My Progress

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Reward for 45 lbs lost

Okay, so, I don't hesitate to get that reward as soon as I earn it. I feel like a 5 year old sometimes cuz I can't wait to get the next gift card!

I decided on Macy's after I went this weekend and found some really nice sweaters and shirts that I'd love. (I will buy a few for winter since I have NO winter clothes...remember, I gave it all away in March/April plus it would be too big now. YIPEE!)

I even bought some smaller T-shirts that I will be able to wear next summer. I love end of season clearance sales. Beautiful T-shirts for $ could I pass that up??

Actually...I bought 2 T-shirts in medium for next summer. When I got home I tried them on and realized they fit perfectly. They must be a "big" medium...but who cares...they are still MEDIUM! So, when I went back and bought 3 more shirts for next year in SMALL... I figure WHEN I lose the rest of my weight, ..35 lbs more...I should easily fit into these T-shirts. I had always dreamed of being a "medium"...can't even imagine fitting into something that says "SMALL"!!! Life is good!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Weight Watcher Wednesday - Week 31

I'm making progress!!! Celebrate with me...

This week's weight loss:
1.8 lbs for a total of 45.2 lbs gone!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

New foods I've discovered

I discovered some new "weight watcher friendly" foods that I thought I'd pass along.

Fiber One's a smaller container than other yogurts, but it's a ZERO point food! I use them in my smoothies every day, thus making my smoothie only 2 points instead of the 3 they used to be. (that leaves an extra point for another treat!).

I discoverd Crisps by accident! They are dehydrated fugi apples. Each package is 39 calories, with no fat and a few grams of fiber. It's another ZERO point snack! I like them because I throw one package in my purse if I'm going out for the day and might need a quick snack. I found them at Wal-mart in the same area as raisins and dried fruit.

Since I gave up drinking diet sodas, I've had to rely on flavored water because plain water is boring! I've done a lot of reading and supposedly green and white tea is good for you. I prefer the white tea as it doesn't have the 'tea aftertaste' that I get with the green tea. The raspberry and apple-cranberry white tea is very good. It only comes in the individual packets that are added to 16 oz of water.

I've been wanting to try this combination for a while and I did this weekend. One cake mix and 1 can of diet coke. I baked it in a 13x9" pan for the appropriate time indicated on the box, and the results were a super moist cake! I served it to my husband and he couldn't tell the difference! Next time I'm going to make cupcakes as that would make each serving 2 points and easier to figure out. There are so many different variations depending on the flavor of cake and soda.

This powdered peanut butter was given to me. It's called PB2. The directions call for 2 tbsps of powder for 1 tbsp of water...mix...and voila peanut butter. However, the taste is NASTY...blech...ewww...cough, choke...YUCK! I tried adding a little salt thinking maybe it needed it...but no. The consistency was like peanut butter, but the flavor was TERRIBLE! I don't recommnd this product.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Weight Watcher Wednesday - Week 30

I was delighted with this week's weight loss. I wasn't expecting it, though I worked hard and certainly felt like I deserved it, but life doesn't always workout that way. This week the "diet gods" were kind!!

This week's weight loss:
2.4 lbs for a total of 43.4

Monday, August 17, 2009

Week 4

This is the 4th week that Mr.. Wizard and I have been getting up at o’ dark thirty to hit the gym by 4:45 AM (yup…that’s AM).  It’s a great way to wake up!  I walk the dog when I get home, and am ready to go!  Of course, we now go to bed about 9:30 PM to compensate.  But, it’s working out great.  We’ll see what happens when winter sets in.  That will be the true test.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My Top Ten List

Here's my top ten things I have enjoyed about losing weight up to this point:

10. Got rid of all my XL clothes
9. Got some new SMALLER clothes
8. Even my shoes feel looser
7. I can walk up a flight of stairs without huffing and puffing when I get to the top
6. My cholesterol level went below 200 for the first time
5. Looking at clothing catalogs is fun
4. I can now wear pants with a belt rather than an eleastic waist
3. I lost almost 7 inches from my waist
2. I walk 'taller' and am more confident now
1. I can see my feet when I stand up!!!

