This was something I have wanted to do since I started losing weight. I wanted to try on my wedding dress to see how it fit. I got married 5 years ago when I didn't even own a scale nor grasp the concept that eating too many calories can make you gain weight! When I bought my dress, I had to have it altered to make it BIGGER! Yes you read that right, bigger. It was a tad bit depressing, but there was nothing I could really do at the time, but be happy about getting married. We have kept my dress all through this time knowing that I would love to try it on again. The other night, I did that and was pretty surprised at how big it is on me now. I could put both my arms in the sides like you can see in the second picture. I wasn't IN LOVE with my dress, but I liked it. I am hoping next Summer once I am at my goal weight to retake my bridal photos in my dream gown or something gorgeous.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Photos taken on 11/24.
Another month has come and gone. It's weird how fast it goes when I don't pay attention to it. Like always, I want to keep you all updated on my weight loss because it for sure keeps me accountable. Here is last months.
While I am still continuing strong on my journey, I am not losing weight as quickly as I was before. I am now at 86 lbs lost which is only 6 lb difference from my last update. It can for sure be discouraging but I know that its going to get a lot harder to lose the weight because I am nearing my goal. I am very much okay with that. Also, since its getting colder and darker, I can't exercise like I used to, but I am trying hard to. When I think about how much I have left…it's only like 30 lbs. It's a little odd being so close to my goal. I remember thinking how far I had ahead of me, but I am almost there!
Thanksgiving was rough. I did my whole 2.5 week NO cheat challenge with myself where I stuck to my healthy diet and had no cheats. I was about 95% on point with that and gave in once! I was so excited to have a really amazing Thanksgiving where I ate whatever I wanted. Well, I did just that and I got so sick. I will spare you details, but I would be okay if I never ate turkey and mashed potatoes again. Needless to say, I didn't gain any weight this week and even lost almost a pound. Saturday, I was on the mend and ate very little, but was getting my appetite back. I needed something to eat since I was going to workout and wanted some energy quick. I ate a few servings of wheat thins which isn't the worst thing you could eat, but not the healthiest. Then Sunday morning hit and I was even more sick! I am not sure if I got a bug or if I really can't eat processed foods anymore. Basically, my plan right now is to just keep eating my regular clean diet and hope that I don't get sick.
As of now, I don't plan on having any cheat meals until my birthday which is December 18th. It's still 2.5 weeks away, but even now the thought of eating out makes my stomach turn. I will say that its a little nice not being so tempted by that food anymore. Just wish it wasn't because it made me so sick! Could I have celiac? I really have no idea.
Another symptom that I have had since losing so much weight is light headedness. Every time I stand up or when I get up from laying down, I get so dizzy and light headed. I've asked my family what this could be and it might be my blood pressure being low. I think I need to get checked out and see if I can do anything about it. I just want to be honest with you because losing weight is amazing and you do feel better than ever, but there are side effects that need to be taken into account.
Also, I am having a big Cyber Monday sale in my shop! Use code: CYBERSALE at checkout for 40% off your purchase.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Not going to lie, a big perk of being a blogger is the amazing parties that you can get to go to. I have met some of the coolest people at these too! I would never have met them other wise. Small Fry and 6th Street Design School put on a Land of Nod trunk show party at the Awful Waffle last week.
They fed us all unlimited amounts of pizza and waffles which are not just your regular fresh out of the freezer kind. They are made right there on the spot with amazing flavors! I had to hold back best I could when being offered some with my no cheats till Thanksgiving goal, but I am proud to say I didn't even have one bite. Wasn't easy though.
I was so excited when they did a giveaway of a bunch of things from the Land of Nod. I won a huge shark stuffed animal and man I was so excited to give to Harrison when I got home. He loved it so much! I just couldn't wait until his birthday next week to give it to him. Have I mentioned I can't keep secrets? Working on it. Loved the party, would have loved the food, most importantly, LOVED the people.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
This word makes me cringe. It is inevitable to reach a plateau when losing weight. Especially when you are dedicated and have been trying to lose weight for months on end. I wanted to explain different tips you could try to stay on top of your weight loss while breaking the plateau. Please keep in mind, these things have worked for me and I really hope they work for you, but if they don't, please get mad at me! I wanted to also mention what I consider a plateau! Realistically, you are supposed to healthily lose 1-3 lbs a week. So, when I have weighed in 2 weeks in a row, the same exact numbers (or thereabouts), I start to wonder if I have hit a plateau. This is completely normal for anyone to face when losing weight. Your body is simply going to get used to all the training and eating you're are doing. Good news is there are ways to break it!
