Keep On Keeping On

It has been almost a month since I stopped my program with 30/10 Weightloss for Life. Since then, I have gone to Hawaii, started a new job, and started a work out program!

To be honest, I might have gone a little crazy after I was done with the program. Especially in Hawaii! Bread, sauce, pasta, BURGERS, fries, chocolate, and a lot of tasty food! It was delicious, but my body HATED me!! Thankfully, my family and friends were patient with me while I moaned and had to rest while my body tried to process all of the garbage I stuffed into it. (Because we walked EVERYWHERE, I didn’t really gain any weight in Hawaii.) It was fun while it lasted, but you have to get back on track eventually.

No more monkeyin’ around though! Here is phase 2!

Weight Training and Classes: If you are like me, you probably LOVE fitness classes. Most gyms offer them for free with membership. Zumba, Total Body Fitness, Boot Camp, Map Pilates, you name it! I love it! These are my cardio work outs during the day! They don’t build up muscle mass in the way that I want, but they do pump up my heart rate!

Before classes though, I have started doing Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Training program. I have not started the eating portion, mainly because I don’t want to commit to prepping 7 meals a day 7 days a week. But I use her weight training program in the gym and then eat clean on my own at home. I am so sore. It is great!

At home I am trying to eat clean! Here is what a day might look like now:

Breakfast: Plain Greek Yogurt with Berries
Lunch: Salad with meat.
Snack: Almonds, Carrots, and a string cheese.
Dinner: Cauliflower Fried “Rice” with chicken.

I like to mix it up and actually enjoy the many different healthy foods out there! The hardest part is eating carbs that don’t make me feel terrible. YOU NEED CARBS in order to get a great work out in, but I don’t want to do it at the expense of my stomach. Rice cakes and almond butter are my favorite way to get carbs in at the moment. (Don’t get me wrong, I will enjoy a good burger with a bun, but the next few days I won’t want anything close to bread since I feel sick afterwards.)

In the next few days I will be posting “before” pictures. It is never fun posting those, but you have to start somewhere! The plan is to build 10 pounds of lean muscle and lose about 20 pounds of fat. I will still  weigh more than what the whole body index thing says, but like I said in a previous post, the number on the scale isn’t the most important thing!

Until next time!

Keep On Keeping On

See how far you have come

It finally came. My last day on 30/10 Weightless for Life!
It was hard. I cried. A lot. I saw results. My life is now changed for the better. Although these past 12 weeks have been extremely difficult, I wouldn’t change them for anything! I showed myself that I was able to set a goal and achieve it!

Now, time for the results. A lot has changed since my first visit in June to now!

First visit Weight: 189
Last visit weight: 160.9

First visit visceral fat: 19
Last visit visceral fat: 13

First Visit Body Fat Percentage: 79%
Last Visit Body Fat Percentage: 36.3%

First Visit Pants Size: 15
Last Visit Pants Size: 10

First Visit Shirt Size: XL
Last Visit Shirt Size: Medium

First Visit Dress Size: 15
Last Visit Dress Size: 10

I do feel extremely proud of what I have accomplished over the past few months. I could not have done it without my husband, friends, family, church family, or 30/10 Weightless for Life!

But.

But. I am not done. I may not be on the strict foods I was on before, but I still plan on eating healthy and NOW WORKING OUT!!! In fact 30/10 is helping me continue on with my health journey even though I am not doing their foods!

The Plan:
For the next year my goal is to lose 15-20 pounds of fat and gain 10-15 pounds of muscle.
This will be done through daily healthy eating and working out 4-6 days a week! For me, having a team around me is ESSENTIAL to success. I will be going in at least once a month for a weigh in and to see my progress. Since I won’t be going in every week, I need a place I could go to that would support my health goals.

That brings me to LA Fitness! I joined! Here, I will be starting my second phase of health! Fitness. I will be using the Nike Fitness App when on my own, training for a 5k race, and joining different fitness classes!I CANNOT DO THIS ON MY OWN. By joining the gym and getting involved I create a support group!

