Fitness, food, weight loss, Weight Watchers

Limitations vs. Excuses

Can we talk excuses?

I’ve been full of them for the past couple months.

Trophy Husband got an amazing job opportunity that has required us to move to a different state.  We are living in a 2 bedroom apartment when we are used to a much larger house as a family.

I’ve used the apartment as an excuse to not keep up with my healthy eating and fitness goals.  The kitchen SUCKS.  It’s a tiny galley style with almost no counter space and it’s an old school electric coil stove, which I hate!  (people who buy electric stoves by choice- please tell me why in the comments! I need fire!)

apartment kitchen
Seriously… so. small.

I avoided cooking in this kitchen for weeks.  I hate the stove, I don’t have most of my pots and pans or knives and utensils.

Because of this, we ordered take out a lot! Uber Eats was a blessing and a curse.  (if you want to try it and haven’t already- use my code eats-paulad67 and we will both get $5 off!)

I gained 7 pounds in the month of January, due to my hatred of the apartment kitchen and pure laziness when my son and I would travel back home to Michigan while my husband stayed behind for work.  Even when I had my beautiful big kitchen and gas stove at my disposal, I still found myself ordering takeout or hitting up the drive thru.  My poor kid has consumed to much pizza and tacos that past couple months.  (not that he’s complaining!)

Two weeks ago, I decided to stop the madness and get my life together.  I actually went grocery shopping for actual ingredients and cooked most of our dinners at the apartment.  It helps that on my last trip to our old house I brought back more of my kitchen gear that I was missing.

Since I started cooking again, I’ve lost 6.5 of the 7 pounds that I gained.  Funny how not eating like a complete idiot will do that for ya.

Another excuse that I’ve had is that this apartment is too small to work out.  I’m used to having my little workout room in my basement with a treadmill, a big TV, and plenty of room to do my Beach Body workouts.

Now I have this:

apartment gym
Be jealous of my super fancy “gym”!

I finally got off my butt and started 80 Day Obsession.  I’m on Day 12 and I’m LOVING it!  It’s hard, but I feel great- stronger than I ever have.

And you know what- I need about 20 square feet of space to do these workouts.  My downstairs neighbors may be a little pissed at me during the jumping jacks… but I try to land as softly as I can.

Speaking of 80 Day Obsession- something that Autumn Calabrese said a few workouts ago stuck with me and inspired me to write this post.  I’m paraphrasing, but she basically said “Limitations are things that are beyond your control that you can overcome; Excuses are reasons that people use when they want to quit.”

This small apartment and less than ideal kitchen are limitations, but I was using them as excuses to not do what I needed to do.  I made the decision to adapt to my surroundings and figure out how to make them work for me.

This living situation isn’t ideal, but it is temporary and I’m so thankful for this opportunity that my family has in this new city.  And now that I’ve reframed my thinking about the apartment, I’m ready to move forward with my Weight Watchers program and fitness routine and finally reach my goals!

What limitations do you have that you are using as excuses?  How can you overcome them?  Tell me in the comments!

Fitness, food, weight loss, Weight Watchers

A Disappointing Weigh in

You ever feel like you’ve done everything right and things just don’t go your way on the scale?

I’m sure having one of those days!

I worked my program this week the way you are meant to.  I tracked everything.  I had blue dots 5 out of 7 days and I didn’t even go near using all of my weeklies.  I also had 49 fit points that I didn’t eat.

I was SO excited to get under the next “decade” of pounds today. (I was only 0.6 lbs away!)

But then…

I stepped on the scale at my Weight Watchers meeting, and it said I GAINED .4 pounds!

My face when I saw the scale

I was SO ANNOYED.  How could this happen?  I was a model weight watcher this week!  Looking back at my week, there is nothing that I would go back and do over.  I even ordered naked tenders and a side salad at Buffalo Wild Wings, FFS!

My leader came over and chatted with me because she could see that I had an attitude.  I told her what happened and talking to her really helped me to reframe my disappointment.

She told me to get my app out and look at my last few weeks.  And then to look at my graph from the beginning.  I was able to see a steady downtrend of the 11 pounds that I’ve lost since recommitting to Weight Watchers in October.  I’ve had some gains over the holidays and with the stress and lack of routine in moving my family to a new state this month, I had a set back and gained seven pounds thanks to the convenience of Uber Eats.

Sidebar: if you haven’t tried Uber Eats yet and want to, use code eats-paulad67 and you and I will both get $5 off. I don’t recommend ordering from there almost every day for two weeks like I did, though….


The point that I’m trying to make here is that one week doesn’t define my success.  I know that I’m doing the right things to lose weight and improve myself and sometimes the scale is not going to reflect that.

