Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Trying Atkins

So, many years ago I did phase one of the Atkins diet, lost 10 pounds and kept them off. Personally I don't really like that diet but desperate times call for desperate measures. I want to look better than I do now for the holidays. Maybe I can wear something nice. I have been working out more than ever before and I've seen some muscle gain which is nice. I've been very consistent with it for the past 3 months but I guess my eating could be better. I eat great during the week and mess up on the weekend. :(
Today was day one on the Atkins diet and I felt pretty good. Only a very slight headache in the late afternoon. I had plenty of energy for leg day today which was awesome. I'm expecting my energy to go down just a tad because that's what happened last time within the first few days. By the second week I was fine. Here are my before pictures. I'll post the after pictures in 2 weeks. Hopefully I'll be able to see some of that muscle I've been building. :)
Goodnight bloggers.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Catching Up!

Hello! Hello! Yes, I'm back after an awfully long time! I DO need this to help keep me in check so I will make the time to keep it up!
Since my last post I've gotten divorced after 20 years of marriage and 4 years after having my 5th child. Since then I've found the man of my dreams who is actually willing to make myself as well as my 5 children a part of his life. I feel very blessed for that.
While I HAVE been pretty consistently working out at the gym, I've gained 5 pounds since the last post. I DO need to eat better. Since I've been dating I've been eating out quite a bit, but I'm here to try to turn things around.
I'm 5 ft. tall and weighed in at a whopping 150 pounds this morning! I'm gonna need some support here so I urge you to help a sista out! Haha :D

Thanks for reading,
Susan~

Monday, February 18, 2013

Confused

So here I am and I have this vision. A vision of myself being the BEST me that I can be, both physically and emotionally. Who wants this more than anyone? Yes, you've guessed it, ME!! So, why in the world is it that I cannot seem to achieve this??? I spend sooooo much time reading books, blogs, articles, watching youtube videos, etc. in order to achieve this goal of mine. The only problem is that although I have ALL this GREAT information at my fingertips, I do not put it to good use! Now don't get me wrong, I HAVE already lost 43 lbs., but with only a measly 20 lbs. left to lose, I just can't seem to get on the ball. I should have reached my goal weight a VERY long time ago. I start off great and then something stupid will get me off track. Now that I'm single, I have been making lots of new friends and I've been going out a lot. So, I'll be doing really well all week, the weekend comes, I'm invited out to parties, gatherings, night clubs, etc. and by the time Monday comes, I've gained the 5 lbs. that I worked so hard all week to take off!! Yes, I want to be fit and yes, I want to go out and have fun. How in the world do I bring the two together?? I have no idea!!! This has been going on for like two months now! Yoyoing 5lbs. 
Today, I started yet again. I have salsa parties to go to on March 1st and 2nd. My goal is to at least have lost 7 lbs. by then to be able to wear something nice. This means I either don't go out THIS weekend or I BEHAVE! I have all of my meals and snacks prepared for the week. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

NO Sugar NO Caffeine

Well, today is my 2nd day not having any sugar or coffee. Yes, this means NO FRAPPUCCINOS...I don't think I've ever slept so much in my entire life! After I dropped the kids to school I came home, sat on the couch for what I thought would be 2 seconds. I fell asleep sitting there until it was time to pick them up from school again! Nothing in my house got done and I had to hurry back to cook dinner, give homework help, clean up, etc. After all that, at around 9pm I sat on the couch with my laptop for what I thought would be 20 minutes. I fell asleep sitting there with my laptop on me until 3am!! I then got up and went up to bed, set my alarm for 6:50. I never heard the alarm, but I managed to wake up on my own at 7:20 and still got the kids to school on time... Today, after sleeping so much, I feel energized and ready to take on the world, one laundry load at a time... XD

Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Biggest PITFALLS

My biggest pitfalls, I'm sad to say, are smoking and STARBUCKS GRANDE MOCHA FRAPPUCCINOS!!! Not only does it affect my health, but MY POCKET. I've been drinking 2 a day for a VERY LONG TIME. My smoking and coffee go hand in hand and I think I'm gonna have to take some drastic measures to stop. If I stop ONE, I'll automatically stop the other. It is definitely not helping at the gym. Crossfit workouts are kick ass high intensity workouts that leave me completely out of breath. My lungs can't keep up. Its embarrassing. I have quit 5 times before and always go back to it the second something REALLY bad happens in my life. I've only ever quit before, the moment I've found out I'm pregnant. I would quit COLD TURKEY every time. I could easily do it for my baby, but never just for myself. I guess now is the time cuz I'm definitely NOT having another baby, 5 is enough LOL. As for the Starbucks, I have managed to lose the weight I've lost so far while including it in my diet (just 1). This is horrible because I basically have to replace a whole meal because of the high calories. Another problem now, is that I was diagnosed with hypothyroid after my last baby 3 years ago, so I'm really not supposed to have large quantities of sugar anyway. Well, so far I've managed to come back down to 1 frappy a day and I've gone from a pack to 1/2 a pack of cigarettes a day. A work in progress... What are YOUR pitfalls?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Weekly Weigh-in

Well, I'm a tad late posting this, but here it is. Not much of a loss, but a loss all the same. I'll take it!

