Weigh day!

For all of my fellow Tuesday meeting goers, how did your weigh day go? If not good on the scale, what non-scale victory are celebrating? Maybe that pair of pants you’ve had hidden in that bottom drawer are now fitting, maybe that doughnut you gave up when providing them for your daughter’s cheerleading team (I can relate!), or maybe even just the simple victory that despite the week you had, you still decided to show up. That takes guts! No matter where you are in your weight loss journey or how you did this past week, today is a new day! A new opportunity to do better. I applaud you!

  

Enough of me rambling on although I am hopeful someone finds good use of my rambles, I went to my meeting expecting good results. I have stuck to it this week and really focused. Boy was it worth it! I am down 2.4 pounds this week. I am 3 pounds away from another 5 lb star and 8 pounds away from my 10% weight loss charm! That’s something to be proud of and celebrate! 

This week we discussed our “why.” Why did we start, why do we continue the program, and what’s our why for staying motivated? Once I get mine all filled in (which I am a huge fan of the new weight tracker which is now our “success story”) then I will share mine with you. Think about it though.. what is your why?

Until next time friends, xo!

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Weight Watchers

This past week I didn’t go to my meeting because I’ve been in training but the meeting before this last one I was up 0.4 which most people would frown about but instead, I celebrated non scale victories. What are non scale victories? Special milestones during your weight loss journey that aren’t measured by a scale such as, getting into that smaller pair of jeans, wearing a medium shirt instead of a large, feeling energized because of the amount of sleep you’ve been getting, and even the time you took fresh hot ‘n now doughnuts to your child’s practice because it was their birthday and you didn’t even have one. Yep, I was celebrating that one for sure! It’s tough to pass up the best doughnut ever, Krispy Kreme. So despite not being able to attend this week’s meeting I have been sticking to my points and look forward to next week’s meeting!

 

Weight Watchers 

Hi friends! I just realized that here I am starting week three and I haven’t updated you on my first two weigh-ins. First of all though, how are you doing and did you decide to embark on this healthier lifestyle journey along with me? I sure hope so, nothing better than holding each other accountable and providing support and motivation!

Week 1 weigh in (last Tuesday): -5.4 lbs.!! Trust me when I say this, I was amazed! I had been at the lake for vacation and although I tracked my food intake, there was still a couple times I helped myself to the local restaurant right along side with my family members. Needless to say though, I ate and when I say I ate, I ate all the time. TONS of zero point fruits! Not only did I have a great weigh in, I also earned a 5 lb. star! It’s the little rewards that keep us going and itching for more, isn’t it? 

 
Week 2 weigh in (today): -1.8 lbs.!! Not as big of a loss as last week but still a celebratory loss. I am really proud of myself because in just two weeks I am already just 2.8 lbs away from my first goal of 5%. That’s huge! 

Some of my favorite things these days are

  • Smart Ones microwaveable meals
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Weight Watchers Mini Vanilla Cones
  • Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate granola bars

 

You guys, it’s doesn’t have to be all WW brand in order for you to be successful either. Guess what I ate last night for dinner? A Pizza Hut Veggie Lovers personal pan pizza! YES, totally serious. It wasn’t only delicious but very filling, too. I just tracked the points on my app and was good to go.

Today for lunch I had a Smart Ones pepperoni pizza and a Walmart brand grilled chicken Caesar salad. 14 points plus value together and just look at this yumminess.

 

Seriously, it’s never too late. No better time than now. Still enjoy the foods you love, just be more accountable and see results. If I can do it then I most definitely know that YOU CAN do it, too!

Would love to hear from you and how your journey is going or what is holding you back from taking that first step. Who’s going to be the brave one to post first? Ready, set, GO!… 

PointsPlus! *Modified 07/20/15*

I am excited to share that I am a member of Weight Watchers. Yep, I’m going to be attending weekly meetings and following the points plus system. Any of you currently in Weight Watchers or thinking of joining? I’d love to have you as a sidekick along this journey. I’ll check in with you all throughout the process and would love for you to do the same!

*Modified 07/20/15*

It’s official guys, tomorrow morning is my first Weight Watchers meeting and I am so excited about this lifestyle change and journey to a better me that I had to update y’all. I even splurged tonight on some of those ooey-gooey Cinnabon delights from Taco Bell. So yeah, kudos to those of you who are also beginning this lifestyle change and I can’t wait to check in with each of you throughout the journey. Happy tracking!!

  

4-Week Challenge: Full Body

Here’s a 4-week beginner full body challenge that found on Pinterest. The original website it came from was http://www.skinnymom.com and I revamped the challenge picture. I don’t want to take any credit for the challenge, just the revamped photo. So, I’ll include both:

Original version found on Pinterest:

Revamped version:


Here’s to a good challenge to get myself in shape, are you in?

Happy New Year!

2015 is quickly approaching and when it arrives, I will be oceanfront with my two biggest fans. For the last few years, we’ve made it a tradition to ring in the new year at the beach. It’s not about laying out in the sun and catching waves because obviously at the end of December and beginning of January, its way too frigid for that. It’s about a getaway, a renewal, a refresh of the mind and soul. It’s about spending time with those whom my heart loves most. It’s about making memories, regardless if you’re walking around in jackets and toboggans. The ocean is a cleanse no matter what time of year or season, or at least it is for us.

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Is it something done each year traditionally or out on a whim depending on your mood? I would love to hear what you’ll be getting into and what, if any, resolutions you have. I have quite a few myself although I prefer to call them lifestyle changes for the new year, not a resolution because we all know, resolutions get broken. Mine consists of:

  • Growing closer to God through art, design, and journaling. (You’ll see posts regarding my journaling Bible experience, hope you’ll be inspired and join in as well!)
  • Making fitness and healthy eating habits, and sticking to them. (Along with the majority of the world.)
  • Attending our home Church EVERY Sunday unless (a.) we’re out-of-town, (b.) we’re sick, or (c.) circumstance out of our control. (I haven’t been attending regularly and just have allowed being busy to keep me from going, no more!)
  • Saving money better than I have been. (I plan to follow the 52-week challenge – see post below.)
  • Memorize 24 verses. (I am going to give the Siesta Scripture Memory Team by Living Proof Ministries a shot.)

Seems like a lot but in reality, it’s all doable and makes way for a positive lifestyle. I’m really looking forward to it and will periodically post how well I’m doing in each of the 5 bullet points. I also look forward to reading about your plans for the upcoming year and how you’re doing so please feel free to share.

Here’s to a Happy New Year! Stay safe and smile a lot.

Updates, opinions welcome!

If you haven’t noticed, I like change. I get bored with the same stuff over a long period of time. I like to keep things interesting. So.. I’m tinkering around with the appearance of the blog once again. Please, those of you who read often and visit the site, what are your thoughts and opinions of the new header? I found the image on Google and added my own font to it. I’m definitely more of a beginner blogger, but blogger nonetheless.

Looking forward to the feedback!