Kris Mares

Just a woman trying to love Jesus and others a little bit more…

Weight Loss Wednesday – With a Little Help from my Friends July 22, 2015

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You know the Beatles’ song don’t you:

What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
And I’ll try not to sing out of key
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm gonna try with a little help from my friends

For me, there is benefit in traveling a journey of health and weight loss with friends. It means conversation, idea sharing, accountability, encouragement and simply doing life together. Today, I walked with my dear friend. It wasn’t a long walk and our kids were with us, but we did it together. She’s lost 30 pounds over the last few months and I’m so proud of her! We spent 30 minutes together, outside, with our children and it was FREE!

Getting healthy doesn’t have to involve a gym membership (in fact, we are not renewing our membership), expensive DVDs (check your cable for free On Demand shows) or expensive shakes/pills/patches (the local farmer’s market has great, fresh foods that are good for you and good for the local economy). Getting healthy should involve friends.

So, that same friend and I are walking again on Friday. With kids. For free. Outside. We might even sing out of tune and off-key. Yes, we’re getting healthy (but not high – unless the endorphins from exercise count) with a little help from our friends!

 

Weight Loss Wednesday – I need to persevere! July 15, 2015

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2, NIV)

Yes, I’m at it again. It’s a never-ending battle it seems. Me and extra fat have a long, entangled relationship. Over 13 years ago, at the 6 week check up after my first-born, the scale sang 199. It’s pretty much stayed in a +/- 10lbs. range of that (outside of pregnancy) since then. I’ll do well for a while and drop 20 lbs, but then something happens, I plateau, I lose focus, I get busy… Well, you get the picture.

I want results and I want them NOW. I have a hard time being patient and I get frustrated with missteps and setbacks and stalled progress. I come up with all kinds of excuses. Some are valid reasons, most are simply excuses of one form or another. Truth is, getting healthy gets hard and means sacrifice and I don’t always want to persevere through the hard or make the sacrifice. It’s my own self that hinders me. Still trying to pinpoint the sin that entangles me in this area of my life, but I’ve got a few ideas and am asking God to help me with them.

I know I’m not alone in this journey. There are many other women (and men) in a similar boat. And there is my family. Today, we went on a hike together. The kids loved it. And Racer did too. It wasn’t long. It wasn’t too challenging. But it was moving our bodies, enjoying nature and spending time unplugged together. I do live with a great cloud of witnesses. The success stories that have gone before me. The people in the boat with me. And my family.

Here’s to persevering this time!

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Weight Loss Wednesday – Stalled October 26, 2011

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I feel stalled in this journey. Other things in my life have moved up in priority, time is at a premium and I’m just plain tired. And I’ve slacked off. I admit it. I’ve been working hard at the gym 2-3 times a week, but when it comes to food… Let’s just say I’m still a wuss.

I enjoy food and I don’t like watching what I eat. I know that’s where I need to cut back, but I just don’t. I don’t like being hungry. And I don’t like stopping at just one piece of chocolate. I like it too much. It reminds me of why I stopped drinking any kind of alcoholic beverage – I liked it too much to stop at just one.

At this point, I know that I need to start getting really serious about counting calories. “Eating healthier” just isn’t going to cut it anymore. To make serious progress again, I need to pay close attention to how much I’m eating. I’m weaning the baby too, so need for calories is going to drop quite a bit. Ugh. We’re coming into a hard time of year for weight loss too. The holidays and family visits and not being at home to control what’s being cooked and not doing the grocery shopping to control what food is available… This is going to be hard.

So what to do? I’m not ready to go the food journal route. I’m not buying into the Weight Watchers program (meaning I’m not willing to pay for it). I guess it comes down to plain old measuring out portion sizes and keeping track of calories. I have some sample menus that I’ve started using for meal planning. I hope that will help me onto the right track.

What do you do? How do you keep weight in check during the winter party/visiting/eating season?

Here is my goal progress:

  1. Incorporate a fresh fruit or vegetable for each meal – Nope. I’ve slacked here big time.
  2. Use more seasonings to make meals more interesting – I used turmeric again. Does that count?
  3. Eat breakfast every day, cereal no more than 3 times a week – I actually missed breakfast one day this last week.
  4. Utilize the YMCA at least 3 times a week – Going at least two times, but striving for 3.
  5. Try at least one new recipe each week – I’ve been sticking with simple things we know. 
  6. Drink at least 2 big blue glasses of water a day. – I’ve been slacking here too.

