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Weigh-In Monday…

Weigh-In Monday…

I know that I am not the first person to feel this way but this is really my least favorite time of year. Everything feels cold and grey. Even sunny days do not feel warm because the sun is at such an oblique angle that it never really warms up Indiana. And there is not much hope for relief until you get to March, when you are sure that you can feel Spring just begging to be released. Which is why it was a nice surprise to step out the door this afternoon to 47 degrees! Is it warm? Definitely not. But it is soooooo much better than the -30 degree wind chills that we had just a week ago! I know it will not last but it was nice to feel it for the few moments that I was able too.

Today was also weigh-in day for me. I did fairly well this past week, much better than I have done in a very long time. I did “have” to have a decent amount of soda in the past few days though, due to my food poisoning. It was the only type of drink that did not send my stomach into a revolt. That, combined with the copious amounts of oyster crackers that I had to consume on Friday and Saturday, made for quite a bit of water retention. I feel very swollen, to say the least. So I am not convinced that the scale was very accurate this morning. But I did lose half a pound, which puts me at 1.4 pounds down since the first of the year. And I am ok with that. It is much better than being UP that amount, which was my previous weekly trend for several months! So I will take it. And I am excited to see how the rest of this month goes. And yes, I will definitely be limiting my soda intake from now on! Lol.

I have also been doing good with my leg challenge! I had to switch things around last week, since I was sick, and I completely forgot to do it yesterday, but I can definitely feel the effects of working out again! It will be interesting to see if all of these calf raises, squats and lunges have an affect on my measurements at the end of the month.

Update Time!

Update Time!

My family and I have been snowed in at our house since Sunday. We finally got plowed out yesterday, but our garage door appears to be currently frozen shut. And the roads around here are TERRIBLE. So we are not going anywhere anytime soon. We have also had some insanely cold temperatures here for the past few days so, other than a really good romp in the snow with Zeeva on Sunday during the snow storm and before the temperatures starting dropping, I have not been out of the house since Saturday. I am glad I went out then because I was able to get the rest of the fabric I needed for the curtains I am making for our awesome new bedroom, and I was able to snag an amazing deal on two new sets of sheets. (I decided that having only one set of sheets that we were actually willing to use for our bed just was not cutting it anymore.)

For anyone who does not follow me on Facebook, here are a few shots of just how much snow we got here in Indiana…

View #1 Out Our Front Window

View #1 Out Our Front Window

That used to be our bushes and, beyond that, our driveway.

View #2 Out Our Front Window

View #2 Out Our Front Window

That used to be our pathway leading to our porch.

Our Backyard Progression

Our Backyard Progression

The top image is about two or three hours after the snow started… the bottom image is on a couple more hours after that, when it started getting dark. 12.5″ of new snow, on top of the 6-8″ that we already had!

Driveway Before and After

Driveway Before and After

That huge mountain of snow in our neighbor’s yard was from our driveway! We were disappointed that it did not get deposited in our yard.

Anyway, I do not know if being cooped up in the house has started to affect me mentally or what, but I have been putting off writing this blog post for over twenty-four hours now. And it is a good one. So what is up with that?? I weighed myself yesterday morning, because I completely forgot to weigh myself on Monday morning, which is my normal day. And, somehow, I managed to lose 0.9 pounds in six days! I say “somehow” because I really feel like I did not do a good job at all. But my good moments obviously outweighed my bad moments. And yes, I am actually exciting about the amount that I lost. I know it is not much, but it is soooooo much better than I have been doing for months. And, it gave me a push that I really needed. I had a whole day of good food choices. (When I say good, I mean that I stayed within my calorie goal for the day.) And I even set up a leg challenge for myself as a form of exercise for the rest of the month. I was originally going to be doing workout DVDs, but that has not happened (partially because I cannot find the one I wanted to start with! Booooo for being unorganized!). So this is a good start. I have been doing good with my eating today too and am even planning on having the dreaded “s” word for dinner… SALAD!! Seriously, that is big for me, as I tend to hate most salads.

