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Friday, December 28, 2007

What a great CHRISTMAS!

Well our family had such a wonderful Christmas. We were able to have a special Christmas Eve with some friends (young boys) that don't have any family and they spent C Eve with our family. With the help of some friends and family we were able to buy them some clothes and it was so fun to watch them open their gifts.

Christmas morning was a blast with our girls and then we had Christmas with J's family and then later in the day with my family. Just so much fun all around I hated for the day to end.

I have exercised a little but not as much as I should but I have eaten well. I am proud of my eating. I indulged in a few treats but only those that were worth it.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE...I am down 1 pound this week!!! Yes, I said I LOST 1 POUND the week of CHRISTMAS!! I just don't let the food get in the way of getting to my goal. WATCH OUT 140's HERE COMES DAWN!!!

I was watching the Today show last Saturday morning and it talked about eating through the holidays and how to cut your calories and that you really should not try to lose weight but just maintain. Well, I DON'T LISTEN TO THEM!! I have a goal and I am going to get there, I don't care what holiday it is or how much food is around. Nothing is stopping me and you shouldn't let it stop you either. Decide where you want to be and make your plan to get there. As I always say, the only reason you will not get to your goal is if you quit and there is NO QUITING AROUND HERE!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Week 3 - Much better

As a reminder I am trying my dardnest to get in 5 strength training workouts for 6 weeks in a row. The first week I got in all 5. The 2nd week I got in only 1 and the 3rd week (this week) I did 4 so I am proud of that but I still should have done the other one. I left off the leg workout and considering I do some lunges and pop squats and hop squats in some of the other workouts and I do work my legs some I guess that is not too bad but I didn't devote one full workout too it like I should have. Overall, I am pleased with my week though. My food was SO much better than it was the week before.

Christmas Eve will be a challenge for me b/c we have a great dinner planned with our families. Chicken and beef enchiladas, with rotel and guacamole dip. I am in charge of dessert. I thought I might make banana pudding that is so yummy but I just couldn't eat any b/c I don't think I would be able to control myself with it. I do plan on getting some soy chips so that I feel a little better about eating the rotel and guacamole dips. I will just eat small portions of the enchiladas.

Then of course I have Christmas Day the next day. B-fast will be fine, the usual, eggs, turkey bacon and one waffle most likely then I will just eat some foods that I want but very small portions. It will be exactly like Thanksgiving and I did great then so I know I can do it.

I plan to exercise tomorrow but take off on Tuesday.

Does everyone have their plan??? If you don't you better get it b/c Christmas is almost here. YEAH!!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I passed it up...

YES I DID!! I passed up my favorite dessert, cheesecake. Cheesecake is almost always my it is WORTH IT dessert. If there is cheesecake then I am going to eat it and enjoy every minute of it. Well, Tuesday night we went to J's work Christmas party and before I went I told myself I was not going to eat dessert. Well, what do you know, it is cheesecake. It was just plain cheesecake which is actually one of my favorites, they had topping but I would have eaten it without that is if I was going to eat it but I did tell myself that I wasn't going to but I had no idea it would be CHEESECAKE! What was I thinking. This is where having a PLAN comes into play. I told myself I wasn't going to have any so by gosh I am not going to eat it and I didn't. I watched all of the other 8 people at my table eat some and the whole time I was thinking about how many football fields they would need to walk to burn off the calories from that cheesecake. I will share the football fields story later. Anyway, I did not partake. I snubbed that cheesecake like there was no tomorrow and I felt so darn proud of myself. I mean it is just cheesecake right, the world will keep turning if I don't eat it. It was not like I am never going to eat cheesecake again, just not that night. So, see, if you have a plan and stick to it you too can be proud of yourself. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

And the winner is...BILL

Biggest Loser was AWESOME!! They all looked fabulous. I was so impressed with how many of them lost over 100 pounds. What are the chances that the first ever twins on the show would win both of the contest. Bill and Jim obviously deserved it but that doesn't mean a lot of the other ones didn't. Isabeau is a trainer now, how awesome is that!! Hollie looked so lean and toned and I loved her haircut. Then there was Julie...my favorite. She was SMOKIN HOT! She weighed 121 pounds. OH MY GOSH, she is so little. Gosh, I just absolutely love this show. This has to be my favorite show of all time next to the Dukes of Hazzard. HAHA A new one starts on January 1st with couples and I can't wait.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Biggest Loser Finale TONIGHT!!

I am a HUGE fan of Biggest Loser and the finale is tonight. Make sure you watch! OH, I so can't wait to watch it and see how awesome they all look.

Week 2 = BAD

o.k. I have to fess up. I only got in ONE strenght training workout this past week. I know, I told myself I was going to do 2 workouts on Saturday and 2 workouts on Sunday but I didn't get it done. I have learned a few things about myself over the past few weeks:

First) I will not exercise on the weekends. I tell myself I will and on very few occasions I will but it is a very slim chance that I actually will.

