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Two Pounds Gone!

Hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been kind of MIA! I hope everyone is doing well!

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I had an early weigh-in today (it should be Tuesdays) and I lost two pounds! Yay! It’s not a ton, but it’s just about right, and, heck, two pounds is two pounds! So that’s exciting! I hope they’re two pounds I’ll never see again!

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I’m not quite sure I have anything interesting to say today, except that I’ve been thinking about the holidays a lot and I just can’t believe it’s that time of year again. I mean, just… where did 2011 go!?!?! It flew by. Every year is flying by faster and faster and I’m only 24! Where the heck did all of that time go?!

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Anyway, what are your holiday plans? Where are you headed for Thanksgiving next week? (Next week!?!?!!) I’m headed to my sister’s, not too far from here. We’ll have 16 people and I’m quite looking forward to it. I love Thanksgiving! It’s one of the holidays that I really, really look forward to because I so associate it with my family and good times – dancing, eating, laughing, games. I’m so excited for it this year!

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Of course, like I said, there’s lot of eating. I refuse to lie about being excited to death about the food. LOL It’s just the truth. I think most of us are probably excited about the dinner spreads that will be laid out before us! I’m going to eat what I’d like on that day, but, as my aunt suggested, try to take it easy the few days before. Does anyone have any tried-and-true tricks for holiday eating? Let me know in the comments!

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My exercising has been a little sporadic these last couple of weeks. I hate to use my illness of last week as an excuse, but man, I’ve been coughing ever since! But I walked with my mom and aunt (and dog Elvis!) today and did a little bit of cardio On Demand. I hope to get rid of this cough and really get into exercising everyday.

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A fun little trick that my best friend Leigh and I have been doing lately is texting each other randomly to do different little exercises – jumping jacks, leg lifts, squats, crunches, etc. She’ll send me a text out of nowhere that yells, “DO TEN JUMPING JACKS!” and I stand up and do them, then report back! It’s actually pretty fun, and it’s a good little mini-exercise session! It’s fun to see if I can do more than that, too, right then. Try it out with a friend!

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Anyway, sorry that this one isn’t more interesting! LOL I hope to do another post, a better one, this week! I have a lot of ideas for this blog!

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And, just for fun here, since I want to try to add photos wherever I can, I will include a really great political cartoon that I saw circulating Facebook last week. I love Christmas, but I think it belongs after Thanksgiving! So this comic is great! Feel free to spread it around. 🙂

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You tell him, turkey!

Baby Elephants

A good friend messaged me today and told me that I inspire her, and that she wants to start losing weight too. I felt humbled by that. I mean, I’ve not done anything yet! In fact, I feel like I had an awful, “hungry day” yesterday. But I guess inspiration comes from lots of different places, and it’s hard enough to even decide to change.

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She told me she heard about a baby elephant being born, and that he was around 230 pounds. CUTE! Elephants are my favorite animal! But that weight is not always cute on human women. She told me it dawned on her that she weighs as much as a baby elephant, and that it kind of alarmed her. And I just thought about how it’s amazing what inspires us, what scares us, what motivates us. We all have such different experiences and feelings. That baby elephant didn’t alarm me so much, but for her it was a kick in the pants. Which makes me wonder and ask:

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What was your baby elephant?

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Feel free to comment and share! And it doesn’t have to be about weight loss – share your ‘baby elephants’ about anything you’d like. What was that thing that dawned on you, that kicked you in the pants, that made you go, “Okay, the change starts here”?

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I have three that have been on my mind lately – one is about health, one is about incentive and one is about vanity. I am sick of looking so oddly-shaped and wide in photos. Now, I am never someone who denies a photo being taken, as most of you know. I live for recording my life. But I want so badly to look nice in photos! I want to look svelte and healthy and good in my clothes! And that’s been on my mind lately.

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Also, I am lucky enough to have someone paying me to lose weight. So that’s something to think about. It’s supposed to be incentive, and I am using it as such! I need to keep it on my mind. I get paid per pound lost! I get paid per pound lost! I keep it as a mantra when I want to eat something when I’m not hungry.

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My other “baby elephant,” and perhaps my most important, has been the death of a family friend. She was 55 years old, and a large lady, and a heart attack took her life about two months ago. The thought still brings tears to my eyes. She was a nice lady, and I grew up with her. I’d known her since I was a kid; I played in her yard and her house. I slept in her living room with her children. And she’s gone. And it just makes me think, I have got to change this while I can. I don’t want to die.

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So here I am, trying to change this weight and become the body I want to be. I’m glad I’m inspiring people, but I’m being inspired and encouraged, too – by all of my friends and family everyday! We can do this, everyone! We can do this!

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The new baby elephant in London! Click for the story.

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Day 1!

Hello! I hope I have more than 1 or 2 people reading this! lol Maybe my readership will grow as my travels through weight loss land continue; hopefully it will!

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I weighed in at 262 pounds today – day 1! It’s not my highest weight ever (that would be around 285, in August 2010), but it’s still a daunting number. I have to lose 63 whole pounds to get to one of my major goals – 199!

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But the mentality has to change. Baby steps! (And baby carrots.) I also keep sabotaging myself by thinking it’ll take sooooo much weight to look different. But I’m assured that I will start to look different after not-as-many pounds! So here’s hoping I look different 63 pounds from now!

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Food is a friend and an enemy to me. I use it emotionally, and I use it when I’m bored. And those things need to stop! I love food, but it does not always love my hips! So there are some bad habits that need fixing. I also need to pick up the exercise! Blech! Hopefully, after 21 days, it shall be a good habit!

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This will probably be a tough journey for me, so I need lots of encouragement! I hope to really use this as a place to open up and share my troubles and mentalities and all of that that needs to change for me to get healthy and more svelte. I hope, also, to post some fun things – like my “non-scale victories” and hopes. (I dream of killer bikinis!) So please, drop in with a comment or question, anything you’d like. I might do Q&As, too, if I have the readers and the desires. That could be fun! I have lots of ideas.

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Also, look around at the tabs along the top of the site; it’s more about me, this blog, etc. My measurements and progress photos are up there as well! Comment/email me about anything you’d like. 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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Hello!

Hello, and welcome to 1Girl1Year100Pounds!

This blog was started so I could write about my weight loss struggles and achievements during my first year of serious weight loss. I need a place to vent and, hopefully, to celebrate.

I hope that if someone stumbles upon this blog someday that maybe it will give them hope and encouragement. I really hope to be an “after” story in a year’s time!

As far as my weight goes, I’m starting out in the 260s and hoping to get down to the 160s (or lower!) in a year’s time. I will take it as I go, but my long-term/finish line goal is around 130-135. (For anyone who is wondering, I am 5’4″.)

My method? Portion control and increased exercise. Not taking my emotions out on food. Support. Talking. Venting. Writing. Laughing. I hope it works!

So, if you’re interested in following along with my progress and my story, keep coming back to this blog! I hope to write in it at least 3-4 times a week! Also visit the other pages (the tabs along the top of the page) which will show progress photos and links to my other exploits!

Thanks!

Sarah