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



It’s not easy…

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Today was my most challenging day this far. During the day, at work, I do great, but it’s when I’m home, I just want to eat. it. all. I did my best to fight the cravings and I tried to keep my mind occupied but not before devouring half a bag of these yummy evils 

Dammit. I’m not going to dwell on it but man…it sucks to fail. 

And we’re off!!

Monday, November 28,2016

Today marked the official start of my health quest and so far, so good…but don’t they always start off great? Anyway…I began the week with a cleanse that I found on Small Kitchen College just as a way to give my body a “restart”. It was much easier than any of the other cleanses I have attempted in the past, I was a little hungry by late afternoon, but dinner was very filling.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I spent the day shopping with my mom & cousin and I was worried that I would have problems “sticking to the plan”, but I’m pretty proud of myself…I only went over 83 calories and while I would prefer not to go over at all…it’s much better than normal. For breakfast, I made a quinoa breakfast bowl from Two Raspberries. I substituted the almond milk for a tablespoon of Organic Greek vanilla yogurt and added Organic unsweetened shredded coconut and a touch of cinnamon…it was de-licious! img_1783We had Cracker Barrel for lunch and while I really wanted Chicken ‘n dumplings and fried okra, I opted instead for a grilled chicken Caesar salad and I’m glad I did, it was so good…and filling. I did break down and have a Starbucks green tea frappucino (my weakness), but baby steps, people!! We had Chick-fil-A for dinner and I got a Cobb salad with fat free honey mustard dressing…it was good, but I should have substituted with grilled nuggets which would have cut down my calories by about 200, I’ll know next time. We ended the night with a stop at Jolly Pirate’s Donuts, a childhood staple, but I was strong and got only a small black coffee.

All in all, I like the direction this is going, now I’ve just got to incorporate some exercise.