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Clean your gym machines people (you never know who’s paying attention)

Happy Monday friends!

Today I’m all about the gym. Mainly because I had my first pain-free workout in nearly 6 months. I’m thrilled that the cortisone shot really seems to be working and doing what its supposed too! This morning’s workout was simply a ‘Let’s get used to being up before dawn and get your cardio back’. I did 35 minutes on the elliptical followed by some upper body lifting. I really like the nautilus machines, but since it’s been a long time since I’ve used them, I kept the workout small. I did tricep curls, bicep curls, the row and pulldowns – 3 reps of 10 at 30 lbs, except the bicep – I only did 2 reps.

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Anyways, on to the real reason for this post. Cleanliness at the gym.

We all know gyms are not the most sanitary places. People are constantly sweating all over everything. In reality, it’s pretty gross. But we all go, because we want to be in shape, or get in shape. Especially those of us in the cold arctic weather of New England who can’t work out outside basically from November until March (or evidently April this year). I mean you could… but it’s cold. And I just don’t like the cold.

I ALWAYS clean my machine when I get on it and off it. I’m not a germophobe by any means, but it’s one place that totally grosses me out. Just the thought of someone else’s sweat that I don’t know being all over me just makes me start gagging.

After finishing my workout on the elliptical, over to the weight machines I went. I sprayed down my towel, cleaned the machine and hopped on the first. I did this for the four machines I did. By the time I got to my fourth (and what I would soon learn to be my  final machine), I noticed a woman behind me lifting really fast. I had just finished my second rep and was taking a quick break. She got up from her machine, passed by GLARING at me, and jumped ahead to the machine in front of me. It was obvious she needed MY machine and was mad that I was on it when she was on it.

Okay….

  1. I was on the machine before you got over here so chill out and wait your turn and…

  2. There is an identical machine directly next to me. Use that one. You don’t need to go in a straight line. It’s not going to kill your workout. I promise. Just use that one.

Anyways, as I started doing my final rep, I watched as she whipped out another set on the machine in front of me, got up and proceeded to go back to the machine behind me. I immediately wanted to throw up.

SHE DIDN’T WIPE DOWN EITHER MACHINE! I was getting ready to get on the machine she was just on (the identical machine next to it was being used) and was absolutely disgusted. Okay, I know I wipe down machines before and after I use them, but I do it partially because I don’t know who used it before me. Watching someone as they use a machine and sweat all over it, and then leave it without cleaning it disgusted me so much I left. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I wasn’t about to clean the machine she just sweated all over. Maybe subconsciously, I didn’t want her to get the benefit of having someone else clean her machine, but come on people. How hard is it to clean a machine after you use it? It takes 10 seconds. I keep my paper towel with me and just re-wet it when I need it.

So thank you to the woman who didn’t clean her machine in front of me. I ended my workout early because I decided I’d rather be a germophobe then finish my workout and have to clean your sweat off of the machine. (I know. I’m insane.)

Moral of the story: Gyms are dirty places… even the cleanest ones, and you should all clean your machines. You never know who’s watching and ready to use your machine next. And who would rather leave than have to clean the machine you just sweated all over :) (AKA me.)

Things I’m Saying to My Personal Trainer

My good friend, and health guru/coach Molly,  wrote a fantastically awesome post about all the things she’s tired of hearing as a personal trainer. This is my response to said post.

Here’s the thing, you may be tired of hearing it, but I can guarantee that us folks who are still trying to maneuver around the healthy-living/gym-stratosphere, are probably going to continue saying these things. And we’re going to keep wondering if what you’re telling us is really true. Because, for most of us, we don’t really know what we’re doing or talking about, but we think we do because we read tons of fitness magazines. And aspire to be healthy.

And I know that I’m going to keep saying these things to you. So be prepared to keep rolling those eyes…

“I don’t want to use those weights, I’m afraid of getting bulky.”  – Let me start here by saying, when I say this, it’s not out of fear of getting bulky. It’s because I don’t really feel like lifting 15 lb dumbbells over my head in a fly motion or whatever you feel like calling it. They feel wicked heavy, and I’m tired. Bottom line. So, you’re going to keep hearing this. And you’re going to have to keep telling me I’m not going to become a she-hulk. And I’m going to keep pretending I don’t know that, just so I can try to get out of lifting weights. Or at least the heavier ones. Give me a 5 lb dumb bell and I’ll go to town. 15 lbs… no flippin’ way.

