(Un)Natural Beauty

I always worry about getting hate when I write one of these posts about external beauty. I know there is a large (or maybe just vocal?) group of people out there who are all about looking natural and accepting yourself for who you are. But what if you don’t particularly like looking all natural?

Don’t get me wrong, I love myself! My love for myself is exactly why I am getting to a healthier state. And contrary to a lot of popular opinions, you can still love yourself and not like certain parts.

Beauty is Pain?

I had a bit of an epiphany the other day while I was on the waxing table. There is something about getting hundreds of hairs ripped out of sensitive skin brings your mind to a zen state. Or maybe it’s that moment when you start asking yourself “dear god, why did I subject myself to this torture?!”

Waxing is Beauty

But I did ask myself why. And the answer both surprised me and didn’t. I have always known that I don’t get waxed to please anyone but myself, despite the common belief that women only groom so they can be attractive to the opposite sex. Or same sex if that’s who they are attracted to. But it wasn’t just the lip service that I’ve always given when asked why.

I really wanted to have it done to please myself.

Beauty, to me, is not having giant caterpillars above my eyes. I feel self-conscious about the dark hair on my upper lip that miraculously appeared after having my son. I like to look in the mirror and be content with what I see.

I’m just pleasing a man…

Does my husband care if I go months without a waxing appointment? Yeah, he does. But not because he thinks hairy me is unattractive. It’s because when I skip going to my aesthetician, I end up feeling self-conscious and I start to complain about how I look. Me being unhappy with how I look makes him unhappy too.

I don’t know about you, but when I don’t feel pretty, I sure as hell don’t feel sexy. So yeah, it affects him. Does he care if I’m hairy? No, but he wants me to feel as beautiful as he thinks I am. That’s why he’ll sit in that little waiting room, or the car, or the restaurant next door and wait for me and then tell me I’m beautiful.

I’ve always thought it a little strange that I don’t look at going to get waxed as a chore or as torture. It seems to me like it’s just another part of my self-care. It’s part of my beauty routine as much as getting my hair cut and colored, getting my nails done, or exercising.

Waxing is Beauty

It’s important to recognize the things that make us feel beautiful and to do them, no matter what anyone tells we should or shouldn’t be doing. If it makes you feel good about yourself, then whatever it is, is helping you to love yourself more. Hold yourself to your own standard of beauty. It’s the only one that counts.


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Mimi’s Monday Menu

I can’t tell you what a lifesaver planning a menu can be. Once we sit down and figure out what we want to eat all week, we make a grocery list and then hit the market. This gets all of our shopping out of the way and allows me to come straight home after work.

Planning Makes Perfect

Planning makes perfect

Luckily for me, we decided on making keto buns yesterday and we designed our menu around their use. If I’d had to put something in the crockpot or prepped something this morning, we would have been eating out tonight.

I knew I would be going in early and staying for a 10 hour day, so we decided on easy to make sandwiches that I could throw together when I got home. That kind of thinking ahead meant that we had dinner on lock.

You see, I was supposed to be up at 5:45 this morning so I could be to work before 7am. That’s what was supposed to happen. But apparently, I was half asleep when I set my alarm because I set it for Tuesday morning, not Monday.

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Incredibly, I woke up at 6:45. I was out the door by 6:55, only to find my car frozen under a sheet of ice. Not frost, ice. But I still managed to pull into the parking lot at work before 7:05.

Despite my crazy morning, I came home, exercised and then was able to have dinner ready to eat before 6 pm. That makes for a tired, but happy camper!

The ol’ Switcheroo

But what if we’d planned on a crockpot dinner? The beauty of planning a menu means that we have a variety of foods ready to be made. If we’d had a plan for something that took a little morning prep, I could have switched today out with another, easier night, or a take-out night.

A little planning goes a long way.

So I thought, why not help out others with an easy way to plan out a week of dinners, along with a grocery list? Without further ado, I give you my Menu of Amazing Meals & Shopping List!

Want to know what’s on Mimi’s menu this week? Check it out below!

Mimi’s Monday Menu:

Monday: Grilled Cheese and Turkey on Ultimate Keto Buns

Tuesday: Dickies. Yeah, they know us by name.

