Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Another Weigh In - Shrinkvivor Week #3

It's time for this week's weigh in over at the Sisterhood. I struggled a lot mentally this week. Maybe because this weekend is my first 5K and I don't feel prepared. Maybe because this Thursday night is my last night to work and I get to go back to being a stay at home mom! Maybe my head just couldn't grasp that I had just lost over 7 pounds in one week. Who knows??? But regardless of these "mental" issues I managed to have a pretty good week.

Last weeks weight: 199.0
This weeks weight: 198.6

So that's only .4 of a pound loss but it is a LOSS and I will take it!

For this week's physical challenge we were to log our "exercise minutes". It didn't matter what kind of exercise as long as it was TRUE exercise. I didn't feel I had done very well with this but after adding it all up and averaging it I did over 1 hour of exercise per day! Considering everything else going on in my life I think that's pretty great!

Exercise logged: 432 minutes from Thursday to Tuesday night!

Non-Physical challenge for this week was to AVOID the Drive Thru -- NO FAST FOOD!!
This one was a REAL challenge for me a couple of times but I pulled it off! No Drive thru meals for me! YAY!! Think of all the calories/sodium I saved myself!

Anyway, overall it was a great week and I can't wait to see what new challenges Christy and Melissa come up with for us! GO TRIBE GREEN!! Will we win the Immunity Idol again???? Only time will tell!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Shouting From The RoofTops!!!

Yes, 'mam/sir if I could climb up to the roof of my apartment building I would so be there right now! this challenge over at the Sisterhood has encouraged me to eat right, drink enough water to flush the "gunk" out of my system, and put in some extra walking/running miles. Thus, I have had an AWESOME lose this week!!

*Drum roll please*********

Last weeks weigh in was 206.6
This mornings weigh in was 199.0

Yes!! That was a one hundred number AGAIN!! This time I'm not going back to the land of two hundred! I'm not happy and I'm not healthy there so not goin' back!!

For my walking/running miles challenge I put in 15.37 miles. Not what I had hoped to do but I did do that much plus while at work so all in all I really did walk/run over 30 miles this week....just can't count all of those!

I was also supposed to drink 103.3 ounces of water! When saw that amount I thought I would struggle to get that amount BUT it really wasn't a challenge. I only got in about 105 ounces in on Saturday but the rest of the week I drank about 120 ounces a day! No wonder I spend so much time in the bathroom!!

So I obviously had a great week and I'm thrilled with losing 7 1/2 pounds in 1 week!! Wow!! I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around that!! But I'm not complaining...I even double checked the scales because I could hardly believe my eyes! I stopped drinking cokes again! which is probably the single biggest way I lost this much weight....hum, do you think I'll be drinking coke anytime soon??

Can't wait to see how our Tribe Green does overall and to see what the next challenge brings us!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Confessions Time

Today is confessions over at the Sisterhood and it's been a while since I have had GOOD confessions, but today I do!!
This new challenge is really keeping me making the right choices and staying strong. I love the team aspect and the accountability that is with it. When you feel weak you remember that others are counting on you!

Anyway, here are my GOOD confessions!

1) I have been drinking around 120 ounces of water every day since Thursday! That's more than my minimum! and a lot of WATER!! Thus I am spending A LOT OF TIME IN THE BATHROOM!!

2) This morning after I woke up I was wondering how well I am doing this week as far as the scales were concerned. I knew how I was doing with the exercising, eating right, and drinking water but wanted to see what the scales were reflecting. I was THRILLED with what I saw on those scales! It will definitely keep me strong today to see what a difference 1 more day will present...

3) I haven't had ANY soda since FRIDAY!! I wasn't going to drink it then either but dh ordered it for me at the restuarant while I was in the bathroom with That Other Kid! BUT I only drank 2 glasses instead of my normal 4!!

4) I have gone to work 2 days without drinking SODA!! BIG DEAL HERE!!

5) I ran for a total of 23 minutes on Monday!! That's my record so far!!

6) My first 5K is on October 2nd and I am REGISTERED and ready to go! No backing out NOW....Very excited to have family and friends support me while I do this!!

Well that's it for today...Go Tribe GREEN! The Greenaragua Tribe is ROCKIN'!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Today's Assignment -- Thursday Three

Today's assignment from April from the Sisterhood is a tough one for me. It is to write a Love Letter to myself and tell myself 3 things that I love about me. Hum, that's gonna be tough. I'm not very good at "lovin' on me". Everyone else, that I can do well!! Me not so much.

Well here goes....

Good afternoon Ann,
Today's task is to tell yourself 3 things that I love about you. I will make this short and sweet since time is limited today.

1) I love your eyes. They are blue and have a nice shape.

2) I love the way you are always willing to help others. It is what makes you who you are. Helping others makes you happy but you have to remember that sometimes you have to help yourself in order to be the best that you can. That is what this weight loss journey is all about. Helping yourself, so that you can continue to help others! I've already seen how your journey is helping others...your parents are both exercising now (first time ever for mom) and this only the beginning of the journey.

3) I love your hair! Your hair is healthy and wavy and it makes me feel pretty when it is fixed in a nice style.

That is all for today....just know that there are many more beautiful things about you. You are a beautiful person, inside and out!!

Love ya,


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Time to Be A ShrinkVIVOR!!!

Shrinkvivor Challenge at the Sisterhood!

Today is the beginning of the newest challenge over at the Sisterhood. I'm very excited to be a member of the Green Tribe! We are going to rock this challenge so watch out everyone!

