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SFC: Week #3

So yeah, like I said yesterday, I’m down another 5 pounds! I’m getting so close to Onederland! I’m already where I was a couple of years ago when I focused on losing weight. Last time it took me 6 months or so, this time…3.5 months. So awesome. I’m now at the weight I was when I got preggo and had the miscarriage. So, I have officially claimed back all that my dark funk depression of 2010 stole from me. It feels great. 😀

My positive picture for the week:

My Mom

This is a picture of my mom. I am so happy that she is now home from the hospital and doing well. My mom has always supported me in everything, and I feel so lucky to have her in my life.

What have you done this last week to help achieve your goals?

  1. Get to Onederland! I lost 5 pounds this last week! I’m so excited, only 16 pounds to go! 
  2. Try at least 8 new healthy recipes. I’ve now found 4 new things I want to try, no actual cooking yet. I probably will be holding off on this until June, since I’m still on Allan’s plan for now.
  3. Swim 500m freestyle without stopping. I’ve made it up to 200m freestyle without stopping! I am learning to slow down a lot more when swimming this stroke, that seems to be the key to keeping myself going without feeling panicky for air.
  4. Send 10 Postcards with Postcrossing. Nothing yet. I WILL make it to the bookstore this week to buy cards!
  5. Buy Brad’s Ring. Unfortunately I haven’t heard back from my freelance job yet, so I don’t have a new plan here yet, but I’m keeping my eyes out for something.
  6. Read 6 new books. Nothing yet.
  7. Write 8 paper journal entries. Nothing yet.

What did you do this past week to make you feel good about yourself? I was trying to get my nails back to their natural glory (I’ve had acrylics for most of the year), but I did so well on my weight loss that Brad encouraged me to go get them done. I did, and I love them! 😀

Are your SFC goals your ultimate goals or steps to your ultimate goals?  Do you find it easier to set big goals or do you like making mini-goals? These are just stepping stones for me for the most part. I mean, obviously the recipe and postcards and such are cute ones for fun. But definitely on the weight loss front, this is just a step in the journey. Once I get below 200 pounds, I still have 50+ to go to get to my ultimate goal.

What are some of your ultimate goals, things on your bucket list? Start a family (children), go on cruises in Alaska, Europe, and New England. I’d like to visit England once again. Other places I want to see are New Zealand, Japan, and Australia. I want to go scuba diving again, loved that!

Fun Question: If you could achieve only one more thing in your life, what would it be? Get pregnant and have a healthy child. 😉

Happy Monday Everyone! I vow to make this week much more positive than the last!



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SFC: Week #2

Before getting into my SFC post for the week, I just wanted to say hello to all my blog friends! Today has been a bad day for me. Got yelled at at work, had a cry-fest, all sorts of fun. Sadly I don’t think it would have normally been this bad, but I just stopped taking the Provera a few days ago, and the hormones they are a raging. I am looking on the positive side – all is fine at work in the long run, I didn’t comfort myself with food, and I freaking lost 4 pounds last week!

That being said, here is my SFC post:

My positive picture for the week:

This is a shirt I bought over a year ago, before the m/c and the weight piled back on. I couldn't fit into it as little as a month ago. It was almost loose on my last Friday! Please ignore the boot and the trashy paper towels behind me!

What have you done this last week to help achieve your goals?

  1. Get to Onederland! I lost 4 pounds last week! I guess the swimming finally kicked in, and I ate pristinely on plan. 🙂 
  2. Try at least 8 new healthy recipes. I’ve found 2 new things I want to try, no actual cooking yet.
  3. Swim 500m freestyle without stopping. Last week, I got up to being able to swim 125m freestyle without a break, so that’s some progress.
  4. Send 10 Postcards with Postcrossing. Nothing yet.
  5. Buy Brad’s Ring. I sent off the information to my freelance job that she needed as far as pricing, still waiting on hearing back.
  6. Read 6 new books. Nothing yet, need to make it to Half Price Books this week!
  7. Write 8 paper journal entries. Nothing yet.

What did you do this week to make you feel good about yourself?

I did give myself another little manicure, and then my mother and I also went shopping. We didn’t buy a whole lot of clothes, because I know that any clothes won’t last very long in transition, but I did get some new shoes that are so CUTE! (Thanks Mom!)

Is your mindset future-oriented or living in the now? How does this impact you when you are working towards a goal?

Oh this is a hard one. I would think that in this stage, I’m constantly future-oriented. Right now is going OK, but I’m looking forward to the day Brad is back home full time. I’m looking forward to being out of the 200’s, I’m looking forward to getting preggo…I am enjoying now for what it’s worth, but this is a year of working to goals for me.

