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21 in 21

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March to May

March 18 to May 20

Last Tuesday I realized there were only 21 days left in my diet bet and it was time to get things moving. Literally.

For the next 21 days I have to do cardio. Every. Single. Day. I can either walk 2 miles, do 30 minutes of cardio in addition to a weight or another type of workout, or do an hour of cardio.

So far it’s been good. I’ve only taken one day off last Friday and that was just because I was being lazy. Other than that one day off the past week has been great. I weighed in at 259.2 this morning! I don’t even have a whole pound to lose and 12 days to do it! I’m feeling good.

I started last Tuesday by walking 2.5 miles at my neighborhood park then Wednesday I completed 60 minutes of cardio on the treadmill, elliptical, cross trainer and rowing machine. Thursday I spent an hour and a half of yard work. That’s pretty much my rotation, some days in the gym and some days walking.

This Saturday is my kayaking trip, FINALLY! I hope this trip won’t end like my last blind kayaking adventure! It’s a good time, great people, and an awesome workout. It’s great to have an active lifestyle again. But can I say how excited I am to be back in the 250s? After getting all the way up to 278 it’s great to break the 260s!

It looks like I’m going to win my bet! I just have to keep doing exactly what I’ve been doing. I haven’t just been upping my cardio, but I’m also eating much better… Post to follow!

Operation 21 workouts in 21 days in full effect! Care to join?

8.22.13

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It’s my anniversary! I started this blog by posting, My official declaration on August 22, 2011. Man, I remember all the emotions I was feeling as I typed that post up in my hotel room in Monroe, Louisiana. And funny enough two years later I’m posting again from a hotel in Monroe, Louisiana.

As I look back on the last two years of my life, I realize they have been filled with life altering events, many firsts, lots of emotion, love and heartbreak. I’ve come a long way and done so much. If you would have told me two years ago that I’d be sitting in a hotel and as heavy as I am today I wouldn’t believe you. Even though I let myself gain the weight, I think that I am such a stronger person than I was 730 days ago. I know that I can turn this around and take hold of my health because at this point it’s definitely not just me wanting to look better or buy pretty clothes but my weight is at the point where it affects my health and my day to day life.

A few months ago I called to get life insurance. The representative I talked to asked me my weight and I said about 260. During that call she asked me at least three times if I was sure that I weighed 260. And I began to get offended and said yes and I was rounding up just to be sure. She then let me know that 260 is the cut off point and they don’t offer insurance to people who weigh more than that. My quote was so high I did not purchase insurance. How awful is it that I can’t get life insurance at my current weight or if it’s offered I can’t afford it?

It is customary to celebrate anniversaries, so today I’m going to celebrate mine at the gym! I can’t let myself turn 30 (in a year and a half) tiptoeing around 300 pounds. There’s no reason for my five foot five frame to be holding that much weight.

So today, I’m going to declare to do better. I will not be this heavy in two years. I will not be this heavy next year! I’m ready to get serious, because if I don’t get serious about changing my life then I am essentially giving up on myself and that’s not about to happen. One day obesity related diseases will not be a threat to me at all.

Cheers to my anniversary y’all! Celebrate with me by going out and burning some calories for me!

I have to add that I started a post that I was supposed to put up last Monday that said what I’ve been doing and where I revealed my weight. Logically it should have come before this post, but I couldn’t miss my anniversary! So look for me to update that post so I can let you all know what’s been going on in my little corner of this world annnnnnnnnnnnnndddddddddddddddd how much I weigh. Talk to you soon, have a great weekend!

 

I care

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Today is a day of rest and relaxation for me. But that didn’t stop me from hopping on the scale this morning. It read a disheartening 243. After last week’s triumphant 241.6 this is a bit disappointing but it’s not too bad. Due to how my week went I guessed that I would be about a pound heavier than last week. But the good thing is I’m not hiding it anymore. Good or bad it’ll be up here EVERY Monday. (Unless some extenuating circumstance prevents me from posting)

I can think about my public weight every time I stay in bed instead of getting up and going to the gym or every time I have bacon and pancakes or doughnuts for breakfast. That’s not a meal for someone who’s trying to change their body for the better. That’s a meal for someone who is either perfectly happy with their body or someone who doesn’t really give a damn about what it’s doing to their body and honestly I’m in neither category.

