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Well, time for the newest addition to my blog, since it’s been a LONG while since I last updated this thing! And it shows! Because as a result of lack of focus, I’ve gained a few pound-age (about 7), but I’m DEFINITELY not as toned/shapely as I was. I have “fluffed” out, even if I haven’t gained a considerable amount of weight. I’ve gained weight because I went back to school for a semester and started quick/stress eating and stopped paying attention (which is how I got to my heaviest weight to BEGIN with!) So…

It’s 2013 people! Can you believe it? Gone are my days of being a kid…like seriously! I have entered this new year saturated with work. I ended last year working and I entered it working. I’m on day 5 in row. I know 5 days in a row seems normal, but these have been 4- 12 hour shifts, plus one 10 hour shift. I am working tomorrow and Friday as well, tomorrow a 10, Friday a 12. THANKFULLY, someone took my scheduled Saturday off my hands!

Anywho! So! What are my goals for the new year? Well, I’m still kind of trying to figure that out!…Okay, I’m not really. OF COURSE I know what my goal for this year is! It’s the same as everyone else, right: lose weight and get in shape!

But this year, I want to be more specific with my goals, such as:

  • Workout 6 Days a week: 3 Strength Days, 3 Cardio Days-one to two days a week being yoga
  • Get back to a lowered calorie/cleaner eating diet
  • Break my “addiction” to sweet stuff! and Renew my lack of desire for soda
  • Learn to LOVE waking up at 5am and getting my workout in before work.
  • Walk 10K steps a day

I’m not setting any running goals this year. I am starting to get a little burnt out from the running, and my hectic work schedule doesn’t give me a lot of hours to train. I’m going to focus my workouts on quick, but efficient workouts that I can do within an hour. If my work schedule changes (and becomes what I WANT it to look like, or close to it), then I will reconsider adding another Half-Marathon to my list since it’ll give me more days to train and days to get some longer runs in. So far this year, I am already registered for the Hot Chocolate 15K on January 13th and the Publix Half-Marathon on March 17th, and would like to do the Peachtree Road Race again this year.

I started back with calorie counting today–like counting EVERYTHING! I may not be eating the best, but it’s a start to managing and getting back on track. I have logged every calorie that I have consumed today (and anticipate consuming) into MyFitnessPal tracker. Along with calorie counting my consumed calories, I am also tracking my BMR calories and burned calories. How? My sister bought me a FitBit Zip for Christmas, and I’ve been using it ever since. It tracks my calories burned, BMR and the amountof steps I walk each day. The little device has given me that placebo effect of wanting to move more so I can reach my daily 10K step goal. Most days, I’ve gotten pretty close (because I’ve been at work and most days I rarely stop moving). But on days that I’m not moving as much (like today, where I’m working as Unit Secretary), I have already started thinking of ways to get more steps in. I take the stairs more regularly than I used to and I already told myself to start parking my car farther away from the building, and even contemplating walking back to the parking deck after work (about a half-mile away) to get some extra steps in.

I need to start getting back on track for myself and start paying attention again. I’ve spent the past couple of months eating to comfort myself from a busy/long/arduous day and picked up some bad habits from my boyfriend (a heavy soda drinker/fast food eater). I HAVE to break this cycle, or I’m going to end up right back where I started! I have worked VERY hard to get to where I am and accomplished these Half-Marathons. Last year I told myself that even if I wasn’t RUNNING half-marathons, I want to be in Half-Marathon shape. So, I want to stay fit and keep my cardio up, but if I REALLY want to lose these last 15lbs…well, more like 20 now, I REALLY need to get serious about strength training and I believe, even if I just do these Jillian Michael’s videos (since I don’t like strength training that much) 3 days a week and rotate the programs out, that I’ll find myself getting results. I want to get a set of Kettle Bells so I can increase my weights as I go, too.

