Monday, December 1, 2014

Day 1 Done!!

Day 1 back on track is done!  I tracked all of my food and came in exactly where I planned.  My workout was finished before I even went to work this morning, which is an awesome feeling!  I will be getting up early and working out before work again tomorrow.  Let's do this!


I went to the grocery store after work and got some goodies.  Nothing too exciting.  I got a rotisserie chicken (I know, it's high in sodium but I still need to meal plan and needed an easy way to get in my protein until I have the opportunity to food prep).  I also got broccoli, mushrooms and onion to make a recipe from my own recipe page!  How funny it is revisiting old recipes that I wrote about years ago.

It's time for me to wind down, so I can stay on track and get up bright and early for my workout tomorrow morning.  I'm feeling positive, happy and energized.  Gotta keep the momentum going.

I'm back!!!

It has been 2 and a half years since I’ve blogged, wow how time flies!  It’s crazy to think how much my life has changed and where I’m at now compared to where I was when I started this journey 5 years ago (almost to the day!).  I’m living in another state, my home state of WI.  This is nothing new for me, I’ve been here for 4 years now, but when I started the blog I lived in a house in Indianapolis, that I owned, with a boyfriend I had been with for just over 4 years. 

Now I am single, have been for the past 4 ½ years (excluding a few short term things here and there).  I live with 2 roommates that I work with.  It’s a double edged sword.  I get help with my dogs, which is huge, since I didn’t intend to have 2 dogs and be solely responsible for making sure they get let out often enough, get exercise, etc.  So that’s a fairly large amount of work that is lessened by having roommates who also have dogs.  Plus, it is significantly cheaper than it was living alone (I’m talking $500 cheaper per month - that's $6,000 a year!!).  The flip side is that I’m a 32 year old woman and I like my independence.  I like my alone time.  You don’t get a whole lot of that with roommates.  I also wonder what men think when they find out I have roommates.  Does it make me seem like perhaps I don't have my life together and make me less appealing?  Who knows.  But for now the help with dogs and the money savings make it worth it.

So what brings me back to blogging you ask?  Coming here every day and writing about my successes and failures was a huge part of the reason why I did succeed.  I firmly believe that by setting and writing down goals for myself I was infinitely more successful than if I hadn’t done that.  I am still in the process of working on my health and my journey is ongoing, as it always will be.  I don’t think this will ever be something that comes easy to me, but health is an important part of my life.

Let’s get to my current state of affairs.  I’m weighing in at 179.0 lbs as of this morning…eesh.  A lot of that is from eating WAAAAAAYYY too much over Thanksgiving weekend (yes I said weekend, because that’s what it ended up being for me, oy vey!).  I suspect that a few pounds will fall off fairly easily this week.  I’ve been hovering more in the 170-173 range, so hopefully I’ll see a quick drop this week.  I could use a win in this department!

Time for some goals!  I’m currently doing the 21 Day Fix and I intend to complete this program.  I’m on Day 4, so I’ll weigh myself on December 19th to see where I end up!  By the end of the program my goal is to be 169 or less.  Hopefully I’ll blow that out of the water, but I want to stay realistic and set some goals I can be successful at reaching!  My goal for the end of this month will be 167 lbs.  Let’s do this!

In order to reach my goal I will complete the 21 Day Fix.  After I finish it I will either repeat it or pick a different program to work on.  I will also track my food every.single.day.  This is the only way to ensure success.  It’s just too damn easy to eat too much when you don’t track it!  Tracking is key.  So that’s it; workout and track my food.  Should be easy right??  Right…lol!


I have some other goals I intend to share with you, but for now I’ll end this with a quote.  Failure is not a tattoo, it’s a bruise.  Just because you’ve failed in the past doesn’t mean you’re a failure and that you can never succeed!  Put in the work toward whatever goals you may have and prove to yourself that you’re not a failure.  Don’t let your past define your future.  Let’s do this!

Picture is from 11/6/14.  Loose fitting top to the rescue!  Let's drop some pounds, so I can be comfortable in my skin again!  

Friday, June 29, 2012

Month 3 Results

Month 3 is coming to a conclusion and I am happy to say I FINALLY broke into the 150's. I may just barely be there, but I'm there. I'll take what I can get. :-) Here are my results for Month 3.

