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30 Days and counting...

Posted by SLauer00 Jun 19, 2008

Well I am down to 30 days until my wedding and I am starting to get very excited!! Things have been busier and busier so making time to exercise has been a challenge. To date, I have lost about 26 pounds. I had lost 30 pounds at one time, but in the recent weeks I have gained a few back. Now its crunch time for me. I am focusing on eating healthy and working out my arms and back. My wedding dress accents those parts of my body, so I really want to tone up. I am not sure how much toning I can do in 4 weeks, but I will try my best. I have found that exercise is a stress release for me, so I try to get to the gym as often as I can. I am sure I will need all the stress relief I can get in the next few weeks. If anyone has any good arm and back exercises to recommend, I would definitely appreciate it. I will keep you posted.

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My Event

Posted by SLauer00 May 14, 2008

Well, I am getting ready for my upcoming event.  I am very excited to say that I am preparing to participate in the Strides for SIDS walk/run. I will either do the 1 mile walk or the 5k run. I feel like this will be a big reward for all of my hard work the past few months. My weight is down and my energy is up. I think this is such a great event and I can't wait to do it. I have been sick now for the third time in 2 months, so I may not be able to run 5k, but I will definitely get out there and walk.  I am also looking to do a more intense run/walk in June.  I am down to 2 months left before my wedding so I need to kick myself in to high gear. I know I can continue on this healthy lifestyle and this event illustrates my commitment. I am hoping that a few friends and family will be able to participate with me, which makes this even more special. I will keep you posted about my health and future events.  The support from my friends, family, and fellow bloggers has been great. I appreciate all of the kind words!

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List of Priorities

Posted by SLauer00 May 1, 2008

Well my list of priorities is constantly changing.  Now that the wedding is only 2 months away, things are getting crazy. I used to go to the gym every day at 4pm and I loved the routine. Now my 4pm slot is taken up by wedding cake appointments, church meetings, ordering flowers, making invitations, etc. I am having a hard time fitting in a workout these days.  I was doing so good until I got sick and things started piling up. My biggest mistake was eating fast food for the first time in 4 months. Those french fries tasted AMAZING!! I felt guilty after I ate it, but it tasted so good. I thought I would have gained weight from eating poorly, but I didn't. Knowing that I didn't gain weight from eating fast food, I decided to eat it again a week later. Now I am really struggling to eat healthy AND get back in the gym. I know I have come so far and my wedding isn't that far away, but its harder than ever. For some reason, its been harder to get motivated now then it was when I first started. I know I just need to get my act together but its really hard. I could use all of the help and motivation I can get!!!

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Wedding Dress

Posted by SLauer00 Apr 17, 2008

Well, things have been moving along pretty well. I have officially lost 28 pounds and going strong. I am still trying to get back to my normal work out routine. I have been dealing with an illness for nearly a month now, which is making it harder to stay on track.  Partly my weight loss is due to working out and eating healthy, but I am afraid that my recent weight loss is due to my illness. I have an irregular eating pattern right now, so I am afraid that I will begin to gain weight once I get back to eating normal again.  I guess I just need to be conscious of what I eat and continue to work out.  There is some good news to report, though.  I bought my wedding dress nearly 6 months ago..........and I got a size smaller than what fit at that time.  I decided to try it on for the first time and........IT WAS TOO BIG!!! That was such a great thrill and I was motivated by the feeling of accomplishment.  I have less than 3 months until my wedding and I know I can lose another 10-15 pounds by then. I just need to get over being sick and stay focused on being active and eating healthy.  I will continue to to keep you updated on my progress.

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23 Pounds and Counting

Posted by SLauer00 Mar 31, 2008

Well, I know I haven't really blogged much lately, so I thought I would make a video to show my progress. I am currently dealing with this stupid intestinal infection that I had 3 weeks ago. The illness has been getting progressively worse, so my time at the gym has really suffered. I try not to get so discouraged because the past few months have been great. I have learned to eat healthy and push myself to get active. To date, I have lost 23 pounds and I hope to lose even more.  Over the past 3 weeks I haven't been able to do much and its killing me.  With the results I have seen thus far I know I can recover from my sickness and get back to the healthy, active lifestyle I was living!  Watch my video and I hope everyone continues to stick with me and I try to reach my goals.

