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confession &an update...

Posted on: 1.15.2013



So as you may remember if you read this blog regularly, Trevor and I have put on some pounds over the last six months and made the cliche new years resolution to lose some weight! Thing is, I wrote that blog post before I officially weighed myself after Christmas. I knew I had weight to lose, but Christmas kind of did me in... the 12 pounds I had to lose was actually 19 pounds...! My heart stopped. I just couldn't believe my eyes. By far this is the heaviest I have ever been in my life, I honestly felt sick. How did I gain so much weight in such a short amount of time?! Honestly this weight has come on just in the last six months, which makes it even worse.

I have always been petite, and in reality I still am, but I am way over my normal/healthy weight, and I have been busting out of my clothes (I have been wearing a lot of my "fat" shirts haha), I haven't been eating healthy at all and I feel like crap.

My whole life I have been able to easily and quickly workout, eat healthy, get back in shape, and kind of sneakily go back to eating bad food. I use to bounce back so fast - but my body just can't do that anymore. My old resilient teenage body is officially gone and eating healthy and working out needs to be apart of a balanced lifestyle. I don't know what it is about hitting your lowest low, but it can be a real motivator! I have never cared so much in my life about eating right and working out for my body to be healthy then I do right now.

So now for the update, since January started I have literally gone "cold turkey" as I like to call it in regards to eating right. Can I just tell you the biggest difference besides the weight is ENERGY?! In the past when I would eat right I still always cheated a little. I mean, just a little bit. I always had the mentality that I could afford it, "you are young!" I would tell myself! 

I had never had a perfect consecutive two days in terms of eating right. Well folks I am here to say I just had a PERFECT consecutive week (well 6 days), and the results really shine through. Skipping out on just that one little Reese's candy, and all the other little extras that tempt us throughout the day has really paid off. I can feel it in my energy, in my skin, my weight, everything! Giving it up is so worth it. I really am hoping to be able to maintain it because I can tell such a difference in how I feel.

To add with the extra energy, my body has also responded, I have lost 5.5 pounds so far! I have been so impressed with how if you treat your body right, it will treat you right back. If you give your body just what it needs, it will serve you so much better. The past few weeks have made me want to take this journey a step beyond weight loss and health and towards really getting that strong body I think every girl imagines or wishes having at one point. Besides a few years in Lacrosse, I have never really been able to get muscles. I don't want to be a muscly woman by any means, but I want to be toned, strong, lean and healthy. One day at a time right?

So while I still have some more weigh to lose, I am going to be trying to add some more work outs into my routine that will help me tone up my body and make me stronger!

Now to be fair I did eat some naughty things on Saturday, but I am still beyond proud of myself for eating perfectly Sunday through Friday. You see, Trevor and I like to have a "free day." Now this doesn't mean you go wreak havoc, but once a week we just eat normally without being crazy. It is all about the balance and that free day keeps me from wanting to stop the healthy diet all together. Does that make sense?

What are you guys doing to encourage a healthier lifestyle? I would love to hear more about your own personal journeys?!



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  1. That is so awesome! That weight came off fast! I'd imagine the quicker you return to healthy eating habits and exercise the quicker the weight comes off. Good luck! I'm right there with ya trying to cut out the crap and get toned up again!

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    1. It is so true! I think I lost the 5 so fast because my body WANTS to get rid of it, it is NOT used to having it on there and I didn't ease into eating right, I just STARTED and got back to eating right quickly and my body responded the same way!

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  3. Well. I loved this post. For many reasons. But mostly because I am in the VERY same place as you. Once upon a time I was 30 pounds lighter than I currently am (it was when I was hardcore getting ready for swimsuit) but I am at my VERY heaviest now and I have a goal to lose 20 pounds. To be back to a normal BMI and have my heart not feel like it is hurting. To encourage a healthier lifestyle for me I have cut out all soda. I didn't drink it a ton, but just that thought reminds me of what is better to eat. And then I look at portion control. I drink more water. One goal is having a ripple affect. And soon I will be where I should be. Because I should be at least 20 pounds lighter, and hopefully I will be soon.