Here are the numbers:

  • Starting weight:  204.4
  • Initial goal weight:  150
  • Current weight:  183.6 (gain 0.6)
  • Total weight loss: 20.8
 

Weight Loss Wednesday – “The gym’s workin’ for ya” September 28, 2011

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“The gym’s workin’ for ya.” That what our church’s secretary told me today. It was nice to hear that someone else is noticing my body changing. It was just Monday that I was at the gym complaining that I’ve hit a wall. I know I’m getting stronger – I can feel it. I can do more reps of the exercises and I don’t get as easily winded. I can go longer on the elliptical without feeling like I’m going to die.

But the weight isn’t dropping anymore. Part of it is because I’m still having a hard time getting 3-4 days in at the gym. I can get two in easily, but the third is harder. And this week, I’m only able to go once (but I will be walking with a friend one time this week too). So, that means I need to cut calories. Losing weight really is fewer calories in than go out.

Easier said than done right?

Regardless, it is nice to know that other people are noticing my efforts. And, I wore a size medium shirt today.

Here is my goal progress:

  1. Incorporate a fresh fruit or vegetable for each meal – I’ve done about 75%. The end of the month when the grocery budget runs down is harder.
  2. Use more seasonings to make meals more interesting – I’ve been doing really basic, easy cooking since I’ve been back in school. That means, no real effort to use new spices.
  3. Eat breakfast every day, cereal no more than 3 times a week – Did fairly well here.
  4. Utilize the YMCA at least 3 times a week – I made it three times the last two weeks.
  5. Try at least one new recipe each week – Simple cooking for a busy family means using the tried and true recipies!
  6. Drink at least 2 big blue glasses of water a day. – I did better here, but still not 100%.

Here are the numbers:

  • Starting weight:  204.4
  • Initial goal weight:  150
  • Current weight:  182.4 (lost 0.2)
  • Total weight loss: 22
 

Weight Loss Wednesday – I didn’t make it… September 7, 2011

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Well, it is the first Wednesday after Labor Day. If you remember from my first Weight Loss Wednesday post, I wanted to reach my goal weight by Labor Day. That didn’t happen. While I’m a little sad, I’m also at peace with that. I’ve gone from a size 16 to somewhere in between a 10 and 12. I’ve gone from XL shirts to medium in some cases. I’m stronger. I’m eating better (many days – I still like too much junk). I feel less sloth-like.

Even though I’m not at a magic number, I’m in a much better place than I was.

Last night at the gym, I tried a new work-out class. At the end, we did these lower abdominal exercises. I laid on my back, placed my hands under my hips, raised my straight legs into the air at a 90 degree angle and then lowered my feet to the floor and back up. Repeat a million times… As I was doing that – and it wasn’t easy – I was thinking about when I first started at the gym. I met with a trainer to get a feel for the equipment and learn a basic routine. A similar exercise was a part of that routine. I couldn’t even do 5 of those lower ab, leg lower, torturous things. Here I was, doing a million.

Okay, not really a million, it just felt that way. But really, I think it was more like 24. It was hard at the end, but I still did them. I didn’t give up and I could actually complete the set. Three months ago I couldn’t have done that.

I’m making progress. And I have to remember, it took me 10 years and 4 pregnancies to get to where I am. Eight months isn’t going to fully undue it all. I still have some emotional and mental aspects of it all to work out. And I still need to work out the work out schedule. Life happens. While I don’t want to use that as an excuse, I also need to be realistic and flexible. What is important is that I now see it all as important. I’ve made the decision to be healthier and I’m sticking with it.

That alone is an accomplishment.

Here is my goal progress:

  1. Incorporate a fresh fruit or vegetable for each meal – I’ve done about 75%.
  2. Use more seasonings to make meals more interesting – I used turmeric again this week.
  3. Eat breakfast every day, cereal no more than 3 times a week – Did fairly well here.
  4. Utilize the YMCA at least 3 times a week – I made it three times.
  5. Try at least one new recipe each week – Yep, but simply variations on what I do usually!
  6. Drink at least 2 big blue glasses of water a day. – I did better here, but still not 100%.

Here are the numbers:

  • Starting weight:  204.4
  • Initial goal weight:  150
  • Current weight:  182.6 (nothing)
  • Total weight loss: 21.8 (not even 1/2 of what my goal was, but I’m actually still pleased)

I’m trying to decide what my new date should be for my initial goal weight. Valentine’s Day? Easter? Not sure here, what do y’all think?

 

Weight Loss Wednesday – Back to School August 31, 2011

Well, the older kids started school last week and I started school this week. That means that our family schedule just EXPLODED, well, at least that what it feels like. We are all trying to get adjusted to a new routine. For me, that means doing a better job at planning food, using my time wisely and being pretty organized.

