Update Time!!

It’s time for an update!  It’s been about a month since I last gave one…..so here we are.

Things you should know before I mention anything about weight or inches lost:

–I never measured myself. Every time I do, I lose motivation, so I just didn’t even go down that road this time.

–I didn’t cook hardly at all.  We have a crazy schedule full of homework, baseball practices, doubleheaders, hitting lessons and the beginnings of basketball season, so there’s that.

–I didn’t bring my lunch.  See above explanation.

Alright, so now that those facts are out of the way…let me share with all of you what I DID do and talk about the progress I have made.

In my last post, I talked about how 2-4 pounds would typically come and go depending on the day, and that I had lost almost 3 pounds.  I wasn’t sure if it would actually stay gone, because unfortunately, a lot of times it is just water weight.  Well, guess what?  3 solid little pounds are permanently GONE!  And, as an added bonus, I’m well on my way to a 4th!

Guess what else?  My pants are fitting a little different, so I know I’ve also lost inches!

I love my treadmill time, because I actually get to watch a movie or TV series that I want to watch, without any complaints from anyone.  It’s the equivalent to sitting down on the couch when everyone is gone and having the Direct TV movie choices in front of you, and picking something like Beauty and the Beast (or Magic Mike) because no one is around to tell you no, or whine about what you choose.

However, lately, even though I was spending 4-5 days a week on the treadmill, for 45-50 minutes every time, I wasn’t seeing results.  So, I got out my 21 Day Fix DVD’s and as much as I loathe watching a trainer on TV, I muted it (sorry, Autumn) and turned on a work out playlist on my iPhone.  I did the lower fix DVD and then some crunches afterwards.  While I know it was good to mix things up and get a great work out, I hated every single minute of it. I just can’t do it.  That 30 minute video felt like 3 days.  I just get so distracted because I’m not into it.

Back to the treadmill I went, but this time, I put the incline up higher than usual to change things up and hit different muscles.  My typical work out looks like this:  I complete 10-12 minutes at the highest incline, then 20 minutes at a middle incline and drop it to a lower incline for 10 minutes and finish the last 10 minutes at a 0 incline.  I really feel like this has worked, or at least jump started some changes.  I started to notice a difference in how things were fitting after about 2 weeks of this new “routine”.  I also do about 50-60 crunches after every workout.  Big picture:  that’s probably next to nothing when it comes to abdominal exercises, but I’m sure it’s helping a smidge.  😉

Here’s to the next 4 pounds!  Whoop Whoop!

Advertisements

Healthy Updates….

If any of you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know I’ve been on a mission to lose weight.  

The short story behind this ‘a-ha’ moment was me giving a pep talk to Brayden after he didn’t make a travel team he tried really hard to make.  I didn’t know what to say at first to make him feel better.  I knew his confidence had taken a big blow because we did everything we could have done on our end and it still wasn’t enough.

I kept thinking about things he could maybe improve upon and one thing I told him was that if he wanted something bad enough, he had to overcome the fear and nerves and be able to work through it.  If this meant, for example, getting hit with the  ball a couple times to get over the fear of being hit, then I told him to do it.  I just wanted him to work through it.  

Then it hit me; if I expected Brayden to try his hardest, then I needed to set the example.  I decided to use losing these stubborn pounds as my ‘quest’.  

I’ve pretty much been on the quest to be thin my entire life and I don’t think that’s a big secret.  I’ll lose 5-7 pounds, then within a few months it creeps back, and this pretty much repeats itself over and over.  While I’m not super hard on myself for what I eat, I am hard on myself for how much I eat!  

After 1 week, I’m down almost 3 pounds.  I’m not really calling this an accomplishment since it could very well just be water weight.  I’ll get excited when the scale shows 6 + pounds lost because I’d be willing to bet that it’s legit at that point!

My ultimate goal is to lose 15 pounds!  

Oh, and just throwing this out into the universe—but if you feel the need to hold me accountable or have some spare motivation laying around, feel free to let me know 😊.

