Happy May + Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Another month has come & gone folks! Can you believe it?
I can, since I have been waiting for these warmer months since last October! ;)

I think it is time to do a weight loss *health* update. It has been so long since I even touched base on that subject. And, I honestly can say that it was on purpose. Over the holidays, after the Mister's accident, I fell off the weight loss wagon bad. I had gained back all of the weight I lost last summer & then some! In February I had my six month checkup at my doctors, & boy did I dread getting onto that scale. And rightfully so! At first I got really upset at myself, but then I decided to turn my anger into motivation. I decided that I wasn't going to sit around & wait for things to get worse. I was tired of saying, "I'll start tomorrow." Or next week, or on the first of the month... I decided that I had run out of excuses. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already known that I decided to take what motivation I had & ran with it.

80 days. Eighty days ago I signed up for a MyFitnessPal account. I first started counting every bite & sip I took. Then, I started some exercise. Nothing too drastic, just enough to push me to move more. A couple walks around the block to start. Then I would push myself to walk further & further each time I went out. I am now walking 5k at least once per week with our Monster, Odin.

Now instead of just counting calories on foods I was eating already, I started introducing new healthier foods into my diet. With the help of my Nutribullet (which I love btw!), I've been able to add spinach, cucumber, berries, bananas, kale, & even chard. I've switched from cows milk to unsweetened almond milk. I've also traded in unhealthy snacks like potato chips & cookies for servings of almonds. And this morning I traded in whole eggs for egg whites. And I actually enjoyed them! (The Mister still hasn't been swayed from his yolks.)

Normally by now, when facing a diet, I would have lost hope, lost motivation, lost self-esteem. But instead the only thing I have lost is 1/3 of the total weight I originally set out to lose. In just 80 days, I have lost 33lbs. And I honestly feel amazing! Not only have I dropped pounds, but I have lost nearly 5 inches around my waist & hips, & have almost dropped two full dress sizes. This of course has now fueled the fire under me. I now know I can actually do this. I can put in all of that hard work & get results! If I can do it, I'm pretty damn sure anyone can! 

I honestly am quite proud of the progress I have made so far. I still have my cheat day, which I am not sorry about whatsoever (#sorrynotsorry). I'm actually quite thankful for them as they are keeping me on track the remainder of my week. I finally adopted the mentality that one bad day is not going to undo all of my hard work, as long as I get right back up & start the next day brand new.

Today was day one of the #SlapDash100 Challenge. I will post the link to the rules about it once it is available. Basically it is to do 100 Miles in May. Walk, jog, run, bicycle, all miles count. And because there might be some people that don't have a way to count miles, the rules state that every 20 minutes of exercise counts as one mile. So everyone can participate. This has been done a few times, but this was the first time I have ever decided to attempt it. I don't know if I will get to 100 miles, but I am going to try my hardest! You never know until you try, right? I got 7.5 miles in this afternoon. 92.5 more to go!

80 days & I have as much motivation as when I started, if not more. I've accepted that this is not a diet, but a healthier change in my life. And as in life there are bound to be bad days, there are going to be days where I will eat more than I'd like to, or that I didn't exercise as much as I had hoped. My goal is & will continue to be starting anew the next day, & take everything, one day, one pound, one milestone at a time.

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