Thank you for your support these past few months! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

See how far you have come

1 Day Without Incident

Have you ever seen those signs in warehouses that say, “326 days without incident.”? Those always seemed funny to me, but I realize now why they are there! As humans, we need visual reminders. “Be safe!” “Don’t be stupid!” or when the numbers are high, “Way to go!” “Keep up the good work!” Those signs can be great reminders and/or encouragement to keep doing what you are doing.

I am on day 1 without incident.

In my previous blog we chatted about making mistakes when it comes to our eating habits. I have a tendency, as my mother-in-love kindly put it once, of jumping off cliffs. This past week I haven’t jumped off of any cliffs, but I have definitely stumbled and fallen down!

One bite here. A snip bit there. A crunch over yonder…. you get the picture.

My freezer and husbands stomach are very full now!
My freezer and husband’s stomach are very full now!

Well, it hit me yesterday while baking blackberry pie, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip zucchini muffins and bread, with my best friend. We started talking about those little bites. I explained that I couldn’t seem to help myself! (Said the idiot baking a ton of goodies!!) Her response was simple yet great.

“You haven’t prayed about it.”

Isn’t that funny? We ask God to help us with finances, career goals, relationships, dreams, guidance…. but we forget that God cares about everything! He knows my struggles! He wants to be a part of my journey! And yet I had forgotten to stop and pray about it.

So, this morning I talked with God and asked for a lot of help. Then started to read from Proverbs. (OH MAN! Is that book addicting or what?!) God knows exactly what to say. There is so much encouragement stuffed into that book!

It was a great reminder that God is with me in all that I do. He gave me this body to use for His glory. I just didn’t start taking care of it until now. With His help, I had my 1st day without incident. Is it all magically going to be easy from now on? No. But it will be doable. I just need to constantly stop and pray about it.

If you are on a journey to better health, take time to talk with God! It changes everything.

I look forward to tomorrow. Day 2 without incident.

1 Day Without Incident

Bad Days

Bad days happen. It doesn’t matter how much help or support you have, bad days are going to come.
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Instead of tripping and falling a little bit, I have a nasty habit of running and jumping off cliffs. In other words, instead of having a little cheat and eating a cookie, I eat the whole box of cookies, go back to the store, and buy the whole isle of cookies and eat them right there on the spot.

I could mope around, but instead I will choose to be positive and thankful! I am thankful that days turn into nights and the morning brings a fresh new day. I may have fallen off the wagon this week, but it gives me even more motivation to kick this week in the butt!

Bad Days

Pro’s and Con’s

I haven’t posted anything in a while and realized that a lot has happened since the last time I blogged. Since the last time we chatted, I was in one of the most GORGEOUS weddings I have ever been to. Seriously, the bride was the most perfect combination of Princess Jasmine and Belle from Beaty and the Beast! The bridesmaid dress I bought a size too small, was actually a little big on me! Hooray! AND… my date was super hot!

Hot Husband!!!
Hot Husband!!!

My Sister-in-law went shopping with me and helped me buy a new outfit THAT ACTUALLY FITS. A size down in pants and a medium shirt!

I surpassed my original goal of 170 lbs and reached by second goal of 160 lbs today.

Results are one of my favorite things in the world!! (When you are a goal oriented person, results are great!) In any lifestyle change… there are a lot of ups and downs! So, I decided to elaborate on some of the pro’s and con’s!

