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Aunt Gigi FlowersWow!….it’s been a crazy year and getting crazier by the minute!

First, I am passionate, love life, know how to have fun, love spending time with my family and friends, love animals, want to live my life and not watch it pass me by, love law enforcement, love teaching my CSI & Fingerprint classes, love the new relationships I have built over the last few years, love to dance (even if someone is watching), champion in country karaoke, love to read, photographer, seeker of new adventures, empathetic to others, loyal to those I love, guarded against those I don’t trust, and sometimes probably share more about myself than most care to know.

Second, my crazy life has me busy with being a wife, housekeeper (not a great one though), mom to my 3 favorite people in the world, a volunteer with 3 organizations (where I get to work with local officers, officers and citizens around the country **and in Canada 😉 **,and help rescue and transport Boxer dogs in the area), a student, a home seller, a home buyer, a “mom” to 6 pets, a  soon to be grandma Gigi, a sister, a daughter, an aunt, and various other family member roles, a friend, a child of God, and sometimes just me.

 

Why did I take the time to tell you all of this? Because, I want you to follow me on my journey to a better me, and I encourage you to begin your own journey to a better you! …and just in case you find yourself thinking you are too busy for _____________________ (you fill in the blank, whether it be a better diet, exercise, connecting more with friends, etc.), you can see I am tiny bit busy myself and if I can do it, you definitely can. If you decide to start your own journey to a better you, let me know! And if you need someone as a sounding board, or just a place to vent to someone who may know what you’re feeling….give me a holla!

On this blog I could write about any topic life related. But my goal is to begin connecting with others in our community and our world (as social media today allows us to do) that are going through similar journeys.

I had a topic I wanted to write about tonight, but as it turns out….I’m exhausted and my topic will have to wait! If you have a WordPress account, please follow me! Regardless, of whether you do or not though, leave me a message or like my blog!

See you on the journey!

I would like to include a photo with each entry connected to the topic. This photo is of the beautiful flowers I received as Aunt Gigi!

Day 42 – The Journey Is Just Beginning

I apologize in advance for the long blog entry. There were about 3 times I had wanted to blog but just haven’t had the time to sit down and do so. Therefore, I have a feeling this one could end up a little long.

First, I want to just put it out there that all my “stats” are moving in the right direction… except my water. I carry my water every where I go but forget to drink. So I have now set my phone to beep at me 5 times a day to remind me to be drinking. My goal is to have my water where it should be by Monday (or at least a major leap in the right direction). Another goal I had was to lose a total of at least 25 lbs by the end of the 42 days. I believe I would have made it if I had not gotten sick 2 weeks ago. The last couple weeks got a little thrown off because I had to up my calories just a little, adding extra fruit, because my body was using extra energy to fight off the infection. However, as of this morning I have lost 21.4 lbs!!  I still call that a success!

My illness was one blog I missed writing about. That was my one concern starting this diet. I was concerned that only taking in 500 calories daily, getting sick could have a really negative effect with my weight loss or energy. It did! I stuck to the diet, minus the few days I had to add a little extra fruit, but my energy level was completely zapped! There were about 3 days last weekend that just walking into the kitchen to cook my meal would absolutely wear me out. Even though I stuck very closely to my calories, the extreme lack of activity I believe contributed to an almost stand still in weight loss. While that’s a little frustrating because I won’t meet the 25 lb. loss for the 42 days, I recognize that this is a long term life change and I know I will meet my goals (short and long term goals) in time.

I have to confess that most of the 42 days I did not stick to my exercises as I should have but I am getting better with that and I am excited to ease back into some of my old exercises. I’m anxious for Jazzercise and to slowly get back into running (something I not only enjoy but have to do to prepare for the academy).

One other confession I need to make. Yesterday I went to Trader Joe’s to pick up a few things and at the register the cashier asked me to hold out my hand and without even thinking about what I was doing, as a reflex, I did. He dropped a few chocolate covered caramel balls in my hand. Once I realized what had happened and realized I was standing there with these chocolate covered caramel balls in my hand, with a cashier watching me anxiously to try what he had so enthusiastically shared with me, I froze. I didn’t know what to do. I had not had ANYTHING other than appropriate meat, veggies, and fruit for 39 days! What I should have done was thank him but politely let him know I was on a special diet and couldn’t eat them, but not thinking quick enough in that moment as to how to say that without sounding snobbish, I tried them. He was right, they were the most delicious chocolate covered caramel balls I have ever tasted!! Of course, that may have had something to do with no sweets in 39 days. . . I beat myself up about it the whole way home and what bothered me even more is that I have no idea how many calories were in them. So on top of it not being approved food, I also had no idea how many calories it took me over for the day. I was very upset that with only a day and a half left to complete 42 days of NO sweets, I messed up by eating these “candies”. But I needed to confess it and move on. I know this may sound some silly but it was a big deal to me. I just really wanted to complete the 42 days knowing that I didn’t cheat at all. . .but who knows, maybe there is a lesson for me to learn in this. :/

