Just like most people, with the begining of a new year, I have looked inward and tried to figure out some goals for personal improvement. I need them to help me continue on my weight loss journey. Some of the things I have come up with are:
1. Working out in the morning- Now let me say and anybody that knows me, can attest to this, I am SO NOT a morning person! I hate mornings! I struggle to get out of bed in the morning, the warm bed and soft pillow are just so amazing in the morning. But, after working out for a while now, I feel like I dread working out at night because it is just one more thing on my to-do list that makes me feel tired. I work full time, have a wonderful little boy and loving husband, all who need my time and attention. When I get home at night from work, I want to devote my time to them, and only them. By gettting up to work out in the morning, my workouts don't take time away from them and I feel like a better mom and wife. I have been doing well with this challenge, but it is still exactly that; a challenge. I feel better when I do it, but sleeping in the morning is great. My body is getting more used to waking up early and I feel so great to know that when I leave work at night I don't have to go home and work out that night. So, I am pretty sure I will stick with this.
2. I am going to be better about writing in my food journal. I use the app My Fitness Pal and it is a great way to help me stay on track and know just how much I have eaten in the day and how my nutrition is going. I am going to see if there are more apps out there that might be helpful, so if you know of any please let me know.
3. Along the same lines as with my nutrition, I am going to be better about drinking my Shakeology. I do really well drinking it during the week because it is my breakfast and I just take it in my shaker cup to work. But, weekends are a different story. I do it about half the time and I realized I started feeling yucky on the weekends and this is why. My shake is so good for me and it really does help with my weightloss. I need to drink it everyday to get the full benefits out of it.
So there you have it, my three New Years Resolutions. What are some goals you have for yourself? Loosing weight? Eating healthier? Having more energy? On my fitness journey I have now accomplished one of the first goals I set out for myself. I have lost 25 pounds and I am no longer 300+ pounds. I now am in the 200 pound range and it is only getting better from here! I am so happy and I know that I have worked so hard and made a major change in my life. Just the taste of that first victory is so sweet, nothing is going to stop me now!
I want to be able to help others on their journey too so they can feel that taste of success for themselves. If you feel so inclined, please check out my website to see how I have been able to lose this weight and gain confidence. www.beachbodycoach.com/scasper26 On there you will find products, especially Shakeology that can help you transform you life. If you have questions, please let me know I will be happy to answer them. Cheers to the new year and a new you!
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Well, to say I have been a blog slacker is an understatement. It all started in October when my little boy spent a week in the hospital. Then, after he got home and I started my workout routine again, I hurt my ankle. It was very painful and I wasn't able to workout for 3 weeks. I felt such guilt about not being able to workout that I didn't want to blog either. Plus, who really wants me to update them about my ankle and lack of working out. Now I am fully back on the band wagon and I have even started doing more workouts than I was previously. I am now doing a program called Les Mills Pump. It is a weight training program with cardio. Some of you know it as Bodypump, which is how it is taught in gyms. It is a great workout and I can actually see myself developing muscles and I feel so much stronger because of it. I still do cardio along with it and it is a really good balance for me. Over the last little bit, I have found that I LOVE my chocolate shakeology. I have tried every other flavor they make and none of them even come close to how I love the chocolate. I am now down 19 pounds, so close to being under 300 pounds! I will break that before I go home to South Carolina in February for my friend's wedding. I will never see it again! My pants I bought just a few months ago are starting to be saggy and I am thinking I may need to go buy a few more so I can at least look professional and presentable at work. Well, that's all for now. Just for kicks, here is a sweaty picture of me after doing one of my Pump workouts. They are killer! Until next time!
