Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Last week I went in for my annual doctor visit and I am pleased to announce I have lost 8 pounds since last year when I weighed in. The scale is moving, slowly, but surely. I have made real changes since a year ago when I decided to be healthier, but I still struggle with emotional eating and my demon of a sweet tooth. This year I want to go into fat burning overdrive. I want to lose another 8 pounds plus more! I would love to lose 30 pounds by the end of this year.
I have been focusing on tracking my nutrition and keeping up with my work outs. This year, I have been working out, but I am nowhere near consistent. March is going to be my month... I can feel it! My goal for March is to average under 1,800 calories per day and to work out 20 times in March for at least 30 minutes. If I can do that, I know I will be that much closer to regaining my health! I already am feeling so much better just from eating better and exercising.
I joined a Biggest Loser Spring Challenge and I am on the Lemon Team. I am so excited for this challenge and I think it will give me that extra push I need to go that extra mile. Like I said, I have a feeling this will be MY month!
Saturday, February 22, 2014
I have said for months that I want to look into doing yoga, as I hear about the health benefits it has to offer, plus emotional benefits. I struggle with emotional eating and mood swings, and I really do not have anything besides food to deal with my emotions and stress.
Lately, I have been trying to find healthy ways to deal with stress, but I haven't found the right fit for me yet. This weekend I plan on finding a yoga program to start and I will form a plan to incorporate yoga into my lifestyle, on top of my work outs. I think I will benefit from yoga, by doing it right before bed time. Once I get a routine going, I think it will help with all of my emotional issues and emotional eating. I have so much stress to get rid of and I am excited about trying something new!
Monday, February 10, 2014
I recently signed up for a free trial of Daily Burn, which is THE Netflix of workouts. It's great! I've already done 3 work-outs. I am following the Dance program. You can choose what program or workouts you want to follow. You can choose workouts for weight loss, toning, flexibility, etc. I love it! You can literally do a different work out every day!
Monday, November 18, 2013
I have been struggling with my eating habits lately and I feel like I've been spiraling out of control but did not know how to get back on track. Of course I know how to eat healthy, but I realized I do not know how to eat healthy for the long-term. How do I eat healthy on a daily basis for the rest of my life? What does a week of healthy meals look like? Besides eating just salads, wraps, and plain chicken and vegetables? I wish someone had taught me how to prepare healthy, good tasting meals.
I decided to look at the Spark People meal plans to see if anything looked good and give it a shot. I was surprised to see that I actually liked most of the meals planned for me and I am trying it this week. I have a problem with staying hungry, which then sends me on an eating binge. I was wondering what I am doing wrong to always be hungry like that, so that is another reason why I wanted to use the meal plan.
I don't know what a normal day of eating is actually supposed to look like. Why doesn't anyone teach us this? I was never taught this in all my years of schooling. It's quite sad actually to realize that I have no idea what I am supposed to be eating on a daily basis. Following the meal plans gives me a good idea and hopefully it will work out and I can learn what foods I should be eating.
I was surprised by how much food the meal plans let me eat. It seemed like a lot of food and a lot of variety, but lower calories than what I normally would eat. I think variety helps out a lot. I've never eaten cooked spinach with a hard boiled egg on top, but I did as a snack yesterday on the meal plan and it was just great! Yum! I was a little hungry in between meals, but I think it was normal. I wasn't ravenous by the time dinner arrived.
Ok, okay, I admit I ate sweets, but April made Oreo balls the previous night and I took some home. Someone had to get rid of them! Ah, me and my sweet tooth. I am still working on that!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
I have at least six pairs of jeans sitting in my dresser, but they do not fit anymore, sadly. I had two pairs that fit but for one pair the zipper broke and the other one starting wearing out on the thigh. I told myself I had to lose the weight so I can have jeans to wear. I had quite a few set backs and I did not lose the weight fast enough, so I started to become disheartened. It is starting to get cold outside, so I need new jeans until I can fit into my other pairs. So, today I planned on buying one pair of jeans to tide me over until my weight loss allowed me to fit into another pair I already own.
So far, I have lost a total of 10 pounds since I started focusing on becoming healthier. It has taken me a few months, but they say slow and steady wins the race, right? I keep my jeans so I can have a reward to work myself into and also a great way to track and see my actual progress. I tried on these purple shorts I bought a size smaller and they actually fit! I was ecstatic! I looked at the size and realized they were the same size as a pair of jeans I bought. Last year I bought a pair of jeans that fit and also a pair that was a size smaller, as motivation to work toward. They still have the tags on them and everything. I tried them on and lo and behold...THEY FIT! THEY FIT,THEY FIT, THEY ....FIT!!! I could not contain my excitement! I immediately called my boyfriend and my mom to express my joy! That makes this struggle so worth it! To know that despite my set backs and extra time it took me to get there, that I am actually losing weight! It only fuels my desire to continue on this journey to a healthier me.
Now I do not have to buy a new pair of jeans! I saved money and I lost enough weight! This day could not get any better!
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