Health

Winning at Weight Loss

I DID IT!! I had family visit and I still was able to lose weight! winning at weight loss pin.png

It can be so challenging to stay on track when you have family or friends visiting you. They’re on vacation, and whenever someone is on vacation, of course a favorite thing to do is eat!

I was so worried that with my mother in law being here this week, that we would go out to eat and I would make poor choices. I was so worried that I would stress eat, because I tend to get frazzled a bit with visitors. However, I can say my eating was on point, I did most of my workouts, and I am super pumped with how my week turned out!

  1. Eating Plan
    • Typically I make my menu for the week on Sunday, I was off track a bit with my MIL visiting, so I didn’t get to do it until Monday morning, followed by my grocery shopping to make the menu successful. I plan out every single meal. This is breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 snacks and a dessert, every day.
    • This week, I’ll share my breakfasts, they’re always the same. I alternate oatmeal with fruit, or turkey bacon and scrambled eggs 6 days a week, and pancakes on Sunday.
      • I eat the Quaker brand weight control oatmeal, slice up some strawberries/bananas, or blueberries/bananas. IMG_8490
      • I pan fry Butterball brand turkey bacon, mix up one large egg with 1/2cup egg whites and scramble. Top with some ketchup and enjoy!IMG_8437
      • For pancakes I whip up 1 cup bisquick, 1 large egg, 1/2 cup almond milk, and 1 table spoon of vanilla. I portion out 7 pancakes on a griddle and top with about 4 ghiradelli dark chocolate chips. Flip, and when they’re done I drizzle on some sugar free syrup. Sundays are for pancakes. Sundays are for Pancakes-2.png
  2. Workout Regimen
    • C25K– Have you started it yet? You really need to download this free app. I completed week 2, and I am so thrilled with how my training is coming along.
      • I haven’t experienced any of the hip pain I was getting the last time I tried to pick up running again.
      • I love how it literally takes zero thought on my end. It tells me when to run, and when to walk.
      • I never, ever, ever, thought I would run for exercise. This app really makes it so easy and borderline enjoyable…. well, at least tolerable.
    • Yoga- I alternate yoga with C25K, 30 minutes, 3x/week
      • I have a couple youtube videos I’ve found that I like:
        • Tone it Up
        • Yoga with Kassandra
    • Large Muscle Groups- In the afternoon/evening I do 20/30 min of exercises focused on different muscle groups. I have workouts I follow through YouTube and Pinterest. I’ll share those another time.
      • Tuesday: Arms
      • Wednesday: Back
      • Thursday: Abs
      • Friday: Legs
  3. Restaurant Success
    • It’s so tough to eat healthy when you go out to eat. I wrote how you can eat out, and stay on track on the post When Weight Loss and Real Life Collide. I actually took my own advice this week!
      • I made our dining out part of my eating plan, so there weren’t any surprises, scoped out the menu prior to going, and had amazingly delicious, but still healthy food while dining out. Everybody wins!
  4. Water
    • I’ve been slacking a bit with my water intake. I haven’t been drinking sodas or alcohol instead, but I haven’t been drinking as much as my body needs.
    • This week I made sure to increase my water intake and it has really helped with my appetite. For two weeks I had the biggest appetite, and I was so pissed about it. Well now it makes sense. I wasn’t drinking enough water.
    • I try to get at least 120 ounces of water in.
  5. Weight Loss Update
    • My goal for this month is 3%/6.4lbs
    • Week one: 2.4 lb loss
    • Week two: 2 lb gain
    • Week three: 3 lb lossWeight Loss Transformation.png
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Weight Loss Trials and Tribulations

This week has been tougher than last week. I took the time on Sunday to meal plan, to schedule out my days, and plan out my workouts. I had everything set up to make it a successful week. Despite this planning, I have had multiple hardships try to get in my way.

