2018 is coming fast…

I can’t believe there are only 17 days left in 2017. I say this every year but it really does feel like the years are just flying by way too fast. I’m not anywhere near where I want to be weight wise and I actually weigh more now than I did at the beginning of the year! I turned 35 in November and I think it is safe to say my metabolism is definitely slowing down. I’ve gained almost 20lbs since last August and I’m blaming it on my eating habits (obviously) and not exercising enough. I work out at least 3x a week but that isn’t enough because I should be working out at least 5x a week. Recently I saw my doctor and had some blood work done just to rule out any thyroid issues — I had a feeling my thyroid was fine since I didn’t have any of the symptoms associated with an underactive thyroid but I needed to be sure. Anyway, blood work came back fine, I just need to stop eating like crap and exercise more — oh and more WATER.

I recently upgraded my Orangetheory membership to unlimited and it has been awesome. Instead of spreading out 8 classes a month I can take as many as I want! Right now I’m averaging three times a week — usually consecutively due to my schedule — and my body has been getting stronger. Aside from upgrading my OTF membership, I’m also trying Weight Watchers — again. I did internet only a few months ago and pretty much wasted my money since I didn’t lose any weight. This time around I’m doing meetings so unless I want to embarrass myself with weight gain each week, I’ll follow the plan. They recently rolled out a new plan with many foods now being 0 points — eggs, skinless chicken breasts, fish, fruit, and so many more. With so many foods now being 0 points, eating those will help me stay within my points.

Anyway, I’m working on some goals I’d like to meet in 2018 but I’ll post about those later –hopefully, lol.

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I’m a Real Librarian Now

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Life has been pretty busy since I came back from Chicago. I left two jobs and started a new one! Leaving both of my jobs was hard but totally worth it since now I’m doing what I’ve wanted to do for the last 8 years, work full-time as a librarian. I’ve been at my new job for almost a month and while I have a lot to learn, I’m really enjoying my library branch. My branch gets a lot of regular patrons so I’m currently trying to remember all their names plus the name of our regular volunteers. I’ve always been bad with names soo this is a challenge, lol. But, I’m definitely glad to be at this location and am loving every minute.

As far as my health is concerned, mannnn I’ve been eating terribly and am weigh more than I ever have before. I recently signed up for a nutritionist and she sends me meal plans each week and that helps, but I just want to see results faster. Yes, I know I didn’t gain this weight overnight but I’m impatient. I have been bringing my lunch to work almost everyday because the area I work in doesn’t have many food options near by and I don’t want to waste time driving and lost part of my lunch hour. I think as I continue to bring my lunch and limit the snacking I will see the pounds disappear. Another difference with this job is there aren’t baked goods in our break room everyday. My last two jobs always had food available and me being the sugar addict always had to have some. I’ve started setting mini weekly goals so I’m taking things slowly.

Before I go, just to throw in something about reading, I’m still doing that, of course. I’m currently at 67 books read for this year and still going strong! I have a longer commute these days so audiobooks and podcasts are my best friend.

I’m going to finish watching the Dodgers game now and hopefully they win! Sometimes watching these games stresses me the hell out 😀

Goodnight!

 

Vacation time

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Happy September and Happy Labor Day!

I am spending the week with family in Illinois and it has been super relaxing so far. I went to a family BBQ in Gary, IN this afternoon and it was wonderful to see so many family members. Many of them I hadn’t seen since my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary in 2014.

One of the best things about being in the Midwest is it isn’t 100+ degrees outside! When I left California, we were in the middle of a heat advisory, and now there are wildfires burning out of control.

Tomorrow my aunt is taking me to her fitness center so we can both get a workout in. I brought workout clothes with me but wasn’t really going to try too hard to get a workout in so this will be nice. When I go to my grandma’s house later this week, I can walk around her property.

Once I return to California I will really have to buckle down with portions and watching what I eat. Over the last couple months I’ve been bingeing every weekend and it definitely shows on the scale. I wish I could be one of those people who hides their scale but I need to see the number each week just to keep me motivated. I’ve started over so many times, sometimes I wonder why I even bother. Things were going so well during this time last year and now they’re not. But, all I can do is keep trying.

Have a good week!

Struggling but still trying 


Hey!

So my jump into Whole30 didn’t go well. I have had a few restarts and am honestly thinking about just jumping straight back to Keto which is what I wanted to eventually transition to anyway. 

I’m headed to Georgia for a week and since my sister-in-law is on really good with sticking with our food plans, I don’t think I’ll have too many issues. Of course, the snacks for my nephews will be there but I will just have to pass them up. 

After I get back I need to do more strength training. The plan is to do at least 2x per week for now. 

Anyway, I just wanted to type up a quick update. I am frustrated with myself for my lack of control and will power but know I’m not the only person dealing with this. 

One day at a time. 

Struggling but still trying

Hellooo!

