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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Yeah...I finally made it over the Plateau....I lost 2 pounds this week !

The Scale Finally Went Down!
 
I must say, although it is not a lot...I am thrilled that I am finally no longer at  233!  When I stepped on the scale the last two days I have been at 231!  So close to 220's I can taste it!  That is more desirable then any food I can eat!  I want to be in the 220's by next week!  I am doing cardio every day, I am taking the enzymes, and I am continuing to do my weight training!  I want it bad!  It has been years since I have been in the 20's...then after that my goal will be to get out of these 200's and into the 190's.  I know it is not about the weight but at some point it is.  I need to be able to see the numbers come down with the muscle building.  I feel like I climbed a mountain and I am so happy!!! Thank you all for your prayers and support!  I needed it! You gave me the inspiration to get going!!!Thank you for all of your wonderful notes and messages! Thank you for all of you that said you our on the journey with me...I had no idea!  You guys are my inspiration!  Your love and support is what will carry me through!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Week 8 Here are our stats...I have lost one pound all month...should I quit????

I  Have Lost One Pound All Month. Should I Quit?

When I stepped on the scale this week I was a little upset.  I was 233 AGAIN!!!! This is not funny!  It has been a whole month and all I have lost is one little pound! My first reaction was...I quit! I had to stop and remind myself that "Quitting is not an option!".  As I did my body mass at the gym I was a little more encouraged.  I have lost weight. I lost four pounds this last week.  I lost four pounds of fat but I gained back 4 pounds of muscle.  How does that pan out?  It makes my scale say I lost nothing BUT my body is changing.  I am loosing inches, and my clothes are fitting me better then they ever have before. I went from 57% body fat to 51% body fat.  That is a big difference in a short period of time. It is a long way from 20% I want to be at. But it is going down. I am losing even when the scale says I am not! I need to not get discouraged and keep working hard!

The last time we went swimming at moms house I had forgotten my suit. She happened to have a size 18 and a size 16.  I wore the `18 (squeezed myself into is more like it!) and brought home the 16 for my daughter thinking some day one of them will grow into it.  While packing for my trip to Florida, I came across the swim suit.  I just felt an urge to try it on.  I did not think I would even be able to get it up my big but...but I did. as I pulled it on I realized...it was a perfect fit.  I walked into my girls room and they both said "WOW mom you look beautiful!"  Dave liked it too!  I will go to Florida in a size 16 swim suit and feel like a beautiful beach babe!  I know I am far from that but I love that I can fit into it. It means a lot that it was my moms. It was a new one she had just bought!  I am taking a part of her on this trip with me!!!


Weigh In Two Months
Negatives:
*I am trying not to get discouraged or to concentrate on the numbers.  If I could just loose one or two pounds a week I would be happy!
*We started taking enzyme pills (the health food store recommended them) and we are hungry all the time. Not sure why this is happening.

Positives:
* Dave is down to a size 42!!! (He was 46)
*My clothes are getting loose on me
*My kids love the food
*I have lost fat and gained muscle

Changes we are going to make:
*We are trying to do more cardio, less weight training. I was loosing weight when I was doing cardio.
*We are planning our menu for our trip to Florida and bringing all of our food, so we can eat right.
*We are going to be leaving for vacation soon...keep us in your prayers! We will be gone for 11 days! Pray that we can stick to our diet while we are gone.
*There are pools at the hotel, so I will be able to swim again!!!

Where are the stats:
Dave's Starting weight-- 380
Dave's starting weight with fawn- 330
Dave's weight last week 288
Dave's weight today- 285
Weight loss for the week- 3 pound loss
Total weight loss with Fawn- 46 pounds (in 8 weeks)
Total weight loss- 95 pounds!!!


Kathleen's Starting weight-- 270
Kathleen's starting weight with fawn-260
Kathleen's weight last week 233
Kathleen's weight today-233
Weight loss for the week- 0 pounds
Total weight loss with Fawn- 27 pounds (in 8 weeks)
Total weight loss-37 pounds!!!

Total weight loss of Dave and Kathleen- 132 pounds- In 8 months
Total weight loss with fawn- 74 pounds! (in 8 weeks!)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

We can fit on the swings now!!!

