Just as I thought...I am not good at upkeep on my blog.
I have not been exercising!! I just haven't been able to!! I have had a terrible time with my headaches. On the more positive news, I have had an epiphany about this terrible time I have had. I have arthritis in my jaw from the build-up of tension....and all the cold weather....DUH!! That is why I have had a terrible time...this is the WORST winter EVER.
GOD WILLING, I will have my surgery soon!!
So, I have become more aware of our health and what I should/should not be eating. I have kept up with my smaller portions and that has worked well. I am now eating a better diet now and so is Matt!! I hope to see a change in him soon!!
So...there you have it. Oh, I tried fish today. I have officially crossed it off my list of food I am willing to eat!!!
BTW...here is a great resource for better eating: http://www.biblicalhealthinstitute.com/FreeCourses/AboutOurFree101Courses/tabid/60/Default.aspx
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Just as I thought...I am not good at upkeep on my blog.
Posted by Sandra Kozlowski at 9:04 PM
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
It has been a while since I posted. This week has not been a good week...exercise wise. I rode my bike for maybe 2 miles the other day, but that is it. In my defense, I hurt my back somehow...I think working out pulled muscles that are not used to being used. lol Last time this happened I stopped exercising for MONTHS...the trick here is to get back on the horse once I know my back is not hurting anymore!
So...not much to report. My weight has appeared to be steady. I am eating about the same. I haven't had any sweets in a couple days.....well, hold on, I did have a chocolate chip cookie yesterday....it wasn't very good though!!
Posted by Sandra Kozlowski at 10:21 AM
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Well, I did not post anything this morning...mainly because I woke up with a headache...a terrible way to begin the day. I did not exercise...though I intended to. I ate fairly well...oatmeal for breakfast...half an ulitimate cheeseburger from Jack In The Box (regretted that for about an hour or so after....I HATE fast food)....fettucine alfredo with a side of freshly steamed broccoli for dinner (ate all the broccoli and half the fettucine). NO BROWNIES TODAY...or cookies...cake...candy....or anything of the sort!! WHOA!!!! AND, I did BUY some peanut butter cup break and bake cookies.....didn't bake them!! WHOO HOO!!! **Nevermind that I am buying 4 boxes of Girl Scout cookies tomorrow!! GOOD GRIEF!**
So, my weight was about the same...129. I still wonder about my scale...could it be wrong??
Need to wake up early in the morning...the day 7 of this post...to get ready for church. Sierra is on the Live team...she will assist in leading worship for first service. She also serves in WeeZone as an assistant in toddlers (a job she LOVES) during 2nd service. So, I wonder if I will get exercising in?? Hmmmmmm.....I NEED TO!! OH, and we are having CHEESE DANISHES for breakfast.....not my usual oatmeal or cheerios. Oh well....Sunday Mornings can only eek out so much effort amid all the other effort that goes with getting a family ready for church.
So...better eating today...no exercise. Probably no exercise tomorrow...will try to eat as good as possible. Jeans still feel the same and my profile in the midsection is a bit more poofy than I would like....not to mention the backside. Not sure if I see any change there........but it has been less than a week. Spring break is about 20 days away.
On a possible negative side...I have been ITCHING to get into a new book. I just finished one that was so tragic I was crying my eyes out...and so joyous I was laughing and whooping outloud. But, I only really got into it in the last quarter of the book. I crave a book that will have me spellbound...but that equals a lot of sitting....not great for one who is trying to lose weight. lol
Posted by Sandra Kozlowski at 10:33 PM
Friday, February 19, 2010
Well, I managed to get up this morning and exercise. It was hard...my bed is SO comfy...and I knew I needed to get ready for the day on top of exercising...but I did it.
My arms are sore from weights and my legs are sore from biking and other toning exercises. It is a good feeling......sorta. lol
I weighed myself this morning and the scale said I was 128.5 pounds. Really....someone HAS to be screwing with my scale. It doesn't make sense that I weigh this much. I have not weighed this much since before Daniel came into the picture. I do not think I look different.
