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Week 19, 20, and 21 Update – Greetings from Alaska!

Greetings from Alaska! I’ve been behind on my weekly updates due to my work travel schedule and now I’m on vacation with my family for two weeks.  I’ve ranged from 156.0 to 157.2 in the last two weeks.  Here in Ketchikan, Alaska (small town with population 8,600), there is no gym, no scale, no fitness buddies, and no nutritionist here.  So, all my tools are in my head. Everything is all me!   I still want to continue healthy diet and a lifestyle despite being away from my normal routine–which is a challenge–especially when you are surrounded by fellow foodies!   So, in this time of being away, I will allow myself to splurge a little bit, but I will not allow myself to completely lose what I have worked for in these last several months.  Now is the time to not be so crazy strict on reaching a numeric goal, but to embrace the present and live life! Healthy things I need to remember: while I’m on a two week vacation: Spiritual – Nature is absolutely gorgeous here!  …

Week 14 Weigh In and My New Kicks!

Hey Y’all! (this is how we talk in Texas) So excited to share I FINALLY broke under 160! Hallelujah!  I am officially at 159.0!  As a motivator several weeks ago, I told myself if I broke under 160, I could get a new pair of tennis shoes…and voila–here they are courtesy of Nike (haven’t worn Nike’s in two years).  These shoes will help take me to another level in the next months to come! I feel such a great sense of accomplishment, and I will not surrender.  I’m feeling stronger, more confident, and sexier!  To all those who struggle out there, DON’T GIVE UP!  You are worthy–damn it–and don’t let anyone or even yourself tell you that you can’t do this.  You have the inner strength to do anything you set your mind to.  Find people who support you, and stick with them.  Positivity breeds hope, strength, and happiness.  Along the way, I’ve found the passion to live again–I mean really live–to live with purpose and to appreciate each day with gratitude and hope. #shoesareagirlsbestfriend #dowhatevermotivatesyou …

Week 6 Update – More Sugar Cuts…No…Not my coffee!

Week 6 Update  (Had Nutritionist Appt. at Doctor’s Office on 4/7/2015) – Weight = 167 – No change from last week.  And I’ve decided to start weighing in every Friday morning.   So–since 2/23/15–I’m still -7 pounds.  And I bought a home scale too, so I can track on one consistent scale too! Gosh, I was a little disappointed since I wanted the scale to move a little more this week.  But–more work to be done.  Today, my nutritionist pointed out something that she thought was detrimental to my diet.  Of course–I thought it was harmless–but that’s the denial working in me again!  I really hadn’t logged it in in my food log, but it was pretty significant.  About 5 times a week, I have coffee, and I enhance it with a little sugar and a little of Nestle Cafe’s Bliss Hazelnut creamer.  So freakin’ good! Sometimes I don’t have to add sugar, but the creamer has that extra sweetness. She proceeded to tell me that it contained transfat, and that it wasn’t good for me.  That sucks!  …

Week 5 Weigh-In Update & My Inner Cookie Monster

So–there is good and bad news!  Good news is that I’m down MINUS 7 since February 23rd-my D Day–my Decision Day–the day that the scale wavered around my highest weight ever at 174 pounds in my 37 years of existence!  So–exactly 5 weeks later (3/30/15)–I’m at 167, and it feels so good to be down! While I feel that is major progress, I realize there is so much more work to be done.  I’ve made better decisions at restaurants and in general, I am more conscious of what I put in my mouth!  It’s not “what I just feel like” for the day. I’ve also put in 6 days of working out, Monday-Saturday.  This past week, I put it 3 days of spinning @ 45 minutes, 3 days of stairmaster/treadmill @ 1 hour, and 2 days of doing leg weights! Today, my dietician pointed out something in my diet log on MyFitnessPal app.  She said, “Do you realize you eat cookies every day?”  Shockingly, I wondered, “Um…uh….I do?! I did have cookies last night, and I …

DEADLY TRIFECTA OF DIET SINS

FOOD has been a multifaceted presence in my life.    Food has the power to comfort, provide companionship,  expose me to experience different cultures, and last, bring excitement to my world!  Now, I realize that I look more as food as an energy and life giving resource.  Just thinking about my rolodex of past comfort foods, I could easily categorize them;  they would either fall under the 3 categories: 1) Salty, 2) Fatty, or 3) Sweet.   I would often joke to people if they asked me if I was on a diet, and I would say, “Yeah, I’m on the half and half diet–50% good, 50% bad!”  All my comfort foods were ironically discomforting for my body. Basically, I injected the deadly trifecta of diet sins–sugar, fat, and salt–on a DAILY BASIS.  No wonder I developed high blood pressure and am borderline diabetic.  Take a look of the food and drink  that killed me softly over the years: 1) Tapioca Milk Tea–Enjoyed this sugary “snack” commonly found in Asian teahouses or boba spots once or twice a week for over a year. It …