Archive for July, 2012


As many of you know, I use MyFitnessPal, and if you DIDN’T know, there are message forums on there where people can post topics for everyone to comment on. There was one post today that hit home for me. The poster said that they felt discouraged and that they “have a very supportive friend, but we live far apart and it is not as easy to stay on track as it would be if she lived near me.”

I was personally a little “bothered”, I guess, by this statement, in that I feel like it’s just another excuse as to why some people don’t get up and workout or do the things they need to do for themselves. I have noticed a trend in the younger generation a lot: they are not likely to go out and do something for themselves if the “cool person” isn’t doing it. Where does this mentality of “requiring others” in life come from? Why do we feel this NEED to have other people around us, to validate us or push us along the way?

I know when I was younger, I was HUGE on trying to have a lot of friends. I was the youngest child and felt far removed from my sisters who were a year apart academically and did EVERYTHING together: sports, school, friends. And I often felt like an outcast. I ended up caring more about having my own set of friends and to feel “wanted”, but as I grew up and became academically advanced and more athletic than my peers, my social circle decreased immensely and I found myself graduating HS with about 5 REAL friends… and then as I continued through college, my relationships with my HS friends disappeared, either because of us going to different schools or my graduating before them. On graduation day I had ONE friend come in my honor… ONE. It was kind of disheartening, but I have since learned that in all honesty, you really DO go though life alone. There may be people who support you and cheer you on along the way, or some people who discourage you and try to take you off course, but the reality is: your life is just that, YOUR life. (In a human sense, not religious, that is for another blog! :D) It’s really up to YOU to make the decisions at the end of the day as far as which road you are going to travel. How will YOU travel down your Yellow Brick Road?

I responded to the poster, not getting into the whole “you’re just REALLY making an excuse” mess, but I responded to try to be encouraging and let them know that they CAN overcome this long and arduous journey. It REALLY is not easy to get started…and it’s honestly not even easy to STICK with it. TRUST me! I KNOW! There are times I wish I was the kind of girl who never had to workout and could eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound, but that’s just NOT me. So, when I’m feeling down, I try to remember: A) WHY I wanted to travel this road (reasons you will see listed in my response) and B) “That it took me more than 1 day to put it on, it will take more than 1 day to take it off” and C) Remember all the things that I’ve pushed myself to do and accomplished in all this time (outside of weight-loss)! In case you didn’t know, NOTHING about this journey has been easy for me: starting was hard, staying motivated to workout-hard, saying no to hanging out with friends so I could workout-hard, changing my diet-HARD, STARTING to run-HARD, yoga-HARD, training for my races-VERY HARD, and keep on keeping on when I get frustrated and feel miserable about myself-EXTREMELY HARD. But as time goes on: running-easier, training-easier, yoga-easier, watching my diet-easier, and keep on keeping on when the going gets tough-a little bit easier.

So, to any of you out there, who may be struggling and are discouraged, maybe this will help encourage you or help you to find a little faith:

You are MORE than able to go at it alone. You don’t necessarily need someone to be there beside you, cheering you on or working out with you to push you–push yourself and they will cheer you on from afar when they comment on your posted workouts! You might just need to set some personal goals.

I have a personal experience with this: I have been on a weight loss journey for 4 years and I started ALL by myself. I realized it was up to ME to go to the gym and get the workouts in–my friends weren’t going to workout FOR me and I’d lose the weight from them… I had to do it myself. I set a personal goal that I not only wanted to lose weight, but I wanted to be HEALTHIER–when I started my journey, I was having digestive problems (indigestion and heartburn) and REALLY bad anxiety attacks and depression. When I talked to my dr, I was handed a prescription. I didn’t want to be someone on prescription medications for the rest of my life, so I turned to exercise and now, ALL of my listed health problems have gone away. Also, I am pursing a career in the medical field-I didn’t want to be that nurse telling patients they need to lose weight, and I, myself, am overweight–where’s the credibility in that? Doing this by myself has taught me A LOT about myself–I am not only more confident because I’ve lost 50lbs and kept it off, but I’m confident in knowing WHO I am and what I’m capable of doing–I HATED, HATED, HATED running as a kid (I was a chunky kid as well) and if you would have told me when I was 253lbs that in 4 years I was going to run a half-marathon–I would have looked at you crazy, but I completed my first one in March of this year and am registered for a 2nd and 3rd and am proud to say that I can keep up with my SUPER athletic sister now! And have inspired people around me (people who would complain when I’d skip hanging out with them to hit the gym) to begin their own healthy journey.

So maybe you just need to look inside yourself and figure out WHY you want to begin this journey and make a/some goal(s) and just take it 1-ONE-1 day at a time…don’t think about tomorrow or the next day, just think about TODAY and doing what’s right for you and your health TODAY! And just start small– “Doing SOMETHING is better than doing NOTHING”, start with goals like: “today I’m going to eat a healthier dinner” or “this week, I’m only going to eat out once”, or “this week, I’m going to walk a mile a day”…whatever you think you can do, but just DO IT!

You CAN do it alone- without your friend being next to you! Hope this helps!

