Monday, June 28, 2010

Week 13 Results

This week I did Yoga and walked around Collin Creek Mall again. I think we did about a mile and a half plus 12 sets of stairs: walking down and running up. I also went swimming on Saturday for a couple of hours. Yesterday I spent 4 hours outside cleaning my dad's saddle leather seats in his truck as a Father's Day present. I'm not sure I'll be offering that as a gift again as my right shoulder is killing me. With all of that I still managed to gain weight - grrrr. This week I have scheduled three Yoga classes and still plan on walking at the mall on Saturday. I brought my lunch today, too, so hopefully I'll stay on track this week. Better results HAVE to come soon! The good news is my body fat went down and my water went up - that has to be good, right???

Height: 5'3"
Weight: 180.6 lbs
Body Fat: 45.0%
Water: 40.1%
BMI: 31.99 (Obese)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Week 12 Results

Well, it's not exactly week 12 consecutively, but it's what I'm going to use. I didn't weigh myself the last several weeks nor did I eat well or exercise, so I'm pleasantly surprised at my results.

Last week, I started Yoga which is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I don't remember the last time I sweat that much. I had another class tonight and feel fantastic! I also went walking at Collin Creek Mall on Saturday morning with some friends. They open their doors early for walkers and it's FABULOUS since we're able to walk in the AC. We also did several sets of stairs while we were there.

I brought carrots, apples and other healthy snacks to work with me last week and was doing great until.... dun dun dun.... the weekend. I ALWAYS fail on the weekends and I don't know what to do. I know I need to just say "no," but I'm still learning that word apparently. I made this awesome dessert for Father's Day and part of it was this mouth-watering brownie - the best one I've ever had/made. I can't even tell you how many brownies I consumed, not to mention the pizza and ice cream we had on Saturday, either. Ahhh! I could have had a salad instead of the pizza. I could have thrown the leftover brownies away. I could have done so many things differently.

Anyway, here are my "re-starting" numbers. They'll get better from here.

Height: 5'3"
Weight: 179.8
Body Fat: 45.5%
Water: 39.8%
BMI: 31.85 (Obese)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I'm baaaaaack!

For those of you who have been wondering, no, I didn't give up. I just needed to refocus and get my old knees looked at. It's funny how easily you forget about your ailments when you sit on your butt for years. It's not like I mysteriously healed by any means, I just wasn't active so my symptoms disappeared. However, as soon as I started working out, they came back full-force and then some to the point I wanted to cry when I was doing my squats, lunges, and even when I had to pull myself up out of my car (my butt is lower than my knees when I get out of the car). No, it's nothing serious, just some good ol' tendinitis. The doc gave me some anti inflammatory pills and said that I need to strengthen my quads. So basically, I have to keep doing the exercises that kill me knees in order to make my knees feel better. It's really a lose-lose situation.

Anyway, next Monday I'll jump back on the wagon with my posts. So far this week (yesterday and today), I've had some relatively healthy meals and did some light exercising. Thursday I'm going to a Yoga class with a co-worker at lunch, so wish me luck. I've never done Yoga but am really looking forward to it. I'll let you know how it goes.

Thanks for all of your support and encouragement! I really appreciate those who have asked me why I haven't posted - I appreciate your concern and to know that you're still rooting for me. Here's to a healthy lifestyle - cheers! (Holding up my water bottle to the monitor ... really.... I really did it :) )

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Week 11 Results

Ah! I keep forgetting to post my results. My weight is going in the right direction, but my body fat isn't - weird. I haven't been working out like I need to. As most of you have probably figured out, I failed my 30 day challenge. I made it half way then had to stop. It's amazing what ailments you forget you have when you're not active. I have bad tendonitis in my knees and, of course, when I'm not active, they don't bother me. Going from couch potato to doing lunges, squats, jumping lunges, etc. takes a toll on you. I think I need to start with something simpler. If that doesn't work, then a trip to the doctor to get a knee brace might be in order. I better do it soon before my deductible resets. :) Until next week...

