Thursday, September 30, 2010

a humid morning.

Good humid morning everyone,
The newest adventure in my weight loss challenge was to get my butt moving. I told you yesterday that we bought bikes to do family rides. We went on our first ride last night. We had soccer practice last night for Pj and as soon as we got home Shawn had everything waiting and was ready to go. I threw on my shoes and off we went. We decided to head to the nearby Wendy's to pick up dinner and we packed an empty backpack to bring it back home. We left the house and we did a bunch of downhill coasting which was nice. The breeze felt nice and the kids were having fun. About 7 min. into our ride I had to start peddling a little to get up a small hill. Good Lord my legs were burning and the sweating started.  We got to another flat area where I was able to catch my breath and we made it to Wendy's. We ordered our food and headed home.
The ride home I just wanted to go straight and avoid having to go back uphill again. We saw firetrucks up ahead so we took that darn loop. I made it without to much huffing and puffing back up that hill. We got to where we would normally cross to go home but there was a pretty bad accident so we had to detour which meant more hills. We made it home and my heart was beating fast, I was sweating, and I felt good. I made it on my first bike ride without falling or killing myself. Yay!!!
So Wendy's had a whole new menu of salads that look pretty yummy. I ordered the chicken, pecan , and apple salad. When I got home I looked at the pecan packaging after throwing it on the salad. Man, it was loaded with sugar. I picked every single one back off. I looked at the dressing before I went crazy with it and it too was loaded with sugar. I cut a lemon in half and used that with some balsamic instead. So I ended up with lettuce, some chicken breast, and apple.  It was good but next time I will inspect the labels more before I buy something going out.
I also got another message saying the comment section is still not working. I redid the setting again and hope we are back in action. I think it is best to comment anonymously and add your name in the comment. 
Well off to my day job but today is my Friday.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My doc appt.

I went to the doctor last night for my first weigh in yesterday. I did awesome. I lost 9.8 lbs  My blood work for the most part came back great. My cholesterol good count was a tad low and my bad was a tad high. Nothing to worry about I just need to eat more nuts, fish, and spinach. Now one thing they were taking about changing was my diet based on my blood work. Some blood types do better with higher protein and some better with more carbs.  I am already doing high protein so the doc said to just keep doing what I am doing. He was a little concerned because I lost so much this week but won't worry unless I do it again next week. I do have to journal everything to make sure I am getting enough calories in each day (no less than 1200)
The van saga continues. I picked my van up on Friday after it had been in the shop all week. The front tire was making an odd noise which got worse over the weekend. I took it back on Monday and my whole front axle and break system had to be replaced. It was done last night so I went to get it. Guess what? I get in and the radio is now broken and and the steering wheel is making a noise. Are you kidding me? So my van is back in the shop for a few more days but at least they gave me a rental van to tote all of my babysitting kids around without a problem. Normally I would stop and eat after each issue as a stress relief but I am proud of myself. I didn't eat bad once during the ordeal. I am taking it in style and the guys at the place even complimented me for not getting mean or crazy. What can I do than just roll with the punches? Nothing.
So my breathing tip from last week where you breath through your nose in for 5 seconds and out for 5 seconds makes me feel so much better. The doctor is trying to help me deal with why I emotionally eat so this week when I breath in I am going to think of all the good things that are presently in my life. When I exhale I am going to let go of issues from my past. I have no control over anything that has happened so I need to just let it go and forget it. So I will be practicing that this week.
Ok I think I have written a novel so I better just end this. Have a great Wed.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