 

 

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Back on Track

Posted by SLauer00 Mar 23, 2008

Well I am finally back to my routine. After almost 2 weeks of sickness and being out of town, I think things are back on track. I was pleasantly surprised this morning when I saw the scale had actually gone down. I wasn’t able to work out for almost 2 weeks and my diet was less than great. I am still seeing results and I am more motivated now to stick with it. So far I have lost 23 pounds and would still like to lose another 15 or 20 pounds.  I have about 100 days until me wedding, which is about 2 pounds per week.  I really am excited to do this. I know I can do it and I will. My walking routine is going great and I am very thankful for all of Coach Jenny’s help. The walking plan has been hard at times and continues to push my limits, but that’s what keeps me going. Having small goals is the way to go. Each goal I meet just gives me that much more excitement and motivation. I can’t wait for the weather in St. Louis to warm up so I can get out and ride my new bicycle!! Just wanted to let everyone know that things are going great!

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A Little Set Back

Posted by SLauer00 Mar 18, 2008

Well the past two weeks have been really hard. I was doing so great with working out, walking, and doing around 200 sit-ups a day. I was going full speed ahead when I started to have pains in my stomach. I thought I had pushed it too hard in my workouts or maybe I did too many sit-ups. I went to the doctor after a few days to find out that I had a small intestine infection. I was stuck in bed with no energy for almost a week. When I was finally able to sit up, I couldn’t hold anything down. My next step was the hospital to be treated for dehydration among other things.  My exercise regimen and meal plan went out the window. After two weeks of sickness and recovery, I am finally starting to feel better. I have yet to return to the gym or my walking routine. I was doing so good and now its such a struggle to get my motivation back. I guess I need to start out slow and work my way up to the intense workout I was doing before the illness. I guess what I am looking for is a little encouragement from my friends and family.  I know I just need to do it, but its hard!!!!

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Joined a gym!!!

Posted by SLauer00 Feb 27, 2008

I made the next step in my quest to get fit and stay active!! I JOINED A GYM!! I love it. I now have different options for cardio and weights. When I get tired of the eliptical, I ride a stationary bike. When my knees are killing me, I move from the treadmill to swimming laps. Did I mention that I love it?!?! I really think I can stick with this and continue to lose weight and get fit. I feel better and definitely have more energy. I have said this before, but the more I exercise...the healthier I eat. Feeling the pain of working out gives me the extra will to restrict my fast food urges. I still don't enjoy cardio activities, but the gym makes it tolerable.

 

I have been measured, so I can't wait to see how many inches I am going to lose over the next couple of months. Seeing my weight drop on the scale has also given me a lot of motivation. I am going to talk to Coach Jenny about incorporating weights into my walking routine. I think this gym thing is going to give me the spark I need to reach my goal by my wedding in July!!! I am definitely excited about the future!!!

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Just an Update...

Posted by SLauer00 Feb 19, 2008

Well, I am moving right along. Honestly, I am begining to enjoy working out. I kind of have a routine now and walking is definitely a part of it. The more I exercise, the less I want to eat crappy foods. This is definitely a change for me. I haven't eaten fast food in almost 2 months. That is incredible for me. It was nothing for me to just swing through McDonalds or Taco Bell for a quick 1,000 calories and 50g of fat. Now, the thought of that kind of food makes me sick. I can feel my life starting to change. I now realize that food should be eaten for nutrition, NOT pleasure. It really makes sense when you see food for its nutritional value, not just taste.

 

As far as my walking plan goes....I am getting into it. I am still not near where I would like to be, but I am making progress. My knees are still killing me, but I try to walk through the pain. Sometimes I have to cut my walks a little short or go at a slower pace, but I push myself to the limit. The funny part is...the harder I push, the more I enjoy the workouts. My biggest pleasure is at the end of my workout. When I accomplish my goals and know I worked 100%. Its the greatest feeling ever!! I can't wait to tell you all about my new sit-up/crunch routine. Just wanted to give you a little update.....

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Too Late to Eat???

