Saturday, 30 April 2011

Weigh In and Certificate

-2.4 lbs lost this week!  WHOO!!  That stupid tracker was a LOT of pressure!  It really made me feel insecure (especially this morning before weight in.)  I bickered with hubby over stupid things, I changed my outfit three times and was seriously contemplating shaving my head because my hair would NOT do what I wanted it to.  I knew in my head it was all nervousness over that stupid book- but that didn't change the way I was feeling about it.  I think I lost another pound in relief when I stood on the scale and she told me I had lost.  Whew...serious weight off my shoulders.  I'm glad I was able to hold up my end of the bagain and didn't up having a "what NOT to do" week be the first entry into the flat tracker.

My meeting leader also awarded me a certificate at the meeting this week.  I'm sorry the picture is crappy.  My mom can do no wrong in my eyes, but she is certainly not a photographer.  She blames the iphone I have, but between us, I'm pretty sure she needs new glasses.  It says "Certificate of Accomplishment presented to See C.  Congratulations on your outstanding achievement on losing more than 100 pounds through faithful adherence to the Weight Watchers program."  It's signed by the Prez and CEO, David Kirchhoff and my meeting leader Meredith.  I'm VERY proud of it.  I think I'll frame in and put it in my kitchen! :o)

I hope you all did well this week in your weight ins.  I'm looking forward to a quiet week without too much struggle to maintain my healthy eating and my continued motivation to exercise on a daily basis.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Bustin' a Move!

Hello!!  It's been a great week!  After my birthday and Easter, it was nice to have a week that everything went back to normal and smooth sailing.

There were residual cravings that I had from all the sweets last week and I did end up eating more sweets in the form of lemon cream cake and paradise pie (that's what it's called).  I'm not sorry about it, really.  I'm just living life and I did stay pretty well in control.  I could have eaten the lemon cream cake differently- I ended up just eating it out of the box instead of cutting a piece and plating it, so I'm not quite sure how much of it I ate, but it is what it is and I don't feel that I over did it.  I do understand though, that the more sweets I indulge in, the more the cravings seem to strengthen, so I will be cutting them out of the next 7-10 days and focusing more on filling those WW points with healthy alternatives.

During the pressure of filling out the Flat Tracker this week, I've fallen into a bit of a rut.  I haven't much felt like eating my usual go-to meals and that means that I've found myself wondering what to eat for the next meal instead of already having a plan.  I've also had much more of a lacto-ovo vegetarian week than a vegan diet.  My goal is usually a ratio of 80% vegan to 20% lacto-ovo.  I think I've done okay with it though, and I did really enjoy a new salad mix I created this week that I'm sure wouldn't have come about had I thought it out too much.  I ate mostly healthfully and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that  the scale will agree at my weigh in tomorrow morning.

I am proud of how my exercise calendar looks this month.  I started placing stickers on the calendar in the winter time for days when I got in at least 30 minutes of moderate activity.  I made a deal with myself (being so bored with the gym) that if I could get in 30 minutes of activity 3 days a week, that I would earn myself some new roller blades in the spring.  I've done well at it, though I haven't gotten around to buying the roller blades yet because I'm feeling pretty satisfied with the exercise mix I have right now and I'm  not bored with it yet.  I've kept up the stickers though because it became a great way to not let too much time elapse between days of activity.  For the past two weeks, in preparation for my birthday and Easter, I've managed to get in 10 stickers!!  That's an improvement and I'm really beginning to feel it!  I dare say that for the past few days, I've been looking forward to getting out there and putting in the work to earn my stickers.

Curves gym took my measurements this week and I've lost inches in everything except my thighs.  I have a feeling that that may very well be due to the muscle I've built there these past few weeks.  I've been doing a lot of leg work and I'm really starting to see some definition.  I'm hoping that this is the year I'll be able to wear rain boots when the rainy season starts.  Last year my calves were still too big to fit in the regular ones comfortably.  I'm especially excited about losing inches in my arms.  Though my arms are strong now, I definitely have hanging skin that I wouldn't miss at all should it decide to tighten up. 

