Friday Feels

e33d2616d398798174a5f98806eda7a9--hello-friday-art-quotesHere we are again – it’s Friday!  I’ve had a decent start to this week.  I filled it with lots of movement.  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday I hit my basement at 5am to get my Liift4 on with my virtual workout buddy Shannon.  A few of those days I added cycling on after that was complete.  Other days I went back to bed for 45 minutes -HA!  It’s all about balance right?  On Wednesday during my recovery day I did some restorative yoga, then in the afternoon I hit the road for a run/walk before picking up the kids.  Then hoofed it around for trick or treating with the kids.  I knew candy was on the horizon and I can’t pass that up!  Not to mention Shannon was putting the hustle on this week, so I had no excuse to be lazy!

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img_2339Beginning in November I decided I should start counting calories too.  Because as I mentioned in Monday’s post no matter how hard I work out, if I continue to eat like shit the scale will NEVER change.  Remembering to track it all is the tough part.  I tend to graze all the time.  So I would like to tackle that too.  Eating meals, rather than snacking all day.  I’m effectively a toddler – I snack all day and hate veggies.  Haha!  I spent some time looking up all the popular candies I like to eat so I can help keep myself accountable. (see my list below)  Because if I’m being real, I will still eat the candy.  I just need to moderate it.  So if you ever see me pass up candy or coffee – be concerned.

I also need to drink more water.  Staying accountable with friends is something I plan on doing this month.  Staying hydrated is such an important part of any weight loss regime.  It helps to suppress your appetite, boost your metabolism and cleanse your body of waste.  So drink that water!!

I’m going to continue with my gratitude journal.  I did the first 30 days with no misses.  I plan to continue this practice long past the 90 days.  I think it’s so important to take a few minutes a day to think about how great you really have it.  Some days might be a stretch but you’d be surprised that you can come up with at least 10 per day, usually without a problem.

See you Monday for my measurements!  I’m looking forward to what happens.  I’ve worked hard this week and have a 5K with my son on Sunday!

XO

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Friday Feels

 

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Another week has gone by, my weight crept up again.  But I also started a new workout program with a friend.  With an agreement of a 5am wakeup at least four days a week.  We did it!  We made it through week one and it was challenging.  I felt like I got a quality workout on those four days.  I did yoga on my designated recovery days.  Which helped with how tight my muscles were feeling.  The more active I am the less I want to eat so I’m trying to move as much as possible.img_2199

My plan for this week is to just continue my buddy workouts four days a week.  Also continuing my daily cycling for at least 30 minutes.  Getting up at 5am has actually been a nice change to the school week.  It allows me to get in my workout without feeling rushed or guilty.  The added bonus is I can get ready for my day with that same no stress vibe.  If only I could keep that vibe for the rest of the day….I’m working on it.  I’m hopeful to see a change in those measurements at minimum.  I promised myself and my friend Shannon that I wouldn’t quit.  We’re developing strong habits to carry forward and continue to do great things.  Being strong and fit is always WAY better than being skinny.

Here’s to a great week!  Enjoy all the Halloween festivities this week….I know it’s my favorite time of year! XO

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Friday Feels….On a Saturday morning

e33d2616d398798174a5f98806eda7a9--hello-friday-art-quotesGood morning friends, what a week this has been for me!  The busiest I’ve had in a long time.  My husband and I have been working hard on setting up our new GPS Tracking business.  Between conference calls, finding suppliers and trainings almost everyday – it all feels a little overwhelming!  I had a few family things to deal with too this week.  My dad has been fighting RA for years and lately his mobility has gotten very limited.  So I’ve been stepping in and helping out when I can because I can offer more strength in helping him at doctors appointments.  At the end of September he had an infection pop up out of no where in his foot that required two surgeries to take care of it, including a week long hospital stay, six weeks of daily antibiotic infusions and home visits from a nurse every other day to change bandages.  He just finished those infusions this week and I am beyond thrilled.  This means he can get back on his RA medication this week, which I am hopeful will improves his mobility.

 

img_2021As far as my promises to myself last week, well….I didn’t do so great.  My weight and measurements went up.  I definitely didn’t
track like I wanted to or drink enough water.  I did get in 30 minutes of exercise daily and complete my 10 things I’m grateful for each day.  The lists are getting easier every day.  I realized there are so many things to be grateful for if you take a minute to realize it.  So for this next week I’ve committed to working out with a friend – checking in daily. It’s an eight week program – four times a week.  It’s nice to have an accountability partner for working out.  I have one for my gratitude and water.  I have to figure out what it’s going to take to get that scales moving in the right direction and my measurements.  Because I can’t go splitting my jeans again like last week (see Tuesday’s Instagram post haha).

