Friday, July 31, 2009

After week 1..
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lbs lost this week: 4! :)
lbs lost to date: 4
current weight: 245 lbs

I didn't feel like I had lost annnnyyyy really, so I'm REALLLYYY excited to have lost 4 :). I know that it wont always be so much in one week, but I wont give up.. !

Better Yourself Tip

BYT #3: Standing is better than sitting, walking is better than standing.

I Try to Remember

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

1. Everybody Doesn't Have to Love Me
Not everybody has to love me or even like me. I don't necessarily like everybody I know, so why should everybody else like me? I enjoy being liked and being loved, but if somebody doesn't like me, I will still be okay and still feel like I am an okay person. I cannot make somebody like me, any more that someone can get me to like them. I don't need approval all the time. If someone does not approve of me, I will still be okay.

2. It Is Okay to Make Mistakes
Making mistakes is something we all do, and I am still a fine a worthwhile person when I make them. There is no reason for me to get upset when I make a mistake. I am trying, and if I make a mistake, I am going to continue trying. I can handle making a mistake. It is okay for other to make mistakes, too. I will accept mistakes in myself and also mistakes that others make.

3. Other People Are Okay and I Am Okay
People who do things I don't like are not necessarily bad people. They should not necessarily be punished just because I don't like what they do or did. There is no reason why other people should be the way I want them to be, and there is no reason why I should be the way somebody else wants me to be. People will be whatever they want to be, and I will be whatever I want to be. I cannot control other people or change them. They are who they are; we all deserve basic respect.

4. I Don't Have to Control Things
I will survive if things are different than what I want them to be. I can accept things the way they are, accept people the way they are, and accept myself the way I am. There is no reason to get upset if I can't change things to fit my idea of how they ought to be. There is no reason why I should have to like everything. Even if I don't like it, I can live with it.

5. I Am Responsible for My Day
I am responsible for how I feel and what I do. Nobody can make me feel anything. If I have a rotten day, I am the one who allowed it to be that way. If I have a great day, I am they one who deserves credit for being positive. It is not the responsibility of other people to change so that I can feel better. I am the one who is in charge of my life.

6. I Can Handle It When Things Go Wrong
I don't need to watch out for things to go wrong. Things usually go just fine, and when they don't, I can handle it. I don't have to waste my energy worrying. The sky won't fall in; things will be okay.

7. It Is Important to Try
I can. Even though I may be faced with difficult tasks, it is better to try that to avoid them. Avoiding a task does not give me any opportunities for success or joy, but trying does. Things worth having are worth the effort. I might not be able to do everything, but I can do something.

8. I Am Capable
I don't need someone else to take care of my problems. I am capable. I can take care of myself. I can make decisions for myself. I can thing for myself. I don't have to depend on somebody else to take care of me.

9. I Can Change
I don't have to be a certain way because of what has happened in the past. Every day is a new day. It's silly to think I can't help being the way I am. Of course I can. I can change.

10. Other People Are Capable
I can't solve other people's problems for them. I don't have to take on other people's problems as if they were my own. I don't need to change other people for fix up their lives. They are capable and can take care of themselves, and can solve their own problems. I can care and be of some help, but I can't do everything for them.

11. I Can Be Flexible
There is more than one way to do something. More than one person has had good ideas that will work. There is no one and only "best" way. Everybody has ideas that are worthwhile. Some may make more sense to me than others, but everyone's ideas are worthwhile, and everyone has something worthwhile to contribute.

Author Unknown
Submitted to Chicken Soup for the
Teenage Soul
by Allison Stevenson

All sore & Blistered up

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My inner thighs and upper abs are SOOO sore! And while walking today, I developed a nickel-sized blister on the back of my right foot, ha! Ya gotta get through the storm to see the rainbow!


Laughter is the best medicine, & it also works your abs :).

Workout DVDs

For the past week I've been focusing A LOT on staying active.. I try to do SOME kind of exercise every day. I wanted to share with you 2 workout DVDs that I've been doing.. I think you might enjoy trying them out!

-Biggest Loser Workout 2-
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This DVD has different segments ranging in time from 5 to 15 minutes. You can add and remove segments from the workout that you want to do that day, and change it up everyday if you'd like. I REALLY love it. It gets me sweating and, of course, the BL trainers get me going!

-Tony Horton's Power Half Hour-
Basically, it's 30 minute segments that target different areas of your body - arms, thighs, butt, abs - and a stretch segment. I did the ab one today.. Talk about intense! I can't do everything that Tony does.. but at least I'm moving, right?! Ha.

Have any of you tried either of these? What did you think?

Always, BB.

Better Yourself Tip

Monday, July 27, 2009

BYT #2: Drink lots and lots of water. You'll lose pounds just by cutting out sugary drinks!

