It's time to stop messing around and get serious about losing the weight. The time is now
and I am the person who has to do the work.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Weekly Check In

With the new look of the Sisterhood website comes a few changes. The first one being the weigh in being changed to a check in. I think this makes sense so that everyone can participate. I'm hoping that one of these days I will be one of the people that is just checking in because I have met my goal.

The good news this week is that I lost 1.3 pounds. The bad news is that takes me to 200.1 pounds. I was so hoping to break 200 this week. I guess I'll be doing that next week.

I'm still walking five mornings a week and doing my pool workouts. I'm throwing in the Shred and some of my Wii games here and there. It has been hot and humid here, so the latter not so much. I am very faithful to the walking and pool though.

So, that's it for now. Hope you all did well.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I Confess

Tuesday, Tuesday! Don't you just love Tuesday. Here we all gather to confess our sins of the week. I have a few, but mostly I've been pretty good.

1. I unintentionally ate an awful burger on Monday night. Do not ever buy the Stockman and Dakota brand burgers at Jewel. Hubby just cooked them on the grill while I made good stuff to go with them. It never even occured to me to look at them first. I was just thinking a burger. I had just read a recipe on Weight Watchers online for hamburgers and it was 5 points. We get done with dinner and go to log my points. Ladies, I almost shit. That one stinkin burger had alamost 500 calories and cost me 13 points. Note to self,,,,check the box before you cook.

2. I intentionally used 4 of my weekly points to go over my points yesterday. I made jambalaya, stuffed jalapenos and black beans for dinner. I enjoyed every bite and I'm not apologizing. It was worth the extra points.

3. I confess that I love working out in the pool. I've only missed one day since I started. I took that day off becasue the backs of my calves were so sore, I could hardly walk. Bari was right. I was jogging on my toes and not putting my weight on my whole foot. I won't be doing that again. It hurt so bad Sunday night, it kept me up half the night.

4. I confess that I am very excited about the new challenege. The only thing that could make it better would be if we could pick our own teams.

So, that's it. I'll see you tomorrow at the weigh in. No's a check in now right.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Quick Note....

Just a quick note to let you know that aqua jogging is going well. I've done it three days in a row now. Today, I was a little iffy about doing it. Although it feels great doing it when you are in the water, it must be a hell of a workout because my calves have been screaming for two days now. I've been jogging for a mile. I clip my pedometer to the top of my bathing suit to keep track. I've been doing butt kicks and high steps when I jog. Maybe that is what is hurting my calves. I've also been doing ab, arm and leg exercises in the water. I'm really loving this though. Who knew that this exercise wonderland was in my backyard all this time?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Mini Challenge / Love Me

So.....there was this mini challenge at the Sisterhood this week. I think it should have been called a maxi challenge because it was hard. Monday thru Friday we were supposed to come up with ways to love ourself in 3 different ways each day. This was tough. I mean really tough. Lovin on me is something I don't do much of. I tried though.


1. Took a walk with a good friend.
2. Looked at myself in the mirror after my shower and didn't think bad things.
3. Finished a book I have been reading for weeks.

1. Enjoyed having the house to myself for a whole hour.
2. Gave myself a pedicure
3. Treated myself to a tall Bacardi and diet. Only 2 Weight Watcher points.

1. Put on some music and danced it out with my granddaughters.
2. Gave some very special tickets to a friend and her husband and boys and was thrilled to see how excited they were. It made my heart feel good.
3. Enjoyed a long soak in the tub with a good book.

1. Went window shopping. No real shopping till the end of summer and I have lost some more weight.
2. Talked hubby into making me a book shelf for my cookbooks.
3. Got a manicure.

1. Found out that you can get an excellent workout in the pool. (see previous post)
2. I'm going to use some Flex Points (which I have never done yet) to have some fried fish at my daughters house tonight. It's fresh blue gill and perch that my husband caught. How can I resist?