Day 40, 41, & 42 I was to stop taking the drops while remaining on 500 calories. I was a little concerned that I would be starving. I did get hungry every morning around 9:30 but would have one of my “free veggies” and for the rest of the day I felt fine. This morning I was pretty hungry when I woke up and my sugar felt slightly low (probably my fault because I forgot to eat my fruit last night with dinner). So I had a mango smoothie this morning and afterward felt fine. Tomorrow morning will be the first time in 40 days that I will up my calories and eat breakfast!! Obviously, I won’t be just jumping right back into old eating habits. . . I don’t ever plan to go back to my old eating habits. This was about a lifestyle change for me and The Journey Is Just Beginning! I have been given a plan to follow for this next part of my journey. I will write more about that in a new Blog. I created this blog to focus on the 500 calorie diet part of my Journey. So this entry will end this blog. Tomorrow I will start my new blog and seeing as how my focus over the next few months will be preparation for the Police Academy my new blog will be titled “Go Big or Go Home”!

Day 13 – Oops, was that exercise?

Day 13. . . WOW!! If you had told me a few months ago that there would come a time when I would go 13 days on just 500 calories a day and be successful, no sneaking oreos, or just a taste of chocolate, I would have said you were crazy! But here I am, 13 days in and still feeling GREAT!!! I have been on diets where I limited myself to about 1200 to 1400 calories a day and was miserable, hungry all the time and constantly thinking about food. Fighting everyday to see what I could squeeze into those 1200 – 1400 calories! But here I am on 500 calories a day and feeling great! I get a little bit hungry before lunch (I do feel a little slower getting going in the mornings but not bad), and occasionally I will crave one of my favorite sweets. But overall I’m feeling satisfied and my energy is good… and I don’t walk around thinking about food all day. Other than what yummy lunch and dinner I wanna try cooking. In other words, I keep my focus on the things I know I can have. I guess the drops that come with this program really do work!! I know without them I would be a lot more hungry all the time and a lot more tired!

As you all know I am not suppose to exercise on this diet. The most I am allowed to do is my morning core work and walking. However, I ended up playing basketball with the girls at my boy’s school during their practice today for about 30 minutes. I really wasn’t thinking about what I was doing and about how much moving around I would be doing. I really broke a sweat and about 20 minutes in started feeling very tired and then realized I was burning away what few calories I was allowed in my day. I went and sat down and had an orange and began to feel better. But I honestly wasn’t thinking of what I was doing as exercise until I started wearing down! I guess in the past I have burned about 450 calories during 30 minutes of basketball but I just wasn’t thinking of it like that at the time. I just finished dinner and I am feeling good, but will definitely need to be more aware of my activity level in the future till off this diet.

I am very much enjoying the food on this diet!! And I even have the family eating some of it. I had a soup the other night that I shared on facebook. So far that is my new favorite!!! I’m trying to incorporate more foods that are “Right for my blood type”. I was told that if you can stick with foods that are right for your blood type then you have more success with this diet. So far I think it’s working!! My “accountability check-in” with my doctor went GREAT Monday! The nurse measured my waist twice because she couldn’t believe I dropped 2 whole inches!! As of today I am at 178.4, which brings me to being down 10.6 lbs.!! I have an app on my phone with My Fitness Pal where I have put in my goals of 500 calories a day and I keep track of all my calories that I eat. Everyday the app fusses at me saying that I am eating too few calories. I know this will sound silly, but I keep waiting for the app to “tattle” on me and have a social worker or something knocking at my door trying to force me to eat more! LOL  So far my phone has kept my secret!! 🙂

I appreciate everyone’s support and encouragement! If anyone of you, or someone you know, is interested in learning more about this diet you can contact my Chiropractor at Ehlich Family Chiropractic in Greer and ask them about their weight loss seminar. Tell them I sent you!!

Just sharing one of my favorite meals. . .

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Day 5 – Love my Grill & my Food Scale

Day 5 was a little easier. First I finally got a battery for my food scale and realized I was estimating a little short on my food portions on the first two days. So now that I have the ability to correctly weigh my food I was able to eat the appropriate amount (which is still a very small portion), but at least I know now I’m getting enough nutrients. And probably my most FAVORITE kitchen thingy right now is my George Coleman counter-top Grill!!!!! Chicken is one of the main meats I will be eating and I’m not very good at cooking chicken on the stove. . . ok, I’ll be more honest, I stink at cooking chicken on the stove! It takes an hour and a half to cook chicken in the oven, a day to cook it in the crock-pot, and I ain’t even attempting the outdoor grill. I have never used an indoor counter top grill for anything other than hamburger patties, but I am able to go from raw chicken to flavored cooked yummy chicken in under 10 minutes with my grill!!!! LOVE IT!!

I enjoyed Tangy Tomato Soup today, which so far is my favorite!! Tried to make it for the family for dinner but upping the ingredients to accommodate for more than one serving is also something I am not so good at and I made it to salty tasting. But I will be attempting it again. As of this morning I lost 5.6 lb, which puts me back at “pre-diet” weight (before gaining over the “stuff my face” weekend). However, for some reason today I have actually felt a little bloated in the evening. I didn’t even finish all my dinner because of feeling bloated. So I’m kind of expecting the number to go back up just a little.  Not much else to report today. I did have my first “intentional” unsweet tea today in an attempt to help with morning hunger because I knew it would be a little late before I could eat lunch. It helped a little but I don’t really want to get in the habit of drinking anything other than coffee in the morning and water the rest of the day. So won’t be making that a habit.

