Monday, February 28, 2011

Week 8 Weigh-In

I didn't have the time to post on Saturday about my weigh in. I was just busy getting things done around the house and never had the time to sit down and post anything. I lost another pound last week, bringing my weight loss up to a total of 29 lbs now! I'm now at 271 lbs, almost at that 10% that I've been wanting to get to for the past few weeks. I know it's my fault that things haven't been going as fast as they should be. But, at least I lost and didn't gain.

I've been under a bit of stress for the past few weeks. Ugh... When I get stressed I usually have a ticking eye or something like that. It's actually kind of funny, in an annoying way. These past couple of weeks my neck has been twitching. Which is not very fun. All of this stress comes from stressing out over bills and money crap. People with money never have to stress about that, but those without any sure do! And I don't really like to put the stress on my husband, so I usually just keep to myself and don't tell him what's really going on. Even though he knows that we're pinching pennies really hard, until they scream usually. He doesn't really know everything. I had to use the $100 that I had saved up for the kinect to buy groceries and gas. So, I haven't been able to go out and buy that yet. Even though I really want to go get it. I'm thinking that it will be bought on my birthday. By then we'll have our tax return money back hopefully, so I'll be able to use the money that my friends raised and then use a bit of the tax money to finally go out and get it! I really need to get some exercise in, so that will be super nice to have!!

Speaking of exercise, I haven't been going to aerobics class lately. Again, it's due to money. With gas being so expensive and driving a gas guzzler, I have had to make the choice to either have the gas to pick up my son from school every day or not. I haven't had the luxury of being able to drive out that way twice a day, three times a week for the past couple of weeks now. And then I've just let my days slip by without getting in any other kind of exercise. No excuses, just a bit of an explanation as to why I haven't been to aerobics class lately. I'm not giving up on it, I've wanted to go. I just don't want people to think that I'm a failure and give up.

My goals for this week are to track my foods better. I also want to do some sort of exercise at least three times this week. And to lose one more pound this week to bring me up to 30 lbs lost and an official 10% lost. I really hope I can pull that off!

2/28/11 Food

smoothie: 5 pts
fiber bar: 2 pts
leftover chicken alfredo with pasta: 8 pts
salad: 3 pts
pear: 1 pt
roll: 4 pts
green beans: 1 pt
pasta bake: 10 pts
pudding: 3 pts

total points: 37

water: 8 glasses

Thursday, February 24, 2011

2/24/11 Food

cereal w/ milk: 5 pts
apple: 2 pts
bread: 3 pts
100 calorie pack: 2 pts
lentils & brown rice: 8 pts
almonds: 2 pts

total points: 22

water: 4 glasses

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

2/23/11 Food

scrambled eggs w/ cheese: 5 pts
toast: 5 pts
jam: 1 pt
leftover pot roast: 10 pts
elk pot pie: 8 pts
homemade rye bread: 3 pts
apple "pie": 4 pts

total points: 34

water: 10 glasses

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

2/22/11 Food

small glass of green smoothie: 2 pts
eggs: 4 pts
homemade pizza: 10 pts
homemade tapioca pudding: 6 pts
popcorn: 2 pts
chicken & veggie w/ noodle stir-fry: 10 pts

total points: 34

water: 10 glasses

Monday, February 21, 2011

2/21/11 Food

green smoothie: 5 pts
wrap: 3 pts
shepard's pie, bread: 6 pts
elk pot roast with veggies: 10 pts
bread & jam: 6 pts

total points: 30

water: 9 glasses

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Non-Scale Victories!

