Monday, April 26, 2010

Goals for the week...

First of all... sorry for not posting. :)
and this unfortunately needs to be a short post. :(
But... here are... my...
Goals for the week...
*Stairs all week. I'm officially boycotting the elevator!
I work on teh 4th floor of a bigger building so really it's like 6 flights each time.
I took the stairs this morning and made it. Wahoo!
*30 day shred-every day! I am starting this challenge with my neice and my sister in law.
We are taking measurements and then at the end of the 30 days, we'll take them again.
The person who loses the most amount of inches wins! I'm not sure what we'll win as we
haven't decided that yet. I'll keep you posted!
*No treats at work!!!! (THIS is a tough one! There are always bad bad bad for you treats here
and it's SO hard to resist day after day after day!

I'm just really tired of seeing the number on the scale creep up. I gained 2 lbs back this week and I really really hate seeing that. I didn't get to my current weight (Which I'll post someday when I'm feeling extra brave!) by having it all happen at once. No one would allow that to happen to themselves. It happened gradually... day by day and week by week. So.. I need to keep the scale moving in the right direction! DOWN! not up.
Next week... let's plan for big losses!

Good luck to those of you on your own weight loss journey. May we be strong this week and get one step closer to the healthy people that are waiting to take over our lives :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Game on...

Game on!

So I met with Tahna yesterday and it was SO GREAT! I may have whined about being nervous before hand, but really... I feel SO lucky that I can have a trainer! She is SUCH an asset to have in my corner! And...she's just pretty great. There's just something about having done our official "first" workout that helps me to know that this is a fresh start and now... no turning back. Even as I type that I get nervous because I've said that before. But... NO TURNING BACK!

Our first workout was SO great! and hard. My quads are pretty sore today! I love it! Well, I loved all of it but the stairs. I just hate them. But I gotta think... if I hate them THAT much, maybe they will help me THAT much more! And it really just doesn't matter... I have to do them and that's that. So I will.

Today is a tough one. It's Administrative appreciation day and on a table VERY near me...too near... there are donuts, scotcharoos (Peanut butter rice krispies with butterscotch/chocolate frosting), brownies, crackers, pineapple, and two bags of baked chips that I brought.
I need to confess, I did have a small scotcharoo and a small piece of a donut. It would have been easier if I hadn't of had any because I'm having a really hard time getting those darn scotcharoos out of my head. It's really like they are calling out to me. :( But... I'm going to be tough and not have another one. ONE was enough, more than enough. I do not need to have another one. I'm not going to trade this healthy life in for a scotcharoo. It's way too important this time.

Also... I made a deal with Chris. I can have a scotcharoo but I have to run 5 sets of stairs. I don't want to run stairs, so ... I don't want to have a scotcharoo. :)

3 hours left... I won't have one.

Tomorrow in honor of earth day... everyone FLOOR WIDE... is bringing treats.
Maybe I should just stay home.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I'm not a guppy!!!

So I did it. I did my three minutes. Some of you may be wondering.. three minutes??? That's it? Yep, that's it. THIS time.

But I did it. I committed to something and I did it. I was very close to NOT doing my little stairmaster challenge, but on the way out I though. NO WAY! I said I was going to do it and I'm going to.

You see. I had been on the treadmill and was planning to do the stairmaster after I was done. I was just about done when this really fit guy jumped on the end stairmaster. There are just two machines so I would have to have been between him and the other fit guy on the gazelley looking machine. (Not sure of the name lol) I did NOT want to be between two fit guys as I last my little 3 minutes using sheer will alone. I didn't have high hopes of it going well. So Chris finished his workout and came to find me. We were all ready to walk out and I asked him if he would do the stairmaster thing with me. Being the great husband that he is, he agreed and we walked to the other side of the gym where no one was on the stairmaster. Chris had offered to let me have the end machine-he knows me well and my freak out-ness at looking like a crazy breathless fool next to strangers. lol

I hopped on and thought... well now, this isn't so bad. Until I hit 1.50 minutes! HA! I was DYING!! I was hanging on for dear life but doing it none the less. I had committed to you and wasn't about to let my word mean nothing. So I pushed through the other 10 seconds and then hopped off. I was breathing like a guppy out of water! Chris kept asking me if I was ok. I was ok, just dying. I caught my breath and hopped back on for another minute. JUST a minute, who can't do a minute. I could do another minute.


I did another minute and ended up doing 10 flights!
I know it was only 3 minutes but it was 3 minutes that I didn't do yesterday.

Tomorrow, I'll do 4 minutes. I will beat this machine. I will be able to stay on that sucker and look good doing it!

Yay for Cheryl!

Oh.... YAY for Chris to! He made it though his Tahna workout with flying colors. I knew he would! I'm proud of him and his effort to change our lives. I'm so very fortunate to have an amazing husband who loves me enough to work out beside me as I look like a crazy breathless fool!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


So my amazing husband has his first workout with our trainer today. He will do SO great! I've never known anyone more determined in my life. I'm excited for this day for him. It's the start of an amazing challenge that I know he will blow out of the water. You see, we had been working out with trainers last year but with Malea coming and getting ready for her, fitness and nutrition sadly took a back seat. But she's here now and SO deserves us to be healthy. Today is part of it for Chris. I'm excited for all this will mean for both of us as we get healthy and really experience the life that is there for us to live.

