Saturday, March 31, 2012

Day 124: Uneventful Day

Man I'm tired! Lol. Watching the district means that even when I'm not working, I'm working!! So I stayed pretty busy on my supposed days off and it's catching up with me already!! Today was a fairly uneventful day. I worked in my studio because we had quite a few appointments and I went to lunch with my associate. We went to Chinese ad I can actually do pretty good there because they have a grill where you can put together your own food and they grill it for you. So I usually do beef, Brocolli, and mushrooms. Yea, chicken would be better, but I eat chicken all the time!!

After work I went and played tennis for about an hour with my sis. She says she didn't feel like she got a workout. Well I did! My heart rate was up and I even broke a sweat! That's actually quite difficult for me because I don't sweat properly.

I came home and am now watching Switched at Birth. It's a really cute show. See, I told ya it was uneventful! Lol.

Good night :-)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Day 123: Squat Nazi!

I don't quite understand how it is that I can have two days off and feel like I didn't get anything done that I wanted to! I did get quite a bit done, but I just had this big ole list in my head of other things too! Lol

Today, I went to town with my honey and took my granny some half salt, She has really high blood pressure, but she really like her some salt too!! So I convinced her to try the half salt because it tastes just the same as the regular stuff to me, so I was hoping maybe it would help her cut back on her sodium a bit!! So that was a really good excuse to swing by and see my granny ;-)

We also went to see the woman who owns our house today because she is selling her house in town and it's a whole lot nicer than ours (and in town) so we were going to see if there was any chance that we might be able to get it. But that was a no luck kind of trip. Boo.

By the time we made it back home, it was already lunch time, and I had a super yummy lunch. Lol. My sis says it was an odd combo, but hey, it was Good! Doc's Chili, Green Beans, & Cottage Cheese. Oh yea ;-)

After lunch I got a little done around the house and then it was time to go do a senior shoot! Those are my favorite! The shoot doesn't take to awful long and seniors are usually pretty awesome to work with :-) and this senior shoot was not unlike the others I've done, quick, fun, & and pretty simple!! The perfect recipe for a successful shoot!

After the shoot I had to jet to the Y to get to Ypump :-) Cindy busted our BUTTS today! Lol. We did about 500 squats and then we did a few more! I was really wishing I had remembered to bring my knee straps with me! They REALLY help with my knee pain from all of the exercise! So I was super sad that I didn't have them! And then in Zumba we did even MORE squats!! Lol Cindy and Kaci were the freakin Squat Nazi's today!! But I survived it!

For dinner I went to our new Italian restraint with my sis, and I was super proud because I only ate half of my dinner :-) Then I spent my evening editing Senior Pics! So yea...long day!!

Good night!
<3 Honor

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Day 122: Late Dinner

Today was a crazy busy day! I started out by going to pick up one of my besties, Barb, and then we went to Bloomfield to get my car inspected. Well they said they didn't have time to do it so I had to drive all the way to Dexter to get it inspected! Then we went to Elements in Sikeston and got Barb's hair cut and her eyebrows waxed! She looks Great!! And then I had to drive to New Madrid to
Get my personal property taxes paid (yea, I know...I'm late, lol) and then it was back to Sikeston to get the tags for my car! I was so glad that I packed a sandwich and some baby carrots for lunch! By the time I ran to drop Barb off and then stopped by the house to get dressed for working out, it was already almost 5 and I was running late for Spinning class!! So I hurried up to the gym to get there as close to 5 as possible!! I came in to class, and there was my Cindy. :-) He is the GREATEST!! She had even texted me earlier in the afternoon to make sure I didn't plan on slacking ;) I'm so glad that she still plans on keeping me on my toes even though she technically isn't obligated to anymore. That's just how awesome she is ;-)

I survived spinning and then headed to Zumba for two hours. It was a loooong workout! My left foot is telling me about it right now! Lol.

After my workout, Elizabeth and I went to Walmart to get some grocery shopping in and then I headed home! I didn't get dinner until 10!! There wasn't much I could do to help I have to make sure to stay awake for a few hours because I try to not go to bed until at least two hours after my last meal!

Have a good night!!
<3 Honor

Day 121: I Won!!

Yep that's right!!!!!! I won!!!!!!!!!!! I tried so hard to not get my hopes up and I was a nervous wreck ALL day! Today flew by! Work went off without a hitch really, and then I went to the meeting at the Y. The man who donated the money was a REALLY super nice guy! He had a little speech about the Y and how we got to where we are...and then he talked about how he was a fan of The Biggest Loser, I was so tempted to holler out ME TOO ME TOO!!

And then he announced the runner up...she was a percent and a half below me, but her starting weight was so much lower than mine that she was only THREE POUNDS away from beating me!! Holy cow! The Y took some pics yesterday that they will most likely post to Facebook tomorrow so I'll get those posted on here as soon as they are available. :-))

The thirty minutes after the meeting were totally overwhelming! People were so NICE to me! Everyone was asking me how it went and congratulating me. Then I went to Zumba and she announced it to the whole class! Right after Zumba started, I got a call from my pastor who was personally congratulating me for winning! It was GREAT!!

Tonight was our last night of Ladies Bible Study for the summer. I'm super sad about it!! I know that it's for the greater good because everyone is SOOOO busy with all the summer sports and stuff, but I will MISS them! After everyone left I got me some good visiting in with Ms. Edie :-) she's one of the leaders of the Ladies Bible Study and it's her and her husband that lead my small group too. So she's a big part of my life! And I love getting to spend good quality time with her!! I stayed waaaay to late (that's how it usually goes) and had a great visit!! Now I'm exhausted and happy to go to bed!!

Good night friends!
<3 Honor

Monday, March 26, 2012

Day 120: Hurry up and Wait!

So today is the day that I was supposed to find out if I won the all day long I was a little antsy. Work was a little crazy, so that kept me pretty busy, and then right before I got off of work I got a phone call from the Fitness Director telling me that 'it would be in your best interest that you show up to the meeting tomorrow at five' so he didn't tell me if I won today, technically, but he sure did make that impression!! So I guess I get to wait until tomorrow night! Gosh!! Lol

After work I did some shopping with my hubby and mother-in-law and then when I got home me and the hubs worked on mowing the yard. That caused me to miss Zumba, which stinks, but the mowing has to get done, and I'd much rather do it at a time when we can work on it together and get a lot done instead of waiting til my day off and doing it all by myself!

I was apparently in a mean mood tonight because Jamie said something that put me on the defensive and I went off on him like nobody's business. It didn't help that he kept making it worse...but he's a guy...that's what they do. Stinkin guys!! Lol.

So after I got done mowing I did get to head to the gym for a short workout. At least I got one in! And of course mowing burned some calories too!

Good night!
<3 Honor

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Day 119: Stronger than Yesterday

It's like my body knows its Sunday and decided ahead of time that I wasn't doing anything today! Lol. I woke up feeling sluggish and still tired! That's no fun! And it kinda made it hard for me to get up and going this morning! But I had to get up because I had to go to church and then to work!

