Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How exciting!


So I got a message on YouTube a few months ago regarding the video I made about Billy & me and how me met etc. It was a lady from That's Life magazine in Australia and they were interested in printing our story.

I replied to her and told her I would love that. Well I never heard back so I kind of forgot about it. Well last week I got an email from their photo editor asking for photos of us from the years for an article they are doing about us. I was like WOAH! Then I got an email from the journalist asking if she could call me and interview me for the story. I was like SURE!

So I just got off the phone (1.5 hour call) to her and even she was ooohhing and ahhing over our story! It was so much fun!

They are saying it will appear in the issue that will come out on 25th December. Sooo exciting!

Dinner Date

We had already planned on going out to dinner at Tsunami's last night but then it turned into a celebration dinner as well as a date night! Hitting my 50lb loss kept me in high spirits all day!

I took my time and made my hair all pretty with my curling wand, sadly no photos though as it was dark by the time I was ready (darn winter!) so Billy couldn't get a good photo inside. But trust me when I say it looked awesome! 

I also got to wear my new black boots. They are these ones from Kohls:


With my skinny jeans of course! Billy kept telling me how good I looked and he made me feel so good! 

I got my favourite sushi from there, Dragon roll -crab, avocado, topped w/ baked eel. SO YUMMY!

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Then we went on a mission to find my favourite diet soda. Diet Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash:


Excuse the crap photo, taken with my phone in October when I first found it this year.

Anyway last night we went to 3 Target's, a Walmart and a Food Lion looking for it and all the Target's were sold out, the Walmart & Food Lion didn't even stock it.

We went to Target because they were on Sale for $3 a 12 pack, which is a good price. Annoyed they were all sold out. GRRRRR!!

Apart from that though we had a great night and it was fun driving all over the place!





Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Weigh-in 29/11

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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

I did it! Right on the dot! I couldn't believe it! Well I kind of knew it was going to be close. My scales at home were reflecting a 3.4lb loss and they are usually pretty accurate. It's funny because when Sharon (the receptionist at my meeting) was writing down my weight (we can't see the scale readout) I thought for a minute I hadn't reached it because it looked like she wrote 151.8, but her 0's look like 8's! lol!

I yelled out WOOOHOOO! And everyone in my meeting wanted to know what happened and when I told them they all cheered for me! I was wonderful! I got my 50lb charm for my keyring and another magnet.

This is a huge milestone. I was hoping I would hit it before Christmas and I did it way ahead of time!

I will post a photo of my charm a little later. Billy is taking me out to Tsunami's for sushi tonight! So excited!

So as you can imagine I am in an EXCELLENT mood today!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Wardrobe Share #2

I haven't done one of these as I haven't really had anything new to share. However this week I got a couple of new items.

First of all, many of my friends will know I had a rather interesting time trying to find something to wear on Thanksgiving. I finally found something and I love it! It was also perfect for Thursday's weather. It wasn't too hot or too cold.

We went to Kohls and got a store card from there, specifically so I could get some nice clothes. We made a deal that it can only have $100 on it at one time and must be paid off before anything else gets put on it. For my Aussie friends Kohls is a little less fancier than Myer but fancier than Target. They have some really nice stuff and good deals.

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted. First I wanted a good pair of skinny jeans. I tried on nearly every pair in that store and finally found a pair from Apt 9. They are a bit long as I couldn't find my size in a short length. US size 8, Australian size 10-12. Those I got on the first day. It took me a couple more days to find the top. We had to go to another Kohls to find it but luckily it was the first thing I saw and tried on. Billy loved it and told me I had to get it. Cool thing is it was in the Juniors section! Link here

I wore them with my new boots of course:

Thanksgiving outfit


Friday we went to Trader Joe's, we didn't go on Tuesday due to Thanksgiving etc. On the way we stopped into Target around 1pm thinking the Black Friday craziness would have subsided. It was still pretty busy inside but nothing crazy. We did a quick scan through the clothes and I happened upon a faux leather bomber jacket I had been eyeing off for a couple of weeks. For $15!!!!! Normally $35. SCORE!

