The first 7,776,000 Seconds…

Oh My Goodness, a whopping 7,776,000 seconds, which turns into an amazing 129,600 minutes.   Those minutes are really 2,160 hours or the equivalent of…my first 90 days.  When I think of it that way, I feel as though I’m accomplishing something BIG!  All those millions of seconds that I could have been maintaining my old habits, or creating even worse ones, have been focused on changing my bad habits and changing my eating life style.

All those seconds…minutes…hours…days reflect my first 90 days on my RenuU Health Plan.  I’ve blogged along the way; you’ve seen the downs (and the ups 😦 that have happened during my journey) and I’ve reached what I consider a milestone.  Ninety days on the program.

I’ve discovered foods I love, foods I’m not so crazy about and foods that I can’t quite figure out why they exist on the face of the Earth.  But one of my biggest discoveries was that so far, it hasn’t been that difficult to stay on the plan and move forward.

As I reflect on the past 90 days, I realize a lot has changed in my life.  Thinking back on my first visit, I was excited and scared, not sure what was in store for me.  Knowing some of my friends had seen amazing results I was determined to follow the program and do what my coach, Joann Cooper, suggested I do.  But let’s face it, I also know how I work, I seem to sabotage myself when it looks like things are working.  This time had been different, I was determined and before long I realized it was time to go get weighed and measured.  Deep breath…

So there I was, wearing the same clothes I wear every week for my appointment (wouldn’t want to weigh in something that was heavy).  Sometimes it seems as though that scale has a scowl on its face as I prepare to step on it.  Maybe it’s just my vivid imagination but I detected a smirk today.  Deep calming breath…one step forward and up onto the scale, close eyes, release breath and eeek…weigh.

7,776,000 seconds = 129,600 minutes = 2,160 hours = 90 days and here are the results:  Total weight lost 27.5 pounds; 19.5 inches.  I am so excited. I can’t believe it!  I still have more weight to lose but I can go forward a little more invigorated and with renewed dedication!!!

Until next time…

Oops, I did it again

It happens, your body doesn’t cooperate, you feel sluggish, you eat healthy and drink your water but nothing 😦  No weight loss.  I get off the scale, get back on.  No change, the same down to the ounce.

I decide to sneak up on it, maybe if the scale doesn’t see me coming it won’t know it’s me and the weight will drop.  No such luck, no change, no weight loss.  It HAS to be the scale, right?  After all, I’ve eaten my veggies, I’ve weighed my meat.  I’ve been such a good girl.  It must be the new scale…it’s defective.  There, I feel better.  I have a defective scale; I’ll just head back to Target and tell it that I haven’t lost any weight since I bought it so therefore, it’s defective.  After all, they say perception is reality and my reality is that my scale is defective :-).

Ok, I didn’t take it back but I did scour my food logs and look for a mistake I was making.  It just seemed to be one of those weeks.  I head to RenuU to get weighed and measured.  Trying to figure out how to tell Joann that I had totally followed the program and zip, no weight loss.  In fact on the way over I feel like I’ve gained (amazing the tricks your mind can play!)

The moment approaches, her scale looms before me and then…yep, zip no new lost weight.  BUT I’d lost an inch.  Go figure!  So far, 22 pounds and 14 inches!

Until next time…

NOTE:  As you can probably tell, I write these blogs after I’ve been weighed and measured and analyzed so instead of me repeating this same blog for the next week, suffice it to say that I had the same experience for TWO more weeks.  Didn’t lose one pound of weight BUT in that period of time I lost a total of three inches.  So the grand total so far?  22 pounds, 16 inches!  I’m only a week away from being on the program for 90 days.  Let’s see what the future holds 🙂

Did You Ever Wonder…

Where does that fat go when you start losing the weight?  As I mentioned last week I’m back on a roll!  I had managed to lose the half-pound I had gained plus 3 more pounds and 3.5 inches.  It was nice to feel normal and continuing the weight loss.  But I began to wonder…where does that fat actually go?  That began my quest to find out…

The answer, it seems, was only a Google away.  I found several articles that not only answered my question, they gave me much more information than I needed, or wanted.  But the fact is it goes away.  Here’s an article that makes it fairly easy to understand in case you are interested,

So now that I know what happens, I think I’m more determined than ever to get rid of this excess fat that’s been hanging around most of my life.  I think the last time I was at my “ideal” weight, was when I was going to my 10 year class reunion.  And to protect you from doing math in your head, I won’t give dates. 🙂

Onward and downward, this week the total lost is a total of 22 pounds and 13 inches.  I’m feeling good and getting excited again about the changing shape of my body!

