Whoops (Weigh in day)

Holy crap. I have been so busy, it’s rediculous! I’ve been working like crazy. I’m still at the housekeeping job, I wanted to wait until I actually started at my new job before just up and quitting. But I put my notice in like a good girl, and my last day is officially Friday.

To give you a hint, two days ago I worked 10 hours. The day before then I worked about 17 hours between the two places. I literally have only had enough time to sleep and hang with my family for an hour or so.

I’ve been so busy, I’ve missed last week’s weigh in…obviously. So today, I made a point to weigh myself. But before I get into that I wanted to mention something kinda quick about my new job!!!!

I am now working with people who have developmental disabilities. I obviously can’t get into too much detail due to confidentiality issues…but I do believe I am safe enough to be able to tell you all that I absolutely LOVE it.

I’ve always been that kind of person who has wanted to actually help people, possibly that’s why I am planning on teaching… but this is awesome.

It’s a great feeling. Of course I have only worked there a couple of days so far, but I’m already excited at the possibilities.

I’m even planning on taking a sign language class, just in case I get transferred somewhere that could be helpful.

Yeah, I can’t go into too much detail, but I already like it. Both my sister and Josh have said they haven’t seen me this happy coming home from work in a L-O-N-G time. Which is a good feeling.

On the weight loss area of my life. I haven’t been working out. This time I honestly haven’t had the time to exercise (unless I wanted to give up sleep. haha). But things are going to slow down once I’m officially out of the housekeeping gig.

So…back to my weigh in day.

Last week: 186.6
This week: 188.2
Total GAINED: 1.6 pounds

Well, shucks. I’m not entirely sure how that happened. I’ve been eating pretty good, at least I thought so. I’m feeling like blaming it on the lack of activity level. If I’m eating right…that seems like the only thing that makes sense. I’m not about to blame anything on bloating or water weight either.

I wasn’t expecting to see 188. I was actually kind of hoping for 184…185 at the very least.

I clearly have to change something. Obviously. I’m just trying to figure out what I am going to do. I’ve been trying to figure out the whole schedule thing figured out. Sure “Nicole, you’re over thinking things again”… yeah yeah. I know. But I work better with schedules. That could be the problem why I haven’t been doing exercising before. I haven’t scheduled it before…therefore I don’t do it. If there is a schedule in place for myself, then I’m more apt to actually do what I’m supposed to.

In this case, obviously it would be exercising. I’m just trying to figure it out…yeah. Although, I’m going to get on that right when I hit publish on here. So tomorrow I may bore you all with the details, because I’m determined to figure it out now.

Just got to make sure what I’m doing and when…general idea of course. Nothing like 8am do this…9pm do this… you know. More of a general kind of thing, simply because my work schedule is so chaotic…and I’ve got school coming up.

But I’ll get it all figured out.

Anyone else out there work better with schedules? Has making an “exercise schedule”??? How has it worked out with you?

News!!! (Weigh-in day)

Today was a busy day!!!! I had my doctor’s appointment, all’s well. So far, of course. I just have to return to get my TB test results, and yes…there was a needle involved. The drug test was just the cup one, it was kind of cool to watch them actually do the test. But I passed that one (dur), passed my physical (yay), and then it was time for the TB test. They ended up taking a syringe with a itty bitty needle and injecting the skin in my arm with a little bit. There was actually a little bubble under my skin…ew.

Yeah… I cried. Like a little girl. The lady who did it was incredibly nice about it, she actually let me hold her hand. Haha. Yeah, I’m a baby about needles.

Then Brittany (my little sis) went and took her drivers test… she is now a licensed driver!!!!! Yay! Congrats to her!!!!

It was a pretty good day!!!! Also, I got weighed at the doctor’s office…. take a while guess….

186.6

YAY!!!!! That is what the scale at the doctor’s office read…my scale reads 187.2. So my scale is about .6 pounds off, since their is perfectly calibrated, and my scale cost me about 12.00. Haha.

In fact, I’m only .2 pounds away from where I left off, when I deserted my site. Ha.

I’m a happy camper. I did find a web site that tells me how to calibrate my scale. I’m going to do that tonight, should be interesting…it’s one of those digital scales…lucky me.

But I’m happy. Actually…very happy. It’s been a really really good day (aside from the needle 🙁 ).

