Weight Loss Wednesday – Exercise Blog

Happy day after Wednesday y’all!

These past few weeks I’ve been trying to get back into a proper workout regimen. Now that summer is here and my 3 month trial gym membership is up I have to find different ways of working out not only because my membership is up but also because I’m the type of person who gets bored of things and that usually results in me giving up. I’m not giving up no matter what! Even if I have a few bumps in the road I will pick myself back up and try harder. As I said I think two blogs ago?.. I started rollerblading which has been fantastic and killer too, but now our pool at the place I live at is open! So I wanted to figure out some exercises I could do in the pool so I could enjoy the nice weather yet still fit in a workout. Luckily my lovely Aunt who is a retired fitness instructor helped me out and came and showed myself and a friend of mine some awesome exercises to do in the pool. Such as, flutter kicks (killer), a juggle/scooping motion with your hands under water (also killer) and many more. One works your legs and the other really works your arms and then your cardio can really come from doing laps if anything. There really is so much variety you can do you just have to be willing to try new things and also do a bit of research. 

Even though my gym membership at The Reh Fit Centre expired, I have a free membership through my work at the gym located at our head office. So the past two days I’ve gone there and one of the days I ended up rollerblading to the gym as my cardio portion and it wasn’t a short rollerblade it was about 10km and took me 1 hour and 20 mins to do. It might be a bit pathetic that it took me that long but man was I happy to accomplish that goal that I set! It was an amazing feeling, despite my feet hurting really bad haha. But I find if I set goals when it comes to working out it helps me find motivation to workout. Don’t be afraid to set small achievable goals to push you and spark motivation! It’ll only help you in the long run. 

The main thing here is don’t give up, but don’t hold yourself back either. Don’t get down on yourself because you decided the buy sugar loaded freezies because it’s summer and that’s your favourite treat. Busted… hahaha. Seriously though enjoy life it’s too short. But also do things for yourself! Get out there and achieve a kick ass workout I promise you won’t regret it. 

To be continued…

Linds

Weight Loss Wednesday – Recipe Blog :)

Happy Wednesday Friends!

First of all I just wanted to inform y’all that I will be switching things up and posting every two weeks now but still on Wednesdays! I just feel that way I’ll have more to write about and not feel like I’m constantly repeating myself haha. 

This week I just am going to keep it simple and share a recipe I tried making tonight for my parents as a healthy alternative to a pasta dish.

I was on pinterest and found a recipe for Tomato Spinach Chicken Spaghetti. Which had simple ingredients such as boneless skinless chicken, roma tomatoes, spinach, sundried tomatoes, olive oil and a variety of spices. Which are all great and healthy for you but then you add a bunch of starch into it and it kind of takes away from the clean eating ingredients. A lovely coworker of mine gave me what’s called a “vegetti” which is similar to what you might know as a spiralizer. It makes veggies into a noodle form basically. I used this tool and made zucchini noodles to go into the dish to substitute the spaghetti noodles and it turned out fabulous!! I will link the recipe down below. 

Just remember you can always make slight changes and still keep the amazing flavours in a dish but keep it healthy at the same time. 🙂


Find the original recipe here: http://juliasalbum.com/2016/07/tomato-spinach-chicken-spaghetti/?crlt.pid=camp.2JCZK5iG7Dyd

Hope you all have a great rest of your week!

To be continued…

Linds

Weight Loss Wednesday – Week 15/16 :)

Happy Wednesday!

So…. I took the week off last week, I’m sorry. I had a big photo shoot last Wednesday that went from 8am-3pm with editing and everything and after that I was exhausted and pretty much went to bed right after. My apologies but I will fill you in on this week and last week!