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  1. I have had the biggest appetite all week.
  2. And then my husband asked me to make him banana bread, so I had a couple of unplanned pieces of that. (I make pretty delicious banana bread, I’ll have to share the recipe some time)
  3. I skipped a couple of my workouts. No valid reason why, other than being lazy.
  4. I had a couple of unplanned snacks. (See #1)
  5. No #5, so just 4 self-sabotaging, flagrant attacks on my weight loss endeavors.

Now even though I have had to combat all of these challenges this week, I also took some pretty awesome steps to stay on the healthy track.

  1. On Monday I started the c25k app to track and train my running again. I love, love, love this app for multiple reasons.
    • It’s only 3x a week, so I don’t get burnt out with running.
    • It tells me when to run and when to walk during my training, so it literally takes zero thought on my part.
    • I can listen to music, or chat on the phone with my brother while still using the app
  2. On Tuesday I picked up a yoga mat and two 3lb hand weights to improve my at home workouts.
  3. Even though I skipped a few workouts, I still worked out everyday, just not all of the workouts I had planned. Currently my schedule is different activities 3x a day. I knew when I made this schedule that I wouldn’t really be able to commit to such an aggressive plan, so I don’t feel terrible about missing some of these workouts. The activities are:
    • alternating running or yoga in the morning,
    • focused muscle groups in the afternoon,
    • alternating walking/bike riding in the evening.
  4. I posted a workout/food daily on my instagram. Feel free to follow me there @cjampics or click on the link to your right/bottom of this page. These posts keep me accountable. Apparently they haven’t gotten too annoying to anyone yet either. Mostly I get comments about them being a motivation for others to workout/eat healthier too!
  5. I don’t have a #5. Letting down my namesake (listfiveblog) left and right.

What does this all mean for the scale? If you recall, I was on track to lose my 3% weight loss goal for this month. Specifically I had lost 2.4 lbs in week one. This week I am .4 lbs down from my starting weight. Let’s make this next week better.

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Melting Off the Weight in the Texas Heat.

Texas is hot. Balls fricking hot. I attempted to write this while sitting outside. Not only did I start to melt, but my laptop was slowing down and stroking out. We both had to come inside to recover.

Melting Off the Weightin the Texas Heat

Besides adjusting to the Texas weather (global warming is real), this week has been flipping amazing! And since I haven’t done a list in awhile (how out of character of me), let’s review in list form:

  1. My home is fully unpacked and decorated! It feels so, sooooo good to have a place for everything and everything in it’s place. I never fully unpacked or decorated in Florida since we were only going to be there for a short period of time, so I’m so stinking excited to make my home in Texas feel like my home.
  2. I’m back to writing! It was a long 24 days of not writing on the blog, and it’s one of those things where you’re like…. I don’t feel like it, but then once you do it, you feel so much better. Like working out, or getting a shower. That’s my relationship with writing.
  3. I made the best schedule and I stuck to it all week! For months now I’ve been saying to myself that I’ll be so much more productive if I make myself a schedule. I’ll do so much better with my weightloss if I make a schedule like I did over the summer. And yet, I wouldn’t buckle down and make a schedule. Well Monday I finally forced myself to not only plan out my meals for the week, but also create a daily schedule for my week and it has made all the difference! Not only have I been super productive, but I’ve been eating so healthy, and I’m right on track to hitting my 3% weightloss goal for this month! I’ve talked about my schedules and meal plans on my blog post Eat food. Lose weight. A Recipe for Weight loss. 6D9039B6-C183-4AAA-98B7-F83F33147614This was the meals from one day. minus the Halo Top I had for dessert. Red Velvet Halo Top is now in my top 2 Halo Tops. #1 is Mocha Chip. Halo Top is going to take over the world. I’m also obsessed with those nut bars. There’s some sort of glaze on them, and they’re crunchy and so yummy. They’re made by Nature Valley. Get you some. 
  4. Future travel plans have been confirmed! In my last post I mentioned hoping to be able to go to Seattle to visit my brother-in-law. Well I found dirt cheap airline tickets to Seattle and we jumped on the opportunity. We’re flying on the airline Spirit, which is a budget airline where you only pay for what you use. This means you only get one personal item that flies for free with you. Any other carry on items, checked bags, snacks, choosing your seat is all an additional charge. At first I was hesitant, but I compared what the cost would be flying the next cheapest (Delta) and even after paying for a checked bag, and choosing our seats, it was still $400(!!!) cheaper to fly Spirit. So we will be taking over Seattle at the beginning of June! I can’t wait to plan some great excursions!
  5. Speaking of traveling, being in a new place means I get to explore a whole new city! I haven’t gotten out too much yet. But I did check out my local farmer’s market where I got some new soap, and locally grown green beans. Shop local!! I look forward to going back this Saturday, when there’s supposed to be more vendors. I’ve also been to the beach and had lunch at a unique little place right on the water on the island. It was called Mikal May’s and had really delicious seafood nachos.