    Deidre | Love, The Skinnys

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    1. So we have about the same amount to loose at this point! 20 poundsish. Cutting out the soda will be huge for you, that alone cuts out so many bad calories. We can motivate each other! haha

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  4. Congratulations!! I just started running today for the first time since last summer and I feel great! It's amazing how much easier it is to eat healthy when you are working out. It's like your body knows what it just lost and doesn't want to bring junk back in.

    I try to just remember it's one day at a time. I can't go faster than that so I might as well make the best of today. The majority of the time it's eating well and occasionally it's cake :)

    Keep up the AMAZING work, girl!!

    The Daily Sarah Jane

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    1. Nothing gets the fat off like running! Way to go! &we all need some cake occasionally!

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  5. that's a really impressive weight loss! it takes me forever to fight off the pounds... and boy it's hard.

    I'm doing Whole 30 this month to help kick off the year right. then I'll go from there. one step at a time.

    good luck!

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  6. Sooo so encouraging because I am going through the same thing. Since Caleb and I have been together(granted that was almost 3.5 years ago), I had put on 15 pounds. We started Insanity last night and are both doing low-carb meals and hoping to make this a lifestyle change. Aside from losing 3 pounds last week, my energy is up, I'm sleeping better, and my skin is brighter! I am thrilled! Hope you can continue with your motivation!! :)

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    1. I have been doing low carb as well because my body responds super amazing to that! Of course I LOVE CARBS, which is probably why my body reacts so well when I cut it out haha, hope you can stay motivated too! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  7. I'm super impressed with the changes you've made so quickly! Way to go, dude. I've been going to gym, too, but haven't yet made the decision to cut the crap out of my diet. I need to. Gosh it's hard though! Your post is an inspiration. Having energy is something I could use in abundance these days!

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    1. I think it has happened quickly because I reacted and made changes quickly! I didn't ease into it at all! Like I said, hitting my rock bottom really motivated me!

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  8. i think the free day is uber important. its the only thing that gets me through any kind of healthy eating plan :P

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  9. Wow that's impressive! I've noticed as I get older that any bad food I eat, I can feel it almost immediately after. Which has become some good incentive to eat better!

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    Jen

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    1. I feel the same way. I used to "cheat" a little, but now when I do it basically cancels out anything good I did!

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  10. Oh I am on the same journey! I lost 10 pounds last summer, and mostly kept it off, but had plateaued since about September. I've still been working out 5-6 times a week, but I really had to crack down on my food intake. So the first week of January was spent kind of adjusting to making better choices, then starting the Monday of last week, I began to use food to FUEL my body and it feels amazing. I'm blogging all about it and tracking my weight and measurements and progress photos on the blog, which I think is definitely helping me keep motivated and accountable for myself. (At least so far.)

    Good luck to you! It sounds like you're doing great already!

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    1. You said it perfectly, FUEL. Giving your body just what it needs has made the biggest difference for me!! Can't wait to follow your journey!

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  11. Way to go! That's amazing! I've been trying to get back into a consistent workout schedule. I find if I throw myself into it 110% right away I get burned out really fast so I've been picking classes at the gym I like - spinning on Mondays, body pump on tuesday, yoga on thursday, zumba/shazam on thursdays, etc.
    It really helps keep me entertained and know that I don't have to do the same thing every day!
    Keep up the great work!

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    1. I have slowly worked my body into the work outs too! But I didn't waste any time with the eating healthy, my body was just so ready for it, I was feeling disgusting! haha I love a good entertaining class and am looking to introduce some more into my work outs!

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  12. Great job girl! Those pounds are coming off quickly. I'm in need of losing some as well, but it's so hard to not eat the good stuff, and by good stuff I mean the bad stuff ;)

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    1. Right?! haha That is why I have to have the free day!!!