This was taken last summer.
Like I said, tomorrow is weigh in and I hope that I show a loss for the sake of the Flat Tracker and all it's future trackers!  Keep your fingers crossed! :-)

Monday, 25 April 2011

Enjoying the Celebration

Camping was a hit!!  We had a LOT of fun!  We got there early and since the campgrounds weren't booked, they let us check in and we had first picks on which site we wanted. 

We set up camp within an hour or so.  I am a minimalist and would rather do without than carry extra, but hubby is the opposite and won't leave home until he is absolutely positive he has everything he might possibly want to have.  So, of course, the car was PACKED even though we were only going to be gone for about 24 hours.  Hubby and I don't always agree on things or see eye-to-eye, but we make an AWESOME team and had our 6 person tent up in about 15 minutes!

When I uploaded pictures from my phone onto my computer and saw this picture I was thrilled to see that my body looks...normal.  I don't look "fat" anymore.  I am proportionate, with the exception of the skin hanging on my arms.  That will take time to correct, but I can see the muscle in there, so I'm not too concerned over it.

With the exception of ALL of us (Bean included) having to deal with a few ticks, it was a great time!  We went hiking, played cards, read a book, cooked over the fire, ate s'mores, and I even had a shot of vodka. LOL  I ate tons of fresh berries and raw veggies to keep me full so that I could eat light meals and enjoy the extra treats and stayed within my daily points allowance.  Plus, we were TIRED by the end of the day, so I know I earned some activity points with all the hiking and camp set up too!

It was a great Easter/ Birthday celebration for us and we're looking forward to finding any opportunity to do it again.  I hope you and your families enjoyed the day together.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Weight Watcher's Flat Tracker

I'm back to eating on plan and even after my birthday binge I managed to pull a 2.6 lbs loss (down one more pound than my gain last week.)  BOOYA!!

Have you heard of Flat Stanley?  Well our meeting group is starting our own version with a 3 month food tracker.  The meeting participants will nominate one meeting patron to take home the tracker and fill it out according to their own diet (food and activity choices), bring it back to the meeting the next week to have it reviewed by the group, and then mail it out and pass it on to another meeting group.  Well guess who was nominated to be the first?  ME!!  In fact, when our meeting leader announced this, one member pointed to me and said "I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE LADY WHO HAS LOST 130 PLUS POUNDS EATS!"  LOL

So for the next 7 days, I will eat every morsel knowing that I will be held accountable for my actions next Saturday.  At least 20 people in my meeting alone will read over what I've eaten and the activity I've done.  Will they be judging me?  Yes, probably!  I know a lot of people are amazed with what I have accomplished and seem to think that I've been doing something rediculously extreme to lose the weight.  My hope is that this will be an opportunity for those people to see that all I've done is keep trying!  I also hope that as the tracker gets sent around to the different meetings in different places that people will be able to gain ideas and possibilities for their own journey from me.

I am a bit stressed over it.  Mostly because tomorrow, hubby and I's 24 hour birthday camping celebration begins- therefore what I track will not be a "regular" week for me.   I will put a note into the tracker explaining this and my goal is to show that everything in moderation will still lead to a weight loss.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this will work. :-/  I will certainly be making SURE to make those activity points to balance out my transgressions.LOL  I also understand that with tomorrow being Easter, probably everyone will be indulging a bit more than usual, which makes me feel less pressure...

CAMPING!!!  Going to be FUN!!  Happy Easter everyone!

Thursday, 21 April 2011

The Big TWO SIX!!

It's my birthday!!!  I'm on a food binge.  I won't lie or try to hide it.  I'm not even ashamed of it.  My birthday is the ONE day (yes I said ONE day) a year that I will not track on.  For me, it is a day that I give myself complete permission to over-indulge in whatever I like.  I track my food religiously 364 days a year- but NOT my birthday.

I ate a light breakfast in preperation.  And since then I've eaten cake (two kinds) and a cinnabon.  I've eaten my favorite meal twice today (Pad Thai, in case you were wondering), and I topped it off with some Morningstar Chik'n nuggets.  Now that I am finished eating for the day, I have flushed all the leftovers down the toilet.  That's not a metaphor- I really did flush it all.  I hate to admit it, but putting food in the trash can is not always enough of a deterent to keeping me from eating it.  ...So I've learned that I have to flush it...

