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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's almost here. 1 1/2 more days.

Oh man, we are so excited for Christmas to be here. Chloe and Lizzie can't wait to open presents and neither can I for that matter. My lovely husband is really good at picking out gifts for me and he loves to buy me presents especially since I rarely by myself anything. I think he went WAY over our budget this year. I only went slightly over budget with him b/c remember he has that fancy boat in the drive way that is his Christmas gift for eternity.

We have a local square that is decorated in tons of lights and we go there every year to get pictures. Here are some from this year. It was REALLY cold the night we went.

Plus, if I don't get on here again before Christmas I hope my blogger family and all those that read my blog have a blessed Christmas. Enjoy your time with your family and take time to remember those that aren't able to share it with you this year and hug those that are. I will be remembering my cousin, Sabrina and my Granny. Oh how I miss them.















Monday, December 21, 2009

Moving on DOWN!

The scale continues to show me some love and I was down 1.4 pounds this week for a total of 6.4 pounds in 3 weeks. WOOT!! The scale read 143.6. OH YEA!!

I can't believe I am in the low 140's. WOW!! I can't wait to get to 1-4-0 exactly. That has been the magic number in my head for a while now and I just want to see it. I am inching closer and closer as the days go by.

The consistent exercise and the consitent clean food with NO cheats or bites or licks or anything is totally paying off and I am loving it.

I was told by my trainer, Tim, at Structure Fitness that I could have a cheat meal on Christmas. Well as much as I want to I decided that I would rather have it the day after Christmas when we get together with J's Grandpa for Christmas. At that meal we have the appetizer type food that I really like. Cheese balls, smokies, and I am making rotel/cheese dip. OH YUM!! I can taste it now. So if I am going to get 1 cheat meal in the month of December then I want it to be GOOD and something that is totally worth it and something that I love.

Christmas is 5 days a week and I am thrilled. My girls are so excited and that just makes me smile. Every day Lizzie says, "we open presents, it's Christmas". She thinks it should be here now and of course has no sense of time and what 5 days is. Chloe knows that Santa will be coming very soon and she is so excited about it.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Day by day

Day by day they say, well Corinne and Becca say. They both told me the same thing about my exercise and eating. You really have to take it one day at a time. Do what you know you need to do as far as exercise goes and what you put in your mouth each day and then get up and do it all over again.

This is TOUGH. I can tell you that this will be the hardest thing I have done in my life to this point as far as challenging and really pushing my limits. Of course being a parent is probably the hardest but most enjoyable thing I have done. But 2nd to parenting a competition is at the top.

I am going strong right now and I am having a great week and I have had 2 good weeks prior to this but then I get to thinking I have to do this for SIX MONTHS PEOPLE!! SIX MONTHS!!!!!! That is A LONG TIME!!! I have to eat a very tight diet and at this current time I exercise 5 days a week and that is if I get in all 5 cardios and strength workouts in the same day. If I don't then it is 6 days at least. Then there will come a time that I will HAVE to exercise 6 days a week and eventually SEVEN. I am wondering now how I will do that. Can we say OVERWHELMING!

So the above paragraph is exactly why Corinne and Becca STRESS to me that it is DAY TO DAY!! Don't think ahead just think NOW! TODAY!!

O.k. I have learned over time to trust those that have gone before me so I will do just that. Day to day, day to day, day to day. I keep saying this over and over in my head.

I CAN DO THIS!! I WILL DO THIS!! I WILL GET ON THAT STAGE.
ONE DAY AT A TIME!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas cookies galore!!!

I LOVE CHRISTMAS!! I always have but it is even more fun now that I have small children. You really see the joy in their faces with everything associated with Christmas. It just makes you smile.

My MIL is a baker and she has this awesome recipe from past generations of sugar/shortbread cookies and they are SO GOOD!! Since we had Chloe she has come down to our house and they make Christmas cookies together and now that Lizzie is here of course she partcipates too. Here is a sampling of what they made.

Just for the record I didn't even sample one. I had a conversation with myself though discussing the issue every time I passed them in the kitchen. Luckily my will power won. I can have them next Christmas if I so choose, right. To be honest even if I wasn't preparing for a competition I would have to think twice about eating one only b/c I don't have much control when it comes to those types of foods. I just want to eat 10 - 15 literally. I rarely can get by with eating just 1-3 so sometimes it is best that I have none.

