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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Much to learn! I am soo dehydrated!!! They are worried about me!I


Dave is Dehydrated!
 
I am going to try to add lemon to my water to see if I like it better!

Today I found out that I'm dehydrated.  I hate water but I need to drink 8 glasses a day, YUCK and double YUCK!  My fitness trainer told me with out water everything I eat turns to fat because my body will suck the moisture out of the food I eat if  I don't drink enough water. So I'll be chocking down all kinds of water, much to my disgust. I got on the body mass computer and found out that my water rate is 300, it's suppose to be 500 or more!  I have got some work to do to fix this. My lack of water is what is slowing my weight loss down.  So, a drinking I will go...

 The journey is going well, Kathleen and I are really sore but that's all part of the package. We're both on our new work out at the athletic club. It's tough but we're already seeing the results in appearance and weight loss. We are constantly tweaking this or that to get the most out of it. Thanks to Fawn we're still hanging in there and seeing real results. We've lost inches as well as pounds.  I noticed I can get out of a sitting position with out losing my breath now. Our life has changed so much and we still have such a long way to go.

Dave - see ya on the skinny side of life

Twenty years ago I was given the best birthday gift ever!

Twenty Years Ago I Was Given the Best Birthday Gift Ever!


HE was the best present I could have ever asked for!!!

When I became pregnant with my first and they told me my due date was on my birthday.  I was mad.  I selfishly wanted my own day and a day for my baby. I did go into labor on my birthday.  When the doctor came in at 7 and told me "I guess you wont have it on your birthday", I looked at him and said, "Oh yes I will!"  25 minutes later I was holding a wonderful baby boy. Our life has forever been changed for the better.  I love sharing my birthday with him.  He is so much fun.  All day long for as long as I can remember we would both look at each other and smile and see who could say "Happy Birthday" first.  We always shared a cake and shared the day.  It was very special to each of us.  This year I am in a  dilemma. Do I go get a small cake for just Brandon and the girls, or do we start a new tradition.  A healthier tradition. 

He has been trying to follow what we eat so he really does not expect a cake.  It just seems kind of weird to have a birthday without a birthday cake.  I got an unexpected present today.  I stepped on the scale thinking I have not lost anything today and I have lost another 3 pounds.  I have now lost 25 pounds with Fawn and 35 since I started 6 weeks ago!  It is another milestone! I lost another 10 pounds! It is working, even when I feel like it is not.  Why would I get a cake when it is working,  .I don't need it.  Brandon does not need it.  Even the girls, who are super skinny and in shape don't need the sugar!  I think I will just decorate the dining room with his special table clothe I always use and fix a nice healthy meal of chicken and rice.  That sounds so much better!  I don't need to do something just because it is expected. 

This is the year of change. It is a year of spiritual growth, not physical growth. God please bless my child tomorrow as he starts college.  I pray that he is surrounded by good christian friends..and that he will succeed in all that he does at college.  So tomorrow we embark on  a new journey.  Today we will pack my son up and tomorrow we will head off to college.  I pray that this is a wonderful experience for Brandon.  Could you pray too!  If he is surrounded by prayer he can't help but succeed.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Will I Ever get skinny enough to fit into a size 10????


All It Takes Is a Dream and a Goal!
 
When  I first wrote the title I wrote "you need a goal to work towards for when you get skinny" With all that Fawn has taught me I had to change it.  It is not a matter of getting skinny.  It is a matter of getting healthy.  There are a lot of unhealthy skinny people out there.  My brother Larry is using this program to get healthy and gain weight.  He has been plagued with rheumatoid arthritis for years.  Since he started on Fawn's eating plan he is feeling better than he ever has.  He is not hurting near as much, is able to walk upright, and last I heard he was going to be doing painting at church. It is working. You can be skinny and very unhealthy.  So I had to change the wording.....
Choose you this day whom you will serve.  As for me and my house.. We will serve the Lord!