We Can Fit on the Swings Now!

It has been years since Dave and I have been able to fit into the swings and swing together. We used to go to the playground behind his house and swing together all the time when we were dating and were 16 years old!

Dave and I went to Chestnut Ridge park with the girls this Sunday!  In the past, Dave and I would usually sit and talk while the kids run around....not this time.  We went down the slide, rode on the merry-go-round, jumped on the swings and played like two kids!  We had so much fun!  We Played Frisbee and walked up the creek!  We did not even complain when we got our feet wet! We just had a ball!  This would not have happened two months ago.  We would have had fun, but not like we did today. Loosing this weight has given our life back.  It has opened the door to more possibilities then we ever thought possible.  Because we feel good!  We enjoy each other and our kids so much more.  If you have not taken the time to start loosing weight, now is the time!  You can do it. You will not believe how good you feel.  You will wonder why you didn't do it sooner!


Dave's back never could have done this before.



My two precious girls they are about 30 feet up in the air!!!



Me and my honey!!! We had a ball!
We walked up and down the steps like they were nothing!!!




You can't see me!!! I am getting smaller!!!
I can even fit on the slide! 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Want to see what we eat in a day???



Meals at the Jeffers House
 
I just thought you would like to see some meals that we would eat in a normal day.  These are three of my favorite things.  My oatmeal in the morning really fills me. Aldies has frozen mixed berries that are awesome. (don't get the strawberries they are horrible!!!)  I add a hard boiled egg and skim milk and I have a protein a fat and a carb!!
Breakfast- Oatmeal with Berries and a boiled egg with skim milk!
Breakfast
 
Lunch
Lunch- wheat pasta with ground turkey and sauce and apples!!

This lunch is one of Dave's favorites.  It is whole wheat noodles, with sauce, ground turkey and peppers and onions. I usually get my noodles, meat, sauce and vegies at Aldies.  When I used to make pasta I would use three jars of sauce, 3 pounds of  noodles and a whole package of meat.  We used to pile our plates full of pasta and add corn and garlic bread (1-2 loafs)  JUST FOR OUR FAMILY OF FIVE!!!!  We now use 1 jar of sauce. I cook up my ground turkey with peppers and onions and put half of it in freezer for next time.  We also only use one box of noodles.  We measure everything out...and we usually have extra for the next day.  (this was actually left over from past meal!)  I did not show it but we usually add a salad with low fat vinaigrette dressing. Then I added apples to lunch!
Dinner

Dinner- Wheat pizza with feta cheese, chicken, hotsauce and tomatoes with squash!

This dinner is Becca's favorite.  She loves hot stuff.  I adapted Fawns chicken pizza to make it Buffalo chicken.   I buy the ready made wheat crust from Walmart (comes 2 per pack with sauce)  I put the sauce on then add Feta cheese, put grilled chicken and celery and hot sauce on.  It is sooo awesome.  Everyone loves it!!!  It has everything it needs too. Carb, fat, and protein.  This time I added squash- because I just got it and was excited about making it.  My family who never would eat squash before now loves it!

It is neat to see how their tastes are changing.  Meals are now a time of sharing with each other. We love to sit down and talk about the day with our kids. This is new. We had gotten so busy we just would all grab food when we came in and eat in front of the television. We no longer do that. Meals are not a time of growing closer to my family.

Yeah....I get new clothes!!!!! Smaller clothes!!!!

   Yeah, We Get Smaller Clothes!

Dave in his size 42 pants and his XL jacket!!


Kathleen in her new clothes!


I am sooo excited. My sister runs a clothing store in Filmore. She just brought me 2 garbage bags of clothes, all in size Large, XL, 18- 20. I was so nervous when I saw the sizes. I was sure they would be too small. I had been wearing 22-26 sizes. Do you know all but 1 pair of jeans and two shirts fit me perfect! Even the Large size fits! I feel like I can walk on air now.

