"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." ~ Anonymous

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Getting Back Into the Groove

My kids went back to school on Monday and I went back to a regular workout schedule.  

It's not as easy as it looks.  

Monday was fine.  I had decided to do a Leslie Sansone Walk at Home DVD.  It was the kids' first day, all things new, etc. etc., so no problem exercising.  

Then Tuesday I had a heck of a time getting motivated to workout.  I had decided to do a Jillian Michael's interval workout for "strength" on Tuesday, but I just didn't want to get dressed and get it done. 

As I sat being lazy after my morning devotions I came across a video on my phone my daughter took of me when I was at my lowest weight.  I remember feeling good about myself; not good only because I was wearing a smaller size, but also because it meant I was exercising regularly and being careful how much I ate and what I ate.  

That motivated me to get up and get the exercise done.  I reminded myself the only way to get there again was to get up and take it one day at a time. 

I also reminded myself putting some weight back on doesn't mean it's over.  

I know I don't want to go back to 232 pounds and, like one poster said recently, the good thing about losing weight and gaining it back is you know you've done it once so that means you can do it again.  

Yep.  So, I got dressed and got it done.  Then I took a picture and made the above photo for my Instagram account.  It's a good reminder.  

Oh, and I also got my 3-mile walking workout done today.  Three days in a row... I'm on a roll!  :)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Weigh-In: The Longer You Stay Away

Hello!  Life is beginning to settle around these parts.  We are getting used to our new hometown here in Arlington, Texas and little by little I'm getting back into a normal daily groove again. 

I know some of you understand when you've been out of the weigh-loss/caring-about-your-weight groove it's hard to get back into it.  I'm feeling it more and more this time.  

I vacillate between not caring and refusing to buy a bigger size clothing, even if everything I wear now is almost indecent it's so tight.  (for my tastes anyway -- I could fit right in with some ladies I've seen around town.  HA!)

In fact, this fighting to get back in the groove is why the following statement really caught my attention on the radio the other day. 

The DJ was talking about going to a dental appointment and made a comment along the lines of, "The longer you stay away, the longer you'll have to stay at your next visit."

Isn't that the truth?!

As a dentist's wife I've heard many stories about bad dental hygiene and the hours and costs required to correct things that could've been avoided with simple daily dental practices.

As a women who has been overweight in the past, and put on some weight recently, I could relate as well.  The longer I deny what is going on with my weight the harder it is to get back into the groove. 

And the more weight I put on the longer I'll have to spend trying to get it back off again.  

So, that is why on August first I weighed myself.  I faced the gain that put me at 189.0 pounds.  It was hard, but the longer I let things go the harder it's going to be to get it back off. 

I'm not fully back in the groove, but I am making small changes to get back there and today it showed when I weighed in at 187.0 pounds.  It's only two pounds down, but I'll take it.

Honestly, I don't look forward to having to lose weight again, but I know it will be worth it.  And I don't want to stay away any longer and drawing out the uncomfortableness of tight clothes any longer than necessary.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Linking to: Squeeze Into Those Skinny Jeans

I came across a podcast yesterday titled "Squeeze Into Those Skinny Jeans".  Since recently I'm squeezing myself into all my clothes I was instantly intrigued.  It's rather short, just under 30 minutes, and gets right to the point of dealing with weight struggles and not giving up.  

The author and I are in a similar boat and I loved what she had to say on the topic.  You can find her podcast through iTunes, Stitcher or by clicking on the title below.  

Squeeze Into Those Skinny Jeans by Chrystal Evans Hurst

Photo Credit:  Blog - Sharing the Journey

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Moving and Settling

Well, look at that!  It's been almost exactly a month since I last posted, and boy what a month it has been.

Our family has made a major move this summer and this past month has been the month of visiting family, friends, moving and unpacking.  It's been fun and busy and I'm to finally start feeling some semblance of normalcy in our lives again.  

We've been in our house just over two weeks and I'm putting the last touches of stuff up and away -- namely beginning to hang wall decor.  I like to make a new place "home" as soon as possible, it helps me relax.  I think it helps my family as well, but who knows.  

All I know is settling also helps me feel more normal and like I have more time for getting my eating and exercise back where it needs to be.  My goal for this month has been to eat to the point of satisfied and curb the extra snacking. 

When I'm traveling I don't really worry about my food choices and I often find myself overeating in the "I'm on vacation!" mentality.  I don't really care about not sticking to a diet when I'm traveling, but the overeating doesn't usually happen like it did this time.  (More on that later, because I made myself weigh on the first of the month...)  I'm not a good healthy example that way I guess, but oh well.  

I had planned on getting my exercise done regularly while at my grandparents and visiting my friend (who is also getting back into running) but schedules were hard to navigate.  Plus, I enjoyed getting my full night's of sleep versus waking early to get some exercise done just so I'd feel "good" being able to tell people I exercised while traveling.  

Subsequently, one good thing about not exercising is the plantar fasciitis I've been dealing with since my half marathon in May is finally feeling better.  I don't think I mentioned it here, but it was to the point where a good 45-minute walk would make my foot ache terribly.  It has ached from the moment I stepped on it in the morning and then worsen by bedtime.

So, maybe all that non-exercise was a good thing.  I didn't have access to swimming or a bike, so anything heavy on my feet would've bothered it.  Not that no exercise is ever a good thing, but this time I reaped a good benefit from it in one way, so I'm embracing that.  even if I do feel like a fat slug right now

So ... we've moved and we are settling and I'm still around.  Still fighting the fight and hopefully ready to be back blogging regularly and sharing how my new ending includes getting back on track after a move halfway across the country.