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22 April 2017

Wow - nothing like ending your work week out of control to virtually erase your progress for the week. I am not complaining - I did it to myself. I did a paint and sip on Wednesday and had a good friend visiting yesterday, so I was definitely off my routine. Too much drink and too much food.

Back on the wagon today. I am starting with an extended trip to the gym followed by catching up on some of my household chores. It is raining here again this morning so gardening/planting flowers will have to wait until tomorrow. I am so looking forward to adding some color to the outside of my house.

I did finally get my blood test results from the doctor. 5.4 on the blood sugar, so outside of pre-diabetes (woohoo!!). The cholesterol came in under 200 as well - 60 for HDL, 95 for LDL, but my triglycerides are still a little high at 219. Even my vitamin D was normal for the first time in nearly a decade. There was concern about my kidney function, however; so I go back in 1-1/2 weeks for a re-check. I will reserve panic and freaking out until then. I will do as instructed, though. No more drinking alcohol, drinking more water, etc. Hopefully, it will just be a one time abnormal result.

I have a ton of work to do for my upcoming bowlathon to benefit the American Cancer Society and our Relay for Life team. It is a lot of fun, but boy is it a lot of work as well. The work of creating raffle baskets and trophies is also on the agenda this weekend.

I better get busy my FS friends. Lots to do! Have a great week!
Weigh-in: 178.8 lb lost so far: 65.2 lb still to go: 13.8 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   (2 comments) on diet RiverRes's own diet   losing 0.2 lb a week

15 April 2017

This week was successful and I am very proud of myself. I told myself I would get to the next lower decade and I did! I avoided alcohol this week and I think that really helped. I usually only have one or two drinks a week, but it seems to wreak havoc on my weight loss goals when I do. It always sends me back up in weight at mid-week (I drink Tuesday evenings at bowling) and then I have to fight to get it back down on "weigh it and record it" day (Saturday).

I also went a full hour on the elliptical this week. While I could barely muster 10 minutes on the lowest setting at the start of the year, this latest achievement means that training for a 5k is totally doable. I will need to pay attention to my joints and knees, but I think I might be able to pull it off. It looks as though it is time to start splitting elliptical with jogging. In addition to the cardio, I also work on weight machines, do squats, and swing that kettle ball.

The only disappointment I had this week was not getting my blood test results from the doctor. I have been waiting a while, but she has been on vacation. Hopefully, I get them early next week so that I can add that in as another achievement along my path.

I did have a "treat yoself" moment yesterday (actually, it took 3 hours)... I bought (leased) a new car! This was another HUGE step up for me - I have come so far in the past six years (from abused wife, to single parent, to successful human being). Getting something like this for myself was not even feasible six years ago. Yes, I still factored in that I am a mom (so it is not a two-seater sports car) and that I live in Colorado (so it has all wheel drive), but I now get to say that I have a luxury car with all the bells and whistles. I am leasing a BMW X3 and I am so happy! I have never had something this nice to drive. I want to do a road trip right now!!

Happy Easter everyone! I am wishing you all the joy that this season brings with it. The opportunity for starting over and doing it right!
Weigh-in: 179.0 lb lost so far: 65.0 lb still to go: 14.0 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   (8 comments) on diet RiverRes's own diet   losing 2.2 lb a week

08 April 2017

Happy Saturday!

It was a busy week for me. I turned another year older on Monday and went to my favorite restaurant. I am starting to really understand what I need to do to make virtually any restaurant menu something I can do - as long as I am educated about what really goes into it. The last time I went there, I had a salad with grilled chicken, but it is a Mexican restaurant, and I was completely unsatisfied. This time, I ordered chicken fajitas and asked them not to bring the tortillas. That choice completely satisfied my spicy craving and met my nutrition/calorie goals. Win!

I also cooked for our annual Relay for Life fundraising breakfast on Thursday morning (up at 3 AM!!). I contributed 196 link sausages and 6 dozen scrambled eggs to the cause and we made nearly $900 for the American Cancer Society. This is our fifth year of doing this at our workplace and it is always a success. Next on the fundraising docket will be my second annual "Bowling for a Cure" set for Cinco de Mayo. Spring is such a busy time of year for me!

I have been struggling with how to manage planting flowers at my new house. With the dogs and the restrictive HOA, it can be a challenge. I settled on barrels for my flowers in the back yard - it will keep the plants at a level the dogs can't trample and still satisfy my need for color. The front yard is more of a challenge. I will need to make small changes so that I don't have to submit an entire landscape plan to the HOA for approval. What a pain! I will start with expanding the area the tree to include some plants and see if that gets me in trouble. Otherwise, I will need to stick with hanging baskets and such and let the front yard remain a little bland.

So much to do today! I better get busy! Have a great week!
Weigh-in: 181.2 lb lost so far: 62.8 lb still to go: 16.2 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   (4 comments) on diet RiverRes's own diet   losing 1.4 lb a week

01 April 2017

Another stressful week. My friend and coworker's job at work was saved at the final hour and so she won't be laid off. Letting her go was a poor decision that came from our corporate office and I am glad that our local management was able to justify keeping not only her position, but her role, in our organization. There are times that I like working for a large, corporate, entity and there are times it drives me crazy.

I did manage to work out and eat correctly all week so that I am able to enjoy another week of the green downward arrow. I am truly blessed that my WOE and my increased workouts are working together to help me slim down. I truly think that my goal is attainable and that makes me happy.

I saw the doctor this week and have the authorization to cut my blood pressure meds in half. Super happy about that! With continued weight loss, there is a chance I can get off of them entirely. We also did blood work to check my cholesterol and blood sugar. I am actually looking forward to the results - it has been a long time since I could say that!!

Have a great weekend and week FS!
Weigh-in: 182.6 lb lost so far: 61.4 lb still to go: 17.6 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   (4 comments) on diet RiverRes's own diet   losing 2.0 lb a week

25 March 2017

It was a year ago today that I started back down the path toward recapturing my health and wellbeing. One year of tracking everything I ate (good and bad). One year of holding myself accountable, regardless of my daily behaviors, for how I felt each and every day. One year of paying attention and not making excuses.

I lost 59.8 pounds. I am healthier. I feel better. I can do things I haven't dreamed of in years. I am contemplating running in a 5K over the summer. I know that I can go on a 5 mile hike at altitude and not have to stop constantly to catch my breath. I can tie my shoes without my face turning red. I can cross my legs.

Today, I may have had my greatest triumph in the past year. Don't worry, I have celebrated every gain in mobility I have achieved; but today, I put a dress back on the rack because it was too big. I thought I was grabbing the correct size, but after trying it on, I realized I could go a size smaller. I am smiling from ear to ear!

My first year may be complete, but I have no intention of stopping here. I will continue. I will work out 5-6 times per week. I will continue to log my food. I will pay attention to what am I eating and strive to eat what is best for me. I will stay the course that has brought me here and I look forward to the coming year and what it will bring. Onward and downward!
Weigh-in: 184.6 lb lost so far: 59.4 lb still to go: 19.6 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   (13 comments) on diet RiverRes's own diet   losing 1.8 lb a week

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