La Nina?

I think that’s what’s causing this warm nearly 60 degree weather that so graciously allowed me to take my 2 mile walk outside on my lunch break today.

I’ve eaten good today and FINALLY remembered to get my 3 month tracker out for use.

I had pad thai last night and forgot the peanut sauce. It wasn’t as good and I managed to eat it all when I didn’t have to.

I feel kind of blah as I’ve managed to gain back several pounds since Saturday’s weigh in and it’s killing me. I feel terrible and I know all I can do is keep tracking and doing everything I can to make better choices each day. I’ve done well today so far, and hoping I can keep the streak going on into the evening.

Also, I’m using every bit of my willpower to not eat some of the cupcakes sitting out in the office today. 1.5 hours to go.

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WHY WEEKEND WHYYYY

So, somehow I always manage to eat bad on the weekend. I don’t know if I’m thinking “YEA, I did so good this week I’m going to celebrate.”

Then I got to work extra hard during the week to make up for it. I need to quit sabotaging myself and really learn to manage my weekends better.

I’m for real going to try hard this weekend. We’re going to Columbus on Friday for the fiance to DJ and visit some friends.Β  So, I will unfortunately miss weigh in this week so I need to make sure I do well the rest of the week and into the weekend.

I’m hoping to bring some food with us so I’m not tempted to eat bad. I really do need to pull out my 3 month tracker and use that again to keep me on track for the weekends.

Any other ideas/tips to keep me on track on the weekends?

I also ate a bad lunch. But, I did track it and I plan to exercise for an hour this evening. I’ll get back right? I’m too determined to let a weekend of cravings and bad choices get me down!

In other news, I am SO close to “one-derland!” aka 199 lbs! I want to have a party when I reach that haha. But I can’t! I need to save our money for things we need for the wedding and engagement photos and weekend trips we have approaching!

Like my cute dress for our engagement photos in April? (sorry the coloring is wonky. the lighting sucked)

I get to see my niece this evening and I am excited.

VERY Successful week!!!

I had a great week! I was careful with what I ate.

My weekend wasn’t the best and I didn’t eat too good but I was good all week and watched what I ate and exercised nearly every day.

My weight loss this week: 3.4!

Total weight loss so far: 19.6!

Beginning weight: 221.8

Current weight: 202.2

My 10% goal is 199.8

I am SO close to that first goal.

I get to go home next month for a weekend and I can’t wait to see everyone. I wonder if they’ll be able to notice a difference?

Today I am going to exercise in a few minutes and then I don’t have anything planned until 5 when I have my wedding dress appointment! I can’t wait to go try on dresses and have some fun!

That’s all I got for now πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend everyone!

Lost the weekend weight!

I woke up and weighed myself as I usually do and the scale said 207Β  (my scale is 2 pounds more than the WW scale) SO, I’m back to my weight I was last Saturday!

WOO! I’m very excited. I didn’t work out as hard yesterday but I did walk for 30 minutes on my lunch and walked for about 40 minutes last night. The house was hectic so I couldn’t do what I usually do but, it was better than nothing.

I’m starting to get to the point where I feel guilty if I don’t exercise and that’s an amazing feeling in and of itself. That’s my non scale victory of the week and I feel awesome about it.

I ate pretty good yesterday. My dinner only put me 1 point over my daily and then I had a bowl of multi grain peanut butter cheerios and my exercise paid for those!

So, I feel pretty awesome and on track today. My meal plan for today:

Breakfast: I had a pack of weight control banana bread oatmeal and some fruit with 1tbsp of fruit dip.
Lunch: I have a lean cuisine pizza. I think it’s about 10 points.
Snack: I brought carrots, yogurt and string cheese and have the trusty stash of pretzels at my desk. So, depending on what I want I should be good!
Dinner: We’re having tuna sandwiches and EJ always makes them so good. He puts some onion, red pepper and seasons it so well. I love it. And we bought a corn and black bean side and we’ll have that with it too. I should have a decent day.

I plan to walk for 30 minutes on my lunch again and exercise this evening as well.

Anxiously waiting for my wedding coordinator to call me between 11 and 12!

THE SUSPENSE! AHH!

I gained, already? UGH

So, when I’m feeling good I often forget to track and pay attention to my food. And, I was in a really good mood this weekend and yesterday. I weighed myself this morning (I have to, it helps me stay motivated to keep going to see when I’ve done bad!) and I gained some weight back after such a good loss last week.

Where did I go wrong? I know what I did wrong, it’s not a question.

I didn’t plan ahead all weekend and just ate.
Yesterday, I ate a little too much for dinner. BUT, I did exercise on lunch and at home.

I’ve done well so far today and plan on measuring and really tracking my dinner. I also plan to dig out my 3 month tracker and use it the rest of the week and try planning ahead more often.

