Saturday, November 21, 2009

Slow and Steady

It's been almost 2 weeks since my last post. So much for 3-5 times a week. I have only lost four pounds in the last 12 days. I am feeling frustrated, but I continue to follow my meal plan and exercise. This week I ran two miles without stopping and followed it up by running 3 miles without stopping for the first time in my entire life. My time was 43:39. I am amazed that I could do something like this at age 40. I was so excited. I am running a race on Thanksgiving and I would like to run it all. I would love to do it in 42 minutes, but I will be happy if I beat last years time of 44:26. I know that this week I need to log my food to see if there are reasons why I am not losing weight as fast. I am trying to stay excited because I am 25 pounds lighter than I was just 6 weeks ago. I am only two pounds away from where I was before I got pregnant with Megan 5 years ago. My goal was to weigh 190 by Thanksgiving, but that may not happen. I just want to make sure that I continue to move in the right direction. I never, ever want to see 200 pounds on my scale again.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Holidng Steady

I realize that I won't be dropping pounds every single day, but it would be nice. I held at 200 for 3 days, and I've been 199 for 3 days. I haven't run since Monday, but I plan on it tomorrow. I have done lots of walking and I lifted weights again today. Today's lunch was spaghetti squash with a couple ounces of chicken topped with Braggs Amino Acid. It is similar to a soy sauce, but I am allowed to have it on this program and it adds lots of flavor to anything. Tonight I had ground turkey with bell peppers and avocado. I am just feeling a little anxious because I want to be as far away from 200 as possible so I never have to see it again. I am getting ready to make my Thanksgiving menu, even though I will only be eating turkey and veggies. I still love to cook, so it's okay.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It's a good day

Today I hit the goal that has plagued me for more than 5 years. I weighed under 200 pounds. 199.1 to be exact. I am so proud of myself. This plan is really working for me. 21 pounds gone! Today was my first full day back on my 5 & 1 meal plan. It went well. For dinner I had spaghetti squash with shredded Italian chicken and bell peppers. For my exercise today I walked 2 miles and did 20 minutes of weights for my arms and sit ups. 3 sets of 15 with 8 pound weights. 3 sets of 20 for abs on the exercise ball. I did both obliques and front. I also walked Megan to and from school while she rode her bike. That probably added another mile.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Goodbye to 200

I have been right and 200.0 pounds for the last three days. My food arrived today, so I am back on schedule tomorrow. I am proud that having to ration my food packets for five days and add more "real" food I was still able to lose 2 pounds. I ran 3 miles again this morning. My friend Sherry joined me at 6:00 a.m. and we ran the first mile in 14:52 with our total time at 47 something. I expect to see a 1 in front of my weight tomorrow or the next day. Stay tuned. My attitude is good. After 30 days I really have no desire to eat foods that I shouldn't. Every once in a while my mind will make me think I'm suffering, but I am not. Tonight we had delicious fajitas. Normally I would have at least two, wrapped in tortillas, smothered with cheese and sour cream. But, now I simply eat the chicken, bell peppers, pico and avocado. What a meal.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Hello again

Well, it seems that a couple of people are wanting me to get back to this blog. Of course, when I started out, I was following a 30 day plan, which only lasted for a few weeks. So, I felt like a failure and couldn't face the blog anymore.
So, 30 days ago I started what will be my last "diet". I knew I needed some professional help, so I joined a company called Take Shape for Life (TSFL). In just 30 days, I lost 20 pounds. I am more than excited. Each day I enjoy 5 Medifast products (bars, soups, shakes, oatmeal, eggs, crackers, pudding) plus one lean and green meal. I eat 5-7 oz. of lean protein along with 3 servings of vegetables. After the first 3 days I have not felt hungry or had cravings. It is amazing. You can check it out and Cindy is my health coach and I have personally known her for almost 17 years. It's nice to have someone help you along the way. We talk on the phone and she emails me lots of great tips.
Now, I will commit to updating my progress 3-5 times a week. Is that vague enough? I appreciate all the support of my family and siblings. I know how important my health is. Here's to your health!