I was getting soo discouraged, because I have not lost anything for the last two weeks on the scale I knew I had lost inches though! The jeans are lands end size 18 and they fit everywhere but the zipper.  My belly fat just wouldn't let me close them. Maybe if I laid on the bed and tried I could have but I did not want to get them stuck on me and not be able to get out of them. I just am going to hang them up next to moms dress as an immediate goal. It will not take me long to fit into those. I know it is not about the weight, or the size but it does get discouraging when you go two weeks with no change in numbers.  I do notice a difference in how my body is looking though. I am loosing my stomach.   I am so happy! I can pass on my bigger clothes to someone else that needs them...because I certainly don't want to fit back into them. Thank you Lord for the gift of clothes. It was just what I needed!

I must tell you Dave can now fit into a 42 waist (his 46 waist were getting tight on him) He looks hot!!! He also can fit into XL not XXL She bought him a bag of clothes too! We feel like it is Christmas! I am so thankful I have a family that loves us, supports us, and helps us in any way they can. It is so much easier doing this with others around you to encourage you.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Another week down- Week 7 .. Dave is closing in on 100 pounds lost!!!! So proud of him!

I Want Chocolate!
 
 
 
This week has been an emotional roller coaster. Brandon left for college a week ago Saturday. I did so well with mom and all the food at here house. I never cheated once. When I had to drop my son off at Pittsburgh College with people we don't know it was so hard. These are not just people we don't know but scary people with tongue rings, dreadlocks, and piercings and tattoos all over their body. I knew it would be hard but not this hard. I felt my heart was breaking. Brandon is such a good kid. How could he ever fit in. I kept thinking, "these are the roommates?".  I have been praying about for so long and that is what he gets, wow!  I had to place my son in God's hands and realize that we have brought him up the best we could. He has to choose this day whom he will serve. My first instinct was,  ' I WANT CHOCOLATE!!!! and I need it now!".

I did not do it. I turned to prayer and put my trust in him. When heard that he wanted to move in with his roommate and his roommates girlfriend after just 4 days of knowing them I almost panicked. Then God told me to be still and know that he is in control. If four days can make him want that then 9 months can change his mind. I put it in Gods hands. When I did not hear from him for a few days I panicked. Dave and I looked at each other and said, "We will take a drive down there tomorrow."  I am so glad we did. He was in one piece and alive!  He is skinnier then he was from living off cashews for a week. I am not sure why he did not cook all of the good food I bought him. Hew was  healthy and happy. I have never been more proud of him! He is adjusting to college life! The girls loved seeing him and we had a wonderful visit. He actually took us on a 5 mile walk and bought apples when he was out! I can now relax and get into a routine.

During all of this I slowly added peanut butter into my diet. It was on my list but it was to be measured and only eaten once a day. I ate it every chance I could.  I had peanut butter in my oatmeal, on my bagel, on my apples and on my bananas. I could not believe when I looked and the jar was empty. I wondered who could have eaten all that!  Then I realized I did.   I stepped on the scale and I had gained 4 pounds this week.  I felt bloated and so hyper.  I finally called Fawn. She told me to get rid of peanut butter and get back to measuring everything. I started measuring food again. When I stepped on the scale I saw that I had not lost anything, but I did not gain anything either. I was a little discouraged until Gary at the gym looked at my stats for the week. He said I lost 2 pounds of fat and gained 2 pounds of muscle. I moved 4 pounds of body mass around this week. He said I had a perfect week. Now I keep thinking if I would have gotten rid of the peanut butter earlier...I would have had an awesome week.  How easy it is to go back into your old habits and turn to food for comfort! It is sad to think that I did that.

I am so much more determined to eat what is right. I notice that I am so sad lately. Maybe it is because I can not believe that my mom has been gone for a whole month and the world did not stop! How could it go on without her?  I thought I could not live without her. Yet I  did for a whole month. I looked at the older ladies at the gym today and I felt like crying. One asked me how I was doing and I looked at her and said, "I am OK, I am hurting today!" She looked at me and pointed to her friends and said, "Honey, it is a beautiful day outside, and you woke up this morning. Every day I wake up I thank God that I have another day! You need to do the same!"  Thank you God for putting people in my path to encourage and remind me that we need to look at each day as a gift from God! My mother lived each day to the fullest. We need to do the same., Every day is an opportunity to do something amazing with your life. Do not let it go by without trying your hardest to make a difference in the world.