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  13. Good for you, Alycia! I have gained 8 pounds in the past 3 months of our marriage, and my husband has gained 30!!! (although he needed it- he was a twig haha). I am very conscious of my body.. my clothes don't fit as well, and i had to get a bra two sizes bigger than what i had been wearing!!! but reading this is so motivating! I am doing my best to do "no sweets during the week" right now, and eating more healthily. Can't wait to hear more progress from you! I've lost about a pound and a half so far in the past couple weeks. slowly but surely... ahaha

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    1. Nothing is more motivating for a girl then the idea that she can't wear her favorite outfits anymore because she has gained too much weight! haha I don't have the budget to get a whole new wardrobe and I love my clothes so it is to the gym I go! haha We can do it, slowly but surely!

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  14. I feel ya! I was always able to eat whatever the heck I wanted when I was younger, but I stopped being able to do that about three years ago. But now that I'm much healthier overall in my eating and exercise habits than I used to be, I'm feeling confident in ways I never knew I could.

    If you want to check out a post where I talked about how I dropped the last 10 pounds, here you go:

    http://autodidacticambitions.blogspot.com/2011/08/change-it-up-beforeafter-10-lbs.html

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    1. Thanks for sharing that Torrie, I need all the motivation I can get! You rock!

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  15. Register for races! If you know you have a marathon coming up it's amazing how much you won't skip out on training!

    I also love packing healthy snacks. It's those weak moments of hunger that ruin healthy diets. Always having almonds, or cut fruit or veggies handy makes a world of difference!

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    1. Camille, I actually just finished a Marathon in October! Which in fact was apart of me gaining weight! I thought, "hey I am running all the time I can eat whatever I want" haha But I agree, in the past signing up for races has been a huge motivater and made a real difference. Unfortunately I might have to wait awhile to do that seeing I hurt my knee during the marathon and so now I am trying to figure out stuff to do while it still heals!

      And a bag of veggies have been my go to this month :)!

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  16. Get it girl! I completely agree that feeding your body good foods will make you feel good! I'm so proud of your 5.5 pounds already. Hang in there and keep it up!

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  17. My boyfriend and I need to start now, too. At 25, I can tell my body looks different. I know to others, it doesn't and I'm still small, but it's about the way my clothes fit. Time for a change!

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    1. Yes, no one knows your body better then you do! Sometimes people look at you and don't see anything different. But you know how well your clothes are fitting, how good you do or don't feel! Health is the end all goal, not size!

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  18. How cute are you?! Love your blog-- keep up the good work!

    www.oh-uh-huh.blogspot.com

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  19. Awesome job:) I'm getting my park pass to start climbing the local mountain this weekend. Strength in numberbaby;)

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    1. How fun! I want to find more fun active things to do, wish I had more money to ski every day :) haha

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  20. Gooooo youuuu!!! Honestly, everything you just typed sounded like it was in my own head. I have gain 20lbs since I met my husband. I feel like its unfair to both of us :) I'm really proud of you and will think about this post while doing my Jillian Michael's workout tonight!

    Cat
    catgotdressed.blogspot.com

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    1. I LOVE Jillian's work out videos! haha They are the best!

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  21. I used to teach Yoga/Pilates up to ten times A WEEK before moving to West Jordan (now I can't find a job that works with my schedule!) so I was in amazing shape last year. It's been six months since I've had that lifestyle and I have felt a huge difference in my body/clothes.

    I can relate to not feeling awesome, even if in the mirror I look okay. The rec center near me offers a great deal on monthly punch passes without a membership, so I've been going to Zumba and Yoga 3-4 times a week. I already feel a difference in my body and definitely in my attitude. It's so much easier for me to be happy when I give my body an opportunity to pump out endorphins.

    Exercise rules!

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  22. Congrats on the 5lbs weight loss! Keep it up! I am struggling with the same. I lose about 8 lbs right before Thanksgiving only to have gained about 9-10 back. It's an awful feeling! Here's to a healthier 2013!

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  23. I also gained entirely too much weight over the last few months. It was not good. So I've started off the new year strong, and am currently doing the Daniel Fast. I'm on day 8 of 21, and haven't cheated yet either - which is a huge deal for me! And I've lost 6 pounds! Good for you girl! I know we can both do this!

