Monica Wants It: A Lifestyle Blog: My Biggest DIY Project Ever

Thursday, March 3, 2016

My Biggest DIY Project Ever

I suppose we are all a work in progress.

I am on day 12 of possibly the biggest DIY project I’ve ever tackled. It’s going to take a long time, require a lot of hard work and sweat, and some days it’s a project I wish I didn’t have to do.

But I want the outcome to be gorgeous, and it’s going to take every bit of strength, both mentally and physically, to make progress on this month by month.

It’s not a DIY project that I can just slap some paint and fabric on. I can’t use a coupon code to save money, and there aren’t any real shortcuts to it.

What is this epic DIY project, you ask?

Me.

Losing weight is actually quite a lot like a DIY room makeover. It takes longer than you’d like, you may end up uncovering hidden problems that need to be fixed, and everyone has an opinion on what they don’t like about your project/diet.

I’m on day 12 of Weight Watchers SmartPoints, and I would say that 7 of the 12 days have been relatively easy. Those days I feel like I can do this until I get to the size 12 I want to be, which is a smidge smaller than I was at my 2009 wedding.


The other 5 days have involved me googling things that may or may not be slightly questionable (i.e.: “how to lose weight while sitting on your butt”, and “is it possible to not have excess skin after weight loss if I pray really hard and donate more money to charity?”)

I know that 99% of you come here to get dΓ©cor and home inspiration, so I’ll try to keep the weight loss posts to 1-2 a month (unless you all really love to hear about it, in which case let me know).

Week 1 I ended up losing 4.6 pounds (yay!!), and I’ll know how much I lost this week once I weigh in on Saturday. I’m doing WW online because the one and only meeting time here is so inconvenient. Honestly though, I am truly loving the WW app and the Connect feature. Also, it does sync up to my Fitbit Zip (yes, it’s still kicking after 3 years!), which makes tracking Fit Points super easy.

What I am still finding challenging is drinking enough water. I wish I liked it more. Same goes for veggies. I really think albino broccoli (aka: cauliflower) is just not something I’ll ever like. And carrots. I hate carrots.

What I am finding easy is replacing all my carby, sugary snacks like granola bars and pastries with better for me options such as fruit. That was easy. 


Taking this journey day-by-day, or heck, even meal-by-meal is the only way I am staying sane. This new WW plan really does force you to make better choices more than any version of the plan I’ve ever done (and I’ve done almost every version on and off since 2002).

I can honestly say I’ve eaten less pizza and cheeseburgers and more lean protein and veggies because the plan forces me to make healthier choices. And 7 out 12 days, I am OK with making those choices.

So, there’s my update on this epically large DIY project I am undertaking. I know those of you who have been around for a few years have seen me try and fail at this so many times, but this time I know it’s something that has to get done simply to have a better quality of life and health. I'm tired of being tired.

Also, next Tuesday, March 8 is my 31st birthday (woo…cake! Kidding!) and what better gift to give to myself than healthy habits. And maybe a new Kate Spade purse. 


I’ll be back this weekend with a breakfast nook update. I got the MOST AMAZING furniture accent piece for the space to replace the bench and I must show you all. xo.

3 comments:

  1. Good for you. Congratulations for taking steps to a healthier life. I am trying to lose a few lbs too so I do understand.

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  2. You look beautiful in your wedding pic!!! Best of luck on your new journey and look forward to the shares πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ƒ

    ReplyDelete
  3. I started WW on January 1st. I have tried them before but could not seem to stick with it. For some reason, the smart points programs is easier. Like you, I take it day by day, meal by meal. Plan, plan, plan.

    ReplyDelete

Thursday, March 3, 2016

My Biggest DIY Project Ever

I suppose we are all a work in progress.

I am on day 12 of possibly the biggest DIY project I’ve ever tackled. It’s going to take a long time, require a lot of hard work and sweat, and some days it’s a project I wish I didn’t have to do.

But I want the outcome to be gorgeous, and it’s going to take every bit of strength, both mentally and physically, to make progress on this month by month.

It’s not a DIY project that I can just slap some paint and fabric on. I can’t use a coupon code to save money, and there aren’t any real shortcuts to it.

What is this epic DIY project, you ask?

Me.

Losing weight is actually quite a lot like a DIY room makeover. It takes longer than you’d like, you may end up uncovering hidden problems that need to be fixed, and everyone has an opinion on what they don’t like about your project/diet.

I’m on day 12 of Weight Watchers SmartPoints, and I would say that 7 of the 12 days have been relatively easy. Those days I feel like I can do this until I get to the size 12 I want to be, which is a smidge smaller than I was at my 2009 wedding.


The other 5 days have involved me googling things that may or may not be slightly questionable (i.e.: “how to lose weight while sitting on your butt”, and “is it possible to not have excess skin after weight loss if I pray really hard and donate more money to charity?”)

I know that 99% of you come here to get dΓ©cor and home inspiration, so I’ll try to keep the weight loss posts to 1-2 a month (unless you all really love to hear about it, in which case let me know).

Week 1 I ended up losing 4.6 pounds (yay!!), and I’ll know how much I lost this week once I weigh in on Saturday. I’m doing WW online because the one and only meeting time here is so inconvenient. Honestly though, I am truly loving the WW app and the Connect feature. Also, it does sync up to my Fitbit Zip (yes, it’s still kicking after 3 years!), which makes tracking Fit Points super easy.

What I am still finding challenging is drinking enough water. I wish I liked it more. Same goes for veggies. I really think albino broccoli (aka: cauliflower) is just not something I’ll ever like. And carrots. I hate carrots.

What I am finding easy is replacing all my carby, sugary snacks like granola bars and pastries with better for me options such as fruit. That was easy. 


Taking this journey day-by-day, or heck, even meal-by-meal is the only way I am staying sane. This new WW plan really does force you to make better choices more than any version of the plan I’ve ever done (and I’ve done almost every version on and off since 2002).

I can honestly say I’ve eaten less pizza and cheeseburgers and more lean protein and veggies because the plan forces me to make healthier choices. And 7 out 12 days, I am OK with making those choices.

So, there’s my update on this epically large DIY project I am undertaking. I know those of you who have been around for a few years have seen me try and fail at this so many times, but this time I know it’s something that has to get done simply to have a better quality of life and health. I'm tired of being tired.

Also, next Tuesday, March 8 is my 31st birthday (woo…cake! Kidding!) and what better gift to give to myself than healthy habits. And maybe a new Kate Spade purse. 


I’ll be back this weekend with a breakfast nook update. I got the MOST AMAZING furniture accent piece for the space to replace the bench and I must show you all. xo.

3 comments :

  1. Good for you. Congratulations for taking steps to a healthier life. I am trying to lose a few lbs too so I do understand.

    ReplyDelete
  2. You look beautiful in your wedding pic!!! Best of luck on your new journey and look forward to the shares πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ƒ

    ReplyDelete
  3. I started WW on January 1st. I have tried them before but could not seem to stick with it. For some reason, the smart points programs is easier. Like you, I take it day by day, meal by meal. Plan, plan, plan.

    ReplyDelete