Oh my, how things have changed.

Oh, hello! Let me reintroduce myself.

My name is Amber. I’m 26. My Fiancรฉ and I have a 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 snake.

My views have changed a great deal since starting this blog 3 years ago. I am in a totally different place than I was before. It’s wonderful.

What happened in the last 2 years?

Homeownership: We purchased our first house in June 2016. It took up a LOT of time and energy. A lot of my previous blog post was about saving for a house, paying off debt, and living with my Dad. It’s been a whirlwind of change, but it has been wonderful owning our own home and starting our lives together.

Education: I FINALLY GRADUATED. In June 2017 I graduated with my Bachelor of Business Administration. No more studying. No more homework. NONE! YAY!

Wedding Status: He finally proposed! Our 8 year anniversary was January 2017 and he set up a surprise night complete with a proposal in our new home. We are now getting married March 2018. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am thrilled to get to spend the rest of my life with him.

Weight Loss: I am still trying to lose weight. I have been up and down and around for months. MONTHS. It finally dawned on me that I’m the one holding myself back. No more of that. It’s the home stretch. The wedding is in less than 5 months now, and if there is anything that will motivate me on this weight loss journey, it’s going to be that!

I have to call that a successful 2 years ๐Ÿ™‚

Amber.

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Gone So Long

I feel like it’s been ages since I last posted here. I checked on the site last night and realized my last weight post was in April 2015. I am still at the same weight as I was then, having gone up and down the same 5 lbs that I’ve been fighting with for months.

I won’t say I’m back on a schedule for posting, but I do hope to be more active here. I found that I was so motivated when I read the blogs here and since leaving I haven’t had that same push. I just checked up on a few of my “favorites” and found that people are approaching their goals, getting pregnant, and celebrating themselves. I want to see the happiness I read from them in myself too. I will make this happen. It will take time, but I will make it work.

I am going to give my site a little tweaking and add/remove some stuff to fit with my current mindset. I hope you’ll forgive me for taking such a long break, but life happened and it hit me like a train.

Poundage Update 04/01/15 (on 04/03/15)

Hello!

It seems to be that instead of weekly I have been posting every 2 weeks for weigh ins…dunno how that happened but I say it’s OK. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wednesday 03/25/15
223.7 lbsย (+0.3)

Wednesday 04/01/15
221.4ย (-2.3)

I have to attribute some of that loss this last week to being sick, but I’m happy with it! I am still feeling a little under the weather but I hope to bounce back soon and add the gym back into the schedule. This is the second time I’ve been sick in like…4 months. Who knew my immune system was so awful? This is also the first job I’ve had in 6 years that I’ve actually had to work face to face with the clients. People are dirtier than I thought, I guess. I stocked up on hand sanitizer, though, so I’m good to go.

Yay for a loss, even if it was due to sickness!

Amber

Poundage Update 03/18/15

Hello!

In the last post I mentioned having a steady 3 weeks of losing 0.4 lbs per week. Then I weighed in on 03/11/15 having gained 0.4 lbs. I did NOT want it to end up being a downward (or upward?) spiral of gaining, so I kicked it into high gear.

I started to take the step challenge seriously and made my goal almost every day. I also hit 10,000 steps in one day for the first time since owning my Fitbit! Yesterday I had some time before work and I even went to the GYM!ย I have to say, after not having gone in a couple months and then going…I can’t believe I had ever stopped. I get such a rush of good feelings when I go. I feel confident. I feel happy. I feel like I am really making progress. I also plan to start working the gym back into my weekly schedule. There was one point that I was going daily, but I burnt out really quickly. I will start small this time and make it a schedule that I am comfortable with.

This morning, my hard work paid off. I weighed in at 223.4 lbs. That is a change of -2.1 lbs. I was so thrilled when I got on the scale. I even checked it 3 times to be sure it wasn’t lying. These are the kinds of losses I should be seeing. This is what I need to see.

I am looking forward to next week. I hope to see the same type of results.

Amber

Debt Payment Update March 2015

Hello!

Time for a little update on the debt progress!

$0.00 remaining for the Pontiac – PAID OFF!
$6867.38 remaining for the Honda
$23,059.28 remaining for student loans

End of January 2015: $35,735.66
End of February 2015: $29,926.66
Change: -$5,809.00

I am SO happy to have the first car loan paid off. A lot of the progress made last month was due to tax refunds being used for debt payoff. I am very pleased with that decision because this was a great push forward in the whole debt total. I combined the student loan totals for future reference, and soon there will be additions to that amount because I start back up in school in May 2015. I know we won’t get the debt paid off as fast as I want it to. I am happy to see the progress we have made either way, and I am making it a point to add some savings in the budget going forward to even things out.

Amber

Inch Update March 2015

Hello!

I took some more measurements from February 8th, 2015 – March 2nd, 2015! There wasn’t as much change as last month but I am seeing a difference in the other areas now that weren’t changing before.

March 2015
Bust:
47in (0 change)
Arm:
11.75in (0 change)
Waist:
42in (0 change)
Hips:
42in (0 change)
Thigh:
22.5in (-1in)
Calf:
15.5in (-0.75in)
Neck:
15.5in (-0.5in)
Muffin Top:
46in (0 change)

I lost another 2.25 inches off of my body! This puts me at a total inch loss of 12.75 inches!

I can really tell a difference in some clothing items I wear lately. I also picked up my bridesmaids dress for Wedding #2 in June and it needs to be taken WAAAY in! I am not looking forward to that alteration bill, but I am completely stoked about the need to take the dress in. I am still putting off getting the dress officially fitted yet because a lot can change in a few months, but I can tell that I am going in the right direction.

Amber

Poundage Update 03/04/15 (on 03/08/15)

Hello!

I have been pretty absent lately. Tax season (because I do taxes for people) causes me to become unbelievably busy and stressed. It has been very hard to find the time to post or the motivation to do so when I actually had a minute to breathe. We had a good and slow day yesterday to finish out the week and I wanted to take a few minutes to update the internet with the happenings in my weight and debt loss adventures.

My last weigh in post was 02/04/15. I weighed in at 226.2 with a change of -1.9 from the week before. The weeks after are as follows:

Wednesday 02/11/15
226.3 lbs (+0.1)

Wednesday 02/18/15
225.9 lbs (-0.4)

Wednesday 02/25/15
225.5 lbs (-0.4)

Wednesday 03/04/15
225.1 lbs (-0.4)

Can you see a trend lately? I can’t complain because a loss is a loss, but I am always hoping for more than a measly 0.4 lb loss. I am absolutely sure that I will start getting better losses when I start to make more positive choices and get a routine back. The chaos with work lately has made it very difficult to keep any kind of lunch, dinner, or workout schedule. I am actively trying to be better about the choices I make and hopefully that will show on Wednesday the 11th!

Stay tuned for an update on the inch losses and debt payoff progress from February – March ๐Ÿ™‚

Amber