Sunday, January 17, 2016

I'm Doing What?!

I'm a week into this and thought I needed a bigger goal.  Something to carry me further.  I have talked about doing it.  I've said I would do it.  However, up until today I've never truly committed to doing it. 

What is it, you ask?  The Fifth Third River Bank Run.  There is a 5K, 10K and a 25K.  I'm doing the 5K.  I figure if I can get this body that far in under an hour I'll impress myself, let alone anyone who knows me!

The 21 Day Fix Extreme Workouts we are doing at RC Fitness are kicking my butt!  I'm doing them though, and I'm doing better than I thought I could.  It just goes to prove you don't know what you can do until you try.  So don't let your own self doubt keep you for getting out there and give it your best shot.  Even if you can't do it all, you will have done something.

The food has been great.  But I won't say that I've been perfect.  There was a busy night when I was tired and hungry.  I made frozen pizzas.  I ate the pizza.  I did not even attempt to figure out how the pizza fit in to or out of my food plan.  I moved on. 

The difference is that in the past I would have let that derail me for days, or even weeks.  This time I woke up and moved forward the next day.  Here are some of the on plan meals we've been enjoying.

There is quite a lot of food on those plates.  And how awesome is that whole grain english muffin as a bun for the turkey burger? 

No matter what choices you made yesterday, it does not have to be the undoing of your tomorrow.  Learn what you can from your mistakes.  Leave behind what hinders you.  Move forward.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Hello and Welcome from Heidi

Welcome to our journey.  Grab a cup of coffee and settle in.  I hope you will find something useful here, but for me this is more about opening myself up so I can learn about myself on a deeper level and quit hiding behind the me I let people see.  It's about becoming the real, honest and transparent person I have always wanted to be.  I won't say what it's about for Laura.  That's for her to share.  And honestly, I don't necessarily know.

To start with at least, this will be about my weight journey.  Where I am, where I've been, and where I'm going. 
So here's the thing with me. I'm a foodie, I'll always be a foodie. I will not eat salad for lunch every day long term. I will not give up mayo and you will NEVER see me replace real butter with anything else.

On the other side of this, I also do not like that I've become a solid size 18 gal either. I want my waist back. I hate that my thighs are bigger around now than my waist was when I was 19.

At the moment I've joined a 12 week challenge contest at my gym.  Being competitive is one way to ensure that I will at least try.  Right now we are using the 21 Day Fix program.  Today is day three.  I've committed to the 21 days.  You'll get to hear about that.  Enough about that for now though.

Back to me and food.  I like good food.  I like to cook.  I like to feed people.  I'm not sure how I became so connected to food.  I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to some things as well.  I like quality ingredients and I don't accept substitutes for some things.  That makes changing my mind and body a challenge in many ways.

I know I'm going to have to learn how to still have the rich, wonderful foods I love to cook and balance that with the thinner me I want to be. 

I've talked about this a lot in the past.  Until now I've never actually done anything about it.  Now I've joined a gym.  I've joined a contest.  I'm looking inside myself to try to see where my deeper connections to food and comfort are.

A friend recently posted something on Facebook about making 2016 a better year.  It had things like "Smile more" "Do more" "Show more gratitude" and so on.  I realized that I needed to do all of these things and more to move forward.  So for 2016 I want to be a better me.  Not just a thinner me.  I think it's all connected for me though.  I think if I focus on being a better me, a happier me and a healthier me that I will improve. 

I can't change the things around me.  I can't change how other people act, or what they say.  What I can change is me.  I can change what I don't like about me.  I can change how I react.  I can change. 

If you got to the bottom if this I'm impressed.  Feel free to leave a comment.  Welcome to our journey.  We hope you enjoy the ride.