Friday, November 30, 2012
For those of you that are following closely along and own a calculator...you probably already know that I am off pace at this point for making my goal. However, there are still 9.25 months to go.
I would be lying if I said that I am not feeling a little bummed about my progress. However, I did know that this would be hard. It is hard to lose weight and I am choosing to lose it slowly in hopes that by the time I DO reach a healthy weight...it will be a complete lifestyle conversion and I will be able to maintain that healthy weight more readily.
For those of you that know me really well...you know that I am competitive and I do not like to come up short on goals...so TODAY...I am having to work to remember that this is a long Journey and not a race! Like I have said a thousand times ( if feels like that)...I made a conscious decision to start this process and make this process public...so that I would have accountability in place and something that would keep me motivated. It is WORKING!
Truth is it is just hard today. I don't really mind the hard days so much...there is always something to learn. I just have to be a willing participant!
I really don't like to post anything negative here...I would love to constantly be upbeat and optimistic. However, that is not the real me...I can do some whining!! BUT...please know this, the fact that I am writing this post, that I am still going to the gym, the fact that I just ate cherry tomatoes as a snack INSTEAD of eating a candy bar and drinking a coke...That is Optimistic and Upbeat-LOL.. My fall back has always been food...When the Going Gets Tough...The Fluffy Girl eats! I am really working on reversing that and at the VERY minimum am stress eating healthier foods!!!
So I am going to get some rest this weekend. Hopefully, do something relaxing and I am going to try to give my brain and my body a break.
I have had some fantastic ideas from some of you regarding fun mini-goals I can set for myself along the way.
Again, I have a mini-goal next Saturday...The Rudolph Run...It is not too late to join in!!!
I hope you all have a terrific weekend. Enjoy!!!
Here is another Christmas Tune for you!
Saw this and had to post...I just said this yesterday!!!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
It is funny...I noticed a big difference in how I felt after taking a few days off last week. I have a tendency to think that I have to push, push, push...and unfortunately, it feels like that is the truth. It feels like I have to keep pushing each day just to lose that one or two pounds per week. I guess on some level it is true but...there is something to be said for rest. I felt more energized after taking a break!
The hard part for me is sorting through all of the information available these days and finding the right combination for me. Most resources I have found typically suggest exercising 4-6x per week for individuals like myself who are trying to lose another human being!! So...with the exception of the 1st few weeks of this Journey and last week, I have generally been working out 5 days per week. This obviously leaves me with 2 days per week for truly resting my body. Additionally, there is a virtual cornucopia of additional data that offers suggestions/recommendations on how to eat post workout, how to stagger calorie totals during a week to maximize weight loss, how much protein, carbs...it goes on and on and on....A Fluffy Girl could get overwhelmed...I try to stay out of overwhelm!!
I have spent the first few months of this Journey just trying to eat healthier, move more and truly believe that this is possible. Now that I am a few months in and I am coming off of a weight gain week, I just want to make sure that I am giving myself the best chance I can to succeed. Having an audience is a motivator, these mini-goals keep it interesting and making sure that I stay out of the whole deprivation thing...cause that is when it gets easy to cheat!!
So I am not sure what the true point is to my above ramblings...that is just what is on my mind today. Trying to stay on track, make good decisions, keep my focus and ENJOY this experience for all that it is teaching me.
I am still looking for suggestions/interesting ideas for mini-goals, work outs...whatever you got...I am ready. Don't be shy now...share your thoughts and suggestions...
I have about one week until the Rudolph Run and my goal is shave a little off my time...Get a little more pep in my step!!
My clothes are definitely feeling a little baggy...When I started this, my BFF told to take my measurements...which I did NOTdo...Now...I kinda wish I had...I am pretty sure that I have lost quite a few inches...but...not sure how many...You were right Donna!!!
As we roll toward my favorite time of year...CHRISTMAS!!! I have decided to share a little "ditty" below. Hope you enjoy!
Tomorrow is Weigh in #15...Wish me luck!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I am hoping not to be here till all hours...here's to HOPE!!!! So last night...I changed up my workout a little. I started with the rowing machine...interesting...a little difficult...but I liked it. I did about 10 minutes of rowing and then on to the bike for another hour. It was a good workout...the rowing machine used an entirely different set of muscles and some of mine are not all that thrilled today!! LOL! It does not take much to remind me that my body is middle-aged! I am telling you, sometimes my brain forgets. I decide to try something new and I sashay right over to the new machine...rowing, elliptical...whatever...I hop on and WHAM....my body says...Not so fast Fluffy!!!
My BRAIN says...this is easy...you got this...but the ole body begs to differ. Now here is the kicker for me...sometimes as I am trying to master one of the new machines (particularly the Evil Elliptical) and invariably someone will step up right next to me...someone typically much older than I am and just start motoring!!! Some of them are even reading, chatting with their neighbor (not me)...NOT breathing hard while I am completely sucking wind and sweating like I am in the Sahara!!! Now I try not to compare myself with others...but I must admit that when I am working out next to a 75 year old who is smoking me on whatever apparatus I am on...well...let's just say it is a bit damaging to my ego!!! HA!
But I figure they typically are not carrying around another person in the form of Fluff!!!! So...I just keep going for as long as I can stand it and sometimes a little beyond. Not too beyond though...my biggest fear is that I will pass out and one of those 75 year old butt kickers will have to save my life...talk about an ego buster!!!