My days was pretty in eventful today. I made healthy eating choices and I got a good 30 minutes in on the Arc Trainer at the Y on my lunch and then after a VERY busy evening at work, I went to the gym with my momma (and Daddy came too!) and got in another 20 minutes on the Nordic Track, and did a bit of weight lifting. I need to get my wrists and arms feeling stronger so I can do push-ups!! I need to get some muscle in my body because the more muscle you have, the more calories your body burns naturally. :-)

I had a good visit with my cousins after the workout at the gym and now I'm home, tired, and ready for some rest to survive the day tomorrow!!

Good night!
<3 Honor

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Day 118: My First Zumbathon!!!

Today was pretty stinking great! I got up at a pretty decent hour...I was still feeling the effects of my extremely poor eating choices yesterday, so I had to wait a while before I could eat my daily Oatmeal :)

I put a lot of thought into what I was going to wear to the Zumbathon, and I actually did a lot of work to try to get a "cute" outfit. I'm kind of in between sizes at the moment. So yesterday on my lunch break I went to the mall and was going to get some incense and just for fun I went into Old Navy...they have the sleeveless ripped tees and I can wear their 2x's in those. So I got me a bright pink one, primarily because it was on sale and I love me some PINK! haha, so anyways, I decided to try on another really cute shirt and it ALMOST fit! I mean, I could get it was just to tight! LOL so it was on sale too and I went ahead and grabbed it.
After I got my incense I decided to see if I could wear anything at Penny's because if Old Navy's 2x almost fit, then maybe Penny's 3x would fit....this is me coming from a VERY tight 4x...and guess what?!? IT DID!! Pants AND shirts! And they have a way better selection that Sikeston Penny's...I really wanted a pair of capris to wear today, but I can't do the kind that have the lose bottoms...they just look like high-water pants on me! LOL, but I didn't find any :( I just really wanted to wear something I felt good in and that didn't bag off of me.

I ended up picking out of some clothes I already had at home, but they fit well so I was comfy! I went to the Telethon early because my Avrie was on TV! She's the precious daughter of a good friend. She was interviewed on the Telethon because she goes to the Kenny Rogers Center and she absolutely adorable. :) That little chick can melt my heart!

The Zumbathon was 2-4 and it was pretty fun! It was confusing (I knew it would be!) without the mirrors that I'm used to watching the intructors through!! I kept getting stuff backwards, but that's ok, because a whole bunch of other people did too! And the sun was shining 75% of the time so I got me a nice soft sun BURN! LOL!!! Mine wasn't anywhere near as bad as my sisters, but it was enough to have me getting the chills all night!

My momma showed up about halfway through to show her support and that really meant a lot to me, because I really didn't think she was going to come! And then my good ole' buddy Olivia came too! She did her first 5k this morning with another friend and stopped by to see me on her way through. And since I'm pretty sure my momma loves her as much as she loves me and my sis ;) She was pretty happy to see her too! We went and got a bite to eat afterward and had a nice visit.

Afterward, I got all cleaned up and went back to the telethon to watch the Telethon Idol...there were a few that were pretty good! It was fun! And then my sis and I met up with some friends and they had a few drinks while I did what I'm best drinks for me! I don't really care for the taste of alcohol anyways, but I'm not into that stuff at all, but I definitely enjoyed the company and we had some very nice conversations about fitness and training since almost everybody there worked out at the Y! Haha it was fun...

Now my day is over and it's even after midnight and I'm sooooo tired!! Tomorrow marks the beginning of the work week and I am watching the district for my DM while she is on vacation. I'm sure it will be a VERY stressful week! The company is starting something completely ignorant this week, so I'm sure it will cause some serious mass chaos! We'll see how it goes!

Goodnight Friends!
<3 Honor

Friday, March 23, 2012

Day 117: Weigh Day number Sixteen

Ok so I know I usually do weigh-ins on Tuesdays, but because this week was so crazy with weighing in on Monday for the Y thing and then today was a final weigh indie them, I thought I would tell yall a nice update today!

When I got on the scale at the Y this morning it said 282, that means I lost 4.2 pounds since last Tuesday! I was 2 pounds shy of the 70 pound goal, but hey, I gave it 110% and I got 4.2 pounds. I'm not sad about it! I will hit it VERY soon! And I'm ok with that!

I had my first Real cheat day today, and I feel like Crap! Lol! That's what I get, I moved it to today because I thought it might be a bad idea to combine with the Zumbathon! Oh me! My stomach is churning and I need an antacid!! Ok, I don't like cheat days anymore! But hey, maybe that will curb my appetite for future cravings!

I'm keeping it short tonight, big day tomorrow! I'm excited to see how it goes :)
Oh and I found out today that we are having a meeting Tuesday to officially announce the winner! I'm praying that that's me!!

Sleep tight!
<3 Honor

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Day 116: 'Too Skinny'

I'm not trying to hurt anyone's feelings here, but I swear if one more person tells me not to get 'too skinny' I might say something a little less than ladylike to them. Here's my thought process on that statement...I'm STILL morbidly obese!! I'm nowhere NEAR the end of my fight! You have to be average before you can get to skinny and you have to be skinny before you can be in danger of being 'too skinny'. I swear I think some people think that if you are in the correct weight range for your height and build that you're 'too skinny' I say Blah! Lol. Let's just see if I can get to normal first! And if I were to become skinny...then by all means, let me have it! But I must warn you...I will be very strong by then, and I might just take you down! Hahahaha  I saw a woman in the gym yesterday that was over in the weight lifting area and she was super cute and had some real muscles! She was doing all kinds of weight-lifting stuff that usually only the guys do! I couldn't help but think that she reminded me of Jillian Michaels the way she was lifting and doing pull-ups! I want to be strong like that. I want to have muscle!! I don't know why, because I hate doing hard labor! Lol. I just like the idea of being 'Strong', heck, I already feel strong! Lol Today was a crazy day! I'm super stressed about my final weigh-in tomorrow, and so I freaked out all day! Lol. I had a short day at work, and then came home and had a great lunch and changed in to workout clothes, and spent a little bit of time with my babies (dogs) and then headed to the gym. I kicked butt at the gym tonight! 45 minutes of Ypump, 30 minutes of Zumba (the instructor did a half class because her dad-in-law is in the hospital) and then I went and did 20 minutes on the Elipticle, 20 minutes on the Arc Trainer and 10 minutes on the stair climber...and then I felt like I was gonna die!! Lol!! But I had to give it all I've got for tomorrow!! I'm soooooo worried! I would be totally ok with second place if that included a thousand dollar check too! Lol. It really isn't about winning at this point. It's about the fact that te Sales Taxes for Jamie's new car is $850, and I honestly don't know how we're gonna come out above water unless I win. :( don't get me wrong...EVERY part of me wants to win! I want it sooooo bad, but I will just have to wait and see! Maybe I'll get an ulcer by Monday...but I can't control the process! Lol I had chicken breast, Brocolli and rice for dinner. Really yummy. :-) I actually still have some calories left for the day, but doubt I'll use them. I'm just ready to go to bed and wake up in the morning and get it over with!  Good night friends :) <3 Honor

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Day 115: After...

I've been thinking a lot today about after the competition ends. I know that the competition is NOT the reason I've been successful. I am. But the extra boost of knowing that I was completely accountable to another person sure did add some extra pep in my step!

