Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  This is my absolute favorite time of year!  All my favorite holidays are back to back; Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  These last couple of weeks have been filled with The Haunted World, scary movies, trunk or treats & boo bashes, and all kinds of fun things.  What it hasn't been filled with:  treats or tricks of any kind. 

In years past this time of year brought with it all kinds of unhealthy snacks like hot chocolate, candy, pumpkin spice lattes, pie, and all other sorts of things.  This year my resolve to stay healthy is strong and I'm determined to come away from this season weighing less than when I went into it.  That being said, I'll be the first to admit that I've struggled with this concept over the last month.  It's taken me a while to get these seasonal habits under control and to stop myself from reaching for those pieces of candy or sugary treats.  I've found a few things to help me stay on track.

Here's what I'm doing to keep myself in check:

  1. Set Goals.  Just because it's the holiday season doesn't mean that I can't meet my goals.  It's important to keep making those goals and try to stick with it.  Make sure you write them down and put them somewhere you can see them on a daily basis so you're constantly reminded of where you're at and where you're going.    
  2. Plan ahead.  This time of year I've got a lot going on with family and friends.  I'm constantly on the go and sometimes it's hard to always be prepared when it's time to eat.  Plan ahead.  Always have a plan no matter where you're going or what you're doing.  If you don't than it can be really easy to go get some fast food-which may not offer the healthiest choices.  
  3. Come up with physical activities and challenges.  Come up with some kind of physical activity that's going to keep you active.    For example, check out my current challenge on Facebook.  I find that the more people I can get involved is more people to help keep me accountable and vice versa.  Being active during the holidays and the colder months can be hard.  It's all too easy to talk ourselves out of going to the gym when it's rainy or snowy outside.  Coming up with these challenges helps me follow through.
These are just a couple of things I find that are helping me get through the holidays.  I'm sure before it's all said and done that there will be more to add to this list.  What are you doing to keep yourself healthy this holiday season?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

I Signed Up For An Ironman

That's right, I did.  I signed up for an Ironman triathlon.  Actually, both my mother and I signed up and we're currently recruiting all of our friends to do it with us.  Now before you think I'm completely whacked out of my gourd, let me explain.   We are doing the triathlon through our local YMCA and it's set out over a month period.  You still have to complete the swimming, biking, and running that you would in a normal Ironman but I get to do it over a month instead of a day.  I'm pretty sure I would die otherwise.

To be honest, this is something that I would have never considered doing before.  I would have been perfectly content sitting on the sidelines watching everybody else do it.  I wouldn't have wanted to put in the time or the effort, because lets face it-it's going to take some dedication, and so I wouldn't have even tried.  That thinking got me up to and over 300 pounds.  I'm trying to change that so I signed up to do an Ironman. 

Truth be told, we're acutally really excited about it!  Both my mom and I have just been trying to get back into the routine of going to the gym and getting our workouts in.  Having people to go with is helping ot keep us accountable and it gives us some encouragement when we do show up and kick our workout's butt.  Plus it's been fun!  I think for a while there my workouts were getting tedious and I stopped having fun, which is really all on me.  My attitude had changed and so my workouts changed.  Now I'm putting myself out there and making myself try new things-wether I want to or not.  For instance, I'm not really keen on swimming laps but I'm still going to go do it.  Why?  Because it's a new form of excercise and it just might teach me how to do something different. 

I encourage you to think about trying something you wouldn't regularly do.  You just might surprise yourself. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

6 Month Up Date

It's update time!  I can not believe that it's been SIX MONTHS since we changed our lives and started losing weight as a family.  I'm extremely proud of my family and the strides we've made.  God knows we've struggled but we keep moving forward, some of us kicking and screaming, but we keep going.

Shane has been incredible this entire journey.  The man has not deviated or wavered ONCE in his resolve (I wish I had half of his will power).  When we started on April 2nd he weighed 352.2 lbs and now he's down to 256 lbs making that a total loss of 96.2 lbs.  In six months.  He doesn't have a gym membership but he never sits still.  He's constantly moving and you probably won't find him inside sitting down until after dark.  That combined with what he means the pounds have just been dropping off of him.  I'm so thankful he's been doing this with me and I'm so proud of the progress he's made so far.

 Pictures are as follows:  Far right is starting, middle is last update, far left is current:

For my mom and I, these past couple of months have been a struggle and we've seen some setbacks in the weight loss department.  While we haven't gained any weight back we haven't seen much of a decrease in our weight either though we are still continuing to lose inches.  Mom has stayed at the same weight since our last update six weeks ago of 238.2.  She's still lost an incredible 37.2 lbs since we started in April.  That's not her true weight loss though because she actually started before the rest of the family did so her actual total weight loss is 49.2 lbs. 

Since my last update I've only had a total loss of 4 pounds making my current weight 270.6 which is a 56.2lb loss.  Breeze is always telling us that it's not about the number on the scale-it's about what our bodies are showing.  Well our bodies are showing that we haven't given up:  

It's been frustrating that we've let ourselves waver a bit and so we haven't seen the loss we both would have liked.  I think that we've made some incredible progress elsewhere though.  For instance, we've faced the temptations & the struggles but we're still here.  We didn't give in and we didn't give up.  We've both lost inches (I wish I would have had the forethought to measure my inches before and after, dang-it) and dropped sizes.  I'm now down to a size 16 & Ma is at a size 18.  Our gym memberships are still active and we're still going and still working out with our trainers.

