I quit Weight Watchers.

I thought about coming up with a more creative title for this post, but then I figured, hell, let’s get right to the point with it (which is not how the rest of this is going to be, just FYI).

Recently, I’ve been feeling unhappy with my eating. Let’s be real here, I’m rarely happy with all of my food choices. This was something bigger than having that extra cookie or drinking another glass of wine though. I am an emotional eater.

Rough day at work? Let’s dive into the chips.
Celebrating something? Cookies for everyone!
Stressed?
Sad?
Lonely?
Bored?

Name an emotion, and I’ve probably used it (consciously or not) as a reason to eat. I’m tired of it. Luckily, I stumbled upon this.

Reading the summary, I immediately felt a connection. Two days later, I had the book in my hands (thank you, Amazon Prime), and it is amazing. I haven’t even finished it yet, and I know that this is the tool for me to use to shape the rest of my life. That’s how good it is.The concept is simple. Eat what you want when you’re hungry. Stop when you’re satisfied. Novel idea, right? Not really, but her writing speaks to me. It sounds weird, but it just makes sense.

Now you may be wondering where Weight Watchers fits into this. The truth? It doesn’t. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. When I stuck to it, it worked. I lost weight, but it wasn’t teaching me anything that I’m going to use forever. I have no intention of tracking every single thing I eat for the rest of my life, and I certainly don’t want to pay for it. It may work for some people, but that’s just not how I want to live.

Honestly, I thought long and hard about continuing to pay for Weight Watchers until I was sure that I could go without and still be successful. I actually hovered over the cancel button for a few minutes, still deciding whether or not I could do it. Then something came to me. If I leave myself something to fall back on, I’m allowing myself an out. I don’t need one though. This is what I want, and this is how I want to live. Have I been perfect so far? Absolutely not. I have started to understand myself. I am more at peace with food than I can ever remember being, which is worth more than I could’ve imagined.

This is not a sponsored post. I just really freaking love this book.

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Weigh In Wednesday 2.25.15

Linking up with the Weigh In Wednesday girls today!

I know I missed last week, and I wish I could tell you that I had an awesome reason. I didn’t. I’m just lazy. I did weigh myself though, and I was up to 173.6. No surprise there. That came after a trip to Bdubs as well as oreo cheesecake to celebrate my brothers’ birthday.

Here’s what happened this week.

Previous weight: 173.6
Current weight: 172.2
Loss: – 1.4
Total: – 6.8

So I lost most of what I gained, but I’m still a little up from where I was a couple of weeks ago.

On another note, I’ve made some changes with my eating that I’ll share more about tomorrow. I hope everyone had a great week!

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2015 Goals

I think a month and a half is an appropriate amount of time to wait to write a post. Am I right? It’s not like this post has anything at all to do with time…oops.

2015 GoalsNormally, I’m not a resolution type of gal, mostly because I have the same resolutions every. freaking. year. Lose weight! Keep it off! Feel awesome! Eh, not so much. Broad goals like those generally don’t work for me, and they especially don’t work when I’m literally supposed to change overnight. The more specific a goal, the better I do.

I have both life- and health-related goals, but I’ll only be sharing the health-related ones. I’m assuming no one cares how many times I floss per week. Just FYI, I know that’s health-related. Dental health is an indication of overall health and all that jazz. You know what I’m getting at.

2015 Health Goals

You may be wondering why I don’t have a specific pound-related goal, and I did that completely on purpose. I’m honestly not interested in how much I weigh. I do, of course, have an ultimate goal number in mind, but that’s mostly because I know where I’ve been before and that I look/feel good at that number. The number on the scale may not be everything, but let’s not kid ourselves, it is something. I just don’t want to set myself up for failure. If I feel good about the progress I’ve made and have achieved all of my other goals, I don’t want that stupid number to make me feel like I haven’t accomplished everything I set out to do.

Since it is the middle of February, I’ve had quite a bit of time to start working on these goals. Watch for updates soon!

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Weigh In Wednesday 2.11.15

Linking up with the Weigh In Wednesday girls again! Here’s what happened this week.

Previous weight: 172.8
Current weight:

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Total: – 7.2

IMG_3422-1I’m going to say something really weird right now, and I almost want to slap myself for even thinking it. I’ve lost almost five pounds since the beginning of the year (which is freaking awesome), but I think it might actually be hurting me. I know that sounds crazy, but hear me out. Every week, without fail, there is at least one day (and sometimes two) that I go off the wall with my eating. If I track my points for the day at all, it’s after I’ve already eaten everything, which completely defeats the purpose for me. Then I spend the rest of the week staying within my daily points to make up for that one sucky day. It’s working because I’m still losing weight, but I know I’m not losing as much weight as I could be. I’m definitely not forming healthy habits for the future. Plus, the food that I’m eating isn’t fueling my body. It’s fueling my emotions. No bueno. I almost want my body to stop losing and say, “hey, stop eating crap! It’s bad for you!” Maybe then I’d actually learn.

