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…on a mission to get healthy!

Peaking my head out August 31, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — dawnyalh @ 1:34 pm

I have survived the birthday weekend…barely. I won’t say unscathed because I came out with a three pound gain and a loss of direction. I haven’t been able to get back on track but I’m going to quote one of my favorite quotes:

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

It is so true. I haven’t been planning. That’s not exactly true. I’ve been half-ass planning. And then I let it all go to hell by the end of the day. I have intentions of planning but don’t. I can see how easy it is to slip back into the old habit without a backward glance.
First it was the exercise to go and it went quickly. Then planning the meals. Yes I planned on not having the healthiest of meals on Saturday and only on Saturday. But Saturday turned into Sunday which turned into Monday. On Monday I told myself I’ll get back on track on Tuesday. Let’s get the rest of the birthday celebrations over with and you will get back on track.
Had breakfast, lunch, and snacks planned out. Yes I knew we would probably end up eating Sonic burgers for dinner and even allotted the calories for that beast. Then I got home and chowed down on the ice cream left in the fridge and I can’t even remember what else. Why? I have no idea. It was there? Bored? I truly don’t know.
I haven’t done any of the c25k in over two weeks and the Race is now in just over two weeks. I have faith in myself that I can do it. I know that I can do it even if I have to walk really fast but I want to jog it. This is what usually happens to me and why I can never count on will power alone, especially when motivation leaves me. I haven’t given up and I know I will get back on track.


Plugging away August 25, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — dawnyalh @ 1:07 pm

Yeah that’s me. And that’s about all I’ve got for the past couple of days. Did I mention it’s going to be a hectic week? I’m eating well. My stomach is doing well. I’m not getting my exercise in unless you count all the cleaning I’m doing. But I am here. 🙂


I think it’s working August 23, 2011

Filed under: Exercise,Weight Loss — dawnyalh @ 12:55 pm

It was great to wake up this morning and not have my stomach be all knotted up and hurting. I don’t know if it’s the Prevacid, the veggies and fruits only yesterday or a combination. Frankly, I don’t care as long as I have relief. If you would’ve asked me last night, I was planning on doing ONLY liquids today because I still hurt so bad last night.

I made the green drink and my kids loved it. Go figure. I think they almost had more than me. I’ve still got 3 servings left in the fridge and I’ll have another one tonight for snack and give them more. Shoot, they can have all they want!

I did c25k w1d3 in the pool again last night. Rigged up computer speakers to my cell phone and could hear everything just fine. I even jogged for 4 1/2 minutes in the middle. I still actually want to complete the program but I may start straight jogging 1 day a week soon. Of course that would require me to actually be able to jog and not in the water. We’ll see about tomorrow morning.

I slept horrible last night. Could be because I found the grease catcher to the small George Foreman grill stuck on the heating element in the dish washer and it was melted pretty good. I consider my good sniffer both a blessing and a curse. Last night it was a blessing because I never would have smelled it. I took it out, turned it off and unplugged it. Of course I also thought it was the central air first and turned that thing off. The downside to my super sensitive snout is I can smell every single smell that comes from my coworker and that’s not a good thing. I sometimes get teased because I stay well stocked in any number of candles, plug in air fresheners and sprays. Whatever it takes to keep the air smelling fresh.

This morning on my Wii fit plus, I was down two pounds. I’m going to use that as this week’s weigh in. Why? Because I can. I don’t feel so bloated like I did yesterday even if I do feel like a truck ran me over last night. I didn’t get in my exercise this morning and that means I have to get it done tonight. Such is my life and I am learning to live it.


Resorting to drinking and pills August 22, 2011

Filed under: Food,Weight Loss — dawnyalh @ 10:40 am

It sounds so rebellious and on a downward spiral I know. I wish. My damn digestive system is still giving me horrible, horrible fits. Horrible. Throw another one in there for good measure. I really don’t know what the deal is. I make a conscience effort to eat healthier and exercise and my stomach revolts. You would think I would be hearing something like

Dawnyal, Dawnyal she’s our gal

Eating healthy’s really swell.