week one down

I made it through one whole week. I know I shouldn't be that excited but I didn't cheat once, not one little thing. I drank all my water, took my vitamins, exercised 3 times, and ate right on track. I also lost a total of 10 pounds to show for all of my work this week.
My theory on people saying the first week is all water weight. You still had that weight on your body and it needed to come off. If it's water fine but it still has to go. I know it will slow down from now on but my Doc. said I should look for 2-4 pounds a week if I stay strict. I go to the doc today and will get my blood results, weigh in, get my measurements done, and get info for the next week. Hopefully they don't change to much because I am getting this way down. The only thing they may do i add in more protein or carbs depending on my loss and blood work.
So I am trying to change my life this time as far as exercise. Yesterday we bought a bike for me (Shawn already had one) and this cool trailer for Pj so he can go with us. We had a packed night last night of football and company but tonight we are going on our first family ride.
I am also thinking of joining Shawn's co ed softball team. I have never ever played softball in my life. I think I have played wiffle ball for fun at the beach but that is it for my ball to bat talent. I am nervous but I might just do it. It is with a group of friends and very low key. What do ya think? Should I just do it? 
Ok well off to clean my house and do the dreaded laundry. 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Happy Monday everyone!

I woke up this morning in a great mood. I am not sure if it because I woke up to a clean bedroom (I took an hour to clean my bedroom for the first time in a month. There were clothes everywhere. The world is my closet) or if it was great sleep, who knows but I feel great.
We had a great weekend. Sat. we had Pj's first soccer game. It was so cute and funny to watch all of these little 5 year olds fight over the ball. Pj did really well but by about 30 min. into the game he walked over to us and told us he was tired instead of playing. Shawn told him he would give him a quarter if he kicked the ball and Pj went right back to playing and of course kicked the ball.
Sat. night we went to one of Shawn's coworkers son's bday parties and I did great. No birthday cake and I wasn't even tempted. Yay me!
Last night in the 90 degree weather Shawn and I went for out walk on a new path. Let's just say I don't think we will be doing that walk again. There is a bike path behind our house which is awesome. One area of the path turns to dirt and foes under the freeway. This area has become a great hangout for the local homeless people. It smells so bad like urine and there was a guy that was either sound asleep or dead. Shawn and I were not sticking around to find out. We walked a little faster to get out of there. After the freeway part you get to a dirt field where a ton of bunnies live. Well every time a bunny would move I would jump or scream. It was funny after the fact but I was freaked out. Good thing is we went for a long walk and I think my heart rate was elevated even more because I was freaking out. 
I did great on my eating all weekend and weighed in this morning at 215.8 for a total of 9 pounds since last Tues. My official weigh in is tomorrow afternoon when I go back to the Doc. I also get my blood work back tomorrow  and am interested to see how my cholesterol and all that stuff is. 
Well of to get things done before it is a million degrees outside. 
Have a great Monday, 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

busy day

Well I am posting at night because I have a very busy day ahead of me tomorrow. I am getting blood work done in the morning, grocery shopping,working in Pj's classroom for a bit, and the boys are starting a bowling league in the evening.
My day was a little stressful but I made it through. Yay me!!! I think I drank about 2 gallons of iced tea to get through but I did it. I bought a new van about a month ago and I had to take it in for a squeaky noise in the break pedal. Well That was on Tues. and I still don't have it back. The good thing is it will be good as new when I get it back but the bad news is it is taking forever for them to fix it. The other good news is it is under warranty so free to me. The guy at the car place is driving me crazy and won't return calls so I end up on the phone for an hour tracking him down. So glad it will be over tomorrow.
So as far as my eating
breakfast- coffee and a protein bar
snack- carrots and raw cashews
lunch- half of an avocado mixed in a bowl with some chicken an then lemon, pepper, and salt added. Mmmm so good.
Snack- raw cashews
dinner- in and out burger protein style.
snack- not sure because I still haven't had it yet.
Shawn and I went on another walk today and we did almost 2 miles. I wasn't planning on going but after dinner we had no plans so off to walk we went.
I am looking forward to seeing how I do over the weekend. Sat. Pj has his first soccer game and the boys are going to a skateboarding competition to watch. The busy life of a Mommy.
Have a great one,

Beaming with a little pride

I am a little sore this morning. Why you ask, Well yesterday I did an intense sweaty cleaning of the house in the morning for over an hour and after dinner last night Shawn and I went for a 35 min. walk. Neither activity was all that intense but it was a big step for me. I hate exercise in any form. I was going to walk the night before but convinced myself that I didn't want to. Yesterday Shawn said "hey, let's go for a walk after dinner". I was actually excited to get my tennis shoes on and go. The cool part was it gave Shawn and I a little along talk time without to many interruptions. Pj did go with us and ride his bike but he was a trooper and just liked to point everything out to us.