So...I am off to the gym...I MUST...I MUST....I MUST DECREASE MY FLUFF!!!!
Thank you to those of you who sent in some suggestions for Mini-Goals and Workouts for the Fluffy Girl....Keep em coming....Remember, we are brainstorming!!!
See you tomorrow!!!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Brainstorming....I like brainstorming. You know...just jotting down ideas freely...no rules...just getting thoughts on to paper. It is even more fun when done with another person or better yet....a group of people. I like the creative energy. For example, this weekend my Mom, my cousin Julie and I were sitting around the table just talking...and the topic came up about how we might organize the charity volleyball event next year...I had been kinda stuck on exactly how I envision the event. I had several ideas...but no real clarity. Then Julie came up with a format and it fit perfectly for me. I LOVE that...I love stealing other people's ideas...JUST KIDDING!!! Seriously though...it was perfect and now, thanks to JuJu...I can move forward to the next thing.
SO...this brings me to my next topic...Mini-Goals and Workouts...I would like to "brainstorm" with any of you that are willing to create a list of possible workouts (for a Fluffy Girl) and possible mini-goals. As I have said in previous posts...I have a few mini-goal ideas...but I would LOVE it if you guys could share any ideas...thoughts, Epiphanies, Burning Bush moments, AHHAAA moments.
Now I know you guys are busy as bees...but it would be really awesome to have a virtual brainstorming session right here. I know some of you have found it difficult to comment here...If you are on my FB page you can certainly send your ideas there, you can send it via email, and I am pretty sure you can leave comments on the blog even if you are not a subscriber. Send smoke signals if you have to...I need ideas, please, please, please.
I need to keep this Journey interesting, fun, exciting, challenging, etc...I just sent a friend an email saying how important this Journey has become...not only is it shaping my future health...but it is shaping the way I want to live my life. I want to live "out loud"....just like I am living this Journey to lose 120lbs. Believe me when I say that it is not always comfortable for me to write these posts. I at times, have a little "risk remorse" afterwards..but overall, every moment has been worth it!
Thank you for taking the time to read this and Thank you for your unbelievable support.
Here is a little tidbit about circuit training. Thought it was interesting.
Monday, November 26, 2012
So, I am still super busy at work and I would talk about maintaining Balance in my life...but I am tired of hearing myself talk about it...so let's just say that "balance" is a work in progress...much like my body!
I was a little concerned that my workout would be really difficult given my time off..BUT.....much to my surprise...I had a great workout!! Did the bike...lifted weights...worked legs, upper body and back! WHOOP!!!!
I am hoping that I can have a good solid workout week...pumpin' iron! Made me think of Hanz and Franz....We are here to PUMP YOU UP!!!
Seriously though...I felt good in my workout tonite and I actually felt stronger and more amazingly, I actually felt lighter during my workout...that may sound odd...I am not even sure what I mean when I say that...but lighter is the word that describes it best. I have said before that the beginning of my workouts are difficult...I am not fast out of the gates..but tonite...starting my workout was easier...I did not feel so labored...I felt lighter! Whatever it is...I like it!
A couple of updates before I go...
- Remember to Save the Date-August 17th, 2013. We are planning a charity volleyball game/games to celebrate (hopefully) my loss of 120lbs and giving back to organizations that support children's health and well-being. We are in the process of planning and determining the charitable organizations that will receive the money raised at the event. I want this event to be a celebration of overcoming obstacles,celebrating accomplishment and an effort to give back in some way. I will keep you posted!
- Also...RUDOLPH RUN is December 8th!
- Another mini-goal is in the works....details coming soon!
Sunday, November 25, 2012
HAPPY SUNDAY!!!! I hope it has been a great holiday weekend for everyone..Great time with family, friends, traveling, good company and of course, great food.
Tone Tone and I just got home from our road trip to New Boston...it was great...relaxing, fun, lots of laughing and a beautiful drive home. We got to see some Christmas lights on the way home which we both LOVE and again...the Fall colors were particularly beautiful.
Now...I am ready to get back down to business and push hard through Christmas. I would love to have a few more weight loss feathers in my cap before Christmas rolls around.
I LOVE Christmas...every single thing about it...it is filled with inspiration, love, kindness and giving...I want to "feed" off that Spirit throughout this entire Journey!
Tomorrow is back to work, back to workout and back to kickin some serious hind end...Time to FIRE up the "MaWa" inspiration and Forge ON!!! Again, I received some really great supportive tips from several friends and family over Thanksgiving weekend and I greatly appreciate each and every one.
Thanks to Julie,Jeff and the "Men" for making us feel so welcome in their home. Thank JUJU for all the healthy snacks and for creating a "no temptation zone" for me!!! I appreciate the thoughtfulness!! Thanks Wil and Jake for giving up your rooms...especially the comfy beds!!! GO LIONS...State BOUND!!!!
Here are a few pics...just random shots...us playing games, the drive home and Jefferson, TX (love this little town). If you have not ever had the chance to drive Texas (particularly East and Central/Hill Country) back roads in the Fall or Spring...you gotta give it a go...wonderful!
Also, I have included a link below for the RUDOLPH RUN...December 8th...(Pester, Pester, Pester)
Here is another random CNN video...reminded of my great grandmother (she liked to give the little kids in the family a taste of lemon and watch their expressions)
Watch out Monday...Here I Come!!!
