Tag: Weight loss

Tired of Wishing for “IT”

Looking back at the posts in this blog I realized that I have done A LOT OF WISHING FOR IT to happen and very little of actually doing something to make IT happen. Is if like putting down on paper – or online rather – will magically happen.

Oh, wishful thinking!

The problem is that I don’t know how to get started. I know that people say “just do it” (very much like Nike) or “one day you’ll get up and say this is it, I’m doing it.” I see other people that have found their groove meanwhile I’m here trying to figure it out. I tend to overthink things, and for sure I’ve given this “working out” and “eating right” thing a great deal of thought but then again, it stays in there nothing else happens.

Recently in a visit to my doctor for a physical, she freaked out because of my weight and how much this is affecting my health, in particular. my heart’s health. You would think that this will kick me into action but it hasn’t. To add to this, I’m about to turn 40 a huge milestone, and I still don’t get motivated to do anything.

I’m aware of my shortcomings and where I’m standing, I’m not delusional. I look at myself in the mirror, and I don’t always like what I see. I know I must do something. I know I must get into action, but how!? I have a gym membership, but I don’t use it. Why you ask? Embarrassment? Laziness? Wishful thinking?

Who knows!

My biggest opponent is my mind. I’m WAY too into my head to the point that sometimes I need to get out and take some fresh air. As I mentioned above, I’m aware of my shortcomings I just don’t know how to tackle them. I want to lose weight, I want to be healthy, I want to get back to where I was mentally 10 years ago. Where I felt happy and motivated. I want to enter my 40s healthy and with a pep in my step. I want to enjoy my 40s and be strong, but where do I start?

I look to the future and I see a healthy and lean me. Then I look at me today and what I see is all the work that is ahead and I get discourage before starting. I know this is NOT A SPRINT it is a MARATHON and as such, I should approach it but at some point, if I don’t the path towards the destination, I give up.

I don’t want to wish for IT,
I want to be IT!
I want to be IT!
I want to be IT!
I want to be IT!
I want to be IT!

I want to be IT! 

So with that in mind, I’m giving ME another chance! I’m doing like Taylor Swift, and Shake it Off and start over. After all, “it doesn’t matter how many times you fall .. what matters is how many times you stand up, shake it off, and moving forward.”

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60 Day Challenge Lifetime Fitness: Results

As you might remember, last June I jumped onto the opportunity to participate in the 60 Day Challenge with Lifetime Fitness – a gym that I had recently joined -. I was really excited about having an incentive to get motivated and into the habit of going to the gym at least 4 times a week. Today I “weigh-out”, to conclude the Challenge.

What Happened?

Like I said, I was really excited. I made workout plans, meal plans, I went shopping, I was ready. In June I went to 3 out 4 “Try It Tuesdays”. These are workshops are designed to give you guidance and support your weight loss efforts during and after the challenge. I really enjoyed these, my favorite was the one about grocery shopping, where we went to Whole Foods and learned how to shop for a successful weight loss.

I also frequent the gym – not as much as I should have – but I did. I made an effort to go during lunch or in the afternoon. I also made an extra effort to cook more at home.

In July, all that went out the window, as it was a really crazy – and exciting month -. Traveled most of the month and to that, add an increase in my workload and that makes for a crazy time. Granted, I could have made more of an effort to go to the gym, but I didn’t. The only major thing in terms of activity that I did was walking a 5K and a half marathon the same weekend.

In August, we are done with the 60 day challenge, and as a participant we needed to “weigh-out”. I didn’t want to go. My performance was poor and I didn’t want to see the number going up and since technically, June was the only month in which I did anything related to the challenge. Regardless, I went…

What? I did not see that coming!

Probably you guessed it… I did lose weight! I was really surprised and excited. It was the push I needed to continue moving forward even when I don’t see the results I want to see.

Here are the results!
Here are the results!

Needless to say, I’m pleased with the results. So much so, that I’m going to sign up for a second round. This time, I will use what I learn to improve my performance and see even more pounds go away!

Yay me!

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Drinking More

In the past I didn’t have any issues drinking water, however, lately, this has been a challenge. I’m a sucker for apps, gadgets and anything that can help in my journey, and because of my lack of water, I knew I had to do something.

I tried an app called Water Drink Reminder. It was fun, every time I needed to drink water, the sound of pouring water on a glass came up. My co-workers always looked at me strange… Even though I liked that, I soon stop tracking my water intake.

I bought cute cups to encourage me to drink more water, but then again, soon I stopped. I put reminders and this was kind of successful during the week, but then during the weekend, I feel out of the routine again. I really needed help with this.

I live in Texas, and during the summers, I need something that keeps my water cold for longer and that it is easy to carry, I really dislike room temperature or hot water, UGH!

Enter Hydro Flask!

This my water bottle and I love it!
This my water bottle and I love it!

This is one of the most amazing bottles I’ve tried. It keeps my water cold for a long time, and ice doesn’t melt. I bought the 40oz bottle because did I mention that I have an issue with drinking water? 😉

But as you might off picked up, I’m not good with the tracking of the water. So I needed something else to accompany my 40 oz bottle. And there I found Plant Nanny. I know, if I didn’t use the other water app, how come I’ll use this one? Well, that’s easy…

It is a plant!

This is my favorite App to track my water intake!
This is my favorite App to track my water intake!

Well, at least, a virtual one. Looking at my plant’s sad face makes me drink water because I don’t want it to die. I saw the sad face once and that was enough for me to drink more water. I love that I get to have different plants, so far I only have one and another one in progress.

I’m not saying that I have been successful at drinking the 129 oz of water, but at least, I’m drinking more than before, in average, in the last 14 days, I have drank about 110 oz., that’s an improvement from before, where I spent days with only 40 oz of water or less in me.

The increment in water intake has also shown to be a solution or aid to my weight loss. I always heard about it, but I wasn’t sure of how much of an impact this has in the weight loss process. Drinking more water, has curved my appetite and cravings. And although I’m still struggling to keep within my Weight Watchers points – this is for another post – I know I’m eating less and making better choices.

I’m looking forward to see how many more plants I can grow and at the same time spread the love for Hydro Flask, so far I have two, and I’m sure that I’ll have many more.

Do you track your water intake? If so how? Do you have a favorite bottle? Share what you love!

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