Wednesday, July 12, 2017

all in due time....

Sometimes it feels like forever before you start seeing
any type of results when it comes to weight loss.

It gets so frustrating that people often give up and quit.

But if you have just enough patience to wait it out
and keep trying, eventually the scale will budge.

That reminds me of the Winnie the Pooh classic movie
where Pooh gets stuck in Rabbit's hole

All his friends pull and push and Pooh just won't budge.

After given some time, he finally does it
a small budge...may not be much....but it's just enough to give you the hope you need to keep going.

I got that little bit of budge this week.

After being stuck at 197 for what feels like forever...
the scale finally budged.

I lost two pounds.

Go me!

just when you want to throw in the towel and give up,
a little bit of hope glimmers in the darkness.

My Stats
Starting weight -   Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                             Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                             Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                             Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204
                             Mar. 08, 2017 --- 204
                             Mar. 29, 2017 --- 202
                              Apr. 24, 2017 ---  200
                             May 17, 2017 --- 197
                            Jun. 19, 2017 --- 197
                            Jun. 27, 2017 --- 197
                           July 05, 2017 --- 197
                           July 12, 2017 --- 195



**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored



Sunday, July 09, 2017

the number forty

Finally made a break through and lost a pound this week - and then,
I gained it back....sigh!

Well, that's just par for the course, right?

I never believed the women who said losing weight after 40 is harder than when you are younger.
I sure believe them now.
Although I did seem to have it somewhat easier at 40 than I do five years later, at 45.

What is it with that damn number anyway?
Everything seems to start falling apart after 40.

40 - Ugh!



photo found on google images


There's that number again

40

in some ways life does get better once you turn 40


-you no longer give a crap about what other people think of you-
-you learn to accept yourself - faults and all-
-your skin looks and feels amazing - despite the wrinkles-
-you can do incredibly stupid things and not feel stupid for doing them-
-you seem to laugh more - at others, but especially at yourself-
-you have resiliency, you bounce back, and learn that if you really want something bad enough, you never, ever give up trying-
-you don't take life as seriously as you once did-
-you feel stronger, like you can overcome and conquer anything thrown your way-
-you no longer fear speaking in public - mostly because you don't care what others think of you-
-you realize that life is about taking chances, dancing in the rain, and knowing that you shouldn't take it for granted-


but in a lot of ways, life after 40, gets a little more complicated.


-your hormones start to change in your 40's-
-you get your boobs squished for your first of many mammograms at 40-
-you have new rolls on your midsection...rolls, that you didn't even know existed and it happens virtually overnight...like black voodoo magic.  You go to bed without them and wake up in the morning and hello - new belly roll....Like, where does it comes from-


ok, getting back on track...what else sucks about life after 40, you ask?


-your eyesight starts to go after 40...hello bifocals or reading glasses-
-it takes you literally forever to recover from any type of strenuous activity...vacation, long weekend off work, a night of drinking...ok, maybe that's just me....seriously, though!-
-you start to forget things or misplace things...and start googling for dementia symptoms-
-you enter the "menopausal" years....sounds pleasant, doesn't it?-


and the worst offender of all...gravity.....need I say more?


So what does this all have to do with my weight loss?

Eh, maybe nothing, maybe everything.
Maybe I'm just making excuses for not being able to lose
a simple, single pound.

I have an easier time losing my car keys, phone, or marbles, than I do at losing weight

BUT....

That doesn't mean that I'm going to quit trying.

I'm stronger than I think

I also never give up.

I don't give up if I want something bad enough

And a healthy lifestyle?

Yeah, I want that bad!

So, I'll keep trying.

I'll drink more water, I'll walk a little more, and I'll keep the faith.

faith in God and in myself.

I can do this!!

and you can too.

If you are following my journey - keep rooting for me
and I'll do the same for you.

In the meantime, check out this super yummy dinner by Nutrisystem.


Mmmm, doesn't that look delicious!?

And guess what - there's only 200 calories per serving.
and you feel full after you finish eating it.

The best part is - you don't have to cook!!



Until next time...


**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored





Tuesday, June 27, 2017

sweet summery drink recipes - plus a few little tips and other tidbits

Another week and I'm still stuck, but I have hope that things will change soon.
Never Give Up!
(that's one of my personal mottos)

It can be hard sometimes, when you are stuck and the scale won't budge,
but the important thing is to never give up.

