Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tip for Tuesday: Say Goodbye to the Wagon

When it comes to diet, exercise and weight loss, have you ever heard the term "falling off the wagon"? I have to ask because a few years ago, after "falling off the wagon" yet again, I decided to take a bold move and ditch that wagon for good.

Today's Tip for Tuesday is all about ditching that wagon. My success in weight loss hasn't been from that all or nothing mentality that comes with staying on a wagon; it's been about give and take. You can read more from when I decided to ditch the wagon years ago, below.

"I use to always picture weight loss as an all or nothing kind of journey. After many years, I've realized that we all are going to have days when we have a wedding to go to, an anniversary to celebrate, parties to go to, etc. We can't be "good" 100% of the time. Even if we could be good all the time, this journey would then just be really boring. Not challenging at all. What's the fun in that?

After falling off the wagon last night, I've come to the decision that I'm going to stay where I am and wave goodbye to that "wagon" I've been falling off and jumping back on these past four years. When I use to fall off that old wagon, it could have been days, weeks, sometimes months before I would catch up to it and jump back on. Well, no more of that! I am cutting my ties with that wagon and I am going to walk the rest of this journey. During my walk, I'm sure that I will get distracted here and there; perhaps I may take a short rest on a rock and enjoy a sunset or two. That's a much nicer analogy than compared to falling off of a wagon, and without a wagon to fall off, I have no wagon to jump back on. I will simply stand from my rest and keep on walking. No more time will be wasted, trying to catch up to that pesky wagon. It's all about getting refocused. Refocusing sounds a lot easier than jumping back onto a wagon, now doesn't it?

So for all of my other friends on the wagon, I urge you; JUMP! Jump off of that wagon and join me in walking the rest of our journeys. Because, after all, as Greg Anderson said, we should "focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but in doing it."

I'm ready to stand up from my rest on this rock, and continue my walk. That wagon is long gone in the distance now, and I'm feeling better already!"

Readers, are you ready to say goodbye to the wagon?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Oh, Sunshiney Day

Today was beautiful! The sun was shining and my girl and I were on the move.

I ventured out to the grocery store with Piper for the first time by myself this morning. As I was shopping with her, I came to realize that you can't get too many groceries with a big car seat taking up room in the cart. Good thing I had a short list!

The grocery store was quiet and since Piper was sleeping, I took my time. I browsed and really just enjoyed the fact that I didn't have to be at work. Some nights I still reach for my phone to set an alarm for my work day; the work day that no longer exists. 

Today was a good day to be a stay-at-home mom!

After grocery shopping, I took Piper over to visit with my nana and papa (her great grandparents) and I went for a walk around the block while she visited with them. The sun was shining, the sky was bright blue and there were big white puffy story-book clouds above my head. The temperature was mild; it felt so good to be outside!

I had a quick lunch and then Piper and I went upstairs to hang out in bed. She eventually took a nap but we had a lot of fun playing peek-a-boo and telling each other stories before she fell asleep.

Readers: How was your Monday? What is your favorite day/time of day to go grocery shopping? When was the last time you took a walk outside?

A Little Too Happy

Yesterday I posted the results of my March Challenge. I lost 4.5 lbs. in the past four weeks. I am happy with those results! Actually, I may have been a little too happy because I kind of went overboard with some not-so-good carbs during a family get-together yesterday. It's okay though; I'm going to eat a lot of vegetables to make up for it today. That's what balance is all about!

Piper was a good girl during our annual Easter egg coloring with Nick's moms side of the family, yesterday. It was her first get-together with many people at once. She was quiet as she looked around and took everything in. I think she is starting to realize that she was born into a pretty crazy (and fun) family.

THAT face. I just have to kiss it.

This year has already started out with so many fun firsts for Piper. She had her first Valentine's Day, and now we get to spend her first Easter together. She has the prettiest Easter dress waiting for her. I can't wait to see her all dressed up; my little princess.

The after-party.

Piper brings so much joy to our family. Everything is just so much more special with this little one around. She's a constant reminder to us that even the smallest moments are big.

Readers, do you color eggs with your family for Easter? What is an Easter tradition you cherish?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 2015 Challenge: Round-up

My March Challenge has come to an end. It's time to see what progress was made!

