Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Weekly Goals: Make Boring Fun

Good Morning. I know my weekly goals are usually on Monday but bear with me, I have been so busy between work and home that I can barely string a sentence together most evenings.  Hopefully soon I will get into a more organized system and I will start blogging more again!

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So I stepped on the scale again and lost another...
3.3 pounds

Feeling great about the pounds slowly inching down. My pants are fitting better and there is my favorite pair of loose boyfriend jeans that now require a belt. Slowly but surely I am watching the weight drop off. And it is all thanks to cleaning up my eating

Ya'll know by now that I have PCOS and eating with PCOS can get extremely tricky. I eat low carb because it has shown great success before and my doctor suggested it. I read this fantastic article that basically explained that women with PCOS don't need as many calories a day. So I dropped my calorie intake to around 1300 a day, dropped my carbs to around 100 grams a day and bam I have been losing weight steadily ever since WITHOUT feeling deprived or starving. Because I am eating better quality foods such as vegetables and lean proteins, my body seems to stay fuller for longer. It is simply amazing how eating can make such a huge change in this whole weight loss journey.

So what am I eating lately? I prep lunches of vegetables with sausage. I snack on pistachios or cherries or grapes. The most carb filled meal of the day for me is breakfast when I have some low sugar oatmeal and a yogurt. For dinner's I stick to a lean meat and a vegetable. Some nights I just have salad or an artichoke. I don't eat desert anymore or a lot of sugar. The weekends were where I used to get myself in a lot of trouble but now I just carry snacks around with me in my purse and make sure there are quicker foods to make for lunch. I am sort of amazed at how easy it can be to stick to a healthier style of eating once you have started!!

My thoughts have always been.. working out and eating healthy should be FUN not boring. Take cardio for example, I hate cardio, like HATE IT.

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But I try to do 20-30 minutes of cardio each day but I always dread it. But lately I have found some pretty fun HIIT workouts to do on YouTube. The great thing about HIIT, it is over within 20 minutes. Or I blast some Beyonce and shake my booty till I get a really great sweat in. These are my ways of having fun with my workouts and I don't dread cardio anymore. Make your workouts fun people, it will make a HUGE difference.

So now on to weekly goals...

  1. Get out into the sunshine at least once a day.
  2. Don't sweat the small stuff, stop stressing, stop over-thinking, just relax into life right now.
  3. Start sleeping, bed time has been craptastic, so get to bed at a decent time.
  4. Read more books, I started slacking on my reading lately and that is mostly due to my bad bedtime but reading has always been my escape.
  5. Drink that water.
  6. Do those workouts.
  7. Turn the TV off after 8 and settle into a hot bath or read or get ready for bed.
Workout Schedule...

Monday: 20 minute dance party + Arms/Shoulders/Chest.. DONE!
Tuesday: 20 minute dance party + Legs/Booty
Wednesday: 30 minute boot-camp disc
Thursday: 20 Minute HIIT Cardio + Abs/core
Friday: Off
Saturday: Yoga + HIIT Cardio
Sunday: Off

Okay, WHO IS READY TO ROCK THIS WEEK??!!


Monday, April 27, 2015

Weekly Goals: Chaos

Last week was one of those weeks where I was left feeling like a semi had rolled over on top of me. Work has been extremely busy and I have had strict deadlines every single day. Which results in my brain feeling like a wrung out wash cloth by the end of each day. I let that stress and exhaustion leak into my home life, where it combined with the home stress happening right now, which resulted in throwing off my whole damn schedule. I am one of those people that requires a schedule during the week to keep me accountable and on track. So needless to say, when there is no schedule, it is chaos. I work extremely hard, my job has a lot of stress attached to it but I absolutely love it, I just need to work on making the better choice each day when it comes to stress management or else I am going to burn out quickly.

On Saturday evening I got a message from an old friend I used to hang out with in my hometown. She wanted to go out to get a few drinks and watch some line dancing. I was so excited to get out of the damn house that I agreed to it and proceeded to get all dolled up, fed the dogs and then headed out the door for some much needed fun.

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It was a ton of fun. We are talking, cowboy hats and boots everywhere, country music so loud my ears rang for an hour afterwards and of course, line dancing. I joined in on the one's I knew and had a blast doing it. The problem was I noticed that I shrunk into the background a lot. I absolutely love dancing and love having fun but I was more reserved than I used to be. Maybe it is because of not going out for the last few years except for dates with my husband or more than likely it was because all of this fighting my weight constantly has taken a bit of a toll on my self confidence. I promised next time I wasn't going to hold back as much and enjoy myself a bit more without caring what anyone else thinks. Not to mention, after taking almost two weeks off of exercise, I got winded line dancing, pissed me off. Either way though, I had a great time and stayed out till 2:30 a.m. 

Because my sleep schedule was thrown off and Bella Rue (dachshund) refused to let me sleep past 9:00 a.m., I was groggy and exhausted. So I spent most of the day Sunday in PJ's, painting my nails...


And pampering myself a bit...


