2012 Goals

I’ve been thinking about things I want to accomplish in 2012… I use the word accomplish because resolutions always induce a sense of failure in my mind if they’re not accomplished. I wanted to come up with a small list of goals I know I could realistically reach by the end of the year. So this is what I came up with… Keep moving No matter what keep moving. These past few months I’ve tried to do some sort of physical activity every day unless I’m sick or on the rare occasion I’m booked solid all day. I want to keep this up, and I don’t think it’ll be difficult since it feels like exercising has become a habit. I can definitely tell a difference in my mood and how I feel physically on days when I can’t fit anything in or I’m forced to stay in bed because of sickness. Eat more veggies I have no problem getting fruit into my diet everyday. I love fruit. Veggies, on the other hand… Some sort of salad is my veggie of choice but lately I’m so burned out on leaves of any kind. In all honesty, I need to be more […]

Week 13 – Lucky 13

Happy December! As I was beginning this post I remembered that this past week was week 13. Is 13 supposed to be lucky or unlucky? Either way it was a lucky week for me. First, according to my dailymile stats I’ve walked 300 miles since 9/12! That would be the equivalent of walking to Nashville and back. Second, my weight finally moved! Third, and unrelated to my health, Ryan Adams is playing in town next month and I have tickets! Weee! Monday I had a strength training consultation with one of the owners of my gym. I was surprised that she remembered me and greeted me with a big hug. I know many people prefer to remain anonymous at the gym and quite honestly I preferred that in the past. When people don’t take notice it’s easy to slack off or not show up. We went through a routine together and it requires balance and coordination; two skills I haven’t mastered. Needless to say, my form wasn’t great but I did it and I’ll get better the more I do it. The strength training was a workout by itself so I’m not sure where I mustered up the energy to […]

Week 12 – Joining the gym

For a while my weight loss has slowed down to the point that it’s not moving. I finally stopped weighing myself every week because it was disheartening seeing my weight not moving, or that I gained weight. I took a week to count calories but I got as far as the fourth day, and while I was keeping it under every day, it was overwhelming to keep track of everything with other things going on. I am going to try again soon. It’s been chilly and/or rainy the past few weeks, which doesn’t necessarily keep me from walking, but it’s hard to keep up with the mileage I’ve been doing on nice days. I’ve been trying to do workout videos in addition (usually Taebo or Jillian Michael’s 30-day shred) to make up for the mileage. Last Friday, I was determined to go back to Iroquois Park since I needed a change of scenery and something that would kick my butt – thank you Christina for introducing me to this park! I knew it was going to be cold that morning (30-something F) but after my body and brain fought one another for about 20 minutes I finally got used to […]

What doesn’t kill you…

Happy November! I’m into week 9 of my fitness journey and feeling great aside from some (temporary) physical pain but more on that later… When I first started out I was apprehensive about blogging or even making a separate twitter account documenting what I’m doing/eating/etc. to be healthy because what if I fail? Thinking about that now, I’ve missed out on things in life because I’m too worried about failure. I guess we all have this fear of failure to a point, but I feel like in certain aspects of my life that fear is more paralyzing than it should be. I’m so glad I started blogging and tweeting about this. It’s held me accountable and kept my mind stimulated – often when it should be stimulated on other things. When I began I doubt I could come up with anything nice to say about myself, and the more I think about it; I’ve felt this way a long time. It’s sad that I let it get to that point. With that being said, I feel like in this short time my confidence is back to what it should be. I haven’t lost a huge amount of weight this early […]

