Cheat Day – All In or Just a Treat? #WAMJourney

Written by lyricsmama on June 28, 2016 – 9:40 PM -

So it’s another week. I’m still hanging in there. I’ve been too tired some days/mornings, but I’ve refused to give up or give in. I haven’t missed a day of my gym training or boot camps, and in fact, this week, I’ll be adding a Saturday boot camp into my routine.

Saturday was my weigh day, and I’m proud to say I lost 3.2lbs since my last weigh in. That means I’m down to 237.3. This Saturday will be a measuring week so we’ll see how the numbers change, it will also be my photo day.

May 26, 2016 – 241.5 lbs
June 25, 2016 – 237.3 lbs

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Not the change I’d like to see, but I’m moving…. It’s just recently that I started using MyFitnessPal and logging and paying attention to my food and nutrition. This is what I need to work on. The exercise is actually the easy part for me.  I also had the challenge from my trainer to do a gallon of water a day last week, and I’m happy to say that it’s officially a week today, and I’ve drank an entire gallon each day!!

I am noticing though that I’m starting to pay a lot more attention to things. Take this past weekend. I allow myself a cheat meal once a week, or treat, whatever you want to call it. I don’t want to stray too far, so I refuse to have a cheat day so to speak, but if there’s something I’ve been craving all week, on the weekend I’ll allow myself to have it. I’ve been craving McDonald’s chocolate shake and fries, so I figured I’d get it for my ‘cheat treat’. I got to the drive thru, and thank goodness for McDonald’s having calorie counts on their menu board now, because a shake was 700 calories. FORGET THAT! I know it was a cheat treat but come on, I really didn’t want to down 700 calories for it. So, I left the drive thru line, pulled over and pulled out MyFitnessPal and took a look at what my options were.

Wendy’s was just a drive over, and I found out that a Jr. Chocolate Frosty was only 200 calories, and a value french fry was 220. 420 calories and I satisfied my sweet / salty craving!! I was pretty proud of myself for not giving in like I normally would and being like oh, it’s a cheat day let’s eat everything in sight.

You can follow my journey #WAMJourney not only on my blog, but also on Twitter and Instagram and you can follow along on MyFitnessPal.

Until next week :).

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The Scariest Post Ever Made – #WAMJourney

Written by lyricsmama on June 21, 2016 – 12:34 PM -

SO here, it is, the post I’ve been dreading…It’s sad, and most of all embarrassing to put out on the internet what I weigh, what my measurements are, and how awful I look.  It’s embarrassing to admit how FAT and horrid looking I am.  I hate it, but I’m changing it!

I am COMMITTED and DETERMINED to reach my goals. If you haven’t already read about my story, see last week’s post here.

This past week, my trainer wanted me to measure. We’re on a schedule of Measure Week, Weigh Week, Measure Week. So, Saturday I got hubby to measure me, that means this coming Saturday will be weigh in day. I also got him to take a few photos of me. Which ugh, is going to be so hard to post, but I have to….

I have been doing my 2x a week boot camps, 2x a week training session at the gym, and then 1x a week with hubby at the gym just doing my own thing without my trainer. Soon, I’ll be adding in a Saturday boot camp with my trainer, so it will be a steady 6x a week working out with 1 rest day. I am LOVING this new schedule that I have, and although I have days that I wake up and don’t want to work out, I’m still doing it. Once I get there, start doing it, I’m so glad that I did.

The thing I need to work on more, is my water consumption, and my nutrition, which is something I’ll be working on this week with my trainer.

On that note, here we go…. Photos….These were taken 6/18/16…….Excuse the morning face, hair and no makeup. I seriously did this before I got dressed, or took a shower….

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Measurements….Taken 6/18/16
Waist – 50.5”
Hips – 57.0”
Thighs – 29.0”
Calves – 18.5”
Neck – 16.5”
Chest – 48.0”
Biceps – 18.0”
Biceps Flexed – 19.0”
Forearms – 12.0”

The last time I weighed myself was May 26th 2016, my weight was…….241.5lbs. *Sad Face*  Since I started my Toujeo Insulin and some of my other medications, I’ve gained over 10lbs since I started them.  My goal is to get off of them completely.  I also have to find a new doctor, someone who will listen better.  I’d rather NOT be on medications that keep me gaining weight, it’s kind of counter productive to being a type 2 diabetic!

So, there you have it…..My most embarrassing post I’ve made in the past 9 years of blogging. The thing that drives me to post it though, is the progress posts I’ll be able to make after this, the hard work, the dedication and the changes I make will make this post all worth it!

Oh, and my motivation for this week…..One of my favorite WWE Women’s Superstars on the cover of Muscle & Fitness Her with some of her workouts… Picked it up on the day it was released! Goal, to be able to do her workouts soon….

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Now, to finish writing this post, and to actually hit publish…..Here I go……..

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I’m Unhappy and Fat – Can I Make A Change? #WAMJourney

Written by lyricsmama on June 13, 2016 – 10:28 AM -

Sometimes I have these unrealistic thoughts and dreams, like one day I’ll be rich, I’ll be celebrity, I’ll be in a WWE ring, I’ll be a super buff body builder type chick. All dreams and thoughts I’ve had for as long as I can remember. None of which are achievable, at least at this point in my life.