Anyways,  I needed a goal.  My mom was soo excited about our weight loss.  She never told me how worried she was getting about our weight. I found out later from cousin after she passed away that that was constantly a prayer request.  We had gained so much and she knew it was not healthy for us.  She is my inspiration. She would be so excited as I would tell her what we were doing.  She was able to be  a part of the first three weeks of it.  She cheered us on through all of it!  The week before she died I shared with her my goal.  She had soo many beautiful dresses that she has worn all over the world on her trips, and her cruises.  I told her I wanted to find one that could be my goal dress (size 10-12).  I found a beautiful purple one.  I told her when we get skinny enough, Dave and I want to go on  a cruise and I will wear her dress. I had my daughter Becca put on the dress.  She went into mom and I told her, "I know you wont be here to see me get this small, but this is what I will look like one day!"  She looked at me with a big smile and said.."You can do it honey, I know you can!"  I cry as  I write those words. You see, for the past five years mom has said that to me soo many times.  Every time I struggle with something, I would go to my mom and hear those words,"you can do it honey!".  She was my biggest cheer leader in everything I did.  So, how can I stop, how can I get descouraged when I know that my mommy is up in heaven cheering me on.  She probably got a whole cheerleading squad up there!  Just for me.  Do I miss her terribly? You better believe it.  I mis her so much that it hurts, but every time I get desouraged I look at the beautiful purple dress hanging on the back of my door and I hear the words, "You can do it honey... I know you can!" 

This reminds me of my mom and I so different...but yet the same!  

Jesus says.."I have come to give you life!"  We need to live as each day is our last just like my mom did!

It is time to step it up a notch and start working out at a gym! Springcreek Athetic Club here we come!


 Lets Join a Gym!
 


Dave is all ready to go!


We decided we needed a little more then our home gym.  Although we have done well, we know we can do better.  We are now working with trainers who will plan an exercise program that will be both challenging and will work parts of our body we have not been able to do at home.  Kathleen has been working her legs through walking and bike riding. She now needs to get those arms in shape.  We have to be very careful of Kathleen's neck.  She has had neck surgery, and needs to make sure no stress is put on plate and screws.  They are being very conservative with her when it comes to back exercises.
They tell us that after two or three weeks we will get to the point where we are hooked on exercise. It has only been a week now, and I will tell you I feel muscles that I never ever felt before.  It takes about one day for us to recover from what we do.  We start on the bike and then work for 35 minutes on the weights.  I am using my legs and my arms like I have never done before.  They also said initially we could gan weight instead of loose it. They said that is because muscle weighs more than fat.  They were awesome here.  The trainer spent around 2 hours with each of us...explaining it all doing our weight body mass and then settingu up a program that works for us.  I would reccomend them to anyone.  They are great here.  This is now our exercise plan..
M, W, F
Start with 10 minutes on exercise bike - My goal on that is to beat my time.  I can now do 2.7 miles in 10 minutes.  that is our warm up
Then we go through a series of weight training exercises for 40 minutes.  Then we cool down on the bike again. 
On opposite days we walk for 2-5 miles or we use bike and eliptical at home for no more then 40 minutes.  They said that is the limit for exercise- 40 minutes.

We have a card that tells us what to do. We fill out what we have done and how much weights we used.  The trainers review these and make changes as we go along.  They also checked our body mass, fat mass, muscle mass.  I have to tell you for years I have used the old excuse...we are big boned...as to why I weigh so much.  That is not true! Do you realize how shocked I was when they told me my body was 56% fat!!!! That is over half of my body.  That is after I have been working out for a month!  What was I when I started....75% fat????  That is crazy!  Dave is 38% fat after working out for 6 months.  That is better than me, but the want us to low 20's.  It will take alot of hard work for that.  The man that trained me was over 300 pounds. He is now 18% body fat and skinny.  There is hope!

This is what print out looks like.  They use this awesome machine that spits it out in seconds.  They want us to do it every week. 


