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Its Time to Think About the New Year

With the New Year fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about resolutions and goals.  For the better part of the last decade one of my goals has always been the same- to improve my health and fitness… sound familiar?

It’s no secret that since having my first child 9 years ago I have struggled with my weight.  Prior to  pregnancy I was effortlessly thin and fit.  It seemed I could eat anything without issue, my metabolism was a raging furnace… then I got pregnant and have been it would seem that my metabolism packed up and left town!  It also seemingly got worse with each consecutive pregnancy.  Finally after years of frustration, symptoms, diets, protein shakes, and fitness regimes I asked my Dr. to test my thyroid… the results came back in the very low normal range, but “normal” nonetheless and my doctor said “welcome to your 30’s”.

Ugh.  So being 34 means miserable, tired, and fat?!  Umm I don’t think so.  By last summer I had finally had enough, and was complaining to an aquaintance about my frustration after church one day.  She then told me about this diet that she had tried when she was at the same breaking point that I was… the Fast Metabolism Diet.   Everything that she said about it made perfect sense and I was intrigued so I thought “what the hell” and ordered the book from Amazon right then and there!

Now, I’m not going to go into the nitty gritty details because this is not a sales pitch.  This is merely a friend telling a friend about something that finally worked.  If any of the above sounds familiar to you… go ahead and order the book.  Trust me.  The book is full of super sciency information about why and how to make this diet work… it was fascinating and made a ton of sense.  There were a lot of “A-ha’s”  and I truly felt like it was written for me and my circumstances.

I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t terribly easy to stick to at first but I was bound and determined to give it my best shot.  I started the diet on Monday, August 8 weighing 182lbs (shudder).  After 28 days I was down to 163 lbs… and I didn’t (formally) work out once!  SAY WHAT!?  Every time I look at those stats I get pumped up 🙂 Not only did I lose a considerable amount of weight in under a month but I felt GREAT.  So great in fact that I kept up with several of the “rules” of the diet and now as I write this (after binging both at Thanksgiving and Christmas on delicious goodies)  I have kept off all of the weight with the exception of about 2lbs.  That alone is a first for me when it comes to dieting!

Now, before you go and run over to Amazon to buy the book let me first highlight some of the Do’s and Don’ts of the diet:

You MUST:

Eat 5 times a day (3 meals, 2 snacks)

Eat every 3 to 4 hours

Eat within 30 minutes of waking up

Stay on the plan for the full 28 days

Stick to the foods for that day (there are lists to choose from… don’t worry)

Drink half your body weight in ounces of water

Eat organic as much as possible

Eat nitrate free meat

Exercise 3 times per week… 😉 🙂

You CAN NOT HAVE

Wheat, corn, dairy, soy, refined sugar, dried fruit or fruit juice, caffeine, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, fat free or “diet” foods

I know, I know that last little bit is like WHOA, but trust me its fine.  The book provides you with a lot of ideas, recipes and foods to choose from.  I also purchased the app which was a huge help.  There is a cookbook that goes with the diet as well… which I also purchased lol.

So that’s about it.  Today is day 1 of  me starting again, I wanted to start a little bit before New Years while I’m off from work.  If you want to follow along head over to my Instagram  @lindseynagorski and comment below if you have any questions or want to share your progress!

Here’s to 2017!

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It’s a new year!

     In the spirit of New Year resolutions I decided that I was going to be more focused and purposeful this year.  It has been going great so far, but we’ll see what happens when grad school officially starts up again tomorrow!  On the first day back at work I had a bright, shiny, new student teacher to greet me.  This is a first for both of us, and we spent the week getting to know the ropes… Needless to say I think he was very ready for the weekend to come ;-). While having a shadow is going to be quite the adjustment, it has already proven to be beneficial for me.  I want him to have the best experience possible, so I am forcing myself to focus and be more purposeful with my planning which feels good.  I finally created a digital copy of my lesson plans (although not as pretty as I would like) for he and I to edit, which is something that I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time.  Now we’ll see how I do with giving up control over the planning and teaching!

     Another area where I’m trying to be more focused and purposeful is with my appearance.  I wouldn’t necessarily say that it is terrible, but I am definitely feeling like I am in a rut.  With my youngest turning 3 next month (um how did that happen by the way?), I’ve hit the “I don’t have a baby anymore, so I don’t need to look like I have a baby” stage where I feel like I can wear jewelry without it getting yanked off or a pretty top without getting (as much) food/ saliva/ boogers rubbed onto it.  I decided to take the plunge and sign up for Stitch Fix- since that’s what all the cool kids seem to be doing.  I get my first fix on the 26th, so we’ll see how it goes!  I fully intend to blog about my experience 😉
     As teachers, mothers and wives we have a tendancy to continuously give and not take much for ourselves.  I’m hoping that this year I can find the balance between the two.  I feel as though I am a much better person in general when I put a little focus and effort back into myself.  Let’s hope I’m able to stay the course!