Month: September 2015

It’s All About That Cake!

Its all about that cakeYes, I was channeling Meghan Trainor when I thought of this blog post because birthday parties are all about that cake! It’s got to be sweet, decorated perfectly, and moist (I tried to think of different words because I know some people don’t like that word but I couldn’t so deal with it). There’s also ice cream to accompany the cake not to mention all of the other food on hand. Where am I going with this?

My youngest son turns 11 next week and we’re having his birthday party tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow will be a day full of celebration, food, family, and friends. Oh, and, I can’t forget the gifts (just in case he reads this post one day). The day is all about him. We also have this tradition in our house where the birthday boy (or girl) gets to have whatever they want for dinner (within reason because no one eats junk food for dinner).

I’ve been worried all week about this party because his favorite cake is also my favorite. Chocolate cake with white frosting – I can taste it now. I’m not a big cake person (pun intended) except when it comes to chocolate cake with white frosting. It’s my weakness and I know it’s going to be very difficult for me to avoid.

This is going to be my first true test and I’m not sure how it’s going to go. But, I do know this – I’m not going to deny myself a piece of cake if I really want it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with me having a small piece of cake to celebrate my son’s birthday as long as I limit myself to one small piece. I may even scrape off the frosting to save calories and prevent my blood sugar from spiking. We’ll see about that. 😉

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New Trail

A New TrailI walked a new trail yesterday and it was amazing! It’s located about 30 minutes from where I live and I never knew about it until yesterday. I was born and raised in Dorchester County and it’s amazing that I’m still learning new things about it. This trail wasn’t any different. It’s located on a National Wildlife Refuge so you know the scenery was breathtaking! I definitely took a few pictures on the walk so you all can see how beautiful my county is.

As it turns out, there are quite a few walking trails within the National Wildlife Refuge; the shortest is 1/3 of a mile and the longest is 6 miles. There are also a few biking trails for when the cooler weather hits. I walked the 1/3 mile trail yesterday since it was my first time there. I had company, too, and I had so much fun!

It felt like it was 200 degrees yesterday (I really hope Fall is just around the corner) so I seriously worked up a sweat. My company and I also walked up one of the observation areas and saw a heron and a cotton mouth snake (ewww).

When it was all said and done, I earned a FitBit bonus of 595 calories!

FitBit Calorie Bonus

 

Okay, here are some photos from the trail. Enjoy!

I had so much fun on this trail and I can’t wait to go back! It’s so much closer to me, which means I can afford to drive there often. There is a fee to access the 1/3 mile and 1/2 mile trail but I’m going to purchase the annual pass for $12 – no excuses! I can take the whole family out there to walk and enjoy the sights.

Do you have any trails you love to walk?

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August Results + Changes for September

August ResultsI was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about a month ago and I kicked it into high gear to get the weight off. I started by being much more aware of the food I was eating and making some small changes. I went to whole grain everything and upped my intake of fruits and veggies.

I haven’t done much exercise because I’ve been focused on my food. I’m working on one thing at a time so that I can make sure I’m comfortable with that before moving on to something else. But, I have been moving a lot more. I bought the FitBit Charge HR and I’ve set my step goal to 5,000. That may not seem like a lot, and it may not be to you, but, for me, it’s a big improvement.

As a freelancer, I generally sit for hours upon hours a day at my computer working on tasks for my clients. I used to eat lunch at my desk, too, but I don’t do that anymore. Anyway, I’ve started moving a lot more than I did before I was diagnosed. Before, I was lucky to log 1,000 steps a day so, you see, 5,000 is a big difference.

I’ve also gone hiking a few times and I’ve dusted off my recumbent bike, and I’ve stocked my YouTube watch later playlist with some awesome workout videos. But, that’s the extent of my exercise….so far.

August Results

So, now that you know all that I’ve done it’s time to reveal the results for the month. Drum roll please……..

I lost 17 pounds in August! That’s right – 17 whole pounds. My starting weight was 278 (July 27) and my weight, as of August 31, is 261. I’ve gone down one dress size in a month, making all of my clothes too big.

Changes for September

I’m fairly comfortable with my food now so it’s time to incorporate regular exercise. It’s perfect timing, if you think about it, because the weather should be getting cooler as the month goes on. Just because this week is going to feel 200 degrees, doesn’t mean that the whole month is going to feel like that. I’m anxious to grab Digger and head out for a nice walk in the mornings after the kids head off to school. Speaking of Digger, here’s one of my partners in crime.

Digger
My min pin & baby boy, Digger.

Before I can take him out on the town, I need to buy him a new harness because he’s outgrown is old one. This boy is all muscle and there’s no way I’m walking him without a harness. Digger likes to walk really fast and he loves to run, so that’s really good for me. I’m also going to get back into walking the local trails this month.

What are your fitness plans for September?

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