Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Delinquent I know

I am going to start updating again soon I promise!!!! I have been delinquent in my blogging but not in my weight loss. my current total pounds lost is


I am getting very close to my short term goal of hitting the 85 pound mark, and even closer to the 70 pound milestone!!!

I'll do a proper post update with my plans shortly! Really... I WILL!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Weigh-in and Turkey Day!

I weighed in on Wednesday, conveniently before the food festivities that are Thanksgiving Day! I lost 2.4 pounds last week! Which I am thankful for because I gained the week before last! Thankfully this loss was more than I had gained before, so I am back to making progress.

The week I gained I was going over my food journal with my counselor, and she informed me that I was slipping back into my old habits, and I realized that she was right!!! It was a MAJOR wake-up call for me! I have done this before, I become successful in weight loss and I start letting my guard down and the next thing you know I have gained it all back. Well I can't let that happen this time!

 I realized that if it weren't for my counseling I'd be in real danger of gaining all my weight back.

 I remembered that this is going to be a lifelong battle and I can NEVER let me guard down.  

 I realized that I will always have to have someone to hold myself accountable too, not always the counselor that I see now, but someone, my hubby, a trusted friend, or someone in my family!

This week,  energized by my return to losing I made a game plan for Turkey Day, and I am proud to say that fore the most part, I stuck to it! The plan:

  1. USE MY PLATE, even if I got seconds in the plate that was OK, just use it. Even seconds in the plate, is not as big as filling up a regular plate
  2. Tiny desserts, and little-to-no between dinner snacking

I did really well, at my in-laws house i did not use the plate, but I eyeballed it really well, and I only got TINY seconds of one thing. I had a very small piece of the pumpkin pie. At my mother's house I did so-so, I used my plate, and I did not get seconds but I was not successful in the no snacking department (cheese and crackers, carrots, a cookie and two pieces of fudge BEFORE Dinner) and then for dessert I had two pieces of fudge after dinner)  The really good news though is that my whole family played kickball together! IT WAS AWESOME!!! It was really good exercise, there were several times I was pretty out of breath and I broke into a sweat as well, so I know I burned at least a few hundred calories! I think my family really enjoyed it and I hope they are down for doing it again next year!

The part I didn't plan for was the eating of the leftovers! But I have been using my plate to do so and NO seconds! SO hopefully that will be OK! I plan to get as many workouts as possible in over this weekend and Monday, because my weigh-in is on Tuesday- BEFORE I go to Zumba! Anyway, that is my Turkey-Day update! I plan to step up my exercise and strictness in regards to eating for the next several weeks, as I want to lose as much as I can between now and the New Year!

As always, I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


It has come to my attention that I have not posted on the blog in ages. That does not mean that I have not been working hard on my weight loss goals! As of this morning, I have lost 57 lbs. my weight loss numbers are approaching two important milestones:  When I lose 3 more pounds I'll have lost 60 pounds....SIXTY!!! I can't believe I have lost this much weight. Of course I desperately wanted to, that is what this blog and journey are all about; and it has taken me longer than I had hoped. I had always hoped that by the year anniversary of this blog I would have lost the 100 pounds I am aiming for! However, as I approach 60 lbs, I am not feeling so bad about that! I am feeling like, I'm still going to make it there, and it doesn't matter how long it takes me!

The other milestone I am about to reach is a big one. Now I have hesitated to put in references to my actually weight on this blog. For fear that some industrious person might starting adding things up and figure out what my starting weight was, even though its clearly obvious that I weighed a lot, you don't need to lose 100 pounds if you aren't that heavy to begin with. This milestone is so exciting though, that I no longer care if anyone figures out my starting weight. In 8.1 lbs... I'll be UNDER 200!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!! granted that will give me 199.9, but it will be under 200! I haven't been under 200 in at least 5 years. I am so excited!

I am not doing anything different as of late. I am sticking to the plan my nutritionist gives me and trying not to cheat too much. I am also still doing Zumba twice a week and plan on becoming an instructor as an accomplishment to mark that I have become "fit" and not just thin!  Although, this week has been a little hectic and I only did Zumba last Sunday and that was it! 

