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, September 29, 2010

Shrinkvivor Weigh In #3

I'm not going to make big excuses for my pitiful weight loss. It was an awful week of stress and emotions, but I could have done better. I can't use that as an excuse. I lost .6 pounds. I guess any loss is a good loss though.


I kicked ass on the fast food challenge. Not one morsel of fast food. I have to confess though that I gave up fast food about a year ago, so this wasn't really hard to do. It's funny though that when people at work had fast food for lunch, it smelled good to me. That hasn't happened in a long time.


The exercise challenge was good too. I had 426 minutes. Every day I did 20 minutes of the Shred or Biggest Loser wii game and 50 minutes on the treadmill or outside. I got the extra six minutes last night doing the tworkout. I got a call that I had to take from a good friend who's husband had a heart attack on Sunday. By the time I got off the phone, everyone else was on the last exercise. At 9:00 at night, I lost my motivation. At least I got the first six minutes.
I've been real good about keeping up with my water intake. I never have less than 64 ounces and most days I have more.


My husband is leaving Sunday on a week long fishing trip. This should help my game next week. I can eat so much better when he's not around. My daughter and I won't have red meat at all next week. We'll have a lot more fruit and veggies. My daughter is very supportive of my efforts here.


That's my story for this week. How did you all do?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

True Confessions

I'm writing this at school on my lunch hour, so I can't put the True Confessions icon up. It looks kind of bare without it. I have a few things to confess.

1. I'm not overly confident about the weigh in tomorrow. It's been a rough week with the emotions. I think everything is working it self out now, but it was stressful for awhile. One of the most stressful things was one of my best friends husband having a heart attack. If you read my last post about Vickie's Chickies, this is Vickie's husband. Although it looks like he is going to be okay and the heart damage is minimal, I really don't know how much more this poor girl can take. You should read the last post.

2. Spending all day Sunday at the hospital, I did nothing and I mean nothing. I didn't exercise, I didn't drink water, I barely ate. Bad day all around.

3. Although I keep trying, I can't seem to make myself get to bed at a decent time. Midnight has become early for me.

So that's it. Nothing awful, but nothing great either. We'll see what happens tomorrow. I sure hope it doesn't end up being my week to be exhiled.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Vickie's Chickies

I have a friend. A very good friend named Vickie. She is one of those friends that everyone should have. She would do anything for you, no matter the cost to her. She is in a real fight right now and myself and some other friends are helping in any way we know how.

One of those ways is to walk with Vickie in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in October. You see Vickie's fight started almost six years ago with breast cancer. She did really well with that fight and we thought we won. Little did we know that last summer, her cancer would come back in her lungs. She is doing really well so far and we would like to fight to do everything we can to help keep it that way. Research is such a powerful tool.

There is a way you can help us. We are raising money for the walk. We would like our team to come in first place for fundraising. One of our moms at school is a Lia Sophia jewelry representative. She has offered to have a book party for us and give us her 30% commission.

Here is how you can help us.

For Online Orders: Go to www.liasophia.com/jessicadgage and then to the jewelry tab at the top. When prompted for hostess name, enter Vickie’s Chickies, shop using the online catalogs, then proceed to checkout. It’s very easy. In order for Jessica to close the party and get her 30% commission to us by our walk on October 17, this will have to be a short sale. All orders, online and on paper will need to be placed no later than September 30.I'm counting on any of you who can to help us.

Vickie has been fighting for a long year with things thrown it that no one fighting that fight should have to deal with. Her dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer and her mom had knee replacement. Very unexpectedly, she lost her mom when she fell at her home and suffered a head injury. She has been through too much. I hope you can help us.

Thank you so much for your support. It means everything!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Shrinkvivor Weigh In #2



Woot Woot




















I am so excited!!! Do you see that number? I lost 1.8 pounds. I worked really hard and it shows. I couldn't be happier.



I did all the things I said I was going to do. I tracked my food points. I worked out. I walked. I drank water till I sloshed.



