Hello Again!

Another vacation and some sickness kept me away…and just the enjoyment of summer!  🙂

In the interim I have decided a few things…I am no longer going to keep daily journals of weight loss.  I am going to accept who I am and work on the inside of me more than the outside…not that I am ignoring the outside…I am just going to try to focus more on the inside.  I want to be who God wants me to be.  I want to live how He wants me to live, act how He wants me to act, think how He wants me to think and speak how He wants me to speak.

I am going to wrap up what I have begun.  In terms of the outside of me, for the first time ever I dyed my hair…on a whim…at midnight one night this week.   I used a box and made it lighter and am hooked!  🙂  I will be keeping up with that…it is fun!  Who knows what colors I may experiment with?  😉  And I am a huge fan of Crest White Strips!  Lighter brighter hair and smile with a bit of a tan is kind of fun.  I found that as fun as Insanity can be, I get better results with weights and elliptical, so I think I will stick to that…maybe throw in a few HIIT routines every so often.  I never did have success with the clean eating challenges I have tried, so I am going to give it another go starting today.  And finally… my weight has remained the same for awhile now and I am okay with it…I still have my goals, but am not going to be stressed by them.

I will likely still post if I have success on any of the above mentioned topics, but as of today, I want to focus on life in my blog.  Life is much more than food and working out…no matter how fun those things may be.

Glad to be back!  🙂

weekly update

Eating cleaner, avoiding dyes and eating a bit less has slowly gotten me on the right track.  We emptied our pantry and fridge before vacation so it was a good opportunity to fill everything up with healthy foods.  My husband has his own junk food stash though.  🙂  

My BMI is under 21 now which is good, on the way to under 20, which will be better.  I am likely going to start body fat measurements again soon now that my allergic reaction water weight has gone down some.  

A couple things that tripped me up with yellow dye were vanilla ice cream and natural trail mix with dried fruit.  But, since I have avoided dyes so well everywhere else it was easy to know what caused it and when ingredients were check it was confirmed.  

Be back next week!  

Weekly Update and MUD

First of all, I did the Mud event this weekend!  I LOVED IT!  I am now hooked.  I just wish they weren’t so expensive.  I really want to do the Tough Mudder, but it is killer $$$$.  We will see.  The one I did with my hubby and friends was almost 8 miles and 26 obstacles.  LOVED IT!  And my hubby and I got more time together than we have in a long time.

Weight stats…still staying away from body fat percentage until my weight comes down.  It has not changed, but my clothes fit better?  So I am sure there is some muscle gain, but I still want the shred…so hoping for that to come soon.

Be back in a week!

Reflection, Perspective and New Starts

My body sure has been through a lot in the last decade…pregnancies, births, crazy weight loss, weight back to normal, weight past normal (:P), various tests the last few years to determine…finally…that my body reacts to yellow dye, potentially other dyes, and is intolerant to a smattering of foods like oatmeal and broccoli (both of which I actually like).  In the midst of all the craziness, my workouts have intensified, my time with God has jumped around and my perspective has changed.

My body weight and fat percentage are not where I want them…I desire to be healthier and to shed a few pounds while defining the muscle that is already there, but I am finally at the point where I am not going to dwell on it as much as I have in the past.  Wondering which mirror is the most accurate, missing sleep to squeeze in that last hour of the workout, or just obsessing about 5 or even 10 pounds.  If I am making healthy choices, the weight will come off in time.  If I am not eating like a football player and being a glutton, if my husband loves me and more importantly my Savior loves me, then there is not one reason to obsess.  If someone else judges me based on a few pounds, shame on them, and if I let that bother me, shame on me.  My priorities need to be on God first.  I am ashamed to say that there have been days where I stayed up late to workout and then fell asleep reading my Bible.

So I am making a few changes.  I am still going to be healthy and workout, because I enjoy working out and think people should take care of the bodies God has given to them.

My mornings will look a little like this:

  • Devotionals (a few pages of 2-3)
  • Prayer and journal time
  • online devotions
  • workout (currently I am doing an ab challenge, a squat challenge, elliptical, a 4 week program kind of and I just printed the Spartacus workout so we will see if I add that in…that one is only 3xs a week and the 4 week program is not everyday either)
  • Normal day of chasing children, teaching children, cleaning, cooking and household maintenance
  • depending on how much time I spent working out, possibly another workout before bed…but not too late.  😉

With all the craziness of food I am going to attempt to eat as clean as possible.  I know this needs to be a gradual switch, so I will do it the right way.

I am excited to have a better perspective, I am excited to be healthier, I am most excited to see where the Lord will lead me and my family.

Just a few Tuesday life thoughts  🙂

weekly update

The human body amazes me.  So much progress made last week (likely all water weight) and seemingly all because I had no allergic reactions.  I had reactions more days than not this week and almost all of the weight is back on.  People can say what they want about water weight, but when it doesn’t belong there, you want it gone.  It is real weight, it does effect the tightness of clothes and make a stomach unrecognizable.

The dr. is pretty sure that it is yellow dye and carmel coloring and I am pretty sure I agree.  The only unexplained phenomenon right now is apples.  Because I did not test positive to them with the scratch test.  However, so many storebought items that make me sick contain yellow dye.  I have to be better about reading labels.  I did not even expect it to be in italian dressing or vanilla frosting.  Just another reason to make my own food at home.  😉

So I am discouraged again this week after such a success last week.  I still have 10-14 pounds to go to reach my goal.  My workouts are great…have a few intense ones that I love… and if I tape my foot most of the day I can do a lot with it.  There are swelling days and normal days, but in general all is well.  I guess I can say the same about food at this point.  Swelling days and non-swelling days.

