Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Better Me, Week 14

One more week to go...I can do it.  That's one more week to say I made it through the holidays without gaining weight.  
This morning's weigh in was a surprise.  I was positive I was going to have a gain despite my efforts to track and eat well.  Some how, the scale Gods were with me this week and I'm down 1.2 lbs.  That's 35.1 lbs total.  

I still can't believe how much I've lost in 3 months.  It seems so surreal.  I think the most shocking part was learning my nephew weighs the equivalent of what I've lost.  I've lost a little person.  That's just CRAZY!  I keep plugging along and I'm looking forward to seeing more results, one pound at a time.

I hope everyone has a healthy and safe New Year.  Thanks for following my #weightlossjourney to a #betterme.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Better Me, Week 13

Only 4 days until Christmas!  I love this time of year.  All the sights and sounds and those yummy treats I only see this time of year.
Of course, those yummy treats have been my downfall in the past.
This year, I've approached things differently.  I haven't avoided them completely; but, I take steps to ensure I'm not going to gorge myself with them. I try to stay away from the platters, positioning myself across the room from where they are.  I also survey the goodies first and make my selection based on the best option.  Of course, if it's something I really want, and I don't get often, I treat myself to one small piece.  
So far, it seems to be working as I'm down 2 lbs. this week!  That's 33.9 lbs total.  
My goal this holiday season is not necessarily to lose weight; but, I don't want to gain any weight either.  Only a couple more weeks before I can call this holiday season a success on my road to a #betterme.
Thanks for following my #weightlossjourney and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Better Me, Week 12

What a day!  The weather is definitely frightful.  We woke up to 10cm of white fluffy snow this morning and yet I still braved the elements in order to make my weekly weigh-in and meeting.

I'm happy and utterly surprised because I'm down 5 lbs!  Of course, that's a two-week loss; but, after Asheville last week I'm totally shocked.  I guess my brain was working after all and was helping me make better choices from the available options.  This puts me down 31.9 lbs so far and I've now surpassed my 10% goal!
I've set a new goal.  I try to keep them small and attainable to keep me going.  So another 15 lbs. will be goal number 3.  Here's to hoping I'm not a statistic this holiday season.  Studies show that the average person gains 10 lbs. between Dec 1 and Jan 15.  10 lbs!  That's a LOT of weight, that I hope I don't find.  In fact, as long as I don't gain over the holidays, I'll be happy.  Losses would be ideal, but I'll totally take maintaining my current weight over the statistical gain.

Well, I better sign off.  Lots to do on this snowy Saturday.  See you next week on my journey to a #betterme.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Better Me, Week 11?

I bet you are all wondering what happened last week?  Well, here it is...I don't know!  I didn't weigh-in last week as I was in North Carolina for Mr. Twingle's company Christmas party.

I'm a little scared for this week but I had fun.  Asheville, NC is a beautiful city on the edge of a mountain range.  It's artsy and touristy and full of amazing, rich food.

We had a fabulous time despite the fact that I came down with a cold the day after I flew down.

Here are some pictures.
This was the view from our hotel.

Me in my party dress!  Mr. Twingle isn't very good at taking photos, so please pardon the selfie.

Only in Asheville would you find the pub cycle!  Ride a bike and get a drink at the bar at the same time!

All in all, it was a fabulous weekend get away.  If I happen to gain this week it will all be worth it.  I have been on track since getting home so hopefully the damage from the weekend will be minimal.

Check in Saturday for a #betterme week 12!  Wish me luck on my #weightlossjourney.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

#50BookPledge Update

It's December!  How on earth did that happen?  I guess it's crunch time.  I haven't done an update on my #50bookpledge in quite some time.  I bet you all thought I had abandoned ship!

I've been plugging along and I'm sad to say I haven't hit my goal of 50 books yet.  I still have a couple weeks to get there; but since I'm only at 33 I don't think I'm going to make it :`(
The good news is I surpassed my total from last year which was only 25.  So in that regard, I've done well!

Here is my list to date:

Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
James Potter and the Vault of Destinies by G. Norman Lippert
Hidden by PC & Kristen Cast
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilsen
A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff
The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Neilsen
Debutantes by Cora Harrison
Dragon's Oath by PC Cast
Goddess of the Sea by PC Cast
Lenobia's Vow by PC Cast
Bared to You by Syvlia Day
Harry's First Christmas by G. Norman Lippert
White Girl Problems by Bebe Walker
Merlin's Gift by G. Norman Lippert
Petra's Getaway by G. Norman Lippert
The Colour of Tea by Hannah Tunnicliffe
Reflected in You by Sylvia Day
Chai Tea Sunday by Heather A. Clark
Wedding Night by Sophie Kineslla
Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
Entwined with You by Sylvia Day
Bitten by Kelly Armstrong
Stolen by Kelly Armstrong
Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Dime Store Magic by Kelly Armstrong
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Industrial Magic by Kelly Armstrong
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Secret Santa by Fern Michaels

You'll notice a couple titles have links attached, those would be my thoughts on the books.  I'm hoping to actually compile a one-post synopsis on each of the books I've read.  Stay tuned to see how many more books I can cram in before January 1, 2014!

Happy reading!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Deals at Mabel's Labels

You all know how much I LOVE Mabel's Labels.  So I am super excited to share this awesome Cyber Monday deal from Mabel.

Don't miss out on your chance to get this amazing labels for your kids, youself and everyone else on your holiday list!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Better Me, Week 10

10 weeks, 26.9 lbs lost!  Woot, I'm feeling great.  I was down another 1.4 lbs this week.  I was worried since I had what I considered a bad week.  I wasn't drinking all my water and made some poor food choices.  Apparently, counting my points and staying active helped me make up for it.

I still can't believe how far I've come.  The road ahead is still long, but I'm not giving up.  

I bought a dress to Mr. Twingle's Chrismtas party the other day and I was psyched to put on a dress two sizes smaller than I would have bought at the start of this journey!  It felt so good to put on that smaller size.  I'm looking forward to a fun weekend!  I also got my hair done.  It's been 9 months since my last colour so it was time to change it up.  I think a new colour, cut and dress will go a long way to making me stay focused on my path to a #betterme!