Is there someone in your {real} life that inspires you to strive for the best?

My husband of course, he has always seen me the way I wanted to be seen, even if I never saw myself that way. He is the one that threw a mental bucket of cold water on me last year and helped me to wake up and start trying again. I always want him to be proud of me – and he always is. 🙂

Fun Question of the Week: Do you read blogs on the individual websites or via Google Reader?

I always like looking at individual blogs, I have them set up in Google Reader, but looking at everyone’s blog is so much more personal…….that and I always forget about the reader, lol – old habits die hard I suppose. 😉

Ok, time to dive back in to this crappy Monday. 4 bottles of water down, 2 to go at work. 2 large at home…and swimming tonight if it’s not too crowded!

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Spring Fever Challenge! Weekly Post #1

So this is my first official Spring Fever Challenge Post! Of course I’m posting this throughout snippets of free time at work today, so it may be a little incoherent. Hopefully by the end of the day I’ll have something that makes sense.

Thanks so much again to Amy over at Life’s Journey with a Smile for putting this together, I definitely thinks it’s something that’s fun to kind of spice things up while I continue to try and kick a little butt on Allan’s Challenge (I’ve dropped to 8th place, boo!).

So, without further ado, here are my answers to this week’s questions.

What are your goals for the Spring Fever Challenge and Why did you choose them?

  1. Get to Onederland! When I first started Allan’s challenge, he said that his team of medical peeps predicted that if I stuck to his plan, that’d I’d see 194 by June 8th. I was both extremely excited and terrified at the thought of this. Excited because I haven’t seen anything below 200 since I actually cared what a scale said about my weight (so like, 12 or 14 maybe?), and then terrified because I thought that this was impossible. It’s only been a few weeks it seems since all this started, and I’m believing that it is possible! At 2 pounds a week, which has been my norm for the last month, I won’t make it by the end of the challenge (June 8th), but I think that once I’m able to start running again and really shock my system that I can get there. 
  2. Try at least 8 new healthy recipes. After the adventure of Spaghetti Squash last week, I wanted to make one of my goals to keep trying new things. I notice more and more that as this diet goes on that I am finding myself craving things more and more. Yesterday I had to sit and talk myself off a cliff when my brother sauntered in and put fresh koloches in the fridge that he had bought from the Czech Stop in West (I even went and smelled them twice, who does that!?). So, to fight these urges I want to try and spice things up a bit. I’m very much a creature of habit, and usually am perfectly content to eat the same foods every day. The weekends kill me though, so I’ll have to make those project cooking days to keep my brain occupied!
  3. Swim 500m freestyle without stopping. Since I’ve started swimming again to combat the not being able to walk, I have been remembering so much of what I learned in high school when I was on the swim time. I have loved swimming since I was a little kid, and those are some of my best memories from high school. I was the best on our little team at the backstroke, and as I swim now I can remember why – I always had trouble with my breathing with the other strokes. I was fast, and I have endurance – I can swim 500m backstroke with no worries, but even completing 100m freestyle is so hard for me because I can’t control my breathing. I want to learn as much as I can about how to work on this and by June be able to swim a 500m without stopping because I need to catch my breath.
  4. Send 10 Postcards with Postcrossing. I stumbled upon Postcrossing a few months ago on Mary’s blog and thought it looked awesome. So awesome that I signed up…and then did nothing. I’m bad about jumping on something thinking that it’s awesome, and then not following through. So between now and June 20, I want to send at least 10 postcards to other Postcrossing members.
  5. Buy Brad’s Ring. Many of you on here know that Brad has gone back to college. He never got a high school ring, because he ended up getting his GED, and now that he’s almost done with school, they are selling the college rings. Brad said that he’d be alright not getting one, because they are so expensive, but I could tell that he really wanted one. This reminded me of when I was in high school. Money was really tight for my parents, and I told my mother that I understood if I couldn’t get a high school ring. My mom told me that there’s no way that I wasn’t getting one. That I had earned it, and that it meant a lot. I told Brad this same thing. I have some potential freelance lined up, so I’d like to use that money to pay for his ring.
  6. Read 6 new books. I used to be an avid reader as a child, and I’ve really laxed off in my adult life. After high school and college, I think reading had become more of a chore than an enjoyment. And hey, I’ve worked in TV and internet all my life, what are books for, lol!? I’d like to pick up some new books to read. I’m reading a series right now, so I’ll finish that one, and then pick up some other ones – guilty pleasure or otherwise! 🙂
  7. Write 8 paper journal entries. I have been meaning to explore certain things in a paper journal…something where I can be completely honest and not edited for the public life of blogging. I have been putting it off because it means I might have to think about things that hurt, but I think it’s something that I need to do. Making it a goal here may help me to finally get it done.

