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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!!

Wrapping It Up…

Wrapping It Up…

Wow, I feel like it’s been forever since I posted on here… July 8th was a long time ago! I am so sorry for that!

First, let me just say that my 5k on July 20th went fantastic! I was able to run the ENTIRE thing, which was amazing, especially considering that my training runs were horrible the whole week prior to the race. Me + hot, humid weather + running just do not mix well. Lol. Thankfully, it was a nice, cool morning the day of the race! Not only did I manage to run the whole thing (which was almost a whole MILE longer than I had previously run), I also managed to do it in under 45 minutes, which was a mini goal of mine! My official time was 44:12! Woohoo! On top of the race, my vacation was wonderful, in general. Our first vacation in six years… It better be good! Lol. We squeezed in as much activity and memory-making as possible! I will hopefully get around to posting about that soon, with lots of pictures!

Now it is confession time… I have not worked out since my vacation. Boooooooooo! I have also been eating horribly! Double booooooooooo! Why? No clue. But today is my Snap Out Of It! day! I even forced myself to weigh in and do my measurements. Honestly, my weight makes me want to be sick… 170.4. I haven’t seen that number in well over a year. Yep, it genuinely sucks. But I have an amazing month planned for myself and I know that I will SOON be back to where I was and doing even better!

I will do a post tomorrow all about how AWESOME August is going to be!!

Ps… If you are interested in joining my FREE August Challenge Group, there is still time! Shoot me a message and I will get you hooked into the group. It is an awesome group of ladies and we are ALL going to rock out this coming month!

Take Pictures!

Take Pictures!

I did something spontaneous last night. I decided to compare my latest round of progress pictures with my ones that I took at the beginning of the year. I currently weigh two pounds more than I did at the beginning of the year, and SIX pounds more than I did in March. But here is the crazy thing. I weigh more… but my body looks the exact same. Seriously. Am I a bit bummed that I have not had much progress this year? Sure. But I am also excited that I have actually been able to maintain. That has always been an issue for me.

And, on top of that, I am excited to say that there is at least one part of my body that has made some progress. My arms have gotten incredibly toned! Front and back! I can even feel and somewhat see my muscle when I am not flexing! And, the crazy thing is that I have not picked up a weight since March! I have been making progress just by using resistance bands, which I was a bit reluctant to try. But I am now hooked! :o)

The top images are from January, the bottom ones are from July. Yep, I’m happy. :o)

And this folks is why I HIGHLY recommend taking pictures, even if you want to CRINGE at the beginning! Measurements are great, but they do not always show your progress. And do not even get me started on relying solely on the scale… you will only get heartache from that one!

Ready To Rock July!

Ready To Rock July!

Today is the first day of July, which means that it is time to think about what my various goals are for this month. I am not going to lie, I have not done too great on meeting my goals the past few months. Which is why I am completely rethinking EVERYTHING this month.

For workouts, I am keeping it pretty simple. I am alternating daily between training for my very first 5k (July 20th is going to get here fast!) and strength training in the form of TurboFire Tone and Sculpt workouts. I also have some yoga sprinkled in at various days throughout the month. And I am doing a small challenge for the month with my group of lovey ladies on Facebook. (If you are interested in joining the group and gaining more accountability, let me know!) I actually did not even schedule anything (other than the challenge workouts) past my 5k date because that is really my main focus this month. And my training is going GREAT, by the way!

For food, I am going to continue to drink at least 96 ounces of water a day, and am trying to get in more than that on 5k training days. I seem to need more when I run. Which makes sense. I am also trying to have more “real” meals, foods that I actually cook from scratch. One big difference that is happening this month, though, is my mindset when it comes to food. I have decided that nothing is “not allowed”… I have no restrictions. But I am going to be eating in moderation. For instance, I went to get frozen yogurt with my daughter yesterday and we actually shared a cup instead of each of us having our own. It will still very satisfying, and I felt better knowing that I did not eat the whole thing myself. And she LOVED sharing it with me. She was actually super excited about it. :o) I have also decided that, for now at least, if I am starving at the end of the day but do not have any calories left, I am not going to beat myself up over eating some fruit. I am not really sure how my body is going to react to really training for this 5k, since my runs are getting longer now, but it seems to need more fuel because I have been pretty ravenous the past few days.