For my eating yesterday I had
Breakfast- 1 egg scrambled with spinach
snack- protein bar
lunch- leftover spinach salad but I added some chicken and a little more balsamic.
snack- I had a coffee with half and half for some dairy and caffeine of course:)
dinner- baked fish and Brussels sprouts (recipe below)
snack- Greek yogurt with peaches and honey

I felt great all day and didn't have to many struggles. I felt like I had a ton of energy all day. I did wake up this morning with a little weakness and headache but I think that is just the carb reduction kicking in. All in all I did great and I weighed in this morning at 219 so down a little more.

Well off to the busy day ahead of me. Have a great one,

Brussels sprouts
1 lb. of brussels sprouts cleaned and halved
2-3 strips of raw bacon cut up into small pieces.
throw the brussels sprouts and bacon in a pan, drizzel with EVOO, add salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 45 min. at 350 degrees. Super easy and a yummy side.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I made it through day 1:)

I woke up this morning feeling great, well rested and ready for day 2. Yesterday was good except I did find myself wanting to munch and I felt hungry even though I was eating. I had a great day and stayed in my 50 carb range without a problem. Here was my meals for the day
Breakfast- 1 egg scrambled with spinach and a little granulated garlic
snack- a protein bar from the nutritionist
lunch- a chicken breast and some green beans. I did the bagged pre cut chicken for salads because I don't have time to cook chicken in the middle of the afternoon threw it in a bowl with some green beans and microwaved.
snack - another protein bar
dinner- baked chicken thighs with turmeric, a baked sweet potato with a little cinnamon and I can't believe it's not butter spray, and the yummiest salad (recipe below)
snack- 2 % plain Greek yogurt with honey and berries. Soooo yummy. Shawn even ate some of it and loved it.
I did the grape juice before dinner and bed because I finally got to the market late in the afternoon. Don't know if it did anything but it was a yummy sweet treat.

So that was my day and I drank a ton of iced tea (caffeine free) I weighed in this morning at 200.4 I know it's water weight and it slows down but a 4 lb. drop in 2 days is an awesome motivator.
Have a great day everyone,

Mozzarella and spinach salad

these are the ingredients but there are no actual amounts it is whatever you like to taste and depending on how many you are feeding
-baby spinach a handful per person
-cherry tomatoes  I love the ones called Cherub by Nature sweet, they seem sweeter and last a little longer.
-Fresh mozzarella balls (the ones that come in water) cut into chunks as many as you want
-a little fresh basil sliced really finely maybe 3 leaves for 2 people
-a squeeze of lemon juice (I used half a lemon for 2)
-a little EVOO to coat it all
-salt and pepper to taste.
If you want to you can add a splash of balsamic vinegar.
That's it and it was sweet, creamy, and yummy all in one. Shawn added a little dressing to his because that's just how he is but I thought it was good with the splash of balsamic added.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

