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Thursday, May 12, 2016

I think I can...

I have been good and bad lately.  It's probably been a 50/50 deal.  I haven't given up, which makes me happy.

What have I learned... I have a sugar problem.  BAD.  I love ice cream, cookies, desserts, etc.  If I reflect back on my life, I've always liked these things but it seems to be more of an addiction over the last two years than it has been in my past.  So... this past week I really tried to cut out sugar as much as possible.  I mean... Mother's Day doesn't count, but other than that I've conciously tried to ward off sugar.  This is one of the HARDEST things I've done.

I've worked out a few times over the last week, but not nearly as much as I could or should be.  This will become harder and harder as my summer gets busier and busier.  So it's something that I need to make happen.  I'm working on a plan for that...

I have a garden my husband just built me - so that will begin to be a lot of work (can't wait).  I've spent the last week trying to plan what I'm going to put in it.  This garden is 16x16 - probably bigger than we need and is aboug twice what I had at our previous house.  So, I'll have my work cut out for me.  This will be part of my exercise plan.

I also need to get out and do more walking.  I enjoy walking and if I do it enough, it may turn back into "running."  I put that in quotes because I'm a super slow runner, but regardless it makes me feel like I can accomplish something.  I'm a long way away from running at this point - but I do see it in my future again.

Other than that, grilling season is upon us.  I do so much better when we can grill food as I'm feeling lately that most of our meals are boring and are the same thing.  I'll likely feel that way as we close up summer (not wishing my summer away - just stating a fact)... but I can eat a salad so much easier in the summer than in the winter.  So I'm a bit excited about making up meals for a while :)

I'm sure you're wondering how the scale is going.  Over the last 4 weigh in's... I've either lost or stayed the same.  This week, I lost 1 lb... and my total over the last 4 weeks is 5lbs.  So at least I'm going in the right direction.

With that I will leave you for the week... and remember

I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Progress

I am still making downward progress.  Last week I lost 1.8... while that's great, I could have done a lot better.  I had quite a few weak moments last week.

This weekend I'd tried to balance as best I could, but still could have done better.  However, I was able to go out with some friends and semi-balance the rest of my day to handle dinner with friends.  I have no idea how I did scale-wise over the weekend, but I feel pretty darn good about it.

I still have a long way to go to become completely back in focus, but baby steps are better than no steps in my book.

I'll be making it to the gym this week, but also have a ton of yard work that I will need to do.  We moved at the end of October last year and this is our first spring here at the new house and our yard that I have to manage is about more than quadrupled... and getting kind of out of control.  So I will be focusing on that this week.

My husband also is in the process of building me a garden... which is at least twice the size of my old garden.  So that will be keeping me super busy this year too.  I'm very excited about it and maybe need to invest in some bug spray because we have a pond in our backyard that is making some mosquitos :(

Anyway, I'm still focused and constantly thinking about doing better.

I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Still Motivated... don't worry

It's been a while since I've written.  We had yet another family emergency since the last time I wrote. It's a very sad time for my family and extended family.  So of course when stuff like that happens I get completely off track and stop paying attention to what I'm eating... whether it's becauseI don't have time at the moment or because I'm too sad to care.

Then I went off to our scrapbook retreat and for some reason I can NEVER keep my will power going while there. It's frustrating, but it's all me. No one elses fault.  I know what I'm doing wrong even when I'm doing it... but just don't control myself.

Either way, I went backwards and gained the weight that I had recently lost. Last week I weighed in and I'm back on the downward spiral (in the good way).

I'm trying to make mostly good decisions and I'm tracking regardless of whether or not I'm within my points.  This does help me make some better choices.  But of course, there's always room for improvement.

Anyway.. hopefully I can get back to providing updates on a more frequent basis.  I'm praying for no more tragedy around me!!!

I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!

Friday, March 25, 2016

A Good Motivation Week

I did it again last week, I kept mostly on track and it paid off.  I lost another 2.6 lbs.  That's quite a good accomplishment after last week's large weight loss.

What did I do?
- Worked out
- Tracked my food (there was a day or two where I blew it big time and quit tracking... but picked right back up the next day)
- added more veggies

What was my result?
As I said, I had a nice weight loss.  But more importantly I felt really good 99% of the time, except for the day I blew.  I felt like crap that night and into the next day.