These were just part of them...YES there were MORE!
Up close Christmas cookies. I helped ice most of these. That was pretty fun. I am not a big icing fan so this wasn't too tempting.


Yes, I let me kids eat cookies for breakfast. Only on very special occasions though.




Lizzie showing off her snowman cookie.



Chloe and her Christmas tree cookie.


I like the plain ones. Here they are in the ziploc bag.


I wanted to tip this bag up and devour them...but I didn't.


This candy cane cookie in the fridge belongs to Lizzie. She was eating it and she came and told me "I save it for later" (I wasn't sure where she had put it though). A few minutes past and I looked in the fridge and she had put it in there to "save for later". HA
Our Christmas tree.
We have LOTS of ornaments and almost all of them have a story behind them or when we got them or who got them for us.


Up close of some of our ornaments.










Monday, December 14, 2009

The date is SET and I have a plan.

JUNE 12th it is!!! That is the day that I will stand on stage in a bikini of some sort (yet to be determined) with the goal of looking like I belong in my very first bikini competition. WHOA!!! To write that, read it and say it out loud just blows me away. I am doing it though (since I have committed my husband is cancelling an annual golf tournament that he does that weekend so there is no going back now). I am going to give it everything I have and see where I end up on June 12, 2010.

I have to admit that I am scared to death. Mostly scared of the un-known and if I can truly do it. I want to, I say I can, I mostly believe I can (at least I fake it for now) and I have the tools to do so. Now I have to put all of that into action.

June 12th is 26 weeks from now, a couple days shy actually. 26 weeks seems like an eternity really but when you have layers of fat to lose it isn't at all.

I was seeing a personal trainer here in my town and I LOVED that. I did it for 4 sessions and it was very valuable. I learned a lot during those 4 sessions but I realized it wasn't for me for the longterm. I am well into my journey and the PT sessions were a reminder of how hard I can push myself and I got some great ideas for workouts but for now I can put that money to other things. I HIGHLY recommend getting a PT though if you need direction, encouragement, knowledge and a push. It was well worth the money.

After much thought and consideration I decided to go a different route for my training and that is through Structure Fit. I followed along with Jessica at Amaze Yourself as she was training for her very first bikini competition and I was mesmerized. For myself I need a very structured plan (appropriately named) and went for it. I just finished my 2nd full week of working with them and I am down 5 pounds and not sure how many inches. I will measure and let you know. I started 2 weeks ago at 150 and now weigh 145. I have no idea what my end weight will be or what it should be. I am 5'3" so I am thinking between 115 and 125 but that really is a wild guess b/c I have no idea what my body is going to look like now at even 140 pounds or 135.

I am still with my beloved Phit-N-Phat, with out them I would not be where I am today. The women there provide me with so much encouragement and knowledge that you cannot imagine. Corinne shares the wealth with anything she learns or knows from personal experience and for that I am greatful. I will actually be doing this competition in Chattanooga, TN with several other Phit-N-Phaters. What an experience it is going to be.

WOW! I can't believe I am doing this.

Stay tuned for how I make it through the next 26 weeks and watch the transformation as I melt the fat. I hope I prove to you and myself that it can be done if you want it bad enough.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I get a "high" when...

I get ORGANIZED!!!! I took a day off yesterday to organize my kids rooms, clothes and toys. It needed it desperately and mostly my sanity needed it. I feel SO MUCH BETTER NOW!! I stared at their closets last night AND this morning and just smiled knowing what my Mom and I had done. I am NOT a pack rat at all, I love to get rid of things I don't need. I needed time to do it though and that doesn't come as plentiful as I would like. I took off work so that I could do it while the girls were at school and my Mom was able to help me. The project was too overwhelming to do alone. THANK GOD FOR MY MOM!!!

We organized and threw out and took some toys to the re-sale shop. I went through clothes after clothes and we ironed and hung up a crazy amount that I will put in a consignment sale that is huge that is in my area. That is in March. It is a process getting things ready for it though.

I feel SO GOOD knowing this is done before Christmas and now when the girls get more clothes and toys then we will have room for them and a spot to store them. YEA!!

Food and exercise are still going strong. I will face another challenge tomorrow at lunch at our annual office luncheon. I will prefail though!

