Thursday, December 20, 2007

99 !

I went by the weightloss center this morning because
I knew I would be running late for class this afternoon
and I lost 2.8 pounds this week. That brings my over
all total to 99 pounds since Feb. 27th. Just one more
pound before New Years Day! I think I can, I think
I can, I think I can. That will be my motto for the
next week and a half.

I will not be blogging next week at all because I will
be out of town with family for the holidays. So, this
is my last official weightloss center weigh in for the
2007 calendar year. My next weigh in will be on
Thursday, January 3, 2008. I will try to remember
to let you know before New Years Day if I loose my
other pound.

2007 has been an awesome year for me and you all
have been a significate part of my journey. I will
never be able to express how much you support and
encouragement has meet to me. Please continue, as
I have about 65 more pounds I would like to loose in 2008.
Until then...Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Much Better Week !!!

This was a much better week for weight loss. I weighed
in 3.7 pounds lighter than last week. I hope this is the
trend for several more weeks in a row. I now need to
loose 3.8 more before New Years to meet my 100 pound
goal. Only 14 more pounds to win the wager between
Brad and myself.
I sometime wish I could use Garfield's weigh in tactics,
but I can't, so I need your prayers and continued support
for about 65 more pounds. Then I will need your support
in a totally different way, but we will talk about that then.
Thanks for sticking with me.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Disappointing Week

You guessed it, I gained this week. But, I know
I lost some inches, because I can tell in my
clothes. I gained 1.5 this week, and don't know
why. Oh well, I have been here before and I
know if I just keep on keeping on it will come
For some more exciting news-- I finished my
first 5K last Saturday. My friends from house
church and I participated in the 5K - Marathon
for St. Jude in Memphis. Some of them ran it,
but for this first one I walked it with Polly and
Stephanie. We did really well I thought. We
finished in 51 minutes and 42 seconds. That
is one mile in just over 16 minutes. It was a lot
of fun and I would like to try to jog/run it next
I am going to work really hard to get back on
the downward trend this week and would
appreciate your prayers and encouragement.
Thanks for all your support. It maybe starting
to get a little harder, so please stick with me.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

- 3.5 over Thanksgiving!!!

Well, I knew I had lost some, but I didn't know
how much until tonight. Over the Thanksgiving
holiday I lost 3.5 pounds. I was a little anxious
about the whole holiday thing for a couple of
reasons. First, it would put me out of my routine,
and for those of you who know me well, you know
I like routine. Second, I wasn't sure how I would
deal with the "food thing". That, however, turned
out much better than I could have ever imagined.
I was given a couple of out of this world recipes at
my weightloss class and I got one off the internet
when I googled HMR recipes (pumpkin pie) and
I made it just fine. In fact the rest of my family
like my recipes so well they ate them too - all
except the pie...they had there own and I didn't
feel a need to share. The third reason I was a
little anxious was that I would be away from
Curves for 4 whole days. COLD days! So, I took
my Walk Away the Pounds DVD's and walked
2-3 miles everyday inside where it was warm.
As it turned out everything went just fine.

For those of you who are faithful readers, you know
Brad and I are in the midst of a little contest to see
who can loose the next 30 pounds first. I am happy
to report... (can you hear the drum roll?) I am -13.8
toward the goal. Only 16.2 more pounds to go and
I earn a new CD of my choice. Anyone listening to
anything good? I haven't bought a new CD in a
while, so when I win this will be a treat. Brad keeps
saying he is going to come from behind and win (check
him out at
but I think he is just trying to shake me up a bit.
Although, he is running a marathon this weekend
while I am only doing the 5K. He may gain a little
momentum on me with the PA. I still think I
will win. Thanks for all your support. Keep the
comments and encouragement coming - I need
all I can get.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Yes, I lost this week. I am down 1.2 pounds from
last week. This brings my total so far to 90.3
pounds. I will be "doing" the diet for 9 months
on the 27th of November, so I am still averaging
10 pounds a month. Now the challenge will be to
see if I can at least 10 more off before New Years.
I am going to work really hard. I know I have some
problem solving to do during this time, because I
will be out of my routine a lot with various travels.
But, I have problem solved travel before, so I know
it can be done.
Update on the Brad/Debbie wager:
I have lost 10.3 toward the -30 pounds.
And Brad is making some lofty clams about
our wager on his blog. Check it out at:
Well, next week is Thanksgiving and I do find myself
more conscious of my blessings this time of year. The
biggest blessing this year so far I think has been this
weightloss program. I can't even remember exactly
how I felt this time last year, but I know I feel better
now. I have so much more energy, I am taking so
much less medication, and I sleep better. Someone
ask me the other day if I had ever gone to the store
and pick up dog food bags to equal the amount I
have lost. I can't even imagine being able to lift and
carry 1/2 that much.
Speaking of next week and Thanksgiving, I will not
be posting. I will be with family and friend. So,
my next post will be on November 29th. I pray that
each of you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
Travel safely, enjoy the food, and love the people.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Pete and Repeat...

