The new year–the new everything?

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I know it hasn’t been that long since my last blog but I wanted to post an update.  I have now lost 86.4 lbs since May 1, 2016.  What’s the phrase everyone uses?  “New Year New Me”  I can’t really say that because I was turning into a new me in 2016. However I am going to keep going and see a brand new me emerge at the end 🙂 Everyone talks about new year’s resolutions.  My weight loss journey is not a resolution.  It is a fact.  It is happening and I will not let anything get in the way of it.  My resolution is to be more positive about everything.  For example, I hurt my foot this past weekend.  It hurts to walk and that really sucks for exercising.  However, I am trying to be very positive about it and you know what.. after 3 days it is already feeling better.  I have also made a resolution to try to be less shy.  Those that know me probably wouldn’t believe I am shy but when it comes to certain situations, I definitely hold myself back a lot.  I need to work on that. I think as I gain confidence and believe that I deserve certain things in life, I will continue to become less shy.

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Yesterday I did my measurements and compared them to the beginning of May when i started all this.  From my waist, chest, hips and upper thigh, I have lost a total of 34 inches.  11.5 of that was in my waist alone!

This is not easy though.  I am not glib about it, just proud.  Every day, I have to think about what I am going to eat vs. the activities I am going to do to achieve the proper balance of calories, etc.   The easiest part, which I thought was going to be the hardest part, was giving up Coke.  For those that do not know me, I am the Coca Cola girl.  My kitchen is decorated in Coca Cola paraphernalia.  I am very brand loyal.  I do not like Pepsi or Dr. Pepper or any other of the brown colas.  I have been drinking coke since I was probably 5 years old.  I have loved it almost my entire life.  I thought for sure that I would have cravings for it.  The sad thing, I do not even remember what it tastes like.  My last coke was at the end of April.  I have not had any cravings for it at all. I thought by now i would be ripping apart the old bottles of  Coke that I have in my collection in my kitchen but I rarely even think of coke.  I am definitely lucky to have found and liked sparkling water.

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The scary thing for me is that I am less than 14 lbs away from getting a tattoo.  I said when I lose 100 lbs I am getting a tattoo.  I haven’t decided if I want one just on my wrist or down the outside of my arm.  I have an idea what I want to get but I want to wait and make it a surprise.  I am afraid of needles but I think this will be a final test of the strength I have been proving that I have all year.

Anyway this will probably be the last blog until I hit that 100 lb mark.  I will definitely post pics of the tattoo I will be getting.  Just don’t tell my dad 😉

My Christmas blog

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Merry Christmas everyone! Joyeux Noel! Feliz Navidad!  I thought this was a good time to write another blog.  I do have good news.  I was stuck for a long time at the same weight.  I was patient and kept working out and counting my calories and it is starting to pay off.  As of this morning, I have now lost 82.1 lbs since May 1!  I don’t think I am going to make my original goal which was to lose 100 lbs by the end of the year.  With just a week left in 2016, that is probably impossible now, but I am still proud of my progress.

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Holidays can be an especially hard time to maintain or lose weight.  It seems every corner you turn around, there is a plate of cookies or candy.  One thing that I have found is that is ok to “cheat” on your diet every now and then.  Don’t beat yourself up.  If you cannot enjoy the good things in life, what’s the point of living?  🙂  As long as you are not pigging out every single day, a treat every now and then is not going to sabotage any hard work you have done.  I think the important thing is just to be aware of what you are consuming and make good choices.

I think it is also important to set goals.  Keep in mind, however, that if you don’t meet your goal when you want to, it is very important not to give up. Not many people know this but I have decided when I do lose 100 lbs, I am going to get a wrist tattoo.  I am scared of needles and never thought I would do anything like that.  However, I never thought I could lose the weight like I did either.  I think it’s a fitting “reward” to myself.  I have an idea of the design I want but I will save that for a future blog when it actually happens 🙂

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Anyway, this blog is just a short and sweet update.  I hope Santa brings you everything you want!  Merry Christmas!

My ongoing journey

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Guess what everyone! I have now lost 60.6 lbs since May 1!  I would like to tell you that it gets easier the longer you do it, but trying to be healthy is hard! There are so many choices to make and if you make the wrong one, it can throw off your whole day!  For example, today at work, they provided us with a free “make your own salad” bar.  I decided since I only brought a chicken salad wrap for lunch, and I am going to Aqua Zumba after work, to go get some.  I got lettuce, carrots, a couple of croutons, some nuts and Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing.  The only other dressing they had was Ranch, so the one I chose was the better of the two.  I got back to my desk and looked up the calories of the dressing and it was 100 calories for 1 oz.  The ones I usually eat range from 35-60 for 1 oz!

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Another decision I had to make occurred yesterday.  A friend is in town that I haven’t seen in a while so I was going to get together with her and some other friends and go to dinner.  They decided on Olive Garden.  Now on my birthday, I splurged and let myself have regular pasta without any bad consequences but I was trying to stay away from Italian restaurants in general.  So I looked up the menu and decided to get the Rosemary Garlic chicken and a side of pasta.  The salad was good and the side of pasta was good.. in fact it probably had too many calories for me!  But I will tell you now:  NEVER get the Rosemary Garlic chicken.  It is so gross!! Not only does it taste nothing like Rosemary or Garlic (it had more of a Balsamic flavor), but the texture was rubbery and had a bunch of chewy gristle pieces in it.  Nothing nauseates me more than biting into a chewy gristle-y piece of chicken.  That was the only thing on the menu that wasn’t 700+ calories (except for fish, which I do not eat).

