New Year, life, happiness and a continuation of a better me

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So as you all know I have not been posting a lot this past month. The holidays, family, and me revaluating me. I refuse to make New Year’s resolutions because…let’s be honest…no one ever keeps their New Year’s resolution. So instead of doing that I am reiterating the goal I intend to achieve: I am going to improve my eating habits, continue to do the exercising that I have been doing, and I am going to lose the weight I have left to lose.

In the last month I have discovered that when I made a decision not to allow people to control what I do or how I choose to live…I have started to live what really seems to be a better life. And as much as I hate to admit it because I hate to see people  care about unhappy, I am actually happier and a lot calmer. I am glad that I no longer ( or at least most of the time) allow certain people to get under my skin. My holidays went a lot smoother then in years past.  Does that mean I don’t go around my family or want to talk to them? No it just means I know how to manage myself and not worry about what everyone thinks or says.Thank goodness I made the choice I did 11 years ago.

A few things I want to accomplish this year…more goals then resolutions…just have to put my best foot forward:

  • continue to improve my health with my fitness goals
  • continue to pay down any debt we have (extra on house payment)
  • manage myself better
  • be a better parent especially now that my kids are teenagers
  • be a better wife 🙂

Overall, I think this year is going to be a great one. I think it will be a little challenging in some areas but I know we will be able to do it. I know I will be doing more for myself to improve me and help my kids and husband do well for themselves. WE will accomplish what we set our minds to do. So here is to the first step…we will be great!!

 

 

 

Fit Challenge Week 22

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Hi all!! It’s been a great week!! I have been doing all my usual things exercising and actually eating the way I am supposed to and it shows. I have lost 2 pounds!! I know it might be a bit of a small victory considering I already was here a month ago but I made it back and now all I need to do is go further. It will happen I know 🙂

On to another subject…I am actually influencing my hubby too!!! Last week he actually go up and started exercising with me. It was great!! We has a lot of fun together doing it. Not only am I going to start feeling better but my hubby is going to be there with me. It’s an amazing feeling to see him there trying to stay healthy with me.

One other thing I know I promised you I would show you my new workout tops this week once I put them on. So here is the one I wore this week

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It was nice to see myself in a medium. 😀

 

Height: 5′ 7″

Weight: 173.6

Bust: 38 in

Waist: 32 in

Hips: 38 in

Fit Challenge Week 15 and Monthly Check In 9/27

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OMG!!! I DID IT!!!! I made my goal for the month!!! I am currently at 173.4!!!! Yes I know I said I want to be at 173 flat but you know something I don’t care!!! I did it!!! wp_20160927_10_54_32_pro1

Ok now that I got that out of the way I can go on about other things….oh wait a minute….that’s what this post is about!!! My measurements have not changed all that much but will post them here as well below. I just cannot believe I’ve made it this far. That means I have lost overall since the beginning from last year (July 16, 2015 I weighed 186) I have lost 13 pounds!!! I am so happy!! I know 13 pounds don’t seem like a lot and probably I could have got them off a lot quicker if losing weight were my only goal. But it’s not. My biggest goal is to change all of my bad habits and start new and better habits. The weight honestly is my second goal. I do want them to come off but if I don’t change my bad habits that put me here I will just gain them right back.

So with this all being said, I am going to set my new monthly goal to be 168 pounds for me to come and show on October 28, 2016. I will get it off…just watch me 😀

This is where my measurements were when I started July 16,2015:

My height: 5′ 7″

My weight: 186.4 lbs

My bust: 42 in

My waist: 37 in

My hips: 43 in

 

When I restarted on July 5, 2016:

Height: 5′ 7″

Weight : 181.5

My bust: 38 in

My waist: 32 in

My Hips: 38 in

 

And where I am today Sept 27, 2016:

Height: 5′ 7″

Weight: 173.4

Bust: 38 in

Waist: 32 in

Hips: 38 in

 

 

Fit Challenge Week 12

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Woot!! Woot!! I lost another pound!! I am at 175.7…I am doing it and will continue to do it!! I know I can and I know I will!! I feel amazing and I am so glad it is coming off. I know 1 pound every 2 to 3 weeks is not a lot but it is an amazing feeling 🙂

 

Height: 5′ 7″

Age: 38

Weight : 175.7

My bust: 38 in

My waist: 32 in

My Hips: 37 in

Week 5 Fit Challenge

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So I am in week five and I am feeling amazing. I guess the vacation did more for me then just getting away from everything. I have increased my gazelle time as I said last week to 30 mins and I have felt it in a good way. My legs are looking a lot more toned…but I think that is for all of the time I have spent. That did not come in just one week of doing 10 extra minutes a day…but wouldn’t it be nice if it did…lol!!  My yoga is becoming easier every time I do it. I’d say I’m almost where I was 15 yrs ago when I all but stopped doing it but I still got a bit to go on that. I believe age does have something to do with it but I only think it is a small amount. I believe if you have been doing it, you will be able to continue with it regardless of your age. That is what I am aiming for. I want my abilities back and I am going to fight for them!!

I am continuing on my diet as well as all of the exercise. I don’t get hungry like I used to. Meaning , I don’t snack on useless junk. Yes I do have ice cream, candy and all that other stuff. I just don’t crave them so I am eating less and less of them. I eat more fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Right now peaches and watermelons are in season and they are better then any piece of candy you can imagine 🙂  I guess like the old saying is “out of sight, out of mind” is true. When you don’t see them any more, you really don’t want them anymore. I have had bread once this week and that was on a sub sandwich that I had at my parents house over the weekend. Other then that, there is no bread in my diet. I am trying to drink more water but I tell you even in the heat down here, it is hard to drink 6-16 oz glasses of water. Some days are easier then others and I will continue to work on that.

 

Now for the results:  I dropped a pound!!

Fit Challenge week 5:

Height: 5′ 7″

Age: 38

Weight : 178.6

My bust: 38 in

My waist: 32 in

My Hips: 38 in

 

A little brag….

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Yes I know I should not brag and I have already posted an update about my progress but you know what I don’t care…lol!! I feel good today!! I accomplished two things today, so far….I had a breakthrough on my gazelle!! Before my trip I had been doing 20:00 mins and averaging 1.2 – 1.3 miles. Today going for 20 mins I hit 1.65 miles!! I was so happy!! I know it does not seem like a huge amount, but when you go from a point when you can hardly breathe at just a little over a mile and you are so close to 2 miles in the same length of time it feels like you just conquered the world. Ok that might be exaggerating but it is an amazing feeling!! The second thing I accomplished was the Camel Pose or the Ustrasana * in yoga. For those that do not do yoga this might not seem like too much considering awhile back I also was able to get into the Wheel pose or the Urdhva Dhanurasana .* The Camel pose was always harder for me because I have had issues with my shoulders. But this morning when I did my yoga I made the attempt and my back and shoulders released and I was able to go into it so easily. I was so happy!!! So I’m done with my brag today 😀

 

 

*The pictures came from http://www.Yogajournal.com.