Introducing Fit Friday!

Hi y'all!

It has been several months since we have last sat down for a chat. Please accept my apologies, I have been settling into Iowa. I got a job teaching 5th and 6th Grade Math and science. My classes are TINY but that is a story for another day. 

Today, I want to talk about something more personal. I wasn't planning on sharing as I prefer to keep my personal life private for safety reasons. However, I need your help. I love the fact that I moved home to Iowa but the reason why is much more sinister. I am here due to domestic violence. I was told by police, lawyers, judges, and social workers to run. If I wanted to survive, if I wanted my children to survive... leave. So I did. 

However, that all took a huge toll on me. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I have tried to recover on my own and I have a little bit but not completely. My faith in God is rock solid. My children and I are happy. Financially, I am still struggling. It is hard to start over from only the items you can fit into an SUV. 

It is my health that has taken the biggest beating. This is where I am struggling and where I need your help! I am planning on starting a new series on my blog called Fit Friday. This will be my weekly post on how I am doing. Its gonna be raw and real. It has nothing to do with New Years Resolutions and everything to do with this final step in my journey to me. 

Each week I am going to set a goal. I am hoping to lose the weight I gained but in all honesty... I just need some time to be selfish and focus on me. I loved to exercise but survival has kicked that to the wayside. Now I want to but then I just decide my jammies are on why bother. Committing to you all will help me ditch the jammies (which I am wearing as I type!).

I am hoping to talk about everything on Friday that has to do with being a healthier me. This includes: 
  • Weight Loss
  • Recipes
  • Exercise
  • Hobbies
  • Faith
  • Community Connections
  • Networking
  • Organization
  • Managing Stress
And whatever else I can think of. Fit Friday is about being the best you that you can be. I am excited about beginning this adventure with you.

Week 1

I love the quote above and it is perfect to get us started!

Weaknesses: Hot Cocoa, Chocolate, Jammies, Finances, Cute Shoes, Clip Art
Strengthes: Competive, Growth Mindset (hahaha teacher talk!), MSG Allergy (keeps me from eating junk food as I like breathing!), You


Let's skip this! We will go with Chubby... does that count?

Okay.. fine! 
Here are the gruesome details.

Goal Weight... 135
Current Weight... 225.4 
Current Size 16 or 18 depending

Measurements.... I don't know. I need to buy a measuring tape and figure this out. 

Weekly Thoughts

I'm scared. I look in the mirror and all I see is fat. It makes me sad. I know that I have to lose weight. My doctors have told me I have to. I am a ticking time bomb. The medicine I take to treat my thyroid weakens my heart. I want to live for my children but the doctors say I am weight loss resistant. I am scared they are right. 

My fiance claims I'm perfect but when I look at pictures of us together I wonder how he could believe such things. I know that all that has occurred in the last few years with my children's father is playing a heavy role in how I still feel. I can't seem to turn off the negative words. I love to exercise but I feel that if I begin and don't see results that it will only reiterate that I have failed. I am tired of failing so I don't even try. 

Weekly Challenge

Drink Water! 

I am HORRIBLE at drinking enough water. I think I am part camel after living in the desert for so long. I have been known to drink only 12 ounces of water in a day and a cup of coffee. I am always dehydrated. 

Each adult needs 62 ounces of water a day.

I searched high and low for the perfect water bottle. Have you heard about the Yeti? It is suppose to be amazing but it is also expensive. This Ozark Trail version beat the Yeti according to Consumer Reports. I purchased one and it still had ice unmelted in my cup after 12 hours at work!  This comes in multiple colors.

Goal: Drink 1 at work and 1 at home each day = 60 ounces a day
Fear: Having to go to the bathroom mid-teaching. 

I love coffee! I never used to drink it but I have been addicted to it lately. Here is the smaller version that I use for coffee in the morning. I only fill this half way as it is 20 ounces. But between this and the one above... I will meet my daily intake of fluids.

Confession time... I LOVE LOVE LOVE Hot Cocoa in the winter. I will sit and watch the snow fall with a cup or three. Ugh! I can give up the coffee easy enough but Hot Cocoa... I'm telling y'all we are gonna have a fight over this!

There is a smaller version as well. But the 12 ounce cup is more expensive than either of the cups above and so I have not purchased it. I wanted to give you the other option in case it was of interest to you.

This first post was kind of long! Thanks for sticking with me this week! I am hoping next week's post is much shorter.

Note: Quote from Christina Carlyle Instagram Photos. Fitness Girl created by LovelytoCU. Fonts from Kimberly Geswein Fonts. Amazon links are affiliate links which provide me a small percentage of the sale as income. 

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