Weekly Weigh-In

You guys won’t believe this. The scale in my bathroom is right next to a floor mat. This week I discovered that sometimes if, when I pull it away from the wall to use, it gets pulled out too far the rug actually supports of the weight of me while standing on the scale causing a 4-5 pound miscalculation. Last week I wasn’t 197, the carpet tricked me! I was weighing myself off and on all week and never saw a number under 200 and thought it was strange until this morning when I weighed myself and discovered the rug issue. So today’s official weight it 201.6 and last week’s was probably similar. I’m still looking forward to when I never see a number above 200 again. I thought that the initial pound lost when loosing weight sort of “melted off” and that people didn’t have trouble getting past plateaus until further along in the weight loss journey. And while my diet and exercise patterns could be more consistent and committed, I’m  still eating better than I used to and, of course, the exercise is a big change. So why is the scale being so stubborn? Maybe I need to re-evaluate my methods and make adjustments.

Here’s a glimpse of what my current changes besides the exercise have been.

This Month’s Goals

1. No added sugar (Which I’ve been doing pretty well with. We quit buying sweets and I even went as far as tossing anything from the house that had sugar as one of the first 4 ingredients. If you ever go through your cupboards and fridge and do the same you’ll be astonished at the items that contain a lot of sugar! Give it a try! Not eating sweets while at parties has been a little harder. Like when someone throws a birthday get together and all they serve is cake? How do you not eat any without it being a big deal? I don’t want it to seem as if I’m taking the attention away from the birthday boy and placing it on my new diet goals.)

2. Drink more water (This one hasn’t been too hard as it’s summer and I’ve been drinking a lot anyhow. One thing I’d like to try to do more of is drink water first when I think I’m hungry in case I’m actually just thirsty.)

3. Exercise everyday (With a busy household that hasn’t been as easy as I’d hoped.)

4. Go to bed hungry (It’s so hard to sit down and have a proper meal when taking car of the kids, so I often do the bulk of my eating once they go to bed and I have time to relax. I usually sit on the couch in front of the TV and stress eat. This goal has been hard to break.)

5. No eating in front of the TV (Refer to goal number 4.)

 

Next Month’s Goals will probably be the same minus numbers 1 and 2 which I’ll swap for something new.

 

Well guys and gals, stay healthy and stay tuned 🙂

Katie

Bambinos Still Need Fed

Some very weird things have been going on this week.  I’m generally a healthy individual. Nothing really keeps me down in the health department but twice this week I’ve had a debilitating headache accompanied by nausea. My 2 year old son is sick but his is respiratory so I’m sure the two aren’t related. Today it took everything I had to get off of the couch to feed either me or the baby. Thank goodness my son was at my mother-in-laws as he is every Thursday or I would have really be struggling. I think Aubrey knew something was up because she slept a lot today, which in turn meant I was able to sleep a lot. But now it’s backfiring because it’s midnight and she’s been awake the past three hours and I’ve been trying to sleep for the past two.

I really hope that whatever’s going on resolves itself soon. It’s been hard to stay on track with being healthy. I either don’t want to eat or once I do it’s been so long since I have that I eat everything in sight. No consistencies with the diet. Which I’m sure is wreaking all sorts of havoc on my metabolism. Just when it starts to think it has to go into starvation mode and hoard everything that goes into my stomach for the long, cold, food less months ahead, BAM! Ice cream, pizza, chicken salad, fruit!  I don’t mind keeping the fruit in my belly for energy later, but the rest can go. And if I can barely make it off the couch to feed my poor defenseless 10 week old bambino you can probably imagine how working out is going. It’s not.

Here’s to hoping that next week I can be 1. Healthier and 2. More consistent in my endeavors.

When life gives you TV, work out to it!