Until next time…

It’s All Good – Whew!

I realize that I moaned and pouted and stomped my feet over gaining a half a pound and going up a half-inch in my waist and a half-inch in my arm last week BUT I’ve dried my eyes, sucked it up and this week when I got on the scales…what a surprise!

Weight fluctuates; your water intake increases and decreases.  You eat more fibrous vegetables one day and less the next, you have an early dinner one night and a late dinner the next.  I do understand how this happens.  However, it can be discouraging when you think you are on a roll and you get stopped right at the next level!

Last time I vowed to lose that half-inch in the waist so my jeans didn’t hurt when I zipped them up.  Well, I didn’t do that…yet.  It was still the same BUT there was other good news. First I LOST weight and I lost the half-inch in my arm plus a half-inch in my thigh!  Better than I ever expected!

How am I doing so far?  The results this week:   3.5 pounds, and 2.5 inches, what a difference from the week before!  Now, my total loss since I began 7 weeks ago: 18.5 pounds and 13 inches.  I am one happy camper ladies and gentlemen!

Until next time…

I May Be A Little Crazy…Is That A Bad Thing When It Comes To Dieting?

Let me clarify, when I say a little crazy, I don’t mean that I can’t separate reality from fantasy or that I’m unsound, it’s more like I’m passionately preoccupied.  But when my dieting affects my dreaming…it makes me stop to wonder what’s going on in that deep dark part of my subconscious.   The part that controls most of my thoughts and actions may be working overtime.

Let me start by saying that on Thursday I reached my one month mark on my quest to lose weight.  This is awesome for me, I’ve stayed with it and I have been 100% compliant on the program.  But then came last night…

I ask you, who can resist having dinner with your husband, mom, brother and niece?  And, since I’m the only one in the family watching what I eat, the dinner location wasn’t my choice…plus I love Chinese food.  (Have I set out enough excuses to justify my decisions?)  So what, you ask?  I’m a big girl; I can make the right choices can’t I?  We went to Yao’s Restaurant for dinner and it tasted fabulous (and even if you’re not a Chinese food fan you can understand the joy of eating a dinner that someone else has fixed instead of fixing it yourself)!  But, I’m sure I wasn’t 100% compliant and today I feel sort of “puffy”.  You know that feeling, the way you feel when you’ve held your nose closed and puffed out your cheeks so you look like a blowfish.  Ok, maybe it’s not that bad but I can tell that I’m feeling “heavier” today.  I was a relatively good girl and instead of ordering my usual fried rice and sesame chicken or Mongolian beef or pot stickers, I ate chicken and vegetables with lots of broccoli and no rice.  But I did have the hot and sour soup (I’m allowed tofu so why not!) and I think it was the hot and sour soup that got me.   I tasted so good and honestly I would have no problem eating a huge vat of the stuff.  But in hindsight, I probably should have passed on the soup!

Now for the “crazy” part of the story:  I bolted awake this morning feeling anxious and upset and wondered how I was going to confess my non-compliance to my coach, Joann and to my friends that are supporting me 24/7.  I slowly realized that I wasn’t upset over the Chinese food I ate last night; I had dreamed I was at a fashion show sitting with lots of friends eating pretzels and popcorn.  And I don’t mean the air popped, here’s a cup of healthy popcorn to enjoy.  I mean shoveling that buttered popcorn in my mouth by bucketfuls and chasing it down with pretzels.  (I didn’t dream about what I was drinking but just writing about this makes me thirsty.)  So it was kind of a relief when I realized I dreamed the popcorn and pretzels binge!  Crazy, huh!

