Hello from the other side…

Hey! Here we go again! This time I’m committing to write at minimum 2 times a week. 

As some of you know, last month I broke down and went to see a doctor for my weight struggles. Let’s face it – the struggle is REAL! My first visit was Feb 3 and my second was March 2. I’ve lost 2.8lbs in that time frame (nothing life changing). 

So I was able to finally see the nutritionist, too. She is fantastic. We compiled a plan. I think it’s been great so far. Here’s kind of an insight into it.   

 I am super excited for this endeavor. I am also taking daily protein shakes. I was always hesitant about them because of flavor. The one I got it incredible even if it’s mixed just with water. You can mix it with unsweetened almond milk as well. I like it that way, too. Here’s some info on it.

  
 Went back to pickleball last night. Felt great to move again! I can honesty tell you that by having the shake after playing last night, I woke up not being stiff, no sore muscles, and no adverse effects! They have it in chocolate, too. I may get that at some point. This really does taste like cupcakes. It’s delectable.

Homeownership has been great these last two weeks. We very much love our home. It’s great to be able to do what we want and change things to make it ours. Here are some pictures. Ignore the boxes and clutter, we are still unpacking. 

  

    
 
Well friends, we will talk soon!

-K

Another hiccup!

Well, hi again! Sorry for this delay. Yet again. Keith and I are busy packing up our townhouse and we joined our church choir so we’ve had rehearsals.

Oh, so yes, packing up our townhouse – that’s because we’re moving on Saturday, February 20 into our first home! YAY!!!! It’s very exciting and has been extremely stressful. We were originally supposed to settle on Monday, February 15, but that’s Presidents Day so the banks aren’t open which means we had to change the date to the 16th. Delayed our plans by a day, but it’s alright. Just frustrating.

Workouts
I have been really trying again to get into the swing of things with working out. I can’t just do pickleball, even though I love it. I need cardio and strength training in there. So, I am opening this up to my followers again – join me at the gym and we can work out together, train together, get fit together, and most importantly, SUPPORT/MOTIVATE one another. We can do this from afar, too. Daily check-ins (text/email) with each other. If this is something you want to do – lets do it! Comment in the section below. I look forward to hearing from you!

Cut the crap! 
I really need to curtail eating out. For the last two weeks, breakfast and lunch have been eaten out every single day. This has got to stop. Not only does it cost too much when I have food at home, it’s also completely unhealthy and not getting me anywhere. I have no time in the morning to make my lunch and breakfast. I should be prepping the night before since it’s such an issue, but my evenings are packed and then when I do get home, I end up being too tired to do anything except go to bed – which shouldn’t be an excuse when it comes to your health.

New Doctor 
Last week I broke down and went to see a new doctor about my weight. I hate how the first thing they assume is that you’re there for “surgery.” I am not and was not. I’m not taking that route. Give me a plan, give me guidance, and I’ll run with it. So this was a “new patient visit.” That was a waste of my co-pay and time. Basically turned into “this is what we’re about and how we do it, here’s a binder bring it to every visit and we’ll add to it.” Well, everything that was in the binder already was about the types of surgeries they do. I DON’T WANT TO HAVE SURGERY! So, I am willing to give them another shot for the next visit and see how that works out. That visit will be broken up over two visits – March 2 with the doctor and March 9 with the nutritionist/therapist. So I will remain optimistic about this.

Diet Plans
So what all have you tried? I have tried an array of things since I can remember. At one point in my life, I tried Weight Watchers (points). I grew bored and stopped shortly after starting it. I tried Slim Fast replacement drinks for a few months, but never found that filling. Atkins tasted like cardboard – so that was extremely short lived. Then I did Sensa before our wedding. I lost 30 pounds on that over the course of like 3-4 months and felt like I could really do it without tricking my mind into shaking stuff onto my food, but that proved to be wrong. Once I had my first endo surgery (May 2014) all of that weight I lost came back. I haven’t gained any since then which is great, but I also keep hanging on to 3 pounds. I loose them and gain them back, etc. It’s a frustrating experience. What has worked for you? I get tired of hearing from people who follow me on Instagram about It Works! It’s annoying and I’m really not looking for that stuff. I end up ignoring most of it. It seems more and more people keep pushing this stuff on me. I don’t know if they’re just being pushy or if they need to meet their quota for the month and think – “oh, she’s fat/overweight, it’ll be an easy order/sale.” Sorry, nope. Not happening.

