Monday, July 30, 2012

I'm back and better than ever!

Hello followers of my blog,

I apologize for being MIA the past couple of weeks. I was sick for two weeks (thanks allergies) and between going to work full time and trying to get better I was wore out. I went to bed at about 8:30 at night....

Anyways I am back and ready to update everyone on my life!

So I am at 40 pounds! Wow! That is awesome! I did not really work hard on my diet while I was sick but I've lost three pounds since my last post. It's still a loss and I am very happy with myself! I have to give myself a pat on the back.

What else? Oh I found this recipe for sour cream enchiladas on Pinterest. Now I know we all love Pinterest. It makes us believe we can cook, create, wear anything! I mean my future wedding will be the bomb since I've pretty much planned it on my wedding I need to find a boyfriend who can deal with me! :) So I wanted to make a skinny version of the yummy enchiladas....I substituted with fat free sour cream, fat free cheese, whole wheat/low carb tortillas, and fat free cream of chicken.

It turned out ok but it needs some work. So I will make it again and change a few things. It was just so rich and I was like there is no way this is healthy...but when I put it into my WW recipe builder and it came out to be 7 points for one. But trust me one was enough. I will make it sometime again and see if it turns out better.

Is there anything you see on Pinterest that you want made into a healthier dish? Comment with a link to the pin and I will try to take it on!

So my roommate and I had a big talk on Sunday. We were talking about dieting and how we did not do so well the past couple of weeks due to illness and how it should not have been an excuse. So we were making mental lists of things to do to be successful. I told him how I was most successful when I was organized and planned my meals out. I told him starting next Sunday we would start planning out our meals/snacks/grocery lists for the week ahead. Instead of sitting around wondering what to make.

Then we are going to put up a poster in our kitchen and mark off when we worked out to keep ourselves accountable. Eating healthy is one step but you need some type of physical activity. Whether it is going for a walk in your neighborhood, hitting up a Zumba class, or going to the gym. Any exercise is good exercise.

But in other wonderful news I get to go home this weekend and see my wonderful family/friends! I could not be more excited! I miss my mom so much! She is my rock and always so supportive. We hate being away from each other (even though we are only three hours apart) because we just always have a wonderful time together. She is a strong woman! I wrote about her a while back when I first started my blog! Here is the post!!! Also HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY!!!!
Post Dedicated to my Mom!

I am still loving living here in nashville and having a career is so wonderful. However sometimes I do get a little sad...It is really hard not having many friends around me. I adore my roommate and Kara here! They are wonderful people but its so hard living in a city where you hardly know anyone.  And I don't really talk to many people at work. I know it is hard to believe but I can be super shy! Yes it is true. Loud Mouth Kelly is shy. When I am not use to something and not comfortable I am very to myself and quiet. I know it will get easier but I wish I had my girlfriends from high school and college here with me!

Looking forward to two more days of work then heading on the road home! So excited!

DONT FORGET TO COMMENT with a recipe from Pinterest you want to see made healthy!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

From Nashville, With Love

Well I had yet another successful week! I lost 2.8 pounds! I am at 38.1! Woohoo! *pat myself on the back* I am so proud of myself.

I had such a great week last week! Kelly 2.0 was working out hardcore. I was so worn out between doing cardio and strength training I was a beast. Some days I did not want to work out. I wanted to go straight to my room and relax. I am glad I started packing a gym bag in my car so when I get to my apartment complex I go straight to the gym. Its very helpful! I like the gym here at my apartment because it is small, has what I need and usually there is no one in there when I am here. Sometimes there is the occasional cute boy...which only makes me work out harder. (Ladies do not act like you've never done this! haha)

So eating wise...I did very well. Even with the July 4th holiday. I have tried to cook as much as possible but sometimes I leave it to the microwave and Lean Cuisine. I had a bunch of coupons for Lean Cuisines and Smart Ones so I stocked up at the store.

Well onto the even better part of my blog....

I am super excited for this weekend! I have all my wonderful friends coming into town! Amber, Kyle and SAM!!!! Ahhhh!! I haven't seen Sam since December! I am too excited to show him Nashville! I love when Amber and Kyle come to visit because they are always a fun time! Never a dull moment! I can only imagine what this weekend will be like!

I have recently taken in the fact that I live in Nashville. It has not hit me yet...I've lived here for over a month but it hit me today. I love this city so much. I am always discovering new things and fun places to go. Everyone I meet has been so genuine and sweet.....polite as well. Memphians....take note :) I am also so blessed with a wonderful roommate! My roommate Zach. I like to call our friendship "A Convenient Coincidence." Time to explain what that means.....

