trying to stay motivated...

heard this quote and had to make a graphic for it, haha i think i need to put this on my bathroom mirror!

So I mentioned in my last post, I was worried about this past week because I was going out of town and wouldn't be able to make my own meals or have time to exercise. So what was the damage?! I gained a pound. Not totally happy about that, but oh well. I tried to make as healthy of choices as I could, but also wanted to enjoy myself. 

Coming back this week and eating better I am realizing that there is this wall I am facing because I have never had more then about 6 pounds to lose before and having already done that I am having a hard time realizing I can't just maintain the weight, I need to lose more and actually keep eating healthy all the time.

Like I mentioned in my first post about my new year efforts to eat better and lose the extra weight I have put on, I mentioned that in the past I have been able to eat right for a few weeks, drop the weight fast, and pretty much maintain it and go back to eating whatever I want for awhile. My body doesn't do that anymore, this is something I need to maintain and it is a change that I am having a hard time getting used too.

So I am hoping this wall doesn't last long and I can just stick it out so I can keep seeing and maintaining results. I know compared to some I don't have much to lose at all, but it sure makes me understand how hard that must be for some people who have an overwhelming amount to lose. I just want to be at that point where my body doesn't crave the bad stuff and actually wants and craves the good stuff, but I know to get there I have to cut out certain things that I haven't been doing this past week.

So no more weight loss to announce with this weeks update, but I am just trying to keep on doing what I am doing and stop with the justifications of eating something I know I shouldn't! This post sounds pretty familiar to last weeks haha but that is just where I am.

As you may have seen I went to a blogging conference last week and was really excited for this one night which was a "clue" theme. I found the PERFECT dress online, but since I am a totally new size right now, it has been hard to know what size to get. So I ordered up since I have put on weight hoping that was about right. It got here just a few days before the conference and it didn't fit!!! It was SOOO tight. A little part inside of me hurt because I know I normally should be able to wear that size of a dress if not smaller. The biggest motivator besides being healthy right now is the fact that I love the clothes in my closet and can't afford to buy all new ones because of bad eating habits!! haha

So here is to the best motivator for all girls out there, CLOTHES! I need to get rid of this extra weight because my clothes are just too tight for comfort right now! But with that said, this week is my birthday... I mean, am I really going to skip out on my cake?? BAH! See I am already doing it...

Getting Healthy in 2013...


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  1. This is so true! We always find ways to justify eating how we do. I think the key is moderation. I'm a huge sucker for McDonald's...I know it's nasty but I am. You just have to eat one cookie or one piece of cake instead of the whole thing. It's definitely not as easy as it used to be for me either to just diet for a little bit then go back to my regular nasty eating habits. Hang in there girlfriend! You can do it!

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    1. Yes moderation is key, but I am having issues with that right now because I am trying to lose. I feel like moderation is more for when you are trying to maintain! So I am having issues sticking with what I need to to keep losing!

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    2. I think even in tying to lose weight moderation is still key. You can still have a piece of cake and a scoop of ice cream for your birthday, but make sure you don't go back for seconds. And maybe eat the rest of the meals a lot lighter/smaller during that day. I've got about 5 more pounds to lose to reach my first goal (and like you I'm not fat, but have gained more than I should have since being married - plus like 5 pounds when I started my new job and there is ALWAYS food available.) Anyway, I'm an addict to sweets and can't cut them out, but I've been searching for sweets where I can fill my craving with a small low calorie portion. Anyway, good luck!

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  2. I'm totally with you on the initial quote up there - just because you make one mistake, doesn't justify you to to eat whatever you want! When you mess up, acknowledge it, but keep moving. Go back to eating good and making the right choices, and you'll be fine! However, this week is my birthday too, and I totally support your decision to indulge in some cake! I mean, it IS your birthday after all! I know I'll certainly enjoy some yummies this week myself :)

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    1. haha thanks Halie, and yes that quote sure does put it in perspective! haha

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  3. I've never heard that quote but it's sooo true! Yesterday my eating just got progressively worse throughout the day...Started with a nice healthy smoothie and ended with a XL Coke and fries for dinner from McDonalds. Yikes haha.

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  4. This quote is so, so, so good!

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  5. That quote seriously speaks the truth-- I feel like I think like that all the time! That really puts eating crap into perspective! Haha. Been trying to eat clean, but sometimes it's definitely a struggle. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I always thought like that! I saw this quote and was like... Um that was for me!!! haha

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  6. That's such a great quote, Alycia! That's my biggest excuse in the book, ha! So thanks for sharing :)

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  7. That is such a great quote - if you fall, get right back up!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  8. That quote is basically my mindset, ha! Not good & I really have to remind myself not to think that way!

