Monday, January 30, 2012

My Sunday (with pictures)

Yesterday was Sunday and it was a great day! It began with a cup of coffee for me. I finished reading the last book of the Twilight Saga before 10 a.m. My husband made us breakfast and I began clipping coupons.




After clipping coupons, I posted yesterdays blog and began making a grocery list from the dinner plans I had developed for the week.




The afternoon was just as relaxing as the morning.








With plans to go grocery shopping and to the gym, I began to get ready to brave the snow!




By the time we were ready to go to the grocery store and the gym, the snow had stopped and I was a happy girl!








Grocery shopping was a success, as well as the gym. There were only 5 other people in the gym other than my husband and I. We took advantage of the relatively empty gym and felt great afterwards.












All in all, Sunday was great and this week is bound to be the same! Make it a great one, everybody!

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Big Bridesmaid Challenge - Week 3

Big Bridesmaid Challenge Update - Week 3

The Plan:

I'm going to set weekly goals/plans for myself until August 11th. That is the date of my best friend's wedding and I want to feel good about myself in my bridesmaid dress!

The Terms and Conditions:

~ Weigh-in's will be every Sunday morning
~ Dinner plans are to be posted for each week
~ Exercise plans are to be posted for each week

Weekly Weigh-In:

Start Date: 1/11/12
Starting Weight: 245 lbs.
Current Date: 1/29/12
Current Weight: 248 lbs (+5 lbs from last week)
Total Loss: 0 lbs.
Goal Weight: 200 lbs.
Goal Date: 8/11/12
Pounds to Goal: 45 lbs.

Confession:

I ate a lot while on my business trip last week and that didn't stop once I got home from it, either. I gained 5 lbs. this week and while I am a little disappointed in myself, I am not going to give up! This is what this journey is all about. We will all "fall" from time to time, may it be a big fall or a small one, the most important thing is that we pick ourselves back up and keep moving on! That's exactly what I'm going to do!

Dinner Plan for the Week:

Sunday: Tomato Mozzarella on Caibatta
Monday: Shrimp w/ Rice and Broccoli
Tuesday: Chicken w/ Fresh Veggies
Wednesday: Steak w/ Potatoes and Green Beans
Thursday: Chicken Sausage w/ Fresh Veggies
Friday: Slow Cooker Chili
Saturday: Pineapple Pork over Rice

Exercise Plan for the Week:

Sunday: Gym
Monday: Wii Fit
Tuesday: Gym
Wednesday: Wii Fit
Thursday: Gym
Friday: Wii Fit
Saturday: Rest

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Business Trip: Day Two

This morning started off on a not so great note. I found that I packed two different heels for the conference today, both being the right foot. That's what I get for packing in a hurry! Good thing I had some flats with me, too!








I took some stealthy pictures with my phone throughout the day. My breakfast, pictured above, consisted of half a bagel and a apricot/nut mix.




There was a buffet lunch, and I feel like I chose wisely.




After lunch, I sat through a four hour workshop. It was pretty informative.




On break, they provided snacks such as m&ms, malt balls, skittles, soft pretzels, etc. There were slushies available, too! I was good, however, and only got a few m&ms and one small pretzel.




For dinner, we ate at the Allen Street Grill. Our conference is taking place at Penn State. For anyone who saw on the news, Joe Paterno's memorial service was yesterday and today. What a week to have our conference here, right? There were news crews all around and there was a definite feeling of "silence" in the hustle an bustle on the streets.








For dinner, I had a bowl of crab bisque and some calamari, along with a large steak salad.








I didn't eat all of the salad, it actually wasn't as good as it looks. I think the blu cheese dressing ruined it.

Just a little bit ago, we went out for root beer floats. I definitely overindulged on this trip, and I'm going to accept whatever gain I end up with this week. I know this doesn't occur every week, so I'm not going to beat myself up about it! We had fun and enjoyed ourselves. However, I just can't wait to get back home and in to my routine again on Friday!