Saturday, November 24, 2012
So...I slept until almost NOON today...YEA for ME!!! I was soooo tired I guess and the beds up in here are soooo comfy...:) Mom and I are always threatening to move in here every time we visit!!! I know the Boys would be more than happy to give up their rooms...NOT!!
We had lunch...sat around...laughed and talked...just a completely CHILL kinda day. As I said in an earlier post...I really wanted to get a some exercise in while we are here..It would be pretty easy for me to just lay around...I do that really well. However, I want to make sure my body does not forget what we are trying to accomplish here. After being sick last week and my crazy work schedule plus Turkey Day festivities...I did not work out last week....thus, I can promise you, my body is already kicking into shut down mode. SO....My JuJu and I headed to the city park and did a 2 mile walk! It felt great...the air here is really cool (about 54 degrees) and the fall colors are really great. We got to talk and the 2 miles went really quickly!!! I really enjoyed the walk and the company.
So far the rest of this afternoon has been spent wisely..watching and talking football with Jeff!! AS IT SHOULD BE!
Tonight will be game playing...Jake, Wes, Wilson, Hayley, Julie, Jeff and Tone Tone and I! We love us some games!!!
Thanks to Aunt Charlotte and Aunt Lois for reminding me that my not working out last week most likely contributed to my 1.5lb gain and not just Thanksgiving dining!!! They both always send me great messages!!! Love them!
I am looking forward to the rest of the weekend and to having a great week 15! I am ready for my next Mini-Goal...Looking forward to the walk AND I have a couple of ideas for another mini-goal for a little later down the road....I am actually really excited about one in particular but need to firm up some plans before I "officially" announce it!
I am prepared to run (or at least walk) as many miles as I need to!!!! MAWA!!!!
Hi to all....it is REALLY late! We traveled most of the day....Got to New Boston @ 2:45 pm....went to a pep rally for the boys at 3:30 and had to leave for the game at 5:00...drove about 45 min. to Mt. Pleasant for a 7:30 pm kick off...
The New Boston Lions won 40 to 7...and The Teague Boyz had a great game!! It was COLD!
I LOVED EVERY MINUTE. Something so uplifting about watching high school football in COLD weather. Watching those kids play their hearts out....inspiring!
Ok...so I was not able to post my weight today...I can't seem to access it via mobile....BUT...you won't be surprised to find out that I gained 1.5lbs....Yep! Post Turkey Day poundage! But...I can live with that...not thrilled but not shocked!
I will be working toward better results for week 15!
I did my weekly check in with Kerri Walsh...she sent a great message reminding me to keep pushing...she said "you are never moving backward, even if it feels that way a bit!"...LOVE HER....What an awesome human being!
I also received a few really great messages of support and words of encouragement from some people who have successfully taken this kind of Journey....INSPIRING! Thank you!
Ok...I am attempting to attach a few photos...hope u enjoy! I now must sleep!
Photos are of the boys, their Area Champs trophy, Tone Tone and I freezing, and the Pep Rally.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
I made a broccoli/potato puree...that sort of looked gross...actually just plain ole looked gross....but tasted good (at least to me)! Mom made a slimmed down version of my favorite green bean casserole and I made a fresh fruit salad. Not too bad for a serial carb eater!!! I skipped on the dressing, broccoli and rice casserole, mashed potatoes and pecan pie...BUT my fab cousin Lisa made a really tasty weight watchers dessert! Thanks Lis!
It was a relaxing day...we checked out my cousin Barb and Ronnie's brand new house (still under construction) and I got to hang out with some of the kiddos!
Everyone was really supportive and very kind to let me know that they are supporting me in conquering this task. Again, I am really blessed! OH and did I mention that the HOUSTON TEXANS are 10 and 1....just sayin'
Tomorrow morning Mom and I are bounding out of bed at 6:30...loading the car and heading to NEW BOSTON to cheer on the UNDEFEATED NEW BOSTON LIONS as they TAME the Commerce Tigers!!! ROAR!!!!!
I am so looking forward to getting away...driving a few back roads, seeing some high school football and spending quality time with Julie, Jeff, Jake, Wes and Wilson.
OK....I must discuss the business of Weigh In #14....It is tomorrow...and I have a "gut" feeling that it will be my first official "gain"...however, I am mentally ready to make Week 15 a winning week...I have to prepare for my Mini Goal #2...and most importantly I WANT to be inspired and inspire, work hard, and accomplish this goal!!!! INSPIRE, WORK, ACCOMPLISH
Here are a few pics...not great ones...but a few pics from the day!
I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend...Thank you for being a Blessing!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
This Journey is far from over...and I am truly am excited, nervous, happy, crazy...about taking the next 9+ months ONE DAY AT A TIME!
I hope you will hang in there...I have a so many things in my head that I want to incorporate into this life journey and I know that you guys have a few tricks up your sleeves...please share your stories, ideas, triumphs, hurdles...with me! I love hearing from each and every one of you.
Words really don't even come close to expressing all of the things I have to be thankful for. God has given me so much and I know He has so much more in store for me...
Since it is Thanksgiving Eve....I thought I would list a few things that I am thankful for:
- My Sweet Tone Tone (Mom)!
- The rest of my amazing family: ALL OF YOU!!!!
- My wonderful friends-ALL OF YOU
- My Sweet Pea!
