Do you have 7 minutes??

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Seriously, just 7 minutes of time? I know I waste plenty of 7 minutes each day and I can't be the only one! People have asked what I am planning to do for a workout in my new journey to weight loss, so I figured I would fill you in today on what I have started.

Have you heard of the 7 Minute Workout? I don't remember where I heard about it, but I downloaded the app on my phone a long time ago and did the workout maybe twice because that's pretty much how things went in this house.

This is the one that I chose, but there are a bunch of them when you search for 7 minute workout.

Last week I decided to try the app again and realized that it is perfect. Perfect for so many reasons...

1. 7 minutes. Enough said.
2. Requires no equipment.
3. Can do the workout anywhere.
4. Does not require you to be in workout clothes or shoes.
5. Inexpensive.
6. There are achievements you can earn including free upgrades just by doing the workout.

Am I going to get in the best shape of my life working out for 7 minutes a day? No. But for me it is a perfect jumping off point. You are not limited to only doing one circuit either. You can do as many circuits as you want to increase the time. You can add bonus workouts and much more.

As of right now I have only worked out one 7 minute session a day. I am incredibly out of shape so I feel like I worked out and I have sore muscles the next day so I feel good about it. Already I was feeling that I was doing my jumping jacks with more energy than I had last week and that always feels good.

Because it is only 7 minutes I have done the workout in the morning, in the middle of the afternoon or even at 10:45 in the evening before bed. If you asked me to do a 30 minute workout at 10:45 at night I would have told you that you were crazy! But 7 minutes? There I was in my bedroom a few nights ago doing push ups!!

I have worked out in yoga pants, which I am regularly wearing, my pajamas and even in jeans one day! I don't necessarily think jeans are the best thing to workout in, especially not a skinny jean, but since I am far from able to pull off a skinny right now, mine were roomy enough to fit a quick workout in before a friend came by! I sent this picture to a friend one morning because I was getting ready to do the workout in my pajamas and needed a little "support" for those jumping jacks....#keepingitreal

I can't believe I am posting this pic for the world :)

The app keeps track of when you do the workout and rewards you with achievements when you continue to workout and I like that motivation. One day when I had time I also did a 12 minute pilates -ish workout that I found on YouTube and I plan to try some more out as well when I have more time on my hands.

 This is my plan for now and continuing to eat low carb. I posted my #transformationtuesday pic on Instagram yesterday and I am down 2 pounds in 2 weeks and I call that success!

I appreciate each and every one of you that are cheering me on and motivating me to continue this journey! Till next time!

#Transformation Tuesday - January

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

You are hearing it here first. Again. This girl is making a transformation. It is time to bring healthy back. This has been a goal of mine since I had Olivia, 10 years ago, I have mentioned it on this blog...oh, hundreds of times, and this time I do not plan to disappoint.

I plan to document a #transformationtuesday picture on instagram every week this year. If you don't follow me on instagram, I started documenting at least one picture every day this year to make a chatbook at the end of the 2017! Tuesdays will be my day each week to document a picture of myself on there. Each month I will give a more full update on the blog. So if you don't follow me on instagram, you totally should!!

Some of you that have been following along on this blog since the beginning are saying, yeah yeah, we have heard this before. Let's see how long it lasts this time. I do not blame you for that in the least bit. Of course, there is a part of me that is saying when do you think you will fall off the wagon (insert kind to myself, positive thinking Sandy who changes my thinking)! This time is different and let me tell you why....

I am the most settled and content with life than I have been since I was 18 years old. This is no joke. From 18-24 I couldn't tell you where I would live or where I would work next week. Seriously. I had so many W-2's each year that some would come and I wouldn't even remember where it was from (just so you know, I wouldn't get fired, I always quit!) I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. If it didn't make me happy or work with my schedule, i would just get a new job. I rarely lived anywhere for more than a few months. It was pretty rare I lived out an entire lease and even when Mike and I finally bought our first house, we put it on the market 9 months later after my brother passed away to be closer to my parents. Then it was constant construction in too little space. Too many people in too little space. Lots of tears, fighting, stress, etc. etc.

Now I am the most content and settled I have been in 18 years. 18 years. I hate to even say it or write it because I don't want to jinx it, but I am. I am in my forever home. No it isn't finished, but we all have space, nothing is urgent and in my eyes, compared to what we had to work with, it couldn't get any better. I have a great schedule. I have worked on time management with my counselor and it is really working for me. I schedule the time to prep the food and I will schedule the time to exercise.

I haven't started exercising, but I have changed the way I eat and it is going great. Notice I didn't say diet. I am not dieting, I am literally changing the way I eat and cook. I am doing what I never thought I would do, I am eating little to no carbs. What? This pasta, bagel, bread loving girl is giving up carbs, this can't be. Well it is and it is working and it is easy. I don't track anything and I eat stuff I love and I lose weight, so I am keeping up with it. I will go into a little more detail about what I have been eating in another post if anyone is interested!

So, back to Transformation Tuesday. Every week for the year 2017 you will see a post on instagram with a pic of me and the scale. Let's see what happened today.

I searched back to find my highest weight that I posted here on the blog and it was 207.1. Yikes. Back then I said when I got under 200, I would never go back. Well hello there 200. You're back 😒, but not for long....

And if you have followed me since How the Jeans Fit Friday, those are the jeans in the picture (I don't think they fit??) I will try those jeans on once a month. Maybe next time I can button them??!!

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Till next time! 

Hello 2017...

Thursday, January 5, 2017

People, where did 2016 go? I seriously feel like this past year was the fastest one by far. There was so much going on and everything just flew. As the year progressed it went by faster. I feel like I blinked and it went from September to December.

Last year I did a new years post and called 2016, the year of Sandy. Well it very quickly turned into the year of the house....

So soon I will share what it looks like today! 

We took our ranch style home and made it a colonial. This process was huge, amazing and crazy stressful. The outcome is everything I wished it to be and more, but boy it took a long time to get here. Here is not finished, but we are finally spread out into more space and I am content with where we are now!

So, is 2017 going to be the year of Sandy? Yes and No. In all the craziness last year, I did find some time to work on myself. I went to counseling (still do) to work on me. I find time most months to get a massage which helps my muscles as well as my mind. I am more in tune to what makes me happy and I say, "no" to things a lot more if I don't enjoy it or I don't have time for it. I am kinder to myself and realize that every day is a new day and a new opportunity. If I made a mistake yesterday, I don't have to make that same mistake today. I am thankful for each new day.

I bought a card at Trader Joe's a few years ago and I have had it hanging on my bulletin board right in front of me now, ever since. I just glanced up at it as I was writing and realized that this is what 2017 is going to be about for me.

This card right next to the people I love the most! 

Live Simply - for me this means, live slower, say no and remove clutter.

Dream Big - I have some big goals for this year. I have a few more posts to get together before I announce this, but I am super excited about what is to come for me. The suspense.... 😀

Be Grateful - this is huge for me this year. All I have wanted in the last 10 years is for everyone to have their own space in our house. Now I have it. Yes, I want to finish it, but I feel like I have everything I want right now. To me, that means I am grateful each day for what we are blessed to have and I also want to give back this year!

Give Love - I want to give love to everyone! I want to be a better mother, wife and friend by showing my love and giving my time.

Laugh Lots - Last year went by in an instant and it was a lot of work for Mike and I. We missed out on a lot of time as a family and this year the goal is to hang out and have fun with the kids. Over Christmas break we played games and had tons of fun with the kids and I am looking forward to doing that on a more regular basis!

That's pretty much it. Of course I have my usual new years resolutions. Get healthier (lose weight, drink more water, exercise), sleep more, take more pictures and a big one this year is to just "be me!" I have to stop trying to change myself into what I feel is the ideal person and just let myself be who I am. I hope to make myself my ideal "me" by the end of 2017 so I am sure you are going to hear more about this!

What are your resolutions this year? Are you taking care of you? It is so important to make the time for self care. If we don't take care of ourselves, who does? It isn't anyone else's job to make you happy, go out and make yourself happy! You got this!

Linking up this post with Shay and Erika...

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