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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Week 6

I had a gain of 0.6lbs this week. I'm on my cycle and I was thinking of how I had a pretty good weight loss last week. I'm not at all bummed, I would have loved to have a loss this week, but I would like to stay focused, pay attention, plan ahead to stay on track. I am very focused and this is truly the first time that I have stayed on plan to lose weight. This is a lifestyle change for me and I have to lose this weight. So, here goes, Halloween is right around the corner and all of the holidays, parties, dinners and get together's. I have to come up with a game plan to plan ahead and still enjoy the holidays. As I find some really good tips to make it through, I will post. You know, this time of the year, is when I usually make all of the comfort foods I love(all carb and sweets), I am looking for alternatives and I'm looking forward to continue to face this food issue head on.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Weigh In

I can truly say that my weight loss journey is different this time. I have temptation, who doesn't? But, one of the major changes I've made has been addressing what's going on with me instead of drowning my emotions in food. I have learned so much about myself in doing that. I used to be so outspoken. I think as I gained weight I began to hide behind it. I used to be so confident, outspoken and witty. I think I've lost me...but, in this process I have to address everything in my life full on. Listen, we live it everyday, life is no cake walk(although, somedays I wish it were). I didn't need a reason to eat happy, sad, angry, grieving, 8am, 10pm, it didn't matter. There's a power of writing things down and holding myself accountable for it and I am very pleased that I am starting to see a different woman rise to the surface after 10 years. I'm pleased to say that my weigh in results were -5.2! This was a heck of a week. I am so excited! I have to stay focused, continue to journal and PLAN PLAN PLAN. I will be a healthier me for me, but most importantly, my babies.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Is she your daughter...

While going through my weight loss journey, instead of me drowning my sorrow in food I am addressing what's going on in my life. There are so many things going on in my life as many other people. I have been struggling with not eating to make it better, or so I think. While I was in church last night, one of the women who I sit near saw my 19 year old sister and asked if she was my daughter? I smiled and laughed it off, but it bothered me so much. I'm TWENTY NINE YEARS OLD. I was mortified! So, what was I 10?! Or do I look older? Another unfortunate issue of gaining all of this weight look much older. I'm so bummed that someone would think that, but this is not the first time. Have you ever been in a store to shop and you hear the salesperson call you ma'am, but a younger looking woman(who is probably your age) miss? Come on. I'm so over this weight! Over it. The way I dealt with the situation food wise was. eat right. POW! I'm going to drop this weight! This winter will start my transformation, because this spring I'm coming out a new person! Please believe me.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I just wanna see my collarbone again!

This morning, I woke up and decided that its time to set some weight loss goals. As I contemplated on what I wanted: wear a freakum dress to both weddings I'm going to next summer, look super hot while cruising next fall, buy a whole wardrobe this time next year or once I've reached goal or be the hottest thang at my surprise 30th birthday party next year! Yes, I said SURPRISE. I then came to the conclusion that I want the simple things. I want to see my curves again. I want to see my hips again. I want to see that hot booty again. I just wanna see my collarbone again. So, today, I have decided my ultimate goal is to wear a size 10 jean and have a million strapless tops and dresses in my wardrobe to show of my collarbone, great arms and nice shoulders. In the meanwhile, I am sitting mini goals:

Current weight: 215
Under 200, at 199: Buy charm necklace and bracelet I have been eyeing.
180: Mani Pedi twice a month
170: Take a trip to Chicago with the hubby
160: Get a massage
150: (Presently my ultimate goal!) Buy a wardrobe!

As this journey progress, my ultimate goal weight could possibly, be smaller But, I will worry about that when I get there.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Big Weight Loss!

Courtesy of

1. Good things come in small packages.
Here's a trick for staying satisfied without consuming large portions: Chop high-calorie foods like cheese and chocolate into smaller pieces. It will seem like you're getting more than you actually are.

2. Get "water-wise."
Make a habit of reaching for a glass of water instead of a high-fat snack. It will help your overall health as well as your waistline. So drink up! Add some zest to your six to eight glasses a day with a twist of lemon or lime.