So I got it and wore it out yesterday when we went to the Holiday Farmers Market and grocery shopping.

Saturday outfit

It's my favourite piece of clothing right now! I love it!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I love my leader!

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I got this card in the mail the other day from my leader. She knew I had a bad week last week and this just made my day!

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It's great having a leader like this!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Weigh-in 22/11

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Wooohooo! I would have liked to have lost all of the 3lb I gained last week but I will take it! Funny I was heavier this morning (on my home scales) than yesterday so I was kind of bummed. But the scales are going back down so all is good.

I would love to hit my 50lb loss by Christmas! That would be awesome!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

BOO!

Haha!

I am still alive. Just extremely slack at blogging.

Everything is good. Been on track all week and even went to the gym once! Lol!

Weigh-in tomorrow which should be a good one. I am hoping I at least lose that 3lb gain from last week. Here's hoping!

Thanksgiving this week. I don't plan on counting points all day BUT I won't be using any weekly points on any other day and being 100% on plan for the rest of the week. Thanksgiving only comes once a year and if I have a small gain because of it, the world isn't going to end.

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Reminder

So I have been feeling a bit down the past few days. Well a lot down really. Feeling really pressured with the whole weight loss thing. Almost suffocating. I kind of went a little crazy with food since Friday and I am pretty sure I have gained a few pounds.

I have had that time of the month and just been exhausted. Physically and emotionally. Everything at home is fine. I just thing that constant pressure of watching what I eat etc has taken it's toll. I mean I have been doing this non-stop for almost a year. I think this was bound to happen.

I posted on the WW message boards and of course my awesome peeps on there helped me see the light and one of them suggested I write a list of all the good things I have accomplished to help me get back on track. So here goes.

1. I have lost, in total, 57lb. That's HUGE!
2. I fit into almost all my skinny clothes.
3. I fit into a pair of SKINNY JEANS!
4. My husband can't keep his hands off me. I mean he never had a problem before, but now he is like a crazy man! Which is great!
5. I feel better. I haven't had heartburn in months. I haven't gotten sick in months. No migraines.
6. I look good.
7. I can buy clothes from the juniors section.
8. I can do up knee high boots and have room for jeans to tuck into them.
9. Tying up my shoes doesn't hurt my stomach anymore.
10. I get checked out ALL the time!


That really did help! I am hoping I get to go to my meeting in the morning. I know there will be a gain. But I can deal with it. That number doesn't define me. It doesn't undo all that I have done in 11 months. It's just a tiny pebble on this long road. And pebbles can be picked up and thrown away.

Bad week

This week started off really well. My scales here at home were showing I was going to have another loss. But then mother nature showed up and just blew up in my face.

Every month it's getting worse. The pain, the mood swings, the lethargy etc. I seriously felt like crap from Thursday and I still do, now Monday night. I have been exhausted all day. I haven't had the energy to cook good, healthy meals. I have been eating absolute crap and a lot of it.

The scales are up here at home by about 5lbs. It's disgusting. I am so angry at myself.

I have my Weight Watchers meeting in the morning and I am so tempted not to go. I also might not even be able to go as Billy is working tonight and their holiday schedule starts this week which means much longer nights for them.

In a way I am hoping I can't go. But I also am the first to tell people not to skip a meeting just because they have a bad week.

I am so torn. This is one of the worst stumbles I have had in the past 11 months on program. I feel physically ill from all the crap I have eaten plus the guilt from doing it.

Other things have also happened, like having to spend a bunch of money we didn't have to spare on the car and other crap that just seemed to pile up on me.

Thank god for Billy. He is so supportive and I am so lucky I have him.

Anyway. I just hope I can get out of this rut and get back on the wagon.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Don't expect

A food diary today!

I am going out to a friends tonight for a great night of food, drinks and great fun so I won't be tracking today. It's also TOM so I am already Bloaty McBloaterson.

