Becoming a Better Me

My journey to lose 100 pounds

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  • Name: Gwynn
  • City: Cheraw
  • Region: South Carolina
  • Country: United States

My Weight Loss

Height: 172.7cm
Start weight: 250.00lb
Current weight: 215.60lb
Goal weight: 180.00lb
Lost to date: 34.40lb
Remaining: 35.60lb

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Before After

New Year - New You Challenge Results

Congratulations to wtg2lose!! She is the winner of the challenge.

Here is how we all ranked:
1 - wtg2lose lose 18 lbs or 6.32% of her starting weight
2 - cleogenia42 lost 14 lbs or 6.24% of her starting weight
3 - lvchrist lost 17 lbs or 6.14% of her starting weight
4 - wessteach lost 9.8 lbs or 4.17% of her starting weight
5 - novablue lost 7 lbs or 3.24% of her starting weight
6 - jennyjoy lost 10 lbs or 3.08% of her starting weight
7 - moonmayden85 lost 8 lbs or 3.07% of her starting weight
8 - lorieraye lost 6.4 lbs or 2.70% of her starting weight
9 - sharae lost 8 lbs or 2.64% of her starting weight
10 - seriousloser lost 5 lbs or 2.23% of her starting weight
11 - juli66021 lost 4.6 lbs or 1.9% of her starting weight
12 - deltadiva lost 6.4 lbs or 1.89% of her starting weight
13 - stardust lost 4.2 ls or 1.71% of her starting weight
14 - vmigirl lost 1.8 lbs or 0.92% of her starting weight
15 - tatumsmom lost 1.8 lbs or 0.88% of her starting weight
16 - gcqmom lost 2 lbs or 0.78% of her starting weight

As a group we lost 68.7 lbs during the challenge!!!!

Don't forget to use your final WI from this challenge as your starting weight for the Make Them Green With Envy Challenge!!

It's the weekend!!

Yesterday was a full day for me. Dd had a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese an hour away so we spent some time there at the mall and Target before the party. I'm telling you that place was a MADHOUSE!! There were 6 parties going on and easily 100 people in line waiting to be seated. During the party Dd comes over and tells me she wants to have her next party there. There goes my sanity!! After the party was over I stopped by to tell the mom we appeciated being invited and I happened to see the bill from the party. I promise I wasn't looking!! The bill was $265!!!!!!! I told Dd when we got to the car that I would be happy to have her party there but that the party would have to be her present from me. I told her how much it was and her eyes got big!! I don't think she will be picking a party there anytime soon.

After returning home we had about 30 minutes to relax before heading out to dinner for my birthday party with my family. We went to a local seafood place. I'd been saving calories all week for it but once my plate arrived overflowing with fried shrimp, french fries, and hushpuppies that were so greasy you had to wipe your hands after eating them, I grew very concerned!! After dinner we had cupcakes. I ate half of mine. While the waitress was cleaning the table she came over and gave me a free dessert courtesy of the restaurant. Oh how nice, let's add some more calories to my meal. It was a fried Snicker's bar. Yes you read that right!! Only in the South do we fry Snicker's bars!! Now it was a fun sized bar but still. I ate half of it and man was that thing good!! My parents gave me a silicone cover for my Wii Fit and the Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009 game. I'm telling you that thing is a serious workout!!! I've done it twice already and both times I have had sweat rolling off me.

Funny thing is, after eating all that food I hopped on the scales and I am down 2.4 lbs from yesterday. Where is the logic in that?

I'm headed off to my grandparent's house for lunch with my family and then as a surprise I'm taking Dd out of town to buy Mario Kart. We searched for it yesterday and all of the stores were sold out. I found one Wal-Mart 30 minutes away that has it. You know how we will spend the rest of the afternoon.

My decision

With where I am in my weight loss journey I feel it is time I reevaluate where I am, what I am doing, and where I need to be. While I do put some focus on the number on the scales I know it is more about making healthy choices and creating lifelong healthy habits.

My weight loss has basically stopped. I've been in the 180's since April. Maybe this is due in part to running and creating more muscle. Maybe it really is a plateau. Maybe it's because I'm not as disciplined as I was to begin with. There comes a time in all of our journey where we become more slack with ourselves. We've learned exactly what we can give our body and have it stay the same.

