A Little Monday Motivation

Everyone needs motivation in their life – I know I do – and Mondays are always great days to get a little extra motivation – because Mondays make great days to begin things.

I know a few weeks ago I seriously began working at losing weight.  Or so I thought until I stepped on the scale this morning and I gained .6 lbs instead of losing.  I’ve done the talk to myself that muscle weighs more than fat – but I know another part of it could be that I just didn’t track and watch my food as carefully as I should have.

I actually was doing rather well until Friday at lunch.  And then I decided to have a Dr. Pepper and it was a place where they have a bottomless drink – and so I ended up have probably 2.5 glasses of soda.  Then for dinner my hubby (without asking) orders me a large Cherry Fanta from Wendy’s with my fish sandwich (no fries – see I really was trying to be good), and then we went to a Hockey Game and I shared another Pepsi with him.

It was just never-ending soda from 1pm on.

And that is probably the REAL story of why I didn’t lose weight.  My sister had a surprise birthday party for her significant other on Saturday and I’m guessing that didn’t help either. A can of Pepsi, cheese balls, crackers, pasta salad, meatballs, fish shaped cut out cookies.  On top of that I had bagel and cream cheese.  Twice.  It was so good I had it for lunch and breakfast.  Oh, and Lucky Charms too.

So you see, I am to blame.  I should be jumping up and down that I only gained .6.  But to keep me going through the week I love to scroll through Pinterest and just read the words of motivation.  They really help to keep me on track.  So I’m going to share some of my words of wisdom that I find with you!

From Popsugar.com:

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From Elite Daily:

Hopefully these are enough to keep us going for a few days.  Life is hard, we just have to learn to be tougher.  Wishing you your best week yet!

If you have a motivational quote that you find really works for you – share in the comments!

Stretching a Budget

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As I referred in a past post, budgeting has been a big obstacle for my family this year.  It seems like all I’ve been doing is “robbing Peter to pay Paul”.  So, a few weeks ago, I settled down and really looked at where my money was going.  I wasted so much on stupid stuff, primarily getting junk food at the local gas station (my beloved Dr. Pepper Polar Pop and bags of either Chex Mix or Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn).

So now on days I have these cravings, I simply use cash.  If I feel the need to have a Polar Pop, I have to come up with the 74 cents it takes to purchase it.  No more putting it on a credit card or debit card.  Cold. Hard. Cash.

This has helped a great deal.

But then a week and a half ago, on a day when I was feeling really good about myself (I had called in to pay off a debt… like one of our biggest ones… I was so incredibly proud of myself) and then 4 hours later while driving home from work I get a call from my husband that he lost his job.  I’ve been in stress mode ever since.  So, later this week we will go back to this as I find ways go de-stress (because Lord knows, I need it).

Anyhow – it’s funny how you hear through the grapevine the best places to grocery shop for your family when you are trying to maintain a budget.  I have always been bad about going to a bunch of different places to get the best prices but I can honestly say last week I went to the main grocery store I always go too, got enough food to make 2 weeks worth of meals and only spent $111 and some change.  Granted, most of the items purchased were on sale – as we had $69 worth of savings using one of the rewards cards.

Now hubby did go to another store to get chicken breasts as a competitor did have a better price, but it wasn’t by much, because all in all we only saved about a $1.50.

And this week we have picked up a few items – with the kids now being out of school, Eggo waffles were on sale so we’ve gone twice now to pick up a couple of boxes (they can’t get enough waffles).

So I guess the moral of the story is this:  choose foods on sale and stock up on the foods when they are on sale and you can easily purchase a decent amount of food to make a number of meals.  I still check all the ads and pick which grocery store will save me the most money and this really seems to help.  One store seems to do better with meats, others with produce.  But that’s okay – I’ll do what I can to get the most bang for my buck.

Is this common sense? Yes, but so many don’t start with easier tasks to get to the final destination.

Another huge help has been explaining our situation to the children, and this has surprisingly made life easier with their not constantly asking me if they can have this or that.

Life is a struggle at the moment, but we will survive!  I’ll share another budgeting tip next Monday!

 

Wednesday = Accountability

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So today I’m taking a huge leap… I’m confessing my weight to the world.  I’m going to state the digit out there for all the world to know (gulp!) and try (BIG try) to lose weight and share what works and what doesn’t with all of you.

Now I am fortunate that my hubby’s work allows us to join a gym… but with his umpiring as a second job to pay for said truck that has overextended us (see this past Monday’s post) it doesn’t give me a lot of time to go and work out (the children need someone home still).  So when I begin exercising, it will be a combination of stuff I can do at home along with classes I can join along with there.

