11 months later.

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I still can’t believe my journey has been over a year long now!! If I would have known that it would have taken this long, I would have probably been really discouraged, but honestly this year flew by and I feel like I didn’t deprive myself of things that I still loved.

Yes I am good about what I eat…MOST of the time! My friends can attest that I still indulge. I still eat ‘normal’ with my family and I still have things that are “not good for me”. But my motto is to just make small changes that make a big impact.

I still enjoy popcorn with my kids, ice cream every now and then, I bought lots of girl scout cookies this year & I even still eat carbs! All you paleo people can freak out now. ;) But I know my limits. I can get into a ‘bad eating’ mode and really start to go down, but then I just know I need to snap out of it and I’ll do a meal bar/shake for two of my meals for a few days to just reset my mind. The thing is, I actually enjoy it! It’s not something I dread doing because it’s just part of my life and I FEEL so much better when I do it.

With having to get all kids out of the door and walk my boys to school during the week, I’ve actually started having a meal bar or smoothee on the school drop off walk. What’s crazy, is that days I do this & take my vitamins with it I have LOADS of energy and the days I start my mornings with coffee after I’ve been up a few hours, I tend to not eat a breakfast then eat lunch and then want to eat everything in sight from 3pm-8pm. So, note to self: eat breakfast within the hour I wake up!

With all of that said, the next step is to get some strength training in my routine and to start running a few times a week. I’m really good about getting my 10k steps now that the constant rain has stopped, but I want to ‘up’ it a bit.

So yeah! That’s my update! I’m actually so very proud of how far I’ve come. Weight was such a massive contributor to my mood and well-being, so I’m very thankful to have more confidence than I did last year.

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If you have any questions about my weight loss journey & how you can get started, I am happy to help you!

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i worked out…days ago

So I did this video the day 2 days before getting the plague.
Okay, so maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but seriously, yesterday was awful. I didn’t leave my bed or bathroom floor all but 2 times. Absolutely miserable. Today I’m better but I’m still having hot flashes, but have relocated to the couch….where I’ve been watching far too many episodes of Hart of Dixie…and very thankful hubby was able to get off of work so I could recoup.

Stay tuned…more to come later this week.

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Momma Bird reviews the FitBit® Flex

I was given a FitBit® Flex in exchange for an honest review of the product. I was not paid for this review.

I have to say, there is so much to say about the FitBit® Flex! This little gadget is able to track my sleep, food intake, steps & my weight loss progress. It’s really small and comfortable so I really don’t even notice that I’m wearing it most days. This is what the FitBit website says about it: “This slim, stylish device is with you all the time. During the day, it tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. At night, it tracks your sleep quality and wakes you silently in the morning. Just check out the lights to see how you stack up against your personal goal. It’s the motivation you need to get out and be more active.

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Instead of just rambling on and on about how much I love it, I’m going to break it down into sections for you. You are welcome. ;)

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This is how I received it. I really wanted to rip it open right away but snapped this picture first. It’s a rubber type material and fit my small wrist perfectly on the smallest setting. It  took a little getting used to since I don’t typically wear anything on my wrists but now I feel naked without it. Most of the time you can’t even tell I’m wearing it because I have on long sleeves because of the cold winter months.

I synced it up with my ipod so I can check my progress throughout the day so I didn’t have to worry about tapping the device to try and remember how many dots meant what. I also put the bluetooth device in the usb port on my mac so when I’m near my mac it will automatically sync up as well!

Now on to the various features it has:

Sleep Tracker – this is probably one of my favorite features aside from the actual step tracker. I used to be SO tired and didn’t understand why when I had a full 8 hrs. Once I got this and was able to start tracking my sleep I was seeing how often I would wake up or be restless in the middle of the night! In order to get the adequate amount of sleep needed I’ve found I need to go to bed a bit earlier so I can still get my proper sleep.

Here are some sleep tips from FitBit:

One of the other features on the FitBit is the ability to track your meals. I don’t use this one as often as I should. I really should implement it more but I was already using an app that I really liked to track my food so I felt like I was having to double track things. Maybe if I started doing it more often I’d like it better, or if you are someone that doesn’t use a food tracker this would be absolutely PERFECT for you!