Recap: Lets start with last week which was awesome!! I lost 2.4lbs! Even though my exercise habits have gone down a bit I’m still trying to do my best when it comes to eating throughout the week and don’t get me wrong there are some days that don’t go so well but that’s life. I figured as long as I’m trying my best and still meal prepping, which I am, I am proud of myself. Then this week after a long weekend of going out and a bit of partying I did gain a pound back but I feel like this week I’ll be back on track in the losing department 🙂

Now that the weather is nice and Winnipeg has decided to quit snowing randomly I’ve been trying to find different ways to be active outside and make things more fun while staying active. Yesterday myself and a friend of mine went rollerblading which I haven’t done in I don’t know how long. But it was a blast, it’s funny how you forget how much fun something like that is and although it probably didn’t burn a crazy amount of calories I still was outside enjoying the beautiful weather and being somewhat active. This is the part of making a life change that can be difficult at times, but you need to change things up. You have to keep things new and exciting in order to not get bored and give up on what you’re doing. Whether that’s changing up what your eating or how you cook certain things or how you go about getting active, change is always good. I’ve slowly learned that after countless failed attempts at crash diets and weight loss plans.

The other side of the coin with summertime comes bad eating and patio drinking. Ice cream parlors are now open and most restaurants have opened up their patios now as well and it can be tough to avoid the social atmosphere that comes along with it. But I say don’t avoid it adjust it, going to a patio for drinks with friends? Either substitute your alcoholic beverage for water or a diet soda or if you want to join in on the drinks choose a lower calorie drink to have. A go to of mine is vodka, water and lime. You just have to make sure you ask for a lime wedge and not the lime juice they put in since it’s loaded with sugar. Or if it is available where you go some places serve a low-calorie beer that is also enjoyable. It’s all about making slight adjustments and/or enjoying things in moderation. Don’t sacrifice your social lives just sacrifice the strawberry daiquiri that is loaded with sugar and make a better choice with a vodka water lime. Your head will thank you in the morning as well ha ha. The same rules go for when you’re at home and maybe having people over or going and hanging around a pool or going to a barbecue. Skip the bun on the hamburger and just enjoy the hamburger with some veggie toppings and a small amount of condiments. It’s super easy to enjoy company while adjusting what you put in your body. This weekend we went out to wine fest and a social and of course after a long night of drinking what is the first stop? McDonald’s….. and I was strong and declined the McDonalds and instead had some almonds, cheese, and homemade beef jerky when I got home. Did I really want the McDonalds?? Hell yeah I did but is it worth the amount of exercising I’d have to do to burn that off and don’t forget the crappy feeling you get after eating stuff like that, nope.. Sometimes you just have to be strong and make a better choice for yourself. You will be so proud that you did and your body will thank you too.

Let’s kick this summer off right, get off the couch, get outside and get active. Whatever it may be you’ll be glad you did I promise!

Thanks for your continued support and not being too mad that I missed posting last week have a great rest of your week everyone and make good choices!!

To be continued…

Linds

Weight Loss Wednesday – Week 14

Happy Wednesday!

I’m back, on time and with a full post today. Had lots of people ask me where my post was last week. I did write one, it was a short and sweet post and I just didn’t have time to share it on my social media. If you do want notifications of when I post simply enter your email into the “follow” section at the bottom and it will send you an email when I post a new blog!

Recap: What a busy week last week.. between working two jobs, editing two shoots, moving to my parents while their away, and going out/having people over this weekend I’ve felt swamped. I didn’t have a lot of free time to head to the gym unfortunately but that happens. I had a great time with friends this weekend and I wouldn’t change that for the world but now I’m back on track got my meals prepped for the week been back working out everyday and hoping for better results next week. Last week I was on such a high with my loss of 3.5lbs, this week I unfortunately gained 0.8lbs but to be expected due to excessive amounts of drinking and pizza consumption. The memories I have though, unforgettable. I’m going to start sounding like a broken record but like I’ve said before I’m not sacrificing my social life and I definitely didn’t do that this weekend. Here’s to next week and to hopefully another decent loss to make up for this week!

