Monday, April 29, 2019

New Work Schedule + Mentor

Hello and, happy Monday!

Today is the first day on my new schedule of working just Tuesday and Thursday's each week! I use to also work for a couple hours in the morning on Monday's but, I think this shift of hours will be better for a few different reasons. First of all, summer childcare will be easier! I am so happy that we found in-home childcare for Piper this summer. I am happy that between my schedule and my husband's we will only need childcare for 7 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

This shift of hours will also be good for my mind. It was proving to be a little difficult for me to just work for a couple hours on Monday mornings and then shut it off for the rest of the day. I often would plug back in during Piper's nap or just have work on my mind most of the day, in general. I hope that by having more solid blocks of time for work that I will be able to shut it down easier when I'm not working.

Now that I have Monday morning's back and Piper is still in preschool through the beginning of June, I hope to use this time to write more blogs. I will also be using some Monday mornings to meet with a mentor friend. This morning will be my first time meeting with her in this capacity and, I'm excited to draw some wisdom from her! Having raised eight (8) children, she has plenty of wisdom to share! I am blessed to be getting some time with her, today.

As for blogging, I am so looking forward to getting back into the groove of it all. I think having Monday mornings freed up will help!

Friday, April 26, 2019

April 2019 Weight-Loss Results

Hey everyone! Happy Friday!

Today is the last weigh-in day of the month for me! Despite some pretty big obstacles (dealing with Nick's dad's health issues, taking him in to our home, getting him back to the hospital, advocating for him at the hospital so he could get approved for rehab, etc.), I am excited to share that I ended the month with a loss on the scale. A 3-lb loss to be exact!

4/1/19: 232.5 lbs.
4/8/19: 231.9 lbs.
4/15/19: 230.4 lbs.
4/22/19: 230.1 lbs.
4/26/19: 229.5 lbs.

In total, I have lost about 15 pounds since January! 2019 is my year!

On top of being excited about the number on the scale, I am just feeling great overall! My clothes are fitting so much better, and even loose in some cases. I have been getting a lot of compliments from people who have noticed my progress, which has been very motivating and helpful along the way! At times it is hard for me to be able to actually see the difference of losing 15 pounds but, to know that others can see it definitely helps motivate me to continue on!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Low Energy | Gym Consistency

I have been really low on energy lately and I think it has something to do with the fact that I haven't been to the gym yet this week! It could also have something to do with my cycle. Which is another reason why I just haven't felt motivated to go to the gym in the past few days. 

Even though I don't feel like going to the gym AT ALL tonight, I think I am going to use my husband as my accountability partner and we are going to go get it done this evening!

This week in particular, I am being reminded that consistency means still showing up and working through the times when you don't feel like it. I definitely don't feel like it this week. I have cramps, I am super low on energy and yet, I still have goals that I want to reach. I definitely have been more lax on what I've been eating this week (last night my husband and I shared a quart of ice cream...), but I still need to give as much as I can toward this week. I am 1 pound up from last Friday's weigh-in and so I have two days to work it off so I don't end this week with a gain.

On a positive note, I am noticing just from having a few days off from the gym, how consistent I have been in the past two months with my gym sessions. I am so proud of myself for making it to the gym anywhere from 2-3 times per week for the past couple months. It has become so much of a routine now that I am really starting to notice a change in my body and attitude when I don't work out.  My body misses it and it's only been a few days! 

Working out has been my main way to relieve stress lately and I am looking forward to getting back in the gym tonight, even though my body would much rather lay on the couch all night (like last night), I know the gym will make me feel better physically and mentally!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Monday Ramble + Weekend VLOG

Happy Monday!

We had a really amazing weekend with temperatures reaching up to 70 degrees yesterday! We went on a nice long trail hike together as a family and then did some much-needed yard work. The tree in our front yard waited until after it started snowing this winter to let go of it's leaves and so we had a mass-amount of leaves to clean up this weekend. I didn't mind, though. I was just happy to finally be outside!

I didn't do any tracking of calories this weekend, which means that I am a little up on the scale to start the week. I'm not too worried about it, though. This happened last weekend, too, and I ended up losing a pound by the end of the week. I am hoping to do the same this week and end out the week at 230 lbs! Lots of water will be drank today and, I will be staying within calories all week to make that happen!

I don't have much else to report today and so I will share my most recent vlog from mid-March.

Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, April 5, 2019

New Month | Weight-Loss Update

Hey everyone! I hope that the beginning of April is treating you well. So far, so good over here!

Last month was a successful month on the scale. I lost 3 pounds in March, bringing me to a total of 11 pounds lost in 2019, so far!

weight loss in 2019

Today wraps up the first week in April and I have lost 1 pound this week! This was even after caving in and getting an order of onion rings from Dairy Queen last night on the way home from visiting my father-in-law at the hospital with my family. Stress eating is a never-ending battle for me but, I am aware of it and working on it!

The gym has been helping me cope with all of life's little stressors lately. I have been working out about 2-3 times per week at the YMCA and I have been working hard enough to get that sweet endorphin high at the end of my workouts. Nothing really beats that feeling!

As for my goals for April, I would love to end the month in the 220's. I am so close, weighing in at 231 lbs. today! As I mentioned before (in the blog: Coming Soon: Breakthrough), the lowest weight I've reached in my weight-loss journey was 227ish pounds and, I am looking to break that low very soon! 

Consistency will get me there!