Height: 5'3"
Weight: 178.6 lbs
Body Fat: 44.2%
Water: 40.7%
BMI: 31.63 (Obese)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Week 10 Results

I weighed myself this morning and (if you saw my post on FB) Brad and I were both wrong. I only gained .8 pounds and not 2-3 like we were guessing - phew! I guess that's what happens when you bake like a mad woman... (see other post on FB regarding materials used and what I baked).

I have failed miserably this week and REALLY need to get back on track. My diet is way off, I'm stopped up (yes, wayyyyy TMI... which is probably adding to my weight - grrr), and I haven't been exercising like I need to. I walked several miles last week and did some stairs, but that only does so much when you're eating burgers, cake, cookies, cake, and cake pops. :) I will say, though, that if I keep baking and using fondant, I'm going to have some pretty sexy arms and a flat belly. I can't even tell you how sore I was yesterday morning after kneeding and rolling out fondant for several hours - phew!

Bathing suit season is just around the corner, and I'm not nearly ready :(

New Numbers:
Weight: 179.8 lbs
Body Fat: 43.8%
Water: 41.0%
BMI: 31.85 (Obese)

Beginning Numbers: New Numbers:
Height: 5'3
Weight: 185 lbs
Body Fat: 47%
Water: 37.9%
BMI: 32.77 (Obese)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Week 9 Results

Ah! I totally forgot to post this yesterday. Sorry about last week and only posting my stats. The last two weeks have been really stressful. This week is going a lot better so far. I started walking and doing the stairs with my coworker again, which has been nice - even refreshing. It's starting to get warm outside, so I don't know how much longer we're going to be doing it. We're (at least I'm) starting to get a little stinky... silly Texas weather.

Anyway, I'm definitely not making as much process as I was hoping I would, but little by little it's coming off. I'm up to $120 in my clothing jar and hope to see the full $1,000 soon enough.

Thank you for your response to the poll I posted last week (or was that two weeks ago now?) I'm trying to get in contact with a specific foundation that just started so we can do a fundraiser bake sale, but I haven't heard back from them yet. :( God's timing is perfect, though. I keep trying to remind myself of that.

Well, here are my results from this week. Not great, but they're at least in the right direction:

Height: 5'3"
Weight: 179.0 lbs
Body Fat: 44.6%
Water: 40.4%
BMI: 31.7 (Obese)

I need to get down to 169 before my BMI changes from Obese to Overweight. OH I CAN'T WAIT!! Obese is just so depressing!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Week 8 Results

Height: 5'3"
Weight: 179.2 lbs
Body Fat: 44.7%
Water: 40.3%
BMI: 31.74 (Obese)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Week 7 Results

Last week wasn't great, but not too bad. I knew I wasn't going to be able to keep all of the weight off after my bad Chinese food incident last week, but my results today were better than I hoped. I was expecting to be in the 180s, so I was surprised to see a 7 in my number. :) I also overcame a huge temptation which I'm proud of. I made goodies for a baby shower this week and didn't lick the bowl ONCE. I have NEVER done that, especially when it's brownies! The only thing I did was taste the frosting to make sure it was ok since it was left over from the week before. I also made sure not to pig out at the shower and I didn't bring ANY leftovers home with me. WOW! Progress...

On the down side, I only exercised once last week. I haven't been getting great sleep and the last thing I want to do is exercise when I'm tired. However, I know I need to do it and will feel better for it. Well, here's what you've been waiting for:

Height: 5'3"
Weight: 179.2 lbs
Body Fat: 45.1%
Water: 40.0%
BMI: 31.74 (Obese)

Here's to better numbers next week! Thanks for checking in. I love hearing from you!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hmmmmmm What Can I Do?

Growing up I was always active: I played soccer for 13 or 14 years, played different sports in school, was in marching band (not too athletic, but MAN you sweat a lot), etc. I was able to eat whatever I wanted and still maintained a decent figure. However, once I stopped playing sports, got married, then had kiddos, well.... let's just say I've looked better. Year after year I would tell myself I was going to take better care of myself, diet, exercise, etc. Sometimes it would last a few days, but usually never was more than the words that came out of my mouth.