I missed a few times in the course of the week, but at least I did it. It was hard and some of my stuff is lame, but I did it. I'm repeating myself. Mini challenge accomplished.

p.s. I apologize if this is all spaced weird but Blogger is being really weird. I've tried to post this twice and the spacing keeps screwing up. I tried!

Who Knew!

Anyone who knows me in real life probably knows that I am not a water girl. I love my hot tub and my bathtub, but that is as far as my love of water goes. We have a pool in our yard that I can probably count on my ten fingers the number of times I have been in and we've had it for about eight years. I can't swim. Get the picture?

Today, it is so hot here. 90's and a bazillion percent humidity. You know the kind when it hurts to take a deep breath. I was cleaning house and I was dying. Remember the last post about no central air? I was texting back and forth with my daughter at work. She said why didn't I just break down and get in the pool. No one but me was home, so there was no threat of anyone seeing me in my bathing suit. I said no several times. Then I got to thinking. Maybe it would cool me off. So, I got in.

I floated for about five minutes and decided it was stupid. I was hotter baking in the sun than I was in the house. I jumped off the raft and I kinda bounced in the water. It got me thinking and I tried jogging. I jogged for 20 minutes and I loved it. It is nothing like jogging on pavement. Then I tried ab work. I liked that too. I tried squats and side kicks. Excellent. I tried jumping jacks and scissor kicks. Loved it.

Guess what? I am planning on doing that every day. I don't care who sees me in my bathing suit. They can watch me shrink right before their eyes. Weight Watchers, water aerobics, shredding, more workouts and a new challenge starting. I am so stoked right now. I really feel like this is all finally coming together. I might just be getting the courage to post before and after pictures on here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Weigh In

I know this is the end of the Shrinking days of Summer, but I don't have a final tally. There were weeks I missed weigh in, so I don't know what my total loss is. I'm looking forward to the new challenge now. With starting Weight Watchers, I know I can do good with that challenge.

Now, on to this weigh in.......

I learned something this week. People have told me that you have to eat to lose weight. People have told me that you have to eat all your points to lose weight. If you had a chance to read my True Confessions yesterday, you know that I've been having a really hard time eating this week. It has just been too hot! Because I haven't been using all my points, I don't have a great weigh in.

Today I weigh 201.4. That is a whopping loss of .4 pounds. That's not even a half pound.

So what have we learned this week? I have to eat! No matter how hot it is, I have to eat. I may have to be a little nauseous, but I have to eat. I'm hoping for a much better weigh in next week.

One last thing...if you want to try something yummy, try the Dark Chocolate Almond Kellogg's Fiber Plus bar. It's only 2 points and so good. See, I'm eating. I had one one while I typed this.

That's my new start on next week.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

True Confessions

This is the day we confess our sins for the week. I don't have a lot this week. I'm on a pretty good run right now because of starting Weight Watchers. I'm trying really hard. I just have a few and they aren't really bad. I guess that's a good thing.

1. I live in a 1930's house. It has hot water heat which means there is no duct work. Needless to say, we don't have central air. I've lived here for 37 years and we are likely to never have it. It would be really expensive to do. On an average summer, I don't mind much. Every room has a ceiling fan and there is a whole house attic fan to suck out the hot air. This summer is going to be the death of me. It has been in the 90's with 1000% humidity. You just drip sweat even when standing still. Imagine when you try to exercise. I haven't missed a day of walking, but I have missed some Shred and More Workouts.

2. I am having trouble eating all my points on Weight Watchers. When it is this hot, nothing sounds good. I'd much rather drink than eat. Eating literally makes me nauseous. I've been living on water, fruit and green pepper slices pretty much for the last two days. I have to try to make myself eat. It's not like I'm not cooking. My husband and daughter are eating just fine. Just not me.

3. Because of the last two confessions, I'm not expecting a lot in tomorrows weigh in. I guess we'll see. I have to start eating right. I know this. I just need the weather to cooperate just a little bit.

