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Anna Peters of Chardon is joining Lighten Up for the second time, after taking part in 2013. She said is looking forward to learning more about healthy eating and getting active.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

blog 17- Old friends

Wow- is all I can say, I ran into a co worker from my past- What an inspiration!!! She looks GREAT.
She has been working really hard at trying to improve her health. She has recently lost 90- yes I said 90 pounds-
It made the reality of working hard can truly have its rewards.  My scale is not moving- not for lack of trying- but not being vigalant about food choices.
I am going to boot camp class 5 nights a week- Working my but off- my son joined with me and he lost 12 pounds- I lost more in inches than I did in weight- I am signing up for another month.  I have found strength in numbers and I have a great group of work out buddies and an awesome, motivating trainer( Thanks Paul)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blog 16 food choices

Food choices- sometimes it is so easy, sometimes it is the hardest decision to make - to eat healthy or not. This year I have made a choice to not eat anything that is frozen, or premade in a can-( I have eaten tuna from a pouch). This is hard. No more lean cuisines, no quick light soups. I am making my lunches at 5.30 am- resorting to a lot of salads.
 I have gotten a lot of use of a few new gadgets-
I nice cast iron grill and a veggie cutter- .
I am also trying to stay away from most fast food- how ever in a pinch did hit up subway- I find myself at the store more often- buying fresh veggies- passing the chips are still hard- I thought for sure the weight would fall off- NOT.  It is a slow slow process.

Friday, April 4, 2014

blog 15 TGIF

I am glad this week is over. I am glad baseball season is underway (I am glad I am fitting into my old Indians shirts)
This has been a tough week- I have gone to boot camp all week- I skipped one day of yoga due to a migraine, the thought of downward dog with a head ache was just too much.
I am hoping to get some good walks in soon.. The temptation to eat some not healthy options was there all week- I just wanted the big platter of fries or the endless bowl of pasta but I reminded myself that fitting into clothes and be healthy had a bigger reward in the end- and thanks Jane because on Friday, John offered to bring me an Arby's fish sandwhich and from across the hall she yelled- EAT HEALTHY- so the fried fish got replaced with whole wheat, tuna and spinach! and lot's of H20

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Blog 14. Shocked

I was shocked at the weigh in - my scale has not budged but the big red scale went down-phew I have been working out everyday. My goal this week is to improve my food choices -something better everyday . I have the workout part of this lighten up thing down - eating is still a challenge - it is not like I east bread or drink pop - I think it is my mindless nibble and my glass of wine - I am seeing my body change - it is rewarding - I have a stronger desire to improve. I have a huge birthday and a much needed vacation in the near future - I want have room in my cruise attire.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Blog 13

Quick blog today - shopping in my own closet - finding clothes in my own closet- yippie - clothes that I bought thinking , hoping would fit but did not but now they do !!!

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Blog 12. Bootcamp

This week my youngest son and I started bootcamp. There is one word that can describe this experience, ouch! Well, that is not entirely true, so,far it is energizing , fun ,humbling and exhausting all in one. Paul the instructor is fun and gives guidance. He is telling us about food and giving us lists to choose from. Aaron is not thrilled by lack of carbs, he is losing weight but is not so much fun, but he is losing and we are spending lots of time together.
The weigh in in two weeks. It has gone by so fast. I hope the weather breaks and I can get some fellow lightenup people to join me on some walks.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

blog 11 This week

Well what a week this has been.
I have had a lot of challenges. John was home and it was birthday dinners, date nights(not that I am complaining) and late night meetings. I had to make choices, some that did not thrill me.  I wanted to have a sushi picnic on the bed Wednesday night- but it was after 9pm so I had a sushi bite and made a pouted face and moved on. Also came the night of Cheesecake Factory- I printed out the nutrition facts and picked my dinner before we went- and I did not change my mind-even though that burger looked really really good.  
It must be working the scale is moving in the right direction. I feel good.
The right choices are still not easy . I hope that someday the "right " decisions are automatic - I still slip up - I still sneak a Cheeto or an extra glass of wine but I am overall making wise choices.