Anyway, I have felt more full today than I normally would enjoy being.  But, other than that, I have been prepping for this day all week.  I have exercised 45 minutes every day for the past five days and have been making sure to drink tons of water.  I do not feel guilty.  I had absolutely no intention of making an effort to lose weight for today and that is just fine in my book.  I've been losing weight steadily for almost a year and half now.  One day won't put that 135lbs back on my frame overnight.

I commited to a challenge with Candy (who also turned 26 this week) that I would post a list of 26 things that I already like about myself.  I didn’t realize it when I agreed to it, but I should have picked the “26 things that I would like to change by the time I’m 27” challenge option.  I think it would have been MUCH easier because writing this list proved to take a LOT of work.  I found that because I am such a “big picture kind of girl, I tend to roll up a lot of my positive attributes into larger, broader terms.  And, I find it MUCH easier to point out my flaws.

26 Things I Already Like About Myself

  1. My maturity level.
  2. My well-developed common sense.
  3. My ability to see things in the “big picture.”
  4. I am responsible.
  5. I am trustworthy.
  6. I am dedicated.
  7. I am loyal.
  8. I am knowledgeable about many things.
  9. I am driven to attain my version of success.
  10. I am open-minded.
  11. I am nurturing.
  12. I learn quickly.
  13. I am a good problem-solver.
  14. I am a leader who knows how to occasionally follow.
  15. I am confident for the most part.
  16. I achieve anything I put my mind to.
  17. I am a realistic optimist.
  18. I am a GREAT cook.
  19. I like to help, I often volunteer.
  20. Money does not rule me, I can and have lived without.
  21. I am loved by many people.
  22. I am an adult now and can make my own decisions.
  23. I do not have any children of my own.
  24. I write poetry.
  25. I am not easily embarrassed.
  26. I am a good public speaker.
So there you have it!  I'm 26 years old and I feel it.  I've learned a lot about myself this past year and I'm still learning.

Going camping with hubby this weekend to celebrate.  Looking forward to it! :oD

Saturday, 16 April 2011

I ain't skerd!!

I know a lot of you are not on board with my vegetarian/veganism which is absolutely FINE in so many ways!  I want you all to be successful in your own journey in whatever way you find that works for you.  But I am truly enjoying learning how to cook in this new genre and I want to be able to share it with those of you who are interested in having even just one meal a week without meat.

I've been creating very simple vegetarian meals for most of the year.  Basically just omitting meat from classic recipes.  Vegetable lasagna instead of meat, that kinda thing.  But recently, I've been exploring some ingredients that were new to me (though have been around for many many years in the vegan world.)  Things like Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Nutritional Yeast, and even Tofu.  If you want to know what they are, follow the links and read about them. 

At first, these ingredients seemed daunting to me.  I wasn't sure what they were, where to find them, what to do with them, and of course- would they taste good?  Well, as I've told you all before, the only way to fail is if you never even try.  So I bit the bullet and have cooked with all these products and wanted to share with you two of the recipes that I created and have become my go-to meals during busy times and hopefully encourage you to try something new!

Most of the recipes I create are an effort to clear "left-over" ingredients from other recipes out of my fridge.  Tofu Slaw Salad is no exception.  I had tofu left-over from a stir fry, a bag of coleslaw mix, and half a can of black beans.  I knew I wanted to make something that I could put in a wrap (high fiber tortilla) for my lunches at work.  I went with the concept of coleslaw with a twist...

Tofu Slaw Salad

·  8oz extra firm tofu
Cube into 1/2 inch pieces, toss in a bowl with 1/4 cup corn starch, sauted in a pan with about a 1/2tbsp oil, stirring occasionally until browned on all sides, add a dash or two of soy sauce right as you remove it from the heat and stirring to coat.
·        2/3 cup black beans
I used half a can of Bush's reduced sodium black beans and rinsed them well
·        1/2 cup cooked quinoa or brown rice.
·        Lots of chopped up veggies. 
Use what you have, but what I generally have on hand is onion, broccoli, brussel sprouts, red pepper, bean and alphafa sprouts.  Remember that the veggies are the body of the slaw, so do not be light handed.  I probably use about 2-3 cups of veggies in this recipe.
  • 2 cups bagged coleslaw mix.