Keep trying
(stay motivated - ask family and friends to help motivate and encourage you)

Change your diet a bit
(try eating your larger meals earlier in the day
or in the case of Nutrisystem food - switch your lunch with your dinner)

Walk a little longer
(try to go a little farther each day - or 5-10 mins. longer than the day before)

Find a partner or a workout buddy
(because everyone needs some encouragement and it's harder to say no to exercise if you have someone else counting on you to show up)

Drink more water
(caffeinated drinks can dehydrate you.  water helps make you feel full)

Eat a little more
(sounds crazy, but increasing some of your calorie intake
sometimes shakes your body up - giving it the boost it needs)

Now saying that - I'm not talking about eating that huge piece of chocolate cake you had your eye on
(although indulging once in a while is fine)
What I mean by increasing calories is eat another serving of veggies or something like that.

The point is, if you don't meet all your calorie requirements, your body may go into starvation mode.  Which means it will start storing fat because you body thinks you are starving it.


One such way to add a few extra calories - although I need to add a disclaimer here
normally, you shouldn't drink your calories....however, if you need a calorie boost now and then
you can do it by mixing up a fun, fruity drink.


Here are a few delicious drink recipes that were recently shared on Nutrisystem's website - the leaf.


Energy Smoothie

Photo is property of Nutrisystem


Servings: 2
Counts as 1 Smart Carb and 1 Extra

Ingredients:

1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup strawberries
1/2 banana
2 tsp honey
6 ice cubes

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender.
Puree until smooth.

My review: 
* This drink was delicious.  I really liked it.  As far as energy though, I'm not sure if it was this drink or the coffee that I had around the same time that gave me a little boost.  I will definitely be making this one again.


Kiwi Strawberry Slushie

YouTube Video property of Nutrisystem and can be found on the Nutrisystem channel



Servings: 1
Counts as 1 Smart Carb

Ingredients: 

1 cup ice
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 medium kiwi, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 TBS lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1 packet Truvia natural sweetener

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients into a blender or food processor
Blend until ice is completely crushed and fruit is blended

My review:
*While, I enjoyed the flavor of this drink, all the little seeds from the fruit made it a bit too gritty (texture wise) for me.  Overall though, I liked it, but those darn seeds - ugh!! 



Here's a link to a few more refreshing summertime slushies....I haven't personally tried all of them, but they look super yummy!


Kiwi Strawberry Slushie (recipe posted above)


Photo is property of Nutrisystem




Photo is property of Nutrisystem




Photo is property of Nutrisystem




Photo is property of Nutrisystem


I haven't personally tried the last three slushies that I mentioned,
but they sound really good and they are added to my list of must tries.

I haven't shared any recent pictures of myself lately....mostly because I just feel so uncomfortable with how I look (as I know most you who also struggle with weight loss must feel at times).

But, here goes....

All I can say is I'll share this and others in the hopes that better ones will come soon enough!
For now, I'll keep celebrating the little victories, such as in total so far, I have lost
15 pounds on Nutrisystem and 23 pounds overall.

It hasn't been easy, but it's been worth it.



My Stats:

Starting weight -   Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                             Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                             Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                             Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204
                             Mar. 08, 2017 --- 204
                             Mar. 29, 2017 --- 202
                              Apr. 24, 2017 ---  200
                             May 17, 2017 --- 197
                            Jun 19, 2017 --- 197
                            Jun 27, 2017 --- 197


**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored



Monday, June 19, 2017

catching up

It's been a few weeks since I last checked in.

I haven't lost any weight during that time,
but I did manage to score a job right out of college.
which in these days is no easy feat.

It feels like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
And because it's a job that I really love
being surrounded by happy smiles and lots of hugs
(aka - teaching pre-k kids)
A lot of stress has evaporated from my life.

Which hopefully means that less stress will help make it a little easier to lose weight 
as stress is so horrible when it comes to your health, not just when you are trying to lose weight.
Everything can get out of whack when you are dealing with stress.

Also, now that I'm no longer in college and I'm off work until this fall, I can totally
concentrate on relaxing (well, at least as much as a mom of 6 can relax )
and work on my physical health (more exercise).

Until next time here's my tally so far.

Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                              Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                              Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                              Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204
                              Mar. 08, 2017 --- 204
                             Mar. 29, 2017 --- 202
                             Apr. 24, 2017 ---  200
                             May 17, 2017 --- 197
                            Jun 19, 2017 --- 197


**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"ONEderland"

What is Onederland?

