I started this Blog to help me in my journey to get thinner and healthier. It helps me keep accountable with my exercise. I didn't get overweight over night and I am working hard to get back in shape. My friend told me that It's not a Sprint but that it's a Marathon!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

My Goal Shirt

I bought this shirt years ago in hopes that it would encourage me to loose weight but it really never really worked, Ha! When I got it, I could get it over my head but not on so I packed it away for a few years. I started loosing weight a yr ago so last fall, I tried it on and got it on but it was super super tight so away it went again.
I was going through drawers and found it again. It fit, Yay!!
Not as tight...so that means that I am getting closer and closer to being able to wear it.
I was super excited and especially cuz it is a size Large!!!
So I keep plugging away!!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Its been a Year already

I haven't posted here for awhile. So as of June 1st..I have been on this adventure for 1 year. It has been SOooo.... hard and has certainly had its up and downs, good and bad, discouragement and encouragement, sadness and happiness and a love/hate relationship with that darn scale. It just doesn't do what I want it to do. I loose and then there are holidays, gain some then loose it again!!
It gets very frustrating for me sometimes.
 
This picture was taken awhile before June 1st. I was at my heaviest ever: 237 lbs
I was at 227 lbs on June 1st 2015 when I started:
Here is June 3rd, 2016.
I am down to 187 lbs. Down to 40 lbs from June 1st. (same shirt)
But altogether down 50 lbs from my very heaviest.
In the past year......Ive lost 40 lbs and 51 total inches so far.
Ive gone from 2X to ex-large shirt.
Ive gone from 20W-size 16 pants.


I began this journey because my mom had 2 strokes which took her from this:
She passed this last Spring. The strokes took a toll on her..she could barely hear, speak or talk. She was unable to stand, walk, move by herself, roll over....nothing at all. She couldn't read, watch TV or listen to the radio...Her existence was lying in bed or sitting in a wheel chair. Her mom also had had strokes also. Seeing her and knowing that this would probably be my future if...I don't make some major changes really scared me. I don't want this to happen to me thus began my journey.
Where my stomach used to be out too at 30 lbs lost.
But I keep reminding myself WHY I do this:
*I want to be healthy.
**I want to here with Don to enjoy our Golden years together
***I want to be here for my kids and their families.
****I want to do things with my grand kids instead of dying from activity. A goal this winter is....sledding this winter! I want to walk back up that Big hill without dying!!
*****I want to live a long life...like my grandma used to say...well as long as the good Lord gives you!!
******Plus I want really cute clothes!!

Oh! I've wanted to quit a zillion times and or blow up that ole scale. Don has heard me yell at it and call it names LOL
I'm not done yet. It may take me another year but I am keeping on keeping on. I am just proud of what Ive done already. Head shots of the past year.

For this next year....Ive decided to become a Weed!! LOL 
As I garden I pull those suckers and they just don't quit!! A few days later they are back!!
They don't give up, they keep trying. They do their own thing and they can survive anything.
 It may kill me but I am gonna survive this weight issue...I have to!!
So...here's to Year 2!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Incentive

 My Son Tom got engaged last Thursday night down at the Riverwalk in San Antonio. Her name is Brittney and we really like her. They are a good match.
 Matching tatoos!!!
 TADA!!!
The wedding is Oct 1st. I  have 6 months to get more weight off. This is my new Incentive!
I want to look super cute when dancing the Mother/Son dance!!
I have always had this idea for this occasion. Dance starts out slow and then we break out and do a really pretty dance with some cool moves and so that is what I am planning but I haven't told my son just yet Ha! We both have 2 left feet so this should be interesting. I am calling tomorrow about dance lessons.....he is gonna be thrilled!! NOT lol.  But I think he will do it for  his mom!!