One more workshop tomorrow morning, then we travel back home tomorrow afternoon!

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Business Trip: Day One

My day started at home, where I got ready for my half day at work and travel out of town. I made myself breakfast and a large cup of coffee.





I ate lunch at my moms when I went to pick my sister up. She is my travel companion; we always try to take full advantage of my business trips and spend time together while out of town and when I'm not in meetings.





My sister, pictured above, confessed that she had never eaten at a Red Lobster before. That's where I ended up taking her for dinner. She loves seafood, so it was a good choice and she loved it!

















There was a special to get a four course dinner for only $15, so we both took advantage of that! I pretty much ate every course, the soup, salad, dessert; however, I only ate half of my pasta, which served as my entree. To say that we were full after that is an understatement.




When we were finished at dinner. We went back to our hotel/conference center to check it out. We let our food digest while we toured the place. Once we found the pool, we decided to give it a go. We swam laps and tried to race each other. I honestly never knew how much of a workout swimming could be until tonight. I can honestly say that I thought my heart was going to burst and that it made me the most out of breath I have ever been in my life, hands down! To any of my readers who are active swimmers, I commend you!

After the pool, we relaxed in the hot tub. It was so amazing; it's been an hour since then and I still feel great!

Day one was really fun. The conference starts bright and early tomorrow morning. Hoping to blog again before the trip is over!

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Big Bridesmaid Challenge - Week 2

Big Bridesmaid Challenge Update - Week 2

The Plan:

I'm going to set weekly goals/plans for myself until August 11th. That is the date of my best friend's wedding and I want to feel good about myself in my bridesmaid dress!


The Terms and Conditions:

~ Weigh-in's will be every Sunday morning
~ Dinner plans are to be posted for each week
~ Exercise plans are to be posted for each week


Weekly Weigh-in:
Starting Date: 1/11/12
Starting Weight: 245 lbs.

Current Date: 1/23/12
Current Weight: 243 lbs. (-0 lbs)
Total Loss: 2 lbs.
Goal Weight: 200 lbs.
Goal Date: 8/11/12
Pounds to Goal: 43 lbs.

Dinner Plan for the week:

Monday: Chicken Stir Fry w/ Rice

Tuesday: Out of town for business
Wednesday: Out of town for business
Thursday: Sausage w/ Peppers and Onions
Friday: Shrimp w/ Rice
Saturday: Slow Cooker Chili

Exercise Plan for the week:

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Wii Fit
Tuesday: Gym
Wednesday: Gym
Thursday: Wii Fit
Friday: Gym
Saturday: Rest

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No loss this week, and no worries about it either! I didn't eat very well over the weekend, so this is no surprise to me! I am leaving for a business trip tomorrow afternoon and will not be back home until Thursday evening. I am bringing my sister along with me on this business trip, so hopefully she will help me stay motivated to go to the gym and help me pick healthy choices while dining out these next few nights!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Hello, world!

Hello, world! It snowed quite a bit here this week which has kept me from the gym all but once this past week. I am definitely going to try harder to stick with my weekly plans!




For breakfast this morning, my husband and I had omelets. Mine was full of saut├ęd mushrooms, onions and green peppers! Yum!

I am so thankful for today being Saturday! I really needed a day off from work. Next week, I will be out of town on business from Tuesday - Thursday. That always proves to be challenging, but I'm up for it!

Enjoy your Saturday, everyone!

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Fresh is so much better

I have been craving fresh veggies for weeks! I'm pretty happy that my craving is for healthy foods! Here's what I made for lunch yesterday:

















It was simple, quick, healthy and DELICIOUS! I am really proud of myself for throwing this together. It's honestly my new favorite meal!

While cooking the fresh vegetables, I added one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. I seasoned the vegetables with fresh ground pepper (it really makes a difference!) and garlic salt. It was amazing! No more frozen stir frys for me! Fresh is SO much better!