Back To School!

Hi everyone! It’s that dreaded time of year, the time of year that interrupts our summer earlier and earlier, back to school time.  I mean, it’s inevitable, right?  But, starting August 1st is just plain cruel.  At the bare minimum, I feel like they should start after the State Fair is over, around mid-August.  That’s doable, right?

Anyways, as you read in the previous paragraph, Brayden started August 1st.  Third grade snuck up on me, and just seems so middle to upper aged in the elementary school sense.  I feel like it’s all going so fast that I haven’t been able to do the things I want to keep ‘preparing’ Brayden for the road ahead.  For example, when summer started, I told him he was going to read every night (granted, I told him this after our Disney trip, so it was basically mid-June) so I went Targeting (good excuse to go!) and bought him 2 chapter books.  He had just finished a chapter book that he bought at the end of school book fair right before our trip to Disney.  Well, as of the first day of school last week, he only had read one of the two books I bought him.  I mean, I feel bad that I didn’t enforce the reading like I told myself I would, but I’m always torn between being the enforcer and letting him enjoy playing outside with his friends every night until dark (which, by the way, is also a good thing).

Which brings me to my next topic…. parenting is rough at times as the kiddos get older.  No shock there, of course, but I’m starting to think back to my own experiences and hope and pray the Brayden never has to experience some of them and pray that he gets to experience all the good things!  I’m lucky that, to this point, he’s had great friends, awesome teachers and a great overall school experience, all while keeping good grades, staying well behaved and basically being the ideal type of student.  But, I know times are changing with the friend aspect.  As Brayden gets older, his friendship status with some kids is starting to change.  He’s becoming closer with some and distancing others, not by choice, but just because he spends more time with some.  He’s starting to get to that age where some of his friendships will strengthen and some will break.  I remember this time in my life well and it can be rough!  And, as a parent, it makes me sad sometimes, because I see Brayden getting hurt occasionally by friends he loves dearly.  I just keep telling myself we need to keep moving on and experiencing new things with new people.

Something I’m enjoying as Brayden gets older is seeing him become a leader, seeing him influence and build others UP and seeing him succeed.  My heart is happy when I see him doing what he loves and doing it well.  Something else I’m also enjoying….dressing him!  I mean….I don’t literally dress him, but you moms know what I mean!  He’s doing a great job looking as handsome as ever…and he’s very particular about what he wears if he is going to school.  Haha!  He’s also particular about his hair if he’s doing something special at school or going somewhere fun.  I love it.  I think he’s just becoming more aware of everything on that front.  


Third grade, we are ready for you!!! Let’s do this!!  Let’s learn more, get better, have more experiences and enjoy the ride!
What are your favorite moments to watch as your kids get older?  Oh, and on a side note, I think we should sign a petition that says the kids don’t need to go back until August 15th…can I get an amen on that?

Have a great day!!

Spring Workouts

Hello, beauties!

I don’t know about you, but around the end of February, as if I couldn’t be more disgusted with gray skies and winter, I start thinking of bikini season and I get even more disgusted.

As if you don’t already know, I’m no gym goer.  I barely have time to get in an at home workout and still see my family for an hour a day.  But, I always want to feel better and I never want to be the mom that everyone points at and talks about for wearing something she shouldn’t.

I think we can all agree that change of any kind comes with consistency.  I put so much pressure on myself so often that I am constantly disappointed in myself for not seeing results.  This time, I broke everything down and just decided to screw everything I thought I knew and do one simple thing that was good for me.  For me, that is speed walking on the treadmill.  I’m not a runner guys…I’m just not.  I’ve tried (but maybe not long enough to make it routine) but I feel so much better speed walking.  I have a treadmill in my office with an old school TV and DVD player, and I basically watch Friends, Cougar Town and a variation of Channing Tatum and Nicholas Sparks movies over and over–ha!  Watching a movie or TV show engages my mind, so I don’t even realize I’ve walked 3 or 4 miles!

