Thursday, April 30, 2015

I can taste them...

As I told you last week, the 140s are so close I can taste them...and even though I fluctuate during the week...I was so excited to see 149.6 on the scale this morning that I just had to share.  WooHoo!!!  I am beyond happy!  Yay!

And look!  No fat spilling over the top of my jeans!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Motivational Monday

For those of you planning to start someday...

For those who have started, but feel it's impossible...

For those of you who are down on yourself for not doing more...

I finally have faith that this is true...

Friday, April 24, 2015

Week 9 Summary

Good morning friends!!  I'm a little early this week on my summary because I won't see a scale until Monday morning.  I, along with 3 other brave souls, will be taking nine 9-10 year old girls camping this weekend, where it will likely rain.  Wish us luck...good news... with the promise of rain maybe there will be less bugs and the mud complaints will be a nice break from the bug complaints.  It's going to be a blast!!!  

So with the technology-free weekend (YAY!), my official weigh-in day has been moved up a day and I'm happy to report that I've lost 1.5 pounds this week!!  With a 10.3 loss for the 9 weeks, I am now at 151.1!!  The 140s are so close I can taste them!  WooHoo!  I'm seeing so many changes in my shape, my strength and in what I want to eat.

On the subject of eating, my lady friend is coming for a visit soon and she always sends cravings before her visit.  UGH!  So I pushed off some of the cravings for a day or so but allowed myself one glazed donut yesterday and it was Glorious!  Of course, afterwards my stomach was like "What the hell is this?!"  Since we all struggle with this (except you Zapamundo and any other boys reading), I've found this article we can all read to help us understand these cravings and how "that time of the month" can really mess with our weight loss efforts.  Read it here.

Here are some other articles to keep you occupied this weekend while I'm off hiking in the woods.

I've updated the weight loss, but the rest of the side bar will need to be updated on Sunday so I've got the full week stats.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Motivational Monday

I don't know about you but I find most Mondays to be blah.  So I'm declaring today to be motivational Monday...and next Monday (if I remember) I'll bring us some more motivational quotes.

I decided to throw in an extra post because one of my managers sent an email with the first picture and it felt very appropriate to our journeys.

As Jenny said the other day, WE GOT THIS!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Week 8 Summary

So we've all heard of (and maybe read) "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey.  I keep telling myself that I'm going to read it some day.  ;-)  Maybe this year.  Anyway, I thought I'd look up the habits and see how they can apply to our weight loss journeys.  

So keeping in mind that I haven't read the book, my thoughts on this is all going to based on what the 7 habits are according to a wikipedia article.

Habit 1:  Be Proactive - So how does this apply to our journey to a healthy lifestyle when we all know that we didn't reach the point of doing something until we hit that weight we couldn't stand to see on the scale, or until we reached some point where we just couldn't bear it anymore?  Well, let's look at it this way, we made a decision to change our ways BEFORE they kill us!  ;-)

Habit 2:  Begin with the End in Mind - We need to begin with our goal or we'll never be able to come up with an action plan to get us there!

Habit 3:  Put First Things First - And that's YOU!  It is SO easy to make the excuse to not exercise or not eat right because we have this, that, or the other to do for our kids or our spouse.  But if we don't take care of ourselves, we won't be our 100% Best Self.  And doesn't our family deserve the best "me" we have to offer?!

Habit 4:  Think Win-Win - I'm not sure where to go with this one...the wikipedia article says "Genuine feelings for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships."  Let me know what you think about this one.

Habit 5:  Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood - This is about using empathic listening to be influenced by a person and in turn them being influenced by you.  Now I'm sure there is more to it than this, but I'm thinking this has to do with how we can motivate each other and be there for each other.  Talk about what we're going through, our struggles, our successes and know that we understand what each other is going through and be there for one another.  (Maybe that's a was definitely poor grammar!)

Habit 6:  Synergize - "Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals that no one could have done alone."  I talked a little about this in my last post.  I truly believe that neither Zapamundo nor I could do this alone.  This is definitely journey fueled by teamwork!  He pushes me to go to the gym when I'm not in the mood and we talk about good food choices and work together to come up with good healthy meals!

Habit 7:  Sharpen the Saw - "Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, prayer (meditation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to society for spiritual renewal."  This is directly from the article and perfectly applies to what we're doing; there is no need for my thoughts on it!  Hmmmm..."good reading for mental renewal"...I guess it's time for me to read this book!

