Life Update

Well, well, well…

It’s been quite awhile, folks. And for that I apologize.

I’ve had a real struggle trying to balance work. family, friends, everything else I need to do and this blog. And I keep saying it, but it really makes me sad. I created this website as something fun to do. Somewhere I could write down what I think or feel. And I love doing it. But I’ve let life get in the way.

I have been quite busy lately. I’ve been working a lot, spending lots of time with my family and friends, and just having fun and somewhat enjoying life.

A quick update on my weightloss journey.. I am failing miserably. Last month while at work,  I bent down awkwardly and heard something pop in my back. I was injured and out for quite awhile. I’m still not a hundred percent. I have to be quite careful, or else it starts hurting pretty badly.

So long story short, the back injury really put a damper on my workout routine. I’ve only went to the gym only a handful of times in the last few months. And my eating has been pretty poor. I’ve been trying to eat somewhat healthy, but I’ve had quite a few cheat…days, to be honest. But, I am trying. And I will eventually get to where I need to be. But, life, as it always seems to do, sometimes gets in the way.

I just wanted to come on here and explain some things that are going on in my life and talk about where I envision this blog to go in the future.

I created this as a place where I could write whatever I was thinking, feeling, or wanted to share about this weightloss journey that I started. But, as you can see, weightloss is a lifetime journey. Something that I will most likely have to be cautious of and thinking about for my entire life.

But, it doesn’t define who I am. I have thousands of other interests in my life. Yes, I love talking about healthy food, exercise, weightloss and everything that goes along with it, but that’s not everything that makes up Sara. I love to shop {window shop and/or bargain shop, lets be serious}. I love all things makeup and glam. I love to make people laugh. I love to decorate my house. I love to dance and sing and be goofy. I love reading. I love baking and cooking new foods. I love binge watching whole series of television shows on Netflix with my husband. I love DIY projects and creating new things.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that there’s are a million other things I enjoy doing and weightloss and everything that comes along with it is just a small portion of my life. I want to be able to incorporate all of my passions in this blog and talk about whatever it is that I want to, when I want to.

I have a goal of posting at least 2 posts per week that could range anywhere from a new recipe, to my thoughts on a movie I watched, to a new cosmetic I’m obsessing over, to pictures of my weekend with my family. And anywhere in between.

Thank you for sticking with me and being so understanding. If you have any suggestions or anything you would like to see me write about, leave me a comment below! I really appreciate all of you!

Lots of love.

Month At A Glance: February

It’s that time again. It’s time for a recap on how my month went. You know, now that we are like have way into March. Oops. I’ve been a busy girl. Sorry.

Week 1: This was a pretty bad week for me, to be honest. I only exercised two times this week at home. I was feeling under the weather and had a lot of crap happening at work. I didn’t even go to the gym at all this week. The only awesome thing that happened to me this week was that we went to Trader Joes and Whole foods and bought a whole bunch of healthy food {The area where they are located at is pretty far from where I live, so it’s a treat to be able to go!} ! I lost 2.1 pounds this week making a total of 15.4 pounds overall!

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Week 2: This was an awesome week for me! I went to the gym five times, which always makes me happy when I reach my goal. I burned 2,607 calories total at the gym! That is amazing! This week I lost 2.7 pounds making it a total of 18.1 pounds lost!

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Week 3: Another horrible week for me! I became super duper sick on Sunday night. I had to call into work Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, because I was so ill. I couldn’t keep anything down for those three days. After I started feeling better, my body was just so drained. It took all that I could muster just to go to work and come home and sleep. This year has been terrible for me, sickness wise! Needless to say, I didn’t workout a single day this week, but I still lost 3.1 pounds, making it a total of 21.2 pounds lost! It wasn’t a very fun way to lose weight, to be honest.

