Focus Friday

Woohoo! We made it to Friday again. BOOM! This has been such a great week. I really think having Monday off just helped my mindset so much.

As I’m thinking about the upcoming weekend, I want to take my momentum from the week & carry it right on into the weekend. I have followed my plan & when I wanted to go off plan, I just told myself “I am someone who follows their plan. No matter what.” The feelings I want to generate this weekend are feelings of pride; in sticking to my plans. I have been a champ at making plans for the past several months, but not so much at sticking to them. I have a jam packed weekend where I won’t be home a lot, so I definitely need to create realistic plans so I will follow them.

One thing that has really helped me this week is journaling. It’s something I really don’t like & want to avoid at all costs, but it’s where the hard work is done. I am committed to journaling every day for the month of September, whether it’s in my notebook or in voice note on my phone. At the end of every entry, I have been writing 10 things that went right that day. They are as simple as I drank all my water or I said no to Chick-Fil-A because it wasn’t on my plan. Those little acts of positivity really help get you in a much better headspace. Our minds naturally tend to focus on the negative & that is not any fun.

What plans do y’all have for this weekend? Let me know how I can support you in reaching your goals.

Abby

10×12

10×12 — what does it mean?

10 pounds by December 2018. I haven’t decided if it’s December 1 or December 31…

I’m thinking December 1. 10 pounds is a huge goal for me. I haven’t put a timeline on weight loss in a long time. Mainly because I didn’t want to be disappointed if I didn’t lose the weight in the time I’ve given myself. I am allll in on this, y’all!

How will I accomplish this goal?

  1. Sleep
  1. Water
  1. Making & following a food plan everyday
  1. Eating only when hungry & stopping at satisfied
  1. Log all food
  1. Exercise 3-4 times per week
  1. Not beat myself up when I mess up
  1. Journal every day

None of these steps are hard & most of them are things I’m already doing. I am super pumped to see my progress.

My big goal is obviously 10 pounds by 12/1.

My other BIG goal is meeting my actual goal weight by 5/25/2019. I think that’s the first time I’ve put that into words. So there it is… we are going on a big family vacation that day & I want to be at goal. That has really lit a fire under me. Hey, whatever works right?

What is a goal you can set? Let me know & I will be happy to support you!

Have the best day!

Abby

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Wellll, here we are! I was going to say “Monday, again” but it’s actually Tuesday. Woohoo! So thankful for the much needed day of rest yesterday. Why can’t Tennessee move to a 4-day school week?!

Anyway, let’s talk about my weekend. It was great! Saturday, I had to help with church setup & then I had friends over for the game. Y’all. Thank goodness for good friends because the game was not so good.

Did I stick to my plan is the real question, right? I DID!

I planned to overeat because social situations are an area that I am trying to gain better control over in regards to overeating. I am a million miles from where I was, but not where I want to be. Yet. Physically, I felt pretty bloated & just blah afterwards. I don’t like feeling like that & I am going to lean on that memory each time I want to overeat junk in the future. Will it happen again? I am sure, but I am headed in the right direction with the new habits I’m forming.

Saturday was also my precious boy’s second birthday 😊😊😊

Can you even?! He is too much. He also enjoyed a doggy cake that he shared with his doggy friends Fitz & Quincy.

As for my transformation Tuesday post,

I am so glad I never gave up on myself. If you are struggling today, don’t give up! You are worth it. You deserve every bit of fullness life has to offer! This journey has been slow & definitely not linear, but imagine if I had quit. NO WAY!

Reach out if you want to know how I changed my life & stopped counting calories/points/macros. I’d love to get you plugged in.

Have the best day!

Abby

Focus Friday

Friday is a weigh-in day for a lot of people, myself included. However, I want to focus less on the number on the scale & more on the other things in my life that can contribute to a better life.

This Friday, I want to focus on the feelings I want to generate this weekend. What feelings do I want to generate this weekend? I want to feel proud. How will I generate that feeling? I will make realistic plans. I will also follow through with those plans. The follow through is what will generate the feeling of pride. I want to be someone who follows through with her plans no matter what. No matter what. I didn’t gain weight or stay overweight because I stuck to my plans. I have had enough spontaneous eating.

It is a big weekend here in Knoxville: THE FIRST WEEKEND OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL! My beloved Vols play tomorrow in Charlotte. I am having friends over to watch the game. We had a ton of food leftover from a shower we hosted earlier in the week, so that takes care of that part. Social situations (even in my own house) are times when I tend to overeat. It is a pattern that I recognize & am making a very conscious effort to change.

