Weekly Weigh-in 2

Whoops, missed a week! Mostly because I seem to have the WORST luck with scales! Seriously, I have two scales sitting next to my garbage bin getting ready to be thrown out, and this time, I thought to myself, “Since I seem to be having such bad luck with digital scales, I’m not going to buy a digital one!” So I bring home my new scale… and it reads 10 lbs. heavier than the last. I assumed that it must be correct, because it was new, and it was zeroed and whatnot… then my father has since found out that it’s simply not correct. Boo! However, it has been giving me a sort of way to track myself. According to my new scale, I’ve lost four pounds over the past two weeks. Not too shabby, but no inches as of yet.
I’m not really depressed about this, however, because I wasn’t expecting a huge weight loss at the start this time. Number 1, I haven’t really changed my eating habits. So sure, exercise helps, but it’s obviously only half of the battle here. I even had a cake-off with my boyfriend! Number 2, I’ve been doing strength training and not a whole ton of cardio like I used to do every time I would start up again. I changed my methods because I honestly enjoy feeling the next-day burn in my muscles. Like after leg day, when I get up and walk around… it’s just a nice reminder, not painful, just… nice. My favorite type of burn? Ab burn for sure! It makes me feel so productive on the one area of my body I dislike the most.
In the midst of all this, a new friend of mine suggested we go for a walk. I sort of imagined like a walk around the area, it takes about an hour or so.. then…. whaddya know… We just kept walking. I didn’t bother asking, and then we had walked much further than I had imagined. Long story short, we ended up walking for two hours round-trip. It was great though! It reminded me of a few summers back when my group of friends would walk everywhere! It was the only means of transport that we all had access to, so we used it. I was in much better shape during that time, so it wasn’t nearly as intimidating!
Anyway, this week I have a couple of resolutions for myself to (hopefully) stick to:
-Drink more water.
-Stop eating after 8 p.m. aside from occasional popcorn.
-Do a little more cardio!
-Buy a new scale…

We’ll see how lucky I get with the last one. I legitimately suck at buying personal scales! Ugh. Oh well.

Keep it up, and sweat it out!
Barb

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10 things you should do now!

Really life is simple. At the end of the day, if you’re happy, you’ve got it made. With that in mind I just wanted to post a small list of ten things you should do for yourself, so at the end of the day (or week), you can feel happier. The happier you are, the better off you’ll be. When people are happy, they accomplish more… and this list is a good one to get you well on your way!

1) Tell yourself how awesome you are. Everyone is awesome at something and it’s time you appreciated what you’re awesome at. Admitting you’re super at certain things is an amazing confidence booster, and confidence (not cockiness) is sure to bring you a long way in this world.
2) Make a list of goals. Make sure that some are long-term, like going back to school or getting that raise/promotion at work. Or maybe for you it’ll be saving up for that kitchen renovation. Whatever it is, make sure you write it down. Then take the time to break it down into smaller, more achievable steps. Include some short-term goals as well, maybe try drinking more water each day, or get in a few minutes a day to work out. This will make sure you have something to work towards, and give you a sense of accomplishment when you’ve completed it.
3) Organize a corner of your room. Spend no more than 30 minutes at a time trying to clean and organize whatever section of your home you’re working on. Then once it’s done, make sure you keep it that way. Every time you see or use the area, you’ll feel better about yourself and it’ll help give you the motivation to work harder and get something else done too.
4) Find the time to exercise. Everyone should be able to take 15 minutes a day to work out. http://www.youtube.com/blogilates has a good number of quick workout videos that you can do in the comfort of your own home without any additional equipement. No more excuses! You’ll feel better, and over time you’ll learn to live the burn and enjoy the extra energy you’ll have in your day to day life.
5) Organize your finances. Whether you’re in good financial standing, or maybe you just have a few bills to take care of, figure out the easiest way to get it done, and pay your bills on time. If you’re going through a tough time, break it down and work it out slowly. You’ll feel better and sleep easier knowing that you’re working on getting yourself to a better financial standing.
6) Take a moment for yourself. Maybe this means getting up a few minutes earlier to enjoy your cup of coffee before your kids wake up to get ready for school, or maybe just before bed just sit down and spend a moment by yourself to collect your thoughts. If you think of anything you need to do, or any ideas you have, jot them down in a notebook so you don’t have to worry about forgetting them later on.
7) Teach your children how to do some chores. Usually the homes of parents are sorely in need of some extra helping hands, your children are usually the biggest mess-makers, and they should be learning how to take care of their living area. This will give you an extra set of hands to help out, while giving your children more self-confidence and teaching them important lessons.
8) Treat yourself. Every once in a while, make time to do something special for yourself. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it could be as simple as staying home and painting your nails or trying out a new hairstyle. Take this time to rejuvinate yourself whenever you can, if you give yourself more time to relax you’ll feel much less stressed and able to focus on the task at hand more often.
9) Stay connected. No, I’m not talking about Facebook. Clicking “like” on someone’s status simply does not equate to spending time with another person. Make sure you have actual conversations with your friends and family to keep yourself connected. Make a lunch date, or take a coffee break with friends once in a while. Also, make sure you have time for your other half. Spend time together bonding and solidifying your relationship. Make sure you’re both on the same track and have an open line of communication. The best way to do this is to set time aside to just be together and talk. Sitting next to one another watching t.v. every night isn’t truly keeping yourselves connected.
10) Take yourself out of your comfort zone. Do something you don’t do often, or have never done before. Sign yourself up for some classes, belly dancing, rock climbing, canoeing. It doesn’t have to be high risk either, go check out that new restaurant you’ve been dying to see. Whatever it is, doing new things, going to new places and meeting new people are always good things to do for yourself.

