Monday, October 29, 2018

Zoo Boo 2018 + Goals for Halloween Week

It's Halloween week, which in my house means that it's the week where we eat too much candy! This year, however, I am in the middle of a diet bet. A diet bet that I am not doing so great at winning. Uh oh!

Now, more than ever, I am aware that every decision I make is either going to count toward my weight-loss goal for this diet bet or against it. Isn't that always the case, though? Each decision we make is either helping up reach our goals or not. I think when there is a shorter deadline in mind (currently November 12th) I am more apt to remember that very important truth and live by it!

This week, I am going to try to focus on three main goals to help me get through the week with a loss on the scale.

1) Drink 120 oz. of water: I have not been doing well at drinking all of the water I need to stay well hydrated lately 
2) If I snack it, track it: Whatever I eat this week, I will be tracking. My goal is to stay within 1500 - 1900 calories. 
3) 90 minutes of cardio: I would love to make it to the gym a few times this week! My husband and I have been taking some time on Sunday's to map out our schedule and it really helps us to make sure our priorities get met. The gym is definitely becoming more of a priority for me, again.

This past weekend, our family went to Zoo Boo at the Erie Zoo! Piper dressed up in her Halloween costume, as Buzz Lightyear, and got to go trick-or-treating. She loved it!



We spent the night walking around with my mom and little brother (aka Santa and his Elf), we rode the carousel and ended the night with a spooky train ride.







I am so glad that we made it to Zoo Boo before it ended for the season! 

Readers, what are you and/or your children dressing up as for Halloween this year?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

New Hair and Diet Bet Update

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great Wednesday. Mine is going great, so far!

I don't usually work on Wednesdays but, Piper does still go to preschool and so, I usually have Wednesday mornings all to myself. I am still getting use to our new schedule but, I have to say, I love the mid-week break! 

After I dropped Piper off at preschool this morning, I drove to the park and sat there for about a half hour. I spent some time praying and then, meditating. It was wonderful to just spend some quiet time out in nature and with God this morning. Once I got home, I threw some laundry in the washing machine and decided to check in with a quick blog post!

I have a little less than 3 weeks left in my current diet bet and truth be told, I was starting to feel a little "meh" about it. The first few days of the diet bet I was feeling super motivated and then, the weekend came. Womp womp. This weekend, I didn't track anything I ate, I drank a lot of pop, I wasn't active and I definitely didn't get nearly enough water in.

Speaking about the weekend, last Friday I made a hair appointment with my aunt to get some color done and a new haircut! With all of the change in my life lately, I just felt like it was time to change things up with my hairstyle, too.


Come to think of it, since I haven't been updating here as much lately, the glasses I'm wearing in that picture might even be new to you, too. Ever since being blessed with my new job, I quickly realized it was time for new glasses, especially if I was going to be staring at a screen for much longer periods than I was use to doing from home!

Once Monday came around this week, I started trying to get back on track with my food and water intake. Today is Wednesday and I'm feeling better about the diet bet, for the most part. I am down 3 lbs. from last week and so, even though I was feeling a little "meh" about it all, good things are happening!

I still have about another hour before I need to pick Piper up from preschool, so it is time for me to go tackle all of the dishes that are currently overflowing in the sink and catch up on some more laundry. I am still trying to find a good rhythm with our new schedules as far as when house cleaning gets done. Right now seems like the prime time, so off I go!

Have a great week, everyone!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Good News + Diet Bet: Round 3

Hey everyone!

I am going to go straight to the good news here... I'm happy to share that I will continue writing for this blog. Now, the next step is finding the time and balance to make that happen! 

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My goal is to make myself and my health more of a priority again, and this blog is a big source of accountability for me. I hope that some of what I share here can be found helpful or inspiring for you, too. Initially, I will be checking-in here once per week. Hopefully, I'll be checking-in more often as time goes on and priorities shift back in to place.

So, what's new? Well, I joined a diet bet this week! I have 4 weeks to lose 4% of my body weight or else I lose $30. The past two times I participated in a diet bet, I met the goal and got my money back. My willpower definitely increases at the thought of losing money. I guess you can call me cheap (and I say that with a smile on my face).

Yesterday, I weighed in at 243 lbs. That is about 10 lbs. up from my lowest weight of the year. However, the year isn't over, yet. I still have time to make it back down to my lowest weight of the year and to hopefully surpass it? Okay, let me try to write that sentence again without a question mark. 

I still have time to make it back down to my lowest weight of the year and to hopefully surpass it!!!

Given the frequency of my updates are more limited now, I would love to hear if there's anything specifically you'd love to hear more about in upcoming posts. Leave a comment down below with some suggestions or send me an email! I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Reminder: "That's Okay"

Wow. I just have to say, thank you for all of your encouraging words on my last post and really, throughout this entire process. When it comes to processing certain things, I tend to take a while and, sometimes I need to remind myself, "that's okay".

Sharing my thoughts here makes me vulnerable. Sometimes being vulnerable feels like having a superpower. Other times, not so much. Today, I am choosing to put on my cape of vulnerability by sharing a few other things I need to remind myself that are okay.
Amidst great transition, I've lacked intent focus and interest in my own health and wellness goals. That happens sometimes and, I need to remind myself, "that's okay".
I am a sucker for certain things; silly things. A few days ago, I got really excited when I saw that October 1st was happening on a Monday. I seem to gain extra motivation and see that type of occasion as a great opportunity for a fresh start. Even though it sounds silly to get excited over such a thing, I need to remind myself, "that's okay". 
Beyond high school, I have no dedicated education in writing and yet, I write a blog. I need to remind myself, "that's okay". 
I am really quite basic in a lot of ways. I don't use big words and I'm not extensively educated. There is a lot that I do not know and, I need to remind myself, "that's okay".
Lately, I have been feeling insecure. I see many areas of growth for myself and, I need to remind myself, "that's okay".
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I know I'm not the only one walking through life with insecurities. Sometimes these insecurities linger in background as non-threatening whispers but, if we don't meet them with truth, they may grow louder.

My truth is, "that's okay". I am not like everybody or anybody else. God made me just as He needed me to be. 

Instead of focusing on the areas that I lack, I want to focus more on the gifts He's given me. The gift of courage, to be vulnerable. The gift of writing, despite any formal education in the matter. The gift of meeting somebody right where they're at, and assuring them, "you're not alone". Because, no matter your circumstance, you really aren't alone or, you don't have to be. God has given us full access to Him, any time of day or night. All we have to do is reach out and pray.