How I measure 9 months later

So it’s been a while since I last measured myself. We’re looking at 9 months. I’d wanted to measure myself on the first of every month, but realistically I haven’t really lost all that much in the last 9 months to justify it.

My last measurements I’d taken were 10 pounds ago, so I figured why the heck not? Let’s see what those 12 pounds gone have gotten me! Plus it’s the last day of August anyways, it all works!

I’ve lost a total of 8 inches! In the grand scheme of things, that much in 9 months isn’t a whole lot, but those inches mean a lot!

And bonus!! I’m too far behind my measurements when I was sitting at 194.

The think I love about measurements is that they give you some kind of physical proof that your losing. Sure, I can step on the scale and see the numbers move, which is fantastic… but sometimes that can be a bit arbitrary. You know what I mean? Look at how much my weight fluctuated just in a week! Back in the day, I used to measure myself pretty regularly. Because sometimes the scale didn’t move for MONTHS and yet I found myself dropping a pants size in that time frame. Because 185 could have meant a size 14 or even a size 10. The number on the scale is definitely a good tool, but those measurements, man. They tell you a lot.

The main reason why I wanted to weigh myself is because I found myself squeezing into a size 12.

What?

Yeah, you read that right. A size twelve. I’ve been sitting between a 14 and 16 for so long, it was a really nice shock. Now, granted they were a bit too tight for my liking, especially since they were skinny jeans. A bit too much love from my love handles, you know? But I could button them, kick in them, and even do some pretty awesome squats without worrying I was going to rip the seams. Because, let’s not forget… that has happened to me before… I’ve ripped a seam in both a coat and a dress. Ohmylanta.

But it’s progress, right?

We’re moving in the right direction. And I’m super excited.

There are so many things I can’t wait for. Getting under 200 again. And seeing my measurements under what they were at 194. It’ll be interesting, and I honestly can’t wait.

But like I said last time, I just have to keep the progress moving. Haven’t had the best luck lately with staying consistent…so we’ll see how it goes next week.

Right?

Progress – weigh in Wednesday

So after my blog setback last week I’m super thrilled that I didn’t lose everything. Especially all of my weigh ins. There’s something super nostalgic about reading through my old weigh ins and blog posts, and I’m so happy I didn’t lose them.

So, aside from that drama. We’re onwards and upwards, right? This week is all about progress, because that’s what I’ve been making!

So my last weigh in was a good one! Down 4 pounds in 5 weeks. I’m not complaining. And there is exactly zero things for me to complain about this week!

Last weigh-in: 203
This weigh-in: 201.6
Lost: 1.4
Total lost from highest: 69.1

A pound and a half people! Look at that!

Ok, ok, so a teeny tiny part of me was a bit disappointed that I wasn’t sitting under 200 for the first time in 4 years, but I’m keeping my chin up. Because a pound and a half in a week is totally ok, and it’s a good pace!

And who am I kidding? IT’S A LOSS! And it’s progress. The first real progress I feel like I’ve seen in a long time.

I’m over the moon.

Do you have any idea how long it’s been since I weighed 201 pounds? I’ve been bouncing around between 205 and 215 for well over a year. So it’s so freaking nice to see the scale actually move down again.

Now all I have to do is keep that downward trend. I can’t get cocky and be all “eh, I lost weight…I can go crazy with the muffins this week.” You know how it goes.

But hey, look at me go! Another pound and a half off the books!

Yes!

Total weeks of consecutive weight loss: TWO

Always, Always backup

I don’t think I’ve ever written a post on blogging. But if I can give you one singular piece of advice that just saved my butt… it’s to always, always backup what you have. Seriously. Always. I don’t care if you think it’s a waste of 3 minutes or whatever. Seriously. BACKUP your stuff.

See, I have all my stuff (hosting/domain/etc) is all through GoDaddy. So imagine my surprise when I got to log into my blogs wordpress and I can’t. And then I go to type in my domain, and it’s not there. Instant heart attack. Everything I had done in the last several years was GONE. I called GoDaddy to see what happened… and guess who forgot to update their card info for auto renew!!! Yeah, that’s me. To be fair, this was all my fault. I didn’t see the “you gonna lose yo shit” emails, I didn’t log into my stuff… I completely missed it.

