Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Then and Now

Not a ton to report on.. weight has been maintained over the last couple weeks and that's good news lol. My last day of work was last Friday( lay off due to the company restructuring) it sucks and yet I think it will give me the opportunity to spend a little time refocusing on what I really want to do with life. It will also give me time to throw in some extra exercise and hopefully get that scale moving in the right direction! maybe I will take a look around and see if I can find a challenge going on that I can partake in... anyone have one going or know one??

I had to buy pants this past week now that cooler weather is coming and I am officially in a 22... never thought I would see that day. I think that a big part of the last size change is strictly from toning during exercise because my weight hasn't changed. For all you other girls out there... have you found a difference in the opposite sex paying attention to you??? I am getting a bit of it and its a whole new game to me. It actually makes me feel uncomfortable lol.

On a final note... I was hunting through pictures the other day and Shocked myself. I found on of early October 2007 and when I look at one taken of me on Saturday night I am utterly amazed! Just thought I would share the pics with all of you ....

October 2007 with my great nephew.

Me and my hubby last Saturday night

Me and my new size 22 jeans

Monday, September 7, 2009

Hello out there....

Sorry that I dropped off the face of the earth... it was far from intentional just more life getting in the way.

So I am here I am fighting with the same few pounds since JUNE. I have been on one hell of a roller coaster of up and down all summer long. Over all I am finally down again and hopefully the trend continues! and I can break that elusive 20lb mark adn better yet my 10% goal.

The roller coaster has been part in parcel to many things. I no sooner got the damn boot off my foot and I caught my foot and whipped out hitting my head on the side walk and severely sprained my wrist. Thankfully I was still able to walk during that time... but boy was it frustrating.

From there I was put on Synthroid due to an underactive thyroid. Things are finally settling down but initially I could not get full. I was constantly hungry and man did I get tired of veggies and trying to eat healthy... so bring on the crap and a gain :P

Of course there is was also vacation at the lake with my family and our city is full of festivals! My birthday, family birthdays, picnics, nights around the fire... basically summer time fun!Food, food, food!!! Not good! I tried to up the exercise and saw a week up and week down a week up... and on and on.

Then we move to life. The company I work has outsourced many jobs to overseas and lucky me I am one who gets a layoff. I am still employed until the 18th of this month but in preparation we have adjusted expenses and that means no extra money for going to aquasize or attending he WW meetings :( That has been a hard adjustment. And it has lead to lots of emotional eating.. bad for me yes but at least I can recognize it for what it is!

The positive stuff... I am feeling really good about getting back to the program on my own. My sister and brother-in-law bought me the most amazing scale so I can maintain my weekly weigh ins.... actually just got that last night and was happy to see that I have bascially maintained these last few weeks. It also did my heart good to know that they support me so much! I have fantastic friends who are still on this journey and we are finding ways to get out exercise in for free. My hubby scavenged bike parts and built me a bike. What a feeling that was... up until two weeks ago its been over 25 years since I had ridden a bike. Now that I am back to it I LOVE it! We have gone many times and its so fun to being doing something with Jay (the hubby). I had to go shopping and discovered that I am now in a size 24 pants... haven't seen that since sometime before 1995! It was such a feeling! I am in major need of more clothes lol... I see pictures and think OY time to shop! I can't wait to see that number continue to go down as well

All in all life is good. Summer is over and I am refocused and more determined than ever to get the last 100lbs or so GONE. Thanks for those of you that checked in... I appreciate it :)

Now to leave you with a smile... me and my bike

And me with 17.6 lbs gone

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A little loss is still a loss

Weigh in today... down .6lbs. Not to great but its still a loss so I am going to take it as a success. I am hoping to get moving more this week. I am manageing my walking boot much better so I can get out and get back to walking on my breaks.at work. I am also using my new to me exercise bike and I am sure that will help get me back on track to bigger losses in the upcoming weeks.

I have finally started reading Dr.Phils weightloss solutions. I see many blogs in my future lol

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Well it was weigh in today... I had prepared myself for a gain or a smalll/no loss situation since my activity all but ceased this week lol. I was pleasently surprised at the 3.6lbs that have melted away. Brings my total in 7 weeks to 15.6 lbs and I have hit my official 5% loss. That was a shock... it seemed soooo far away!

I guess this week proved to me that working he plan really does work. I worked extra hard a tracking and measuring and avoided my flex points. I also dropped down a point level since I should have done that a couple weigh ins ago... like week two lol. It makes me feel better about the lack of movement for sure. I worked out some strategies with one of my partners in crime so that I can still at least get some toning in as I sit on the couch so that should help keep the momentum going as well. And sighhhh I will be dropping another point from my day :P lol the price we pay for success!