     

    I’m pretty excited about how great this week has been! It’s hard to top feeling at home in your home, eating healthy, losing weight, exploring a new city, and buying new soap. Am I right?

In other news, the job hunt continues. I had an interview last week, but haven’t heard anything since. I’ve applied to about a bazillion other places. Fingers crossed something comes along soon!

Any recommendations on Seattle or Washington State excursions?

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Moving. Job hunting. & Weightloss. Oh MY!

It’s been a couple weeks since I have written on the dear ole blog. 24 days to be exact. So what has happened the last 3 weeks and three days?

Moving

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Well first of all, we moved to Texas. We knew there was a chance of moving to Texas. We requested it, as a matter of fact. So we were hoping the Navy would give Yanis orders for Corpus Christi to continue his training, but there was a chance he would be sent to Milton, FL instead. Well, on March 30, we got official, hard-copy orders for Corpus Christi, TX, and we had 15 days to pack up and get there.

Pensacola, FL was a ball of a time. The Naval Air Station there is top notch. The museum and lighthouse are divine, and the downtown area has great shops, bars, and restaurants. We loved going to the ice hockey games, the off roading trails at the Eglin AFB and Blackwater State Park. Let’s not forget the gorgeous, white, sandy beaches, and our quick getaway to New Orleans! Most of all I’m going to miss the friends we made, but I am optimistic we will see them all again in the future! We were only in PCola a short 4.5 months, but we were able to make so much of our time there!

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The upside of moving so much, it forces you to truly prioritize what you need materialistically. Before moving from Delaware, I held 6 yard sales purging stuff. We also had two charity pick ups of tons of stuff we donated. After moving to Pensacola, I identified at least 10 more boxes worth of stuff to get rid of and a couple pieces of furniture. I would easily say we have less stuff than your typical American family and yet that 26 ft moving truck is still full for our drive to Texas. Since arriving and unloading, we’ve picked out even more stuff to get rid of. I’m optimistic we’ll be down to two suitcases and a knapsack by the end of flight school.

Job Hunting

My time in Pensacola was well spent with lots of writing and getting to know myself better- the good and the bad. Now that we are in Texas, I have decided to pursue working for a non profit and in the community again. I miss the sense of purpose I felt when working with The Delaware Readiness Teams. I need that again. So I dusted off the résumé, updated it with my new address and other pertinent details and have been applying pretty aggressively for a new job. You know what’s really annoying about job hunting? It’s so redundant. What is the point of having a résumé, if every job posting is going to require you to fill out their job application, asking for the exact information that can be found on your résumé, and then ask you to attach.. you guessed it.. your résumé. I think job hunting is just as exhausting as working, if not more. Just hire me already. I promise, I’m fabulous.