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What is my rainbow?

"You will achieve your grand dream, a day at a time, so set goals for each day; not long and difficult projects, but chores that will take you, step by step, toward your rainbow. Write them down, if you must, but limit your list so that you won't have to drag today's undone matters into tomorrow. Remember that you cannot build your pyramid in twenty-four hours. Be patient. Never allow your day to become so cluttered that you neglect your most important goal; to do the best you can, enjoy this day, and rest satisfied with what you have accomplished." - Og Mandino

I love, love, love that quote by Og Mandino! It is so true. In knowing this, I decided to set some goals for today, not long and difficult projects, but chores that will take me, step by step, toward my rainbow.

Goals for today:

~ Chores around the house
~ Return DVD's
~ Grocery Shopping
~ Work out at the gym

Something else that quote made me think about; what exactly is 'my rainbow', my grand dream? When I think about my rainbow, I see myself grocery shopping for healthy items. I see myself at a lower weight, around 170 pounds, in jeans and a top that fit comfortably and look great. I see my husband and I in control of our finances and household; organized without much effort. I see myself living a healthy lifestyle without much effort. I see myself comfortably shopping in a clothing store, not worried about whether or not they carry plus sizes. I see myself in the dressing room of that clothing store, trying on clothes that actually fit.

As little as my goals for today may seem, it is true that they are taking me, step by step, toward my rainbow; my grand dream.

Now, I ask you this: What are your goals for today? Better yet, what is your 'rainbow'?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Big Bridesmaid Challenge - Week 1

Big Bridesmaid Challenge Update - Week 1


The Plan:

I'm going to set weekly goals/plans for myself until August 11th. That is the date of my best friend's wedding and I want to feel good about myself in my bridesmaid dress!


The Terms and Conditions:

~ Weigh-in's will be every Sunday morning
~ Dinner plans are to be posted for each week
~ Exercise plans are to be posted for each week


Weekly Weigh-in:

Starting Date: 1/11/12
Starting Weight: 245 lbs.

Current Date: 1/15/12
Current Weight: 243 lbs. (-2 lbs)

Total Loss: 2 lbs.
Goal Weight: 200 lbs.
Goal Date: 8/11/12
Pounds to Goal: 43 lbs.

Dinner Plan for the week:

Monday: One Pan Italian Pasta

Tuesday: Chicken Stir Fry w/ Rice
Wednesday: Meatloaf w/ Green Beans
Thursday: Baked Chicken w/ Corn
Friday: Shrimp w/ Rice
Satuday: Slow Cooker Chili

Exercise Plan for the week:

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Gym
Tuesday: Wii Fit
Wednesday: Gym
Thursday: Wii Fit
Friday: Gym
Saturday: Rest

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Two pounds down already (my body is getting rid of the water weight, quick!), and I am feeling good! I have both Monday and Tuesday off from work this week. I am really going to enjoy this time off! My plan for tomorrow is to get some cleaning/organizing done around the house, go grocery shopping, return some DVD's and work out at the gym. Make it a great week, everyone!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Big Bridesmaid Challenge

After an absolutely horrible experience at the dress shop two nights ago (that blog can be found by clicking HERE), I have been motivated to make a new challenge for myself. I was asked by one of my best friends to be a bridesmaid in her wedding and I was to lose weight and feel better about myself before that day comes.

My main goal right now is to lose 45 pounds, feel better in my bridesmaid dress, and weigh in at 200 lbs by August 11, 2012.

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The Dress:



This dress is the one that the bride and I agreed on last night. The initial dress that I tried on two days ago did not look as good. The dress will be ordered in a champagne color, in a size 24.

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The Plan:

I'm going to set weekly goals/plans for myself until August 11, 2012.

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Terms and Conditions:
~ Weigh-in's will be every Sunday morning
~ Dinner plans are to be posted for each week
~ Exercise plans are to be posted for each week

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Weekly Weigh-Ins:

Date: 1/11/12
Current Weight: 245.4 lbs
Goal Weight: 200 lbs.

