Sunday, January 27, 2013

So, just what is my routine?

Alright, now that we've gotten my back story finished now it's time to focus on the future. What's the secret to my success? Do I exercise? What do I eat? Is it more costly to eat this way? Are several questions I've gotten from friends in the past. I can say I'm actively doing the Weight Watchers Points Plus system. Basically, if you are not familiar with this program, every morsel of food has a point value, depending on your height, weight, and activity level for the day you are allotted so many points. I currently get 34 points a day. I have this nifty little app on my iPhone that lets me track everything I eat and I'm able to see the points I've eaten in a day and how many/little I have left. I usually try to track out my entire day and breakfast so I can see what I will have left at the end of the day if I should happen to wander into Brownie land or something. They say you are supposed to eat ALL your points because the whole process behind this system is you are feeding your body and getting it used to smaller portions and healthier options. When I hit my plateau a few months ago I decide I was going to leave about 5 points off and see what happeend. Lately I've been eating anywhere from 20-30 points so one of my goals this week is to eat all my points worth. You may think this is hard but sometimes it just is. Lately, a typical day for me looks like this:

Breakfast: Cereal 2 servings at 3 points each = 6 points
Snack: cherry tomatoes=0 points, 4 olives = 1 point
Lunch: Turkey sandwich 4-5 points, string cheese=2 points, apple= 0 points
Dinner: pre-approved WW meal cooked from WW recipe book usually around 8-10 points
Which at the end is at the most 24 points. You can see I need to snack more (which sounds so funny, but your body likes smaller meals, or snacks, and it's easier to break down than larger meals).

I also bought an elliptical so at night after the baby is in bed I try to sneak away for 5 minutes. I know, 5 minutes sounds so measly but #1 I HATE exercising and B. I'm starting off slow. I figure I'll work my way up by a minute every other week or something. At least I'm getting my body moving. Which, by the way, is the first time I've exercised in this journey. Yes, I lost 60 lbs without doing any real exercising, just eating right and watching portions.

I love to use Pintrest. I usually scroll through any new pins my friends have made and then I'll go straight to the DIY/Craft section. I recently saw a pin from a friend about how this mom of 4 (family of 6) spends $200 a MONTH on groceries. Of course I had to read it because with our new home and new car money has been SUUUPER tight (meaning I've been pulling from savings to scrape by). This, January, is the first month that Danial and I have tried that and so far, by golly, it's working. We haven't really done without and food items we just shop every other week (instead of every week) and I've been cooking some meals that aren't from the WW cook book but still are not bad (I just have to calculate how many points are in a particular meal) so, for $200 this month I've been able to shop healthy for Danial and myself.

Ok, Confession time. I am 100% against those fad diets, pills, and basically anything that is not healthy eating and exercise to lose weight. But recently something caught my eye. I was on Facebook and I'm "friends" with a local radio station who was posting about I didn't pay any attention toit the first time I saw the thumbnail but then I saw it again and decide to click on it. I read about it and what it is is liquid protein that you take 3 hours after eating your last bite, right before you go to bed, and it works on finding the stored fat and burns it while you sleep. They say it is for losing inches, and not so much weight. I chatted with my mom about it and after some research on it I figured what the hell? She and I both bought a bottle. The results? So far it's great. I'm only in the 3rd week of doing it but it kind of got me out of my slump and off that plateau! I'm at my lowest weight since I can remember. When I first started taking it waiting 3 hours after eating is/was a big challenge. We typically finish at 6:30 and then since we are old bums would go to bed sometimes at 8:30 but usually between 8 and 9 so if I stop eating at 6:30 that means I have to stay awake (and Danny too) until 9:30! It just seems so late! After the first week I am actually getting used to it and I like it because it gives me a chance to get things done, like dishes, graphics work, and making my lunch for the next day. I have lost about 5 inches total from several areas. Once my one month supply of this stuff is gone I most likely won't buy more but it gave me a great jump start to get my butt in gear again. I urge anyone who is one a plateau or slump to try not eating for the last three hours at night and then drink an 8 oz glass of water before they go to bed. Let me know what happens! What is funny is I notice the "little" things I'd eat and not even really know about it but now that I've taken that stuff I notice it. My mental self says "better not eat that co you'd have to stay up later! noooooo" so Instead of eating the bis and pieces left in the pan I'd immediately drench the pan in water and feel good about it. That may sound funny to some of you out there but when you're a food addict you just see things differently.

Ok! That's it! I'm going to, hopefully, blog at least once on Saturday's (my weigh in days) and keep everyone up to date on anything great going on in between then. I worked hard and focused this last week but that damn female mother nature reared her ugly head so I had a .2 (yes POINT TWO) weight gain over last week. The important thing is I did not let it get me down and I'm going to stay focused and committed this week so I can have a big pay off on Saturday (Weight Watchers says you can expect to lose 1-2 lbs a week on their programs and that is just fine with me).

The Nitty Gritty... My Goal...

