September Journal

September 30, 2001 ~I thought I would get one last post in for September!! Can't believe it's gone already!! Things are going really well, and I can't get over how POSITIVE things in my life are! With God on my side, wonderful friends and family that are supporting me right into my new way of eating and losing all of this weight, how can I NOT be happy and positive? Clint and I had a LONG talk the other night, and got alot of things out that needed to be dealt with, and our home has been so amazingly CALM and respectful!! This is the life I have always dreamed of, and now it's going perfectly!!! *Knock on wood!!!* hahahah...As for my eating I'm doing great also :) I have my moments where I still seem to want to grab anything in site to munch on, but at the same time, that 'little voice' in me is stopping me, and I'm listening without a struggle...hahaha...I can only imagine what people reading this think sometimes if they don't already know me...LOL...

I have a few tips for anyone that is thinking of joining WW or just wanting to do this from home...Please stick to everything they teach you in the very beginning!! Which is...Journal!! I KNOW I could not follow this and be losing like I am without my journal by my side ALL day long, no matter where I go, my journal is with me. A life-saver that I have is the little 'purse' pocket type thing that you can purchase at your meetings along with the Dining Out and the food companion books. I keep all of the books, pamphlets, point and activity calculators and a small spiral notebook all in this 'purse' along with a pen, so that everything I need to journal is within reach. This makes an unbelievable difference!!
Another thing is WATER...water water water...can't get enough water...Please read my Water Page for more information on why water is so important in your weight loss!

Here's a good tip I have seen a few different times ~
Weigh It, Count It, Write It, Eat It!!
Can't go wrong!!

I so look forward to each Wednesday night meeting...It's Sunday, and I'm already anxious for weigh-in on Wednesday. I'm sure that feeling will change on weeks that I don't lose, or gain, so for now I'm cherishing every second. I just cannot say enough great things about this program, and the wonderful people at Dotti's site that are such an inspiration and motivational for me! I just met a really great lady this morning, and we found out we only live 15-20 minutes from each other!! How's THAT for support close to home?!?!?! Love it!!!

Well, hope you all are finding the 'positive' things in life as well!!
Here's wishing you continued success!!!
God Bless!

September 26, 2001 ~Wow, I haven't journaled in a week now...but I have awesome news to add to this entry!! I lost 6-1/2 MORE pounds since last Wednesdays weigh-in!!! That gives me a total of 14-1/2 LBS in just 3 weeks!!! I have a funny story to tell...hahaha...I woke up this morning (I do NOT weigh during the week, because I don't want to lose motivation, so I always just wait for the meeting weigh in), so anyways...I got up this morning out of bed first thing, and it hit me to weigh myself. So I did...meeting was tonight anyways, so it's the first time I have used my scale since I started WW. So I get on, and I swear to you, I have NOT seen my scale move that much in I don't even remember how long!! I was so excited, but at the same time didn't believe it...hahaha...So ya know how you do that 'tippy' thing to make the scale read lower than you actually weigh??? ROFL...I made SURE I stood right on it, and it it STILL read almost 15 lbs. less than the day I started WW. So, I stood there in disbelief...BOUNCING on the scale, to make sure it wasn't stuck or something...HAHAHAHAH...I was laughing at myself after I realized what I was doing. It was just too good to believe!! Then when I got the 'official' weigh-in tonight that confirmed it, I am still completely amazed!! But more motivated than EVER that I AM going to do this!!! I hope I got a little smile out of those of you reading this, and I wish you the best in your own Healthier Life Journey!!! God Bless !!

September 19, 2001 ~WOO HOOOOOOO!!!! I DID IT AGAIN!!! Bad day of eating or not, I lost 4 MORE POUNDS tonight!!! That's 8 pounds in just 2 weeks!!! I'm sooo stinkin excited!!! Makes me not want to cheat at all when you see HUGE results happening!!! So, I'm now faithfully going to keep walking every day and more water, more water, more water!! I do really well with my water intake anyway, but I'm going to try and add more even. I keep seeing everywhere that water is a STAPLE in losing weight. They even tell us that at the meetings. So obviously it's doing SOMETHING right!! Hope everyone is doing well, and if you too are following a plan GOOD LUCK to you also!!! Have a good one!!!

September 16, 2001 ~Well, I was bummed last night because I had a really bad day of eating :( First 'real' bad one since I started almost 2 weeks ago. BUT, I got up this morning, rechecked my food journal, added one thing that I ate before bed last night, and realized I was still WITHIN my point range!! So that was a relief! But I still had 'guilty' feelings today for some reason, and made sure I did my walk this morning. I just got back, took me about 50 minutes to do 2 miles :) Not too bad, I didn't walk super fast, but then again, I'm just getting back into walking, and am pacing myself to where I'm walking fast, but not so fast that my calves get sore...You know the feeling!! LOL So, it's just about 1:00 p.m. here and I just got back :) Abbie loves it too, cept she wants to talk the whole time, and half way through the walk, when I have a hard time talking, it's kinda hard to have a conversation with a 3 year old. hahaha...well, I'm off again to clean, again...yee haw...hope everyone is doing well...