Yesterday we went to Texas Roadhouse for my husband's birthday dinner. I can never understand why restaurant booths are so small. You'd think that a good amount of the restaurant's business comes from overweight people. But yet, the booths are so small that they are hard to fit in if you are pretty overweight. I know that a lot of people probably would never think of this. They probably just go ahead and sit down in the booth, not thinking twice about how they'll feel once seated, or if they'll even be able to fit in the booth. But, that's been a concern of mine for quite a long time. Texas Roadhouse is one of the restaurants that I've had issues with in the past. I've previously had to ask the server to please get us a different table because I can't fit in their booths. It's really embarrassing, to say the least. Last night as our hostess was walking us to our table I dreaded it when she headed the way of all of the booths. In my head thinking, I would be so incredibly uncomfortable all dinner. Or that I wouldn't fit in the booth. But, as I sat down I noticed something. I actually fit in the booth, with two inches (which is big for me!) of space between my stomach and the table! I wasn't uncomfortable at all. I was actually really comfortable. I'm so incredibly excited about that and it makes me want to keep going more and more!!

That's not the only non-scale victory that I've had in the past 24 hours though. After making my husband the most delicious cake known to man, we had our servings last night for his birthday and then today I took the leftovers to our neighbor across the street. Goodbye temptations. I'm stronger than you cake! So, it's been a pretty great last couple of days as far as non-scale victories go! I look forward to seeing more in the months to come!

2/20/11 Food

cereal with milk: 5 pts
chicken leftovers: 11 pts
soup: 3 pts
roll: 3 pts
ww cookie: 1 pt
shepard's pie: 10 pts

total points: 33 pts

water: 5 glasses

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Week 7 Weigh-In

This week's weigh-in wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but at least I lost a little bit of weight. I weighed in today at 272 lbs. One pound lost for this week. Not the three pounds that I was hoping for, but at least it was a loss! I didn't eat as well as I could have and I only exercised once. So, I need to kick things up a notch for this week.

Today is my husband's birthday, so I won't be really counting points today. I'm sure that I'll go over a bit. But, that's ok. Tomorrow I'll be back on track!

Have a great week everyone!

2/19/11 Food

Today is my husband's birthday, so I'm taking a day off of counting. I'm still making things healthy. :)

eggs, biscuit, sausage gravy, hash browns, milk: 14 pts
peanut butter frosting: 3 pts

total points: 17 pts

water:

Friday, February 18, 2011

2/18/11 Food

egg: 2 pts
potato: 3 pts
bacon: 1 pt
bread: 1 pt
lemon chicken and rice: 7 pts
100 cal pack: 2 pts
2 pieces of see's chocolate: 4 pts
potato: 5 pts
rice and venison meat: 9 pts

total points: 34 pts

water: 10 glasses

Thursday, February 17, 2011

2/17/11 Food

2 eggs: 4 pts
mushrooms and tomatoes: 0 pts
cheese: 2 pts
rice and beans: 10 pts
homemade pudding: 5 pts
homemade wheat bread: 3 pts
pasta with sauce and sausage: 8 pts
salad: 2 pts

total points: 34

water: 9 glasses

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

2/16/11 Food

egg, bacon, bread: 8 pts
rice & beans: 10 pts
1/2 peanut butter sandwich: 3 pts
lemon chicken, rice, green beans: 10 pts
homemade sugar free pudding: 4 pts

total points: 35

water: 10 glasses

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

2/15/11 Food

bread: 3 pts
potato w/ salsa: 4 pts
turkey sandwich: 5 pts
popchips: 2 pts
see's chocolate: 2 pts
chicken: 5 pts
broccoli: 0 pts
potatoes: 3 pts
bread: 2 pts
milk: 4 pts

total: 30 pts

water: 5 glasses

Monday, February 14, 2011

2/14/11 Food

minneola (orange): 1 pt
banana: 2 pts
peanut butter: 2 pts
flatout wrap: 1 pt
ham meat: 1 pt
cheese: 2 pts
lettuce & tomato: 0 pts
bread w/ peanut butter: 4 pts
pizza: 4 pts
fiber bar: 2 pts
valentine's dinner: WAY TOO MANY POINTS! :)
steak, baked potato, salad, bread, sparkling apple cider & cheesecake. all made at home.

