Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Day 14... 2 weeks down!

Do you like my new blog design? I love it! Thanks to Jen at Just Foolin' Blog Designs for hooking it up!

Man, I AM TIRED! Today was a ROUGH day, and I feel like this week has already been too long. Two more days... I can do it! But I will be very glad to go to bed tonight. I had so much going on right after school, that it was after 6 p.m. before I made it to the gym. I had to really push myself to go. But I know already I will not be able to go tomorrow since I have to be in Nashville by 5 p.m. I wouldn't let my bad day, or my lack of energy, be an excuse. 20 min. on the bike, then 20 on the elliptical and I feel so much better for going.

Today is the end of week 2! I am still going strong and really proud of myself. This is already feeling "normal" to me, so I know that after two more weeks I will really be able to see this as a new way of life.

The numbers:

Last Wednesday I weighed in at 306.4, and today, I weighed in at 304.8. That is a 1.6 lb loss this week. I think that is just fine, being that I still have TOM, and the scale is just now moving from the TOM stall. That is an overall loss of 10.2 lbs. in 2 weeks. Not too shabby.

I journaled my food/calories 7/7 days this week!
I took my supplements 1/7 days this week - umm... got to get back on that!
I exercised 5/7 days this week! (185 total minutes)
I stayed within my calories (1800) all week! I averaged 1609 calories daily.

Hmmmn... I knew that my calorie count had been a little low this week. That may be another reason for my weight loss kind of stalling this week, too. When I exercise, my body needs all it's calories or the scale will be mean to me.

Goals for next week...
1. Try to get more water... I'm averaging 101 oz. daily, but I would like to be closer to 1/2 my body weight in oz, which is about 150 oz.
2. Add more "good" calories to stay closer to my 1800 calories allowance. Maybe an extra Slim-Fast?
3. Get back on my supplements! I know they work!

Overall, I am happy with my progress. Since starting the Slim-Fast plan, I've lost 11.2 lbs total (I would have lost more but I had a few bad weeks in February where I back-slid horribly). I've been on the 3-2-1 plan officially for 6 weeks. That's still 1.9 lbs per week, and it's better than making no progress at all, right?

I'm putting my calculator away (lol) and getting in the shower, and then hopefully going to sleep like a rock tonight! xoxoxo

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day 13... Rachel's Challenge

If you haven't heard of Rachel's Challenge, I encourage you to visit this website, I went to a presentation tonight at my son's school and it was so moving. I am so glad I went.

Today was on plan, although I have been slacking with my supplements. My classroom assistant bought me a new water cup, so that really brightened my morning! I had to "find" 30 minutes after school to work out. It's been a BUSY afternoon... I am patiently waiting for my kids to hurry and go to bed because I am TIRED. I have two meetings after school tomorrow, then church. I am thinking about dropping my kids at church and then going to work out... I know. I'm a heathen.

I hope everyone reading had a great day! Tomorrow will be the end of my 2nd week completely on plan. I'm almost 1/2 through my challenge and I am feeling very focused, still. My weight loss has slowed this week, but I had a huge loss last week, and I am still in TOM. Thing is, I KNOW that I am doing everything that I am supposed to, so I am not discouraged. The scale will always catch up. I am so close to getting out of the 300's for good I can taste it! I can't wait!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Day 12... Finding time

I know I've posted this picture before, but it seemed so fitting for today.

I knew when I opened my eyes this morning this is going to be a busy week. I have something on the calendar for every single night this week, and for every night next week as well. I know that managing time and getting stressed out during busy times usually sets me up for a fail... so I tried my best to put my head on straight first thing!

I scheduled gym time this afternoon for 3:30, but at about 2 p.m. my child called and told me he had a wrestling meeting after school... I had to pick him up at 3:30. Logistically, I knew I wasn't going to be able to go to the gym after I picked him up. We had a banquet to go so we had to be leaving the house by 5:30. I came on home and got the idea to just take a walk. The weather was 70+ and sunny again today, so the weather was perfect!

At the last minute, I was thinking of a few things I needed to get from the grocery, so I decided to just walk to the store. And that's what I did. It took me about 15 minutes both ways, with about 10 minutes of walking around in the store. So I counted it as a 30 minute walk. No excuses for me today! I had about 30 minutes to rest after I got back before we headed to the cheer banquet.

