I Love Fall? + Updates

Hiiii!!

Whew.

I haven't posted in over a month.  Graduate school has been keeping me busy busy.

So, here are a few updates.

Progress

Hey hey!

It's so good to be back! 

I hope that you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend. I enjoyed mine a little TOO much. 

I have since recuperated and I am well on my way to getting back into the swing of things.

First things first, I gained 5 pounds of bloat over Labor Day weekend.  I really didn't realize how stressful living at home is.  I dealt with some serious anxiety, and I ate everything in sight.  And I do mean EVERYTHING. 

Well, now I'm back in my humble abode and I can say that things are really looking up.  I cleaned up my eating once I got back to my place--I dived straight into some traditional meal prep: chicken breast, brown rice, and broccoli. And lots more veggies and fruits--absolutely NO fast or processed foods. I got tired of the chicken, brown rice, and broccoli quickly, but I didn't bloat and I actually felt satiated.  Oh, and when I weighed yesterday, I was back down to my weight from last week (so, in theory, I stayed the same.) Hey, I'm not mad.

Well, I kinda was.  See there's 15 weeks left until the New Year and I am trying my best to lose 2 pounds a week from here on out.  I have this goal to lose 30 pounds by 2016--to see 161 pounds on the scale will be AWESOME.  Now I know this is going to be a stretch and that I shouldn't focus so much on the scale.  Well, I totally get that. I just need to put a goal in place so that I have something tangible to shoot for.  

Okay, so back to this weigh-in...I was kinda sorta disappointed when I  saw that number hadn't changed much on the scale.  But I know part of it came from my less than stellar eating late Thursday evening--I was just SO hungry.  I ate dinner super early so by 9:00, I was starving again. (I had had a nap that afternoon right after I got back from class, so going to sleep wasn't an option.  I tried it though.)

I also recorded and posted snippets of yesterday's workout (before I weighed in) and I was sorely disappointed at how my stomach gaped over my workout shorts when I was doing (highly modified) tricep dips.  I mean, the issue is, I feel slimmer but I don't look slimmer.  I definitely don't look slimmer in pictures or in videos.

So, I made up my mind that I would take my measurements this morning and I am SO glad that I did.

Let me pause by saying...sometimes you just have to look past the scale.  It can be deceiving.  Based on the measurements I am about to disclose, it is almost apparent that I am going to have to take my measurements more often.

So...*drumroll please*
(So, shamefully, I haven't taken my measurements since May.  But I made a vow that as long as I am doing Insanity Max:30, I'm going to take my measurements every two weeks.)

I just wanted to point out that I have only lost .4 pounds since May (be mindful that I weighed on two separate scales so the weight comparison may not be very accurate). So, the fact remains that I should not rely continuously on the scale.  Weight by itself is deceiving.  I was 191 in May and 191 today.  But my clothes fit differently and I'm down inches (losing fat). 

As you have probably figured, I have been doing Insanity Max:30 for the past two weeks.  And, as you can probably tell from the preceding paragraphs, I am sooo happy with my results this far.  In all honesty, I haven't been eating 100% (maybe about 90%...I like 7pp worth of chocolate chip cookies every now and then) but I have been busting my butt EVERY morning during the week to get that workout in. I even got off track this week with Monday being a holiday (and I was afflicted with one of the worst stomach aches I have ever experienced) so I decided to break from my workout.  You have to listen to your body right? Well, I couldn't stand getting off track so I finished my 5 day (2nd) week of Insanity:Max 30 with Friday Fight Night today, which just so happens to be Saturday.  Ha.

Don't get me wrong--Insanity:Max 30 is DIFFICULT! Every time I push play, I have had to dig deeper.  My worst exercises have consistently been push-ups (or any variation thereof) and the tricep dips.  My core and arms are so weak.  I have been thinking about incorporating core training twice a week, in addition to Insanity:Max 30.  We'll see how that goes.  I also decided to invest in Beachbody's new Performance Line--well, a sample of it.  I'm not really in a place to buy it just yet.  I'm hoping that the Energize will give me that extra push (that extra OOPMH) that will get me through those hardcore Insanity:Max 30 workouts and that Hydrate will keep me hydrated so that my profuse sweat doesn't burn my eyes as badly (although I actually like the feeling of the sweat stinging my eyes...it takes "feel the burn" to a whole 'nother level.)  I'll try to post early next week with an update/review of the Performance Stack, as well as my meal plan (which includes much more protein and fewer carbs) for the week.

I just can't give up on myself. I have come so far.  And I'm SO proud.  It seems like I have picked up momentum.  Being a Beachbody Coach has really helped me stay accountable and motivated.  So, why not let me help you so we can reach our goals together?

Meal Planning and Prepping

Hey y'all! I'm so glad I am FINALLY posting. 

Classes started for me this week so I've been busy trying to keep my schedule together and manage my time best I can.  Fortunately, I don't have classes on Fridays (YAY!) so I have spent today resting and catching up on some work.

It's a little after 8:00 now, and I plan to meal prep after my WW meeting tomorrow.

Yes, I said it....

Comeback

So, I haven't blogged in over a month and a half.  

And I have missed it. (I hope you've missed me.)

In all honesty, I haven't felt like I have had much to blog about.  I have spent the past few weeks trying to find myself and figure out how I can best meet all my goals.

