If The Pants Fit, Buy ‘Em

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

Hopefully you all had a good valentines day full of self appreciation and love, regardless of relationship status.  Wine and Hallmark channel were my go to Valentines Day dates for many years and they served me well. 

This Valentines Day, after by boyfriend left for home, I decided to treat myself to some pampering at the nail salon.  It’s been almost 2 years since I had a manicure so why not!  I even threw in a sparkly nail for kicks.

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After nails it was off to Kohl’s to make my yearly jeans purchase.  To my delight I am down a jean size!! Woo hoo finally some affirmation from something other than the scale.  I was beginning to question my sanity!  Sometimes the mirror plays tricks on the eyes you know.

When choosing jeans I made sure to pick the same Jean brand and several styles to make sure it wasn’t just wishful thinking.  The key to measuring via clothes is to try on the same brand.  I can wear about 4 sizes in dress pants so trust me, I know it’s frustrating when you are an 8 in one pair and a 12 in the other.  Stick with some consistency! 

My quest to eat healthy and do yoga paid off well so I have started a 10,000 step journey.  I have created a 30 day Challenge for myself of 10,000 steps a day.  It’s shocking how difficult that is.  Sitting in the car all day means I have a lot of walking to do when I get home.  If it would get warmer I could walk outside but then again maybe my house wouldn’t be as clean.  I have washed my kitchen floor more in the past 4 days than I have in the past year and I force myself to walk in place during “My 600 lb Life” because if they can do it, so can I!

Hopefully I can keep up this 10,000 steps/day and be even more empowered to keep going.  If anyone wants to join me, the more the merrier.  Catch you next time.

~E

Resolutions Month 2

For the most part January was a success.  It was my no means perfect but it was successful none the less.

Eating: In January my eating was vastly improved from the holiday schmorgesborg of food and alcohol.  The first three weeks were extremely empowering.  I didn’t ahnilate the bread basket on girls night.  I kept my wine nights to a minimum and I said adios to refined sugar.  I was on a roll.  However, something happened during the snow days that made me realize I needed to work on my mindset surrounding eating and not just on how strictly I could follow a diet plan. 

When the Jonas Brothers sent their blizzard last week I literally had the thought, “Blizzard=I Can Be Bad.”  Three minutes later I ate half a pizza, 10 organic oreos (the healthy kind) and 6 cheesy breadsticks.  By Sunday I was up to 3 dinners and 1 bottle of wine.  Apparently this means my brain really can just click on and off when it comes to food. 

After coming to this conclusion I decided that if my brain can click on and off so easily when it comes to food then maybe I can train it to do something better.  

One of the podcasts I listen to, the HeyFrase podcast, talked about Mindful Eating and I began to think that this might be the perfect compliment to my new attempt at yoga.  Mindful eating is based in meditation and awareness and teaches you to slow your eating process and focus on the present.  Perfection! Kindle: Downloaded.  I will fill you in as I go.

Exercise:  I’ve done yoga 27 of the past 30 days and it has really made a difference in my muscles and mind.  My goal for this month is to continue the yoga and add some kettlebell back into my routine.

All in all Month 1 was a success!  I hope to start Month 2 just as strong.  And no, no plans to weigh myself this month either.

~E