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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.