I made a good decision last Friday.  My mom had to take my dad to the doctor and since they were out already decided to meet me for dinner at Los Jalapenos.  I brought my own low carb wraps that are only 50 calories each and only ate 2.  It was so good!

I have found that if I buy snacks for my house such as potato chips or even flavored almonds, I eat them until they are gone.  But if I don’t have them at home and just eat them at parties, etc, I only eat few.  I am going to have to make sure I do not buy anything that will tempt me. It feels like it took a lot longer to lose the last 10 lbs then it did the first 50.  Doctors, friends and relatives all tell me that I will slow down and not lose the weight as fast as I did at first.  But I WANT to!!  So I am going to keep pushing for it!

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Another bad habit I need to break is weighing myself.  I have started weighing myself every day several times a day and obsessing over it.  I need to just weigh myself once a week!  that way I will give the water aerobics and Aqua Zumba time to work 🙂

Luckily the shots in my back seem to have worked.  I still have pain but it is nowhere near what it used to be and I am able to move around a little more.  I actually went to the grocery store the other day and walked around pushing a cart.  I haven’t done that in about a year! I was using the Giant Eagle delivery service where they bring it to your car.  I will still do that because it is convenient but it is nice knowing I CAN walk around if I need to.

I am still drinking the Advocare shakes for breakfast and Spark in the morning.  It is so expensive.  The shakes come in a box of 14 for $44.95.  I usually do not eat them on the weekends so that comes out to be  $180 a month (roughly) for breakfast.  So if anyone wants to donate to my cause, I won’t say no 🙂

Ok it’s time to keep on keepin’ on!

 

Don’t p in the ool ;)

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The pool above looks pretty and inviting, right?  Well it is deceiving.  Yesterday I went to the Canal Winchester Pool and was swimming for about 20 minutes when they made everyone get out because some kid pooped in the pool! I couldn’t wait to get a shower when I got home, it was so gross!!  Also threw off all the plans I had for exercise.  At least today I get to do my water aerobics (different pool)!

Speaking of exercise, I have lost 57.3 lbs since May 1.  I have slowed down a little in July but I also had my birthday and a couple cheat days which I had not done before.  As long as I continue going down, I am happy.

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I had a free dinner at Mongolian BBQ for my birthday and it expired Friday. I normally love that place but had a horrible experience at the Easton one Friday.  I was already in a bad mood because I had to wait in my car for 3 hours before I even went in.  Once I went in, I was getting my food and the noodles were mushy.   Then when I tried to get szechuan sauce, it was completely empty. So I stood there for about 10 minutes until finally one of the guys who refills things comes out. I asked him for szechuan sauce and stepped aside.  He said he refilled it. I went to get it and it was still empty! So then I asked another guy who happened to be a manager.  By this time I had been standing there for probably 15 minutes (which I could not have done pre-shot in my back!) holding my bowl of food.  That guy told me the sauce had to be made, so i should go have my food cooked and he would bring it to me.  He did and when they poured the sauce on my food, they left it on the grill too long and it came out completely burnt.. it was so gross. My mom said something to the waitress and the manager saw it and came over.  He was upset for me and offered to cook a whole new bowl for me.  So when I finally got my food, it was good but it was just a bad experience! I left work at 5:30 that day and was finally eating dinner at 9:30pm!

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I bought a variety of Advocare Spark flavors and I wanted to let you know the best and worst.  I have now tried Fruit Punch which is really good.  Watermelon which is awesome (it tastes like a jolly rancher!)  Grape which is pretty good.(tastes like grape Kool-Aid)  Green Apple is ok.  Mango Strawberry tastes more like mango than strawberry and I am not a fan of that.  The worst flavor I have tasted is orange.  Of course orange is the one that I got as an extra box when I first signed up and I have not even gone through all 14 of those.  I am not an orange juice fan, so maybe that is why I do not like it.

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I bought Golden Grahams to eat as a snack and I forgot how good they are! now I just have to remember to eat them in small quantities!

 

Wish me luck!

 

Over halfway to my first goal

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Happy summer everyone!!  (no that’s not my dog in the pic above.. I think Bree would be way too scared to swim. I think Axel would like it though(he’s a Yorkie.) So my summer has been going pretty well.  I celebrated my birthday this past Saturday.  We went to Buca di Beppo’s and I had a cheat day.  It felt so good to have pasta and then a piece of birthday cake!!  The amazing thing is, I weighed myself the next morning and so far, since May 1, I have lost 54.8 lbs!!   My first goal is 100 lbs so I am more than halfway there in less than 3 months.  I hope hope hope I can continue at this rate!

