Sunday, November 27, 2011

Looking Back...

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Success is not a race, be patient.
Success leads to success.
Success is always a work in progress.
Success doesn't come to you--you go to it
Success is a journey, not a destination. Focus on the process.
Some people dream about success... while others wake up and work hard at it.
Success is achieved and maintained by those who try-and keep trying.
Everyday is a good day to SUCCEED!
If at first you don't succeed-try, try again

           Do you ever keep something like a picture to keep you motivated when you get off track? I do. I have this picture of me that is not so flattering if i say so myself. I look bad. I look at it to remind myself that I want to change for the better. I want to be healthier and I would like to look good dammit!! So I keep in handy when I need a boost of energy of why I am doing this. I keep it handy when I want to just give up.
         This past holiday was a little tough. Though I wanted to indulge in everything that was cooked and baked, I held my ground. I kept it to smaller portions and limited myself into eating what i can. If I wanted seconds I would ask myself do I really want it? Wait 5 more minutes and prayed it passed.. and it did. :) How was your thanksgiving holiday? Did you have any obstacles to overcome like I did?
          I have lost another 2 more lbs. this week. A total of 18 lbs. to date. Whoo hoo!! 2 more pounds to go and I will hit my 20 lb. goal. I can't wait.

What are you thankful for in your life?

I am thankful for being alive.I am thankful for having a job that puts food on the table and to be able to  buy things that are a neccessaity and also a home for me and my family to live in. I am also thankful for having a car that takes me from point A to point B. I am thankful that my kids are healthy and alive.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Being Grateful...

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. - Oprah Winfrey

The Month of November is a busy time of the month, but it is also the month that we show that what we are most thankful for. Do you ever just look around and wonder or say to yourself that wow it's great to be alive. I do once and awhile. I am thankful for taking a breath each day and the day after that. I am so thankful for the people around me and the people I have met new and old. I am thankful for the new memories that I make each day and every day from now on. Then you remember the people that aren't here to be thankful. The month of November is the month I lost my mother. Though I don't exactly know her I do wish I could've met her. I am thankful that she and my dad created me and gave me life. I am thankful I am here today and I am thankful for living. What are you thankful for this year? Just remember that when we sit down for thanksgiving dinner this week make sure to be thankful for being with your family. You only get to live life once. Make sure you treasure it and live it to it's fullest extent.
On a good note I have lost 2.4  more pounds this week. Totaling 16.0 lbs lost. Super excited. I hit my 15 lb. mark and to celebrate I took a picture of myself.  I think I look pretty damn good if I say so myself.


What is your plan to avoid overindulging during holiday feasts?

During the holiday feast I plan on eating small portions and excercise more. I know I can't over eat or all my hard work will go down the drain but I know I can still savor all my favorite foods without eating too much. Smaller plates means smaller portions. I am also going to be drinking lots of water before the big meal so that I can limit my over eating.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Feeling GREAT!


GO FOR IT!!! You can achieve INCREDIBLE Sucess.
-Lloyd Campbell
Can you believe that two weeks have gone by already since we've started the 2 week challenge? I can't believe it's over already, I feel like we just started. Though there were times I felt exhausted and ready to give up I didn't. I pushed forward and I finished strong. The last day of the 2 week challenge I incorporated the EA sports active wii game i received from joining the mamavation sistahood. I know it's been a few weeks since i got it and had yet to open the package.Been quite busy and stressed out with work and school and running around with my 2kids.... Well to make a long story short I opened it up today and I'm glad I did because I absolutely LOVE IT! I recommend everyone to have one. The plus side my kids started doing it with me. I think this will be my new everyday workout as i wait for another 2 week challenge to start. Last time I waited and went on a break from my workout about killed me. Not doing it for a week was not a good thing. My goal this time it to stay on track and keep at it. I know i can do and I have to do I want to reach my goal weight. Winter is fast approaching and the weather is turning cold so walking outside is out of the question so my next solution is my wii EA Sports Active workout.

 What do you do to stay active now that winter is fast approaching?? Any suggestions or ideas for me to try? I would love to hear them.

In conclusion I have lost 2.4 more pounds this week with a total of 13.4 pounds lost. I can't believe. I love seeing the numbers sliding back and i love the feeling of feeling great. I hope everyone has a great week to this week and can you believe thanksgiving is fast approaching?? I sure can't pretty soon it will be December.  I can't wait. December is my favorite month out of the year! Talk to you all later.

What kind of activities have you done with a pedometer on?

