Welcome to my little place!
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, 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







Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Late, But Just a Few Things

Hello Friends!

I meant to get this post out on Monday, but the week got ahead of me, so here I am :) 

I fell short on my goals from last week.  They were.....No Sweets, and 10,000 Steps A Day.  My steps averaged around 8,000 a day, and for whatever reason I didn't attempt to get any more in.  I was discouraged, and well, just plain lazy.  Avoiding sweets was a big struggle for me this week.  I don't know what happened, but I failed big time with this one and my weight suffered at my weigh in on Friday.  I was up 1.4 pounds.  I don't know what is wrong with me.  I know what I should do.  I know what I should and should not eat.  Cravings get the better of me and I give in.  The bad thing is, when I give in, I totally over do it because I swear "this is the last time", therefore, I take advantage of the fact that "I will never eat this again".  This hasn't happened in awhile, but feel myself falling back into those bad habits.  This needs to stop.  I need to get a hold of it before it really gets out of control. 

 My goals for this week are



I have been finding myself stepping on the scale way to often throughout the day.  That number has been dictating my mood and most of the time it has been the reason that I've been eating what I shouldn't.  I don't want this to continue, so I told Greg to take the scale and hide it.  I will only weigh in on Fridays at my weigh in.  I will be flying blind all week, but I think it will help me stay on track.  It's going well so far :)

Enough food talk :) 

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I've been wanting to let you all know that I won a drawing!!  Leah, over at My New Ending hosted a 100 day Healthy Holidays Challenge.  We posted our goals, and checked in once a week.  This really helped my stay accountable over the holidays.  Anyway, all of us that participated had our names thrown in and there was a drawing, and I won!  I was so excited!  I just love Leah, and all she stands for and was so happy to be the one chosen!  She sent me an adorable package that looked way to pretty to even open.  Inside was a gift card to Subway, a gift card to Starbucks, a cute polka-dot tote bag, a book titled, "The Best Yes", which by the way, my weight loss group is thinking about doing a book club on, and one of her Fabric Travelers Notebooks that she makes in her Etsy Shop!  I have been wanting one of these for a while now, but just never purchased one so I was extremely happy to receive this beautiful one in my package!  It is so pretty and of amazing quality so go check out her Etsy Shop .  Thank you again Leah! 


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I am off Instagram.  I know, I know, I was supposed to have been off since a few posts back when I talked about it, and I was, but I found myself casually scrolling through the posts, and before I knew it I was totally back in.  Again, everything was being put on the back burner because I was spending so much time there.....Blogging, Reading, Cleaning.....  You get the picture.  I decided to quit cold turkey, so the other day at work, with my sisters support and guidance, I deleted my account.  DELETE.  There is no going back now!  I miss it, but feel a little more free if that makes since.  :)

Today, share a smile with someone who needs it. :)

xoxo

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Monday, January 16, 2017

How To......

Happy Monday Everyone!

First of all, I wanted to share my goals for this week.



So, the steps are self explanatory.  You all know how much I dislike walking.  Well, I keep saying that I am going to put forth more effort, so here I am, yet again, making proclamations.  We shall see :) 

No sweets?  Sounds drastic doesn't it?  Well, it needs to be.  I've been taking to many liberties with goodies lately and it's not good.  Oh they still have been fitting into my WW plan, some of them being sugar free, but they have been upping my sugar cravings and the scale isn't moving down, as per my weigh in on Friday.....I was up 0.6 pounds.  So, they have to go!   We'll see how that goes as well!

Speaking of.....My weight has been teetering up and down a few pounds since just before Christmas.  I am happy with how I handled the holidays.  I enjoyed myself and my chocolate and was able to get right back on track as soon as I felt like I needed to.  This is a HUGE change for me and I am super proud of myself!  Progress!

My goal for last week was "At least 72 oz of water a day".   I hit this goal every day except Friday.  Friday I was shopping all day and "forgot" to drink as much as I should.  I am happy with my 6 days tho!  Yay! 

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So lately, I have been thinking about finding something to occupy my time and help me with my healthy journey as well.  I have been thinking a lot about cooking.  I've made dinner just about every night, for almost 32 years.  It's always been quick, thrown together, and kid friendly.  It's time that I started venturing out of my comfort zone and try new recipes.  New, healthy recipes that take time, recipes that take effort, and that take more than 3 ingredients.  Now that the kids are gone, I have a lot more time to spend on making more elaborate dishes.  More importantly, now that I am older, my palate is a bit more refined, so I am more interested in trying new foods.  I need to begin by researching some "How To" cookbooks.  "How To Cook For Two".  Better yet, "How To Cook For The Menopause Woman", because I know it is totally different now.  I seriously would like to get input on what I should and shouldn't be eating now that my metabolism is changing.  The foods I used to eat, I know I shouldn't even look at now.  High School Lori used to eat Suzy Q's and Ice Cream Sandwiches for lunch with no problem.  That definitely can't happen now.   Not to mention learning what vitamin enriched foods my body needs to support my changing system.  Getting older is an adjustment in so many ways :) 

Until I can find some recipes that I'd like to try, I thought I would at least prep some meals for myself for this week.  This is new for me and I think I am really going to like it.  I decided on Mixed Veggies, Italian Turkey Sausage and Stuffed Chicken Breasts.  I also cooked up 2 servings of Brown Rice to use.  I decided to keep 2 of each in the fridge, and I froze the rest for next week.  I only need 4 because I also have Soup and Chicken Salad to use up too.