So seriously, get on this! These are things that will really help you feel better, and start living your life as a 10!

Barb

The Binge Jar

I have finally taken the time to sit down and create a binge jar (a.k.a. the Anti-Binge Jar, or Instead of Binging Jar)! It really took me forever to get around to, since I had a specific idea for how it should look in my head, and I didn’t have the time to sit down and do it (or so I thought, honestly it didn’t take too long at all).

So, what IS an “Instead of Binging Jar”? For me, it’s a jar that has ideas about what to do instead of stuff my face out of sheer boredom or because of┬ánegative things happening in my life. I am a really emotional eater. I eat because I get nervous, I eat if someone gets mad at me, I eat because I’m lonely, whatever. If I could get over being so awkwardly shy around people, I would probably naturally eat less… but, that’s another matter entirely. My binge jar contains 27 different ideas of things for me to do INSTEAD of pig out. It’s just that simple.

As an added twist, to further my attempts to not eat massive amounts of food, I added a rule. If I do binge, ever… I owe my jar $5. Every single time. The money will be saved and used to purchase sports or health equipment, so it is a good cause, but I think actually losing the money temporarily will help. (So far it has!). #27 is also a play on this, it’s always a risk putting your hand into the binge jar, because I only want to use it if I really can’t fend off the urge to eat by myself, I can pull a tag that means I automatically owe the jar $2, and still have to pick another activity. Just a little additional motivation :).

Some good ideas for your binge jar would basically be anything that involves using your hands, therefore making you unable to use them to eat, anything that takes you out of your house (but not in the area of take-out), something that occupies your mind so that you’ll forget about the popcorn you thought you were craving. Things that usually aren’t good ideas are sedentary activities where your hands are free to get that food into your mouth.

How I made my binge jar:

I wanted something pretty to look at, since this isn’t an entirely pleasant idea in general. No one wants to clean instead of stuffing their faces, BUT, cheering me up and having something pretty should help with this.

Step 1:

I chose a paper from one of my scrapbooking kits that I loved and decided to use it for all of my tags.

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I wrote the following things on the paper:

1. Paint my nails.

2. Drink lots of water (16 oz.)

3. Clean the kitchen

4. Clean the bedroom.

5. Go for a calming walk or jog.

6. Apply make-up.

7. Talk to someone.

8. Knit

9. Drink some tea.

10. Read a book.

11. Send a note to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.

12. Work in my smashbooks.

13. Sing Karaoke.

14. Play the guitar.

15. Write some positive things on sticky notes and post them around town.

16. Purge the house!

17. Clean the bathroom.

18. 100 jumping jacks!

19. Do 50 squats.

20. 100 High knees.

21. Do some budgeting work.

22. Read a magazine.

23. Vacuum.

24. Brush & Floss.

25. Go online window shopping.

26. Write a blog post.

27. Add an additional $2 to the money jar, AND choose another idea.

Then I cut them using a cute pattern, and then glued them onto a larger sheet of scrapbooking paper to make them a little more sturdy.

