Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Life Happenings

I feel like I need an update.  It's going to be a mixture of things, get ready.

First off, I may have found my missing motivation.  I completed my 2nd 5K on Saturday, been to the gym twice.  It's slowly creeping back!  More on that to follow.

The last few days have been full of excitement.  Last Wednesday, Katie came over and we turned our bad day into a creative day and painted.  I am not a very talented painter, to say the least, but I had a great time. 
Finish Products
Friday, I had a friend call me and tell me to get ready they were coming to get me to take me to see Gary Allan.  I was very excited, well that may be an understatement.  I was thrilled.  Honestly, I hadn't been that happy in a while.  I got ready super quick and went to Tunica for a fun night. 
Gary Allan is seriously one of the best, I should know I go to a lot of concerts and buy a lot of music.  He literally puts on a better show every time I see him.  Now, while nothing is going to compare to when I saw him in April (you know when I met him), I will continue to see him anytime he's close enough.
Ready For Gary Allan
Gary Allan

Seriously, he's perfection

Oh look, this is when I met him  :)
Saturday, I did my second 5K.  It was "Glow In The Park" at Shelby Farms in Memphis.  If you have done or heard of a color run, the concept is the same, however it's at night and they cover you with glow paint instead.  It was a blast.  I hope they come back next year and I can do it again.  We walked and stopped to pick up stray glow jewelry and take pictures, so our time was....SLOW.  However it was great.  Here's some pictures so you can see how much fun I had.

 See great fun, right?

I did take me a while, but like I said before I did find some of my motivation.  I found it by remembering why I am doing this.  I am doing it FOR ME, for the way I feel.  I'm doing it so I can look at a picture, like this one above and think "Wow, my stomach looks kinda flat there".  I am back to focusing on ME!  And if that's wrong, oh well.

I'm going to leave you with this picture, because I love it.  Because, I had the worst week before I took this selfie, and I still manage to have a big smile on my face, and that my friends is what it is all about.

Love you all.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Motivation Mishaps

So, lately..... I have been...... what's the word......  slacking.

I have been to the gym once.

And I have eaten everything that hasn't eaten me.

I have gained 3 pounds.

I know why my motivation left, I just don't know how get it back.

Most people love me (or tolerate me) for my honesty and openness.  So I am going to be both things, open and honest.  I could say my lack of motivation came from anywhere.  But, if we are being honest, it came from a boy letting me down.  You don't need the details, and this isn't the place to air them, but let's just say it went from really good to really bad really fast.  And I was not really happy.

When bad things happen, it is so easy to  go back to old, bad habits and I have many old, bad habits.  Two of the main ones are sitting on my butt and watching TV and eating my feelings, which I have done the for the last few days.

Even thought I'm over the initial shock and embarrassment of the situation, however my motivation is still not here.

SO why I have learned some valuable lessons....

  .... my motivation is still lost.

So what do you do to find motivation again..... Really....I need help.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Miss Megan Diet And Exercise Tips

Lately, I have had several people ask my for advice on their diet.  They are asking me what I have been doing to lose weight.  I have written about how I got started and you can read that by clicking this.  I want to have a place to direct folks so I don't have to keep typing out the same thing over and over again, so I thought I'd type this out here.

The first question I get a lot is about my feelings about Weight Watchers.  My feelings about Weight Watchers are this:  I had success with the program years ago, it is an excellent program, a good way to stay motivated and it is easy to be successful with the program.  However, I'm a cheap-o and don't want to pay for it this time around.  If you are just starting out and unsure what to do, go to a Weight Watchers meeting.

Since I knew the program, I started out using the guidelines.

However that route didn't work out for me in the long run.

I began simply counting calories.  I used the Lose It App on my iPhone.  There are several apps out there for calorie tracking and dieting.  I chose Lose It, because someone recommended it to me.  I tried My Fitness Pal, because I had a few friends using it that I could add on there, however I didn't like it as much as Lose It.

You put your Current Weight (CW) and Goal Weight (GW) in the app.  You decide how much weight you want to lose a week (1 pound -2 pounds) and the app tells you how many calories to eat a day and how long it will take you to reach your goal.  You can update your CW and GW as many times as you want.  It will edit your calories needed in a day every time you update your CW and GW.

You can add foods, either by their database of foods or by scanning the bar-code with your smartphone.  It will automatically take the calories out of your daily allowance.  Also, you can add your exercise in there and it adds those calories.  It also tracks your proteins, carbs, sugars and fats. 

I highly recommend using some from of tracking when you start out.  Weight Watchers or apps, or simply writing it down.  It is the best way to keep up with what you are eating.

I hit a standstill around May.  I wasn't losing any weight.  I was going to the gym and eating my calories that I was allowed in the day.  However, I wasn't eating enough calories.  I have since stopped counting calories and I am now eating clean and natural foods, which is so much easier in the summer with my grandparents massive garden.  If you don't know about clean eating, so some research.  Here's a clean foods list link here

I also got up and got moving.  I started out walking on the treadmill because I know I could do that.  Do what you can.  You're not going to be a marathon runner the first day, or you may never be.

The most important thing I can tell you is watch what you eat!  You can run all day long, but you CANNOT outrun a bad diet.  I can't tell you how much better I feel when I am eating clean and eating right then when I am eating crap.

And my best piece of advice I have received is "Don't drink your calories".  I stopped drinking sodas over a year ago...I stick to water.  Occasionally I will splurge and have a soda or other beverage, but drinking soda with all those empty calories (you're not going to get full from a soda, or get nutrients) is foolish.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Transformation Tuesday

Good Tuesday Morning to you all!

