Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Memorial Weekend

Yea, so it's Wednesday and I'm just now getting to typing about my weekend.  Sue me.

I had a pretty fantastical weekend.  Thursday and Friday I got out of school at 1:30.  That was nice.

Friday night I saw the Hangover III.  I laughed, a lot.  And may have had a small popcorn, with a little bit of butter,  for dinner.  The movie was not as good as the first one, or even the second one, but it was still funny.

Saturday morning I was up early for a road trip with the bestie! 
Best Friend Road Trip
We started our day in Hardy.
In downtown Hardy

Where we stopped at my favorite place, the Candy Store.  When I was little my mom's family would rent a cabin in Hardy for a nice little family vacation.  My favorite part of said vacation was going to this candy store, what can I say, I've always been a fat kid with a sweet tooth.  However, as I've grown older this Candy Store is not as immaculate as it was in my memory.  However I did get some Jelly Bellies, wax bottles, and lemon drops (and maybe some fudge).  After our venture to the candy store, we went into several flea markets.  Katie was looking for a door stop and I was looking for records.  Well, after much searching we both hit the jackpot.  After we looked through countless records, we finally found the motherload.

I found this gem, with Harper Valley PTA on it  You can see what I do with it later.
After our venture in Hardy, we went to eat lunch.  I successfully order the salad bar and a turkey burger (and fries).  Then we continued our adventure and put our feet in the river.  Then drove to some place in MO that I can't even start to spell and stocked up on some cute things.  Then we went to West Plains were I bought some colored jeans for $9.90 at Maurice's.  Then we started on our way home.  It was a fantastic day with fantastic company.  It is so good to go and laugh all day.  Literally we laughed all day.

When we got back to Katie's I got to crafted with my prized possessions I had found.

Katie's Record Bowl -- Little Jimmy
I had a Sunday Funday with my mom and brother.  We went to town and shopped around.  Then we (read they) cooked out.  We had a shrimp boil and it was a-maz-ing!

Monday I had a wild hair.  Luckily my partner in crime has wild hairs too.  We ventured to the river.  Where we sat and relaxed and may have jumped off a rope swing.  It was another great day.  I am already making plans to go back.

River Rats
Also, I have now declared Monday Motivation Monday (instead of Man Crush Monday) on my instagram.  This is the picture I posted on MM.

Monday and June 2012.
And for some Motivation on Wednesday I LOST 3 POUNDS THIS WEEK!!!!  The scale had been stuck at a standstill for almost two months!  TWO MONTHS with not loss but no gain either.  It was depressing, especially since I was working my butt off at the gym.  I also got sooooo tired of hearing "muscle weighs more than fat, you're gaining muscle".  I didn't give a rat's butt if I was gaining muscle, I wanted to lose weight.  I'm glad to finally see the scale move in the right direction.

Have a great rest of the week!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

No Weigh May

A friend of mine asked me to partake in No Weigh May with her.  The title suggest just what the activity is, you do not weigh for the entire month of May.  I told her that I needed to weight on May 11 because that was my goal date, but other than that I was all for No Weigh May.  Yeah, that was a lie.

I'm an epic failure at No Weigh May. I am highly aware of all the reasons why that is not a good idea.  But I can't help it.  I'm like an addict, I need my scale fix.
My Drug
 I started off No Weigh May thing pretty well.  I weighed a couple of days and would stay off the scare of a couple of days.  I said I would just do that til the 11th.  Yeah, so not so much.  I would get on the scale every dang day.  More like Everyday Weigh May.

I suppose my addiction to the scale started a long time ago.  I guess the fact that I have been overweight most of my life I am obsessed with what the scale.

And just so you know, the scale hasn't changed.  IN OVER A MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!



The fact that the scale hasn't changed discouraged me.  I cannot focus on the fact that have made so much progress, just the fact that I haven't lost a pound in over a month.  My pants and shirts are smaller, but the number on the scale isn't.  It is driving my bananas.

I haven't been on the scale in about a week, and I'm trying to stay off of it at least til the end of the month.  I am trying to focus on nonscale victories.  And I do have some.  Like I did my first 5k.  I can buy clothes from the regular side of the store.  My workouts are more intense.  I can paint my own toes (which is amazing if you've never been able to do it).  I am trying to focus on these things and not the number on the scale being at a standstill.

And here's a little motivation.

I have lost 36 or so of these. 



Thursday, May 23, 2013

How I Got Started

I have talked about why I wanted to lose weight here and here but I have realized I have never told you how I got started.

First, I had to have the will power to do it.  I have started many-a-times before and have been unsuccessful.  Sure I'd lose a couple of pounds, but always revert back to my fat girl ways.  If you have read eight one of my "WHY" blogs, you will know that this time, something just clicked and I didn't want to be this way anymore. 
This was the picture that changed my mind!
After I decided I wanted to lose weight, I had to figure out how.  I see people talk about eating clean, but if you're like me, I had no idea what that meant.  I also knew I wanted to do this on my own, not diet pills or shakes or magic potions--just me.

I knew I need to get moving and get eating right.

I started with the moving.  I went to the gym with a friend just to try it out.  She had a membership where she could bring someone with her for free.  I did this twice with her, and on the third day when she was unavailable I drove myself up there and joined the gym myself, and that has been my best decision yet.

I started out slow, because I didn't know anything else to do and the weight machines scared me.  I started walking on the treadmill.  I would walk and walk and walk.  Slowly I progressed to doing the circuit room with some weight machines and I loved it.  Plus also I did a lot of squats.  I know gym memberships are something that not everyone can budget it, but the great thing about exercise is you don't have to go the gym to do it.  Walk around the block, do push-ups in your living room, squat in the kitchen, just get moving.  And if you think you can't afford the gym, check out mine 10 Fitness.  Literally it's $10 a month.

