Tuesday, September 06, 2011
The following is an actual conversation I witnessed between my neighbor and her teenage son:
Mom: Clean your room.
Son: Yes, ma'am.
-one hour later-
Mom: I said, clean your room!
Son: I WILL!
Mom: Do it right now.
-one hour later-
Mom: Why is this room not clean??
Son: Oh..did you mean like......right now, right now???
Betcha didn't know there was a difference between 'right now' and 'right now, right now', did ya?? :)
I've been contemplating a challenge for myself. I keep saying...I'll start Monday. Or...I'll start tomorrow. I'm sure you've been there, yes? Funny how much drive and determination can be lost between right now and 'tomorrow' or 'Monday'.
Today, I realized that I need to start like...right now, right now. (Actually, I need to start like...yesterday, yesterday..but what can ya do?!?) I have to quit putting it off. It's far past time to get down to bizznass.
I've been very unsparkly lately. Logging on to check in with a friend or two, read my favorite bloggers new posts and..log back off. I need become more active. I don't mean giving goodies and changing my profile around. I mean by tracking my food to ensure consistency and reading fitness articles for new workout ideas.
This evening, I'm going to finalize the 'rules' of this personal challenge for myself and set a time line. I'll post details and make sure to track my results.
I'm excited to jump back into SparkPeople.com and use this wonderful site to my full advantage to finally reach my weight and fitness goals!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
********DIY Challenge Entry Form******
My Challenge Name: Beach. People. Eyes.
My Starting Weight: 140
Four Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats:
1. the unwavering post-baby-belly-pooch (2" below navel) - 37.5"
2. upper thigh - 23.75"
3. BMI - 26.81%
4. Jog Ability - usually make it about 2 miles. Aiming for 3.
If I am going to be 100% honest with myself, the reason I am doing this challenge is because: I've been stuck in a rut for a while and I need something to shake me up. Because in 5 weeks I'll be going to beach with some of my best friends which means I'll have to wear a swimsuit. In public. In front of people. People who are ALIVE. And have EYES. So there¡¦s that. Also, because I want to be able 100% (not 85%) comfortable with my body no matter what I'm wearing. Even if what I'm wearing is just a smile and stilettos.
I feel like the reason that I have not been progressing as well as I hoped I would be is because: 50 pounds ago I was disgusted with what I saw in the mirror. Now, I'm not. It's easy (ish) to go from 'disgusted' to 'okay' but (for me) it's proving to be much more difficult to transform my body from 'okay' to 'bangin'.
This time, I commit to finishing my challenge because I know that: in 5 weeks I'll be on South Beach with some hotties.
I'm scared of: my belly fat. It's so hard for women (generally speaking) to lose the fat that stores there. What if I can't do it?!?
I want to: have some Facebook worthy pictures of me on the beach. NOT standing behind anyone. NOT wearing a ridonkulous cover-up. NOT sucking in until my face turns purple waiting for the flash.
But I have faith in: a) Google - Google will help me find out just what I need to do, or NOT do, to lose the pooch. B) Sweat Sessions - can't hurt, right?!?
And THIS TIME, I will NOT quit, because THIS TIME: Uh - perhaps this is getting a little redundant but...because THIS TIME I'm going to the freaking beach. With people. People who are alive. And have eyes. Remember this?
My top five non-health related motivations right now are:
1. Again with this...Beach. People. Eyes. Ya dig?
2. High school reunion next spring. Did I mention my ex-husband and his new wife (aka, my former best friend and maid of honor at our wedding) will be there?!? Motivation? I think so.
3. Tattoo. I want a full back piece. But with this gut, I wouldn't be able to show it off. I want to lose the extra poundage so that I can finally get some new ink.
4. Trophy wife. DH is 16 years older than I am. He introduces me as his 'hot young biotch'. I wouldn't mind actually fitting that description. He deserves it.
5. Boy shorts. Sexiest underwear ever, yes? Yes. Except when wrapped around these thunder wonders I sometimes call 'thighs'.
The best way to motivate me is to: challenge me to do more. I'm the girl who runs through the neighborhood naked because someone double-dog-dared me to.
