What to do when you gained

So you stepped on the scale. You don’t like what you see, you step off remove any article of clothing you may have on, you step on the scale again, you still like what you see. Stepping off again you remove your underwear and any jewelry, maybe even your hair tie in hopes that will somehow change the number on the scale. You step on again completely buck naked and that number does not change.

Sound familiar?

If anyone has seen This Is Us in that first episode we see Kate (played by the fabulous Chrissy Metz)  as she does the dreaded weigh in and she does the exact same things (minus the hair tie) I mentioned above and you can’t help but feel her pain then totally cringe when she falls off the scale and you don’t know whether you should laugh or cry. Because the struggle is indeed real. (I did neither but I did gasp because I am a klutz but I have yet to fall off the scale).

Let me set the scene for you:

I woke up at 1am Sunday thinking about the weighing in, thinking how hungry I am so I get up, pee, then I step on the scale: 215.00 well, that can’t be right. I step off and step on again (fully dressed well in my pajamas) 215.5 seriously? I go back to bed thinking maybe a few more hours of sleep thinking that I can magically lose those extra pounds fasting.

5am wake up pee yet again and step on the scale: 215.5 pounds. There you have it. The scale does not lie. At this rate I go make myself breakfast and do the math. I gained 1.5 pounds. Which is not bad. However in my mind’s eye I am thinking how it’s 1.5 steps backwards in my direction not forward. Then I think I shouldn’t have all the carbs for breakfast on Saturday, or the two cookies at the Swap and Sell I went to.

Needless to say that has nothing to do with it. Weight gain is common in weight loss. Just as plateauing.  I know this. However, it doesn’t soften the blow any.

This is has inspired me to write this post. So here’s some advice for you if this is your first time or this is my 2nd go round how to handle the weight gain.

*Stay on task.

Just because you gain, doesn’t mean you should dive head first into the treats. Or chug down a soda. You will really reverse your progress and you feel crappy after.

*Try not obsess over it.

Okay so yeah I obsessed as you can see but it really doesn’t help any. And don’t think of fasting for another day, or going to the gym to try and lose that pesky pound then weighing in the same day or the next.

*Keep yourself busy

Or anything to take your mind off things. Which I did, I made breakfast then I meal prepped for the week.

*It could be muscle gain

A no brainier here and that could well be the possibility I gained since I started lifting again. Even though I have not been fully been lifting solidly for a month yet.

*It’s no the end of the world

Really.

*You’re allowed to be upset

But don’t drag it out.

*Take a deep breath and let it go

Enough said

*You’ll have a better weigh in next time

Truth.

 

I hope these tips help you out. If forgot anything please let me know!

Until next time,

~Mags

 

 

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Weekly Check In

Hello!

I am still going to weigh in on Sunday. But I wanted to share how my week has been. Yet again it has been another emotional week. We had two snow days this week. I did do an at home workout on Monday, but by the time I got home Tuesday, it was late in the morning my energy was really low. So I stayed in.

I did make it to the gym Wednesday and Thursday. I am debating about Friday because I may or may not to be going to Lincoln to visit my niece and nephew but they’ve been sick. So I am trying to avoid the plague as it were. I have yet to be sick.

Trek up the Tower is in three weeks and I haven’t done much “training” so I am worried that I am not going to do well.

Also my exam date is looming so I am trying to study and not wuss out.

As I was saying, going to the gym on Thursday was a tough day. I realize that I have to start back at square one again where I was 5 years ago, seeing all the fit people can be a bit intimidating when you are lifting with 2.5 pound weights. My focus has been Dumb Bell weights with both leg and upper body. I will have a post on that later on.

On top of other emotions that’s been going on too. I had to write a letter to myself when I got home, to help encourage me and plus to help whenever I have another bad day, I can refer back to this day and remember this is a process of my journey. Not to feat it.

I have only met 1 goal this week was to meal prep. I have still have Saturday (if I don’t go to Lincoln) to make it to the gym. Plus to clean my cupboards too. I left out my frozen fruit smoothie mix too long and it went to mush.

I want to make a trip to Trader Joe’s in Omaha. I have only been to the Lincoln location and that was a year ago. I recently saw a fellow You Tuber’s haul from Trader Joe’s and I want to get some items from there and they looked really good so I want to try. So if I do go I will share a haul on here. It maybe weird but hey they do it on You Tube…..

I am really excited for the weekend none the less. I need to recharge my batteries and get re-focused on my goals. I think January is a tough month for anyone.

Have a great weekend and see you Sunday!

~Mags

 

Weigh In update!

Happy Friday!

Starting Weight 217.00

Current weight 212.5

Total lost 4.5

Needless to say I am happy that I have lost another two pounds this week despite as I mentioned on Monday the week has been rough as I had another funeral to attend, we had another really cold nasty day (no school again) and I didn’t make it to the gym at all. Plus I was having still having major effects from Seasonal Affect Disorder so I just listened to my body and stayed home to recuperate.  Which is sometimes more than taking a hot bath, drinking tea and wearing a face mask (although those are on my list) it’s just to better yourself and take care your needs. I am big advocate of self care.

I plan to stay on this weigh in when I don’t work routine because weighing in first thing when I wake up in the morning makes a difference in my opinion so I won’t be weighing in again until next Sunday which will be January 28th even though I am off Sunday night/into Monday morning since I just weighed in Friday, I don’t think there is a point to do another weigh in two days after my weekly weigh in, so I will weigh in next Sunday January 28. Since I am off Friday and Saturday night.

Although I did set up my “home gym” finally this morning and I did about a 30 minute workout routine with my equipment. I worked up a sweat! I decided that on my “don’t break the chain” tally sheet that I would count home works along with going to the gym.

