Tuesday Water Wonderings

It is water because I’ve already had coffee. And water is healthy. You know of late I am all about HEALTHY.

Today the scale said 158.5 and I was so shocked I got off, reset it, then got back on again. Holy pounds-be-gone….I’m down 28 pounds!!! Only 18 pounds to go until I reach my goal weight. 28 pounds of fat, gone in 2 months time. If it wasn’t happening to me I’d be skeptical. Heck I was very skeptical when my friend took off her 93 in 9 months (she has kept that off 3+ years). My daughter-in-law is now down 53 pounds in 3 months. ¬†Again and again success stories in our Facebook group and across the nation in other groups. It works.

I still have anxiety every morning when I go to pull on jeans, fearing they suddenly won’t fit anymore, becoming tight. But alas, they are getting too big again. I’m out of all my skinnier-me jeans, all too large. Time to go shopping soon I suppose. Until I hit goal I will shop at thrift stores, no sense in paying full price for something that won’t fit a month from now. And health coaching is going amazing. I love it. I’m going to start studying to make it as a certified coach next month. This is too good not to share and help others accomplish.

Yesterday, and today really, are testing my ability to stay on plan. Mom ended up back in the hospital and it was freaking me out. But I have noticed water is my new comfort/coping mechanism, so I indulged in extra water. I made it through the day without caving in to the desire to go jump in a pint of ice cream. In fact the thought of that made me ill. My sister made the dreaded error of eating a nice, sugary, fat filled cup cake one day last week after 6 weeks on plan and eating totally healthy, and it DID make her physically sick to her stomach for 48 hours. Several folks I know have experienced this, as once you detox from crap your body is not real happy when you introduce garbage to your digestive system again.

I’m taking on clients as a coach now, you don’t have to be local to achieve serious results. This is NOT a diet, diets have a start and end. This is changing your lifestyle, it starts but never ends and the results therefore will hold! Contact me and we can talk and see if this might work for you.

 

Helping Others Find Health

3 years ago I began a new career taking care of our elderly in long term care and dementia/ Alzheimer’s communities. At 51 this took a serious toll on my body, the long shifts, being on my feet all day, bending, squatting and lifting. My blood pressure was at an all time high averaging 145/95 and even higher. 2 days of back to back 16 hour shifts and I thought I was going to drop over. I felt like a slug trying to push through my days and my left foot developed a case of plantar fasciitis that was incredibly painful. On top of that I was bouncing between 187 – 195 pounds. I knew I had found my heart’s calling in healthcare but I also knew something had to change before I ran myself in the ground.

B and A.jpgI had been following a friend’s journey to better health and watched her transformation from a very unhealthy weight with a multitude of health issues, down 93 pounds and to amazing health minus those issues that were making her so sick. My daughter-in-law then began her own move to better health and went from dragging through the day with 3 kids to energy and stamina and so far 45 pounds lighter. I knew I was physically ‘sick’ and had to make some changes so I reached out to them. My own journey began at 186.5 pounds and feeling physically exhausted and mentally fatigued. After only 40 days of making healthy changes in my life my blood pressure is averaging 115/65, my foot is no longer hurting, and I’m 21 pounds lighter. I have the energy of a teenager and plow through my days with stamina. I sleep solid and wake up refreshed, and I’m just getting started.

In my job I care for those at the end of their life journey, walking beside them as they are writing the final paragraphs of their life, trying to help make this time as wonderful as possible. My heart is in helping people and I realized I can help those currently in the early chapters or middle of their life’s book by becoming a health coach and helping them find some of the physical health changes they are seeking. If you are looking to make some healthy, life long changes in your story, I’d like to pay this gift I’ve been given forward. Please contact me and let me walk a journey with you toward a better life.

My Journey To Health ~ Beginning Week 5

Do y’all mind if I do a happy dance? Like jump up and down, kick my heals up and squeal kind of dancing? THIS is a day of celebration for me. 4 weeks ago I began this journey all skeptical still about the hoped for results. My close friend Tracy had lost 93 pounds and kept it off for 3 years now, and my daughter-in-law was down 30ish at the time in 2 months (she is now down 42), but could I do this?

