Saturday, April 16, 2016

When you have a setback in your fitness journey.

As an almost life-long dieter, it was about time I had a setback in my newish fitness journey.
This blog has always been my glass box to stand in and be honest about my weight loss adventures, and today is especially painful as I admit a few things.

First, I haven't worked out in 5 6 weeks.
Second, I've gained 1.5 lbs this week since we're off the Fix right now and I've eaten with all kinds of reckless abandon.
Are we still friends even though I just told you I really suck at this sometimes?
I have legitimate excuses for some of the time I didn't work out- hubbies had the flu and I was taking care of him, I had a nasty cold, I threw my back out, I hurt my knee... But if I'm completely honest, there's still a solid 3 weeks where I didn't have excuses. I just didn't work out. Sometimes I was busy, sometimes it was pure laziness. I'm not proud of it, and I can't go back and change it, but I can start again.
Which I did today!

Thanks Ron! 
I worked out today and it hurt. I felt weak, and winded, and completely lost some of the progress I'd made (like having to go back to my lighter weights!). It felt like I completely started over. But at least I started over instead of wallowing in my workout failure. I've really learned through everything that I can't make changes by just talking about it. I've got to do something.

About the weight gain... It sucks. It really does. It's only a pound and a half, so in the long run it's not much, but it sucks that it only took a week to bring it back. I like to think that after being on this journey since January, and since I'm a Beachbody coach, that I've got it all down. I know everything, I'm amazing at it, and weight will just continue to fall off my frame!

Who are you kidding?!
Unfortunately that's not the case. 

It's still a journey. It's still a process. I'm going to eat ice cream, I'm going to occasionally have hiccups, but I'll continue to be open and honest about my struggles. I love food. But I'm also an emotional eater. I didn't get my bodacious curves by eating salads when I was going through something! ;)

So that's where I am right now. I had some amazing chocolate cherry shakeo after my workout, and it was kind of like rewarding myself with a milkshake. =P

My next 21 day fix challenge group is starting on May 15th. Let me know if you're interested in a fun, but honest start on your weight loss journey! I don't ask for your weight/measurements (you keep those to yourself), but the group provides some fantastic accountability. I promise fun giveaways, an imperfectly honest coach, some new friends, and if you put the work into it- results. Even if it's not a perfect 21 days, it's a start. That's all that matters- that you start.

xo
A Redhead

Friday, March 25, 2016

It's happened.... It's here...

I'VE LOST 20 POUNDS!!! 



I was going to go for a girl power vibe here, but this was just too good to pass up....

You guys.

YOU. GUYS. 

I'm so pumped. So freaking pumped. I've lost 2.5 lbs since Monday on round 3 of The Fix, which is about what I lost during my entire last round. Granted, I didn't have my whole heart in it that time- I know I didn't. I cheated with my food, I found excuses not to work out... The program's not going to work if I don't work the program, you know? I started to feel sorry for myself, but I'm the one who made the choices to eat junk and not work out. That's unfortunately how this works. 

My dream of eating a bread basket with no calories will never be realized.

Le sigh.

ANYWAY. I've been trying really hard with my food this week, though it's still been tough. The Bearded Wonder was diagnosed with the flu last Thursday, and I developed a nasty cold on Monday. We still ate fix-friendly though! I didn't work out, but I also wasn't eating as many calories as I would if I were working out. So it all balanced out in that regard.

My challenge group also started on Monday, and I have to say that I LOVE it. The folks in the group are funny and honest, and we've gotten great accountability and recipes out of this. I'm doing a giveaway of Autumn Calabrese's FIXATE cookbook on Monday to the most active participant, and at the end of the 3 weeks I'll be doing a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway to whoever loses the highest percentage of body fat. I'm pretty excited. =) 

I love doing this though. I love seeing people support each other, and I love being part of their success story. On a selfish note, I love having even more people around me doing this- there's some serious transparency going on.

Interested in joining us for the next round? Want to just get started on your own in the meantime? You can purchase the 21 day fix set here along with some taaaaaasty Shakeology (cafe latte is my favorite. YUM). Please ask me questions! I've drank the kool-aid Shakeology and love talking about this program! =))) 

OK kids. Everyone have a wonderful weekend, and a wonderful Easter! I'm still not sure why we celebrate Christ's resurrection with a rabbit that brings easter eggs and tons of diabeetus, buuuuut I love Jesus and chocolate so whatevs. 

xo
A Redhead

Monday, March 7, 2016

Round 2 of the Fix is over!

