Monday, January 27, 2014

Poof! 4 more pounds off my body!

*Insert happy dance here*

We just finished Week 2 in our Biggest Loser Challenge at work and boy am I super pleased with how it is going!  I am down 11 pounds so far! I really can't believe it is actually working!  Honestly I think the reason most of my "lifestyle" changes have failed in the past is the simple fact that I:

A) Wasn't weighing myself
B) Wasn't keeping a food journal
C) Had no accountability

Now that there is money involved and people at work watching me, I sure am a lot more mindful of what I eat!  I think this will help change my entire mindset on food and working out.  I do have to say along with losing weight, I have way more energy than I used to, and I don't get winded talking or walking down the hall anymore!  How embarrassing to be talking to your class and have to stop to catch your breath?!  No more for me!  Week 3 weigh in is this Wednesday, and I am a little nervous.  I've been doing so well that I am so terrified to start gaining weight.  I don't want to feel like I failed and stop trying.  I really want to change my life and be an example of a healthy lifestyle for my students, friends, husband, and future kids.  I just am to the point where I am SO sick of myself and how I look/felt!

This weekend was a little rough though.  On Saturday my sister came down and we went to this cute little tea place.  I really had to control myself because the first thing they bring you when you sit down is a SCONE....umm yum!  I didn't eat it, but I wanted to.  It just wasn't worth it.  The meal was fine, I had a quiche, salad, and soup.  Instead of eating the 4 squares of cheese, I only had one.  And finally dessert was brought out.  This was the hardest part. I had the waitress box it up and sent it home with my sister.  I just wanted to swipe my hand through the frosting once, but kept seeing the number on the scale...again not worth it!

Overall, I feel pretty successful.  I don't feel deprived and my body is feeling 10x better.  I wake up with more energy and have a good amount of energy for the rest of the day!  Hopefully we can keep it going in the right direction!

With love,

Monday, January 20, 2014

6.4 Pounds Down!

At work, we have started the 'Biggest Loser' competition.  While I really wasn't sure about doing it at first, I can say after only two weeks I am SO glad I signed up!  After one week of walking every night, and eating healthy I lost 6.4 pounds!  I also was the biggest loser (never thought I'd be happy about those words) for the week.  Now we are almost done with week two and I'm a little nervous. I've still done good, however, I'm not sure if the pounds will continue to be lost, or if my body was in such shock last week that I lost more than I should have.  I know losing 6 pounds in a week isn't the norm, and I'm not sure what to expect for this coming up week! Plus I'm really competitive and I've enjoyed being number one the first week :)

A lot of people asked me what I was doing to lose the weight.  First, I downloaded the 'Lose it' App on my phone.  I've been counting calories on that and it has helped a lot!  You don't realize how many calories you are really eating in a day unless you see the number.  It is kind of shocking!  Second, all I've drank for the past two weeks is water!  Some coffee, mostly water.  Third, I go power walking everyday.  This is probably my favorite part so far!  It is a nice way to decompress after work and have some quiet time.  I also have been eating 5 small meals a day versus 3.  I try to stack the majority of my calories towards the beginning of the day and have a light dinner.  I also won't eat after 7ish.  So far that is mostly what I've been doing.

The best piece of advice I can give so far is do not deprive yourself.  I refuse to eat lettuce and bland chicken.  Nope, I won't do it.  However I am making smarter choices with the foods I do enjoy.  For example I love me some tacos.  But I only eat the serving size now, and I cook it with ground turkey versus ground beef.  Serving size is a huge factor to weight loss.  I didn't realize you weren't supposed to pack away half a bag of chips in one sitting....Wow who knew :)

Anyways, just wanted to share how it was going so far!  Wednesday is the next weigh in and I'll let you know how it goes from there!

With love,

Monday, January 6, 2014

Change it Up

As the new year has come and gone, I've been reflecting a lot on things I've accomplished.  One thing I haven't ever been lucky with accomplishing is a healthy lifestyle.  It has always been so hard for me to stay on track with being active and eating right.  This year I'm going to once again attempt to change my lifestyle.  This is not to say I won't eat anything I love, because lets face it, if I deprive myself it is only a matter of time before I forget the whole thing all together.

 Today I ate normally, however the one thing I did differently, even though I'm exhausted, is I exercised for 30 minutes.  Now I know this may seem like nothing, but for me it was a big step.  I can always justify "doing it later" but in actuality I never do. Tonight I made one of the biggest steps, which was actually being active.  I think everyone has certain things that work for them, like running.  To be honest I despise running. So for now that won't be a part of my exercise routine.  I do love to dance, so I made that part of my exercise routine tonight.  I need to change it up because if I don't I'll get bored so easily and give up.

Hopefully I can keep this up.  I think if I allow myself to eat things I love in moderation, not kick myself if I miss a day of being active etc. I'll be alright.  We shall see!