Friday, May 31, 2013

Nothing Like A Good Breeze

As most of you are probably aware, I decided to get a personal trainer while doing my maintenance phase.  I really didn't have a clue how to exercise.  That's pains me to admit it but the reality is that I've spent a life time doing the opposite.  When things get tough or to hard to do, I usually quit.  I knew going into this that I would need some help.  I'll be honest here, I did not want to be sweating in front of a guy-especially a hot one.  I was all set on a woman personal trainer.  I figured that I would be less self conscious and I could go about my workouts without giving a care what I was doing.  But then I met Breeze.  You can tell right away that the man is passionate about  being healthy.  He really wants me to succeed and he wants to be part of it.  He wasn't doing it because he has the knowledge and it pays well, he does it because he wants to help people.  Did I also mention that he comes to our house and brings his own equipment?  I am all over that like white on rice.  My ma and I didn't really discuss it much before we both decided we'd be nuts not ask for his help. 

The man, and his family, are incredible.  We paid for 8 sessions to start so we are going to see him twice a week for four weeks to get ourselves going.  That's what he's charged us.  However, he's come to our house on his own time to get our background so he could know what he was working with and he came back again to go through our cupboards and make sure we were eating nutritionally.  We were, for the most part.  That's incredible to me!  He never once charged us for those either. 

We actually started our workouts on Wednesday and he was back again today.  I've had personal trainers before and when they tell you that you have an hour, you get an hour and nothing more.  When my ma and I are working out with Breeze, I don't even know what time it is nor do I feel rushed.  He stays and answers our questions when we're done, unless he has another client of course,  gives us advice, and talks about what we're eating.  It just feels like it's more about us getting healthy than it is about the money and that is really refreshing. 

I think that we lucked out in getting Breeze.  I think getting a personal trainer was a smart decision but getting Breeze was pretty dang lucky.  I'm excited to see at the end of these four weeks if my body has changed, Breeze assures me it will. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

My Adventure In Kenosha

I meant to post this a couple days ago but I've been so tired from my adventures and my trainer coming that I just couldn't work up much energy to blog.  I'm back in Idaho now though and fully rested up, if a bit sore from my workouts.

Now I have to tell you first that my family and I having been greatly anticipating this visit since I haven't been there in almost 7 years.  The last time I was there was for my father's memorial service when he died and I was an 18 year old kid.  Not a pleasant experience by any means.  I had been putting off going back for quite some time but I'm really glad I finally got up the gumption to go.  Now I just regret that it had taken me soooo long!

I left on the 18th at 5:30 in the morning so I could arrive in Kenosha early in order to be able to see my grandma-my dad's mom.  I bought a rental car so I didn't have anyone meet me at the airport, which was weird because in all the times I've traveled to kenosha my dad was always there to meet me.  Anyway my rental car was awesome and they actually gave me a free upgrade from an economy car because I was polite.  Being nice really does pay I guess!

I stayed for nine days and each second was packed with my family!  I went and saw my grandmother first.  Then I made my way to the amazing Lorrie's house where I stayed with her and her husband, Chris, while I was there.  They are have their own E-Cig business and Chris makes his own juices in their hosue.  I don't smoke, anymore, but Chris made me some with no nicotine and they are great for helping to curb my sweet tooth.  They've had great success in quitting themselves and helping other people quit.  They also took me to Lake Michigan while I was in Kenosha and we looked along the beach for sea glass.  I found some and got to bring it home with me.

On Sunday I went with my family and took family pictures.  They came out really good but unfortunately I don't have them at the moment.  It was good to be able to see my immediate family all in one day but we sure have grown since the last family picture was taken.  After the pictures, there was big star at my grandmother's house which was AMAZING.  I really had missed Big Star and it was so worth it.  (P.S. we all wore white.)