So now unto this week's goals...
  1. Stress management: Do something healthy each day that reduces stress. Like take a warm bath before bed with my book. Read my book. Do some yoga.
  2. Bed time: Get into that bed no later than 10 p.m. each night and set a routine back up. As in have a cup of warm tea with a warm bath 30 minutes before bed or something along those lines to help my body ease back into a regular schedule.
  3. Drink two 33 ounce bottles of water at work and two of my special water cups when I get home. Yes, I need more but I just want to slowly walk back into the habit.
  4. Make time for work outs at least 3-5 times this week.
  5. No more Mike and Ike's or soda or junk food. Get rid of it. Cleanse the body. Eat low carb and high protein all week.
Summer is coming too fast and I need to get back into getting ready for bathing suit season. I would really like to rock mine with a bit more confidence this year.

Workout Schedule...
  •  Monday: Dance for cardio + Legs/Booty
  • Tuesday: HIIT cardio + Arms/Chest/Shoulders
  • Wednesday: Dance for cardio +  Abs/Core
  • Thursday: Yoga
  • Friday: HIIT cardio + Legs/Booty
  • Saturday: Rest (or long walk)
  • Sunday: Rest
What are your weekly goals??




Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekly Goals: Victory

Happy Monday!

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My weekend was productive. On Sunday morning I woke up motivated. I ended up starting a few household projects and it turned into a five hour deep cleaning adventure. I was scrubbing and dancing to Taylor Swift songs blasted at full volume (don't judge). At one point I walked into my bedroom to discover that the dachshund had ditched me to go cuddle on my bed with the cat. It is tough being my animals obviously!

There is nothing more satisfying to me than a clean house. I keep up on the daily chores but nothing beats once a month just scrubbing the hell out of every inch of the house. Cheap therapy. Try it sometime when you are mad. I do my best cleaning when I am working out a problem in my head. 

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By the time I was done, I was satisfied but so freaking sore. My lower back was hurting, my feet were hurting and I felt sore in places I didn't even know could get sore from just deep cleaning. [Though some of it might have been from the rockstar dance moves I was putting down.] When I logged all of it into my calorie tracker it said I burned a TON of calories. A workout and I didn't even notice, hells yeah. After a nice soak in a hot bath with a face mask, I prepped my lunches for this week...


And made a kick ass healthy dinner.

So I ROCKED last weeks goals for the most part. I ate extremely clean, prepped the hell out of my lunches each night, drank as much water as I could, ate absolutely no sweets, tracked my calories daily and mostly got to sleep at a decent time. The results...

7 POUNDS LOST!!!

I am loving how much the scale is budging and it is all thanks to my low carb eating because I haven't worked out in over a week. DUH DUH DUUUUUH. I know. This week though, now that I have my eating under control, I am leaping back into my workout schedule. No excuses. But in the mean time the low carb eating is really doing the trick. I really work hard to eat BELOW 100 grams of carbohydrates a day. The biggest bulk of my carbohydrates come from my oatmeal in the morning and my yogurt. Other then that I am eating just vegetables and lean meats. It really makes my PCOS happy to eat low carb, so I do what makes the body happy. This morning my work pants that had been getting really tight are a lot more comfortable. I don't have a lot of acne anymore. I am less bloated. My stomach feels better. These are the things keeping me going besides the budge in the scale finally.

Health/Weight Loss Goals this Week...
  1. Keep prepping healthy lunches each day. 
  2. Drink that WATER.
  3. Work out 4 days this week.. get it DONE!
  4. Cook a healthy dinner each night!
  5. Track those calories.
  6. Get some fresh air and do something outside when it isn't already hot as heck out there.
  7. Sleep, it is important!
Work Out Schedule...
  • Monday: 20 minute HIIT cardio + Arms/Chest/Shoulders
  • Tuesday: 20 minute HIIT cardio + Legs and booty
  • Wednesday: Yoga + Abs/Core
  • Thursday: 15-20 minute Kettle-bell Workout + Some full body strength stuff
I am feeling good! Good bye to those 7 pounds and hello to getting closer to my goals!! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Five Favorites Friday

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I did not think I was going to survive this week. Mostly because I have been terrible about my bed time, we are talking awake till 11 p.m. and of course I am up at 6 a.m. every morning for work, so as you can imagine, I am a bit sleep deprived. Not to mention that all the animals have insisted on sleeping with me recently. I woke up this morning to find the old dog had wedged herself by my hip, the cat was at my feet and the dachshund was under the covers curled into my stomach. Talk about your not getting any moving room. But I am here, made it, survived, so let's do a little five on five Friday to share some of these weeks favorites.

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FIVE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS THIS WEEK....

1. I stepped on the scale yesterday and it freaking budged. Okay, it didn't budge, it dropped by 4.4 pounds, BOOM! I did a dance and wrote a blog post about it. That's how freaking excited I was to see a damn lower number for the first time in MONTHS. But this morning doubt wriggled in and I got back on the scale just to double check that I wasn't seeing things yesterday, another pound down. Whew it wasn't a fluke. I am actually starting to lose weight again. Turns out, my doctor MIGHT have been right when she told me that the minute I cleaned up my diet I would start seeing the scale budge.