I am starting to read Dr.Phil's weight loss solution and will be postinng about that as I go. I don't plan on following his eating plan but I am really interested to read about the life stratagies that he has to offer up

Saturday, June 13, 2009

My Captor

So I had thought that I would be able to at least get some good walks in while I was banned from the pool and running. Not so much... this sucker is a major pain in the ass... however just simple walking is building up a sweat so maybe I'll get a few activity points anyways lol. I have been tracking as per normal and staying on target but I am so scared its not enough. I just hope that if I don't loose over the next 4 weeks that I can maintain

Friday, June 12, 2009


I hurt my foot on Wednesday... foot caught on a pothole and down I went. I went for x-rays and I have torn ligaments on my right foot... bad enough that they pulled bone chips off as well. OH GOODY. I will hear today of I am going to require a cast or if I walking boot will be enough to support it while the healing happens. I am soooo frustrated. I know that the exercise is HUGE key to loosing. I will have to really work the points to stay on track. Hopefully it will jsut be aboot and then I can still at least walk about even it it means the couch to 5k nad aquasize is on hold!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Two for Tuesday

I have had a pretty great day today.

Tuesdays is weigh in and I really wasn't sure how it would go. I had next to no exercise last week and on Saturday I decided to just enjoy myself and not worry about tracking when I was at a work function. Apparently the days leading up to the weekend still counted for something because I am down another 1.4 lbs bringing the total to 12lbs...not to shabby at all!

I also offically started the couch to 5k today! I bought my runners on the weekend and set myself a plan of action. Monday and Wednesdays I will continue to aquasize with my Operation Get Hot buddies and then Tuesday, Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings I will work the 5k program. Fridays will likely be a free day and whatever happens happens. Sundays are always busy days as I hang out with my great-niece and nephew( 3 and just over 18 month) so there is plenty of activity to be had lol.

I decided that during the week I would head out as soon as I got home from work.. so I did today. Grabbed a quick high protien snack, laced up the shoes , leashed up Buster and away we went. I think of the 20 minutes that I was out there I jogged about 5 minutes total and HOLY CRAP! I can not believe that my body can actaully sweat that much. The program has you walking then jogging for 2 minutes... my jogging stints were much shorter but overall I think I did really good. There is a little park by my house that has a figure 8 path in that is going to be just perfect... just have to grab a pedometer and figure out how long the path actually is so I can judge.

I am so not one to do things like this on my own. I am so proud of myself for just stepping right out of my comfort zone and following through with my plan. I know its not gonna be an easy road but in the end I think it will be a very rewarding one :)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Buster and I are going to run 5k

Yes you read the title right lol. I have a very dear friend who is also on a journey to a healtheir her. I have watched her progress and have been amazed at how well shes done. One of her goals was to runa 5k and she found a website designed for couch potatoes to start from nothing and in just over 2 months run up to 5k.

So I looked at the site, I talked to Jay, I talked to friends, I went to the site many more times and then thought I can do this. If I set my mind to it I can do it. I looked at 5k runs in Edmonton and found the Run for the Cure on Oct. 4 So a little longer than the time laid out on the site which I thought was great because I could go a little slower.

All I can say after this evening is HOLY CRAP. I am not sure that Oct will be doable but I won't make a final decsion until I am a few weeks in.

We went for a walk after supper and when we were on one of the trails I said to jay time me. And off Buster and I went ( he by the way barely broke a fast walk to my jog lol); I quit after what I was sure was at least 2 minutes and it was 30 seconds a lousy 30 seconds lol.

I did 30 seconds 3 more times for a whopping total of 2 minutes through the one hour walk. And man am I sweating and my heart was just a going. I think that as more weight comes off it will get easier and I also think it will be easier once I have good runners (I have none right now and tried tonight in my sandles) I also think that I need to try at the beginning of the walk or in following the plan just do the 20 minutes and call it good. I feel really good though overall... just shocked at how beat I am lol

So its out there for the world to see. I, Kerri Kelly, am going to train to run a 5k. How CRAZY isa that lol!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Weekly Weigh In

Wow that week went by fast! I had weigh in today and was soooooo sure I wasn't going to see a good result. I caved TWICE this weekend and ate wayyyy too much! Saturday night was McDonalds and Sunday was KFC. It tasted good but left me feeling bloatted and uncomfortable and dissappointed in myself. In the scheme of things I remained in my overall points for last week ( I go Sunday to Saturday) because I had my flex points and activity points to go to. And Sunday well it cut into this weeks flexpoints so it will mean being extra careful through the week because I really try hard not to use them.

Lol well today I am walking to my meeting and I am feeling nauseaous. I was so sure I had gone up and was totally accountable for the choices I made. I get in line and then when its my turn I step up take a deep breath and peek out of the corner of my eye and see 283. I was like what no way... but yes it was another loss of 2.8 making the grand total in 6 weeks 10.6. I was so shocked lol. The person doing the weigh ins told me that it would seem I have a great grasp of "working" my points and that the "treats" wont hurt if I am careful the far majority of the time. I certainly don't plan on going as overboard as I did but it felt good to know that overall I am getting this figured out :)

And on that note I am going to leave you with a picture... my fall/spring coat from last year( it was getting big then) with my coat that I am wearing now( 4x to a 2x) laying on top of it. I don't quite know what made me lay them out but it was an awesome visual of the progress I am making :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

the pictures

So they aren't the best pictures becasue I took pictures of my pictures lol but you will get the general idea....

