Just the way I am!

Last year, Easter was two weeks away and I wanted so much to fit into a dress I had in my closet for over a year. This year I’ve done nothing but kick myself for gaining half my weight loss back. I’ve had many do over weeks but something always happens and I mess up. Usually, its weather related or stress. My two biggest obstacles I have when trying to lose weight.

Today, I got out that dress and decided to put it on (if possible). I put it on without any shape wear. Made me feel a lot better about myself. Of course today’s picture isn’t as nice as last yrs. but I have no make up on, my hair is not fixed, and I did mention no shape wear.

Here is the picture so u can see for yourself.

I learned that my weight will go up and down. I have to want to lose weight to lose it. It’s not easy to lose but so easy to gain. I can reach my goal again. I am who I was a year ago if not better. I may let the scale intimidate me but I always come out a winner in the end! Nobody, looks good all the time. Pictures are deceiving. Happiness comes from the inside not the outside. I’m just the way I am!

Have a great day! Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

Hurry Up Spring

It’s been a little over three weeks since my last blog.

My life has been uneventful. I don’t mind though. The older I get the more I enjoy being home. We have had a few teaser spring days since my last blog. Supposed to have a few more the next few days just for it to be taken away the day after spring officially arrives.

Daylight savings time is here and that makes me happy. It’s crazy that one hour forward makes some people happier and others not so much. I’m not a morning person so that must be why I like the longer evenings.

I’ve been doing Zumba on Mondays. It’s a good workout. I try to take walks when it’s warm enough. I was jogging then the weather stopped cooperating and I was forced to stay in. Okay maybe forced is a strong word but I don’t like cold weather. It makes me hurt all over. Another annoying thing about getting older. This week I had ZUMBA class twice. There was a group of college kids in for spring break. They liked Mondays class so I had an extra class for them today. They were so sweet. Kinda, felt young for awhile there.

Tomorrow, I’m going Easter dress shopping with my youngest. I have to say I am quite upset with myself. I have not lost any weight I gained. I have been losing and gaining the same four pounds over and over. I took a whole year to lose weight got where I needed to be just to gain half of it back. I had my picture taken today and a side view is never really a good angle. Today, was no exception to that. I was so disgusted in myself. Maybe it was the kick in the pants I needed to get back on track.

This week I have done good. No eating after 7:30 and I am trying to plank at least 30 seconds a day. It’s a challenge we’re doing in a group.

I know I am whining a lot but this is real. Where I logged my weight with the Fitness Pal app for the last few years I notice a pattern. I am always heavier in the winter than any other season. I am the smallest by the end of summer and early fall. Which coincides with I’m happier during the times I’m smallest and kinda depressed in the winter lol.

I just thought I’d share in case someone else might be feeling like me. I might get knocked down but I always get up. One of these days I’m going to stay up. I just gotta figure out how.

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

My Struggle is so real!

I thought that January was a rough month till February came. The first 1/2 anyway. I had the winter blues for a few days. Our weather is crazy. It was cold one week then we had rain the next and that caused some flooding in the area. Thank goodness I’m on top the mountain.

The past couple days have been awesome. The sun has been out and the temperature is in the mid 70’s. Now, I can actually get outside and relieve built up tension by walking or jogging.

I also need to get off this weight I gained back. It’s crazy, it took a year to lose enough weight for me to feel happy and comfortable with my appearance and I felt pretty healthy too. In three months I gained back half of what I lost. Many factors contributed. Holiday goodies, weather, lack of sleep, and a lot of stress. Let’s be real though. The biggest problem is I ate way more than necessary. It had nothing to do with burning calories because I still managed getting a workout inside the house. I just ate too much food that was bad for me. I let my emotions take over and I would eat junk food to make me feel better. Now I have to work extra hard to get in shape again.

You ever wonder about those that look like their lives are put together? Do they really enjoy getting up in the morning and exercising? Do they make mistakes? Do they not have stress? Is their life that perfect? My guess is no because perfection is really something you try to get but doesn’t really exist. That’s my opinion anyway. The closest to perfection is doing your best! So, I just have to ask myself everyday, was that the best you could do?

