Weight Loss Journey: Update + Favs


It's been almost three weeks since I weighed myself. The last time I weighed myself I reached one of my weight loss goals for losing ten pounds. When I originally started this journey. I wasn't really trying to make this a lifestyle change. I really wasn't even trying to call it a “diet”. I wanted to lose the weight on my terms while eating whatever I wanted to and still lose the weight. 

When I lost my first ten pounds it was an “aha” moment for me, I would say to myself “I could really do this?, I could really lose weight!?” I've always been pretty petite. However, my stomach and back fat really live in a world all by themselves. I remember looking at the announcement on Instagram for Serena Williams and looking at my self-thinking. “I look as pregnant as she does.”

My son is 14 and I'm still working around looking pregnant. My natural frame is just way too small for any extra luggage. At that point, I knew I had to be more aggressive. I knew if I really wanted to reach my goal that I not only had to worry about portion control. I also had to worry about what I was actually feeding my body. 

Last week I stumbled upon a fitness app that I've been using for the last couple of days. (this is not a sponsored post) I think I've tried using it in the past. However, I wasn't invested... This time around, I track my steps via my iPhone, enter my water and food consumption. I also pay close attention to my calories. I've noticed a great deal in my energy levels with being creative with what I eat. Since I don't eat meat. That part has been a little difficult since I consume mostly fruit and veggies and see how my favs (Pineapple and Strawberry) are not the optimal choice while being on a diet. I've learned what is though. I try my best to get 10,000 steps in every day after walking the dog if I haven't reached my daily goal. I drop him off at the house and go back walking. The last two weeks have been really hard for me. I haven't had any dairy or bread/rice which is my favs. Don't get me wrong. I know I could include a "cheat day" However, I feel like I'm just not ready for it right now... 

Anywho, I wanted to share with you guys what has been working for me.

MyFitnessPal App: MyFitnessPal is a free on the app store, however, this app does have upgrade options 
Strawberries: I've learned that strawberries are low in calories 
Peanut butter: Seeing how I don't eat meat, I've kind of kicked almonds to the curve. If I have trouble reaching my protein goal for the day. I include it in my diet. However, I was eating it like it had zero calories. 
Food Prep: I try my best to have a couple of meals prepared in advance. I could prep a week's worth of food. However, I'm a picky eater. 
Scheduled Meals: I have scheduled meal times that I try to follow. No, I'm not perfect. I use this mostly as a guide. I also eat three meals and three snacks. 
Tea: If you follow me on social media, I have a special place in my heart for chai tea. Since I try my best to not have any sugar. My new food besties are Trader Joe's or Bigelow mint tea. Mint tea has zero calories and so many great benefits for your body.

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15 comments:

  1. Mint tea is awesome for health! Loved your will power to lose the weight !

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  2. congratulations! A change if lifestyle and creating healthy habbits is so much more important than going on a random diet! You are doing a great job!

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  3. Congrats on losing the initial 10 pounds! I've recently reached a point where I can no longer ignore how much weight I've put on. Reading your post the reminder I needed to get up and get out!

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  4. Thanks for sharing those tips. I also need to work on my weight.

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  5. These are great tips. I also try to hit 10,000 steps a day. Most days I do make it. I really haven't watched what I'm eating. Oops. I haven't weighed myself in years though. So long as I can fit into my pants, I'm good to go.

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  6. I love that app big time and been using it for a while now though lately it's been in the background as I have not been watching what I eat nor exercising

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  7. I haven't heard or see that app. I am definitely checking it out. I do HAVE to watch my eating.

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  8. Congrats on losing weight. I'm trying to lose weight as well and it's so hard

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  9. Yesss, girl! I'm so proud of you! This is so inspiring to read - I'm on a weight loss journey myself. If you need a little motivation to run (I LOATHE running), there's a free app called Zombies! Run! It's a story and motivator (gotta get away from those zombies) all in one. Super handy. :)

    Good luck and all the best for continued success!
    Christie's Take on Life.. xx

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  10. I really enjoy the myfitnesspal app. I've used it as well and synced it up to my Garmin Vivo fit. It's really quite nifty in helping to hold you accountable. Great job so far, best of luck on your journey. You can do it!

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  11. Congratulations on loosing your weight! I'm trying to be regular at gym and counting calories of everything I'm eating these days before I hit the road in coming few weeks!

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  12. I have used this FitnessPall app after I had my son 5 years ago. I found it so helpful since I manage to lose all that baby weight so fast! I'm glad to hear you are doing great too! Good for you!

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  13. I really like My Fitness Pal. It's easy to use and helps you stay on track. Congrats on the weight loss!

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  14. Fitness is the mantra of happy life. I loved the way you presented your transformation routine.

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  15. You go girl, amazing progress. MyFitnessPal is one of my fave apps too.

    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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