Positives this week
* Our pool in Springville will be done on Friday!!!
* I can tell Dave and I have lost inches all of our clothes are getting big
* Dave is on his lost hole in his belt and it is still not small enough!
* People are asking us what we are doing because they are noticing our weight loss
* I am back to measuring everything...and eating directly according to plan.
* I lost 2 pounds of fat and gained 2 pounds of muscle!!!

Negatives
* Dave is still not drinking enough water. HE was in 300's again this week which made it impossible to read his stats. He lost 10 pounds of water this week! Not good at all. We are going to look for a drink mix that we can add to water to give it a little flavor.
* I am really struggling with sadness from all the loss in my life this last month.


Here are the stats:
Dave Starting weight-- 380
Dave's starting weight with fawn- 330
Dave's weight last week 293
Dave's weight today- 288
Weight loss for the week- 5 pound loss
Total weight loss with Fawn- 43 pounds (in 7 weeks)
Total weight loss- 92 pounds!!!


Kathleen's Starting weight-- 270
Kathleen's starting weight with fawn-260
Kathleen's weight last week 233
Kathleen's weight today-233
Weight loss for the week- 0 pounds
Total weight loss with Fawn- 25 pounds (in 4 weeks)
Total weight loss-37 pounds!!!

Total weight loss of Dave and Kathleen- 129 pounds- In 7 months
Total weight loss with fawn- 68 pounds! (in 7 weeks!)
 
Check this out...in just a month and a half this is who has looked at our blog!!!  We have over 1500 page views!!!
United States
-1,486
South Korea
-19
Canada
-17
Russia-
4
Germany-
2
United Kingdom
-2
South Africa
-1


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Today I worked out for 2 and 1/2 hours!!! But I got to swim!!! Kathleen's work out!!!

This is the workout they have me doing at the gym.  I must say I look at the video and I look so fat...Here I thought I was looking so good, and felt so skinny...then I looked at this video.  I sure have a long ways to go...I was so discouraged and did not want to put it on here, but I knew you needed to see it as much as I did.  I do have to tell you something. The shirt I got from Springcreek.  It is only and XL.  This is the first time in a long time that I have been able to fit into an XL and not XXL.  It is a little tight on my, but I purposely bought that size because I knew it would not be long that it would start getting big on me! So please excuse my fat rolls!  They are going to disappear soon!  So look beyond the fat and see what I do.

Monday, October 11, 2010

SpringCreek Athletic Club has changed our life.

Gary at SpringCreek Athletic Club has tailored a work out program for Kathleen and I that helps us lose weight and get into shape. We are really seeing the results of all our hard work now. We look better and are getting stronger. We actually miss our work outs when we're out of town. Check the videos below to see what our work out program is like. If your in the Springville, NY area you should join Today. Check our links on the right side of the page to go ans see their wonderful facilities.
   Do yourself a favor, take all that money your spending on junk food and eating out and get yourself a membership at a gym. It will change your life... Your body was made to exercise, it needs to be pushed. No matter what weight you are right now go find a gym and a trainer and start your new life today. You know your tired of being fat and out of shape, so change it while the idea is still fresh in your mind. Shut off that TV, drop that jelly roll and start your journey to weight loss.






Saturday, October 9, 2010

Week 6 ! We have lost 124 pounds total!!!

My pants are getting too big on me!!!

Ok, we have now been doing this life change for six weeks, a month and a half!  It is working.  It is becoming routine. We are finally leveling off and just loosing 1-4 pounds a week.  This is really where you want to be at if you want to keep the weight off, and be healthy.  What we are focusing on now, is being faithful to the meal plan, and turning our fat into muscle!  We now look forward to going to the gym and it is a routine to do the weights every other day.  We feel better than we have in years!  We have more energy, more joy and less problems, then we have ever had!  Thank you for all of you who support us with your comments, your encouragment, and your prayers.  It is soo awesome to see how God is working in our lives.
I just wanted to give you some statistics that I think are cool.  Since we started this blog 5 weeks ago, we have had almost 1400 viewings. People are following us from the US, Canada, South Korea, Russia, and Germany!  I think that is so cool!  Let us know you are out there and post comments.  I put them on my comment page!  Thank you for all that you have done to support Dave and I.  We need your prayers and encouragement.

