Sweat and Smiles

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#sweatandsmiles

So the picture to the left was taken at a wedding almost two years ago. I will be the first to say that I knew I was heavy, but this picture screamed at me that I needed to start really making some changes. Over the next few months I started counting my calories and it wasn’t really doing much for me except making me more hungry, and keeping my weight at a consistent place. So I started looking into some gyms, and other workout options. I would also like to say that I am not a gym membership kind of girl. I don’t like them. I don’t like the equipment. I don’t like the atmosphere. I don’t like the idea of looking like an idiot in front of other people. They just aren’t for me. I’m not saying that they aren’t good for other people. If you are one who likes going to the gym and it works for you, great, more power to you! Do what works for you. But the thought of hopping on a treadmill bores me to tears.

All that being said I came across jazzercise. I will say it again, jazzercise. Yes like from the 80’s, except no leg warmers. The spandex has changed a bit too. Same neon colors, different style, more flattering. But hey, some of those 80’s spandex outfits were awesome! I have to say at first I was a bit skeptical. How can you lose any weight by just dancing around, and as I stated before I don’t like looking like a fool in front of strangers, so how could this possibly work for me?From the very first class I was hooked! The music was awesome, the ladies were super nice, and it works! I am not the most graceful jazzerciser but I do not feel like I am an idiot. Lot’s of flailing arms, think the chicken dance with one too many shots of tequila, and you might have a clear vision of what a typical class might look like for me. I go anywhere between 2-3 times a week. Saturday mornings are a push for me but I try my hardest to make it happen. I also pair my classes with counting calories on a phone app I have downloaded. There are several apps available for the smart phones, so if you are looking for one they are out there.

Flash forward to today and I can honestly say that I did get off track a little bit over the last few months. My hubby and I went camping in August last year and I think that was the beginning of the slide down for me. After we came back I was just lazy. Then October hit and we were busy with Halloween festivities (it is one of my favorites, a lot of planning goes into our costumes, and makeup, there will be a lot of posts to come about Halloween related things) and with Halloween comes Halloween candy and snacks. Homemade sweets are a weakness in our house. We also have our anniversary in October, which we usually plan a trip to Door County WI, one of our favorite places to be. If you get a chance you should look it up, it is beautiful and quaint, and there is a ton of cool stuff to do. Wine tastings, specialty shops, hiking, it seriously has a ton of things to offer. Then came Thanksgiving, I assume no explanation is necessary. My birthday is a couple of weeks after, and the we round the year out with the Christmas roast beast, and the New Years Eve feast with champagne! Needless to say, I got off track.

But it is a new year and I have gotten my momentum, and motivation back! That being said, I have started, or tried to start a new food regime as well. I have started to track the carbs I am eating. I am trying my hand at the KETO diet. I have to say it is not easy for me. If you diet and have some tips for me, please feel free to message me about them. I have to say I love carbs and this is a big transition. My husband and I also have started taking protein supplements. His job is very physical so he drinks a shake everyday with breakfast. I drink one on the days I work out. My fear is that I will start to look like the Govornator (Arnold) and I really don’t want that to happen. So far I can tell a big difference on the days that I drink a shake because I feel like I could fly around the world and conquer it all in one day.

My husband is supportive of all the lifestyle changes I have been making, and he is on board for a lot of them. He does not follow any kind of diet or exercise regime, and he continually loses weight. It is not fair. But he has made adjustments with a lot of things and we have our own little support system for each other. We do not eat a lot of take out. We make a lot of our own foods, like breads and trail mix and fruit leather, just to name a few. Part of our mantra is that if we make it, it doesn’t have the same processed junk in it that the big brands put into their foods. We don’t buy ready to make meals, and we have really started looking at food labels. Not that we understand everything that we are reading, but we do look for certain things. We are not gurus by any means, and we just do what works for us.

Before I started losing the weight I was not as happy with myself as I am today. The picture in the lower corner was taken today before I went to my jazzercise class. I like taking these pictures because I don’t see the progress I have been making. But the pictures I take I can see it! I hope that there is some sort of inspiration for somebody out there in this long drawn out story. I am a different person from the girl in the photo on the left. I am still a work in progress, but today I feel amazing and I can’t quit smiling!

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