I'm really excited to have a guest blogger today for
"ON MY WEIGH"
She is such a fun, great gal! I met her a few months ago during
Modern Quilt Group at one of our local quilt stores. When
she came and sat by me...I could feel her HAPPY energy as she
gave me a big friendly smile! You can visit her in blog land HERE
============I was so honored to be asked by Annie to be her guest blogger today. She asked me to share a bit of my story. So here goes ;)
Six years ago, this past Christmas, I found myself with 6 children, one of them a brand new baby, and 80 lbs overweight.
|Not sure when this was taken. I guess about 2003 :(|
|Me at the finish of the Utah Valley Marathon 2009|
|At my goal weight, Christmas 2008|
The truth about weight is that if you consume too many calories, you gain weight. Your net caloric intake must be lower than your calorie expenditure to lose weight. It’s pretty simple. Eat less, move more, lose weight. Now as simple as the science is, we all know that it is WAY more complicated to apply it and get the results we want ;)
So fast forward to this past Christmas 2011, when we find out that my sweet hubbs has to have surgery again :( We are getting closer to the day... just a few weeks away and my mom calls after a trip to Broadbents in Lehi, Utah. Broadbents is a WONDERFUL fabric store... they have other things too, but I never get past the fabric ;D Well, she wants to take a quilting class and wants to know if I’d like to take it with her. I say yes, and she heads to Seattle for a month. Now, I had made a few patchwork quilts here and there, I had even attempted to make a baby quilt for each of my children when they were born, but I had never done anything like “REAL” quilting. Let’s just say, I dove into the deep end, head first! I started my first quilt on Wednesday the 18th of January and had it quilted and bound by the following monday. I am getting ready to quilt #15..or is it 16 today and #17 is topped and ready to be quilted as well ;) You can see them all HERE.
So, you may be asking yourself, “What does this have to do with dieting or managing food?” Well, when I had originally lost all of my weight (87#’s total), I found that if I had a hobby, I managed eating much better.
I am really good at letting “eating” be my favorite hobby :( I put 2+2 together and realized that quilting would be a perfect way to distract myself from the stress of my hubbies upcoming surgery and our 6 week house arrest ;D ….and to avoid gaining the weight I gained the last time he had this surgery ;D... and after the car accident :p
Currently, I am up 25#'s from my low :( I am back in physical therapy, exercising most days of the week and TRYING desperately to manage my food intake. One of the biggest tricks to managing weight is understanding why I eat and finding ways to manage those situations! There are SO many reasons to eat ;D
Here are my favorite weight loss tips:
#1 "You CANT eat it if your don't HAVE IT!" This goes for the good as well as the bad. You can't eat an apple if you don't have one ;) You also cannot conjure Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia, no matter how hard you try! (Take my word for this, I have tried and TRIED!)
#2 Love it or HATE it, you have to exercise ...or be REALLY active. It's just true, I'm sorry :(
#3 None of us have been forced fed in a LONG time, like since we were 18 months old, so if we ate it, we fed it to ourselves. We only have control of a few things in our lives, and pretty much, what goes into our mouths is one of those things :( I try really hard to tell myself that this is not true, but it is.
Oh, there are so many more things I could share, but this blog post is already 4 miles long. Here is my current picture at my current weight.
|Christmas Eve 2011|
Thank you SO much, Annie for letting me share my WAY too long story :) xoxo to you all!!
~~ Recipe ~~
(makes 7 servings / 103 calories ea)
1 can (20oz) pineapple chunks
1 can (11-15 oz) mandarin Oranges, drained
1 Large banana sliced
1 kiwi fruit, peeled, halved and sliced
1 cup frozen strawberries, sliced and partially thawed
1/4 teaspoon grated lime peel (optional)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup of juice
Combine pineapple chunks, mandarin oranges, banana,
kiwi and strawberries in a large bowl.
Stir together reserved pineapple juice, lime peel,
lime juice and honey in small bowl.
Pour over salad and toss to coat.
~~~ Ruby's Report ~~~
Treadmill - 6 days...one cut short of 2 miles and several at 3 miles
Food - I was quite good with food choices this week
Weight(loss?) - down .8 this week. (I have 16 more pounds to go!)
Yep! I'm lookin - atchoo... =P and BEEyun quite NOSE-eee...
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