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Slowly Making Progress

I am slowly making progress in all aspects of my life. Our house is slowly coming together. We have a few things we want to do this weekend to finish up the basement, we still need to pressure wash the house and front porch and I have the never ending task of mowing the front lawn. Yes, I mow the lawn once a week unless it’s raining. I’m hoping to get out there this evening before it gets dark to mow the lawn. Kevin has to work tomorrow for about 3 hours in the morning. So once he gets home from that we’re going to do our normal weekend errands (grocery shopping, school supplies, gas, etc).

I am slowly making progress on my weight loss efforts. When we moved into our house I gave up drinking soda all day long. I occasionally get a 20 oz soda here and there, but I’ve basically given it up. I went 2 whole weeks without a single soda!!!! In the last 2 months that we’ve been in our house, I’ve lost 15 lbs!!! I’m more aware of my how many miles I walk each day thanks to my FitBit Flex. I’m also getting rewarded for all those miles I’m walking via AchieveMint. You get rewarded with MONEY to log your food intake, your sleep, your step count, etc. Talk about easy, I just set up my FitBit and then use MyFitnessPal app to track my food intake and then connected all the apps to my AchieveMint account. So that’s pretty motivating, that I’m earning money while getting healthy.

Yesterday, I took a walk with Zachary and Ryleigh in the double stroller, my calves burned so bad by the time I got back to the house. The terrain in our neighborhood is horrible, a lot of gravel and dirt and partially paved roads. There are also a ton of hills; REALLY STEEP HILLS. So I’m getting a really great workout every morning when I take the kids on a walk. We’re going to keep doing a daily walk for as long as the weather holds out this fall and winter. I don’t want Zachary and Ryleigh outside if it’s too cold, but we’re going to attempt to walk around the neighborhood even in November. We’ll just have to bundle up. If it’s too cold, we’ll just have to put the stroller in the truck and go to the mall and walk 3 miles, it will just suck because I’m hoping that the uneven and rough terrain is going to help me get to where I want to be faster than any flat surface/terrain.

My life has been super boring lately, Kevin’s been working a lot doing Annual Preventative Maintenance at one of their sites in Virginia. Each Generator takes 12 hours to shut down, do their APM work and then for the engineers to start them back up and do an hour long load banking test to make sure nothing has failed or is wrong with the unit. That’s what he’s been doing all week and has 2 more weeks after that, then he’s headed out of state for 4 days, comes back for the weekend and then heads out of state again for another week. He really misses out on a lot of things, but we know we both have to make sacrifices to provide for our family.

Eventually, all of our current stressors will be dealt with, the house will be in order and we’ll feel at peace when we’re spending time at home. Until then, we’re just going to keep doing things little by little, we’re still slowly making progress.  And I’m slowly but surely making progress towards my weight loss goals.

If you’re struggling with anything, just keep reminding yourself that you have to take it one day at a time.

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Planning for the Future

If you haven’t guessed it already, I’m into planning. I try and plan everything. I like concrete plans and details. It is just who I am. I used to be more go with the flow but having 5 kids really had gotten me to work towards a schedule, that way everyone gets to do things that they want to do. So I’m planning for the future, the near future.

I have spent the better half of 3 years fighting an uphill battle with my weight. Since I had Zachary in June of 2012, I have struggled to drop the excess weight I gained in 2011-2012. After having Ryleigh, I lost all of my pregnancy weight in 3 weeks! BUT I gained some of it back after moving. The stress really got to me, I couldn’t find the time to workout regularly. I always had an excuse. I’m tired of the excuses when it comes to my health. So I’m planning for the future, my future.

I have several goals that I want to achieve, but first and foremost, I want to be healthy for the sake of my children. I want to be more active with them. Airsoft wars with the little boy who gave me so much strength and taught me so much in the last 12 years. Gymnastics practice with my 1st daughter, the one I so hoped would be a little boy because I wasn’t ready to raise a daughter. I thought I’d somehow fail her as a mother because I grew up a tomboy. Dance classes with my spunky little spudlet. T-ball with my terror and tumbling with my littlest love. I want so bad to be able to keep up with them, but my body is telling me otherwise.

I need to get my physical health back on track, so I can be a more active part in their lives. No more excuses. The only thing that’s holding me back right now… is space.

So I’m planning for the future… making my plans, getting all my supplies, getting all my thoughts together and slowly working towards the day that I can start working out. My plans are to start working out within the first month after we move into our home. I like to start things on the 1st of a month, so if we move in as soon as we close then I’ll be starting on July 1st. If not, we’ll I start on the 1st day of the following month.

