Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Feeling a little Sassy - You Gal Sassy

I've gotten over my lingering sickness and I'm back on the scene and what I must say is that I'm feeling a little sassy. Sassy you may ponder yes sassy! It has nothing to do with the 8 lbs that it's taken me 7 weeks to lose but more so with the way that I'm feeling about the changes that I've implemented.

I'm so loving my sessions with Jason the personal trainer here at the office. I'm not lifting hundreds of pounds or running unstopped but I'm making time for me. I love that I can walk away from my desk and get in a good workout and go home and I love the fact that I'm pushing myself when walking the trail because I've added a little jogging in there.

In the past I've viewed time as my enemy and I'm not saying that I have all this new found time but I'm choosing to allocate my time a little differently.

I love the fact that I've carved out a plan and I'm executing it.

Just the other day someone was talking about how they weren't motivated to lose weight and my reply to them was do what motivates you! Don't do what others are doing just do you! There is no success in fulfilling the goals of others.

Weight: 181
Steps: Didn't wear my pedometer
Activity: 45 mins at the fitness center

Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs
Snack: Apple
Lunch: Sofrito Chicken, black beans & toss salad
Snack: Walnuts and dried cranberries
Dinner: 1/2 dozen blue crabs
Snack: Apple

Monday, May 9, 2011

Stacy gone M.I.A?!?!?!

In my infamous Dr. Oz TV appearance voice, "Heeeeeeyyyyyy!" I know it seems like forever and a day since I last posted a blog. I must send out my apologies to you all, life has been coming at me hard and fast but I am moving strong and holding my head up.

So in the midst of life happening I have NOT completely fallen off plan or my activity schedule I have just had to make some readjustments here and there and made 1 or 2 u-turns as well. I will admit in the past two weeks I partook in a half a brownie sundae and even had a few sips of soda .. YIKES (No worries Dr. Roizen set me straight!!)! However, u-turn made, new schedule that actually fits into my life and those of my kids has been made and I am sticking to it and moving forward! After all I need to hit my goal before the end of this Sexy by Summer Challenge!

I made the dreaded trek across campus to the Fitness Center this morning to weigh in. I'll let you in on a little secret .. I hate weigh in time!!! The scale was actually quite mericful. Here are my results:

Weight: Lost 5lbs
Waist - Lost 1/2 inch

I'd say for encountering some minor setbacks this is not bad at all! This also opened my eyes to the need of consistency. No matter what life throws at us stick to your master plan and what is important to you, granted we may be side tracked and even down for a minute but we MUST get back up and continue to strive for what we want!

So if you find that life threw you into a rut don't stay down. Dust yourself off and keep on moving forward. If you need assiantance never be afraid to ask for it.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Up and Moving

Hey all! I'm still moving slow and YOU Gal Stacy says that I'm running too much, not resting enough and need to go back to the doctor so I think that I may take her up on slowing down, getting some rest and revisiting the doctor. My baby girl is doing much better after a trip to the ER, doctors office, a couple of days in the hospital and follow up trip to the doctors office and some TLC from mom and dad.

I've been hitting those steps off and on and steering clear of the felons. Feeling the way that I do makes you not want to eat and I'm not a whinner and I hate taking meds or going to the doctor but this time around somehting has to give.

I weighed in this morning and the scale says I'm up .7 lbs so weighing in at 181.9.

Welcome back to all of you who were on spring break, under the weather of just not reporting in. Let's dust ourselves off and getter done!

If you aren't feeling well make sure your focus is on getting better and eating right, the weight/waist loss will come.

Happy Stepping!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Just recently my grandma spent some time here with my family and me. Anyone who knows my grandma knows that if it’s on her mind that she is going to say it. So while I think that sometimes grandma can keep some stuff to herself, those who are near and dear to me love to point out that I am similar to my grandma, meaning that there are times when I have limited to no filter but I don’t think so…lol.

Well on her last visit as she sat across the table from me she looks me dead in the eye and says… better hope Dr. Oz doesn’t call you back any time soon, you’ve gained weight. I’m like WT…

I tried to explain to her yes I had put on some weight, I wasn’t always hitting those steps or amping up that cardio but I was back on it and was sure that if the show called that I would be more than a welcomed guest.

As part of Sexy by Summer I want to start by getting down to my original goal weight that I reached and boy was I cute…lol. I had reached 175 lbs and was doing well but got a little lazy with the winter months and there you have it at the beginning of Sexy by Summer and weighing in at 188.6 lbs.

Today I was preparing for a women’s social at my church (shout out to Redeemed Assembly of Jesus Christ!!!) where me of all folk would be speaking about weight loss, my journey and what it takes to maintain….I’m still working on the latter. So, I was watching the video footage from the show finale and realized that I was back to my finale weight of 181 pounds. I know that’s not a lot to be proud of but what I can say to my grandma is that if they call me back, I’m good to go! I think that I’ll call her NOW!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

YOU Gal Toni down for the count!

Hey folks! I have been down for the count. My little one has been ill (couple days in the hospital) and has transferred her cold to me. If you are waiting on a e-mail response from me please hold tight! I’m catching up slowly.

With that said I’ve been out of pocket with little to no steps but I have been watching my food.

