Tuesday, May 29, 2012

In Search of New Goals!

Boy, the month of May just FLEW by!  I had my one year "surgiversary" a couple of weeks ago and didn't even blog about it, lol!  I am actually doing very well and am in need of new goals.  I met all the goals I wrote for myself, "weight-wise" (see all those goals to the right?  ALL crossed off!):  I am now in the "normal" BMI range!!  I am actually below my goal weight, but really want to stay in the 150's, and I am fluctuating between 157-162.  I am in mostly size 8's, but some 10's and some 6's, depending on the brand.  Mostly medium tops.  I have hit 125 lbs. lost!!!  yahoo!!  But now what?

I need to make myself some new goals, maybe not weight related, but total health related. 
  • Food choices.   This has become increasingly harder for me.  For the first 6-10 months after surgery, I was very disciplined and made sure I was eating mostly protein and lots of fruits and veggies.  I still wasn't eating pasta or bread and sweets were at a minimum.  Now?  Still not much bread or pasta and still mostly protein, but lots of junk has been creeping into my diet.  Crackers.  Ice cream. And since we are busy with my girls' softball, lots of eating out.  Now, the portions are still small, but I am not making the best choices.  Need to make a goal about this.  Not sure what yet...
  • Exercise.  Still not doing much at all.  I occasionally walk, usually with the dogs, but not much.  I don't think I am ready to commit to a serious exercise routine, but I need to move more than I have been (this has been a theme throughout my whole life..sigh).
  • Spiritual walk and service.  I realize I am making excuses, but I feel like I have been so busy.  Our church has a summer Women's Bible Study that I am going to participate in.  Also, the agency I work for is a Christian organization, placing foster children in Christian homes.  I do feel like my work is a ministry.  But is that enough?  Should I serve at church, too?  Prayer needed on this.
  • Friends.  I have a close group of friends and we have been friends for almost 10 years.  But, our kids are all getting older and are having activities of their own, so we are getting busy.  I need to make a point of inviting them to coffee or just drop them a note once in a while.  Such bad habits. 
  • Hobbies?  Ha!  I really envy those that have them.  I would love to scrapbook or sew or knit (or even blog on a regular basis, lol!), but with my full-time job and three kiddos?  When??  I know there are women out there that do it, but I just don't know how.
So, these are some of the areas that I am looking at for new goals.  I would love some ideas.  I do get lots of inspiration from all of you and even "Pinterest" lots of ideas :)

A note about hubby :)  He has his one year "surgiversary" in July.  He has already lost over 125 lbs. and doesn't want to get any lower, either.  He looks fabulous, if I do say so myself :)  <wolf whistle>  Here is a pic of us on Memorial Day this past weekend.  We spent it at a lake with some friends.

Friday, February 10, 2012

*TAP* *TAP* Is this thing on??!

Wow, I am one horrible blogger, lol!  Next week is my 9 month post-op and I haven't blogged since my 6 month post-op, before the holidays, and before the New Year.  Crazy!!  Normally people fall off the blogger wagon because they are not in a good place (i.e., not following a plan, gaining weight, bad relationship, etc.) or just too plain busy.  I fit more into the second category, along with a dash of pure laziness and "not-much-too-say".  I love reading blog updates, but I always seem to put mine off.  I must have started writing an update a dozen times in the last 3 months, only to get busy with something else (work, KIDS, work, husband, KIDS).   Thanks Sheila for asking about me :).

I really have been doing well.  I am within 10 lbs. of my goal of having a normal BMI!!!  116 lbs. lost so far!!!  Wow wow wow!!!  I cannot even believe it, even though I just wrote it.  I can fit into size 8 jeans, although I am currently wearing 10's.  They are a little loose, so I may have to do some shopping soon.  Here are my attempts to take pictures in the dressing room. I did not buy any of these, I just happened to be out working and had a few minutes to kill next to an Old Navy.  The first one I took was of size 8 shorts and a regular t-shirt, but I forgot to turn off the darn flash, so all you see is a big white mess, lol!  Then I changed into jeans, but it is hard to tell how they look with the black t-shirt.  BUT I did remember to take a picture of the tag.

The holidays went by without a hiccup.  I did really well with my eating and for the first time ever lost weight.  Of course I had some sweets and more carbs than usual, but I wasn't able to eat a lot.  I still eat mainly protein (lean meats, dairy, nuts) and fruit/veggies.  I rarely have any pasta, rice, or bread, but occasionally have a tortilla, and those are low carb varieties.  I am, however, a really bad example as a WLS post-op.  I don't exercise (at all!  really!  eek!) nor do I take my vitamins.  I know, I know...I need to be slapped.  I know I probably will regret these habits/ lack of habits, but right now it is not something I am doing.   OK, back to the are some pictures of my hubby and I.  The first one is at Thanksgiving and the other one is of us on vacation for my brother's wedding on New Year's Eve.  I loved all the reactions we received from family that haven't seen us in months.  It was fabulous!!  Speaking of hubby, he just had his 6 month post-op and has lost over 100 lbs, too and is probably going to pass me in that statistic.  He looks fantastic and I could not be more proud of him.

Well, that is about it for an update.  Not much else is going on, other than work, work, and KIDS ;)  All three girls have just started softball again and there are a total of 6 practices and 6 games each week between the three of them.  We are going to have a busy Spring!  But I wouldn't change a thing.

OH, just thought of another HAIR!  Freaky.  It is no longer falling out, but there is tons of regrowth.  I have all these little hairs, about an inch long, all over my head.  And, my hair is now curlier than before, and not in a cute way.  It is like the mane of a lion, a kinky-head lion.  So bizarre.  Good thing I know how to use a straightener.  OK, now I am done (and this took all day to write...I started at work this morning, but got interrupted all day.  Now it is almost midnight.  sigh.).