It means, I am officially out of the two hundred range...and in the one hundreds

there is now a number 1 at the beginning of my weight, instead of a 2.

yippeee!

Want some more awesome news?

I am an official college graduate now.

Yep, that's right, I finished my bachelor's degree and I graduated college with honors (by the way).

Great things are happening around here and I'm so excited.

I'm hoping that I will have more news to share soon,
but for now - you can join my celebration of
graduating college and losing three pounds since I last checked in.

Say what???

Yep, three pounds lost - despite all the end of the semester stress eating,
and all the celebratory drinks and dinners that I enjoyed.

Now, I'm working on getting back on track, as my life is becoming more "normal"
and hopefully, I will be able to follow more of a schedule of healthy eating and finding time to exercise.  With summer around the corner, I'm positive things will be looking up.


Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                              Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                              Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                              Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204
                              Mar. 08, 2017 --- 204
                             Mar. 29, 2017 --- 202
                             Apr. 24, 2017 ---  200
                             May 17, 2017 --- 197


**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored


Monday, April 24, 2017

down 2 more pounds

I'm so excited
I lost two more pounds!!

I have about three more weeks left of this semester
and then I will graduate - woohooo!

Because it is the end of the semester
and I am graduating, it has been super busy here.

I have been updating my resume, requesting recommendation letters from my professors,
finishing up the last of my course assignments, studying for finals....the list is endless
or it certainly feels that way.

It's been a little difficult balancing everything - plus my diet, but I'm trying.
It's a process...I know everyone says that, but it's true.

While it feels and seems like I gained weight rather quickly, it didn't exactly happen overnight.
So, losing all the weight won't happen overnight either.  Sometimes it's difficult to be patient.
Everyone wants and loves to see results - and in the fast paced, automatic everything world we live in
we expect the weight to just fall off too.  Unfortunately, it doesn't happen that way.

You have to be patient with your body.  Let the diet and exercise do it's work.
In due time, you will start seeing results.
Soon enough you will have friends commenting on how much weight you lost...they will notice all that hard work when the time comes.

In the meantime...
Drink that water
Walk those 30 minutes
Eat your veggies
and
Enjoy the delicious food that fuels your body.

Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                              Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                              Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                              Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204
                              Mar. 08, 2017 --- 204
                             Mar. 29, 2017 --- 202
                           Apr. 24, 2017 --- 200


**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

ten



Guess who finally hit their ten pound weight loss goal....

this girl right here!

Though it took some time, I finally did it.

The thing to remember here is that the slower it comes off, the longer it should stay off.
This is because as you are losing weight, you are learning the right combos of food and exercise.

One of the many reasons why I love Nutrisystem, is the fact that they really work with you.
Through their website, you have access to message boards - which is great when you need some motivation - having the support of others that are going through the same things you are really helps.

  They also assign you to a nutrition counselor - if it wasn't for my counselor, I think I might have given up a long time ago.  My counselor encourages me to keep going and works with me to find new ways to keep my body guessing what I'm doing....sometimes your body gets used to certain things and it gets comfortable and I guess a bit lazy.  When that happens, your body knows what is coming and decides it is not going to work for it anymore.  By changing things up, from the different foods you eat, the type of exercise, the time of day you exercise, etc., your body has to keep guessing what you are doing to it and this helps keep your metabolism revving - which is a good thing.

I think my biggest motivation for losing weight is my mom.

My mom was so proud of me the last time I lost weight.
She bragged about it to all her friends.

When I was featured in a magazine for my weight loss, my mom bought several copies of it
and showed her friends and anyone else who was nearby.

I miss my mom.  More than any words can say.

Any time, I feel like giving up and throwing in the proverbial towel, I remember
how proud my mom was of me and it encourages me to keep going.

I know my mom wouldn't want for me to give up
and I know that I'm not a quitter.

So, I will continue to work hard and push myself,
not only for me, but for my loved ones as well.
And I know my mom is cheering for me, I may not be able to hear it...but I feel it.

I don't really notice much of a difference in my weight - I feel like I still look the same,
however ten pounds is certainly something to be proud of.

It's ten less pounds that my body is carrying around.
Ten less pounds that my knees and legs don't have to support
My heart and lungs have to work a little less due to the ten pounds.