I do have weight loss to report:

Weight: 181.2 lbs (total down 7.4)
Waist: unsure will get measurements shortly

Food: Not much

Note: When not feeling well remember to stay hydrated!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Plan on Plans Failing!

What a week! This past week was Spring Break and I had some terrific plans in store. I was flying up to NY with one of my daughter’s to drop her off with my family for the week while I got in some great family fun and also got in some work time in the NY office. Since my cousin has also been turned onto this healthy lifestyle we were so excited to be hitting the gym together and sharing in some fun 10,000 steps and beyond challenges (she’s competitive – lol!) I made sure I packed gym clothes, sneakers and my “A” game. My cousin and I had laid out our workout schedule and planned out the meals we would be eating. Just because I was on vacation and that doesn't mean I was on vacation from health and wellness.

Saturday morning Yvalisse and I rose and anxiously got our bags together and headed to the airport. We arrived at the airport at 1pm for our 3p flight only to be told each hour that our flight was delayed due to the terrible storms that ravaged the East Coast. My daughter grew anxious and disappointed. Finally by 8p we were told our flight was canceled and the next flight would be on Monday. No worries, I tried explaining to my daughter that sometimes life throws us curve balls and we just have to deal with them the best we could. Deep down I was feeling anxious because I wasted a whole day and did not get in my 10,000 steps – I was feeling defeated.

Sunday we had a very special religious event which meant I spent all morning washing, blow drying and flat ironing two sets of hair. Then off to get everyone’s dresses on and head out the door. Another day passed and guess what!?! No 10,000 steps. I was beginning to get really anxious.

Now it’s Monday morning and we were up and out the door at 4:45a to catch our flight to NY that finally arrived! Yay!! I would finally make it to the gym and blast through these 10,000 steps – right?! WRONG! By the time I arrived I was exhausted and still had to work. The day was getting away from me, I was growing more and more tired and the gym seemed less and less appealing. Long story short - my pedometer stood in my purse from the security check line. No 10,000 steps!

Tuesday now rolls around and I am in the office plugging away anxiously waiting for my flight back home so I could get in some one on one time with my daughter and get back to the gym. After 5 hours in the airport and numerous delays the flight times out and we are told our flight is canceled! Déjà vu! This couldn't be happening again! All I could think of was getting back to my youngest daughter that awaited my return and hitting the gym with a vengeance.

Wednesday is now here and I am not surprised to find out that my fight is delayed yet again! One would think I could of made the most these extended airport delays by walking around the airport and racking up on stepping miles however, I had on heals and my luggage was checked in so all I could do was sit and wait.

Amidst all this chaos I learned a valuable lesson – sometimes we can create the best of plans but we never plan for our plans to fall through and once they do we are thrown off and thrown down. I woke up this morning realizing that I let life’s detours get the best of me. Instead of getting back up when all my plans fell through the cracks I sat and allowed myself to feel defeated which can easily resurface old bad habits. Granted I lost time and cannot get those days or steps back but today is a new day with a new plan and more importantly a new opportunity to get it right. So U-turn made, attitude adjusted and off to the treadmill to catch up and get it right!!!!

Failure should never and will never be an option for me!! Like Diddy and Mase said, "Can't nobody and nothing hold me down ... oh no, I got to keep on moving!!"

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

First 30 days - Slow and Steady

Here we go people! I’ve been busy so sorry that I haven’t posted in a few days. My hat is off to those of you who parent more than 1 child. I had my 9 year old sister and 5 year old god daughter over the weekend and my god daughter stayed through Tuesday and man I was tired. Dressing these girls, shuttling them around and just listening to all the giggling, stop, no, leave me alone was enough to take me over the edge, but I survived.

Last week I told you all that I was turning up the heat. I met with the trainer here in the office, took a class and I hit the elliptical all in one day. The next day I just wanted to lie in the bed. I think that I had over done it but you know what......I was back in there with the trainer this week and it felt good. I’ve amped up my cardio and I’m sweating up a storm and that feels good too.

What I’ve been reminded of is that my time is limited but if I want to get this done I’m going to have to carve some time out some way some how. Someone told me that people who work out don’t have more time it’s just how they prioritize. So while I agree with that, when I look at my life I’m either working which is required or caring for my family which is also required. I do believe that I need and must take care of myself and working out is a priority for me but it does not come above my family and my career. I think that it all has its place, it all needs to get done but for me working out is not at the top of the list.

What I have concluded is that I will take a chunk of my work day and shorten it by 45-60 minutes 2 days a week in order to get a nice intense cardio work out in before having to scoop up the little one, 2 days a week I will commit to weight and cardio training with the personal trainer and 3 days a week I will commit to gaining my 10,000 steps throughout the day. Right now this sounds like a plan that will work for me and allow me to effectively focus on all the aspects of my life.

So I missed yesterday’s weigh in but here you go!

Weight:183.9 (total down 4.7)
Waist: 32 ¼

Steps: 12120
Activity: Weight Training & Elliptical

Breakfast: Cheerios & Banana
Snack: Almonds
Lunch: Nutty Chicken Salad (Jason’s Deli)
Snack: Fruit Cup
Dinner: My version of the nutty chicken salad (Chicken, walnuts, craisins, spring mix and balsamic vinaigrette)
Snack: Dark Chocolate