So here it is… the big number… which is big, but I know it could be worse.  I weigh, according to the scale in my bathroom…. 195.6 pounds.  Wow, look at that… I’m still standing.  The world hasn’t come crashing down around me.

Then again, I haven’t hit the magic “Publish” button yet either.

Last night I was able to get the last of the ice cream out of my house and today I went ahead and allowed myself my final Dr. Pepper Polar Pop (purchased with quarters found around the house).  Tomorrow I will do better…. a return to eggs, oatmeal, and some other kind of nutritious breakfast I need to find to give me variety.

Is there anything good you like to eat for breakfast when you are trying to lose weight?  What about lunch – I’m always up for new ideas and would appreciate anything you can share.

And hopefully blogging every day as I try to do this won’t freak anyone out… maybe if I report EVERYTHING I do I won’t be as horrible at falling off the wagon.  So along with the above weight – here are my measurements:

  • Arms – 13″
  • Hips – 44″
  • Thighs – 27-3/4″
  • Waist – 39-1/2″

The last one always hurts – I never had a tummy until I had my kids.  Have always been a hip and thigh girl though – just like my Grandma!

I will also keep accountable at Sparkpeople.com – if you use the website, let me know in the comments below – we can friend each other and cheer ourselves towards our goals!

Don’t forget – if you have any nutritious breakfast or lunch ideas that pass picky people’s taste testing – let me know!  I get bored very easy (which is why I have Dr. Pepper and Chex Mix for breakfast so often).

I can do this!!!!!

My before picture:

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I found the following quote in a search – and I know it’s the ultimate taboo to use other people’s art – but I like the butterflies and I always try to credit and link what I borrow from others (so maybe I won’t get in as much trouble).  So here is this quote – I thought it was perfect for myself today, it’s from the website Great Minds Think Fit:

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Hopefully today is the first of many lucky days!

 

It’s Time to Get Real

So for the past few weeks I’ve discovered feeling jittery when I eat oatmeal or raisin bran for breakfast – about 90 minutes to 2 hours after I eat.  It began with my crappy breakfasts… Chex Mix and Dr. Pepper and I thought… Oh no!  Soda is finally doing bad things to me.  But then it happened with raisin bran (the good kind – Kellogg’s so you get 2 scoops of raisins and a spoonful of sugar to help the bran go down easier), and worse…. with just oatmeal.  I don’t drink juice as most I dislike (grape juice, all I like is Welch’s Grape Juice… the deep purple kind that stains).

So it’s funny when one does the Google Search medical diagnosis as it was the oatmeal search that got me “feeling jittery after breakfast” instead of after drinking soda or what have you, that made me realize my reality of diabetes is coming true.

Top it off 2 days later when I realized my doctor forgot to fill out the fasting blood sugar line on a paper that had to be faxed to the insurance company and I realized without a doubt that I am in the realm of pre-diabetes.

So here it is after a Friday filled with nothing but junk that I am feeling horribly guilty and just sick to my stomach about how awful I ate and I realize that this isn’t going to help me, drinking the Polar Pop may have helped keep me awake at work this afternoon but there has to be another way.  I need to start eating better.  I need to start losing weight.

Getting on the scale on Tuesday and gaining 1.4 pounds did not help.  It didn’t matter that in my head I knew girly things were happening and it was most likely the reason for my gain… IT DIDN”T MATTER.

But it has to matter.  I have to be able to take the good with the bad and stay focused.  It’s so hard to stay focused, though.

I had to prick my fingers when I was pregnant as I had gestational diabetes with both of my kids.  Oddly my second child turns 10 this year.  10 years later is when it normally happens.

So now the search begins to find a better diet so I don’t have to prick my fingers.  I need to eat right and lose weight and exercise and stop stressing over things and get in control of my life.  I look in the mirror and I hate what I see because the me in my head is a strong, non-chunky person… I hate the big belly I had (I never had a belly until I had kids – was always a hips and thighs person).  I hate the sloppy mess I have become because no matter what I wear I seem to always look unkempt and it drives me crazy.

There are just so many things I am unhappy about in my life right now… but I can only do 1 thing at a time.  It’s presently 9:17pm on Friday night.  Tomorrow, Saturday, is a new day.  Tomorrow I will start off with a better attitude, a better way of eating, and a better way seeing the world.

I have too… my sanity depends on it.  And I need to be a better example for my son, he is getting a belly and that needs to change as well. Granted it’s just my upper body – I’ll try to get a full body picture tomorrow, but here is me today –

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The other is facing marital problems.  I need to stand up for myself (and tell hubby just how miserable I am) it’s just getting the courage to tell him things need to change there too.

