Time To Focus On A Healthier Me

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In the past year I’ve taken hundreds (maybe even thousands) of photos of my children but, looking back at pictures from the past 365 days, I’m in a total of five pictures with my kids. Five. When we were on vacation this year I was taking a photo of my family and a woman asked me if I wanted to get in the picture with them and she’d take it and I heard myself saying “no thanks”. I had a chance to get in the photo and I turned it down. This same scenario has happened dozens of times.

I tend to avoid cameras, not because I don’t want pictures with my kids or the ability to look back at memories, but because I hate how I look when I look at photos of myself. The truth is that I’ve felt like that for a while. Ever since having children I’ve cringed when I’ve seen pictures of myself. I hate what I see when I look in the mirror and that feeling, along with being overweight, affects many aspects of my life. From not being able to go ziplining on vacation to holding myself back from doing things I want to do to not being able to hike with my kids at their Cub Scout camping trip, I need to get healthier before it’s too late. I want to be more active with my boys and be able to keep up with them but most of all I want to feel better about myself.

I realize my body is never going to get back to the way it used to be in college but I do know that I can be a lot healthier than I am now. With school starting soon it’s the perfect time to get started. I need to do this not only for my children but for myself. The first thing I had to do was tell myself that I AM WORTH IT and focus on making myself a priority. The other day I went out and got a haircut and a pedicure and then spent a couple hours shopping for new clothes for myself. I realized that sitting around in yoga pants and oversized t-shirts was never going to make me feel better about myself and just recently bought the first pairs of jean shorts I’ve owned since college. I’m realizing that it’s important to invest in myself.

The second thing I needed to do was set goals for myself. When setting goals, it’s always important to make them realistic. As much as I’d like to say I’m going to only eat fruits and vegetables and I’m going to workout for a couple hours every single day I know that is just not going to happen. If your goals are realistic there is a better chance of meeting them. Another thing to keep in mind when goal-setting is to make them measurable. Goals you can’t measure can never be achieved because you’ll never know when you meet them.

I chose a handful of goals that I thought were important to an overall healthy me (and that were both realistic and measurable):

  • Spend at least 15 minutes a day doing something for myself
  • Join an exercise class 3 days a week and put them on my calendar
  • Drink 5 glasses of water a day
  • Make a meal plan with healthy options on it
Along with eating healthier I discovered alli® weight loss aid, the only FDA approved over-the-counter weight loss aid on the market. It works by blocking 25% of the fat you eat from being absorbed by your body. I feel I’m going to have success with this because it doesn’t claim to be a magical pill. You still have to exercise and take it along with a reduced-calorie and low fat diet, it just aids in weight loss for overweight adults. For every 5lbs – 10lbs you lose through diet and exercise (consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program), alli® weight loss aid can help you lose 2-3 more. Most people lose 5-10 pounds in 6 month period.*

After I figured out my goals I needed to overcome the “roadblocks” in my way, specifically time and motivation. Lack of time has seemed to be the biggest thing standing in my way. For years I worked full-time during the day, ran my kids around in the afternoon and evening and then blogged late at night. I had kept busier than I ever should have been. My days are open more now which means I can get to the gym during the day when my kids are at school. I’m signing up for a couple exercise classes that I can go to right after I drop the kids off. In the past, when I have had time to exercise and someone to watch the kids it was hard to get motivated to leave the house and get to the gym but this way I’ll already be out so I think that would fix the motivation issue. Also, having it on my calendar as a scheduled event means I’m more likely to go.

The next step was to make a plan for myself because I feel that if it’s not written down and planned for it won’t happen. I’ve come up with a plan that includes exercise, eating healthier, drinking more water and using alli® weight loss aid. I decided to use my planner to track health related things so I’d look at it throughout the day since it was in there along with my schedule and to-do list.

To start I scheduled in time to exercise and to eat. I know that sounds silly but when I get really busy I tend to skip meals and if it’s on my calendar it will remind me to eat. I created spaces to keep track of the water I’m drinking and that I took my alli® weight loss aid pills with my meals three times a day and my nightly multivitamin like recommended. When I drink the water or take my pill I can just shade in the circle next to each.

