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My blog was started to help me come to terms with turning 50, to find myself as I become an empty nester, and to help me with my weight loss journey. (Update Here)
I am in an amazing place in my life so now follow me as I move forward with the good and the bad, my continued wieght loss journey and just my life!!


Monday, March 6, 2017

Just Begin

Happy Monday!

I wanted to share my goals for March................



The first one is going to be tough!   The second is a WW thing.  Every day you stay within 3 points of your total WW points you receive a blue dot on your calendar on the WW App.  I am shooting for 26 for the month!  The last, well, 7 pounds should be doable if I am getting 26 blue dots :)  I will keep you updated on my progress :) 

My weigh in on Friday went really well.  I was down 3 pounds!  I am on a 2 week losing streak right now and pushing to keep it going!  Wish me luck!

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Last week I was going through some of my old posts.  I kept going further and further back, just skimming them. It was fun to re-live things that I've done, but then  I started feeling a little depressed, and disheartened.  I've been struggling with my weight for almost 30 years now, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that I am still working on it.  Still working!  But seeing it in print really hit me how much time and energy I put into this one area of my life with very little change.  Goals, weigh ins, shoulds, shouldn'ts, promises, successes, failures..... Sigh!  It really was exhausting to read.  The next day at out work, I talked it over with my sister.  It was then that I realized that there has been changes. Here and there, I've made changes.  This is a journey.  Changes come little by little.  Small changes that you don't even realize are happening.

~I Am More Educated About My Food~

I have learned about portion sizes, sugar content, saturated fats.....I could go on and on!

~I Truly Like  Myself So Much More~

I like what I see in the mirror.  I many not be the size I want to be yet, but I am loving the body I have right now.  It is working for me.  Pushing me.  Not letting me give up.  I like it!

~I Am More Confident~

Being on any journey is a boost for your self-esteem.  It is empowering to be working towards something, feeling success and learning to deal with failures.

~My Weight Is At An All Time Low~

Well, not really ALL TIME, but it is the lowest it's been since before I became pregnant with my first baby,  who will be 30 this year!

These are all changes that I have made.  If I hadn't began this journey, who know what kind of person I'd be right now.  Unhealthy, lazy, depressed........  Instead, I am working towards something, and along the way I am making myself a better person, physically, emotionally, and mentally.  

Anyone who is on a journey of any kind, is already succeeding, just starting it.  It is always good to be searching.  To learn new things, or ways to do something.  To change your attitude, your thought process.  To remove negative people or things from your life, and to find positive and add it back in.  There are so many wonderful things that happen on any journey.  You grow, you evolve, you learn.  All you have to do is take the first step and just begin.

xoxo


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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Quick Check In

What a crazy week!  Our internet has been down, including our phone and TV!  Not totally down, but on and off, in and out.  We got it all fixed up last night, the poor cable boy was here from 4ish to 8 working on our problem.  He ended up laying new cable and setting up a new system inside and out!  Hopefully we wont have anymore problems any time soon! :)

I just wanted to check in really quick on my goals and my weigh in from last Friday.

My goals for last week, were to stay within my WW points, and lose 1 pound.  Well, I am super proud to say that I did both!  I stayed strong, even over the weekend, and I weighed in last Friday and lost 4.4 pounds!  That just goes to show you 2 things.  If you track your food and don't go over, it works.  And 2, I am stronger than I think :)



I think really concentrating on why I wanted to succeed in my goals really helped me this week.  If you put a mental why to what you are doing, it makes you push that much harder.

Short and sweet tonight, because I have another weigh in tomorrow and I need to get things organized on here since I've been MIA for awhile.

Have a wonderful night!

xoxo


Monday, February 20, 2017

Goals and Friendship

My friend Pam and I have so much history.  We met when I was still in high school, through our husbands, who were our boyfriends at the time.  She and I were inseparable for so long.  Then life got in the way, and so on and so forth, time flew by and miles separated us.  Throughout the years I have thought about her and missed her and what we had.   A few months ago, we reconnected, and it feels like a part of me is restored.  We picked up without skipping a beat.  That is true friendship.  We are still separated by miles, but it never fails that she emails me at the moment I need her.  Here is a recent quote she sent me, which is right on track with what I have been doing.........

"The more reasons you have for achieving your goal, 
the more determined you will become."
-- Brian Tracy

It goes on to say.............

We set a goal for ourselves and we are filled with determination -- this will be done!
 
Then the alarm goes off in the morning and we think -- it can wait. I can start tomorrow. I don’t really have to do it today. It’s not that important. And on and on.
 
Research shows that writing down your goals will make you more likely to achieve them. That we know.
 
But what if in addition to writing down the goal you also wrote down the reasons the goal is important for you? What if you captured on paper that energy and determination you have when you first set the goal?
 
