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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Still Here, Still Plugging Away

I'm still here and still plugging away at getting towards my goal of Healthfully Ever After.  However, I needed to take a blog break for a few different reasons... 1) I wasn't trying anymore, therefore I felt I had nothing to offer 2) It's hard to talk about wanting to be healthy and giving tips when I wasn't even trying and 3) I just needed a break and to give myself some time to reset.

In the middle of August I was sent a message from my friend on Fitbit to do a weekly challenge.  I thought "what the heck,I'll try."  Well, I'm super competitive and there was one guy in the challenge that blew us all away by 20,000 steps +.  That was not very motivating at all.  So while I'm still in that weekly challenge, I've started one of my own with others in my friend group that were similar in steps to myself.  My goal is 10,000 a day.  I really have no desire to get more than that... so I selected people between the 7,000 to 10,000 steps a day range.  Keeping in mind that before this I was getting like 3-5,000 max a day.  This has been super super motivating and that guy that was just blowing us away in the other competition is no longer in it.  So even more motivation.  That group is very tough and I'm happy with getting in the top 1-3.  My other group challenges me, but I feel like I'm challenging them more.  So it's good to have a balance and help others make step goals too.

My husband has been asked to do a triathalon and has accepted the challenge. So over the last 2 months he's been doing research, bought a bike, wanting to eat healthier and lose some weight before his training for that begins. Knowing that his extra weight would make training pretty hard. He wants to lose about 50 pounds, which will be no problem.  I've seen him do it before.

About 6 weeks ago, I woke up on a Sunday morning to the sound of my husband working out in the basement.  I couldn't believe it.  I was super excited for him. Then I thought to myself... this is a perfect opportunity for me to get myself back on track.  I want to lose the weight I've gained (significant amount of weight gained back) and I want to feel better.  I was at the point where my back hurt all the time.  When I got up from sitting, I was super stiff and just altogether felt sluggish and very unhappy.  I hate the way I look in my clothes, back to not wanting pictures taken of me and just down right don't want to go out and do things most of the time.

So... that day.  The day I woke up to him exercising.  I decided, what the hell.  I'll do this work out too.  Oh MY GOSH it's hard.  It's the Beach Body Sean T Insanity work out.  It is 63 days of intense working out.

I also started thinking about food that we needed, recipes to make and how I was going to fit all of it in. I made healthier meals that week and better choices in general. Then, that very next weekend, I sat down on Saturday and picked out meals to make for the week. I went to the grocery store Sunday, came home and cooked for the week. I've done that (with the exception of this week, but I will do it for next week) every week since we started.

I had my husband take a before picture of me (I'll post when I've finished the work out) and took my measurements about two weeks after starting (sad that I didn't do it right away).  So, my weight results in 5 weeks from eating healthy (tracking all my points - good or bad) and working out... is 18.2 lbs as of today.

I'm so proud of that.  It's been very hard keeping up with these work outs and many of the moves I can't do because of my knees, back or feet.  So, I just modify and it's been working out great for me.  My husband is also doing very well.  I can tell in the clothes he's wearing and in his face.  He's always been fit (in my opinion) just sometimes the weight gets out of hand and then he reins it back in.

Regardless I'm in love with this triathalon goal of his because, in the end, it's really helping me. I have full control over our food as I do the cooking and the grocery shopping... he's not complained once!  I'm so thankful.

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

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


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!