16 for 2016

I suck at consistency, obviously. Not just with this but with SO many things in life especially as far as my goals which is really sad because it just means I don’t want them bad enough yet. I’m not giving up though. This is going to be my year! We are in the process of buying a house right now – thank the Lord! So far everything is great we are just waiting on the appraisal which shouldn’t be a problem.

There are so many benefits that this new house can bring & I can’t wait for it! It has so much more room which means easier organization though we will still be purging before the move. With 3 bedrooms it also means that I can do my workouts in the bedroom while Paul is downstairs & baby girl has her own room which means I will be more likely to do them. Plus it’s in a nice area so I can run in the evenings when it’s not freezing after Paul gets home & it’s not on the main road.

Inspired by my IDWTBAT girls I made a list of goals for this year. Us moving will affect a lot of them so it’ll still be a bit before I can really get progress going on them, but it’s going to happen!

 

  1. Cleaner house
  2. Budget
  3. Family night
  4. Date night about once a month
  5. Exercise at least 3X week
  6. Walk 4X week
  7. Menu plan & meal prep
  8. Lose weight – even if it’s 20 lbs
  9. Purge a lot of stuff
  10. Get things organized & keep it that way
  11. More family time – his & mine
  12. Keep dogs brushed
  13. Get better with makeup
  14. Dress more fashionable – not sure if that’s the right word I want lol
  15. Look decent/good in leggings — yes that’s a real goal for me
  16. Be more consistent with everything

I know these are some serious goals but I have every intention of working on all of them & this new house gives me so much opportunity for SO much! I can’t wait. Our original closing date which was just from the date we made the offer is 2/17 but I’m hoping the appraisal & everything will get done so it can happen before then.

Here’s to goals, consistency & more updates!

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Success

Well, I’ve been a slacker, again but I am back with good progresss!

As of last week I’ve lost 4 lbs (which I don’t really care too much about because I’m more focused on toning & losing body fat as opposed to BMI because 1 lb of muscle is still 1 lb on the scale) BUT I’ve lost 17 inches overall!! Which felt absolutely amazing to hear! I had no idea my inches lost would be much at all & I really feel like I’m accomplishing something here. Also my trainer commented that I have a small waist which cracked me up because no one has ever told me that anything on my body was small except my forehead & we all know that doesn’t count for shit except it’s why I look dumb with bangs haha I’m more motivated now in the gym at least. I have to confess eating healthy & staying on track is super hard for me. I know that’s part of the journey & I’ve got to buckle down. I suck at self control when it comes to food & I’m only hurting myself. I’m trying to make some major changes in my diet in the weeks coming & really buckle down on my food intake because our annual girls beach trip is in May & as always who doesn’t want to look good naked for your man? I’m going to try to cook ahead & plan it out & track my food as best as I can. I haven’t found an app or spreadsheet that really sticks out to me yet as far as to help me stay motivated but I’m going to so some more searching as soon as I finish this post.

I don’t know about y’all’s weather but here in ole WV, Mother Nature doesn’t know if it’s Winter, Spring or Summer or all 3 in one week. I’ve been enjoying the cool sunny days though – Spring & Fall are my favorite seasons. Plus in this awesome weather I can get so many more miles in because I hate the dreadmill & struggle to stick it out for even a mile. So here’s to looking good & eating right!

Happy New Year – 2014

I hope everyone had a great New Years Eve – I did. It was filled with way too many bad food that tasted wayy too good but I did get to ring it in with a few of my favorite people so that’s always a plus. It’s funny because I made a list on the 1st of goals for the year & didn’t even realized I called them goals. Later on IG I saw a post where someone had the definition for goals & resolutions & I realized what I’d done – but I like the thought of goals better & somehow they don’t seem so dreadful even if it’s all in my head.

