Hey Everyone! This post won't be as detailed as those in the past but it has been a HECK of a week!
The week started off a bit rocky. I found out that I was not selected as a Mamavation Finalist. It really hit me harder than I thought it would. Out of 11 applicants, 5 were chosen as finalists. Falling in the bottom 50% really kinda sucked. I felt that I was putting my all out there and staying committed and active, but my best just wasn't good enough. I have a hard time getting those on my Facebook and twitter communities to be active on the Internet and place votes and/or post comments as to why they support me. Either that, or I don't have as much support as I feel I should have. That was a bit tough to see. People can spend hours on the Internet wasting away doing nothing, but when I ask for something that takes TWO SECONDS, and it could help impact my life for the better, for LIFE, they won't bat an eye at it. Society at it's best.
One thing I did realize-- The community is still there for me whether I am selected as a Mamavation Mom or not, so for that I am very thankful.
I did have a good week as far as the scale went! I lost about 4 more pounds! I weighed in at 274.1 lbs. That is officially smaller than I have been since before I had my daughter. This means that I have lost about 11lbs since I my first initial gain. But about a 4 lb loss since I first weighed in and joined the Sistahood.
Monday evening into Tuesday I really felt horrible. I ended up coming down with a horrible double-ear infection. I missed Tuesday/Wednesday at work. I was not able to exercise, let alone walk or hardly sit up, so I really feel that I will see those 4 lbs back on the scale on Thursday when I weigh in. I have been attempting to make up for it since.
Now to tonight, (Sunday), My DD Gigi was being excessively whiney at dinner and at the grocery store. Gave me the thought that something may be up. She immediately felt warm. I get home to a 101.6 deg. fever. Looks like it's ANOTHER sick day from work to take her to the doctor. Please send a few get well prayers to her. She didn't want to move off of the couch once we got home, which is a definite sign she's down and out.
Then...I receive a phone call from my brother telling me that a man on a motorcycle ran into the back of my father's SUV(he was not in it) and the man passed. Even though the loss does not impact our family completely, I am sure my father is a bit shaken up. Definitely an unfortunate situation for sure. Prayers are going out to the family of the man that passed.
Tomorrow night they will have the twitter party to elect the two Mamavation Mom's to go into the 7-week virtual boot camp to a healthier life. I plan on following right along and doing what they are doing in order to get myself in better health and better shape. Congrats to the final 2 and I am always here for any Mamavation Sista :o)
Here's to a better week and God Bless!
Hello Everyone! What a wonderful week it has been! I had a 3-day work week as I was off on Monday for MLK Jr. Day and then I was also off work on Friday due to an appt as well as the hubby's birthday!
I have been very loyal to my #Mamavation Hazing and #2WeekChallenge! Doing three-a-day workouts are becoming second nature to me. With the end of the #2WeekChallenge being NOW, I realize that I need to start planning my workouts for the week. I do really good with instruction, but I have to learn how to take the reins myself and push my body.
I have won many battles over the last two weeks and am very proud of myself. So let the tootin' of my own horn begin!! :))
- I am still drinking over 130oz of water daily. I haven't had a sugar drink, soda, artificial sweeteners, etc. for over 2 weeks now. I don't see the need and I am not tempted.
- Who can do push-ups? This girl! I have now worked up to doing push ups on the ground. Baby steps!
- My weight has started to stabilize and I am losing some of the initial gain I experienced. I began at 276.6, spiked up to 285.1 being the highest I saw at one point on the scale, and on Thursday at my work weigh-in, I was at 278.8. So in the last week I lost 6.3 lbs. I am still above my beginning weight, but this is a good sign of things to come!
- As the #2WeekChallenge wound down on Saturday night, I took measurements. I lost the following: 1 1/4 inches in my hips. 1" in my thigh, 3" in my waist, and 1/2" in my arms! I could not believe it! 5.75 inches lost!! Whooooohooo! :o) I am so stoked!