I’m SUPPOSED to care about my body. And each and every thing I put into it. I see my family members taking tons of medications because they didn’t take care of their bodies in their youth. I don’t want to grow up to a life full of prescription drugs and doctor visits. I want to be healthy as long as I can. I’m in my twenties. I want to look back and say man I was in the best shape of my life. I want to live without the fear of obesity. I think obesity is as much of a mental disease as it is physical and I don’t want to have it anymore.

Each particle of food that goes into my mouth is either making my body function better or worse and it’s time for me to start eating more of the good stuff than the bad. And every workout is sculpting my body into the silhouette I’ve always dreamed of seeing in the mirror. I’m ready to start getting closer to that dream instead of farther and farther away. Let’s hope that the scale tips the other way next week. It’ll be hard but I’ll try my best. Everyday each of us are faced with a million decisions. Let’s take a small step and just try to take more good ones than bad.

Better Late than Never

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I normally have my posts up by 9 or so but I’m sorry for the delay today. I guess it was a combination of not really having a topic in mind and just losing track of time. I still haven’t thought of a particular topic that I’d like to discuss this morning so I thought let’s just start putting words to paper and see how it goes.

This week has pretty much gone as planned as far as my workouts are concerned. I hit the gym Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. And I’m still heading there on Saturday. Today is the meet and greet for the running group I joined so I’ll be headed over there this afternoon and decided I’d rather not workout before and  go there all sweaty. And I could work out after but I know I’m going to be eating so I’ll just go ahead and be honest with myself that I will not see the gym today. But that’s ok with me because I have some great workouts planned for this weekend.

Saturday I will do a 30 min core class and an hour body combat class. I took my first body combat class last night and it’s pretty tough. I realized I’m not coordinated enough to master karate or anything like that, but it was fun. The workout is a mixture of karate, boxing and kickboxing with a very enthusiastic teacher and great music. I did not master body combat but I did try something different, have a good time and shed some calories. It was pretty tough so we’ll see if I can make it through a whole hour of that after doing the core class. *** Insert positive thoughts here***

And then after work on Sunday I’ll be headed to my beginners’ run group and then join some not so beginners for the hour speedwork session. Last week we did the stairs at the Capitol, I’m terrified excited to see what activities we’ll be doing this week.

With all this going on the weekend I am okay with giving myself today to rest for my active weekend. Counting Saturday and Sunday I’ll have 5 workouts for this week! That was my goal and I’m pretty happy that I am on track to accomplish it. But if you want to get technical I can call it 7 because Saturday I’ll be doing 2 classes and Sunday I’m doing a run and speedwork. But it doesn’t matter, 5 or 7 both are great. I hope to keep up the momentum. Summertime here I come!

 

Problem Solving

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I hoped you checked out my post on Monday, Vacation Sins, where I shared how my vacation went as well as some pictures from my trip. I also confessed that I didn’t exercise enough and ate much more than enough. So the first step to solving a problem is admitting that there is one. Check. So step two is to make a plan to do something about it and then the final step is to carry out your plan.

My trip ended Thursday but I did not have to go back to work until Monday. I had every intention of doing at least a small workout on Friday, but that did not happen. Ok so plan B. Saturday morning I went and did a body pump class. If you’re not familiar with that you can check out my post about it here. Bodypump always leaves me sore, exhausted, and wanting more. It may be my favorite class that I’ve ever taken. One day I’d like to teach that class… When my body gets as rock hard as the instructors I’ll be ready!

But that was Saturday. On Sunday I met up with my local Black Girls Run group for their weekly beginner’s run and speedwork. I was nervous about attending because I think everyone in a running group would probably run circles around me. But much to my surprise the group was filled with women from all different skill levels. There was a 2 mile walk/jog which was enough to get my heart pump and I could have went home after that but I stayed and decided to take part in the next activity.

Speedwork. I was a little apprehensive about what this would entail but I decided to give it a shot anyways. In my mind I picture sprints and suicides and other things that I know my body did not want to do. But we did the stairs at the state capitol. It was difficult and my body did not want to do it but I was glad I did and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me next week. We did sets of stairs and alternated lunges, squats, push ups, etc. That was tough but worth it. I think this will be my new Sunday workout. I’m stoked about it and the group. It’s a very positive atmosphere to work out in to have so many women encouraging you and pushing you forward.

Due to my activity levels on Saturday and Sunday I did not exercise on Monday. I was so sore that I just wanted to focus on performing my day-to-day tasks without falling out somewhere. Don’t worry I’m exaggerating! But yesterday I did a core class at my gym that I enjoyed.

