Tanning and Other Such Things

I got a spray tan a few weeks ago with my Maid Of Honor Mallory. I’m 80% sure I liked it. I think I would do it for the wedding like 3 days before, so it wasn’t as dark (it really only lasted about 7 days). I also may try out an airbrush tan, supposedly they are more even, although I didn’t have any streaking problems.  This photo is 24 hours after I did it.

It was  bit extreme at this time, but a few days later it was more subtle. I got a lot of compliments and a lot of “No i doesnt look orange at all” so maybe it didnt? Either way I dont want to look majorly tan on my wedding day, just a little tan.

In other vain news, I joined the gym. Its a small local gym on my way home from work that is always empty, and always has a fan propped in front of an elliptical with my name on it….love. Its also only $30 a month.  I do 45 minutes every day on the elliptical after work. I usually do about 4.5 miles and burn about 500 calories in that time. My goal is to got 6 days a week until the wedding.

Right now I’m dealing with a SERIOUS case of self esteem problems. I dont plan on getting into on here, as I know its a mixture of stress and anxiety and depression, all probably based around the wedding. It’s a daily journey only I can talk myself through.

Other than that, work is busy, paintings keep coming in, and wedding plans are in full swing. tonight we are making a silhouette cake topper, super cute. I also made two loaves of Zucchini bread and managed to give almost all of it away in 24 hours…score.

Not Ready

Today I realized I am just not ready for workout advice.

I guess for me its a hard and personal journey to get into Working Out, and I just can’t handle someone telling me that I’m doing it wrong. Or that I should be doing something else, or more of this, less of that. You know, advice….any of it.

Today on Facebook I made a comment based on a fact I had read (I wont recite it here because it seems to solicit lots of opinions, that I just am not ready to hear) on a walking website. I actually posted it as a positive comment, in hopes to encourage others that walking really is a GREAT way to workout, and that they shouldnt feel like it’s “not enough” or “too wimpy” and that really its awesome! I have to remind myself every day that me walking/jogging 3.5 miles plus a small amount of weight training every day is FREAKING AWESOME! Because before that I did nothing! NOTHING!

Mind you I am a firm believer (and proof) that you can lose a LOT of weight without ever working out. seriously, I lost 75 pounds without EVER doing regular physical fitness. Not that its the BEST way, but its 100% an option, and a good one too. Aint no shame in just focusing on the food, and not the workouts.

At this point in my life I have decided that I would like to add working out to my routine. I think it might help aid me in a bit more weight loss, and might sculpt out areas that (losing 75 pounds in 10 months causes) are pretty soft/saggy. I’m not a gym goer though, I hate the gym. Its HELL ON EARTH in my opinion.  I also don’t do workout videos, or personal trainers or any of that. For me its all mental, and someone telling me that I’m not doing it right is NOT going to help me keep going, it’s just not.

I know there are people out there who love advice on this. Who NEED motivation from others. Who spend hours researching and practicing ways to get ripped. For me I have my daily walk/jog and my little 15 minute strength training thing and that’s good. I’m set.

This evening after reading all of said comments from what I had hoped to be a positive, somehow turned negative Facebook post, I deleted it. I deleted my own voice and the voices of everyone else who want to put their two cents in. Maybe that makes me a bitch, or stupid, or whatever, but I really didn’t want or need that negativity on my wall. I didn’t really feel like I had asked for opinions, and in the end I didn’t want to read them. The second I started feeling shitty or inadequate with what I was doing, I knew that whole post had to go….buh bye. Here in Morgan Land we like to only keep it positive, and only cheer for as much or as little effort as you were able to put in!

So ….

YAY for you if you took the stairs today instead of the elevator.

YAY for you, if you left a few bites of food on your plate at dinner.

YAY for you if you went to the gym.

YAY for you if you parked a little further from the store and walked in.

YAY for you if you skipped the cheese.

YAY for you if you even thought “I need to make some changes” today.

YAY for you if you reached your breaking point.

YAY for you if you finally stepped on the scale.

YAY for you if you carried your baby instead of putting them in a  stroller.

YAY for you if you played outside with your kids.

YAY for you if you felt good about yourself today!

YAY for you if you played a sport today.

YAY for you if you bought more vegetables than normal.

YAY for you if you set a goal.

YAY for you if you made your family a healthy meal.

YAY for you if you did some yoga.

YAY for you if you walked your dog.

YAY to anyone and everyone who made a little more effort today than yesterday. I think your doing awesome!


Magic TEN!

I lost 10 pounds in 30 days!


The weather is super nice today and is supposed to stay nice for about a week. This means lost of working out outside. My plan is to do a 5k 5 days this week. I have a route around my neighborhood that make it pretty easy.

