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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Progress update - smaller jeans!

I started following the 5&1 program on October 12. That’s less than 4 months ago if your sense of time is skewed like mine right now. 

My goals were more about how I felt rather than my weight. My dream goal was to fit into size 10 jeans again - I’m 5’10” so that is (I thought) a comfortable size for me. 

Today I pulled out some size 8 jeans. They fit perfectly. It’s extra funny because just yesterday I shared this first picture - size 16 to size 10 jeans (same brand, style, rise, etc) and I knew the 10s were getting big but didn’t think the 8s would fit yet. 

This program works!





Monday, December 28, 2020

Post-Holiday Weekend Exhaustion?

How are you feeling after the holiday weekend? Are you tired and exhausted and worn out from all the holiday excitement? Did you take a nap? Did the stress and chaos give you a headache? Are you rejuvenated and ready to go today?

I used to *need* a strong kick of caffeine just to get through the day - that afternoon slump around 3pm was awful. When I had several busy and/or stressful days in a row, I’d tell myself I earned a nap - and then I would prioritize that nap on weekends. I have never had a lot of luck with sleeping in (so I’m always up around the same time every day), but for a long time (years!) I would wake in the middle of the night, and lay in bed for an hour or more trying to fall back asleep. No matter when I went to bed, I wasn’t getting enough sleep. That constant cycle of being tired, and needing caffeine, and then being even more tired, and then getting a headache from being so tired, was…exhausting. 

I didn’t even know it was possible to break that cycle…but I did! I changed my diet. I prioritized myself. I am sleeping solidly and soundly 8-9 hours a night (yes, for real!) now. I take Natural Vitality Calm, a powdered form of magnesium, at bedtime and I swear it helps with my sleep. I haven’t had a headache in months. 

Look at my eyes in these pictures. There’s no filters on them. Look how tired I am in the photo on the left, with circles under my eyes. I wasn’t healthy! My sleep wasn’t healthy! I was so bloated and inflamed! 

Look at me on the right - awake, alert, and I feel like my eyes are brighter and clearer. It’s not just about surviving each day, it’s about living each day. Join me in living each day, I would love to share this program with you and help you feel amazing and get the good sleep too!



Wednesday, December 23, 2020

A Tale of Two Dresses

I bought the dress on the right to wear for an event a few years ago. I loved it - the material, the fit, the way the bottom hem looks. When I got home though, it was a little too snug to wear comfortably. I called all over town looking for another store with the same dress in a bigger size - found it - and went and bought it. That's the dress on the left. I don't have many occasions to get dressed up (especially this year), but I last wore the larger size dress to a Roaring 20s party last December, and absolutely loved being dressed up and out with my friends and felt good in what I was wearing (despite hiding behind a shawl). 

I tried on dresses last night so my daughter and I could take silly pictures in front of the tree (you've seen the pics from the 50s and 60s floating around of women decked out posing with their trees, right?) and the larger size dress was falling off me, so I tried on the smaller size, and that's what I'm wearing in the picture. It actually has too much room in it now, but I still love the material and the way the dress flares, and that's the dress my daughter chose for me to wear last night for our silly pictures because she likes the hem too. 

So, I'm officially retiring the dress on the left, and probably need to retire the dress on the right too, and buy myself some new fancy clothes for the off-chance of getting dressed up and going out someday ever again. If you're like me and have a closet full of clothes you hold on to, on the off chance of maybe possibly fitting into them again someday, let me help you get your someday sooner rather than later. It took me 2 years to decide to commit to this program, and choose myself and my health; don't wait as long as I did. Give yourself the gift of health this holiday season. I'd love to celebrate you fitting into your "someday" clothes in a few weeks!



Monday, December 14, 2020

Optavia Week 9 Weigh In - 12/14/20

I had a really good week. I feel good, I'm sleeping so well, and I went through all of my clothes and pulled out dozens of items to donate or give away. I'm even wearing jeans that I haven't worn in the 5.5 years since I moved into this house - so my "I'll maybe wear these someday" jeans are finally being worn because "someday" is TODAY! It's funny to think that they probably won't last very long though, maybe just a few weeks. I don't have any smaller sizes, so I need to start buying a few things at a time, just to get me through until I find where my body naturally stops and feels healthy. 

Today I noticed I was hungry. Not bored hungry, but tummy growling hungry. It was strange, because I haven't been hungry in a long time. I made sure to drink my water, and I had an extra Ultima electrolytes and that helped. 

Also, this is a total NSV (non scale victory) but I am fastening my watch band on the third setting instead of the fifth - that's a big difference! 





Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 

Monday, December 7, 2020

Optavia Week 8 - Weigh-In 12/7/20

It has been a crazy week. Between sick kids, the death of my grandfather (in another state), and chaos to my work schedule, things have been anything but normal this past week. 

