The struggle is real 

Advertisements

3.2

Today marks day 7 and the official weigh in day. I am down 3.2 pounds. Cheat days and all! I know it won’t always be that way. It seems the more you need to lose the easier it comes off at first. Today was a massive cheat day. I started it out with pancakes and all kinds of other naughty things. Some homemade nachos where thrown in the mix today as well as some ice cream.

Some would say I was horrible. Some might say it happens, roll with it. Some might say try a little more discipline. Some of you are right. The struggle is real for me. Yes I could have done a better job of holding myself back today, but I am still learning. My inner voice is a smooth mother f#@%er right now. I talked myself right into not giving a F$%#. I am learning. I am being honest as I am journaling through it. I do realize things as I type them out sometimes. Listen, this losing weight thing is an entire process and I am going to learn all I can from it and grow as much as I can on the way.

In all honesty I haven’t had a clue how to do any of this the healthy way. It’s always been a struggle. If I wasn’t too busy feeling self conscious of myself and my body I was too busy restricting myself or doing all the wrong things to lose the weight. I’ve been skinny, but I didn’t get there by doing it the “right” way. I had an, I barely ate phase. I’ve had, a let’s purge my food phase. When I wasn’t doing those things I’d gain weight and be made fun of, even though it wasn’t much weight that I’d gain, I’d gain it fast. And those are just my late teen and early twenty years.

I’ve battled depression for almost all of my life. I’ve had bouts of depression where I didn’t leave my bedroom as a young teenager. You gain weight pretty fast when you don’t move.

Anyway, enough about all that. Now that I am able to be completely honest with myself, I think I can finally do this. I think that’s the first step. There’s a lot of things that I’ve been really real about this last year. It was a hard year. It was. I am thankful in away, for that bullsh!t toxic relationship that ended a year ago, because it really threw me into a whirlwind of self-improvement between then and now. I still have a long ways to go, but I am truly getting there.

Thin Mints!

Day 4.

Well, the girl scout cookies came in today that I ordered awhile back. I shared them at work, but the thin mints did not get eaten. I should have left them at work, but I grabbed them on the way out and well, they are gone now. That was indeed my dinner. The rest of today went well though.

 

That is my story and I am sticking to it.

Here we go, Day 1 (again, but for real this time)

Day 1.

Got sick today while at work and had to come home. Came home to a sick dog that I had to clean up after while not feeling well myself.  So that was fun. I was dealing with some pretty horrible stomach issues. Now that is gone, but I am left with a horrendous headache. No working out today due to events that unfolded that I explained above. I did eat pretty decently. I didn’t go grocery shopping yet, so that is a bummer. I do have a few healthy things on hand so I had a smoothie for breakfast, then breakfast for lunch and then some more breakfast for dinner. That means sausage and eggs in this case.

You know, a person doesn’t realize how many food commercials there really are while you are watching TV until you start watching what you eat.  It’s craziness! And it’s advertising for bad, naughty, horrible for you, foods! I think that should be a major concern for this society. We are all so concerned with obesity in this nation, yet we consistently use trickery in advertisements trying to convince people they need to, “Eat this, and eat that! Look how amazing this is! It is SO good! Eat, eat, eat!” It’s like we are against ourselves.

This reminds me of something I saw the other day. I will dig it out and share it here.

Here it is:

keytoeating

Truth. So much truth. I really, REALLY, really want to lose this extra weight. I want to get really real about it. I have been in this fight for a really, really, REALLY, long time. I am ready to win this battle.

I gained weight, lost some, but gained back more, only to lose a little, then gain it back, and then gain more back. Oh and then lose a little, gain it back, lose it, gain it back. You get the idea. I am not sure that is really accurate. It might be many more instances of that yo-yoing weight loss/gain that actually took place for me. IT. GETS. OLD.

I have a friend that is starting this week off with me and getting healthy, cheering each other on. I have another friend that we are betting who can lose 20 pounds in two months, but yet we are still cheering for each other. I WANT TO WIN :D! It all started this morning.

Here is to keep on keeping on. peace

2017… where is the time going?!

I need to step up and get going if I want 2017 to be any different than 2016. It’s already MARCH of 2017. I am almost back to my heaviest weight, so I’ve got that going for me. SIGH! As I type this I am sipping on my Venti Chai Tea Latte with almond milk. I go to Starbucks like once year. Today was the day I guess. I had pancakes and other naughty things for breakfast. That is how my Sunday has started out. I am feeling good though despite this. I think it’s because I know I am going to hop back on the paleo wagon tomorrow.

Success for me starts with planning. Planning is not my strong point, never has been. It’s usually last minute rush and hand in something half assed and get it done, good enough. This does not work for things like losing weight and oh you know, changing my life. 30 some years of this flying by the seat of my pants, one could see how this could be a challenge to change. In looking at my blog it can give you a small peak into what it’s like to change for me. And I’ve deleted some entries, so not all of the restarts and fuck ups are in there.

How do I know that success starts with planning for me? The times that I have planned things out and followed through I have seen the best results. Weight loss is one that comes to mind. Also a support network. I have to learn to let people in for that though. That’s another topic for another time. Let’s tackle one battle at a time.

Breakfast I plan on eating sausage and eggs this week. Easy, fast, and filling. Either that or a smoothie. One or the other for lunch and then one or the other for breakfast. Dinner I am going to make (linked to give credit where I found the recipies:

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Some grass fed ground beef, carrots, Poblano peppers, fire-roasted tomato (not sure how to pull that off yet, can you buy them that way?), an onion, some ground black pepper, chili powder, a dash of salt, and some coconut oil.  Seems easy enough? Sounds yummy?

