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A Work in Progress

Yes, I’m still on my road to losing this pesky fat!  I’ve been extremely busy since about mid-February.  I went back to work after being off for nearly two years.  (I took a “mental break” after my last miscarriage)  I was on a roll losing my weight with being down nearly 15 pounds from Jan 2nd to Feb 13th.  I figured it was time to move on.  Boy was I wrong!  This damn scale of mine was resisting to budge for nearly three months.  It hit me this week that I just haven’t been making the time for ME as much as I should have.  However, I have jumped back on the bandwagon and I am hoping to get below the 220’s next week (I started at 248 in January)!  I created a six month goal for myself to be down 50 pounds by my 35th Birthday.  That’s drawing near — June 14th — Eeeek!!  Since I took my first photo of myself on January 19th, I figured I’d be a little lenient and go to June 19th to reach my goal.  Of course, I won’t be saddened if I reach it before then.  🙂

On May 7th, I will be giving up my reigns once again as Nanny.  I’m going to be concentrating on myself this summer and preparing my body to go through another round of infertility treatments.  (I haven’t shared it with most of my family and friends — so I apologize if you are reading this and are just now finding out)  I am going to tell you all this… I’m scared as hell nervous and anxious to begin the process.  Most of all, in my current state — I’m not ready!  My goal was to be below 200 pounds before even going to see the specialist.  Our appointment is May 20th.  I just told my husband (literally like 20 minutes ago) that I am rescheduling that appointment… once again!  This time, not because I am too frightened to begin treatment, but because I have a bigger goal in mind.  I want to be below that 200 lb mark!  I want to be a healthy pregnant momma!!  There’s nothing I have ever wanted more!  (Small Note:  I will NOT be posting on this blog, Twitter, or Facebook when/if I do treatments.  You will find out I’m pregnant when I feel I’m ready.  Not trying to be rude, but just protecting myself, my husband and so many other couples who go through the struggle of infertility every day of every year.  I will not be that person who keeps throwing it up in conversation just for conversation.  I have been there and I won’t be doing it!  So, you are still safe to hang around.  Long after the “fun” begins!  🙂 )

I have my Best Friends wedding on May 18th and when I return I will be kicking it in high gear till at least my birthday.  Then, I will see where I am.  (Hopefully below the 200 line!)  At that point, I will contact my specialist (Reproductive Endocrinologist) and go from there.  And hey, who knows!  Maybe I’ll just have a miracle pregnancy!  Psh!  Ha!  Ya, I’ve been saying that for 7 years folks.  (Read MY STORY to find out more)

Tomorrow morning I am joining my new friend and journey buddy (Geri) for Boot Camp.  Yes, I’m going back!  Well, this one is with a different trainer, but I need to have my ass pushed a little harder.  I have NO CHOICE!  Staying fat is not an option for me!  I’m also continuing with my weight-loss challenge group and have recently started a local “Women’s Fat Club”.  I am expecting a call on Tuesday afternoon from a Therapist who specializes in Food Addiction and Binge Eating.  We are hoping to have her come and speak with us ladies.  We also have a cooking class (at our local Diabetes Center), a field trip to see Ruby Gettinger and a Splash ‘N Dash Fun Run scheduled over the summer.  Strength in numbers folks!  I encourage you to grab a few friends and get yourselves moving this summer too!  Get out and enjoy your life!

Ok, now for the good stuff (blech!).  Here’s my progress photo’s….

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Not a whole lotta change yet (slightly here and slight there yes), but there will be soon!  You just wait and see!

**Do you have a progress photo, journey story, etc that you would like to share with my readers?  Let me know (by commenting below or contacting me via PM on Facebook) and I’ll post it on my blog for you!  I love to share others stories!  Be an inspiration to others and you will keep inspiring yourself.

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Checking In :: Or, Maybe I’m just venting….?

I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve updated.  So, I thought I should get on here and do so.  Let’s see… where to begin?!  (Warning:  This is going to be all over the place…)

I’m still teetering around the 228 lb mark.  I’ve lost 20.8 pounds since January 2nd.  Not too bad, but I would REALLY like to get myself into ONEDERLAND sooner than later.  For some reason, the taste of onederland is causing me some extreme weight-loss anxiety.  I’m having battles from “What to Eat?”, “What workout to do?”, “I don’t feel like logging”, “Why won’t my friends come work out with me”…etc etc.  I know it’s nothing more than just in my head, but it’s really starting to piss me off!  I know some of you are like “Quit Complaining” & “You’ve lost, what more could you want”!?!  Blech!  That’s all, just Blech!

