Monday, December 31, 2012

A New Year, New Resolutions

I can't believe that today is New Year's Eve!  Wow!  This year has truly just flown by.  It seems like just yesterday I was anticipating events that would happen for us this year and now they have flown past in the blink of an eye.  I think my mind is still stuck in June even though the calendar is at the end of December and tomorrow will be a brand new year.  It's okay, I'm ready for a new year...I think,  maybe.

A New Year means it is time to reflect and make some changes and yes, I'm going to call them resolutions.  I know some people don't like to make resolutions and I know some people say that by making them you are setting yourself up to fail, but I have always looked at them as a fresh start, a chance to get it right, and a goal to attain.  I am going to do my best to keep them and achieve my goals, but I am sure some of them will fall through the cracks because life happens and I am realistic like that.  Without further ado, here are my Resolutions for 2013...

  • Continue working on losing my 50 pounds - If you want to know how I am doing, see my Weight-loss Wednesday posts where I am blogging my weight loss journey.
  • Finish my Thomas Kinkade Cross-Stitch - This is a cross stitch I have been working on (off and on) for about 6 years.  It is a beautiful chart that I started for my Step-Dad, but my issue with it is that it has no white space or empty space in it.  I am determined to finish it before starting a new project and when I do finish it, I'll probably put the second Kinkade kit I bought to make for my step-dad on e-bay.  I have nightmares about that cross-stitch, but I am going to finish it.  
  • Follow the FLYLady System - I have fluttered and almost started FLYing completely in 2012, but I didn't get all the way on the system like I wanted to.  I know that when I follow the FLYLady system, it works for me and in 2013 I plan to get completely back on track with the system.
  • Get Organized - This one goes with getting on the FLYLady system, but I am tired of thinking I know where something is only to search and search and finally find it somewhere completely unrelated.  I am also tired of realizing I have something to do or somewhere to be the day I have to be there and not having things ready for it.  I just have to get organized so I can function better.
  • Craft More - I have a bazillion and one projects I want to do, but haven't gotten around to.  I am hoping by getting more organized and my schedule under control, I will have more time to craft.
  • Scrapbook More - I am realistic and I know that I will always be way behind in my scrapbooking, but I hope to have more time to scrapbook so I can at least feel like I am making progress.
  • Study my Bible and Pray More - I can always use more Bible and prayer time.
  • Blog Regularly - I apologize to all my readers for this year.  I started off well and then somewhere along the way I got off track and got in a funk.  Then at the end of the year I started thinking about why I started blogging in the first place and my desire to blog came back.  I blog to get my thoughts written down somewhere.  I blog to let others know what works for me and what doesn't.  I blog as my journal.  Along the way I hope someone is reading and getting something from my blog, but if not that is okay too I'll keep writing.
That is where I am starting with my Resolutions.  I want to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  I hope you all are safe and warm tonight, surrounded by those you love waiting for the ball to drop and bring us a brand new year, a new start, and a fresh chance to change those things we have been wanting to change.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Weight-loss Wednesdays

I intended to have a blog post ready for yesterday that wished you all a Very Merry Christmas, but the flu bug hit our house over the weekend and all plans went out the door.  So I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas!!!  Like I said we had a case of the flu bug here at our house starting on Sunday.  At first I thought we weren't feeling well because we had broken our sugar and caffeine fast, but then when my son couldn't stop throwing up I knew we had gotten the flu.  Buddy Bear struggled all of Monday and then I woke up yesterday with the flu.  It was not fun for either of us and I am still praying that neither my hubby or Baby Bear get the flu.

So in weight-loss news, we broke our sugar and caffeine fast starting last Saturday and were doing well with it.  I am doing a better job of not going overboard on my sugar or caffeine intake.  I didn't even have coffee until Sunday and then I limited it to one travel mug (about 12 oz.) on both Sunday and Monday.  My sugar intake was very limited and even though we were at Christmas parties on Saturday and Sunday, I made very deliberate choices which desserts I wanted.   I was trying to make very deliberate food choices all weekend long and will continue to make deliberate food choices.  I have not been able to workout since last week due to being sick.  So I am hoping that once I am completely better I will be able to pick up my workout where I left off.  Thanks to the flu and careful eating choices before the flu, I lost 5 pounds this week.  I wish that I would have lost it without having the flu, but it is what it is.  I have lost a total of 12.5 pounds so far.


Changes implemented:
Go caffeine free starting 12/1/12
Start 30 day fitness challenge 12/3/12
Increased water intake - 12/1/12
Reduced sugar intake - 12/1/12

Weight to lose: 37.5 lbs.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Weight-loss Wednesdays

The days are flying by and Christmas is next week already.  I swear it was just June last week or at least it feel like it should have been.  How can time fly by so fast?  Anyway, it is Wednesday which means it was time for another weigh in this morning.  I was pleasantly surprised to lose another 1.5 pounds this week.  I am pretty excited about that as I kept seeing no change on the scale for quite a few days before this morning's number.  This means that I have lost a total of 7.5 pounds so far this month.  I have been continuing to eat my fruits, veggies, beans, and whole grains.  Sugar has been trying to tempt me a lot lately as there have been several events I have attended where there have been cookies and candy out as a treat for guests and helpers.  I was good though and just passed them by and ignored them.  I don't need them anyway.  I have also been regularly doing workouts.  I "play" the game EA Active Personal Trainer for my Wii.  I have the settings on medium intensity and I really enjoy doing the workouts on it.  It combines workout moves with fun activities and the workouts are about 20-25 minutes each.  The game has me on a schedule of 2 days of working out and then a rest day, then it repeats.  I set it up to do a 30 day challenge and I am a little over half-way through that challenge.  I yell at my trainer (the game) for making me do squats followed by squat jumps followed by lunges, I think it is trying to kill me, but in reality I need to do the workout and challenge myself so while I am yelling at the game, it knows I'll be back the next day.  I am looking forward to adding back in a little variety for Christmas.  I will add back in limited coffee and sugar starting on Saturday, but I am going to do a better job of controlling myself this time.  If the scale changes too drastically this time when I add stuff back in, I will strip it away again, immediately.  I am committed to losing the weight this time and committed to doing what it takes.