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Week 4: This week was a tad bit better for me! I was feeling a lot better, but only went to the gym three times. On Monday, I beat a personal record of mine. I went 15 minutes on the Stair Master, which I am pretty proud of! I burned about 1,593 calories this week. I didn’t go the five days this week, but I felt pretty good about how I ate and my progress. But, when I stepped on the scale I gained 2.2 pounds. What a bummer. That made my total weight loss go back down to 19 pounds. Which is still pretty darn good for two months, but I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t disappointed. Not a very happy ending to my month.

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February’s Totals:

Neck: Lost .5 inch

Chest: Lost 1 inch

Arms: Lost 4 inches {Can you believe it?!}

Waist: Lost 1.5

Hips: Lost .5 inch

Thighs: Lost 2 inches

Total Inches Lost This Month : 9.5 inches!

Total Inches Lost Overall: 22.5 inches!

Weight Loss This Month: 5.7 pounds

Weight Loss Overall: 19 pounds

I feel like I could have done a lot better this month, but I’m still proud of losing 19 pounds in two months. I had some struggles and a few downfalls, but I pick myself up and go even harder next month! I can’t wait to see how this journey unfolds!

Lots of love.

Month at a Glance: January

I can’t believe we are a couple days into February 2015 already! Where the heck is the time going?

Since I (re)started this whole weightloss journey January 4th, I was thinking of making a weekly update. But, I think that’s a little too much. So I’ll be making this new series “Month at a Glance” at least for this year. It will be interesting for me to look back and see how far that I’ve come!

Week 1: Every Sundays I will be weighing in. It’s the first day of my work week and I feel like it will just work out well for me. Also, on the first Sunday of the month I will be taking my measurements. So for this first Sunday I weighed in and did all my measurements. I did several workouts at home that week, but that next Saturday I got a gym membership! I feel like it pushes me to workout harder when I’m at the gym, so I’m really excited about it!

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Week 2: I weighed in on Sunday and I lost 2.5 pounds my first week! That was more than enough motivation to push me to work even harder! Two of my friends, Cheyenne and Felicia, also got gym memberships and we went together almost every day this week. We made a “secret group” on Facebook to help keep each other on track. We also started tracking all of the food we eat on the MyFitnessPal app. I went to the gym 5 days this week and burned a total of 2,558 calories at the gym! That is huge! I lost 6 pounds this week and 8.5 total!

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Week 3: I went to the gym 5 times this week! I burned a total of 2,271 calories at the gym and that really makes me happy! I  lost 3.7 pounds for the week, making it a total of 12.2 pounds down for the month!

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Week 4: I was feeling great after Sunday’s weigh in and ready to take on another week. But, when I woke up on Monday I was so incredibly sick. I felt like I was on death row. I went to the clinic and was told that I had a severe sinus infection, but I’m pretty sure I had the flu bug that has been going around. It knocked me out for the week. I had to call in 3 days.  I went to work 2 days, but was exhausted when I came home. I didn’t work out at all this week, however, I did get a lot of ab exercise in with all the coughing I was doing. I was pretty nervous to weigh in and do my measurements for the month, but it all went pretty well. I lost 1.1 pounds this week.

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January’s Totals:

Neck: Lost 1 inch

Chest: Lost 3 inches

Arms: Lost 1 inch

Waist: Lost 3 inches

Hips: Lost 3 inches

Thighs: Lost 2 inches

Total Inches Lost : 13 inches!

Weight: Lost 13.3 pounds

I can’t believe those numbers. And if that doesn’t push me to strive to do the best I can,  don’t know what will! I feel like I did an awesome job this first month and can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for me! I know I can do this!

Lots of love.

2014: A Year in Review

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

And welcome to 2015. I cannot believe it has been another year already. It has been almost exact one year since I started this whole weightloss shenanigans.

