Hello my wonderfully amazing readers! I’ve got news for you!
To date this year I’ve lost 16lbs, bringing my weight loss to a 40lbs weight loss mark. Happy Dance! Woot woot! It means I am less than 15lbs away from meeting my short term goal and reaching the 55lbs mark. It is quite joyous!
I’ve had plenty of people ask me what the “secret” is. Well, I don’t have secrets when it comes to weight loss but I would LOVE to share with you some tips that have definitely worked for me on this journey.
Drink Water, Lots of Water- it’s simple, really. I carry a water bottle with me everywhere I go. It also means that I have to go pee everywhere I go but that’s okay. So keep hydrated!
Eat Dinner with the Senior Citizens- No, you don’t have to literally go dine with them, although they would be great company while you learn to eat dinner early. Don’t eat dinner past 7pm. My husband and I have learned to eat dinner daily around 5-6pm. The later you eat, the longer your body takes to process food. If you eat dinner earlier, you get more time to burn dinner off!
Eat A LOT- Many people have the misconception that the less you eat means the more you lose (in weight). WRONG. I don’t want you to be eating a steak dinner ever night with a side of Twinkie’s. Eat a lot of veggies, whole grains, fruits, lean proteins, and less processed foods.
Work Out- Ha, this should be a no-brainer but you’d be surprised how many people expect to lose weight without having to workout. Find a program that works for you. In my case, P90X has worked for me and I love it. Workout 5-6 days a week to get results.
Get Your Sleep- Make sure to be well rested. Your body needs time to recover overnight and a few hours just doesn’t cut it. Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep.
Get Support- Weight loss is tough and when the scale seems to get a little stubborn, one might feel discouraged. To avoid any discouragement, make sure you find a support group that will keep you encouraged and accountable for your daily workouts. If you want to join my free support group, leave me a comment and I’ll add you right away!
Set Reasonable Goals- One thing that can get a person discouraged about weight loss is having unreasonable goals. Many of us hope to lose 100lbs in 5 months and while it’s not all too impossible, it definitely will be hard. Set a short term and long term goal. For example- my short term goal is to lose 15 more pounds. My long term goal is to lose a total of 105lbs. Breaking up these goals will make your long term goal seem less overwhelming and more doable.
This has been an exciting journey. When I first started this weight loss journey, I’d cry in the middle of mountain climbers because how hard they were. Now I am 40lbs lighter finishing up one of the hardest workout programs ever (P90X). So don’t be discouraged when some days you are not seeing the scale go down or when you simply struggle to breath. Take it one step at a time!
My husband drools when I mention these. I mean, what’s not to drool about? They are sweet, healthy, and perfect when you’re on the go in the mornings! I like to bake them Sunday night so that we have enough throughout the week for breakfast! I like to pair it with some fresh fruit on the side, maybe an egg, and of course, my coffee!
I got this recipe from the Thin Kitchen Recipe book made by Beachbody.
Fast- Track Blueberry Muffins
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 flaxseed meal
1 cup brown sugar (you can use 1/2-3/4 cup instead, depending on taste)
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I skipped on it since I didn’t have any)
1 tsp. ground ginger (skipped on this one too)
2 apples, shredded
3/4 cup milk (I replaced it with almond milk)
1 egg (I didn’t add it at all)
2 egg whites (you can swap the egg whites with 1/2 of applesauce)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients. Combine remaining ingredients and stir in the blueberries. Fill each muffin tin cup about 3/4 and bake for 15 to 20 minutes!
Now, don’t be tempted to eat all of them at the same time because they are too yummy!
It’s hard to balance writing a blog when there are SO many different things going on in my life. I mean, it may be hard to believe for some BUT infertility isn’t the only thing I eat, sleep and breath here.
So if this is your first time checking out my blog (or not), then here’s what I’m all about (summed up in really basic words)-
We are going through an adoption process,
I am on a weight loss journey,
I am a Beachbody Coach,
I’m a military spouse
My husband and I have started to eat less processed, dairy-less and less meats,
I am learning to do more DIY (Do It Yourself) projects,
oh and I’m a sinner with flaws that cover the Great Wall of China and back and remember that through God’s grace I am here.
How do you fit that all in a blog when I want to post about the pains of infertility and then a post on how to make Almond Milk? HA! I have no idea!
Often times I’ve thought about making two different sites for different posts but I am truly not that dedicated in maintaining two different blogs on any given day. So if you’re ready to ready about any of the above topics or more (as life tends to throws some sour lemons my way), then stick around!
I think I’ll use this post as a transition to some yummy recipes to come! I’ll try posting some later tonight!
Any topics you want to see? Recipe ideas? Suggestions? Let me know!