Broccoli and fiber’s such a treat!

All this new food is really neat!

Go Dawnyal!

But no, I get the revolt of the century and get things more along the lines of “Damn Bitch, give us back the unhealthy crap. How do you like the rolls and punches? Want more? We can give you more!!!” Yeah that’s what it’s felt like this past week. I have felt bloated, gassy, heartburn and just downright uncomfortable. Sometimes eating makes it feel better, sometimes it makes it feel worse.

Yesterday I started taking Prevacid. At least I didn’t wake up with the pain so I hope it’s a step in the right direction. Now for the drinking part. 😀 I’m doing a modified fast today to try and cleanse my system in case I have some sort of blockage. I’ve been going regularly but it hasn’t been the “S” curve consistency Dr. Oz preaches on. Without going into much detail on it, let’s just say it’s not been my regular. Today it’s V8, V8 fusion, and fruits and veggies. I know I could take the time to make my own juices but the key word there would be time. Something I’m severely limited on this week. Jeff’s birthday on Friday, party for him and youngest son on Saturday, followed by WWE Raw for the family on Monday on my five-year-old’s birthday. Not to mention I get to mow the lawn this week to prepare for said party and finish up the laundry all while squeezing in work and exercise. I’m getting tired just typing all of that.

I am going to make one of Dr. Oz’s Green Drinks for dinner tonight and depending on how I feel or how hungry I get, I may continue the liquids tomorrow. I just want my heartburn hostilities to stop. Oh and I lost Zero pounds this week despite staying under calories and exercising. Not discouraged in the least, just stating this morning’s weigh in.


I did it in the pool! August 19, 2011

Filed under: Exercise,Food,Goals,Weight Loss — dawnyalh @ 11:11 am

It’s not as kinky as it sounds. That would’ve required my honey pie to be in the pool with me and ablsiter whole lot less kids out of there for that to happen. LOL.

The blister on my right foot I got when doing c25k w1d1 on Tuesday is still giving me fits. (See photo to the right and please ignore my dry heel. I really need some pampering in that area. Time for a parafin dip or something.)

As I mentioned yesterday about attempting w1d2 and not making it, I didn’t want to be deterred. I’m all about being innovative and improvising.

innovative |ˈinəˌvātiv|
(of a product, idea, etc.) featuring new methods; advanced and original

New Oxford American Dictionary

Yep. That’s me. Queen Innovator. I’ve become quite good at it, especially after I became a mom.

I figured why not just do the laps in the pool. Sure I might get dizzy going in circles but I could still get the benefits of the walking/jogging intervals. Other than not having speakers to hook my phone into and it not being very loud, it worked out pretty well. I just had Lilly stand by the ladder at the end to tell me when my beeps hit so I could start/stop jogging on time. I did start getting shin splints from the water pushing on them but once I was done, the pain went away.

The down side to working out in the pool was it was at my mom’s and I had to do it after dinner and after being on the phone with Dish network for over 30 minutes. That means we didn’t get home until after 9. I went ahead and ate my scheduled night time snack of a fiber one peanut butter chocolate brownie.  It put me at just over 1200 calories for yesterday. That was the only food I ate after 9 p.m.

I also woke up with horrible heartburn. The heartburn didn’t start until I started changing the way I’m eating. I’ve been eating the smaller portions more frequently and it’s helped. As long as I’ve eaten those snacks at bedtime, I haven’t been waking up with the heartburn. This morning, it was the worst yet. I even lay back down after chomping on Tums. Ended up falling back asleep and coming in to work late. I was already a couple of hours over that I could burn so that wasn’t a biggie. I don’t know if the extra fiber I’m adding into my diet is causing it or what. I just know that I’ve NEVER had this problem outside of being pregnant and I know that’s not the cause.

But…I do have one amazing positive! I am wearing a navy blue mini skirt I paid a buck for off the clearance rack a couple of years ago and was never able to squeeze my fat ass into complete with a red 22/24 shirt that was also too tight. Yay me!


  • Biggest Loser workout on the Wii tonight
  • C25k w1d3 workout either in my yard or in the pool if blister isn’t better.
  • A look back at the ghosts of my dieting past. I do believe I may have learned something.

