Monday, December 22, 2014

Day 39. Two Steps Forward, One Step Back.

Current Weight: 262

December 14th, 2014
Bust: 46.5"
Waist: 40"
Hips: 53"
Left Bicep: 16"
Calves: 17"
Right Thigh: 33.5"
December 21st, 2014
Bust: 46.5"
Waist: 40.5"
Hips: 53"
Left Bicep: 16"
Calves: 16.5"
Right Thigh: 33.5"
                           December 14th, 2014                                      December 21st, 2014



So this week was a little tough for me but, I'm happy to report that I didn't go hog wild like I wanted to. Basically my "cheat day" I gave myself kinda turned into a cheat weekend.
My husband was gone all weekend up in Switzerland so being alone was the tough part for me. That's one of my weaknesses, unfortunately.

And, no, I also didn't work out. Again, there are no excuses. I guess I'm just having a really hard time getting into a routine of working out on a regular basis.

We are on vacation now, until January 13th, 2015 so we've agreed to going on runs/walks together, playing tennis, playing Wii and working out.

I do feel pretty guilty for having a setback weekend, but, someone once told me;

"just because you have one flat tire doesn't mean you should go around slashing the other three"

So that's what I'm going to do, just fix the tire and get back up.

                                  Good reminder that just because you fall off the wagon a bit doesn't mean you need to light the darn thing on fire too..

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Day 32 of My Weight Loss & Getting Healthy Adventure!

                                    December 7th                                                  December 14th



Current Weight: 259
1 lb lost week!
Previous Week: December 7th, 2014
Bust: 47"
Waist: 41.5"
Hips: 52.5"
Left Bicep: 17"
Calves: 17.5"
Right Thigh: 33"
This Past Week: December 14th, 2014
Bust: 46.5"..............1/2 inch lost!
Waist: 40"...............1.5 inches lost!
Hips: 53".................1/2 inch lost!
Left Bicep: 16"........1 inch lost!
Calves: 17".............1/2 inch lost!
Right Thigh: 33.5"...1/2 inch lost!
This week I just ate healthy. I did not work out. As embarrassed I am to admit that. It has to be said. I'm keeping it real and honest here remember! I could come up with 3-5 excuses as to why I didn't workout but, there are no excuses. Or so I'm told.
This coming up week I will do my best to add working out to my getting healthy new lifestyle.
I did have an interesting night last night. I was super hungry, like, ravenous hungry. I felt like I was going to die if I didn't go down and get 14 pizzas. But I had at least some self control and made rice and salmon instead. But, it was also right before bedtime so I thought, I wonder if I could curb this hunger demon inside of me with a spoonful of peanut butter? And it worked!! I felt sooooo proud and accomplished.
I remember reading on this guys blog, he said; "go to bed hungry". Those words are super hard for me to live by, I'm a really bad night eater, especially in the middle of the night I would get up and eat, anything. But those words kept rolling around in my head and I also kept reminding myself of the benefits, the reason why I'm doing this etc and I came out on top. Now I know I can do it, I feel so empowered for next time that unnecessary hunger rears it's ugly head.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Day 25 and 4 lbs lost this week!!

Current Weight: 260
2 inches and 4 lbs LOST this week!!

November 30th, 2014
Bust: 47.5"
Waist: 42"
Hips: 53"
Left Bicep: 16"
Calves: 17.5"
Right Thigh: 32.5"

December7th, 2014
Bust: 47"
Waist: 41.5"
Hips: 52.5"
Left Bicep: 16"
Calves: 17.5"
Right Thigh: 32.5"

    November 30th, 2014                                                                               December 7th, 2014

My main focus tonight is to give a huge shout out to my support system, friends, acquaintances, clients and co workers that have helped me whether they knew they were doing so or not. Every nice, or supportive, or just simply positive thing that is said to me, or done for me just means the world. I can't express how grateful I am for all of you. You guys are helping me way more than you can imagine. To name just a few...

My husband. He's been my biggest support and love through all of this.

My parents. They call me often but even more so now, just to say how proud they are of me, and to give me helpful little tips. And as I'm sure some of you can relate to, when my dad calls me out of the blue just to say he's proud  of me...there are no words to describe how good that makes me feel.

Rose. Thank you times a million, seriously. I feel like I've finally found my niche' in what works for me and you brought that to me. I appreciate you so much!!

Steph and Bobby. YOU KNOW WHY. I love and miss you guys so much!

Nicole and Josh. My neighbors and good friends, you guys are awesome! Thank you for all of the encouragement and support.

George and Lisa.

All of my friends and family on Facebook. Seriously. The emails and comments/"likes" I get helps me too. Again, in more ways than you think.

