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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, February 23, 2015

Slow and Steady :)

Hello friends!!  Ok....so today is my first weigh in day since I began myfitnesspal and my public weightloss journey.  As I said, I am a week late, as I did have some slips around Valentines Day weekend :)  But as of this morning I am down 4 pounds.  :)


4 pounds in 3 weeks isn't a normal loss for me.  Usually it is a lot more, but this loss feels better to me than before.  It feels better because I am doing it a healthy way.  It means more to me because I know I am changing my habits and my minds set.  Best of all I know that  I am changing my metabolism so if and when I do have a bad weekend, I won't gain weight so fast.  In the past I have lost quickly, only to gain quickly even after a few days of overeating.  That, I assume is my rotten metabolism not working like I want it to work.  So, I am happy and proud of my 4 pounds. :)  Go me!!!

Today I joined a new gym called Snap Fitness .  My sister had recently joined, so I went along with her today and signed up and then we worked out.  It felt good to get back into things.  It has been a while since I was at my old gym.  It is 30 minutes away and the weather and roads have been so terrible, that I just gave up.  This new gym is much closer, the staff is so friendly, and we love the ease of the machines.  They are open 24 hours a day and have locations all over!!  I think I will use it a lot more.  At least that's the plan :)  


Isn't this fun??  It's not pink, but I can handle red :) 

After the gym, we of course had to go get coffee.  I just love having coffee out.  It just tastes better when someone else is making it.  The coffee shop that we sometimes go to is called The Brew Ha Ha.  The one owner is a dog lover so their are cute doggy pictures all over the walls. :)  


Isn't it super fun?  We had a nice relaxing time, surrounded by other women doing the same. :)  We ended the day consignment shopping, where I found a super cute pair of winter gloves that were only $1.89, and my sister found a beautiful sweater, which was on sale, and a necklace and saved $16 on both!  Success!! :) 

Another wonderful day, beginning with a great weight loss.  I am looking forward to more of the same.  Slow, healthy, and habit changing is ok by me :) 

xoxo

"Slow and steady wins the race"

~Robert Lloyd

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Another Lazy Sunday

Hi Friends!  Happy Sunday!!  In the summer, Sunday is the day of the week that I spend 100 percent of my time in my pool.  But.....since it is winter here in Pa.  I have been hibernating on Sundays.  Hmm....who am I kidding??  I've been hibernating every chance I can get.  Winter usually means holding up in the house, watching tv, (either once the cleaning is done, or just plain ignoring the cleaning) and eating.  I've been trying to load my house up with healthy snacks and food to eat while this hibernating stage is in effect.

Buying apples is a step for me.   I never buy fruit.  I mean I like fruit but I just never buy it.  I thought I would display them and make them look pretty and that would help me :)  Don't they beautiful and yummy??  I bought grapes this week also...Yay me :)


I always make Greg cookies for the week.  Usually chocolate chip.  They are his favorite and he is picky when it comes to treats :)   I made these yummy things today.  I just love baking, especially for my baby!!



I had a cookie after they cooled and of course I had to eat some cookie dough while I was baking.  What I am beginning to realize, is that I can have some things like this and not have it ruin my progress or my mood.  This realization is such a new concept for me.  I have been dieting my entire adult life.  That is years worth of mental and emotional habits to break.  I think my main old diet thought is that I can only eat "diet food".  I always thought I couldn't have a sandwich, or some chips or a few cookies.  When I used to eat these things I would feel like I failed and then ate whatever I wanted the rest of the day so I could start again the next day or the following Monday.  I now realize that those foods are not bad for you. What is bad is the quantity that you eat.  Different types of foods, even sweets and fattening foods are good for your body.  They help your body and your mind feel satisfied. I think I always knew this, but I never let myself believe it.  I think I always just let my mind take over and talk myself into thinking that I was "bad" so that I could overeat junk food because I just blew my diet.  But in reality I didn't, I just used it as an excuse to overeat.  Does that make sense?  It's beginning to make sense to me and I am feeling like I have more power over my food and more control over myself!  My thoughts are changing, I am truly finding myself, and I am loving every minute of it :) 

xoxo

"We can not solve our problems 
with the same thinking we used when we created them."

~Albert Einstein

Friday, February 20, 2015

Birthday Fun!!