On other news, I have been going a tad crazy with the arts and crafts. I’ve been making necklaces like nobody’s business. I’m planning on selling them on an Etsy shop, whooo hooo. I’m not that big on wearing necklaces…so I made all these and decided “Hey, I’m never gonna wear them…might as well sell them. I highly doubt that I’m going to make a huge profit from them… but who cares? I’ll end up putting whatever money I make back, that way I can save up to go to Fitbloggin this year… I can’t go this time around…poop.

Though, yesterday I mentioned a colorful and sweat inducing thing I want to do…

The Color Run!!!!!

I had never heard about it until I saw it posted on a fellow weight loss blogger’s page. It looked like so much fun… so I looked it up.

It’s seems pretty much awesome! You basically wear as much white as possible to this race and throughout the race everyone gets doused in colored cornstarch at pre-determined places at the race. Off the top of my head I believe it’s at the beginning of the race and each km afterwards. And each racer is given a pouch of color.

It sounds like so much fun!!!!! Not only that, but it’s a non-timed race. Which I love the idea of a no pressure race. It’s one of the reason’s why I opted out of the Cherry Festival race. Definitely no pressure. I love that!

The one that is coming up is the day of my birthday! It’ll be a pretty awesome “Happy Birthday Nicole” kind of thing! It’s in Cincinnati…only about an 8 hour drive from me.

It’s something that I really really really want to do…so we’ll see. I’m not making any promises, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to make it.

So yes…that’s my day/news in a nutshell. I know I’ve been seriously lacking in the picture department of things, and I promise I’ll get back on track with that.

Anyone out there planning on going to that particular Color 5k???

Hello, Hello! (Weigh-in Day)

Hi, from home! I didn’t post yesterday because we all took a trip down to Grand Rapids! We left Tuesday, and just got back. Went down and visited our grandparents! AND my cousin Krysti and her husband showed up too!

Can you tell by all my exclamation points that I had a great time?

My grandparents are great. Simple as that. I haven’t had a chance to go through my camera and pull the pictures off, we got home with about 5 minutes before I am writing this. It was so much fun.

Although, I have to admit I ate like crap, and didn’t exercise at ALL. I’m not ashamed to admit it, I was on vacation mode. For example, dinner last night was a Smyrna Monster Burger. Three different kinds of cheese, olives, mushrooms, sauteed onions, mayo, mustard…the whole shebang. Then Krysti and I split an order of deep fried mushrooms.

So yeah, I didn’t eat good AT ALL. I could have gone with a healthier meal, I really could have. But, like I said, I was on “vacation” so I wasn’t about to try and eat right yesterday. And this morning I had breakfast at BK, such a rarity that I couldn’t help but to eat some cini-minis. I’m still stuffed to be perfectly honest.

So I wasn’t at all surprised at my weigh in today.

Last week: 185.3
This week: 186.4
Total GAINED: 1.1 pounds

Yeah, I gained a pound from last week. Well, I actually doubt that. I weighed myself Tuesday, before we left because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to post anything on Wednesday, and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get to a scale…and there was a number on there that made me INCREDIBLY happy. So I did a little jig, but I was fairy certain that I would end up either bloating or eating myself into a stupor… so I didn’t want to post that awesome number, because I was fairly certain it wasn’t going to stay that way.

I wouldn’t be surprised if I did gain something but I doubt that I gained quite that much.

Yeah, I’m being vague. I don’t want to jinx myself. Haha.

I had fun with my blatant disregard of calories and deficient numbers. But, I’m back home in the real world, so I’ve got to get back on track. Although, I don’t consider myself to be off track, not at all. In fact I’d barely count it as a cheat day.

So next weeks weigh in is going to be awesome! And I had so much fun these past couple of days. Yup. So, I’ll give you all a better recap of our Grandparents Adventure. Once I get my pictures off.

Are vacation days free-for-alls for you?

Close but no cigar (weigh in day)

So today was kind of bittersweet. I’ve been waiting for that magical 184 number to flash on the scale. Then I’d be officially at that -80 pound marker. But I’m sure it’s pretty obvious that I didn’t make it. Otherwise there would be all kinds of “HOORAYS!” broadcasted. So yeah, onward to the weigh in.

