Health

Weight a Darn Minute

Yes, I am aware that I used the homophone for wait. It’s my attempt at being punny.

My struggles with healthy living and weightloss are an ongoing battle. I haven’t written about it recently because I’ve had so much more fun writing about my travel obsessions and also preparing for this wonderful move I have coming up in less than two weeks.

But, I have made some progress in getting to a healthier weight for myself and I have 5 reasons why! Weight a Darn Minute 5 tips for consistent weightloss-2.png

  1. Money Incentive– Remember my post about using Trump to motivate weightloss? Well refresh your memory here. I’m doing a little bit of this again, in partnership with my best friend and my brother. I sent my brother a check that he will get to cash and then donate the money to somewhere less than desirable if I do not lose 5 lbs monthly. We started this in December and every month we have consistently reached our goals!
  2. Daily and Weekly Weigh ins– Every Friday we submit a photo of us on the scale with our current weight. It’s the one on the 1st of each month that really matters, but the weekly weighins helps to keep us on track. I actually weigh myself daily, because I’m a tad obsessive. It works for me. Don’t judge.
  3. Weight Watchers– I joined weightwatchers again. I did weightwatchers for about 6 months last year, and was very successful with it. I decided I didn’t need it anymore and then I gained back 3/4 of the weight I had lost. I’m back on it now and steadily working towards my end goal. Love weightwatchers.
  4. Getting Physical– I’ve tried a myriad of different excercise routines over the last 3 months. Walking long distances, at home work outs using Tone It Up’s app, and C25K interval training app. I’ll stick to one for a period of time, and then switch it up to another. I canceled my gym membership to save myself the $50 monthly bill. I do miss some of the classes, the pool, and especially the sauna, but $50 dollars……. money talks.
  5. Lists– I make a list everyday of my meals for the day and my to-dos. This includes workouts, and chores that need to be completed. There are few things in this world that I love more than being able to cross something off of my list as accomplished.

I’m pleased with the progress I’ve made so far. I’ve lost over 15 pounds since November. I also just booked a trip to Europe in July and I’d like to have a more comfortable flight by being a more comfortable size. That’s really my motivator in losing weight. Smaller clothes, means easier packing for travel, and also a smaller body, means easier traveling on public transportation! ha!

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The Weighting Game

Pun intended. The weighting game-2

My second blog post was titled, How to Lose Weight. I recall being so proud of writing this post. I was told how brave I was for being so honest about my struggles with my weight throughout my life. I remember feeling almost smug at how I had it all figured out. I had dropped a pretty decent number of pounds and I was down to the lowest weight I had been in many years. I was pretty pleased with my progress.

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Looking fly-y-y-y

 

Fast forward 3 months. Well ten pounds crept back on, but no big deal. I knew I had the combination figured out on how to easily lose it again. I’d get right on that once we were settled into our new move to Florida.

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Not that noticeable, but ten-ish lbs heavier.

 

Fast forward 4 months. Well another ten pounds crept on, kinda starting to feel like a big deal, but all I needed to do was get back into my routine, follow the steps that made me successful before and I could drop the weight in no time. I’d get right on that once we were settled into our new move to Texas.

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Black dress, hand on the hip does wonders to hide that I’m 20ish lbs heavier.

Fast forward 8 months. Sonofabitch. I’ve gained 30 pounds total since that super awesome, lowest weight ever circa summer ’16. It’s officially a big deal. Unfortunately, my half-assed attempts at working out a week here or there, and tracking my diet/nutrition on my ghetto-ass, generic, weightwatchers app isn’t cutting it.

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In case you didn’t know, the leaning pose is slimming. But alas, it doesn’t deceive the scale and I have some weight to lose.

While I fear of sounding like a broken record, shit just got real (I’ve said this before, and yet I continued to gain). Buuuuuuuuuuut, for real this time. Being more active and making good food choices are now my job. What does this look like for me? Allow me to break it down…. in a list!

