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{June 10, 2013}   Keeping you updated

As far as my weight loss goes, I am stuck again, it seems. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m thinking I might need to try introducing some more light exercise in my week or something to kick start things back up. For those who have been following the whole time, you probably know I WAS doing Zumba and Just Dance a lot when I first started losing weight, but I stopped after having knee pains from just walking a little. Unfortunately, I still have the issues of my knee popping backwards on me. In fact, every time it seems to be long gone, it reappears. It’s so incredibly frustrating and the only thing to stop it is to keep losing weight, which as you know, I HAVE been doing. I already walk around a good bit a couple times of week when I take my mom to run errands, but I guess I will have to come up with a schedule to do more walking around the mall(since I hate the heat!) or as much of the Zumba as I can physically stand each week. I think this bump in my journey is probably one of the things causing my depression to rear its ugly head again, but I WILL overcome this!

Since last month, I have lost 1 inch…..yea, 1 doesn’t sound too impressive, but 1 is better than none! This brings my total loss in 10 1/2 months to about 37 inches! ๐Ÿ™‚

When I hit the year mark on July 20th, 2013, I will post how many individual inches I have lost for each part I measure, which are Arm, Bust, Waist, Hips, Thigh and for about 5 months in between, the Neck. ย Seeing the overall numbers definitely gives me motivation and inspiration to keep pushing on!

So…that’s it for now…..I hope to return with good news next week! Crossing my fingers over here! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today has been extremely long and busy. I feel like I have been going and going nonstop all day and I just got through with my training! Tomorrow is another long day so I am ending my long day TODAY with watching “Django Unchained” with the husband. So…my weight loss post is short and sweet this week. No weight change from last week unfortunately, but that’s ok…I will keep on until there is some again! ๐Ÿ™‚

After almost a month of being stuck at about the same weight, I stepped on the scale this morning and saw 284.0! Finally off of 286 and above it where I had been fluctuating. I AM currently sick, though. I have had a cough since Thursday evening with congestion and now my nose is stopped up at the moment of this posting. So, needless to say, I feel really crappy but I can honestly say it hasn’t made me starve myself or anything. I have ate pretty much the same while being sick, but in the past, when I get sick, I tend to lose a bit. In a strange way, I guess it could be considered a benefit, BUT being sick sucks and it’s no fun at all! Tomorrow I’m supposed to start my Medical Transcription training after coming home from an Awards Ceremony for my 7 yr. old niece so I will really not looking forward to feeling blah while doing it. If everyone could send their positive thoughts and prayers my way that I will feel a lot better tomorrow, I will greatly appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now…for Day 27 of the 30 Day Reading Challenge!


Day 27-The most surprising plot twist or ending

I’ve read a lot of books where there’s a plot or ending that really shocks me and surprises me because I did NOT see it coming. To narrow it down to the MOST surprising I had to glance through my Goodreads “Read” List and really rack my brain to remember all the books I’ve read. I feel like I have to shout out a book I might have referenced before and that’s “Blasphemy” by Douglas Preston because it definitely had a heck of a surprising twist to it. Same with the book I picked as Best Book I have read this year…although that has also changed now. “Hiding in Sunshine” by John and Caitlin Stuart is one of the best books I read this year BECAUSE of the twist at the end. So I broke my own rules and reused books but sometimes books fit into more than one category. ๐Ÿ™‚

Nothing good today on the weight loss front. It’s that evil time right now that women go through every month(sorry guys who may be reading this) so no weight loss this week. Hoping that by the end of the week, my unwanted visitor will be long gone and a pound or two will have disappeared as well!

The good news, unrelated to weight loss, is that I’m getting a new Kindle Fire HD very soon. I have been saving up Amazon cards through doing surveys and some from my husband as well since mid December and I was finally able to order one over the weekend. It was supposed to arrive Thursday but according to the tracking, it’s in my town right now….so I might get it tonight or at least tomorrow. So excited that I just had to share!

New measurements for this month will be posted next week and crossing my fingers that they will be great!