And for the record… maybe I’ll start sneaking a little bit of testosterone into my diet just so I DO bulk up and I can be like ‘I told you so… the 15lbs was way too heavy. Now I look like a man.”

On another note – if you google She-Hulk. It’s a real thing; like actually a comic book character.

“Can we just focus on my abs? I want to lose the weight there.” –  Yep, I know that there is no way to spot reduce fat (remember, I read fitness magazines), but I’m still asking because I’m hoping that you’ll know a way to make it happen. I’m also testing you to see if you’re lying to me. IF you tell me yes, then I know you’re just appeasing me because it can’t happen like that. If you tell me no, then I’m going to cry and decide that I don’t want to work out anymore. Because it’s too hard to lose weight. Seriously, just tell me I’m going to do 50 sit ups and immediately have super model abs. It will make me happy. And if you tell me this every time I ask this, eventually I will have awesome abs and the problem will be fixed.

“I don’t want to do this exercise. Can we try something else?” – Let me first tell say, I pay you to get me in shape. Having said that, I should have full control over what we do in our training sessions. And if that means, I want to sit on a recumbent bike, barely peddling, while reading a book, you’re going to let me do that. Remember, YOU’RE STILL GETTING PAID. Sure, I know, you secretly LOVE making me want to cry as I do ten more pushups and a 5 minute plank, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’m only paying you so I can say ‘Yeah, I get to work out with my personal trainer today.’ It makes me sound like I’m a beast at the gym.  Let me do this occasionally… especially if I’m exhausted. And then occasionally I won’t complain about the masochist exercises your about to make me do.

“I don’t get how I’m not losing weight! I only eat Greek yogurt for my breakfast!” – We’ve been brought up in a culture where we’ve heard reducing calories and eating healthy helps up lose weight. Now we’re hearing that we should be eating more to lose weight. Quite honestly, I’m eating Greek Yogurt for breakfast because I’m so overwhelmed with the millions of options that it seems like the quickest and easiest when I have to work. Let’s be serious. I don’t have time to make anything in the morning. I barely have time to get a workout in, and get ready for work.  Greek yogurt with fruit sounds like a grand breakfast to me. And it’s high in protein. And lower in calories. Sounds like a win/win to me!

“I’m not seeing any progress. Nothing is changing!” –  In my one session a week with you, on the weeks where I’m not demanding to sit on the recumbent bike, I expect you to work miracles. And by miracles I mean, lose 10 lbs without lifting a finger the rest of the week. That’s how this whole weight loss thing works right? I work out once and WHAMMO the weight comes off. No? Oh. Okay. I guess I should probably start at least walking on the treadmill when I’m not working out with you.

“I’m going on vacation in a few weeks and I want to lose 10 lbs.” – I know. I probably should have thought of this before my vacation snuck up on me. Like 4 months ago. But let’s be honest. Pizza and beer were way more fun than working out and eating healthy. So now it’s time to crash diet until vacation when I can gain all of it back. That works right? You can totally help me do this right? I mean, 10 lbs is only 10 lbs right… it shouldn’t take THAT long.

So there you go personal trainer Molly. The reasons why we say the things we do when we’re working out with you.

*Disclaimer – I’m not stupid and I know half of the things I said in my responses sound absolutely ridiculous. The point is just a fun response to the things personal trainers are sick of hearing. This is more about the things that come to my mind when hearing these things;  I don’t speak for the population or majority.

**Disclaimer 2 – I’ve known Molly a really long time. We totally poke fun at each other all the time. It’s normal. She knows my eating and workout habits. She knows I’m a lazy bum most of the time, but also knows how long it’s taken me to lose 10 lbs (I hit it today and it’s been almost 3 months!). I trust her 100% with her advice and know that she’s not lying to me when she tells me these things. I just don’t always like to listen to her. She will totally agree with me on this too.

A day of updates

Don’t worry – I didn’t disappear. My week got busy, so needless to say, the blog took a back seat.