Aren’t you glad you aren’t me?

Until tomorrow….

Some Monday Motivation

Mondays can often be the toughest day of the week.  We head back to work (assuming you work a normal Monday through Friday job) and some weeks just seem to suck.  Well, that was my week last week.  I work full time for an interior design firm/furniture store and three times a year we have a big sale that lasts anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks and the last day is pure hell.  Last Tuesday was no exception, the designers are just lovely and wait until 5pm to give me orders that are 4 and 5 pages in length (multiply that by 5-6 items per page and you see why I was disgruntled).

But along with jobs that have us stressed (or frankly that maybe you just dislike) there are the other stresses that get to you.  Raising kids who think they have all the answers is a problem.  I have had the embroiled battled with my sixth grader who has almost flunked two classes this year.  This is completely foreign to me because I never failed classes.  I thought it was horrendously horrible of me when I got D’s on some mid-terms in high school…. but to almost fail a grading period?  Unheard of in my world, and yet my girl child doesn’t seem to think this is a huge problem. And when we take things away, it’s like it’s nothing, she just goes with the flow and figures out and life stands still.  So aggravating!

And of course all this stress bothers me in a variety of ways.  I internalize EVERYTHING and so my shoulders get tightened and then I get migraines and then it’s a never-ending story.  I eat food I shouldn’t, drink beverages I shouldn’t (can you say Hello Dr. Pepper?) and  starts a horrible circle of unhealthiness.

So today I bring to you bits of motivation from my Pinterest boards.  I don’t look at the motivational board of “New Me” as often as I should and there are good quotes and sayings that maybe would assist me in not taking everything so seriously.  To live in the moment and be happy for what I do have… and remind me what I need to do to stay on track, make myself go to gym and work out and be everything I can be.

The first is one dealing with life in general.  I LOVE THIS… I should look at it every day, multiple times a day…  Isn’t it awesome?tumblr_lxk4fjMOj61qkgfsko1_1280

This next one is what I need to do when I get super stressed… trouble is I’m always at work and I just can’t get up and exercise… but oh if I could…

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I don’t know about you – but a happier life is what I aim for every day.  May these words ring true with you – and give you something to think twice about before you eat one Twinkie too many that you regret (what am I talking about… one can’t eat too many Twinkies).

Long live Twinkies – they last forever… one of my favorite parts of WALL-E.

Do you have any words of wisdom or a motivational quote you like?  Please share it with me!

 

 

My Rude Awakening

So tonight was a fun evening for my family. Boy-child had the lucky experience of pie-ing my hubby in the face. He did an awesome job of centering it and squishing it in his face into the plate quite nicely. Hubby has whip cream up his nose, such a great evening.

My rude awakening came when the Cub Scout meeting was over and I was sitting at home in my recliner and parents began posting pictures of the meeting (5 Cub Scouts were allowed to choose a leader and pie them in the face for selling $300 worth of popcorn in the fall). Videos were posted but one photo in particular caught my attention.

It was a profile picture of myself and for the first time I totally saw how large I’ve become.

I got up yesterday morning and exercised, partaking in Leslie Sansone’s Walk It Off in 30 Days. I ended up with a migraine by the end of the morning so I took it easy today.

But no more.

No more excuses. No more sweets. No more Dr. Peppers. It’s time to be strong. It’s time to get healthy.

And it starts now.

Weigh-In Wednesday, Week 1

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So, how many of you had losing weight, eating healthy, or something else along those lines as one of your New Year’s Resolutions?

Now that we are almost 2 weeks into the new year, who has done well?

I have not.  I have lost… a total of 1.6 pounds.  Hardly what my goal was for the year.  So I am turning to my peers to go on this journey with me.  You will help be my accountability.

So now I struggle… do I just say how much I need to lose or do I really put the big number out there?  It’s really not so bad.  I know people who have far more weight to lose than I.  At this point in time I want to lose 58.4 pounds.  A very do-able number, but at the same time finding the time and correct food to eat is difficult.  Why do fruits and veggies cost so much?  Why does my work not have a kitchen where I could go to cut up food in the middle of the day so my desk doesn’t become an icky sticky mess?

These are just one of many ways I can talk myself out of eating healthy.

Carbs are my weakness.  Dr. Pepper too…. I had done so well not drinking pop and then suddenly last Friday I had a massive migraine.  It hurt to turn my head because as soon as I did, my head would throb… ba-boom, ba-boom, ba-boom.