Have you ever heard the story of
Pete and Repeat? Well, it goes like
this - Pete and Repeat were sitting
on a bridge. Pete fell off, who was
left? Repeat - Pete and Repeat were
sitting on a bridge. Pete fell off,
who was left? Repeat. And so on.
I never liked that little story and
now that it has shown up in my weight
loss efforts I like it even less. For
the second week in a row I gained 0.7
pounds. Now, I was okay with it last
week as a "rebound" from being so sick.
But, I'm now so okay with it this week.
I could tell all week by my scales that
this was not looking like a good week,
but I can't figure out why. I have
thought and thought and can't identify
anything that I have done differently.
So, I have decided to stop trying to
figure it out and count my blessings.

1. A Loving family
2. An Awesome group of friends-
if you are reading this, it
means you ;)

3. A God who loves me
4. A nice home
5. A good career - That I like
6. A Toyota - That I like
7. Nascar for a couple more weeks
8. Better health than I had 9 months ago!

Okay, now that I have regained some
perspective - Next week will be better.
And speaking of better health- let me
update you on the latest from the DR.
I have lowered my cholesterol so much
that he has removed me from all Lipitor.
I was taking a low dose, but the Dr.
doesn't feel that even a low dose is
necessary anymore.
I had to clean out my closet again last
weekend of all the stuff that was too
big. I bought a couple of new items
and have actually started wearing some
of the cloths that my friend had given
me that I thought I might not be into
before Christmas.
Please keep praying for my continued
weightloss. I am more than half way
to my goal, but I know the second half
will be more challenging than the first.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

A small set back

Well, I "rebounded" from sickness this week with
a 0.7 gain. I tried so hard just to maintain and
not gain, but it didn't happen. The people at
the weightloss center seemed pleased that it
wasn'ta larger gain. Anyway, I think I am over
being sick, so onward and downward with the

For those of you who have been reading for a while,
I need to loose 6.6 pounds between now and Nov. 20th
to hit the goal I set back in Sept. I think I can do

For those keeping up with the FRIENDLY wager between
Brad and myself - I think I am still in the lead with
9.8 pound lost toward the goal of 30. I will have to
check Brad's blog ( to be sure.

I am now needing to put walking back into my schedule
at least 2-3 times per week if I am going to be ready
to walk the St. Jude's 5K on December 1st. I am very
excited that my house church group has decided to do
this event as a group activity. Some will run/jog the
5K and some will walk it. Brad, however, will be running
the marathon. Keep all of us and our training in your
prayers please. If any of you are headed out walking this
weekend give me a call. Thanks for all your support and
Have a GREAT weekend.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Now wait a minute...

Remember last week I didn't loose well because
I had been sick. Well, I was sick again this week
and still managed to loose 7 pounds. Yes, 7 pounds.
My weightloss counselor says not to be surprised
if next week I gain a little of that back. She thinks
I have become a little dehydrated. I don't get the
human body, but oh well at least for one week I can
say I lost 7 pounds :)

So for those of you keeping up, I have now lost 10.5
on the way to 30 to beat Brad in our little wager.
Brad - I hear Toby Keith is coming out with a new
Christmas CD.... hmmmm. OR maybe something in
the Christian Music category....I don't know.

For those of you interested in the total to date, that
would be 90.5 I hope next week doesn't prove to
be a huge let down with a big gain. I could cope with
a small loss, but a gain:( Please pray that my body
will get well, and continue to loose weight. I am feeling
better right now - just a lingering cough. The meds
the doctor gave me for the cough, however, are evil.
That is the reason I was sick this week. Apparently
cough medicine with codeine make me sick to my
stomach - Yuck! So, I have switched to an over the
counter cough medicine that is working okay, just

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Who knew...