After a week or so of starting my routine, I started using the incline on my treadmill, starting at a 2 and after 25 minutes taking it down to 1, finishing at 0 on a flat surface.  At the beginning I would do this 3-4 days a week.  After a month and a half, I was getting in 5-6 nights a week, unless we had late baseball practice, then I tried to make up for it on Sunday.  Now that both baseball seasons have started for us, we are only home on Tuesday nights, so I’ve found I have to walk faster for longer on nights I can get it in.  I’ve also incorporated some light weights into my routine at least 2 times a week.  Sometimes I swing a 10 pound kettle bell 25-30 times, and other times I use 8 pound weights for biceps and triceps.  It’s not perfect, but it’s what I can fit in without my mind exploding.

Here’s what I’ve found:  I actually am bummed now when I can’t get on the treadmill!!  What???  Yes, I said bummed!  Also, I was the weirdo that didn’t take measurements when I first started in late February/early March, but I know that I’ve lost inches because I can start to see some definition come back in my super short torso and legs.  My mom has also mentioned she can tell I’m toning up and that my face looks slimmer.  She sees me every day and she’s brutally honest, so I’m going to call that a win.

Pounds lost:  Maybe 3 and that’s being generous.  For those who know me, you know it is so hard for me to look at numbers on the scale and numbers on clothing tags.  I’ve always been so focused on the number and my body has always worked against me, because, for whatever reason, I look like I weigh about 10-15 less than I actually do.  You may think this is a great thing, unless you focus on numbers like I do and then you are constantly beating yourself up about it because the numbers don’t reflect the way they should.  But I know deep down that I’ve made some kind of progress to see what I see in the mirror, so I’m trying not to beat myself up too much.

My next plan:  Trying to cut some carbs and sugars from my diet.  When I get stressed from everyday busy life, I look for things to eat.  I never realized I did this until this past year.  It’s so hard to say “no” and go do something else when food is all you can think about in that moment.  PLUS there’s the added stressor that I don’t even get home until after the typical dinner time, so I usually don’t even really cook anything.  I mean, I feel like the kids get decent food, but it’s not what my mom had ready for us, at 6 every night…if you know what I’m saying.  My mom was also a stay at home mom for most of my childhood, so there’s that.  When I worked closer to home, I would actually put something in the crock pot or make something at 5:15 when I rolled in the driveway, but I haven’t been able to get into the groove of doing that since I have had to drive 50 minutes to and from work every day and don’t get home until after 6:15 most days.

We need to make some changes, somewhere.  I’m so tired of fast food and quick little dinners at home.  When I eat fast food, I eat salads (grilled chicken) or protein bowls (with more grilled chicken) or Subway with no cheese or mayo, but let’s face it guys, it gets old FAST and there’s always this little dude on my shoulder telling me I’m doing bad things and the sodium in those foods are bad for me, and the kids need more veggies and more fiber, not another chicken nugget, even if it is organic.  I’ve thought about meal delivery, but that would just be ONE MORE THING to pay for, monthly.  It’s expensive and I would still need to spend almost as much at the grocery store anyways.

I’m going to try and make it a priority this summer to think ahead of time and plan meals better.  It’s hard for me….real hard.  I feel like I should be spending the time I am actually home with my family and not stuck in the kitchen for hours meal prepping.  Alas, I’m going to try and find the happy medium that I’m sure exists somewhere.

What are your tips for cutting back on sugary, carb filled foods?  What are your favorite snacks and dinners?  Comment below and let me know.

I want to leave you with this one thought that I finally have figured out over the years:  Whatever your weight/shape/height/goal may be, consistency is KEY and will bring you results.

xoxoxoxo

Currently….