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It was January 9th, 2014. Daniel and I had went on a trip to Toronto to visit family in October and I was looking at the pictures. I was embarrassed for myself in those photos. I hated how I looked. I knew I didn’t feel good about myself, but I never realized I was so big. And then I took a step on the scale (that I hadn’t touched in practically forever) and reality hit me in the face. My huge ass face. (Chin count: 3)

After that day I worked my ass off. I ate healthy and I was exercising regularly. I stopped drinking pop, eating junk, fast food, and started to feel really good about myself. I joined two different Dietbet challenges. One that lasted a month and another that lasted six months.

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And I won both of my bets and lost close to 50 pounds. I knew I had a lot more work to do, but for the first time in a long time I felt proud of myself and it really felt good. (Chin count: 2)

My last Dietbet ended the beginning of July. After I won, I allowed myself to eat a few junky meals. And then we went on vacation for a couple weeks to Texas to visit more family. That really screwed up my whole entire healthy eating and exercise. I mean, I could have made better choices, but I just didn’t. And I didn’t really care either.

The day after we got back from vacation my Grandfather passed away very unexpectedly. And it all just went downhill from there, to be quite honest. I ate whatever I wanted to eat. For months. I didn’t do much exercising. I just was lazy and felt sorry for myself.  The last few months of 2014 were just hard. And hard for everyone around me. And that was a good enough excuse for me and I just lost the motivation that I once had.

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And here comes the end of December. We went to Toronto to visit the family again. I really thought that the next time that we visited that I would show up and be whole different person. But, no. (Chin count: 3…)

So that was my 2014. I had a wonderful first 7 months and the worst 5 of my life.

What did I learn? That what takes you seven months to lose can come back in a month and a half flat.

All joking aside, I’m joining the gym again. It will be easier for me to a get a good workout in. Plus, my husband is starting a different shift at work, so I will have a few more hours by myself that I might as well use to my advantage. I’m starting my healthy eating again. And I’m actually looking forward to it. I’ll have to dust my juicer off !  I have a few close friends that are joining me on this journey too. It will be good to have support and people to talk to when the times get rough.  I have some big goals and I’m not letting anything stop me this year.

2015 is my year. No doubt about it. Here is to a fresh, new start!

Follow Me Around: Flint Farmer’s Market!

I have fond memories of going to the farmer’s market as a child. I remember going with my grandparents on Saturday afternoons. The smells, the noise, the hustle and bustle of a busy market. It seemed magical. I mean, besides the fact that I was able to get an elephant ear. Talk about magic. In your mouth.

Okay, this is getting weird. Anyway, I love the farmer’s market. There are two really close to where I live. Both are brand spanking new, built this year.

So I went earlier this week. I didn’t have too much to go for. I needed red peppers for a stuffed pepper recipe I was making for dinner one day this week. Plus, it was lunchtime and I really wanted to try out one of the restaurants inside.

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I picked Mexico at the Market. They only have a few meals to choose from, which normally means that what they make is extra delicious. I got chicken enchiladas with a side of beans and rice. It was really, really good. Probably the best enchiladas I have ever ate.. for real. And I’ve had a lot of enchiladas in my lifetime.

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I also got a juice from Willows Garden Juice Bar. I got the “Mean Green” juice. I really, really loved this juice. It was super good and worth every penny. I seriously can’t wait to go back and try a different flavor. I highly recommend this place!

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And as any normal person would do, here is a picture of my food. Yeah, I was that person at the crowded market sitting at a table by myself taking pictures of my food before I eat it. This picture doesn’t do those enchiladas justice. It was a great lunch.

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I honestly don’t know which vendor that I picked up my peppers from, but I had to add them in here. I got all those peppers for $4.50! Such a good deal. That’s why I love the farmer’s market. I used the green and yellow peppers in other recipes throughout the week and made stuffed peppers with the red ones!

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And then on the way home I saw these bad boys up in the sky! It’s not everyday you see hot air balloons floating around town. It was a beautiful day.

And that was my trip to the farmer’s market! I had a really good time that day, even if I was all by myself. If you live in the area, I highly recommend this farmer’s market. They have a few different meat markets, bakeries, orchard vendors, sushi, all sorts of different things!  You won’t be disappointed!