Monday, January 14, 2013

First Weigh-in and Measurements of 2013

I'm excited to be so very close to my goal weight! 21lbs. to go! Now getting tone... that's a whole other story, but I'm NOT gonna even think about how long it will take. I will simply do what I need to do to get there... Here are my measurements:(BTW I'm 5ft tall) Weight- 146lbs. Neck- 14.75 Bust- 40 Upper arms- 14 Waist- 33.5 Hips- 41.25 Thighs- 24 Calves- 15

Today is the First Day of the Rest of My Life

This past year has been Fantastic and Horrible all at the same time. My first born son (and BEST FRIEND) graduated from high school. He and I went to Seoul, Korea for three weeks as a graduation gift and had A BLAST. He moved back to Florida for college. I cried for three hours straight driving home to Charlotte after I dropped him off. He also turned 18 on January 1st, (bittter-sweet). I separated from my husband of 18 years. I quit my jobs to go back to school. I had a boyfriend recently and lost him because I'm over weight. Last but not least, I've gained 6 lbs. This year things really needs to change for me, I need to make it happen. Starting TODAY, I will NOT continue doing the same things expecting different results. I will STOP TRYING and START DOING! I'm 37 years old now and I can't afford to continue wasting time! I have 21 lbs. to lose. It seems like nothing, but I know it will take hard work and determination to reach my goal Not only am I looking to lose weight, I'm looking to get into the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Almost There!


        ALMOST THERE!!!!!!!!!!
I know, I know, I've been GONE an extremely long time... :(  
I've missed being on here, but I now have 2 jobs aside from my 5 kids and I barely find time for myself anymore... I hope you are all doing well! I have a lot of catching up to do!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

STOP IT ALREADY!!

     I don't know what the heck is wrong with meee!!! Ever since I came back from my vacation I've been struggling to get back on track! I have been doing great one day and HORRIBLE the next. I've been starting the day off great for several days but ending up giving in to the temptations of my cooking (for the rest of the family) at night! While I was on vacation I managed to drop 2 sizes from 12 to 8 and I've been getting so many compliments that I think I've kind of just gotten comfortable with myself. The only problem is that I'm only 5 feet tall so I should at the very least be a size 5-6. I still have 20lbs to lose! I feel like I'm so close but I keep sabotaging myself!! Well all I can do is try, try, try again right?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I Got The Job!!

     So they finally called me back and gave me the job! I know it's only part time and it won't be much, but I really needed this... The best part is that my hours won't interfere with me going back to school which is what I really need to do...
     Well, 3 of my kids went back to school this Thursday and it went great for them. My kindergartener starts next Thursday. This shall be interesting enough. He got accepted to this Japanese program in a Language academy. He'll only receive 40 minutes of English a day this year. Every year they add a little more English. I'm dying to see how he'll respond to this. My 16-year-old taught himself Japanese and Korean and he's into K-pop and J-pop. So, he's gotten everyone in the house into it as well. LOL. Hopefully everything will go well...
     As for my weight loss, well, I haven't budged. I've been cheating one day and then doing really well the next. Back and forth. I have to resolve myself again so I can continue to go down...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hopeful

     So I've been applying for like a billion different jobs since I got back because things are so very NOT going well financially right now. The problem is that since I was a student for such a long time, I haven't had a job for like over 10 years and people (including me) are getting rejected if you haven't worked in over 5 years! I mean just regular jobs, not rocket science. I even applied at a Babies-R-Us and the lady told me straight up that if I haven't worked in over 5 years to not even bother... How very discouraging...
     Finally, I walked into this Walgreens to get a drink and I decided to speak to the manager about a job. I was very honest and upfront about my needs and, long story short, I have an interview tomorrow at 9am!! I am PRAYING sooo hard that I get this job! I know it won't be much but it's better than what I'm getting now (nothing)!!! So if you read this, and believe in God, please pray that I get this! I need it VERY desperately! I'm VERY hopeful. The way the manager spoke to me sounded very promising...
     Now about my food intake today... Yea... So, I was doing great the entire day until I stopped by a friend's house where the neighbor was cooking on the grill. The minute I left her house I made a bee line to the closest Chilli's and had a half slab of honey chipotle baby back ribs with fries! It was AWESOME! But of course, I now regret it... AAARRRGGG!!
     Tomorrow shall be another day...