I have also decided that I am not weighing myself until before my 5k. I need a scale break. I took my measurements, including weight, in the middle of last week, and I also have pictures. So I will redo those things on July 17th.

That is pretty much it, in a nutshell. I am excited to see how this month goes! I am ready to ROCK July!

Self-Sabotage…

Self-Sabotage…

(This post was written on 6/26, but not posted until 6/27)

Here’s the thing… I am doing horribly right now. I will be completely honest here and say that I am disgusted with myself. I have been bad the past few days, but tonight was the worst I have been in a LONG time. I cannot even begin to guess how many calories I ate, including some that I even scarfed down in secret. Yep. I did that. I am admitting it here and now. It makes me want to cry, just thinking about it. Not to mention how terrible my body feels right now.

And the crazy thing? The whole time, I had this voice in my head screaming at me… “Don’t do this, you’re worth more than this, you are already full, you don’t even want that food!”. Did I listen? Nope. Did I feel guilty the entire time? Yep. But tonight I reached the bottom of the pit that I have been climbing into for a few months now. I have officially reached the point in my food addiction that I have turned so far from where I once was, that I have two choices. I can give in and go back to the person that I once was, go back to all those bad habits, and allow myself to gain back the sixty pounds that I have lost. Or I can stop sabotaging myself, get myself back in gear, and refocus. It is definitely time to refocus!

Tonight, after I finished stuffing my face full of food, I did something I have never done. I redid my monthly workout board, in the middle of the month. Even on bad months, I have never erased it until it was time to set up the next month’s schedule. But I NEEDED to have a new schedule, tonight. So I redid the schedule for the last four days of the month, plus most of July. My focus at this point is the next few weeks, which is how long I have to train for my first ever 5k run. In fact, I did not fill out a single day after the 5k… I need something solid to focus on right now. I thought long and hard tonight and realized that I may have a reason I have been having such a hard time lately. When I first started out on my weight-loss journey, I set so many little goals along the way, plus I had my ultimate “end” goal. I have now lost right around 60 pounds, which is fantastic. But I have been in this stasis area for along a year now, where I still have changes I want made, and I am not happy with where my body is at, but I am not seeing many changes happen. I am also at a point where I need to readdress what I want my “end” goal to be… And I do not think that it can be a number. Would I love to see the 120′s for the first time since I was probably in middle school? Absolutely! But I honestly do not think it is possible for my body, unless I want to lose all the muscle and toning I have worked so hard to achieve. I think the self-sabotage comes into play at this point… I have worked so very hard and am now having to change my original goals, that my insides are trying to fight it. My mind is a messed up place apparently! Lol. I do not even know if this makes any sense at all to anyone but me.

I feel so strongly about this that I actually erased a quote that I have had on my fridge for probably a year now.

“Imagine that day, where you can finally say, “I did it!” When you can say,“I never gave up, I never quit!” Imagine that day when you win that gold medal, or reach your goal weight. Where these moments of pain turn into memories for that goal you wanted to obtain. It might take long to reach that moment, but as soon as you get there you’ll thank your self for the rest of your life.”

The first time I ever read this quote, I got tears in my eyes and that tight feeling in my throat, just thinking about feeling this. I still LOVE this quote. And I still absolutely want to feel this. But it cannot be my focus. My focus needs to be in the here and now. It needs to be on EACH goal that I set for myself, not just the “end” goal. I am going to be setting some new goals this week, ones that are not only weight-related. One of them will for sure be to run my first 5k. And I know that I will feel incredibly proud when I reach that goal, whether it happens tomorrow or next month or next year.

