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!

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 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!

January 8th 2018…..How is your year so far?

I’ve been trying to make this a great year.

It is definitely going to be challenging but I am sticking to at least trying. It can’t hurt to try.

I have a calendar in my room. Each day I color code how the day went. I have Red for great, Pink for good, Blue for okay, and Black for bad. The first week of January I’m happy to say it has five pink and two red.

How awesome, right? Well, not really. It actually comes down to how you look at things. I’m sure if I took the same days and put them in 2017 there would be two pink and five blue. It sounds as though I lowered my standards this year. I’m actually just am trying to be more grateful. Being grateful and being more thankful for what God has given to you changes your outlook. It’s kinda like the glass half full verses the glass half empty.

I know with a lot of prayer and changing my attitude. I can have a great year. Is it going to be easy? No, it’s going to take a lot of work. However, just like anything else. The harder you work for something the more you appreciate it in the end.

Here’s to another week!

Thanks for reading and God Bless!

Thoughts about today

First thought today was…..it’s too cold!

Today, I started out my regular routine. I had laundry, cleaning and cooking to start off this new year.

I did have a good day even though I had plenty of work to do. Finding happiness in a day can be hard sometimes, but today was pretty easy.

I got a Instant Pot for Christmas. I’ve already used it three times. I really like it so far. I’ve made beans, meatballs, and today chili. I love that you can sauté before pressure cooking all in one pan.

My younger kids are still on Christmas break till Thursday. My oldest is home from college/work till tomorrow. I really enjoy having all my family home.

Today, I feel amazing compared to last week. I either had a very bad cold or flu and on top of that pink eye. My son had been sick and he passed it on to me along with the pink eye. Which he got from school before break. It took me five days before I got it.

My husband and I had our 17th anniversary yesterday. I was so happy to feel well enough to go out to eat. I only had runny nose and slightly red eye. My symptoms are almost all gone. Which is a good I was afraid I was going to start this year sick. Many prayers and zinc was the best medicine.

I still love my Fitbit. My old one died and I didn’t get a new one till after Thanksgiving. I bought it online on Black Friday. I was so happy to have one again. I got the Alta this time with heart rate. I like it so much. Last week was the first time I fell below 100,000 steps for a week. I only got a little over 40,000 which was very bad. Today, I am back on track and I reached my goal of 12,500.

Nothing exciting for the first day of 2018. It’s just been a good, ordinary day. Which is fine by me! Because, my goal is to find something good in every day!

Thanks for reading and God Bless!

Day 326  My Struggle………

Went to church this morning. Came home and I got sleepy. I fought taking a nap though. I cleaned the kitchen counter tops and laundry room instead. It was starting to look cluttered and I do not like clutter. 

I’ve done well on my calories today. I ended up going over last night. I knew I would regret it this morning but I still gave into my food cravings. Hopefully, not enough to effect my weight loss. 

I just finished getting in my steps with 65 active minutes. My husband and kids went down to the church with me to walk. It started out pretty warm but the clouds started coming in and it helped cool it down some.

All in all it’s been a blessed day!

Hope you have a blessed evening!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!