Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dear Smart Ones,

I'm over you.
I mean it.
I know I've been practically eating you everyday for lunch since January, but it really is time for me to explore my other options.
No hard feelings, right?
You've been there through thick and thin.
Even the times I didn't want to eat you, you were there.
You were SAFE.
You have the POINTS right on front of the box! How could I go wrong with you?
Sometimes you were boring to me.
But so easy to track!
I'll miss you.
But I have to move on and expand my meal options.
Hopefully not to expand my waist line.
Love always,

Monday, August 30, 2010


I have been thinking a lot about my goals lately and when I think I can acheive these goals. I am a very impatient personal by nature. When I want something I want it NOW NOW NOW!!! For example...I bought the first car I test drove with both cars I've ever purchased, I was only engaged for three month because I just couldn't wait to be married to my love, and with all the fad diets I've done..if I didn't lose ten pounds in the 1st week I was like I'm done.
  This time I wanted to do things differently. I read somewhere that the slower you lose weight the harder it is to gain it back. With Weight Watchers I've been averaging about 1-2lbs a week. I'm fine with that...which brings me to my goal!
I want to weigh 150 by June 2011.
  There, I said it. If I lose 4lbs a month for ten months I will be at my goal weight. If you do the math you will know what my current weight is :) I think this is a totally attainable goal. Once I get closer to my goal weight I may change it again since 150 is on the higher scale for my BMI. But, it is in the goal range for WW for my height to be a lifetime member which is my ultimate goal. I honestly can't remember the last time I was in the 150's either. I remember my Senior year of High School I weighed 169 (I don't remember why I distinctively remember that number, I just do!) and I thought I was a big, fat whale!!
Senior prom 2006- with my best friend and biggest supporter, Marlene.

What are your longterm weight goals??

Friday, August 27, 2010

Happy Birthday..

To you..

Happy Birthday to you..

Happy Birthday..

Dearest Lindsay..

Happy Birthday to YOU!!

Today is my older sister, Lindsay's 28th Birthday! What a good rodel model, supportive, funny, witty and beautiful older sister I have! Happy birthday sis- enjoy your day!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Week 3 C25K

I know in my last entry I said change is good sometimes, but this week has really messed me up! I work Monday-Thursday 8:30am-7:00pm. I love my Fridays off! I go to WW, have lunch with my husband when he gets out of classes and work on house projects or whatever my heart desires! But this week I had Wednesday off instead so tomorrow I'm working :( This also so means that my Thursday night work out was different. I did get in my Day 3, Week 3 of Couch to 5k. I am doing to the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure 5k on September 25th. That is 4 weeks, people!! My goal is just just get through my 1st 5K..I would like to run as much as I can through it, but ultimately I just want to cross the finish line knowing that I set out to do something and accomplished it. Here are before and after pictures of my work-out:

I was alone for my workout tonight. Having a work out partner, for me, is motivating, but I know I have to do this for myself. All I had was myself, my water bottle and Britney on my MP3 player. "Womanizer"  is one of my favorites to run to and it just so happened to play tonight :)
I was alone for dinner tonight too. Jordan was working late at the hospital so I was on my own. Anyone who knows me know I am not one for being in the kitchen :) I like quick, convenient meals! So, here was my dinner:
(Yes, I eat on paper plates when Jordan isn't home haha)
Toasted wheat bread with peanut butter and half of a banana and apple slices with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter! I ate the other 1/2 of my banana after my workout which is what Dr. Oz reccommends. :)
So, moral of the story today..I was by myself and I was still able to stay on track with my food and exercise. One step at a time...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Weight Watchers on a Wednesday..

Today I weighed in at WW on a Wednesday. I usually go on Fridays with my sister Lindsay, but due to work scedule complications I had to go today unless I wanted to skip a week (which I don't!!)  I think it's nice to change it up every once in a while. This week I lost 1.2. I'm happy with that number because:
  1. It's a loss!! I will always take a loss over a gain any day!
  2. I last weighed in on Friday so it hasn't even been a full week to lose that 1.2.
  3. I didn't gain over the weekend! I had gone through a period of time when I would gain 2-3 pounds over the weekend then work really hard through the week to lose those pounds + one extra. I am now breaking that cycle!!
Here's my Weekly Weigh In picture:
I am not quite comfortable displaying how much I weigh each week..I'm trying to focus more on how I feel, how my clothes are fitting and my overall eating habits. I figure if I'm doing the "right" thing the scale will lower. Sure, I am motivated by the number getting smaller on the scale, but I'm more concerned about getting out of my size 16 jeans!
Happy Wednesday, Everyone :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I really was a fat bride..

...and I have the pictures to prove it.
Told you!
A little about me..my name is Allie and I'm from the midwest, born and raised. I was married in June 2009 to the most loving and supportive man, Jordan. After our wedding, we were living the life..decorating our first home together, going out for drinks with friends, hosting get togethers at our house complete with appetizers and beer and eating out just about every night for dinner. Some nights we settled for fast food and others we treated ourselves to a 3 course meal at an italian restaurant. My "fitness" considered walking from the parking lot to my desk job at an insurance company. I also had some medical issues during our first year of marriage (which is another entry in itself) so needless to say, I gained some major weight!
During Christmas 2009, Jordan and I took a weekend mini-vacation to Kansas City. I was so out of energy from just walking around shopping and none of my clothes were fitting right. I went into Victoria Secret and felt like I didn't belong there. Me in Kansas City:

One of my favorite hobbies, shopping, was no longer fun. That is when I decided I needed to change my way of life. I joined Weight Watchers on January 8, 2010 weighing in at 239.8 (yikes that is hard to write) and ever since then I've been counting POINTS and slowly, but surely, the weight has been coming off one pound at a time. In May 2010 is when I really started to focus on working out along with tracking everything I ate. I was trying to look my best on the beach for vacation in Port Aransas, TX. I am now in love with working out! For the past 3 months, I have worked out 4-5 times a week actually enjoying myself everytime I'm sweating in the gym. I signed up for the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer 5K held on September 25th with my best friend, Marlene. Together, we have been training through the Couch to 5K. Can you believe 7 months ago the thought of running never even crossed my mind and now I look forward to pushing myself every week?! It is crazy to me. I am continuing on this journey until I'm at my goal weight..however long it takes. Within the next few months I hope to decide on my perfect goal weight..until then I am having a great time experimenting with food, pushing myself to the limit with workouts and watching my body and attitude change..all while taking pictures along the way, of course :) Me, so far:

"You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is." ~ Ellen Degeneres