Maintaining.

Hello bloggers! Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice [long] weekend! I did, but of course, it just FLEW by! Why is it that the long ones always seems to fly by the fastest?? Urg, no fair!

Either way, I’m back to the grind today. First FULL week at my new job. I’m nervous, but excited. I’ll be on my own this week, after a little “re-fresher training” with Taryn. I sure hope I didn’t forget everything I learned last week over the long weekend! I don’t think I did, but we shall see soon!

So, point of this post today… maintaining. Is it a good thing, or a bad thing…? Or maybe it’s neither. Maybe “it is what it is”…?

I want to talk about maintaining because that’s what I’ve been doing lately. For me, it’s neither a good thing or a bad thing. It just… IS what’s happening right now. I suppose yes, it’s “more” of a bad thing than a good thing since I’m obviously not anywhere near maintain weight yet. But for me, for right now, I kind of consider it a victory. I hope that doesn’t sound bad, let me explain. Yes, I AM still trying to lose weight. But I know myself and normally, a year ago, I would have GAINED several pounds by now… being that my birthday just passed, Thanksgiving just passed, Christmas is upon us… I would have been UP a few to several pounds. Right now, I’m maintaining about 2 pounds above the lowest weight I’ve hit. If you’re following me, that’s around 217 pounds. No, I don’t like that number, YES I want that number to be lower. But I know the reality. And the reality is, I’m not working my plan like I should be. I am not being diligent about tracking my calories nor am I being diligent about getting in my gym time. I know this is why I’m not losing. Of course, I’m not happy with myself about this, but I’m happier than I would be had I been gaining all along.

I hate to use the holidays as a crutch, but for now, yes, I think I will be happy maintaining. Gaining, NO… maintaining, eh, content. I am trying to get myself back in control. I’ve let the control slip to my cravings and that, I am not okay with. I want to be in control in this journey. Losing control is how I got here in the first place.

Don’t get me wrong, I want to be losing weight. And everyday is a work in progress for me. I will continue each day to make better decisions and to keep myself in check with my calories. It’s just that, honestly, knowing myself, I KNOW last year, if I were in this same situation, I would have gained weight by now… lots more than a pound or 2. So, I’m happier with where I am now, compared to where I was a year ago.

Tell me what you think… have you ever been in a similar situation? Any words of wisdom or advice? I’m always open to your comments and such, and really, I appreciate them, so much.

I hope you all have a fabulous Monday. And let’s all do one thing, one EASY thing… make today a good day… okay? :) I will be.

xoxo
Lindsay

No crying in a 5K

Wanna know why I haven’t updated the blog since last Wednesday? Well, if I ain’t a bloggin’ I’m a eating. Yep, I pretty much have eaten my way through this holiday. The scale says the same which I only attribute to me running 3 times last week plus meeting with my trainer 1 time.

Pre-race fuel.


Race time! It was a zoo at the race! So many people came out to start their day off with a 5K.

Pre-race excited face.


I have to admit, the race started with very bittersweet emotions. I was hyped up on all of the energy from my surroundings, so many people excited to be there, excited to run & accomplish a 5k. Yet all I could think about was not being able to hug my mom after. A few times throughout the race, I got choked up but the second I started to feel the tears well up, my tummy would cramp and forced me to snap outta it.

16,000 of my closest friends.


I guess I was running SO FAST across the finish line, my cheering section didn’t even see me! I walked about 4 blocks past the finish race looking for Carlos and my dad and couldn’t find them. I asked a stranger to borrow their cell phone and called my dad.

After finally finding my dad & Carlos,
they snapped a post race excited face.

Me and my dad.

Carlos and I.

I’m excited to report, I ran the WHOLE WAY! The time goes by so fast when your surrounded by so many people. I finished in about 32 minutes and am darn proud of that time!

Speaking of 5K’s, please join me in congratulating Mrs. Ballou from The Unlikely Success Story for finishing her first every 5K. It truly is such an amazing accomplishment – congratulations Mrs. Ballou!

Mrs. Ballou crossing the fi nish line.

Post-run breakfast. 1/2 a pear, scrambled
sausage & egg bake and a little bit of
some orange roll.


After breakfast, we went home to grab our bundle of joy (Iggy) and headed to our friends RC & Megan’s house for Thanksgiving. We ended up at their neighbors house where we ate so much delish food!

My plate

ah, okay well I did go back for more! For dessert, I ate 2 un-pictured chocolate chip cookies. After we spent some relaxing time with everyone, we again grabbed Iggy and headed over to our friends Toby & David’s house.

