{Stay the Path} Three Years Later

 

It’s been 3 years since I wrote this post, where I had met my first weight loss goal of 50 lbs and had set other goals for myself. Rereading the post and thinking back over the past 3 years –  a lot has happened since that life-changing moment.

 

Since October 31, 2014

I lost another 25 lbs (and continue to maintain that weight).

I did get my bookish tattoo. I also got a running tattoo the following year. And my Stay the Path tattoo this past year.

Despite never working out in my life, I started running, fell in love with it, and ran in 12 races last year.

I no longer hate summer time. 😉

 

Things I’ve learned in the past 3 years

IT’S STILL ALL ABOUT BALANCE

I may not eat fast food or a lot of pasta or bread, but I still love pizza, donuts, and red wine. If I’m going to work my butt off to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I intend to indulge in the things I love once in awhile. Moderation is the key.

 

MAINTAINING IS HARD

Losing the weight used to seem like the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but maintaining it has proven to be much harder. Not allowing myself to fall back into old habits, always finding the motivation to exercise – it can be really tough. Some days are better than others, as is the case with most things in life. You learn to adjust and find new ways to focus and get back on track when you fall off.

 

LOVE YOURSELF AND CELEBRATE EVERY NON-SCALE VICTORY

Finding my confidence didn’t happen overnight. I have good days and bad days, and I’m still hard on myself sometimes. But the feeling of happiness and contentment I feel with myself is greater now than it ever was. At 36 years old, I’m feeling better then I did for the entirety of my 20’s. I have learned to accept myself, flaws and all, to be proud of how hard I’ve worked and how far I’ve come.

That goes for all the NSV’s that happened or keep happening along the way:

Going from a size XXL to a SM

Being able to shop online for clothes and not having to try something on before buying it

Running 4-5 days a week and averaging a 9 minute mile

Having more energy

Learning to love working out/running and having the discipline to continue doing it (I used to be a big quitter at everything)

I’m not saying I don’t have days where I wish my stomach was flatter, or my arms were more muscular. It’s not a switch that can be turned off – when you’ve been obese for a long time, it is hard to change the way you think about yourself. But in the past 3 years I have worked really hard on the mental part of this journey – it’s so important to give yourself some grace and to be able to love yourself. I will never be able to afford any kind of surgery for my excess skin issue, so I’ve learned to just accept it. The extra skin on my thighs – oh well! I work damn hard for these legs, and I’m proud of them!

I will never have the perfect body, but I choose to see the beauty in my imperfections and will work on being kinder to myself and being happy with how far I’ve come.

 

KEEP SETTING GOALS

“You’re never too old to set new goals or dream new dreams”. In order to stay motivated, I have to set little goals for myself all the time. Whether it’s hitting my 5 days of running and stopping for that donut I love. Or after gaining some extra pounds over vacation, setting a goal to get back on track. The reward is always that feeling of accomplishment.

I’m probably never going to run a marathon, which was a goal of mine a year ago. I’ll be lucky if I run a half at some point – right now my hamstring acts up after 4 miles. But I’m grateful every day for the ability to run what I can, and even though I’m not running marathons, I’m getting up and getting out there and pushing myself to be better every day.

I love running, but I do eventually want to try other things. I am not big on strength training (even though I know I should be, because it’s good for runners), but I do have areas I need to work on, my arms being my number one goal.

 

IT’S A LIFESTYLE

It never stops. Three years later I still count my calories daily. I may not count every single thing like I did before, but I still do it for accountability and to keep myself on track. Will I ever trust myself enough to stop? Probably not. And I’m okay with that. It doesn’t take me a lot of extra time to log my food and exercise, and it makes me feel better to continue doing it.

I’ve learned that my body is continually changing, and I’ve had to adjust my diet and exercise accordingly. I constantly change up my diet and try new foods or cut out unhealthy ones. I had to cut my running mileage back due to a hamstring injury that creeps up on me when I overdo it. Our bodies change, and we have to learn to adjust when they do.

It’s a mindset. “Positive Mind, Positive Vibes, Positive Life.” I’ve learned to focus on the positives, celebrate small victories, remove any negativity from my life, and keep pushing myself to be a better ME every single day. Being a better me includes being healthy, and I’ve learned to embrace it. Running has become my stress reliever and something I can’t live without. My body craves good foods and it wants to move daily. All of these things have made me a better wife, a better mother. And it’s changed how I think and how I approach every day – with a happy heart and determination to stay the path.

 

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{Weekly Wrap Up} 6-17-16

TGIF! Been a bit of a stressful week, so I’m glad to see the weekend almost here. I’m excited to get out of work early today and get my errands done, clean my house. And also for the pizza and giant glass of wine I’m planning. 😉 Tomorrow night we’re going to the Indians’ game, and I’m really excited about that! Our seats are right behind third base, and we’re supposed to have gorgeous weather.

This is going to be my last blog post for awhile. I’ve decided to take a bit of a break from it. I’m feeling burnt out, so a break will do me good. I don’t know for how long, but I’ll be back at some point.

Have a great weekend!

 

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FITBIT STEPS
Fri: 18,231 steps
Sat: 13,842 steps
Sun: 10,729 steps
Mon: 16,164 steps
Tue: 20,149 steps
Wed: 16,463 steps
Thu: 16,542 steps
Total: 112,120 steps

 

Another good week. My goal is always at least 30 minutes a day, whether it’s a run or a walk or both. I even worked in some kettlebell exercises one night. Trying to get my arms toned up. I haven’t had a long run in a few weeks, so I’m hoping for one of those over the weekend.

