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

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

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!

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.