Monday, November 30, 2009

I'm Almost Back!!!

The past week I have been moving from a house that we have lived in for the past 6 years, while dealing with the FLU!!! Fun -- NOT!! I went to the doctor and got Tamiflu!! Thank you, God!! They gave it to me so I could knock it faster....but I still had to MOVE!!! So needless to say I am and have been EXHAUSTED!! I am almost back to normal, health wise. We are completely moved in the new place, and completely moved out of the old one (including turning in the keys). Now to start unpacking....I have the kitchen (mostly done) and now to start on the rest of the house. Tomorrow I am going to get the video games set up and That Other Kid's room done. I need to find the AC adapter for my computer and get the Wii hooked up! I haven't FORMALLY exercised in a week and I am missing it. I'm ready to get back to it, but I just wanted to let everyone know I am moved and ready to get back to my 'normal'!! Last week as I was moving Christy sent me this link -- and I wanted to get it up on my blog!! I gained a couple of pounds this week, but I'm still down my 30 pounds so I get to keep the badge!!

Thanks, Christy!! It made me cry....

Ann is a ROCKSTAR!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


On March 25th of this year -- so approximately 8 months ago -- I went to the Endocronologist for a check up. I started seeing him last fall for various issues that I knew needed to be "fixed". He started treating me for all of these issues one step at a time. First Sleep Apnea, second Thyroid meds needed changed up, thirdly Vitamin D needed increased. All along he told me "You really need to start losing weight. What can I do to assist you?" My response was, "I will take care of it. I know what to do." He said, it.

I left the doctors office vowing to "change my eating habits, exercise more and basically, 'take care of it'." I didn't do anything about it except occasionally exercise. One day I found a website via Beth . It was a new website designed to help women (and men) on their journey to weight loss. I went over to it cuz I thought the name was catchy and I thought "what the heck". What was the website you might ask? The Sisterhood of Shrinking Jeans -- See catchy right? Ever since then I have been a faithful reader and follower of this site, but until March 25 I didn't really do much with it.

On March 25th I went to the doctor and he told me, "Ann, do you want to become diabetic?" My response was, "! Who wants to be a diabetic?" His response, "Well no one really wants it, but if you don't become serious about losing this weight that is where you will be."

HELLO!! I did not want to be a diabetic at 43 or 44 years I left the office, went to the nearest QT and bought myself a 32 ounce coke, drank it in the 30 minutes it took me to get home and then wowed right then and there that "I will get this weight off - no matter what." That was the last coke I had for nearly 2 months. It was my vice! It was how I got through each and every day. It was my "drug" of choice.

On March 25th I weighed in at 226.8 pounds at the doctor's office. I decided that I would get serious with the Sisterhood that day too, because these ladies were a great support system for me. On March 30 they started a new Challenge. It was a WiiFit Hula Challenge. I did a weigh in that morning, and weighed 225.8 so that was my starting weight for "getting serious". *See stopping those cokes allowed me to lose 1 pound in just 4 days...that really told me something!! I started doing the Hula with the girls and at first I was PATHETIC, but I persisted. I started off only being able to do 2 or 3 and by the end of the week was doing pretty decent. I thought wow this is fun! I'm having fun and "Look at me I'm losing weight!"

Every day I went on the website and commented on how I had done. Every day I got the same response from the girls. "You are doing GREAT", "Keep up the good work"! Wow!! That was a great motivator for me. Someone who just said, "Good Job" "Keep at it"!! It was just what the doctor ordered -- me exercising and losing weight! I kept at it every night. And before I knew it I was really losing weight. In 6 weeks time I had lost a decent amount of weight and I knew if I kept at it I would keep losing.

I continued to check in daily with the Sisterhood and continued to get the support I was finding necessary to keep me going. Knowing that I had a small boy at home depending on me for sooooooo many things didn't hurt either. I knew that if I didn't take care of myself, I wouldn't be able to take care of him.

All through this summer and early fall I continued to lose weight when it seemed I had hit a plateau. I had done well and had even hit that all important weight of 200!! but I was pretty much fluctuating from 198 to 202, depending on the time of month. I was beginning to get frustrated with myself and beginning to feel like I would NEVER get this weight off. I have so much to lose, what is my problem, etc., etc. I'm sure you have had these thoughts, too. Am I right???