The whole reason I started this blog was to help keep me accountable. I wasn't to worried about the four months of the competition because I'm competitive! I knew from the moment I even Heard of the competition that I would do EVERYTHING in my power to win.

I've had to work extra hard because of my medical condition that makes it ever harder for me to lose the weight. Many women have polycystic ovaries and are successful at weight loss and many women who have it battle with weight loss and fail too! I didn't want to hide behind a medical condition or genetics anymore!! Those were JUST excuses!! Nobody ever said that having PCOS made it Impossible to lose weight...just difficult. Well I was up for the challenge! And the competition just provided me with a starting point. I still have a really long road ahead of me.

I have plenty of small goals along the road that I can celebrate, but in the end I have an ultimate goal that I will fight every day for until I reach it!! I have 135 more pounds to lose. And if I continually lose at the rate of 2 pounds a week, that will take me 68 weeks to achieve. That would be a year and tree months. So, because I know that I may not lose at that rate the whole time, I'm fully expecting to get it done in a year and a half. I turn 30 in 15 months and my number one goal is to be below 200 when I turn 30. I'm POSITIVE that I can do that! I will actually be running behind on my ultimate goal if I Don't make that happen. I should be In wonderland by this time next year :) I can't even fathom that!! And I can't wait!!

My current weight is less than I remember being over the last 4 years!! I don't know exactly when I ballooned from the 230's to 286, but it happened pretty fast. I really feel like I'm on a roll! The crazy cravings are still in full effect. I'm planning a real cheat day for right after the end of the competition ends. I know some people don't relieve in them, but I'm doing what I feel is right for me. And if I don't eat some Of the things I've been craving I fear what the outcome might be. So I've made the plan, Cheat day on Saturday. I am going to a 2 hour long Zumbathon that day, so I will still be getting some good Cardio in, but my calorie intake will be pretty high. One day. That's it. Then it's back to business.

I'm getting ready to head to a 2 hour long practice run for the Zumbathon do I'm gonna go for now. Talk to y'all tomorrow :-))
<3 Honor

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Day 114: It was a Toughy!

Man today was a hard day for me! I don't know if it's a mind game my brain is playing with me since we weighed in yesterday or what, but wow that's unacceptable! I was craving everything bad!!

I still made pretty good choices with just a few bad ones tossed in. I had my regular oatmeal for breakfast and my sister and I went to see our parents in Bloomfield today and I knew we would be there during lunch time do I decided to make sandwiches and take them with us that way we weren't starved when we got home or end up eating something we shouldn't.

Our visit was very good. I love my daddy and I know he's most likely never going to be like he was before he got sick. So we just have to enjoy the new version of him. I never thought I would miss all that talking he used to do, telling the same old stories over and over again...but I do...I miss it a lot. It's like we have part of him here with us, but part of him died when he was sick. That's hard. But I live him with all of my heart and will enjoy every minute I am blessed to have him here on earth.

When we left the parents house I made a pitstop at my good friend Barb's house and she hooked me up with some Iris's. Yay! I love the kind of flowers that do their own thing and you don't have to mess with them!! Pull some weeds around em, and Bam! Pretty flowers. :-) So when I got home I had to have my hubby help me get those planted and then it was time to head to the gym.

I actually got to the gym late, so missed my Ypump. :( Boo! I ended up getting a quick warm up in on the Elipticle and then heading to Zumba! I mentioned before that we've had a guy from the radio show up, and he's been coming a few times a week to practice for the Zumbathon. Lol. What a mess that man is. It cracks me up and REALLY makes me wanna get my hubby to come! I think it would be fun!

I ended up having pizza for dinner. Ooooh. Hehe...not regular pizza though ;) Veggie Delight Pizza from Papa Murphy's. I love that stuff! And three slices is right under 500 calories!

I posted that updated pic of me that I put on here yesterday and let me tell you, my Facebook BLEW up. I was utterly humbled by the amount of people congratulating me!! It was crazy! And every time I post an update like that I get messages like crazy asking me how I did it or what I do. So I'm thinking about posting a special edition again just kindof lining out what I've learned and my philosophies on things. I'm all about helping the next guy/gal. :-)

Have a good night!
<3 Honor

Day 113: So That's how it's gonna be!

Today was a crazy day. I couldn't really think if anything else but the meeting tonight. So I was VERY unproductive! Not good. But at least I only worked 4 hours! I just didn't know what was going to happen and it was making me crazy! So I got up earlier than I ever do, got a shower and straightened my hair (that is a lot of work for cute hair!) and went to suffer at work for four! It wasn't that bad at all..and I had packed my lunch so I could eat it on my way back to town. I had to think that through because it needed to be a 'light' lunch so it wouldn't weigh me down on my weigh-in! I went with a turkey and (fat-free)cheese sandwich, with baby carrots and cantelope....I'm really diggin me some cantelope! I can have a really nice portion for only 80 calories! WOW!

When I got to town I had a mission....I was wearing the same outfit that I was wearing on Day 1, when I took my 'before' picture and I wanted a really good comparison my wonderful sis-in-law agreed to come to the Y and be my photographer (she was the first time too) and I got me a good 'during pic' :) I'll attach it at the bottom.

So after I got my pic I ran home to throw it on Photoshop so I could get a good side-by-side. And then I got in to my workout clothes because I was determined to make it to at least one Zumba class no matter how the meeting went.

So the meeting ended up being an informative thing for the Fitness Director...he wanted to see how things were going with us, he wanted to know what we liked and disliked about the program, so he could make it better for the next time they do it. So we did weigh-in that way we have our weight on record, but we can weigh again on Friday to could any pounds lost between now and then...I think he has me down for 64 pounds lost...I really wanted to make that 70 pound mark by the end of the competition, but I just couldn't get there...but I did do really well and will be hitting that 70 pound mark before ya know it! Oh how sweet 100 will be!! I can't WAIT!! I still have enough to lose that I really wish they would start another program now!! LOL It's great inspiration to help me get motivated!! At least I have all of you out there reading my blog and keeping me on my toes ;)

Well, I made it to Zumba! I did just over an hour and a half and I was just to tired and hungry to continue. So I left the second class a bit early. And I am now at home and exhausted since I got up so early and went to bed way to late Last night!!

Talk to y'all tomorrow!
<3 Honor

No where near done....but happy with the results so far...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Day 112: Anticipation

Tomorrow is the meeting where we'll all weigh in and I'm nervous! I don't know why though, the Fitness Director at the Y informed me that the News person that was supposed to cover the story never returned his call so he said they aren't coming. Boo. I don't quite understand why we are having the meeting Before the final weigh-in...I think that they should have done the meeting as the very last day so they could announce the winner, but I'm not running the show, so that's not my call. Lol.

Today was alright. I didn't get to go to church because I had to open this morning, so I was gonna let the trainee close the studio, but no one showed up at the Cape studio so she had to go cover it which made it to where she had to leave my studio and I had to close. Boo. Lol oh well it didn't hurt me, I'm only working a half of a day tomorrow so I can go to the Y and workout a little before the meeting. I'm hoping it doesn't take to long do I can go to Zumba afterward!

