November 12th, 2013
I cannot believe how fast this year has gone by!
I haven’t blogged in a long time, my bad!
I’m still working on my weight and trying to eat healthy. I will not lie and say that the journey has been pretty. However, I will not give up the fight. I’m learning as I get older, that I have to work harder and always work on changing things up. I started my weight loss journey 10 years ago and thankfully, I have kept off all my weight. However, just like most people I have those “last 10 pounds” that I would love to lose. I did it a few years ago and became complacent along the way and I allowed the pounds to come back. It has been an uphill battle to lose them again. Also over the year of being unemployed, I don’t go to the gym like I used to. I know that has played a major role. I cannot motivate myself the same way alone as I could being with great friends working out together. However, throughout this time, I have challenged myself with different workout programs and also different styles of working out. I’m also training myself to eat slower, analyze when I’m really hungry and also eat more fruits and vegetables. I’ve enjoyed some delicious apples this fall which has been proven to be a lifesaver at times.
I’m in the process of getting myself totally back in the game to make sure I lose those last pesky pounds and never “find” them again. This blog is actually going to help me avoid mindless snacking in the evening hours, as I try to get back to blogging regularly. Please share how your year is going! Post comments below, any suggestions on topics or questions.
Thanks for reading!
July 14th, 2013
I’m happy to report that I had a successful week last week. However, I will say that there were days when I thought I wouldn’t make it. A couple of nights my stomach became a bottomless pit and everything in my house was fair game. Then there were days that I loathed my workout. In an impulse I ordered new workout program through Beachbody from Shaun T, called Focus 25. The concept is a that you get an amazing workout in 25 minutes. I will track and blog about my experience when I get it! I did it because I figured that for 5 days I should be able to work hard and take it to the next level for 25 minutes.. we’ll see!
However, I learned some great lesson and about some new tools! First I realized that more and more companies small and large are providing nutritional information. Even at Gas stations and 7-eleven franchises. Just last night, I went on the website and got nutritional information for food at I had purchased.
Another tool I learned about is our beloved “Smartphones”, they are smart for a reason! I decided to go into apps and type in HIIT and interval training and the world opened up to me! So many cool FREE apps. There is an app that gives you points for logging workouts or even more for having your phone on you while you workout. The points can be used to purchase gift cards and etc.
Check it out here- http://www.nexercise.com/
Then to help me with my workout boredom , I downloaded another workout app called Sworkit! This one kicked my butt Friday and I still feel it today!
Here’s the description from the website- Sworkit provides randomized circuit training workouts to keep you motivated to exercise and stay fit. Simply choose how long you want to workout and what part of the body you want to focus on and Sworkit will walk you through the entire workout.
I loved it! So I have to admit, excuses are just that, there are soo many tool available to get you healthy.
So I’m back at it again this week!
There’s one challenge I’m facing- I have a wedding to attend Friday night… My goal is to dance the night away rather than eat the whole night… Stay tuned!
July 8th, 2013
I have enjoyed summer so far but I must admit there has been some struggling! I’ve been going to picnics, bridal showers and impromptu parties that all involve food! The parties have not been the only reasons for my struggles but just my love for food period!
All is not lost, because I have continued my workouts which have included Turbo Fire and Circuit Training workouts that I find online. I’m also tracking all my food and I hope to reach my goal of filling up my Weight Watchers Tracking book that covers 3 months. I’ve also eaten a lot of fruit this summer and I have learned some valuable things about food choices. I’ve learned that some foods are high on calories but not very filling which causes me to eat more than I should.
So this week I’ve made a decision to first to commit in writing what I’m hoping to achieve by the end of the week. Second I’ve decided to eat better foods that will be tasty, satisfying and more nutritious.
It’s still early in this summer season and I’m going to get back in control and enjoy it in the right way. Great summer fruit, fun outdoor physical activities and fun company at parties will be my focus instead of the foods that keep trapping me and taking me in the wrong direction.
