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Week 24/52: Goals Check-in

It’s been awhile since I have posted a “Goals Check-in” but in order to be accountable I think I need to make this a habit again.  Here’s how the past week went:

  • Log my food & exercise. Check!  This is second nature to me now.  My phone is about to die every night because I’m using the MyFitnessPal app all the time to log what I eat and enter my workouts. (Ok, I also play stalk a lot on Facebook, but I use MFP a LOT!  I need to add more friends – always looking for positive supportive motivating friends, so if you use My Fitness Pal, I would love to add you as a friend – look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. Sorta – we had a lot of leftovers in the fridge this last week, but Monday I got my Emeals plan printed and got myself to the grocery store and stalked up on the ingredients needed to follow it this week. Also bought my new favorite Greek yogurt flavor – Dannon Oikos Key Lime.  It actually tastes like Key Lime Pie!  In the past when I have tried key lime yogurts, I thought they tasted like PineSol, blech!  But this is soooo creamy & truly limey.  Like dessert in a cup, but with way more protein & calcium.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. I feel so free with my “Eating More to Lose Weight” approach that I don’t feel like I have to eliminate my addiction to sugar.  Nothing feels “off limits.” Now, I must admit we had a box of Nutty Bars in the house a couple of weeks ago and that truly tested my willpower.  One “portion” of nutty bars packs a whopping 310 calories… and not exactly filling.  So it’s things like that that I need to break my addiction to.  Not feeling deprived though, especially since I track all of my calories.  I can plan around a meal out or eat lighter during the day if I know I’m going to want ice cream for dessert.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. Nope – I did 3 days.  But those 3 days were following the C25K (Couch to 5K) plan!!  Last Monday, lil man & I went to pick up my running shoes at The Running Well Store and I ran my first day of C25K that evening.  It wasn’t pretty and my knee was a little sore after the first workout, but every time I run I do improve, although it’s baby steps. Tonight’s workout just stunk… I felt so good the first 4 intervals (each interval at this point is run 1 minute, walk 90 seconds).  I was able to run the first 4, then decided to walk through the 5th because I knew I was getting tired, but then the 6th I could barely do 30 seconds and then I HAD to walk the last 2 intervals.  My legs felt so leaden that I couldn’t even walk faster than 3.0.  I don’t know what happened – advice from my running friends??
  • Get more sleep. This is happening – but only because it is summer vacation! But last night, I just couldn’t get comfy.  I woke up at 4 a.m. and laid there & laid there & laid there….. and then fell asleep about 2 minutes before my alarm went off, which was about the same time lil man decided he wanted to get up.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. Check out my stats page to see the latest!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks.  So I am securely in onederland! This week I saw a new all-time low (at least for this weight loss journey) on the scale.  I’m gonna make it official – I have lost THIRTY pounds!  I have been hovering at 28/29 lost for months, so I’m wondering if the running jump-started my body into losing again.  (Totally okay with that by the way.) Now, my next milestone is 32 pounds lost – because I’ve been wanting that since April when my 32nd birthday was approaching. I’m hoping it doesn’t take another two months to lose the next two pounds!  30 pounds down 22 to go!!!!

Now time for you to check in! How has your week been? How are your personal goals going?  I would love to hear from my friend who is training for a marathon!

Week 17/52: Goals Check-in

Week 17 brought my new diet into play, MUSIC and the last of my birthday celebrating!  Busy, but good week!  I promise I will tell you about the new diet, just give me time.

