Losing weight and my mind all at the same time! I'm a SAHM, Wife and Girl Boss. Working hard to hit my goal weight of 160 pounds by following the Weight Watchers program. There's been a bunch of excuses and other such things blocking my way, but 2017 is going to be the year!
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Lower Body Makeover
Step One (the easy one)
Try this out, dark wash jeans with 2% spandex and a contoured waistband, the dark color of the jean is flattering to your lower half and the fitted waistband stops gapping at your midsection.Avoid jeans with a straight waistband and stay away from fading or intricate details across the lap area which draws attention to wide hips.
Wearing a trouser style jean that falls straight down from the hips disguising fullness from the thighs.Avoid any fading that goes down the thigh, which draws attention to full thighs.You’ll also want to steer clear of stretchy jeans such as jeggings which call attention to all those areas that you’re trying to hide.
Find some jeans with a rise that is higher in the back than the front.The extra fabric in the back will keep your rear view covered, if you pair that with plain style medium sized pockets this will balance out a fuller rear.Try to avoid styles that have smaller back pockets or no back pockets at all; this just accentuates your full rear view.Also skip the jeans that have fading across the sear.
Step Two (a little harder than one)
Working the hard way is what is going to help you obtain an amazing rear view!Bringing it back to basics is really the only way to go.Doing cardio, lunges and squats will get you there.You can focus your workout on your “problem area” by choosing a workout like hiking or walking uphill, using an elliptical or stair climbing machine with the resistance working, spinning class, or for fun try out a belly dancing or Zumba class.
Stand with your feet 2 ft apart, toes turned out.Bend knees, keeping your back straight and head high, now lower your body a few inches.Make sure your knees don’t go past your toes, and return to starting position.Variation of this would be pulses-starting position is the same, but lower your body as deeply as you can, without letting the knees go past your toes, pulse down about an inch 20 times, then hold the plie position for a count of 20 before returning to start.
Stand with feet together, now step forward with your right leg as far as you can without letting right knee pass your toes and try to lower thigh parallel to the floor.Hold your lunge for 10 counts, pulse down an inch for another 10 counts, and then hold your lunge for an additional 10 counts.Bring right foot back to meet left.Now repeat with opposite leg.
One Leg Squats-
Stand with feet hip-width apart, hands on waist.Bend your knees and lower your butt and hips as if you’re about to sit in a chair.Keeping your back straight and right leg bent, left your left knee until thigh is parallel to the floor.Hold for 10 seconds, return to start.Do 5 reps, repeat with opposite leg, try working up to 20 reps.
Standing Leg Extensions-
With feet hip width apart, place your hand onto a chair for balance.Lift and tighten abs to keep your back stable.Flex left foot and lift your leg behind you 3 inches off the floor.Now hold for 10 seconds.Swing left leg in front of you, bending your knee and raising thigh to hip level.Keep your abs engaged.Return to start, doing 20 reps.Repeat on the opposite side.
My biggest reflection from week nine is that I was over confident. This is a rabbit hole I fall into quite often while trying to lose weight. I have a really good week for weight loss like I did on week eight, then in a true self sabotaging action I get lax on my "food rules". This week it was some Peeps Oreos on Sunday and Monday, extra biscuit (or 2) with dinner on Sunday, a box of mini Charleston Chews on Tuesday and a whole pint of frozen yogurt on Wednesday. Thankfully my brain snapped back after that pint of froyo. I stood in my kitchen and actually said out loud "WHAT IS YOUR DEAL?" The Oreos and biscuits were foods that were brought into the house by someone else, but I chose to eat them and I chose to not track them. The other items I purposefully went out and purchased, I tracked them, but then tried to starve myself out to "make-up" for the points. We all know that is the worst thing you can do to your body. I know it's horrible, bu…
After my recent Weight Watchers meeting room topic on "Let it go" and the fact that Tuesday June 27, 2017 was PTSD Awareness Day, I have decided to finally publish this post. It's a tough read, but one that for my own healing needed to write.
Some of you know me personally and know a good deal about me. This post has a little bit for everyone, for my friends - I hope this shines a light on what flies around in my head most days and for people stumbling upon this post - I hope it helps you either personally or with someone you know. That it helps you understand why we act the way we do sometimes, because it can become exhausting pretending that we are ok. The post is long, but something I needed to write for my own healing.
Lately I've been struggling and not just with my weight. I 've been pulling away from social situations and staying close to what's familiar and comfortable. I've been keeping my support people as close as possible. Anxiety is …
Boost your know how about this essential nutrient.
During the April 9th meeting we discussed protein and its importance in your daily diet. It's something that will help you to sustain yourself a little longer with higher protein foods. especially is you're working out.
According to the Weight Watchers weekly, you should aim for 8 grams of protein daily for every 20 pounds you weigh. If you weigh 180, for example, you'd aim for 72 grams of protein per day. Let's remember that protein is a nutrition hero!
Protein can help to strengthen your bones and support muscles, cartilage, skin and blood health. We all are fairly familiar with animal proteins such as poultry ,seafood, eggs and dairy. But don't overlook vegetarian proteins like beans, peas, soy products, nuts and seeds. Many high protein foods are rich in B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, zinc and magnesium, all of which help keep the body running smoothly. Since much of our body is made up of protein eatin…