Tofu Slaw Salad “Sauce”
  • 3 tbsp Vegenaise (or your preferred mayonnaise)
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp hummus (I use garlic flavored)
  • 3-4 tbsp sweet relish (I use no sugar added relish.)
  • 1/4 cup pickle juice or vinegar
Throw all the ingredients in a bowl and mix ‘em up till you’re satisfied with the distribution.  Plop a cup of the mix onto your favorite wrap or tortilla, stick a pickle spear on the side, and enjoy a totally vegetarian meal!!  1 cup of this is approximately 7 pointsplus on Weight Watchers- this recipe makes 5 servings.

Fiesta Soup

Ingredients
2 tsp cooking oil (canola or vegetable)
1/2 a large onion, diced
1 clove of elephant garlic (or 3 cloves regular), chopped
15 oz can dark kidney beans, drained and rinsed
15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
15 oz can of diced tomatoes, I like to use Del Monte “Zesty Chili” seasoned tomatoes
8oz short can of yellow corn
2/3 cup Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
3 cups vegetable broth
1 cup water

Seasoning
1 tbsp taco seasoning
Chili powder, cumin, basil, steak seasoning to taste.

Preperation
Sauté the onion and garlic with the oil in a large sauté pan or pot over medium-high heat until softened (about 4 minutes).  Add remaining ingredients to the onions and garlic and simmer about 30 minutes.

This recipe is vegan.  It contains no animal products what-so-ever, but the TVP is very meaty and takes the flavor of whatever you cook it in, and the nutritional yeast provides a cheesy undertone.  You will never miss the classic beef and cheddar cheese found in traditional taco-esque soup recipes in this soup.  I PROMISE.  If you do not like it, I welcome you to comment and call me a liar! J

1 and 1/2 cups serving size is 7 propoints, this recipe makes 5 servings.
***NOTE***
You can usually find tofu in the produce section of your local grocery store.  It is stored with the fruits and vegetables in refridgerated cold box.  TVP and nutritional yeast can be found in the bulk items section of your grocery store.  If you're lucky enough to have a health foods store near by, they are even easier to find!

Like I said, I promise you won't miss the meat in these recipes!!  Don't take my word for it though, GO OUT THERE AND MAKE IT!!  You can do it!!  These are super easy and quick go-to meals once you've made them once.  And, of course, come back here and tell me how much you loved it! :-)

Friday, 15 April 2011

Would You Hire Me?

COVER LETTER:

My address
My address

Employers Address
Employers Address




Dear (Employer)

I am looking for a part-time position within your company that would allow me to utilize my certified transcription skills.

I earned my medical transcription certification in March 2011 through Kaplan University while maintaining a B average and a 98% accuracy rating.  Through my course work, I have transcribed hundreds of practice documents and letters that are of practical use every day in the medical work place.  Though my field of study has been in medicine, my proper formatting knowledge and ability to transcribe verbatim will transfer to many facets of the work force including legal, insurance, and basic secretarial work. 

For the past 5 years, I have provided in-home care as a Nanny for 2 different families.  Performing duties as a Nanny requires professionalism, dependability, time management, lots of preplanning, determination, patience, and doing it all with a warm, personal touch.   With my newly acquired transcriptionist skills and fresh outlook, I’m sure I would be an asset to your company or business. 

I have included my resume and letters of recommendation for your consideration and hope to hear from you soon to further discuss my qualifications.   I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you in person and will contact you by phone in the coming week.  You can reach me at (1-(XXX)-XXX-XXXX) or via email at seecevolve@gmail.com.


Sincerely




Ms. See C. Evolve, CMT


RESUME:

eMS. See C. Evolvef

My Address

My Address
1-(XXX)-XXX-XXXX

Objective:       To obtain part-time employment as a newly certified transcriptionist.  It is my goal to work in an office or at home to transcribe accurate, error proof documents that can be used in the medical, legal and/or insurance offices.  Evening and weekend hours preferred.   