I figured since my last post was all about the ‘Ups and Downs of Weight Watchers‘, I would start of this post by mentioning, that I’m no longer doing Weight Watchers. Before you freak out and wonder ‘Should I not be doing it?’, let me explain.

  1. My 3-month of pre-paid membership was coming to a close and quite honestly, I hadn’t lost much weight in those three months because of a lack of motivation. I wasn’t about to spend more money to rejoin and have the same thing happen. Weight Watchers is an amazing program and when you follow it exactly, it works wonder. I should know. I lost 20 lbs on it before.

  2. I found out I was getting to wrapped up in the fact that fruits and vegetables were zero points that I was literally eating as many fruits and vegetables as my stomach could hold, and then gorging myself on carbs because I was so hungry I couldn’t stand it. So I rejoined MyFitnessPal and am focusing on eating a good range of protein, fats and carbs each day. I’m still eating plenty of fruits and veggies (fruits more in the AM because of all the natural sugars and carbs!), but making sure I’m incorporating more protein and carbs as well. Let’s just say I’m a much happier person now.

  3. I have learned that I need to see the actual calorie number. I need to see how much I’m using in a day and how much I’m burning off with exercise. And then I like seeing the number change on the scale. I hate math, but it’s a simple math equation and it makes me happy. I’m not focusing all on the numbers, but it’s nice to see such a simple math equation paying off.

Oh and the Shakeology challenge has ended. I didn’t keep up with my end of the bargain with updates. In the end, I lost maybe 3 lbs since starting with it, have drastically reduced the amount of coffee I drink (like 3 cups a day to 1) and my hair is softer and stronger (it has Biotin in it). Right now, the debate is on it if I want to purchase more, or find something similar.

And for current weigh in stats:

Starting Weight (1/2/14): 199.3

Last Weigh  (1/31/14): 191.6

Current Loss to Date: 7.7

Anyways, just a quick little update today. I plan to have a few more posts coming this week and also a super awesome friend will be making some guest appearances on the blog soon! Stay tuned to meet her!

Have a great rest of your day!

The Ups and Downs of Weight Watchers… literally

If you’ve ever done Weight Watchers, or really any weight loss program for that matter, you know that for every 5 lbs you lose, you’ll probably see your weight fluctuate at least 1 or 2 pounds throughout the week. Am I right?

If you’re like me, that means you weigh yourself every morning and have a total meltdown when you discover that you’ve gained a pound since yesterday.

Yes. I know. This isn’t healthy. I’m slowly driving myself crazy by weighing myself everyday. But I tell myself, it totally keeps me on track that whole day knowing I have to work THAT MUCH HARDER to make sure the scale goes in the other direction.

I’ve been officially back on Weight Watchers for almost three weeks. You all know this. This is old news. It’s also old news that this like attempt #5,568 to lose the 40+ lbs I gained in college and after (I don’t have any excuse anymore… I graduated almost 6 years ago.) For the first two weeks, my weight went down every week. I was pumped. I could say I had lost almost 7 lbs in the first two weeks and that made me oh so happy.

Tomorrow is weigh-in day. So like every morning, I hopped on the scale to make sure I would be semi close to under last week’s number. HOLY CRAP I WAS UP ALMOST 2 LBS! Yep – pure panic mode. The first thought that went through my head was… I have to lose 2 lbs over night. This is not going to go well.

After panicking, fretting, prepping today’s food, and then talking to Molly (my go-to health guru) and getting a bit of tough love, I came to the conclusion that a) I was literally driving myself insane by checking my weight every day and b) I needed to be stricter when counting points.

Yep – you read that right. I slack about counting points on the weekend. I let Friday (my weigh-in day) be my splurge day, and then I tend to be lazy and not count for the rest of the weekend. I tell myself I’ll watch what I eat/drink and I’ll be okay. Which is never the case. I’m always up on Monday AM instead of down, or the same as Friday.

So for all of my freaking out, I know she’s right. I can’t eat clean and in portions, while counting points for 4 days a week and then just assume I’m doing the right thing for 3 days a week, and expect to see my numbers change. I have to be fully devoted 24/7 in order for this to work. If I stay devoted, the number will go down. If I go off track, the number will go up. It seems so simple. So, time to make some more changes.