EEEK my painters just showed up! We are having the outside of our house painted this week! Makes me so happy!

Anyway back to me working out. I’m doing my best to do some running at the beginning  of each workout. usually I run a block, walk a block, run a block, for about 5 blocks. Then my throat gets all soar and I think I will pass out from not being able to breathe. I really wish I could run, and I’m not exactly sure why it’s so hard for me. I mean besides the fact that I’m overweight and out of shape. I guess maybe this is how everyone starts out….dying. If I keep it up, will it get better? I hope so! For now I will stick to my speed walking with my little dumbbells (that I love!)

In food news there has been mostly veggies and protein. I’m trying to limit my sodium a lot. Also excess olive oil and most bread products (I don’t say carbs as I love me some fruit). I have also switched my condiments to Ketchup and Mustard and Honey mustard dressing, which is a big step for this mayo/ranch loving girl.

Alright that’s the daily update. I think I will be posting a bit more on this weight loss thing to keep me in check. It feels good to just talk about whats going on in my head instead of bottling it all in. Oh and please feel free to leave comments, they really do make me happy, especially ones with weight loss advice and or encouragment…lol.

I leave you with this video. This song was recommended to me as good workout music and I love it! I’m sending Mr. Gaunt on a  hunt for the album…

A little Inspiration

The last few days have been awesome. I have worked out multiple times a day, even if it’s just a short walk with Tank. I’m trying to enjoy the weather, soak up the sun. I’ve worked in my yard and went to the market. Staying busy helps with the eating, or not eating as much. I’m down 4 pounds this week, which is really good. I feel healthy and happy. Let the motivation continue!

To Resist

It’s VERY hard to convince myself that I do not get to eat 800 cheeseburgers after working a 60 hour week and a 12 hour day.  It is IMPOSSIBLE to make myself do the Wii Fit at all.

Although I was thinking today after coming home from job #1 with only a few hours till Job #2, that working out is for people who do not spend their ENTIRE day being physically active. I’m talking moving 200+ boxes of blinds out of 3 bays and into 3 different bays. Going up and down ladders. Standing up, kneeling down….repeat 500 times. Walking back and forth over a huge warehouse. Spending 4 hours straight putting away Vases, wineglasses, christmas decorations, huge stacks of plates. That was today.

I wish I had one of those Body Bug things they wear on Biggest Loser so I could see on average how many calories I’m burning at my jobs. Lets hope with my reduced calorie eating that the weight starts coming off. I’m down about 5 pounds this week. 10 more and I’ll be back to my lowest weight! Fingers crossed I can do it by January 1st!

Q&A With Mr. Gaunt (being a healthy man)

I have a number of friends who live with their boyfriends or husbands, who are sturggling to get the healthy food movement into their homes. I know MOST women want to be in better shape (and eat better), but it seems many guys are highly un motivated to follow suit. When I decided to lose weight the first things I said to Mr. Gaunt was “I cant do this unless you do it too.” Luckily Mr. Gaunt is a total doll and told me he was here to support me. However I have had many comments from girlfriends asking for advice on getting their men to go along with them in eating healthy. I decided to interview Mr. Gaunt about how he has dealt with this, and am posting it here to see if it helps other guys. Sorry its so long…lol, he had a lot to say. Oh and before we get the interview, here are some old and recent pics of Mr. Gaunt:

Mr. Gaunt December 2007

Mr. Gaunt March 2010

Mr. Gaunt March 2010

HEIGHT: 6’4”