This week a dear friend celebrated her 50th birthday :)  She was a friend of mine in high school, and has been a friend and neighbor for 20 some years.  It was a surprise party thrown by her sister and her two daughters.  She was so surprised and touched and we had a wonderful time.  Since, as you know, my sister and my sister in law are neighbors, they were invited as well :)  It's always so wonderful to be able to spend time together!!
This is us!!

On the left, Julie, my sister in law, then me :), Michelle the birthday girl, and Connie my sister.  

Now, the food at the party.  I took my sisters advice and ate some really good healthy filling foods before I left, so then at the party I wasn't really hungry.  I don't like to NOT eat at a party, especially since it is usually paid for and all.  I just kinda feel its a little rude, but that's just me :)  Anyway, they had pizza and wings, so I took one wing and a piece of pizza and was satisfied.  Normally I would have overdone it and then went home and continued into the night, so that is progress for me :)  Might I be changing some bad habits?? :)  

Ok, so I know I was supposed to weigh in on Monday, but I over did the chocolate and Valentines goodies, and since my metabolism is pretty horrible, I tend to gain weight super easy.  I decided to give it another week and see how I do :)  Is that bad??  Hmm....I probably should have weighed in and bit the bullet.  Maybe that would help me.  Next time I will try to weigh in no matter what I do.  I promise.   I know no one here will think less of me if I show a loss or a gain  :)   I'm a work in progress!!

xoxo

"The way I see it, you should live everyday like its your birthday."

~Paris Hilton


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Happy Valentines Day After :)

Hi friends!!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day!  I certainly did.  Yesterday was not only Valentines Day, but my husband Greg's birthday too!!  I work on Saturdays,  so when I walked into the salon, this cute little bucket of fun was waiting for me from my awesome sister.


She knows me so well.  Pink nail polish, hand sanitizer, a lip pencil, candy, (which I of course ate) and a fun little pillow all put together in a cute Valentine pail :)  What a great way to begin my Valentines Day :)    Greg and I went out to dinner on Friday night to avoid the rush, so Saturday night we just stayed in and watched movies.  Good thing too because we had a snowstorm with freezing temps.  This morning when I was driving to Church my car read -9 degrees.  35 below was the wind chill!! BRRR..... Anyways, Greg opened his presents from me and then he gave me this gorgeous Valentines....


Isn't it just beautiful??  It is from a candy store in our hometown and they make the most wonderful tasting chocolate!!  As you can see I ate some already, along with some other candy he bought me.  I told him not to get me anything for Valentines Day, I really just wanted chocolate.  That's my thing :)  

Honestly, I usually would have felt guilty eating this, but in my "old age" I realize that it isn't the end of the world.  I am getting so much better at jumping back on track sooner than I used to.  I am feeling more in control.  I don't want to be that person who never has chocolate again.  Holy crap I think I would actually die if that happened.  I need it and other sweets  to feel like a person.  I just have to keep learning to stay in control over how much I eat and make sure I don't let it go on for days :)  

This is our 33 Valentines Day together.  When the kids were little, the focus was usually on them and getting them gifts and candy.  Now, they all have their own Valentines to share the day with, and Greg and I spend our first Valentines/Birthday alone together in 27 years.  It was quiet and calm and wonderful!  I'm really starting to like this empty nesting thing :)  

xoxo

"All you need is love.  
But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."

~Charles M. Schulz



Sunday, February 8, 2015

Yay For Positives!!

Hello friends!  I't been a few days, I know.  I need to carve out time for my blog.  The week just seems to get away from me :)  Let me tell you though, I have had a week full of positives!!  Positive food choices, positive people surrounding me and a positive attitude towards life :)

First....Positive food choices.  I've been really trying to stay within my calories on myfitnesspal. It's been tough after my eating spree lately.  It's so hard to retrain your stomach to adjust for actual serving sizes.  I've been trying to eat mostly fruits and vegetables, with some meats and of course my Greek yogurt.  This is my favorite brand!!



 Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt  It has 80 calories and it has the lowest sugar in greek yogurt that I've found so far....only 7 grams.  It also has 9 grams of carbs, with 0 fat and it tastes amazingly good!!  It's a great source of protein also with 12 grams per serving.  If you haven't tried it yet you should :)  I've tried almost all brands of Greek yogurt and I love this one, especially because it's low in sugar :)  

Next.....positive people surrounding me.  Greg has been totally supportive of me and my new food routine.  I swear he was sent to me straight from heaven and I am so lucky to have him!  My sister is a huge help, inspiration and strength.  This week she's been brainstorming healthy recipes with me and we are going to try to be creative and cook more with clean natural food.  Greg is a meat and potato kind of guy, so I am looking into just cooking for me.  I am going to be cooking  a few dishes on Sundays and spreading them out throughout the week.  That way I will always have something on hand when I am pressed for time!   On Friday night, we had a family girls night out!  We went to dinner, then went to see "The Loft".  The dinner was delicious, and the movie was a thriller and they are always fun!  My food choice wasn't the best, but I kept telling myself that just because I ate bad at that time, that doesn't give me the go ahead to continue it all weekend, and you know what?  I jumped right back on track Saturday morning and have been doing great!  Usually a slip would have cost me the entire weekend, so this is a big step!!  Yay me!! :)  Being around the girls in my family  just empowers me to be me!  I love the feeling of getting dressed up, going out and having a good time.  It's what makes being a girl so much fun!  Plus, we all are like-minded and I learn from them every day...they help me grow!

Lastly....a positive attitude on life.  I feel like since I began my journey of finding me, my attitude has been super positive.  I love finding out new things about me and realizing all that I am capable of.  I am feeling more and more like the strong woman I know I can be, instead of just a mom who always puts everyone else first :)  

xoxo

"The greatest discovery of all time
is that a person can change his future 
by merely changing his attitude."  

~Oprah Winfrey


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Classified As Sedentary.....

Good morning!  It is a wonderful day here as I sit at my computer and look out over the beautiful snow!  On Wednesdays I start work at noon, so that gives me Lori time in the morning.  No coffee however, that will be saved for my sister and our coffee break at the salon!!  It's always nice to have something to look forward to isn't it??

Yesterday was a good day with my food.  I stayed on plan and felt accomplished!  I wore my fitbit but was not happy with my total steps.  2,752 was my total steps taken yesterday.  Now, I read that we should aim for 10,000 steps per day.  That is so far off from what I did, and I don't have a sit down job!  It's frustrating to me as how to get closer to that 10,000 mark.  I guess they say to make up the steps by taking a walk.  But honestly...BRRR....it's freezing outside, and I dislike walking on ice and snow.  Who am I kidding...I dislike walking period.  I wish I could be more like my sister, who walks constantly.  Anyway,  last night I read a little about our society and walking.  This is the information I found on the "About Health" website.

1......Under 5000 steps/day is considered a sedentary lifestyle.
2......5,000 - 7,499 steps/day is considered a low active lifestyle. 
        (This is average for Americans.)
3......7,500 - 9,999 steps/day is considered somewhat active.
4......10,000 steps/day is considered to be active
5......More that 12,5000 steps/day is considered highly active.


In another article, I found this fun little bit on information :)

Amish men, who mostly work as farmers, took an average of 18,425 steps a day.

Women, most of whom report being homemakers, engaging in activity such as gardening, cooking, and childcare still achieved an average of 14,196 daily steps. 

What is wrong here?  Tv, computer, household conveniences,  busy lifestyles...I think these all play a part in us not moving enough.  Now, I realize the Amish do have to walk places because they cannot drive, but still, this is a huge difference.

So I guess I am classified at having a sedentary lifestyle.  This is sad to me.  This is something I have to change.  But how??  They say if you add just 2,000 more steps a day to your regular activities, you can reduce health risks and lose weight.  2,000 steps is about one mile.  How can I get that extra mile in on a cold winter night after work?  Some examples thy gave was walking inside your home.  Do laps, do stairs over and over again.  Jog in place while watching tv.  Hmm....I guess I am up for anything.  Or, I can just be a big girl and get my but outside.  I can always look forward to a nice hot bath and tv in front of the fireplace when I get return :)
 Finding a way to get close to 10,000 steps a day is just another step in my journey of finding Lori :) 

xoxo


"Above all, do not lose your desire to walk.
 Every day I walk myself into  a state of well-being
and walk away from every illness.
  I have walked myself into my best thoughts,
 and I know of no thought so burdensome
that one cannot walk away from it."

~Soren Kierkegaard






Monday, February 2, 2015

The First Step!

