Sunday, September 7, 2008

Blogging ROCKS!

Yesterday's weigh in was a victory, even though I gained.

I was able to lose the 5 pounds that I gained last Sunday. (Well, almost.) My official weigh in was up 2/10ths from last Saturday's WI. But what WW doesn't know is that between last Sat's WI and this Sat's WI I gained and lost 5 pounds! I worked hard for it too! Exercised my butt off (literally) and ate nothing but fruits, veggies and foods that were high in protein and fiber. I got my dairy in each day. And I drank plenty of water. And no cheating or indulging AT ALL! Wouldn't it be nice if I could lose 5 pounds every week? Man! I'd be done with this whole dieting thing in less than 2 months! Oh, that it were that easy. I think losing these 5 pounds goes along with my theory "easy on, easy off". You know, kind of like your body cleansing itself of the excess fat that was piled on in over a short period of time. I guess it shouldn't be "easy on, easy off" it should be "quick on, easy off" or something like that. You know how it's easy to lose those first 5 pounds after you haven't been dieting in a while? Same theory. Just excess fat that your body that's easy to drop off.

I weighed myself this morning, and I was down 1.4 pounds since yesterday's weigh in. Now if I can just keep it off all week. Saturday is a LONG ways away!

So far, I'm doing good. No indulgences. I ate a very sensible (though rather large) meal this afternoon. I won't eat anything else for the day, though, because it was so much food. All healthy food, though.

I wanted to point out that I updated my before and after photo. Actually, it's a before and "during" photo—Still have 30 pounds to go. The "during" photo was taken while I was on vacation last month, standing underneath a 45 foot high waterfall.

I've also added something to my sidebar called "My Followers". It's a new "gadget" on Blogger that allows people who come to my blog to see who is reading it. It's a great way of linking back to your blog. It also gives me an idea of how many people read my blog. It's almost like a "sign in" sheet. So if you wouldn't mind, I'd love to know who's following me. It's on the right, just above my before and "during" photo.

Oh, and some really cool news. I've been nominated for a Love! This Site Award from Divine Caroline. Check out the cool badge over at the top right and vote for me (well, if you think this site is cool and all). The only thing is you'll have to register before you can vote but the only things that are required to register is your first name, your email address (and it doesn't have to be a valid one), your gender, the year you were born and your zip code. Everything else is optional info. And you can uncheck their newsletters so you won't get any. So it's not very intrusive. A friend told me that trying to vote was a little tricky, though. She had to keep clicking the "vote" button until the total number of votes changed.

A found another cool tool on Blogger. Mobile Blogging. It's way cool. You can post to your blog from your mobile device. Man that's nice! You can just send an email from your phone to their email address and it'll post on your blog. Now I just have to get a phone that can send email. My phone just does text messages. I need to upgrade, though.

I've been having so much fun blogging this weekend. I haven't had the time to just see what's out there in so long. I found a new blog that I think you guys should check out. She has A LOT of weight to lose and she's only just begun. But she needs our support. You should read her first blog post and you'll see what I mean. I can so identify with her pain and I was just the same way when I finally decided enough was enough and I wanted to shed my false exterior.

I have to say, I'm fairly excited about the new things I've discovered about myself. I'm seeing things change in my life. I'm making decisions based on who God has made me and how proud of me He is. I'm really worth it, you know? I've always thought that I need to hide in the shadows and let others be seen. I think over the past 16 months of metamorphosing into this new person on the outside has really help, too. Now I'm working on who I am on the inside. We talked about this, too, in WW yesterday. The leader was asking us to remember what it was that made us make that change and start our journey into a healthy lifestyle. And all the good decisions we've made along the way. (I love how everyone can take something different away from the same meeting.) I now feel like I have the strength and confidence to finish this battle over obesity and become the person I so desperately want to be. Your blogs and comments have helped me so much, too. I don't think I could have gone this far without you guys.

So here's to you.

And me.

We're both going to make it...


Challenge Update! - Week Eight (updates in bold below)
"18 Pounds in 18 Weeks"

*Please send me your total loss since we started the challenge back on July 12th so I can show how much we've all lost total since we started.

Bento Box Diet (sat WI) - No weigh in since week 4. Total loss 5.5 pounds.
(tues WI) - No weigh in since week 5. Total loss 3 pounds.
MaryFran (tues WI) - No report from last week.
Karyn (mon WI) - No report from last week
Donna (mon WI) - Lost 2.6 pounds! Alright!
Spunkysuzi (sun WI) - Lost 2.2 pounds!!! Sweet!
Cathy (fri WI) - Gained 6/10ths of a pound. Hang in there!
Christine K. Sader - New member. Haven't gotten an update yet. Will keep you posted.




MaryFran said...

HI! Congrats on eradicating most of your little gain! That is always soooo awesome to do! You are totally rocking!

My weight as compared to july 12th...I'm ashamed to say 2 pounds up! I did not weigh in this week! STRUGGLING!

Deborah said...

Mommy sure is proud of you on the outside and inside. You go baby girl!

Fitness Chick Ohio said...

I'm somewhat new to blogspot...but I'm really enjoying your blog! Great pics and great job... I'm following :-)

~Crystal said...

I just want to say that the new before & now photos you posted are great!! An absolute motivation for me that I can do this!! Thanks for posting them.

Donna B said...

LOVE the new photos! You have done a great job and should be so proud of yourself! Keep up the good work!

JC said...

WOW, Cara, You look fanastic. Congrats on you weight loss. You look very young in the after shot. I'll be visiting you more often.

Karyn said...

great new progress photos, Cara! You look fantastic!

I am sorry about last week's check in. I know I did it, but can't remember where and now can't find it so it must not have posted and I didn't notice.'s my report:
Last week +2/10ths
This week DOWN 3 pounds
I'm sorry, I can't find my little book where I was keeping track of my weight loss day by day/week by week so I don't know where I was when I began this challenge. When I find it, I'll let you know. Since Aug 12 I am down 224.0 to 217.4 so down 6.6 pounds in 4 weeks.

Cammy said...

(Your Mom sent me over here and I'm so glad she did!)

Your comment on your pictures was right on. You WERE looking pretty good in the picture on the left. You look pretty good and pretty healthy in the photo on the right!

Keep up the great work, and congrats on all your successes!!

Anonymous said...

Hello Cara!
I just now got your comment on my blog.Thank-you soooo much for mentioning me in your blog.You are so sweet!I just love your blog page it is beautiful!I am new at this,I am sure you can tell.It took me forever just to know how to comment on blogs.How do I add you to my blog?
Do I subscribe or what?