Look up there...

I just realized that my BMI is now UNDER 30... it's 29.9!! whooo hooo!! (I believe in celebrating every milestone!)

Weight Watcher Wednesday - Week 29

I DID IT!! I'm out of the 170's and made into the 'wonderful' 160's! Treated myself to a new pair of capris because the 16's I have are too big. Got a nice pair of navy blue 14's... (got 'em on sale for $7.99!)

This week's loss:
1 lb for a total of 41 lbs

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

My 40 lb reward

I decided to go with a Lands End gift card this time. (Ordering on-line is so easy!!). Our local Sears has a section of Lands End clothing which I think is very nice and casual. They also sent me a catalog ...I found some beautiful sweaters that would be nice for the winter.
I forgot I ordered this and ordered a gift card for another store...I will save that one for my next 'reward'!!

Yearly cholesterol check...

FINALLY...I got good news regarding my cholesterol level. It's been way above 200 (about 240) for some time...but my latest test results came back... 197!! Under 200 is's just a tad under 200...but it's UNDER!

However, my HDL which should be between 45-65 is only at 37 and my LDL which should be between 0-130 is at 146. My doctor thinks if I continue my low fat diet and exercise, that it should take care of it, so she didn't recommend any medication at this time.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Weight Watcher Wednesday - Week 28

Time to PAAARTY!!
I had a GREAT week...stayed on track, kept up with new gym schedule and 'the scale' cooperated!
This week's loss:

2.2 lbs for a total of
40 lbs GONE

I've reached the half-way point. 40 lbs to go!

Monday, August 3, 2009

35 lb reward

In keeping with my effort to reward my 5 lb achievements, I bought a $20.00 gift card for losing 35 lbs.

I finally realize, I don't have to go to the store to pick it up...I ordered it to pick the design I wanted...and poof, free shipping and 3 days later it was in my mail box!

Of course, I spent about 10 minutes picking the perfect card...and this one seemed to fit my goals... "GO GIRL"!!

They fit...they fit!

Back in very early spring I bought a pair of size 16 khaki pants from LL Bean (can't pass a sale! $12.95). I tried them on every month to measure my progress. I had hoped to wear them by the 4th of July...but no such luck.

Yesterday, I tried them again...and they fit GREAT! They just need to be hemmed a little. Even though they are 16 petite...they are still about 1.5 inches too long! (In my next life, I'm going to be taller and naturally thin! hey, I can dream!!)

So, just for kicks I tried on the size 14 jeans I also bought from LL Bean....and much to my amazement they fit BETTER than the size 16 khakis. I think it's the STRETCH in the denim...but who cares...they are a size 14 and they FIT!! Of course, it's much too hot to wear them right now, but by September when the weather cools down they will be PERFECT!

I broke down and bought a pair of GREEN capris this weekend. I have never owned anything but black or navy pants or jeans (the fat girl uniform pants, as I call them). I have never ever even considered buying green pants...but these are so nice (size 16 and loose...but the 14's were a little stretch in this fabric.) I've been living in 3 pairs of capris and 1 pair of shorts this summer. The capris are getting very 'roomy'...but summer is almost over and I can get through with those.

So...then for more of my entertaining pleasure, I tried on two pairs of size 12 pants that my sister gave me. She's also a WW member, and has lost almost 20 lbs..and these pants are too big for her now. I was shocked...I can get them on and zip them. They are snug...but I'm just in shock that I could actually zip them...and no I didn't have to lay down and use pliers to pull up the zipper. I had no problem zipping them...gotta LOVE fabrics with a little a s t r e t c h!

It was fun playing 'dress up'...even if no one else was around to celebrate with me. I was giddy staring at myself in the mirror. I'm actually starting to FEEL thinner... and it feels super!!