total: I didn't count dinner, but I'm sure I was over. :)
water: 10 glasses

exercise: 1 hour aerobics

Sunday, February 13, 2011

2/13/11 Food

cereal w/ milk: 4 pts
strawberries: 1 pts
vegetable curry w/ rice: 6 pts
chicken: 3 pts
milk: 4 pts
ww cookie: 1 pt
rice & beans: 10 pts
tilapia: 3 pts
bread: 2 pts

total points: 34

water: 9 glasses

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Week 6 Weigh-In

This morning I went to go volunteer at the Bountiful Baskets site where I get my veggies and fruits, so I haven't been able to post my weigh-in yet today. I had lots of fun volunteering and got a nice little work-out in doing it! Not to mention that I got to choose which basket I wanted and I got a couple of extras for helping out! I thought that was very well worth my time!

So, I weighed in this morning before I left. Hoping to see a bit of a loss this week, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I met my goal for this week of losing 3 lbs!! The scale said 273 this morning, bringing my total loss up to 27 lbs! In only 6 weeks, I've almost gotten to 10% of my weight gone! I'm really hoping to lose another 3 lbs this week to officially get to that 10% mark.

I'm feeling a lot lighter lately. I've got a bit more of a spring to my step. My clothes are getting loose and I'm liking my reflection in the mirror a lot more these days. But, by far the biggest and most fantastic thing that I'm loving form losing this weight is that I'm inspiring other people to get healthy too. If I can do it, so can you. And if I inspire you, just imagine how many people you could inspire. What a wonderful feeling!! It's even better than cookies! :)

2/12/11 Food

banana: 2 pts
milk: 2 pts
blueberry bread: 2 pts
salad: 8 pts
sugar free chocolate pudding: 2 pts
apple: 2 pts
ham lunch meat: 1 pt
vegetable curry over rice: 10 pts
100 calorie pack: 2 pts

total points: 31

water: 8 glasses

Friday, February 11, 2011

2/11/11

egg whites: 2 pts
bacon: 1 pt
banana: 2 pts
peanuts: 3 pts
popchips: 2 pts
leftover pasta: 5 pts
green beans: 0 pts
chocolate sugar free pudding: 2 pts
pear: 2 pts
homemade shrimp wonton soup: 6 pts
small slice blueberry bread: 3 pts
chocolate sugar free pudding: 1 pt

total points: 29

water: 8 glasses

Thursday, February 10, 2011

2/10/11 Food

1 egg: 2 pts
1 slice bacon: 1 pt
bread: 2 pts
100 calorie pack: 2 pts
chicken chili leftovers: 5 pts
salad: 9 pts
ww cookie: 1 pt
fiber bar: 2 pts
whole wheat pasta with sauce: 10 pts

total points: 34

water: 8 glasses

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Progress Pictures

I felt like taking some pictures this morning after I got home from my aerobics class, so I had my husband snap some really quick. This is me at 276 lbs, after working out, no makeup or anything.


I'm starting to see a little bit of difference! And the other day I was actually able to wear a shirt that I haven't been able to get buttoned in a LONG time! My pants are starting to get loose, but I'm not down a size yet. This is so encouraging and exciting!

This front shot isn't the most flattering, but whatever. It's what I look like. I think that the side view shows a lot more progress.

To see my other progress pictures either check out my blog header at the top of the page or scroll down and on the right side I have my other pictures posted.

2/9/11 Food

large apple: 3 pts
fiber one yogurt and wheat berries: 2 pts
bread: 3 pts
small chicken taco: 3 pts
pizza: 5 pts
100 calorie pack: 2 pts
popcorn: 2 pts
white bean chicken chili: 12 pts

total points: 32

water: 2.5 liters

exercise: 1 hour aerobics class

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Emotional Eating

"If Hunger isn't the problem, than food is not the solution!"- Unknown

About a month ago or anytime before that, if you were to ask me if I was an emotional eater, I'd probably tell you I wasn't. I'd also most likely tell you that I don't snack. I truly believed that. I wasn't really trying to lie to people, but that's exactly what I was doing. Lying not only to other people, but to myself also. I've come to realize a lot about myself while on this journey so far.