I hope to at least get back to where I was for my WW meeting by this week’s meeting.

I’ll see how much I gained tomorrow morning for sure.

In wedding news, I created a wedding blog for us, so, if you’re curious you can swing on over there and check it out. This way I don’t overload my healthy me blog with wedding stuff. haha.

Jenny and EJ’s Wedding Website!

It’s a new day….right?

I just need to keep reminding myself that it’s a new day and that just because I had a bad/good weekend. (Bad for food, but ultimately I felt awesome.)

I did have a great week last week and lost 3 lbs! That was awesome, but I was in such a good mood this weekend that I didn’t plan ahead for my food and I ate pretty bad.

I did go to the grocery store last night and come out with a very nice and healthy haul. Lots of frozen veggies, fruit, multi grain cheerios, yogurt, ww string cheese and more. We did really good. I made myself a good lunch for today and tomorrow. Though next time I need to make a little less rice. But still 9 points for a lot of awesome steamed broccoli, carrots, pea pods, about 1 cup of rice and some orange sauce. It was very tasty!

This weekend was fun though. I met up with my good friend Joey for some lunch at Olive Garden. I had all my daily and weekly points so I wasn’t worried. After lunch she and I made a trip over to David’s Bridal and I tried on some wedding dresses and I think I found one I reallly like. It looks awesome on me and is very beachy!

I would like to go back this weekend and try it on again and spend a little more time in it. I was very in and out this weekend and I need to spend a little more time in it and make sure it’s comfortable and I really like it. I’m going to make sure my hair is curled real nice and wear the flower I plan to wear in my hair and put some make up on and try to get the full effect!

I can’t wait!

Anyways, we’re having pork roast for dinner and I’m not sure what else. I should find out though.

And I did walk for 35 minutes on my lunch break. It’s a new day, every day. No need to give up the rest of the week right? RIGHT!

Chips & Dip

I wanted some chips and dip last night, and I ate a little too much then I ate some this afternoon and I feel crappy now! haha, I should’ve known.

My afternoon snack will be fruit only in hopes of making me feel better. And a decent dinner.

I’m going to throw the rest of the chips and dip away.

Out of sight out of mind!

A good loss this week!

I did it, after a few weeks of back and forth between 208 and 206 I broke it and today weighed in at 205.6.

A loss this week of 3.2
And a total loss of 16.2!

THIS IS AWESOME!!!! My 10% goal is 199.8. I AM SO CLOSE!

I want that 10% keychain!!!

In other news I went and picked out a wedding dress today. I felt really good in it, I’ll feel even better in it by the time September rolls around. πŸ™‚

Now, I need to buy it. haha. Then I can start looking for jewelry to wear and sandals and some new spanx. Those are a must, and maybe a good bra.

I went to the olive garden with my good friend Joey this afternoon. I haven’t tracked yet but we did soup salad and breadsticks and shared some tiramisu. Thankfully I have all my weekly points to use. I’ll have to track later because I wanted to blog first! haha.

I wish I could show you all the dress but I don’t want to let the fiance see it!

A positive DR visit today…hard work is paying off!

So, I had a DR appointment today to check all of my blood levels and to find out a new DR recommendation as my DR is moving on to be the Director of Wellness at Christ Hospital here in Cincinnati. I am so excited for her. This is a perfect role for her and I wish her well.

Anyways, so I had fasting blood work done and here are my comparisons.

Total Cholesterol – normal levels are between 125 – 200
November: 194
January: 188 – A small improvement but, an improvement none the less.

HDL Cholesterol AKA The GOOD Cholesterol. A good level is higher than 46
November: 24
January: 35 – Another improvement. Still needs improving though. I’ll get there.

LDL Cholesterol AKA The BAD Cholesterol. A good level is under 130.
November: 116
January: 116

Triglycerides. This is the amount of molecules of fat in the blood. Eating too many fried foods and not enough exercise. Good levels are under 150.
November: 556. Clearly that’s not good. We were worried and I was put on medication and told to watch what I ate and exercise a lot more.
January: 185. ALMOST THERE! I’ve been working hard, exercising more and really watching what I eat.

Total Cholesterol to HDL Ratio:
November: 8.1
January 5.4 πŸ™‚ ANOTHER IMPROVEMENT!

And the one I HATE more than anything is my blood pressure.
November: 156/90
January 112/90 Still don’t like the bottom number but I do freak out, but it’s consistent so I just need to keep working and hopefully as more weight comes off that will continue to improve as well.

Weight loss, and exercise work. I’m living proof!!! I felt so good seeing these levels and the amount of improvement I have done since November.

It’s important to take control of your health. Get to know your Doctor. If you don’t like your Doctor, FIND ONE THAT YOU DO LIKE! My Doctor was a large part of my success. She was honest and straightforward but genuinely cared for my health. She was amazing.