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when a group of homeschooling moms told me about this great diet/healthy living book they were reading. It was changing the way they thought about food and they were seeing results with the little bit they were doing with it. They asked me to join in and I thought, "No, I am too busy. I am getting ready to move, I don't have time to do anything else." But one of my friends is VERY PERSISTENT (and I love her for it!!) and she said, "Come on, try it with us. It'll be GREAT!!" So I listened to her talk about it and said, "Sure, why not. What can it hurt, right?" I went to the start up meeting and started getting excited about it. I went to the bookstore that night and bought the book. I started reading it immediately and we joined teams and got started. We started last Monday, the 9th and we are going 6 weeks instead of the suggested 4 weeks. We want to see the results we can have in just 6 weeks time!

Let me tell you this has had a tremendous boost to my metabolism and I have finally knocked my plateau right out of the water! On Monday the 9th my weigh in was 197.8. Two days later, on Wednesday I had lost nearly a pound and a half to 196.2. That was last week...and

Today I am happy to report my weigh in was 195.4!!!!

Yes!! That means I have officially lost 30.4 pounds with the support of the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans!! And I am Shrinking my Jeans!! I was wearing a tight size 18 8 months ago. Now I am wearing a sort of snug 14 and I expect by the time by 6 weeks are done with this Game On Diet I will either wearing a 12 or a very loose 14. I am excited! It is exactly what the "doctor" ordered! I am losing weight and I am having fun while I am doing it!!


Let me tell you .... if you are trying to do anything and you are struggling with it GET A SUPPORT SYSTEM in place!! Your success could depend on it! Mine did and still does!! Thanks from the bottom of my heart everyone!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tiny Tot -- Sickness

Tiny Talk Tuesday celebrates our children and their view of the world. They continually make us laugh and by recording their Tiny Talk we can focus on one of the many JOYS of parenting! If your kiddos made you laugh this week (don't they always), then feel free to share the humor! Check out more Tiny Talks with Mary.

Today I decided to waste a little more time on the computer and actually write a post! I know, I know....I'm busy with packing and stuff but it's gonna be short, and I want to share the joys of illness with the world! Yesterday afternoon That Other Kid was pretty normal -- skating around the house, playing legos, watching movies, begging me to play games with him (which I did while signing up for phone/internet/cable service online)!! Gott love modern technology!

Fast forward to 6 p.m.-- That Other Kid says his "allergies" are bothering him and he's tired. He actually asked me if it was time for bed!!?? Ok, that should have been the first signal that he didn't feel good, but I was on the computer dealing with moving stuff! Next thing I know he's being quiet and I look over and he's curled up in the rocking chair ASLEEP!! Oh man!! What is up with that?? At 6:40 p.m. he's still asleep so I move him to his bed. He doesn't wake up and he's BURNING with fever! Oh no!! It's gonna be a long night (and it was!). At 8 p.m. he woke up thinking it was MORNING time...before he could even walk out of his room he vomits on the bedroom floor (carpet of course). I guess the good thing is we are leaving this house in 1 week so I won't have to clean it!! The landlords need to replace carpet so, whatever!

After calming him down he proceeds to tell me he "got sicks on him". I took him to the bathroom, had him pee, changed his clothes into jammies, then let him come out to the living room. I gave him some Zyrtec, and some Tylenol and let him have a piece of bread. I got him back to bed and asleep about 9:30 p.m. Not bad, if I do say so myself!

About 11:30 he woke up again and "got sicks" but this time he made it to the bathroom! He wanted to sleep in bed with me, but I wasn't ready for bed yet, so made him sleep in his own bed and promised I would stay with him till he went to sleep.
About 2:30 a.m. he woke up again and this time I let him sleep with me -- for about an hour when he "got sickies" again -- this time in my bedroom floor! See a pattern here?? Getting out of bed seems to be bad for my floors!

I told him I would sleep with him if he wanted company and he informed me "that you are too big to sleep in my bed, but when you get skinny maybe you can!!" Wow!! That's definitely a good reason to get "skinny"!

Got him back to his bed until about 6 a.m. when he "got sickies" again....bathroom again! He slept with me till 8:30 when he declared it was "time to get up"!! He got up and laid on the couch until about 15 minutes ago...(1 p.m.)he hasn't vomited anymore but the fever is still there! UGH!! Not what I need 1 week to move time!