So it’s no secret that our society is full of a bunch of lazy butts that just sit around in their free time and watch TV, while checking up on Facebook, while scoping ideas on Pintrest, while scanning videos on YouTube and tweeting about the whole thing. But let’s get one thing straight. TV is a great invention. I don’t condone excessive watching, but as an extrovert who spends a lot of time home alone (and by alone I mean without anyone over the age of two) flipping on the tube every now and again makes me feel not so alone. So when my friend sent me this website I thought maybe the universe had heard my new and healthy fitness loving self arguing with my old lonely TV loving self and decided to solve my problem.

I present to you: TV Show Workouts!

 

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Scandal’s one of my favorite shows so this will be a great one. Plus Olivia is almost always in white so I have a feeling I’ll be doing a lot of shoulder presses, sumo squats (I don’t even know what those are) and russian twists.

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I don’t really watch friends anymore since I basically only do Netflix but this routine just may have me calling my sister to ask if I can borrow all 10 of her seasons.

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I haven’t been watching this season because I don’t care for what’s-her-face but I’ll have to try this the the next time I decide to watch it (which may be not be ever again because is anyone else really tired of the producers making the show exponentially more unnecessarily dramatic each season? And those previews? Come on! Totally misleading!)Image

 

Because who doesn’t love this show? Maybe this workout will get me closer to having legs like Zoey Deschanel.

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Maybe one of the best shows alongside Parks and Recreation. If this workout had been around when I binged on this show and watch all of the seasons in an ungodly amount of time I’d be out walking the town in my bathing suit instead of blogging about being excited at being under 200 pounds.

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And this show is just so raunchy that one can burn the same amount of calories as this workout just by watching from the couch. I think I sweat my entire day’s worth of water every time Alex screws over Piper. Maybe that’s a sign of being too invested in a fictional character’s emotional state.

 

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Weekly Weigh-In

It’s a great start of the week here at the McCune household! Down to 197! Woot woot! Finally seeing some movement on the scale sure is reassuring. Yea, I’d definitely hoped to have slaughtered more pounds by now but progress is progress right? Does anyone else find summer a challenging time to practice self discipline?

June, for our family, is full of temptation laden events. My son turned two the 9th. Party. Father’s Day was the week after that. Party. Then my husband’s stepfather had a birthday the 20th. Party. And my father and sister’s birthdays were the 21st. Party. And of course all of these parties have lots and lots of food. And then there’s the parades, car shows, festivals. All of which have those wonderful food trucks. Summer just screams elephant ears and corn dogs and who can say no such an alluring tagline? The temptations are great. And at a time of the year where a sense of abandonment has seemed to have blanketed us on these warm carefree days who wants to feel confined by restriction?

Thank goodness, then, for wonderful weather that allows for walks, runs, bike rides, and swims. I’d much rather eat more of the food I love and counterbalance it with some good old physical activity than to restrict myself to seemingly unsustainable amounts of food.

I hope that you, readers, are also enjoying the many fun things that come with summer.

Stay healthy,

Katie

Weekly Weight-In

My official weigh-in this week is 202.4 which is pretty discouraging since my weight at the end of April was one pound less. Thank goodness I opted to take photos or I’d be pretty bummed right now!

I’d write a proper post but I’m not feeling very bloggy. But I do have some really great stuff coming up like:

A great app a friend introduced me to that will make your life 1000x better

A daily diet staple: The BAS (or Big Ass Salad)

My thoughts on having a vegetable garden

A poll: Cardio vs. Strength Training

And more. The ideas are a-flowin’!

So stay healthy,

Katie

 

 

July Pictorial Progress Report

The first photo in each set was taken May 5th, 2 weeks postpartum.

The second photo in each set was taken June 14th, just over 6 weeks later.

Not much has happened on the scale (Down a total of one pound. On a good day.) But I can see that just the few workout sessions that I’ve had has made a small difference. If you hold your computer at a 38 degree angle to the light. And turn your head slightly to the left. And squint.

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As I raise my freshly squeezed glass of carrot juice and praise my very small step in the right direction, I also have high hopes that the next month will bring a much bigger result.

Stay healthy and appreciate the baby steps,

Katie