Taking A Big Step

I never thought I would do it but I took a big step the other day and I am so proud of myself for finally doing it!

So what did I do you may ask?

I bought a gym membership!

The reason I say that this is such a big step for me is because I have talked about it for some time now but always decided against it because I would tell myself that I didn’t need to go to a gym I couldn’t work out at home with what I had.

But the truth of the matter was I wasn’t working out at home. I would find excuses not to work out. I would tell myself I would start another day. I would wake up late and start again on a different day. There was just excuse after excuse!

You may ask why I finally dove in head first and why I finally too the big step to get a gym membership? Well I was calling on life insurance for my husband and I just to get a quote and it really hit me hard when the estimated cost for mine was $20 more than my husbands because of my weight and how I am considered unhealthy.

It finally all just sank in in that moment and I thought to myself I can’t wait any more, I can’t put this off, I can’t keep lying to myself. Now is as good a time as any to get this started and working toward my goals!

And now all I need to do is wait for the access pass to come in and then starting the beginning of September I am going to start taking it seriously and heading to the gym in the mornings! The nice thing about this is I have a co worker who is wanting to make some serious changes as well and is going to be doing it right along side me and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have the support system from and for her as well!

Wish us luck as we start on this new journey and work to get into better shape for ourselves! I don’t know that I will feel comfortable enough yet to post before pictures but I know I will one day, I just need time!

Here goes nothing!

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Changes Coming in July

Changes are what I’m hoping I will see in the month of July!

This month I have made a deal with one of my coworkers that we won’t eat fried or fast food, we won’t drink soda or buy latte’s. Nothing crazy and not too hard by any means!

I also want to focus on cutting out bread and carbs in general to see if this will help me on my journey to be a happier, healthier me! I’m really hoping these subtle and simple changes will add up to make a difference in the coming months.

One of my big over arching goals over the next six months is to loose 50 lbs. by the end of the year. Starting small and building as I go are the best ways to get to this goal and that’s what this month is for!

So I have started with some small meal prepping but I’m hoping to post more about my meal prepping moving forward into the next couple of weeks.

So for the month of July Goals:

No purchasing lattes.

No fried food.

No fast food.

Limit bread.

No soda.

Walk a mile at least three times a week.

Meal prep four weeks of the month breakfasts and lunches.

 

Not only will these small goals help with my physical health but this will also help with my financial health! I have been keeping a budget book and boy it has been enlightening as to where a lot of my extra money goes! I plan on doing a post in the coming month all about my budget book and how I plan things out and keep track of my budget in order to save more money for future purchases and emergencies!

 

Here’s to seeing some change come in the month of July and here’s to giving it my best!

What are you goals for the month of July? What challenges have you had?

 

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Setting Small Goals for Big Difference

It’s been some time since I posted on my fitness journey and to be quite frank it’s because I fell off the path, and not only fell but rolled down the hill, slide through the mud, got covered in leaves and sand and landed flat on my ass.

I probably sound like the biggest broken record around but I really haven’t focused myself on this topic. I have found myself wandering and dealing with other different items and topics to the point that I haven’t taken the time to really focus on my physical health. I have put more emphasis on my mental health which was really needed.

I needed to take time to find my happy and to make myself better mentally because if I couldn’t make my mental health better there is no way I could make my physical health better. One of the main things you will see with this is that I have been starting to read more and focus more on the things I can change. My book of the month has really been helping me to focus on this and working to make the little things important.

I also have been taking more time to myself and just focusing on me. Taking quiet time has really helped to clear my head and get different perspectives on the different situations.

And now I am working on setting small goals for myself to help me reach my big goals.

Goal 1: Read More

Goal 2: Take more walks

Goal 3: Meal Prep each week

Goal 4: Remember to love myself

Goal 5: Introduce fitness program 3 times a week

 

There they are my first 5 goals for myself to start to stick too. They say it only takes 21 days to create a habit and 21 days to break a habit.  I’m hoping I can not only create better habits for myself but also to break the bad ones. It will take time and it will take persistence but that is why I find I need to start small.

 

Small goals for a big difference!

 

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What Should Be- 4 Week Update

This is week 4 of my attempt at being healthier and meal prepping and getting my act together….

Well I have done; like many times in the past; fallen off the wagon…

Some of it had to do with a tumble I took down the stairs….

