Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Eat It. Work It. Blog It. - Week 4

Good morning!  First I want to say thank-you so much for all your encouraging words last week regarding my frustrations at my tendency to overeat.  It was comforting to hear that other women have similar struggles but have overcome those issues and to find the encouragement I need to get things under control!  Sorry for my meltdown - I'm better this week - I promise!

Eat It.
Last week I took a hard look at the reasons why I tend to overeat.  As I said last Tuesday, there have been some things going on in my life that have caused anxiety and stress and I have been "eating my feelings" - but I think there are also other reasons that I've been struggling to maintain healthy eating habits: the main of which is poor planning.

Let's face it - eating healthy is not always easy.  If you are pressed for time, it's significantly easier (and usually cheaper) to run through a drive thru than to take the time to prepare a balanced meal.  Or if you haven't had time to run to the grocery store or meal plan, it's also very easy to order take out or pizza during the week.

I have found the lack of time and preparation to be a big hindrance in my success over the past few weeks.  I'm  working full time and taking graduate classes.  My gym is twenty-five minutes from my house and I go there five times a week.  I spend a great deal of time away from home.  So when I get home, the last thing I want to do is spend time in the kitchen cooking up some healthy meal.

So I have been thinking through the best way to meal plan, save time and eat healthy meals that are actually tasty (because who wants to eat bland chicken all the time!?!?)  I've got a few things that I'm trying this week and I'm looking forward to reporting back next Tuesday with any good tips I might have found!

Work It.
Another great week at CrossFit Charlotte.  My goal is to get five WOD's in each week.  I wasn't able to make it to the box Sunday or Monday - which means I went Tuesday-Saturday without a break.  Boy was I tired Saturday evening!  Plus I met a girlfriend Saturday afternoon for a four mile power walk on the green way.

Saturday morning's WOD was my by far my favorite.  We were split into teams and did body weight prowler pushes.  One person rode the prowler while your teammates pushes you 200 yards!  And of course Coach threw in some box jumps, kettle bell swings & medicine ball slams for extra fun!  :)

Love kettle bell swings!

Don't make fun of the face - the metal prowler on the concrete did not feel so great on my bumm!

Blog It.
I experienced a wonderful weight loss moment recently!

One of my closest friends is getting married in May and she has asked me to be a bride's maid.  I love the dress she has chosen for her bride's maids, but unfortunately we aren't able to try it on - we had to order it online.  I was really nervous.  Another bride's maid had ordered and received her dress and she told me the dresses were "true to size".  Which posed a problem.  I was almost positive I was between size XX and size X.  I was confident that by the wedding I would be able to fit into size X - but I was afraid that I wouldn't fit into size X today.  And what if I didn't lose the extra weight that I needed to lose?  But what if I ordered size XX and I lost the weight - the dress would be HUGE and I would have to spend a fortune having it altered.

So I contemplated which size to order for a few days and finally ordered the smaller of the two - size X.  I nervously waited for the dress to arrive so I could see exactly how much weight I would need to lose between now and May to fit into this dress.  When the dress arrived, I slipped into the dress and cautiously asked Steven to try and zip it up as far as he could.  

Imagine my surprise when it easily zipped all the way up!  I wanted to a do a little dance in my kitchen!!  I kept asking, "It zipped!?!?  It zipped!?!?!" To which my husband's bewildered response came, "Umm....isn't it supposed to zip??"  There are some things men will never understand.....

The dress fits perfectly.  I will definitely have to have the smaller size taken in when the wedding rolls around because I am *determined* to drop these last fifteen pounds between now and then!

I hope you all are having a great week and finding successes of your own in your journey to a healthy lifestyle!


Kelly said...

YAY for the dress fitting!!! I would have JUMPED FOR JOY :-D Just awesome, Amber! Keep up the good work!!

Cait said...

ahhh :) that's soooo great!! you're fabulous and HURRAY for dress fitting!!

Kelly said...

I'm so glad the dress will fit. Having size x taken in is less depressing than having size xx taken in isn't it?

Good luck getting that last 15 off, I know you can do it!

Kathryn said...

That's awesome! I hate ordering bridesmaid dresses, such a dilemma when you can't try one on!

Belle on Heels said...

good for you, lady!!! i'm feeling the same way about when my wedding dress arrives. i'm actually hoping to spend a fortune on alterations because it will mean i met my goals :)

Alisha said...

You CAN do this!! Just stick with it. I found Ashley @ The Shine Project, and she is an excellent motivator - check her out for some encouragement and inspiration - ashlemieux.blogspot.com!!

Christina said...

Yay! Isn't it exciting when that happens?? Good for you!

You'll be able to kick that last 15! You're determined and you want it!! Get it girlie!!

Jessica said...

You go girl!!! I'm so proud of you, especially with that crossfit stuff.

It's a great feeling to fit into clothes you weren't expecting too, that's motivation for me too. :)

Tiffany said...

yay! That dress fitting has got to be such a great feeling!!!

Oh and when it comes to meal planning, you could do a monthly cooking day where you cook a bunch of meals and freeze them. So all you have to do it warm them up. It's called Once a month cooking, I think there is a website about it out there!

Katie said...

Don't you love moments like that?! That is awesome. Way to go girl. Keep it up :)

Rhiannon Nicole said...

haha I love your hubbys reaction! Total guy response :)

Rissy said...

what a great moment! want to hear something not so fun...

I ordered a REALLY small dress for my brother's wedding... hoping my pseudo anorexia would kick in or something (kidding) which it did not.

I had to have a bigger size shipped to the wedding location, one day before the wedding! WOW! Not fun.

I can't believe you have been so successful as busy as you are! AMAZING! congrats girl

Rebekah said...

Thankfully, a couple things have helped me stop eating out. We live about half an hour away from all fast food and I'm trying to get us away from eating processed foods. Yay for the dress zipping! That is awesome!

Mateya said...

Love the pictures of you at Crossfit! :)

Please please share these easy/quick recipes when you are done trying them!

GO YOU!!!! That is so awesome to fit into the dress you didn't even think would zip!!

Kendra said...

SO excited for you.! I would have been going about like a crazy lady.!

Annie said...

what a fun workout!! so happy for you that the dress fit!! :) that's exciting hun!
you are on a roll girly, keep it up!

Karina said...

Fitting into a dress..what fabulous motivation, well done!! And an inspiration to the rest of us.

Tyly said...

Oh my gosh Amber, that is HUGE! The dress victory is wonderful. It's moments like that that make it all worth it. Aside from how great you are feeling emotionally about your strength and workouts, well now you have the physical evidence to show for it as well!!!

The Mrs. said...

Congratulations on the dress fitting! That is always a great feeling!!! I was in between sizes for my wedding dress, I ended up ordering the smaller size and am SO worried. I really need to get my butt in gear, the less alterations the happier I will be (especially since it may not be here before we move). :S

I'm glad that you're having a better week!

Megan said...

Yay for the dress fitting!! That is SO exciting!!!!! : ) I love moments like that! I did the same thing for my wedding dress. I measured for one size, but ordered the size smaller! It was really scary, but I'm so glad that I did!

Crystal said...

Yay for the dress fitting! :) Keep up the good work!

Holley said...

I'm stopping by from synfully delicious, and was pleasantly surprised by the awesomeness of your blog.
Congrats on the dress fitting!!
~newest follower,

Kristin said...

Wow....You aren't kidding about working out! That looks awesome!

Neely said...

You are awesome! Great job girl!

Mrs. Nelson said...

You go girl! :) I know the feeling! I want your motivation! Send it to me please? ;)

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