For once, I am actually DOING IT! I am doing what I said I would do and I'm keeping to it. Now, don't get me wrong - I'm not perfect. (The girls I had lunch with today can sure testify to that.) But I'm changing and not just dieting but making a lifestyle change. I'm committing to something and sticking with it! Slowly but surely, I'm getting back in shape and the pounds (even more slowly) are starting to come off.

Over the past few years, I've also felt compelled to do other things outside of myself, such as volunteer at a hospital or sponsor a child, etc. Again, it's never been more than a thought that quickly vanishes. Lately, I've been feeling very burdened to do something and I'm not exactly sure about what.

To backtrack a little, we have some friends that are leaving in a couple years to do missionary work in Ethiopia. When they first told us, I thought they were crazy - who in their right mind would leave America to go to a third world country? But mostly, how did they know that's what God wanted them to do? For probably the first time in my life, I understand how they knew. I think God is trying to show me the object of this burden I'm feeling and I'm trying to listen. I feel that He is showing me things little by little so that soon I will see the "big picture." Part of me thinks it has something to do with baking and children (but not baking children - ha!), but I'm not 100% certain. Please pray that I listen to what God is trying to tell me and that I allow Him to use me to His glory, even if it means going out of my comfort bubble. Until next time....

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Week 6 Results

Before you get all excited, let me just say that I ended my week, not with food poisoning, but something close. I had some REALLY bad Chinese food Saturday night and spent all day Sunday laying on the couch eating saltines and drinking gatorade and water. So, that greatly helped with my numbers this week.

Height: 5'3"
Weight: 177.8 lbs
Body Fat: 45.3%
Water: 39.9%
BMI: 31.49 (Obese)

Total weight loss to date: 7.2 pounds!! Woot woot!! My jeans are a LOT looser in the butt/leg area and I think my shoulders are finally looking better/thinner - yay!! I can't wait to see my results next week. Hopefully I can keep this weight off - we'll see.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Week 5 Results

I totally blew my diet this week. I tried to eat more salads and healthy-sounding things, but it really didn't work out the way I was hoping it would. I went to Sweet Tomatoes one day for lunch and had a full plate of salad, but topped it with regular Ranch dressing. (The fat-free stuff didn't look very appetizing). A+ on the veggie consumption, but C- on the choice of dressing. Next time I'll get a vinaigrette. On Friday, we had taco salad, which wasn't too bad for me, I don't think, but again, I had a full plate of it and I'm sure the calories weren't great. I did skip on the sour cream, which I was totally proud of myself for, but had a massive helping of guacamole - YUM!! Saturday we had soup for dinner and I had a big bowl of each corn chowder and baked potato soup with a lot of cheese on top. I washed it down with a glass of Coke, chocolate chip cookies, and a few other goodies. Friday, Saturday and Sunday I was in the kitchen baking cookies, cakes and cupcakes, so you can only imagine the types of things I was sampling. On Sunday, we had ALL sorts of things to eat, none of which, I'm sure, were very good for me. After lunch, we ate the cake I made, which I KNOW was horrible for me, but let me brag a little and say it was SOOOOO GOOOOD! :)

That being said, I'm surprised I lost a POUND (almost)!! Yay!! Also, my body fat % has gone down and my water has gone up! Woot woot!! My exercising has been really good and I'm even pushing myself during my workouts to work through the burn and work harder.

Height: 5'3"
Weight: 181.6
Body Fat: 43.9%
Water: 40.9%
BMI: 32.17 (Obese)

Your comments are very encouraging! Thanks for following!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Week 4 Results

As many of you know, my in-laws are British. My mother-in-law makes a traditional English dinner about once every other month and this past Sunday was the big day. This is something you can't pass up ... you just can't! You also can't take small portions. It's just not allowed! *cough cough*. If you can see the bottom of your plate through your food, then you don't have enough on your plate. It's basically Thanksgiving-size portions of food.