Weightloss

Moving can not only wreak havoc on my ability to write consistently, but also eat well consistently. The last week of the move we ate pizza three times. I had to pack up all the kitchen stuff at that point, and I also couldn’t find the energy to cook anything, even if I had the supplies to do it. Despite these dietary setbacks, I think a combination of the big losses I had the first couple weeks of my diet bet and the stress burned extra calories and fat. I was able to hit my 4% weightless goal by the hair on my chinny chin chin. So Trump will not be getting a donation from me this month.

Unfortunately the losses haven’t continued on their own organically, and I have gained back 4 of the 8 lbs lost. So my brother and I are revitalizing our diet bet this month. We started as of Friday, April 21 with a couple adjustments. My goal is to lose 3% (6.4lbs) and his goal is to lose 4 lbs. Of course, I’ll keep you updated on the progress along the way. Now I want pizza…

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Oh My!

What a helluva 3 weeks. I have a new city to explore now! We’ve been in Corpus Christi for just over a week now and my first impressions are pretty good! There is literally every single store and restaurant I’ve ever heard of in my whole life here. It’s a bigger population than I’ve ever lived in. There are definitely some sketchy parts, but that is to be expected with any large city. I look forward to exploring and experiencing everything I can before we’re told to pack up and move again!

In the meantime, there’s a lot coming up. The mother-in-law is coming for a visit at the beginning of May, the best friend is coming for a visit at the end of May, culminating in a long weekend in San Antonio. Then we’re going to visit the brother-in-law in Seattle at the beginning of June. It’s going to be a busy, busy couple of months! I’ll do my best to keep the blog updated.

Any recommendations on things to do or see in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, or Seattle?

 

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Morning Routines for Weightloss

Blame it on the TrumpBet. Don’t know what that is? Read about it here.

Blame it on healthy eating.

Blame it on being more active.

I’m going to give the credit to my new morning routine.

As of Thursday, March 30, 2017, I’ve lost 4.8 lbs. I’m just a little over halfway to my 4% weightloss goal by April 17.

I read this wonderful post over at This Tiny Blue House about how her morning routine has transformed her day. If you don’t follow Jenny’s blog, you need to. She writes great stuff. Anywho, I read her post and I thought, this is exactly what I need in my life. I’ve been missing having a more structured schedule to my day. So this week, I set out to make my mornings more purposeful.

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Here’s is my typical morning:

7am: rise and shine. Fend off the cats that are eagerly awaiting their breakfast. Wash face. Weigh In. Get dressed.

7:30am: Feed cats before they lose their damn minds (based on their actions they’re clearly close to starvation.) Tidy kitchen. Eat a piece of fruit and drink 24 oz of water. Stretch

8am: Walk/jog whilst listening to music, reflecting, or talking on the phone to the brother. Shower.

9am: Breakfast of either turkey bacon & eggs or oatmeal. Drink 24 oz of water.

9:30am-afternoon: Get to work reading/writing, job hunting, and/or house hunting. Drink 24 oz of water.

Having a structured morning has helped me stay on track with making good food choices during the day, being productive with my work, and just having an overall more positive outlook throughout the day and at the end of the day. time-371226_1920

Prior to setting a schedule for my morning I would wake up without much of a purpose, or just prior to the latest I possibly could, before having to be somewhere. I didn’t even realize how damaging I was being to myself by not being more intentional with my morning routine. I feel much better even after only a week of following my new routine. And I think taking some personal time in the morning during my walk to reflect, plan my day, and just get some activity and movement going has been the most beneficial. I may be getting less sleep to wake up a little earlier to fit this in, but it has made all the difference.

What is your morning routine like? 

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Politically Incorrect Weightloss

Politically Incorrect WeightLossJanuary was a very successful month for me in weightloss. I was doing everything “right”. I was tracking the food I was eating using the iTrackBites App, which works like WeightWatchers, but it’s MUCH cheaper. I was working out six days a week- running, dancing, yoga, and swimming. I was weighing myself almost everyday-some say it’s a problem, but it’s not.

