Step it up Saturday! 

It’s a little hard to get in a bunch of steps during the work week, so I set higher goals for myself on the weekends. 

I’m very happy to report that I crushed my (aggressive for me!) step goal today! 

I also was super low on cals, but not on propose. I only ate 718 cals and burned off 648 walking! 

Def got a little overheated and lightheaded on my “big” walk for the day. But, with the heat index believe it was around 100 degrees, and walking accidentally on an empty stomach didn’t help. 

Tomorrow is my “official” weigh day, to start off week 2 of my 18 week challenge but I have already hit my weight loss goal for the week, which is great. Hoping to be down another lb or two by tomorrow am tho. 

I also killed it on carbs today, only having 8!!! But, that’s partly because I was out running all around and forgot to eat. But, still happy with it!!! 

Next week I need to focus more on my water intake, but, overall I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made this first week being back on track. 


Day 4 being back on track, and I had my mid-week check-in this morning

<Drumroll please>

I am down 8.2 lbs since Sunday!!! 

Please note this loss is due to the first week back on low carb along with suspected water weight. 

Nonetheless I am super excited with the progress I’ve made!!! When I jumped on the scale last weekend and saw 269 I was quite literally a bit shocked. It was extremely jarring. Being back down to 260.8 feels much better, and gives me a lot of motivation to keep going! 

Little upset that I overslept this morning, and did not have a chance to take my morning walk or do my morning meditation. Now it’s evening, but so far I haven’t talked myself into walking yet. 

Despite being a little discouraged about my motivation, I’m really trying to continue focusing on the positive. So far cals/carbs are better than yesterday, protein is good, and oh, yah– I lost 8.2lbs in 4 Days!!! 

Now I just have to be consistent and get back to walking, and also finally start adding my videos and weights in. Also within the next week, I believe I start adding my elliptical in too. Very short intervals at first, as it kills me and I’m super out of shape. But I’ll build up. 

Consistency is key!!!! 

Day 3 – Getting my groove back 

It’s my third day being back on track with my eating and exercise and I am feeling great! 

Today I was ever so slightly over the calorie goal I set for myself (1436 vs 1400) but I was only at 30 carbs for the day (goal was 40, as I’m working my way back down to 20) and I had 129g protein 🙂 i also not only did my planned morning walk, I threw in an evening walk too! 

So I walked over 2 miles outside today, burning over 500 cals (approx/allegedly). 

Oh! I also blew away the small step goal I set for myself, as I’m trying to work back up there as well. Goal was 4000 steps, so far I’m over 6500. 

I also did my morning meditation with affirmation and I will get my evening meditation in before bed. 

Tomorrow is my mid-week, make sure I’m on track weigh-in. Goal for this week was only to lose 1lb, as I knew I wouldn’t be 100% on point yet. I’ve already lost that in water weight, so feeling pretty good about Sunday’s official weigh in. 

All in all I’m really feeling very positive about my progress and life in general. I think my change in attitude and actively working to be kinder to myself is really, really making a huge difference. 

I can’t wait to start seeing results again! 

Day 2 Back On Track

The day is not over yet, and I did not hit every goal, but I’m considering today a success! 

Part of what I’m learning from my life coach is to focus on the positive and what I did right, and let go of beating myself up and ruminating over my flaws. 

Today I got up early and meditated, like I wanted to. I then fell back asleep, so I missed my am walk, but I learned a lesson that I need to get up and walk first, and then meditate, once I’m more awake!

Today I am so far under my calorie goal, and I’m working hard to not eat anything else this evening. 

Today I did take my evening walk with the puppy, as planned. 

Today was a good day. 

Carbs are not on point yet, but much lower than yesterday. Protein was good, though! 

Water is something I knew I needed to work on, so that’s why I decided to include it on my daily goals. I only had 32oz of water today, but, I can have at least 8oz more tonight. But, I am working on it, tracking it, and I will do better. 

This was also my first day back to work after my staycation last week. Given that, I’m even happier with the good choices and progress I made today. 

I’m feeling good about my mindset, which is the biggest struggle in my opinion. 

I also am super pumped that I’m adjusting my focus and my thoughts. I’m actively working on replacing all the negative self talk with learning to be kinder to myself. I’m on a journey of learning to love myself- mind, body, and spirit. 

This is so new to me, but I think it’s going to make all the difference. I think loving myself has been the missing link all this time. Taking care of your health and body are acts of self-love. 

I was so self-loathing, it’s no wonder I couldn’t sustain change. I was working on one aspect, while ignoring the giant mountain in my way. 

I’m a little nervous about my journey, but I’m really excited to see how far I can go. 

Lovers Key

Sunday Funday alert! Today the hubs, the bubs (puppy), and I went to Lovers Key state park and walked the black island trail, which is about 2.75 miles long. 

We certainly didn’t set any records, but we had to stop along the way for puppy breaks and of course photo ops! 

The last 2 Sunday’s we’ve gonna to the Naples Botanical Gardens, but this weekend I thought It would be nice to do something different. 

I love that I’m becoming more active again! I *want* to be active and get up and get moving, instead of spending a lazy Sunday on the couch, accomplishing nothing. 

