Body Goals

Today was my monthly weigh-in with my trainer, and guess what?

I lost seven pounds in the past month!

My trainer tasked me with logging my food intake each day, which has been extremely eye-opening. The “healthy” smoothie I made for breakfast each morning? Yeah, that baby was over 1000 calories. ūüė≥ The container of homemade trail mix wasn’t terrible…but eating it all in one sitting was. It was OOC–out of control. 

So lately, I’ve been working on eating more protein-rich, fiber-rich foods to stay fuller longer. Portion control has been a big focus as well. In the beginning it was really tedious and frustrating to log everything I ate (and honestly sometimes it still is). But lately I’ve been trying to think of it as an asset instead of an inconvenience. If this is something that keeps me on the right track, I need to do it. I don’t just want to lose weight–I want to be healthy. 

Seven pounds doesn’t sound like a lot, but it feels awesome. (I couldn’t weight to text my mom to tell her!) My boyfriend–who has a degree in exercise science–said that diet is a bigger influence than exercise when it comes to weight loss. And as much as I hate to admit he was right…he was right. I’ve seen faster results in the past month than I ever expected. #thanksbabe ūüėė

I originally wanted to lose 30 pounds before my 30th birthday, but I’m altering that body goal. I want to be healthy. I want to be fit. I want to make good food choices. And I feel like those are goals that are worth working toward. 

Throwing Shade, Writing Poems, and Saying Goodbye #100HappyDays

Day 73: ¬†Throwing shade makes me happy. ¬†Two of my very best squirrel friends, Kathy and Julia, love RuPaul’s Drag Race as much as I do. ¬†We have a call every two weeks to throw shade on the current season (and also to catch up on life). ¬†Hearing their opinions on the queens and latest life updates makes me so happy.

Day 74: ¬†Using analogies makes me happy. ¬†As someone who teaches adults every day, I’ve come to realize that the adult brain learns a bit differently than the child brain does. ¬†So, I like to come up with fun analogies to help my trainees learn the new information. ¬†The analogy I used this time? ¬†Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper. ¬†ūüôā ¬†A lot of my trainees said they had a “light bulb moment” after hearing that analogy, so I think I’ll keep using it!

Day 75: Being creative make me happy.  Speaking of teaching adults, I wrote a haiku for my class because they were so awesome.  They had great question and paid excellent attention during class, so I wrote them a quick poem to express my gratitude.  They really liked it!

Day 76: Weddings make me happy. ¬†My boyfriend invited me to the wedding of one of his coworkers. ¬†It was beautiful! ¬†The weather was perfect for the outdoor ceremony, and the groom cried when the bride walked down the aisle (So sweet!). ¬†I had a great time meeting the groom, bride, and other folks my boyfriend works with–and the cake was delicious!

Day 77: Reliving my childhood makes me happy. ¬†I downloaded a bunch of sweet 90s music and it really took me back to “the good old days.” ¬†You know–the days when I got summers off and didn’t have to pay bills. ¬†Here’s one of the many songs I got–enjoy!

 

Day 78: Getting fit makes me happy.¬†Today was my monthly weigh-in at the gym–and I lost 3.6 lbs! ¬†I’m really working on lowering the number of calories I eat and getting enough protein in my diet. ¬†Hopefully next month I’ll have even better progress!

Day 79: Getting rid of old stuff makes me happy. ¬†Today I sold Raven, my old car. It was a bittersweet moment–that car was my college graduation gift and saw me through my first apartment, a move to Madison, and six snowy Wisconsin winters. ¬†But now that I have Stella (peep this post to meet her) I couldn’t justify keeping Raven too. ¬†The money I got from selling Raven will go toward paying down my credit card. (Not a fun way to spend the cash, I know, but #adulting) ¬†I hope Raven’s new owners enjoy her as much as I did!

Raven

Ride on, Raven! Thanks for nine awesome years!

Friends, Fathers, and Fitness #100HappyDays

Day 67: ¬†Great conversations make me happy. ¬†Cornelius (my bestie from college) and I had a wonderful phone conversation–I love catching up with him! ¬†We even made plans to get together in person later this summer and I can’t wait.

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Corn and me last summer. You could say we were excited to see each other.

Day 68:  Fridays make me happy.  Sometimes you just gotta celebrate the end of the workweek!

Day 69:  Morning walks make me happy.  My boyfriend and I took a walk around the neighborhood before the heat of the day (and the rain) set it, and it was awesome.

