I think I can…Day 10

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Day: 10
Days to go until first deadline: 142

Well, the scale showed a weight gain of one pound, which is not only discouraging but is enough to foster feelings of rage! I mean come on!! I didn’t eat enough to warrant that and after doing some research online found out that exercise can cause weight gain in the first few weeks! So now I’ve decided to do weekly weigh ins instead of daily to not only keep me on track but to keep my sanity!

The next few days are not going to be diet friendly because my brother and his girlfriend (who is awesome) are coming for a visit and when my family is involved, so is alcohol, so I’m sure I will have wine, which will lead to unhealthy snacking…BOO!!

Although there is a silver lining…my hubby and I were watching QVC and ended up ordering NutriSystems for a month. I’m super psyched for that because I know some people who used it and they said it worked…of course the bummer part is that it won’t be here for a couple of weeks…I hate waiting but if it does work it will be worth it!

I also wrote a couple of pages today after working and doing my PTO stuff…so that made me feel good!!

After that, I had a visit from P, my friend, who is convinced that if I finish my book I will get published so now I’m even more excited to finish it! It really means a lot to have someone believe in my work and actually get excited to read it!! Thanks P!!!

Well, I hope I can keep the momentum up going forward!!! *fingers crossed* Hopefully NutriSystems work!!!

Pounds lost: 7

Pounds to go: 89 1/2

Pages written: 100

Pages to go: 300 ish

Thanks for reading and please leave me your thoughts/comments!

:) Carole

I think I can…Day 9

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Day: 9
Days to go until first deadline: 143

No weight loss today, which sucks because I worked out yesterday and didn’t go crazy eating :-( I’m sure it’s because I probably gained muscle, which is heavier than fat but I’m not entirely sure it works that fast! I think if my weight doesn’t go down tomorrow I will start weighing myself once a week instead of every day. I don’t want weight fluctuations to discourage me!

Had our PTO meeting tonight and there were only 5 of us so it went fast but I didn’t feel like we accomplished much. Hopefully we will have more next month.

Been pretty bi*chy all day today and it didn’t help that the kids refused to listen and follow directions. I lost count of how may times my two and half year old was in time out!

Didn’t get much work done and no writing done, which sucks cuse’ I’m two pages from 100! Always a nice benchmark to pass!

Well, it is late and I’m beat…time for bed! I just hope a good night sleeps helps correct my attitude problem…*finger crossed*…cuse’ I hate being bi*chy!!!

Pounds lost: 8

Pounds to go: 88 1/2

Pages written: 98

Pages to go: 300 ish

Thanks for reading and please leave me your thoughts/comments!

:) Carole

I think I can…Day 8

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Day: 8
Days to go until first deadline: 144

Down another pound!!!

I went to the gym today! Yay! I did treadmill, AMT and yoga and it felt great :)

After the gym I took the boys and ran errands and then chilled while the boys napped because I needed a break!

Now I’m relaxin’ with my hubby and watching Shameless which we love! It is awesome watching a family more messed up then ours ever could be!

Pounds lost: 8

Pounds to go: 88 1/2

Pages written: 98

Pages to go: 300 ish

Thanks for reading and please leave me your thoughts/comments!

:) Carole

I think I can…Day 7

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Day: 7
Days to go until first deadline: 145

Well, yesterdays snacking put me up a couple of ounces but that still means I’m down 7 pounds because I round to the next half pound…whew!!

Today has SUCKED for my self-control! My boys are in rare form, fighting, running and screaming like little banshees and I’ve nearly lost it more than once.

Luckily, my hubby has been home so I was able to get some writing done, which has been the brightest part of my day because it has actually been very productive =c)

Of course all good things come to an end and I had to put the writing down because the banshees were back and then it was dinner, which a lot of people look forward to but unless my kids are being served cheeseburgers and fries it is ALWAYS a fight…ugh!

So now I’m sitting on the couch desparately trying to keep myself from eating everything in my kitchen because I am an emotional eater and I’m always emotional this time of the month.

(Ignore the next few sentence boys) I hate getting my period! The week before my period (we will call “it”… “George” from now on) is brutal!!! I hate when “George” visits!!!! The cravings start now and then will come the mind numbing cramps…ugh!!! Being a girl SUCKS sometimes!!!

I really hope I can stick to this diet…I know it will be worth it but it is so hard!!! Yeah, yeah…that’s what she said!

Pounds lost: 7

Pounds to go: 89 1/2

Pages written: 98….YAY!!!!

Pages to go: 300 ish

Thanks for reading and please leave me your thoughts/comments!

:) Carole

P.S. Memory foam mattress was good! :)

I think I can…Day 6

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Day: 6
Days to go until first deadline: 146

Down another pound for a total of 7 pounds lost!!!!!!!! YESSSSSSS!!!!!!

Sorry I missed yesterday’s update. I had a pretty bad migraine most of the day and come evening I was exhausted.

Today was spent shopping and fighting cravings since (skip ahead if you are a guy cuse’ you won’t like the next sentence!) it’s almost my time of the month…ugh…sometimes it sucks being a girl!!!