Such a change in thinking, and I’m absolutely loving it! 

So far today I’ve hit 2 of my activity goals thru my Apple Watch so I’m pretty excited about that. 

We’re also going to try and get in another walk around the neighborhood this evening, which my goal is to start walking 3 times a day (before work, on lunch, and in the evening before bed). 

This, plus continuing to work on my elliptical should really help the weight loss. My struggle will be limiting my eating like I should be. I haven’t eaten off plan, but I have eaten too much. I def struggle with getting munchy in the evenings. 

But, I refuse to give up and I’m going to keep fighting the good fight! 

2 minutes… 

Two minutes… Doesn’t sound like a lot, does it? But, that’s about how long my fat ass can stay on my new elliptical right now. Isn’t she a beauty:

I bought it because we moved and there’s no gym nearby now. And I choose an elliptical specifically to challenge myself. 

I had no grand visions, but I had hoped to be able to last 5 minutes at a time… Not so much. Two minutes and I’m dying. Legs are dying, heart rate is up. *sigh* 

But, I’m jumping on it several times a day, and all start trying to push for 3 min next week. It may not be much, but it’s something. It’s better than sitting around on my behind all day. 

I’ve also decided to start walking the neighborhood. I think during lunch I’m going to shoot for a 20-min walk. That will help too… Every little bit counts.


Happy to report my BMI is down ~10 pts since my highest weight earlier this year. 

It feels great to see progress in other ways. Next up is getting into the 30s, which should occur around 225lbs. That will be a huge victory for me, not only for the lower BMI and weight, but that’s around the weight I was when I last rode my *favorite* roller coaster, which was circa 2008-2009. (The Hulk at islands of adventure, in Orlando, in case anyone is wondering!) 

Once I can fit in that roller coaster again, I’m buying annual passes. It won’t be long now!!!! 

Losing weight is about so much more than how you look- for me, it’s really about taking my life back. Getting to do the things I enjoy doing and not avoiding activities for fear of not fitting in seats, getting stares, etc. it’s about freedom. 

I can’t wait to report back that I’ve rose the roller coaster again– and u can bet they’ll be a pic! Keep working toward your goals!!!! 

Progress, not Perfection

Progress not perfection is my biggest takeaway from my journey right now. 

Hard not to compare yourself to others, but ultimately getting down on yourself or discouraged is counterproductive and we’re all different. 

My struggles may not be your struggles. I certainly have struggles, as we all do. 

But beating myself up about my lost 3-4 mos isn’t going to do any good and it certainly won’t change anything. 

All I can do is my best, going forward. 

Make the best decisions that I can, work my hardest, and continue to persevere. 

No one said this would be easy, but I’ve no doubt it will be worth it!!!! Stay strong, my friends! 

2lbs down this week

Friday is my official weigh day, though I’ve been psychotic ally weighing myself this week, looking for a change. Only 2 lbs down… But, that’s still 2 lbs I’m rid of, right?! 
2lbs is still progress, and that’s what this journey is all about! 

I joined some Fb support groups, and seeing people lose like 20lbs/mo, just crazy amounts of weight made me a little disappointed for a bit, but, my Dr said I can expect to lose 8-10lbs/mo, if I really work hard. So, I’m on schedule for that. 

I may not be the fastest loser out there, but I’m still losing!!! 

128lbs to go to new goal (130). My realistic goal was 150, which would still be overweight as I’m only 5’3″. I really want to be out of that category, and if I’m going to try, I might as well aim big!!! 

HW: 316

CW: 258

Next (quickly approaching!) goal: under 250!!! 

Of course getting under 200 is a BIG goal… I’m coming for ya, ONEderland! I miss my fave roller coasters, and going to stadiums, etc!!!!

Water goals 

How do you get in YOUR water each day?!

My minimum water goal is 70oz/day, but more is better, especially if you go by weight! 

I have struggled for the longest to get all my water in, though I did better when exercising in the am– got a jump start on consumption. 

This week I have started tracking my water intake again, as it’s super important to weight loss and your overall health. I’ve also cut out ALL other liquids- water only for me, please! (Goodbye, sweet tea…) 

A way I’ve been able to up up my water intake has been using these babies! 

They even have little words of encouragement hidden in the flap! 

70 cals and 15g of protein per serving, only 1 carb. Lots and lots of flavors to choose from, but my go-to’s are the strawberry kiwi and the pineapple ones-Delish!!!

I limit myself to 2/day, because there still is a carb, plus it’s better to eat real food. 

Then the rest of the time I’m having crystal light, which I am constantly rotating because I loooove a flavor and then a week later can’t stand it! 

I also have started having my fiber water again, and up to one protein shake per day. 

I try to utilize my large 32oz drinkware (thank you, Target!) because I at least think I drink more that way. 

Then I’ve been tracking my water intake as I finish in MFP, which I don’t love because it goes by cups, but, it’ll work. I need to get back to using my Fitbit, and I enjoy their water tracked much better (by oz). 

What tips and tricks do you have, and how much water do you consume per day?!