So on my lunch I weakened and went to the gas station and got my first Dr. Pepper of the year.  A whopping 69 cent Polar Pop from the Circle K.  Topped off with my Bed Buddy (one of those awesome t-shirt cylinders with rice inside to it’s nice moist heat on ones neck and shoulders – my first one just died and I’d had it over 20 years, it was wore out as it began getting holes in it, one of the greatest inventions ever) by 2:30 all was right with the world.

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Then of course hubby bought 2 liters for me and it is an addiction for me… if it is in the house, I will drink it.

So today is the first of many Weigh In Wednesdays.  Feel free to comment below with how much weight you want to lose, and what you are doing to make it happen.

I did join my local gym (I had joined last year too).  Now I just need to figure out how I am going to exercise without it being my whole life (as was the case last year).  Surely there is some sort of balance. I will find it.

ALL TIPS WELCOMED!

The struggle is real and know you aren’t alone!  And I can’t afford to spend money to join two letters at the end of the alphabet that aid people in losing weight, and some of the other weight loss websites just bore me after using them so long… it’s too hard inputting all the food….

Oh my gosh – my laziness is showing!  But seriously, sometimes entering all the ingredients and guestimating how much of this was in your tuna noodle casserole just becomes annoying.  Am I alone here?

Let’s help each other be accountable!  Starting now!

Thursday Q&A

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So today one of my favorite bloggers tagged me for a Q&A session – so here goes – first I’ll give the rules… then I’ll answer the questions!

Here are the rules:
1. Respond and rework: answer all the questions in a post on your blog, except one: replace that question with a new one. Additionally, add one more question of your own.
2. Tag seven other people to do the Q&A!

  1. What is your current fashion obsession? Fashion?  Oh… that’s one of those things I thought about BEFORE I had kids.  Next question… LOL!
  2. What is your current makeup obsession? My current makeup obsession is a shade of eye shadow that I am not sure if it can be claimed an obsession or not, simply because I used it all and need to go buy more. I plug my brand here… I wear almost exclusively Bare Minerals makeup (minus moisturizer,  mascara, and 2 lipsticks) and I discovered that “Nude Beach” works with all kinds of other colors to make a prettier me! It’s a neutral shade with a touch of glimmer but goes well with browns, purples, pinks… you name it (and that’s why it is gone).
  3. What are you wearing today? Coral colored top, off-white capri’s, Clark sandals.
  4. Hair? I’m in that awkward stage of growing it out.  I had kept getting my hair cut shorter and the last time I asked for a trim and my stylist cut it too short and that was it, it signaled grow-it-out time. How did I know it was too short?  My Velcro rollers would not fit into my hair.  So now I’m trying to grow it out into a short bob.  I am so lucky I have spent my life being patient with my hair.
  5. Morning go to? Dr. Pepper – but am trying to wean myself off of it. Poorly too as I get a migraine (not from a lack of caffeine as I have been drinking tea, I just get migraines too often) and then I drink a DP and all seems to be better (well, after a few hours).
  6. Why is today special? Today was my boy child’s first day of school. I can’t believe he is in fourth grade already.  Doesn’t he know he is suppose to stay my little boy forever?
  7. What would you like to learn to do? How to win the lottery simply so I could be at home at the end of a school day and spend more time with my kids… even though they would just go and hang out with their friends.
  8. What’s for dinner today? Still trying to figure it out.  Gave hubby a chance to decide dinner… it’s 6:36pm and I still haven’t heard any ideas.
  9. What are you listening to right now? Listening to a fan oscillate in the dining room and my boy child playing MineCraft.
  10. What are your essentials when traveling? Good music, at least a visit to 1 historical place, and pray I don’t have to use too many public restrooms.
  11. What’s your style? See Liz Claiborne clothing mixed with Coach handbags.
  12. What is your most challenging goal right now? Finding a job/career/hobby that is fulfilling (this is word for word from who gave me this Q&A but is quite true for me too!)
  13. What is your current favorite band/song? Though I never thought it would be an answer to a music question… I do find myself having the song “Style” by Taylor Swift going through my head quite a bit lately.
  14. How was your childhood? My childhood was awesome. No it wasn’t long enough and I fought it ending with every fiber in me. Did I think my parents were unfair at times? Yes, isn’t everyone’s parents unfair at times? But I had great parents, and in retrospect I realize how fortunate I was to grow up when I did – only wishing my own children could have the freedom to run around outside without having to be watched as they walk to their friends house because some person may take them. Such a sad world we live in these days.
  15. What would you like to have in your hands right now? This great mixed drink I had over 11 years ago at a dinner theatre here in the area that no longer exists. It tasted like a lime popsicle.  I’ve never had it since but it was soooo refreshing!
  16. What would you like to get rid of? Clutter – my neverending battle as I just stink at staying organized… see more topics on this in my future.
  17. What are you most excited for? For something to happen to me positive occupationally.
  18. What is your favorite weather? Sunny dayswhere the temperature is just perfect for jeans and a sshirt… do days like this happen?
  19. What is your favorite movie? If I had to pick just 1 – The Princess Bride… if I’m allowed to use categories… wait, that could be a whole other blog post.
  20. Which countries have you visited? England – junior year of high school I travelled there with a group of students and 2 teachers… incredible trip! Canada too – Niagara Falls.
  21. What do you associate when you hear the word “blogging”?  Talented, dedicated, hardworking individuals as it is not easy pumping out good content on a weekly/daily basis!
  22. What is something you find fulfilling? To become the crafty, organized and thin person I strive to be!