- Final Battle Won for the week: I went down another size in my jeans!!! In July, I was a size 26/28. On Monday, I bought a size 22 in jeans! I was even able to button a size 20...but muffin top was an understatement :P LOL Can't wait to go back to Gordman's and purchase those 20s in the not-so-distant future!!
Now-- a battle that I lost this week was a fight against my body -- I have had some issues with a quad, a stomach muscle, and my right foot. With some babying, icing, heating, and elevating, I was able to complete all of the scheduled exercises. I have to remind myself that I am NOT in shape YET,
therefore I must be careful and listen to my body. I do not want to hurt myself worse so I have to take "time off" as that is NOT something I can/want to/will easily submit to. Win battles, lose battles, the war rages on..and I am on the front line moving forward!!
As always, my Mamavation Sistas have been there with me all the way through this process and have helped push me forward! Seeing all of the goals my sistas are achieving just pushes me more and more. They are there with words of encouragement or advice at my beck and call. I am forever thankful! <3
I will find out in the next 48 hours if I am selected as a Mamavation Mom finalist for Campaign #11. My fingers are crossed. There are so many deserving ladies who applied. I think EVERYONE deserves it but rules are rules and ultimately only 2 are chosen for the boot-camp. Regardless if I am selected or not, I love being a member of the Sistahood and it will not effect my goals, focus, and healthy lifestyle change! There are always more campaigns right? :o)
This Week's Mamavation Monday Question is:
Who is your biggest inspiration when it comes to healthy lifestyle?
The answer is simple: My daughter, GiGi. Every time I look at my growing lil' one, who will be 4 before I know it, I am inspired to be the best Mama I can be. In order to be the best, I have to live a healthier lifestyle. If I don't feel good about myself, I can't take care of my home and children as I should. I look at my daughter, who deserves the best, and know that I want to BE THE BEST. I don't want my child to be embarrassed of her mom, who's so outta shape she can't get up and run with her at the park, etc. I have been that, up until now. I have found since I have embarked on this journey to be a better ME that I have an even better relationship with her. I'm not sitting on the couch watching TV, snacking, and doing nothing while she plays. I am in the floor with her, playing, wrestling, etc. I even have a little workout buddy on some evenings. This time while she is little is very short lived and I don't want to look back on it with regrets! So here's to no regrets and a bright future, for her, for me, for everyone! :o) Have a great week!!!
“This post is sponsored by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway”
This week has been full of ups and downs, but mostly ups! Let's start on the "down" note and move towards the up and up as I like to focus on the positive!!
I titled this post "What's in a number?" for a reason. I have been doing the #Mamavation hazing and challenge for over a week now. I typically weigh in on Thursdays because my job is hosting a weight-loss challenge and that is weigh-in day! I have been doing really good, great, dare I say FANTASTIC on my lifestyle change. I have been doing all of my assigned workouts and even doing a little extra here and there. I feel so accomplished whenever I get past a number of reps I never thought possible. I was SO excited to step on the scale to see how much my work had paid off.
I was 276.6 last week and thought I would surely be down a few pounds. I want to be out of the 270s so badly. My first mini-goal is to see 26_ at the front of the scale! So anyways, I step on the scale and when the number popped up, I wanted to cry. It said 281.1. How on Earth did I GAIN like 5 lbs!!! I was so embarrassed!!!! I had been telling everyone at work about my new venture and was so excited to show them the progress to hopefully inspire. There was no way in h-e-double hockey sticks that I could do that now!
So...I called my husband because I was upset. He was so supportive and encouraging. Even though I have heard how this whole weight-loss thing goes a trillion times, it does help to hear it from others once again. He reminded me of how I had been drinking so much water and working out so much that I was probably gaining muscle before losing fat. He told me to be patient and give it a couple of weeks and it will start to show on the scale, too. That was just what I needed to hear.