Well as of today I am down 16.5 pounds, with only 29.5 to go to reach my goal. But it is way more than just saying good-bye forever to the weight, it is about my health. My blood pressure was getting up there, like it as hanging around 140/90, sometimes higher. I’m in the medical field, I take vitals before giving meds, I know what that means and it isn’t good. I stumbled out of bed limping with plantar faciitis in my left foot, which was horribly painful for the first hour of my day. And my knees…I spend a lot of time on them at work, up and down changing Depends on my residents while they sit on the toilet, getting eye-to-eye level if they are in wheel chairs, and it took serious effort and agony to get up off them. I needed the bar on the wall as much as they did to pull up! Not to mention just feeling blah all of the time.

All that is changing now! My blood pressure has dropped to 119/71, pretty darn pleased with that! The plantar faciitis is GONE. No more limping around in pain ūüôā for this girl, and since I’m on my feet all day that IS awesome sauce. And those knees, I am up and down off them with much more ease! 60 pounds of pressure is off of them (4 pounds for every pound you lose) and I’m not having so much trouble with all of the up and down. Energy? Oh my, that of a 12 year old kid again, my coworkers accuse me of bouncing around like a ping-pong ball, I cannot sit still. I even can now wear a pair of jeans I haven’t been able to get past my thighs! YAAAAHOOOOO!

To think, I’m not even to the goal weight and optimal health yet, but I’m so amazed I’ve decided to become a health coach so I can pay it forward and share this gift of health with everyone and anyone who wants to know about it!

Here are my current before/after photos, and I cannot wait to reach my goal and post those!

170 pounds and loving life, living MY dream!

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My Journey To Health ~ Day 7

I’m SO excited! Today is day #7 of my journey and this morning I was down 7.1 pounds. On day 4/5 you enter fat burning, which is awesome because those pounds of lard have got to go! Today I moved 7 diamonds over to the Pounds Gone Forever wine glass, only 39 are left and I’m not stopping. This plan truly is great and if you stick to it, it does work. I’m so stoked that once I get further along I’ll be working to become a certified health coach myself, this is the best I’ve felt in years. And I felt good!

I get to eat amazing, healthy food on this too, like zucchini boats with shrimp…7oz of said shrimp which left me stuffed!

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What is not to love about this?

Last night one of the nurses had brought in $3 a piece cookies that were huge, loaded with caramel and brown sugar and I had zero temptation. I looked, contemplated my health and goals, smiled and said, “no but thanks so much for offering!” and moved right on by. Cookies in the break-room, same thing, just didn’t have a desire to reach for one.

Want more information? I will hook you up with my health coach, my wonderful daughter-in-law, she is down 37+ pounds in 2 months and has just 22 to go until she reaches her goal. Doesn’t she look fantastic?

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My Journey To Health – Day 5

It is Day 5 and I’m feeling fantastic! On Thursday I’ll be posting my weight loss, but I’m here to tell you that I already have been on the scale and lost over 5 pounds so far. I’d say it was all water, but I already was a huge water drinker so I doubt that it can be said it is all from water leaving me!

My daughter-in-law, who is my coach and one of my inspirations, has lost 37.5 pounds in 2 months time. I LOVE THIS! And my friend lost 93 and has kissed it good-bye forever, 3 years ago now.

My goal is HEALTH, and losing some weight. So, inspired to use a visual like my daughter-in-law has done, I made one, and every week on weigh day I will post a picture of my diamonds making their transition from one glass to the other. My goal in getting healthy is to get all 46 diamonds to the other side and KEEP THEM THERE!

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Wine & Cheese ~ 62nd Serving

Romantic lunch setting with wine and food for twoWelcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Many weeks on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining.

Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times.

I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs.

I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well. I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal.

If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings. Sit back and join me now for the 62nd  serving of some wine and cheese!

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WINE

:(¬† I am most unhappy with myself at the moment. ¬†I logged in to my Sparkpeople account and was very disappointed in myself. ¬†I had set a goal to get the weight off by my 50th birthday…and I failed. ¬†Mostly because I never bothered to TRY to get it off. ¬†I grew very comfy with the ‘curvy’ me that so many men tell me they like. ¬†But I know it is not healthy and with high blood pressure and heart disease floating in the family, not to mention cancer of a few forms, I need to stop ignoring that my being a few pounds over weight is NOT a good thing. ¬†There is nothing sexy about ¬†poor health.

