The Weight is Over

So YES I have been a negligent blogger lately… maybe I’m missed, maybe no one noticed… who knows. LOL.

But I’ve been pouring all of my effort, energy and attention into a new cause, and since I’m just not a great multi-tasker, well, the blog has taken a back seat.

Hopefully I will find a way to manage everything, but right now it’s tough!

………So, what have I been up to, you ask?

Well, I am trying, working, desperately FIGHTING to get fit.

There it is. My big revelation. It’s nothing ground breaking to anyone but me, I know… but it’s taking up a huge chunk of my time and energy, so there’s just not much left of me after you factor in cooking, cleaning and taking care of my kids each day. So, since I’ve been such an absentee blogger, I thought I’d at least catch you all up on what I’ve been doing with my time, and maybe offer a bit of insight into what I’m learning as I go.

I’m not ready to get into the REAL nitty gritty details of my health (I am NOT ready to share my weight with the interwebs. Nope.) However, I am making some progress so I do have some stuff to share!

I started this new little adventure on November 3rd. Random date, I know. But that’s the point. It doesn’t have to be a Monday or the 1st of the month. You just need to FINALLY have that morning where you wake up and say “F*ck this. I don’t want to be fat anymore.”

Yup. That’s all you need. That’s your starter kit right there, folks. Just start.

On that day, I laid out some “November Goals” for myself:

Weight Loss Goals

Yah I totally spelled exercise wrong… lol.

I didn’t want to make any demands of myself that I knew I couldn’t meet. I wanted to start small-ish. So, of those goals I’ve met them all except lowering my carbs. Uggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhh I love bread and pasta SO MUCH. So I’m working on that. But otherwise I’m doing really well.

See this?

5 pounds of fat

(This model in the pic obviously doesn’t need to lose 5 pounds of fat… but personally I need to lose about 35 more pounds of it, so I think it’s pretty cool!)

That’s 5 pounds of fat – and I’ve lost almost TWO of them! I am down exactly 9 pounds now, and I truly see such a big difference. I’ve been taking photos like crazy, which is tough to do when you’re in the “before” stage, but everything I read says I will be so glad to have them once I’m an “after”!

I’m not ready to post those here just yet, but let me tell you – the difference is pretty significant and on the days when the scale isn’t moving those comparison pics are what get me through!

I also did something kinda weird but amazing for me – I created a secret Instagram account. I still have my regular one where I post my family pics, etc… but now I also have one where no one knows my real name or where I’m from. It’s just a generic user name where I can post all my progress pics, workout updates and meals. By using the right hash tags I’ve been able to connect with hundreds of other people trying to do what I am doing. It’s been SUCH a boost for me and definitely the best thing I’ve done so far. Not to mention that the people I follow are SO inspiring and incredible. They’ve lost 20, 50, even 100 pounds with hard work and smart eating. I’m learning so much and feel excited every day to get to the gym!

Speaking of the gym, I joined GoodLife and I’ve been working out a minimum of three times a week. I started out with just cardio – it’s my comfort zone and I LOVE the elliptical machine. Weights scare me. Machines scare me. But I knew that I couldn’t just do cardio forever and expect the results I want.

Sooooo scary.

Sooooo scary.

So, after a week or so of that I went for it. I started a little mini program that I came up with  myself where Mondays were legs and 20 minutes of cardio, Wednesdays were arms/shoulders and 20 minutes of cardio and Fridays were abs/back and 20 minutes of cardio.

Not bad, and I lost my 9 pounds using that method so all was good. I am also using a free app called “Lose It” where I track my caloric intake as well as my exercise. It has me on just over 1400 calories a day and it’s been really helpful.

But now it’s time to step things up a bit. I want to WORK. I want to FEEL IT and have sore muscles the next day. LOL. I have no desire to be a body builder or be ripped, but I would like to be FIT, not just slim. I’ve been researching some various ways of achieving this, and trust me – there are many.

I could hire a personal trainer. Down side? Money. It’s very expensive and you really need to commit to certain gym schedules which is tough for me with three kids.

I could hire a “remote” trainer. This means that they provide meal and workout plans similar to that of a personal trainer, but at a greatly reduced rate since they aren’t present to help me in person. Down side? The remote part. Not sure if it’s worth it to pay when they won’t be there to make sure I’m doing it right!

There are many other options, but for now I’ve decided on a “starter” version on a personal trainer that’s also FREE! (Hooray!)

