Day one of the cleanse was very successful. Yesterday I was only allowed to eat fruit products. I learned that avocados were considered a fruit when I researched this so I ate a few of those yesterday. I think this is what filled me up for most of the day. I can not eat bananas because I have a mouth allergic reaction when I eat them. So I stuck to avocados. I also drank 85 oz of water which filled me up as well.
I do have to be honest…
I did cheat last night. I went out last night with my friends. I thought I was going to only get one drink and nurse it. I did get Not Your Father’s Rootbeer because it is amazing but I knew I could nurse it. I know I should have not had any of it but I feel proud of myself I only had one. Usually my habits are that I have three or four of them. So only one is a great accomplishment.
Believe it or not this is my breakfast. I am allowed one baked potatoe so I figured I would eat it for breakfast because it is the highest thing I will eat all day. I am excited today because I can eat salads. I do not have to eat the food raw either. Fruit was hard to work with. You can only do so much with fruit. Today should be successful too. So far so good. =)
The 2010 me was awkward. I could not find a hair style I liked or I had no clue how to put make up on. In 2010 I was going to a community college about to go to a University to recieve a BA. Now I have a MA and will teach college in the fall. 2010 my confidence was no existing and I did not leave my comfort zone.
A lot has changed besides appearance. I felt I should share.
2014 is over after today. It was a great year. Many wonderful things happened that I got to share with family, Brian, and my friends. I did many things this year from traveling, doing new workouts, wearing new fashion, and even fitting in an amusement park ride for the first time since high school!
First I would like to address my confidences with my fashion. Before this year I never wore anything that showed off my curves or skin. I never wanted to show off myself. 2014 was different. I showed off curves and I showed off skin. I purchased my first bikini and did not care what people said when they saw me in it. I wore my first curve popping dress and danced the night away. I did not care what people said and I felt confident with myself. This confidence made me feel happier and I got so many comments!
Second I went to Mexico with Brian and it was a great experience. I did a lot of fitness things there. I road an actual bike for the first time in years. Yes, I spin a lot but I have not been on a non-stationary bike in years. It was nerve wrecking and exciting and I did it. It took me a while to get used to it and the kids in the bike tour laughed at me, but I did an awesome job. Also, Mexico was great for dancing! I went to their night club one night and danced so much I was sweating to death. I loved Mexico and I would go back again.
Third I started to do Insanity. Back in May my gym stopped doing kick boxing. I was upset, but they started to do an Insanity class. Now it is called “Insane Boot camp” so my gym does not get sued..go figure. Anyway, I was TERRIBLE at this class but I was determined to become strong with this class. I do it every Monday and Thursday. I thought this would be something I would never do. When the people at Rachael Ray called me they asked if I would be interested in doing Shaun.T’s workouts..Shaun.T was going to be on the show with Bob Harper. I said no, because I thought they wanted me to do it for the show! I never did before. Now I wish they would call me back..I would kick everyone’s butts in the stage crew, audience, and Rachael Ray with this work out now. No offense.
Fourth I picked up a new hobby. I learned how to crochet. Crocheting is a great hobby because I am so busy with my hands I do not have time to snack. I made my co-workers, students, and cousins gifts for Christmas. I enjoy crocheting and I hope to get back at it. It relaxes me and it keeps me from sitting around and stuffing my face.
Fifth I worked somewhere that helped me stay in shape and now eat. I worked at a local haunted attraction that kept me busy at night. The haunt kept my body moving so much. I would squat, jump, run, and do any types of movements to keep my body moving. I would drink a whole gallon of water. It was a lot on my body but it was awesome. Turned out I was good at it too.
Last, I finished my master’s thesis. Not only did I finish, but I passed. I am going to graduate on January 16th and earn my MA in English. This was the biggest accomplishment for 2014. When it was over I was left speechless and emotional. It was a big roller coaster in my life but I am so glad it is over. This accomplishment was great, but it killed my health habits. The stress destroyed me with eating and the work load killed my workout schedule. I only thought about my thesis. I did not want to do anything else but write and eat. I am so happy this is over because now I am free. Do not get me wrong, I am SO thrilled I finished my master’s thesis and I would do it again if I had to..but I would have to think of how to handle that differently. It stressed me out so bad.
What I learned this year was weight loss is not easy and keeping it off is not easy. Habits can die quickly too if you do not keep up with it. I am upset with myself to let things get away from me. I have gained almost twenty pounds this year. To be positive, I did pick up new habits, learned to take risks with different classes, and gained confidence with my outfits. I do have many goals for 2015..