My neck is getting better but the Dr hasn't cleared me for my regular exercise just yet. I can only walk but it is still freezing here and I am a fair weather walker!! lol
I went Mon down to the pool at the YMCA and worked out some.
Funny story: Pool hours today were 11-12:30. I got off at 9:30, ran a few errands and got to the Y about 10:30. I had gotten up at 3:50 AM for work and so I thought Id take a little snooze for 30 min. I settled in nice and comfy in the seat and had a nice snooze. Only bad thing was that I woke up at 12:20!!! LOL. So much for the pool today. I will hit  it tomorrow for sure!! Guess I was really tired.....I couldn't believe that I slept that long and I wondered what people thought that walked by the car LOL. Hopefully I didn't have my mouth wide open, LOL

Friday, April 1, 2016

April 1st weigh in

April 1st....Well..I lost 9 lbs about 10 days ago and this week I lost another 10 lbs!!
And I haven't even exercised. I am so excited.
I haven't exercised cuz I am still dealing with this bum neck. It started hurting a in Jan. but only every so often then it started getting more frequently. It hurts on the left side of my neck and around to the back of the neck and then down to my lower back. it was getting pretty painful and I have a high pain tolerance so I decided to go to the chiropractor.
After X-rays...its arthritis in my neck and it is really inflamed!! When it gets bad...then it makes my back hurt. Plus I am out of alignment. He says once I get aligned again and the inflammation goes down then I should be good to go. I have been wearing lots of ice packs and it is feeling better but NO exercise. I am hoping that he will let me begin again this week.
And know what about those 10 lbs? APRIL FOOLS!!! LOL

yah....no exercise...no lbs gone!!! *sigh*

Friday, March 25, 2016

I've been shopping...

I wasnt planning on shopping. I stopped at the mall for an entirely different reason. Where I had parked I just HAD to walk through Penny's. They were having a 50% off sale so I HAD to take a looksie. Lol. I wasn't sure on sizes after loosing 39 lbs. After trying on about 15 outfits....here's my Easter dress. Its a X-large.  I'm wearing it with my new brown boots from Christmas seeing that it's still cool here. In the pocket is my matching nail polish lol
 I also found this super cute top...its comfy, soft and its a LARGE!!! Awwwwwww lol
 
I also stopped at the thrift store for another reason and found this pink top that i fell in love with and skirt. The skirt is actually Skorts. I will cut the long sleeves down to regular sleeve length. And.....the pink shirt is a LARGE more awwwwwww. Lol
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It's been a fun day and this keeps me motivated to keeping on keeping on.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

I did it...I did it...

I survived my first ever... week long...7 day long...detox. It was hard but I wasnt really hungry,,,those darn cravings lol I couldn't wait to weight this morning and I lost 9 lbs and 7 inches over all.
1/2 inch under my chest
3 inch in my mid section
2 1/2 inch in stomach and
1 inch in my butt.
and loosing in my fingers cuz my rings are sliding off!! Really? All the TONS of places that I have and it chooses my fingers?? LOL
But I am super excited. I have to be realistic that a few lbs may come back but I am gonna try my hardest not to ever see them again. Ha!
39 down and 51 to go!!!!

I have a bit of trouble with my neck which has been affecting my back so it will alter my exercise a bit. I don't want to mess up what the chiropractor is fixing and Oh I love Chiropractors!!! I joined the YMCA so I will be hitting the pool tomorrow. I love swimming and it always helps me with weight loss. I can tread water forever LOL. Great exercise for me!!

And.....I went to get our taxes done today and got the bad news!! You make more money and by moving to the next tax bracket...you get zapped!! Whats up with that? Anyways...my point is....My tax lady says " Oh you look much thinner..have you been doing something?"
Just MADE my day!!! ALL smiles here today!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

1 more day

Tomorrow is my last day of my detox. Its been a hard week. I wasn't really hungry but it was more the cravings. I just went a day at a time. Ha!
I stuck with it and didn't cheat at all. I am anxious to have my weigh in on thursday morning.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Soup anyone?

I have been so bad about posting and I plan on getting back top it. For several weeks...I was busy getting things cleaned and getting ready for my daughter to come and visit. NO..Im not a slob or anything but I was just doing an overall cleaning of cabinets, pantry, closets etc. They all seem to get so messy over the wintertime and actually I got a head start on my spring cleaning too.

