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!

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!

My Struggle is Real……..Results!

One year ago from today ,I set out to prove to myself I could lose weight. I blogged everyday to help me stay accountable. I barely got any sleep last night thinking of everything I wanted to go over that I learned. 

First, I learned that the older you get the wiser you get. You also get more determined to conquer whatever you set out to do. This has something to do with the fact I seem to care less about what other people may think about me. Don’t get me wrong I still get upset if people don’t like me for no reason. It’s my life, my journey and if I’m not doing anything that interferes with my walk with Jesus or hurting anyone then I’m good to go.

 What did I actually set out to do? I set out to stop losing and gaining the same pounds over and over. I set out to be the strongest person I could be. I know age is just a number but my number last year was 42 and I felt 62. I’m 43 this year and sometimes I feel 43 and sometimes I feel 63. Today, I feel older due to the rain causing me pain. Don’t know how it does it but it really makes my body ache. I take vitamins to help conquer what aging throws at me. Turmeric and Fish oil do help. 

Life is what you make of it. If you say you can’t do something. Then you never will. I’ve learned instead of saying can’t you should say won’t. I won’t do a lot of things because I lack the desire. I can do anything I set out to do. I might not do them perfectly but I’ll do them. Trying and failing to do things is still an accomplishment because you went from not doing something to doing it the best way you could.

I’ve learned exercising is important. I also learned if I don’t like something ,I’m not going to do it for long. I tried jogging. I met my goal to jog three miles straight. But, after awhile it bored me. I started feeling like I was in a hamster wheel. I will still jog when the mood hits. I tried walking up the mountain. I actually love this but I can’t do it year around. I’m afraid of snakes in the summer. During hunting season I’d rather not take chances on being mistaken for a deer and then there’s the fear of freezing before reaching the top in the winter. So, what’s left I can do? I like to dance! I’m not great at it but I’ve always had a place in my heart to do it. The right music and I can burn them calories up. I love 80s music and now Latin music thanks to Zumba. I still sometimes can’t believe I went and got certified to teach Zumba. It took me awhile but I found the cardio for me. That’s what everyone needs to do. Find the cardio that works for them. I’m still working on stretching and doing weights. They are important but I do neglect them more than I should.

I’ve learned no matter how much I exercise if I don’t eat right I’m going to maintain my weight or worse, gain! The one thing I’ve tried to do this year is track my food and stay active for 30 minutes doing something if it was just walking in place. It’s not about dieting it’s about knowing what you’re consuming and how it will affect your health. 

I guess by now you want to know if I met my goal. I started off weighing 177 pounds. I weighed in this morning knowing I was not going to reach my goal of 145. Here are my results!


I was totally shocked. It’s actually a little under my goal. I thought for sure I’d be about two pounds away. I had a blog prepared about not reaching my goal. I met my goal barely. I have to admit that if I didn’t go low carb for the last few days ,I would not have reached my goal. It was extremely hard too. I love carbs! One day I had 88 carbs and the two other days I did about 50. The weird thing is my fat totals were over by 12 grams one day and 17 another. I guess my body can process fat but when it comes to carbs, sugar, and sodium it has a harder time. Everyone’s body is different. My advice is find what works for you. I won’t be doing low carb everyday but I think I’m going to try to stay in the 75-100 goal most days. I really like not waking up bloated. Also, if my carbs are lower my sugar and sodium are good too. 

My goal for the future is to maintain my weight and I wouldn’t mind if I lost ten more pounds. I realized I could’ve lost more weight but I also would have missed out on birthday cakes, lunch dates with my children, dinner with my family, social gatherings, and holiday treats and feasts. I never deprived myself during my diet. Except for the last three days! I didn’t want to diet. I wanted to be able to enjoy food in moderation no matter what it was. I won’t give up eating the foods I love. I might not eat as much of them but that just makes them more special when I do.  I can’t wait for dinner tonight because it’s spaghetti night. I think the statement ” it’s not what you eat but how much you eat” is very true. The only thing I gave up was diet pop. That was very hard to do and I still get cravings. It really did cause me to have more inflammation and pain in my body. I now drink Coke Life one to two times a week. 

