Still on Track

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Good morning lovely people,

I hope everyone’s staying out of the snow and cold today. We won’t be so lucky because we’re at below freezing temperatures. But, hey, us Hoosiers are used to the “50 shades of Winter”, next week we’ll back up to 30’s and 40’s and we’ll swear it’s spring time, lol. I can’t wait, then I can get my truck washed!!! Well, I’ve been slacking here as far as writing my blog posts because I’m a slacker, no excuses. I worked out Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday of last week, which makes that gym days 19-21, so I’m still on track and still focused. I’m really trying to go more days out of the week, but with this weather it’s been so hard to even go to work, let alone, to the gym. But, at least I’m making it 3 times a week, which is more than I did last year, and the year before that, and the year before that. That’s how I got into this fat mess as it is, so I’ll be happy with 3 times a week. I can also be proud of the fact that I’ve been working out 9 weeks now!!!! I’ve only lost 9.3 pounds, but I’m doing it the right, healthy way, and I can be proud of that. NO fad diets, no diet pills, no starving myself, all the good stuff for me folks from here on out.

I will say that I did get back on one of my blood pressure pills, because I’m concerned, that my blood pressure isn’t going down, it’s the same pre-hypertension stage that’s it’s been but it hasn’t been going up, but I thought that if I changed my diet and started exercising that it would go down, but it hasn’t budged, so I’ll do the right thing and keep up with my Lifestyle change and maybe I can get off of the meds when I’ve lost some more weight. I mean the last thing I want to do is have a heart attack on the elliptical. Sometimes I try to forget that I’m 41 years old and I have a family history of heart disease, so I better stop playing around, huh?

So, no Valentine’s Day plans for me and my singledom lifestyle, lol. But, I will probably have to chauffer my daughter on her date, awkward right?? But, it’s all good. I’m truly enjoying this single life and I’m very content, maybe that’s what a bad marriage is good for, making you appreciate yourself and becoming a better you on your own. But, to all you couples out there enjoy Valentine’s Day, and remember, it’s the thought that counts.

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:9, 10 ESV)

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God’s Blessings abound! Gym days 15-18!!

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Good morning lovely people,

How’s it going? It’s not been too busy here. I’ve been working out, eating right, and keeping up with my Bible studying. I have worked out
3 times this week and on Thursday of last week since my last blog post. So that would be Gym days 15-18, yay, and I’m pretty sure I’m not working out today because I’ve started a juice cleanse today. I’ll be juicing today, Saturday, and Sunday. I’ve never been able to juice for 3 days in a row before, so we’ll see how it goes. Wish me blessings. I’m hoping I can make it without strangling anyone. I’ve read that it’s supposed to give you energy and makes you feel clearer in the body and mind, but I’m not sure how I’ll do without eating for 3 days. But, I will definitely be giving it a “good old college try”, lol. I’m going to try many different recipes in my juicer for this detox. There are some great recipes on this website juicerecipes.com and they have specific blends for detoxification. Last night I did, granny smith apples, blueberries, grapefruit, oranges, and spinach. It turned out really delicious. So, I’ve been sipping on it all day. I also took a multivitamin this morning with caffeine added, so hopefully that will help me keep my energy up as well. My goal for this detox is to get rid of all the toxins that are in my system, ie; all meds, all meat, and/or anything else that might be lurking in there, including the caffeine in my multivitamin (I’ll be switching brands). Against my families’ advice I have taken myself off of all my BP meds for like 4 months now and it’s staying low and steady for now. I also stopped my antidepressant as well. It’s only been a week since I stop taking that, but I really only used it to sleep at night, but since I’ve been working out regularly I’m hoping I don’t need that anymore. I want to be off of everything that I have convinced myself over the years has helped me get through life day-to-day. I’m positive I can do it. With God’s help and guidance, I’m sure I can become stronger mentally and physically.

Have a great weekend and if you can stay out of the snow and cold, please do. Enjoy the Superbowl, I know I’ll be watching for the commercials, shame I know. I’ll be rooting for Peyton Manning, since he’s been Indy’s hometown hero for years. I’m hoping he can get a Superbowl ring for Denver since he got one for us.

OOHHHH, and I forgot the quick update on my weigh-in that’s on the 29th of every month…I’ve lost 6 pounds so far!!!! Slow and steady wins the race, they say!!!

