Thursday, March 28, 2019

Non-Scale Victories in March

Happy Thursday, everyone! The final days of March are upon us!

I set a goal of losing 10 pounds this month and tomorrow is my final weigh-in day. I have been keeping track of the progress (or lack thereof) on the scale and it's not very surprising to me that I will not be reaching my 10 pound weight-loss goal tomorrow. I knew it was a very lofty goal to set, however, I strongly believe in the quote by Les Brown: "shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll still land among the stars".

This month was met with a lot of frustration over the scale. I experienced a plateau for a good portion of the month, despite working out multiple times a week and staying within my calories a majority of the time. Weight-loss plateau's are hard and so, I began focusing on non-scale victories instead. I had three NSV's that really stand out to me this month.


Non-Scale Victories for March:
1. My husband said that my face was starting to thin out a bit!
2. I am now able to fit into a machine at the gym that I wasn't able to fit into before without brushing against the sides with each rep!
3. My dear friend asked if I have been losing weight because she could tell a difference!

Whatever the scale says tomorrow, I know that I am putting in the work. Sometimes the scale is a liar, and I feel better despite the number on the scale.

Bring on weigh-in day!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Vlog: Weight Loss Fail | Pep Talk | Work | Family Time

Hey everyone, and Happy Wednesday!

I am popping in quickly to share my most recent vlog with you. This one is definitely worth a watch as I share about a weight-loss fail (binge) and a little pep talk. It also shows a glimpse into a day in my life at work and with my family.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Vlog: Calorie Counting | Weight Loss Talk | Gym Night

Happy Friday, everyone! This week was a long week but, a good one. My husband and I went to the gym on Monday night and, then on Tuesday I started getting a head cold. I am feeling better today and so tonight, we are planning to go back to the gym. 

I am hoping to edit some more vlogs while Piper is at preschool today. In the meantime, here's a vlog from Monday, March 4th.

Make it a great weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Most Important Reminder

Hey everyone! So, I'm not sure if you follow me on Instagram or not, but if you don't - you should! ;)

The other day, I shared about my recent struggle with the scale and how it was starting to affect my workouts. Check out the post I shared, here:

I want to steal your attention for a minute to talk about the importance of NSV’s during any weight-loss journey. (NSV = Non-scale victory) 💪🏻 I have been feeling frustrated for the past week or so because, despite my consistent effort of making healthier choices 80% of the time, the scale stopped moving 🛑💀 I know I’m gaining muscle from weight lifting and so I actually considered NOT lifting in the gym today, just to see that #️⃣ move. That’s unhealthy thinking and I’m calling myself out! Instead, I DID lift weights today and while I was using the tricep dip machine, I noticed that I fit differently in it! My sides no longer brush against the machine while I’m using it. NSV for the win! The scale isn’t everything. 👌🏻 . . #balance #pcos #pcosweightloss #weightloss #losingweight #weightlossjourney #activeliving #fitfam #igfitfam #ww #wwcommunity #progress #motivation #moderation #fitnessjourney #fitspo #inspiration #nodeprivation #balance #healthyliving #goals #nevergiveup #pcoslife #cyster #wwfreestyle #trackingcalories #weightlossmotivation #heathylifestyle
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I have been working out about 2 - 3 times per week, staying within my calories 6/7 days per week and drinking about 40 - 80 oz. of water per day. I am doing well but, the scale isn't moving and it is getting frustrating! I have been stuck at 233-234 lbs. for about two weeks now. 

I really enjoy strength training at the gym and, while lifting weights increases my progress toward living a healthier life, it definitely has been slowing the progress on the scale. Which is more important though, really?

I know that it is not good to only want to lose weight and focus on that number on the scale. That's not what this is all about here but, I do get stuck there sometimes. I need to remind myself that I am doing this for my overall health. That's what is most important. I want to gain mobility. I want to gain strength. I want to gain endurance. I want to feel better and, I am doing all of the right things to get there. I just need to keep going.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Vlog: Dinner Date Night + Weekend Recap

Hello and happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend!


On Friday, I pulled into the parking lot at Piper's preschool only to be reminded that she had a 4-day weekend off from school! 

Since we were already all loaded up in the truck, I turned around and we went to the gym, instead! The temperature wasn't too low and so, after the gym we went to the zoo for an hour. There wasn't a lot available at the zoo but, we did get to ride the carousel and bask in the excitement that we would be able to visit again, soon! When we were done at the zoo, we picked up Nick from work to escape for a quick lunch at a local cafe. Piper had soup, I had sushi and Nick ate chicken and rice. It was a nice midday treat! After that, I took Piper grocery shopping and we had everything put away at home by the time Nick got home from work that afternoon.

