No More Excuses + Making Some Personal Changes

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


I'm sitting here trying to figure out a clever way to start this post, but instead of white picket fencing things I am just going to lay it all out there.  So here goes...

Since moving into our temporary living space within our renovation, I've gained almost 10 pounds.  And to be honest, I'm feeling pretty unhappy with myself right now, and ya know I'm allowed to feel that way. I'm 5'4" so for my body this feels like a lot of weight.  I can be honest with myself and acknowledge that I have been drinking way more wine at night than I probably should, wearing gym clothes more often then I actually go to the gym, and I have not been handling stress in the right way at all.

Since I refussseeeeee to buy bigger jeans and make more excuses (and room) for my expanding butt, starting right now I am making some changes.

Here is how I plan to get myself back on track:
  • Get back into running daily.  I love running and have almost given it up completely since moving.  And when I do go to the gym I need to turn off my phone to avoid distractions and just focus on myself for that one hour. That has definitely been one of my biggest problems.  I have the hardest time turning everything off. But people, instagram, e-mails, texts and googling for things for our house can all wait.
  • Swap out wine on weeknights with yummy decaf tea.  I'm not saying no wine at all, I just need to get back to enjoying a glass here and there and not every single night. 
  • Track my progress on Lose It!  My husband uses this app and he loves it. Not sure how I feel about counting and tracking every little single thing that I eat, but I am going to give it a shot. Has anyone else used this app? Did you like it? I would love hear. 
  • Realize it's okay to put myself first sometimes when it comes to my mental and physical health. My husband is more than understanding and I just need to talk to him more.  I know he would completely understand if I told him I just need to go outside (away from the chaos) to clear my head and get some exercise. 
And that is the extent of my personal goals at this very moment. The reason I've decided to share this is because in some way it makes me feel more accountable for the things I do.  I need to work on myself and I am sure we can all relate to feeling like that at one point or another.  I will share an update with you next week on how things are going.

So here's to a healthy and positive new day! 

14 comments:

Erika Price said...

Just like there is s Freshman Fifteen when you go to college, I think there is a Remodel Ten as well! I'm just over 3 months into our remodel and sadly right there with you! My solution is more yoga whuch should help mind, body, and spirit. It's just a house, right? You and your health are more important! Good luck!!

heathergreenwood said...

Hi! The stress of what you guys are doing (barn reno) is huge. Decisions, building inspectors, monetary setbacks, all while raising kids and trying to be the best wife can be hard in stressful times. I think what you are doing is great! What a great experience. Just realize there is an end to the madness and that this too shall pass. Just think of the finished product, it's going to be amazing! As for the weight loss, you can do anything you set your mind to do! Get back to a routine you love :-)

The Infamous sunRay said...

I use LoseIt! and I really like it. It can be a bit annoying at first, but eventually documenting everything you eat just becomes habit. I've found that using the app has made me more aware of my food choices and has helped me to make positive and lasting changes in my diet. Good luck!

natasha {schue love} said...

I am with you all the way!! I've let work totally consume me and I move so little during the day as I sit at a desk for 8+ hours. I need motivation so thank you for this!!

NikG said...

You're not alone on the wine thing. For me, a couple glasses during the week turned into a glass almost every night as well. I realized that even though that glass was comforting in the evening, it was bringing me down (making me feel slightly sluggish) throughout that week. I've since gone back to only having a glass or two once MAYBE twice during the week, usually when watching one of my trash reality shows--and my energy level is back up! I substituted my glass with tea as well. I think us stressed out moms crave something "comforting" we can look forward to. That evening tea has worked just as well for me. ;)

Nicole Hedden said...

I love Lose It! I haven't used it lately, but have in the past. It definitely makes you more aware of all the things you put in your body!

Mindy said...

You lost me at no wine every night. ;)

curlygirlpress said...

Good for you! I also fell off the exercise bandwagon and have recently jumped back on (and feel so much better). That nightly drink had to go, too. I've heard good things of the My Fitness Pal app, too, but that's also a track-everything one. Good luck, and ENJOY YOURSELF. = )

Dee said...

You can do it! It is great that you wrote a list of the things you are going to do to get back on track.

Anonymous said...

"I'm feeling pretty unhappy with myself right now, and ya know I'm allowed to feel that way" - It is totally valid and ok to feel this way, but to the extent you are able to hear outside opinions, from your pix you continue to look enviously amazing and beautiful...

Anonymous said...

"I'm feeling pretty unhappy with myself right now, and ya know I'm allowed to feel that way." Totally valid and ok to feel this way, but from the outside - and the pix you post - you remain enviously, almost unattainably beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Don't be so hard on yourself - you look fabulous!

Mattien D said...

Hi there!
Thank you for being honest about your feelings in this post.
I believe it takes a lot of courage to just write something like this down for the world to see.
The second thing i want to say is that you are already half way there to make a big change!
You acknowledge the fact that you are unhappy, and you even made a plan!

Stick to it, don't give up and don't push yourself TOO hard.
Being consistent and being able to keep going is key!

Danielle said...

I'm sure stress has more to do with the weight gain than you think. If at all possible (with two young boys and a major reno) try to find some time each day for relaxation and you time. This can be your run, or a book, or a bath. Yoga would be a great option as well.

I have tried Loose It before and found that it can add more stress and obsessiveness with trying to tack every single calorie of food. I don't count calories any more. As long as you are eating clean, fresh food (mostly veggies) in to your system your body will take notice and help to heal (stress) better since it is running on good quality fuel.

I love this post because it shows that no one is perfect, we are all human. I find internet peeps like to only share the good, which makes sense, why would you want to showcase anything at your worst, right? This funk will pass and when it does you will be better for it.

Best of luck with everything :)

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