Busy Holidays Update

TWO MONTHS! I knew I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with a regular posting schedule. #noregrets. It’s been busy ya’ll. Here’s the highlights:

  • Spent all of December packing up the house. Took several trips to drop stuff at second hand shops.
  • Closed and moved into the new house the week before Christmas while I had a cold. Yippie!
  • Hosted family dinner FOUR DAYS after moving. Family dinner was supposed to happen, then it wasn’t happening, and then family decided THE DAY OF that they were coming. Which means we ordered pizza since we didn’t have anything else prepared. Whoohoo. It was awesome (sarcasm).
  • Had a quiet Christmas Day with just our tiny little family.
  • Had a few friends over for NYE. At this point the new house was mostly put together.
  • Didn’t track food/alcohol well over the moving and holidays so gained a bit of weight back.
  • Since the beginning of the year I’ve been working(ish) to get back on track. Meal prepping, going to the gym at least twice a week (I’m gaining muscle yay!), and tracking calories daily.
  • Cutting BACK, but not cutting OUT alcohol.
  • Started playing Glooomhaven. Pretty sure that’s going to be happening for 2 years at the rate we’re all able to play.
  • Got a Switch for Christmas! Played through Fire Emblem Warriors and now I’m playing through Octopath Traveller. Super enjoying Octopath so far.
  • Crocheted myself a blanket while house bound due to snow/weather!
  • And lastly. The old house is scheduled to close in February!

Whew! That’s everything of importance. Obviously I’ve continued playing board games through all of this, and my new gaming room is nice! Trying to figure out what I want to do as a content creator in the realm of board games or even video games.

I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do with this space other than just being a brain dump. I have a lot of ideas for a lot of things. I’m just terrible at executing.

Hope everyone’s New Year is starting well! Talk to you all in like two months when I post again!

Two Months into Intermittent Fasting

I’ve posted about my weight loss and fitness goals in the past. Here’s an update! I’m 2 months in to Intermittent Fasting. I really thought I would miss breakfast, but I haven’t so much. I still eat breakfast for dinner sometimes because bacon. Mmmmm. So, here’s some updates!

  • 9/21 Weight: 169.8 – 11/27 Weight: 158.6 – 11.2 pounds lost. Averaging a little over 1 pound a week.
    • On a side note: On 10/14 I was down to 156.4, but a few pounds have been gained due to some poor food/alcohol choices.
  • Measurement changes:
    • Neck: 14″ to 13″ – 1″ loss
    • Bust: 39″ to 38″ – 1″ loss
    • Waist: 34.5″ to 32.5″ – 2″ loss
    • Hips 39″ to 38″ – 1″ loss
  • Workouts:
    • I walk 10-12k steps each day that I’m actually in the office. On average this is 4-5 days a week.
    • In October I managed to do yoga and light weight workouts at home 10 times. Not enough, but better than nothing.
    • In November I did worse. Only 4 days of home workouts so far. 😦
    • In December I’m joining a gym, and will be going Saturday and Sunday mornings, and potentially one night a week after the kiddo goes to bed. I still plan on doing home workouts on the days I can’t get to the gym. A minimum of 3 days of workouts a week.
    • I’m fucking freezing until I get up and move before lunch. I have 14oz of coffee in my drive to work, but then it’s all water before lunch. Anywhere from 60-80oz in general before I break my fast at 11.
  • Food Stuffs:
    • I definitely do better on staying between the 1200-1400 calories when I meal plan and prep my lunches/snacks for the week. Last week was basically a bust because of holiday stuff. I know that’s an excuse, and I can still use moderation and self control when at family holiday dinners, but that’s just no fun.
    • As far as macros; I’m not super tracking these right now, but I am trying to hit at least 80grams of protein each day because it does help me feel fuller longer.
    • I try to make it so my lunch/snack meal prep doesn’t take longer than an hour in the kitchen because I just don’t want to be there that long. That means that some weeks I’m eating lunchmeat, raw fruits and veggies, hard boiled eggs, and cheese. Where I don’t have to cook anything. This week it’s turkey meatloaf with raw fruits and veggies and cheese. Since it’s getting colder here it is nice to have warmer lunches.

So! That’s what’s been going on. On top of all of this we’ve been packing up the house getting ready to move next month, playing board games, and trying to generally still live and enjoy life.

So Much Is Changing!

It’s been far too long since my last update, but I’m not going to apologize or make excuses. Because, damnit, this is my space! I made no promises to anyone about how frequently I would update. I especially made no promises to myself. I’m terrible at keeping up with these things.

ANYWAYS! Some crazy life stuff’s been going on. If you follow my twitter account you’ve probably heard bits and pieces.

First, in early October I was in a bit of a fender bender. Working with insurance companies is a pain, but that’s all finally resolved.

Second, we found a house before we were really set on buying something. Went and saw it, fell in love with it, and now we’re buying it! Closing in 5 week. Crazy.

Second point one? Since we’re buying a new house we’re now having to sell ours. Keeping this place show ready with 2 cats, a dog, and a toddler is not easy. It’s starting to feel more like routine, but it’s still a struggle. Especially when we have to pick up and leave on a Saturday after being in the house all morning.

Third, buying a house and selling a house at the same time is extremely stressful. I do not recommend, but it’s basically impossible to avoid if you already own one house I supposed. Also, doing these things around the holiday: I don’t recommend. I’m bummed because Christmas decorations won’t be going up in either place. We’re moving 2 weeks before Christmas so we’ll most likely still be trying to get everything in order at the new place by then. On the plus side this means we don’t have to host any family at Christmas time!

