The Great Outdoors

After spending a few days feeling rundown and uninspired, I was glad to wake up Saturday morning with a spring back in my step. 

Despite not being back to 100%, I went outside to do some landscaping. The backyard needed some new rocks for the planters, so with the sky clear and the sun blazing, I decided it was as good a day as any to get some much needed fresh air.

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There Were Calories Aplenty… And Cheesecake.

Hi, guys! A most happy Monday to you all. I hope you had a great weekend. 

If you’re a mom, happy belated Mother’s Day! And if not, I hope the special women in your life who are mothers had a beautiful Mother’s Day as well.

As for my mom, she says she had a lovely weekend. I too had an enjoyable weekend, but since I didn’t post, there’s plenty to get you caught up on.

My family and I celebrated Mother’s Day on Saturday in order to avoid the crowds on the actual day. The Cheesecake Factory was my mom’s restaurant of choice, so The Cheesecake Factory is what we had. 

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Hello, Dance Class! It’s Been A Minute.

Why, oh why isn’t working out like riding a bike? You know, just hop on and go like you never stopped riding in the first place?

It’s been at least two weeks since I last joined my online dance cardio class, and judging by the way it went, it’s been entirely too long.

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Weight Loss: When You’ve Already Been There And Done That, But It Hasn’t Worked.

Like many things worth achieving in life, losing weight takes dedication, patience, and consistency. You must continually work on your weaknesses and bad habits, all while keeping yourself motivated enough to not give up when things get tough.

It is so important to stay positive throughout the duration of your weight loss journey, but sometimes, this is much easier said than done.

If you are like me and have struggled to lose weight time and time again, it can be so hard to start over. However, this can apply to repeated attempts to reach any goal, not just weight loss.

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Jack & Jill

Jack and Jill went up the hill…

…but today, I didn’t. 

And from the looks of it, I won’t be climbing any hills for awhile.

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In Over My Head.

This weight loss journey often has me wondering, “What am I even doing?”

You try to move more and sit less.

You eat more of the “right” foods whilst pretending that you don’t want the “wrong” ones.

Then you wait for the results.

And you wait.

And you wait.

And… you wait some more. 😴 ⏰

Boo!! LOL.

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I Could Hardly Breathe– It Was Awesome!

From time to time, it can be nice to take a stroll down memory lane. It allows you to recount happy memories, learn from past mistakes, and look at your current position in life through a totally different lens.

Lately, I have been spending quite a bit of time trying to remember my past successes in weight loss. I’m not even going to lie though– I haven’t always lost weight the healthy or “right” way. There are definitely things I’ve previously tried that yielded the results I’m currently aiming for, but these are not methods that I’m willing to try again. After all, if they had actually been healthy and sustainable, I wouldn’t be in this position right now.

Mistakes aside, there have been many weight loss tools and tricks that were healthy, effective, and worth repeating. Now it is simply a matter of remembering what those specific things might have been. 🤔

Today, I am going to share one of my all-time favorite workout series and fill you in on how yesterday’s happy reunion actually panned out.

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Doin’ It For: The French Riviera

For some, the road to weight loss can be a long and bumpy one.

*Raises hand*

Committing to your long-term goals, whatever they may be, can require a significant amount of focus, determination, and resilience. When the going gets tough and you start to question how you’ve found yourself where you are, it’s extremely important to keep in mind all of the reasons you wish to pursue the goal you’re chasing.

For me, it is a daily necessity to use my intended future life as a source of motivation and inspiration. Opposed to focusing on my present situation and weight (which isn’t going to drastically change anytime soon), I try my very best to regularly use my imagination as a weight loss tool.

Each and every day, I call to mind all of the things I plan to do and all of the things that will change for the better once I reach my goal weight. This practice has helped me immeasurably, so from time to time, I would like to share the dreams that help keep me on track.

One of the major things I want to treat myself to once I reach my goal weight is a trip to the French Riviera. 🇫🇷 🌊 🛥

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Spilling The Tea: Will Ginger Tea Really Help Me Lose Weight?

While I actually love iced tea in all of its different flavors, hot tea has never been my favorite. Perhaps this is due to all of the times my mother thrust it upon me as a kid. 😝

Anytime I so much as sniffled or sneezed, here she’d come with a piping hot mug of black or green tea. Sometimes it’d have honey in it and other times it’d have lemon, but each and every time I was presented with hot tea, I wouldn’t want to drink it. 

As an adult, I’ve tried to expand my horizons and explore ways to enjoy tea more regularly. Upon investigating new and unique teas from around the world, I learned that many of them not only have interesting flavors, but are said to provide distinct health benefits as well. 

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