Beautiful scenery of the desert where I live. This was just one evening out here, I was so amazed by how beautiful the sky was. In Indiana you didn’t always get to see the beautiful sky because of the trees or the clouds covering the night sky, out here you get to see everything for miles and miles which would normally not impress me but a view like this is breathtaking. I just had to share.
Ya’ll know that I have struggled with my weight, I’ve had ups and downs with it since giving birth to my third child and I have had four kids. I tried lots of different things, then last year I hit a huge milestone I had finally found something that worked and I was losing the weight until things got a little too chaotic for me. I know that is no excuse but it is what happened and eventually it all came back. I’m still losing weight but not as successful as I was doing at the beginning of last year. I never thought I’d believe in any type of cosmetic surgery but I have seriously thought about a tummy tuck.
I gained a bit of weight after my third child. I didn’t drive and my husband was away in Iraq so a lot of times I would order pizza. Otherwise I would walk because the base was small but I never went back to my normal weight like I did with my first two. Of course with them I was extremely ill the whole 10 months. With my fourth it was just like my 3rd but worse. We had to eat out when we lived on the base because it was infested with bugs, all the houses were. By the time I had him I was definitely not happy about my weight but I was mom and continued on. I knew I would lose it one day, of course I never would have dreamed I’d still be overweight.
Is it wrong to think about a tummy tuck? I use to think it was, I use to say I’d never get anything done, not even my boobs. But I have a few friends that have had both types of surgeries and are very happy with their results. I was once told I should have an eye lid lift because my eye lid was too small for my eyes. Who am I to say any of this is bad? Looking at myself in the mirror I get disgusted, even while I was losing the weight fast I saw the tummy flab that I was getting left with and I knew from doing my own research those that lost weight still ended up with that gross flab that was just left hanging. While I may be happy my weight is going back down I know that there will still be that flab that I just can’t get rid of. Have you ever looked at yourself and saw that? I can now see why women have these types of surgeries, they just want to look good and feel good about themselves.
I had a close friend recently go under the knife and have a mini tummy tuck which I never would have thought of her doing it. I started getting more interested in it and over the weekend I laid on the bed as straight as I could and imagined what it would be like if I did something like that. Of course I do not have the money right now but maybe a few years down the road when I am financially set and at my desired goal weight or somewhat close I will look into getting one, currently it isn’t hard to find out about mini tummy tuck procedure but the cost is something I just don’t have right now. They can range to be anywhere from $4000-$20,000. OUCH! Okay back to drinking my water and eating healthier, I need to lose the weight first right? Course if you know of another way to get rid of that flab I am all ears.
As many of you know last year I began my “lifestyle change” which meant cutting a bunch of crap out of my life. Probably wondering what I cut out right? Try fraps, coffee, soda and fast food. Oh and I did all but the last one cold turkey and boy did I suffer for it in the beginning but it taught me that you can cut out all the bad in your eating/drinking habits. Some of you will say that I must not have had a habit, but the truth was I was drinking I don’t even remember how many sodas or cups of coffee a day but I do remember drinking 3-5 (depending on how much I had on hand) of Starbucks Fraps a day. How did I do it? I replaced all of them with either tea or water. I even tried making flavored water, my favorite was Cucumber water.
Every day I would report back on Twitter or Facebook on what I was eating, the beginning was mostly salads, smoothies and Lean Cuisine meals. Every Monday I would post a weekly photo update, which I will do here as well for 2012. Last year I had lost 35lbs by the end of summer, but by the end of the year I would only walk out of 2011 with minus 25. I’m still happy though, looking at the picture I can see that I did good, that even if it wasn’t what my goal had been I had tried hard. Last year was a horrible year for us, first there were a lot of issues going on in the home then we were kicked out of our home and moved into a hotel for almost 6 months. We had moved into the hotel by the end of the summer and that is basically when I began putting the weight back on. So my goal, now that we are in an apartment and have a gym membership is to kick butt and get into the shape I desire.
Do you have any weight goals? Now I haven’t found my weight scale, but I will be looking hard this week and once I do I’ll update this and post a new post with my measurements. I do believe I am roughly at 200lbs, my goal is to get to 175-165lbs which would mean losing an additional 25-35lbs in 2012. Before anyone attacks me I lost that much weight last year and I was healthy.
- continue to lose weight (25-35lbs in the year which is 2lbs per month)
- lose more inches I want to get on the right path
- run 2 5ks
- eat better & drink more water
- Cut back on the sugar, instead use Truvia
- Make the gym a daily ritual (minus weekends)
I was recently asked if I would review the new steamers from Weight Watchers called “Smart Ones” which come in the freezer section at your local supermarket. I found mine at Walmart. As many of you know I have been on quest to lose weight and to eat better, of course there are times I do not wish to sit down and chop a bunch of food up and freezer meals come in handy, especially when I am running late. There were five choices but only three of the steamers at my store, I did purchase all three to try out: Ziti with meatballs and cheese, Chicken with terriyaki stir fry and Chicken with broccoli and cheese. There are also two others: Sesame chicken and Chicken with broccoli alfredo.
These meals are $3.18 there is a $1 off coupon right now when you purchase 5. (Click the link). The meals can either be steamed in the microwave for 4.30 minutes or cooked on the stove top, I chose the microwave as it is just easier for me with four kids.
The meal I am writing about for this was the Ziti with meatballs and cheese. I had half and then SoccerBoy smelled it and asked me for some. He ended up eating it all, I only got two forkfuls and one meatball. He gobbled it all up which means it definitely tasted good to me. Honestly to me, the noodles were a bit too soft for me but I did love the meatball.
SoccerBoy says “it tasted great, in a way it tasted like spaghetti and meatballs.”
For nutritional value:
These are 30% Larger serving
10 pointplus value
9grams of fat
25 grams protein
To read other review check out the thread on twitter: #Smartonesreview
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Okay, it isn’t that I had ever quit working out but since my life went into this chaotic life mode I kind of got lost in the shuffle. Thankfully I didn’t put on much weight, in fact my weight goes up and down but never goes over 200 but with that being stated it never goes under 190 either. I won’t be hitting the goal of losing 75lbs in a year but I did manage to hit 25-30 up and down. I’m patting myself on the back for not putting it all back on when everything went crazy.
So as you can see I haven’t touched those old habits and my oldest (he’s 14) followed with the no soda part and he hasn’t had any since Feb. Woo hoo! I guess with the cool air coming and me just wanting to work out and not doing it I started getting that itch to just do it, in fact told my husband I wanted to start walking at night. He didnt’ like the idea due to where we are right now so next thing I know is we were at LA Fitness center.
I’m signed up and so far I did go on Monday of course I was lost on what to do but I did do some sit up machines and some treadmill-like machines. Next I will be trying their classes out. My son plans on going in with me at night and doing the classes, the days his dad goes he’ll go with him and actually “workout” as he calls it.
I am going to try my hand at the following: cycling, aqua fit and Zumba.
I am thinking, but not sure of trying: Yoga, kickboxing and Latin Heat.
This is all in the hopes of getting back into some type of training mode and continuing on with what I was doing. In the meantime I am sorry but I did not get a picture yesterday but here is one from last week.