July 26, 2010

Banned!

At the suggestion of my good friend Denise and with the added encouragement from my Husband and my Mom; the scale has been banned from my life for the next month. That's right 30 days of not knowing if I've lost weight or gained weight...NOTHING until 8/24/2010!

Apparently, I was stressing out too much about the fluctations in my weight blah blah blah! LOL.Though I haven't really admitted it until now they are right. My journey is not "normal." My weight loss and the fluctations I have are not like everyone elses. My hormones seem to be more in control than I am sometimes and it drives me crazy. To the point that I've let the number that the scale define me and define my efforts...and they've caught on. So, now its banned.

It's only been 3 days, and I'm having scale withdrawls! My weigh in routine is already out the window and I have no idea how I'm doing!

Tonight, I thought I had my Husband fooled into letting me weigh in. I asked him to let me weigh in where only he could see the number the scale showed and all he'd have to say is "up or down." When I finished my shower I was ready for my "cheat" weigh in and instead I found this...


Isn't he a clever one?! Darn! I thought I had him fooled!

It's going to be a LONG month!

July 21, 2010

And another few pounds bite the dust!

This week I hit another milestone; 30lbs lost this year (now 31lbs!). At the request of my dear coworkers I celebrated by wearing a dress. Now if you know me, you know that I only wear dresses to weddings or a few other speacial occassions and usually I'm not that thrilled about it. So, for me to want to wear a dress is a huge milestone on its own. I must admit it's not so bad wearing a dress every once in a while, especially when you feel like a millions bucks in it. I felt so great that I took all my dresses out of my closet to see what I would wear next (many I only wore once or not at all). Turns out...I can't wear any of them they were ALL entirely too big. As a matter of fact the dress that I'm wearing below I bought it last year for our anniversary trip, it is now a night gown.
Me at Punta Cana June 2009

Now here is the dress I wore to work on Tuesday and I felt awesome in it!


A special thanks to my sister-in-law Marlene for temporarily letting me have the dress!

July 12, 2010

Gotta love the changes

As you know by now I've been battling the scale for recognition of the hard work I've been doing. Although the scale is not always kind, the mirror is becoming more and more friendly every day! Below is my latest discovery:

It appears I now have collar bones! Whoo!!!

It is so amazing seeing the changes your body goes through physically and what your body is capable of handling when you challenge its abilities. For example, today I started training for the 1/2 marathon that I will complete in February. Saying that alone is a testament to how much my mind/body has changed this year.

If you're sitting there wondering if you can do it, if you can meet your goals; stop wondering. You CAN do it! I have confirmed, it's not just a saying "you can accomplish anything you put your mind to."



July 6, 2010

It's done!

I'm officially registered for the 2011 Disney Princess Half Marathon! I didn't think it would take so much courage to register but it did, and it's done!


 


 

July 5, 2010

Wet T-Shirt Contest

It's not what you think....

This is contest is about working out hard and showing off your sweat afterwards. I got this idea from the blog of Kristin Steede former Biggest Loser contestant.

I know I do not have a lot of followers and I am no where near having a "popular" blog. However, I encourage you to get involved in this contest. If you're reading this right now get involved and spread the word.

What do you have to do? Get moving! Get up and work up a sweat. Go for a run/walk, go to the gym, take a Zumba class or join me in Boot Camp. Then share your pictures with your family and friends and encourage them to do the same . I'd love to see the pictures too :)

To get this contest started here are a couple snap shots of my wet t-shirts.




Spread the word and get to sweating!!! :)

July 1, 2010

Taking the hits

"When Things got hard, you started looking for something to blame. Like a Big Shadow.


Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it...



You've gotta hit as hard as life. It ain't about how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward? That's how winning is done.



If you know what you're worth, Go out and Get What Your Worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that."



----Rocky Balboa
 
How perfect is this?!

It's not always a celebration...

It has been about a month since my last post; and what a month it has been! Manny and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary, had doctor appointments, work has been hectic (I got my title insurance agent license), and... I have not lost a pound...not one. I weigh today what I did when I last posted. My weight has actually fluctuated from 249-256 the entire month without making any changes. That is part of the reason why I haven't blogged. It's so hard to post something that's not an accomplishment, or to try to be motivating when I'm frustrated. However, I did promise to share my struggles and my successes, I've learned it's not always a celebration.

Although, I haven't made any changes my body has. I have been working with Dr. Fernandez a natural family planning specialist since the beginning of the year when I discovered I had very low levels of progesterone. Although it has improved slightly it recently went back down, a reason the scale hasn't exactly moved. As a result my hormone medication got increased. On a side note, when I went to Dr. Fernandez's office they asked me to take a new patient picture because "you look nothing like this anymore," that was pretty awesome :)

The following day I had an appointment with my Optomologist for a check up on a condition I developed exactly a year before; pseudotumor cerebri. Thankfully because of the lifestyle changes I've made I was declared CURED from my condition! Whoo!!

Yet, the scale remains the same. It is very frustrating. I eat right, I do intense work outs at Boot Camp, I do everything right but the scale remains the same. I can't tell you how terrible it's made me feel. The only times I've seen a little hope is for the 10 days I'm on my hormone. Which even that messes with my mind..."I must not be doing enough.." It is a vicious cycle.

One thing is different. Very different. Me. Nery, six months ago would've quit at the first signs of struggles; she would've quit long time ago. Six months ago I wouldn't have embraced the "failures" I've faced. Six months ago if the scale didn't reflect the work I was doing, I would've walked away. However, here I am writing about it instead. I haven't quit so far and I never will. The scale hasn't changed but I have.

It may not always be a celebration but it's always a blessing. I thank God for the strength He's given me to face these challenges. I thank God for the people He's put in my life this year to help me along the way and I thank God for opening my eyes and finally letting me see what I'm capable of.

Nothing will stop me from reaching my goals. As I've been told by my dear friend/trainer Hilarie; I've already met my goal, now we just have to wait for my body to catch up.


Now to the fun part! Pictures!!! Here are some snap shots of what's been going on :)



5K #2 for me. Getting ready for #3 this weekend. :)
 



Naples Trip!
The summer! Not always easy, but I must admit its gotten easier to be proud of the way I look.


Our 3rd Wedding Anniversary in Disney