Qualifying      
Summary:       Certified in March 2011 in medical transcription.  In course work I transcribed hundreds of documents that covered many areas of the medical field including but not limited to: business letters, chart notes, discharge summaries, history and physical exam reports, operative reports, SOAP notes, consultations, emergency department reports, radiology reports, autopsy reports, and pathology reports.  Other courses I excelled in include:  computer skills, medical language, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, professional development, and beginning, intermediate and advanced medical transcription.

Employment: 
Nanny (XXXX Household)   November 2007- Present

Responsible for 2 young children 4 days a week which includes wake up routines, meals, outings, diaper changing, potty training, nap times, “time outs,” school activities, and establishing a daily schedule that provides age appropriate educational activities (indoors and out).

Nanny (XXXXX-XXXXX Household)    June 2005- November 2009

Responsible for the care of twins which included, wake up and bedtime routines, meals, outings, diaper changing, potty training, nap times, “time outs,” and establishing a daily schedule that  provided age appropriate educational activities (indoors and out).

Education:     2011 recipient of Kaplan University’s online Medical Transcription Certification with a B average and a 98% accuracy rating.

50% of course work completed in XXXXXXXX Technical College’s Nursing associates program where I maintained a 3.0 grade point average. 

Graduated in 2003 from XXXX XXXXX High School, XXXX XXXXX, XX with a 3.12 grade point average, the majority of coursework met or exceeded “honors” criteria.

References:    Available upon request


LETTERS OF REFFERENCE:
April 12, 2011


To Whom It May Concern:

I am so pleased to write a recommendation for Mrs. See C Evolve. See C has been working for our family for over 3 years and is such a joy to have in our home. She has been a Nanny for my kids and they adore her. See C has been a wonderful addition to our family and we feel very lucky to have been introduced to her. She has been in our family through thick and thin and has always been so dependable and supportive.

There are so many wonderful characteristics that I particularly appreciate about See C. She is punctual, extremely bright, diligent, professional, warm, patient, objective, and personable. See C is also very knowledgeable in various topics and so creative. These attributes are very rare to find all in one person, as we all know! 

I, personally, have watched See C. through the whole process of her obtaining her Medical Transcription certificate. Even through challenging times, See C. trudged onwards. Nothing would stop her. She is a perfectionist and also a very determined young lady. She would use any and every medical resource available to her so that she could get the transcription perfect. What medical transcription employer would not want that kind of determination in their employee?

In summary, my family and I love See C.  She really is the best of the best.  I feel See C would be a great asset to any employer or facility hiring her. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the number below.

Sincerely,



Mother of 5 y/o and 10 m/o
X-(XXX)-XXX-XXXX

________________________
June 30, 2008


To Whom it May Concern:

It gives me great joy to submit my personal recommendation for See C. Evolve.  See C. is an extraordinary young woman.  I have seen numerous examples of her talent, integrity and dedication.  It is my personal and professional opinion that she is a rare gem, and she would be a tremendous asset to any home, or facility.  We have been very fortunate to have See S. work with us in our home.  I have frequently been asked to submit letters of recommendations over the past 15 years.  Never has fulfilling this request come as easy as with See C.  It is my pleasure to provide See C. with the highest recommendation.

See C.  began working with our family over two years ago.  We sought an early childhood care provider for our then infant twins.  See C. exceeded our expectations at that time, and has continued to develop her performance in an exemplary manner.  See C. has skillfully incorporated her classroom and personal studies on early childhood development to create a fun, rich, and safe learning environment.  She is internally inspired to provide the very best care to young children.  See C.'s dedication to this course is easily apparent in her development to a Nanny position.  See C. took the initiative to seek and fill the "ideal" of what it means to be a Nanny.

I am confident that she will continue to succeed in her career.  See C. is extremely dedicated and I've already received great thanks and praise for my past recommendations of her.  I had one such mother who had grave concerns regarding her daughter's difficulty in developing rapport with others.  She was astonished when her toddler exhibited no stranger anxiety, or interpersonal fear.  Within an hour, she demonstrated a warm report with See C!

