Motivation Monday – Willpower

So thanks to no internet at home I’m posting this a day late…

I’ve been thinking about how I want to write this Motivation Monday post all morning. I wouldn’t exactly say I’m feeling motivated today or even motivational. Really I feel like I’ve let myself and others down in the motivation department.

Last week my absence was mostly due to being on vacation. I hate posting from my phone, but here I am on my lunch break walking the track at work and posting from my phone. It’s the only way I’ve found to fit it all in without making my work out home life suffer.

Anyway when I started to think about what I was going to write today the first thing that came to mind was willpower and how I completely lost it last week, making me so glad it’s Monday, with a fresh start and having my willpower back. This got me thinking about what I think willpower really is.

According to dictionary.com Willpower is: control of one’s impulses and actions; self-control.

Without sugar coating anything, unlike half the food I ate last week, we all have Willpower. I hear all the time “I wish I had your willpower” and the truth is, you do, we all do! What happens is that we don’t use our Willpower.

I think most of us get our Willpower from our desires. We base all of our decisions on the things that we want. Whatever desire is at the front of our brain tends to sway our decisions the most.

You the cliché that all weight loss bloggers use? “It just clicked this time”. Well it’s really all there is to it. Once it “clicked” in my head that this is what I desired I knew what I had to do to get it. From then on most of my desires were weren’t as important as that desire to lose the weight. It’s always the weight loss at the front of my mind.

Then you get complacent, things start to fee like they aren’t working and your discouragement inches its way to the front of your mind. Your Willpower is making the choice to ignore the discouragement.

I just found this saying today and it really is true, for me at least. Using my willpower, just like using my muscles wears me out eventually, it gets hard and I get mentally fatigued. Oddly enough my actual physical fatigue makes exercising my willpower even harder.

Last week I woke up every morning with determination and willpower. Some days I barely made it through breakfast and other days I made it all the way til dinner or after. Unfortunately though, every night ended with me losing the battle. I would go to bed telling myself that tomorrow is a new day and I will do better. Doing better will make me feel better physically and emotionally. By this weekend I was just mentally exhausted from trying to push myself to do better.

Even right now I don’t know if my Willpower and motivation is back, but I do know that wanting to feel better and look better is the desire at the front of my brain again. I didn’t have a chance to plan meals for the whole week and I certainly don’t have anything prepped, but I have been doing this long enough that I know if I stick to the same general meals in the morning I will be good at the end of the day.

So rather than be jealous of someone else’ willpower, create your own and exercise it! All you have to do is make the decision to try.



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Weekly Weigh In {114} – #ThinnerLeanerStronger

Another week gone…

Weigh In Wednesday

I’ll get right to the point, I’m not happy with this week’s Weigh In Wednesday.

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Yup, that’s a 1# gain :-( Saturday really did a number on me last weekend. It doesn’t help that my macros have been off some the last few days as I’ve been trying to adjust on the fly. Today will be better though!

It is Week 3 of following #ThinnerLeanerStronger and #ShreddedSummer though and that means measurements!!!
TLS Meansurement Week 3

Total loss: 4.5″ and 1.8% Body Fat

For only 2 weeks I’d say that’s some great progress!

Saturday we leave for a week long cabin camping trip. The cabin has running cold water a stove and fridge, but that’s it. I’ve been trying hard to get a meal plan together for myself that I can follow and have a great weigh in when I come back.

I won’t lie, every day this week I’ve thought about just saying screw it and eating just like everyone else, but I know in the end that will only make me miserable. I will of course probably eat some junk almost every day, whether it’s a few chips, drinks or some ice cream, but I do plan to have a meal plan and stick to it. Maybe if I can do that my treats will be less. The best part, this year Hubby seems to understand better why my eating healthy is so important to me and tries to help me stay on track and encourages me rather than trying to make me feel “better” by saying things like “it’s vacation so it’s ok” or “it’s not going to kill you.” He’s right it won’t kill me and it is vacation, but being healthy is a way of life, on vacation or not. It’s all about moderation, and gorging for a week is not moderation.

Besides, I also don’t want to feel like crap all week cause I’m eating crap!

