Weigh-In and the Plan for this Week.

My weigh-in day was Friday.  I lost 0.2.  That may not seem like a lot, and in pounds it isn’t.  But, I am happy that the scale went down.  I was afraid that the holiday indulgences would catch up to me in a negative way (even though by my calorie counting it shouldn’t have).  Add to that the fact that my husband was out of town (which meant that I didn’t get to go to Zumba and that my evening workouts were not consistent) a good chunk of this past week.  Yeah… I’m happy to lose 0.2 pounds.    I lost weight!

I’ve maintained and lost (albeit in very small amounts) weight this holiday season.  This is a first for me.  I could be upset that I didn’t lose 1-2 pounds per week.  But, in all honesty, I didn’t eat or workout in a manner that would have resulted in that kind of weight loss.  I enjoyed the holidays.  I had a few cookies.  I ate out with my family when they came to visit the week after Christmas.  I missed a few workouts.

Now, I’m ready to kick some butt (mine) this week.  I am geared up to go to Zumba 3 days this week (Thank you hubby for watching the kiddo).  I am ready to do all 6 days of Body Revolution Week 3.  My son loves to ride in the stroller and get some fresh, crisp Iowa winter air (I know, it’s cold… but we bundle up!).  So, I plan on using that to motivate me into going for a few 30 minute walk/jog sessions on my non-Zumba days.

I know what I am capable of.  I’ve already lost 70 pounds before.  Having my son doesn’t change that.  In fact, I have more motivation than ever before.  I know how to push myself and get results.  Let’s do this!

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New Year and New Adventures Ahead

Fortunately, I maintained my weight during the week of Christmas.  I’ll take that.  I had a few indulgences and my in-laws came in for a visit — which entailed a lot of eating out.  I may pay for that at this weeks weigh in.  I still hate weigh-ins after I eat out.  One of these days I will be better at calculating calories at restaurants.  Or, I will have to only eat at restaurants that disclose their nutritional content…

With the new year, I feel a renewed desire to do everything in my power to make this a fantastic year for me and my family.  BUT, I refuse to do a bunch of New Year’s resolutions.  I’m all about goals this year.  A resolution is nothing more or less than something that you keep.  “I’m keeping my resolution to eat healthier” is something I’ve heard a lot these past few weeks.  And, I hope they keep their resolutions.  Resolutions are nice.  Resolutions do not have specific deadlines, nor are they something you achieve.  I’m looking for some achievement, some growth as a human being.  So, I’m working towards achieving goals.  I have goals in almost every aspect of my life and I am excited to begin working on them!  2013, let’s do this!

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Don’t trust the skinny barista behind the counter…

A few days ago, I met a new friend for coffee at Caribou Coffee.  I planned to have a small indulgence —  a Caramel High Rise valued at 360 calories with whip.  I got to the coffee shop, said hello to my friend and went to the counter to place my order.  I noticed a holiday flavor called the Salted Caramel Bundino.  I asked the skinny barista what it was.  She said it was her favorite coffee and that it was similar to the Caramel High Rise, but with a nice salty sweet taste.  In my mind I thought that Salty Caramel is similar to Caramel.  I ordered the same size, but without the whip.

After 45 minutes of playing with my son and some delightful conversation, I went home and entered my calories into my journal.  I had to look up the Salty Caramel Bundino.  AGH!  Much to my shock & horror, the beverage I enjoyed had 850 calories!

850 calories!  Now, a Big Mac has 550 calories.  So, what the heck is in a COFFEE to make it so calorie laden?  It was good, but not that good!  I would have preferred to eat one and a half Big Macs or two double cheeseburgers!  At least then I would have actually eaten food!

So, I learned a lesson.  NEVER order anything you don’t know the calories for!  I assumed… and I made a fool of myself.

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Weigh-in Friday!

These past few weeks have gone quickly!  The holidays, and all the festivities that go with them, are upon us.  So many temptations and so many excuses not to do a workout.  I need to get the tree decorated, I need to buy groceries for such and such special holiday care package, I can have “just one” chocolate covered, calorie ridden, non-nutritious holiday “treat.”  Sound familiar?