A new mini-goal August 18, 2011

Filed under: Food,Goals — dawnyalh @ 9:16 am

My nighttime snacking has gotten severely out of control. I’m well within my calories (way under even) but I just find myself munching and munching and munching. Sometimes I’m hungry; other times it’s more the hand-to-mouth disease.

I don’t want to set a rule of no eating after a certain time because I just take that as a challenge to push the limits with a battle of will power. I suck at will power. Yeah I know Oprah said she did wonderful with no eating after 7 p.m. Hell half the time I’m not even home until 7:30 or 8 by the time I go pick up the kids from mom and dad’s and eat dinner at their house. Instead, I’m going to set myself a small mini-goal of no eating at 9 p.m. for the next week. It’s feasible for me. It has a start and stop time and if I’m hungry and I can adjust my breakfast the next morning. (Who knows I might like it so much, I will just stick with it)

I think I just freak myself out when I look at MFP and see 400 calories or whatnot leftover, especially when I workout in the evenings and it adds on the extra calories that I can have to the end of the day. I somehow feel I need to eat those extra calories.

Shoot I even had a conversation something like this with myself last night:

Me1: Wow! I’ve only had just over 1300 calories today. After adding in my exericse it shows I should have around 1830 calories. That’s still 500 calories left I could spend.

Me2: You know if you don’t spend them that’s about 1/5 of a pound less you will have to lose.

Me1: But what if I’m eating too few calories? I know I’ll go pop a 100 calorie popcorn. Yeah that sounds good to have while watching TV.

Meanwhile a bit later:

Me2: That’s only 1400 calories you’ve had today AND you’ve exercised. Don’t you think you need to stuff that face with more calories?

Me1: I’m not really hungry. I think I should go to sleep.

Me2: But you need those calories.

This would be me taking my big butt into the kitchen and grabbing out my carefully counted out apple-cinnamon quakes from the pantry and eating them to bring my calorie count to 1552 for yesterday. And you know what? My scale this morning reflected a slight gain. Not sure what it was since I keep it on the BMI on the wii fit except on Monday mornings when I officially weigh in.

I need to learn to follow my intuition and not let my inner fat foodie dictate my life. I know I love just about any kind of food and would eat 24/7. That’s not going to happen if I want to be healthy and have a few pounds fall off in the process. What have I learned? Listen to my body and no eating after 9 p.m. this week!


Well that was embarrassing August 17, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — dawnyalh @ 10:25 pm

I stopped at my usual place to fill up the van with gas. I went in to pay & the lady at the counter goes “have you lost weight…” & I said yes while she was saying the lady’s name in line behind me. I was wearing a form fitting black t-shirt & thought maybe someone might notice my weight loss. I guess because my weight loss has been a gradual stair step it’s not noticeable.

On a positive note, I came across some of my clothes that I “outgrew” & packed away. With the way my current loss is going I’ll be fitting into them in no time.


Migraines are…

Filed under: Exercise — dawnyalh @ 11:41 am

Fill in the … with whatever choice word you’d like. I fear the amount of bad words I could say about them could come close to filling up my space on here so I’ll just leave it with a big ole blank. To say I hate them would be an understatement. I finally was able to see a neurologist last November/December and he prescribed me two different medications that worked wonders with controlling them. It cut them back to one cycle migraine a month. My regular doc switched me to Wellbutrin so I could take Imitrex to handle that one.

That combo worked great up until about three months ago. That would be about the same time last year that they started hitting me constantly. I pretty much had solid head pain from June until November in varying degrees.  This last checkup with my doc, she gave me a high powered pain reliever with phenergran and that’s helped immensely.

Why haven’t I gone back to the neurologist? Ha. Short version. I attempted to go back for my 3-month checkup with him in January. His office calls me the day before and cancels because I haven’t had an EEG done. WHAT? His office was supposed to have had it scheduled after I saw him initially and didn’t. They tried to schedule after they called me but had a run around with my insurance. They stayed on top of it for about a month. I got busy. Life got hectic. I didn’t have the time to keep calling and asking. I did try calling a few times to ask and never received return calls.