Pro’s:
– Better sleep
– Clearer skin
– More energy
– You get to go shopping!
– Feel more confident
– Less bloating
– Lower your chance of weight related health problems
– Your palate changes for the better
– Stop craving sweet foods

Con’s:
– Withdrawl
– Your ring falls off and flies across the room
– Mood swings
– Awkward “No Thank you” comments when people offer you food and then try and feed it to you  themselves…..
– Your pants refuse to cling to your butt. “Baggy Butt Syndrome”.
– Sometimes you cry … a lot
– You have to go shopping (My husband said it should be in the con section as well.)
– You get bored of healthy food
– It makes going out harder

Most days, I just want to sit down and eat everything in our home or go to McDonald’s and order everything on the dollar menu. But I CONSTANTLY have to remind myself that I am in control. The food is not in control, I am. There are great things about choose a new lifestyle and you have to remember that the pro’s always outweigh the con’s.

Pro’s and Con’s

Slowly but surely

Six months ago I made a bad decision. My beautiful friend was getting married and she chose a gorgeous dress for the bridesmaids to wear! I loved it! It is one of those dresses you can actually wear again! The only problem was, that I barely fit into the dress. I could fit into the size 14, but decided that I could lose 20 pounds in 6 months and fit into the size 12! I bought the 12 and went happily on my way.

After 5 months of working out, eating healthier, getting more sleep, drinking more water… I gained muscle. But didn’t lose any fat. I was tired all the time, always hungry, and very grumpy. To make matters worse I still didn’t fit into the dress. (Ha! It was even tighter on me!)

It was in June that I decided to try 30/10 Weightless for Life. I had heard about it on the radio and thought, “What the heck! It can’t hurt to try!” Everything else had failed. After 3 years of trying to be healthy, I was willing to do anything.

That brings us to today. I hit my first real big milestone. As of Thursday, July 16th, I am down 21 pounds. The 20 pound barrier has been broken!

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July 3rd, 2015. Man! A pair of shoes, a smile, and a flattering pose sure do go a long way!

I have really started noticing the physical and mental changes that have started to happen!

– I have more energy.
– Sleep great.
– Don’t crave junk food all the time.
– Don’t fit into any of my jeans.

Mentally I am much happier, less grumpy, I can say no to food when I don’t need it, I feel much more positive, and I now actually love to cook!

An added Bonus… the dress fits!

My journey to better health is not over. My visceral fat is still high and I need to build up my muscle, but it is a start! I will NOT have type 2 diabetes, I will NOT have sleep apnea, and I will do everything in my power to stay healthy and live a full life! For the first time, I feel as though I am in control of my health!!

Here is where I air all my dirty laundry…. Before and after photos. It is so embarrassing to post these, but it helps demonstrate what has actually happened to my body. I still have a ways to go before I am my healthiest self, but you have to celebrate the small victories!

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February 21st, 2015
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July 3rd, 2015
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February 21st, 2015
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July 3rd, 2015
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February 21st, 2015
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July 3rd, 2015
Slowly but surely

Sometimes you need a good cry

Crying seems to have been my second nature these past few weeks.

When I think about food, look at food, crave food….. all food that I can’t eat, I start to get cranky and then I cry. Yup, I have been very weak since starting my diet!

Two weeks ago I have a really rough week. I kept having little cheats here and there. Almost every day, I would convince myself that one bite wouldn’t hurt! When I went in for my weekly weigh in at 30/10, I had lost 1 pound of fat…. and 1 pound of muscle. All those little cheats cause my body to stop burning the fat and made me crave sugar even more! It was a sad cycle.

This past week I decided to be strong! I said, “No!” to all of the stuff I promised I wouldn’t eat! I made sure that I was eating and drinking all the protein shakes and eating only the food that was great for me! It resulted in a few things:

– I lost 4 pounds of fat
– Gained a pound of muscle
– Stopped craving sugar
– Slept better
– Had more energy
– DIDN’T CRY FOR A WHOLE WEEK

It is sad how much I have let food control my actions and emotions. It was especially bad when I was at a social gathering and there was free food or when everyone was eating amazing food I couldn’t have. But, every time I refrained from indulging in junk food, I felt amazing!

Instead of letting the word, “No” make me cry and feel awful, I let it make me stronger! I said, “No” because I care about myself!

It is not easy, but it is worth it.

Sometimes you need a good cry