Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sort of Shakey

I've been avoiding posting for a couple of days..when I started blogging again on January 1st, I told myself that this blog would be something that would aide me in losing this weight and would be something that I would be accountable for..I would report all my ups and downs and learn from them, but the past couple of days have been sort-of shakey for me.

I did good all weekend until Sunday came around. When Sunday got here I ate Chinese (Broccoli Beef and a little fried rice) for lunch and shrimp and corn chowder for supper..I know doesn't sound that bad but look at my calorie totals toward the bottom.

Monday, when I woke up...I told myself "That's IT, Time to get a grip"...so I headed to the gym, came home, had my usual breakfast, had a smart one for lunch at work, and did great all day until I got home. Once home I binged on Doritos and Chips A'hoy chocolate Chip cookies!! (I mean really???)

So today was a new day..so you would think that I would have jumped back on the wagon...but instead of getting up and hitting the gym, I slept in until 6am. I had a good breakfast and lunch. Then for my lunch break I had to run to the gas station and get some gas, while I was there I picked up one of those small packs of beef jerky...and yeap, I ate the ENTIRE thing! SO I get back to work and I am on this binge spree...I want something else to eat (crazy, right)..but I don't' want just anything, I want something sweet, but I have nothing..thank goodness, because could you imagine how many more calories I would have wasted if I could have gotten my hands on something?? Instead, I settled for a boiled egg.

I don't know what the deal is, hopefully I get a grip soon. I was doing so well!! As I am typing this, I just want to cry!! I feel so discouraged and disappointed in myself.

This is how my last 3 days have gone...

Sunday totals:
  • Calories: 1595
  • Carbs: 219
  • Fat: 53
  • Protein: 65

**Went on a 2 mile walk with my little man

Monday totals:

  • Calories: 1935
  • Carbs: 266
  • Fat: 64
  • Protein: 73

**Did elliptical for 40 minutes and went on 1.6 mile walk with the girls at work

Tuesday totals:

  • Calories: 1338
  • Carbs: 219
  • Fat: 53
  • Protein: 60

**Didn't make it to the gym this am but did go on my 1.6 mile walk with the girls at work.

Once I look at all my totals for these 3 days, my totals aren't that off, I just feel horrible for overeating and not working out like I should! And what makes it 10 times worse it that tomorrow is my weigh in day and measure day, so I'm sure all my binging and laziness will show on the scale :(

~Thought of the day~

Motivation to get my butt up out of bed and hit the gym!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lazy Saturday

Today was kind of a lazy day for me...

Here is how my day went: I got up at 5:30am when my little one decided it was time to get up, did laundry, cooked lunch, cooked tomorrow's lunch, visted with my sister, took a nap, went for a 2 mile walk (I was really nervous about this because I had to bring my little one with me, but he was fine riding in the stroller) picked some fruit (we have several orange trees and a lemon tree in the back yard), gave my little man a bath, went visit at my sisters house, then back home to take my bath & now getting ready to call it a night.

So yea...now that I write in all down, it's not as lazy as I had thought :)

My totals for today:
  • Calories: 1591
  • Carbs: 291
  • Fat:44
  • Protein:78
  • Daily Goals: Calories 1400 Carbs 219 Fat 53 Protein 60

Friday, January 27, 2012

Fashion Friday/Recipes

Today was another wonderful day!! I did have a couple of moments that I wanted to binge, but I guess it was a blessing that I was at work, because I had nothing but a cucumber and tomato to binge on, lol.

Every Friday, I'll post a picture of a cute outfit to help me stay motivated to get this weight off. I don't know if I will ever be able to pull this look off, but it sure is cute. This week's outfit all came from Old Navy :)

I didn't make it to the gym this morning, but I will make every effort to go everyday next week because my husband should not be on call next week~so I WILL go every morning!

Does anyone have any ideas for low calorie, healthy snacks?? I'm just about worn out on tomatoes and cucumbers. I did eat an apple today and that kind of changed it up a little, but could use some other ideas. I guess I could do carrots and celery for a while, but I have to have something on the celery (can't eat it by itself).

My totals for today:
  • Total calories: 1322
  • Total carbs: 147
  • Total fat: 41
  • Total protein: 80
  • Daily goal: Calories 1400 Carbs 193 Fat 47 Protein 53

**I went over on my protein today, a little.. but I THINK it's ok, but not sure...we shall see with next week's weigh in.

This morning before leaving the house...I got everything together to make a WW Slow Cooker Lasagna..and it was wonderful. Here are the directions, if you are interested:

Slow Cooker Lasagna

1 pound(s) uncooked 93% lean ground beef
1 small uncooked onion(s), chopped
1 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced
28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
15 oz canned tomato sauce
1 tsp table salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 cup(s) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cup(s) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
6 item(s) uncooked lasagna noodles, no-cook
1/2 cup(s) shredded Parmesan cheese, strong-flavored like Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes; simmer 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together ricotta cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.