Share what is working for you this summer!
June 14th, 2013
Soo… Once again it’s time for me to air my dirty laundry with this weight thing. I feel obligated and accountable, so I’m going to share my issues this week!
Ok, I started the week with great intentions. I tracked my food and had great workouts and even tried a new workout. So what happened?
My mother baked me chocolate cake…. REALLY… and she also baked in guilt with it. I wanted to have very little to do with this cake and stay strong. But she threw in guilt which meant I had to show my appreciation by eating it. Originally, I had decided to offset it by eating less of everything else. But the head games began…
The feeling that I might as well throw in the towel settled in and this led to me eating cake when I wasn’t hungry, eating when I was sleepy and then stepping on the scale, hoping for a magic trick. However, reality kicked in and the numbers in this case don’t lie.
But I’m not defeated! Starting with this post, I’m gaining my power back and making decisions and plans to get my head right!
I hope that this shows the journey is not for the weak but I’m keeping my eye on the goal!
June 3rd, 2013
First I want to apologize for no blog post last week. I worked hard and the days slipped by without me blogging. However, no need to worry, I’m still working hard to master my weight loss journey.
So let me recap! The other week I managed to lose almost 2 pounds and I’m proud of it. I felt more in control and happy with my decisions. It confirmed my belief in being consistent even when the results don’t arrive when I want them to. I’m also learning about creating new habits. By doing this, it’s like a little voice reminding or even nagging me to do things that I may not want to do but really need to do stay on track. So by the end of the week I as happy that I had to stayed on track.
So what happened last week?
Well I gain a half pound. Am I upset?, nope! Why, because I realize that this is not a perfect journey and nobody’s journey is or ever will be. I’m ok, because I kept up the majority of my habits and didn’t lose control. I also realize that it will be impossible to lose weight every week of my life. Also, I find it nearly impossible to stay the same weight as well. So this journey will include ups, downs and some plateaus. The most important thing for me is to keep focus on the whole big picture to see the overall outcome.
I had a full weekend of events that involved eating but I’m working my way back…. stay tuned!
May 20th, 2013
So another week has past and once I lost a LITTLE weight. I’m grateful for a lost but I really wanted a bigger weight loss. So this week is challenging because I’m battling the urge to slack off or give up. But I’m working hard to REFUSE to do so.
I’m proud of the fact that I’m developing healthier habits. I challenged myself with a new workout the 7-minute workout and felt pretty good doing it. I did 2 rounds of it and some other exercises with it. I ate sensibly and felt in control.
So I’m learning to realize that everything is not tied to the scale, it’s just 1 marker or indication of my work. Overall, I feel stronger and satisfaction in challenging myself. So I’m going to work hard again this week and look for other ways to mark my success besides the number on the scale.
Feel free to share your struggles and know that you are not alone!
May 16th, 2013
First let me just start with, I lost 0.4lbs and I’m very proud of it. Why, you might wonder, it’s not even a whole pound.
Let me explain! I’m proud because although I had great intentions for last week, things didn’t always turn out the way I planned. I felt so tired most days, ate a little more than I wanted to admit, although I tracked it. With the tiredness, I felt like I didn’t do as much physical activity that I should have done for the week. With all of this weighing on my mind as I went to weigh in last Saturday, I didn’t know what to expect. So the fact that I lost anything felt like a victory. I’m very proud because it helped me feel that this doesn’t have to be an all or nothing situation. This taught me that sometimes I will need to allow myself to rest and sometimes I should go a little outside of the box to feel human and still be successful. It’s not a free pass to do whatever I want all the time but rather not feeling a failure when these times occur.
Last week, when I ate more than I wanted to eat, I was almost afraid to track it even though it doesn’t matter if I wrote it down or acknowledge the food still went into my body. Tracking gives power, knowledge and accountability. It’s like balancing your checkbook, whether you do it or not, sooner or later you will run out of money or maybe realize that you have more money than you thought. Either way, once you know, it gives you power to guide your decisions on what to do. In both cases, knowing will inform you whether you can do more or less safely.
