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You Are More Than A Body…

Hey y’all… welcome to Valentine’s week… aka made-up Hallmark, flower, and chocolate company holiday. I mean, really! In other news because of sewer flooding issues due to warmer-than-normal temperatures melting the 85 feet of snow we got and additional rain on top of that, the people of the valley have been asked not to do laundry, shower, or flush their toilets!! A.) I totally feel for people who have their basements flooded with raw sewage because that is possibly the worst nightmare on the history of this Earth… I mean, I’d have to leave the hemisphere to recover, but 2.) If I’d wanted to sign up to turn into Davy Crocket or Ma Ingalls, I’d have killed a coon and made me a hat years ago! City, dig into that brain for the option B idea! A girl cannot take 5 second showers for much longer!

Yesterday, I was asked to sing at a regional women’s conference. It was a great experience for me and I feel like it was something I’d needed during this time of winter and job search anxiety depression. It lifted my spirits if for a few moments. After the main session where we listened to author and speaker Ganel-Lyn Condie, we broke out into mini sessions and got to pick from a handful of classes to attend. I picked one entitled, “You Are More Than A Body”. It was a good reminder that while taking care of my body and losing weight is a good thing, I need to be at peace with it as it is now so that I can love it enough to take care of it. I don’t know if that’s ever a total possibility for me because I’ve spent so many years abusing it and hating it, but it’s definitely something I need to work towards, even if it is just to say, I’m thankful that my body is allowing me to be mobile and exercise and accomplish the things I need to in a day. Thank you, body, for that.

This week was mostly good on the eating and exercising front. I had a misstep one late night and my weekend was still not as tight as I want it to be, but I exercised 5 days and purposely moved more the 6th day, and I stuck really well to my menu I’d made for the week. Pats on the back, sailor! During the above-mentioned class, the speaker put this quote up on the overhead projector, and of course, I stored it in the recesses of my puny brain to share with you all!

Dieting is easy, it’s like riding a bike… and the bike is on fire and the ground is on fire and everything is on fire because you’re in hell! ūüėõ

Inspirational quote of the week y’all!

How are you all doing? What are some of your successes? What are some things you need to work on? Do you have any tips or ideas that you use that could help the rest of us?

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LINDSAY’S UPDATE:

Happy Valentines Week crew! Through this experience it’s super important to LOVE yourself first and foremost! No matter where you are at with your weight loss goals. DOn’t let your weight or whatever it is you struggle with in life keep you from happiness! So Happy Valentines Day to you!

This week has been a bit harder for me than most. Because starting early during the week I got a sore throat. It has continued and is still haunting. I only got 5 days of workouts. But I stayed on my meal plan for all but one night. I had ice cream one night for dinner to help soothe my throat. It was fabulous ūüôā

What I wanted to report most of all . . . I have wanted to go to a actual kickboxing class but I have been too embarrassed at the way I look in my workout clothes to go in a group class. But I decided it’s TIME to actually stop being so self conscious and go enjoy it. I love kickboxing classes (ones that are actual fighting classes not the girly punch classes). This was just that!!! It was killer hard. I tried a class called Fight Fit and one called HIIT Kickboxing. They kicked my trash! I LOVED every minute of it! What I loved most was the Loud music but also the other people working hard to motivate me and keep me going even when I couldn’t push anymore. That is what group fitness helps me to do. I didn’t have time to be self conscious I was working out too hard!

So This week I want to leave you with the bravery to go out and try something this week that you have put off! Put off for whatever reason it is! GO AND DO IT PEEPS don’t waste your days wishing!!!


Baby BoBo didn’t feel very good this week either, but his hair says hi errybody!


Come on guys… let’s get woggercizing!

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Super… Bowling…

 

Short and sweet this morning mostly because I’m lazy and secondly because I had this really great story about indoor birds and being attacked by a gaggle of them this past Friday, but it’s going to have to wait until I have the desire to REALLY tell the tale (aka exaggerate every ounce of that sucker)! Y’all… birds and I have a history and it isn’t a good one!

