Friday, January 30, 2015

27,28,29, 30 and 31

27. What song describes your life
28. Before/now photo 
29. What are you looking forward to 
30. Guilty pleasures 
31. Why do you keep going 


Just because I adore baseball so very much 

28. Twinsfest 2008 and Twinsfest 2015

Ugh I can tell I gained weight; but I wi use this as motivation 


Shopping off the rack 
Becoming a runner 
Traveling with my WW babes
Finishing school 
Falling in love 
Wearing a single digit size
Hitting my goal weight 


Crispy M&M's
People Magazine 
Bravo TV shows 


I keep going because the lower in weight I get, the better I feel. I want to be a mom someday and I just want to feel healthy. I want to like what o see when I look in the mirror. 

The main reason I keep going is, I know how it feels be be almost 300lbs and I never want to feel they way again. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day 26

Where do you want to be in one year?!? 

I would like to have at least one student loan paid off. 
I want to weigh under 200lbs. 
I want to be a runner. 
I want to be caught up on girls (the TV show) 
I want to still not be drinking pop and caffeine. 
I want gusty to be a better listener.
I want to have all the drama people to still be out of my life. 
I want to be happy. 

I have a lot of goals I want to complete between now and then. In one year I hope I am happy and healthy

Monday, January 26, 2015

Day 23, 24 and 25

My passions 

My health journey

And making sure I spend as much time possible with my papa and gram bam. 

Day 23: my support system, read the blog about my #wwsendtheloveteamalim ladies 

Day 25: something I miss, read my blog about my papa 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Day 22

Something you are trying to figure out 

Simply filling! When WW first introduced simple start a few months ago, I did it for a couple weeks. I lost 5-7lbs each week. The planning for simple start/simply filling can be pretty intense. 

I have decided I am going to do this. I have been researching the foods I can eat, recipes and other facts about simply filling. 

It has been very overwhelming but I know it will be worth it. 

I am so happy the S, L and S are going to start it with me! 

Bring on Monday!!! 

Day 21

Your workout routine/what you want it to be 

Right now my workout routine is: getting back on track. I have a walking dvd that I do at home (the joys of Minnesota winters). I walk outside as much as I possibly can. I do have a few other workout DVDs I do at home.

I do belong to a gym. I like to go to the gym when I can. I want to have a gym buddy (who is on or close to my level) and start going more often. 

I want to have a 5 day a week workout routine mixed with walking. My biggest goal is to become a runner. 

Day 20

The Best thing to happen this year 

Well the year is 20 days old. So not all that much has happened in the last few weeks. 

I think the best thing that has happened this year is the friendships and support I have with my lovely ladies in #wwsendtheloveteamslim 

We have an excellent group of ladies. We have all recommitted to our weight loss journeys. We support each other. I've said it before; I'd be lost without them. 

The second best thing that has happened this year is my continued relationship with my mom. So happy we are having a better relationship. 

I think I will redo this bling in a few months. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I miss him

Have you ever missed someone who is still here? 

My papa was diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer's in 2008. He was forgetting things, doing silly things and got lost driving. 

That's how it started. 

Five years later he has declined greatly. He has no idea who most people are. He can't dress himself anymore. He stares at a blank TV screen. He tells the most bizarre stories. He doesn't recognize himself in a picture. 

Sometimes he remembers. Sometimes he knows who people are. Sometimes he can remember details. Sometimes he talks about lake city. Sometimes he can be so clear. 

I have had this odd lonely feeling for the past couple months. I could not for the life of me figure out where it was coming from. And it was getting stronger on the daily. A few days ago I finally figured it out. 

I miss him. 

I miss doing inspections with him. I miss playing cribbage. I miss going to bars with him. I miss his meatloaf. I miss him getting mad at me. I miss him trying to fix things in the house. I miss him complaining that I have to many hoodies. I miss his cigar smoke smell.  I just miss him. 

My papa was (is)  like my best friend. I talked to him every single day of my life. 

It is the weirdest feeling to have because physically he is still here. It is heartbreaking to look into his eyes and there is nothing there. 

He is still a pretty happy guy. And he still smiles... That smile. 