I also put my daily menu on my calendar sheet. I tend to wait until the last minute to figure out what’s for dinner and then choose something in a box that’s not too healthy. With a little planning I can make sure I have ingredients on hand and prep done for healthier meals. Since meals are so important while taking the alli® weight loss aid I want to have them planned out so I stay in their guidelines of meals that are well-balanced, reduced calorie and have no more than 15 grams of fat per meal. I found a lot of great meal ideas in the alli® Brand Startup Guide online at www.myalli.com. Not only are the meals healthy but they look delicious and filling, too!

I feel great going into the new school year. I have goals in mind, have overcome roadblocks in my way and have a plan in place to get healthier! Here is a “before” photo of me and I’ll post the “after” photo when I do the next update.

You can find alli® weight loss aid at your local Walmart. Find a coupon here.

*Disclaimer: alli® (orlistat 60 mg capsules) is for weight loss in overweight adults, 18 years and older, when used along with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet. Follow label directions. In studies, most people lost 5-10 pounds over 6 months.

 

The Shift By Tory Johnson {Curated Box Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a Shift Kit to review.)

Good Morning America weekly contributor Tory Johnson spent decades failing at every fad diet, convinced she would always be fat. She blamed her childhood…her genes…even junk food.  She was resigned to being plus-sized even though she secretly longed for something different.

A single conversation 18 months ago put an end to that. Tory was told by one of her bosses at ABC that her clothes didn’t do her justice and she wanted to send Tory to a stylist. Even though the words “fat” and “lose weight” were never used — nor was she threatened in any way — Tory took away: lose weight or lose your job.  In a flash, she realized she had to change for good and she was ready to do it. In the course of one year, Tory lost more than 60 pounds and  discovered that what she put in her head matters more than what she put in her mouth, and in the process, she became a happier, healthier person.

With her all-new book published by Hyperion on September 10, The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight & Discovered a Happier Life, Tory is on a mission to help others change, too. The lessons she learned apply to anyone who feels stuck or stalled in tackling a big change in health, career or relationships.  She’s proof that the future can look a whole lot different—and brighter—than the past.  Tory believes the time is now to make it happen.

 GIVEAWAY: 

One reader will win a Shift Kit. The Shift Kit is a carefully-curated box of products (valued at over $100) to inspire women to start their journey to a better life. The box includes products from: ANGIE’S POPCORN, COLONIAL CANDLE, CREST 3D WHITE, eBOOSTEBOOST, EMI-JAY, FOOD SHOULD TASTE GOOD, GLEE GUM, GO SMiLE, GOSWYPE, HAIL MERRY, HEALTHY COOKING CAMP, KIND HEALTHY SNACKS, LIFETHERAPY, LULU DHARMA, MAY DESIGNS, QUEST NUTRITION, RUME, SOMERSAULT SNACKS, SWEETRIOT and ZIPZICLES.

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Giveaway ends September 29, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or older and a US resident to win.

(Disclosure: I received a Shift Kit in exchange for posting.)

 

 

Special K Challenge Update

My two week Special K challenge is over and I think it went really well. Not once during this challenge was I disappointed with myself and that’s huge for me because normally if I cave in to a craving or don’t exercise every day I feel like a big failure. I think a big part of me maintaining a positive outlook was because I went into this challenge with the mindset that how I felt was more important than what the scale said.

I went out one of the evenings and I felt pretty. THAT by itself was an accomplishment. I still have weight to lose but I’ve realized that how I feel is ultimately the most important thing. I know I will feel better about myself once I am a few sizes smaller but I need to learn to love myself no matter what size I am and not just if I can fit into a single digit dress size.

When it came time to eating I didn’t dread it at all. I actually looked forward to it! Yes, there were times when all I wanted was junk food but for the most part this food I ate for the challenge tasted good. And some of it even felt like I was cheating and eating dessert! Here are some of my favorite Special K products:

Do you like candy bars? These are a great replacement! So delicious!

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These shakes tasted like chocolate milk but were more filling.

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I've enjoyed this cereal since college. It makes a great snack!

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If you are looking to lose weight and feel better about yourself I suggest taking the Special K Challenge. You can find more information on their website :)

(Disclosure: I was compensated for taking part in this campaign but all thoughts are my own.)

National Weigh-In Day {And The Special K Challenge}

Today, January 2nd, is National Weigh-In Day, a day created for women to talk about weight loss. Most of the time I  tend to focus on the numbers on the scale and the amount of pounds I want to lose. In 2010 I said my goal was to lose 50 pounds. It didn’t happen and I think it’s because I was so focused on the scale that I didn’t think about anything else.