I have done a lot of things with my pedometer. My fist accomplishment was using it when i did my first 5k! It felt great finishing but it was also a bonus to see how many steps i took that day. Never realized how many steps a person takes during the day. Since that day I have been using my pedometer everywhere... to work.. to the grocery store.. or just walking around the house. My omron pedometer is stuck by my waist at all times and I'm loving it. :)

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Baby Steps...

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Happy Monday Everyone!!! This past week has been a good week. I have managed to lose another pound. Though I wish it was more my husband keeps telling me baby step honey baby steps.. Slowly but surely you'll reach your goal weight. I know he's right. I just have to be patient and keep trucking foward. Though deep down inside I wish it would just melt away. Nothing really new to report. I have been doing the 2 week challenge again and though I did take a week break from the previous one I don't think I'll be doing that again. Not excercising for a week just about killed my body when I did excercise again. Though I am loving the feeling of being energized I don't think my body agrees with me at this point. I just keep telling it to suck it up and keep going.
As we all know the November is National Diabetes Awarness Month. Now for people who personally know me you would know also that I have diabetes. I have type 2. Though I know it can be a battle to deal with I also know it's a battle I can win in the end and my reward would be to stay healthy. So in that retrospect I move on to the blogging carnival quesion of the week.

How has Type II diabetes affected your life?

Type II diabetes has affected my life in an enourmous way. I have type II diabetes. I acquired it after I gave birth to my first baby. After he was born they did a random test at a normal doctor's visit since it runs it my family and low and behold I had it. The moment I was told I had it I cried. Though I know its not life threatening and I can't die but knowing that I was on the same path as my mother didn't sit well with me. My mother had diabetes. She didn't make it. She was a stubborn lady that didn't think taking her medicine would help much and to that outcome she passed away and I never got to get to know her. So knowing this new information I eventually go on the right path. For awhile anyway. I then got pregnant with my second child. My daughter. Through out that pregnancy I did follow the rules. I had the insulin pump and everything was going well. Counting carbs watching what i eat. Then I gave birth and I don't know what changed but didn't follow through on watching myself. A few years later I paid dearly for it. My pancreas flared up and I was admitted to the hospital. Not taking care of myself and blood sugar being high my pancreas didn't like it too much.  Not a pretty 3 week stay in the hospital. Not seeing my kids for 2 weeks being in the ICU about killed me.  So since that day about 2 years ago I have been fighting to stay healthy. Though it isn't any easy task it is a task I plan on keeping. I unlike my mother want to meet my grandkids and get to know my children. I want to live a healthy fulfilling life. So I take it day to day now. Counting my calories, watching what I eat, taking my pills and insulin. My goal though I might take me awhile is to lose 30 more pounds. I have already lost 11 lbs since being part of the mamavation sisterhood and doing the 2 week challenges. I actually look foward to them rather that grunt when I first started doing them about 3 months ago.

In conclusion to watching what I eat I also recommend trying out a recipe. Though I haven't tried it out yet I have done one close to it. Scrambled Eggs with tomato. Better 'n Eggs has a better version. Basil and Tomato Scrambled Eggs  Though I haven't tried it yet it sounds delicious. I love tomato and I love eggs so how can it go wrong. I hope everyone has a great week this week!!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Grasping at Straws....

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Weight Lost to date: 10 lbs.
Weight lost this week: None
Weight gained this week: None :)

Hi Everyone! My post is a little late this week. I've been so busy. Though that's not excuse it's my only one at the moment and it's the truth. As a mother to two little monkeys, working full time and going to school my schedule is a bit hectic at the moment and stressful. So please bare with me for a minute or two as i vent out my fustration. I am literally grasping at straws. The month of November is actually a very touching month for me. November is the month for awareness for Type 2 Diabetes. Only my closest friends who know me know that I have type 2 diabetes. It is something I rarely tell people.

 Another secret that I don't tell people is that the month of November is the month I lost my mother to diabetes.I was at a very young age (literally an infant-see pic).  So as you can tell November is a pretty emotional month for me and it is also the same reason that keeps me going to change my life and lose weight. My motivation is that I want to live long and old enough to meet my grandkids.  If you have diabetes then you know the ups and downs of having it and the difficulties of staying on track and losing weight. For me it has been a challenge. Blood Sugar being low is a new thing that i am facing with, while counting my calories and excercising.  So as i discover new recipes and watch my numbers move back slowly i am still figuring out how to stay on track. Any ideas or recipes would be greatly appreciated. I hope everyone has a good week.