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Dinner Plan for the (remainder of the) week:

Thursday: Pineapple Pork over Rice
Friday: Salsa Con Queso Chicken
Saturday: Shrimp with Rice and Broccoli

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Exercise Plan for the (remainder of the) week:

Thursday: Wii Fit
Friday: Gym
Saturday: Wii Fit

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Big Bridesmaid Challenge starts NOW!

My Living Nightmare

When I first walked in to the dress shop, I saw the other two bridesmaids in a matching dress. I was surprised to see them in a matching dress considering that the bride said we could all pick out our own style of dress, since we were dealing with different body sizes. In reality, the other two bridesmaids are a size 2 and I am a size 22. When I walked back to greet them, they were excited to show me their dresses. The definitely should have been; they looked great on them! Their greeting went somewhere along the lines of “What do you think of these dresses? Don’t you love them? They are from the Vera Wang collection! We set one aside for you. Let’s go find it! You have to try it on!” Here is what the dress looks like on a size 2:
Photo from Davidsbridal.com

At that point, it seemed like time slowed down. A few things became very clear in my mind. The first, was how great the dresses did look, on them. Second, I quickly realized that the same style dress would look very bad on my figure. My third, and probably most alarming thought, was that they had set aside a dress for me, without ever asking my size. I felt my face become red immediately, as we walked over to the rack where “my” dress hung. The bride, one of my best friends, picked the dress up and handed it to me with a smile. I looked for the tag immediately, needing to know what size she set aside before I walked in to the dressing room next to us. I could tell just by looking at it that it was way too small. I could feel everyone’s eyes on me as I found the tag; her mother, grandmother, the bridesmaids and the bride. They had all been there for hours; I was the last to arrive. The bride had found her dress an hour earlier. They were all happy, hopeful and tired from a day of dress shopping. I was the final piece; they were all there waiting for my fitting. I was overly aware of those facts as I read the dress size on the tag. The size was 14. She set aside a size 14 for me. At nobody's fault but my own, I was horrified. With a rush of embarrassment, I told her and apparently everyone else who was looking my way, that I needed to a different size.
The sales associate took me over to the rack, where the dresses of this style hung. It was only 5 feet from the group that waited for me, tired and now a little less hopeful. Their eyes were on us as the sales associate asked me in a whisper what size I was.  I told her that I was unsure. She asked my pant size. I told her that I was a size 22. The largest size that she had of that style dress was a 22. It feared that it wouldn’t be big enough, as dress sizes usually run a size smaller than your pant size. When I got in to the dressing room, I was horrified again when I found that my fear came true. The dress didn’t fit. I stepped out of the dressing room with a look of urgency on my face as I held the back of my dress together with one hand, scanning the room for the sale associate. She met my worried eyes and came over immediately. I apologized that I needed her help, and she assured me that it wasn’t a problem. She clipped the dress to my tank top, as it simply would not zip up. I stepped out of the dressing room and I could feel tears welling up in my eyes as I looked at the big bridesmaid staring back at me in the mirror. I looked horrible. I felt horrible, but I knew how important this day was for my friend. I love my friend and this trip wasn't about me! I put on the best smile that I could and walked over to show our group the dress that I wore. (Below is a picture of me in “the” dress.)
I'm actually thankful this photo is so blurry!

