Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Few Ideas For Motivation

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Hey y'all. Just a quick post today.

I just found out about Under Armour's What's Beautiful Campaign. The main competition is about to end, however they say they are going to keep up with the campaign and with challenges. It's about celebrating Women and helping them to meet their fitness goals. I signed up. Come and join me! :)

Also, Recipe Girl is promoting a new group, the Red Faced Runners (love the name) and is helping to encourage and motivate all of us to be healthier. Check her out, she has some Amazing Recipes!

So, that's all I have for you today...just a few ideas to help keep us all motivated. No post tomorrow as my sister and I will be heading to Hershey to watch my husband, Dave Matthews (Don't I wish! LOL!) sing some songs to me. Why, yes, of course he's crooning those love songs to me...didn't you know!?!

Will be back soon to let you know how off track I went. Of course 3 hours of dancing in the pit is sure to burn off a few calories, right? Right!. : D

Thanks for taking time out of your day to stop by. Don't forget, Friends and Followers are always welcome!
Till next time-

Remember- Life is often more about the storms than the peace they seek to overwhelm. It's not about Waiting for the storms to pass, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

Be Safe,
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It's A Good Day

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Hey y'all. Happy Humpday! I hope you're having a good day and an exceptional week. So here we are day 2 and already ahead of my last 2 attempts to do this. :)

So, I weighed in last night and of course I was nervous because even though I've been doing everything right the needle hasn't been dropping. I was hopeful though because this is what I finished out my week with at the end of Monday night-

Told you I was gonna keep it "Reals" right? So I had 45/49 "bonus weekly points" left and 71 activity points. Truth be told I had more than that but I haven't quite figured out how to list P90X and I did 60 minutes of that Monday night + 15 minutes of Ab-Ripper X, plus not counting those "Special" activity points that I haven't been able to find in the W.W.'s database. : D 

I went in dry (thirsty) cuz of course I didn't want any extra water weight, so I stopped drinking after 2, no food either (can't get an accurate weight with a food baby) and stepped on the scales and .... *Drumroll*

Yep, there it is- down 2.8 pounds for a total of 4.2 lost. How insane am I to put that out in the universe for everyone to see!?! Oh well, I carry it well, I'm full-figured, and I don't expect it to be there for long. Most people would never guess that's my true weight. Of course the ginormous (Why, Yes, that is a real word!) boobs take the focus off my curvy hips and bountiful booty! I have to say I was pretty excited by that loss so I snoshed on my yogurt parfait and unsweet tea (splenda) before the meeting started. I went home, had dinner and desert, did some laundry and slept like a stinkin' baby till it was time to get up this morning and start all over again. Amazing how almost 2 hours of running ( 2- 51 minute runs) will wear you out. That and the avg 13,806 steps/day. Can I just tell you I love the pedometer I got at W.W.? It flips up so you can read it easily and it has a safety strap that you can clip to your belt-loop or clothes, love that feature! All it takes is a couple lost pedometers to be able to appreciate that feature. :(

I've already run 2 - 1hour sessions today so I'm well on my way to an excess of points again. The goal is for some more P90X tonight. If anyone out there knows how that should be classified, I'd appreciate the help. Somehow, I don't think 30 minutes of weight lifting and 30 minutes of aerobics would be sufficient, however 60 minutes of each I think would be too much. 

I imagine I will use up the bulk of my points, my bonus ones at least, Friday night when I go to Hershey with my sister for the DMB concert. There will surely be some alcohol consumed and possibly even some late night I-Hop or Denny's. I like knowing that nothing is off-limits. What a great feeling! I also like being able to "bank" my exercise points in case I know I'm going to be "indulging". In general though, I try not to use them. I figure the whole point is for me to expend more than I consume so my goal is to not touch them as much as possible.

Well, that's all I have for you today. Thanks for taking the time to check in with me. I'll let you know how it goes this weekend. I've got a recipe I'm going to try and get posted for you in time for the fourth. It's one I adapted from Emeril and it's so tasty. Maybe I can make one on Sunday for pictures. I should be able to give most of it away to the neighbors or my darling Sweets Eater. Ha! I need a name for him on here... maybe N.M. (Noms Monster) Will have to think about that one. LOL! That's the only thing that stinks about empty nesting and having of a love of cooking/baking, what to do with all the extras. Luckily, I have him and new neighbors that tell me they love sweets, so we'll see.

Any-Hoo, thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you back soon. Don't forget, Friends and Followers are always welcome here on my journey.

