Friday, December 8, 2017

A Big Loss This Week

Wow! This week was the best week I've had in a while when it comes to eating well, working out and losing weight. I went to the gym twice already and plan to go tomorrow morning with Nick, too. I ate within calories most of the days this week and, I lost most of the weight I gained while my sister was in town for two weeks.

Here's my most recent weigh-in's:

11/17/17: 234.3 
11/24/17: 238.5 - sister's in town
12/1/17: 242.2 - sister's in town
12/8/17: 236.2

While I am not down to the weight I was at before my sister was in town, I am down 6 pounds this week! My goal for December is to maintain a weight of 230 - 235 to get me into the new year and I think this is a very realistic goal for me right now!

While this week was an awesome week on the scale, I will admit, I think this weekend is going to be hard to maintain my weight. We've got Lifegroup tonight {pizza}, a Christmas party tomorrow {free drinks + dining}, and we are getting together for our final CORE class at our pastor's house on Sunday {lasagna}. 

There's a lot of yummy food headed my way this weekend and, I'm not going to spend all of my time at these events trying to stay on track. My main goal for my weight-loss journey is to "lose weight while living life" and this weekend, I'm going to be living it up {and drinking lots of water to help balance it all out}.

I don't believe in putting your life on hold to lose weight. I tried doing that many many years ago {avoiding social events, etc.} and, it's just not worth it to me. I'd rather lose the weight slower if it means that I get to spend quality time with my family and friends. Especially this time of year!

Next week, it's back to business!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thankful Thursday #9

It's been a couple months since I shared a Thankful Thursday post and so, I figured today would be a good time to bring it back. I have so much to be thankful for on a daily basis and below is a short list of a few extra fun things I've been thankful for lately.

Emily Ley's new book: "A Simplified Life"

I have a feeling that you're going to be hearing a lot about this book, the more that I read it. I shed a tear during the first paragraph of the introduction just because it is so relatable to where I'm at right now. 

Emily Ley's first book, "Grace Not Perfection" was a game changer for me and I think this second book of hers is going to be no different!

All The Peppermint Scents & My New Oil Burner

With Christmas coming up, I've been burning peppermint scented oils and wax in my house day and night. I don't know about you but, peppermint is a scent that makes me think "it's Christmas time!"

Essential Oil Infused Winterberry Spice Candle

Okay, the only exception to peppermint in my house this time of year is this new Winterberry Spice candle I found this week. 

I also like the scent of pine this time of year too but, I haven't found a good scent of pine. I have one scent in mind when I think of pine and everywhere I've checked hasn't matched it. Peppermint and Winterberry will have to be it this year!

My Time with my Sister's Family

My sister, her husband and my baby nephew were in town for two weeks! They are down in Texas this week visiting Jarrod's side of the family but, they will be back for one day next week for us to say goodbye before they travel back to Guam for another year. 

It's been so hard to live without my sister in the same time zone but, I have been so thankful for all of the time I had to spend with her family while they were in town.

My Ever-Growing Toddler

Being thankful for Piper kind of goes without saying every single day of my life but, I have to share a picture of her from this week. She is starting to look more and more like a little girl and less like a my baby every day. 

I came downstairs the other day and she was standing on the couch {hah} and said, "Mama, I turning 3 soon". I pretty much cried and laughed at the same time. It was one of those moments that make you think "where does the time go?"

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

TMI with the Toots

It's mid-week and I'm feeling good about my week so far!

On Monday, I went over calories by a couple hundred but, I did track everything I ate. I drank 120 oz. of water and I went to the gym! Despite not reaching 10,000 steps, I did reach 9,000+ for the day.

On Tuesday, I tracked my calories, went to the gym and drank 120 oz. of water! I stayed within calories {by 1 point, haha} and I hit 10,000 steps for the day!

Today is Wednesday and, I'm on a roll. I am going to try to keep the momentum up for the remainder of the week!

Fun fact: {This is definitely TMI but,} since I've been going to the gym these past couple days, I've been expelling a lot of trapped gas; like an insane amount. I'm convinced it's from being so inactive these past few weeks. I feel lighter already just from all of the toots. 

Did that make you giggle? It sure makes me giggle. My husband, however, hasn't been thinking it's so funny.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sometimes Reality Defeats Me

If you're familiar with the condition: PCOS, then you know that gaining weight is easy and losing weight is hard. I actually had a doctor tell me that since I have PCOS it would be "nearly impossible" for me to lose weight. 

