Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday Milestones

Greetings Divas.
I know I know it has been a min since I last posted and I am soo sorry. I have been taking care of my mother who recently had surgery and I just have not had the time to update my blog. But I'm back!!!! Woo HOoo!

So you all know how this thing goes by now.  Since I didn't make a Monday Milestones post last week I will just post my goals for this week as well as give a little summery of how my journey has been over the last couple of weeks. 

So here's the summary.

It SUCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is all.

NO just kidding but my eating this last week especially has been horrendous. I have fallen hard back into some of my old habits of eating candy and drinking juices. Because my mother was recovering she requested some things that we usually don't keep in the house any more.  I.e. chips, juices and such of that nature.  Until these last weeks I did not know that juice was  a trigger food for me. I had one sip from my moms glass and I was hooked. I know that I drank too much juice and along with that it triggered my candy craving. I had sweettarts, Hershey's kisses, and tootsie rolls.  It was so horrible I felt so bad doing it, but i just couldn't stop. I know that my weigh in today will show the effects of what I have done over the last week and I am devastated.  I know better so I should do better right?  I though so until those things happened. 

I am really trying not to get down on myself too much about it. I know that at times there will be slip ups and mishaps but i thought that I was passed this stage.  But technically I am only 3 months into my journey so I guess this is to be expected.  Other than those things I am doing ok.

While I was missing form blog world two weeks ago I lost 9.4lbs in one week.  I was so proud of that.  So I know that I am doing something right just need to keep it going. 

So on to the goals for this week.

1. Keep my food journal updated daily.

2. Continue to stay within my calorie range with the correct food choices!!

3. Drink at least 80 oz of water a day

4. Actually follow the workout plan that I designed (May need to modify this).

5. Keep up with my blog postings

So these are what I have set for this week. I am confident that I am truly back on track and from today forward I will continue to stay on track.
Peace and Blessings Divas
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Friday, March 18, 2011

Weight Loss Log

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Current Weight
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Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday Milestones (On Time this Week!)

Hey there fellow Curvy Divas it is that time again. Oh yes its time for Monday Milestones. Woo Hooo. So am I the only one that is excited! I guess so..................... LOL But any way I hope last week was successful for you all and that this week will be even more so.

Now on to the results from last week’s goals. The results are in RED!

1. Write down everything I eat at the end of every day. (No waiting until many days have passed) SEMI-SUCCESS!!! I did not right down everything at the end of the day but I did make sure to update the next morning. I will count that as an improvement. Yes? I think so!
2. Continue to stay within my calorie range. SEMI-SUCCESS I will call this one as well. Even though I stayed within my calorie range I did eat some not so healthy things. i.e. The pack of Pretzel M&Ms that I ate on Saturday as well as the Sweet tarts that I ate on Wednesday. So I will try to keep this to a minimum. Hopefully this little out breaks won't be happening too often.

3. Drink at least 80 oz of water a day. (Been slacking on this one) SUCCESS!!! Oh yes I was killing the water this week baby. I am proud to say that I actually drank about 90 oz on average this week so kudos to me!!!!!

4. Follow the workout plan that I designed for myself. EPIC FAILURE!!!! OMG I was so not on plan this week it was ridiculous. I did a 3 mile walking video on Tuesday.................. Yeah that was it. I did not have the energy or the time to do another workout this week. I really need to do a better job of managing my time. I hope to improve this, this week.

5. Keep up with my blog postings. SUCCESS I am happy to report that I actually posted more than once this week. And this has really helped me to stay on track. So I will have to keep this up.

All in all this was not as bad of a week as I thought initially, but there is always room for improvement. So onto the goals for this week.

1. Keep my food journal updated daily.
2. Continue to stay within my calorie range with the correct food choices!!
3. Drink at least 80 oz of water a day
4. Actually follow the workout plan that I designed.
5. Keep up with my blog postings
6. Stop comparing my journey to others. See my previous post HERE.

So that is all I have for right now. I have a weigh in this afternoon and I am hoping to have lost the pound that I gained last week along with a few more of his buddies. So good luck ladies this week and keep up the god work.

Peace and Blessings
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

The ABC's of a Curvy Diva

So Divas. I have seen this going around in blog world and I decided to give it a go. Hopefully you will learn something about me that you don't know. And maybe be inspired to do this yourself.  So here goes.