This ONCE AGAIN proves where there is a will, there is a way. Even if I could have just walked up and down my street for 15 minutes, I would have felt better than doing NOTHING. I'm almost afraid to admit it, but I think my body is actually craving movement. More than once today I almost looked forward to my time at the gym today. Craziness! Yes, it is hard sometimes to move my 300+ body, but I am doing it! I am sore after, but I have the satisfaction of know I am doing something!

Well, I am trying to chug the rest of my water for the day. Once of my students broke my water cup today, and that made me so sad. It was so easy to just fill it because it made it easy to keep up with how much I drink. Oh well, I will get another one.  :(

I am about 400 calories under budget today since I just had 2 c. of strawberries for dinner, lol. I got them when I went to the store and they smelled so good while I was walking home. It was all I wanted after I got home tonight! I guess I will just drink a Slim-Fast before I got to bed and call it a night. I refuse to eat when I am not hungry... especially this late at night.

Did I mention that the scale is back to normal? I was even down a little more this morning, which made me happy :) One more successful day on plan!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Day 11... Slow Sunday

Jeremiah 29:11... one of my all time favorite verses.

Today was a slow day. Church, then home to eat leftovers for lunch. I made meatloaf last night, so a meatloaf sandwich was in order. I wanted to get out and "move", so I took my girls to our the outlet mall for a little retail therapy. We slowly made our way around the whole mall... not much for cardio, but it was good to be moving instead of sitting on the couch.

I am still chugging along on plan! TOM has the scale at a stand-still but that is okay. I am doing all the right things, so it will move eventually. I had a procedure done back in October that has almost completely wiped out my period, but I notice that I still experience lots of cramps and bloating. Probably more than I used to have. TMI, but the point is that I know I am bloated, so I am not letting the scale get me down.

Next week is going to be busy, so I am going to find my planner and schedule in my gym time. This is really working for me and helping me "fit" that time in my schedule. It's a must.

Also, something else I did today...

I am now a Thirty-One consultant! I LOVE these products, and have thought about signing up to sell it for quite a while. So after praying about it, I decided to just do it! After today's sermon was on Proverbs 31, I knew it was a sign, so I did it today! If you aren't familiar with Thirty-One, check out my site!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Day 10... No excuses

Yesterday was rough. On Thursday night, my baby became violently ill. She pretty much had diarrhea and vomiting AT THE SAME TIME all night and most of the day yesterday. After talking back to the doctor twice, she advised me to take her to the ER because she was most likely dehydrated. And she was. Apparently the antibiotics they gave her for the bronchitis made her sick. So after 3 hours of IV fluids we got to come home.

Needless to say, I was a tired, frazzled wreck yesterday. No sleep Thursday night. TOM decided to come. Cleaning up vomit and poop all day. And my baby crying and begging me to take the pain away since her stomach cramps were severe. And right when I was walking out the door to go to the hospital, my son got off the bus and reported that a kid had been bullying him and called him the n-word. Great. Just great.

But somehow, out of pure will or motivation, or both, I managed to stay on plan. I packed Slim-Fast snack bars and a meal bar in my purse with a bottle of water and snacked on that during the hours I spent at the hospital (which would have been dinner time). When I got home it was late, so I ate a bowl of cereal for dinner and put everyone to bed. But before I went to bed I counted my calories and added up my numbers for the day... all within range except for my water. I only had 80 oz. yesterday. And I didn't get to go the gym.

So today was so much better. My baby is feeling much better, but still not 100%. I needed to run a few errands, so I decided while I was out and about that I would go to the gym. And I did! I can't remember the last time I went to the gym on a Saturday, but I know it's been a year or more. I got in 45 minutes of exercise, came home and took a shower, then went to the grocery store.

As I was walking to the grocery store, I realized that I felt great! My body just felt really good!

When I got back home, I was talking to my Love and I explained that a few weeks ago, this incident with my daughter being sick would have been an excuse for me to go off plan.. or to AT LEAST stop counting calories for the day. Eating out, or eating from a vending machine at the hospital would have been permissible, because I couldn't help it. I would have had an excuse, right?

