Life is good!

Okay I haven’t posted in a while and I thought I’d write an update for anybody reading.

In regards to weight loss, I have had some good things happen. From September 2014 to August 2014, I lost about 20 pounds and got into a size 18 in jeans. That was size 18, wide, petite. A couple months ago, I bought some jeans because they were only $3.00. Who is going to pass that up?! I noticed that they were size 18 petite, but I missed a crucial detail: they were not 18 petite WIDE!  I got home to try them on and guess what? They didn’t fit! I was disappointed, but I decided to keep them for when I COULD fit into them. Yesterday, I didn’t have any clean jeans (Laundry? What’s that?!) so I tried on the size 18 petite jeans. They pulled all the way up and zipped with no problem! WOO HOO! That was my NSV (non-scale-victory) for the day. I was so happy, I did a little dance in my room. Then, my dad walked by and looked at me funny. You know what happens when you get caught doing something you don’t want anyone to see? You freeze and pretend like you were doing something completely normal. Somehow, he was not convinced that I was testing the sturdiness of the floor. Go figure. 🙂

Some good things that happened yesterday as well:

– I stayed within my calorie range (even with 24 ounces of Dr. Pepper!)

– I drank 64 ounces of water. I looked on the internet and I should be drinking 140 ounces a day to maintain weight loss. Baby steps are better than no steps right? At least I got the recommended amount for everybody!

– I made a new recipe I found on Pintrest and it was awesome. Here’s my Pintrest web address if you want to check out what I have on there. I go on the website and check for new stuff to pin at LEAST once a week. https://www.pinterest.com/dianewoods1656/

– I’m going to try a Zumba class on Tuesday with my best friend and I am so excited! I’ve always wanted to try this. The first class is free and only $35 if you want to continue with the 8-week class. That sounds like a pretty good deal if I like it and can afford it. I’m also going to look into a gym membership for only $10. I have a friend that works out there and she said she will take me whenever she goes.

So, in conclusion, life is going pretty well and I am getting better every day. I am still working on getting over my ex, but he is getting farther from my mind every day as well. I have wonderful friends, a great family and a wonderful support system, online and off.  Here’s to a great 2015!

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New Year, New Life, New ME!

For years now, I have been struggling with my weight. I discovered a website called SparkPeople.com and it really helped me out a lot. I was on and off it for a few years. Now that I am without a job and have time to do so, I am really getting back into the site, as well as watching what I eat and exercising. I am starting another “Biggest Loser Challenge” on this site starting January 14th. I’ve done this challenge before and it is a lot of fun. I always make new friends and lose weight along the way. I’m going to use my new blog to keep track of my progress through this 12-week challenge and I hope anyone reading this will help me! Post comments or any thoughts you would like. Anything and everything is welcome (barring negative or nasty comments). So, as I said, this is a 12-week challenge. I will be updating my progress as often as possible. Maybe even every day! At least weekly. I will be posting a template to keep track of my progress through the coming weeks.

I am 76 pounds from my goal weight right now. My goal is to lose all of that in the next year. I really think I can do it. I just need to give up the soda, drink more water, exercise 5 days a week for at least 20 minutes, stay within my calorie range 28 out of 30 days a month and stick with my meal plan as much as I can. Whew! That’s a lot but I have a feeling I will get it done. I am really determined this time. I have a big problem with my self-esteem (I always have) and I think losing the weight and finally getting healthy will help a lot with that problem as well.

My New Year’s resolution is to be happy, healthy and loved. Here’s hoping!

Welcome to my life!

Hello! This is my blog dedicated to my life. I will just be posting things going on; my writings; reviews for products I have tried and anything else that I want to post! Basically, it’s a sounding board for me get my thoughts and feelings out. I recently went through a breakup. As with any type of event in my life, I chose to write about it so I could feel better. Here’s what I came up with:

Because of you, I am $4000 dollars in debt.

It makes me wish we had never met.

Because of you, I have learned

What it feels like to be burned.

I gave you three years of my life and what have I gained?

A soul full of heartache and pain.

In spite of you, I will stand up, as I have stood before.

I will stand tall and say, “No more!”.

I will take these feeling I have for you and lock them away.

Somewhere in a deep, dark dungeon; never to be seen again by the light of day.

I will open up my heart again one day.

I will learn to love again in my own way.

Perhaps I should thank you; I realize now that we were never meant to be.

Now I will have the power to find someone who will love me for me.

I will be happy again someday soon; I can feel it.

I just have to let you go, leave you behind and forget.