Now….for Day 6 of my 30 Day Reading Challenge!

readingchallDay 6-A book that makes you sad

“Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas” by James Patterson. This was actually the first ever book I read by James Patterson and though I have read others since, definitely my favorite. This book pulled at my heart strings and definitely brought tears to my eyes, in both good and heartbreaking ways. It’s a very beautiful, touching story and I WOULD read it again, even though it does make me sad. The reason I chose this book was for more than the story being sad, though. When I think of this book, it brings back the memories surrounding the time I first read it. When I first read this book, it was based on a recommendation from a guy I was in a long distance relationship with. There were beautiful lines from this book that he used to tell me that I thought were the most romantic lines ever. Once I read the book, I learned where the lines were from and the sadness surrounding them. Later in our relationship, he cheated on me with other people and the lines took on a different connotation to me. Instead of romance and sweetness, there was a sense of lies, betrayal and feeling very used that replaced them. So when I think of this book, I think of those lines and I think of the past and the memories and I feel sad. Not sad for me because I have grown up, moved on and I am happy. I feel sad for the memory of young love destroyed and how those same memories are SO like the sadness expressed by this book.

Lost 2 more pounds since last week, which puts me at 82 pounds lost! I was born in ’83 so that’s why I put my post title as what it is. ๐Ÿ™‚ Getting closer to that 100 pound mark I SO dream of and in about 3 months, I’ll have been on this journey for a year! What an awesome thing if I could hit 100 in just a year! Even if I don’t, I still feel like I have come so far these 9 months and I am so excited for what my future holds!

Before I bid everyone adieu until tomorrow, I want to send out Happy Birthday wishes to my step-mother-in-law Kristine and my newest favorite author, Kimberly Kinrade! Not sure if either of them will see this but I want to wish them both a very Happy Birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

{April 22, 2013}   Now Celebrating Eighty!

Yep, that’s right! I have hit the 80 pound weight loss mark! Woohoo!

I lost 2 more pounds since last week putting me at 288 so that’s 80 pounds gone…only 20 until the 100 pound mark! My husband mentioned paying for me to get highlights in my hair when I get there and I think that would be a perfect reward. New body, new hairdo, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait!

In the meantime, today was the first day of the week long annual book sale at the library and I got a ton of books and about 9 magazines for $8…pretty good deal, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thinking about going back tomorrow sometime to look some more because it was pretty crowded today and there were still a lot of books in boxes that I couldn’t get to. Thursday evening, the library opens up a second room for members (which I am) with even more books for mainly $1 each with 1st edition books at $3 and some others for mixed prices, like coffee table books and rare books, but I usually stick with the $1 ones.

I also went by a local consignment store called “A Hot Mess” that I mentioned the other day winning a prizeย from. I went and picked it up and I decided to show pictures of what I won here!

bling zebra2 zebra1 turqI ended up giving the necklace and earrings to my mom because she loves turquoise jewelry and I’m not a huge fan so I knew she would love it more than I would and she deserves it! ๐Ÿ™‚

I know I added more stuff than weight loss talk, but hey….sometimes there’s not much to say on that topic! See you next week with another update! Have a great day!

{April 15, 2013}   No Loss, No Gain

Yep, no weight loss this week, at least in numbers, BUT no gain either, so…I guess you have to take it all in stride. On Saturday, I went out with my Mom to Outback Steakhouse for lunch and we were seated in a booth. I haven’t even attempted sitting at a booth in forever. I had gotten so big that the last time I TRIED to sit in a booth, I was crammed in so tight that I couldn’t breathe! Therefore, since then, every time we are given a booth, my Mom looks at me with this look of, “Do you want a table?” and I kind of make this “Uhhh…I think we should get a table” reaction and I don’t even attempt a booth. If you’ve ever been really overweight, you will probably understand the embarrassment of getting in a booth and barely fitting or not fitting into a chair somewhere. It’s pretty traumatic……so even as I have been losing weight, I have still shied away from booths.

BUT on Saturday, I didn’t look towards my mom for her reaction. I went over to my side of the booth and slid right in…and to my surprise, I got it really easy and actually had room between the table and the seat! Wow…I honestly can’t remember the last time THAT’S happened! I was in shock for a bit and I definitely told my mom right away how surprised I was. It was really just a test for myself to TRY the booth and when I looked at the space between the seat and the table, I was a little afraid cause it looked pretty tight. I overcame the fear and decided to try it though and it was kind of this new realization that I really DO weigh 78 pounds less than I used to! I mean, the numbers tell me that, the clothes fit better, but it’s still hard sometimes to really SEE yourself as being that much smaller. I still catch myself feeling like I’m close to 400 instead of 10 pounds below 300 and I guess I may feel that way for awhile. I see these people on TV all the time that have lost tons of weight but they see in the mirror themselves as their old selves…and I always wondered why they didn’t see the difference! I almost want to grab them through the TV, shake them and say, “Girl, look at YOU! You look good! You are not THAT bigger girl anymore!”…..and now I am experiencing a bit of that delusion for myself. I wonder if I will ever get to the point where I will SEE the differences and not always see myself as bigger than I am. I FEEL younger than I am…why can’t I FEEL smaller than I am or at least my actual size? Anyone else out there ever been in my shoes and can relate? I would love to hear what you think! ๐Ÿ™‚

