Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Parents

So since I moved to Florida I haven't been able to see my parents half as often as I'd like. But last night I was able to get on my webcam and saw them for the first time since starting my new healthy lifestyle. They basically told me that they could REALLY see a difference. They could tell that my face and shoulders were getting much slimmer, and it just totally made my night!

Since I see myself everyday it's really hard to notice the changes.. I mean I feel better about myself.. but physically I can never tell if I actually look thinner or if it's just wishful thinking. Anyway that made my whole night!

On the downside yesterday was a pretty hard day emotionally. Our new kitten Bentley is sick.. he seems like he's not able to control his bladder and ending up peeing on the sheets. :( He also seems to sleep all day everyday.. and something just seems off.. I really have grown attached to this little guy, so I hope that everything is ok with him.

He has a vet appointment today around 3, so keep him in your thoughts.. I'm kinda stressed out about the whole thing and hope that it's nothing too serious!

Monday, February 7, 2011

7lbs Down!?

So I'm doing a little friendly competition on basically I have a partner (who is amazing by the way) and we both work out for at least 30 minutes a day as well as stay under our calorie limits for the whole month of February. My starting weight last Monday was 213.8.. and this morning it was...

I'm really proud of myself, and just really a happier person! I've been dieting and exercising for almost a month now.. it's just been a lot easier then I thought! Don't get me wrong, it has it's moments.. for example my Grandma mailed me a box of my favorite candy.. I mean this candy is absolutely amazing.. but instead of eating it I gave 3/4 of it to my husband to take to work.. I plan on eating maybe a few pieces every week.. but ONLY if it fits into my calorie budget! 

I'm just really ecstatic right now.. I'm hoping everyone else is having as good a day as I am! :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Small changes

So yesterday it stormed pretty bad... all day long. This prevented me from going on my walk outside.. so instead I decided to go to the gym at our apartments and get some exercise in. Since someone was using the treadmill I decided to use the exercise bike.

The last time I used the exercise bike (about 2-3 weeks ago) it totally kicked my ass.. I HATED it and my leg muscles were sore for days... Since then I've walked 2 miles everyday and have been eating only 1,200 calories. So yesterday it wasn't that bad... I mean I didn't love it, but my muscles don't ache at all!! Yay! It's only a small accomplishment, but in this long journey to become healthier sometimes you have to appreciate the smaller things. =)

Also, as a side note, we got a new kitten on Wednesday. His name is Bentley!

He's a cutie, and will be our third and final pet! We have another cat named Bear whom doesn't get along with him quite yet, as well as a puppy named LG. Wish me luck on getting the cats to become more friendly together!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Another Grey Day...

For the past couple days it's been very cloudy out.. yesterday it was super foggy... like you can't see 6 feet ahead of you foggy. I am proud of myself though, I did my 2 miles each day, even though I got pretty soaked yesterday from the super-dense fog.

What's kind of weird is the fact that I actually like it. I've always  kinda liked the rain, and growing up in the Midwest, I saw a lot of it. The breeze helps to cool me down, and I don't know.. there's just something relaxing about grey skies.

Meanwhile I have been compulsively checking the scale. We actually just got our scale Monday night.. and since then I've been a little obsessed with it. I check it in the morning, after working out.. practically every time I go into the bathroom.. I don't think it's healthy and probably not too accurate since your body weight fluctuates so much during the day. My new goal is to simply just weigh myself once a week on Monday mornings.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My Introduction!

Hi! My name is Rachel, and I'm 20.. almost 21. I am writing this blog in order to track my progress in becoming a healthier me! I am pretty short, only about 5'3 or so.. and in the past year I've put on a lot of weight. In 2010 I moved from Illinois to Florida to move in with my boyfriend (now husband) Sean.

I went from working 40+ hours a week to not having a job and laying around the house most of the day. My husband is in the navy so he works long hours, and it gets boring being home alone all day.. so when I was bored, I would eat. This lifestyle obviously has taken a toll on my overall health.. I am now weighing in at 213.8 lbs.. which isn't good, especially for my height!

So I've finally decided instead of just sitting around and whining about how I look, I'm going to do something about it! I've started dieting and exercising. Yay!! I'm taking things slowly, trying to get back into shape.. I've started walking 2 miles every morning.. and I honestly just feel better about myself.. I have a long way to go.. but  I know I can do this!