Long time between posts, and so much going on the past few months have been a blur. The one great thing is that I met my weight loss goal. Now it's the struggle of maintaining. This is always where I struggle and where I have to really keep my focus on eating healthy and exercise. I was looking back at photos from when I started trying to lose weight at Christmastime, and then I got so sick for a few months and then back to eating healthy and exercise but I can see such a huge difference in not only my appearance but my overall health. I am feeling better and have so much more energy, and the crazy thing is buying clothes in a size 8 when I started in an 18. I actually wore a bathing suit on vacation which I would not have dared to do before.
Well today we are going back to school shopping, my oldest starts her senior year in HS Wednesday and my son starts his junior year, so we have to get them ready.
Last night we went to the drive in just a couple towns over from where we live and they all ate at McDonalds. I bought a happy meal and was very content. I didn't even want to snack from the consession stand which is totally unusual for me. This morning I slept in for the first time in ages and now I feel rested and ready for the day ahead.
Have a GREAT Saturday :)
Breakfast: 1 thomas Bagle Thin with Brammels Yogurt butter and a Fiber One Yogurt
Progress as of today: 56.5 lbs lost so far, only -1.5 lbs to go!
Wow has it been a long time it seems since I've written anything here! My life has been CRAZY and I mean super crazy! My dad had a quadrupal bypass on the 8th, but he was very sick for 2 weeks prior so I haven't been able to be online much at all. I'm so surprised I've been so good with my eating since this has been one of the hardest things I've had to deal with in quite a few years. We nearly lost him on Wednesday of last week he code blued, and they had a time getting his heart in rythum, and I broke down and wanted to just eat a mountain of chocolate but I just kept myself focused and I've done really good.
I've missed posting here and now that we've gotten him home and settled I can post here more faithfully again! :) I missed you all, and i'm glad to be back!
(( Hugs 2 You All )) ~Angie
Progress as of today: 39 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!
Good afternoon! I hope everyone had a GREAT day yesterday. I slept so hard last night and woke up sluggish, most likely from eating things I haven't eaten in months and I sure can feel the effects of it today. I'm glad I have the day off, I'm still in my jammies with my laptop in bed .. sigh...
When we left for our day yesterday I forgot to uncover my Parakeet 'Steve' and now he's cranky today! He's done nothing but fuss at me all morning long haha! I never ever forget to uncover him but he's unforgiving ;)
Today I'm just resting since the rest of the week I'm back on 10 hours at work. We got a bit of snow this morning so it's just perfect for a lazy day! I pray everyone has a GREAT Monday!
Thank you to chidogs & KathyBlue for the encouragement yesterday I very much appreciate it !! I thought I'd put a picture of me up for Valentines Day that my husband took of me yesterday. I never posted a before picture when I started January 1rst...
I can really see the difference in my face!! I feel the loss in my body as well, but people say how thin my face is now. I am 5 foot 11 inches tall and not really large framed, I'm more on the medium side, but anything below 170 is too thin for me with my body type. I start looking really gaunt. I was in a pant size of 16 on New Year's Day, and today I'm in a size 10. I have about 13.5 pounds left to lose, and then the whole battle for me really starts. I've never done good at maintaining my weight, once I lose it, I gain it back plus more. It is a whole different struggle once I reach goa, because I've NEVER been successful (of course not or I'd not be going down this road again!)
Today we are going to the morning service at church and then we're going out to celebrate Valentines day with my daughter and her boyfriend. We finally decided to go to a resturant that I have eaten at safely a bunch of times since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. It is a Oriental/Japanese Resturant, and I always eat salad, sushi and rice. :)
I pray everyone has a wonderful valentines day today! :) Love is truly in the air !!!
**** UPDATE ****
We had a nice time out. We double dated through dinner and then went to seperate movies. Emily & Ethan saw Valentines Day and Pete and myself watched The Book of Eli (AWESOME MOVIE) Was a great valentines day!
B: Gluten Free cereal with organic low fat milk
D: Sushi about 8 pieces, a small bowl of white rice, salad, orange slices (2) 1 slice pineapple, 1 banana and cantilope.
Snack when we got home 1 serving organic yellow corn tortilla chips & organic salsa and a small cup of coffee with fat free hazlenut cream as a treat
oh and I had a reecies peanut butter valentine heart just 1 little package :) It is valentines day ....
Progress as of today: 31.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!
I'm so glad this past week is over, and I'm ready to enjoy a three day weekend! Tomorrow we are going out after church to celebrate Valentines day double dating with my 17 year old daughter and her boyfriend. We are going to a movie. I'm passing up dinner out since it's such a chore for me to find a place to eat locally, and they both seemed relieved when I mentioned it. I told them we'd pick up a light lunch, this gives me the chance to pack me a small bag to take with me and I won't have to worry about the whole gluten free-cross contamination stress on Valentines Day!