Spoon 1/3 of beef mixture into a 5-quart slow cooker. Break 3 lasagna sheets in half and arrange over beef mixture; top with half of ricotta mixture. Repeat with another layer and finish with remaining 1/3 of beef mixture.

Cover slow cooker and cook on low setting for 4 to 6 hours. Remove cover; turn off heat and season to taste, if desired.

In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over beef mixture. Cover and set aside until cheese melts and lasagna firms up, about 10 minutes. Yields 1/6th of dish per serving.
And while I'm in the sharing mood :) Here are a few more recipes that I cooked earlier in the week
Beef Ziti (Think I did this one on Monday)

12 oz uncooked ziti
2 tsp olive oil
2 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced
1/3 pound(s) uncooked lean ground beef
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup(s) (shredded) part-skim mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add garlic and sauté 2 minutes.

Add beef and cook until browned, breaking up meat with a spoon as it cooks, about 3 to 5 minutes; drain off any fat and set pan back over medium heat.

Add oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper; stir to coat beef. Cook until herbs become fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Spoon a small amount of beef-tomato mixture into bottom of a 4-quart casserole dish (just enough to cover surface); top with half of cooked ziti. Next, layer with half of remaining beef-tomato sauce and half of mozzarella cheese. Layer with remaining ziti and then top with remaining beef-tomato sauce; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Slice into 8 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.
Broccoli & Beef Stir Fry (I did this one last week)

2 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch, divided
1/4 tsp table salt
3/4 pound(s) uncooked lean trimmed sirloin beef, thinly sliced against the grain
2 tsp canola oil
1 cup(s) reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
5 cup(s) uncooked broccoli, florets (about a 12 oz bag)
1 Tbsp ginger root, fresh, minced
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/4 cup(s) low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup(s) water

On a plate, combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch and salt; add beef and toss to coat.

Heat oil in a large nonstick wok or large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and stir-fry until lightly browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes; transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon.

Add 1/2 cup broth to same pan; stir to loosen any bits on food on bottom of pan. Add broccoli; cover and cook, tossing occasionally and sprinkling with a tablespoon water if needed, until broccoli is almost crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Uncover pan and add ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes; stir-fry until fragrant, about 1 minute.

In a cup, stir together soy sauce, remaining 1/2 cup broth, remaining 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch and water until blended; stir into pan. Reduce heat to medium-low and bring to a simmer; simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.

Return beef and accumulated juices to pan; toss to coat. Serve. Yields about 1 1/4 cups per serving.

~Thought for the day~

~This is what I need to be: Learn to be happy with WHERE you are while you pursue all that you want!~

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Today was an all together great day! I wish everyday could be like today, but I know that is not possible & I will have trials and down days.

I didn't make it to the gym this morning, I was dressed and about to head out the door but then my 2 year old starting crying..usually when I leave in the morning, every one is asleep so I turn the baby monitors on in my bedroom and my 10 year old's bedroom to listen for him..and usually it is usually 15 or 20 minutes after I get home that my little one gets up..but this morning, I guess he needed to have "mommy time" at 4:45 so instead of going get him and waking my husband up to watch him while I went to the gym, I just decided to stay home and spend an extra hour with my little man.

My Totals for today:
  • Calories: 1734
  • Carbs: 189
  • Fat: 78
  • Protein: 125
  • Daily Goal: Calories 1400 Carbs 219 Fat 53 Protein 60

**Today I burned 195 calories doing my 1.6 miles this am**

**I did go over my daily calorie, fat, and protein intake but I'm trying to not let it get to me, I know what I ate & know to avoid it next time**

~Thought for the day~

~I need to remember this~

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Weigh In Wednesday

Another week gone by & it's that time again... Time to weigh in. Today I weighed in at 226 pounds!! Yay, FINALLY a loss!

Of course, you know..I did my usual get on and off the scale 2 times, just to make sure it was telling the truth & just to make sure I wasn't dreaming and sure enough it was 226 both times!

Last time I was this "small"..even though it isn't really a small # ..so maybe I should say~Last time I was this "size" must have been in high school, back in 2002 or 2003! So it does seem like a small victory even though I have a long way to go.

