Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Weigh a Day ~ Final Edition

Since Christmas, my weight has bounced from 221 to 224.8 and everything in between. A few days ago, I'd finally had enough! I cleared the leftovers out of the fridge, I made a green smoothie and I dug my water bottle out from under the car seat, and called my friend to meet me at the gym. I'm proud to say that for the last weigh in of the year, my weight has settled at 221.0.

This means I maintained over the holidays. I'm going to weigh in tomorrow as the first day of the year, and then I'll go back to my weekly Monday weigh ins.

I have some great goals for this year that I'll discuss in a post later today. Until then, have a great day and Happy New Year!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Derned Ipad!

It posted the entry to the wrong blog....Nothing to see here folks....carry on.

Looking forward to 2012

The last two weeks have been fabulous! I managed to maintain a somewhat clean house, I got all of my Christmas baking done, I managed to find time to sew most days and I actually got some sleep.

I'm looking forward to continuing on this path, but I'm nervous because I have to fit two more items into my life ~ homeschool & the gym. I know I can fit it all in, I just have to get myself super organized. If there's one thing I learned this summer with my testing is that I thrive on structure. My personality doesn't lend itself well to this, but my brain requires it.

I'm making myself little binders ~ one for quilting, one for workouts, one for chores & I already have one for homeschool. I have to learn to let go of perfection. Often times when I set out to get organized, I'm immediately paralyzed because I'm not sure exactly how I want everything. My brain doesn't seem to think I can start a project until I can see it completely finished in my mind's eye. Life isn't so cut and dry and I have to remember that.

When it comes to organization, evolution is the key. Just start. Eventually a system will evolve that works. I just have to repeat to myself (constantly) to just get started. The details will work themselves out.

A Weigh a Day ~ Christmas Edition

I hope you all had the Merriest of Christmases. I had a fabulous day, celebrated on the 24th, full of love, family, laughter & FOOD.

You know, it's just not Christmas until someone spills an entire glass of wine all over the kids' gingerbread houses. Whoops! Oh well. We dabbed up the wine as much as we could and we still let the kids eat a bit of them. Yea, I'm a bad mom like that!

Yesterday was a relaxing day around the house with the four of us just sitting and enjoying our new gifts.

I stepped on the scale yesterday morning and it reflected about a half a pound gain ~ I was at 222.0 No biggie. This this morning I stepped on and wowzers!! 224.0 That's a TWO POUND gain in 24 hours!! No, I do not believe I put on 2 lbs of fat in that short of time. I'm quite certain it's water retention and inflammation from all of the crap I've been eating! My joints are sore and my entire body aches ~ that's inflammation!!

Today I took some Advil just so I could get out of bed, I'm doing stretches off and on all day to get the blood flowing and I'll be drinking a lot of water and eating a lot of fruits & veggies. Indulging is ok, but I must remember to take care of myself and repair the temporary damage I've done, lest it become permanent damage.

It's all about changing habits and rather than saying, "Oh screw it! Bring on the rest of the cookies" I must focus on how I'm feeling and make my decisions based on that. This isn't to say that I won't be enjoying some of the leftovers, but I need to ensure I'm getting proper nutrition as well.

I hope you are all enjoying today working on your goals for 2012. I know I am!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A weigh a day

Ive been hanging out at 221.4 for quite a few days now. Today was our big family celebration, so I'm a little scared what I'll see tomorrow.

But that just means I have one extra day before Jan to work it off, right??

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Staying Healthy

This time of year it's of utmost importance to remember to slow down and take care of yourself. While I haven't been able to make it to the gym in weeks, I'm finding other ways to retain my mental health ~ I'm quilting. It's a tremendous stress relief and my family loves the results as they are the ones that get to snuggle up in my finished quilts!

Yesterday I went to get my brows waxed and my hair cut. I then spent the rest of the day shopping, taking myself out to lunch, running some errands and basically have a nice, relaxing day to myself. Today we're taking the kids out to see a reindeer at a local nursery, a chat with Santa, dinner out and then driving around to see Christmas lights while we sip on hot cocoa and sing Christmas Carols.

Don't get so caught up in everything that needs to be done that you forget to actually slow down and enjoy the magic of this season. Regardless of your beliefs, everyone has their own "reason for the season" and we need to keep that in perspective.

There ya go, that's my PSA for this year :-)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Weigh a Day ~ Day 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Phew....Christmas is in full swing around these parts and I'm also working on challenge, a little bet, if you will, that I have going with my husband right now. These two things combined have left me with very little down time. I'm behind on reading blogs and updating my own blog.