I ate really well this week, having one night I made myself go to bed early since I wanted to binge really bad. I have these gluten free peanut butter cookies in the freezer and they are 200 calories a cookie and I wanted the whole pack of 6. I went to bed and fought the urge until I fell asleep to get up and eat them. By the time I woke up the next morning I had made it and wasn't wanting to binge so bad. I did fight during the day at work, almost going to the snack machine and getting a chocolate bar. They had 2 in there I can eat and I wanted them, but got up from the table and went to the restroom, and just tried to stay busy and keep myself from going and eating them. I hate when these binge attacks hit, they are the WORST !!!
Well I'd best go get a shower and start my day I've been so lazy this morning which is nice after being on overtime for 2 weeks :)
Have a GREAT day!
Progress as of today: 31.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!
We had the best time out yesterday. I really needed it and so thankful that I did get some ME time! :) We went to Nashville and went to Whole Foods, I got some much needed groceries and healthy snacks. My husband did not complain one time, and he let me take my time getting the things I need and read labels. My daughter is sick so she sat in the car with my son both listening to their IPods. After we left there we went to target, and then Pete decided to take us to Outback Steak House for dinner. I was very nervous about eating out, but I knew that he wanted to make it a special relaxing and fun day for all of us. I ordered a grilled chicken dinner with a baked sweet potato and had a side salad with no dressing all off their gluten free menu. I felt like my choices were great, and was so proud of myself since I was too full to finish and brought home half in a to-go box :)
We tried to not talk about work or anything that would take my mind off of relaxing. I know tomorrow I will have to walk back into that world again, but for a couple of days I need to just rest my mind. Right now I'm drinking a wonderful cup of coffee, and getting ready to take a shower and get ready for day! :) We have a lot to get done today and get me back home ready for bed around 7:30 so I can work those 10 hours. I took a vacation day for Tuesday so now that's a day I am very much looking forward to. Then I work 4 more days and I have a wonderful 3 day weekend. :) I have to make mental notes on positives to get through or I tend to get really down and discouraged. I've had to learn to do this, and really can see that it helps me.
I just pray that lady at work backs off tomorrow, I don't want or need her snippy attitude with me. I've tried not to think about it, but it's there nagging at me. I will just find me a quiet place away from her to work, and try to endure those 10 hours! :)
I want to go away to someplace warm and sunny!!! I am so tired of this winter weather, and I've done really great until today but I woke up with a horrible case of the winter blues! Last week I wrote about how we'd had a bad ice-winter storm, well I'd missed out on my trip to Nashville to Whole Foods. (I live in southern, middle Tennessee) Well today since I'd been on overtime all week at work 10 hour shifts all week, we'd planned on going as soon as I woke up from a 10 hour night sleep. I did get my 10 hour sleep in :) but, my daughter is sick coughing and icky and it's windy and cold. She wants to go (she's 17) with us, and I worry about her being in that cold frosty air. I told my husband that if we kept the vehicle really warm she could go, but I want to take another small trip over to Trader Joes and pick up a few things there. I only get to go twice a month (this month once) and I'm already running out of things I can take to work for a light snack on 10 hours of very physical work.
I have worked so hard this week physically and am only down 1 pound for the whole week. It's a bit discouraging, but I know that the last 15 pounds are ALWAYS the hardest for me to lose. It's like my body gets to this platue and it goes so slowly. I can't really work out at night right now because my body is so physically tired when I'm on overtime it's usually home at 4:30, cook dinner, get the laundry going, folded, and then a hot bath and bed at 7:30-8:00 to get up at 3:30 the next morning. I am constantly moving at work, since we are a clothing distribution center, and at the moment I am stocking the garments on bars 3 levels high (I have to climb up and down a ladder with clothes in my hands to hang them above my head) for 10 hours. This is not my primary job but I am doing this as it is super busy with a lot of orders coming in. I usually pack the garments and send them to shipping to be sent to the stores. I barely got out of working today (most of my co-workers are there now) but since I was not in my primary department I didn't have to come in, they did call me at 4:30 yesteray and ask me if I wanted to come in and work in my primary department and I told them not really since I'd already made plans with my family! I'm exhausted and we are on 10 hours all next week, I need some time to rest.
I think my blues started because of this lady at work yesterday, she targeted me to pick on all day long (I'm too overly nice). She kept snapping and barking orders at me, and she's not even a supervisor or anything, she works right along with me in our department. My friend who was working an isle over from me even said "Angie, that was just so uncalled for!" I said, "She's going to knock the nice right out of me!" I felt my blood pressure rising. I am the type of person I am so nice that I let people walk all over me... I know that's not good, but I do all the time! I just take it and take it... but yesterday I was tired from all the over time, and I just wanted to sit down in the floor and bawl... very adult behaviour right?!?!
