Monthly Archives: August 2013

Decision Time!

Decision Time!

I have been thinking long and hard lately about several things and here is what I have decided.

I am no longer a Beachbody Coach. I cancelled my membership today. This is huge because I had a lot of hope for this. But I just don’t feel like it’s right for me right now. I am currently feeling quite bittersweet about this decision, but the “bad” outweigh the “good” for me at this point. Will I consider doing it again in the future, when I feel more ready? Possibly. Right now, I have other things that I need to focus on though. I will say, however, that I am more than willing to continue helping anyone who asks me for help with their fitness journeys. I was serious when I said that I felt passionate about that type of thing. I really think God did place this in my life.

I am also closing down my “YourJourney” page. It is just too much to try to keep up with this blog, the Facebook page for this blog, AND the “YourJourney” page. So I will be posting more about my journey on the “Jessii’s Hodgepodge” page on Facebook from now on.

I am also going to be doing a new weekly thing. Like I said recently, I am currently re-reading the book “Made to Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst. Is it, she poses some awesome questions to ask yourself weekly, instead of just relying on the scale. I am really currently trying to not weight myself at all (which I may or may not continue to do), but either way, I thought that these questions were really a great way to focus on how I am truly doing. It’s technically only been five days since I started back on the right track, but my normal weigh-in day is Monday, so I am just going to stick with that.

1. Did I overeat this week on any day? Nope! I even survived the weekend!
2. Did I move more and exercise regularly? Not really. But I am working on it. I did get a couple of workouts in.
3. Did I eat in secret or out of anger or frustration? Nope!
4. Did I feel, at any time, that I ran to food instead of God? No. This is something that I am truly striving to do.
5. Before I hopped on the scale, did I feel that I had a successful, God-pleasing week? I think God is happy with the progress that I have made this week!

So yeah, I am happy with how the past 5.5 days have gone. :o) I have no clue what I weigh, but I am learning to listen to my body more, and to obey what God is telling me. Those are definite wins in my book!

Back to Basics!

Back to Basics!

This post is way overdue but I have been feeling super overwhelmed lately, so I just kept putting it off. I have really been struggling lately. There are a lot of factors involved in this, but I just really have not been doing good for months now. So things are changing. I am going back to basics!

I am not weighing myself for now… And I possibly will not step on the scale until the new year.

I will drink at least 96 ounces of water a day.

I will exercise. My plan is to lift weights three times a week, plus do a walk (and/or run) at least every other day. If I can do a walk every day, even better.

I will eat around 2100 calories. Yep, you read that right. It may seem insanely high to some of you, but it is a decision that is definitely supported by recent research and evidence that I have seen from other people. Let me know if you would like more info. :o)

I will read a daily devotional. I am currently re-reading Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. It is a book that I read nearly two years ago, at the very beginning of my weight-loss journey. When reading it a few days ago, I realized that I have never fully given my journey over to God. Honestly, I do not think that I ever really thought He would care enough about it to want to be in charge. But I feel differently now. My journey is now about so much more than just losing weight and getting toned. It is about being faithful to God and taking care of the body that He gave me and allowing Him to use my journey to bring Him glory. I do not currently spend nearly enough time with Him, so I decided that a devotional was a great place to start. It is a 60-day one that actually goes along with the book… And it comes in the mail TODAY, so I am excited to get started!

Sweets… I have gone back and forth on this one a bit. Right now, my plan is to not eat any sweets for at least a month, and possibly until October. But I may change that based on how I feel and what I think God’s telling me. We shall see. Right now, I actually think I may be feeling like changing it because my body is trying to toss some cravings my way. So I need to stay strong!

I am now on day three of all of these changes and everything is going great… I am excited to see the changes my new plan brings about, both outside and inside!

Time To Talk H2O!

Time To Talk H2O!

Do you drink enough water? The formula that I have been hearing a lot the past couple of years is to take your weight, divide it by two, and that number is the number of ounces you should be drinking daily. Plus, you need to add extra if you’re working out a ton and really sweating. I first started my weight-loss journey 23 months ago at 217.8 pounds… And I was lucky if I got in 20 ounces of water a day. I now weigh around 168 and I try to get 96 ounces a day. And there are days when I am THIRSTY, so I drink way more than that. When I first started out, I never would have ever thought it was even possible to drink that much water. But, as you increase your intake, your body gets used to actually being hydrated, and you actually start to crave more and more water. I can now tell when I haven’t had enough… And sometimes, I can even tell when I am feeling “hungry” because I’m actually starting to get dehydrated. Yep, hunger is a symptom of dehydration! It’s actually one of the first. Who knew??!

For more symptoms of dehydration, check out this link:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/510463-how-body-mistakes-hunger-for-thirst/

Now, what do you do if you are not used to drinking water, or maybe can’t stand the “taste” of it? Here are some of my tips:

- My number one tip is to use a system that keeps track of how many bottles you’ve had to drink. I have a favorite type of bottle because it has a dial that you can turn on it to keep track of how many times you’ve filled it. And it comes in all sorts of colors! I have four, I think. Lol. http://www.amazon.com/Thermos-Nissan-Intak-Hydration-Bottle/dp/B001EGGQB6

- An option for those of you who don’t like the taste of water is to add fruit to your water bottle. (Or to a pitcher of water you keep in the fridge) Berries, watermelon, citrus fruits, cucumber, mint… The options are pretty much endless. And I have even now seen water bottles that are specifically designed for this purpose, that have a compartment that you put the fruit in so it infuses your water, but you don’t end up eating it and can use it for a refill. http://www.amazon.com/AdNArt-BTA711-Tritan-Flavor-Bottle/dp/B00CJBL5PM This is just one of MANY that I’ve seen, including some that are water pitchers instead of bottles.