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27 ESV)

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God is able! Gym Daze 11-14!!!

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Good afternoon lovely people,

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve reported in. Never fear, I have still been working out and sticking to my healthy eating. I have T-minus 6 days for my first weigh-in. I don’t know what to hope for but I know that since I’ve been working out I feel much better. I’m hoping that my blood pressure has went down and I would like to see the percentage of body fat go down as well. I’ve worked up to 30 minutes on the elliptical, which I’m sure most of you don’t think that’s much, but I’m going much faster and I totally feel the burn. I wear one of those sweat bands around my tummy and a sweatshirt every workout. Yes, I’m convinced the tummy band works, but if it doesn’t, eh, what’s it gonna hurt, right? So, I’m going full force on my cardio and I left weights after every workout. I workout with the mindset that, what if I don’t workout tomorrow, so I go as hard as I can. I’m also trying to move up my workouts to 4 days a week, instead of 3, so I’m going today and tomorrow as well. I believe yesterday would have been my 14th gym day. Whew, I had to go through myfitnesspal app to double check I was right on that count. Yep, it’s been that long since I wrote.

I don’t have too much to update you on, here at “Lifestyle Change 2014” headquarters. I am a geek though and I did order a t-shirt and a bumper sticker with my motto for the year #GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow, yep, I’m that serious. I hope they turn out like I designed them, because I’ll be sporting that shirt at the gym for motivation. I’ve been keeping up with my Bible reading, eating healthy, paying bills (a little), and keeping my mind on greater things. So, all’s well.

Have a blessed one,

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. (Galatians 5:16, 17 ESV)

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#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow Gym day 9&10

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#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow Gym day 9&10

Good Morning Lovely People,

Well, I’ve been busy and tired at the same time, so in between going to the gym Friday and Monday, I’ve been resting. I’m not sure if I’m tired from working out or if it’s still the winter weather wreaking havoc on my energy level. I have come to the realization that I have been slacking on one of my other, dare say, the most important resolution for “Lifestyle Change 2014”. That resolution was to seek God first in all of my decisions, in all of my activities, and in all of my life. I have been all gung-ho about loosing weight, eating healthy, and saving money, that I forgot to seek God and all of his infinite wisdom, first and foremost. Shame, I know, but in dealing in this secular world of always striving for happiness and gratification, I sometimes forget my main objective as a Christian is to seek God first. “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

I must get up in the morning and seek God. I must go to work and seek God. I must parent my children while seeking God. I must interact with coworkers, family, and strangers, while seeking God. I must eat healthy while seeking God. I must exercise while seeking God. I must try to save money and get out of debt while seeking God. Before I lay my head down at night I shall seek God. All of these things and more I should do while seeking God. You get the picture and I hope you strive to do the same as well.

Some of the tools that I use to reach God and listen to his voice, are the Bible App from YouVersion, on my IPhone. I use this app to start a plan and use it to listen through the Bible while I’m at work. Don’t worry, my desk job is quite repetitive and we’re allowed to listen to our headphones while working. I have become the queen of multi-tasking. I listen to music, sermons, the Bible, audio books, all while keeping up my production. And I’m sure some of you are thinking that listening to the Bible is not the same as reading it, yes I know, but I’d rather listen to the Bible and follow along with it then listen to some of the conversations that take place here at work. And if I feel like I’ve missed something or I don’t understand a certain passage, I just mark my spot in the app and go over it at home. I also say a prayer right before I start to listen that God will grant me the wisdom to understand His word and give me the strength to live out his word everyday. I also listen to some sermons on my phone, like John MacArthur on ‘Grace to You’ app, and Mark Driscoll on ‘Mars Hill’ church app. I can listen to my pastor’s sermons from Lakeview Church as well. My daughter bought me some nice Christian literature that specifically pertain to my particular situation and I’m getting to those soon.

So, yes, I’ve been a little discouraged about not seeing immediate results on my weight loss, but I know that’s just the Devil talking. So I need to continually seek God to keep that demon out of my thoughts. So, there you have it, my ultimate New Year’s Resolution; Seek God first.

