Diane's Journal - Welcome all!

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  1. DznyDreams

    DznyDreams A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES . . .

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    I cannot believe that it has been 1 year and almost 5 months since I first decided to take the W.I.S.H. challenge! I fell off the wagon, but as of tonight (Saturday, March 5th, 2005), I'm picking myself up, dusting myself off, and jumping on board once again. I pray for success this time!

    Here's a little something about me: DznyDreams W.I.S.H. Commitment Renewal

    UPDATE: I apologize if the above link does not work. As of today, August 19, 2005, my earthlink account is cancelled by my choice. I will be evaluating new Internet dial-up plans, but I may be without Internet service altogether for quite some time during this process. (Having the Internet is simply not a priority for now.) As soon as I'm "back," I'll move my personal site to the new server.

    Good luck to all WISHERS!! Hope to "see" you again real soon! :earsgirl:
     
  2. lulu201

    lulu201 <font color=6600cc>Will walk for cheesecake<br><fo

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    Welcome to the Journals, Diane, and good luck with your program!

    Lulu
     
  3. DznyDreams

    DznyDreams A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES . . .

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    I'm here to celebrate life, :banana:
    to cheer for and allow myself to be cheered on by others, :cheer2:
    to learn new things, :teacher:
    to laugh a little, :rotfl:
    cry a little, :guilty:
    and love a lot! :grouphug:
     
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  5. DznyDreams

    DznyDreams A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES . . .

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    Sept. 2003 sounds like an lifetime ago. Has it really been that long since I originally said I wanted to take the W.I.S.H. challenge?!?! :faint: It's sad that I didn't stick to my plan, but the hard fact is that I did not. :guilty:

    I must start fresh, and I must have a plan! I'm starting the W.I.S.H. challenge AGAIN! Tomorrow, I will sit down and get organized with a gameplan for healthy eating. I don't want to just count points, but I want to actually eat healthy AND exercise. :banana:

    I'm seriously considering Curves, but I'm nervous. I have a LOT of weight (145-150 pounds) to lose, and I'm afraid I won't fit.....or will I? I guess I won't know until I make a visit to my local Curves on Monday.

    ~*~Dear Lord, PLEASE give me the strength to make a healthier life for me and my family!!~*~

    Here I go........wish me luck! :grouphug:
     
  6. myhandd

    myhandd Mouseketeer

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    Hey,

    Just take it in chunks and steps. You know what they say the best way to eat an elephant, "one bite at at time!" I know, that is a horrible analogy on a diet board, but hey it is so true!

    You can do it!

    Later from the only guy on these boards!

    Dax
     
  7. DznyDreams

    DznyDreams A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES . . .

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    Thanks for the encouragement, Dax! :goodvibes And you're right, I CAN do it! As you've suggested, I'll make my goals in chunks rather than looking at the big picture. The BIG picture is OVERWHELMING to me right now. :earseek:

    Today, I took baby steps down the road to the "new me." I wouldn't call what I did "dieting" by any means, but I did select healthier foods and beverages than I have in the past. I also took the time to mentally rehearse (yes, I've been to WW before) my next trip to the grocery store.

    I talked with some ladies from my church today about Curves. Apparently, there's a special running this week. (I took this as a "sign.") I even drove by Curves tonight (which was, of course, closed) just to take a peak inside. It doesn't look too scary at all. I "mentally rehearsed" myself going inside and asking to join. So....

    I will go in 1st thing tomorrow morning to schedule an appointment and officially begin the process of recreating Diane (that's me). :banana:

    I'll check back in tomorrow evening to let you all know how my first day went. :wave:
     
  8. DznyDreams

    DznyDreams A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES . . .

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    (I was going to post this last night, but I was so tired that I fell to sleep much earlier than normal. I slept great, which was a very good thing!)

    Curves Day 1 - Apparently I have muscles in places I never knew about! :confused3 Yep, I'm a little sore this morning, but not too bad. I'm going to stretch and go for workout #2 later this morning.