I’ll go ahead & share them since that helps keep me accountable:
-Eat healthier
-Pay down debt
-Cleaner house
-More organized

Yes there’s only goals 4 & I may add more to it later but for now I’m happy with them. I know the pay down debt goal will happen thanks to my debt consolidation program because I already see a great progress with it & I’m so happy I took that step. I just hope finances/budgeting works so I can pay it off sooner since 2017 seems SO far away. Speaking of budgeting I finally did it. I won’t start it until my first paycheck in January which will be next Friday but I made up my own Excel type format in Gmail of a budget so here’s to hoping I can stick to it & figure it out to make it work for me. I also found a printout that helped something click in my mind. I’ll find it & link to it but it was basically a daily expense tracker but there were 2 columns I’d never seen on one before & they were “want” & “need” columns. Wow! Talk about a wake up call. For awhile now I’d written down each purchase I make daily to balance my account but I’d never thought to really look at them & classify them as a want or a need. I think that will really help me to not make some purchases since I want to get out of debt more than I “want” that splurge I don’t really need. Oh Dave Ramsey, we’re going to have a love/hate relationship for awhile but I’m sure I will thank you later.

Speaking of splurges I did make one last splurge of 2013 on T25 – the workout program. I love TurboFire but sometimes I just can’t finish the videos because I feel like it takes up a lot of time. As if I’m so important & have somewhere else to be? Yeah right lol I think I saw a picture that said 25 minutes is 2% of your day so what’s your excuse? I hope that’s right anyway – I’m terrible at math! Anyways I thought 25 minutes isn’t bad at all & as long as it’s fun it can usually keep my interest – I loved Zumba, I just can’t afford the classes right now. So here’s to hoping T25 is as fun as the previews look & can keep my interest. I’m sure it’ll be hard at first since I’m so out’ve shape but if it’s fun I usually get pumped up on endorphins after a few minutes of sweating so let’s hope Sean T is the man to help make it happen. I’m going to try to eat healthier too. I know it will be gradual & take time & Lord help me because I’m terrible at having patience but I follow a lot of healthy IG’s & I’m hoping to stay inspired from them. This is something I really want & I love reaching goals plus like I’ve said before – who doesn’t want to look good naked? If you say you don’t, I’m sorry but you’re a liar. That’s another thing – I saw on an IG of Kelly’s (which I’ll link to it later) where she had some things listed that might make you want to get healthier/workout & one of them was something about being confident with the lights on. Amen, preach it girl! I think that’s what pushed me to order the T25 because that spoke straight to my heart because I’ve had an issue with that for the past several months & while I’ve gotten better at having some light on (men are very visual after all) I think I’d still be perfectly happy with it being entirely dark which is what I was used to before but what’s the fun in that?

So here’s to hoping for a healthier & even happier 2014, let’s do this!

Slackapotamus

Yes, I literally titled this post “Slackapotamus.”

Has it really been a month since I posted last? That’s just terrible. My life is nowhere near that exciting that I don’t have enough time to throw a quick update on here.

I’m still working on the bedrooms. I have finally acknowledged the fact that I have too much junk. It’s actually nice stuff but I call it junk because it serves no purpose for me except to take up space I don’t have so I need to start thinking of it as junk so I can get rid of it. I’m terribly bad at being one of those people who keep things because “I’ll use it one day.” No I won’t & I know that yet I can’t part with some of this junk. Maybe because I don’t have an overflow of extra money in case I would need said junk replaced? Who knows but I’m working on it.

Not much progress as far as the Dave Ramsey envelope system. I still like it & want to do it but just plain don’t have the self control yet. I’m a disaster! Can I just say that Christmas is extra difficult when you don’t have credit cards at your leisure & you didn’t plan ahead & have money saved like a smart person would’ve. Luckily the ones in my family that I buy for isn’t a huge # but our limit is definitely going to be brought down a bit this year because I honestly just can’t swing it & I’m not ashamed to admit I made horribly poor credit card choices in the past that I’m still paying for today. Hopefully I can get the hang of this soon though.