On the 15th. I lost about 1 inch. Not much but I'll take it. No weight loss. I just cant figure this all out why Im not loosing weight. My boss told me about this soup diet. It is for 1 week and it just really cleanses and resets your system. It is not meant for a regular diet. He lost 20 lbs so I thought ok, Im gonna try this. It doesnt sound too hard to do.
The soup is carrots, onions, diced tomatoes, celery, garlic cloves, green peppers and cabbage. I added some spices and bullion cubes. It really is pretty good, I dont mind it abit.
Day 1: As much soup as you want along with all the fruits that you want.
Day 2: Same soup with all the veggies that you want. No beans, peas or corn. You get 1 baked potato on day 2.
Day 3: Same soup and fruits and veggies that you want.
Day 4: Same soup with all the Bananas and skim milk that you want. This is suppose to lessen your desire for sweets.
Day 5: Soup at least once that day and 10-20 oz of Beef and up to 6 tomatoes. Drinking 6-8 glasses of water...it washes the uric acid from your body. You can substitute fish or chicken for the beef.
Day 6: Beef and Vegetables- all you want. Leafy green vegetables. Soup once that day
Day 7: Brown rice, veggies and unsweetened fruit juice and soup once that day.

I started today (mon) so I ate soup, soup and more soup lol along with strawberries, grapes, apples, oranges and blueberries. I haven't really felt starving or anything. With watching what I'm eating...I never realized how much a snack here and there.
For instance I fix my grand daughters lunch and she likes pringles so I'd have 3 or 4 chips.
Or getting her a cookie..sure I'll have one
Or when I fix my husbands lunch with rolls...I'd tear off a piece of roll.
This could be why my weight loss is slow
Ive got my veggies ready for tomorrow. Ive got green beans, Zucchini, squash, lettuce, tomatoes and carrots.

But before I started...I figured I better eat up LOL
So here was my late night snack right before midnight. Ha!
I will know next Wed how I did. Then I can hit exercising again after I am through with this week. I did join the Y to go swimming so I will enjoy that. This is just SOOOooooo HARD!! It went on much easier than coming off. Ha!
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An oh my daughter came last week and left last night. We were very busy and had a house load of grand kids and  I did tons of cooking for everyone that came over for dinners each night.We had a giant family b-day party for about 7 people, we went to a movie, and just running around and hanging out together. It was a fun week and I always hate to see them go home.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Guess what's for breakfast.

This is for Carol. I'm still into my oatmeal pancakes and its so much fun coming up with new varieties.
Today's is......Pumpkin/walnut. And no pumpkin is complete without a squirt of whip cream. (15 cal.). It was delicious Carol and i had one for you too....lol
Last week i found exercises to do for double chins and to help get rid of chubby cheeks. I am American Indian so i will have some cheek action going on. Its only been 4 days but it looks slimmer.
A HUGE difference from this.....
Im so excited and looking forward to a great week ahead.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 1st weigh in

This is what i did to the scale. I shot it!!!!
Because it said i was up 3 lbs and lost 1 1/2 inches. I have been working hard and Eating good. I just don't get it. Ha.
I will no longer weigh cuz it gets me down
I am just measuring inches.
The scale can say what it wants but.....pictures speak loud and clear.
Side view. There was no way that it would have ever buttoned before.
I'm totally excited!!!!

Friday, February 26, 2016

2 important questions

First.....I want to ask.....Creamy or Crunchy?
Secondly....what kind of jelly?
I'm a creamy and grape girl.
Carol is a crunchy and grape girl.
Since  I am so into these oatmeal pancakes....
I mentioned to Carol that i was going to try peanut butter pancakes.
I promised her that I would use crunchy peanut butter. You cant really see the nuts but they are there. I put some grape jelly on top and they were really good. I just had to have grapes too. Ha. added some liquid eggs and the whole breakfast was 391 calories.
Look here!!! Yay.....it was tough but they're growing.
5 more days to weigh in day. Im exercising and walking tons. I can tell I'm loosing inches by my clothing. Not sure about the lbs..we will see!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I'm hooked on....

