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


Happy Friday everyone!!

I just wanted to remind those in the Make Them Green With Envy Challenge to post their final WI!!! I think we all did so fantastic in this challenge. I can't wait to see the results on Monday!!

The 100 lbs group has a new challenge starting up that focuses more on healthy habits than the number on the scale. The last day to sign up is Sunday, March 22 so go on over and check out the Getting Bathing Suit Ready Challenge!!

Dd and I are headed out of town tomorrow to have Easter pictures made!! I can't wait to see how they turn out. I requested my favorite photographer (instead of the sorry guy who took the Christmas pictures) so they should be beautiful.

I have seriously got to go to the grocery store for some fresh fruits and veggies. The cupboard is nearly empty at the house so forgive today's food log. :)

Breakfast - oatmeal, banana - 230

Lunch - Arnold's Sandwich Thins, hamburger, light mayo, Sun Chips - 480 calories

Dinner - Japanese takeout - grilled chicken and shrimp, double veggies, shrimp sauce - estimated 400 calories

Snack - Special K crackers, pepper jack cheese, 100 calorie popcorn - 270 calories

Total calories for the day - 1380

Thankful for Thursday

LOL I don't really know why I'm thankful. I have barely worked this week. I'm still pretty worn out though. I guess even though I felt like I was 16 years old on Tuesday I have to remind myself that I'm 37 and pulling a night like that one means it will take awhile for me to recover.

I didn't get on the scales this morning. I figured between the cheeseburger and chicken fajita quesadillas I scarfed down yesterday that the scales would show a gain. It probably wasn't all that bad calorie wise considering I only ate two meals and no snacks. I know that isn't the best way to eat, but sometimes that's just how it happens.

Here's what today's food looks like:

Breakfast - 2 slices whole wheat bread, 4 slices precooked bacon - 150 calories

Lunch - SmartOnes ziti, orange - 420 calories

Dinner - Arnold's Sandwich Thins, light mayo, hamburger, homemade oven fries - 450 calories

Snack - Special K crackers, Sargento pepper jack cheese stick, 100 calorie popcorn, maybe a fun sized pack of M&M's (haven't really decided, may substitute something else in it's place) - 370 calories

Total calories for the day - 1390

One month ago today I met J!! It's our anniversary. Goodness I feel like such a teenager here!! He is such a sweet, wonderful man. He will turn 39 this year so we are close in age. He is a single dad to a completely adorable little boy. He's gone through some of the same things I have in past realtionships. Everyday we are finding out we have something else in common. Seriously it is like we are two pieces from the same puzzle. It is the most amazing thing I have ever been a part of. He constantly makes me smile and laugh and he makes me feel good about myself like I am worthy of a love like this. So there is our little story! :)

Happy Thursday friends!!

My Questionnaire

Getting to Know You!


On your own blog, copy and paste these questions, fill in your own answers where mine are and then leave a comment on my blog saying you've done so. In your own post, ask those who read your blog to then answer the same questions on their own blog, leaving a link/heads up in your comments as well to let you know who has responded in kind.


Let's get to know each other!


1) What ritual do you have to de-stress?

Run outside!


2) First thing you do when you get up for the day?


Go to the bathroom.


3) Last thing you do before going to bed?


Kiss Dd one more time


4) Are you a Cat or Dog person?


Cat! I have two of them!


5) Favourite television show?


I don't really watch much TV  but I am a HUGE Big Brother fan


6) Favourite movie?


Wizard of Oz is my all time favorite, but I love pretty much any sappy chick flick and any horror movie


7) Favourite form of exercise?




8) Favourite weekend activity?


Spending time with Dd


9) Favourite healthy meal?


pasta with diluted sundried tomato alfredo sauce and a  ton of steamed brocolli


10) Favourite junk food?


Lay's sour cream and onion potato chips


11) I am most proud of...?




12) I am least proud of...?


Letting myself slip on healthy eating and how long it takes me to get back on track sometimes


13) I chose to start a blog on EP because...?


I wanted support from people who are going through the same thing I am. I just stumbled on EP one day and I've been here every since.


14) Three blogs on EP that I read on regular basis are...?


Oh I can't name just three. I read all the blogs of people on my friends list.

Pt. 2

Apparently youtube videos need a post of their own

A 20 year dream come true

Today the scales read 181.6. This is what not eating for 24 hours will do for you!! That's the only thing weight loss related you will read here.

I left school around 11:00, rushed home, got dressed, left here at 11:30 for the long 3 and a half hour drive to Greenville, SC. I had company on the trip there and back though thanks to the sweetest man in the world (whom I know is reading this blog!!) Yes, J is my boyfriend and I love him loads. (More about him in future blogs, after all he does deserve a blog all his own). Around 4:00 PM I went to get in the long line for those of us who were meeting NKOTB before the show. I finally got to the room around 5:30, grabbed a snack, talked to some fellow Blockheads, and was eventually called back to where the boys were waiting. There was no time to be nervous. We were quickly ushered into the room and there they all stood in their glory. 2 girls had already snached up Donnie so I went straight for Joey to tell him how much Savannah loves him. He told me to tell her that he was glad he was her favorite. Everyone started yelling that it was time to take pictures and I was just sort of standing there. At some point I said I don't know where to stand when Danny grabbed me and said, "Come here baby!" So I stood beside him for the picture. After that I went over to Donnie. He kissed me on my cheek and I hugged him and told him I loved him. We were lead out of the room and that's when it all hit me. I started crying and shaking. I just met Donnie Wahlberg!!!! Might I add that he is sooooo tiny. I felt like I would crush him!! I walked over and got my tickets and found out I was 7th row center! My seats were awesome and the concert was fantastic. I was right on the aisle so I got to run back to stage b where I got some to die for video!! I ended up getting home around 2:30 this morning. It was quite a whirlwind day. Now on to some pictures

Here is the group picture

My view of the stage

The best part of the show!!