 As many of you know I got the chance to go meet with a nutritionist yesterday. So here is my full encounter of the event. 
I got there and was given the normal paperwork to fill out with family history. blah, blah, blah,  was weighed in (224.8) my height was taken, and I was asked the normal medical questions by the nurse like do I drink, any surgeries you know the drill. I did a body fat analysis with some fancy little machine, they measured my waist, took my blood pressure and other vitals. My blood was drawn for a full work up (I get the results back next week) The nurse left and in comes the Dr. 
The Dr. talks to me about my medical past and all the normal stuff. He has me lie on a table and feels my stomach, back, neck, and hips. I sit up and he listens to my heart and breaths. He tells me that I am in great health except my obvious weight and he pointed out my acne. He is a Dr. but in addition to regular medications he can give you herbal ideas of what to take called  D.O.. I am allergic to a bunch of antibiotics so when I get sick Dr's always have a hard time figuring out what to give me. A few years ago I decided to look at natural antibiotics and ways of healing illnesses without prescription meds. I am not an advocate for herbal meds but I know for me it's a better option than costly antibiotics and they seem to always work. 
So anyways, he explained to me that he thinks my digestive track is irritated and suggested that each day I drink saffron tea. It tastes like green tea of any other herbal tea but it heals the digestive track. He also suggested for my acne to get a neck massage and adjustment ,which I might do eventually but for not I am drinking something called slippery elm root once a day. It helps with healing acne from th inside and calms swelling and irritation. I will get my blood results back next week and see if there are any vitamins that I should be adding in. 
The doctor left and in comes the coolest lady named Beth. Beth is the nutritionist as well as a trainer. I talked with Beth for over an hour. Beth is a Christian and was very friendly. Beth went over all the suggested diet stuff that I included below. We went over all the good food choices and she all of her tips and stuff. Beth also shared a Bible verse with me (of course I can't remember it but it was the one about your body being a temple) she also suggest that I try breathing as my activity for the week. She said that before I eat something for no reason stop breath in through my nose and count to 5, exhale and count to 5. Do this through the day to de stress and center yourself. Beth also suggested that I don't go for high intensity workouts but simple low impact things like walking, bike riding, yoga etc. for 30 min 3 times a week. 
That was pretty much it. I committed to going to see them once a week for 12 weeks. I feel like if I commit than I have no way of backing out. I felt totally comfortable and was in a great mood when I left. I feel like this is something I can live on long term. SO for the next few days I am going to be getting all of this on order, doing a lot of new recipes, and basically rereading all the details a bunch. So here are all the details of hat I will be eating and doing. I am excited because it sounds super healthy and do able. 
have a great Tues. , Oh and I am sure I forgot some stuff below so if you have a question for me to ask them or any other comments I have fixed the comment section.

The basics
- don’t count calories or fat
-Only make sure you are getting no more than 50 good carbs a day and no less than 25
- eat 5-6 meals every day. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, and a before bed snack. The before bed snack to make your metabolism work through the night and make you not dying of hunger in the morning. Eating more often wakes up your metabolism.
-Drink plenty of water, caffine free tea
- Eat mostly protein, vegetables, and un-sweetened dairy products.
- eat small portions of good carbs. No more than 50 carbs a day but never under 25.
- Exercise 30 min of low intensity 3 times a week. Their suggestions were a good walk, ride a bike, yoga, pilates.
Good carbs
Do not use in every meal, but maybe once a day.
Brown rice, corn, peas, beans, lentils, Ezekiel bread or other sprouted bread products,  Whole wheat bread, cracked wheat, steel cut oats, fresh and dried fruit, sweet potatoes, cereal that is high in fiber/low in sugar/whole grain like Fiber one.
Cheat Meals
Have 1 serving per week and only 1 from the list.
Anything made with white flour, white bread, white rice, pasta (even whole wheat), pizza, crackers, chips, anything fried, sugar, alcohol, sweet drinks like soda and fruit juice.
Meal ideas
- Breakfast
-          Eggs, 1 piece of bacon, 1 slice of toasted ezekial bread,
-          Cottage cheese or plain yogurt with fresh fruit and raw nuts
-          Fruit smoothie
-          Steel cut oatmeal or fiber one cereal
-          Omelet with veggies and cheese
- Lunch
-          Huge salad with all your favorite veggies
-          With your salad have Chicken, fish, turkey, protein bar, beans, cheese, avocado.
-          Protein or whole wheat bun style chicken or burger
- Dinner
-          Sautéed veggies use butter or olive oil on your veggies in moderation
-          Tofu, chicken, fish, turkey, protein bar, beans, cheese, avocado
-          Add a small good carb to dinner
- Salad dressings
-          EVOO, Red wine or balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and lemon
-          Greek yogurt with herbs and spices like mustard, dill, Italian spices, and turmeric.
-          Yellow mustard, garlic powder, pinch salt, apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s is best brand from Henry’s) and EVOO and parm. Cheese (if you want).
- Snack ideas
-          Fruit smoothie
-          Natural peanut butter or almond butter with celery
-          Avocado with lemon and pepper
-          Any raw veggies
-          Fruit (mostly berries, melon, papayas, citrus) try to avoid bananas and apples because they are higher in sugar and stuff.
-          Raw nuts (they have to be raw)
-          Yogurt (Greek, plain, or carb smart with no sugar)