I wish you all the very best on travelling your own journey. LIFE, in general, is hard-it doesn’t matter what it is that we are trying to do, we will continue to face trials and tribulations, but it’s WHAT we do during that time, that changes us. And as I close this entry I see that not only am I writing this message for others, but I think I’m also writing this for myself–to tell myself to have a little faith in other areas of my life that I’m struggling with.  :0)

So, as you know, I’ve been doing the 28 Day Carb Detox, but I kind of fell off the wagon and am not even sure what day I’m on. I did finish the 2nd week with good results and ended the week weighing in at 198.8, which is a good loss. I know I was on the move to starting week 3, which was adding in fruit to my diet. Last Friday, I was under a lot of stress and ended up sabotaging my evening–I went to dinner and out of emotion ordered a chocolate molten oreo cake with ice cream. Eating it made me feel really sick though, and I told myself I was going to swear off the sweets until my free day a week, but I ended up having another sweet dessert on Saturday and again on Sunday. Sunday I had planned on getting back on track, but because of the stress, my boyfriend had surprised me with movie and dessert and I enjoyed a hefty portion of movie theater popcorn and a brownie with ice cream on top.

This week hasn’t really been the BEST week for me for my eating and exercise regime that I had developed for myself. And having a holiday mid-week didn’t really help either. I worked on Monday and was pretty tired by the time I got home at 7pm. I ended up eating dinner almost immediately and therefore, didn’t end up getting my workout in. Tuesday I spent too much time lounging around and trying to recuperate from my weekend and ended up running out of time. I had to go pick up my race packet and by the time I got back home, it was time for dinner, and again, I ended up not getting my workout in–I was enjoying spending time with my family and boyfriend watching a movie and relaxing.

Wednesday was the first time I got a workout in and that’s because: I RAN THE AJC PEACHTREE ROAD RACE!!!!! The race was A LOT of fun and I really did enjoy the atmosphere. I went in hoping I’d run the whole thing, but 3 miles into it and I started feeling a little sick. I don’t know if it was the cardiac hill, the heat, or lack of proper fueling the day before- but I just didn’t feel like I was able to get my TRUE kick back. I ran as much of the race as I could. Probably about 4-5 out of the 6 miles. It was a lot tougher than I anticipated, but the GREAT thing is: I FINISHED! I crossed the finish line and got my t-shirt! I completed the race in 1:16:29 on my watch (I accidently added an extra second when I was taking the picture), but according to AJC Peachtree Road Race OFFICIAL time results, I finished in 1:16:22, which I pretty good! I was aiming to run the race in 1:15, so one more minute isn’t so bad. That’s a minute I KNOW I can shave off in the future. I feel like if I had been able to run the whole thing, I would have finished by 1:05ish-so that will be my goal for next year! I felt pretty proud of my accomplishment, even though it didn’t go as well as I wanted. I am DEFINITELY planning on competing again next year and since I know the course now, will train better for it. I don’t do a lot of hill training, so I think I need to get more hill training in over the next year.

My finishing time, plus 1 second I added accidently when I was taking the picture.

The Congrats sign I came home to my parents made me and my Finisher’s shirt!

AND I have PROOF that I crossed the finish line! I found the footage of me crossing the finish line on 11Alive.com. In about 1:55 ALL the way on the left side of the screen, you see a tall black guy in a yellow shirt. I come in to the left of him in a blue top, black leggings, carrying a green frisbee & red, white, blue lei. I cross in front of him and you can see my clearly in the bottom left corner. I clear the video at 2:26. (I don’t know how long 11Alive will keep their videos available, but at least I have the link!)

Coming in for the finish! 0.6 miles left!

I am registered for 2 more half-marathons for this fall and want to be able to run the majority of those races. I will be getting back on my Hal Higdon Half-Marathon training probably next week so that I’m prepared for my first fall half-marathon in October.

I am REALLY enjoying running races and I am happy that I have this passion in my life. I might hate the training aspect of it, but the sense of accomplishment after the race is SOOO unbelievable! I don’t even know how to describe it! I’m enjoying starting my collection of medals!

But I definitely need to get my workout for today in…or attempt to. I am feeling rather sluggish this week, FOR SURE. My head keeps telling me “rest, rest, just REST”… and maybe it has a point? IDK, but I’m definitely going to make next week a better one and just learn to fight through the tiredness. I am working Monday and Tuesday until 5:30, so Monday will be easier to get a workout in than Tuesday since I’ll have an hour long commute home on Tuesday. So, we shall see how it goes! Monday I start my half-marathon training! Then I’ll be taking a week off from formalized exercise when I go on vacation. Will still be finding calorie burning activities–like hiking and swimming, but I don’t think I’ll be running and lifting. But, I have to make these next 2 weeks a strong one! I DO have vacation soon! But most of all–I need to get back to monitoring my diet!

And as far as the Carb Detox: I think I’m going to re-start week 3 on Sunday and get back on track with everything. I like starting things on Sunday–I like that “beginning of the week” refreshing feeling. I need to check with the G.I. Diet book and see which fruits are best and how to incorporate them into my diet properly so I’m eating them at the right time of the day and preventing glucose storage, but I will most definitely get back on track starting Sunday and try my best to stick to it until I leave for vacation and then get back on track when I come back. But I’m not going to worry! It will all workout in the end! And for now, I’m just enjoying life and my new accomplishments!! :0)

But Signing Off for now! Hope all my readers are doing well with their exercise and healthy eating! And remember: “Life does not come with a remote, YOU have to get off the couch to change it!” (Not sure who said it, but it’s a great quote!)