I meet with our trainer NEXT Tuesday. We bought a package of trainers and are going to go at the same time every other week. So tonight it's my responsibility to beat my OWN self up. I'm planning on walking some, lifting some, and trying out the stepper. I usually get nervous to even go near it as it's very much NOT my favorite machine. BUT...I have this weird urge to win that battle. I don't want to live my life out of fear and I FEAR that machine! lol Usually at three minutes I'm holding on for dear life. I'm going to break three minutes tonight. It may seem like a small goal... but it's a big one for me. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow

For my friends weighing in today. GOOD LUCK!!!! May the scale reflect your hard work. But may you also know that it's really not about the number on the scale. It's about the journey and what you're learning through it. You'll lose the weight for sure, but more important is that you find yourself in all this. This journey can show you how strong and amazing you truly are. Cheesy, but true. :)

Happy Tuesday everyone and GO CHRIS!!!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Day Well Done...

Hey there....It's already Wednesday! I LOVE having Monday's off! It makes the week go SO quick!

I am glad to report that yesterday went really well! I feel like I made good choices all day and that I can give myself a big 'ol pat on the back. YAY for Cheryl! It's been a while since I've been able to say that. It feels good!

Good choices from donut, healthy lunch, healthy dinner, only a small serving of seconds, AND get this... I sent this sneaky little snickers bar that I found in our house over the weekend home with my mother in law. There are a few more things that need to find their way out of my home, but they will. Soon soon. Maybe they can be prizes for my confirmation kids tonight!!!

Choices that need some work...I have to get to the gym!!! I'm really finding it hard to get there these days. I know the benefits of activity and understand the importance... but I just can't get myself there. Ugh! I also can't go today due to Confirmation tonight. Wednesday was usually my day off, so I'll just go with that for today. Tomorrow though...I shall find myself at the gym.
:) Me + the Y=Thursday!

At work they put these fliers out on a table in the entryway of our building. This one is "12 Smart Ways to Avoid Portion Distortion" THIS is a HUGE problem in my house. Chris and I were just talking yesterday about how we just eat too much. We're pretty good at making good choices as to what to eat for a meal...but we put too much on our plates and often go back for 2nds. At the beginning of my weight loss I lost pretty quickly at the beginning by just not going back for 2nds. New rule for Cheryl. NO seconds. (Unless it's salad or veggies.)

ok... first three things on the list of 12 Smart Ways...
ONE...Listen to your bodies clues
Yep, I'm pretty bad at this one. I don't listen. If I want it, I eat it. That even sounds bad just to write that! I also think years of not listening makes this really hard for me. I honestely don't think that I know when I'm full. Guess I need some practice in this area. Do you think it's easier to tell if you're hungry when you're eating healthy food? Hmmm.....

TWO... Prepare less food for meals
This one stated that if you make large quantities of food, you tend to eat more. It also said that if you want leftovers, you should put them away..out of sight, out of mind. I REALLY like this one. I really think that if I see a large quantity of food, I take more. If it's just me and Chris, I eat what I want. No one else has to eat. Saturday we were at an Easter party for Chris' family and there were a lot of people who needed to eat after me. I was VERY conscious of just putting just a little on my plate. I was full and very satisfied at the end of my plate.

THREE... Start with a small serving.
This one is scary with my new rule of no seconds. I'm not sure I agree with this one. I really think that you should measure your servings. A serving is a serving. I do however, think that if it's a treat kind of thing, then taking a small amount to start may be just the amount that will satisfy.

OK... there are my little nuggets for this morning.
May Wednesday be all that you are hoping for!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

To donut or not to donut...

I want to write that I hate donuts. But I don't. I LOVE donuts. They are yummy and sweet and all things good, I mean bad. AND there just happens to be a nice white box filled with them on a table about 10 ft from my cube. But nope. I'm not going to do it. I'm not going to have one.

I instead had some dried fruit and almonds for a snack. And you know what? I'm ok. I feel like it was me vs the donut and I WON! It's a little victory, but a victory none the less.

For lunch I'm eating a Culver's grilled chicken sandwhich and a fresco salad with low fat french dressing. I did add just a little regular blue cheese, just for flavor. Really, just a little.

Small choices, eh Melissa?

Today so far...I'm ahead of the game!

Doin' it again...

So if you fall off the horse you should just get right back up again, eh?

I had been doing pretty well with this weight loss thing.. until last summer. Yep, a WHOLE year ago. Wow, did I fall hard???? Anyway. We had the most AMAZING thing happen that I will share more about later. We had had been in the waiting families book for domestic adoption for about a year prior to that and one crazy Wednesday we got a call. It was my friend Jen who shared VERY EXCITEDLY that she had found a baby for us! Seriously? I completely did NOT believer her, but yep... In December we found ourselves driving to Ohio to meet our daughter.
Yesterday we had her FOUR month baby shots done! So.. with all that has happened over the last year... weight loss has been far from a priority.

But it's TIME. It's SO time!

So... maybe I'll blog a little. :) Here's to losing what I have gained back and more. :)

To be continued.....