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Well, it’s over. My goal was to get down as close to 125 as I could and to be able to fit into my wedding dress on our anniversary, August 28. So how did I do?

Saturday morning I weighed in at 132. So that was a little higher than I would have liked, but it’s better than I would have been if I had kept up with how things were going back 3 months ago (lose a pound, gain a pound, lose a couple more). Sunday morning I was down to 131, so maybe it’s just because I ate supper Friday evening. I miss eating toast—don’t get it very often—so I just ate some.

But I’m sure you don’t care as much about the numbers as about the wedding dress. Did it fit? The answer is YES! It was a bit more snug than it was on my wedding day, but then, I weigh 7 pounds more than I did on my wedding day. In fact, the week before my wedding I was trying to gain weight, because it was a tad bit loose. I think I was around 130 when I designed it, and then lost about 10 pounds during the summer while I sewed it up. In the end, I did gain enough back that I didn’t need to alter the dress—which is a good thing, because it would have taken hours and hours and I didn’t have that kind of time right before the wedding! But I digress.

So after lunch I went upstairs, dug the dress out of the box where it was rolled up in a sheet (wrinkled, I know, but I didn’t have anything to cover it with, and I didn’t want my husband to get suspicious when it showed up in the closet!), and put it on. Then I went down the stairs and surprised my husband. My kids thought it was the greatest thing! I played peek-a-boo with Manny with my veil, and he loved it. Gislaine liked it too. I showed her that it was the same dress in the picture of our wedding day that sits on the piano.

All things considered, I am declaring this challenge a success! I still want to lose a few pounds (about 7, I think), and I still need to get into a regular exercise program, but at least I am well on my way. And all I did was to cut down the amount of fat that I eat and to skip out on most suppers. Those two things have made a huge difference, and I consider them part of my lifestyle now.

Sorry I don’t have any pictures, but once I get my dress ironed, I’ll see if I can get my husband to take a picture and I’ll post it up here, maybe next week.

Sorry this is so late, but I just didn’t have time last Sunday to get to the library before it closed–would have had time afterwards, but that just doesn’t work too well, he he!

Anyhow, I was a bit surprised to step on the scales last Sunday and see that I was still 132, same as last week. No idea what I am today (I haven’t checked all week), but maybe I will be at least one pound less by tomorrow and nearly make my challenge. I think I need to get serious about exercise. Now that I’m nearly recovered from last week’s cold (yes, another cold! Grrrr!), I think I should be able to think about that.

I hope I’ll be able to find a computer with Internet on Sunday to post the final results! In any case, I’m very pleased with how my clothes are fitting, so I consider this effort a success no matter what the final number is. :)

Yes, it seems that I am on a roll. I lost another pound last week. I weighed in at 132 Sunday morning. I don’t have time to look it up (I never have enought time online), but it’s been a pound a week for over a month, I think. I’m going to have to take a picture one of these days, but at least some people have noticed. A lady from church told me Sabbath afternoon (after I refused an offer of carrots, saying that I haven’t been eating suppers and wasn’t hungry, explaining that I was trying to lose weight) that she had noticed that I had lost weight. That was nice. :)

It’s also nice to be able to fit into clothes that didn’t fit before, too. In fact, one of my shorter skirts (by short I mean just below the knee–perfect for the weather we’re having right now) is a tad bit too loose! Now, there’s a problem I can deal with! :)

So maybe I didn’t lose the 2 pounds that I had to, but one pound is better than nothing, and much better than negative loss.

Also, I should say that this blog has become extremely difficult to maintain without Internet. My husband and I are really feeling the lack of both a car (we only have one) and Internet, and they seem to be connected. If I had a car, I could go to the library during the week, not shop on Sundays, etc. If we had Internet, I wouldn’t have to try to get to the library before 5:00 pm (I failed to do so yesterday, which is why I’m posting this today). This means I may not post much here for the next 2 or 3 months. I’m not going to get rid of this blog. I’ll finish the challenge and try to post at least something every week, but it’s not going to have much going on until we get Internet at home.

In the mean time, if you are my friend and have my phone number (you can find it in my FB profile, if you’re my friend there), call me sometime. A phone I do have, and would love to hear from you!

First, I must apologize for not posting anything between this post and the last weight loss update. But I had a good excuse… not enough time online. I’ll try to make up for it today. I have half an hour until the library closes…

Anyhow, I weighed in at 133 this morning. One pound less than last week. Seems I’ve been losing a pound a week for the last few weeks. At this rate I will be 130 even by the end of the challenge (officially the 28th, but you probably won’t hear about it until the 29th). Now, whether I’ll be able to fit into my wedding dress still remains to be seen. But at least I am my pre-pregnancy weight.

