I’m Still Here!

I know I haven’t been posting. I had a million and one excuses as to why I haven’t posted. But the real talk reason is I’ve been stuck in my head so much that I haven’t really wanted to post anything. But now…I need to rant. (Also, just to put it out there – I’m not looking for any “miracle diets”. I just want to complain. I know what I need to do. My mind and probably my thyroid have other plans,)

I’ve been doing the second round of Beachbody’s Liift4 and I’m definitely getting stronger. I actually just finished today! My results aren’t what I dreamed them to be. I, like everyone else, expect immediate results and expect them to be dramatic. Obviously neither of those things happened. This time around I did take a before and after picture. I also took measurements and kept track of my weights. The freaking measurements didn’t change! WTF

I’m annoyed. I know my food is less than on point. But I also know it hasn’t been horrible. I’ve never been successful at restricting my diet. But I have been choosing my calories more thoughtfully. I hoped that my exercise and better food choices would have made a difference. Agh!

So my next move? Learn to stop judging myself. Seriously. Because I’ve been hypercritical of myself. When I don’t look in the mirror I’m happy with what I see. Happy with what my minds wye pictures. But as soon as I catch my reflection I’m brought back to all the negativity. How do you change that? How do you look in the mirror and appreciate what you see? I hate having all these insecurities. I hide them as best as I can but the mean girl in my head is LOUD!

I wish I had the ability to have a trainer, to kick my ass and push the extra discipline I need. It’s just not in the cards for me right now. So I need to keep trying my best at home and with one class a week at the gym.

Here goes nothing. On to another program this week. I haven’t decided which one….. I need to do some quick research so I can start in the morning.

Here are my before and after photos before I go. I figure I took them, so I might as well share them.

Pray for a miracle this time around for your girl! Haha

Goodbye 2018…Hello 2019

As December came to a close I finished up my first round of Liift4 with my workout buddy Shannon. I never took before pictures but I did weigh and measure myself. However…I saw no difference or I should say no loss. I pretty much maintained my weight during the nine weeks (I know, it should be eight but we did week 5 twice). So I guess I should be happy with that considering the holidays. We finished the Friday before Christmas with the plan of starting Round 2 on Christmas Eve. I started the program as planned adding Jillian Michaels Killer Cardio on my Liift4 days. Turned out that my workout pal care down with something and I offered to do week one again so we could be in the same place in the program.

This time I took before pictures and measurements. Each Monday I will do the same. I also took some time to make my 2019 Goals rather than resolutions.

They seem simple enough but I struggle with 6/7. I’m not stuck on the number on the scale as I’m stuck on feeling comfortable in my body and my clothes. I’m heading into my 40th birthday and I already know I’m feeling better than I was at my 30th. But….I want to continue to feel better and look better because I’ve been carrying this weight around for too damn long!

I also committed to doing these sheets again to set shorter term goals for myself. These will help me stay accountable.

So this morning I’m kicking off another 8 weeks with Liift4 matched with cardio. I’m pumped and feeling hopeful that this time I’ll see results. Here’s the schedule I made for myself to bring me through this round.

Wishing everyone a very Happy 2019, May it be all you hope for!

XOXO

August Action Plan

That’s right…I’ve got an action plan! I have to keep trying until something sticks. Because I am sick and tired of feeling gross and being tired! I want to feel good and be active with my kids. They’re young and deserve an active mama. Because this girl has gotten LAZY this summer.

So I don’t know if this plan will be the one but I’m going to try it. The biggest change is me ditching the scale for the month. Im going to weigh & measure myself on August 1st, then put the scale away until September 1st. I’ve once again become dependent on that number on the scale. It then determines my attitude for the day. Which usually means my attitude will suck. (Insert eye roll here)

The rest is really just a recommitment to counting and burning calories and drinking water. I recalculated my BMR & AMR to help guide me on how much I should be eating and burning daily. Knowing I’d like to have a 1,000 calorie deficit daily to hopefully lose an average of 2lbs per week.

I’ve set up my journal for the month and I’m giving the goals a test run today.

Week Two… Seemed harder than week one!

I thought I was killing week two. I’m not kidding. I felt good. I felt full most days, like I wasn’t depriving myself. I felt empowered hitting my exercise goals daily.

That came crashing down this morning when I stepped on the scale. Now I know that isn’t a true picture of what’s going on. I’m going to try something a little different this week because maybe I’m not eating enough calories for how much I’m moving. This is a constant learning curve for me. I haven’t found the magic mix for me yet when it comes to how much I should eat matched with how much I work out.

My measurements changed which helps me feel a little better. I’m going to just keep pushing and forget what the scale says. Know it will either catch up or not matter because my clothes fit better.

Calories for week two

Food Snaps from the week.

Find Small Ways To Move More

LITTLE-WAYSAdd a little here and there to your everyday activities and you can reap the benefits for mind, boy and mood.  Add activity to each day!

There’s good reason to get in more physical activity.  Ramping it up can improve your quality of life, lower your risk of diabetes and help you lose weight.

The solution is fairly simple, instead of re-working your whole day to carve out large chunks of time for a trip to the gym or do a workout video.  Look for ways you can change up your regular routine to add more movement in.  Some other good news- you can forget the notion that you must do all of your 30 minutes of activity together in the day for it to count.  Small bursts of activity here and there – like taking the stairs instead of the elevator can add up and contribute to the benefits of physical activity.

As you get in that extra movement throughout the day, give yourself credit!  No matter how small – an extra minute of walking or takin the groceries into the house one bag at a time (if your like me this one will never happen – I’m a one trip, carry it all, even if I die kind of girl – haha).  Such simple acts of attention can actually pay off: Research suggests that when people acknowledge their everyday physical activity and believe that it’s beneficial, they see greater improvements in their health (Yup, that includes weight loss), than those who neither acknowledge it nor expect health benefits as a result.

Here are a few ways to sneak in some activity during the day:

Go upstairs or downstairs to the next-nearest restroom.

Park in the farthest spot in the lot.

Do squats while prepping dinner.

Have a walking meeting with a friend or colleague.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Put extra flowers in the garden.

Lunge while your coffee brews or while you brush your teeth.

Pace while talking on the phone.

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