Crossing my fingers there will be a loss next week!

P.S. My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of those who were killed or injured during the explosion today at the Boston Marathon. This world is a scary place when you run a marathon and your life can be taken. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Cherish your loved ones and remember to always let them know how you feel. None of us are EVER guaranteed tomorrow!

At least in this case. Every week lately, I’ve been dropping 2 pounds a week. This week, I’m down just one but I think womanly issues has something to do with that…LOL..I’m thinking next week will maybe go back to the normal two pound a week thing. At least I am hoping so, but we will see!

I took my measurements for the month yesterday and I have lost another 3.5 inches! Very excited about this since the past 2 months have been .5 and 1.5, ugh! My total inches lost in 8 1/2 months is 34 inches overall! That’s almost 3 feet…wow!

Another thing I have discovered lately when trying on shoes is that my feet are shrinking! I knew that my feet are thinner now since they have stopped swelling when I walk a lot, so I figured that instead of needing wider shoes, I would now be able to wear normal width. The shoes I have been wearing for years are mostly size 9’s but I’ve been able to wear 8 1/2 in some shoes. The past two shoes I have bought were some flip flops that come in M(7/8) and L(9/10) and both times, I tried on the L first cause that’s usually what I got and then discovered they were too big but the M fit perfect! Today, I tried on some heels (that were cute but heels scare me since I hurt my foot years ag0). The heels were 8 1/2 and they were too big! There was a big space at the back with extra room. So…I guess I wear a size 8 now? I wonder if my feet are going to shrink any more. I wasn’t expecting to have my feet shrink, too. In the past when I lost from 320 to 250, my feet stayed the same size. I ate on a different diet plan that I do now but it’s strange that my feet stayed the same then but this time I went from 368 to 290 and my feet are smaller than they were THEN. Crazy!

Anyone else ever have their feet shrink at any time in their life?

{April 1, 2013}   This is not a joke!

Two more pounds down! And I know it’s April Fools, but I’m not joking with you! I actually have not heard or even seen any say “April Fool’s” or even bring it up…which is a little strange for me. Of course, I have been out and about all day but it’s still shocking that I’m the only one that has brought it up and that was just to say, “Happy April Fool’s Day!”

I don’t have any clever jokes. I also think it’s too expected today, you know? Like if I was to say or do anything shocking, people would already know it’s just a joke. It’s much more fun to joke with people on a day they are not expecting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

That’s week I’ll update everyone again and let you know if my measurements have changed from last month!

Happy April Fool’s! ๐Ÿ™‚

Woohoo! Yep, I’ve hit the 75 lb. mark! I lost 2 more pounds since last week and have finally made it to 75 total pounds lost! Now I’m ready to head straight ahead to the 100 mark and….I really think my husband should buy me something really special when I get there, huh? What do you think? ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all I have to say for today as far as my weight….I’m excited!

Picture on left is from today! :)

Picture on left is from today! ๐Ÿ™‚

But…sadly, to add a somber note, my husband lost one of his grandfathers this morning. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I lost both of mine when I was still young along with one of my grandmas and now just have one left. I know whenever she passes, it’s going to be hard on me and my family. I especially can’t imagine how his step mom and HER mom(the wife of the grandpa) are feeling. I have friends that have lost moms and friends that have lost a spouse but I’ve never faced either of these things as of yet and just thinking about losing either my mom OR my husband is just so incredibly depressing. Losing people you love just sucks…honestly. My heart goes out to my husband and his sister and his step mom and grandma as well as the rest of their family during this time. I can only imagine what they are feeling right now but they are in my thoughts and prayers! If you would like to send positive thoughts and prayers my hubby and his family’s way, I know they would appreciate it! Thanks to all of you in advance!

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