I found an app called “BodySpace”. It’s from www.bodybuilding.com and it’s really cool. You enter in your details and what you’re hoping to achieve and it gives you a number of workout programs to choose from.

Here is a screen cap to give you an idea:

BodyShape app

Each day it tells me what exercises to do, and how many reps. It tells me which days to work out, and which days to rest. The particular program I chose is a 12 week one called “Live Fit” created by Jamie Eason. Jamie is a female body builder who I’ve admired for some time… she’s in AMAZING shape without going too far in a direction that’s just not for me… this is what she looks like:

Um, hello! Where do I sign up to look like this?

Um, hello! Where do I sign up to look like this?

I start this new workout plan today and I’m REALLY hoping that it helps me drop the pounds and start firming up. It’s going to have me at the gym 4 days a week to start – then 5 – then 6! I’m scared but excited. Losing weight and getting fit is such a strange thing. It’s one of the few things our lives that we actually DO have control over in most cases, but it’s something that so many of us just tolerate or ignore.

I know that there is a lot of “love your body no matter what size you are!” happening out there, but while I am all for self love, I am also not going to sit back and use it as an excuse to be unhealthy. I want to have energy, I want to look forward to the summer when I can wear shorts and tank tops and lie by the pool. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt that way, so this is just my personal choice.

Now is the time, and I am determined to be the fit, healthy person I know I can be.
I’ll keep ya posted!
xo MB

ps – I know it might sound like I was plugging certain items and people in this post, but I wasn’t. I’m not affiliated with ANY of that stuff in any way, I just thought I’d share what’s working for me so far. :)

The Little Bookcase That Could

I like to rescue things. Sometimes animals, but mostly furniture.

BEFORE

So when I was driving down the street and saw this sad, neglected, discarded little thing, I knew I had to give it a home. Home awful that someone thought it was beyond help, not worth caring for!

Furniture has feelings too you know!

Okay well, maybe not, but still. It needed a home, so I lugged it into the van and brought it with me. It was not in great shape… the paint was peeling, it was gouged in some places and there were a few stickers on it. I got to work cleaning it up and sanding a few of the really rough spots, but I like the “weathered” look so I didn’t need it to be perfect.

It sat in my front hall for a few days while I decided where to put it. I realized that while it’s small size appeared to be a negative at first, it was actually AMAZING – this little guy could fit anywhere!! Suddenly the options were endless. It could hold towels in the bathroom, shoes by the front door, toys in the family room… it’s only 8 inches deep so it’s just this perfect little thing that I now know I will keep forever because I literally wish I had five of it. LOL.

After staring at it in the hall for a few days I had an epiphany. Our entire house kitchen is lacking in storage and in the six years we’ve lived here I’ve kept my eye out for something that would fit behind our back mudroom door…

Naturally I just spent 15 minutes searching for a photo of that space and came up empty handed, because who takes pictures of behind their kitchen door? No one. That’s who.

So, long story short, IT’S PERFECT THERE. It fits like a glove and adds some character and, frankly, adorableness to my square box of a kitchen.

SONY DSC

I painted it in Van Gogh chalk  paint. The colour is called “Patina”. It’s a really pretty blue/grey/green. It would look better against a while wall or something lighter. It sort of blends in with the grey paint of the kitchen, but it’s still awesome!

bookcase makeover

It’s a sweet little spot to store my canisters, cookbooks, extra coffee cups and some serving ware. After painting it, I sanded it down slightly before waxing it so give it that worn look like that I like, so you can see a touch of the original red coming through.

bookcase makeover

Our home is almost 70 years old, and it has a bit of a farm house feel so this little bookcase fits in like it was always here!

bookcase makeover

Not to mention the way it fits in its new spot… I’m not sure I could have BUILT something that worked out better!

bookcase makeover

It’s created a great little drop zone area by the back door. I added a large family calendar and some cork boards above where I can keep track of our crazy schedules and events. It’s only been there for a few days, but I love it. I find that it allows me to keep a lot of clutter off the kitchen counter which is always a plus! Silly things like hair ties, spare keys and hand lotion are hidden and tidy. Yay!

You can see the rest of the kitchen HERE.

bookcase makeover

 Gotta love a free project that turns out so darn pretty! Have you ever gone dumpster diving and ended up with a beautiful addition to your house?

:)
MB