Thursday, November 5, 2015

Finding my groove again.

Somewhere between our move, the psycho months of Sep/Oct and many 12 hour work days, I lost my self control, and found about 9 pounds.

Yeah. I'm not very comfortable in these work pants today, but its my own fault. Slowly, but surely, I've eaten out way too much, over-indulged in the office treats, and loaded up on the sugary drinks. Oh, and did I mention I've only made time for about TWO workouts the past two months? It's pathetic, really. I know, I know, 'life happens, Kayla', but I've pretty much exhausted that excuse. It's time to get back into shape. I miss waking up before the sun to get my cardio in, and I miss how accomplished I felt after a great run. I forget what it feels like for my pants to actually button without a struggle, and I'm sick of feeling tired/groggy all the time. Not to mention, my face has been breaking out like crazy. I've got to make some changes!

I was scrolling through my (Motivation) Pinterest board yesterday and saw this and something really just clicked.

A huge thing for me is learning proper portion control. I suppose I KNOW what a "healthy portion" of something would be, but I tend to want to eat a lot of something when I like it, and then hate myself for it. So silly! I'm ready though. I'm ready to treat my body the way it truly deserves. Knowing that treats are okay, in moderation, and that exercise isn't a punishment, but a blessing. Something else Caleb and I have vowed to get better with - meal planning. I've asked you all for tips before so I'm revisiting those and we're going to come up with an action plan this weekend on lists/shopping dates. We can't wait!

So here are a few fitness related goals for what I'm calling "NO EXCUSE NOVEMBER":

1. Run 12 times. No mileage/etc. I'm easing back into this and don't want to get too crazy. I've already run twice, so we'll see what I can do!

2. Try Insanity again. Caleb bought it a few years ago and we did it together all the time during our engagement. I'm hoping for those days its too cold to run outside, I can pop that in the DVD player and knock it out!

3. Stop eating past 8pm. I think this is a huge part of my bad scheduling habits. Some nights, like last night, I don't get home until well after 7, which means I'm hungry pretty late. I keep eating after dinner, mindlessly, while I edit. It's awful! Time to change that habit!

4. The Squat Challenge. I'm starting today so I'm going to see how well I can do!!

5. Try a few new recipes for HEALTHY dinners. Now that life is slowing down (thank goodness, I need it!!!) I'm excited to become a little more handy in the kitchen department ;)

What are your November goals?! Looking forward to what this month has to offer!
In other news - WHO DEY!!!! Can't wait to watch those Bengals hit the field again tonight! 

19 comments:

  1. Good for you! I did that squat challenge last year. It kicked my butt and I was so glad when it was over! haha

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  2. I'm going to try the squat challenge! I am also tempted to try the 21 day challenge. One of my best friends did it and said it reinforce portion control for her.
    You can do this!

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  3. ok so i recently got the 21 day fix program- just the containers and works outs- no shakes. and it has rocked.my.world. makes portion control SO easy and quick. if you are at all interested in it i can't say enough good things about it. the work outs are awesome and only 30 minutes and it really opens your eyes to what the RIGHT amount of carbs/protein/veggies are.

    anyways- you go, girl! you can do it. :)

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  4. I love your November goals!!

    I began Couch to 10K on Monday. I also missed running. Also, started doing P90X3 with my neighbor again. 4 days in and I already feel better than I have in months!!

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  5. This is awesome, I sooooo need to do something like this! It get's even harder when it gets colder and darker and having a few goals I'm sure would help.

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  6. Everyone goes through different ups & downs. I usually end up gaining weight if I get on some crazy schedule, like going on vacation or something. I have just been sticking with running, because I like getting outside.

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  7. I struggle with portion control, too. Sometimes once I start I honestly feel like I CAN.NOT.STOP. Even if it's healthy, too much of it isn't good for us.

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  8. This is an awesome and inspiring list! I struggle with late night snacks and portion control too, and definitely need to reel that in. We had been doing much better with eating healthier dinners, but I feel like we've kind of reverted back to some old habits and I need to reel that in too. Get it gurlie, you've got this <3

    Green Fashionista

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  9. If I'm not careful then I will sit around and just munch on junk food. It's great when they bring in breakfast to work, but when they do it 2-3 times a week it KILLS me. So I am definitely with you there!

    LOVE your "No excuse November" goals!! That squat challenge looks great and painful all at the same time lol.
    You got it girl!!

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  10. I think I'll join you on this squat challenge. Here's to not dying, ha!

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  11. Learning portion control and what things are actually healthy was HUGE for me! I'm learning that there are seasons when we're going to be on our game and awesome about health and fitness and there are going to be seasons when we're not...but it is important to know when to get back into the groove again. I feel like health and fitness is a constant learning lesson! You've got this girl! We've got this. :)

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  12. I am in the SAME situation!! We have started meal planning this week and so far so good. I'm also trying not to snack - eating at meal time and that's it! My late night snacking was killing me! :)

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  13. I want to know how the Squat Challenge goes!

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  14. You got this, girl! I need to work on my eating, stat. I'm not working out like I'm training for a half Ironman anymore, but I'm still eating like I am! :X

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  15. I really like that motivation! You can do it girl ;)

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  16. Go, girl! #1 is a great idea - get out there a bunch of times, but don't put too much pressure on what it has to be. Probably the healthy way to ease in, plus the better psychological way so you don't just dread having to do a certain # of miles or whatever. And I need some work on #3 for sure. I'll have to join in here :)

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  17. girl i feel you. i was super lazy from july-mid sept and gained 10lbs. i have been exercising regularly(ish) and eating mostly healthy and have lost 5lbs so far, yay! i was on the heavier side (for me) when i gained it, so i still have a long way to go before my jeans are comfortable again, but once the ball is rolling, it's easier!
    i used to be a HUGE night snacker and i am not at all anymore. i mean, you can't help getting home late, but as for mindlessly snacking, i just don't go in the kitchen. if i do, it's to make a cup of tea or a hot cocoa. also, we keep zero junk in our house, so that helps.

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  18. Good for you! I'm fairly certain one squat would be it for me, then require me rolling over to get back up. Lol. Good Lord. Get on it little girl, you're a hard worker. Momma would be ecstatic to come over and help in the kitchen dept sometime 😍

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  19. I hear ya on all of this! I have been off my game for a while now and I don't really have a good reason for it. I've been thinking a lot about getting back in the game by going back to Body Pump at least once a week, putting that gym membership to good use so all of that equipment gets taken advantage of, and making an appointment with the personal trainer. Portion control is big struggle of mine as well. I like to just eat whatever and whenever and however much I want. It's terrible! I also struggle with having the self control to have just one treat and not turn it into a day's worth of them (or week!).

    Good for you for jumping back in with some new goals and not putting it off until the new year. Why not now, right? Let me know if you need an accountability buddy! :)

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