No pop at all since Sunday again and I have been getting the headaches (which is to be expected) but I haven’t been tempted at all which is really good. That’s usually is my downfall once I get over the hump, then it will  get better.

Nutrition wise this, I have been doing okay despite going to a funeral (carbs and sweets) I had one cheat meal so far. I decided not to track which is what I was doing in the past, since my schedule is different then the average person since I work overnights, and I don’t want to obsessed with counting calories. But again that’s my opinion if tracking works for you then more power to you.

One big thing I did Friday morning was clean out my freezer, and my upper cupboard. I HAD a lot of expired products!

Goals for the upcoming week:

*Go to the gym (or a home workout) Four days this week (though we’re supposed to get another snow storm Sunday so I am hoping to get there Monday)

*Meal prep for the week

*Try a new recipe

*Clean out the rest of my cupboards

*Make smoothies for a different breakfast option

I think that’s it for me! I rambled a bit too much I know but I will see you in a week with my results!

~Mags

 

 

Weekly Check In

Good Morning!

Last week was a rough one. I had two deaths that were significantly close to myself and my family, seasonal affect disorder reared it’s ugly head, and I had a staff meeting. Needless to say I gave into pop twice this week and I only made it to the gym twice as well.

Also I had my yearly girly exam and I hate the scales at the doctor because it said I weighed more than what I weighed in on last Monday so that bothered me a tad.

With that said, I am not weighing in until Friday. I am off Thursday night so I like to sleep then get up in weigh in as opposed to working all night Sunday (this week) and going home to step on the scale and be disappointed.

What I need to do is first off is make a space to workout at home if I don’t want to go out to the gym. I have the tools and knowledge to do it. Then set the time for 30 minutes and do it. Plus I cleaned my apartment (minus my other room)

Positives: Is that I stayed on task with my food prep last week and I have yet (*knocks wood*) to get sick this year. Which usually by now I have gotten something. I have been exposed numerous times already but for some reason my immune system has been awesome. Maybe it’s because I have really stayed on top of it by taking an ton a vitamin C, drinking more water (*ahem*) taking Benadryl (it helps me sleep), also drinking hot fluids like tea, and I have improved my hand washing game. Bonus I have been getting more sleep and back to my routine.

Also Trek Up The Tower is will be a month away this week so I have to step my game.

Goals this week:

*Go to the Y 4 times this week

*Set up my at home workout space

*No more pop for the month!

*Meal Prep

*Weigh In Friday

I will be back Friday to recap my weigh in!

Have a great week!

~Mags

Let’s talk about goals

One thing I had to learn as I became a personal trainer is client goals and since this is a New Year and fitness is usually #1 on people’s goal/resolution lists I wanted to talk about it on here.

When you think of a goal what comes to my mind (I sort of have a trainer’s mind) is it a SMART goal?

Is this goal

Specific?

Measurable?

Action oriented? Or I like to say is it achievable?

Realistic?

Time oriented?

Keep that in mind when you plan your goals.

Let’s look back at my original weight loss goal that I had done 5 years ago. My goal was to lose 50 pounds by my birthday of April 27th. I made this rather insane goal because I typically in the past would only stay on task for a month then would fall back into my habits. Looking at this now it wasn’t a very SMART goal. Because in hindsight it wasn’t realistic or measurable. I possibly could have lost 50 pounds by April but I had made it to about 30 pounds which still is really good but I didn’t make the end goal until December that year (2012).

Now as I am starting my journey over, you’re probably wondering what my goals are? I don’t have a specific weight loss goal set  I want to be able to fit into this skirt that I got last year and it was my original goal a year ago but I never got around to it:

 

Skirt

 

Which the skirt is an extra large, I need to take my waist measurements to figure out how many inches I will need to loose for sure.

I am also doing Trek up the Tower next month and my goal is to beat my time from two years ago which was 22 minutes. I also plan to do 5K the Hardway in June. Basically I just to become healthier again.

I will keep you up to speed each week on my workouts, weight, etc.

What are your goals for 2018?

~Mags

 

Weekly Check In!

Starting Weight 217

Current Weight 215

Happy Monday!

I was surprised to have lost 2 pounds. I think a major contributor is that I am one week free of pop. I only made it to the gym once last week I had major headaches both Thursday and Friday due to weening off pop also I had started my cycle on Wednesday (headaches usually are one of my symptoms). I was really proud of myself for not over indulging which is  a major downfall for me when that time of the month is present.

However it is a new week, and I got up early Monday to meal prep then I made it to the gym by 6am (as I was off work Sunday night) and worked my upper body which was something I neglected last week (even though I really wanted to do leg day) plus I worked on my lower abs. I don’t have a set plan when I workout though I probably should, I am using the stair stepper as a warmup for 5 minutes (my goal is to get up to 10 minutes) then lift. Although I don’t do very many of the machines since I am try to familiarize myself with other equipment.

I was really pleased at getting back into meal prep last week and this week.

As for goals I will be sharing that in a separate post.

Have a great week!

~Mags

Start Killing It 2018

Happy New Year!

I am excited for the New Year it’s going to be the best ever! I have been choosing my word for awhile and actually it’s 3

Start Killing It.

Originally it was going to be just Start which was one of my blogger friend Crystal’s word for 2017 because it made total sense because I need to START things. My word last year STRIVE severed me well. Then I got my studio DIY clutch for December:

 

Clutch
Then I realized all 3 words were perfect!

As for some of my goals include getting back to the gym and start a normal routine with it again. I also signed up for Trek up The Tower in February so I really need to get into gear for it since I want to beat my time in 2015. Also I want to quit drinking pop for good.

To keep track of going to the gym and no drinking pop, I downloaded this Don’t break the chain Calendar  from Karen Kavett which you can write down whatever you decide to do and you can keep track!

Let’s start killing it in 2018!

Mags