Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Blog on Life Support

Dear Blog,

I miss you!  I'm sorry that I haven't been there for you.  Let's be friends again, shall we?

xoxo,
          
         Me
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I've had my blog near the top of my "To Do" list for quite a while now.  Then life gets busy and I move it to the bottom...get mad at myself and move it to the top...ad nauseam....rinse...repeat.  I told Mr. Charming that I feel like I'm squelching my talents by not exercising them!  I love to write - like, A LOT.  And I always use the goodest grammar I knowed how to! [puke]  But seriously, I miss the time that I used to devote to my writings (poetry, stories, lyrics, etc).  But, life happens and priorities have to change, right?  

So here's me, jumping back on the blogging bandwagon.  I want to have an electronic journal to be able to pass on to my children when they are grown.  This life isn't perfect - it wasn't meant to be.  We all experience the good with the bad.  We love the happy and mourn the sad.  I love looking back and living a memory more fully through the written word.  Like reading a good book and having the pages jump to life - it's important with my feeble(ish) mind to have those details recorded.

I am also (once again), letting go of some of my perfectionism and will be posting photos on here more!  I may not take the time to edit every single one - or even use my "big girl" camera, but there will be photos!  I love my iPhone and I take a ton of pictures...I'm ready to share those on a regular basis!  Wow, that feels liberating!  

I sure love and appreciate my dear friends and family.  I love that you guys care enough to give me nudges (Katie) when the blog is sub-par!  I know what I need to do and I'm switching up my priorities!  I'm so looking forward to opening up our lives a little more...personally.  If you're reading this, I love you.  Just know that things will be changing and I will be sharing our JOY with you!  So here's to reporting, recording and reliving (& reviving the blog)!  
Life is good.  God is great.

Take a deep breath and enjoy the ride...




Monday, November 21, 2011

HFTHC Week 5 Weigh-in


Here are the week 5 weigh-ins!!

Chris [311 starting] current: 300.4 for a loss of .66%  
Cracker [175 starting] current: 162.6 for a loss of .97% 
Dawn [181.4 starting] current: 176.6 for a loss of .23% 
Heather [205 starting] current: 186 for a loss of 2.62%
Jenn had a loss of 1.82% 
Mylee [149 starting] is livin' it up in Hawaii! Go Mylee!
Pinky [184 starting] current: 171 for a loss of .81% 
Stephanie [226 starting] current: 213.2 for a loss of .93% 
Mary [246 starting] current: 242.2 for a gain of .5%

And the total loss for this week is: 15.9 lbs!  Total weight lost as a group: 113.9 lbs!!  

Congrats to Heather - our biggest loser this week!!  Way to go on another huge loss!


Food for thought:
A new study from Oregon Health Sciences University revealed that overweight women who had taken up relaxation techniques lost an average of ten pounds…without trying. The thought is that these women were less stressed; they weren’t flooding their body with stress hormones, which are known to increase appetite. So, find a quiet, comfortable place. Close your eyes shut and breathe deeply for five minutes each day.

Here's to a very Happy [and relaxing] Thanksgiving!


Call/text/email ANY time!  For reals.
541-999-2313

Love,
Stephanie

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

HFTHC Week 4 Weight-in


Howdy guys and gals!  It's end of another week for our Health for the Holidays Challengers!


Here are the week 4 weigh-ins!!

Chris [311 starting] current: 302.4 for a loss of 1.69%  
Cracker [175 starting] current: 164.2 for a loss of 1.2% 
Dawn [181.4 starting] current: 174.6 for a gain of 1.37% 
Heather [205 starting] current: 191 for a loss of 0%
Jenn is new and started with a loss of 2.78% 
Mylee [149 starting] current: 143 for a loss of 1.38%
Pinky [184 starting] current: 173.6 for a loss of 1.25% 
Stephanie [226 starting] current: 215.2 for a loss of 1.74% 
Wendi [170 starting] current: 168 for a gain of 1.2% 
Mary [246 starting] current: 241 for a loss of .74%

And the total loss for this week is: 22.5lbs!  Total weight lost as a group: 98 lbs!!  We have rid the planet of almost 100 lbs!!  Yea!!  I'm gonna keep repeating...We are doing great things during the MOST difficult time of year!  I am seriously SO impressed with all of you!

Congrats to Jenn - our biggest loser this week!!  Way to go on a huge loss!


Something I want to address that comes up a lot (men, feel free to stop reading - unless you're a wonderful, sensitive husband who wants to know how to help his wife feel better): Let's face it ladies, when it's THAT time of the month, YOU'RE GOING TO WEIGH MORE!  Your body is doing it's thing and (like it or not) you will retain water and you may have other less desirable symptoms (bloating, cramps, nausea, etc).  That's just the way it is.  
But DON'T let it ruin your efforts!  Just know that you will either not lose that week, or lose less than you normally would.  I have been on my program for exactly 6 months and not once have I gained (b/c I'm still burning more fat each week than my body will retain in water that week).  And the flip side to that is that usually the week after your period, you will have a little more significant weight loss - so really, it all balances out!
So, remind yourself when that time is coming that you may not have the success you were hoping for, but it's only temporary!  Husbands: remind your wife of her goals and encourage her to stick to them...that scale will move!

Here's to another week of successes!


Call/text/email ANY time!  For reals.
541-999-2313

Love,
Stephanie

Monday, November 7, 2011

HFTHC Week 3 Weigh-in


Howdy guys and gals!  It's end of another week for our Health for the Holidays Challengers!


Here are the week 3 weigh-ins!!

Chris [311 starting] current: 307.6 for a gain of .46%  
Cracker [175 starting] current: 166.2 for a loss of 1.42% 
Dawn [181.4 starting] current: 174.6 for a loss of 1.36% 
Deena [171.8 starting] current: 169.5 for a loss of 0% 
Heather [205 starting] current: 191 for a loss of 2.55% 
Jani [286.8 starting] current: 284.6 for a gain of .97%
Mylee [149 starting] current: 145 for a gain of .69%
Emily [195 starting] current: 189 for a loss of 1.05%
Pinky [184 starting] current: 175.8 for a loss of 1.57% 
Stephanie [226 starting] current: 219.0 for a loss of .73% 
Wendi [170 starting] current: 166 for a loss of 0% 
Mary [246 starting] current: 242.8 for a loss of 0%

And the total loss for this week is: 20lbs!  Total weight lost as a group: 75.5 lbs!!  That is awesome!  We are doing great things [get this] during the MOST difficult time of year!  I am seriously SO impressed with all of you!

Congrats to Heather - our biggest loser this week!!  Way to go on a huge loss!

Ok, we are fully into November now.  Things are [maybe] getting harder.  My challenge to you this week is to practice the K.I.S.S. method (if you have the mentality of a 12 y/o, like me, you just giggled): Keep It Super Simple!  Focus on each day as it comes, but plan ahead.  If you know you have a dinner party to attend, either eat ahead of time and just snack on the healthy foods there, OR eat there but make wise choices.  Fill the majority of your plate with (non-fried) veggies and fresh fruit, then a small portion of protein (about the size of a deck of cards), and lastly the grains and dairy.  And drink PLENTY of water!
Don't forget to get your body movin'!  Park further away from the grocery store.  Take the stairs.  Get a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps/day.  Just little things will make a big difference! ;o)

I'm thinking of each of you!

Call/text/email ANY time!  For reals.
541-999-2313

Love,
Stephanie