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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Lately I've been seeing a lot of '30 Before 30' blogs: 30 things you would do from your 'bucket list' before you turn 30.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) I just turned 30 in August! Regardless, it really got me thinking about all of the random stuff I've always wanted to do but never did just because life, or whatever, got in the way.

1. Make a Quilt
2. Live by the Ocean
3. Bike to/from Work
4. Own my own Coffeeshop/Bakery
5. Create a Piece of Art I Can Frame & Display
6. Travel to Another Country
7. Live Off of a Veggie Garden for a Year (or Forever!)
8. Swim Every Day
9. Ride a Motorcycle (at least once)
10. Learn to Fence
11. Learn Banjo
12. Learn Cello
13. Be Debt Free
14. Get a Tattoo
15. Learn Aerial Silks

Well, that's about all I can think of for now! Not even 30 haha! But they are pretty big goals...
Looking back over these, they make me seem like quite the romantic! But maybe that's why I like them, because it so out of the norm for me!

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IDICEM 10/3/2013 4:03PM

  These are all doable! Hope you'll let us know as you check items off your bucket list.
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Flying Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease...

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Whew! I just did Day 1 of the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred, Level 1, yesterday. I had done this video before almost a year ago, but had to stop when we moved unexpectedly. Anyways, I had forgotten how sore it makes me! I don't think I will do this everyday yet, as life is kind of hectic just now, but I definitely want to stick with it! Last time I only got up to Level 2 and I'm very curious about what kind of results I'll see after Level 3!

I became so inspired yesterday after reading a few blogs I discovered! This woman had a 30 Before 30 blog of 30 things she wanted to do before she turned 30 and a lot of them were remarkably active goals: a week at a surfing camp, spelunking, aerial silks, pole dancing, sky diving! So amazing!

I admit I've never been the slightest bit interested in taking a pole dancing class, even though it's supposed to be very popular right now, but when I saw some videos of it online, it actually looks very graceful and fun! Also, I really want to try the aerial silks, but I need get seriously ripped to do that. I was looking into taking some classes, but they're a little pricy too. ..

So here's my plan: spend the next year really working on my strength training (I was looking for some motivation for that anyways) and then, if I can do 10 pull ups, I can reward myself with a month of aerial silks classes!

After my workout yesterday, I'm realizing it probably WILL take a whole year to get to the point where I'd be buff enough to try the silks! So. Sore.

It's amazing how one year of not exercising can affect you! At least I'm getting back in the ring!


A Year in the Life!

Friday, September 27, 2013

I can't believe it's been a year to the day since I last posted on here! It's a complete coincidence, but still, pretty cool!

The last year has been so eventful! I got my raise, and my weekend job, but after that life jus got so busy! I got promoted to a new position in our company and then I was put into another position after that, where I stayed for about 6 months! It was grueling and stressful and I hated it! Luckily my boss was very understanding when I asked to switch again and now I'm back in my original job! I just hope it will last.

My BF and I finally moved out of his mother's place on Jan 1st and we have our very own, awesome apartment just 10 mins away from Prospect Park in Brooklyn! I really couldn't be happier with our living situation!

Health-wise, I pretty much stopped exercising when I got my weekend job. I kept eating right but exercise went right out the window! Then, my boyfriend's doctor said he was borderline diabetic and he had to get his weight down and exercise up or he would definitely have diabetes within the year! This scared both of us enough to really get back on track with our eating habits. I have to say that it was nice to finally have him in my corner. To be supportive, I decided to keep to the same diet as him and somehow I managed to get down to 131! Just one pound away from my goal of 130! It was so strange because I was eating more food than ever, but it was all homemade and nutritious and I was doing more than counting calories, I was balancing my food groups just like my boyfriend did to control his insulin! Boy was it a lot of work though! Whew!

Even though I was liking how most of my body looked, I felt like my face was getting too thin! Crazy I know... I finally start to like my thighs but my face was starting to loose the baby fat I always had... and I found that I missed it! I'm sure turning 30 this year didn't help, but I felt like my face was finally starting to look it's age!

So as soon as my boyfriend was cleared by his doctor from being in the danger zone, I fell off the wagon in a big way. I started drinking beer almost every day and eating much larger portions. My bf has managed to stay on top of his weight pretty good! I'm so proud of him for staying strong despite me! Now, I'm back up to 137, and not working out in a year has definitely added the flab!

Now that I'm back in my old job and my stress levels have gone way down, I feel like I can finally start to get myself back into the swing of things! This time though, I have a new goal: to maintain and concentrate on sculpting those muscles! I think 133 was a pretty great weight for me, so long as I can just work on toning instead of losing. So that's my new goal folks! Maintain and tone!