Totals for today:
  • Calories: 1654
  • Carbs: 229
  • Fat: 59
  • Protein: 75

**Burned 370 Calories today walking/elliptical/stationary bike

~Thought for the day~

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Getting Some Things Off My Chest & Some Questions

There are sooo many things going on right now...Where do I begin??
  • I didn't get to go the gym this morning because my husband is on call this week and he received a call that he had to go out for at 4:15 this morning...so that kindda put a damper on my morning because I downloaded some new "workout" music last night...well actually I tried but couldn't figure it out so my wonderful husband had to help me.
  • When I completed my entry on My Fitness Pal for yesterday, it said: *Based on your total calories consumed for today, you are eating too few calories. Not only is it difficult to receive adequate nutrition at these calorie levels, but you could also be putting your body into starvation mode. Starvation mode lowers your metabolism and makes weight loss more difficult. We suggest increasing your calorie consumption to 1,200 calories per day minimum.**If every day were like today... You'd weigh 215.1 lbs in 5 weeks ** Which is ok, I guess...but REALLY?? Are you serious?? I guess it's just going to take time for me to get used to everything, because in my head it is programed that I need to eat less and move more.... but actually the more I move, then the more I have to eat...right?? I don't know if I'm understanding all of this.
  • Last Friday, a girl that I work with came in and said something like this...Hey I know you are trying to lose weight, you should try these diet pills, they supposedly work really good...and I told her thanks that I would look into it...then today she asked if I had thought anymore about the pills because she has lost 3 pounds in 3 days..I told her no, not really. I don't know what to do. I've tried diet pills in the past and they NEVER have worked for me and have been a total waste of money & I decided that I would do this on my own this time~no pills, no surgery (I have thought again and again about weight loss surgery but my husband says no, that he thinks I can do it on my own~guess he sees something in me that I don't see in myself), just eat right and exercise! But when she asked me this...it got me thinking, should I try them? Since January 1, I've only lost 4 pounds!
  • I'm struggling spiritually. May sound kind of funny..but really I am. I was raised to go to church EVERY Sunday and I've been trying my best to continue and bring my children up the same way...Well, long story short..my priest has told me things about my youngest cutting up too much and being too loud (my 2 year old & our church doesn't have a cry room so I do my best to keep him quiet, but guess it wasn't good enough for him). So after that Sunday that he made those comments to me, I decided that I was going to switch churches, we went to a church across town and it just wasn't the same. It was still Catholic, just wasn't my church and my oldest (10 years old) is set in the ways of our church. So for the past 2 Sunday's We've been going back to our church, but all I do is hold my Godchild and in the back of my head, I'm thinking about how much the priest gets on my nerves/is rude/and how much nerve he (who has no kid & no cry room in the church) going to tell me (a mother that is trying to bring her kids up right by going to church) something like that.... and I pretty much get nothing out of mass....what do I do?? I have no clue!!
Anyway....Yesterday, I decided that I would start on My Fitness Pal..and it's going well, it's just that I don't understand somethings...

For example:

I just want to make sure that I am doing everything that I am suppose and need to be doing..so if myfitness pal says to only do 1200 calories a day, then that's what I'll do...it's just confusing after reading all the other web sites...ex: how free dieting says 1832 calories for extreme fat loss..does that mean that I'm going to be on a Super Extreme Loss?? So if any one has any feed back on all this, I would greatly appreciate it :)

Totals for today:

  • Calories: 999
  • Carbs:124
  • Fat:37
  • Protein:49
  • Daily Goals: Calories 1200 (1314) Carbs 180 Fat 43 Protein 49
  • Remaining: Calories 315 Carbs 56 Fat 6 Protein 0

**I burned 114 calories today walking...so had 114 more calories I had to use

**After logging my food and exercise for today, the tracker told me..If every day were like today... You'd weigh 216.1 lbs in 5 weeks...*Based on your total calories consumed for today, you are eating too few calories. Not only is it difficult to receive adequate nutrition at these calorie levels, but you could also be putting your body into starvation mode. Starvation mode lowers your metabolism and makes weight loss more difficult. We suggest increasing your calorie consumption to 1,200 calories per day minimum.
**I don't understand this...I don't feel like I'm starving myself & I'm only 315 calories away from my daily calorie goal**

~Thought for the day~

Monday, January 23, 2012

Getting Back on Track

I've been avoiding the blog world for the past 2 days because I fell off the wagon and I'm struggling getting back on.

This weekend I was HORRIBLE!! It all started Saturday, I cooked seafood gumbo~which I did not over do it on..but then for supper I wanted something GOOD and decided that I was going to have fried shrimp and boudin...I figured what the heck, right? I've been doing all this time at the gym & tracking my points like crazy..and for what?? Absolutely nothing...not a single pound!! Then Sunday when I woke up, I was like...really Sharlie? That's crazy!! So I decided that was enough and I would quit all that..then I went to this bridal expo with my sister last night..it started at 6 & we didn't get out of there until almost 8, home by 8:30... and I was starving when I got home and had the left over boudin for my supper!

This is what boudin looks like for those who don't know....I know.. Kindda of nasty looking if you are not used to seeing it, but actually it tastes good!

Now on the other hand.. I found this picture and it is making me REALLY regret my weekend binge..

The difference between 5 pounds of fat and 5 pounds of muscle...So what IF (keyword IF) I have been gaining muscle and losing some fat, which would result in losing inches?? I just need to take this as a hard lesson learned and remember this picture and don't over do it again like that!

Which brings me to my next subject:
I thought I had a plan to go along with my goals, but apparently it isn't working out very well.

