Saturday, June 12, 2010
is seeing results. I've been trying to shred as much as I can lately. I keep saying I'm going to start a streak, but then I always skip a day. The most important part though is that I keep doing it when I can instead of looking at it like I failed and now I just shouldn't do it at all.
Tonight when I was blow-drying hair I noticed that my arms looked much more toned. Then I decided to flex and my god there was a definitely line from my shoulder to elbow in both arms and a bump that actually stuck out through all the jiggly fat. I was surprised. And I'm pumped! My nutrition is holding me back. It always does... Why is eating healthy food so hard?
Oh... um maybe because I work 40 hours a week at the fattest, unhealthiest BBQ restaurant in the entire state of Iowa! I've been doing pretty well with avoiding the food and soda but it's still not enough. My weight is right around 144.2. I know it won't take that much time and willpower to drop another 8 pounds before the 4th of July. But I need a plan. And I need to stick to it. I need to stay motivated and obsess over it. I know how to maintain and I know how to lose weight. I'm not one of those slowly lose weight kinda people. I need focus and 150% effort and then I need a break. I like intervals, even when it comes to losing weight. Lose a little kinda fast, maintain and recover, lose a little more, maintain and recover.. You know what they say about intervals?? They blasts more fat, speed up your metabolism for longer after workouts, and improve your speed.
Don't get me wrong, I promote the whole lifestyle change thing whole-heartedly, which I do take seriously but I can't eat sparkling 100% clean ALL of the time, or even 70% of the time. I'm in college, we go to bars and get late night tacos and pizza. I work restaurant hours at weird times without breaks. I've switched a LOT of my habits... like I workout for at least once a week and I only have soda when it's mixed in a drink and even then it's diet. I eat salad all of the time and use ground turkey, brown rice, real fruit, and whole grain breads even when I'm not "dieting."
I love Jamie Eason. I think she and her body are fantastic. But she is disciplined and my god does she work hard! I am just not ready for that yet. There's too much "wildness" I guess you could say that's in my life still. There are tons and tons and tons of temptations everywhere and I'm not going to close myself off from them just to lose some pounds.
I want to reach my goal weight by Thanksgiving. There... I've set a deadline. I need a fixed goal that I need to remember. Something that I need to strive for. I know I can lose weight in school by remembering healthy tips throughout the weeks.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
it's time for me to get serious. and i am ready. back to obsessing because i need to before my life gets crazy with school and football tailgating.
MY DAILY CHECK-LIST
- look at pictures of skinny, fit people for motivation?
- track my calories?
- get to the gym for 30 minutes minimum?
- drink only water?
- stay in my range?
- say no to alcohol?
I get SO motivated when I look at pictures of skinny people that I know... not celebrities.. not fitness models where it's their job.. but friends and people that I know personally, like my best friend and you amazing people here on Spark.
I am getting serious. And I am getting organized. I'm setting that alarm for 8:30am every single morning. Getting my 8 hours of sleep, a good healthy breakfast, and to the gym for my workout and yoga at 10:30am.
I can wake up every single day and get my goals accomplished before Noon. Once I set my mind to it and I take the steps to reach my goal, then it will get reached.
Like paying off my credit cards. I said I would get it under $1,000 by July 1st and I am happy to report that today I sent a check in the mail that makes my balance now $880. I also bought a new queen size bed and comforter, curtains, throw pillows, couch slipcover, a rug and mats for the livingroom which is almost finished being decorated. And I'll have saved up $200 to go shopping next weekend at Mall of America when I visit my best friend after I pay for July's rent. I remember being completely frazzled and stressed about money from returning from Rome but I am recovered and out of the red. It feels so good! I can't wait until all of credit card debt is paid off in August. Starting school with only $2000 of extra student loans, 0 credit card debt and plane tickets to Australia for Thanksgiving Break sounds wonderful.
Planning + Follow Through = Success!
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