The best way I can motivate myself is to: look at a picture of myself in a bikini then look at a picture of Megan Fox in a bikini. Instant motivation.
My name is E and I will sweat.
My name is E and I will run.
My name is E and I will succeed.
My name is E and I will work hard.
My name is E and I will rock tha bikini.
My name is E and I will beat the pooch.
My name is E and I will finish.
My name is E and I will see an ab muscle or two.
My name is E and I will be back. Ha.
My name is E and I approve this message.
*disclaimer: this will only be a 5 week challenge for me. I guess this is me getting carried away with all the Do-It-Yourself-Ness. Vacation starts in 5 weeks, not 6, and as I just read yesterday in Yoovie's terriffic blog - "If I can't finish it, that is not an excuse to avoid starting it" Imma rock these 5 weeks and enjoy my vacation during week 6!!! Let's get it!!!
Step 2 - before pic. Done during yesterday's swimsuit shopping trip. Yikes.
Step 3 - Redec sparkpage - Done yesterday as well. Will make more changes tonight.
Step 4 - Printing a calender later today. Will buy stickers and jack the kid's crayons.
Step 5- Picked up a new water bottle last week. (It has a straw. Woot, Woot!)
Step 6 - This one's easy considering my iPod was jacked this weekend (from my car. in my driveway. ridiculous, no??), I'll be picking up a new one before Friday and will download plenty of jammin new tunes.
Step 7 - Workout clothes - washed.
Step 8 - Already subscribed to SELF and Fitness. May look in to SHAPE or Women's Health.
Done and DONE.
Let's GET IT!
Friday, June 24, 2011
These 2 words have motivated me more than anything...EVER. Motivated me to put together a strict diet and workout plan for the next 6 weeks.
Why is that so inspiring??
That's right. Me. To Miami Beach.
No kids. No hubster. Just me and some of my besties.
For a whole 4 days, we're going to pretend like we don't have businesses to run or diapers to change or houses to clean or bills to pay. We're going to act like we did 5 years ago. We're going to drink beer with our lunch and cocktails with our dinner. We're going to nap. We're going to dance. We're going to party. We're going to sit on the beach and tan, and read and play volleyball. And (here comes the part that's got me all motivated to get my tone on) we're going to wear swimsuits! Eeeeeeeeeek!!!!
Just when I think I'm looking pretty good and maybe I can slack off a little, ya know what snaps me back to reality?? Swimsuit shopping. I put on a swimsuit...I look in the mirror and...all of a sudden from out of no where, I hear that crazy music from the shower scene in Psycho blaring over the loudspeakers and it makes me scream, or cry, or both and frantically reach for something with which to cover up the frightfulness before my eyes. (A tad melodramatic? Yes. But seriously...it depresses me.)
And I'll be damned if I'm going to spend my first real vacation in 4 years worrying about whether I'm sticking my ass out enough to keep my cellulite from showing or whether I sucked in my belly pooch enough before someone snapped a picture.
So...it's on like Donkey Kong.
My name will be sononomous with sweat. My workouts will be considered cruel and unusual punishment. My diet will be void of 'extras'. It will be bland and boring and I will hate it. But it will be nutritious and sufficient.
Sidenote: if you now feel the need to lecture me on the unsustainability of such a diet, please feel free to NOT do so. I understand. This is temporary. I will not starve myself or in any way neglect my body's nutritional requirements. (I kinda love myself too much to treat me too bad.) I simply will not indulge myself either. I'm working towards a goal. It will be met.
I've been eating well and working out regularly for 2 years. About 8 months ago I hit 140 pounds. And here I am today at, drumroll please......140 pounds. I have been maintaing without making the concious decision to do so. I haven't REALLY been pushing myself on the diet or exercise front. I will use this trip as the extra push I need to really work for some forward progress.
It's time to take some 'before' pics and it's time to MAKE some after pics!
Related note: I need recommendations for somewhere to stay! Preferably a beach house, condo or multi-room hotel suite. Anyone got any insight?!?!?!
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