    Clothes are totally my motivation right now, none of my clothes fit right anymore & that is frustrating so I'm working towards fitting back in my jeans!

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  9. I think trying to break a connection to food really helped me start craving the right things and not care (too much haha)about the bad food. You can do it tho! The good thing about this process is that you are pretty much guaranteed results as long as you put in the work. And for your birthday cake- if it helps you can try a healthier alternative for your cake? or not haha!
    kendrrat
    kendrrat.blogspot.com

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    1. I need to do that! Break the connection. I am such an emotional eater... can you think have a healthy cake?! haha

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  10. I really like that quote! Sadly that's how I normally think :/ My blog

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  11. Motivation is so, so key, and I love this quote...so true and something to think about! :)

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  12. LOVE this quote. Ive been trying to eat much healthier since my cheeseburger days (which was a week ago). lol Ive never had to worry about losing weight before so it's been a major challenge for me (and, Ive got major lbs to lose too). Ive decided to think more about the benefits of eating healthy than just weight loss itself. It really kinda has taken the pressure off of me in my efforts in reaching my goal. Again, easier said than done. :)

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    1. That is great mentality that I have been trying to focus on more then the pounds!

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  13. I love that quote, I never thought of it that way! I am one of those that when I derail, I DERAIL. As I've gotten older I have to work harder at maintaining and eating well. My body also changed after kids, but if I work out regularly and eat well I feel better than I did before becoming a mama. Keep up the good work!

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    1. That quote sure does put it in perspective now doesn't it?! haha I have heard that a lot with women, how they are even better AFTER having kids!

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  14. I think everyone is eating up these posts because they ring so true for so many! Having to always eat healthy and exercise every day is something that just happens to most people mid-20's. But I do think there's a balance! My little sister did a study abroad to 7 countries this summer and she gained a couple pounds even with all the walking in Europe and Asia and she said, "No regrets, it was worth it! I tried everything I wanted to and really experienced every country!"
    I love that she said that- it's so true! Can you go to France and not eat a pastry?
    There's a balance, knowing you're going to enjoy your birthday and enjoy a trip, but also know celery is your BFF for a few days later:)
    I eat a really low cal breakfast and lunch every day knowing I'm going to enjoy dinner out every Friday. I think you're doing well, and the balance is going to come to you and you'll get in the groove soon!

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    1. Exactly! I want to enjoy my life! So that is why I WILL be eating cake on my birthday haha it is just getting in the habit that I can't eat whatever I want every single day... and more then that... having the desire to eat healthy and make that what I actually want instead.

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    2. It really will come! I used eat like a whole tub of ice cream in college, and then I lived with my parents on summer and my Dad did South Beach. I ate along with him since that's what food was in the house. I'm proud to say I've been off normal store-bought ice cream for 8 years now! I eat it at parties sometimes, and I still love the good stuff, but it changed my taste!
      I did Advocare's 24-day challenge too, and I've never quite felt amazing when I eat a lot of carbs or sugar since. It comes, but it takes a few weeks of feeling deprived, and having to train your body. Seriously, you're doing an awesome job, there will be good and bad weeks :)

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  15. Ahh that quote is so good! However I more like treat it like that for the rest of the week and not the rest of the day ha! My new years resolution to get healthy and fit actually starts from 1st Feb for me (because I had so much xmas choc!!), so I have just one more day to go wild before things get serious.
    I'll remember this quote when I do trip up and a biscuit somehow ends in my mouth, thanks!!

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    1. haha Jazz this made me laugh! yes, I think most of us extend it past the day! Like right now, where I keep saying... well its my birthday soon.. sooo may as well just enjoy the week?! haha

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  16. I have lost 95lbs and understand what it feels like to feel overwhelmed by a big number to lose. I'm at my goal weight now but I am trying to lose a little more prabably around 20-ish pounds, so I'm right here with you, girl!I've lost 10 punds since the beginning of the year. The hard part for me is the WEEKENDS!!! I have been letting myself have Saturday and sometimes Sundays as my "cheat days" and it actually hasn't hurt my weight loss. Do you let yourself have cheat days?

    P.S. It's your birthday... EAT the cake! You deserve it!

