Hot Off the Press

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I’ll keep this short and sweet– my resolution this year is to not take life so seriously– and my goals are below! What do you think?

2014 GOALS

1. Become a certified nutritionist

2. Become a certified personal trainer

3. Teach a fitness class

4. Release a recipe e-book

5. Reach my ideal weight

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Happy New Year

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foodprep988I wanted to write a super awesome New Years post about my resolutions and goals this year, but that’ll have to come later. I’m pretty tuckered out from all the New Year festivities. Above you can see a then and now picture from Thanksgiving, and you can see some of my progress. Especially now, I am definitely seeing progress. Yesterday I went clothes shopping, and I had to put back all the size extra large and large shirts. I had to buy mediums! When I started my journey, I was a size 1XL! I was plus size, and now I’m a medium. It doesn’t seem real yet, I’m super excited to keep up the exercise and food prep and see my results throughout the year.

Slim by summer! <— That’s my resolution/goal!!

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And to not take life so seriously. 

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My food preps have gotten pretty good, huh? Happy New Year! Stay dedicated!

Winter Wonderland

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The morning after the Thanksgiving race, I woke up incredibly ill. I had a fever for days and a bad sore throat. I am just now starting to feel better, but I’m still a little congested. I decided not to work out while sick in order to let my body rest and heal. I was really upset about it, though. I had just started rebuilding my endurance back from my cold last month. However, I did do daily yoga and a little Zumba to try to keep up some of my endurance this time. I do think it helped, because I worked out with my trainer today. I did get out of breath from being congested, and from the cold, but I don’t think I totally lost all my endurance this time around (hooray!).

Cecilia and I met up at the park. It was 43 degrees and wet out from the rain. Yes, I totally fell at one point! We did drills and ran a bit. I’m glad I met with her, because I wouldn’t have pushed myself nearly as hard with still being a little sick. Plus, we work on my coordination, which I really love. I am the most uncoordinated person ever. No joke. No really… It’s bad! She noticed I am becoming more coordinated. It’s been a slow process, but it’s excited to really see progress. If you’re naturally athletic, you’re super lucky! I’m just going to fake it until I make it, though. 🙂

In other news, my friend Tricia and I signed up for a 5k in January. We’re going to start running again! This time, though, we’re going to slowly increase our milage in order to prevent injuries. Maybe I’ll be a runner one day after all!

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Food-wise, since I couldn’t work out, I made sure to food prep. I finally tried meat loaf muffins. They’re totally yummy and easy to transport to work. Totally making them again!

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Feeling Thankful

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Jessica is right. It is important for athletes and runners to see the crowd cheering them on during a big race. It is also important for me to be able to cheer on others who I look up to for their strengths and abilities. Therefore, I am going to cheer Jessica and Christina on at the finish line at the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day. They were also so patient with me while I was starting out, and I am very thankful for their kind words during my time of struggle. I hope my cheers help them just a little bit to finish the race on their big day. I also hope the other runners are happy to see the big crowds, too. I made a Thanksgiving themed sign. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Please remember what’s important during this time of year– tell everyone you care about you love them and appreciate them– and do your part in inspiring others, as well!

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Having a blast!

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This week I finally tried the Blast 900 class my friend kept telling me about, and it’s hard as hell! The Blast 900 website describes the class best, “BLAST900 is a fat shredding, muscle toning, personalized group exercise class in which people of every fitness level alternate between cardio on a treadmill and strength training on the floor, each working at their own pace to reach THEIR maximum effort. Our specific formula for creating our class structure is what guarantees each client THE ULTIMATE WORKOUT and will forever change how you look, feel and perform.” Everyone is supposed to burn 900 calories by the end of the class, and I believe it! The picture above is immediately after my first class. I was completely covered in sweat! By my third class, I was able to run at the 7 speed on the treadmill (which I’ve never done), and I was able to walk at the 21 incline setting. The weights are intense, too. There’s absolutely no way I won’t get into shape (score!) if I continue with this class. It’s super intense with non-stop movement for a hour. After my third class, I could really feel the muscle soreness. I’ve been tired since yesterday morning!