According to a survey, 62% of women focus on the number of pounds they hope to lose which often derails them from their weight loss plan. The Special K brand wants to make stepping on the scale fun for women. Rather than focusing on the numbers that appear, they want women to imagine what they will gain emotionally when they will lose weight.

I love this idea of focusing on how I will feel and what I will gain instead of focusing on the numbers and getting upset if I don’t see a huge difference in scale numbers from week to week. I have decided that my health goal will not focus on a certain amount of weight loss but will instead focus on myself.

My “weight goal” for 2012 is to feel good in the clothes I wear. Right now I think I look fat in whatever I put on and I hate that feeling. To get to a point where I feel comfortable in what I wear I will be choosing healthier snacks, cutting down on the calories I drink {pop and coffee drinks}, and exercising more {with the kids}.

For the food goal I will be kick starting the year with the Special K Challenge. I was sent a big box full of snacks and got some meal planning ideas from their website. I’m excited to start this two week challenge and hope that you will join me in focusing on the positive outcomes you want instead of the numbers you see on the scale.

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Consult your physician before starting any diet or exercise program.  Average weight loss when replacing meals with two cereal meals is 4.8 pounds.  Weight loss may vary. Average waist circumference reduction when replacing meals with two cereal meals is 1.3 inches. Weight loss may vary.

(Disclosure: I participated in this program through a partnership with TheMotherhood on behalf of Special K. I received product and supplies to complete the plan. All opinions and statements are based on my own opinion and experience.)

My Final #knockoutthefat Update

Here we are at the end of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. My final weight is 179.4 and I have lost a total of 12.2 pounds! My goal for this challenge was to lose at least 10 pounds and I have exceeded that goal. My BMI went from 31 to 29. My waist went from 42 3/4 inches to 37 1/4 inches and my hips went from 45 1/2 inches to 43 1/2 inches!

Before

After

I have learned so much throughout this journey. I’ve learned to eat in moderation. I’ve learned that foods I think are healthy may have hidden calories in them. And I’ve learned that healthy foods can taste delicious!

I’ve loved using my George Foreman Grill to cook delicious food. I’ve enjoyed grilling vegetables, meats, paninis, and making pancakes all with one appliance that is easily portable.

I made some videos about my grill so check them out if you haven’t seen them yet:

1) Making a Southwestern Chicken Panini

2) Making pancakes

3) How easy it is to clean the grill

4) Knocking the fat out of meat

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this 90-day challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

One more pound…. #knockoutthefat

I lost two pounds this week which surprised me because I kind of splurged on my birthday. I went to a theme park that day though so I’m guessing the miles I walked burned all the calories from that funnel cake I ate. I currently weigh 182.6 which means I have lost a total of nine pounds since the start of the George Foreman #knockoutthefat weight loss challenge. My goal is ten pounds (or more) and this is the last week of the challenge so I hope to lose at least one pound this coming week. My BMI is down to 29.5.

In case you missed it here is a yummy Southwestern Chicken Panini recipe I posted this past week: yum.

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this 90-day challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

#KnockOutTheFat Week in Review

I do so well eating healthy foods during the week but then on the weekend I enjoy myself a little too much. This weekend I went out to dinner Friday night with my family and had pizza. I enjoyed the pizza but did not go overboard in how many pieces I ate which is something I would have done just a few short months ago. On Saturday I went to ChiTown Mom’s Nite Out. I didn’t eat before the event because there was a chef that would be preparing food for us and I left my house at around 3 in the afternoon which is way too early for dinner. I ended up eating way more appetizers than I had planned on because I was starving. The chef did say that the items were healthy (they had lots of veggies in them) but I don’t think they were necessarily low in fat.

Exercise wise I did a lot of indoor walking but nothing outdoors. It was hot and humid outside and I was dripping sweat just walking to the mailbox. This week is supposed to be a little cooler (though still hot) so I hope to get outside and take the kids for more walks. I didn’t use my wii at all this week for exercising but was successful in my “desk workouts”.