I am going to try something a friend from high school sent to me.
450 calories for breakfast, 200 calories for snack, 500 calories for lunch, 200 calories for snack, 500 calories for dinner, 150 calories for snack. However, this is a 2,000 calorie intake where I try to stick around 1,750. My plan would be to do 450 breakfast, 200 snack, 500 lunch, 500 dinner, and 100 snack. Anyone want to do this with me? I have a guide he sent me and it’s really mostly everything I already like/eat.

We can do this folks! I believe that I am not destined to be overweight for the rest of my life. I have so many things I want to… no, I have to do in my life. I hope you’re all well!!

Much love,
~K

via Kristin’s Melt Away.

Hiatus

Yikes! Sorry about that. Hubs and I have been rather busy the last few weeks, writing got away from me. In addition, classes started back up, too. And I’m really trying to focus on that again and get my ass in gear! 

So we had a great blizzard over the weekend – and I don’t mean my cat. Progress pics below. 


Got some new work out pants!!!! They’re super fun!   
 

Day 15/365

Hey y’all. Thought I’d stop by here and post a quickie. Doing a series at the gym called The 5 Day Treadmill Challenge. Last night was day 1. I’ll finish up on Monday night! Yahoooo!!! This is my first medal of 2016! Planning on once a month. 

  
   
Is there anything you want to see me start posting? I want to make y’all happy, too! And to come back for me! We can do this together! 

See you later.

-K

Day 4 / 365

Good evening fellow melters… Like that there? Yep. That’ll work. So, I feel like death knocked on my door much of today, but I pulled through. Still feeling a bit disoriented. I’ll take something here shortly. Worked today. Today was also the first day of classes. Taking 2 classes – Crisis Communications (will help in my core classes for graduation) and also History of Jazz (elective). Had to watch a video about the Delta Blues (called The Land Where Blues Began).. um yeah… I feel slightly less educated now that I’ve watched that because, 1) I couldn’t understand half of it, 2) where the hell was I, 3) I felt like I needed to be high to get it, and 4) what just happened? So while listening to it, I did activities in a friggen coloring book that didn’t take too much of effort to pull me completely away from the video.

Dinner was tastey
Tonight for dinner I made orange rice and also scallops. It was delicious. I have left overs for lunch sans the scallops. I didn’t get many scallops because I’m the only one who eats them. I think Keith would be less than thrilled if he had to eat them. It’s a texture thing for him.

So I didn’t end up going to the gym tonight because of how I was feeling. Keith, Ashley and I will be hitting that up tomorrow night. Cardio night!! Yahooooo!! Hoping it won’t be too full, but because all of the resolutionaries want to get fit, they’ll be there, too. Once March hits, I fathom most of them will dwindle away again.

Seuss Says
I was given a quote today from a stupid Facebook “quiz.” It said, “today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” ~Dr. Seuss. How incredibly true is that?!? Seussisms are incredible and I highly agree with this one. You are the only you there is and no one else can be you no matter how hard  they try. Continue to be you and be the best YOU that YOU ARE!

What’s new with you? 
So, I realized that I really need to pull myself away from the downstairs when doing schoolwork. I need to be seated at our desk and focus solely on the task at hand. I used to do this all time when we lived in Ephrata – well at least at one of the apartments, then we had issues with heat and tried  to keep the heat in one area, so I stayed in the living room to do homework and it’s been a BAD trend every since. Tonight was the first time in 3ish, maybe 4, years that I’ve sat at the desk to do something other than crafting something small. It was needed. I think if I leave my laptop at the desk, it’ll be a requirement. That’ll be that.
What daunting tasks do you deal with that are hard to break, bad habits? What have you done to overcome them? What have you tried that hasn’t worked? I’d love to hear your feedback.

Until next time…

~K

Day 3 of 365

Happy Sunday! Today originally seemed like it was going to just be a relaxing day. Keith and I went to church. Today was my first day running the visualization during the traditional service. It was great fun! It was also the first Holy Communion of 2016. Afterwards we went grocery shopping and then headed to see Star Wars for the second time. Lunch followed and then I dyed my hair. Spur of the moment decision to go play Pickleball, too.

I got my 10,000 steps in today!!! Yay me!!!! Starting 2016 off correct!  

Tomorrow and Tuesday night are cardio nights. I start classes tomorrow, too, so I have to dedicate time to that as well because I need to make goals and complete them! I can do it!!!  

Well that’s all for tonight. Peace, love and God!

-K