Fourth, figured I could through a quick weight loss update in here too. 7 weeks on intermittent fasting, and I’m down 12.8 pounds! Feeling pretty good about the overall progress. I also had my wellness screening, and the only thing that came back high was my BMI (which I expected). My cholesterol levels were worse than last year, but still in the heathy range. Just surprised me to see such a difference.

And that’s really everything that’s been going on…

Oh! My local gaming group did their Extra Life fundraiser, and it was so much fun! We’ve raised nearly 10k for our local Children’s Hospital, and I couldn’t be more proud of the people I game with. 😀

Health and Weight Loss Update

It’s been ten days since I started intermittent fasting to help me stay within my calorie deficit. I really thought it would be difficult to skip breakfast, but so far it hasn’t! I was already waiting until 9 a.m. to eat breakfast, so waiting another two hours hasn’t been bad. I don’t feel any more hungry than normal before lunch. I drink my 14 ounces of coffee and roughly 60 ounces of water before lunch. Last week I prepped bigger lunches thinking I was going to be starving, but then I could only eat about half of them. So this week I packed a normal sized lunch for me, and it’s been great!

A few things I’ve noticed (good and kind of meh) during the last ten days.

  • I’ve lost 4 pounds since 9/23.
  • I feel more awake and alert through the day, not overly tired after lunch like usual.
  • I get up and move more because I have to go to the bathroom so much!
  • I drink a minimum of a gallon of water every day.
  • I’m cold all morning, and sometimes in the afternoon too.
  • Having only an 8 hour window to eat in has helped me stay at a deficit.
  • Working out again has been great, though I’ve twinged something in my shoulder (owwww).

Overall, I’m feeling pretty good about this. I’ve been able to splurge a little more at dinner time without feeling guilty and going over my deficit. I’ve been staying between 1200-1500 calories each day. Last weekend I thought I wasn’t going to be able to skip breakfast because I always make a big breakfast for our tiny family, but I didn’t get hungry either day until close to 11. This means in the future I can plan a delicious brunch!

I’ve been keeping a close eye on macros. My carb intake has always been high, but it’s generally lower than my usual now. I’m focusing on increasing my protein intake for next week. Going to add Greek yogurt to my snacks. Maybe replacing the fruit with that.

Also, this week I did get back to my yoga and free weight at home routine. As I said above I twinged my shoulder last night, but otherwise these small workouts have made me feel a lot better physically and mentally. I’m feeling pretty good about all aspects of life right now. Yay!

Health and Weight Loss Rambling

Warning: This subject may be sensitive for some people, and also this is long, rambly, and just a stream of consciousness. You’ve been warned!

I want to talk about health and weight loss. I know it’s a sensitive subject for many, but it helps me stay motivated to write it all out.

I have lost and gained and lost and gained and lost and gained for so long. I was on a good weight loss path again when I got pregnant. Of course I gained then, but it was way more than necessary. I stopped even trying to eat healthily. I was just constantly hungry. After having Lizzy I got back on the scale and was nearly forty pounds over the weight I was when I got pregnant. I cried. I cried a lot.

When I was younger, even in high school, weight was not something I ever had to worry about. I ate what I wanted, drank what I wanted, and was constantly being told how thin and fit I was. The thing is, I was also very active. I never learned how to cook. Never learned what was healthy vs unhealthy. Over the last, ugh, so many years I’ve learned a lot about food, preparing food, calorie counting, every single diet under the sun, and now I’m trying to learn how to just take care of myself.

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Who Let The Dog Out?

It appears life has continued to move regardless of my writing about it or not. Well, duh, right? I promised myself I would post here at least twice a week, and I keep failing myself. I keep trying to find something clever or cute to post instead of just being me. So, yeah. I guess I should really just be me.

Yesterday morning the boyfriend flew to NC for work. He’s flying back tonight so will miss all the craziness from the hurricane (by the way, everyone out there please be safe!). Usually we crate the dog each night, but it was just weird to have the whole bed to myself. So I let him stay out. We don’t do this normally because the two cats sometimes like to cause a ruckus at night which makes the dog bark and the whole house wake up. Nothing crazy happened last night though! And it was nice to have the dog out and more alert since it was just me and the kiddo home.

I spent a good amount of time “play” games with the kiddo over the weekend. Got started on my 2nd solo campaign of Legacy of Dragonholt, and I’m going to knock off a few more games in my annual challenge for the year! So, I have all that going for me.

Also deciding what to talk about for next month’s The Shuffle episode, and still fiddling with lighting and equipment trying to get video recording down. I feel pretty confident in my ability to actually do the recording now. It’s the editing I’m getting terrified of, but I need some video to play with to really see what’s what. I also probably need some sort of intro and outro? Most likely… So, if anyone knows things that can help I’m all ears!

Doing Things!

I’m sad at myself that my last post was 5 days ago. However, in that 5 days I spent some time on myself. I watched a movie and cried my eyes out. I FINALLY recorded my first segment for The Shuffle. I spent a good amount of time with friends and board games. I actually went out for breakfast with my boyfriend and daughter. I worked on a puzzle, and read a little. I did my yoga routine TWICE, and, lastly, I caught up with some friends via the internet that I haven’t connected with in a while.

Today I’m feeling much better. I’m making priorities instead of letting all the things I want to do overwhelm me. I’m using my bullet journal for what it’s meant. LISTS! I bought some new pens, a new pencil case, and some stationary. I’m going to write ACTUAL LETTERS and put them IN THE MAIL to send to far away friends, and I’m beyond excited about this.

So, this is my rambling about how I handled my mental health. My hope is this will stay as a reminder to myself that it’s okay to have bad days, and to keep reminding myself that the bad days won’t last forever.

I think, in a future post I’m going to just take pictures of my pen stash. Also washi tape. It’s really starting to get out of hand!