But now I realize that I am tired of excuses. I am tired of letting circumstances keep my from my destiny. I am in control, and I have made the decision to stop making excuses for myself! I can do this, no matter what! And I proved that yesterday. With a little bit of preparation, and an ounce of willpower, I can tackle obstacles that come my way. And trust me, they will come! But you know what? It is possible to do anything I set my mind to. And right now? My mind is on reaching my fitness and weight loss goals. I am going to be healthy, and I am going to lose this weight. No excuses. It's done!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Day 8... Sunny and 70

Today was a glorious, beautiful day here in TN! Sunny and 70+ degrees outside. In one week, we have experienced snow, rain, freezing cold, and 75 degree weather. No wonder everyone is always sick!

Found this on Pinterest today and love it!

Why not me? I deserve it, and I will work hard to get there!

I was at home with my sick daughter for most of the day, but I went into work at 3 p.m. because I had a parent meeting scheduled that I didn't want to cancel. After the meeting, on the way home, I decided that instead of going to the gym today, I was going to walk outside! I had put dinner in the crockpot early in the day (taco soup), so I thought a walk before dinner would be great. And it was!

My boys (11 and 14) decided to join me on my walk, so that was fun! The walk took about 40 minutes, and included a big hill that kicked my butt! Now I know why people say it's good to switch up your exercise routine. Walking today is so much more of a challenge than the elliptical would have been. My legs are TIRED.

I have been ON PLAN today! I have been plugging all my recipes into SparkPeople's recipe calculator to get the exact calorie counts, so I am sure of the calorie count of what I am eating. If you haven't used it before, it's great!

Well, I am off to shower and then to bed. I have been going to bed early and I feel so much better now that I am getting sleep. I still have a hard time getting up in the mornings, though... I hate waking up early!

Oh... one more thing I'm happy about. I can FINALLY pull my hair back into a ponytail again! I decided a few months back that I wanted to grow my hair back out, and it's been in that terrible "in-between" stage. Long enough that my style has grown-out, but too short to pull back. Well, today I sported a teeny-tiny ponytail for the first time in over a year! :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day 7... Week 1 is a wrap!

I will be a success story (even though my boobs will never be that big and my waist will never be that small, lol)!

I did it... I made it ONE WHOLE WEEK on plan! No cheats, no excuses. I did it!

I have proved to myself that I CAN DO THIS. The next three weeks will just solidify that fact.


Last Thursday morning I weighed in at 315 (a horrible gain from days of binging). Today, I weighed in at 306.4. That is an 8.6 lb loss this week! I will definitely take it, even though I know a lot of that was water weight.

I journaled my food/calories 7/7 days this week!
I took my supplements 7/7 days this week!
I exercised 5/7 days this week! (180 minutes of exercise TOTAL)
I stayed within my calories (1800) all week! I averaged 1745 calories daily.

I am proud of myself. I really am. I am looking forward to another week. I know that if I keep this up that by the end of these 30 days I will be under 300 lbs! Yes!

I also had a NSV today... My youngest child got sick at school today... was running a fever and not feeling well. She's had a bad cough for a while, so I took her straight to the doctor after school (instead of going to the gym). Turns out she has bronchitis and a sinus infection. Poor baby.

Well, I came home and fixed dinner (spaghetti made with whole wheat pasta... first time trying it and it was good!). And after dinner guess what I did? I WENT TO THE GYM! I didn't get lazy once I was home, and I didn't use my sick child as an excuse. I made the time! And it was a great workout, too. Not hard like it was yesterday.

I am off to bed with my new Nook! I got a great deal from a co-worker yesterday... she got a Nook Color for Christmas, and was selling the one she had only got in September for $65, and that included a nice leather case. I love to read, and never make time for it... well, that's changing, too! I am slowly realizing that I need to squeeze some "me time" in my busy schedule. I can't be everything to my kids all the time if I don't take some time for myself. I am worth it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Day 6... Strong within

I am feeling pretty strong right now. Today is day 6/30, and I am still going. 1800 calories each day, 100+ oz water, supplements, and exercise on 4/6 of those days. Yes... it's a good feeling to be in control.

