Monday Vibes

Oh how I normally hate Monday’s. (Please tell me I’m not the only one) They’re the busiest day of the week for me. Whether this is because of the workload that comes in over the weekends for my job or just because the rest of the week feels like it’s so long, daunting, and never ending I’m not sure.

However, this morning I felt rejuvenated and ready for the week. I woke up this morning (early for once in my life) and was able to accomplish everything that needed to be done before  heading to work. I always used to think that no matter what I did I would always be late to work. There’s just something about me, I’m habitually late – to everything. I’m sure I’ll also be late to my wedding and funeral. Y’all… I was early for work! Mini victory for the day. Sad, I know.

Once I’m off work, I’m heading straight to the gym! I find it easiest to go straight from work rather than go home, change, and then head to the gym because then I don’t feel like getting back in the car and facing all of the traffic. Plus when I get there from work there usually aren’t a lot of other people working out at the same time. You know what that means! No one has to hear my unbelievably loud panting! SCOREEEEEE. 

Like I said in my previous posts, I’m going to be focusing on cardio while in the gym. I’m still going to knock out the elliptical, but I’m going to try and push myself to go further than 2.5 miles in 30 minutes (usually about how far I go in that time frame). Then I’m going to work on another cardio machine. I’m not sure which one yet. Question: Which one would you guy recommend?!

I just finished lunch and it was really good for the most part! I made grilled chicken with a garlic citrus sauce for the week that’s low-carb, I’m highly impressed! I also had cucumbers with zesty Italian dressing and then carrots with ranch. I could only eat half the carrots that I packed because I literally hate carrots. I don’t really like vegetables if we’re being honest with each other. However, I know I need to eat them so I’m trying.

There’s two things in life that I won’t give up whether I’m on a diet/lifestyle change or what have you: Mayonnaise and ranch. I’m literally obsessed. While I only have them in moderation now and not nearly as much as I used to I refuse to give them up completely. I feel like I ate them when I was skinny so I can continue even now while I am losing weight. Question: What are your non-negotiable items for giving up food?

Until next time warriors,

Bay ♥

Weigh in: Week One

Well you guys, the verdict is in! I weighed in this morning and I’ve officially lost 6 pounds the first week!! Woohoooo. I’ve never been so happy or proud of myself for sticking with it. Again, I know it’s only been a week and I have so much left to accomplish, but this is the validation I needed to know that I’m strong enough to do this and that I can keep going.

I meal prepped all my lunches today for the week! That was another thing that had me really happy. It took me about an hour and a half, but now I have all my lunches done for the work week. Side question: For those of you who meal prep, what do you eat? What do you try and avoid?

I’m looking forward to getting back into the gym on Monday! I’m going to keep pushing myself harder and further to see what kinds of results I can get. I think this week my main focus is going to be cardio and not so much on weights. Saturday ended up being my rest day and then tonight I worked out a little – not as intense as I do when I’m at the gym. I’m also not depriving myself of things that I really want – instead I’m coming up with a healthy version of it or having whatever I want in moderation.

All the Sunday football games were on today and my family always makes appetizers during the game. One of my favorites is a cheese dip with tomatoes and other unhealthy things. I didn’t want to not have any because I really love it, but I also didn’t want to ruin my hard work. SO I portioned out a small amount and instead of using tortilla chips that have a lot of carbs, I used one of my low carb wraps and crisped them up so that it was just like a chip, but slightly healthier. I believe that if I deprive myself of things that I’m really wanting, then I’ll end up giving up and gorging on all my favorite things. Again, this is going to be done in moderation though. Every day I’m not going to gift myself with unhealthy items. My meal preps are incredibly healthy and I’m proud of that. The only thing that I need to remember is to drink more water!! I heard somewhere that you should drink half your weight in water…but that’s literally SO MUCH liquid. I don’t even know if I could do that. Regardless, still trying to drink more of it.

That’s all for this week, guys! If you have any tips for foods, workouts, or just anything please comment and let me know. As always, thank you for being a part of my journey.

Until next time warriors,

Bay ♥

Reflecting: Week 1

Technically it’s Saturday morning here (12:41 AM) and I can’t sleep – so what better to do than blog and write out my thoughts/feelings on this past week. I’m not weighing in until Sunday morning, but I wanted to take the time to reflect on my first week back in the gym.

My current plan is to go to the gym straight from work Monday-Friday, Saturday do an at-home work out, and then have a rest day on Sunday’s where I’ll weigh in, meal prep, and mentally rest/prepare myself for the week ahead.

This week at the gym I really focused on the elliptical and doing cardio. I know this may come as a shock seeing as I don’t know what I’m doing at the gym, but I HATE cardio. I’m not good at it, I sweat a disgustingly high amount, and I pant. Recipe for disaster, right? So, every day I would do the elliptical for 30 minutes and go 2.5 miles (with the exception of Monday where I only went 25 minutes and 2.05 miles). Once I’m done with that I go over to the weights and mess around with what I know how to do, and then leave. Friday though, I decided to really just push myself with cardio. I did my usual 2.5 miles in 30 minutes and then I went over to the treadmill and went for another 1.5 miles. I was only able to run a half mile of that (that’s spaced in between the other mile and literally at the slowest pace imaginable – but hey! I did it! That’s gotta count for something.