I'm thinking I'm just not going to do the whole WW thing...I mean, I don't know, really. It just doesn't seem to be helping any...

My plan for this week is:
  • Try counting calories with My Fitness Pal (instead of WW)
  • Hit the gym 5 days this week
  • Track EVERYTHING (every single morsel)
  • Lose 2 pounds this week
  • Drink 64oz of water daily
  • Go to bed by 9
  • Remember to document my non-scale victories

Totals for today:

  • Calories: 904
  • Carbs:131
  • Fat:31
  • Protein: 34
  • Daily goals: Calories:1200 (1314) Carbs: 180 Fat:43 Protein 49
  • Remaining: Calories: 410 Carbs: 49 Fat:12 Protein 15

**Walked 1.6 miles this am~burned 114 calories!!

**Which means..I have another 114 calories that I had to consume!!

~Thought for the day~

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fashion Friday

SOooo..every Friday I will post a picture of a cute outfit to help me stay motivated to lose all this weight..so here is today's..

**This entire outfit comes from Lane Bryant**

This week has been rough for me, not really sure why because I've been getting up at 4:30 and not going to bed until 9 for almost 3 weeks now, but this week I just feel really run down and sooo very tired! Hopefully this will pass!

Totals for today:
  • Daily used: 31
  • Daily remaining: 4
  • Weekly remaining: 49
  • Activity earned: 4
  • Activity remaining: 30
**Activity points came from doing the elliptical for 20 minutes and weights for 15 minutes

~Thought for the day~

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Is It Friday Yet?

This week just seems like it does not want to end! Will Firday ever get here?

I have a ton of stuff to do when I get home so while I have a minute at work, I'm doing this ...so it will be really short!

Totals for today:

  • Daily used: 24

  • Daily remaining:11

  • Weekly remaining: 49

  • Activity earned: 13

  • Activity remaining: 26

**Activity points came from doing the ellipitical for 30 minutes, doing weights for 10 minutes, doing stair master for 10 minutes, and going on my 1.6 mile walk this am**

**Also..my totals are guesstamets on what I plan on eating for supper since I won't have time to get back on here tonight, if I change it up, I'll be sure to let u know.

~Thought for the day~

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Weigh In Wednesday

Weigh in Wednesday...I've been waiting for this day for a whole week! But my morning weigh in didn't go exactly as I had hoped for. I got on the scale and it said 228 pounds!! I was like wait~this must be wrong! So I got off and then back on and sure enough it was still 228:(

I know its better than a gain but I feel like I am doing everything that I can~Staying within my point range and working out like a fool some days~and not getting the results I want! Maybe its because I'm not eating all my points some days, or that I'm not using my "activity" points...all I know is that hopefully at the end of the month when I take my measurements, it will show there!

My plan for this week..to hopefully help with the weight loss:
*cut back on my carbs
*increase my protein
*drink more water
*do elliptical for 30 min Mon-Sat
*continue with my C25k training
*start using weights

Totals for today:
  • Daily used: 32
  • Daily remaining: 3
  • Weekly remaining: 49
  • Activity earned: 13
  • Activity remaining: 13
**Activity points came from doing my C25K training, doing stationary bike for 20 minutes, and going on my 1.6mile walk this am**

~Thought for the day~

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Love Me??

This post is going to be short and sweet..As I've said in previous blog posts, I'm having some issues with my confidence in myself (and always have had them) and loving my self. I'm not really sure why I have them because growing up, my mom and dad would tell my sisters and I how beautiful we were..and now that I am married, my husband does it on a daily basis..It's just something in my head.. and I'm really trying hard to work on this. So I took some advice from a fellow blogger and started telling myself this today: ------------>

I think part of the problem is that I feel huge at times! I look in the mirror and I'm not real sure how to consider myself beautiful or sexy when I have the body that I have. I know I need to accept myself and love myself with the way that I am..and as of today,this morning was the first day that I actually felt a little better about myself and the way I look.

Another part of the problem is that I want to just drop the weight~ like now..or yesterday even.

I'm working so hard at the gym, harder than I have ever done before and sticking to my points and it just seems like it isn't coming off fast enough!

I came across a blog today that said:
This is a lifestyle not a diet, this is a marathon not a sprint.
I need to remind my self of this on a daily basis!

Totals for today:
  • Daily used: 26
  • Daily remaining: 9
  • Weekly remaining: 37
  • Activity earned: 14
  • Activity remaining: 64

** Activity points came from doing my C25K training, stair master for 10 minutes, stationary bike for 20 minutes, and going on my 1.6 mile walk this am**

~Thought for the day~

~I need to remember this and instill it in my head!~

Monday, January 16, 2012

C2K5~Week 2

Last week I decided I was going to give the C25K a try..and I survived week 1! Do I love running? Well, lets just say it's growing on me...a little. I have to give it my all to get through my jogging intervals, but I'm doing it! Today I started week 2, which is brisk 5 minute walk, 90 seconds jogging, alternating with 2 minutes walking. This may not seem too hard for some but I have never ran or been a runner so it's a pretty big victory for me when I finish my workout.