Those of you who commented on my blog earlier today brought out some wonderful points. That is why I love this place so much!! Here are some conclusions I have come to:

My diet needs to consist of

  • a lot more fresh fruit and vegetables. When these are not available I will need to rely on frozen vegetables.
  • lean meats only. I love boneless skinless chicken I just don't take the time to buy a pack and cook it. I rely on precooked chicken mostly.
  • whole grains. i love whole wheat bread but I am guilty of buying regular pasta and regular white rice simply because I don't like the other as much.
  • healthy snacks like raw almonds, vegetables, and hummus.
Things I need to avoid
  • M&M's - these are my weakness. I buy the fun sized packs and eat them nearly every night. I need to limit myself to 1 or 2 packs a week at the most.
  • Any sort of crackers and chips - Wheat Thins, Roasted Garlic Triscuits, Cheez-Its, Baked Cheetos and Cheddar and Sour Cream Chips. I don't know how to stop at one serving and let's face it these just aren't very filling.
  • Fast food - one fast food meal out always turns to two or three and very seldom do I choose to have a salad. It's always fries and burgers. :(
I am a firm believer in not depriving yourself of something. If I deprive myself of something too long I end up with a HUGE binge. The items on my avoid list are things I will have time and again but these are not things I should see several times a week when I go back through my food journal.

Now I know all of these things seem simple and like common knowledge but now and again I need to be reminded of what my goal is here!!

EP exploded in my inbox

I was feeling pretty darn popular when I opened my email a few minutes ago and saw that I had over 100 emails. Imagine my disappointment when I realized it was only all of the email alerts that EP sends out when you have a comment or private message. LOL!! No I wasn't really disappointed but it did seriously have my hopes up. :)

Yesterday on the way home from school my dad called. He said that he had cooked up a big pot of chicken, rice, and sausage along with some butter beans and asked if I wanted to come over. This isn't something my dad does often so I felt really bad when I mentally figured up calories (not even adding up the butter my dad certainly added to the chicken and rice) and told him that I simply couldn't afford to calorie wise. We are going out Saturday to a yummy seafood place and I am doubting that grilled shrimp is on the menu so I've been sort of banking calories for that meal. I went home and did 30 minutes on the Wii Fit and then went for subs with Dd. After eating we went by my parent's house where they had cupcakes waiting. Ugh! I had two bites and threw the rest away. Dd gave me my birthday present (which my mom bought of course). I got a gift certificate to go to The Spa and have a manicure. Hooray!!! The regular gifts will come at the party on Saturday.

So I've been giving some serious thought to doing some sort of fruit/veggie detox. I've done a little reading, gotten some advice from friends and co-workers, and I think it may be a good thing. The strange thing about all of this is yesterday evening my brother called and told me he just finished a 21 day Daniel fast. He is a preacher so I am sure he did the fast for religious purposes but I will admit I was quite impressed when he told me he lost 16 lbs in 21 days. I did a little research on the fast and basically it cuts out all processed foods, all dairy products, all meats, and all items that come from animals. You can eat as much fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and water as you want. So give me your thoughts on this. I will admit I am not a big meat eater so the thought of cutting out meat doesn't really bother me. The dairy is what gets me more than anything. Maybe I could substitute soy milk for regular milk and make some yummy smoothies for breakfast. I haven't really thought much about a time limit for the detox. I don't know that I could go 21 days. Anyway just let me know what you think. Maybe if enough of you are interested I could create a discussion in the 100 lbs group where we could get together and share how things are going.

Thank you so much!!!

I wanted to thank all of you for your wonderful and sweet birthday wishes!! I am 37 years old today and never have I felt as young and as happy as I am now. I contribute that to my weight loss, my healthy eating habits (for the most part), exercising, and all of you wonderful friends.

I've been bogged down with yearbook duties all day long. The end does appear to be in sight which is a great feeling. One of the representatives will be here on Tuesday to help me and hopefully we will get a lot accomplished while she is here.

Despite being 100% on plan with food and exercise the scales haven't budged. I'll admit it is somewhat bothersome but I know that it takes more than a few days of eating right for the hard work to show on the scales. I will continue to push through this. I've come too far to turn back now!!

I hope you all have a fantastic day!!


