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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Checking In

Hello all,

There hasn’t been much to talk about lately. I did get a new car two weeks ago so that’s been good. I did weigh in tonight for curiosity sake which I haven’t since March 25th (2 months) which it has stayed the same with just 5 ounces so my current weight:

216.5

I really need to get back into things. It has been a constant struggle for me for a lot of reasons. Mainly I have been trying to focus on my mental health and sleep because I have not been sleeping super well at all.  As much as I love summer my apartment gets majorly hot (I have only window a.cs.) and the window a.c. is LOUD in my room so I have to figure out a way to silence it without turning it down and dying of heat stroke. I did put cardboard around them but they might need something else. We’ll see. I do use ear plugs which has helped.

Anyways I bought a skirt for an upcoming “dapper day” at my local zoo in two weeks and when I tried it on (it was 3x) I got stuck in it which was totally embarrassing and I couldn’t get it unzipped. I knew it was a sign that I really (truly) need to get my act together.

I know I’ve said it before but I truly want to set a goal and accomplish it. I want to lose at least 5 pounds in 2 weeks. That means no more pop, starting walking/exercising (I hope to get back into Jazzercise this week) and really watching what I eat. I think my downfall has been is not exercising, drinking more pop, and doing more cheat meals then I’m allowed. I have to be a bit stricter on myself this time around.

I have until June 9th so wish me luck!

~Mags

Update!

Hello!

I thought I’d post a bit of an update.  As you know, I have been doing a bit of “loose” Keto diet. I still drink milk and have peanut butter (with my oats). But for the most part, I don’t eat much bread or pasta. I still have my “cheat” weekends.

It has been actually going better now, I was struggling in the beginning mainly with breakfast options since I am used to eating toast most mornings.  I did make some ham/eggs roll ups along with a smoothie this week (so far) and I have made various lunch options including crust-less pizza (recipe soon). The cravings for carbs have been less which is great for me.

I have yet  to go to the gym or weigh in.  I got into a car accident on my birthday last Friday so I am without a car and the weather has been rainy so I haven’t been able to go for a walk. But I plan on getting my bike out of storage, and repaired so I have some kind of transportation. I am planning to go back to Jazzercise hopefully this week too. They have free days and relocated too.

I will keep you posted in the days to come!

~Mags

 

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

 

 

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

Big News!!

Hello all!

I haven’t felt like updating because really there hasn’t been anything exciting to share until as of yesterday.  Let me back track first:

As some of you know, I am studying to be a personal trainer which has not been an easy feat for me let me tell you a 34 year old that is a 2nd time college student, while juggling a full time job overnights I might add. I have experienced so many hiccups, that I have almost wanted to throw in the towel several times. The last few semesters have been straight up rough too especially  with the last summer semester.

Anyways one of the set backs was my completion date originally it was slotted for December 2017, then it was pushed back to next April 2018, well I found out yesterday that I will be indeed done by December 2017 as per my original plans.  My school sadly will be closing it’s doors at the end of 2017. Which means the personal training program will be no longer be around either (the school itself Herzing University will be just non existent in Omaha). My plan was to get my associates degree in Exercise Science but now it has been reduced down to a diploma. Which I am 100% okay with but that means all students who are supposed to finish in December graduate NEXT Friday (September 15th)!! So yes yours truly will walk at graduation!

At first when my graduation date had changed I was told I would not be allowed to walk at all (with the school closing and all) so I filed it in the back of my mind and just continued to move forward. But it did bother me that I wouldn’t get the chance to walk across the stage, wear the ridiculous cap and gown, and get my diploma. Corny I know but even this is my 3rd graduation and my 2nd as a college student to me it’s a big deal!!! Some people don’t think so and not even show up to the ceremony but hello you paid for that!! So to be able to walk next week is a huge deal for me in fact, I wasn’t planning on even going at all but this changes everything!!

Just goes to show you that you must never ever give up!!

Have a great weekend!

~Mags

 

August Bullet Journal

I can’t believe it’s August already!!  Where did July go?

As you know, I’ve been doing somewhat of a bullet journal which I incorporated with my regular journal. I used to be a big journaling but now with everything online I’ve shied away from it. I still write in it but not as often as I should be.  So what I have been doing is drawing out a calendar/tracker to monitor certain things that I’ve chosen and also my monthly goals. This is way I open my journal more and re-read my goals etc so I don’t forget them.

I do have a regular planner too but I use that for everything else including keeping track of my homework.

I have been bullet journaling since April and I shared June’s but not July’s only because I got busy with vacation, the start of the new semester, etc.  It wasn’t that great of a month anyways so it’s a new month a clean slate and new goals!

Here’s August’s bullet journal (I think my best one yet!)

August

 

I had for July’s jumped ahead a few pages in my journal and drew it out but I didn’t use all those pages for my thoughts (I have almost caught up) so I did August’s page after July’s it took me a while to it get just right. I did black sharpie over my boxes this time so it’s stands out a bit more

For my tracker I did it a bit different: I am going to track my water instead of how often I drink a pop (which I had before) I think I got discouraged with that so I figured to get rid of it altogether and just highlight the good which is drinking more water. I will still track my workouts like before and when I weigh in (Which I have yet to do but plan to after work).

August goals:

One of things I want to do is enter a pin up pageant happening in September! I missed my chance last year so I am going early to register! I want to get out of my comfort zone and meet more people in the pinup community

Loose 5 pounds. Yes I’ve written this before and I have been half assed about it. But I really need to get back on track!

Do well in school. This is my last semester on campus before my internship, and before I go online for Gen Ed’s for the next year. So it is important that I still work hard and be the best me I can be.

More water less pop. July was not a good month for me. I am really going to try this month!

Workout 3x’s a week/walk more. I need to get back into my routine. With me having to take a group exercise class each week has given a bit of a push to go to the gym again I just need to make the commitment again and the Y will be closing coming up for the week (for cleaning) so that means going to the other gym that I go to for school (Prairie Life in Omaha) to attend classes and actually workout there for reals on my own. That’s a big step for me. Also that the weather is starting to cool down a bit (well sort of) I need to start walking again too.

Be more positive. This is hard one for me. I tend to be dwell on certain things but I need to move forward and I’ve done more self talk as well that I can give myself that “push” I need to keep moving forward.

Last but not least I have a pin up shoot at the end of August. This will be my 3rd shoot and I am really excited for it. I haven’t been feeling like myself lately so I think getting glammed up and feeling pretty might help.

And I wrote my goals on a different page instead of my calendar since sharpies bleed through thinner paper. I like this set up I think. Still a work in progress!

Have a great month! I’ll be back soon with some more meal prep ideas!

~Mags