Positive things this week
* People are now noticing our weightloss big time.  Everywhere we go people are saying "You look great!"
* We have lost so much weight that Dave and I splurged and had to get new underware!  YEAH!!
* Our food plan is becoming regulated and we are back on track.
* We walked to the game on Friday night and you should have seen me speed walk!
* The pool at high school will be open this week!  Yeah!
* Got to spend time with Carolyn this week.  Highlight of my week!

Negitives
* I had strep throat, so I missed a day at the gym
* Still missing my boy big time


Here are the stats:
Dave Starting weight-- 380
Daves starting weight with fawn- 330
Daves weight last week 297
Daves weight today- 293
Weight loss for the week- 4 pound loss
Total weight loss with Fawn- 37 pounds (in 6 weeks)
Total weight loss- 87 pounds!!!


Kathleen's Starting weight-- 270
Kathleen's starting weight with fawn-260
Kathleen's weight last week 235
Kathleen's weight today-233
Weight loss for the week- 2 pounds
Total weight loss with Fawn- 27 pounds (in 6 weeks)
Total weight loss-37 pounds!!!

Total weight loss of Dave and Kathleen- 124 pounds- In 6 months (that is how much my daughter weighs)
Total weight loss with fawn- 64 pounds! (in 6 weeks!)

I can not stress enough how much you readers mean to Dave and I.  I am amazed when I look at the stats We are making a difference!  I am so glad!  Please know each one of you are very special to me. We are a family...on a journey together!
Kathleen

Friday, October 8, 2010

You need to reach out to others!!!

Dave and I had shows in Elmira NY (3 hours away). Luckily, it was near my brother so we packed up and went to visit them.  Thing kept happening to make us wonder if we should cancel our trip... Becca and Rachael were to be left home.  Wed spent the day at the doctors with them.  Beca tested positive for strep throat. I had her check me and although I tested negitive, they wanted to start me on meds anyways so I did not get it.  Many times we said.."Maybee,we should just stay home.."  But I knew we had to go,I knew God had something very special planned for us in those two days and he did.

We just feel so at home at their house. We know they love us no matter what.  That they support what we do in our ministry and in our diet.  It was a nice place to go.  Robin my room mate from college was coming up on Thursday, and I had a meeting with  a mom of two little ones that wanted to start the "Life change" Our shows were over Wed. so we could just relax on Thurday.  It was sooo good to see Robin.  She and I never stopped talking.  It was just like old times! At three we had a meeting with Carolyn... It is this that I really wanted to share with you.  This meeting was the real reason God wanted me to go to Elmira...this meeting has changed my life...
Carolyn is a young mother of two wonderful children.  She is very overweight, and wanted to talk about the "Life Change".  I was thinking I would have to talk her into it..and push her...instead she pushed me. As she talked about her weight, I could talk about mine.  How her goal was not a certain size, or  anything like that...it was about being able to take a walk in the woods with her kids, play ball with her kids...or just do normal life without getting out of breath. She had cleaned out her cupboards the day before and was waiting till Sunday to pass it out. I asked her if the food would be a temptation. She looked at me and said, "No because my husband has the key"  Wow that is strength  and determination.  That is amazing.  She is so heavy she does not want to walk outside, but she walks on her treadmll every day.  She also has a lady in the church that is going to work with her on exercise.  She is commited.  That is awesome!   I told her I know she will succeed, because she has the desire to change and has taken the steps to ensure she will succeed.  God opened my eyes to something.  Everyone that is overweight is struggling...not just with weight, but with the sadness that they have limitations, and they can't do certain things because of their weight, so therefore they are missing out of sooo much in life.  Myself included.  When I went to Pittsburg to look at college in Feb. I could not run up the stairs the way everyone else did. I told them I had to take the elevator because I had neck surgery and I have a plate and screws in my neck.  Did I have that...certainly, but it was 5 years ago and it is totally healed.  I was just to fat to do it.  This time, 35 pounds lighter, I took all the stairs I could, I tired my son and husband out. We are surrounded by people who are struggling.  We have the answer, we have the cure...we need to reach out and let them know. These are things that I have learned in my "Life Change"
1.  Until a person comes to the point in their life when they see the need to change, they will not succeed.  Each one of us needs to come to the point where their eyes are open and they see the fat for what it is...
something that is holding us back from leading a healthy life.
2. Once you decide Quit is not an option.  This is not a diet...but a life change, if you mess up tomorrow is another day.
3.  You can resist temptations.  If  I could walk away from a mile high table full of any kind of sweet you could ever imagine, while going through the stress of loosing my mother then you can resist the cake at a birthday party, or the pie at thanksgiving.
4. Your body is a wonderful machine that is designed to be worked and pushed  When they talked about weights, I was scared  I could not even do 3 pounds at physical theropy two years ago. I do up to 160 pound on my legs and 70 on my sholders and  and 30 on my arms.  It can be done (make sure it is supervised so you don't get hurt)  I never thought I could ride 7 miles in 30 minutes...or do 100 laps daily in pool, in 32 minutes. You can do it and exercise is one of the keys to getting healthy. You wont make the desired muscle if you do not.   It is important that you are daily trying to better what you do.  I told carolyn, If you do100 steps in 30 minutes...make it 102 the next week...Alway strive to push yourself a little more.
5. The food is wonderful on this plan and you will not want to go back to the fatty foods you were eating once you have learned to eat right. It is the easiest "DIET" (not!) that I have ever been on.  My family loves the food.  We actually get sick when we eat "unhealthy foods"
6  People think it is more expensive to eat healthy... I disagree.  When you take into consideration all of the eating out...all of the pop, drinks, snack foods....you will realize it will not cost you any more than before.  You do have to go shopping weekly, for fresh fruits, vegies...but in the long run, because you are eating less, it cost the same if not less.
7.  If I can do it soo can you!  You are made to be healthy!  Your body is a wonderful awesome machine designed to bring you joy not grief!  You can do it!
Kathleen

