Life Update

So….alm17021757_1373778909310204_8644894886796336663_nost a year since my last update? Wow…time flies!  Actually, my favorite quote fits pretty well here – “The days are long, but the years are short”  This is so true, especially when watching my children grow!  B is now 7 years old and almost done with 1st grade and C is going to be 12 this summer and going into 7th grade!

B has been doing much better in school this year. Before school started, I met with the school’s principal, counselor and his 1st grade teacher to discuss his behavior issues, and things we can do to help him through the school year.  His Kindergarten teacher even stopped in and gave some input on what she found works for her.  The result? I have not received one phone call from the school ALL YEAR! He still has his good days and bad days at school, but now he is getting in trouble for things like talking, instead of running out of the classroom or school. And no meltdowns at school that result in destroying the principal’s office.  We do still get meltdowns at home, but they are less and usually less severe.

C is slowly becoming a teenager…wants to be left alone, voice deepening, chatting with girl classmates on his computer.  I’m not ready for the teenage years yet!  C’s year has been pretty uneventful.  Getting good grades, stallion band and just starting baseball. He had his first baseball practice last night and looked pretty good! I’m not ready for the hectic schedule that baseball brings, but I’m excited to watch him improve all summer long. I’m struggling on what I’m going to do with C over the summer.  He is too old for the summer daycares, but too young to stay home alone all summer.  I better decide soon though, only a little over a month of school left!

As for me? I’m still struggling with my weight and weight loss.  I’m slowing going back down after gaining almost all weight I lost a few years ago.  Finally down over 10 pounds since joining Weight Watchers in January. I’ve also joined a gym and go 5 days a week. You may have heard of it – Orange Theory Fitness.  I LOVE it and have made huge improvements in my strength.  Even down a pant size since the gym opened in March.

WDWRUNDISNEY_WDWMARAHALFMEDALBACKDROP1_20170226_7961626009I also ran a half marathon through Disney World in February.  Well ran is a strong word…I completed a half marathon in just under 3.5 hours.  The last 3 miles were rough, but I finished.  Check that off my bucket list – never need to run a half again.  Hubby and I got to take a nice Florida vacation alone for the run, so that was a wonderful added bonus.  It was so nice to get away, just the two of us!  I’m ready for another one!

So, that in a nutshell is our family’s update since last July. Maybe I’ll post more now….just maybe…

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Fat Loss Fast Track-Week 1 Update

One week down in my Fat Loss Fast Track (FLFT) program and I’m doing great! Our only official goal for the week was to track everything we ate and how we felt throughout the day.  I journaled every day and really ate pretty healthy, even though that wasn’t part of the goal.  Something about having to write down that I ate 20 cheese & cracker sandwiches, stops me from eating it – usually.

My 30 day goal is to find some other activity other than snacking after dinner. I have found that sitting idle in front of the TV or Computer = high risk unnecessary sacking at night.  Added bonus to this – a sense of accomplishment when I complete some small task I would have ignored in the past.  Fold a load of laundry, clear the dishwasher, take a walk…etc.  Since this isn’t the main focus of our week this week, right now I’m just working on awareness.  Asking myself before I eat something – Am I hungry? It is worth it? My answer to both of these are almost always no. Sometimes that was enough to stop me, sometimes not.  If I ate it, I wrote it down.

I know every week won’t be this easy. At some point, I’m going to get tired of what I’m eating and I’m going to want to fall back into old habits.  This is where the skills I’m learning now with FLFT are going to become super important. Not to mention the amazing support our group has with the other members and our leader, Elizabeth Benton at Primal Potential.

I joined a Diet Bet challenge with a few co-workers the same day FLFT started – so week 1 down on that too.  Guess what?!?!  I’ve already hit my goal weight! I’ve lost 6.8 pounds in one week! I was eating terribly for about 2 weeks before this started, so a lot of the weight is probably water weight, but I still feel amazing with this progress! Now just to maintain, which I know I can because I have the amazing FLFT program to help me through it!

 

Fat Loss Fast Track

 

13615380_1127860453902052_8247594300613495127_nThis week I started a new 90 day program called Fat Loss Fast Track, which is led by Elizabeth Benton at Primal Potential.  If you haven’t heard of this lady, you need to check her out NOW! She has tons of free info on her website to help you on your weight loss journey.

You notice I didn’t call it a diet program? Because it isn’t.  It is a program to help you work towards a life style change.  Something I have known I have needed for years. No special or restrictive diet to help you lose a bunch of weight – and then once you hit your goal – you fall right back into old habits, devouring everything you have denied yourself the entire time you were on the diet.  Yes, this program does talk about nutrition and the best foods to eat to get the best fat burning results. But the magic food, amounts, combinations, etc. are different for every person.  This program teaches you how to track not only what you eat, but how it makes you feel, your energy level, your mood, your cravings…it teaches you to pay attention to what your body is telling you.

This program also focus on adjusting your mind-set.  Instead of I can’t eat cupcakes they aren’t on my diet – you say I choose not to eat that cupcake because it will not get me closer to my goals.

I’m only into week 1 of this program.  Our focus this week is to just focus on the journal I mentioned above.  Journal everything you eat, how it makes you feel and any extreme changes in mood/hunger/cravings/energy.  That’s it! We were also asked to create a 30 day goal. I wanted my goal to be no eating after dinner – a big, bad habit of mine. But Elizabeth suggested a more positive spin on the goal (See the I choose to, instead of I can’t above). So my 30 day goal is – After dinner I will fill my time with an activity other than unnecessary snacking. Other activities might include – post on our program’s Facebook page, take a walk, crochet, read a book, do a puzzle, exercise, get a glass of water, ask myself if I’m hungry, ask myself if this snack will get me closer to my goal, clean something, write a blog post….

I’ve done better this week with eating after dinner, but I have not perfect. And that’s OK.  We are working toward progress here…not prefection!

I will continue to post on my progress with the program, so check back often!