Below is a picture I made.   On the left is me on 7/17/15 and on the right is me 7/16/16.  I am wearing the same outfit in both pics.. I hope this shows that I am going in the right direction 🙂

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Last thursday, my boss bought a cake to celebrate the July birthday and they bought a fruit plate for me! I thought that was so nice. It was hard to resist the cake because it looked so good, but I knew I was having cake on Saturday so i resisted.

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Last Wednesday I got my second set of epidural shots in my back.  I think/hope it is  helping.  I am able to stand longer and walk further, but my legs still aren’t strong enough for long walks.  That is why I have been swimming a lot and doing water aerobics.  I may even try Aqua Zumba this week!

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I’ve been trying to stay around 1100 calories per day.  Some days it is less than that.  Even on my cheat day (my birthday), it was only at 1600 calories.  So hopefully I can continue this journey and reach the other half of my goal by this fall!

 

My ongoing life

So I realized I haven’t done a blog in a while.  I wanted to celebrate the fact that I have now lost a total of 35 lbs since May 1.

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I got the results back from my MRI on Monday.  They told me that I have arthritis (duh) and the beginning of degenerative spine disease.  They want me to get an epidural steroid injection to see if that helps with the pain.  They do it over 2 different times.  So I will be getting this done June 23 and July 13.  I am a little scared because they insert a giant needle in my back.  I hate needles! I just hope it makes me able to walk and stand without pain!

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Last Monday, I did water aerobics.  I got there early, so I decided to swim before the class.  there was no one else in the pool so I was swimming back and forth, dog paddling and breast stroking the whole way.  I swam for about 30 minutes before class.. Then once the class started, I realized that was a mistake. All the muscles I had overworked by swimming were the same muscles I was working in the class. I was so sore afterwards! It was fun though and I am going to do the aerobics again this coming Monday.

One thing that has been hard is finding things to eat when I do not have time to cook.  This week, I think I ate out too much. Last Saturday at my parent’s house, we had Domino’s pizza for dinner.  It was a medium pizza and I only had 3 pieces plus a salad.  Sunday, I went out to eat with a friend to Mongolian BBQ.  Normally I would’ve gotten mostly pasta with some chicken on top and I would’ve gone back up for a 2nd bowl.  This time, I had carrots with french dressing and then I just got a bowl of chicken. I put a couple of noodles on it but not many at all.  That is all I had.  Monday, after aerobics, I was heading to a friend’s house, so I stopped at Wendy’s and got a side salad and a spicy chicken sandwich (no bun). Tuesday I was going to the movie theater, so my friend and I wen to Champps.  It was hard to find something to eat on their menu. I finally settled on 3 grilled tacos in soft corn tortillas.  I asked for no cheese and sour cream and instead of chips and salsa, i got a side salad.  Thursday I had to run around after work so I got Wendy’s again (same as before)  Tonight(Friday) is going to be the first night where I can actually cook a homemade meal.   I think  I am still making decent choices even though I have been eating out too much. I just hope it doesn’t affect the scale!

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Life after the Advocare Challenge

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Well, I discovered something about myself this weekend.   I cannot stand being at a country bar!  My cousin is moving to Florida in a few weeks so he had a going away party that started at Quaker Steak and Lube.

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I had never been there before and let me just say the food was really really good!  I had  the small portion of their Grilled boneless wings with Buckeye BBQ sauce and a side salad with Italian dressing.  The menu was full of things that the old me would’ve eaten in a heart beat (such as Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese.)  The people I was with got Nachos and loaded french fries as appetizers.  I had 3 nacho chips with chicken and jalapenos on them(I stayed away from the cheese)  and I had one plain french fry (I don’t like all the loaded stuff anyway.)  So I didn’t feel left out or limited in what I was eating.  Afterward we all went to a country bar called Tequila Cowboy.

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When I first walked in, I thought it was O.K.  It wasn’t too crowded and the noise of people talking covered up the music playing in the background.  There was a mechanical bull in the corner and it was fun to watch people ride that.  I tried to sit on one of their stools and was unable to.  Because I have knee and leg problems, I do not have the ability to hop up on a stool anymore.   My cousin found a short chair for me.  It was very embarrassing sitting in a short chair between all the high stools.  Then a live band began playing.  That is when I realized that my hatred for country music was going to outweigh any love I have for my family and hanging out with my cousins.   I tried to entertain myself by watching the middle aged women dance horribly to the music but then people stood directly in front of me and I couldn’t see anything.  I then tried to entertain myself on my phone but even that became boring.  I think I lasted about 2 1/2 hours and then my cousin Brian said he was going upstairs to some pool tables.  I turned to my other cousin Megan and asked “Do we need to still be here?”  She agreed so after checking out the karaoke bar WannaB’s which is attached, we left.  She promised to come  pick up my cousin Brian when the bar closed.  I had never been happier to get into my car and turn on Sirus Satellite radio on the Hair Nation channel.  I sang the loudest I could to “Love Song” by Tesla and I had my cousin Megan laughing at me the entire time.  At least, now I know that any time someone invites me a country bar again, I can say “No!”

So the next day I weighed myself in the morning and found that I have now lost 29 lbs since May 1!!

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So I am happy to say I am still on track and will keep on keepin’ on 🙂