– Weight – Vision & Goals

Hi Loves!

Everyone’s reason for losing weight is different. My thoughts and visions are different from yours, and that’s okay. That’s the beauty of it. Everyone has a common goal, but different reasoning’s behind it.

My vision for my weight-loss journey have a lot of goals besides the scale. Don’t worry I’ll get into those too!

Lets start with my Why’s.

If I lost the weight::

I can decrease my chances of having side affects from getting preeclampsia in both pregnancies. Preeclampsia increases your chance of heart disease and/or stroke. Like the saying goes, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” It also increase a heart attack in the next 5 years by 5%. If I start to make better choices for me today my future will benefit. ( Heart issues are within my family so I need to really focus in on this the most, because it increases my chances even more! ) Hence, the DASH Diet. To be honest, I haven’t really started yet. I’m still doing more research on it, but it’s the best diet for cardiovascular. So I’m going with that’s my best bet.

Play-time. Now you’re like, “Huh?” I run around with my six year old all the time. I love playing on the playground with him or play baseball. Do we go to the park as often as I want to? Nope. I’m exhausted or my body hurts. It’s not fair to my six year old. Yes, he’s in Martial Arts and going to start swimming, but I want to do more stuff with him and not be out of breath afterwards. I want to be able to get on the ground with my, almost, 6 month old, and not have to dread getting back up off the ground from hip and knee pain. It’s not fair to them. I’m their MaMa!

I could love myself and husband even more. Now you probably think I really lost it. I love my husband with all my heart. I really do, but how can I- if I don’t love myself all the time? I think our relationship, even though strong, would be even stronger. I need to dig down deep inside, and find that love I have for him to have that same for myself. I need to find my confidence. I’ll never get rid of my stretch marks, but I need to remember those marks gave me two beautiful boys. The wrinkles on my face are from laughing so hard my belly hurt. My hips getting bigger gave birth. That’s a superpower on it’s own.

To be that jean size. All you ladies get me on this one. Growing up I refused to be bigger than a size 13. Now, six months after giving birth I fit into a size 14. Not comfortably. My largest was a size 24. So I know I am losing. I would really like to be in a size 7 or 8. That’s when I feel my best.

Being able to say no to soda. I’m horrible at this. My husband went cold turkey on soda and for 99.5% he’s doing great on it. I, on the other hand, decided to take my serving and his serving on soda. Guilty. Just the other day I drank a 2 LITER bottle by myself. I hated myself afterwards.

Those are just the ones I can think of at the moment. I wanted to post this last week, but I wasn’t what my actual “Why’s” were besides just the scale going down.

I have about 107 – Yes, you read that correct to lose. That’s the first time I wrote it out on a public forum. Wow, I guess it’s real now. I never was to say or type that number again. Not true. I will type it one more time. When I crush it.

Goals for the Scale:

I have the EatSmart Precision Digital Scale. I’ve been through a lot of scales, and I love this one the most!

10 pounds – Mani/Pedi

20 pounds – New Cookbook (any suggestions?!)

30 pounds – New Sneakers (yes, even your feet lose weight!)

40 pounds – New Jeans ( I have sizes 13 and 12 also. So by this time I should be size 10-11)

50 pounds – New Work-Out clothes

60 pounds – Massage ( I deserve it at this point! )

70 pounds – New Bike ( My husband actually suggested this one. I’ve been wanting a new bike for years, and because of my weight I never really looked for one. )

80 pounds – New Hairstyle ( I like shorter hair. So does my husband. When I first met him I had short cute hair, but with the weight gain I tend to keep my hair longer. )

90 pounds – New Wardrobe ( Lets face it – At this point ALL my clothes will be falling off of me! )

100 pounds – TRIP OF A LIFETIME ( FIJI – It’s already on my vision board for my business, and I can’t wait to do this! Super excited!! )

107 pounds – Welcome to the rest of my life!! (This is by far the most exciting goal on the list. Fiji is a close second! )

I want to hear from all of you’s. What are your why’s for weight-loss? Do you have a goal list or vision board? Let me know! My comment button is by the title. I’m working on lowering it to post afterwards and not have to scroll all the way back up!

