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! 🙂