Many of you are probably wondering what an English dinner is. I'm sure every family does it slightly differently, but Brad's family has roast beef, mushy peas, roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes (yes, two different kinds at once), Yorkshire pudding, carrots & turnips, and LOTS of gravy. Sue throws in some corn because we like it, but it's not traditional. MMmmmmmm

When you're trying to lose weight, these are typically the types of meals you should stay away from, and wisely so. I just can't. There is NO WAY I can pass up this scrumptious meal! Well, I paid for it. Not only did I pack on the calories, but I did it the night before my weigh-in. DUMB!! So, of course, I gained a pound. (I did check myself yesterday afternoon and I actually weighed less than I did that morning, but it doesn't count for this post). I said I was going to lay it all out for you, so I'm not going to lie. I knew I'd gain some weight at some point, but just didn't think it would be now.

I would like to report some good news, though. I have been doing the Wii EA Sports Active for 7 days now and I feel great! It's nice getting up and exercising first thing in the morning. It definitely gives me energy and I flat out feel better about myself. Now, for the results. Drum roll please.....

Height: 5'3"
Weight: 182.4
Body Fat: 46%
Water: 39.4%
BMI: 32.31 (Obese)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

4 Days out of 30

Day 3 was a "Rest Day", so I started up again today. I like the low intensity as I'm sore, but not so sore that I'm completely incapacitated for the rest of the day. At least I know it's working. I'm looking forward to all of the new exercises I will be doing over the next few weeks. Each day, there's a new one.

I still have a long way to go, but realized that little by VERY little, my clothes are starting to fit better. I still have a serious spare tire I need to get rid of, but I could tell my love handles weren't as prominent in a shirt I often wear. Don't get me wrong - they're very much still there, but I can tell a difference. I can't wait to see what my weight is on Monday!

Oh, and I made cookies again tonight!! Why do I do this to myself?!?!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

30 Day Challenge: Day 2

This morning, the game kicked my butt again! My legs are SO sore! I did a ton of lunges, high knees, kick backs, running, and a little upper body. The tennis was pretty lame, but definitely fun in terms of working out. It approximated my calorie burn to be slightly under 140 in 20 minutes!! Not too shabby. Tomorrow is a "rest" day, but I think I might do a few free weights. Thanks for checking in!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

30 Day Challenge

Today I started a 30 Day Challenge on the Wii EA Sports Active!! You workout for two days, take a day off, etc. for 30 days. You're basically working out 20 days and resting 10, but hey, it's a step in the right direction, right?! There are three levels of difficulty: low intensity, medium intensity, and high intensity. I'm starting on the low, then in 30 days, I'll move up to medium, etc. I can't imagine what the high intensity is like because it kicked my butt today!

You do different activities each day, which makes it fun. Today, I started out walking (in place), then running, some boxing, squats (normal and sideways), curls, and inline skating (you basically squat to go fast, then when you hit a ramp, you jump as high as you can in the air). Oh. My. Goodness! My legs were burning... BURNING! I had a blast doing it, though, and it only took about 20 minutes. Tomorrow, I believe, the game said I'm going to play a little tennis, which should be fun.

Aidan and Rhys woke up early this morning, too. I put Rhys in his jumparoo and he was glued to the tv. Aidan started out playing with his trains in his play room, then came into the living room and was watching me and encouraging me! "Go, Mommy!! Good job, Mommy!" Sooo sweet! He thought it was pretty cool that I was "on the tv", too. Hopefully I can lose a few pounds by Easter!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Week 3 Results

One more week down - yay! Thank you for all of the support and encouraging words! I want to especially thank Annie-pie for reminding me that I'm watching what I'm eating when I was at a friend's baby shower eyeing all of the yummy food! That's EXACTLY what I needed!! Instead of pigging out, I just had one cookie, a few M&Ms and some mixed nuts. My mindset was 100% on the shower and 0% on watching what I eat. This blog is paying off. Yesssssss.