Change it up:
This one is pretty obvious for anyone. I typically eat 1300-1500 calories a day with at least 500 calories burned through physical activity. When my weigh in is not budging, I will change up what I am eating or I will only eat 1200 on the first day of breaking the plateau. I usually run and lift weights for my exercise, but when breaking my plateau, I will do Zumba, Yoga, or the elliptical. I just try and do something completely different to confuse my body so that it doesn't know what is going on.
Try not to get discouraged:
This has so many points to it. Don't be discouraged. (I should take my own advice) This is normal. If you get discouraged you are going to give into temptation and eat bad food. You might even skip a workout because whats the point, you're not losing weight anyways, right? Wrong, wrong, wrong! I can't tell you how many times I have pushed through a plateau (which is like every 20 lbs for me) and then once I have broken it, a few pounds will fall off easier. Not completely sure why, but I speculate that maybe my body was holding onto water weight or something. I completely attribute that to me pushing through the bad and my body was changing even though the scale said it wasn't. Also, measure yourself. Don't weigh in for a week or two! The scale is just depressing. Get out that measuring tape and amaze yourself that you are still losing inches.
This quote is so true! I wish it worked this way!
If you think about it, you will just depress yourself (from my own experience).
If you follow me on instagram (@livylovedesigns), you know I love before and after photos! I will take photos of myself and just put them next to a photo that I have of me during my heaviest and it just confirms that I am doing the right thing. The plateau gets a little easier to manage because I remember why I am doing this.
Try not to beat yourself up and just keep pushing yourself. In no time, you will see results!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
One thing I have had to learn and re learn throughout this process is patience. I find myself having amazing weeks where my food is on point, my cravings are slim to none, my workouts are exhilarating and I just feel like I can do anything. Then there are weeks where I feel like I am ready to break because either I am spent or my progress is so slow! That is where I have to remind myself that this isn't going to happen fast, which is the way it should be.
A few people have mentioned to me how they feel like they don't want to start their road to weight loss because they have so much to lose and it's just too hard. Does this sound familiar? It does to me too. I can't even count on my hands how many times I have thought or said that out loud to myself. I STILL AM! Sure, I have seen plenty of great progress, but I still get bummed down when there are weeks where I lose nothing!
Would you like an example? I will be completely open and honest…
Last week, Monday to be exact, my family and I went to Tucanos. If you aren't familiar, its a Brazilian Grill. I am not a huge meat eater, so I was like ok I will just have the salad bar and feel good. Well have I mentioned that its a buffet as well. Worst temptation ever! I wasn't very bad with my eating, but I wasn't very good either! I ate some meat, a lot of salad, and some fruit. I also ate like half a cup of their delicious mashed potatoes which I thought I would be ok with. Well anyways, a few days later, I went and weighed myself because it had been close to a week. I was so shocked that I gained 7 lbs! Either my body retained a bunch of water from all the salts or I just over ate! Basically I was so mad at myself for doing that. I normally wouldn't be mad, but I had already had my cheat meal that Saturday before so it was like two treats in one week! The rest of the week, I spent working off every ounce and getting back to where I was before. I am glad to say I am back at the lower weight, but seriously I feel like it was a wasted week. But I also learned a great deal about myself too. This is a lifestyle change. I need to be patient with my progress. In a perfect world, I would allow no temptations, but since we don't live there I have one on every street corner. Basically where I am getting at is, it's supposed to take a long time because you need to teach yourself how to live well and healthy. Your body needs to lose the weight slowly because then it will stay off! It didn't take a month for you to gain that weight you want to lose! (for most of us) so you need to allow the process to happen and just try and remind yourself that it will take time which is supposed to happen.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I am challenging myself to no cheats until Thanksgiving Day. I started this last monday (a week ago) because basically I love turkey and mashed potatoes, but I wanted to also enjoy them and not feel guilt. I figured why not do a no cheat for almost 3 weeks to get me ready for a huge overload. So far, it hasn't been too bad. I usually have a cheat meal on Saturdays so not having that has been hard because it does make me feel satisfied most weeks. However, I do feel so much better and have much more energy than I usually do. These photos are just some examples of what I normally eat throughout the week. I try and eat very lean and fresh. Whenever I sneak in something processed like wheat thins or candy, I feel really gross and lethargic. I also get a stomach ache which is motivating to not want to eat that way. I would definitely love other people to join me on this no cheats until thanksgiving.
I already have one planned for December too since lets be real, we can definitely indulge in some sugar during the month of december. Since my birthday is on the 18th, I have decided that I will only let myself have my birthday and christmas day to cheat. The rest, I am going to eat very healthy like I normally do! I am hoping by doing this, I will get to my goal of 100 lbs lost by January 1st! Goal making is so exciting because once you accomplish and work so hard for it, the feelings you get aren't like any other!