Weight - 159.8 lbs = 1.2 lbs lost

Measurements (last done on 5/25/12):
Neck: 12.5 (no change)
Bicep: 11.5 (-0.5 inches)
Forearm: 9.25 (no change)
Chest: 38.25 (-0.25 inches)
Waist: 31.0 (-0.5 inches)
Hips: 39.0 (-1.0 inches)
Thigh: 21.75 (-0.25 inches)
Calf: 13.75 (-0.25 inches)
Total: 233.25 (3.75 inches lost)

Summary:
April - 6.8 lbs lost/3.75 inches lost
May - 6.2 lbs lost/2.5 inches lost
June - 1.2 lbs lost/3.75 inches lost

As you can see, this month I lost far less poundage but I lost the same number of inches as I did in April when I lost nearly 6 times as much weight as I did this month. What that tells me is that this was a month where I built muscle and lost fat and that is never a bad thing. One more month till my 30th birthday!! Can't wait to see what I accomplish over the next month.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Month 2 Results

I'm proud of the work I've done this month.  I didn't quite reach my goal, but I always knew that my goal is a wee bit high.  I'm doing my best and I'm making progress and that's what really matters.  I dropped a size and am now wearing size 12's, so obviously I'm doing something right.  Hopefully next month I'll get into the size 10 goal shorts I bought and maybe in the final month I'll be able to get into an 8!!  We shall see!  Here are my results for this month:

Weight - 161.0 lbs = 6.2 lbs lost

Measurements (last done on 4/27/12):
Neck: 12.5 (no change)
Bicep: 12.0 (no change)
Forearm: 9.25 (-0.25 inches)
Chest: 38.5 (-0.5 inches)
Waist: 31.5 (-0.5 inches)
Hips: 40.0 (-0.5 inches)
Thigh: 22.0 (-0.25 inches)
Calf: 14.0 (no change)
Total: 237.0 (2.5 inches lost)

I'm still going to shoot for reaching my goal weight by my birthday, but I assume I won't quite get there.  I'll get as close as I can though!!  Here are my month end goals for the next 2 months:

June 29th - 152.2 lbs
July 27th - 145.0 lbs

Friday, April 27, 2012

Month 1 Results

Well, my first month tracking my food every day is over.  Unfortunately I didn't meet my weight goal, but it's not for a lack of effort.  Honestly, I've been working out like crazy, eating healthy and allowing myself small splurges here and there.  I have nothing to be upset with myself for.  I'm doing everything right, I'm feeling strong and I'm proud of where I'm at.  That said there's a good chance I won't be at my goal weight by my birthday and I'm just going to have to be ok with that.  As long as I continue on this path I'll still be healthy and at the lowest weight I've been my entire adult life and that's something to be proud of.  So here are my stats for my first month:

Weight - 167.2 lbs = 6.8 lbs lost

Measurements (last done on 1/28/11):
Neck: 12.5 (-0.5 inches)
Bicep: 12.0 (no change)
Forearm: 9.5 (no change)
Chest: 39.0 (-0.75 inches)
Waist: 32.0 (-0.75 inches)
Hips: 40.5 (-0.75 inches)
Thigh: 22.25 (no change)
Calf: 14.0 (-0.5 inches)
Total: 239.50 (3.75 inches lost)

I'm going to stick with shooting for my goal weight by my birthday, but it's likely I will alter that once I see where I end up at the end of May.  For now, here are my month end goals for the next 3 months:

May 25th - 160.4 lbs
June 29th - 151.8 lbs
July 27th - 145.0

Friday, April 6, 2012

Weigh In

Weighed in at 170.6 lbs this morning. That's 3.4 lbs lost since Monday of this week. Not too shabby. I've tracked my food every day this week. I'm doing really well. I'm very proud of this week. I set a new goal date of July 27th, which is 6 days before my 30th birthday. I'm determined to once and for all get to my goal weight and finally be completely happy with my body. I just want to be fit and strong and feel great about myself. To reach my goal I need to lose 1.6 lbs over the next 16 weeks. Here are my goals for the last Friday of each month:
April 27th - 165.8 lbs
May 25th - 159.4 lbs
June 29th - 151.4 lbs
July 27th - 145.0 lbs

As long as I stay on track and continue to track my food daily and exercise regularly, then I think this is completely doable. To help keep myself on track I've reached out to "accountability buddies" on sparkpeople. I've got multiple buddies, which I think will help keep me on track. Plus this way, if any of them stop responding to messages cause they aren't doing well, then I've got the other buddies to keep me motivated. I think the accountability to these people is what will make the difference once and for all.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hmph...