Everyone at our table at the Holiday Gala last night; Clinton, Stephanie, Michael, Isabel, Makala and Kyle. And not even just during our meal last night but each of you, individually have helped me so much. So thank you so much :)

Kelsey.You are so upbeat and positive and funny and just a blast to be around. And the fitness tips you've given me has been a huge help. Thank you :)

I've come a long ways but still have a long way to go. But I'm excited, encouraged and seriously excited to be doing this!

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Day 17! Another pound lost!

Well here I am on day 17 of my new lifestyle. This week I lost a total of 5 inches all around my body! Oh, and another pound!

I will admit, the only exercise I did this week was the stair master thing and went on a few long walks around base.
But this week...I am going to try as hard as I can to get up the motivation to do full workouts! Sorry Rose, I'm pretty embarrassed.
What my goal is, is to workout either at the gym or on the track getting my cardio in the mornings, then in the evenings doing my at home workouts with my weights, jump rope and stability ball.

Okay, so this week was Thanksgiving and here's what happened.
On Thanksgiving day, (my husband and I decided on to do anything) I woke up from a nap, from dreaming of FOOD. Sweets, sour cream, chips with only 15 minutes left of the store being open, and without thinking, I rushed over. I got things like honey buns, flour tortillas, Doritos and marshmallows. After getting home and after a little time to think, I realized... "WHAT AM I DOIIIIING????"
So when my husband woke up, I confessed to him my time of weakness and asked him to get rid of the contraband. He laughed, then said that it sucks that the money was wasted but that he was really proud of me. He got rid of the food...except the marshmallows. So that night, he went to work and I went to go throw away the marshmallows. I ate one, then 2, then 2 more...I realized, I'm not strong enough yet for a cheat day. So I literally had to pour them in the trash AND pour dish soap all over them. I know, sounds totally ridiculous but I know how I work and I'm proud I at least ended up making the right choice :)

That was the highlight of my week.

I was also feeling a little discouraged that I ONLY lost 1 pound this week so I started browsing the internet for encouragement and here's what I found:

Inspiration for those days when I don't feel like just losing a little means a lot... It does.
Now THAT makes me feel better! That's only ONE pound! Imagine what 5,10, or even 50 lbs looks like! #goals

Weight: 264

November 23rd, 2014

Bust: 49"
Waist: 42.5"
Hips: 53.5"
Left Bicep: 15 1/4"
Calves: 18"
Right Thigh: 33.5"

November 30th, 2014....5 inches lost this week!
Bust: 47.5
Waist: 42
Hips: 53
Left Bicep: 16
Calves: 17.5
Right Thigh: 32.5

        November 23rd                                          November 30th


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

It's almost 3:00pm on Thanksgiving Day 2014 and I'm sitting here surrounded by 4 adorable, playful, loving and furry dogs. My husband is sleeping, due to being on night shifts. I'm quietly listening to the Contemporary Songwriters station on Pandora, and talking to you!

This year, living in Italy has been such an amazing, confusing, incredible experience and I'm so thankful to be here.
I get to spend Thanksgiving in Italy with my wonderful husband and two babies; Nora and Navi'.

I never thought that sentence would ever be true. If you had asked me 4 years ago, "do you think you'll be in Italy in a few years?" I would've looked at you with a "the fu**?" kind of look and would've been just, generally dumbfounded, as that just wouldn't have even computed in my brain to be possible.

But here we are.

I remember this time last year we were essentially homeless. We had moved out of our apartment and were awaiting our flight to Italy just a mere 2 days after Thanksgiving. We got to spend Thanksgiving with our great friends Joe and Hazel and their kids. I remember sitting in our (the guest) room with their daughter Kira asking her what she was thankful for while she scooped the kitty litter box. Hazel is an AWESOME cook, baker and the most crafty person I've ever met so naturally our Thanksgiving dinner was probably the best food I'd ever had.

So I see these things online, on Facebook, texting, emails etc. where people do the "30 days of what I'm grateful for" during November. And while that is all well and good, I secretly hope that they are grateful for those and other things, ALL throughout the year. I know I try to be that way all year long; making sure to thank God for what he has given us.

Here's some of the things I'm thankful for:

~ My husband. He is the most thoughtful, romantic, charming, happy, protective man I could have ever been blessed to call my own.

~ Our two babies; Navi' and Nora. They are also the absolute best, most perfect kitties I could have ever asked for. I love both of their personalities, how they play, and how they love eachother so much.


~ Of course, getting to live in Italy! It has been such a learning experience. So much more culture than my little mind ever thought there was. So much history and jaw dropping structures...Sometimes I have to just sit down and soak it all in.