Who knew that you could be soooo sick and not
loose weight? Well, I know now. Last Friday
I woke up to the room spinning out of control,
which in turn made me all kinds of sick. So,
I called the doctor and he prescribed meds, and
my angel for the day (Carolyn)went to pick them
up for me. In the meanwhile, I called the weight loss
center, because I had already figured out I was
not going to be able to eat HMR food that day.
I wasn't at all sure I was going to be eating any
food that day, but they advised I "get out of
the box" until I got better. I know - OUT OF
THE BOX - and worse yet they suggested sprite
zero and saltine crackers to nibble on to help
settle my stomach. Now, I don't know if I have
ever told you all, but from about week 3 of this
weight loss program I have craved saltine crackers.
So, long story short, I had about 15 - 20 saltine
crackers on Friday and was right back in the
box on Saturday. By Sunday morning my scale
showed I had gained 4.5 pounds - Now explain that
to me! Anyway I managed to get that off and 0.2
more. I am glad I didn't show up with a gain tonight
I would really be upset then. For those of you
keeping up with my little wager with Brad, I am
3.5 pounds closer to that goal. Only 26.5 more
and Brad gets to buy me the CD of my choice.
Next week will surely be better.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

-3.3 This week

Wow was I glad to see a good weight loss
this week. After a couple of slow weeks
I was beginning to wonder if I was doing
something wrong.
Another reason I was glad to see a good
loss is that I have entered into a friendly
little wager with my friend Brad, who help
me begin my weight loss journey. Our
challenge is to see which of us can loose
the next 30 pounds the quickest. We agreed
to this on Tuesday night, but Brad,
being the competitive soul that he is, has
agreed to allow me to count this weeks
loss toward my 30. So, with that being said,
I now only have 26.7 to go. You know you can
track my progress here - You can check out
Brad's progress (and read about his marathon
training) at
Words of encouragement and cheerleading -
welcome :)

Thursday, October 4, 2007

8 Months and 80 Pounds

It is official. I have been on the HMR program
for 32 weeks and I have lost 80 pounds.

Things I have learned about weight loss in the
last 8 Months:
1. Eating Healthy taste good too.
2. Exercise is not evil.
3. The meal I am eating right now is
not my last.
4. Caffeine is EVIL.
5. Plain water taste good.
6. People may look at you funny when
you bring your own food into a
restaurant, but when they find out
what you are doing, they are supportive.

Things I have learned about myself in the last
8 months:
1. I like broccoli if it is steamed.
2. I have the biggest support team in the
world, and I thank God daily for you.
3. I will problem solve weight the rest
of my life. Skinny people do it too.
4. I am worth it. Every bit of it.
5. I like exercising. (Most of the time)
6. I can!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

-1 This week

Well, compared to last week, this week was a bit of a let down.
However, I can hear my friend Brad's voice in my head saying,
"Down is down and headed in the right direction." And he is right!
I had been having trouble getting my heart rate up at the gym
this week, but I put some extra effort into it tonight and hit my
target heart rate pretty early in the workout. I hope to be able
to continue getting the heart rate up, because I know that is what
is helping me burn the fat and loose the weight.
Today is my 7 month HMR anniversary. I started the HMR
program on Feb. 27th and to date I have lost 79.1 pounds. I
still have a lot to loose, but I know with this program and the
great support team (you all) I have in place I can keep going
until I reach my goal. Thanks y'all!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Down another 4.3 pounds

Wow, I am glad last week was only a minor set back. I
didn't have any soda this week, and look at the difference.

I had a break through moment this week that I want
to share with you. Usually or before (the later I hope)
when I am stressed I physically feel hungry and want
to eat. Well, on Tuesday I had a STRESS filled day, but
I never felt hungry. The thought that kept coming into
mind was "just make it until 4:30 and you can go workout."
Now that is a super change for me. I don't know, but
maybe I am starting to "get" this exercise thing. I am
still going to Curves 6 times a week and love it. I never
in my life thought those words would ever be coming
out of my mouth.

I was also blessed this week when a friend, who
has also been losing weight, offered me some of her
gently worn clothes that were now too big for her. This
trying to stay clothed while loosing weight so quickly is
a challenge. I will need to loose a little bit more before
I can comfortably wear my "new" clothes, but when
I can my budget will get a much needed break :)

Well, that is all for this week. Thanks for putting up
with my chatter each week.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

It dropped !

Last week I said I was "waiting for the other shoe to drop".
It did. This week I was up 1 pound :( I did have more diet soda this
week than usual, so I am wondering about sodium amounts and water
retention. Anyway, NO SODA this week and we will see what happens.

I just realized when I logged on that I had promised to post my Curves
results and I didn't. Sorry. But, at least that will give me something
good to report tonight. So, drum roll please.........

In one month at Curves I -
lost 12.6 pounds
lost 13.25 inches
lost 10.6 pounds of body fat
Now that is something I can smile about :) And I will get back on track
with the weight loss.
Please pray that this week goes much better. Thanks.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

-4 Pounds This Week

I can't believe it myself. I am waiting for "the
other shoe to drop". I can't believe I have had
so many good weeks in a row. I certainly hope
it continues for several reasons.

1. it feels good.
2. I will get to my goal quicker.
3. I set a short term goal tonight that may stretch
me if I slow down at all.

