Doggish Supermodels....

What do Supermodels, large dogs, quarter of beef, double stroller, bike stroller trailer, and tortoises have to do with me?  I will let you know after these commercial msgs LOL

Now back to our regularly scheduled program....

So I did have weigh in today.  After picking up my 5 year old from school, we zipped over to my meeting place to weigh in . Took my coat and shoes off and then handed my book to my leader after which I stepped on the scale, hoping.  Hoping I had a loss. Hoping I lost the 1.2 lbs I needed to reach 100 lbs lost.  Hoping for anything but a gain. LOL
Not only did I lose the 1.2 lbs I wanted, but I lost 2.6 lbs more!  I am now officially out of the 200's weighing in at 199.6 lbs with a grand total loss of 102.8 lbs!! I just about jumped up and down on the scale!
My leader didn't have my certificate in but still had me come up to the front of the room and "celebrate".  I even brought my "big" jeans to show the full room where I started.  I will have to take another updated picture and post it here soon.
At this point, I can not even fathom how I functioned with 102 lbs more on my body. 
I don't even think I could actually lift 100 lbs up by myself!
How did I do it daily?! How did I manage to eat the way I did? How did I not move my ass off the couch at all? I have 2 young daughters for crying out loud that I need to be an example for!
 They see me measuring out my food and ask to use the measuring cups themselves to measure out their food.  

They see me exercising  and know as soon as I put my shoes on, I am going to do a workout. Now, I just have to get hubby to be more active! In time, hopefully!

And by the way, if you hadn't figured out the answer to the question, all those things weigh approximately 100 lbs. the amount I have lost since I started Weight Watchers last April.
This has not been a kind week in our household.  My 5 year old daughter started off the week (on a holiday no less) quite sick with a fever and throwing up.  That saw her missing school on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, whatever she had, my 3 year old had something similar.  Fever on and off and general malaise but was not throwing up. I weighed in the morning (I'll get back to that in a minute) and had been fighting the feeling of nausea on and off all morning.  In the afternoon, I ended up sick myself (at least I wasn't running to the bathroom to throw up! LOL) Thursday saw one of my dayhome kids sick (slept most of the day) but was in good spirits but cuddly at times. Thursday night saw my 3 year old sick again with round two, this time with throwing up.  And Friday, it appeared we were on the mend. Yesterday, all 4 of us had come down with varying degrees of colds.  Fun?! Not so much! LOL

Wednesday weigh in saw me with a 2.6 lb loss.  I almost cried when I saw how close I am to attaining that 100 lbs loss.  1.2 lbs to go! And then 2.2 lbs to go until I am finally in Onederland!  I am going to be an emotional wreck at weigh in's the next couple of weeks!  My friend and I have set up a little mini challenge that if we meet our goals, we are going to give ourselves a mini spa night out, likely with pedi's/mani's.  That alone is making me excited as I have never had a pedicure before! I am pretty sure I will need to book another one for sandal weather so I can sport any new toenail polish out in all its glory LOL I don't know if my friend will meet her goal since she is already in maintenance phase of Weight Watchers but just wants to lose a bit more weight to be more comfortably in her healthy range.  I imagine she is going to do the mani/pedi anyhow to celebrate with me. And I am still wanting to do my hair professionally so I can finally stop having "mom" hair.  You know, the hair that doesn't do anything but lie flat on your head and looks like it hasn't seen the inside of a salon ever.
Its funny. I have lost this weight and now I am noticing that my views on myself have changed quite a bit.  My self esteem has definitely improved and I find myself wearing fitted tops and caring about how I look. Now if only it wasn't so expensive to change my clothes, hair, makeup etc. I do think that after 100 lbs lost, I deserve it no matter if it costs money. Just have to convince the husband of it now LOL My birthday is coming up and he will be out of town then.  Do you think I can guilt him into it? Or will he just understand.....

Since starting Weight Watchers, I have been way more adventurous with my food choices and am always looking out for new recipes to try.  To be honest, there aren't many that we keep in regular rotation.  It has to be pretty special to be a complete keeper and pass the hubby and kids test.  I have only found a couple of recipes that have met that criteria.  One comes from the Weight Watchers recipes Goddess herself Gina at Skinny Weight Watcher.  She always has fabulous recipes posted all the time and you just have to stop by there to at least take a look at the recipe she spent 9 months perfecting! ;) Gina's recipe for Baked Garlic Lemon Tilapia is one of those recipes that we keep handy.  It gets my vote when both my girls ask for seconds for fish because they love it so much!