One goal of mine for the next week is to cook fish one night for dinner. This is sparked because my daughter recently told me that she wants fish every day. Lol. She has had fish sticks for lunch a couple of times this week, which are not the healthiest things in the world. But she gobbles them up and apparently loves them, and it seems like it is a nice change from the pb&j sandwiches she has been insisting on eating for almost every meal. (Yes, I have somehow managed to not yet pull my hair out at that one. This is payback for me for being a super picky eater when I was growing up…). So, if you have any awesome fish recipes, feel free to shoot them my way! Especially ones that are tried and true with kiddos.

I hope we all have an amazing week! Here is the leg challenge I am doing for the rest of the month of January. If anyone wants to join in, let me know and we can all help keep each other accountable! I just finished today’s workout (after shoveling snow) and I have a feeling that I am going to be regretting those calf raises! Can you say OUCH!!!? :o)

January Leg Challenge 2014

ps… Our garage door is no longer stuck shut! Hooray!!

New Year, New Plan!

New Year, New Plan!

Let me start off by saying HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I am sorry that I have not been around lately! My website actually got hacked for a while and it took my husband a bit to get it fixed. Apparently it was a pretty bad one. This seems like a silly site to even want to hack, but what do I know. Lol.

Here’s the thing. I know I have done horribly these past few months. Absolutely. I want to puke when I think about how I feel and how much weight I have gained. But rehashing those things and how disappointed I am in myself is not going to do any good. It will just make me depressed, which is something that I am prone to during the winter anyway. I definitely do not need to add to it. So, I am moving on. New year, new plan! I am going to be setting monthly goals, and maybe a couple of “end-of-the-year” goals too.

As far as exercise and eating go, I am keeping it pretty simple for now. I am drinking my water, tracking my calories, and moving my body. My shoulder has been doing a lot better the last few weeks and even survived me painting my bedroom and lifting a very heavy headboard. But I can still tell that it definitely needs to be a bit babied when it comes to certain things. So, I am going to take it “easy” with my workouts. I am going to alternate days between a Leslie Sansone walking DVD (or something else like that, as my DVD is currently MIA) and HipHopAbs. I am also going to throw in some other ab workouts and light weights here and there, to really get myself back in the groove. I am excited to see what this new month brings! I am ready to be focused again!

I also need to refocus in some other areas of my life. As a family, we need to find a church we’re comfortable at. And I need to get a better grip on handling a very opinionated three-year-old. With that being said, here are the goals I have figured out thus far.

January Goals

  • Stick with my exercise plan. I am not making it too hard on myself, as I really am restarting from ground zero. So I know that it is something I can do. I just need to actually DO IT.
  • Lose five pounds. Yes, I know that weight is not everything. Yes, I know that there are other tools to use to judge your health. But, honestly, I need to lose the weight. I am way up, I feel horrible, I have no energy, and I have an extremely poor body image right now. So yeah, I think it is ok to say I want to lose five pounds this month.
  • Track my calories, even if I end up going over some days. I still need to be accountable to myself.
  • Read my Bible. Just start with five minutes a day. It is way better than nothing! And I want to start incorporating a Bible reading time daily into my Zeeva time too.
  • Attend church every Sunday, weather permitting. If we try one and do not like it, then we will try another.
  • Sew our new curtains for our bedroom. Woohoo for a bedroom makeover!
  • Finish fixing up my new (old) nightstand. This involves fixing a broken piece, staining it, and finding some new knobs that we like for it. It is going to be awesome when it’s done and will look great in our new bedroom!
  • Figure out what I want my new weightloss goals to be. And a reward system.
  • Eat a lot of our meals from food we already have stored up.