However, since I don’t weigh until next Thursday, I think I’m good.  I just have to make sure I stay 100% compliant for the next few days and stay focused on the end results.  After all, for the month I’ve lost 13 pounds and 9 inches so it can’t be all bad!!!

Now my question to you…what kind of healthy recipes do you have to pass along to help me expand my “healthy cooking” repertoire?

Until next time…

It’s Been 21 Days…I’ve Broken My Bad Eating Habits or Have I?

I mean, after all, I did not form my bad eating habits in 21 days; it was a lifetime of choosing my favorite foods over my not so favorite foods. Choosing hamburgers over fish, chips over vegetables and cheese over EVERYTHING.

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For as long as I can remember, I have heard it said that it takes 21 days to make create or break a habit but I’ve never really bought into that theory.  Maybe to create a new habit, it might work.  For example maybe if I decided to walk every day for 21 days I might start seeing the benefits and logically think I should continue.  And, I do believe that if I did it long enough it would become instinctual and I would automatically do it without giving it a second thought.  But for getting rid of bad habits, I just don’t believe 21 days will do it.   I mean, after all, I did not form my bad eating habits in 21 days; it was a lifetime of choosing my favorite foods over my not so favorite foods.  Choosing hamburgers over fish, chips over vegetables and cheese over EVERYTHING.

So I asked myself, after 21 days have I changed my bad eating habits?  No, not yet.  But I continue to think about my food choices, choosing fish over hamburger, vegetables over chips and no cheese on ANYTHING.  I have to admit, it hasn’t been easy.  And, as I sat watching my networking group eat bacon, eggs, oatmeal, croissants, fruit and more it made me want to give into some of my bad eating habits.  (For the record, I did not give in.  I drank my Mango protein drink and was just fine!  Still 100% compliant with the program.)

The great part is that I realize I am not giving up those things FOREVER, I am readjusting my metabolism and in a few months I will be making healthy food choices without having to consciously think about what I should choose as opposed to what I want to choose.

Most importantly…in 21 days I’ve lost 10 pounds and 7-1/2” and people are starting to notice.  It’s nice to have people not only notice but show their support…now THAT’S a habit I could enjoy and I bet it wouldn’t take me 21 days to get into that one!

Until next time…

If I Can’t Cry Over Spilled Milk, Is it Okay if I Cry Over a Broken Jar of Pickles?

“If I Can’t Cry Over Spilled Milk, Is it Okay if I Cry Over a Broken Jar of Pickles?”

I had a near disaster  this week. 😦   Remember the saying “Don’t cry over spilled milk?” My question:  “Is it okay to cry over a broken jar of dill pickles?”  I walked through the door right from the grocery store and BAM, dropped the plastic bag with the jar of pickles on the kitchen floor.  Glass, pickles and juice everywhere.  So not only did I not get to each the pickles, I had to smell pickle juice for the rest of the day.  Why was this so bad you ask, it’s only pickles…may only be pickles for you but I LOVE dill pickles almost as much as I LOVE cheese and they are approved on the diet program.  Plus it meant going back to the grocery store…not my best day.

Ever have the feeling that you’ve just not done your best?  Well, that’s how I felt when I went to get weighed and measured on Thursday.   I had just finished my second week and I was hoping that I had at least dropped one pound and the last thing I wanted to do was step on the scale.  I will tell you that while 100% compliant with the program, I sorta screw up last week.  Not big time, but I am supposed to be eating 2 cups raw veggies and 2 cups cooked veggies a day.  So, what happens when you don’t read the instructions carefully???  You eat 4 cups of cooked veggies most days and very little raw (but hey we’re not rabbits right?)  I did find out that it wasn’t a horrible mistake, it just means that you probably won’t lose the weight as fast.