And lastly, I leave you with this little diddy. Thank goodness workout dvd's don't look like this anymore! And why the hell did we ever think it was a good idea to wear those?! I can't imagine squeezing my fat ass into one of them to workout. How hard would it be to take off once you sweated in it?! LOL

And here is one more. Anyone recognize the main actress in this one? The picture on her bedside table makes me feel old! LOL


Stepping Outside the Glass Box

Our Monday Project from had us trying something new this week, stepping outside our comfort zone. Since I started my weight loss journey back in April, I have been continuously stepping outside my comfort zone.  I am more willing to try new foods and the way I wear my clothes has definitely changed from what I was comfortable with.  Now, exercise is totally different.  For some reason, I have a very hard time coming out of my glass box for fear of shattering it. I want to.  I sooooo want to!  And, you know what? I chickened out. I finally did it! Granted, it was still a workout at home but I can not afford a gym membership at the moment so I am doing the best I can with what I have at home.  I am not terribly co-ordinated at all and have found great comfort in doing Leslie Sansone's Walk Away The Pounds DVD's.  So comfortable, that I can easily do her 5 Mile walks with jogging intervals. I sweat but I certainly feel like I could go longer.
So, in transitioning to a new dvd, I tried a Stott's Pilates Walk on to weight loss dvd.  Certainly had some of the same moves but also had some that the other dvd's did not.  Enough different moves that my thighs are screaming at me today but, that might also be because I did try another dvd (beginniner Slim in 6) that was not a walking dvd.  I will be adding both into my dvd rotations. You know they are working when parts of you are sore! LOL
I stepped out of my glass box and it didn't crash down around me!  I might be tempted to add in new dvd's on a semi regular basis just to keep things interesting!

What Motivates you?

Today's meeting topic was about motivation.  Getting motivated and keeping motivation going. It was asked what motivated us to join Weight Watchers and then what motivates us to keep going.

My motivation to join Weight Watchers was through an opportunity that I couldn't say no to. The province I live in was conducting a survey of people that needed to lose weight for a study they would be running.  If you qualified, you would be compensated up to 70% of the costs of meetings.  The only thing stopping me from joining was finances so when this opportunity fell in my lap, I jumped on it with both feet and haven't looked back since.
My mom being diagnosed with borderline diabetes at 60 (with a family history of every one of her siblings diabetic way before that) motivated me to lose weight and now to push back when I would likely get diabetes myself.

What keeps me motivated to keep going is now, is that I am so close to breaking that 100 lbs lost mark which is then followed by my leaving the 200's and finally entering into the 100's.
I am motivated by all the clothing choices I will soon be able to wear.
I am motivated by all my blogger and twitter followers.  I think positive support is a great motivational tool! Everyone helps to hold me accountable!
I am motivated by my daughters to stay healthy and active to be great role models for them.
Although not at first, I am now motivated by my husband, to show him it can be done so he will do it himself one day in the near future.
I am motivated by the inspiration I am giving to others just starting out on their journey.  If I can do it, so can you!
I am motivated by the embarrassment I have for the size I was. I will NEVER see that size again!
And lastly, I am motivated by the beautiful Motivational wall I have built but yet to put up due to printer issues.

"You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be." - David Viscott

So tell me, what motivates you?

Weigh In Feb 4, 2010

Couldn't report in yesterday for the Rethink Your Shrink Challenge over at Shrinkingjeans yesterday because I didn't weigh in until this morning. I am down another 1.8 lbs for a grand total of 95.8 lbs lost. My next goal is within reach! 4.2 lbs to go until I am 100 lbs lighter! So so so so so close I can taste it! I envision myself crying on the scale when I see that number.

Now, I am needing to start concentrating on toning up some areas. My arms have grown wings and my stomach is still quite floopy. (have had babies afteral.... LOL ) And the chest area can always use a tone up... definitely use a tone up! Just have to find a workout that works for me that won't cause me to hurt myself LOL

I am still trying to decide on what I want to try as a new thing for the Monday project. I did try a new workout yesterday but it was similar in concept to what I have already been done. I at least am feeling a bit of different muscles that were used during it today so I know I will be adding it into my rotation of DVD's.

Is there anyone that feels that they have to do a long workout in order to feel like they ahve actually done a workout? I kow there are workouts out there that work you just as hard and it only ends up being like 20 minutes (ie. Jillian's Shred) but after I have done something that short, I feel like I haven't worked out enough. Maybe its just me....