The new year–the new everything?

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I know it hasn’t been that long since my last blog but I wanted to post an update.  I have now lost 86.4 lbs since May 1, 2016.  What’s the phrase everyone uses?  “New Year New Me”  I can’t really say that because I was turning into a new me in 2016. However I am going to keep going and see a brand new me emerge at the end 🙂 Everyone talks about new year’s resolutions.  My weight loss journey is not a resolution.  It is a fact.  It is happening and I will not let anything get in the way of it.  My resolution is to be more positive about everything.  For example, I hurt my foot this past weekend.  It hurts to walk and that really sucks for exercising.  However, I am trying to be very positive about it and you know what.. after 3 days it is already feeling better.  I have also made a resolution to try to be less shy.  Those that know me probably wouldn’t believe I am shy but when it comes to certain situations, I definitely hold myself back a lot.  I need to work on that. I think as I gain confidence and believe that I deserve certain things in life, I will continue to become less shy.

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Yesterday I did my measurements and compared them to the beginning of May when i started all this.  From my waist, chest, hips and upper thigh, I have lost a total of 34 inches.  11.5 of that was in my waist alone!

This is not easy though.  I am not glib about it, just proud.  Every day, I have to think about what I am going to eat vs. the activities I am going to do to achieve the proper balance of calories, etc.   The easiest part, which I thought was going to be the hardest part, was giving up Coke.  For those that do not know me, I am the Coca Cola girl.  My kitchen is decorated in Coca Cola paraphernalia.  I am very brand loyal.  I do not like Pepsi or Dr. Pepper or any other of the brown colas.  I have been drinking coke since I was probably 5 years old.  I have loved it almost my entire life.  I thought for sure that I would have cravings for it.  The sad thing, I do not even remember what it tastes like.  My last coke was at the end of April.  I have not had any cravings for it at all. I thought by now i would be ripping apart the old bottles of  Coke that I have in my collection in my kitchen but I rarely even think of coke.  I am definitely lucky to have found and liked sparkling water.

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The scary thing for me is that I am less than 14 lbs away from getting a tattoo.  I said when I lose 100 lbs I am getting a tattoo.  I haven’t decided if I want one just on my wrist or down the outside of my arm.  I have an idea what I want to get but I want to wait and make it a surprise.  I am afraid of needles but I think this will be a final test of the strength I have been proving that I have all year.

Anyway this will probably be the last blog until I hit that 100 lb mark.  I will definitely post pics of the tattoo I will be getting.  Just don’t tell my dad 😉

Day 3 of the Advocare 24 day Challenge

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And so begins Day 3 of my challenge.  Today I am more tired than I have been all week.   I don’t know if the lack of food (especially carbs) is finally catching up with me or if its just the hump day blues. I am drinking my Spark now and even with all that caffeine, I am still sleepy!

I hurt too.  My legs hurt, my feet hurt and of course my back (which always hurts)hurts.  I was trying to think what I did to cause this?  Well I ran to the bathroom which is about 178 steps away (according to my fitbit) probably 8 times yesterday.  This is coming from a girl who used to get up from her desk only 1 or 2 times a day.  I was so concerned with (pardon my french) peeing so much that I did some research on it.  Turns out, a lot of people while on the cleanse portion of the challenge (the first 10 days) pee a lot.  I guess it has to do with all the water we are drinking and releasing toxins.  I even jokingly posted on Facebook that I was going to invest in Depends.  The comedian Jay Mohr and his wife once wore adult diapers around the house to see why their son didn’t want to potty train.  They enjoyed wearing them, but I don’t know if I could for real!  What else did I do yesterday that made me hurt today?  Oh yea.. I put together a little mini bike peddler and then last night I was on it for about 15 minutes.  I am actually going to bring it into work so I can pedal on and off all day.  That is probably why my legs are hurting.

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Yesterday for dinner, I tossed my chicken in a little bit of salsa and added some jalapenos.   I had a salad on the side.  I actually stayed full until about an hour before bed, so I had some fruit then.  It wasn’t too bad.  I had a black cherry sparkling water by Dasani.  It was really good.  Drinking a carbonated beverage helped a little with my Coca Cola cravings.  If you don’t know me, you don’t know how much of a Coca Cola girl I am.  My kitchen is decorated with Coke signs and memorabilia.  I have Coke silverware, plates, bowls and glasses.  I even have old bottles of Coke as decoration. So the hardest part of this challenge, for me, is  not drinking Coke. I know I will not be able to give up Coke forever and I don’t want to. But not drinking it for a while will hopefully kick start my metabolism.

So the rest of today is going to be pretty much the same as yesterday. Once again I brought shredded chicken and salad for lunch today and will have some variant of it for dinner.  I also brought  some fruit for a snack.

One thing I have noticed while taking this challenge is that I eat every single thing I make for dinner and do not leave anything on the plate.  My poor dogs are used to me saying “a bite for me, a bite for you” but now I cannot spare anything for them and they are stuck eating their own food. That is probably better for them as well.  I have a yorkie and a maltese and both are 8 lbs.  The maltese should probably be about 6.5 lbs. She is a little piggie 🙂

I leave you with an idea I had for a recipe.  I did not find it anywhere, just came up with it.  So for a snack, I am allowed some unsalted almonds.  Those can be boring.  What I am going to do is I am going to put some on a baking sheet.. sprinkle some olive oil over them and then put some cajun seasoning, garlic and maybe some cumin and paprika and roast them.  That will make the almonds feel more like a snack and less like cardboard!