So what is my plan of attack?

  1. Stop weighing myself daily – it seems so minor, but it’s become part of my routine. My scale is next to me every morning. It’s become a no-brainer to step on it in the morning. THIS HAS TO STOP. Weigh in’s will only be on Monday AM (for a competition at work!) and Friday AM (for weight watchers).  That is it.

2. Count points ALL week, not just 4 days –  to make WW work, I have to stick with it every day and stop assuming what my points will be during the weekend. It’s Thursday, and I’m OVER my points by 16. As in, all of my weekly additional points are gone. And I didn’t even finish tracking my food for Friday or Saturday. So yeah, I think it’s time to suck it up and be good about the tracking thing.

  1. Fit the gym in – this has been the biggest struggle. Not because I don’t enjoy working out, but because I’m lazy. I should get out of bed in the AM and hit the gym with friends. But I like to sleep until 7. So if I sleep in, I should go after work… but then it’s just to damn crowded. So starting Monday, the gym or some form of exercise, will be making a regular appearance in my life again.

Needless to say, when I don’t track points, I’m only hurting myself. No one else cares whether I track or not throughout the weekend. They aren’t going to stop me before I devour 4 slices of pizza and say ‘Did you track that yet?’ (Although maybe someone should!).

So tomorrow, I’m preparing myself for the upside of Weight Watchers (and not the fun upside when you lose weight, but the side where you’ve gained a pound!) knowing that tomorrow is also the start of a new ‘week’ and I’ll just rock it next week.

Weight Watchers Update and Foto Friday #2

Happy Friday all!

Before I jump into Foto Friday, I wanted to do my weekly Weight Watchers update. Today was my weekly weigh-in and I am happy to report I was down 2.8 lbs! Here are the totals so far.

Starting Weight (1/2/14): 199.3

Last Weigh In for WW (1/17/14): 192.5

Current Weight (as of this AM): 192.5

Current Loss to Date: 6.8

My goal is to be down 15 by Valentines Day – just over a month to lose about 8.2 lbs. I think I can do it! Especially getting the gym back in the equation this week.

Okay – now for something I’m hoping to bring back. FOTO FRIDAY! As many of you know, my side profession is a photographer. I have loved photography since high school and began eryn e photography in 2011. While the business has become a lot of amazing families, I still love getting out there and snapping random scenes. Since my camera is currently in the shop for some repairs, I decided to have some fun with my iPhone 5S this AM on my way into work. I edited it with ‘Filtergram‘.

Usually I post a little blurb to go with the photo, but today – I’m not. I want to hear what comes to mind when you look at this photo! And for the record,  I did pull over and stop my car to take this. Always be safe when taking pictures on the road :)

Please no stealing :)
Please no stealing :)

Check out my instagram account for more pictures!

So I want to know, what does this image mean to you? Tell me below in the comments! Looking forward to hearing your responses!

Shakeology Challenge – Day 1, 2 & 3!

Happy Thursday my friends.  Today is simply a Shakeology update post. Nothing too spectacular, but I promised updates on the Shakeology challenge I’m currently participating in.

Today is Day 3 of Shakeology. So far. So good. I used it as my breakfast meal replacement on Tuesday and Wednesday, and today, I used it as my mid-morning snack replacement to see how it curbed my hunger and such.

Day 1: Breakfast shake.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the taste. I’m not a fan of protein shakes, but I’ll chug them down, but this was actually quite yummy. I drank it as I was getting ready to leave for work, right around 8 AM. When I got to work, I had my morning tea and went about my day. My hope was that it would hold me over until lunchtime, but I was starving by about 10 AM. I held off to eat until about noon-time, and by that point, I literally could not wait any longer.

My energy levels definitely seemed to be a bit better throughout the day, but overall, I didn’t notice too much a difference. It was Day 1 after all.

Day 2: Breakfast shake.

I did the same thing as Day 1 and today, I wasn’t really hungry until closer to 11. WIN! By lunchtime though, I couldn’t eat enough. Thankfully I brought my salad, fruit and my LaraBar, and I devoured that pretty quickly. Unfortunately, I was RAVENOUS again by about 3 PM. Unfortunately, I didn’t have anything left so I just chugged water and tea to no avail. By the time I got home, I was ready for dinner.