There is a reason Grace is not my middle name because I’m about as clumsy as  a new born calf. Ok maybe that’s an exaggeration but it’s pretty darn close. Long story short I caught the heel of my shoe on the steps at the movie theater with my mom and with my hands in my pockets of my jacket and I fell really hard on my left knee, rolling into the seat arm closest to me and finally settling on my rearend two steps down from where I started! It was very very painful. And just so you can get a giggle (I can now laugh at myself about it too) make a mental note of that scene of me falling.

Your Welcome! You can now laugh through your morning!

So this has put me out for about a week. Not the best excuse but when given that it was a struggle to walk let along do yoga I took some time off.

In the mean time I have been unexplainably tired and had some other weird things with my health (yes I plan to see a doctor at some point) nothing to crazy to be worried about. So this has put me back two weeks… UGH!

This is also why my meal prep posts have disappeared and why I haven’t done a progress post. I look at it this way…there has been no progress because I have gotten in my own way!

But after having an epiphany last night I know that I am making lame excuses and I need to get up and just work harder! So I’m jumping right back in! No need to wait no need to stall now is as good a time as any!!

So here is me trying to keep myself accountable! My husband has been the best cheerleader for me and helping me stay on track and I couldn’t be more thankful for all that he does for me!

This is week 4 progress and I am headed toward week 5 full speed ahead! I have to remember why I am doing this! I have to remember that I am doing this for me! I am putting myself first and making it a priority to make me happy. Because if I am happy then I know I can put that out into the rest of my life!

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Track It ALL : My Fitness Pal

Recently I downloaded the My Fitness Pal app and I have been using it to track what I have been eating. Talk about an interesting look at what you actually consume on a daily basis!

I was actually shocked at how much junk I was actually consuming. I didn’t realize the  calorie count and I didn’t realize the portions I was consuming until this showed me exactly what the break down was including my sodium intake and sugar intake. So let me break down how it works, how I’m using it and how I plan to have this help me move in the right direction.

 

 

How It Works:

My Fitness Pal starts with filling in all of the login information followed by the health information. The nice thing about this is that it asks how much weight you want to loose (reasonably), what your goal each week is, what your current weight is and what your goal weight is. This is then all calculated into what your caloric intake each day should be in order stay on track and head toward your goals!

At this point you are off and rolling to keeping track of what you are eating in a day as well as keeping track of the portion sizes. One of the great things about the app is that it allows for tracking by capturing the nutritionally information from the barcode on any specific item! This really helps when searching for different items. It also allows for you to make meals of things your frequently eat whether it be for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even snacks.

With my Apple iPhone it also links my step count to the app to help add to my exercise. It also gives you a place to track what different exercise you complete in a day. The only catch with this is that the only thing that tracks actually calories burned is different types of cardio. Strength exercises don’t have related caloric out put.

The other nice thing I appreciate about the app is that at the end of each day you can “complete diary” which is completing your daily meal and exercise entry and it gives an estimated calculation of how what your weight would be in 5 weeks if you were to continue on the same path as that day. I find it very encouraging that even when you have days that seem worse than others it shows that there is a possibility of still loosing weight!

 

How I Use the App:

 

I downloaded the app probably a month before I actually started using it regularly. At first I would start and then forget to add a meal or forget to log something else and then I would always tell myself well

“I will be better tomorrow”,

“I’ll start completely tomorrow”,

“Monday is coming I’ll start then”,

“It’s almost a new month I will start with the new month”….

All of these are horrible excuses I kept telling myself on why to wait. I was being beyond lazy! I wasn’t even trying to work at it! I thought that by eating “healthy” I was fine and that I would eventually loose the weight. I have been telling myself this since May….Since my day one…..My day one where I wanted so much to change everything about my life but I wasn’t being honest with myself!

Well I finally took the time to start logging what I was eating. I finally committed to it! And I am so proud of myself! I stuck with it for a whole 4 weeks! I am currently on a week break because I have been going to a few fairs and rodeos and fair food just isn’t good for any one but it sure does taste good!

 

My Results: (so far)

I was completely shocked that in just four weeks of tracking what I was eating I was able to start to feel better and was even down 5 pounds. I know it might not seem like a lot in that short time frame but for me it was a huge step in the right direction! I think it was and is important for me to continue to track what I am eating each day so that I can fully get an idea of why I have struggle for so long with my weight! I think this is just the beginning and I am very excited to find out what more I can do by simply changing my diet!

Eventually I will start working in an exercise program so that I can really work harder for my goals but right now it is the baby steps. Every small step will help me get closer and closer to the healthier I want to me!

 

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