Mix 2 oz. of Welch’s purple grape juice with 1 oz of water. Drink this 30 min. before each of your main meals and once before bed. Grape juice is a natural appetite suppressant.
·         The types of sugar in grape juice help stabilize the sugar levels in your blood. This helps curb your appetite. The purple also has antioxidants, flavonoids, and other healthy stuff.
·         The doctor told me to do this before bed… add ½ teaspoon of EVOO to the dose before bed. This helps detoxify the liver, gallbladder, and nourishes the intestinal wall.
Ali’s added details
-          Use Stevia or honey as your number one sugar replacement. I was really worried about this one since I love my morning coffee.
-          In your coffee use half and half. Do NOT use low fat stuff because most of the time they add all kinds of sugar to it.
-          Edimame is a protein so you can eat it like a meat.
-          You can eat dairy!!!! I have seen so many diets suggest no dairy and with this you can have it and the “real” stuff not the fat free stuff.
-          They really want you to be able to live on this program. They don’t call it a diet but a way of learning to eat what is best for your body. 

Monday, September 20, 2010

going to the dietitian early!!!

I was able to get an appointment for tonight instead of tomorrow. I am excited but nervous at the same time. I don't mind going to Dr. but I am not a fan of a full physical. I am interested to see what my blood panel shows and am even more excited to get going with all of this..

I am weak yet strong

I woke up in the middle of the night and was awake for about an hour thinking of all the reasons I shouldn't start today. I thought of not seeing the nutritionist until later in the week, how I never really went shopping to set myself up, how I just don't want to, how we might go to a baseball game tonight and I want to be able to eat a hot dog (I don't even really like hot dogs), you name it I am sure I came up with it. I fell back to sleep still torn on what to do.
I woke up this morning, weighed in, came down stairs to my pot of coffee and took the first step of making my coffee with stevia instead of sugar. All it took was that first step and I am now ok with changing my life. I put on my old reliable size 18 capri's and felt "puffy" (it sounds better then fat) and thought to myself this is the day!!!! I took Garrett to school and blared Bon Jovi in the car to get myself in a good mood (kind of like my theme song, you know we have all seen Rocky) and set the tone for my day.
 I weighed in at 224 lbs. I wear a size 18 pants, although some of those are tight, I wear an xxl or 18 shirt. I am at the largest I have ever been and it is all about to change.
With all that said I am off to start my day and hope that everyone has a wonderful day.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

