Sunday, June 1, 2014

new garden area. cattle panel arches

New garden area... I will be growing the larger vine crops here. Butternut, pumpkins, and spaghetti squash. Will train the vines up the cattle panel. Can't wait to see if it works!

Pumpkins are almost getting big enough to begin training up the panels!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

predator bugs in garden! Good bugs!

assassin bug

                                                             Preying mantis
                                                          Lace wing
                                                lady bug larvae, baby lady bugs
                                                        Adult lady bugs newly emerged

garden pictures from may 2014

Thursday, November 21, 2013

November Self Pic!

Finally took a minute to get my hubby to take a picture of me. I know it's not the best, but it will do! I'll have to take it with the camera next time and not the phone. Already I can tell difference! Especially in my face and double chin! As of now, I'm at about 47lbs lost.
  I am on a very strict no grains no processed sugar eating plan, and doing very well on it, even went running for the first time since the 5 k and had lots of energy. 
I'm visiting family this weekend and am a little nervous about keeping up my healthier eating while on the road. I plan on packing plenty of snacks and my own meals for the road. I don't want to have to try and find something at a fast food place to eat!
I'll post my next picture of me and my weight progress around the end of the year!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Color me Rad 5k 11/9/2013

We ran our first 5k today.. Okay okay.. So I didn't really run the entire thing. It was a bad day for me. It took me more than 10 minutes longer to run it than when training. In my defense, it was later in the day, hotter than I was used to, and there were so many people! Either way, I am so incredibly proud of all of us for even doing it! I would not have been able to run it at all a few months ago. Two of my sisters also joined us and I am so happy they did! It was so much fun and I hope it is just the first of many such events!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Little changes add up!!!

What am I doing to make my life better. Little changes.. lots of little changes. Changing our lifestyle has been the best thing I have ever done. I will briefly describe what I have done here, and later get more in detail with them.

First, and most important change: Not eating out. Without even realizing it, our family was eating out way to much! I would say 2-3 times per week, and not good food either. I'm talking burgers, soda, and pizza. Especially during swim team season over the summer. After a late meet, it was just easier to go get something then try to make something at home and heat up the house. Eating out is also awful on the budget! Way to expensive for my wallet and my health.

How I have changed this:
      I have begun prepping food twice a week.  For me, Sundays and Wednesdays are the best day for this. I will make foods for 2-3 days, then put them in smaller containers for an easy grab and go meal. This is also when I will chop vegetables and fruits for the week. I find I will eat them if they are readily available and already pre washed and ready to eat! If we do end up eating out. I opt for better choices, no fries or soda, and better quality of food. I avoid any fast food like the plague if possible. I do have my weak moments, but my body is not happy with me afterwards when I do!

Second:  Less sugar. We were eating way to much sugar. I have a huge sweet tooth and very little self control.

How I have changed this:
   Don't get me wrong, I still eat sugar and sweets, just in much smaller quantities, and I am more selective in my eating of sweets. If it's not really good, I find that I don't seem to want to waste my calories on it! My view on this reminds me of the movie Ratatouille. "Do you love food? I don't like food, I love it. If I don't love it, I don't swallow" – Anton Ego  One of my favorite movie quotes!
    Also, I have been working on healthier versions of sweets that we like. I'm realistic, I  know I am going to eat a cookie, but it wouldn't hurt if it was a better cookie. Making things from scratch and not store bought is also a huge thing. they ad way to many unnecessary things into stuff... A topic for another day!

Third, no more soda. Honestly, soda really doesn't taste that great and it's a ton of empty calories. I don't even drink diet soda because I don't need the caffeine, and I'm not a huge fan of artificial sweeteners, especially in large quantities.

How I have changed this:
      Easy, not drinking soda! It took me about 2 weeks of lessening my soda intake. I was really addicted to the caffeine and I didn't want to deal with a major headache. Those things are killer! I just scaled back little by little and finally went cold turkey. Slight headache for about a day and then feeling great. When I am missing the bubbly(you know what I'm talking about that bit of fizz ) I'll get a carbonated water and put a bit of fruit juice in it. I will also drink a Zevia every now and again. My favorite drink not is mint water. It is refreshing, great for the tummy and digestion, as well as energy, and it seems so much colder than normal water, without actually being colder!

Forth: More fruit and vegetables. We didn't eat nearly enough and that needed to change.

How I have changed this: added more into our diet. We eat less meat than we used to and try to use meat as flavoring or a side dish instead of the star of the dinner plate! also, I have tried different types of vegetables, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, kale, Spaghetti Squash and such.

Fifth: Less carbohydrates. I was a carb junkie.. I loved carbs

How I have changed this:
      I stopped making bread. I have made bread 1 time in the past 3 months. It didn't even really taste as good as I remembered it. Switched out pasta for Spaghetti squash. It is amazing how good it is! I mean, seriously good! Swapped rice for quinoa... seriously..... I am in love with quinoa it's almost creepy how much I love this stuff.
   We haven't gone no carbs, your body needs them, but we have tried to make sure that the ones we are eating are better for you and are supplying lots of nutrients.

Sixth: Smaller portions: Honestly, when we first started, I could eat a burger, fries, big soda and still want some ice cream for desert... that is way to much food at one time!