- My fantastic Co-Workers-ALL OF YOU
- MY DOG-Riley
- Dogs in general---ALL OF YOU
- People who provide great inspiration-ALL OF YOU!!!
- A Giving Church Community-ALL OF YOU!!!!
- TURKEY!!!! (I truly love Turkey)
- The HOUSTON TEXANS-ALL OF YOU!!!!
- Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May for inspiring this post athletic, pre-menopausal chick to get fit!!!
- Social Media...Love it.... (Don't Judge! :))
- Watching the Teague Boys Go all the Way to the Texas 2A State High School Football Championships (it's gonna happen...I got a feeling!)
- God's Amazing Grace!!!!
- 4-Day Weekends!!!!
- THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
On that note...LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!!
Amazing Grace...How Sweet the Sound!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
So....I MAY need to re-focus my efforts...this week has not exactly been goal focused. I am hoping that my body is in full recovery mode and I am hoping that the 4 day weekend will help. I really had it in my head that I needed to work out at least 2X BEFORE Turkey Day and at least 2X over the weekend...so far...that ain't happenin'. So...I will not be negative and instead I will work with the time that I have left and move forward...I think I can....I think I can....I think I can....The Little Fluffy Girl that Could!!!!
I will not be
I must maintain:
OK....so you get it....I am SO ready for Thanksgiving break...I may be a little:
I am looking so forward to spending time with my family...driving Texas back roads, Texas High School Football and:
See you guys tomorrow...I think I need to catch a few:
Good Night and:
Monday, November 19, 2012
Going to the grocery store this evening to purchase our Thanksgiving groceries...and get ready for the long weekend!! Looking forward to all of it!!
We finalized what we are taking for both Turkey day and the trip to New Boston...and I am proud to say...the focus is still on eating healthy, exercising and hopefully, laughing my butt off....again, literally!!! Speaking of eating healthy and laughing...I ran across this today and thought I would share...Drunken Donuts (not a typo)...made me laugh out loud.
Lindsey shared some funny/cool stuff with me today...so I thought I would share it!!!
I really like this next picture and saying...I like it because I need to believe it is true...
I hope you guys have a good evening...I am hoping Week 14 is a successful one!!! MAWA!!!!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
I am still fighting off this very nasty upper respiratory infection...Man...it is stubborn! Unfortunately, Tone Tone is feeling bad too...I had a bad feeling she may get this! It is hard to live in the same house and NOT get a virus like this one...definitely a potent virus!
I have done a few things around the house today...just a few and boy, I have been doing some huffin and puffin!!! This week is going to be really busy leading into Thanksgiving so I am hoping to bounce back tomorrow!
I would like to get a few workouts in before Turkey Day as well. Tone Tone and I will be headed out of town the Friday after Thanksgiving...headed to New Boston to cheer on the NB Lions...the UNDEFEATED NB Lions in their 1st playoff...Nothing like Texas High School football playoffs on Thanksgiving weekend!!! LOVE IT!!! I am hoping we are both well by then and ready to roll!!! We are both looking forward to it....Maybe I will pump iron with the Football boys...NOT!!!!
Remember....the Rudolph Run is Sat December 8th....you too can be a part of TEAM MAWA! The link is on Friday's post and is on my facebook page as well.
I am trying to be ready for this week...just not 100% sure my body is with me...so my prayer for this week is that my body and mind can compromise and that we all make it through the Holiday relatively unscathed.
The truth is that I am not known for my rebounding skills...with my chronic health issues...I often take longer to recuperate than the average joe...So I must admit that I am having to really fight not feeling a bit defeated...sounds a little dramatic when I write it...after all it is just a cold...but I have to keep motoring in order to accomplish this goal and I do not want to be derailed by a cold..."Ain't nobody got time for that" So...I am hoping and praying that I can get back in the saddle again....and Forge ON!!! MaWa Inspired and ready to tackle the next mini-goal!
I look forward to seeing my family later this week and spending a great Thanksgiving weekend with the Teague family!!!
Please say a prayer for our sickly household!!! :)
Hugs to all!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Hello to all...please forgive the lateness and brevity of my post...I am still struggling with this nasty virus! Did not leave the couch today but am hoping for some rejuvenation for tomorrow!
Hopefully tomorrow I will have more to chat about. I am not liking not being able to workout and am looking forward to getting back to the business of losing the fluff!
I hope Sunday finds you all Happy and Healthy!
Friday, November 16, 2012
I am still sickly...This virus is doozie...I am pretty much just sleeping...though I did dream I was working out...I hope that counts for something!! I am hoping that I am much better tomorrow. Tone Tone has been a good nurse...She picked up Lowfat Tortilla soup for dinner!!
I am hoping that I am much better by tomorrow!
I am officially signed up for the Rudolph Run 5K on December 8th and I hope you will join me for a little Christmas themed workout!!! I am looking forward to shaving a bit of time of my 59:00 minutes....and of course, wearing a red nose!! Here is the link...again this is to benefit the Houston Food Bank. However, we are to donate non-perishable food items on the day we pick up our registration package!
Week 14 is officially underway and I am hoping to continue in the positive weight loss direction. My next weigh in will be the DAY AFTER Thanksgiving...should be interesting.
I am headed back to the couch...feeling pretty yucky! I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend...I will see you tomorrow!!