Why are we doing this??? We want to be able to hold up a sign that says...I lost 100 pounds, not jus 22 and 34!  I know we can do it we just need to persivere.  We can not give up!  If you feel like giving up picture your self skiny.  Make that your goal  You will be glad that you did.  God will give you the strength to do it.  If we can do it so can you!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

How do you get on a schedule when you have not had one for a while....

Live Is Like a roller Coaster Lately.

Life seems like a roller coaster lately!

How do you get on a schedule when you have not had one for a while. This has been such a crazy time in our life....so crazy and it does not seem to want to settle down at all.  Not sure what to do to get back on schedule.  With all that went on with mom, and with Brandon leaving for college in just a few days....it feels like  I am on a roller coaster that will not stop. We are eating the right foods but we have gotten away from measuring and looking at the menu. I know there was just cause but I would love to just have a regular routine and get back to eating the way we should. 

Then I get a call that another Godly person who used to be our youth leader growing up passed away yesterday.  Another funeral...another viewing. That will be very hard for me. I am still healing from mom and now I have to see it all again.  I feel like my world is spinning and I am moving on auto pilot.  At least I know what to do. We continue to go to the gym and to take walks daily, we continue to eat the food we are supposed to, just feel lost.  Please keep us in your prayers.  We need you to lift our hearts and our family up in prayer.  The weight loss seems so trivial when you think of all that is going on in my life.  I know we can do it, and we will do it...because we need to, but it is not easy today.  It is not fun today.  I need your prayers today.
Kathleen

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Week 4 comes to an end...we have lost a total of 116 pounds!!!! WOW!

Weigh In One Month!
 
 
Week 4 comes to an end.  I dreaded stepping on the scale.  All week long we have been surrounded by enough sweets to feed a small country! We had a complete table full of any kind of cookies, cakes, sweets, you could ever imagine.  We have been bombarded by people saying..."Go ahead one little piece won't hurt!"  or  "You are going to exercise NOW????!!!  We have things to do!"  It has been one of the hardest weeks of my entire life...with my mom dying and trying to stay faithful!  I must say not once did Dave and I eat a sweet, or anything else that was not on our food list!  We were faithful! We did it!  I am excited to say we had major weight loss too! God is faithful. I truly believe he is rewarding us for continuing to be faithful.  There were days we could not exercise...unless we did it before the trip to mom's funeral...I went over and swam at a cousins house around the corner from moms and did 200 laps because the pool was smaller.  Dave exercised at night...it was tough, but we did it.  If we can do it....then so can you!

Negatives this week;
*Emotionally this was the hardest week in my life...watching my mom die.
*Physically we had to be very creative with exercise and eating because we were not on any schedule, other than being with mom.
*Physically was tough because we were not getting our normal sleep- or sleeping in our own beds

Positives this week
*We learned that we can resist foods that are bad for us even when they are surrounding us and people are pushing them on us.
*We learned that we can exercise wherever we need to...even if it is taking a power walk, using a friends pool, or getting up very early to do it.
*We are gaining confidence in what we can do!  I know we can succeed
*I have a goal dress that was my moms (size 12) that I am going to use when we go on our cruise once we get skinny!

Here are the stats:
Dave's Starting weight-- 380
Dave's starting weight with fawn- 330
Dave's weight today- 296
Weight loss for the week- 11 pounds
Total weight loss with Fawn- 34 pounds (in 4 weeks)
Total weight loss- 84 pounds!!!

Kathleen's Starting weight-- 270
Kathleen's starting weight with fawn-260
Kathleen's weight today-238
Weight loss for the week- 7 pounds
Total weight loss with Fawn- 22 pounds (in 4 weeks)
Total weight loss-32 pounds!!!
Total weight loss of Dave and Kathleen- 116 pounds- In 6 months (that is how much my daughter weighs)
Total weight loss with fawn- 56 pounds! (in 4 weeks!)

I keep looking at all those numbers and want to cry.  I can not believe that we have lost that much.  Please realize...if  you feel desperate or ready to quit...don't!  You can do it. It is not easy. It is hard work but if you are faithful to it...it can be done. Thank you for all of your emails, comments, and how in person you are coming up to me and telling me you are starting our program.  They are our inspiration. Please keep them coming!  I know we have to stick to it for your sake...  How can you succeed if we fail.  We are rooting for you and holding you up in prayer as we hope you are.  If we can succeed with a week like we have had, then we know you can!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Who's That?

