Day nine, plus 5k?

I’m on day nine of this smoothie challenge. Which I must say has been pretty interesting. Thinking of 30 different smoothies to try was definitely interesting, but I did it. Actually did it in advance, so now I just have to mark off which smoothies I have already done. I already know that on day 15 I’m going to completely forget all of the past 2 weeks worth of smoothies.

So here are the last nine smoothies I have done…

first nine smoothies
So in order we have (drum roll please)

Strawberry Mango, Pumpkin Pie, Tropical Smoothie, Cucumber Melon, Coconut Carrot, Avacado Mango Carrot, Mango Banana, Banana Berry, Green Strawberry Banana.

There you have it. Keep an eye out for an update on my recipes page, I’ll be throwing up the recipes for all of them shortly.

But I think I’ve been doing pretty good, and I’ve been having a ton of fun with it!

But on the opposite side of things, there is an interesting and shudder inducing and feat of strength obstacle that is coming up.

Which is just my own obnoxious way of saying that something is on the horizon.

couch to 5k

That’s right. Couch to 5k. I’m going to go for it.

I know, I know, I’ve tried this before. And needless to say that I haven’t actually succeeded. Mainly because I didn’t actually continue on that whole trek of the C25K program.

My sweaty pictures should be enough to vouch for that.

me sweaty

Now this time will hopefully be different than last time, this time I’ll be joined by two of my friends. That’s right… I’ll actually have some people who can join me in sweating, groaning, and wishing for it all to be over. Which will be awesome!

And all of this isn’t for a waste of time.

In 12 weeks (the duration of the C25K training thingy) is a 5k here in Manistee! I’m pretty sure it’s called the Firecracker 5k, but regardless of what it’s called we’re totally going for it.

So here’s to wishing all of us luck!

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Recap?

Ahoy there maties! This past (almost) month has been an interesting one. Not much time (or motivation) to do much as far as blogging goes. I know, I know… “well then what kind of blogger are you?!?!?!!?” I get it. But here’s a quick little recap of what’s been going on the last 23 days.

So let’s see.

First thing that comes to mind… my little man turned six!

landon goofy

Which of course I’m still a little bit in denial. Definitely. In denial. But I made a fairly epic birthday cake for him. Of course I’m a tad biased because I made it, so sue me.

cake

I have been glued to powerpoint/internet/PaintToolSai for work related stuffs. I’ve tried to do some writing, and this weekend I get to try on bridesmaids dresses for my oldest friend’s (as in we officially met 17 years ago, not that she’s ancient) wedding! Speaking of weddings, I personally know four other people who are all tying the knot. Am I jealous? Mayyyybe a tad.

Let’s see. I had extensions twice…and removed them. EXTENSIONS SUCK! I applaud those of you who have them and don’t mind them.

Ok…there is the more interesting stuff that doesn’t include feeling a tad empty because three of my favorite shows have ended. Poo.

But on the actual weight loss frontier… I went to the gym.

facebook post gym


Yeah, that’s right. I’ve only been paying for the darned thing since October. But I went…and it totally kicked my butt. I haven’t worked out in so long… I went from going 6+ miles on the elliptical to barely being able to go one. But, to be fair…this damned thing is like an elliptical on crack. Seriously. I have no way to express exactly what it is, but next time I go I’ll be sure to snap a picture of it.

Annnd, I’ve been eating really well also. All those yummy healthy things that I hadn’t had in what felt like forever. So I’m hoping when I actually weigh myself there’ll be some progress. We’ll see, right? But I’ve got some pretty awesome recipes to share soon (coconut smoothie? avocado chicken salad? pulled pork sandwiches? yup…I’ve got them).

So, there you have it. A super condensed 23 day recap. Considering my life isn’t super magical, I’d say that’s not too bad.

So, hopefully until next time…

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Bar-b-que

Manistee hit 48 degrees this weekend! Holy crap yay!

Some of you lucky people out there are probably thinking “why is she so happy about 48 degrees?” I’ll tell you.

A month ago today we were at 1 degree. Yeah. Single digit crap. With the “smartphone revolution” there is this lovely little app that’ll tell you the “real feel” temperature. When it reads “Real Feel -27” that is synonymous with “It’s friggen cold as hell!”