I really need to find some new workout sessions/classes.  I think maybe I have hit boredom?  I also need to either find a personal trainer or a group of friends who will work out with me.  Perhaps loneliness?  The main problem, I live about 45-minutes to an hour away from everyone.  😦  Not good!  But, something needs to change.  Maybe I’m just scared that I will “Give Up”?!  I think that’s the ultimate right now.  I know I won’t entirely, but unless something snaps…. I’m heading for a full blown sabotage.  Yikes!

Oh, did I mention that I have started working again?!  I have.  I love it!  The job is flexible and the family is ultra sweet.  However, I’m noticing that since starting I have slowly become “lax” with my journey.  I need to maybe find some better time management skills in the process too…

I don’t know what’s ultimately going on… but, I think I’m overwhelmed.  Therefore, I’m starting over.  I’m going back to week one.  NO CARBS, NO SUGAR.  EAT VEGGIES & FRUIT often and LEAN MEATS.  Also, NO DAIRY or EGGS.  I’m planning to do this for at least two weeks.  I’ll report back afterwards and let you know if this is just the kick in the ass that I’ve been needing.

Here’s what I have on the plan for the week too….

Monday:  Workout @ Planet Fitness (Hoping to meetup with Friends), OFF today

Tuesday: AM Walk @ Home & Weights,  Work 4-11/12

Wednesday:  Work 12-6, Dance Class 7pm

Thursday:  Work 9:30-3:30, Evening Walk @ Home & Weights

Friday:  8am Yoga, 10am Gym,  OFF today

Saturday:  OFF  — Gym/Walk @ Home

Sunday:  OFF — REST DAY

MEAL PLAN…..

Breakfast Daily:  Green Monster Smoothie
Snacks: Fruit, Veggies, Nuts
Lunch & Dinner: Lean Meats (Tuna, Turkey Breast, Chicken Breast…) & Veggies

If you missed it.  Here’s my Bridesmaid Dress that I picked out yesterday.  This is a little reminder that my hard work is actually working.  Somewhat.  Maybe.  😉

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So, What do you think?!

On a positive note, I have added some small items of encouragement.  I am signed up for a 4% Biggest Loser Weight-Loss Challenge.  I have 22 Days to lose another 6 pounds.  I know I can do it!  I also signed up to walk the Susan G. Komen 5K with my Mom on Mother’s Day in Chicago.  I’m really excited about this one.  A 5K through my favorite city?  Yes please! It should prove to be a good & healthy time.

Alright, I must go prep for the week.  In the meantime, check out this cool website I found today.  http://www.FitnessBlender.com.  It’s absolutely FREE to sign up on it and they have TONS of FREE Fitness Videos.  You can even do a search based on what type of workout you want.  Say you wanna tone your arms (like me!)…. you just search “Toning” “Tri-Ceps/Bi-Ceps”.  It’s as easy as that!

Wishing you all a fabulous week!  Enjoy!

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Don’t Give Up!

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Hey Y’all!  I hope you are having a GREAT week so far.  I’m getting myself back on track and NOT GIVING UP!  I spent the last few weeks surrounded by bad food, bad choices and bad people.  Now it’s time for ME!  I’ve got my week going pretty good so far.  Here’s what I have in store…

Today:  Dance Class

Tomorrow:  Do 3.1 miles at the gym and weights

Friday:  Yoga in AM.  At least 2mi walk at home in the PM.

Saturday:  At home/gym 5k and weights

Sunday:  Do “something” active with the hubby & pupster.  (Weather permitting, I’d like to go for a walk on the beach or do a local trail.)

What do you have planned for your workouts this week?  What roadblocks have you had along the way?

**My personal goal for this week is to be able to run at least a 1/2 mile non-stop.  I’ll keep you posted!

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Don’t DERAIL on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to sabotage your Diet.  But, it doesn’t have to be!  By making a few adjustments and sticking to them, you can make sure you don’t derail on your New Year’s Resolution to lose weight.