- Regain my habits again. I will go to the gym at least five times a week. I will start using My Fitness Pal and count calories. I will not over eat, I will stop drinking so much, and I will gain my confidence again. This is number 1. I cannot do anything else until I regain my old habits. I am following Bob Harper’s The Skinny Rules and I am trying to relearn everything once again. I know I can do this again.
- I want to do more 5K’s. I only did two and it was back in 2013. I did not do any this year. I want to train for them once again and start doing them in the spring. I really want to do The Color Run again and in October I want to do a zombie run. Not only do I want to do 5K’s..I would love to do a Mud Run. Who wants to get down and dirty with me?
- I want to lift more. I believe that muscle is better than being just skinny. I do not want to be skinny. I want to be strong.
- I want to try new workouts. I have never done real yoga before. I am always afraid to try it at the gym. Not sure why. Not sure what other classes to try but I know they are out there.
- I want to try a zip line course. My Mom is talking about taking me to on in Myrtle Beach in May and I really want to do this.
- I would like to start riding a bike. I am not sure if my bike is in any type of condition to go for a ride. I should just test it but I was so busy I kept forgetting. I should try it now.
- I am not sure if this is a goal for 2015 or just a lifetime goal..I really want to be certified to teach spin. I do not think I am there right now with what kind of shape I am in, but I am determined to get back into shape. I am also determined to be certified one day.
- I want to write and update my blog more. I do not want to update this blog with so many “Transformation Tuesdays” this year. I want actual helpful blog posts. I want to post work out routines, recipes, and helpful advice. Always showing off my transformation is rather annoying..I think so anyway.
- This could go along with a 5K or whatever..but I would love to do the three-day Susan G.Komen walk in Philadelphia. I really would love to do this.
- Um…Ride a mechanical bull. Why has this not happened?
2014 has been a great year even though I lost my habits along the way. I do not regret 2014. It may have not been my year, but I did love every second of it. I am ready for 2015 though. 2015 is going to make me strong, lean, and mean. I am ready for all the obstacles that will come along my way. My habits will come back, my confidence will be restored, and motivation will stay.
I hope everyone had a wonderful 2014. I hope you all have a fantastic New Year. Get ready for January 1st. 2015 is going to be ours. Great ready everyone! It is not going down without a fight. Happy New Year!!
Here we are again. The Holiday season. The time of year everyone goes absolutely crazy with eating. Well, I am with you this year. I have been struggling to keep track and eat clean lately. This holiday season frightens me. I need to stop thinking negatively. If we keep our minds in the right state and keep our confidence up we can accomplish anything.
The average person will consume over 4,500 on Thanksgiving. That is a lot! BUT..one day will not ruin your life style. People are always asking me, “What do you do?” or “What did you do last year?” My Mom cooked the meal and we ate! Yes, we do things a little differently such as fat free gravy or more veggies but last year I still ate turkey, mash potatoes and pie. I still also consumed some adult beverages as well. The idea of one day should not stress you out. You should enjoy the day with your family and then the next day go back to normal. People have high anxiety of the holidays but I think one day is not bad. I always complain about the summer because there are more BBQ and events. Thanksgiving is only one day. ENJOY IT!
Thanksgiving is this Thursday and I feel I should give my list once again to keep us all on track!:
1.) Do not pile things onto your plate.
2.) Do not drown your food in gravy or butter
3.) Try to plan your plate accordingly. You should have more veggies on your plate and some protein/crabs.
4.) If you wish to go for seconds..Pick two/three things you loved and eat them. Why make a whole plate again? If you loved that turkey then have some more. If you loved Grandmom’s corn bread then go ahead. Do not pile everything on again.
5.) Drink water. If you wish to have adult beverages that is fine but drink water during the meal. Also, coffee or tea is great if offered.
6.) Small piece of dessert. Do not do seconds.
8.) Try to work out before your big meal. I am taking a morning spin class.
9.) Still eat before dinner. You do not want to go starving. It will make you eat more.
10.) Eat slowly. Take small bites. It will fill you up faster.
Enjoy the day!!! Just enjoy being with your family and be happy to even be alive. One day will not ruin everything. Get back on track on Friday. I promise it will be okay!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!!
I am excited to announce that I joined Brooke: Not on a Diet’s Dietbet called Scare the Scale. I encourage everyone to join in too! Her Scare the Scale Dietbet starts October 1st and ends the 28th. The last 48 hours of the bet is for weighing out. In order to join you have to put $25 into the pot. The biggest the pot the more you can win. In order to win..you need to lose 4% of your starting weight in 28 days. Right now the pot is at $1,025! The more who join the more money one can win!!
