Sunday, November 24, 2013

Winter Wonderland

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas!  And it's not even Thanksgiving yet!  Regardless, it's my favorite time of year.  This year I finally got to go downtown to watch my city light up their Christmas lights.  They always do it the Friday before Thanksgiving but I've usually had to work.  This year I didn't so my honey took me to go watch the lighting.  It was pretty spectacular.  I wish the pictures I took showed up better but the important ones came out alright!

This is usually the look I get when I ask him to take a picture.

But then I get these =D

This is Clyde the Camel

These don't do the lights justice

It was so bright shining over the water-which you can't see

But it was beautiful

Especially with my sweetie there =D

Awww <3

That's a big Christmas Tree

And it was freezing!

It was a pretty special night and there were a TON of people there.  They had a live band and people were giving out free hot chocolate and free coffee, which we of course had to partake of.  I'm excited I finally got to go see it.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Distraction . . .

I didn't mean to, but it looks like I took a small break from blogging.  I started dating my best friend and everything else kinda took a back seat.  =D

Except for my weight loss.  I've still been losing but only because he goes to the gym with me and keeps me accountable in the food department.  He's been doing my iron man's with me this month (thank heavens!) and we've got a pretty good start but we may have taken a break from that too.  Whoops, haha.  I guess we got distracted . . .

Anyway, I'll be back with more updates but right now he's waiting for me to come watch a movie and that sounds so much better than staring at my computer. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Scary As All Get Out

Recently I've been going through some things that have been giving me great concern.  It started about a month or so ago and here recently it's become more and more frequent.  What's happening is this:  Whenever I eat, although not every time, a couple hours later I get some really big stomach pains usually followed by a round of vomiting.  It feels like there is a large amount of pressure sitting in my upper belly and it gets worse and worse until I eventually have to vomit.  Afterwords the pressure usually goes away - that is until recently.  Lately it's been getting worse and sticking around longer.

I have no idea what the problem is or what's causing the issue.  I've been eating pretty clean lately and I've been watching my portion sizes.  I haven't introduced anything new into my diet so I'm still eating all the same things.  Whatever it is, it's causing me some major concern.  There's been a couple visits to the doctor so far with no results.  I imagine there will have to be more testing and more doctor visits.  Hopefully I can figure out what it is because as of right now I'm a little scared to eat anything.

I can tell that it's starting to effect my health.  What little I do eat isn't staying down like it should so I'm not getting the nutrients I need.  I'm not eating as often as I should either.  My energy levels are way down and I'm exhausted all the time.  It's frustrating and scary not knowing what this is or how to fix it.  Right now I'm just taking it day by day.  Hopefully I'll have some answers soon.

Friday, November 1, 2013


I can hardly believe that today is November 1st!  I've been looking forward to Halloween for so long and it was gone way to fast.  Now here we are in a brand new month and I am pretty excited!  This month is going to be a busy month but there are so many new possibilities.

November is my Ironman month.  This is the month that I'll be doing two Ironman triathlons that are being sponsered by my gym.  If you aren't familiar with an Ironman it consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run.  The first Ironman is a week challenge for Pound Plunge and the second is a 30 day challenge.  The weekly one is a group activity so all of the members of my Pound Plunge team work together to complete the challenge.  There are four of us and we're all pretty dedicated so I think we can get it done.  The second Ironman is a 30 day challenge and it's all individual.  I'll be completing that Ironman all by myself.

This month is going to be my month.  I'm going to be super focused on my body and eating healthy during November.  I started this morning by getting up and weighing myself, which I haven't done in a few weeks.  I mentioned in my post yesterday that I've been struggling with some of my eating habits and it reflected on the scale today.  I'm up three pounds from where I ended last month, weighing in at 271.6.  It's not a huge increase but any increase at this point is detrimental to the lifestyle I want to be living.  This is proof that eating is 90% of your weight loss.  I went to the gym consistently in October and because my eating wasn't as good as it could have been, I still gained weight. 

I really got lazy and complacent.  I stopped journaling what I was eating and I quit counting calories.  I stopped reading labels on the food we were buying and increased the amount of eating out I was doing.  These are behaviors that I'm going to work on changing this month.  I'm going to start journaling again and keeping track of the calories I'm consuming (you can help keep me accountable by following me on myfitness pal.  I'm under jmason39).  I'm going to stop eating out and start following the meal plans that I get from my trainers.  And most importantly, I'm going to start reading the labels on my food again. 

November is my month.  It's the month I'm going to take back control of my eating habits and my body.  It's the month of Success!