100 Happy Days: Days 6-8

Here are my happy days 6-8.

Day 6:

Almost a month ago I decided to get my ass back in the gym and do everything in my power to get to my goal weight.  I love to run and so I decided to push myself and run faster and farther.  My cut off for the past year has been 3 miles and by then I’m exhausted, so when my Nike plus app told me that I had a 4 mile run I did a pretty good job of almost talking myself out of going to the gym all together.  But I went and I did my very first 4 mile run.  It was hard, I sweat so bad (I mean BAD, what a bad scene it was), I could barely walk to the locker room when I was done but I MADE IT!  I’m so proud of myself!

Day 7:

Babygirl and I were up in chuch (church) on a Saturday ya’ll.  Day 7 my uncle was ordained a pastor.  I’m so very proud of him and was happy to be there with the rest of my family in support of this wonderful milestone in his life.

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Day 8:

2 words, my mom.  She’s awesome.  I call it a superpower but she has the ability to bring a calm wherever she goes and I swear she just knows when I need her without me having to say a word. 

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How are your 100 happy days coming along?

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The Cleanse

I’ve been officially off of the cleanse for a couple of weeks now and although it wasn’t very pleasant eating raw vegetables ALL DAY LONG I must admit that I look and feel better.  I’ve been stuck in a certain weight range since I got pregnant with baby girl and given birth and no matter what I did I couldn’t get out of this particular range.  I’m proud to say  that I lost 12 lbs and am way out of that range.  Even while cleansing I was afraid that once I started eating like a normal person again I would gain again and be right back where I started but so far so good.  I’ve been able to keep it off.   I learned a lot in those 20 days about myself, my choices in food, what I liked and disliked about this cleanse that I plan on taking along with me on this journey of healthy weight loss.  Like to hear em?  Here they go…

The 2 most important things in continuing my weight loss is preparedness and self control.  The days that I prepared my lunches and snacks the night before were the days that I did my best.  In preparing my meals in advance it took away those  hungry moments when usually I’d run to the vending machine and grab a bag of chips or what have you.  Being prepared took all of the guess work out of that what to eat during that 330 in the afternoon “I need a snack time”.   And for those days when I wasn’t prepared I had to use lots and lots of self control to keep my goal in focus and not do anything to jeopardize what I was working towards.  Trust me it was tough but the feeling of accomplishment I felt and still feel trumps any piece of cooked food I could have eaten.

I learned that I love my coffee and it’s something I’m not willing to give up but since I’m not willing to give it up I have to make better choices which meant no more sugary, syrupy lattes from Starbucks.  I’m actually proud of the fact that I haven’t had a Starbucks drink in about a month and a half…I digress.  I have a Keurig coffee machine that I absolutely love and so I make my own coffee everyday instead of spending $10 a day on a drink with ingredients that although are quite tasty, disagree with my waistline, my wallet and my goals.

Water is my friend.  I used to not drink as much water as I should because it sent me to the bathroom a lot but nothing tops the bathroom runs I had while preggers and so pour me another glass please!

My final lesson learned was moderation.  I love french fries or potatoes for that matter but unfortunately for me I don’t have the metabolism of a supermodel or 8-year-old and so I can’t have them as much as I want.  But I can have them in moderation.  I like to think of myself as a realist and being a realist I know I will never be one of those people who will completely cut a food group out of my life to be thinner and unhappy, but I can have some of the not so great things in moderation, still achieve getting thinner and be happy.

This cleanse was just the jump-start I needed to lose a couple of pounds and motivate me to return to my workout regime.   I didn’t expect to learn as much as I did and to stick with it but hey look at me now.  And so it all begin….

Oh and if you were wondering about Mr. Grumps he lost a gang of weight without even trying as hard…men *tuh*

No worries…I got this!

Sh*t Mr. Grumps says…

Today is day 12 of our (Mr. Grumps and I) 20 day cleanse which allows us to only eat fruit, raw veggies and water.  To sum up the last 12 days I will say that I would do something strange for a cup of coffee and some cooked food.  At this point it doesn’t even have to be particularly good tasting cooked food just something cooked and not a vegetable.  A string of pasta, the tip of a chicken wing, a spoonful of soup, the corners of a piece of bread…I digress!

Last night while watching tv Mr. Grumps pointed out how many food commercials come on during an hour of television.  I’m not sure if I was already aware of it or if we’re just hungry but as we watched what seemed like an hour’s worth of food commercials sprinkled in with a couple minutes of the actual tv show Mr. Grumps dropped this jewel on me….

