If you are just starting to follow along on my weight loss journey, I recommend starting with these posts first – Coming Clean Post Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 7 Week 8 Weeks 9-12 Week 13 Also, make sure you are following along on Instagram.
I am finally took new pictures this week. However, I did not weigh in. I think I am around 30 pounds lost. My weight loss has been pretty slow over the last several weeks. If I am honest, I have not been nearly as aggressive as I was in the beginning. I keep telling myself that the only thing that matters is that I am heading in the right direction. I try never to look back. I am not going that way. That being said, my eating could be better and my workouts could be more frequent.
HOLY GUACAMOLE… I would say that my chiropractor visits have been paying off. Prior to this, I had never had chiropractic care before. I was always leery of it. Not sure why… just worried that I would need it forever once I started going. It wasn’t until I started documenting this journey that I realized just how bad of a postural imbalance I had. I began to see it week after week, in every picture that I took. I didn’t feel much of a difference in my body, but these pictures tell a different story. I have also temporarily been laying off of the heavy lifting. I have been more mindful of my posture while I am working, taking more breaks, and doing more yoga. All of these things are clearly helping. It feels good to treat my body right.
Starting Date: 8/12/15
Starting Weight: 274 lbs
Current Weight: 247 lbs
Pounds Lost: As of last week – 27 (Not sure right now as I am not weighing this week) ???
Pounds to Goal: 73
Goal Weight: 174
Goal Date: 8/27/16
Height: 5′ 9″
My second Stitch Fix box came!!! I only kept one piece out of the last box and didn’t really feel that the other pieces matched my body or my style. I gave them feedback on all the pieces I didn’t like and for this box, THEY NAILED IT!!! Before deciding if I liked what they sent, I took a second to rejoice in the fact that everything fit and to do a little happy dance in my bathroom. The great news is that even though they say their max size is 14, I took a chance and got started anyway. (I am easily still probably around an 18.)
Thoughts? Which ones do you love? Any that you really don’t like?
I felt really good and really confident in all the outfits. That almost never happens. I can’t remember the last time I had a shopping experience like that. I wish every trip inside a dressing room could feel like that. I am keeping everything they sent this month!
Here is how they work – When you sign up, you fill out a detailed questionnaire about your body type, your style, things you like and things you don’t like. It is very extensive. It even has you rate several sets of outfits to get a feel for what you like. You determine the price range you are willing to spend. You pick exactly what kind of pieces you want to receive. All tops? Perfect, they will do that. All casual wear? Perfect. They will do that as well. Then you pick how often you would like to receive a box. You are assigned a personal stylist and they hand pick items for you based on your choices. Starting a Pinterest board with styles you like really helps them pick things out for you. They send you out a box and you pick the pieces you would like to keep and you return the rest. They charge you a $20 styling fee, but that fee is subtracted off anything you keep. You are only charged for the pieces you decide to keep and they send a pre-paid shipping label for the things you want to return. Loving it so far. You can look into it more – Here
Have you tried it? Did you like it? What did you think of the clothes that they sent you? Keepers? If not, take a chance and do something daring. You just may love it. Give Stitch Fix a try – Here
We had a lot to do today to get ready for our trip. We are leaving first thing in the morning tomorrow to fly to Orlando for the Mastermind Conference. Then we are spending a couple of days at Disney. I am 37 years old and this is my first trip – land or world! Better late than never. We got all stocked up on low carb and gluten free snacks to get us through the trip. The conference goes from 9am until 10pm. Long days! We wanted to make sure that we were prepared and not just grabbing for the first food we saw.
I know this is a repeat but I am thankful for travel. I love it. I just want to see the whole world. One day I hope to be able to do that in First Class. But for right now, I will just count my blessings from coach.
Today Jon and I went for a nice walk in the crisp fall weather. I imagine that we are heading into the last of these days and soon the rain will take over.
What I ate:
Today I had some crispy taco cheese chips with salsa for a snack. I just sliced the cheese, cut it into squares, sprinkled them with homemade taco seasoning, put the squares on a Silpat and baked them at 400 degrees for about 8-10 minutes. You can do this with any cheese. Quick, easy and delicious
Today was a long day of travel. Our morning started at 5am as we got up and headed to the airport to fly to Orlando. Flying from Seattle to Orlando makes for a long day. We literally could not fly any farther without leaving the country.
Today I am grateful for all the incredible opportunities that have come my way this year. I have met some amazing people along the way. Essential oils have changed the landscape of my entire life – health, finances, personal relationships – EVERYTHING.