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I also bought a Fitbit Flex this week. It’s the neatest little device, and it’s awesome to see how sedentary I am during a workday. I saw how few steps I take on a normal day without working out, and it’s actually really crazy how little I move around. The Fitbit also tracks my calories, sleep, water, food intake, and I can track my friend’s progress, too. It’s really neat! I’m looking forward to tracking my progress throughout the next couple of months.

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Food-wise this past week, I did pretty good. I had a lot of protein shakes, protein, veggies, and fruits. Eating healthy is getting easier, but I am not perfect. I am starting to see results. I took a picture (below), and I was surprised to see I am slimming down. I guess there’s a part of me that still doesn’t believe all of this will work, but it’s starting to show. I’m glad I don’t have to cut my calories super low to lose weight, because I do enjoy food too much to do a super low calorie diet. It may take me a while longer to lose weight, but I am proud of doing it the healthy way. textScreen Shot 2013-11-17 at 6.41.42 PM

New Way of Eating: Dr. Jonny Bowden Style

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Well, to start off with, I let my legs rest up a bit and then I got sick. So, I haven’t worked out a ton. During this time, I discovered I go back to emotionally eating when I don’t work out. Working out has actually become therapeutic for me.  Now I need to keep exercising to stay balanced. I never would have that I would really enjoy working out, but I do crave it now. When I’m having a bad day at work, I think about pushing through it at the gym. I’m also finding when I have a slip out, or a flat out bad eating week, I don’t let it derail my entire progress. I just get back on the wagon and try again. That’s a good thing. In the past, I would eat a bad meal and stop “dieting” entirely. I’m not giving up so easily this time. I did better today with food prep and a walk in the park with Sophie (pics for proof!).

I’m also trying to focus more on what I am eating and not just how much I’m exercising. I know I need to cut sugar and foods that break down into sugar out of my diet. I stumbled upon Dr. Jonny Bowden tonight (Unleash Your Thin). He’s all about avoiding sugar and any foods that cause your insulin levels to spike. His style of eating reminds me of my friend Barbara’s views on eating. She just created a food prep business in Houston, TX called Elite F’ing Meals. Check it out! Barbara’s food is amazing and super healthy! Anyway, back to Dr. Jonny Bowden, I bought his program, and he has a lot of simple recipes even I can make! It’s an easy to follow plan, and he teaches you the why and the science behind the program. I really think knowing why you’re eating a certain way is important. It’s easier to keep up with and substitute at a restaurant or in a bind when you know you’re eating a certain way. Here’s a snippet from his e-book Fat Burning Blueprint:

“But let’s never lose sight of why we’re limiting our food this week, and exactly what we’re limiting it to. To review: 

What makes you fat is the “fat-storage” hormone, insulin

What raises insulin is high blood sugar. 

What raises blood sugar is high-glycemic carbohydrates. 

Therefore, to become a fat-burning machine, we need to control our insulin levels, which is done by controlling blood sugar, which is done by controlling our intake of high-glycemic carbs.”

 While you’re in the main part of his program, you’ll avoid 9 foods:

Potatoes 

Rice, wheat or other grains and starches 

Pasta 

Cereal 

Bread 

Sugar 

Alcohol

Dairy 

Fruit if you have more than 15 pounds to lose

(Exception: Everyone should eat 1 apple per day! If you need some variety or don’t like apples, you can have ½ cup of berries or a ½ grapefruit instead.)

I’m excited to learn more about his program and try more of his recipes. I’m also feeling mostly better, so I’ll pick up my work outs this week. I hope everyone has a good week!

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Haters Gonna Hate

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Someone asked me recently, “Why are you blogging your weight loss?” and then they asked, “Isn’t it embarrassing since you’re not thin?”

fearsI think these questions need to be addressed. First, I am blogging my weight loss, because it keeps me going.  I blog because if I don’t blog, I fear I’ll stay overweight forever. I fear if I don’t lose weight, I’ll lose out on a long and healthy life. I also hope to inspire others to try a healthier life style, too. Sure, I could wait until I’m fit and only show those photos, but it’s nice to see the journey along the way. Second, sure it’s embarrassing. Hey, look, I have  a fat roll in my picture. Hey look, I can only do very basic things in the gym right now. But I’ve found people are going to judge me no matter what I do. I’d rather have them judge me for trying rather than not trying. Third, these questions bring up an issue within our society. I’m not any less of a person for being overweight. A thin person is not automatically a better person than I am. Someone working out is someone working out… It shouldn’t be considered embarrassing because they’re bigger… Shame on anyone who things that way!