ūüė¶ ¬†I forgot my running shoes today. ¬†I don’t run, but I do love to walk and when I was shopping for good shoes the folks in the running store fixed me up with these saying it would be better for me support wise etc. ¬†I meant to bring them so I could walk at lunch. ¬†I have on my work tennis shoes but those aren’t supportive enough.

ūüė¶ ¬†I just looked up my nightly glass of wine to see how many calories it has, and I’m not happy. ¬†A 4oz glass (seriously who has a 4 ounce glass of wine?? that is a sip!) has 80 calories. ¬†I’ll not be indulging in that for a while.

CHEESE

ūüôā ¬†To make it easier to stay motivated to get the weight off, the 3 oldest of us in the Diva Den are in a friendly little competition of Biggest Loser. ¬†Mom and Boo are doing it through work, I am going up against them at the home front. ¬†I plan to win.

ūüôā ¬†I had such a yummy lunch today! ¬†Subway is just down the street so I opted for a 6 inch sub, building my own online to make it fit my calorie plan before I went to buy it. ¬†Gotta love technology

ūüôā ¬†I love the perks of my job. ¬†Not only my own office, blue jeans is acceptable attire, but I also have a 26″ HD flat screen in my office. ¬†I’m munching lunch, watching the Reds game, and can watch all day if I like while I work.

ūüôā ¬†It is such a beautiful day outside! ¬†I’ve got the office front door propped open, can hear the trains nearby, birds singing, this is really sweet!

DESSERT

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December Goals

It’s time for the Monthly Goals Linky Party!
How it works:
On the first Wednesday of every month, we write a post recapping our goals from the month before and setting goals for the future month.  Then, we link up the post with the linky party and give each other encouragement and support by visiting and commenting!
At the end of the year, a super awesome prize will be drawn and awarded to one random blog that linked up goals throughout the year!
To link up with the hostess and join in click the icon above and jump on board!

November Goals Recap:

  • Walk 5 times a week, rain or shine if outside, or inside on the treadmill, but walk and be up to 3 miles a day by the 30th of the month!¬†FAIL! but not giving up!
  • Drink 64 ounces of water every day (I’ve been easily dehydrated for months).¬†¬†SUCCESS!
  • Healthy snacks, if I must snack, during the day.¬†SUCCESS
  • Less coffee and more herbal tea.¬†Still working on this one
  • Eat breakfast every day. (candy is NOT breakfast)¬†SUCCESS!!!
  • Start measuring portions on all food! Stop over eating.¬†SUCCESS!!!
  • 8 new team members to my Avon business by the 30th.¬†FAIL! But my car was in the shop so hard to get out there and work it.

Okay so 4 out of 7 isn’t too bad, better than 50%! ¬†ūüôā ¬†But I am going to keep those that I did not make on the list for December.

DECEMBER Goals:

  • Walk 5 times a week, rain or shine, inside or outside, but at least 10 minutes a day and work up to 3 miles a day by the end of the month.
  • Less coffee and more herbal tea!
  • 8 new team members to my Avon business.
  • Continue to track myself daily on SparkPeople.com and not slack off like I have in the past.
  • Take off at least another 6 pounds by the end of the month.
  • Get my walk-in closet organized and in order and keep it that way!
  • Daily devotions and bible study – every single day!
  • Make it to church every Sunday this month.

Monday Memos

Dear Noel,

I get that you are the top cat in the house.  For the record you are also the biggest and heaviest of the felines allowing us to feed and house them.

So what happened? ¬†You normally will not step paw one into my room, as it is Pixel’s sleeping place and you usually respect that fact. ¬†If I look at you, then you suddenly exit the room in a hurry. ¬†Until 4am this morning when I woke to you laying on my chest. ¬†For the record, yes, you purring is kind of soothing, and it was nice and warm. ¬†However, you are a bit of a lard-butt when it comes to cats. ¬†And breathing IS kind of necessary for me to continue to live, fill the food bowls and clean your litter box.

Next time, just curl up by my leg like Pixel does, if you insist on suddenly sleeping with us.

Humbly,
The Feline Feeder & Litter Cleaner Upper

Dear Warner Cable,

REALLY????

I mean REALLY REALLY????

