Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: My fear of sharing my journey!

18 May

Let me just start off with saying a big thank you to my friend Erin over at Living Made Healthy! She has supported me with my blog since I started, and I couldn’t ask for a better internet friend! 🙂 One day Erin…we will meet!

Ok, lets have some real talk here. Today I took a leap I have been meaning to do for a long time. I finally created a Facebook page for my blog! You can view it here! Let me take a moment to explain why this was such a ridiculously scary difficult thing for me to do.

I have only really shared my weight loss journey with close friends and the weight loss community online which consists of strangers I have never met. I am absolutely terrified of the judgement I may receive from people who don’t know me very well about my weight. My weight and body image is something I have struggled with all my life, and I have finally decided to kick its booty!

With that being said I have also been teased most of my life for it. For the first time in the recent months I can say that I finally appreciate my own body. This was an amazing feat for me and because of this I am finally comfortable talking about it with close friends and family, but going public is a whole different realm that I have never explored.

I think part of the reason that this scares me so much is that I have had a scare with this before. I have Instagram and twitter and somehow at some point my Instagram under my blog name was discovered by people who knew me. All of the sudden people from my high school started following me and I panicked. I put my profile to private so I could control the madness the people choosing to follow me. I later realized that this was a cheap move, and if I one day wanted to share my journey from beginning to end I better get over this fear now! So I did. And I feel that my Facebook page is a new step in the journey.

So there it is folks, my new leap of faith. I hope you will go visit the Losing With Cooper Facebook page and give me a like!

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P.S. I am going to have some wonderful free time in the upcoming months, giving me ample time to post more often. Details in a post to follow 😉

Who goes on Vacation and loses weight? This Blogger!

16 May

Hey guys! Hope that you are having a wonderful week so far! I know I sure am! 

I just got back last night from my trip home. I went to my hometown to visit my family and friends. It was such a great visit, and it was much needed. I was nervous to go on this trip because I thought it would bring me back to my old ways. I didn’t want to undo all of the hard work that I have done lately. And fortunately, I succeeded in keeping the weight off on my trip. 

Not only that, but I lost 1.2 lb.! I honestly can’t believe it! Don’t get me wrong, I did not eat 100% perfect while home. I did however try as hard as I could, so that I could enjoy a few indulgences!

I had homemade ice cream twice and it was to die for. My sister baked fresh scones for us and I certainly had some of those. All in all it was a great trip with great food! 

I will be posting more coming up about the SummerBodyMakeover that I am taking part in so stay tuned for that! 🙂 

 

Where have I been?

6 May

Hey all!

Wow, it sure has been way too long! SO much has happened since I blogged last and it just feels like I am a different person. I have so much to share with you all. Lets get started!

First and foremost I want to let you know that while I was on this little hiatus I did lose weight. No, it wasnt a blogger running far away because I had gained weight. I actually lost. A LOT. I am now 170.8 and so close to being in the 160s its crazy. You heard that right. In the 2 months I was gone I managed to spare you almost all of the 170’s. Crazy what can happen when you are focused.

Which brings me to my second point. I have been so focused on weight loss for the last couple of months I have surprised myself. I believe I have actually fallen in love with going to the gym (shocking I know). This is what has kept me losing weight. That and all the wonderful clean eating that I have been doing.

Clean eating really becomes a way of life when you do it long enough. You no longer feel like you are depriving yourself, and the only reason you are turning that bagel down is because you know how bad it is going to make you feel afterwards. Its amazing what happens when your mindset changes.

The last thing that has happened that I want to share with you is this: for the first time in my entire life, I love myself. Yep, you heard that right. I love what my body can do right now. I love what my body looks like right now, and I love myself enough to know that I am worth all the effort I am making because I deserve to be happy.

Ahh what a weight lifted off of my sholders.

I have tons of wonderful things coming for the summer and the year to come on this blog, so stay tuned, because big things are happening!

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P.S. I will be making a piost detailing some of these things as I am traveling on Wednesday. I am so excited for all of the changes to come! 😉

21 Day Challenge: How it Changed Me!

3 Mar

Hello guys!

Sorry that it has been so long since I posted. I have been busy and you all know what happens when life gets in the way.

Anyways, I did finish my 21 day challenge and not only did I do 21 days, but have been going strong ever since. Forcing myself to go to the gym everyday was reall really hard at first. But gradually it has become something that I dont even second guess.

This is how my weeks go. Monday, Wednesday, Friday I work out first thing in the morning before I go to work. I usually aim to burn 200-400 cals of cardio, and then I do a weight lifting cuirciut that is already at my gym. Also, on Monday and Friday nights I play volleyball. On Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday I do pure cardio, usually at night. I try to burn between 800-1000 cals on those nights. Sunday is my rest day.

I have been perfect on this up until this weekend. I woke up yesterday and literally could not breathe. I ended up going grocery shopping in the morning like I always do and then sleeping the rest of the day. This morning I woke up still not feeling great but definately better than yesterday, but still decided to rest so that I can go hard the rest of the week next week.

