1. While Your Cooking - chewing gum while your cooking will keep you from snacking as you cook, especially if you are baking. How many times have you finished a meal just to realize that your not hungry because you have munched on the meal the entire time you were cooking?
2. When You're Finished Eating - I read somewhere that this is what Kim Kardashian does to lose weight. I don't know if that is true or not, but the idea is a good one. If you're at a restaurant and you have decided you are full, start chewing on a piece of gum. Having the mint flavor in your mouth will make anything additional taste funny. Not to mention you will be chewing, so you will feel like you are still eating.
3. When You Workout - I recently had a cold and was coughing up a lung. I didn't want to miss boot camp, but any time I got my heart rate up I would start coughing uncontrollably. My trainer offered me a piece of gum... and that did the trick! I don't know if it was the chewing or the mint or something else entirely, but it worked. So don't skip a workout just because you're coughing. It's no longer an excuse!
4. During The Afternoon Snack Attack - you know what I'm talking about. That time right around 3, when you're not really hungry, but you just feel the need to grab a snack. Yeah, it's not just you. I think we all do that. Don't eat, chew gum. It will get you through till you can get home and start dinner.
In all of my years of trying to lose weight these are a few of the tricks I picked. Do you have any tricks you use to keep you from overeating or snacking? I would love to hear them!
Today I am linking up for my weigh in! You might be asking yourself "where has she been?" I know, I know, I haven't posted in 3 weeks. We have been so incredibly busy, but now we are getting back in the swing of things.
To be honest over the last 3 weeks I have eaten like CRAP! Seriously, nothing but JUNK. However, even with that I was still working out, so I managed to only gain 2lbs.
On Monday, Joel and I weighed in for the first day of our 10 day cleanse with AdvoCare. This is only the 3rd day, and I already feel soooooooo much better! (If you are interested click here.)
Since Monday, I have lost 3.2lbs! WOO HOO!I have been linking up for several months now, and to be honest, I have lost and gained the same 5lbs over and over and over again! This time I only want to see the scale going down. I can do this! You can too!
Today's weigh in with Heather is going to be short and sweet.
I lost 1 pound! That's good enough for me, Joel is helping and encouraging me to eat healthier so that is helping me. The diet is still not what I wanted it to be, but I am a work in progress. I'm happy to say that I move up to 8lb weights at boot camp (I have been using 5lbs). And during Monday's workout I pushed myself harder than I ever have before!
Ok, so it wasn't as short as I thought it would be..
Ok, I will be perfectly honest, I don't want to do this post today. I didn't have a good week. I don't know what is wrong with me, but I just can't seem to get my diet under control. I will do really good for a meal and then totally blow it for the next meal.
But then I think about the people who have inspired me to lose weight. I know they had hard days too, and someday I don't want to look back at my journey and my blog and think everything was always easy. The truth is it's not easy. Food is a struggle for me. I am the DEFINITION of an emotional eater.
Anyway, I got this book a little while ago and I have been meaning to read it. I just haven't gotten around to it. So I am going to start reading it tonight. Hopefully, it will give me some insight into my emotional eating.
How is your journey going? Are you in a rut like me? How do you get out of it?
I am happy to report that I have lost! Only .6lbs, but a loss is a loss no matter how small.
Also, I measured this morning and I have lost 2 more inches!
Also, I can do REAL burpees for about 30 sec! This is huge for me!
Also, my diet has been doing much better. I am not depriving myself, but giving myself treats in moderation. It seems to be working for me.
Also, my goal for July is to be above my 3000 fuel point goal every single day. So far I have, although if you look at my picture on instagram it says that I missed one day. The truth is my fuel band died right as I was walking into church, so it missed me chasing around 4 year olds in nursery.
Today I am linking up with Heather over at Pretty Strong Medicine for my Weigh In Wednesday.
I finished up my 24 Day Challenge with AdvoCare and was down 12 pounds. Sadly, as soon as it ended I crashed and burned and went back to my old ways. I ended up gaining 8 of it back... I know... all my hard work down the drain!
Anyway, on Monday I was supposed to weigh in (and measure) with my trainer and I stepped on the scale and was up a couple of pounds. She looked at me and ask me what was wrong. I told her I couldn't get my diet under control. Sandy gave me a loving kick in the butt, and now I am back on track.
