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Weigh In Wednesday and Think About it Thursday

I know today is Thursday and I am just now doing Weigh in Wednesday. Don’t sass me.I promise that, even though I didn’t get around to posting, I actually weighed in yesterday. I am very happy with the results. I have lost another 3 pounds this week. BOOM BABY!

For those of you who are just joining in to this blog already in progress, I have already lost 47 pounds. That brings my grand total to…DUN DUH DUH DUN….50 pounds. I can not even believe it. I am ecstatic that I am not the woman I was 5 months ago. I am nowhere near my goal…but I know that I will get there. I love the way I feel.The way I carry myself. The ways I’ve changed. Whether its one pound or 50, I am still proud to look back at how far I have come.

Welp, that leads me into my Think About it Thursday Topic:

Recognize your progress! This is SUCH an important part to losing weight and keeping it off. People often come to me for advice and tips on how I am changing my life. I hear stories of people who have lost weight and gained it all back (been there done that) . I believe that this has a lot to do with recognizing your progress and realizing how far you’ve come.It is hard to accept your progress when you are only focused on the numbers on the scale or how much more you have to lose. Drop that. Forget it. Focus on now.Focus on this very moment. Make changes for today.Be proud of you today.Worry about tomorrow,well, tomorrow. It’ll still be there waiting I promise. Forget the scale and focus on the way you feel inside. It is incredible what it will do for you. You’re making changes.That is the first step. Acknowledge that…and for once be proud of yourself.

-xoxo

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Tone Up Tuesday

Told you I was going to keep up with my outline this week.Aren’t you proud 🙂

Exercising isn’t fun for everyone. I’ll be the first to admit that I would rather have my teeth pulled than run for miles at a time. Yuck. However, when losing weight it is important that you work out and get your heart rate up. This will not only help you improve physically, but it actually increases your overall mental health as well. Now, for people like me who think exercise is such a drag, try something different. Something fun. I found my “thing” when it comes to “gettin’ my sweat on” and that would be group classes! And let’s face it — misery loves company, right? Having companions with you to sweat through all that cardio can be a great motivator.I know it works for me. Not to mention, I am a huge competitor. I always want to sweat or work harder than the skinny minny next to me.

If it’s a cardiovascular class, it should involve a minimum of 45 minutes of activity.Make sure to keep that heart pumpin’. For maximum calorie burn, try working out at 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. (To calculate your MHR, subtract your age from 220. Multiply that number by .85 to get your target heart rate.) Wear a heart rate monitor or check your pulse a few times during the class to make sure you’re staying on track.Sounds like a lot of work, but it is worth it….promise.Go to your local gym and see whether you can get in on one of these bad boys:

Spinning

Step

Kickboxing

Bootcamp

Zumba

…the list goes on and on. Give it a go 🙂

xoxo

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Let’s Try This Again

I have been a slacker mcslacker pants once again…so starting this week I promise to keep up with my new blog outline.Today is Motivational Monday. So, that means that I will share one of the quotes that has helped inspire me in my weightloss…Life is beautiful 🙂

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Motivational Monday and Tone Up Tuesday

Listen, I know it’s Weigh In Wednesday and I should be updating you all on my weight loss. However, since I jus got back on track with losing…I am going to allow myself one more week before I start posting those numbers. So today, I will be making up for the blogs I skipped Monday and Tuesday. Sound like a good plan? Good, glad we all agree here 🙂

Motivational Monday Day 1:

This week’s inspirational quote is credited to Bob Harper.

“Believe in yourself. Trust the Process. Change forever.”–This quote is so simple, yet those 8 words explain all that you need when it comes to weight loss. I often find myself repeating this in my head when I am on the brink of quitting during a class or on the treadmill. For some reason, the “Believe in yourself” seems to push me harder. I know that I can do this. I believe in me and so do many others. I trust that the changes I have made in my life will help me reach my goals. And I am confident that I will be forever changed. Believe in you and you will change forever too ;;)

Tone Up Tuesdays: I need love..not love handles.

If you have been spending all of your time in the gym spot focusing on those nasty little love handles, CRUNCH NO MORE. Unfortunately, those little boogers are not something that can be toned. In fact, love handles are the result of excess body fat, not lack of muscle. Crunches and ab exercises are therefore not the solution. The best way to reduce these problem areas is to reduce your overall body fat percentage, and we all know that requires diet and exercise.That being said, Jillian Michaels gives some excellent advice on reducing fat in this area…check it out:

 “I’m actually experimenting with different stretches and light isolation exercises to try for specific areas of the body. These stretches will bring blood, and thus oxygen, to these problem areas — my theory is that the oxidation will help break down the fat. And hey, stretching is always beneficial! For love handles, try this side-bend stretch in conjunction with diet, exercise, sodium reduction, and 80 ounces of water a day:

Side Bend (Do this stretch at least three times a day throughout the day.)

  • Purpose: To stretch the triceps, upper back, abdominals, and obliques.
  • Here’s how you do it: Bend to one side, while holding your opposite arm overhead, then quickly stretch to the other side, raising the other arm. This drill should be done in a controlled, continuous fashion for 10 stretches on each side of your body. “

Thanks Jillian 🙂 anddd thanks to all of you for following my blog! Feel free to comment with any feedback or suggestions!

xoxo

-Allison

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Spice it Up.

Well, as you can clearly see, this blog has been dragging a bit lately.I am having a hard time coming up with topics to write about and I’m sure you all are sick of hearing me blab on and on about the same ol’ same ol’. So I decided to make a change to this blog and try to spice things up a bit. Here’s the game plan:

Monday-Motivational Mondays.I will share one quote that has inspired me on my weight loss journey and how.

