Day 3 & 4

  This will probably be a short post, but figured I should get into the habit of trying to do this for the duration. For me, I had two days off. Wednesdays and Thursdays seem to be my weekends. I'm not complaining, as I quite enjoy having days off together. 

  Yesterday was an extremely lazy day. Sometimes you need one. I worked on the Curvy Girl Complications Blog. I found out about benefits at work. But mostly, I just sat and relaxed and even took a nap. I also watched Harry Potter with a friend over Skype. It was a super fun experience.

  Today was more productive. I am housesitting. I had a meeting in the morning. Then went back to my apartment to snag laundry. I came back and took a small nap and then watched another Harry Potter after listing some items for sale on eBay. I'm sure you're wondering what all this has to do with doing a challenge.

  To be honest, it's about taking care of yourself. If you don't rest when you need it then you're preventing your body from fully doing the work it needs to do. If you don't listen and rest when you need it, you'll have a hard time achieving the goals you want. I'm feeling much more rested and relaxed and ready for the next week.

  I did do the meal prep that I needed to do. It was quite easy actually. Simply sliced the squash, zucchini and chicken sausage and stuck it in the oven for 15 mins. Then measured it out and now it's cooling. Fantastic. Well, I think it's bed time.

Day 1 & 2... yup, that's right, again

  The start of a new year and the start of a new 24-day Jumpstart. Yes it totally coincides with New Year's Resolution, but this isn't a resolution per say. It's a lifestyle. It's a choice. I knew the holidays were going to be challenging and that I would want to eat many yummy things. Working at a grocery store with yummy seasonal things doesn't help either. 

  As I've mentioned before things tend to be a snowball effect with me. If I get upset with myself then it tends to get worse. I tend to eat more and then gain more weight. I find that by just accepting that, for example, the holidays are going to have amazing food and knowing what those consequences are I do better. Then when I get back around to doing a challenge, I'm much more focused and ready to get back to work.

  Day 1 & 2 have gone well so far. Today was more difficult than yesterday. For product knowledge we often try out different things. For today it was a new dessert wine with chocolate cake. Couldn't help myself. I don't know that much about the wines so always helpful when I've tried something. 

  I honestly think that set off cravings and made the day more challenging to get through. I did make it through just fine and that was the only slip up. I also did grocery shopping to make food on my days off and prepare for the rest of the week. 

  I've included photos of my meal prep I did earlier this week, an example of a snack and my before photos. My awesome coach came up with the idea that the challenge should be called "Fit Back Into Your Jeans Challenge". I think it's great. We pick an item of clothing that we want to fit back into and that's our goal. I love my Spider-Man dress. I have yet to actually wear it out, but I want to feel more comfortable in it. 

  Can't wait to see the results and hopefully, finally wear my Spider-Man dress out somewhere. Bring on Day 3.

 

It's time for Day 1 & 2, again!

  So, my wonderful mentor posted that she wanted to do a Fit For The Fright Challenge. The name came from another group member, as it's in time to get us ready for our Halloween costumes. Seeing as how I've gained a little weight back, I didn't think this would be the worse of ideas.

  Of course, I have to start the challenge with a whopping cold. Oh goody. A bonus of having a cold is that I don't feel terribly hungry most of the time. I have a super crazy schedule so it's not exactly easy to get in the exercise I should be getting in.

  For example, yesterday, I was up at 7:30am, headed to job #1 from 10:30-2pm. Then I headed to my next job. The shift was from 3-11pm and then it takes a fair amount of time to get home on the bus. I didn't make it through the shift at my other job. I was already losing my voice and working the register it went completely. Then whenever I tried to talk, I would start coughing. Not a good thing to do when working the register. 

  I hate leaving work sick. I hate calling out. It's not something I want to do. Today, however, I chose to stay home and rest and try and get better. I'm feeling better, but my voice isn't back to 100%. Pending how I sound in the morning, I may be at home again tomorrow. I don't like that a bit, but luckily I have some sick time so I'm not losing money.

  I did well for Day 1 & Day 2. Being sick isn't easy. Keeping things spaced out when you're trying to sleep a lot, not super easy, but I've managed to do the best I can and not eat super unhealthy. I did have soup with some crackers today, but they were within my calorie range and they are actually "healthy" as soup and crackers go.

  The one thing that might not entirely be on target is all the tea with honey and throat lozenges that I have consumed. This is a necessity for being sick and I figure as long as I stick to plan and eat well otherwise it shouldn't affect me too much overall.

  For anyone curious, starting weight is 175.6lbs. Measurements are as follows: Chest 44in, Waist 33in, Hips 44.5 in, and Thighs 26.5in. I am not sure I have an ideal goal for the end of this. I just really want to get back into the habits that I was in and keep them going again. I feel that this will probably be an on going effort and cycle and I can live with that. 

  Last time, I used the paper journal they send with the challenge to document everything. It wasn't included in my order this time for some reason. I've been using the app and I have to say I find it severely lacking in user friendliness. I've been making notes of the issues and plan on seeing if there's someone to contact about it. Well, it's off to bed for more rest and will hopefully feel better in the morning. 

 

Wrap Up

  So, I figured since I posted my before and after photos that I should probably say something here. My challenge was over a few days ago. I haven't eaten perfectly since and I don't plan on being perfect all the time. I did gain about two pounds back by the end of the challenge due to being sick and stress. 

  I know you're probably sick of hearing me talk about my feminine times, but I don't think you can underestimate the effect that it can have on a woman's body. Stress has made my period come two weeks early. This in turn doesn't help with bloating and my mood. It's a huge struggle. Not working out didn't help either, but I started back up challenges yesterday. I will be starting my running again soon as well.

  My journey is far from over. Over the 24-days, I lost 5 lbs (gained 2 back) and lost about 5inches. I went from a 44in bust to a 42in. 31in waist to 30in. 44in hips to 43in. 25in thighs to 24.5in. I was extremely surprised with the change in measurements. I don't usually have changes in my hips and thighs. It was a pleasant surprise. I'm sure the working out on top of everything helped quite a lot.

  You can say it was me over the products, but honestly, its the combination. I couldn't have done this without my amazing mentor. I love you so much already. You have helped me more than you know and I can't wait to see what the future brings. The team I'm now a part of can only help me get further. The pills that help cravings and the energy to keep me going are the best. I'm not going to change what works.

  I have put my photos at the bottom. I'm hoping to see even more changes. It's not about the number on the scale for me. It's about how I feel and how comfortable I am. I am not quite where I want to be. It's a journey. I'm sure there will be more fluctuations, but that's a part of life and I'm not going to let it get me down. If you put your mind to it you can do anything. That doesn't make it easier, but you can do it.

 

Day 22

  Well, there's nothing terribly exciting to report about today. I slept for about 9 hours last night. Got up, was feeling better and headed over to work from 10am-6pm. I worked at the Demo Station and tried a little. There was a nice banquet put together in the break room and I had a piece of cheese and some meat to see if my stomach might be able to handle going back to my routine and the answer was a resounding no. (To clarify, I wasn't actually sick, but stomach wasn't happy.)

  My stomach is still not 100%, but fairly sure that's because stress levels haven't normalized and probably need more than one day on soup and crackers. I don't think soup and crackers will undo all my hard work, but if I don't listen to my body then it's just going to get worse. 

  So, with nothing special to report other than I had more soup and crackers and more relaxing and a full day of work, I'm off to bed for a new day of work tomorrow.