Monday, August 8, 2011

My Summer Vacation Drama

     WOW! It feels like I've been out of the blogging loop FOREVER! I just got back from my 6 week vacation. It is sooooo good to be back home!! I have so much to say, I don't even know where to start! My vacation was bitter sweet. It had its ups and downs. I at least managed to continue losing weight the whole time I was gone. I will very soon post a video of my results...


     For starters, my husband had been working out of town for a long time so the main purpose of this vacation was to spend some time with him. The time we spent together was AWESOME! I was staying with my in-laws for the first two weeks. I guess I should give some of the background with them first.

     Basically, I got married at 18 and my husband was 31 so his mother, sister, and one of his brothers never really liked me because of my age. They always thought I would leave him for someone younger... You would think that by now they would feel differently about that since we now have 5 children and have been married for nearly 18 years,but sadly, that is not the case. I went to stay with them because that's where my husband was staying and because his mom had cancer and had a breast removed, so I thought it would be nice if she could spend some time with her grandchildren...

     Here's the other background to this story: Three years ago, I got accepted to the nursing program. I had been taking ALL prerequisites for 6 years prior to getting accepted. I went to school only part time because I kept having babies. Anyway, when I had only 3 months of school left, I made a HUGE mistake. This mistake completely changed my future! I was doing my very last clinical at the hospital to finish up with Pediatrics. After that I only had to take 3 months of cardiology and I would then graduate. On that last day of my clinical I befriended my patient's mother. As it turned out, this woman and I had ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING in common and I mean EVERYTHING! Our eldest children also had everything in common and they were new in town. We were both homeschooling moms at the time so she was asking me 20 questions about what she could get her children involved in for socialization... By the end of my shift her 14-year-old son (whom was not contagious, he had surgery), was excited to meet my son and asked if after my shift I would bring my son to visit and meet him.Well, of course I said NO, but his mother then insisted. She said, " Oh please yes, that would be a GREAT idea, that way you could keep me company and our sons can meet and play on the computer while we talk.

     Since I was being invited back by the parent, I really didn't think it would be a problem, so I agreed... Little did I know what would happen next! I came back and everything was great until I received a phone call at the hospital. It was my teacher... She said she had gotten a call from the head nurse saying that I was visiting a patient and that I needed to leave IMMEDIATELY. So I asked why, we were invited to go there. That woman said, " Susan,if you don't leave there in this very instant, I will call security and have you physically removed!" Needless to say, I was astonished!! She had me go speak to the director the next day. Within a week, they kicked me out of school, I appealed twice and they still didn't take me back! The reason they gave was breach of confidentiality even though I was invited there...

     I suffered, like you have NO IDEA! I went to EVERY school known to man to finish my career which by then I had spent 8 years of my life working on. They ALL said I would have to do the 2 year program ALL OVER AGAIN! They all said the same thing, that the curricula was different.Basically, they just wanted my money... I then tried to get this whole nursing idea out of my mind because I was NOT about to sacrifice myself and my family for another 2 years of my life! Well 2 years after that, I moved from FL to NC. All that being said, I can now get back to my original story.

     After 2 weeks of being at my MIL's house,I went to visit my husband's niece which is also a good friend of mine and she informed me that my MIL had been telling people, get this, that MY MOTHER had called her and told her that the REAL reason I had gotten kicked out of school was because my teacher had caught me having sex in a patient's room!!!!!! And to top it off, that the reason why I moved to NC was because of that same guy!!! OMG!!! I was LIVID!!! Needless to say, I never went back to her house. I told my mother what they said, which I NEVER believed nit even for a second. My mother would NEVER do something like that EVEN if it were TRUE!!! Well, she too was livid and called my MIL to confront her. Of course, she denied the whole thing and said that her niece was just jealous of my relationship because hers was on the rocks. But wait, during all this, I had noticed that my husband's youngest brother that I got along with just fine, was not speaking to me. So I put 2 and 2 together and figured that this was the reason why, so I went to his house to confront him about it and he CONFIRMED what had been said in that house! So apparently it was ALL true!

     OH! You just have NO idea how I felt!!! Thankfully, my son was my witness! Otherwise I could have been divorced right by now! People just don't realize the tremendous impact of their words. There are 5 innocent children involved here. Well, all this crap actually got me thinking about going back to school and doing the 2 years over again. I got to thinking, the whole reason why I ever went to school was so that I could help my husband and possibly even support him after he retires. So do I live the rest of my life dwelling on the fact that I wasted 8 years of my life with nothing to show for it, or do I spend 2 more years in school and have everything to show for it? It's a no-brainer. I guess I was refusing to do it before because I was so hurt, but now my mind is clearer...

     It was so good to get this off of my chest. Thankfully, the rest of my vacation was great.