My favorite picture of Donnie (singing Grown Man)

The end

Official WI 3/17/09

Today's weight - 182.6
Last week's weight - 184.6

Tota lost - 2 lbs!!!

Not quite the 179 I wanted to be today but I am close enough that I am happy!! Well today is the big day. Check back for an update tomorrow!!!

Make Them Green With Envy Week 6 Results

Congratulations to girl next door!!!

  • girl next door has lost 15.8 lbs or 8.04% of her starting weight
  • almita has lost 16 lbs or 6.71% of her starting weight
  • anna down under has lost 12.3 lbs or 5.15% of her starting weight
  • simone777 has lost 10 lbs or 4.90% of her starting weight
  • tarajoy has lost 9.8 lbs or 4.59% of her starting weight
  • moonmayden85 has lost 9.4 lbs or 3.72% of her starting weight
  • looking for me has lost 8.4 lbs or 3.23% of her starting weight
  • wtg2lose has lost 7.8 lbs or 2.92% of her starting weight
  • novablue has lost 5.5 lbs or 2.63% of her starting weight
  • gwynn has lost 4.4 lbs or 2.33% of her starting weight
  • shrrlygrrl has lost 5 lbs or 2.20% of her starting weight
  • smbuum has lost 4.5 lbs or 1.43% of her starting weight
  • deltadiva has lost 4.4 lbs or 1.32% of her starting weight
  • tracyintx has lost 3.2 lbs or 1.31% of her starting weight
  • juli66021 has lost 2.2 lbs or 0.93% of her starting weight
  • As a group we have lost a grand total of 282.7 lbs during this challenge

    This is the last week so let's finish strong!

    Tomorrow is the day!!!

    I can't believe it. Tomorrow is the day. No more countdown!!

    I stepped on the scales this morning. I did well over the weekend! I'm so proud. I'm not sharing the number though, I'll share tomorrow on my official WI. Just keep your fingers crossed!!!

    You know, a little pampering goes a long way. My hair looks great, my eyebrows look wonderful, my nails are gorgeous (I picked Paint My Mojitoes Red), so I'm feeling very pretty today.

    Today's food

    Breakfast - Blueberries and cream oatmeal - 130 calories

    Lunch - 2 slices whole wheat bread, light mayo, sliced turkey, orange - 265 calories

    Dinner - Arnold's Sandwich Thins, hamburger, light mayo, baked potato, steamed brocolli - 490 calories

    Snacks - Special K crackers, new Sargento pepper jack cheese sticks, almonds, Arnold's Sandwich Thins toasted with homemade chicken salad - 595 calories

    Total calories for the day - 1480

    It's Saturday!!

    Sorry for the lack of a creative title! My brain is a little fuzzy this morning. Just wanted to check in before I head out of town to get my manicure. I got on the scales this morning for the first time since Tuesday and saw a beautiful 182.2 staring up at me!! I guess the double cheeseburger from BK didn't hurt too much. 182.2 and TOM is still here!! Hopefully my weight will stay this low for the WI on Tuesday.


    I love Friday!!

    The countdown is on!! I have 3 days 18 hours and 15 minutes before I meet the New Kids on the Block. Oh who are we kidding? Until I meet DONNIE WAHLBERG!!!

    After school I am getting my eyebrows waxed and my haircut. Tomorrow at 5:00 I am going to the Spa for a manicure. I probably should try another shade but I'm thinking I will stick with Keys to my Karma. Red nails say sexy!! :)

    Tuesday I am leaving school at 11:00 AM to go home, get dressed, put on makeup, and grab my camera and extra batteries. I should be hitting the road by 12:00 for my 3 and a half hour drive to Greenville, SC. I have to be at the venue by 4:30 for the meet and greet. The concert starts at 7:30 with Jabbawockeez and then NKOTB taking the stage at 8:20. I'm taking the next day off work so be on the lookout for a full report and pictures!!

    In weight loss news, I haven't gotten on the scales all week. TOM has me feeling like pure crap and my stomach feels huge. I'm sticking well with my food log and the hunger is getting much better!!

    Breakfast - oatmeal and banana - 230 calories

    Lunch - Select Harvest egg noodle soup, saltines, yogurt or fruit - 400 calories

    Dinner - pork chop, steamed brocolli, baked potato, light butter, FF sour cream - 450 calories

    Snack - TJ fig bar, yogurt or fruit, 100 calorie popcorn - 320 calories

    Total calories for the day - 1400 on the nose :)