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Stay Positive and Keep Pushing Forward

Yes, my journey to getting healthy is going slower than I had originally planned.

My original plan was 50lbs a year for two years. Well, I am in year three now, and I am close to reaching the 40lb mark.
See? Slower than I planned.
But...that almost 40lbs is gone and hasn't been seen in 3 years. THAT is an accomplishment that I am proud of. Every little bit counts.

And it hasn't been easy. I was close to this 40lb goal right before Thanksgiving - the same week my dad had a heart attack. The stress had me not eating at first, but then the anxiety kicked in and I made a few bad food choices. I had good moments and bad moments over the next month. But those bad choices didn't define me, and here I am, back on the threshold of that small milestone.

I chose a long term goal (2 years) so the weight is easier to keep off. So I can learn how to allow myself pizza once in a while, or baked potato chips as a treat, and bread!! But learn how to eat those things without overdoing it.

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Meal planning is hard

I am the first stop when it comes to how and what we eat in the Gatto house. I plan the meals, I do the shopping, then I cook the meals. (and I really don't enjoy any of it, lol)

Some weeks I really enjoy making the menu. Other weeks (like now) it just feels like work. I get tired of making and eating the same things over and over, but my idea of cooking is limited to only a few ingredients. If the recipe is too long, not only do I immediately get uninterested, but it will cost too much money to shop for that one meal. I need to plan a week so I can stay within my budgeted amount. And that can be difficult when trying to eat healthy.
Why in the world is it cheaper to buy frozen meals and chips then to buy fresh veggies and fresh lean meats? You know I'm right.
I cut out frozen/processed foods two years ago. I do buy frozen veggies (not with sauce or flavoring, just plain frozen veggies). I do occasionally buy frozen french fries, but I have attempted to make my own from fresh p…

Take the first step

My husband often picks on me because I now only eat a half of a bagel for breakfast and my coffee (with creamer - the way I like it). Half a frozen bagel.
That's because I like my bagels. And I like my coffee. And this way I can have what I enjoy, just a smaller portion. And over time, it has become enough. Yes, I have days that I think I want the other half, but I don't make it. I just drink my coffee, and as the minutes go by, I no longer want that other half.
I make sure I eat that even if I am running out to do errands.

That is one small step you can take towards getting healthy.
Not denying myself helps me not go way off my diet because I am not craving things I enjoy.
But, having my bagel (which I really enjoy) even on days I need to go do running, also keeps me from eating a bag of chips for breakfast, lol, or stopping at a fast food place.

Find something small you can change and start there. Then slowly cut back on other things. If you go out (which you should cut back…

No way.... Way!

Somehow, even with the cookies that I ate over Christmas... I didn't gain any weight!
I feel bloated and gross, but the scale doesn't lie.
At least Sunday when I get back to not eating the junk, I will be starting where I left off and not have extra weight to battle.

I can do this.

I've decided that one thing I will work for in 2020 is that I will NOT beat myself up when I have a bad food day. I will just accept it for what it was, a bad day. I will re-start at the next meal. If that means in 3 hours or the next morning, whatever.

It's easy to get down on yourself, but that just makes you fall farther down the spiral. And sometimes once you are that far down, it is tough to dig yourself out.
So I will be kinder to myself about my mistakes.
I will pull myself up, brush myself off, and start again.
I am strong, and I can do this.

Happy New Year 2020

Do you do New Years resolutions?
I don't. I'm just going to break them anyway.
I never do the "New Year New Me" thing.

I'm only as good as what I put the work into - right? If I want to get healthy, I'll put the work into it, regardless of a silly resolution. 
I'd rather just go into the new year with a plan that I know is achievable.
I know that sounds like a new years resolution, huh?
But I don't give up anything for Lent either, so....

I know what I want out of my 2020, and I will work to get it.
And I wish the same for anyone reading this.

2020 is:

And my 2019 was rough... I'm hoping for a much kinder and much gentler 2020!

You do You

Every have one of those weeks where you are determined to make it work, and then it just... doesn't?

Yeah, that was this week for me. I was sure I was going to make it through the holiday week with no hiccups. But that didn't happen. And I'm not going to beat myself up about it either. I had a tough 2019, and I will be glad to usher in 2020.
Yes, I enjoyed too many cookies over the last week.
But my days were also filled with family, relaxing, and holiday cheer.
And I don't think I ate as many cookies as I usually do. But maybe I didn't get in my water every day.

I was catching up on #GH from this past week, when Jason Morgan graced my screen. And my motivation for getting back on track was front and center. After all, he is the face of Burton Nutrition. And that is the plan that helped me drop the first 35lbs.
I need to replenish my protein powder inventory, then I can ring in 2020 with a new plan.
My goals are to get to the gym at least once a week and to lose 5…