God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Weight Loss Update #8

Goodness gracious ... 8 weeks have come & gone & guess what!!!  This past week I lost 3-1/2 pounds & as of today I have lost 40 pounds & am half way to my goal weight!!!  I can't believe it!!!  And you know what I noticed yesterday???  I can put on my own socks ... lol!!!  That's right ... just 8 weeks ago ol' Shirlee Tub-O-Lard had  an extremely difficult time putting on her socks because her big fat tummy was in the way, but now I can put them on like a normal person!  What I don't understand is after losing 40 pounds you would think that I would've dropped a size or two.  My pants are definitely looser but not enough to where I'm down a whole size.  Of course the pants were fitting me like a sausage casing to begin with.


Today is the day I begin my 6-week maintenance phase before starting the diet again.  The idea is to add various foods back gradually (low-carb stuff) but continue to maintain my current weight.  Some people have done this & have actually continued to lose a pound or two each week so of course I'm hoping to be one of those people.  Last night I looked up some low-carb recipes & made a list of ingredients I will need.  Today John & I are going to Lexington again (yet another doctor appointment) & I will have a shopping spree at Whole Foods.  I think the excitement was too much for me as I woke up at 4 a.m. & couldn't get back to sleep!  Finally got up at 4:45, came out here & made my usual cup of tea, & then made a few hard boiled eggs.  I haven't had eggs for 8 weeks!  I felt like I was doing something naughty ... lol!!!  Just ate one of them & I was in heaven   : )   I could eat more for breakfast than 1 hard boiled egg but I don't have much of an appetite so early in the morning ... plus I'm used to eating so very little that even 1 hard boiled egg has filled me up.  My plan for dinner is egg drop soup.  Lunch is up in the air because of the doctor appointment, the aforementioned food shopping spree, & then stopping at the eye doctor's place to tell them what they can do with these bifocals.  

Happy dance, happy dance ... lol!

Okay ... in celebration of my reaching my half-way point, I would like to announce ...

A SPECIAL HALF WAY GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Yes, I am having a giveaway to celebrate me losing half the weight I need to lose!!!  I had hoped my "something special" would be ready by today so I could post a picture of what you'll be getting if your name is pulled out of the hat (or actually out of the bowl) but alas ... I have been mowing & yard-working & yesterday I didn't feel too well so the "something special" is still a work in progress.  However, come hell or high water it will be ready next Wednesday for the drawing!!!  Here is how you can have a chance to win this "special something" ...

1.  You must be a current follower of my blog (currently 38 followers).  I want to thank the people who have been following me "just because"   : )   Therefore, please don't post this giveaway on your side bars or make mention of it in your posts.

2.  If you want to have a chance to win this "something special," you must post a comment on this post.  If you don't post a comment, you won't be included in the drawing.

That's it!  Good luck everyone!  I'm sorry you don't know what you're going to win but I hope you will like it   : )

6 comments:

Trace4J said...

Yippppeee for you Shirlee!! I am so happy for you 40lbs!! How wonderful. You inspire me. I am going walking today for sure. You go girl!
Hugs Trace
www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

Jean @ Prim Crafts said...

Congrats to you Shirlee! I've been following your progress and you have been an inspiration to me~ thank you! Keep up with the great job in losing weight~ don't worry, you will soon see the sizes go down on your clothes.
I'd love a chance at your giveaway.
Have a great day!
Blessings,
Jean

Diane said...

Congrats on the progress so far! I'm not sure if this will work, but I'm trying :)
Have a great day.
Diane

bailies3 said...

Hi Shirlee!! You are such a hoot!!!!!!!!!Love to follow your diet journey.......I am hoping it will inspire me to get on my treadmill soon! Please enter me in your drawing, and love the walls and floor of your craft room......its beautiful!!!!!! Tammy
rusty5paws

bettyj said...

You should give yourself one big pat on the back! That is terrific! Of course I want my name in that just because give away.lol Good luck on the next half. That may be harder, but you can do it. You have motivated me to get the extra 9 pounds off the dr. wants me to lose! Thanks and have a wonderful weekend.
betty

Angela said...

Shirlee, Just got in from our trip and trying to catch up. So proud of your 40 lbs. gone and have to say I am so 'jealous'(ha) Just haven't gotten my mind in gear to do it yet, but I have so much to loose. I know 'baby steps' but sometimes it is overwhelming. But you are half way there and I am so proud for you. As the saying goes, Lightening doesn't strike twice in the same place, so my chances of winning yet another of your giveaways are slim, but yea, throw my name in the bowl if I am not too late. Hoping you have a great weekend.