My family and I hope See C. will always continue to work with us.  At the same time, I welcome See C.'s blossoming career and I am excited for the infants, children, and family who will benefit from her care.  She brings such a deep love and warmth to her work.  She has blessed us and I have no doubt, she will bestow the same blessings on others.

It is for these reasons that I offer high recommendations for See C., and with great joy.  her drive and abilities will truly be an asset to your establishment.  If you have any questions regarding this recommendation, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely



Mother of Twins

X-(XXX)-XXX-XXXX
____________________

So?

Most of this has been copied and pasted from Word documents, so please forgive me if the formatting is a bit off.  But, if you notice any errors in the cover letter or resume, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!!  I'm not sure if I'll submit the second letter of rec., it is older and pertains more to my Nanny qualities than my ambition to be an MT, but it would also show that I've been thought of quite foundly by my employers for the past 6 years or so.  I'll still need to write out a "Thank You" letter to submit after I recieve any contact back from the agencies that I submit all this too, but I think I'm ready to start sending the first part out.  What do you think?  Would YOU hire me?

Monday, 11 April 2011

Pulling outta the funk

Okay.  Well.  I have a plan and having a plan generally makes me feel better.  First thing is that at weigh-in on Saturday I was up 1.6lbs.  Boo...but not surprised.  This has been the first time in more than a year that I have showed a GAIN at weigh-in.  I'm not beating myself up over it, I'm done doing that.  But I am certainly not going to let that happen for two weeks in a row. 

Cat (I <3 her) suggested that to get outta my funk I needed to go and buy some new bras.  I already knew that I was in desperate need of new bras because my size has changed a few times over since I last purchased one, but bras shopping is my nemesis!  Most stores do not have the size I need.  I have a broad chest and small ta-tas.  Most of you are women, so I'll just tell you that I'm a 40B, and a small B at that.  I seem to have two problems when I'm looking for a bra, one is that I can't fill out the B cup and it creates this hollow place that flattens and creases and can be seen under my tshirts, and two is that because of the weight I've lost, I have quite a bit of loose skin, including around the top of my rib cage, under my arms and if there are less than three hooks to a bra, this skin puddles over the sides and shows under my tshirts.

So, on Saturday, after my weigh in, Mom and I drove the 40 minutes to the only bra outlet I have had any luck with and I tried on no less than 15 different styles from 4 different brands.  I did end up finding success with Barely There Bras (link to the exact kind I purchased) which size their bras more like a sports bra in that they have small, medium, large, and extra large.  I LOVED them and bought 3!  Cat, was right, you don't realize how much a proper bra can do for your confidence!!  While we were there, my Mom insisted that I have matching underwear- so I ended up with  several new pairs of panties as well.  So, in the event that I'm in an accident of some kind and they have to cut all my clothing off, at least I'll be stylish with a well fitted bra and matching drawers. :-D

On the food front, I am going back about 6-months to what I used to do by premaking my meals.  I spent the morning in the kitchen making my meals for the week so that I'm not standing in front of the fridge mid-week wondering what's for dinner and eating bites of everything in there before deciding on what I want.  I know that a lot of people tell me they don't like to premake their food because they don't like leftovers or they get sick of eating the same things for several days in a row.  For me, if  my leftovers are dried out, I reheat it with a bit of vegetable broth.  If I get sick of eating leftovers one way, I switch it up and eat it a different way. 

This week I made a super vege-ful coleslaw with tofu just using what I had in my fridge (broccoli, red pepper, onion, brussel sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, coleslaw mix, black beans, quinoa, and lightly fried cornstarch coated tofu) and mixed in a "sauce" of vegenaise, my favorite mustard, and some no sugar added sweet relish.  Mix it all together and stick it in the fridge for a few hours.  I usually eat things like this on a high fiber wrap, or over a salad, or as a chip dip.  Also made a noodle and veggie stir fry and a big pan of roasted root vegetables.  Oh, and breakfast is smoothies with tofanyan smart bagel thins and a bit of earth balance spread over them, and I usually have fruit for my snacks.