Here is the Rudolph Link
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Hello to everyone. Unfortunately, I am sick....took a trip to the Dr. today...she said, Hey...you are sick! Actually...she said that I have the "crud" or an acute upper respiratory infection...viral...will run it's course. Lay low for a couple of days...no workouts till the weekend. Bummed! But will overcome this little bump in the road!
Weigh in #13 tomorrow...I have NO idea how that is going to go. I just have to trust that I am on the path God has chosen....still inspired!
If you have an extra prayer laying around..could you send it my way...AND one for Tone Tone...she SO does not need to get sick!!
I will post the link for the Rudolph Run tomorrow! December 8th at City Centre...Hope you can join me!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I actually love little moments like this...moments when a complete stranger says something that means one thing to them and something completely different for me! So having said that, when she spoke those words...they were funny on the surface and even funnier to me!!! How profound!!! WAKE UP...You have a long way to go! Amen Sista!!!! I do have a long way to go...I must remain conscious and AWARE....AWAKE on this Journey. There is too much that I might miss if I nod off! So thank you gruff...funny stranger...thank you for the reminder!!!
OK...so the only hindrance to me staying awake today is that I woke up with a cold!!!! I started feeling a little coldish last night and today...full blown, snot having, sneezing, hacking, cold!!!! BUMMER!!! I am at work though...sharing my germs...NICE! I am going to workout tonight...and then home to bed...I must conquer this cold quickly!
In the immortal words of Sweet Brown..."Ain't nobody got time for that!"
So I am forging on...MAWA Inspired and no nasty cold will slow me down...or at least not today!!!!
I hope you all have a great rest of the day and I will meet you back here tomorrow!
For those of you taking your own Journey...Thank you for sharing your Journey with me and thank you for the inspiration of your hard work!!!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
So since we are approaching Thanksgiving...I thought I would continue to post about some healthy eating tips..mostly for myself...but if you guys find it interesting and useful...wonderful!
My friends and co-workers Lindsey and Kristen attended a luncheon today where the guest speaker was a local nutritionist that often does nutrition spots on KSBJ, a local christian radio station. She spoke today about how to eat healthy during the Holidays.
Her name is Catherine Kruppa and she is a licensed dietitian, nutritionist etc....
She gave several tips including a sample menu, for a healthier Thanksgiving.
Now you must know that there is the part of me that thinks...Healthy and Thanksgiving are two diabolically opposed words and should never be used in the same sentence...however, I must admit, creating less emphasis on food and more emphasis on the Thanks and Giving parts seems like a good plan considering my goal this year!
So here are some of her tips...including the menu!
Revised Low-Fat Holiday Meal6 oz white skinless turkey 260 Calories
1/2 cup low-fat stuffing 100 Calories
1/2 cup fat free gravy 55 Calories
1/2 cup low-fat mashed potatoes 85 Calories
1/2 cup green bean casserole 106 Calories
1 roll (no butter) 80 Calories
Low-fat pumpkin pie 135 Calories
GRAND TOTAL 821 Calories/128 grams of fat
She also gives some tips on how to make existing Thanksgiving favorites less fattening.
- Choose a plain turkey that has not been pre-basted
- Use butter-flavored Pam and chicken broth for basting...No Butter
- Skinless white meat...better than dark meat
- Gravy and natural juices can be loaded with fat
- Use fat free mayo, yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream...for dressing, dips
- Avoid high fat dishes...fried foods, stuffed foods, pastries etc...
- Use light butters in stuffing, potatoes, veggies and gravies
- Cook stuffing in dish...not in Turkey
- Use Skim Milk...evaporated milk instead of cream/whole milk in recipes.
- Use reduced fat pie crusts or low-fat graham cracker crusts
- Cut sugar in your desserts by 1/3
- Replace nuts with grape nuts
- Replace whipped cream with low fat cool whip or Rediwhip
- Don't skip breakfast
- Keep healthy snacks on hand-i.e. popcorn, pretzels, fruit, crackers, veggies, baked chips and low-fat dips
- Do not keep high fat desserts in your home
- Plan extra exercise around big meals
- Eat a snack before dinner...pass on appetizers and extra bread
- Don't munch on leftovers...fix a plate of food so that you will know how much you are eating
- If you go overboard, don't starve yourself the next day. Get right back on track, exercise a little more and watch your portions and fat intake.
Advice for Eating-Nutrition and Wellness Consulting
Like I said, Mom and I are planning on making a few healthy options for our day with Family! I am looking forward to seeing my family and spending time laughing with my aunts, cousins,etc...we love to laugh---maybe I will even lose a pound or two just laughing!!!
Thanks to Lindsey and Kristen for sharing the info they received at the luncheon and thanks to Lindsey for sending me this neat little saying!!!
I hope you guys have a great evening...I will be heading to the Y tonight for another work out and hopefully another step towards de-fluffing!!!
I DID come up with a Thanksgiving mantra that I will share:
Instead of over stuffing...I will work on De-Fluffing!!!!
Monday, November 12, 2012
OK...it is getting closer and closer to a major eating holiday....Thanksgiving...Turkey Day...and in my family we do some serious chowing down...I LOVE Thanksgiving!!! I love the fact that it kicks off the Christmas season...or at least it used to..Now it seems that Halloween kicks off the Christmas Season...even too early for a Christmas lover like me!