I’m stronger than I was a year ago. I plan to get stronger and better every year. I always tell my husband I’m going to be like fine wine and get better with age. They say wine does anyway, I don’t drink so I’m not sure. I want to find new ways to be healthier and happier. Thanks to doing this, I now have clothes that are too loose and just right. No more too small. What really surprised me through all this. I was the only one who cared how big I was. My family still can’t believe I lost that much weight. They didn’t know I was overweight. They didn’t see my size they just saw me. They loved me for who I was not my looks. I think that is so sweet. It also proves you can’t lose weight for others you can only do it for yourself. You are the one that knows if you need to improve your health. You are the only one who will be putting in the work. It’s all up to you. The Struggle is a Real, but so worth it!

Start your journey today! Don’t wait to be the person you want to be. If you don’t want to blog to the world, start a daily journal. I also highly recommend the fitness pal app and a device to track your steps. It really made a difference for me.

Thanks to all who read, commented, and followed my blog! I hope this helps at least one person. 

I hope you have a great life!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

Here are my before and after pictures! No judgement please lol

Measurements: 

 chest started off at 42 inches ,now 38.5

Arms L 13-now 11.5 R 13.5 now 12 inches

Waist was 41.5 inches, now 37.5 

L Thigh was 25.5 now 22

R Thigh was 26 now 22.5

17.5 inches lost combined 

Day 365   My Struggle……….

Last diet/exercise blog!I will give my results and post about what I’ve learned in a years time tomorrow.

I’ve done good for my last day. I’ve had protein shakes, boiled eggs, cheese, and iced coffee for a treat and the caffeine. 

I had Zumba today so I also have my steps in for the day. I’m in a step challenge so I am going to see how many I can get in before midnight.

The first part of my day was yucky. It rained off and on and it was so dreary. I ended up taking a nap. Then I cleaned house. Zumba was great tonight. Lots of energy and lots of fun. I just hope my energy decreases or I’m going to be up all night from all the energy lol.

Have a great night!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

Day 364  My Struggle……….

My struggle today is getting in my steps. I have half of them in. I’m getting ready to go to church so the other half will have to wait. Maybe I’ll get them in later while watching TV.

I’ve been so tired today. I met my oldest this morning for coffee. We ended up going to the bookstore to get drinks because the Starbucks on campus was out of everything. I settled for water.

I’ve tallied up all my food for the day. I did pretty good. My fat grams are a little higher than I wanted. I figured out if my carbs ,sodium, and sugar are great my fat is over. I don’t believe I’ll ever have everything perfect in one day. So, I’m just trying to find a happy medium.

I better go finish getting ready! Have a great night!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

Day 363  My Struggle…….

Two more dieting days left! Well, what I’ll be blogging about anyway. Then my goal will be maintaining my weight and if I lose a few more that’d be okay too.

When I woke up this morning I didn’t feel well. My knee and ankles were bothering me. So I ended up taking a nap. I even went to bed early last night. Won’t be napping tomorrow though. I gotta go get groceries. 

I did a low carb diet today and I am going to continue it for the next two days. I don’t know if it will help with my results but, I’m going to try it. I’ll be sick of tuna, eggs, and cheese by then. I don’t know ,I really like cheese.

I got my steps in with 60 active minutes. Tomorrow, I don’t have Zumba so I’m going to have to work hard at getting my steps in.

Have a great night!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

Day 362  My Struggle………

What a fall like day we had here today. I don’t know if I’m ready to let summer go. I am looking forward to making a big pot of chili when it gets a little cooler.

Today was a day of cleaning, laundry, cooking, and Zumba. It’s been a good day though. I enjoy getting things done. 

I took no nap today. I’m trying to kick that habit. I want to start going to bed earlier and I can’t do that if I take nap during the day.

My eating has been good but a normal day. I still cut my calories but nothing extreme. I did use my measuring cup so I wouldn’t eat too much mashed potatoes and stuffing. I had 1/3 cup of both of those. Then I also had 1/2 a roll and some turkey. It’s hard to cook a good meal and not have any. 

I got in my steps with 60 active minutes for the day.

Last night I got into the peanut butter and I had a few little mini carmel apple milky ways. That was not good. That’s why I need to go to bed earlier. I won’t be eating late at night after the kitchen is supposed to be closed. Hopefully, I can control myself this evening.

Have a great night!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!