Balanced (Healthy) Living Update


Hello all.  As you can tell I haven’t been in much of a blogging mood.  I’ve had a lot on my mind and sitting still was not working for me. 🙂 After much thought, I’ve decided to do a weight loss/healthy balance update weekly instead of monthly.  I think it will be better for me to share more often…help me stay on track…accountable even.  So here is my first update!

My first set of goals/plans were:

My FIRST goal: 25 pounds.

My Plan: Back to basics. Track my food and exercise. Stay in my calorie range. Drink my water. Eat breakfast. Practice yoga and meditation. Walk.


Let’s look at what I did right first….

I did get back to basics.  I did eat breakfast all but one day because…well…stress. I did drink my water. I did meditate.

and now on to the things I didn’t do so right.

I did not walk (ya know, more than when the skill was necessary). I did not do yoga at all. I did not track.

I’m pretty sure my calorie range was well within, but I don’t know that for sure because I didn’t track.

Pounds lost: 4

As I said, I was extremely stressed out for more than half of my first week. BUT I did not use food as a form of comfort at all. No grazing…binge eating…or even indulging.

I feel pretty proud of myself for that.

New Week Goals and Plan:

First over all goal: lose 25 pounds (21 to go)

Short term goal: Practice Yoga 4 times this week.

Plan: Stick with the basics. Eat Breakfast. Drink my water. Meditate. Yoga. Walk if weather allows. Track and stay within calorie range. Focus on portions!

It’s all about choices really and I feel that I made the best possible choice in each moment this week.  I was stressed out and when I’m stressed I normally eat more.  I fall back on comfort foods or even booze. This time, to be fair, I was so stressed that I lost my appetite. So for a couple of days I ate to live not the other way around. 😉 I feel good about navigating through something stressful in a very non sabotaging way. ❤

Are you trying to be healthier? To find a balance? How’s it going for you?

Thanks for reading~



51 thoughts on “Balanced (Healthy) Living Update

  1. Yey! Great job! 🙂 That’s actually a good start… I’ll start posting about my Journey next week. (Had to do an introduction about it by the end of this week, hehe)
    I’m so proud of you for losing weight…in doesn’t matter if it’s not a big change yet- what matters is that the result is positive and I’m sure you’ll keep going! 😉

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  2. I have the same “bell curve” when it comes to food and stress. As my stress increases, I eat more and more – and then when my stress gets truly bad, my appetite drops off. In the past, I’ve been so desperate to lose some pounds that I considered intentionally stressing myself out, just so I wouldn’t have an appetite and wouldn’t be tempted by food. Terrible way to go about it! Don’t worry, I didn’t actually do it 🙂 Congrats on the successes you’ve found so far!

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  3. Have you tried any Apps? I usually am not one to advocate too over the top for adding MORE technology into our lives….BUT…I am finding that the Map My Run (which, by the way, is MUCH more than just a way to track running. It has a ton of different types of workouts you can log! Including Yoga which I adore and need to be more adamant about personally) and My Fitness Pal (which is helping me track my food and takes into consideration my exercise) by Under Armour are really helping me stay accountable to myself. Im sure there are others that are similar but I just happened to land on these in my sporadic search for fitness help and I am loving them. Thought Id share! My husband lost over 100 lbs a few years back when he started running and eating right as way to overcome his depression. He is a huge supporter of everyone getting and staying in better physical health as a part of full overall health. Because I have been thinner throughout my life he often feels like I don’t understand certain aspects of his journey and struggles. He’s right. But thinner does not mean healthier. And he inspires me. He can run miles around me (literally…he’s run several marathons) and I on the other hand, was a regular smoker for far too many years (although my step-daughter has never known). He supports any effort I make to be HEALTHIER…beyond a size goal…and has a ton of insight. If you ever had any questions that he may be able to help with, please let me know! Congratulations on your progress!!!! You’ve got this!

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  4. Remember Nikki, one day at a time, one step at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Small steps but always forward, you’ll get there. Sending hugs and good wishes xo ❤️


  5. Nikki, I think you have done great. Sometimes, to ease oneself into change is not a bad thing.
    I always try to be healthier, for me, at this moment I am struggling to exercise as much as I want, it’s been a bad couple of weeks and I just have to pull myself out of this hole I have created
    Keep up the good work, and have a beautiful weekend. x

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  6. Congrats on the week’s accomplishments! I recently completed a healthy eating challenge where I couldn’t eat any junk food for 4 weeks. It was a lot harder than I thought, but it was really worth it. I lost a few inches off my waistline and I started feeling a lot better.

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  7. I find it easier to focus on what I should eat rather than tracking portions and calories. I think if the food you eat is truly nutritious, your body will naturally calibrate intake for you. Good for you for recognizing and controlling your “extracurricular” eating!! I think this is an important step toward healthy weight-loss! I’d love for you to check out my journey of health and tell me what you think of The Upward Spiral, my concept of wellness!

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  8. If you eat healthy food you wont really need to count calories, this is what I found 🙂
    Alot less energy given and alot less stress, unless you enjoy that kind of thing 🙂 If you need any help check my page out happy to help .
    Thanks :

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    1. I appreciate that way of eating. I know it works for many people. At this point the tracking has helped me to see that I am not eating enough. I tracked for several weeks and while I was feeling full I was eating far too few calories on most days. Something very common in Over-eight woman as you know. I’ve added more veggies, fiber and some fruits (not a huge fan of fruits 🙂 ) to my day and I feel a lot better. I don’t look at tracking the calories as a punishment…or as an end all be all…meaning if I ‘go over’ my recommended range it’s not the end of the world, but its a tool to see what I’m doing on a daily basis.
      I’ve been over-weight for many many years but at the same weight for nearly 7. At this point, I’m trying to have as much information as I can. 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment. Hope you’re having a great day!!

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        1. That is the best…and hardest lesson to learn. There is no quick fix…no ‘I’ll do this till’. If you want the yo-yo cycle to end you have to make permanent healthy changes. Period. I’ve tried all the tricks and ya know what? Most of them work…until you stop…or get sick from how unhealthy they are. I’m 43 years old. I don’t want tricks anymore. 🙂

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  9. They are some great goals that you have set yourself, its all about staying positive in what you want to achieve, we all have the odd day here and there where we slip up but as long as you get back on track that’s all that matters, and it seems as though you are managing to keep yourself motivated. I have just started a blog about health and fitness and would love if you could give it a look and see what you think. 🙂

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