“7” Reasons Dramatic Weight Loss Sucks

Weight Loss Sucks

According to a weight loss comparison chart that I just looked at, I’ve lost an “an average sized chimpanzee” worth of weight. This fact is obviously great. I’m not denying that and I am so grateful I have had so much success in this endeavor.

That being said there are things I am or have experienced along the way that I didn’t fully anticipate or want. They suck, and I’m going to vent about them.

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Weight Loss Closet Clean Out

Weight Loss Closet Clean Out

I’ve lost around 70 lbs this past year. Until last week I hadn’t removed any clothing from my closet. I don’t like spending a lot of money on clothing and I haven’t hit my full goal. So to me it didn’t make sense to invest in new items. The only new clothing I have bought during the journey is a pair of work pants. Stepping into my closet was no longer enjoyable and I decided to give in and tackle the unpleasant project.

I dedicated an entire Sunday to the endeavor. I knew this was going to be a project, but there were many things I learned along the way.

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Weight Loss “Secret”

The Secret to Losing Weight

Losing a lot of weight is exciting. Not only for the person who does, but for the people around them. I end up having discussions and encounters with people about my 70 lbs weight loss about once a week. Sometimes more and sometimes less. Most of these interactions eventually lead to the person asking me how I did it.

As someone who really dives into the things that interest me at the moment, I understand the question. Our culture has made diets such a mystery. Fast weight loss is constantly being advertised. One diet says no carbs, another says no fat. Half of society considers one food “good” and the other considers it “bad.” Then when someone tries out diet pills, fads and weight-loss hacks nothing works.

When people see someone they know and trust having success with losing weight, it’s like they’ve found an “in” to the mystery. I can never think of all the tips I have when talking to my friends and family, but I’ll try my best to now. This is what has worked for me:

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The Key to Happiness and “Success”

The Key to Happiness and

I’ve noticed something as a young adult. Peers around me seem to talk a lot about being successful and how they are going to be successful. It’s very possible if not certain that I am in the minority in not fully understanding where they are coming from. I’m not really one to stress about much, and I’ve pinpointed the period of my life where I honed this demeanor.

In the middle of my high school experience, I was cut from the volleyball team. Coming from a family of athletes and being a 6′ tall female I felt my heart shrivel in my chest when I got to the last name that was not my own. I moved through the rest of the day on the verge of tears, being the emotional human that I am. Something I had worked so hard for and wanted so much had been ripped away from me.

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New Year New Us?

2019 New Year, New Us

I am a firm believer in the second you have the motivation to do something you have to jump on it. This seems counterintuitive on New Year’s Day as many people wait to act on their resolutions until the new year, but not necessarily. As we enter into 2019 it’s hard to not reflect back on where we have been in the past year and where we are going in the years to come.

Shannon and I spent the morning of New Year’s Eve sitting on my bed and talking about our goals for this year to come. We have a lot of lofty goals when we take a look at all we want to accomplish, on top of keeping our 40+ hours a week jobs.

As we have discussed before, when we want to reach a goal, what works the best for us is having people and platforms holding us accountable. Sure we have each other, and we have our online platforms. However, at the end of the day, getting it on paper, in posts, or recorded anywhere is the only thing that has ever worked for us. So here it goes… this is where we are going in 2019:

Starting our Podcast

I love podcasts, and I’ve always loved the idea of starting one with my sister. Optimizing our lives and being happy is something we are always striving for and we want to share our journeys. We are 20 somethings fumbling through life, we don’t have it all figured out and that’s okay. We’d love for you to witness us try and sort it all out.

More Videos on YouTube

We’re going to be brave this year, so if you so choose, you’re going to see us more often. We don’t know exactly what it will look like yet, but it’s happening, and we’re excited to document our journey.

Continuing to Get Healthier

I’ve lost 60lbs in the past year by working on my relationship with food and developing sustainable habits. I still have room to get better and get closer to my healthy weight, and I plan to continue on this journey. Shannon is interested in joining me. We are going to become more active together and keep working on our diets. I couldn’t be more excited to have a partner in crime and for us to be each other’s cheerleaders.

Self-Publishing Our Novel

We wrote a novel. We still have work we want to do on it. We want to share it. We are going to do all of that this year.

Giving Love to the Pelky Sisters’ Platforms

This year we are going to try our best to share more on the blog and on all of our social media platforms. We want posts like this to become more frequent and we intend to make that happen. We are going to post what we love and what is driving us at the moment because if we don’t we will burn out and that is not an option.

Starting Wedding Planning

This last year I also got engaged to the love of my life. I’m realistic and I know my time is limited, so the big day will be in 2020, however, I am not a procrastinator, so by year end, I want to have all of the big decisions made and major vendors booked. I also want to make sure to have fun along the way and not let my budget or expectations get out of hand.

Moving in With My Fiance

In May our apartment will go from a home of three (Shannon, our cat Tina, and myself) to one of four. Decluttering and reorganizing has to happen before then. Moving is never fun, and living with my significant other will be an adjustment. This is a major life change we look forward to tackling in the year to come.

Finding Balance

Last but most certainly not least we want to stay sane and happy during all of this. We don’t want to become overly consumed with one goal over the others and we want to keep level heads about what is actually important. By having patience with ourselves we have faith that little slip-ups won’t completely derail us.

We’re excited, and we’d love to have you join us on our journey. You are some of our biggest motivators. We have no idea what unforeseen road bumps are on our path, but we are excited for where they will take us. For us 2019 is going to be the year of leaning into the unknown and never settling for our comfort zone. Hoping for the best, but ready for the worst. Expect to hear more from us soon and regularly…ish? Not sure how regularly, but confident in an exponential increase from last year.

Love,

Erin

5 Ways to Get in the Writing Mood

Writing Mood

When you start writing a novel everything is shiny and brand new. However, to plan for the inevitable walls you’ll hit along the way, you need to take time before tackling a new project to fully get into the writing mood. That’s why we’re going to cover things we do before deep diving into plotting. With a strong start the momentum can typically overcompensate for any loss in productivity. These should also be kept in mind if you get stuck anywhere along the way. So here are the activities we have been doing to get ready for our next writing adventure, and would love to share with you.

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Video: 100 Things Learned from 365 Days of Writing

Here’s a video that we put together based on our experience of writing every day for a year, and based off our post 100 Things Learned from 365 Days of Writing.