Energy level was definitely low yesterday – but I think it was just the weather… and my sinus infection still going away!

Day 3: Mid-Morning Snack Shake

I switched up today and decided I would try the shake as a snack replacement. I brought my Kellogg’s Smart Start cereal for breakfast with blueberries and had a black coffee when I got to work. I got hungry right around 11:30 AM and had the shake. Unfortunately, it didn’t taste nearly as good as when I drink it right after making it (lesson learned), but I chugged it down. I was STARVING an hour later.

Energy seems to be okay too. But it’s raining and gray and foggy, so I’m not expecting miracles.

What I’ve learned so far – using the shake for breakfast works the best for me thus far. I at least stay fuller for longer having it then!

Alright – time to eat lunch!

Enjoy the day.

A Biggest Loser Breakthrough

Today we’re talking about being a loser, but a good kind of loser. The Biggest Loser!

I seriously cannot get enough of this show. Like each week, I want more. It’s like cake – only better for you (well at least in terms of motivation! It’s still not good for you unless you’re running in place during the whole episode….) And for me, it’s definitely pure motivation.

As a person who has been trying for what seems like forever to lose weight (seriously, it’s going on 6 years!), and as a person who had yo-yo dieted several times from the attempts to lose weight, I felt that I really wanted to write about something that has helped me in my most recent quest for weight loss. This TV show has always been one of my favorites. I hadn’t watched in several seasons, but knew that this season would draw me in just like the others.

The first night I watched is, I was sitting on our couch, stuffing my face with homemade mac and cheese and wine (great combination I know…) and watching the contestants tell their stories of why they needed to be on ‘The Biggest Loser’ ranch. I cried as they cried, specifically when David told the story about his late wife. Dear lord, I cried like a baby. But I kept stuffing my face. I did have the thought at one point of ‘This is an ironic combination’ but it didn’t stop me.

Once the contestants were on the ranch for and weighing in each week, I realized that some of their milestone weight losses were close to my current weight. In fact, when a commercial came on that said ‘Do you have 50 or more pounds to lose? Try out for The Biggest Loser!’ I had an AHA moment.

I’ve been overweight since graduating college, and with the foot injury this past fall, I gained a few more pounds, but I never thought of myself as Biggest Loser material. Ever. But, I have 50 lbs to lose. Which means, I could apply for The Biggest Loser. I wouldn’t, but the mere fact that I’m on that line that I could apply was a crazy concept to me.

Granted, they would never accept me as I don’t have ENOUGH weight to lose, but the fact that it was mentioned made me realize that it’s time to take this weight loss serious. Like for real this time.

As the show went on, I realized that I began really feel for these people. You really learn about who they are and how they ended up here. And their transformations are nothing short of amazing. Granted, I’m still not sure HOW they lose that much weight in such a short period of time, but still, it’s amazing. (My guess is like 1,000 calories a day and hours upon hours in the gym… just my two cents though!).

For instance, Rachel – the spunky 24 year old former National level swimmer. SHE LOOKS AMAZING. When she tried on her size 8 jeans in a previous episode, I was so excited for her to see they fit! I just wanted to high-five her! And in my head, I was going, ‘yes Eryn you can get there too! She lost almost 100 lbs to get there… you only need to lose about 30!’ Her drive has been inspirational. And I really hope she wins .

I really hoped to find a picture of her with her skinny jeans moment – but no such luck. But seriously. This girl was killing it on the first day.

Now, my current goal is to have a ‘OH MY GOD MY SIZE 8 JEANS FIT AGAIN!’ moment like Rachel. Except, mine will be a pair of size 10 se7en’s in my closet I bought a few years ago. When those suckers fit again, I will know that I am succeeding in my journey this time!

Money can be so motivating.

With all of the health changes in my life, I figured I should documenting them a bit better – it’s a good place for me to track here, and it keeps me accountable. Plus, you get to read regular blog posts again! High five!

