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Lose It! #MyDayMyWay: The 4 Month Mark – Where Am I Now?

After 4 Months - Where Am I?

It’s been just a little over 4 months since I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and my life is completely different. I’m not the same person I was 4 months ago and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve learned so much about myself – mainly how mentally strong I really am – and I’ve heard myself say things I never thought would ever come out of my mouth.

I’ve learned that when I miss a workout, I’m a bear. I feel better after a walk/run and, if I don’t do it daily, I’m not fit to be around. I used to get like that when I was craving sugar. I’d go into a sugar rage and was just hateful. Ugh – I’m so glad that’s in the past now. But, that’s kinda how I get when I haven’t been active. I never, in a million years, thought I’d ever hear myself say that exercise makes me happy, but that’s exactly what it does. Don’t get me wrong – I’m sweating like a pig and breathing like an obscene phone call while it’s happening, but it is one of the best feelings in the world to me!

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The start of my journey at 278 pounds

I have a ton more energy now and some of my family members have complained that I make them nervous because I can’t keep still. I don’t just stand; I walk/jog in place. When I’m on the phone, I’m not just sitting on the couch; I’m walking around the room. Believe me when I tell you that it all adds up in the end!

My weight loss has been easier this time around; maybe I was finally ready to do it after I heard the word “diabetes”. After 4 months, I can honestly say that being diagnosed with diabetes is the best thing that’s happened to me. It opened my eyes to so many things I was ignoring, and I know that I wouldn’t have made it this far without it hanging over me.

About a month in...
About a month in…

Be sure to keep your eye on that Lose It! shirt – you’ll see it again in a later photo and it doesn’t look the same. 😉

Me - October 2015 - 30 lbs lighter!
Me – October 2015 – 30 lbs lighter!

I’ve lost a total of 50.4 pounds! I began this journey wearing size 24 pants (and they were snug around the middle), and, now, well, I just bought a new pair of jeans and they’re a size 18! Hell yeah!!

B&A Shirt fits

And, guess what? I feel flippin’ FANTASTIC! My body does things now I never thought it would do – like run. Yes, I run! I don’t stress food anymore, I still treat myself to my iced coffees (if you follow me on Instagram, you know), and Thanksgiving wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I actually lost weight during Thanksgiving!

I still have a long road ahead of me but I’m more than halfway to my goal weight! Not too shabby, huh? So, stay tuned because there’s so much more to come!

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Activity Tracker Printable

Activity Tracker Printable

This activity tracker printable is designed to keep track of all of your walking and running efforts. I haven’t started using this one yet because it’s new, but I’ll definitely start using it very soon. My FitBit Charge HR tracks all of my steps, distance traveled, and calories burned and it syncs to my Lose It! account. But, sometimes, I don’t want to have to pull up an app on my phone to see my progress.

Activity Tracker Printable

So, I made this activity tracker printer for my A5. 🙂 I know it’s like doing twice the work, but, let’s face it, I handle things much better when they’re written down. I’m hoping that this printable will also help me see why I’m not meeting my step goal each day. I can look back in my calendar pages to see what I did each day so I can plan accordingly the next time.

If you’re interested in this free activity tracker printable, click the button below!

FREE DOWNLOAD

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Should You Have a Workout Buddy?

Should You Have a Workout Buddy

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’ve been learning everything I can about weight loss and how to build accountability. One article suggested a workout buddy to build support and accountability. I thought this was a great idea but there is one caveat – your workout buddy should just as motivated, if not more so, than you are.

Because I’m in this for the long haul, there are a few specific things I look for in a workout buddy.

  • Is this person motivated?
  • Is this person going to take this seriously?
  • Do we have anything in common to talk about?
  • Will this person provide support?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no” I don’t consider them to be a suitable workout buddy. Why? If the person isn’t motivated neither of us will get anything out of the workout. If there’s no motivation, there’s no momentum to build. I know that I need people to push me to do better than I’ve been doing. Although I don’t depend on others to push me, it’s certainly nice to have it as an added incentive.

For me, if I’m working out with someone, I want to have things to talk about. It helps to pass the time, making the workout seem to fly by. If we don’t have anything in common, the workout seems to take longer and it’s just not as much fun. A workout doesn’t have to be boring so don’t workout with anyone you don’t have anything in common with.