Wednesday: Deconstructed Pizza Casserole. We ended up not making this last week, so we’re making it this week since we already have the ingredients!

Thursday: Chick-Fil-A

Friday: Tuna and Egg Salad on Ultimate Keto Buns

Saturday: Cheat Day!

Sunday: Cheeseburgers on Ultimate Keto Buns


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Weekend Weigh-In

Oh, Sunday, why do you have to show up every week to remind me that tomorrow I have to go back to work? Can’t I just stay home tomorrow and play the new Assassin’s Creed while pedaling my elliptical? I suppose not.

Oh well, it was a fairly good week, and a rather interesting weekend as far as progress. So, let’s just jump into the update!

The Good

Monday’s trip to the dentist ended up going very well. The rest of my mouth was planed and now it’s a matter of upkeep and one filling that will be done in two weeks. But given how sore my mouth was after the numbness finally wore off (almost 6 hours until it was completely gone!) I had a soft dinner, which meant I wasn’t counting carbs or calories. I just wanted to eat anything.

Anything turned out to be one snack pack of sugar-free jello and an entire container of Greek Gods Strawberry and Honey Yogurt. Holy cow that stuff is so good. Due to not being able to feel my mouth and not wanting to risk ending up wearing my lunch, I didn’t eat any, so by dinner, I had no self-control.

Still, I hit a new milestone this week by dropping down into the 270’s which means that I have hit more than 70lbs lost!

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The Bad

Oh god did we overdo it yesterday. And you know, we didn’t really eat a whole lot more than we normally do on cheat day. I just think that we’re about to hit another of those “It’s so good, but I just can’t have it anymore” moments.

I think the biggest mistake was eating dinner and dessert way too close to bedtime. We both ended up with horrible indigestion all night. I always take a Zantac before bed. Last night I took a second one at about 3 am, and I still had issues!

We both woke up this morning with sugar hangovers. It’s a real thing! I suppose that it’s actually a good thing. We’ve been cutting sugar out so much that when we do eat it, we have a bad reaction to it. Given that I used to eat an entire bag of gummy Lifesavers without issue, and yesterday I couldn’t eat more than 10, I’ll take the trade-off.

Measurements

Date: 10-28-17

Weight: 279.5 | -0.9 | Total: -70.5

Body Fat %: 55.6 | +0.1 | Total: -3.4%

BMI: 48.0 | -0.1 | Total: -12.1

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Here’s to another great week and another loss! Bring on Monday. I’ve got this.


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Corset Curves

Curves for Days

Today was one of those days where I woke up and decided to do something I’d been putting off for a long time. I’m a procrastinator of the worst sort at the best of times, but when there is something that I’m unsure about or dreading, I have a difficult time forcing myself to do what needs to be done. So, while I was grabbing my clothes out of the closet this morning, I decided to grab my beautiful long-line 426 corset from Orchard Corset.

Orchard Corset 426 Longline Cotton

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Wait, what?

That’s right, I have a corset. Back before summer set in, I was well on my way to seasoning this beauty. But, as often happens when you wear the largest possible size a company offers, and it doesn’t fit quite right, I eventually stopped wearing it. It didn’t really help that the hot and sticky weather of summer showed up.

And so my lovely longline and my sexy short 426 with hip-ties (that I have yet to season) went into hibernation, draped carefully over hangers in my closet.

But isn’t wearing a corset bad for you?

I know, I know, there is some controversy surrounding whether or not corsets are healthy for you. The myths about regularly wearing corsets causing organ squishing and damage to bones are exactly that…myths.

Lucy from Lucy’s Corsetry does an excellent job of explaining more about the popular myths surrounding the wearing of corsets.

A corset is like wearing a hug

On the contrary, I have found my corset to not only give me curves for days, but it’s also surprisingly comfortable. It’s like wearing a hug! It’s one of the many things I like to do to help me love my body more. That said there are some things I cannot do in my corset. I don’t exercise in it, I don’t sleep in it (though I could), and my longline is a bit of a hassle in the restroom, so I usually end up taking it off and either going without the rest of the day or take a few minutes to relace.