After I started moving, I started the eating right.. 

I have done the Weight Watchers program before, many moons ago when it was just the point system and I was just a young 17 year old with the world in front of me.  I lost the weight, but didn't keep it off.  However that program works.  I opted for not buying a membership to the new program and using the stuff I had at home to get started.

After a while, I just started counting calories with the Lose It App on my iPhone (however I don't use it anymore, but it was good to keep track, I recommend it if you are just starting).

I thought exercise was most important, it's not.  Most of your weight loss comes in the kitchen.  And remember if you put crap in your mouth, that's what you feel like, crap.

Now I am eating clean 90% of the time, and feeling like crap when I don't.

Just Remember
You need to take the first step.  Be serious about it.  Change your diet. Get moving.  It's scary, and it's tough.  But nobody said it would be easy.  Anything worthwhile takes time!  Good luck

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Goals

When I started this weight loss journey, my goad date was May 11.  I wanted to lose 40 pounds. 

Today is May 11.  I have lost 36 pounds.  I am four pounds away, but I am ok with that.

Yes, I am sad and disappointed that I didn't make it to my goal, but I am proud. 

I have accomplished things in four months that I never thought possible.  I never thought the words "I love to go to the gym" would come out of my mouth, but they have. 

I have walked/jogged a 5k.  And I wasn't last. 

I have hired a personal trainer, and even thought most days I want to kill him, I am impressed at just what my body can do.

I may not be where I want to be, but I am closer than I was in January.  I will get what I want to be, it may take a wile, but I will get there.



Wednesday, May 8, 2013

When I Grow Up

My kids in class write in a journal daily.  I enjoy this because it's my way to get to know each one personally.  Some days I tell them what to write about, however the majority of the time they get to write what they want.  They will tell me a story, or something about them and ask me a question.  Monday, one of them told me what they wanted to be when they grew up (I think they said either a teacher or doctor) and then asked me what I would want to be if I wasn't a teacher.  So, I got to thinking about what I would want to do should this whole teaching thing not work out.  This is what I came up with. 

1.  Personal Shopper
This is the perfect job for me.  I get to shop for someone, probably skinnier and richer than me, and spend someone's money.  Plus I'm pretty sure I got a decent sense of fashion so therefore I think this is right up my alley.

2.  Back Up Singer.
A back up singer doesn't have to be the best singer in the world, and I am not.  They get to wear sparkly clothes and have big hair.  I think that would suit me to a t.

3.  Graceland Tour Guide
Graceland is the happiest place on earth.  I know have been there so many times, I can tell you things that the tape doesn't.  I'm pretty sure that if I worked there I'd get in free and who knows, I may even get to go upstairs :)

4. Soap Opera Writer.
I can always use real life drama to inspire my writings.  Also, I'm really awesome at guessing the twists and turns on General Hospital.

5.  Minnie Pearl
HOOOOOWWWWWDDDDDDDEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!
See, I already have that down.  This would be a great job.  I would get to rub elbows with country singers and get to be a the Opry.  See perfect job.
Minnie Pearl

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Megan Does A 5K (and other notable things)

I have been a slacker lately. 
Well at least a slacker at blogging.
I have not been slacking in other areas.

I am starting at the end, if you will, with what happened this weekend, so we will work backwards.  It's my blog, I can do what I want.

This Saturday I did my first 5K.  Or well, I did my first 5K when I was worried about time (I have down the Race for the Cure before, but that was just a walk for me).

I didn't decide to the 5K until Monday.  I have been practicing and training for a 5K for 9 weeks.  If I didn't do it now, I wasn't going to do it.  As the week progressing and got colder and rainier, I grew more and more worried about this 5K.  First of all, I knew it was going to be hard enough to do this things in nice weather.  I had almost decided that if the weather did not cooperate I was just going to chalk this up as a loss and try again another day.

However, when Friday rolled around, I knew I had to set my alarm and get up and do it.  I knew that if I didn't I would keep making excuses and finding reasons not do to it.

My alarm went off and I had no trouble getting up.  I ate breakfast, laced up my shoes and got ready to head out the door.   And the sun was shining.  It was still cold, but there was no rain.  I checked in, got my stuff and got ready to go.  I was actually pretty proud of the race bib.

If I said it was easy, it would be a lie.  I thought I would jog more than I did.  I thought I'd jog most of it. I didn't.  I walked.  I walked a lot.  But I did jog.  I made small goals for myself, I'd jog from one stop sign to the next, or to the end of one song.  When I signed up, I said I wanted to finish in under 45 minutes.  I jogged across the finish line at 43 minutes and 15 seconds.  I know that's not a great time and it's slow, but I was proud.  I had never been more proud of myself.  I had a good time and I can't wait to do another one.

I have also started meeting with a trainer once a week.  I dread it pretty much all day but I am impressed with myself every time we meet.  I am impressed and proud with what I can do.

I bought my graduation dress when I was in Nashville.  It was a much smaller size that the dress I wore when i gradated with my Bachelor degree.  I am so excited to but my dress on and walk across the stage.  I may not lose the 40 pounds I wanted to lose before graduation (I'm not sure I haven't been on a scale in a few days and I''m not going to get on one for a few more days), but I am going to look a whole lot better than I did when I started.

Photo: Before my first 5k. 13 minutes left to start time.
Getting ready to run!