Victories, NSVs, Changes, & Why

Yesterday was weigh-in day. I’ve lost 3 more lbs. Maintaining that forward progression. I am slightly ahead of my weight loss “schedule” and I feel great!13lbs

Aside from the scale changes, I’ve noticed some changes in my behavior, as well. I am an extremely introverted person, mainly because of my weight. When I’m out in public, I try to just blend in, to not draw any attention to myself. I keep my head down and try to avoid any interaction, but I’ve noticed that I’ve started walking with my head up, and smiling at strangers. This is big. I’ve also noticed changes in my metabolism, I used to have to take a nap as soon as I got home from work each day…I haven’t taken a nap in over two weeks!! I’ve noticed changes in some clothing, as well. I have a tank top that was always a little snug, but it fits perfectly now and I have a pair of boots that were too tight (yes, your feet lose weight too) and I wore them all day yesterday! All of these “victories” are just fuel to my fire. The sky is the limit. I know I can do this.2cb7af73dac6c49b57eb30ae18d1be87

So, why am I doing this? I said in my first post that an Alaskan Cruise was my reasoning, and that is true, however, there are many reasons why I’ve begun this journey. Of course, the usual health reasons, but I’ve put together a more specific list. A weight loss bucket list, if you will of things I want to do and haven’t been able to because of my weight:

  1. Thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.
  2. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  3. I want to kayak – I guess this is something I could do now, but I don’t have the confidence.
  4. I want to walk into any store and not have to see what size they go up to. Just know that I can find something to fit.  This may be a little vain, but I’m just being honest.
  5. Roller Coasters – I love them, but I don’t ride them out of fear of not fitting in the seats.
  6. I don’t want to have to check the weight restrictions before doing/using things.
  7. I want to be able to raise my arms without worrying if my stomach is exposed.
  8. Cute bra and panty sets.
  9. I want to zipline & maybe even bungee jump.
  10. Bathing suits – I haven’t owned an actual bathing suit since I was in elementary school.
  11. I don’t want to worry what people are thinking. In my mind, when people look at me, (even my close friends and acquaintances) I think they just see a fat blob. Now this may be a mental thing, but if I’m not fat, then I won’t think that’s what they see.
  12. We have these ladders where I work and they have railings on them, they’re very narrow (or so they seem to me), I want to be able to climb them without turning sideways.
  13. I want to join crossfit. This, again, is something I could already do, but I’m just not ready yet, mentally.

I’m sure there are many, many more reasons, but these are the ones that are motivating me. These are what’s keeping my focused. eyes



“Start Today”…Everyday

Start Today.pngThis has been my mantra. You know when you start a new job? You’re so excited and eager to begin. You show up early, go above and beyond, stay late? It’s the same for “diets” or “lifestyle changes.” The first couple of weeks, you get your workout in, drink tons of water, watch your food intake like a hawk, but…slowly you start to drift into your old habits or get that “just one won’t hurt” mentality. I decided this time around I’m gong to treat everyday like the very first day. By waking up everyday with the “start today” mindset – my enthusiasm remains.

Tomorrow marks 50 days that I’ve been on this journey. I’ve had highs and I’ve had lows. I still need to incorporate exercise into my routine and I’d like to get a little more water in each day, but I’ve managed to lose 10 pounds. That’s 40 pounds of stress off of my knees!10lbsIt’s a very small step of a very long journey, but for the first time, I don’t feel like giving up. It’s doesn’t seem unattainable. I’m on track as far as my weight lost mini-goals are concerned and I’m just really excited for the future.

Here’s a couple of meals I have prepared recently. Breakfast consisted of two low sodium rice cakes, mixed berries, chia seeds, Organic vanilla Greek yogurt, mixed nuts, and PB2, I had this basically everyday for a week and I recently made a Bean, Kale and Egg Stew I found on Food Network.