Who Is That?

I've been losing weight and exercising for awhile now but I did not see any real results when I looked in the mirror. Other people said, "Your looking better Dave" but I just did not see it. The other day I was passing by a mirror and it stopped me in my tracks. My face, it's skinny - it looks like somebody else starring back. Then it hit me, it is somebody else starring back. I've lost a lot of weight and finally I see it!!!! NOW there's no stopping me. I need to lose another 75 pounds to reach my goal. I'm ready for what's next to accomplish it, let's go!
Dave

You inspire me!

  You Inspire Me.

 Finally, people are saying something I've never heard from them before. We go into stores and people find out about our weight loss journey and they say, "you an inspiration". People are renewing their fight against weight gain. They keep asking us what are you doing to lose so much weight? We send them to our weight loss blog and they thank us for showing that it can be done.

People we know keep saying how good we look.  At last the weight loss is really being noticed by others. Everyone keeps saying, "keep it up your looking good!". It's been a long time since we've been an inspiration for healthy living.  Now people keep watching to see what will happen in our lives next. So keep on your weight loss journey and inspire people!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Today I say goodbye to my mother, my cheerleader, and my best friend.....

Today I Say Goodbye To My Mother, My Cheerleader, and My Friend.

Today is the day of my mom's funeral.  My heart is breaking.  I am so tired emotionally and physically. Plus, being with 27 strong personality  in one house for 3 days is tiring to say the least.
I feel so lost, so sad, and don't know which way to turn.  I know my mom is home with the Lord.  I know she is so happy up there.  I also know when everyone pulls out of mom's driveway today and tomorrow I am going to be left with a huge hole in my life that I am not sure how to fill.  I defiantly do not want to fill it with food.  Please pray for my family today.  It is a sad sad day!

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Road is long...

The Road Is Long..

The past two weeks have been a nightmare for our family. My wife's mom passed away a couple of days ago. She was one special lady with a heart of gold.  The last three days were the worst. We all watched her fade away. Our hearts are broken and were all a little shocked even though we knew it was coming. Those of you who have gone through this know what a heart wrenching experience it is to lose someone you love so much. She kept right on smiling until the end. I saw not a single ounce of fear during her three year illness. She simply accepted it and continued on as best she could.

She was so proud of our weight loss. Everyone she talked to was told of our progress, Even when I knew she was feeling so bad, she still looked at us and told us how great we were looking.  Pat Burke is a driving force in our dedication to erase all our excess weight. When I feel like quitting I'll remember her strength and courage and keep right on going.

It's so easy to feel sorry for ourselves and start eating wrong and skipping our workout. When you feel tempted to quit remember Pat Burke and keep right on going. Tell you body that you're in charge now and nothing else. Picture yourself getting into shape and how good your going to feel. Picture yourself shopping for clothes in the real people's section instead of the tall and fat section. Don't you quit!.

So where am I at, you may be wondering?  Did I eat myself silly during this tough time. NO, I knew food would not make me feel better. I'd only wind up with a stomach ache and gas. One of my goals has been to get below 300 pounds, it's been 10 years since that has happened. Today I weighed in at 298!!!!!!!!! One goal has been reached. I still need to lose another 75 pounds to reach my target weight. My wife and I have joined a gym and have personnel trainers. I know it will be tougher now but we need to keep going to gain total control of our bodies.

I'll keep ya posted ~ Dave

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Proof of True Transformation!

Proof Of Transformation!