  • Log my food & exercise. Check! I learned from my fitbit that I burn about 2300 calories (on average) per day.  I find it really interesting that even though it resets itself at midnight, when I wake up at 5:00 a.m., I have already burned about 350 calories – just laying in bed!  It has really put what I learned about BMR and TDEE in the front of my mind.  It’s  making so much more sense that I cannot eat just 1200 calories a day – if I can burn nearly a quarter of that just laying in bed for 5 hours.  I must feed myself to keep my body happy and satisfied with dropping some weight.  If you use My Fitness Pal, there is an excellent group called Eating More to Weigh Less.  I would encourage you to check them out.  The ladies that moderate the group give excellent advice, ideas & support. I would love to add you as a friend on MFP so we can keep each other motivated – look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK!  I had to make quite a few modifications this week to make it fit my new eating plan, but everything was still yummy & the whole family enjoyed it! We went out to eat for the last of my birthday celebrations on Sunday, where I completely  enjoyed an ooey-gooey cheesey enchilada (and a half).  So yummy, so worth the calories.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. My new way of eating is going to make this a reality!
  • Exercise 5 days a week. Eh – only 3 days.  One morning I couldn’t seem to pull myself out of bed and then the next day apparently I didn’t even set my alarm, so by the time I woke up it was the time I would have gotten back from the gym – whoops!  But Friday I worked out in the morning, ran around (ok, not literally) work like a mad woman and then mowed the grass – I was pooped after that!
  • Get more sleep. Hmmm… except for that forgetting-to-set-my-alarm morning, I haven’t gotten much more sleep.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. Still way behind!  But never fear – 6 more days until summer vaca!  Then you’ll get sick of me! At least until my summer job starts…
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. AAAARGH! At this point, I’d be happy with 30!  Do you hear me, Me?  I just want to see that 30 pounds lost badge appear on my blog – come on!! I’m getting so impatient!!! (if you couldn’t tell)

And for the music part of my week?  Well, I finally got to check out the new community band and for a small fledgling organization, the group sounds really good.  Unfortunately I couldn’t play at their first concert because I was playing in another, but I heard great reviews!  The concert I played in was an alumni concert for the group I played in in high school.  I must tell you, these high school musicians are so talented.  Absolutely amazing – it was an honor to be allowed to play with them.

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Week 16/52: Goals Check-in

I am way behind!  I’m halfway through week 18, and I haven’t even had a chance to tell you about weeks 16 or 17!  I feel like a lot of changes have happened since I last wrote.  In a nutshell, I still haven’t reached that magic 32 pounds lost; I’m trying a new diet (read: a new way of eating, not a fad diet); I got an awesome birthday present; and I’m feeling more self-confident every day (reminder – this is how I felt during week 16).

  • Log my food & exercise. Check!  And I have a new “toy” to help keep me in line.  Meet the Fitbit!  I had heard things about it here and there and then when I was at my conference a few weeks ago, a lady behind me was talking about how great her fitbit is, so I just butted right on into her conversation and asked her all about it.  Then I texted my hubby and said, “if you still need a bday idea for me, how about a fitbit?”  I’m still learning to use it and the website it syncs to has all sort of tools, but probably the greatest thing is that you can link it to MyFitnessPal (and other similar websites), so they talk to each other and if I’ve had a particularly active day, my Fitbit will tell MyFitnessPal to let me have some extra calories!  If you use My Fitness Pal, I would love to add you as a friend so we can keep each other motivated – look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! I know I haven’t posted any “What I Made Monday” recipes lately, but we’ve been enjoying yummy food.  I’m really looking forward to vacation to cook more!
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. My new way of eating is going to make this a reality!
  • Exercise 5 days a week. ALMOST – I made it 4 days.  I will explain more later, but  I was in a lot of pain.  Like, this-is-all-I-can-do-to-get-up-and-pretend-I-feel-good-at-work pain and popping 4 ibuprofen every 4 hours. So I decided not to work out that morning.
  • Get more sleep. Yeah – my awesome lil’ Fitbit even tracks my sleep! It informs me that I sleep just about 6 hours a night – but get this – I hardly wake up, so once I’m out (according to FitBit, it takes me about 5 minutes to fall asleep), I usually stay asleep, so I am 99% sleep effiicient!  Yay for efficiency, but let’s bump up the duration to 8 hours!!
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. As mentioned above, I am so behind!!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. This is the holy grail. Lately it’s two steps forward, one step back.  I’m still hovering on the border to onederland.  It’s like the border patrol can’t figure out if I’m a legal resident, so they are keeping me in a holding cell until I can prove I deserve residency in onederland!  Someday I will push through and kiss my old homeland goodbye!!