Especially since we had a long weekend. But yesterday after my much-needed eye doctor appt, I went to the gym and found it to be pretty crowded. Still, I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the bike. I did the bike first, then tried out one of the new ellipticals with every intention of doing 30 minutes. Well, let's just say this new machine is not the same as the ones that I am used to. It kicked my butt! The resistance is definitely higher (even on level 1), and I think the incline is greater, too. I accidentally started out on weight-loss mode, and man! It was intense! I am definitely NOT ready for that. So I switched to manual mode and did 20 minutes. Afterwards, I was soaked with sweat.

And today, I got back on that same machine and did 30 minutes in manual mode. And it was HARD. A definite challenge. But I was up for it.

Yesterday I was also faced with a "social" challenged. I was invited by my neighbor to sub for Bunko night at another friend's house. I already had dinner before I went, but had about 400 calories left. Of course, there was food everywhere. Taco soup, chips and salsa, chicken and rice soup, two kinds of rolls/bread. And dessert... brownies, ice cream, cookies... and it all looked delightful.

7 days ago, I would have made me a bowl of taco soup, including extra cheese, sour cream, and Fritos (the way I like it!), and had a big, delicious brownie with vanilla ice cream for dessert. But yesterday, I didn't do any of that. I counted out a portion of chips, and had some salsa. And I also had a TINY piece of brownie and 1/4 c. of vanilla ice cream. It ended up being just a taste, and it was good. So good. I also drank water instead of the soda that was available. I held strong. I had looked at calorie counts on the chips, salsa, and ice cream, and I guessed at the brownie. SO when I got home and added everything up, I had went over 1800 by a few, but I still felt victorious.

I proved to myself that I could face a social situation and still stay on plan. I could "taste" what I wanted without going overboard. I stayed in control of what I put in my mouth. And I felt so good about it.

I am starting to really look forward to the future. I am starting to BELIEVE that I can really do this again. I am going to take it day by day and do the BEST I can.

Oh, did I mention that the scale said 306.4 this morning? That is 9.6 lbs down from the beginning of the year, and the lowest number I've seen all year. AND only 6.5 lbs until I am out of the 300's. I am really looking forward to leaving that number behind FOREVER!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Day 4...Blessed Sunday!

We woke up to a beautiful snow shower this morning... too bad it's been so warm it didn't stick. But it was still pretty to watch it come down.

Church this morning was amazing. I continue to be so inspired to be the best I can be. I feel so much stronger on this journey when I know my Heavenly Father is guiding me.

I stayed on plan today! It's bedtime, and I am ending the day with 1670 calories. I made roast beef, mashed potatoes, and green beans for Sunday dinner. I made sure the meat was lean, and I weighed and measured EVERYTHING to make sure I had the right portions.

I am kinda nervous about eating beef... it doesn't always agree with me, and that's why I eat it very rarely. I hope I don't see a gain tomorrow. I didn't go to the gym yesterday or today, but have full plans on going tomorrow. Since I don't have to work, I might even do a little extra. I've been thinking about starting weights again. We'll see...

I am excited to have four great days under my belt. I know that I will rock the next 26 days, too!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Day 3... Saturday ON PLAN!

I am happy to report that I have stayed on plan today! I struggle with weekends, and today went so well! Thank goodness for Slim-Fast bars... it was so easy to grab and go as I was running out the door for my daughter's game. I had eat breakfast, but remembered last minute that I would be out past my next mealtime. Even though the BBQ they were serving smelled SO GOOD, I had my bar and was satisfied.

We also went out to eat tonight, which is also a struggle of mine. But I picked the restaurant (Cracker Barrel) because I knew I could get a good salad there. And it was so good that I didn't even miss getting my usual carb-loaded breakfast feast that I usually get! It feels so good to be in control!

So far I only have about 1600 calories, so I have plenty of room to drink a Slim-Fast shake before bed (I don't know why I love to drink a shake before bed, but I do!). I am looking forward to a good day tomorrow. Pot roast is on the menu, so I am going to look up calorie counts right now!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Day 2... TGIF!

Not sure where I stole this pic... but I like it!

