Week 24 Weigh-in

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When I first started this blog I told myself that I would write it as if I were talking to my best friend. No holding back, no social graces just me being me.

Well recently I’ve been getting emails from several companies asking me to do product reviews. I’ve even had a few companies offer to pay me for my subscription list… which I rejected right away. If I’m following your blog and you take the liberty to sell my email address to some schmuck with greasy hair and gold rings on his fingers (that’s how I envision him) then you and I would have a problem because I would be pissed. I’m the only one allowed to share my private information.

As soon as these offers started piling in I couldn’t help but feel super excited because that is the first step to taking this blogging business to the next level. However, I’ve been a little apprehensive about this because I’m all about being brutally honest. My fear was that I would receive a gift from a business and be forced to say mean things about it. I don’t want to come across as ungrateful. At the same time my number one concern is that my blog stays authentic…. just me being me.

I’ve weeded through the companies by sending them the disclaimer that if they want me to review their products they better feel 100% confident about what they are trying to sell because I wasn’t going to simply give a good review  because I got some free stuff.

That being said, Scout got a package in the mail today from Purina Dog Chow.

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Purina asked me to be a part of their Healthy Hundred which is a family based program that focuses on getting outside with your kids and dogs and playing to your hearts content. I accepted immediately because playing outside is what I’m all about!

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I opened the box and it was like doggie Christmas in this place! Scout got a dog bowl, a leash, a puppy pedometer, his own travelling water bottle, and a bandana. (He’s been fixed but he still has to look nice for the ladies.) We also received a flip camera and a custom journal with family fitness tips. This is perfect because Bridget decided she wanted to start running with me in the mornings. Scout is the official running partner of choice at our house. When Bridget get’s older and wants to run on her own I’ll insist on him being her chaperone. Nobody is going to mess with a chick with a Dingo by her side.

We also received a 32 pound bag of Purina Light & Healthy dog food. It arrived just in time, Scout was running a little low on food. As I poured it into Scout’s food bin I became a little concerned. It was comprised of different colored nuggets with different textures. In history Scout has not been a fan of the variety dog foods like that. I think it confuses him. He would only pick out the hard brown pieces because that’s what he’s used to.

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I poured him a big bowl full anyway and at first he would take a mouthful and spit it out on the ground and eat each type separately. The green bits first, then the red, then the white… In my head I was thinking, Are you kidding me? Come on Nancy just eat the damn food. Then he stopped being so delicate and just chowed down on it. I guess he just had to make sure each piece lived up to standard. We haven’t had a problem with it since. He loves it! I’m so relieved because they sent us some pretty cool stuff.

We haven’t used the pedometer yet but I’m looking forward to it because I have no idea how far my favorite running route around my house is. I don’t know if you noticed but I posted a picture of my to-do list yesterday and the only thing that wasn’t marked off was “workout”. I haven’t quite gotten back into my groove since vacation just yet. In fact I’ve been putting off weighing myself since we got back. I usually do it first thing in the morning on weigh-in day but this morning I found myself watering the plants and playing with Penelope. Anything to keep me off the scale. Finally after Penelope went down for her morning nap I did it…

It said 191.8… What?!

My weigh-in before vacation was 192 and I told myself that I would relax and go into maintenance mode. I didn’t think it would actually work though! I think this is the first time in my life that I’ve gone on vacation and didn’t gain a pound. Yay me! This has got me so motivated to keep going!

What is your vacation strategy? Do you stick to your diet or do you say “to hell with it” and go all out?

Week 5 Weigh-in

Today is weigh-in day! I only look forward to this day when I feel like I’ll have good results and today I was excited. But before I could weigh in I had to feed my kids… all three of them.

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Luckily Brent was home, so as soon as everyone was settled I scurried over to the bathroom to do my weigh-in.

You know how I do. I went to the bathroom, stripped down naked and stood on the scale while the angels sang…

I weighed in at 207.2, that’s nearly three pounds less than last week!

I also have other good news. I am no longer a sugar freak crackhead… yay! I know this because last night I made my annual groundhog day cupcakes and I told myself that I could have one. By the time I was done making the cupcakes I didn’t want it.

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Since I was making these cupcakes Bridget informed me that everyone in her class thinks I’m the best mom ever… that was all of the sweetness I needed.

Right now I’m feeling pretty good about this weight loss business. My trick is to pretend like I’m not trying to lose weight. I don’t deny myself anything. If I want it I eat it I just keep an eye on the portions and eat clean the rest of the time.

Brent used to tell me that I didn’t have to like everything that I ate… but I disagree. Food is one of the great joys of life. I strongly believe that if you pay attention to all of your senses you will feel good and taste is one of them. So why eat stuff if you don’t think it tastes good?