I also tweeted my #Mamavation Sistas and they were equally supportive! Thank you so much for your support girls, It's priceless!!!
Now...enough of the negative...let's get to the positive....
First and foremost, I am really feeling energized when it comes to exercise! Before deciding to embark on this lifestyle change, my husband would have told you that "exercise" was the biggest cuss word in my life! He was totally right! The idea of getting up and moving only to be sore the next day...PFFFTTTTTTT! Who wants to do that?! Well now, I do! and I will, everyday!! Now I actually like "feeling the burn!" It reminds me that there is fine tuning, (okay..major reconstruction) that needs to be done in that area. I know that it's all going to be worth it in the end!
My calves look soooo different than a week ago. I can actually see, dare I type it, MUSCLE!! WHOO-HOOO!! I knew it had to be hiding around there somewhere. My husband told me on Friday that he could already tell a difference in the way my clothes were fitting. I <3 It! Time to knock that picture of that NUMBER outta my head!!!
Another great thing that I overcame this week is Goodbye Caffeine!! I have kissed my last caffeine drink goodbye along with soda and any other sugar drink! As per our master, BookieBoo, we cannot have any soda or alcohol during the hazing! Soda was my favorite drink. I had to have a Diet Cherry Coke or Diet Mtn Dew each and every day. Not anymore! I drink ONLY WATER! I have been very successful at drinking OVER 130oz each day!
Even better, I had no bad caffeine withdrawals! Yay! I was so worried I would have the head-banging headaches. I had one slight one on the 2nd day, but some exercise and Advil were the trick to beat it!
Sooo...what's in a number? For me right now, NOTHING!
I know that I am on the path to success so I am not going to let a silly number get me down! As long as I am eating healthier, drinking plenty of water, exercising to the fullest, and getting plenty of sleep...I know I am doing things right! The success will come, it just takes time and patience!
So, if you are like me and the number gets you down---BEAT IT! Keep on your path to success and you WILL see that number you are seeking in good time! It's all about getting rid of bad habits and replacing them with GOOD HABITS!!
With that, let's move on to this week's Mamavation Monday Question! Sponsored by The Chia Co.
The question of the week is: "What are your latest healthy food discoveries?"
To be honest, I haven't been taking advantage of all of the new healthy foods that are popping up on the market. A lot of the times they cost a pretty penny and our budget has not allowed me to try them out...yet! All in good time! HOWEVER, I have been sticking to tried and true, fruits and veggies. I have been eating a piece of fruit, normally a pear or apple, each morning to kick start my metabolism. I make sure that I get as many servings of veggies as I can each day. I love salads so that is not the hard part. Staying away from fatty dressings is difficult when you eat the salad at school, however good ol' apple cider vinegar has been my savior :)
I have been reading about The Chia Company and the benefits of Chia Seeds. Here's a little blurb about them: The Chia Co produces Chia in harmony with nature, with environmental guidelines followed rigorously and farming practices applied with long-term sustainability in mind. The Chia Co products are all made from 100% natural Australian Grown Chia seed. Chia products are mild tasting and easy to include in the every day diet as they can be added to any meal. Chia is the richest plant based source of Omega 3, dietary fiber, protein and antioxidants. We refer to Chia as Nature’s Complete Superfood because it is very high in nutrition that is essential for a healthy diet including Omega 3, dietary fiber and protein as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It contains: 37% Dietary Fiber, 20% Omega 3 ALA, 20% Protein.
These definitely sound like something that need to make it to my plate sooner rather than later! Has any of my readers ever tried them before? What do you think about them? How do they change the texture of food, taste, etc?