Well I need to just get over it and enjoy my family today! I REALLY NEED A GOOD DOSE OF THE SUNSHINE :(
Have a blessed Saturday!
Progress as of today: 29 lbs lost so far, only 16 lbs to go!
As you can see we did get snow & Ice! It has been an awful couple of days. 1500 homes in my hometown lost electricity, and we couldn't get to the stores or out the side roads. The temps have yet to get above freezing, which means there is still ice, but the sun is out so prayerfully it will melt a lot of the ice. I looked out the kitchen window just a few minutes ago and the trees look like shimmering glass. I have a power line down that leads to an out building, so tomorrow Pete has to call them to come out and put it back up, but thank the Lord we've not lost our electricity. Lots of people were getting prepaired when I headed home on Friday, buying Karosine Heaters, canned goods and things to get them through.
I didn't eat much yesterday. My appitite was gone all day long. I made myself eat something around 12:00 noon, then around 5:30 I ate dinner and I got so nautious. I tried to backtrack to see if I'd gotten any gluten since my stomach was not good, but I was so careful not to get any cross contamination. So, I guess it was just a day of not feeling well.
B: Coffee with fat free non dairy creamer
L: 1 wheat free wrap with shredded turkey, provalone cheese & lettuce. 1 glass of organic fat free milk.
D: Baked Chicken with salsa, 1 serving of corn and a side salad.
Progress as of today: 28 lbs lost so far, only 17 lbs to go!
Is it Friday yet? almost, I know! We're hearing news that we are getting a really icky storm coming in tonight around midnight, sleet, snow and all that gunk !! Of course because I need to make a trip to Whole Foods tomorrow We have a lot planned this weekend with the group, so if I can't go tomorrow night, or early Saturday morning, then I will have to wait a week or try to go one night after work next week, which is possible if I'm not in the worst department at work all week long and don't have enough energy to drive that far. I guess it is a wait and see kind of situation as to how the weather is when I wake up in the morning!
On a happy note, the scale moved downward again for me! (( Happy Dancin')) I didn't think it would because of all the stress going on right now, but it is, and I'm actually standing strong and not binging like I normally do. It really helps that my hubby is eating healthy and exercising too giving me motivation to not eat junk. He is in the living room on the exercise bike as I am typing this, he won't even eat dinner until he finishes his workout, this is such a help for me because all the times before that I would lose and then regain has because he'd sabotage me. I just have to keep him motivated :)
Well I just finished my dinner, and am going to soak in a hot bath before I crash for the night !! :)
It's been such a nice Saturday! :) I've enjoyed my family today and just being off work, what a GREAT day! :) I didn't get to sleep in since my son (who is 16) woke up with horrible leg cramps at 5:00 a.m. and off to soak in a hot tub he went. The problem is we live in an old Southern Farmhouse with at the moment 1 bathroom and it is just off my bedroom, so awake I was. That's part of being a mom, and I guess you never stop worrying or babying them no matter how old they get. He finally fell back asleep around 6:00 and the house was still dark, but mom of course was wide awake.
I just relaxed and fixed my coffee and had some quiet time, before they all started stirring around 10:00 (must be nice to sleep that late! haha) We just had a slow morning and around 11:30 I fixed my lunch. I found these amazing wheat free tortilla shells and have made just about everything light in them :) I went almost 8 months without not even the smallest amount of anything that resembled bread so this has been such a treat for me.
Tomorrow we have to stay over the morning service at church to practice. I am lead singer/guitar player in a southern/bluegrass gospel group, and our scheduel is picking back up starting next weekend. We took 2 1/2 months off for the Holidays and Family time and now it's back on the road (on the weekends) we go. This is hard for me in so many ways and I've struggled so much over the last year having Celiac Disease, and packing my own lunches/dinners on the road, or finding a resturant that I don't have to worry not only about cross contamination but calories and fat content. The issue that I find the hardest is that all the really good gluten-wheat free things are high in sugars, calories and fats. Most people think that having Celiac you're just skinny but that's not true, it's actually harder because beforehand you are thinner when your body isn't absorbing foods, but once you're eating things your body absorbs, you pack on the pounds. I put on over 50 pounds in less than 8 months. Now the issue of Church Homecoming Dinners ( and they feed the singers well) and the traveling is a huge stress!!! I have to stay away from the sugary high fat foods, and carry a cooler with veggies, and healthy snacks.
Sorry for the rambing, I guess I'm just getting a heads up on the worrying !!