Last week: 186.4
This week: 185.3
Total lost: 1.1 pounds

Yeah. I’m .4 pounds away from seeing 184.9. I do suppose that shouldn’t really count. It’s like the gas prices…3 dollars and 69.9 cents… yeah..just round it up to 3.79. So I suppose that it doesn’t really count too much. Can’t really split hairs…

So yeah. Bittersweet. I lost a pound! It’s been a while since I’ve lost much of anything. So I’m pretty happy with that. I’m totally excited by losing a pound. Definitely happy about that… but I can’t help to feel a little “Grrrrr.” Perhaps I’m getting greedy on the weight loss frontier.

Although, I do know that my weight loss has been fairly sporadic since I hit that 1/2 way marker back in December. I’ve only lost 21 pounds in the last 6 months. It averages out to nearly a pound a week, so in that aspect it seems like I’m doing a great job. Honestly, as far as actually losing 21 pounds since December, it’s great. But when you actually take into consideration that I was stuck around 195 for nearly a month, going crazy with that yo-yoing.

In retrospect, if I had maintained losing weight all these weeks I could have lost quite a bit. But I can’t really be bitter about it right now. I’ve just got to keep up with doing what I have been doing this past week.

So… next week is the week. Ha! I’ve been saying that for a while now, but I really mean it this time. But hey, I’ll be happy with losing a pound. I am happy about losing a pound. That’s great! I’ve just got to keep it up and make sure that I keep doing what I’m doing.

But I am going to kind of on a hiatus for quite a while. That just means that I’ll have some catching up to do. I’ll try and post as often as possible…but I can’t guarantee when I’ll be able to. 🙁

So who of you out there have gotten super close to a goal, and just fell a little bit short?

Getting close (Weigh in Day!)

Ahhh, weigh-in day. Ok, ok, a day late. But since it was on purpose, I can be forgiven. Just in case you missed it, I did a feature post yesterday. My second for the “motivational people” archives…but my first for actual weight loss bloggers! Gretchen from Honey, I shrunk the Gretchen. I had a great time writing it, and she was so helpful and nice about answering the Q&As I sent and also sending me pictures! So I decided on waiting to weigh myself until today.

Took some restraint, because if it were up to me, I would weigh myself constantly…but I waited.

Last week: 186.4
This week: 186.4
No lost or gained

I’m just kind of like, eh. To be expected. It’s that time of the month (sorry boys!!!!!) and I’m definitely bloating. So I’m hoping that is good news. Bloating and weighing the same as I weighed last week. Keep your fingers crossed, I’m hoping for epic things next week.

Although I have noticed that this ALWAYS happens to me. I get so close to one of my goals (this one being 184) and I totally expect to reach that goal…and Aunt Flo always shows up and ruins it for me. It happened right before I hit 199… go figure. But next week I am determined to see that magical 184!!! I’ll get my chip!!! AND I’ll be officially 80 pounds down from my highest weight! I can’t wait.

But I was thinking about how close I am to that 184, and realized that I honestly can’t remember the last time I weighed 184. It’s a shocker. I guess that’s kind of unfair because any number under 200 is going to be a number that I don’t remember being at…but it’s strange to actually sit there and think about it.

The even more shocking thing is that I’m actually only about 20 pounds away from that 165 number. Insanity. That’s my “first” goal weight. It’s the weight that I’m going to stop at for a little while and see how I feel about it. If I feel I need to continue then I will, if I feel like I should stop…then I will. But I wanted to sit at 165 for a while and see how I feel about that weight. I’m not sure how long “a while” is. But we’ll see.

Technically, at 165 I’ll still be considered “overweight” not by much…but still a little…and honestly not enough to worry about. Hey I’d be healthier than weighing 264, like I was.

The thing that freaks me out the most…I’m only 20 pounds away from losing 100 pounds. That’s insane to me. Losing 100 pounds. I don’t know if I am excited to be able to say that. “Hey, I lost 100 pounds” it’s either a testament to my hard work, or an admission that I was once 100 pounds heavier. I’m not sure if I should care or not. I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

On happy happy news…my mom said that I could have her elliptical. She hates it. Doesn’t enjoy it at all, so she said she doesn’t want to keep doing something she hates…good train of thought, Mom. 🙂

So yeah, I’m super happy about that. Probably going to head over there and pick it up at some point today. Yep. Then I’ll get all on that elliptical-ness

I’m also planning on going photo crazy. I haven’t been having pictures on here for a little while, I realized that I’m no good at taking pictures to begin with. But I wanted more pictures on my actual page, and my blog posts could be much better with pictures. So I’ve gotta get on that!!!