But it is incredibly helpful with my posture, gives me a confidence boost, and helps control my appetite. I’m not sure if that last one is because of the corset itself, since it’s not super tight, or because I’m just more conscious of what I’m eating when I’m wearing it.

So what happened already?!

Anyway, like I said, I haven’t put on my corset in a few months. And that’s mostly because when I got it, I got the largest size I could, and I still had to pull the laces out all the way in order to clasp it. Then lacing was…well, it was an ordeal. I couldn’t get closer than the very edge of the modesty panel which gave me a 4-5″ gap between the sides. That and my lacing was very uneven.

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First day I ever wore a corset

When you are laced up, the sides should look like this ||. Mine were more like this / \. Not good, to say the least.

When I got it out this morning, I thought, well, let’s just see if there’s any improvement. Holy Cow! I only had to loosen the laces to about 6 inches in the back to get it clasped. And then I pulled. And pulled a little more. I pulled until it was comfortably tight all the way down and then turned to look and make sure it was parallel. Not only were the laces almost perfectly parallel, the gap in the back was almost non-existent!

I can’t believe how many inches I’ve lost since I last tried it on. Talk about a non-scale victory!

Stealthing under a sweater at work today

The best part of wearing a corset?

The curves of course! I used to be an hourglass. But I’ve come to realize that I’ve become an apple. All my weight is in my tummy, and I feel like a ball most days. Having those snug laces give me a definable, noticeable waist? That’s an amazing feeling when looking in the mirror.


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Drawing Inksanity:

This month, my blogging has taken a bit of a back seat as I’ve tried to find a bit of balance with my many hobbies. Don’t get me wrong, fitness hasn’t been on the back burner, but finding time to devote to both writing AND drawing every day has been a little more than I felt capable of.

Balance Drawing and Writing

Drawing for Inktober

At the beginning of October, I made a promise to the mister that I would participate in Inktober. If you’ve never heard of this, it is a month of drawing in ink. I found a list of drawing prompts that I felt I could tackle and since the 1st of October, I have been making the time to draw every single day.

Now, for me, ink drawings take twice as long as pencil drawings. That’s because I draw in pencil first and then ink over the lines and erase the mistakes. I think that is a pretty common technique, but I’m a slow drawer as it is.

How it started

I am not a “natural” artist. I have not been drawing my whole life, and I certainly have never been told I’m a fantastic artist. Now, I have no illusions that I will one day quit my day job and become a full-time artist. In fact, it was one day in July 2016, that I told my husband, “I want to learn how to draw.”

I am one of those people who claimed to mess up stick figures! But with his support, I went out and bought a book, a pad of drawing paper, and some pencils. And from there, it has snowballed. I can’t go to Barnes and Noble without coming home with a new art book. I can lose myself in the art supply aisles in Michael’s. When we go to 2nd and Charles, we take a canvas tote for the cheap reference books that will inevitably end up in my arms (by the way, if you’ve never been, this place is awesome).

Drawing books

Practice, practice, practice

I LOVE to draw. I’m not great at it, but I love it. And I’m getting better. My first drawings were…well, they were pretty awful. However, though I am my own worst critic, there are some drawings these days that make me really happy with how far I have come in a little over a year.

When I started blogging, my art books started to gather a bit of dust. I spent so much time writing, that I didn’t have time for my art anymore. But I realized that a lot of that has to do with my lack of self-discipline. If I can stick to a fitness challenge, certainly I could stick to a drawing challenge.

And I have! Inktober has given me a new appreciation for how challenges keep me on track and give me a direction that I can stick to. I have six drawings left to complete for Inktober, but I’m not going to stop there. Next month, I’ll be posting my new drawing prompt list that I will be following for the month of November!

Finding Balance

As far as my blog, I have a weekend progress post, a Monday menu, and I think I will add in an art post on Thursdays. This blog is all about improvement and bettering myself. It’s about my journey. So I’m going to chronicle this journey as well.


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Mimi’s Monday Menu

Mimi’s Monday Menu Update:

Monday Menu Motivation

It’s time again for another look at our weekly menu! As I mentioned in my Weekend Weigh-in, I think I finally have down what works best for the mister and me. We always plan on at least two nights of eating out per week, and four nights of cooking in. Yes, I know that only accounts for 6 nights a week, but that’s because Saturday (or occasionally Sunday) is our cheat day, and it is entirely dependent on what we feel like that day.

