Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Calvary's Biggest Loser - Week 1

We had our first weigh in on Monday morning. I was pretty nervous because I didn't feel like I had made any progress. So, I was thrilled when the scale showed that I had lost 3.5 pounds! That is 1.85% - not too bad for the first week. There are three women ahead of me so I have to step it up this week. Since I only managed to exercise twice last week, I'm hoping to up that this week and see a bigger difference.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

12 Days and Biggest Loser

Since I haven't posted in over a month, my "12 days" have come and gone. It went well...for those 12 days. Then, I let my guard down and all the good that did happen quickly reversed itself.

A few weeks ago, someone at work decided that we needed to have a Biggest Loser competition. I am super excited and determined to WIN. Not that I'm competitive or anything... We have about 40 people that have signed up. We each contributed $10 and the winner takes all. We are divided into men and women for the 1st place prize. Then we have lots of smaller teams competing against each other - to make it more interesting and keep everyone motivated.

We had our first weigh in on Monday and will continue to weigh in every Monday until the week of Thanksgiving. I've done good so far this week. I haven't exercised as much as I would like but I'm hoping to put in some extra time this weekend. I also need to find my Weight Watcher material. I did their program a few years ago and had a lot of success. Hopefully, it will work as well this time too.

Hopefully, I will do a better job keeping this updated this time. We will find out our ranking (% of weight lost) by Tuesday of each week so I'll try to post that. I'm getting out all my old skinny clothes as motivation and I'm dreaming about what I can do with the money if/when I win. I definitely want to be Calvary's Biggest Loser!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Days 1-3

Well, we've made it 3 days on our 12 day kickoff to our new healthy eating plan. So far, so good...I think. If you are friends with Josh on Facebook, he is giving a play by play of our meals. I haven't been doing that yet but I am giving him the rundown of what I've eaten each day to keep me accountable. Here are some things I have learned so far:
  • I tend to snack a lot. When I'm bored, when I'm sleepy...anytime there's a lull in my day, I think about grabbing something to eat. I've tried to be more conscious about what's triggering the emotional eating. I've been trying to find productive things to do when I want to snack. I've also found that apples and caramel dip are a great snack that makes me feel full for a long time.
  • I can make it without Mtn Dew. :) With the exception of a small cup of coffee each morning, I haven't had any caffeine since Sunday night. I had a dull headache Monday and Tuesday but it has gone away now. I am learning to love water.
  • I expect to see results quickly. Obviously I need to give it more that 3 days so I'm trying to stay positive. The first time I can tell a difference in how I feel/look will be a huge motivator.
  • I catch myself thinking that one little "something or other" won't hurt. You know "that candy bar is so small, surely it won't mess up my progress." But, I haven't given in so I'm proud of that.
Overall, things have went smoothly the first few days. Josh is much better at menu planning and cooking so I've let him handle that. I haven't exercised as much as I've wanted but we are doing at least 12 minutes a day. That's better than nothing. Check back for another update if a few days.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

12 Days

Tomorrow we are kicking off the first 12 days of our new diet healthy eating plan. My mom and dad are both on board too. Josh is along for the ride because he tends to do a better job with menu planning and actually sticking to the plan.

We aren't following a specific plan - just eating healthier with the goal of no cheating for the 12 days. Momma is reading Mike Huckabee's book and 12 days is what he suggests to get started. He also suggests only 12 minutes of exercise but I am planning to do Jillian's 30 Day Shred.

I am planning to keep a record of my progress on here. Hopefully it will be good accountability. I really need to make a change. This is probably the worst I've felt about myself since right after Abby was born.

I've debated all day about posting a "before" picture. But, as I told Mom last night, if you know me in real life you know this is what I look like. So, there's no point in hiding it. Plus, it will motivate me to try harder to have an awesome "after" picture.

I went to the doctor last week because I have been feeling lightheaded several times a day. They did a complete blood workup and thankfully everything looked great. I am supposed to monitor my blood pressure for the next six weeks because it fluctuated so much while I was there. My appointment is 5 weeks from Wednesday. I have decided not to weigh myself until that appointment.