Someone tell me why I put so much stress on myself. Do any of you remember what I went through with the yearbook last year? If you do can you please tell me what made me volunteer to do the yearbook again this year? Do I have a death by stress wish or something? Yesterday while pulling my hair out I typed up a nice email to my principal and said, "I quit!!" This job is way too big for one person. It needs to be a team effort. I went in his office later and told him I would be happy to share my knowledge of the new yearbook software as well as help next year's person out but I am not going to single handedly going to do the yearbook again. I have missed my first deadline and the FINAL deadline is Feb. 25 and I don't have any of the 40 pages done. Ugh!!

In other news my eating is going really well. I had a haircut appointment, dinner at Mexican, and a visit with my parents so I didn't get to exercise yesterday. I will be doing my interval training tonight as well as 30 minutes on the Wii Fit to make up for yesterday's loss. I'm feeling really great about my weight loss efforts right now. I'm in a good place!! :)

Official WI 1/27/09

Today's weigh in - 189
Last week's weigh in - 185.4

Total gain - 3.6 lbs

Oh well I knew it was coming so I can't say that I am surprised. I'd like to have seen a lower number but the gain on the scales is all my doing. You can't eat McDonald's, Japanese, Cheez-Its, and Reese's Pieces and have the scales go down. I'm back on track and that is the most important thing. Next week I am going to show a great loss.

It's a brand new week!!

Yesterday I did 30 minutes of interval training on the treadmill. It has been way too long!! About halfway through my legs were screaming for mercy but I didn't give in. Dd and I went to the grocery store and I bought no junk food!! I did buy some bananas to go with my oatmeal and raisins in the morning and some very pretty apples for my afternoon snack (along with some raw almonds just in case). Healthy meals are planned out for this week along with nice healthy snacks. Yesterday afternoon while doing laundry I got on the Wii Fit for 30 minutes putting me at 1 hour of exercise yesterday!! I woke up this morning to a growling stomach. Now this isn't my favorite feeling in the world. As a matter of fact, I hate for my stomach to growl!! My growling stomach this morning showed me that I didn't overdo it with the late snacks last night and made me realize that my stomach should be growling in the morning!! I was rewarded with 188.2 on the scale this morning. Whew!!

New Year - New You Week 5 Standings

1 - cleogenia42 has lost 13.6 lbs or 6.06% of her starting weight
2 - lvchrist has lost 15 lbs or 5.42% of her starting weight
3 - wtg2lose has lost 11.8 lbs or 4.14% of her starting weight
4 - wessteach has lost 8.2 lbs or 3.49% of her starting weight
5 - moonmayden85 has lost 8 lbs or 3.07% of her starting weight
6 - sharae has lost 9 lbs or 2.97% of her starting weight
7 - novablue has lost 5.5 lbs or 2.55% of her starting weight
8 - seriousloser has lost 4.5 lbs or 2% of her starting weight
9 - lorieraye has lost 4.6 lbs or 1.94% of her starting weight
10 - juli66021 has lost 4.2 lbs or 1.74% of her starting weight
11 - deltadiva has lost 5.8 lbs or 1.71% of her starting weight
12 - gcqmom has lost 3.4 lbs or 1.32% of her starting weight
13 - stardust has lost 2.6 lbs or 1.06% of her starting weight
14 - tatumsmom has lost 1.8 lbs or 0.88% of her starting weight
15 - gwynn is breaking even with no loss so far

As a group we have lost 62.1 lbs so far!! WTG ladies!! I am so proud of all of you! This is the last week for the challenge, let's finish strong!

I'm hanging my head in shame

Today is not my official WI but I got on the scale this morning to see what damage has been done and I saw 190 staring back at me. This is unacceptable!! My eating has been hit and miss and exercise has been horrible. I don't think a few minutes on the Wii Fit count as formal exercise. I have given myself a swift kick in the butt and I am starting over today. No more chips as a snack (even if they say baked), no more White Cheddar Cheez-Its (even if they say reduced fat), and no more making excuses not to exercise!! Clearly I can't make the scales show a loss on Tuesday but I can (and WILL) make them show a loss by next Tuesday.

I'm starting up a new challenge in the 100 lbs group so when this one ends we can jump right into the next one!!