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Week 15/52: Goals Check-in

I might as well title this: Up & Down, Up & Down.

  • Log my food & exercise. Check!  I have logged everything – the weight of the weights I lifted, the length of time I walked, the foods I ate – everything!  Good & bad (but most of it is good anyway!).  If you use My Fitness Pal, I would love to add you as a friend so we can keep each other motivated – look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! I cooked a lot this week. I can’t remember everything, but one particular meal we all liked was a Southwest Quiche.  We told the little guy it was egg pie, because we figured anything followed by the word “pie” would get eaten… and it absolutely did.  I’m sure I’ve given the impression that he’s a picky eater – he’s not, he’s just two and if it sounds unusual, he will act two and announce he doesn’t like it. I plan to post the Southwest Quiche recipe later this week on the blog, so stay tuned!
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. This last week I’ve actually been more focused on tracking my sodium.  So many mornings I wake up and feel puffy and thirsty, so I’m trying to figure out where all this salt is coming from.  I’m sure I could make more foods from “scratch” and scratch out the salt that way.  Maybe that’s something I can experiment with this summer.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. YES! Yes! Yes!!  I made it to the gym all 5 mornings last week.  I strength trained three of those days.  And Friday I got the best self-confidence boosting compliment while I was there!  You really need to read my story.
  • Get more sleep. Nah – it ain’t happenin’. I think I would like to get 7 hours, but I never get more than 6.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. I blogged several times. Check out my posts from the last week – here, here, here and here.
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. See all that awesomeness above?? 5 days working out, tracking my food, watching my sodium??? And for what??  Well, Friday morning I weighed in at the lowest number I’ve seen in years! Securely in ONEderland! And then I celebrated my birthday. . … My husband took me out Saturday to a dinner theater.  The food was excellent and even though it was a buffet, I was only able to eat one plate of food. I was so disappointed I got full so quickly!  I was able to sample everything, but had planned to get one more plate of whatever was my favorite, but I got full!  I also ended up with a huge tummy ache.  I imagine my stomach wasn’t used to all the rich foods.  Sunday our family went out for pizza.  I started with a salad and only ate two pieces of pizza.  We had ice cream from a local walk-up ice cream shop (I had a scoop of birthday cake flavor, appropriately).  The rest of the weekend I ate as I usually (healthfully) would. I even tracked it all.  So I went into my Tuesday morning weigh-in with high hopes – I figured it wouldn’t be as low as Friday morning, but still under the 200 mark.  And boy was I wrong!!  I gained nearly 3 pounds!!!  I am so frustrated with gaining and losing these same 2-3 pounds for the last few weeks, especially since there are more birthday celebrations and various parties scheduled in our next several weekends. I’m beginning to think my new weigh-in day should be Friday – I probably won’t do that though because I would totally slack off & overindulge on the weekend.  So of my last weigh-in this morning, I have lost 27 pounds, which leaves me with 25 pounds to lose this year!  I’m not so happy about that, but it is what it is.  I am really looking forward to saying “I’ve lost 30 pounds!” or “I’m in ONEderland and been there a whole week!”  Ups & downs…

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Weeks 13 & 14/52: Goals Check-in

The major news from this week is I moved into ONEDERLAND!!