March Challenge

- Post weekly dinner plans (DONE!)
- Post a new goal for each week (DONE!)
- Post weekly weight stats (DONE!)

Weigh-in's of the month:

Week One Weigh-In: 233 lbs.
Week Two Weigh-In: 232.8 lbs.
Week Three Weigh-In: 229.8 lbs.
Week Four Weigh-In: 230 lbs.
Final Weigh-In: 228.5 lbs.

Total loss: 4.5 lbs!

I am really proud of myself for making goals and sticking to them for the entire month of March! I lost 4.5 lbs. this month just by posting weekly dinner plans, working toward a new goal each week, and by posting my weigh-in's!

The different goals that I worked toward this month included:

Drink 120 oz. of Water Each Day
Taking Pictures of My Meals
Sticking to Weekly Meal Plans
Working out while Taking Baby Steps
Staying with Calorie Range

Now that I'm finished with my challenge for March, it's time to start thinking of a challenge for April. I love to challenge myself; it helps to keep me motivated toward reaching my weight loss goals!

Readers, did you reach your goals for March? Are you planning on making goals for April?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Strawberry SnapFit Green Machine

It's Spring; the season of eating healthy smoothies! Actually, eating healthy is always in season therefore smoothies all year round. Cheers!

For breakfast this morning, I had the best smoothie and thought I just had to share it with you all. It was packed with fruits, vegetables and with extra protein and fiber. A great way to start my day!

I shall call this beautiful smoothie the Strawberry SnapFit Green Machine. One of the greatest things about this smoothie (aside from all the health benefits) is that you can use any flavor of SnapFit! Peach or Lemon SnapFit would also taste great! Strawberry just happened to be my choice this morning.

Strawberry SnapFit Green Machine Smoothie
Serves: 1 | Nutrition per serving: 175 calories; 21 carbs; 1 fat; 19 protein; 14 fiber


1 - Strawberry SnapFit Packet
1/2 scoop - Vanilla Protein Powder (I used Whey Super Advanced)
1 cup - Frozen Mixed Fruit (I used sliced strawberries, peaches, mangos and pineapple)
1 cup - Fresh Spinach
1 1/2 cup - Water


Add frozen fruit to your blender, ninja, magic bullet, etc. (whatever machine you have to make your smoothies). Fully cover frozen fruit with water. Add Strawberry SnapFit followed by a heaping cup of fresh spinach. Pack down and blend. Once blended, add protein powder. Blend some more until fully mixed. Pause, take a deep breath, and enjoy!

Mark your calendars, all. Strawberry SnapFit will be available for purchase starting March 31, 2015! 

Visit my recipe page for more easy recipes ideas that I have used throughout my journey of losing 40 pounds!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Staying Under Calories While Being a Stay at Home Mom

My goal for this week has been to stay within my calorie range for at least 5 days. This challenge is a little different for me now that I am a stay at home mom.

Since giving birth to my daughter 9 weeks ago, I have come to find there are definite pros and cons to trying to lose weight while being at stay at home mom (SAHM).

Losing weight while being a stay at home mom can be harder because...

Time: Right now, my daughter is 2 months old and I should know by now that if I want to eat during the day, I need to do it during her naps. Well, sometimes I get a little side tracked during her naps (answering emails, writing blog posts, cleaning the house, etc.) and so I don't eat when I'm initially hungry which then makes me hangry. When I am hangry, I don't make the best decisions (like that one time I ate a sleeve of Oreos while walking around with a sleepy Piper in my arms as she was trying to wake up from her nap).

Home cooking: This kind of ties in with the time aspect. I need the time to do it, otherwise a not-so-healthy box of Mac and Cheese could constitute as "home cooked".

"Unlimited" Resources: I have a fully stocked kitchen, and I could eat as much as I want. Daily self-control is required.

Losing weight while being a stay at home mom can be easier because...

Time: Since Piper takes a couple naps throughout the day, I have plenty of time to make healthy meals that taste great and are very satisfying. Prioritizing my time is key!