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    1. The Holidays are always the worst for weight gain! But loosing 6 pounds! way to go Halie!!! Lets keep it up!!

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  24. That's great! Thanks for the testimonial. I'm still sitting on my rear at the computer but knowing you personally and knowing that you've seen a noticeable difference, not just in the mirror, is good to know :) Keep it up!

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  25. Great job! Maybe going cold turkey is the way to do it, because the more cheat days I have the more I crave bad food. When I stick to it 100% I don't even crave the bad stuff. It's all about feeling healthy, so keep up the good work!

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    1. They say after three days of no sugar etc. your body feels amazing and wont crave it anymore! I can attest to that, but it can still be hard when you SEE it and people are eating it all around you! haha Just have to stick with it!

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  26. good job!! that's awesome 5 lbs is so good! i've found that the less i take care care ofmyself and worse i eat the more i hold on to water. (i mean..not just water, but usually a good amount of it) but healthy eating and heavy sweating don't allow you to hold on to water weight. i got in gear back in June and really haven't looked back. it wasn't really the eating that i needed to clean up. i've been a healthy eater for a lot of years now and really have no problem turning down sugary foods. but i hated working out. but i realized that i couldn't have the pinterest body and not work out. it just wouldn't happen. so i sucked it up and again, i haven't looked back. i don't LOVE working out, but i do LOVE what it has done to my body. it's tight and it's strong and i have muscles that show even without flexing. KEEEP GOING! so proud of you, pretty lady!

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    1. Love that you said "Pinterest" body! haha So true! &yes, it has to be hand in hand! I had the working out pretty good, but my diet was horrible. They have to work together!!

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  27. Alycia, thanks so much for sharing this post!!!! Wow, this was the extra motivation I needed to hear in order for myself to get started with the "new years resolution" of hitting up the gym! =)
    I'm like you, I'm very petite and about 15-19 pounds overweight. Also same as you, seriously, how the heck did all that weight sneak up on me in the past 6 months!?!? Kinda scary, right???? I need my energy back. I need to feel healthier and more positive about myself and life. Time to go to the gym!!! Thanks girly =)

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  28. I actually just wrote an update about my weight loss journey today! You can read it here: http://woodsy-soiree.blogspot.com/2013/01/over-weekend.html Good luck and way to go! That's such a great accomplishment!

    xoxo
    Liesl

    woodsy-soiree.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for sharing Liesl! Checking it out now!

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  29. I went vegan in July/August 2011 and immediately lost about 10-15 pounds. I've kept it all off. I started running in 2012 and now maintain my diet and exercise habit. I can eat whatever I want! I definitely try to keep it healthy but once a month I go hog wild on a batch of cookies or something ;)

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    1. hahaha loved this! When you eat right most of the time, you can enjoy the days off where you can indugle or as you put it "go hog wild" haha on something you love!

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  30. That's fantastic!! I'm currently in the same predicament where I felt like I was at my lowest low. I've also been eating better and working out more, and I definitely feel more better! Good luck for the rest of your journey!

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  31. we have been doing weight watchers. I have lost 15 and my husband has lost 20. I like this out of any weight loss efforts I have tried because you don't have to do that cold turkey method. I find when you do the cold turkey method it becomes very hard and daunting and makes you feel like you NEED whatever it is you cut out. Weight watchers lets you have everything in moderation and in small portions so you don't feel like you are starving yourself or having to give anything up. I have lost weight eating pasta, and doritos, and chocolate on my diet. It's more about creating a lifestyle and learning to treat yourself in moderation with portion control. It takes awhile to completely transition to that, I still have my moments where I want to eat a whole bag of something or I just don't care moments. But that is human and I don't expect to be perfect all the time. But this is the most maintainable weight loss program without feeling like if I eat a cupcake my life is ruined! You also learn so much about portion control and how much you really over eat and how little you pay attention to portion sizes. It's amazing to see what you think a portion is versus what a portion really is! And it's not about working out to eat, it's about making working out a habit and normal routine and you get to eat a little more, but only after you go through your daily points, and ALL your extra weekly points. It's the last thing you get to use to eat more. Most of the time I don't even make it to those points! It is worth checking out if you really don't want to have all that guilt for eating something off your diet!