Overall, I lost .4 pounds and am down 7 pounds total since the start of this challenge. My BMI is 29.8. I am proud of the progress I am making because this is the most I have ever lost while doing a “challenge”. I still hope to drop 3 pounds in the next few weeks so I need to really focus on eating nothing unhealthy and exercising more than I am. I will let myself have one “cheat” day though for my birthday and have a slice of cake (but a moderate one)!

Also, be on the lookout for some YouTube videos from me this week and next week! I’m going to share just how easy it is to use (and clean) the George Foreman Grill and show you just how much fat using the grill can “knock out” :)

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this 90-day challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

#KnockOutTheFat Weekly Update

This week I am down .4 pounds and currently weigh 185 pounds which is down 6.6 pounds since the start of the campaign. My BMI is 29.9.

I have found a great way to stay active while sitting at my desk working many hours a day. I started using Spotify which is a free music service. Listening to music while I work keeps me moving and constantly burning calories whether I’m tapping my foot or dancing in my seat.

Food wise I’ve worked on eating dinner earlier which is one of the problems I brought up in last week’s post. I ate an earlier dinner 5 out of the 7 nights this past week. I also ate well pretty much the whole week. My only “bad” day was  Saturday when I was at a blogging event. I had a sandwich and salad for lunch and a salad for dinner but ate some cheesecake they served for afternoon snack and had a few too many snacks at the “after party” .

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this 90-day challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

#KnockOutTheFat Weekly Update

I finally feel like I am on the right track!

Food:

GOOD: I cut out so many calories by watching for those “hidden calories” that I talked about last week.

GOOD: Yummy wraps for lunch made on my George Foreman Grill.

NOT SO GOOD: Eating late at night. When I’m working I don’t realize that dinnertime has come and gone until my tummy growls!

Exercise:

GOOD: I am loving the Wii Fit!!

GOOD: I am making extra “trips” for things on different levels of my house so that I have to go up the stairs more often!

NOT SO GOOD: I had hoped to start my day with working out but I always seem to do most of it late at night and then I’m energized when I should be ready to go to sleep.

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I currently weigh 185.4 which is a 1.4 pound loss since last week and a total loss of 6.2 pounds. Even better? My BMI is 29.9 which means I am no longer obese!!!! This was the first goal that I was hoping to hit in this challenge and I made it! My next challenge is losing a total of 10 pounds. I have less that 4 pounds to go to make that goal a reality.

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this 90-day challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

Hidden Calories #KnockOutTheFat

I was pouring salad dressing on my salad the other day and I looked down and noticed that the Italian salad dressing I was using was not fat free like I thought it was…it had SEVEN grams of fat! Here I was having a salad with vegetables, grilled chicken, and shredded cheese thinking the cheese was the most fattening part of my salad but it turned out it was my salad dressing! It made me wonder how many hidden calories I had been consuming without even realizing it. I will definitely be checking food labels from now on. I tend to just assume something is low fat/low calorie but I need to make sure it is.

Other than that I did pretty good with eating this week. I attended a wedding where our meals were picked out for us so I had some pasta but tried to fill up on the “healthier” parts of the meal like the salad. And I skipped dessert which looked absolutely delicious. It was a pastry filled with ice cream and covered with chocolate. I also went out to eat one night with my family but the choices were only hot dogs and burgers so I chose to get nothing and eat a salad when I went home. I also bought my boys ice cream and didn’t get one for myself. I have been finding that it’s become much easier to say no to dessert, something I could never really do before.

Exercise wise I didn’t make it out to walk as much as I’d hope to with the kids. I have been using the Wii that I won from the conference to exercise with the Fit In Six game that I also got there. I like the game but it’s shorter workouts so I have to do multiple of them. I’ve been doing toning, cardio, and dance workouts. The weight loss is very slow for me and I think a lot has to do with the fact that I spend a lot of time at my desk working so along with what I’m already doing I hope to find some exercises that I can do while sitting down.

(Sorry about the horrible cell phone camera close up shot!)

This week I gained .2 pounds and now weigh 186.8. I am down 4.8 pounds since starting this challenge. My BMI is still 30.1.

