I'm actually 21 lbs down as of this morning! Yay! The scale is finally budging. I had a plateau over the holidays. More like a gain of a few lbs then had to lose them again to get back on track...hehe. I've had a lot of times when I've wanted to just give up, it can be so hard, but I just kept plugging because I have $$$ hanging over my head. Honestly the best motivator ever.
For those of you who don't know my little secret, I've joined a site called healthywage.com. I bet them (on September 5) that I could lose 30 lbs in 9 months. I have to pay $50 per month (so $450 total) in order to participate. I will lose that money if I don't make my goal....eek. My hubby is on my back all the time making sure I'm staying on track so I don't lose that money ;) BUT the catch is that my REWARD will be $1000 if I hit my goal! Which I will. I have to. I'm already 21 lbs down, I have 3 more months to lose 9 more lbs....I can do it! Also, if anyone signs up through my link I get $80 more added onto my prize (after the 1st person). So let me know if you want a motivator! It definitely keeps a fire under your motivation if you like money!
I've been running a lot lately. I run 4-5 miles (sometimes more) 4 times per week. I've also been counting calories like crazy. Lately I've been adding more veggies to my diet and I'm starting to cut out ranch dressing....which is my LOVE. But I've started eating Italian dressing on my salads, and eventually I'm going to try to do just salt, lemon, and olive oil. Slowly transitioning. Another thing I've tried to cut out of my diet is high fructose corn syrup. That stuff causes cravings like no other! I don't eat candy anymore...it's been almost a year since I've eaten candy! Woot woot! But I still love sweets and indulge every once in a while. I feel a lot better without the extra 20 lbs! Can't wait to see what 30lbs feels like!
Here is an update on my weight loss journey.
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I finally reached the 10 lb benchmark! Woot woot. My reward was to buy myself a new pair of pants. My mom bought me 3 new pairs for my birthday that were WAY MORE than I would ever spend ($69 each, but on sale for $50 each)....so that was a fabulous reward.
I've been working on losing weight for about 2 months now. I plan to lose at least 25 more lbs. So stay tuned :) The hardest thing about losing weight is DECIDING and then DOING. I am counting calories, avoiding high calorie foods, and exercising regularly....and it's really not all that hard now that my mind is made up.
BUT I have a SECRET.....drum roll please.....I found a site that PAYS YOU $$$$$ to lose weight!!! No Joke, this is for reals people. Healthywage.com!!!! It's absolutely incredible. Read to the end for more details. So here's the deal, I bet them that I could lose 30 lbs in 9 months. I pay $50 per month for 9 months which equals $450. If I don't make my goal, I lose that money. So my husband constantly reminds me that I can't lose that money....which I WON'T. I'm very motivated by earning money. So my reward if I actually make my goal (which I will), is $1000. That means I get an extra $550 for losing weight! Crazy awesome right? I'm totally stoked about it. Let me know if you want to sign up because I get an $80 bonus to my reward for referring people! If you want to sign up, go through this link. It's totally awesome! You can bet any amount of weight for any amount of time and they will tell you how much your prize will be! I HIGHLY recommend this site! It's freaking awesome!!!
I've been off CANDY for 6 months now. It seems like just yesterday that I decided that I didn't need candy in my life anymore. Things have been going so well. I don't even think about eating it anymore. When I decide to give my kids a piece of candy, it doesn't even tempt me...most of the time. I've made a new path in my brain and it's just not an option to eat it anymore.
Let me tell you a little bit about my mom, my dad, and my growing up experiences. First of all, my moms maiden name is Maxfield and my Grandpa Maxfield started a candy company and ran it his entire life. My moms aunt Ruth worked at the candy factory and would piece on the candy daily. She was always overweight and it was hard to see her going through so much pain at the end of her life. She had a myriad of diseases including diabetes and had to have her leg amputated. Seeing that made me realize that I don't want to go through that at the end of my life.
My dad, is a weirdo.....JK! He's the best man and role model I've ever met. But the reason I say he's a weirdo is that he has avoided treats and candy his ENTIRE life!!! For reals! When he was little, he would go trick or treating and then give all of his candy to his sisters!!! Weirdo. Right there. But also a smarty. He can enjoy and do soooo many things and he's in his 60's people. He still exercises every day and water skiis like a champ! It's crazy. His hair is white and he's out on the water on one ski cutting like a 20 year old...it's a weird site. What an incredible example I've had in my life! Exercise has always been a part of his routine...even on Christmas....and vacation....he does NOT miss exercising...it's not an option. Which is so awesome for me because exercising hasn't been a hard thing for me...probably because of his example. For some reason I didn't get his eating habits engrained in me....until recently.
I've broken an addiction people!!! At least I feel like I have! I will report how the holidays went....because that is a huge time where I have eaten lots of candy in the past. But usually I look forward to candy on vacations and I went to Bear Lake with my family and enjoyed myself and had a fun time WITHOUT the candy. Interesting. I really thought treats were what brought happiness, but I have changed my paradigm. Being with people is what makes me happy! Doing the things I love and finding new hobbies has made me happier than ever. Especially since I'm not thinking about food all the time. Here are the ways going off candy has changed my life:
1- no more addiction
2- no more cravings
3- no more guilt
4- no more binging
5-I'm actually a lot happier!