That's it for now. See you all tomorrow.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I Never Thought of It Like That

I was walking this morning with my friend. The humidity was God awful and we were soaking wet by the end of the first mile. We kept on walking and talking. My friend said "Did you realize that we are doing at least a 5k every morning?". I never thought of it like that before, but we are. I am walking no less than a 5k five mornings a week. Not bad!

After we got home being I was already soaking wet, I did the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. Christy had mentioned that she was starting it again, so I figured why not. I had already started doing the More Workouts Wii game with Heather, so I did that too.

I was one sweaty mess, but I felt really good. Really hot and sweaty, but really good!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

We Have a Winner!


She might be a little sweaty, but that is what hard work will do to you. I danced all night at a wedding this past weekend. I think that qualifies as exercise, don't you.

Here's the good I weigh 201.8. That is a loss of 3.2 pounds since last Monday.

I'm hoping to do better next week. I had three days this past week when I didn't have any access to a computer, so I guessed all my points. I refuse to pay for computer access on my phone. Now, I have my pocket points calculator and I'll never have to do that again. I think I did okay with my guessing though.

My goals for this week are to drink more water, exercise at least five days (last week was only four) and to track the points of everything that goes in my mouth.

I am Happy!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's About Time!

It's me ladies, Bacardi Mama.
I've decided that I need a blog specifically for my weight loss goals and trials.
One that my family doesn't know about and I can say anything I want and not worry who is going to be mad or appalled about it.

I have been on this journey of mine for some time now. I keep trying and trying and I have some forward progress and then I have setbacks. I'm sure everyone does. But, I am tired of this. Really, really tired of it. So, I finally did something that is quite radical for me. I'm spending money to lose weight. I joined Weight Watchers and I love it!!
I started on July 5th and so far, it is going really well. In my first weigh in last Wednesday, I had lost .8 pounds in two days. I was really encouraged by that. I made sure to keep my weigh in on Wednesday with all of you. I'm excited for tomorrow. I think it is going to be really good. I hope I'm not setting myself up for disappointment though. I'm not, right?
We were gone over the weekend for a wedding and I think I still did good. I was pleased to find out that I don't have to totally give up my friend, Mr. Bacardi. If I have him in diet coke, it's only one point. I think the only bad thing I ate over the whole weekend was the Combos we ate in the car going down to Indy. I never even wanted the wedding cake.
I was having trouble the first few days eating all my points. I felt like I was eating more than I was before. Christy (I love her) said I had to eat all my points. So, I've made a point of doing that now. Some days it is really hard, but I do it. I ordered the Point Tracker and it came while we were gone. I had a ball yesterday shopping with it. It took a long time, but I came home with nothing I couldn't eat. I realize that there is nothing I can't eat. I just try to make the best choices now.
So, here comes the real confession part of this new blog and first post. My real weight. Nobody knows this but me. I'm hoping that this is going to be freeing and not disgustingly embarrassing. I've told you all before about how I totally quit smoking and haven't had any stress smokes for seven months now. I am really proud of that. What I'm not proud of is how I let the new yummy taste of food get the best of me. When you smoke, it dulls your taste buds. Wow, does food taste great when they work like they are supposed to. Drum roll please.....on July 5th I weighed in at 205 pounds. On Wednesday July 7th, I weighed in at 204.2. That gives me the great hope that this is going to work for me. I have never weighed this much. Not even when I delivered my twins.
I am working out faithfully. I walk five mornings a week with a good firend. I've only walked once with my friend Mary, but I'm hoping we can make that a weekly thing before I have to go back to work. I started Heather's More Workouts challenge. I do something every day that is fitness releated. It might be Jillian's Shred or the Biggest Loser Wii game or the kettlebell workout. I do something.
If anyone has any Weight Watchers tips for me, please send them along. I really want to do well at this. I hate to waste money and I really need to get back in shape. Big time good shape!
That's it for now. I'll be back tomorrow with what I hope is fantastic news for my weigh in. Wish me luck!!