“It’s a shame you know.  There’s all this food in the world.  All this food in the world for us to enjoy.  But we can’t enjoy it because we have to worry about becoming obese.”  (drops mic, exits stage right).

Safe to say he’s longing for a hot meal also!

No worries…we got this!  (I think?)

A Couple That Cleanses Together

Covets their toddler’s food!

This past Monday, Mr. Grumps and I started day 1 of our 20 day cleanse. For 20 days we will only partake in raw fruits and veggies and water, Oh how fun! Although not a new years resolution we decided that now was as good a time as ever to assist in ridding our bodies of as many toxins as we could in these 20 days. I’ve developed a horrible hankering for Pepsi and my on again off again relationship with Starbucks has not only been on again but it’s pretty hot and heavy. Hot and heavy to the point that when I walk in the building I don’t have to order, instead of writing my drink on the cup they just write my name. For Christ’s sake 2 of the barista gave me Christmas cards. So yeah if we keep this love affair going I’ll probably end up pregnant…well more like with a gut so big I look pregnant.

So here we are day 6 and man are we hungry. We feel great and I can see a difference in Mr. Grumps and he in I but gotdamnit I want some food. Feeding baby girl is cruel and unusual punishment, I’ve never been so envious of a 20 month old’s plate. Almost every night this week I’ve wanted to take a handful of her mac & cheese, baked fish, mashed potatoes, grilled cheese, applesauce and just shove it in my face. Real classy, yeah I know. But every time I’m ready to throw in the towel and get a burger I haven’t been able to follow through which leads me to believe we’re doing the right thing. Not to mention I’m pretty impressed with the amount of will power I’ve displayed.

Soldiering on is what we’ve decided to do and although we’re morphing dwarfs (cranky, hungry, sleepy, grumpy etc) I’m sure we’ll be very thankful in the long run. So here’s to cleansing, may I not wish this upon my worst enemy 🙂

No worries…I got this!

Summertime All the Time Fine: Month 1

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They say it takes 28 days to form a habit and as month 1 of Operation Summertime All the Time Fine has come to a close I can say I’ve made a habit of taking my butt to the gym. Now that month two is underway here are a few things I’ve learned:

1) Getting there is 80% of the battle:  Throughout the day I used to find myself making excuses for why I was going to skip the gym afterwork. “I’m sleepy”, “I’m hungry”, “I’ve had a long day” blah blah blah.  I spent more time during the day convincing myself it was okay to be a quitter than it actually takes to work out. After skipping out on the gym twice I realized this fat ain’t gonna get rid of itself. So if I want the status quo I can make excuses not to go until my face turns blue or I can stop overthinking it and just go. Now that I accept that it’s something I NEED to do and treat it like going to work or brushing my teeth it’s so much easier.

2) Ain’t nothing to it but to do it:  Once I’m there it makes so sense to bullshit or beat around the bush.  Get it in!!  Time is being taken away from my babygirl I might as well work hard and make our time apart count for something.

3) No Pain No Gain: Call me a masochist but I love the pain (burn) I feel after a workout.  Lately I’ve felt pain in places I didn’t know existed, that just means that I’m working hard and awakening muscles that have been sleep for a long time.  How cool is that!

4) Patience:  I’m an instant gratification type of gal and the fact that I haven’t lost a ton of weight is killing me.   But I’m coming to terms with knowing that the only way I’m gonna go to bed one size and wake up 4 sizes smaller is if I spend thousands of dollars on lipo. And since ain’t nobody got money for that I’m learning to be patient and appreciate the little muscles I see popping up in my arms and the extra room that’s mysteriously appeared in my pants.

5) I’m not where I want to be but I’m no longer where I was:  The harder I work towards being fit the more I want it therefore there’s no stopping me now.

6) To love my post baby self: Even though I’m not at my ideal weight or level of fitness there’s a pretty awesome reason behind it and that’s my babygirl!

Now don’t get my wrong I’m a work in progress I still roll my eyes really hard at the assassin and try to procrastinate my breaks in between sets but I’m getting there.  How do I know because lately at the end of workouts I get compliments from the assassin and that my friends is a big freaking deal.

Now that the weather is warming up it’s about that time to start jogging outside again which from what I’m told will cause the major loseage (yes I just made up a word!). So I’m looking forward to the new results month 2 has in store for me.

No worries…I got this!