1.)  Plan to Workout in the morning on Valentine’s Day.

2.)  Eat your normal meals throughout the day to ward off emotional eating, overeating or making a bad choice due to starvation mode.

3.)  Plan to cook a meal at home and lower the calorie count -OR- split a dinner with your mate at a restaurant.  Either way, you will be able to lower the amount of calories.

4.)  Get active!  Plan to go for a walk after dinner -OR-  Get Sexy! 😉

5.)  Ward off all Chocolate Candies!  It’s not worth it and they have WAYYY too many calories.  Instead, grab a piece of fruit or a hot chocolate.

Most of all, enjoy the day!  Because really, that’s all it is.  A DAY!  You can celebrate your love each and every day without chocolates and high fat meals.  Plan ahead and you will do just fine!

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NO EXCUSES! — Working out, with children in tow.

For those of you who missed my morning post on Facebook…  I was a Nanny for over 10 years.  Ms. F was my last charge while working as a Professional Nanny.  I’ve watched her from the time she was 10 months old.  She is going to be 6 yo in April.  (So hard to believe!)  She is the sweetest, cutest, and most outgoing child I have ever worked with.  She makes my days so enjoyable when I am with her.  It’s just sooo hard to be upset when you are around her.  The things she says and does gives me an instant “perma grin”.  =)  I love her with all my heart; as if she is one of my own.  I am no longer with her full-time (filling in today), but I still get the pleasure of being with her from time-to-time.  I always make sure the time we spend together is valuable.  Life is way to short not to and I value the time I have with her each and every time.
(Nanny M loves YOU Ms. F!)

My workout partner today was amazing! She did the whole thing without complaining. I think she was showing off a little. 😉

I guess I never realized how much can be done in a park with a kid in tow.  Of course, maybe my “healthy brain” was covered under a lot of fat two years ago?! Perhaps.  Either way, we managed to “get ‘er done” while having fun today.  As Ms. F told me, “Thank Goodwess the Wain stayed away”.  

Here’s what we did while at the park….

20130207-145830.jpgWe started out with a little run in the grass outside the baseball field.
AKA: I’m going to get you! And,You can’t get me!

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Next, “we” did ten push-ups (three reps).

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This was her favorite part. Running the stairs. She kinda made me nervous, BUT she did an amazing job. We went up and down five times. (Giggling the entire time…)

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Every girl should learn how to do  squats at an early age.
(Ha! She actually sat down all the way though.)

I did three reps of 10.

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Then, Ms. F made a beat on the conga drums while I….

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Drummed out a stepping beat of my own on this here step. (Got 20 on each leg)

Five minutes later. Ms. F crashed her shin into this stair and our day at the park was over. Well, until I cheered her up with a friendly run from the playground to the car. I let her win! 😉

Afterwards, we joined my hubby for lunch.  We were both starving.  Ms. F was asking for Lunch with Tom and Spaghetti.  I managed to talk her out of the Italian Restaurant.  We ended up at Outback instead.  I had Chicken on the Barbie (no seasoning and no BBQ sauce) and Steamed Broccoli (no seasoning or butter).  Ms. F, she had a “Burger & Fries”. Her favorite! (As did Tom too!  She was pretty excited about that.)

We both ended up happy in the end.  Except for maybe the few times I traded her a French Fry for a piece of Broccoli.  If only I had recorded her disgust each time I handed her a green tree.  Ha!  I only managed to walk away with four french fries in my belly.  Thankfully!

After lunch, we hit the car wash.  Her new favorite thing to do.  I got a clean car and a workout (while vacuuming the inside) and she got free entertainment.  DEAL!  I should take her every time I go.  🙂

Now, she’s passed out cold on the couch.  I have to wake her up in 15 minutes to get ready for Dance Class.  I’m pretty sure she will sleep very well for her Momma tonight.

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13.8 GONE! — 85 More To Go!

As promised, I’m posting my before and after for month one below.  I’m not completely confident in my own skin yet and this is taking a huge amount of strength to post this to the world!  I can definitely see a difference, but it scares me.  Will I be happy with my “look” once I finally meet my goal weight?  I surely hope so!  So please, be kind to the “skinny girl in the making” below.  She’s on the right path and hopes this picture helps others in her shoes.  ((HUGS)) to all you trying to melt along with me!  We are well on our way!  Month ONE — DOWN!