Me vs. Food

My relationship with food has always been a dysfunctional one. This past weekend I didn’t make great food choices. I take that back, Friday evening I had sushi, and I don’t think any roll I sampled was particularly bad for me especially since I don’t eat sushi that often. Saturday after walking around Iroquois Park with friends I was starving. Unfortunately, I had to go to the grocery to pick up things for what would’ve been a healthy dinner: veggie lasagna. After picking up ingredients for dinner I stopped at the Wendy’s drive thru because it was about 3pm and I needed to eat something. My diet coke ended up being a Coke as I pulled away from the window. I don’t particularly like Coke products anyway so drinking regular coke was enough to turn my appetite off. I didn’t eat much of what I ordered; 1/2 of my burger and maybe a handful of fries. Still it would’ve been a few hundred calories. I made dinner and probably ate too much bread before the lasagna finished cooking. Cue to 10pm and meeting up with a girlfriend at Qdoba. I wasn’t hungry, but I didn’t want to be at home, […]

Week Seven – Rewards

It’s been a good exercising week — at least I think so! I recently purchased a Fitbit and I’ve been having some inaccuracies with it and so I’ve had to estimate how I’ve been doing each day in terms of mileage and calories burned. From the looks of Google I’m the only person who didn’t like theirs. In all honestly, I should’ve done more research before purchasing it but I read countless reviews where people raved about them. Now I’m back to my $14 pedometer that works pretty accurately out of the box and gives me the exact information I want. With only 3 pairs of “workout” bottoms I have to do laundry a couple times during the week, and since I’ve been busy every day this week I’ve fallen behind. There were a pair of workout shorts I bought earlier this summer that have been sitting in the bottom of my drawer barely worn, because they were too tight to be seen out in public in. I couldn’t even be bothered to wear them just around the farm because they reminded me I really needed to lose weight. I reluctantly put them on Thursday morning and they fit really […]

Week six

About a week ago I finally had enough of being sick and went to the doctor. I very rarely go to the doctor because most of the time they give me a slightly higher dose of something I could get over the counter and it’s a waste of money since I don’t have health insurance. Usually after a week of a cold I am feeling better, but it only seemed like it was getting worse and it was affecting my sleep. Long story short, I had a sinus infection. Thankfully, I’m feeling much more like myself now. This past weekend I went to Cincinnati to visit Matt and Lindsey. It was nice just hanging out, taking photos at a couple parks, and eating lots of good food. I have some left over Green Lantern pizza (mozzarella cheese, garlic, pesto, mushrooms, goat cheese, and artichokes) from Dewey’s that I’ll be rehashing today for lunch. I got back yesterday and I was a little apprehensive about stepping on the scale this morning. Despite not exercising as much as I had been the past few days and eating lots of good food I lost a pound. Which brought down my total to 15.6 […]

Week four

I finished week four of this new fitness journey. I haven’t quite decided how frequently I want to blog about health/fitness things. I don’t want to jump into too much too fast so doing this weekly seems counterproductive at the moment. Monday started off on a good note, I ended up logging a little over 4 miles on my pedometer. I noticed that evening I was getting a sore throat and assumed it was because of the jogging/running I did earlier in the afternoon (sucking in too much cool air). Tuesday morning I woke up to body aches and an even sorer throat. I went on to class and made it through two classes and decided I needed to go home and lay down. I felt bad because I was getting sick and also because the number on my pedometer wasn’t where it needed to be for the day. Yeah, I’m becoming that person! I got home and took my temperature and it was at 101. Wednesday I woke up feeling much better albeit a little weak. I decided I was going to go ahead and do my morning walk. If I could only do half it was better than […]

Change is coming…

I’m always apprehensive about posting about things I’m accomplishing at the moment, because it seems like I always jinx myself when I begin sharing things and then I stop doing whatever it is I’m doing. I’ve heard it takes 21 days to form a habit and since it’s been over 21 days I feel like I can share this without falling off the wagon tomorrow. (Fingers crossed! lol) It seems like it’s been one thing after another the past few months and about three weeks ago I reached my breaking point. I decided I could either feel sorry for myself about circumstances that were out of my control or I could change things that I do have control over. I started walking that morning and decided this is what I needed to focus on. Exercise makes me happy but I never really had the motivation to do it as frequently as I should. School is my only distraction at the moment and there’s no excuse as to why I can’t do this now. At the end of July I began writing down my weight and at that point I was at my heaviest. I lost a couple pounds a few […]