Sparkly & Slimming….a Weight Loss Blog

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Monday Mornin’ Ramblings!

on March 12, 2012

I’m sitting here thinking about last week – the craziness, the PAIN (more on that in a second) and how GOOD I feel today.It’s amazing. I feel like I’m finally “getting my groove back” as they say. 🙂

So, why was the week so nuts?Hectic work week (every week is hectic – but last week felt EXTRA crazy!). It’s still Lent….and I went out to eat TWICE. I wanted dessert SO.BAD. Especially when I saw the first place had crème brûlée. You guys KNOW that is my most favorite dessert of all times right? It pained me to decline. But, in retrospect I feel stronger. I made a goal and I stuck to it – despite temptation! I’ve mentioned a million times before how I feel like I should be rewarded for good behavior with food. I don’t know why I have that attachment – my parents were never in the habit of giving out cookies for quietness etc. This is definitely an adult thing. I guess it ties into “eating your emotions”. Food is a reward, food is a comfort, food is WAS my friend! Until I saw this on the book of faces, and I nearly fell off my chair:

HA! Could that be more perfect? I think not.

I printed it and stuck it at my desk. A good reminder for moments when I feel weak. 🙂

So, I resisted desserts. Awesome. What else did I do? I got 5 servings of fruits and at least 2 veggies every day (sometimes more!). I drank 100 oz. of water every day (more on days when I had barre!) and I only had coffee twice all week. I feel AMAZING. Legit, amazing. I feel strong and alert – I’m not in a haze (like I sometimes am when I opt for a junky breakfast and a Venti coffee). I’ve had juice/smoothies every morning for breakfast (just fruits frozen or fresh- no sugar, no yogurt, no filler). It’s amazing to me how much better your day starts when you’re not eating junk.

Why am I in crazy amounts of pain? Barre n9ne and the gym of course! My schedule last week looks like this:

Monday: barre n9ne

Tuesday / Weds: bouts of cardio when possible

Thursday: barre n9ne

Friday: barre n9ne

Saturday: rest!

Sunday: barre n9ne AND cardio at the gym!

I can feel every muscle in my arms….my legs….my abs….every single tiny muscle! Do you know how many small muscles you have? I don’t…but it feels like 9 million!

I feel so funny saying this but the secret to weight-loss really is eat less, move more. It’s not a magic pill or a quick fix. You have to be committed every day. If you fall off you have to get back on and it’s not always easy.

One of my favorite quotes of all times:

“No one said it was going to be easy ~ they just said it would be worth it”.

It hasn’t been easy to be so “good” and not fall victim to junk – but it will be worth it in the long run. I have to remind myself everyday that little changes yield big results. This week I am focusing on fresh and natural ingredients. Nothing in a box, nothing with preservatives and no coffee. I’m not sure I can do no coffee….but I’m going to try my damnedest. I also have 3 barre classes and 3 gym dates. Go hard or go home right?

I figure I’ve been carrying this same fat around with me for so long – enough is enough! Like I said last post- put up or shut up!

Happy week to all – hope you’re pushing towards a goal, or finding a way to get yourself realigned if you’ve fallen off track.

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4 responses to “Monday Mornin’ Ramblings!

  1. JessSutera says:

    Girl, I am LOVING your outlook right now!! You are in such a good and positive place — and you know why?? You’re finally investing in YOU – putting yourself first and recognizing that all this time, energy and effort in making healthy choices, getting your butt kicked at the gym and at barre n9ne (woohoo) is WORTH it? Huge progress!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!!!

    As for the rewarding good behavior with food thing — you are seriously not alone my dear, I think most of America battles with it, I’ve been there myself over the years. And not becaues anyone taught me that per se, just a learned behavior over the years. Now I’d rather reward good behavior with a pedicure or new sneakers or better yet – new LULU gear! hehe.

    So proud of you my dear, you’re kicking butt and taking names!!

  2. jobo says:

    Amen to what Jess just said! I love your dedication and drive and FIRE right now. We were just talking about this on our run today, actually, how proud we both are of you and how focused you are. It’s just simply awesome!

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