- One last suggestion is for if you’re looking for a special drink, or really craving soda. I have two words for you… Sparkling water. You can add the fruits, like I mentioned above, and have a delicious fizzy drink without the added sugar (and chemicals!) of soda!

Does anyone else have any other suggestions? What’s your favorite way to drink your h2o?

Weigh-In Monday…

Weigh-In Monday…

It’s baaaaaaaaack… Weigh-in Monday!

In all seriousness though, I was not planning on weighing myself this week at all. I am only a few days into my new round of ChaLEAN Extreme and I know that starting a new program, especially one that is so weight-intensive, makes you retain water for the first week or two. But I decided to jump on the scale anyway this morning, more out of curiosity than anything else. I was even prepared to see a bit of a false gained from the water retention.

Thankfully, my body is already responding to my workouts, more water, and better food choices… 2.2 pounds are officially GONE! Since Wednesday!! And that officially takes me out of the decade of poundage that I so hated seeing on the scale last week. Yes, I am absolutely not supposed to be focusing on the scale right now. But that does not mean that I cannot be excited when it DOES move! I am so excited to see how my body responds to the full ninety days of ChaLEAN Extreme!

Awesome August!

Awesome August!

After a not-so-great last couple of weeks, I have decided that I am going back to basics for the month of August. I asked my challenge group some questions that I am now going to answer for myself…

1. I want you to really think about this one… WHY do you want to lose weight? Is it to get some better test results from your doctor? To keep up with your kiddos? Or are you maybe not even trying to lose weight but are just on a path to a healthier lifestyle? Whatever your reason, I want to you post it on here. If you have three reasons, post all three!
I want to feel better about myself… I haven’t been doing too great lately and I really want to kick the “old me” in the butt for trying to creep back in! I am feeling lazy and exhausted and honestly, fat… I need to break through this junk that’s tying me down!

2. What are your goals this month? Do you want to get more definition in your arms? Lose an inch from your waist? Lose ten pounds? (I would not recommend that, by the way!) Go ahead and post your goals too!
I want to lose inches everywhere… But especially from my waist. If I could lose 1-2″ from there this month, I would be ecstatic! And I want my clothes to fit better and stop feeling insanely tight! I would be extremely happy with losing 5 pounds, but am more focused on the other things.

3. Tell us what your workouts are going to look like for this month! In fact, I would highly recommend writing them out on a calendar because it really helps to remind you of what you have committed to doing.
My original plan was to do TurboFire, but I can’t do that until I can afford new workout shoes. So I am going back to ChaLEAN Extreme. I’m also doing the Ab challenge and will be walking or running every day. Yep, it’s going to be a HUGE month!

4. I want everyone to take pictures and measurements within the next couple of days. I think it is so easy at times to get completely wrapped up in what the scale is saying when, in fact, our bodies can change so much when the scale is not budging an ounce.
I took my measurements and weighed myself yesterday morning… Pictures will probably have to wait until tomorrow. It was hard to do it, but I had to hold myself accountable. I’ve done a LOT of damage in the past month. I now weigh 170.4, which is a number I haven’t seen in over a year. It actually makes me sick to my stomach. Yep, I am kicking my butt this month!

5. Ab challenge! I’d love it if everyone would participate in the Ab challenge I am going to be posting, but I understand if you’re unable to or not interested. Just please let me know if you’re joining in!
I am obviously IN for the Ab challenge!

6. Mini challenges! I have decided that we should have some mini challenges, which will just last for a week! Week 1, August 1-7 — Drink your water!! Take your weight (in pounds) and divide it in half… That is your new goal for the minimum number of ounces you should be drinking. Try to check in daily to let us know how you’re doing on this!
Technically, I should be drinking 85 ounces a day. But I am shooting for 96… It’s easier for me to track with my water bottle!

7. Set up a reward for yourself. This one is important, in my opinion. When I first started out on my journey, I set up about 20 mini-goals for myself and, when I would reach one, I would reward myself. It was usually something small that I don’t normally treat myself to, like nail polish or makeup. I recently realized that, because I started building major muscle and stopped losing much weight, I haven’t rewarded myself for a YEAR. That is entirely TOO LONG. So I will be rewarding myself at the end of this month for sticking with my plans. I really encourage you all to do this too. And post in here what your reward will be, so we can keep reminding you!
My reward… Since I have set up such a huge month for myself with how many minutes and miles I’ll be doing, I’ve decided that I deserve a bigger reward. I’ve said for a while now that I wanted to get a new tattoo at the “end” of my weight-loss journey. Well, I’m not as sure about that now, but I definitely want to do a test-run with a henna tattoo. So that is what my reward will be… A henna tattoo, designed by me!

So that is that! In addition to these things, I am also doing a study of the book “Made to Crave” by Lysa Ter with some ladies from my church. I read this book when I first started my weight-loss journey and it helped me immensely at that point. I really need it now!

I am soooo ready for this month to be AWESOME!!