Here is a video to explain this process better.
Brooke is truly an inspiring person. Her blog Brooke: Not On a Diet is a site I read rather frequently. She has lost 172 lbs on Weight Watchers! No surgery..no gimmicks..just Weight Watchers and exercise! She actually reached out to me when I appeared on The Rachael Ray Show back in May 2013. So if it was not for my appearance, I would have never met her and learned about her blog.
You may know Brooke yourself and you do not even realize it. A couple of months ago she had controversial story where Shape Magazine was not going to post a picture of her in a bikini even though the magazine wanted celebrate her weight loss. They just did not want to celebrate it in the way Brooke wanted to. It was insane!
Brooke is very sweet and inspirational. Her blog is an amazing read. I suggest you follow Brooke: Not On a Diet right away!
Anyway, I believe you should all join Scare The Scale Dietbet! I think this is the motivation I need to really kick October in the butt with my weight loss. Yes, it costs $25 but is that not more motivation to lose weight to try and get the money back or even more? So please join! Lets make this pot bigger! We are all in this together. Have a great weekend!
Well it is September and this summer went really quick. If you do not know me I work at a elementary school in a disabled preschool and I go to graduate school for my MA in English. This year at work I am a 1:1 with a three year old autistic boy and I am very excited for that. Also, this is my last semester of graduate school! I am very excited for this new school year because being back on a set schedule will help me lose weight and keep track of my health. When I was at home doing nothing, I was finding myself snacking more than I should. I need a set schedule.
This semester is dedicated to nothing but my master’s thesis. It will be a rough and I hope that the stress does not get to me. I do have a good amount of pages right now..so I hope that things will go smoothly.
I got a second job. If you live in the New Jersey or Pennsylvania area I will be working at Night of Terror . I am super excited! Tuesday I find out where I am working. This is going to be my first acting gig in six years. I am super pumped and I know this will help me stay active rather than snack all night.
SO….I am getting back on track because my graduation is coming in January. My graduation for high school and BA makes me hate those pictures so much. Sure, you do not look like a sexy goddess in a cap and gown, but the way I feel makes me look awful. In high school I felt like I looked like a white marshmallow. I hated it so much!
What really wanted me to make a change and lose weight was my graduation for my BA. The gown was given to you by height. I should have gone longer because maybe the gown would have fit a little better. The gown was so tight on me. To this day I do not know if I screwed up or if the school I went to had crappy gowns..because their gowns were not like my brother’s graduation from college gowns. Anyway, I hated how I look. I felt huge and this is why I wanted to lose weight. The theme was a big topic when I was on The Rachael Ray Show.
You can watch the clip here.
Enough of this negative talk! Breath out the negativity and breath in the positivity! I must be positive. I will be positive, because being negative will not fix your problems. If you want something..you have to work for it. So, if I want to look awesome for my MA graduation I need to work for it. Here is what I am going to do and if you wish to look awesome for a wedding, family function, reunion, graduation, or whatever..follow me!!
1.) TRACK EVERYTHING:
Track everything you put into your body. If you write down everything you eat and drink then you can see where you went wrong if you stayed the same or gained weight. I do Weight Watchers..so this really helps me for tracking. You should know what you are eating and how much.
2.) WORK OUT:
I am a fitness nut but you should work out at least four times a week. Granted, I workout five-six times but it is my favorite hobby. Workout for a hour at the most. You may feel like you do not have time, but make time. Do you get a lunch break at work? Go for a walk. Wake up earlier or try to work out after work. Fitness is important.
3.) GET ENOUGH SLEEP:
Time Management is so important and I always to to manage my sleep. I try to get 8 hours a night. Some of my graduate friends think I am crazy because I do not do my work all through the night. I think they are crazy because I need my sleep. Try to get lots of sleep because it actually helps you lose weight because your body needs it.
4.) DRINK WATER
Drink lots of water. Cut out the soda. If you drink a lot of water then you feel full and you will not snack. Also, water flushes everything out of your system.
5.) KEEP YOURSELF BUSY
Finally, keep yourself busy. I have a busy semester ahead of me and this will help me from snacking. Granted, you should pack lunches rather than go get fast food. FAST FOOD is only convenient..there is nothing else great about it. It burns a hole in your wallet, the food makes you feel sluggish, and it is just awful for you. Pack your own meals! But..if you keep busy and pack your own meals then you will not be a couch potatoes and eat a whole box of cookies in one sitting.
I am excited for this semester. I am ready for it!