My Cousin Nicole

Uncle Pat & Aunt Dawn
My Brother Jacob
My Grandma and I

Monday I took Lorrie and her sweet mother, Diana, out to brunch and we had a really good visit.  I have missed Lorrie's family just as much as I have missed my own.  When Lorrie and my dad we together, they treated me like one of their own and nothing has changed even after my dad and Lorrie were no longer together.  They are some of the nicest people in the world.  I was lucky what time I got with Lorrie and her family.  They are all very artistic and extremely busy.  Diana paints beautiful pictures and Lorrie's older sister Melanie, who I also spent some time with, sells them in the gallery she runs called the Lemon Street Gallery.  In fact you can find a lot of their family's stuff there since they all paint beautifully.
Lorrie and Diana

Tuesday I spent some more time with my grandma, Nicole, and my Aunt Shelly.  We had a girls day of lunch and then we went to the cemetery to visit Dad and the rest of our family out there.  It was quite an experience.  There was actually more of my family out there than I knew about.

That was the same day my Grandma decided to take me to get our nose rings, haha.  I still can't get over that!

The rest of the week went by pretty quickly and I got to spend some more time with family members that I haven't been able to see in a long time.  I spent Saturday with my great Aunt, Pat,  and my cousins Mary, Randi, Emily and Randi's little boy Tyler John (named after my dad).  He's such a cutie and he ran right up to me and gave me a big hug.  Then we spent some time playing monster trucks.

The Mason clan, excluding Aunt Dawn, but her shadow is there!
I spent some time out at my Uncle Pat's and Aunt Dawn's place.  They have a beautiful piece of land, a little over six acres I think, and we gathered a lot of the family together to BBQ and bonfire.  It was so great to catch up with all of them and to talk about good times with my dad.  Pat even played one of my dad's mixed tapes.  I felt him with us the entire time.

Sunday I left Wisconsin to come home.  I said goodbye to Lorrie and Chris and then I spent the last few hours I had with my grandma.  We went to the cemetery one last time so I could say goodbye to Dad.  I hugged my grandma and bawled my eyes out.  Then we did the rational thing and went and had some Dairy Queen.  (I know, I know, not exactly on the diet plan.)

I had such a good time with my family and it's nice to see how they've all changed and to catch up on what they've been doing with their lives.  I'm ashamed it had taken me so long to get back there and I had forgot just how much I've missed each of them.  I'm already trying to plan my next trip out there and I can promise it won't be another seven years from now.  

Monday, May 27, 2013

Big Star or Big Mistake?

I'm finally back from spending nine days in Kenosha, Wisconsin with the Mason side of my family.  I would love to tell you that I went there and rocked my diet and went to the gym every day, but I didn't.  In fact, I barely ate at home the whole time I was there.  I had every intention of eating healthy, I went and bought healthy food at the Pick N Save and had a whole week of meals planned.  However, I underestimated the magnitude of my family and how little time I was going to be in town.  In fact, I was never home to really even cook anything. 

The infamous  Big Star Drive In
I wish I could tell you that when I did eat out that I had made healthy decisions.  I didn't.  Instead I spent most of my time eating at places that I used to go to with my dad.  I ate at our favorite places:  Big Star, Dairy Queen, Ruffalos II, and the list just goes on.  UGH, I slipped up and reverted back to my old ways.

I ended up gaining weight while I was there and while I'm disappointing in myself, I can't let that keep me from going forward.  I'm happy I got to spend time with my family and it was fun visiting all the old places I used to go with my dad before he passed away I should have realized that those places aren't for me anymore.  I don't think that slipping up once or twice would have made that big of a difference but the reality is that I pretty much just went on a week long binge.  I literally would wake up with a food hangover and my body was sluggish and I felt like crap the entire week.  Thankfully towards the end of my week I started to realize the mistakes I was making and I tried to make more of an effort to eat healthier but I wasn't very successful.  Next time I go to Wisconsin, or on vacation period, I need to let my family know what I can eat.  I need to make better plans and make better decisions.  If I'm going to be gone all day, I need to pack food so that I can make sure I'm eating the right things.  Take it from me, it's not worth it.

For now I'm going to catch up on the sleep I've been missing but I promise to post pictures of my trip and all the details tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My Granny Wanted 2 Do What??