Once I figured out that Fridays are a no-go for cooking anything elaborate, we came to the conclusion that meals on Friday evenings have to be simple enough that they are either a slow-cooker meal or casserole dish that I can toss in the oven when I get home from work and have that be the full extent of work I have to do. Otherwise, we end up having an unscheduled night out.

Tuesdays are an eat-out night simply because I go in to work early on Tuesday and work a 10-hour day. Cooking is NOT going to happen. I’ll let someone else do the cooking and clean-up, thank you very much. And, when we go someplace as yummy as Dickie’s BBQ it feels like a cheat day without being one.

I probably could cook on Thursdays, and on occasion I do. My only excuse for eating out on Thursday is that I’m lazy and I like fast food.

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Anyhow, this week’s menu revisits a few of our favorites, and includes a bit of a strange selection for tonight. Today is a dentist appointment, and I tend toward soft foods the evening after I go in for any kind of procedure that requires numbing.

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Mimi’s Monday Menu:

Monday: Greek Gods Strawberry yogurt and Sugar-free Black Cherry Jello for me, Lunchable for the Hubby (his choice).

Tuesday: Dickies, of course. We’ve got a card to stamp!

Wednesday: Low-Carb Slow-Cooker Jambalaya. I always look forward to this one!

Thursday: Burger King

Friday: Decontructed Pizza Casserole. This casserole is impossibly delicious. Check out my review here for more info.

Saturday:Cheat Day Menu

Sunday: Nathan’s Hot Dogs w/ Chili


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Weekend Weigh-In

Happy Weigh In! The past few weeks have seemed to just fly right by, but I’ve still managed to maintain my steps, challenge exercises and healthy diet. It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it when I manage to stay on track.

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The Good

The size 24 jeans are my go-to pants right now. I wear the 26’s when I’m looking for a little extra roominess, but the smaller size is now completely comfortable. I also think that I’ve gotten down the menu thing.

The mister and I discovered that I really dislike cooking on Fridays. I get SO lazy at the end of the week. I want to come home to relax after a long week of work. We don’t want to tack on another take-out night, so I compromised with making Friday a slow-cooker night. That has made Friday’s much more bearable.

It also makes Saturday mornings a little happier, since we both tend to show a loss when we’ve eaten at home the night before Weigh Day. On the contrary, we tend to show a weight gain when we eat out on Friday evenings.

We started a new challenge on Monday, and this one has been pretty fun. Next week it will get a bit more intense since we’ll be doing two sets of everything.

The Bad

We didn’t really run into anything bad this week. I’ve been a bit tired, but I think that’s mostly because of the change of seasons and a little less sleep than normal. There is just so much to do in a day!

So, on to the measurements!

Measurements

Date: 10-21-17

Weight: 280.4 | -1.2 | Total: -69.6

Body Fat %: 55.5 | +0.1 | Total: -3.5%

BMI: 48.1 | -0.2 | Total: -12

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All in all, I’m pretty stoked that I only have about a half pound to go until I’m out of the 280’s and hit that 70lb loss.


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Meet the Boys

I don’t talk a whole lot about my family, but I thought it might be time to introduce you all to my little inner circle. I’ve talked a bit about the mister, and I do have one son (who is about to turn 17!) and then we have….the boys. That is how we refer to them as a group, as in: “The boys are chewing again,” “Do we need hay for the boys?” and “The boys want a treat.”

If you haven’t figured it out, “the boys” refers to our adorable, picky, gluttonous little piggies. The mister and I have three guinea pigs that might as well be children. Once upon a time (5 years ago next month) we decided to get a pet together and finally decided on a guinea pig.

Cinnamon:

So we went to PetSmart to see what kind of piggies they had. Turns out, they only had one. A single little male that was a bright reddish orange with a white spot on his head. But he was damaged. His poor little ear had been all chewed up by one of his cage mates. Since his ear was a bit chewed, they let us adopt him for free! I would have paid for him because I was already in love. We picked up a cage that came with all the necessities like shavings, a water bottle, pellets and hay and we took him home.