I have faith I can do this (and haters gonna hate).

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Roar

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I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held me down, but I got up
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
Louder, louder than a lion
Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar

Have you ever let someone toxic into your life? Have you ever gotten so wrapped up in their bullshit that you totally lost yourself? I spent a good portion of my 20s falling a toxic guy around (literally around the country). I don’t know if he was intentionally toxic or if he’s truly sick, but I let our relationship destroy my life. I feel like I am starting to put the pieces back together. Or rather, I’m growing stronger and putting pieces together that were never really in place. I’m learning to heal. I’m learning to deal with my past without food. I am learning I am good enough and capable enough to have a good life. Katy Perry’s song “Roar” is my theme song right now. I feel great, and I don’t ever want to go back. You’re gonna hear me roar.

This week I met with my trainer in Piedmont Park. I felt a lot more confident, and it was much more fun. We sprinted as fast I could, jogged, and walked several times. Then we hang up the hill backwards in a squat position (omg painful!). After that, we ran up some stairs and jogged around the track. I also met Jessica at LA Fitness for a yoga class. This was our first yoga class, and it was fun but totally not what we were expecting. This was an athletic yoga class. She’s actually pretty sore from it, and I didn’t the stretching I was hoping for from the class. I would try yoga again, but I think the instructor just had a very niche way of practicing yoga. Next week… Zumba!

I also made it to the official Atlanta Half Marathon training. We ran in town, and it was pretty hilly. I was very surprised by how supportive and friendly everyone was from the time I got there until I left. I’m super shy, but it was easy to meet people and talk to everyone. I also felt comfortable running with everyone. Even though we’re just running, it did feel more like a team or at least a common camaraderie. It did get tough to finish, but I pushed through. Jessica and I had a celebratory breakfast after, and then I came home to ice my legs. I’m excited for next week!

Loving it!

P.S. If I can do it, so can you! ❤

Working It!

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I worked out with a trainer on Monday. His name his Mike, and he’s joining the military soon, but I am going to train with him twice a week until he  leaves next month. I am hoping training with him will help me reach my 10k goal for next month. After he leaves, I’ll probably find another trainer to work out with once a week to teach me how to work out (and help push me further!). There were times I truly felt like I couldn’t do it, but I closed my eyes and  just pushed through the weight machines. Literally, parts of me I didn’t know I had were burning! Now I know how hard I should be pushing myself, too.

I’ve also kept up with my food prep. I am teaching a coworker how to food prep tomorrow, too.

Me working out (and Mike’s info!)!

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Stepping Up

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So, Jessica and I have been interval running outside and at the gym. Running outside on pavement was really tough for me, because my legs were getting super sore. I didn’t like running on the treadmill at first. I’ve always had a fear of falling off of a treadmill (and I totally would fall!), but I’ve gotten the hang of it. I actually enjoy being able to pace myself and see how many seconds of running I left before I can walk. We were doing timed intervals of running and now we switch from running to walking every .25 miles. We work out together at LA Fitness, and I’ll work out by myself at Planet Fitness across the street from me. We run outside about once a week.

I am signing up for the running class in September. I feel like I could have better form, and I could make it easier. I also feel like I need to really start learning more about working out and how to get better at it. I still get winded pretty easily, but it’s not as bad when I started. I know I would benefit from actually applying techniques and being more calculated with my work outs. OH, I did start swimming at my complex. I was shocked by how winded I get from just swimming laps, but I enjoy it a lot. Swimming is probably my favorite way to work out so far (haven’t tried a Zumba class yet!).

I have totally failed at eating better, though. How do I stick with healthy eating? What helps you stick with it? I’m totally losing this battle. I’ll keep trying until it sticks, but I have a feeling healthy eating will be a lifelong battle for me.

And look! Jessica just finished her first race!

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P.S. A special shout out to Jessica. She’s helped push, and yes it literally was pushing me at times, to stick with this and keep trying. I asked her to push me, and she really is pushing me. Thank you, Jessica!

P.S.S. I think about blogging all the time. But when I think about it, the time I have to blog, I’m working out. So, don’t get too mad at me for not blogging everyday. ;P (Okay, I’ll try to do it weekly!)