Today was another great day! I have ended my day at 1660 calories... a little short of my 1800 because I had a little trouble slicing my bread that I had for dinner. My piece looked pretty big, so I didn't eat all of it. Dinner was late tonight because we waited 1 1/2 hours at the barber shop for my son to get his hair cut! I usually get their earlier, but gym had to come first! And since we don't eat fast food anymore, we just had to wait until I cooked dinner (which was a yummy soup from Tastefully simple).

I got 30 min on the elliptical today, which I was proud of. I had a whole list of things I needed to do after work, but I just pushed them off until tomorrow. My gym time came first. And my son desperately needed a haircut, lol. The rest can wait.

I am #tired so I am laying it down for the night. It feels good going to bed knowing that I am one step closer to changing my life forever!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Day 1... Mindset

This morning when I opened my eyes, I had a scripture on my heart:

And when I picked up my Made to Crave Devotional for my daily dose of Godly encouragement, today's passage was right on point!

"God made us to crave so we would desire more of Him....But Satan wants to do everything possible to replace our craving for God with something else."

Powerful stuff.

See, I went to bed last night pretty determined. I have really faced the fact that in my weight loss journey, I am my own worst enemy. Deep down, there is a part of me that does not believe I will ever make it. And that part of me destroys me every time. But today, after reading this, and realizing that I am playing right into the devil's hands when I do this, I decided to claim victory. I can do this and I will do this.

The 30-day challenge I have made for myself is more about proving to MYSELF that I can do this! Consistently. Making good habits. Making this a LIFESTYLE.

I will do it. I will make the choice.

Today was a good day. I stuck to my eating plan (with the exception of switching out a Slim-Fast snack bar for some popcorn). I am still working on water, but so far I have downed over 100 oz. I have taken my supplements, and ended the day at 1806 calories! My fat, carbs, and protein are also close to the targets I have set. And I also went to the gym for 30 minutes on the elliptical.

And do you know what? It was effortless. I felt like I have been doing this for a while. It was comfortable.

I am claiming success!

Today almost seems like I have too much time on my hands. Now that wrestling season is over, I no longer have matches to go to, nor do I have to stop what I am doing to get Keven from practice. I have basically been home since about 4:30 and it's great! I packed my food for tomorrow, cleaned up my room, already took my shower, and even ironed everyone's clothes for tomorrow!

It's amazing how a change in mindset can totally rock your world.

I am actually going to go watch tv before I go to bed. I never watch tv so I don't even know what to watch, lol!

Weight Watchers® Fresh Meals Review

A few weeks ago I got a shipment of Weight Watchers® Fresh Meals to review. I have finally worked my way through enough of them that I can positively recommend them. They are GREAT. From the Fact Sheet:

"Weight Watchers has partnered with Greencore USA, global leaders in developing fresh
prepared meals, to introduce a line of 17 Fresh Meals. Specially prepared with fresh
vegetables, high quality ingredients and the finest herbs and spices, these deliciously
sensible meals are the first mainstream, portion-controlled, chilled ready meals available
at retail in the United States."

I know a lot of my friends follow Weight Watcher's (I have plenty of times in the past), so you'll be glad to know that these meals range from 5 - 7 PointsPlus. Not too bad to be so filling! These meals are nothing like the frozen meals you get from the freezer section. Much better.

My favorite?

Teryaki Chicken! I had this for lunch today and was sad when it was all gone! It was my favorite by far. But I also like the Turkey Chili...

Also very filling.

Weight Watchers Fresh Meals can be found in the to-go and deli sections of grocery stores on the east coast and in the mid-west. For more information, please visit

FCC Disclosure: I was sent these meals for free in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

30-day Challenge

Man... I paused when I wrote the title of this blog post. I almost backed out. But I won't.

I am challenging myself to a 30 day challenge.

In two books that I have read in the past week or so, I have read that it can take 30 - 60 days to REALLY form a habit. Both times when I read that, I thought, "Could I really do it for 30 days straight?"

Why not? Why do I tell MYSELF that I can't do it? I am my own worst enemy in that way. I start thinking of excuses before I've even tried.

So today, while I was sitting in the doctor's office with my sick son, I decided that I need to challenge myself to 30 days on plan. 1800 calories per day (which means I will have to track), taking my supplements, and drinking at least 150 oz of water. Every day. For 30 days. NO excuses. I am hoping that with this commitment to eating, getting to the gym for at least 5 days per week won't be hard. Especially since wrestling season is officially over for Keven.