Tonight in class we were asked to write down a
goal weight that we will work toward achieving
by Nov. 20th. The weight I wrote down is
21.6 pounds down from where I am tonight.
If I can reach this goal it will put me right on
track to my New Year's eve goal. Some of you have
heard me say I want to have lost 100 - 110 pounds
by New Year's eve.
I am at -74.8 pounds today and if I can accomplish
the short goal I will be at -95 by Thanksgiving. I
would have to work hard, but I could then be
between 100 and 110 pounds down by New
Year's eve.
I also must admit I think I maybe becoming a
Curves addict. I had to miss my Curves workout
for 4 days in a row over the holiday weekend, and
the first two day back to work this week were
horrible. I worked out Wed. afternoon and today
was a really good day. I just came in from working
out tonight, so I am looking forward to a super
On Saturday morning when I go to work out I get
to do the 1 month weigh and measure thing. I can't
wait. I stepped on the scale at curves tonight and
I know I have lost at least 10 pounds by their scale
in a month. I am anxious to find out how many inches
too. I will try to remember to post Saturday or Sunday
to let you all know.
I also earned my first Curves t-shirt last week and
received it tonight. I brought a friend from work
and after a couple of trial sessions she decided to
join. That earned me a T-shirt :)
Thanks to all of you who continue to check up on
me, encourage me, and help me along the way.
It means more than words can express.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

6 Months and 70.8 Pounds

I began this journey on February 27th and now,
only 6 months later, I am 70.8 pounds lighter.
I still have a lot more I want to loose, but
I am pleased with my progress so far. I have
learned so much about myself, my old habits,
and so many new healthy habits that I know
I can get the rest of the weight off.
I can actually say (now that I workout at
Curves) I enjoy exercise. At least I enjoy
going to the gym to workout. I am still
learning to like working out at home. And
I have to do it more this weekend because
the gym is closed Saturday and Monday for
the holiday :( But, I will survive and maybe
find something I enjoy doing away from the
gym for physical activity. I have lost track of
where I am for my labor day goal, but I will
look it up and see how the weigh in goes next
week. Thanks for all your support.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Down 3 Pounds!!!

I have now lost 67.9 pounds. I will have
been on the program for 6 months next
Monday (27th) and I can honestly say
it has been one of the best 6 months of
my life. I have seen so many positive
changes - weight loss (of course),
reduction of medications, more energy,
more flexibility, some new clothes, and
the list could go on and on. But most
importantly, much better health and
self image. To all of you who support
me every week - on or off the blog -
THANK YOU! I wouldn't have made
it this far without you.
On a physical activity note - I am loving
Curves. I have been going 5-6 times per
week and I can't wait until Sept. 8th
when they will measure me again. I know
I have lost some more inches and I can't
wait to find out how much. I will let you
know. OH - the dinner bell (microwave)
is ringing, so will say good-bye for now.

Monday, August 20, 2007

I HATE Change...

... but sometimes it is necessary and now is one of those times. I am having to change
days for my weight loss class due to class conflicts on Monday. I will now be weighing
in and posting on Thursday nights. My weight loss class will be from 4:30 - 5:30 and
then I may go to Curves, but I should be posted by 7:30 or 8:00 Thursday night.
Thanks everyone for hanging with me on this journey.
See you Thursday

Monday, August 13, 2007

Down -1.4 this week

They say, "Slow and steady wins the race", well I guess
by the time I reach my goal weight I might be the
expert of slow and steady. However, down is down
and not up, so there is a silver lining.
News-- I joined a gym last Wednesday. A friend of mine
took me with her to visit Curves and I signed up. I
actually got in three workouts last week, and worked
out this morning at 5:30. They recommend 3 days a
week, but I know people who are going everyday. I
will go as often as I can - NOT always at 5:30a.m
however. I really like their hours though. They are
open 6 days a week, at 5:30 a.m. on the weekdays,
open until 8 p.m., and until noon on Saturdays. I
shouldn't have any trouble getting in at least 4 work
outs per week. The days I can't make it to the gym,
I will continue to "walk away the pounds" at home.
I am also hoping that when school starts back and
the weather cools a bit, some of my old walking
buddies will want to get together again and put
in a few laps. I really feel that in order for me to
regain momentum with my weight loss exercise
will be the key. Thanks for all your support!

Monday, August 6, 2007

-2.1 This Week

I am down another 2.1 pounds this week. That makes
a total of 63.5 pounds. In order to meet my goal
by Labor Day I need to loose 8 more pounds.
I change up some of my physical activity this week.
I didn't feel like I was really getting my heart
rate up on my neighborhood walks, so I started
doing a walking DVD at home. I am using "Walk
away the Pounds". I now do a two mile walk, with
a little bit of resistance work on the arms, in
30 minutes. That increased my intensity from a
3 mile per hour walk to a 4 mile per hour walk.
I can tell for sure now that my heart rate is
getting high enough to be considered aerobic. This
has been a good week to make the change considering
the temperature outside has been so hot. Well, the
microwave dinged a couple of minutes ago, signalling
my dinner is done, so I will say good bye for now.
See you next week.

