WILW and OHP: Laughs and Fashion

SO many funny and fashionable things this week for WILW and Oh, How Pinteresting. Let’s get into it…

This is so funny.

Laughed out loud.

I need this sign (except we don’t really get solicitors.)

Doesn’t everyone do this?

And now for some fashion…
I need these boots in my life.

I LOVE these ideas for styling riding boots.

And I NEED a monogram ball cap.

What are you loving today?

Weigh In Wedneday: No More Scale

Last week, I broke up with the scale.
I had been weighing myself daily (sometimes multiple times a day) and being mad every time.  Either the stupid thing would show me at 3 different weights within moments (and the only one that would matter to me was the largest number) or I wouldn’t be pleased enough with the results.
I was lamenting to my mom and Tyler about this, and he suggested I don’t weigh myself.  Maybe not ever, but at least for a while.
I’ve suggested this before, and even gone a few weeks without weighing….but I really think I mean it this time.
See, the next morning after we had this “break up with the scale talk” I read these things in my morning quiet time (I’m reading the Made to Crave 60 Day Devotional and some passages in Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word section on Overcoming Food-Related Strongholds.)
Made to Crave that morning was about pleasing God, not the scale.  It said this:
“Define your week by obedience, not by a number on the scale.The scale does help measure our progress, but it can’t tell us
everything. It can’t tell us if too much salt intake is making us retain
a pound or two of water. It can’t tell us if we actually lost a pound
of fat, but gained more muscle from weight training. And, it can’t tell
us what time of the month it is and give us automatic credit for the
extra two pounds or so that those glorious few days bring to us.
So, I had to stop and ask myself the following questions:
    • Did I overeat this week on any day? No.


  • Did I move more and exercise regularly? Yes.
  • Did I eat in secret or out of anger or frustration? No.
  • Did I feel that, at any time, I ran to food instead of to God? Nope.
  • Before I hopped on the scale, did I think I’d had a successful, God-pleasing week? Yep!”


Then, in Praying God’s Word, I was led through a prayer based on 2 Peter 2:19 “They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”
If that isn’t confirmation to let go of the scale, I don’t know what is.  I hear you, Lord.
I had been “mastered” by the scale.  I thought freedom would come from seeing a number there.  But you know what?  That’s not what I want to define me.
I want to feel successful NOW.  I don’t want to wait to feel successful in 10/15/20 pounds. Because, you know what, I AM successful now.  I’ve gone from a size 16 to a size 10.  I can run a 5k.  I am training for a 10k and an indoor triathlon.  I am living a healthier life.  I am no longer pre-diabetic.  I am successful. I’m declaring myself a success now.  And that mindset is freeing.
I am also ditching a goal weight.  On my 30 Before 30 list, I used to have “Weigh 150” as a goal (the top goal!!).  Well, I’m deleting that and replacing it with another goal I’m working towards: Run a 10k.  Because who cares if I EVER weigh that magical number I pulled from the sky.  Sure, that number would be in the “healthy BMI range”  My doctor said that doesn’t matter.  Sure, that number would likely make me a size 6.  Who cares.  But that number won’t make me happy.
I am SO much more than that scale and the numbers on it.  And you know what I’m proclaiming today?  I’m at goal today.  The goal is to be healthy….and I believe I’m healthy.  My doctor called me “fit and healthy” at my last appointment.  I work out 5-7 days a week.  I eat pretty clean and moderate amounts.  I don’t drink lots of alcohol or soda.  I don’t smoke.  I don’t do drugs.  I treat my body pretty well.  And ditching that number on the scale makes this my life, not just a means to an end.
L- Summer 2010, R- today.  THIS is what success looks like.  Not a magic number on the scale.
I would love to “be finished” losing weight. But then what? I will never go back to the way I was.  I will always live like this (I hope).  So why is there a finite end of a goal weight?  Now there isn’t.
This is me.  Living MY life.  Being happy.  Not being a slave to the scale.  No longer crying in the shower because I hated what the scale said minutes before.  No longer mad that I didn’t reach a certain number at a certain time. No longer frustrated that my efforts “aren’t enough.” I’m enough.  This is my journey and my story and I’m rewriting it.
Scale, it’s not me…it’s you.  We’re over.  Good riddance.

WIW, OHP, and WILW: Yay for Good Things

Today’s WIW is GREAT!  I was 179 last Wednesday, and today I’m bright and shiny at 175.9.  That’s a 3.1 pound loss!  I’m kicking tail and I don’t care who knows it!  Follow me on IG at @fitbrit2013 to get my health/fitness updates.  It is awesome accountability on there.

And now for What I’m Loving Wednesday and Oh, How Pinteresting….

I’m loving….

…That the ReFit team is coming to Arkansas!  They will be in Russellville Saturday Sept 21…and if you like fitness, you’ll love these ladies!   This is for all people, not just instructors.

…Vanilla Shakeology!  I am LOVING mixing mine with coffee for a healthy frappacino. Yum.  Recipes here.

…That I have one month until Zumba convention and 2 months until Hanson’s Anthem concerts!

And now for some pins…

Taylor Hanson on the flight to their first stop on their Anthem world tour! They are starting in South America!

Maybe these would help me have a green thumb?

All I want in life is a leopard cake.

And some humor for today…

Have a GREAT Wednesday! What are you loving today?

WIW and WILW and OHP

Happy Wednesday!  We are having a date night tonight…so I’m excited about that (gym, dinner, and a movie!  Woop!)

Let’s start with WIW. I didn’t weigh in last week….but I know today’s was UGLY.  The last few weeks of outings, travels, and parties did not bode well. Tack on to that my TOM, and I’m back where I was when I started doing weigh-ins a few weeks ago – 179.  I’m not proud of it, but I know I have a renewed sense of commitment and “get-it-done-edness”.  I’ve also started a fitness IG account to post some accountability things (and not annoy my friends who could care less about my fitness measures).  I’m excited to see this number go back down. I know a lot of it is water weight and bloat, so next week should be good.

Now for What I’m Loving Wednesday and Oh, How Pinteresting!

This week I’m loving…

This mashup video.  I love the song, but the video is a bit raunch.  This makes up for it. #Cosby

I loved this post “Stop Defining Yourself By What You Don’t Like”  Favorite quote (That I think the church could learn a lot from):

We often define ourselves by the things we stand against, thinking it makes us special. We talk a lot about sin. About the things we’re not supposed to do. About the things our culture does that we, as a Church, denounce.

There’s a scene in Liberal Arts, a nostalgic coming-of-age indie film directed and starred by Josh Radnor (of How I Met Your Mother), where 35-year-old Jesse, a self-proclaimed literature aficionado, is negative and judgmental about a book that his college-aged, free-spirited girlfriend enjoyed.

“You think it’s cool to hate things,” she tells him. “And it’s not. It’s boring. Talk about what you love, keep quiet about what you don’t.”

I’m loving this shirt from Kiki La Rue.  Who will buy it for me? 🙂

And some pins…

LOVE this arrangement, bringing everything together on one board.

Love this closet.  Who needs a guest room when you can have a closet like this?

What are you loving today?