What did I learn?
Well, what I always learn.  I feel better when I eat healthy.  I sleep better when I eat healthy (mostly, I have sleeping issues in general).  I am able to fit in treats when I increase my fruit/vegetable intake to the recommended 3-5 a day.  I can do this!

This was a good motivation week!  I am glad I'm pushing myself to refocus.  I'm not gonna lie, it's not easy.  I have moments of weekness... I'm trying to do a lot of self talk to stop it... it doesn't always work.  BUT if I just move on instead of saying "eff it" and blow the rest of the week, I can redeem myself.

I can't wait until I'm healthfully ever after!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Plugging Away

I was able to weigh last week, but was was WAY up... and didn't have time to blog because I've been so busy.

I'm still busy so this will be short and sweet!

I rocked it this past week.  Tracked almost everything I ate - to the best of my ability and my memory would allow.  Really tried to not go tooo far over my points.  Which I always use the extra weeklys and usually plus some.

I'm still struggling with the new points system - and what it means for my "regular" foods... but overall I'm doing OK.  I decided last week while talking to a friend that I am going to allow myself to go over my weekly points - I'm just going to set that number and slowly work down from there.

The WW points are guideline, but really it's up to us to make the plan work for us.  Obviously I won't be able to do that for long, so I need to decrease that amount each week and after last week's success - I prob's have to decrease more than I wanted to :)

I lost 5.4 lbs this past week.  I am proud of that AND it proves that I can still lose weight if I really want to.  I do really want to.  But of course stuggle with my inner voice when I'm about to eat something I really want, but know that I really shouldn't indulge.

So... with that said - that's what I'm working on.  Decreasing those indulgences!

I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Setting Goals

So I haven't blogged in two weeks.  I couldn't make it to my WW meeting last week because of meetings I had at work.  I knew I was up from the week before as I had gone away for the weekend and that's always tough to manage.  So I ate what they did and tried to get myself in check once we got back.  Constant struggle and I usually don't do well with getting myself back on... but I tried.

I did start getting serious again on Thursday.  There's something about weigh in day that has some sort of control on me where I can reset.  I did ok this week (I gained but not a ton), but those sweets are still not in check.  I wanted to try to cut sugar, but I can't.  I just crave it.  So for now, trying to phase it out slowly.  That probably won't happen until the end of the month (fingers crossed and a goal I am setting).

We are going away for a mini-fishing vacation this weekend (again).  This is our annual trip and always full of food and shenanigans.  Not making any promises to myself except "hey there, try to keep your portions somewhat in check".  It's hard being on the ice with all kinds of snack, mostly if fishing is tough.  Then one gets bored and wants to eat.  So... here's to attempting to at least keep my meals in check.

My goal for next week's weigh in is "stay the same."  Looking forward to meeting that goal.  That's not too agressive so will be more realistic than goals I've set in the past.

Either way...

I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Baby Steps - once again

I had a successful week on the scale, lost 3.2 lbs.  That is great and all, but I have a lot of room for improvement.  I was not perfect 4 out of the 7 days... so that tells you how bad I was previously eating.

I did get work-outs in, which is great.  I am doing a Jillian Michael 30 day work out - but not making myself do it every day as I still need to get to the gym (to get my discount) and need rest time too.  So I'm trying not to obsess like I normally do because then I get burnt out.  What I am doing is counting the days for the video - so that I move on each 10 days to the 'next' video in this series.  This is a huge change for me.

Food though, UGH.  This new WW plan is so hard for me and I'm not sure why.  It's just so challenging.  Seems like some people are having no problem, but not me.  I must really hate change that much (I don't but this change seems so extreme).  I'm going to sound like a broken record, but WW really should have eased into this sugar counting instead of going balls to the walls.  Treats feel like they are just not part of the plan and not allowed... whereas before they were manageable to fit in if you were careful.  Oh well, nothing I can do about it.

I will say, even though I wasn't perfect this week - I sure felt better than I have in a while.  So that's great and that helps me stay motivated.

This weekend/week will be a bit challenging for me as we're going away.  I am not bringing food so I'm really going to have to watch portion size.  Pretty sure I'm either going to fail or be starving... I've got a 50/50 chance.  I am going to have to be super diligent once we get back Sunday.  If I do that, I should be fine.

Next week, I will continue to work out and track.  I don't really have a choice if what I really want is to feel better.

Have a great week everyone!!!

I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!