    I can tell that Curves was not built to accomodate someone of my size and stature. I'm only 5'2" and I weigh 290. I found it challenging to mount some of the tall equipment. I'm sure it won't take me long to remember which ones will bruise the inside of my knees and thighs during the mount/dismount, but until then, I'm going to be a bit black and blue for a while. Also, my feet never touched the floor once I was seated properly, which made it a little difficult to get up quickly and move on to the next station. Luckily, I didn't have anyone immediately to my right, so I didn't feel pushed or rushed. I will have to keep this in mind when selecting my workout time for a while. If I go at a very busy time, I will probably frustrate someone who is taller and more agile than I am at present.

    Aside from all of the above, I LOVED my Curves workout, and I commited to a year! I know the complaints above are mostly related to my present weight, which will change over time. My height may not change, but when I begin to get stronger and weigh less, it won't take me so long to get up and down from each station.

    Now, it's time for oatmeal.... :banana: ;)
     
  9. DznyDreams

    DznyDreams A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES . . .

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    I've completed 5 Curves workouts this week (Monday-Friday)! Woo hoo, me! :cool1: I FEEL GREAT!!!!:goodvibes

    I walked for 30 minutes today, and I plan to do so again tomorrow. I have found myself wanting to exercise daily now that I've finally begun an exercise routine. I'm not working too hard, but I'm doing something good for myself, and my body can tell. I've enjoyed working out with ladies in my community that I wouldn't normally see as often. I've also found the Curves circuit to be much easier to manage than it was on days 1 and 2. I hop on and off the equipment like I'm near goal weight! lol (Not quite, but it is definitely MUCH easier now.)

    I spent the week focusing not so much on "diet." However, I did cut back on the refined sugars and white starchy foods. I've tried to increase my water intake, and I'm weaning myself off sodas. I haven't quit cold turkey....YET....but I will!

    Now that I'm working out and feeling better, I find that a desire to turn toward healthier eating habits is developing. I just want to start slow, so that I won't get discouraged and quit. Like I've already said in an earlier post....Baby steps, baby steps!

    Aside from getting into good shape and developing healthier eating habits, I've not really set any "goals" to this point. Today, I've changed this. I decided that I'd really like to get 90 lbs off by Christmas. YES, that does sound like a lot, but considering that I'll still have 64 pounds to go after losing the 90, I think it's reasonable. I've lost 4 pounds just this week alone (remember, I said that I really hadn't changed my diet by much...mostly I have just added exercise this week). Imagine what I can do if I really begin a "diet." (A large person can loose a lot faster than a small person, that's just a fact.)

    Besides, DH has said that if I do meet the 90-off-by-December goal, we'll make our December trip to Disney no matter what. As it stood prior to today, we were "planning" to go only if my parents decided to go with us. We've actually booked our rooms already and put down the deposit, but were planning to cancel the entire trip if my parents don't go. Now, DH has agreed to go without my parents if I can meet my weightloss goal of 90 lbs by December!!:hyper: He's being supportive, and I think that's GREAT!::yes::

    I can't wait to be 90-pounds lighter at Disney World in December!!! :cheer2:
     
  10. DznyDreams

    DznyDreams A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES . . .

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    Started Weight Watchers again today! This is like the 3rd time I've tried to start, but I'm hoping that WW combined with Curves will be the answer for me this time.

    I found myself getting "geared up" for dieting by the end of my first week at Curves, and I even held on to the positive line of thinking thoughout the weekend. I'm beginning day 2 of WW today, and I'm praying for success this time!

    Here's to 90 pounds gone by December!!!:flower:
     
  11. pearlieq

    pearlieq <font color=green>They can sit & spin<br><font col

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    Great job starting up WW again. You can do it this time! :cheer2:

    What a sweet DH! That's so great he's supportive!
     
  12. DznyDreams

    DznyDreams A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES . . .

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    Thanks for the support, pearlieq! You're right! My DH is actually more like a DTSSH (dear, thoughtful, sweet, supportive husband). ;)

    I just discovered what "ONEderland" is, so of course, I had to add the clippie. :)

    Yesterday, we discovered that we need to purchase a new A/C compressor before summer. This is slightly disappointing because I will have to dip into my WDW-weight-loss-reward trip fund in order to pay for it. However, I'm not going to let it get me down. I can buckle down and replace the savings before December, even if I have to find junk to sell on eBay. :teeth:

    Small changes: Despite the minor setback with the travel funds (which, in the past, would have resulted in a depressed mood) my determination has not wavered! This is a new attitude for me, and I contribute it all to working out! I've always heard that if you find something you love to do, you'll not only stick with it longer, but you'll benefit body, mind and soul. I honestly think I'm going to make it this time!

    Today was quite a success for me. I was able to enjoy a terrific meal with my family at Outback without busting the WW points bank! The day began with a very healthy 6-point breakfast. Around 1 o'clock I had a healthy 3-point "snack-sized" lunch so that I could enjoy an early dinner at Outback. My meal there consisted of a house salad (extra tomatoes, no cheese, no croutons, and dressing on the side), a 7-oz Victoria's filet with steamed veggies, and a plain sweet potato.

    I drank a lot of water throughout the day, so I never felt hungry at all. I even got in both servings of milk and all of my veggies. I just love not having to give up my favorite places to eat in order to stay healthy! :flower:

    This completes day 4 of WW. I'm on a roll! :cool1:
     
  13. Zoesmama03

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    Woohoo on doing Outback without using banked points. :bounce:

    I've just started journaling again on Wed. an have been going over a few but not working on keeping it under. Yesterday and today I went over but made it up with exercise points. :bounce:


    I've gone and come back to her for awhile too. This time I came back and have been trying for months to get m y exercise routine going I have tried for all the exercise challenges and its really motivating me slowly but surely I'll meet that goal. :) I've just learned we may be having a trip to Florida/Disney sooner than we were thinking so I wanna get back to pre-pregnant weight atleast and that is 30 lbs :guilty: :sad1: I was 5 lbs from pre-pregnant weight when dd was 2 weeks old and gained it back and quick while nursing her. But I'm soooo tired of not having much to wear or wearing out what fe things I do have so I'm back and on 4 days straight of exercise and 3rd day of journaling. Next week gonna be strict and stay in points.

    Anyway you are doing so great getting back on track. I have A LOT to lose as well about 120-130 lbs and it seems so far off but I'm concentrating on losing this first 10% and getting 30 lbs off. Then I will shoot for that Onderland like you by about next Christmas/New Year I'd love to see the scale go under 200 for the first time since I was in junior high/early high school.
     
  14. DznyDreams

    DznyDreams A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES . . .

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    :cool1: You go, Melissa girl! :banana:

    Truth be known, 10% is the 1st main goal I've set for myself too. I've recently added a "mini" goal of 12 lbs by tax day, and I'll continue to keep the ONEderland goal just as a backdrop year-end goal (it'll stay visible in the distance just so I don't lose sight). (Besides, I just love that cute little clippie...it's so darned precious! ;))

    It kind of helps me knowing that I have a list of goals all lined up so that I can check each one off as I complete it...."First five?"..."check"...."Twelve by tax day?"...."check"...."10%?"....."check"....etc. Who doesn't like to see a list of things that they've actually accomplished? It makes you feel like you've really done something worthwhile. I don't know....maybe it's just the organizer in me that likes this.

    Hang in there! We can do this together! :sunny:
     
  15. DznyDreams

    DznyDreams A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES . . .

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    I'm nervous and excited. I know I 've done very well to this point, and I'm really hoping it will show on the scale.

    So far, I've completed 2 straight weeks of 5-day Curves workouts, and I feel terrific. (Well, I have a few aches this morning, but they're from arthritis, not working out. ;) )

    I'm particularly proud of myself for surviving my weekend. We decided (last minute) to take a little trip. We drove to Arlington on Saturday and spent the night, and yesterday we went to Dinosaur Valley State Park. I got some really good exercise in with all that walking we did by the Paluxy River. DD8 has always wanted to see the "dino prints," so this was good for the entire family.