How I have changed this:  We decided to do a juice feast for the first week of our new life style. I'll talk more about juice feasting another time, but for now I'll tell you why we choose to do it. It was our way of breaking habits, addictions, cleansing our bodies, pumping it full of nutrients, and shrinking our obviously overstretched gigantic stomachs. By the time we were done with the juice fast, 1 cup of soup... literally  1 cup, 8 oz, of vegetable soup made me feel full.

Seventh: Get moving I would work out occasionally, but nothing steady or scheduled

How I have changed this:
      I signed up for my first 5K and began a C25K program. I have never seriously run before in my life... I hadn't run since my sophomore year in high school.... That is actually 1/2 my life ago.. no really, I was 16 at the time and am now 32! C25K stands for: couch(or couch potato if you are so inclined) to 5 K. This has been a great help. Although, I think one day I would have to make my own training program for your first 5K. I think I'll call it: Seriously have never run before and I'm 300+ lbs C25K.... It would just take it a bit slower to train maybe 12 weeks instead of the 8-9 weeks. Although, I can get through the 5 k, I cannot quite run it the whole way, even with repeating some of the weeks.

Eighth: Positive self talk. I find that I judge myself to much

How I have changed this:
     Seriously. Be kind to yourself. I love myself, I love my life, but I can be really hard on myself sometimes. I have really had to focus on all the good that I do, and am doing. It is so easy to be kind to someone else, and praise them for what they are doing and then look in the mirror and only find fault with yourself. I am definitely my harshest critic, but I am getting better. By being kinder and more understanding with myself my attitude has improved and I don't get those nasty little thoughts of" You already screwed up might as well eat that candy bar!"

Ninth: Reaching out. This was hard for me. I am very private about my weight and when I am trying to loose it

How I have changed this: That is what I am doing with this blog... I have also reached out to my spouse(who is amazingly supportive in anything I do. He is totally on board with these life style changes and is running the 5 k too!), my family, especially my two sisters who are also running the 5 K with me and to some of my clients. Somehow, by doing this, I feel like they are watching me and have to actually start showing some results or they will think I'm full of it and am not really doing the things I am saying!

Tenth: Focus on overall health, not just the scale In the past when I have tried to loose weight, it was always about the numbers.. It didn't matter how I got the smaller number, just as long as I got it. I have tried numerous fad diets in the past...none of which we sustainable, or taught me how to truly eat to maintain a healthy weight. Once I stopped the diet, I would then proceed to gain back the weight, and then some. Sounding familiar yet? I know they weren't good for me, I was not getting the nutrition that my body needed. Often, I would get really dry skin, my hair would loose it's natural shine and luster, I wouldn't have any energy for working out.

How I have changed this:
    I try to eat nutrient packed foods in more variety, and I also take supplements(my favorite is Juise Plus) in hopes that I am getting the optimal nutrition. I know I still don't get enough fruits and vegetables, or fish in my regular diet. Plus, there is the whole debate of  "Is there any nutrients in our vegetables when the only 3 nutrients added by most farmers to their fields is NPK. ( Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium )" 
      In August, right before I got started, I got my blood work done for the first time in years. I am actually due very soon to get it checked again. I will have to post the differences when I get those in. that will tell me for sure If I am doing what is right for me. I still use the scale as a guide, but it is not the only factor in my equation.. I pay attention to my skin, my face is much clearer and not terribly dry, my eyes are whiter and brighter, my mood is better, my energy level is way up , and I feel good.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

duhh is losing it!

Today my nephew told me he was proud of me. It almost made me cry... if I hadn't been gasping for air at the time while training for my first 5k, I might have given into tears! I am so happy that he has recognized the hard work and determination I am putting into this lifestyle change. I hope that my progress will be a good example to him to never give up, no matter how hard something is.

A few months ago, I stepped on the scale and realized something needed to change...... How could I have let this happen? I was 378 lbs! That is only 22 lbs away from 400!! (I can't believe I am actually admitting to this! I have only said it out loud 2 times!) I wasn't in complete denial.. I mean, of course I knew I was obese, morbidly so, but I didn't feel like I was that heavy. I have always been bigger and just kept adding the weight on over the years. When it takes you 15 years to add 250 lbs, its added so gradually that you don't notice it as much. I was active, but not crazy active. I didn't die going up a flight of stairs or anything. I avoided mirrors and especially pictures to not see what I was doing to myself. My biggest indicator was that my pant size was a 28 or even a 30 and my shirt size was a 26/28.. That's right, I almost couldn't shop at Lane Giants anymore!!

Fast forward to now... about 2 1/2 months later...I have now lost 40 lbs! I am eating better, but not perfect, and have begun running. November 9th will be my first 5 K.

Here is my before picture. I am really kicking myself for not getting a more current picture of myself when I first started, but honestly I was very annoyed with myself. I am pretty good at avoiding  the camera. This pic is from my sisters wedding in Sept 2012, but it gives a good idea of what I looked like... and yes, I know it was a very unfortunate hair color!

Actually I did find a more current picture, but it is not a full body picture. This is from August 2013... About 2 weeks after I began my new journey, but before I started running.

I will be taking a full body picture in the near future, and  I will post a new picture at the beginning of every month to show my progress.