Now, I am a firm believer in backing up every single thing that I do. And it’s probably over kill, but it served me well today.

I actually had to go and repurchase a new hosting plan. Which, silver lining, actually was worth my while. I was paying $7.99 a month, every month. I just got a full year of hosting for $12 using a promo code. #heckyes Ultimately saving me 80 bucks, and never needing to worry about renewing my stuff for the next year. I’m totally ok with that.

What I wasn’t ok with was worrying about all the stuff that I might have lost. When you buy a new hosting plan, you’re starting completely fresh. 100% over. Everything you have put into your blog is gone. GONE. GONE.

That might not seem like much, but it really is.

Thankfully I had Updraft Plus installed as a plug in, and it had done a back up on the 13th of this month. It was a pretty easy thing, downloaded the file from my email and reinstalled it. And in about 10 minutes, I had all my blog posts back. #thankheavens

Three nail biting minutes later, and I saw this…

Sure, I lost everything that I’d posted prior to the last backup, which was only 3 posts. I’m totally ok with losing that. I would lose 3 posts vs 250+ posts any day.

Then was the issue of my layout. Because not only did I lose my posts momentarily, I lost my layout. Which was another heart breaking thing. The backup included all my widget layouts, my image links (like to my Twitter/Pinterest/etc), all of my menus and pages… but it didn’t keep what it was supposed to look like.

And this is where “CONTROL FREAK CATALOG EVERYTHING NICOLE” comes into play.

I had it all saved.

I had copies of all the images I’d used in my email.
I had the html color codes I used (and what I used them for) written down.
I had special little CSS codes I’d used copied and sent to my email.
I had what theme model I used (GeneratePress FTW)

I had almost 100% of everything kept!

Granted, I didn’t need all of that. Somehow as soon as I reinstalled my GeneratePress layout a lot of my stuff formatting was still there. But without all those emails I’d sent myself, I never would have remembered which layout I’d used in order to get it back.

Phew.

Granted, some things look a bit different. I need to re-upgrade my Generate Press to get all the little tidbits back (like my footer and copywrite, etc).

But all in all…. I saved myself a lot of time.

It took me about 3 hours to fix what had originally taken me 60 hours (yes, you read that right. SIXTY HOURS) to complete.

Now, you’ll notice a few things are weird.

All the pictures in my blog posts are gone. Mainly because those were all saved on my hosting server, and those weren’t backed up. (Like my signature I’d used at the bottom of every post). I could go through and re-add them…and maybe one day I might. But that’s not a today kind of thing….especially since I’ve recently gotten a new laptop so much of my stuff I’d have to search through so much crap to find them.

My background is a little bit different (silly me didn’t save the last copy).

The formatting is a touch off.

I have to reinstall my plug ins.

But seriously, those are minor things. I’d say I’d lost only about 95% of my stuff. And those things were so small that I can live without them in the grand scheme of things.

Seriously, if you take anything from my limited knowledge of having a blog. Backup your stuff. I went from nearly in tears to feeling pretty darned ok with my little “opsie”

So that was my blog moment. My heart wrenching, scary, panic inducing moment.

Thankfully it worked out as best as it can.

Phew

<3 Nicole (because, guess who didn't save their signature... HA) Has anyone out there had their backups completely save their life?

Every day is Weigh In Wednesday

I’ve been naughty…

I generally weigh myself every Wednesday. Regardless if I post or not, I’m still weighing myself. And, admittedly, there have been points in time where I didn’t weigh myself… mainly because I just didn’t think about it. You know how it goes.

But, I went a little bit nuts. I weighed myself THREE times before last week’s weigh in. And it reminded me exactly why I don’t do that. Because the big change in numbers from day to day can drive a gal crazy.

There was a huge jump between those three days.