Home cooking: Previous to becoming a SAHM, I worked in an office as a Paralegal with a large group of people. There were scheduling lunches, birthday treats, holiday parties, food days, etc. (Not to mention one of my favorite past times of ordering Chinese food with my coworkers on Fridays.) These temptations have been removed now that I cook all of my meals here at home! (I also have found that my leftovers get eaten more often and are not wasted.)

"Unlimited" Resources: I have a fully stocked kitchen with plenty of healthy food choices and different cooking tools to choose from. I could make a smoothie, I could have a salad, I could make a healthy pizza, I could grill a panini; the list goes on and on!

There are many more pros and cons of trying to stay within my calorie range while being a stay at home mom, but I will stop while I am ahead. Those particular pros and cons are the ones that have affected me the most, so far.

Some tips that have helped me stay within my calorie range while at home are below:

1. Keep healthy choices on hand and easily accessible.

2. Have a variety of healthy choices to choose from (so you don't get tired of the same old thing).

3. Keep snack bars (such as Balance Bars) in the pantry for a quick grab or in the diaper bag for on the go!

4. Prep healthy snacks and meals ahead of time and store them in storage containers to keep them from going to waste.

5. Drink water, and a lot of it.

6. Keep a food journal (or use the Sparkpeople phone app to keep track of your calorie intake like I do!)

Readers, do you think you make better food choices at home or away from home?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday: No. 3 {with LinkUp}

{Psst. My Balance Bar Giveaway is ending soon! Be sure to enter to win, if you haven't done so already: Balance Bar Giveaway}

A couple weeks ago, I started something new. I posted my first "Throwback Thursday" with some links to posts that I enjoyed looking back on. In case you missed it, here are the links to my Throwback Thursday posts from the past two weeks:

Throwback Thursday: No. 1
Throwback Thursday: No. 2

I'm not sure that I will do this every Thursday, but right now I am really enjoying the throwbacks! Especially the throwbacks found in the links, below.

This post made me smile: Not a Runner

This post made my heart sing: An Evening I Will Never Forget

This post reminded me of some good advice: Turning a Good Week into a Good Month

The pictures in this post made me hungry: Spring in a Bowl

TBT: July, 2014

This post makes me want my toes in front of my pond, right now: Beating the Fog of Pregnancy

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Strawberry Milkshakes Fix Everything

My goal for this week is to stay within my calorie range for 5 days. So far, I have stayed within my calorie range for 2 days. Yesterday was not one of those days.

Yesterday afternoon, Piper had a well visit with the pediatrician. She also got her 2 month shots. That was really hard for the both of us. I didn't think that I would cry, but I did. My husband was there with us, to console us both. It was a rough day, but we got through it. Nothing a chicken sandwich and a strawberry milkshake can't fix!

After getting her shots, Piper slept from 7 p.m. until 3:45 a.m. She whimpered all through the night, but never woke until early morning. She was especially sad when she woke up, but she went right back down to sleep after being fed and changed at 4:15 and slept until 8 a.m.

When Piper woke up at 8, she was just as sad, but I managed to get some smiles out of her after she was changed and fed. She spent her late morning nap in my arms. That made us both feel good! I think things will only be looking up from here! She's a tough little cookie and I'm determined to spend my day trying to make her smile.

As far as staying within my calorie range yesterday, thankfully, I know better than to restrict myself to eating within my calorie range for all 7 days of the week. Life happens, and being perfect isn't my goal. My goal is to lose weight while enjoying life.

Readers, what is your favorite kind of milkshake and from where?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tip For Tuesday: Exercising with a Cold

Right now, I am recovering from a spring time cold that I caught at the end of last week. It's been a rough few days, but thankfully I have a great husband that took over everything so that I could rest as much as possible.

Since I've been down and out with this cold, my husband has been taking care of Piper (our 2 month old) and because of that (and a lot of prayers), I think she has been spared from catching this bad cold. I have been sneaking a kiss or two on the back of her head, but other than that, I have been keeping my distance (and it has been one of the hardest things I've done as her mom, yet). We have been trying extra hard to keep her free from illness because today is the day she gets vaccinated. We want her well as possible, and I have been praying that she stays well after, too.