I will be 100% back on plan tomorrow so don't worry :D

Food Diary 10/11

Daily points allowance - 29 points


Breakfast:

2 x Boiled eggs - 4 points
coffee with 1/4 cup skim milk & 2 tbs pumpkin spice creamer - 3 points
1 x banana - 0 points

Total - 7 points

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Lunch:

1 x TJ's pita - 3 points
1 slice sharp cheddar - 2 points
sweet relish - 0 points
55g smoked ham - 1 point

Total - 6 points

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Dinner:

1 serve slow cooker beef & vegies - 7 points
1/2 cup brown rice - 3 points

Total - 10 points

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Snacks:

1 x TJ's Dark Choc sea salt caramel - 2 points
1 x TJ's plain greek yogurt - 2 points
10g honey - 1 point
1 honey crisp apple - 0 points

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Exercise:

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TOTAL = 28 points used
35 weekly remaining
# activity points earned

Thoughts:

Nothing really to say about today's food. All good.




Thursday, November 10, 2011

Facebook

If you have come on here because you have found yourself suddenly removed from my Facebook, I am sorry but I have removed a bunch of people due to the actions of a few or one.

I was informed that someone(s) was basically making up shit and telling people I was posting stuff about them on my Facebook. Which was a complete lie.

So I removed anyone I thought could possibly be these backstabbing twofaced liars. If you are not the guilty party then I am sorry. The informer did not identify the troublemakers, which I knew she wouldn't. Because they are obviously her friends. Nice friends you have there.

I am so sick of this BS. This is why I removed these people from my life to begin with. I was sick of their high school BS. I was sick of hearing things they were saying to me. And I actually had reliable sources. Like their children for a start.

Anyway I never did anything to these people except remove them from my life. That is all I did. I didn't want to associate with the type of people who lied to my face repeatedly. Who would back stab me then be nice as pie to my face. Sorry, not interested.

But of course they FLIPPED out because I removed them, even though they never really liked me in the first place, explain that! They are the ones who have called me names, make hateful facebook profiles about me. Called me trash on FB, threatened me with physical harm.

Yet I didn't do anything to them.

So again. If you aren't guilty of any of this. I am sorry but I am so over this BS and not knowing who I can trust I have to do what I have to do.

Never gunna give you up!

When people want to lose weight, a lot the time they think they have to give up all the foods they love.

This is so not true. I haven't given up many things. We do eat out a lot less but I still enjoy food I ate before Weight Watchers.

Here are some foods that I would never give up.


Bacon


Bacon. 
I LOVE bacon and I doubt I could ever give it up. Now I buy center cut bacon because it's lower in calories than regular bacon. I also cut down on the amount I have. You don't really need a lot of bacon to enjoy it. I find just 2-3 rashers satisfy me.

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

Chocolate.
Oh man! Chocolate is like the best thing ever invented. Seriously. I can't believe there are people in the world who don't like it! Crazy! For the longest time I only ever ate milk or white chocolate, thinking dark chocolate was too bitter. Now I prefer dark chocolate. But it has to be good quality. And if you have good quality, you don't need a lot to enjoy it. My favourite combination is dark chocolate with sea salt and caramel. The chocolates pictured above are from Trader Joe's and they only have them around the holiday season. They are SO GOOD!

Glitter / Brillo

Wine.
I have never been a big drinker, yet occasionally I enjoy a nice glass of wine. Maybe once or twice a month I will plan to have one after dinner with the hubby while we watch a movie or something. It's always a nice treat.

Delicious Cheese

Cheese.
OMG! Cheese is one of my red light foods if I allow it to be. BUT I have found I am able to control myself when I have really good quality cheese. I have found a delicious cheese at Trader Joe's:

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It is from France and it's the best cheese I have ever eaten! And I only need a very small amount as it is quite rich and creamy! YUM!

I am sure there are more foods that I could list but those are the ones I can think of at the moment.

**Photos taken from Flickr are all Creative Commons Licensed**

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Scarf Storage!

So I was standing in our closet thinking of how crowded and cluttered it was. My eye caught my many scarves that I had stored in plastic shoe boxes. They took up quite a bit of the shelf on the top of our robe and I really thought there must be a better way to store them that uses less room.

