Reinventing Me (You) – For a Mill!

I know, I know! My last few posts have all revolved around me getting back on track. And yet I just have not found the ultimate will power to do so, until now. However, I found some inspiration yesterday in my inbox: 1 Million bucks!!

I had an email from Weight Watchers explaining how they are teaming up with Dr. Oz to give away $1,000,000 dollars to one lucky winner.  It’s called “Transformation Nation”, and every and anyone can enter this amazing opportunity to not only have the chance to win 1 Million big ones, but to become a healthier & better you.

If you are interested in learning more you can GO HERE and check all the amazing details out and have a chance to enter.

Yes, I am entering! This is a perfect opprotunity for me, and the perfect motivation to keep my butt moving and grooving and to fufilling my dream of Reinventing myself, rediscovering myself.

I have been in such a funk for the past month. A bad funk! And I just have not found the willpower or strength to come out of it, to get refocused. The desire was there, but I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t do much of anything.  I am doing this! Our family could use a health makeover (me more so), and most certainly a million dollars. It’s a chance to change my life and to inspire others to do the same, and that’s just what I want to do.

Join me! Whether you sign up with WW & Dr. Oz’s amazing chance, or just go through the process of Reinventing Yourself. Let’s do this together, let’s change ourselves, let’s change the world!

Exercise

I can tell I have not been working out as much as I had been over the summer, my stamina is not quite the same, and I have to admit that bums me out quite a bit.  But with everything that happened last month I just couldn’t find the time.  Then last week I totally strained nearly every muscle in my back. First I threw my lower back out, and it was bad! I could barely move or get around. I put lots of heat and my hubby gave me a couple massages which really did help. Then 3 days later my neck and upper back muscles started cramping. By Friday I was just in so much pain I could couldn’t bare it.

Today I am feeling much better, not 100% but much better! My back muscles are sore but not spasming, which is good and I was able to go to the gym, yeah! I did 15 mins on The Arc, and 15 mins on the elliptical. Then I did some arm strengthing.  I was there for about 45 mins total. I plan to workout every day during the week, as long as my body allows me too. It will be nice to regain my stamina again. And I look forward to the pounds once again coming off.

Weekly Menu Planning (Sept. 5-9)

Monday

Pork Spareribs

Grilled Aspargus

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Tuesday

Beef & Been Chili Verde

Brown Rice

Wednesday

Greek Bison Burger

 

Side Salad

Thursday

Rick Chicken Stew

Brown Rice

Friday

Pork Loin (crock pot) w/onions, potatoes, & carrotts

From The Heart: Back on the Ole’ Horse

From The Heart

Yep – I had been off with my weight goals the past few weeks. But today I am back on the ole’ horse. For the past three or four weeks I’ve only been exercising once a week and I need to get back at it. I miss it. I miss that time of pushing myself, and my biggest fear is having to start over, regaining my stamina. But if I have to I must 🙂

It’s just been a tough month – emotionally & physically! It just seemed as though anything that could possibly go wrong, went wrong. I just became considered about just trying to survive. I gained some weight back, but not as bad as I thought. I am back up to 250, but now I’m on my journey to 240, which I know I can do over the next month.  I’m excited to get back at it and start meeting my goals once again.

 

Weekly Menu Planning (Aug. 28 – Sept. 2)

Monday

Plum Chicken

Steamed Aspragus

Sm. Baked Potato

Tuesday

Beef & Been Chili Verde

 

Brown Rice

Wednesday

Seared Chicken with Apricot Sauce

Couscous w/herbs & Spinach

Green Beans

Thursday

Rick Chicken Stew

Brown Rice

Friday

Our Anniversary – going out for dinner!

From The Heart: Going Through The Trenches

From The Heart

Apparently, nothing is going to stop me from sticking with this lifestyle change or from losing weight. Because the past two weeks have been INSANE! And that is putting it mildly. Everyday something new and bad was thrown in our face. First my husband with his heart attack, then the day he came home from the hospital, I started with severe, nauseating, pain in my right pelvic area that went down into my thigh. It was some of the worst pain I have ever experienced in my life, including child birth.

It would come and go and nothing seemed to really help. Friday, it was so intense I tried to go to an Urgent Care but they told me I would have to go the hospital. And I just didn’t want to go to the ER, again. Went home and eventually the pain was controlled.

Then Tuesday, I woke up with no pain and was thinking that I must have gotten through whatever was ailing me. By Sunday evening it started again, and was 10 times worst. After 4 hours of intense pain, I started to bleed. That was it, I had to go the ER.

I was in the ER from10:30pm – 5:30am. They ran blood work, urinalysis, cat scan, and did a pelvic exam. Found out a few things were going on. First I have a UTI, which they (and I) don’t believe that was what was causing the pain. They also found a fibroid in my uterus area, which we believe may have been the source of the pain. The gave me some more pain killers and anti-biotics. Sent me home and told me to set up an appt with a GYN.

I got home just before 6:00am, went to sleep for about 1.5hrs, and was woken up to a flare up from my vasculitis. And a bad flare up. I was running a fever, in pain all over, and thank the Lord had an appt already scheduled with my GP. Went in and was just not doing well. She gave me a shot of steriods to help bring the inflammation down, it took a couple of hours, but it REALLY helped. Although steroids make me sweat, the down side. But I would rather sweat then be in pain, and wanting to die.

Right now I am on 7 medications (4 of which are temporary). I feel like a pharmacy. But instead of this getting in my way and derailing my lifestyle change and my goal of getting to my ideal weight, it actually continues to motivate me. I need to get healthy, weight wise, to fight any other issues. This morning I weighed myself, just to see how I am doing. Especially since it’s been hard to journal my food intake. According to the scale I lost another pound. Again I have only worked out once this week. And hope to go tongith.

You can’t just give up, even when going through the trenches. Life is always going to have it’s valleys and mountains, and you can’t let the valleys stop you from living the life you desire. You just push through, and it will make that climb to the top of the mountain that much more beautiful and amazing. You have to believe you are worth it, even if life might be trying to tell you differently. Things will always get better, and especially if you don’t lose faith in God and your self. You’ll just be a stronger you in the end.

Weekly Menu Planning (July 25-29)

Monday

Spaghetti (w/Whole Wheat Pasta)

Side Salad

 

 

Tuesday

Plum Chicken

Steamed Aspragus

Sm. Baked Potato

Wednesday

Turkey Loaf

Brown Rice

Frozen Veggies

Thursday

Cashew Salmon w/Apricot Couscous

(Fish Sticks for Kiddos)

Steamed Broccoli

Friday

Irish Lamb Stew (in the crock pot)