Seven ways I'm being intentional in my weight loss journey

I am slowly learning that being intentional is the only way I'm going to be successful in this weight loss journey. 

I've gotta be proactive instead of reactive.

I've gotta be in charge of my life instead of allowing my life to be in charge of me.

The past couple weeks have been dedicated to being intentional with my weight loss. I shared last week that I've gained about 11 pounds. The good news is I've lost one pound since then...every pound counts!

Here's how I'm being intentional:

1) Getting up early

My decision to start getting up early was not intentionally a part of my weight loss. I've been reading a book called The Early to Rise Experience. It challenges you to get up early and to be selfish with that time. I enjoy exercising in the afternoons, so my plan was not to use the time to exercise. However, I have been able to pack my food for the day which is a huge plus! I'm  also not coming into work stressed because of a hectic morning. All in all, getting up around 5:30 is better for my health.

2) Going to bed earlier

Because I have been getting up earlier, I've also been trying to get to bed earlier. This means no Facebook, Netflix, or checking emails once I hit the bed. I read a book (that isn't full of drama) and once my eyes get heavy I stop reading and go to sleep. My bedtime routine up to this point has been watching Netflix, checking Facebook, and staying up till twelve or one in the morning. 

One of the best investments I've made is getting the Sleep Cycle app for my iPhone.

I can see the quality of sleep I'm getting and can almost pinpoint the reasons as to why I didn't sleep good on certain nights. Awesome app.

3) Counting calories and meal planning

Every morning, I get on My Fitness Pal and log in all the food I'll be eating that day. It takes time but so worth it. I don't tend to cheat as much when I already know what I'm going to be eating that day.

4) Only allowing myself to step on the scale twice a week

That scale can be evil. It can take over a person's thoughts and mess with your self image. I don't allow that thing to control my life. It doesn't measure my happiness and it will not determine what kind of day I will have. That's all I have to say about that.

5) Making goals

I am a list making and goal oriented person. I've found that making small goals which lead to bigger goals works the best. For instance, this week my small goal is to drink at least one bottle of water in the morning. I know I need more water, but intentionally drinking at least one bottle will lead me to make another goal of drinking more water. 

Another app I like that's free and is helpful in working on your goals is called Lift

6) Setting appointments each week to exercise

I personally have little problem with setting aside time to work out because I enjoy it so much. But, I have found that if I don't plan certain times to exercise then life gets in the way and other things get scheduled. As a single parent, my days are packed to the brim. There are many things I have to say no to because I make exercising a priority. You do what ya gotta do.

7) Reminding myself how far I've come

When I get frustrated, beat down, or just tired, I look at side by side photos to remind myself where I've been and where I'm wanting to go. It's ok to be proud of what I've accomplished and the person I'm becoming. 

{Healthy} Tips and Tricks Tuesday

What are your tips for being intentional?

Because I'm happy

Venus Trapped in Mars
32 Things that make me happy

1. Polished nails

2. Finishing a run (because saying I'm happy while doing a run is like saying I enjoy gouging my eyeballs out)

I really did 10 miles, but my phone died 

3. Mountain Dew (curse you!!)

4. New pens

5. Post-it notes

6. Spring

7. The beach

8. A smart, goal oriented almost 14 year old who is taking after his dad in the height department (thank goodness)

9. A man who accepts me for me...mood swings and all

10. A hike...away from people (I can only be a people person for so long...)

11. Time with my friends

12. Getting laundry washed, dried, and put up

13. Mexican food

14. Italian food

15. Pretty much any food

16. Seeing the numbers on the scale go down

17. Going to an exercise class

18. Getting to see my family

19. The mountains

20. Snuggling

21. A good book

22. My choir kids

23. New running shoes 

24. A clean house

25. A full tank of gas

26. Camping

27. A new outfit

28. Helping others

29. Chocolate

30. Sugar (interpret that however you wish)

31. Chapstick (sometimes it's the difference between life and death)

32. Good music

What makes you happy?

Fall down seven times, stand up eight


To date, as of right at this moment (well, as of yesterday morning when I weighed) I have gained back 11 of the 40 pounds I've lost. 

Since June, 2011 I have been on this weight loss journey. I have had MANY ups and downs. Days when people would comment on my weight loss and then days when I looked in the mirror and saw the old me.

On one hand, I have accomplished so much since June, 2011. I've run a 5K, 10K, 15K, and three half marathons. And, I became certified to teach spin.

On the other hand, the binge eating I had a problem with before has returned and it's come back with a vengeance. I'm beginning to think it's worse than before. 

How in the world have I gone backwards and picked up old habits? Exercising isn't the problem. I love to exercise. But, I can eat a whole box of Nutty Bars in one sitting. I can finish off a box of Cheesits like it's nothing. It's getting out of hand and I'm getting discouraged.

I DON'T want to go back to the unhappy person I was three years ago. I DON'T want to start from the beginning. I DON'T want to sabotage all the work I've put into becoming a healthier, happier person. 

This journey is hard. If anyone tells you regardless, they are lying through their teeth. The whole reason we are able to be successful in our weight loss is learning from past mistakes and breaking bad habits.

Eating for me is like a drug. You tell me I can't eat something and I will prove you wrong. It's an emotional high for me and so often it's my comfort.

I've blogged many times about falling off the wagon. 

The truth is, I get SO burnt out...counting calories, drinking enough water, getting enough fruits and veggies.

Once again, I'm getting back on the wagon. It's a daily struggle (sometimes it's an hourly struggle). This week I'm only focusing on logging everything into My Fitness Pal. Good or bad, it's all going in there...even those two Cadbury Eggs I ate yesterday.

Next week, I will work on drinking more water.

One week at a time, one day at a time, one hour at a time...