After work tonight I got to enjoy dinner with my sis at Subway :-) And as always, she was good company! My hubby is on Cloud 9 with his new car and I'm happy for him. He deserves to have a nice vehicle. I love my car, so now we're both pretty stoked.

I'm headed home to change and go workout with my momma! Have a good night and I'll tell ya all about what happens tomorrow night. :)
<3 Honor

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Day 111: Vroom!!

Good day! Work was pretty busy all morning so that went by quick. I had a salad for lunch and then headed to the Y for a quick workout and then back to work! After lunch I got to take portraits of an ex-coworkers kiddos. I use to LOVE working with her and have really missed her friendship! I had a really nice conversation with her at the studio a few weeks ago and then I ran into her at the Y and talked her into coming to Zumba with me! So it was nice to see her today :-)

THEN, Ms. Olivia stopped by :-) She lives a little over an hour away so we don't get to see each other very often. So her stopping by and getting to hang out for a while was great! She's getting so skinny!!

After my visit with Olivia it was like time just fast forwarded to 8:00 and it was time to go home! Today my hubby got a car. Well a 'kinda' car. Lol. It's a Chevy HHR and way newer than anything we've ever had before! We got approved for credit at a dealership! The payment is higher than we wanted so that will make things a little difficult, but we will figure it out. I'm just excited to have the opportunity to increase our credit!

After work a came home and made a super yummy dinner and even cooked a totally separate dinner for my hubby. Then...I did something, I watched Glee for way to long and now it's late and I'm sleepy!!

Have a super awesome day tomorrow!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Day 110: Stress City!

I hate stress! It is a number one mortal enemy of mine! In fact, I would be happy if stress were Outlawed! Lol

I mentioned last week that my husband was in a car accident...well they ended up totaling his car because the damage was to extensive. So he has been in a rental since a few days after the accident and he has to return it no later than Thursday. Which means, we have to find him a new vehicle by Thursday. This stresses me out pretty bad, because we both have poor credit and it is very difficult to get a good vehicle for a decent price and payment. I am praying Hard that something works out for us that will be manageable. He drives a lot for his job, so he needs a good, reliable vehicle...not an old beater. So even though I was at work in Cape all day, I had a lot of car talkin' business going on that kept me pretty distracted most of the day. I don't like that, I like to be able to concentrate on work at work and home life at home. It just doesn't always work out that way!

I did make it to the gym this morning for a short workout (and I mean short!) before work. I had to hurry though, because I slept straight through my alarm last night. It's always hard for me to fall asleep when it's storming and man was it coming down last night!! The last time I looked at the time it was after 2 and I had my alarm set for 7!! Needless to say...yea....not a chance that that happened!! It was a nice thought though....

Work went ok. My trainee is learning a lot of the different things it takes to run the studio, so that means I don't have to breath over her shoulder constantly. I'm such a fast learner that I sometimes forget to take things slow with people, and I think I went straight over her head the first week I trained her! Lol But she is really starting to get the hang of things now.

After work I got to go eat dinner with my honey which put me getting home pretty late so I'm exhausted and more than ready for bed!!
Good night!
<3 Honor

Day 109: Shoo-wee!!

I'm getting antsy! I know the end of the Challenge is right around the corner and it's making me Crazy! I want to get some extra workouts in, but I honestly don't know if I'll get much of a chance!

On Thursdays I usually do Ypump and Zumba, but today is a little different. Our small group bible study is meeting at our new Italian Restaurant for dinner at 6, so I had to work out early today. So I went to the gym thinking I was going to really push it and get a lot of cardio in. I had about three hours that I could spend at the gym and had every intention of using all of them to my benefit. I started out with 30 minutes on the Arc Trainer and I did a tougher program than I've ever done. It really kicked my butt! So I decided I was going to walk some laps so cool down before I went downstairs and do something else. Well...I walked around the track a couple of times and then I decided I was going to walk half and jog half...and I DID! I did it for 15 minutes. Nothing huge, but it made me feel GREAT! And I ha d my heart rate going crazy! After that I was pretty stinkin pooped so I decided I was going to take a short break and then jump back in...

Well during my short break (which became half an hour) I became insanely nauseated and I just couldn't kick the feeling. I gave up and decided I had to go home. And no sooner did I walk in the front door did that nauseated feeling Really do what it threatened!! Yuck!!

So I ended up taking a short nap before my dinner date instead of burning a ton of calories. But I felt weak and pretty awful, and I knew if I didn't, I would end up not being able to go anywhere. After my nap I felt a whole ton better and got up and showered and off to dinner.

Dinner was fun! I wish Jamie was able to come with me to Small Group...I'm the only person there who Never has their spouse with them. It stinks, but Jamie's schedule isn't flexible like that. His most common shift is 3pm to 9am. So that means he misses a lot of stuff.

Bible study was great as usual and I actually got home at a decent hour. I'm still feeling a little Oogy so I'm hoping some good rest will be the cure. :-)

Sweet Dreams my friends
<3 Honor

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Day 108: Got my hair did :-)

Today has been a comfortable level of busy-ness so far. ;) I actually got to enjoy breakfast with my honey. I made us both some Oatmeal and Turkey bacon and he had scrambled eggs with cheese while I had scrambled egg whites. It was super yummy!! We really don't get to eat together much unless it's at a restaurant, because he is not about to adopt my healthy eating ways!! So it was really nice to have a meal with him for once! After breakfast we spent a little bit of time of 'Spring cleaning'...I swear at this rate...we'll be 'Spring cleaning ALL SPRING! Lol

I went and got a haircut today :-) I'm very happy with it! I'll post a pic at the end of my blog tonight. My sis met me at the salon and went to eat with me and then I had a Senior Shoot to do. It went really well! The girl I shot was super cute and I can't wait to get them all edited and posted to Facebook!

After I wrapped up my session I had to rush to the Y to get to Spinning class! That class kicks my butt!! It's definitely a hard core class! I actually only stayed 30 of the 45 minute class because I knew I was gonna do two hours of Zumba tonight! And let me tell ya...I was really having to PUSH it tonight!

After my workout I went shopping with my sis. :-) I love getting to spend time with her! She's fun and is working towards a very similar goal as I am. It may be for different reasons, but its really nice to have someone to be able to do this journey with that lives in the same town as I do! We don't get to do all of our workouts together, but we do a lot of them together and I like to think we help motivate and push each other :)

It's LATE and I wanna play with these Senior pics for a bit before bed so I'm outta here!
<3 Honor

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Day 107: Weigh Day Number Fifteen

This morning before I got on the scale I was feeling like I was going to see a big number. I don't know what it was, I just felt lighter... well, the number wasn't as big as I was dreaming, but it was a good number. -2.8... almost 3 pounds, not too shabby. I have six days before the meeting whenever we do a weigh in, and then four days after that to do a final weigh in. I don't know exactly how this is all going to turn out as far as when I'm going to be able to weigh in or whatever... but it sure has me freaked out! I usually weigh in the morning, obviously. But I'm going to have to weigh after 5 o'clock at night because that's when the meeting is on Monday. And that the last day to Welliant is Friday the 23rd, and I usually work in Cape on that day... so I need somebody to meet me up there and weigh me before I go to Cape that morning!! I want every single day that can count towards the competition, to count!!