3. Herb it up.
Stock up your spice rack, and start growing a small herb garden in your kitchen window. Spices and herbs add fantastic flavor to foods without adding fat or calories.

4. Slim down your soup.
Make a big batch of soup and refrigerate it before you eat it. As it cools, the fat will rise to the top and can be skimmed off the surface.

5. Doggie-bag that dinner.
At restaurants that you know serve large portions, ask the waiter to put half of your main course in a take-home box before bringing it to your table. Putting the food away before you start your meal will help you practice portion control.

6. Listen to your cravings.
If you're craving something sweet, eat something sweet—just opt for a healthier nosh (like fruit) instead of a high-calorie one like ice cream. The same goes for crunchy cravings—for example, try air-popped popcorn instead of high-fat chips. It's just smart substitution!

7. Ease your way into produce.
If you're new to eating lots of fruits and vegetables, start slowly. Just add them to the foods you already enjoy. Pile salad veggies into your sandwiches, or add fruit to your cereal.

8. Look for high-fat hints.
Want an easy way to identify high-calorie meals? Keep an eye out for these words: au gratin, parmigiana, tempura, alfredo, creamy and carbonara, and enjoy them in moderation.

9. Don't multi-task while you eat.
If you're working, reading or watching TV while you eat, you won't be paying attention to what's going into your mouth—and you won't be enjoying every bite. Today, every time you have a meal, sit down. Chew slowly and pay attention to flavors and textures. You'll enjoy your food more and eat less.

10. Taste something new.
Broaden your food repertoire—you may find you like more healthy foods than you knew. Try a new fruit or vegetable (ever had plantain, pak choi, starfruit or papaya?).

11. Leave something on your plate at every meal.
One bite of bagel, half your sandwich, the bun from your burger. See if you still feel satisfied eating just a bit less.

12. Get to know your portion sizes.
It's easy to underestimate how much you're eating. Today, don't just estimate things—make sure. Ask how much is in a serving, read the fine print on labels, measure your food. And learn portion equivalents: One serving of pasta, for instance, should be around the size of a tennis ball.

13. Don't give up dips.
If you love creamy dips and sauces, don't cut them out of your food plan completely. Just use low-fat soft cheese and mayo instead of the full fat stuff.

14. Make a healthy substitution.
Learn to swap healthier foods for their less-healthy counterparts. Today, find a substitution that works for you: Use skim or low-fat milk instead of whole milk; try whole-wheat bread instead of white.

15. Bring lunch to work tomorrow.
Packing lunch will help you control your portion sizes. It also provides a good alternative to restaurants and takeaways, where making healthy choices every day can be challenging (not to mention expensive).

16. Have some dessert.
You don't have to deny yourself all the time. Have a treat that brings you pleasure, but this time enjoy it guilt-free be—sure you're practicing portion control, and compensate for your indulgence by exercising a little more or by skipping your afternoon snack.

17. Ask for what you need.
Tell your mother-in-law you don't want seconds. Ask your other half to stop bringing you chocolates. Speak up for the place with great salads when your co-workers are picking a restaurant for lunch. Whatever you need to do to succeed at weight loss, ask for it—make yourself a priority and assert yourself.

18. Improve your treadmill technique.
When walking on a treadmill, don't grip the rails. It's fine to touch them for balance, but you shouldn't have to hold on. If you do, that might be a signal you should lower the intensity level.

19. Simon says... get fit.
Here's an easy way to fit in exercise with your kids: Buy a set of 1 lb weights and play a round of Simon Says—you do it with the weights, they do it without. They'll love it!

20. Make the most of your walks.
If your walking routine has become too easy, increase your effort by finding hills. Just be sure to tackle them at the beginning of your walk, when you have energy to spare.

21. Shop 'til you drop...pounds!
Add a workout to your shopping sessions by walking around the mall before your start spending. And try walking up the escalator—getting to your destination faster will be an added bonus.

22. Walk an extra 100 steps at work.
Adding even a little extra exercise to your daily routine can boost your weight loss. Today, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or stroll down the hall to talk to a co-worker instead of sending an email or calling.

