Sunday, April 14, 2013

4 Week Update

Soooo.... 4 weeks ago I decided enough was enough.

Since my wedding last May I had steadily been gain weight... All the weight I had worked so hard to lose for our big day. I went from 170-175 to.... 205....


To be fair I spent the summer traveling for work... I spent 3 months living out of a hotel with Subway being the 'healthiest' option for food... It stunk!

And then, in November I was put on notice at my job... "Shape up or Get out"... Not physically... I guess I just wasn't performing where I needed to be... Honestly I think there might be some other politics going on but whatever... It was scary... And brought back all sorts of negative internal demons which I have a very hard time quieting.

I am a binge eater... There I said it... Instead of 1 slice of pizza I get my own pizza... And devour it... Instead of 1 bag of chips, 6,7,8?? Single serve size to help "control" consumption... What a load of bull!!

I was stressed... There were family issues too... We weren't able to get away for the holidays... I was down, and isolating from friends and family... Just me and my food.

But I made it through the end of the year with my job... Things were looking up a little.

A friend from work lost like 30 pounds in an 8 week challenge with some of his family members... I figured if he could do it then so could I. He and his wife were really into green smoothies... I was a little skeptical at first but decided to give it a try.

4 Weeks Ago...

4 Weeks Ago I decided enough was enough... Time to start counting calories to really see just how much I was putting into my body. I figured a green smoothie would be a great way to eat a large volume of food that is low calorie and high in nutrients...

3 hours and a shot of epinephrine later I found out that I was allergic to Spinach and Mango... Like violently allergic... Like try it again and maybe die allergic... Weird right? Yeah... Fun... And disappointing... I was excited to be trying something healthy and it back fired.

I did however download MyFitnessPal on both my iPhone and my iPad {add me! Burke505}... And I have been religiously tracking ever since... My goal is 1200 calories per day, but I eat more on days that I exercise at the gym... Basically Monday thru Friday, since I go to the gym at Lunch with colleagues... On average I'm probably eating about 1400 calories per day...

And even though it is much slower than some of the crazy diets I have been on in the past I don't feel deprived at all... I've gone out with the Hubs for dinner at a Pizza joint... And 5 Guys, with fries! And had subway and jimmy john's for lunch once...

And best of all??? I've lost 15 pounds so far!

I'm trying hard to stay motivated to keep going since I feel like I still have soooooo far to go... I'm trying to remember:

What are you struggling with this week? Get motivated on relationships, and add your post to the linky at today’s Life in Balance Motivation post!