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow

My motto for LIFESTYLE CHANGE 2014, I think I’m going to get me a shirt made with that on it, and a bumper sticker, and a car window decal, and anything else I could put my motto on so that I’ll remember GOD FIRST.

Have a blessed one!!

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

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God is patient, Gym day 7&8

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Good afternoon lovely people,

Well here it is week 3 of “Lifestyle Change 2014” and I worked out on Wednesday and Thursday, so that makes gym day 7 & 8!!!! I’m going to work out today as well because I’m so excited that the streets here in Indy are finally clear enough to make it to your destination without having a panic attack. Part of the reason I went to workout after work is I thought if I can make it to work in this blizzard aftermath, then I can definitely make it to the gym. But I will say that Wednesday and Thursday I have been in some serious funk emotionally and I can’t really put my finger on it. I was even at my desk crying thinking about my father who passed away last year and that really brought me down. I don’t know if it’s the weather, the challenge of trying to keep to my resolution and not seeing immediate results, or I’m just plain tired. I know that I’m going to have a lot of those days when I don’t feel like I’m doing enough to lose this weight and seeing immediate results, that’ll make me want to give up, but I’ll push through. I’m determined to pick myself up enough to get over the hump. I know all of the common “pick me-ups” like; you didn’t become overweight overnight so don’t expect to see results immediately, and you’re doing this for the benefit of your health in the long-run, not just to lose weight. I know, I know, I know, but when I look into the mirror after each workout, I just want to see some smidgen of weight loss. And yes I know it’s only been 3 weeks, but what can I say, my self-loathing has defeated me in the past many times, but I’m really trying hard for it not to get me now. So, bear with me. I’ll get it together.

In further news, I’m still having trouble eating the appropriate amount to stay healthy and lose weight. I’m eating all of the right things, but I can’t manage to take in enough calories. These smaller meals just get me over the pang of hunger and I’m not hungry anymore, so therefore I don’t eat as much. But I know that if I go the other route of eating 3 regular meals I’ll overeat. So, I have to do some more research and find more healthier options so that I can get my calories in to sustain the energy for my workouts.

So, there you have it. The struggle continues and I’m pushing on, moving forward, and all that jazz.

Carry on

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but blogging is so delightful

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Good afternoon lovely people,

 

Well, I’m sure many of you have already heard or are witness to the “Blizzard 2014” going on here in the Midwest. We’re snowed in and it’s frightfully freezing outside. So, I haven’t been to the gym in 2 days and I didn’t make it to work today, so I thought I’d share another one of my New Year’s Resolutions with you. I’m going to elaborate on the little baby steps I’ve been making to save money in order to pay off bills this year. I’ve been doing them for the past 3 months, again getting a head start for the new year. I have started extreme couponing, doing surveys for cash, and I use all of these nifty apps on my IPhone to save money and download coupons. I will say that I didn’t just come up with this idea on my own. A dear friend of mine at work started last year paying off all of his debt and saving money and he has worked miracles on his credit score. He introduced me to the Krazycouponlady.com, the paid surveys, and all of the money saving apps.

Let me tell you about www.krazycouponlady.com, it’s a website that is run by two ladies that know a thing or two about saving money. They have a daily blog where they tell you about all of these great deals at stores and online, and they tell you about which coupons to use, which insert a coupon will be in, and what store will have the best deals. I cut coupons like a crazy person and when I have the extra money I stock up on necessities, like shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, and paper products. I don’t however buy things that I don’t need and I don’t purchase items just because I have a coupon. They have this coupon binder that I’ve downloaded and use for my coupons, but I firmly believe in not buying just because you have a coupon. So a lot of my coupons go unused if I don’t really, really, need it. Because, again I’m trying to save money, not waste it on unnecessary things. Drop by their site, it’s very cool and it will teach you a lot about couponing.