I was also participating in a DietBet. What’s a DietBet? Simple. I found out about it from a girl I follow on Instagram. Basically you bet an amount of money to lose 4% of your weight in a month. You take a photo of yourself full length and a picture standing on a scale with the secret word to verify your starting weight and then you do it again at the the end of the month (different secret word) to verify your end weight. If you don’t lose 4%, then you’re out the money put up in the beginning. If you do lose the 4% you get to split the winning with everyone else in the bet who was a winner. The DietBet I participated in was $35, had 3,730 participants, and a pot of $130,585. I did so awesome in January that I lost the 4% and won $42.47!

Then February came, family visits, traveling and just poor planning on my part and I gained back every bit of that 4%. (Insert face/palm emoji here)mask-1027230_1920

So I knew I had to do something drastic to get my behind in gear again. I do not want to gain back every pound I lost over the summer, and I miss how healthy and fit I felt in September when I was at the smallest size I’ve been in about 5 years.

So my brother came up with the idea that we do something a little crazy. We each pledged to bet a *painful* amount of money to lose 4% of our body weight between March 17-April 17.

This is a little different from my January DietBet because I’m not utilizing a website or app to hold my money, and if we’re successful, the reward is simply getting to keep the amount you pledged, so there’s no making extra money on this.

But if you don’t lose... You will lose Biggly. The pain will be Huuuuuuuge.

That’s right. If we don’t lose, then we have to donate to Trump’s campaign (in case you haven’t noticed, he’s still campaigning).

This is a game changer.

The stakes are high.

Higher than they’ve ever been.

Shit just got Real.

Weightloss Update:

One week in and I’m down 2.2 lbs as of Thursday morning 3/23/17.

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Maybe I can even create workout routines to do in response to press conferences. Like a drinking game, but not quite so dangerous to your organs.

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FAT TUESDAY… FRIDAY… ANY DAY THAT ENDS IN “Y”

Fat Tuesday... Friday... any day that ends in yWell it happened again. I went for my visit back home and I left with zero intentions of following my own advice with eating well and exercising. Actually that is not entirely true. I did intend on eating oatmeal for breakfast each day. I even packed it in my luggage and took it with me. I did not eat oatmeal one time. I also intended on running each day. I even packed my running shoes and brought them with me. But then it was 30 degrees outside, so that didn’t happen.

If dessert or bread was mentioned as a meal choice, my family responded with, oh and then you’re going to blame us for any weight gain. To which I say, yep. Thanks a lot fam! Thanks for not slapping the cake pop out of my mouth. Thanks for not hiding the bag of Utz BBQ potato chips from me, because you know ripple cut is the new black. Really it’s for your own safety that you didn’t get in my way, it only would have ended in a physical altercation.

I kid. I kid.

But seriously, in the moment I was all, “I don’t eat like this all the time. It’ll be alright. I don’t wasn’t too live my life always thinking about what I’m eating. I just want to live damnit.

Now I’m all like, “Why did I do that to myself? Was it worth it? Damnit Carlie!” I did it for the scrapple. What’s scrapple, you may ask. Scrapple is heaven. IMG_8028

The reality is I have gained back every pound I lost in January and I gained one more on top of that. That’s about a 5 lb weight gain in two weeks. I’m optimistic that since it was such a quick gain, it should mostly be bloating and should also be lost fairly quickly.

I need to stop doing this to myself. I know exactly what I need to do to lose weight and be healthy. I’ve written many lists about it. I’m going to do it. My brother challenged me to bet a *painful* to lose 4% of my weight in a month. Now don’t see that and think I just have money to burn, because I don’t. If I’m betting $$$$, then I can guarantee that I will make sure I lose that weight to avoid also losing that money.

This is happening. I’m betting $$$ that I will lose 4% of my weight by April 17. Oh man. It’s out there. There is no turning back now.

Wish me luck.

