Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Weight Management

I have started a diet.  I really don't want to call it a diet.  It's more like I am changing what I eat.  Okay, it's a diet.  Let's not fool one another!

I started this diet on Tuesday, February 4th.  I weighed in at 164.0.  I can't believe I weigh that much, but I do.  The scales don't lie and neither do my clothes!

I have often wondered how people "let" themselves get so out of shape.  Now I know....It really does just creep up on you.  You gain 5 pounds and think to yourself oh that's no problem.  I can get rid of those easily.  Then, you gain another 5 pounds and once again you think no problem.  Before you know it, you have gained over 40 pounds and can't seem to motivate yourself to lose the weight.  That my friends is where I am right at this moment.  I want to lose the weight, but I just can't seem to get my butt in gear!

I tell myself EVERYDAY that TODAY is the day that I am going to start.  I have started eating better.  We aren't going out to eat at lunch like we were.  We bring our lunch and actually eat what we bring.  So, that's step one.

My problem is at night.  I get home and I eat a lot more than I should.  If I go to the nursing home and visit mom, then it is after 8:00 before I get home.  I shouldn't eat that late, but I do.  I think it's more out of habit now.  And I eat bad things!  A plate piled high with pasta, my favorite...Or a huge piece of cake.  I HAVE NO WILLPOWER!!!  How do I get willpower???  Where does it come from??  You would think once your clothes start looking bad on you that would motivate you.  Or when you look at pictures of yourself and you have several chins, shouldn't that motivate you?  Evidently it doesn't me...

Step two, is to stop overeating at night.  Which means stop having things in the house that I will want to pig out on.  Buy only healthy things at the store.  Stop making pasta until I can control how much of it I eat.  Tall Man isn't going to be very happy with these changes.  Of course, he ate almost half of a box of girl scout cookies last night!  So maybe he is ready for a change too!!

Step three is to start exercising again.  I bought a Jawbone.  It tracks your steps.  My goal is to get in 10,000 steps a day.  I have made a bet with a friend at work that also has a Jawbone.  If we don't get 10,000 steps in a day we have to pay the other person a dollar!  I think that's a pretty good incentive!

So here's to willpower and motivation!  Wish me luck!  I'm going to need it!!!

Thanks for stopping by and spending.....

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hodge Podge

When I decided to create my own blog, I didn't really think about how much time I would have to invest in it.  I thought I could jump online, write a few paragraphs and be done.  It's not that simple.

Trying to come up with witty, amusing, interesting things to write about is hard!

I really need to write about my dieting and exercising, or lack thereof.....I'm hoping that keeping track of it here will help me keep on track....

February is probably the worst month for me to start a diet.  My birthday and my mom's birthday is February 5.  My husband's birthday is February 11.  Valentine's Day is February 14.  Our anniversary is February 17.  Throw in a couple of relative's birthdays and a few friends birthdays and we are celebrating almost the entire month of February!!

You also have to throw in the fact that I am addicted to sweets!  I could probably eat an entire German Chocolate Cake in one sitting.  I'm not lying......But, I guess as they say, admitting you have a problem is the first step!

I also want to blog a little about couponing.  Even though I am not that great at it, I do try.  So maybe together we can become coupon queens (and kings).

I am also going to blog about food.  I know.  I know.  I just talked about dieting, but I can blog about healthy food too!  Maybe I can take some of the not so healthy recipes and make them a little bit healthier!

I might even blog a little bit about my family, because they are pretty awesome!!

I hope you stay tuned!

Until next time......thanks for spending-----

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time Management

I will be the first to admit I don't know how to manage my time.  I am the world's worst waster of time.  I know this, but yet, I can't seem to do anything about it.

Let's look at the time I use to post on my blog.  It has been 15 months since I posted on my blog.  15 MONTHS!  How in the world does that happen???  Where did that time go??  What was I doing that I couldn't post something every once in a while?  It's not like I don't have ideas and thoughts to post about, because I do.  I'm not sure if anyone would be interested in my random ideas and thoughts, but I think it would be good for me to do this.

There are bloggers out there that post on their blog several times a day!  Of course, those people might be professional bloggers.  That might be their main job and they probably have people helping them.  Then there are those bloggers that post once a day or even once a week.  Then there is me!  I let 15 months go by without one single post!


I really think that posting on this blog will help me get organized in my life.  It will help me with time management.  I will be able to hold myself accountable and I will have y'all to help me!

So here's to many more posts from me, some organization going on and maybe even have a little time left over!

See you soon and thanks for spending....

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!

Thanks for stopping by and spending.......

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!!

As always, thanks for stopping by and spending.....

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