Just last week, I began to exercising regularly again. Since Sunday, I haven't been feeling anywhere near able to continue with that routine. My chest has been way too congested, and it lead to me wonder, should I even be thinking about exercising with a cold, to begin with? I have been doing a little research as far that goes, and I wanted to share with you what I have found.

Web MD: Because moderate exercise may give your immune system a boost, it is usually safe to exercise while you have a cold, as long as you listen to your body. When workouts become too stressful or excessive, there can be a decreased amount of white blood cells circulating throughout your body and an increased amounts of the stress hormone, cortisol, which may inhibit the ability of certain immune cells to work properly.

Web MD: Exercising with a cold depends on what ails you. If it's just a cold, you may be OK. If you have a fever, working out is a definite no-no. Furthermore, Neil Schachter, MD, medical director of respiratory care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York says "If your symptoms are above the neck, including a sore throat, nasal congesting, sneezing and tearing eyes, then it's OK to exercise. If your symptoms are below the neck, such as coughing, body aches, fever and fatigue, then it's time to hang up the running shoes until these symptoms subside."

Since this cold is in my chest, I am going to give exercise a rest until I am feeling up to it again; hopefully soon!

Readers, do you have any tips to share for when exercising with a cold?

Tips for Tuesdays Past:

Baby Steps 

Positive Thinking

Keep your goals in mind each day and don't be afraid to change up your plans.

Fight the all or nothing mentality. Compromise, a little. Let go of the guilt and give yourself a break.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Piper Grace: Two Months

My sweet baby girl turned 2 months old this past Saturday. I just can't believe it!

This past month has been great! Her sleeping is improving at night. My husband and I are so happy with the schedule she likes to keep. She sleeps anywhere from 4 - 7 hours at a time each night. Mostly, she sleeps at 4 hour intervals, but we have gotten a 7 hour stretch twice in the past couple weeks! The first time she did a 7 hour stretch, we both woke up confused (then extremely happy). 

Piper laughed for the first time this past month, on February 24th. I laughed right back at her, and then I cried. I cried happy tears because I was so thankful that I could be home with her for that first laugh. 

Since her first laugh, she has done it many more times! What started as an under-the-breath chuckle is becoming a full on laugh, now. She also began to smile in response to what we say, and even just from seeing us approach her. She recognizes faces now, too. 

This past month has been so incredible as far as her development. She has so much head control and is even sitting up while being propped against a chair or couch. It's incredible how much she is growing, already!

Piper likes:

- Bath time: continuing from last month, Piper still loves her bath times and we are so glad! As soon as she hits that warm water, she is a happy girl. Our tubbie has a hammock for her to lay in, and she loves to dangle her little feet in the water. She also enjoys a warm wash cloth on her belly, and doesn't even mind when we wash and rinse her hair!

Car Rides: Piper continues to love her car rides, and she even lets us put her in the car seat while she is awake without fussing! This was a nice improvement from the month before. Car rides most often put her to sleep, but there have been a few times where she has stayed awake for the duration of the car ride. She's always a happy girl when the car is moving!

Uncle Evan: Piper's youngest uncle, Evan, is 5 years old. She absolutely loves him! He loves her, too. He is such a good helper; he loves to hold and feed her. He also loves to give her kisses and share his toys with her. Every time he talks to her, she gives him a big smile and watches his every move.

Sitting Up: She loves to sit up and look around like a big girl. We have been propping her up against the corner of chairs and couches more often, now. She is so strong! We are always right by her when we do this, but she hasn't even needed much support!

Topher: Our dog, Topher, has loved Piper ever since she came home from the hospital. This past month, Piper finally "met" Topher when she actually saw him for the first time. Now, she smiles when he comes near her! She really likes to watch him. He likes to watch her and give her kisses. He will lick her ear, cheek and tries his hardest to give her a kiss on the mouth. She is still trying to get use to his licks/kisses and he is still getting use to her hands moving around a little more than they use to.

Hearing (and watching) mom sing: "You are my Sunshine" and "Part of that World" from The Little Mermaid are still two of her favorites. She starts to smile and "coo" back at me, now.