Weight Watchers: I restarted Weight Watchers over a month ago. My weight has essentially not moved in that time period.  So needless to say, I started a DietBet (well two of them!) about 11 days ago. I am now using the first DietBet (Blogilates one) as my starting Weight Watchers weight and tracking from there. At least now, all of my weigh in’s are essentially the same.

Starting Weight (1/2/14): 199.3

Last Weigh In for WW (1/10/14): 195.3

Current Weight (as of this AM): 193.7

Current Loss to Date: 5.6

So here is what’s up – N told me as incentive he would pay me $5 bucks for every pound I lose. My goal is to lost about 50 lbs which translates to $250 bucks. PLUS, he told me he’d buy me all new clothes when I hit my goal. I’d say that’s serious incentive!

Unfortunately, I’ve been sick for over a week now. Finally on the mend, but it definitely hindered my gym going. I haven’t had much an appetite (normally when I’m sick I’m RAVENOUS), so this was a welcome change as well. But I have plenty on the forefront to keep me motivated. Here is what is on my current agenda.

Challenges (Money Challenges that is….)

  1. 2 DietBet challenges: Such fun ways to kick off a weight loss. I’m doing the Blogilates January DietBet and one I started with friends. I’m about 70% of the way to my goal in the Blogilates and about 56% in our group one. Either way, it’s helping me to stay on track!

  2. ‘Biggest Loser’ challenge at work: A group of us put in $20 bucks and whoever loses the highest percentage of weight loss in 6 weeks wins the pot. I’m in :)

  3. N’s challenge (see above!)

Today also started a new challenge – Shakeology!

My good friend Molly of In a Nutshell Nutrition recently became a BeachBody coach. To kick this off, she started a 21-Day Shakeology challenge where we have to replace one meal a day with a shake. Today was Day 1 for me. The shakes are supposed to be your ‘healthiest meal of the day’ and are packed with proteins, vitamins, amino acids, etc. that promote health and well being. The point of the challenge is to track our energy levels, weight loss, regularity and such to watch for the changes we feel. I’m pretty excited to see how it goes.

I’m drinking the Chocolate, and was pretty happy with how it tasted this morning. Like pleasantly surprised. Not chalky at all like a protein shake. I just mixed mine with almond milk this AM and it was just enough. I’m still battling a bit of the hunger devil this AM, but I’m also assuming it’s my body getting used to the shake. Hopefully in a couple of days my body will adjust and be used to it! I’m also looking forward to seeing the weight loss that could potentially come with it! Anything to help me in my competitions!

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Stay tuned for my daily updates and such on that front!

Anyways, I’m working on planning out some additional blog posts for the coming weeks, along with daily updates on the Shakeology challenge. Hoping that I can bring the blog back to full force in 2014!

Enjoy! :)

Honestly…..

Sorry for the disappearing act. Things have a been a bit crazy in my world as of late. I guess the best thing would be to bring you all up to speed.

The foot: Oh the foot. Yes. This has been an adventure all it’s own. Positive: I am out of the boot. Negative: My foot is still in just as much pain as before.

So why am I out of the boot you ask? I just couldn’t take it anymore.

I was at my podiatrist every two weeks until mid-October, receiving the same news. Keep the boot on. Take it off when it’s feeling okay and start weaning off of it. I then went a month before going back, and following his advice. I figured, he’s a doctor – he knows what he’s talking about. I went back in November (right around Thanksgiving). I was in agony that day. Same amount of pain from when I first went. I had been in the boot for 3 days straight again after being out of it for a full week prior. I was not a happy camper.

His advice “Keep doing what you’re doing.” I was told my x-rays didn’t show anything again (they never have). When I asked for another MRI, he told me I didn’t need one because there wasn’t anything on my x-rays (see above – The MRI is what confirmed the stress fracture in the first place). He then proceeded to tell me to start physical therapy ASAP and get fitted for orthotics. My response ‘I can barely go without the boot right now – how I am supposed to do physical therapy?’ and he told me to keep going without it when my foot felt okay and wear it when it doesn’t. I asked if this could be doing more harm than good and he said ‘It could.’

Needless to say, I’m heading to a sports medicine doctor in January. I’m still in pain, but forgoing the boot until that second opinion.