Thanks so much for reading and be the best you can be! God Bless!

Walking the dog, An Adventure or Workout

My dog Bear is a Great Pyrenees. He’s about seven. We had him on a shock collar but he got where he couldn’t hear it over vehicles and take off after tires ,four wheelers, anything really loud. Don’t worry he didn’t feel the shock due to fur. The noise is what he always went by.

Then we left him loose and if you know the breed they like to make a large circle. He always came home and that was good until he started harassing neighbors lol. Most people fear him because of his size and bark but he’s just a big baby.

Our next thing is trying to get a long cable put up. Hopefully, he won’t break it.

I thought it was time to leash train him. I tried yrs ago but it didn’t work well. I got leash burn. This time I bought a two handle padded leash.

Today, we tried it out. It was a bit of a struggle due to him wanting to run. I managed to keep a hold of him. He actually let me for the most part. He jumped on me a few times but not with full force or I’d been on the ground. He’s taller than I ham when he’s on two legs. He really is a gentle giant.

I just had muddy paw prints all over me by time I got home lol.

I know this dog could of got away if he really wanted to and there was a few times I had to hold on and pull back to keep from being dragged. I took treats to give him when he was being good and listening. Then our trip ended in a small adventure lol. My workout today ended up being walking the dog. The cardio version would be jogging down the hill due to the fact I had my cat follow me halfway up the mountain. Then I see two dogs (thankfully, my dog didn’t see or hear one growl) because he’s a little older and slower than he used to be. I hollered NO twice they turned and went the other way and I slowly turned to go home. Trying not to show fear until I couldn’t see them anymore. Then I decided we should jogged our butts home. While my dog and cat remained clueless lol 😂 I should mention he did great jogging down the mountain!

Need a workout? I suggest get a big dog or walk someone’s for them lol.

My Fitbit registered it as a elliptical workout and I burned 352 calories 😊

Thanks for reading and God Bless!

It’s February ( how’s the resolutions going?)

It’s a month into the year and by this time most people have forgotten the resolutions they made or gave up because they couldn’t stick to them. There is still the few that remains that hate to give up and be considered a failure.

I’m still sticking to mine with a few bumps in the road. I hate giving up. I also try to not make any resolutions out of my comfort zone in fear of failing.

I’m still trying to see the good in everyday no matter how bad it was. This week was quite the challenge but I managed to find the silver lining. Sometimes right before midnight but nonetheless found ways to be grateful.

My exercise/diet challenge is a little harder. When it comes to cardio I’m great but eating is another story. I did good last week till the weekend. My youngest had a birthday on Saturday, my husband on Sunday, and there was homemade cookies my youngest had to bake for 4h. It was sugar-land at my house.

Eating good some days and very bad the other days has sent my body into turmoil. My IBS/C has been excruciating the last few days. Excuse me for this topic but if you have it then you’ll understand. I don’t remember having this much pain (feels like knife in side) for more than a few days. It will be a week tomorrow I’ve been dealing with it. I’m going to give it a few more days then I guess I’ll have to go to the DR.

The weather has been quite crazy here too in Tn. One minute it’s raining the next snowing. I am ready for spring. I don’t really believe in Groundhog Day but it’s fun to watch on TV. However, in case he could be right, I hope Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow tomorrow.

I’m trying to get back to jogging but this weather is not making it easy. I am doing Zumba classes again on Mondays. It’s supposed to snow this coming Monday. I hope it waits till after class. No matter how hard I try I can’t seem to make friends with winter. Maybe we will get along better the last few weeks before spring comes. It’s like having a house guest you can’t wait to get rid of. Like how before they leave you get excited and get along with them knowing they will soon be gone. Which to tell the truth, Summer is the only season I hate to see go.

I guess I’m starting to ramble so that should be my cue to wrap things up.