Well, it's Sunday at 6:30 and for some reason I'm awake! Amazing how on the week day my alarm goes off at 6:00 and I hit snooze until 6:15ish or the baby wakes up before then but on the weekends when everyone is sleeping peacefully DING 6:00 I'm wide awake. Oh well, Figured I'd take this time to really get this blog started. So, now for the encore, the nitty gritty of when I started this blog, there are various reasons but WEIGHT LOSS is #1. Yes, I said weight loss. I'm sure this blog theme is tired and played out but this is much more for my benefit than anyone else's. I want to be able to track where I am and if I'm struggling a particular day I want to be able to take a look back and see where I've come from and the hard work it has taken me to get to be better.

Again, I'm 28 (will be 29 this year) and I've always struggled with weight, the earliest age I can remember to I was the fat kid. Over the years I've just learned to accept it instead of really try to do anything about it. This past year is the first time I've spent the entire year trying to change for the better. My transformation started in January 2011. I vowed to get healthier (as I think we all do around the new year) so I stared Weight Watchers. Once again, my entire life has revolved around diets. My dad would always get depressed about his weight and put the family on weight watchers and then when he got happier about his weight he'd (we'd) stop. He was the cook of the family so if dad didn't cook healthy I wasn't about, at such a young age, to start cooking for myself so what dad made was what you ate. Year after year this is how things went. I'd lose 20 lbs and we'd all stop and then slowly but surly I'd put it back on. Yes, I was taught pieces of how to loose the weight but being so young I didn't have the full picture. Being able to reflect now I can see that. It's more about getting yourself in the right mind frame that it's a life style change and not just a diet. This is who I need to be until the end of days. My body was made differently so I need to treat it differently, I can respect that now, let's not say that I'm happy about it but I can respect it. :)

When I moved to Ohio for 4 years (about 2004), I was single, I didn't have to worry about anyone else in the house except for me. I used to go to school in the day and would work a serving job at night so I was moving around a lot. I was at my lowest weight then. To tell you the truth on how I got there I recall eating a 6" Subway club a DAY. I had more will power over food then. I'd go to school and then go to work and didn't really think about food so I usually had a half of a 6" before then (or the full one throughout the day) and then when I'd get home from work I'd have the rest. How horrible is that? It worked though. I have a pair of pajama pants, that I bought. They are a 2X (I usually wore a 3X) but these were SOOOO cute I had to buy them in hopes that someday I'd be able to wear them, it was at that Subway point of my life I was able to wear them.

What happened you ask? I got a boyfriend. :( That was a horrible relationship but the point is I lost sight of my transformation and there was another person in the household. Do we all go out and eat crap food when we're in relationships or has that just been my experience? I still have those PJ pants in my drawer and while I can actually now fit into them I'm not 100% comfortable just yet. I will continue to keep them until one day soon I'm able to wear them comfortably again!

Ok, back to 2011, vowed to get healthier blah, blah, blah. I was doing great. Managed to get about 15-20 lbs off (gee, those seem to be the easiest always, eh? the first 20) and I had stared going to Curves that was in the same block as my work. For those of you not familiar with Curves it's for women only and it is a circuit of exercises where you spend 30 seconds on each machine twice. It's a great concept but gets boring after a while, anyway, I had signed up for their challenge of see who can loose the most in a month pounds and inches. They weighed and measured and off we all went. Their only stipulation was you had to go to Curves 3 times a week. Easy breezy. I was doing Weight Watchers and things were going great. April 1st was the last day of the challenge and also the day I was surprising my husband with a week trip to Disneyland in So. Cal (he'd never been and I was excited). So I went to Curves before I headed into work and got my final weight and measurements and the lady kept telling me how awesome I had done and she had yet to see anyone lose as much as me. In the middle of our Disneyland week (where I was obvi. taking a small break from WW to enjoy my vacation with Danial) I got a text from my work friend of a photo of Curves' dry erase board that announced the winner was me! Yay. Happy day, I had won and was prob. at my lowest weight since being back in Utah (2007). When we returned to Utah from our awesome trip I tried to get back on track but kept yo-yoing up and down. Well, turns out I was pregnant! I found out in May that I was aprox. 5 weeks along (this did not happen on our Anniversary trip but a week before just FYI)! Another happy day! Danial and I had decided to stop the precautions and try for a baby around January and surprise. Needless to say while I did vaguely do Weight Watchers during my pregnancy as to not gain an insane amount I gained exactly 30 lbs putting me at my all time heaviest weight EVER. Here is the photo of me Christmas day 2011, the day I got induced:
This is the only picture that was taken of me standing up like this during my pregnancy and it's both happy and sad (there are pictures of me sitting at my baby shower but I've got gifts on my lap and you can't really see this foolishness). Happy that I won't have a TON of photos around until the end of time reminding me of how heavy I am but also very sad that I didn't get to experience what other pregnant mom's take for granted: photo opportunities with a cute, perfect baby bump. I was ultimately blessed with a perfectly healthy baby which is the most important. Still, I can't help but feel a bit sad.

