Month: September 2013

Day 62 – Go Vikes!

I felt like today was both relaxing and productive.  I finished all my laundry, deep cleaned my bedroom (including dusting the fan and cleaning the walls), did all of my User Support homework, and still managed to entertain a house full of people during the Vikings big win today.  

Life is good.

My mother in law came over and made an amazing pot roast.  Now that I like cooked carrots, I was able to fill up on a vegetable that wasn’t a potato for a change.  The Vikes played the Steelers at Wembley Stadium in England and was able to pull out a win.  I would say it was a pretty awesome day overall.

The weekend was actually pretty fantastic.  I got a lot of errands done, had dinner with the hubby and a friend if ours last night and even snuck in a Brown Turtle sundae from Dairy Kastle.  

I snuck onto the scale this morning (I really try to only weigh once a week, but sometimes I just can’t take it) and was down another 2 pounds, even after ice cream last nigh.  Hope that still shows up on Tuesday.

Looking forward to another busy, but fun filled week!

“Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”
~Vince Lombardi

Day 61 – Where did my chins go?!

Oh, irony…

I missed my big 60 day post so I guess that answered my inner question about when I should officially lay out my strategy thus far and what has worked and what hasn’t.  Looks like that will have to wait until the Day 100 post.

I want to be sure to encompass this entire journey as much as possible, but realistically posting daily just isn’t feasible while I’m working full time, going to school full time, working out for an hour, 5 days a week, and possibly taking vocal lessons in the near future.  

Until I get a Chromebook and then I’ll be unstoppable.

This has been a busy, but productive week.  I’m looking forward to getting some things done around the house, taking care of my homework, and having some me time this weekend.  I don’t think there’s a person on the planet that’s as happy as I am about working with my spouse.  We get to spend a lot of our day together (quality time, not just work time) so I don’t feel too terribly about having a packed schedule right now.  We both understand that we’re taking this time to pave the way to spending many, many more years together and if it means that we aren’t together every waking moment for now, it’s OK.

I did miss one workout day this week because we got stuck at work in a meeting.  However, I’m super proud of myself and I do plan on making up the exercise over the weekend.  Currently I’m doing  Zumba class on Monday’s and then 50 minutes on the elliptical every day.  Plus, this week, I bumped myself up a level (now I’m on 4 out of 9) on the elliptical and am consistently completing 7.25 miles at my pace.  Considering that 11 weeks ago I could barely handle half an hour on the absolute lowest setting and was lucky to see 3 miles roll over, I would say that’s a pretty great accomplishment.

This week was also the first week that I could REALLY see the weight starting to fall off.  I’ve worn several of my older shirts from my 262 pound days and even got to wear my Wicked T-shirt for the first time!  I can also see the definition in my face starting to come back.  One of the places that I’m most self-conscious about is my chin(s) and it’s so nice to see it begin to recede again.  It’s been a really great week all in all.

Here’s a picture from today (mid week 11 on our chart, which I will post more on in my epic Day 100 post next month) looking straight at the camera with no “head tilted up, camera looking down” cheating.

Today’s quote is such a very, very important quote for me.  I’ve spent most of my life with the mentality that I would rather not try something than to risk failing at it.  This irrational fear has made me miss out on some wonderful experiences.  I refuse to live my life that way anymore.  There’s just too many amazing things out there waiting for me (and everyone!) and life is far too short to worry about failure.  I’ve learned that anyone can accomplish anything with the right attitude, the willingness to put forth effort, and learning to just let go and let life happen to them.  We control our own destiny and I know now that it’s never too late to pursue our dreams.

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”
~Bill Cosby

Day 59 – Just a little pick-me-up

Still not a lot going on today.  I had my first Visual Programming class tonight and that was pretty awesome.  The teacher seems like he’s going to be great, so I’m actually looking forward to learning some cool stuff.  Hopefully I can apply some if to my blog.

I plan on making a pretty lengthy post tomorrow night (time permitting) about my progress so far and my short and long term goals.  I thought it would be fitting for Day 60.

Going to school full time and maintaining a work out regimen 5 days a week is pretty time consuming so today I thought I would post some more old pictures for motivation.