However, I am becoming very creative in the kitchen.  For a girl that believes cheese is a major food group that can only be improved by combining it with something deep fried, it’s been interesting to stretch my German cooking skills to include baking fish, using ground turkey and lean meat instead of frying everything.

So, back to my Thursday weigh in…how bad was my screw up?  I lost 5 pounds and 3 inches!  Not bad at all :-).   My total at the end of two weeks:  9 pounds and 6-1/2 inches.  I realize the weight lost probably isn’t going to continue at this rate but it sure is good to see a little change in my face and in the way my clothes fit!

Until next time…

One Week Down…I Did it!

For a girl that LOVES, LOVES, LOVES salty chips and creamy dips and could eat cheese morning, noon and night, the thought of giving up dairy and chips for awhile is like those horrible dreams where you are free falling to your death and suddenly awaken sit straight up in bed heart pounding, sweating profusely and taking deep breaths.

Well, I did it!  One week down in my journey to a new, healthy body.  Before I began, I made the decision that if I was going to take on this mission to lose weight and get healthy, I would work the program the way it was designed.  For a girl that LOVES, LOVES, LOVES salty chips and creamy dips and could eat cheese morning, noon and night, the thought of giving up dairy and chips for awhile is like those horrible dreams where you are free falling to your death and suddenly awaken sit straight up in bed heart pounding, sweating profusely and taking deep breaths.  You’re thankful that you made it out alive but things feel a little off kilter and shaky.  But I’ve made it for one whole week, no shaking, no heart pounding and no profuse sweating.  It looks like I am going to make it.

I was surprised that once I got into the rhythm of grocery shopping for lots of veggies (which was not on my usual grocery list, who needs veggies when you have cheese?), it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I would have thought.  The foods from RenuU are pretty tasty so combined with lots of water, veggies and one cooked meal a day, I haven’t even been hungry.  Now when I say lots of water, most people are required to drink at least 64oz. a day…my husband’s question to me was “how are you going to reduce your water intake that low?”  The truth is, I drink anywhere from 96-120oz a day and have for years.  So, if you’re not a water drinker, you might need to pretend you’re in the desert and water is your life saving nectar.

I’ve been super lucky; I didn’t suffer from the withdrawal of sugar.  No headaches, no nausea and no cravings but I know that others have a tougher time during the first week.  Must be a sign that I’m doing the right thing!

So on to what you want to know. ..the results for this week.  Besides the fact that for the first time in a long time, I was able to zip my jeans WITHOUT sucking in, I lost 4 pounds and 3-1/2 inches in 7 days!  A great start, now onto the next goal…going down a jean size.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life…

The saying goes, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”, so I have decided to make this first day count!  For years I’ve lost weight, gained weight, lost weight and then gained more than I lost.  Over the past year I managed to lose 14 pounds and keep it off.  However, a couple of months ago I was diagnosed with diabetes and I suddenly realized that it was now or never, I needed to make some life changes…for the better.

That being said, it’s not always easy to take that first step.  As I said, it was months ago when I was diagnosed and it took me that long to make my decision to work on my new lifestyle. Knowing the holidays were right around the corner, I decided to wait until after I was faced with parties, drinking, eating and celebrating…why set myself up for failure at the very beginning!

I did do the right thing, got my baseline blood work and discussed my new program with my doctor.  We set up an appointment for 2 months from now to retest my blood work and see how I’m doing following the plan.

I know there will be challenges along the way, moments of weakness but that’s why I have a diet coach to call on if I have a question about my food choices or keep me on track and a group of girlfriends that I can call at any time for support or to just wallow in self-pity momentarily before they tell me to suck it up J

But the thing I’m most proud of for today???? I met a business acquaintance for coffee/lunch.  I had water with lemon and coffee.  He had chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, collard greens, cream gravy, a roll and cornbread. And, I wasn’t even tempted!

I decided that one of the best things I could do for myself was to blog to keep myself on track and honest.  I invite you to follow along, comment and share your successes (or setbacks) and let’s support each other in a healthier, happier life!

P.S.  I’ll post photos along the way…as soon as I can find the “perfect” ones to share 😉