Going out….. oh the joy but oh the stress. I don’t know if any of you are like me but I tend to get more stressed out than excited about going out, until I’m out that is. How are we going to get there, whose all going together, what time are we going, and the worst thing of all what the hell am I going to wear. I’m unfortunately the kind of person who cares way too much what people think about me.. it’s a curse. So when it comes to choosing an outfit it’s quite the ordeal. Luckily it has become a tad easier with this weight loss journey because I’ve found a new confidence in myself that I never knew existed. I have had confidence before but it’s never come from an honest place within myself. The last time I had true confidence was when I was in a relationship which was quite awhile ago now and that confidence surfaced from the relationship and my boyfriend at the time not really from myself, if that makes sense. I’ve never viewed myself as pretty, and I’ve always talked down on myself if were being completely honest here. As a preteen I used to wear baggy clothes to hide what my body looked liked which really in the end only made me look bigger. But it’s been an ongoing struggle for a while now. Well this last weekend on Friday night I went out to a social for a work colleague of mine, which might I add was an amazing social and congrats to you two. If you’re not from Manitoba and your reading this thinking “What in the world is a social?” I’ll give you the readers digest version. A social is a party basically that soon to be married couples host at a hall of some sort to raise money for their wedding, there are social prizes, raffles, and cheap drinks and all the money made goes toward the couples special day. Now I am the worst social goer ever, I’m not really a big drinker, I have the worst luck when it comes to winning prizes, and above all I’m the worst dancer ever. But this social was different and I actually got out on the dance floor and pretty much stayed there all night, even though my dancing was probably horrific. Not only that but I actually got compliments on how I looked that night from a few people and to those of you who took the time to say those kind things to me, thank you from the bottom of my heart seriously. I know your probably thinking okay we get it you danced but what’s the catch here? The thing is I’ve come to realize I’ve never had the confidence to just get out on the dance floor and not care how bad I looked attempting to dance and that is a huge step for me. This may be a weight loss journey but along with that comes so many other factors and although I may have gained in a negative way this week weight wise, I gained in a positive way when it comes to my confidence and that is a huge win in my eyes. Confidence speaks volumes, it can change a person completely and the fact that I’m moving toward a more confident me is amazing and it’s somewhere I’d never thought I’d be. I can’t wait to see what happens from here on out weight wise and with all other things. Who knows what the future holds!

Thanks for tuning in and supporting me along this crazy journey of mine, you guys keep me going and keep me motivated and I couldn’t be more thankful for each and every one of you.

To be continued…

Linds 🙂

Weight Loss Wednesday – Week 13

Happy Wednesday!

Okay fine I know it’s Thursday…. but things got crazy busy so I had to settle for a Thursday blog post. Sorry guys!

Recap: This week going into our weekly weigh in I was extremely nervous and pretty negative. I don’t know if any of you get this way too but I find when I feel like something is going to turn out bad or I’m not going to get the outcome I’m looking for I kind of prepare myself by being negative. In my head it helps me cope with a bad outcome and I know it probably sounds weird but it’s something I always tend to do. So the whole morning before the weigh in I was very negative and just expecting a bad number on the scale because I felt I didn’t do enough last week. But by some miracle I actually had an amazing outcome that turned my whole mood around and sparked a crazy amount of motivation. I lost 3.5lbs this week for a total weight loss so far of 25lbs!! When I saw the number on the scale I literally almost burst into tears. I think what hit me most is that I may run into busy times and miss workouts or eat something that’s not so great but that is part of what life is. This is a lifestyle change. It’s not a crazy plan that has these strict guidelines but I’m still getting results! Don’t get me wrong I’m not just sitting on my ass doing nothing, I’m still doing my best at eating better and staying active but I’m not driving myself crazy with a diet plan or anything like that. Yay for good results!

Another short and sweet blog post today, I promise next weeks blog will be better and on time!

Thanks for supporting me it means the world!

To be continued…

Linds

Weight Loss Wednesday – Week 12

Happy Wednesday!

