Wednesday, June 25

Laughing at Myself - June 25, 2008

The funny side of losing weight….

Well, last night I was convinced I had a tumor in my breast. I was REALLY convinced. After performing a complete exam of myself I realized that I did not have a tumor; my breasts are smaller and “things” are just not where they used to be! Calvin (the dog) was even a little concerned why there was such a flurry of activity at 2:30 AM.

Fiber, Fiber, Fiber….

Apparently, I am not getting enough fiber in my diet. I guess “they” are serious about me eating vegetables. I used to think I LIKED vegetables. I am having difficulty choking down eight CUPS of vegetables. My problem is that I prefer raw vegetables over cooked any day. Feel free to send me some of your favorite vegetable recipes.

Updates to Blog…

The subscription service no longer works. Apparently, Blogarithm was bought out by another company. If you have Outlook or a RSS feeder you may subscribe to my blog. E-mail me for instructions on how to setup on your computer. For those that frequent Facebook, My Space, Linked In, and/or Plaxo I am going to have Twitter automatically update as well. I hope to have it setup in the next week or so….
I also updated my total goal for walking the Mini Marathon. I found out that the winner of the Mini gets 3500 dollars. Well, I think I should raise that much for walking it!!!

Take Care,

Wednesday, June 18

June 18, 2008---My cup runneth over...

As I progress through my lifestyle change, I have several friends and acquaintances that have asked me, how are you doing it? I thought I would share with you all what the difference is this time.

I believe there are several factors at play right now that are helping me achieve my first goal of losing 30 pounds.

1) I have the mindset that I AM doing this and I WILL do it. Daily, the most important decisions I make and the things I do involve eating correctly and exercising. There is without a doubt this is the most important thing in my life. Nothing else matters as much as this. There is no choice. I am going to do this or die trying (literally). If I do not the long term effects will be more impossible to bear than changing my life now and making a commitment to it.

2) I am making small changes at a time. I am not trying to do everything at once. The first 30 pounds are about writing down what I eat, staying within the dietary exchanges and/or calories, and getting a little more exercise than I used to.

3) Professional support and help. The staff at the Weight Loss clinic I go to are not telling me anything I have not heard before, but they are telling me in a way that helps me apply it. They also are very energetic and encouraging. I believe it is a good fit and they actually do understand what those that need to lose weight are going through.

4) My friends, sister, and co-workers. Without a doubt one of the number one factors in helping me lose weight is the support of my friends.

The picture attached to this post is a good example of the support I receive. On Tuesday, I came into work and this "measuring glass" was proudly displayed on my desk. It is a constant reminder, at work, of how far I have come. It will be a constant reminder of my goals and how I can achieve it. Much like gifts for anniversary presents, the glass rocks represent a milestone. Twenty-five pounds is glass, 40 pounds is rubies, etc. My co-workers and friends have offered me more support than I ever could have imagined. Some of the best encouragement I have received has come from my co-workers and friends I now work with on a daily basis.

I also get phone calls, facebook "pokes", and e-mails encouraging me a few times a week from friends old and new. I could never express in writing how each of the messages I receive brighten my day and encourage me even more. Not only did my friends willingly offer up donations for the mini next year, but they take time out of their busy lives to offer encouragement.

I cannot end this post without speaking nicely about the encouragement of my sister. She is also one of my supporters. She has gone on walks with me, and is starting her own weight loss regimen. Now for those that do not have a sibling, what that means is now a COMPETITION! Seriously, she too is very supportive.

So, to all my friends.

A toast to you and your goals.

Much Love,

Wednesday, June 11

June 14, 2008---I'm Melting!

Hello All,

I am melting away! I got measured today so I thought I should post the inches lost by body measurement.

Waist: 7 inches
Bicep: 1.5 inches
Thigh: 5.5 inches
Calf: 2.5 inches
Chest: She did not measure my chest, but I am going to assume about 7 inches here.

Woo hoo!!!! I have not noticed it in myself, but apparently what people are telling me is correct. I AM losing weight!

The RD shared with me a couple of COOL sites that I want to share with you. Both sites provide really good information for making healthy lifestyle changes.

1) Spark People
2) Hungry Girl

Til next week,

Sunday, June 8

June 7, 2009

I do not understand why I cannot get the date to appear correctly on my posts. I will have to remember to make the effort to post the date manually. Urgh!

I am officially on week nine of my "lifestyle change." Next week, I get measured to see how many inches smaller I am.

When I went to the doctor on Wednesday, I weighed 2 pounds less! Woo hoo!

Til next week!