I drank no less than 64 ounces of water a day. I have a 64 ounce (the amount of water you are supposed to drink in a day) water jug that I fill every night before bed. I start drinking when I get up. Usually I am finished with it before I leave work. Then I would come home and keep on drinking. Usually another 16 to 24 ounces. I was having a problem last week remembering to take the bottle to work with me. This week, I put a note on the bathroom mirror to remind me. I just put the bottle on the counter by my lunch and then I couldn't forget it. Problem solved.



I walked three miles a day for a total of 18 miles. I wish it was still summer and I was off and could have done much more. 18 miles is pretty good though, I think.



So, that's my story. Better get ready for work. I'll read all your posts tonight. Hope you all had a good week too.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

True Confessions


It's my first True Confession Shrinkvivor edition. It may be my best edition ever. I've been very good.
1. I have counted my points all week.
2. I have walked every day. I thought my mileage was pretty good until I saw Bari's on Twitter. You are awesome girl!
3. I drank no less than 64 ounces of water a day. Most days I drank more than that.
4. I went to a reunion type party with a bunch of the girls I graduated with. It was so much fun. I was very proud of myself. I ate very sensibly and drank no liquor. No Bacardi for this girl.
5. I ate lots of fruits and vegetables.
I did good, right? I'm actually excited for weigh in tomorrow and the Biggest Loser premier and the tworkout tonight. What is happening to me? I really like all this stuff now. It's about time, don't you think?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Thursday Three / Love Me

I'm running a little behind on this assignment because it's been a busy week. Sorry April! I really meant to get it done on Thursday night, but I didn't get home till after midnight. Yesterday was equally busy. Today, I have a little time this afternoon. The directions for this assignment were....

Today’s Thursday Three is a love letter to YOU. Write a love letter to yourself and include three things (at least) why you awesomely amazingly beautiful. Because, trust me, you are.

Dear Nancy,
Knowing you like I do, I was pretty sure you would have a little bit of a hard time with this. You are your own worst critic. Finding the good in yourself is not your strong point. You are much better at finding fault with yourself. It doesn't matter if it's true or not, you will find something you think is wrong. But, that is also something that you are working on.
It took some thinking and soul searching, but I did come up with some things that make me awesome. Yes, I said it. There are things that make me awesome.
1. I am a giver. Sometimes to a fault, but I love to do for others. Right now, I am working on fundraising for the Making Strides walk. (Shameless plug, widget on sidebar. Feel free to donate) It is a walk that is very close to my heart. One of my very best friends is fighting cancer right now and it all started with breast cancer. My sister and another good friend had better outcomes when their biopsies came back negative. I do many walks in the course of the year for different charities. I love to do them. It is such a positive feeling. I feel like I am doing something to help with things that are on such a huge scale. When every little bit helps, I am helping and I like that feeling.
2. I'm not afraid to have a good time. Believe it or not, this hasn't always been the case. I was always worried about what people would say, what people would think. Guess what, who cares. I'm not doing anything wrong. I like to go to baseball and football games. I like to go out with friends and our husbands. I like to go out with the girls without our husbands. I like to stay home and have friends over to play pool, play board games or watch sports. I just plain and simple enjoy having a good time.
3. I am the most awesome grandma. I really am and I don't mind tooting my own horn about it. I have three of the best grandkids. Today, we went to the Oz Fest parade while their mom and dad went shopping. I love to have them spend the night. We love to bake and go for walks and do crafts and go on little trips to the orchard or park or numerous other places. I think being a grandparent is one of the best things in the world and I am damn good at it.
4. I'm getting better and better at this fitness journey I am on. I'm sure not saying I am perfect at it because I have many a slip up, but I'm getting better all the time. I've gotten to a point where I think I actually like working out. I said like, not love but hey, that is certainly a step in the right direction
So my dear, you do have a little awesomeness in you. I just wish you didn't have to look so hard to find it. It's there. It's always right there where everyone else can see it, but you miss it most of the time. You really have to work on being good to you and seeing the good in you. You are an awesome, beautiful person and people tell you that often and you can never just accept the compliment. You shrug it off like they are lying. You have to stop doing that. You are a very worthwhile person who many people love and count on. You have to learn to love and count on you too. You are worth it and I know it because I am you. I might be your conscience, but I see all the goodness and light and all the colors of you. You need to see them too. Give it a try. I bet you'll like what you see.
Love you,
Nancy