What I ate:
We packed a ton of healthy snacks to bring with us. The conference days run from 9 am – 10 pm. We really wanted to make sure we made good choices while we were away. I passed on the pretzels on the plane and instead has a Chicken Sesame BBQ Epic Bar and a Grass Fed Beef Stick. So much healthier and far tastier too.
We got off our flight, headed to the hotel, dropped our bags in our room and went straight to our team dinner. Thankfully those on our team eat very similarly to me – low carb, gluten free. It made staying on track that much easier. Dinner was steak, asparagus, and roasted potatoes. I left the potatoes on the plate and devoured the steak and asparagus. It was delicious.
Today was the first day of the Mastermind Conference. It was an AMAZING day of learning, growing and developing and strengthening personal and professional relationships. I even wore one of my new Stitch Fix outfits. Try it out – HERE
Today I am grateful for introspection and personal growth. My mind is open and I am a continual work in progress.
One of the speakers from today was John Addison. Although his talk was about business and leadership, it completely relates to this journey as well. I wanted to share my notes with you.
This is your life. There is no do over at the end. You do not get a mulligan. Winning is a matter of choice, not a matter of chance. Success has to be fought for and earned. Luck is not what leads to winning. It is hard work.
I will do today what others wont, so I’ll have tomorrow what others don’t
Your business is attracting other people to your business. Every action you take either attracts or repel people
You have to work hard on yourself. The scarcest resource in our society today is passionate, purposeful leaders.
If it sounds too easy, it’s sleazy. Success demands a price. The right kind of people will want to hear that it comes as a price. Never apoligize for the toughness. Winning is not easy. Being broke is easy. Being in debt is easy. You can do that just by getting up everyday.
The first person you’ve got to lead is you.
If you wait for circumstances to make you happy, you will never be happy. Money will not make you happy. You have to develop a happiness that comes from your heart.
Money makes good people better and bad people worse. Money is a multiplier
Smile. You woke up today! Act the way you want to feel and soon you will feel the way you act. Make yourself think positive thoughts. Let go of the things that make you negative. Success is a marathon. It is not a sprint. Enjot the process.
Embrace adversity. Winners fight for the long haul. If you can see up, you can get up
Leadership is being willing to take an unpopular position. In the end, it is courage to continue that matters. The greatest honor in the world is to fight for a worthy cause.
Leaders need to be a lighthouse, not a weathervane.
You have to turn your fears into fuel. Most of your fears are developed by the time you are 5. You have a 5 year old child inside you ruling your fears
Avoid negative, cynical people. The power of who you associate with is very powerful. Don’t allow negative people to control your thinking. Never take advice from anyone more screwed up than you are. If positive people would share their feelings like negative people, what a great world it would be.
Be careful who you give your brain to. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Lighten up. Grow up. Shut up. Be the best you that you can be.
Leadership – Leaders set the tone. Your job as a leader is to create the atmosphere for growth. Create the right environment for your team to grow. It is easier to grows weeds than it is to grow flowers. It takes work to grow flowers.
An army of sheep led by a lion is more feared than an army of lions led be a sheep.
If your thinking is stinking, your team is shrinking. People need to see you being a rock as a leader. Be a rock against which other things break.
Never apologize for how hard it is to win. Tell people the truth. Build people that want to go win and want to make a difference. Don’t accept where you are if you aren’t happy
Be the catalyst that changes lives. The world needs leaders. Leaders who fight. Leaders who win. Leaders who change lives.
Saturday 11/14 and Sunday 11/15
Days 2 and 3 of the conference are in the bag. Long days with a lot of sitting but these were some amazingly inspiring and thought provoking sessions. My mind is in overdrive. I can’t wait to get home, decompress and download all the information in my head.
I am grateful for being in a room with 2000 like-minded people. So much power in a common bond.
I wanted to share my notes from another one of the speakers with you. Being present is something that I am constantly trying to work on. Working from home and life in general, comes with a lot of opportunity for distraction if you let it. Here are the top 10 distractions and how you learn to stop those distractions and be more present in your life.
Top 10 distractions
1. Social media
3. Life chores and obligations
4. Text messages/ Emails
5. People – Family, friends, negative people
7. Emotional home
8. Living in the past
What would happen if you spent as much time looking at your goals as you did looking at social media.
What if instead of watching other people live their dreams on t.v, you spent that time living your dreams.
Delegate, delegate, delegate. Do what you do best and hire the rest.
Get your family involved. Speak in terms of their dreams and aspirations. Tie the business to their highest values. Unless your friends have the same goals, they are holding you back. Negative people are more responsible for keeping you where you are than anything else.
Ears are the tester of lips, but also the gateway to your heart. All thoughts become things. Every feeling or emotion is a blueprint of what is to come.