I realize half of the people in the world are very good at mediating and are able to "just eat one". But I'm an abstainer. If I realize I can't have something, it's much easier to stay away from it. It's also great because I am allowing myself to still have desserts and treats that are homemade so I don't feel deprived AT ALL. The weird thing is, I'm not even keeping track of when I eat treats...but I'm assuming I only have a dessert once per week or less! All the sugar I was eating before was mostly coming from candy! I really can't believe it. I'm excited to go through the holidays and see how it goes. Moral of the story is....candy is delicious, and actually used to be a part of my identity (people knew I LOVED candy and got it for me as presents) but it was making me miserable. I'm sooo much happier without it. 6 Months CANDY FREE :) Going on forever :)
My life is changed forever! I'm literally hyperventilating with excitement right now!!!! Aaaa! Why has no one ever told me how much fun it is to be a yard sale hopper! It's super duper incredible and I can't wait to share the deals I've gotten in the last 3-4 weeks! I feel like I'm cheating the system! I feel like I'm walking on air! I feel like I just went to Disneyland! No but for reals.
A few weeks ago, my good friend invited me to go yard sale hopping with her. I was a little hesitant because A) I Don't NEED anything. B) My house is to small to fit anything else in it. C) I'm a minimalist D) I'd rather just not spend ANY money. WRONG! All of those thought processes are WRONG. I'm telling you, the last few weeks have changed my life and I'm not kidding.
You HAVE to have a certain way of living when you shop at yard sales. When you want something, but can't justify paying full price for it, you think "hmm, could I maybe find that at a yard sale?" then you put it on your list of possible things to look for. For example: My carpet in my front room was driving me crazy. I wanted to get a cute rug to cover it up, but rugs cost anywhere from $100-200. Soooo I thought, naaaa, I don't need a rug. THEN....a few weeks ago.....BAM found this baby at a yard sale for $5. No JOKE. It makes the room pop, it's dang cute, and it was 5 buckaroos! For REALSSSSSS people!!!
So I've been redecorating....and if I were my mom, I'd go out and buy a bunch of decorations....$50 here for a clock, $100 there for a picture, etc...... Guess what I found. 2 clocks and a cute big metal red board (that I can put magnets on if I want) that all go with my decor...plus I've been looking for clocks....I got all three of these items for $10. 10!!!!
Kid STUFF is the BOMB to get at yard sales!!!! I used to be sooo depressed when my kids needed new shoes because the cheapest ones are $15 retail, and $4 for crappy ones at the DI or Kid to Kid. Dumb Dumb Dumb. They grow out of them so fast and they destroy them. Last week I went to this amazing yard sale that was fill a grocery bag for $5. I got a pair of amazing jeans for me, 3 pairs of kid shoes, 2 hats, a cute shirt for me, a nice church shirt for Asher and some jeans for Chloe. That's 9 items for $5....these were quality items too folks! Today I got these 3 pairs of kid shoes for $3.
They are pretty much like NEW! For reals! Oh, and did I mention I'm almost done Christmas shopping for my kids? I got a minnie mouse outfit for Chloe for $3 that is like new. I also got her 5 barbies, a car, some other little toys, and some books. I got Asher a huge car race track that is like new ($2), some books, and some of those marble building things. I'm almost done with my kids' Christmas shopping and I've spent $12 total. Can you say budget friendly?
There are a few secrets to yard saling. You have to go between 7am-10am to get the good stuff. You have to hit 10-15 sales to find the gems. You have to move quick so you can hit different places bam bam bam. It's also soooo much more fun with a friend! Leave the kids at home with the husband and go bargain hunting with a girlfriend! It's amazing! I feel rejuvenated for the week.
Here is the lake where we come to fish, hang out, and swim occasionally. Hey, I'm not complaining. Nature can't get much prettier than this!!
“Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.”
― Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down
When I moved to Montana, I knew that life would be different. I knew it would be hard and scary and lots of things would be unknown. So as I stepped into the unknown, I discovered things along the way that I never even thought about before. I have found out how to live without a mall, my family around, a hospital, fast food, movie theaters, etc., I have developed a liking for doing work with my hands (crazy... I know), and lastly, I have met people who are different, nice, blunt, fun, adventurous, and motivated. There are different ways of living, different places to live, and different people living in places everywhere you go. Montana is pretty different from Salt Lake, but I am truly liking it. That is my honest answer. I am slowly adjusting and getting used to my life here and I'm glad that it has been hard. If life were easy, it wouldn't be worth it.
Weddings are great aren't they?! My closest cousin just got married and I was able to attend her wedding last week. She looked beautiful!! I'm so happy for her.
On top of attending her wedding while I was home, I have some other good news.... I received a phone call last week informing me that I got a job in Montana!! I have been jobless all summer, and I finally have a job!!! I am pretty excited to start working again.
So when good things happen, what can we do to make sure that we remember that our life is good?
Remembering the good things in life and cherishing them is what makes life worth it. Living in Montana has been a difficult transition for me, but it's getting better. I am beginning to realize how important it is to do the four things I mentioned above so that I can constantly remember that my life is good. I am choosing to remember the good things because I am choosing happiness.
Cheers to life!!