Along with trying to focus on myself, I want to focus on those close to me and inspire those around me to eat better and exercise more. GONE must be our days of laziness…okay, we can have at least one lazy day a week! But I guess I should say, gone should be our days of excuses! I’m going to schedule myself to workout the SAME days every week, regardless of my work schedule. For me, it just works better that way, so I don’t do the whole “Oh, I’ll workout tomorrow since I’m off” and then get to that day and say “oh, I’ll workout tonight” and wind-up not working out at all that week. So, consitency! Workout Monday through Saturday: M/W/F Cardio; T/Th/Sat strength. Every other Saturday (when I’m off), I’ll add in extra cardio. I want to wake up early and get my workouts in before the day starts, and I want to learn to LOVE waking up at 5am and workout before work-that way I can get off work and relax, even on my off days–wake up (I’ll give myself an hour or two to sleep in) at 6/7 and complete my workouts. I know I have a harder time doing them in the evening, so I might as well make the small sacrifice to get up early and workout. I’m sure I’ll feel better in the long run and it will be one less thing to have to think about during the day–trying to find that motivation and sustain my motivation until I get home at 8pm.

So, it’s 2013, meaning a New Year, New Me! Because I need to change MY attitude and behaivors! Whether I lose a pound or not (granted, I hope I can lose some pounds-at least the last 7 I’ve gained!), at least I LOSE the excuses and begin a new lifestyle of exercising more! Here’s to a new me! #Happy2013


I haven’t written in my blog in a while, but I felt like it was time to do so. I still struggle with my weight on a daily, and I just haven’t quite gotten to the point where I’m comfortable with how I look. I started getting there, and then decided to step on the scale one day, and saw my increased weight, and knew it was time to jump back on my routine.

I haven’t been the strictest on my diet and exercise for a little over a month now. I was going strong at the beginning of summer. I hit 7 miles in my half-marathon training, but towards late July, I ended up getting a REALLY bad knee injury that took me out and I knew it was time to slow down. I decided I would start lifting instead and doing some walking-running interval training. Because my knee still couldn’t handle the stress, I ended up just taking the time off completely. I went on vacation with my boyfriend and then a week later, went to New Orleans for a sorority convention. On neither trip did I stick to my diet or even think about it. I wanted this milkshake from Cook Out my boyfriend had talked about since we started dating, and DEFINITELY had to try some NO Famous Beignets! I thought soon after my vacations, I would get back in gear, but I ended up working double days that whole first week coming back. I worked 8-4 at one job, and then 5-9pm at the other. As you can imagine, by the time I got home around 10:30 (after closing shop), I had no desire to workout. I had to get ready for bed so I could be up early the next morning for job 1. I struggled a lot through the month of August going in and out of work outs…Just working out when I could, but nothing major or nothing that really stuck. I was doing just okay with my diet, where like half of my week was healthy eating and the rest was crap. I was eating sweets every other day, like literally. I was just going through a really big sweet tooth craving where I wanted ice cream every day… The heat may have had something to do with that as well. But needless to say, I struggled all through the month of August, and slowly by the start of September, I told myself I would get back on my routine.

I didn’t master it, but I managed to get in 2-4 days each week of the month and try to start weening myself off of sweets. I had a REALLY bad week from September 9 until about the following Sunday because my family and I kept going out to dinner to celebrate birthdays in the family. With going out to dinner after work, it made it hard to find the energy to workout when I was gettitng home around 9/10pm. Being up earlier just DOESN’T give you much energy past 8pm…or at least it doesn’t for me. I’m just exhausted, mostly mentally, and I can’t seem to find the motivation to get going again. So of course, through all this time, with lack of a solid exercise and diet routine, I didn’t manage to lose any weight. I actually gained weight and hit the highest weight I’ve been in a while at 205lbs.

