Dec 19, 2014

Happy Holidays and an Update

Hey loves! Popping in to say hi!
Our Christmas cards turned out awesome! Here is the front:


and back:

Not much going on around here for the holidays. Bryce is at his dads for the week and we will be traveling to Northern VA to spend a couple days up there next weekend with my parents and siblings. We usually do our gift exchange with them right after Christmas. My mother in law is coming over on Christmas day since she lives near us and I'm cooking, as usual, nothing extravagant since it will just be the three of us. 

We don't do much for New Year's Eve. We get a couple bottles of bubbly and some sparkling bubbly for the kids and have fun in our pj's all day and through the next day. I haven't been out on New Year's Eve since before I had kids. It just doesn't appeal to me anymore lol. Hell, I'm just trying to stay awake to watch the ball drop. So boring. I know. 

New Year's Eve 2013

I decided to revamp the blog over the holiday and get back into blogging a couple times a week. Once we get through the holidays I am going to fill you in on all that's going on with my workouts/diet/competing. If you follow me on IG you know I met with a coach 2 weeks ago. He's perfect and I'm in a great place. I also found a couple comps that I am interested in around Sept/October and he thinks 9 months to get where I want to be is great start. I decided after giving IIFYM a try, it's best for me to go back to the strict eating that helped me lose the bulk of my weight in 2013. No, I wasn't eating cheeseburgers every day because it fit my macros. There is nothing wrong with IIFYM, it just isn't for me; right now. Losing weight on it was slow and sometimes none at all, even when I gave it my all, and it was depressing. So for me, going back to my strict eating {chicken boobs, sweet taters, tuna, tilapia, veggies, grapefruit, oatmeal, boiled eggs etc.} gives me the results that make me the happiest. I gave it three months {did pretty well since my Disney Cruise} but the results were slow and again- nothing wrong with it, just not for me. 

I've had to remind myself- this isn't a sprint. Sometimes you have to try new things but no matter what, I will keep going. There are going to be setbacks. Being honest- this shit is hard. Yes, strict eating seems to work better. Yes, HIIT gives me a better burn than running lost distances. I've given different things a chance for 90 days and been unsuccessful, so back to what I know works for me. Even through a plateau, I can keep eating my strict foods but switch up my workouts. 
I was taught from Day 1- learn your body. 
I've set attainable goals, month by month and I'm going to give it my all until I get to where I want to be. I've come pretty far and made some long lasting GREAT habits. I just need to trust the process and kick my own ass! 
Happy Holidays everyone! Any big plans for the holidays?

22 comments:

  1. I love reading your blog and have definitely missed your weekly postings! Would you consider adding my on instagram (stefaniedlege)? You are such a motivation! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family :)

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  2. Cards are so cute. I love what you said about knowing YOUR body and what works for you. I hit a plateau recently and am trying to switch things up. Just LEARNING what works for me is a process. I ain't 20 anymore, know what I'm saying?

    Anyway, glad to see you are back on the grind, you are one of my favorite accounts for motivation. Happy Holidays!

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  3. I just wanted to say that I love your honesty! It is so hard nowadays to see all of these people on social media who are doing what seems like a million different things to lose weight and trying to find out what works best for you. I look forward to seeing you continue on this journey. Your family card is adorable and you look amazing. Thanks for your continued honesty and motivation. Happy Holidays!

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  4. I think it's great that you actually give a program/diet a solid try (90 days, definitely solid!) and if it doesn't do what you want then you re-evaluate and go from there. Sometimes in the blogging/instagram community it seems like if it isn't resolving the problem in a week then it's just a terrible idea and will never work and why me?!

    I'm really looking forward to reading about your upcoming goals for 2015! May your chicken boobs stay moist and your veggies stay crunchy! Merry Christmas!

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  5. Happy Holidays!!! I love your family Christmas card!!! It's soooo cuteable! Looking for to your weekly posts! #Inspiration

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  6. Merry Christmas! I have missed your blogging so I'm happy to see this update. I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas and. Wonderful New Year!

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  7. Adorable card! You have a beautiful family! Would you mind adding me to your IG? I miss following you! (@jennjilla) we have very similar body types/metabolisms/etc and I found it helpful to see what was working for you. Have a merry Christmas!

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  8. Hi Val, I used to read your blog all the time but I thought you deleted it until I recently saw a link on Bailey McKenzie's blog! You, Bailey, and Mama L inspired me to write my own blog. I'm happy to see your blog back up and running. You are an inspiration-- and hilarious I might add. I am also training for my first competition this spring in the figure division so I love meeting other bloggers on similar roads :) Excited to hear more about your journey!!!

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  9. I'm looking forward to reading more posts! I love your attitude and the dose of reality you lend to the healthy-blog-world.

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  10. Great cards! Looking forward to catching up with you in the New Year!!!

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  11. Those cards are too cute! I have to admit, I struggled with IIFYM too. I do so much better with a set routine and planning, but just wasn't able to get anything out of IIFYM. Can't wait to see you back around in the new year!

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  12. I have missed your blog; I'm glad you're getting back into it. I love your Christmas card! {Thank you} - I haven't sent cards out in several years. Maybe next year I'll do them. Merry Christmas!
    xoxo
    Rachel

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  13. Cupcake and that pose! <3 it! Love to read your blog when you post, so I am looking forward to regular posts again!

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  14. Hi Valerie. I've just started following your site and I'm really enjoying it! Your story is amazing and inspirational and I can't wait to see what you do in 2015. I'm in VA, too. :) Your card is adorable. Happy New Year!

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  15. What a beautiful family photo! I just started following you via Bloglovin, and I'm happy to have found your blog! Happy New Year

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    1. Awww, thanks girl. Do you follow my new account?

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  17. I miss you! Did you delete your instagram? :(

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  18. I miss your blog in my inbox daily!! Please come back!!!!!

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  19. aw man, i need my fabchickgetsfit update too. haha. i hope your comp prep is going well!

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