Recommitted

After months of continuous weight gain, I made a decision to take back my life.

Throughout this journey, it has been hard to see my way sometimes.  You know, it's easier to do things when you are surrounded by people who are trying to achieve similar results.  Unfortunately, not many of the people around me struggle with their weight.  Or might I say, to be politically correct, not many people I KNOW have admitted to that they struggle with their weight and/or are in the process of becoming healthy.

So I have made a few changes.

Healthy Habits

A lot has been going in my personal life.

I have been known to use food to "fight" my feelings and brush them under the rug.  That's pretty much how I gained all my weight in the first place.

*Pause*

Routine

Why do we do things we know we have no business doing?

I have asked myself this several times over the past two days. 

D5R1 GSC

I woke up this morning and...I was up 1 pound. 

I know...totally a big deal, huh? 

Well it kinda bummed me out. (I need to kick my scale to the curb.)

But I did my workout and I drank my Shakeo and green smoothie and carried on with my day. 

I ended up leaving home and I got super hungry while I was out. And you know what happens when you starve? You overeat when you get food. 

D4R1 GSC

Yesterday I was only down 0.6 pounds (from 188.6 to 188).

This morning, I was down 1.4 pounds (to 186.6).

That means I am officially down 5 pounds in 4 days.

D2R1 GSC

It's Hump Dayyyyy!

Goodness gracious. I've already fallen into a slump.

So, yesterday morning, I woke up and I was down 3 pounds (from 191.6 to 188.6) from Monday.

Woohoo!! Exciting huh?

D1R1 GSC

Day 1 of the Green Smoothie Challenge is almost over.

And, on a scale from 1 to 10, I would say that my hunger today has been about an 8.5.

Vegan(ish?)


Confession....

I'm addicted to fast food. And food-like products.

#WYCWYC

My, my, my! Time has surely flown by!

I am officially done with undergrad!!

Graduation is in 5 days!!!

I did it, y'all! :)

iifym

Yep.

I've fallen into the newest fad.

I'm all about that #iifym life.

Addiction

Another HORRIBLE weekend of eating.

I hate how I feel.

Sluggish.

Depressed.

Unhappy.

I'm ready to get back on track.

Operation

Operation "Minus 33 by 5/3" is in full effect.

Yes, my goal is to lose 8 more pounds by my college graduation for a total loss of...*drumroll please* 33 pounds!   I also hope to lose (and keep off) at least 5 inches in the next 6 weeks.

It's like I have rediscovered my motivation!

Return

After April 6, I will no longer be with WeightWatchers.

I know, I know. One week, I want to continue WW; the next, I am sick and tired of the program.

I signed up again for WW meetings on February 22.  I have opened the app three or four times since then.  I haven't been to a single meeting.

I just feel like I have outgrown the program. 

Genesis

Yesterday, I bought a 15-day supply of Herbalife.

Today, I stuck to the Herbalife diet plan.

Motivation

It's like I have completely lost my motivation.

The scale is slowly creeping back up. I hate that, but I feel out of control!

Just when I decided to cancel my WW subscription, I feel like I need it now more than ever.

Bet

I lost my first DietBet4.

Womp, womp.

Feedback

I saw 175.2 on Wednesday of last week.

Earlier today I was staring at 181...

What happened in a matter of a few days?

Life.

Not enough sleep.

Complacency.

But...

I'm starting over today.

I'm going to bed before 10:00pm.

I'm getting 30 minutes of cardio in every morning! (Fasted cardio, maybe?)

I'm having oatmeal, 2 slices of bacon, and a boiled egg for breakfast.

A Herbalife Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino for lunch. With my tea.

Another protein shake for dinner.

Oh yeah

I'm leaving WW...for now.

Mondays

I changed my weigh-in day for my app to Monday.

That will help keep me accountable.  I tend to splurge/binge the most on the weekend.

Feedback February

School is back in session, which means less time to blog and do other things I like to do.

But I'm back. 

Halt

Hey y'all!

It's great to be back.

I reached 25 pounds lost last Saturday (January 10)! I skipped my weigh in this Saturday (bummer), but I have maintained my loss.

Unfortunately, life has gotten in the way and I've been wavering between 180 and 182 since that weigh-in.

Weight

The results are in....

I gained 5 pounds last week.

I would be lying if I told you that I'm not a tad bit depressed.

Lord knows HOW I gained that much weight. I did snack a bit too much, and I nixed cardio workouts for Insanity Max:30.

Something HAS to change this week.

Intuition, Part II

For lunch today, I started with a salad with Vidalia onion vinegarette (it's my weakness). I left a few chunks of lettuce in the bowl.

Success. 

Then I moved on to my shrimp and sausage alfredo. I left a few pieces of penne pasta in the bowl. 

Success.

Intuition

This morning for breakfast, I decided to try some of the things I learned in this book about intuitive eating.

I went into the kitchen, turned off the TV and my phone, and fixed myself some oatmeal. I reached into the cabinet to get my green tea when I saw cookies. I immediately wanted cookies. So I got one white chocolate chunk macadamia nut cookie and one oatmeal raisin cookie.

Resolved, Part II

I bought myself a Kindle for Christmas.

I only have one book on my Kindle so far--"How to Have Your Cake and Skinny Jeans Too." 

I truly believe this book came into my life at the right time.