I just miss him. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Day 19

Top 10 Fav Foods 

1. Pickles
2. Strawberries
3. French onion bagels 
4. The lodge burger (from Shamrocks)
5. Tacos 
6. Coconut
7. Asparagus 
8. Guacamole 
9. Popcorn 
10. Cheese 

Day 18

Where have you travelled to?

I have been to many places! Here is a list of a few... 
Los Angeles 
San Francisco 
San Diego 
Salt Lake City 
Kansas City
St. Louis 
Oklahoma City 

 My biggest goal is to see every baseball stadium! 

My biggest goal is to go to Paris! 

Day 17

What's in my make up bag

I had so much junk in my make up bag that I had to just have a make up drawer! 
These are my everyday essentials! 

Day 16

Two Favorite Recipes 

Taco Soup
1lb ground chicken 
1 pkg taco seasoning 
1 pkg hidden valley ranch
1 med chopped onion 
1 15oz can pinto beans 
1 15oz chili beans ( I use med spiced)
1 28oz spicy Rotell 

Brown chicken, add taco and ranch seasoning
Add all other ingredients, don't drain on crockpot 
Cook 3-4 hours on low 

1cup= 7PP 

Slow Cooker Jambalya
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 pound Andouille sausage (I substituted chorizo because my grocer didn’t have Andouille)
1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes
1 14oz can tomato sauce
1 large onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups chicken broth
2 tsps dried oregano
2 tsps creole seasoning
3 cups long grain rice
1 lb shrimp, shells and tails removed
Set slow cooker on high. Dump in everything except the rice and shrimp. Give it a good stir to mix it all together. Close lid and let cook for 2 hours.
After two hours, add rice. Give it another stir. Let cook for an additional thirty minutes and then add shrimp.
Allow to cook for another half of an hour. Garnish with chopped parsley if you like.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Day 15

Proudest Moments so far 

My first proud moment was losing 25lbs. When that happened it was the first time I'd ever been successful at losing any amount of weight ever. 

Losing 50lbs was amazing! I could not remember a time in my adult life when I was ever that "thin." 

Buy a pair of pants "off the rack" at a normal store and not at a plus size store was amazing. I convinced myself the jeans were marked wrong and had the sales girl get me 5 different pairs and boom they all fit. 

Signing up for the gym. This is something I never in a million years thought I would ever do. And going to the gym too. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Day 14

What do you collect?!? 

When I was younger I collected absolute vodka ads (I'm serious). I used them as a boarder in my bedroom. 

Now I collect sporting event tickets. I also collect player pictures with autographs. 

The other thing I collect is kitchen trinkets. The vegetti! My noodle measuring cups. And lots of other fun gadgets. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Day 13

What is the meaning of your blog 

A little less Allie... I think the name is pretty obvious. I want there to be physically less of me. 

The funny thing is, there is more than just one meaning to my blog name. My personality is ALOT! And I do mean ALOT! I am loud, bossy, cocky, swear a lot, very blunt and just out there. And I noticed the more weight I lost, the more I was. (If that makes any sense)  When I was almost 300lbs I still would talk to anyone. I was still extremely talkative and outgoing and yes even cocky. 

I have figured out through my journey of losing weight, that I need to check myself. I need to not be so over the top all the time. However, I will never be some sky and quiet girl, that will never happen! Just a little more chill. 

So a little less Allie has many meanings! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Day 12

Who/what inspires me 

There are so many ways I could answer this question. 

My mom would be number one. She has fought some battles in her life. She has failed many many many times and yet she kept going. She is now at s place in her life where she got a win and it is truly inspiring. It also makes me grateful to have her support and encouragement. 

My papa, he always tells me I look good. And he is just one of my favorite people, ever. 

My gram-bam does help me, a little. But she is a food pusher! She is not happy unless she can feed you! 

My brother Conor, he has always been super supportive. He would go on walks with me. He also goes to the state fair with me every year, and when I order junk food and only want one bite, he is right there to finish the rest for me. 

Sam would me next. When I called her with the start of my "mid life crisis" she was right on the same train with me. She has listened to me bitch and complain. She has celebrated my greatest losses with me. She has had some yummy cheat meals with me. And she always helps me with my crazy cooking/baking questions. 

My beloved #wwsendtheloveteamslim group! Where oh where would I be with out these ladies?!  We are from across the U.S. and yet we are all so similar in many ways. I truly feel like I have met some of the best friends I will ever have. I can talk about everything and anything with no judgement, and that feels amazing. 

