Saturday, October 29, 2011

25 Days Later....

I have lost 9 lbs and 1 pant size!!! I started this challenge on October 3rd. I was 257 pounds, size 20 pants and a 2X top. I was already feeling great about myself because I had lost so much weight! Part of the challenge was to take before and after pictures of yourself so you can compare the 2. I didn't see the purpose of this, what could 25 days possibly show you with your body? I'm barely notice anything after 4 months! So, I had Chris take my before shot:

Not to bad. Now, between the 2 pictures I ate the same... did my workout the same... slept the same.... drank water the same... The only thing I added to my routine was a class workout. I did them at least 3 times a week. And this is what happened in 25 days:

Do you know what I see?!?!?!? A waist for one!! I see my arms hanging and LAYING down at my sides. Not like the before picture where the don't lay down all the way. Do you know how long it's been since I've seen a picture of me like that? I'm amazed!

It's been a great journey and it's not over yet! I still have a long way to go but... I'm getting there. I have lost 51 pounds as of this morning!!! That means that I am now at 248!!! I still have 73 pounds to go. My next step is to make it to  my half way point which is only 11 pounds away :)..

I've made a lot of neat things today. I'll make sure that I take pictures and write a blog about them. I made Paleo brownies for the first time ever.. Made the kids some 'eye balls' (cookies) and have a cake in the oven that will turn into a spider web cake :).

Till next time....

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Yummy Goose!

Like I said in my last post, I was going to post this recipe for Goose. Only because I never remember ever eating goose and I needed something to make it good for the 4 kids to eat too. Let me tell you, they loved it and ate it all up! This was so great that I told Chris when he went out this morning, he needed to bring more home!

2 tablespoons Paprika
1 tablespoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

2 tablespoons coconut oil
2-inch piece ginger, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic finely chopped
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons agave nectar

Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic and cook until soft.  Whisk in the honey. agave and soy and cook until just combined and the honey has melted. Add in all the spices.

Saute a whole onion (that has been sliced up) in a little bit of coconut oil. Place the Goose breasts on the onions in the pan and let them cook till done.

Once the goose is done, take them out and let them rest for 5 minutes. Slice at an angle and dip in your sauce. Serve on plate over the bed of onions. :)

Enjoy! Till next time

Buh bye 250's!!!!

I'm super duper excited this morning... Why do you ask? Because I have reached my goal and I know I'm just going to keep on going!

When I started my weight loss journey, one of my longer tern goals was to loss 50 pounds by the time I get married on 11-11. Well, I'm there. As of this morning I am less then a pound away from that goal! My goal was to get to 249! This morning I am 249.8!! I have reached my goal and I have left the 250's! That is such a huge step for me! 50 pounds gone! Not coming back and making me even closer to my final goal! I can't believe how much Paleo (and working out) has paid off. I feel so go about it!

19 days till my wedding, and all I can think about is how much more I can loss till then! :) A few pounds maybe, but I'm just so excited about reaching this goal! When I bought my wedding dress, I purposefully bought it a little snug because I knew that I was going to loss some weight before I was going to wear it and I didn't want to it be so loss it didn't fit anymore. I haven't put it back on, but I know it's going to fit wonderful!! I have lost 8 pounds since I bought it!

I'm going to wait till next week before I try it on again, but I'm so excited to see what it feels like now!

I've been sticking to Charissa's Holiday Accountability Challenge as well. Her challenge to everyone was to stay Paleo (easy!), go to group workouts (I've had a ball!), do 30 minutes of extra cardio everyday (keeping me accountable), drink 8 glasses of water a day (I've been doing this for to long now, it's almost habit), get 8 hours of sleep a day (again easy), and a few other little things. She also challenged her ladies to lose 5 pounds doing this! Well, besides today, there are 5 more days to go and guess what Charissa?!?!?!? I've lost 8 pounds since we started this on 10-3-11!!! The pictures in my wedding dress, were taken the day before the challenge started. This was why I was even more excited about all the goals!

I have also tried some new recipes with our family meals. Chris is quite the hunter and has been out hunting a few times this season now. He has brought home a few geese. So, of course I had to find a new recipe (that's Paleo) to cook the goose in. Well, thanks to, we found a great one that everyone enjoyed. We will be totally using it again. I'll be making that a new blog in it's own!

We'll see where I am in less then a weeks time! I can't wait to see the results! I'm super excited!

Till next time...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Just like any other day.

It's been one of those days! Highs and lows. Woke up this morning, did my normal morning routine, weighed in (253 this morning). Get excited, pat myself on the back for being at 46 pounds down, then go on to the next step. Getting my cup of coffee and sit down for 15 minutes before the kids get up.

Just a normal morning! That includes going to the gym and doing my workout and trying a new class and all. Oh My... I think I'll wait till I"m down a few more pounds before I try that ab class out again! But that's what I can do!! :) So I head home and on the way home, my van dies!!!!

Over the weekend, Chris worked on it becasue the battery went out in it. Got a new battery, took out the alternator to have it tested, all tested out great.... So back in it goes. It has been running all week long.... guess what goes out today on my way home from the gym?!?! Yup!!!! That's right!

So, my van is back home after my BFF and her husband come to my rescue and get the van towed back to the house. Thank god!!!

So now I'm back home enjoying my lunch... coconut water, and chicken salad!!! I'll stay on this journey despite of all the little things that go on beyond my control!

Till next time!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pre-Holiday Accountability

Charissa offered this challenge to all of her clients and 'online' damsels... which is what I am for her. :) For $30 I joined the rest of the girls for this 25 day challenge. It's all based on points. Everyday you have a chance to earn points. 25 points for doing a 3 day detox, 25 points for taking a before and after picture, 1 point for each workout you attend, 1 point for each day you get at least 8 hours of sleep, 1 point for each 30 or more of cardio, up to 3 points a day for each Paleo meal you eat, 3 points a week for a new personal record on bench press or leg press and 1 point a day for drinking at least 8 glasses of water.

I have done pretty good so far. I have done workouts that I never thought I would do!! I have taken a Zumba class and it was fun! Tuesday and Thursday they have a 'Silver Strength' class in the morning. Now this class is all older 'senior citizen' type people in there! OMG!!! They are hilarious!! I totally enjoy going to that group to workout. In fact I'll be going this morning.

Of course I'll be sticking to my Paleo diet. As of this morning I am down to 256.2!!! I can't believe I'm still losing weight and I am still feeling good about it! I'm down 43 pounds! I have 81 pounds to go... Unbelievable!!! 5 weeks to go till my wedding.

There is a lot going in with my life right now. Still trying to get the finishing touches done for the wedding. PTO stuff going on at the school that is keeping me thoroughly busy! And of course the kids and their things going on. Aaron and Wyatt with soccer, Ellie with dance lessons. Thankfully Nic doesn't have anything going on right now. Thankfully Ellie's soccer hasn't started yet either. PTO will have a little bit of a break coming up this month. October and November are actually slow months for PTO.

Well, it's time to get ready for the day. I have a meeting up at the school for Nic's IEP re-eval. He might be testing out of his reading program. I'm excited for him and scared and concerned all in one! I hope he is doing well enough to test out, but I don't want him to regress if he doesn't have the help! Then I'll be heading off to my Thursday morning Silver Strength workout class!!!

Till next time!