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Friday, January 1, 2021

Goals and Resolutions

I'm not much for resolutions, but today - for the first time ever - I wrote down goals for myself for January, and for all of 2021 (all related to my health, my finances, and travel goals post-pandemic). I also balanced my bank account, organized my planner (ha!), and made a list of things I need to do every day to stay on top of things and be productive. 

Are you a resolutions person? Do you set goals for yourself? Do you write them down? How do you stay organized in life?



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!



Monday, December 21, 2020

Optavia Week 10 Weigh-In - 12/21/20

I don't know if I've mentioned it recently, but I LOVE THIS PROGRAM. I love that I don't feel hungry. I love that I'm learning new habits about food. I love that I FEEL SO GOOD. I love that I'm sleeping well. I love that I'm fitting into clothes I haven't worn in years. In fact, those clothes I was excited about fitting into last week, are almost too big already. WHAT?!

If you had told me back in October when I was starting this program, that I'd be on track to lose 40 pounds by the end of December, I would have laughed you right out of the room. If you had told me I'd lose 38.3 pounds in ten weeks, I would have laughed even harder. It seems surreal. It feels like I should be working hard to lose weight and get healthy, and it should be consuming my thoughts, but it's not. It's just...normal. This program is just part of my life, and even though I know it is temporary until I reach transition and maintenance, it isn't stressful or all-consuming. 

I had a little bit of a weird week. I was hungry for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday last week - which is odd, because I haven't been hungry since my first week on Optavia. I think it had something to do with my hormones. I talked to my coach, added in a little bit of extra protein and healthy fat, and after three days I was back to feeling like I usually do. I suspect something somehow kicked me out of Fat-Burn (even though I still lost weight this week), which is odd because I weigh all my food and follow the program exactly, but I guess strange things can happen when hormones go wacky. 

With the holidays coming, it has been a huge temptation to eat the sweets and cookies we are constantly baking in my house, but I keep asking myself - what do I want more - a cookie that I know what it tastes like (and honestly it probably doesn't even taste that great now that my taste buds have adjusted to the low-glycemic foods on Optavia), or to keep on feeling good? When I ask myself that question, the answer is easy - I want to keep on feeling good. I know what those cookies taste like. I don't need them right now. I can have them next time if I want to, but right now I am choosing MYSELF over the cookies. 







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


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

A chart of my health and weight

I started tracking my weight using an app about 4 years ago. I didn't even own a scale before that, because I didn't care about weight, I cared about how I felt, and how my clothes fit. This is still true for me today. Being healthy is my goal. The weight is a side-effect of the health. I care more about my overall health and how I feel, than a number on a scale. Today, I looked at my overall graph of my weight (which, to me, indicates my overall health), and I realized I am at the lowest point I've been since I started tracking in early 2017. That was about the time I started really addressing my health and being conscious of what foods I was eating and how they affected me. I've said elsewhere on this blog how I was gaining and losing the same weight, sometimes in very short amounts of time, and I felt bloated, inflamed, and like my body was irritated with me. The ups and downs in this graph definitely reflect the ups and downs in my overall health. 

LOOK AT THIS GRAPH THOUGH. 

What even is this almost straight down line since October 12, 2020? Holy cow! I almost can't believe that's the difference this program has made on my health. That green arrow is where I am today, and it's lower than any other dip on that graph. 



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

Saturday, December 12, 2020

I lost 35 pounds on Optavia 5&1!

Let me be completely honest. When I started this program, I didn't know what exactly I was getting into, I just knew that I needed to do something. I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I was never feeling rested. I had all the tools to eat healthy, but I didn't know how to use them. I was skipping meals because I was too busy to stop and eat, and then overeating when I did eat. I was snacking on stuff I didn't actually want to eat because it was quick. I had days I felt OK but I never really felt GREAT. I really wanted to lose 20 pounds so I'd fit in my clothes better and because I knew I'd feel better with that extra weight gone. 20 pounds was my goal. I told my coach that number, and she said, well what's your BIG GOAL? And I was like, I dunno, maybe 50 or 60 (all while thinking to myself, yeah right!). I never actually thought I'd lose that much. I thought a healthy weight and healthy BMI was something that was not possible for me to achieve. I'm still not quite there, but now I not only feel like I CAN get there,  I know I WILL get there. 


Today I crossed the 35 pound weight loss mark (and hit 35.5 pounds lost - in just over 8 weeks!). I have a confession - I set my big goal in my Happy Scale app at 70 pounds - that seemed like such a huge goal at the time, but the app breaks it down into smaller goals. I split my big goal (70 pounds!) into 20 smaller goals. Today I crossed the halfway point in my journey. I've met 10 of my 20 smaller goals. I want to shout it out - I have lost over 35 pounds! I have lost over half of my BIG goal, the goal I didn't think I would ever even come close to achieving. I am just over 50% of the way there. 

I am so glad I CHOSE ME. I'm giving myself the gift of health, and that's pretty darn awesome. And you know what? I feel GREAT. Not just good, not just okay, but GREAT. 







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. 

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving and Optavia

 I love cooking and baking. I love it so much, I spent the day baking five pies, cooking different side dishes, and enjoying being in the kitchen. 

I know there are tons of ways to create Optavia-compliant holiday meals and side dishes. Several are listed here. I just don't have the same sentimental attachment to holiday foods that a lot of people seem to have. As a kid, I would only eat mashed potatoes (no gravy) and pumpkin pie. 

I know a lot of people make the conscious choice to go off-plan for the holidays, to splurge a little bit, or take small tastes of foods that they would normally not eat while following Optavia. All of that is fine, especially when it is an intentional decision. 

I chose to remain on plan today. I didn't even lick my fingers (well, there's COVID to thank for that restraint also!) but I did not have a single lick or taste or bite of something that wasn't one of my Fuelings or my Lean and Green. Honestly, I didn't even really consider not staying on plan. Turkey doesn't like me, and I prefer to not feel like crap from eating foods that don't like my body. 

What did I make? 

My daughter and I made vegetable quiche for breakfast. She is dairy free, so everything we made today is dairy-free. 

We made a loaf of bread.

We made FIVE pies - three pumpkin pies, one apple crumb pie, and one pecan pie. (We have 4.5 pies leftover)

We made sweet potato casserole, and garlic mashed potatoes. 

We made bacon-wrapped scallops. 

We made candied pecans. 

There was stuffing, and turkey, and cranberry sauce, and rolls, and deviled eggs. 

There was a lot of food here. I'm sure all of it tasted delicious. We have a lot of leftovers (apparently I don't know how to cook for just my family - we could have easily fed 15 people with the food we have). 


So what did I eat?

I made myself a salad, with avocado and seared scallops and a drizzle of Walden Farms French dressing. 


And you know what? Scallops with salad and avocado is one of my all-time favorite meals, and I was perfectly happy and content to eat it today. It was delicious! 


I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving meals!


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!