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5 Equipment Free Exercises to do at Home

5-equipment-free-exercisesI’m writing this after eating 4 slices of Papa John’s pan pizza and 3 pieces of their cheese and bacon stuffed breadsticks. I didn’t eat it all in one sitting. Half for lunch, half for dinner. The results are the same. I could vomit.

I’m ashamed of the consistency in my weight loss posts the last couple of weeks. Or lack of weight loss- posts. I’m optimistic I will get my shit together one day and lose the weight I need to be satisfied. Today was not that day. Tomorrow will be!

In the meantime, here are a few at home exercises I do when I’m not shoving pizza and breadsticks down my gullet.

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  2. Push Upsdog-doing-a-push-up
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  4. Leg liftsimage
  5. High Knees/Butt Kicks

There’s two ways you can decide to do these workouts

  • Give each exercise a number of reps and then complete a certain number of sets. For example:

10 squats, 10 pushups, 30 second plank, 10 leg lifts, 10 high knees, 10 butt kicks= 1 set, complete 2-3 sets depending on your level.

OR

  • Give each exercise a time limit and do as many reps as you can in the time allowed. Record the number you were able to complete in that time. For example:

30 seconds squats, 30 seconds pushups, 30 second plank, 30 second leg lifts, 30 seconds high knees, 30 second butt kicks. Lengthen the time if you need more of a challenge.

Pretty quick, easy, and painless as far as exercising goes. I should probably do a round or two or twenty when I don’t feel like I’m going to explode anymore.

Update on my current weightloss:

Week 9: I gained 1.4 lbs, bringing the total since Jan.3 to 4.2 lbs lost, and from my heaviest weight ever 41 lbs.

After writing this post I did have two solid days of eating right and exercise, but it wasn’t enough to combat the other days of not. But I will continue on and hope to lose a few more pounds before my trip to visit family next week!

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Five Weight Loss Myths

weight-loss-mythsI happen to be writing this early in the week. While I know that I have gained weight since the last time I did an update, I also know I have made every effort to get back on track this week, so I’m hoping for a loss on the scale by the time this is posted on Friday. I’ll throw an update on here last minute Friday morning.

Anywho, so there are a lot of tips and tricks and also false claims on how to lose weight. I have shared what I have been successful doing in the past and I decided my anecdotal story clearly validates it to be concrete science and should rightfully share it with you.

Weight loss Myths:

  1. Snacking is Bad: Snacking on garbage is bad. Snacking on real food like fruits and vegetables is not bad. When in weight loss mode I will have a snack at least 3x a day in between my meals to keep me from getting hungry. If I miss a snack and then mealtime rolls around and I’m ravenous, I’m more likely to overeat or eat not so healthy options. Don’t snack on these:false_snacks are Bad.png
  2. Fast Food is Bad: Eating garbage at the fast food restaurant is bad. There are healthy options at almost every fast food restaurant. You need to train yourself to choose these options, or downsize your portions. For example, I absolutely love the spicy chicken sandwich at Chick Fil A, but it’s not exactly the healthiest option. So I save that bad boy for special occasions and select the cool chicken wrap instead. Skip the fries and go with a salad or fruit cup instead and you’re golden. False_Fast Food is Bad.png
  3. Carbohydrates are Bad: Not all carbs are bad! Processed carbs are not the best choice, so if you can skip the white breads and pastas and shoot for whole grains, beans and brown rice, you’re going to be on a better track. Also fruits and veggies have carbs, but are super great for giving you energy and keeping you full longer than your processed choices. False_carbs are bad.png
  4. Weightlifting will Make you Gain Weight: False. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. Doesn’t make sense? Sorry, just my favorite scene from The Office. So I did weightlifting over the summer and I didn’t gain weight. I lost weight. I’ve chatted about this before. Read all my weight loss posts. There aren’t that many and you’ve got time. false_weight-lifting-equals-weight-gain
  5. Eating Late at Night=Weight Gain: Incorrect. As long as you aren’t just consuming more foods than you would in a typical day, then it doesn’t matter what time of the day you consume them. Does that make sense? So you get off work late and are starving and eat at 9pm, if that is your dinner, it doesn’t matter if you eat it at 9pm or 6pm. However if it is now your 2nd dinner, then we may have a problem.

