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Kennesaw, Georgia, United States
My name is Billie, I am a 43 year old mother of two. I have been mostly losing the battle of the bulge for the past 20+ years, now I'm ready to lose it for good. Come along on my journey to beat the battle.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Phil 4:13

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Weigh In and Measurements

Ok official weigh in is 196.6, so I'm moving a little, I'm down .4 from last weigh in.

Tammy and I started working out with a trainer on Saturday. He took all our measurements (listed in side bar) and our body fat. My body fat was 41.7 which is less than it was in October when I had my last assessment. It was 42.55 then. I must say I have lost several inches, so I guess I'm doing something right.

I sure hope this training works. I'm really going to work on this, because if I'm paying him to help me do this I have got to make it work. He says he will help us reach our goals. The work out he put us through yesterday kicked my butt. I did find out I am definitely too fat to have good balance. We were doing some kinda ab thingy with the large ball, and I couldn't balance the ball enough to do even one. Every time I got into the position and went to pull the ball in I lost my balance and my feet rolled off the ball. It was so bad.

Our trainer is supposed to give us a detailed work out plan that we are supposed to do when we are not working out with him. Since we are only actually seeing him once a week, I don't know that we will push ourselves and each other as hard as the trainer does. But we will see.

I am also going to start doing more cardio. I'm going to stop at the gym on my way to work every morning and do at least 20 minutes, hopefully 30 minutes. I am also going to start tracking my food better. I did great on my food yesterday.

Breakfast Oatmeal w/1/4 c milk
Snack(after workout) 1c Cottage cheese, 1c apple & grapes
Lunch Chicken burrito w/ no tortilla (chicken, 1/2c rice, 1/4c black beans, 1tbsp sour cream, 1/4c shredded cheese)
Snack Protein shake w/1c milk & 1 banana
Dinner Salmon, asparagus & green beans

The trainer says we should have a protein, a carb and a fat for every meal.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Forgot to give back the award

I forgot to give back the award to 7 deserving people so here goes

Midlife Swimmer

Tina @ Fat Girl Dives In

Leslie @ Something Brilliant is Brewing

Lisa @ In Weigh Over My Head

Tammy @ From Fat to Fab (even though you already got one - you are my inspiration)

Dawne @ 365 Days to a new me

Jenn @ Watch my butt shrink

You guys really inspire me to keep going. You are all great!!!!!!!!!!!!

Getting close to 4 months & An Award

Thank you to Kelsey @ The Sweet Tooth Obliteration Operation for this lovely award she bestowed upon me. I was very excited to get a blogger award, as sometimes my blog gets left behind with my busy schedule.
Now 7 things most people don't know about me....
1. I hate winter. I wouldn't live anywhere in the north because of the extreme cold. I love to see snow, I think it's beautiful, just wouldn't want to live in it.
2. I have lived in Georgia all of my life, with the exception of 1 year. I lived in Tennessee that year and it was winter (and refer to #1).
3. I love the beach. the feel of sand between my toes and the sun on my face.
4. I am a Christian. I love God above all and thank him everyday for all of my blessings he has given. I go to church on Saturday, but am not Seventh Day Adventist.
5. I love beautiful sunrises (especially when I'm at the beach). And thank God for each one.
6. I cannot swim. Never have and probably never will. But I love the water.
7. I don't have a lot of close friends, but many acquaintances.
Now on to other things. Tomorrow will be 4 months that I have been on this journey. I guess 25 pounds in four months isn't too bad, but I would like it to be better. I am hitting the gym hard and watching exactly what I eat from now on. I want to be down at least 25 more pounds by April. I have a big convention coming up, that everyone in our industry goes to, and I only see most of these people once a year. I just think it would be great to be down 50 pounds by the time I see all these people again. I will also update my measurements tomorrow, hopefully it will be good.
Yesterday was a great day food wise and exercise wise. I did the elliptical for 25 minutes on my way to work, then met my daughter at her gym and did the elliptical for 30 minutes after work. The last minute I did it at 9-10. Awesome rush, but talk about out of breath.
Food wise I was spot on at 1700 calories. A little high on the fat and sodium side, but other than that I did great.
Calories 1600-17000 1700
Fat 32-56 64
Carbs 163-236 181
Protein 60-127 102
Sodium 500-2300 2599
So all in all a good day.
Today was probably not as good a day, but I'll figure that out after dinner. No work out today either. I overslept this morning, and was on a project at lunch time so I couldn't leave the office, so no work out. Tonight I have to work late, still on the project (which I really better get back to) so I won't be working out tonight. I guess I need one day off this week. Back at it in the morning though.
So for now...When you judge another, you do not define that person, you define YOURSELF. So the moral to that is, don't judge others, we're all in this together.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Update tonight