When the going gets tough, most people turn to things or food to fill a void or the stress that they are feeling! But not Kathleen and Dave! They have been going through a really hard time in the family and have moved forward through the tough times. This is a sign of true transformation...when the going has gotten tough, they have turned to other things and they are getting to a point where the food is not screaming their names, or if it is, they have learned to tame the voice. I consider myself truly privileged to be working with these two amazing individuals...a renewed mindset is the key and they are proving this to be their reality. I know without a shadow of a doubt that they can and WILL succeed!
May we all watch them and take notes and change our own lives...they are such an inspiration to so many! Thank you Dave and Kathleen!

Fawn "Baby Deer" Woodfin

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I want junk food and I want it now !!!!

I Want Junk Food, And I Want It NOW!
 
It is so hard to watch someone die and carry on life. It is hard to visit with people, to go be a clown, to go grocery shopping. to be a mother, and a wife. It is all hard. Even the most mandarin things are hard to do. I walked around Wal-Mart and I wanted everything in sight... chocolate, potato chips, bread (French bread like I made for everyone at moms house yesterday), did  I mention chocolate! For the past five days I have been surrounded by chocolate, cookies, brownies, fudge, bread, deserts, and cakes. Why does everyone think that when someone is dying they need to bring a desert to the house. Why? If we eat it all we  will all gain 20 pounds this week!  Why is food our comfort??? Why is it natural to eat everything in sight when you are morning.  I wanted to eat all this stuff, I really did.  I did so good!  I did not eat one piece of candy, fudge, chocolate....nothing. When I was craving it, I went and did 100 laps in a friends pool around the corner from mom.  But now I am ready to crash and I want chocolate so bad.. not bad enough to eat it...but enough to complain about it!  I was one of those people that would have eaten everything in sight.  I would have gained the 20 pounds.  Food is comfort.  I know.  But it is not healthy for you...Why would we turn to something that could cause us so many problems?  These last few days are one of the hardest I will ever go through. I need to turn to God and family for comfort, not food.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Week three comes to an end. We lost weight even when we were sick and hurting!

Week Three Comes To an End.

As this week comes to an end I am just so tired.  I am tired emotionally...because of the pain of seeing mom go a little bit each day. I am also tired physically because I was up all night comforting her and had no sleep.  It seems trivial to talk about my weight when someone you love is dying...but it is necessary.  Mom wants us to keep going...She is so proud of what Dave and I are doing, and that Fawn is a part of it.  She tells everyone about it.    I asked her to pick a fancy dress of hers in size 12 that I can use as my inspiration to loose weight.  Dave and I want to go on a cruise when we reach our goal weight.  She has so many gorgeous clothes and was going through them and cleaning them out. She is cleaning out all of her closets.  It is sad to look through her clothes and  know she will probably never wear them again.  She loved to get dressed up!  Anyways...

We were able to loose weight this week...not as much as I would like- but we did lose. Normally I would eat everything in sight when I  go through times like this. Food is my comfort. Sweets are needed to make me feel better. Yet, I have done well. My biggest struggle was when we made perogi (mom's specialty) yesterday. We have had that many times as we went to mom's house.  I put some on my plate said I am going to eat this for mom.  I took one bite and realized I did not need to do that.  That was not for mom, it was for me. It was giving in to something I should not do.  I kept it on my plate but ate the food I was supposed to eat, and did not take another bite.  It was comfort just having it on my plate, without putting it in my mouth!!! I did it.

Set backs
*Dave was very sick all week an unable to exercise too much
*Kathleen was at her moms house taking care of her and surrounded by Yummy foods!

Good things that happened:
*We were able to stick with it even when we faced HUGE obstacles
*We were able to resist our favorite foods and our comfort foods.
*My new comfort food is fresh pineapple and low-fat cottage cheese...love it!
*We were able to stick to it even when we were separated!
*After we went out to eat we realized that was a waste of money our food is better!
*Even when he was sick (think bronchitis) Dave kept motivated!


Here are the stats:
Dave Starting weight-- 380
Dave's starting weight with fawn- 330
Dave's weight today- 307
Weight loss for the week- 2 pounds
Total weight loss with Fawn- 23 pounds
Total weight loss- 73 pounds!!!