This week has been a pretty hectic week.  I left Idaho last Saturday (the 18th) and made my way to Kenosha, Wisconsin.  It's been several years since I have been to Wisconsin, in fact the last time I was here was when my father passed away almost seven years ago.  It was long past time to go visit my family and boy am I glad that I have.  Unfortunately I've been seeing so much of my family that I haven't had a lot of time to post on the blog, my deepest apologies.  I promise I'll have lots to write about and pictures to show you but for now I'll leave you with one of my favorite times so far:

Yesterday while at my grandma's house she tells me she thinks we should go get OUR noses pierced.  She literally blew my mind!  I would have never guessed my 74 year old grandmother would want to go get her nose pierced.  So we decided to go to Racine to see if we could get it done.  My cousin referred us to i ov thee dragon tattoo.  I'm sure glad she did too as the place was supremely clean and sterile and the piercer (Johnathan) was very gentle and just an awesome guy. 

Anyway, my grandmother walks in and marches right up to him and tells him she's there to get her nose pierced.  He google eyed her for a minute, looked at me and says "Both of you?!"  She says "Yup, both of us!"  He quickly recovered from his shock (haha) and got down to business.  Now let me tell you, I was more nervous than my grandma to get my nose pierced.  I have six tattoos and I've gotten my ears pierced, multiple times, as well as my tongue and never had an issue.  However a couple months ago I was getting a tattoo and saw my first nose piercing done.  The girl screamed like she was getting murdered in the chair.  It completely freaked me out so when my dear ol'granny recommended we get our noses done I was a little skeptical.  So I made her go first.  She breezed right through it nary a flinch or scream.  I figured if she could do it than I could do it so I hitched up my big girl pants and got it done.  It was one of the best moments I've had with my grandma and just seeing how excited she was afterwards made it all worth it.  So now we have matching nose rings and pretty soon we're going to get our birthstones to replace the diamonds we have currently.

I leave to go home in just a few short days so I'll make sure to post some pictures and more stories of my family adventures in Wisconsin when I get back.  Until then, Cheers!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Getting In Touch With My Emotions

Since I've started the journey to become healthy I've really had to confront the emotional side of my eating.  For years, ever since I was young, I've always turned to food to curb my emotional appetite.  I would eat if I became sad, stressed, bummed, happy, bored.  Eating became synonymous with myself.  I would leave the house and the first thing I would do was look for someplace to eat.  But why?  Why did I do these things to myself?  There are all kinds of studies out there that discuss emotional eating and why we continue to do it over and over again.  I think, at least for myself, it goes deeper than that.  I'm still discovering the emotional triggers that make me want to go grab something unhealthy to eat.  Recognizing those triggers and how to deal with them has gone a long way in keeping me from the drive-thru line at Taco Bell.  I have a couple simple steps that I use to myself from the emotional ledge. 

  1.  Have a plan in place.  If you know you are an emotional eater develop a plan to deal with it.  Get a substitute food to eat that you know won't ruin your diet.  For instance, I have Lily's Chocolate Bars to help me with my unhealthy cravings.  They are low in calorie and they have no added sugar but are instead sweetened with all natural Stevia.  They are a great substitute but still keep me on the healthy path.
  2. Get a journal and start journaling.  There are some things that you are not going to want to share with anyone but it's still a healthy and productive way to vent those feelings but keep them private.  I journal all the time about my frustrations, anger, excitement.  Any feeling you have journal about it.  This has been key to recognizing my emotional triggers.
  3. I can't stress enough about having a great support system.  Whether it's family, friends, or a neighbor having someone you can turn to in a weak moment to talk you down off of that ledge is imperative.  Sometimes all you need is someone to tell you no.
  4. Lastly, get a gym membership.  I can't tell you how therapeutic it has been to be able to go to the gym and work out my frustration.  Instead of turning to food to give me that happy boost I work out.  The endorphins I get during a really good workout always put me in a better mood when I leave.
What tools do you use to stop your emotional eating?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

