Category Archives: The Challenge

What I’m Thankful For Thursday Part 1

I am really into gratitude and the power of positive thinking.  I have read several books and countless articles (here is one)on the topic and I really believe it is all mindset.  My problem is I am by nature a Debbie Downer. It comes with the territory.

So, I have to force myself to be positive and sometimes, it feels a little forced.  Every book I have read on the subject says you have to fake it till you make it a real habit.  This is why I am starting Thankful Thursdays, to get myself in “the attitude of gratitude” <—The Secret anyone?  So everyday I have jotted down something I am thankful for.  Here is a short list of things I am grateful for this week:

  • Family time… at Sweet Berry Farms!….Who knew a pumpkin patch could be so much fun!

 

  • The Waco Zoo…we went on the spur of the moment and it was so nice!  Full of surprises and fun family memories.

 

  • Good Health….I’ve had some bad health issues in my family. Nothing makes you appreciate your health more than being sick, so I am thankful that my immediate family is as healthy as can be right now.

 

  • Good Friends Old And New…That bring surprises and love

 

  • Lady Bird Lake /Town Lake 4.2…I did it!  Walking a huge chunk of Lady Bird Lake/Town Lake was actually an item on my bucket list for Austin and I am so glad I got to walk  that with my friend and daughter in tow.  It was so beautiful and it made me fall in love with Austin all over again.

 

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  • The Trailer Park…OMG go to Torchy’s Tacos and get a Trailer Park taco.  You can thank me later.  So good!

 

  • That Paco Lopez Had A Home.  So, the other day while my friend and I were walking Lady Bird/Town Lake we found a dog and his name was Paco Lopez.  he was wandering around in a more residential part of the trail.  We texted the number on the collar and they texted us back that Paco Lopez was indeed lost.  We tried to keep an eye on the dog, but somehow or another we lost the dog while doing all of this texting.  My friend, went looking for him close in to the residential homes. Eventually one of the neighbors, a Hispanic man with a thick Spanish accent, came out of his house wondering what she was doing?  We eventually understood him to say that Paco lived at the next door neighbors house. So Paco Lopez wasn’t lost, but home.  Horary!

 

  • That My Hair Is NOT GRAY Anymore….Thanks friend!  Never dyed hair that early in the morning before and amazingly enough we didn’t get it on anything except my favorite pair of shorts.

 

No More Grays

  • For Anita…who started THE CHALLENGE.  I haven’t lost any weight yet, but I am watching what I eat and doing more exercise.  For me it is really going to be baby steps

 

  • For Chef Paul Prudhomme…May God Bless his Soul!  We will forever love the food  he blessed us with!  Check out these touching photos from his funeral and second line.

 

  • For My Friend Taking Me To See… Bob Schneider, an Austin legend at the Saxon Pub…also another Austin bucket list item.  He was amazing!  Go see Bob if he comes to your town.  I have one of his songs jammed in my head right now and I am thinking about downloading it on itunes  <—-y’all that is serious!

 

  • Vacation Days…My husband is on vacation right now and it is really good to spend a lot of quality family time together.  He is also knocking some household projects out of the park and off of my honey do list!  Thank gawd!   Today is his final day off and we went for a hike this morning at Walnut Creek Park.

Walnut Creek Park Saints

Look at us SPORTING our Saints gear on game day. Geaux Saints!!!!

What is something you are thankful for today?  Play along in the comment section.

I am thankful the Saints are playing a prime time game and we get to watch them on TV while sporting our Saints gear!

The Challenge Part I

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I gained a lot of weight when I was pregnant, but healthy baby weight is OK and comes with the territory.  After I had Be Be,  I breastfed and the weight just melted off of me and I very quickly I returned to my pre-baby jeans. Hooray! OK, so the bar was low.

Fast forward to nine months later when I left my job to become a SAHM, I wasn’t doing much working out (ok, none at all) and I was eating everything in sight.  I noticed the weight coming back on and before I knew it I weighed as much as I did when I was pregnant, I blame all those damn Goldfish lord knows I ate enough of those.

Actually, all of my weight is in my belly, a very dangerous place for women to carry extra weight because it can lead to heart disease.  My belly bulge makes me look like I am questionably pregnant.  I say questionably pregnant because people have actually asked me or referred to me as pregnant , making my belly weight dangerous for them as well.

A few weeks ago, in an online mommy group that I am in, someone posted a post titled “Want to lose weight with me?” At first it sounded like a gimmick for some diet pills or something someone was trying to sell,  then I read on. The writer of the post, a lady by the name of Anita, said she had a lot of ideas about how a group of us could come together, support each other and lose some weight.  Some of her ideas included: a financial bet, group exercise, a Facebook group,  using online tools such as myfitnesspal.com to track their eating and just friendly camaraderie.   So, I decided in about a 1/10th of a second to join the group; I actually think I might have been the first person to sign up for the challenge.

I have decided not to participate in the bet because they are betting more money than I am willing to put up, but I am going to try really hard else wise.  It is a 10 week challenge and I really think I can stick to it. I have never attempted to really diet before, so this will be new for me.  We are all using myfitnesspal.com to track our calories and I am planning on following this exercise plan I found on Pinterest, with a few modifications.  I also hope to get a cheap pedometer soon to track all of those extra steps I take while running after an almost 3yr old each day.

The working out is going to be really hard for me.  I really struggle with exercise. I just don’t know how to do it properly and I really don’t enjoy working out.  I have never gotten that “high” everyone talks about.  I mostly just feel exhausted when I am done and for the rest of the day.  I actually kind of envy people who get that boost of adrenaline that they feel for the rest of the day. I think they are faking the whole thing to make the rest of us feel lousy.  I digress, like I said, I mainly just feel tired after working out, but I am really going to try to change my mindset and hopefully my body will follow.

The challenge starts tomorrow (10/5/15) at least that is when the official weigh in is.  I weighed myself on the scale earlier tonight and I weigh 158 lbs.  I am starting tomorrow with watching my food but I won’t be starting my workout plan until Wednesday because I have a friend in town and we have a lot of plans that don’t include workouts of strict diets, but do include eating out and alcohol.  I have decided to start tracking my calories on Wednesday with the myfitnesspal.com app because we will be eating out and I have no idea how to track all of that.

So that is it!  The Challenge technically starts tomorrow, but I guess I need a few days to get use to the whole thing…so Wednesday it is then!  I will consider taking a “before” picture if I can get my friend to take a decent one using my crummy cell phone camera.  If I do then I will add it in later to this post.  Wish me luck!

 

Have you ever joined a weight loss support group before?  Did you bet money?  Did you win?  Any tips for a diet and exercise newbie?