So the food plan is on point.  The exercise plan... *sigh*...I'm just not into it right now.  But, that doesn't mean it doesn't have to get done!  On days that I have the kids, I have scheduled 50 minute stroller-pushing walks.  And, for the other days (and the days when the stroller-walk doesn't work out) I have scheduled that between 4 and 5 I will be either at the community gym on the eliplital and treadmill, or at Curves doing circuit training. 

My MT resume is being edited by a few people I know to make sure it is the best it can be.  (By the way, if you're particularly good at resume writing and wouldn't mind looking mine over, PLEASE let me know!)  I have a list of places to submit it once its finalized and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that someone will hire me as a Nanny who has just enough time for a part-time transcription position. :-)

Nothing is perfect all the time and I wouldn't have it any other way.  Differences and deviation from the norm are the spice of life.  But, having a plan makes me feel more in control and more aware of my journey.  I'm feeling reenergized and after seeing Kelly's new progress pics, I have renewed fervor!  I CAN achieve my goals!!

Have a GREAT week!

Friday, 8 April 2011

Spinning my wheels

Hello all!  I'm sorry I've been missing these last few days.  Just been feeling quiet lately...  Dawn, I'm sorry you're not feeling well, I had no idea you could get tonsillitis without having tonsils.  Cat, congrats on your digital mag, it is beautiful.  Candy, great job on almost weighing less than your hubs!  I've read about the rest of you also- just really haven't felt much like socializing.

It's kinda been one of those weeks for me.  I've got a lot going on inside my head right now and it's been making it easy to eat and over indulge.  I have put a decent dent into my Weight Watcher's weekly points and I won't be expecting a loss at weigh in tomorrow.  Oh well, I'm sure it won't be the last time that happens.  I am tracking everything and am well aware of my over consumption.

I'm struggling with a few things in my life right now.  In the next 6 months or so there will be a lot of changes going on in my life: A trip out of state to visit family, getting a second job to hone my MT skills, getting a second car for hubby to use so that we can move into a new house in September, plus, I'm still really having a lot of aching in my joints.  I'm questioning the ability for these future plans to come into fruition and it basically has me in a stand still.  I need to start making calls and submitting my resume' to get a new job, but I'm feeling a bit timid.  What if I can't do it?  What if I'm hired and it is too hard to work both jobs?  What if I'm fired?  I hate the possibility of rejection, but I'm well aware that the only way to fail is to never have tried.  *sigh*  It's just a lot of weight on my shoulders right now and I'm feeling the need to let it settle a bit before attempting to move forward.

I did go on brisk walks pushing 10-month-old in the stroller for an hour twice this week, and I spent most of today on my feet as well.  Toward the evening though, it's about all I can do to stay still with my aching joints.  Using them makes them ache so that even when I'm resting it's very hard to feel comfortable.  My back, my hips, my knees, my ankles all ache like I've been jumping on rubber all day long.  You'd think after losing almost half of your body weight that a thing like that would improve, but for me, it really hasn't.  I really should go to see a doctor about it, but like I said, we currently don't have insurance.  And, on top of that- I REALLY hate doctors.  Like REALLY a lot.  I've just had SOO many bad experiences with them.  Funny that I'm going to be an MT, I know, but there you have it.

So, I'm not at the top of my game right now.  But I know I won't keep sliding either.  I won't sit here spinning my wheels forever.  I will write up my resume this weekend and begin making calls Monday morning on the job front.  Not sure what I'm going to do about the rest of it yet, but you've got to start some where, and that seems like as a good a place as any. 

I'm really so thrilled that you all are making things happen!  Please keep posting so that maybe I can steal a bit of inspiration and motivation from you!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Just a quick post...

The Hard Ten Challenge is over- THANK GOODNESS!!!  I'm feeling good, my body feels cleansed, and I lost 5 pounds in just one week.  I count it a success, though it really was VERY hard for me.

Just a quick post in the middle of a busy week.  Berry picking today with the kids brought in 11 pounds of strawberries for our two families.  I'm very excited about it because it means I have plenty of fruit for green smoothies for the next two weeks or so.

9-month-old and I picking fruit

My sink and 11lbs of berries
 This ended up yielding two gallon sized ziplock freezer bags of quartered strawberries.  It was a lot of fun as an outdoor activity and now we're looking forward to blackberry picking in the coming weeks.