This week's numbers:

Height: 5'3"
Weight: 181.4
Body Fat: 46%
Water: 39.4%
BMI: 32.13 (Obese)

Well, I'm happy that I lost weight, but I'm not happy with the amount. At this rate, I'm going to get to 130 lbs in two years! It's time to dig in and get serious. I hope to update you with more exciting numbers next week.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Headache or Labor, Which is Worse?

Today my family and I went to the Dallas Zoo, which was a blast! I got a ton of walking in and my mom packed a healthy lunch for all of us. Aidan and my nephew really enjoyed all of the different animals. Aidan and I really liked the penguins - so cute! We were all worn out by the end.

About 30 minutes before we left I started getting a headache. This was the third day in a row that I had gotten this headache, but the previous two days I was at work and was able to pop a few Advil to make it go away. However, we didn't have any Advil with us and I, being super stubborn, thought I'd just wait until we got home to get something. Boy, was that a mistake. The entire ride home my head was in my hands and I was rubbing my forehead trying to make it go away or at least dull the pain. It hurt so bad I felt sick to my stomach - I really thought I was going to have to roll down the window and vomit while going 70 MPH on the highway. That would not have been good. My eyeballs felt like they were going to explode - it hurt to even open them! It hurt to hear Aidan talk and of course Rhys decided to talk and/or cry the whole way home. I have never felt this much pain in my head!!

As soon as we got home I took 3 ibuprofen and laid down in our nice dark room. My head was throbbing and the slightest movement made it worse. I made the mistake of laying on my back to see if that would help (I usually lay on my side) and I thought I was going to pass out. The pressure around my eyes and cheek bones doubled when I did that! I think I was able to get a couple of minutes of sleep, then woke up and started balling. Brad came in and asked what was wrong and if I needed to go to the doctor. At the time I wasn't sure and was having a hard time thinking straight. He asked if I had had any caffeine today and confused I said no. He brought me a small glass of Coke, then I jumped in the shower.

I can't even tell you how much better I felt 5 minutes after drinking the Coke. I really don't think it was the shower - I think it was the caffeine! How crazy is that?! I don't chug pop daily and especially the last several days, I've been good about drinking a ton of water. I got another glass of Coke and was a completely different person. One minute, I was totally incapacitated, curled up in the fetal position, crying like a baby, thinking my head is about to explode and 30 minutes later I'm in the kitchen making cookies with Aidan.

I have NEVER gone through such extremes so quickly in my life... well, maybe going from being in labor to getting an epidural is pretty close. I honestly don't know which is worse and I'm being completely serious. The labor pain was much more intense, but it only came in 20-30 second spurts every few minutes. The headache, though, was a constant, throbbing, deep pain that would NOT go away. Actually, it was really a "face-ache" because it wasn't my head at all - it felt like my sinuses were inflamed yet I wasn't congested in the slightest. The top of my right orbital bone is bruised because I was rubbing it so much trying to make the pain go away.

Well, I'm still feeling great and am about to get some Zzzs. Welcome to my world. I hope I didn't scare you. :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Week 2 Results

Another week down and several more to go. Phew! This is NOT easy, but it is getting easier. Thank you for all of your support!!! Last week was a bit rough as I made a cake for a friend and of course there is a LOT of sampling involved.... a LOT. Then, since we didn't bring any leftovers home, I made some cookies Sunday. Oops! It's so hard to avoid the sweets when your hobby is baking. I just need to learn moderation and no sampling the batter/dough. (Yeah right...)

I forgot my walking shoes on Monday, but the remainder of the work week, my coworker and I walked 1.9 miles, according to Google Maps, every day!! I can really start to feel it in my legs. My sinus infection finally eased up a few days ago, so I hope to bump up the exercise soon.

Eating still isn't great. I'm still eating some junk with a few fruits and veggies mixed in, but not nearly as much junk as I had been eating. I keep telling myself that I just have to take little steps every day in the right direction.