This past week was stellar for me on the eating and exercising front! I kicked the patookus out of Monday through Friday and half of Saturday… and then Saturday night came and Superbowl Sunday night came and I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped to. Grocery shopping at Lee’s on Saturday evening when they were sampling Superbowl snacking ideas means that none of those calories counted right!? I mean what’s a mini hotdog and a small creamsicle float and 15 different crackers and cheeseballs!? Oh, the humanity! Is there a thing where I can just cut my hands off in times of trouble and then reattach them when I’ve reinserted the smart part of my brain!? Who am I kidding… they invented straws and I still have a mouth. I’m going to have to rethink that hand cutting off idea.

Exaggerations aside… I didn’t do as horribly as my brain is kicking myself to think I did, so my goal is just to move on and kick rear this week. Lifestyle means you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and then you have… the Facts of Life! EIGHTIES PEEPS!

How was your week? On a scale of 1 to 10 what would you give exercise and what would you give eating? Let’s do this!

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LINDSAY’S UPDATE:

Well first off, I should share, I am down 9 pounds. HOORAY! It’s important to celebrate! Be proud of what you have accomplished and then put your head back in the sand and keep plugging forward!

I am very motivated to lose at least 9 more pounds by April. If possible more than that. But 9 more was my original goal. That would be a huge accomplishment for me!! With a goal in site what once used to tempt me now no longer has the strength over me that it used to! I can easily turn my head because I know what I am working for. I really do believe if I didn’t have a trip/goal to go to on in April then I would give in more often to food because there isn‚Äôt a timeframe that I need to lose the weight by! I keep telling myself, April is NOT far away at all and I DO NOT want to disappoint myself! So I am laser focused.

That being said, I wanted to share this video with you all. It is short and sweet and is truly what I had to do this time around with my goal setting:

ENJOY!

Let’s hear from you guys!


BoBo just discovered the joys of spiked fruit punch!


Addiction!


… and cheesy grins.

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Laws Almighty, It’s Accountability Day…

Hey y’all… we’re back. There were a few people who signed up to join us in our new year of healthier living. I know how things go with resolutions. You are talking to the queen of broken resolutions and usually it’s by January 3rd. Record breaking year one time was January 6th… I was pretty proud of myself that year. Went out and celebrated eating healthily by eating 17 plates of scones at Chuck-Up-Arama… Great Uncle Burl was super proud. Another time I celebrated exercising 6 days a week by taking a nap on the 2nd day instead. Naps totally are more fun than sweating… ask anyone!

Anywho… back to the task at hand. This year I told myself I was going to ease gradually into health. It’s not realistic for me to say things like… gonna exercise 8 days a week for 2 hours a day, eat green leafy food except on the 12th day when I add in a non-leafy yet still green food, and whilst watching TV I will be squatting. NOT HAPPENING! When I had my massive success before it was because I eased into things gradual like. So, each week I’m going to tack on a few new tasks to my healthier living lifestyle… smaller tasks so as to not overwhelm and make me drop everything and revert back to the dump/sewer living Whitney of yore (I use yore a lot more in the weeks after Christmas… I promise it will peter out come February!)

This week’s tasks were as follows:

1. Exercise at least 3 days a week for at least 15 minutes each time.
2. Make better snack choices, especially late night snacking.

I accomplished both things last week. I can tell you I haven’t exercised regularly for months (by regularly I mean at least 3 days a week), and it showed in my out of shapeness whilst exercising this week. We have like 3 feet of snow on the ground (no exaggeration, I wish it were) and we had temperatures as low as 30 below zero this week, so my walking outside days are over at least for now. Instead, I threw in some exercise DVDs and pretended I was coordinated enough to follow the moves (Spoiler Alert: I’m not, but it’s the thought that counts, and that’s also why I do that kind of thing in the dark basement with no one around and all of the blinds closed!)

