Still going!

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They say nothing outlasts the Energizer… but I have to say I am rivaling it ūüėČ ¬†It took me 1 year and 1 week to lose the 100 lbs. I waited a little while and then on June 24,2017, ¬†I got my first tattoo!

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Each of the stars represent 10 lbs lost (for a total of 100 lbs). ¬†I chose stars because of the song “Shooting Star” by Bad Company. ¬†The chorus goes:

Don’t you know, don’t you know, Don’t you know that you are
a shooting star,
Don’t you know, oh, yeah, Don’t you know that you are
a shooting star, yeah,
And all the world will love you just as long,
As long as you are, a shooting star.

This has a lot of meaning for me.  It tells me to aim high and I will go far as long as I keep trying.  Never give up.  I think this really defines me.  I have been noticed for my tenacity at work and with friends.  Some people may see my determination as stubbornness, but I think it is more positive than that.  It has helped me lose the 100 lbs in 1 year and 1 week!

The tattoo did not hurt as badly as I thought it would. ¬†The topmost star hurt the most but other than it, it was more of a mild pain but I could deal with it. Of course now this opens the possibility for other tattoos.. but they would have to have special meeting for me.. I wouldn’t get one just to get one!

I am still on my weight loss journey. ¬†Since the 2nd week in May, I have been stuck at 103 lbs lost. ¬†Getting the tattoo meant that I wasn’t allowed to swim for 2-4 weeks, so I have not been to water aerobics or Aqua Zumba (I go back starting this Wednesday and I am very excited about that.) ¬†I am actually thinking about doing another 24 day challenge through Advocare to kickstart my metabolism again. ¬†I probably will not lose 24 lbs in 24 days this time because when I first started it last year I weighed more and I was giving up things I had never gave up before like Coke. ¬†Now I haven’t had a coke in about 14 months. ¬†Amazingly I have not craved it. ¬†Thankfully, I did not go through caffeine withdrawal. ¬†I still have an Advocare Spark every weekday that I am at work and it has a lot of caffeine. ¬†I think that has helped.

I am still following my new year’s resolution and trying to be more positive about life in general. ¬†It has really helped me to be a happier person in general. ¬†I am also attempting to be more social. ¬†I have attended so many concerts this year and it was has been so much fun. ¬†I have reconnected with old friends and made new friends.. these are things I have not done in ages! I got back into supporting local music which has been a lot of fun. ¬†I have taken on more responsibilities at work too. ¬†Good things are happening all around!

I will continue to update my blog as time goes on. ¬†I actually haven’t set a goal as to how much weight I want to lose but I will know when I reach it ūüôā for now ¬†I am just going to keep going!

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Rough Month

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So this has been a rough month for me. ¬†On August 20, my grandma passed away. ¬†It was unexpected so I did not a chance to prepare myself for it. ¬†At her funeral, the only thing that kept me going was holding the hand of my 4 yr old niece Ella. I didn’t think she would hold it for the entire time but she did. ¬†She even switched hands with me at one point so she could reach for her doll with the other hand.

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I can’t show Ella without showing my other niece-6 yr old Eva. ¬†Here she is as a cat lady ūüôā

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To top it off,  my dad has been in the hospital.  He was in congestive heart failure and was retaining a lot of water. He ended up losing about 65 lbs in roughly 10 days and he came home yesterday.  He is weak but doing better.

On the good news side, ¬†so far I have lost 70.5 lbs since May 1. ¬†I realize that is only about 10 lbs in the last month, so it has definitely slowed down but I will take it! It’s been really hard this month to eat right.. I spent several days helping to clean out Grandma’s apartment and then helping my mom get things ready in her house for some of Grandma’s furniture. ¬†Plus I had to visit my dad at the hospital. ¬†On those days, ¬†I would eat fast food. I tried to be good and get a subway salad or something. ¬†But I did break down and have Chinese food with my mom. ¬†At the funeral, we had a luncheon at the church afterwards. ¬†Food was provided and it was everything I shouldn’t eat. ¬†Yummy things like spaghetti, mac and cheese, pasta salad and the best snickerdoodle cookies!. ¬†I did my best to eat very little of each thing I wanted!

I’ve settled back into a routine now and cooking at home more but next friday, my work is having the annual company picnic. ¬†Lunch is provided along with fair food that includes elephant ears, french fries, corn on the cob and donuts. ¬†I have been craving an elephant ear. ¬†I didn’t get one last year at the picnic because the lines were too long and I couldn’t stand for a long time. ¬†This year I will be able to walk around more and definitely stand in that line for an elephant ear. ¬†So that is going to be my cheat day for the week. ¬†I am already salivating for the elephant ear…..

mmmm.. elephant ear

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I was thinking about a few years ago when¬†I lost 50 lbs. No one commented on my weight loss. ¬†It seemed like no one noticed. ¬†However now, I have people who don’t even know my name approaching me in the hallway at work. ¬†So I¬†searched and I found an old pic from when I did a breast cancer walk at Ohio State University. ¬†This was in September 2013 and I was only 9 lbs more than I am right now. ¬†However I do not look it. ¬†I think I look a lot bigger. ¬†The only difference that I am doing now compared to then is the kind of exercise. ¬†The water aerobics and ¬†Aqua Zumba seem to be taking the weight off and shaping me. ¬†I measured myself at the end of August and I have lost 8 inches from my chest, 8 inches from my waist and 8 inches from my hips. ¬†So it is a very uniform loss. (pic below-on the left 3 years ago. ¬†On the right 3 days ago)

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Anyway. I am still working hard. ¬†I would like to lose at least another 10 lbs by my 25 year high school reunion on Oct 1 and I would like to lose 100 lbs by the end of the year! ¬†Let’s do this!

 

Day 6 of the Advocare 24 day challege

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I made it through day 6 of the 24 day challenge.¬†¬† Let me just say that today was THE hardest day yet.¬† Today was my nieces’ birthday party.¬†Eva turns 6 on May 9 and Ella turns 4 on May 11.¬† The picture above was the bane of my existence today.¬† That, my friends is a Dairy Queen ice cream cake.¬† One of my favorite things to eat in the whole world and I couldn’t have any of it.¬† My sister also bought donuts from Jolly Pirate which are my favorite donuts!¬† I was good though. My brother in law grilled a chicken breast for me and I had salad.¬† Then while everyone was eating cake, I had watermelon and pineapple.

It’s weird though, even after seeing all those sugary snacks being eaten, that is not what I am craving.¬†¬† I am craving noodles and corn.¬† I haven’t had a carb in 6 days and I am dying!¬† When I get to the Max phase (Day 11), I am allowed wheat pasta.¬† I don’t like wheat pasta but I just may have to have a little bit.

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Weekends are going to be hard for me.¬† I am a person who likes to sleep in and when I have something scheduled like I did today, it is hard to fit everything in.¬† Today I woke up at 1.¬† By the time I let the dogs out and got a shower and dressed, I was having my spark at almost 3pm.¬† My sister was having food at 4:30, so I couldn’t fit breakfast in there.¬† I had lunch at my sister’s and then tonight around 10pm I had a second chicken breast and a pickle for dinner.¬† I will have an apple with natural peanut butter for a snack and probably go to bed late tonight.

Tomorrow is mother’s day and my mom and I are going to my grandma’s to bring her dinner.¬† My mom wanted to get KFC.¬† I think I am going to get¬† a carver turkey salad from Subway and see how that is.¬†¬† Then back to the grind on Monday.

Here is a recipe I found:

Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken

Keep on truckin’!