Back on track

Starting weight: 222.5 Pounds

I’m back! ( I think?)

I have been trying to get back on this healthy path again. I mentioned awhile back that I have a couple of pinup contests this summer. One I was not in (a runner up) that has came and went, one in about a week, and then the big one summer spectacular in August! My dress for the show in August has came in it’s way out of my comfort zone as dresses go but I plan to rock it none the less that means losing a few pounds between now and then is my goal.

I had all intentions of starting this Monday: I would weigh in, make a good breakfast, go for a walk/workout around the lake before it got too hot, meal prep for the week and a good refueling lunch.

Let’s just say all but working out made the list today.

My monthly visitor is here and it reared it’s ugly head in my direction big time. I suddenly felt really exhausted, and had a massive headache develop on the side of my head. I usually have odd symptoms during it so I just drained all of a sudden. I took it as an indicator not to go on a walk so I made a smoothie, drank plenty of fluids and laid back down.

As I always say: Listen to your body is key.

After a two hour nap, I got up ran my errands, prepped my lunch for work tonight (adult lunchables this week), oats for breakfast tomorrow, and I made a salad for lunch with the rest of smoothie as well.

I almost wanted to scrap the idea of starting this again until after my cycle but then I thought what a better time to do it because I tend to want to really cheat when I am on my cycle you know more sweets and carbs. I want to prove to myself that I can do it!! I didn’t buy any chocolate when I did my small grocery run so I consider that a small victory for me. Lucky for me I only have a short cycle (3 days) I know I can do it!

Weighing in was really hard because this is the most I’ve weighed in a long time. It’s a hard pill to swallow but I won’t let it get me down! I have made some smaller goals to help aid in my success!

I am still doing a loose based Keto for my diet, I have been trying to find more recipes to try out. I haven’t brought bread since April which has been a bit of a game changer for me but I am a carb queen but I’ve noticed that I don’t miss it as much as I thought I would. I do give into sandwiches and stuff during my cheat days.

Anyways, I am hoping the rest of the week is better than Monday! I will end this post with a break down of my goals!

*Loose 5 pounds by July 21st

*Start walking again

*Go to the Y at least once a week

*Less pop and junk

*Loose 10 pounds by the end of July

Final end goal lose: 20 pounds by August 25th

I really want to make this happen! I just got to hang in there and remember my why’s!

I will be back doing weekly check ins to keep myself accountable!

See you in a week!

~Mags

 

 

 

 

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Starting Over

It’s feel weird to say that.”Starting over”

Honestly, I never thought I would be in this position again after dropping all the weight. I knew I would have to maintain it and I managed to do well for a few years before I decided to go back to school.

My life for 2 long years was completely altered.

Before College:

I would get off work, get a light breakfast, go to the gym for an hour (or Jazzercise), come home eat a good meal, bathe and relax then sleep for work. And repeat almost every day.

College:

I would get off work, shove down a quick breakfast, change then drive 45 minutes to be at class by 9 until noon, drive 45 minutes home, come home then eat lunch (or sometimes drive through) then drive to unwind to sleep for work and repeat daily for the first two months then every other day for the next two years.

Even after going to part time, I felt I didn’t have time to workout, because I was exhausted from losing the extra sleep I was normally getting so I would go to bed early on non school days in hopes to catch up. But I was so stressed the overeating began, I stopped working out completely. The weight came back slowly and I felt really inferior to my classmates. Working a full time job overnights, then going to school part time in itself is a struggle just like it is for anyone else who has their own life.

I really tried to “start over” in 2018 that didn’t pan out as well I hoped. I made an honest effort but it fell through.

But I have not given up.

Yesterday I went to the gym for the first time in a month:

 

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It’s a bit blurry but….

I eased myself back doing about 15 minutes or so on the treadmill. Then I did a light lifting session including some dead-lifts, hip thrusts and ended with burpees. I probably spent about 35 minutes total (just a guess) there but at least I did it.

When I got home, I wiped clean my marker board (that kept track of my weight loss) and planning to “start over” with a new weigh in on Sunday. I haven’t really set any goals right now I just want to start (it is my word for 2018 after all) and go from there.

Weight loss isn’t easy but I will succeed! I will be posting my stats on Sunday/Monday!

Have a great weekend!

Mags

 

Check in time!

I know it’s been awhile since I have checked in. TBH I haven’t done anything fitness related in a long ass time probably since the time I last checked in. I haven’t been to the gym at all this month, drinking pop, not weighing in, and not really doing a solid meal prep either.  I mean I did a quick prep last week of an easy recipe (a chicken pasta salad which I will share the recipe here at some point) but I haven’t really been eating too well so I need to get back on track.

I did have the Miss World of Wheels pageant Saturday and my sleep was really thrown off so by Sunday afternoon I slept hard. Also I have been dealing with itchy hives not sure if it’s an allergy may have to go see the doctor which I hate especially it’s still flu season and plus having to stepping on the scale there.

Monday morning I did an actual meal prep for the week:

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Chicken fillets with cauliflower (which was steaming) 

My calves hurt SO BAD from my heels Saturday so I know I am due for a good leg day workout. Overall, I still don’t feel like myself the weather has still sucked even though tomorrow the first day of spring (and it’s supposed to snow) and I have been just so tired as well which hasn’t helped.