    As with all travel, there's always the dining out factor. I managed my points quite wisely. ::: patting self on back::: ;) I made the best available choices, and managed to get in all of my water, dairy and fruits/veggies each day. :Pinkbounc

    That's all for now....I'm going to workout. :banana:
     
  16. Zoesmama03

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    :cheer2: On handling the dining out well. :) That part can be very hard. Sounds like a great little weekend trip. We were taking them every year to Northern Arizona but haven't this year yet. We try to go get a glimpse of snow we don't see that stuff here. ;)

    I couldn't wake up early today so I will be making up my workout while kiddos nap today. I was gonna workout Saturday but was much too sore from Friday and Sunda was out and about. I did chase and play with dd in the park for about 20 minutes though. ;)

    Keep up the workouts and you will see great results. I was down a lb this week. :cheer2: Its good but getting back to where I was a few weeks ago. I'm starting my WW journaling officially today so todays weight will be my start with that.
     
  17. DznyDreams

    DznyDreams A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES . . .

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    :cool1: WWWI #1 -4 lbs! :cool1:

    This is not as much of a 1st week loss as I have had in the past, and I was sort of depressed about it when I returned home. Sooooo......to comfort myself, I ate way too much garlic bread. :sad2: (Dang it!) I journaled every single bite though, and I am trying to redirect my thinking to the positive now. I've worked hard, and I've stayed right on track with the program, so I'm not going to beat myself up any longer. (I'll beat the computer instead... :badpc: lol) ;)
     
  18. Zoesmama03

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    4 lbs is AWESOME :cheer2: Stop beating yourself up. IF you ever lost more in 1st week I can bet it was mostly water weight. :) 2 lbs is recommended its more likely to be all fat and not water/muscle(YES) and fat weight. KWIM?

    Keep up the good work your 4 lbs is great.
     
  19. pearlieq

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    Good job staying focused on the positive.

    4lbs is nothing to sneeze at! Good for you! :cool1:

    It can be hard because once you decide to commit you want it done that very day! But you didn't gain the weight in one day and it won't come off in one day either. Just keep at it. You're doing great with your workouts!

    Hope you have a great Easter!! :flower:
     
  20. DznyDreams

    DznyDreams A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES . . .

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    Where on earth did the time go!?!?! :confused3 I wish I could say it's because I was too busy "having fun," but no chance of that. :rotfl:

    THANK YOU for the encouragement, Melissa and pearlieq!! It really helps to see those comments! :goodvibes

    Easter weekend was a bigger challenge for me than I had anticipated. The reason I had such a tough time was that I went way overboard with my flex points early in the week, and I didn't save them for the holiday weekend. I ended up having a few more "treats" than I had planned, but I did enter every bite (point) in my journal. I went over my points allowance (even over flex) by quite a bit this week, but it will be okay. I worked out 4 times at Curves last week and walked for 30 minutes on the weekday that I missed, so that helps me out a lot with the overage.

    Another of my setbacks this week: I fell getting out of the shower on Wednesday night. I hit my head pretty hard, which was a pretty big scare. DH actually thinks I may have had a mild concussion, but I'm not convinced. I just know that my head hurt like crazy! The day after the fall is when I missed my Curves workout, which really frustrated me. (I had so hoped to make it 5 days a week during my first month of membership.) I was easily tempted by comfort foods when having those horrible headaches, but again, I still kept track of everything.

    The scale may or may not show a loss tomorrow. I hope it does, but I'm preparing myself for very little change on the scale so that I don't come away disappointed.

    I am making myself stay focused on the fact that I am working hard to change old habits so that I can create a healthier, happier way of life for myself and for my family. If I don’t let the little setbacks defeat me, I AM a winner no matter what!! :cheer2:
     
  21. pettyone

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    Diane--

    Managing those points can be tough around the holidays, so here is some :wizard: for your upcoming weigh-in!!

    Can I just say "OUCH"!! I'm glad that you're okay, but WHAT A FALL!! Banging your noggin is NO FUN!!

    Oh, and YOU ABSOLUTELY ARE A WINNER!! I love your attitude...it's great to hear!!!

    :cheer2:
     

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