challenge, weight loss

75 Hard Challenge…

A week ago I decided that I was going to take my weight loss seriously and started fasting and I did great, I lost almost 2 pounds in one week! I have heard about 75 hard from a friend of mine when it first came out last year. Back then I was like I can’t do this, it’s too much work for me and so I never tried. However, I was listening to Andy Friesland who came up with this challenge and something clicked in me that this is what I have to try and do. So I started 75 hard just yesterday, Saturday August 29, 2020 weighing at 293.0 lbs.

The diet I am following is obviously intermittent fasting and cutting down on carbs and sugar by 50% as those are my addictions. I am doing 2 work outs one of course is outside. You have to read nonfiction/self development books during this challenge so I am currently reading “Girl, wash your face” by Rachel Hollis. I am drinking my gallon of water which has been the most challenging part for me and am also taking progress photos every single day! Here’s the thing with this challenge though, if you mess up or forget to do one of these things or don’t fully complete them for one day, you have to start from day 1 all over again!

To be quite honest, I really don’t know if I will be able to complete this everyday for the next 75 days but I am willing to try my very hardest! I really hope I can finish it though and see big changes in me, physically and mentally!

Have you heard of 75 hard? Have you done it?

habits

My 3 healthy habits.

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I have been training myself and my body to slowly incorporate healthy habits into my everyday life. It isn’t always easy as I forget or get busy sometimes but I really do try for the most part. I wanted to share 3 healthy habits that I’m working on currently and 3 that I would love to add soon.

Healthy habits I’m currently working on: 

  1. Walking more.
  2. Limiting only 1 to 2 cups of coffee intake per day.
  3. Complaining less & appreciating more.

Healthy habits I want to add:

  1. Drink more water.
  2. Eat healthier.
  3. Be more positive.

What are some of your healthy habits?

life

How to unwind after a long day.

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We all have those days where we are feeling so overwhelmed, stressed and just tired after a long day at work or even just at home. Especially right now, I know so many people who are stressed, and just having such a hard time with everything going on; so I wanted to share a few things that you can do at home to unwind and a few things that we can do to unwind once life goes back to “normal.”

At home:

  • Take a bath: I know not everyone loves to take a bath and if you don’t then take a nice long hot shower. Bath especially with a bath bomb, or epson salt helps me relax so much.
  • Have a glass of wine: I’m not big on drinking alcohol but I do love to have a glass of wine here and there to relax me at nights.
  • Disconnect from technology and read a book. We use our technology’s so much and it’s good to disconnect from them especially after a long day and just cuddle up on the couch or our bed and read a book.
  • Have a hot cup of tea. I love to have a hot cup of tea preferably a mint or chamomile tea while reading my book.
  • Watch a movie: I love to relax and watch a show, movie or even YouTube, especially something with comedy… laughter is the best medicine after all!
  • Bake: I don’t know about me but for me baking is so relaxing, I love to bake, and if you do too, try it!
  • Go for a walk: exercise will surely help put you in a better mood.

Outside of the house (once everything goes back to normal)

  • Gym: go exercise at the gym!
  • Gym spa: go to the steam room, or even the jacuzzi at your gym and relax!
  • Massage: get a massage…nothing more relaxing than a massage right?
  • Girls night: nothing like a little girls night out to help you relieve some of the day stress.

What are some of your favorite ways to unwind after a long day?

challenge, weight loss

25 Days of Fasting Update

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On March 15th, well technically the 14th I started a challenge for myself to do intermittent fasting everyday for 100 days. My goal was to aim for 16 hours but I knew there would be days that I would do 14 hours and that was ok..at least I was still fasting. I wanted to do this not only to try and lose weight but for self control. I am such a snacker and if I’m not fasting I snack a ton and don’t have the self control to stop sadly so fasting helps me a lot. I had lost a few pounds when I weighed myself on day 14 but when I weighed myself yesterday on day 25, I sadly had gained it all back…why? Because I decided to take this week off from work and rest and well I have been having a bunch of junk and soda…which I know so bad ugh! I also have been so bad about my water intake and exercising since I have been home, actually I have been bad about exercising since this whole coronavirus started. I still take walks with the kids at work but other than that I wouldn’t do anything else. I joined another fasting challenge on Facebook yesterday for 30 days where we fast, drink a gallon of water and do some sort of exercise for 20 minutes. The past 2 days I have fasted over 17 hours, drank a gallon of water and exercised for 30 minutes. So lets hope when I weigh myself again on Sunday I am down a pound – fingers crossed!

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How are you doing with your eating and exercising during all this?

Check out my last post: March Overview and April Goals

habits, lifestyle

Six Healthy Habits to Start Today!

Love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle!

January is now here and it’s the perfect time to start incorporating healthy habits into our daily routine. I didn’t fully start my healthy journey till tomorrow (Monday) mainly because I was still on vacation and didn’t have to go back to work yet and used that as an excuse. Now that I am back to work tomorrow and back to my every day routine, I want to start adding more healthy habits into my life and I wanted to share some with you in hopes you would like to join me. 

  1. Stretch when you first wake up. I don’t know about you but I never stretch in the mornings which is so bad and I know it will help me Aton since I have a lot of back pain. So starting tomorrow morning, I will be adding a few minutes of stretching into my morning routine. 
  2. Drink a glass of cold water first thing in the morning. I used to hate doing this only because believe it or not I would want to throw up if I drank water before tea or coffee in the morning. However, the past few weeks, I have been slowly trying to train my body into accepting water first and its been helping. 
  3. Get some fresh air. Life can keep us so busy and stressed and it is so important to take a few minutes to walk out and get some fresh air. You can clear your head and hey even get a few steps in. 
  4. Stay active. I never knew how important it was to stay active until the past few months honestly. I am now so aware of how much being active is good for our bodies, for our health, and for our mental health. I spent a few days being lazy and not doing much and I cannot begin to tell you how much that affected my mood, and my energy. I felt so horrible until I forced myself to get up and get moving and get outside for some fresh air.
  5. Enjoy a few minutes of quiet time in the evenings. For me I love to drink a book and drink a chamomile tea to help me relax and get ready for bed. 
  6. Get enough sleep! I try to aim for a minimum of 6 to 9 hours of sleep a night, which I must admit the 6 hours usually happens during the weekdays and anything over 7 hours usually only happens on the weekends. 

I would love to know some of your healthy habits that you do daily.