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this 90-day challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

Eating While Out Of Town #knockoutthefat

This week I spent a few days out of town in Asheville, North Carolina at a blogging conference. I brought along healthy snacks (including fresh fruits and vegetables) to snack on during the car rides. While at the conference we were fed breakfast and lunch. I was both surprised and excited that there were many healthy options to choose from. For breakfast I ended up eating scrambled eggs and fruit. Lunches varied but one day there was a chicken and cabbage wrap which tasted better than I thought it would. I tried to eat as healthy as I could at breakfast and lunch because I knew I would be going out to dinner at some delicious restaurants so I wanted to save the calories for those foods. My dinners included seafood, tapas, and a salad with chicken and apples. I ended up turning down some heavenly sounding food including bacon wrapped scallops covered with maple syrup.

I ended up losing weight this week, two pounds to be exact! Even better? I am at the lowest weight I’ve been so far during this challenge- 186.6! That is a total of 5 pounds lost since I started in May. My BMI is currently 30.1 which is .1 away from my goal BMI.

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this 90-day challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

#KnockOutTheFat Weekly Update

This journey of weight loss has been a continuous battle for me. In the past month and a half I have been frustrated with the weight the scale showed. I thought that by starting this challenge I would see the pounds come off each time I weighed myself but that is not the case. I am eating healthier and exercising more but apparently I am not doing a good enough job at the two because every other week I gain weight. I currently weigh 188.6 pounds which is the same exact weight I weighed two weeks ago but over a pound more than I weighed at my last weigh in. I weigh 3 pounds less than I did at the start of the Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. My BMI is at 30.4.

This week should be a challenge because I will be out of town at a blogging conference for the last half of it. I am sure I will be faced with a lot of unhealthy eating options so I am bringing my own healthier options. I also plan to put fruits and vegetables in a cooler to take with for the road trip so I don’t get tempted by fast food restaurants. For exercise I will be going on the morning walks and hope to find a gym at the hotel. I am also going to remember what I learned a few weeks ago- “moderation”. I will let myself enjoy my time at the conference and indulge in something I really want to eat but will do so in moderation.

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this 90-day challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

#KnockOutTheFat Weekly Update

I’ve noticed my weight yo-yo’ing lately. One week I’ll lose weight, the next I’ll gain, and then I’ll be down the next week. This week I am down. I lost 1.4 pounds since last check-in and so far am down 4.4 pounds since the start of this journey. My BMI is still stuck at 30 and I’d love to see it go down to 29 so I am no longer “obese”. I am SO close to that next goal.

I did pretty well with eating this week though I did have a day (ok maybe two) where I didn’t eat completely healthy. I discovered Wendy’s new berry salad which is so tasty. I turn it into two meals because I think that the salad they sell is too much for one meal. I am trying to figure out how to make it myself so I can grill my own meat on my George Foreman Grill and make salads for half the cost as their’s.

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this 90-day challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

Food Cravings and Weight Gain #KnockOutTheFat

I gained weight this past week. At one point early in the week my scale said I was down to 185.6 which was more than a pound lost. Then came the weekend and I was craving sweets and other unhealthy foods. I had some birthday cake for my son’s birthday on Saturday and then Sunday I caved and had 3/4 of a chocolate bar and pizza. I went on a two mile walk pushing a double stroller around and hoping that those calories burned equaled the calories I had consumed. They didn’t. I now weigh 188.6 which is a 1.8 pound weight gain and brings my BMI to 30.4. I am happy that I am still under the weight I was two weeks ago but would have liked to see the scale show a lower weight than it did last week.

My goal for this week is to take the boys on a long walk at least 5 times. Food wise I need to find less calorie filled ways of enjoying the foods I’m craving. I think instead of the candy bar I should have had a chocolate fat free pudding. That would have been the better choice. What other foods have you found to substitute for unhealthier options? I’d love to hear them!

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this 90-day challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

The Reasons I Eat #knockoutthefat

I am down two pounds from last week! Woohoo! I now weigh 186.8 and have a BMI of 30.1. So far during this challenge I have lost 4.8 pounds. I have been eating healthier and using my George Foreman grill to “knock out the fat” in my meat.

I have been noticing recently that I tend to turn to food when I’m stressed out or bored. I’ve found myself taking breaks from what I’m doing to walk into the kitchen for something to eat. I’ll open the fridge, then the freezer, and then the snack cabinet. I  used to grab whatever looked good at the time. Now I open them up but I ask myself the following questions- “Am I hungry?” and “Is that healthy?” If I’m not hungry I will get a water bottle and walk out of the kitchen. If I am hungry I will look for a low calorie snack. I have found this to be helpful in losing weight because eating when I’m not hungry out of boredom, stress, or another emotion does nothing but put the weight on. I sure don’t feel less stressed, less bored, or happier after I am done eating whatever it was I chose to snack on.