Get Fit Friday

So I will admit – I’ve been a bad girl as since I’ve been on vacation I’ve been drinking a lot of soda.  I am a Dr. Pepper addict – but in all truth – I just love most beverages with carbonation. So much so that I have gained 4 pounds in the past week!

Today is the day that I am going to live up to the “Thin” part of my blog title and go for it. And it’s not like it’s coming out of left field, I had been reading about different eating habits that could assist in my journey to eating healthier.

So years ago – like in the nineties – I purchased the book “Sugar Busters” and never really got too far into reading it.  A week ago I picked it up off the shelf and began finding out about the weight loss program to see exactly how it worked and then I came to the part where I was hesitant about the program: NO WHITE POTATOES. This is a definite deal breaker because it’s not that I eat potatoes every day, but I love potatoes, I can’t not eat them. It’s easier to give up Dr. Pepper than any kind of beloved white potato.

As a person who was diagnosed during both pregnancies with gestational diabetes, it is something that I keep in mind now that a decade has passed since my oldest child has been born (in case you are not familiar, it is claimed that your chances of developing diabetes is greater when you have had diabetes when you are pregnant – and it can happen within 10 years). So low carb is the best option for me.

Which led me to look into a Paleo eating plan. But the more I look at this I am not sure if it is right for me either.  No one likes meat more than myself, but it has restrictions – such as no oatmeal and that – and I just am not sure I have it in me to eat eggs or a derivative every day for breakfast.

So yesterday I kept looking and today I’m going to the library to check out the book “The Skinny Rules” by Bob Harper.  I’m one of the few people in the world who has never watched “The Biggest Loser” but I think he is my mother’s favorite so I figured I’d give it a go.

So I’ll update you on if the advice I read is good and if it is able to help me lose the 65 lbs. I need to shed!

Baby Steps

As I have gotten older, I realize the concept of Richard Dreyfuss’ character’s book in the movie “What About Bob” has inspired me over the years.

Baby Steps is what helped turn Bob’s (portrayed by Bill Murray) entire life around, as Bob feared everything.

This has been me lately.  It’s amazing that even at the age of 42, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  I’ve never been good at having close friends.  If there is a way to find a clunker, by all means, I will find them.  Well, about a year ago, the closest thing I had to a girlfriend decided it was over.  Ever notice how when your girlfriend decides you are no longer useful, this alienation is almost worse than when your boyfriend breaks up with you?  (Though this was topped in high school when my boyfriend was my best friend…. but that’s another blog post).

Anyhow now that a year has passed I realized I was really becoming (gulp) bummed.  I think this is why a month ago I gave up going to the gym.  I wasn’t losing weight as I hadn’t changed my eating habits – and it definitely takes both eating well AND exercising to have an effective journey of health. I was dealing with my sadness with my very good friend, ice cream (you know, the friend who NEVER lets you down – and now I have a Depeche Mode song going through my head).

But today – despite waking up with a migraine, I did it.  I went to the gym (the migraine was gone by then, but often I would still use that as an excuse not to go). I rode the recumbent exercise bike for 30 minutes and rode about 5.6 miles (without my MP3 player mind you).  It wasn’t much, but it beat just sitting at home.

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I also took baby steps to eliminate some of the drama that was aiding in my continuance of being bummed.

So baby steps to less drama. Baby steps to healthy choices.

Now, if I wouldn’t have drank so much Dr. Pepper today trying to get rid of the migraine (because ibuprofen and Past Tense alone won’t do it), life would have been really good. (Baby steps to drinking less DP?).

Wow – much more serious post than I pictured for a Monday.  Baby steps to a saner life… one blog at a time.  Until next time!