I fully understand that not all of these ideas are good for everyone, not every idea was good for me. The one that I read everywhere, but opted out on for personal reasons was “Going for a drive”. It might be a good idea for you, but if I go for a drive, I can almost guarantee I will go through a drive-thru and pick up some crap. But if you’re looking for some other options, I suggest you check out some of these sites:
http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/binge+jar
http://bingeeatingtherapy.com/2011/02/02/101-things-to-do-instead-of-binge-eating/
http://www.bubblews.com/news/656686-the-instead-of-binging-jar

Step 2:

While waiting for my glue to dry, I worked on the actual jar itself. I had some Martha Stewart adhesive stencils I’ve been dying to use for months now, so I thought it would be a good time. I started by doing the decorative stencils, waited for them to dry, and then used the letter stencils to write “Binge Jar”. Then it looked like this:
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Step 3:

Cut up the ideas, fold them up, and place them into the binge jar.

You’re done! It is just that easy, I swear! You’ll end up with something like this:
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The only additional thing that I’m going to so is put a little fabric on top instead of the normal mason jar seal as my lid, to fancy it up a little more.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think!
Got any suggestions for things for me to write about? Let me know. Drop me a line and I’ll do my best.

Thanks for reading,
Barb.

All work and no play makes Barb a dull girl.

So much has been going on lately!

On the good news front, the more money I make through working, the more I have to spend on extras for my daughters and to put aside to save. Also, I have actually been asked to photograph my first event! I don’t want to fully release the details as of yet, as it is still in the works… but wow, I am so excited!
Bad news? I can’t seem to find the time to eat healthy and work out! Ugh this sucks! It’s amazing just how much difference I have noticed in myself since I stopped going for a daily run! It’s so insane! I feel like I put on at least 10 pounds (in reality I haven’t added any weight), I always feel groggy and tired, and I am so lazy!

With that all said, my trip to Jamaica is really becomming official! I’ll be heading down for a week with a friend to photograph my sister’s wedding next spring. This is a big motivation factor to light my fire to get up and get moving again. The other thing that I can now add to my motovation? I just ordered 2 pairs of black milk leggings that were limited when they had their museum sale, and I’ve got probably a month before they get here. So here it goes!

I’m going to start doing at least three blogilates videos a day at least 4 days a week, and a half hour of cardio at least 6 days a week. I might switch over to endomondo instead of c25k for the actual runs, using the c25k format though. I also want to get up earlier (which goes along with switching my schedule in time for the massive week of cleaning) and start my day with an automatic mini-workout. So like 3 sets of 15 thighs, 3 sets of 10 push-ups, 3 sets of 15 crunches. I’m also going to begin calorie counting again. I got stuck in a terrible plateau (although on the plus side I took a week off and never gained any additional weight back) and I really feel that it’s caused by the fact that even though I’m eating good food, I’m still eating too much. And just for you fit people who may suggest that I’m building muscle instead, I’m not losing any inches either ;). That was the first thing my friend actually got me to check on when I told her about it.

So, what’s your morning routine? And how do you keep it up?

Barb.

Top Ten (Personal) Reasons to Lose Weight

So I know that there are the obvious reasons one might pick as to why they should lose weight, to be healthier, to live longer, to ward off certain diseases, etc. But when I was filling out my top ten reasons in my smashbook, I came up with these instead:

1) To be more energetic with my children!
2) To see my children get married.
3) To feel more confident on myself.
4) To wear a bikini again!!!
5) To be an excellent role model for my girls.
6) To pass a healthy lifestyle on to my daughters.
7) To get married!
8) To really love myself again.
9) For my trip to Jamaica!
10) To have more get up & go so I can do more in my day.

You may notice two specific themes here, number 1, my kids. Let’s face it, I love my kids to death, and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for them (even giving up on some extra chocolate!…. well, maybe after this last bite…) and of course the second one being body image related. In grade 11, I had reached a certain weight where I felt confident for once, I stopped wearing sweaters every day and started even getting an extra friend or two because of my confidence… I’d like to feel that way about myself again.

Every weight loss or fitness journey is a personal decision made with personal reasons. This time I decided to actually write my reasons down, so that when I have a bad day I can look at them and remind myself why I keep doing this, even when it hurts, when I don’t want to, and when I’m craving something junky.

What are your reasons?