My eating has been on point the entire time. I have been giving myself one cheat a week, but they have been still good for me options. Last week I treated myself by going out for frozen yogurt. This week I just treated myself to Panera Bread, and had a salad and a whole wheat baguette. So I try to keep my cheats still within my calorie limits and still log them in MyFitnessPal.

So all in all the month of February has been good for me. I lost a total of 5.4 lbs and I feel great. I think I finally found out how to make this a lifestyle change and not just a “diet.”

Hope you all had a great month and I promise I will try harder to post more often! 🙂

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Habits: 21 Days of Repetitive Motion

28 Jan

Hello all,

I wanted to first talk about something that affects most of us and that is Holiday weight gain. No matter how strong your willpower is there is something about the holidays that is just prone to making it easy to pack on the pounds. This year was particularly hard for me.

First my husband came home. That was such a gift and I was so happy to finally have him home after six months of being apart. So it was safe to say I was going to splurge a little bit. Well right after that came Christmas and New Years and boy was it Christmas at the office. My boss brought all the goodies, everyday for about 2 weeks. Then Eric and I went home. For 2 weeks. Something about being home with family makes me want to eat the way I used to which is bad. And then it was my birthday. But not just any birthday, My 21st birthday! I think that is completely self-explanitory. SO needless to say, Ive been off track for far too long.

Which has lead me to an almost 5 lb weight gain. Not at all the direction I wanted to be heading. So with that I knew that I really needed to put it in high gear if I want to lose some serious pounds this year.

I am going to do a 21-day habit forming cleanse. It is not going to be a traditional clense with crazy drink only meals and such, but rather I am going to kick off my healthy lifestyle refocus with 21 days of being completely on track. It is said that it takes 21 days to create habits, so I need to really focus for that long until it no longer feels like I am consciously making these decisions but that they are second nature to me. Now what does that mean to me? Well, I will tell you.

  • Clean Eating. No processed junk, no “fried” foods, no garbage. Just all natural whole foods in the most basic form that I can get it.
  • Going to the gym. At least 6 days a week. This will be easy as my husband has to get up at 4:30 every morning to go to work so I am just going to have him wake me up and go in the morning. Then I just have to get to the gym 1 time over the weekend. That should be easy.
  • No cheating. Now I want to verify what I mean by cheating. I think that having a happy meal is a huge cheat. However, I don’t believe having a glass of organic wine at night once during the week is a cheat. Ice cream, cheat. Blended banana “ice cream,” not a cheat. You see where this is going.

So this is the plan for the next three weeks. I also wanted to do an official weigh-in so that I can keep track of my progress. I weighed in at 189.4 this morning. YIKES! We gotta get out of these dreaded 180’s. I can do this, I am worth it! ❤

Weight Loss Resolution: Revisited

26 Dec

Hello all!

Man has it been a long time since I have wrote on here. A few things have happened while I was away. My husband returned from a six month deployment and I have never been happier to have him home. Also, Christmas has already come and gone, and with that comes the new wave of New Year’s Resolutions.

Last year I made a New Year’s resolution that most do: to lose weight. In the true sense of the word I did achieve that. I lost 30 lbs in the past year and am really proud of that. So for this year I am going to make the same resolution, but with a little more fun.

I would like to at least lose another 30lbs this year. I know that may possibly sound like a low number to some people, and a high number to others. I have more than that to lose and I am enjoy8ing losing the weight slowly. I feel it is the best way. To reach this goal I have set out a couple smaller goals and objectives. They are

Start exercising on a regular basis. (4 times a week on average)

Limit eating out to once a week, or not at all.

Transition into completely clean eating. (I will be doing a post about what this means to me and the steps I am going to be taking to get to the point I want to reach.)

Cut down coffee habit to at least 3 cups a week, if not more. Replace these beverages with tea.

Meditate more!

Start practicing positive self talk.

Try Yoga!

Do at least one cleanse every 3 months.

This is the current list. I may add and/or omit things as I see fit as long as the reason for the add/drop is completely to serve the goal of me losing weight. I am excited for this coming year! I am also very excited to see what I can do with my body. Take care everyone!

Insanity/Shakeology!

15 Nov

Wow.

It has sure been a while since I posted here. And quite frankly the reason why I havent posted is that I havent had anything interesting at all happen. Until now.

I have still been weighing in at the same weights and I thought that it was getting really boring to be continually posting my “185 ish” weights, when it really isnt budging. And then, I sort of stumbled into something that I wasnt expecting to.

I have been following TrulyJess for a couple of years and just recently realized that she has a sister. I started to follow her on instagram and quickly realized that I can really relate to her. Then I kept seeing her posting about how she is a Beach Body coach and that you can email her for more information. And thats exactly what I did.

Fast forward 2 weeks later and I am now on day 2 of shakeology, and am starting my insanity program on Monday. I am also in a group with so many amazing young women on this same weight loss journey and it is so inspiring. I am truly excited to see what I can change about my body.

So here is to change, support, and love. To getting through this journey together. And to becoming better people and lifelong friends! 🙂