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Health: Weight Loss Check-In

So I know that my heading is a play on words but so often nowadays a photo outnumbers a picture! Plus in this circumstance, the proof is in the pudding.

Okay. Enough “Dad-isms”.

I sincerely wanted to share an update on my health journey. There have been a number of changes just within the past couple of weeks!

First and foremost, while I loved OrangeTheory, the schedule wasn’t ideal for my workdays and I guess the word got out because the classes were always packed! Therefore I had to terminate that membership…for now. And since CycleBar started to become more like SoulCycle: The Teenie Bob edition, that member was also cancelled.

But locally we have a full fledged gym, similar to LA Fitness if you have seen those. I was fortunate enough to get a discount because of where I work and signed up myself and the hubster. This was one of the best moves we have made! We can go on our schedule and spend as much or as little time as we want. We can do cardio or machines or weights or participate in classes or swim… And even though we don’t have a trainer, YouTube has become a great way to educate oneself on exercises and regimens!

But more importantly than how I exercise is what I am eating. They say weight loss is 80-90% diet and 10-20% exercise and I believe it! I am not doing a fad diet or signed up for a coaching program or drinking detox anything. I am eating cleaner, more vegetarian and making myself my own smoothie every weekday!

I will update you more on the smoothies and new items that I introduced into my diet in my next post but I wanted to leave you all with photographic evidence that what I am doing is working!

In just my face alone my hair is more radiant, my skin is clear, and the shape of my face has slimmed down a lot! And before you try and call my bluff, these are both done with the same filter and in natural sunlight and yes I am wearing makeup in both photos. These are one year apart almost to the day and you can now see my cheekbones again and my jawline whereas before my face was more round that oval.

It isn’t easy and there are some days I look in the mirror and want to say it doesn’t matter or it’s not enough but that defeating behavior is what got me to balloon in weight in the first place. Down almost 25 pounds in a healthy way without giving up my vices or taking medication is arduous but doable.

And the best part is when I step on the scale, which is just one indicator in my health journey, and can say I hit my first milestone and each day gets better. And my support system has also made each workout or shedded pound that much more rewarding.

So here is to the next phase of the journey! Please let me know if you are interested is being a part of the journey too.

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March 2019: Check-In

I appreciate all of your patience and understanding during the past few months but it is time for me to come back to my blogger roots and really deliver!

I have written elsewhere under pseudonyms. I have watched *countless* hours of YouTube videos and envied each vlogger on their ability to express themselves. I have spewed information on to others offline and learned some new tips & tricks! But that is not what this is all about… It is truly time for me to reinvest my time and my energy for my readers, followers, and myself.

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I am starting back with a check-in for the month of March.

What have I been doing all this time? Well… I have been working on creating a schedule for what will become post series and been brushing up on some HTML and other blogging tips which I will share with you all as well along the way! I have been testing some new products and posting on IG. I will also begin posting some live videos on IG shortly and trying my hand at YouTube as well though I am certainly no expert there! I even hope to have some interviews in the near future on some topics that are normally outside of my knowledge so that this blog will be engaging for all.

I have also had some family health issues arise in the recent past which took a lot of time away from work and school. In fact I even opted to take a quarter off from my doctorate so that I could focus on my family. Now that everyone is on the mend and stability is returning, I am able to refocus my attention.

Then there’s me. I had been very neglectful of myself and it showed. I ballooned in weight and was yo-yo’ing with losing it. My skin was in shambles. My hair looked either like straw or limp spaghetti. I was having trouble sleeping. I lost motivation. I was depressed. I knew what I needed to do but doing it seemed impossible until I realized I was heading too far down the rabbit hole and I needed to get help and get back up.

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So that’s what I am doing. Getting back up. This is just the beginning but I am really looking forward to what is to come.

Here we go!

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