Wibbly Wobbly: Just Plodding Along

I think it might be easier to understand theoretical particle physics than to lose weight. I’m not giving up but simply acknowledging this process is going to take a wee bit longer to see measurable progress. I was down about hitting this plateau a couple of weeks ago. Instead of turning to a box or two of chocolate I’ve kept trudging along. No fun, but I know if I just persevere I will succeed. So, oddly enough, I was rather amused to discover this week’s chapter (Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese by Ellie Marrandette) was all about persevering!

So the scale and body measurements haven’t moved much. Once I quit beating myself up I realized that I am not in a race to lose weight. It is okay for this process to take time. Also, I do feel better. Since I started exercising my hip doesn’t hurt as much. My aching hip no longer wakes me up at night (wish I could say the same about my four-year old!). Turns out I am making progress…just not the measurements I considered to be successful. Honestly, I’ll take less pain and better sleep over pounds lost any day.

I’ll just keep plodding along at my slow pace. Eventually the progress I want will manifest.

I need to get past this plateau so I need to change a few things. I’ve added some weight lifting to my workout. I’ve only gone through the routine twice but I plan to use weights three times per week. I also plan to increase my workouts to six times a week instead of just four. Now that the weather is getting better I will most likely walk in the evenings outside with my husband. So some days I will get two workout sessions. Maybe I’ll even be able to keep up with him one of these days! I’ve added a few dances and workouts to my YouTube page. I always start out with Good Morning, Do Life Big, and Gerinomo from Refit Revolution. After those three songs I am ready to grab life by the horns and win! Sometimes I even repeat! Toward the bottom of my list is a Jessica Smith walking workout with weights that I like and plan to use three times a week for now.

The next change I plan to make is with my diet. I think I will do better fighting cravings throughout the day if I begin with a big breakfast. I like my smoothies but I do not love them. So I am going to have a yummy big breakfast, my premade soups for lunch and a very small dinner. I have always envisioned that we should have a huge yummy dinner in the evenings but really I think a small supper would be better. So I am going to try out the old saying of eating like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch, and a pauper for supper. I’ll let you know how that goes the next week…

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Wibbly-Wobbly: Weigh In

February 1st

February 1st

January has come and gone and I weigh three ponds less…not the five I wanted. I’m a little disappointed but not upset. I began and ended the month with a cold so I wasn’t always feeling motivated. All of my measurements are still the same so I’m not sure where the weight was lost!

Part way through the month I switched my smoothies to lunch time. I was constantly craving something “real” to eat all morning and would end up in the kitchen looking for a salty snack. On the mornings I have a good breakfast full of proteins and healthy carbohydrates I will not snack. I also changed up my smoothie a little bit. I ran out of the nut or coconut milks I usually use for the liquid so I substituted regular milk. I didn’t think it would make much of a difference in the taste. Boy, was I surprised! My smoothie was creamy…almost like a milkshake! I no longer buy the special milks anymore because I am much more satisfied with the creamier texture.

This week in Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese Ellie talks about the importance of setting good eating habits with our children. Since I have started really trying to eat healthy my kids have taken an interest too. They still love Oreos and goldfish crackers but they are also very willing to go along when I want to add healthier options to our snacks. I’m teaching them to read labels and make healthy meals. We are learning to make homemade versions of our favorite foods like pizza. I am also sharing with them the destruction of a lifetime of unhealthy habits is wrecking on my body. They can see my pinky that is beginning to change shape and how much it hurts me. We are learning together.

2014 in Review and Upcoming Posts

I thought this review from WordPress was kinda neat so I am sharing the link. My most read posts are about Beautiful Feet Books curriculum and Christian Light Education Curriculum. I am working on a review of Beautiful Feet’s Geography guide which we just finished up before break. I’ll also do a full review in the late Spring of their science guide. I have a review due of Homeschool Planet for the Mosaic Review Team next week. I really considered applying for another review team this year but decided against it. My Littlest is gently easing into Kindergarten this year and I just didn’t need anything else on my to-do list. I’ll just stick with the book and movie reviews from Propeller again for this year and reconsider doing team reviews next year.

I will continue the Weekly Wrap-up series on Thursdays. Also my new series on grudgingly adopting a healthier lifestyle will be on Tuesdays. I’m starting this series by reading through “Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese…(Nutritional and Life Lessons God Teaches Us)” by Ellie Marrandette.  Every week I’ll share my attempts at exercise, healthy eating, and my battles against blubber and inflammation. At the beginning of each month I’ll weigh in and post the results…sorta my version of an accountability partner.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Wibbly-Wobbly…What?!

This week’s chapter is titled “What in the World Does That Mean in Dog Years?” I had to chuckle a bit through this chapter because I completely related. So many times (not recently) I have watched doctors or nutritionists on one of those morning talk shows and could not understand what they were saying. The language was so technical that I could not relate to it in a practical way.

In this chapter I learned that 4 grams is about one teaspoon. So to figure out how many teaspoons of sugar is in a food you need to divide the number of sugar grams by four. My favorite coke (soft-drink or soda for you non-Southern folk) is a Dr. Pepper and it has 40 grams of sugar per serving (can size). That is ten teaspoons of sugar in each can!!! Before reading this chapter I did not really understand what a gram or milligram looked like in a relatable way. Now that I know how to read how much sugar or salt is in a product I can make healthier choices for myself and my family.

I really do not want to keep up with how many grams of each nutrient I need to consume each day. I just do not have time for that sort of mental gymnastics. I found an app that is fairly easy to use that does keep up with all of that information. All I have to do is enter the food I eat and it tells me the nutritional facts and the number of remaining calories for the day. The app is called “myfitnesspal” and so far I like it. When I actually use it I am much more aware of what I am eating and less likely to snack on junk because I know how many calories remain for me to enjoy. I just need to start using it again…another habit to work on.

Speaking of habits…I met my water goal four times this week and on the other days I was only off by a glass or two!!! I was really happy and having a spot on my planner to check off my glasses of water was a helpful reminder for me. So this week I will set my goals to keep my water intake up and to start using the app on my phone to log food.

Weight loss goal page for 2015

Weight loss goal page for 2015

I made some cute weight loss planning pages for my planner this week. On the first of January I will weigh in and then set my goals for the rest of the year. I found a printable of a mason jar on Google images and then glues it to a page in the back of my planner. As I lose a pound I will put a sticker in the jar. I like the idea of the jars of stones on the counter and you move a rock from “pounds to lose” to a “pounds lost” jar. But I really didn’t want to clutter my counters so I made this paper version in my planner (ideas inspired from Pintrest).  Next to the jar I have some flip pages where I can record my measurements every month. The rest of the page and next page are for recording my target and actual weight each month. I used washi tape to pretty it all up and added a couple of my favorite quotes from Ellie’s book. I am really excited to use these pages for 2015!