Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Scroll down for an updated photo and awards for a few folks who visit me!
And if you haven't read this post by Hungry Little Caterpillar on motivation GO DO IT NOW! It's very funny and oh, so true. :-D
Monday, March 30, 2009
Got some bike shorts at Dick's Sporting Goods and if the snow ever gets out of there, I'll get my bike out! We have snow forecast all week. Shouldn't be as big as Thurs/Fri's storm last week. I ordered some t-shirts from Victoria's Secret. Can't wait to get them. A few of them are mock wraps, and I've found that style is very flattering.
Kelly from the Happy Texans blessed me with this award.
The rules to the award: list 7 things that you love and then pass the award on to 7 other bloggers.
7 things I love:
1. ballroom dancing with my hubby
2. laughing with my kids
3. my family
4. watching movies with my hubby and kids
6. cats (especially the kitty curled up on my lap)
Now to pass on the award. There are so many blogs I just love. If anyone has already been blessed by someone else, no need to do it twice, of course. And I appreciate ALL of my visitors and followers and wish I could nominate all of you!
Diana at Scale Junkie
Heather at FitNewEnglandChick
Chubby Chick at the Triumph of Perseverance
Bonnie at SeriouslyToo-Weight For It!
Jessica at Pudget
Ro at We Could Be More Than Just Amazing
GF at Counting to Infinity
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Oh, I hate this photo but thankfully, I don't look like this anymore! This was June 4, 2006.
Check out THIS LINK to see how much weight both my husband & I lost. The slimmed down photo is from Sept 07, when I was 200lbs. (Those jeans no longer fit me!) I was probably over 230 on the photo from 2003.
America's healthiest restaurants
20 Unhealthiest Drinks in America
14 Health foods that aren't
8 Worst breakfasts in America
Restaurants' report cards
Worst Mall Food
What is the restaurant industry hiding?
America's Worst and Best Salads
Two in the hall of fame are NO LONGER AVAILABLE. McD's Asian and Arby's Martha's Vineyard. I was not happy when they discontinued those salads. :-(
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Yesterday the kids went to Denver for a con. They do cos-play. For those of you without young adult children, that's dressing up as anime characters. :-D
Hubby got home from California today and we met good friends for lunch after I picked him up at the airport. Had a salad at Ted's, had never been there before. They serve a lot of bison. No thanks. ;-) Then we went to our friends' house for dessert, I'd brought strawberries and Dove dark chocolate for fondue. I'd made a bunch of chocolate for the kids to take with them for this weekend and gave some of the molded candies and dark chocolate dipped mini pretzels to our friends, too.
Remember - dark chocolate is a MUFA and on the Flat Belly Diet, you need to have a MUFA at every meal! I can handle 4 servings of chocolate every day. ;-)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Gotta go out and shovel snow. We're getting dumped on and are forecast to get 1-2 FEET through tomorrow. But my daughter will be coming home from work in the next hour or two and I want her to be able to make it into the driveway. She took my awd Journey, so she should be able to get up our hill OK.
I posted a snow photo on my family blog
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Measurements 2/9/09 - start of Flat Belly Diet
Upper Abs - 34"
Waist - 34.5"
Lower Abs - 39"
Hips - 40.5"
Upper arms - 13"
Thighs - 24.5"
Bust - 38"
Measurements - today 3/24/09
Upper Abs - 32"
Waist - 32.5"
Lower Abs - 37.5"
Hips - 39.5"
Upper arms - 12.75"
Thighs - 24"
Bust - 38"
Total inches lost - 8 and - NEW BLING! :-D
Monday, March 23, 2009
"Now before people start assuming I said it’s ok to just sit on a couch and eat chips, that’s not the point of all this. The point being in your battle against weight loss, you need to start where it matters the most…in how and what you eat. From there you compliment your efforts with “effective” exercise…and not “excessive” exercise. Too many people are being excessive in what they do, expecting faster results somehow. Slow and steady (and healthy) should be your mindset…and the results will come soon enough. So if weight loss is the goal….just keep it simple and focused:"
Check out the article to find out specifics on HOW to keep it simple and focused.
