4.17.2015

Fitness Friday

Clever, right? I figured I haven't filled you in on my weight loss journey in a while, and if any of you are like me, I get inspiration, motivation, ideas, etc. from other people like me.

With that in mind, I figured I would start a little Fitness Friday series, and just share with you all my journey, bumps in the road, ideas, thoughts, you name it. Because lets face it- after we all try and stick to something for a few months we consider ourselves experts, right?!?! Kidding, kidding. I am no expert. Far from it. After all, if I were an expert I wouldn't be trying to change my lifestyle for the 6.593rd time.

So I have been doing Weight Watchers (seriously) since the beginning of the year. I "started" it mid December, which I think sort of helped me not indulge as much over the holidays. I didn't get seriously about it though until after the new year.

I took me a bit longer to get going this time around (I say this time around because I have done Weight Watchers several times). I think because in the past, I have dieted to the extreme, and in an unhealthy way, (including diet pills) which gave me instant weight loss (but no long term results). I wanted that instant gratification, which is something you don't get with Weight Watchers. BUT. You do get long term results, essentially a lifestyle change. Make sense? I just had to keep plugging away, and know that I may not lose 10 lbs in one week (totally healthy and normal, right?!?!) but I am doing it the right way.



So far I am down 20 lbs, which I know is excellent. In my mind, I would love to lose a good 30 more, but I know at this point in my life, my body can't get there, and if it does, staying there won't be a realistic way to live. I think everyone's body has a "happy" weight. I would say I am about 20-25 lbs away from my happy weight. That is realistic, that is totally doable and totally possible.

Here are some things I have learned or tried along the way so far that have helped me!!

~ZOODLES! If you are anything like me and love pasta, then it is a challenge for you to keep your portions in check. What I like about Weight Watchers is that I can still eat what I want, but sometimes I just.want.more. If you are unfamiliar, zoodles are noodles made from zucchini. I bought a zoodle maker on amazon and never looked back! I usually just cook them in olive oil with some minced garlic and add some chicken- delicious! I find this to be a great alternative. If you are worried you won't like it, just give it a try. I didn't think I liked zucchini, but cooked in some olive oil and garlic it is delicious!



~Water, water, water. This is sooooo hard for me, but it makes a huge difference. I just find I feel better, my body feels more cleansed when I drink more water. It is a battle I have with myself, but it's beneficial.

~Start the day with warm lemon water. I started doing this a few months ago and now it's part of my morning routine. I posted several months ago about essential oils, and how I started using them (still do, still love them-maybe even more). I use the lemon essential oil and put 2-3 drops in a mug of hot water. The benefits of starting the day with warm lemon water are amazing. Even if it isn't aiding in my weight loss journey, the other benefits that I am getting from it are totally worth it. I am telling you-do it. You will be thankful you did.

~Get cute workout clothes. I am telling you, something simple like this totally helps and motivates me. Now yes, there are times where I will wear my comfy yoga pants and an oversized tee, but I find I want to work out more when I have something cute to wear. It doesn't need to be anything fancy by any means. I love Fabletics (you can read about it here). Target also has a great selection. I have found success with both brands!



~You are going to screw up. It's bound to happen. I can't tell you how many days I have gone to bed disappointed in myself because I ordered a cheeseburger for dinner instead of the chicken and rice I had planned on ordering, or because I had 3 pieces of pizza instead of one piece and a salad. It happens-it's part of the journey. There have been soooo many times when, in the middle of my disappointment, where I have thought the heck with it all, I am content where I am at. Yet here I am, still plugging away, because the truth is, I am not ok with where I am at right now. You can't let your disappointment or slip ups end your journey. You will get through it, and it will be ok.

~On demand-I had no clue until earlier this week what a pretty decent selection of workout videos are available on demand. I am a big fan of Mari Winsor (Winsor Pilates), so the fact that I could get some of her workouts from my tv sold me on it. You should check it out!

Have a great weekend! I won't be posting as much next week- my husband and I are headed to Napa for the week to celebrate our anniversary! Woo hoooooooo!!

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting about this! I am at the beginning of my weight loss journey. {{sigh}} I gained back the 25-30 pounds I lost two years ago. I KNEW you looked thinner and I have been wondering what you were doing. Awesome job!!!!

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    1. That's so weird it was undeliverable!! Thanks for letting me know :) The beginning is always the hardest for me (and then the dreaded plateau). We can do this!!!!! :)

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  2. I'm not trying to lose weight but all these suggestions are great if you just want to be healthy! I've been wanting to try out zucchini noodles! I'm going to get that zoodle maker asap! And I know that water is so important but really hard to do. I set alarms every 2 hours and chug a water bottle now just to make sure I get enough water and I don't really have to think about it. Keep at it girl! I know you can lose the next 20 lbs!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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    1. I love the idea of the timer! I might have to try that! And the zoodle maker is so worth it!! Give it a try :)

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