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!


Ride on, Raven! Thanks for nine awesome years!