Well, here are my figures for this week:

Height: 5'3"
Weight: 182.2
Body Fat %: 45.5
Water %: 39.7
BMI: 32.27 (Obese)

I'm excited to see my body fat go down 1.5% - how cool is that?! My water % went up, which is good and I lost 1/2 a pound. Not great numbers, but at least they're going in the right direction. Hopefully in 4 months I'll feel comfortable in a bathing suit. :)

Monday, March 8, 2010

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade.... Not Lemon Meringue Pie

I made it through the first week, but barely! On Wednesday, I left work early because I had to go to the doctor to get some meds. I was diagnosed with another sinus infection, which is pretty standard for me this time of year. I felt ok, but I knew I needed to get it cleared up. I took off Thursday and Friday to have a nice long weekend with the family and, as planned, cleaned the house all day Thursday. Then, I woke up Friday with a horrible cold! Nooooo! I was completely out of commission all weekend. I am feeling better now but still super stuffy. The worst part was that it was BEAUTIFUL outside. I did manage to go to the park with my family and my parents for an hour on Saturday, but that completely exhausted me.

Overall, I'll rate my week as a B- or C+. I ate a LOT better than I used to eat, but I cheated... a LOT on the weekend. Not only was I not able to exercise because I was feeling bad, but I ate pretty bad, too. When you're sick, you eat what sounds good, right? Well, sure, to an extent, but there are still limits, (hence the name of this post). Friday night we had Small Group which I didn't attend, but we had signed up for dessert. They were going to have breakfast for dinner and I had these REALLY cute breakfast-looking cupcakes I was going to make. I ended up making plain old strawberry cupcakes with vanilla icing. (I made sure not to breathe on them). Needless to say, there were plenty left over for snacking. Oops. Then, to make it worse, Brad and I ordered Pizza for dinner on Saturday and had chocolate chip pancakes for dinner last night. Hmmmm You're probably thinking my grade should be a big, fat F. However, to my credit, I ate a bunch of cucumber, an apple, and lots of healthy snacks and water during the day.

I woke up this morning expecting the worst and to my surprise, I lost weight!! Sweet! Just think how much more weight I would have lost if I nixed the pizza and pancakes. I was very encourage and am looking forward to what I'm going to do this week. Thanks for all of the support!! Keep it coming!!

Height: 5'3"
Weight: 182.8
Body Fat %: 47%
Water %: 38.6%
BMI: 32.38 (Obese)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Jell-O Legs

Yesterday, a coworker and I walked up and down the stairs twice in our 5-story building since it was raining outside. That means I walked up and down 10 stories! Wow! Considering I haven't had much physical activity in the last, oh, I don't know... several YEARS, I thought I was going to have a heart attack. When we finished, I walked back to my desk and sat down for 30-40 minutes. When I tried to stand up to get some water, I fell right back down in my chair. My legs were Jello! I was finally able to get on my feet, but when I started walking I looked like and felt like a toddler taking their first few steps. My knees were locked in fear if I bent them I wouldn't be able to straighten back up and my back was rigid so that I wouldn't lean too far one way or the other. If I got slightly off balance, I knew I was going fall over. I'm not joking. My cube-mates were laughing at me because I looked so ridiculous. I was able to get some water and make it back to my desk without falling, thankfully.

Yesterday, I counted my calories and consumed +/- 1200. Although it wasn't a totally healthy 1200, I was proud that I was conscious of what I was eating/drinking. Small steps....

We walked the stairs again today even though the sky was clear and the sun was out. I think I'm getting yet another sinus infection, so we stayed inside. Normally, I would cancel the walking/exercise all together because I'm not feeling great, but this time I put my foot down and said, "No excuses!" And guess what?! Even though my calves and thighs were still burning from yesterday and I couldn't breathe through my nose, I did it! I DID IT! I was still huffing and puffing while walking, but my recovery time afterwards was only about 30 minutes instead of 45! (It's a bit sad considering we were only walking for about 10 minutes max). But, it's a start!

So far, so good on the calories today. I need to figure out easy lunches/snacks to bring to work. Thanks for all of your support!!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

New Week, New Month, New Start

No more excuses. I am the queen at finding an excuse not to do something, especially when it comes to weight loss. Forget my last post. Girl Scout Cookies or not, I need to change. I need to get healthy and take care of myself! In order to do that, though, I need the support of my friends and family. I need encouragement and accountability. So, I'm going to lay it all on the line and hope that you support me in this new chapter in my life. Today is a new week (my weeks start on Monday :) ) and it's a new month, so what better time to start?