Now I’m without health insurance and I won’t be going back to the neurologist. I will be going back to my doc next month and will be talking options. I have 3 more months of refills on the meds I’m taking now that’s supposed to be preventing the migraines. Now that I am losing more weight they are getting better. There is a clinic in the city that offers hormone replacement therapy that I’m thinking of trying. I’m going to discuss it with her. I’ve got a cool doc who actually listens to me and my suggestions and stuff I find. I have no idea how much it will cost but hell it’s gotta be cheaper than the over $400 bucks it was going to cost me to keep my health insurance/medications.

Why the migraine rant? My monthly one hit me yesterday. It was my time, but I’ve been having them for the past month off and on I wasn’t sure if it was the one or not. I woke up at 5 a.m. in pain and reset my alarm for 5:30. Got up at 5:30 and it was gone. Did the c25k thing (see yesterday’s post for that debaucle) and came on to work. Started having some minor pain and second guessed myself and rather than going ahead and taking imitrex I just waited it out which was a HUGE mistake. I ended up having to take the pain killer and imitrex, lay down at my desk with an ice pack on my busiest day at work. It took about two hours for the pain to subside to a dull ache. Another hour or so later and it went away.

The pain returned around 8:30 last night and another round of pain killers. All of this for me to say I was too damned tired and groggy to get up this morning to exercise. I really do prefer if I’m going to exercise to do it in the mornings. It sets the tone for the day. You get it done and don’t have to worry about squeezing it in. If something comes up, I’m not feeling guilty because I didn’t get it done. I am planning to do the biggest loser workout on the Wii tonight. We’ll see.


I’m going to do it August 16, 2011

Filed under: Exercise,Goals — dawnyalh @ 6:55 am

I’m going to participate in a 5k. It’s been over 3 years since my last one and it’s time. I set a goal at the beginning of this year to start doing them again and even started the c25k program but quit early on. I won’t list all the excuses I gave myself for quitting back then. I’m sure they sounded valid enough. Now not so much. This morning I did week 1, day 1 of c25k. On the day of the RACE, I’ll be in my 5th week of c25k. The last time I did a 5k for the first time I stopped doing the program and just started jogging straight away. Not sure if I’ll do that again or ago ahead and complete the program. I’m doing this with a few of my coworkers so we’ll see how it goes.

As for the c25k this morning? I downloaded a program that beeped in my phone for when I needed to jog/walk. It worked great as long as I held my phone. I also had this program called jog tracker I used. that one was quite funny since it said I only went .02 miles. It didn’t register the number of times I went around my yard, just the one time. The c25k  counter went off when I put it in my pocket so I missed my cues. I just used the other program and jogged for 1 minute intervals and walked for 1 minute intervals until I felt myself getting a blister on my right foot. I stopped after 18 minutes. I didn’t feel like a failure. I didn’t want to harm my foot and risk not getting to do this again on Thursday.


I should be super excited August 15, 2011

Filed under: Goals,Weight Loss — dawnyalh @ 7:13 am

But I’m not. I’m under 300 in a long, long time. I think it was before I had Nate but I’m really not sure. I know when Jeff bought me my Wii fit I weighed more than the 330 pounds that it requires you to be. I owned it for over a year before I FINALLY got under the 330 to play with it. I actually cheated and took the carpet adjusters and it weighed me about 10 pounds less and started using it before then and when I got down enough put it back on and sucked it up and let it say I had a 10 pound gain.

Today I weighed in at 297.5. I’m under 300 pounds FINALLY and this morning it was just another day. Woohoo. Notice the joy in my typing. Really. Notice it. (Actually you should notice the sarcasm). I don’t know it’s it because I’ve done this a billion times in the past or what but it just didn’t “whip me into a frenzy” to quote a line from one of my favorite movies. This would be the weight I “started” my journey at so many times before. I guess I’m just being cautious and that’s a good thing.

So today I’m under 300 for the first time in a long time and I’ve lost a total of 55 pounds from my highest weight.


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