Happy Monday!!!  This is the first day of my new plan.  I need to lose 50 pounds.  It's been said.  Now I need to do it!!  I weighed in, measured and began counting calories.  I feel pretty good.  I have been busy today cleaning.  Usually, because Monday is my day off, I spend the time doing nothing and eating poorly.  Today I decided to try to keep busy and it's working.  Not only do I feel good because I've been eating good, but also I feel good about myself because I am not just sitting around.  :)

This is my starting weight.


Ok...so showing my weight is a big thing for me.  Greg doesn't even know what I weigh, but I think this will help me be accountable.  I need to be honest if this is going to work!!  I am up 15 pounds since Christmas.  I'm not going to lie.  I knew it.  I've been totally out of control eating most of the time.  Trying to watch and then eating everything in sight because that's what I do.  I act like I'm never going to eat it again so I over do it,  No more of that for me!!  I think counting calories will help me with that.  I can have a little treat once in a while and not over do it because I'll just count it and move on :)  That's my hope anyway!!

I have decided to weigh myself every two weeks.  Usually I step on the scale every time I walk into the kitchen, but that is not always a good thing for me.  When I'm up, it gives me an excuse to eat.  So I am going to try giving it to Greg to "hide" for me.  We will see how that goes :)

I will leave you with some pictures of my yard with all the beautiful snow we got last night and today :)




I love the snow....just as long as I have no where to be :)

xoxo


"This first step
choosing a goal and sticking to it
....changes everything."

~Scott Reed

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Decision On A Snowy Superbowl Sunday :)

If you've noticed from the new little gadget I added, that I joined myfitnesspal.  I used to use this site a while ago until I started Atkins.  Well, since Christmas, I've just been floating and eating, trying to get back on Atkins, and diving bombing big time.  I sat down with Greg, my husband and asked his opinion about what he thought I should do.  Here's the thing, I love Atkins, because I lost so easy and my cravings were gone.  It was kind of addicting as to how easy it was to lose.  The problem is, I'm kind of a picky eater, so my choices were very limited.  I therefore became tired of the food and really sick to my stomach with thoughts of eating.  My husband had always kind of pushed Atkins, because he saw how in control I was of my eating and how happy I was with my quick losses.  But he than said that even if I don't lose weight fast, it is still a loss and I can still feel in control if I try hard.  I appreciate his input and really thought about it.  The following day, I talked with my sister and she is on myfitnesspal and tracks her food daily.  She is in maintenance after losing about 5 years ago.  She believes in not limiting any one food group, but to limit quantity and count calories.  I totally trust her opinion!!  After much discussion with them both, after prayer and thought, I have decided to try myfitnesspal and count calories.  I decided to begin tomorrow, Monday.  I will weigh in, measure, and begin a new journey and try to stick with it, no matter how much weight or how quick I lose.  I really want to feel healthy.  To have more energy.  To love what I put into my body.  Healthy food.  This may not seem a big deal to some, but it is a big decision for me because I really did love the feeling I had on Atkins and I am afraid of not having that feeling, and I am afraid of not losing as quick, but right now, I think this is the best step for me.  I know a lot of people who are on Atkins and are doing great and just love it, and I support them totally.  Just for me, right now, I need a change.  :)    So anyway, my new little gadget on my page will help keep my accountable for my weight loss, because it's right out there for all to see :)

Greg bought this for me for Christmas.  



Isn't is just adorable??  It is a Fitbit and it's pink!!  It tracks your steps and syncs it to your computer and you can count calories in and calories burned.  There are a few different styles but this is the easiest to start with :)  It's call a Zip!!  I am going to begin this tomorrow as well. I had one before, but it broke, and I didn't use it much because I was losing quickly with no exercise, but at 49, I need to start moving more, not just for weigh loss, but just to feel good.  I can be pretty sedentary when I want to be, and I want that to change!  I joined a gym just before Christmas and haven't really been using it.  That is changing too!  Maybe not tomorrow, because we are getting a huge snowstorm today and tonight, and the gym is about a 35 minute drive. :)  But soon!!!  I am relieved that I've finally made these decisions and I feel extremely motivated to make these changes and be successful.  I need to!!   I have to quit being afraid of change.  For my health, for my mind, and just for me!!

xoxo

"Sometimes it's the smallest decisions
that can change your life forever."

~Keri Russell