I always make a menu, even when I wasn’t making such great choices, so I continued to do that, but my biggest eating trouble lately has been late night snacking. It’s been a challenge these last several months full of stress and uncertainty, so this past week I planned out a healthy snack for late night, moro oranges aka blood oranges. I am proud to say I stuck with that for the most part.

Onto this week… my new task this week is to continue the above 2 items and then to focus on my menu and sticking with that in the day rather than snacking randomly and bagging the healthier food I had planned on. Y’all, we totally have this in the bag. It’s January 9th, Uncle Burl is a bit upset, but that leaves more scones at the Chuck-Up-Arama for him, so… win-win!

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LINDSAY’S UPDATE:

Hi Whitney’s readers! Welcome back. We are doing our weekly update WEEK #1 for you guys! I am happy to report my week went well here is a recap:

I did awesome on my eating. I can’t believe the difference that it makes in my overall mental facilities. My mind is more clear, I have more energy, I am more optimistic, I am more confident and overall I feel good that I have a plan and a purpose. If that’s not enough motivation to keep me going them hopefully checking the scale for weight loss will be! I have not yet weighed in. I will weigh in Monday morning. I don’t expect a HUGE weight difference …… as a former trainer once told me that it may take 2-3 weeks for your body to change and make a noticeable difference. Of course, it wasn’t all roses. It was hard! I threw away a bunch of tempting treats that tempted me. We have a 20 year old and a 16 year old in the house as well as a 1 year old and I have to be realistic and they will eat treats/snacks so I just put those in a upper cupboard that I will have to utilize a chair to even reach. Plus they are treats that don’t really tempt me.


Lindsay’s breakfast one day…


Lindsay’s Lunch one day…


Lindsay’s Dinner one day…

My workouts were ok. I worked out 6 days last week. Most days were only about 30 minutes. I was going to also do cardio in addition but I didn’t get both done most days because I was quite sore so I am getting my body adjusted slowly to the new change. The workouts are a bit easier than my past workouts so I will continue doing the P90X3 and see how it goes I want to give it a full 3 weeks before I switch back to what I used to be doing.

Everyday is a choice to either improve myself or fall backward. I am going for it and making good choices. I feel that the one thing that is giving me the discipline is prayer and regular scripture study. At 11 a.m. everyday I am studying the scriptures and saying a prayer. IT IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE! Whatever your beliefs are, GOD does care about you and your goals and he will give you strength to accomplish your goals!

I look forward to hearing your successes and ideas so please share!

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Whitney’s final note:

Okay, it’s y’alls turn! What were your successes last week? What could you improve on this week? How awesome are you on a daily basis (only “really awesome” counts as an answer, okay!?)



Baby BoBo and hims rosy cheeks is here to cheer you on!!


And so is Kitty LucyFur whose new seat now that it’s 30 below zero is in front of the space heater. Quit hogging the heat, LucyFur!

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Adventures In Sugar-Freeing…

I’m sure that title would make a spectacular movie said no one ever… except maybe… nah… no one EVER! I thought I could think of someone it would be interesting to… nope… can’t. Moving on!

They say history repeats itself… over and over and over and in my case add 1400 more overs and you’ll have it pretty close. So, when Christopher Columbus (whom I’ve learned is a horrible man) accidentally discovered America even if it had already been discovered (egoes… can’t live with ’em), it was almost like Whitney’s diabetes coming out of hiatus… same story… different year. I had been in sugar diabetes hiatus for a handfull of years… and when I say hiatus I mean it’s always still been there, but I’d been able to manage it through diet and exercise and my hemoglobin A1c numbers have looked dagnabbed flawless. My massive weight loss was what caused it to go into remission, and so over the last few years as I’ve been slowly gaining instead of losing, my hemoglobin A1c number inched it’s way upward. Nine months ago when I went to the doctor it had barely surfaced above the dreaded 7 number. A week and a half ago when I went to the doctor again, it’s now above 8, and I’m now back on medication for it. I can’t blame anyone, but myself… and my good frenemy, food, but food doesn’t shovel itself, so let’s blame Whitney’s hand-to-mouth disease too. Danged hands, anyway! The ironic part of that story, I haven’t gained any weight in the 9 months since it went from just above 7 to just above 8, so there’s proof that it’s about what you eat, and not how much you weigh.

