Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It's All About Me- Entry

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My First Giveaway: My Memories Suite

Yay! This is my first giveaway!!

I've never tried scrap booking much less scrapbooking software before but I've got a ton of pictures on my external hard drive just waiting for me to put some order to them. So I was thrilled when they offered me their product to try out. I kind of got in stuck mode and spent ALL DAY yesterday the past 4 days sorting through my photos and playing with this program. I got so excited with all the kits you can purchase that I've downloaded almost all the FREE kits (because that's my favorite price LOL) and I've bought a couple kits too. Here's a couple of my pages that I had auto-filled with a few of my favorite photos of myself.

Looking at the My Memories Suite You Tube videos I've learned so many neat tricks for this software Not only can you make scrapbooks maybe set it to music, you can make calendars, movies, photo albums or a DVD. I've decided I want to make calendars for everyone for Christmas. I'm really excited to try out this program more in depth but I figured I'd take time out and give you guys the chance to win your own My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Day 3 and 4: Just my luck

Uugh! Aunt Flo only comes to visit me a few times a year and this year it has been everytime I start working out. It drives me crazy to think that this is some viscious circle. I don't get my visit due to my weight and when I workout she comes. When she comes it puts me in a really weak state and I don't want to work out.

Yesterday I was motivated and did the Shred but I felt very dizzy. Even imagined falling into the tv I felt so off. Today was a huge struggle to find the motivation. When my honey came home for work I knew that this was going to be my final shot as he'd want to continue watching a series on Netflix so I pushed myself to get moving. I was moaning and grunting so hard he came out to spot me just to make sure I was okay.

I got through it though! I might have to install some bars in the shower next. I'm totally shakey and don't feel steady on my feet afterwards. My skin feels great as well as my pride when it is all said and done.

Tomorrow I'll be half way done with Level 1! Whoo Hoo!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Day 2: I'm a Survivor

Day 2 complete of the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and I survived it. Starting out was tough, my arms just didn't want to raise above my head. My little kitten came out and was rubbing against me so much that I finally picked her up and used her as my weights. I could feel her purring so strongly as if she could tell I was doing something really good and it boosted my energy a little more.

Before my workout today I did a little google swagbucks search to find other bloggers who have done the 30 Day Shred and came across this one: The Casual Perfectionist She's completed the 30 days with before and after photos and just the first 3 days were very fun to read. I look forward to reading them day by day for that little bit of motivation. Tomorrow I'll look for another blog to keep me motivated. 30 days is a huge challenge for me.

Meal Plan Monday 8/22-26

This week with my E-Mealz:

  • MONDAY- Left Overs

  • TUESDAY- Broiled Shrimp Baja, Green Beans w/ Potatoes, Garlic Toast, Strawberries. 8

  • WEDNESDAY- Orange French Toast, Turkey Sausage Link, Orange Slices 8

  • THURSDAY- Onion-Dijon Pork Chops, Green Beans w/ Potatoes, Strawberries 6

  • FRIDAY- Honey Mustard Chicken, Steamed Cauliflower, Lima Beans 6

For my breakfast and lunch I am having a Slim Fast shake and 3 small snacks and a ton of water. It's actually more food than I'm used to in the mornings so I think this may actually work. We'll see what this week brings to the scales though.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred

I really felt like I was going to die but I made it through it. Lots of modifications like wall push ups and jumping jacks I bounced from one leg to the other. I didn't use any hand weights because my 5 lb ones were too heavy for me the time before that I've tried this workout. I looked at Walmart yesterday for some new ones but couldn't decide between a 1 lb or a 2 lb. They were $7 for a pair of walking weights and I don't have the money right now so I figured I'd look online first. Well after working out without weights I think the 1 lbs will be just fine for now. I can't believe how out of shape my arms really are. Yikes!

My arms are shaking so bad right now even typing this is an effort. I don't know if I'll be able to walk tomorrow much less another workout. It took me about 4 hours to work up the motivation to do this workout and I'm really hoping it will get easier and easier to the point I just wake up and do it. Now how do I get my honey out of the house on his days off. I'm kind of ashamed at my attempt at a jumping jack. He's very into fitness and completely supports my efforts so it probably won't be a problem and maybe one day I'll be comfortable with him even joining me.

Do you think going from couch to 30 Day Shred maybe too much? I want to maybe try going every other day but also figure that's my lazy side of me trying to negotiate.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The price of success is much lower than the price of failure.
Zig Ziglar

This week has been a little less than I'd hoped for. I weighed in at 249 today which is 1 lb less than what I weighed in last week (but didn't blog about). I'm slowly working on my diet and pairing Slim Fast shakes with my E-Mealz dinners. All the grazing in between is what's holding me back though. I just want to say that I really rocked it this week when it comes to drinking my water! Yay for something at least :D

I bought Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and I just want to say WOWZA! I can't even do a jumping jack. Most women complain about not enough bra support and I have a problem with no support for my tummy roll. Not to mention I can't do a pushup except against the wall. And my 5lb weights are really too heavy for me... and I can only do half the reps required. As with anything though practice makes perfect so I'll keep at it until I can at least make it to the end of the video.

Oh well it's late and time for bed but I just wanted you to know I'm still here.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Complaining will not change things in your life; only action will. Make a list of all you need to do to change what doesn't work in your life and, little by little, begin making those changes.
-Susan Jeffers

Whew what a relief the scale was this morning in a good/bad way. I thankfully lost 5 lbs by 8:30 this morning. It's still a 2 lb gain from my last weigh in on the 24th of June. I'm really glad I got on the scale yesterday. It really was the fright I needed to push me up off the couch.

I'm so tired of being this unhealthy. For almost 2 weeks I've had burning in my stomach and I'm sure it's from all the chili I eat. Plus I just got back from a week in Utah visiting family and eating more than a fair share of fatty foods. I was just waking up feeling so nauseous that I wouldn't even drink my morning coffee until later on after I had breakfast and my stomach settled a little. I was even started to wonder if it was morning sickness and went out and bought a pregnancy test (which came out negative).

I'm also tired of cropping all my photos to get the most flattering photo. I totally cropped myself in this photo to avoid showing the full width of my upper arms or my tummy rolls. I really hate getting my picture taken by a camera that isn't my own. This way I can crop it before it's downloaded.

So this morning I got up and was motivated. I started off with weighing in and my honey jumped on the scale as well. (Yay for the spousal support!) We made oatmeal with bananas for breakfast. I let that settle and built up the motivation and got on the wii and did a 6 minute workout on Gold's Gym Cardio Boxing. It kicked my butt for just that little of time. It said that I burned 72 calories and did 311 punch count.

My thighs are extremely sore now from the squating so I'll definately have to mix it up and try something different tomorrow. I can hardly wait!

Monday, August 8, 2011

34 Days Until My 31st

... and I've gained weight! It's been 46 days since my last weigh in and even longer since I've blogged about it. Today I got the motivation to get up off the couch and at least weigh in. I weighed in at 246.5 lbs on June 24th around 9:30 am. Today I'm weighing in at almost 4 pm and the scale says 253.5 lbs. :'(

Please oh please let that just be from my breakfast and lunch today. I had french toast with butter, syrup and bananas; bacon and sausage links; 2 over-easy eggs; and 2 cups of coffee with sugar and hazelnut creamer. Lunch was a plate the neighbor brought over consisting of some chunks of beef in a chili sauce with beans and rice.

The scale has offically scared me straight. I've been on vacation this past week in Utah visiting familly and I've had this consistant feeling of my stomach burning and I've been telling myself that now is the time to eat better. I've just found the place in my mind where I'm ready to give it another shot...

So I'll see you tomorrow after I weigh in first thing tomorrow. As for tonight I'm going to order my E-Mealz and maybe do some grocery shopping to prepare.