New Year, Fresh Start

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Well I kind of fell off the wagon with this whole blogging thing. Believe me, I haven't forgotten about them entirely. In fact, I've kind of become a food and fitness blog addict (thank you hour long lunch break at work, which barely gives me enough time to eat and catch up on all my favorite bloggers). However, I think in order to hold myself more accountable, I need to get back into writing things down as well. It's too easy to come up with excuses in my head that no one else ever has to see, but if I'm being lazy, I think that having to write that down will be a nice kick in the butt.

But it's now a new year. Alright, technically 10 days in, but it's the thought that counts. Now that the holiday feasting and candy-munching are over, it's time to settle back into a normal routine. The end of 2009 brought a lot of changes in my life - a new job, a new city, a new apartment, the transition from college to the real world, the transition from a close relationship to a long-distance one, etc. I've made a lot of positive changes in my life - I'm FINALLY getting better at this whole cooking concept (definitely not my forte, but I'm working on it), working to cook clean, healthy foods. I've gotten back into the habit of eating breakfast everyday - something which I had pretty much stopped doing completely in college. I've also severely cut down on my Diet Crack (aka Diet Coke/Dr. Pepper/Pepsi/Poison) addiction, and now only indulge on special occasions. I even got my boyfriend to start eating vegetables and cutting down on the second helpings of biscuits and gravy too just from listening to me (not that he really needs it, that boy has a metabolism that most people would kill for).

But the one place I really started to drop the ball was in exercising. I have a crap ton of excuses - moving to a new place where the cost of a gym is WAY out of my budget, having obnoxious lower neighbors who get mad when you walk too heavy, let alone do jumping jacks, a two-hour rush hour commute that limits my free time, the fact that it's FREAKING cold outside and I do NOT like cold weather, etc. But now that it's 2010, it's time to drop all of those excuses and find ways to make it work. I'm searching for gyms that maybe have affordable classes, making use of the tiny, and seriously old school gym that my apartment complex has, and doing what I can at home. The most difficult thing for me right now is trying to find a schedule, because I physically cannot get up any earlier, and when I get home from work there is a herd of buffalo in my stomach begging for dinner. How does everyone else manage to fit in working out into a crazy schedule?

Anyway, here is 2010 so far: While I didn't necessarily eat so healthy this past weekend, I'm giving myself a LITTLE forgiveness, as I spent the weekend celebrating our anniversary with my boyfriend at a ski resort. So while I did indulge in an occasional red velvet cupcake, Outback dinner, and potentially 2 bottles of sparkling cider... I also spent like 7 hours out on the slopes. And boy is my body feeling it. Woo! If my calf muscles could talk, I'm sure they would be giving STRINGS of curse words. After saying goodbye to my boyfriend and sending him 4.5 hours away (sad face), I got up the nerve to attempt a Jillian Workout. 20 minutes in I was about dead, but hey - it's a start. But tomorrow starts a new week... and I plan on making this one be the start of a new routine for the new year.

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