Monthly Archives: November 2014

Week 6 Weigh In

This was a very successful week for me! I’m down another 2.4 pounds this week! That brings the total weight loss so far to 12.6 pounds. I’m averaging a little over 2 pounds a week which is healthy! 🙂 I posted my newest small victories last night, so this post will be shorter than most! I’m just incredibly happy that I am still moving in the right direction and seeing results!

Happy Monday Everyone!



Music Motivation

There are days that I just can’t find my mojo to get to the gym.  I force myself to go and ultimately I leave feeling fantastic.  However, when I’m not working out with CJ, I have to have my ear buds in and my music going.

I edit my workout playlist about every couple of months or so.  I love music and have a vast array of songs in my collection, but my mood changes so my music needs to change.  So when I’m not feeling my workout, I use my music to motivate me.

Most of you know that I’m a huge fan of 90’s pop music and believe me, there is a bunch on my 300+ song playlist.  I’m also a big fan of listening to rap music and music that speaks to whatever life situation I find myself in.

So- just for fun, I am putting my current work out playlist on shuffle and these are the first 5 that played:

  1. “Sweet Dreams” by Beyonce
  2. “Club Can’t Handle Me” by Flo Rida feat. David Guetta
  3. “It’s Raining Men” by Sister Sledge
  4. “If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher
  5. “Womanizer” by Britney Spears

Tomorrow is weigh in day and I’m a little nervous because I got thrown off my routine this week.  I’m sure that will happen more often in the next few weeks as we head into the holiday season.  No matter what the scale says, I’ve had two “small victories” this week!

1. This one is bittersweet: My favorite jeans are getting too big.  I got these jeans in Wyoming this summer and they are the most comfortable pair of jeans I have ever owned.  They fit perfectly when I put them on Saturday Morning.  By Saturday afternoon, I kept having to pull them up.  I know that is a good thing, but I’m not prepared to give up my favorite pair of jeans.

2.  I was putting away my laundry tonight and came across a shirt that I got late last year.  My boss was very generous and purchased each of us the Allstate apparel item of our choice.  I picked out this really nice pink button down.  I was a little disappointed when I got it that it was a feminine fit, so I couldn’t even button it and the arms were very tight- to the point of being uncomfortable.  I tried it on tonight and I’m happy to report that the arms are comfortable and I can button the shirt.  It’s still a little snug for my liking, but baby steps!  I hope to be able to wear this comfortably buttoned in a month.

That’s all I have for tonight.  I’ll post with my weigh in tomorrow. Until then, leave a comment with some of your favorite work out songs!

Week 5 Weigh In

i lost 10 pounds

That’s right- You aren’t seeing things!  I have lost 10.2 pounds so far.  This week’s weight loss was disappointing- only 6 ounces.  However, I still lost something, so I have to be positive.  Also, I haven’t felt well in the last week, so I only went to the gym twice.  I’m used to going 5 days a week.  I felt horrible for not going, but CJ, my personal trainer, agreed that I have to listen to my body.

I’m feeling much better and tonight I worked out and went to my first boxing class.  It was just a preview for an eight week course that starts on December 1.  I don’t know why I still get amazed by how nice the people at my gym are.  I made several new friends and I cannot wait for December 1.  I will talk about the class more in a few days.

Tonight, one of the ladies in the gym said that she has noticed that I have lost weight since she first saw me come into the gym.  My clothes are starting to fit better, if not a little looser.  I’m starting to notice some subtle differences in my appearance- none that would be outwardly obvious though.  I am determined to embrace small victories because they all lead to big victories.

My most recent small victory was that I was able to put on my boots with little difficulty- and by that I mean I was able to zip them up with little difficulty.  I wore them all day on Friday and felt like I was strutting.  I felt so great about myself and my small victory.

What is your small victory for the past week?

Week 4 Weigh In

Alright everyone!!! Week 4 is upon us. Today is exactly 30 days since I started this journey. I have made significant changes in my lifestyle and I am beyond excited to finally start seeing some results- not just in pounds, but also in how my clothes fit, what I see in the mirror, etc!

Weight this week: 270.4
-1.4 pounds from previous week
-9.6 pounds overall!

I would have like to have hit the 10 pound mark in 30 days, but a loss is a loss and I’m heading in the right direction!