I did 45 minutes on the elliptical tonight on my way home, I did not do the strength training though. I did good on my calories and food today, stayed within my limits on everything. Good start to my new me. I'm going to try to get up early enough in the morning to do some cardio on my way to work in the morning.

NUTRIENTS: GOAL TODAY Calories: 1,600-1,700 1,638 Fat: 32 - 56 51 Carbs: 163 - 236 163 Protein: 60 - 127 93 Sodium, Na: 500 - 2,300 1,939

New Year, New Goals

It has been a while since I blogged, wow...almost 6 weeks. I've been keeping at it, just not a diligently. In December I was so busy with work and getting all the year end things done there. Our company was bought out and the new owners took over January 1, so there was that added pressure. All the books had close by the end of the month so everything would go smoothly. Also, there were no guaranteed jobs with the new owners, so I wasn't sure that I was even going to have a job. It seemed very fruitless some times, to be working my a** off, and then not have a job...but I was very faithful and just left it to God and new owners, and I have a job. Yeah me. However, my job will be reviewed in 90 days and it will be determined at that time if I keep my job. So I thank God every day for what I have, and if it is His will, I will still have a job in 90 days. I have had this job for 21 years, so I really, really don't want to go out and look for another job, and I don't even know that I know how to look for a job anymore. But hopefully every thing will work out and I'll be here another 20 years.

So on to my weight loss. As I said I haven't been as diligent lately, but I haven't really gone backwards either. I have lost some and maintained. NOW on to the losing again. I am now down to 197, so yeah me....I'm in Onederland, and will not leave here ever again. I've started counting my calories again and working out hard. I'm trying to stay between 1500-1700 calories. I'm doing cardio either on my way to work or at lunch for 30 minutes, then I usually meet Tammy at the gym after work and do cardio for 30 minutes and then do strength training. I'm loving the low impact of the elliptical because of my plantar fasciitis. We started doing some new weight exercises for the bat wings, which I can really feel the next day. After Saturday's work out I had pain in my arms and my abs, and I didn't do any more than normal on the crunches, so I feel it had to be from the pull down exercises we are doing. Sunday I had to skip the workout, as my internet had been out for 4 days and Sunday morning was the only time they could come out and fix it (I didn't even know they worked on Sundays), then the kids had to go to the mall and that was all she wrote. However, the mall was quite a work out all in itself.

So today is a new day. I have consumed 1,052 calories and have had 2 33oz bottles of water. I did my 30 minutes of elliptical (2miles) this afternoon at lunch. Since Tammy can't workout tonight I will stop on my way home and do the elliptical again, and maybe some strength training. I'm just not as dedicated to it if I'm by myself.

I will not be eating out this week. I have found some low cal recipes that are really not that hard to make, and my daughter will be making dinner. As she is not working right now and only goes to school two nights a week she has a little free time, and I just know she loves it.

Anyhow, I'm going to get caught up on all my reading of the blogs shortly and will be trying to post more regularly now that I have a little more free time.

So for now, count all your blessings God has given you.

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