Sugar is my nemesis. I could eat sugar all day every day and not blink an eyeball. It’s addicting… it’s one of those manufactured food majigs that bores itself into your life and just like that relative who overstays their welcome (Not any of my relatives certainly), it won’t go away. Sugar is the bomb dot com from the 90s, y’all!

Last Monday when I got my lab results, I decided I needed to quit being so dang passive agressive and do something about it, so a haphazard plan was put into place that I’d abstain from anything overtly sugar, including MILK CHOCOLATE (oh the dagger), cookies, cake, candy, etc., etc., etc., for at least the next month and then when I’ve weaned myself from the addiction, limit the sugar to once a week (or twice on very special occasions) because let’s face it, sugar ain’t going away. Today marks day 8 with no sugar… I’m not sure it was my smartest idea to start tackling this beast around the same time as hormone hoarding is hormoning because I haven’t been exactly pleasant… but at least I haven’t been convulsing in the corner without my IV drip of sugar… yet. Never say never say never.

Yesterday I got out the food processor and processored me up some Almond Joy Energy Balls (click here for the recipe), which are entirely sugar-free… made with dates, unsweetened cocoa powder, almonds, and unsweetened coconut flakes (which I had to go to the health food store to buy… grocery stores are anti-sugar-free coconut, y’all). I wouldn’t lie to you, maybe it’s because I haven’t eaten any sugar all week, but they are mighty tastee… almost exactly like an almond joy flavor, but more datey… and way less melt-in-your-mouthy… sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. Twenty points to whomever can tell me where that jingle is from!?

It’s like I’m turning into a person of the Earth or something… but with showers and deodorant. You are welcome.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Do you have any go-to sugar-free treats/snacks?

Lookit my BoBie Bear… feeding himself all by his lonesome…

Hi errybody… see my new high chairs!?

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Delightful “Die”ting…

NEWSFLASH… inform the church elders… I hate the word “die”t with like 8000 clown passions! ¬†I’ve mentioned this fact several times, but it’s been a couple of years since I’ve ranted and raved over the dastardly word of doom and glumness! ¬†Blugh!! ¬†It’s right up there with the words moist and white chocolate (Soooooo NOT CHOCOLATE… but also not one word… I digress). ¬†“Die”t sounds so restrictive and short-term and fairly imprisoning. ¬†There’s nothing happy about the word.

GET TO THE POINT, rambling Rose. ¬†Yesterday, I went to a class at Kitchen Kneads in town about healthy meal and snack ideas. ¬†This is the 2nd healthy meal class I’ve taken this month because I like to attend things that keep health at the forefront of my mind… focus, focus, focus… and also so I don’t have to cook on Saturday. ¬†The teacher handed out a packet of the recipes she’d be making and emblazened at the top in big block letters she’d typed: DELIGHTFUL DIETING! ¬†I croaked right then and there. ¬†Oh good… let’s see how many recipes we can make out of kale and seaweed spawn. ¬†Blend ’em right up into a smoothie and then immediately run me over with a dump truck carrying a baby germ wheat plant. ¬†I guess she doesn’t have the newest edition of Whitster’s Dictionary… the one where I removed the word “die”t and replaced it with calorizing.