Doing laps around the kitchen island: Anytime Piper is fighting sleep, my husband can usually get her to go down by doing laps around the kitchen island. She loves to be walked around!

Her hands: she still likes her hands in, on and around her face and mouth at all times. You may remember seeing this same thing in her 35 week sonogram photo.

The Sheep on her Rock n' Play: Piper loves to watch the sheep on her Rock n' Play. She watches them when they rock back and forth, and even when they aren't moving at all. Piper also likes the bumble bees on her bouncer and the pictures above her changing pad. She "coos" at them, all the time!

Piper dislikes:

- Burping
- Gas of any kind
- Cold wipes
- Sleeping flat on her back
- Tummy time, in general now
- Being moved while she is sleeping

Some more pictures from her second month with us:

Piper Grace, you are so loved.
Thank you for the two most amazing months, we could ever ask for.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

March 2015 Challenge: Week Four

We're on to the fourth week of my March Challenge, but first, a recap of the third!

March Challenge

- Post weekly dinner plans
- Post a new goal for each week
- Post weekly weight stats

My goal for the third week of March was to exercise for thirty minutes, three times. I'm happy to say that I accomplished my goal! I walked on the treadmill for thirty minutes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I'm glad that I followed my tip from last Tuesday and started my exercise routine with baby steps. Just thirty minutes of speed walking had me working up a sweat!

Here are the plans for the final week of my March challenge:

Dinner Plans: 3/15 - 3/21

Sunday: Roast with Potatoes
Monday: Tuna Melts
Tuesday: Fish with Salad
Wednesday: Pork with Potatoes and Veggies
Thursday: Chicken Salad
Friday: Fish and Veggies
Saturday: Homemade Pizza

This Week's Goal: 

Stay within calorie range of 1,310-1,660 for at least 5 days this week.

Weight Stats:

Week One Weigh-In: 233 lbs.
Week Two Weigh-In: 232.8 lbs.
Week Three Weigh-In: 229.8 lbs.
Week Four Weigh-In: 230 lbs.

No weight loss this week, but I think it's due in part to me catching a cold toward the end of the week. I have been eating a lot of ice cream these past couple days to try and numb my sore throat.

As for the week ahead, I have to admit, I am nervous about my new goal of staying within a calorie range of 1,310-1,660 for at least 5 days. Every once in a while, I like to make a goal that scares me a bit. I hope I can stick to it!

Readers, what are your goals for the week?

P.S. Don't forget to enter for your chance to win the Caramel Nut Blast Balance Bar Giveaway!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

My Commute to Work

Before I announce the winners of my SnapFit Giveaway, I've got to tell you; I am really enjoying the view during my commute to work these days.

Or should I say, the commute to my workout.

These past few mornings, right across the hall from where Piper sleeps, I have been putting in some cardio at my home gym. It's a great way to start the day!

During my last cardio session, I watched the sunrise out the window while I reminisced of my long commute to work. It's hard to believe that a 45 minute drive was a part of my every day, not too long ago. Just another reason why I love being a stay-at-home mom; you just can't beat the commute!

Now, as promised, it's time to announce the three lucky winners of my SnapFit Giveaway!

Congratulations to: Amber D., Finding Lori, and Lisa B. 
(Please check your email, if you haven't done so already!)

You each will receive a six pack of each flavor of SnapFit and a "Fit Happens" T-Shirt from SnapFit, soon! I hope you enjoy SnapFit as much as I do. It's the best fiber drink I've tried, yet!

If you missed your chance to enter the last giveaway or if you just plain didn't win, I've got good news for you! There's another giveaway you can enter! Check out my Caramel Nut Blast Balance Bar Giveaway, now! Chances to enter end March 31st.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Caramel Nut Blast Balance Bar GIVEAWAY

Yesterday, March 19th, was National Chocolate Caramel Day. Did you miss it? No worries; you can celebrate with chocolate and caramel in a delicious Balance Bar any day of the week! Especially if you're the lucky winner of this delicious GIVEAWAY!


Do you remember when I introduced the Balance Bar Project to you last month? Well, as part of the Balance Bar Project, my friends at Balance Bar are giving away a box of Caramel Nut Blast Balance Bars to one lucky winner in the United States! You must be at least 18 to win.  Giveaway ends 3/31/15.