 

November Goals

So, I admit. I’ve been slacking on my weightloss for the last month.

I didn’t weigh myself for the entire month of October and when I stepped on the scale the  first of November my eyes wanted to pop right out of my head. I had gained about 8 pounds. Dannnng.

But seriously, I just ate way to much pizza, drank too much, had cookies, candy, cake, you name it. It was slightly ridiculous. I may or may not have ate an entire bag of those chewy caramels with the cream filling inside during one episode of Gilmore Girls on Netflix.  I may have tried the best donut of my life (a peanut butter and jelly donut from the bakery inside the Flint Farmer’s Market…yikes.)

Anyway, the point is that I ate whatever I wanted and didn’t care. I’m an emotional eater. I was stressed and I ate.

This month is going to be different. I have goals and plans that need to be accomplished. And I can do this.

November Goals

  • No cheat meals. This means no fast food, no eating out because we are too lazy to cook. Eating healthy, clean meals all month long. But of course, Thanksgiving is totally off the table (do I even have to say that?)
  • No junk food. No candy, cake, cookies, treats, desserts, etc. Unless they are healthy. I’ve got a few healthy dessert ideas and I don’t mind eating those this month. I just need to back away from the peanut Butter and jelly donuts, that’s all.
  • Workout 5 times a week. This doesn’t have to be a crazy 100 mile race or go jogging at 4am every morning. But, I need to move my body for at least 30 minutes, five times a week.
  • Go 125 miles on my stationary bicycle. I bought this bike and I’ve been neglecting it lately. So, to use it more and get back on it, I made a goal to go 125 miles this month. This means I need to ride it 6.5 miles every time I work out, or whatever..
  • Lose 10 pounds. I just wanted to lose the weight I gained in October, plus a few extra pounds. I can do it. Honestly, it’s already the 6th and I’ve lost about 7 pounds already. I’m excited to see how much I can lose this month.
  • Post 2 blog posts a week. And as you can see, I’ve also been neglecting my blog as well. I just have been pretty busy and excuses. So, I’ll be putting out at least 8 posts this month.

 

And there you have it.  These are some pretty easy goals I have this month. They just take a little planning and dedication. But, I got this.

Update On My Life

I’m back. I deserted you and I am terribly sorry.

I’ve had the craziest month ever. I’ve had some of the most fun I’ve ever had and some of the most darkest days I’ve ever experienced. It has just been a whirlwind the last few weeks and I don’t even know where to begin.

The end of July, my husband and I took a week and a half off of work and headed across the country to Texas. He has family there {that I had never met} so we went down there and spent a week with them. We had so much fun traveling down there together. This was the first big vacation we have had since we got married. It was awesome to get away from everyday life. We explored Dallas, Houston, and Galveston. We went to NASA, went shopping, and even got to go to a Peruvian restaurant for Daniel’s birthday. And most importantly spent time with his amazing aunt, uncle, and cousins. I didn’t eat too horrible, but I wasn’t as careful as I had been. Let’s not even talk about the snacks on the car ride. Anyway, we were incredibly sad to leave, but we headed home back to Michigan to start our everyday life again.

We made it back home on Sunday, My husband went back to work that Monday, but I took an extra personal day, to catch up on laundry and everything you have to do after you’ve been gone for a week. I was about to get in the shower that morning and glanced at my phone that was on silent and saw that I had 12 missed calls, 3 voicemails, and 5 text message and my brother was knocking on my door. He told my grandpa was on the way to the hospital and we had to get up there immediately.

My grandpa was gone by the time we got there. That was the worst week I’ve ever had to experience. My grandpa was special. We had this unspoken bond. He helped me through a lot of things throughout my life and was the greatest man I’ve ever met. Between the pain I felt, and the pain I had to witness my grandma, mom, uncles, and my family experience, my heart was shattered into pieces.