I hope February is a great month! I love a Valentine’s Day. I try to make treats for my family. Then my oldest has a birthday this month. I think every month has a couple days where dieting is out the window. Problem is, we can take one holiday or birthday and celebrate it more than once. We’re crazy like that.

Have a great night! Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

January 22 ’18 ( Time to diet/exercise again)

This month is almost over!

I feel pretty good about how this month has gone so far. Considering that every time I turn around something needs fixed. If it’s not the central heat n air it’s a vehicle needing worked on. Least I have a home and transportation. That is how I’m trying to refocus my thoughts. Otherwise , I’d be mad and stressed all the time. Kinda like last year!

Today, I started back dieting/exercise till I reach my goal weight again. I somehow made a wrong turn over the holidays and stayed lost with the cold weather and stress as my navigators. I was pretty bummed about gaining weight back. I didn’t gain all of it back thank goodness. I was still pretty bummed though. However, I was not alone. Many people even famous people have gained some weight in the last few months. They too are working at getting back to their best self.

That’s how I’m looking at it. I’ve got to get back to my best self. My goal is to be there by Easter. Which is April 1 this year. I really do not like the idea Easter being on April fools day but it’s just how the moon phases. Seriously, it goes by the moon. Lol

My diet has been really good today. Exercise was good too but that’s really not my weak area. Eating is my weakness. I planned out my menu yesterday for today. It really was a big help. The rest of the week will be about the same. On the weekends I do plan to do moderation and eat what I’d like. My youngest and husband both have birthdays this weekend.

I resisted eating goulash and rolls tonight. Instead I had cauliflower and kidney beans with a slice of whole wheat bread and a boiled egg. Breakfast was easy I just did a protein shake with a cup of spinach. You can’t even taste the spinach. Lunch was raspberries and yogurt. For one of my snacks I made a mixture of baked chick peas, Cheerios, cashews, and 7 dark chocolate chips. It sounds weird but it was good. I ate it while waiting on the kids to get out of school. It was approximately 225 calories. Then for doing so good before I closed the kitchen I had a fiber one brownie for a treat. I’ve not been hungry all day. I had no mindless eating either. Now, if I can get through the rest of evening today will be a success.

I just hope I can sleep tonight. I’m trying to work on getting at least seven hours of sleep a night. Seems like no matter how tired I am I can’t rest. I’m hoping exercising in the morning instead of evening and no late night eating will help with that.

Hope you have a good week!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

January 16th 2018

The month is a little halfway over. My life feels busy but when I dissect it and look at it, it’s kinda boring lol. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life for the most part. Other than paying bills and things tearing up. I don’t like that part.

I am going to start teaching Zumba classes at the end of the month again. Just going to do one class a week for now. So, when I’m not cooking or cleaning I’m practicing new songs for my class.

Doing great at getting in my Fitbit step goal in. I aim for 12,500 steps at least. My eating has been very bad. I made the best homemade chocolate chip cookies last week. Big mistake! I think I ate almost two dozen in three days. I wasn’t the only one, not that it makes it right. It just makes me feel better knowing I wasn’t the only one who made a pig of themselves.

I took my youngest to get her ears pierced for an early birthday present. Then we had a girls lunch with my oldest at the Cheesecake Factory. I knew my calories would be outrageous but I had know idea how outrageous till I came home and put it in my Fitness Pal App. We had pasta, bread and cheesecake. We were celebrating remember. Good thing we don’t celebrate like this a lot. I had so many calories that my app told me if I ate like that everyday for five weeks I’d gain 14 pounds. First time it ever told me that I’d gain weight lol. This is why I should have kept track of my food during the holidays. Maybe, I wouldn’t be needing to shed a dress size now.

I don’t regret going but I should of only ate half and brought the other half home. I’ve not ate much today. I’m trying to break even on the calories.

The kids had a snow day today and they have another one tomorrow. I think we have enough snow to go sledding tomorrow, if it isn’t too cold. If it’s too cold to play outside I guess we will have to play board games indoors.

Have a great night!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!