Posted by SLauer00 Feb 13, 2008

How late in the day is too late to eat dinner? I have been trying to find a good balance between working out, working my job, and eating meals. Lately I have been working until nearly 8pm every night, then rushing home to get on the treadmill. Once I finally get home for the night it's bed time. My mom always told me it is bad to eat dinner after dark, but that seems to be the only time that fits into my schedule. I don't want to skip dinner, but I don't want to go to bed on a full stomach. The past week has definitely tested my strength to resist stopping at McDonalds. Fast food is so convenient and, well.....fast!! I have managed to eat healthy and get all of my workouts in this week, but I am not sure how much longer that will last.  I often wonder how people juggle life and manage to stay fit and active. Hopefully I can figure this out and get back into a routine.

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Treadmill Fun

Posted by SLauer00 Feb 2, 2008

I am actually having fun walking on the treadmill. The first 3 or 4 weeks I don't think I really enjoyed it. The past week has been frustrating since I did not lose any weight, but the treadmill has kept me going. I can see results while I am walking. I can set smaller goals of walking a specific time or distance and when I complete my workout, I am happy.

 

I did try a fat burning setting on the treadmill which I am pretty sure just about killed me. I wanted so bad to press the stop button or reduce the speed and incline, but I didn't. When I was finished I was so satisfied and proud. Probably more proud than losing a pound or two. I know if I keep working out like that then the pounds will fall off on their own. I love it!

 

Below is a small clip of me continuing to follow the plan Coach Jenny gave me and one of my favorite activities helping me to get fit. Maybe when it stops snowing, I will start to love my bike again! My frustration level is low thanks to my treadmill.

 

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No Weight Loss This Week

Posted by SLauer00 Jan 28, 2008

I am a little frustrated with the scale right now. I think it cheats and lies. I know that weight isn't everything and that success isn't based solely on weight loss, but I like to see that scale go down each week. I have been "weighing in" on the scale in my kitchen every week. Every week I have lost at least .1 lbs. This week, however, I gained a pound. Whats up with that?! I need some encouragement AND some advise on how to get past this. I have been eating healthy, following my work out plan, and doing crunches. What do I need to change?!?!?!?! PLEASE HELP!!!!

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Progress???

Posted by SLauer00 Jan 23, 2008

So, how does one measure progress when it comes to exercise and weight loss?!?!?! I have officially lost 8 pounds but I am not sure if that is good or not so good. I am not sure what a healthy weight loss progression should be or if I am slacking. I feel like I have more energy and I think my waist is getting smaller, so I think I am making good progress. I haven't dropped a pants size or anything big, so I am still feeling a bit discouraged. Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction and let me know what a good/healthy evaluation is to calculate my progress. I will continue to weigh myself once a week and hopefully the pounds will continue to fall off. I will let you know.

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Another Fitness Friend.....

Posted by SLauer00 Jan 15, 2008

I am excited to say that.........my fiance has joined me in the weight loss/fitness struggle!!! We have been walking together and motivating each other. Its really great to have Jeremy working along side me. The peer pressure of eating fast food or laying on the couch all night is gone. We are now using peer pressure to get each other moving and eating healthy. Together, we wrote down weekly goal and long term goals. We are now accountable to each other. It feels great! The best part of all is that our ultimate goal is the same.....Be slimmer for our wedding on July 12th!!! We want to feel better and look better for ourselves and each other. Our next plan is to attend a healthy cooking class together. I have definitely noticed that when I work out I have no urge to eat crappy food. I am so excited that Jeremy and I are now helping each other to reach our goals. I will let you know how Jeremy does as well.

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My Bike Ride was AWESOME

Posted by SLauer00 Jan 1, 2008

I have definitely found my new passion.....bicycle riding!!! My friend, Trish, and I went for a 3 mile bike ride and it was so great. The first 1/2 mile was the hardest, but once I got my blood pump's and muscles work'n I felt great. The weather was in the 40's but it didn't stop us. We rode for about an hour and I was ready to keep riding. I think my new activity is just what I needed to jump start my excitement. As I was huff'n and puff'n, I just kept thinking of all the healthy foods I would be eating in the future. If I am going to work hard and push myself, I sure don't want to ruin it by eating junk. Take a look at my bicycling adventure. I will keep you updated on my progress!

 

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