I can’t believe this is my first blog post of 2018. I hope everyone is having a productive year so far.
Thoughts and ideas are going through my mind all the time … I plan to post here, but then something sidetracks me.
I had many goals for 2018, some happened, some didn’t. The most important was weight loss maintenance. I am proud to say that I have been able to maintain my 70 pound weight loss. This year I’ve been able to remain consistent with my daily workouts, meal planning and meal prepping. I’ll write more about how I’m able to stay motivated in a future post.
The goal that I haven’t achieved yet is to be more active on my blog and find topics that people what to hear about so that I can expand my following. I guess I better get focusing on that.
Not bad for someone who started 2017 over 60 pounds heavier and could hardly walk without getting winded. I’m not saying I ran all 12 of the 5Ks this year, not even close, it was only the last two that I did more running than walking.
My goal for 2018 is to run an entire 5K (with no walking), and then maybe just maybe, attempt a 10K. I doubt I’ll ever go for any longer distances, but it is a great workout and it’s nice to get out of the gym once in a while and get some fresh air.
I have quite a nice collection of T-shirts and medals from 2017, some are super cute 🙂
LOL, it’s me. Who would have thought I’d be running 5Ks for fun? Well, it’s more of a walk/run, but I do run a little more and walk a little less each time. My finish time is still not great, but it is improving each time, and most importantly, I am never last place!
I continue to amaze myself with how much I enjoy getting my workouts in. I’m still going to the gym daily, except for the days that I’m able to do some other fun workout, like a 5K or local hike.
Well I did it, I survived my summer vacation. It is amazing how fast 4 weeks goes when you are on vacation. There was no big trip this year, so all the fun was kept local. I was worried about staying on my plan while being at home most of time and outside of my normal routine. I’m so proud of myself, I did great. If fact, I lost an additional 5 pounds while I was off work.
Not only did I on stay on plan, I also had some time to reflect. Although I love Weight Watchers and would recommend their program to anyone starting out on their weight loss journey, I began to think that perhaps I’ve outgrown Weight Watchers. Their Smart Points program is simple, fun and there is lots of support within the online Connect community, but I think I’m ready for more. I want to be more aware of what I’m actually eating, as in protein, fat, carbs, sugar, etc.
Last week I began transitioning from Weight Watchers to My Fitness Pal. The food tracker is very similar to WW, except that you get the details of how many calories you are eating and how many grams of protein, carbs, fat and sugar. The mobile app is user friendly and My FitBit workouts are transferred to My Fitness Pal which creates a calorie adjustment. It’s only been about a week, but so far I like this program, and it’s FREE 🙂
My summer vacation is finally here. I am an 11 month employee and that last month of work is always the hardest to get through, but I got through it, and now I’m off! I always plan to do all my chores and errands during the first week or two that I’m on vacation, so that I can have a good solid two weeks OFF doing nothing.
Let’s see, what should I do with myself this summer while I’m off? Definitely the usual, shampoo my carpet, spend time with my mom, a trip to the outlet mall with my daughter, a beach weekend with my husband, and that’s about it! I’ll still have plenty of homework from my summer classes (I’m a full-time student, too), but the remainder of the time off will be spent just chilling out.
I am a bit concerned about how I will stay on my plan. I do very well with routines and consistency. I’ve managed to incorporate meal planning and prepping and daily workouts into my very busy work/school schedule. I want to keep it all up and I’m just worried that too much down-time will result in snacking and overeating or laziness.
My new healthy lifestyle has been pretty easy and even fun, but the next 4 weeks will be my first true test without a set schedule to follow, can I stay on plan? I think so, I’m confident that I have the correct mindset and can maintain on my plan during my 4 weeks of vacation. Wish me luck!
Everyone has had the moment, that moment when something just “clicks” and you know it’s time. Time for what? Well that’s different for everyone. Maybe it’s the moment you realize it’s time to find a new job or end a bad relationship or go back to school or lose weight.
The moment for me began this past Thanksgiving 2016 when my sister-in-law posted a very unflattering picture of me on Facebook and tagged me! I was horrified. And sad. Had I really gotten that fat? Then, in early December, I needed to attend an evening event and not one pair of long pants fit me. I had to purchase a size 16, I cried. I hated those pants and the tag inside that read 16. By the time my birthday came around in later December, something finally clicked in my brain and I decided, “starting right now, I’m done with this crap!” Who’s in control of my life anyway? Me. I took responsibility on December 18, 2016 and now I take care of me and my body first, before everything else.
The timing couldn’t have been worse, it was just before Christmas, but I didn’t care. Taking control of my life and my health were more important to me than cheddar potatoes, or glazed ham, or the endless spread of Christmas cookies and treats. Come to find out it really wasn’t that hard to get through the holiday events, because something was different in my head this time. I didn’t want to put an excess of bad stuff in this body that I was trying to change. (Well, I did eat one tamale that my goddaughter made for her first time, and it was worth it.)
Even after about 6 months, I really don’t find it difficult to stay on track. I’m continuing to use the Weight Watchers method of counting points and really can eat whatever I want (if I have the points for it), but on most days I don’t want anything unhealthy. I’m trying to teach myself a new healthier way of eating and living, I’m not trying to quickly fix a weight problem, that part is coming along on its own naturally.
When that moment comes for you, and you will know when it does, listen to it.
Who knew there was an inner hiker in me that wanted to get out? Definitely not me. I’ve never been the “outdoorsy” type, I’m more of the indoor, air-conditioning type and even for a work out I prefer the controlled temp and conditions of a commercial gym.
After my husband and I completed a few 5Ks this year, we both realized we needed to take our weekend workouts up a notch, nothing too crazy but we wanted to challenge ourselves a little more. Someone suggested a local hike. I’ve heard about this hike before, everyone has done it so it’s probably not that bad, so we decided to give it a try.
Arriving at the base of the hike a 5:30am we were quite surprised to see the amount of people there. There are 2 different paths to take, go to the left and around the mountain is supposed to be a little easier and the suggested path for beginners. Most people were going to the left. But we’ve been working about for 5 months and lost 70+ pounds between us, surely we could take the more difficult path and go to the right. Having never been on a hike before, I did not know what to expect on this 5 mile trek, I figured it would be like a walk only in the wilderness instead of the street or treadmill.
Mile 1 was pretty steep, I was surprised how steep in fact. It was dirt and loose gravel which was a challenge in a couple of places, you have to watch where you step to avoid tripping. I was breathing pretty hard during this first mile, by Mile 2 I could not catch my breath or breathe normally. This second mile seemed like it went on forever, it was so steep with very little leveling out. There were plenty of places to stop along the way, even some benches, or you can just stop to take in the view (which was beautiful), but I couldn’t stop. I did not want to lose my momentum. I just kept going. The summit is around two and half miles up, there’s a gazebo to rest or take scenic photos. One quick selfie for us and we were back our way. The remainder of the way was more level and down-hill, I even ran in some spots.
It took me about an hour and half to complete. I was exhausted, my legs were dead, I was drenched in sweat, and starving. But all I could think about was next weekend and doing it again!