So the plan for the rest of the week is to do a circuit class tonight, body combat or body pump class tomorrow and possibly add the core class if I can make it. Then Friday I don’t plan to exercise but maybe I’ll do a little neighborhood 2-3 mile walk.

I think that’s a pretty good plan to right my wrongs from last week. I’m trying to get back to exercising 4-6 times a week instead of just 2 or 3. Swimsuit season will be here before I know it and I hope to be on a beach somewhere looking hot and fit. And to do so I have to buckle down and crank up the intensity.

If you’re interested in the black girls run group you can send me an email or just comment here. And FYI it’s not just for black girls! All women are welcome to join. So it would be great if you come out and meet me one Sunday or the group has various runs throughout the week for various skill levels. Come out it’ll be fun. Here’s to a great swimsuit body!

 

Sharing the darker side

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I share this post today because it’s the first time I stopped trying to write what I thought people wanted to hear and I just write exactly what I felt. It was a big moment for me. It’s when I decided to tell the truth and show the darker side of the journey. Enjoy.

“Why can’t we all just be skinny” Originally posted September 9, 2011

Maybe I shouldn’t be sharing this but I promised myself each post would be honest and this is honestly what I’m feeling at this moment. I published this to show that there’s a not so happy side of getting fit. Behind every weight loss I’m sure there was a struggle of some kind. And now you all get to see my struggle.

I had a hard workout today and it just makes me angry. I know that’s not what I’m supposed to say but the truth is loosing weight isn’t easy. I’m not cheery and optimistic about it all the time. Sometimes I get mad and frustrated. Why can (insert random name here) eat any and everything she wants, hasn’t exercised since high school gym class but still not gain a pound? Why do I have to work my butt off and struggle daily with all of my food cravings just to lose a pound or two?

I’ve had moments where I’ve stared at my stomach and just wished I could take a knife and cut off all the excess “meat”. Sometimes I think wouldn’t it be worth it to get rid of it all? Other times I look in the mirror and curse all the imperfections that are staring back at me.

Being a Christian I know this is wrong but I’d wish fatness on my enemies. I don’t think I even have any enemies but if I ever do I’d wish them fat. I wish that they had to go shopping with their friends and sit back and watch them try on clothes. But no fat girl you can’t fit anything in this store. But your loving friends find something that they think looks big enough and urge you to try it on… and guess what? It doesn’t fit… I have always blamed my dislike of the mall on the large crowds of people and annoying teenagers, but now that I’m being honest I think it’s all about the clothes. Going to a massive store just to have to go to one little section with clothes I can fit. It’s just not my idea of fun at all. Or the plus-sized stores that make me feel horrible about myself as soon as I step in. But guess what… most of the times they don’t fit me properly anyways. You know how frustrating it is to be too fat for the regular stores but not quite fat enough for the plus size stores? Feeling like my body doesn’t fit anywhere.

Weight loss isn’t always a walk through roses so I wanted to share the darker side. I’m far from where I started but I’m nowhere near where I want to be. Thanks for reading. I have some time to cool off and I’ll be back with a new attitude! 😉 Smooches

Avoiding gym congestion

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In my conscious effort to avoid the New Year congestion at the gym I have avoided it. However it was not my plan to avoid all types of exercise at all. I should be enjoying other types of exercises or simply going to the gm at less busy hours.

Gyms are always less packed on Friday and Saturday evenings if you have a gym that is open at those times. During my scientific research google search, I found that the best time to go to the gym during the day is 9am-12pm, 2-5pm, and after 8pm. And I would agree to these times for the most part. Most people either go to the gym before work (6-8am), during their lunch break (11:30-1:30pm), or right after they get off (4:30-5:30pm). And given those times the times I found during my search make perfect sense.

When I go to the gym it’s usually around 3:30pm and it’s pretty empty. But if I stick around until 5 I’m usually running for the door to beat the crowd. Personally I hate waiting on machines or an area to clear out so I can use it. I rather plan my exercise times around the crowds so I can avoid that situation.

I can also do more outdoor activities so there won’t be a crowd at all! A co-worker brought up a great idea that I had never thought of before. She invited me to go climb the stairs at the state capital. That sounds fun and challenging… right up my alley! I was busy and couldn’t attend with her but that is definitely on my to do list.

I also have various apps I could use to train at home (Nike Training, Couch to 5k, Runkeeper). And not to mention videos, internet, and the Wii.

Avoiding the gym is no excuse to avoid physical activity. And now I have to stop hiding behind it. Do es anyone have any good tips to get fit without a gym? We’d all love to hear.