Changes implemented:
Go caffeine free starting 12/1/12
Start 30 day fitness challenge 12/3/12
Increased water intake - 12/1/12
Reduced sugar intake - 12/1/12

Weight to lose: 42.5 lbs.


*All the opinions of video game in this post are my own.  I was in no way compensated nor am I associated with Wii or EA Active.  This is just a game I saw at the store and bought because it sounded like a good workout and like it would be fun.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Weight-Loss Wednesdays

Today is 12/12/12 (pretty cool to this numbers geek - yep, I love numbers and math) and the changes just keep coming for me.  I look back to December 1 when I began making all my changes and I remember thinking how hard it was all going to be, but in reality it hasn't been so bad.  The headaches I had (and deserved) the first few days from detoxing from caffeine and sugar have went away and not came back.  The tired, sluggish lack of energy that I was experiencing has pretty much went away.  Don't get me wrong, I am still waking up tired, but it is due to our being BUSY right now and not due to the foods I am eating.  I love the foods I have been eating.  I have been eating only vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and beans, lots of beans.  We have tried quite a few new recipes and have really liked them.  We have also tried some new vegetables which we like.  I have only had a couple of times where I have craved something really sweet or ooey, gooey, and chocolatey but those cravings were due to lack of sleep and I don't know about you but when I am tired, I crave sweets.  I ignored the cravings and reached for fruit and my cup of water.  So all in all it has been a pretty good week and I was happy to see another loss on the scale this morning.  I have lost another 3 pounds making it a total of 6 pounds lost so far.  This is very exciting to me and I can't wait to see what the scale will say next week.


Changes implemented:
Go caffeine free starting 12/1/12
Start 30 day fitness challenge 12/3/12
Increased water intake - 12/1/12
Reduced sugar intake - 12/1/12

Weight to lose: 44 lbs.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Papa York

This weekend was a hard one.  It was filled with joy, but filled with grief at the same time.  This weekend my Papa York died.  Papa is my paternal grandfather.  He was an AMAZING man.  While my heart is sad and I am grieving, there is joy at the same time.  My Papa was 92 years young and going strong right up until he had a stroke at the end of last week.  It was a massive stroke, the kind that people just don't recover from.  It was hard news to hear especially since there was nothing I could do.  That side of my family is across the country from me and plane tickets are not cheap at this time of the year, plus even if I had been there with them there was nothing that I could do except wait with them.  Papa was always there even though my parents divorced when we were young and my mom moved us back to where she grew up (which means across the country).  He always stayed connected to our lives and made sure we knew that we were loved and special to him.  He wrote us letters, he called us, and every once in awhile we would receive something special in the mail from him.  He filled us in on his life just like we were right there with him.  My Papa was a wonderful storyteller and he had stories to tell.  He served in the military and was a school teacher in a small Arizona town.  He loved life and lived every moment to the fullest.  He didn't know strangers and everyone loved him.  I have lots of wonderful memories of my Papa that I will cherish.  I wish you all could have know him because you would have loved him like all of his family does.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Weight-loss Wednesday

I can't believe it is Wednesday again already.  Where is the time going?  Before we know it, it will be Christmas.  Time flies!  This week I have been busy making changes and sticking to them.  At first they were hard, but they are getting easier and easier and just a part of my normal routine now.  This past Saturday, I implemented my no coffee and no unnatural sugar (I can eat fruit, but not foods with sugar added if that makes sense to you).  At first the no coffee was difficult and even though I had been cutting back (okay, way back) on my coffee I still had horrible headaches.  The truth is that I was addicted to coffee and I was trying to use it to fuel my body, but it wasn't working.  I was drinking way more than I should have been and once I cut out coffee completely, I deserved to have the headaches to remind me that if I am going to abuse my body, I will have consequences.  Over the weekend I did feel tired and sluggish as my body got rid of all the bad stuff that was left in it, but I am happy to report that I am feeling much better now and have more energy.  I have changed my diet and loaded it with lots of fiber, whole grains, vegetables, and fruit and not only am I truly loving the foods I am eating, I know that I am now eating for a purpose which is to fuel my body not just fill my belly.  I also increased my water intake A LOT and that really helps me.  Since making these changes I am getting results.  My clothes are fitting differently and I am excited today to report that I have lost another...drumroll, please...two and a half pounds!


Changes implemented:
Go caffeine free starting 12/1/12
Start 30 day fitness challenge 12/3/12 (I started on Monday, not on Saturday like I originally planned due to headaches from coming off of caffeine and sugar.)
Increased water intake - 12/1/12
Reduced sugar intake - 12/1/12

Weight to lose: 47 lbs.