I spent all of my time surrounded by family and helping in anyway I could. People brought food. Doughnuts, fried chicken, Subway sandwiches, pasta, bread, cookies, cakes. We definitely had no shortage of food, sweets, or candy. And I didn’t care. I ate what ever I could get my fat, little, stubby fingers on. I ate my feelings away like I have all my life.

And somehow I managed to make my Dietbet. Right in the middle of my life crumbling down around me, I had to weigh in for my final Dietbet. And I made it. By exercising, juicing, and a detox the days before. Not incredibly proud of that fact, but I did what I had to do to make it. I was on track throughout the entire 6 months, up until the last few weeks. I’ll make an entire blog post about the Dietbet.

And then I had to deal with an immigration interview for my husband. I don’t expect many people to understand, but that was one of the most stressful things I’ve had to endure.{Everything is fine if you are wondering} I’ve been busy with work and extra work projects and being sick. And you know, excuses upon excuses. So I’m starting over. I’ve still lost close to 40 pounds and I’m incredibly proud of that, but I’ve got a lot more work to do and I’m done moping around and feeling sorry for myself. If I want to change, it’s not going to be easy and I’ve got to DO IT.

So I’ve started a new program. I’m not doing the  Dietbet anymore. Maybe in the future, but not right now. I joined a walking club challenge at work {I bought a Fitbit Zip} and I’m on day two of Jillian Michael’s “30 Day Shred“.

If I’ve learned anything in the last few weeks its that life can be fun, exciting, painful, and miserable, and no matter what you go through, the world keeps spinning, with or without you. I don’t want to live this life with regrets and I’m sick of being fat and unhappy. I’m ready to change. This is my second new beginning. I can do this and I know that I will.

 

 

 

12 Things You Need To Know Before You Start Your Weightloss Journey

“Sara, how do you do it?”

 

I have people ask me this on a regular basis. I feel like at the moment they ask me I never have the exact words. I have thought about this a lot and this is what I came up with.

1. You have to WANT to change. This is number one for a reason. No matter what anyone does or says to you, if you do not want to make the change, there is no way you will and be able to stick with it. I spent many years hating the way I looked in the mirror, the clothes I had to buy to fit my body, and just not liking myself. I’ve had people say some pretty horrible things to me, but it did not make me want to change, until I had the mindset to change myself.

2. Stop telling yourself that you will start tomorrow, or the first of the year, or the first of the month, etc. Changing your life doesn’t have to start on a Monday and actually it shouldn’t. You should start today, at this very moment. Live in the now, not in the future.

3. You have to realize that this is a lifestyle change, not a diet. Diets DO NOT work. There is no weight loss program that will help you lose 10 pounds in 10 days and keep it off forever. There isn’t a magical pill you can take and make all your clothes fit just right. You have to change your eating habits, your exercise habits, your entire life. I’m not saying you need to go from eating fast food three times a day, seven days a week to eating a strict fruits, vegetables, chicken, turkey, and water diet. Start eliminating foods as you go. It’s a process that you should take one step at a time.

4. You need to realize that it is not going to be easy. You will have your alarm clock set for the wee hours of the morning to workout before work and when it goes off, you will feel like screaming. You will have people bring in delicious food to your work and you will have to politely decline. Your husband will ask for fast food for dinner and you will have to bring him home a burger and french fries, and then make something healthy for yourself. You will go out for a jog and be far from home and don’t have enough energy to make it back, so you cry all the way home. Your feet will be sore, your body will ache. And after all of your suffering, after all of your hard work you will step on the scale and it will say you gained a pound. These things happen. They happen all the time. But, you cannot let it affect you. You work hard for this, you push through it and I promise you that it will get better and easier as you go.