  • Log my food & exercise. These are the first weeks I haven’t logged every morsel. Part of this is because of Easter and I had already decided there was no way I would gain thirty pounds eating Easter dinner, so I decided I could eat whatever I wanted on Easter. So I didn’t log it.  And I lived. The world didn’t come to an end! If you use My Fitness Pal, look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! With the exception of Easter dinner, I cooked and followed emeals. Last Monday was a really yummy recipe that I hope you check out under my What I Made Monday category. The Monday after Easter? I made leftovers. 🙂
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. In progress!  Easter Sunday I ate whatever I wanted including candy. I don’t know that I will ever be fully cured of my sugar addiction, but I am beginning to lean towards an “all things in moderation” approach.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. Nope! I tried, but I had no energy. I think I made it 3 days and did do some weight lifting. This last week I had a sick kid one morning. Then I thought I would be all “good” and visit the fitness center at the conference I am at right now, but guess what?  I forgot my dang socks! Yes, there is a Walmart, but I would have to drive quite a ways and just for socks?  Ugh… No thanks. I know, no excuses. It will be ok though. I will not gain 30 pounds in one weekend. Really. I swear.
  • Get more sleep. Nope. I was getting ready for Easter and cleaning, cleaning, laundry and more cleaning. And at my conference? Yeah, I stay up late talking to college friends and playing on the iPad and watching TV. There is no sleeping in either.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. I blogged a couple times. Check out my posts from the last week!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. I am in ONDERLAND! I refuse to weigh again soon though since I indulged on Easter. I am currently at a conference out of town and at the mercy of eating out and having food provided to me at the conference center. I am trying to make healthy choices, but when you have triple layer chocolate cake staring you in the face, what do you do? It’s not like I eat this all the time, so….. My next short term goal is to lose 32 pounds by my 32nd birthday, which is next Sunday. In 8 days. That means I need to weigh in at 196 in a week 8 DAYS! Ack! I am scared to weigh this Tuesday, because I have a feeling my house in Onderland was rented out this week. But as of my last weigh-in, I had lost 28.8 pounds, which leaves me with 23.2 pounds to lose this year!  Over halfway there!!

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Week 12/52: Goals Check-in

This is the end of my 3rd month of “Workin’ it Out.” I have come a long way in three months. I uploaded my most recent progress pictures tonight to my stats page and I am always shocked when I look back at those pictures from my first week.  It’s amazing!

Last week was a good week – lots of accomplishments!  Here’s how I did with my goals this week:

  • Log my food & exercise. CHECK!  I continued my calorie goal at 1500, plus exercise and for this coming week I have upped it to 1600, which is right at my BMR.  If you missed it, check out my post about why I have increased my calories here. It still hurts my brain, but I continue to read more about eating more to lose weight and I think it can be done! It you use My Fitness Pal, look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. Sorta – We had a bunch of leftovers, so it was a C.O.R.N. (clean out refrigerator night) nearly every night. I did make a Turkey Vegetable Soup on Monday when it was 80 degrees that was really tasty.  Check out the recipe here.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. In progress!  I think last week went pretty well, except for the ice cream I had Saturday night.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. Nope! While I don’t really like to make excuses, my excuse is that I had my hair re-permed on Wednesday afternoon and couldn’t wash it.  Well, there was no way I was going to work out and not wash my hair afterwards, so I didn’t go Thursday or Friday. I made it to the gym 3 days, walked in a charity event on Saturday and mowed the grass on Sunday.
  • Participate in a 5K. So it wasn’t a 5K, but I did complete my first organized walk for charity.  It was just 2 miles, but I am so proud of myself for just doin’ it! Plus I helped raise money for the Dream Factory. Win-win!
  • Get more sleep. Never… but I can wish!
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. Several times!  Check out my posts from the last week!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. I weighed in on Tuesday I lost 2.4 pounds!!  Again, with increased calories!!  I have officially lost 25.4 pounds!!  New athletic shoes here I come!! 25  pounds down, 27 to go. (And only 1 pound to the halfway point and 2.7 until I see a ONE on that scale!) I’m so excited!!!!

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Week 11/52: Goals Check-in

Last week was not nearly as stressful as the prior week, just busy.  Even with Monday off work, I felt like I needed another day – isn’t that how it always is?  This week has been busy too and I can’t believe it’s already Thursday and I haven’t blogged about last week!  I can’t even think of any major events from last week.  I did increase my calorie goal and I very carefully monitored my intake since I was so frustrated with my plateau.