101 in 1001 Update

The Goal: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

Starting Jan 1st 2013 to Sept 29th 2015

1. Attend a Cooking Class
2. Cook Grandma Gordon's rolls
3. Cook 20 recipes from cookbooks I own (0/20)
4. Make 5 dishes that get 5 stars from husband, write them down (0/5)
5. Make the Perfect Loaf of Bread
6. Learn Hubby's favorite childhood recipes (at least 3) (1/3)
{I can make Pot Pie now!!}
7. Master Bed Linen Overhaul - Done
{ We bought a new duvet & cover ... And a new blanket}
8. Create a Photo Wall in our Home
9. Refinish a Piece of Furniture
10. Build A Piece Of Furniture
11. Patch & Paint Living Room Walls
{ I did this! YAY! I had to paint the whole living room because I bought the wrong color}
12. Move the TV - Use the Fireplace!!
13. Hang Art in the Kitchen
14. Paint the House Exterior
15. Finish the Deck Handrail
16. Install Fence Gate
17. Only buy thrifted clothes until I weigh 160 lbs
{So far I've bought 1 sweater with a gift card and some new workout shorts that I desperately needed... I think it keeps with the spirit so I'd say I'm on track here}
18. Keep track of our Donations
19. Pay off 3 student loans (0/3)
20. Don't Buy Lunch At Work For One Month (31/31)
{Done! Not too hard actually!}
21. Set up Baby College Fund when Pregnant
22. Sell $300 worth of stuff on eBay or Craigslist or KSL
23. Learn and be able to use 50 Spanish words
24. Learn and be able to use 50 Italian words
25. Read 3 "Bestseller" Books (0/3)
26. Try 10 foods I’ve never had before (2/10)
{Oatmeal (love it) and Mango (severely allergic - go figure)}
27. Get in Contact with my Best Friend from High School
28. Create a new Income Stream
29. Buy a nice Piece of Art
30. Get a more Professional Wardrobe - 10 new pieces (2/10)
{I got 2 shirts from the DI !}
31. Buy a new gym bag
32. Finish lotions before buying new ones
{working on it!!}
33. Host Thanksgiving dinner
34. Move to California
{working on it!!}
35.Create "Binder Of Important Stuff"
{working on it!!}
36. Make A Will
37. Get Featured On a BIG Blog
38. Grow a Plant from a Seed
39. Send cards to the Grandma's 1xmonth x 6 months
{We sent Vday cards to all grandparents... Maybe again for Mother's Day?}
40. Eat as a vegan for one week
41. Give up all carbonated beverages for 4 months (1/4)
{We gave up soda for lent... 6 weeks... I honestly could not wait to drink it again although its not as yummy as it used to be}
42. Go hiking for at least 3 hours
43. Lose 30 Pounds
{working on it! I have lost 14.8 pounds so far!!}
44. Run 1 Mile without Walking
45. Run a 5k Event
46. Take a fitness class for 4 weeks (0/4)
47. Take a picture of every single thing I eat for 30 days
48. Fit into size 12 jeans
49. Get to a healthy BMI
50. Buy a bicycle
51. Send off Wedding Dress to be Cleaned
52. Sell the Remaining Wedding Stuff or Donate it
53. Put together a Birthday/Anniversary Calendar for Friends and Family
54. Clean out my Garage
55. Get rid of all of the clothes that no longer fit / I no longer wear
56. Get Pregnant!!
57. Take Prenatal Vitamins every day of Pregnancy
58. Family Photo
59. Learn to Sew Cloth Diapers
60. Collect 10 Classic Children's books
61. Take Hubby to a bar in Nashville
62. Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
63. Travel to Europe
64. Go on a Cruise
65. Play poker in Vegas
66. Pacific Ocean & Atlantic
67. Visit 3 states I’ve never been to!
68. Grand Canyon
{We are planning on going for our anniversary next month!!}
69. Mount Rushmore
70. Disney!
71. Visit the Salt Lake
72. Snowboard in Park City
73. Go to a Farmers Market
74. Enter a Photography Contest
75. Buy a Real Camera
76. Build a Snowman
77. Coordinating Halloween Costume
78. Girls Trip with College Girlfriends
79. Sister/Mom Trip
80. Have a Picnic in the Park
81. See a Pro Game
82. Go to at least four concerts/shows (0/4)
83. Attend a State Fair
{We are planning on going to Alaska in August to be there for the state fair! Soooo excited!}
84. Buy a Lottery Ticket
85. Watch 10 Classic Movies. (0/10)
86. Learn how to Play a new Card Game
87. Go an Entire 24 Hours without Internet
88. Host a Baby Shower
89. Whiten Teeth for a Whole Month
{Done!!.... I'll probably do it again tho}
90. Go to the Dentist & Eye Doctor
{Went to the eye doctor! Get glasses ... Whomp whomp... Just a very very low prescription and I don't have to wear them if I don't want}
91. Hair Cut... Not Trim
92. Buy something from Hermes...
93. ... Give it to my mom.
94. Wear False Lashes for a Day
95. Bake a Cake for Someone
96. Complete 10 random acts of kindness for someone who isn’t a family member. (0/10)
97. Send out 10 Cards to People Just Because (0/10)
98. Adopt a Family at Christmas
99. Donate Blood
100. Write to 10 Letters to Managers that Compliment an Employee for Good Service. (0/10)
101. Make a new 101 list in 1001 days!