If you can’t find a workout buddy who fits you, don’t be afraid to do it alone. There are times when I actually prefer to workout alone; just me and my iTunes playlist. There’s something soothing about being outside alone in the crisp, cool air walking or running to your favorite tunes. Time seems to slip away and, before you know it, an hour has passed. You can also count your furry friends as workout buddies, too! They love going for walks and it’s good for them to get exercise.

If you’re thinking of working out with a buddy, be sure you find one who fits you. And, remember, a workout buddy isn’t there just to help you; you have to help them as well. It’s a give and take relationship so make sure you’re giving motivation and support, too.

What do you look for in a workout buddy?

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Hiking Trip

Hiking Trip

I live on flat land so I have to drive a good bit before I reach any hills. Fortunately, there’s a hiking trail about an hour from me that I visit frequently but it’s nothing like being in the mountains. Last weekend, we took a much-needed day trip to the mountains for some hiking, fall foliage, and good ol’ family fun. I rolled out of bed at 3:10 am on a Saturday and we were on the road by 5:30 am. It was a long day (it was close to midnight before we got home), and I was exhausted, but it was well worth it!

We drove the 4+ hours to Garrett County, MD, which is as far west in Maryland as you can go, and we took in some amazing sights along the way. Our destination was Deep Creek Lake and the magical mountains. Deep Creek Lake is very special to my husband and I. We’ve been going there almost every year since 2002 and it never disappoints us. It’s something we look forward to every year.

Anyway, this trip was incredible for a lot of different reasons. First of all, I was 30 pounds lighter so that made hiking that much more enjoyable for me. I wasn’t winded, tired, or sore and I smashed my FitBit goals for the day.

Hiking Stats

Here are some awesome photos from our trip.

We had an amazing time and I can’t wait to go back next year! Where is one place you like to visit annually?

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How My FitBit Motivates Me

How My FitBit Motivates MeAbout a year ago, I saw a segment on The Today Show about fitness trackers. They claimed that they make people gain weight instead of motivating them to lose it. Well, I have to say that my FitBit motivates me every single day in one way or another.

Before I get into how I’m motivated by my FitBit, here’s the video I was talking about.

Challenges

I participate in a weekly challenge and a weekend challenge so I’m always competing against other FitBit users to see who can get the most steps. Believe it or not, I’m a very competitive person so I don’t like losing. When I first started this journey a few months ago, I was coming in last but I’m not anymore. I’m not coming in first place….yet….but I’m working my way to the top of the leader board!

FitBit Challenges

All the Pretty Colors

This one is kinda stupid, but I love seeing the colors change on my dashboard. When the colors change, I know I’m making progress and that makes me happy. I want to see the colors change. Sometimes that means stepping up my game, which is ok, because it benefits me.

Badges

I love collecting all the badges I earn for reaching certain milestones. It’s a visual reminder of how far I’ve come and it also encourages me to beat my best badge. Since I achieved the Sneakers badge for walking 10,000 steps in a day, I’ve set a goal to surpass that by walking 15,000 steps in a day. I haven’t reached that goal yet, obviously, but I’m working on it.

FitBit Badges

So, there you have it. If you don’t have a FitBit, I highly recommend you get one. I’ve managed to talk my mom, sister, and a few friends into getting one and they love it. Not quite as much as I do, but it’s pretty close.

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” ~Jim Rohn

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What’s on my Walking Playlist?

What's on my Walking Playlist?My walking playlist is something I don’t always use but it’s still there. I usually walk with friends but, when they’re not available, that doesn’t mean I sit around all day. My walking playlist is my always-there-when-I-need-it BFF and it never fails to keep me energized.

Now, before I get into the nitty gritty of my playlist, it’s important for you to know that I listen to just about every genre of music. I absolutely refuse to listen to bluegrass, Willie Nelson, and Adele. But, everything else is fair game.

As you can see, my playlist is a mixture of different beats, styles, and language. I want to feel the music pulsate through me as I’m working up a sweat. It has to be upbeat with a smooth rhythm (I don’t know why because I can’t dance to save my life). I’ve actually caught myself almost jogging to a few of these songs, which is HUGE for me!

walking-playlist

 

Okay, I’ve got to get going. The hubs just asked me if I wanted to go for a walk. He doesn’t walk anywhere with me so I’ve gotta jump on this while I can!

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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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