One of the boys - Cinnamon

Cinnamon wanted his own FaceBook profile.

Truffles:

Fast forward about 6 months and we’d switched to fleece bedding that I made myself and we decided to get another piggy as a friend for our first, whom we had named Cinnamon. And thus, we adopted baby Truffles.

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Baby Truffles checking out his new home.

Cinnamon and Truffles became the best of buddies and we ended up ditching the much too small (even for one) cage and got our boys a new cube and coroplast (C&C) condo.

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Cinnamon and Truffles checking out their new loft.

Doodle:

And then along came our third. Snickerdoodle (the guinea pig formerly known as Spike) was rehomed to us by a co-worker of mine. He quickly integrated with our other boys and we ended up getting an even bigger cage to accommodate our growing family.

Snickerdoodle (Doodle) in his first cuddle cup (Nov 2015)

Doodle, Cinnamon, and Truffles – Best Buddies

Unfortunately, shortly after Cinnamon’s 4th adoption day, we lost him to illness. It was devastating to us. We still miss our little Cinnabutt (as we often called him). It was hard for a time to go to PetSmart to get supplies and see the new piggies there.

Newt:

But one day, a few weeks after Cinnamon passed, we walked by the guinea pig enclosure. There was a single little piggy. All alone. Just like Cinnamon had been. My heart almost broke. So we asked about the little guy. He’d just come from the vet after being treated for ringworm. All of his littermates had been sold while he was in quarantine.

He was so tiny! Cute little Newt.

And so we came home with Newt. We named him after my favorite Hufflepuff because he looks like a little badger! For a time, all three members of the new trio got along just fine.

A New Order:

At least until Newt hit his “teens” and started showing a rebellious streak. This upset the status quo with Doodle. So we enlarged and walled off the upstairs portion of the cage and moved Doodle to his deluxe apartment in the sky.

At least until Newt decided to assert his dominance with poor, easy going Truffles, who has always been a more docile member of the pig pack. So Doodle moved back into the palace with Truffles and now Newt has the high-rise.

The Boys

Yes, that bottom cage is really 4.5’x2.5′ and the top is 3.5’x2.5′. Spoiled, spoiled piggies!

So here we are with our three adorkable piggies, full of life and personality and spoiled absolutely rotten. If we get another life, I want to come back as a guinea pig whose humans give them plush couches, all the hay they could want, and soft fleece to live on in a palatial cage. That’s the life, right there.

And don’t they know it.

Are You Up for a Challenge?

Are You Up for a Challenge?

If it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you. - Frank Devito

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

I’ve seen this quote a lot while picking through memes and pictures for my daily motivation posts on Facebook. Coined by Fred Devito, co-author of Barre Fitness, I think I want to get a poster of this quote and plaster it everywhere.

When we are going about our daily lives, we generally stick to the things that work. We get into a routine and it becomes our normal. We rarely deviate from our schedules and routines. Until we are faced with a challenge, that is.

Life is ChallengingWhat do I mean by challenge?

Challenges come in many different forms. It could be a detour on our normal way to work that forces us to deviate from our route and discover a path that might take two more minutes but it passes by a beautiful park you decide to visit come your next day off. Maybe you had a pipe burst that ruined the carpet on your first floor. After the initial anxiety and frustration wear off, you might decide to finally get that hardwood flooring you’ve always wanted to put down but you’ve been putting it off because of the time and expense.

Or it could be a test result from your doctor that puts you on a medication and motivates you to make changes in your life that will get you to a healthier state. The point is, we rarely make changes until we are forced into it. The trick is to make the best of the new situation you find yourself in.

I find it challenging to fit everything I want to do in a day into the 24 short hours that I have, and at times it is difficult to see where my priorities are, or should be. But I have one particular priority that will never change again: taking care of myself.

No matter what challenges come my way, I will never again allow myself to fall into the thinking that I can take care of myself tomorrow. Tomorrow often becomes never.

Does it have to be earth-shaking?

Now, not every challenge is life-changing, but they do change us over time, in small ways, all the time. I have begun to see the benefit of setting specific challenges for myself. Right now, I’m doing the Inktober challenge for my artwork. 31 days of ink drawings following a specific prompt. My drawing hobby was starting to fall by the wayside, and I needed to get myself going again. I get frustrated because I’m not an amazing artist, but by working at it a little each day, I’m beginning to see steady improvement in my technique.

