So I am a little overdue with this update, but things have been really hectic lately and I am kind of slacking in the blogging department. Also, I bought a Cricut machine with my Christmas money and I have been a little obsessed with using it in my free time… It is AWESOME.
I am actually pretty proud of myself with this one. I realized after publishing my original post , that I set myself up to HAVE to lose weight through Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Work Christmas Parties, Christmas, and both New Years Ever and New Years Day. What the hell was I thinking?? I couldn’t come back in six weeks weighing the same, or more, after blasting my weight all over my blog for hundreds of people to see. I will say though, that right there, is what kept me motivated and accountable through that month and a half long holiday season.
Now, my original plan was to share my measurements and progress photos every six weeks when I posted an update. But in fear of losing my motivation I have decided against doing that. I have a very, very, hard time finding a healthy balance between trying to lose weight and keeping my mental health at a nourishing level. Once I start really putting in the effort to lose the extra lbs, I become completely and utterly OBSESSED with the scale, and what it reads. Those of you that have also lost a decent amount of weight are probably aware that you can’t rely 100% on what the scale says. You could be gaining muscle, or maybe you ate something super salty and are hanging onto that extra water weight for a day or two. Or maybe it’s that lovely time of the month where you feel bloated and disgusting. I know that my weight fluctuates day-to-day, but for some reason when I step on that scale, the number displayed totally consumes me. It can temporarily make me really excited, or can totally ruin my motivation…because why put in all this effort to see no change?
So, to work towards my resolution this year, and to be the best, happiest version of myself, I am going to do things a little different from originally planned. I still intend to do updates, but maybe I’ll only take my measurements every twelve weeks. Or maybe I won’t at all. Because after all, my goal is to be HEALTHY, not skinny. So here’s what I’ve got for you so far!
My weigh-in when I started this was 181.8 lbs. I am extremely pleased to say that my weight on December 31st (six weeks from start date) was 176.9 lbs! I lost 5 pounds during the easiest time of year to gain. To some, it might not sound like much. But to me, it’s HUGE! I have been “stuck” in the low 180’s for as long as I can remember, so it felt AMAZING to get right down into the 170’s! Not to mention, I FINALLY officially hit my 40 lbs down! I have been working towards getting that badge on my Fitbit for months and months! I would get SO close, and then it would slip away again. I was so very pleased with myself when I finally reached it. Another milestone in the books!
Here are a few things I changed over the last two months that have positively impacted my health:
Food Prepping – This has been HUGE for me!! I know it’s not for everyone (you have to be okay with eating the same meals often),but it is working wonderfully for me. One of the biggest culprits of my weight loss slowing, is ordering take out. I don’t get home from work until a little after 6, which doesn’t sound too bad… but by the time I am done changing out of work clothes, getting settled in, and done making dinner, I am not sitting down to eat until after 7! (I’m also throwing out there that I go to bed pretty early, like 9-ish, that means I am only eating dinner two hours before bed) So for me, grabbing a pizza or some Chinese on the way home sounds like an awesome plan. Until I am done eating and feel like a fatty failure. By me making my meals ahead on Sundays, I find that I am (hardly) ever craving the idea of stopping for food. It also takes away the temptation of over eating because everything is already portioned, and ready to be warmed up. Not to mention, I can throw it in the microwave while I am changing, which means I am eating at 6:15 instead of 7:15. Win win to me! Here are a few of my favorites so far.
Night Time Gym Sesh – I’m not going to deny that the morning trips to the gym had come to a complete stop. Ever since the clocks changed, and the sun decided to come up at 7:30, doing anything productive before work had become an issue. I struggle to get out of bed, never mind heading to the gym to burn calories. So, Mike graciously decided he would be the best healthy-lifestyle copilot around, and agreed to join the gym with me. I knew I wouldn’t be able to motivate myself to go if I knew he was at home hanging out on the couch, so he took one for the team. Of course, he’s one of those people who hasn’t worked out in 5 years, and hops on the treadmill to run 1.5 miles, but still. So I get home from work, we eat our already made dinner, and we head out the door to the gym by 6:45. I actually love going at this time because the gym is nearly empty! We have been going Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and I plan to start alternating Saturday mornings at the gym and Kickboxing at a local Karate Club. We have been doing a combo of cardio and strength training for a healthy balance. The best part is we still have time to lounge on the couch when we get home, and eat a post workout snack. It has been working out perfectly! You don’t have to go to the gym 7 days a week to make a difference. Start small and do what feels right!
Hydrate, Hydrate, HYDRATE! – I cannot stress enough how important it is to drink your water. It helps you in so many ways, such as boosting energy, making you feel full, increasing metabolism, flushing out toxins. Not to mention how good it is for your skin, and pretty much everything else for that matter. The benefits are endless, and it’s a simple task to complete. I drink, at a very minimum, 64 ounces a day, but usually much more. I know it can get boring to drink water all day, so spice things up! I like to add a tea bag to give it a little flavor. During the summer fruity teas are my favorite! I’ve been pushing really hard to get all my water in every day for the last six weeks. The weekends tend to be the hardest for me to stay on track, so that is something I am still working at!
Just Say No (to sugar) – I certainly didn’t give up sugar all together, but I have been trying my damnedest to watch my intake. With my PCOS and insulin resistance I really should be watching how much sugar I consume anyways, but I think it is something that’s important for everyone to monitor. Sugar sneaks up on you in weird places… spaghetti sauce, flavored yogurt, fruit juice, salad dressing, smoothies. It’s everywhere. And sometimes the things we think we’re eating to be “good” are loaded with sugar. I have been making small changes like eating plain yogurt and adding a tiny amount of honey or agave, drinking my coffee black, with a splash of almond creamer, and eating things like fruit with peanut butter and cocoa to ease my sweet tooth. I haven’t given up sugar, I am just being more selective about which things are worth it to me.
Small Changes Equal Big Outcomes – All the little things that you put even the tiniest bit of effort into will add up in the long run. You don’t have to make catastrophic changes to see a difference. For instance, parking in the back of the lot even though there are spaces at the front. Skipping the cookies that someone brought in to work, but allowing yourself to have a small bowl of halo top when you come back from the gym. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Increasing the amount of reps you do at the gym, or doing an extra 2 minutes on the stair master. Any of these changes are just that. Change. Positive progress. Steps in the right direction. Eventually all those small adjustments will add up to enormous success.
As I mentioned above I’m working really hard towards adjusting my mind-set. Setting my eyes towards healthy living rather than being skinny. It’s not going to happen over night, it’s going to take a long time to make these changes. But I’m ready to make the effort and to really be able to say I love myself, in my own skin. I’ll let you know how things are progressing in another 6 weeks. We’ll be more than half way through February! Bring on the sun!
***Just thought I would add in here… I FINALLY ordered my dress! It is currently being custom-made, and will be arriving mid February. It is becoming SO real! 5.5 months to go!!***
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