I was still playing this challenge around in my head when I picked up my baby girl from after-school care. I missed work today, and also missed a faculty meeting. I ran into my Asst. Principal who told me that I missed getting my "Top Model" award, and that they had told the entire faculty about my blog ambassadorship with Slim-Fast and my trip to New York City. So you know what that means? Failure is no longer an option. I will not fail in front of my colleagues, and now that they all know about my partnership with Slim-Fast, I will have a hundred eyes on me. Accountability!

I'm going to do it. I really am. I am worth it.

As if I needed more incentive, I ordered three new summer dresses with my "Wow Moment" gift card from Slim-Fast. My goal is to look fabulous in these dresses in time for my birthday WOW moment. I can get them on now, but they don't "fit". But they will!

Oh... I also have booked a VACATION this year! On June 3 we will head to Orlando! Yes... that does sound like ADDED INCENTIVE.

10 reasons to successfully complete this challenge:
1. I need to prove to myself that I CAN DO THIS.
2. It will help me form habits that will get me to my goal.
3. I have the opportunity of a lifetime with Slim-Fast and I don't want to blow it.
4. My co-workers are watching me!
5. I now have clothes in my closet just WAITING for me to fit them.
6. I want to look fabulous on my birthday.
7. I want to reach my 40 lb. goal before I go on Vacation!
8. It's time for me to stop making excuses and JUST DO IT.
9. I am worth the time, effort and energy that this will take.
10. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

See, I have lots of reasons to succeed.

My food is all planned for tomorrow. Lunch is packed. Dinner is laid out. And everything has been journaled and calories have been counted. I have also carved out my gym time and packed my gym bag. I am ready... and I will be back tomorrow to claim SUCCESS!

Monday, February 13, 2012

So tired of being fat...*but*

I am struggling... again.

And I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

The one word that keeps popping into my head is "addiction". I know I am addicted to food. I have grown up  around countless drug addicts and even a few alcoholics. Including my ex-husband. And so many times I feel so frustrated at them because I just couldn't understand why they can't stop. Even with interventions, family support, medical intervention... you name it. And they won't stop. Even when it means death. Even when it means losing everything they have. They can't/won't stop using.

I feel like I understand that struggle right now. I have all the tools, and I was doing so well. But something happened last week, and I just started sliding downhill on my face. And I still can't seem to get it together.

Saturday night, after two long days at a region wrestling tournament (where I ate badly the whole time), I had a meltdown while trying to explain to my Love how frustrated I felt. How out of control I am. And how bad I hate being fat. Why can't I just keep it together? Why can't I stay in control? I swear I want it... but I guess just not bad enough.

I am discouraged, and very disappointed in myself. But I am not going to give up. I have 2 1/2 more months as a Slim-Fast ambassador, and I will get 40 lbs off by my birthday if it kills me! I know it's not too late... I just need to get it together.

I am going to pray about it tonight. Hard. And if you are they praying type, please pray for me, too.

Friday, February 10, 2012

And the winner is...

Dee! Comment 46, chosen randomly by Congratulations!

Just Dee... Living and Loving

Thank you to everyone who entered to win! Stay tuned... I have another card to giveaway in the near future!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Slim-Fast Vow to Wow! $50 AMEX giftcard giveaway!

So by now, most of you are aware that I am a blog ambassador for Slim-Fast. I got to go on a dream trip to NYC last month, and I get lots of FREE Slim-Fast goodies to keep me on track. I also got a $500 AMEX giftcard last week so that I can spend money on ME and my WOW! moment. So far, I have bought a few "goal" dresses for my birthday, some new shoes and bras, and I plan on getting new contacts and glasses (something I need). I will save the rest to spend on my birthday, when I WILL BE 40 lbs lighter! I am claiming that!

Slim-Fast was nice enough to share the love... I have a $50 AMEX giftcard to give away on this blog! Isn't that awesome! Yeah, I know...

So... to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on what your WOW! moment is? What are your fitness and weight loss goal this year?