5. You will have to push yourself to workout. Start with something simple. Go for a walk around the block. Once you do that for a week, go two times. If you get winded by getting out of a chair, sit in a chair and stand up five times. Do anything that makes your heart rate raise. Some days you will not want to work out, but you have to do it anyway. You need to find something that you like to do. Something you enjoy. Find a workout partner that will push you to go workout, even if you don’t feel like it. Make a schedule. Do whatever it takes, but just eating healthy will not help you lose the weight and see the results you want. You have to exercise. Just find an activity that you enjoy doing and get out there and do it.

6. Start learning how to make delicious, healthy food. Just because you are eating healthy, doesn’t mean the foods you eat have to be gross or something you don’t enjoy. I spent hours and hours looking for ideas and recipes. I tried my best to find healthier options to the foods that I love. I love cheeseburgers and french fries. When I get a craving for it, I can make a turkey burger with carrot and sweet potato fries. I love spaghetti, but instead I started eating it using spaghetti squash and making my sauce with ground turkey. I love pizza, but when I am hungry for it, I make a way healthier version instead of ordering one (I’ve got a recipe coming soon!) Also, you can still eat things you love, just eat smaller portions. You don’t need to make everything a large size. Eating smaller portions will definitely help you lose weight!

7. Take a look at what you are drinking. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather use my calories on yummy, delicious food than a drink. This is coming from a former soda pop queen. No joke, I would bring a 2 liter of pop home from work with me and my husband and I would have it gone that night. We had pop with dinner almost every night. I would have a can of pop during my lunch at work, if not a 20 oz.  When we went out to eat, we would get refills and refills of pop. It was absolutely ridiculous. I haven’t had a drop of pop since the day I started my journey in the middle of January. I quit cold turkey. I had a migraine for a week straight. But it was totally worth it. I lost a lot of weight within that first month and I know a majority of it came from not drinking pop any longer. Also, beer and liquor. If you eat healthy all week long and on Friday night you go out and have two beers, a mixed drink, and three shots you are not doing yourself any favors. I’m not saying you can’t do these things anymore, but take some time and take a good look at what you are drinking and see if it is worth it to you.

8. If you screw up, start again. This one is a tough one for me. It’s hard to get passed the mindset that if you eat something bad today, I might as well continue to eat unhealthy today. No, if you have a Double Whopper with a large fries for lunch, it’s not too late to turn your day around and have something healthy for dinner. If you go off track a day, or even a couple days, that is fine. Just start again tomorrow. It’s not worth beating yourself up over. Just do what you can, get back on track, and keep yourself accountable. You always need to give yourself a cheat meal, cheat day, whatever works for you.

9. Be organized. Make an exercise schedule. Make a meal plan. You need to be organized with your weight loss. I have a weight loss board that I will share with you soon. I have a calendar, a dry erase board, and some cork boards hanging up in my workout room. Just have an idea when you will work out, or else it will be even harder to try to squeeze it in. It will end up being 10pm, you have to work at 7am the next day and sleep is going to overrule your workout plans. Have an idea what you are planning on eating. Prepare your lunch the night before. Make sure you have your chicken thawed out for dinner before you head out the door to work. It is the little things that will help keep you on track so you won’t skip your workout and end up going through a drive-thru for dinner.

10. Set realistic goals. Try to make short, manageable goals that you can achieve. Of course it is great to make an overall goal, your final goal weight, but it is really important to make small goals throughout the way. It will help keep you on track and keep you going. That is where the Dietbet website helps me a lot. I started my weight loss journey by joining this website. The goal was to lose 4% of my body weight in 30 days. That was an achievable goal that I accomplished. Right now I’m on my last month of a 6 month Dietbet to lose 10% of my body weight in 6 months. Each month I had a goal weight that I have reached. I truly believe this website helped to keep me accountable and to lose the amount of weight that I have. I will make a post about the website next month, when I complete my six month challenge.

11. You need to realize that it takes time. Losing weight takes time. Anything that is hardwork takes time and dedication. There is a post on Pinterest that I always see.