I am happy to report that I have lost 8lbs since the start of my journey!
This is my new phrase. I am tired of losing the same 5lbs over and over and over and over again. This time they are gone for good!
Today I am linking up with Heather for Weigh In Wednesday.
Slowly but surely I am learning about myself on this journey. I am learning that it is not about the number on the scale. It's not about the letter/number in the back of your clothes.
It's all about how I feel. Lately, I have felt great! When I eat the way God intended us to eat my body feels better. When I workout and exercise I have more energy (I know that sounds totally backwards).
This picture is not me by the way, and I don't know the original source. A friend emailed it to me.
I didn't know how bad I was feeling until I started eating right. Honestly, I hope I never go back to what I was eating. I know that may not be realistic, but so far I haven't. And you know what, its because I haven't wanted too. If you missed my post about the cleanse I just finished you can check it out here.
After 2 weeks of being back on track I have lost 9.5lbs and about 6 inches. But more importantly, I feel better. As a bonus, my clothes are fitting better too!
I briefly talked about our AdvoCare cleanse on Wednesday, but I felt like it needed it's own post. If you looked for this post yesterday, I apologize for the delay. We had to take the little one to the doctor last night.
We finished our cleanse yesterday! The results are in:
I lost 7.6lbs and 6 inches.
Joel lost 5lbs (we didn't measure his inches).
We both feel great! Joel's heartburn has gone away, our skin has cleared up, and we both have a lot more energy. In fact, I have maintained my new diet today too. I really thought I would go back to eating in my old ways immediately, but I have worked so hard to break all of my sugar and grease cravings that I have decided to maintain it.
We both enjoyed the cleanse so much, that we decided to start selling AdvoCare. I am going to continue to take the supplements to help me lose weight. The health benefits of the products are just too good for us to stop using them.
Our favorite product is the Spark. It has given us sustained energy and helped us focus more. Before I was drinking a Dr. Pepper every morning with breakfast. I needed the caffeine to help me get through the day. However, at 2ish everyday I would crash. With Spark it last all day and it doesn't have the sugar and artificial preservatives.
Anyway, if you are interested in trying the cleanse for yourself. Please let me know, I promise you won't be disappointed.
I took a little break... first because of my husband being ing hospital with a spider bite, then we were on vacation, and then I was just lazy...
Over my little break I did absolutely nothing as far as weight loss goes. In fact, I gained ALL the weight I had lost back, plus 2 pounds.
I had a friend try the 10 day cleanse a few weeks ago, and she had great results. So last Wednesday, we (yes, Joel is doing it too) started day one of our AdvoCare 10 day cleanse. Today is day 8. The results have been amazing! I plan to do a full post on Friday about it, so check back then. But if you can't wait you can check out the product here.
As of today, I am down 7.6lbs! In 8 days!!!! I know I couldn't believe it either. On top of that I feel great and have way more energy. I can't wait to see what my final results are including how many inches I will lose.
Seriously, we have loved this and I want to dedicate an entire post to it so check back Friday. In the meantime, I leave you with this...
If you are looking for the blog post about my FIL's graduation keep scrolling down or click here. Sorry I forgot to post a direct link.
If you are here about my weightloss, then you are at the right place!!
The Bad: I haven't lost any weight...
First, I lost 4 inches!!! 4!!! That is amazing!!! That's an inch per week at boot camp! I lost in my arms, waist, and hips, but gained in my thigh... I am building muscles in my legs, so I am ok with that.
This is going to sounds crazy to you, but after a few months I want to be able to look back and see how far I have come, so I am posting it... I did 3 REAL push ups for the first time! My trainer said we had to try it before we could do the girlie ones. I thought she was crazy, but I surprised myself!
Also, a couple of weeks ago we were supposed to do full sit ups and I absolutely could not do them (thats what having a baby does to your abs), but Monday I did them with no problem!
If you are new on this journey, don't give up. 3 push ups is a big deal for me and it took me 4 weeks to be able to do that!
I am starting a cleanse when the hubby and I get back from vacation. I am excited about cleansing my body of all the CRAP I eat... It's time to get that part of this journey back in line!