Another food that I am aching to try is Greek Yogurt! I have heard such good things about it, but with it being a bit more expensive we have not had the opportunity to try it yet. I am hoping to sneak at least a single size to try this week. I have heard lots of people using it instead of sour cream...that definitely sounds doable!! :o) Let em knowHere's to a GREAT WEEK chocked full of SUCCESS!!God Bless!~Amber
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I have officially been asked to join the #Mamavation Sistahood! I am so excited! This is the best group of ladies I have encountered, period! They are there for me anytime I have a question or just to give support if I am having a rough day! I am very proud to earn this badge and will definitely represent well!!!
Also, please don't forget to tweet "@BookieBoo , I nominate @AmberLou24 to be the next #Mamavation Mom!" or go to the Mamavation Facebook Page and post the same!!! Thank you so much for all of your continued support!
When people write a blog, they often do a "Story of Me" entry that tells the reader all about who they are, where they came from, and all of that jazz. However, my weight has been such a BIG PART of my life, I feel that I need to lead with that. First impressions are key, and in this society, many make a judgment on weight first, and then on other qualities and aspects later. Imagine you are shopping at the store and you run into a former classmate, coworker, or friend(or enemy?). At first sight, do you analyze of they have gained/lost weight since you last saw them? I think most people will answer "Yes" to this. I do it, it's okay to admit it :P
I can honestly say, aside from when I was pregnant, there was not a day since I hit pueberty that my "weight" has not been on the forefront of my mind.
For a person that has "weight issues," each day is a STRUGGLE, BATTLE, FIGHT with making the right decisions, or regrets from making the wrong decisions. When I wake up in the morning, the first thought I have is what food decisions I must make today. I try my best to plan ahead, but with a young child and nearly an hour commute to work, I often have to rely on convenience. Let's face it..convenience food is NOT HEALTHY. I am working more and more on being prepared the night before by having things packaged up and ready to go...I am failing mostly..but that is on my list of improvements to make.
Anyways..I digress. Let's get back to the story of My Weight.
As a young child, I was always relatively skinny. My parents say I was very picky and didn't eat a lot at a sitting. I was teeny until I hit 3rd grade. I went from being right alone with everyone in my weight, to the largest girl in the class. Even at such a young age I realized it put me in a "different" category and the idea of "friendship" because very apparent. It became clear to me that not everyone are "friends" because they are around you and often times your looks depended on who your friend options were.
It's pretty safe to say that I felt like/was a outcast between my peers from 3rd grade all the way through high school. The feel was pretty much the same. There were the group of "pretty girls", the group of "tom boys/athletic girls", and then the outcasts: the ones who were "weird" for one reason or another. I loved my "weird" friends and honestly, I am blessed to have gotten to know all of them on the level that I did.
As a student, I was always very bright *don't mind if I toot my own horn :o) * I was in "gifted" class throughout most of my grade school years and I feel that my education was top notch. I loved my school district and am proud to say I now teach for the same district today!
I don't have any high school photos on the media here, but my "now photos" are very similar in size. Throughout high school and college I fluctuated between 225-245 lbs. I wore between a size 20 and 24 depending on the weight fluctuation.
In 2005/2006 I began dating my best guy friend, Mike, who I am now happily married to :) When we got together, we decided to both go on diets and get healthier! I decided to do the Atkins diet. I am Italian and noodles and carbs were a staple. I figured that starting there would yield the best results. I did immediately begin seeing results. I lost 100 lbs in 7 months! I weighed about 150lbs in December of 2006.
Standing in old pants. I still have them, but can't fit in them now :-/
The pictures speak for themselves. I loved my new weight and I felt pretty good. I did develop quite a few health issues due to the Atkins diet. I developed narcolepsy(presumably because of the lack of energy) and I also weakened all the muscles in my spinal column and developed posture and back problems. What I wasn't aware of, was that since my body had no carbs to burn, very little fat, and very little protein, my body had started to eat my healthy muscle as "energy." The doctor quickly made me go off of this diet because she said with the issue in my back it could have very well been muscles around my heart and could have resulted in a heart attack. YIKES! That scared the crapola outta me!! So therefore, I go off the diet, no lifestyle change occurred and I began gaining weight back super fast.