Okay enough with the T-M-I ! I just hope I didn’t blow my diet too much. I ended up not having an afternoon shake (because we were out and about) but I had a grilled cajun chicken sandwich and a small salad and then I had a lean pocket and salad for dinner with kettle popcorn drizzled with dark and white chocolate…it was so good I probably had a little to much. Just hopefully not that much! I’ll find out in the morning!

Today we went grocery shopping…big thrill I know…stop being jealous! We took all three boys as usual since we like to spend family time on the weekends and shopping usually ends up being an all day affair and the kids love going. So it was exhausting but fun…went to Sam’s Club and they got free samples, which they find exciting…ahhhhh to be a kid again!

Since I’ve been home I’ve been doing research most of the day, which has been almost relaxing! Love that!! I haven’t written anything today but I plan to tomorrow. I may even try to take down the X-mas decorations…if I’m feeling perky enough! Wish me luck and energy!!

Pounds lost: 5 1/2

Pounds to go: 89 1/2

Pages written: was 93 but with some character editing I was back to 74 but today I’m back to 88!!!

Pages to go: 300 ish

Thanks for reading and please leave me your thoughts/comments!

:) Carole

P.S. Got a memory foam topper for our bed at Sam’s Club…hopefully this will help my back aches and help me sleep better…*fingers crossed*

I think I can…Day 4

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Day: 4
Days to go until first deadline: 148

Down another pound for  a total of 5 1/2 pounds lost!!!!!!!!  Woo Hoo!!!!!!

I worked seven hours from my home office to get caught up from going into the office yesterday.  It doesn’t make a lot of sense that I should fall behind by going into the office but it is what it is.  I did manage to get caught up so that is awesome.  I love having my work done.  It helps me concentrate on the other things that need to be done (like housework) and things I want to get done (like writing or playing with my kids).

Yesterday was a bummer of a day for my writing.  I had to delete almost twenty pages because I made some major character changes.  Luckily, I was able to plot out the characters so when I started writing today I knew where they were going and I knocked out 14 pages which puts my count back to 88 pages.  Whew!  It is exhausting but exhilirating to see the characters in my head come to life on the page and it still weirds me out when they take charge of the story and the things I originally plan on change.  Very strange how characters come to life but fun, too.  Well, fun as long as I don’t start chatting to them and holding whole conversations with them about my day!  If that happens I hope someone is there to yank the keyboard from my fingers because I may have finally  lost it!

My next small goal is to add exercise to my life.  It has been a while but I hope to introduce it slowly until I’m working out at least 3 days a week with both cardio and strength training.  I’ve even been considering training for a marathon…has anyone else out there gone from no exercise to marathon ready?  How was it?  Should I wait until I’m a little more in shape before even beginning to train?  Let me know what you think!

Pounds lost: 5 1/2

Pounds to go: 89 1/2

Pages written: was 93 but with some character editing I was back to 74 but today I’m back to 88!!!

Pages to go: 300 ish

Thanks for reading and please leave me your thoughts/comments!

:) Carole

I think I can…Day 3

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Day: 3
Days to go until first deadline: 149

I woke up this morning and I still was a pound lighter even after yesterdays trip to Ruby Tuesday’s so I guess the salad dressing wasn’t so bad!!  YAY!! 

I had to work in the office today but I’m happy to report that I didn’t stray from my diet!  That makes me very happy because I usually give into temptation and I didn’t except for the chocolatey peanut buttery truffle thing that my brother-in-law made me eat…but I’m happy to report that I refused the second one, even when he tried to shove it in my mouth.  Hello, I have no problem shoving unhealthy things in my mouth (get your mind out of the gutter), I don’t need your help!  I figured one wouldn’t kill me but two would start me down the road to that nasty place called, The Hell With My Diet.  I’ve been there and done that.  I want to visit more exciting and exotic places like Buying Clothes Without Having to Try Them and Yes, I Have Lost 95 Pounds or even Yeah, I AM Wearing a Bikini!  Those locations sound great and I can’t wait to go and live in any one of those places!

As for my book, well, I had a bit of set back with my writing, :( which is disheartening but I think the story will flow so much better with the changes.  I had to wipe out two whole characters but the good news is I already have characters created and plotted to take their place and I just have to get them down on the screen.  I’m looking forward to writing them.  They are much closer to what I had in mind originally, which lets face it, is usually best!

Well, sorry if this is a disappointment but my day was long and since my oldest started back to school I have to be up early so I need to crash.  I had to take something to sleep because my writing has been keeping me awake at night…too many good ideas floating around in the ether of my mind!  Maybe I should have waited to take the OTC sleeping pill.  I’m starting to get fancy with my words…NIGHT!

Pounds lost: 4 1/2

Pounds to go: 90 1/2

Pages written: was 93 but with some story changes…I’m back to 74 :(

Pages to go: 316 ish

Thanks for reading and please leave me your thoughts/comments!

:) Carole