Friday, February 10, 2017

Down, Dooby-Doo, Down, Down

Last Friday marked exactly one month since I re-started my healthy way of life. I forgot to write an update then. My bad, but better late than never. So here I am!

My goal was to lose 10lbs in the month of January. 10lbs is a lot of lose in a month, and I knew it might be very tough to do. But I am happy to report that I was successful!

Actually, I surpassed my goal. I ended up losing closer to 11 pounds. Yowza!

Unfortunately, I ate out just a FEW too many times this week and had some trouble staying on track, so this week I just maintained my weight loss. Hey, I'll TAKE it!

I also got my hair coloured last week. Bye bye, bad ombre. I am happy to be back to my red roots!

I am feeling a lot better lately, both physically and from a self-confidence standpoint. However, I am still self conscious about certain things. Like smiling. I feel like I look like a chipmunk when I smile. I smile a lot, but I hate to see photos of it. I can't wait until that stops being the case.

Happy Friday!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Down 2!

Wahoo! I lost another 2lbs this week! Actually, it was more like two and a half! I was so surprised...I knew that I had done well, but I hadn't restricted myself nearly as much as I have in the past. I just exercised portion control and got myself moving more, but didn't deprive myself. Basically I...

- Ate more salads and vegetables
- Mostly cut out fast food and pop
- Stopped drinking my calories
- Watched the amount I was eating and listened to my body (ie I stopped eating when I felt satisfied - I didn't wait until I was stuffed)
- I worked out 3 times, plus walked twice on my lunch breaks

Easy right? Actually, yes!

I really think I can keep this going. I am feeling so much better about myself - it is hard to want to go back! This really feels like just living a normal lifestyle.

Also, I started using Instagram...just a little bit as I figure out how to best use it...but if you want to follow me, check me out at . I will likely use it more going forward.

Friday, January 13, 2017

5 Lbs

So...I lost 3 pounds this week. Yippee!!!

What that means is that since the start of the year, I have lost 5lbs. Well, okay, I have lost 4.8 but that's close enough, right?

At first I though, "Ah, five pounds...a million more to go!" But then I actually went downstairs and picked up one of my 5lb hand weights. It looks something like this:

And you know what? Five pounds is a lot. Five pounds is great. Hey, it's a heck of a lot better than gaining, right?

It is nice to know that I am off to a good start. I just hope I can continue this momentum!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year

I am not really one for making New Years resolutions. While I actually think that they can be a great idea, I am used to breaking them within a few days. So I don't really bother anymore. A few times in the past I have made a list, reasoning that if I even accomplished 2 out of 10, I could count that as a win. But, no such luck.

Usually, however, I ring in the new year with a new MINDSET. That fresh feeling, similar to before starting a new year of school, where life ahead just feels like it is full of endless possibilities. Unfortunately, that zest didn't hit me this time around.

The one consolation is that I also haven't yet hit the post-holiday depression that usually weakens me quickly at the start of January. Last year, I was in such a state that it was nearly impossible for me to plan my son's birthday celebration (his birthday is February 2nd). Currently, I am using this upcoming event to try to inject some fun and happiness into my days.

I am doing an emoji theme for him. Look how cute these goody bags are - and so simple!

I am also looking forward to get back into a regular exercise routine, and to focus on MINDFUL eating. I am too embarrassed right now to share my weight or any before and after photos, although I do have them. Maybe in time once I have made more progress, I will.

That's all for in. I will check in again soon.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Seeking Motivation for the End of the

Although I have been making some slight progress, I still feel like my motivation isn't totally here. And what better time to try to kick things up a notch than when there is temptation all around me? (Why oh why do I enjoy making things harder for myself?)

I am attempting to inspire myself by looking at old photos...old as in "from the last time I was doing this health kick before I let myself go AGAIN." Sigh...miss these days...

Monday, October 24, 2016

Okay, here's the plan...

In an effort to get myself more motivated, I have been looking up "30 Day" challenges on Pinterest. I will be honest - I wanted something that started off easy, because I didn't want to feel the urge to give up after a few days. I found one that is a plank challenge, and one that is a four-move, fully-body circuit. It will probably take a week in to really start feeling challenged, but that's okay. That gives me a week to get back into the habit of daily exercise.

I will also be focusing on water. Water, water, WATER!!!

Wish me luck. Looking forward to coming back to share my progress.