Monday, January 28, 2013

Biggest Loser Blogger Challenge - Week 4


Week 4

Starting weight [01/06/2013]: 175 lbs
Week 2 weight [01/13/2013]: 172.2  (loss of 2.8 lbs for week)
Week 3 weight [01/20/2013]: 171.2  (loss of 1.0 lb for week)
Week 4 weight [01/28/2013]: 171.2  (no loss)

Total weight loss: 3.8 lbs

I didn't lose any this week scale wise but I can tell a difference in the way some of my clothes are fitting so Yay!

Hope everyone is happy with their results this week.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Biggest Loser Blogger Challenge - Week 3


Here we are at week 3 of this challenge.  Week 3 and 4 of any weight loss/get back in shape journey are always my hardest so I'll take my loss this week with glee.

Starting weight [01/06/2013]: 175 lbs
Week 2 weight [01/13/2013]: 172.2  (loss of 2.8 lbs for week)
Week 3 weight [01/20/2013]: 171.2  (loss of 1.0 lb for week)
Total weight loss: 3.8 lbs

I leave my house at 6:50 a.m. and get back home between 5:15 - 5:30 p.m.   I am NOT a morning person, I typically get up at 6:00 a.m. to myself and both kids ready.  Breakfast and Dinner can make or break me and last week they broke me.  I've got some ideas on some quick, easy but healthy meals that I need to start working on this week.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Biggest Loser Blogger Challenge - Week 2

Happy Monday Ya'll!  It is raining with sleet mixed in and downright cold here.  When the the kids and I bundled up and left the house this morning, it was 26 degrees with a real feel of 21.  Brrr

Mondays also mean Biggest Loser Blogger Challenge weekly check in.  I want to thank each of you for stopping by and offering words of encouragement last week.  I still have not made my way through all the link up but I'm getting there.  I look forward to encouraging you throughout this process of feeling better about ourselves and becoming healthier.  The weight loss is an added bonus.  So how did you ladies do?
I'm kind of meh about last week.  I did not do as well as I could have done but it was not a total wash either.  Here are my stats

Starting weight [01/06/2013]: 175 lbs
Week 2 weight [01/13/2013]: 172.2  (loss of 2.8 lbs for week)
Total weight loss: 2.8 lbs

Goals for this week:
* Drink my water.  I am notorious for bring my water but then not drinking it.  I get so busy that I look up at
   lunch and my glass is still almost full and it is the same at the end of the day.  

* Eat out less.  As a family this is something we need to work on.  I have started back with menu planning
   and hope to get into the groove again.

* Be more aware of what I am eating.  I snacked way more than normal and even though it was just a bite
   here and a bite there.  It adds up.

* Work out.  I did not get in any formal work out this past week. I must buckle down. I know from previous weight loss attempts that working out is KEY for me.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Who You Gonna Call

I am so over this winter and it really hasn't even gotten started yet. Between the yo-yo weather and allergies my kids have had runny noses and a cough since October 1st. The pediatrician says that they are not contagious and I know they are not contagious but with the flu season already being so bad, I feel like I am being judged every time they cough in public. Thankfully we switched their antihistamine at Christmas so their noses do not really run during the day but they do cough thanks to post nasal drip.All these sickies mean that I am cleaning my house non-stop and running around like a crazy woman. I wish there was a "Ghostbuster" that we could call to rid everyone of the germy stuff going around right now.

Making a break for it before the doctor comes in

I had to take this little one in yesterday because she kept complaining of her ear hurting and even though it is in the 70s today we are expecting snow next week following a cold front this weekend.  She had fluid on her ear but no infection.  She is also cutting four teeth right now so misery is her companion.

In preparation for the colder weather, the kids got new jammies and C really has gotten into Batman lately so when we found these in his size we quickly scooped them up.

I have done horrible this week with taking care of myself. I had planned on working out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. So far I'm 0/2 on working out. I should be able to go tonight since the mile long must get ready for next workday list doesn't have to get done in addition to the extra cleaning. I have done okay with watching what I eat and my portions so hopefully that will be enough for the week.I just want to whisk us all away to somewhere tropical for the next three months. No cold weather, no responsibilities.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Biggest Loser Blogger Challenge - Week 1

Biggest Loser Blogger Challenge – Week 1

Oh my gosh, I cannot believe that I am about to admit this out in bloggy land BUT I need to be held accountable and I’m hoping this will help me.  I went out and bought a scale over the weekend.  I have not owned one in over 4 years.  Not going to tell lie folks, I do not like the number but at the same time the numbers do not really bother me. What bothers me is how I fit in my clothes.  I REFUSE to buy the next size up instead I hope to not only fit into my current size better but get back into some of those favorite outfits hanging in the dark corners of my closet again.

I told myself not to set any specific total weight loss goals for 2013 but I do hope to be in the middle (ish)of my healthy weight range before the end of the year.  Two kids and 10 years later, I seriously doubt that I will ever have the body I had when I got married but March 1st will be my 10th wedding anniversary and I would really like to be down at least 15 pounds so that I can fit into something cute as we celebrate.  Life is hectic and our schedules are not allowing for any time away from work anywhere near our anniversary but I know that we will go out for a date night and I really am tired of looking frumpy and lumpy in my clothes.

Mondays are CRAZY around here as I try to get myself, my 4 year old and my 21 month old out the door by 6:50 a.m. so I will weigh myself on Sundays and set my post up for Monday.  I have used and been successful with Weight Watchers in the past and without re-enrolling I will be following the WW guidelines and using several work out DVDs that I already own. 

Height:   5’1”
Ideal weight range is 122 - 134.2 lbs. (55.5 - 61 kg.)
Ideal weight range is 106 - 132 lbs
Starting Weight [01/06/13] :175
Current pant size: 12 or 14 depending on the pant

Waist: 35 inches
Hips: 44 3/4 inches
Bust: 35 inches

and the proof is always in the pictures.  These are not the best but I forgot that I was going to post pictures to motivate myself and quickly snapped these in a t-shirt and yoga pants. 

Not a fan of looking pregnant almost 2 years later

 Good luck ladies!  May we all find a place that we are happy with this coming year.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year...Better Me

A New Year has begun and while I do not make resolutions for the New Year, I have decided to look at areas of my life that I haven’t been happy with lately and seek ways to improve. I will not be setting specific goals but general goals that way I will not beat myself up if I do not quite hit the mark. I have decided that I need to stand up and recognize that part of improving my lackluster attitude will only happen if I make it happen so I am going to focus on the following in 2013 

Personal – I deserve time to be “Amanda” – not wife, mommy, daughter, employee, etc. All my other roles are important to me but if I’m not taking care of myself, how can I take care of others. So I’m making a goal to allow myself a couple of hours where I get away from those roles and do what I need to recharge. By the end of the year, I hope to say that at least every other month I took time away and was just me. 

Physical – I am not happy with the way I look in my clothes, the mirror or in pictures and it is time to change that. I am going to link about with Becky at The Java Mama to help me stay accountable but my basic goal is to feel better about my physical appearance at the end of the year. I do have a small goal I plan on setting that I will share in Monday’s post. 

Spiritual – I have a tendency to not focus when I’m studying the Word and I have got to stop that. I need to get back to spending time in the Word and with the Lord. I have NEVER been good at making that a priority and since getting married and having kids I have let this fall to the bottom of the priority list. That has got to change. By the end of the year I want to be reading either my Bible or a devotional for 10 – 20 minutes a day at least 4 times a week. I CAN do this! 

I may not post much else during the year but I am hoping that by posting a status update every Monday on at least my progress on my Physical that I will also evaluate privately on how sucessful I was in the other areas.