If You Haven't Yet, Do It

It is now my firm opinion that if you haven't ever had a massage, you need to go get one.  I spent five hours today at Pananche Day Spa getting pampered.  I had a 60 minute massage, a 60 minute facial, catered lunch, a 60 minute pedicure, and finally a 60 minute manicure.  They are so professional and they really know how to treat people.  I'll admit I was a little bit nervous going in.  I don't usually enjoy taking my clothes off in public places and I almost never let people touch me even with my clothes on.  I've always thought of my body as gross because I was fat.  Who would want to touch me, right?  Wrong.  I had an awesome massage therapist that completely put me at ease and it was so worth it.  I am so glad that I put my fear aside and went for it.  The rest of my appointment was absolutely amazing but the massage was the best.  My muscles are sore but in a good way and by the time we were done I felt like a limp noodle.  Seriously if you haven't ever gotten a massage, do it.  I'm thinking about getting one every month.

On another good note, while my madre and I were working out at the Y we met a trainer there and got to talking.  Long story short he is going to be our new personal trainer.  We are saving a bundle and we can work out together.  The best part is that he specializes in nutrition as well as training so we are getting an all around package deal here for a steal.  Did I mention that he is smokin' hot?  The man has an 8 pack for heavens sake!  Normally that would make me nervous having to work out in front of him, but I've decided to get over it.  In all reality this man knows his business and that's what I want.  I want someone to push me to be better and to teach me what to do.  He's bringing his wife and coming over on Friday to go through our cupboards and fridge to make sure we are eating the right things.  I think I've got that part down but we'll see what he has to say. 

I'm curious for some of you out there in your own journey.  When it came to working out how did you get started?  Did you do it on your own at the gym or did you go with a trainer?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Wellness For Life

Our Local YMCA

Second day of maintenance and my first day of going to the gym!  I can't tell you how excited I am to be going to the gym.  Back in my prior fat days, roughly about a month ago, I detested going to the gym,  I always felt like I was on display and I was scared to use any of the weight machines or free weights.  I pretty much stuck to straight cardio and that got boring fast.  A couple of weeks ago I decided that I was going to start going to the gym and I wasn't going to be embarrassed or self-conscious any more.  I got my membership and made an appointment for a wellness for life meeting.  I had absolutely no idea what the heck that was but the Chicky at the front desk recommended it and so I scheduled it.   

Today I went in bright and early at 7:00 am and met with a trainer named Gina for my wellness appointment.  She took my weight and blood pressure and asked me a ton of questions about my eating habits, if I was a smoker, on any meds and so forth.  I was actually pretty pleased, for the first time in my life, to be able to tell her about my eating habits.  She looked at me like I was lying though so I had to explain to her about my diet and that this was a recent development.  She was really excited for me and told me that I already had the hard part down.  Woohoo! 

After all the questions about my workout plans and what not we took a tour of the workout floor and she was going to show me how to use some of the machines.  I took this to mean she was going to show me the machines and tell me how to use them.  Haha, yeah right.  She actually made me use them and showed me how to program them and change settings.  It was actually pretty fun but I definitely started sweating.  She helped me set some workout goals and gave me a workout regimen to get me started.  She was so awesome that I'm really thinking about hiring her as my personal trainer.  We'll see how it goes for now.

I was so beat by the time we left the gym though that I came home and took a nap.  I'm guessing I probably didn't eat enough calories yesterday so I quickly worked through what I had eaten.  I'm working on upping my calories and I'm starting to add in new foods.  Tomorrow will be my first day doing a full workout on my own at the gym and I'm pumped to get started.  

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Results Are In

It's been 40 days and we are finally done with phase 2 of our diet.  I weighed in this morning at 290.2 lbs!!  I'm down 36.6 lbs from my starting weight at 326.8.  That is a huge accomplishment for me and I'm excited to share the results with you.  Without further ado, here are the pictures from the beginning of my weight loss journey (the right side) to where I am today (the left side).

Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Night With Iron Man

Last night was a blast!  We, myself and 5 other people, decided to go see Iron Man 3 last night.  Our original plan was to go see the 7:00 show and go eat afterwards but by the time 6:30 came around I was getting pretty hungry.  Instead we went ahead and decided to eat before the show and switched our show time to 9:00.  The consensus was that we would go to Applebee's.  I'll admit this was my first time going to a restaurant since I've been on a diet that didn't serve something other than salad.  To say that I was a bit wary is an understatement.  I did excellent however.  I ordered their California shrimp salad with no dressing.  It came with avocado and bacon on it however so I picked that off and gave it to my mother.  She, by the way, had their bourbon black and blue cheeseburger.  It was smothered in cheese and bacon and all around tasty goodness and she ate it right next to me.  (She gained this morning and I didn't so it was worth not eating that crap.)  Surprisingly I wasn't too tempted by her burger.  My salad was tasty and it filled me up.  After dinner we went to the show and it was excellent.  I'll refrain from giving out any spoilers but I will tell you that after the movie and the credits there is a little video clip.  I'll leave it up to you if you choose to stay and watch it.  It felt like the credits were 30 minutes long and the video clip at the end really wasn't worth the wait to me.

Tomorrow is Mother's day and our first day of maintenance.  I'm looking forward to celebrating my mother and the huge accomplishment of completing phase 2 of my diet.  I really didn't expect to make it this far so I'm pretty proud that we've done it. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

No More Drops!

I'm on phase 2 day 38 of the HCG diet and I am officially done taking the drops!  Our last drop taking was last night before dinner and I had actually run out.  I had to borrow some from my step-dad who, for some reason, had a little extra.  It's hard to believe that I've made it this far because believe me, I had my doubts.  They say that it takes three days for the drops to get out of our system so we're still on our 500 calorie diet so far and I'm a tad nervous that without the drops, and the appetite suppressant in them, that I'm going to be getting pretty hungry.  It was an especially weird feeling this morning to wake up and not take my drops.  Doing so every morning for the past 38 days has really become a habit. 

We only have two more days of phase 2  before I switch to maintenance.  However, I'm ready for the next phase even if it's a bit daunting.  I have faith that done the right way I will happily maintain my weight loss, which is 34.8 lbs currently.  That doesn't mean I'm still not freaking out a bit to go on maintenance.  I will be more than doubling my caloric intake and I get to add foods that I haven't been able to eat for the past 40 days.  I never thought that I would be afraid to eat 1500 calories but now that I've lost 34 lbs, I don't want to see a pound of it come back.  I've read the success stories though and I've gotten lots of tips from Lowery about how to go into maintenance successful that I believe I can do it.  It's just a little scary and it's coming up fast!  Sunday will be our first day.

How are all of your healthy habits working for you?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Lemon & Spice Grilled Shrimp

I guess you get to hear from me twice in one day but the shrimp I just made for dinner was too good not to share.  We cooked it on the grill and then I paired it with some steamed broccoli, apple slices, and a piece of Wasa bread.  You can find the recipe here.  Just in case you don't feel like clicking on the link, I'll include the recipe for you below.

·         1 lb large raw shrimp
·         1/4 cup lemon juice
·         1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
·         1 tbsp minced garlic
·         1 tbsp minced onion
·         1 tsp chili powder
·         1/2 tsp black pepper

1.     Remove the shells and devein the shrimp if not already done. Rinse the shrimp and place them in sealable plastic bag and set aside.
2.    Mix the marinade ingredients together and pour this into the plastic bag with the cleaned shrimp.
3.    Remove as much of the air from the bag and seal it up. Put the shrimp and marinade into the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours
4.    Get your grill going. You’ll want a medium hot grill for this
5.    You can either skewer the shrimp, or place them directly on the grill. Personally, I skewer them. It’s way too much work flipping the shrimp individually, an you’re bound to get a few burned that way.
6.    Shrimp cook quickly, so you’re going to want to take them off as soon as they lose their translucent appearance and turn pinkish. This should take about 5 or 6 minutes per side on a medium hot grill. I typically turn them often to keep from burning them.

My family loved this shrimp so much that they destroyed them all in under 5 minutes.  There wasn't a single piece of shrimp left.  It was definitely a hit in our household.  Hope you enjoy!

For The Love of Cabbage

Since I started the HCG diet in April I've discovered a new found love of veggies, most especially cabbage.  I don't know what it was but when I was eating like the fat kid I was I never really incorporated veggies into my diet.  I never made sure to have a helping of veggies with every meal.  I might have incorporated them with some of my main dishes like Shepard's Pie, but I never had a serving of vegetables just by themselves.  They weren't my priority. 