Kathleen's Starting weight-- 270
Kathleen's starting weight with fawn-260
Kathleen's weight today-245
Weight loss for the week- 3 pounds
Total weight loss with Fawn- 15 pounds
Total weight loss-25 pounds!!! (THIS WAS MY FIRST WEIGHT GOAL!)

Total weight loss of Dave and Kathleen- 98 pounds! (almost 100) In 6 months
Total weight loss with fawn- 38 pounds! (in 3 weeks!)
Thank  you all for reading this.  Thank you for those sending me letters of encouragement. We treasure those and have made a page just to put them on!  I look at them when I get discouraged and say..."I can't let them down!"  You are important to us.  Some of you are our dear friends and family who follow just because you love  us....but some our people who have heard about us and want to see if they can do it too.  I know you can do it.  If Dave and I can do it...so can you! 
Love you all,
Dave and Kathleen

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Can you loose weight when your heart is breaking??? We did!

Can You Lose Weight When Your Heart Is Breaking? I Did!
 
 
This last week has been one of the hardest in my life.  My mom has had pulmonary fibrosis for the past three years.  This last month she has gotten steadily worse. This last week she has gotten so bad hospice has had to be called in.  My mom is the only parent I have left. She lives twenty five minutes from me. She is my biggest cheerleader and my best friend. I call her (or she calls me) 1-4 times a day....just to share what is going on in my life and ask for her advice.  It is hard to imagine my life without her.  This week, as the doctor looked me in the eyes and told me there is nothing they can do for her, I had to start imagining my life without her. My heart is breaking.  Normally...I would run for my comfort foods...my sponge candy, my chocolate. I know I can not do that.  Mom was so excited to know that I am doing this "Life style change".

 Although it would be so easy to say, "I can't do this. It is to hard of a time. I just need a little comfort. I can start tomorrow..."  I know that I need to be strong for her and for my family, and for you!  I don't know how many are even reading this, but know that even when your heart is breaking and your life is falling apart, God will give you the strength to carry you through.  Normally I would have gained 5-7 pounds in a week like I have had this last week. I would have eaten everything in sight.  "Just to make me feel better!"  but instead I lost 3 pounds this week.  I almost cried when I saw it. I have now lost 25 pounds, since I joined Dave  and 15 since Fawn started working with us three weeks ago.  I can't wait to go tell my mommy!  Please pray that mom will be free from pain, soon and that she will not suffer long.  As much as I love to have her with me...my daddy has been building her a mansion for the past 16 years, and I am sure it is awesome!  She is ready to go see it and the God that she has served so faithfully her whole life!

So, my message to you all...yes, even when  your heart is breaking...you can be stead fast and continue to loose weight.  If I can do it when I am loosing my  mommy and my best friend....then so can you! You do not need to turn to food for your comfort. Choose to live life to its fullest!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Week two comes to an end! We are loosing weight!

Week Two Comes To an End. We Are Losing Weight!
 
 
Well our first week came to a close. This is the first time I have had to sit down and let you know how we are doing!  I can not believe it is working so well!  Not only to loosing weight but the change in my family and our bodies.  Here are some things that have happened this week!

*Dave is now sleeping well!  He goes right to sleep and sleeps all night. No more tossing and turning
*Kathleen is taking less pain pills.  I am down to taking only one pill a day!  This is the first time in years I have been able to do that.
* My eyes are whiter and brighter.  Before when I was a clown, my eyes would look yellowed, or discolored with red streaks in it.  Now they shine next to my white clown face.
*My  underwear are getting big!  I had to go buy the next smaller size!  Yeah!!!
*We have no desire to eat out- we like our food better than any we can get at a restaurant.
*We have no shakiness or effects from giving up white bread, soda, or Splenda.
*We have so much more energy!
* My family is eating meals together and loving it.
*My family is growing closer together through all this!