Balance Bar describes their Caramel Nut Blast bars as creamy, crunchy and packed with a blast of energy and nutrition that can help you outlast the day. It's delicious, not too sweet and nutritionally sound. Amen! I couldn't have said it better myself. I love these bars!

Use the rafflecopter below to enter for your chance to win a box of Caramel Nut Blast Balance Bars. Winner will be notified by email.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

P.S. Did you enter my SnapFit Giveaway? The three lucky winners of that giveaway will be announced tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday: No. 2 {with LinkUp}

{Psst. My SnapFit Giveaway is ending soon! Be sure to enter to win, if you haven't done so already: SnapFit Giveaway}

So, last week I started something new. I posted my first "Throwback Thursday" with some links to posts that I enjoyed looking back on. In case you missed it, you can read that post by clicking, here: Throwback Thursday: No. 1.

I'm not sure that I will do this every Thursday, but right now I am really enjoying the throwbacks! Especially the throwbacks found in the links, below.

TBT from "Food Tastes Better at 9 pm" - April 2014

Throwback Thursday: Post Edition

- This post made me realize how much "Goal of Losing" has grown (from 50,000 views to 300,000+ in just two years!): I Love to Blog

- This post made me happy that I share everything with you on this blog. If I didn't I wouldn't be able to relive this running accomplishment: One For The Books

- This post made me want to go for a walk on Nordi (our treadmill): I Am One Spoiled Girl

- This post brought tears to my eyes: I Ran, I Cried

- This post made me excited for warmer weather: Food Tastes Better at 9 pm

- This post reminded me how much we spoil those dogs of ours: Problem Solved

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Eight Weeks Postpartum

I made it. I'm here. Eight weeks postpartum.

A wave of excitement and nerves just came over me from typing those words. I'm excited because I am able to do pretty much whatever I want, now. No more restrictions. (And if you've been reading my blog for the past two days, you know how much I dislike restrictions.) I'm nervous because this also means that my baby girl is almost 2 months old. Time is going so fast! Where is the pause and replay button?

(just before going to my friend's baby shower this past Saturday)

One thing that I didn't expect to feel was more energy at eight weeks postpartum. However, the more that I think about it, I guess it does make sense. Early on, my body was tired from the lack of sleep you get with a newborn in the house plus the energy it takes to heal. Now that I'm healed, those sleepless nights are so much more manageable.

Also, the sleepless nights aren't nearly as extreme as they once were. A week ago, when Piper turned 7 weeks old, she celebrated by letting us sleep for 7 hours straight! My husband and I woke up confused. I thought he woke up with her, and he thought I woke up with her.

We haven't had another night quite like that since, but she has been giving us anywhere from 3-5 hours between feeds. My husband and I take turns, which also helps. Especially on Mondays and Tuesdays. On those days, Nick works all day, and then goes to night class. He misses Piper and if she is sleeping by the time he gets home, the middle of the night feed is the only time they get to "see" each other. You think he would be too tired to do it, but this guy loves his little girl!

(the two of them yesterday morning)

They say it takes six to eight weeks to recover from a c-section. While I wouldn't say I'm 100% healed yet, I really am so close. I have found that I am just a little timid when using certain stomach muscles.

One of the best things about being "healed" is that I can lift Piper's car seat (with her in it) without my insides hurting, now. This is great because I can flee the coop with her, and just her, any time I want. These past eight weeks, I have had to wait for my husband to get home so he could lift and carry her car seat for me. While I really didn't mind going everywhere with him, it will be much easier to just pick up and go on a whim. Let freedom ring!

Readers, have any of you had a c-section before? How long before you felt 100% healed?

P.S. You still have a chance to enter to win the SnapFit Giveaway! Three lucky winners will be picked this Friday.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tip for Tuesday: Baby Steps

Sharing "Tips for Tuesday" is not a new thing for me, but it has been quite a while. To give you a refresher on topics covered in the past, you can use the links below.

Positive Thinking

Keep your goals in mind each day and don't be afraid to change up your plans.