I hope you found something here today that hits home for you.

My week:  Great water intake, good food consumption, decent exercise, and lost almost 2 pounds this week!!  That's under 30 pounds remaining, 8.8 pounds lost in the last 8 weeks, and 19.2 pounds lost in the last 16 months!  Yay me!  Have a great week everybody!

7 Habits of Highly-Effective Dieters
Click on the caption above to read the article that gave me the idea for this post.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Week 7 - Summary

Sorry for the late post (thanks to T for keeping me accountable)...I think I got distracted with Danger's first TBall game and my aunt in town...and to be frank, I'm up a little bit and didn't really know what I wanted to say.  So I need some motivation and maybe you do let's chit chat on that for a minute.

So frustration first...up another 1/2 pound from last week.  UGH!  I now find myself where Zapamundo was a week or so ago...up in pounds and really lacking in motivation.  So I need to work really hard to find that motivation and keep it up.  Maybe you guys can help...are you out there reading?  Share your struggles and successes; I'd love to know we're in it together.

Speaking of being in it together, having Zapamundo by my side has been incredibly helpful.  There have been times in the past where one of us wanted to get healthy and the other wasn't in it and we failed barely after we started.  It has been so much better doing it together this time.  We are so lucky to have each other!  Love you baby.

Tangent over...things to focus on to find my motivation:

  • a pair of dress pants that used to be tight...I can now pull down while they are completely zipped and buttoned
  • on the same note, I was almost able to do the same with my jeans tonight
  • I'm starting to see some definition in my arms!!
I really enjoyed my Pump It class last Monday and was sad that I had to miss it tonight.  The class is just once a week, so I've also been working on my 21 day challenge I was telling you about last week.  My triceps are still awful, but I know those are the hardest parts of the arms to get in shape.  So after I finish my two rounds of the 21 day challenge I'm boing to Blast Away the Jiggle with the 5 Best Triceps Exercises according to

I'm leaving you with a few motivational quotes.

And my favorite of the 3... 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Week 6 Summary

Weight Loss...
Oh Bummer.  Up 0.7 this week...I was really hoping to stay at my post-blood-donation weight this week.  ;-)  But I am remembering that I am still ahead of my planned weight-loss by 1.1 pounds...and in honor of the the last Fish Fry of the year I went with the fried cod last night and I tend to be a little more after a saltier meal.  Aaaannnd as my friend Jen taught me this week, IIWII (it is what it is) and I'm good with that.

Good things happening...
A lot of great things happening this week!  --  I'm still ahead of my goal!  --  I won 2nd place in the biggest loser challenge at my Zumba studio!!!  --  And tomorrow is my birthday!! WooHoo!!

Adding a new focus...
Alright kids, time to add a new focus.  Today is April 4th and we have 7 weeks until Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer.  And while I am really starting to see some amazing changes in my core, I'm not seeing much in the arms.  It's time to make a change so my arms can look sexy in all the tanks I plan on wearing this summer.  I used to LOVE LOVE LOVE the way my arms looked in a tank...time to get back there.  A couple of things I'll be adding to my routine...using 5 pound weights instead of three in the weight songs at Zumba and going to a Pump It class on Mondays at the Zumba studio.  I also found this great 21-day challenge from PopSugar that I'll start either Sunday (after everyone leaves the festivities) or on Monday.
Read the article Here.
Here's another picture of just the on it so you can read it better!

Be sure to read the article so you know how to (1) determine which size weight is best for you and (2) do each exercise correctly.  Ok, so we have time to do the challenge twice.  WHO'S WITH ME??!!

I can't wait to hear how you're doing!  Have a Happy and Blessed Easter tomorrow.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

An inspiring story to share...

So this morning before work, I was (as usual) skimming through FB and came across a post from my friend Shelley.  The Post had written an article about her sister, Gina, and her lifestyle change.  You see Gina has lost 120 pounds in the last 4 years.  And she didn't do it with some fad diet...and she didn't do it thinking that this was a temporary fix...she did it the right way.  She started exercising and promised herself to exercise 5 days a week, then she started changing her food.  She never goes to fast food places anymore and she cooks healthy meals at home for her and her son.  And she is now a licensed fitness instructor.

Read the article for some great inspiration!
Hairdresser drops 120 pounds in quest to rid herself of pain

Way to go Gina!!!