A Reason to Celebrate!

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I have finally reached another milestone!!! Every day, every week, every pound is a hard won victory in the battle of the bulge. Sometimes every minute of the day is a struggle, but this week, this day, and this minute, I have WON!!!

That 200lbs for Christmas is closer than before! 20 more pounds to go! I’m so happy right now. This, my friends, is what I call “progress”. For some, 3 pounds may not be much to lose, but for me, it’s HUGE! I haven’t been this weight in years so it means a whole lot to me to see this on the scale this morning.

A New Day, A New Way

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Today I had the day off work (FINALLY!) and spent the whole day outside in my gardens. At first, the day was overcast and drizzly but as the day wore on the clouds disappeared and the sun came out making the rest of the day quite gorgeous to work in. So after 6 hours spent doing yardwork and gardening, I am quite pleased with myself and of course, the look of the outside of the house now. I’m very sore and achy but very happy I got to work in my gardens today. I haven’t been able to get to them since I started working at the Holiday Inn in August.


I happened to weigh myself this evening after working outside all day and am down to 225lb so this made me feel good too.

I realized something tonight as well. If I hadn’t had lost 40lbs and got this physically demanding job, I would not have been able to work outside as much as I did today. I really see how better shape I’m in now than I was. I know last summer I sure couldn’t work the whole day and still be moving around in the evening. Amazing how much this summer has really helped me to turn my life around. It’ll be a year of changes in every season with even more to come in 2013! Woot!

Old Habits Die Hard

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I was doing really well before I got sick but it seems that since I got to feeling better the past week or so, I’ve been eating like crazy. I can’t seem to get enough to eat! My appetite has increased a lot and have been eating out a lot which is one of the worst things I could do for my weight.

While I was sick, I wasn’t eating since I had a bout of the stomach flu and was throwing everything up but as soon as I could start eating, I did, and it looks like I’m making up for lost time. I’ve gained 5lbs (now hanging around 227lbs and have a very strong desire to go back to eating the way I was before but it seems too hard to do right now. Yes, I have a tremendous amount of stress in my life right now and running on empty (exhaustion) is not helping. I finally have the next 2 days off but once again, I’ll be cleaning my own house and yard before I head back to work on Thursday and do it there too.

I thought I had lost enough weight that the fibromyalgia had gone away because I hadn’t been sore at all in months but the other day when I was cleaning my bedroom I took my gel mattress pad off and slept the next 2 nights on the regular mattress and soon learned I still have the dreaded fibromyalgia… 🙁 I have been in so much pain it’s been hard to work so last night my husband put the gel pad back on the bed and I slept like a baby and woke up without a lot of pain. So I guess losing weight is not a factor in the “fibro” battle but we’ll have to wait and see if it does have some leverage as the pounds go under the 200lb marker. Only time will tell. So for anyone out there with the same affliction, try a GEL mattress pad… it works wonders. It’s expensive but worth every dime spent.  http://www.novaformgel.com/ is the one I have.

So tonight, I had the other half of my assorted 12″ sub from Subway and two bottles of water. I had the first half at lunch today while I was at work. I haven’t been eating too well at work the past few weeks because the food they’re providing has been really sketchy and I’ve gotten sick off it a few times so I’m trying to avoid their meals now which is also contributing to my bad eating habits since I don’t have easy access to the fresh fruits and veggies like I did a month ago. This is so not a good thing.

Okay, just did the Subway calorie calculator online and discovered my sub was not too bad afterall. I always get a load of onions and sub sauce which is a vinegar base so it’s fat and calorie free but packs a nice punch. The bread and meats are what kills you. My 12″ assorted sub totals 780cals, 33g fat, sodium sits at a whopping 2840mg, 88mg carbs, 38g protein. I’m sure glad I don’t eat processed meats normally. That’s crazy how much sodium is in that stuff! But I only ate half at lunch today then the other half at dinner tonight so 390cals were consumed at both meals and I’m completely satisfied. The remainder of the calories consumed today were fruit, juice, and some wild rice for snack. I love the nutty-ness of different rice like wild rice, red rice, black rice and so on. My all-time favorite though is still red rice which is so good! And as always, I’ve drank literally a TON of water today.

Weather: Wonderfully Autumn-ish!

Mood: upbeat and content

Sleep: 6+hrs slept well

Physical: tired and achy

Activities: Housekeeping- 8hrs = 1728cals burned

Total Calories Allowed: 1935cals

Total Calories Consumed: 1601cals

A Current Picture

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After losing 40lbs - Oct. 4, 2012

After a 40lb weightloss

Weight: 223lbs

October 4, 2012