Well we've ended our 2nd round of the 21 day fix! Now, I started this blog with the intent of being honest and accountable with my weight loss journey. So it's in that mindset that I have to tell you my whole heart wasn't in it this last time. I don't know why- maybe I got arrogant from my first round and thought I was all of a sudden a weight losing goddess? Maybe I figured I'd just keep losing weight after such a great round?

I have no clue.

Regardless, I'm the only one that suffered from my empathetic attitude. In 3 weeks I lost 2 pounds, though I did still manage to lose 6 inches from my body.

That brings my final weight loss total in 2 rounds (though technically a round and a half, if we count my laziness =P) to 17 lbs and 16 inches!




Not too shabby, huh!? I mean really, 2 lbs in 3 weeks is still great. 6 inches in 3 weeks is still great. But I constantly found excuses to not work out, or eat "treats" when Heaven knows I don't need them.

Clean eating or not, a treat is still a treat.

SO. In the interest of meeting my 30th birthday goal (you know, to look like I'm wearing Spanx without actually wearing them), I'm starting a challenge group on March 21st!

Oh yeah, I also signed up as a Beachbody coach. Did I tell you guys that?? I seriously love the 21 day fix though and I want other people to do it with me! =) 

Now, back to the challenge group. It's going to run March 21st-April 10th and I basically want everyone to do it with me. =P There'll be giveaways (word on the street is there's a $25 Amazon gift card at stake. I don't know- it's a rumor!), silly inspirational sayings, far too much optimism for any 1 person to handle, tons of recipes, and more importantly- a lifestyle change.

If you're interested in signing up, purchase your challenge pack HERE* and drop me a note so I can add you to the private facebook group! It's completely private, and there will be a "cone of silence" placed on it so everyone has privacy and can speak freely. =)

xo
A Redhead

*Note: I know, $140 is a bit steep. Buuuuut you get a month of Shakeology which in itself is normally $130/month. So you're basically buying a month of Shakeology & getting the 21 day fix program for FREEEEEEE! =) I'm crazy cheap as you all know, so I'm trying to offer perspective. =) 

Monday, February 15, 2016

We lost our dog

OK not really, I wouldn't be blogging if we lost our dog. I'd be sobbing into a pint of ice cream while laying on the floor gnashing my teeth.

Isn't she cuuuuuuuuute??
What I meant to say was that we lost the WEIGHT of our dog between the 2 of us. I know, sneaky. That was mean. #yolonoregrets #Icantbelieveisaidyolo #iapologizeforsayingyolo

Anyway. Today is "weigh-in Monday" a.k.a. "gird your loins and hope for the best Monday". Years of diets have made me fairly pessimistic with weigh-in days, so I always fear the worst when it comes time to step on the scale. Instead, I lost 2 lbs this week! Which brought my total weight loss up to 15.5!!!

Thanks Mashable! And xtina. ;)
Even more impressive? My darling Bearded Wonder. Now, in case you weren't aware, men sneeze and lose 5 lbs. They blink rapidly and lose 8 lbs. It's just a cruel and scientific fact.

Husband has lost 36 lbs. THIRTY. SIX. AS IN 4 LESS THAN 40. AND IS MORE THAN TWICE WHAT I'VE LOST.

THIRTY.
SIX.

Tyra knows what I'm talking about. 
I'm so proud of him. Seriously. I mean naturally I hate him a little bit right now because of the raging jealousy, BUT. I'm so proud and grateful to be doing this with him. I don't think either of us would have been as successful without each other (you know, until he sneezed anyway ;)).

We both have more energy, we sleep better, we don't ever feel bloated and gross... You guys, I hate to sound like I'm drinking the kool-aid, except I'm going to. I drank the whole pitcher. This program really is awesome. We've already decided we'll just keep up with the clean eating and portion control even after we stop the program. It just makes sense.

Also, I'm thinking of signing up as a Beachbody coach. I'm obsessed with this program and we have some ridiculously awesome results. Case and point:


We're each holding the amount of weight we've lost. =) I guess we could've held up our dog to get the same affect. =P

As for food, favorites as of late are... 
Asian turkey burgers
Turkey meatballs
Spaghetti squash with no-sugar-added pasta sauce
Roast chicken that we cut up and eat throughout the week
Parmesan puffs
Buffalo Chicken Dip (O.M.GEEEEEE THIS IS STUPID GOOD.)

