Saturday, April 9, 2011

the week: April 4th - 8th

This past week, I fully devoted myself to the notion of a healthier eating and a healthier life.

For starters, I stopped drinking sodas, eating Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound cake, eating fried foods (including fries) and incorporated more water, fruits, and vegetables into my eating regimen. Now, up until this moment, I haven't mentioned food because truth is - this is will be the hardest part for me.

I haven't found an eating plan that works well for me, but I've managed to read a few books with menus. Hopefully this will be a start in the right direction.

Walking played a major role this week as well. I walked for 90 minutes for three days and 30 minutes on the other two. My neighborhood has hills (which, btw, kicked my ass) but I managed.

Sleeping for 8 hours really felt great too!

This weekend, I plan to create my food menu and grocery shop.

See you on Monday!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

the numbers

I bought a scale and some measuring tape today. So, here are the results:

weight - 293
waist - 53.2
hips - 50.5
thighs - 55

Lawd Jesus, give me 'skrenf'. lol

Monday, April 4, 2011

the moment of truth

Lizzie in November '10. #angrybirdsondeck
The last time I stepped on a scale was in November. It went a little something like this:

Nurse: "We need to get your weight. Please step on the scale."
Me: "Sure. Should I leave my shoes on?"
Nurse: "On is fine".

I step on the scale, staring at the 350 mark.
The Nurse slides the scale thingy over to 150.
I give her a side eye.

Me: "Ma'm, go ahead and move it up to 300. I won't get offended".
Nurse: "Surely not."

She slides the smaller bar over to 50, and nothing happens.
She then moves the larger bar over 250.
Nothing happens.
Yet another side eye.

Me: "Ma'm, I'm over 300lbs. This scale won't move until you place it accordingly."
Nurse: "Well, I didn't want you to think I thought you were that big".
Me: "Ma'm, I am THAT big. No offense taken. So how much do I weigh?"
Nurse: "320lbs."
Me: "Thank you."

Now, fast foward to April 2011.

I just finished Zumba, and spotted a scale in the changing room. I walked over to the scale and instantly moved the slider over to 300lbs. Nothing happened, and I was shocked. I'm used to the scale moving up. So, then I decreased the weight to 250 and slid the smaller bar over to 46. Say it ain't so! I weighed 296lbs. I couldn't believe it. I managed to lose 24lbs without even trying.

My motivation kicked into high gear!

Imagine how much I could lose if I actually applied myself.

I'm excited to see what the next six months will bring.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

the 'do

For the past year, I've participated in a natural hair braid challenge with some other women over at With the challenge coming to an end on April 1st, I browsed the internet for my next protective style.

I think I found it.

Now, I just have to teach myself how to cornrow. I plan to buy the hair and crochet needle this week as well.

Pics and vlog coming soon!

the rhythm (or lack thereof)

I'm still contemplating whether or not to join a gym. Instead I'd like to find creative ways to lose the weight and not be bound to a contract. My first thought - TRY ZUMBA!

I've heard some awesome things about this class and many of my friends rave about it on Facebook and Twitter. So, I thought I'd give it a chance.

I arrived, stood in the front of the class knowing that this will be a piece of cake.

Not so much. 

As I stood in the middle of the class, attempting each move by the instructor, I honestly thought - "Where is my rhythm? I thought I had rhythm." Truth was - While I thought of myself as a good dancer, my stamina needed work and my body hasn't been that active in quite some time.

I inched my way towards the back of the class, and was prepared to eat a piece of humble pie later.

Zumba 1, Lizzie 0

Have you tried Zumba? What are your thoughts?

Friday, April 1, 2011

the realization

"bachelorette party"
"destination: vegas or miami"
"able to attend?"

Those were the phrases that were in an email that I received a couple of days ago. In past years, I would've been elated to get that type of message. I would've started checking for vacation days, researching flights, checking out my fave websites to start shopping, and even planning the new hair 'do for said event. But, not on this particular day.

Instead of elation, I felt trepidation.
Instead of vacation days, I counted down the months until the event.
Instead of researching flights, I researched diet plans.
Instead of online shopping, I checked out online weight loss resources and workout gear.

My reality was simple - "I could not go through another another The BIG GIRL."

I replied that I will be attending and got to work on a plan for my new journey. I have six months to make it happen, and I plan to do so. I even managed to find a new 'do that will work perfectly through my pending transition.

Wish me luck & stay tuned!