Monday, March 16, 2009

Weight Watcher's... day 11

Starting date: 3.05.09
Starting weight: 170.2
Last Weigh-in: 167.2

I had my first weigh-in Saturday... I've lost 3 lbs. exactly!! Yea. I've noticed in WW that people are very adamant about any additional ounces lost, like 3".2" ounces, or 4".6" etc... I'm not quite there yet - a straight number is just fine with me; though as I mentioned above, I lost 3 pounds exactly! :) My weigh-in days are now Saturday so I can meet up with some friends while at the meetings. Hopefully, that too will be an encouragement.

I was extremely happy with the amount lost -surprised really. I didn't think I had done a very good job last week as I stated in my last post but to be perfectly honest, I was secretly hoping for 5 lbs lost... I know, 3 is good. 3 is very good. And, 5 will come... I was talking to Aimee about it yesterday. Aimee is such a good encourager!! She was explaining how she had some up's and down's too and that it will come, not to worry! She makes you feel like she completely understands, cares enough to talk to you about it and then offers great advise! Thanks Aimee!!

Some days just seem a little harder then others but thankfully I have great friends who are going through the same thing as me!! I hope to grow closer to these girls as we get further into WW, maybe even gain some long-lasting friendships too!

Until later... keep counting!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Weight Watcher's... day 7

So today is day 7 of my WW journey... and I don't feel any skinnier then I did a week ago! Ug! Though to be honest, I also don't feel like I've done as good of a job as I could have been either. Is it because I have those extra 35 points (weekly, not daily) to use besides my daily limit of 23 points? Maybe, but without them I definitely would not be on track!

So far, I have 10.5 "extra" points to use before Friday night... Saturday is my weight in day and also the start of a new week for me. They're not 'fancy' points though, as in they don't "roll over" to the next week -so you either use 'em or lose 'em. Hopefully, I'll lose 'em! :) But they sure come in handy at the end of the day!!

But I suppose, all-in-all, I'm definitely in a better place then I was 7 days ago. Maybe not lighter, but definitely a better place! I feel better, I'm eating healthier then ever before, my activity level is increasing, I'm taking vitamins (sorta), etc... all good things! Who knows, there might be something to this 'life change' after all.

Now, how to keep this momentum going... Any suggestions??

My friend Aimee, from SSC, has been a big influence with deciding to join WW. She has 3 children -all 1 yr apart (just about), we are close in age, and we seem to get along pretty well... So I thought "well if Aimee is doing such a great job on this 'life change', then maybe I could too". Note: She's lost almost 20 lbs in 2 or 3 months!! Plus, we have another friend in SSC that has lost something like 60lbs in I think 6 months or so! I mean, how great are these women I know!!

So anyway, originally Aimee was just going to help me do this on my own (I couldn't quite afford to join just yet) by using the WW tools she already knows but we quickly figured out that that wasn't really possible. There is so much to know, so many questions I had and still have... points calculating, food choices, eating out choices, activity exchanges -you name it, I was asking about it... So I took the plunge and joined! I suppose, so far, it's not too bad! Aimee still helps me quite a bit -I just called her yesterday about eating out... Btw, I still did not make a very good choice! Quizno's is not healthy!! 7 points for a small (kid's meal) turkey and cheese sandwich!! :)

Happy eating to all.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Weight Watchers... part 1 of ?

So I've officially joined Weight Watchers! Yep, I'm one of "those" people now... you know, the kind that stop and count every calorie, fat gram and carb!!! Don't be ashamed to go out to eat with me... soon, it'll be like second nature to me and you won't even notice it! :) Hey! You may even pick up a thing or two!!!

Watch out world... I'm coming back, only in a smaller form. :)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Time with little one's

So this week Sophie spent sometime away... away, away, at Aunt Julie's house. It was nice to be without child for a little while, but to be honest -I was lonely for her! I've spent the past 3yrs with her by my side every day. To have her gone for 2 nights, was harder then I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my freedom. I was busy with activities both nights, but still to come home to an empty house or to wake up with no "Hold You Momma's" or "Rock me's" was hard.

Then my wonderful sister called this morning... bright and early. Claiming Grandma was suppose to be watching Sophie and Annon play while she took a shower... but wasn't and with this little 'free time' of theirs they got out the scissors and cut some of Sophie's hair... so much that she now needed a "pixi" hair cut! A Pixi hair cut I said!! OMG!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!! A PIXI!!! She has such cute, long hair... never tangles, doesn't cry when we brush it... great hair and now we have to cut it off -all off!! YIKES doesn't even begging to explain the emotions. Thankfully, it was an "early" April Fools day joke. No hair cut needed... wooohooo!!! :)

Just be thankful for the time you have with your little ones... it passes by so quickly.


Stunning Testimony from a man from Norfolk , VA. He called a local radio station to share this on Sept 11th, 2003, TWO YEARS AFTER THE TRAGEDIES OF 9/11/2001.

His name was Robert Matthews. These are his words:

A few weeks before Sept. 11th, my wife and I found out we were going to have our first child. She planned a trip out to California to visit her sister. On our way to the airport, we prayed that God would grant my wife a safe trip and be with her.

Shortly after I said 'amen,' we both heard a loud pop and the car shook violently. We had blown out a tire. I replaced the tire as quickly as I could, but we still missed her flight. Both very upset, we drove home. I received a call from my father who was a retired NYFD. He asked what my wife's flight number was, but I explained that we missed the flight. My father informed me that her flight was the one that crashed into the southern tower. I was too shocked to speak.

My father also had more news for me; he was going to help! 'This is not something I can't just sit by for; I have to do something. 'I was concerned for his safety, of course, but more because he had nevergiven his life to Christ. After a brief debate, I knew his mind was madeup. Before he got off of the phone, he said, 'take good care of my Grandchild. Those were the last words I ever heard my father say; he died while helping in the rescue effort.

My joy that my prayer of safety for my wife had been answered quickly became anger. I was angry at God, at my father, and at myself. I had gone for nearly two years blaming God for taking my father away. My son would never know his grandfather, my father had never accepted Christ, and I never got to say good-bye.

Then something happened. About two months ago, I was sitting at home with my wife and my son, when there was a knock on the door. I looked at my wife, but I could tell she wasn't expecting anyone. I opened the door to a couple with a small child. The man looked at me and asked if my father's name was Jake Matthews. Itold him it was. He quickly grabbed my hand and said, 'I never got the chance to meet your father, but it is an honor to meet his son. 'He explained to me that his wife had worked in the World Trade Center and had been caught inside after the attack. She was pregnant and had been caught under debris. He then explained that my father had been the one to find his wife and free her. My eyes welled up with tears as I thought of my father giving his life for people like this. He then said, there is something else you need to know. His wife then told me that as my father worked to free her, she talked to him and led him to Christ. I began sobbing at the news.

Now I know that when I get to Heaven, my father will be standing beside Jesus to welcome me, and that this family would be able to thank him themselves .When their baby boy was born, they named him Jacob Matthew, in honor of the man who gave his life so that a mother and baby could live.

This story should help us to realize this: God is always in control. We may not see the reason behind things, and we may never know this side of heaven, but God is ALWAYS in control.

Please take time to share this amazing story. You may never know the impact it may have on someone. God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures Forever. Psalm 136:1