  • Year Goals

  • Reach my weightloss goals.
  • Stick with it! Do not give up like I did in 2013.
  • Run another 5k. That was my best moment of 2013.
  • Vacation! Even if it is not far from here.
  • Finish SIX paintings! I did three last year, so I think I can do it!
  • Feel comfortable in my own skin. I am just about as far away from that as possible right now, and I hate feeling like this.
  • can some jelly. Lol… I know, this does not sound very exciting. But it is something that intrigues me and yet makes me very nervous. So it will push me out of my comfort zone for sure!
  • That is what I have for now. I may add to this list or change some things around. And I do not have a single problem with changing my goals as the year evolves. It is my life, after all. Sometimes things come along that make you adjust your thoughts.

    Do you have any goals you would like to share? Or any goals that you reached last year that you are particularly proud of?

    That Reset Button…

    That Reset Button…

    I had a meltdown this weekend. It was one of those moments when I realized, really realized, how much weight I have gained, what I have been doing to myself, how much sugar I have been putting into my pre-diabetic body, how few of my clothes fit, and how horrible I truly feel about myself. So yesterday morning, I mustered up my courage and stepped on the scale and started over once again. What I saw on the scale truly terrified me and made me want to puke.

    Is it conventional to start eating better and exercising on Thanksgiving week? Nope! But I absolutely had to do this for myself and I know that I will be successful. I had a great day with eating yesterday. And I even got in my first full workout since I injured my shoulder in early September! I started HipHopAbs and had to modify a few of the arm moves to compensate for my shoulder situation, but I made it through the whole workout and felt great afterward! I have never done this program and think I will like it… Something fun. :o) And Zeeva liked it too, she kept joining me periodically. So cute!

    So, I have officially hit the reset button, once again. It does not matter how many times you have to hit that button… It matters that you get back up more times that you fall.

    Follow-Up Time!

    Follow-Up Time!

    I promised that I would check back in and let you know how my day went so here goes!

    Afternoon update…

    Ugh! Feeling frustrated! I fully intended on (and WANTED to) work out today. But I appear to now be getting sick (my hubby is on day FIVE of this nasty cold/cough/flu thing) and have been feeling achy, dizzy and sore throaty all day. I’m really hoping for a nice long nap and that I feel much better afterward, so I can try working out then. (My shoulder is also aching again today, probably because of my overall achiness, so if I work out it will definitely be a gentle one.)

    But my food has been pretty good thus far today! No candy corn in sight! :o) So there is still hope for me yet.

    End of the day update…

    Zeeva decided to randomly be anti-nap today, plus my mind just would not shut down, so no nap for me. But we all did get out of the house tonight, despite being under the weather, and went to Lowe’s to look at paint colors for our bedroom makeover. (Have I mentioned that on here? We are doing a fabulous bedroom makeover for our Christmas present!) We also looked at the “holiday stuff”, as Zeeva puts it, which turned out to be the absolute best part of the day… Zeeva was in AWE. She absolutely loves all of it! So cute and precious to see! I am actually excited to decorate! But will be waiting until after Thanksgiving!

    With both adults under the weather, we decided that it was okay to go the easy way tonight and just grabbed Subway for dinner. Totally worth it. Unfortunately, my throat has gotten worse as the day has gone on, especially tonight. I cannot even drink water or tea without grimacing. So I drank a soda tonight, which was the only thing that felt semi-good on my throat. And I will be having ice cream. But I am in control. It is not a binge, like with the candy corn! ;o)

    Annnnnnnnnnd, I was feeling energetic enough after dinner that I actually worked out tonight!! I did my first workout in probably two months (stupid shoulder!) and tried out HipHopAbs! I like it! I was only able to do about half of the workout because all the breathing through my mouth made my throat feel like it was on FIRE but I am proud of myself! I would say that today was a fairly successful day, especially with being sick! I could have easily just written the whole day off, but I did not.

    I am even having my hubby pick up some carbonated water so I can drink that with orange juice tomorrow if my throat is still sore, instead of having to drink more soda. I am a work in progress but I am definitely making forward steps!

    Middle-of-the-Night Post! :o)

    Middle-of-the-Night Post! :o)

    There is nothing like being wide awake in the middle of the night for several days in a row because your mind keeps going in circles. So I have decided to be proactive and write a blog post to get he main topic off my mind.