Chrissy Schultz, she started off as a random sports follow on Twitter, to a IG follow, to a facebook friend  to someone who inspires me daily. Her weight loss  journey is amazing. She has great ideas, is super encouraging on my rants and posts and she's just a cool chick. Someday I swear we have to hang out and hate the packers together. 

Social media in general has helped me out a great deal. I don't have a special WW or weightloss account on anything, just my personal. And let me tell you, this was the best idea ever. I have had people come out of the woodwork to show me love, support and encouragement. Random people from high school, people I have worked with in 2000 and so many others have helped and inspired me more than they probably even know. 

Countless IG accounts of WW and/or weight loss journeys. The ladies and gentleman cheer me on, give me ideas, help me and so much more.  

I could go on and on about people who inspire me and motivate me. I could name so many more people individually but simply put, I gain motivation from so many of you. I really do appreciate you all so very much. 

* I am going to do a blog about some of my fav IG accounts, and such soon 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Day 11

My Bucket List 

Go to every baseball stadium 
Have No debt 
See the Vikings win a super bowl 
Go to Paris/travel all through Europe 
Find out more about my bio dad
Weigh under 200lbs 
Learn how to knit 
Get gusty to listen
Become a runner 
Get my masters degree 
Wear a size that is a single digit 
Fall in love 
Go to the super bowl 2018 
Continue my relationship with my mom 
Run (not walk) a 5k and then a 20k 
Have meaningful friendships 
Go to another all star game 

I might add more when I think of more 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Day 10

If I won the lottery 

What a fun thing to dream about! 
I would remodel my house 
Add a treadmill/mink gym 
Have season tickets to the twins, vikings, wild
I would travel 
I would hire a chef 
I would help (most) of my family and a few of them I would give 2.00 to and tell them to buy a clue 
I would have no debt
I would donate a ton of money to a few social service agencies 
I would take care of my grandparents
I would save a lot 


Friday, January 9, 2015

Day 9

Timeline of my Day 

My days are always so random and so different. My job is not your normal 9-5. I am on call from 8a-10p Monday-Friday. I work in a field of things change almost on the daily. 

Typically I get up by 8:00am
I will get ready for the day and wait as long as possible to eat breakfast (I really am not a fan of this, I make my self)
Some days I go to the office, some days I work from home, sometimes I go to one of the house and sown times I am running all over the place.  
During the summer/fall months I walk usually before work or after work. I am trying to get the whole gym routine into a daily routine. 
When I get home I like to meal plan for the next day.
And I catch up on my DVR. I try to read every night before I go to sleep. 
Also i have some needy furbabes!    

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Day 8

What is in my fridge 

Well considering my freezer just stopped working and I lost most of my stuff in there, I will just go with what is typically in my fridge. 

Original & chocolate almond milk 
Ground chicken
Cottage cheese 
Shredded cheese 
100 cal guacamole packs 
Greek yogurt 
7 kinds of mustard 
4 kinds of salsa 
Laughing cow cheese 
Romaine lettuce 
Salsa ranch dressing 
Taco soup 
Cranberry juice 
Powerade zero 
Cat food 
Bloody Mary mix 
Lots and lots of BBQ sauce 

These are my basic must haves 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Day 7

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

I feel like I see the same person I've seen for as long as I can remember. I see the scar above my eye, I see a double chin, I see chubby cheeks, I see brown eyes and I see my stomach. 

When I hit 50lbs lost I thought then i would see finally see a change...nope. I get very frustrated with myself because I seem to only see my flaws or things I don't like. 

I know I need to change this. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Day 6

What's in your handbag 

My purse weighs 11.2lbs....I'm not kidding!!! 

What's in my bag: 
Work keys 
Car keys 
Gym lock 
Hand sanitizer 
iPhone cord 
Cough drops 
7 packs of gum- I don't play, I love gum 
Nail clippers
Hair binders 
Loose change 
And about 12 receipts I threw out 


Monday, January 5, 2015

Day 5

Top 10 workout songs

"Turn down for what" - lil jon 
" yeah"- Usher 
"Immigrant Song"- Led Zeppelin 
"Shake it off"- Taylor Swift 
"Cyclone"- Baby Bash
"ignition" - R.Kelly 
"Sweet Emotion" -Aerosmith 
"Drink in my hand"- Eric Church
"Without me"- Eminem 
"Coming undone"- Korn  

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Day 4

Why did I start my weight loss journey. 

