Tag Archive: New years


Weeks 1 & 2 Complete!

The first two weeks of the new year are practically over. Last week I kick started the new year off great & worked out 5 days. I stuck to my workout plan FABULOUSLY! I was very proud of myself. This week has been good so far as well. I didn’t workout Monday, just pure laziness, but I did workout Tuesday through Today. I have ran 3 days this week, making up for my run from Monday and then switching my cardio for today with tomorrow’s (running). I didn’t run my scheduled 3.5 miles tonight, but I did run 2. It’s been a long week, so I’m not going to stress out over it or be disappointed. I DID do my 4 mile run and my other 3.5 mile run, so I’m okay with doing just 2. I’ve been doing really well for myself, considering I ended last year in a workout slump. I told myself to just aim to run 3 days a week until my Half-marathon, and so far, for 2 weeks, I’ve done that… so not stressing! This week was also the first week back to my 2nd job, so I have been working a little more. I was proud of myself as I fought through my tiredness. Even when my body didn’t want to go downstairs and hop on the treadmill, my mind told myself to get up and get going because I KNEW I would feel better and more proud of myself afterward. And I have been! I have felt better after each workout, okay not ALL of them, but I feel better about myself overall. The other thing I’m proud of is I’ve been sticking with Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. I started that as a challenge to myself because I need to strength train. I HATE weight-lifting, but I felt if I did this video for 6 weeks and then started her other Shred It video, that maybe I’d develop a passion for weight training. Who knows, but I have at least completed day 8, and should be starting level 2, day 11 on Monday. So, hopefully I can keep up the good work and start seeing some changes.

On other news, I am doing a Biggest Loser challenge with some friends for 4 months (until the end of April). I am trying to not only lose my last 15 lbs, tone, but I want to look good in time for my 25th Birthday and sister’s wedding. I weigh in tomorrow for the Biggest Loser challenge. I wonder how much weight I’ve lost in these past two weeks. I’ve been TRYING not to step on the scale, but I have in the afternoons, which I know my weight would be higher then, but I wanted to see if even my afternoon weight was less than my starting weight. I’m excited to see how everyone else’s weigh-ins are going and to see if anyone else has lost any weight. I am really excited to ┬ásee how everyone is progressing and coming along. I am interested to see what my weight will be tomorrow. I will be working out tomorrow afternoon too and again on Saturday to catch up on my 30 Day Shred.

I don’t really have a lot going on right now… Just starting to get into the swing of things again, with the whole dieting, watching my calories, and exercising. I’m sure something will come up along the way–I’ll get some inquisitive question and try to answer it or solve it on here somehow. But tonight, I don’t really have one!

I hope you all are doing well though. I shall update later with something more exciting later!

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.
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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!