Since January 2nd, I have lost 13.8 pounds.  It wasn’t easy, but I definitely have learned a LOT and gained a whole NEW lifestyle in just a short month’s time.  I’m so proud of myself for the strides I have made in “Making Marcia Melt”.

To prepare for February, I’ve already prepared my workout plan and have started on my meal plan.  I’ll post it in another posting later today.  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, enjoy my new bod!  Ha!!  =)  Can’t wait to see what this is going to look like in May when I reach my 1/2 way goal!!  Oh ya!!

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FYI, No Breakdown posting this week.  Instead, I’m going to go enjoy the Super Bowl with my hubby and pupster!  =)  I’ll post my calendar and my Healthy Super Bowl Spread later today though via Twitter & Facebook.

Who do you want to win the Super Bowl?  I’m in it for the commercials?  Let me know which was your favorite!

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As you learned in my Call 9-1-1….I have a FOOD COMA! post, this past week was not my best to date.  I had a couple of “cheat” moments that definitely lead me down a path of self-resentment for a few days.  Thankfully, I am back on track today!  Somewhat…. I’ll explain later.  For now, how about a little re-cap of last week?

Monday:  Boot Camp almost killed me this past week.  She made us RUN!  Did you hear me?  SHE MADE US RUN!!!  Ok, maybe she just made us run down the one side of the church to the dumpster and back — TWICE!  But still.  My body was screaming pretty loudly at 5:30am.  Sadly enough, I was also the slowest.  😦  I’m ok with that though.  I’m the big girl on campus…. for now!

Tuesday:  I took the day off.  Sat around in my PJ’s ALL DAY and played on my Kindle and watched TV.  It was great!  It was my first true “Pajama Day” since starting the new lifestyle.  Figured I owed it to myself (if only I had known what the rest of the week would have looked like).

Wednesday:  The day started off good with me waking up, loading up on apples and water and heading out for a Aerobic Dance class with our 62yo House Guest.  Boy, I was literally the YOUNGEST person in the gym filled with at least 50 over 50yo’s.  But hey, for $1, I’ll be going more often!  Well, after class is when the day went steadily downhill.  My driver (let’s call her “Canada” to protect her identity), she got a little turned around and we ended up in the wrong direction to her storage unit (we had a lot of errands this day).  So, our original plan to stop at a small soup and salad joint was busted.  We ended up walking into a Thai Restaurant instead.  Then, that night…. I had dinner with friends at the Ale House.  Again, see my Call 9-1-1….I have a FOOD COMA! post for more details.  I’ll just sum it up with this photo….

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Thursday:  Besides beating myself up.  Thursday was another lay low day and I ate pretty decent.  Looking back, I wished I would have gotten off my A** this day and worked out.  But, you live and you learn.

Friday:  Uh yes!  Finally, I talked myself out of my depressive state.  Ha!  I headed to the gym (as I really wanted to sleep in and not get kicked back down at Boot Camp) and ran Day 1 of Week 1 of the Couch 2 5K program.  I also did my arms on the weight machines.  To reward myself, I went out to our local farm and purchased some veggies and had a nice quiet lunch with me, myself and I.  It was WONDERFUL!  =)  This really helped to lift my spirits.

Saturday & Sunday:  I didn’t do much in the terms of “working out” this weekend.  However, I did manage to finally clean off my desk in our extra room.  That desk has been piled with the past for the last 6 months.  I finally went through it all and trashed most of it.  I am now sitting here at a nice clean desk and able to have MY own space back in the house.  I’m in LOVE!  On Sunday, hubby and I went to our local farmers market.  Didn’t get anything; as I got so much on Friday.  However, it was nice to scope out the prices and see what they have available for next time.  I’ll definitely be back.  Afterwards, we headed to the grocery store and then to pick Strawberries!  YUM!  I have enough strawberries to get me through the week with my smoothies and just general snacking.  I should have got more, but there’s always NEXT weekend!  🙂

