Wednesday, October 1, 2014

{Weigh in Wednesday} Week 92

It’s Weigh In Wednesday … which means it’s time for another installment in my roller coaster ride of losing weight without following fad diets.  After 20 years of yo-yo dieting, I decided to focus on getting healthy the right way.  There are a lot of ups and downs, and it’s a painfully slow journey; but this isn’t only about the scale, it’s about real life.

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Thoughts: Hopefully I’m over that slump I was in last week.  I pulled out some clothes that I’m just starting to fit, and that really seemed to help.  A lot of my winter work clothes are too big and baggy, but I’m hesitant to spend money on a lot of new clothes right now.  I think that being in shapeless clothing just made me feel bigger than I am and led to a general sense of frustration.  (Well, that and the weight gain)

I also took a different look at my stats and realized that more than 90% of my weight loss this year is actually in body fat.  It’s not realistic to expect that all weight loss will be body fat, so I’m glad to see that so much of it really is body fat.

How I am Winning this Week: It’s all about upping my game again.  Some days at work are just too busy to work out, but over the summer my workouts got a little slack in the intensity.  This week I increased the intensity and duration of my workouts, and I think it’s working.  At least the scale has me back down to my lowest body fat percentage since I started tracking in January!

Stroller Walk

Areas of improvement:  I didn’t intend to have a week without strength training, and I know that stopping it altogether would be counterproductive.  I did get a few squats and calf raises in while making school lunches Sunday, but I’ve got to figure out a way to fit a really good strength workout into the week.

Workout Log:

Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Workouts
Stair Climber
Jogging Intervals
Stroller Walk

Jogging Intervals

How I feel: More relaxed than last week…and hopeful that next week will be even better!


Does your wardrobe affect your self-esteem?
What makes you feel better about yourself?



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Monday, September 29, 2014

Superhero Costumes for Girls: DIY vs. Purchased

We’re in the midst of the great debate over here:  what Halloween costumes for the girls to wear?  T initially started off wanting to be something “scary”, but I think I’ve convinced her that school won’t allow it.  Mostly, I’m just not ready for my little/big girl to be moving on to the gory side of Halloween.

We’ve narrowed it down to two or three categories, and my favorite is for her to be a superhero.  She’s been into Batman Batgirl since she was a little toddler, and already wore a store-bought Batgirl costume two years ago.  But I’m itching to start crafting more often, and love some of the girl superhero ideas out there these days.  Plus, I think we could have a lot of fun with another family/sibling theme this year – and how cute would two girls be as superheroes?

So I’ve been searching the web for girl superhero costumes to either buy or DIY.  Time will probably dictate what we end up doing, but there are definitely lots of cute ideas out there!

DIY Superhero Costume Tutorials_
My first choice would be to DIY a costume…but I don’t sew.  Thankfully there are plenty of easy/no-sew ideas out there!

1 - Easiest No-Sew Chest Appliques
2 - No-Sew Felt Superhero Cape
3 - Superhero Cuffs from Paper Rolls
4 - DIY superhero cape from a T-Shirt
5 - No-Sew Shoe Wings
6 - DIY Superhero Boots

Purchased Superhero Costumes_If T refuses to let me craft something together for her, then we’ll be looking at buying something.  My budget is a bit (a lot) tighter than some of these costumes, but they are adorable, aren’t they?

1 – LaLa Loopsey Dyna Might Costume
2 – Satin Superhero Costume Set by SuperKids Capes (Etsy)
3 – Baby Dear Felt Superhero Costume Set (Etsy)
4 – Wonder Woman Tutu Dress (Amazon)
5 – Amazing Girl by Pottery Barn Kids

Then again, why do the kids get to have all the superhero fun?  I’m loving the idea of a whole-family theme.  These two families are certainly great for inspiration:

Freshly Completed - Incredibles Family Costume

Kalee on Pinterest - Family Photoshoot
Image via Kaylee on Pinterest

Have you figured out your Halloween costume yet?



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Thursday, September 25, 2014

{Friday Five}

Party-of-the-Week
My Sister's Suitcase Smoothie Bar
Healthy Halloween Smoothie Bar at My Sister’s Suitcase

Recipe-of-the-Week
A Simple Pantry Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte & Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows at A Simple Pantry

Craft-of-the-Week

Messes to Memories DIY Herringbone Art
DIY Herringbone Art at Messes to Memories

Home-Design-of-the-Week
Tiny Sidekick Dining Room Reveal
Dining Room Reveal at Tiny Sidekick
Random-Link-of-the-Week
Ways to Celebrate Fall Southern Curls and Peals

5 Ways to Celebrate Fall from Southern Curls & Pearls



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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

{Weigh in Wednesday} Week 91

It’s Weigh In Wednesday … which means it’s time for another installment in my roller coaster ride of losing weight without following fad diets.  After 20 years of yo-yo dieting, I decided to focus on getting healthy the right way.  There are a lot of ups and downs, and it’s a painfully slow journey; but this isn’t only about the scale, it’s about real life.

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Thoughts: Have you ever had one of those times when every time you looked at yourself you only saw your imperfections?  That’s been me over the last few days.  Self-doubt has been creeping in.  I know that my weight loss last week (and therefore weight gain this week) is just a reflection of how dehydrated I was from being sick last week; and that the overall pattern is down.  I should pretty happy with my progress, right? 

But for this week I’m just not.  I see my body fat percentage and want to see it go down another 6%.  I see my arms while I’m lifting weights and instead of seeing how much stronger I’ve gotten, I see how large they are or how much fat is still present around my hips and belly.  Sometimes those last twelve pounds seems like so little and so much at the same time. 

The most frustrating part is that I had such a great attitude about it all a few weeks ago.  It’s so frustrating to feel that flip flop inside.  Part of it is that I’m just ready to be done with it all, but I also don’t want to be disappointed in myself for giving up when I’m so close.   

How I am Winning this Week: Despite this frustration, I picked up one of my favorite strength training DVDs and started using it again.  And even though I was tired and sore on Monday and Tuesday I forced myself to get to the gym and at least do something.

Areas of improvement:  I really want to focus on improving my fat loss – so I looked back at my stats to see what was working best in that area.  What I noticed was that most of my fat loss was from when I was training for the 5k in the Spring.  I was doing a LOT of cardio at that time, and less weight training than I have lately.  I’m not going to give up the weight training just yet, but obviously it’s time to start increasing cardio times and intensity.

Workout Log:

Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday
Workouts
Jogging

Lower Body

Elliptical
Upper Body

How I feel: Frustrated and burnt out.

How do you battle burnout?


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