  1. Weight watchers: my bootleg app isn’t going to cut it. I joined weight watchers again. I’ve peeked the new freestyle format, and I think I’m in looooooove! Even more than I was with the Smartpoints. Eggs are zero points. I could, for real, eat eggs for every meal.
  2. Water: Goal- 120 ounces a day. I’m going to be peeing so much, my coworkers will probably think I have an UTI.
  3. Morning Exercise: I’ve become a bit obsessed with Tone It Up. Each day there are daily moves to complete and I’ll throw in whatever videos pique my interest on their youtube channel. Katrina’s booty is serious booty goals.
  4. Evening Exercise: That’s right. I have two workouts scheduled. Why? Because instead of coming home from work and sitting on my NOT-Katrina-esque booty, why not do something more productive? So I’ll be going for a walk or jog/walk around my neighborhood. C25k is my app of choice.
  5. Rest Days/Cheat meals:
    • As far as rest days are concerned, I was given some great advice from a friend who doesn’t plan rest days. Instead she listens to her body, and if she’s exhausted, too sore or sick one day, she rests. Otherwise she rallies, gets her shit together and worksout. I like that idea. Maybe Wednesday is going to be a shit day and I’ll need to hold off on busting my rump to finish the Tone it Up Daily Moves. Or maybe I’ll have the energy and mindset to kick my own ass and take names everyday.
    • Cheat meals are my cryptonite. It never fails, if I even overindulge on one stinking meal, I can pretty much gurantee I won’t lose any weight that week. So I need to really be strategic with my nutrition and recognize that “cheat” meals are only cheating me and my health. If only brownies and pasta didn’t taste so good. I’ll figure it out. strategies for weightloss.png

I have my plan. I have my spreadsheets written out. And I look forward to dropping these pounds so I can post a super bitching before and after comparison again.

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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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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.

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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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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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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 want to 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
  3. Planksunknown-2
  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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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.

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Top Foods to Eat for Weightloss

I absolutely adored our short trip to New Orleans last week. While traveling, I gave myself the privilege of being less strict on my diet and just enjoy my trip. Doing this did not come without consequences. I typically weigh in on Fridays but since we were traveling that day, I weighed in on Saturday and rather than losing any weight for the week, I ended up gaining .6 lbs. This is due to the lax on tracking my diet, and the numerous sweets and alcoholic drinks I allowed myself.

I’m not even mad about it! It’s not everyday that I have family visit, or that I travel to New Orleans, so I’m going to enjoy a could margaritas and beignets. Now the hard part is returning home and jumping back on the wagon. The first few days were a challenge. My appetite was higher than usual but I did my best to curb it through snacking on fruits and vegetables. On the bright side, my daily weigh ins reminded me I was making right choices and I could count on a loss for my official weigh in, and I met my goal of losing 4% of my weight in January for the dietbet I was participating in!

top-foods-to-eat-for-weight-lossTo be successful in losing weight I have found I follow a few staples in my diet that keep me satisfied because they are filling and tasty.

  1. Eggs– I eat eggs every. single. day. No I don’t have high cholesterol. No I never get sick of them. They can be made so many different ways! Scrambled, hard boiled, over easy, over medium, over hard, baked, poached… the list goes on and on.  If you follow weight watchers, one egg is 2 points so I personally prefer to take one egg and mix with 1/2 cup egg whites to make a 3pt wonder of scrambled eggs. Delicious. egg-hen-s-egg-boiled-egg-breakfast-egg-160850
  2. Quest Bars– I had a rocky start with quest bars. The first flavor I tried was cookies and cream and it was alright, but not anything to write home about. The second I had was white chocolate raspberry and it was gross. So gross. Now I powered on and fell in love with smores and double chocolate chunk. I’ve also discovered a warmed up quest bar is damn near heaven sent. I recently ordered a variety box of quest bars off amazon that had 18 different flavors. I haven’t tried them all yet, but some new favorites include banana nut muffin and blueberry muffin.img_7568
  3. Poultry– I don’t do red meat very often. Not because I don’t like it, but because poultry like chicken and turkey is a leaner meat with less fat and therefore healthier and easier for our bodies to digest. To make things easy on myself, I’ll cook a bulk amount of chicken on the weekend to help get me through the week. It can be used in lunches or dinners. I’ll use different toppings like bbq sauce, teriyaki sauce or other spices to give it variety. pexels-photo-262945
  4. Halo Top– I am such an ice cream addict. I’ve also become quite the chocaholic. combine the two and I’m weak in the knees. Thank goodness for Halo Top. Halo Top is a brand of ice cream that is becoming ever more popular which is a great thing, because that means it’s going to be available in more places. When I lived in Delaware it was NOWHERE. Now I can get it at the commissary or Publix in Florida. And word on the street is it’s available at costco now too. I love the chocolate and the mocha chip, and the lemon cake, and the strawberry, and the mint chip…actually there isn’t a flavor I’ve met that I didn’t like. Halo Top is love.16473835_1131420806984018_4418118659173994676_n
  5. Bananas and apples– I eat a banana every morning if I have one. And then I’ll have an apple or applesauce for a snack in between breakfast and lunch. They say you need to be careful with fruit because of the natural sugars, but this routine keeps me full, it’s tasty, and I tend to continue to lose weight steadily. banana-tropical-fruit-yellow-healthy-39566

So these are the food staples that work for me. What are some of your go-tos to keep you on track? If you don’t have any, feel free to test out some of mine!