Today was a much better than the past couple of days that I've been having. Thanks for those who showed support and encouragement. It means alot!

My totals for today:
  • Daily used: 35
  • Daily remaining: 0
  • Weekly remaining: 37
  • Activity earned: 11
  • Activity remaining: 50

**Activity points came from doing my C25K training, elliptical for 20 minutes, stair master for 10, and walking 1.6 miles this am**

~Thought for the day~

FMM: Weight Loss Tips

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers.

Weight Loss Tips~Humm..so I don't think that I exactly qualify to give advise on weight loss tips because it is something that I have struggled with my entire life and though I have been trying really hard to stay positive, I have my days...but since it is the topic for today, here are my tips:
  • Drink lots of water
  • Weigh everything you eat
  • Document and track everything
  • Make pre-portion bags...when I buy something that comes in a big bag (ex. pretzels), I pre-portion them that way when I get hungry I just have to grab a bag
  • Exercise!! Right not I am just doing cardio, but hopefully by the end of the month, I'll work myself up to weights
  • Have a good support system

These are the main things that I can think of. Hope it helps someone. Have a good Monday!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

More Roughness

This weekend has been kind of rough for me. I haven't been going over board with my points (though Friday and Saturday, I had to cut into my weekly allowance) & I went to the gym yesterday but not today because it is closed... it's just that I have issues with my self esteem/confidence..which I have said from the beginning and the last couple of days it's been getting to me.

This morning when I walked out of the room dressed for church, my husband tells me how beautiful I looked~which is something that he does on a daily basis, but I just don't see it!

That is one of my New Year's resolutions to work on my self esteem and my confidence but I'm not real sure how.

How do I accept myself at 228 pounds, looking like a big peach?? I don't know! I don't know how to love myself the way I am...which worry's me, because how am I going to love myself when and if I ever reach my goal?

Guess I have a lot of searching to do..If anyone has any advise, I'd sure appreciate it!

~Totals for today:
  • Daily used: 19
  • Daily remaining: 16
  • Weekly remaining: 37
  • Activity earned: 0
  • Activity remaining: 39

**I know I didn't use as much of my daily points as I should have, but I figured it was better that way since I went a little over on Friday and Saturday**

~Thought for the day~

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Rough Day

Today started off great. I cleaned house, did some clothes, went to the gym, then headed to get my hair colored and trimmed...Then came the roughness~I went to pick up my boys from my Aunt's house that had kept them last night and she had cooked lunch...I thought I had prepared myself for all circumstances but OHHH how I was wrong! She had cooked some red beans and rice! I told myself not to over do it, but I had a second plate!!

What was I thinking?? I've been eating soo good, staying on track with my points and working out like crazy and I'm going to do this??? I'm so disappointed in myself!

I'm gonna try not to let it get to me too bad, tomorrow is a new day and I WILL stay on track!!

Totals for today:
  • Daily used: 36
  • Daily remaining:0
  • Weekly remaining:37
  • Activity earned:8
  • Activity remaining:39
~Thought for the day~

Friday, January 13, 2012

Fashion Friday

First off I just have to say...

It's just been one of those weeks! So glad Friday has finally made it's way here!

This morning I was felling kinda bl aah . I don't know why really but I did..but I sucked it up and went to the gym at 4:45, was home by 5:30..showered and when I went to straighten my hair, my new CHI that I got for Christmas was broken so that didn't help my morning much! But something that did help it get better was..that this morning was the first time in a week to wear something besides scrubs and work out clothes and my 22's are a little loose! YAY! Not loose enough that they are falling off and I can stop wearing them..but still excited that I can see a little progress.

Like I said last Friday, I'm going to post a picture of an outfit/clothes every Friday to give me something to look forward to. Here is my "goal" outfit for today. The whole thing comes from Lane Bryant. Lane Bryant, Cato, and Avenue are the 3 stores that I get most of my clothes from because they have "PLUS" sizes... I look forward to the day when I no longer have to shop in the plus size stores and section!

My husband and I had a date night tonight! I didn't splurge on points too bad..but I did have a Margarita and a Blood Mary!(which cut into some of my weekly points..but I guess next Wednesday at weigh in if I don't' lose, I don't have anyone to blame but myself..

Totals for today:
  • Daily used: 45
  • Daily remaining: 0
  • Weekly remaining: 38
  • Activity earned: 5
  • Activity remaining: 31
**Activity points came from doing C25K training

~Thought for the day~

Thursday, January 12, 2012

??A Day Off??

Yesterday after I posted my blog, I realized it said~posted Tuesday at 3 (something) PM..and I'm like what?? I just posted this (Wednesday at 7 something) but then I got to thinking and realized that I had actually started typing some of it Tuesday at work because our systems were down and I thought I would get a jump start..but now I've learned my lesson... Here is the thing-I like to start them during my lunch or break at work so I'm not doing so much when I get home because I want to blog but I also want to spend time with my family. :) So I'll just start on the same day and try not to get too ahead of myself.