My diet isn't too altered. I am eating less at meals...yesterday I only ate 1 brownie.
So...I guess I will keep going. It has always been my opinion that it is not your weight in pounds...but how you think you look. 130 pounds on me is different than 130 pounds on someone else. I know when I look in the mirror that there are areas of my body that I would like to see toned and not so flabby. So, I will not worry about the pounds as much and will concentrate more on controlling the jiggly parts. lol
Posted by Sandra Kozlowski at 12:43 PM
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I am writing my Day 4 today because I may not have time to do it tomorrow.
Thursdays are busy days for me. I have to get everyone ready and out the door early so Sierra can get to school, Matt can get to work and Daniel and I can go to church for my bible study.
I HIGHLY doubt I will be able to exercise in that time. Thursdays will probably have to be a day off for me.
I will weigh myself in the morning and if I think about it will post that weigh in. Today, I did eat fairly ok. Only 1 brownie....ok, maybe 2. I did not eat a good breakfast...tried to microwave my oatmeal and ended up with mush...I like firmer oatmeal.
I ate a fair lunch and dinner...not super healthy, but not too bad. I went 4 miles on the bike and did some toning with abs, legs and arms. Already, I notice a change in my jeans.
20 days until spring break!! Maybe I can make a goal of 128 pounds by then!!???!!!!! I am already at my 130 pound goal and have to admit I am getting a bit excited about it.
**Weighed myself this morning and I was down to 129...I am wondering if my scale is working right!
Posted by Sandra Kozlowski at 9:03 PM
I wonder how long I will keep up with these posts...or get bored. lol I SO have ADD, but I hope I can keep this going to keep myself in check.
Ok. Yesterday, I started off the day eating very well...even for dinner I had a small piece of garlic bread pizza with a good size salad. HOWEVER, I did make brownies with peanut butter chips in them. HOWEVER, I did limit myself to ONE square.........which is unusual for me since I LOVE brownies, I would tend to eat more like 2-3 squares!!!
This morning, I weighed in at 130. Interesting. It seems to easy that I would already be at my Spring Break goal and cannot help but wonder when the other shoe is going to drop!! I think I was so close to that goal to begin with due to the stomach bug I had last week. A week where I start off throwing up for hours and than have trouble eating for days couldn't have hurt. I have been eating normal since the weekend...even gorging out a bit at Chuy's on Saturday night.
Whatever the case...I am at 130 this morning. I am not complaining, though I am trying to remain realistic in expecting that number to climb. The thing about my weight is I tend to float around 5 pounds up and down. When I was in college, I could weigh 105 one day and a few days later be 112 and a few days later be 110. So, I am excited by the 130....today.....we'll see what tomorrow brings!! I also know that muscle weighs more than fat, so as my muscle builds, I could see the number rise.
How will I eat today?? Good question. There is almost a whole pan of brownies downstairs!! I eat well on all other fronts...so maybe I will still do fine.
Posted by Sandra Kozlowski at 8:00 AM
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Well, yesterday did not start off as well as planned. I only did 2 miles on my bike. AND, I did not do free weights or ab work (in my defense on that, I did have a day of laundry....surely I get some points for lifting and folding and all that that entails??).
I do not think I can put off the desserts. I LOVE THEM SO!! I will have to push myself harder, that's all. lol That sounds pitiful!! I cannot tell you how many Reese's hearts I ate yesterday...but there are only 2 left. I convinced myself that I was simply trying to rid the temptation.
Well, this morning, I weighed in at 131.5....I did 3 miles on the bike....and did the free weights and ab work. I had oatmeal for breakfast.
So...I am on my way.