Sunday, October 20, 2013
I took a hiatus for the last week. The reason for this was because my son was sick and in the hospital. He had to have IV antibiotics and surgery. It was tremendously scary and something I wish to never have to do again. He was in the hospital for a week and now you would never know it. He is back to his normal, happy, little self. We only have a few more day of antibiotics and then he is done. During all of this chaos and stress, I didn't work out. I didn't eat as healthy as I have been. I didn't eat completely horrible, but it wasn't great either. I know I could have done better, but nope, I didn't. I don't feel completely bad about it. I just know that I need to get back to what I was doing before. I gained about 1 pound back. Not as much as I expected, but I know it will come off once I am back to my healthy routine. I took a hiatus and now I am back and ready to go. During all of this, I learned that I am grateful for so many things. I thankful most of all, my son and husband. They are amazing and I would be so lost if I didn't have them. I am also thankful for my faith and belief in a God that loves us and helps us through the tough spots in life. I am so grateful for the power of prayer. I know it works and I know that we had so many people praying for us, people we don't even know. I can tell you that I felt those prayers and they helped lift me up in a way I could have never been able to do by myself. Lastly, I am thankful for modern medicine and technology. We went to the hospital because we thought my son had a very serious, potentially life threatening illness, but with a quick CT scan and some blood work, we found out that it was not life threatening or as serious as we had originally thought. I am so grateful for the amazing children's hospital that we live by is so great at what they do. I guess the whole point of this goes back to my original post and point of getting healthy. I love my son and I want to be around as long as I can for him. Sorry for all the rambling and incoherent thoughts, but that is what is in my heart right now.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
I have been doing my Turbofire challenge for 6 weeks now. That means I am halfway done. I am now starting to think about what my next step will be. I have to think about the fact that my friend's wedding is in February. I am a bridesmaid and it scares me. I love my friend and I am so excited to be her bridesmaid and help her on her special day. But, the dress is a one sleeve dress and everybody will get to see my flabby nasty arms in all their glory. My plan for my next step in my fitness journey is do some fat burning and toning of my core and arms. I want to look fabulous in her wedding pictures! As far as my overall goals, I semi reached one of them this week. My goal was to be able to shop at regular stores and not have to go to fat girl stores. We went to Sam's Club and for household stuff and I noticed they had some really cute workout clothes. The clothes were all super stretchy and I still thought I wouldn't be able to fit in them. My dear hubby, being the great guy he is, encouraged me to buy them. I bought them and to my surprise they fit. It was probably one the happiest moments of my life! I know that I still can't buy the majority of my clothes in regular sizes, but I am on my way.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Oh my goodness has this week been full of STRESS!!!!! I got in my car Monday morning to go to work and I had the feeling that this was going to be a bad Monday. I had nothing particularly stressful on my calendar, but I just had a hunch. I get to work and find out we have auditors from the state for their surprise yearly visit. We weren't expecting them until sometime in the late winter or early spring, so to say I was surprised was an understatement. This is always a stressful time at work, we always know they will come, but it is very unerrving to have them in the building looking at everything and picking apart everything you say with a fine tooth comb. Add to this stress the fact that my boss had scheduled to be out of town for the majority of the week and that my dear hubby was going to be out of town as well, and you can imagine the stress I felt. Also, add to that the fact that last time they were at my work, I personally got a deficiency from them for something I was personally responsible for. I am typically not a huge stress case, but my stress goes into another stratosphere when the auditors are here. I am sure my coworkers were about sick of me by the time it was all over. During all of this stress, I almost slipped back into my old eating habits. I did have a few moments of weakness, but overall, my eating did stay on track. I kept drining my shakeology every morning, it was something that helped ground me and remind me of my goals and normal (less stressful) life.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Wow is all I can say about this week. It has been a crazy week in many respects. Most of all, I have lost weight. This always makes me happy. Last week I wrote about how I lost .5 pounds. Then as if my body was holding out on me, I get on the scale the next morning and I had dropped 4 pounds!!! I thought it was a fluke, so I did what I believe any person would have done, I got off and back on the scale about 5 times. Everytime I did, the number remained exactly the same. I even made my sweet hubby come and check to make sure I wasn't crazy. He told me he saw the same thing I did. I was so excited I could barely stand it, and I'm pretty sure I let out a squeal most of my neighbors could hear. So, if any of my neighbors read this, I apologize for the loud, most likely obnoxious screams you heard from my house on Monday morning at about 6:15. As my Monday progressed, I started to feel a cold coming on. I got the usual cold symptoms, sore throat, stuffy nose, headache, and just plain exhausted. Because of not feeling well, I considered not working out, but I thought to myself, if you skip this once, it will be easy to just keep skipping. You are in charge here, this is your body and future, you gotta workout and burn those calories. I started working out a little later than usual and I didn't work as hard as I normally would, but all that matters is that I did it. Here is a lovely picture of me, and by lovely I mean awful and probably the worst picture I have ever taken, but nonetheless it is proof that I did it.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
This week has been all about the small victories on my quest to become healthy. My first victory this week came when I put a pair of my work pants on. The week before these pants were tight and now I have a good couple of inches in the waist. They aren't loose yet, but they are on their way to being too big for me.