Well I gotta go...gotta get some more packing done and try to get That Other Kid healthy again! So much to do, so little time!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Real Life -- You Capture

This week over at Beth's she wants us to take pictures of "real life" at our house. I assure you there is nothing exciting about these "real life" pictures. I am smack dab in the middle of preparing for a what you see is pretty ugly for real life!

Boxes, boxes, boxes! and empty bookcases!! and piles of laundry!! That's my real life!

I'm trying to keep them contained and mostly neat, cuz our landlords are showing the house every couple of days and I don't want them to trip over boxes!!

Real life is also about a big pile of laundry I need to fold and put away so we can sit, but that's not happening right now because I have to go play legos with That Other Kid!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Week 2 Shrink-a-versary Weigh In

OK...I gotta make this fast! I'm just now getting on my computer for the first time today and it's past 10 p.m. It's been a crazy busy day, but I wouldn't want to let anyone (including myself) down so first thing this morning I hopped on the scales to see what would appear before my very blurry eyes!!

On Monday morning I weighed in for the Game On Diet game that I'm playing with my friends and found that I was up about a pound and a half from last week so I didn't really know what to expect this morning, but I got on and was pleased (somewhat)!

I weighed in at 196.2 this morning so that's a .2 gain from last week. Not something I really wanted to see, but I'm ok with it....I mean come on -- .2 is not really that much and the way the weeks are kind of rolling one on top of the next I can understand some fluctuation like that.

So...I will try again for next week and work a bit harder to get those numbers to go back down!

As far as my walking for the challenge...I didn't get any miles in far this week I have logged 4 1/2 miles...just too crazy and I'm not exercising tonight either, so I'm bad and I'm ok with that. I'm wasted and need my sleep more than anything tonight....

So...I'm going to iron dh's clothes for work tomorrow, fix his breakfast, finish taking the garbage out and go to bed. I'm hoping to be in bed and asleep by 11 p.m.

Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lots of Random Stuff

Ok...there are so many things going on in my life right now and I've been incredibly limited on "spare time". So I'm just going to fill everyone in with some quick (or not so quick) bullet points!

** We are moving in 2 weeks to an apartment 30 minutes away. We are going from a 1800 sq. ft. house with a garage to a 1300 sq ft apartment without a garage! Can you say downsize?? We are selling or have sold everything that we think we can get rid of so that we can rent the smallest possible storage space. Some stuff just won't fit! Like boxes and boxes of sentimental stuff that I just can't seem to part with no matter that they have sat in boxes for nearly 2 decades! Lots of stuff still needs to be packed into boxes and yet here I am typing out a blog post and not schooling That Other Kid! Priorities, right??!!

** A group of my homeschoolng friends decided to try the Game On Diet Plan. You can read a short overview of it here. I think it is going to be a lot of fun and it is already challenging me on a couple of different fronts! The main thing that I am struggling with on day 2 of it is eating all 5 of my small meals with plenty of VEGGIES! I'm more of a 2 meals and a decent size snack kind of girl. And can you say "no veggies"??? Yesterday was the first time I had ANY veggies in I don't know how long! Not with this game/diet though. I lose points if I don't eat right and I don't want to let my team down! So I've been eating my 5 meals and eating my veggies....for example SALAD for lunch, thankyouverymuch. Now I've got to pause a minute and get my meal number 3 -- some lowfat cheese, almonds, hard boiled egg white and some carrots. Be right back...

Ok I'm back...but I'm eating so this may take a what's going on with you?? I haven't had much time to check my favorite blogs lately, so tell me what's going on with your life!!

** A few months back we brought home a stray cat that some friends found. That Other Kid had been wanting a pet for FOREVER and we thought ok, why not?? Last week we took him to the vet (Sammy the cat, not That Other Kid) and found out that he has cat Luekemia and is fading fast. Since we got home with him last week he has eaten very little and has now starting vomiting, so tomorrow we have to take him to the vet and have him put to sleep. That Other Kid is beginning to put 2 and 2 together becasue I keep telling him that Sammy is very sick and we have to take him to the vet to "get better". I don't want to lie to him, but I don't really want to tell him "the whole truth" either. When I called the vet this morning she seemed a little upset that I wanted to schedule this appointment and then not tell That Other Kid exactly what was going to happen. Keep in mind he's just under 6 years old, but he is smart as all get out. What would you do in this situation?

Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans
** Over at the Sisterhood we started a new challenge yesterday. This one nearly anyone can participate in -- WALKING and Logging your miles! So yesterday I packed up my liter of water and walked to the park that is about 3/4 mile from my house. Then while That Other Kid was playing and skating around the track, I walked some more. All in all I logged 1 1/2 miles yesterday. Today I decided to take it 1 step further so we walked to the library and back. This made about a 3 mile walk round trip, and on the return trip I was carrying a backpack full of library books and VHS movies.

Little side note here -- why do libraries still carry VHS movies? Don't they know that most people watch DVD's now? And why is my local library so lacking in DVD movies for kids? I could understand this if I lived in a less affluent town or the community was "low on funds" but I live in a very affluent small town. Most of the homes in this town start at $250,000. What is up with this??

** Speaking of the Sisterhood there is a new group in town that is designed for chatting about everything under the sun and is a lot of fun to get to know the Sisters on a more personal note. If you are interested and haven't joined yet you should check it out! You can find out more about the 'hood by clicking on the link. We are having such a good time getting to know everyone and having discussions that you might not see on the normal Shrinking Jeans blog!

Shrink-a-Versary Challenge with the Sisterhood!

** Speaking of the Sisterhood, and I do that alot, huh? November is their anniversary month and they are giving away tons of stuff all month long!! How cool is that?? This is their anniversary and we win stuff!! Cool stuff, too! Check them out...but don't bother leaving a comment, I'm trying to win some stuff and if you leave a comment you might win what I could have! ya know??? Just joking of course...cuz I know you would share with me, right??!!

Anywhoo...I've been sitting here long enough and as I've said I have too much to do, so I gotta get busy...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Weigh-In with New Scales

So...I can't guarantee accuracy, but I am pleased to report that my weight this morning with my new scales shows a loss!!

Last week my weigh-in was 197.9 at the gym. I no longer have my membership so yesterday I went shopping and bought myself a new scale. I asked the girls over at the 'hood what they recommended and didn't really get a definite "gotta get this one!" so I went to Target and bought this one.

This morning my weigh-in was 196.0!!! Woohooo!! I haven't seen that number show up on my scales in quiet some time!! That only leaves me with 1/2 pound to get to my 30 pounds loss goal. Of course, my real goal is to weigh 142 so I still have a long way to go, but each pound is another one closer to that ultimate goal.

I can't really credit it to my "good eating habits" this week, because there weren't a whole lot of them. I can't really credit it to drinking plenty of water this week either, because there were a couple of days I probably didn't even drink 30 ounces of water the whole day. There have been several days this week that I DID NOT eat even though I "felt" hungry. However, there were a couple of times that I DID eat when I wasn't hungry.There were even several nights I didn't get my exercising done, either.

So, I guess bottom line is I didn't blow it as much as I thought I had or these scales are off from the ones at the gym. I'm going to pretend that I didn't blow it!! Please don't burst my over-inflated bubble, k??

Monday, November 2, 2009

True Confessions

Monday's are True Confession time over at the Sisterhood and I have a few confessions this week I want to just get out there in the open...

1) I was out trying to teach That Other Kid to ride his bike without training wheels and I was winded after going up and down the sidewalk in front of my house 3 times! I thought I was in pretty decent shape, but I obviously have a long way to go! I guess I better beef up my cardio!

2) I didn't indulge in candy for halloween (we didn't do t-o-t) but last night instead of working out I sat in front of my computer and ate Teddy Grahams!

3) I was tired and felt like going to bed early and knew I wouldn't manage to do that if I exercised, but because I got hooked on the computer I didn't really go to bed early. It was about an hour earlier than normal, though so that's not as bad as it could have been!

4) I walked to Sonic and back today for lunch (it's almost a mile one way)--- I ate a corndog and fries. I DID NOT drink a COKE...I drank a Diet Cherry Limeade! So I walked 2 miles which is not too shabby!

5) I have been exercising NEARLY every night for 40 minutes. I have been doing the WiiFit and have enjoyed it thoroughly, but don't feel like I'm working hard enough. Need to do something else with it....maybe WiiActive or Jillian's Shred. Decisions, decisions!!

That is all....thank you.