On 07/07/07, about 6 months after going off the diet, We got married. You can see that I had already begun gaining quite a bit of weight back. I would say I was about 215 here. Maybe a little more.
Sometime that month, I got pregnant with Gigi. What a surprise..but a blessing all in one.
Obviously, I ate like a pregnant woman when pregnant, and gained weight like mad fire. In my 9th month, I tipped the scales at about 300lbs. Imagine my mental state? Especially after giving birth.
8 Months Pregnant - Day of my Baby Shower
Gigi and I - She's about 4 weeks old here.
Well...here I am...three and a half years after my daughter is born, and I am about 35 lbs under that weight. I am GLAD I am under that weight. I started the HCG Diet this July and I went from 312 to where I am currently at, 276.6 lbs. I have maintained this weight since going off of the HCG Drops. I believe it did help me on a lifestyle change as far as controlling my diet and portion control. I still have days where I can't get food off of my mind, but that's part of my comfort eating that I do. When I get upset, stressed, etc...I want to EAT!!! I know some of you ladies definitely feel me on that!
So...there it is..how I got where I currently am! I am enjoying the beginning of HELL WEEK as I embark on possibly becoming a Mamavation Mom. I am so stoked for this, I hope with everything that I am selected. We also have Round 5 of the Two Week Challenges
starting today as well! This means I will have at least 3 sets to do today! Gonna be visiting the land of Sore Muscles even more so this week..but the way I see it: Anything worth doing and achieving must have some pain and strife. It makes the victory that much more sweet!!!!! BTW---Feel free to click the Two Week Challenge Link
and JOIN IN~! It's super fun and you have a great team of Mama's to work with!!!
As I said in my last post, Please feel free to post "@BookieBoo - I support @AmberLou24 and would love to see her chosen as the next #mamavation mom!!" on Twitter! I need all the support I can get and the more supporters I have, the better chance I have at getting selected! You can also go to the Mamavation Page
on Facebook and post the same thing!
Feel free to leave me some comments on your own weight story! I know everyone has one and it does take a team to help someone succeed! Also feel free to follow me on Twitter! We have lots of fun over there! Be sure to tweet with the #mamavation hashtag!
Happy Monday and God Bless!
Hey Everyone! I am applying to be a Mamavation Mom for Campaign #11 7-Week Boot Camp! Please see my application video below! I am going to lose weight regardless, but what an honor it would be to have such a support system and sistahood to help me through this journey!!!
Campaign #11 is a great way to go back to basics and this campaign we are back to focusing on the MOMS!
Mamavation Moms lose weight in a boot camp experience without having to leave the home. They are set up with support, tools, and professional coaches to help transform mind and body on this journey. As they are learning healthy living and losing weight they live their lives on a stage for seven weeks. The campaign becomes a virtual docudrama with real challenges and victories as they become the stars of the campaign. To become a Mamavation Mom, an application needs to be complete, then 5 women are selected as finalists. Those finalists go up for a public vote and the two winners are announced during the Twitter Launch Party on Jan 30th.
Please help support me by posting the following on Twitter! “Hey @bookieboo! I want @AmberLou24 to be the next #Mamavation Mom. She has my support! http://bit.ly/aorv3Y”
OR you can go to their Facebook page and post why you think I should be selected as a Mamavation Mom!
Please!!!! Thank you so much in advance!
May 2012 be the best year yet! Live with no Regrets. Settle for NOTHING but the BEST! Why not? You deserve the best and you only get one shot at this thing called life..be the best you can be, and ask others to do the same! Give hugs, smiles, and kindness to all, and focus on positivity! Many blessings and much love to all!!
I rang in the New Year with my wonderful family and could have not have had it any better. As with tradition, I called my parents after we celebrated in our home, and then my grandfather who is 80 years old! I hope to do it again when he's 81!!!!
~Amber and Family