Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Update Time!!!!!!

Well if you haven't realized by now I am HORRIBLE at updating this blog... I have always been horrible at journaling even though I wish I could be one of those people that has these amazing journals of their life.  I aspire to be that person, but not sure that will EVER happen! I have so many journals that have a few pages written back to back.. then about a year later there is a page that says, "wow haven't written in here in forever, heres an update of the past year of my life...." but I digress....

Wow! I haven't written in here in forever, here's an update of the past little bit.... haha... but seriously, I know I haven't written a blog in forever! I have been so busy with work, weekends, the cruise I just went on.... all that jazz!

So as of today I have lost 13.2 pounds!! YAY! GO ME!!!! I am so stoked! And SO proud of myself... so what changed????

First, I made this lifestyle change with God helping me... not that he hasn't been there to help me in the past, but this time I sat down and God and I had a little heart to heart.  I told him that I couldn't do this on my own (obviously) and that he was going to have to help me curve my appetite... and he is TOTALLY rockin his side of the deal!

I also have had a TOTAL change in my way of thinking regarding food.  I realized that eating good for 3 or 4 days is NOT good enough... I want this weight off NOW and the only way that is going to happen is if I get hardcore about this and stick to my guns EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I finally got it through this THICK skull of mine that the food I eat is only going to satisfy me for the time being and why should I deny myself an amazing body for a few seconds of pleasure.... whats the point????  And I feel SO proud of myself when I make a good decision...

Prime example... Brandon LOVES iHop... and he asked me Saturday if I wanted to go there for a late breakfast... I agreed but made a decision before I even got there that I was going to get something healthy.  They have a simple and fit menu, so I ordered egg substitues, turkey bacon, and 2 pancakes.. the whole meal was only 400 calories and thanks to the big man upstairs, I was full after about half a plate of food! (Why have I been thinking I needed to eat everything on my plate for the last few years????)

I have also realized that I wont be eating fresh veggies, wheat bread, grilled chicken, etc for every meal for the rest of my life and that it will be a CONSTANT decision to just make a good choice when we eat out (which anyone that knows us knows that we eat out, A LOT!) instead of thinking I have to order the most fattening thing on the menu.  For example, at chick fil a, since I know I am not eating as much, I just get a kids meal with only 4 chicken nuggets instead of 8... and when Brandon wants mexican, I get a couple of tacos or a quesadilla instead of a taco, burrito, rice and beans... Its amazing what just changing your choice will do!

I also have decided to allow myself ONE day where I can eat something that isn't all that great for me and only if I want... yesterday was that day for me... but instead of getting a fast food burger, fries, AND a soda.. I just got the burger and a diet coke... and that totally satisfied me!

I am totally amazed at how fast the weight is coming off... and I am definatley NOT turning back now! I've made it way too far already! My clothes are starting to get loose and I can tell so much in my face that I am loosing weight....

oh and did I mention that I haven't even been going to the gym????  yea, I have been slacking REALLY bad in that area, so I know once I start going the weight is only going to come off faster!! I am pumped about this! You just wait... by summer I'm gonna be rockin a killer body and a oh so cute bikini (which I might add I haven't worn since about 6th grade!).. and I expect EACH one of you to hold me accountable! If you see me slipping, kick my butt!!!

Thanks for letting my share this journey with you... I know its going to change my life forever!!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

26.... the year that changed EVERYTHING!!!

Last Saturday I celebrated my 26th Birthday! And on Monday, I joined Weight Watchers!! This is going to be a year of change for me.  A year of losses, celebration and a year that I've worked my whole life to accomplish! I will do this! Its only 1 year and I have the rest of my life ahead of me! Think of how many years I will be able to add to my life by making doing this....

I ran across this today and HAD to share it... because it is going to be my motto for the next 365 days.... (well 361 now...)

"I'm doing this! No more excuses, no more binging or irrational eating because it only makes me feel bad about myself afterwards.  This year will be MY year and for once I'm not just saying that! I will make the necessary changes, I'm going to get to my healthy weight I don't care if im going to have to sweat like a dog, or cut back on junk food.  No more hating my body and feeling like crap. I'm going to treat myself right and teach myself healthy habits MY WEIGHT ISNT GOING TO HOLD ME BACK ANYMORE!"

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

its HARD to change habits!!!!!

WOW! I never realized how much your body gets used to something... I am finding it so difficult to change my eating habits. I know that after a couple of weeks it will be better, its just this initial beginning.