Friday evening was spent all cozied up at home. Nick and I have been watching Live P.D. on the weekends and so, our wild night was spent cuddling on the couch with Halo Top ice cream and our new favorite t.v. show.


Saturday was a really fun day! We all went to the gym in the morning and then we participated in the local Maple Tour. The Maple Tour is a fun tradition for our family. We look forward to it each year!

Saturday afternoon was spent at home, gearing up for a fun night! We had dinner with our life grroup followed by an evening of bowling! I recorded some footage of our weekend and so you'll probably see a vlog coming out, soon. 

In the meantime, I have finally edited the vlog from our date night two weeks ago!

I hope you enjoyed watching the vlog. Thanks for stopping by, today!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Vlog: Friday Night at the Gym

Another day, another video! 

I hope you all have been enjoying a small peak into our days with these videos. I have really been enjoying sharing my journey with you all in this way!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Vlog: Gym Night | Quick Walmart Trip | Best Low Calorie Ice Cream

Happy Thursday! I have been working on editing a lot of vlogs lately. Below is a vlog recorded on February 28th!

I hope you enjoyed watching! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

Meal Plan 3/9/19 - 3/16/19

Happy Monday, everyone! It's me! I'm here... on a Monday! I feel like it's been a while since I have been organized enough to get a blog post out on a Monday morning.

I hope that you all had a great weekend! I am still trying to get use to the fact that my weekends now run Friday - Saturday, since I work for the church on Sunday mornings. Thursdays are now my Friday nights and Saturday nights are now more like Sunday nights for me. I find myself prepping for the week on Saturday nights, similar to how I use to on Sundays. It's a weird shift of mind and I feel a little unbalanced with my family at times, since my husband's Saturday nights are still Saturday nights. I don't know if any of that made any sense at all but yeah, it's taken a mental shift on my part, for sure.

Despite all of that, I still enjoy making my meal plan and grocery list for the following week on Fridays! I also enjoy going grocery shopping for the entire week ahead on Saturday mornings. 

This weekend, I went grocery shopping for the following meal plan:

Dinners for 3/9 - 3/16

Saturday: Popcorn Shrimp + Asparagus + Fries
Sunday: Turkey Meatloaf + Baked Potatoes + Mixed Veggies
Monday: Baked Fish + Roasted Peppers, Zucchini, Onions
Tuesday: Full Staff Dinner Meeting
Wednesday: Chicken + Broccoli + Rice
Thursday: Teriyaki Steak + Vegetable Stir Fry
Friday: Chicken Salads with Fries
Saturday: Fish Fry with friends

I like to plan out our dinners for the week and run a loose plan for breakfast and lunches. I often skip breakfast myself but, when I do eat it will usually either be a smoothie or something simple like two eggs and a slice of toast. As for lunch, I will usually eat a salad, soup or dinner leftovers.

Make it a great week, everyone!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Coming Soon: Breakthrough

Let's talk about a break-through! Not one that has happened yet but, one that is GOING TO HAPPEN SOON!

You may have noticed that I have been trying my best to track my weekly weigh-in's for quite some time now. For a quick overview, you can check out this link: Archived Weigh-In's.

I am so glad that I have this data to look back on. Just the other day I was wondering, "what has been my actual lowest weight on this weight loss journey that started back in 2011 and when was the last time I reached that weight?" 

Since I have been keeping a record of my weigh-in's, it didn't take long to find out that my lowest weight pre-pregnancy was 227.5 lbs. and the last time I came close to my lowest weight postpartum was in 2017 when I weighed in at 228.7 lbs.

November, 2013: Lowest Weight Pre-Pregnancy - 227.5 lbs.
May 2014 - January 2015: Pregnant with Piper
August, 2017: Lowest Weight Postpartum - 228.7 lbs.

So, in my entire 8-year weight-loss journey, I haven't been under 227.5 lbs. Right now, I am somewhere around 234 lbs. That's only an 8 pound difference to reach what would be my biggest breakthrough in my weigh-loss journey to date! 8 pounds! That's it!

I am determined to get there! To reach new heights, or rather - to reach a new low!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Throwback Thursday Vlog | Beach Day

Obviously I'm back into creating and editing vlogs again. It's a little hobby of mine and I've been dedicated to setting aside some time to do more of the things that fill my bucket. Filming and editing vlogs is one of those bucket fillers for me!

I found some footage that I recorded last June and decided to finally edit it and share it now for a little throwback! I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

My Body Was Tired

Hey, everyone! Just stopping in to share one of my latest videos with you. I recorded these clips at the end of February.

As you saw later in the video, I am not motivated and chipper every day. I have bad moments, bad days, bad weeks, etc. The key for me in those moments, as you saw, is to spend a little more time on self care. 

More videos to come, soon! Thanks for sticking around.