I’ve also been trying to get more exercise. I walked about 3 miles yesterday (1.6 one way, down a side road and back). I’m hoping to get in at least a couple today. I need to go buy eggs, and my husband saw some down another road for about $.50 less than the antique store in town that sells almost organic eggs (organic, but not certified). If not, I might do it tomorrow. Manny has an appoinment so my husband isn’t going to work Monday.

So here’s hoping I can lose 2 pounds next week! But that remains to be seen.

Weigh in this morning: 134.

Yay! I’m down another pound since last week. It seems that cutting down my fat intake and watching to make sure I stop when I’m full have helped the extra pounds to come off. This is very encouraging.

That book I mentioned a few weeks ago, Eat More, Weigh Less, really seems to work. Only I’m not cutting my fat down to 10% of calories. I believe nuts and olives and avocadoes are good food—in reasonable quantities. But I’ve found out that I can cut down on fat in hidden places without sacrificing taste. For instance, I cut the oil in half in my cornbread recipe, and my husband didn’t notice (or at least, he never said anything). I estimate that each cornbread muffin had about 8 grams of fat, most of that being oil (corn does have a little more fat than other grains, but not a lot). Considering that I usually eat 2 muffins (instead of 3 like I used to), by cutting the oil in half, I’ve practically cut the fat in half. So now it’s more like 4 grams per muffin. I figure that I need to get about 45 grams of fat every day (as opposed to the 65 or so grams that is usually recommended for the 2,000 calorie diet). 10% fat would be about 22 grams of fat, so I’m doing about 20%. That’s less than the 40% most Americans eat, and still less than the 30% recommended that leaves most people still hungry on your average diet (like Weight Watcher’s or Jenny Craig), which is probably why I’m still losing weight. I am not actually counting, but when I do, I’m usually somewhere in the neighborhood of 20% fat now, and it seems to be making a difference.

So here’s hoping I can be down 2 pounds by next Sunday. But if not, I’ll settle for 1. :)

Good news! I weighed in at 135 this morning! :) That’s a pound down in the last week.

I’m actually a little surprised to have lost a pound. My week got off to a bad start. Sunday for lunch we went to the ABC in Gladstone. We’d heard they were serving free lunches, and figured it would be like eating out, and even if we had to buy extra food to make a full meal. Well, the food was vegetarian, but it was anything but healthy. Think fast food. Shamburgers and Pronto Pups (corn dogs), with chips and coockes. My husband’s comment was that it wouldn’t hurt to eat that kind of food once in a while (like 2 so 3 times a year) since we didn’t make a regular diet of it. But I felt sluggish the rest of the day. Way too much fat for one meal!

So I watched my fat intake the rest of the week, and I’m pleasantly pleased to know that setback didn’t set me back too much.

Now I’m hoping for another couple of pounds in the next week. Also, I’m toying with the idea of getting a membership at the local Curve’s. The only problem is that I don’t have a way to get there except on Fridays (they close on Sundays). I could always just use the gym at my chiropractor’s… That is, I think, free for his patients (might have a small enrollment fee, I don’t rememnber). So I’m praying about it this week. I don’t want to make a rash decision; Curves has a 1 year contract! I’ll let you know what I decide next week.

It’s weigh-in time for me. I know I haven’t got as much exercise, per se, as I would have liked to get last week, but then, I’ve still been sick, and my husband has been even more sick, so I’ve had plenty of distractions. But I’ve been watching what I put in my mouth, and I am pleasantly pleased with the number that showed up on my scale this morning. I even checked it twice to be sure!

This morning I weighed in at 136! That’s two pounds down from last week.

At least one of those pounds I could probably credit to a new book I picked up Sunday at the Goodwill for $5. Maybe you’ve heard of it; it’s not a new book. Eat More, Weigh Less. I plan to write a proper book review of it soon, but let me just share how it has helped me this week.

If you’ve been following my weight loss challenges, you will probably be aware that I am trying to avoid eating supper, or only eating a light one if I am truly hungry. Well, this book has encouraged me to be more aware of what I put into my mouth. For instance, the other night I was hungry. I decided to have a couple slices of toast. But instead of putting on a generous serving of butter (Smart Balance, actually), I decided just to put some smashed home-canned pears on it instead. I probably saved myself 100 or more calories that evening, and I didn’t really sacrifice taste.