My starting weight for this challenge is: 206.6

I'm not happy about this number, but it is what it is, but I'm not going to go overboard and get all angry at myself because it is well over 200 again! I'm just going to bust my butt with some exercise, eat right, and stop drinking the STUPID soda. It's GOTTA GO!!! I've done it before I can do it again!!

My goals for this challenge:

Track my food daily
Lose weight EVERY week
Exercise NO LESS than 3 days a week (more than work related exercise, too - I don't really count that, although it is sometimes physically demanding I want to do something more organized)
Weigh 195 OR LESS
RUN my first 5k on October 2 -- and RUN more than I walk!!
Sleep no less than 6 hours a night -- lack of sleep has been scientifically proven to hamper your weight loss efforts. I don't want "lack of sleep" to be hindering me!!

Ok...That Other Kid needs some attention...and I've been on the computer for long enough....

Go Tribe Green!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Time For Some Confessions

Over at the Sisterhood they offer an opportunity every Tuesday to confess your sins...kind of a cleansing before our weekly weigh in (check in). It's been a while since I participated; partly due to time constraints, partly due to "just don't wanna" constraints!

We are getting ready for the newest and BEST EVER WEIGHTLOSS CHALLENGE and I feel the need to air my dirty little secrets before it gets started. They say confession is good for the soul and I need to be free of some "junk in my trunk" not to mention I need to clear my conscience before tomorrow morning! Bullet points seem appropriate for such confessions so that will be my method...not necessary in any particular order...

* I was sick with a bust ear drum/ear infection for a little more than 2 weeks. During this time I did little more than moan and groan about how miserable I was.

* I did manage to work during some of those days which involves a lot of walking but not what I would call real exercise.

* I ate whatever I wanted during these 2 weeks including A LOT of fast food and MASSIVE amounts of major weakness!

* I thought of quitting my training for the 5K that I am running with my brother on October 2 numerous times during my sick time but I thought he had already registered us and I didn't want to disappoint him, so I decided to suck it up and continue my training. This morning I found out he hasn't registered us yet, but I already decided quitting isn't an option (although I really wanted to just say NO I CAN'T DO THIS, I DIDN'T)!!

* Working Full Time and getting anything else done is REALLY HARD!! How do you people do this all the freakin' time??? I am soooooo ready to quit, but it's not in the budget yet!

* This weekend when I started feeling good I decided to start eating better. Once of the most important things to do to eat healthier is to increase your fiber....I think I over did it. I have spent MUCH time in the bathroom, trying to regulate my system, ifyouknowwhatimean! Because my body is still regulating I spent much of my limited workout time today in the bathroom at the gym. It frustrated me and made me mad. How do I train for my 5K, eat right and not blow my workout times by spending all that time in the bathroom?? Ideas??

* While I was sick I drank entirely too many cokes and I decided to STOP AGAIN. I didn't have any on Sunday and did ok but by 1 am when I got off work I had a massive headache, that didn't go away on Monday. Finally I broke down and had a coke Monday afternoon so the withdrawal headache would go away. By 6 p.m. I was feeling fine again. Gotta solve the caffeine withdrawal problem if I'm going to give up cokes again! I don't drink coffee and I don't drink tea without lots of sugar, so I need a NO calorie, nothing bad for me kind of caffeine source. Any ideas???

For lunch today I WANTED a SALAD!! Yes, that's right I actually wanted to eat something that is good for me!! My dh was a little shocked! In a good way, of course!!

Ok..that's all the confession time I have for today...gotta get a shower and ready for work.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

I'm So Honored!!

Every Sunday over at the Sisterhood of Shrinking Jeans we do a spotlight on one of the "Sisters" that are part of this amazing blog. I LOVE reading about these women and finding out more about some of the women I have lost contact with over the past 6 months while working. I don't get much time to just sit and read blogs and comment and 'hang out' on the computer like I did before working full time. Boooooo!!!

Anyhoo, all week I have been suffering with an ear infection/burst ear drum and this weekend I started really getting the "blahs"...still not feeling well, starting to feel that if I don't get well soon I'm not going to be able to run my 5K coming up on October 2nd, etc. On Facebook last night I posted in my status that I had the blahs and I was hoping Betty Crocker's Brownies would help pull me through (and no they didn't but thanks for asking!) Just a few minutes later Melissa yelled (not really) at me to step away from the brownies -- they wouldn't help! That's what I looooove about the Sisterhood! Always someone there to help me!! Just for the record there are still brownies left and I am leaving them for dh to eat tonight while I go to work...No more brownines for me...they didn't help and it only made me feel more guilty.

So, this morning I get up, get bombarded by some "stuff" and still feel physically bad but know that in a while I have to go to work. I sit down with my breakfast of Greek yogurt, apples with almonds (it's really pretty good and very good for you...try it!) at the computer. Check emails, nothing of significance, go to Facebook, cuz everyone knows that is the next best thing to being with friends, right? So I'm reading status updates and I come upon the Sisterhood's Status update. I looked at it and I start crying! Why would I cry just by reading a status update from the Sisterhood, you ask?

Because I am the Sisterhood's Sister Spotlight this week! The things Christy wrote about me made me cry!! Seriously I just sat there with my yogurt and cried. I tell ya these ladies at the Sisterhood are the BEST friends a girl could ever have!!
I hope to one day meet these ladies so I can tell them in person what they have done for me....of course they probably won't be able to understand me because of all the tears but maybe I will be able to calm down momentarily and get it out!!

I LOVE you guys....Thanks for all that you do and all that you are doing for me and others just like me! I seriously would have "thrown in the towel" long ago if it had not been for ya'll!!

So...go check out the Sisterhood if you haven't already and support these great people! They deserve it!!