It also means less snacking and less time at the gym. Less snacking = good news. Less gym time = bad news. I know I’ll be able to go workout on Monday and Friday mornings. Saturday mornings would work too, but I’d like to fit an evening time into the week. I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to do that yet. I’m waiting to see how things go after we’ve all been in session for a while.

Busy mornings also mean that I’ll be inclined to skip breakfast. That is not good. I need to be proactive and have mass baking days where I can make muffins galore to have on hand (they freeze really well). I also need to make sure that I pack a small snack in my school bag. The mid-morning growling can get loud and I don’t want to disturb my fellow students! I also know that if I allow myself to get overly hungry a couple of things happen – 1) I get incredibly grouchy and irritable. 2) I overeat at my next meal because I’m STARVING! Neither of those options is good.

I also need to make sure I schedule in the grocery store. Over the summer, I got into a lazy habit of just going to the store (with a list still) when the pantry and fridge got too low. Sometimes that was weekly, sometimes not for a couple of weeks. I don’t have the time to do that now. I need to pick a grocery day and go, regardless of the food level in the house. Otherwise, we’ll end up like we are now – needing milk for 2 days and not having the time/opportunity to go grocery shopping!

I also get the chance to get back to crock-pot cooking. It saves me tons of time and money too. Then “nap time” can be homework time and dinner prep time can be spent with the kids. Hopefully that will help us all transition into mommy going back to school…

Here is my goal progress:

  1. Incorporate a fresh fruit or vegetable for each meal – I’ve done about 75%.
  2. Use more seasonings to make meals more interesting – I used turmeric this week.
  3. Eat breakfast every day, cereal no more than 3 times a week – Didn’t do so hot on this one.
  4. Utilize the YMCA at least 3 times a week – I made it twice.
  5. Try at least one new recipe each week – Yep, I tried 3!
  6. Drink at least 2 big blue glasses of water a day. – I did better here, but still not great.

Here are the numbers:

  • Starting weight:  204.4
  • Initial goal weight:  150
  • Current weight:  182.6 (lost 2 lbs.)

So I’d like to know, how do you balance busy family schedules with exercise? What works for you to fit it all in one day?

 

Weight Loss Wednesday August 24, 2011

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School starts tomorrow and we’re getting back on track. Days are getting busier, I’m snacking less and doing more. You’d think the summer would be a prime time to lose weight, but for me, the lazy days of summer mean extra snacking, eating out while travelling and all together less healthy eating.

I will say that clothes are becoming fun again (which isn’t good for my wallet). I’m fitting into stuff better and I’m starting to like the way I look again. That is a good thing. I have enjoyed getting stronger and feeling like I have just a little more energy. I’m still exhausted by the end of the day, but I think chasing after five kids just might be the culprit!

I’m frustrated, however, with the flab around my middle. I could lose another 15 lbs if I had a tummy tuck and breast reduction. The flabby skin is going to be super hard to get rid of and nursing has left me less than perky. Being fat has left me less than perky too.

Being fat. That’s the first time I think I’ve said that here. I was fat. I am fat. Overweight is such a “nice” word to use, but sometimes fat is just the reality. I have too much extra fat on my body and I’ve been carrying it around too long. Heavyset is another one of those words we use to skirt around the problem of obesity. Why do we do that?

I know we’re just trying to be kind and not hurt someone’s feelings, but really, fat is fat. When should we stop being nice and start getting really concerned about the health of our family? The health of our friends? The health of our communities? The health of our nation?

I don’t know the answer to that because I know I would be hurt if someone randomly called me fat. I’d get a little mad too. So, until we figure out a good way, I guess I’ll keep using the politically correct words too. But man, somethings got to change. We’ve got to find a new way to talk about “being big” so that we can speak truth in love.

Okay, now I’ll get off a soapbox I didn’t realize I’d hopped on. It’s semantics thought and I kind of like arguing semantics.

Here is my goal progress:

  1. Incorporate a fresh fruit or vegetable for each meal – I’ve done a little better this week. about 75%.
  2. Use more seasonings to make meals more interesting – Not so much.
  3. Eat breakfast every day, cereal no more than 3 times a week – Still a lot of cereal, but I’ve watched my portion size and added a banana. I did have fresh, from scratch cinnamon rolls this morning.
  4. Utilize the YMCA at least 3 times a week – This last week we didn’t make it 3 times.
  5. Try at least one new recipe each week – Nope.
  6. Drink at least 2 big blue glasses of water a day. – Not so good here either this past week.

Here are the numbers:

  • Starting weight:  204.4
  • Initial goal weight:  150
  • Current weight:  184.6 (lost 1.8 lbs.)
 

 
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