Operation 10 Weeks to Short Shorts

Here in Texas it’s about to get hot—really hot. And that means that soon my staple wardrobe of jeans and a loose, comfy t-shirt or blouse with boots isn’t really going to cut it any more. No in the 100 degree 100% humidity days of Texas a tank top and shorts are the only way to cut it. In fact we’re planning on going to a big pool & volleyball party at Bob’s uncles place in the middle of June (not to mention all the zoo trips, splash park adventures, etc that we’ll be doing/attending during the summer).

Hmmm…a volleyball and pool party. To me that says that everyone is going to be parading around in swimsuits and cover ups, and right now there’s no way I’d be comfortable parading around all day in short shorts let alone a swimming suit (even modest ones!!)
So—Operation Short Shorts has begun to get me into Texas apparel ready shape!
If you’ve been following my slim  & trim journey at all over the past 3 years you’ve picked up on the fact that I know what I need to do-I just have a hard time actually doing it. I’ve tried several different things: websites, apps, a reward jar, etc.—but none of it ever “sticks” and while my friends have gone on to get down past their goal weights I’m still stuck at “stuck”weight—only dipping below it when I fell super sick for several weeks in a row!
The party (and the thought of my flabby arms, Jiggly thighs, and love handles all on display) are great motivation though! I can look pretty hot right now because I know how to wear clothes that strategically hide my flaw areas so it’s hard to get motivated—there is no such luck in summer wear, however, so it really is time to get into gear!
I’ve decided to break it into bite-sized pieces and implement all the things I know I should be doing. I’m giving myself one little goal to focus on each week and then I’ll build upon them each week. This way I’m tackling it one baby step at a time. I’m not giving myself any “goal” weight to have as I know it’s going to be hard to lose weight—but I also know that once I get these good habits into place it will help me to get where I need to be and improve my health overall! So here is the break down of what I’m planning on doing—starting this week!
My “before” picture taken last week

Mamavation ~ Lemon Water

Lemon Water

Healthy trick I used this week: Put slices of a Meyer Lemon (a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange-I bought a bag at Wal*Mart) in boiled water. Makes for a delish and metabolism boosting hot drink and helped curb my crazy night time sweet cravings.

So last week was one of those crazy weeks that has a bunch of “extra” things stuffed into it so that there is little time for anything else. I did run twice, but I didn’t really keep track of how I was eating. This week I’m hoping to actually begin a routine of sorts and that should help me get back on track with everything.

This morning I weighed in at 134.4 – so I’ve gained back a little of the weight that I  lost while I was sick, but I think part of that will be getting muscle again to replace what I lost in that while I was sick as well.

Goals for this week-I figure if I keep it to 2 goals a week I’ll be more likely to accomplish them!

  • Run 1 Mile 3 days
  • Start keeping food journal

How are your weightloss and wellness goals coming? What are your plans for this week?

Nicole Elliott

Mamavation Monday ~ Here We Go Again

At the wedding before losing 6 lbs-I’m pretty happy with where I am but would love to lose my chunky arms!

 Hello there! It’s been (quite) awhile since I posted a Mamavation Monday! Between the holidays, the wedding, traveling, and catching back to back nasty bugs that I’m still recovering from it’s been quite the up and down on the scale adventure since I last checked in!

The *good* news is that the one good thing that came out of being sick over Christmas was that I finally broke that blasted 135 mark and as of yesterday I weighed in at 134.2 At once point I was down to 132 but now that we’re back in Texas I’ve gained back a few of the lost-while-sicker-than-a-dog pounds. I’m hoping to jump back into running again tomorrow, though, so that I will be back on track once again!

 My “get healthy” plan for 2013 looks the same as it has since we got down here–less snacking on treats at night and swapping them out with either gum or fruit, keeping a food journal, and running 3 times a week.

I’ll give you an update next week on how the rest of this week goes–here’s to staying *underneath* my 135 lb mark!!!

How is your fitness/weightloss/wellness plan for 2013 going?

Nicole Elliott

My First Mamavation Monday

Me and my adorable 21 Month Old

This week I’m back on track after taking a few weeks off for my parents visit and the pre and post crazy that was my life because of it! This is also my very first week being part of the Mamavation Sistas and linking up with them–so if you’re hoping by *thank you and welcome*

I’ve been doing Not So Fat and Slim and Trim posts on my own since 2010. You can read about my weight gain and loss journey when I started and watch my first Slim & Trim Vlog of this year to get up to speed on me and my journey so far.

One thing that I realized that is awesome is that I was 20 lbs over my pre-baby weight when I started–which means that I was able to lose that weight–hurray!!!

The last 10 lbs has just STUCK on though. I keep bouncing up and down and up and down around 135. I’ll get down to 133 when I’m doing good and then slide back up to 138 when I’m not.

Which brings us to today when I weighed in at 138.2 after a few too many Pepsis and a bit too much cheesecake while my parents were here.

I’m still dedicated to getting down to my “skinny pretty” weight of 125 lbs though–and I know I could if I could just stick with it! My major pitfalls are loving to snack and night, especially the sweet stuff, and portion control.

This week I’ll be back on my regular workout plan (3 times a week) and really going to focus on not snacking at night (no food after 8 is my “rule” for myself this week) and keeping track of my food and being accountable through a picture food journal.

I’m really excited to have others to cheer me on and link up with! I look forward to getting to know you all and cheering for you in your health and wellness journeys as well!

Slim & Trim Monday ~ Back on Track

So as you know last week I decided to employ a little desicion making rewarding….and the result was…..

I stepped on the scale today to see 135 (Woot woot!!)

Last week wasn’t perfect and there were a few days I didn’t get any “gems” but just the fact that each day I had the choice seemed to greatly help! What is even more encouraging is the fact that I wasn’t even all that “great” We ate out yesterday (fast food) and I even had chocolate almost every day last week, just in moderation and before 8.

This week I’m upping the anti just a little. I’ll continue to get a gem for each time I work out, but for the food I have to take a picture before I eat anything and no eating after 8 in order to get a gem each day. Hopefully this will be the little extra bump that will *finally* get me under the 135 mark!

How is your week going? What goals do you have and how are you reaching them?

Slim & Trim Thursday

Having issues with technology this week so it cut me off but after recording for the 5th time I’m just going with this short clip and type the rest, lol. Here is what I was going to say for the rest of the video:

This week I weighed in at 135.2 lbs and last week was 135.6 So still downward but not what I’d hoped for. I think because 135 is my body’s “normal” weight–or rather what it’s normal weight has been for several years, it’s getting really hard to get OVER that hump and ditch the last 10 lbs. I’m going to be focusing on recording my eating this next week to try to get back on track again!

How are you doing? Do you have a case of the Februaries? Please post and link up or ask to join our FB group! 🙂

Also in conjunction with this I’d like to include the following info from MyBlogSpark that ties right into eating healthy–and a good coupon in case you’d like to use it! 🙂

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Tune into “The Doctors” on January 13th when the experts will discuss the importance of whole grain. Plus, check out Dr. Travis Stork in this brief video on how to find whole grain.
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