Today was all in all a great day. I woke up at 4:45 this am and hit the gym, went on my morning walk with my co-workers, had an awesome lunch date with my husband (we had Chinese but I didn't over do it..stuck with veggies and shrimp), and we made fajitas for supper.

Tomorrow will be my first challenge eating out...my aunt offered to keep the kids so we are going to have a date night. I have my game plan, hopefully I can stick to it!

Totals for today:
  • Daily used: 36
  • Daily remaining: 0
  • Weekly remaining: 48
  • Activity earned: 13
  • Activity remaining: 26

**Activity points came from C25K walk/jog, 20 minutes on the stationary bike, 10 minutes on the stair master, and walking 1.6 miles with am.

~Thought for the day~

~Before I go for today, I just want to ask everyone to say a prayer for a little guy named Tripp and his mommy Courtney Roth, Tripp has EB and I have been following his mom's blog for awhile now..and Tripp isn't doing too good. If you want to see her blog and hear Tripp's story~here you go "EB"ing a Mommy ..you may want to have tissues near by! Thanks

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Weigh In Wednesday

This morning when my feet hit the floor I couldn't wait to get on the scale! When I got on the scale, I was kind of shocked by what it said..it said 224 pounds!! Which is great..but I dont' feel like I'm 224..I mean I don't really know what 224 feels like because I haven't been that small since high school/college..but my clothes are looser, but not that loose! So I got to thinking..maybe my battery in my scale is going out or maybe my 2 year old pressed a button on it to make the setting a little off. Needless to say, I decided that I would check my weight at the gym (YES I went to the gym!!) and at work just to see which matches which. And I'm kindda disappointed to tell you that it said 228 at both the gym and at work..which is what I was last week on my home scale. I know I shouldn't be upset because actually I lost 4 pounds ..because if you add the 4 pounds that my home scale is off by I was actually 232 last week..but I am a still a little upset. But I'm not going to let this get me down. I did great all week..I stayed within my point range, I exercised, and I'm feeling better about myself!

I've been giving alot of thought to doing the C25K program...I heard that it is a great way to jump start your weight loss and help you feel great..and..my co-workers, family, and fellow bloggers have been telling me to go for it and Today I did it! I took the biggest leap of faith and in myself that I have EVER done before! I woke up at 4:30 this morning and started My C25K training. As an overweight person, weighing in at 228 pounds, I was so nerovus being there in the gym with all these fit people around me~but I did it And I surrived! My legs felt like Jello..but I surived!

Totals for today:
  • Daily used: 31
  • Daily remaining: 4
  • Weekly remaining: 49
  • Activity earned: 13
  • Activity remaining: 13
**Activity points came from doing my C25K training, stationary bike for 20 minutes, stair master for 5 minutes, and walking 1.6 miles this morning**

~Thought for the day~

Mardi Gras

~Fat Tuesday~
So here in South Louisiana Mardi Gras is a pretty BIG thing. And even though it is over a month away, there are King Cakes everywhere you turn! We even had one in the office today~and I'm told that it had chocolate filling (my down fall) but I did NOT eat any! I mean, yea I know that I could have had a small piece because I am on WW but I'm afraid that one small piece is going to lead to a second small piece....then so on (you know how that goes). So instead, I had one of my WW diet coke brownies that I made Sunday. Which, I must admit are not nearly as good as a king cake but it's just enough to help me get my sweet fix that I need!

In less than 1 month, I will be participating in my very first Mardi Gras run. I'm kindda excited and nervous all at the same time. I'm not real sure what to expect but can't wait!

Yesterday, I blogged about how I was thinking about trying the C25K but that I also have alot of fears about it. Well, Keelie at REAL FAT left me some pretty encouraging comments and I think I'm going to go for it! What do I have to lose?? Nothing except weight! So tomorrow morning..my goal is to get out of bed and DO IT!!

My totals for today:
  • Daily used: 29
  • Daily remaining: 6
  • Weekly remaining: 40
  • Activity Earned: 3
  • Activity remaining: 15

**Activity points came from walking 1.6 miles this am**

Tomorrow is Weigh-In day for me!! Hopefully all the cut backs and walking I've been doing made a difference!

~Thought for the day~

Monday, January 9, 2012


As I was reading through some blogs, I came across one that talked about the Couch to 5K. Which sounds like a good way to get off your butt and start moving...and if you follow the program you can be running 3 miles in 2 months!

But here's my question: How many of you have ever tried this?

I'm just nervous to try it! I mean, I walk every morning Monday-Friday but I have NOT ran one day in my entire life! I know last week I posted a blog about how "Someday" is not a day of the week and I want to try this but at the same time a part of me is scared and wants to say...Maybe someday!

