Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Week 2: Weigh In

I can't believe I have really made it 2 whole weeks! I have to say I am quite impressed with myself.
I'm also happy to report that I got on the scale this morning and have lost 1.4 pounds this past week. One thing that really worked for me this week was on Sunday I washed and chopped up lots of fruit and vegetables for the week. I even put some fruit in containers for Jeremy and I for our lunches so they were all ready to go. I also started coming home from school putting my work out clothes on right away and doing my work out before I start supper or anything else. This seems to work the best for me so I get my work out done and over with as soon as I get home. I would like to start working out in the mornings but that would mean getting up at 4:45 and I'm not sure if I can do that right not. That is early.

One thing I need to do better at is drinking more water. I am really struggling to get my water in during the work week. If I drink what I am supposed to I have to run to the washroom and I just can't leave my 20 kindergartners for a minute. I fear for what I would return to even in that short of time. So, this week I am going to try to drink more in the morning and really think about my schedule and see if I can get more water in.

I have continued to stick with the 6 week boot camp, squat and push up bootcamp and the C25K. I have only missed one scheduled day of exercising and that was because my puppy got spayed on Friday and although I had time to exercise I just couldn't leave her side when I brought her home! I didn't beat myself up about it or anything I just pushed a little harder on Saturday when I did bootcamp and moved on!

Here's hoping you all have a great week!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Week 1: Recap and Weigh In

Woo hoo! Week 1 is done. What a week it has been.. I feel like I have learned so much! I weighed in this morning and was pleased to see I was down -2.2 pounds! :) I felt good about that especially since I didn't really get onto the healthy eating until Monday (that was when I went back to school). For my meals this week I have just been working to find balance and keep myself feeling full and satisfied without consuming too many calories... always the battle. For breakfasts I have been having oatmeal with a little brown sugar and cinnamon. My snacks have been mostly apples, pineapple, pretzels, nuts and rice cakes with peanut butter on them. For our suppers here we have been having roasted veggies, flat bread pizza with chicken and salmon and rice. I tried on the weekend when we got groceries to be really purposeful in what we bought so it doesn't go to waste and so that healthy meals get made!

I've really enjoyed exercising this past week and have noticed a big difference in how I feel. I started doing the couch to 5k program, weight loss online bootcamp and the squat and push up bootcamp. The online bootcamp scared me to pieces the first time. It. Was. So. Hard. I felt so much pain afterwards even though I did stretch. However, I am getting to love it! Here is how I keep track of it all.

 Above is my calendar I have been following. I give myself a little sticker for each day I complete. I also do this to keep track of my squats and push ups. It's the teacher in me! Also, pretty sharpie markers make all the difference. Below is right above my treadmill. I have my goals and my calendars. This is just something to  keep  me focused and decorate the area. I also always watch netflix on my tablet or listen to music while I work out.

I am excited to see how I do this next week with being totally back to teaching and eating healthy. I am SO thankful to be back in a routine even though I so enjoyed my Christmas break. 

This week's Mini Challenge: Record (in any way) 3 nice things about yourself every day. 
I am going to really give this a try but I'm not making any promises!

1. I love to make other people laugh.
2. I am thoughtful.
3. I am almost always happy.  

Lastly, I need to say a huge THANK YOU to the ladies of the Shrinking Jeans! I luckily stumbled upon their site through pinterest and cannot say how wonderful I feel to be apart of this community. They are so supportive and I love all the interaction! If you have a blog, leave it in the comments below. Have a great week!!

Friday, 3 January 2014

Still tickin' on Day 3

Day 3 already.. well this just must be some kind of record! I am not a resolution junkie.. I am a list making junkie, post-it note junkie, nice pen junkie, and a sharpie junkie. Yes, you are right I am a teacher and the two just might be connected.

Anyways, I do often create start dates for myself where I will proclaim things such as but not limited to, "On Monday I am quitting sugar!" or "Next Monday, I will eat no more chocolate or chips ever, ever again!" and lastly, "On Monday, I will eat only fruits, vegetables, chicken and fish- FOREVER!". At times, I have even thrown away large amounts of food from my cupboards that didn't fit my brand new crazy eating habits. This is sad. What a waste. Inevitably, this may last all of 2 days until something comes up and my brand new lifestyle doesn't fit in and I give in a little then that whole day is "ruined" in my mind, then the whole week and by day 3 or 4 the whole thing is OVER. Then I am so so sad. I tell myself I am weak and that I don't deserve to be happy about my body because I am not "strong enough" to keep up with some crazed standard I set for myself. 

Well, thank goodness that tomfoolery is over with! Now, I am just implementing some small changes to help myself feel better and not feel like a lazed sloth. I am doing something to get me moving every day. I am drinking more water and eating more vegetables.
There has been many different days where I physically and mentally feel sick. I can't tell you how many days I have been at school and my stomach feels terrible- probably because I've treated it like a trash can! I am currently not eliminating anything from my diet but I am limiting certain things and know I won't crave them as much soon. It's like detox for a drug addict (except I do not know what that is actually like) but I do know a lot of foods I have been stuffing in my pie hole probably contain enough chemicals to be considered drugs.

I am so excited to be continuing with this new attitude and working on my habits! Lovin' 2014 so far (yaya I know it is only 3 days in out of 365)

I hope everyone has had a great day!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Week One- The Plan

Here goes my first post on this journey. I'm so glad to be sharing this ride of me "losing it" with the shrinking jeans community! I'm really looking forward to this and feel excited for what is to come.

I'm an elementary school teacher from the Maritimes and my job is very busy but it is my passion. I live with my boyfriend who is wonderfully supportive and we have a sweet shepherd/collie mix puppy. I am a very positive, happy person but I have always struggled with my weight and how I feel about my appearance. I am so ready to change my lifestyle and do something that I can stick with. No more fad diets, yo-yoing and regret. 

Here are some of the goals I am starting off with!

Long term goals

Lose 40-50 pounds
Change the way I treat food- food is fuel; not something to do because you are bored.
Realize how my body feels when I make healthier choices and learn to eat foods to have that feel good feeling and not eat foods for the quick satisfaction.

Short term goals (monthly)

Lose 1-2 pounds each week for the next 4 weeks
Have fruits and/or vegetables at each meal. This is one if my biggest struggles!
Continue drinking lots of water each day- this is something I am actually good at when I am in my routine of working. However, over Christmas break and other times when school is out I struggle with this.
I also need to work on tracking what I eat. When I have done this in the past it has been so helpful! I have downloaded My Fitness Pal and plan to use that to get myself started. 

This is me just before Christmas. I plan to take a couple of good before pictures later today.