For dinner, I had what else but more turkey! YUM! And, for dessert? I had a great salad that had a ton of fruit all covered in home made whipped cream. HOLY DELICIOUS!

For dinner, I had 2 glasses of wine while
we all curled up and watched a movie.
Twas a perfect way to end the
Thanksgiving holiday! Friends,
wine and a movie!

The rest of the holiday weekend went by so fast. Carlos surprised me with a well needed & well appreciated massage. So now? Well, now we resume our regularly scheduled program. Monday means back to the work week, back to making one healthy decision at a time.

How did you do on
your holiday eating?

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No crying in a 5K

Wanna know why I haven’t updated the blog since last Wednesday? Well, if I ain’t a bloggin’ I’m a eating. Yep, I pretty much have eaten my way through this holiday. The scale says the same which I only attribute to me running 3 times last week plus meeting with my trainer 1 time.

Pre-race fuel.


Race time! It was a zoo at the race! So many people came out to start their day off with a 5K.

Pre-race excited face.


I have to admit, the race started with very bittersweet emotions. I was hyped up on all of the energy from my surroundings, so many people excited to be there, excited to run & accomplish a 5k. Yet all I could think about was not being able to hug my mom after. A few times throughout the race, I got choked up but the second I started to feel the tears well up, my tummy would cramp and forced me to snap outta it.

16,000 of my closest friends.


I guess I was running SO FAST across the finish line, my cheering section didn’t even see me! I walked about 4 blocks past the finish race looking for Carlos and my dad and couldn’t find them. I asked a stranger to borrow their cell phone and called my dad.

After finally finding my dad & Carlos,
they snapped a post race excited face.

Me and my dad.

Carlos and I.

I’m excited to report, I ran the WHOLE WAY! The time goes by so fast when your surrounded by so many people. I finished in about 32 minutes and am darn proud of that time!

Speaking of 5K’s, please join me in congratulating Mrs. Ballou from The Unlikely Success Story for finishing her first every 5K. It truly is such an amazing accomplishment – congratulations Mrs. Ballou!

Mrs. Ballou crossing the fi nish line.

Post-run breakfast. 1/2 a pear, scrambled
sausage & egg bake and a little bit of
some orange roll.


After breakfast, we went home to grab our bundle of joy (Iggy) and headed to our friends RC & Megan’s house for Thanksgiving. We ended up at their neighbors house where we ate so much delish food!

My plate

ah, okay well I did go back for more! For dessert, I ate 2 un-pictured chocolate chip cookies. After we spent some relaxing time with everyone, we again grabbed Iggy and headed over to our friends Toby & David’s house.

For dinner, I had what else but more turkey! YUM! And, for dessert? I had a great salad that had a ton of fruit all covered in home made whipped cream. HOLY DELICIOUS!

For dinner, I had 2 glasses of wine while
we all curled up and watched a movie.
Twas a perfect way to end the
Thanksgiving holiday! Friends,
wine and a movie!

The rest of the holiday weekend went by so fast. Carlos surprised me with a well needed & well appreciated massage. So now? Well, now we resume our regularly scheduled program. Monday means back to the work week, back to making one healthy decision at a time.

How did you do on
your holiday eating?

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I am Thankful

Hi friends! Happy Friday. No weigh in for me today. Maybe I should, for consistency, but I don’t really think today is a consistent day with my previous Friday weigh ins. It’s not all Thursday’s that I eat as I did yesterday, so I am thinking I will weigh in tomorrow or Sunday.. Is that cheating…? Maybe. But I don’t want a false gain. If I really gained, I will have still gained tomorrow or Sunday – which honestly, I think is the case. I’ve been struggling lately, but I’m trying to control myself and my cravings and my calories and my weight. And… everything. :) It’s not easy, but we all know that.

So, I’m sorry for my “less-than-thankful” post yesterday. I was feeling “blah” about how I’m doing on this journey. But, I still am thankful for many things:

My new home:

My new job:

My family:

My friends:




My future, my love:


I’m also so thankful for YOU. And for this blog and for all of the inspiration and motivation and support I’ve found in my blogger friends. Thank YOU, for sticking with me, encouraging me, helping me. I appreciate you. I am thankful for you and this new world I’ve found blogging.

I’m thankful for so many other things not even listed here, including my health, which I commit to working on bettering everyday.

I hope you guys had a wonderful holiday. Enjoy your weekend! See ya back here soon!

xoxo
Lindsay