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Morning everyone! Its finally Thursday which means one more workday and it will be the weekend! I have news! I have joined Weight Watchers! My momma, who is overweight as well, wanted a buddy to join with her so Matthew and I decided that the 3 of us would be each others support team for WW. I have had experience with them before and I love their community! They are all so willing to talk to you and to help with any stumbles or rough spots! A support team is key and it can be made of virtual friends or ones just around the corner from you :-). So today was my first day tracking with them, and I will admit that in the past I have been horrible about tracking things that would make my points way over. I’m not sure why I would do that, but the only person I am lying to is myself in that case and no matter how many things I don’t track, my non-weight loss still shows. So I am set on track every damn bite, good or bad, that goes in my mouth. I have started out pretty good. I had packed my breakfast and lunch for work today. I am here for 9 hours a day so I have to have both and some healthy snacks to make it through the day without starving and then over eating for dinner.

As far as workout are concerned, I can move without being in pain and in an effort to keep moving, Matthew and I are going to take the dogs on a walk tonight and possibly play a dancing video game so at least its fun and not painful at the time lol. I am getting nervous because I have scheduled my first wedding dress appointments and my biggest fear is that I won’t find something I like because of my weight. I cannot imagine the horrible feelings I will have if that happens. Of course all of this is causing gigantic amounts of stress and I am trying my hardest not to give in to my stress eating habits and throw myself completely off course which would only make trying on dresses worse…..what a horrible cycle!

On another note I am a sucker for potato soup and I made a huge big bunch of it last night. I don’t make it with half and half or some other nonsense either….I make it with heavy cream and cheese, bacon and sour cream…..so not exactly an awesomely healthy or even remotely healthy meal…and I don’t add veggies to mine either….So anyways, we had it for dinner last night since it is absolutely freezing here in Ohio, our only saving grace is there isn’t much snow. While this soup is completely not good for us, I also brought some for lunch today. I entered it into my tracker and I only have 1 cup of it and it didn’t even send me over my points for today which was a miracle. I do have a moral to this story! PORTION CONTROL!!! This is a key part of WW and seriously, it works! Eat what you want just don’t eat more than a REAL serving, not and AMERICAN SERVING. And you know what I am talking about, you go to resturant and the bring you your food and its enough for like 3 people and yet we sit down and eat all of it, plus the salad, which isn’t good either because of all the dressing and add-ons, and the appetizers that are normally fried! Seriously, how do we as Americans not know why we are overweight? Anyways, just eat half or in some cases a quarter of what they bring you at a resturant. Use a vinegrette for your salad, or get regular dressing on the side and use only half of what they bring you. Skip the app too. You don’t need it and you know it! If you are like me, you take the food home and then a week later throw it away anyways. As Americans, we are taught as kids to clean our plates because there are people starving. Well send food to the food pantry if it makes you feel better but QUIT EATING when you are FULL whether your plate is clean or not! Its as simple as that! Drink water between bites, trust me this helps. Most people don’t drink enough water anyways so just do it! Things like parking farther away, at a resturant or otherwise can make a huge difference as well. You don’t have to have a huge, intense workout to burn calories. Save those kinds for when you become a professional athlete and can eat like one because your metabolism burns so many calories. For us normal people just moving more would benefit us tremendously! Like walking, its not some hour long, kill yourself workout, but it helps your posture and gets your heart rate up even if it doesn’t feel like its gonna bust out of your chest. Plus, you can hold your honey’s hand while doing it 🙂 lol. Sorry for the mushiness haha! For me and Matthew, it gives us a chance to let our puppies exercise too and as little dogs, they have to stay at a healthy weight because being overweight is extremely hard on their little bodies!

So after all this ranting and raving, the point is you can do sooooo many little things that will help more than the big things in your journey to lose weight. Focus on the journey not the results. That is something even I have to remember daily. Thinking about the results can discourage you because you don’t believe it is here fast enough. Its gonna take time and thinking that you are going to slow can completely derail you and you give up! You don’t want that! I don’t want that! I want to make this a complete life change, not just something that gets me to a healthy weight just so I can gain it back. I want to be healthy with my future husband and I want us to raise healthy children so they don’t ever have to struggle like Matt and I are.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thursday!!!