God Bless America and God Bless You

September 14, 2001 ~OH MY GOSH!!!! OH MY GOSH!!! I do not believe it still, but, yesterday, mom let me come into work late so that I could stay home for the morning...just me and my get TORI AMOS tickets!!!!!!! I had a pre-sale password, and was able to get tickets 2 days earlier than public sale!!! Myself, Clint, Laddie and Bridget are all going!!!! We are only 5 ROWS from the stage!!!! There are NO words for how amazing this woman is to me. I always (even as a teenager) thought the girls were always so goofy when they went crazy over someone in a band that they loved, or screamed like 10 year olds...but I'm afraid I might be doing just that at the concert...ROFL...all I know is she is such an amazing, inspirational woman, and I feel like I'm on cloud 9 right now.
As for my WW plan, I slipped a bit today, and I'm about 6 pts. OVER...haven't done that as of yet, and I'm kinda bummed about Kim, the instructor, tells long as you are better today than the 'you' you were before, you are doing Great!!! So, tomorrow is a new day, and I will NOT let myself go over. I am going to try and stay low on points to make up the difference, plus walk 2 miles tomorrow also.

Never forget 'United We Stand'...God Bless...

September 12, 2001 ~I am still unbelievably stunned after the horrible terrorist attack on the U.S. yesterday. There's no other word for it. My prayers are with the victims, their families, and all of us here in the U.S. I am, however, not going to let this post get depressing...after all, that's what the IDIOT that did this wants right??? To tear us all apart, and make things miserable!
So...on to some 'LIGHTER' news !!! I had my first official 'weigh-in' tonight at my WW meeting!!! I was so nervous going there tonight, and I asked the lady 'please just do it and get it over with'...she just laughed and said 'you didn't do NEARLY as bad as you think you did!!' I lost 4 LBS!!! In just 6 days!! I'm sooo happy that this is working for me!! I haven't even been walking like I should or anything. It's made me so much more motivated, and I want to make sure I walk every day now and everything. I can't WAIT till next week now!!
I hope this post finds you all comforted and doing as best you can in the wake of such horrible terror that we are all dealing with. God Bless You All!!

September 9, 2001 ~Haven't posted in a few days, so I wanted to update...Things are going wonderful with this WOE (Way Of Eating)...I'm NOT considering this a diet, but rather, teaching myself to eat healthy for lifetime. I have never followed a plan that was even similar to the Points Program from WW. If any of you reading this, are considering following this program, I really really really encourage you to do it. You can eat ANYTHING you want as long as it's in your daily point range!! There is an amazing site that gave me my last bit of motivation to start this plan, and I'm finding new info almost daily that's helping me along. If you are interested in learning more about this plan, please check Dotti's site out. She's amazing and quite an inspiration!!
Click here to visit Dotti's Site!!

Other than that, it's all going really well. I asked Dotti today for permission to put some links to different pages on her site so that you have quick access to some great pointers, so as soon as I hear from her, I will be adding new links to the main LessLisa page. Also, I have a weight loss graph that I will be adding soon so that you can see my weight loss mapped out and see the changes in me :) Well, that's all for today, so I hope this finds you doing good, and feeling good!!

September 6, 2001 ~Day one of WW was awesome! I used only 22 points so far, and 29 is my lowest point amount per day. So I have to have a snack or something before bed. But I have to say, if anyone reading this is still debating going on WW, I can honestly say, it is SO easy to do!! I know it's only my first day, but STILL!!! You can eat WHATEVER YOU WANT as long as you stay within your point range!! It's awesome :) My activity for today was rearranging my ENTIRE office at work today. Moving furniture, cleaning, mopping, you name I didn't walk tonight, got home too late...Well, that's it for today :)

September 5, 2001 ~WOW...that's the best word for it....WOW...I just got home a little while ago from my first Weight Watchers meeting!!! I'm so stinkin excited and motivated to do this...I really know in my heart, that along with God on my side, I am going to do this. I made a promise to myself that this WILL be the last 'diet' I ever do again. It's not fair to me, my family, most of all my daughter, to have a momma that cannot run around the yard for hours on end, and just plain be able to do whatever she wants to, because I plain CAN'T. I don't want to be that kind of a mother. I can't get over how amazing the Weight Watchers (known from now on as WW!! )meeting was!! The speaker, Kim, is great!! She's so inspirational, and motivational!! I just know this is for me. I can feel the changes coming already...Until tomorrow!!!

September 4, 2001 ~Just a quick note before I head to bed. I'm feeling extremely psyched and positive today. There was no Weight Watchers class last night, as I feared, so I will have my first class tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5:30 p.m. Clint is going to pick up Abbie from me at work, and I will go straight there!! I'm so excited!! My friend Becke started walking this morning also, and is going to try and do this with me!! So, hopefully, having someone to check in with, and being close to me, we will keep each other going!!! I will update more after the meeting tomorrow!!

September 2, 2001 ~Well, one more day till my Weight Watchers meetings start (I hope)...never even thought that because it's Labor Day, they may not have it. I sure hope they do, because it seems like it's taking forever for the day to come!!
I can't wait to see some weight coming off, and feeling good about myself again. I think the worst part of this 'being overweight' is that I don't feel like I can be myself ANYWHERE I I do everything possible to not draw attention to myself, and it completely inhibits me from having as much fun as I would like to.
I don't want this to be a depressing post in any way, but I have to get this out in writing...I'm SO completely tired of people making remarks...not even directly to me...a couple of comments were made the other day to someone that I really care about, hurt their feelings, and at the same time it was made out to be that if she didn't change her ways, she would end up like me. It was in no way said directly to me, but I'm not stupid...
Here's where I could use some input: How on earth, even after I lose the weight, and I'm a 'decent' person again (that is sarcasm...LOL), do I face these people KNOWING the horrible things that were said about me when I was heavier. How on earth does that WEIGHT change ME??? That has nothing to do with who I am, and I just can't get over the fact that someone is so shallow, to see only that, and can't get past that. Ya know what, they're not worth it...

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