Thursday, August 22, 2013

It's been a long time... I SHOULDN'T HAVE LEFT YOU!

I don't eat junk all the time lol
Don't worry peeps... I'M BACK!

It's been quite a while since I've blogged, been disciplined, and exercised. I know that's VERY no bueno. There are several things I've realized since I've fallen off the wagon:

  • I can't let one bad day throw me off course.
  • Even though part of my support system is missing, I can still depend on those that are here!
  • Have to put effort and energy in to get results.
  • I really can feel a difference when I eat healthy/exercise compared to eating junk...
  • Don't feel safe just because the # on the scale doesn't change... The tightness of my clothes does NOT lie lol!
A cool 253 lbs 8/17/13 - Me & my sis

I have to admit that fitness and eating healthy will be a long struggle for me because even though I may reach for something healthy I still have the urge to snack if I'm feeling down or not exercise. You know, that feeling where you just want to stuff your face like a squirrel and hibernate like a bear!?!?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sunday June 9th update...

Just this morning, days after making this video I realized that my lack of weight loss could be due to the fact that I haven't taken any thyroid medicine in about a week. I will be going Thursday to get my levels checked and re-up on my pills. The past few days I have been super tired and sluggish :(

Monday, June 3, 2013

Just to clear something p :)

Weight ain't nothing but a number and numbers ain't nothing but a thing! Don't stress the small stuff people, focus on what's important which is eating right and exercising...

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Heather's in the HIIIZZZOUSEE lol!

I know, I know...  Where have I been? Lol, just living life in real time! So the 411 on me is that I'm currently 247 lbs and I have a goal of losing 15lbs by June 21st. Achievable maybe not but I'm going to give it all I've got and see what happens.

I've been doing a SUPER job with my food choices, I just need to do better getting up and heading into the gym before work. I'm excited about the changes I've seen with myself and new habits I've formed like NOT grocery shopping when I'm hungry... BIG NO-NO, I'll end up with a basket full of cookies, cakes, and sugar filled juice if I do that lol! I also try to be active at least 5 times a week, that means doing something in excess of what I'd get in on a normal day. Well ladies and gents (if there are any tuned in) I'm posting some pics below just b/c :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Update on ME!

Well, well, well... We meet again! I just wanted to give y'all a quick update on how I'm fairing. My weight is currently 246.3 pounds I'm working hard to drop another 40 pounds by then end of the year. I'm taking things slow now and focusing on forming lasting habits which seems to be working for me. I've had tremendous success changing my eating habits, but am still working on becoming consistent with my workouts. My goal for working out is at least 60 minutes 5 times a week, but it's hard finding the motivation to get up and be active sometimes... I find myself eating less and less meat as the days go on, I don't really crave or want it. Also I stay mostly in the produce section of the grocery story which allows me to control the ingredients I'm putting into my body. I am starting to love the way I look in my clothes and love the energy I have from the foods I eat!

Monday, March 4, 2013

No, I haven't forgotten about my blog :)

Howdy all!

I haven't forgotten to blog, just too busy trying to enjoy life and find a job. As far as HCG goes, I've stopped taking the drops mainly because I forgot them a few times and because I want to detox my body of chemicals right now.  I have NOT stepped on the scale in almost 2 weeks and it feels great not to stress about it. Don't worry because I'm not since I've been eating healthy foods and exercising... I've been trying to keep my food raw and unprocessed, mostly shopping in the produce section of the grocery store. Also I've been juicing everyday and find myself waking up wondering what I'm going to mix that will taste good. Recently I've found myself more relaxed probably because I had the chance to see 2 of my TX girlfriends last weekend, this weekend, AND see the oceanfront at the same time. CAN'T BEAT THAT!