Imagine my delightfulness whilst taster testing the recipes (it’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it) I discovered that all of them were stellarly delicious and would be things that I would actually look forward to eating. ¬†I don’t think food that is healthy needs to be termed “die”t food. ¬†You don’t have to eat weird pollum grubs and calla lily nuggets to lose weight. ¬†You just have to be conscious about how much is going into your mouth. ¬†That there is the rub! ¬† Calorizers Unite! ¬†I’m sharing the recipes below. ¬†You can leave out the bloody finger stub the teacher had whilst cutting onions in the first dish. ¬†She said she removed all the ones with the blood on them… but I still had to do deep cleansing germ-a-phobe OCD breaths to take a bite of it.

This one was my favorite! ¬†Sweet and sour chicken… on the menu next week!

This one was second favorite.  An awesome way to get in a lot of veggies in one sitting!

You can serve this with the above veggie recipe!

It sounds extremely odd to add cottage cheese to egg salad sandwiches. ¬†I was sure I’d hate it… but it was really good. ¬†The 2nd recipe on this sheet… um… DELICIOSITY defined!

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Moderation In All Things… Twinkie…

If anyone needs me I’ve been accepted into the Sea World School of Seal Barking Exhibits. ¬†I think I have a pretty good chance at becoming A+ at their language on account of the fact that I’m on week three of bronchitis/head congestion and have mastered said seal barking to the next level! ¬†Pretty proud day, I must say! ¬†Meanwhile, if anyone knows of anyone who would be able to slice a hole into my head somewhere, tip me upside down, and drain out all the goobers, I’d be there with Tinkerbells on. ¬†One go-round of antibiotics hasn’t touched it and I feel like everyone would thank you for the service of peace and quiet… not just me.

In other news… I had a strange conversation in my Literature class last week. ¬†I usually arrive a bit early and while I was sitting there with another student, also overweight, we began talking about “die”ts. ¬†I didn’t bring it up… I don’t bring that subject up unless someone else does because A.) it can be construed as rude (are you saying I need to go on a diet!?!?) and 2.) It’s none of my dang business. ¬†Also, I hate the word, “die”t as has been established approximately 12,000 times in the last 4 years. ¬†Anyway, we got talking about how she was researching different diets to find which would be the best for her to start. ¬†She asked which one I liked the best, to which I answered… NONE OF THE ABOVE! ¬†Okay, okay… if you have to twist my arm I’d say Weight Watchers, only because it believes what I believe… moderation in all things. ¬†But, WW brings with it bad memories of my 7-year-old self sitting in WW meetings with 3000 adults, so I won’t be using that method any time soon unless my fellow seal barkers take me there against my will.

I’m pretty stubborn on the moderation in all things method. ¬†Pretty stubborn because I know it works… I’ve seen the most results of any of the bajillions of diets I’ve ever been on… and most importantly it’s common sense for lifelong success. ¬†Here’s where some folks get confused (and I’ve been confused on many occasion including the last year or so), just because it’s moderation in all things does not mean that one should be able to eat 5 boxes of Twinkies and a keg of root beer everyday as long as one stays within their set amount of calories. ¬†That ain’t moderation fellow seal barkers named Whitney! ¬†It just means that life will happen and food is a part of life no matter how many darts we throw at it… so I can have a Twinkie here and there… and I can eat above my allotted calories here and there… and no food is off the table… no matter it’s fat or calorie content. ¬†90% angel begets 10% devil… take that to the bank.

I do believe that what works for one person does not work for another person, and I respect that… everyone has to find out what works for them. ¬†Moderation in all things is my gig. ¬†And I’ll be stubborn about that until the seals quit barking. ¬†Granted… if I wanted to become Miss Buff Body Builder Barker, I’d have to conform my eating to one of a body builders. ¬†Since I want to be plain ole healthier Whitney with extra skin jiggles and cankles, I’ll go on eating in moderation. ¬†So, girl from my Lit class… if you’re reading this… NONE OF THE ABOVE!

Side note: ¬†I realize I talk about Twinkies like an excessive amount. ¬†It’s like I’m in love with them or something. ¬†I’d just like to clear up the confusion. ¬†I actually do not like Twinkies, but their name is so cute and so I’ve decided to use them as a code word for food that is less nutritious and more indulgent. ¬†Get my drift, Merle!? ¬†Using Twinkies… one sentence at a time!