2. Each evening at 8 p.m., Big Bang Theory ends, I turn off the T.V., do the dishes, feed the animals, pack my lunch and then take the dachshund outside to get a little bit of fresh air before bed. She spends the entire time she is outside sticking her face in spider webs, barking at wind, chasing spiders around licking them and trying to catch mosquito eaters with her stubby legs. It cracks me up watching how busy she is each evening and it has become our little before bed ritual.


3. I found this candle at Wal-Mart and I am burning it almost every single night. It smells so darn good.


4. I have been wearing my hair in more braids. It is finally long enough that I can braid it and it looks good. Next week I am going to try a few sideways braids just for fun and explore different hairstyles I can do with my longer hair now.

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5. The lip/cheek stain I got as a sample in my Birchbox (the little silver tube). This stuff is AWESOME! I am so loving it. I might need to buy a full size one soon! It gives my lips the perfect pinkish tint and my cheeks look fabulous as well. I am most definitely thinking I need a full size one soon.


There you have it. My five favorite things this week that are making me happy!! What are you FIVE ON FRIDAY??

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Budge in the Scale

I have been stuck at the same weight for months now. It would blink up at me every time I stepped on the scale, mocking me. I knew why, I was stress eating, emotional eating, letting my feelings make me want to shove chocolate bunnies in my mouth. Yeah, I was working out but my eating was seriously lacking. I knew it. It was there in my doctors face when she told me to really work on eating low carb and reducing those sugars. It was there in the way my slacks weren't fitting comfortably anymore for work. It was there in the mirror when my face had somehow gotten rounder. It was there, staring at me, no amount of exercise was going to work off what I was trying to eat away.

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In this last week I have made some huge changes. These changes have been hard but incredibly they have also lifted a huge burden off my shoulders that had been sitting there weighing me down. I haven't wanted to stress eat in almost 8 days.

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I am adjusting though, struggling to get to sleep on time, struggling to drink enough water and struggling to work out. But my eating, my eating is on point. AND because of that, that number on the scale finally budged by...

4.4 pounds

Boy was I excited to see that. I did a little dance before getting dressed. The rest will fall into place eventually. I know it. I am not worried. But it just really shows me that if my eating is off, that scale will not budge. An important lesson to learn with PCOS!

I am feeling so excited, I thought I would share with you a day of eats... right now I am pretty much eating the same thing but I am really okay with it!! I try to stick to below 100 grams of carbs a day and stick to 1300-1500 calories a day. It is what works best for me and my PCOS.

Breakfast:
Some oatmeal, a yogurt, some water with crystal light mixed in and a big ice tea for the caffeine boost in the morning.

I have discovered the best oatmeal EVER. No one is paying me to say this, I just LOVE this damn oatmeal so much right now...

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These individual packets only have 18 grams of carbs each and 100 calories. I am not kidding you. They also only take 90 seconds in a microwave and you can use the packet to measure out the water you need. I have never been so excited about oatmeal each morning before. I never used to like eating in the morning but each morning I get to my desk, pull out my oatmeal and immediately go heat up a packet for breakfast. The love for this oatmeal is STRONG!! 

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My yogurt also makes me extremely happy. First off, only a $1, um YEAH! Second off, only 80 grams of carbs and 120 calories as long as you don't branch into the fruit on the bottom or desert type yogurts. I just stick to simple flavors and triple zero, which keeps me below my carb range.  I just stumbled upon them in the dairy section one day and I have been buying them in bulk ever since. 

In between meals I snack on black olives, pistachios and cantaloupe. 

Lunch lately has been roasted vegetables with kielbasa sausage. On Sunday I roasted a bunch of random vegetables, butternut squash, mini eggplants and mini bell peppers. I just tossed them in the oven in bigger chunks at 375 degrees with some seasoning and olive oil. Then I sauteed some kielbasa to add in and voila LUNCH.

I was a little worried about hating it the second day in but actually I am still loving it. Roasted veggies taste so much better than steamed any day of the week. I will be doing this until I get sick of it. 

Dinner is usually a protein and some vegetables. On Sunday I made a HUGE batch of the most amazing ribs you have ever tasted in your life (recipe to come soon) and ate those literally for 3 nights of dinner with a few ears of corn. Last night I finally ran out and made two nights worth of salsa chicken with Brussels sprouts. My new trick is to cook a couple dinners in one sitting so that the next night I don't have to cook again. Trust me, it helps a lot for those nights that I am just exhausted. Not to mention, no dishes the second night, BAM efficient! 

So there are my eats lately. Nothing fancy, all good simple food. I am really enjoying eating healthy. Last night I debated going out to grab something real quick because after running a bunch of errands I didn't want to cook. But I have been feeling so much better, so instead, I just cooked up the salsa chicken and steamed some Brussels sprouts. It was definitely the better choice. I am learning to enjoy the process of cooking and picking out fresh food. I never understood how much I actually like cooking and knowing all the ingredients that went into my food. It makes a difference! 

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