So my total weight loss is 63.8! I am currently at 286.2 pounds! It has been a really long time since I have seen that number on a scale!! That is a percentage of weight loss of 18.2%!! Wow! I would really like to hit 70 pounds by the final day of the competition, but that means I will have to lose 5.2 pounds in just under 10 days! it's been a really long time since I've seen that big of numbers! But, that's my goal...

Today was good! I went to work and did the training I needed to do and then I had a really nice visit with each o my girls :) we don't get to work together, so it was really nice to get to talk to them. While talking to Kat (one of my girls), we had some very interesting conversation (always do!) and we talked about something that I said I totally had to blog about...problem is...NEITHER of us can remember what it was!!! So I guess I'll share when/if we ever figure it out :)

After work I got to enjoy lunch at Subway with my sis and my other girl at work, Allie. It was nice...I haven't eaten at Subway in a little while so it was a good treat. I'm really trying to kick the eating out thing a little. It seems like there's always something that comes up where I eat out. And I'm betting that's not helping my progress NOR getting me any closer to that 70 pound mark!

When I got home I had already decided I was going to clean my car out...and I mean CLEAN my car out. Lol...I am bad about keeping all kinds of junk in my trunk (haha <--junk in my trunk, lol) anyways....yea, and in my backseat and well...everywhere!! Not trash, just S.T.U.F.F. I don't know what that means, but that's what I mean!! Lol. So, I got everything out of my car and wiped it all down really good and then I took it to a Car Wash and did the whole vacuum and wash business...the result=A nice clean car that smells good and makes me happy! AND an hour and a HALF of hard work! Wow! Maybe I shouldn't let it get that bad anymore!?!

After I got my car cleaned I headed straight to Zumba (we had that guy from the radio in class again and he's super funny) and then I headed straight to Ladie's bible study. We talked about Eve tonight and how we need to be thankful for all that we have and never take it for granted. This is so true! I try to be very thankful for Everything in my life. It may not be a perfect life, but it's a far cry from destitute!!

I went and worked out with my momma for a bit tonight and actually got a pretty good (short) workout in on the Nordic Track before we left! We went to Walmart (kindof our Tuesday night thing workout+Walmart!) and afterward I ran in to my favorite cousins that I haven't gotten to catch up with in awhile and they have the Cutest little baby boy that I spent an HOUR playing with in Walmart parking lot while we visited! Lol.

Then I got to come home and go on a cleaning spree with my hubby :-) We have still got a LONG way to go before I say we're done, but we made some progress and that made me happy. I can't believe how quickly things can get SO cluttered! It's so crazy! And it makes me Nuts! It's like I have this subconscious mechanism that causes me to clutter and then the clutter makes my OCD go insane! Lol. What a mess!

I think I need a vacation JUST for cleaning! Ooooh that would be nice! Anywho...we are done for the night and I am ExHaSteD! I'm looking forward to a nice a productive day off tomorrow. :-) And I'm getting a haircut! I'm excited about that!

Good night!
<3 Honor

Monday, March 12, 2012

Day 106: Lasagna...I think so!

Today was much better than yesterday! It went by pretty quickly. I worked in Cape today with my trainee and we were pretty busy until I left. One of the customers we had today was a customer that I used to see a lot when I was the manager up there and she brought me her grandbaby. Well until the other day, I hadn't seen this woman for probably a few years! And when I saw her, my jaw nearly dropped!! She's lost nearly 120 pounds!! And she's doing pretty much the same thing as me....low calories and lots of exercise....I barely know this woman and I am super stinking proud of her! I'm right at about half way to that and I know how much hard work and dedication I've put I can only FATHOM how much work she's put in! How fantastic!!I just can't wait until I follow in her footsteps! She started (well I don't remember if it was her, but I think so) a group in her area called Big Fat Losers and they do 6 month long competitions, and everyone puts in $20 to participate, then at the end of the 6 months, whoever loses the most weight gets all of that money! What a GREAT idea! Of course, you would have to have someone responsible to do something with that money...I don't know exactly how that would work, but I LOVE this! I would really like to figure out a way to do this! Everyone would have to weigh in at the same place to start the competition and at the end....but I really think this is a really motivational way to get people going!!

So anyways...

 I had a nice healthy bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and a turkey sandwich with baby carrots and yogurt for lunch. I even had a nice indulgent snack on my way to Sikeston from Cape. I had 140 calories worth of teeny tiny Chips Ahoy cookies. And for dinner I enjoyed A Smart Ones Lasagna Florentine dinner with a side of Broccoli, YUM! Pictured Below. If you read my blog a lot, then you know I likes me some Broccoli!! hehe

I had two hours of Zumba tonight and both were taught by Ms. Kim. She has the reputation around the Y for being the most intense intructor of the three! Usually on Mondays it's Kim at 6 and Norma at 7. But Norma's on we had a nice INTENSE two hour Zumba-mania tonight! Afterward I went into the fitness room and did a little bit of weight lifting...I feel like I've been falling short in that area lately. Maybe I'm not getting enough of the strength training in...I dunno, but I plan to pump it up a bit. The last thing I want is to work my butt off to get this weight off, and then end up with a bunch of loose skin that might have been prevented or at least minimized with more strength training!! So I pumped it UP tonight :) And then I spent some time in the sauna. I don't sweat like I should. So I'm trying to use the sauna to get my pores to open up and start sweating!! If you don't sweat, then your body doesn't cool off correctly when you're working out! And I need to be cooled off!!! So in to the sauna I go! I sure can work up a really good sweat in there, but it feel gross! LOL!!

Alright, I have a few things I want to get done before bed, so I better wrap this up :) I have a weigh-in tomorrow :) And usually I have Tuesday's off...but not this week...I have some special training to do, so I have to work tomorrow and I'm off Thursday instead...Argh! I don't like it when they jack with my schedule! Hehe...yea I'm over it ;)

Good night friends!
<3 Honor

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Day 105: This one I cannot kick!

Today was not a good day. I felt kindof Bleh all day, not like I'm getting sick...just like my body really would have preferred it for me to stay in bed all day instead of work! That's not an option so of course I went to work.

My work day kind of flew by until around 4:30 when we had these three young women come in with kids and they wanted two different sessions and none of them knew how to properly take care of the children! It drove me insane. One of the women kept leaving her 5 month old baby up on my posing table and walking away while talking in the phone or when she saw someone she knew in the store or whatever. I can't fathom leaving a small child on a table that is 3 feet off of the ground and walking away without a care in the world. She's an idiot. That's how I feel about it, and I actually feel a little better about it once I got it out! Lol needless to say, they were in the studio for a few hours and they drive me up a tree!!

By the time we finally got them out of the studio it was time to start closing. On my lunch break I had taken 800mg of Ibroprofen to try to kick a headache and by the time these ladies left, I had a full blown migraine!