Monday, July 30, 2007

FINALLY!!! I have lost over 60 pounds

I lost 1.9 this week to bring my total to 61.4 pounds.
Looking at my short term goals, I need to loose 10.1
more by Labor Day. I would like to have lost 100-110
by New Years Eve - This is my new long term goal.
I am looking at the possibility of having to change
classes in a few weeks because of a schedule change with
the fall class I teach for Harding. The class I am
teaching this year is schedule to meet from 4:30 - 7:00
on Monday nights. I am going to see if the other
instructor and I might be able to switch times (if all
the students are the same for both classes) and then
I could stay in my class. Otherwise I will have to
switch to a Thursday afternoon weight loss class. I
will let you know what happens.

Monday, July 23, 2007

-3 pounds this week

I am happier this week with a good weightloss.
I guess WATER does make a difference. I am
now only 1/2 pound shy of 60 pounds. There
is a guy from my class that announced tonight
he went over 80 - Man I can't wait to get there.
I can't believe the changes I have felt in the
past 21 weeks. I have more energy, lower
blood pressure, and my blood sugar levels are
sooo much better than they used to be. There are
6 weeks until Labor Day - My personal goal is to
have lost another 12 pounds by then. I will
let you know how I progress.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Back to PURE Water

Last week I changed something in my routine.
I drank decaf. tea instead of water. I had
asked and they said, "as long as it is decaf.
it can replace water." Well, it didn't work!
Not only did I not loose, I gained .9 (nine
tenths)of a pound. I am switching back to
pure water. The tea is the only thing that
changed, so I have to think it had something
to do with my results. I guess we will see
next week if water is better than tea.
Until then...

Monday, July 9, 2007

-3.7 This Week

Vacation wasn't so bad. We had a good time
digging for diamonds even though we didn't
find anything, and I had a great weight loss.
I was able to take everything I needed with
me (or stop and get it on the way)and stay
"in the box" the whole time. We were able
to cook in the room and enjoyed our meals
together, then go out and "play" for
exercise. Sean and I took a walk each night
after supper and one night we all went swimming
for about an hour. I have decided as long as
I can heat my entree, everything else is not
so hard. I have found the "steamers" veggies
at Wal-Mart that cook in the microwave and
right now there are sooooo many fresh fruits
to choose from.
My weight loss total to date is 57.4 pounds in
19 weeks. Until next week...

Monday, July 2, 2007

-2 This week

Several HMR classes will be meeting this afternoon and tonight
because of the Holiday midweek. So, I decided to get my weigh
in and food purchasing done early and not get tangled in the
traffic this afternoon. I was happy to see that I have dropped
another 2 pounds this week - bringing my total to 53.9 so far.
As soon as my class is over tonight I will be leaving on vacation.
I will spend a couple of days with the folks helping in the
garden. Then Sean, Kerry and I will leave Thursday for Murfreesboro
to dig up big diamonds (I hope). I figure it like this - eight
year old boy, dirt, shovels, and a water park next door - it won't
be boring even if we don't find a diamond. I just keep hoping
HMR and vacation mix well. I was able to get a motel room with
a kitchenette so I can fix what I need to eat. And from the looks
of the town on the Internet, the restaurant selection may lack a
little to be desired. Sean has decided, just in case, he will
pack some mac and cheese and ramon noodles. The kid could live
for months on those two staples. I will be anxious to get back
to see how the weighloss has gone and I will let you all know
then. Have a GREAT 4th of July!!!

Monday, June 25, 2007

-1.1 This week

I lost another pound bringing my total weight loss to date to -51.9.
I went shopping Saturday, and I bought some clothes that fit. I
didn't realize how loose and uncomfortable my old clothes were
until I slipped into some that fit me. Everything seems to be
going okay right now. I am getting in my PA calorie burn each
week. I did commit to at least 10 minutes of evening exercise
daily in addition to what I am already doing in the mornings. That
should help my PA numbers increase over the next few weeks.
I am going to the Craftman's Truck Race Saturday which poses
a new challenge for me. I will have to come up with a strategy to
get in my meal replacements and fruits/veggies while at the
event. We shouldn't leave home until about 1:00, so afternoon and
dinner are the only concerns. I have a couple of ideas, but I will
let you know next week how it goes. Until then... :)

Monday, June 18, 2007

OVER 50!!!