This July, I turn 38. How did I get that old? Where the heck has time gone, and what the heck have I done with my body?!?!?! Weight has always been an issue for me, I’ve always been the ‘bigger girl’ of my friends, I’ve always struggled with losing weight, and wanting to make a change. I get started, I see results, and then I quit. I hate it.

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Motivation is something that gets to me, or I should say lack of motivation. I don’t see results as fast as I like, and I give up. Or, I let people talk me into other things, they get in my head, and I say forget it. I want to stop all of this. I want to stop the quitting, I want to stop the yo-yo dieting, I want to just stop!

The past couple of years I’ve had eye openers with my health, that you think automatically would have changed my lifestyle, changed the way I do and see things, but it hasn’t. It changes for a day or so, then I get weak and things go downhill. Let me tell you something, being fat, isn’t fun, isn’t glamorous and isn’t something that should be praised. Being fat and being healthy don’t coincide, you can tell me till you’re blue in the face that you’re a healthy fat person, but let’s get down to reality, if you go to the doctor, they’re going to find SOMETHING wrong, something that if you don’t change will turn into something else eventually, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but as you get older, as things in your body slow down, that ‘healthy’ you thought you were as a fat girl, won’t be so healthy anymore, and then it’s too late………Or is it?

I have a good friend of mine who has been telling me for quite some time what I should be doing to help myself out. Not so much about my weight, but about my health. Eating right, exercising, being more in tune with my body. He had been bugging me about joining him in working out, yea yea, one day, one day. I have a gym membership, that I barely used, but was getting better, I didn’t need to go do something I knew I couldn’t do, with people. I was comfortable at the gym, using the treadmill and some of the machines, I was in a comfort zone.

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Not seeing progress, yup, hadn’t seen any, in fact, I’ve been gaining weight thanks to my meds. I knew I needed to do something different, my eating habits suck, I could look online, be on pinterest and read my health/fitness magazines all day, but it wasn’t getting me to make a full change. My friend, did the best thing he could ever do, and although he doesn’t know it, has changed my life because of it.

For those who don’t know, I volunteer daily at my kids school. Said friend is my girls art teacher. He decided to bring the workouts to us. He booked the gym, 2 times a week, and brought in his friend Phillip Thomas who’s a trainer with CNC Lifestyle Management to bring us boot camp workouts. I missed the first week, I was busy, but I think it also was an excuse. I tend to think, I’m the fat girl, I’m the one who can’t do these workouts. I love them, the workouts, I feel empowered by doing them but everyone is going to stare, and think OMG why is she here.

I was finally convinced by one of my other teacher friends to come to class. And I did, and that was the day my brain clicked, and I decided to make a change. You know how that saying goes, that you meet people for reason, people come into your life for a reason, blah blah blah. That day, something clicked, and that workout led me to meet Phil, who I’ve since hired as my personal trainer, and although I’ve never told him yet, he’s changed my life, and my outlook on it.  Bootcamp was hard, I was (and still do) DRIPPING sweat, literally, I thought, I can’t do this, this is too hard, but I didn’t give up.  Phil isn’t a drill Sargent, he makes the workouts doable, he modifies things so you CAN do them, and he keeps you going.

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I can’t begin to thank my friend Naeem enough for introducing me to Phil and his wife Betty who are both amazing people. Phil is so motivating! In fact, I felt a click when we met, that I told him something that really only my hubby knew. I told him the dream I had always had to be a bodybuilder. I told him, don’t laugh, before I did, and you know what? He didn’t. He said you know what, let’s do it! Let’s make it a goal that by August of next year (2017) I’ll have you ready to be on a stage competing locally. WHAT?!?! I’m a 38 year old FAT woman, that’s not going to happen.

He hasn’t given up on me, and I haven’t given up on me. I’ve been working out with Phil 4 days a week. 2 days at the gym for an hour each, and 2 days of bootcamp. As much as I have days that I want to give up, am too sore, don’t want to do it, I’ve kept going. A lot of that credit goes to my trainer, who doesn’t know how motivating and important he is. Without him, I think by now, especially being summer, I’d have given up on a change in my life. Summer tends to be a lot of traveling for us, in fact, I’m back in Canada with my friends and family more often then I’m home.  Normally by now, I’d have been there for a week or so.  Not this year, in fact, I’ve dedicated and committed myself to working on ME.  Sure, I’ll still travel and go see my family and friends, but it might only be for a day or two, rather than a week or two at a time.  I’ve committed to training, being home, and doing what I need to do, for me.  For once!  I haven’t even made a visit back home yet and don’t think I will until July.  Which is a first for me!

So what I want to do, is introduce CNC Lifestyle Management to you. Follow them on Facebook, Request to join the group. You can also follow CNC on Instagram, and follow Phil on Instagram and keep up with his journey as well, as he competes in his competitions, you can also follow his wife Betty on Instagram who also competes.

For myself, this is just post number 1 of my new journey. I’m still in disbelief that I’ll reach this goal, but I’m refusing to give up on it. I won’t give up! What I hope to do is soon have some vlogs, but first, get a photo up of myself, which for me, is probably one of the hardest things to do. In that post, with the photo, I’ll also include my measurements and weight. SCARY! Nothing I’ve ever done before, but it’s something I need to do if I want to see this journey through and to reach my own goal. So besides here, make sure you’re following my Instagram and Twitter for updates and to see how I’m progressing daily, you can also find me on MyFitnessPal to take a look at my Diary and achievements. I’m also creating the hashtag #WAMJourney to keep tabs on all of my posts.

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