It’s been awhile and I need some help!

It’s been awhile and things have FINALLY started to slow down and I know it’s time to start focusing again.

With the chaos of my wedding (which was BEAUTIFUL!) Here’s a link to some photos!

Photos of misc fun on the resortย 
Professional Wedding Photos

Anyways, I’ve gained around 10lbs. I haven’t been weight myself, going to weight watchers, exercising OR tracking. Literally everything I should be doing, I haven’t been. I can’t seem to find what’s needed to motivate me right now.

I’m going to weight watchers tomorrow though. I am going to get on the scale and take the hit. Maybe that will help. Tomorrow starts a new week. I can do this right? We’re hoping to move out by the end of the year. If we have room I’m buying a tredmill so I have no excuses when it’s too cold or hot out. OR I’m going to join a gym.

But really, I need motivation, badly. I have to go to the DR next week. I was thinking of postponing it but then again, I need to go and see how everything is going.

Any suggestions on what I can do to get motivated and realize I can’t keep this laziness up. HELP!

Also, I think maybe some new meal and snack ideas might help.

I need some motivation..STAT!

I’ve been feeling pretty blah lately. No motivation, energy and etc. Though, I did hurt my back while I was in Buffalo and was in pain for awhile. After 3 chiropractor visits it’s manageable. I need to stretch it, ice it and see the chiropractor once again when I get my next paycheck.

Food wise. I’ve been doing ok. I have been eating some candy and haven’t been paying attention. I weighed myself this morning and I was 206. That’s up 4 pounds.

I’ve got weight watchers in the morning and I’m going to go, knowing I gained some weight but hoping to sit through the entire meeting and gain some motivation and re-focus. If anyone wants to chat/motivate let me know!

In non weight news my wedding dress has come in! It’s beautiful! It’s at my friends house, maybe if I could keep it at home it would be the ULTIMATE motivation! But I don’t want to keep it at home. So, I ordered a dress to wear while we’re in Mexico. Just a thin jersey knit dress to be comfy in on the beach and around the resort. I’ve been thinking of hanging it up where I will see it everyday when I go get dressed to remind me of Mexico! I also just thought of making some sort of a chain countdown for Mexico to keep me motivated. I’ll have to think of something to make.

 

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!

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

I am having a GREAT week. I’m very excited to go to weight watchers in the morning and share my great health news! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 memberโ€™s passing away, both of us losing our jobs and trying to get back on our feet. Iโ€™ve dreamed of a beautiful wedding my whole life and have pretty much given up on the chance to have one. We just donโ€™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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Excited, I won something!

So, this post is off topic and not about losing weight, exercise and etc.

In case you didn’t know I am engaged to a weird and wonderful man named EJ. We haven’t set a wedding in stone yet but I want some sort of a wedding.

Several amazing local wedding companies are currently running a contest and you have the chance to win a small prize daily as well as the grand prize (which includes a wedding dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, photography pkg and more.)

Well, I’ve been playing and today I won a personalized wedding dress hanger like the one shown. I am very excited! Maybe some more good fortune will come my way with this contest! I can use all the help I can get.