Today is Sunday, so I'm supposed to go workout with my momma in Dexter, but by the time I had taken a second dosage of Ibroprofen and that STILL didn't kick the migraine...I just gave up...I've been laying down for a few hours now and decided I better get on here and blog or I might hear about it tomorrow ;-)

I made really great food choices all day, and then I came home feeling like poo and instead of eating a heathy dinner....I couldn't come up with anything that sounded I ate entirely to many Pringles. :( I stayed well under my calorie goal today....but that is no where near the kind of healthy choices I should be making!

Good night!
<3 Honor

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Day 104: Hey, that's MY hour!!

Good day! Yay! I love good days :) I made GREAT food choices and have actually come to the end of my day with quite a few calories left! That hasn't happened to me in a WHILE!

I actually woke up naturally this morning, BEFORE my alarm went off! If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you might remember that mornings are the Devil for me! I just CAN'T get my body to get up and get moving in the a.m. and we're not talking 6 or, no...we're talking 8-8:30 SNOOZE and I'm doing good to drag my tooshy out of the bed my 9:30! (I have to leave for work by 9:45 or I'll be late) Anyways...I woke up all by myself at 8:30...I didn't get up though, haha, I still dozed around until a little after 9, but I was still pretty excited about it since that was still early for me. I guess normal people that get up at 6 or 7 typically go to bed around 9 or 10 (excluding the crazy folks like Ms. Edie who can function on 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night!!) So I don't think it seems all the unnatural that I get up around 9 and go to bed around 12 to 1...Same amount of sleep, just a different schedule! I just would LOVE to adjust my sleeping pattern to going to bed around 10 or 11 and getting up at 7 or 8...I just seems more normal! LOL

Ok, enough about my sleep patterns!! Work went really well today, we stayed pretty busy all day, and since I'm training, it felt TWICE as busy!! I actually had time to make my lunch this morning (Second day in a roll...toot, toot!) and I've been doing a Turkey and Lettuce Sandwich on Wheat with baby carrots and a yogurt the last two days, and I'm really liking it!

Tonight is one of my long nights at work, so I didn't get off until nearly 8:30, so I came straight home and needed to figure out something quick for dinner that sounded good too! I have pre-made Stir-Fry and Chili, nah...that didn't sound tasty, and then I had a single thought.....Smooooothie! LOL I hadn't had one all DAY! And I wanted one! So I ended up with heating a Lean Cuisine dinner that's called something like Steak Tips Portebello. I got it all warmed up and decided that it looked to puny so I steamed some broccoli and added it all together and then TADA! Tasty (and filling) dinner :) My smoothie for tonight was super yummy too! I used 2 cups of a Tropical Blend of Frozen Fruit (Strawberries, Peaches, Mangoes & Pineapple) and added a little bit of vanilla yogurt and skim milk and a LOT of splenda and OMGosh! It was so yummy! I'm still sippin' on it!

Here it is, already 10:00, which really means it's 11:00 thanks to Daylight Savings...BOO! Haha, so I guess I'm going to watch a little TV and try to go to sleep and a decent hour so I won't be sluggish tomorrow. I feel like I need some good rest because my immune system is fighting to keep me healthy while all of this weather shifting is going on. I really think that taking my vitamens every day has really helped in that department because I have been staying pretty healthy. (yea, I shouldn't have said that because I'm going to get sick now!)

Have a good night friends! I hope you don't miss your hour as bad as I will! :)
<3 Honor

Here's a pic of my 'spruced up' version of the Lean Cuisine Dinner, it Originally comes with 150 calories, so even with the added Broccoli it was still around 200 calories, which left plenty of calories left for my Tropical Smoothie! :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Day 103: Crazy News

I got up early this morning so I could stop by the Y before work and get some Cardio in. I have a slight hidden agenda on that though. A little while ago they started a Star Contest, and every day you go to the Y to workout you get a star. It lasts for 30 days, and the winner gets a Walmart gift card. And then the top ten get a T-shirt...I'm all about me a free T-shirt!! I obviously wanna win (no, I not competitive, not me!) but we are 11 or 12 days in and I have gone every day, and so have like 6 or 7 other people! I wonder what they will do if there's a tie! I bet we will get smaller gift cards :( boo! Haha yea not the end of the world! I'm just Wondering...sheesh! Lol

So I go to the Y this morning and other than working out I want to find the guy who has been in charge of the Healthy Living Challenge and make sure I've got all of my dates right. I had to double check because I was waiting for Zumba to start last night and was talking to another woman that is in the challenge and she was positive that it ended in late April! That had me really curious, so I had to find out what was up. So I found the guy I was looking for and he confirmed that the information I was given was correct. So they are having a final meeting on March 19th, when they will weigh in everyone that is there and then you have until the 23rd to make sure you weigh in. I guess they are giving people a final chance to make sure they get weighed and they're having a 5 day grace period. I have every intention of weighing in at the meeting and then busting some booty and weighing in again on the 23rd. I don't know if it will work out that way...but that's the plan!

So anyways, he gives me this information and then he says, "Oh and the guy who donated the money for the winner has also contacted KFVS12 (our local News Station) and they're going to be at the meeting on the 19th. Since you've been doing your blog every day they are going to want to interview you." For a second I was like, interview me for what...then I quickly realized he meant FOR THE NEWS on the TV!! So...I guess I'm gonna be on the news!! I've always been the one behind the camera...never EVER would I imagine being on television, even if it is the news! The idea TERRIFIES me and Excites me at the same time!! Oh me oh my!

So that's my crazy news for the day :-)
It's Friday, so I'm in Cape...I'm training a new manager for the studio and I really think she's going to do great once she gets it all figured out. Believe it or not, there's a million details that you have to learn to do the job and do it well. It's quite overwhelming for the average person! I'm a really fast learner so I catch on to stuff really, really quick, and through my experience in training over the past 5 or so years, I've learned that it's not that easy for most people!! So I'm in Cape and training this new manager and in comes this customer. Automatically I recognize her...I just couldn't quite place her. So we talk for a few minutes and I realize I do know her from when I used to manage this studio, but she's lost a TON of weight! So of course I asked her about it and she says she's lost 120 pounds!! Wow!!! That's going to be me!! I can't wait!! I had gained weight since I was the manager here, so when I see my old customers they don't see the weight I've lost because I look mostly the same to them. I'm so ready for the day when someone comes in that was a regular and hasn't been in to see me in a while and they don't recognize me :-) that day will be priceless to me!! I said in the beginning of this that I have 175-200 pounds to lose and I'm not stopping until I'm there! If I stop at 175 lost that would put me at 175 pounds and my weight range is somewhere around 125-155. So if I lost the 200 that would put me right at 150. I can't even fathom that! I'm terrified of the loose and baggy skin :( it will definitely serve as a reminder, but I'm hoping that I'm young enough that my skins' elasticity is still good enough to not leave me looking crazy in a bathing suit. I don't need a bikini or anything like that, I would just love to be able to go out on the beach with my husband and feel 100% comfortable in it.