That said, Optavia fits perfectly into my life, no matter what is going on. I have had zero issue eating my Fuelings every 2.5 hours or so (give or take a few minutes), eating one delicious healthy Lean and Green meal each day, and getting enough sleep at night (for the most part). 

I am so glad I found this program. I am so glad I have quick and easy Fuelings to eat throughout the day, and I am so glad the Lean and Green meals are so easy to customize to fit my schedule and I am still able to eat whatever sounds good that day. 

When I first started this program, I was expecting a loss of maybe a pound or two each week. After 8 weeks, I have lost 32.8 pounds, which averages to over 4 pounds per week. I know that is slightly skewed because the first week was a huge loss for me, but still...wow. WOW. I am amazed at myself, and I am amazed at the simplicity and ease of the Optavia 5&1 program. 

I kinda want to shout it from the rooftops just how easy it is to follow, and how incredible the results are for me. 


Optavia Week 8 Weigh-In



Those are the same jeans, just 8 weeks apart. Wow!





Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Transformation Tuesday - Face to Face!

Six months between these two photos. The pic on the left is after 6 weeks on Optavia. What a difference in my face! I am down over 27 pounds and seeing and feeling the changes in my body. I love this program - it is SO EASY to follow! 



 


Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Optavia Week 6 - Weigh In 11/23/20

 I just finished up week 6 of the Optavia 5&1 program.

I feel really good - like surprisingly good. I have my hunger under control, my portions under control, and I'm not even a little stressed about the holidays and meals. I'm not much for turkey, but I do love some side dishes, but I decided that it is more worth it to me right now to be healthy, and I can have mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie another time. I even pureed fresh pumpkin to freeze, so I can make another pumpkin pie in a few months when I move into optimization. 

This past week was my birthday, so I was eating out more than I normally would. I had dinner out the weekend before my birthday, then the night of my birthday, and then the weekend after my birthday I was out of town. I know all the sodium just from eating at restaurants, plus the travel and being off my normal schedule, played a part in my body not making much changes this past week. I still ended the week down a full pound, which is awesome!

I still tend to stick to seafood for my protein in my Lean and Green, and I prefer salads over cooked veggies the vast majority of the time. Overall, this program has really fit quite nicely into my life, and it has been super easy to maintain following the guidelines. I'm really happy I decided to move forward, and I'm excited to see what the future holds for me. 

P.S. It feels GREAT to purge some of the clothes that don't fit me anymore, because I'm not going to wear them again! 



Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 

Friday, November 20, 2020

Reflections on 40 days of Optavia

 Today I am celebrating 40 days of taking charge of my health with Optavia. Some reflections and things I have noticed...

  • If I go out to eat, or eat foods I don't prepare myself, I feel bloated, and the scale doesn't move much. I think this is partly because there is just more sodium in foods that restaurants prepare. 
  • I have had cold brew coffee a few times in the mornings, mixed with a Fueling shake. I don't drink coffee everyday, and I actually don't ever drink much caffeine at all. I've noticed that on the days I have coffee, I tend to sleep worse at night. I think I am going to cut out the coffee and see if it makes a difference. My sleep has been so amazing since I started this program, it is weird (yet helpful) to see the nights that it isn't really good sleep, and link it to the days I had caffeine. I use my Apple Watch to track my sleep, and the app AutoSleep. 
  • My weight loss has slowed, which is expected. I had pretty significant weight loss the first 5 weeks, so I expect it to taper off to more reasonable loss (1-3 lbs a week). Right now, my average is still 3.11 lbs a week, but I bet that average drops off even more as time goes on. 
    • On that note, I am 36.7% to my overall goal. I've met and crushed my first smaller goals, and I still have smaller goals set, but I also have a big goal in mind. I love the app Happy Scale to track these stats for me. I weigh myself every morning, and the app is really good about looking at overall trends and not the ups and downs of day-to-day. 
  • I have completely adjusted to eating every 2-3 hours. My body starts to feel hungry right on cue, and I eat, and then I'm good until the next time to eat. I love that it is happening this way! It is so easy to plan ahead and make sure I have fuelings ready to go - regardless if I'm home or if I'm out. This is probably my favorite thing about this program, that I don't have to think about eating or what to eat or prep hardly anything. It is so easy to follow and keep up with. 
  • I've talked to a lot of people about my journey. It's definitely out of my comfort zone, but I am just so excited about it, it's hard not to talk about it. People are starting to notice the physical changes - my face, my waist - but also I've had a few people say they can see it in my skin, and my energy. Those changes are more important to me than the physical ones. I feel healthy on the inside, so it radiates out of me. 
  • Drinking 64-100oz of water has been ZERO problem for me. I always drank a lot of water, so I'm tracking it now with my pitcher, but I easily drink it all every day. 
  • Non-scale victories
    • I've dropped down two sizes in jeans! 
    • I fasten my Apple Watch band on a smaller setting! 
    • My clothes are too big - I'm wearing clothes I haven't worn in years!
    • I don't have any interest in foods that I know will make me feel like crap!