Second) At this current time I am not a morning exerciser. The bad thing is that I really want to be and in the past I have been. I am not sure if it is having two kids now and more things to do and to get ready and to prepare for or what but in the morning I just want to sleep as long as I possibly can. Therefore, after finally realizing that right now in my life that morning exercising is not for me I need to exercise at night after the girls go to bed. That would be anytime in between 8:30 - 10:00 pm. If I do this I can go to bed around 10 or 10:30 and no later than 11. I just need several hours of sleep to function very well.

o.k. I have realized these two things about myself so now I must put them into action and exercise at night and just not plan to exercise on the weekends.

Tonight is Biggest Loser finale and I can't wait!!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Week 2 - slow start

I am off to a slow start this week with the exercise. I finally got up this morning (Wednesday) and got in my chest strength workout. I plan to get up in the morning and do shoulders. I have to kick it in gear. I need to adjust my mindset for these last 5 weeks of this challenge I am doing and FINISH STRONG. I have worked too hard to quit now but for some reason I find my motivation lacking with the exercise. No excuses though, isn't that my mantra. I need to practice what I preach. I WILL DO IT!!!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Week 1 - SUCCESS

I told myself that for the next 6 weeks that I was going to do 5 strength training workouts and I almost didn't follow through. I needed to get in 2 of them this weekend and things were not working out well for me. I was either busy or lazy. Well, I knew I would be so mad at myself if I didn't do them so last night (Sunday) at 9:10pm I got on my workout clothes and got my water and went to the living room and finished both of them. I was SO GLAD I did it. J was in the living room watching the end of the national finals rodeo and he cheered me on and encouraged me as I did it and as I got tired towards the end. So I can proudly say I did 5 ST days in one week. Now I just have 5 more weeks of that. I can do it though. I am determined.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Still doing well...

I finished day 3 on Wednesday and then I did not exercise on Thursday and I haven't yet today. I will either do a workout tonight or I will do one on Sat. and one on Sun. I will get the last two in though. They just take about 30 minutes so I really have no excuses not to get them in. I should have time for that.

I had a food victory on Wednesday at a Christmas luncheon I went to. It was buffet and I had no idea what they would have so I just figured I would make the best choices possible. I walked up to the buffet and what did I see but a green salad, green beans and chicken. YES!!! My staple foods. This was perfect. I passed up the pasta that you could put under your chicken and I passed up the dessert that just didn't look worth it and then I passed up the dinner rolls. It was a success!! Then last night I went to another Christmas gathering with some friends and I made it my cheat meal for the week. I didn't go overboard but I ate a few snacky foods that I don't normally eat so I will consider it my cheat meal.

This weekend I plan to do some Christmas shopping and cleaning house tonight so I get that over with. J and I are going on a "date" Saturday night so I am really looking forward to that.

Have a great weekend everyone. Oh and as always, eat healthy and EXERCISE!!! Dawn

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Day 2 = DONE

I just had to post b/c I was so proud of myself that I got out of bed at 5am this morning and did my chest workout. WOOT WOOT!! So 2 days down and 3 to go. I will get up early tomorrow morning too and get it done. Of course all of this depends on how my kiddos sleep. Last night was a good night so I was able to get out of bed with a friendly nudge from my hubby. I ask him to do this so I appreciate it when he does. Tonight is Biggest Loser. I just can't wait. I am obsessed with that show! I look so forward to it every week.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Day 1 = DONE

I just wanted to post before I went to bed that I did day #1 of my ST. It was leg day and I finished it. I started at 9:15 and ended at 9:45ish. Whew, it was tough but it is over with. Thank goodness. Tomorrow is chest day so I will either do it in the morning depending on how baby sleeps or I will do it tomorrow night while I watch Biggest Loser. OH YEA, can't wait until Biggest Loser tomorrow night. I will post tomorrow or tomorrow night and let you know how day 2 went.

Day #1

Today is day 1 of my 5 days a week of strength training (ST). I had intended on getting out of bed at 6 am and getting in my leg workout but Lizzie did not sleep well, I think she is teething, I was up off and on most of the night so 6am didn't come for me. This just means that I have to get it in tonight. NO EXCUSES, b/c as I say, EXCUSES DON'T BURN CALORIES, right, RIGHT! I cannot go to bed until my leg exercise is done. Here is my plan, go home, cook dinner, eat dinner, girls take a bath, girls to bed, LEG WORKOUT, then to bed myself. I can do this, I will do this. I will report tomorrow on how it went.

I had a great weekend. We got up our Christmas tree, I will take some pics and post them soon of it. It is very pretty I think. I hope the lights stay lit on it though. They all went out yesterday after it was decorated and everything. A tree isn't the same if the lights don't work. Just pray that they stay lit for about 4 more weeks. I also made my very first homemade lasagna. It just sounded good and we had J's brother and girlfriend down to watch the best show ever, Desperate Houswives and we ate dinner. The lasagna turned out SO GOOD! I was very proud of myself. Now I realize that it is not calorie friendly but I only ate one serving and it was a small serving so I am o.k. with it. It is actually rather nutritional with the lean ground beef, tomato sauce, cottage cheese, riccotta cheese, and eggs. It has a lot of protein so that is good.

o.k. gotta get some work done. Have a great Monday.