1.How did you feel when Morgan wanted to join Weight Watchers?
I felt supportive of it because her weight is something we both knew she struggled with, and it was good to talk about it and get it out in the open. I felt that it was a diet that both of us could easily stick to, back when I thought it was “just a diet” not a lifestyle.  And I was excited that she was so passionate about doing something about her weight, and I am always here to support her.
2.Had you wanted to lose weight before?
I did want to lose weight, but it never felt like a realistic possibility because (like morgan) neither of us wanted to go to the gym, and it didn’t seem like realistic behavior for us to change our eating. I also had no idea how to eat better, I thought that you just had to eat less. I never really thought my weight was a problem, yes it bugged me, but I wasn’t too worried.
Now I notice that it was a health issue, I had bad sleep apnea (says Morgan) and heart burn daily, if not every meal. Now I hardly snore (says morgan) and I maybe have heartburn once a month. Which is good because both of those things are scary issues.
3. What was your original Weight loss goal?
I would say my ideal weight would be 235, but I thought 250 would be a step in the right direction. Now I would still like to be about 230 (ditch the man boobs).
4. Was it hard to change your eating habits?
I thought it would be, but the Weight Watchers plan made it easy at first. You just eliminate the major fast food, the cheese on a sandwich, little things like that. You have Points, and once you eat them all you stop eating. Any dummy could do it. Once we started cooking for ourselves it became a fun challenge to make the best meal for the least amount a Points. We had fun learning how to reduce the calories in our food. I also learned what to look for on the back of packages, how bad a bag of Cheetos are when you really look. Eating out too, when you know the calories it really grosses you out. A Whopper Jr seems so small, but really its total shit. I would eat these as a snack on my way home from work, no wonder I was fat. now its hard for me to eat a bag of Cheetos, I still love them, but its not worth it.
5. What was the hardest thing to give up food wise?
It really didn’t seem hard for me. I knew I had to give up eating Mcdonalds breakfasts every day. I thought eliminating cheese from sandwiches would be a big deal, but you really don’t notice. All these things I used to eat (like hungry man dinners, and whoppers) would be hard to give up, but we were both so excited that I really didn’t care. The things I would think would be hard (burgers and steaks) I still have them on occasion, but now its a treat and you like it so much more! I also always liked chicken and whole wheat bread, and healthy cereals, so it wasn’t a huge change for me.
6. What new foods have you discovered you like?
-Lean Ground Turkey
-Skim Milk (I use to swear I would never drink this)
-Cous Cous
-Fish (a lot more)
-Acorn Squash
-Pizza (thats mostly veggies, not cheese and meat)
-Fruit (for breakfast)
-Whole Wheat Pasta
7. Do you cook?
Sometimes, Its wonderful that Morgan has taken a liking to it, everyone sees the amazing things Morgan makes me on this blog.  Its really helped me when she makes such good food. I have learned to modify what I cook to make it healthier, plus Morgan really only buys healthy ingredients, so its hard to go wrong. I make a mean Turkey Chili, and all those years working at Dominos helps me make a good pizza. Im just not into cooking anything big or fancy, I leave that to her. But if she ever needs an ingredient Im the first one to jump and go get it for her, its how I can do my part.
8. What do you like to snack on?
-Cereal (whole grain, low sugar)
-Carrots and Hummus
-Sunflower Chips
-Baked or POP Chips
-Almonds or Almond Trail mix
-A turkey Sausage with Marinara
-Cliff Bars
-Pop Corn
-Cut up Fruit
-99% Fat free Turkey Pepperoni on a Healthy Cracker
-100 Cal packs

9. Any foods you had trouble giving up?
-Hamburgers (I try not to eat them more than once a month)
-Cheese (adding cheese to EVERYTHING)
-Alfredo Pastas
10. Any Foods you refused to give up?
Burgers, but not the fast food kind. If Im gonna have a burger I want it to be a really good burger.
11. How about drinks? What do you like? What have you changed?
I drink diet soda now. I’ve never been a huge beer drinker, but when I do its light beer. I don’t drink glass after glass of milk anymore. I have taken up drinking water, and I get Powerade ZERO and Vitamin Water 10 (which is sweetened with Stevia) when I want something sweet.
12. How did friends react to your weight loss and change in diet?
Friends are pretty shocked at how drastically I dropped weight. People all the time tell me how skinny I am, how good I look. When I go out to eat with friends its easy because they have seen my results so they know Im going to order something healthy, and they don’t criticize. You notice the un healthy choices others make, but I keep my mouth shut unless they want my opinion. Sometimes when you go out its hard to not order un-healthy things, but if you do you just know you have to cut back later that day. People at work ask me a lot about eating healthy, they want to know if their making good choices, and I tell them what I know, I’m no expert.
13. Is it hard to be in social situations and still eat healthy? How do you do it?
You kind of have to pre-plan for this. If your gonna go to a BBQ you just don’t eat much more that day, so it tastes amazing cause your hungry. We sometimes bring a light desert when possible. If you cant prepare for it, you get somewhere and there are no options, then you just eat slow and try not to gorge yourself. There will be days when Im not perfect, I just try to make up for it later.
14. What do you eat for lunch?
Most of the time I bring WW Smart Ones microwave dinners. If I go out to eat I get Chic-Fil-A (which has no sandwich over 500 calories, and whole wheat buns and grilled chicken) or Subway (Whole bread, veggies, Chicken, lite mayo. Or the BLT -cheese). I usually bring Sunchips and a piece of fruit too. Because I eat breakfast I don’t have to gorge myself at lunch.
15. What is the best part about having lost 60+ pounds?
Clothes fit better (Im 38” waist now, from a 44-46” waist) I can wear T-shirts without an undershirt (to cover my tummy and man boobs) I have a nicer side profile. Seats at stadiums are comfier. I could probably fit on the rides at Elichs (amusement park) that I couldn’t fit on before. Its always nice to see people I haven’t seen in a long time, they always say “what’s up skinny” and that Im an inspiration to them. Its also fun to look at old fat pictures.  I also don’t go through a bottle of Tums a week which is awesome.
16. Are you done losing weight?
Umm I hope not, I haven’t lost a lot in the past couple months. Both of us have notice its slowed down, but I agree with Morgan that we want our bodies to ease down to a healthy weight. I wont ever eat like I did before, its a life decision, and I think over time I would lose the rest of the weight.