I digress...so...I am mentally preparing for food challenges on Thanksgiving! My Mom and I are planning on taking a few things that provide healthy options for me on Thanksgiving! My Mom is making a healthier version of Green Bean Casserole...I am not sure EXACTLY how she is planning on preparing them...but here is a recipe I found and thought I would share:
I really want to look forward to time with my family and friends and NOT focus so much on food...A real challenge for a Fluffy Girl! But...I don't want to fall behind on my goal either. I am planning on working out 5 days this week and working out each day before Thanksgiving. I am also planning to workout at least 2 days of the 4 day weekend. I really must stay on track!!
I found a couple of additional healthy Thanksgiving "sides" recipes and thought I would share...
So...to make sure that I stay on track...I am announcing Mini-goal #2!!!
I will be doing the Rudolph Fun Run 5k on December 8th at City Centre in West Houston. There is a link below that gives a few basic details. I am looking for folks to join me!!! The more the Merrier...Warning...I will be wearing a Red Nose!!!!
I will send out a sign up link later in the week!! For those of you that missed out on the Firefly Run...this is your opportunity to join Team MAWA for race #2.
I hope all of you that are following me or are participating in your own Journey will keep me posted on how your are doing and if you have any tips, recipes for the holidays or just fun things to share...please do so. I love hearing from you guys!!!
Have a great evening...I am off to the gym here in a bit!!!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
So since today has been low key...this blog post will be pretty uneventful! My girl (Emily) is here...she called me around 3:30 or so and said she wanted to know she could come over and we could just chill...How can I turn that down...So, I got up, showered and now we are chillin'. She, Tone Tone and Riley are watching Arthur's Christmas....all snuggled up in the living room and I am...well, you know what I am doing!!
Here they are:
I am really hoping to pick up the pace again this next week. There will be challenges managing my work schedule,workout schedule and other life stuff...but it must be done!!! I cannot quit and I cannot give in...accomplishment comes from pushing through the obstacles...whatever they might be...I feel an inspirational quote is needed!!!
How am I to know what I can achieve if I quit?" - Jason Bishop
"There are only two options regarding commitment: you're either in or you're out. There's no such thing as life in between." - Unknown
"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love inspirational quotes....
I am planning on attacking this week...with excitement, inspiration, faith and with help from my wonderful support system.
This is a battle that I am going to win....
Again, I feel compelled to share this Journey, to use this Journey as a tool to share the inspiration and blessings that I am receiving...So...please share with your friends, family, complete strangers...hehehe! I am really confidant that by next August...not only will I be a healthier human...I (WE) will be in a position to turn this Journey into a way to give back to our community...we can make our own Change...God is with Us!!
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Happy Saturday! I hope everyone has had a Blessed day!
I spent last night at Itz...one of those arcade/family fun/pizza buffet places...only it was an all night lock in with 100+ 6th, 7th and 8th graders! WOW...DO THEY HAVE SOME ENERGY....
I was there as a chaperone representing the band parents or in this case..the band "aunt"...Emily had ask me to go and of course, I love my Pea...so I was there! My shift was supposed to start at 10:30 pm and end at 2:00 am.
So generally speaking, the kids behaved pretty well...I mean they were wired for sound...but certainly nothing nothing out of ordinary...But here is the funny part. Each chaperone was assigned a specific area and The Fluffy Girl got the Pizza Buffet area...hilarious irony for me....late night eater...fighting to lose 120lbs...pizza lover. Gratefully, the pizza is pretty mediocre (I have eaten it before)...so not having any pizza was doable.
I ended up staying until Emily's Dad got there for his shift at 4:00am...
Friday, November 9, 2012
I decided today was a good day to provide an update for those who are just joining us! This will be the Reader's Digest Version...If you want ALL the details..you just gotta read ALL the posts...:)
- I decided on August 17th 2012, after being inspired by the Olympics and specifically, Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, to start this Journey to lose 120lbs in one year
- I decided that in order to do this...there would need to be some accountability...So I started this blog documenting my daily progress. Warts and all.
- One of my other goals was to play volleyball again in a full on game on August 17th 2013
- Strangely enough, I decided to post my weight on this blog for all to see...no pressure!!
- I sent the link to this blog to tons of people and I continue to do so...I took this accountability thing seriously.
- I started working out (slowly) and began by walking 1 mile...joining the YMCA came next
- I decided to "Tweet" to Kerri Walsh and Misty May...weekly updates on my progress since they were the inspiration. Kerri Walsh responded within the 1st Week!!!!
- Amazing things began to happen immediately...the support came pouring in and I was reminded how wonderful my family and friends are!
- I knew immediately that this Journey was much more than just a Journey to lose 120lbs but an emotional and spiritual Journey as well that needed to be God Driven and God Centered.
- My Co-workers rallied around me at work in amazing fashion
- My Mom, Aunts, cousins, etc...stepped up big time and have been hugely supportive
- By the end of August I dropped below 270lbs and my workouts were getting better and I was getting stronger
- I continued to hear from Kerri Walsh...A-MA-ZING
- In September...My walking distance increased, I kayaked for the 1st time, I began to increase the intensity of my workouts
- The support continued and I continued to blog EVERYDAY
- I had a few rough days...BUT Continued to be "MaWa" Inspired!!!
- Lindsey (one of my youngster co-workers) came up with the idea to do a 5K...so Team MAWA was born
- Kristen (another youngster Co-Worker) designed T-Shirts
- We chose to do the Firefly 5K...a race benefiting the Houston Food Bank!