So after I found out about the news thing I had to call a few important people and tell them what was happening. And one of those calls was to my good friend Olivia who has followed my blog every day and started her very own journey just one week after me. We have both lifted each other up, inspired each other and made each other proud over the past few months. And I couldn't wait to tell her! She was as excited as I am! AND because she's awesome, she's going to have her parents record the news segment for me so that I can have it as a keepsake. I'm so stoked! While we were talking, she was telling me how many people I have effected in her life through my journey. Because she started her weight-loss expedition, then someone else did, and someone else and so on. So we think that's pretty stinkin awesome! I started this blog to inspire and motivate me, and the fact that it helps other people is awesome!!

I'm home and exhausted from a long day of cleaning up Cape studio and training! ¡Buenos Noches! Lol :-)
<3 Honor

P. S. I love this cute little puppy picture :-))

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Day 102: Fast Day!

Today flew by! I don't know why, but it just did! This morning I had to take my car to the Tire and Lube Express before work so I could get my stinking tire fixed. Then it was time to go to work! We are getting an addition to our editing software at work and I'm SUPER excited about it! So we had an hour long conference call about that, along with a few other things I had to deal with and before I knew it, it was 2:00 and time to leave for the day!

My time at home was short lived and before I knew it I ended up at the gym. And it was time for Zumba! I got to workout with an old friend that I recently reconnected with and had a very good time!

Then it was time for small group bible study :-) I love this bible study!! There's usually only 8-10 people there and it's a small breakout from church where we discuss the previous Sunday's sermon and break it down and really dive in! It's great! There's a man that comes that reminds me of my dad before he got sick. So it makes me a little nostalgic, but I love it!!

All in all a pretty good day! I made good eating choices all day and it zoomed by! Nothing particular stuck out so I guess that's it!

Good night friends :)
<3 Honor

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Day 101: I think I Can...

Today went pretty good until tonight. I delivered my Zombie Cake to a satisfied customer and that's always nice. I spent the better part of the morning and early afternoon watching Vampire Diaries. And I don't feel guilty about it one bit! For the past few months on my days off I have had a list of things to do or places to go or cakes to make, and I haven't had hardly any time at all to just relax. There were probably 6,000 more productive things I could have been doing, but I chose to take some time out for me! I tell ya what though...I'm going to HAVE to devote some serious time to deep cleaning my house after the end of this competition! It's GOT to happen!

So after I drove to town to deliver the Zombie Cake, I went to the Y. I tried something I haven't tried in a long while...jogging. It felt pretty good! I didn't make it very long, but I didn't get exhausted either! I really think
I can start adding some jogging intervals into my workout schedule :) I'm excited about that! So I did about 10 minutes on the treadmill and then 15 on the Elipticle and then I took a short break before heading to Spinning class and then to Zumba. In the middle of spinning class somebody started talking about the fitness challenge that I'm in and someone asked if anyone had lost a lot of weight and the lady next to me pointed to me and said, "she has!" so they asked me how much I had lost and I told them...and then everyone gave me a round of applause! It was crazy!! Zumba was good tonight. I love it when we do a bunch of songs that I know now. It makes me happy :-)

On the way home tonight we got a flat and it stunk! Because I was exhausted and just ready to go home :( but we got it all figured out and made it home.

Now I'm ready to hit the hay! Sleep tight!
<3 Honor

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Day 100!! Oh my! Weigh-Day Number Fourteen

I can't believe it's been 100 days! It was 90 days only 10 days ago so I don't know why 100 seems like such a big deal to me but it DOES!

Today was weigh day...I didn't see a big number like I had hoped, but it was negative. I lost 1.6 pounds. So that puts me at 288.8 which is a little over 61 pounds :-) so I'm in the 280's AND I've lost over 60 pounds!!

Today was a good day, I did have a couple of Malano cookies thanks to a cake I was working on, but other than that it was good :-) I had my normal oatmeal for breakfast, and for lunch I tried something new that turned out great. I put salsa on my chicken breast :) something simple, but it added some really nice zesty flavor to my lunch! Even though I had those cookies I'm pretty sure I'm still low on my calories for the that means a SMOOTHIE for desert! And we all know how I love my smoothies! Hehe

So I slept late today due to a stinking migraine. I've been having them almost every day and it's driving me crazy! I spent a large amount of the day working on a Zombie Cake that turned out pretty awesome and then I headed to the gym to workout!

Tonight was Ypump and then Zumba. Zumba was a bit more interesting than usual. We had a visitor join us from a local radio station and as the only male in the class, he was up front and had a co-worker with him recording his workout. He flailed around like an idiot and definitely couldn't keep up with us! It was quite hilarious!!

After class I spent almost an hour talking to a girl from Zumba who is my age and super sweet! I look forward to getting to know her better!

I usually go workout with my momma right after bible study on Tuesdays, but bible study was cancelled and then my mom called and said she wasn't feeling well, so I got to come home and eat dinner and finish the Zombie Cake. :) it was a Quite productive day!!

Now I'm watching Vampire Diaries and Relaxing!! So glad I still have time for that occasionally!!
<3 Honor

Monday, March 5, 2012

Day 99: Something about a Monday

I feel good! I just thought I would share that with you. :-)) I'm pretty sure that every pair of buttoning pants that I wore 99 days ago I can officially pull down without unbuttoning them! Lol. Most of them don't look really baggy yet, but my jeans do not look cute anymore! The one pair I could wear are really baggy and even the pair I talked about being able to get in to on Day 36 are too baggy. Yay!!

Today has been another successful day. :-) It sure wasn't void of any temptations, but there's something about Monday's that make it easier for me to overcome my body's natural instinct to eat crap. Oh yea, I know what it is...weigh day is tomorrow!! Lol. I'm really hoping for a great number this week! The start to the week wasn't good, but the last half has been great! I wish I could do really really good all week long! I bet I would see bigger numbers on the scale if I did!

So I forgot to mention this, but back when I started I was told that the Healthy Living Challenge was going to be ending March 12th. Not anymore!! They added an extra week, so now it's going to end March 19th. Well to allow people a few days to weigh-in around work schedules and stuff, the final weigh-in is March 23rd. I don't know exactly how it will play out...I just know that I wanna stinkin win! After the competition ends I still plan to keep going with my blog, because this is what keeps me on my toes:) but I plan to start weighing in bi-weekly afterwards. I may change my mind about that when the time comes...but we will see. I just know that as I drop the weight, the amount of weight-loss will become less and less and maybe talking about it weekly...there just may be some weeks where I don't lose any weight. That's definitely NOT the plan. But I don't want to set myself up for disappointment.

Today was another successful day! After work I went to Zumba with my sis and then we went to her house and had dinner. Dinner was REALLY good! We got one of those dinner in a bag things. Lol. And it was like a beef stew but very calorie friendly and it was delicious!

Alright, I've got some cakes to bake....I'm making a Zombie cake, SKEERY! Haha Have a good night!
<3 Honor

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Day 98: My heart is so full!

I had my breath taken away today. I was at church. Feeling great. We had worship, and it was a true blessing to me today. These days our Sunday morning worship consist of all guys, which is great, but I LOVE to worship with a female singer. I connect more. I get more out of the service. I can't explain it. And Lydia is my favorite she only 17, but God has blessed her with a gift of not only singing, but connecting to people in a way that enriches their worship. She usually only comes on Saturdays because her parents have her go to their church on Sundays. I can understand that, but it makes me sad, because I work through Saturday worship, so I'm not able to come anymore. And I greatly miss it. But this morning...there she was on the stage! I was so excited :-) and our worship was awesome for me today.