How will I do that tomorrow so that I can feel proud?

  1. I will have a healthy meal in the late morning. The game is at 330, so I will not starve myself all day.
  2. I will only eat when I am hungry. Not just because the food is there.
  3. Everything I eat will be on a plate. No mindless picking.
  4. I will drink my gallon of water. Enough said.

Sticking to these 4 things during the game will definitely help generate feelings of pride around my food. It will also be really easy to stick to these! At least that is what I’m telling myself. Spending some time today making a plan for tomorrow will make it a lot easier & I won’t have to fly by the seat of my pants — which usually doesn’t end well for me.

Here’s a little face to face Friday action for y’all! We are going in the right direction & next year’s photo will be on.another.level.

Have a great weekend, y’all! What feelings do you want to generate?

Stay golden!

Abby

Weekend Happenings

Happy Monday! Since I am off in the summer, it’s kind of like one long weekend. Last Friday, Neely & I packed up & headed to my parents for a few days. It’s only about a 3 1/2 hour drive, so not too bad. I’ve done it so much in the last almost 12 years that my car should be able to drive itself. How I wish! Friday night, I got a wild hair & decided I wanted to grill some salmon + veggies for dinner. I’d never grilled salmon before, but I thought it turned out really well.Saturday, I went to a state park just up the road for a hike. I’ve been there a few times before, but never taken this particular trail. I was pleasantly surprised with how fun & pretty it was! We hiked for about 2 hours & then enjoyed a delicious fajita lunch. So fun — except about 5 minutes into the hike, Neely didn’t want to go near the first creek bed & he backed out of his harness & TOOK OFF. I called him & somehow summoned an Elastigirl arm to grab him by the collar as he was sprinting past me. 😅 needless to say, his harness got tightened up after that. Sunday, I went to church with my family. My aunt & I also went to see my grandmother since I wasn’t here for her birthday (July 4). She turned 92 & she’s still doing really really well physically! I was gone from 8a-9p which made for a long day, but so worth it. I also took zero photos. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Hope you all are well! Tell me about your weekend! Talk soon! Abby

I did it!

In May, I finally joined the PNP Tribe. I have been following Corinne & her coaches since October, but I never felt the need to join. Until May. She had an opening in May & something was just pulling at me to join. So I did. I’ve been a tribe member for about 1.5 months now & it’s been amazing. Ups & downs for sure, but I’m learning so much.

After getting a new form of birth control in May, my body has decided to hang on to every ounce of weight & release none. I’m not going to lie- that has been so frustrating. I finally join the tribe & put in the work yet I’m seeing no results. Womp womp. I also know myself & I know that I will use this an excuse to just eat all the things & start the cycle over again. Although I’m not losing, I am maintaining the same 2lb weight range. That’s what I need to focus on. One day, my body will finally let go of some weight. Until then, I will keep putting in the work.

Have I been 100% on plan since I joined? For sure no. The great thing is, I have wonderful accountability partners & many resources to help me get right back on plan. That’s been the best part of having this community.

Alright y’all, it is America’s birthday. I’ve got my very realistic plan in place & am ready to execute it. Have a great one & I will see y’all soon. I PROMISE! Abby

Getting Back on Track

Have you ever fallen off the wagon before? Shoot, I know I have. More times than I can count probably. I’m sitting here at my desk this Monday morning feeling heavy & very uncomfortable. After a week of indulging, I wouldn’t expect any less. I’m actually thankful for this feeling. It’s the biggest motivator for me to get myself back on plan. I don’t want to feel like crap anymore.

Sure, I had a week of not planning & eating what I wanted or what I had on hand & that showed up on the scale. So how do you get back on track? First of all, don’t fall into the shame spiral. Just because I had a week that wasn’t ideal, means nothing about me as a person. The past is the past. It happened & I am moving on. Focusing on the off-plan eating from last week isn’t going to get me anywhere except down a hole I don’t need to be.

Take it 24 hours at a time! Last night, I planned what I was going to eat today. I have been consistently fasting for almost 2 months now & I love the way I feel + the results I get. My dinner tonight is going to be some slow-cooked chicken with Banza pasta & some pesto. I may add an egg to it- I don’t know why, but that just sounds good for some reason. I’m also going to have some coffee with collagen + Kombucha (really hoping that will help my upset stomach). And of course, LOTS of water.