Well, I haven't posted in a month. I've been weighing in every friday, but haven't been recording it...cause my weight went up to 172 in my first weigh in after the last recorded one and has pretty much stuck there. It's fluctuated between 170 and 172 for the most part. I've got to say I'm kind of at a loss. I was working out at least 3 times a week, this past week I've worked out 5 times (had two workouts yesterday). I haven't had any fast food or takeout. I've been trying to drink a lot of water and eat a lot of veggies. But, I haven't been tracking my food. I've been trying to eat more intuitively, making healthy choices and only eating when hungry, but maybe that isn't working for me. Maybe I'm taking in more calories than I think. Ideally, I'd like to continue with a more vigorous workout schedule as this past week and eat intuitively, rather than track every morsel of food I put in my mouth. However, if my weight doesn't start moving down I won't have any choice but to start really tracking. I'm going to take the day off from working out today, which tends to help me get a good weigh in if I take the day before a weigh in off. It's looking like my June 1st goal date probably won't happen. If I'm still at 172 tomorrow (that was my weight this morning), then I'd have to lose 2.5 lbs a week to reach my goal...not very likely. We'll see what my weigh in is tomorrow and go from there.

I have started up P90X again. I started on Monday of this past week. I did a Shoulder, Arms and Abs workout. Tuesday was Bikram Yoga with Sara (in place of the P90X yoga dvd). Wednesday was Legs, Back and Abs and then a Hip Hop dance class. If I was following the schedule I would do Kenpo today and rest tomorrow, but I'm going to flop those two and make Thursdays my rest day. Bottom line I've gotten lots of workouts in this week and am feeling really good. Basically, my whole body is sore. No complaints.

Hip Hop class last night was amazing!! Sara couldn't go, so I debated but in the end decided to go alone since I knew I'd have fun. I'm in class in the back of the room and I have these two amazing dancers next to me. I was so intimidated dancing next to them, but there were a decent number of people there this week so I just focused on myself and used them as inspiration. Come to find out, they're professional dancers. One was Cedric Gardner, who was on Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance. He lives in LA now, but is from Milwaukee and was in town to see family and friends and teach a couple classes. The other was a woman named Lindy. She's from South Africa and will also be teaching a class this weekend. At the end of class they both did a few dances for us. It was just an empowering experience. I may not be the best dancer in the world, but I love it and was truly inspired watching them.

While I don't have aspirations to be a professional dancer, it did make me think about what I really want to do with my life. Do I want to work for an insurance company for the rest of my life? Ideally, no. Am I clear on what it is I really want to do? Again, no. But I do think I would enjoy buying and selling engagement rings on eBay. So, I'm going to finally go out and buy a couple rings and get my eBay store up and running. If it's successful, then I can achieve the goal of finally working for myself. And if I make enough money I can take some art classes for my enjoyment and classes on gemology, so I can make informed purchases for my eBay business. This kind of work would give me the freedom to live the life I want rather than being stuck in a 9 to 5 office job. I want to be able to make my own hours, wear whatever clothing I want, paint my nails whatever color I want, get tattoos without worrying if they are business appropriate.

Now, I say this, but I have a phone interview in half an hour for a Product Manager position. I don't have all the skills they're looking for, so they may not be interested in me. However, if they offer me the job, I will take it. I'm responsible enough to know that I need to have an income and there's a very real chance that my eBay business will not work out. So, if I get the job, I'll take it and continue to work on the eBay business on the side and if I am successful down the road I can decide then if I'm enjoying my regular job and want to keep it or if I want to transition to just my eBay business. If they don't offer me the position, then I'll still work on the eBay business while continuing to look for a "regular" job. If the eBay business works out and I make enough to do that solely, great, and if not then I'll just keep working hard to find a different job. Regardless, I've just got to give it a shot, so I can at least say I tried. I don't want to have regrets for not at least trying.

Aside from all of that, I'm still on a dating hiatus. I think about Josh pretty regularly and would love to see him, but I'm doing my best not to let my thoughts get too wrapped up in him. I'm trying to live my best life possible, so I can be the best me for whomever I end up dating. Oh yeah...I saw on facebook that Steve's dating someone. I'm not jealous of their relationship because I want to be with him, but rather because I want to find someone of my own who I can be happy with. I guess it's more of a competition thing. He's with someone and I'm not. Stupid, but true. That said, I'm not going to date someone just to be with someone. Eventually, I'll find someone who is what I'm looking for (maybe Josh, maybe someone else) and I'll be happy and what Steve's doing will not even remotely be on my radar. I rarely think about him, I mean it's been almost 2 years. However, as long as I'm still single it's always going to be "my ex" this or that when talking about relationships with people, rather than having a current relationship to refer to. Oh well, I just need to be myself and lead a happy life and it'll happen when it's meant to happen. :-)