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! 🙂

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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!

Don’t Forget To Breathe

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This is me today, singing out loud while I walk 1.5 miles. I may or may not have been singing the theme song to Moana, luckily you can’t hear a picture. Sorry to the neighbors that heard me!

I know I look rough, that’s the nature of working out. Let’s be honest, I’m not trying to impress anybody or look my best while I’m drenched in sweat and hoping that my workout pants aren’t riding up. I’m just trying to get healthy. I’m also trying to remember to breathe while I workout.

I don’t hit the gym for my workouts, instead I hit the road. I decided that the best place for me to start is getting comfortable with fitness is in my own back yard. (figuratively speaking of course)

This time of year in Texas is nice and breezy without being too hot or too cold. I worked up a pretty good sweat, although you can’t tell because there was an excellent breeze blowing.

For anyone who is curious my current workout routine is this:

 

  1. High step 30 reps
  2. Modified wood choppers 30 reps (no weights currently body resistance is enough at the moment)
  3. 30 second modified plank (straight body with knees on the floor instead of on your toes)
  4. Wall pushups 30 reps
  5. Squats 30 reps
  6. Walking 1.5 miles or more depending on what I’m feeling that day. Some days I can do more, my best so far is 4.3!

 

Don’t worry if you’re not where I’m at in your weight loss journey, everybody starts somewhere. I did not begin here, this is 2 months of hard work after living a mostly sedentary life. Just start somewhere, you can do it!

Please feel free to comment, like, and share! I am more than willing to answer questions, or fill requests. Remember, when fleeing obesity run, don’t walk!