Ok....now to eat those last two chocolates. The big thing will be later. I am making some truffles for some co-workers of Matt's who recently lost loved ones (one lost her father and the other lost her mother). YIPES!!! TEMPTATION CITY!!!! lol
Posted by Sandra Kozlowski at 9:59 AM
Monday, February 15, 2010
Several months ago, I got into a really great exercise routine. I got up each and every day and worked out on my exercise bike...pumping through mile after mile. I would sit then go through reps with free weights as well as other strengthening exercises. It was great and after a short period of time, I started to see results.
I do not remember what happened, but after keeping up this routine for a certain amount of time, I quit....quit, quit.....never to do again. Muscle returned to fat...jeans got tighter.
I am currently in the planning stages for our upcoming Spring Break trip as well as plans for our summer and it occured to me that both of these things are coming up FAST. Spring Break is under a month away and summer will sneak up quickly after...and I look in the mirror and do not like what I see.
So, yesterday I made the decision....I am getting back in the saddle (or on the bike seat) and getting back in shape again. This time, I am giving myself goals and am going to try my best to post on here as a sort of journal...we'll see how long THAT lasts.
My weight loss/toning will have to be exercise based only. I am not a dieter....never have been. I do not count calories and abhor diet foods. My entire life, until a few years ago, I could eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and not gain a pound. This is a HARD habit to break. I cannot do the 5 small meals a day thing that so many nutritionists and diets call for...I am not a snacker. I do not like yogurt, popcorn, crackers, granola, granola bars. I just do not eat in between meals.....unless there is a bowl of chocolate candy on the island like there is now (day after Valentine's day and all).
My diet really isn't that bad. I tend to eat a good breakfast of oatmeal with just a touch of brown sugar or Cheerios or an egg. Lunch can be difficult for me...but I usually do not eat much there. Dinner, I try to make things that are not too bad. My main downfall is dessert. I LOVE dessert and I love the homey feeling that comes from having dessert in the house. I just need to limit myself on that...
But, the main thing is just to get my heart pumping and to get my body to start burning some calories and fat. I am pretty sure I can do it.
So, here are the facts. I just weighed myself and I was a bit surprised to see that I weigh 132 pounds. The goal I set for myself last night was to get down to 130 by Spring Break....maybe I can make that goal sooner!!! My ultimate goal will be to get down to 122-125. Doesn't seem like a lot, I know...but it really seems to be difficult. I would also like to go down a couple sizes.
I know some people reading this may say they have little sympathy for me in these goals as they battle losing more weight and that is fine. You have to understand where I am coming from. My whole life, I have been thin. Before Sierra, I weighed about 110 pounds. After she was born, I battled my weight for a year or two, but got back down to about 115-120 and was happy with that. I am well aware that I am lucky to only need to lose about 10 pounds....
I wonder why weight has to be such an issue. I would often get insults for being thin and not have to work at staying thin... I never insulted anyone for being overweight. Even now, as I tell people how I am trying to lose some weight, I get scoffed at. Were I 20 pounds heavier, I would be praised.
But, this is my goal....my endeavor.
I weighed in at 132 pounds.
Goal 1 is to get down to 130 pounds.
This week, I will attempt to go at least 5 miles each day on my bike...starting at the lowest setting. By Wednesday, my goal is to be up to level 2 for at least half the 5 miles. I will also begin to tone my arms with free weights as well as try to get some ab work in (I am unable to do crunches due to my jaw and neck problems).
By the time we leave on our Spring Break trip to North Carolina on March 11 or 12, I hope to be down to 130 and to begin to see muscle tone and tighter buns and abs.
Wish me luck.
Posted by Sandra Kozlowski at 7:42 AM
Friday, February 12, 2010
Haven't posted in a LONG time. Seems that life has gotten too busy to sit down and do this. And what do I have to say now....not a thing!! Just wanted something fresh on the page......
So, for the fun of it, here is Sierra dressed up as Sarah Palin for her school project. ;-)
Posted by Sandra Kozlowski at 7:30 PM