So that’s my goals!

What is your plan of action to make them happen? Staying focused on the diet, Allan’s Challenge, and researching. Other than that, just making time for these other goals – rather than plunking down on the couch to watch TV.
What does this challenge mean to you? When I first started this blog, I said that I wanted to focus not just on the physical aspects of weight loss and life change, but also the mental. Allan’s challenge has been amazing at keeping me in line with the physical. I think this challenge might help me work a little on the mental side.
Fun Question of the Week: Let’s  get to know each other! What is something most people (er… fellow bloggers) don’t know about you? Hmmmm, that’s a tough one. I think what would surprise many people that either know or don’t know me is that I’ve always dreamed about being a singer and/or an actress. I think I have a pretty awesome voice for your avid non-musician…but I never sing in front of other people unless it’s a group of people singing (like church). I LOVE karaoke, but I’ve only been brave enough to try it twice, where no one knew me, and with a very gay friend who I could talk into singing with me. And with my weight, don’t even get me started on why I would never have pursued acting. So, I got a job behind the camera, next best thing, right? 😉

Do something every week that makes you feel good about yourself. This week (well yesterday) I painted my nails. I had gotten them done back in February, but that’s just too expensive to keep up, so I spent some time working on them yesterday with a manicure set my mother gave me, as I try to transition the acrylic nails back to my real nails. I think I did a good job, and having pretty nails definitely makes me feel good about myself, lol!

Include a positive picture each week. My husband’s family and I participated in a 5k run/walk in honor of our nephew this weekend. Brad finished with a time of 30:34……….and I walked in my little broken foot boot and finished in and hour and 10 minutes, lol! But I did it, I at least wanted to finish it in honor of Cooper.

That's me in the black pants and sad little boot - Cooper's Mom, Jessica, is in the tan shorts

So yeah, I think that’s it for my first Spring Fever Challenge Post! Hopefully it made a little sense!

In other news, I lost 2 pounds last week. I am so close to being down 40 pounds! 😀

Work day halfway done – 3 bottles of water in, 3 to go – swimming and two big bottles of water tonight!


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Spaghetti Squash and a New Challenge!

So I’m really liking my brother’s new girlfriend more and more! Not only does she keep my brother occupied and out of the house on many days, but she also went to culinary school! I don’t know if you remember, but I can’t cook…I can bake, but cooking has always been somewhat of a mystery to me, unless I have very specific instructions.

My brother’s girlfriend also had gastric bypass surgery years ago, and learned to cook many healthy things and has maintained her weight for years.

So, when I brought up a couple of weekends ago that I’d never had spaghetti squash, and had been apprehensive to try and make it on my own, she made it her mission to show me how it is done!

Three simple ingredients: 1 spaghetti squash, sliced mushrooms, and canned diced tomatoes

Instructions are as follows:

Cut a spaghetti squash into quarters, then place shell side up on a greased (pam) cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes or so at around 425. Once you can put a fork into the inside and feel that it’s loosened, it’s done baking.

Let the squash cool, then just drag a fork along the insides into a saucepan, it comes off easily and looks just like angel hair pasta

Place the saucepan over medium heat, add the can of tomatoes (we used garlic, basil and oregano flavored) with the juice, and a package of sliced mushrooms. Heat until all ingredients are warm and the juice reduces.

Jenn (the GF) said that she adds other stuff all the time, spinach, turkey meat, or whatever she's in the mood for

You can serve the dish with a little cheese sprinkled on top, and have two bowls for only 200 calories total – 100 of which is the cheese!

I hope my brother decides to keep his girlfriend! If not, I may have to chase her… 😉

Also, I found another challenge out there that I want to participate in for spring. I’m still in Allan‘s challenge of course, guns blazing, this is a different type of challenge which involves setting goals (which don’t have to be necessarily weight loss related), and answering questions each week. I’ve been curious about this challenge from seeing the WWW challenge posts over on Mary’s blog, and finally traced the source back to Amy over at Life’s Journey with a Smile. And it seems my timing was great, because she’s starting a new challenge on Monday called the Spring Fever Challenge. This challenge is similar to the WWW challenge, so I need to come up with at least 5 goals, and I’ll be posting my updates here on my progress.

Anywho, I think it’s a cute idea and I’m looking forward to it! I’ll link her banner here in case you’re interested as well – the sign up deadline is Friday.


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