A. Age: 26
B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore you hate: Cleaning the bathroom

D. Dogs: Ummm.... that is gonna be a H-no. Can't afford to feed my self none the less another mouth.

E. Essential start to your day: ****laying there...looking....

F. Favorite color: Purple

G. Gold or silver: I like white gold. Yellow gold is so old school to me! LOL

H. Height: 5' 5.5" I am sort and I'm ok with that

I. Instruments you play: The Violin and the piano

J. Job title: Water Treatment Plant Operator & Technical Paraprofessional ( I have 1.5 jobs)

K. Kids: Not right now. Trying to loos this weight but very soon hopefully.

L. Live: Hephzibah, GA. I know everyone is reading it like how do you pronounce that mess.  But its located right outside Augusta.
M. Mom's name: Gwendolyn I love my mommy!

N. Nicknames: Char, Char-Bookie, Baby-Girl, Charms

O. Overnight hospital stays: Never but I have been so many times to the ER they know me by name!

P. Pet peeve: People who beat around the bush. Spit it out already!

Q. Quote from a movie: My favorite movie ever: Brown Sugar
"When did you fall in love with Hip-Hop?"

R. Right or left handed: Right.

S. Siblings: 1 Younger brother

T. Time you wake up: 4:45am I have to be to work at 6!!!!!!!!!!!

U. Underwear: Sooo what does this have to do with who I am.

V. Vegetables you dislike: I can not stand tomato. Just so dang squishy!!

W. What makes you run late: My freaking husband. He is the slowest man on the planet.

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Too many to list. Including 8 broken bones, an MRI and several other imaging things.

Y. Yummy food you make: I make some great chicken Alfredo!

Z. Zoo – favorite animal: Zebras

Peace and Blessings
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

A New Mentality

Greetings Divas,

I am having a hard time this week. So as you know with my program we weigh in 2x a week. Well on Monday's weigh in I had gained 1.4 lbs.  This is typical for me. The week after TOM I gain weight like some some weirdo.  I can't just be like every one else and gain during my cycle. But I digress.  When I stepped on the scale I knew that it was not going to be good so I was prepared so I thought.

This week I have felt myself slipping back into my old habits.  Before I started this weight loss journey I was a  closet eater.  Have been most if not all of my life.  I would hid candy in my room and eat it late at night as my comfort food.  Even as an adult I was a closet eater. I would sneak sweets in to my office at home and eat them there so that my husband would not see me.  I am not sure where this behavior stems form but I am sure that is has something to do with my father and the constant verbal abuse that I suffered.

Anyway, this week I found my self eating a fun sized snickers that I stole form a coworker.  I actually went to the gas station and purchased a pack of sweet tarts. Now mind you, while I was in the store I looked at all the calories on the candies and decided on the sweet tarts because they offered the least calories for the most product. So with that I can see that my mentality has changed a little. But the fact that I actually went to the store with the intention of purchasing and subsequently eating this types of food is baffling to me. 

I often find myself comparing my journey to others that I have seen and I know that is counter productive.  I wish I could not go out and see people on the streets and want to be like them.  Its not about personality, its about their shape and size.  I always  find myself saying "Ooh if I was that size I would be great", or "If i cold look like her then I would be beautiful".  As I read the blogs that I am subscribed to I often wonder why it seems like everyone is loosing weight except for me.  I really need to snap out of this type of thinking.  These are the types of thoughts that brought me to 378 lbs.  And these are the kinds of thoughts that will keep me form reaching my goals if I don't change.

So I have decided to stop with the stinkin' thinkin'.. I know its not that easy but I am going to make a concerted effort to try and change my mentality about myself as well as the journey. I need to learn to love my self and celebrate the victories that I have achieved.  I need to stop comparing my self to others. I am not them and they are not me so why would our weight losses be the same.  This is going to be a tough thing for me to overcome but I know that if I can loose the weight I can defiantly change my mind.

Let's all try to change our mental states. I am sure it will do a world of difference for yourself esteem as well as boost our weight loss efforts.

Peace and Blessings

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My Very First Blog Award!