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    1. Loved this! I wanted to do cold turkey just to kick start my weight loss since my eating habits were horrible. It actually wasn't too hard because I was THAT desperate to get started on eating better haha but I know it might be unrealistic to maintain at the pace I am at, and I believe balance is everything! I plan on working into that. Thanks for the suggestions, I know so many people who LOVE WW and it works wonders! SO cool for you and your husband! That is amazing! 15 and 20?! &yes, keeping track of portions and calories is the best thing I think you can do to really get an understanding of what we put in our bodies, it is pretty insane how many times you thought something you were eating was healthy or low calorie and little did you know... hahaha

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  32. You'll get there Alycia! My first year of marriage I was working at a desk job and eating chocolate covered macadamia nuts which brought me to almost 15 lbs overweight. This was like in less than 6 months! I realized everything had to be in moderation. I also found a really good book that helped me strengthen my self-discipline with eating right and I learned that freaking out about it was making it all worse. And I totally had my "fat" shirts. So I chilled out and practiced self-discipline. I got it off by the second year of marriage and haven't had an issue with it since. I worked out continually throughout this whole time of weight fluctuation, what made the difference for me was food. Sounds like you are doing awesome! I need to be more like you and eat better as well!

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    1. I feel like you just described my exact situation Lindsay! I have always maintained some kind of working out, but its the diet that has never really been on point! haha I love my food. I am learning all about eating right and how to enjoy it too. Thanks for the motivation booster!

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  33. Great work Alycia!! Happy for you. I agree, activity and exercise are awesome...but when it comes to food, when you treat your body right you see it and feel it! I once heard the saying, 'six packs are made in the kitchen, not the gym'. It's so true. Exercise and activity are soooo important, but eating well in conjunction?? Makes you unstoppable! Good luck with all your goals!

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    1. Carli, pretty sure I am going to paste that qoute somewhere for me to see! haha LOVE IT! SO TRUE!

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  34. girl, me too! I moved from VA to MI in September, and since then, I have gained 15lbs. I was shocked when I weighed in! In the midst of getting adjusted, trying to find a job, and just plain being lazy, I lost track of my health. I am not/have never been overweight or paunchy, but as i try to get back on track, it is so much harder than it used to be (coming from a 25yr old, thats sad). My goal is to start small and make it a point to go to bed a half hour earlier, only to wake up an half hour earlier and run (or if its too cold do jillian michaels 30 day shred). Get that heart pumping and good luck! :)

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    1. love the 30 day shred! haha and yes, that is basically what happened to me. lost track and back in the day we could afford that but even in our early twenties it just isn't what the teenage body used to be and it isn't going to get better! hahaha So we better learn how to work with it now!

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  35. wow! good for you! keep going girl!

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  36. I think SOOO many women go through this. I actually just drafted a post for my blog today about this very thing. It is rough and scary and frustrating when your body doesn't respond the way it used to. I am not huge, but I am at my biggest point. I am totally on this journey with you girl! Keep up the good work!

    p.s. It has been so refreshing to find your blog. My husband is about to start applying to law school and it is scary and strange. Glad to see that you are making it! Maybe I can too? lol

    Glenna Lagazo
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    1. Glenna so happy your found my blog! You guys will do fine during the law school journey! :) Us Law Widows need to stick together hahaha

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  37. Have you by chance ever considered more of a plant based diet? You don't have to completely elliminate meat and dairy, if you don't want to, but by cutting down, it can do amazing things! My husband lost 40+ lbs in less than 6 months, and my mom and sister both lost 30+ lbs in less than 6 months! As for me, I had my second baby in November of 2011, and I am the smallest I have ever been. I have always been petite as well. But for me the diet helped me more mentally and emotionally. So truly, it helps physically, mentally, and emotionally, and it's amazing! Anyways, if you're interested, you can always shoot over an email or something :) good luck!!

