Sunday, February 19, 2012

Losing Weight Journey

This weight loss journey is a crazy one, to say the least.   It is really hard on some days and rather easy on the others.  My life has been so crazy for the past month or two that losing weight has been harder for me.  I haven't been planning my meals around my life.  I have been letting life happen and then have to eat whatever I can find.  This isn't good on any diet and especially when you are on the one I am on. 

I would love to put all the blame on my crazy life, but that wouldnt' the truth.  I have been having a hard time staying 100% on plan since Christmas.  It is the sweets that are driving me crazy.  I have to blame in on the cinnamon rolls - oh but they were soooo good.  Now, I am having those darn sweet cravings and having a really hard time getting rid if them.  One good thing though .. when I eat too much sweets I am getting really bad headaches. 

I have got to do the 10 days detox to get all these carb cravings out of my system.  I know that I can do this .. I did it before .. I can do it again.  I am going to get my book, Metabolism Miracle, back out and re-read it.  This way it will get me all pumped back up and re-learn things that I am not doing. 

Even though I have been having slip-ups, I dont' want to be too hard on myself.  I am still doing good most of the time.  I have still lost about 30 pounds and around 25 total inches.  My jeans that I bought that were 4 sizes smaller are becoming bigger on me.  Now, that is a great feeling!!  I am scheduled to take my measurements today.  On this plan, it isnt' about the weight loss it is about the inches.   You weigh and take measurements once a month - and today is the day.  I am so excited to see how much I have lost.  I will share my results.  Even though, I hate pictures of myself I will try to get some on here so that I can share my success. 

Off to re-reading my MM book .... until later

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I am sooo Blessed!!!

I try to remind myself quite often how blessed I am with my healthy kids.  I dont' think I know the meaning of just how truly blessed I am.  I don't think any of us do.  That is until yesterday ....

For the past two days our country radio station has been doing their annual St. Jude's telethon.  Even though I dont' listen to country anymore, I have found the best Christian station and have been listening to it, I really can't listen during the telethon.  I just can't handle when it deals with kids.  However, I do count my blessings and thank God for my healthy kids, which I know that I take for granted.

Every year our recreation association gives money to St. Jude's.  We like giving but it means a little bit more to us.  We had a boy that played at Boynton when he was a kid and he later died due to one of the diseases that is covered by St. Jude's.  We have even named a field after him.  He was a sweet kid - loved life and loved the game of baseball.

Me handing the Boynton Rec check to Mr. Heard
for St. Jude's

I got to be one of the people that took the money to the telethon  yesterday.  It was really humbling to see the parents of the boy that played at Boynton all those years ago.  They have worked with St. Jude's in helping raise money, ever since.  We stood and talked about Cody and how he loved playing baseball.  How he always had a smile on his face.  Both of the parents had smiles on their faces and lit up when they talked about him and remembered him playing.  I was having to fight back tears.  I can't even imagine what they went through at the time Cody was sick and then passing away.   

On my drive home, all I could do was Thank God for my kids, for them being healthy and being the great young adults that they have become. I am so truly blessed beyond measure!!  I also Thanked God for people like Cody's parents that are amazing and are giving back to an organization that was there for them in their time of need. 

In this crazy world we live in there is still so many things to be thankful for ... we really don't have too look too far for them.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Getting Lost ....

Why do I let myself get lost?  I am not meaning going somewhere, but losing myself.  I get way out of balance at times with everything that I have going on that I forget about myself.   I forget to take care of myself, which should be one of my top priorities and at times it isn't even a priority.  Why?

As women, we are pulled in so many different directions - we are mom, wife, daughter, sister, aunt - then if we work outside the home, which I am working way too many jobs - that adds, bookkeeper, secretary, school bus driver, Pampered Chef consultant, concession stand manager and anything else that I can find to do.  I didn't even mention the jobs that we do at home - housecleaning, cooking, taxi driver, bookkeeper and the list can go on and on.

I think the main reason is I can't say 'NO'.  I want to make sure that things get done and I do like helping others.  But I have to learn that I can't do it all.  I am so still learning. 

I decided today to try to take a day for myself, at least the morning anyway.  I took a nice long hot bath, read part of a magazine and now enjoying some computer time, and I don't mean working.  

This is my prayer for the week ... that the Lord will help show me to have balance in my life - to learn to say "No" and mean it.  That even though I have always done it all .. that I can't keep doing it all.

I have to take of myself, first.  Why do you think they tell you on the airplane to put your oxygen mask on first?  We are no good to others if we dont' first have oxygen.