Now that I have completely gone off on a tangent, let me direct you back to me redoing my exercise schedule! Lol. It is pretty simple. Every other day is 5k training. The in between days are toning days. And I will be doing some extra cardio on some of the toning days, plus some yoga on some days. My toning with be the TurboFire Tone and Sculpt workouts. Simple. Easy to stick with. Great results. And I will not be turning back this time.

I am still working on my food goals. I feel like I need to make some changes (other than the obvious ones) and I am still trying to figure out what that looks like. I will let you know as soon as I know! And keep an eye out for my new set of goals!!

Ps… What types of goals would you be setting for yourself if you were in my shoes?

Weigh-In Monday…

Weigh-In Monday…

Today was a very exciting weigh-in day for me, because I’ve really been hitting my workouts HARD for the past week, AND my eating has been on track (except for one treat day), so I was excited to see how I did.

My hard work paid off! I lost 2 pounds this week!! Yesssssssssss!! I know, I know… I am not supposed to be letting the scale rule me. And I am not. But it is always nice to see your hard work paying off in a way that is quickly visible. :o) The only bummer is that I had a moment of weakness last week and took a peek at the scale on Thursday… I really wish that I had not done that because it took away some of the excitement that I would have normally had at seeing those two pounds gone. Which is why I never do that. Lol… I do not know what came over me last week but I will not be doing it again!

My goals for this week are very similar to last week… Continue to hit it hard and strong with my workouts, eat within my calories, drink at least 96 ounces of water, and finish my first four weeks on TurboFire STRONG. Next week is measurement time, so I will probably wait until that day to weigh myself.

How Did I Do?

How Did I Do?

I don’t know about you but I have a really hard time letting go of my past mistakes, even though I know that it just pulls me down to hold on to them. With that being said, I am making a conscious decision to move past all my mistakes and slip ups and just focus on one day at a time.

Here are my goals for Tuesday, May 14, 2013:

- stay within my allotted calories
- drink at least 100 ounces of water
- take a long walk
- TurboFire Core workout
- TurboFire 45 workout
- TurboFire Stretch workout
- doing something FUN with my daughter that includes activity of some sort!

Yes, I have a full day planned… But I need it!

I WILL check back in and let you know how I do!

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It is only 2 pm and I already have in my 20-minute Core workout and my 45-minute Fire workout! I can already feel my body thanking me for the good choices I’ve made and will continue to make today!

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I soooo wish I had taken a picture of tonight’s dinner… I’m pretty proud of myself! Lol! I cooked chicken in a skillet, with bell peppers and mushrooms, seasoned with lots of yummy spices like chili powder and garlic, plus made rice and corn (which was my first time EVER making corn… I roasted it in the oven because we do not have enough stove burners and it turned out great). It probably doesn’t sound like much, but it was amazingly good… Especially after all the hard work I’ve done today! (Which I will fill you in on later)

Even after all that food, I am still soooo hungry! And it’s real hunger too, not just feeling like I “need” food.

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Today was AWESOME! Here’s what I accomplished today:

- I stayed within my calories and still have 25 left for the day.
- I drank a LOT of water… I am already over the 100 ounce mark and still have a couple of hours before bed!
- I did my TurboFire Core workout (20 minutes)
- I did my TurboFire 45 minute workout
- I took a walk with my daughter and husband, and then did some yard work (moving branches), which totaled 80 minutes all together.
- For my something “fun”, I sprayed Zeeva with the hose while I was watering the flowers… She LOVED it. :o)

The only thing I have not done yet on my list is to get in a long stretching session, but I may still do that before bed. I am so exhausted right now that I do not want to move! Lol!

I am very happy with how today went! I set my goals and I achieved them. I feel so much more confident about myself right now. And tomorrow will be a great day too!

Ps… Yes, my body is now ACHING! Lol… It’s a good ache though!

To Cheat or Not to Cheat…

To Cheat or Not to Cheat…

I am going to be honest here… I have had a really hard time with food lately. I will give myself a cheat meal, or even just a treat item, and it will end up turning into four days of bad eating. It has been very frustrating. Especially since we have a lot of special occasions coming up in the near future that we will be eating out for… Tonight, for instance, we went out for my dad’s birthday. And I decided that I was DETERMINED to have a nice, awesome meal, without cheating on my “diet”.