Y'all this is my last week of boot camp... I am a little lot sad about it. I really want to continue, but it is expensive. The hubs has said that it would be ok, but I feel like that $100 per month would be better spent somewhere else. Especially since I have a gym membership too.
The BAD: my diet has been terrible this past week! I just can't seem to get back on track. I don't know what it is, but I am having a hard time staying away from sugar and eating enough veggies and fruit!
The GOOD: I am only up .2lbs. Which still leaves me at 5.2lbs total lost. I can see a little bit of definition in my arms! It's almost like I have real muscles :)
I will take my measurements on Friday, since that will be one month of boot camp. I will let you know how that turns out next week! I have high hopes!
Sorry I am a little late today. As always I am linking up with Erin and Alex for my weigh in.
I am back down to after my gain last week. That's a total weight loss so far 5.4lbs!
Woo hoo! Plus, I am loving boot camp. Monday afternoon my trainer called me to see how things were going and it was so nice for her to hold me accountable. I also happened to mention that I didn't push myself as hard as my sister pushes herself. Well... today she pulled me up to the front row with the girls who have been there for awhile.
Of course, I didn't want to be behind (I was in the front after all), so I pushed myself to keep up and not slack off! I have never sweat that much at boot camp! My legs are still jelly...
Linking up with Ern and Alex for my weekly weigh in!
Not going to lie, I had a rough weekend... and Monday and Tuesday... but I stepped on the scale this morning anyway. I gained! 3 pounds! I knew it was going to be a gain, but it was really depressing to see that big of a number, I was finally getting things moving in the opposite direction.
I like what Erin said this morning about faking it till you make it. I feel like that is what I am doing most days. So this morning in a dangerous attempt to make myself feel better (I say dangerous because if it hadn't worked I would be worse off) I tried on some pants I got for Christmas that were too small.
GUESS WHAT?!?! They fit! I was able to zip them, and more importantly I was able to sit down in them! So I am wearing them to work.
The moral of the story is that sometimes its not about the number on the scale, sometimes its about how YOU feel! Today, I am choosing to look at the positive!
Today I am linking up again with Erin and Alex for Weigh in Wednesday.
I started boot camp on Monday. I go every MWF for the next 4 weeks, after I am finished I may sign up for more, but it's pretty expensive.
Monday's workout went by pretty quick, when I was finished my legs and arms felt like jelly.
Tuesday I was so sore...
Wednesday I could move just enough to do it all over again... today was alot harder than Monday, but I DID IT!
Saw this on Pinterest yesterday, and it sums things up pretty well... Please excuse the language.
Weightloss this week: -1.8
Total lost: -5.4
I know last week I said I had only lost 2 pounds, but I adjusted my starting weight a little to make me feel better. :) I also took a couple of people's advice an increased my caleries on Saturday! (But only on that day... it seemed to work though to give myself a little cheat)
Thanks for hosting this link up so I can meet others on the same journey!!
Ok guys I haven't posted this in awhile... Honestly, I thought if I started on my own and got going it would making blogging about it easier. The truth is losing weight is not easy. It's hard and it sucks!
I have been using the My Fitness Pal app for over 2 weeks now (almost 3). So I have been tracking all of exercise as well as all of the food I am eating. According to the app I should eat about 1200 caleries per day. Most days I am right at that amount. Tracking my food has forced me to look at what I am eating, which means I am eating lots more fruits and veggies.
My favorite part about the app is that at the end of the day when you finalize your food diary it says "If everyday were like today you would weigh XXX is 5 weeks."
So far I have lost 2lbs! In almost 3 weeks!! I need to lose more than that to at least feel like its working. It is so hard to stay with it, when you're not going anywhere.
I start bootcamp next week, so hopefully that will help. I'll let you know how it goes.
Thanks for listening to me complain... I hate doing it, but I needed to get this out of my system.
Well, this week I am down .4lbs. Not bad, in fact its better than I excepted considering the way I have been eating. I don't know what I was thinking when I bought that bag of M&Ms. Clearly, I don't need to keep those things in the house because (right now anyway) I can't control myself.