To satisfy a sweet tooth I was thinking of making some Chocolate Almond Butter Bars to have on hand. It’s just Almond butter, pure Maple syrup, Coconut flour, and vegan chocolate chips. I don’t know if I’ll find the vegan chocolate chips around here, but I will look! I’ve noticed more and more places are carrying these types of items.

Also a pot roast, and then I think this should be good for a week. I might buy sweet potatoes for a side. I’ve already got some riced cauliflower. The pot roast has a few ingredients: sliced mushrooms, one large onion, 2-2 1/2 lbs. boneless chuck roast, trimmed (not sure what that means), some pepper and salt, olive oil, garlic, beef broth, tomato paste, fresh parsley, dried rosemary and thyme and oregano, some granulated onion and red pepper flakes.

Now I just need to get myself to the store to do some shopping. I am relaxing after my HUGE breakfast.

Cheers!

Down in a hole


I fell into a hole of despair. That’s all that I can explain it as. Over the last two days. I have started to crawl my way out of it, well mostly out out of it. Enough so that I can get myself pumped up enough to get back to work tomorrow. So that’s a plus. I don’t feel well. But I am not sure if I didn’t feel well, and that’s what made me depressed, or if I was depressed and that’s what made feel not well. I just couldn’t people either. Too much of that at work. I cleared off my schedules and let myself fall deep into the hole.

I have vacation coming up soon. I think that is going to be exactly what my body, mind, and soul needs.

I’ve got myself sitting up, off the couch. Sipping on some turmeric tea. Tonight it consists of about 1 tsp ground turmeric root powder, dash of apple cider vinegar, a couple twists of the grinder of ground pepper, a dash or two of lemon juice, and hot water. Usually if I drink this, I drink this in the morning and I normally also add 1 tsp of matcha. Since it’s evening, I decided to pass on caffeine. I’ve been drinking variations of this tea for a few months now. I definitely see some positive side effects. My period is shorter and much more regular. I think it has improved my moods, however I still sink into a hole of depression every now and then. But not as much and not as often. And I think that’s ok. It’s good to feel. I am learning to embrace the feelings but not get lost in them like I used to. I also feel energized when I drink it. Enough so that I no longer drink coffee like I used to. I used to drink lots. Now I will have it on occasion.

I’ve also been eating Paleo for about 2 weeks now. And I have lost a couple of pounds. Now I am back to the weight I was a few weeks ago, when I was trying and then quit. It’s been a little bit of a yo-yo. I’m feeling pretty positive about this. So from the end of April I am officially down 19 pounds. My weight fluctuates so much that I am only going to step on the scale once a week. My 2nd goal from today is 29 pounds. We shall see how long it takes to hit it. No racing. Just letting it come off. In the meantime I will continue to skip the donuts and other treats that are brought into work, no fast food (a big weakness of mine), no processed foods, no wheats, no carbs, no added sugars. You know what? It sounds like a lot of “no’s” but, I am actually quite amazed on how much you can have. And how satisfied and full you feel. None of this feeling like crap like you do after too much crappy food, that I’ve felt way too many times. I don’t miss that.

You know what? It’s early enough in the evening. I think I shall take a stroll. That is good for the soul. Bonus – the puppies will appreciate it. Also, burn calories – extra bonus.

*Back from my walk. For fun, I decided to try and remember and lay out all of the different ways I’ve tired to lose weight.
– purging (laxatives, making myself throw up (dark road to be on)
– starving myself (horrible idea, horrible)
– weight watchers
– ideal protein diet
– count calories
– slow carb

Tried working out a ton and eating whatever I wanted. Starving myself and working out a ton. I think if it’s something that exists I’ve tried it.

My body for sure needs a reboot. Just like my blog. I watched a documentary the other day that’s right on par with my journey. I highly recommend it. “Hungry for Change” It’s on Netflix right now. I’ve recommended it to so many people. I am trying not to talk about weight loss, paleo, or that documentary too much. I find people don’t want this type of information thrown into their faces. They will ask when they are ready. I must remember this. I don’t want be that person that is pushing all of this stuff. Besides, I REALLY want my results to be what sells them onto this healthier lifestyle. So I am doing it for myself, number one. (Losing weight and becoming healthier) but number 2, I feel like I am doing it for everyone else that has every struggled so much with this.

I’ve struggled so much with it. I’ve been overweight for a long time now. It’s time it comes off. And all that I’ve been reading and watching… it doesn’t have to be as hard as some of make it on ourselves. We aren’t stupid. There’s nothing wrong with us. We’ve been taught the wrong things. We have to learn to eat properly again. And learn what to cut out. And what to eat lots of. There’s no reason to feel hungry. We need the right foods to fuel our bodies!

Do over

This is take two. My blogging sort of fizzled out as well as my weight loss.

Queue the tunes. “Here I go again on my own”.

(You are very welcome for that)

I did lose 20 pounds. And then gained about 5 pounds of that back.

Started talking to my ex again, briefly. Uck.

Stopped running.

Stopped blogging.

So here I am again! Ready to do better this time. No, F that. I am ready to conquer this time!

Conquer what? Healing. Losing weight. ALL the weight. Being single, (going to own that), kicking some butt at work, working out, organizing my life, and cooking… just to name a few. 😉

Looking forward to more adventures too. I am heading on a trip soon, and then who knows after that!