Here are a few things I’m loving/reading/watching/eating and generally think you need:

Listening to: Dierks Bentley, Black.  We are hitting up his concert in August and I would like to know at least 2 or 3 songs haha.

image

Reading: The Millionaire Real Estate Agent.  Why?  Because, I feel like maybe being a realtor is in my future.  With my parents planning retirement in the next 3 or 4 years, I would love to have some flexibility in my schedule with the kids.  Though I’m positive my mom will work at Kohl’s until she’s 110, I know my dad would like to do a little traveling.  Enter real estate.  Plus, the older I get, the more I want to flip homes and spend every weekend at Lowes.  Yep, I’m THAT person.

image

Watching: Brother vs Brother on HGTV.  I told you in the sentence above, I’m turning into that person who wants to spend every weekend at Lowes.  I’m obsessed with before and afters of homes that have been remodeled.  I literally cannot watch it enough!

hgtv-showchip-brother-vs-brother-s3

Shopping for: Really cute black sandals/wedges I can wear out on the weekends, but also with dress pants at work.  Oh and I don’t want to spend more than $50.  Target has let me down, so has Nordstrom.com.  SOS–send ideas my way!

Considering: Doing a blog series on progress for eating clean.  You guys have NO IDEA how hard it has been for me to fix clean dinners now that I work 40 minutes away (that’s in no traffic).  By the time I get home at night, Brock has already fed the boys and usually it’s in the form of organic beef hotdogs, organic lunch packs or Annie’s ravioli or pizza rolls, with some cheese or yogurt as a side.  Granted, the boys probably still eat “cleaner” than I do, but we need to cut back on dairy for them and they need to learn to love veggies as much as they love cheese and fruit.  Secondly, I need to actually sit down and eat a full blown balanced meal.  Everything is on the go right now and it needs to slow down a bit.  With all the anxiety and OCD issues I have, eating is something that could help me, and I really need to practice what I preach.

Wearing: This tank top from Dottie Couture and this romper from Dottie Couture.  I also have the CUTEST 4th of July tank to wear from Tiffany’s Boutique.  She doesn’t have a website yet, but I love her clothing as well!  Oh, and these Guess shoes are making a strong appearance this summer….

image

Wishing: I had my evenings free to read, go to the gym, spend time in the kitchen (ok, I laughed at that too) and organize the house.  One day.  But then I’ll miss the kiddos being around at my feet 24-7, so basically I want the impossible….unless I get really stinking rich and can hire a full time maid…..

Eating:  I cannot get enough chicken fajitas (without the tortillas, so I can have chips and salsa…obviously).  Mexican all day, everyday, please and thank you.  I just ate an organic peach as a snack though and I’m planning to order some NuGO organic Slim bars today to snack on at work.  I’ve heard they are fantastic.

Can’t wait for: A mini family vacation to a water park next weekend.  We plan to throw the boys in and let them fend for themselves until they learn to swim.  Kidding.  We hope they love it!

 

What are your favorite finds right now? 🙂

 

 

Inspired, Natural and Creative

Inspiration is Natural.

ModMommyMK

Mommy in the modern world!

queenjarrell

Journey to Better Health and Living

Project Light to Life

A bucket list blog: exploring happiness, growth, and the world.

Happily Oiled After

Journey into healthier living and essential oils

mandy odle

stories from a mommy + makeup artist

Little Miss Momma

Mommy in the modern world!

Eat Yourself Skinny

Mommy in the modern world!

Skinnytaste

Mommy in the modern world!

a is for abs

Mommy in the modern world!

Inspired, Natural and Creative

Inspiration is Natural.

ModMommyMK

Mommy in the modern world!

queenjarrell

Journey to Better Health and Living

Project Light to Life

A bucket list blog: exploring happiness, growth, and the world.

Happily Oiled After

Journey into healthier living and essential oils

mandy odle

stories from a mommy + makeup artist

Little Miss Momma

Mommy in the modern world!

Eat Yourself Skinny

Mommy in the modern world!

Skinnytaste

Mommy in the modern world!

a is for abs

Mommy in the modern world!

%d bloggers like this: