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Monday, September 15, 2014

I have to admit... not worrying about preparing lunches ahead of time, packaging snacks, buying fresh ingredients or avoiding cheesy casseroles.... it's all a RELIEF! Slightly liberating even... but after a week or two... I started feeling sluggish... my pants felt tight... I felt bloated and slow...and even though the moment of chewing was satisfying, it quickly subsided and my energy along with it.

I watched The Biggest Loser over the weekend and felt motivated again. Today I ate healthy (Blackened Tilapia Tacos with a lemon honey coleslaw) and it felt great! Bright, fresh ingredients FILLED with flavor (not fat) - dinner didn't sit at the top of my stomach and... what is this feeling?! Satisfaction from the meal, and not a constant feeling of being full!!!

As many extra steps as it takes to eat healthy... they ARE worth it. Fresh food is truly good for your mind and body. It may be easier to live with fast food, cheesy casseroles, burgers and fries... but life is more fun when you have the energy to keep up :)
I know that buying cute clothes is a huge motivator to losing weight and keeping it off... but I find more and more that the side effect of losing all the weight on SparkPeople made me accustomed to a good way of feeling... and I miss that!

So... here I am again :) but I'm not dreading it. I'm looking forward to the journey, the result and CONTINUED journey.



Friday, July 11, 2014

Went out for sushi with friends, and I overate! The next day I had a routine check-up and the dr. scale had me clocked in at 158lbs!!!! I was 144lbs about 6 weeks ago!! Needless to say this will NOT fly!! I know that a few of those pounds are waterweight-related, but I've gained about 10lbs and that's not acceptable!

I really have made this into a lifestyle change and all this snacking since the wedding has to stop. It's not even all that enjoyable anymore. I prefer the feeling of accomplishment.
SO I ate well today! and when I wanted to snack I went up & down 10 flights of stairs at work instead :) It worked.

Maybe I can even go to the gym tomorrow!! We shall see... but I am not going to stay in the 150s.... the goal remains the 130s.

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ROBBIEY 7/11/2014 9:33PM

  Just get back to doing what got you to lose weight in the beginning. We all fall down, but get back up, just don't stay down.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

It's funny how eating badly for a week (or four) will truly affect your mood (and stomach).
I already admitted that on my wedding day (June 7th. 2014) I didn't like what I looked like. I wasn't as long & lean as I wanted to be, I didn't feel drop-dead gorgeous and I didn't think I looked "wow". I looked normal. and I was underwhelmed with myself.
Of course this leads to stupid counter-productive thoughts like "who cares what I eat, I look the same no matter what... " etc... and I found myself eating any food I wanted, in whatever quantity, snacking all the time, eating desserts etc...
AND the result?! I felt crappy. I felt depressed. I didn't feel light, I felt bloated, the food wasn't amazing, and I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed my once a week treat that I've become accustomed to.
It's been a month of lessons... and the end result is that no matter what I look like, I FEEL better eating healthy and exercising.
I don't know when I will be happy with the way I look... (it seems like the more I lose, the darker the circles under my eyes and more gaunt I look... not attractive). but the way I feel is what I miss from this month.

The wedding is over, I have no big event to plan for... so my focus needs to shift. I need to eat better, and exercise again. Today I stopped with the bad snacks, had a healthy lunch and planning for a grilled chicken & salad dinner.
It's only 2:30pm and I already feel so much better. Being always accountable is just a way of life, it can be pushed to the back of your mind but your body will be a harsh and loud reminder.

UPDATE - ate my chicken & orzo salad and it was delicious. A clean day of eating (avoided ice-cream and cake at work, snacks and cookies at home) and it feels SO much better than overeating. Could it be that SparkPeople helped me make a true lifestyle change?!



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Well it's been 2.5 months since my last blog.... and since then, I got married!! I had my wedding dress fitting on April 1st and even though I lost 25lbs, I didn't look the way I had wanted to. I ended up falling off the wagon, getting busy with work, errands and wedding mayhem.... but I managed to stay at my weight for the wedding.
I didn't look the way I wanted, but I had a great day and I have some amazing memories I will cherish :)
Losing 25lbs meant I could wear some cute short dresses on the honeymoon, and that was fun! The fact that they were only $15 at Old Navy was a huge help too!!!
The journey continues from here.... I will be one of the few women who loses weight AFTER the wedding too lol
I lost 25lbs, but my goal was 31lbs... so I'm going to hit that number and go back to exercising and eating healthy.
I felt really good about myself while on this journey with you all... and if the guys plays his cards right, one of my best friends is getting engaged soon... so there'll be a wedding next year to attend :) :) I have to make being a wife look good to her lol.

It's nice to be back everyone :) I genuinely missed you

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JES_VARNER 6/19/2014 8:27AM

    Congrats & welcome back! :)

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USMAWIFE 6/18/2014 10:23PM

    Congrats on the wedding.. you will be able to do this again

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Well, I bought my wedding dress 6 months and 15lbs ago...I hadn't tried it since then (or even unzipped it from the bag)... so today it was officially my first wedding dress fitting!

Good news: it zipped up all the way!!!!!!!!!! and totally fit!!!!!!!!!!
Bad news: my boobs didn't lose any weight.....so to prevent a creation of back fat, we're going to let out just that part. SIGH... not my favorite thing to hear, but not terrible I suppose

Good news II: the bra fitting lady estimated my bar size (visually) by 2" less than my real size :) She said I have a small rib cage lol I mean, she was wrong about the size, but it still made me happy.
Bad news: having bigger boobs sucks!! I always feel like a linebacker...SIGH
Pictures look decently cute though... maybe with the make-up and hair all "done" ?

Overall, I'm pleased!!!! I lost a total of 25lbs, the dress fits and the alterations aren't too drastic... I do feel a little down, but mainly cause you keep seeing these dresses on models, or pretty people on TV and the dress just doesn't look the same on me...

SIGH... did I mention I'm hormonal today? Period coming in a week and I feel it!

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JES_VARNER 4/2/2014 8:21AM

    Yay for the dress fitting! You should be excited, most women end up complaining that the first place they lose weight is in the boob region, and they don't want that to happen! We all want what we don't have I suppose! :-)
I'm sure you look amazing in your dress & you have done a fantastic job on your fitness journey!

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DJ4HEALTH 4/2/2014 1:23AM

    You got to remember that the ones in the mags are airbrushed too and the ones on TV are starving to death.

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LISAKAY881 4/1/2014 11:14PM

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Just focus on the good! You fit in your dress! : )

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