Theresa Rose

Off and “running” …

Not literally. Just walking. We realized our purebred Beagle, Sydney, became overweight. So we decided that she needed to go on walks and not just the backyard. It was difficult to walk them (2 dogs and 2 kids) at the same time. Especially, with me having a rough pregnancy and afterwards. It was time.

It is now our thing, most of the time, I take her for walk at night. If I don’t do it- then Joseph does. There’s just some nights that he needs to go decompose so he likes to take her. Which is perfectly okay with me.

20170908_133620.jpgIt’s been almost a month, and you can see a difference in her. She acts like a puppy all over again. Just last night we came across seven bunnies that she wanted to play with. Them not so much, but she whines and carries on until we take her. It definitely helps when I’m exhausted and don’t want to do anything.

I started to take it seriously two weeks ago and now I’m down 3 POUNDS AND -6.1 INCHES! I also am putting less (and healthier food) in my mouth. That helps a lot.

cotton-candy-wide.jpgHave you heard of Cotton Candy Grapes from Grapery? They taste like you’re eating cotton candy, but it’s a lot healthier. The taste comes from an all-natural breeding approach with cross-pollination combinations. No fakeness or added flavors in these bad boys. I literally ate 3.5 pounds of them just this week! Not even one ounce of guilt. 1 cup= 100 calories. They only have a window of in-season Mid-Aug through end of September, but they are so worth it! Try Stop & Shop or Whole Foods to find them. Seriously, GO… I’LL WAIT!! I couldn’t even make it home before I started to eat them, and I’m all for washing the fruits and vegetables since I have Oral Pollen Syndrome (OPS). I like to use my Young Living Fruit & Veggie Wash (it smells so good!). Not the slightest reaction from them.

I’m thinking about doing the DASH Diet. It’s the only diet that you can eat everything and still lose weight! I think that’s the best fit for me. Nothing is off limits and I think that’s the best way to approach this. Is anyone on a diet? Let me know if it’s working for you! Comment icon is by the title of this post now. So leave a comment and tell me if you’ve been on the DASH Diet or on a different one now?!

My next post will be my goals and my vision for the next year!

Theresa Rose

Strip it Down

Everyday we wake up subconsciously with numbers running through our heads. It’s the way we measure how healthy we really are. The number on the scale, BMI, LBM, blood pressure, sugar levels, body measurements… just to name a few. How many people live this way by knowing all this information, and who goes through life just winging it?

( The heaviest I have ever been 264 pounds – January of 2016 )

I can tell you every single stat of mine, but would that matter? Some say yes and others say no.

My “perfect” number on the scale is 159.2 lbs. According to my BMI and LBM break-down. I feel the most comfortable when the scale read 162-165. Now, you’re going to say that’s only three to six pounds. Personally, those three to six pounds make such a huge difference on my height and body frame. My blood pressure is in the normal range and sugar levels are great too.

My measurements are bigger than what “average” be. Those I will keep private for now, but I’m sure I’ll post them later down the road on another post.

The only time in my life that I didn’t care when I gained weight was when I was pregnant both times. I had pre-eclampsia. (A pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system- most often liver and kidneys.) The second time I was pregnant I got it worse and had to be put on bed-rest. I took snacking and binge watching Netflix to the extreme. I probably gained over 30 pounds the last pregnancy. Since I had it twice I am at a 5% increase in having a heart attack or stroke in the next 5-10 years.

18700228_10213000421550181_8761501242173845617_nI’m a MaMa. I want, need, to be here for my boys and my husband. Honestly, my husband gets upset when I bring it up, but it’s my reality. I believe that was my wake up call. If I continue to keep going the way I am. I’ll leave my kids motherless and that scares the crap out of me.

My BMI is high enough that I could qualify to get weight-loss surgery covered by insurance. That’s not something to be proud of.

I just turned 30 the end of last year, and I know my metabolism is not what it used to be in my teenager and early twenties, but I wish it would kick back in. If you tell me losing weight is manageable I can give you an excuse on why it’s not.