23. Brush your teeth after every meal and snack.
This will be a signal to your mouth—and your mind—that it's time to stop eating. Brushing will also give your mouth a nice fresh taste that you'll be disinclined to ruin with a random chip. At work, keep a toothbrush with a cover and toothpaste in your desk drawer.

24. Clean your closet.
First, it's great exercise. Second, it's an important step in changing your attitude. Get rid of all the clothes that make you look or feel bad. Throw out anything that's too big—don't give yourself the option of ever fitting into those clothes again. Move the smaller clothes up to the front to help motivate you. Soon, you'll be fitting into those too-tight jeans you couldn't bear to part with.

25. Take your measurements.
You might not like your stats now, but you'll be glad you wrote them down when you see how many inches you've lost. It's also another way to measure your success, instead of just looking at the scale. Sometimes even when the numbers on the scale aren't going down, the measurements on your body are.

Weigh In

Despite, my drama last week, I am so happy to report a loss of 2 lbs this week! I am very pleased with the plan.

Years ago, I joined Weight Watchers and I was really disappointed...because I wanted to continue eating my old way, but because I paid to be apart of the program I some how thought I was supposed to lose the weight. Silly me. I've learned that if you log what you are eating daily, you are holding yourself accountable to continue to stay on the right track.

I use this website is fabulous! Many boards, success stories, recipe ideas and you get all of the calories for your foods. I have been logging now as long as I've been on WW. I have it downloaded on my phone and once I eat something it goes in my phone, it holds me accountable.

I will be out of my work office for for about 4 weeks, and I will be working in my home office which will be kind of tough because there is no workout equipment and I need to continue to get that activity time in. I will be sure to make it my priority to do so for the next 4 weeks...I have to stay focused.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pumpkin Patch!

This weekend was great. I was still stewing Saturday, over this unfortunate set back, so I stayed in the house all day. Yesterday, was 10.10.10, I went to church had a blast! And decided I would not let my mood be filled with negativity any longer. My mom in law, sis in law and my kiddies decided to hit up a pumpkin patch, we had a hay ride, walked for about 45 minutes, and let the kids play and feed the lamb. Toward the end of the visit, we stopped for cider and the kids had cinnamon sugar donuts. I was sooo good, I didn't have one, because sugar and bread of any kind is definitely a trigger food for me. This was my kiddies first time at a Pumpkin Patch and they had a good time.

In other news, tomorrow is weigh in day and I have had some downs this week, and I am hoping that I will have a loss this week. It's very important for me to stay on this path to the new me. I will definitely post and update you as soon as I know.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Without getting into what's going on my personal life, I had a really bad day. I cried a few times and I was feeling really sorry for myself. I had 4 Oatmeal Creme Pies by Little Debbie. I was so upset and that was the only bad thing in the house. I drove around for about a half hour and kept talking myself out of McDonald's and every other freaking fast food place. But, yeah I had the little debbie's and I don't feel bad about it because hey, it was a tough day. I wish I could be one of those people who when they were stressed out can go to the gym and workout. Nonetheless, I will move forward today...God will work it out. Stay encouraged my friends

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Weigh In

Before I talk about my weigh in today, let me tell you I was craving chips on Sunday, went out and picked up some Fritos, yes, Fritos. And as I sat in the bed watching all of the crime stories my heart could take...I had one, two, three, 30! WTH! I was so mad at myself that I decided not to have anything but 0 point soup for dinner. I wasted a good 'cheat' on FRITOS! Girl, bye! Anyway, so, I weighed in today and I am down 2lbs! I'm so excited! This is the first time that I've gone more than a week on a weight plan and stuck to it! Its sad but, true. I learned today that you have to have commitment, and I am committed to losing this weight for my babies, I want them to know that their mom will be there to run with them and go to the park and play and be at basketball games and soccer games(my little girl wants to play soccer and she wants to a gymnast), but this is my goal. I'm doing this for the loves of my life. Anyway, happy eating! Watch what you are eating, be conscious of what you put in your mouth and get up and walk, you will thank yourself later! and so will your family!