My Doctor was so impressed that she asked me to look her up at her new job in 6 months so that I can maybe speak with some of her wellness groups. In her words “be the poster child for the programs!” I said yes, of course!

IN OTHER NEWS! That wedding I won is going to be AMAZING! We’re getting married this year! AHHHH! I’ve got to start saving for my dress and make a list of everything we need to take with us. They’re also going to be featuring us in a blog on their website!!!

Next week we will probably nail down the date. I’m going to work on creating a wedding website this weekend πŸ™‚

I am having a GREAT week. I’m very excited to go to weight watchers in the morning and share my great health news! πŸ™‚

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

I’m a lucky girl!

Yesterday was an amazing day and one I will never forget!

To start from the beginning. My fiancee, EJ and I don’t have a lot of money and times have been tough. Since 2007, I’ve had a hard time finding steady work. In July of 2010 both EJ and I lost our jobs within 6 days of each other. We couldn’t afford to stay in our apartment and moved in with his Grandparents for the time being.

In January of 2011 I got a great job, that I am currently still at. I love my boss, co-workers and everything about it. EJ has dj’ing but it’s not steady and he’s having a hard time finding steady work.

Also in January of 2011 EJ’s Grandfather suffered his 3rd heart attack. We began to believe that moving to live with his Grandparents was a blessing as they told us Grandpa didn’t have long.

In July we got the terrible news that a friend of ours had passed away. We were devastated. He was far too young and healthy. It was completely unexpected and made our hearts very heavy for quite some time.

But we ended July on a positive note when EJ proposed to me πŸ™‚ In September Grandpa got very sick and passed away 4 days before his birthday. Once again, another sad time for us but we knew he was no longer suffering and I had several dreams of him and knew he was ok.

We have been very helpful to his Grandma who is very grateful to have us living with her now while she tries to get back on her feet. I truly believe it was all meant to be.

In October, my sister got married and we went to Buffalo for a week for it. My Grandma Mary was too sick to make it to the wedding and EJ and I went to visit with her for several hours the day after the wedding. I knew she wasn’t feeling well because she wasn’t on facebook anymore. I called Grandpa in November to wish him a Happy Birthday and he said she wasn’t feeling real good, I told him I was going to send her a card. I did, and the next week she posted on facebook that she was feeling better. I called her on Thursday, and we chatted for a few minutes. The following Tuesday she passed away. First person that close to me that I have lost. It was difficult for me, especially since I couldn’t afford to go home for the services.

With all of this going on I had pretty much given up hope on having a wedding. We didn’t have the money to spend on it and even though it was something I had always dreamed of (ask EJ about how much I talk about weddings). But, being realistic I knew it was too much money to spend on one day when we could use that money for more sensible things like a bed.

On December 30th I saw a contest on DestinationWeddings.com facebook page to win a Wedding or Vow Renewal in Mexico! You needed to in 75 words describe why you wanted a destination wedding. This was my entry.

We would love to win because we love travelling. Our lives have been hectic with several close family member’s passing away, both of us losing our jobs and trying to get back on our feet. I’ve dreamed of a beautiful wedding my whole life and have pretty much given up on the chance to have one. We just don’t have the funds. Winning would make my dream and be a wonderful honeymoon for us.

While it may not be grammatically correct it got my point across. EJ almost made me change it but when I asked for what he thought I should be put he didn’t know. So I kept my original entry and entered us. After that starting Jan 1, I believe it was, you had 2 weeks to get your facebook friends to vote for your entry. Everyone could vote once every 24 hours. I sat diligently every night messaging everyone I knew to vote for us, so did EJ. My mom even helped. I created an event and invited everyone, and my friend Joey helped as well. I never thought I’d win but it was worth a shot, because, why not! The contest ended on the 14th.

Monday a local contest was going on. The one I won the daily prize for yesterday. (That awesome wedding dress hanger!) An hour later I sat down at my desk with my lunch and went to see if they had announced the winner of the wedding. Then I saw this:

We have an announcement… DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!

Jennifer Beck, congratulations on winning our Free Destination Wedding or Destination Vow Renewal competition!

We will be in contact shortly with information on how to redeem your prize. Congrats!!!

HOLY s&*^ I WON!! THAT SAYS MY NAME OMG!!!

After the shock and calling everyone important. I realized I was going to get an amazing wedding and honeymoon. For free.

Truly a dream come true. There’s nothing else I can say other than thank you to everyone who helped make this dream a reality.

I can’t wait to discuss the details with them this week. πŸ™‚

Now, I need to save up for my dress!

DREAMS COME TRUE!

 

PS. The scale says I’m down 2 pounds this week so far πŸ™‚