Still on my workout program Week 3…

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I’ve gotten behind on my workout schedule. Week 3 has turned into Weeks 3&4. Now, I wasn’t skipping out, I just saw something shiny/physically challenging and gave it a try in place of my daily workout. NOW, I know consistency is key to reaching my fitness goals, so I am going to finish it out without substitutions. Which means no more shenanigans and I can finish on Saturday. Self-talk works for me…


What was yesterday’s shiny object? Well, nothing. Instead of downloading my workouts as recommended, I generally stream them… and today the internet didn’t play nice. So to get some exercise I decided to take a run. Hell, I’ve got a Santa Dash 5K coming up anyway, might as well give it a go.  So today the pup and I did 2.86 miles in 38 minutes. Great for me, maybe not so good for real runners, but we all have to start(over) somewhere.

So today’s victories are many. I didn’t let technology rule my life. The pup and I enjoyed a beautiful crisp Fall day. I burned a few calories and got my running started again. Not a bad way to improvise.


Otherwise, what’s up? We get married next week!! YAY! So trying to be the best me I can and keep this body moving.


When I wake up I can see abs! Then gravity sets in… but I’ve always said that I have got washboard abs, just have a few loads of laundry on top. 

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Until next time… Xoxo

30 Days, 4lbs, and Forward Motion

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img_4488January 2: I was embarrassed and distressed at how bad I looked, and honestly how bad I felt. Just look at the face in those two photos – it says a lot. You need to be happy with you. I am not happy in this body and I do not need one more person saying “you’re perfect the way you are.” That’s an excuse to be unhealthy and I will no longer make excuses or allow myself to be in lazy habits. I used to be beautifully curvy, now I’m lumpy and rolly. Curvy does not equal obese. Obese IS unhealthy no matter how you slice it.

February 2: Down 4lbs in 30 days – I’ll take it. Now, if I burned all of that at 3,500 calories per pound, that would be 14,000 calories burned. Now, a literal lb of fat and overall weight loss are different (water, proteins) but either way – #IAmWinning. I’ve been working out fairly consistently since 1 Jan, took my photo on 2 Jan, and started my #lowcarb #keto nutrition on 13 Jan (just felt right). This progress photo on 2 Feb. I see a little difference, but I FEEL the difference already in my clothes. I’ve got a long way to go, but I am proud of me. Sunday ends my current #ChallengeGroup and we start again on 13 Feb. Join me, what have you got to lose?  #Accountability with my teammates, and my family, is keeping me moving in the right direction. I am here for YOU! #AllAboutTheJourney

Yes, all body types are different, but don’t lie to yourself. If you’re truly happy in your current state of health, then keep it up! If you’re like the majority of Americans and in my boat, we can change for the better together. I’m on my journey and sincerely invite you to start yours. Talk to me, let’s do this together.

Let’s see how March 1 goes…

5 weeks, 35 days, 53.54+ miles run/walked, 35 miles cycled and 0.0 lbs lost.

Yep, me recently. Trying to get rid of this weight and determined to do everything in my power. I will not give up. Yep, me recently. Trying to get rid of this weight and determined to do everything in my power. I will not give up.
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5 weeks, 35 days, 53.54+ miles run/walked, 35 miles cycled and 0.0 lbs lost.

Seriously?! OK, I know what you’re thinking, “she must have eaten a sundae everyday to not lose anything”, or that in combination with the usual “muscle weighs more than fat ”…

STOP. It’s not helpful, and sometimes you should just let me complain. {A valuable lesson I learned in the marriage counseling/divorce process.} Maybe don’t offer a solution when you don’t really know the answer, maybe someone needs to vent. Yes, I am guilty {via the ex-husband, the marriage counselor, and probably a friend or three} of being too positive, trying to fix problems, etc., and now I see how annoying it is!

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DUH – I get it, live it, follow it…

I have been following the #21DayFix nutrition plan, which I truly believe in. I’ve been trying to cut calories, eat only fresh foods, and limiting carbs to oatmeal and those found in veggies, and clearly doing the literal legwork. I am 31 years old, not 51 and in the change of life. While I get that metabolism slows down after 30, this is re-damn-diculous.

