Friday, October 11, 2013

Diet Bet Week 1

I made it through week 1 of the Diet Bet.  I stepped on the scale this morning and my current weight is......

Well, before I reveal my weight let me tell you a little bit about the past week!

My co-workers and I usually go out to eat EVERY SINGLE DAY of the week!  This week we only went out ONCE!  I didn't exercise as much as I wanted.  Actually I really didn't exercise at all.  I walked at work once or twice, but that was it.  Next week I have to step up my exercise program!

Now, for the weigh-in!  Drum roll please..........162.0!!!!!!  That's a weight loss of 3.5 pounds!!!


I know it won't be that every week, but like the picture above says "progress is progress"!!!

My goal is to be in the 150's next week.  Hope you stop back by and see if I made it!

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Diet Bet

I have struggled with my weight almost my entire adult life.  I had no problem with my weight as a child/teenager.  I think it really started when my kids were little.  They wouldn't eat something, so I would finish it for them.  We would bake homemade bread and eat the entire loaf as soon as it came out of the oven!  You get the picture.

In 1996/97 I decided to do something about my weight.  I started running/exercising and also watched what I ate.  The weight started falling off!  I went from the 150's to below 120 in about four months.  I also went from a size 14 to a size 4!  It was awesome!!  Of course, some people said I was losing too much weight!  What?  Losing too much weight?  Was that even possible?  OK, maybe I became a little obsessed....

2001 was not a good year for me.  I had surgery.  I had a stroke.  The company I worked for went bankrupt and I lost my job!  Whew!  What a year!  I also started to put on a few pounds.  Not a lot so I wasn't that worried.

Between 2001 and 2004 I put on about 15 pounds.  No problem.  I'll just start running and exercising again.  Losing weight when you are in your 30's is a lot easier to do than when you are in your 40's.  The weight wasn't coming off, but I wasn't gaining any either.

In 2009 the facility that I worked at was shut down because of the budget and I was transferred to our Central Office.  I started eating out almost every day and by 2010, when mom fell, I stopped exercising.

I have gained over 30 pounds since 2009 and it just keeps going up.  Now that I am in my 50's it seems to be even harder to lose and it's also harder to find the time and energy to exercise. That's where Diet Bet comes in.  Diet Bet is a 4 week social dieting game.  The cost is $20 and I have 28 days to lose 4% of my weight.  The pot is at $18, 940.00 and will be split among those that lose 4% or more of their beginning weight.

The standard weigh-in process involves submitting two photos, one of you on a scale in airport security attire (t-shirt and shorts) and another of the scale's readout with your weigh-in word (this is a word that they email to you).  How do they prevent cheating?  They have a photo review process in which players submit proof of their initial and final weights to a team of Referees. They also have algorithms that detect unusual activity within a game or across games and use an auditing system where some players may be required to submit extra proof of their weight loss using a video weigh-in. If a player is flagged for unusual weight loss behavior, they will have to submit a video weigh-in for all games going forward until the flag has been removed by the DietBet Referees. This includes both initial and final weigh-ins.

A co-worker has joined also, so I'm hoping that with a diet partner it will be a little easier.  We can keep each other motivated!  

Here is my starting photo!  ACK!  I can't believe I am putting it on here for the world to see, but hoping that will motivate me even more!!!


And here is a picture of my starting weight:

I'm glad that's over!  Now let's get this weight under control!  Stop by next week to see how I'm doing!!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

I'm a BzzAgent

I know most of you are scratching your head and saying what is a BzzAgent.  Well, let me explain!

As you know, I love couponing and all things FREE, so when one of the couponing blogs posted about becoming a BzzAgent I was all over it!  It's the easiest thing to do and you receive FREE things to try!  I have already received two kits from them and my third one is on the way.

I guess I should tell you a little bit about becoming a BzzAgent.  You go on their website here and sign up.  They have surveys for you to take, so that they will know a little bit more about your likes and dislikes.  Then they will send you an email when a "campaign" starts to see if you would be interested in it.  If you are one of the lucky ones picked, then they will send you a kit consisting of the product they want you to try along with lots of coupons for that product.  After you have tried the product, you go back on their website and review the product, tweet about it, post on Facebook, write a blog, etc. to let people know what you think of that product.  You receive points for the amount of reviews that you do and the more points you receive the more campaigns you are invited to participate in!

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This blog post is about one of the kits that I received.  Kashi Hummus Crisps Sea Salt and Olive Oil flavor!  I am familiar with the Kashi brand, but had not heard anything about the Hummus Crisps.  Well, let me just tell you these chips are delicious!!  They are light and crunchy and are healthy!  You don't feel guilty eating these chips!  A serving size is 27 chips with only 120 calories per serving!  Total fat is 3.5.  Fiber is 4 grams and protein 3 grams.  This is the ingredients list Chickpeas, Tapioca Starch, Kashi Cracked Seven Whole Grain Blend (Whole: Rolled Oats, Hard Red Wheat, Rye, Brown Rice, Triticale, Barley, Buckwheat), Long Grain Brown Rice Flour, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil With Tocopherols For Freshness, Cornstarch, Oat Fiber, Organic Brown Rice Flour, Sea Salt, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Dried Onion, Organic Rice Concentrate, Soy Lecithin, Citric Acid, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Dried Parsley, Evaporated Salt, Natural Flavors, Organic Spice, Soy Flour, Organic Nonfat Dry Milk. As you can see most of the ingredients listed have organic in the name.  