I know I have a few new readers and I wanted to just tell you, my blog isn't usually this monotonous. I can't promise that it's not boring, but at least there is typically a little more variety.

Ok, on to the weigh ins!

Day 16: 221.4
Day 17: 221.4
Day 18: 221.4
Day 19: 221.4

Consistency seems to be my thing this month. I woke up to a visit from TOM this morning, and I really wasn't sure what to expect. Imagine how surprised I was to discover I'd gone DOWN!

Day 20: 220.6

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Weigh a Day ~ Day 15

Today's weight is 220.8

Back in the right direction. I'm exhausted. I don't sleep well when the husband is working. He's home now and home until Christmas. I can't wait to get caught up on sleep!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Weigh a Day ~ Day 10 - 14

Phew! I'm not dead. Although for a while I wasn't sure.

Day 10 ~ 220.2
Day 11 ~ 220.2
Day 12 ~ 220.2

At this point in the month, I had planned to write a blog post about one reason for doing this challenge was to recognize the slight variations in weight from day to day. Buuuuutt, that wasn't happening. Instead, I got sick and spent two days in bed. Then I had to spend a day and a half getting caught up on life stuffs. So, of course, I offered fast food for dinner. And then....

Day 13 ~ 223.0

Whoa!!! Can someone say salt overload and water retention?!?

Day 14 ~ 222.2

Well, it's going in the right direction. That's about the only positive thing I have to say at this point!

I got a comment from a dear friend the other day suggesting that maybe I shouldn't be so concerned about weight and to focus more on health. It's a great point and one that remind myself, often.

Originally I had given myself this challenge because I had grand plans of losing all kinds of weight in December. I was going to beat the odds. I was going to go to the gym everyday. I was going to eat salad and raw veggies for every meal except Christmas night.

Yea, well. Then Dec 1 and the funniest thing happened. Life. Boy 1 got sick, hubby went back to a normal schedule of pretty much just being gone ~ rather than home ~ and then I got sick. Here we are half way through the month and I haven't been to the gym once. Not once. Not even to run in and grab an ornament off the giving tree.

So, goals change. Thoughts evolve. This challenge is now about keeping me accountable. About not completely losing control of everything in Dec. It's keeping me grounded and at least keeping my choices about my health in the front of my mind as opposed to being pushed to the back.

It's about knowing that I have to face the scale the day after Christmas and planning my Christmas menu accordingly.

So, while I agree that health is always more important than weight, it's recognizing that the number on the scale is more tangible and more accessible than other health markers.


Friday, December 9, 2011

A weigh a day - Day 9

Today was 219.6 - took my body a bit to get going, but we seem to be moving in the right direction now!

And now that boy 1's lungs are playing nice again, we can start going to the gym and getting our sweat on!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A weigh a day ~ Day 8

Day 8 ~ 221.0 Well, we're going in the right direction. I woke up hungry this morning and I always know when that happens, I've usually dropped some weight. The hubs and I went out to dinner tonight after finishing up our Christmas shopping to celebrate our anniversary (Saturday, but he'll be gone) and I have to admit, I indulged. Over indulged. It didn't even taste that good. Blah.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A weigh a day - 6 & 7

A weighed yesterday and thought all day about a really cool post I wanted to write and boom - before I knew it the day was gone and I plum forgot!!

Today I remembered but have hardly had time to breathe all day. This the season!

Day 6 - 222.4
Day 7 - 222.4

I'm nothing of not consistent. I have a kick ass post written in my head. Won't have time to write it tomorrow. Keeping my fingers crossed for Friday!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

A weigh a day

222.4 - yikes. What happened! I went the wrong way! A lot of crappy processed food is to blame. And the fact that ToM is just around the corner. Blah.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A weigh a day - day 4

I spent the morning in the ER with boy 1 and his asthma this morning. Grrrr...
But I did remember to weigh in.

221.6. I'm sensing a pattern here....

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Weigh a Day ~ Day 3

Look at me...blogging from my new MacBook. SahWheet!!!

Today 221.6

I'm sensing a pattern. My eating has been ok, I just haven't been moving & sweating as much as I'd like at all. Bah Humbug. We're getting into the Christmas Spirit around here, but with that comes lots of business and the gym always seems to be the first to go when the busies come a callin'.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A weigh a day - Day 1

Day 1: 221.6

Ouch. We went out to dinner last night and although I ordered a salad with salsa and only ate half of it, I ate three onion rings and had three diet Cokes. I never drink soda. Never. I'm pretty sure that's why I feel like shit this morning and am retaining water. My nalgene shall be my BFF today.