Tuesday-Tone Up Tuesdays. I will share a fitness tip or exercise to help improve your strength and overall health.

Wednesday-Weigh In Wednesday. This is the day that I will weigh in and summarize the overall successes or roadblocks of the prior week.

Thursday-Think About it Thursdays. I will share a thought or a “turning  point” in my weight loss that will hopefully motivate and inspire you all 😉

Friday-Feel Good Food Fridays. I will post a recipe that is both delicious and ideal for a low cal diet!

I hope you all enjoy the way we are gunna roll around here from now on.Please feel free to email me any thoughts or suggestions you may have 🙂

xox0

-Allison

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Taking Care Of Business.

Oh Mylanta. My apologies for not posting in the past 29 days two hours and 14 minutes. I am so embarrassed.. for two reasons. One, for not posting and two, for knowing the exact time of my latest post.I promise that this time I actually did have a valid excuse. I have been,as the title clearly states, taking care of business.

I have a few things that I have been working on that I am keeping a secret…and NO you will not be able to get it out of me. These lips are sealed. If you could see me you would be oh so entertained by the ol’ “zipping of the lips and throwing away the key” gesture that just took place.I am sure that your wheels are just a spinnin’ now with curiosity. So, in order to keep you from going loco we are now going to change topics. Deal? Okay..here we go.

Since my life has been such chaos, I shamefully admit that I  let this new healthy lifestyle take a ride in the backseat. Don’t get your panties in a bunch, that ride was just temporary and I could kick myself for ever slipping up.However, I gladly admit that this human makes mistakes. So I am up and at ’em once again.I am feeling ready to take on this thing full force. With 120 pounds to lose, I definitely have my work cut out for me.But y’all know me well enough by now to know how much I L-O-V-E a good challenge.So here we go, “Losing Weight TAKE 2”

Bring it on

xoxo

-Allison

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This is MY moment.

The Awakening
By Virginia Marie Swift

A time comes in your life when you finally get it… When in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere, the voice inside your head cries out – ENOUGH!
 
Enough fighting and crying, or struggling to hold on. And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and through a mantle of wet lashes, you begin to look at the world through new eyes.
 
This is your awakening…
 
You realize that it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over the next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that he is not Prince Charming and you are not Cinderella and that in the real world, there aren’t always fairy tale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you and in the process, a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.
 
You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are … and that’s OK. (They are entitled to their own views and opinions.) And you learn the importance of loving and championing yourself and in the process, a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval.
 
You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you (or didn’t do for you) and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected. You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that it’s not always about you. So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself and in the process, a sense of safety & security is born of self-reliance.
 
You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties and in the process, a sense of peace & contentment is born of forgiveness.
 
You realize that much of the way you view yourself and the world around you, is a result of all the messages and opinions that have been ingrained into your psyche. You begin to sift through all the junk you’ve been fed about how you should behave, how you should look and how much you should weigh, what you should wear and where you should shop and what you should drive, how and where you should live and what you should do for a living, who you should marry and what you should expect of a marriage, the importance of having and raising children or what you owe your parents. You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. You begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for.
 
You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with and in the process, you learn to go with your instincts.
 
You learn that it is truly in giving that we receive and that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop manoeuvring through life merely as a “consumer” looking for your next fix.
 
You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a by gone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.
 
You learn that you don’t know everything; it’s not your job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO. You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.
 
Then you learn about love. Romantic love and familial love. How to love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving and when to walk away. You learn not to project your needs or your feelings onto a relationship. You learn that you will not be more beautiful, more intelligent, more lovable or important because of the man on your arm or the child that bears your name.
 
You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes.
 
You learn that just as people grow and change, so it is with love; and you learn that you don’t have the right to demand love on your terms, just to make you happy.
 
You learn that alone does not mean lonely. You look in the mirror and come to terms with the fact that you will never be a size 5 or a perfect 10 and you stop trying to compete with the image inside your head and agonizing over how you “stack up.”
 
You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs. You learn that feelings of entitlement are perfectly OK and that it is your right, to want things and to ask for the things that you want and that sometimes it is necessary to make demands.
 
You come to the realization that you deserve to be treated with love, kindness, sensitivity and respect and you won’t settle for less. You allow only the hands of a lover who cherishes you, to glorify you with his touch and in the process, you internalize the meaning of self-respect.
 
And you learn that your body really is your temple. And you begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin eating a balanced diet, drinking more water and taking more time to exercise. You learn that fatigue diminishes the spirit and can create doubt and fear. So you take more time to rest. Just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul; so you take more time to laugh and to play.
 
You learn that for the most part in life, you get what you believe you deserve and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
 
You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen, is different from working toward making it happen.
 
More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You also learn that no one can do it all alone and that it’s OK to risk asking for help.
 
You learn that the only thing you must truly fear is the great robber baron of all time; FEAR itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears, because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear, is to give away the right to live life on your terms.
 
You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom. You learn that life isn’t always fair, you don’t always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people. On these occasions, you learn not to personalize things. You learn that God isn’t punishing you or failing to answer your prayers; it’s just life happening.
 
You learn to deal with evil in its most primal state; the ego. You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls.
 
You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted; things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about; a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower. Slowly, you begin to take responsibility for yourself, by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never ever settle for less than your heart’s desire. You hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind, and you make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.
 
Finally, with courage in your heart and with God by your side you take a stand, you take a deep breath and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can.

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