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    1. RACHEL, 95 POUNDS! I WANT TO HUG YOU right now!!!! I couldn't agree more about the weekends, those are what get me!! Yes I try to give myself one cheat day but somehow it always turns into friday, saturday and sunday! :(

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    2. You go girl!! Thats awesome! Ive lost 40 pounds since last January and Id still like to loose at least another 10-15.

      I used Weight Watchers and it was a fabulous program if you use it right. I think I need to get myself back on it and be really diligent to loose the last bits.

      Good luck with the rest of your weight loss. It sounds like you are going to get there in no time!

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  17. Dude, I am right there with you. It actually is pretty hard, I think, when you know that you need to lose a little (to feel right in your own body) but you look "fine" to everyone else, so they don't feel bad about pushing you to have that extra piece of cake/burger/whatever. The most important thing for me is to tell my husband I'm trying to lose weight, because being around dudes is the WORST. They're always eating, and most of them don't understand what female portion sizes are. I ask him to give me a "newborn sized" amount of food...and it usually ends up being completely enough, because his scale is so out of proportion.

    As for exercise...I'm floundering on that myself, which is what I talked about on my blog today. We'll get there eventually!

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    1. thank you Julie!! yes, Trevor can make me stray too because a man's diet can be so different then a woman's haha and not in a good way! and that is how I feel a lot of the time, people thinking I look great and so they kind of brush it off. Thing is, I know how to dress well so sometimes you think I look great because I am not showing you what is underneath! haha I hold my weight very well too. If i was brave enough, I would post a picture of my stomach and then maybe people would understand more... but I don't think I will ever be brave enough to do that!!!

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  18. So sorry about the dress- that blows! And I can understand how frustrating it can be to be used to getting down to your goal and then enjoying yourself but not being able to anymore- right there with ya! Tried that over the holidays and I am paying now!

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    1. Thanks shay! &yes, it is always the holidays that do it to everyone huh?!!

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  19. love that quote! and can totally relate with the lovely weight loss. it's such a freakin' battle to keep it together and not totally lose it on a bag of chips and salsa :)

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  20. Keep it up girlfriend!!! I'm right with you!!! 5 pounds over isn't the biggest deal in the world...but a whole 15 pounds over for me is just NOT okay!! I'm in love with this quote, thanks for sharing. I think I need to write it on a sticky note and glue it to my forehead =) I think I'll write it on my chalkboard in my bedroom. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed yourself at Alt Summit. Enjoy your birthday too, then keep working hard at eating healthy and exercising!

    ~Maggie

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  21. This quote is so motivational and so true!

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  22. Something that marathon training really taught me (which I'm sure you can relate to) is that there will always be those walls that come up that you just have to push through (I always seemed to hit mine around 2, 8, 14, and 17-19 miles). I've applied that analogy a lot to my life the past little while, since January has been a bit of a "wall" for me altogether. But I know from running and from past experience that walls don't last forever--we just have to keep pushing on.

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    1. Oh do I understand the "wall" feeling from Marathon training! haha what a great analogy!

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  23. I needed to see that same saying today! Over the last year I have lost over 40 pounds and the last 10 have been the hardest. The first 25 came off pretty easily. I absolutely had to change everything about the way I ate, but after a year the effort I have to put in to loose 3 pounds verses what I had to do 37 pounds ago is crazy.

    I have been working out a lot more recently and I know I have gained muscle weight and toned my body up, but its still hard to see the scale stay the same. My body feels different and looks different but the pounds arent going down.

    My ideal weight would be in another 10-15 pounds, but I think if I was realistic Ill probably only get another 5 off if I dont bump up my plan and get a little more diligent.

    Im proud of myself for loosing 40 pounds, but I still struggle with feeling satisfied with my accomplishment. Keep up the good work, it sounds like you have a good plan and the right frame of mind to keep it going.

    Once Upon The Hill

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    1. Congrats on the 40!!! That is a HUGE accomplishment! But I know how it feels to be so close but not quite there yet, it can be very frustrating. Here is to us breaking through that wall!! :)

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  24. good for you! keep on keeping on and loving yourself all the way! one of my favorite things i've heard is "love yourself skinny"- meaning love yourself and treat yourself good and give yourself every kind of affirmation to encourage you into good habits instead of beating yourself up. it's counter productive. and lucky for you, you're honestly beautiful how you are right now also! cheering for ya!

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    1. Thanks Gay! :) I will keep on loving myself! haha

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  25. For freaking real. I avoid buying clothes because my newlywed weight is throwing me off. I swear I will fit into my less-fat jeans once my extra butt cheeks fall off.

    i love this entire post.

    & you.

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