My drawing hobby was starting to fall by the wayside, and I needed to get myself going again. I get frustrated because I’m not an amazing artist. But by working at it a little each day, I’m beginning to see steady improvement in my technique. I’ve enjoyed it so much that my hubby surprised me with a new list for November so I can keep going.

Last month, I debuted my first shot at making a few 30-day fitness challenges. The mister and I did them faithfully, every single day. And it was killer! It gave us a set number of specific exercises to do each day. We kicked ass all month and each day it was challenging to complete just one more rep than the day before.

All good things must come to an end, however, and we completed the challenge on Thursday.  So, in keeping with my topic today, I have created a new fitness challenge for the next four weeks!

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4-Week Total Body Challenge

Keep in mind that you can do these exercises with weights, without weights, and modify them as you need to, including the number you do. The important thing is to do what you can and challenge your limits.

Are you ready to challenge yourself? Join me in kicking ass for the next four weeks by printing out Melting Mimi’s 4 Week Total Body Challenge.


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Choose Change

Choose to Change

Why Do I Want to Change?

There are a lot of people out there these days that are all about big is beautiful and calling out body shaming and every size is sexy and beautiful. I’m not here to rain on anyone’s parade, but some days I feel like it’s damned if I do change, damned if I don’t change.

There are some out there who would call me a disgusting pig because of my weight. Then there are those that insist that if you try to lose weight, you’ve obviously been brainwashed by the patriarchy.

“How can you live like that? How can you eat that? Don’t you care about your body at all?”

“Why would you want to lose weight? Can’t you just love yourself the way you are? Embrace your curves!”

Well, I’ve got two middle fingers, and I think both of these camps deserve them.

Let’s Talk about Shamers

No one wants to be fat. Let’s just put that out there right now. Here’s a page of 38 Diets from 2016 that only scratch the surface. We wouldn’t have so damn many if people actually liked being fat. I’ve never met anyone who enjoyed not being able to find their size in a store or getting winded walking up the stairs to the bathroom. Do you really think that when you tell someone they are fat that you are telling them something they don’t already know?

Thanks, Captain Obvious! I never knew! I’ll get right on that.

The worst ones are the ones that make fun of people who are working out at a gym, walking or jogging down a street, or taking a yoga class. Screw you, asshole!

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Okay, now that we’ve talked about those jerks, let’s talk about the other group.

Let’s Talk about Embracers

I’m all for showing more body types in advertisements, showcasing some plus size models, and not making fun of people for their weight. But these people who are trying to make it sound like its normal. This is NOT the normal state of a healthy human body. Keyword: Healthy.

Being overweight, being obese, is NOT Healthy. I don’t care if you work out every single day and you eat cleaner than Gweneth Paltrow, if you are overweight, you are not healthy. Period. If you have an excess of body fat, then your body is working too hard. And if you are pushing the narrative that it is perfectly acceptable to be overweight, you are a part of the problem. Do I think that I’m ugly because I’m overweight? No, I don’t. I know that there are people who think I am. But their opinion doesn’t matter to me, because the people who love think I’m beautiful, including me. But that doesn’t mean I think society at large should have to change what is considered beauty. Being healthy is even more beautiful!

But I’m healthy, right?

I am severely overweight. Fitting into the morbidly obese category, I’m also pretty sure I’d be a candidate for weight loss surgery if I really wanted to give it a shot (which I don’t). I also do 21,000 steps and strength training every day, with a good 30 minutes of cardio dancing 2-3 times a week. Six out of seven days I eat healthily.

I am not healthy. I’m not even CLOSE. But I’m getting there. Every day I get a little closer to the goal of being healthy. There is a difference between being fit, and being healthy. There are some people who are overweight, but they are extremely fit. And that fitness offsets some of the problems that come with being overweight. I’m beginning to get to that point. I can go 10 miles a day on my elliptical and I’m almost ready to increase the weight I’ve been working with. But I still have a long way to go.