However, the diet I'm on is pretty strict and veggies have become an important factor in every meal.  In fact, I look at them like they are a free food.  When I'm only allowed to eat 500 calories a day, a big helping of veggies goes a long way.  I eat salad, without salad dressing, and I love it.  That's a big change for me.  I used to smother my salads in Ranch dressing and think that I was making the smart choice because I ate a salad.  Now I think if I were to eat a salad with Ranch that it would be weird.  Cauliflower is another one of my new loves.  It's so versatile, you can cook it so many different ways.  I've found some great recipes on Pinterest that use cauliflower as a mashed potato substitute.  Either raw or cooked, it's amazing.  I have to say though, my new favorite veggie is cooked cabbage.  It's so tasty!  I'm used to eating it raw when we made fish tacos but eating it cooked is a whole different experience.  There are so many ways to cook it too!  Add a little seasoning and I can't get enough of it. 

I've found that veggies have a whole different taste now that I'm not stuffing myself with fat and sugar all the time.  When phase 3 comes in a few days, we get to have a different variety of veggies, right now we're kind of limited.  I'm looking forward to seeing what other veggies I fall in love with.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Storm Clouds & Mood Swings

Today has been a rainy, no good, moody day.  It seems like my bad attitude rolled in with the rain clouds and  I'm ready for it to leave.  I'm sure any dieter out there understands that some days just aren't as motivating as other days and all you want to do is stay in your sweats and veg on the couch.  On days like today I have to constantly remind myself why I'm on this diet.  I have to push myself to get off the dang couch, grab a healthy snack, and go for that walk.  Some days are harder than others and today is just one of those days. 

Because of my negative attitude, I try and surround myself with positive things.  I like to read positive quotes that remind me to stay motivated and in charge of my life.  I've listed some of my favorite sayings and quotes just in case you find yourself having a bad mood day.  Hopefully these help you like they do me!

  • NOTHING tastes as good as skinny feels.
  • You ARE stronger than your urges to be unhealthy.
  • The voice in your head that says you Cant is a LIAR.
  • You're worth it!
  • Just because you mess up doesn't mean you have to give up.

"The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!"  - Marvin Phillips

"We don't change our behaviors by giving in to them.  We change them by struggling against them until we conquer them."  -Marilyn Monroe

"The chief cause of failure is giving up what you want most for what you want at the moment."  -Unknown

and last but not least:

"Never, never, never, never give up."  -Winston Churchill

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Must Have Apps

Between counting calories, keeping a food journal, exercising, and reading food labels changing your lifestyle can be a bit overwhelming.  To help streamline my healthy living I've found two apps on my phone that are life savers.  They were shared with me so I thought I would return the favor and share them all with you.

The first app I found is called Fooducate.  It's the best app to take with you to the grocery store.  If you're anything like me than when it comes to eating healthy you hate reading food labels.  They are always in tiny print and it takes me forever to read them.  Fooducate is great because it allows you to scan the bar code of a food item and then it will rate that food from A-F, depending on the settings you set about your food preferences, and it will tell you all the information on the label.  It has several great features including an alternative feature if you're looking for an alternative, healthier food.  It's definitely worth downloading. 

The second must have app is MyFitnessPal.  As part of my diet I have to count calories and I've found that keeping a food journal helps me out.  The only problem I have is that if I'm on the go, I don't want to be lugging around a bulky journal to write down what I'm eating.  Instead, I use the app called MyFitnessPal.  It's simple and easy to use.  I can log everything I eat for the day and it adds up my calories for me.  I can also log in my exercise and it will add up how many calories I burned.  The great thing about this app, other than that it is easy to use, is that you can add your friends and do it together.

I've found that these apps really help me make better food choices and keep things organized.  What are some of the tools you use in your life to make your healthy living easier?