My "diet"

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Hey! Today I wanted to write to you guys about food... UUGGHHH!! ha. Seriously though, food is my best friend/worst enemy. And in the past it's been really hard for me to make healthy choices and especially eat in the right proportions. So, I'm focusing on one thing at a time. Right now: proportions. Eating too much, even of a good thing, can be bad. And I'm excited to tell you that last night I WON one battle in this weight loss war: I skipped having seconds at dinner, and only ate half of the lasagna that was on my plate! :)

Now, I know what you're probably thinking - lasagna :/?? I've decided that I will not refuse myself any food. If my boyfriend cooks lasagna for dinner, I'll have lasagna. No point in nibbling on grapes and making myself miserable! I think the key is not eating so much that I feel overstuffed. I've been trying to eat slower and really focus on how much I'm putting in my mouth and when I'm satisfied (not STUFFED!).

I do try to make healthier choices, however. Like.. I've been eating more salads and fruits and less fast food. And I eat at least 2 hours before bed.. and I don't snack before I go to sleep - 2 things that have been a HUGE problem for me in the past. I'm hoping the small choices and changes I make everyday will help me be successful in the end.

I'll be posting some healthy recipes for us both to try out soon.. Check back!

Thanks for listening,

My Goals

Sunday, July 26, 2009

I just finished a short at-home work out and it feels pretty good! When I work out earlier in the day I feel like it makes me more inclined to make smarter choices throughout the day, whether it be with meals or activity. One thing that's new for me is the problem I had with my knees during squats.. & they still feel weird! Idk. Hopefully they'll get better as I lose those extra pounds!

Setting goals can be a crucial part to losing weight. I mean, I know most of us are headed for Skinny, but setting specific goals will help keep us motivated! I wanted to let you guys in on what goals I've set for myself. As you can see in my before pictures (you can look at them here), my problem areas are, well everywhere. But my focus areas are my stomach, sides, arms, and face. I'm most uncomfortable with those parts of my body, and I figure everything else will come along with it. Over the next year I'd like to lose 100 pounds, which will put me at about 150 lbs & a BMI (Body Mass Index - you can calculate yours here) of 22.8, which is calculates a healthy weight for my height (5'8"). Right now my BMI is a 37.9 - scary! :/

Setting short term goals is a little more nerve racking for me. I'm scared that I wont reach them and it will cause me to give up or lose hope. But I really want to put my all into losing all this baggage and I'm trying my best to keep my head up! So, by the end of August, I'd like to have lost 15 pounds. You guys & girls gotta keep on me about it!

Well, I guess thats all for today. What are your short & long-term goals?

Keep losing!,

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Better Yourself Tip [keep an eye out for more!]

BYT #1: Work out in the morning - it will get your metabolism going for the day and start your mind off on a positive note!

quick update

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The weekend's over for us and my boyfriend and I are relaxing at home :). Tomorrow I'm working out with my little sister I think. I'm ready to burn some of these weekend calories! Haha. Hope everyone is doing well and ready for a productive week! Goodnight!

xo, BB


Friday, July 24, 2009

Hey everyone! Like I said yesterday, today I'm going to post my before pictures and weight. And every Friday I'll update you guys with new pictures and my current weight. I'm actually kind of nervous about this because I've never told anyone my weight. I actually never even weigh myself, but it will be a good way to update and keep myself on track, I hope! Here goes :/!

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startingweight: 249 lbs.

The pictures will be wayyy better in quality next week! I just wanna say this to get it out of the way - please be respectful - this is hard for me. Thank you!

xo, BB.

Hi :)!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

So I'm starting this blog as a way to track my progress on my journey to Skinny, and also as a way to stay motivated and hopefully inspire others like me to get healthy. I plan to post as often as possible - I'll try to blog every day. I'd like to introduce healthy recipes, workouts I've discovered, tips, and of course, updates on how I'm doing. First, I'll let you know a little about me:

I'm 19 years old and currently a sophomore in college :). I'm majoring in Business Management - at least for now (I've changed majors 3 times already, haha). I hope to one day own my own business, or line of businesses, actually. There are really a LOT of things I want to do when I "grow up," but I'll get more into that some other time. Ha. My hobbies include: hair, makeup, art of all kinds, crafts, music, dancing, fashion, writing, spending time with my true love, hanging out with my family, etc.

I live with my wonderful boyfriend in Texas. And contrary to popular belief, we aren't all horse-ridin'-cowboys! Truthfully, there's not an animal I dislike more (though I don't really LIKE any animal) than a horse. I have my reasons! Anyway.. I have two younger sisters who live about 10 minutes away with my mom, and a dad who lives about 4 hours away :(. I'm very close to my family; if you follow me I'm sure you'll hear me gripe and brag about them! Lol.

I guess that's about it. I'm really excited to start this new chapter in my life and see where it takes me. I want to change not only my outer appearance and how I see it, but I also look forward to changing inside - emotionally & mentally. Even if no one ever sees this blog, if I can change and overcome what my life has broken into, it's worth all the time put in. Tomorrow I'll post my "before" pictures and let you in on something I didn't even know until yesterday: my WEIGHT! Check back!

BB <3

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