Gonna be a long, windy road from here.

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OK, so after missing 10 days of the 30 Day Shred (which is, after all, 33% of the program LOL!), I have done 5 days in a row of it! Go me :) I even did Level 3 today, a bit sooner than I was planning (was going to do it on Saturday)... so ... I feel good about that.

I am really struggling to eat right and exercise at the same time. I feel like I can eat/track calories really well when its all I do, or I can exercise every day, but I can't track calories and exercise. What gives?! It can't be THAT hard. Just something I need to work harder at doing, I suppose. So I haven't tracked calories in probably a week or so.

I have a feeling that when I bust through this 190-block, I will get back to losing at a reasonable rate. Its just the busting out of it that is the frustrating part!!

I just need to find that place in my head where I am back on track with everything, I guess. Counting calories doesn't exactly suck up my entire day anymore (it sorta did when I first started), but it is something I have to concentrate on doing, and lately its been very easy to just say, "I'll start it back up tomorrow." Well tomorrow never happens.

My 3 year old called me fat yesterday. He's making verbal observations about the sizes of things nowadays - 'big truck!' (semi truck) and 'baby truck' (one of his toy trucks) - everything is either big, or a baby. If its REALLY big, he'll just repeat the word big a few times until he feels that you understand how large it is. lol. Anyway, yesterday he was telling me that I have a 'big big big big big big big big BIG tummy' and then he informed me that Dada also has a BIG BIG BIG BIG tummy and he only has a baby tummy. Parker - the baby - has a "big baby tummy" though... haha! Sometimes I think it takes seeing yourself through your child's eyes for some things to really hit home. I mean, I can see that I'm overweight, but so can my kid... and he hasn't learned the fine art of sugar-coating (which is good!), so he's just upfront about it! Instead of letting it sting and hurt my feelings, I'm using it as motivation. I can't speak for my husband, but my son will have at least one parent who isn't sporting a 'BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG tummy'!! :)

Have a lovely weekend

@ 6:51pm ET on August 17, 2012
Good to hear you're back at it! I'm still trying to ease back into things. When school starts back on Tuesday I'm going to try to start getting back to the gym which I'm pretty stoked about. I've tried 30 day shred and I'm not a huge fan of it. I mean... it's a great workout, it's just not... fun ha ha Zumba is fun though, so I've been trying to keep up with that ha ha

Keep up the great work!

@ 11:30am ET on August 18, 2012
Good job getting back into the swing of things! About the calories thing, I don't even count calories, I just watch portions and make sure the things I'm eating are good carbs like whole wheat and brown rice, versus bad, empty carbs, like white rice and white bread. And I've dropped a few pounds, although it feels like I'm stuck right now, and this weekend isn't going to help lol. But just keep up the good work, you can do it! :)

@ 1:28am ET on August 19, 2012
I'm glad you see motivation in your child's words. I know you have the right motives, like being a good example for him and all, and this just helps you to keep your eye on the end price. Being a happy healthy mom for him.

@ 2:01pm ET on August 20, 2012
Go girl!!! 5 days in a row - so psyched for you and proud of you. Way to "jump back into it" with a vengeance!

@ 12:53pm ET on July 9, 2013
Hey there - just wanted to drop you a line and let you know we miss you!! Would love to hear an update :)

@ 4:17pm ET on June 5, 2014
Hey Rachel - I was thinking of you today! I hope you're doing well. Shoot me a message or post a blog to stay in touch :)

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