Tonight, I’ll make a plan for tomorrow. I’m just going to take it one day at a time & one meal at a time to get myself back on plan. This week, I will choose to plan and to follow through with my plan. Boom.

What are your go-tos for getting back on the wagon? I’d love to hear!

Stay golden!

Abby

Weigh-In Friday

Alright, y’all! Happy Friday! I told myself I was going to share all parts of my journey- good, bad, & ugly. This week isn’t pretty…

4/20/18: 167.5

4/27/18: 170.6

Not quite going in the right direction this week… I didn’t make my 24 hour plans & I chose (because remember, everything is a choice) to overeat.

Do I really think I gained 3.1 pounds in a week? No. I think a lot of it is water retention, honestly. I are mainly carb heavy meals this week which I haven’t been doing. I went to a banquet last night – I had chicken with broccoli & potatoes + chocolate cheesecake. I also had pizza on Wednesday night & donuts on Tuesday. But, that’s life. Days & weeks like that happen, but they can’t be the norm.

Since I’m being super honest (which I try to be all the time), I almost went to McDonald’s for breakfast this morning. I was driving to work & my stomach was grumbling. I thought ‘one meal won’t hurt, I’ll get back on plan after this meal.’ Thankfully, I work pretty far out & there aren’t very many places to grab breakfast which meant McDonald’s was packed. I would have been so late for work had I stayed in that line. Then I thought, ‘I’ll have one of the kids get me a school breakfast.’ I didn’t do that either. Instead, I made my coffee with collagen + a splash of NutPods. I still feel some hunger, but nothing I can’t handle.

Bringing the truth on Friday! I have a wedding tomorrow night & I have no idea what is on the menu. I do plan to have cake & hopefully some champagne.

I hope y’all stayed on track better than I did this week. I’ve only got 4 weeks of school left (YAY!). I am going to meal prep on Sunday to set myself up for success.

Stay golden!

Abby

Transformation Tuesday

The first photo is Easter 2016 & the second is Easter 2018! I’m so thankful & proud that I took control of my health. The journey has been full of ups & downs – definitely not linear, but here we are… heading in the right direction!

This one 😳 pretty scary to share! The first photo was March 2015- right before my very first round of the Whole30 program. The left was just a couple weekends ago. I walked past the mirror that morning & thought ‘who is this?’ I definitely do not see my body like that.

What changed between these photos? SO MUCH! The main thing is the mental game- I am working hard on mastering my thoughts. I have always been very mentally tough except when it came to food. I let it control me. Not anymore.

I would love to help you if you are wondering where to start! Email me or hit me up on Instagram or Facebook (@abalancedblonde).

Stay golden!

Abby

Small Changes

“I have so much weight to lose. I don’t even know where to get started.” I hear this all the time from people! It is very daunting to think about losing 50, 100, 150+ pounds. It seems like you’ll never get there, so you just don’t get started & the cycle starts over again. Am I right?

First of all, let’s not worry about how far you have to go. Let’s think about today. What change can you make today to get you to your goals? The #1 change you can make is to track your food! Commit for 10 days to write down every single thing you eat. Every thing – good, bad, or ugly make sure that is tracked. Write down your overeats, your emotional eats, & those times you eat off plan.

Having everything written down will help you see how you can improve your diet. You will be able to level up your food game once you know what & why you are eating. Before we start to change what we are eating, I want you to be very comfortable with writing everything down. Make that a habit you will stick with before introducing anything new.

The next small change I would make is: WATER! Commit to drinking a minimum of 64oz/day. If you normally drink cokes or other sweetened beverages, have a small glass of water before you drink that. Your urine should be a pale yellow. I promise you will notice a big difference once you are properly hydrated. My tips for drinking water are: get a fun water bottle/glass & use a straw if you can. I like Camelbak or Contigo sport bottles- another are the hydro flask bottles with the sport tops. I’m trying to get away from drinking out of plastic bottles, so the hydro flask bottle has been a lifesaver. Mine is 40oz & I love it!

I challenge you to commit to these 2 things for the next 10 days. Let me know if you are up for it. Hit me up over @abalancedblonde on Facebook or Instagram or shoot me an email abalancedblonde@gmail.com. I would love to help you out!

Stay golden!

Abby