway, so this kills two birds with one stone by hopefully making it easier for me to settle down at night too! Here starts my weight-loss related hodgepodginess…

  1. I am very proud of myself for working out every day last week! That was my goal and I stuck to it! It feels great to look at my chart hanging on the wall and see every day written on and marked off. And I definitely worked out the hardest that I have during this journey so far… I definitely feel a sense of accomplishment!
  2. On Saturday, I took Thomas out for dinner and a movie and a bit of shopping as his early birthday present. We saw Sherlock Holmes (which was fantastic, by the way!) and had a blast just spending time together. It has seriously been a LONG few weeks with him working so many crazy hours… we needed the time together! So you are probably asking yourself how this is related to weight loss… well, first of all, we braved the cold weather after the movie and worked off some of our popcorn and walked all around the outdoor mall that we were near. Yea for us!  :o)  AND the big reason this is weight related has to do with my clothing… I have a shirt and a pair of pants that I have always loved but have not been able to wear in over one and a half years because they were way too tight. And, to be honest, they were probably too tight even when I would wear them before that. I decided to try wearing them on Saturday, on a whim. The shirt fit exactly how it should fit and the pants are actually at least one size too big now! I felt so much better in that outfit than I ever have before!

That is all I have at this point for my weight-loss hodgepodge. But do not fear, more hodgepodginess will be near!   ;o)

My Terrifying Doctor’s Appointment…

My Terrifying Doctor’s Appointment…

My 6-month checkup was this afternoon, which involved getting the results of some blood tests that I had drawn two weekends ago. I was extremely nervous about my appointment…. Nervous, excited, anxious, hopeful, and completely terrified. I was really excited to see if working out and eating better and losing 27.5 pounds had any effect on my numbers. And terrified at the thought that it was possible that nothing had changed in spite of all my hard work.

Well, I am so very happy to be able to say that I had absolutely no reason to be nervous… And I was right to be excited! My doctor was thrilled with my progress! In fact, she said to keep doing exactly what I have been doing because it is working perfectly! ALL of my levels went down… Cholesterol, blood sugar, thyroid… All of them! 

My cholesterol is now just slightly above the normal limit and is the lowest that it has been since they started keeping an eye on it. And I am not even on any cholesterol medication right now because it is too risky to take it if I might have any more children in the next few years. The really cool thing about this news is that I really have not been even focusing on my cholesterol intake… It is something that I have been putting it off for now until I get everything else under control. So that is awesome and somewhat unexpected.

My thyroid levels also went down, and quite a significant amount since they were checked in June. I have been on medicine for that for I think five years now… My number is now what my doctor referred to as being perfect! Yea! Perfect is definitely something that I will take!

My a1C went from 6.4 to 6.2… Unfortunately, this is still within the pre-diabetic range. But it is definite improvement! And I am almost out of that range now. In other sugar-related news, my sating blood sugar was the lowest it has ever been when they have tested it. And my insulin level went down a LOT… It was 23 in June and 14 on this newest test. That is a HUGE difference! And, in combination with my a1C results, it means that my pancreas is not having to work nearly as hard to keep my sugar levels at an even lower number than they were previously. I hope that sentence made sense… I was so excited when my doctor was telling me all of this that I actually had tears in my eyes!

The other news that we talked about was my weight. According to their scale, I have lost seven pounds since I was there in November for my sinus infection… That was only 3 or 4 weeks ago! And, even though I have lost 27.5 pounds by my records, I have lost 41 pounds since 2009 according to my chart. That completely floored me! I do not even remember even weighing that much! Also, when I had my appointment in June, we talked about increasing my Metformin dosage, which is the medication that is helping to keep my blood sugar out of the diabetic range. At that time, we decided to wait and see how I did with my weight loss, which I had just started working on. Well, today I asked about when I might be able to decrease my dosage… And she said today!!! I just need to keep an eye on my weight because, if I start gaining for no apparent reason,  then I need to increase my dosage again because it indicates I have increased insulin levels again.

So yeah… I think I definitely had a great appointment! I will unfortunately not be able to “officially” meet one of my 30x30x30 goals, which was to get my blood sugar into the normal range by my birthday… My next appointment is not until June, so I will not know how I am doing until then. But I am still counting this all as a major victory!

That is all I have for you all… Sorry if it is at all rambling or incoherent! I am very excited so it is hard to keep my thoughts straight right now! I cannot even do a spell check on this because I am too excited to focus!

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Weigh-In Wednesday…

I weighed myself this morning and I have to say that I am very mad at myself. I stepped on the scale, very excited to see how I did this past week. And I felt deflated when I saw my weight. I lost two pounds this week, which is fantastic… It puts me only two and a half pounds away from reaching my end-of-the-year goal. But my immediate reaction at seeing this number was not one of happiness. Instead, my initial thought was “Only two pounds?? That’s it?! What a bummer!”. That is crazy talk! Two pounds is GREAT! And I have now lost more than five pounds in the past two weeks, which is even better. Yet, even now, when I have thought it through, I am still finding my mind drifting to those thoughts, even though I do thinking is so crazy to think these things.