My big decision

     I have done every diet under the sun and one thing that I always do is go right back to my old eating habits an gain it all back. I have decided that one thing I am going to different this time is meet with a registered dietitian/ nutritionist once a week for 3 months. I will go to the office and we will come up with a healthy eating plan to help me achieve my goals. She has warned me already that when I come in it will be cutting out all bad carbs to start. I need to learn that soda, sugar, and other things aren't "needed" to keep me happy. I will weigh in weekly with her to see how my body reacts to certain foods and keep a very detailed journal. I am hoping that I can learn how to eat. I mean I know how to put the food in and eat but I want to learn how my body reacts to certain foods and how it metabolizes foods and all that. I think if I understand the importance of vitamins and certain minerals I will know what to look for when I am lacking them.  I have always been anemic, my family history has anemia and they say it is hereditary. The dietitian is going to run a blood test my first week to see what I am lacking and she is going to address all of that. I am excited to go and see how I am "supposed" to be eating and what she has in store for me. I will give you a detailed account of what she says. I also must say that this isn't something I would normally spend money on but we are very lucky to have part of our insurance that allows for me to do this. They won't pay for quick fixes but they will pay for education. My plan is to share it because it should be public knowledge, right?
     Well we went to the fair. We decided Friday night to pack up and go in the cool night air. We got in for $5, yay! I was really surprised because we normally eat our hearts out. This year we ( our family of 5) shared a corn dog and cheese dog, some chocolate covered bacon(which was interesting), a chicken kabob, some milk, and fudge. Not bad when you split it all up and over 6 hours. We had fun and the kids had a blast.
     Well that's it for my quick weekend blog. I will check in tomorrow to vent I am sure over not being able to eat my beloved cheeseburger or 1000 calorie coffee drink. :) Have a great rest of the day.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Here is my plan

Ok, I have been debating on when to start this journey and get my butt in gear. I have decided Monday. We are going to the fair on Saturday and I am going to enjoy one more football Sunday of McDonald's for breakfast (so gross but so good).
So here is my plan. At first my goal was to get through 8 weeks and just lose a bunch. While I still would love to do that I have changed my mindset a little. I have decided to make it a lot less daunting on myself and I am going to do this one week at a time. I have made a 52 week (sounds better than a year) calendar to put on my fridge. It is basically 52 mini goals of 2 pounds each. See it sounds better, right? In each square I will write how much was lost that week and in the bottom right corner of the square I will put my running total. I know some weeks I will do better and some weeks I won't get my 2 pounds but I am hoping better weeks make up for slower weeks.
You are probably saying that is 104 pounds. Ali you don't have 100 pounds to lose. Well I actually do. Time for the real admitting part of my blog. I hate this part. I weighed in last Sat. at 227.3 good Lord that is a big number. I am 5 foot 3 inches and for my frame and age my "healthy" weight is 121 to 135 and as you can see I am 92 -106 pounds off of that.
I am really embarrassed because I weigh more now then any other time in my life. I feel terrible, I am tired all the time, I hate clothes and getting dressed each day, I hate mirrors that show my lower half, I don't feel sexy at all, I get winded walking up one flight of stairs, my skin looks terrible, an so many other things. It is time for change!!!
So here it is......
I am going to lose 100 pounds in 52 weeks.

1 Sept.20
2 Sept. 27
3 Oct. 4
4 Oct. 11
5 Oct.18
6 Oct. 25
7 Nov. 1
8 Nov. 8
9 Nov. 15
10 Nov. 22
11 Nov. 29
12 Dec 6
13 Dec. 13
14 Dec. 20
15 Dec. 27
16 Jan 3
17 Jan 10
18 Jan. 17
19 Jan. 24
20 Jan. 31
21 Feb. 7
Happy 33rd Bday
22 Feb. 14
23 Feb. 21
24 Feb. 28
25 Mar. 7
26 Mar. 14
Half Way done
27 Mar. 21
28 Mar.28
29 Apr. 4
30 Apr. 11
31 Apr. 18
32 Apr. 25
33 May 2
34 May 9
35 May 16
36 May 23
37 May 30
38 June 6
39 June 13
40 June 20
Beach Trip
41 June 27
How did we do?
42 July 4
43 July 11
44 July 18
45 July 25
46 Aug. 1
47 Aug. 8
48 Aug. 15
49 Aug. 22
50 Aug. 29
51 Sept. 5
52 Sept. 12

You Did It!!!