How's everyone else doing?? Any recipes to share?? ;)

xo
A Redhead

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

21 Day Fix: Round 2

So we finished our first round of 21 day fix! We decided to take a week off and then resume on Monday the 8th. Someone asked me why we decided to take a week off- why didn't we just keep doing it?

Well, in short... I guess I wanted to see what would happen. Would I continue my fancy new healthy habits, or would I go back to huge spoonfuls of nutella and endless pieces of bread? (Shut up, this is a judgement-free zone!)

The greatest gif of all time. Thanks Makeagif!
So how did we do? I'm sure you're all just dying to know. ;)

Thanks Bookish!
Well, we did... Ok? It started out pretty good. We still had a lot of food prepped from the Fix so it made sense to just keep eating healthily. I tried a donut sample from Whole Foods (which means it was probably super healthy), and I took 1 small bite and had to throw the rest out- it was just too sweet! I went out to dinner with a friend and we split a sandwich and the fries. It was just enough, I was really satisfied, aaannnd I realized that ketchup is crazy sweet.

It did go a bit downhill for me towards the end of the week. Hubbins has never had a ravenous sweet tooth. I, on the other hand, salivate at the mere mention of dessert. I get this crazy-eyed look, my hair stands up on end, and my tongue does a jig of joy until dessert is in my mouth, in which case there are grunts of happiness.

I know. Vivid picture. You. Are. Welcome.

So yeah. I'm "kind of" into desserts. and sugar poured on sugar smothered in sugar deep-fried in sugar.
Thank you imgur!
I have to confess, it was nice to get back into our "new routine". I still don't love meal prep and I still hate the amount of dishes we have to do (2nd load of the week happened tonight!). Buuuut I love that I don't feel bloated and gross ever anymore. I love that I don't have to find the bathroom in a moment's notice because something disagreed with me. (TMI. You're welcome.) I like that I've lost 13 lbs in less than a month, and that there's a sincere hope if I step it up for the next 3 weeks, I could lose that amount or more!

Naturally because I ate junk last week, it made my taste buds kick into high gear for more junk. Rude, right? The last few days have been tough, but I've made some really impressive [for me] choices.

"Like what, Redhead?!"

I'll tell you! :D We were with our small group last night and someone provided a dozen Duck Donuts to celebrate a friend's birthday. For someone on a diet, it was sweet torture.

Then they sat 2 feet from my face for the next hour. Seriously. Sprinkles were making uncomfortably intimate eye contact with me. Actually it was kinda like this:

So nice I used it twice. I have no regrets. 
In my head I thought about splitting 1 with the Bearded Wonder. Then that seemed like a bad idea, so I thought he and I should split 1/2 of a donut- 1/4 each. But that still seemed like a bad idea, so I thought about just lopping off a small piece. While that was unbearably appealing, I knew it would be too much. So I considered a sliver. An actual, bonafide sliver- something just to give me a tiny taste of that sweet, sweet glory.

I didn't do it. 

I'm equal parts proud and sad (see: heavy breathing gif above). =P I have high hopes that round 2 will be as successful for us, and that I'll reach my goal by my 30th birthday! I have 9 months (to the day almost!). I can make some serious progress in 9 months, I just have to keep up with it now!

xo
A Redhead

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

IT. IS. FINISHED!!

Well, we're officially done with this round of the 21 day fix! I thought it was Monday, but hubbins gently showed me that 21 days would end Sunday. Suh-weeeet!

I'm sure you're all chomping at the bit to get our results... Ready??



I lost 13.3 lbs, and the bearded wonder lost 27 lbs. TWENTY-SEVEN. As in an average of 9 lbs a week! I can't get over it. I mean I'm pumped about my weight loss, because 13 is still an incredible amount to lose in 3 weeks, but he literally lost twice as much! I'm also down 9 inches and he's down 14. GOOD LORD, Y'ALL.

We're endorsed by The Rock. True story. (Thanks Reaction Gifs!)

I'm so unbelievably proud of him, and of me, really. We've both worked really hard on this (though he's worked harder- I can't lie. =P ) and we have the results to show it.