Oatmeal pancakes. Ha! It's my new favorite breakfast. I cant get enough. I have been coming up with different concoctions. I take 1 c. oatmeal, some flax seed, squirt of honey, and coconut milk. It makes 4 pancakes. Then I add the extras. I eat two and freeze the other two for later when I'm in a hurry.
This one is strawberry/ vanilla with 2 tsp syrup.
This one is just plain ole oatmeal.
This one is fresh Blueberry.
I'm planning on carrot, maybe zucchini or cocoa with a tsp choc. chips. They are very filling....taste yummy and oatmeal is good for you.

I'm working hard...getting my steps in. I can tell by my clothes that I'm loosing inches but sadly I don't think so many lbs. March 1st will be here soon enough!!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Feb 15th Weigh in

I'm a little overdue with this post with Valentines Day etc. I  had a great Valentines Day with my husband. Our place is Pizza Hut cuz that was our first date some 40 yrs ago, so we always love to go there. We are creatures of habit and order the same pizza every time and this time we splurged and we ordered bread sticks. Ha! We love them and with the dipping sauce.....Oh they are sooooo good and to die for!!! I did a little more exercising that day just in-case!!
Now...the Weigh in the day after Valentines Day: I lost 2 lbs and lost 1/2 in. Seems like I loose inches or lbs but never both together. Guess that's it to much to ask for..LOL
I only need 3 lbs to get to the next number group and I know that it would really motivate me more.....so hopefully...here's to 3 more lbs!!! (fingers and toes crossed) Ha!
And oh yah...the nails are coming along...maybe 1 more week. Its been so hard Ha!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Breaking up is hard to do...

That's the way the saying goes. While it may be true.....I think breaking habits is very hard to do too. I must admit...I'm a nail biter!!! There....I said it ha! Its not stress.....its just easy and fun. I don't mean to sound like a weirdo lol

I am making food changes...health changes...and so I think its time to kick this awful habit. Its been 4 days now and I'm not going crazy yet.....but it is so hard. My goal is to be able to paint my nails by the weekend.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Feb 1st weigh in...Same news..different day

LOL I am getting tired of the same ole thing. Feb 1st weigh in.
Lbs lost: BIG fat 0
Inches lost:  Chest 1/2 inch
                    Mid section  1 1/2 inches
                    Waist 1 inch
                    Stomach 1 1/2 inches
While this is good.....those darn lbs just keep sticking around and around and around!! LOL
I really think that I will be a skinny overweight person HA!

I am eating good....exercising and getting my steps in. So....Go Figure!!!
But....sigh...I will keep on keeping on...what else can I do?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Another belthole

That's right...I'm adding another belt hole. I am so excited. I used the 5 that it has and now need a sixth. Hopefully you can see how much I've lost in my waist.
If you are interested in the Measuring containers, here is the link.

Last week I ordered this book about Dick Van Dyke.
I mean who doesn't LOVE Dick Van Dyke? Well.....turns out that he is 90 yrs old. He writes in his book a little bit about his tips and how he is keeping active until 90.
When he was 40 he found out that he had arthritis and told that in 5-7 yrs that he would be in a wheelchair. He was determined that it wasn't going to happen that way to him and today he is not in a wheelchair. He still dances and sings and has lots of life left. It is really interesting. He says he loves a couple spoons of ice cream with chocolate syrup in the evenings. He asked his DR if he should change that. The DR said Hey....it works for you and you are 90 so you keep right on and eat it if you want Ha! It is inspiring and gave me ideas to use. I wasn't thrilled to turn 60 but I decided that it is what I make it. I am embracing it and making the 60s count for new experiences, projects and just living life to have fun. Its a great book to read and if you'd like to order one, here's the link!! I would recommend it to a certain person that is having trouble turning 60!!! hint hint!! lol

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Jan16th weigh in

Great News!!!!
I started this new exercise/eating program on Monday Jan 3rd. In 2 weeks I was able to loose 6 lbs. Yay!! I am thrilled to death about it. I didn't loose any inches except 1 inch in my hips. They say on a average people can loose 25 lbs in the 6 weeks but with me being older and a bit slower I don't anticipate that. I do have a goal of 20 in the 6 weeks which is a little over 6 1/2 a week so I am not too far off. Even though I lost it, I'm not ahead of myself because I basically lost the lbs that I put on over Christmas/New years but this next 2 weeks is going to be new lbs off.

