From The Heart: The Ultimate Goal

Today I stayed after at my WW meeting to learn about the new WW program. Granted I have been following the WW program for several months, but it was a chance for me to ask questions and just get a refresher from the leader.

After the meeting I ended up sticking around and chatting with the leaders about exercise. She had said that you need to make sure that the exercise you are doing now to loose the weight is what you can maintain AFTER loosing the weight. Which to some degree makes sense. But, what this got me thinking about is is she saying that our ultimate goal is just to loose this weight? Do most people just workout to loose the weight with the thought in the back of their heads that they can quit once they reach their goal weight?

For me it isn’t.  For me it is to lead a healthier lifestyle which includes exercise.  Granted, I don’t want to overdo it and push myself past boundaries and wear myself out to the point where I come to hate exercise. I have been working out for 4 months now and have certainly come a long way. But I started out slowly and just continue to slowly build up my tolerance and stamina with any new exercises.

I have to say that my ultimate goal is not just about loosing this weight, that is just a part of my goal. Overall I want to lead a healthier lifestyle, so my exercise program is HUGE part of that ultimate goal! Therefore, as I continue to grow as an athlete then I will continue to push through and into new boundaries.

What is you ultimate goal? Where do you want to be in not just a year but five or even ten years.


Quick Tip #2: Fruit & Veggies First

I love that WW now has all the fruits set to Zero Points+.

Today’s tip is you should eat your fruits &/or veggies BEFORE you eat the rest of your meal. This will start getting you filled up with the essential foods, and aid in you eating less of the rest of your meal.

Weekly Menu Planning (Oct.3-7)

Normally I would list each meal under a specific day, however, I am learning that I do not stick with it day by day. Instead, I am listing 5 meals for each day during the week. PLUS – I am now going to be prepping all my weekly meals on one day (Sunday’s), but this week I am making all my weekly meals today.

Why? Well, for a couple reasons – mainly because  of the new meds I am on right now for the vasculitis, makes me crazy (and I am not exaggerating when I say crazy) tired! Usually by early afternoon I am so worn out I have less than no patience. And I really can’t function and just have to get in bed for the evening. This usually seems to last around 3-4 days before the side effects wear off. I usually take the meds Sunday night and the side effects start on Monday afternoon, lasting through Wed or Thur.

This makes it difficult on my hubby so to try and minimize this difficulty I figure if I prep and make all the week’s meals on Sunday when I am feeling well, we won’t have to worry about dinner (and a healthy one) all week long.

I am getting ready to go shopping and by all the needed/missing ingredients for each meal. And it looks like it’s going to be a great meal week!

Meal One

Shepherd’s Pie- Lightened Up

Meal Two

Mexican Slow Cooked Carnitas

Meal Three

Crock Pot Pasta Sauce with Sausage (chicken)

Meal Four

Country Fried Steak (Publix Recipe)

Mashed Tators

Green Beans

Meal Five

Beef & Portabella Mushroom Stroganoff


Side Salad



From The Heart: The Final Straw

From The Heart

Well – I attended my first WW meeting since starting my lifestyle change. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I had not gained as much back as I thought I might have. I weighed in at 251.6, next week, I plan to be below 250 (again). I have to say that I enjoyed today’s discussion. Our leader gave us little straws and asked what those represented. People had all sorts of silly guesses – “The amount of food you can consume in one day through the straw” to “Are we having Margaritas?” (I was holding out on the Margaritas guess – lol).

However, someone smart enough said “It’s the Last Straw!” Ding-ding-ding!

We talked about what our last straw was that finally brought us in to join and to make this lifestyle change. I shared with the group that my last straw was when I found out that I had an auto-immune disease and I didn’t have a choice but to make a lifestyle change. As I have said time and time again, I may not be able to change my diagnoses, but I do have control over some of my health decisions. I have control over my weight, and what I chose to put into my body, to energize it and charge it.  And I have no doubt that by getting healthy and making these changes I can better manage my diagnosis. I can have the upper hand. I want to have as much control over my own health, then to allow my health to have control over me. That was and is my final straw. That was “The Straw that….”

That picture of the camel is pretty funny. I am sure that all that straw weighs more than he/she does. I am sure of it. But there it is just trodding along and going the way of his master, and yet it’s back isn’t even broken. It’s amazing how much we will allow to be piled on to us. From a negative self image, to negative thoughts, to resigning to the fact that we (me) will just be fat “This is who I am!” And we carry on like that, we ignore the amount of weight that we have put on and that we are carrying around, and we somehow manage to convince ourselves that we don’t have any other option. The journey, the destination just seems insurmountable.

I know I am still on this journey and I have a ways to go, but I also know that I don’t believe those lies anymore. And I refuse to carry those around with me. I wish it did not take me having an auto-immune disease to be my final straw, because I know the load I was carrying was perhaps bigger than even what that camel is carrying in that picture. I am thankful, though, that my final straw was not me laying on deaths door, or death itself. I am thankful that I have woken up before it was too late. And that I do have the power within me to become a better and healthier me.

What was/is your final straw? Or have you come across that final straw? What will it take for you to know that you are worth it. That you are capable of becoming a better you, that you are Victorious?

Quick Tip #1: Feeding Yourself With Intention

What does that mean? Who doesn’t feed themselves, that’s my problem. What I mean by this, is be intentional on the foods you choose to put into your system. Feed yourself to fuel your body, don’t just eat to eat. But eat to keep your system running at it’s top speed.  Eat to live, Don’t Live to Eat!

It’s important not to give every food out there up. Take it slowly when you start your new lifestyle. Pick one or two healthier items each week to either add or subtract from your current diet. You may want to work on adding more water to your diet, for a start.  Or reducing your sweet intake down to only once or twice a week. Or increasing your fruit and veggie intake every day. There are lots of great things you can do (or not do) to get you started on your new lifestyle and healthier diet.

Exercise Check In

I was able to get 30 minutes of cardio in today. I did 10 mins on The Arc and 20 mins on the elliptical. I have not been to the gym in over two weeks so I am feeling not where I was 6 wks ago. Which does disappoint me, but I am getting back into the swing of things and will get back to where I was, I am sure faster than last time.  🙂

I found out that Planet Fitness (where I workout) is now open 24/5 (Opens 7am Monday-Friday at 9pm). Not that I will ever be in the gym in the middle of the night but it was worth noting.

Tomorrow I will be in the gym longer.  I am planning to get 30 mins of cardio & 30 mins of strength training in.  I plan to concentrate on my Core muscles with some arms.

Today’s Quote

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.  – Jim Rohn