Thursday, December 30, 2010

I'm Still Alive

Maddie and I - Christmas Eve - 2010

It's been a good two weeks since I have written. I didn't realize how busy my life would be before, during and after Christmas. Between my job, my family, my classroom Mom duties, Church activities, being sick, my family being sick and the other normal Christmas preparation activities, my life has been very busy. It's a busy time of year but I love it. I love every second of it. I love celebrating Jesus' birth! It's the best time of the year!

Getting to my weight loss or should I say weight gain! Just kidding. I don't think I gained anything this Holiday season but I'm pretty sure I didn't lose anything. I haven't weighed myself in a few days so I'm not sure. I will have to weigh in tomorrow morning.

I did ok with food this Christmas. I ate what I wanted but watched my portions except for the cheese filled Bologna that my in-laws bring me every year. Yummm, I love that stuff! My in-laws are the best. Seriously, they spoil me (and the kids) rotten. :) They bring our favorites every time they come to visit and on Christmas I get my Bologna. :) Love it!

I made our traditional breakfast Christmas morning. It is my Grandma M's famous Ham and Cheese Puff. It is so easy and you have to let it sit overnight in the fridge before you bake it. It makes the perfect breakfast on a busy morning. I make it every year on Christmas because my family loves it so much. My Grandma is such a good cook!

These were two of my girls favorite gifts. We had so much fun watching the girls open their gifts this year. It seems to get less stressful every year. My husband got me a heated mattress pad. Yes, I really did ask for it and it's awesome! :) Practical and I love it. There is nothing like crawling into a warm bed at night.

My Mom then cooked us the most awesome lunch. Seriously it was the best meal I have had all year. I wish my stomach could have held more. We spent the afternoon with my in-laws, my parents and then in evening we visited my Grandparents and most of my Dad's family. It was a great day!

I hope you all had a wonderful time Celebrating Jesus' birth!

Monday, December 13, 2010

I woke up this morning feeling like I have been hit by a bus. I just can't seem to get over this head cold. I have been on antibiotics and it just seems to be getting worse. This morning is definitely the worst it has been. Any suggestions on how to get some relief?

I have such big plans to get started exercising again and I just don't feel up to it. That's not my only problem. I also don't feel like planning healthy meals because I am just too tired. I want to move forward with my weight loss but I need to get rid of this cold first because right now I am not getting anywhere.


On a happier note I was excited to find out that I don't have to count the points for my banana or any fruit in my smoothies anymore. I'm very excited about that! I'm sure I will find more that I like the more I get into it but for right now I don't really have time for anything else other then work, taking care of my family and sleep. I need to get better really soon.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The New Weight Watchers Program

First, I have to say that you guys are awesome!!! Thank you so much for the messages and comments all of you have sent me this past week. Your response to my last post was so wonderful. It is nice to know that so many of you are going through the same thing that I am and that we are all in this together. You are all so sweet and your kind words mean so much to me.

After writing my last post about getting back on track I woke up the next morning with a migraine that turned into a head cold which eventually turned into a sinus infection. I started my antibiotics yesterday and woke up this morning feeling like I was hit by a truck. I feel a little better right now and I hope I will continue to feel better each day.

Not only have I been sick but of course the whole family got it. I just took the girls to the doctor this afternoon. MJ has a sinus infection and Maddie has croup (yet again). Needless to say I haven't gotten much sleep the past few nights. Between running a hot shower in the middle of the night for Maddie and cleaning up MJ's vomiting in her crib from coughing I really haven't had much time for sleep.

My wonderful hubby went to the grocery store for me tonight to get me some healthy foods. I haven't really had a chance to do this since I decided to get back on track. I had planned to but then we all got sick. He is so great! He bought me my new favorite yogurt. It's Chobani Greek Yogurt. My Aunt Diana got me hooked on it over Thanksgiving. I am not really a yogurt fan and really disliked Yoplait's Greek Yogurt but for some reason I love this stuff. It is sweet, smooth and creamy. It has the perfect texture and sweetness. It's a little pricier then most yogurts but it is so good that I really don't mind paying the price. The best part is that it is super filling!

The thing that I have been wanting to ask all of you about is the new Weight Watcher's program. What do you guys think of it? I'm not quite sure what to think. I don't like that I can't figure out the points in my head anymore. Going to the grocery store is going to be so much harder. I only pay for the WW online so I don't get all of the nifty little tools to take to the store with me. I don't have access to the Internet so I can't check the points value when I am out. I do like the fact that it is all new to me. I hope it will get me excited again and that it will be fun learning the new system. What do you guys think of the new program???

I am excited to start tomorrow off on the right foot. It is nice to actually have healthy food in the house (thanks to my husband). :) I plan to get to know the new Weight Watchers system and have fun playing around with it. Maybe even get in a little exercise. :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

And The Number Is ...

Well this post just might be harder to write then my first post almost two years ago. As many of you know I haven't posted in a few weeks. I have missed writing on here very much but mostly I missed all of your kind words and support. :) Thank you to everyone who has written me emails, sent me facebook messages and also left me comments on my blog while I was away. Your encouragement means more to me then you will ever know.

Today marks a new day in my weight loss journey. The day I admit to all of you that I have fallen off track big time and gained more weight then I ever thought I would let myself do.

I have been really struggling with my weight, my eating habits and life in general since this past September. I think part of my problem may be caused by the big changes in my life since then. The added stress, extra responsibility and lack of sleep have really not been working for me. I stopped writing the past few weeks because I knew that I needed to get my life reorganized before I could get my weight loss back on track.

As of today I am working about 30 hours a week as our local YMCA's Sports Coordinator. God has really blessed me with a job where I can make some much needed money and still be a stay at home Mom. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect job. Isn't it funny how I would have never imagined myself in a million years doing this job yet now that I am doing it I absolutely love it and could not have picked a more perfect job myself. Isn't it funny how what we want is sometimes so much different then what God wants. If only we would realize that God's will is perfect and we just need to wait for His perfect timing. God has a plan for me in this job and I see it every day. I love that I am able to show God's love to everyone that I come in contact with in my new job. This job has truly been a blessing.

I decided this morning that I was going to do it! I weighed myself for the first time in a long time and decided to share it with you. Not just for my own accountability but also that all of you can see how real I am. I am just as human as the rest of you. I have my ups and downs and this is just another one that I have to deal with. Life threw me for a loop and I had to catch up with it before I could get everything back on track.

When I stepped on the scale this morning I weighed 181.2 pounds. This means I gained 15.2 pounds since Aug. 2010. Today I weight almost as much as I did a year ago. Wow, it's crazy how time flies. This number is very upsetting to me because I know how hard I worked to get to my lowest weight and now I have to do it all over again. I am realizing that this is just another stepping stone in my journey. No one wants to gain weight back but I am pretty sure most of us have done it at one point or another.

I am real and this is my life and this is why I am sharing it with you. It is slightly embarrassing but if I can help just one person by sharing the truth then it is worth it.

I am ready to get my eating habits and exercise habits back on track. I don't like the way I look or feel and I am now ready to put out the effort it is going to take me to get back to where I want to be. I know that once I start eating healthier and exercising again I will feel better inside and out.

So who is with me???

Let's take back control of what we are putting in our mouths and what we are doing with our bodies. The only real secret to losing weight is to eat healthier and exercise more. Let the games begin!!!!!!!

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