I re established my goals and I am going to make an honest attempt at going to the gym this week. I am not putting how many days I should/need to go just to go and do something. Start out slow and work my way back to where I used to be, The weather will be warmer and I can start walking too.

I will recap my week on Sunday and I will weigh in regardless of what it is and we’ll get back on track!

Have a great week!

~Mags

Monthly Update!

Wow. It’s already December! I have two full weeks left of school then my last day is December 20th. Then I will have another year to go!

November was a stressful month. I ended up losing my previous car and getting a new one all in about week apart from each other. Also I suffered a very serious muscle strain that took about two weeks to full recover from. I’m still not fully back on a routine gym wise yet. Mainly because I have to do some observations for my current class as a project so I want to get my schedule worked out with that. But I am hoping to squeeze in some time soon! Until then my school work is priority. Also there has been some news about school that I can’t share just yet but once I get more details I’ll make it public

Tomorrow is my weight loss anniversary 5 years already. Which in itself is hard to believe! I will be writing a full post about that in a few days.

Other than that there is nothing new to report. I am hoping to still register for Trek Up the Tower after Christmas and start my training in the New Year.

Have a great Holiday Season!

Mags

Rewiring yourself

In school, we watch A LOT of motivational videos. I kid you not. They are to kind help shape us into the personal trainer we desire to be and also might be the kick in the pants we need.

I admitted in my last post, that I have been struggling with everything including my gym routine which has taken a major back seat. Endless excuses and lack of motivation (funny we’ve talking about that this week in class!) has left me feeling down and out.

It happens. More often than you think.

While I don’t have all the answers of how or why but I do know you can get back on track. I’ve said it posts before on what to do if you feel that way. But sometimes you need more than just an inspirational post to get you back in the game.

Watch this video it’s a bit long but worth it! I really liked what Jenny had to say and because she’s a girl after my own heart! Because she is loud like me 😉 but her message is important I really liked the the I AM statements.

I decided to start out small with mine I did two which are:

I AM okay

I AM going to workout

As time goes on, I will add more as I see fit 🙂

Small steps leading to bigger ones!

Have a great day!

~Mags

 

 

Transformation Thursday face photos

I know Transformation photos are usually on Tuesdays, but I’m changing it up! Yesterday I came across a picture of me from about roughly 5 years ago (thanks Facebook) it was “selfie” I did with my friend at the time before selfie mode became a thing on cell phones it was a digital camera. It’s just our faces.

I couldn’t believe how fat my face looks in the photo! So I took another selfie to do a side by side and all I can saw is WOW:

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The left is me of course back in 2009-2010 and the right was yesterday morning at work. If you noticed I had the double chin going on. It’s crazy to think how much you lose in your face! I’m glad I saw this photo it’s proof that I’ve come a long way in my journey and yes sometimes we have hiccups but we just have to keep going!! Sometimes that’s all the motivation you need.

~M

Dear It Works Representative

Recently a channel I follow on YouTube posted a video:

I have an Instagram that’s private and once in awhile I do get follow requests from It Works Representatives or Shake-logy. Truth be told they don’t like any of my pictures they may comment on one and that’s it. But they don’t interact with me because I don’t with them.

Here’s the thing. I understand that you’re trying to get an income there’s nothing wrong with that or you are a stay at home mom needing a little extra cash that’s great.  I used to sell to be a representative for a company but I couldn’t hack it so I gave it up. Simply because I couldn’t keep harassing my friends to order stuff they didn’t want or to host a party all the time. I have several friends that are Thirty-One, and Scentsy reps and the nice thing is they don’t harass you to buy their products. I support them when I can.

But why push a product that really doesn’t work?

I lost weight the old fashion way: Diet and Exercise. I didn’t use any product whatsoever to do it. Because I knew truthfully that it was affordable for me and I got results. I will admit, when I joined Curves years ago, I did use their protein shakes and vitamins but I realized I wasting my money so I gave that up. I’m not perfect but this last time I just put in the hard work.

As a future personal trainer I’m not going to push my clients into something that they don’t want. It’s not what they’re paying me for. They are paying me to get fit.

We talked about that in class Tuesday. One of the students said he used protein shakes. The look on my instructors face!! She was explaining about reading labels on products and he admitted some of the ingredients he had no idea what they were.

I still have a stomach I’m not going to lie but why would I shrink it with a ridiculously priced wrap? It’s like my whole post on using a waist cinchers Seriously I could use saran wrap if I wanted to shrink my stomach at half the cost. Kidding. I would NEVER use that either. I worked very hard to get where I am and I’m studying to help others do it the right way. It’s hard when my friends on Facebook host wrap parties or are trying to sell it but I don’t say anything or attend (mainly because they fall on my work weekends or I’m busy anyways) plus I don’t want to be the B and make the comments saying that it doesn’t work. They’re not pushing me so I have to respect them.

I got to thinking why am I even following these people? Like I said they never like any of my pictures, they don’t care about anything I post anyways (for the record I post way too many pictures of my cat) and again they really haven’t tried to push their products on me so I really can’t complain. However why follow me? So I unfriended all of them. And no this isn’t a post to complain about them I just want to shine a little truth like The BIG (Body Image Guru) said It doesn’t work.

Remember just eat right, exercise, drink plenty of water and you will succeed!!

~M