My boys (the dogs) are still wonderfully amazing as always even though they dirty up my couch with their filthy paws & shed like it’s going out’ve style. My baby Blaze is 5 years old today! I remember when I got him at 5 weeks how excited I was to see him & I still get excited everyday when I come home to him. He’s the biggest baby & such a fun boy. I’ll try to post some birthday pictures later.

As far as weight loss I don’t have much to update there. I pretty much fell off the exercise wagon but I need to get back on it asap especially since my blood pressure is starting to hit the high levels & it’s because of my excess weight. Not to mention I’ve got to do something about my belly pudge any way. You know the belly pudge is bad when you’re cuddling in bed at night & your guy wraps his arm across you & his hand lands on a fat roll. Sexy, right? NOT AT ALL! Luckily he’s wonderful & doesn’t care but I do & I hate it. It’s got to go!

Speaking of going can we have a moment of silence for the end of No Shave November. :( I’m not a super huge facial hair person but I’ve grown to enjoy a well groomed beard on a good looking man & I’m sad to see part of it go. He’ll still keep his beard for the most part but it won’t be as thick & I can admit I’m sad to see it go.

Thanksgiving was wonderful – so much great food & good times with family. I really enjoy it & I’m so glad all of our family gets together to spend the time with each other. It’s definitely a blessing. I hope everyone had a wonderful November & Thanksgiving now we just have to try to be prepared for Christmas! It’ll be here before we know it – yikes!

I’m a keeper – quesadillas

Let me preface this by saying this was my first time making a quesadilla & first time using the quesadilla maker. My sister bought it for my ex years ago & he used it regularly but I never watched him make them. It’s apparent I obviously should have haha It also appears their definition of stuffed & mine vary greatly. Here is the finished product :

While it’s not super pretty & certainly wouldn’t pass on any cooking show for presentation, it was super delicious! & hey that means success in my book. Hopefully over time as I use it more, I’ll get better at it but even if they always come out a gooey mess, as long as they’re delicious – I’m happy.

Back at it

So last week on 9/10 I finally decided I was going to go walking regardless of the pain. It seemed to just come & go & some days it felt as if the pain would be gone but then the next day I would be in more pain than when I initially started hurting. It was a disaster but I was so miserable from just sitting that I decided I was walking anyway. I walked 2 miles which felt like nothing & I still wanted to do more but I didn’t want to push it. My ankle was still okay the next day & then the pain still came & went throughout the week. For about a week now it’s FINALLY been pain free!!! I majorly took for granted how awesome my body feels on a regular basis just to be pain free! I haven’t been walking like I should though but that’s going to change – there’s just been a lot of activities going on but there should be NO EXCUSES! Because this is what I want most! Also next Saturday – literally a week from today is our next 5k. It’s on where you can walk or run so that’ll be good. Jamie & I are going to try to get as much walking in this week as we can to prep for it – especially me since I’ve been laid up for so long. I’m pretty excited for it though!!!

Tonight is my cousin’s 30th birthday party so I’m pretty excited for that too. I love when the family gets together & has a good time – it’s always entertaining to say the least. & we are almost at the end of September which means October is just right around the corner!!! & you know what that means?! Bridge Day!! I look forward to it all year & can’t wait – it’s Oct 19th this year. I love Fall in general but especially October because the cooler weather, Bridge Day & of course Halloween.

I made my first omelet this morning – woohoo. I don’t have much experience cooking in the kitchen really so this was a decent step lol I didn’t have a small pan like I really should’ve used but hey it turned out & wasn’t too hideous looking & it tasted good so that’s all that matters.

I think I’m actually going to get some walking in tomorrow regardless of the weather.  I absolutely hate the track but it’s so close & convenient that I’m going to try to suck it up & at least get 2 miles in, but we’ll see.

I still need to go through the house purging at full speed but I have yet to do that. I started some in my closet though while looking for huntin clothes & I made at least a little progress there so that’s something right? I picked out a large box to use as my purge box & my plan is to fill it up before it leaves this house – I’m thinking I’m going to do some damage on the front room here pretty soon!

