How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.--Stephen Covey

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thankful Thursday - 03.22.12

Whoa! Is it Thursday already??

Things I am thankful for this week:

1. Allergy medication. Seriously. Two record setting days this week of pollen count!!
2. That it's Thursday. Where has the week gone!? All I know, is I'm glad tomorrow is Friday.
3. The Hunger Games movie comes out tomorrow. If you haven't read the books, do it!! You won't be disappointed. We are going on Saturday to see it -- we both read the books and loved them!!!
4. Iced Skinny Vanilla Lattes from Starbucks.
5. And, Pinterest for helping me to find a recipe that I can make at home to save money. Follow me here.
6. A supporting, loving, sweet hubby that doesn't freak out at me when I freak out about how angry my job makes me sometimes. He just listens.
7. Weightloss.
8. My new iPad. Seriously, it makes me much more productive in my work and I am better able to take notes for work and put them into the system faster and easier because they are already done.
9. The possibility of rain today which will wash away the pollen--both off everything and out of the air.
10. Starting a devotional on the YouVersion Bible, both on my iPhone and iPad. I'm doing The Confident Woman Devotional which is a Joyce Meyer Ministries bible study. So far, it's amazing!! I love what God does in my life when I let Him in more. <3

What are you thankful for this week? Link up with Curious Georgi!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

South Beach Diet: Phase 1 Complete

I am happy to announce that I completed Phase 1 of the SBD. Successfully. I wanted to experience more drastic results like a lot of people report, but I lost 5lbs - 3 the first week and 2 the second week. After 2-3 years of losing no weight even though I was trying, this is a huge success.

I am still craving sweets but Splenda and sugar free JELLO have been life savers during these times. I haven't been using a lot of Splenda, just in my hot tea and in place of anything that calls for sugar (like sweet tea). I know, I know, research indicates that artificial sugars don't help with weight loss and can encourage more sweet cravings, but since my body also naturally craves sugar because of insulin problems it's a "healthier" option for me. And it helps me to stay away from the bad stuff (like cookies, cake, etc.). I also need to start taking my Metformin... Still soooo afraid of the side effects.

Last night I wanted to go to our favorite fro-yo (frozen yogurt, for those of you that aren't familiar) place because I am out of Phase 1, but I decided against it and am going for 3 weeks of no sugars except fruits. It was wonderful to add fruit back into my diet this week. I missed it!! I am nervous to see the weightloss results this week because of adding carbs back in, but we'll see what happens. I'm still trying to stay away from flour, rice, bread, etc so I may see at least a pound or two. Or at least I am hoping. I haven't started working out yet (yea, yea, yea, I'll get there) so I may not see the scale budge much this week.

I'm still feeling great and like I can do this. If I continue to lose weight (gotta start working out!!), I should be at my UGW (ultimate goal weight) by mid-September. That's not far off at all. I can and will do this.

Things I've learned:

  • I do not need sweets to survive. I do not need chocolate, a cookie or cake. 
  • Eating the sweets does not make me feel better. It does not take away my sadness, frustration, boredom, etc. 
  • Without all the crap/processed foods, I have less belly bloat. AND, feel great.
  • I am not adventurous with my veggies. I tried collard greens and did not like them... I'll stick to celery, cucumbers, broccoli and carrots for snacking.
  • It doesn't take that much time to prepare foods. Yes, processed foods are more convenient and quick to grab on the go, but I don't think people realize how much they are weighing them down.
  • I'm taking care of myself, AND I'm taking care of my hubby because he's eating healthier as well. I'm insuring a better future for us.
  • My body can lose weight.
  • I may have to work harder than "normal" people to lose weight.
  • With each pound lost, I gain that much more of my confidence back.
  • Whoever said that skinny doesn't equal happiness is lying. At least for me. Call me vain, but I truly am happier as I get thinner.
  • My hubby is my best cheerleader and support. Seriously. When I feel like falling, he is there beside me to tell me to keep going. God, I am so lucky. I love him so much.
There is probably a lot more, but I can't think right now.

Here is my before picture when I started the SBD. I'll try to get an update this week to see if there is any difference. I'm not sure 5lbs will show up since I am not working out, but we'll see.

Monday, March 19, 2012

March Photo a Day: Week 3

March Photo a Day - March 12-18

And a preview for April :) yes, I will be doing it again!!

