I’m still here :)

I haven’t posted in a month and I can’t even say it’s because I’ve been crazy busy. I just didn’t feel like I had anything interesting to write about. 

The last several weeks haven’t been too exciting. I had a birthday on 11/19 and while I had to work that day, after work I went to Red Robin and had a non-Keto meal. I’d been debating on if I wanted to do a cheat meal or not and I figured since it was my birthday, I could splurge a little. I ended up getting a burger, fries (their fries are amazing), and a shake. My burger was bunless so my carbs came from the fries and shake. I’m not going to lie, it was absolutely delicious. But, even though it tasted really good, I wish I’d just stuck with a Keto style meal. Ever since that day, I’ve been struggling to get back into Ketosis. The birthday cheat meal led to me allowing myself to eat whatever I wanted on Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving and pretty much every day since. 

I’m  disappointed in myself since I’d been doing well and then messed up. That cheat meal turned into a downward spiral. It also doesn’t help that this is the time of year for treats galore. I’m still trying to get back on track and some days I’ll be good during work hours and then I fall apart in the evening. Getting back into low carb is much harder the second time around. I’m seeing that now. 

Anyway, I have gained a few pounds back and I’m going to try and get rid of them again, but my goal for the rest of this month is to try and at least maintain my current weight. I’ve been working out at least three times a week for the last few weeks and that paired with drinking more water, I think it’s a feasible goal. 

2017 is 16 days away! One thing I love the most about the start of a new year is you can start fresh with any aspect of your life. I always have fitness oriented goals but I’m also going to set some personal goals. As far as fitness goes, I won’t be using the Happy Planner Fitness planner this year. Instead I picked up one of their mini planners and I will use that to track exercise, weight, steps, etc. I don’t need to write down food since I already use My Fitness Pal. 

I bought a bunch of fitness stickers from Sweet Kawaii Design on Etsy and I think I’m going to get the MAMBI fitness sticker pack from Michael’s sometime this weekend (they always have coupons) and then I will be all set. Using sticker to motivate myself may sound silly but I love it. 

I plan on doing another six month diet bet in January and since I don’t like losing money, I know I’ll do my best with that. All I can do it keep at it. 

Happy Friday ūüėÄ

Ugh!


^^^seriously, lol

So apparently I don’t have as much self-control as I thought. I’ve been doing IF about 4 days a week but am finding myself eating too many non-healthy things during my eating window. If I’m going to do that, IF is kind of pointless. Yes, I’m fasting, but if I’m still going to go over my macros (by a lot), then I’m just sabotaging myself. 

I wasn’t even going to blog about this because I consider it a failure but I need to be honest with myself. My spirits and self-esteem have been very low lately and it’s mainly because of my recent weight gain. I’m afraid to see where I’m at now considering the free-for-all I’ve been allowing the last week and a half. 

Next weigh-in for my dietbet is June 20th. It’s mandatory and while I clearly won’t make the goal for that time period, I’ll at least know the damage I’ve caused. All I can do between now and then is stop allowing myself to eat whatever I want, anytime I want. 

I mentioned before that I have a weakness for sweets. Both of my jobs always have some type of tempting snack on the counter in my office or in the break room. I don’t understand why it is so damn hard for me to pass these up. It’s as if my mind just can’t say no. 

Anyway, even though I won’t make my dietbet goal this month, I’m going to do what I can this next week to get things back on track. 

Everything hasn’t been all bad. I gave up soda for this month and that has been going well. My workouts lately have been mostly cardio. I’m unable to do any heavy lifting right now due to a nagging shoulder injury. So, I’m going to focus on cardio and lower body for now. I can still squat to my heart’s content. I can’t give up. 

Day 8 and other ramblings

Hello, Hello

It’s Monday and day 8 of my second round of Whole30. Everyday I ask myself why I am I doing this again? Seriously, this round seems much harder than my first round and I can’t really explain why. During my first round I was super diligent about checking labels and not eating out. This time, I’m still checking labels but I’m not as hesitant about eating out this time. Maybe because I know what I can order and what I can’t? I don’t know. Either way, I can’t wait until I’ve completed the 30 days.

I signed up for a DietBet with my sister-in-law and in order to keep track of how much I have left to lose, I will be weighing myself periodically. Yes, it’s against the rules but I don’t want to lose my money (again) so I’m willing to make this sacrifice. This particular DietBet has 11,825 players! I’ve lost the two previous DietBets I signed up for so I’m looking forward to NOT losing this one. The fact that I am doing Whole30 should help me out.

While I was in Georgia visiting my brother, I was able to work out several times thanks to their home gym and their kick-ass treadmill (more on that later). It was nice to have someone to workout with since I normally just go to the gym by myself. I actually didn’t eat terribly while I was there. My dad cooked a lot so we didn’t eat out too often. However, I did make sure to visit Cracker Barrel and The Waffle House. The Waffle House was good!

Now, the treadmill my SIL has is just awesome. It’s a Nordictrack X9i and the features are amazing! It goes up to 40% incline and -6% decline, you can pick different routes to run and the treadmill will adjust accordingly, workouts with Jillian Michaels, and so much more. I did a run one night and chose a route on Mt. Rainier. It was awesome. I loved this treadmill so much that I plan on getting one for my house, eventually. Perfect for doing HIIT at home.

As far as my latest workouts, I finished my first week of the Thinner, Leaner, Stronger program and will be starting week 2 after I get off work tonight. I like the fact that it’s using barbell and dumbbells versus weight machines¬†because¬†I feel like I get a better workout. Right now I’m lifting 3x/wk and trying to get in cardio 3x/wk as well. My SIL is doing the program with me and it’s great having her support.