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    1. Interesting you mention that because I would say right now, 80% of my diet is just plants! I felt it work WONDERS on my energy!

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    2. Yes! It is amazing how much more energized you feel, and less tired! It is personally great for me to feel less tired, as a mommy ;) Keep it up!

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  38. realizing your metabolism isn't what it used to be is THE WORST. i feel your pain girl.

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  39. Proud of you. Now I need to start!

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  40. love this! i am in the exact same situation as you are--all time low. but have started up again too. & the one free day REALLY is the way to go. :) good luck!

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  41. Congrats on your 6 days of no cheating AT ALLL!! And I can't believe how fast those 5.5 lbs came off. Great job! I need to follow in your footsteps :-p

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  42. good job! you have a lot of willpower. I will freely admit that i have a legit sugar addiction...i've tried a few times to cut back/quit and it's so hard! you have motivated me to try again!

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  43. Great job!! I am doing a Zumba class once a week and using my fitness pal app! Love it!!

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  44. way to go! 6 perfect days is impressive...i made a resolution to eat healthier and work out, but i've really been slacking so far. I have upped my vitamins...does that count? ;) i would love to really tone up and lost 5-10lbs before a trip to jamaica in may. i think i can, i think i can! :)

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    1. lets do it kate :)! vacations and bathing suits are the best motivators!

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  45. glad to know that you're keeping fit and healthy this year! I need to start exercising too. :/

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  46. You are doing a fantastic job! Hopefully I can take your positive results in as a reminder to myself how great I feel when I am working out more. I don't think I've gained too much extra weight over the holidays (then again I refuse to weigh myself) but I have lost my regular work out schedule thanks to the chaos. I have felt a huge loss in strength. Are you eating anything in particular that is helping with said energy? Clean, paleo, etc? I've been trying to eat healthy its running in this dang cold weather that is so demotivating. I probably just need to suck it up. Thanks for this post!

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  47. That's awesome!!!! I need to follow this and cut out the "little" things. So true!

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  48. Wow... what a gerat job you've already done!!!
    I think my 2 main motivations are 1)looking good for my husband 2) reaching self-confidence and feeling the tone of my whole body... Cuz right now I feel like an old lady =)))))

    So I'd like to thank you for starting this series of posts... They are inspirational to me =)))

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    1. Thanks Natasha! I look forward to posting more about health and fitness on this blog :)

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  49. Go you!! 5.5lbs is awesome!! It is crazy how much more energy you have with just a few changes! I definitely agree with the cheat day! We have that too and I really think that if you don't do it every once in a while (or on the weekends a little) then you will end up just going crazy one day and eating an entire cake or something, hahaha. We started eating much healthier a few months ago and it has made such a difference-crazy what a few extra carrots will do, ha! Keep up the GREAT work!

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    1. yes, and I think we have all been there with the whole eating an entire cake going crazy thing haha

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  50. Good for you girl! We have to keep ourselves in check with all the food society puts in our face. If only they weren't allowed to sell the really bad food. It's great that you are dedicating yourself!

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    1. right? it is just EVERYWHERE! I think I said in a comment above how I don't have any cravings, but then I will see someone eating something amazing, or I drive by that one fast food place and you kind of think about the tastes your missing out on haha BUT with that said, it feels a lot better to have that energy then that burger tastes ;)

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  51. I've got about 20 lbs to lose! I can't believe you lost that 5.5 pounds so quickly! I've been at this for two weeks & don't feel like I've list anything =\

    Keep it up girl - you are beautiful!

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  52. YOU loose weight?! You look awesome already!! Good luck on your weight loss journey, friend. xoxo

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    1. haha thanks :) like I said, I really do hold my weight super well, if I took of my shirt I could show you what I am talking about, but I am so not brave enough to do that! haha

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  53. You have already lost 5 pounds in like 2 weeks? Please tell me your secrets! I gained 5 pounds in about a month and a half since starting my new job because there is ALWAYS food for me to eat, but even looking before at how much I have gained since being married about 15 pounds, and I want to lose it, but its such a slow process. So I am super impressed with you!