Put everyone you meet into three categories: Spend more time with them, Limited association – Less time with them, No association – people you need to cut out.
Physical clutter equates to mental clutter. Take time daily to think and plan. The more you think, the less time you have to spend on execution
Hurt feelings and ego play a major role in how you feel. Be show busy building your life that you don’t have time to focus on who is not giving you what you want. Speak life or not at all
You cannot change your past failures, so why not focus on the future. Look for lessons. Look for the gift wrapped up in a problem
Comparison creates static in our minds. Comparison is a cancer. Celebrate the success of others.
Success can become a hindrance if you are not grounded. Don’t let your head get too big. Always remember where you came from.
Having goals is the best way of avoiding these distractions.
What I ate:
Saturday for our team dinner we were served chicken, green beans and mashed potatoes. I left the potatoes on the plate and passed on dessert again. Another WIN! The chicken has the skin on and was juicy and delicious.
Sunday after the conference let out, we went out to lunch. I ordered meatloaf and green beans. Continuing to make healthy choices while traveling! I may not have lost a lot of weight in the last few weeks, but I take comfort in knowing that I am changing my old bad habits and replacing them with new, healthy ones. Travel used to just be a free for all for us. We would eat and drink anything in sight with reckless abandon. We would always proclaim “Back at it as soon as we get home”. No more of that. It is way easier to skip the shame and regret and just stay on plan.
There was no shortage of coffee this week. I love a fresh cup of dark roast coffee… any time of the day!
Monday FUNDAY!! Today we went to Universal Studios. It was my first time. It was so, so fun! I can’t remember the last time I laughed that much and felt so carefree.
Today I am grateful for fun times with friends and the warm Florida sun. It was nice to be somewhere that still felt like summertime.
Lots of time for silly selfies – From minions to transformers to Star Wars characters. Oh to be a kid again… today we were.
What I ate:
Tonight after Universal Studios we ate at an amazing Cuban restaurant called Cuba Libre. The food and the atmosphere were amazing. It was a great way to end the day.
There has not been a lot of activity this week. There has been a lot of sitting. That is part of the reason it was extra important for me to stay on track with my food choices. Today we did get over 15,000 steps in while exploring at Universal. It felt great to get out and be moving instead of sitting in a chair all day.
Today we went exploring at Islands of Adventure. Lots of rides. Lots of laughs and lots of good times with good people.
Today I am grateful for the strength to break through my fears.
We started our day by riding the train from Kings Cross to Hogsmeade. 🙂
What I ate:
Today I ate a giant table full of cheeseburgers… Not really, BUT, I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.
Today we really got around. Over 18,000 steps. Half of those steps were in wet shoes and clothing from some of the water rides we went on. So fun!
Today, I am proud to announce that I broke through a major fear that I have had since childhood. Hooray for personal growth.
Is fear holding you back?
I don’t have a lot of fears in this life. I am typically the type of person that tries to face them head on and break through to the other side. One of my biggest fears has always been rollercoasters. I simply do not like them. I don’t like feeling out of control or in harms way. I have always chosen not to ride them. It just so happens that one of Jon’s greatest joys in life is amusement parks. I will let you guess how many we have been to.
After an amazing Mastermind Event, some of the members of our team stayed a couple of extra days to play at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. My first thought was “Finally, Jon will have someone he can go on rollercoasters with.” On our second day, I stood in front of the Harry Potter Dragon Challenge Roller Coaster watching it speed through corkscrew loops and going upside down as people screamed in utter exhilaration. I just shook my head side to side in a very clear “NO” motion. The type of motion so large that I was looking back over each shoulder. Then, I just said “Well, if I die, at least I will be doing something fun with friends.”
I got in line, trying not to think about what was about to happen. Not only did everyone want to go on this ride, but they wanted to be in the front. Double fear. As we inched closer to the front of the line, I was holding my breath and running through statistics in my head. I convinced myself that the odds had to be in my favor. I got in the front row, strapped myself in, and held my breath as tears started to stream down my cheeks. No going back now…
For me, the fear is the steep uphill battle…. clink, clink, clink, clink, clink…. then the temporary pause before the plunge. The other side of that fear came during the drop. I was screaming my face off. The happiest scream I have ever screamed. My face hurt from smiling so big that I thought it might actually crack.
To you, it may just sound like I rode a rollercoaster. For me, I broke through to the other side of a lifelong fear, only to find sheer joy and happiness. Enough so, that we immediately got back in line to ride it a second time. I am by no means a rollercoaster queen now. BUT, I ripped off the fear bandaid and it will never be as scary again. I owned the fear so it no longer owns me.
What are you missing out on that lives on the other side of fear?