 

And then I have all of these cool apps that I use on my phone that pay me either to buy things that I’m already shopping for or visiting stores. Like Shopkick, OMG I love this app! I think this is one of THE best apps that I have (even better than Candy Crush, Yeah, I said it). With Shopkick, they award you “kicks” (points) for stopping by your local stores, walking in, and scanning certain items. Most of the time they just award you kicks just for walking in a store and that’s it. Then you collect as many kicks as you like and you can redeem them for a lot of great things like gift cards, gas cards, merchandise, and you can even donate your kicks to a charity. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! I have cashed in on over $100 worth of gift cards at Target. That’s all I ever use my kicks for, because I’m a Target-holic, you guys know what I mean. I live literally around the corner from a Target and I could get kicks everyday, if I wanted to, and believe me sometimes I do. Don’t judge (ok, you can judge, but it won’t stop my addiction to Target). But, definitely download the Shopkick app, if you haven’t already. Better yet, use my referral link, because every person you refer and they sign up for it you collect 50% of their kicks for 2 weeks. You don’t take their kicks, Shopkick just matches your friends kicks up to 50% for a 2 week period. You’ll thank me later!!!

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AND, speaking of Target!!! I know you Targeteers, know about their RedCard and the 5% savings you get whenever you buy something and the free shipping with every online purchase. I know, I know, you’re thinking girl didn’t you hear about the theft of people’s Redcard and personal info from Target a couple of months ago? Yes, I know, and yes I shopped during that time period, but I check my bank account daily, just to make sure no funny business is going on and I assure you no one is out there buying Beats by Dre headphones, or 20 gallons of Edy’s ice cream with my card. And I hope you know about the Cartwheel app from Target that gives you additional deals at their stores. So, you can save money on a Target shopping spree with coupons, Target Mobile coupons (Target app), the Cartwheel app, and the Redcard!!!! Try it and see how much you save. You’re welcome in advance.

I also use Receipt Hog, which is an app that gives you points for taking pics of your receipts at grocery stores. I will say that it takes FOREVER to collect points, but I feel like I’ve invested so much time in it, that I’ll stick with it until I collect enough points for a cash out option or an Amazon gift card.

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Another app that gives you points for going to certain movie theaters and restaurants is Plink. It gives you points for checking in at certain retailers and spending a certain amount of money there, as well.

Several apps that I use to get coupons are SavingStar, Coupons.com, and Google Offers. I use Favado because it’s just like Krazycouponlady.com because it shows you all of the local sales in your area and it tells you which coupons to use and which insert that the coupon came in to get the best deal.

And the ever wonderful Groupon app that has great deals for everything from merchandise, restaurant deals, and vacation packages. It’s where I snagged the great deal on my boxing classes that I will be taking soon.

 

So, not only do I use all of these apps before I go shopping, I’m making a list and checking it twice, and I have my coupons in hand before I even get to the store. Plan and be prepared so there is no impulsive buying, like that 20 gallons of Edy’s ice cream.

Stop by tomorrow and we’ll talk about the Survey sites that I use to earn extra cash or hopefully tomorrow will be a Gym day, because I’m going back to work, hopefully.

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow

 

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God’s grace is sufficient Gym day 6 again!

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Good evening lovely people,

If you didn’t catch that, I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday. Yes, I was all ready to go and then I got a flat tire in our wonderful Indiana snow. Due to my brilliant driving skills in inclement weather I ran into a curb, but thankfully, the air slowly released from the tire and it didn’t completely go flat until I got off of the highway. So after waiting almost 3 hours for AAA who they were too busy to show up, my wonderful stepfather and brother had my tire changed and had me back on the road, but far too late to go to the gym. But, I definitely made it today. And it felt good. Me and the kiddo got our cardio and strength training end. Then I went home and made another delicious smoothie.
Mango/Strawberry Smoothie:

1 cup of Oatmeal
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of sliced strawberries
1 cup of sliced mango
1 cup organic 2% milk
1/2 cup organic plain low fat yogurt
1 whole banana
Honey to taste, about 1 Tbs

I tasted it first without the banana and it was very bland, so since I love banana I threw it end and it was delish!

You really can throw any fruit or vegetable in a blender and mix it with healthy stuff like oatmeal or whey powder, or I’ve heard people use chia seeds, but I haven’t tried that yet. It’s on my list to try and I’ll let you know.

I’m also doing this #30DYC (yoga challenge) on Instagram. You can find me @ValleyDlights. It’s just each day a group of yogis post one pose a day and you copy that pose and snap a pic and post it. It’s pretty cool, because I really wanted to take some yoga classes, so I’ll see how this challenge works out.

So, goodnight, I’m exhausted, you know, end of the week, and all that.

#GodFirstAllGoodThingsWillFollow

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. (Mark 12:30 KJV)

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