I’m ordering meal prep containers. I’m one of those people who will fix food for her kids and then not feed herself. So my goal is to prep my meals and snacs each morning while I’m dealing with the kids breakfast and school lunches (during the school year). I’m going to keep track of my eating, my exercise, my water intake (which is something I struggle with), and pretty much everything possible. I’d like to do videos for my Vlog channel, but we’ll have to see how that goes. I’m currently not recording any videos because I’m still searching for the software that I had on my desktop when it crashed. I had the disks somewhere, I just need to locate them.

If I want to get anywhere in my life and be a positive example for my children, I need to stop putting things off. I need to stop feeling sorry for myself and my weight gain. I need to get off my ass and do something about it. Stop looking for quick fixes and just do the work… the hard work. It will all pay off in the end.

I need to stop stuffing my face with food that has very little nutritional value and actually eating clean. No more fast food, no more sodas (okay, okay… just once in a while I’ll drink a soda). I need to cut out the excess sugar and calories. I need to stop sitting on my ass all day and thinking it’s just going to disappear without me doing anything. Okay, so I really don’t think it’s going to disappear without me doing anything… in case you were wondering. I actually understand why I’m not losing weight. It’s because I’m stuck in the same rut, I’ve been in for almost 2 full years. I’m not sure if it’s untreated post-partum depression but somedays I don’t even want to get out of bed. Every day can be a struggle, but I want to change that. I want to move forward with my life. I want to be healthy, physically and mentally.

With the house we’re buying, I’ll be able to put the treadmill in the family room. So I can keep an eye on the littlest two while I workout. I also plan on using T25 since I already have it and once I’ve completed T25 at least once (maybe twice) then I’ll move on to Insanity.

I plan on investing in an Obsidian slideboard because it’s easy on the knee joints. My knees are really weak, so I’m hoping to work on strengthing my joints while losing weight. I also want to get Kangoo Jumps. I know… I know. Crazy fad toys to play with. But if it makes “exercising” fun, then I won’t realize just how much I’m working out and want to keep doing it. That makes it so much easier on me. I hate when working out feels like a chore. So if it’s fun, I’m in!

I’d also like to see about getting 22 Minute Hard Corps and Hammer and Chisel from BeachBody. Not all workouts are going to be fun or even easy. But these two will help me tone and gain muscle. I can’t do them all at once, but I think it would be nice to rotate between these two programs on a weekly basis.

I cannot give up this time. I know how I am. If I don’t see results pretty much immediately, then I give up. In my head, I know I shouldn’t give up when I don’t see results, but I just cannot help it. It’s frustrating, to say the least. I never really had a problem with my weight as an adult. In my mid-teen years, I took Kung fu classes with my brother, I walked to work before I got my license, I was really active. I went from weighing 178lbs in 2000 to weighing 130 lbs in 2001. At that time, I felt good in my own skin. Now… not so much! But after having 5 kids, I’m going to have loose skin… I’ll just have to get a tummy tuck when I drop all my excess weight and have kept it off for at least a year. Maybe that will be my 35th birthday present to myself (I better start saving now). I’m petrified of surgery and recovery, so I’m hoping that I can avoid surgery at all costs.

Because I am so impatient, I’m ready to move. I’m ready to start working out again. I’m ready to see some results on the scale and in the way my clothes fit. I’m not just about a # on the scale. But I do have an actual goal set for my weight. I also have a size goal set. That way, I’m not bound to either one of them. I just want to reach one of them. Whichever happens first.

I’m really looking forward to what’s in store for me, as I lose this excess weight. I’m looking forward to feeling happy with my physical appearance and the growth of my physical strength. Nothing but myself is stopping me from reaching my goals. I’m going to keep on planning for the future and my success.

Do you have any goals regarding your health or wellbeing? If so, leave me a comment below. I’d love to know that I’m not alone in my quest for better health.

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90 Day Fitness Challenge

I know I haven’t posted in a while… so I figured, I’d post about my 90 Day Fitness Challenge. I start tomorrow September 1st. My goal is to eat healthy, drink more water (only 1 soda a day until I can kick the habit) and work out for 90 days! I’m doing this in hopes that I’ll be able to make working out and eating healthy on a consistent basis after the 90 days. Have you recently taken part in a 90 Day Fitness Challenge? Know someone who has? Please give me hope and motivation that I can make it to the end of my 90 Day fitness challenge.

I made a weight loss board out of a 24×30 poster frame and charts/calendars that I created on my computer. I then put all the sheets of paper in the poster frame and wrote on it with dry erase markers. That way once I complete my 90 day challenge, I can continue to use the board without taking any of the pages out. I bought a second frame that is a different size, that I plan on using for motivational pictures/Quotes that I’m working on having printed. Hopefully I’ll have them printed in the next two weeks. Once I do, I may post a video or photos of my Weight Loss Board.

In case you were wondering what’s on my Weight Loss Board… Well I’ll be happy to tell you.

I have a chart that has my current weight and my goal weight with every single pound listed in between there. Every 10th lb down from my current weight is BOLD, so I can easily say… I’ve lost XX lbs without really having to think to much about it.

