Thursday, March 24, 2011

I did it...

Just a short little update...but I signed up for a 5k. It's a run/walk...and I'm pretty sure I'll be walking, because it's not that far away. But still, I did it! Haha, now here's an excuse to buy a cute outfit to wear to it.
I've also given up going out to eat (except for 1x a week) and all soda for Lent. I'm hoping I'll carry this on throughout the year.

PS...ya'll should check out the amazing Ashley's blog. And Ashley...I would love to do a 5k with you.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Meet Karen...

Elyse’s Super Fabulous Guest Blogger!

Hello Incredible Shrinking Elyse Friends and Fans! My name is Karen and I am a very good friend of Elyse. I am also her Weight Watcher buddy. Elyse is swamped with homework and I looked at this as a perfect excuse to put off mine! I had my own blog once but I am terrible at keeping up with it. Maybe this will give me some motivation.

Since this is Elyse’s weight loss blog, I wanted to share my story of weight loss with you! Here is the long story shortened:

I started Weight Watchers in fall 2005 (almost 6 years ago. YIKES!). I started college a year earlier and had put on what I call the freshman 20. I had terrible eating habits and did not do a darn thing for exercise. I thought after 12 years of soccer that my metabolism would stay the same after I stopped playing. Boy was I wrong! Anyways, I am not sure I can pin point when exactly I decided to do something about my weight. I knew if I did not do something it would continue to climb. I had people talking about my weight and how much I had gained. I had even one person ask me if I was still fat! Unreal! I think the important thing about weight loss is that you do it for yourself and no one else. I did not lose weight to make anyone else happy. I lost weight because I looked in the mirror and did not feel good about myself. Weight Watchers online and I have been close friends ever since.

And now here we are 6 years later and 30 pounds down. Let’s just say I fell off the wagon a lot. Anytime my weight started to climb back up, I would run right back to weight watchers and try again. I lost weight 5 pounds at time. I would have a long period of maintaining and then I would find some motivation to go on. I have to say exercise really helped more than I ever thought. Last year, I had my brother to kick my butt into the gym. Now that I am on my own, it is tough!! I still struggle even after being on the program so long but I think I am doing better. In fact, I know I am doing better than I was 6 years ago.

I am trying to challenge myself more this time. I have 10 pounds to lose to be at my goal weight. Getting use to the new weight watchers plan was a challenge in its self. Now that I have that under control, I have come up with a short list of my things I am currently challenging myself to do:

1. Take the Stairs at Least Once a Day
I am interning in a hospital as a counselor and I work mainly on the tippy top floor with cancer patients. Another counselor and I decided to take the stairs one random day. Needless to say, we were both very out of breath. Sure, it’s only from floor 3 to floor 9 but holy crap that was hard! For about a week in a half now I have made it a point to take the stairs every day that I am at work. I really want to make it to the 9th floor without being out of breath.
2. Less Diet Coke, More Water
I have a strange love for Diet Coke. I usually drink two a day. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. I bought a blue water bottle and I am determined to fill it up at least 3 times a day. Diet coke is yummy but water is better for me and my body.
3. FRUIT!!!!
Did you know fruit is zero points on weight watchers? For a while, I fought this idea. I thought I needed more structure. I also thought that fruit was too expensive for me. Turns out I was wrong on both accounts. I started having a half a grapefruit with my bagel or cereal in the morning and it has made a huge difference. I am not as hungry before lunch and I feel like I have more energy. Now I just need to more consistent with fruit throughout the day. I am on an apple and clementine kick right now.
4. Warrior Dash
This is the scariest one of all. Warrier Dash. It’s a 3.02 mile run and obstacle course. I should be training because I am running it with 2 hardcore runners! I have walked some the past few weeks but that will not be enough. I am also a little afraid of the obstacles. Check out the website to get an idea of what I am dealing with: . I really need to start running on a weekly basis in order to prepare myself.
What are some challenges you can think for yourself? I also love suggestions!

Follow me on Twitter @Karen_Schmidt

Hope you all have an amazing week! I would like to say thanks to Elyse for letting me be a part of her weight loss journey. I know she has the power to be who she wants to be inside and out.


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Turning things around

So here's the story, I was getting back into the right mindset, but then my cousin came into town. I showed her the town, which included pretzels, cookies, and an all you can eat brunch at a cupcake bar. Don't get me wrong, it was delicious. But now I feel disgusted with myself. I'm back up to five pounds less than what I originally started off as. Everyone has setbacks right?
Now, instead of just whining and complaining about things, here's what I'm doing to change things.
1. I'm going to start posting more here. I know I can do it with ya'll holding me accountable.
2. I have a WW buddy, Karen. We just started this deal this week and I know she's going to be
my rock throughout this.
3. I'm going to give myself a goal and tell ya'll what it I can feel the pressure to meet it. And by pressure, I don't mean I'm going to drive myself crazy trying to meet it, but I just feel like if I say it out loud, I'll be more likely to meet it. So here it goes. My goal is to lose 15 lbs by the end of the month. I'll be happy with 10, but 15 would be fantastic.
Anyways, thanks for sticking with me. Your support means a lot.