In other news I have a recipe to review! My friend, Queen Bee, as she is known on this blog gave me this awesome low-fat, low sugar ice cream recipe, that she got from her sister in law. 

1 container of fat free cool whip, completely thawed out
1 package fat free/sugar free jello pudding mix–I used chocolate fudge!
1) Mix together slowly, ensuring all of the mix is incorporated into the cool whip.
2) Freeze.
3) Eat.
So it is pretty awesome!! I used the lite cool whip instead of fat free, because I am more concerned about my sugar intake than my fat.  Next time I make it I will dissolve the pudding in a splash of milk and then fold it in to the whip topping. I think it will just make it a little creamier and help the pudding get integrated into the whip topping better.  I am also going to experiment with other pudding flavors and maybe even jello. My mom had the idea that mixing in jello might make it taste like a creamier sherbet. Orange jello would probably taste like a creamsicle and I love those. I am going to do some experimenting and report back what is good.  Anyway, I just used plan chocolate, It was delicious and the perfect light dessert 4 nights this past week!  
That is all i have for now! I'll try to post more often! You'll definitely be hearing from me when I break below that 200 mark! And I promise to post a picture again soon! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


This week's lose 4.8 lbs! 


50.4 lbs lost!!!!!!

I am so excited!  Thanks to everyone for the support in helping me get this far!    49.6  pounds to go!!! 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lots of Catching Up to do!

I have been a bad blogger! I haven't updated this in such a long time! Lots has happened since I last posted. I  went to Milwaukee where I totally fell off the program and gained 3lbs! :(

Then the next week I got back on track and lost 2.4 pounds of what I had gained! Not everything, but pretty good.

This week I have been very sick and I haven't been eating like i should, I was worried though that it might have really slowed down my metabolism. But I am happy to say i lost 5.8 lbs this week!  My nutritional counselor warned me however that i will gain 2 or 3 of these pounds back once I start eating normally again.

I am cruising right along, I have now lost a total of 45.6 lbs! I am almost half way to reaching my goal. Being at the halfway point is so exciting. I have made it through the first half of the challenge, I know I can make it the rest of the way.

Hopefully I don't backtrack too much next week when my appetite comes back!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Last week's update

Last Week:LOST = 3.4 lbs!!!!!!!

This week: LOST= 1.4lbs!!!!!!! 

This brings my total weight loss from October 2010 to 41.8 lbs!!!  and my weight loss since beginning my nutritional counseling program (just 6 weeks ago) is 17.6 lbs!!! 

I am really excited about my success, and I don't want to get ahead of myself, I still have a lot to lose!

But I am starting to worry about the sustainability factor. This is not the first time I have lost 40 lbs. .... it is actually the third time. Twice before I lost 40 lbs... and then..... gained it back..... PLUS some more weight on top.... THAT CAN NOT HAPPEN AGAIN!

I won't let it. So I have been thinking about some of the rules/lessons I have learned from my past failures, and from my current counseling.

1. The idea that if you don't weigh yourself the weight isn't there is NOT GOOD! I can't hide in a hole and pretend it is not happening, not if i have any hope of keeping this off. I am going to continue to weigh in each week and MAINTAIN my weight. This will be a lifelong change!

2. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for MY CALORIES! Because this IS a lifelong change I realize that I am not going to go the rest of my life without a brownie, or a milkshake or whatever. But I have to take responsibility for that, something has to give when i do that, so that means an extra zumba class, or whatever it takes to make up the difference.

3. PORTIONS and MODERATION: the new portion sizing that I am learning has to be a lifelong change! I can't go back to the portions i used to it, mostly because they were totally out of whack and no one should be eating the portions i used to eat. AND my treats have to be in moderation, "cheating" should be occasional, not a couple times a week or even once a week!

I think if I stick to these 3 rules then I should have no trouble keeping this weight off. But of course I have to take it off first... and I still have 63 lbs to go!