Dave:
Starting weight- 380
Starting weight with Fawn- 330
Weight after 2 weeks- 309
Total weight loss- 71 pounds
Total weight loss in 2 weeks- 21 pounds
Kathleen
Starting weight- 270
Starting weight with Fawn- 260
Weight after 2 weeks-248
Total weight loss- 6 pounds
Total weight loss in 2 weeks- 12 pounds

Thank you for all of you that are encouraging Dave and I in our weight loss journey.  I am excited to see that it is working.  Your prayers and notes are what are keeping us going. If we can do it so can you.  Join our journey and let us know how you are doing.
Kathleen

How could we have gotten this fat?????


How Could We Have Gotten This Fat?
 


         
                                                        



It has been 15 years since that first picture was taken.  I remember, because it was taken on the anniversary of my fathers death.  He died 16 years ago.  I did not want to put on my clown outfit...I was sad, not happy.  When I booked the photo shoot I did not think of the date.  That morning I did.  At least I always know when this picture was taken.  It has not been that long...but we are probably 100 pounds lighter in that picture.  How did it happen?  How could we have gone from so in shape to so overweight?  Why did it take this long to realize just how out of shape we are?

I have thought about that so much this week.  It happened slowly...first my accident, then house fire, then just too busy to fix good food.  It is so easy to do.  It is so easy to just go out and eat instead of eating at home.  Here are a couple of things I found are so important in order to do a life style change:

*Plan your days- be organized- have a definite goal for each day.
* Plan your  meals the night before or the morning of
* Look at your exercise as a job.  You would never think of not going to work.
*Schedule time for exercise, meals, and planning.
*Spend time with yourself and God each day- quiet time is so important.
* If you like to journal get one and start to write.  Then you can look back and see how far you have come.
*Get a friend to join your journey with you.  It is so much easier.  When you fall they can lift you up!
*Keep it up even when you do not feel like it
*When you goof up- just start again the next day!
*Believe you can do it!
As we are starting to notice changes in ourselves we can see that this is so much better for us. We are happier than we have been in a long time.  If we can do it so can you!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sick but still sticking to my guns!!!

Sick, But Still Sticking To My Guns!

This has been a tough week. I've been sick with some kind of flu bug so my exercising routine went right out the window for the past 5 days. I was worried that this would really hurt my weight loss. As it turns out, because my appetite was also affected, I remained between 306 and 308. My wife has been going through a really hard time due to her mother's illness. She's been helping put together a huge garage sale to clean out things at her mom's house. It required hours and hours of hard physical work and she had to sleep at her mom's house for 2 nights.

This left me home alone to find my own meals. Would I weaken and run to McDonald's??
NEVER.... My son and I scrounged and ate every bit of healthy food we could find until all the food was gone. Finally, I said, "Alright, lets go to a restaurant".  I know what your thinking, this is where I ordered everything that I've been denying myself since my lifestyle change went into effect... NOPE! Some how I ignored all the fattening stuff that use to dominate my diet. I ordered the Pittsburgh steak salad, I even told them to leave out the french fries that normally come in the salad. I had a raspberry vinaigrette lite salad dressing on top of it all. It tasted great, and I was full at the end of my meal.

So. I survived my time of sickness, stress and temptation! Oh I forgot to mention that I helped with the garage sale.  You'll never guess what the family ordered to eat when the dust finally settled, Three large pizzas and a whole ton of chicken wings. My most favorite of fattening meals. To make this even tougher I was elected to go help pick them up. On the way back home all that delicious stuff rested right on my lap as we headed back home. I ended up eating a total of 5 wings "barbeque" and that's al. Not bad for a guy that could easily eat the whole box!

So, if I can do it, so can you. It's easy to use tough times as an excuse to pig out!. Hold fast, fellow over eaters, you can resist and can make it if you want it (skinniness, freedom, good looks!) bad enough. After all do you really want the guilt of returning to your former lifestyle?  This on top of the belly ache you'll get compounded by the stress of whatever situation you may be going through? It is not worth it. It is easier to just say NO!

See you on the Skinny side of  life,

Dave

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Promo Video! We want to get this out there!

We are working on getting this journey out there! We will make this as public as possible to help people change their lives! 
                                         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_KHYN1Ckcg