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Shrinkvivor Weigh In #1




There you have it! The good, the bad and the ugly! The good would be the new challenge. The bad and the UGLY would be the weight. I almost lost it in the bathroom this morning when I weighed myself. Don't ask me why, but I didn't weigh in last week. So, imagine my surprise when I weigh in this morning and I gained 4 pounds since the end of the last challenge.
How do you gain four pounds in two weeks????? You know how....you stress eat. It wasn't like I was eating crap though. I was eating pretty good stuff. But, even good food in massive quantities will get ya. I'm certainly proof of that
Here's my game plan for this challenge.
1. Work really hard on the Monthly Project. I think that will really help with the stress eating.
2. Track my food on the Weight Watchers website. I have to get back to doing that. I keep saying it, but I just haven't gotten in the swing of it since I went back to work.
3. Drink the 64 ounces of water that i need to drink. It seems like I am doing it every other day for some dumb reason. I bought the big bottle and fill it before I go to bed, so it's ready to go the next morning. Some days I just forget to take it to work. Mental note to self....take water bottle to work.
4. Keep in close contact with Tribe Copper for support and inspirtion.
5. Work hard on whatever those weekly challenge things are called.
6. Remember that I have to be serious about this challenge and nobody but me is going to get this done. The time is now and I am the person who can do it. I just have to believe in me!!!
I just have to believe in me!
(does that kind of look like copper?)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lose for Good / True Confessions


















UPDATE
The winner of the Lose for Good shirt is Mendie. Congratulations girl!

Please email me your mailing info.

Today is Lose-A-Palooza!



Lose-A-Palooza is a one-day social media event created to encourage participation in the Lose For Good® campaign** to benefit Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger.



I am a member of Weight Watchers and proud to help with this special day.



I have purchased the shirt pictured above and you could win it.



All you have to do is help spread the word and leave me the link in your comment.



For every accepted mention or acknowledgment of “Lose For Good” made on September 14th through blogs, Twitter, Facebook and check-ins via foursquare, Weight Watchers will donate $1 – up to $60,000* – to Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger.



This is a one day giveaway.



I will pick the winner on September 15th.



Now, on to the True Confessions part of this post. It's ugly friends, really ugly.



1. I have gained in the last two weeks since the end of our last challenge. I am embarrassed because my team won that challenge and I should still be losing, not gaining.



2. This one is really embarrassing considering the people involved in the first part of this post. I am still struggling with tracking my points on the website. I just can't get my @$#% together since I went back to work. If I do nothing else, I have to start doing this again. I was really good at it this summer. I can be again.



3. I haven't gotten a lot of exercise in this week. Who knows why? I just haven't.



4. My food choices haven't been horribly bad, but I haven't been planning meals like I should. Once again, that work thing is changing lots of the things I was doing this summer. One of my problems is we have snack twice a day at preschool. I have to not have snack twice a day at preschool.



the good news....we start a new challenge tomorrow and I am going to give it my all. I'm going to get my ducks in a row (what a dumb saying) and do my best. I'm going to do the meal planning and the exercise and the tracking. I am going to do whatever the challenges are in Shrinkvivor. I have been mulling over giving running another shot. I'm waiting to hear if the Sisterhood is going to do the November 5k thing again. That would make my decision easier. I'd try it again for sure for that.

That's my post. Help spread the word for Lose for Good and free yourself with your own True Confession. I feel much better. You will too.