Here’s how I did with my goals this (really last) week:

  • Log my food & exercise. CHECK!  I increased my calories from 1250 to 1500, plus exercise.  This weekend I plan to post a lengthy explanation as to why – stay tuned!
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! I made a couple of breakfast dishes that were so yummy!  One night we had baked French toast that was so easy I think I would opt to always make it baked.  I also made some blueberry oatmeal pancakes.  I don’t even like blueberries, but these were delish!
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. In progress!  I think last week went better than previous weeks, but I am still not perfect (and I won’t be and I don’t expect myself to be).
  • Exercise 5 days a week. CHECK! I made it to the gym 4 days, cleaned house another day and mowed the grass (in March!?!) on Saturday.
  • Get more sleep. Hahahaha – maybe I can focus on this this summer when I have a few weeks away from my job.  I started reading a new Jodi Picoult book and I cannot put it down – so good!!
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. I posted a little.  Have you checked out my recipes?
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. I weighed in on Tuesday and…. drumroll, please….. I lost a pound!!  Yippee!!  I have never been so excited to see one little pound gone!  I have busted my plateau with increased calories!!  I can’t wait to share my strategy with you soon! 23  pounds down, 29 to go. (And only 2 pounds to my next reward of new workout shoes, 3 pounds to the halfway point and 6 to one-derland!)

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Week 10/52: Goals Check-in

Woohoo!  Double-digit weeks!

Last week was stressful – and this one is too – hence I am nearly done with Week 11 and just now blogging on Week 10. At the end of Week 9, hubby & I decided to transition our son to a toddler bed.  You know, for fun… ha. ha. ha.  It’s going ok, but some nights it takes forevvvvvver to get him to sleep.  Anyway, that was stressor #1.

#2 is the defeating feeling of having lost zip for the second week in a row.  And if you had seen how much I worked in the yard Friday & Saturday you would be shocked too.  I have talked to friends about it and I know you mean well tossing out the “p” (plateau) word, but I have a hard time believing with so much more weight to lose I have hit a plateau.  Even though I hate the “p” word I have done some research and it seems very possible I have hit a plateau.  The good news is I don’t think I have to stay on this “p” long!  More on that in another post, because it gets kind of sciencey-mathy (Yes, that’s a real word).

Here’s how I did with my goals this (really last) week:

  • Log my food & exercise. CHECK!  Yes, even the Texas Roadhouse rolls I enjoyed on my “I lost 20 pounds” date with my husband.  I also logged the whopping 130 calories I burned going bowling on the same date. 
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! I made some pretty yummy stuff, but we also had a lot of leftovers from other meals.  Saturday (St. Patrick’s Day) we went to my Dad & his wife’s house for corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, peas, and the biggest cupcakes I’d ever seen.  It was all delicious.  I kept my portions small & estimated the calories as well as I could.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. In progress! Ummm… did you see my comment about the cupcakes above?  I haven’t eliminated my sugar addiction yet.  I try everyday and do pretty well, but…… man, it’s hard!!
  • Exercise 5 days a week. CHECK! So. much. gardening. I think I exercised 3 days at the gym and then literally worked 6 hours in the garden on Friday and another 3 on Saturday. My legs were still sore yesterday from all the shoveling, digging, & squatting.
  • Get more sleep. Someday……
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight Not so great last week, just not enough hours in the day to get everything done!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. I didn’t lose a blessed thing this week, not even an ounce.  Ugh… sounds like the “p” word…  I was really ticked on Tuesday morning when I did my weigh-in.  I have a friend at work who has also been working out and joined Weight Watchers.  She & I started close to the same weight and she has now lost 10 pounds more than I.  I am very happy for her and she looks great, but I so want to be there too!  I am frustrated!!! 22  pounds down, 30 to go.