Pizza problems

I’ve been meaning to post the last couple days but haven’t because of my typical procrastination tendencies however I have major good fitness news updates – woop woop!

I know to some it ain’t much but to me, anything additional for my exercise whether it be miles or other exercise is awesome. On Thursday my distance went from 2 miles to 2.66. Again, to some it ain’t much but to me I was very happy with the additional distance & especially calories burnt! It was a hellacious hill too so I very proud of myself that I not only went further but it was uphill for 1/2 of the way. I’m definitely getting momentum & a high from the exercise & ya know what? I LOVE IT! I hope this keeps up because I feel great & I love the high I get from exercise & how accomplished I feel. Not to mention if I can really get on board with the eating better & everything – I’ll really like the results! & I already feel better!
 
Life in general is just amazing right now & I can only hope it stays that way! It’s been a little cooler these past few days which I love & also it makes me think of Fall which is my absolutely favorite time of the year! I’ll really be outside more then so I can’t wait for the crisp, cool weather & beautiful scenery! It makes my heart happy just thinking about it!
 
On Friday my work husband brought me a gazelle & ab lounger so I can use that when the weather is bad outside. It also gives me motivation to purge more & get junk out’ve my front bedroom – it’s a win win really.
 
As the post is titled – pizza is a major problem of mine especially when it comes to weight loss. I absolutely LOVE pizza. I mean seriously love it – as in I could eat it every single day. Yes, it’s that bad. I know I need to rein it in though & limit it to my cheat meal because it is not healthy or good for my body. That will probably be one of my biggest struggles but I’m going to bust my ass to work on it. I’ve been spending several hours on pinterest looking up new food/meal ideas because when it comes to eating healthy I don’t really have much knowledge at all & need all the help I can get.
 
I want to make this happen! I really love the quote I’ve seen here lately that says “You aren’t a dog. Don’t reward yourself with food.” That is SO true because I know I’m guilty myself of thinking when I lose a certain # of lbs I get a special cookie or I’ll go eat somewhere special. What kind’ve reward is that? To backtrack to celebrate your hard work? Yeah in hind sight it ain’t the greatest idea so I think this time I’ll set smaller goals but to keep me really motivated when I lose 50 lbs my reward will be my new tattoo (& hopefully new exercise clothes)!
 
Monday was a bad day though :( I gave up. I am not proud of it at all but I have to put it out there to take ownership of my actions (or lack there of). I went to go for my walk up the rural road but it was blocked by a utility truck & they had men out in the road so that plan was out. I should’ve walked at the park but I didn’t because I don’t like the repetitiveness (excuse). So I went home & decided to do TurboFire but because it’s more cardio than I’m used to I gave up after about 10 minutes or so. Now I know I can do the whole 30 minutes of that disc because I’ve done it before. Instead of pushing through like I should have though, I gave up & I was already regretting it the next day. On a good note I did do 20 sit ups, 15 crunches & 30 squats for Day 2 of the 30 day ab & squat challenge so at least I wasn’t totally useless. I’m really disappointed that I didn’t make myself push through it but you know the great thing? There’s always another day!
 
& there was another day – Tuesday! I walked after work with a friend & we were going for over 2+ miles, maybe even to 3 as our goal when we started. I’ve just been so excited to break my 2mile distance that I want to keep going & because of slacking Monday I definitely thought hitting 3 miles today would give me a great boost! & ya know what? It did! We hit 4 mile — F-O-U-R! In an hour & 10 minutes. I felt awesome & so accomplished it was great!
 
I felt so awesome that today I even walked at the park as much as I’m not crazy about it – NO MORE EXCUSES!!! I only walked 2 miles because my foot was starting to hurt but I did it in 33 minutes which equals out to a 16.26minute mile. SAY WHAT? I’m busting all kinds of records this week because for one I NEVER thought I’d ever walk a mile much less 4 at one time or one in anywhere near less than a 20 minute mile & that was pushing it. I am on a roll now & I know I’ll still have my bad days but I’m going to keep pushing & working through this because the results will be so worth it!