Hi, my name is Kim, and I'm an emotional eater. I eat when I'm bored, I eat when I'm happy, I eat when I'm sad, I eat when I'm NOT HUNGRY! This is something that I really need to work on and I'm trying very hard to do just that. I would eat mindlessly, without even noticing what I was doing. Just because... I also have very little self control. If I see a bag of chocolate or a freshly baked batch of cookies (Hi, my name is Kim and I'm a cookie addict.) then I have a really hard time making myself eat only one piece or just one cookie. Even if I'm not really hungry for it, if I get a taste of something that I really especially love, then it will trigger that part of my brain and I have almost no control over what I'm doing. So, this needs to stop.

On Sunday a really dear kind lady that lives close to us brought over a plate of enormous cookies, along with a sympathy card. I ate half of one after church. Then I ate another half of one. Then I ate a whole one, thinking that if I ate a whole one that maybe my brain wouldn't crave them anymore. Then a few hours later I ate another whole one. By the end of the night I felt like throwing up. Like I said before, these cookies were huge, probably about a 1/4 cup or more of dough per cookie. BIG! Cookies are a big trigger food for me. They are something that I need to stay away from. And I'm coming to realize this. So please, if you know me and live close to me, don't give me cookies. Thank you. Oh, and if you do give me cookies then I'm just going to throw them away. Because I have no self control over cookies. I need to clarify also, I'm talking about homemade cookies, not store bought. So those 100 calorie packs that I got from friends recently are safe. :) Maybe if they were a bigger bag of low calorie cookies and I had to take only one serving out at a time I'd have a harder time. But since those are prepackaged in a small portion, I don't feel the need to binge on those. The same goes for chocolates too, if they are individually wrapped "fun size" pieces of chocolate, then I have control and I CAN eat just one. But, if you give me a bag of m&m's or a regular size bar of chocolate, then I have a hard time only eating a few m&m's or only one square of chocolate.

Enough about cookies and chocolate...

My point is that I do eat just for the sake of eating. And I do have trigger foods, cookies and chocolate being some of my BIG trigger foods. And I honestly can't tell you what my other trigger foods are right now. I'm learning all of this as I go. But I'm so glad that I'm discovering this about myself. And I'm going to be working on this, to help myself realize that I should only be eating when I'm truly hungry.

2/8/11 Food

egg whites: 2 pts
small bagel: 1 pt
popcorn: 2 pts
pizza: 5 pts
2 small pieces ham: 2 pts
chicken tacos: 12


total points: 24

water: 2 liters

Monday, February 7, 2011

2/7/11 Food

almonds: 1 pt
yogurt & wheat berries: 1 pt
flatout wrap: 1 pt
egg whites w/ salsa: 2 pts
ww coffee cake: 2 pts
2 breadsticks (olive garden): 6 pts
minestrone soup (olive garden): 2 pts
shrimp primavera (olive garden): 10 pts
homemade pizza: 9 pts

total points: 34

water: 2.5 liters

exercise: 1 hour aerobics class

Friday, February 4, 2011

Week 5 Weigh-In

As I said yesterday, I'm weighing in a day early this week since we'll be busy all day tomorrow with the funeral for my father-in-law. I wasn't expecting much out of this week. It's been an emotional week and I'm an emotional eater. I didn't track points for a few days and did eat a few cookies that I probably shouldn't have eaten. But, I won't dwell on that. Each day is a new day. I have no reason to stop what I'm doing. If anything, I have a much better reason to continue on this journey. I want to be around for my kids for a long, long time. I don't want my kids to have the bury me when they are still young adults. I want them to be old and gray when they have to bury us.

The scale said 276 this morning, and since I would have been completely happy with a no gain/no loss this week, you can only imagine that I was really happy to see another 1 pound loss this week! 24 lbs are gone forever! I'm almost half way to my first 50 lb goal, which I'm going to achieve by May 31st, maybe even sooner! Hurray!