How are you doing this week? Do you do better or worse during the summer? I’ll let you know what my tough times are tomorrow.  Today you should stop over and see Ash though!

So What If Its Tuesday?

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Monday’s aren’t the only day we need motivation, are they? Yesterday was seriously a cluster Fish for me. I only got to do half my workout, late for work, computer problems, phone problems and the added stress of planning food and packing for our weeks’ vacation.

I’m proud of myself though, despite wanting to eat pound of chocolate chip cookies, I didn’t. As a matter of fact, I didn’t eat any. I stuck to my meal plan even though my post workout meal wasn’t what I thought it would be like. I know that some days things just aren’t going to be what I want them to be and I’ve learned to accept that and take them for what they are. Yesterday was one of those days.

Today, I have already been “rewarded”. First I took measurements this morning. While they could probably be better, I’m happy with where they are. I’ll share them tomorrow for Weekly Weigh In Wednesday.

When I got to work a guy I work with complimented me on my dress. It may not have been a compliment about my weight or anything, but telling me he liked my dress means I must not make it look bad, LOL.
And just a few moments ago when I went to the cafeteria to make my breakfast the mother of one of my highschool friends was in there. She told me I look great since losing all the weight after my second pregnancy.

Right now, I feel good, I feel good about tomorrow, even if I don’t have a huge loss like I want, I know that I’m farther along than I was a week ago and a heck of a lot better off than I was 2 weeks ago!

The important thing is NOT to be perfect, but to be persistent and make a little progress every day. The progress can be anything, mental, physical, resisting a food, or even understanding why you couldn’t resist a food (hello chocolate and peanut butter!).


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weekly Weigh In {113}

Well last week at this time I had lost a significant amount of water weight. On this Weekly Weigh In Wednesday I’ve lost a little more water weight and hopefully started working on some of the fat too!

Weigh In Wednesday

June was a rough month for me. Overall I only lost about 2 lbs and I honestly don’t know if I lost any inches at all. My bloating at the end of the month was horrible! On the plus side, even with a bunch of “cheat meals” and a whole week where I pretty much didn’t pay much attention at all, I still managed to do a little better than maintain. That right there is progress! I have now been back on track for 9 days and I’m feeling great! I think cutting my calories some did make me lose a few reps, but the scale is moving and right now I need to see that too! So here’s this week’s numbers… PhotoGrid_1404302612628 I’m feeling pretty good about these numbers. Like I said last week, I was pretty sure I had another 3-4#s of water weight and I lost almost 4 lbs this week. Only 10 more days until we leave on vacation (counting today) in order to hit my goal of being back in the 150s, I need to lose just over 4 lbs.

I have a 4 day weekend coming up, but I have a plan! Thursday is going to be spent setting up my new workout area, shouldn’t be too hard to stay motivated to eat right that day!

Friday we are going to my MIL’s camp, thankfully she will completely understand when I bring my own food.

Saturday is my one day I’m planning to have a cheat meal. With my new plan I’d normally just do a refeed day with added carbs, but I’m not sure what all is going to be at the picnic we’re going to so I’m just planning one meal where I will make decent choices and not over stuff myself.

Sunday, it’s right back on track and preparing for next week!

Doesn’t sound too hard right? It never sounds too hard, especially when you are feeling motivated. What is hard is when you are in the moment and that brownie is saying “Eat Me, Eat ME, EAT ME!!!” Since I look at my phone a lot (read too much) during the day I finally put up some wallpapers to keep me motivated. Along with a picture of each of my girls, these are the wallpapers that made it to my phone for now…
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You can find the links to all of these on my Pinterest page.

#ShreddedSummer – Before!

So I’m all about giving myself as much motivation to move forward with my progress as I can.  And thanks to Mike Matthews from MuscleForLife.com, I’ve got even more!  He’s running a #ShreddedSummer contest that runs from now until September, which is kind of perfect for me because my personal 8 week challenge take me into August.

In September Mike and his team are going to look at all of the transformation photos and pick the top 10.  Those top 10 will then be posted for everyone to vote on.  The winner gets $1000 cash! 

Why not add $1000 to my motivation for something I’m pushing for already?!