Day 70: ¬†Celebrating fathers makes me happy. ¬†Father’s Day! ¬†This day is tough for me (check this post for reasons why) but I was joyful because I got to celebrate two awesome men in my life. ¬†My stepdad (whom I just call “Dad”) is one of the greatest men I’ve ever known (look here to see just how awesome he is). ¬†Even though we didn’t get to celebrate together, I loved hearing his voice on the phone and was glad I got to tell him how much he means to me. ¬†My boyfriend and I also made dinner for his parents so we could celebrate his dad–a great day spent honoring great men!

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The two men who shaped me into who I am: my biological father (top) and my stepdad (bottom).

Day 71: ¬†Learning more about fitness makes me happy. ¬†I had a session with my personal trainer and we talked about how diet impacts fitness goals. ¬†He sent me home with a task to complete–track all my food for the day so we can review it during our next session. ¬†I’m excited to find ways to improve my diet (and hopefully improve the results from my workouts)!

Day 72: ¬†Office days make me happy. ¬†This is my last office day before a straight week of training customers. ¬†Trust that I’m savoring the moments of working in solitude with my headphones in. ¬†ūüôā

Roses! #100HappyDays

Day 66: Roses make me happy. Imagine my surprise when my boyfriend walked in with this adorable mini rose bush for me yesterday! He usually brings me cut flowers–which I also love–but they don’t last very long. I’m excited for these roses to stick around for longer than a week (at least I hope they do–I have a tendency to overwater plants). My boo is the bomb! 

Red roses to match my kitchen–my boyfriend is awesome!

Mail call! #100HappyDays

Day 59: Getting things in the mail makes me happy. 

Quick clarification: Getting things in the mail that aren’t bills makes me happy. ūüėČ I ordered some pictures to hang up in my home and they finally arrived! For so long, my walls have been bare. But my boyfriend’s recent home decorating inspired me to do a little decorating myself. Family, friends, travels, and of course my favorite drag queens–I’m covering the walls with them! 

Looks like I’m gonna need to do some thrifting to find frames for all these (and the ones I still need to order)…

Yes, the picture of me with RuPaul is an 8×10. To quote Queen B, “And I don’t feel bad about it.”

Movies, Flea Markets, and Parental Advice #100HappyDays

Day 54: Curriculum design makes me happy. I spent most of the day working on new stuff for work, and it was…kind of awesome. Most people wouldn’t be geeked to spend a whole day in front of Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, but putting together this new program to help people learn our software better makes this geeky gal pretty happy. 

Day 55: Movies make me happy. Especially when you can watch them in the comfort of your own home–DVDs from the library for the win! 

Day 56: Flea markets make me happy. Yes, you read that right:  flea markets. My daddy and I used to go to the flea market all the time when I was little; I loved seeing all the cool stuff for sale. So, when I found out a flea market was going on near my house I definitely wanted to check it out. I didn’t buy anything, but I did see some interesting stuff–I’d love to go to more flea markets now that the weather is nice. 

Day 57: Parental advice makes me happy. At least once a week, I call my parents to catch up…and also ask for advice (usually about basic adult stuff that I should probably know already, but don’t). Lucky for me, they are always willing to give it andddd it’s always great advice! Win-win!

Day 58: Being in a supportive relationship makes me happy.  My boyfriend is there for me whenever I need him, and I am so lucky (and happy) because of it. 

Anniversaries, Work Life, “…and a brand new car!” #100HappyDays

Days 40-41: New cars make me happy! It’s my great pleasure to introduce…Stella. She’s a 2017 Subaru Crosstrek and she’s ALL MINE. She’s stylish and, most importantly, good for these Wisconsin winters. Last winter I got stuck in a (pretty shallow) ditch and had to be towed out–I’m hoping Stella will get me out of those sticky situations if they arise in the future. 

Day 42: Anniversaries make me happy. One year ago, my boyfriend and I went on our first date. We’ve been together ever since, and I am so grateful for him. He lets me be me, which is something I’ve never had in a relationship. We make a great team and I’m looking forward to spending many more years with him!

Day 43: Doing new workouts makes me happy. Each month, my trainer comes up with a new set of exercises for our sessions. I really like learning new stuff, so this is always a fun time for me.  I’m sure my trainer gets tired of my constant questions about what muscles will be worked and if my technique is good though. 

Day 44: Coworkers who are also friends make me happy. Imagine my surprise when I go to leave for work and my garage door wouldn’t open! I couldn’t get it open manually and had to be at work at 8am, so I called my officemate. She came to pick me up and I truly appreciated it! She is an awesome person to work with and also a good friend, which is a tough combination to find sometimes. 

Day 45: Teaching camp makes me happy. I’ve been teaching classes to internal staff this week–we call them “camps”–and I have really enjoyed this group of campers. They ask great questions and even laugh at my corny jokes. ūüôā