Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Check-In: September 7, 2014

Current Weight, as of 9/7/14: 141.4 lbs (-0.8 lbs)
Goal: 130 lbs - 35 lbs
I pretty much hit my goal this week ... pretty much.

I signed up for a gym membership on Saturday and managed to go Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.  So I skipped Tuesday and Thursday, which isn't so bad.  AND I did my 40 minute TurboFire  stretch today because my body needed it.

Oh, and not only did I manage to go to the gym during the week, but I managed to get my butt out of bed and in the gym by 5:45 AM on the weekdays.  Yes, 5:45 AM.  That may not seem like a big deal to many people, but you gotta understand -- I don't normally willingly wake up that early for any reason, except to pee (and then promptly plop back into bed).  But I wanted to challenge myself this week and see what I could do, so my goal was to get up at 5 and be working out by 5:45.  I managed to do it.

Boy, does it feel really good to be back at a gym.  I missed hopping on a treadmill and seeing people of all different ages, shapes, and sizes working out as well.  I missed going to my locker after a hard workout and the high that followed me home.  And it feels good to be at the gym when there is barely anyone there.  I already feel stronger and less stressed, not to mention damned proud of myself, because I know I'm doing something right for my body.

So my goal for the week, again, is to continue this 5 AM wake-up call to get my ass to the gym every morning.

Have a good week!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Check-In: August 31, 2014

Current Weight, as of 8/31/14: 142.2 lbs.
Goal: 130 lbs - 35 lbs
I'm up a whole pound.  Whoops.

Here's an assessment of how I did on my goals this week:

  • Sunday: Go for an hour walk in the evening. - Eh, somewhat completed; I did a 45 minute walk while staying with my parents.
  • Monday: Go for an hour walk before leaving for training. - Skipped it completely.
  • Tuesday: Go for an hour walk before leaving for training. - Did about 45 minutes once I got back to my own house from training.
  • Wednesday: Go for an hour walk in the morning before work.  After work, go to the gym to get my gym pass/membership. - Yeah, so I didn't get a gym membership yet.  Work hours didn't permit it.  Didn't do my hour either before, but after work.
  • Thursday: Wake-up at 5 AM to go to the gym. - No gym membership and did not walk after work, either, due to a late workday.
  • Friday: Wake up at 5 AM to go to the gym. - Skipped walking.
  • Saturday: Wake up at 5 AM to go to the gym. - Went to the gym and signed up, yeehaw!  I also took our pup for a quick 30 minute walk in the morning.
  • Sunday: Rest - Anything but. 

While things didn't quite go the way I planned, I did manage to get my membership yesterday and I am pretty pumped to start going again.  I am leaving here in a few to get a good workout in and -- oh my god -- I am so excited.  

So here's to a better week.  My plans?  At least 45 mins the gym, Sunday - Saturday, with a rest next Sunday. :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Check-In: August 24, 2014

Current Weight, as of 8/24/14: 141.2 lbs.
Goal: 130 lbs - 35 lbs
My goal this week is to sign-up for a local gym.  My supervisor at work has mentioned twice that going to a gym may be beneficial; it gets me out and puts me in an environment with all kinds of people.  I've thought about it for a few weeks now and, with money permitting want to sign up for a gym.  I used to frequent 24 Hour Fitness and I loved it.  

There's a gym close to where I live now and I'm pretty excited at the prospect of signing up.  Once I sign up, I want to try something I've never tried before: Work out before work.  I typically roll in to work about 9 AM and give myself about an hour and a half before leaving, so I'm up at 7 AM.  If I want to work out, I figure that waking up at 5 AM, being at the gym by 5:30 AM, and working out for an hour will still give me plenty of time (and energy) to get to work.  

Right now, my goal for the week is to get a 7 Day Pass.  Once I do that, the following morning, I want to start my workout early.  I plan to get my pass on Wednesday this week (I'm in training in another city for Monday and Tuesday) and start Thursday.  Then hopefully the price won't be too bad and I'll be able to get a good deal!  In the meantime, I'm at my parents' house and plan to walk until I get my gym pass.

So here's my plan for the week:
  • Sunday: Go for an hour walk in the evening.
  • Monday: Go for an hour walk before leaving for training.
  • Tuesday: Go for an hour walk before leaving for training.
  • Wednesday: Go for an hour walk in the morning before work.  After work, go to the gym to get my gym pass/membership.
  • Thursday: Wake-up at 5 AM to go to the gym.
  • Friday: Wake up at 5 AM to go to the gym.
  • Saturday: Wake up at 5 AM to go to the gym.
  • Sunday: Rest
Pretty lofty goals, so we'll see how it goes.  Wish me luck!

A New Journey

It’s been a hot minute since I updated.

To be honest, I lost a lot of motivation to keep up with my exercise and health.  With all the transitions that happened in my life, I found myself giving excuses: “I’m too tired;” “I’ve already had dinner so what’s the point” etc.  I know, I know – excuses aren’t enough.  But for me, at the time, they were.