I think I need to change the background on my phone for this challenge.  While I love seeing the pics I have on there, I could use a little reminder and motivation every time I look at my phone!  

Anyway, rather than posting a transformation picture, I’m posting my before pictures for the transformation post I’ll do in September when this challenge is over and I’ve submitted my results…20140630_195737 20140630_195724

 

Motivation Monday – Weekend & Weights

Well I’ve certainly got some motivation on this Motivation Monday!
Mama's Losing It
These boxes you see below, can you guess what they are???

Those would be my brand new Olympic weight bench and weights!!!

Who is this girl? I feel like a little kid at Christmas! I’m a little sad that they are still in the box, but we have a space issue to figure out and it just wasn’t happening last night.

Really the purchase was completely unplanned. I’ve been pricing benches and weights for a while now. When I went into Dick’s yesterday the plan was to just buy some new lifting gloves. The ones I had were cheap and still leaving my hands super sore. I had found a pair I liked, but of course they didn’t have then in a M, only a L so I had the buy a more expensive pair, but in the end I’m pretty sure I’ll be happier with the ones I got. After that I decided to walk around and check out the prices. I was shocked when I saw the price on that bench. It was about half of what I’d been pricing online.

At first I walked out with only the gloves I went in for. Of course I sent Hubby a picture though and asked what he thought. My biggest concern was the space it would take up. At first Hubby just told me to get it if I want and need it and that we’d figure the space out. Then I got to thinking that as much I want the bench, I’m going to need more weights soon or I won’t be able to make progress. Although for my legs I wouldn’t be able to make progress anyway without a rack cause I wouldn’t be able to get the weights up on my shoulders. Anyway, I mentioned that I probably needed the weights more, but they didn’t sell just the weights for the bar I have and that the 300# Olympic bar set was about the same as the bench. I suggestively mentioned that we haven’t spent any of tax return. My wonderful husband told me to get them both!

Not wanting to miss my chance I headed straight back to Dick’s and bought them! Now I’m praying I can find a way to make the space for them! I might have to wait until Thursday though when I have a whole day off so that I’m not making a mess and don’t have room to do my workouts in the morning.

I’m on the fence on how I feel about me week overall last week. On the one had I was nearly PERFECT up until Sunday! I did pretty good on Sunday too even when I ordered my meal at Applebee’s. I didn’t even look at the menu! In the end though I order the da cookie monster and it threw off my whole macros! Oh well, it was a far cry better than most week for me! I’m just bummed because I really wanted an entire prefect week and I planned my butt off for it. No one to blame but myself I suppose. I’ll do better this weekend, hopefully. Obviously it’s a holiday weekend and we will be on the run at least Friday and Saturday, but I know I can make this work! I have some new motivation and I’m going to use it!

What are you thinking about on this Motivation Monday?

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Weekly Weigh In {112} – An NSV

Weigh In Wednesday

Don’t forget to visit Ash

When I stepped on the scale Monday morning for my initial weigh in for my 8 week self challenge, I was already not looking forward to today’s Weekly Weigh In Wednesday!

The scale showed me a number I haven’t seen in a long time, but I wasn’t surprised… 172.4!!! Yeah, I haven’t seen anything above 169 since the beginning of May and that was 170.2. Needless to say, seeing that number made getting back on the wagon even easier.

I didn’t post last week’s weight, but I did weigh myself. It wasn’t pretty, 168.6, up 5.2 lbs from the week before! I won’t lie though, that weekend was a rough one for me considering going away dinners with my sister and father’s day and at least a few adult beverages each day. Oh and the cookie cake with ice cream on top! of course when you see that number you want to kick yourself, but really I wouldn’t change any of it. I know I’ll have to do a little work over to get rid of some of the fat I put back on, but it was worth it, I don’t know when I’ll get to see my sister that much again.

When I put my weight in my tracker this morning I was pleasantly surprised though. I couldn’t remember what my weight was last week so I was expecting yet another gain.

