The Terrible No Good Very Bad Diet

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This week I have not been living up to my aspirations of losing weight. Here in South Texas it’s finally gotten cold and yucky, and it could snow! We all know what that means though, it drives you indoors and because you’re cold you don’t want to do much, and comfort eating becomes a thing. The kids & you hunker down in your big bed with some snacks, and watch TV and stay warm.

I’ve eaten out 4 times this week, you read that right, 4. I made a pledge when I started this journey that eating out had to stop, and it did for a couple of months. Then I got busy and stuff got in the way, and now I’m realizing the value of meal planning and preparing it ahead of time. Also, I made bad choices when it came to ordering food. Not because they didn’t have better food, but because I simply skipped over it in favor of that fried chicken sandwich or pizza. (This would be a good place for wordpress to include emoji’s so I can eye roll at myself.)

I’m sure the question plaguing us all here is have I gained any weight this week? Luckily, I have not gained any weight back, I’m just maintaining my current weight of 299.6. This week, I need the scale to start moving again! No more eating out, and back to the grocery store today to get some healthier food back in this house.

On the plus side, my Aunt has these really old chairs at her house that have arms on them, and previously I could not fit in these chairs. I tried sitting in one the other day, and not only do I fit now, I have room to move around! If you’ve ever had a significant amount of weight to lose that prohibited you from doing certain things, you’ll know how huge those kinds of wins can be for you. Talk about a confidence booster!

If you’re struggling at all, I’m right there with you! Keep at it, and always look for the positive side of this journey. All too often we get mired down in the negative or just plain stupid things we do and it really kills the motivation. This week may you find the win you need to keep going, may the cold chill just your body and not your motivation, and may you choose the salad instead of the pizza!

Comment below if you’re having struggles this week, don’t forget to like and share! ๐Ÿ™‚

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12 Supportive Gifts For Friends Or Loved Ones Dedicated To Fitness Or Weight Loss This Holiday Season 2017

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Showing your support to your loved one or friend who is trying to lose weight or get fit is so important. The support of our family and friends can sometimes make or break our decisions. If you’re not sure how to support them or show your admiration for their hard work this holiday season, I have scoured the internet for you to give you some great ideas on where to start! (Full disclosure before you read this article, it does contain affiliate links.) Enjoy!

  1. Pepper Spray We all know women who like to run or walk down the block, at the track at a local college or high school, or even at the gym. Whether you’re leaving the gym to your parked car, or need a little extra security for that run outside at the local school facilities, pepper spray is the perfect gift for any woman in your life! Especially this tiny little compact bottle that looks just like a lipstick or perfume.
  2. Itunes Gift Cards There’s nothing better than having some good tunes going when you’re getting your workout on. Music gift cards are always a welcome gift for your friend or loved one who is losing weight or getting their fitness on this holiday season.
  3. Meal Prep Containers During weight loss, portion control is a huge deal, if your friend or loved one has been looking into meal prepping encourage them by buying them some meal prep containers!
  4. Subscription To A Meal Kit Service Do you have a person in your life who is dedicated to losing weight, but they don’t know how to cook? Maybe they are a little confused to what a portion size should look like? Consider getting them a subscription to a meal kit service. These services will send out all of the ingredients they need, as well as detailed instructions on how to cook the recipes included in the kit.
  5. Smoothie Blender If you have a friend who is really into making smoothies for weight loss, or maybe their blender broke and they’re missing their favorite smoothies in their diet. Perhaps your friend or loved one mentioned the desire to start making smoothies? This little gadget is perfect for making a single serving at a time with a take-a-long bottle.
  6. Sweat Band Head Bands When you’re getting your workout on, there’s nothing worse than sweat flowing into your eyes and face. Sweat bands make a great, affordable gift for you to give to that friend or loved one who is making a huge lifestyle change.
  7. Resistance Bands If you have a friend or loved one who isn’t ready to workout with weights, but desires to start somewhere, these are great! They give you a level of resistance, without being too much. They can also function as workout asisstance for those who may have trouble standing or being stable while working out.
  8. Fitness Tracker When you think of a fitness tracker you may be thinking of the more expensive variety such as a fitbit, these are great little devices, but there are more affordable ones out there. Such as this cute purple one I found on Amazon. This is a great gift to encourage your friend or loved ones fitness endeavors. (It also comes in multiple colors!)
  9. Headphones We all lose them, and they are so useful for everyday life. Having a good pair of headphones for those everyday workouts is a MUST! These make a great gift for the fitness buff, or friend/love one who is losing weight in your life.
  10. Workout Journal Some people need to see their stats and progress on paper. If you have a friend or loved one who is into fitness or trying to lose weight, and is also super organized, this would be the perfect gift for them! It helps you to track your food and workouts in one easy place.
  11. Motivational Jewelry What better way to show your support than giving your friend or loved one a piece of jewelry that lets them know that you’re behind them! Encouraging words engraved forever on a piece of metal, how could you go wrong?!
  12. Workout Top What woman could resist this workout top? No matter who you are, humor is a good way to push through those workouts. Often times it can inspire others, and make them wonder where you got your workout gear from. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

With that we wrap up our list ofย  12 Supportive gifts for your fitness buff or friend/loved one losing weight. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments below.

May your light shine brighter, your food taste sweeter, and your wins be more plentiful this week!

Scale Win & A Note To My Future Self

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Today I had one of the most satisfying wins of my weight loss so far! It has been 4 YEARS since I have seen a 2 in front of my weight, and I won’t lie, it makes me giddy finally getting there after just 2.5 months of hard work. Granted, that only makes my weight loss a grand total of 20.4 lbs overall, the important thing is I am getting there!

Now you may be thinking, “Janna, you’re still morbidly obese and nearly 300 lbs, why are you celebrating?” I’m doing something about it, that’s why, I’m lapping all of the people sitting on their couches wanting to do what I’m doing. I’m not wishing or hoping anymore, I’m in the trenches making it happen. That’s something to be proud of. If you’re there with me, pat yourself on the back! You’re doing an excellent job just because you’re trying.

So far on my weight loss journey I have religiously worked out nearly every day, and mostly kept a close eye on everything that went past my lips and into my body. That is not to say that I have not struggled, and that this has not been an uphill battle for me when it comes to overeating and making bad food choices. My biggest struggles so far have been eating healthy when I’m visiting others or generally not at home, and working through being disappointed in my self when I don’t do things perfectly. It’s really hard not to give up when things don’t work out the way I think they should. But here I am, still plugging along and trying to be consistent so that I will make it to my goal weight at some point.

So, for today I am going to focus on the positive things that are coming from this struggle. I am making scale gains, and I am adding years to my life by doing this, and my energy levels and body have never felt better than I have in the last 3 months. It has been so worth it, and will be so worth it in the future!

A note to my future self:

Never forget where you started, and never stop trying to be better than you were yesterday. Also, stop buying cheap workout shoes if that’s something you’re still doing, you’ll still be regretting it.

Sincerely,

Past Self

Don’t forget, when you’re out there experiencing your journey may your feet never ache, your willpower never fade, and your mind always stay focused on the prize at the end of the road.

If you would like to write a note to your future self, feel free to share it in the comments below. If you’ve recently had a win, I want to hear about it. We can use all the encouragement in the world on our personal journeys, and talking about our wins is a huge way to encourage ourselves and others!