Healthy, Lifelong Goals, Self Improvement

Healthy: It’s A Choice To Make

This journey with my weight is difficult. I know the right things to do. I know how to lose weight. But for some reason, I can’t bring myself to do what I need to do, 80% of the time, much less 100% of the time. It’s just hard.

Perhaps the hardest part is not wanting to give up the bad habits to make way for the good ones. Truth be told, I fear I’m an alcoholic. It once started out as having fun in college. Then a way to let loose during the weekends when the week was rough. Now I drink at least 5 times a week. I don’t get white girl wasted. I don’t get drunk. But I drink more than I should.

The problem with drinking is it makes the important things go away. For example, I would love to work out. But I’m too tired in the mornings and once I start drinking, I don’t want to work out! Another problem is I’ll eat more than usual if I drink, and I don’t stick to a healthy diet. Pizza Hut has been called quite a few times!

My goal for this week is to stick to my diet plan, taking each day at a time. I also plan to stay away from the drink for five days.

The best things about today are:

1. My house is clean. Jonathan and I did a full, deep clean, from the ceiling to the baseboard. It’s so nice.

2. I made a plan to get back on track. Writing things down is key!

3. I made a fabulous dinner: Pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, bacon-wrapped jalapeños, and asparagus. It was delicious!


I’m going to continue to document my journey here. It’s boring but maybe it will keep me accountable!

Leave a little sparkle wherever you go…

Healthy, Lifelong Goals, Self Improvement

My 2015 so far…

So far, my 2015 has been a process of slow change but I haven’t strayed or completely abandoned the changes. First off, I started a Challenge Group that is pretty much changing my life. I have been following Amber Snow over at Creating A Destiny for over a year, and after completing her Happiness and Financial Challenges, I decided it was time to do her Fitness Challenge. While I don’t see much movement on the scale, I have lost nearly a total of 5 inches in two weeks. Aside from that, I have cut my drinking by a LOT. Although I didn’t do so well last weekend (my birthday weekend) or the following week, I’m not discouraged…any little bit helps! Change won’t be radical, but slow, steady changes will make for lifestyle changes. In addition to eating cleaner and cutting some drinks, I’ve actually had 8 days this year where I did 30 minutes or more activity. That is still 10 days I haven’t, but it’s been a long time since I had 8 out 18 days have 30 minutes or more activity.

I’m sleepy so I’m going to bed. I had a few moments and wanted to take a moment to record the fact that I am proud of where I am and where I am going!

Good night!

24 Day Challenge, Artistic Expression, Internet/Technology, Lifelong Goals

New Year, New Try

I’ve said it before, and chances are, I will say it again. However, I’ll say it again. I’m getting back on the wagon. The Healthy Wagon. The Blogging Wagon.

101 Stars Challenge

Here are the items on my 101 Stars Challenge that I accomplished during 2012 that I did not blog about:

Create an app – December, 2013
I didn’t publish it to the App Store, but my final project in my ePublication class was an App. I was quite proud of it, and because I had such a fun time doing it, I am creating a much larger, in depth app for my final capstone project.

Create a website
I created BJ McKinney Photography in August 2013.

Host a holiday
I did all the work on Thanksgiving in 2013. It was a lot of work. But it was fun 🙂

Move into my own place
I honestly don’t know why this was still on the list as I did this back in March of 2013.

In 2014, I will focus on my health. I hope to cross all of the Health section off. I’m currently sitting at a size I am not happy with, and although I had a great start to weight loss and living healthy last year, I fell off the wagon and always found excuses to stay off. No more. New year. No excuses.

Also in 2014, I am focusing on my hobby. Did you know I like to paint? Most people don’t. Below is my first painting of 2014. My boyfriend gave me the easel and supplies for Christmas. I’m looking forward to further explore this hobby in the new year.

Welcome to the new year! I hope you all enjoy reading my posts and following my journey. 🙂

Lisa Nally art
I got the idea from a local paint and drink shop, but I did it at home.


Healthy, Lifelong Goals, Motivation

Say so long, Fat Girl

I should have posted this last week but it was a holiday week and I just didn’t feel like it!

Okay, so I am 29.5 years old. That’s right. As of tomorrow, I am exactly 6 months away from the big 30. There was a lot I wanted to accomplish by this date, but I got sidetracked. However, there is one thing I can still do before I turn 30: Lose 60 lbs. That is two pounds per week, with two weeks allowed for gaining or no losing (hello, Christmas!). Tough? Yes. Impossible? No.

On July 1, I began a no sugar, no yeast cleanse. It is intended to break me of my sugar addiction and kick off weight loss. In addition to this, I am exercising 30 minutes every single day. No excuses. It’s rigorous and I’m dying for something sweet, but I have already seen results. Plus I’m feeling a lot better.

Okay beginning weight on July 1: 240

I will post my new weight each month. You can also follow my Twitter account for updates and more pictures. I try to post pictures of my meals.

Here is a scary picture of me today. Say so long, Fat Girl!