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This is completely true. After a month I could definitely tell a difference in myself, how I felt, and how my clothes fit me differently. After two months, my family and close friends started really noticing a difference. And right now I’m at the point where a lot of people are starting to notice. I’m not saying that you need to lose weight for someone to notice or to please someone else. But, it would be a lie to say that when someone notices that you are losing weight and tells you that you are looking good that it doesn’t make you feel wonderful. It’s always nice to hear. Just remember that this change doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time. Lots of time.

12. Love yourself enough to make the change. You only have this one life. You were given only one body. Start taking care of it right now. You deserve to live a long life in a happy, healthy body.

 

That’s all I got.  I remember how I felt just a short six months ago. I was angry and I hated myself. If you are in that stage right now, I want you to know that I believe in you. If I can do this, so can you. I am here for you. If you ever need anyone to talk to, I’m your girl. Just leave me a comment, email me, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest. I’m everywhere ready to chat! I support and love each and every one of you.

Believe in yourself.

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Five Month Transformation

It was five months ago to the day I decided to change my entire life. I was so sick of being fat and all the consequences that go along with being.. well obese. I hate that word. It makes me cringe every single time I hear it. Or say it. Or type it.

I remember stepping on the scale and being afraid to look down. When I saw the numbers, I just laid in my bed and sobbed. It was absolutely pathetic. I was mad at the scale. I was mad at myself. I was mad at food. I was mad at everything in my life. But there was no one to blame but myself. I put myself in this position and I am the only one that can get my out of it.

And I’ll tell you what, these last five months I’ve worked my booty off. I’ve done some physical things, I never thought I’d be able to do (but my boobs still won’t allow me to do jumping jacks, I don’t blame them). I’ve definitely tested my will power (Who in their right mind denies frozen custard with their best friend?) and my mind is in a completely different place. I truly feel I have  a whole different outlook on life.

Just a side note: Yesterday I had to go to a company meeting, where as goofy as it sounds, they wanted us to learn a line dance to the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Everyone else was too shy/uncomfortable, but me and this other chick got up, learned the routine and stood in the front while everyone else stood towards the back while they recorded us dancing. They are going to play it in front of large amounts of people at upcoming company events. I stood in the front. Dancing. In front of a video recorder. Now, I’ve never been shy or embarrassed about anything, but I know damn well I would not have done that five months ago. Anyways….

I had to do my monthly weigh in and I just wanted to compare the picture I took that first day in January to the picture I took yesterday. I couldn’t believe it. The scale has told me I’ve lost 40 pounds, but those photos are worth a thousand words.

I obviously have a ton of work left and a whole lifetime full of healthy habits to make. But, today I’m feeling proud and accomplished. Five months ago there is no way I could have said anything good about myself. Starting today I’m making a challenge with myself. Each day I have to look into the mirror and tell myself something good about me. I’m not sure what I’m going to tell myself today, but it will probably be along the lines of “Is it hot in here? Or is it just you?”

Leave a comment, tell me what YOU tell yourself when you look in the mirror?

 

Morning Walk + Mini Life Update

Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! I was lucky enough to be able to get this weekend off of work. I wanted to sleep in, but my dog woke me and my husband up at 6:30am to go outside and I was never able to go back to sleep. Bummer.

It is an absolutely gorgeous day outside, so right when I pulled the blinds open I definitely wanted to go for a walk! I got my running shoes on, got my dog ready to go outside, and my husband came  along too!

I received my Polar FT4 heart rate monitor watch from Amazon a few weeks ago. I have gotten a chance to use it only a couple of times, so I wanted to test it out today on our walk. We went for a two and a half mile walk, just around our neighborhood. My target heart rate is above 127, so when it drops below that, the watch starts beeping. I would start jogging for a little while to raise my heart rate to be “In the zone”. Our walk was almost 35 minutes and I was able to burn 218 calories. Not to shabby!