When I reached them, fake smile still intact, the bride immediately asked me what I thought of the dress. I returned the question to her, saying that it felt very short, but I emphasized that I liked it if she did and that it was her choice. Everyone’s eyes were on me, and I felt ridiculous. I looked ridiculous too. That reality stung even more when her mother spoke up to the bride and said “Why don’t you try to find Kay a different dress.” At that very moment, I felt like a bomb had dropped; like dreams were being crushed at my expense, because of my weight. If my friend was happy with this dress, I didn't want to be the reason we had to keep looking! I did everything that I could to keep from shedding tears right then and there. Despite how I was feeling, I smiled and kept a happy tone to my voice as we discussed our options. After looking through the racks, it was clear that my friend, the bride, wanted us to all wear that same style of dress. The dress that was pinned to my tank top, the dress that was too short for a girl of my size, the dress that made me want to cry in horror. These things, of course, she did not know. Not wanting anyone else to be hurt because of my weight, I lied and assured the bride that I liked the dress and that everything would be fine. She and the others were able to leave the dress shop with a feeling of accomplishment. I, however, left the dress shop feeling damaged and broken.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

26, 24, 22?

Our dinner last night was so good! (I know that it's not the greatest picture, but it's just so much quicker to use my camera phone.)




Last night, I made mini veggie pizzas. Artichokes, tomatoes and cheese. Yum, yum, yum!

Tonight is an exciting night! I am going bridesmaid dress shopping with my friends! I'm nervous and excited, just like I was yesterday about the softball roster.

I'm excited for the obvious reason; one of my best friends is getting married and I'm so happy to be there for her during this time!

I'm nervous because I don't know if they will have my size in whatever dresses we find today, in the event she wants me to try one on. Another reason why I am nervous is because I don't even know which size to ask for! 26, 24, 22? I have no idea where I stand right now, dress size wise.

I am also not sure if she will want me to buy the dress today, if we find one. I won't know what size to buy. Should I be so bold to buy a size smaller? I have 8 months to lose about 50 pounds. That would bring down to 198. I was a size 18 when I was at that weight, but I think that I wore a size 20 dress at the time. It seems so early to be making final dress decisions!

Like I said, I am excited and nervous! I just can't wait to be in the store, looking at our options!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Needless to say

Bad news, folks. I'm up on the scale (248 lbs). Good news though, I'm not too worried about it. I've got some changes coming my way which will definitely help me shed those pounds and then some.

It looks like I have an exciting year ahead. First of all, I'm going to be in one of my best friends wedding in August. We are shopping for bridesmaid dresses tomorrow after work. We're also suppose to get some dinner together, and I'm hoping we go somewhere with some healthy options!

Another thing that I am excited about is still in the works and not completely definite as of yet. A while ago I got an email at work asking if anyone would be interested in joining a softball team. I said that I would be interested in learning more about it and never heard back, until today. The coach sent me what information he had and a copy of the roster. I scanned it and got really nervous when I saw my name! I'm excited and nervous. There are 25 people on the team and it's only $20 to join. The cost of the team shirts aren't included, but that's not a problem. The games will be at 6:15 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

I've got so much incentive for working it in the gym this year! Not only do I want to lose weight for my friends wedding, but I also want to build my endurance for running the bases!

Needless to say, I'm looking forward to hitting up the gym tonight!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Better with Routine

I'm back to work today. I really enjoyed my time off. I even got an extra day off yesterday due to the 2 feet of snow that we got! I spent my time cleaning and reading yesterday. It was a great day! It got even better when I found out that my husband was switched back to working a first shift job! I was down around the holidays, and a lot of it had to do with my husband working third shift. I'm so glad that we're going to be in our normal routine again. It was a tough couple of months, but it definitely made me appreciate our time together just that much more!

Since I had a day off, I snapped pictures of everything that I ate yesterday:



Three eggs with a little shredded cheddar melted throughout.


Turkey sandwich.


Caesar salad. Large! Love my salads these days!


Some cereal as a snack.


Lemon Pepper Chicken and corn for dinner. A little bit different than what was planned, but very good!


Hot chocolate and peanut butter toast for an evening snack!

I must admit that I didn't make it to the gym on Monday or Tuesday, mostly because of the snow storm that we got. The rest of the reason, as poor as it is, was because I still in "vacation mode". I'm actually happy to be back to work today, because I'm back to my routine and I just do so much better with routine!

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