Other Ramblings

*I finally watched Mockingjay, Part 1 last night — it was pretty good and now I can’t wait to watch part 2.

*I’ve been watching a lot of New Girl. I’m trying to catch up so I can watch the current season. Right now I’m on season 2. Schmidt is my favorite.

*Carlsbad half marathon this weekend! I’m a little nervous since it’s been a while since my last half was back in October 2014.

*If you haven’t watched Jessica Jones on Netflix, check it out. The show was really good.

*I’m currently reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, The Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier, Humans of New York: Stories.

Have a great night!

 

 

Sticking with one program

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Hello ūüôā

When it comes to workout programs, I don’t really like the pressure I’ve been¬†putting on myself to finish the program. I’ve come to realize that I don’t need to set aside 6, 12, 18 weeks for a specific program but instead should just focus on getting good workouts in.¬†Switching things up on a regular basis is a good plan for me. I have so many different workouts pinned on Pinterest, plus workouts my sister-in-law has emailed me, there is no reason why I can’t do something different each time I go to the gym. As long as I am spending an equal amount of time on both upper body and lower body, I should be ok. There’s so many fun workouts I want to try that I need to find a way to just pick a pin/routine at random and do that one for the day. Before Pinterest I used to tear pages out of magazines and save those workouts but I never went back and actually did them,¬†lol.

Speaking of my sister-in-law, she’s here with my brother and nephews visiting for the week. It would be nice to get in a workout with her but she has a membership with Gold’s Gym and I workout at 24 Hour Fitness. We may try to get a walk in though.

Recently I have dabbled with the thought of trying Weight Watchers again. The last time I participated in the program was back in 2006, or at least around that time. I did end up losing 25 pounds while following the program so I know it can be effective, I just don’t know if I want to pay for yet another membership. It is just a thought right now, but I can’t help but think that it might help get me back on track. My friend has been doing if off and on for a while and she recently told me she is determined to stick with it this time. So hey, if I do decide to do it at least I’ll have a buddy.

Any Weight Watchers members out there? How much has the program changed in the last 8 years?

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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Hello, Hello

One step forward, two steps back is my mindset right now. I always seem to sabotage my progress and I don’t know why I do it. I was doing well for a few weeks but then I started stuffing my face with unhealthy stuff¬†and I haven’t stopped. The one good thing about this is that I realize this a problem and it needs to be fixed. My¬†negative thinking won’t help my situation so I need to knock it off. Lol, I’m good at having pity parties for one. Just because I messed up at lunch time doesn’t mean I need to throw the day away and eat whatever the hell I want for the rest of the day. One bad meal won’t derail my progress but several bad meals will, which is what is happening now.

When I know I’ve been screwing up, I don’t like to get on the scale, but I think that’s what makes me prolong my behavior. Ignorance is bliss? Ahh, more like ignorance is going to cause me to go up two pants sizes.

Anyway, as I’ve mentioned many times before, this is an ongoing battle for me. Ups and downs are part of the process but I want to have more ups than downs.

June 1st is the next round for the Fit¬†Girl’s Guide, but this time I’m going to do the Fitkini Body Challenge instead of the 28 Day Jumpstart. I figured two rounds of that was good, plus I’m anxious to see what Fitkini has to offer. The simplicity of the recipes in the 28 Day Jumpstart was the best part of the program and I look forward to seeing the new recipes that will be in the Fitkini book.

I’m also going to do a Fitbit challenge next month, goal is to log¬†at least¬†150 miles!

Anyone else out there struggling with their weightloss journey?

28 Day Jumpstart

Happy Monday!

Long day ahead but that’s fine with me. Over the weekend I had a chance to FaceTime¬†with my brother and his family AND see another video of my nephew, who is awesomely¬†adorable. As of today he is 9 months and learning something new everyday. I’m looking forward to seeing him in June when he comes to California to celebrate his first birthday.


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Ok, so today is Day 1 of the 28 Day Jumpstart Challenge I am doing it¬†with my friends Jamila¬†and Tina, as well as thousands of other women (and some men) around the world. I ended up purchasing both the 28 Day Jumpstart as well as the Fitkini Body Challenge¬† (I plan on doing the Fitkini Body Challenge later this year) from fitgirlsguide.com.¬†I’ve follwed the ladies of Fit Girl’s guide on Instagram for a while but have never participated in their challenges. They make the whole challenge fun and you even have the chance to win prizes.

As I mentioned on Friday, my main goal for the next 4 weeks is to focus on eating healthier meals. The awesome thing about this challenge is they give you meal ideas for each week and a shopping list of what you will need. Sometimes, it’s better for me when there is absolutely no guessing involved. Having everything written out for me is definitely a plus.

I took my before photos yesterday and will do measurements later today since I didn’t have my measuring tape last night. In addition to the photos, it was recommended I decorate a heart with some Fit Goals.

Here’s my heart:

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I’ve been browsing the #28dayjumpstart¬†hashtag on Instagram¬†and the amount of support everyone is showing each other is amazing. I actually¬†created a new¬†fitness Instagram¬†for this challenge and so I can post any fitness related pics and quotes without feeling as though I’m annoying the followers on my main Instagram¬†account. I know I shouldn’t care but I understand that not everyone is in the same frame of mind as me and they may not care to hear about how awesome my last run was or how my strength is improving, lol. To each is own, right?

I’ll try to do a recap at the end of each week.

Enjoy your day!