On the recommendation of my trainer, I went to my local Complete Nutrition this weekend and picked up some vitamins and supplements. I hope with adding these things to my work out regimen that I see a little more in the way of results. Overall I know that my weight loss is completely normal and in the healthy range. I’ll be putting on my 10 pound badge next week!

I have been told be several people that I am inspiring or motivating them to take their own journey. I may sound like a broken record, but I am inspired by every person that takes the time to read this blog or give an encouraging word. I get excited by your excitement. I’m honored that anyone would use me for motivation or inspiration. We’re all on a different journey but we’re all on a journey together. That’s the ultimate inspiration and motivation!

What I Will Not Do…

So tomorrow is a pretty significant and emotional day for me.  It would have been the one year anniversary of my ex and I.  We only broke up last month, so the wounds are still fresh.  I won’t go into all of that because this is my weight loss blog- not my dating one.  I only mention this because prior to my transformation starting, the first thing I would have done was run for the nearest cupcake.  As one of my sorority sisters and I agreed last night, cupcakes make everyone happy.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I am an emotional eater.  I know this about myself.  So instead of coming home tomorrow after work and being tempted to stuff my face, I’m headed to the gym.

As all of you that are friends with me on FB saw, my trainer put me on the punching bag this week.  I freaking love it!  My hands were the only thing that hurt me when I was done with that, but I think it was because the gloves might have been a little too big.  (I have little kid hands!)  So, my plan is to get off work, head to the gym and give the punching bag a good beating.  In fact, I plan to beat the hell out of the punching bag and get in a good work out.

What I am not going to do is wallow in my sad feelings.  I will not give in to the want in me that would normally have me eating a cupcake (or two…).  My transformation is more than losing weight.  This is about changing my habits.  So tomorrow when I wake up, I will go to work.  I will go to the gym.  And the only tears that will be shed, will be that of the fat that I am working off my body!


Weigh In Week 3

I was nervous to weigh in this morning. Last week I gained 2 oz and I’m not ashamed to say I was disappointed. I know it could be for a number of reasons, but it’s disappointing nonetheless.
So with traveling and being out of my routine, I was understandably nervous to step on the scale… But that was for naught!

I lost 1.8 pounds this week!!!! So my total weight loss so far is 8.2 pounds. I was ecstatic. Sure, it’s not as big as the first week, but a loss is a loss (as it is in football)!

Happy Monday, Everyone!!!

Leaving on a jet plane…

Well, not really, I actually just got back.  However, can I tell you that trying to stay healthy while traveling sucks?!?!  I’m so lucky that I went to see friends that are super supportive of this journey I’m on.

I did go to the store before going to the airport to load up on some trail mix (pretty much nuts only, but there was some dried fruit included) as well as some Tukey Jerkey.  Charleston Airport is not known for their food varieties- especially while they are going through their renovation.  I knew this ahead of time and prepared for this.  I also know that BWI has some great foot variety, but most of it I can’t eat.

Saturday and today, I did pretty well with my eating.  I’m so committed to this journey, but I’m human.  When traveling and being around people who do not have the same rules as you, temptation is EVERYWHERE.  Do not get me wrong, I do not expect to have special treatment and as I mentioned, my friends are so supportive.  I just point this out to note that this is a test of will power.

Lately, I have been craving diet soda.  My trainer even told me Tuesday that he thought I was going to have one.  CJ- you will be happy to know I am still soda free.  :). I’m a lot stronger than I give myself credit for.  I even got up this morning and did a few exercises just to keep with my weekly routine.

I need to learn that I can indulge (in moderation) and the key to these things is not to deny myself.  Some may disagree, but I have heard that from many people- including trainers.  I have done an excellent job at changing my focus when it comes to temptation and I know that it will all pay off in the end.  As my awesomesauce sister said on Friday when everyone was trying to offer me candy and all I could think about was having a 3 Musketeers bar: “Just think, no candy now, means sexy later.”  I know I can do this, but I just have to keep in mind my goal and not beat myself up when I mess up from time to time.

And now, just because I am so incredibly excited.  I mentioned in my previous post that I look forward to having some great tall boots this time last year.  Well, I went out over the weekend on a hunt for some booties.  I found some great boots… And though it’s never happened before, this totally happened tonight!  (Pardon the frog socks!) (and if you don’t see what the accomplishment is- I was able to zip the boots up!)