I have had to really focus these past few weeks.  I’ve tried to focus on the upcoming celebration of Christ’s birth instead of all the commercialism our society places on Christmas.  I’ve tried to focus on making healthy food choices when I really want to “splurge”  (I know that if I give into a splurge another will quickly follow).  I’ve tried to focus on getting my workouts in, even if they have to be at 10 pm.  It’s been hard.  I’ve had some fumbles (Ah, those Pecan Delights are SOOO tasty!).  I’ve had some successes (I’ve stayed within my calorie allowance most days).


I lost 1.2 pounds!  I am over the moon happy that.  In the past, I have gained weight from Thanksgiving through New Years Eve.  The last few years, I’ve gained about 5 pounds each holiday season (if you do the math, this is around a pound a week).  Not this year!  The fact that I’ve LOST a total of 3.8 pounds since Thanksgiving means I am reversing a trend!  That’s something I can smile about.  🙂

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Family as Priority

I could not bring myself to post about my life and my weight loss progress these last few days. Friday was my weigh in day.  I lost the 0.8 pounds from the prior weigh in.  I was happy and it was a productive day for me.  I ran errands, bought groceries and had a great lunch with my son.  Since I evidently live in a bubble full of toddler activities, I was unaware of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary until after my son’s nap.  When I finally checked, my Facebook was flooded with people sharing news, sorrow, and prayers.  I joined in the sorrow and the prayers.  I turned off my television, closed my computer and dove into some serious playtime with my son.

Keeping with the theme of personal health, weight loss and general betterment, I must share that the recent tragedy did not stop me from doing my workouts.  Quite the contrary.  I’ve been jolted to do better.  There are no guaranteed tomorrows.  I can not delay or put this off any longer.  I am blessed with a full participation baby (some might call him a high-need child). As he becomes more and more active, I want to continue to fully participate.  That means that losing the weight, regaining my fitness and staying on top of my food choices are a must.  I’m not doing this for vain reasons.  As much as I would love to wear a size 6 or feel comfortable in a swimsuit, those are not my motivation.  My family is. I know that I must take care of myself in order to be there, be present and be my personal best every day.


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This weeks affirmations…

I am devoting time to rewiring my attitude.  As I enjoy this journey, so must I enjoy new thought patterns.  I am posting affirmations on my mirrors, refrigerator, computer and coffee pot.  Here are the 5 affirmations I am focusing on this week:

  • I enjoy the process of reaching a healthy weight.
  • I see myself at my healthy weight and I achieve it.
  • I have a positive attitude about what I eat, how I eat, and when I eat.
  • Exercise makes me feel good.
  • I respect my body and treat it accordingly.
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I have been dancing around starting Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution for a while.  I’ve done day 1, day 2 and day 3.  But, I haven’t done them in a row.  They have been spread out by a few days…. or a week.

I know that my perfectionist tendencies make this task more difficult.  90 days is a long time to commit to a workout program.  I know that there are people out there who would say, “It’s only 3 months!”  I wish I had that mindset.  I tend to think “Oh, no!  It’s 3 months!  That’s a long time to be perfect!”

I am making a conscious effort to throw my perfectionist tendencies out the window.  I would rather be imperfect than be a failure.

So, today I start.  I know it is possible for me to complete the program.  I know that it will take some dedication.  It will also mean that I will be breaking a bad habit.  If I miss a workout.  I will continue with the program the next day.  Missing a workout is not a reason to quit — it is a reason to push harder the next day.  If I don’t get any “me” time until 10 pm, I will workout at 10 pm.  No excuses.  The end goal is worth it.

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Weigh In Day.

So, today is Friday.  Weigh in day.  I’ve always preferred to weigh myself on Friday.  Not sure why.  

Today I was up 0.8 pounds.  After last weeks 2.6 pound loss, I am now down a net total of 1.8 pounds.  

In the past, this increase would have upset me to my core.  I would have been in a bad mood all day.  Not this time.  Why?

Well, I have been tracking my food.  I know that I had some meal planning failures.  I burned the beans for a bean soup. So, we ate out.  I didn’t go grocery shopping on time this week.  So, we ate out.  We also ate out after church on Sunday, as usual.  I know that this is not just bad for our budget.  Every time we eat out more than once per week, I know that the scale may not go down.  No matter how much I count the calories, I never know exactly how it was prepared.  And, not all restaurants have a nutrition information sheet.  So, at those restaurants, I’m really guessing.  