Admitting it is the first step, right? Honestly, I feel better already just writing it out. I have the power. I just have to remember that.

On a different note, I’ve decided to separate my personal and blog Instagram accounts, so the link will now take you directly to my blog account! Feel free to follow along via Instagram!

How did you do this week?

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Five on Friday 2.6.15

I am so excited to be linking up with April, Christina, Natasha, and Darci for Five on Friday!

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Thank goodness it’s Friday. I’m pretty sure I say that every week, but it’s also true every week. Hallelujah for the weekend.

Five on Friday 1I had the weirdest conversation with one of my kids yesterday. I actually had to say “You really shouldn’t swallow other people’s spit.” Never thought those words would come out of my mouth. Gotta love the endless entertainment though.

Five on Friday 2

I just finished Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury as part of my 2015 Reading List (stay tuned for that post), and I was completely unimpressed. Call me uncultured, but this is supposed to be an example of classic modern literature? Ick. Give me a book by Nora Roberts any day. Although the concept was interesting, I hate the writing style. Way too flowery for me. I’m also not big on the symbolism. Sometimes a tree is just a tree! Anybody else feel that way?

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2015 GoalsComing up next week, I’ll be sharing some of my goals for 2015. I know, I know. It’s February. I’d like to think that if I’m just getting around to sharing them, that must mean I’m actually sticking with them. Here’s a hint: 1500 miles. Intrigued?

Five on Friday 4

Thursday nights just keep getting better and better.

Five on Friday 5

Is anybody else super excited for the return of Walking Dead on Sunday? I am, I am! The end of the mid-season finale was heartbreaking, so I’m even more excited than usual to see what happens.

Happy Friday!

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Weigh In Wednesday 2.4.15

Linking up with the Weigh In Wednesday girls again! Here’s what happened this week.

Previous weight: 173.8
Current weight:

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Loss: – 1
Total: – 6.2

IMG_3400It’s amazing that actually sticking with something is working for me. For the longest time, I would give up after having a bad day. That bad day would turn into a bad weekend, a bad month, and even a bad season. Believe me, it’s happened. I’m not sure why this time is different, and I don’t really want to question it. All I do know is that I’m tired of being unhappy, and I’m the only person who can do anything to make it better. You just have to start.

How did you do this week?

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Weigh In Wednesday 1.28.15

Here we go again!

Previous weight: 175.4
Current weight:

IMG_3378Loss: – 1.6
Total: – 5.2

I am really surprised at this loss actually. This followed a weekend of not-so-great choices, but it just reinforces for me that one day does not define me or my journey.

IMG_3377Please ignore my shockingly white skin. Those legs haven’t seen the light of day in quite some time. Now you know why Potter calls me Casper.

I also updated my measurements, but I think I’m going to use those just for me at this point. That may change though!

How did you do this week?

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Five on Friday 1.16.15

I am so excited to be linking up with April, Christina, Natasha, and Darci for Five on Friday!

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Five on Friday 1So it’s taken me longer than I would have liked, but I’m finally working on the final Lord of the Rings book. I actually watched all of the movies before reading the books, which is so unlike me, but I’m pretty impressed with how the movies seemed to stay close to the books. Granted, it’s been quite some time since I have sat down and watched all of the films, but I’m looking forward to doing so again after I finish this book.

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Five on Friday 2Is anyone else ridiculously excited that Friends is now on Netflix? Even though I own all ten seasons on DVD, it’s so much more fun to watch them instantly. I’m not ashamed to say that I’m almost done with the first season. It’s the PERFECT show!

Five on Friday 3If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I got the best. email. ever. this week.

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Five on Friday 4Look for a post on my yearly goals coming up next week! Yes, I’m aware that it’s halfway through the first month of the year already. I like to gather my thoughts, ok?

2015 Goals

Five on Friday 5I’m super excited for my plans this weekend. I get to attend my cousin’s baby shower! Family, food, and cute baby things? You can’t get much better!

What are your plans for the weekend?

Happy Friday!

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Weigh In Wednesday 1.14.15

It has been so. freaking. long. since I’ve linked up with the Weigh in Wednesday girls. Like almost five months. Shameful, I know. I’ve actually missed the accountability though, so here I go again. For the sake of consistency (ha, what’s that?), I’ll stick with my numbers from my last blog-official weigh in. Next week will be better, I promise!

Previous weight: 171.2
Current weight: 176.6
Loss: + 5.4
Total: – 2.4

Look for more updates coming soon!

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