You can also enter by leaving a comment telling me:
1. you like my Facebook page
2. you follow me on Twitter
3. you like Slim-Fast's Facebook page
3. you left a comment on my Woman of Wow! blog post on Slim-Fast's FB page

That's FIVE CHANCES to enter!

One more thing... some of the other Women of Wow! are doing their give-a-ways today, too. I will list links for them here as I see them! Then you can enter to win on their page, too!

My contest will end on Friday (tomorrow, February 10) at midnight, Central time. Good luck!

Slim-Fast Women of Wow!
Disclosure: This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Slim-Fast® Women of Wow Program. Visit to join the conversation.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Old habits die hard...

Although I am still motivated, I really need to stay consistent enough in this journey to form HABITS. If you are in the habit of doing something, it is hard to deter from it when "stuff" happens.

Last week was crazy. Last Wednesday my Love had some medical tests done, and things are kind of up in the air as far as a diagnoses. When you love someone and their health is at stake, it's stressful. I fully believe that everything will be okay, though. It might just be a process.

But Wednesday was definitely thrown off track. Which led to Thursday being off track. And on Friday I had a mid-day luncheon, as well as a "date night" with my BFF, so no focus, then, either. Saturday I drove 6 hrs to Mississippi to take Love's mom back home, then came back last night.

I fully intended for today to be back on track all the way around, but NOPE. My son accidentally peed on his pants this morning as he was trying to rush to pee before the bus came, so I had to hurry out the door to take him to school before I went to work. I had just pulled out of the driveway when I looked to my left to see our cat - DEAD - in the neighbor's yard. Uggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh! Just ruined my morning.

Around 10 a.m. the school nurse came in with my Kindergartener, who had diarrea and needed to go home. So I asked for a sub to come relieve me, and about 30 minutes after I got home, I got a call from the high school... my oldest daughter had a 102.7 fever so I had to come get her, too. I took both of them to the doctor... no flu or strep, but probably a virus for both of them. A lot of viruses going around, apparently.

I got home, made dinner, went back to the high-school to pick up my nephew from practice. It's 7 p.m. and my day is done. No workout for me, even though I had full intentions of going after work today.

I struggle HARD on days like today. But I keep on going, because I believe that it will get easier to stay focused the longer I do this. I am still extra motivated, but I have not made diet and exercise a HABIT yet. I'm still working on that. So on days (or weeks) like I've been having, it is so hard to make good choices. The only great thing right now is that I have plenty of Slim-Fast on hand, which makes eating SOMETHING healthy easy because it's grab and go.

I got a good book in the mail the other day, and got to read a lot of it during the two hours I waited in the doctor's office.

I actually had two books that I was supposed to read and review first. But this title was so catchy I had to look at it before the other two. I really like it so far. It really brings up some good points as to why we NEED to take care of ourselves and stop making up EXCUSES as to why we can't. Or won't. I will give a better review after I've read the whole book.

Between reading this book, and REALLY EVALUATING things that I need to change in order for this to not be another failed attempt at weight loss just because my life is crazy, I have decided that I really NEED to count calories. I know "about" how many calories I am eating, but I need to really know exact numbers. I corresponded with the Slim-Fast nutritionist, Ali Auerbach, last week, and it seems like 1800 calories is the magic number I need to be eating right now, based on my weight. So I've come up with this eating schedule:

7 a.m. - 400 cal breakfast (perfect for a Slim-Fast smoothie)
10 a.m. - 100 cal snack
12 p.m. - 500 calorie lunch (maybe 1/2 sand or cup of soup with my Slim-Fast shake/bar?)
3 p.m. - 100 cal snack
5 p.m. - 600 cal dinner
8 p.m. - 100 cal snack
= 1800 calories, and in the past, eating on a schedule like this keeps me from getting too hungry throughout the day. So again, it's about making this a habit. With this many calories, I won't be hungry. I just have to stick with it. And exercise!

I have started actually scheduling my exercise in my daily plan book, lol. Hey... it works for all my other appointments! So I am making my gym time an appointment now so I won't have an excuse not to go, and I know exactly WHEN it is convenient for me to go ahead of time.

OK... I'm about to watch the Voice and get my menu for tomorrow ready to go. Later!