One exciting thing this past week was a weight of 191.4 AT NIGHT! I'm usually up by 2 or 3 pounds, sometimes more at night, so I was sure I would be in the 80's the next morning, but not yet. I'm really, really wanting to see the 80's. ;-)
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
If you haven't been there yet, Running Through Life is having a giveaway of some yummy health foods. If you've never read her blog before, leave a comment and mention my name so I get another chance to win! ;-)
Sunday, March 15, 2009
January - 13.74 miles - 414.5 minutes - Weight-lifting - 3 days
February - 17.87 miles - 713.5 minutes - Weight-lifting - 9 days
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Yesterday I went to a business women's lunch at a country club and didn't eat the greasy croutons on the salad, ate very little of the pasta that came with the chicken, but DEVOURED the dessert. It was so yummy and elegant-looking, I couldn't resist. Paid for it later with a bad headache, approaching a migraine, so not sure what was in it. It was kind of a custard on top of a cookie with a thin slice of white chocolate with a gorgeous design on it, looked kind of like stained glass!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Today's weight was 193.8, up a pound from Friday, BUT down 1.6 since last week's check in! I started my period this morning, so I'm not fretting about the gain since Friday. I've still been doing pretty good with my eating but I went back to the Anti-Bloat diet today and may stick to that for a couple days. It sure worked last month during TOM!!!!
Today I started my exercise routine again and yes, slowly! :-) I walked for 20 minutes and did weight-lifting with no added weights to the bars, so it is just 2 1/2lbs. (I normally walk for 30 minutes and use 7 1/2lbs per dumbbell.) I'll work my way up to 5. My surgery scar is looking pretty good. The wrist is still a little sore, but seems to get better every day.
Friday, March 6, 2009
192.8!!!!! Loss of 2.2 since last week, some of that was splint weight. But total overall loss in 3 weeks of the Flat Belly Diet, 7.4lbs. SWEET!
Everybody dance now!!
Here's a great article by Denise Austin
Boost Your Exercise Motivation!
Just create a simple chart with the days of the week; you can even use a ready-made calendar. Then, as you're following your Fitness Planner, write down in the journal the fitness routine or exercises that you do each day as you complete them. That's all there is to it, but you'll gain plenty of benefits! You will be able to:
- Get a motivational boost! It feels terrific to be able to write down the exercises you completed each day, and it's truly motivating when you look back over a week and see how active you were. All those exercise sessions add up fast!
- Track your progress. Your fitness journal will record how far you've walked or biked, how many minutes or hours you've exercised, and how often you do it. It's hard to remember it all without writing it down!
- Pinpoint trouble spots. You can look at your weekly or monthly journal and evaluate it with an objective eye. Suppose you notice that you are great about working out in the beginning of the week but start to slack off from Wednesday on — you'll know that you need to focus on increasing your activity toward the end of the week.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
With all of the surgeries my sweet son has had to endure, it's almost always steri-strips, not stitches and for that I'm eternally grateful. He's had a stitch or two holding a picc line in, but that's about it. And I can't believe he's been such a great kid during all he's been through. He had a good part of a lung removed when he was 12! (He's 19yo now.) I feel like a total baby! This hurts! Can't bend my wrist forward, but back and side to side is OK. Feels so awesome to be free of the heavy splint. And we got back on the dance floor tonight. I wore a removable brace, which I've been doing for quite a while, actually.
The doctor told me I could lift up to 5lb weights while using the brace, so I'm happy. I didn't want to go another 4 weeks without lifting weights. I'm going to start my exercise schedule on Monday with weights and walking. I've been doing abs stuff on the stability ball the past week.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Today the scale read 194.6, BF% 39.7
Breakfast - a Cherry Chocolate Waffle (recipe posted previously) Did you know that 1/4c of Dove Chocolate chunks when melted is only 1/8 cup? :-) Chocolatey delicious!
Tomorrow the splint comes off. I can't WAIT! It's driving me crazy. It just takes so long to do most things one handed.
Monday, March 2, 2009
My wrist surgery went pretty well last week. I was awake during the whole thing and could hear the surgeon talking saying "I've never seen one like this before." Of course. Our family never does things the "usual" way. :-) I'm unable to lift more than 2 pounds and I can't drive until I get stitches out on Thursday. I was NOT happy when they told me that, but with the occasional pain, I guess it makes sense. I take Percocet only at night now, tylenol the rest of the time. I threw up the day after surgery and discovered that if I took the Percocet, I'd need to be resting and not moving around.
Thursday I flew to Arkansas to spend some time with my mom. Going through security at Denver, they gave me quite the going-over. I had my arm scanned about five different ways. I wasn't much help at Mom's, but it was good to just be there. It was definitely harder to stay on my diet plan, but I did pretty well most of the time. My sister and I made a little shopping trip to the health food store. I bought a stability ball while there, too and did some abs workouts. I've been too lightheaded to walk too far, but I hope to get back into that soon.