If we all work together we can do it!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Moving On

Brandon's room. If you look close you can see Grandpas chair at desk!!!
   My boy has gone to college and left me behind, The Nerve. It's been a hard few weeks, My wife's mom died, my youth leader from my younger days died, my boy went to college. My boy leaving really hit me hard. We've been best friends since the day he was born. I perform magic for a living and he's been going to shows with me since he was 5. We had a ball performing together, I watched him turn into a hilarious comedy style performer. I cried many tears when I got home and found no Brandon. I was flooded with memories of all the great times we had together. I was also filled with regrets for all the mistakes I made not spending even more time together. I'm none the less so proud of him and all that he's become and is still becoming.
   I however did not drown my sorrows in chocolate cake and ice cream. I thought about it but only briefly. It was tough when we we're getting my son ready for college in Pittsburgh, we barely had time to eat or drink. There was a thousand forms to fill out and a thousand people to talk to. We ate right but we did not eat according to our menu. We sure did get our exercise however, up and down his 10 story campus building, we used the stairs! We got a good work out moving Brandon's furniture into his dorm room on the 7th floor, we used the elevator for that one!
   We'll folks that's all for now - I'll see you on the skinny side of life!
Dave

OK I cheated......and now I am paying for it !!!!

I tell myself..I could not help my self.  I tell my self I deserve it.  I have been soo good and the stress just go to be too much for me.  I tell myself it is only one little piece.  As my daughter  looked at me and said, "you are not supposed to be eating that!"  And Becca, who sees my pain and delama,  says, "She can have one piece!"  I tell myself  I deserve it after all I have gone through...loosing mom, missing Brandon...stress about bills.  But what it comes right down to is...was it worth it?? WE were at the Hub (the girls youth group building and they were auditioning.  I was nervous about that and I was sooo hungry.  We had had breakfast- but it was closing in on two and we went right from Church, to a birthday party show, to the audition.  As we left the show we were performing at they were serving food and it smelled so good.  When we got to the hub they had two sheet pizzas sitting on back table. I wanted a piece.  I told myself every excuse in the book and finally I snuck back there and ate a piece.  Usually I take a napkin and blot out the grease, not this time...I wanted to experience the whole thing. As the grease dripped off the pizza onto my hand I closed my eyes and took a bite.   I did take a middle piece to justify that I am not getting as much bread...but  I ate it quickly because I felt guilty about eating it and did not want anyone else to see me. (not that they would care) I did enjoy it...I have to admit.  But was it worth it. About an hour later, my stomach started to hurt, I had diarrhea and was feeling very queezy.  I had to take a prilosac and a pain pill thinking it would calm me down.  I was not able to sleep because my stomach was hurting so bad...what a bother.  No I decided it definatly was not worth it.  am going to make this life style change and stick to it...or else.  I know I can achieve the goal I want if I am faithful.  I just am so sad right now.  I walk around my house and cry about loosing my mom, cry about Brandon leaving me for college, cry because I cant find anything...I just cry all the time.  Please pray for Dave and I. I know we will get through this all...but I want to do it without turning to food as my comfort.  I need to turn to God and my family and friends.  I need to just keep busy, so I don't have time to think about all of this.  Church was so good this Sunday...he is beginning a series about getting closer to God.  He said no matter where you are in your walk with God...you can improve and get closer.  He challenged each one of us to spend time each day with God and ask Him to make Himself even more real in our lives.  Pray that this is life changing for Dave and I .       