**Because here's the thing...I know I said no more excuses but here are my excuses: I'm a big girl and I'm going to be bouncing all over the place..I'm not in the shape to be doing this...what if people stare at me..how do I breath? do I need to invest in a stop watch or sports watch with a timmer on it?..my list could go on & on but I'll leave it at that. So if anyone has any advise, I'd appreciate it!

Here is the website for Couch to 5k if you are interested http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

My totals for today:
  • Daily used: 28
  • Daily remaining: 7
  • Weekly remaining: 40
  • Activity earned: 3
  • Activity remaining:12

**My activity points today came from walking 1.6 miles this am**

~Thought for the day~
~I keep telling myself this ....But what if I can't?~

Friend Makin Monday

Getting To Know You

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your questions and answers. The idea is to connect with other bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

  1. What is one of your favorite ways to spend a Saturday? I like to spend my Saturdays hanging out with my husband and boys.

  2. List your top three favorite TV shows. Biggest Loser, CSI, Criminal Minds

  3. Would you rather be in pictures or take them? Take them

  4. Why do you blog? I started blogging to help me lose weight; thinking it would be something that I would be held accountable for.

  5. Share five websites that you visit regularly… weight watchers, pinterest, facebook, and a few others but those are the main ones that I check throughout the day.

  6. If you could have lunch with one person from your Twitter list who would it be? I don't twitter :(

  7. List a few of your favorite snacks. bananas, special K chips, pretzles, grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers

  8. Do you have a pet? If so, what kind? Yes...an English Bulldog

  9. Which three material possessions would you struggle to live without? computer, phone, Nook

  10. What’s your favorite drink? Cherry coke..I am trying to acquire the tast for Diet Cherry Coke :)

  11. Do you enjoy cooking? Sometimes, depends on how complicated the meal is

  12. Do you have children? yes..2 little boys

  13. What are your favorite hobbies? spening time with my family, scrapbooking (even though it has been awhile)

  14. Would you consider yourself to be shy or outgoing? I’m pretty shy

  15. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change? My confindence in myself!

  16. Who is your favorite actor/actress? I know this prob sounds stupid but I don't have a favorite and even if I did, I'm not good with names AT ALL

  17. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done this week? Umm..that's a hard one..maybe making some diet coke WW brownies and they were pretty good

  18. Do you live near your family or far from them? Near..and glad because I think I would get home sick

  19. List three of your talents. This is a hard one...I'm an ok cook, I'm sort of creative, & I'm good at what I do

  20. What is your greatest attribute? I LOVE MY FAMILY!!

Now it's your turn!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Reward Yourself!!

I've heard time and time again that you should reward yourself with non-food items when you reach a goal that you set for yourself. But I haven't actually sat down and decided what my goals/rewards would be. The first thing that usually comes to mind is a purse...but I did receive a Coach for Christmas so I'm going to hold off on that for awhile :)

Here are my goals that I hope to reach and the things I will reward myself with (I won't put a date to meet them by~just as long as I meet them)
Starting weight: 232
*-10 (222) New pair of Volatile Sandals (I am a flip flop JUNKIE)
*-20 (212) Get a Mani/Pedi
*-30 (202) Have a day out with my best friend
*-40 (192) Get a massage (haven't had one in FOREVER)
*-50 (182) Go on a weekend get-a-way with my husband
*-60 (172) New CLOTHES
*-70 (162) Would love to go to Disney World, but I'd settle for a new purse :)
*-2 to reach my goal weight of 160 pounds~Smart Phone...because I'm still sporting the ol'school

These are the sandals that I want

I have a brown pair and LOVE them!! I wear them all the time!

So today I decided to make a recipe for Weight Watchers Diet Coke brownies that I got off of Pinterest. And I must say, it was pretty good. Pretty much all you do is poor diet coke with the brownie mix and then bake. I decided to actually put mine in little cupcake liners because I figured out that each cupcake brownie is worth 3 points. Here is the web site, if you want step by step way to do it:
My husband didn't really care for them so good thing we made a batch of regular for him and the kids...he said he thought it tasted like Diet Coke but I think it's just in his head :)

***I just want to take a min and apologize for having to post web sites like that~I know that there is a way you can put it but I'm not too good with all this technology stuff and my husband is going to teach me how to do it one of these days but he has been real busy with work:)

My totals for today:
  • Daily used: 35
  • Daily remaining: 0
  • Weekly remaining: 40
  • Activity earned: 0
  • Activity remaining: 9

~Thought for the day~

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Cajun Girl

Last night I sat down and planed out meals for the next 2 weeks and made a 3 page grocery list of all the things I would need. So this morning my almost 2 year old and I went to the store..which was a project! But I got almost everything on my list except a couple of things that I'll have to go to another store for one day this week. While at the store I decided that I needed a vegetable steamer; which I used for lunch and and the squash and zucchini sure were good!