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Face Off

Left:  May 3rd, 2013, Right:  March 31st, 2013
Today is day 33 of my first round of the HCG diet.  As of today, I've lost a total of 31.4 lbs and I'm weighing in at 295.4.  As we're coming down to the final days of phase 2 I'm starting to notice a difference in my body.  For instance, I can't wear my pants anymore, literally.  I've always had a problem with my pants sagging because, well because I don't have a butt.  But the other day I was getting out of the car and my shorts literally fell down to my ankles.  Thank heavens I was at my own house and not in the Wal*Mart parking lot.  I'm going to take that as a sign that my body is losing inches.  I'm trying to stick it out as long as possible before I buy new clothes so I invested in a belt.  So far it's working pretty well.  I'm also excited to announce that my bra fits so much better than it used to.  I mean I can actually wear it all day now instead of only a couple hours before switching to a sports bra.  It used to dig into my sides, not so much anymore.  Today I was also able to put on a shirt that I haven't been able to wear in months!  I'm excited to keep seeing the changes as I continue to lose weight.

I thought I'd show my fellow skinny dippers some of the changes I've made so far.  I'll be posting full body pictures (before and after) after the end of phase two just to compare what I've lost so far.  I think you'll be able to tell the difference.

Friday, May 3, 2013

20 Things 2 Do When I'm Skinny

I've been thinking a lot lately about my reasons why I'm on this path to be healthy.  If you're heavy I'm sure you can relate.  As an overweight person there are a lot of things that I'm missing out on because of my size.  So I made a list of my top 20 things (in no particular order) to do as I get healthier/skinnier.  They go as follows:

1. Run a 5k
2. Take a kickboxing class
3. Ride a roller coaster
4. Wear a bikini
5.  Go scuba diving
6. Go Hiking
7. Wear a knee length dress and high heels, I've been hiding my legs for too long!
8.  Go go-kart racing
9.  Dance in a night club with my friends
10.  Shop in Victoria secret for clothes instead of perfume and lotion.
11.  Go to my 10 year high school reunion and not be recognized!
12.  Be the skinny friend not the fat friend
13.  Get a piggy back ride!
14.  Go on a date with a guy that requires some sort of physical activity instead of going to the movies or out to eat.
15.  Buy a belt in a regular store instead of having to special order it or go to a plus sized store to find it.
16.  Buy a ring that doesn't have to be sized larger
17.  Wear an ankle bracelet!
18.  Learn to snowboard
19.  Go swimming all the time without having to wear an over shirt to hide my body.
20.  Sit in a restaurant booth instead of asking for a table every time

Those are my goals but I want to hear yours.  What do you want to do when you reach your goal weight that you can't do now?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Who Says I Can't Eat Out?

I have to admit that when I started my diet I was a little skeptical.  I mean 500 calories is not a lot to go on.  I thought for sure I would give up the first week.  Surprising not only myself but my family, I've stuck it out for 29 days.  The first couple weeks I really struggled with temptation so I didn't leave my house much.  I only went where I needed to go and then I ran home as fast as I could so I wouldn't be tempted to stop somewhere and eat.  After a while that got really old.  I mean, I didn't start this diet so that I could be a prisoner in my own home.  I started this diet so that I could go out and enjoy my life.

A few days ago I went to my first BBQ since starting my diet.  Summer's coming and I know that there are going to be a lot of BBQs heading my way.  I was really nervous but everyone was way supportive.  Sure they ate things that I don't eat but it was a lot easier to do than I thought, probably because of the support I had.  I still got to BBQ, I had a really lean hamburger patty and I skipped the chips for some salad.  I really enjoyed myself and since then I've found myself going out a little bit more.

The yummy salad I made.
Last night I was faced with another another meal at a friends house.  Most people aren't going to be eating what I eat.  After all, my meal is only about 250 calories.  Mike didn't even want to eat in front of me because he didn't want to tempt me.  I know that going forward, I'm going to be faced with a lot of situations where I'm going to be eating differently than other people so I assured him that I would be fine.  We ran to the store and I got some makings for a salad while he got deep fried chicken strips and pastry cakes.  I'm happy to say that I ate my salad and I wasn't tempted in the least!

I'm excited that I can go out with friends and enjoy myself without thinking about food all the time.  I own this diet!