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Thursday, December 8, 2016

One Week Left

I have one more week of 21 Day Fix Extreme work outs.  They are great work outs, very challenging and even though I'm not able to do everything... I am able to enough to feel like I've gotten a good work out.  Again, some of my moves have to be modified more than their modified work out.  That's the thing I like about this series... it does have a person that's doing the modified version.  I ended up ordering the video's because I'm borrowing them from a neighbor and I liked them so much that I wanted my own.  $55 I feel is worth it if I use them enough... which I will, it'll be put in my rotation.

So what's next?  I'm not sure.  My thoughts are I either do my "The Firm" video program - which is 30 days, each work out is between 52 and 63 minutes.  Those are long work outs, but there's two days of rest within a week.  Which I like.  OR I do my Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred... which means no rest days (work outs without rest days are HARD).  This is about a 37 minute work out each day.

I have other options as well... My gym membership kicked back in this month (I haven't been there yet - boo!) so I could work in either a class, biking, treadmill or weights into my routine on top of these.

Now to the nitty gritty.  This past week was not my best.  Not even close.  I ate a lot of sweets and some other not so good food for me.  The good news is that I continued to do my work outs, tracked all my food (even if it wasn't pretty) and tried to compensate for those naughty times by eating better at my next meal.  I did end up losing 2.2 lbs this week.  Now that doesn't mean that the weight won't show up later (because it sure can); I was just happy that it didn't come up on the scale today.

Coming up this weekend I have some fun plans... and you know what fun means: hard food choices.  I have a friend and her girls coming to stay over Saturday night and then I'm hosting our annual girls Christmas party on Sunday.  This is an extremely fun event but it very much centered around food - the last few years the theme has been appetizers.  So typically those are not healthy choices.  I'm going to have to work very hard at not over eating.  The good part about the party is that it starts at 11 - which means that if I do end up eating like crap, I have a good part of the evening to make up for it.  I know that's what I'll do (I just know me).

Anyway - I'm just going to try and focus on being good all of the other days of the week.  That way - two days of festivities shouldn't really affect me if I keep up my work outs and eat right the rest of the time.  It's the 80/20 rule right???

Oh... another progress report I can give is since I started working out again at home (second week in September) I've now lost 29.6 lbs.  It's about 3 months time.  So remember that - hard work and good choices really does pay off... and I feel amazing.  I even want to fix myself up again -- wear make-up, do my hair and dress nice-ish (don't get me wrong, this girl loves her sweatshirts and yoga pants).

Well here's to another successful week under my belt.

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

Thursday, December 1, 2016

I made it through Thanksgiving!!!

Well, we've made it through two holidays so far.  Halloween and Thanksgiving are under our belts!

I've also made it through a trip to New York City - where we walked anywhere from 8-10+ miles per day.  It was a fantastic trip!  Although the trip wasn't booked before I started Insanity, I viewed it as being my reward for getting myself back on track and sticking Insanity out until the end.  I'm still very very proud of that accomplishment.

So far, I have two special Christmas celebrations prior to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, two of which I'm hosting. Then factor in getting together with girlfriends for dinner around this time as well... Still many more challenges to face, but if I keep up what I've been doing I really shouldn't see any issues.

So you know I finished Insanity (I've mentioned that about a billion times now) and are possibly wondering what I've done since that ended on the 11th? Well, let me tell you...

Between finsihing Insanity (did I mention I finished Insanity??) and going to NYC, I had about 5 days between them.  I didn't want to start a new program but I also knew that I needed to continue working out.  So I took a day or two off (it's blurry to me) and then took out my Jillian Michael 30 Day Shred videos out and did level 2 for 3-4 days (still blurry).

When I got back from NYC I started my next work out video session the very next day.  21 Day Fix Extreme.  It's a 21 day in-a-row work out video set where there's a different work out each day.  They are not easy, but not as hard as Insanity (did I mention I finished Insanity???).  I'm 10 days in, almost half way.  I haven't missed any work outs in those 10 days (well I missed one, but made it up by working out twice one day later).  I've not seen as much weight loss with this program as I did with Insanity BUT I've also not tracked like I did while doing Insanity.  Mostly because I went to NYC for 5 days and then came back to Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping, decorating, etc.  So I haven't had the time to plan as well as I did previously.  I still made meals and tracked most of the week days but the weekends have been more lax.

So  Last time I wrote I had given Insanity results of 25 lbs.  At this present time (I weighed in today after two weeks of being away from WW meetings) and I'm down another 2.6.  So 27.6 since the second week in September.  My total weight loss (from when I last started WW) is 53 lbs (that update is for the man I'm in competition with -- yes Jen told me Bob -- LOL).  I had a rough 2 1/2 years before I kicked it back in gear as my total was once 96 lbs.

I can't beat myself up about the weight I've gained back because I never gave up, I continued to go to WW meetings most every week, I would lose and gain and lose and gain (mostly gain obviously)... but I never gave up.  Sure, I was really unhappy with myself for letting go a bit... but I'm back on that wagon.  I can't give up.  I feel too good when I lose weight - not just my appearance but my body aches less, I have more energy and I'm really truly proud of myself when I can keep myself under control.