So while we're saying we're officially done for this week, we're kicking up round 2 this coming Monday. We don't really have a reason not to. We're not as strict on things this week, but definitely next week will be kicked back into full on Fix mode. I've still had my shake for breakfast, I still brought fix-approved food for work today... With the food in our kitchen, we just have fix-approved food, so why not just keep on with it?

Some helpful hints from the other side that I feel no one warned me about...

Dishes. You're going to do so many freaking dishes. You'll probably do them every day. It's annoying, and tiring, and probably expensive since you're going to use your little tab thingies in the dishwasher every time. For us, there's 2 of us doing it so that's double the containers for meals at work. I had 1 small bowl for cottage cheese & pineapple, another bowl for my lunch, a small container for hummus. 3 bowls, plus the 5 Fix cups used to measure it out, times 2 (since it's for 2 people), and you suddenly have a lot of dishes from 1 day.

Walls. You're going to metaphorically run into them, unless you're amazing at cooking/prepping ALL of your food already. And working out daily on top of that. I told you all last week that I was losing steam. I loved the results (even though they slowed down greatly from week 1), but seriously- so much effort is put into this. We'd make a huge batch of brown rice once a week, cook a roasted chicken once a week, cook veggies every couple of days, etc. Before we start next week, I want to make a huge batch of turkey meatballs and turkey burgers so we'll have them to grab quickly throughout the next round and hopefully spare us some "on the fly" prep.

Support. Seriously, the support makes such a huge difference. Find someone to do it with you if you're single. We don't have a "coach" or anything, so we've just leaned heavily on each other. It's made a world of difference. We'll be your support if you need it! :D

SO. Here we are, 40 lbs lighter and 23 inches smaller between the 2 of us. In 3 weeks. It's kind of crazy, but we're really happy and generally don't feel deprived of anything. We went to the movies last night, had a "treat" meal, and we're back to normal today. I feel like a lot of my mentality towards food has changed. I don't feel the need to eat ALL THE THINGS I can find. It's kinda nice. =)

Care to join us on February 8?? Round 2 of 21 Day Fix is starting! :D

xo
A Redhead

Monday, January 25, 2016

2 weeks down, 1 week to go...

Well friends, we're 2/3 of the way through now. This time next week will be our last day, and I'll hopefully be plotting to go buy some ice cream.

I'm mostly kidding.

This week was honestly really hard for me. The 21 Day Fix is generally easy to follow, but I swear I hit a wall this past week. There's a lot of prepping of food, there's more dishes to do and more frequently (because there are 2 of us, so double the food containers/prep stuff), and you still have to work out every day and eat great food every day.

I had it this past week. I was sick of the dishes and the prep and the continued effort. I spend a lot of mental energy figuring out meals and snacks, AND prepping them. My husband is super helpful, don't get me wrong, but I do the majority of the planning (though he is fantastic with helping prep).  I swear, if he wasn't doing this with me, I definitely would've given up by now. It's just so.much.effort.

It doesn't help that the 1st week we did this, weight was pouring off my body. I lost 8.3 lbs in the first 7 days alone. That's ridonkulous. And glee inducing.


This past week though? After the weekend, where nothing changed except the schedule of eating, I gained 2 lbs. I. Was. Crushed.

http://blog.loveknitting.com/the-6-emotions-of-frogging-a-project/
How could this be?! I worked out, I ate good food, I didn't even cheat a little bit. But I gained 2 lbs. I didn't want to work out anymore (because what's the point), I didn't want to prep my food (because what's the point)... Suffice it to say, it was a rough couple of days.

Eventually I pulled my head out of... somewhere and realized that it could be any number of things. I could be retaining water. I could be learning a lesson about weighing myself every day. I don't know what happened, but somehow I managed to lose a few more pounds and now....

https://biochemneverland.wordpress.com/tag/awesomesause/page/2/
I'm down 11.5 lbs!! Wooooo! I persevered through a few crappy days and still lost weight. I felt sorry for myself a couple times, but really at the end of the day... I'd still lost 8 lbs in a week.. That's awesome. And now I've lost almost 12 lbs in 2 weeks. Wooooo!

So we're on to our last week and hopefully I'll have lost 15 lbs at the end of it all, but we'll see. 15 lbs in 21 days would be kind of insane for me. ;)

xo
A Redhead