Here’s hoping for an awesome week – I have a slightly less packed calendar for next week so let’s hope it stays that way!

 

Have a great week and thanks for reading! XO

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Friday Feels

e33d2616d398798174a5f98806eda7a9--hello-friday-art-quotesWhat’s happening?  It’s Friday and I’m getting ready to roll into a weekend to myself!  Yup, that’s right….just me and the dog while the boys head up to New Hampshire with the Boy Scouts for the weekend.  At first I panicked when my hubby said he wanted to take my littlest on the trip.  I thought he was leaving him home with me this time.  I have a love/hate relationship with being home alone.  I am SO used to having these boys around, my house feels super empty when they aren’t here!  But I’ve set myself up for success this weekend – so I don’t focus on missing them.  Tonight I’m binge watching my shows on my actual TV.  Usually I lose my TV to the kids and watch all my shows on my iPad.  I also plan to order myself a pizza.  I don’t even care how many calories or carbs.  Tomorrow as long as the rain holds off there are a few outdoor activities I’d like to do and maybe I’ll work outside to enjoy the weather.  I’ve been neglecting my yard and gardens this year with all the home improvements we’ve been doing.  So that is a good time passer.

IMG_1930On Monday morning, I took note of my weight and measurements.  You know that whole getting ready – to get ready – to get ready –  to work out!  I figured I should record the information if I decided to get myself in gear and do something about how uncomfortable I’ve been feeling lately.  It seems like 220lbs is my “breaking point”, where I actually begin to feel uncomfortable on a daily basis.  That’s where I’m at right now.  I’m struggling to be comfy in my jeans, so I’m thankful for being able to wear yoga pants in my office!

IMG_1952I’ve been keeping up on my gratitude journal and watering myself appropriately.  On Thursday morning I finally got out of my own way and woke up early.  I did Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Beginner Shred.  I figured I should ease myself back into working out daily after beating the hell out of myself with the two fitness classes I took a few weeks ago!  I committed to myself that now that I have begun the morning workouts – I have to finish them for the next 90 days – as part of the challenge.  So I have scheduled 90 workouts for myself in my planner!  Yup…I one of those planner girls…with all the washi tape, stickers and colored pens.  It makes my feel like I have my shit together.  Most days I don’t but the planner makes me feel like I tried.

I’m still working on my “WHY”, I want to be sure it fits all the criteria to be an awesome WHY that will stay the duration of getting to my goal.  So this next week, that’s the assignment I’m giving myself.  Put together my WHY and publish it here next week!

Until next week….enjoy the weekend, enjoy your family, enjoy your friends.  Much Love!

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Friday Feels

e33d2616d398798174a5f98806eda7a9--hello-friday-art-quotesSo it’s Friday ya’ll and I’ve made a new promise to myself.  To write in my blog more often.  So to begin with I’m going to post Fridays and use it to ramble about what happened this week and what I’d like to see for next week.

Monday began #last90days challenge for me.  I set out with the best of intentions.  Exercise Monday, Wednesday and Friday by getting up an hour early, drinking 120oz of water a day and give up one food category I KNOW I shouldn’t have.  I did a speed read of the book “Girl Wash Your Face” in preparation for the challenge.  I’ve been listening to Rachel Hollis’s podcasts and I feel like I’m learning some things.  I appreciate her realness and honesty.  One of the take aways I have from this is that setting personal boundaries is a necessary.  Prioritizing myself is something that I never do.  I need to start doing that.  I think that this step has to happen before I am successful in any other area.

5tothriveSo in the spirit of honesty, I haven’t worked out this week, I did break that promise to myself.  I blamed it on taking care of things for my parents, doctors appointments that didn’t go exactly as I wanted them to, someone being home while I workout – you name it, I can make an excuse for it.  Truth of the matter is, I just didn’t “make” the time for it, because I didn’t want to.  Feeling bad about myself overshadowed the need to workout. Which paired with me staying in bed as long as possible – then running around like a jerk to get the kids out the door for school and eating ALL the foods in the category I should be giving up (candy).  I did however drink half my weight in water each day this week, bonus to that is all the extra steps I logged while I went to the bathroom a zillion times!  I have also been writing my ten things I’m grateful for each day.  Some days they come easy, some days I’m reaching for anything.

My goal for the next week is to keep doing what I’m doing successfully, then add in those other 3 items – which all go together for me.  Making the time and putting myself on the schedule is going to be a big hurdle for me to get past, but it’ll happen.  It has to happen for me to find the success I’m looking for.  I also need to develop my “WHY”, because without that why – none of this will stick.

So until next week…wish me luck!