In order of my impromptu weigh ins…

Friday – 207.4
Sunday – 209.6
Tuesday – 204.3

Look at those differences!

That is insane. Of course there are a ton of reasons just in the last week that could be to blame. How much water vs caffeine I’ve been drinking, how much I’ve been moving, sleep patterns, wine (YOU KNOWS), so many different things. So many things, I can’t really pinpoint it.

The only thing that makes me feel better is that I know I didn’t gain 2 pounds in 2 days, and I most certainly didn’t lose over 5 pounds in 2 days. So, I didn’t actually count last weeks weigh in. I waited until this week until things were a little bit more consistent for me.

It’s just crazy to think how much can change day to day, and made me remind myself exactly why I shouldn’t weigh myself daily. Some people it might work for, not this lady here.

So, this weeks weigh in I stayed true to only weighing myself on Wednesday! Makes things so much simpler!

Last weigh-in: 207.4
This weigh-in: 203
Lost: 4.4
Total lost from highest: 67.7

BAM Look at that! Sure, my last weigh in was a 5 weeks ago, which boils down to less than a pound a week. But considering all the inconsistency in what I’m eating, I’ll definitely take it! That’s for sure.

AND do you know what that means?!?!?!? I HIT A GOAL!!!!

Lose 25% of my highest weight

^^^ Go check it out! I even went and updated the page for the first time in FOREVER!

So, alls I need to do now is lose another 5 pounds and I’ll be sitting at my pre-pregnancy weight! Say whaaat?

Finally, ya’ll. Finally!

AND I’m so close to being under 200 again. It’s been close to 4 years since I’ve been under 200. I don’t even know how to handle it right now.

Of course a lot can happen. But I’m going to sit here and be super excited! #thanksverymuch

FINGERS CROSSED FOR NEXT WEIGH IN!!!!

What a little walking can do – Weigh in Wednesday

It’s been six weeks since my last weigh in. Ooops. And, Monday’s post was all about walking and just how much walking I’ve done.

The real question, is it doing any good?

I’m HUGE on the aspect that 90% of weight loss is what you eat. Granted, part of that is just because I’m not a fan of exercise in general. The other part, is that I’d lost a good portion of my weight (back when I’d lost 80 pounds) with doing very minimal exercise. It was more centered around testing out those exercises for a bit here and there to find ones that I didn’t completely hate. Which boiled down to probably three things.

It’s certainly possible to lose weight without exercising, you just have to be more careful about what/how much you’re eating. I get that, and I did that. And I lost 80 pounds.

I’m still 100% firm on that fact.

However, I’m not completely naive to the fact that your body needs movement and physical activity. But, come on, ya’ll… I hate getting sweaty and sore. Not a fan.

So, like I said Monday, I started walking again. I’ve been walking every.single.day. And sure, it’s not like I’m going out for hikes or whatever. I’m walking at work, but still. It counts! Pro-Tip: Get you a job where you’re on your feet all day.

Those first few days were BRUTAL. I was so sore and achy. One does not go from sitting 80% of 10 hours, to being on their feet and walking for 6+ hours. But it’s not like I could just decide I didn’t want to anymore, right?

So, before this becomes some long winded post about the benefits of walking at work, let’s get down to business. The real reason half of you are reading this post.

Drumrollplease

Last weigh-in: 215.6
This weigh-in: 207.4
Lost: 8.2
Total lost from highest: 63.3

Can I get a heck yes???

8 whole pounds! Boils down to just over a pound a week. Which I’m totally ok with! I’m only 2 pounds away from being back to my “lightest” since I’d started blogging again.

I’m only about 9.5 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight/pre-baby! Can it still be considered “pre-pregnancy weight” when said baby is now 3? Oh well

However, I’m super stoked. And I’ve even lost a total of 12 pounds since I started tracking it on my FitBit. I got a cool little notification too!

SO, it feels like real progress. And I’m not gonna lie, there were times in there that I didn’t lose a darned thing. But it’s forward motion!

Keep it coming (or going, as it were)!