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vacation weight loss challenge winner reveal

Like I mentioned yesterday, I am not pleased with my personal physical results. I have been very open about struggling with night time binge eating during this entire process and it has been both a blessing and a curse. A curse because I’m struggling to maintain my weight and attitude but a blessing because it has pushed me to accept the fact that there is not a one size fits all to beauty or happiness.

I mentioned yesterday that we had all taken something away from this process and for me the biggest thing I have learned is that I can be confident in my body at a higher weight even when I’m not completely happy or comfortable with how my body looks. I was strutting around all day yesterday in a bikini and I never felt the sense of embarrassment I felt even at my lowest weight. I don’t know how my mindset changed but I’ve been spending a lot of time working on my mental health and trying to be more gentle and forgiving with myself. Nobody’s perfect and nobody should have to be. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now onto our total losses and winner reveal.

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vacation weight loss challenge: week 10 (final week results!)

This is it, folks! It’s the final vacation weight loss challenge update and although I’m not 100% happy with my own personal results, I have truly loved doing this challenge with my sister and our mom. Not to sound sappy or cliche but everyone took a little something away from this challenge and I think we’re all better for it. Regardless of weight or inches lost.

Here are our last updates.

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vacation weight loss challenge: week 9

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Oh my gosh, you guys! I’ve been so busy getting everything ready for the beach I totally forgot to update on the challenge! Whoops!

I hate to admit it but I am STILL struggling with middle of the night eating. I’ve actually been cooking and baking a bit more and that seems to help me not eat loads and loads of crap in the middle of the night but I’m still easily eating 80% or more of my calories during “trips to the bathroom” at 11:30 pm. Honestly, I’m not even upset about it anymore. Clearly, something is going on and I’m figuring it out – I’m a work in progress and that’s 100% okay. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now for the updates.
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vacation weight loss challenge: week 8

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Over the past few weeks my mindset has shifted from “lose weight” to “get healthy”. I’ve been struggling a lot with some mental health stuff that’s taking its’ toll on all aspects of daily life – my relationships, my functionality, my ability to mom and, yes, my weight loss goals. And then the cycle starts; mental health decline > non functionality > weight loss self sabotage (i.e, binge eating) > more mental health decline > less functionality > more weight loss self sabotage….and on and on and on.

It has to stop somewhere and I know that getting my mental health in check is the best way to not only meet my weight loss goals but to get back to being a functional mother, wife and person.

Let’s check in.
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vacation weight loss challenge: week 6

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Weight loss and fitness is such a funny thing. You think you’re doing great and – BAM – the scale is up two pounds then you go on a late night doughnut eating binge and – WHOOSH – you have miraculously lost 3 pounds overnight on the Krispy Kreme diet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My problem right now is my period; I managed to be five days late this go around so I’m still sitting around with my fingers crossed for my water retention to release. I’ve also been eating almost nothing but broccoli salad for three days so I’m sure there’s some other weight sitting around in there too… ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I’ve also started to notice some other changes not related to numbers on a scale. My confidence is up, I have more muscle definition and even though my weight has not changed much I am still losing inches and my clothes are fitting better (and I’m able to fit into a smaller size now than I previously would have at this weight). As much as my husband would just LOVE to say “I told you so”, he doesn’t read my blog so he won’t know that I give the credit to finally caving in to him pressuring me into lifting weights. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not huge weights or a lot of time devoted to it but it IS definitely changing my body for the better.
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vacation weight loss challenge: week 4

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Talk about a stressful week. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a TGIF outlook (about 10 years now!) and I guess under quarantine all the days sort of feel like Friday but…THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY because I am 120001% OVER this week.

I should be excited that it’s 4th of July weekend but I’m just not – the fact that I have only put up front porch decorations is a tell tale sign that I have achieved IDGAF status and I’m ready to hit the reset button Sunday night and move on. It is so beyond normal for me that I’m having a hard time recognizing myself. ๐Ÿ˜

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vacation weight loss challenge: week 3

vacation weight loss challenge (2)Virginia is heading into Phase 3 on July 1st so “normal” life has started to pick back up. I’ve been working on Elias’ party that is scheduled to go on in mid July so that’s kept me busy from mindless daytime eating but I’ve STILL been struggling with night time eating – I have GOT to figure out why I’m waking up EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.

Mom is still chugging along with her on and off low carb days and she has started incorporating exercise other than just walking. My sister is currently in OBX on vacation and surprised us all when she weighed in yesterday telling us that she was doing a great job staying with her way of eating (and getting up every morning and walking like I have been trying to get her to do with me FOR YEARS!) while she has been away – she even packed her scale and measuring tape so she could keep accountable. Kudos to her. ๐Ÿ™‚

So let’s see how we’re all doing. ๐Ÿ™‚
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vacation weight loss challenge: week 2

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I have been struggling here lately with a lack of motivation to do much of anything. The laundry has been waiting three days to be washed, the office is in disarray, my fridge is jam packed and totally unorganized and I have approximately 50 cookies, 4 suckers and the equivalent of one large McDonald’s french fry strewn about my vehicle (thanks, Elias).

It might have something to do with quarantine, it might have something to do with the stress we’ve been under house hunting or it might have something to do with the fact that our only full bathroom is currently housing a mommy cat and her four seven week old kittens…probably not that last one, truth be told. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I’m trying to take it one day at a time and just roll with it.

The one thing I HAVE been motivated to do is work my butt off to lose this weight. I have been walking daily and doing either Ballet Beautiful or weights six days a week (which is nothing new) and I have really been working on getting my night eating under control. My sister is continuing on just as she has been, steadily and consistently losing weight by counting calories and walking. Mom seems to be struggling a bit – she chose to do a carb cycling way of eating and is having difficulty on her low carb days. My other sister never actually weighed in or measured (or let anyone know about it at the very least) so we’re all assuming she’s not participating.

So let’s see how we’re all doing. ๐Ÿ™‚
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