Here I am at my close to biggest. I did gain more after this point which was the Summer of 1995

This is May 2000 right around when I was in the 400ish range

This was Christmas 2007 so in the 380's

This is Summer of 2008

And this is me just this past Sunday! Yes I am hula hooping and yes I am in mall... it was part of a challenge for the Corporate Challenge and I was quite proud of me for participating :)

This is me at the ripe old age of 16... wow back in the summer of 1986. I thought I was huge then and I was teased all the time. I think I was wearing a 14/16 around then! Who would have thought where that would go! If I could get back there now I would be just thrilled to death! And why should I say if... WHEN I get back there I will be thrilled to death :)

So there you have it. Like I said not the best pictures but I think they show the journey pretty well :)

Weekly weight-in

Today was weigh -in and it went awsome! I am down 3lbs for a total loss of 7.8lbs in four weeks!

On a bigger scale than that I broke being down 100lbs! 100.2 to be exact. The last time I was weighed prior to joining WW was June 18/07 at my drs office and it was 386lbs. I have been chipping and chipping away at it and the results are really begining to show. It didn't even hit me today that I had broke 100lbs... it was later when I was back at work after my meeting that I clued in. Right now my focus is on whats left to do and keeping my new found motivation! However the realization today tells me that I CAN and I WILL succeed!

A friend asked me to share pictures... I just have to find a way to scan them in. The one up top was taken last week so thats me now. I have no clue how big I ever got as far as pounds go I do know at one point I was buying a size 52/6x and I lost weight and did fairly well. Then plateaued out and stalled in the lower 400's then I began the slow loss that has got me to today. So I will haul out the pictures and find away to post them... maybe it will be further motivation for me to keep working HARD at getting this done!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Proud of myself

Quite often the evening come along and the sweet tooth kicks in... that an the hankering for a coffee! Well the coffee is no biggie I have two large with cream planned into everyday... can ya say addict lol. But its the damn sweet tooth.

Tonight I went to a kick-ass aquasize class and per usual I was hungry when I got home and wanted a snack... again no biggie as I plan this into my days when I know I am hitting a class. Well Jay (my hubby) also has a hankering for a coffee and something sweet and was heading to the local donut shop. He offered to buy me a donut and I said no... I thought long and hard about it and decided that I would eat my healthy planned snack and asked him to grab me two... just two donut holes. All fit it to what was left of my daily points and there was no need to break into my activity points or my flex points.

Not that long ago the evening would have looked more like supper, lay on the couch and watch TV and then eat two WHOLE donuts likely stuffed with whipped cream then toddle off to bed. Instead I came home had supper, walked to a further bus stop, went to the one hour class, came home and examined my choices and made one that worked on all the levels. The donut holes were enough to satisfy the sweet tooth and in the end I am quite proud of myself for looking at things a little differently. And ya know what as an added little bonus... those damn things were soooo sweet one would probably work next time. I had been told once I quit eating as much real sugar that I would find that it it was horribly sweet... and it happened lol

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Thank God for Activity Points...

cause otherwise today would have been bad! I was part of a competition for work today that required tons of fast paced walking through the mall and boy oh boy am I glad for it. I estimate between my time at the mall plus hanging out with my family and taking a walk that I earned about 18 activity points... and yup I ate them all too. For lunch I had a small serving of ginger beef and chow main thinking it wouldn't be bad... numm well that little plate cost me 14 points. Then there was the ice cream cone which I knew was 7 points befor eating it but I wanted a little treat.Then it was wings and pizza for supper...thats where the bad came in! Who would thought that 3 little wings would add up to 9 freaking points or that my 2 slices of pizza would be 14. I knew they wouldn't be the lowest in points but OYYYY! So I ate my 35 points PLUS 18 more points making it a grand total of 53 points UGH

Today taught me that taking a little break is really not going to be the best choice. If I decide to have a "treat" meal then the rest of the day is going to take extra planning so I don't start heading down that slippery slope. It also taught me that junk is just that junk. I ate a crazy amount of points today and none of it was really all that healthy. Tasted good but then doesn't everything that is bad for us. I am sitting here wanting a snack soooo bad and I am fighting the urge. I don't need to eat by any means but I sure WANT to eat. I will be curious to see what the scale says on Tuesday. I have done really well all week and haven't eaten and of my activity points and used about 1/2 of my flex. Today starts a fresh week as far as the flex points go and my goal is not try not to use any this week.

I need to come up with a plan for Friday as I am going to a pot luck... hopefully there will be lots of good foods to choose from and possibly then I can use a few flex points if needed.

Tomorrow is a new day and one that is well planned out for every meal and snack which will certainly help get me right back on track!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Journey Begins

Well technically it began a few weeks ago when some work friends and I decided it was time to get serious about taking our health into our own hands. We dubbed our project Operation Get Hot and work hard at inspiring one another to excersie and eat better. We are walking on our breaks, hitting the pool to aquasize at least twice a week and we have joined weight watchers to get the portion control we need to be successful. So far its been great. My blog will be focusing mostly on my personal journey as I want to delive more into the reasons that I got to the size I did so I never go there again. I will share the ups and downs, joys and frustations and probably a few laughs and tears as well :)