Basically the book has you eating a diet that has only 10% of calories from fat. I don’t think I’m going to go that low, because I know that good fat is important—and because I am married to a husband that can eat a rather high-fat diet and never gain a pound. But I think I can make a few small changes to cut down on the amount of fat I get without sacrificing anything. For instance, when I eat sweet potatoes and tofu for breakfast, I don’t put any butter on them. Sweet potatoes have enough flavor all on their own, and I eat them with the tofu, which was cooked with a little coconut oil (a metabolism-boosting oil, remember?), so that is really all the fat I need. Or when I made oven fries, I measured the oil instead of just pouring on some. One teaspoon of oil for about 2 ½ pounds of potatoes added only 5 grams of fat for 3 people, meaning I only got about 2 extra grams of fat, or less than 20 calories extra. I was probably putting on 2-3 times that much before.

So. . . my goal for the next week is to lose another 1-2 pounds, and to try to get more exercise. My husband cut the tree that was going across the driveway, so now I have no excuse for not walking up and down the property, hill and all, once in a while.

Well, after last week’s fiasco of gaining a pound, I’m sure you’re all eager to see where I’m at this week. (By the way, I’ve given up keeping track of the weeks! This would be week 5 or 6 or something, but I’m just not keeping track anymore.)

I shall not disappoint you. I was 138 this morning. I credit this mostly to being more temperate at meals and to not eating anything for supper unless I was truly hungry—and then only eating a little fruit and maybe 1 or 2 slices of toast, not 4 slices! I doubt my cold has contributed in any way; I’ve had too much of an appetite in spite of it.

So let me review my long-term goal:

Get down to 125 by the end of August, and be able to get into my wedding dress for my anniversary.

Hmmm. . . By now August 28 (our anniversary) is less than 2 months away. That is 13 pounds in two months—more than I usually gained during pregnancy (though one month I did gain 14 pounds; that was weird!). I have exactly 7 weeks to get there (of course, you would probably find out on August 29), meaning I must lose about 2 pounds a week to make my goal. Considering my track record so far, that doesn’t seem likely.

However, I think that I can get close. And considering that my wedding dress was not snug when I wore it at about 125 pounds (I was actually trying to gain weight the week before my wedding to fit into it!), I might be able to fit into it well enough at 130 pounds. And 8 pounds in 7 weeks is a reasonable goal.

So here is my revised long-term goal:

Weigh something between 125 and 130 by the end of August so that I can wear my wedding dress on our anniversary.

Another thing I am determined to do is exercise. The huge sewing project I did recently consumed every spare moment, so I didn’t get any exercise done during that time. Then I got sick, so didn’t have any spare energy to exercise! It doesn’t help that there is a tree laying across the driveway (below where we park—it’s not in the cars’ way) that makes it impossible to walk up and down our property like I want to do, and I don’t have a double stroller to take the kids along, and I don’t want to leave them alone, so I’ll just have to do whatever I can do on our property. The good news is that the tree is going to be cut out, so I won’t have any excuses! Though I do need to find a place to exercise in this house. I was going to use the downstairs bedroom, because then I can leave the exercise mat set up, but it’s still got plywood with carpet staples sticking into it, so that’s not an option yet! But I’ll see what I can do.

I’m actually getting excited! I haven’t been able to get below 140 for a long time. I am now only 5 pounds away from my pre-second-pregnancy weight now. I got within 8 pounds of the first one. (Does that make sense? No? Okay, I was 125 when I got pregnant the first time, got down to 133, now I’m down to 138.) I think I can do this!

Sorry I didn’t get an update posted last week. By the time I got done with everything I needed to do online (remember, I get on once a week), I didn’t have time.

I’m not even sure what week this is or where I should be. All I know is I tipped the scales at 140 even Sunday morning. Seems like that was up one pound from the week before. Sounds like I need to get focused!

Seriously, though, I spent the last two weeks furiously sewing 4 prairie dresses, complete with sun bonnets and pinafore or apron to go with them. It took me at least 30 hours of sewing, when you include set-up and take-down time and fixing mistake time. I actually set up the computer at home two weeks ago, and have been on it hardly at all, thanks to all the sewing I have done. Figuring out my tithe, savings, and such on my earnings from all that sewing is probably the better part of what I did on it during that time. Then I had to make a new swimsuit cover (because I REFUSE to wear a swimsuit in public without a modest cover over it) for the get-together at a church member’s house on the 4th, so after finishing the dresses, I did some sewing for me. So although here are a lot of things I would love to blog about, I just don’t have the time. Or at least I haven’t for the last two weeks!