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    1. I think I will be posting what I have been doing so people can see it :)!

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  54. Congrats on the progress! Weight loss is a big struggle of mine! I am also working on a "Lose weight resolution" (along with a few others). I have been using the My Fitness Pal for quite some time (a year), but have been dedicated to it pretty hard core this past month and I lost 7lbs in the first week and half that I jumped back into it!! You can view my profile on there at http://www.myfitnesspal.com/nicolejs1983. Good luck with the rest of your 'weight loss'! - Nicole from insidethemindofnicole.blogspot.com

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    1. 7 pounds in a week and a half! Way to go girl!!! Your my motivation now haha and yes Iove fitness pal and the Jillian Michael app!!

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  55. I think you already look awesome but I know what its like to not like the number on the scale! Good job on the 5.5- thats awesome! And I know that the energy and skin thing make a huge difference as well! Always makes me wonder why I revert back to eating junk sometimes?!

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    1. Shay! Thank you :) yes the energy has been a great perk! But it is hard to not eat those cheez-its ;)

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  56. I've been a long time blog lurker and never commented. But tonight I saw you in Body Pump at 24... and then left early haha, so I didn't get a chance to say hi and tell you how awesome this resolution is. Way to go girl! I am obsessed with the classes at 24, and if you ever need a gym buddy, I'm your girl! Have you ever done the Friday morning Zumba class? KILLER I tell you.

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    1. Brooke!!! Wish you had said hi! We should be gym buddies! I'd love to start going to body pump more regularly. What time is the Zumba Friday morning? I work at 9:00!

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    2. Ah Zumba starts at 9 on Friday, boo! But I think I'm going to go tonight as well. The class starts at 7, you should totally come if you can!

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    3. I couldn't tonight :( But I will try to on Tuesday!!

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  57. Wow! Go you! That is super impressive. I'm striving to lose 20 pounds this year, and have had an okay start. As some above me have commented, I'd love a post with your routines, meals, tips & tricks. :)

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    1. I think you all have inspired me to just start a health series on my blog, so I will make sure to incorporate all that I have been doing!

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  58. I always put on some extra weight right around thanksgiving and christmas. This year and tried to nip that in the bud a little. I started running/walking a mile a day and quit buying tons of snacks. It's helped. You can do it!
    Method Clothe

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    1. I always put on extra weight around the holidays too. Problem is that this time I already had extra weight on, so I kind of did a double whamy on my body!! BAH! Good for you though for taking charge and making efforts to balance out those extra goodies during the holidays!

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  59. I think a health series is a great idea! And I'm also trying to bounce back from crazy eating over the holidays, and just had my first clean week too. Totally in agreement with everything you said about your body rewarding you for it. I came up with a super-healthy snack I am currently obsessed with on my blog, in case you want some extra motivation! :)

    www.jbound.com

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    1. Ooo off to go check it out now Julie! Thanks!

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  60. This is awesome and impressive! Also, props to you. I love it when I see bloggers posting about real stuff. I'm a pretty new reader but seeing how you post with such authenticity, I'm already hooked :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah! off to go read your blog now :)

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  61. Alycia, that is SO awesome! I totally know how you feel! When I eat yucky... I feel that way and my body totally takes that shape. NOT COOL! Keep it going girl, you look awesome! :)
    -Bridgette
    http://bridgettenicole.blogspot.com

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  62. Last summer I went through an experience just like yours- realized I'm not a kid anymore and if I want to see improvement I need to be serious about the change.
    Here's my post about this change in my life:
    http://kendrrat.blogspot.com/2012/08/i-work-out.html
    Its a continuing journey, and I have admittedly fallen off the wagon a little over the holidays. But getting back into it has never been easier because it really is like my view on my life has changed and I dont think I can ever really go back to how unhealthy I was before.
    So good luck, and remember its a lifestyle change, sustainability is the key!
    Kendrrat
    kendrrat.blogspot.com

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