So I hope that you don’t give up! I feel pretty good about this week so far! Stay tuned for the results!
May 8th, 2013
Sounds promising right? Well I will state a disclaimer, results may vary from each individual to individual. Like a true commercial. Seriously though, last week I applied what I know works and was very satisfied with the results.
First thing is that I became of everything I ate and monitored the amount and actually when I was hungry and when I had enough. I also worked hard to use many tools that are available to me. It started with my shiny new Weight Watcher’s tracker, I decided to write down everything -my workouts,the food I ate and plans and goals. I carried the tracker with me every where and felt great being in control. The next thing I did was used my measuring spoons again and also a very cute measuring cup that I got in my last Weight Watcher’s kit. I like it because it says 1/4 in the bottom, but it looks like a little bowl to me. I found this helpful, because I filled it up to the brim with the snack that I wanted and recorded it in my tracker. This helped me so much because it didn’t make me feel like I had “a little” food but rather a full bowl of something. It’s funny what visual tricks do for me when it comes to food.
I also decided to switch up my workouts to keep my body guessing, I added some weight training to my routine.
Needless to say, I felt pretty good about my week and felt comfortable going to my Weight Watchers meeting. Sure enough, I had lost weight!
So in a way, I feel like I do know the formula! I am human and every week is different, so stay tuned for how I complete this week, so far, it’s been pretty good!
April 30th, 2013
Ok… so it’s time for this blog post and I’ve put it off long enough! Why? Because I didn’t get the results I wanted! However, the worst of it is that I did it to myself! It was sooo frustrating after thinking I had my act together, I let the head games rule. So here are the mistakes I made.
- Got mad on Wednesday that when I weighed myself, that the scale was higher than I thought it should be. So what did I do, ate a half of bag of cookies!
- Then on Thursday I didn’t weigh myself, and didn’t track my food.
- Snacked and grazed all day, no tracking or working out.
So was I really surprised about gaining weight not really! But I was hoping for a miracle, that maybe my actions wouldn’t catch up with me. So I decided to put a plan into action. Here’s what I’m doing!
- Bought a new Weight Watchers Tracker and I’m committed to writing down all my food.
- Planned over the weekend my workouts and my eating plan.
- Decided to bring new things into my workout and snacking options.
This planning has made me feel back in control and ready to win this battle with my weight! I feel more determine to pick myself up and not let head games take over this week and I look forward to seeing the results from my work..
April 23rd, 2013
I’m happy to report that I felt good about the things that I did last week and I did manage to lose 0.2 lbs. I will admit at first I was disappointed because initially I had lost more when I weighed myself early Friday morning. So I figured out that I had let myself snack a little too much Friday night and that “ate” up my weight loss.
This taught me a lesson. Let me explain, each day I had been careful about what I ate and getting in great workouts. So when Friday came, I was excited that I had lost the amount weight that I was hoping for. But here’s the mistake I made, I let myself celebrate the wrong way and too early. At dinner that night, I let myself eat more for dinner figuring that my workout would compensate for my splurge. So this taught me that the foods that we choose can have a negative affect on our positive efforts. My splurge could have been better choice like a piece of fruit or something healthier. I would have preferred to have the lower number on the scale over the food I chose to splurge on.
Now I must address the fact that there are times when the number on the scale doesn’t matter and the splurge is worth it. I feel the splurge is worth it when it’s a food that I really enjoy or possibly don’t get that often. However, there are times when the splurge happens and it’s not worth it. This could come from mindless nibbling or a food that you don’t really like but just keep eating.
So to sum it all up… make a decision on what it’s actually worth to you! Achieving a goal or enjoying the treat! There is no right or wrong, just make sure it’s a decision you won’t regret!