Archive | July, 2013

Educate Yourself!

17 Jul

Hey guys!

Hope you are all having a fabulous week like I am. The past couple of days have been difficult with my husband just returning from deployment and then leaving again for another 2 weeks to travel to Maine. But that is for another post. 🙂

With the stress of my husband being gone it is really easy to be down on myself. I have made such strides in the past couple months with my attitude, and yet sometimes I still find myself falling into old habits. Why do I do this to myself? Ugh.

This semester I have decided to educate myself on the relationship between mind and body. I am taking a health psychology class and I could not be more excited! I have come really far on my own with positive thinking and staying in the right mindset but I think learning from an expert is going to be extremely beneficial to my health. Plus, I get credit for it. How cool is that?

I have always been an advocate for self-education. Since a young age I have been researching health and fitness related topics for fun. I love to gain knowledge, and sometimes the truth is hidden, and sometimes buried, and you have to want to find the truth. I guess you could say Im a truth seeker.

I hope to be able to not only apply this new knowledge to my own life, but to share some of it with you guys! Please let me know if there are any specifics you would like to hear about, and stay tuned for my Health Psyc update!

Happy Blogiversary!

15 Jul

Happy one year to Losing With Cooper!

Today marks a year since the day I decided I wanted to share my experiences with the world. This year has certainly been an interesting one, and while I wasnt always present due to too many things happening, I thank you all for taking the time out of your day to read my posts.

This blog has given me an outlet to not only hold me accountable but to also document the journey that I am on at this stage in my life. I love sharing my experiences with others, and creating a blog was probably one of the best decisions I have made. I have made some friends this past year that are invaluable to me. Ones that encourage me constantly to be all I can be within the blogisphere (thanks for all the inspiration Erin!)

With that being said, I would also like to let you all in on a little secret I have been hanging onto. God willing, by the end of this summer my blog will be moving to a new self-hosted site as I take the plunge and take another step further with my blog. I am excited and nervous all at the same time, but my readers are awesome and I hope you all continue to support me throughout this transition!

Hope you all have started your week off great and look forward to what the new week will bring!

P.S. If you haven’t checked it out, go take a look at my new Facebook site Losing with Cooper! Over there I am giving daily motivation, posting interesting articles, linking up to other bloggers that I love, as well as letting you know when a new post goes live! Give us a like!

Working Out: My Love Affair

11 Jul

Most people dread going to the gym. Just the thought of it is enough to keep them away. It is one of the biggest reasons why people don’t stick to a weight loss plan. I am no longer one of those people. This is the story of my new-found love affair with the gym.

I have never liked the idea of going to a gym. I have always felt like people were starring at me and judging me because I don’t know how to do some of the exercises. It kept me away for years.

When I decided that I really wanted to get serious about my weight loss I decided to buy insanity. I was really motivated when I first received it, and did the first 3 weeks flawlessly, even as I went home to see my family. Yes I had my days that I didn’t want to get up to do it, and most of time about 5 minutes into the workout I just wanted it to be over. But I still stuck with it. But then my husband came home. And it just didn’t seem appealing at all anymore. I didn’t want him watching me do it.

I started to go to the gym on the base some nights with him. It was ok, but I still felt like people were watching me, wondering why I was dying while going so slow on the treadmill or why I couldn’t lift more.

I finally decided to get a membership at planet fitness. They advertise that they are a positive environment, so I thought I would give it a try. Honestly, I fell in love. The atmosphere is so positive, and I just feel at home.

The more I enjoyed going to the gym the more I realized why Insanity didn’t stick with me and why I loved going to the gym even more. I am an experiential person. I enjoy coffee, but a lot of that has to do with the experience of going to get the coffee. Going to the coffee shop and feeling the atmosphere, having the barista ask me questions, and possibly getting my coffee in a ceramic mug.

The same thing goes for the act of going to the gym. Drinking my pre workout while going there, checking in at the desk, killing it on the machines with my music blaring, and leaving feeling completely fulfilled. Its the experience that gets me, not just the burn!

I am now on a new program that I am loving more then anything I have ever done before. More on that coming soon. 😉

What makes you guys motivated to workout? What is your favorite way to workout?

AHHH!

10 Jul

Hello all!

Agh! Once again I have been MIA. The past few weeks months have been crazy and I apologize for not being more engaged. I had some major things going on in my life including preparing for my husbands homecoming and it seems I couldn’t find a moment of free time. Any who.

To get myself back into regular blogging (as like I said, I have BIG PLANS for the blog coming soon) I am going to challenge myself to post at least every weekday for the rest of the month. I need to get back into the habit of writing posts, and this is a perfect way of doing that.

Here is a little sneak peak of what you can expect from the blog in the coming months:

  • Review of the Body Built Program by Spoonful of Fit.
  • Review of my current plan and how it has changed.
  • A look into some local training that has caught my eye.
  • Tons and tons of new, fresh recipes that I have been loving.

I hope that you all will stick around and stay tuned for all that I have to offer in the following months. 🙂