PlanetBoxes so far this week (only 2 because Tuesday the weather was bad, so we kept 5-year-old home.)

Lunch today for 5-year-old: Grapes and blackberries, cheesy broccoli and green beans, ham and cream cheese on half a bagel thin, carrots surrounding boiled egg white halves stuffed with feta and topped with ham, bunny grahams for dessert.
 
Lunch Monday: Bell pepper ducks in a broccoli forest, bagel thin "rainbow" with cream cheese and strawberries, ham "clouds", and spinach grass.  Apple, strawberry and raisin salad, Kashi 7-grain crackers with a baby belle cheese.
 Quick note that PlanetBox is donating $1 for every set of Rainforest Magnets you purchase to Amazon Watch in celebration of Earth Day!  Of course 5-year-old and I have sets on the way!!

I'm having a lot of joint pain these last few days.  I'm pretty sure that I'm out of alignment and need to get back to the chiropractor.  I haven't been in about a year, and now that we opted out of insurance this year, I won't be able to go quite yet.  I'm thinking my symptoms have been heightened by my vegan diet?  Not sure if that is feasible, but it's really the only thing that's changed these past few weeks other than the fickle weather?  No idea.  But, I'm looking hard for an MT job so that I can get my insurance back.  I had severe hip dysplasia as a child, and was in a pretty bad car accident when I was 16 that reversed my C-spine (whiplash).  Anyway, I'm refusing pain medication for now, but it has been deterring me from strenuous exercise, so I may have to bite the bullet and take some of the prescription anti-inflammatory.  Boo :-/

Hope you're all doing great!! 

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Weigh In and Adjustments

Weigh in was this morning and I'm down 5lbs this week thanks to the totally vegan diet.  In my meeting today we were asked to get to know the other members by walking around and asking questions to find out who fit into what category of questions. 

1.  Someone who is a lifetime member.
2.  Someone who likes horror movies?
3.  Someone not born in the city we currently live in.
4.  Someone we have something in common with.
5.  Someone who comes every week.
6.  Someone who has lost 10% of their body weight.
7.  Someone who is new to Weight Watchers.
8.  ...Can't remember
9.  ...Can't remember
10.  Someone who inspires you.

It was fun to get to know a few more people in my meetings a little better.  The best part was that as we went shouted out our answers for our team leader to write on the white board- when we got to #10, everyone EVERYONE. shouted out my name.  It made me and my mom cry.  Believe me, no one is more surprised at the amount of weight I've been able to lose than I am.  It's great to feel like I'm succeeding at something that so many people struggle with.  There is a confidence building that has nothing to do with my smaller, thinner body and everything to do with the attitude that I can conquer anything I put my mind to. 

To celebrate, Mom and I went shopping and I bought two new dresses.  In a size 14!!  I can't believe I fit in a size 14.  I can't believe I weight 187.6 lbs.  I can't believe I'm only 37 lbs away from my goal weight.  It all seems surreal to see it on paper.  But when I reflect on it, it is easy to remember all the hard work and mental effort it has taken.  It's been a journey and I have to remember that I'm only in the first part of it.  Maintenance will be a new struggle, and it will be lifelong.  I'm thankful that I've had time to build up that confidence I was talking about.

I relaxed a bit and enjoyed a slightly more lax lacto-vegetarian diet with an ounce of organic goat cheese.  I would love to have been able to say at the end of the "Hard 10" challenge that I had been 100% vegan for the entire ten days, but with so much restriction on my food this past week I felt a binge a-brewin' and I know that would do a lot more damage to my health and diet than just having a bit of cheese would.  90% vegan for 10 days is still great, in my world! :-)

I think that after this challenge is done, my goal will be to have one lacto-ovo vegetarian day to every three vegan days and work my way up slowly from there.  Jumping in with both feet has really been a struggle for me and I certainly don't want to jeopardize the success I have had by trying to control my food so tightly.  I don't want to re-kindle that old "all or nothing" attitude.  It's too much pressure for me and it obviously doesn't work very well.

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying your weekend!  Are you struggling at all?  What have you done about it?