Time Off to Regroup

So, I took a few months off of my big goals and big rewards. I realized that I was killing myself (not literally) trying to make the 45 pounds in three months and got completely overwhelmed by the number. It started with a week where I didn’t lose four pounds which I had to lose in order to make my three month goal, followed by another week where I didn’t hit the four pound mark. I was devastated and defeated. I was working out twice a day and sweating my ass off in combination with eating healthier and limiting my calories. It didn’t make sense to me. I was getting really down on myself and unable to see the progress that I had made. So, like every other time I set an unrealistic goal for myself, I quit.

I decided to try Weight Watchers a few months ago in the hope that it would work. I had seen a few different women that it worked for (on Instagram and Buzzfeed) and what they were eating looked pretty facking good. There was a promotion where I could get the online support for 25% off and I took a chance and signed up for six months.

I also decided to forget about my calendar and setting pound goals by certain times. Insanity is doing the same thing but expecting different results, right? I ALWAYS set unrealistic time-tied goals for myself. And when I couldn’t reach those unrealistic goals, I quit. Every. Single. Time. Because eating 1,200 calories per day is not realistic for me. Cutting out all bread, pasta, and grains is not realistic for me. Cutting out all chocolate and anything FUN to eat is not realistic for me. I could go on, but you get the point.

Guess what? I’ve stayed on the program for three months (minus two weeks where there was some heavy personal issues happening and I wouldn’t sweat meal planning at all – BUT, when I said, “Monday, I have to take care of myself too.” I did. That has never happened before.

Do I “slip” here and there and eat way over my daily limit? Yes. Do I take birthdays and holidays “off”? For at least one meal, yes. Do I regret it and beat myself up about it? Not anymore. And I feel amazing.

Since joining WW, I’ve lost around 25 pounds and that includes my two weeks off, one holiday, and one birthday. Altogether, since having my baby 7.5 months ago, I’ve lost approximately 55 pounds. I started off with just doing the meals and following my point allowance. After about a month and a half, I got a gym membership and started going to the gym Monday-Wednesday-Friday. I have not missed one day of my scheduled gym time and I am so proud of myself!

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Free Weight Loss Tracker!

Hello! So I created a weight loss tracking spreadsheet that I want to share with anyone who wants one so you don’t have to make your own. I’m a big fan of sharing any tools that help you keep track of progress easily! The tracker automatically updates the pounds lost from initial weight and the total percentage of body weight you have lost compared to your starting weight. It is set up for 52 weeks but I have left it open for you to edit as you see fit!

Most of the sheet auto-populates. The only info you have to input is:

  • Your starting weight
  • Your goal pounds (lbs) to lose
  • Weight each week

Pretty easy, huh?

Weight Loss Tracker

If there are any issues with the sheet or you have any questions, let me know!

Hope you enjoy! xoxo

9-Month Goals & Big Rewards

My goal is to lose 100 pounds in 9 months. It sounds crazy to me but I believe at my current weight, it is attainable with hard work and accountability. I’ve been watching a lot of shows about weight loss and exercise lately and realized that if a 500-pound person can lose 300 pounds in a year, I can lose 100 in 9 months. I don’t think it will be easy. It’s going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done to lose the weight and keep it off. I’m on maternity leave until the end of February next year so I need to use this time to not only take care of my baby, but take proper care of myself. Once I go back to work, I will be ten times busier than I am now since I’ll be working full time and I’ll still have a baby to care for. 

The breakdown for loss is this:

  • 3 months: 45 pounds 
  • 6 months: 35 pounds (80 pounds total) 
  • 9 months: 20 pounds (100 pounds total)

When I look at it that way, it is definitely attainable. Once I’m between 6-9 months, I’ll only be aiming to lose roughly 7 pounds per month and I’ll be in onederland so I know that will make it a little tougher as I get closer to my healthy weight. Once I hit the 100 pound loss, I will review how my body looks and feels and how I feel and if I love where I’m at, I will start my maintenance phase which will last until I’m about 80 and then fuck it. I’ll eat cupcakes to my hearts content. 🙂 Alas, I’ll probably only want bran muffins and orange juice at that point. No offence, grandmas, I see you all cute at McDonald’s when I’m getting anything but a muffin and oj.

Anyhoo, I have rewards linked to each of my goals. And I don’t get them if I don’t hit the goal by the time I’ve specified. I don’t know about you, but I need motivation to keep going when I’m pmsing. I crave all sorts of crap when my cycle starts up again. The other two weeks I have nothing but excitement and positivity and then it’s like a switch flips. No fun. Also, if there’s the threat of NOT getting the reward, I will push myself to get there. I hope. 

Rewards are: 

  • 3 months: Full Spa Day (facial, body wrap, and chakra massage) 
  • 6 months: Professional Teeth Whitening 
  • 9 months: Weekend away and tattoo to commemorate all of the hard work 

Does anyone else use big rewards to stay on track? I love to hear other people’s ideas and see what works for them! 

Body Role Models

I have had so many different body role models. Is that the right term? Meh. Whatever. You know what I mean. Women I look up to because I want to look like them, have their bodies, noses, whatever. They used to be women like Blake Lively, Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, etc. Really naturally thin waif-like gorgeous women with seemingly perfect hair, eyes, and bodies (mainly their bodies, I’m a-ok with my hair and eyes).
But I realized something in the last year – wishing that I looked like them and being sad that I don’t makes no sense. You can’t be milk chocolate and try to be white chocolate and get upset that you aren’t. You’re still super tasty all on your own. Was that food analogy super lame? I feel like it was but I have nothing better to replace it with sooooo yeah… Setting goals to try and attain their body types or any type that doesn’t match my frame isn’t ever going to work for me. Not ever. Because I’m curvy. I have big hips and a large frame. They do not. There’s nothing waif-like about me. My arms and thighs are thick. Even when I’ve been thinner, I’m still thick. And that’s cool too. It’s just a different look – under this thermal layer I’m currently sporting I mean.

I think it’s important for people to set attainable goals and be realistic with yourself. I will never have a different body type no matter how much weight I lose or how much I work out. The women that I swoon over now and are my body role models have closer body types to my own. Ashley Graham is a big role model of mine (not BIG, but big, yknow?) and I’m sure countless other thicker women that are embracing what God gave them. I kept thinking, “She’s so hot right now” when I mentioned Ashley Graham like Will Ferrell does in the first Zoolander movie about Owen Wilson or whoever. Remember? SO FUNNY.

For the first time in my life, my goal isn’t to be 120 pounds and wear a size 4. It’s to be around 170 pounds and healthy. If I reach my desired fitness level and body look at 180 pounds, I’ll stop trying to lose and start the maintenance phase. If I reach 170 pounds and think I still could lose 5-10 more pounds, I’ll keep going until I hit a level where I feel great and am happy.

Another body role model for me is Georgina from the blog Fuller Figure Fuller Bust. She’s curvy and rocks it and is happy! She works out all the time and is stunning. And Misses Brielle – a plus-size model I follow on Instagram is also so beautiful. Look em both up on Insta – you won’t regret it.

One thing these women all have in common other than their curves is that they are confident. These are actually women that are more than just body role models for me. They are women that I look up to because of their confidence and outgoing, positive personalities. They seem so fun. I know it may not seem like it because I’m so hilarious, but I can be a BIT of a wet blanket at times. Especially when talking about how I look.

So yeah, here’s to attainable body goals and women to look up to and learn from! 🙂