Category Archives: Journey

Three Pounds to Goal

Well, I actually do not have a scale so I am not sure how much weight I have to lose as of today. But at last week’s weight-in, I still had 3 pounds to goal. What stinks about that is I REALLY wanted to make my goal before we leave Sumter. So, this week is IT! I tried not to worry about it too much on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. But yesterday, I kicked it up a notch. I started doing everything I possibly can to lose that 3 pounds. I am drinking LOTS of water of course. I am not eating after 7 pm. ONLY having fruit for snacks. And I am working out twice a day. If I don’t make my goal, I will be sad. But, I will know that I just need to work on maintaining what I HAVE done. This may be where I need to be. I’m really okay with being a size 10. I just wish all of my fat weren’t settled on my hips.

**STRESS**

I don’t know why, but STRESS can cause your body to hold on to weight. I don’t watch the Biggest Loser, but from what I understand, there have been such cases on the show where someone was working very hard to lose weight, but under a lot of stress and their body just would not release the weight. I think that is what is going on with me! There are lots of articles on the web about this including this one on MedicineNet.com.
Please understand that I am NOT trying to use this as an excuse! My workout page will show that I am really trying and I am eating pretty healthy too. LOTS of salads and fruits and veggies. STicking to about 1500 calories a day or less. And I am losing weight…. very slowly. But I do believe the weight would be falling off if it weren’t for stress. Just sayin!
What stress? Hmmm…… A couple of milestones are past…Our younger son graduated from college and I finished working and the 280 wedding invitations I had to make are done. Now it’s time to retire, pack up and move to Oklahoma, look for a job, survive empty nest, go to younger son’s wedding and be there when our first grandchild is born. And of course, celebrate our SILVER wedding anniversary. As stressful as life is right now, there is not much I would change! LIFE IS GOOD!
And I need to get started with that packing stuff…. SEE YA!

What’s New?

It’s about a month later… and I haven’t “journalled” (blogged) about my weight loss journey. So, here I am. Things are going pretty good. I learn new things about successful weight loss nearly every day!
The Parade had a great article last month. In fact if you go to their website and type in weight loss, you’ll find several great articles. I read the Parade every week!
So, today is February 5th. I am about 5 pounds from my TOPS “goal”. But, my TOPS goal is still about 10 pounds from my actual goal. The reason? At TOPS you stay within “leeway” if you are within 10 pounds of goal. The kicker is that the 10 pounds is up to 7 pounds under and only 3 lbs. above your goal weight.
When I went to the doctor, he suggested 150 pounds and I said I’d like to be closer to 145. He wrote 145-150 pounds on my goal slip. So, I got to choose which of those and due to the TOPS rules I went with the higher goal, knowing I can get down to 143 and still be within leeway.
That means I have 10 pounds to lose. And I am working pretty hard to get there.
What have I been doing? A couple of “new” things.
One of my BAD habits is needing something sweet after I eat. SO, I found some tiny little tootsie roll pops.

There are 50 calories in 3 pops. I only have one when the “need for sweet” arrives.
I AM writing down what I eat and counting calories. That is definitely one thing that WORKS!
I go above and beyond and write myself motivational notes. SERIOUSLY! If I remind myself WHY I am working so hard it really does help! OH, and I found the prettiest dress for the wedding. I am going to take a picture of it and put it on the frig! 🙂
And of course I am working out.
That’s all from me for now!
~Angel

The Journey Continues

It’s been 3 weeks since I posted and I’m feeling a little better about my progress these days. I’m close to a breakthrough and I’ll blog about that WHEN it happens so I don’t jinx it.
I am not going to hit my birthday goal, but that’s okay. I plan on having whatever I want on my birthday which is Saturday and then jumping right back onto the weight loss wagon! I hope to lose 11 pounds by the end of the year and THAT is doable! YAY!
Hopefully Yours,
Angel

Going, Going. I Just Wish It Were Gone!

What a struggle weight is. I am extremely frustrated with my weight situation. I feel like I am doing what it takes to lose, but am not seeing the results of my effort!
I really blew it last week at TOPS and had a 4.5 pound GAIN! I was devastated to see that. I really don’t think I did anything to make that number. This week I had a 1.5 pound loss, but I’m still reeling from last week so that does NOT make me one bit happy.
I really, really wanted to be at a certain weight for my birthday. At the rate I am going, that seems pretty impossible.
Looking at the statistics- I am down 12 pounds since starting TOPS on 2-29-09. That was 32 weeks ago which means I am losing at the snail rate of about 1/3 pound per week! UGH! If I keep that up I will only lose another 4.5 pounds by the end of the year- nowhere near my goal.
Something has got to change. I am willing to try most anything. I’ve upped my workout substantially over the last couple of months. I don’t think I can up that much more, but I may try. And my calorie count is already at less than 1300 a day average. I don’t eat after 7 pm most days.
I am willing to hear any suggestions!
Desperately,

Angel

Getting Challenged

Never, never, never give up! ~Winston Churchill

I’m feeling better about my journey these days. The weight is SO SO slowly starting to budge. I feel like I am getting motivation and support from many different sources including my TOPS girls and Facebook friends.
I tried the Walk at Home Club for a month and set a goal of 100 miles of walking for the month of August. I am happy to say “I did it!” Wow… 100 miles.
I’m not doing the Walk Club anymore, but timely enough a couple of my Facebook friends are offering challenges of their own and it’s helping me stay motivated even though I haven’t had much time to get on the computer to check on them. I’ve decided to bump my miles again this month and am shooting for 110 miles in September.
After talking to an aquaintence of mine who lost her weight and has kept it off, I decided to change things up every now and then to keep my body working and not let it get used to anything. For the last couple of weeks that meant not eating after 7 pm which was actually pretty hard. And I am going to keep that up these next couple of weeks AND add another change. After reading this article by Tim Ferriss, I’m going to try and avoid ANYTHING white in my diet… i.e. rice, sugar, flour, pasta, bread. We’ll see how that goes.
I can feel pretty good about some things. I am the lightest I have been so far this year and I am 8 pounds lighter than I was this time last year.
I’m not giving up, Mr. Churchill!
~Angel

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