What I’ve discovered is that healthy food doesn’t have to taste bad. Sure you can be boring and make yourself eat bland chicken and steamed veggies but why would you do that if you didn’t like it?

Here’s some of the food that I have enjoyed…

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eggs and toast

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sweet potato hash browns with a little cinnamon

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Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken

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Caprese Lasagna with Spicy Turkey Sausage

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lots of fruits and veggies

Disregard the gagging face Penelope is making… she comes from a long line of gaggers.

The hardest part of weight loss for me is clearing my head enough not to over think things. If you read the beginning of my blog you know that I psyche myself out. I’m the queen of the Monday diet… “Oh I screwed up already… pass the chips. I’ll start my diet on Monday.”

I feel like I’ve found my stride. I’ve worked out almost every day this week but the difference is that I wasn’t doing it for the scale. I was doing it for my sanity. Yesterday I went for a nice long run and this allowed me to keep on grinning later that night when Penelope threw up in my hair… for the second time.

Now don’t worry, the crazy that you find so entertaining is still there and next week when the scale doesn’t say what I want it to I will get all dramatic again.

How did you do? Are you still hanging in there with me? I want you to see this blog as a safe place to share your troubles and triumphs. I’ve let it all hang out so you can too 😉

Week 4 Weigh-in and Month 1 Progress Pics

Ugh… there’s nothing quite like putting on tiny shorts and a too tight tank top first thing in the morning and taking pictures for all to see.

This fun little tradition started the day after Christmas to record just how out of control my weight had gotten. At the time nobody was reading my blog so I posted them on my “secret” weight loss blog to remind myself of where I’ve been. (Two people knew about it.) Now a month later I’ve got actual readers and I’ve opened myself to the scrutiny of others. Over the course of a few weeks I feel like a completely different person.

In a month I have lost a total of 14.6 pounds.

When I stepped on the scale today I weighed in a 210 lbs. Shortly after, I took these pictures…

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed this but my butt doesn’t grow. Everything else around it does so it gives the illusion that I’m squeezing my butt cheeks together… it’s hot.

I also took my measurements this morning and I am happy to report that I have lost a total of 7 inches. They will be posted in the measurement portion of this blog.

I have to be honest, I’m a bit disappointed in my weight loss the past couple of weeks. I know that I’ve made progress and that I should be happy with what I have done but I have a feeling something isn’t right. The amount of exercise that I put in coupled with the way I’ve been eating doesn’t really match up with the weight loss. I would expect this to happen much further down the line but since I’ve just begun to lose weight I don’t see any logical reason for it.

This article on weight loss plateaus goes over many reasons for what may be causing this. I don’t know if I’m eating too many calories or not enough so I’m going to take a week to eat the amount of calories it should take to sustain my weight. I’m going to stick with clean food and working out but I want to see where my body is and what its up to. We’ll see what my weight does after this week and we’ll reevaluate the next course of action.

This will be a good practice at maintaining, which is the hardest part.

I’ve only been on track for a month but I feel like I’ve made so much progress from the inside out. I’m not meant to be in this body, it isn’t me. I look forward to finding myself again…

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So, here we go. Round 2.

Week 3 Weigh-in

As I walked to the scale this morning I thought of my previously cheerful self hurriedly making her way to the scale to record how awesome she is and I just wanted to stick my foot out and trip her.

This week instead of eagerly making my way to the scale I hung my head and dragged my feet as I thought…

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Okay, so maybe I’m being a little dramatic.

I did what I do and got naked and stepped on the scale and it said… 211.2

Boo…. last week I weighed 211.6 so I’ve managed to shed a few ounces in a week.

I’ve known this week’s weigh-in was going to be less than spectacular because I only worked out twice. I also had a cheat day on Sunday that kind of trickled into Monday. Other than that I did a pretty good job this week of eating clean and drinking lots of water.

I’m drinking my coffee this morning as I type this and as pathetic as it is I’m secretly hoping it will get things moving so that I can step on the scale again and weigh a few more ounces less.

Too much? Yeah you’re right, that’s gross. Let’s pretend like I didn’t just say that.

Sunday was my first official “cheat” day and I was left wondering if cheat days are a good idea or not. There are many schools of thought but I stumbled upon this article called “Cheat Day- The Best Day of the Week that I found useful.

Do you use a cheat day, if so what are your guidelines? I would love to hear your opinions on it when you weigh in.

UPDATE: I now officially weight 210.8. We will not talk about what transpired to make this magical number happen.

Have a good day everyone!

Oh and here’s a little pep talk just in case your weigh-in didn’t go as planned. There’s nothing wrong with a little daily affirmation 🙂