Then Chad starts the sermon and at one point he is talking about people spurring other people on and he gave an example that I honestly can't remember and then he look at me and says something like, "Honor starting her weight-loss journey and blogging about it every day has spurred the entire church on to making a commitment to lose 2,000 pounds!" What? Me? I thought that was all about the guy that needed to lose the weight (and it is), but they were inspired by me! Wow. I was speechless and utterly humbled! God is so amazing and my morning was one to top all mornings :-)

My friend Olivia that has been with me on this journey weighed in today and is at 35 pounds weight lost and 17% for her Percent of Weight lost! That is AMAZING! People tell me how awesome it is that I've lost 59.6 pounds in three months...ok...she has lost 35, but she started out at a lower weight so her percentage is the EXACT same as mine!! That means that Chica has been working her tooshy off and done a Fantastic job at it!! I'm so proud of her! She says I inspire her and I say she inspires between the the two of us, we have a really great thing going!!

I had my Vegetarian style lunch again today :-) there's a few different kinds of those little trays and today I ended up with: baby carrots, Brocolli, grape sized tomatoes, apples, mini pretzels and cheese cubes. So ver similar to yesterday, but a little different. These for lunch make me feel like I'm making a much healthier decision than a Sub sandwich. Much less sodium and still a nice variety of food. I really have to force myself to figure out some stuff that works for me to being to lunch and start doing that. I can't afford to keep spending $5 every day for lunch! And I really like going over to the Y and getting some exercise in on my lunch too. I would love to get to where I could do some jogging too, but right now I'm pushing it already with my knee, so I really think I need to get some more weight off before I start that up. I don't want any unnecessary injuries to put a stump in my progress!! But I do have a standing date with a friend to run a 5k next I've got to get to the jogging/running sooner or later!! :-)

So now I'm off of work, did a little grocery shopping (had to get some more fruit for my insane smoothie addiction, lol) I made myself a really healthy dinner. I fixed grilled shrimp, creamed spinach, baked potato with salsa, and corn on the cob. And all of that was less than 400 calories! I would catch a picture at the end of my blog, LOL. Everything was really good, except for the creamed spinach, I just couldn't get past the taste!!

Now I'm headed to Dexter to go workout with my momma. Have a good night and I'll talk to you tomorrow!
<3 Honor

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Day 96 & 97: Road Blocks

Wow I can't believe I don't blog yesterday! I'm addicted to Vampire Diaries right now and after I got home I watched a few episodes and passed out! Yesterday was a very hard day. This whole week has been hard. I keep expecting it to get easier, but this week has been one of the hardest. I can't seem to make good choices am its ticking me off! I mean I haven't been going crazy or anything, but I definitely have not been making the best choices! Yesterday I really felt myself slipping...and I kept reminding myself of how far I've come and how important this is to me and I have to make this work. This is a lifetime, not a phase. It's something that I will always struggle with! But pure happiness is worth it!! My body ALREADY feels so much better! I can't imagine how I will feel when I'm not obese anymore. It's something I've NEVER experienced before. Not since I was 7 anyways. And I don't remember how I felt then. Lol. I want this so bad!! So why do I keep Putting up road blocks and hazard signs! It doesn't make any sense! Oh wait...yes it does...I'm an addict. Addicts crave what they're addicted to. While I do have issues with overheating healthy food too, I think the biggest problem is that I crave processed and sugary foods. It's something that has been a part of my diet or my entire life! And I just don't think my body is 'over it' yet.

Today was one of those days that I think my blood pressure was probably really high again. I ate a very unhealthy dinner last night that was high in sodium and I think it caught up with me. I knew better...but I still did it. And I payed or it today. There is, of course, a chance that this wasn't what caused my 'episode' but it seams a little to ironic that it only seams to happen when I have a really terrible dinner the night before.

Today, I have done an amazing job on my food choices so far. Oatmeal for breakfast, as usual, and then some Light Pringles for a snack, yea I could have done something healthier like veggies or fruit but I think that's a good choice. I had a really great lunch! I went down to Subway to order my usual turkery sub, and they had a sign up saying their debit/credit machine was down, and their toaster was too!
So I went over to the deli area and thought about some popcorn chicken. Um no way! There's Over 400 calories in a little tiny container of it! I was so sad. So I went on a hunt for a salad. They sell two pre-made salads that I like, and what would you guess? Out. I was really starting to think I wasn't meant to eat lunch today!! So I go over to get some of the pre packed apples with yogurt dip and I see these little trays that are only $2 each and I chose one with Broccoli, Baby Carrots, Cheese, Almonds, and ranch dip for around 300 calories! And then another with apples, grapes, and cheese cubes for like 180 cals! So all together 480 and I was STUFFED after I ate! And feeling pretty proud of myself. :-) I even went to the Y and got 10 minutes in on the Elipticle! Very productive lunch break!!

The rest of my work day flew by pretty fast until that last hour, which I hate, because I'm used to closing at 7 and the hour wait until 8 is a real BUMMER!

I went to dinner with my sis after work. She mulling over some ideas for a potentially awesome change in her life and I can't wait to see where it takes her!!

Have a good night!
<3 Honor

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Day 95: Small group

Today was a very hard day for me. It was one of those days where I felt hungry all day. I made a homemade smoothie for breakfast and it turned out great! AND after I drank it I was pretty full! But then a couple of hours later, I was hungry again...ok I brought almonds to work with me, so I had them. The thing about call Linsey is that you may not feel full right after you eat them, but shortly after work you do feel the hunger subside. Plus, nutritionally, they're very good for you. Today was a short work day and I had already made plans to go spend a little time with one of my friends after work who just got a new horse and I wanted to meet him. :) So I had it planned out to go straight home after work and change into casual clothes and have some lunch and then over to her house. Which is exactly what I did. I stayed at her house for about an hour and a half and by the time I made it back to town, my body said it was starving again...uh NO! Not possible. So yea, a long story short, is that I didn't make it out of the night where I wanted to be on my calories and now I'm sad about it.

My workout was pretty good tonight and then I had bible study, which I always love <3 Tonight was 'Small Groups' and I really like that bible study a lot. It's every Thursday. One of our other small groups has a guy in it that really has a lot of weight to lose for his health and so they decided to support him, by starting a weight-loss challenge with him. It has swollen into a whole church thing and someone decided that we, as a church, we're going to lose 2000 pounds in a year. The problem that I foresee with that is that their really aren't a whole lot of people on board with it. I'm obviously all for it! But my small group is not interested :-( Someone made the comment tonight that they would just count my weight-loss for the team. Haha ok nice compliment, but I would love it if everyone would really jump in and do this! I've said before that I feel like living a healthy lifestyle is very much something God wants from us. There are many scriptures to back me up on that. I just wish people would really realize how this is an issue. But I feel like I'm talking to a brick wall with that subject right now.

God is great. I have been so blessed with so much success in this journey and am so thankful that even when I make bad decisions...I can go to bed and wake up the next morning with a brand new day and a fresh start!!

Good night friends!
<3 Honor