17. How do you feel about working out? Do you participate in any activities?
I don’t think I could ever become a “Gym Person” I understand people say once you get into it it becomes addictive, but I find no pleasure it. I don’t ever want to be a gym rat (even though people say I have a good body to lift weights) its just not my thing.
On average I walk about 2 miles a day at work. I also golf regularly and we walk the course, never use a cart. I play a lot of Wii (golf and sports). We also play softball once a week, plus practice. Now that the weather is getting nicer it will be easier, I want to take up riding my bike too.
18. How has your relationship with Morgan changed?
I think its really brought us closer together. We have both been very committed to it, its a cause we have both taken action into, not just with us, but with america. We don’t have a lot of similar hobbies, but this gives us something to bond over. We have to think about it 3 times a day, its nice to work together.

19. Do you see Morgan differently now?
It make me very proud of her that she has stuck with this for so long. It makes me see her as a stronger person and an inspiration. She is so committed and creative. I notice that she’s happier and in a better mood, just generally happier person. I like that she has her blog and how important it is to her. She’s a fantastic blogger.
20. How do you feel about Clean Eating? Do you participate in this?
I participate as much as morgan wants me to. Clean eating is something that seems pretty difficult, and maybe some day I will be a 100% clean eater, but right now I want to take baby steps towards it. It seems healthier, and everything morgan makes thats “clean” is good, Im just not ready to give up my artificial ingredients yet (Diet Mt. Dew).
As for Organic foods I do support Organic eating, especially after seeing Food Inc, I hate to sound like someone who is just influenced by the media, but its not all fluff and bullshit. We try hard to buy local and organic. I wish it wasn’t more expensive, its never gonna be the popular thing if it costs people more. At this point we are willing to pay more for it knowing we aren’t eating pesticide and such.  At the end of Food Inc the guy says “The more people demand it, the less expensive it will be” and I hope more people follow this. Morgan has also said that paying $1 more a pound for Organic Apples is WAY cheaper than paying for a Triple Bypass surgery in 20 years, and I agree.
21. How do you feel about going Vegetarian or Vegan?
Im all for eating more vegetable, but I love meat. Maybe some day it will happen, but it seems highly unlikely that I will willing chose this. Eating less meat is fine (she cooks Turkey instead of beef) but I love burgers. The fake food is good, but I don’t think it would ever be a 100% substitute meat. I don’t think its a bad thing to be a carnivore, everything in moderation.
22. How do you plan on caring on a healthy lifestyle into the future, especially as your family grows?
Morgan and I have discussed that feeding our babies healthy from the get go is the best option. We want to put Kale in their mac n cheese, so they just think it comes that way.  It worries me that they will be out in the world and learn about Mcdonald and chips and love them (because who doesn’t) I just hope that we can provide a good base for them to go off of. That they will prefer vegetable, but I know that they will still want to eat kid stuff from time to time.
As for me I don’t ever plan on going back to eating garbage. I think over time I will become an even better eater. I know more about portion control, and really listening to my hunger cues. Its sad to see people that eat only garbage, and I just don’t think I could regress back into that. Knowing what I know now I just don’t see why I would ever go back. Healthy food tastes just as good, you just have to get use to it.
23. How about Hula? Does she eat healthy?
She does! We have recently changed her food to Blue Buffalo Cat Food, when we saw their commercial and went to their website and saw what we were feeding her we knew we had to change. She is like our baby, we need to feed her healthy too!
24. What would you tell other men who might want to get healthy, or men who have spouses that want them to get healthy?
Its definitely not as hard as I thought it would be. The fact that Morgan has been so committed to it makes it easier. Its something I take pride in every day. It feels good to look at yourself in the mirror. It makes you feel more in control of your life. Proud that you have more knowledge than others about what’s going in your body.  If your in a committed loving relationship you should do whatever you can to make you and your spouses life a healthier happier life. Is eating garbage that makes your girlfriend or wife fat and depressed really worth it?  Just that we have done this together and achieved so much is the greatest reward.