Today I got online trying to find a farmers market in the area so I can buy cheaper organic produce but they don't start opening until the end of April or early May here. My goal today was to be happy and let nothing bring me down and the best way I know how to do that is to look good... When I look good I feel good too, so I got up fixed my hair and makeup and threw on a bright purple dress! I have to say that so far it's working awesome, my husband said I was his "hot trophy wife" and my sister said "you're a doll" :) Talk about smiling from ear to ear, I'm not one for the lime light or being the center of attention but it feels good to get compliments ESPECIALLY when you're feeling a little down in the dumps. OH! I forgot the best part of putting on my dress this morning... It was a dress I bought at the end of the year before I left TX, 1 size too small, still had tags on it since I couldn't fit it.... Well, it fit this morning! BAM BOOM POW!!!! One of the best feelings in the world lol. That's one of the things about me not focusing on the scale, I can tell by the way my clothes fit and how I feel overall that the changes I have made are working for me.

While I haven't lost all the weight I wanted, I'm SOOOO VERY THANKFUL for the kick in the pants HCG has given me! I think without it I would've had a very hard time finding the confidence and discipline to keep going even when I do have a slip up.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Day 14 Progress

My weight this morning

My apartment gym... nothing fancy

Junior Prom. I thought I was fat then... smh

Valentine's flowers instead of candy :)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

My mom would get me for sniffling during the video...She'd say "go blow your nose!" LOL

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Shaky starts!

Sorry about the video, it was done with my phone lol!

Day 10 started out VERY rough... I didn't know how I was going to make it through without some food therapy! It was so bad that morning that I was about to post an emergency blog, I made a video and everything. Once I was done with the video I realized that I just needed to vent my frustrations with the weight loss process; you know the ups, downs, hard work, and disappointments. After  feeling down for a while I decided not to post anything and to get up, go out in the rain to the weight room, and get some cardio in. I have to say it made me feel a little bit more  energized when I was done:) I also decided I needed to get out of the house so I took a trip and walked around the mall for a bit. Getting out really felt good and took my mind off the scale and food for a while. Even after my mini melt down that morning I was happy with myself for making it through the day without cheating, I stayed active, and lifted my own spirits!

Day 11 didn't start out too much better although I didn't have any sort of melt down lol! I really didn't feel like doing much today so I decided it was going to be a pajama kind of day. I got up pretty early, did some laundry, prepped my lunch, vacuumed, and did some other cleaning around the house. That was all done just this morning, so the afternoon I kind of lounged around in the living room watching movies, playing iPad games, and looking at old pictures. Finally after getting pretty darn bored I decided to have my own private dance party, so I moved the couch back and scooted the coffee table over and had at it! That lasted for a good 45 minutes, I was pooped afterwards, and my face was starting to glisten. I didn't stop there though, I popped in my Rockin' Body workout and went to town bust out those moves... I swear, I don't know how many times I will say it but it is one of the best and fun workouts I have ever done besides Zumba! Well, I mean it is pretty much like doing Zumba...

These past few days I've tried 2 new recipes one of which I liked and the other I'd like to burn! The cream of chicken soup (has no cream) was so tasty, and although it's only one serving of protein it ends up making enough for two meals so I froze 1/2 of the recipe. Now the shrimp étouffée I did not like one bit and choked it down just so I could say I ate something for lunch... I've had this dish before several times at a restaurant named Razzoo's in TX and it was AMAZING. This recipe was nothing close to amazing and nothing like étouffée which is served in a type of gravy over rice (love it over dirty rice!). Later this week I will be trying 2 more new dishes that I hope turn out well, one has cherries in it so I'm really excited to try it :)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Days 8 & 9

Hi :)

I guess I'll start by telling y'all how day 8 went for me... AWESOME is the word I'll use! I got up between 5 and 6 that morning determined to start my day off active, so I popped in my Rockin' Body videos. After I completed that days workout I had a burst of energy and did another day too. By the time I had finished 2 days worth of workouts I was almost at my 5 mile cardio goal without even stepping foot on a treadmill! Well ladies and gents... I didn't stop there, as usual I started getting a little sleepy around 2 in the evening but instead of laying down for a nap I laced up my sneakers and headed over to the gym. As I approached the door I head some voices, now normally I would've done a 180 and headed back to my apartment but I chose to go in and get'r done! HA, I wasn't going to let my shyness of working out in front of others stop me. I walked in, smiled, put my belongings down beside the treadmill, turned my iPod on, and the world was officially TUNED OUT! Now while I did only 35 minutes I was proud of myself for running some and walking on an incline the rest of the time. On day 8 I decided to take it easy on the eating and made sure I got my 128 ounces of water in.