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Week 5 we have lost a total of 118 pounds!

This was our first week at the gym.  They told us we might not loose in the first few weeks so I was very nervous.  For the first time since we started I have lost and Dave has gained.  Dave only gained one pound.  I lost 3.  If you read his previous blog you will find out why.  He needs to drink water...lots of water.  Actually they said both of us are dehydrated and need to drink more!  When we were loosing the most weight is when we were drinking 8-10 bottles of water a day.  When we stopped doing that we did not loose as much. So we are trying to drink more water from now on and see the difference it makes.  I lost 4 pounds of fat...but also one pound of muscle. He said this is due to low protein.  If I would have had more chicken or more nuts I would not have lost the muscle.  I told him I had run out of nuts and did not replace them.  Now I could kick myself because It cost me one pound of muscle that I worked so hard for.  My % of body fat is down and my % of muscle is up...so it is working.  I just need to follow the plan exactly so that I am doing all that I can do to loose the way I should.   Because Dave was soo dehydrated his numbers were all mixed up.  We need to make changes this week so that we can get back on track. We are not descouraged because Dave gained a pound.  He knows that muscle weighs more than fat and that this could happen...but we are upset that we are both dehydrated.  We need water. She thought my stats were bad at 400 and then she saw Daves at 300 and said " Wow You are really dehydrated..you need to drink more water!"  That is why we are evaluating everything.  We want someone each week to look at our stats and say how we are doing! 

Good things that happened this week-
*We are working out every other day at the gym.
*Dave put on a pair of jeans and they were huge on him.  He could have slipped them off without unhooking  them!  Dave might not have lost pounds but he is defintly loosing inches.
*The days we are not working out we are walking 2-4 miles
*We are parking further away from doors just to walk
*We take the stairs as much as possible
*At the gym I have been doing my execises from physical theoropy so I should notice difference in neck too.

Negitive things
*We seem to be not sticking to the diet plan as much as we were...money is low this week so we are eating what we have.  We are not eating anything we are not supposed to, just not eating  in correct balance.
*Because we are not eating correct balance we do not have as much energy as we did
*Because we are not eating correct balance we are not as full as we used to
*We need to manage our time better. Seems like there is too much to do and not enough time.

HEre are the stats:
Dave Starting weight-- 380
Daves starting weight with fawn- 330
Daves weight last week 296
Daves weight today- 297
Weight loss for the week- 1 pound gain
Total weight loss with Fawn- 33 pounds (in 5 weeks)
Total weight loss- 83 pounds!!!


Kathleen's Starting weight-- 270
Kathleen's starting weight with fawn-260
Kathleen's weight last week 238
Kathleen's weight today-235
Weight loss for the week- 3 pounds
Total weight loss with Fawn- 25 pounds (in 4 weeks)
Total weight loss-35 pounds!!!

Total weight loss of Dave and Kathleen- 118 pounds- In 6 months (that is how much my daughter weighs)
Total weight loss with fawn- 58 pounds! (in 5 weeks!)