I’m not going to sugar coat this, May was ridiculously challenging. Our family had an extremely busy schedule, add in some stress, and you get a tough month. If you missed my plan and how I got started in month one, definitely take a minute to read that. If I’m being real with myself, this was my worst month, which you can find out why below, but I’m still happy with how the process is going. Part of this journey for me is focusing on positivity and being present, instead of rushing through the process. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d love to snap my fingers and be skinny again, but I know it takes time to do it the right way.
Goal Check-In – How did I do?
- My first goal was to complete my May workout calendar, which you can find here. I am going to call this a success! I completed a month-long squat challenge, did arms and abs three times each week, 18 treadmill miles and LOTS of yoga! There were days that I didn’t fit in everything that I had planned, but I adjusted or made up for something I missed at a later time. Out of 31 days, I only had 3 days where I did not exercise. Considering how busy our May schedule was, I’m proud of myself for working hard. Just keep moving, even if you only have 10 minutes a day!
- My second goal was to have no indulgences, except for my birthday. Well, this is why it was my worst month, because I had way more indulgences than I planned or wanted to have. My planned birthday indulgence was delicious and not over-the-top. My husband took me to a restaurant, and I got to enjoy some of the delicious bread that they serve. I didn’t even eat cake around my birthday. BUT, towards the end of the month, things in my life felt very stressful. I resorted back to some of my bad habits of late night eating, including chips and other things that aren’t in my low carb plan. I’ve been easy on myself, recognizing that there will be bumps in the road. As soon as I hit this particular bump, I turned to my journal, wrote about it and regrouped. Accountability and kindness!
- My third goal was to continue eating very little dairy. Success! While I would not call myself completely dairy free, I have cut out most of it in my diet. I could see myself in the near future ruling out some of the hidden dairy in my diet and becoming completely dairy free.
- Fourth goal was to get into the 130s. SUCCESS! I did it. Seeing the numbers on the scale finally in the 130s has given me some of my hope back. While I’m still at the top end of the 130s, it’s motivation that this is working.
- Last goal was to enjoy the process. By setting this goal, I wanted to choose to be kinder to myself along this journey. I wanted to allow myself the ups and downs that come with this process, without all the negative self talk. I won’t be able to call this a success this month, because I was very hard on myself. With extra unplanned indulgences and lots of stress, it was a mentally challenging month. But, guess what? It’s June, and I’m ready to keep on keepin on!
Month 2 Update
The Successes – I know some successes are mentioned above, but each month there are bound to be other successes that come about, and I think it’s important to mention these too.
- Clothing!!! I think clothing will always be the best part of this journey. Especially because the scale doesn’t show all the facts, it’s only one piece of the puzzle. My mom and I went on a fun mother-daughter shopping trip for my birthday, and trying on clothes felt so good! I even squeezed into a pair of shorts that was a size 0!! I ended up getting the size 2, but that’s still a huge success for me. All in all I’m living in the XS/S size shirts and size 2-4 pants. Victory!
- Determination – While there were a lot of ups and even more downs this month, I’m still as determined as ever to keep up with this lifestyle and continue my weight loss journey. I keep reminding myself that it took five kids and two years to get to this point, it’s going to take time to get exactly where I want to be.
- Meditation – In the midst of some stressful moments, I decided to add some meditation into my life. I was inspired by Kate Hudson’s book, Pretty Happy, which I would recommend to anyone looking for a great book to get you heading in the right direction in life. I also downloaded the app Calm, and I try to spend 10 minutes a day meditating. It really has added to the whole life balance that I am trying to achieve.
- STRESS! As you read above, this month was challenging. I had days where I wanted to eat all the carbs and days where I didn’t want to work out at all. Stress can make a weight loss journey even harder. The stress level this month was through the roof. My kids are at a tough age where I feel like I don’t have a minute to myself, and on top of normal parenting stress, there were some added things that tried to throw off my balance.
- Unplanned indulgences – Up until this month, I have had such incredible willpower. This month, I did a few nights of emotional late night eating. I get very frustrated with myself when I cave in these moments. I am trying to be kind to myself, but I also know that I need to be strict with my eating habits as well.
The Goals for Next Month
- Yoga on the Beach! – My family is heading to the beach this summer, and it will be my youngest daughter’s first time on the beach! I started my yoga practice back in August 2015, and it’s been true love ever since. I can’t wait to do some of my favorite poses and flows on the beach!
- 20 miles – With the warmer weather, I’ve been putting in some of miles in the great outdoors and I’m loving it! I hope to have as many of these 20 miles happen outside, but if they can’t, the treadmill will do!
- Get Up Early to Workout – I’ve been fitting in my workouts when I can – naptime, bedtime, with the kiddos for a long walk, etc. I’ll be going back to teaching next Fall, and I want to start getting in the routine of getting up before everyone to fit in some meditation and yoga. This is a hard one, because I LOVE my precious sleep.
- Lose 2-3 lbs – Hoping to keep the momentum going! We shall see.
- Enjoy the process. I’ll keep this one for another month, maybe forever. I need to purposefully remind myself of this. Again, it took five years and two babies for me to get to this point, and so it’s going to take time to get to exactly where I want to be.
Month 4 was hard, but I’m ready for June! This month, I’m going to use an empty calendar to track my workouts. Also, follow my low carb Instagram account – I post daily, and it’s great for accountability, meal ideas and motivation!!