I started my weight loss journey because of these two pictures. 

It was May of 2011. My roommate at the time had just turned 30. We had a huge weekend the bar Friday night, house party on Saturday and a twins game on Sunday. 

I remember being at the bar on Friday night and my roommate got wasted. He was talking about being 30 and wasting so much time and he thought he would have been in a different place in life and so on. As the weekend went on, I kept thinking. 

It was still a couple of month until my 30th birthday as well. And truth be told, I was miserable. I smoked two packs of cigarettes a day, I ate like
A cow, I got no exercise and I was sore all the time. I remember going to the twins game that Sunday and not wanting to drink anything because I was so tired and sore, I didn't want to go up the stairs to use the bathroom. No joke, I was to that level. 

After his birthday weekend was over I posted all the pictures I took on facebook. As I was tagging people in the pictures, I stopped at the two posted on this blog. I looked terrible. I looked like I was miserable. It was no joke like I was looking into my own eyes and like telling myself to help myself. Time to face reality, I was 29, almost 300lbs, smoking like a chimney, not healthy at all and I was miserable. 

I called Sam that night and just let it all out. After a 2-3 hour conversation, we both decided we were going to quit smoking and join weight watchers. This was on a Sunday night. By that Wednesday I quit smoking and I joined weight watchers that Friday. 

***I have to say looking at the pictures from May 2011 and really thinking about why I started this journey is helping me. I can remember how I felt. I can remember the pain. I can feel the miserably. I can still see the looks people used to give me. And let me tell you, I never want to see or feel that way or look that way EVER again. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Day Three

Favorite Quote

I feel like I have so many favorite quotes. And it depends on the day and when/what I need to hear (if that makes any sense) 

I have a motivation wall in my house. It helps me when I struggle. When I made it I posted on FB, IG and Twitter to my friends, family and followers to leave me quotes, sayings or what have you. So all of them on my wall are form my supporters. 

But if I had to pick just one I have to go with this,
Because I think I need these reminders on the daily. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Day Two

Where do I want to be in three months?!? 

Three months seems like both a short time away and a lifetime away. So where do I want to be in 3 months?!! That is a good question. 

Sometimes I have a hard time being realistic in what I want to do or accomplish in a set amount of time. This is something I defiantly learned the hard way through the course of my weightloss journey.....

Because in my perfect world 3 months from now I would be at goal, wearing a size 8, feeling great about myself and would have all my student loans paid off. Let's face facts here, none of that will be happening. Well maybe the feeling great about myself part. 

Realistically in three months I want to feel better. I want to feel less fat (I'm sure some of you will know what I mean). I want the old habits that have crept back into my life to be a thing of the past. I would love to have a weekly workout routine down. Ideally I would like to have lost 15-20lbs. 

Mainly I want to be making real progres. Not the BS I've done for the last year of two steps forward, one step back. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Day One

31 Day Blog Challange- day one

My name is Allie. I was born and raised in STP, Minnesota. I love this city so much. I first started WW in May of 2011. I lost 60 lbs in 8 months and was feeling great. Then I got lazy and complacent. I did end up losing another 15lbs over the course of 2012-2103. As crazy as this sounds, it started to freak me out the thinner I got. (I'm going to write a full blog on this at at later date and time) 

20 facts about me 
1. I am loud and have a mouth on me
2. I would walk barefoot everywhere if I could
3. I get pedicures almost every week
4. I always have at least 6 flavors of gum in my purse
5. My purse usually weighs at least 12lbs (I'm not kidding)
6. I can't go to sleep with dirty dishes in my sink 
7. I am obsessed with baseball, football and hockey
8. I love to tailgate but don't drink 
9. I am from Minnesota and I love it here, insane weather and all 
10. I love pictures and take tons 
11. I never went to a public school, catholic school k-12
12. I am extremely blunt 
13. I love fall and Halloween 
14. I will talk to anyone 
15. Since starting ww my feet have gone from a size 11 to a 9.5
16. I work with special needs adults and have for the last 11 years. 
17. I love mustard 
18. Obsessed with pickles
19. I love to play cribbage
20. I've never had a cavity