Nutrition & Eating

Do You Know What Today Is?

I was just sitting at the kitchen table, compiling a list of things that need to be done around the house and I just, by chance, glanced at the date.

Today is an important day! …at least in my world.

One year ago, today, I decided to change my life and loose weight!

On December 1, 2009, I sat at this exact spot at the kitchen table. Depressed and desperate, I committed, in front of all of you, to be a better person. It was always my original goal to be able to sit down a year later and tell you what a success this life changing year has been AND HERE I AM. But, boy did I have no idea how life changing this year would really be.

I lost 45 pounds. Wow. That is plenty life changing by itself but…

…even more life changing is that loosing weight allowed my body to return to its normal hormonal patterns and now, after two years of trying, I’m 5 months pregnant. Double wow. No. Triple wow!

Happy Diet Anniversary Day to me!

Weight Loss…Again. I’m glad this is almost over.

So much to blog about…so little time. Okay, maybe time isn’t the limiting factor here. For your reading pleasure I’ll try to make this concise.

I have cleared the 6 month mark of my December resolution. I, honestly, am a little surprised that I made it this far. Only a few other accomplishments in my life that required more than two weeks of perseverance have actually made it to the finish: graduating from college… paying off debt…dating Jason (j.k. honey, I love you!) I am proud to say that I can add loosing weight to that list of accomplishments, even though I’m not finished yet…I now know that I will.

I decided several months ago that my weight loss goal wasn’t going to be an absolute number but rather a range, a five pound range from 128 to 133. Obviously 128 is ideal but this will allow for some fluctuation without me getting into a tizzy every time I step on the scale.

This morning I weighed in at 134.8 – 33.2 pounds down, 6.8 pounds to go. Only 1.8 pounds before I hit the top of my range…the number on the scale has become a carrot…

Come on Joni. You’re so close. You can do it. Come and get it. Just a little further. You’re almost there.

I’m not out of the woods yet. Still, a number of opportunities are available to help me fall off the wagon. The most imposing of which is our upcoming vacation to California. Last time I checked vacations are not calorie friendly!

On the plus side, on Tuesday, I registered for the White Rock Marathon! I have labored for a while to come up with a training plan that will fit my schedule and I believe that I have succeeded. Wanna see it? Click here (Thank you, Lloyd & Buck, for hosting my schedule!). I plan to update this periodically as I train so feel free to check back from time to time to see the progress. Hopefully, on December 6, I can add “finished marathon” to the aforementioned list of accomplishments!

Weight Loss Update

This morning I woke up and did what I do every morning – I got on the scale. After a total calorie obliteration yesterday (a 6 mile run AND walking a whole round of golf) I was expecting to be slightly lighter and I got more than I was asking! 137.8! That officially kicks me over the 30 pound mark!


Weight Loss – Month 5

Here it is, a full week into May and I haven’t made a weight loss posting yet. I know, I’m sorry.

April was an interesting month as far as my weight loss was concerned. I didn’t make much weight progress. As strange as it was, the half marathon actually hampered the weight loss more than it helped it. I took a week of from exercising before the race and a full week off after the race and thus I hit a little weight plateau of sorts. I still lost 5.4 pounds and a full 5.75 inches and I’m happy with that.

This weekend my parents are driving up and my mom and I are going to run the Mom Run, a 5k in Flower Mound tomorrow. I am so unbelievable excited I can barely contain myself!

We also registered for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach at the beginning of September and I am seriously considering running the Hottest Half here in Dallas on August 15th and on June 1 I fully intend to register and start training for the White Rock Marathon. We’ll see how that goes…

3 Months Down, 4 Months To Go

I am officially three months into my diet and I can finally see progress beyond the tape measure. I have lost a total of 16 inches, 17 pounds and two dress sizes!

My current weight is 151 and dress size is 8 (down from 168 lbs and size 12).

I have mixed feelings about my new body. On one hand, I look much better than I did three months ago. On the other hand, I look much better than I did three months ago and it’s very easy for me to slack off. That scares me. I need to be very careful that I do not lead myself astray.

I’m two weeks from the halfway point! It’s all downhill from there!

Weight Loss & New Year’s Resolution Updates

Here I am, a full two months into my December resolution and even though I’m not actually loosing weight I do have progress to share!

I did my monthly measurement this morning and I lost a total of 4.5 inches in January! AND…my pants are falling down! Woohoo!

Also, I went to Target yesterday to buy my semi-annual supply of cheap t-shirts and I’ve gone down a full t-shirt size! Yippee!

On top of that, I feel like a completely different person, which is always a plus!

Today, being the first of February, would also be an appropriate time to give you an update on my New Year’s resolutions.

Here they are in case you’ve forgotten:

1. Keep the house clean.
Clearly, this was an unrealistic goal. Broke this one in the first week.

2. Keep a workout journal (which would actually involve working out).
This has been the most important resolution for me. I bought a 2010 calendar and have written down every workout since the beginning of the year. I’ll even show you pictures to prove it! I am already enjoying looking back at the workouts I have completed!

3. Manage my time better.
I’m not exactly sure what I meant by this. It is most certainly not being done. Case in point: it is 11:00 am and I am still wearing my pajamas and I haven’t done a single thing all day…except blog.

4. Drink more water.
Drinking less water would have been very difficult considering that I was drinking practically no water at all prior to January 1st..This resolution has been remarkably easy to keep thanks to an awesome Christmas present from my parents, the coolest water bottle ever! (They also come in green, blue, gray and purple and are available at Target and Academy…probably other places too. It is possible that I will write a blog post about my water bottle, that’s how much I love it!)

5. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink.
This one didn’t stand a chance. I broke this one sometime around January 2nd and is currently being broken in spectacular fashion.

Now that it’s 11:30 I need start managing my time better, do all the dirty dishes and clean up the house!

For the first time in a long time…

…I look like a person who MIGHT spend part of their day working out. This being a huge change from looking like a lazy fat bum. Weight loss or in my case, fat loss, is a journey. Some days I feel like the same person I was the day before and then on others, like today, I look in the mirror and think, “Where did she come from?”

The truth is, when your body is changing, as mine is, you are never the same person you were the day before. Its very exciting, not knowing what you will look like when you wake up. I’m always excited to go look at myself in the mirror first thing in the morning.

I still am not loosing actual weight. I weighed myself this morning and I’m at 158.8 but I put on my swimsuit (just for a comparison) and I can tell a significant difference. I also realized that that swimsuit looks terrible on me, at any size, and it should be tossed in the trash – or burned. I plan on doing that later today after I go to Target and buy a new one. I’ll post pictures later.

I will be measuring myself on Monday. I’m excited to finally put a number to the progress I’ve seen over the past month.

That’s it. It is time to stop procrastinating and get the day started.