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Not bad for a weekend of crap eating, followed by a whole week and then another weekend! I really did try to stay somewhat healthy with my choices though during the week. Plus my womanly issues aren’t helping with the bloating aspect. The next few weeks should be good losses. Maybe by the time I go on my camping trip I can be back in 150s again? We leave in 16 days I believe, so that would mean losing a little over half a pound a day. It sounds crazy, but I’m pretty sure at least 3-4 lbs of it is still bloating and water weight and should come off quite easily. I have lost 4.6 lbs in only 2 days after all.

So to go along with a “it’s not really a loss” weigh in, I thought I’d share an NSV with you. Really it’s the little things in this life that bring a smile to my face.

Hubby had found a butterfly sticker that you would put on a gift. You know the ones made out cardstock type paper and have a foam sticker on the back. Well he thought he’d be funny and put it on my back so I’d walk around with it on all day and the girls could get a giggle.

First he put it on my shoulder, I took it off. He moved it lower, I took it off. He moved it 3 or 4 more times and each time I was able to take it off. Finally he puts it right between my shoulder blades thinking there was no way I could reach it there.

Guess what, I took it off! There was a time when I could barely reach the back of my shoulder because the fat got in the way. Now, as my hubby helped me prove, there isn’t a spot on my back that I can’t reach! I know it probably sounds small and mundane to most people, but for a girl who didn’t used to be able to itch her own back, it’s a big deal!

I hope everyone can finish the week off strong with some good momentum going into the weekend!

My Mojo

I think it’s back!  At least when it comes to health and fitness!  I sat down to write this post last night after I had prepared and packed all my food for today, gotten the girls to bed and wrote out my workout plan for this morning.

I knew I wanted to tell ya’ll how accomplished and motivated I was feeling, but then I was like “what if it doesn’t carry over?”, then I’d be posting today based on a short lived feeling from a few accomplishments.

Well I’m here, writing this at work to tell you that I’m still feeling good.  Really, I’m feeling great!   I love when I wake up in the morning and everything is just ready for me to go.

I even had time to fold a load of laundry and throw some in the washer this morning.  I know it sounds small, but living out of a basket of wrinkled clean clothes has become a way of life at my house over the last few weeks and I hate it.

I even had time to take my measurements this morning.  I wasn’t exactly happy with what they were, but knowing where I’m started will make my accomplishments that much more meaningful, it’s also easier to know if you’re actually making progress that way.

I’m on my second day of not wearing jeans to work too!  For anyone who knows me, this is a big deal for me.  When I don’t feel good about myself I don’t like to “dress up”.  Not that a business casual dress code is that dressy, but my inner fat girl still likes to hide behind jeans, a loose top and a hoodie.  Granted, I’ve been very good about not wearing hoodies to work other than as a jacket in the morning (I haven’t invested in new jackets, or hoodies for that matter).  I definitely need to invest in some more work appropriate summer clothes though, or get my ass back into the ones that I bought last year!  That’s probably the more realistic option since I need to be saving my $$$ for some more weights!  It will only be a month or two before I’ve maxed out my weights on a few of my exercises!

Speaking of non-work appropriate clothes… I just might have to spend some of that weight money on some new workout clothes.  I was wicked excited yesterday when I got an email from Adidas saying that they’ve increased their summer sale mark downs Up to 50% Off!  (affiliate link I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link).

Oh there are so many things I want!


I supposed I should head off now to work on my work mojo.  I really need to get that back before I fall behind on my projects!

Motivation Monday – I Love Routine

I’ve been waiting for this Motivation Monday since Friday!
Mama's Losing It

I won’t lie, I was over my “not gonna stress” week pretty early into it. The problem was, even though I was over feeling like crap, I ended up sick and had absolutely no energy to plan my healthy food, let alone go get groceries and then make the food. Thursday and Friday I couldn’t even decide what I wanted to eat, good or bad. Both nights I was in bed at 7! Thursday morning I only made it half way through my workout before my body just said stop. So Friday I decided to take that hour to sleep.

I was feeling a bit better Saturday morning after getting 12 hours of sleep, although my body was a little stiff from being in bed that long.

Today though, I’m ready to go! I’m going to make the next 8 weeks AMAZING. OK, really my aim is only for one week at a time. That’s all I can plan for at a time so that’s my goal, one week at a time!

And when a week seems too long, I focus on a day.