    I have not been doing good with my eating. Or my exercising. So I am posting now more to keep myself accountable than anything else. I realized that I have not been posting on here as often the past few months and there might be a correlation between that and how I am doing on my fitness journey. Posting on here has been a way of keeping myself accountable… Right now, I am not being kept in check at all. I have even stopped using LoseIt. So I will be posting more from now on. In fact, this post is going to be a two-parter… Following this portion will be a follow-up on how my day went, good or bad. So here are my goals for today…

    Drink water! Three bottles. I have been severely lacking in this area and I think it may be part of why I have been feeling so insanely tired lately.

    Exercise! I have not tried a workout video in weeks, mostly because of my shoulder injury but partially from fear. I am not pretty attuned to my shoulder and can generally tell right away when it is going to start hurting. So I am going to plop in a DVD (I think HipHopAbs) and give it a whirl tomorrow. If I need to stop after a while or adjust the moves, then so be it. I just need to do something!

    No buying sweets! I have been HORRIBLE about this. I do not want to cut them out altogether because I tried that twice this summer and it majorly backfired each time. But I need to get a handle on it or I am going to really hurt myself. And I am not just talking about gaining weight.

    That is it. Those are my goals. I think they are pretty simple ones too, so I am looking forward to checking back in with you tonight and letting you know how the day went.

    And now, hopefully, I can get a good night’s sleep, knowing that I have finally done something to help me stay accountable.

    Weigh-In Monday…

    Weigh-In Monday…

    After a not-so-great end of the week last week (I was sick Wednesday, my parents had to put their dog to sleep Thursday, and Friday was filled with major allergies and a naughty toddler), Thomas and I were very much looking forward to our date night on Saturday. We did not do a whole lot of anything too exciting, but we did have a great time just being together and going to random places. I even broke my sweet-fast and had a very controlled ice cream cone. It was delicious. The only problem is that I then gave in to a major craving that I had on Sunday night and ate a HUGE bowl of cereal. Not great. And my tummy did not appreciate it too much either. But I have now decided that it is ok for me to have sweets again, as long as I am very controlled with it. If I cannot handle it, then I am just not allowed to have them.

    Before I get into how my weigh-in went this week, I need to address my weekly questions that I am asking myself…

    1. Did I overeat this week on any day? Unfortunately, yes. I ate way too much bread at dinner on Saturday and I have already confessed to my cereal mishap.
    2. Did I move more and exercise regularly? Nope. But I did get in a nice walk yesterday at a state park with my daughter and my parents. And I now have an official game plan for the rest of the month, which starts today. I am doing a squat challenge, plus some arm exercises. And walking whenever possible.
    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? Aside from overeating on the weekend a bit, I had a good week. But I do need to get back to my devotional. I have fallen off-track with that.

    Time for how my weigh-in went. I gained 2.9 pounds. But I have a definite non-scale victory… It is not phasing me in the slightest! I know that I may have gained a bit this past week. But I know I sure did not gain nearly 3 pounds. It just is not possible. So I know that a lot of that gain is most likely water retention. I actually wavered on whether I should weigh myself this morning, but made myself step on the scale. I am really glad that I did because not being down about my weight being up is a huge thing for me.

    And now on to the bigger news this morning… Today was measurement day! I have now been eating at a higher calorie level (and, unfortunately, not working out much) for four weeks, so it was time to check in with how my other progress went. While my upper arm and forearm stayed the exact same, the rest of my measurements all changed!

    Neck: Lost 0.5″
    Wrist: Lost 0.125″
    Chest: Lost 0.75″
    Belly Measurement #1: Lost 1.625″!
    Belly Measurment #2: Lost 1.625″!
    Hips: Lost 0.625″
    Abductors: Lost 0.625
    Thigh: Lost 0.25″
    Calf: Lost 0.5″
    Ankle: Lost 0.125″

    That is 6.75″ lost, basically just from increasing my calorie intake to where it should be! I see overall consistent changes, with the most change in my biggest problem area. I will take it for sure! I am definitely continuing with this and am excited to see what my measurements are in another four weeks, after I have added in exercise!