My doctor said, and I quote, "for a normal person it's hard but, for a person with PCOS it's nearly impossible." Wow! I had a choice to make in that moment. I could either let that fact defeat me but dwelling on the word "impossible" or I could let the word "nearly" inspire me to beat the odds. One word makes all the difference, right?

I'm not going to lie. Usually I feel inspired to beat the odds but, sometimes the reality of PCOS defeats me. For instance, I gained 8 lbs. in two weeks while my sister was in town because I stopped keeping track of what I was eating; I started drinking more alcohol/beer, and; I was over-indulging in food. 

In that situation, anyone would gain some weight, right? But, 8 lbs. in two weeks? Really? That's a little extreme.

I feel a little defeated but, I'm pushing through the defeat. 

My sister left to visit her husband's family in Texas yesterday and I took that as an opportunity to get back on track. I am tracking everything that I eat, I am working on drinking 120 oz. of water each day and, I am going to try and hit 10,000 steps as many times as I can this week. I also made a dinner menu for the week to help us stay on track with eating at home opposed to going out or ordering in.

On Saturday, I do plan to overindulge a bit because it's my husband's holiday party through his work. We always have such a good time each year during this event and this year will be no different. I can feel good about overindulging on Saturday too, because I know that every day leading up to it, I will be staying on track and giving it my all. 

Balance, moderation, and all that good stuff.

I can do this.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Focus Word: Purpose

My husband and I have been taking a CORE class through our church. The topics they cover in CORE class have been great and really made me think about my life experiences and how they led me to this very moment; to where I belong.

My favorite part of CORE was finding our spiritual gifts through a SHAPE assessment. At our church, "shape" stands for spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personalities and experiences. 

Throughout the course, we were reminded that God gave us our passions and the choice we have is to either honor God or to honor ourselves with them. The reason I mention all of this is because it really ties in to one of my focus words for 2017: "Purpose".


My passions may not be the same as yours but, they do help lead me to my purpose. I am passionate about encouraging others, keeping things and people organized, as well as executing plans. Figuring out my spiritual gifts through my shape assessment has really helped me when it comes to thinking about my purpose in life. God gave me these spiritual gifts and passions for a reason. 

I feel my purpose being fulfilled the most when I am actively using my spiritual gifts. Furthermore, I feel my purpose being fulfilled the most when I am actively using my spiritual gifts for the glory of God.

My husband and I are both going to be actively volunteering in our church. I feel like it's the best way to fulfill my purpose right now. He already has begun volunteering by playing electric guitar for the church's worship crew. I am still finding exactly where I belong but, now that I am more aware of my spiritual gifts, my purpose is more easily fulfilled.

I feel like I made some great progress in finding my purpose this year and it's something I will continue to focus on next year, as well.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Goal + Plan for December 2017

Happy Friday and happy first day of December!

As we enter the first day of the last month of 2017, I am feeling motivated to make the best of out of the days we have left this year.

If I were honest with myself, losing weight in December is probably not doable. It's no joke that there will be holiday party after holiday party for us this month. We are actually going to a Christmas party tomorrow night! 

We are celebrating Christmas early with my sister, brother-in-law and baby nephew tomorrow while they are still in town. {They leave on Monday and my heart is already breaking a bit but, I am keeping it together for the most part and enjoying the moments we have left.}

Then, next weekend, we have my husband's holiday party through his work, which is something we look forward to each year! They put on such a nice party. The food, the drinks, the entertainment; it's one of our favorite parties of the year.

The weekend after that, I am celebrating Christmas with my girlfriends from high school. That's another get-together that I look forward to each year, as well. We drink wine, we laugh and laugh and laugh. It's so much fun!

Then, the weekend after, it's Christmas! Try losing weight with that schedule of events. Hah.

My goal for December is to maintain around a weight range of 230 - 235 lbs. Also, I am going to look at the scale as little as possible this month because with all of these events, the scale is going to be all over the place. There's no need to stress myself out about it. The holidays aren't here for very long so, we might as well enjoy them.

To maintain my weight this month, my goal is to eat healthy on the days when there are no events going on and, to really enjoy myself when we are at an event. That means, eat the food, drink the drinks, have all the fun. I am also going to try to make it to the gym at least twice a week in December, too. Hopefully that will help balance it all out.

Readers, what's your schedule like this month and what is your plan to stay on track?