Here is my prep :)  The three containers in the back are still waiting for their chicken to cool :) 


I need to get more containers so I can prep my lunch too.  This will really help me make good choices when I am in a hurry. :) 

So, if anyone out there knows of a good "How To" book for the amateur chef who is menopausal and learning how to cook adult and healthy let me know :) 

xoxo


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Goal Setting

I've decided that I am going to start setting some goals for myself.  In the past, I have set unrealistic goals regarding my weight loss journey.  Some of the goals were hard to achieve, so I was unable to reach them.  Some goals took to long to achieve, like Monthly Goals, and I gave up on them to quickly.  Either way, when you don't reach your goal, you feel like a failure.

I have been reading and hearing a lot about goals lately.  I've read that you should set specific, clearly defined goals that you can actually measure.  I've heard that it is best to set small goals, so you can achieve them.  Reaching your goals helps to building your self confidence, it helps you feel stronger and more in control.  Also, the next time you make a goal, your doubt about reaching it is less.

I found this information on MindTools.com.

The Five Golden Rules of Goal Setting

1)  Set Goals that Motivate You. 

      When you set goals for yourself, it is important that they 
      motivate you. This means making sure that they are important to 
      you, and that there is value in achieving them.

2)  Set SMART Goals.

     -Specific.
     -Measurable.
     -Attainable.
     -Relevant.
     -Time Bound.

     
3)  Set Goals in Writing.

      The physical act of writing down a goal make it real and tangible.
      You have no excuse for forgetting about it.  


4)  Make an Action Plan. 

     Sometimes, get so focused on the outcome that you forget 
     to plan out steps that are needed along the way.  
     What steps can you take to reach your goal?

5)  Stick With It!


I will be making weekly goals and posting them here and on my IG account HERE to help me stay accountable.  The more success I have in reaching my goals, the more stronger I think I will feel.  

I posted this weeks goal on my IG account today.  I was going to wait until Monday, but my sister, who is so wise, said I always have that "wait until Monday" mentality,  so don't wait!  Do it now!  So I did!  It felt good too :) 

Here is this weeks goal.........


I've got this!

xoxo


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

My Phrase.......

I know, right?  Three posts in a week?  What is going on?  :)

Happy New Year!  It's time to reflect on the past year, and think about making changes where needed.
This past year has been wonderful to me.  My family is healthy, my children are happy, I reconnected with an old friend :), and although I don't equate my weight with being happy,  my weight is the lowest it has been since my 29 year old was born. :)

The big thing this year is to pick a phrase or a word to focus on for 2017.  I found my phrase a few days ago, while I was at the gym at my Ab Class.  Here is how it happened......

So, this class is an all over strengthening class with abdominal and core work using some Pilates techniques.  There are some moves that I am unable to do, either because my abs are not strong enough, or my weight is hindering movements.  Some exercises are getting easier, and there are a few that I just never even try because, well, I don't think I could do it, so I don't try.  The other day, we were working on lower abs where you are on your back and your legs are out about 6 inches from the floor and you do frog legs in and out.  Well, normally I raise my legs up really high because I just don't think I can do it in the lower position.  This particular day, I decided to keep them low and guess what?  I could do it.  Not all 20, but I did at least 5 before I had to stop.  The point is, I did it!  I could do it!  This made me think of all of the times that I just tell myself, I can't do certain things so I don't even try, both physically and mentally.  We are redoing our kitchen and Greg asked me if I could help him bring the new counter in.  Immediately, I thought "I can't!"  "It's to heavy, to long to awkward.  I can't do that."  I didn't say it out loud, but I almost did.  I ended up helping him carry it in and set it on and it was fine.  I didn't give my self enough credit.  I just thought, I can't.

The older I get the more I tend to rely on Greg or my kids to figure things out for me mentally.  Things like, my phone, the TV......little things that would only take a minute to figure out but I ask for help instead.  I don't want to be that older person who needs to rely on others....

I've decided that my phrase for this year is "I CAN".  I can.  No more giving up before I even try.  No more asking for help instead of trying to figure thinks out first.  No more negative thoughts anymore.
I can!  I can!  I can!

Let make 2017 a year to remember!

xoxo


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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Christmas Season....Part Two.....Birthdays, Friends, and Fun

Before my New Years post,  I wanted to get in my part two of my Christmas Season update.  This is just a few miscellaneous pictures that I wanted to share with you all.

Here is my nephew Paul (on the left) and my youngest Dominic, nicknamed Encino Man by his work family.  We celebrated Paul's 20th birthday this month at a local Chinese restaurant.  I can't believe this amazing young man is 20 years old!  They have been friends since birth and still are as close as brothers, living together while going to college.  Sigh!




Paul with his parents, my sister and brother-in-law 


 My sister also celebrated a birthday this month.  It was during a nasty snowstorm that ended in a 72 car pile up on the interstate right near our house.  Many people stranded for hours and everyone else had to be re-routed right past our road.  That combined with the weather, didn't allow for any of the kids to come home for the party, so we just had a small gathering with my sister-in-laws and my parents, since we all live next door to each other :)


My friend Michele hosted a cookie exchange!  We had so much fun!  It was nice to get together during the holidays.

From the front, left to right....
Gideon, Julie (my sil) and Lori
Back, left to right.....
Connie (my sister), Me, Angie, and Michele (our hostess)



I got a manicure!  Being a dog groomer, it is not worth getting my nails done....ever.  Every year at Christmas time, I always say I am going to get my nails done, but never want to spend money on somehting I can do myself.  This year, I thought dammit, I'm gunna do it......And I did!  It was nice to be pampered and I loved it!




Lastly, there has been a lot of snuggle times with Ava and our coffee :)




This season has been a wonderful time for me to relax with family and friends.  I remember times in the past, when the kids where little, that I barely remember December.  Now a days I look forward to the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Look forward to the warmth and love that it brings, and also the yummy goodies that come with it :)

xoxo

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