May not be a visual difference - but there is a physical one.


January 16, 2017 - 212


March 29, 2017





Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                              Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                              Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                              Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204
                              Mar. 08, 2017 --- 204
                             Mar. 29, 2017 --- 202


**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

diets are hard, but then so is life.

I know, I know...I should be referring to this as a life style change and not a diet.

Even so, diets, and life are hard.

Looking back at the past few weeks, I think I finally realized part of the reason I've been struggling with my diet.  I have been depressed about my mom passing away.
I struggle a lot day to day, sometimes just getting out of bed is too much.
I already struggle with depression and anxiety and I think it's just amplified.

I also have issues with seasonal depression, winter months of cold days really brings me down.
There's also the little bit of my asthma issues, where just thinking of being outside in the cold
sends me into a tailspin of worry and anxiety about getting sick or worse ending up in the
hospital with pneumonia...ugh!

This might all seem like a bunch of excuses, and maybe they are, but
I'm realizing that I really need to address my depression by seeking some help.
Maybe then once I start dealing with it, I will start to see some changes in my diet.
I mean it can't hurt to seek help and see if it makes a difference, right?
I see my doctor in about a week or so, hopefully that will make a huge difference.

That all being said,
I am stuck
The scale is stuck

It has not budged for weeks now.

Although, I have measured myself recently and I have noticed that those numbers have gone down some....so at least, something is working.


Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                              Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                              Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                              Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204
                              Mar. 08, 2017 --- 204


**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Latest....

I missed last week's post...mostly because I was a bit disappointed that I didn't lose any weight.
Well, I didn't lose any this week either.

I think I just have so much junk going on that it's been hard to exercise.
For the last few weeks the only exercise I was able to get was when
I was walking back and forth to my classes.  That plus, I ended up getting sick.

Blah....

But on a good note, I didn't gain anything, so that's a good thing.

I'm working on changing things up a bit and I'm hoping that it will help.

In the mean time, here's a quick peek a few dinner meals that I love.

Salisbury steak and Mac and cheese with a side of green beans

Turkey medallions with mashed potatoes with a side of green beans

Some of my other faves are the Italian flatbread bread pizza.

I love pizza.

At first, when I saw the size of this meal I was a bit shocked and thought that it would not
be very satisfying, being so small in size.

However, I was surprised that it did satisfy me and filled me up

I also tricked myself a bit by cutting my pizza into four pieces.  This little trick made me feel like I was eating a lot, even though it really wasn't much.  It's a trick that I have done with most of my other
Nutrisystem meals, Cutting things into smaller portions tricks your mind into thinking you are getting a lot of food, even though you really aren't.  It works...sound weird, but it truly does.

I'm still fighting the depression, but I have a doctor visit coming soon, so I'm hoping that will help.

Here's a current picture, although  not much has changed in my looks so far....




Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                              Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                              Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                              Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204
                              Mar. 08, 2017 --- 204


**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Week Five on Nutrisystem

It's been a whole month since I started Nutrisystem.

This week I lost two pounds...yes, that says TWO pounds!!

Woohooo, Yay Me!!

Hard work pays off....eventually.

I changed a few things around as far as my eating was concerned and it seems to have helped.
I also have been taking advantage of the mild weather, as much as possible.

so the pros....

Tuesdays and Thursdays were/are hard for me, because I literally have class all day,
my classes are back to back, leaving only 15 minutes in between.
Before I made the recent changes, I was skipping meals and then over eating once I got home (not only because I was hungry, but I was trying to fulfil all the food/calorie needs).

This week however, I made sure to pack a few snacks (such as peanuts, raisins, a piece of fruit, or string cheese) as well as a lunch and I made sure to take a few minutes to eat.  I even ate a few bites during class, whatever works, right? And I have been trying to be more active as well, by walking around the track at the park, while it's been nice enough to enjoy it.

I think these positive changes have helped me break through a bit
and made the two pound loss a successful achievement.


and now, the cons....

I have hit a major road block mind wise.  Meaning I have been suffering from some pretty major depression.  I'm also lacking energy.  Not sure if it's the depression  or something else, but I honestly don't feel like doing anything.  If I could get away with sleeping all day, I probably would.

I'm making steps to change this, hopefully something good will happen to
help me out of the funk I've been in.

Here's my tally so far.  May not seem like much - 8 pounds, but it's all good!


Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                              Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                              Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                              Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204



**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored