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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I'M BACK!!

I realize how I have been neglecting my blogly duties.  There has been a LOT of personal things that my family has been dealing with the past month.  I wanted to say thank you for all of my friends and families prayers.  I feel that God has once again shown us that HE is in charge, and that we need nothing more than to lean on HIM in times of trouble and turmoil.

That being said, I am happy to say that I did not rely on food as my crutch through the past several weeks.  In the past, I would have plumped up a good 10 pounds just from shoving every comfort food within reach directly into my pie hole.  Amazingly enough, I even lost 2 pounds.  No, mama, I did not starve myself either.  I did fall away from exercise regularity for a while.  I still exercised, but not as often, and didn't go to Zumba at all last week.  I felt it necessary to spend as much time as possible with my guys. 

Speaking of Zumba, I really did not want to go last night!  I was in a mood, and just wanted to be lazy.  I, with some encouragement from my hubby, reluctantly joined the "Crusade against Fat".  Annie kicked my butt again last night.  I was never so happy for a hot shower afterwards.  Not only did I work out, but I was able to work some of my aggressions out as well.  That was the best part.  It was the release I needed to end the day.  Ironically, yesterday was a great day.  I just came home and got crabby.  I can't explain it, it just happened.  Charles told me he would go somewhere if I didn't.  We weren't even arguing.  I guess I was just a total bear to be around.

I hope you all have a very good week ahead of you.  Spring is just around the corner!  Forget about the yucky snow in the forecast today.  Dress for the weather you want; just make sure to wear a coat over the outfit!

Signing off for now,

~Jess

Monday, March 14, 2011

Shake that thang girl!

If it were possible to shake off all your fat in one night, tonight would've been the night!  Ms. Annie kicked my booty hard core tonight.  It probably didn't help that I had Mexican directly before Zumba!  I have to say that I did allow myself a cheat this evening, but have been very good all week.  I know it is only Monday, but I am talking about 7 days, not the work week.

I got to watch my sissy shake her groove thang too!  It is hard not to giggle at one another.  We feed off of each other.  I am curious to see what I weigh in at tomorrow.  A lot has been going on lately.  While I haven't had anything bad to eat, there has been a lot of eating on the run.  My routine has been off.

Here's to hoping the rest of this week gets back to the normal routine of things. 

~Signing off for now,

Jess

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Then and Now...PROGRESS PICS!

JULY 2010 (208 LBS)

 

DEC 2010 (191 LBS)
MARCH 2011 (175 LBS)



5 MORE POUNDS UNTIL I REACH MY INITIAL GOAL!!

1 MORE POUND UNTIL I REACH A "HEALTHY" BMI!!



Monday, March 7, 2011

Love one another

I watched a show tonight about how kids bully one another.  There were several different scenarios thrown about.  There was the "overweight girl" who was taunted by the so called "pretty girls".  There was the "tom boy" who didn't quite fit in.  Then there were the boys;  one boy who was not so athletic thrown into the mix with some very athletic peers.  Although the individuals bullying and being bullied were just actors, the bystanders didn't know, and the scenarios were very realistic.

I was bullied as a child.  It wasn't so much in grade school, but by the time I hit 7th grade, it was in full force.  I was not overweight then.  I was actually very thin.  I was not athletic at all.  I excelled in academics.  I was not wealthy.  I didn't wear the "coolest" clothes.  The list goes on.  If someone could pick on me for something, they did.  I went to a different school district during high school.  The experience there was quite different.  I was accepted for who I was.  I had more friends than I new what to do with.  I truly came out of my shell.  In fact, I probably had a little too much fun at times.  That is another story.

The point to my story is that everyone struggles with something in their lives.  You never know what a person's story is.  You can make assumptions about who they are without even getting to know them.  I know I have done this.  The one thing I hope I have never done is to make someone feel that they are unworthy of respect.  I don't care if you have the same religious beliefs, sexuality, race, or any other difference.  Everyone is deserving of respect and compassion.  I don't necessarily have to agree with some one's lifestyle or religion, but I do owe them the love that was shown to us by Jesus.

I hope that I continue to learn and grow on this journey God has laid before me.  I hope Jacob learns what it means to respect and love others.  I do have to go off subject for one moment.  When I asked Jacob what he would do if he saw someone being mean to one of his friends, his response was, "I would call the cops."  I thought that was hilarious.  Anyways, that is my food for thought tonight.

Signing off for now,

~Jess

Friday, March 4, 2011

Results are in!

I spoke with my doctor's office.  The news from my recent blood panels was great.  I have lowered my cholesterol about 100 points, my glucose levels were normal, and my triglycerides were also normal.  I lowered my triglycerides by almost 200 points.  The doc was very pleased.  He said I didn't need to have anymore blood work ran for a year.  I do need to raise my good cholesterol, but couldn't have really been happier with the results.  I finally feel like my hard work is paying off.  The outside appearance was an obvious change, but you never really know what is taking place in your body.  To see those numbers on paper really put things into perspective.  I feel like I have no choice but to maintain this lifestyle now.  The proof is definitely in the numbers.  That was a true blessing from God.  I have been praying about this for 5 months along with family and church family.  I feel like God has laid a new path before me.  It is my choice to stay on that path.

There are never successes without trials, though.  Without getting too into detail, this week has been a trying one for more than one reason.  I have struggled in a few areas personally, and there are a few individuals close to me who are in need of prayer for various health reasons.  I worry about those I love.  I forget to lean on God sometimes.  Please pray that I have the will power to hand over my burdens, and lean on Jesus for comfort.

Thank you so much for those of you who have supported me with words of encouragement on this journey.  Words cannot express my gratitude.

~Jess

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Stick em'

I went to the doctor's office first thing this morning to have my follow-up blood work done. This is the follow up that was scheduled 4 months ago at the beginning of my journey. This was a very nerve racking morning for me. I tried to put on a brave face, but the unknown is getting to me. I hate surprises! Several things raced through my mind as I waited to get stuck. I reflected on the last 4.5 months. I am very proud of the lifestyle changes I have made. I have lost 30 pounds, eat healthy, and even exercise regularly now. One would think my numbers would have no choice but to improve. Then there is the memory of the doctor saying that my cholesterol could still be high even with diet and regular exercise. I knew this going into my journey, but have the hope that I will not have to be medicated. The side effects of cholesterol meds really concern me.

The results should be in within the next two days. I am really anxious to see how things pan out. I feel like I am back in school preparing for the exam of my life. I am so happy with the progress I have made. I was actually able to run a couple of laps around the house with Jacob tonight. That was after we raced back and forth to the mailbox twice. As embarrassed as I am to say this, I used to try and race him to the neighbor's house and had to stop half way there because I was so out of breath. I guess what I am taking out of this is the fact that even if my numbers are not where I would like them to be, I am leading Jacob by example. He will know what it means to eat healthy and be active.


Until next time,

~Jess