I’m really proud of myself this week. I know it’s only week one, but I swear by Friday it was already getting easier to me and I could feel myself getting into a groove. I didn’t have to slow down on the elliptical at all, I didn’t pant as much, and I even felt like pushing myself to go a few more minutes! On the other hand, my legs are EXTREMELY sore and I’m definitely looking forward to Sunday to relax and prep for next week!

I’m nervous about weighing in tomorrow, though. I don’t “feel” any lighter in a sense, but I feel stronger. I’m not sure if the scale is going to go down, but I sure hope it does. I’m going to be a little discouraged if it doesn’t, but hey, I’ll just know to push myself even harder for next week. I am not quitting. 

What’s your current work out routine? Any tips for a beginner? Certain things I just have to try? Thanks for being on this journey with me. It means a lot!

Until next time warriors,

Bay ♥

What I Think About While Working Out

  • “Oh my gosh – WOW I’m out of shape”
  • “Wow this sucks”
  • “Am I doing this right?”
  • “I might die if I don’t drink all my water right this second”
  • “He’s wearing a sweatshirt AND sweatpants while working out?!”
  • “YOU CAN DO THIS” x1000000 times because I need a lot of self reminders
  • “Just remember why you’re doing this”
  • “Oh my gosh…wow that person is panting really hard…oh gosh wait…is that me?? Oh no Bay hush…eh maybe just turn your music up louder so you don’t hear it”
  • “Your life only has to suck for an hour – after this you’ll feel SO much better about yourself”
  • “Am I doing THIS right? Ugh why are gym things so complicated?!”

These statements and variations of them pop up in my head the WHOLE time I’m working out. While I’m not in love with the gym yet, I always feel so good about myself once I’m done with my daily work out. My plan for now is to go to the gym Monday-Friday straight after work and then Saturday’s to work out at home doing home videos/running around the neighborhood with my pup and Sunday to be my relax day. My weigh-ins will be on Sundays! I’ll keep you updated on how much weight I lost for the first week.

Daily reminder: It truly is mind over matter – you can do ANYTHING!

 

Until next time warriors,

Bay ♥

Current Schedule

My current life schedule goes a little something like this:

  • Wake up: 7:30 AM
  • Leave for work: 8:20 AM to get there at 9:00
  • Get off work: 3:00 PM
  • Gym: 3:45-4:45 PM
  • Do everything needed at home
  • Dinner: 7:30 PM
  • Sleep, repeat

I’ve been having to take medicine for the past week-ish because I’m sick and they’re testing some theory (I’m deaf in my right ear, but magically 21 years later they think medicine will work and fix the problem – whatever). I don’t have nerve damage which is why they think medicine will work… again, whatever – I don’t think it will. However, the medicine for most people supposedly has terrible side effects like sleeping all the time, no energy, and being irritable (or what my family/fiance call hateful). Contrary to those things, I have nothing BUT energy, I’ve been in a great mood, and I’m having difficulty sleeping. I’m not sure if it’s the medicine having weird effects on me or my new lifestyle change, but whatever the case may be I don’t want it to stop! Before I started this new lifestyle, I would wake up for work, come home and nap, eat dinner, and then go back to bed and lay down until I fell asleep. I was constantly sleeping and had absolutely no energy to do ANYTHING.

Yesterday at the gym I only did cardio. Normally I try to do cardio and weights, but I was on a time crunch so I had to just do what I could.

I’ve been trying to find a good workout routine/plan, but haven’t been successful yet. If anyone has any advice or ideas on what to do to help lean out, let me know!

Until next time warriors,

Bay ♥

Why Now?

I’m 21, engaged, love my job, love my family, and my life (for the most part). So why now?

My story really isn’t that different from everyone else’s.

I wasn’t the skinniest child growing up, but I wasn’t hugely overweight either. I met my now fiance when I was 16 (junior in high school). Our families lived completely different lifestyles. My family only ate out for really special occasions and his family ate out because they were hungry and needed a meal for the night. Rumor has it that his mom made his dad dinner one night and it wasn’t up to par for the dad and the mom said “well fine, I’ll never cook for you again”. Fast forward 20+ years later, she hasn’t. (Talk about being able to hold a grudge and stand your ground!) Anyway, it’s always just been my mom and I, so when I started dating my fiance and going out to eat with his family for dinner, needless to say my mom was a little jealous/sad. How’d I make up for this? I’d eat dinner with my mom AND THEN go out to eat with them as well. That’s right! For the longest time I would essentially eat two dinners every night. My fiance and I have been dating for 5 1/2 years and we eat out with his family 3-4 times a week if not more. Y’all I’m not lying – I’ve seen them go out to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. To each their own and I’m not knocking their lifestyle, I’m just saying it wasn’t something that I was accustomed to.

In addition to really poor eating habits, I also stopped being active. I stopped playing all of the sports that I used to play competitively, and really just got comfortable with my fiance and our new lifestyle together.

I’m not mad at anyone other than myself. I made these decisions and now I’m making the conscious decision to make a change for the better.

SO, September 25, 2017 was the first day of my new life. I’ve tried all the “quick fixes” before and obviously it didn’t work so now I’m doing it the RIGHT way, the HEALTHY way. I’m meal prepping, going to the gym five days a week, and really just making better life choices. I refuse to call what I’m doing a diet (because I literally hate that word) and honestly because it’s not just a diet, it’s a different lifestyle.

My goal for this blog is to document every aspect of my weight loss journey, and honestly fight to be who I’m meant to be. In my heart of hearts, I know I’m not supposed to be the ‘big girl’ for the rest of my life.

Until next time warriors,

Bay ♥