The first video was pretty easy for me so last Monday I moved to the 2nd video.....well..... NOT quite as easy lol It definitely gives me a challenge and a workout. Squats, ab workout, arm workout and weights...sounds like fun huh? Ha!

My food is going pretty good. I ordered these cups from Beach body and they tell you how many to eat of what groups. I really like them.

Once you fill the sups and put them on the plate it is alot of food. 
They say that you don't have to keep track of calories but I still do anyways just for knowledge. And I'm drinking tons of water...So here's to a new week of exercising, weigh training and getting my steps in. Have a great weekend!!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Jan 1st...Happy New Year weigh in

This is SOOOOoooo ME!!!!
Did I indulge over the Holidays? Yep.
Did I eat way too many cookies, fudge etc? Yep
Did I drink tons of pop? Yep
Did I want to get on the scales on Jan 1st? Nope
But actually it wasn't too bad....I was only up 4 lbs. I say Only....LOL
Any other time..Id be dying by these 4 lbs LOL
My Dec 15th weigh in was..well....0 lbs lost but lost another 1 1/2 inches. I couldnt complain because my Dec 1st ....I lost 5 1/2 inches. It was the 2nd time in a row that nothing was lost. My workout DVD that I had been using used to make me work but the past couple months..I wasnt even tired once I got through it. I loved that DVD..gotta love Richard Simmons lol
I was working so much....that my eating was off...my sleep was off and I had SO much to do over the holidays...I was in a weird place Ha...which I knew had a big part in this all. Then over Christmas it all fell apart with the food etc.

So.....I decided that I needed to reassess the situation and find something more challenging that will push my body. I found that when you do something over and over your body adjust to it and it gets to the point that it doesn't burn off any weight. Earlier I had come across my online Coach Jess. She is very helpful and I searched out the videos looking for the right one for me. I was going to do the 21 day Fix but I found this Slim in 6. I read the reviews and they were really good. On a average you should be able to loose 25 lbs in 6 weeks..if you follow the exercise, eating plan etc. Of course, everyone's body is different so I decided to give it a try. It comes with a nutrition guide, a workout planner to keep track of what you do etc. It doesn't kill me but it sure gives me a workout and it targets all areas of your body....and it is actually kinda fun to do. There are 3 DVDs and they build off of the other and there are about 6 workouts on each video so I have my work cutout for me and I am really excited about it and to see the results in 6 weeks.
My trainer Jess used this for her first one too and she lost 60+ with it so we will see. I have 57 to loose and want to loose it before the retreat in June. I have my work cutout for me.
It has a different food plan that I am trying to get used to:
Breakfast, Snack
Lunch, Snack
Dinner, Snack and no eating 2-3 hrs before you go to bed.
I have the tendency to not eat enough so to me this is like over eating lol They also have the colored containers and you just fill them and eat then you don't have to worry about calories, measuring etc. It tells you how many of each container to eat a day and workout twice a day.
They should be arriving any day now. I think that will be helpful for me and my hubby as he is walking on the dreaded treadmill to get his off.

I thought that work would slow down after Christmas/New Years and I am working 7 days in a row!! At least we are back to normal store hours again instead of being open until 11:30 pm. That will help me sleep alot. I am getting steps in with my fitbit so that helps me too. Its all such a process but I believe that it will all have been worth come next summer. I am so anxious for new clothes and to feel and look awesome again!! So I just keep plugging along.

I hope you all had a wonderful New Years and I thank you all for faithfully reading and hanging around my blog. It really does mean so much to me and I'm sorry that Ive been MIA but hoping to get back to some normalcy again. HA!