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

 

I’m Learning To Eat Healthier #KnockOutTheFat challenge

This past week was by far the busiest week I have had all year. I ended up eating out a lot with family because my little sister was in town and I went to three birthday parties. I ended up gaining one pound this week and currently weigh 188.8 pounds and have a BMI of 30.5. I was really disappointed I didn’t  lose weight but I was also proud of myself. I was proud that I had made some good food choices throughout the week…

-At party #1 there was no cake. At  party #2 there was cake and I had two bites of the strawberry filling. At party #3 there were two cakes and I had half a piece of one of them. In the past I would have enjoyed large pieces of cake and at the party with two cakes I would have *had* to try both.

-At my brother’s party there were many appetizers and I didn’t eat any of them. For dinner we had lasagna and I wanted seconds of it because I was still hungry but I chose to eat seconds of the vegetables instead.

-When I went to the movies for the screening of Pirate’s of the Caribbean I would have normally ate a whole bag of candy. I allowed myself a handful of Reese’s Pieces.

As you can see, I ate some unhealthy foods this past week but I am learning to control my eating and practice moderation. That lesson alone was more valuable than the weight loss would have been because I am learning healthy eating habits that  will extend beyond this challenge.

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

Losing Weight! #KnockOutTheFat

I lost 3.8 pounds!!!!

So excited that I lost weight! 3.8 pounds is a lot considering I got in the challenge late and missed the first two days so it was only 5 days. My BMI lowered from 31 to 30.3 which doesn’t seem like much but now I am only .3 away from being “overweight” instead of “obese”.

What I did differently this past week:

-I walked more and “speed cleaned” (challenged myself to sweep and mop as fast as I could)

-Ate healthier and used my George Foreman grillAlysa put together a meal plan for me and gave me ideas of portion sizes. This helped a lot since I used to think if it was not too fattening it was ok to eat as much as I wanted of it.

-Cut down on sugary, caffeinated drinks

This coming week I plan to:

-Make sure not to skip meals or snacks (I’ve been so busy I forget to eat!)

-Cut down even more on the caffeinated drinks and drink more water

-Follow the circuits that @fitmomtraining is giving us to do and exercise more

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

A Healthier Me

I am so excited to announce that I have been chosen as one of ten blog ambassadors for the 90-day George Foreman Knock Out the Fat Weight Loss Challenge! This is the kick in the butt that I have been waiting for and the best part about this challenge is that I have a wonderful group of women supporting me through out the challenge along with an exercise routine to follow, a personalized meal plan, and a George Foreman Grill to use.

So without further stalling by me, here is my starting weight:

Not only is that more than I ever weighed in my life (well except when I was pregnant) but my BMI is 31 which is OBESE!

Current picture

That is beyond embarrassing especially considering that when I first moved out on my own I looked like this:

That’s what happens when you have kids and don’t take care of yourself.

All that changes this week.

I am going to start MAKING TIME FOR MOMMY to get healthier!

(Disclosure: I am one of 10 Brand Ambassadors in the George Foreman Knock out the Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I was sent a George Foreman Grill for my participation in this challenge and will be compensated for my time at the end of the challenge. All opinions are my own.)

Blog the Weight Away… My Introduction

I am joining the “Blog the Weight Away” challenge by Lauren at 4BabyAndMom. I am so excited about this. Today is my introduction post.

Alicia in 2005- Weight 120 pounds

Alicia in 2010- Weight 179.8 pounds

My goals throughout this journey:

1) Lose 50 pounds

2) Go to the gym at least 4 days a week

3) Eat healthier

My rewards for achieving my goals:

1) One dessert a week for every week I go to the gym 4 days

2) One new item of clothing for every 10 pounds lost

3) A new wardrobe when I lose 50 pounds

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I believe in myself. I know that I can meet my goals.

I also believe in all the other women that have committed to this challenge because if a woman is willing to put her weight online you know she is serious about succeeding. I do have three teammates that I will introduce you to next week.

I want to thank my friends and family ahead of time for supporting me through this journey :)

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