So, the lesson to learn is: NEVER. EVER. GIVE. UP.

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

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Post-Insanity Results

Over the last 63 days (as of Friday 11/11) I was doing the Beach Body Insanity program.  It's a very intense work out, typically for those that are in much better shape than I am.  In the beginning it said not to do the work out program if you have a bad back or knees.  I have both of those things, but decided I will see how it goes and modify as needed.

I needed to modify A LOT.  Normally, I would have probably quit because it was way above my level.  However, the results were as insane as the work out.  After the first 4 days I had lost over 4 lbs.  So I decided I'll stick to it... plus my husband was also doing it.  I'm super competitive so if he wasn't going to quit there was no way in HELL that I would either.

I've posted a couple of times over the last 63 days about it so you knew that I was getting results if you read my last two blogs.

In 63 days I lost just over 25 pounds.  Along with the work out, I was counting my points as well.  I was not perfect, meaning on the weekends or long weekends I was off track, but I still tracked.  So I knew how bad I was doing, but as soon as that weekend or vacation time was over I'd get right back on track.

So, I do think back and wonder how much better I would have done if I didn't go off track.  But I can't change what I did,nor do I want to.  I'm very happy with my results and I didn't deprive myself at all while I was doing it.

I'm amazed at how strong I feel... and some of the pain I'm in because of it :)  But I'm ready to start my next program.  I will be going to NYC with some girlfriends this week so I won't be able to work out like I was for 5 days... so in the time I have before I leave I will be filling in work outs with Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred.  When I get back, I will begin the 21 Day Fix Extreme work out program (it's another Beach Body product).  That's 21 days in a row of working out (I think, I need to look it up) and they also have a food program that they want you to follow... but I'll stick with Weight Watchers because I know how to work it and that it works for me when I work the program.

I'm on my way to being back on track... I have goals set through next November.  I'm pretty determined... you probably know that if you've read my blog all alone.  But I can get lost as I did for the last two years.  For now, I feel like I'm in full control and it feels amazing.  I don't see myself straying in the near future and that's what I'm focusing on right now.  I know that goal setting works for me - so I'm continuing down that path.

Thanks for taking the time to read - I really do appreciate it.  If you have tips to share or questions - feel free to ask and share.

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

Friday, October 28, 2016

I think I can, I think I can...

I'm in a very good place right now.  I feel like I am in control, finally after a 2 year slip up.  I worked so hard that first year and lost a ton of weight and was so motivated... then I started having foot issues, then a bunch of personal stuff happened.  I did what I always do (I ate and slowed way down on the exercising) so I got what I always got... I gained back over half of the weight I had lost.  I actually gained 2/3 of the weight I had lost.

The difference this time was that I never quit going to weight watchers.  I didn't enjoy going during that time, but for some reason I didn't want to give up.  So each week I weighed in and sometimes there'd be a nice surprise and sometimes I would beat myself up asking why I am doing this, why I can't get control and why am I going back to the place where I KNOW I'm unhappy.

So, as you can see from my last post - I am back on track.  Mentally and physically, so that is a good place to be.  I have two weeks left of this horrible (LOL) Beach Body Insanity program and at the 7 week point, I have lost a total of 20.2 lbs.  I am thrilled with those results. However, I will say it is not just the work out.  I am tracking again, making meals that are reasonable point values and things we like and only slipping up one or two days a week (with the exception of last week).

Last week I was gone from Wednesday - Sunday at a food fest Scrapbooking weekend.  There is rarely a healthy option to be had.  Tons of temptation and I know this going into it.  I've been doing these trips 3x a year for the past 9 years.  So this time I tried to bring a few healthy options for me -- banana, almonds, squash soup, etc.  I brought my work outs that I needed to do and I did them and went for two walks (which I love to do).  I ate the almonds and that's about it.

Each day there, I got progressively worse.  But always in the back of my head was - don't screw this up too much you are working way too hard.  So, while I was eating like crap and feeling like total crap (not to mention couldn't crap because I was away from home), I didn't do as bad as I normally do.  Don't get me wrong, I did not do well.

The difference this time was that when I got home, I immediately got back on track.  Dinner Sunday night was 4 oz steak, salad with dressing and sunflower seeds and 5 oz red potato with 1 T butter.  I had no snack that night.  The next morning I weighed myself and got the result I expected - 5lb gain.  I didn't let that get me down... the next two days were really hard, all I wanted to do was snack like I had been for the past 5 days... but I fought hard and didn't do it.

By the time I weighed in on Thursday I had lost 3 lbs from the week prior.  Now mind you I should have lost the week prior (about a pound) but I gained .4 - so some of that was reward for last weeks weigh in... but I couldn't be more proud.  I didn't let my 5 day slip up affect the very next meal when I got home.  I got back on track and am unbelieveably happy with my results.

So, there's a lesson for ya!  Never give up.

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

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!