When You Don’t Recognize Yourself In The Mirror – Weight Loss Struggles

Weight loss struggle and how I plan on getting out of the funk. Fitness inspiration and weight loss motivation.

I don’t post about my personal struggles on The Bewitchin’ Kitchen, mostly because I like to keep TBK upbeat, positive and fun. That being said, TBK follows me in my life. I usually only share the good, but I want to be transparent and share it all.

This summer has been a lot of fun: we have attended weddings (like this rustic wedding where I made a DIY wedding cake), went on vacation to Osoyoos and Kelowna, and we have ate everything we could think of (like this Baileys dessert recipe – sorry I had to plug it). Along with the indulgences that we’ve been diving into, there has been no working out. I don’t like to make excuses but for the past 2 1/2 months I have had strangers coming in and out of my house everyday to repair and reconstruct my basement (our sewer backed up in the middle of June) and it made me too uncomfortable to work out in front of them. I’m the kind of person where if I don’t get it done right away in the morning – it doesn’t get done at all. So, there has been very little activity on the fitness front.

The result – weight gain and a lot of it.

On Sunday evening I was looking in the mirror and couldn’t believe how different I looked and how awful I felt. I was grumpy, felt sick and miserable.

Monday morning I jumped on the scale and that’s when reality sunk in. 8 pounds, that’s how much weight I gained in a week’s time (on top of the 5 or 6 pounds I gained before that). A few of those pounds are carbs and salt but a lot of it is true (I don’t have a thyroid and we’re still learning my dosage of Armour so sometimes I just smell food and I swear I gain. It’s frustrating but we’re close to figuring it out.). My yoga pants don’t fit right and my jeans don’t fit at all. Jean season is around the corner and I refuse to buy a new pair in a bigger size when I have nice and barely used ones waiting for me in my closet.

Be stronger than your excuses. Weight loss motivation and fitness quotes.

Weight Loss Game Plan

It’s time to get back to business. After taking my before photos, measurements and my body fat percentage I feel more motivated than ever to get back to where I feel healthy and feel better about myself.

On Monday I started P90X3 via Beachbody On Demand / Beachbody On Demand Canada (a streaming service I pay for that’s like Netflix but for Beachbody programs. I’ll write more about that later). I have been planning my meals a few days ahead at a time, and pre-cooking things like vegetables and rice/quinoa so I don’t get lazy at the last minute. I have also ordered myself a new set of shoes (Saucony Triumph ISO) as a “congrats for getting back on the horse and here are new shoes, now don’t waste them“.

So far, so good. It’s Wednesday and I have already lost 4.2 pounds by eating more than usual (healthy options) and feeling satisfied (along with keeping active and doing my workouts). Clearly it’s not 4.2 pounds of fat and as I said earlier most of it is water, salt and “carb weight”. Either way, it feels good to see the scale move. However, I do need to remember that the scale isn’t everything, which is why I took measurements and body fat percentages.

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What You Can Expect From The Bewitchin’ Kitchen:

Moderation, with weight loss, is important to me. I never want to deprive myself, so of course there will still be treats here in there (in fact I have a few posts scheduled like Peanut Butter Chocolate Pudding, Pulled Pork Quesadillas, Caramel Apple Waffles, and a Pulled Pork Sundae – no wonder I gained a few pounds haha). So there will still be sweets and treats because life without a cupcake is no life at all!

That being said, I want to post more of what I do that keeps me healthy like the Healthy Hollandaise from the Fixate Cookbook (which I have scheduled). I will also post about my favorite fitness accessories, meal prep tips and I decided I will be saving my meal plans so I can share them with you when I do my P90X3 before and after posts.

What do you want to know? What would you like me to share?

What health posts would you like to see from The Bewitchin’ Kitchen?

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6 comments on “When You Don’t Recognize Yourself In The Mirror – Weight Loss Struggles”

  1. Yay! I can SO RELATE to everything that you just wrote! I’ve had two leg surgeries this summer, so I’m just about to the point where I can get active again. I’m feeling more motivated and I can’t wait to follow you on the journey. Looking forward to your upcoming posts. You can do it!! 🙂

    • Thanks Blair! It’s been a tough one, I’m heavier than I have been in YEARS what also motivated me to get my butt in gear was that my top posts throughout the summer are fitness related ones. It’s clearly what my readers want 🙂

      That being said I have a Reese Peanutbutter Cupcake recipe coming up soon 😐 hahaha

  2. What I would expect is honesty.. You are not perfect; like your readers We all have slip ups, bad days/weeks/months where we fall off track.. It’s life and it’s nice to be able to read a blog, get good advice but know taht you are not alone if you fall off and aren’t perfect!

  3. Way to go Randa!!!! Summer is tough but really it’s all worth the memories made. Great job getting back at it!!! PS my jeans are also more like sausage wrappers than clothes right now

  4. My daughter and I are on Armour for thyroid problems, and I completely understand the struggle. I lost 40 pounds 20 years ago, and will continue the rest of my life working on a healthy lifestyle. It was one of my motivations for starting a healthy recipe blog. I love your approach, all things in moderation.

    • Oh the thyroid is such a tricky thing isnt it? I lost 70 pounds, then got pregnant and lost roughly 55 I think. Now I’m just trying to get back to where I was.

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