Weekly Weigh-In and Mudderella!

Yesterday was the day for an official weigh in and I’ve got to say, I was pretty pleased. At 198.4 and a loss from last week of 2.6 pounds, it’s been my best week so far. I know, two and a half pounds isn’t all that impressive when you’re 50+ pounds overweight, but it’s been a slow go, and so I’m just happy to be making significant progress.

I’ve been thinking a lot over the past few weeks about why I’ve haven’t been doing as well as I’d anticipated at the beginning of all this and ways in which I can make progress. It’s been two weeks as of last night since I’ve worked out, and while I’m doing better with my diet, it’s by no means where I’d ideally like it to be. And why is that? Well, as far as working out, not only do my evenings (prime workout time since the kids are down for the night) slip away from my like a frog in wet hands but there’s no consequence to not doing it. And for my eating habits, I spend way too much time thinking about food. This past week, the kids and I have been out and about much more than usual and without the opportunity to spend all day thinking about my next meal and whether or not it’s healthy enough, I’ve just eaten when I can, where I can. While making the healthiest choice I could at the moment of my decision.

So I’ve determined that I need a goal to focus on besides my food intake.it’s almost as if the more I dwell and what I should and shouldn’t be eating the more I want to rebel against myself.

My friend and I have decided to enter a Muderella Race. If anyone has heard of the Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder then you have and idea of what I’m talking about. The Mudderella Races are, what I call, a watered down version of the aforementioned races. Geared towards women’s bodies and about half the distance of the original Tough Mudder, the Mudderella is perfect for a beginning racer. And an added bonus: much of the proceeds go towards charities designed to assist and empower women.

We haven’t picked a date for a race yet but it’s given us something to focus on! Super exciting things coming up! And I’m so excited to share them all with you!

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Just Stopping By….

Hi All,

I just wanted to pop in and let you all know how things have been going. I haven’t been doing much different this week but most of my weight checks have been under 200! I’m really excited to see what tomorrow’s official recorded weight will be. I’m hoping 198 or lower 🙂 Last week I was 201 even so a weight of 198 or lower will be my biggest loss in one week as of yet, and that’ll be really exciting.

And later today I’ll be taking photos for my weight loss photo update! So definitely check back in later for that.

Hope everyone’s weekend is going well. We’ll be spending some time today getting some things gathered for a garage sale in August. I’m currently really inspired to reduce our number of possessions. Fighting our societies obsession with consumerism and all that…

Sometimes I forget just how few physical possessions we really need and I find myself collecting an array of “stuffs” before remembering that all of those things just make more work for ourselves. More things owned means less money for other things, more stuff to clean, organize, and keep track of, and more time spent in general thinking about the things we own.

“I like this, how can I get another one, or the next one, on sale?”

“Now I need another something to go with this new something I just got. Because, well, they go together and all.”

“While I was showing my friend this one thing she told me about a better version, maybe I should try that and compare the two.”

“Let’s rearrange our things, move them around, switch it up a bit. No, I don’t like that. Let’s move it all back.”

Doesn’t it just get exhausting after a while?

I like every now and again being reminded about this and sort of doing a “clean sweep” of my things. Attempting to reach bare minimum is so fun and refreshing.

 

 

Loving Me Some Awesome Followers Right Now

My theory was right! I weighed myself this morning and saw 200.2 on the scale. So I’m guessing that yesterday’s weight was a bit of water weight from my salty food intake. I doubt I lost almost a whole pound in one day as it’s taken me weeks just to lose a few pounds. But check out how close I am to FINALLY being under 200 again!

I just want to say how much I appreciate all of you following along on this journey with me. Knowing that you’re rooting for me makes me want to work that much harder, almost like I have to prove myself to you. My family will love me no matter what so I can stay fat and slovenly and they’ll just love me to the cheese filled moon and back.

But you. Nope. You need results. You don’t know me from Adam. And the only way that I can prove to you that I’m worth knowing better is to follow through with my commitments.

I mean, who could possibly be inspired by a weight loss blog where the blogger loses no weight? I’m not only not helping myself, but I’m not helping anyone else either.

So keep up the following and keep up the cheering on! It’s keeping me motivated and for that I am so grateful!

My Week of (Hopeful) Weight Loss

I haven’t really been keeping track of my weight this week and so tomorrow’s weigh in is something I’m definitely anticipating. I was suppose to be super strict with my eating this week but that just didn’t work out. It’s so much harder to make this a lifestyle than I thought. I still feel like healthy choices are a chore (most of the time). We took the kids to the circus on Thursday, which Jacob loved. For about 30 minutes. And then he was more interested in just walking around outside of the big tent where all the animals were being kept. Aubrey slept the whole time.