My problem is not my meals, generally we eat balanced meals. A protein, a starch and a veggie. Sometimes those proteins maybe fried, but my problem is more snack time. I get home from work around 3:30 and I snack until dinner time. And it's never on things that are good for me, hence the bag of M&Ms. So if you have suggestions on healthier snacks, I would love to hear them!
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This was not one of my New Years goals, but it's never a bad time to get healthy. I feel like each year I say I am going to get healthy and exercise and blah blah blah. The truth is this year I decided to give myself a break. If I do it great, if not that's ok too. I am learning to be ok with who I am and where I am now.
That being said when I stepped on the scale after the Holidays, I had gained 10lbs!!! 10!!! I couldn't believe it. So I got back into the gym with a little insistence from my sister. And you know what I lost 4.6lbs of that 10. I will be doing my measurements sometime this week so I can start keeping track of that too. I have to keep up with Allie! You go girl!
So if you've read my blog at all in the last year, you know that my weight has been a struggle for me. So a month ago a officially joined Weight Watchers. I have tried to do it on my own, but I need the accountability of going into the meetings. My sister Emily joined the meetings with me! I am so happy to be doing this with her!
So far I have lost 9 pounds! I have waited until now to post about it because I wanted to make sure I would stick with it this time. My goal is to lose about 50lbs. So I am about a 5th of the way there! I am so ready to be back to a normal weight.
This past week was awful... I am not even going to post my weight gain. Instead I am posting what I am going through right now...
This is a parable about a hidden force that may be keeping you stuck. The twin sisters Regret and Guilt look a lot alike but they are very different.
When Regret makes a mistake she cries, “Oh, I wish I hadn’t done that!” or “Why did I do that?” or “I’m never doing that again!”
But when Guilt makes a mistake she yells, “You idiot, you blew it again!” or “You are such a loser—what’s the matter with you?” or “You might as well give up; you’re never going to get it right.” (that is me right now)
Regret makes mistakes all the time. She figures that everybody does, especially when they’re learning something new. Regret doesn’t even really seem to mind making mistakes because she always learns something that helps her do things a little differently the next time. She even laughs at herself and shares her mistakes with others so they’ll learn too. She doesn’t care that other people sometimes do things better—but she wants to be the best she can be so she never gives up trying.
Of course, Guilt makes mistakes too but she blames herself because she believes she should know better. Instead of helping her learn, her mistakes just prove that she is a bad person and that something is wrong with her. She is often angry with herself and sometimes other people. Secretly, she feels unloved and unworthy. With every mistake, she resolves to do things perfectly the next time to prove to everyone else that she is good enough.
One day, Regret and Guilt agreed that it was time to make some lifestyle changes. Regret regretted that her energy level was low and she wasn’t able to do all of the things she wanted. Guilt felt bad too—guilty that she was “too fat and lazy.”
Regret decided that she would make small changes to the way she ate. She started by paying more attention to her hunger and fullness cues. It sounded simple enough but it wasn’t as easy as she thought, especially when someone brought donuts to the office. After two days of eating donuts mid-morning, she realized she needed to make a plan. She gave herself extra time in the morning to have breakfast and pack lunch. She also made a list of other things she could do besides eat when the donuts were calling her. She continually tweaked her plan to figure out what worked the best and congratulated herself on her small successes.
Guilt liked the idea of using hunger and fullness too—but one day she had already eaten most of her lunch at her desk when her boss showed up with cake to celebrate Secretary’s Day. She had a piece even though she wasn’t hungry. Within a few minutes she was berating herself for her terrible mistake, telling herself that she had failed again. She gave up and went back for a second piece. She felt so bad about herself that she picked up a pizza and ice cream on the way home.
Although Guilt was well intentioned, her unrealistic expectations and the shame and blame she heaped on herself were preventing her from learning, improving, and forgiving herself when she made choices that didn’t work out well. She even felt guilty for feeling guilty!
When Guilt finally asked her sister for help, Regret explained that while there's always room for improvement, toddlers fall down many times before becoming proficient at walking. They may cry but they don't feel ashamed. Instead they get up, make adjustments, and try again.
Regret’s favorite words of wisdom:
Perfection is not possible--or necessary.
When you make a mistake, don't miss the lesson.
Small changes slowly add up to big changes.
Your thoughts.... To whom do you relate, Regret, Guilt or neither?