Golly gee, aren’t weight issues fun? Final note: I started looking up images on weight loss to add some pizzazz to this post and pictures of pizza come up. Seriously? It’s a damn conspiracy to keep us all fat.

Update on my current weightloss:

Week 8: I gained 1.6 lbs, bringing the total since Jan.3 to 5.6 lbs lost, and from my heaviest weight ever 42.4 lbs.

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Weight loss. The Struggle is Real.

weightloss-the-struggle-is-realGuess who has two thumbs and fell off the wagon this week????….. This guy!! img_0922

Just kidding….she doesn’t have thumbs…. and it was me…

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I think it all started a couple weeks ago when we went to New Orleans. Beignets are a gateway drug ya’ll. Steer clear…. no, don’t steer clear, they’re amazing. All the cool kids are doing it.

Anyways, so New Orleans was like my teaser, I came home and got back into the groove of things for the most part but I made some pretty big errors too. I didn’t track my food, and I skipped a few workouts. Damn it Carlie! I should know better by now. Alas, here I am, and my daily weigh ins are definitely indicating I will have a weight gain this week. Especially since my mother in law has been here all week, and when people come to visit on vacation, they want to eat like they’re on vacation, which makes sense, because they’re on vacation! But damn it, I’m not on vacation and I have a very delicate balance I need to maintain when trying to lose weight!

So here I am, thinking about what the five ways I went wrong this week:

  1. Plan– I did not make a plan for the week. Normally I have a schedule for every meal and snack and I failed to do this. I am a planner and failing to plan definitely led to a plan for failure. womp womp womp. plan-ahead
  2. Restaurants, Diners, and Dives. Oh my!– I should’ve mapped out what meals would be eaten out. This would have allowed me to make more conservative choices at home in preparation for eating out, or I could have researched the menus to make better choices in advance of arriving to the restaurant. Alas, I let my eyes roam the menu which lead to one too many portions of mac and cheese and other heavy carb and fat-filled items.16403235_1219686821446509_4454195779467240004_o
  3. Workouts– I was on a very good schedule with my workouts. Monday, Wednesday, Friday I do dance fitness and strength training at home. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday I jog and swim laps. This week not so much. I have really slacked off and only did each workout one time. blah.fullsizeoutput_8c4
  4. Ice cream– So much ice cream. We may have had ice cream twice a day somedays. We would get it from various ice cream shops while out and about and then I had Halo Top at home as well. Lord, what is wrong with me. c5fde1fd981c875dd58d9196bf9b0ca1
  5. Connect– I blame my brother. Typically I talk on the phone to my brother a couple times a week. And we talk about how we’re doing with our weight loss goals. The last couple weeks, I’ve been busy when he called or he’s been busy at work and hasn’t had a chance to discuss. So it’s been too easy to ignore the fact that the above 4 items occurred. This is your fault Joshua. I hope you’re happy.548311

In all seriousness though, I don’t really blame my brother. I slacked off this week. I’m to blame. BUT…. I’m human and I’m in this for the long haul, so I will suck it up, put the ice cream away and get back to the plan. I know you all have my back, and it keeps me motivated when someone tells me how I have motivated them! Never in a million years would I think I could do that for someone else. So I shall get back to work immediately! I have some hot points to earn.

Update on my current weightloss:

Week 6: I gained 2.6 lbs, bringing the total since Jan.3 up to 7.2 lbs lost, and from my heaviest weight ever 44 lbs. According to my weightloss spreadsheet I’m behind schedule from where I could be. Disappointing and motivating at the same time to quit dicking around.