I'm not or ever have been real big on vegetables but since I'm doing Weight Watchers, I decided that I need to incorporate them more. (Because alot of them are 0 points.) So for lunch we had ham, corn casserole, and zucchini and squash; which worked out great because I filled up on the veggies.

For supper, I was kind of a different story. I didn't over do it...but I really thought about going back for a second plate. See...here's the thing...I'm from Louisiana..and in Louisiana, it's always about the food. Someone is always having a fish fry, BBQ, cook out, boiling crawfish and so on. Well today, my sister had a cookout which was pork roast, rice & gravy, green beans, beer, and a bonfire. So for those who have no idea what rice & gravy look like here is a picture ---------------->
So not healthy, but it's what I grew up with and how we eat here. It may look nasty, but it is sooo good! But, like I said~I did not over do it. I had 1/4 cup of rice, some gravy, 3oz piece of pork, and some green beans.

My totals for today:
  • Daily used: 44
  • Daily remaining: 0
  • Weekly remaining: 40
  • Activity earned: 0
  • Activity used:0

**I did use some of my weekly points today; which I feel kinda bad about but that's what they are there for...right??

**I didn't get activity points for today but I think that pushing a full cart around Wal-Mart while holding a 30 pound little boy should count for something :)

~Thought for the day~

This is what I need to remember the next time I want that 2nd plate!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Fashion Friday

Today wasn't as great as a day as I have been having. I am trying really hard to stay up beat and positive but today was just one of those days. Today I've thought about how far I have to go..how much I have to loose..how much less I have to eat...how much more I have to move.
~Just ~
~Take A Deep Breath ~
~And Remember~

So, again today while I was going through and reading up on some blogs I cam across Chrystal's. She does Fit Friday, which she pots pictures of cute clothes on Fridays to give her something to look forward to...So I was like~I want to do that too, but mine will be called Fashion Firday. (And if you know me, you know that I know nothing about fashion and I'm usually in scrubs everyday except weekends so I apologize now if I don't have the best taste.)

This entire outfit comes from Lane Bryant

This is Chrystal's blog if you want to check it out: http://chrystalsnewweigh.blogspot.com/2012/01/fit-friday-4.html

My totals for today:
  • Daily Used: 35
  • Daily Remaining: 0
  • Weekly Remaining: 49
  • Activity Earned: 3
  • Activity Remaining: 9

**Activity points came from walking 1.6 miles this am**

Over all in the eating part I did really well today, I used all my points for the first time!!

~Thought for the day~

Thursday, January 5, 2012

No More Excuses

Today was an all together GREAT day! I did better on trying to eat my points worth of food; which I'm glad because looking back at yesterday... before supper it was almost like I was starving..and this morning it was like I hadn't eaten enough last night and couldn't wait to fix breakfast!

My totals for today:
  • Daily used: 33
  • Daily remaining: 3
  • Weekly remaining: 49
  • Activity earned: 6
  • Activity remaining: 6
Today, while reading through all the blogs that I follow, I came across Chrystal's blog about the Fitbit. I had never heard of it before today, but it seems like a pretty cool little gadget to have!

Here are some of the things that Chrystal explained about it & if you want to visit her blog for the whole thing, her website can be found at the bottom.

  • Steps (The Fitbit Ultra accurately tracks your activity all day long, counting every step you take.)
  • Distance (See how many miles (or km) you walk heading to the coffee shop, to lunch, or just around the house.)
  • Calories Burned (See how your activity translates into actual calories burned.)
  • Floors Climbed (Fitbit Ultra includes an altimeter to track how many floors or hills you climb throughout the day.)
  • Flower (Your flower will grow and shrink, depending on how active you've been lately.)
  • Clock (With the time at your fingertips, you can work out and still know when you need to be home.)
  • Stopwatch (Hold down the button for 2 seconds to time an event, such as a walk, run, or a sleep period.)
  • Greeting (Give your Tracker a fun name to easily identify yours vs. your spouse's.
  • Pocket- Clip your Tracker on your pocket for easy access throughout the day, or slip it inside for protection.
  • Waist- The waist is the optimal position to wear your Tracker. A belt holster is included for thicker belts.
  • Bra- Women often find the center of the bra to be the most secure and discreet position.
  • Wrist (when sleeping)- Slip it into the included Fitbit wristband at night, and find out about your sleep patterns.

So for supper today, I tried my very first Weight watcher recepie from pinterest.

It was pretty yummy! 1/2 cup is only 2pts!
The only thing that I did different is that I cooked them in a rice pot instead of the oven. I'm sure if I would have done them in the oven, they would have been crispier but they were still awesome. If you want to try the recipe, here is the site:
~If you want to do it in a rice pot like I did, follow all the directions except of course but it in a rice pot (make sure to put no-stick spray all inside the pot) and add 2 cups of water (2 cups of water may seem like a lot but there will not be any water left by the time it is finished cooking).

Thought for the day:
~No More Excuses for this girl~