It’s pretty late right now but I’m awake and not quite ready to go to sleep so I figured I’d come write up a blog post. It’s been a while but I’m still here! I’ve been really struggling with my Keto diet big time since the Winter holidays. I am pretty good at staying away from bread and stuff but man, that sugar demon keeps taking over! Even though it’s been hard to stick with my macros lately, I know I can do this. Instead of focusing on my large goal, I’m going to set mini daily goals so I can at least feel I’m working towards something. I’ve been losing and gaining the same 5lbs for the last two months.

Anyway, today was National Pet Day and I showed Roco my appreciation by taking him to the vet to get a shot. Lol, it was necessary but I hate how nervous he gets at the vet. All went well and we were out of there in an hour. 

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Exercise-wise I’m still working out but no longer doing the Strong Curves program. I made it to week 9 and then decided to switch to this workout . I was enjoying the Strong Curves program but schedule wise, it just wasn’t working for me. I get off work most days during the week at 8pm and by the time I get to the gym it is 8:30 and then I still have to change clothes. In addition to that, I hate having to wait for certain machines so instead of doing that I can do my KB workout at home. I’m in the process of trying to get back to just one job so maybe once that happens, I’ll be able to go to the gym before work versus going after work. I’ve only been doing the KB program for about a week and while I have yet to do 500 swings during one workout, I can feel myself getting stronger. I’m currently using an 18lb KB but may switch to my 26lb KB towards once I hit 5,000 swings, or somewhere around that number.

I finished C25K back in March and have started on C210K. I could have started at week 9 since I just finished C25K but I’m starting from the beginning just because I want to easy runs to look forward to. Lazy, I know. I signed up for the Big Sur Half Marathon again so after C210K, I may try and do the half marathon version. I have never fully trained properly for a half marathon and I’d like to. It comes down to me setting a schedule and sticking to it. I would also have to plan some outside runs because I can only do so many miles on my treadmill.

Anyway, I’m off to bed now. Goodnight!

Prepping for another week (old post, oops)

I mistakenly set this post as a blog page, lol. It’s from either end of January or early February, I don’t even remember. Anyway, here it is!

Hello there…

I figured I’d type up a quick blog post before I went to the grocery store. My motivation to blog has been absent lately. Part of it I can probably blame on laziness, but I do feel I should blog at least once a week. Hopefully I will do better next month.

I’ve started cleaning out my closet and other parts of my room. On my last post, I was reminded about Marie Kondo’s book, The Art of Tidying Up. I read it back in 2015 and never actually tried her methods. Fast forward to now, her folding method is a total game changer. I love that my drawers are so organized now! I still have much more to do but it’s a great start. Thanks for the reminder Sunnie! So far I’ve donated three bags of clothes to Goodwill and will donate more soon.

As far as health and weight loss goes, after a couple weeks of struggling, I’m finally back on track with my Keto diet. After indulging during the holidays, it was extremely difficult for me to get back on track. It’s so easy to snack on foods you’re not supposed to eat. I think if I had never cheated back in November, this wouldn’t have been a problem. I need to learn that holidays aren’t an excuse to fall off the wagon.

I’ve been running a lot, and will soon be starting another strength training program, Strong Curves, with my sister-in-law. We were supposed to start tomorrow buuut I am still reading the book so my start date may be pushed back until next Monday.

Anyway, I need to get to the store so I can meal prep for the week. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Happy New Year 


Happy 2017!

I went back to work yesterday after being off for 8 days and my goodness it was rough waking up. 

My nephews and sister-in-law were with us for the holidays and it was a lot of fun hanging out with them. They’re both growing fast and while I love capturing them in pictures and photos, I need to remember to enjoy the moments. Not everything has to be photographed. The boys were a handful and kept me on my toes. 

The end of the year wasn’t too busy for me but it did allow me to reflect on the past year. I didn’t reach all my goals but that won’t stop me from setting more in 2017. 

Goals for 2017
* Weight loss — yes this is a goal for me every year but I feel this will be the year I make significant progress. The Ketogenic way of eating has been a life changer for me and I’m excited to see what I can do in a full year. 

* Work towards saving for a down payment for a condo. This will probably take longer than a year but I plan on saving diligently this year. I’ll have to stop my impulse buying (It’s a pretty big habit of mine)

* Clean closet — this is a huge task since I have a ton of crap in my closet, not just clothes. Whenever I try and work on cleaning it, I get overwhelmed and quit. If I break it up into small tasks it might be a more manageable project. 

As far as reading goes, I didn’t reach 100 books but I was pretty close, ended up finishing 95 books. My 2017 goal is 75 books so we shall see how that goes. 

I started re-reading the Harry Potter series and plan on watching the movies too. I received the 8-disc set for Christmas so I can watch anytime I want. 

Anyway, it’s time for lunch and I’m starving. Enjoy your Wednesday!