I lost 3 pounds this week bringing my total to 50.8 pounds
in 16 weeks. I am enjoying the fruits and veggies of summer
and still loosing the weight. This is GREAT!

I have had a lot of you tell me you are reading my blog, and
I want to say thank you for letting me know. Many of you
are not making commits, so unless you say something to
me I don't know. Just knowing people are reading helps
me with my accountability and is so encouraging. Thanks.

I am taking some time off from work in a couple of weeks
and have been debating a mini trip. I keep hearing other
peoples stories about vacation, and how things didn't
go well..."vacation" scares me a little. I will let you know
what I decide and the results.

Thanks again for supporting and encouraging me on this

Monday, June 11, 2007

-2.2 This Week

I have lost 47.6 pounds in 15 weeks. I hope
to go over the 50 pound mark next week. I am
still enjoying the fruits and vegetables that were
added to my routine. They have made sticking
with it so much easier.
I have been getting up early and going for a walk
before work now that the evenings are getting
hotter. I plan to carve some time for the bike
into the evenings now, but haven't been consistent
with that yet. I have not yet got to a point where I
would say I enjoy the exercise, but I don't dread
it like I used to. I hope to learn to enjoy it before
too much longer, so I can start building good habits.
I know in order to have long term success I will have
to develop some really good habits and strategies
that will help me the rest of my life.
Thanks to all of you for the encouragement. This
is not an easy rode, but to know I am not on it alone
is comforting.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Fruits and Veggies Taste Good, AND...

they help you loose weight. I am down 3.1 pounds this week, so
last week must have been an adjustment week. I am soooooo
excited. It would have been hard to give up the fruit and
vegetables after having had some, so I am glad my weight
loss counselor was right and I just needed to adjust.
This week I have enjoyed baked potato, corn on the cob,
asparagus, green beans, squash, and stir fry vegetables.
Also, bananas, strawberries, pineapple, oranges, apples, and
a new grape recipe. For all of you who are moms, this is one
way to get the kiddos to eat their fruit. You take one cup of
grapes (I used green ones) and wash them. While they are
wet, put 1 teaspoon of jello (so far I like cherry best) in a
zip-lock bag and add the grapes. Shake well and put them
in the freezer for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours or until they are just
crunchy. Pop them in your mouth and enjoy - just like candy
only healthier. If you have any good "in the box" recipe ideas
please feel free to share. Until next week...

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Fruits and Veggies taste good, but...

my weight stayed exactly the same this week. I was
told not to be too concerned, that with the transition
my body had some extra adjusting to do. We will see.
I have enjoyed the variety that f/v have added to my
meals. I had forgotten how good green beans taste.
Hopefully next week will be a better week for weight
loss. I will let you know.

Monday, May 21, 2007

The Official 12 Week Total Is...

Drum roll please - 42.3 pounds! That is right, I have
lost 42.3 pounds in the last 12 weeks. I have a long
way to go, but I am off to a good start.

I am an official Healthy Solutions girl now, and to
celebrate I went out with some friends and had
a baked potato and small salad for supper. It
taste so good. After supper I went to Kroger
and bought fruits and vegetables for the rest of
the week.

Last week I didn't get in as much exercise as I would
have liked, so this week I plan to bump it up a little.
I am going to try to make sure I walk and ride the
bike everyday this week. Last week there were
days when I only did one or the other.

Thanks friends for being so supportive. You all
have been such a blessing to me and I know I
can count on your continued support in the weeks
and months to come. See you soon.

Monday, May 14, 2007

-4.9 This Week

Wow, even I am amazed with this weeks loss. I thought I had done okay,
but I never dreamed I would loose 4.9 pounds. This officially brings me
over the 40 pound marker and I have one more week in "core". I am
going to bump up the physical activity this week by riding the bike in the
morning and walking in the afternoons to try for another good weight
loss to end my core program. After next Monday night I will be transitioning
to healthy solutions and adding fruits and veggies to the shakes and entrees.
I am sooooooo excited. I have been "planning" menus in my head that
include vegetables and/or fruit at every meal. Anyway, I will let you know
how that goes later. I am off now to walk with a friend and burn more calories.

Monday, May 7, 2007

-3.4 This Week

This brings my total weightloss in 10 weeks to 36.4 pounds.
Tonight our leader told us that our class has hit the "gold"
standard for physical activity (PA) calories burned in a week
for two weeks straight. She said that is a first for a Jonesboro
HMR class. Last week I burned 3700 calories - my largest
burn in a week so far.
For anyone wondering about the decision I have been trying to
make, I have decided to transition to Healthy Solutions when
my core class is over. I should be adding fruits and veggies
in about 3 weeks. Thank you to all who have prayed about
this decision for me and encouraged me as I struggled to make
the decision. I believe it is the right decision for the summer
anyway because it will allow me to add so much variety to
my program. If at any time Healthy Solutions is not going
as well as I want, I can switch back to Decision Free.
I still have a long way to go, but I am off to a really good start.
Please hang in with me and keep the encouragement coming.
I need all I can get. Thanks!!