So I hit up Pinterest and found so many good ideas. Then one just jumped out at me because a) it looked so simple and b) I had the materials required for it.

Basically all I needed was a wooden coat hanger and some shower curtain rings.

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Then you just feed the scarves through the rings like this:

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Then hang it in the closet. BRILLIANT!

Food Diary 09/11

Daily points allowance - 29 points

Breakfast:

1 serve TJ's Steel Cut oatmeal - 4 points
1 tbs TJ's Pumpkin Butter - 1 point
10g sliced almonds - 2 points
1/4 cup soy milk - 1 point
1 x Iced pumpkin spice soy latte - 2 points

Total - 10 points

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Lunch:

1 x boiled egg - 2 points
1 whole wheat pita - 3 points
1 tbs roasted garlic hummus - 1 point
1 slice sharp cheddar - 2 points
salad - 0 points

Total - 8 points

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Dinner:

1 serve Spaghetti sauce (homemade) - 5 points
100g cooked pasta - 4 points
5g parmesan cheese - 0 points

Total - 9 points

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Snacks:

grapes - 0 points

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28g popped chips - 3 points

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Exercise:

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TOTAL = 30 points used
34 weekly remaining
# activity points earned

Thoughts:

I didn't really intend on going over my points today, but it was only by 1 point. I don't normally use so many points for dinner but I really wanted spaghetti today! And it was YUMMY!




Christmas Cards

Every darn year since I got interested in Scrapbooking I have told myself that I would make Christmas cards for everyone and send them out.

Well I am yet to do it! Lol!

But I really would like to finally do it this year. I am sick of starting things and not finishing them. I finally joined Weight Watchers and stuck with it. I think I can make a few damn cards!

So watch this space as I will post updates about them!

Oh and I have also made like 3 new layouts for my mother-in-laws album that I promised her years ago!

Forgiveness

I have had some pretty nasty stuff done to me over the years by people. I won't go into detail, but some of the things have shocked people when I have told them.

People have told me over and over that I need to forgive these people and move on. And I have always had trouble with it as I didn't feel those people deserved my forgiveness and that I felt that it made what they did to me ok.

Man was I wrong.

I had an amazing, life changing epiphany last night while watching Dexter of all things.

Dexter had made friends with an ex-con turned priest, Brother Sam. When Brother Sam is shot by someone he trusted Dexter wanted revenge. But Brother Sam tells Dexter that he forgives the man who shot him, but Dexter cannot. What Brother Sam says to him in that moment gave me chills and brought me to tears.

Forgiveness isn't about the other person. It's about yourself. It's about letting go of the darkness of what they have done to you. It doesn't mean you have to accept what they did or accept them back with open arms. It means healing yourself.

I don't have to be friends with these people. I don't have to ever trust them again. I don't even have to speak to them ever again.

But I can forgive them.

Food Diary 08/11

Daily points allowance - 29 points


Breakfast:

1 x WW Cinnamon crumb bar - 3 points
16oz water - 0 points

Eaten at WW meeting 

Lunch:

1 x Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte grande - 10 points
1 x Starbucks Bacon, egg & Gouda sandwich - 10 points

Total 20 points




Dinner:

6 slices TJ's center cut bacon - 5 points
1 x TJ's hash brown - 4 points
1 x eggs - 4 points
grilled tomatoes & mushrooms - 0 points

Total - 13 points



Snacks:

1 x TJ's crumpet - 3 points
6g whipped butter - 1 point
10g honey - 1 point

Total - 5 points

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1 x TJ's Dark Choc sea salt caramel - 2 points

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels


Exercise:

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TOTAL = 43 points used
35 weekly remaining
0 activity points earned

Thoughts:

Tuesday is always my "weekly points" day. We were going to get take-away last night but after looking at the money situation, we decided not to and that I would make breakfast for dinner instead. We had everything in the house except the hash browns, which we got at TJ's.

It was YUM! And even after a high point day, the scales at home were down again this morning! I won't be using any more weekly points for the rest of the week.





Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Weigh-in 08/11

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Another 1.2lb loss! That's 3 in a row! Lol! Hey I will take it! Also I reached another goal today. I am now out of the 70kg range, I am now 69.8kg! Wooohoo!

I also set my goal weight with my leader 140lb (63.6kg). I may want to go lower once I get there but we will see.

My leader also told me about a seminar they are having for those who are interested in working for WW so I am going to try to go to that.

I am feeling GREAT! Hope everyone else is having a wonderful day!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Heaven... in my mouth!

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We were doing our usual Trader Joe's shop last week and started noticing all the scrummy sounding Christmas candy they had started putting out. These in particular caught my eye. A TJ's staff member happened to notice me drooling all over the place and came over to us and opened a box right there so we could try one.

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OH MY GOD! I died. They are SO GOOD! Seriously the BEST dark chocolate, sea salt & caramel I have EVER had. HANDS DOWN!

So this box we bought has been sitting in the fridge all week and I had completely forgotten about it! 

Until tonight when I had 8 points left and wanted something decadent. So I had 1. Only 2 points each. Not bad considering how good they are.

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YUM!


Food Diary 07/11

Daily points allowance - 29 points


Breakfast:

2 x Boiled eggs - 4 points
1 x Iced Latte (Soy milk) - 2 points
1 x banana - 0 points

Total - 6 points

Breakfast 07/11


Lunch:

1 can UK Baked Beans - 6 points



Dinner:

95g chicken breast (marinated in TJ's Teriyaki Marinade) - 3 points
1 tsp canola oil - 1 point
1 serve Harvest Grain Salad - 3 points 
salad - 0 points

Total - 7 points

Dinner 07/11


Snacks:

15g almonds - 2 points



Exercise:

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TOTAL = 21 out of 28 points used
# weekly remaining
# activity points earned

Thoughts:

I was all ready to go work out at the Y today but the cheap crappy shoes we bought for me ages ago are just not going to cut it. My feet hurt after wearing them for 5 minutes. So I am going to have to put off going until I can get some gym shoes. Major suckage!!!!

Weigh in tomorrow and I am expecting a loss!




Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wardrobe Share #1

Since I am fitting into all my nice clothes now I have decided I will share photos of me all dressed up each week.

This week my wonderful mother sent me some money as a reward for my fantastic weight loss so I could buy a nice pair of boots.

So Billy took me to DSW and I found these GORGEOUS leather Ralph Lauren boots:

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I really need some skinny jeans to wear them with but we have to wait. But I decided to play around with my straight leg jeans just to see what they looked like. Here is a crappy cell phone photo:


Thursday night I had Bunco with an awesome group of ladies that I am lucky to call my friends and decided to wear a top that I bought back in Australia and I have loved it so much but never fit into it. Well now it fits perfectly.


Today we had to do some shopping and I had woken up pretty early so I thought I would dress up nice and wear my boots out, even if I didn't have the right jeans to wear with them. Here is another top I fit into that I had never worn before.



While we were out Billy told me I could buy the skinny jeans I had tried on the other day. But sadly the size I needed was gone. So tomorrow we are going to another store to see if they have them. Fingers crossed!

He is so awesome! I love him so much! I think he is enjoying this new me just as much as I am. I am so much more confident. And I love dressing up now. I used to hate it because I always felt so ugly. Now I feel so pretty all the time!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Arrgghh!

I know I haven't been posting food diaries! I am sorry! The past 2 nights our internet has been down all night so I haven't been able to even upload the photos and now I am so far behind it's like, can I be bothered.

I would do today's but I have an early appointment at the YMCA in the morning so I have to go to bed now.

But I promise I will TRY to post them tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Weigh-in 01/11

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Another 1.2lb gone! Wooohoooo! Getting close to that 50lb mark! Also in kilograms I am almost in the 60's! Only 0.5kg away!

I am joining the YMCA tomorrow so hopefully my weight loss will pick up a bit more once I start really exercising. Going to check out their exercise classes and see if I can do some Zumba! 
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