One of my friends, Sharon, is keeping it real on her blog about her non-diet weight loss journey. She’s such an inspiration, so I decided to pick back up on the blog and do as she is – keep it real, and keep myself accountable. I’m going to try to keep up with my posts on a weekly basis – but as history has shown, I pretty much suck at posting regularly, so we’ll see…
I started really working to lose weight after the first of the year. On 1/1/12, my super awesome boyfriend became my super awesome fiancee!! Since we started dating, I put on the 20 pounds that I had worked so hard to lose the year before we met. Stupid “new relationship” weight… Well, we set the date (May 19), I found my dress, and now I have to FIT into my dress – and not just fit in it, I want to FEEL GOOD in it!
On 1/9, I started the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. I’ll be honest, I didn’t buy the whole bundle. I am an AdvoCare distributor and already had most of the products included in the bundle, so I just filled in with what I needed. The challenge sets some pretty strict dietary guidelines, and after thinking about it and talking with C, I decided that yes, those guidelines would probably jumpstart my weight-loss…but were they a lifestyle change or just a 24 day change? I want a lifestyle change, so here’s what I’m doing:
I’m eating healthy 90% of the time. I know myself – if I try to NEVER eat a piece of pizza or a cookie, I’ll end up sitting down with an entire pizza or a box of Girl Scout cookies. It’s not realistic to cut out an entire food group – so why set myself up for failure?? Every Friday C and I have pizza night at the pizza place around the corner – this past Friday we went and I had a beer (yes, just one), and a personal pizza that I only ate about 1/4 of. In the past I would have eaten the whole thing. And I would have had multiple drinks. I’m working hard on the “quantity” of what I’m eating, not just the quality.
I’m working out. I have totally gotten out of the habit of working out (hell, let’s be honest – since college and Strutters, I haven’t truly worked out). Right now, it’s just walking or the Biggest Loser for Kinect. On May 30, I’m starting to work out 3 times a week with my friend Marie, who is a trainer. I’m ready to get my ass kicked back into shape!
I’m weighing in on Biggest Loser on Thursdays, so I’ll try to post my results either on Thursday nights or on Fridays, as well as the good, bad, and ugly of the week’s food and exercise happenings.
Since 1/9/12 I am down 5.8 lbs. On Thursdays I’ll add to this number (hopefully!) – seeing the scale go up is super discouraging, so I’m hoping to see that number go up and my measurements go down! Here’s to my ass shrinking in 2012!
And, for the shameless self-promotion. If you’re interested in any of the AdvoCare products, or have questions about them, let me know! I am totally hooked on the Spark - and so far, I’m loving the Max-E. My energy levels have totally improved and that makes me one happy girl! I haven’t tried a ton of the products yet, as I’m just starting out, but have a great friend who is also a distributor and is 110% willing to answer any questions that I can’t!