Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Weight-loss Wednesday

I wish I had more exciting news for this Weight-loss Wednesday post, but I really don't.  I lost 0.5 pounds which isn't as much as I wanted to, but at least I didn't gain.  The last week I ate well and have been focusing on decreasing my caffeine intake which is good, but leaving me pretty tired.  I realized by decreasing my caffeine intake (read breaking a severe coffee addiction because I gave up soda quite a few months ago) that I was really drinking a lot of coffee and relying on it to keep me going.  So making this change has been pretty big and I am going easy on myself this time in hopes that I don't wind up with major headaches when I (temporarily) give up coffee for awhile.  I have a couple more mornings of allowing myself just one cup of coffee and then on Saturday I will not have any coffee, so sad for me, a major coffee lover, but a much needed change since I was replacing water with coffee and I am hoping to flip that back around.  I am also starting to decrease my sugar intake as I am also planning on fasting from sugar for awhile.  I will still be eating natural sugars that are in fruits and vegetables, but not adding in any extra sugar in my diet.  So I am hoping next week's weigh in will have better results.  I know that this week's could have been better because I did see better numbers on my scale this week (yes I am one of those people that weighs every day even though it is not recommended), but I also know that I wasn't getting enough water and had too much carbs and salt this week.  Lesson learned and I am moving on.  The other big change I am in the process of implementing is regular exercise.  I will be doing a 30 day fitness challenge using a Wii workout game.  I am one of those people who is more likely to stick to exercise when it doesn't feel like I am exercising and Wii workout games do that for me.

Changes to implement:
Go caffeine free starting 12/1/12
Start 30 day fitness challenge 12/1/12
Increase water intake - ASAP
Reduce sugar intake - ASAP

Weight to lose: 49.5 lbs.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thankful

Since we just had Thanksgiving, I have been doing a lot of thinking about what I am thankful for.  I am thankful for many things and I have been trying to post on my Facebook page something that I am thankful for each day.  I believe that a heart of gratitude makes you a happier person and it helps to see the things to be thankful for in situations where you normally wouldn't be thankful.  For example one day recently, I had just spent 45 minutes sweeping and mopping my floors and had no sooner put the mop away when both my kids ran in from playing outside to get something to drink.  While I was mopping they had been playing through where the garden was and it had rained the day before so the garden area was muddy.  After the kids got something to drink and went back outside, I looked all around the floor to see muddy footprints.  Sure I was frustrated and my first thought was to start complaining and grumbling, but then I decided to look for something to be thankful for.  As I looked around I thought about the muddy footprints and realized how thankful I am for healthy kids who are able to play outside and who love to play outside.  As I was thinking about all the things I am thankful for I decided I would post my top five things I am thankful for here to share with you.

  1. God - I am thankful that I have accepted the gift of salvation that God has offered to me by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.  God is always with me, always watching me, and always offering grace and mercy to me.  I am thankful that the Gospel was presented to me and that I invited Jesus Christ into my life and serve Him every day.
  2. Husband - I am so very thankful that God brought my husband into my life over 17 years ago and that we got married 14 years ago.  My husband is an amazing man who is kind, caring, thoughtful, loving, devoted, hot (yep, had to throw that one in there), and my best friend.  He has stuck with me all these years without complaint and he supports me in all I do.  I love him more than I could ever even begin to explain.
  3. Kids - I am so thankful for the 2 beautiful gifts that God has blessed my hubby and I with.  My kids are my heart and soul.  They make me laugh, cry, worry, smile, pray, get gray hair, shake my head, wonder, and I wouldn't have it any other way.  They are funny, loving, kind, smart, absolutely adorable, and gifts from God.  
  4. Family - I am thankful for my family.  We haven't always all had good relationships, but we are in a great place now and we really do owe that to God.  He has done a lot of healing in the relationships of family members and I am truly thankful for every family relationship we have.
  5. Church - I am thankful for the church we attend.  It is a wonderful, Bible teaching church that has activities and classes for all ages.  Our church works hard to make people feel welcome and to get people involved in all the activities we have going on.  I remember the first time we went there it was for my brother-in-law's wedding and the pastor made it a point to get to know us even though we had never been there.  Then 8 months later when my other brother-in-law got married there, the pastor remembered us and invited us to service there.  We started going to church there and haven't looked back.  We have made some wonderful friends and really enjoy serving in several different areas of the church.  We love our church and are so thankful for the pastors, their wives, their families, and the rest of our church staff too.
These are the top five things I am thankful for right now.  I encourage you to look around and find something that you are thankful for every day.  Start looking for things to be thankful for in the situations where it doesn't seem like there is anything to be thankful for.  What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Weight-loss Wednesdays

This post scares me.  It makes my heart beat faster and my breathing is a little shallower.  It shakes me down to my core, but it must be done because a few weeks ago I posted about how I want to show the world the true me and how I want this blog to be a place I can put my real thoughts.  I don't know what people will think or comment, but I know that I have to be real, I have to be gut-wrenching honest, and I need to do what I need to do.  So here goes nothing...

I am starting a new series called Weight-loss Wednesdays.  I have 50 pounds to lose.  I have spoke with my doctor about it and she agrees that I really do need to lose some weight.  You see for me my weight affects my health.  I have asthma and for me extra pounds make my asthma harder to control.  I also need to lose the weight to get my body healthy overall.  In the last few months I have had back issues, extra aches and pains, and fatigue.  All of these things are related to the extra weight I am carrying around.  I know that weight affects everyone differently and some people think that 50 extra pounds is not much, but for me and my body 50 extra pounds are too much.

I decided to weigh in today and while I will not post that number here (some things are going too far for even me or maybe I am just not that brave, I haven't figured it out yet).  Then each Wednesday I will post whether or not I lost or gained weight and how that figures in to my weight loss.  I am also going to go back to using my tried and true methods.  When I have been successful at losing weight I have used SparkPeople, it is a great website that is truly dedicated to helping people lose weight and maintain their loss.  I will also be using the app, My Fitness Pal.  It just helps me be even more accountable with my food intake and exercise.  Using both things is a little redundant, but I need extra accountability.  I will be reducing my sugar and caffeine intake and focusing on getting in more fruits and vegetables.  This is where I am starting.  My plan that my doctor and I discussed is just truly changing my eating habits and that is what I intend to focus on.  So I hope you will join me in this journey by being supportive and cheering me on.  If you would like to join me on the journey by losing weight as well, I would be glad to support you as well.

Weight to lose:  50 pounds

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Go VOTE!!!!

Today is the day!  Today is Tuesday, November 6.  Most importantly today is Election Day!  Today is the day to get out there and VOTE!  Please, please go out and vote if you are a registered voter.  If you have never registered to vote, it is too late to do so for today's election, but make it a priority to get registered as soon as possible so that you can vote in the next primaries and election.  Many people have fought and even given their lives for our right to vote so please don't take it for granted.  Go out and VOTE!!!