Zach and I met one weekend I was visiting home from college sophomore year. We had numerous mutual friends. I mean from junior high-college. I am still shocked we did not meet sooner. We may have but just don't remember. Anyways after meeting him we instantly became friends even though we did not really start hanging out until my senior year of college. We realized we had a lot in common and a lot not in common. (i think that makes sense) Then after college I moved back home and Zach just moved back in with his parents. We were both living at home...away from our friends. So we had each other. We hung out every weekend talking about where we thought we would be in life, etc. He wanted to be in Seattle and I wanted to be in New York. We both love our families more than life itself. They are our world. But we were 23 living at home. We needed a change. He called me one fateful day that changed our lives....

In February, he wanted to move out of Memphis and I said how about Nashville? I had just come for NYE and had a wonderful time. After selling him on the different points one being we wouldnt be far away from our families. We picked a date to look at apartments.

Fast forward to today and look at us. We both have awesome jobs, getting healthy, and living the dream! Never a dull moment! Everyday is a new adventure. I could not imagine a better person to share this experience with. He is definitely the ying to my yang. We are so different, yet so alike at the same time. He is a wonderful friend and always supporting me. He even forces me to sit in my room and update my blog! I try to be supportive of him as well. He is an aspiring writer. A good writer at that. Now I may not be the best judge on the literary world but I think Zach has major potential. He let me read two chapters of one of his novels and I demanded the next two chapters because I enjoyed it so much.

Everyone watch out! Zach going to be the next big author! Just wait and see. I said it first here ladies and gents!

So Zach thank you for being a wonderful friend and roommate. Who would of thought we would be here right now! Love you and glad you liked your little present and here's a blog post for you!!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

“ It doesn't matter how fast you go, as long as you do not stop ”

Well Ladies and Gents, I hit the 35 pound marker! I am very excited about this! I never really thought it was possible. I just didn't see the light and I am starting to see it peaking at me. In 19 weeks, I have completely changed my lifestyle. I do not eat junk food, cut back on sodas, and working out.

I know some people are saying wow in 19 weeks you've only lost 35 pounds? That's so slow. Well I sometimes think gosh I would love to of lost more but I think slow and steady is just as good as losing weight fast. I wanted to make long term lifestyle changes. Not just lose it fast and go back to the way I was eating and yo-yo diet for the rest of my life. Let's be real though....I will be dieting my whole life. I mean you have to maintain what you work off. No one said it was easy. It's probably one of the hardest things I've done. However I do not think I have been this happy in a long time.

I am finally happy in my own skin. I actually feel pretty. That takes a lot for me to say because I just never have felt this way. Since the age of 9 when I was dancing I was just never good enough body wise. I remember being told to lose weight at 9 before I started doing competitions. I never saw myself as fat, I mean I was a kid, but since then I have never seen myself as anything else. I was teased and tormented all through elementary/jr high and that was very hard to go through. Boys at my lower school were the worst and I still believe karma will come back to them one day. I was even teased by girls in high school. Comments were even made in college. I felt like it just was never going to end.

Well look at me now. I am in an awesome city with an amazing job, wonderful friends, and the best family a person could be blessed to have. I do not think my life could feel almost so perfect. I have to sit back and think something just isn't right.. I am too happy and things keep going so well for me. I know someone is rolling their eyes at me but seriously I do not think I have ever been in such a good place before.

So everyone....I am ready to hit the big 5-0! When I lose 50 pounds I am going to treat myself to some new Tory Burch shoes! Haha! I know right? Such a Kelly thing to say.

I do want to take the moment to thank everyone once again for all the encouraging words on facebook, twitter, email, or text messages. If I didn't have such a strong foundation of support I would not be where I am today. I was well on the road to diabetes, heart problems, and who knows what else. But now I am standing here healthy as can be. My family and friends tell me every day they are so proud of me and I love to see them making changes in their lives as well. I mean my Uncle and Aunt are both doing WW and I am so proud of them!

So in conclusion, if there is anything you want to accomplish whether its losing weight, getting that dream job, or moving to a new city. You CAN do it. I KNOW you can! If I can lose 35 pounds then the world is at your hands. I believe in you even if you don't!

I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July! Enjoy your day off and relax. If you are outside make sure to drink lots of water! It's a hot summer!