Brad has already given me a pretty sweet incentive in that for every pound that I lose, he will put a physical $20 into a jar. I don't get a penny of it until I've reached my goal, but when I do, I'll have enough money for a new wardrobe! Now, that's an incentive I can work with.

Like I said, I'm going to lay it all on the line: no lying and no holding back. I'm only going to weigh myself once a week since weight fluctuates throughout the week. The scale we have at home shows your weight, body fat % and water %. I don't know how accurate it is, but I'm still going to track it. Here are my current stats as of this morning. I forgot to take my measurements, so I'll post those later.

Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 185 lbs
Body Fat %: 47%
Water %: 37.9%
BMI: 32.77 (Obese)

Man, how embarrassing and depressing! My goal weight for now is 130 lbs, so that means I have 55 pounds to lose. My goal date is to lose it by the end of the year. This isn't a diet plan, this is a lifestyle change so that when I lose the weight I will keep it off. I'm going to start by making small changes here and there and continuing to do so until I get to my goal weight.

Already today I had a banana with my cereal and plan on walking during lunch. Hey, the tortoise beat the hare by going slow and steady. I CAN DO THIS!!

Welcome to my world! Please step in and give me a hand. :)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Weight Loss - A Lost Cause?

My initial intent for a blog was to let everyone follow my journey in weight loss in hopes you would keep me accountable and laugh when I stumble. Not that it's a very exciting thing to follow, but my thought process was that perhaps there is someone reading this that is struggling with their weight as well and me laying everything out there for people to read would somehow help them. However, thanks to the cute little girls who sell you cookies this time of year, that weight loss goal has quickly dissipated for the time being. Thanks a LOT Girl Scouts of America!

Not only were you able to entice me to buy one box of cookies, but you started to bat your eyes, smile showing off your cute, youthful, missing-tooth smile, and talk in your oh-so-innocent voice pleading to buy more so that I could help support your troupe (after all, cookie selling is their main source of revenue) and managed to get me to buy eight boxes of them. EIGHT! How in the world did that happen??! I mean, who can pass up the mouth-watering Samoas, the creamy perfection of peanut butter and chocolate in their Tagalongs, and the slightly tangy, but not over-the-top, refreshing Lemon Chalet Cremes? But eight boxes!?! Really?! You little brats!

.... at least that's how it went in my head. In reality, I just wrote my order on the form one of their moms brought to work with no arm twisting involved. I... am... a pig! Ha!

Welcome to my world.... don't get lost!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Welcome to Ashley Land

What I'm about to reveal may solidify many of your theories about me. Some of you may be tiptoeing around this idea but haven't been able to nail it on the head while others of you are fully aware, and scared of, this concept. I, however, am proud of it as it defines who I am and why I'm so strange. Here it goes... I have my own world. Yes, that's it. I ... have... my ... own.. world.

My family started referring to it as "Ashley Land" when I was younger because the things I would come up with were so far outside their realm of thinking there wasn't a better explanation for it. For example, on road trips our family would play the alphabet game where you have to find letters on billboards, license plates, etc. starting from A and working your way in order through Z. I was fully capable of reading at the time, so it wasn't a matter of me adapting the rules so that I could play along. Rather, I wanted to win and came up with a way that I could. I would start making up my own words and inevitably win each time. Such as "A" as in alligator, "B" as in bear, etc. but of course, we didn't pass a single signage with these words on it.

Still to this day things will pour out of my mouth that hardly seem translatable, or I'll make a statement that is completely irrelevant to the current conversation. Better yet, my husband Brad and I will be driving home and decide to pick up some fast food on the way. If I'm driving, EVERY time, I swear, about ten seconds later, I completely forget and don't turn where I need to or drive right by the restaraunt..... Ashley Land.

Well, welcome to my world and I hope you enjoy the ride.