So, I suppose everyone is now wondering how day 9 went? You want to know did I keep the momentum going from the previous day or did I totally slack off... DRUMROLL... BAM, I kept that sucker going! :) I started my day early, heading to the grocery store getting only what I needed for my menu. Early on I was hit with temptations, ALL the snack food seemed to be BOGO :( Oh how I wanted some cookies, but I put my head down and kept pushing past them. As soon as I got home I peeled and diced my apples for another weeks worth of that yummy cinnamon applesauce I love. I pulled my meat out for tomorrow and tuesday, and wolfed down some applesauce that was already in the fridge. As today went on I found myself lacking the steam to keep pushing through being up and active instead of lounging around.  After about 30 minutes I talked myself into getting up and doing my workout, even did my 3 flights of stairs 3 times but decided I didn't want to get on the treadmill today. 

All in all I've had a very successful past 2 days with my eating and being active. I have to say again, and I can't say it enough how lucky I am to have such a great support system with my friends and family. There's no way I'd be able to do this without them!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sometimes there're hiccups along the way...

Day 6 went pretty well for me, it's still not easy getting through the days without craving something but I pushed through successfully. Too bad I can't say the same for day 7, I caved! Early in the day I started having what I thought was a craving for cake, but soon realized I just wanted carbs... ANY CARBS. I gave in, ordered a meat lovers stuffed crust pizza, and after 2 slices I regretted it. Soon after I realized it wasn't even as good as my mind told me it was going to be, I guess the joke was on me. I've never been one to really dwell on mine or any other person's mistakes, so I'm pushing forward and just going to try to do better tomorrow.

I started a new workout called "Rockin' Body" and I'm in LOVE with it already. I love music, to dance, and have fun which is exactly what this workout combines. It's by the makers of the Insanity and P90X workouts so I did sweat and have a bit of a challenge doing them! The great thing is that there is a person that you can follow at all times if you need modifications to harder moves in the dvd. Not to mention the package comes with a calendar tell me what workouts to do on what days and a book of recipes, some of which I can use now on the HCG diet.

My goals for day 8 are to get my butt up and put in an hour of cardio on the treadmill, complete my Rockin' Body workout, push through any cravings, get in 100 ounces of water, no nap, and do an activity outside. All of that I want done before 5pm, WISH ME LUCK!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Days 4 & 5 were sick!

Hello all!

I'm finishing day 5 up right now and still not feeling 100%, but am feeling better than before. So far I'm very happy with the meals I've been fixing and at night I haven't been hungry. It's probably because on day 4 I had 117 ounces of water and tonight I had 120 ounces. To ensure I get my water in I've been mixing 5 ounces of zero calorie vitamin water with about 19 ounces of water, it's makes it easier for me to tolerate.

Tonight I skipped making what I had on my menu but had a meal replacement shake, I wasn't hungry but knew I needed to put something in my stomach. I have to say the meal replacement shake is a good "go to" for nights like this :) I told myself I was going to be active but since I haven't been feeling well I haven't done much but lay around for the past few days. Tomorrow I have every intention of getting up and doing 30-60 minutes of cardio, we'll see how that goes though.

A few days about I was at the nail shop getting my mani/pedi on and Katie Couric's talk show came on. Topic of the day was stress and Goldie Hawn was one of the guest, my interest was immediately peaked since I love them both and I STAY stressing about EVERYTHING! Here are some tips I took away from the show about how to lower stress:

  1. Take a deep breath - Calms your mind and gives you perspective. Also it releases endorphins in your body giving you a sense of well being.
  2. Shout it out - Remove yourself from the situation and let it out in private, this way you don direct misdirect your frustration.
  3. Visualize a peaceful place - A mini mental vacation can put you in a happy place.
  4. Turn on your favorite tune - Music helps act as a distraction, at the same time helping us explore our emotions.
  5. Peel an orange - Aromatherapy is a great stress reliever, so take a whiff of the citrus as you are peeling it.
  6. Pet your pooch - According to the National Center for Infectious Diseases, spending time with your pet can decrease blood pressure.
  7. Clean your desk - Physical clutter can reflect what is going on inside. 
Hope everyone tries to stay stress free and has a wonderful day!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Second verse, same as the first :)

Hey everyone!