Then when the alarm goes off in the morning, or when the task you need to do to accomplish your goal is in front of you and you feel tempted to put it off, you can look at your list of reasons, or motivations and remember why it’s important to you.

I personally think this is a wonderful idea!  Not only set a goal, but note why you want to succeed in the goal.  What is the reason?  Goals are so important to me right now.  Even if I fail and do not hit my goals for the week, at least mentally I am thinking of them, making an attempt to change, and trying.  Even this is enough to feel some sort of success.  

With that said, here are my goals for the week......



I want to stay within my points because this will help me feel better, help me feel more in control and help me on the scale.  I need to lose 1 pound to turn this month around.  I have consistently been eating poorly and it is really showing on the scale.  Like I said before, I am tired of it and it needs to change.  I tried hard this past week, but I've been sick and all I want is comfort food and chocolate.  That is totally an excuse, but I tend to do that.  Anyway, these are my goals for this week.  The weekend was super!  I stayed within my points on Saturday and Sunday, and I went to the gym today and have been on track all day, so at least I am starting out in a good place :)  

So, that is all I have.  Thank you for putting up with all of my downer posts lately.  I am trying to turn this around.  I know it's depressing to continually ready GAINS on my posts, but it is what it is and I am determined to turn this around. It's just taking me a little longer than I thought :) 

Thank you Pam, for motivating me, for making me think, and for being back in my life!  I value your advice and truly value our friendship!

xoxo


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentines Fun and A New Day

Happy Valentines Day Eve!

This weekend I made a fun new cookie for my family.  My sister found this recipe in her Better Homes and Gardens magazine and we thought they looked so cute and fun to make.

Here is the recipe for Chocolate Cherry Dips

Ingredients

1/2 of an 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped, drained maraschino cherries
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
60 vanilla wafers
12 ounces chocolate-flavor candy coating, coarsely chopped


Directions

For filling, in a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese and powdered sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Stir in cherries and almond extract. Spread filling on bottoms of half of the vanilla wafers. Top with the remaining wafers, bottom sides down. Cover and chill about 30 minutes or until filling is firm.

In a medium saucepan cook and stir chocolate candy coating and the 2 teaspoons shortening over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Using a fork, dip each sandwich cookie in melted chocolate coating, turning to coat completely and letting excess coating drip back into pan. Place dipped cookies on a sheet of waxed paper. Sprinkle with jimmies. Let stand about 30 minutes or until chocolate coating is set.


The filling......



Before dipping.......



All dipped and sprinkled!



I thought they turned out so cute and they were so fun to make.  I didn't like they way to cookie got a little bit soft, and I probably would add cherry flavoring to the filling, because the Marciano Cherries weren't very strong.  Other than that I liked them :)

Tomorrow is not only Valentines Day, but also my hubby's birthday!  We decided to celebrate early to beat the crowds.  Saturday we went to the Casino to spend a little money :)  We don't go much, neither of us like to waste the money, but once in a while it's fun to sit and play!

We ate upstairs at the Casio, and this was our view....


This is the Race Track.  It is so sad in the winter when there are not races going on.  We went to the races twice last year, and plan to go more this year.  It is so much fun!

We had a great meal and didn't spend too much gambling :)  We didn't win, but had so much fun playing Jacks Are Better :)

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Last Friday was my weigh in.  I've been struggling and haven't been doing very well, and gained 4 lbs.  So there it is.  I am always honest here, no matter how embarrassing.  It allows me to see it for what it is and then enables me to refocus honestly.  I almost didn't go to my meeting.  I knew I was up, I didn't want to see it in print, in my booklet, but I decided to bite the bullet and go.  I am glad that I went.  I never regret weighing in when I have gained.  It is a starting point for me, and I need that.  I am not dwelling on it.  I know what needs to be done.  I know what I am not supposed to eat. Today is a new day.....Day One....I need about 3 good days to get myself back in the mind set that I need to be in.  Send me your positive vibes.  Three days is nothing!  I can do it! :)  

xoxo






Monday, February 6, 2017

Organized House, Organized Life

First I wanted to check in on my goals for this past week.  My first goal for the week was to add extras on my gym days.  I am happy to say that I accomplished this!  On my usual, Monday, Wednesday and Friday Ab Class days, I added lifting in each day!  It felt good to get back to lifting again.  I do love it so I hope I can keep it up!  My other goal was to lose 1 pound.  That didn't happen due to some slips during the week.  I ended up gaining .06.  My mind is in the game, I just need it to be ALL in instead of PARTIALLY in.  Know what I mean?  I was doing so well, and have been allowing myself little treats here and there, acting like I am in maintenance, instead of on the losing track.  I just need to tweak my diet a bit.  I know what I am doing wrong.....I just need to stop :)  Hopefully this week will be different.  Being it was Super Bowl yesterday, I got off to a slow start, but today is a new day and I can do it! :)   I am not setting any new goals this week.  I am just working on the ones I 've set the past few weeks and trying to continue them!  They will all help me on my weigh in on Friday!