TODAY:  Ok, I have another confession.  On Saturday night, I decided to enjoy a small slice of a loaf cake that “Canada” had purchased at Fresh Market.  It had been staring me in the face all week.  Let’s just say, my body is NOT happy with it!  I’ve needed to be near a bathroom for the last 24 hours. (Sorry, TMI, I know.  Deal with it!  I’m only HUMAN!) I guess there is the slight possibility it could be a stomach virus, but I don’t think so.  I’m starting to figure myself out.  So, I had to skip Boot Camp again.  It was the last day of my pass today too.  😦  It’s ok.  I made a pact with myself.  Get down another 20 lbs and we can sign up for another round.  I think I’ll need it once I hit a plateau anyhow.  (Yes, I do talk to myself.  Don’t judge!)  In the meantime, I am going to train for my first 5K.  My husband and I are going to WALK one on February 9th.  The first big RUN 5K will be April 7th.  I’ve got PLENTY of time.  If I can tackle the 5K, I may even upgrade to the 10K at the race.  🙂  So, my plan today was Boot Camp.  That got blotched, then I decided to do the gym C25K program, that got blotched… so I just stayed around the house and walked 1.51 miles with the puppy instead.  I went strong for the first mile.  The last half, I had to slow it down a bit as my stomach was starting to shine its awful face at me.

The upside to having a stomach issue — Down 1.8 pounds on the scale in 24hrs!  HOLY F###!!  Why couldn’t I have weighed in at that yesterday??  Errr.  Oh well, this weeks weigh-in should be pretty decent.  Watch out girls!  😉  Currently, I am down a total of 12.8 pounds since January 2nd!!!  WOOT WOOT!!!  Enter Happy Dance….

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I’m going to leave you with a little quote I got while at Tory Johnson’s Spark & Hustle Business Conference last year.  It’s one of my favorites and it will be my theme this week.  Feel free to take it for yourself too!  Have a fabulous one!

Do Not Let Your Fire Go Out,
Spark By Irreplaceable Spark…
The World You Desire Can Be Won.
It Exists…. It Is Real… It Is Possible…. It Is YOURS.
~ Ayn Rand

The Break Down (Week of 1/21/13)

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Call 9-1-1 …. I have a FOOD COMA!

Dude… You got Dessert?!

So, yesterday started off on the right foot.  Our 62 yo housemate returned home this week.  (Long story, but she is here temporarily.  And, we LOVE having her around so it’s no big deal.)  She took me to her Aerobics class yesterday after talking me into it for months now.  For $1, I figured I’d give it a shot.

I arrived to a gym filled with grumpy men and anxious ladies all above 50 years old!  (Ha!)  Funniest part, the lady next to me tried to tell me that I was doing a move wrong at one point and ended up causing the entire line to run into each other.  Ha!  Serves her right!  (Just kidding!  I’m really not that mean!)  I was surprised at how I could get myself to sweat during an “extremely modified” aerobic session.  I guess all my years of Jazzercise helped me to accommodate pretty much any workout.  To say the least, I will return next week for $1 and to hang out with my fellow new 50+ friends.  (Bonus:  They have weight-lifting afterwards for FREE.  Woot Woot!)

After Aerobics, I agreed to help her with some items of importance.  Like getting paperwork from her storage unit and getting the contacts on her old phone transferred over to the new one.  (That’s a whole ‘nother subject.  I’ve been teaching her how to use a phone since Monday.  Of which, I told her NOT to get.  But anyhow… 62yo’s are like talking to Teenagers sometimes.  Geesh!)  Well, she ended up getting entirely turned around on the way to the storage facility.  So, the plan to eat at a nice Salad/Soup Restaurant went straight into the dumpster… and so did my diet.  The next turn was a THAI Restaurant!

It’s probably been a century since I have visited a Thai Restaurant.  I had no idea what to order and couldn’t think fast enough on my feet to plan for something low-fat/low-sodium/low-cal…etc.  I went with my GUT (and not figuratively) and ordered the Wide Pad Thai Noodles with Brown Gravy, Chicken and Broccoli.  Ya, I did post that I was only going to eat 1/2 of that plate.  Ya RIGHT!  I ate the whole damn thing!!  Can you blame me?!  I’ve been eating clean (veggies, fruits, meats, etc) for the last 22 days.  Set some “gravy” and rice noodles in front of me and this “fat chick” ain’t going to control herself.  I ate it all and LOVED it!  (And of course, I felt like passing out right after we got into the car. Damn Carbs!)