Fight the all or nothing mentality. Compromise, a little. Let go of the guilt and give yourself a break.

As for today's tip, I want to focus on Baby Steps.

Eight weeks ago, I had a c-section that brought my beautiful baby girl into this world (more on that, tomorrow). Now that my incision is healed, I am so ready to start exercising again. I have a goal of exercising for thirty minutes, three times this week. While I would love to jump right back into where I was with my exercise routine pre-pregnancy, I know better than that. I am going to take baby steps.

(enjoying the sun while letting the dogs out yesterday)

Yesterday, the weather was great. It has been so long since I have been able to go for a run outside and I was very tempted to do so while it was warm outside. Just like my baby girl is going to have to learn to crawl before she can walk; I am going to have to start walking again before I run. Reasons? To prevent injury; to save my joints from shock and strain; to save myself from burnout of jumping in too quickly, etc. The list goes on.

(the cute baby girl I keep referring to)

Not only do baby steps come in to play when starting a workout routine, it is also important for your weight-loss goals, as a whole.

When you have a number that you want to begin to work toward on the scale, it can seem daunting. You have this whole number in mind, and you want to lose it all. Once thing I try to remember is that I don't have to lose it all at once. We all have back steps in our weight loss journey, but they won't be big back steps if you were only taking baby steps to begin with. For example, if you lost a lot of weight real quick with some fad diet, you may also gain weight just as quick when you stop following that fad diet. Do any of you have experience with that? I can raise my hand for that one.

Instead of trying to lose weight fast, I am trying to lose weight while living my life just as I want. I'm taking baby steps, here. I am not jumping all in with a crazy workout routine and strict meals. I am taking some time to learn the scales of balance, again. What does that look like for me? Well, if I ate a little too many not-so-great calories yesterday, I am going to try to make sure that my calorie intake for today is much, much better with some healthier choices of food. Also, if I burned a lot of calories in my workout, I'll have the opportunity to treat myself, if I wish. I love balance. I hate diets (and the word hate). You know this from my post from yesterday.

So, while I am anxious to dive all in and lose my weight real quick, I know from past experience that doesn't work for me. I'm just going to change little things at a time, taking my baby steps and walk before I start running again.

Readers, what baby steps are you taking right now? What are your baby steps going to lead into for you?

P.S. You still have a chance to enter to win the SnapFit Giveaway! Three lucky winners will be picked this Friday.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Cookie Diet

I don't like typing the word hate, but I will make an exception here: I hate diets (and I hate the word hate). I have lost 40 pounds without dieting and I plan to lose another 60 pounds just the same. 

Diets restrict us from enjoying what we want. I'm not about that life and it's good to know that I don't have to be in order to lose the weight I want to lose.

So if I'm not dieting, how am I losing weight? Quick answer: balance from a healthy lifestyle. 

My weight-loss journey is based on a good balance of salads and cookies. Okay, not literally (but you may think so if you've been reading my blog lately).

To be honest, my successful weight-loss is due to living a healthy lifestyle. Let me break down for you what that means to me.

I have my very own definition of healthy. Defined as: no restrictions. I've been down the road of restriction in the past. It lead me right to the isle of binge eating and many steps in the wrong direction. Not going there, again!

Second part of the term is lifestyle. Definition: the way in which a person lives. I'm living here, not restricting. By eating cookies (and really anything I want) in moderation, I may not be reaching my goal of losing 100 pounds super fast, but I will reach it, and I will be happy not only when I get there, but throughout the entire journey. How great is that?

Some more of my own natural science: If I eat a cookie, I am happy. When I am happy, I am more apt to make healthy choices, such as eat more salads and workout more often. When I eat more salads and workout, it helps me lose weight. Therefore: cookies help me lose weight. 

Diet lovers, I'm sorry. There is another, happier way to lose weight (that involves cookies)!

If you've been following me for a while, this may all be review for you (or maybe a nice refresher). I have a lot of lighthearted joking in this post, but there is one thing I'm not joking about: We don't have to give up the things that we enjoy in order to lose weight and feel great. Just try to balance the "good" and the "bad" things, whatever those may be defined as to you.

Readers: Tell me, what does balance look like to you?
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