But that should change. My next sewing project, sewing 5 pillowcase dresses, will be much quicker and easier. I could probably do all 5 in 1 day, so maybe two. I won’t have to spend every spare minute doing it! So I will try to get some of my thoughts down on paper–er, Word. And now that I have a new thumb drive, I can save my work and carry it to the library to post, which won’t take near as long as trying to write a post while time runs out, as I am now.

So expect that starting next week, I will be posting a few thought-provoking posts, as well as updates on my life, the house, and other things. Blessings to you!

Here’s how these are going to work. I’m going to report tell how the previous week went and how I met that week’s goals. Then I’ll share my latest weigh-in and post the next week’s goals.

So here’s how my week went:

Sunday: I think I kind of got off to a bad start. I went out to eat at a Thai buffet and ate too much. Got my first dessert in, also, a delicious coconut milk creation with bits of something yummy in it. Didn’t really exercise either.

Monday: I must have really eaten too much yesterday! I wasn’t hungry until almost 9:00 this morning. Usually breakfast is at 8:00. So I didn’t eat until I was hungry. For lunch I hauled out some pizza crust that I had frozen like over half a year ago… it was whole wheat, but made like pie crust, so probably had too much fat in it. I think I ate too much, but I was trying to use it up. It sure was good, though! I got my exercises in late in the day, but I got them in!

Tuesday: Something I have learned is that I must have at least one meal that has a good strong protein source. For me, this could be a soy souffle with a whole grain (quinoa, millet, buckwheat, for example) for breakfast, or split pea & barley soup for lunch. At least, I need to do that if I am going to only eat two meals a day. Otherwise by suppertime, I’ve got this craving for something, and then I end up eating too much.

That’s what happened today. Breakfast was sweet potatoes and tofu, which on the surface sounds filling, and it was, but the sweet potatoes digest too quickly, and the tofu isn’t as great a protein source as, say, eggs would be. It’s very simple and digests quickly. Fine. But not when lunch is pasta. I ate a handful of walnuts with lunch to try to add in some extra protein, since, thanks to not-buying-so-we-don’t-have-to-take-it-with-us, we have no veggie meats or TVP or anything like that to add to a pasta meal–and beans don’t generally go so well with spaghetti!

So by supper time, I was starving. And ate. Too much. Nuff said. Oh, and it rained so I couldn’t get out for a walk. Bummer.

Wednesday: I got up late this morning (because hubby slept at the new house and the kids slept in too!), so I had a bit of a later-than-normal breakfast. Since it was so late, and since the soymilk in the fridge was 6 days old, I had cold cereal (mostly home-made granola) with juice on it. I haven’t done that in years. I added some nuts to increase the protein and fat content, but it wasn’t that filling of a breakfast! So learning my lesson from the day before, I made a pot of lentils, curry flavored, and served them over steamed brown rice. And I ate heartily. No need for supper today!

Oh, and I did get my exercises in today. Sure, only one set, not two, but it was late, so at least I did it.

Thursday: I definitely got my exercises yesterday! Cleaning the house and hauling heavy appliances made me sore by the next morning, so yes I made it. Read more about that day here. I got my second dessert in today, some coconut custard concoction the lady who made lunch for us cooked up. It was good, but I already have an idea of how to make a vegan version that will taste even better (and actually be healthy enough to eat for breakfast), so watch for that in the near future.

Friday: I’m just too tired and sore today to do anything! At least I only got two meals today. :)

Saturday: Today I had a teeny bit for supper (what my daughter didn’t eat of her supper), but I’m glad I did, because I stayed up late packing, and would have probably eaten more later if I hadn’t had a bit for supper. Didn’t get any real exercise in, per se, but I did pack a bunch.

Sunday morning weigh-in: Well, no matter how I figured it, I couldn’t get the scales to say less than 141. Which means I lost nothing this week. But actually I think I went up because of Sunday, so I did lose, just you can’t tell. I’m going to have to do better than that if I’m going to make my goals!

I probably won’t be able to post anything next Sunday, because I’m going to be at camp meeting. So I’m doing a 2-week goal. I want to lose 3 pounds in the next two weeks. We’re going to be at the new house, and I’m going to be walking up and down the hill or up and down the stairs for 20-30 minutes every day (depending on whether it’s raining or not), so that ought to do something! Plus I don’t have a car anymore, so I won’t be able to go eat out, which will keep me from overeating.

Please let me know if you’re joining in the challenge, share your plans and goals, and we’ll encourage each other! See you back in two weeks or less!