I knew I had plans to visit my friends that evening at the local Ale House.  Therefore, I think the reason for me being upset at the Thai Restaurant was because I had planned to eat healthy at lunch and bad at dinner.  So not the case here…. at all.  You’ll see why in a minute!

I downed my Herbal Tea and Water the rest of the day until it was time to prepare myself for my Ale House adventure.  6:30pm, I walked into the door and was greeted by my hubby and my friends at the Ale House.  After spending an entire day with a 62yo discussing Social Security benefits (Eck!)… I ordered a BEER…. then, an order of Spinach Dip with Chips… and then a Hamburger with Bacon, ‘Shrooms and Provolone on a WHITE bun with Yellow Mustard and a side of Sweet Potato Fries… and then, ANOTHER BEER!  O.M.G….. Call 9-1-1… Marcia is going into a FOOD COMA!  Thank GOD for my hubby being there and not ordering anything of his own.  He helped me tear apart my feast.  Thankfully.  The beers must’ve numbed me, because I didn’t even consider a dessert.  Or maybe I did…. it’s not the point here.  Or is it?  LOL!  Good Lord…

So, today… I wake up.  Massive Allergy Attack (I am only to assume it’s from the nastiness I ate yesterday) and step on the scale…. I swear it looked like this….

HELP Scale

I went up 1.4 pounds since YESTERDAY!!!

I’m not going to tell you my weight exactly.  Mainly because I am in a challenge and I don’t want to announce any weight standings till Sunday (as that is what everyone else is doing as well, it’s only fair that way).  Basically, I’m beating myself up today.  I feel like the scale and the hamburger are playing the “Rocky Theme Song” and dancing with each other!

I’ve decided to skip the Yoga class today.  Instead, I will head to the gym or take the pupster on a walk later this afternoon.  My 62yo has left the building for a few hours.  So, I think I will take in the moment and enjoy some FREE time on the couch and allow my nose to open up and the allergy med’s to take control.

My promise to myself though…  I will NOT repeat yesterday this week.  I will NOT allow myself to have another FOOD COMA this month.  I’m not saying that I will never have a Food Coma again.  I’m saying that I am not allowing myself to fall ass backwards into my old eating habits.  If, by chance, I have another day like this in the future.  No biggie!  As long as I go on the next day with healthy eating habits and good exercise… I’ll be proud of myself.  Bad Days happen to Good People.  I’m not going to let it define me.  But I still wish it would have turned out a little differently.

Here’s hoping that the scale is kind to me on Sunday!  And a little funny to take us out with.  Enjoy and have a GOOD day!

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The Break Down (Week of 1/14/13)

This week started off on the right foot.  However, it began to look a little shaky by mid-week….

Monday:  Boot Camp — We did so many crunches that I thought for sure that my stomach was on fire!  Trainer completely knocked us into next week.  However, I still loved it.  (Isn’t that sick?!)

Tuesday:  My friend Lynne twisted my arm (Ha! Not really!) behind my back and had me go try a Trampoline Fitness class.  O.M.G!  First of all, I think it’s been at least 20 years since I have been on a Trampoline.  Believe me, it’s not like getting back up on the horse at all.  Ha!  I think I actually muttered the words — “I’m scared!” — at one point.  Ha!!  Oh boy!  Anyhow, this workout completely worked every portion of my body, but most of all…. I forgot I was working out.  I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.  I’m not sure if I had actually worked out my abs by working out or by laughing that evening (they were still on fire from Monday’s workout, so you can just imagine how it felt when I did laugh!  Ha!).  If you haven’t tried Trampoline Fitness, go give it a shot!  You have nothing to lose but weight!  😉
(I’m not sure who Rhonda is, but here’s a video that is just like what I did on Tuesday night.)