Now, again, January 2012 I vowed I REALLY needed to get my act together for the sake of my child and my husband. and 2012 I did it!!! After the first week of mommyhood I got on the scale and IT'S A MIRACLE I had lost ALL 30 lbs of the baby weight. Literally, it was just gone. I still can't believe it. So, that left me at pre-pregnancy weight i.e. a long way to go to my ultimate goal, which by the way is 150-160 lbs (a healthy weight for my height of 5'9). 2012 had been my most successful year ever. I dropped an additional 30 lbs. I hit a plateau the last few months where, once again, I was yo-yoing. Lose a lb gain two. Lose 2.5 gain 1, etc. So now, that January new year resolution time has hit and I'm re-focused and feeling better than ever that I can reach my goal. I know this will take another year (after this one)  least which puts us to January 2015 but God willing, I'm going to do this.

My ultimate goal reward will be a full body lift. After an entire life time being spent as a heavy gal I know that that skin will never go back to where it needs to be so I've decided that the full body lift is the way to go. It will be costly and I've started saving but in the end it's what will happen and I really can't wait.

I wore that same pink sweater around umm November 2012 and my how it fit differently. I wanted to wait the full year but I couldn't help it. I looked really awesome. You'll have to trust me because this photo has mysteriously disappeared from my iPhoto and Facebook where I had posted it. Darn. Oh well. I'll wear it again and take another photo soon. :)

Ok everyone, that's the truth and I'm sticking to it. #1 on my goals list is to get to that goal weight by January 2015. I know I can do this.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

About Me

Now that I've commited to blogging AT LEAST once a week you may (or may not) want to know more about me. I'm 28 years old and live in La Verkin Utah. If you're not familiar with Southern Utah it is a very small town located about 30 minutes from the larger St. George. It's a quiet, rural, friendly town where strangers wave at you and you may occassionaly find horse poop in front of your house (yes, in the street. that's how we La Verkinites roll). I'm married to a wondeful guy, Danial, who is the second light of my eyes. My first light is my son Cougar, just over a ... actaully today is his 1 year and 1 month "anniversary"! I can't imagine life without my two boys. I am on my second home ownership and it's pretty much our dream home. I bought the first home before Danial and I got married and it was the perfect starter home but once we had Cougar space grew to be too tight. Danial has two other kids from a previous marriage and with my home business I need an office so we had to move from a 3 bedroom up and we couldn't of gotten luckier! Since I work at Coldwell Banker (a real estate company) I have the in on the good deals and friends on the inside so we scored a 5 bedroom 3 bath home with approx 3400 sq ft for a killer deal! We were sad to leave our first home but not sad enough to not do it. It's actually about a one minute drive between the two so we sometimes drive by and reminisce.

I was born in California and my parents moved to Utah when I was just turning 9 to be closer to my moms parents and to get out of the Southern California crime to raise me. I've almost been here ever since. I did go to Ohio for about 4 years and did the college thing and graduated with an AA in Graphic Communications (graphic design), then moved back to Southern Utah to be closer to the aging grandparents. I got to spend a few short more months with my grandpa before he had an unexpected stroke and soon after passed away. Grandma held on for a bit longer but she too passed in 2010. Life is so sad without them but I have my memories and those I will always hold dear to my heart. I was very close with both of them and miss them emencely.

I currently work at Coldwell Banker Premier and sometimes help my mom at her Tanning Salon              Tan 24-7 on the weekends and of course I have a small home business called Twisted Pixels where I offer graphic design and printing. Since I'm a super small company I don't make a lot off this home business, I mainly do it to keep my design skills fressh and ever evoloving so thus I am able to offer printing for a fraction of the cost that other places charge. It's a win win so if you ever need printing and/or design let me know. I have also recently become part of the Street Team for Rockeresque, they are a vegan and crutely free cosmetic company and I LOVE their products. Their colors are so bright and inexpensive it will knock your socks off. Vegan with an Edge they say. You should go check them out, if you end up ordering go ahead and in the comments section drop my name (Beverly Whipple) so they know I'm rocking hard for them. If you haven't been able to tell I'm somewhat of a work-a-holic. I have the need to work and promote and make good things happen for the places I work for.

I have one dog, Bianca the Shih-Tzu and Lewis Merth the cat. A handful at times but, like my child, are worth it.  The bring smiles to my face.

Ok, I think you are about Beverly'd out for now. Keep checking back as I reval the plot to take over the world... I mean the status of  my journey of self discovery. I'd love to hear any feedback you may have so let me know.

P.S. so glad Blogspot auto saves because I just accidentially deleted this entire thing and was sad. Look, I'm learning already!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Hello Bloggers

Alas, I'm going to finally get my blog going! After debating on the topic of my blog for quite sometime I've decide to do the Day in the Life. I'm on a path in life, as everyone is, but my path is finally taking a turn. A turn for the better I think (I can only hope), one filled with self discovery and the ability to learn new things and truly appreciate the great things that I have going for me.  I really want to transform myself, make myself a better person and help anyone along the way who may struggle with some of the same things that I struggle with. Hop on board the Whipplet Express and let's find out where we land!