- By the end of September...I dropped below 260lbs.
- My diabetes began to improve dramatically...
- I continued to get amazing support, messages, gifts...you name it! God continued to work in unbelievable ways.
- October brought more messages of support from Kerri Walsh!!! AND more messages of support from my Amazing family and Friends
- In October...the idea was born to turn this Volleyball game in August of 2013 into a charity event...Hopefully raising money for Kerri Walsh's Foundation and for a local charity within the community in which I live!
- I continued to have my good days and not so good days...and STILL felt INSPIRED! MIRACLE!
- I coached Emily's Volleyball Team and loved every minute of it!
- I walked 3 miles for the 1st time in preparation for the 5K
- Lindsey orchestrated afternoon 5 minute workout sessions at the office
- On Oct. 19th...I hit my 1st plateau...no weight loss!!!
- I played Laser Tag for the 1st time and LOVED it!!! Not a bad little workout either!
- I survived the 1st "eating" holiday...HALLOWEEN!
- November 3rd, I completed my 1st 5K with the help of my Co-Workers, Mom, BFF and her family!!!! Really awesome night for me!
- My scale died...and I had to purchase a new "evil" scale that caused a slight alteration on my weigh in chart!
- The announcement of new Mini-goal is soon to happen
- I got another really kind message from Kerri Walsh just today!
- Down 24lbs
- Only 8 months to go!
I am so looking forward to the next 8 months and to all of the experiences that lie ahead!
I continued to be inspired, grateful, blessed...and all that good stuff!!!
Despite the sadness this week held...there is one thing that I observed. My friends....those friends that have been in my life in some capacity for a better part of 25-30 years...are some pretty amazing, funny, intelligent, kind, loving people. We may not spend tons of time together...but the time we do spend is GOLDEN!!! Plus...they always laugh at my jokes...that does not suck!!
I have been blessed with so many great friends during my 45 years...I absolutely cherish every friendship with all of my heart! I have learned something from each one!
OK...Lucky Week 13...Here I come!!! I have to kick start this body and keep pushing, keep believing, keep living and keep losing!!!
Say a prayer for me tonight...I am going to be locked in an arcade with 100+ 6th, 7th and 8th graders for a Band/Choir/Theater Arts Middle School Lock In...Crazy Fluffy Girl!!!
Here is a little fun inspiration to leave you with...
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Hi to all....it has been a long day. I am truly wiped out!
The day and funeral was emotional and touching. Lots of people came to pay their respects and I managed to get through the song. I was incredibly nervous!
Afterwards, we all gathered together....lots of family and friends and talked, laughed, ate and managed to turn a difficult day into something bearable.
Tomorrow is Weigh in #12...and I am not feeling super positive...it has been a different week. I have not worked out nearly enough...but it has been an out of the ordinary week. I have let it go and move forward. Life is not ordinary....
So...tomorrow is the beginning of Lucky Week 13...I want to get back on my program...work hard and be diligent in fufilling the purpose of this Journey!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Hello to all...I hope you all have had a good day. I had a busy day at work...been a busy week in general.
Tonight was the visitation for Amy's mom Sheila.
It is always such a mix of emotions during times like this...obviously it intensely sad at times and then there are those moments where you see old friends, family... people you have not had an opportunity to talk with in such a long while...and somehow in the midst of such grief...there is a laugh, a quick moment of relief from all of the sadness.
I hope my friend Amy has had a few of those lighter moments over the past couple of days.
I am singing a song at the funeral tomorrow that has special meaning to Amy's parents...makes me really nervous....makes me want ice cream!! LOL! The truth hurts!
I went to dinner tonight with some of my favorite friends...friends I have known for close to 30 years...special friends...friends who spent the last 15 minutes of our dinner conversation tonight talking about ice cream....yep....ice cream...not just any ice cream...nope....Blue Bell ice cream... Blue Bell...."the best ice cream in the country".
Afterward...I had to go to the grocery store...where they have Blue Bell...left without any...miracle!
Tired....tomorrow will be a tough day. Please say a prayer for my friend Amy, her Dad, brother and all of their family.
Goodnight...please don't hesitate to tell those that are important to you how much you love them...life is so precious.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
I am feeling a bit sluggish today...stayed up late and have been quite busy today. I must work out tonight. I did not work out on Sunday and ended up not working out yesterday...so Today is a MUST!
Stress eating has been looking really attractive over the past 24 hours. Again, I am reminded that I must really work hard to NOT stress eat. So strange, how much it feels 2nd nature to me. Clearly, I don't mind talking about feelings or sharing them...at least to some extent...but if I am being honest, and God knows I am trying, it is just easier to stuff my face and my feelings at the same time!!!! I do know that the consequences can be huge...but unfortunately, at times, it still feels easier to just eat something!
This is not the easiest thing to write down either...knowing that some people just do not react that way...food is not their crutch...and it is certainly judged by many to be a terrible weakness. One of those "you had a choice" kind of problems. But reality is...It does not matter what other people think or how they judge...it is a real, daily issue for me and I purposely chose to use the word FIGHT in the title of this blog...Because I knew it would be one. No use in sugar coating!!!! Though sugar is wonderful! This is a fight...a good fight...but a fight nonetheless.