Also, I didn’t throw myself into my workouts this week.  I’m trying to balance getting a great workout and modifying moves so as to not hurt my hip.  I know I could have pushed a bit harder this week and still not aggravated my hip.

Today’s weigh in gives me a start for this upcoming week.  I know where I am. I know that 0.8 pounds is not a huge gain.  I know meal planning is not optional.  I know to push myself a bit more at my workouts.  I know next week’s weigh in will be better.   


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Mind, Body & Spirit.

Life has passed exceptionally quickly these past few years. I have been more focused on the next big event instead of the journey. Moving to seminary, finding a job so we didn’t starve, my husband’s ordinations, pregnancy and childbirth, our first placement, moving, etc… You get the idea, right?  I’ve felt out of balance, unfocused.  Now, I am making a concerted effort to focus.  Mind, body and spirit.

Mind – Today I spent time uncluttering my head.  I put pen to paper and wrote my list of to-do’s on paper.  Now, I can focus.  It’s amazing how much lighter I feel seeing everything on paper.  Surprisingly, it is not overwhelming.  And, for the first time in weeks, I was able to complete a few tasks.  Those few check marks on my list are wonderful, wonderful things!  I am no longer a stress bunny. Or, at least, I am less of a stress bunny.  I know what I need to do tomorrow. I can enjoy my trip to the grocery store, I can enjoy cooking for my family, I can enjoy my workout. I can enjoy catching up on laundry (I never thought I would ever write that).  Most importantly, I can enjoy playing with my son.

Body – I saw my chiropractor today.  I am focusing on correcting my hip issue.  I had an injury in high school that never fully resolved.  When I run, or do any exercise that involves using my hip (which is most cardio), I find that my hip gives out long before my endurance.  So, in addition to my exercise routine, I am focusing on the stretches, exercises and chiropractic care needed to stabilize my hip.  I know that taking the time to resolve this now will help me achieve my goals.  I also know that I need to enjoy the process.  Every stretch, exercise and chiropractic adjustment is a good moment.  A moment where I am prioritizing my health so that I can be that mom who plays tag in the backyard.

Spirit –  Ah, the biggie.  This used to feel a lot easier.  Now I find it is a lot easier to feel distracted instead of spiritual.  I have been complaining that it is harder to worship in church with a little one.  I felt like I was missing a lot of the Liturgy while herding my son in a pew, carrying him in the Ergo, playing with him in the nursery when he needed a break, chasing him up and down the aisles when all he wants to do is go see Dad, etc.  I’m going to call BS on this line of thinking.  Those things should not be viewed as distractions! These are moments to enjoy.  Yes, quiet time with God is important. But, who says that time has to be during church?  Teaching my son about the services, icons, prayers, music, hymns, stories and, most importantly, Jesus… these are wonderful things.  I can worship as I teach him.  Seeing my son kiss crosses & icons,  watching him watch his Dad perform the Liturgy, singing the hymns and listening to my son join in…  these are great ways to worship.

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The Pain to Change…

A former mentor of mine, Ed Foreman, once taught me that we change when the pain to change is less than the pain to remain the same.  I have thought of this quote often and, currently, I am at that tipping point.   Missing out on being the mother & wife that I envision in my head is far more painful than eating right and exercising more.

So, here I am.  I am a few years shy of my 30th birthday.  My cholesterol and blood pressure are medically unremarkable as are my sugar levels (Thank God).   I am roughly 70 pounds away from my personal goal weight (A few years ago, I would have had to confess to being 115 pounds away.  Thankfully, through a lot of hard work, I lost 75 pounds before gaining a bit during pregnancy).  I am getting back into exercise after a year long hiatus.  Like most new mothers, I struggle to balance my personal time, motherhood and sleep.

Why this blog?  A little over a year ago my hubby, then 3 week old son and I moved half way across the country to a place where we had no friends, no family… just a job.  As a result, my support network in real life consists of only my husband.  I am starting my journey here, online, because I need to connect with others.  I need to share my ups, downs, plateaus, setbacks and successes.

Why now?  On November 25th, 2012, I started my countdown.  The goal: 248 days to my goal weight.  This is a little less than 2 pound per week, on average.  248 days sounds beyond daunting.  So, I decided to break it down into 4 phases of 62 days each.  My Facebook friends have been so supportive of my daily status reports, but I want a place to tell more that what I did, ate and how I felt each day.  I want to share the journey.

Here I go!

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