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)!

Get those steps in!

Good morning everyone! I know, I know, it’s been over a month since my last post. What can I say? I’ve been busy with all those priorities I’d talked about over a month ago.

Slow progress in the priority setting, but still, making headway.

Along with all the things that I’ve been trying to squeeze time into, I’ve been making baby steps into trying to get myself back on track. Not just my weight loss, but as a whole. In my life. Honestly, there is so much going on right now (and quite a few backslide moments) that it could be a whole post in itself. Short simple version, tldr: version, I’m making some changes in my life.

And if anyone of you follow me on Instagram – there’s been more and more motivational crap that I’ve found myself posting. I’m not even getting started on my Pinterest. If you don’t, here’s a little montage for you!

One of the biggest ones, as far as weight loss goes, is walking. When I’d been wayyyy up there at 264 pounds, one of the only things I was physically capable of doing was walking. We’d strap baby Landon in a stroller and walk around the block. We’d started off with just two laps, to walking around the block several times – sometimes for an hour or two. Can we say S-L-O-W. Win-win of having a 1.5 year old little guy in a stroller, he wanted to see EVERYTHING, which meant slower walking for mom.

I’d lost the first 50 pounds by just walking.

So I’ve gotten back into that. Granted, it’s not so much walking around the block, or taking leisurely strolls. It’s more of a work requirement. But still, I’m counting on it.

And that little FitBit is seriously the best tool I’ve ever gotten for myself in the form of exercise! I used to have a tracker, but it had a chest strap you had to wear. Wasn’t a fan of that part. But I went ahead and got myself a little FitBit. And I adore it. To the point where I get all kinds of “OH Noooooooo” when I have to take it off to charge. If you have one, you’d understand.

Anyways,

The last week or so I’ve been walking a TON. I actually have my goal steps set up as only 6,000… because realistically, I was lucky to walk 3500 steps per day – sedentary jobs will get ya! So I couldn’t just jump into walking 10k steps per day. That wasn’t going to happen. However, I freaking crushed it!

Not to mention that my cousin actually added me to a walking challenge running Monday-Friday. And you know what?

THIS GIRL RIGHT HERE WON!

I walked a whopping 62k steps from Monday through Friday! A little over 12k steps per day! You don’t understand, that makes me so happy. That little competitive spark in my flew right through 60k steps!

So, I guess we’ll see how any of this extra walking has helped my weight loss! Optimisitc? You bet your ass I am!

Half Naked Selfie

Back in the day when I hit 181, I’d had two HUGE regrets. First being that it’d taken me so long (oh, the irony) and the second was that I didn’t have a half naked selfie. You know what I’m talking about. When you go into any search bar and type in “weight loss transformation” or “before and after weight loss.”

You know, the pictures where there is at least one comment that states “Not the same person” based off a new tattoo, different colored clothes, and/or (my personal favorite) different hair color.

But really, I had this huge weight difference (we’re talking 80+ pounds) and I couldn’t really see it. Obviously, I knew it was there because I could feel it. Different sized clothing. So on, but actually seeing it would have been awesome.

I’d always wondered why I hadn’t taken a before selfie. But when you’re sitting at 180 pounds, feeling more confident than you had in your whole life… it’s a pretty easy question to ask yourself.

But now that I had gained back a lot of what I’d lost. I know the answer was because I was self conscious. I don’t want to see it now. I hate taking pictures of myself, especially highlighting all the things that I’m not thrilled about. And then there was that irrational little thought out “WHAT IF THAT PICTURE GETS STOLEN LIKE THOSE CELEBRITY PHOTOS?” As if I’m so important that some random person is going to take the time to steal a picture of mine and post it on the internet??? Being self conscious does some funny things to your logic.

BUT, this time around I did it.

I took that silly little half naked selfie, groaning the whole time. I’m pretty sure if I were to actually look at the picture I’d be beet red in the cheeks. But I had that moment of “You damn well know that Nicole in 50 pounds is going to want that picture.”

So I did it. I wish I could accurately describe the ordeal I went through. From being in a changing room trying to convince myself that sucking in my gut was counterproductive, and when I emailed the picture to myself (complete with a misleading subject line and 12 other pictures attached (take that pervy internet creep!)

But I’ve got it. So when I hit my milestone (at this rate, in 10 years) I’ll be able to go “holy crap, look at me!”

I can’t explain the motivation past “I’m gonna want it someday” but I’ve got it.

I’ll probably forget about it until one day I’m cleaning up my email and I come across “Birthday party pictures” (that’s not the subject line… calm down stalker) and I’ll see it and I’ll be like “holy crap!”

So, anyways. From all of that, I guess what I’m trying to say is that all of you who are planning on losing weight. Take the picture. Don’t suck in anything. Don’t try to stand in a certain way to minimize what you don’t want to see now. Take the picture! Even if you have to file it away in some deep dark mysterious corner of your computer, email, a flashdrive that you bury in a secured location… take the picture.

Because one day, you might want to look back and see the progress. All the progress that isn’t hidden in baggy sweaters, or pictures that crop out anything below your shoulders. To have physical proof, not hazy memories, of what all had changed down the line.

Because 181 Nicole wished she’d taken it at 264. And 220 Nicole took it for one day down the line I can look back and actually see the change that I’d been able to make!

Real talk.

And if you every decide that you don’t want to see it. Then don’t. If you ever decided to look at that picture and go “holy hell, I rock.” Awesome. But just in case… you’ll have it!