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Meeting new friends at TAGT.  This whole year has left me feeling isolated from fellow teachers.  Working at two campuses makes you not really fit in anywhere.  It’s so nice to get to meet and share ideas with fellow GT teachers. โค๏ธ
My family has a new little member.  Meet Trooper.  I am in love. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜
Life with her is never boring. ๐Ÿงก
- Something that is working for me-  I am meticulous about making sure I measure out foods that truly tempt me to be heavy handed.  Especially peanut butter. ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ After starting to count macros, I noticed that I was consuming over 100 calories with coffee add-ins.  I don’t like to waste macros on liquid, so I started tinkering with portions to keep lowering the calorie count of my morning coffee.  I’ve managed to find a ratio that I enjoy without feeling like I’m sacrificing flavor.  Current portions:  1 Tbs. Skinny Syrup - 0 cals  1 Tbs I.D. Creamer. ( not a fan of Coffee-mate) 35 cals  3 Tbs- coconut milk (unsweetened) about 6 calories  Dash of cinnamon- 0 calories  Old portions: Heavy pour of creamer-  100-150 calories  Coconut milk-  10-15 calories  I went from estimating ratios to being specific and intentional, so that I know exactly the amount I’m working with.  It’s important to keep trying to find ways to improve, whether it be in your diet or other areas. I have started asking myself- ok, this is good, but how can I make this work better for me? Having that mindset will help you so so much.  Also, when you are making changes that other people don’t understand, they will not understand the effort you put in.  Sometimes they might even feel exasperated or make you feel like what your doing is “obsessive” or unnecessary.  Some comments I have personally received: “That is too much work” “That is too OCD.” And my personal favorite: “I can’t wait until you get pregnant so you have cravings and can’t control what you eat.” Just remember you have goals. Their push back and attitude has NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU.  Teach yourself not to give a shit what they think because you are improving your life and that’s what matters.  Plus- measuring out coffee add-ins literally takes 5 extra seconds in your day. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ
This mindset is something I’ve had to force on myself during this phase of my life.  I am really bad about running myself into the ground until I get sick or injured.  One of my goals to stay healthy through this very chaotic season is making myself to rest at the first signs of exhaustion.
This change took a long freaking time.  So long that I forget where I started and got so caught up in the grind.  I have thought to myself countless times..why am I not progressing? Do I really look different, because I don’t feel different? What am I doing wrong? Is it possible to eat too many carrot cake oats? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿงก...that I forget where I started.  I still have a long way to go, and I know it’s going to get harder, and I’ll have to be more precise as I lose more body fat.  I am proud though. I’ve never had the ability or tools to lose weight in a healthy way.  I’m down 15 lbs and probably still need to lose around 10 more (I’m 5’1”). If I can do this, anyone can. โค๏ธ Thank you @sdangerfit for all your guidance and support in this journey.  You have been such a blessing in my life. ๐Ÿฅฐ
Imagine Dragons!!!
This is how I spent my Halloween. ๐Ÿงก๐ŸŽƒ I’m ready for November and Thanksgiving Break!
I have truly been trying to be the epitome of disciplined in my goals.  I did not want to start and go through another school year of putting my health and interests on hold.  I changed my priorities and refuse to feel guilty about it. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ There are days where I wake up, and just absolutely don’t know how I’m going to power through all I need to do.  I’ve become a firm believer of writing down goals and documenting the steps you need to take to achieve them.  I’m not always perfect with being disciplined, but  I know the more I practice, the better I will get.  So start small, set measurable goals, check them off, and set some more.  You’ll be surprised how far you will go. โค๏ธ
Cut update:  Not including the last 3 days, the past 3 weeks I have been hovering between two pounds right above a weight milestone that I’ve been trying hit for a while. I was feeling frustrated, tired, and really didn’t understand what I was doing wrong.  #1 This is why I highly recommend a coach.  @sdangerfit told me that this is normal, you aren’t stuck and this is part of the process.  Weight loss/gain is highly emotional process for some, and it truly helps to have someone to speak logic to you when you get frustrated.  #2tracking your macros and habits is incredible DATA.  I went back to my data sheet and was looking for trends and patterns in my numbers to see if it was me missing something instead of my metabolism evening out.  I realized that I wasn’t  drinking near enough water as I thought I was, AND I realized I was eyeballing my Chex topping on my desserts and didn’t even catch myself doing it until a few days ago. Hello extra 100-150 calories a day I wasn’t paying attention to! I fixed those two small issues and I have started to see weight loss progress again.  This AM I hit a new scale low while breaking through a weight milestone. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ Lesson learned. Fat loss is hard, and for three weeks I had to remind myself daily that this is a process and I need to stay consistent.  Yes losing weight is hard, but so is being uncomfortable in your skin.  I’m trying to choose the hard that benefits me in the long run.  I still have quite a ways to go, but at least I feel like I’m going in the right direction for the first time in a long time. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป
Our Christmas cards came in today!  This is the first year I’ve ever gotten to order some and I feel like a real adult now. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Plus, I’m thankful to have found someone who loves me enough to want to send out a Christmas card together. โค๏ธ Can I just skip the Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations and go straight to Christmas?
Look at my baby bicep!  I am now up to hammer curling 15lb dumbbells!! That’s not a lot, but that’s way more than what I could do when I started.  I freaking love progress, no matter how small it is.  Everyone starts at different places in their journey,  focus on bettering yourself and get out of the comparison trap.  You will be so much more happier.  I hope everyone has an awesome Sunday! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป
I had “Try Krav” on my list of things I really want to do for YEARS.  For my New Years resolution last year, I told myself to actually DO something on my list.  So I gathered some courage and tried it out and knew immediately it was something I wanted more of.  I have grown to love Krav, and also the people I’ve met on this journey. Sometimes a little courage will open up doors you never knew you needed to walk through. โค๏ธ
A version of this has been my mantra lately.  Things are hard and I’m trying focus on how my work life is helping me grow and improve. Looking for the positives help me get up in the AM.  Is it Thanksgiving break yet? #teacherlife  Thank you @soulscripts for this message, it was much needed today.
I get to see my husband today! AND we get to both experience the Texas State Fair for the first time this weekend. #thankful
“Sometimes you have to release things that aren’t serving you well.” This quote by Angela Watson has stuck with me all day.  It’s taken me seven years in this profession to finally stand my ground and not allow myself to be pressured into taking on more than is healthy.  The pace at which I was going was not ok, and I’ve had to identify priorities this year and allow myself to let the other things go. At first, it felt like I was failing because I was not doing EVERYTHING.  But now, I’m realizing that this new mentality is necessary for survival and having a healthy mental state.  So here’s to letting things go and not even being sorry about it. โœŒ๐Ÿป
Today we upped my calories by  100/day and I am so thankful.  The past month and a half I haven’t slept past 3 AM.  My energy levels are garbage right now, which has been making me need to take more rest days than I like. My coach says I should still be able to see continued weight loss as I am still in a deficit.  My pants I have on are my “skinny” pants and they are too big.  Half of me wants to celebrate and buy new, smaller ones, and the other half is doubting that this is real and it’d be a waste of money because this weight loss is too good to be true.  It’s hard to silence the fears you’ve carried almost your whole life.  I need to get better at living in the now.  Things will ebb and flow, but know I have the tools meet the challenges when they come.  So here’s to extra food and tomorrow being Friday. โค๏ธโœŒ๐Ÿป