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Weight Loss Journey

Down 2 Pounds!

June 7, 2016


It has been almost one week since I have gotten serious about losing weight and making some lifestyle changes. It has been my goal to lose 1-2 lbs per week safely and with choices that I can live with. So far so good!

I am happy to report that I am down from 164.4 to 162.2!! That said, I would also like to say there have been times when I was willing to throw in the towel, too! The initial weeks of change are crucial and easy to give up because we have been in the habit, or the bad habit as it were, for soooo long.

But, I have certain checks in place that keep me in place.

  • THAT PHOTO. You know the one, where you were caught unawares and ‘OUCH’ that hurt to see it.

  • I also have my RESOLVE to keep me going. I have done this before and I can do it again.

  • Timeline…I gave myself 2 months to lose 18lbs.  That makes things…REAL

  • MyFitnessPal to see my food and exercise progress daily

  • And certainly the love and support of my most awesome family!

Everyone will have their own list of what keeps them going, this is mine.  It is important to know where you are going.  But WHY is equally important and certainly HOW is going to get you there.  Hopefully, this blog will help you out with the how and maybe a little with the where, too.


The WHY is totally up to YOU!


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Eating Out

June 6, 2016

Eating Out.


It will happen.


You can’t avoid it forever.


Someone will ask you to go out to eat with them.  Friends wanting to get together.  Family wanting a fun night.  Something to celebrate.  Maybe you are just too lazy to cook.  In any case,


It will happen.


I know this can throw you for a loop.  Immediately, your mind starts reeling,  “You are doing so well!  You don’t need this temptation right now.  So-and-so won’t care that I am dieting.  I don’t want anyone to know I am dieting.  What does it matter, maybe I could have a little such-and-such?”


But remember!  This is a lifestyle change!  And going out to eat is part of that lifestyle.  Unless you are going to hole yourself up for the rest of your life?????  NO!  Learning how to navigate your way through this is totally possible and you can still enjoy yourself!  Follow these tips to make your life easier:

  1. Simple straight forward ingredients means less calories.  You know, things like chicken with… or salmon filet with…, plain baked potato…,things like that will make your life easier.

  2. Don’t be afraid to ask if there are other ingredients not listed.  There are so many dietary restrictions out there and restaurants have to know their stuff, so they certainly don’t want you to accidentally ingest something that could kill you, i.e. allergy.

  3. Avoid creams and sauces.  Just a little bitty bit of that can derail you.  There is no way to know what you are dealing with, so stick to vinegars, vinaigrettes, lemon juice…that kind of thing.

  4. Bring your own shit.  I do this ALL THE TIME.  Coconut milk creamer?  CHECK.  My own apple cider vinegar dressing? CHECK.  Gluten-free or grain-free bun?  Double CHECK.

  5. The nicer the restaurant, usually the better the service…usually the better the quality of food and USUALLY the cleaner the plate.  This isn’t always the case, but in my experience is mostly true.  And if anything, (see #2) they are usually more willing to work with you!

  6. And if all else fails and it is just NOT a sure thing.  Skip the meal.  Suck it up.  Focus on your fellowship with others and not FOOD.  It certainly won’t kill you, then go home and

 eat right!


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I Survived the Movie Theater!

June 2, 2016

The theater.


Great fun for the family.  Have the chance for an afternoon or evening to transport yourself to another time or place.

Then, there is the smell of popcorn.




Now, that I have resolved to dropping some serious weight in the next two months, I find these challenges a little more, well….challenging.

I said that I don’t like counting calories and it is true, I don’t.  However, after I weighed myself and was up the pound I lost, I knew deep down that I needed to keep track and thusly, keep myself in check.  There is a great app called MyFitnessPal.  And it really makes counting easy, dare I say, FUN?!  But the part I get a kick out of, is that you can scan the barcodes of your food!  So sick!

So, after I entered the last couple days I found that all of my ‘oh, this won’t matter, it is so little…just pop it in the mouth and forget about it‘ food stuffs, really stuffed me. Like 2200 calories stuffed.


Enter in the movie theater.  We promised the kids we would go and I hatched a plan.  I would bring myself a chocolate protein shake and drink it up and tell myself it was a melted chocolate shake.

Yea, that will work….

And it did!  I was content the whole movie through and I didn’t feel like I suffered at all.  Woo hoo!

I had a great food day today, made myself a gorgeous beet salad.  Worked my butt off (462 calories off) with my awesome trainer John at No Excuses Gym and had a pretty fricking awesome day.

So, long story short?

ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN.  Never assume you will be ok, because once you do, you WILL give in.  Hunger is no laughing joke.  Protein shake, beef jerky, nuts…have SOMETHING on hand and you too will overcome your obstacles and not give in to those jerks pictured above.




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