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Fresh Starts…

I’ve been thinking today, aka procrastinating my homework, about how thankful I am that we live in a world where there are fresh starts. ¬†As much as I mess up and fall off the neverending railroad track toward success, there’s always that little bit of hope glimmering in the distance… and it’s not lost forever just because I lose my way or fall down… it’s still mine if I want it bad enough. ¬†I was thinking this way in regard to what this blog started out as… my journey to lose 5 people and a horse whilst finding myself along the way. ¬†I had a pretty dang good method going for a few years and I understood what it took and I was focused on where I wanted to go and just how to get there, but then life happened… and things cropped up that took the place of the other things… and I lost my confidence and I got discouraged… and I found myself back at that place that I didn’t know how to get myself out of… back to that person of long ago… the one who just sat by and let things happen to her. ¬†She didn’t control the steam engine and she didn’t know how to turn the key anymore. ¬†It was stuck in the off position… or the idle position because there were times where I’d attempt to right myself.

The truth is… I miss that person… that go getter… the one who took the lard sauce by the horns and steered it in the right direction. ¬†I MISS HER. ¬†It’s overwhelming to me sometimes to think that I had it down… and then I somehow lost it… and forgot how to get it back. ¬†If I could be any more vague in my wording of this post, I’d be crowned Miss Vague-y of the Decade… the lesser known sister of Miss America!

So, while I was thinking of all this stuff today, I got out a pen and a paper and I wrote down Whitney’s Rules For Re-Kicking the Patookus Into Gear… and then I got all gung ho and excited and was raring to go. ¬†Cut to 3 hours later and I felt a sense of overwhelmed horror… I can’t do all of those things perfectly all at the same time… I might as well not do anything. ¬†Been there. ¬†Heard that before. ¬†It’s not realistic to expect myself to hop onto the train tomorrow morning and become conductor, usher, candlestick maker, and baker all on the same day. ¬†It doesn’t work like that. ¬†I could post my list of 55 things I swear to all high heaven I’m going to do, but then I need to tackle them one at a time… adding a new item every week or two or three… because that’s more realistic if I want to be nice to myself along the way and gain that self-esteem that is supposed to be the end all be all of everything stress relief… because I checked… Wonder Bread doesn’t sell the self-esteem starter kits next to the Twinkie aisle anymore.

I’m going to write out my list here… a list of the things I need to get back to doing on a regular basis, but contrary to today’s earlier plans, I’m not going to start them all tomorrow. ¬†I’m going to pick off one at a time like I did back when I owned it. ¬†If anyone sees my train puttering down the track, wave but don’t call the mechanic… she’s just slowly working on loving herself again!

1 РExercise:  Cardio: At LEAST 30 minutes 3 times a week.  Weightlifting:  Two times a week.
2 РFood logging:  MyFitnessPal.
3 – NO SCALE!! ¬†First weigh-in tomorrow morning, but then focus on the way I feel rather the number on the scale. ¬†Weigh-ins will only happen once a month to make sure I’m moving in the right direction.
4 – Cut down on sweets/sugar.
5 РMake a list of alternative things to do when I want to emotionally eat.  (i.e. use stress relieving techniques, chew gum, brush teeth, etc.)
6 – Make a menu and grocery list once a week. ¬†If it’s not on the list, it doesn’t go in the cart!
7 – Make a list of acceptable healthy snack alternatives rather than go-to easy crap!
8 – Incorporate new veggies/foods into my regular stuff.
9 – Read positive quotes/stories/scripture at least once a day.

My plan is to use jars and pebbles to keep track of my successes. ¬†For the days I exercise/log food properly, a pebble goes into the jar… when I fill up a jar with a certain amount of pebbles, I get a non-food reward, predtermined.

Ready. ¬†Set. ¬†Go… ¬†You got this!

T

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