Oh, I did not get up when I wanted this morning, although I did get in bed on time. But I did get up earlier than usual and will keep trying till I get up at the right time.

Day 4 – a quick a.m. update

Woke up late this morning. So I will have to do my morning routine after taking the kids to school. I am getting in bed way too late and it is making it near impossible to get up on time. So time to hold me accountable. Tonight we do have a late basketball game. But I should still be able to be in bed, lights out by 10 pm. And that should help in getting up early. So I will have to “tattle” on myself tomorrow if I let distractions keep me up till midnight again. I think I’m sleeping wrong, I’ve woke up twice this week with a headache and catch in my neck. Praying ibuprofen and a heating pad does the trick. My coffee tastes even nastier this morning, although I fixed it the same as yesterday morning. But Lord help me, I will learn to drink black coffee!!! I know I sound a bit grumpy this morning, that’s what  headache first thing does to me. However, I would like to share on a happy note I am down 1.8 lbs. I did mean to share already my weight. I do NOT like these numbers, they sound so much bigger than I feel. But I need to be real and I know these numbers do not define me, but they will help express my success. So before starting this I fluctuated for months between 185 and 186. For whatever reason the morning I started this diet I weighed 183.8. I gained 5.2 lbs (I had said 7 but I had messed up my calculations in my head, got it right once I wrote it down) through the 5000 cal a day weekend putting me at 189. 189 is what the doctor is using as my official start weight, and from that I am down 1.8. My goal is to get somewhere between 130 & 140. I know that’s a wide range but I’m not concerned with the number as much as I am being healthy, fit, and toned. So I expect to be somewhere in that range once I’ve met my goals.

Day 3 (am)

ok, submitting this one from my phone. so i hope it works right. just wanted to do a quick entry with this being the first morning on the 500 calorie portion of this diet. i woke up still feeling bloated and full, and scales said i had gained 7 lbs. over the weekend. . . woohoo. i did my initial weigh in and measurements at the doctors officeee  this morning. and people let me tell u, if u think being ‘just a little’ overweight is not a big deal, you would be sadly mistaken. i do not feel i am obese, i am ‘just a little’ overweight. however the doctor had this scale thingy that takes all kinds of measurements for various things, such as body fat, body water content, and of course body weight and all my measurements, and this scale thingy said my body ‘condition’ is that of a healthy 75 year old!!!!!  threw you off for just a second by putting ‘healthy’ in front of   75 YEAR OLD!!!!!!, didn’t I!  🙂   i don’t feel that unhealthy, i know i could eat better but i felt i was about average for my health. anyway, this ain’t happening. my body, my God given temple, becomes a top priority staring now. right now it is 10 a.m. and i’m just now starting to feel hungry. i am a little concerned of how my body is going to react to coming off sugar so abruptly. so my doctor has advised me to keep an orange on hand, which i have. so i have to get thru class, and then time to go home and cook my first 250 calorie meal with this diet. i do have my ‘free’ cucumbers with me in case i have to have a snack. and also my doctor wants me to stick with the foods on the positive contributers list for my blood type. so chicken, hens, turkey, and occasional fish is whats on the menu for me over the next 40 days. if u are taking the time to follow this blog, thank you and i hope you enjoy it.

ChiroThin Diet

I’ve decided to participate in the ChiroThin Diet. This is a 500 calorie a day diet, and includes drops containing specific hormones that contribute to fat burning and high metabolism. The diet is doctor supervised results in an average of 25 – 30 lb loss in women (more in men). The diet is 42 days, the first two I consume 5000 calories each day and on the 3rd day thru the 42nd day I consume only 500 calories each day. I am not supposed to exercise while on the 500 calories a day but I do have a morning routine that includes stretches and minimal core work. My intention is to wake up around 5 am in order to get in my entire morning routine (stretching and core work, and quiet time) before time to get the boys up. During the 500 calories a day, I will only eat lunch and dinner consisting of 4 oz. of lean meat, 4 oz. of veggies, and 4 oz. of fruit; I may have calorie free veggies throughout the day as snacks. I am actually excited about this, because it takes the debate out of “what do I eat today”. I have a book of recipes and a food journal booklet. The portion size actually doesn’t sound bad to me, I don’t eat a lot through the day as it is (my issue is late night snacking), but the part that is going to get difficult after a few days is getting bored eating the same things every day. However, as I mentioned there is a recipe book and I will work to mix it up as much as I can within the recipe book. I know there will be some that are concerned about such a low calorie diet, but my doctor knows my goals and feels this is the best plan of action for me at this time. He supervises many successful clients on the same diet. One other aspect of this diet that makes me happy is the fact that it also acts as a cleanse. In 42 days I will transition into the maintenance phase and a healthier diet. I will also move into hitting it hard on exercise. I’m ready to feel great and get fit!