Jump Start

The Monthly Project at the Sisterhood this month is Free Yourself! Once and For All! The first assignment is the following....

This week PICK ONE thing that you really really really despise about yourself, something that you do that thwarts your weight-loss efforts, something that prevents you from making time, someone in your life that’s always negative, some inner monologue that always rears its ugly head and fills you up with doubt, JUST PICK ONE THING! And then exchange it for something better.

My first problem came with Christie's pick for herself. She picked exactly what I would have picked. I have spent the last four hours trying to think of another thing, but I keep going back to my original thought. Then it hit me...I can do it. Christie isn't the only person with this problem. So here it is....

Christie called it her constant feeling of obligation, but I call it my inability to say no. I bet you that at least half of our sisters here have the same problem. Why is that I will put everyone else's needs and desires above my own? It happens every single day of my life. Some days it's in little ways and other days it is in huge ways, but it is always there at some point of every day.

Tackling this is going to be tough and I'm not exactly sure how I am going to go about it. I'm probably really crazy to tackle this the same week we start a new challenge, but maybe this is the perfect time. I'm going to be needing some real "me" time for this challenge. Not exercising is definitely not going to be an option. That has to happen at some point in every day. I have to learn to say no, at least some of the time.

I'm not sure at what point we report back and say how we are doing, but until we do, I have a new mantra...."Oh sorry, I can't do that for you right now". Do you think I can do it? I'm going to give it my best shot. I've been a pleaser for so long, it is going to be really hard. If I can do it, it will be so freeing. I will feel better, inside and out. So much less stress.

Crossing my fingers and here goes...........

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fitness Giveaway

There is one day left to enter my fitness giveaway on my other blog.

http://bacardimama.blogspot.com/2010/08/csn-stores-review-and-giveaway.html

Head on over and check it out.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Look Who I Get To Meet


I am beyond excited for November 18th to come. I am going with some friends to hear Ali Vincent speak. She was the first ever female winner of the Biggest Loser. I loved her when she was on the show and I love her on the Biggest Loser wii game.

I need to hear her story from her. I need her experience and knowledge. I need her inspiration.

I just ordered her book from Amazon. I didn't know she had written a book. I wonder if I take it with me that night if she would sign it?

I feel like I am on a good phase of my journey to weight loss and fitness. I want to be healthy and happy. I feel like any tool that I can find to help me is a good thing. I think Ali will be a good thing. I just wish I didn't have to wait two and a half months to hear her. That's okay. I'll see how much more weight I can lose before I meet her.

I can guarantee you there will be a big old post after that night!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Down and Dirty Final Check In



Today is the final check in for the Down & Dirty in 30 Challenge. I have loved this challenge. I have loved my team. We are the Lowdown Dirty Losers and we are awesome. I think we have a good chance of winning this challenge.


I am proud to say that I have consistently lost weight every week during this challenge. Last week I weighed in at 196 pounds. Today I am 194.5 pounds. That would be a loss of 1.5 pounds. I set a goal of 5 pounds to lose for this challenge. I made it. Here are my stats.....


Starting Weight 199.7 pounds

Weight Today 194.5 pounds

Total Loss 5.2 pounds


This challenge also brought me to the next peak in my weight loss journey. I have earned my 10 pound badge. I was 205 pounds when I joined Weight Watchers last month. Today, I have lost 10.5 pounds. I am really doing this.


I want to thank Christy for an awesome tworkout last night. That may just been what gave me the extra .3 pounds to get over the 5 pound mark. Love you girl!!


Now comes the hard part, waiting till tomorrow to see the final results. We have been in first place a couple times during this challenge. It would be a great way to finish.


Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank my absolutely awesome team. You have been wonderful and supportive. I never could have come out where I have without you. I will miss you all when I have to start the next challenge without you.


Okay, see you all tomorrow when the Lowdown Dirty Losers hopefully win the Down & Dirty in 3o Challenge.