Now, I’m not saying that if you are overweight you are any less of a person. Absolutely not. There is nothing wrong with YOU as a person if you are not healthy, but we need to stop pretending that its okay to not even try.

I love my body and my life. I want to have it for a long time to come. In order to be here for another 40 or 50 years, I have to change. Change is hard, but it is oh so worth it.

I Deserve Change


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Weekend Weigh-In: 09/30/17

It’s that time again! Well, it’s actually past time, but I was quite busy on Saturday and didn’t get around to my measurements until last night. I did weigh on Saturday morning, but my tape measure is sitting at work with the rest of my sewing stuff. Thus, I picked up a new sewing kit yesterday at the grocery store for me to keep at home since my sewing stuff is at work indefinitely. Bonus: the new tape measure has not been nibbled on by guinea pigs (yet).

The Good

Aside from having a brand new measuring tape I also have some brand new pairs of jeans. Last weekend, I opted to use a coupon I’d been hanging onto from Torrid and expanded my winter wardrobe with some new items. I’ve been wearing a size 26 jeans since the spring. They still fit pretty well but while I was trying them on I thought…”Why not?”

I tried some 24’s. They were just a smidge snug. What the hell…I went ahead and bought them. I expected to try them on in a few more weeks to see if got any looser. Well, after getting dressed on Saturday and going about my day, I realized that my jeans felt a little snug. Not in a bad way, just a little tighter than I was used to them fitting since my 26’s have been getting a bit loose.

I was about to get upset until I checked the label and realized I’d been wearing my 24’s all day. Without muffin-top. Score!

Weigh-in Measurements Progress

 

The Bad

Okay, so the bad is not so bad. We did our measurements, and comparing them to last month, I realized I had only lost about 2.2 lbs total in the past month. Not as much as I had hoped for, but a loss is still a loss.

Just because I didn’t lose as much in pounds as I wanted, doesn’t mean I get to slack off or love my body any less. It’s important to focus on the things I did right, improve in the areas I’ve neglected, and never stop loving my body.

So I’m redoubling my efforts with MyFitnessPal and planning for more intensity in our next 30-day challenge since there are only 10 days remaining in the one we’ve been doing.

Even the setbacks provide a window to improvement.

 

Measurements

Date: 09-30-17 & 10-1-17

Weight: 283.1 | -0.9

Body Fat %: 55.2 | -1.3

BMI: 48.6 | -0.1

Bust: 56.05″ | -1.5″

Waist: 52.25″ | -0.75″

Hips: 58.5″ | -0.25″

R. Thigh: 27″ | -2″

R. Calf: 17″ | +/- 0″

R. Bicep: 14.5″  | +/- 0″

I had a total, overall inch loss of 6.7″, quite worth the work I’ve put in over the past month. Here’s hoping next month’s measurements are even better!


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Mimi’s Menu: 10/1/17 – 10/6/17

Happy Sunday! This week I took a few days off from blogging, but I am back and ready to keep cooking, dancing, moving, and improving.

Last Week’s Menu

Last week’s menu was relatively easy to stick to, and there were some pretty tasty options on there.

Our jambalaya is one of the hubby’s favorite meals, and I’m always happy to toss those ingredients into the crockpot so I can come home to a delicious and filling meal. The other meals did take a bit more prep work and effort, but they are always worth the time.

A Look Ahead

This week, we’ll be trying out one new main dish recipe as well as two favorites. I found a new recipe for low-carb breaded chicken tenders, and I thought we could try them on some delicious keto buns. I might make two batches of the buns so we can have some for other meals as well.

I’m definitely looking forward to dinner tomorrow night. That deconstructed pizza casserole is just phenomenal. I’d eat it even if we weren’t going low-carb! We just had this two weeks ago, and the mister was already asking me to make it again.

On the menu

Who wouldn’t want more of this?

 

The Menu

Sunday: Nathan’s hot dogs with chili

Monday: Low-Carb Deconstructed Pizza Casserole

Tuesday: Dickie’s Barbeque

Wednesday: Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken (Recipe coming this week)

Thursday: Taco Bell

Friday: Keto Chicken Tenders on the Ultimate Keto Buns

What’s on your menu this week? Leave a link to your must-try dish in the comments!


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