See ya on Monday for the start of our big adventure. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


 Virtual before and goal
  Well talk about an eye opener. I look like a swollen version of the person I see in the mirror. Why is our body image so warped? I don't know about you but the person I see in pics is not the same lady I see in the mirror each day. Anyways I was fiddling around on a site not only can you do before and after but even little progress pics like every 8 weeks or so:) I am big on seeing where I came from and maybe you are too. So now I have set up a goal of what I would LOVE to look like in one year. I am getting my butt to the market in the next few days and getting one day at a time closer to the future me.
Have a good hump day,

Monday, September 13, 2010

A few things I have learned

I have done every diet under the sun. I have given up whole food groups, sugar, white flour, soda, caffeine, carbs, and only God know's what else.
Here is what I have learned about myself. There are things I am NOT willing to give up even for the sake of getting thin.
- Coffee, I love coffee and will use points just to have it sweet and creamy.
- Sweets, If I want something sweet I will have it. I try to make better choices but I can't give up sugar.
- I love eating out. Doesn't matter if it is sushi, mexican, bbq, etc. I am a chubby girl and I like to eat. I will make smarter choices and use portion control but I know I like to eat out.
- I would rather use points on snacks then on a whole meal. I am a snacker, period!
What I LOVE is that weight watchers allows me to do all of these things (in moderation of course)
I have done crash diets and anything else to lose the weight super fast and just to be thin. I know now that it took me 14 years to put this weight on and I can't lose it healthfully in 14 weeks. I am aiming at a year. My goal is to lose 75-90 pounds in the next year. If I break this into mini goals instead of freaking myself out with the huge a number it makes me realize how feasible my big goal is. If I lose 6-7.5 pounds a month I can do it.  I also don't want to make it to a set number, I want to make it to whatever makes me comfy and happy. If I get comf and happy in 60 pounds then that's ok too.
Well I just had to vent a little of what I was thinking. Ok really I am convincing myself:)
Have a great rest of the day,

Sunday, September 12, 2010

She's back!!!

I decided that for a fresh start I would start a fresh blog!
Here is my story.
     I'm Ali! I am 32 years old. I have three boys ages 13, 10, and 5. I am married to a wonderful man. All in all my life is grand. I have one downfall. I use food as a crutch. I was skinny until I had my first child and the weight has packed on since. I have used every excuse in the book for why I "can't" lose weight. The truth is I am unmotivated and just plain haven't wanted to deal with the idea of losing 75+ pounds. Ouch, it hurts to even write it. I haven't weighed in since I think May and it was so depressing I convinced myself that if I didn't weigh in that I just wasn't gaining. Hey, I know it doesn't actually work but it made me feel a little better.
     So I was stuffing my face at a family party yesterday when my sis in law proposed something to me. I of course wasn't sure but after sleeping on it I have decided I am in.....
Here is what it is We are big losers!!! or we hope to be. 
-Each "player" pays $100 to be in the competition.
-We all weigh in this week on my sis in laws scale for weight and body fat.
-We all start eating healthier in our own way ( I have chosen weight watchers) and exercising
-We will stick with it for 8 weeks and all weigh back in on Nov 13th. 
- Any player that loses 10 pounds in the 8 weeks will get to go with the other players who lose 10 pounds to get a 1 hour foot massage.
- The remaining pot money will be split into two categories.
     1. 50% of the pot will go to the player with the highest percentage of weight lost.
     2. 50% of the pot will go to the player who loses the highest percentage of body fat.
The only thing is you can only win one category and you must weigh in both times on the "official" loser scale.
So there are the rules. If I think of any other stuff that I missed I will add them on later.

I will be officially starting later this week. I think most people are starting on the 18th so I am aiming to do the same to make it all fair. I weighed in on the official scale last night but to keep my own record I will be weighing in at home on my start date and going off of that number. So I will post in a few days but look for recipes ( I am going to aim for one new recipe every other day), other cool blogs I find, and anything else that crosses my mind.
Have a great rest of the weekend and look for me again soon,