I’m feeling the effects of my laziness.  My once strong body feels weaker.  I’ve gained a few pounds from eating badly and not caring about what I put into my body.  It’s ridiculous and I’m a bit embarrassed, to say the least.  I’ve gone the past eight months telling myself I need to get back into it, and for a few days, I’m pretty good.  But let’s be real: I haven’t done any real work like I used to do.

I’ve decided lately that I definitely need to make a change.  I’ve got a wedding coming up in 2016 and I don’t want to be scrambling six months before to drop 20 lbs that I somehow gained because I was being careless.  I want to get back into it now and then work on maintaining it again.  I miss how I felt when I was consistent and healthy!

So I’ve decided to start blogging and start doing again.  I’m still toying around with how I want to approach it, but so far, I’ve decided to do what I was doing when I first started: reward myself when I reach my “ultimate goal.”  I also want to do occasional “fitness goals.”  We’ll see what works out.  The point is this: I WANT TO GET HEALTHY AGAIN.

I’ll update every Sunday like I used to, since it’s the start of a new week.  I’ll post my weight and blog about the past week and how it’s been.  In the meantime, here’s to a new journey. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Wedding Weight Watch 2014 - And So, It Begins

Current Weight: 135.2 lbs (February 2, 2014)
Goal Weight: 130 lbs – 135 lbs

Yes, friends, we’re starting this again.  And we’re going to do this a little differently.  I need something to hold me accountable, so this is what we’re going to do, to make sure that I am exercising.

This picture is a bit old (2012), but this is how I feel!
Every Sunday night, I’ll make a post with my current weight – and the workouts I’ve done from the previous week.  I may post about my food, too, but that’s already taken care of with MyFitnessPal.  My goal is to workout at least 5 out of the 7 days of the week.  Currently, I’m going to be utilizing Hip Hop Abs and going to make that my main mode of working out.  I’ll also incorporate other things, too, because I’m flexible like that. ;)

I’m not going to lie – this is going to be challenging.  My new job leaves me physically and emotionally drained and I come home most nights pretty damned tired.  It’s a challenging job, and I am both scared and excited for the future.  But I want to start getting back into shape, especially since I am getting married in 2015!  I want to look hot in my wedding dress, and I want to be able to dance all night long.

Anyhow, I wanted to add this initial update and then take off with it on Sunday.  Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Late Start to 2014

It’s been nearly five months since I updated my blog.  Five whole months, and a whole lot has happened.

For one, that part time job that I had in my last entry – I quit shortly after.  I didn’t feel prepared to work with the population it was with and after getting hit in the face and my hair pulled, decided I didn’t want to do it anymore.  I admire those who can work with that population, but it’s not for me.  I needed something else.  It finally came almost three whole months later – and it was a good thing it came when it did!  I was stressed out about money, worried about where funds would come from, and just not sure what the future held in store.  But after being at my current job for nearly a month now, I think it’s safe to say that this is more up my alley.  It’s not quite counseling, but it’s similar, and I get to work with the population I like.  I can see myself being at this job for quite a while, so hopefully everything works out the way it should!

And now, quite possibly the biggest news – I’m engaged!  Yes, you heard that, ENGAGED.  It happened on New Year’s Day, the last day of our annual New Year’s Trip.  Let me tell you – it was absolutely perfect and I am beyond all excited to be Chris’ wife.  He is the Love of My Life and I don’t know what I’d be without him.  Yes, we’ve had quite the ride, but I am glad we went through what we did.  I have seen him evolve and am so proud of what he’s become, and what he’s becoming.  I fall in love with him over and over again and, to me, there’s nothing better than hearing him laugh at something he finds absolutely amusing.  We’re in the beginning stages of planning a wedding and I cannot wait to walk down the aisle to meet him.

In terms of fitness and weight, it’s safe to say that I need to get back on the Fitness Train.  I last weighed in at 138.6 lbs.  Like … what in the hell.  It’s been a while since I’ve weighed in anywhere close to that; thus, time to get back to working out.  I was all ready to get back to it this week, when bam!  Sickness.  It’s the second time I’ve been sick since starting this job.  I guess that’s what happens when you work with children, but dang.  I hate being sick.  So I’m giving myself the rest of the week to recover and then starting again on Monday.  I’ll come back to updating this weekly, though my weigh-in day may change. 

And maybe, just maybe, I will post photos of the progress this time.

See you all very soon!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Let's get this started -- again.

It's been a long three months since I've updated and I'm ready to get this started again.

I've now got my MA in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Counseling Psychology, and a concentration in Children and Adolescents.

I've moved back home to California and landed a (very) part-time job.

And now, I'm ready to get back on track with my weight loss.

As of Sunday, September 8, 2013, I weigh 135.6 lbs, the heaviest I have been in a while (though, over vacation, I weighed in at 138 lbs. at one point, haha!).  My goal is to get down to 128 lbs. by the end of the year, which I find pretty doable.

Are you ready for this to start again?  Because I am.

See you again on Sunday!