I have been using MyFitnessPal for 2 years at the end of this month. I still don’t feel completely confident in my daily choices to stop using it completely, although I don’t track everything like I used to. I basically use it just to get a rough idea of where I’m at for the day. One of the things I had been noticing was my exercise calories were always WAY high. Which would then make me think I had all these extra calories to EAT ALL THE FOOD. And I didn’t want to keep thinking that way, and find myself eating poorly. I decided to change my settings on MFP from sedentary to active, since I do workout almost daily. It gives me a more accurate number of calories burned and keeps me closer to the number I should be consuming every day. I’m not trying to lose, just maintain, and MFP really helps me stay on track.

{Weekly Wrap Up} 6-10-16

I’m a reading slacker this week. Still working on the same book, and it’s not because it’s not good, it’s because I just haven’t had time. Sunnie has been in Safetyvillage at her school every night this week. By the time we get home in the evenings, I’m too tired to read. I’m hoping to catch up on sleep and reading over the weekend. Not a whole lot of plans this weekend, which is nice!

On a completely unrelated note – did anyone see Carrie Underwood’s performance at the CMT Awards this week? I didn’t watch the show, but I’m a big fan of hers and looked up the video the next morning. Just wow. Chills. Watch it here.

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I’m super excited I received the new Allison Winn Scotch book!! And thank you, Lori, at Palmers Page Turners for the She Laughs in Pink recommendation. You can read her review here.

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Also got this beauty in the mail!

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#FitReaders co-hosted by Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About. I joined FitReaders, because I thought it would be a great way to help me stay motivated. It’s always more fun with support of your blog friends!

FITBIT STEPS
Fri: 17,456 steps
Sat: 17,210 steps
Sun: 20,147 steps
Mon: 16,076 steps
Tue: 10,371 steps
Wed: 16,663 steps
Thu: 15,320 steps
Total: 113,243 steps

 

It was good pretty good week of steps. I’ve been really tired, so I’m not pushing it too much. I’ve run 6 of the last 7 days, and get a 30 minute walk over my lunch break most days. This week has been really busy, so I haven’t been able to take a lunch break every day.

{Weekly Wrap Up} 6-3-16

Wrapping things up a day late because life has been a little busy the past few days, but in a good way! We started summer hours at work on Fridays where we get to leave at 12:30, so the morning goes really quickly. No complaints here! We spent the afternoon in the pool, then out to dinner with friends afterwards. Today was Sunnie’s big dance recital, and she did so great! Here’s a picture of my sweet girl before we left for the show.

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I may have cried before, during, and after her performance. Did I mention I’m an emotional nutcase?! 😉

On a bookish note, I have to mention that I finished TWO amazing books this week. Undecided was every bit as wonderful as the hype said it was, and hyped books usually disappoint me. And after reading The Bird and the Sword, I decided to try another Amy Harmon book and picked up Making Faces. It goes down as one of my favorite books of all time. And of course now I’m mad at myself for not reading her books sooner. I had a few others on my Kindle already, but I had a little Amazon shopping spree to get the rest.

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#FitReaders co-hosted by Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About. I joined FitReaders, because I thought it would be a great way to help me stay motivated. It’s always more fun with support of your blog friends!

FITBIT STEPS
Fri: 14,540 steps
Sat: 12,347 steps
Sun: 8,948 steps
Mon: 20,304 steps
Tue: 16,685 steps
Wed: 16,513 steps
Thu: 13,031 steps
Total: 102,368 steps

 

 

 

The 5k on Memorial Day went better than I could’ve ever imagined! I got a new PR, coming in at 26:57, which beats my fastest time by 22 seconds. I was thrilled! And my hubby was there to cheer me on.

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{Monthly Recap} – May

What a month!

I read 7 books in May, and every one of them was fantastic. How often does that happen?! Not very, so I’m really happy to have had so many great reads this month. I even found 3 new authors to love! I ran in 3 races in May, one being my first 10K. And I beat my PR this past weekend in my second 5K of the month. My daughter ‘graduated’ preschool and is officially a kindergartner. I celebrated the 2 year mark of my life changing weight loss journey. And the sun finally decided to come out and, dare I say, stay out?! May was incredible!

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Books I Read

Once Upon a Wine – 5 Stars

The Summer Games – 4 Stars

The Woman in Cabin 10 – 4.5 Stars

It Ends with Us – 5 Stars

The Bird and the Sword – 5 Stars

Eeny Meeny – 3.5 Stars

Undecided – 5 Stars

 Favorite Book of the Month

It Ends with Us – 5 Stars *FAVORITE BOOK OF THE 2016*

Books Read in May: 7

Books Read in 2016: 36

 

Reviews

The Obsession

Too Late

Tell Me Three Things

Once Upon a Wine


Things I’m looking forward to in June

My daughter has her first dance recital this weekend! Tonight is her dress rehearsal, and she’s so excited. After the recital we take a break from dance until September, with the exception of a 3-day camp in July.

We start summer hours at work this Friday, and I love that we have this awesome perk. If the weather cooperates, Sunnie and I will be spending the afternoon in my mother-in-law’s pool.

I plan to sign up for at least one 5K this month, and maybe another 10K. I haven’t looked out at the schedule to decide which ones yet. Now that the busyness of May is dying down, I will start to look ahead for the rest of the summer.

And there are SO MANY good books coming out in June! All of these are on my TBR, to hopefully read this summer. With the exception of One True Loves, which I’ve already read, and I recommend you buy immediately and read asap!!! It’s fantastic. I’m really excited for the new Emily Giffin book, and I’m currently reading the new Kristin Harmel book and enjoying it.

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 What are you looking forward to in June?

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