I DEFINITELY don’t want to see a 2 in front of my weight anymore and honestly want to get back down to 191 (my lowest). I feel like if I can get down to 191 and maintain it for a while, then in a few more months, I could attempt to try to go smaller/lose more weight. After a long discussion with my Spanish tutoring classmate, talking about weight-loss and diets, she gave me the idea to rethink things and develop some goals and incentive programs for myself that would help to keep me motivated to want to get a workout in.
Picking up where I left off on this blog, things haven’t improved at all and now the year is ending and I haven’t been the best. I decided to just take the whole month of December off because of the fact that I’ve been so mentally stressed with everything. I managed to quit one job and then picked up another. I now average 6 day work weeks, with my weekend shift being two 12-hour shifts. I have finally had a break from one job and told myself I was going to workout since I had more time on my hands, but I’ve only managed to workout twice these past two weeks & get more sleep where I could. I have no motivation anymore and after a year of being unsuccessful in weight loss, I don’t even have a reason to keep going. Well, besides not wanting to get to 250lbs again.

Exercise has become more of a chore for me. I don’t enjoy it like I used to and am struggling to find a reason to do it. I used to workout for hours and it never bothered me, but now the idea of working out for an hour is just exhausting. I am trying to tell myself that 2012 will be a better year, but my pessimistic self is thinking it’ll just be the same as this year. With all the weight gain and loss, I feel like I’ve net a 3lb gain. Or more considering I started the year off at 191 and ending it at 201, but averaged 198 most of the year. I have several different exercises on my agenda for my weekly workout routine for the new year. I need to incorporate strength training, like MAJORLY this year, so I am going to, once again for the like 4th time, try Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. I like the program, just never make myself stick to it. But I keep telling myself I’m going to this year, once and for all. Then I plan to get back on top of my half-marathon training, since I’ve signed up for the Georgia Publix Half-Marathon for March. So, running 3 days a week, & on the other 2 days do another cardio (kickboxing, yoga, or spinning) and 30 Day Shred every day. Since my schedule is freaking crazy, another goal for 2012 is to wake up early and get my workout in first thing. So I’ll be waking up at 5:45am Mon-Fri, even on days I’m not working, just to keep with the routine (I can always go back to sleep after the workout), and 4:45/5am on Saturday and Sunday. I purposely scheduled my workouts for those days to JUST be 30 Day Shred, which is only 30 minutes, since those are my 12-hour shift days. The beauty of all this is that I won’t have to spend the whole day trying to find the energy to workout after work.

My other plan is to start a Biggest Loser program with my boyfriend and small group members. My small group members have chosen this year to start their weight loss journeys & having been there before, I know how hard it can be, so I am trying to help support them. And since I’ve kinda slowed in my own program, this will give me the support I need to get back on my journey. I know people have looked at me from support, motivation, and inspiration, even my boyfriend said I had inspired him, but I feel like I haven’t been the best role model this last half of the year. Or maybe people have looked past that and understand the struggle with dealing with the temptations? It has been tough, and while I just spent the past hour in a mood while on the phone with my boyfriend upset with my weight and how I look, I know I need to hop back in the bandwagon (my own bandwagon, that is) and finish this journey for once and for all…for me, for my own mental sanity!

I always come up with a plan, and have been since September. I think for once it’s time I execute this, whether I feel like doing it or not. January 1st is on Sunday, meaning I must be up early to get my workout in. It’s only a 30 minute workout. That IS a day I wish I could sleep in with my boyfriend, since he doesn’t have to be at work until later that afternoon, but I will get up and do the workout. I have to be at work at 7am anyway. I MUST or my other option will be to do it when I get home at 8:30. I am not a morning person, but after a few weeks of forcing myself to get up early and getting my workout in, it should become easier and hopefully get to a point where not waking up early just feels unproductive…I hate feeling unproductive. This first week of the new year IS going to be tough. I have to be up early 4 out of the first 7 days already for obviously scheduled things, but if I mentally prepare myself, I should accomplish this goal.

I CAN do this…I just have to tell myself I can. But anyway, I am oddly getting hungry. I am going to go grab some food. I will work on updating my blog mo regularly…maybe every Friday I’ll do a weekly update of how things are going…Sounds like a good idea!

Until Friday Jan. 6th, So long!