I’m also learning how to shop more frugally (is that a word?) I’m splitting my shopping between Aldi & Kroger and I’ve discovered I can get more healthy items for less than when I was buying for the “bad stuff”. Below is a $65 grocery haul, which included dog food and home essentials, so basically I got all of this great food for less than 50 bucks!grocery-haul

One last thing that I just discovered tonight — Halo Top Ice Cream! halo-topGuys, seriously, the whole time I was eating I felt like I was cheating. This particular flavor, Chocolate Mocha Chip has 70 calories per 1/2 cup serving, but the entire pint is only 280 calories! It’s absolutely delicious! It really hits the spot when you’re having a “sweet tooth”, I’m anxious to try the other flavors, in moderation, of course.

New Year, New Me

That’s what they say, isn’t it? Every January… I read somewhere that 80% of people who join a gym in January quit within 5 months. That’s always been me…the quitter, at least when it comes to gyms, diets, weight loss, etc. Never anything else though, you put anything else in my path and I won’t stop until what I need to accomplish, is accomplished, but weight loss…it’s a whole other story. Why is that?

This is year is going to be different, I can feel it. There’s a change happening in me. A desire for something…I don’t know quite what it is, but I need to figure it out. I’ve never been one for change…I like a routine, but routine’s cause ruts and I’ve been stuck in one for far too long. So, these are the changes I’d like to see take place (some may call them Resolutions, but those are too often broken, so I’m not gonna call them that)

  1. Health. The reason I’m here in the first place. I want my name and the word, “healthy” to pair well together. They’ve never been in the same sentence before – I want them to be. I would like to lose 100 lbs by December 31, 2017
  2. Finances. No frivolous spending. I want to get myself in a better financial situation, with an emergency fund. If I don’t need it, don’t buy it.
  3. Reading. I used to read all of the time, but I’ve gotten too caught up in television and put the books aside. I want to reverse that. I would like to read at least 25 books in 2017.
  4. Hiking. I want to hike at least 15 different trails in 2017.
  5. Recycling & Composting. I want to setup a recycling and composting area in my house.
  6. Accountability/Consistency. I want to be made accountable for everything I do: eating, water intake, & blogging. I really want to turn this blog into something, I need to start posting more regularly and study up on how to get it out to the people.

There are many other things I would like to change, but I think these 6 are both reasonable, and attainable.

Let’s do this.


Tis the Season!!

Well…New Year’s Resolution #2 (#1, obviously is getting healthy), be consistent. It’s been 8 days since my last post, it’s a hectic time of year and I have been busy! Let’s see, what has happened.

Friday, December 16,2016
I left work early and headed North to pick up my mom. We wanted to finish up our Christmas shopping and have dinner with my brother and sister-in-law. We also wanted to walk around Easton Town Center and look at their lights, but it was too cold for that. Columbus had gotten a decent amount of the snow during the week (my part of the state had none) and my brother’s tree looked so good.

Photo by: Garet Martin

We had a great trip, but stayed out a little too long. We ran into freezing rain on the way back, it was starting to get slick by the time I dropped my mom off and I still had an hour to go before I got home. My parent’s live at the top of a hill and I didn’t get far. A car was stopped at the top, one was stuck in a pull-off, two cars were stuck at the bottom. I had to curb check to avoid hitting the car at the top…it was a mess! I was able to put my car in 4WD and back up the hill and get turned back on to my parent’s road…I wasn’t getting home. The next morning, it was 60 degrees outside! Gotta love Ohio.

Mom and I had already planned to bake cookies on Saturday, so it worked out that I was forced to spend the night, it saved me gas money, at least. We made all kinds of goodies: sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, oreo truffle balls, lintz cookies, buckeyes, & crock pot candy. Unfortunately, all my pictures we on Snapchat and I forgot to save them so none here. I will admit, that I indulged a little on sweets. I was worried about Sunday’s weigh-in.

Sunday, December 18, 2016
Weigh-in day. I didn’t lose a lot, but I lost and I’m still on track as far as my weight loss goals are concerned. I was happy about that, but I still feel myself slipping…I need to stay focused!!!

