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Day 91 and I'm recommitting myself to this journey!

Friday, March 29, 2013

I am shocked even to be writing "91" in reference to the number of days that I've successfully been eating healthy and taking care of myself. I have lost 31 pounds (as of 10 days ago) and given up soda and caffeine. I haven't had any fried foods, I haven't had any sweets and I haven't bought or binged on junk food. This hasn't been a smooth experience, but it has been a learning experience.

This past week I have been sick and I haven't pushed myself to get back in the gym, mostly because I can't breath well enough to do basic things, let alone get back on the elliptical or something crazy. But I've also noticed myself getting a little lax with my tracking and my eating. I don't think this was a bad thing while I was really sick, but now that I'm feeling better, it's time to get serious again.

So, my goals again are:
1. Work out consistently. Two days of strength training each week and five to six days of cardio, per my trainer.
2. At least eight cups of water every day.
3. Weigh, count, or measure everything that goes into my body as energy and track it. No getting lax at this point!
4. Early to bed and early to rise! At least seven to eight hours of sleep every night.
5. Seriously start to train to at least walk quickly through my first and second 5K's coming up in May and June.

I'm so proud of the success that I've had up to this point, and so happy to see other people be proud of me that I'm not going to turn back! Tomorrow morning I'm going to the gym, before my mom comes to visit. I am not going to do anything too crazy, just walking the track with a friend, but it will be a start. I'm doing better at accepting that this isn't a sprint that I'm doing, but a long distance marathon. I'd rather have slow progress than get hurt or sick again and not be able to move forward.

And on Sunday, my mom and I will get out and enjoy the anticipated warmer weather by walking in one of the parks. Any activity and movement is better than nothing, which is how this past week has gone for me.

So now I'll post these new goals all over my apartment and office so that I can't ignore them or get away from them. It worked when I started this in December and I know that it has made a huge difference! One day at a time and as long as I'm moving forward I will know that I'm not moving backwards!

Thanks for all of your support and encouragement, even though I haven't had much energy this week to be an active community member. I'll do better next week! :)
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