Recap: What a week it has been… Not a great week weight loss wise but an amazing week with my friends and family. My birthday was last Friday and although I told my friends I didn’t want to do anything they went and threw me a surprise party. Which at first shocked me beyond belief but then truly warmed my heart. I’ve never felt so loved and appreciated so thank you to my amazing group of friends for making a girl feel extremely special. It meant the world to me. Not only was the surprise party a good time but, the next morning my parents took me to Fargo for the weekend. We stayed at my favorite hotel, ate at my favorite restaurant, and got to go do some shopping. It was a fabulous time and a much-needed mini getaway. Not that I’m trying to use my birthday as an excuse because that is not the case at all. But like I’ve said before I’m not going to sacrifice my social life in order to lose weight. That’ll just make me feel held back and eventually be one of the reasons I would fail. Hence why I’m trying to eliminate that possibility. I was worried going into this weeks weigh in that I would gain like 3lbs which would’ve been a tough set back for me. Although we did workout at the hotel, which has a fabulous gym might I add, I was still concerned that it wasn’t enough. I did gain this week but luckily not a crazy amount, I gained 0.3lbs. Is it a set back? Yes. Can I overcome it? Yes. I am okay with gaining 0.3lbs because along with the weight I gained amazing memories that I will never forget. So never let a social life slip away from you just because you are on a weight loss journey. There are ways to incorporate your social life with a healthier lifestyle and not only will it help you physically and health wise it’ll help you mentally. At least it has for me. I’m in a way better place than I was this time last year and I couldn’t be more grateful for the people who helped me along the way.

Leaving it short and sweet this week! Hope everyone has a great long weekend and a great Easter!

To be continued…

Linds

Weight Loss Wednesday – Week 11!

Recap: This last week was a busy one… as you could probably tell by my late post of the blog. Luckily I still was able to make it to the gym a few times during the week and even when I didn’t I made sure I got outside and did some form of exercise. Although it wasn’t a big loss I did lose 0.4lbs and I’m proud considering I wasn’t as focused this week due to being so busy with other things. That’s what the big difference for me is this time around trying to lose weight, I’m going to have times where things get crazy busy and I have to miss a day going to the gym. I’ll have times where I want to go out with my friends and have a good time and that’s okay. This is a lifestyle change not a crash diet or crazy program.

A few weeks ago I felt I was losing motivation, I didn’t feel that push or determination that I had which was very concerning for me cause I don’t want to get to a point where I give up. I want to keep going and I want to succeed. I am so happy that I found that again this week and I found it by going shopping. I know sounds silly right? But when I started this journey out I was a size 18 in jeans, and I hated wearing them. They were uncomfortable, they dug into my stomach and honestly I thought they made me look bigger than I was. Well I went shopping last week and tried on a pair of size 18 jeans and they were too big, I tried the next size down and still too big. I went down another size to a size 14 and they fit me, I wanted to burst into tears… happy ones that is. They are so comfortable and I love the way they look and it just brought back that fire in me, it re-lit the flame. Sometimes it takes something as simple as treating yourself to a new piece of clothing to find that spark you had in the first place and that’s what did it for me.

I wanted to talk a little about something that kind of got me thinking this week. I was watching a YouTube talk show and they had a guest on that has battled with her weight since she was young. She talked a bit about her weight loss journey and she also blogs about it as well. Something she said did spark me though, she said that she dealt with the self-esteem issues and all that comes along with being overweight and I’m sitting there like girl I feel you! But then she said that she finally got to her goal weight and it still wasn’t good enough. The number on the scale wasn’t good enough and she felt like it never would be. This got me a bit concerned, is it never going to be good enough for me? I don’t want to get to my goal and not be happy and just revert back to my old ways and gain it all back. I guess that’s what concerns me the most. Reaching a goal and not being able to maintain it. Or feeling like I can just go back to my old eating habits (aka eating out way too much) and then gaining everything I worked so hard to lose right back. Luckily I have a good support system at home and at work that will help me stay on the right track but either way it’s still a big fear of mine. If you have any advice on how to deal with this please either comment below or message me cause I would love some advice on this.

As always thank you all for your continued support, it is beyond appreciated.

To be continued…

Linds