Take a few minutes to look through our new lives in Italy through photos. Just click the links!

~ My vaporizer. It has helped me quit smoking and as of today I'm at 80 days NOT smoking, and 1,210 cigarettes not smoked. That means I've saved over $300!

~ Our home. It's not a mansion, or perfect by any means but it's our little space to call our own. And speaking of, due to an odd circumstance, we were blessed with being able to move out of our 2 bedroom 2 bath to a much bigger 3 bedroom apartment! At no cost to us! Still on base, closer to everything here on base but still on the perimeter so we have a great view.
~ Warm blankets and food
~ The military. Yes, the military. As many ups and downs and waiting and hurrying there is, we feel absolutely blessed to be a military family.
~ Stability. Financially, in our marriage, our jobs, etc...we feel sooooo blessed to have enough money to do and buy the things we want and need (for the most part) we both have worked so hard our entire lives and it seems to finally be paying off. We were also blessed to be raised by such great people that have instilled great life lessons, tips and tricks and how to live a healthy happy life, and how to have an honorable, fun marriage. You know who you are, so thank you :)
~ Great Family and Friends.
~ Our health.
~ Online Shopping of course!
~ HerbaLife, weights, the gym, healthy and fresh food available...and Rose. My good friend Rose. She has been SUCH a help, SUCH an inspiration...she's gone totally out of her way all the way from Hawaii to help me all the way over in Italy. Thank you Rose :)
~ Netflix, Pandora, Skype, Viber, VPN blockers, Bluetooth speakers, my smartphone, movies, my laptop...I know, i know, it's so horrible to be thankful for these things but I am. For so many reasons; for keeping in contact with my family and friends back home, to blog, to find directions in a new country, to find anything really, saving what's important to me on my handy dandy portable hard drive...
I am terribly missing my family back home and wish we could be there with them to spend today with. But I'm glad of what I do have; my husband and fur babies to spend a relaxing day with. And I can't wait to see pictures of our familys' Thanksgiving day. I also hope that we'll get to Skype with them. That should be interesting ;)
So I hope everyone has a fantastic, love-filled Thanksgiving.
Remember, we don't get all the time we think we'll get with our loved ones so cherish every moment, put out the effort, cultivate relationships, and last but certainly not least, try to make the effort to spend time with eachother more than just on holidays. And, be thankful EVERY day!
Thank Life!
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Day 12!

Day 12.
I just wanted to share my elation as this is the first day in my weight loss/getting healthy adventure that I can officially say that I've lost 1 lb!
I know you can't see it very well but in my little wine glasses I have stones for each pound I want to lose and in the other glass, I put stones in for the pounds I have lost. And there she is! My very first stone in the 'weight I have lost" wine glass. This makes me happy.

The pictures below are what I see every day, it's what I've put up in my vanity for motivation and so far it seems to be working!

I also wanted to talk about food journaling.
In almost every blog, article or weight loss story I've seen, they say, "you better keep a food journal!" or, "keeping a food journal was really one of the top 3 things that helped me lose and keep the weight off."
Well, I wanna just put it out there that keeping a food journal does NOT work for me. So if you're feeling the same, just know that you are not alone. The reason why it doesn't work for me is because when I keep a log of the foods and calories I've eaten, for me personally, that just gives me another cop out, lame excuse for saying, "well, I'm allowed _____many calories a day, and I've only eaten ____this many, so, I can have that cookie, or some cereal.
So I just stick to my healthy eating plan and HerbaLife and don't eat anymore. I know I'm doing well when I don't eat crap!

Something that I do struggle with though, is, even though I've eaten my healthy meals and exercised, I still feel like I'm not doing good enough. Like, if it's not an HerbaLife shake that I'm drinking or if I don't feel hungry and deprived, it's bad for me. After eating the healthiest of meals, I feel fat, bloated and kind of like a failure {insert tiny violin music here} now, I KNOW with every fiber of my being that this feeling is ridiculous and just plain not true. I should be feeling successful and productive! And I do, 80% of the time...But that other 20% just irritates me because I don't understand whyyyy. Why am I being so hard on myself? Why, even though I'm actually doing really great, I STILL feel guilty, fat and unsuccessful at the end of each day. I know, it contradicts itself.
Oh well, I'll just continue doing what I know I need to do and try to ignore these silly thoughts as much as I can.

So here's to this week which will be filled with dancing berries, yummy yogurts, shakes, jump ropes and weights. And here's to putting another stone in my pounds lost wine glass.

Say goodbye to complicated and expensive weight loss programs, Fat Loss Factor is here. Fitness - motivational quote #quote - lol good idea to stop my next chocolate bing.

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