Here are some helpful eating tips from FitBit:

And of course the most important feature, the step tracker! It’s pretty amazing to me how I’m able to track my steps each day now. Before I had this, I thought for SURE I was getting way more steps in than I actually am chasing around after my kids. But in reality I don’t do much stepping, it’s more steps here and there with lots of standing/rests in between. So this feature really helps me stay motivated to reach my goal of 10k a day.

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I’m not going to lie, when it starts flashing and vibrating to let me know I’ve met my goal I get pretty darn excited about it. lol Then when I open up my email I get a notification like the picture I posted above!

Here are a few exercise tips from FitBit:

There are loads of other features that I honestly didn’t even cover because I feel like this review could be a mile long! lol One of the other things I really love is my weekly review of how my week went. Here’s an example of what they send you through your email:

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As you can see, this was over the holidays and I did VERY poorly! Naughty Michelle. BUT, I’m excited to start seeing those “down” arrows go back UP!

Do you have a FitBit?
What is a feature you love about it?

30 Day Paleo Challenge

This post is getting quite a bit of views lately and I feel like a fraud. You guys. I didn’t even last a freaking 24hrs on Paleo. I just couldn’t do it. It’s not who I am. I have loads of friends who have done it successfully and absolutely LOVE it, but I just can’t fit it into my lifestyle. If you’d like me to point you to them, I’d be happy to do it!

Thanks so much you guys!

Oh my gosh.

I can’t believe I’m even writing this.

Seriously.

I am regretting it already but I just need challenges to keep me focused.

We are going to Italy with my inlaws in about 6 wks & I need a PUSH to get me strong, fit & healthy before I indulge in pizza, pasta & wine. (but it’s in Italy so it’s okay right?!!)

If you’re like me, I tend to get side tracked. I do great for a while and then 1 day can get me down & blah. So I’m thinking I will just have to go cold turkey and do it. I am pretty sure there will be lots of winging (that’s whining for you americans), lots of complaints & I’m pretty sure I may even throw a 3yr old tantrum.

But.

I’ll be damn proud of myself afterwards & I’m pretty sure I’ll see some great results too! (please excuse my use of the word ‘damn’, I never use that word but i have a dear friend who loves it & well she’s rubbed off on me – damn you jessica!)

I’ll be posting all my rants on the Healthy Momma Bird Facebook Page. We can share pictures of our recipes/workouts and our progress too!

Here’s a visual on the actual plan:

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 Image Source: Jane’s Healthy Kitchen

Side Notes:

  • I will be allowing all fruits/veggies & sweet potatoes. I will also be using grass-fed butter if I need to.
  • I will use bacon/sausage sparingly & will try to find nitrate/sugar free (although I haven’t had luck over here in the UK) I have only found nitrate free sausage.
  • I will also still have my Shaklee 180™ shakes. These are “processed” but they are very nutritious and they have helped me on this weight loss journey so I’ll continue with it.

As for exercise, I’ll be doing my squat & arm challenges still (you can find those on my HMB Facebook page) and incorporating more CrossFit instead of running (although I do love running for stress relief). I will be trying to do some form of exercise at least every day, I will just have a “light” day instead of a “rest” day.

I think the HARDEST part is going to be my morning coffee & afternoon tea without sugar/dairy. If I’m being honest, I’m not sure I am willing to give that up only because I know it’s something that I truly enjoy & don’t see giving up for the rest of my life. Also. Chocolate. I will probably have dreams about swimming in it.

I totally feel like I’m rambling on but there’s SOOO much that will go into this. I will have to do some major planning for my grocery trips & I won’t be putting my kids on this but WILL be eliminating processed snacks to make things easier. What helps the most is that hubby will be away at a class for the next 6 wks so it works out perfectly! (he would  not survive on paleo lol)

I will be posting a before/after image after the challenge is over & I hope you all will too!

How I will help you through the challenge:

  • I will be posting my personal workout each day to help give you ideas on what to do.
  • I will post my meals for the week.
  • I will post links to various sites give you ideas for meals/workouts.
  • I will encourage you to keep going strong.
  • I will complain with you on how terrible it is.
  • I will jump for joy with you when we start seeing results!
  • We will be in this together!!

Who would like to join this challenge with me??
If so – leave a message & join our the Facebook page:
Healthy Momma Bird

Have you done a Paleo challenge before?
What were your struggles?
How did you succeed?

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