Don’t give up

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“Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.” (Gotta love pintrest!) 

Wow, those words are pretty powerful! I want a healthy active life, am I willing to sacrifice that for a box of hoho’s? NO, I am not! 

For most people being fit is a difficult process to start, this healthy living lifestyle was not instilled in us growing up. Being fit sounds really easy;

1. eat fewer calories

2. exercise

Actually doing those two things is really hard! Being fit and living a healthy lifestyle takes WORK and the last thing people want to do after coming home from work is more work. It is so much easier to pick up dinner from the local greasy spoon and shove it in your face before winding down from the day. If you actually think of fast food joints as an actual greasy spoon it sounds disgusting! You wouldn’t eat off of a greasy spoon, ick! 

Cutting out fast food from my life has been difficult. I still have cravings for McDonalds and my favorite Taco Bell, but when I have allowed myself to get a meal from there I instantly regret it and it really isn’t as tasty as I remembered it being! Stocking the fridge with healthy choices has been so rewarding (plus my mother in-law does all the shopping so it isn’t much work for me!), I am seeing candy but grabbing an apple, I am cooking healthy lunches instead of ramen or mac and cheese. 

Not only do I feel good about my decisions but my body literally feels better. I feel less stress, less metaphorical weight and less physical weight (down 3 more lbs this week!). I truly think planning meals and only buying healthy options is key to living a healthy life! 

Another incentive for me is I do not want my kids to have to go through this when they are my age, I want to instill this in them right away! 

Today I am going through old and new cookbooks to find the healthy recipes and try them out! I’m sure I’ll post a little bit about those when I find and try out the good ones! 

Cheers! 

Budget

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Today was weigh in day….no change…I guess my one 20 min workout wasn’t enough to shed 15 pounds, who would’ve thought? Going to be stepping it up this week!

On to something more fun, MATH!!! Ok, I lied this is not fun!!!

As a newly married couple, my husband and I are in the beginning stages of working out how we live, spend our time and how we spend our money. It started with a little tiff yesterday about spending a big chunk of money on a fun item (I won’t say who wanted to spend but basically it was him). We decided that the budget we had been saying we would make needed to be done right away, even though it could be awkward and uncomfortable (thanks for Judy for pushing the convo!). So we sat down together and said what monthly bills do we have? We worked out how much in coming in and where the money needs to go monthly. Saving for a house, saving for Australia, saving for miscellaneous things like the car breaking down (which in our case means we are getting a new car), what amount can we use on fun things?

Seriously this was such a great talk, even though we disagreed on a few things, we worked them out and we are now on the same page! It really feels like a weight has been lifted off of me (a metaphorical weight obviously because I can’t lose even 1 pound!). We have everything written out and we both know where money is going and what will be left over for fun items!

I strongly suggest to any newlyweds to have this talk, it is so worth it! 

Weigh in day

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Yesterday was weigh-in day, every time I step on the scale I fill myself with dark and twisty thoughts. 

“I didn’t do as much as I should have,” “I really don’t want to see this number,” “I’m fat”.

The scale is like a rock plunging my thoughts down into the deep dark depths of my self doubt. I strip off my clothes, because every ounce makes a difference and step on the scale. I wait for what seems like an eternity and the numbers flash across the screen, I have lost 2 pounds in a week. Now that may not seem like a lot, but first of all, any weight loss is good, I am moving in the right direction. Second of all small successes are still successes. 

Yesterday I went to the physical therapist (I have had chronic back pain for 10 years) and was told that along with my wussy PT exercises I can do light elliptical workouts. I am not going to focus on how frustrating that is going to be but instead I am going to focus on I have something to do at the gym and I am going to do my light workouts to the fullest. 

I would say yesterday was a pretty good day!

Fit year

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We have been in 2014 for a week now and it is the time for resolutions to be forgotten. For me my resolution is to be more fit and luckily I have a crew to support me. I am NOT going to let this resolution be forgotten!

Just before Christmas both sides of my family had health scares. Luckily everything on both sides turned out fine and all parties are doing well. These incidents did however spark both sides of my family to start being more fit. A bunch of us got fitbit bracelets and have been using them to their fullest everyday. We are joining gyms and making sure we get our steps in. The biggest issue for me is eating and with everyone around me tracking their calorie intake it is hard to be the one not doing it, so I have been tracking my calories and while it is an adjustment I know it is for the best. 

I got a referral to start physical therapy again (I have had a bad back for 10 years) and hopefully they will give me the OK to do some working out. I had planned on working out anyway but being told what I should do and what I shouldn’t do will be a lifesaver. 

I thought about how I can keep myself on the right track, I thought about the embarrassment method where I post my weight every week online, that would be too embarrassing for me! I thought about blogging our meals, but really who cares about what I am eating. So I plan to stay current with my blog and no matter what I am actually blogging about I will slip a little bit of my goal to be fit journey in! Time to start feeling good about myself inside and out!

The New Year

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Happy New Year! 

2014 is going to be a great year! 

My husband started his new job with Reebok|CCM, it’s been a day but so far I know he is blowing everyone out of the water! 

I am beginning my search for a career and am so excited to discover what I am going to do with my life.

On June 1st Alex and I will celebrate our 1 year wedding/8 year dating anniversary with dinner at The Melting Pot, where we went for our first 1 year anniversary!

In July Alex, my in-laws and I will be taking the trip of a lifetime! We are flying to Fiji for my brother in-laws wedding, after a few days there we are hopping over to Australia to spend some time exploring the sights there! 

I can’t wait to see what amazing things will happen for us this year!