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Week 9/52: Goals Check-in

It was bound to happen.  Like my toddler I have been pushing the limits – how much can I eat with how little exercise?  This week I have found my limits.  This is the first week I not only didn’t lose, I GAINED a pound.  I have no excuses – I haven’t been weight lifting, so it’s not muscle over fat; I only exercised three days; I indulged in sweets; I even ate pizza twice last week and probably the worst – I drank real Coke. Not diet, not Coke Zero… Coca-Cola.

Here’s the blow-by-blow:

  • Log my food & exercise. CHECK!  Yes, even though I ate pizza (two nights), drank a Coca-Cola, ate ice cream (which even broke my Lenten resolution) I logged it all.  The interesting thing is I only went over my calorie limit Friday & Sunday and came in under my weekly calorie goal.  Hmmmm……
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! I cooked only two or three nights last week as I had several work commitments in the evenings. Monday I had BBQ with my dad, his wife, my aunt & uncle which was so good – both the BBQ & the company!  Wednesday was sandwiches provided by work, Friday was pizza provided by work and then Saturday our family ordered pizza. Lots of meals out…  may have been part of my weight gain; although I thought I accurately tracked the restaurant meals. Also, if you haven’t check out my new series “What I Made Monday” on this blog to get some yummy healthy recipe ideas.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. In progress! As I said last week, “I am not perfect!” Oh so true, I unfortunately had ice cream probably 3 times last week and then there was the Coca-Cola.  I still tracked it all, but the addiction is still definitely there!  Maybe I am just not mentally ready to make this change since I am making so many other changes and taking on new challenges.  I will do my best as Lent continues though!
  • Exercise 5 days a week. NOPE! I exercised only 3 days at the gym this week.  Saturday I did spend about 2 1/2 hours outside working in the flower beds.  I pulled weeds, dug holes, moved plants, pushed a wheelbarrow.  My Fitness Pal said I burned nearly 800 calories!  Buuuuutttt… with the weight gain I wonder if that was accurate??
  • Participate in a 5K I am about to register for a 2 mile walk to benefit the Dream Factory.  More info later!
  • Get more sleep. This totally should have been my Lenten resolution.  I have been regularly falling asleep on the couch about 9, but then I get up around 2 to go to bed and toss & turn.  In the morning I feel more tired than the day before… I’ve got to get more sleep!!!
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight CHECK!  As in check out my posts!  I would love to have more followers & thus more accountability!!  Feel free to click that little button to the left to sign up to get an e-mail whenever I make a new post – and you might even get some new recipes out of it!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. So bummed about my one pound gain – I am sooooo close to hitting the 100s!  Now I feel like it’s so far away.   I have a theory that I may be fearful of letting go of this weight.  It is easier to follow old habits.  It’s comfortable, the food tastes better, I can sleep longer if I don’t work out.  But what could I possibly be afraid of? How about having to buy new clothes? It’s expensive. Or people noticing me? I really don’t enjoy being the center of attention (although I do love the compliments I’ve been getting). Maybe I’m really worried that I’ll reach my goal weight and still not be satisfied with my body.  But I do want to be healthy.  I want to be fit.  I want to be able to run around in the yard and keep up with my 2-year-old. I get tired of people saying it’s not about the number on the scale.  And you know, I’d be okay with that if I had lost nearly all my weight, but I should not be stalling out now with as much as I have to lose.  My clothes are fitting better (the pants I wore today I could have sworn were going to fall off). I even have a pair of jeans that I bought over Christmas (that I had to zip while jumping up and down to get the zipper to budge and then I could hardly breathe if I sat down) that are now loose in the waist and getting there in the hips.  I know things are headed in the right direction, I’m just ready for things to move faster!!   22  pounds down, 30 to go.

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Week 8/52: Goals Check-in

Thanks for all the good thoughts & prayers – it appears they have worked!  We’ve had zero plumbing issues for the last 10 days.  We really put our drain to the test this weekend with numerous loads of laundry, running the dishwasher and plenty of showers and baths.  We spent a lot of time over the weekend re-organizing what had been in the basement and moving it back to our under-the-stairs closet.  It felt wonderful to have several bags of trash and donations to get out of our house.  The garage will be ready for my car as soon as we convert the lil’ man’s crib to a toddler bed (the crib is convertible and the extra pieces are in the garage) and once we move just a couple more things into the closet.  aaaahhhh……… feeeeeels gooooooood!

Here’s how this week went:

  • Log my food & exercise. CHECK! (Yes, even the three pieces of cheese pizza from Friday night. And the two donuts from Saturday morning.) It’s okay if I’m not always under or even with my calorie goal as long as I am honest with myself!  It’s a great reality check to see the numbers there in black & white.  I may not like what I see, but it keeps me in line.  I would love to add some more friends on My Fitness Pal.  If you use it, please add me (dizzymomma)!
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! I cooked several nights last week in a frenzy to make up for the last several hit or miss weeks.  I think our family’s favorite meal was the lasagna on Saturday night; although I think it could have been “skinnier.”  It wasn’t until the lasagna was in the oven that I entered the recipe in My Fitness Pal to get the total calories and it was way more than I would have liked or expected.  So I changed the servings from 6 to 8 to help a bit. The recipe already called for reduced fat versions of cheeses, I used turkey meat instead of ground beef as well, but the next time I make it I will see if there might be any other substitutions I could make.  Our family also ate salad while the lasagna cooled a bit so even after having a smaller portion than called for I felt satisfied.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. In progress! This has been much more difficult than I thought!!  I don’t know if it’s the stress I’ve been under at work (wait, that’s all the time, nothing unusual) or if sweets just seem that much more intriguing since I’m not eating them (yes, that’s DEFINITELY it!) but I have had a hard time not sneaking just one lil something sweet everyday.  Now if I’m around people I am usually ok.  They say, “Want some candy little girl?” and I say, “NOOOO!” and run in the other direction.  But if I am alone and hungry… well then the showdown between the M&Ms and I usually ends in a chocolaty mess.  So surprise, surprise, I am not perfect!
  • Exercise 5 days a week. NOPE! I exercised only 3 days at the gym this week.  I don’t remember exactly why I didn’t make it, but one morning I was having one of those weird dream-like thought sequences in which you are between half-awake and half-asleep and somehow convinced myself I did not have to get up until (what turned out to be) much too late to make it to the gym.  At the time it made perfect sense and then once I was fully awake, I thought, “What the hell? Why would I get up nearly an hour late?”
  • Participate in a 5K I AM REGISTERED FOR THE JUNE 30TH COLOR RUN!!!!!!!!  A team of my fellow co-workers will be participating and raising money for the Ronald McDonald House.  I will post more details as the event gets closer. I am so excited!!!! (I did skip a workout so I could register and it will be well worth it)! 
  • Get more sleep. I’m beginning to think there is a lot of truth to the expression, ‘”You can sleep when you’re dead.” Every weekend I resolve to get to bed earlier, but there is always so much to do!  Am I right, mamas??
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight I will be posting new pics, measurements and weight here in a little bit.  I am also going to start a new series of posts on my blog called, “What I Made Monday.”  I’ll post the Emeals dinner recipe, pictures and the family comments.
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. Despite missing a couple of workouts, I lost again this week!  I am highly motivated to have an awesome week this week.  As it stands now I have lost 23 pounds, which means I have 29 pounds to go.  If I can lose 3 more pounds this coming week, I will be exactly at my halfway point, plus weigh the least I have in probably 5 or more years and be just a couple of pounds away from ONE-derland!!! 23  pounds down, 29 to go!!!
What an amazing two months this has been!  I am so proud of the work I have done and so appreciative of all of my friends’ and family’s support in my endeavor to get healthy.  Thank you for checking in on me, for noticing my hard work and keeping me strong!!!  I can’t wait to see what changes the next couple of months bring!

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

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