12. Fork

13. A Sign

14. Clouds

15. Car

16. Sunglasses (me!)

17. Something Green (kale - I made kale chips!)

18. A Corner of My Home

Who is ready for April's Photo a Day!? I know I am!! I've had fun and it's forced me to be creative and actually be mindful of my days.

Link up with Chantelle at fatmumslim for April's Photo a Day extravaganza!! It is sure to be a lot of fun :)

Taken from fatmumslim's blog, I edited it in Instagram and posted it on my feed.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March Photo a Day: Week 2

Day 5: A Smile (my favorite smile!)

Day 6: 5pm (working!)

Day 7: Something You Wore

Day 8: Window

Day 9: Red

Day 10: Loud (I received my Gussy Sews bags!! Look for a post soon!!)

Day 11: Someone You Talked to Today

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Starting the South Beach Diet - Phase 1

I started the South Beach Diet Phase on Monday. I've had success with it in the past and a lot of my research online has shown that women with PCOS have success on it with losing weight and evening out their insulin levels. My bloodwork showed a little bit of an increase in insulin, so I am taking this pretty seriously since a risk of PCOS is developing diabetes. No diabetes for me. Time to get serious.

So far I am doing pretty good. I have a Vitamin D deficiency (also common with PCOS), so I have been drinking a glass of milk every morning with breakfast. I hate milk, but I need more Vitamin D and it's too cold right now for me to go sit outside (yea, I'm a wimp!). All I wanted on Monday was something sweet (a cookie, a piece of cake, some candy, ANYTHING!!) but I held out all day and had sugar-free Jello last night with some low-fat whipped cream. I'm seriously addicted to sugar...

I am reading The PCOS Workbook: Your Guide to Complete Physical and Emotional Health right now to help me understand PCOS and how to manage it. Initially I was super stressed about it because of 1. another diagnosis, and 2. how it can affect my fertility but I am now calming down and taking the steps to take care of myself. What I've learned is that I not only have an emotional dependence on sugar ('cuz I'm an emotional eater -- just keeping it real) but also a physiological dependence on sugar because of how it affects the body and how women with PCOS just "naturally" crave sugar. It's pretty frustrating because even if I get over the whole addiction part of sugar, then my body still really wants it. Yesterday and today has been good so far. I even had a vanilla latte from Starbucks :) Sugar-free and fat-free, of course.

Yesterday I had Jake help me with some pictures and measurements. I'd really like to be held accountable for this, and I'd really like to see the progress. I'm pretty serious about this.

I know that I should be serious about this for me. But really, I would be lying to you if I told you this. I'm serious about this for my fertility. More than anything in the world, I want to be a mom and I want to be able to get pregnant on my own. So, yes, I am doing this to be healthy. And to see my goal weight. But I also want to start and have a family and so I am doing this.

You ask if there are any updates with Jake and I? Ah, we're just living the dream. Working and paying the bills.

And dealing with what God places in front of us, one step at a time.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

March Photo a Day: Week 1

Well, here goes. Week 1 of March Photo a Day. Hosted by fun mum slim.

Day 1: Up

Day 2: Fruit (with scrambled egg whites, onion and avocado. yum!)

Day 3: Neighborhood

Day 4: Bedside

Wanna join? Link up here.

Friday, March 2, 2012

March: Photo a Day

You should join me in joining fatmumslim in doing #marchphotoaday. I'm excited to do this and keep it up. If you know me, I'm terrible at being consistent and completing things. So hopefully I can prove something to myself and keep it up.

I upload my pictures to instagram, but each week on Sunday I'll be posing all of my week's photos on here as well for everyone to see if you don't have instagram.

Come on, join us, it'll be fun!! :) I promise.

Thankful Thursday - 03.01.12

Hi all,

I haven't done this in awhile, and I really need it this week. It's been rough the last couple weeks.

Things I am thankful this week:

1. A hubby that got home from work before me and straightened up the apt (he even made the bed! which we never do).

2. A hubby that forgot to start/make dinner so we went out to dinner and had a lovely evening talking.

3. Winning a gift certificate to Gussy Sews. I ordered this nesting trio yesterday.

4. Breaking down into a blubbering mess in supervision this week. I probably looked like a fool in front of my colleagues but desperately needed it.

5. My amazing husband.

6. Throwing a successful baby shower.

7. Beautiful days like today!

8. Easy hours at work. Even if I have to document them all...

9. My wonderful cousin and best friend. She always checks in on me. Oh, and is my personal shopper through our iPhones :)

10. That tomorrow is Friday!!

Link up with Curious Georgi for Thankful Thursday :)
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