I know for myself, and I suspect my mother also, that we've really struggled with our motivation.  I really just got so overwhelmed with how much I still had to go that I lost sight of what my end goal was.  I let my busy life take control and I started to sacrifice the things that mattered - like coming home and cooking dinner with my family.  Pretty soon some old behaviors were starting to creep back in and we were eating out more than we should have.

I read somewhere not to get motivated but determined instead.  Motivation comes and goes but determination is what's going to keep us going forward. We've decided that's just what we're going to do.  We are determined to lose the weight and live a healthier life.  I'm determined that next month there will be some better progress.  I'm determined to take control of my eating behaviors and conquer my weight.  

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pound Plunge!

I'm so excited right now I could scream!  Today my mother and I signed up for pound plunge. 

What is pound plunge?  I'm glad you asked!

It's an eight week program that our local YMCA puts on to get people involved in getting fit.  Youdo it in groups and you have the option of either doing it with your own group of people or they randomly select a group for you.  During the eight weeks you get to work out with a trainer once a week and then each saturday morning you do random competions against other groups for points.  Some involve a workout scavenger hunt, a nutrition class, a cycling class, zumba, swimming, and so many other activities like that.

Today while we were at the gym the director came over and asked us if we'd be interested in signing up.  They only two open spots and she thought it would be perfect for us.  We agreed and are now
teamed up with another mother-daughter duo.  Luckily they were there and we got to meet them.  They seem like they are going to be awesome teammates.  They've already picked out a group name (the program actually started last week so we're a little late) and we're going to be calling ourselves Wonder Women!  Haha, I love it. 

I think this is going to give my mom and I the motivation we need to get back to the gym.  I'm really looking forward to it.  Plus we get to meet a lot of other incredible people working on the same things we are.  It's going to be a blast!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Never A Dull Moment . . .

Since coming down with this sickness there hasn't been any excess energy to workout.  Most of my days have been spent in bed recuperating.  I'm finally starting to feel on the mend so I decided that I needed some fresh air.  There was no way I was going to be able to do a full workout but I figured a nice walk would help clear up my nasal passages and it would get me outside soaking up some good ol' Vitamin D. 

It actually worked.  This weekend we had absolutely gorgeous weather and it was so refreshing being outside.  It took a lot more out of me than I thought so when I got home from my walk I ended up taking a three hour nap.  Whoops. 

Such a pretty day

There were a TON of crawdads

Proof that the leaves are changing!

We weren't the only ones enjoying the day

This really made me think of Fall
So originally I had planned on walking three miles but it got cut short around mile two.  I was walking with a friend of mine and we heard meowing.  It sounded like a distressed cat so we started looking in the brush.  Turns out it was four kittens stuck in a tree.  They were pretty tiny babies-I'm guessing around five to eight weeks.  Old enough to eat solid food.  I'm not sure if momma had left them to go hunting herself or if they were on their own because there was no sign of their momma.

As soon as I started calling "Here kitty kitty" all four of the little buggers came running.  I'm assuming they've had human contact at some point-I've never known wild kittens to approach humans but I suppose I could be wrong.  Where we found them wasn't anywhere near a house so it's possible they were dumped there.  Anyway, I scooped them all up and put them in my sweatshirt and zipped it up.  I handed my keys to my friend and he took off running to go get the car for me.  I kept walking waddling towards where we'd parked the car but I was definitely going much slower.  I must have looked freaking nuts funny because here I am with, what looked like, a pregnant belly and I'm trying to hold the bottom of my sweatshirt shut so they can't get out.  It was entertaining I'm sure. 

We got the little dolls to my house where I fed them and made sure they got some fluids.  I wish I could have kept them until I could have found them good homes but our house is full as it is.  Plus I wasn't sure if they were healthy or not and I couldn't risk getting Charlie sick.  I had to take them to a local animal rescue center where I was assured that they would be treated well and would be found good homes, which I have no doubt it will happen.

What are the odds after bringing home Charlie that I would find four MORE kittens?  

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Well I'm pleased to say that it seems as if things are starting to work out with our new addition, Charlie.  Slowly but surely our dogs are getting used to her being around and they don't obsess about her as much.  Thank the heavens!  They're even starting to play together.

The only issue we seem to be having at this point is that they can be a little rough.  She'll eventually get them back for it I'm sure.

The weather's been getting colder and we've had a lot more rain here than usual-or so it seems.  For some in my household this is their favorite time of year.  The house has been completely decorated & looks like it's been taken over by stuffed animals wonderful.

 I love the fact that I can bring out all the yummy fall scents in our Scentsy burners.   What I don't love:  Getting sick.  It inevitably happens every year.  I get a nasty cold and I'm usually laid up in bed for a few days just trying to breathe.  Ugh.  I am enjoying the colder weather though.  I forgot just how much I've missed sweatshirts and blankets.