Here is the good news...I do not feel defeated or overwhelmed or ill prepared. I feel like fighting and for that I am grateful! So while life continues to throw challenges my way...I am Blessed and I am protected. All I must do is suit up and show up....God has the rest!
So I will work out tonight and then I am headed to spend some time supporting my friend Amy! As it should be!
Have a good night and again please Vote! It is a wonderful statement to the Freedom we all share by living in this wonderful Country. Regardless of the outcome of this election....I plan to pray for God to touch the heart of our President, to lead this Nation with a compassionate heart and I pray that we, as a society, remember that we are ALL God's creation and that hate, anger and greed can only destroy what makes us unique. I will be working on that myself!
Monday, November 5, 2012
Hello to all...It is very late! It has been a difficult day and this is the first chance I have had to stop long enough to post.
One of my childhood friends lost her Mom today, somewhat suddenly. This is one of my closest friends growing up....We went to high school together, we spent tons of time at each others homes, have maintained a friendship for 30+ years... I sang at her wedding, held her babies, and now on Thursday...I am saddened but honored to be singing at her Mom's funeral. But it is surreal...sobering!
Life is so precious...just another reminder that it is my responsibility to fully live life...Cherish it, respect it and not take a single moment for granted.
It can be so easy to get lost in the details of daily life...I do it all the time. Yes, this Journey is about me getting healthier and shedding weight...but everyday it gets clearer and clearer that this Journey is about so much more.
I don't want to get distracted by the details...I want to see the whole, fabulous picture.
I want to truly live every moment!
I am afraid I must sleep...Sweet Dreams! Jaime
Sunday, November 4, 2012
When I woke up this morning and my feet hit the floor...I felt a little stiff... My dogs were barkin! But not too bad though for a Fluffy girl. My right foot has been a little persnickety...but a little ice and a day off from workouts should do the trick.
Again, I cannot tell you how great it felt to accomplish something that I know I could not have even attempted 2 months ago...NO WAY...Again, I know that 3 miles is not some Ironman distance..but when your body has been broken down and not maintained well...well...it feels fabulous to experience the change and know that I am moving in a direction that will lead to better health and a better life.
I again, must thank all of you that walked with me (even though I know some of you could have finished the race light years faster)...I must thank all of you that donated to the Houston Food Bank on behalf of our team and for all of you that continue to encourage this Journey! Like I have said before...I could thank you everyday and it would not be adequate.
So this week begins Week 12...My plan is to work out Mon-Thurs and Sat. I am hoping to have a few interesting new articles to share this week and will post a few more pics from the race.
There will be another Mini-Goal announcement. I will finalize the details and will be posting it on here as soon as I have finalized the plan.
Please keep it in the back of your head that we are planning a charity Volleyball game for AUGUST 17TH 2013...I know it seems like a long way away but I want as many people to be there as possible. More details to follow!
I hope everyone is ready for another great week. My goal for this week is to Be Inspired and Be an Inspiration. Reach out to more people...clear a few more hurdles and kick some weight loss butt!!!
WHO IS WITH ME!!!!
Let's have a great week..."MaWa Inspired" Journey 120 is moving on.....
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Well....I did.... We did it! Team MaWa completed the 5K! Some quicker than others...but everyone crossed the finish line. It was fantastic!
I DID NOT FINISH LAST!! WOO HOO!
There were close to 3,000 people in the race. Everybody was all aglow! We even saw a guy with a chandelier on his head!
It felt great to accomplish the 1st Mini Goal! Great to have such wonderful support...Great to support a charity within our local community! Thank you to Lindsey for suggesting the Firefly 5K, thanks to Kristen for designing the T-shirts and thanks to My sweet Mom for being a great cheerleader! Finally, thanks to Henry, Kyle, Mike, Kristen, Lindsey, Stephen, Bill, Donna and Emily! Also, thanks to Ali, Barb, Claire and Jonathan....we missed u guys!
God continues to bless every step of this Journey!
Here are some photos from the event...Enjoy!
I am posting these from my mobile...so the order is funky! I will post more in the next day or two!
Friday, November 2, 2012
So today marks the end of an era it appears...the era where I had a scale that gave me 5lbs (less) than reality...I love that scale...so giving and forgiving...so generous when it came to weight loss...
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Hello followers of fluff! I hope you all had a wonderful day...happy, healthy and productive.
I worked from home today...Mom and I both had Drs appointments today so I had to stick close to home!
So tomorrow is Weigh in #11....and the beginning of the 12th week of this Journey 120....3 months...WOW!
Pretty unbelievable for me that I am 1/4 of the way into this Journey and still have a full head of hair, most of my sanity, and 23 less lbs of fluff. Sweet!
So many amazing Blessings, support challenges and victories....in just 11 weeks...can't wait to see what the next 9 months hold...I have so much to lose...but so much more to gain.
While I shed this physical weight...there will be opportunities to gain perspective, gain understanding, gain knowledge, gain new friends and gain new respect for the friends and family that have been on this Journey with me.
God continues to bless this Journey everyday....even on the difficult days!
I am ready for the next nine months. ONE DAY AT A TIME!
No workout tomorrow...I will be resting in preparation for the 5K on Saturday. Really excited to take on this "mini-goal". Thanks to all of you that have donated to The Houston Food Bank on behalf of Team MAWA! Makes me proud!
Happy Friday to all! Love and Hugs!