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Anyhow, we ate about 2 hours before we left and of course while we were there Jacob complained about being hungry and I was a feeling bit hungry myself (although I probably really wasn’t). And so he had popcorn and I had a hot dog. That was all they had. But if I’d planned it better I would have brought food for us to eat. I don’t know what’s easier, spending the extra time and energy (and money) on healthy snacks to have on hand all the time or just not eating when you’re not truly hungry. Obviously the ultimate goal is to only eat when you’re truly hungry and then when you do, for it to be as healthy as you can, planned snacks and all. Where to begin though? I suppose with a little but of both.

Oh well, I just hope that the healthy choices that I did make this week, which included lots of salads and just not eating as much as I would have before, has paid off with a loss on the scale tomorrow.

And guess what else is coming up soon….. And update with pictures!!! I took the last set in the middle of last month so I’m due for another photo shoot and a little look-see at what sort of physical progress I’ve made. I’m pretty excited because since I hadn’t lost pounds between the last two sets of pictures that there was a physical difference. I hope the same happens this time.

Well guys, that’s really it for now. I hope all of your healthy habit battles are more easily conquered than mine.

Stay healthy and I’ll see you all back here tomorrow for the weigh in,

Katie

The French vs. The Dutch

Per a request from one of my very lovely readers I’m going to do a basic tutorial on both a french braid and a dutch braid today. This post is fitting since my sister was over last night and we french braided each others hair for the first time in, like, 5 years. Who doesn’t love doing hair with their sister. I know I do, and you probably do too. Unless you don’t have hair. Or a sister. Which would be a huge bummer. Or maybe you don’t have either. Which would really suck. If you are one day given a choice between one or the other, choose a sister. Sister’s rock.

Okay. Hair.

This is your classic french braid. Uniform, tight, and smooth. I'll wear this version when working out or doing housework. It's practical since it basically doesn't move. Ever.

This is your classic french braid. Uniform, tight, and smooth. I’ll wear this version when working out or doing housework. It’s practical since it basically doesn’t move. Ever.

 

Basically the same as the  classic french braid n terms of aesthetic. Very uniform and , I don't think, very exciting. But like the classic french, it's also an easy way to pull your hair back without resorting the a pony tail.

Basically the same as the classic french braid n terms of aesthetic. Very uniform and , I don’t think, very exciting. But like the classic french, it’s also an easy way to pull your hair back without resorting the a pony tail.

This is what I picture when I picture a modern french braid. It's looser and more romantic than the dated version.

This is what I picture when I picture a modern french braid. It’s looser and more romantic than the dated version.

This is what I picture when I picture a modern dutch braid.  Before wrapping a hair tie around the end of the braid, the pieces are pancaked to make them fuller.

This is what I picture when I picture a modern dutch braid. Before wrapping a hair tie around the end of the braid, the pieces are pancaked to make them fuller.

This is a great dutch braid that I think I'll do some day soon. I love the faux hawk look and this is great way to incorporate both styles in one look.

This is a great dutch braid that I think I’ll do some day soon. I love the faux hawk look and this is great way to incorporate both styles in one look.

French braids and Dutch braids are basically the same except that the crossing over action when braiding is either done across the top and down the middle (french) or along the bottom and up through the top (dutch) of the two stationary strands. And french and dutch braiding are done different that regular braiding because as you braid you take hair from outside of the original three strands and sort of braid it in.

The Hubby is upstairs trying to get Jacob to sleep and so I’m on baby patrol, or I would whip these two different braids out for you and take some mid-process pics. So in lieu of my inability to demonstrate, I’ve found some pretty easy to follow tutorials online.

Here’s a basic french braid.

And here’s a basic dutch braid.

The hardest part of french and dutch braiding is getting the finger work down. So if you get fumbled easily when you start and or get confused with which strands are in which hands, don’t worry. That will become much, much easier with practice.

Hope you enjoyed my little insight in the world of braiding!

 

If You’re Right, I’m A Dutchman

I love dutch braids. Or as I called them when I was a kid, inside out braids. (I didn’t even know they were dutch braids until recently.)

French and Dutch braids are so easy to do and are so easy to wear. A terrible hair day can be given a quick 180 turnaround simply by putting in a braid.

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It took a while for braids to be as suitable for adults as they currently are and I can’t be more elated that they’re currently all the rage.

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An important note for those of us above the age of 15 or so is to keep the braid loose and full. Anything too tight or polished can begin to look juvenile. The romantic/bohemian look is much more flattering for the adult group of braid wearers.

 

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If you’d like a step by step explanation of this particular look just say so in the comments and I’ll make sure to do that for you 🙂