Because I want the accountability that comes with total honesty, I am going to share my current weight and my goals for the next weeks/months. And, well, because I think a little humiliation may help my motivation too.

So, here goes...
Mother's Day

Current weight - 186

Goals:

  • 12 days with no cheating
  • at least 12 minutes of exercise every day - hopefully 20 minutes with Jillian
  • lose 10-15 pounds before my doctor's appointment
  • lose 40-50 pounds total (at 2lbs/week that should be around Christmas)

Well, I'm off to bed to get ready for this adventure. Please feel free to ask me about how it's going. And lots of encouraging comments would be nice too. :-)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Day Camp

One of the churches down the road from us has a summer camp that includes kids that will be going to kindergarten this fall. I thought it would be a great change of pace for Abby so we enrolled her. So far, she has had a blast. I am so thankful I randomly checked their website and saw that she could attend. Here is a video of what she learned her first week.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Hoedown Throwdown

Josh took Abby to see the Hannah Montana movie last Friday. She LOVED it and has been obsessed with learning the dance "Hoedown Throwdown" since then. Enjoy...


video

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Another Prayer Request

Please pray for my friend Jessica. She has been fighting Hodgkin's Lymphoma for the past two years. Yesterday, the doctors told the family that they felt it was time to call Hospice. The family is obviously devastated. Please pray for her husband Tommy and their two children (Thomas-5, Macy-2) as well as the extended family. You can visit her Caring Bridge site at www.caringbridge.org/visit/jessicawentz.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Easter Eggs

The kids got to dye Easter eggs at both Nana's and MeeMaw's house. Of course, I forgot to take the camera to Nana's but did manage to get a few pics at MeeMaw's house. Abby had a blast as usual. Kaden was, well, Kaden and had to be supervised very, very closely.






First Baptist Icard hosted a great Easter egg hunt at a nearby park. The kids had a blast looking for eggs (actually, just picking up the eggs, but they loved it).







Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Please pray...

for Baby Stellan, MckMama, and the whole family as they endure this very unexpected trial.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Snow Day

I hoped that we would have at least one good snow this year. You know, the kind that shuts everything down for a day or two. Which, around here, only takes about 3-4 inches. So, when it started snowing on Sunday night, March 1, I was super excited. When our power went out around 11:30pm, my excitement started to wane. (Thankfully, when it flickered an hour earlier, Josh and I gathered all the flashlights/lanterns just in case.) We turned the logs on and went to bed fully believing it would be one in the morning. No such luck. The power company said it could take up to two days to get it restored. Since I was not staying at home with both kids and no power by myself, Josh agreed to take the day off as well. Thankfully, we have family close by that had power so we loaded up and headed to their house. We spent the day playing Wii and eating junk food and fun was had by all. Praise the Lord, the power came back on later that night. I am now officially ready for Spring.

Easter Dress

Thankfully, Abby is still at the age where she will humor me (and her MeeMaw) and try on lots and lots of dresses. Of course, we have to let her pick at least one herself. Here were our possibilities for Easter dresses.










We ended up buying her dress at a different store. Pictures will be coming when we have the whole outfit.



This is the dress that Abby picked out. She calls it her "slitty" dress - because of the slits, of course.






Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Grrr...

It is totally annoying me that on some computers, I can't see my background. So, I have no idea what the colors/fonts/layout looks like. Hopefully, I can find a computer that works the right way and get everything just how I like it. I appreciate your patience in the meantime. :)

It Amazes Me...

how I can talk to, kiss, touch, poke, sing to, even turn the light on when I'm trying to wake the kids up in the morning and they can turn over and go right back to sleep. Yet, at night, if I so much as breathe on them, they are wide awake...

Friday, January 23, 2009

FPU

Josh and I started Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University a few weeks ago at church. This week we have to create a detailed cash flow plan and then Wednesday the lesson will be on debt. Not fun. BUT, I am definitely ready to "live like no one else so that one day I can live like no one else." We are having our budget committee meeting Sunday night. Say a little prayer for us...