Funny story (now)-  The other day I tried on my size 14 jeans. I was so excited they were able to zip and button, but I have a little more work to do since my muffin top was hanging over. Later in the day I was typing my first health and fitness blog and my other jeans split around my right thigh front to back. I was mortified, but didn’t let it be known. I chalked it up to having the jeans for the last eight years and the thighs kept rubbing together at my heaviest so they finally gave up the fight on the wear and tear. So I “laughed” it off. 

That was my “rock bottom” reality check. I knew that I have to change in that moment, but did my head follow my heart??? Nope, I’m either eating the crappiest food or snacking here and there and not eating actual meals. I started to wear my FitBit Charger again on Monday, and it became an eye opener and not in a good way. The highest I’ve been in jeans was a size 24 – before my recent pregnancy I was a size 13-14 – after pregnancy size 20. I’m hoping, this weekend, when we go camping that something will snap and I’ll do more walking and really start to becoming more healthy conscious.

I’m human and will continue to do everything by trial and error. I hope that if you’re reading this and can relate – YOU’RE NOT ALONE!

I want to hear from you’s…leave a comment… Have you ever contemplated weight-loss surgery? What was your “rock bottom” moment? Did you overcome it?

– Theresa Rose

Body Shaming: Skinny to Morbid…

I have been from one extreme to the other, much unhealthier, side of the scale. I’ve been called gorgeous, beautiful, stunning, pig in a pen, chuck-a-shuffle master, heifer, and much more.

Since I was a kid I had body dis-morphia. When I would be my healthiest I thought I was extremely overweight, and now that I am, unfortunately , considered morbidly obese I feel it, but don’t see it all the time.

10458554_10204723818200397_4857389424109423006_nIt’s the same old story that you hear from most people that are morbidly obese. I blamed myself for something; my parents divorce. Soon became, very much an emotional eater. Didn’t realize I stacked on the pounds. When I realized the pounds my life became the famous Yo-Yo Diets; Aktins, Dukin, Powell, Nutrisystem, Isagenix, South Beach, DASH, food for your blood type, the list goes on… If it has a name to it I probably have a book or research on it.

I found that after coming off of them I gained all the weight right back. It wasn’t that I went back to eating horrible, but the weight came back just as fast. Which in return, if I gained back ten pounds it turned into fifteen pounds which I would turn to food to comfort. All that hard work for nothing. Down the drain it went.

Anorexia? Had it. Bulimia?  That too. Still to this day when I’m sick and puking it makes me go back to this dark place.

I weighed 120 pounds at 5’8″ tall-average. I was considered underweight in the picture above.

Now, four months ago I gave birth to another son, named Grayson. I am now officially the heaviest I have ever been in my life. This isn’t who I’m suppose to be. I’m not suppose to be the Mommy that doesn’t go out and play with her kids on the playground, because she’s afraid another kid will say something mean about me to child. They deserve the best of me. Someone who shows they love themselves; just as much as I love them.

My college friend, Stephanie, posted that she was interested in going to the Disney Princess Half Marathon. You have to complete each mile within 16 minutes. Being completely out of shape, and already going next year to Disney World. I decided that will be my goal for 2019. That gives me seventeen months to get to my goal weight. Plus, I used to run, but I don’t think I would come near 16 minute miles; let alone 13.1 times doing it. I know a lot of people do the run/walk method for it, but my goal is to run the whole time. Unless, I’m taking awesome pictures of Cinderella’s Castle or Disney princesses.

This is my journey. It will be long, tears, lots of sweat, blood, blisters, freezing cold, hot and humid, but I will get through it. My boys deserve the best of me, and having to be on bed rest the beginning of the year due to complications in my pregnancy. My legs could use a good stretch. So it’s time to charge up the FitBit and be held accountable for what I do and what goes into my mouth.

Will you join me? Comment below- what helps you stay motivated? If you want to join in on losing weight for good? Don’t forget to follow me!

 -Theresa Rose