So Divas I finally got one.  A Blog Award that is! LOL. I want to send a special shout out to Erin over at My Personal Weight Loss Journey for giving me the Versatile Blogger Award.

So the rules for this award are to share with my readers 7 things that you all do not know about me.  And also choose other blogger to receive this award.  So the 7 things that you don't know about be are:

1. I sing in a gospel group called Joyceland McCaster and Victorious Soul (JMVS for short). I really love singing and this is one of my favorite ways to express myself.  (Now I will insert a shameless plug for you all to check out and purchase our songs HERE at Amazon!!!!)

2. I love to read. I have a very extensive book collection and I usually can read a book in a day if I'm not busy.

3. My favorite shows are House and Grey's Anatomy.  I am very in to everything that has to do with the medical field.

4. I have a neurological disease calles neurofibromatosis (NF). It causes small tumors to grow at your nerve endings.  I am not really affected by it but it is something that I am aware of.

5. I am obsessed with everything that has to do with makeup. I have a ridiculous collection and I do makeup for weddings on the side.

6. I really miss hanging out with my sorority sisters.  They  helped to keep me grounded and on track. Now we have all graduated and are living in different places. Cant wait to meet up with them again.

7. I am a big cry baby. I try to fight it but all those sappy reality shows make me a big mushy mess. (But don't tell anyone!)

Now I have to re gift this award.
1. Ms. Cyone over at PlusSyze
2. Kenz over at All The Weigh

Every other blog that I read has already received this award.  I am excited that I got this one.  Again special thanks to Erin. 

Peace and Blessings

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Monday, March 7, 2011

MOnday Milestones

So Divas I am back!! And with our weekly Monday Milestones post.  I know I have been absent lately but I am going to try to do better with my postings.  So for this week there will be a small review of last weeks accomplishments/failures and then the setting of new goals for this week. 

So last week was ok.  I did exercise 3 times last week and I pretty much stuck to my calorie limit. I am however having trouble with writing down everything that I eat at the time that I eat it.  I usually go 2-3 days without writing anything down and then I have to play catch up and try to remember what all I ate on those previous days.  So I aim to do better with that this week. 

As I previously stated I am down 30.4 lbs since I began my weight loss journey the last week of December. (Inserts dancing BBM smiley!) I am extremely proud of that and I intend to be to my goal weight by January of 2012.  

So on to the goals for this week.
1. Write down everything I eat at the end of everyday. (No waiting until many days have passed)
2. Continue to stay within my calorie range.
3. Drink at least 80 oz of water a day. (Been slacking on this one)
4. Follow the workout plan that I designed for myself. 
5. Keep up with my blog postings. 

That's all I am going to try to do this week. Hope you Divas are staying on track and achieving your goals.

Peace and Blessings

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Neglecting my Readers

Clearly Divas I have been neglecting you all week. There was no Monday Milestones post, not even a late one. And I really don't have an excuse.  It was the TOM and I was exhausted.  I couldn't bring myself to read the blogs that I follow, none the less write one of my own. But that is all over and I am back now. 

I did follow my workout plan that I made up last week. See the page listed at the top of the blog.  So I did 30min on the treads and 5 min on the elliptical on Tuesday. ( Let us pause here to say that me and the elliptical do NOT get along. I was supposed to go for 10-15 min but after 2.5 min I was in hell. Literally clinging to the sides of the machine for dear life.  I somehow willed myself through 5 min or torture but that was all I could handle at the moment.  I believe deep down in my heart that the devil himself came up from hell and invented the elliptical to torture me.) But I digress! 

Anyway on Wednesday I did my 30min/2mile walking video and on Thursday I did my walk and tone video.  I am going to be resting today since I made it three days in a row exercising.  GOooooo Me!

In total I lost 3 lbs this week, even with TOM. I was shocked and amazed and very proud of myself.  I am determined to keep up my 15lbs a month goal and I am so far on track. In 2 months I have lost 30.4lbs. Holy S*&%. That's a lotta weight. even though I am not seeing the changes, others are noticing and that makes me happy.  I hope to be on track and down by 75 lbs by the time we go on our cruise in June. 

Hope you ladies are staying on track. I will be sure to make a better effort to update.  Keep it up divas we are making this thing happen.

Peace and Blessings
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