Update on my current weightloss:

Week 4: I gained .6 lbs. Thanks Obama.

Week 5: I lost 2 lbs, bringing the total since Jan.3 to 9.8 lbs lost, and from my heaviest weight ever 46.6 lbs. Woohoo for getting back on track!

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When Weight Loss and Real Life Collide

when-weightlossI’ve been back on the wagon now for 24 days. Last week I was down 8.4 lbs since Jan. 3, and 45.2 lbs since my heaviest recorded weight. Those first three weeks were relatively easy. Maybe easy isn’t the best word, I still had to put in the work. I tracked all the food I ate and I exercised almost everyday, if not multiple times a day. But in those three weeks, I didn’t have too many temptations to get off track, just a dinner out here, or a bbq there. Cue this week.

This week my brother in law came to visit and I am so glad he did! We took him around to show him Pensacola Lighthouse, the National Museum of Aviation, Pensacola Beach, downtown Pensacola, and we did an escape room with a group of friends. I loved being able to show him around our new city and of course we also wanted to take him to some great eats as well, because um…. hello food is amazing! So since we’re in the south, of course we had to get BBQ from Brother’s BBQ and then we went to a little seafood place in Pensacola Beach called Shaggy’s. Ultimately I did not go crazy going out to eat at these places. I didn’t eat any of the bread at the BBQ joint, and I had shrimp tacos at Shaggy’s… to go with my margarita and whiskey with coke and sprite. That was the first time I’ve had soda in….. I couldn’t even tell you. I so seldom have soda I don’t remember the last time I did.

You probably don’t really care too much about the food I had, or maybe you do because who doesn’t love food! My point is that life is going to happen. Circumstances are going to come up that interfere with your typical schedule, and we need to learn to continue living and how to navigate them so we stay on track towards our goals. So how does one manage eating out when trying to lose weight and get healthier?

  1. Plan ahead– If you know where you’re going out  to eat, prior to getting there- get online and research if their menu is available. Then you can pick what you’re going to order ahead of time. This will give you the opportunity to make sure your other meals are super good choices in the event that you’re going to splurge a bit on your meal out. Or you can pick something healthy and then when you’re at the restaurant, don’t look at the menu again. The temptation to veer off course could be too great and you may regret it later.unknown
  2. Box it up– When placing your order, ask the waitress to bring you a box with your food. Portion sizes at restaurants tend to be larger than typical. I’ve told myself that I’m only going to eat half of my food, but then in the midst of eating and socializing and eating more, I end up eating a lot more than what I originally planned. This doesn’t happen if I box up half of it before I start eating. Out of sight. Out of mind.too-full-to-take-another-bite-not-enough-left-for-doggy-bag
  3. Let go of your old faithfuls…most of the time– We all have them. Our go to dishes we absolutely adored, and binged on, and we know how absolutely horrendous they are to our health. To truly get healthy we need to let go of some of these temptations. When I would go out to eat I would always always always order either a shrimp or chicken alfredo. It’s my favorite. But I know how unhealthy it is and so I have learned to make better choices when I go out, because even if I eat a modest portion, it’s still not as healthy or filling than if I get something else. Now I haven’t banned alfredo pasta altogether. I’ve learned how to make alternative healthy dishes for it at home that will satisfy my craving, or I’ll allow myself to order it at a restaurant once or twice a year. No one’s perfect.unknown-1
  4.  Healthy alternatives– I get it, that pasta and that burger you’ve been ordering at restaurants is so tasty and you’re a creature of habit and it’s super tempting to keep with what you know. But I got fat and unhealthy by repeating dietary choices that are not healthy. If you want major results, we need to commit to major changes! Finding alternatives that still satisfy you, but aren’t 3000 calories for one meal are an excellent way to start. Find some healthy alternatives that work for you. Grilled chicken instead of fried chicken? Vegetables instead of potatoes? Salad instead of bread?ab3nzx2_700b
  5. Guilt-Free– Let go of the guilt. So you went out to eat and didn’t have a plan. So you went out to eat and didn’t stick to the plan. So you went out to eat more than once, or twice. So you went out to eat and had an appetizer, entree, and dessert. This is life! Don’t feel guilty and beat yourself up about it. Just get back on the wagon as soon as you can. And DO NOT tell yourself, you’ll get back on the wagon on Monday… unless it’s already Sunday night. Start with your very next meal. You’ll be thanking yourself later.

Life happens. It’s going to be near impossible to make every meal you eat perfect. So do what’s best for you and have a plan, that can really be my best advice. Correction: my best advice is to love your body first, then have a plan.lyb

I will have to give an update on any weightloss or weight gain for this week at a later date. We’re in New Orleans, and while I debated bringing my scale with me, I ultimately decided it would be weird and left it at home.

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