I have a reward chart… for every XX lbs I can buy something new or treat myself to something (manicure/pedicure, new makeup, new workout shoes, etc) with the final goal being a whole new wardrobe (meaning 7 to 10 pairs of pants, 7 to 10 shirts, 7 to 10 bras/underwear, 5 pairs of shorts, a few sweaters/sweatshirts, and some pajamas). I can’t wait to wear blue jeans where I feel confident and sexy in them! I may be a mom of 5 kids, but I should be able to feel sexy. That’s my right as a woman!

Then I have three calendars set up for the next 90 days. On each day, I have a workout planned out for 90 days (already). I know if I pre-plan things are more likely to happen, so I sat down over the weekend and just wrote it all out.

Then I have one chart that has all my measurements for each body part (neck, left arm, right arm, chest, waist, hips, butt, left thigh, right thigh, left calf, right calf), since I hope to keep this up after the initial 90 days… I actually made the chart to track my measurements until July 1, 2016.

The last calendar I have in it is because I’m planning on using the last of my It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator Wraps from when I was a distributor. Tuesdays are weigh-in days (mostly because I’m starting on a Tuesday and ending my 90 Day Challenge on Tuesday December 1), so I planned wrapping days to be on Wednesdays. I guess I picked Wednesday’s because Thursdays are busy days, every other Friday is date night with Kevin, and Saturday’s we run errands as a family, Sunday’s are when we clean up after each week (the kids clean their rooms, we clean ours, and then we clean up our trucks). Monday’s we’re just getting in the groove for a good week. So since everything else was already taken… it just became easy to pick Wednesday.  So I’ll be wrapping every Wednesday until I run out of wraps. If anyone is interested in getting their hands on some, here is my favorite distributor (Janelle).

So you’re probably wondering what I’m doing for workouts!
I’m an obsessive Amazon shopper (I buy almost all the kids Christmas gifts on Amazon since 2010)… so I hopped on Amazon and found some Jillian Michael’s DVD’s that got good reviews. She’s kind of known for her 30 day DVD’s… so here are the 3 I purchased. I plan on alternating them daily. So one day I’ll do 30 day shred, then shred it with weights, and then ripped in 30. Then the next month, I change the days I do the workouts, so my body isn’t getting completely used to the workout schedule. I’ll do this until my 90 days is up!


I grabbed a few hand weights, a medicine ball, a workout mat, resistance bands, a speed rope and a few other things. Plus I purchased a new Polar Fitness Watch since my original one is stuck in a storage unit in Maryland. So I ended up with the Polar FT80.

I finally convinced Kevin to purchase a Double Jogging Stroller. I plan on taking it out for a walk every single day with Zachary and Ryleigh after lunch.
Depending upon weather and temperature, of course.

 

While I have a specific weight loss goal, I’m not going to list it on here. I want to be realistic in my goals, so I’m trying to not focus on the weight on the scale. But more on how my clothes fit and by my body’s response to the loss of whatever weight I lose.

I purposely stopped buying junk food (no more Oreo’s, Twinkies, etc), I bought twice the amount of fruit I’ve been buying every week, some goes in the kids lunches… I eat the rest. I didn’t buy anymore soda when I went shopping this past weekend, because I know that if I buy it I’ll end up drinking it. So I just plan on finishing up the soda I have in the house (1 soda at a time, limit of 1 per day), my goal is to kick the soda habit all together.

I really hope that I can keep up this 90 day challenge. I’ve always quit, never started, or just can’t reign in my eating and soda drinking habits. So my husband is supposed to help keep me motivated and working towards my goals. Rumor has it that he thinks it would be nice to take me on a trip the the Caribbean for our 5 year anniversary in April of 2016. But I’m not sure how I feel leaving my babies for a trip like that. Plus, I’m not sure I’ll be at my ultimate goal by the time we celebrate our anniversary. Hell our anniversary is only 215 days away. So we’ll have to see. It would honestly dependent upon a few factors (childcare for 5 kids, my weight loss goals, finances, etc).  So we’ll see. But it’s a nice thing to think about being a reward for reaching my ultimate fitness goal.

I look forward to doing update blogs about my weight loss, maybe I’ll post my before photos the progress of each month. But we’ll see when I get through my 1st 30 days.

In case you were wondering, I’m excited about my 90 Day Fitness Challenge, but at the same time I’m terrified that I’m going to fail at reaching any of my goals during this challenge. So please leave me some love.

Well I’m off to fix myself a healthy breakfast. If you’re on a weight loss/fitness journey, please leave a comment below. I’d love to make friends with others who are in the same boat as I am in. Again, Please join me on my 90 Day Fitness Challenge! We can be each others support and motivation to keep on working out and eating healthy for the next 90 days!