I was able to watch the Titans beat the Kansas City Chiefs in a 10-point comeback victory and it was awesome!!! The playoffs are so close, I can taste it!

I was also able to officially finish my Christmas shopping and wrapping!! What a relief!

Star Wars wrapping paper, ftw!

Monday, December 20,2016
After work, I went to my parent’s house to build Gingerbread houses with my little cousins, but first, we decided to take all of the leftover Christmas cookies (we made WAY too many) to the local homeless shelter. We thought it would be a great thing to have the kids involved with and it felt good. They decided they wanted to donate some of their toys too, so that was pretty awesome. The gingerbread houses were another story…they had trouble with them and as a result had meltdowns so they didn’t there’s completed…but I did.gbhouse

I love Christmas and all the events that lead up to it, it’s just really hard not to overeat. We’re having Christmas at my house this year and I’m hoping I won’t cross the line too far, at least. One day at a time, though, that’s all I can do.



It was a looong week!

It’s been over a week since my last post, and what a week it was. I’m a supply chain coordinator, so my job is basically inventory…all inventory. Last week was our annual year-end inventory…all 5,000 items. It’s the most stressful time of the year for me…on top of the already stressful holiday season. So…what do I do when I’m stressed? Binge, apparently. My eating habits weren’t great last week. I ate my usual quinoa bowl for breakfast, and salad for lunch, but my evenings were hard. I can’t seem to get dinner figured out…I’m workin’ on it. I made it through the week though and I took off early on Friday to head to Columbus with my parents to visit my brother and sister-in-law. We went to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Wild Lights. It was VERY cold, but we all were in great spirits and had a wonderful time. We ate at Ted’s Montana Grill afterwards and I ordered possibly the best salmon I have ever had. It was just so good.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

My mom and I went to Ashland to finish up (or try to) our Christmas shopping. I started the day off with a spinach and egg white omelette I found on Yummy Healthy Easy and some grapes.

I like my eggs, well done, btw.


We had a late lunch/early dinner at Outback Steakhouse were I got the chicken quesadilla appetizer, only eating 3 pieces. Finished the day off with a beautiful sunset.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016


Weigh in day. After the week I had, I was slightly worried about what the scale was going to weigh, but after thinking about it, I realized, I really didn’t care…I FEEL great! I have more energy, my knees still bother me, but I no longer need to use the wall and the railing to walk down the stairs, I’ve not had any depressing thoughts lately…all of this in just 2 weeks!!! With that being said, when I stepped on the scale and noticed a 6.2 lb decrease, I was very happy.

We had my little cousin’s 8th birthday at my house and we ended the evening by walking around Ashland’s Central Park Christmas light display.

Athens, Ohio & Fat is Financially Friendly

Saturday, December 3, 2016

My mom, brother, and I went to Athens, Ohio on Saturday. We originally went to visit a greenhouse with my brother, (he’s the horticulture exhibition designer for the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus). That, unfortunately was a bust so, we decided to do a little exploring around the Ohio University campus. Athens is a historic town and you can tell by it’s architecture and brick streets. I didn’t take many pictures, but the First Presbyterian Church really caught my eye. It’s a beautiful little church in the middle of town with red doors and a gorgeous stained-glass window.

I also noticed a mural not far from the church. Created by New York-based artist Chris Stain (you can see more of his work here), the mural pays tribute to the region’s coal mining history. I work at a metallurgical coke plant and my livelihood relies heavily on coal so, I always enjoy seeing things that pay tribute and/or support the coal industry.mural

I did really well on my “diet” despite eating out twice. I stayed under my calories both Saturday and Sunday. I didn’t do much on Sunday, but I did go grocery shopping and filled my fridge and cabinets full of fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious goodies. I completely avoided the “bad” aisles at the store. I’m still amazed at how much more expensive it is to eat healthy than it is to eat bad…such a