Our dog, Marley, is a total nutcase. She is going to be three years old this July and is still awful on a leash. When we start our walks, she is a crazy monster, but she gets way better as we go on. I have a goal to go on 2-3 walks/jogs per week this summer, so I’m hoping to change her horrible habit.

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This is her after the walk this morning. I have never seen her tongue so long in my life. It was so long, she could have tucked it into her collar or tied it into a bow tie!  She was definitely wore her out and has slept all afternoon.

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I’m pretty sure if I would have took a picture of myself after the walk, this is what I would have looked like. Only kidding. Even though it was pretty hot, and I’m a dummy who forgot to bring water. I’m a terrible dog parent.

I know I haven’t been updating my blog as much as I would like to. I’ve been pretty busy at work and the last few days seem to be never ending. Between errands, dentist appointments (I had to get a root canal done last week), and purchasing a new car (and all the crazy things that went into that), I’ve been pretty busy the last couple weeks.  However, I’ve figured out a routine and I’ll be putting content out more often. It’s something I really enjoy doing, so I need to be better at making time for things I actually enjoy. I have a few posts already in the works, and a list of topics hanging out in this big noggin. So, there won’t be any shortage of posts in the coming weeks.

I hope you all have an enjoyable, safe holiday and don’t forget the reason behind this three day weekend.

The Reason I Cancelled My Gym Membership

Yep. You read that right. I cancelled my gym membership. The day after I finally decided it was time to lose all my extra fluffiness.

A few years ago a new gym came into our town. Well, it wasn’t exactly in the town I live in, but approximately 15 minutes away from my house. It is one of those “cheap” gyms. One that promised that there would be no heavy weightlifters or people pointing and laughing at you when you trip and fly off the back of a treadmill. One that for an extra $10 a month you can go tanning and bring a friend with you whenever you go. They even gave out free pizza on Fridays!

My friend and I decided two years ago to sign up for that gym. I told myself I would go no less than three times a week. And I held onto that promise. For about two months. Until eventually I just quit going. I’m pretty sure I went to that gym less than 50 times in the two years I had my membership. I thought I had good reasons why I didn’t go. I was “sick” or “tired” after a hard day at work.  And the days I could go I would think about the times when I went and had to wait just to get on a treadmill. Or the people who would ruin my circuit training because they came in just to use a specific machine. And the weird ass people that go to cheap gyms. Sometimes I had the urge to take a bag of popcorn and sit my fat ass on an exercise bike and watch some of these crazies, because it was more entertaining than most television shows these days. I’m not saying weird people shouldn’t work out. I mean more power to them. I’m sure they went more often than I did.

The point is, I just plain and simple didn’t get my fat butt to the gym to workout. I wasn’t mentally prepared for it anyway. I was more mentally prepared for cheesecake and guacamole burgers, but whatever. I had been planning on going in and cancelling my membership for about a year.  Twenty dollars a month doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you don’t even use the gym at least once a month, it was a total waste of money.

The day I decided I was changing my life completely, I decided I was going to go cancel that membership, even if I was slightly embarrassed to do so. I made my husband go with me. I just decided no matter what, I didn’t want to use that facility anymore. It made me not like working out and I needed something easier that would push me to work out as often as possible.

After cancelling the gym membership, we went and purchased an upright, exercise bicycle. It’s a Schwinn baby and I absolutely love it. I just like the word “Schwinn”. We have a spare bedroom that we weren’t really doing anything with, so I decided to make it into an exercise room for me. I bought a yoga mat, exercise ball, some hand weights, resistance cords, and a kettle bell. With all of that equipment just a few steps away, I had no excuse not to exercise.

I just wanted to make it easy for me. To give myself absolutely no excuse not to workout. Even if I go 15 minutes on the exercise bike, it is a lot better than what I was doing. I think eventually I will get another membership. Probably somewhere closer to my house and a little nicer maybe. But, for the time being, what I’m doing right now is just fine for me and that’s all that matters.