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Fear of Success?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

You know what motivates me?... Success.
I know that's an easy answer, everyone is motivated by success. It's finding out what motivates you when you aren't successful that's the really hard part.
But for now, I'm going to ride this wave as long as I can! I'm high on success! Breaking my toe is the best thing that ever happened to me! ok- maybe not... I know that I should be exercising and staying fit, but not being able to exercise has forced me to concentrate on keeping my callories at 1200. Turns out, that this has been the key all along! I'm finally making progress in my weightloss and I'm very hopeful that I won't have to wait a year to reach my goal weigt!

This may just be a fluke, water-weight etc, but today I weighed in at 135.6! I haven't been over, or under, eating. I'm just sticking to 1200 calories a day! I'm also drinking plenty of water and trying to get 6-8 hours of sleep a night.

Today, I purchased an underwater MP3 player to help me get back to swimming! And, I plan to renew my gym membership and start running tonight!

I'm so excited about where my life is going right now and I don't know which scares me more... Not getting what I want, or actually getting it!
There are so many of my dreams are being held up in front of me and they're all so close and within reach! I'm so afraid that it will all fall through at the last second and I'll be back where I started!

My boss has told me she wants to re-negotiate my sallary in the next week or two, but I'm so worried that she'll forget or end up telling me they can't afford to pay me what I need. I also have a few jobs interested in interviewing me so I can start working weekends and bringing in even more money, but I'm afraid that they will all fall through or not pay me what I need. All of this extra income will mean that I can finally pay off my creditcards and move into an apartment with my boyfriend in the city! This is something I've wanted for so long and I'm just so afraid that right when it all seems possible, it will all fall through! And now, I'm so close to my goal weight of 130, but what if I hit another plateau?! Or I end up gaining weight back?!

It would be so cruel, but it's almost impossible to believe that all this could actually be happening!
Is it really so hard for me to accept good things?
I feel like it's almost better to not even hope for these things in case it doesn't happen and I end up disappointed beyond repair.
I'm in a much better place in my life than I was 2 years ago, but even so, I thought that getting out of debt would still be 3 years away, much less our own apt in the city! It seems too good to be true that this could all be happening. Don't get me wrong, getting out of debt and moving is still a year away of hard work, but it's much better than 3 years! I might even be able to start saving for my retirement!

I was walking in NYC the other day, looking at how care-free everyone seemed to be, and instead of feeling jealous that they had what I didn't, I started to imagine myself as one of them! And suddenly New York didn't seem so bad... For the first time since I was a teenager, I started thinking that the world was full of possibilities instead of just things and experiances I could never have. And then I started to feel afraid. I was afraid that this life I've wanted for so long would never happen. There are still so many things that could go wrong and right now, all I have is a glimmer of success.

I need to stop borrowing trouble! Some things cannot be controlled. Most things can't. All I can do is my best and the rest is out of my hands. But I think it's human nature to hope...

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So Close, Yet So Far

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I'm now 8 pounds away from my goal weight. Compared to the 30 I started out with, that's pretty darn good, but it feels like forever! I've been feeling very impatient lately, waiting for a lot of changes to happen in my life, and it's getting more and more difficult to stay motivated and find inspiration. It took me about 8 months to loose the last 10 pounds and I'm so worried that I'll plateau again! I know that slow and steady wins the race but I really want to keep the ball rolling and keep up this momentum. I started to think, why prolong all this stress when I have the power to make it happen?!

So the last few days I've been very strict with myself- sticking to the low end of my calorie range and no spare snacking or extra bites after dinner! If I get hungry, I just drink a glass of water and, surprisingly, it goes away! The hard part is dealing with my boyfriend. He snacks all the time, right in front of me! It's torture! I know that it's my own decision to keep losing weight, and I could stop this at any time. He keeps telling me that he likes me how I am and I don't need to lose weight for him, and I'm soo grateful he feels that way, but I am not content. I know it's purely for vanity's sake since I'm now in my healthy BMI range, but I feel like I could do better. I wish he would support my decisions and goals and not eat all that junk food right in front of me!

I've also got a party coming up this weekend and I'm trying to plan ahead and figure out what kind of healthy snack I can bring so I don't overeat (or drink). I'm thinking: a vegetable tray with hummus and some white wine that I can mix with sparkling water... and I'm thinking of eating some Chipotle for dinner before I go so I feel good and full during the bash.

The good news is, all this strict living is paying off, I've managed to loose .6 pounds! (for me that's a lot- they say that the lower your weight gets, the harder it is to keep loosing, and it's so true!)

Things that keep me motivated:
-Spark People articles!!
-Seeing my progress in the mirror.
-Feeling more confident every day!
-Pride in accomplishing my goals.
-How loose my clothes are getting!
-Feeling strong while I workout.

So let's see how long I can keep this up and maybe I can turn it into a streak!


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