I am glad that I was fortunate enough to be picked to try this wonderful product and will definitely buy these chips in the future.

As always thanks for stopping by and spending

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Welcome To My World

It has been almost 4 months since my last blog post and I am sure all of you have been holding your breath wondering when I was going to post again!  Well, you can now breathe easier because here I am!

I guess we have some catching up to do, but I am really not sure where to begin.....

As most of you know, my mom fell and hit her head in December 2010.  You can read more about it here.  Life as I knew it changed that day.  Mom is in a nursing home now because of that fall.  It left her partially paralyzed on her left side.

Fast forward to January 2013.  My dad was starting to get dizzy when he stood up and it was causing him to fall a lot.  He was hospitalized for a while and when he got out tall man and I moved in with him.  We still had to go to work, so this left him home alone during the day.  He fell one day and couldn't reach the phone and he was on the floor for several hours before tall man got home.  We took him to the ER because he was complaining of being in so much pain.  They kept him several weeks and then sent him to the nursing home for physical therapy.  Luckily, he was sent to the same nursing home that my mom is in.  He hasn't been able to regain enough strength to come home, so he is still in the nursing home too, but he doesn't seem to mind.  As he said, he has a roof over his head, three meals a day and snacks whenever he wants them.  He also has several aides that love him and wait on him hand and foot, so he doesn't complain too much!

Tall man and I are still living in my parents home and we have moved my sister in to our home.  For those that don't know my sister I will not bore you with the details (maybe I'll leave that for another post).  She has MS and doesn't drive, so she depends on me for everything.

So, there you go.  That's what keeps me busy most of the time and why I haven't been able to post much.  As I have said before, I am really going to try to post once a week.  I'm not sure what all I will post about.  Maybe a little bit of everything.  I still want to post some about couponing and dieting.  Let's just keep it open for now and it will be a surprise.

As always, thanks for stopping by and spending

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sangria Recipe

I have an awesome Sangria recipe that someone wanted me to share.  I decided this would be the easiest way to get it out there.  Plus I am updating my blog, which I haven't done in a loooong time!!!

I am writing the recipe from memory, so hopefully I won't leave anything out.

The first thing you will need is a large container.  I use the big sun tea jars.  They are perfect.

Cut up some fruit in bite size pieces.  An orange, lime, lemon and peach is what I use.  Put those in the bottom of your sun tea jar along with about a cup of brandy.  Put in fridge and let it soak overnight.

The next day gently crush the fruit with a wooden spoon and add a can of frozen orange juice-thawed, a can of frozen cranberry juice-thawed, a can of frozen limeade-thawed, one can of water, one large bottle of wine (I use white zinfandel, but you can use any wine).  Gently stir and right before serving add a bottle of sparkling water.

Enjoy!  I hope you love it as much as we do!


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Monday, January 7, 2013

New Year's Resolutions/Lifetime Commitments

Yes, my friends, it is that time of year again.  We all make New Year's Resolutions so that we can put pressure on ourselves to fail.  I have decided not to call mine resolutions.  Instead I am going to call them a lifetime commitment.  Maybe if I change the name, I will actually stick to them this time!

My first commitment is to get healthy.  This includes eating healthy, lose weight, exercise more.  I'm sure you've heard our son is getting married in October, so that is definitely a big reason to get in shape.  Who wants to look at those wedding pictures years from now and have someone say "Who is that short fat woman?"  Not me!  I want them to say "WOW, who is that hot momma?"  LOL!

Second commitment is to get organized.  I have a lot of organizing to do too.  My life, my house, my desk, my mind.....The first thing I'm going to do is clean things out!  I will finally get closets and drawers cleaned out.  I'm going to toss things that should have been tossed YEARS ago!! 

The third is to spend more time with family and friends.  I try to go see my mom every other day.  She is in a nursing home and I know she can't stand being in there, but she doesn't have a choice and she knows that too.  So if we go see her at least four to five times a week then I know that makes her feel a little better.  I need to spend more time with my dad too.  I don't go see him nearly as much as I should, so I plan on spending more time with him.

The list could go on and on, but for now I will concentrate on these three things.  As I become more organized and healthy, I will add more commitments.  That way, maybe, just maybe, I will stick to them.

I hope you keep coming back to see how I am doing.  I promise one of my commitments will be to post more on my blog too!!


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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What He Said.....

You will need to read Michael's blog post here to understand what I am talking about.  Even though he doesn't say it, I am pretty sure that it is written about me.  Actually, I am positive it is about me....

His blog is about trying to live a healthier lifestyle....

Michael says that failure is part of the process. That I'm going to want to give up every day.  Well, Hello!  Have you met me??  Of course, I'm going to want to give up every day.

He also said the key to success is to keep trying. I don’t have to be perfect to get results. Consistency is what counts. It’s not a phase. I'M GOING TO BE DOING THIS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.  Don’t sweat it if I miss a day now and then, or even a week here and there. But when I do miss or have a bad day, the sooner I get back on track, the better.

He ended his blog post by saying "Just a little advice from your good friend".  Actually I think it's great advice from a fabulous friend!!

I think it may have been just what I needed to hear. 

Thank you, my friend!!!

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