I am not sure why I am feeling like this… Maybe it is because I really upped my exercise this week, so I was expecting my results to immediately show that. Maybe it is just Satan trying to discourage me and throw me off of my plans. Whatever the reason, I need to drive these thoughts away… I will not let bad thoughts drag me down! I am proud of my hard work and I know that next week will be even better than this week was!

An Impromptu Post…

An Impromptu Post…

I have to say that I am very antsy right now… I cannot wait for the morning to come! I really want to see how I did with my weight this past week! I did some sort of exercise EVERY day, and have really kicked it up several notches for the past three days. I would say that the last three days have contained the most strenuous workouts that I have put myself through since I started this journey in September… Which is why I am excited to see how I did!

On a side note, I just ate some pudding (I layered peppermint and chocolate fudge together and it was delicious!) and I am now wondering how it would freeze. I think that, as long as the consistency did not get too funky, it could be a very good substitute for ice cream… Less calories than most and fat free (which ice cream is definitely not!). And a heck of a lot cheaper than ice cream! I am thinking that this could be something to look into…

A Blue Kind of Day…

A Blue Kind of Day…

Today did not exactly go as planned… Zeeva had a bad night, which means that we all had a bad night. I remember being yanked from sleep in the wee hours of the morning by Zeeva screaming at the top of her lungs and sounding like someone was trying to kill her. Not exactly the best thing to hear when you wake up… it was horrible!  I somehow made it into her room to comfort her… I am pretty sure that my eyes were closed on that walk! And that was not the only time she woke up. Needless to say, I was completely exhausted when it was time to get up this morning. Today is a major work day for Thomas (he has been going pretty much non-stop for about 10 hours now and still has a ton left to do!), so I was planning on taking Zeeva with me to check out a church around the corner from us this morning.  I, however, ended up sleeping through my alarm so that did not happen. And I spent the next few hours in a funk, feeling cold and run down and just drained of everything. The last thing I felt like doing today was exercising. I felt completely depressed and unmotivated. I am sure that I would not have exercised at all today if I had not seen something that changed my attitude.

I have been following a few weight-loss pages on Facebook for the past two or three months. One of them, Sara – Use It to Lose It, was just this morning talking about “going into 2012 kicking 2011′s butt”. That was so inspiring to me. So many people are talking about just maintaining this month, which is absolutely great. I totally get that it is Christmas time and there are tons of tempting foods out there and it can be very easy to gain a LOT during this time of year. But I do not want to maintain this month… I was to give the end of 2011 a thorough kick in the tookus too!  :o)  Sara later posted a calendar that she had made for herself… an end-of-the-year countdown calendar with a big circle marking the final day of the year. I LOVE this idea… I am all about charts and lists (as Thomas can attest to!), I definitely stole this idea and made a chart for myself tonight! I will be exercising every day for the rest of the month and I made sure I have plenty of space on my calendar to write down what exercises I have done each day. I am thinking that a nice reward for working out every day this month would be to buy myself a new body pillow at the end of the year… my aching body will need the extra support, I am sure!  ;o)

Today’s exercises were 15 minutes of Crunch: Cardio Salsa and 2 levels of the Denise Austin: Get Fit Fast: Arms and Shoulders.  I was originally planning on 25 minutes of the first video, but my hip actually started giving out on me during part of it… not good!  So I switched over to doing an arm workout, to give my hip a rest.  Thankfully, it is feeling fine now!

I am definitely going to end 2011 with a HUGE bang… and I am starting 2012 full of momentum!!

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Weigh-In Wednesday…

It is that time again… Weigh-in day! It is really interesting to me that, for the first two months, I had to put a sign on the tv when I went to bed on Tuesday nights so I would remember to weigh myself in the morning. I have not used that sign for a month now and I have not forgotten once! It definitely shows how you can turn something into a habit. I also find myself actually excited for Wednesday mornings now… I am always ready to see how I have done, even when I feel like I have not had the best of weeks.

So now onto this week’s results… I was feeling pretty hopeful going in because I exercised six out of the past seven days (yea!) and my clothes have been feeling extra baggy the past couple of days. Well, I was right to be hopeful… I lost 3.1 pounds!! Yippee!!!! I really needed this after the past few weeks… It is definitely a confidence booster and shows me that the exercises I have been doing are very effective for my body. 

This week’s weight loss also helped push me past my next goal! I have now lost a total of 25.5 pounds… 25.5 POUNDS!! That is just so exciting! I am now just 4.5 pounds away from hitting one of my 30x30x30 goals, losing 30 pounds before my 30th birthday. It is the goal that originally prompted me to make my list in the first place and, when I first thought of it, I had no idea that I would be so close to reaching it with more than three and a half months left! It is really crazy to me how far I have come… I am so very glad that I started this journey in September and that God keeps pushing me and keeping me motivated to continue!