Perhaps I had too much sodium yesterday.  I’ve been doing 80 Day Obsession workouts and my muscles are SORE.  They are probably holding on to a bit of extra water.  Heck, maybe I just needed to go to the bathroom!

I’ve come a long way on this weight loss journey (gawd I hate when people call it their journey… but I don’t know a better word to describe it!).

The photo on the right came across my Facebook memories feed yesterday from two years ago, so I did a side by side.  I’ve lost 33 pounds since then!  Do I have more to go?  Yup.  But am I PROUD of what I’ve accomplished thus far?  You’re damn right!

side by side
Down 33 pounds and one upper lip

If you’re feeling discouraged and not seeing the results you want, please don’t quit!  I know that I’m doing the right things for my body and if I continue to do these things, I WILL get to my goal.  And you will, too! 🙂


Fitness, food

How to Stay Healthy during the Holiday Season

Hello readers!  The following is another guest post from my buddy Kaitlin.  She’s got some great tips on how to enjoy the holidays without derailing your fitness goals!

Christmas cookies

This can be a tough time of year to keep up your healthy lifestyle. Life gets busy and you skip a workout, then you overeat at family gatherings. It happens to us all! Here are some ways to make it through without throwing your goals out the window.

1. Sweat

Getting in your workout everyday not only helps you maintain your weight, but it also relieves stress. The holidays can bring added stress to all of us. There are parties to attend, dishes to make, and gifts to buy. Give yourself a gift by working out daily and sweating away the stress.

2. Have a plan

Know before you go to a party how you will stick to your plan and not fall completely off the wagon. Can you have a healthy snack before so you won’t be starving when you get there? Can you drink more water and less soda or beer? It’s not about completely eliminating all the comfort foods or your favorite dish that your Grandma only makes during the holidays, its about having it all in moderation. Grab a little bit of your comfort foods and balance that out with lots of lean proteins and veggies. Know before you go what you will do to stick to your goals!

3. Stock healthy meals

Have healthy meals ready to go in your fridge or freezer. Save the comfort foods for family get-togethers. When you are home, you can control the food. Make sure to have plenty of leafy greens, lean proteins, and fruit in your fridge so that you can have everything ready for a healthy lunch or dinner.

4. Start a new tradition

Instead of baking cookies all day, could you start a new tradition of going for a family hike or playing outside in the snow? If you already have a great tradition around baking with your family, then maybe you could add another one that gets you moving!

I hope these tips will help you fight the extra holiday pounds this season and still allow you and your family to enjoy the season! Have some tips of your own? I would love to hear them! Feel free to send me a message!

About Kaitlin:

Kaitlin Zucco is an online health & fitness coach in West Michigan. When she’s not working out at home with her husband and 2 year old daughter, Emma, she enjoys traveling and soaking up as much beach time as possible in Holland.

You can find her through her Fit and Fiesty Facebook page.



How to Stick to a New Fitness Lifestyle

The following is a guest post from my friend Kaitlin.  She has been helping me meet my fitness goals for a little over a year now.  She is a great motivator and has gone through an amazing fitness transformation, so she knows what she’s talking about! You can find her at Fit and Feisty.


Do you struggle with starting and stopping a new program? Are you all-in for a week and then life happens? Here are my tips to stick with whatever new program you have started to achieve lifelong results!

1. Keep it realistic

We all start in a different spot. Some of us can go out and run 5 miles after not running for years. Others have to start with walking a mile first (thats me!). Want to run a marathon? It starts with 1 mile at a time. Want to be able to do 20 push-ups? Maybe you need to start by doing 10 on your knees. Set achievable goals that you can strive for weekly and keep pushing to get to the next one. It will feel so amazing when you can start crossing off those small goals along the way.

2. Find a friend

The best way to keep yourself accountable is to find someone to HOLD you accountable. Whether that is an online community that you can check into, a running partner, or your significant other. Find someone that will push you and make sure your show up when you say you will. It also makes the workout more fun when you can do it with someone else!

3. Find your jam

This is one of my favorite ways to get excited about a workout and to make it go faster! I always have music blaring. Find out what pumps you up and then rock your workout! Dancing also helps to burn more calories! 🙂


4. Make it a habit

Decide when you like work out – is it morning, lunch, or at night? Find what works for you and make that your routine. It will soon become second nature, just like brushing your teeth.

5. Pause, don’t stop

We all have days where we don’t feel our best or the day slips by. The key is to let those be the exception and not the norm. Be ready to start over the very next day. Taking a rest day is needed but letting that turn into two makes starting up again much harder!

I hope that these tips help you to stick with your new fitness program and make it a lifestyle, not a quick fix or a fad!

About Kaitlin

Kaitlin Zucco is an online health & fitness coach in West Michigan. When she’s not working out at home with her husband and 2 year old daughter, Emma, she enjoys traveling and soaking up as much beach time as possible in Holland.