The restaurant-of-choice for the birthday boy was Chili’s. In the past, pre-weightloss journey (and maybe even during my journey!), I would have picked an entree that was at least 1,500 calories… And that would have just been for the main course. That would not have included the probably 400 calories of soda I would have consumed, or the 1,000 calories I would have had while splitting an appetizer and a dessert. At my current weight, in order to maintain my weight, I need to consume around 2,300 calories… And to lose at a decent rate, I need to have 1,600 calories a day. So those previous numbers would definitely not have helped me toward my goals!

Tonight was different… I was determined to prove to myself that I can eat out without having a “cheat” meal. I ordered a 6-ounce steak without the butter that it comes with, and subbed the sides that it normally comes with for rice and pineapple (that’s an awesome tip for Chili’s… They have a lot of fruit sides available, but they don’t advertise them. They are listed on their kid’s menu.), and I ordered a side of honey-chipotle sauce that I used sparingly on the steak. And I allowed myself to have one nibble of someone else’s dessert. All of that together was just over 500 calories. And I was full! It tasted amazing, and felt even better because I knew I was making awesome choices for myself. And, even better, today was a weight-lifting day for me, so I knew I actually needed the protein the steak provided! And I was even able to say no to the appetizer that was ordered, even though it was my favorite one! Woohoo!

And now I actually have calories left over for the day, plenty to use on an evening snack! I feel so proud of myself!

Ps…. I want to wish a HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dad and my uncle!!!! Yes, they are twins. ;o)

Just Keeping It Real…

Just Keeping It Real…

Ugh… I am so not proud of myself right now. I have eaten HORRIBLY for the past week or so. I have lost count how many days, that is how far off track I have gotten. I am disgusted with myself. I do not even have any “reasonable” excuses. I just caved to temptation again and again and again. And, on top of not eating good at all, I have not had enough water, so my body is screaming at me right now.

I am done beating myself up over it though. I messed up royally. I know that. There is also not a single thing I can do to change what I have done. Being mad at myself and beating myself up are only going to accomplish one thing… Making me depressed. And that is definitely not somewhere I want to be. So I am just moving on. Tomorrow is a brand new day. Heck… Tomorrow is a brand new MONTH! So here is my plan for April:

First of all, I am going to weigh myself tomorrow morning. Do not worry… I am not going to look at the weight. I am still not doing that until at least the first day of summer. (If you have no clue what I am talking about, check out this post!) But I do feel like I need to weigh myself and let my Wii record my weight, so when I am “allowed” to look again, I can look back and see the damage I did this past week or so. I need to be accountable. In fact, I am now going to weigh myself every week, just like that, for this very reason… I need to stay accountable to myself.

Secondly, I am going to drink WATER! Especially for the next few days… I need extra right now to help flush some of the craziness out of my system. I am also having some crazy allergy stuff going on today, so I really need the extra fluids. (My nose is red from blowing it so much!)

Third… I am going to continue with the Turbo Fire and ChaLEAN Extreme combination I have been doing. I have liked it so far (although switching DVDs can get a bit confusing!), and I am excited to see how far it brings me. I have actually been doing pretty good with my exercise for the past week or two, despite the horrible food choices. I just need to stick with ALL of my workouts, not just the ones I actually “want” to do!

Fourth… NO fast food! I normally do not even like fast food. But I have eaten fries at least three times in the past week! BLECK! I do not even really like fries. What in the world is wrong with me??! So no fast food! And MUCH better food choices! I will be staying within my calories every day, and will allow myself ONE treat meal when I go out for a date with my husband. (By the way, I recently have heard the phrase “treat meal” instead of “cheat meal” from several different sources. I love this!)

And finally, the last thing I am going to focus on this month really does not have a lot to do with my weight loss. I need to focus on myself and using the gifts God has given me and knowing that I am good enough. I have a blog post planned about this whole topic so keep an eye out for it!