Oh and last night I went Christmas shopping and while there I tried on a shirt to give my Mom an idea of something I might want for Christmas and guess what size it was...a SMALL!!! Yes, I tried on a SMALL in a shirt and it fit. WHOA!!! I think I was 10 the last time I wore anything that said "small" on the tag. That is Christmas enough for me but I really did like the shirt. Maybe I will get it and I can sport around my SMALL shirt and to top it off, it was a Razorback shirt. It really doesn't get better than a SMALL RAZORBACK shirt! GO HOGS!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Passed it up

So we had MEXICAN of all things at my Christmas luncheon today for work and I totally passed it up!! WOOT!! It did look good but not worth sacrificing my momentum I have going now. NOT WORTH IT!! I can have it at a later date if I want to but just not right now. I am on a roll and mexican food isn't getting in my way.

I have another challenge this coming Friday with yet another work Christmas luncheon and it is at a very good italian place. I can pass it up though, if I passed up the mexican then I can pass this up too. It will be a little bit more of a discussion in my head though b/c this food is GOOD! Yet, still not worth sacrificing my momentum.

I am 2/2 on the workouts this week also so I am going strong in that department. I plan in getting in 5 days at least and maybe 6 depending on what I get done in these 6 days.

BIGGEST LOSER FINALE is tonight. I can't wait!!! LOVE THAT SHOW!! I am always in such amazement at how they transform themselves and I can't wait to see them. I am really pulilng for Danny. My husband and I decided that he is our all time favorite contestant. He just totally "gets it" and I love that. He has truly transformed his life and you can tell by the way he talks about himself and talks about his new lifestyle. I LOVE IT!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

I broke through...

I finally after 8 weeks of staying between 148 and 150 on the scale I broke through my plateau and registered on Sunday morning at a very sweet looking 146.8. WOOT WOOT!!! I was just hoping to see 147.8 at some point in the near future and I seem to have passed by the 147's onto the 146's. SWEET!!! I will take it.

On Monday morning, November 30th I weighed in at 150 and on Sunday, December 6th I weighed in at 146.8. I have NEVER had a jump in the scale that much that I recall. It was a nice sight to see.

Considering I have THREE Christmas events this week this could not have come at a better time to help me keep my mind strong and my resolve to make December a DROP THE FAT month.

My first challenge of the week comes Tuesday (tomorrow) at a work luncheon. They are serving On the Border mexican. SERIOUSLY? YES! I love mexican but I will do without it this time. It is not as if I can't ever have it again but not right now. I will take my own food, not sure yet what, maybe tuna patties, they are my stand by that I like and easy to transport and don't require heating. My goals will not be overtaken by a catered mexican food lunch!!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Going strong, quick check in.

I am cruising along and have stuck to my food plan and exercise plan except for this morning when I got to the gym and waited 15 minutes and the person that usually opens it did not show up, which is odd, I hope he is o.k.

No big plans for the weekend for me. I will do 1 more cardio session and do strength training for my back and arms. My food will continue to stay on plan.

I do plan to watch the SEC championship game between Florida and Alabama. This is going to be a good one I hope. I love close games.

Chloe and I are getting our hair trimmed too on Saturday and we need it!

Sunday, my Mom and I are going to a Christmas tour of homes here in our town. I am really looking forward to that.

Here is to a eating healthy and exercising this weekend. Have a good one!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My husbands perspective

Last night J was telling me about another party we will be attending with some of his friends and then we were talking about our Christmas plans with our families and such. I told him I am totally on board with whatever people want to eat b/c I will be bringing my own food with me but enjoying the company. Thankfully he is so supportive of this and never gives me a hard time about it. He just expects me now to bring my soft side cooler and snacks every where I go.

I was telling him how tough I thought the month of December was going to be with all of the parties and gatherings and then he said, "You can do it, you don't even like food." HA I started laughing. I said "you think I don't even like food?" he said "yea, this won't be hard for you." We were both laughing and I said "well I will take that as a compliment, I think."

I told him, you never would have said that about me if you saw me back in the day eating out of a tube of chocolate chip cookie dough and eating 3 big bowls of fruity pebbles in one evening.

I thought his perspective was so interesting. I reminded him that I TOTALLY like food but that I TOTALLY 1000 times more like the way I feel and look and those feelings most of the time win out over the food. It is all about a choice and finally in my life I choose the better way when it comes to food, but trust me when I say this has not always been my way which is probably why I am so aware of what I eat now. In fact the majority of my life I was on the other side of the fence hoping to make it to the other side and finally...I did.