Wednesday:  I decided to take Wednesday off because I had to work that evening.  Typically, I have Dance Class at 7pm on Wednesday’s.  Instead, I decided I would go today (Sunday) instead and enjoy Wednesday off.  I ended up going and having lunch with my dear friend Salina and her new bambino at Chili’s.  I was really proud of myself.  I scoped out the menu online before even setting foot into the restaurant (I highly recommend this to anyone!  Dieter, Lifestyler, or not).  I ended up getting the Margarita Chicken (w/o the tortilla strips) with a side of Black Beans and Steamed Broccoli w/o Butter (and I held the rice!).  I also enjoyed TEN (count it, 10!) tortilla chips and salsa.  That’s the part I was extremely proud of!  I’m a carb queen #1, #2 — I absolutely LOVE any type of Mexican/Spanish food.  I easily could have ate that entire basket of chips on my own, BUT I didn’t!  Go Me!!

Thursday:  Because I took Wednesday off, I decided to skip Yoga (my stress relieving/stretching yoga) and put in something a little more “powerful”.  My day was extremely busy and I needed to find a quick 45min-1hr workout I could do at home.  So, I decided to just take a brisk walk with my pupster.  My goal leaving the house was to get to 3.1 miles under an hour.  I didn’t get to the 3.1, but I did manage to make 2.43 in 48mins!  However, I probably should have taken it a bit slower.  Thursday night, it felt like a Mack Truck had hit my back.  I was in EXTREME pain!  I was also crying my eyes out because I didn’t want to miss Boot Camp the next day.  Thankfully, I have some amazing family members, friends and FB fans.  They walked me off the edge and made me realize that I needed to take the time to heal.  I sent out a note to my trainer and began the heat/ice method.

Yes, I do believe my back was literally screaming at me this week!

Friday:  Well, I ended up really taking everyone’s advice despite my stubborn tendencies and spent the day on the couch.  My trainer sent me a message telling me to basically do exactly what everyone had already told me — take the day off (maybe even two days) and ice/heat and an Epsom Salt bath were in order immediately.  I sent him a reply thanking him for his understanding and help and told him that I was already down 9.8 pounds since beginning, I just didn’t want to see a set-back.  Here’s what he sent me in reply…

I have the BEST trainer ever!

Saturday:  Thankfully, my back was feeling a HELLUVA lot better!  I got up, weighed myself (so close to my goal) and headed out for the day.  I wasn’t going to become victim to the couch any longer!  I got my hair cut (REWARD #1 to myself — COMPLETE!), came home and sat down for a few minutes and then looked at my hubby and said, “Will you give me at least $20 so I can get out of here?  If I don’t get out of this house, I’m going to eat or sleep.  Neither of which are healthy!”.  Thankfully, I have a GREAT man!  He handed me over $15 (because of course, there’s always negotiating involved.  Ha!) and I flew out the door without looking back.  Instead of wasting my money on foolish things, I purchased a Jump Rope and some Resistance Bands.  This way, when my sessions with the trainer end on Feb 7th, I can continue to do my workouts I have been taught at home.  I don’t want to slide down a slippery slope to “Fatville” again.  I want to stay on this same momentum of burning things off.  Just because I won’t be able to be with the trainer does not mean that I won’t work out.  I won’t allow myself to do that!  (I’m telling you that to tell myself that ya know!)

Sunday:  AND, here’s TODAY!!!  I slept in today.  I haven’t even had the chance to grab a cup of coffee or log-in to Facebook to enter my week’s weigh-in amounts on my challenge.  I had to immediately get to WordPress and update this blog so I could show you THIS…..

I HIT MY EFFING GOAL THIS WEEK!!!  I'M BELOW 240!!! WAY BELOW 240!!! DESPITE BEING OFF FOR TWO DAYS!!!  I CANNOT BELIEVE IT!!

I HIT MY EFFING GOAL THIS WEEK!!! I’M BELOW 240!!! WAY BELOW 240!!! DESPITE BEING OFF FOR TWO DAYS!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE IT!!

So friends, I think the theory that weight-loss is all in your head may be proving right.  I have not set foot in a work-out since Thursday morning and I still managed to lose 3.2 pounds this week and a total of 10.4 pounds since the beginning (Jan 2nd)!!!  DON’T EVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF!!!  Because, I’m thankful that I didn’t give up on me!

This evening, I will be heading out to my Dance Class at 6pm.  I am so excited!  Have a great week y’all!!!

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