    I also took my progress pictures today… Only to find that I somehow have not taken them since the beginning of July. Somehow I did not end up with “starting” pictures from when I first started eating more calories four weeks ago. Oops! Oh well… The good news is that I could not see a single difference between now and the beginning of July, including in my muscle definition. After not having worked out for a month, I will take that! And now I have a good set of pictures to compare with next month!

    Weigh-In Monday…

    Weigh-In Monday…

    Before I get into how my weigh-in went this week, I need to address my weekly questions that I am asking myself…

    1. Did I overeat this week on any day? Nope! I did really good. I am even still holding strong in my “no sweets”. Today is day TWENTY and I have been able to avoid many temptations, thanks to God! I even felt strong enough yesterday to buy a treat for Zeeva and Thomas at a bake sale and have it in the house all day, without taking a single bite. Tomorrow is my halfway point in my challenge to myself, and I am totally not sweating it right now.
    2. Did I move more and exercise regularly? No! I have been horrible about exercise! I need to get back in the game but it has been so incredibly HOT and I have been really busy. Excuses, excuses, I know!
    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 now, on to the results… Drumroll please… I lost another 1.8 pounds this week! That is 3.8 pounds total in the past three weeks, all “just” from eating better! And eating MORE calories that I used to! I am telling you, if you are struggling with a plateau, do not force yourself to eat even less calories… You are not eating enough!! If you do not believe me, just ask and I will send you some links to check out. This 1.8 pounds also puts me back over the 50-pounds-lost mark, which makes me feel better!

    My goals for this week are simple… Keep on keeping on! Keep on doing great with the food and add some movement in somewhere! Next week is measurements too, which has me slightly nervous, only because I have not been exercising and I feel big right now. But I am sure the nervousness is just silly!

    My Two-Year Anniversary!

    My Two-Year Anniversary!

    I cannot believe that I forgot, but yesterday was my two-year anniversary of starting my weight-loss journey! Wow… I cannot believe that much time has gone by already. Honestly, I thought I would be at my “goal weight” by now. But I actually currently weight about ten pounds more than I did at this point last year. I am mostly okay with that… I think I needed to stumble a bit to learn some more things about myself. And I am absolutely back on track with my eating. And today is the day that I get back on track with my exercise! I have come way too far to give up now. And, honestly, I LIKE having some tone and muscles, so I need to workout to keep them!

    Now, on to Weigh-In Monday. I know, I know, I know… I said I was not going to be weighing myself for now. But it felt like the right thing to do this morning. So, as long as I am feeling strong, I am going to weigh myself once a week.

    Here is the cool thing… I have officially lost two pounds in the past twelve days… While eating MORE calories than I have ever allowed myself while on my weight-loss journey! I am currently eating around 2,100 calories a day. I am so excited to see that “Eating the Food” really does work! Here are my weekly questions to go with my weigh-in days:

    1. Did I overeat this week on any day? No. I was slightly more lenient this weekend and even allowed myself one “cheat meal” on Friday (homemade pizza), but I was very controlled and was even able to stick to not eating sweets when faced with a platter of buckeyes all day yesterday! That is a definitely WIN in my book!
    2. Did I move more and exercise regularly? No. I need to get back in the groove of working out. I am definitely going to work on that this week.
    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!

    Now, I am posting this picture to remind myself of how very far I have come. The picture on the left is my “starting picture”… But it was actually taken after I had already lost ten pounds! I do not have a true starting picture. (If you are just starting out your journey, I would HIGHLY recommend you get starting pictures from all angles… It sucks to start wi but you will soon thank yourself!) The picture on the right is actually from about a month ago. I should take one right now, but I just know it will not be happening this week. So this will have to do!

    Do I have issues I still need to work out? Sure. Do I have areas of my body I still want major changes in? Absolutely! But I am a completely different person now than I once was and that alone is worth everything. I am staying strong in being healthy… And I highly encourage you to join me!

    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!