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