I am up bright and early to go to a workshop today.  It was hard to get up, which is funny because I get up early every other day.

Anyways, this blog isn't about my workshop, it's about Transformation Tuesday....

I literally just read a quote on facebook while I was looking for a picture to use, that sums up transformation: 
Transformation is not easy. It starts on the inside before you see it on the outside. There are struggles. It comes with pain. It comes with a lot of hard work and effort. Without going through the tough stuff you aren't able to enjoy true transformation. Don't be discouraged but the rough days. Greater things are on the other side! ♥

That's the honest truth.  Transformation isn't easy, but it is the most enjoyable thing I have experienced.  And the thing about transforming your body, you also transform your mind.  Everything changes.
This is me.  This is me before transformation started.  This is me some 40 pounds ago, the heaviest and unhappiest I have been.  Sure I'm smiling and happy looking in this picture.  But. let's be honest, walking around Opryland Hotel to get to this spot to take a picture was exhausting, as was the walking we had done throughout the day.  See how the front of my hair is staring to get wavy, yeah that's from sweat.  Because I sweat like a pig, because let's face it, that's what I was.  That shirt is unbuttoned because, well I couldn't button it.  That undershirt is a XXL.  I have no tan, because who cares if I'm pasty, I'm fat

This is me some 40 pounds later (I"m not sure exactly because I'm not sure how much I weighed in the before picture, because I avoided scales).  Not only do I look better (40 pounds gone and a tan, yea!) but I feel so much better.  Walking around the mall doesn't cause me to sweat.  I have a confidence about myself that is unexplainable.  I smile and I mean it.  I take care of myself more than ever before (vitamins, skin care, yadda yadda yadda).  In August 2012, you could have not told me a year later I would be 40 pounds lighter, 3 pant sizes smaller, and a better person.

Point is, change is hard.  Going to the gym is hard.  Finding time to do it is hard.  Meal prep is hard.  Transformation is hard.

But when you look at the outcomes, hard is worth it.  Don't give up.  Keep going.

Happy Tuesday Friends!


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Shopping Is Fun (and other things)

It is no secret that I love to shop.  I have always loved to shop.  Even when I was at my heaviest shopping was fun.  However, I mostly stuck to buying shoes.

I always bought shoes because they fit.  They fit if I gained 5 pounds or if I worked out.  The shoes would always fit.

I honestly can't tell you when the last time I bought a pair of shoes was.  Maybe May?  I don't remember.  I don't remember because now clothes shopping is as fun as shoe shopping.  I can go into stores that I haven't been able to shop at for years and buy things.

I know walking into the Gap and getting a pair of pants may not seem like a big deal to some, but to me, it's a big deal.  I am so proud of myself as well as excited. 

While I was in Florida, I did like most people do in Florida and wore flip flops and walked barefooted.  This became a problem because of my foot.  I am now having bad pain in my right foot.  I guess there's another trip to the doctor in my near future.

Hope everyone had a great fourth and a has a great week.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I Really Want To Be A Runner

I want to be a runner.

I have, over the years, started the Couch to 5K program and made it through the first two weeks, then I quit.

This year I joined Women Can Run and attempted to be a runner. 

I get on the treadmill and run at the gym. 

I did a 5K. 

However, I cannot run.  I am not a runner.  It makes me super sad.

I see people running and I want to do that.  I enjoy it when I do it and it's such a release, almost like therapy.  I do ok when I'm running on the treadmill, but the most I can make it is 2.5 miles.  Which is ok for me and I take time off my 5K every time I run.

I just tried to run outside and I can't do it.  I can't run outside.  The pavement kills me.  It hurts my feet and my knee.

I feel so down on myself because I want to be able to do it so bad.  I just feel like I can't do it.  It's so discouraging and I can't stand it.    Maybe one day I'll be able to be a runner, but when I've been attempting to be one since January and I'm not one yet.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How About A Little Update

Since I have updated this blog, I have had an eventful time.  I'm not going to get into all the gory details, if your my friend, you can ask and get all of them :).

My week included a lot of lounging by pools with friends and eating out and some shopping.  It did not, however, include a lot of gym time....womp womp.  I made it to the gym a total of two days last week, but that's ok.

I started the 30 day squat challenge yesterday, so I did 50 squats yesterday and 55 today.  It wasn't too terrible.  Ask me how I feel when I break 200.

I have recently developed an addiction to Pretty Little Liars and I'm already halfway through Season 2 (this addiction started last Monday, thanks Katie).

This weekend I drug my BFF Katie with me on and adventure.  We got all dressed up and went to eat on Poncho's in West Memphis.  It was just as good as I wanted it to be.  Then we went to the Cheesecake Corner for some terribly delicious calorie overload goodness.  Then we ventured off to Cordova to listen to a band play.  It was a great night with my best friend. 

Meg and Katie ready for some fun
Inspiration Outfit
My outfit
Having a fun time

Awesome band (and pretty cute too)
Plus I had a really cute outfit :)

Tonight I get to spend some quality time with some of my best friends from high school.  It should be an awesome time.

It will be really difficult to turn down the fried pickles at Skinny J's but maybe the other workout queen, Laura Beth, can help me.
Throw back to high school.  Super Summer 2003

Throwback to Laura's 17th birthday!
Have a great Tuesday friends!!

And a safe fourth of July.