I'm back in full effect :) It's day 3 for me which means it's my first day of changing my diet. This was not an easy day, I wanted to snack early but then at night I wasn't even hungry for dinner. Also My head has been hurting all day long, nothing serious but it's still annoying. My goal was to drink 128 ounces of water today but I only drank 96 ounces, but that's a lot more than I've been drinking recently I guess. I'm thinking maybe I'm getting sick but really hope I'm just having a not so good day instead.

I decided to make a menu from now on so I know exactly what I'll be eating. It also helps when it's time for me to make a grocery list for shopping. I was in and out the store so fast this morning! I also looked up a lot of new recipes that are good for this diet and am trying them out. The ones I really liked I printed out and put into a recipe binder for easy access when I wanted to reuse them.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It's not working for me...

So... As I said in the video, the way I'v been running things this time around isn't working for me at all. My laziness in committing fully to HCG this time has shown 100%! In a few weeks I will be fully committed to the program once again so I can see the results as I did months ago. I don't know how I expected to get the results I wasn't doing the work for HAHA... Lesson learned! This give me a few weeks to get myself together and prepared for a strict 40 days once again. It's mainly my mind because I've done it before.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sheesh, this is so hard...


Today was another day, BUT so is tomorrow!! I'm so looking forward to tomorrow because today wasn't the best... Even when I mess up on my eating I make sure to get in exercise at least 5 days a week, I get kind of (well REALLY) lazy on the weekends though. I've been doing 100-300 squats, 50 push ups *girl style*, crunches, and strength training every day Monday through Friday. Although I can't see a difference my husband says he can in the pictures I send him and encourages me to keep up the good work. Even though he still supports my efforts from so far away it's not the same as having him here to workout with me.

One thing I think I'm going to start doing is making a menu, I'm willing to try anything to keep me on track with eating healthy. I found that I buy random healthy things but don't really think about how I'm going to turn them into meals. Also I haven't been pre making my meals in the mornings like I used to and I know that it helped me before so I need to start taking that initiative in the mornings again. Overall I just need a plan and to put it in motion!

I just have to keep pushing and starting new each day if that's what it takes to achieve my goals!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

I'm surviving :)

I think this video is longer than normal so I don't really have much to write today. All in all I'm doing ok right now with my eating, I did have an off day yesterday since my sister was in town. I do realize I could've made a healthier choice while eating out but I honestly just wanted something that tasted super awesome! I'm debating whether or not to even torture myself by getting on the scale this morning because I figure I'm up from yesterday...  Oh well, we all pay for our decisions right?? 

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Struggling to find my MOTIVATION!

Hi! I know it's been a long time for me and my blog but I'm back. I'm thinking maybe if I start blogging again more often it will help to keep me motivated... It's worth a try, right?

So my update is horrible, I've been struggling like I never have before with making healthy eating choices. Mostly my bad eating is boredom mixed with a dollop of emotions! Still not working and being by myself 100% of the time most days takes a toll on me (my mind). I'm always used to having someone around whether it's family, friends, or coworkers and right now I have NONE OF THE ABOVE! My days are full of nothing but empty time and my workouts only fill so much of it...

Don't worry, I will get myself and my mind together very soon. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Day ???

Hello everyone!

So... I can't remember the last time I took my drops, I'm thinking maybe a day or two before Christmas. Starting this diet around the holiday season was the WORST DECISION EVER! I haven't had any kind of schedule or structure to the flow of my days which is not helping me at all right now. At this time my weight has been back and forth between 247 and 252 pounds depending on what I eat throughout the week. My decision has been to take a break from the drops for now and focus on an exercise regime to keep me healthy. Well, that's it for now and I'll be around posting how I'm doing now and then!