Not to mention there was a week where schools were closed every day that week except one. While Landon was partially thrilled (yay, pajamas) and eventually heartbroken (I miss my friends) I was dreading every moment of it.

So for the temp to hit that magical 48 number we saw, was amazing in epic proportions. Almost like summer. Case in point… We walked around in t-shirts yesterday. Yeah, that’s right. It was awesome.

So our first questionably brilliant idea…let’s have a bar-b-que.

And Bar-B-Que we did.

It was a fairly interesting site to see the guys out working the grill in about three feet of snow, but they did it and it was was totally successful.

Unfortunately there are no pictures to share. Seeing as my camera is broken thanks to a precious 5 year old who decided to step on it due to unforeseen complications I am forced to use a camera phone, which I hate. Hate it I say! So you’ll just have to take my word for the great food. The vast ammouts of calories I crammed in my mouth was completely worth how good it was. Did I feel guilty? No, no I did not.

There were ribs, corn on the cob, baked beans, potato salad, gaucamole, coleslaw (ewwww).

I have a feeling that grilling is going to be a regular thing around my house if the weather stays nice.

It’s been rather busy and hectic these last few days, so I apologize for the scarce post. I’m actually about 9 minutes away from leaving from work. Nothing like cutting it close…right?

But in honor of the quickly melting snow and flooded backstreets, I hope that your spring plans are kicking into high gear!

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My weight loss “fatal flaw”

Why is losing weight so hard?

Don’t worry this isn’t going to be a whole post of nothing but complaining.

It is a question everyone needs to ask themselves. There has to be a reason why we are having problems losing weight. I am guilty with asking that “why aren’t I losing weight?” question.

Sure, there are some obvious reasons… but unless you actually question yourself you aren’t going to find the root of the problem. If you don’t find the baseline, you aren’t ever going to fix it… and you are stuck in that whirlwind of anti-losing weight problem for years and years and years to come.

So I sat there for a minute and listed out the reasons I have problem losing weight. I was brutally honest with myself, I didn’t like the answers I was giving myself… but hey being honest to yourself is the hardest thing ever. I’m not going to bore you with my entire list… just the most important one.

I have practically zero self control.

My biggest problem is the whole self control. I have zero self control. If I see something I want, then I will rationalize why I should have it… consciously I know that isn’t a good idea… but I almost guilt myself into not exercising or eating crappy food.

I’ve realized it isn’t losing weight that is hard… I make it hard.

Let’s face it, everyone. The concept of losing weight is easy. Extremely easy. Eat less..move more… BAM weight loss. We all have personality flaws that make it hard to lose weight. I honestly think that is why so many people have an easy time shedding the pounds. They gained weight because they eat like crap, make the decision to lose weight…. and they don’t have anything holding them back. They just lose weight. Or they have some “fatal flaws” that are easy to fix… They graze? Bring healthy stuff to graze on… not brownies. BAM weight loss.

Unfortunately there is a good percentage of us out there who have those fatal flaws that are hard as hell to try and change. My self control (or lack of) is my biggest problem. I have destroyed my (here comes the cringe) “diet” simply because of self control… once that self control goes out the window it opens up the door for 90% of my other problems… the “whatever” and the “excuses.”

I know that if I don’t get my self control under wraps, I am not going to be successful down the road. I can see myself being one of those people who lose a ton of weight, and then I gain it all back. Mainly because of that self control. Sure I’m lazy, I guilt myself into poor decisions, I give up… all that kind of stuff… but it all balances back to self control.

So I need to focus on getting my self control under wrap. I don’t want to “hide” from temptation… I’ll never learn to say “no” if I am never around the things that make me say “yes.” I just need to get to a point where I am able to stick to the “no” aspect of losing weight. Sure, I can do it. I have 80 pounds that have gone “bye-bye” I can say no. I just can’t say no for long.

So, that’s what I need to fix. That is one of the main things that are making it damn near impossible for me to lose weight. I am sabotaging myself with this self control crap. I need to get that under wraps.

What is your “fatal flaw?”