In our Weight Loss Support Group today, we talked about the correlation between keeping your weight down and keeping a tidy organized house.  I can relate to this.  If my house is in disarray, I tend to let other areas in my life get crazy too, including my diet.  Who likes to come home after a long day and prepare something nutritious if the counters are cluttered and there are stacks of papers on your table?  I find the more organized my house is, the more organized my total life is.  The opposite goes for me as well.  Sometimes, when I am totally off track with my food choices, the more I tend to let my house work suffer.  Why is that?  Is it because I have the "all or nothing" mentality?  Am I creepy crazy?  These are things that wake me up in the middle of this night terrified!  Ok, not really, but you get the severity of it right?  If  I could fix this control freak character flaw in myself, could I actually become a thinner woman?  Hmmmm.......I really need to read more about this and possibly make changes in my life to stop this weird pattern.  That, or hire a cleaning service so my house is always organized and clean so I will always feel in control.   I like that idea better :)

xoxo



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Monday, January 30, 2017

Surrounding Myself More

I am lucky enough to belong to a gym that allows outside sources to come in and hold classes.  I belong to Snap Fitness and there is a Weight Loss Support Group every Monday morning at 8:30.    This works out perfectly because it is right after my Ab Class.  The local hospital has an Community Outreach Program which allows for a liaison to come in and lead us in discussions on health and weight loss.  You don't even have to belong to the gym to take advantage of this!  We have had blood screenings, we have had a dietician come in to speak with us, and as many of us are over 50, so there have been topics on menopause and our changing hormones and metabolism.  There is always something I learn while I am there.  In my personal life, I have so many people who support me.  My family, my Facebook and Blogger friends, my one friend who lives far away who sends me support and motivational quotes all the time.  I am surrounded by support.  Now, I am getting even more.  It is such an amazing feeling to be in a room full of like minded women who motivate you and lift you up.  We feed off of each other and help each other.  I am motivated and refocused each time I leave, and that is a great feeling.  If you don't have a support group in your life, I urge you to either start one, or find one.  (Local people, mine is open to anyone 😊.)  It does wonders for your self esteem.  Plus you make new friends and there is always more than enough coffee :)

Have a wonderful day!

xoxo



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Pushing

I am starting right off with my goal check in from last week.....My first goal was "No Scale".  I am happy to report that I didn't weigh myself one time!  It was so hard not to search for that scale, but I am glad that I didn't.  I think it helped me during the day not to go off track.  Success!  My second goal was "Junk Food 1x A Day".  This was a success as well.  I saved my treat for after dinner and only had one.  I wasn't even tempted to continue!  Success! 

Here are this weeks goals............


As you may or may not know, I have been going to the gym 3 times a week to do an Ab Class.  I love this class, and am seeing progress in my abilities.  Starting tomorrow, I am going to try to push myself to stay after my class and walk on the treadmill, and start lifting again.  I love to lift.  I love feeling strong and love knowing that I am continuing to burn calories after I leave the gym.  I just don't love carving out the time to do it.  Stupid!  I am starting the treadmill because well, we all know I've been trying to walk forever and keep putting it off.  Also, I need to get some cardio in my routine.  Now that I am over 50, I need that extra something because my metabolism is slower than ever and cardio will help that.  That is what the nutritionist who came to speak with our class told us anyway.  I've always know this, but....well, you know how that goes.  I am tired of using my bad knee as an excuse to walk.  The other day I was in our Mall, and there was an elderly gentleman in from of me "mall walking" and he was really trucking along with a very pronounced limp.  I thought "Oh my gosh, if he can do this so can I!!"  On the advice of my sister, I downloaded a book on my iPod so I can listen to it while I walk.  I am hoping this will help me stay motivated for 30 minutes :)  I am actually excited to get started in hopes that it will help me with my high blood pressure as well as my weight.  Anyway, these are my "gym extras".

My next goal is to lose 1 pound this week.  I already did one thing to help me with this goal.  I stayed within my points on Saturday and Sunday.  This is huge.  Lately, I have been letting my weekends take over my life and it has been showing at my weigh ins.  This past weigh in I only lost .02.  I am tired of these little gains and loses.  Time to get down to business.  I don't know why I play around.  I am paying good money at WW, so you think that would help me, but nope.  It's just sad.....

Oh, I almost forgot!  I have a new Great Nephew!  Little Rowan Mitchell was born to my nephew and his girlfriend!  My baby brother is the Granda Pa! 



Babies are such a blessing and bring families closer together! 

This week I am pushing myself.  I can do it!  I will do it!  My goals are toast!  How about yours??

xoxo