Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Yesterdays post that wasn't!

Monday weigh-in!
It was awful, people!!
My bad habits have finally caught up with me on the scale.
I guess I figured since I wasn't gaining with all my slip-ups, I could just cruise on the way I was up until now.
Well last Monday already showed me a gain, which then went back down the next day. But I haven't been on the scale since then and yesterday was in for a shock... 259.2lbs. Today could be better, but I decided not to get on the scale this morning. You know why? Well, I needed that almost 6lbs gain from my lowest weight to remind me that I can't keep doing this the easy was,... because it doesn't work!
If I really want to lose weight, I need to work harder at it.
The renovation work in my kitchen was a reason/excuse to not eat as healthy as I could have, and it was hard getting exercise in with all the people working in my house.
No more! My kitchen is done and I am so excited about all the healthy cooking and baking I'll be doing in there.
Some things I struggle with and want to work on this coming week are...
  1. tracking my food - started that again yesterday and want to keep it going.
  2. plan my menu - not only for my benefit, but I know it'd be good for my whole family
  3. make time for a daily work-out - mornings are best for me, and I want to really try to make this happen
These might be a little too general, but I really am looking for ways to implement the plan.
Hoping to report great progress throughout the week!


Saturday, June 18, 2011

New Kitchen!!! Before and After Pictures

I would be really embarrassed to post these before pictures if I didn't have an after.
We have been living in this house for 10 years and never had the money to have a kitchen installed. We borrowed a countertop and cabinet from my parents, bought a cheap sink (still had to put bowls in to wash the dishes because they leaked), and had a bunch of wicker shelves to help me put stuff in.
Even looking at these before pictures today, only a week after clearing the kitchen for the new stuff, makes me wonder how I could have lived this way for so long!
Since we don't have alot of building codes to follow here it's not unusual for new homeowners (at least when you build your own home) to cook in makeshift conditions like this.
So, after 17 years of marriage and 10 living in our own home, I now have my dream kitchen. I am so overwhelmed, and I even feel a little guilty enjoying all these new appliances. But like everyone tells me, I deserve it!! :)

This is all the same portion of the wall. The before, the during and the after!

It was so hard to keep the kitchen neat and tidy the way it was. I grumbled about it at least 3 times a day! Now I have to remember to be grateful for it at least as often. Somehow I don't think that will be difficult!

So, there it is! Finally finished. This dream of mine has come true, and it more lovely than I even imagined!
Hoping to cook real healthy meals here, and not too many brownies and potato casseroles!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Just got on the scale again this morning and am so happy to say it WAS the constipation, TOM, salty food etc!
I weighed in at 2.4 lbs less than yesterday morning.
So I was at 257 lbs yesterday, but today back at 254.6 lbs.
Don't get me wrong now, I am still not happy with that number, but I'm glad that gain was not long-lasting!
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, June 13, 2011

My Kitchen has closed!

Today I cleared out the last of my kitchen. All that's left to do before the cabinet guys come is tear down a few sheets of blue contact paper that I used instead of a backsplash.
They told me the kitchen would be installed within 4 days, so hopefully I'll be cooking and baking  by Saturday.
So that said, I know the eating and exercise will be hard to squeeze in this week. This past week was bad enough. Constipation, TOM, too many unwise choices and a salty meal the night before weigh in was enough to push the scale upward 2 lbs. Hate that!
I'm hoping to at least maintain and not gain this coming week. Good thing is we have alot of yummy grapefruit around right now for snacks!
Hopefully I can post my Kitchen before and after pictures next Monday!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Finally a Monday weigh-in!

254.8 lbs
Boy, I have seen that number way too many mornings!
Trying to change this! :)
I've done alot of blog-related things today... except to write on mine!
So, short and sweet, a few things that are going on in my life, and most of them not related to weight loss.
  • My sister, D, and her family are coming for a visit from Canada in August. And my baby sister, A, is coming back after having spent years teaching English in Japan and more years studying in BC, Canada  I am SO EXCITED!!! I LOVE MY SISTERS!!!! We have LOTS of catching up to do! AND, since my sister, B, who lives here in Paraguay, and I have been doing the C25K, we decided to do a sisters 5k wog, run, jog, walk, whoever can do whatever, as long as we do it together! FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The cabinet makers called this morning and they will be ready to install my new kitchen next week. I am SO EXCITED!!!!!!! I've been busy sorting things in my kitchen to throw away or sell at our garage sale. Can hardley wait.
  • My tailbone has been hurting real bad again. Am really considering getting another one of those amazing cortisone shots again. Last one was a year ago, and the Dr. said it would probably help for about 3 months, so I'm really grateful that it really did work for the 9 months that it did.
  • We went away for a night and day to a hotel with our family. It's pretty remote and rusic. All expences paid - great deal and really relaxing (cell phones don't work there!)
Question: Do you plan your meals? Do you measure and weigh? Is WW online just as good or are the meetings key? Am thinking of trying it, but the cost is a little steep for our currency.

Sleep well!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Not a failure - Not a quitter

I’ve been struggling!
 I really want to achieve a healthy weight and lifestyle, but it’s not been easy.There is a huge difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it.
I consider myself an average woman, with a problem that affects many. There’s has been so much written about this topic, much research done. Many blogs written. The bottom line on weight loss, dieting, becoming healthy?
Eat less.
Move more.

For me right now though, and I’m sure most of us have experienced this,  is how do I pull this knowledge together to make it work for me?
Some reasons it’s kinda fallen apart lately…
·         My cronic back and tailbone pain has once again made an appearance.
·         We’re having our kitchen renovated and I’m a little frustrated in the cooking department right now.
Ok, I tried to find more reasons, and they all just became excuses! J
As of yesterday morning (forgot to weigh this morning) I weigh 254.8 lbs. My BMI tells me I am right on the line between obesity and morbid obesity. This is not where I want to be. It seems like I enjoy it here though, bcause I’m spending so much time here!!
The first 25 lbs lost were between October and February. It went easy and pretty fast, I thought. But I've been between 251 and 254 for 4 months now and though I had been exercising pretty regulary, my eating habits have pretty much gone back to pre-october. Pretty ugly!
Allowing myself treats, half-hearted exercising, even not allowing myself to be held accountable through my blog are just paving my road to failure.
BUT… I haven’t failed, right? Because I haven’t quit.
I went back to October to see how I started out, what did I do then and I’m not doing now? The most obvious answer was TRACKING my food. Regardless of what I ate, I wrote it down. Simple!
So, I guess, since I know what the problem is, I know what the solution is, the rest should be easy, right? Well, even solving the most simple math problems takes a process, and so does subtracting the pounds from my body. J
So, today, I’m back to tracking, and I will fit in some exercise, I’ll just have to make it happen.
Stay tuned!