I think after the extreme weight losses and gains and swellings my body has been through I can rationalize the point I am at now.  But, no more excuses.  I have a game plan that is healthy, slow and steady, and yellow dye free.  I am hoping the results come now and stay.

Be back next week!

Destined to Weight

So…I think I am being taught some kind of vanity lesson or something.  Although I am not one to fuss and primp, I do like to be in shape and I do some crazy workout routines sometimes.  But, as you all know ALL TO WELL, things have been backfiring for me in that area.  I try to eat healthy and it makes me gain weight.  I try a different route to be healthy…and it makes me gain weight.  I eat unhealthily and I lose weight.  What?  Fruits and veggies and wheat do not seem to be my friend at the moment, but I will hopefully know more tomorrow.

My BMI is still super healthy and I still fit in my normal sizes, though tightly, but my weight has changed…and not for the better.  (sigh)

So I wait for the answers to hopefully help in bringing down my weight and what happens in the meantime you ask….?

In the meantime, as in the past couple weeks, my foot has been sore.  Every now and then it swells up slightly, no big deal…until Easter weekend.  Easter weekend my foot puffed up like a balloon and as of today the Dr told me to baby it.  (sigh again).  And so I have to wait for my foot to heal.  This will not assist me in my weight loss.

So I wait for my approved foods, I wait for my foot to heal, I wait for my weight.  Maybe I am destined to be this weight forever.  Who that be so bad?  No.  But I want to succeed in my goal.  🙂

weekly update

Still avoiding the scales…although my clothes still fit and my measurements are pretty much the same, I know I have gained weight.  I can see it when I look in the mirror and I know it is there.

This week was spent experimenting with foods which assisted me in my weight gain.  I have narrowed it down to some potentials and now will stop experimenting.  I am an action person…can’t wait 30 days to be gluten free when I can experiment.  😉

So now that I feel gross and heavy AND have stopped experimenting I am doing a detox for a few days.  Normally I am not into these, BUT I do have some bloat, this detox provides PLENTY of calories, and it is all healthy food.  It actually may not cause any weight loss, but if it helps with the bloat and rids me of some yuckiness that my experiments have put in my body,then all the better.

After these 3 days of detox I am onto natural foods for awhile.  And allergy testing.

One of the meals for today’s part of the detox was a green smoothie.  I have to say if you have to chew a smoothie…a green one at that…it doesn’t need to be said that it is gross.  I couldn’t take it.  I replaced it with half of the ingredients of my breakfast smoothie and half lunch and it was much more tolerable.  Tomorrow, my green smoothie will have adjustments made to fit the requirements.

Be back with a better report next week.  🙂

weekly update

So…a lot has happened this week…general life (sick kids, hubby out of town, etc) has prevented intense workouts.  I still have been exercising, but not quite to the same degree…at least for cardio.  Lifting has been great!

I have a feeling that I may have  a gluten sensitivity.  I have been tested for celiac before and that has come back negative.  However, on my off days (of eating healthy) I often eat a lot of gluten.  I miss it the other days.  And I ALWAYS feel horrible the next day.  I thought it was just the extra calories, but I think it is the extra gluten.  I have noticed sore throats, itchy ears, gastro issues, acne, stuffy nose, dry skin, distended belly, moodiness, tiredness, etc.  I had been avoiding bread for awhile just to be healthy and had it in the house the past 2 weeks…I don’t know if it is the amount I have eaten or the consistency, but the sore throats and heartburn are to be noted.

All this to say, I may have the clue to why my off days throw my weight into crazy numbers…gluten sensitivity can do that.  And when I was younger those numbers dropped right down…they no longer do that.

And so…the update…scale no progress.  😦  Measurements no progress either, but I am ok with that one, because I was super happy with them last week.

I am currently looking up low calorie gluten free diets to test my theory.  Although with the knowledge that I will be avoiding it soon, I ate some bread today and am experiencing the results.  I could be completely okay with gluten…but some funny things have been happening since I have been eating more of it and I would like to know what is going on with me.

weekly update

Frustrated!  So SO so SO frustrated!

So…my calories have been on target.  My workouts have been on target.  My off days have been less off and fewer than normal.  I have lost body fat, BUT have gained weight!  Personal trainers out there…help!  I have been hungry and tired this week especially and my weight it up.

A couple things I am wondering…have I reached the hard to penetrate through plateau? …did my body get so used to my old lifting routine that my muscles drifted away a bit and now that I am on new workout programs they are bulking up and adding weight?  …previously I had backed off a bit on squats and leg press because they made my legs a bit bulkier, but they were toned…could my new leg routine be doing that?

I don’t know, but I am frustrated.  I say that knowing that my BMI is 20.2, and that is SO not bad.  I say that knowing that in the grand scheme of life, this is NO big deal.  I say that knowing that I am blessed to be able to eat and workout.  But I say that knowing I now have even more serious work to do to reach my goal.

So BMI is 20.2

BF% ranges but averages 17%  My lowest reading is 13.9%  Like that one!

Got my waist (natural bend) back to 23 inches…like that too!

My waist at BB…24.5 inches

My stomach below belly button…27 inches

Rest of my measurements remain pretty much the same.

Be back in a week, hopefully not as hungry or tired and hopefully less weight than more.  😛