Monday, November 16, 2009

I'd rather be following along, Week 3

Be forewarned that this is a lengthily post.  But, you may want to stick it out, for the props I give you at the end. ;)

Emotions:  My kids were sick all week.  Swine flu sick.  Fevers, rashes, vomiting - it was lovely.  So, I was pretty run down, stressed, and in dire need of free time!  Needless to say, I didn't get any.  Instead, I got a queasy stomach - that didn't seem to settle, unless I was nibbling on some kind of cracker/pretzel/toast, etc.  I was exhausted, and found it very hard to be motivated to do anything after I had fulfilled the request of every one else.

Diet:  I'm not going to post my meals here, but I did keep track with my ww online tools.  I did pretty well with the diet, considering my propensity to head straight to carry out when times get tough.  We managed to eat at home for all but one of our week night dinners.  I stayed within my points for the week, and I didn't eat one of the tubs of ice cream in my fridge.  (Yes, I said "one of" because there are several - that's a whole other story.)  I did have a couple sodas, but again, these seemed to settle the tummy.  (No, I'm not preggers.)

Exercise:  Unfortunately I didn't get to my yoga class.  (This studio rocks btw, because they called me to see if everything was okay!)  I did do a few of my EA Active workouts, but not enough.  My gruve was rather mad at me too, as I didn't have my normal activity of taking everyone everywhere and running errands.  Instead, I was stuck on a couch, next to a sick-o the whole week.  So, yeah, my body is rather bored.

Summary:  It all came out well, in the end.  I was 193.5 last week, and this morning, I was 191!  Down 2.5 pounds this week, and 9 in the last 3 weeks! Only a little over a pound to lose, and I will wear those leg warmers for y'all!  Guess I need to do some shopping this week!

One more thing.  It occurs to me that I may have been withholding from you all.  Or, at least, it feels that way. I never really wrote down my whole life's weight story.  And it really is just too much to go into right now - for you all to read, and for me to put so much emotion into.  (There would be tears, lots of tears.) BUT, I should let you know, that I have been actively trying to lose this weight (the weight that I have had on my frame since being at my heaviest) for quite a while.  Actually, since November 2007.  On that day - the first day I went back to weight watchers - I weighed 220.6 pounds. 

That is insane.  Insane that I'm writing it down, and insane that it ever got that bad.  I don't ever remember being that size, but it was recorded, so it must be true.  It has been a long haul - with lots of ups and downs, too many different routines and diets to count.  But, I look at my graph, and the overall slope of it is down.  I have lost almost 30 pounds in the last 2 years.

I think I needed to get that out so that you knew that this is hard for me.  Really freaking hard.  I am stunned that it is coming off at this rate right now.  But, more than stunned, I'm thankful.  I wanted to tell you my heaviest weight, so I could tell you ladies how thankful I am. 

To you ladies that come and post...
That read my tweets...
That give me gentle pushes
That give me tons of encouragement...
That sincerely care about me...
To you ladies that keep it real -

I am overwhelmingly and forever grateful for your support.  I have never been more determined to do this in my life as I am right now.  And that is thanks to you.  As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I will remember you, and be thankful for YOU.


  1. * YEA * YEA * YEA (Jumping up and down and clapping) for YOU!! WOW, what a story, what week! You're doing this and keeping it together through sickness and everything else! YOu continue to inspire me!! XOXOX

  2. Ah, Mandy this is my favorite post. I know how that feels to not believe you were that big. It's like another person living your life.

    I'm so proud of you for your encouragement of others, consistency even through the tough times, and love of the Sistahood. You are a great example to everyone and I love you for it.

    We will be here for you!

  3. Mandy Mandy Mandy...that's AWESOME progress! Woot woot to my homie! Congratulations!! It is a very emotional thing. Like Leah said...we will be here for you! We are in this together! =)

    You inspire me chic..keep it up! Still doing Zumba! I promised you I'd go! =)

  4. More pounds down this week! Way to go! I'm really loving getting to know you better. You are such a great friend. For real. Keep it up girl... for you. xo


  5. Thanks so much for coming by. I'm trying to lose weight too...but I keep losing my motivation and mojo so to speak. Realizing how big you are is no fun, I know. It's great that you're losing weight though--that's awesome!! Keep it up!

  6. AWESOME JOB!!!! Not a fun week at all. Take care of yourself! Sorry you were sick :( Thanks so much for sharing you're story. I look forward to getting to know more about you. You're hard work is going to pay off and we're all here for you!!!

  7. you may not know this - but you are the inspiration for hubby and i to begin thinking seriously about what we eat and how we need to get our behinds off the couch too. love you muchly sissy - you rock!