My Weight: The other battle. By the time I stopped wearing the boot, I had gained nearly 10 lbs that I worked so hard to lose, back. I started Weight Watchers officially last week and am sticking to it. It works for me.

Career: Well – this has probably been the largest change in my life. At the beginning of the month, I left my career as a marketing coordinator at a Bank, to pursue a job marketing for a book publisher. It was simply put, the best thing I could have done for myself. Book publishing is where I have always wanted to be, so I’m ecstatic!

Now it’s a matter of getting myself into a workout routine. My goal was to keep getting up at 5:30 and head straight to the gym. But it’s like my body knew I didn’t HAVE to get up that first day. Since then, I’ve been in bed until 7 AM. Time to kick-start the workouts again! After the new year, I’ll be hitting the gym with a good friend in the mornings. That should help!

The Lifestyle Change: This time around with Weight Watchers, I’m not looking at it as a diet. I’m looking at it as a way to help change my lifestyle. Thankfully, everyone where I work loves to eat healthy and brings their lunches in, so that helps my urge to go out. My bank account also thanks me. I’m going to be brutally honest on here and track my weight loss to help keep me accountable. I’m trying to find some sort of widget to put on here, but for now, it will be text.

Once I get back to the gym, I’ll be adding a ‘DailyMile’ widget as well.

So for now – here are my current stats. Weigh-in’s for Weight Watchers are on Fridays, so Fridays will be my weight update day! However, since I don’t like to talk about my weight in terms of numbers, I’m going to post it in terms of pounds to lose!

Pounds to Lose (Started 12/9/2013): 51.6

Pounds Lost: 1.9

Pounds Remaining: 49.7

I’m terrible at blogging.

Yep. It’s official. I can’t keep up with my own blog. I keep saying I’ll do it. Then suddenly, three months have passed and I’ve written nothing. But I want to keep up with this. It has become a good outlet for me to write, to be accountable for things and just be me. It’s my little place on the web that I call home.

Lucky for all of you, my inspiration is back and I’m ready to start writing again. After a failed attempt at a ‘healthy living’ blog, I decided to end that one and bring everything back here. In reality, my goal of healthy living is part of my world, therefore, it should be here.

For the record, my weight is still an endless struggle. But I’m working on it. I’m trying to focus on it as a lifestyle change, instead of a diet. That’s the only way I can keep my focus. So here is what’s up!

On July 8th, 10 of us began a DietBet. If you haven’t heard of DietBet, it’s a website represents themselves as social dieting. It’s not gambling, but simply people putting money on the line that they will lose 4% of their starting weight in 28 days. Everyone that loses at least 4% takes home a piece of the pot. When I heard about it, I was immediately interested. So, I managed to get people to join. If you’re interested in joining, here is the link. We’re on Day 3, so there is still time!

In other news, last night was one of those nights where the craving to cook just hit me. After work, off to the grocery store I went where I loaded up on tons of fresh fruits and veggies, and other healthy things. I got home and suddenly, the motivation to cook was gone. I almost cooked one of my microwave dinners because I was so not in the mood. But instead,  I sucked it up and sauteed some delicious summer vegetables in olive oil and herbs (basil, oregano and rosemary) and put them in a low carb torilla with two slices of provolone cheese. It was HEAVEN. So delicious and only took me about 10 minutes to cook.

imageA little before and after – left: the veggies cooking… smelled so delicious! and right: ready to devour in my plate!

The leftovers are lunch today. I can’t wait to dig in!

In other news:

1. Currently reading – “The Beach House” by Georgia Bockoven. One of my cheap finds on Barnes and Noble. So good. Read it. You won’t regret it.

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2. The photography business is booming – those who may have followed this blog previously will remember how this is where the business started out. It’s been really exciting to watch it grow. Check it out here and here.

3. We’ve slowly started planning our wedding. I never blogged about it, but my other half and I got engaged in November at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas. It was super romantic and I feel like the luckiest woman in the world to be marrying such a wonderful man. We’re planning very slowly. Like not rushing at all. But would love any advice on planning on destination wedding (think warm summer sun, sandy beaches and turquoise water!)

I think that’s about it for now!

See y’all soon!