Monday, April 30, 2007

-1.1 This week

I guess 3 good weeks was too much to ask. I am back to the saw
tooth pattern. I have lost a total of 33 pounds in 9 weeks however
and I am excited about that. Our instructor told us tonight that
in 8 weeks our class has lost 410 pounds. That was an average
of just over 27 pounds each. I am higher than the class average
and I can be excited about that too.
I cleaned out my closets last weekend and found a couple of "new"
outfits. I also donated a lot of clothes I will never wear again to
charity. My closets have never been so organized.
I told you last week about making a decision to either stick with
what I am doing or transition to including fruits and veggies in
my diet. I have not made that decision yet (prayers and comments
welcome), but I have learned a lot of good information about the
benefits of adding them.
Thanks to all of you who continue to encourage me. This is not
an easy journey, but one that is well worth the effort.

Monday, April 23, 2007

-3.2 This Week

Last week I told you all I was going to make an effort to break the
"saw tooth" weight loss pattern I was in - Well I did it. Typically I
would have only lost between one and two pounds this week, but
with the extra effort I was able to loose 3.2. All the "experts" had
been saying every other week my body thought it was starving and
I wasn't loosing as much, so this week I practiced the"more is better"
rule everyday. I had one extra shake or entree each day and my
body responded. My total weight loss now is 31.9 pounds in 8 weeks.

The best thing that happened this week was I put on a shirt I bought
two weeks ago and didn't wear right away because I thought it was
just a little tighter than I liked - now it is almost too big. I wore it
anyway because it is so comfortable. I couldn't believe how much
difference there was in only two weeks.

I have 5 more weeks to go in the "core" program, so we have started
talking about what I should do next. I thought I would probably be
told I should keep doing exactly what I have been for thirteen more
weeks. However, the nurse showed me a chart tonight and explained
I could add fruits and veggies, eat my minimum meal replacements, and
still average about the same number of calories as I would practicing
more is better. I'm still not totally convinced, so this week I have
decided to chart everything I eat and count the calories, then compare
to the calories in a 3+2+5 day. That is three shakes, 2 entrees, and 5 fruits
or veggies. Right now that sounds like so much food I can't imagine.
Anyway I have a few weeks to think about it, so if you would put that on
your prayer list (that I make a good decision) I would appreciate it.
See you next week :)

Monday, April 16, 2007

-28.7 pounds in Just 7 Weeks!!!

I am averaging 4.1 pounds per week so far. Not quite my goal,
but sometimes my goals are a little unrealistic. This week
I lost 4.4 pounds. I am just above the goals the program has
set for me, so I guess I am doing alright.
This past week was challenging with work stresses.
I told a friend in class tonight, it is a good thing I am single,
because if there had been any other food in the
house this past week I would have gone out of the box.
This week the challenge will be to see if I can break the every
other week small loss pattern I am in. I am going to make a conscious
effort to loose good again next week and see what happens.
Thanks for sticking with me. I have so many of you out
there encouraging me I know I am blessed.

Monday, April 9, 2007

-1.9 This week

/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ this is my weightloss pattern.
It is called the "saw tooth" pattern. They explained it tonight.
One week my body thinks I am starving it, so it hangs on to
everything. The next week it will decide it is not really starving,
so it will let weight go. The solution, just keep on keeping on and
look at the totals not just one week. So, when I do that - I have
lost 24.3 pound in just 6 weeks.
The most exciting thing that happened this past week was on
Tuesday I put on a pair of slacks and looked down to find most
of them hanging on my shoes. I remembered I had a pair just like
them (one size smaller) in the closet, so I got them out and they
fit perfectly. This was good news because I also had a second
pair in the smaller size (different color) I had never worn before.
So, the next day I tore the tags off the second pair and wore them.
It feels really good to be getting into things that have just been
teasing me in the closet.
Until next week - Thanks for the prayers and encouragement!!!

Monday, April 2, 2007

-4.4 This Week!!!