Yes, I’ve recently been to the doctor and am going through a series of testing to hopefully find a solution. I won’t bank on anything medical being the problem. I just have to stick to the plan. If and when there are updates to that, I’ll write about it.

The point of me sharing this – to tell you not to give up.

Keep going. Don’t let the scale get you down. I am trying to keep the faith that something will change, something will give, and my body isn’t failing me. Nothing happens overnight, and there is no quick fix. It’s got to be willpower and determination.

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One of my favorite quotes is from my beloved Tony Horton: “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” He’s right. You have to get out of the comfort zone, do something different, then do a little more. I am a runner by no means, but experts say the cardio is what I need to drop the weight…. So what did I do to motivate myself? I signed up for a ½ marathon in February and gave myself a secondary goal – just finish the race. I’ve never run that far, so I am going to work towards it.

Last Sunday I ran my longest distance yet – 6.8 miles. Might not be a lot for some of you, but it was a feat for me. I complained through it – I gritted my teeth, and towards the end I was just lumbering forward in a run-like motion. But I did it. So I am halfway there… and I’ve got to keep it up.

If I can do it, so can you. Do it with me for the motivation, accountability, adventure, and more. I think my year of “Why Not?!” Is going to be the mantra for the rest of my life… xoxo

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P.S. Yes, I am still smiling. And I’m actually starting to love running!

Body fat is like compounded interest?? – Interesting…

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Equating debt to body fat?? Yep, this one hit home for me…

If you know me at all, you know I don’t like anyone messing with my piggy bank. I work hard to earn my pennies and I decide how to spend them … and wasting money on paying down interest isn’t on my to-do list.piggy

This morning I watched a motivational video with one point about the physical transformation process of losing body fat and getting in shape being the hardest part of the process. Body fat is compounded interest – and you have to work 100X harder to work it off, just like interest on credit card debt.

The speaker, who was an easy-on-the eyes fitness guru, equated working hard to get your body in shape is like paying down debt and having to work incredibly hard to pay down the amount owed to the easier process of maintaining a state of financial stability. {Not recommending this video to anyone who is easily offended by potty-mouths…or by seemingly hopped up juice heads… his points still resonate}

http://youtu.be/mlKmbwXpKLs?t=1s

Well, this one made total sense to me. I know how to manage my finances, but managing my weight has always been an uphill battle. Add on the last few years of personal struggle, and I’ve dug myself quite a hole of debt in the realm of overall chub.


Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 10.04.57 AMNow, I’m not going to reiterate my comfort eating and how I arrived at my current state. My point today is that we can all dig ourselves out it just takes hard work.
I’ve been doing my beloved P90X lately and while the muscle to fat ratio has changed, and my clothes are starting to fit better, the scale hasn’t changed a lick. Yes, I am well aware that the scale is not the ONLY metric, but right now it’s a pretty important one to me. But change is the only way to dig myself out.

So here are a few of the changes I am making/have made to really get rid of the unhealthy chunk that I’ve accumulated:

  • Last week I started Les Mills Combat to up my cardio and burn calories
  • Lent starts tomorrow, so if I can’t work on myself for a greater purpose, then I am entirely lost. I will improve, and care for the temple God gave to me in this body. Along the way, I hope to inspire a few more people to do the same.
    • For me, this means sticking to a low carb diet and behaving while traveling, even on my Euro vacation
    • Following the workout schedule for the next 40 (OK, 60) days and pushing play according to my online schedule for the Combat program (this one includes no equipment, so just taking the DVDs with me while traveling requires minimal effort)

What motivates you to change? Do you struggle with finances? Health and fitness? We all have our struggles, these ones just resonate with me. I have a few accountability groups going right now in relation to healthy and fitness, so just let me know and I am happy to work with you to get involved with us. We can talk programs and see what’s best for you.

And, I also happen to have an excellent credit score, so if you want help there I can help you dig out… but I might be more austere than you’d like on finances… Hey, I’m honest;) XOXO

http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/money/eliminate-credit-card-debt