I decided Monday after my WW meeting that I would start tracking EVERYTHING! Thats the only way to stay on the plan and to lose weight. So, I have been. I had to dive into my weekly allowance a little bit yesterday, but I still wrote down everything and for that I am really proud of myself.

I even made a really healthy choice at dinner last night. I orderd the salmon and steamed veggies! I was so proud of myself because it would have been so easy to order mashed potatos or a baked potato!

I'm learning to take things day by day and before I know it a week/month/year will be gone by!

As far as the gym goes.. well.. I went yesterday morning and I am sore today, but not too bad! This morning I couldn't make myself get out of bed...but I will go tonight while B is at softball practice....

one day at a time...

Here's my motivation for today: "Take care of your body...its the only place you have to live!" -Rohn

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

so sore.... but so proud of myself!!!!

so... I must admit I didn't work out yesterday.  I was headed to the gym for my Zumba class and found out that it was cancelled.  I should have gone ahead and gone and ran or did some free weights but my legs were sore from Monday night's workout and I decided to take it easy.

When Brandon woke me up this morning as he was getting in the shower I knew I had to get up and go to the gym.  I had made plans to meet a couple of friends for the 5:30am kickboxing class!  WOO 5:30 came EARLY!!!! AND when I stepped out of bed my calves felt like they were in a vice! You know that feeling you get when you get a cramp in the middle of the night, how tight it feels the next day?  Yea thats how my calves felt.  But I got up, got ready and made it to the gym by 5:30.  I was so proud of myself for going even though I was sore. 

AND NOW..... I'm even more sore! haha!!! I think I am going to take tomorrow and Friday off and let my body rest up.  I can hardly walk at work today! But I am so glad that I went and pushed through!

Eating wise.... well I am doing better than I was.  I haven't eaten any fast food so that is good.  But I still need to do better.  My birthday is Saturday, soI I know we will eat out this weekend, so Monday I plan on following the weight watchers plan by the book!!!

I am already feeling better!  I am sleepin better at night... and just so proud of myself.  Now I gotta keep this going for 363 more day! haha!!!  I CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Here. We. Go.

well.. where do I even begin.   I have struggled with weight my ENTIRE life! And I'm talking I was on slim fast at age 6! I've never been overly obese... just always bigger than other girls my age...

About 3 years ago I decided it was time for a change. I began going to a physician weight loss and lost 50 pounds in 3 months! Can you say incredible!! soon as I stopped taking the magic pills and injections I slowly put all that weight back on, plus about 20 more pounds.

I'm not ready to tell the world how much I weigh, or give you the exact number of lbs I want to lose, but my goal is 2 lbs a week, give or take a few.... and I will be at my goal no longer than this time next year!

I'm done saying I'm going to start tomorrow... I'm done giving up after a week.  This is my life changing experience and I WILL accomplish this goal!

So... my first mini-goal is to lose 15 pounds... here goes nothing!!

"A year from now, you'd wish you had started today!"

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

About Me

My name is Emily.  I am 26 years old and live in Decatur, Alabama.  I have lived in North Alabama my whole life... and well I would gladly pick up and move tomorrow if the opportunity presented itself.  Not that I dont love living here, but it would be nice to move to a new place, meet new people, have new experiences... okay enough day dreaming...

I live here in Alabama with my wonderful husband of 2 years Brandon, and our 2 dogs, Samson (a 2 year old American Bulldog) and Delilah (a 1 year old Shih Tzu).  They are my world.  We plan on having some kiddos REALLY SOON!!  I can't wait to have some little feet running around our house.

I am an explorer and lover of life. Period. I love to wear flip flops all year long, my amazing husband, the beach, hugs from my mom, warm chocolate brownies, my dogs, sweet God moments, cake batter ice cream, snuggled on the couch watching movies, laughing, good wine, vacations, exploring new places, the smell of rain during summer, singing,  long talks with my best friends, starbucks, AUBURN football!, and most of all I love the life that God has blessed me with!

I started this blog to keep up with my weight loss struggles and successes.  But it has slowly evolved into something more than that.  Its has become an outlet for me...I love to share all the fun things that Brandon and I are doing in our life and all the great at home projects we are working on.  Plus, its a neat way to keep everyone informed on what is going on in my life...

I'm not a writer and I dont claim to be.... but I hope you enjoy this journey with me!!!!