Once in a while I even have to focus on just making my next meal or snack a healthy one. We all do what we have to do.

I know where I want to be and I know what I have to do to get there. This week I was feeling depressed, crappy and bloated. When I really thought about it though all I could think about what how it’s my own damn fault I feel like shit. I kept telling myself “you know what you have to do to feel better, you’re the only one to blame for how you feel so stop feeling sorry for yourself.” It’s a hard truth to face, but it’s the raw truth. And after eating healthy for so much of the time for so long it’s truly hard to deny how much your food affects how you feel physically and mentally.

Who wants to join me in challenging themselves for 8 weeks? Or even for just one week? If you eat healthy and exercise for one week and don’t start to feel better, then my guess is you did one of 3 things. 1 – you weren’t all that honest in how healthy you were eating. 2 – you weren’t eating enough 3 – you tried to push too hard in your workouts for your ability.

Are you in???

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Motivation Monday – An Off Week

I don’t even know where to begin on this Motivation Monday!
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I guess I’ll start by saying sorry I was MIA last week. Between work, planning our summer weekends and me busting my brand new phone and having to get it replaced, I was busy and without a convenient way to post. I started a post last Monday, but never got around to getting up. Then things just got lost in the shuffle from there.

This week, I’ll be honest, I’m lacking in the motivation area. I wouldn’t even call my eating over the weekend decent. Which has me really bummed because as of last Friday night I was doing great. I had resisted a huge chocolate chip cookie I’ve been eying for weeks and stuck to my planned protein shake instead and I was so proud. From Saturday morning on though, my weekend spiraled out of control and ended last night with Chocolate chip cookie “cake” and ice cream followed by some BBQ chips a little later that didn’t even taste good, but I ate them anyway!

Yesterday I had no motivation what so ever to do meal prep. I really think there were several reasons for that. 1 – It was beautiful out and we were going to a cookout so the last thing I wanted was to be inside. 2 – I rushed once again to get my meal plan done this week and I’m really not all that excited about it. Finding a good meal plan with only 112g carbs a day is hard when most of them are supposed be consumed post workout.

Monday is normally my “Thank god I can really get back on track today” day, this week, not so much. Tonight is a going away get together for my sister. I know I’m not even going to attempt to resist whatever food is there. I thought about taking my planned meal of burger and sweet potato, but I know that I won’t have it in me to resist anything. All of my energy is going to be focused on not bawling my eyes out every time I look at her. Tonight will be the last time I see her for quite some time, she is moving 1400 miles away :’-( On top of that since I had no motivation to do meal prep yesterday, half my food for today wasn’t prepped for me to pack for word today. So I half assed even bringing what I planned on. Tomorrow will probably be the same since I will be at the get together tonight and not home to get any meal prep done for tomorrow. Tomorrow night is the Chase Corporate Challenge which means no meal prep tomorrow night for Wednesday either.

Knowing today that half my week is shot for sticking to my meal plan means I have no motivation or push to stick to it. I know that it’s just an excuse and I’m going to try, really I am, but I’m not going to beat myself up over a crappy a week.

Right now my thought is to actually “start over” with Thinner Leaner Stronger at Week 1 next Monday. Last week I realized that I needed to lower my calories. The scale wasn’t moving and I was feeling bloated so down I go by 50g carbs a day. Being a little more lax this week means that hopefully I can plan a more enjoyable meal plan for next week and be more prepared. Of course I won’t be starting over with my weights or anything, I’m still working out every morning and getting my weight lifting in.

I actually started some new supplements today, but I need to do some tweaking with them. I’m not a big fan of the tingling/itching that some pre-workout stuff gives me or the jitters, even though it’s caffeine free. I was a little confused though because caffeine itself doesn’t actually have the affect on me. I can drink a whole pot of coffee and be fine. So this week is going to be my experimenting week for that and next week with my new macros and supplements routine I will count as week one toward my first 8 week cutting plan!

Only disappointment is that I do have a weeks camping trip in there where I do plan to enjoy a few beverages on a few different nights, but my food I plan to keep up with since we have to pack and bring it all anyway, just means making sure I pack my kitchen scale!

Hopefully the other ladies are having a better week!
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