Here's to a good week this next week. I'm hoping for a good 3 lb loss this week. :)

2/4/11 Food

mini bagel with ff strawberry cream cheese: 2 pts
fiber one yogurt with 1/8 cup wheat berries: 1 pt
chicken wrap: 8 pts
boca sandwich: 6 pts
salad and chicken w/ rice: 15 pts
cookie: 2 pts

total points: 34

water: 3 liters

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Feeling The Love!

Last night while at a church activity, my friends Katie and Sue presented me a wonderful gift. Katie is the one that started the "get Kim an x-box and kinect" fundraiser, and it just so happens that she raised enough to get me that x-box and kinect! So, her and Sue along with the help of Katie's mom Leora put together a box of goodies for me! I was quite surprised by it!


This is the box itself! Sue said that I'll look glamorous like that when I've completed this Journey.


And this is what is inside of the box!

Lots of yummy 100 calorie packs, one of the kinds they put in are chocolate covered pretzels! All I can say is, YUM! Three packs of Extra strawberry shortcake gum, some whole almonds, a bag of popcorn and some brown paper bags to make popcorn in the microwave with! Which I never knew you could do! 1/4 c popcorn in a bag that is folded over a few times and 2 minutes on high yields a very filling 2 pt snack! They also included a pack of weight watchers 1 pt chocolate cakes, which are so yummy! A Chicken Soup for the Soul book, some yummy sugar free candies and last but not least, the money that Katie raised to get me the x-box and kinect! How sweet is that?! Thank you again Katie for doing this for me, I really appreciate it so much!

I briefly mentioned on here that my father-in-law passed away on Sunday. Things have been pretty hard these past few days, as can be expected. I've been in a bit of a funk, but I think I'm pulling out of it now. I lost track of myself for a few days and wasn't really caring all too much about what I was eating. But, last night at the church activity I got re-inspired to get back into gear with my eating and everything. I'm so thankful for the support of my friends and the women at church. Telling everyone what I'm doing has helped me so much! It keeps me on track and inspires me to keep going. At the same time, people seeing me doing this is inspiring them to get healthier too. That's a great feeling, to be an inspiration to other people! So, I'm feeling the love, and I really appreciate it.

I'll probably be weighing in tomorrow instead of Saturday, since we'll be busy with the funeral. I'll be completely happy to maintain my weight loss this week. It's been a hectic emotional week and I think that would be amazing if I pull maintaining off this week.

2/3/11 Food

fiber one yogurt with 1/8 cup steamed wheat berries: 1 pt
leftover quiche: 4 pts
100 calorie pack of chocolate covered pretzels! (thanks katie, sue and leora): 2 pts
rice, chicken & asparagus: 7 pts
popcorn: 2 pts (thank you again to katie, sue and leora for giving me the popcorn and the paper bags to make it in the microwave! it's really yummy!)
chicken & pasta w/ a lemon sauce & broccoli: 15 pts
popcorn: 2 pts

total points: 33

water: 3.5 liter

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

2/2/11 Food

mini blueberry bagel with ff strawberry cream cheese: 2 pts
egg whites, bread & yogurt: 4 pts
bread w/ peanut butter: 5 pts
pizza wrap: 9 pts
popchips: 2 pts
ww cake: 2 pts
milk: 2 pts
quiche, coleslaw and eclair: 1o pts

total points: 36

water: 2 liters

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2/1/11 Food

egg whites: 2 pts
bagel: 1 pt
turkey: 1 pt
pear: 1 pt
fiber bar: 2 pts
boca wrap: 3 pts
popchips: 2 pts
ww cake: 2 pts
yogurt: 0 pts
fiber bar & milk: 5 pts
soup: 3 pts
english muffin pizzas: 10 pts
ww cookie: 1 pt

total points: 34

water: 2.5 liters