This was a much better week for weighloss! I don't
really know what I did that much different, but I
sure have a better result this week. I did walk a
couple of times this week in addition to riding the
bike, so that helped I'm sure.
Last night I went to a BBQ for my lifegroup from
church and took my own HMR food. I enjoyed
BBQ Chicken with Rice and Beans while everyone
else ate hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans,
potato salad, chips and dip, etc. The grilling
smelled really good, but when the meal was over
I was just as satisfied with my meal as I ever
remember being when I ate what everyone else
was eating. In fact, I think I felt better because
it was my tendency to over eat and feel stuffed
at events like this before.
Today I had a meeting with some co-workers
that lasted until about 11:30 and they all wanted
to go out for lunch, so I warmed my Turkey Chili
at the office and took it with us to the resturant.
When I had finished my lunch I felt full and I
didn't really miss anything they were having.
Tomorrow, for my strong start day, I have to
get in some exercise at work. I plan to take my
tennis shoes and walk around the circle a few times
at lunch.
Thanks for all your continued prayers and words
of encouragement. I always rush home after
the graduate class I teach on Monday nights to
see if anyone has commented yet, and you all
have never disappointed me. THANKS!!!

Monday, March 26, 2007

I have lost 18 pounds in 1 month

I have been on the program now for 1 month and have lost 18 pounds.
I didn't have a great loss this week for some unknown reason, but
over all I am pleased with my progress.
Last week was Spring Break for me. I went out of town for a few days
and managed to "stay in the box" (The term for not cheating on the diet),
which I thought was good for me. While I was out of town I had to change
my PA up a little. The bike is too big to haul around, so I walked instead.
Walking was okay, but I am still enjoying the bike better. Although I have
decided to take a walk at least 2 times a week in addition to the bike. So,
Brooks if you are reading this I will be calling you later this week.
To everyone else reading this, THANKS for going on this journey with me.
I appreciate your prayers and encouragement more than you will ever know.

Monday, March 19, 2007

-5.6 this week

I am feeling very good having just come home
from my weekly weightloss meeting where I
learned I have dropped another 5.6 pounds.
That is 16.4 pounds in just 3 weeks!!!
My over all health is continuing to improve
as well. Last week the Dr. reduced the amount
of insulin my pump automatically gives me
and my numbers remained in a very good
range. This week we are working with my
regular Dr. to reduce the amount of blood
pressure meds I am taking because I am
running a little low. I continue to ride the
bike for at least 30 minutes every morning
and get in more when I can. Last week I
tried walking on Tuesday, my strong start
day, and determined I like the bike better
for now.
I am very thankful to have found
something that is working so well for me.
Thanks again Brad for the inspiration!
I know it will take time, but the accountability
of this plan is exactly what I need. Thanks
to all who read my post and encourage me
with your comments.

Monday, March 12, 2007

-3.6 This week

Okay, I will have to admit I was a little disappointed after last weeks
good start. However, they explained about water weight, retention,
etc. and I guess 3 pounds is still an okay amount.

I have increased my PA (physical activity) by 10 minutes a day
(I'm up to 30 now) and I have increased the resistance on the bike by
2 levels from where I started. I have to try 10 minutes of something
new (exercise) tomorrow for my "strong start day". I am thinking a
noon walk around the block, but I am open to other suggestions. I'll let
you know what I decide on later in the week. Thanks for your support,
prayers and words of encouragement.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

One Full Week

It is official - I have been on the HMR program for one week.
In this week I have already see my overall health improving. I
have reduced my insulin intake by 1/3 and my blood sugar levels
are staying much closer to normal than ever before.

Last night was one of my first big challenges. In my house church
we have always used the first Tuesday night of each month to
have dinner together. I have always enjoyed this activity because
of the fellowship with my friends, but also for the delicious food
everyone brings. Well, last night was the first Tuesday night this
month and I wasn't sure how that would affect me. However, I have
a wonder inspiration, named Brad, who has been on this same program
since last November and Brad is in my housechurch group. I know
this program has great things in store for me because Monday I
received a call from Brad wanting to "plan our strategy" for Tuesday
night. WOW!!! was that a relief. Just knowing someone else was facing
the same challenges and was thinking ahead to build a strategy was
so encouraging. Brad I think you are my Hero!!! Anyway, Tuesday
night fellowship was GREAT. I took my HMR food and honestly enjoyed
eating and visiting with my wonderful friends. Thanks guys!

This morning I woke up early and was able to ride my bike for 30
minutes instead of just 20. The last 4-5 minutes were hard, but
I made it.
Thanks everyone for the comments and encouraging words.

Monday, March 5, 2007

-7.2 Pounds in the 1st Week

For those of you who may not already know, I have started the HMR weight
loss management program last Wednesday (Feb. 28). This week has been
tough. I have felt hungery a lot, but I "stayed in the box" and it paid off. I
also added exercise to my daily routine. I have an exercise bike that I have
started riding at least 20 minutes a day. Some days I can get in more,
but I do 20 minutes everyday before I go to work, then if I can do more in
the evening I do.

Thanks to all of you who have called or checked in with me this week to
encourage me. I will continue to update each week for anyone interested
in my progress.

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