Till next time-

Remember- Life is often more about the storms than the peace they seek to destroy. It's not about Waiting for the storms to pass, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

Be Safe,
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Here We Go

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Ok, So the third time's the charm right? I had a previous blog where I planned on documenting my attempts at becoming a better me and there were 2 entries, one in  June 2010 when I started it and one in January 2011 when I tried to restart it. I was very new to blogging back then and a lot has changed in my life- mostly for the better.

I blog regularly now for my Stampin' Up business here, and occasionally here (will try to post some healthier versions of noms here, and even less here although I'd like to work on both more especially the last one. I'm a little more used to throwing stuff out into the universe now, so hopefully this will stick this time! :)

In a nutshell, I'm trying to be, not a new me, just a little bit better me. I'm a 29ish (HAHA, I may be willing to tell you my weight but not my real age!) mother to two, and am currently "empty-nesting". I'm in a relationship with a a wonderful, attentive, loving, Incredibly Handsome man that's been going on for over a year and a half. (Yea me!) I'm a Specialty Registered Nurse in a job that I like but the commute makes for long days and means if I work out when I get home, everything runs late if I'm not too tired to exercise. The good news is I'm working out some at work. I did really good with weight loss last year doing P90X and lost 20lbs. and kept most of it off even after I switched job sites and wasn't working out as regularly. I took a big hit at the beginning of the year when I had a nasty case of Pneumonia and was on antibiotics for 2 months and steroids for 20 days. I couldn't exercise at all, heck even walking around my house made me short of breath. That was the beginning of my slide.

What to do, what to do...Think, Think, Think, (you know you're saying it in your best Pooh-Bear voice right along with me- lol) - I decided to try Weight Watchers again. I actually tried it about 8 years back and lost about 5 lbs, nothing exciting and then I went in for a weigh in one night and the nice lady said loud enough for everyone to hear, "You're up a pound. What's up with that!?!" Needless to say, no more W.W. at that site for Shan! However, I recently found out that quite a few of my SU buddies are doing W.W. and it turns out that I have some old friends that I have been able to re-connect with at the meeting site I am currently going to. I also think part of my problems has always been a lack of support. While my children, daughter especially, claimed to be supportive, they were my biggest saboteurs. Also, God Love Him, my darling is so supportive of me, he has never had anything but the nicest things to say about my body, whether it was at my baseline (when I met him), down 20 lbs or up 15. How lucky am I? Unfortunately he has the metabolism of 15yr old and gets paid to work out and be in shape. So, as much as I want to be even sexier for him, I am definitely doing this for me.

My friend and SU leader invited me to a great group on FB with lots of other demonstrators. Sooo much support there. What an Amazing group of ladies! I'm also going to meetings. Lots of support and some old friends there.  I told the leaders there about my previous experience and they were shocked to say the least. They assured me that would not happen with them. In fact they don't even say it out loud, nice ladies! 

There are a couple of downsides to the meeting I'm going to-
1- The meeting is at 6:15 in the evening and as far as I'm concerned I could be home working out, or stamping (hey it burns calories too). But, it's a great group so I'm going to stick with my Tuesday evening meetings.
2-The worst part about evening weigh ins is that by the time I go, I've already  had 4 lbs. of water (64oz) and two meals plus snacks. It tends to make the scale read a little more than I like it too. I don't know about you, but I'm a firm believer in one weight- Bare-A** Naked after the first morning pee, otherwise it's just not accurate. So I think I'm going to have to weigh in early on the weekends. I know there's two schools of thought on weigh in's. 1- Weigh in everyday (that's me), I like to know exactly where I stand. 2- Weigh in once a week (can't do it, too much room for not being diligent).

Here's what I'm going to try and do-
1- I'll post my weight from my meetings and once I get a new battery for my digital scale at home we'll compare them. I'll likely post those as well, just in case I miss a weigh in.
2- I'm going to try and post, if not everyday at least a couple times a week just to say how things are going.
3- I'm going to post points used and points earned, gonna keep it real. I know what my tracker says, but I'm only accountable to me that way. This way I'm accountable to everyone.
4- If I try any new foods/meals I'll try to post them here as well as my other site.

Chances are no-one but me will read this. Who knows? Maybe though if someone reads it they might be inspired to join along with me or at least know they're not alone.

Here's to my journey to a better me. Till next time-

Remember- Life is often more about the storms than the peace they seek to overwhelm. It's not about Waiting for the storm to pass, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

Be Safe,

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