We call you on Saturday because suddenly our cable, that was working just dandy Friday evening, is no longer functioning. ¬†You remotely reset/boot all the boxes in the house (which by the way is just kinda creepy that you can do that). ¬†The boxes all go into an eternal state of rebooting over and over. ¬†We follow all of your help desk’s scripted instructions spoken in barely discernible¬†English by a warm body in another country, unplugging, re-plugging, only to be told a technician will have to come see what the issue is on Monday. ¬†We did without football on our TV,¬†Once Upon A Time, The Walking Dead, 666 Park Avenue, and then suddenly the boxes are back on and the cable is working within an hour of the expected ETA of the technician, as if by magic?????? ¬†Are you sure it wasn’t just that no one was available this past weekend to throw the right switch or reboot YOUR box?

Grrrrrrr,
Wants Credit For Missed Days Of Television

Dear SparkPeople,

I thank you profusely for your FREE, diet and fitness website. ¬†OMG nothing like tracking everything going in the mouth to suddenly make healthier food choices in order to spread those daily calories out a bit. ¬†And yes, I know, those healthy carbs, some fat and the protein are very important to functioning fully. ¬†Not to mention the 8 glasses of water a day I’m drinking again. ¬†As one who easily is¬†dehydrated that probably SHOULD be a good thing but I am not a big fan of drinking water. ¬†But okay, I’m on it. ¬†Heck I get to earn Spark Points, and I’m all about earning virtual points for virtual stuff, just ask FourSquare when I check in all over town and hold virtual Mayorship of dozens of places including our upstairs bathroom.

Seriously, I love the site, love the free everything on there and the exercise videos.  You all rock!

Gratefully,
My Future Slimmer, Fitter Me

It Only Takes A 183 Pound Spark!

As in a spark of motivation.

Desire.

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I got on the scale this morning after being a tad uncomfy in my favorite jeans yesterday.  I did not like what I saw, 183 pounds, but that was 9 less than it was when I last checked.

Still, that is not acceptable.

So I decided to once again get on and activate my SparkPeople account.

This will help me to watch what is going in  my mouth.  It also helps me track my water intake.  And exercise.  As a stickler for earning meaningless points at anything and everything social media like that I have, I also can earn points for everything I do on there.  Best part is?  FREE!  Yes it is 100% free.

I am all about free stuff. ¬†Especially when said stuff can help me get fit and healthier. ¬†50 has me in it’s cross hairs, so I am really desiring to get this done, hit my goal weight and be in much better shape.

Sure, people see me and few believe I really weigh this much.  I am good at dressing to hide it. But this is insane.  I weighed around this when pregnant with my daughter.  She is 22 years old.  I think it is safe to say that there is no reason I should not be back to my pre-baby weight.  I was hanging around the 150 pound range toward the end of my marriage.  But while some of this is depression and anxiety, comfort food weight, the marriage ended over 2.5 years ago now, time to stop with comforting myself with crap I eat.

I am what I call an equal opportunity comfort eater.

Happy? – Grab some comfort food!

Sad? – Go for the cookies!

Angry? – Look out candy here I come!

You get the idea…I just like to eat. ¬†Not that eating in and of itself is so bad, it is more what I eat than anything. ¬†And portions, those are important too. ¬†Before today I would grab the raisins and have a cup or two. ¬†A serving size is 1/4 cup. ¬†Oops. ¬†My favorite cereal, raisin bran, a serving is one cup. ¬†I was going for 2 or 3 cups, whatever fit in the largest breakfast bowl I could find. ¬†Not working so well!

If you are on SparkPeople, please feel free to add me as a friend!  I have a SPARK PAGE there, would love to have more friends as a circle of motivation!

If you are not yet using it, may I suggest it as a way to get fit, healthy, drop weight etc., all for FREE.

I don’t use their meal plans, as it isn’t required. ¬†I do track everything going in my mouth, even my herbal tea. ¬†Every day at the end of the day it gives me a report on my progress. ¬†That helps.

Just click this button and come get sparked with me.

SparkPeople.com: Get a 100% FREE Online Diet

Day 25 ~ 30 Days Of Thankfulness

Today I am thankful for food to eat.

If my weight is any indication, I have an abundance of food.

So many go to bed hungry, and I can simply walk into the kitchen and find plenty to eat, is something to be very thankful.

The fact that I’ve reactivated my my Sparkpeople account again is a good indication that I’m not lacking for food!