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In exactly three hundred and sixty-five days, I will be 30.

This is how I feel about turning 30 next year!

This is how I feel about turning 30 next year!

In my opinion, that’s the first significant birthday of an adult woman’s life. I feel that’s the age when you always imagine you’d be settled. Marriage, career, kids, whatever you thought you’d achieve at this age. I am not excluded from that. I always thought by 30 I’d have the husband, kids, dog and house that I’ve always wanted. But the funny thing about life is some things you just can’t plan. That’s the lesson of my twenties… Shit happens. Some of it is good and some of it isn’t. Some things aren’t fair but the good thing about life is it keeps going.

I feel after your 20s you can’t live life with wreck less abandon. In my mind, I’m a very adventurous, cultured world traveler.

I told you a bit about wanting to live my life more carefree and emotion filled than ever before in my last post, but I didn’t share exactly what I had planned. So here’s my list of things I’ve always wanted to do and other things that I have yet to accomplish. I decided to leave off things that I feel are beyond my control such as a life partner and things like that because no matter how hard I try that is one thing that I can not plan.

Here are the things that I’ve already completed…

  1.  Go natural (stop relaxing my hair)
  2. Complete a 5k race
  3. Buy a house
  4. Visibly dye my hair a different color
  5. Hiking, kayaking, Pilates, yoga
  6. Fire a gun
  7. Learn to swim
  8. Approach/ask out a guy
  9. Pay off credit card debt (about $7-9k)
  10. Work on my spirituality/ Get closer to God
  11. Cut my hair off (Accomplished Twice! J)
  12. Take a solo trip
  13. Mentor a child (This shouldn’t count, it was a bad match and didn’t last long)
  14. Speak up for myself (professionally)
  15. Live in a different state
  16. Host a dinner party
  17. Play matchmaker for a friend
  18. Let myself fall recklessly in love
  19. Conquer a fear
  20. Build a substantial savings

And here are the things I’m (mostly) still working on…

  1. Get my MBA
  2. Weigh under 200 pounds
  3. Start a business
  4. Travel internationally
  5. Travel to every state in the US
  6. Build a shelf, bench, etc
  7. Invest money
  8. PAY OFF CRDIT CARD DEBT AGAIN!!!! (AKA realize I have a spending problem)
  9. Listen to God
  10. Visit the mountains
  11. Purchase an original piece of art
  12. Grow a garden
  13. Write a book
  14. Join a church
  15. Run a complete 5k (jog)
  16. Watch Kobe play at Staples Center (Was originally watch Phil Jackson, but I let the opportunity pass me by when I was 16! A huge regret!)
  17. Bikini wax
  18. Buy an expensive pair of shoes— maybe I should scratch off 27 & 28!
  19. Learn to use a sewing machine

This list is compiled of some things I thought I’d always do and some recent additions. I’m pretty happy that about half are finished. There are quite a few that are pretty easy to accomplish and some that I may not quite get to in the next 365 days. I don’t think there’s time (or money) for me to travel to each state or write a book. And if you knew the balances on my credit cards you’d see that was impossible to do in a year as well.

I really believe I can handle a few of the others. I mean how hard is it to grow a garden??? Or at least a few plants! I have probably killed almost a dozen since I’ve been in my house. And I couldn’t be happier that I’m on track to graduate a few months after my 30th birthday so I’ll go ahead and scratch that off when the time comes, if the good Lord says the same.

And I have one more to add to my list that I can control… Fall in love with MYSELF. I have to stop being so harsh with myself. I was recently asked to name three things I love about myself and you have no idea how hard that was. Especially when the last one had to be something physical. It’s sad that I had to struggle to find just one thing I like about my physical features. I forgot what I settled on, I really didn’t mean it because I can’t even remember. But that’s all going to change.  Challenge yourself… what are three things you love about yourself???? I really hope you have an easier time answering that question than I did because I bet you’re all pretty awesome!

So, please excuse me because I have a hefty list of things to try and accomplish in the next year as well as a birthday to celebrate today! And I’m incorporating fitness into my weekend. I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Have a great and active weekend!


Standing in my Truth

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I have made some progress since my “reboot” of sorts. While that is great and all fine and dandy, I have to make sure that I don’t get lost in the excitement or even over-cocky. I can’t afford to become complacent.

This is my life I am trying to change. While there are people in my life that would love to see me succeed, I cannot ever forget that I am the sole person who will benefit from me accomplishing my goals.


I am happy, but I am not happy every day. It’s unrealistic to think I can wake up and go to sleep happy every single day. I will stop trying to make myself appear or feel happy and just be able to express my emotions more honestly and genuinely. I will not however go back to being a Debbie Downer.

I CAN NOT have Tostitos in my house. I have to clear the ones I have out. And then I am not allowed to purchase any more bags for a very long time. No matter how many bonus fuels perks I’ll get or even if they go on sale buy one get twenty free.

I have to TRY harder. I have to PUSH harder. I cannot settle for one or two workouts a week. That will not get me to my goals. That is the absolute minimal, not the norm.

I will be participating in the Komen Race for the Cure on March 2. That means I have to get my butt in gear. I want to at least meet my best 5k time from 2011.

I will be more active on a day to day basis. I think sitting at a desk everyday for the past month has made me overly lazy. I got to a point where I wasn’t even taking the stairs every day at work.

My weight will go down. My fitness level will improve. These are facts I speak into truth. I can speak them because I will work for that to be my truth. This is the new normal for me.

Let’s Make a Plan

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I really enjoy cooking so meal planning is something I can definitely do. I hate blindly going to the grocery story and making $100 of purchases then going home and not knowing what to cook. That makes no sense! And then I end up wasting so much food. So meal planning is not only good for my waistline, but it will also benefit my wallet! I’m all for that.

My meal planner was under $10 and purchased from Target. It’s a simple dry erase board with spaces for lunch, dinner and notes each day. And it also came with a note pad for a grocery list. I really like it and I hope he and I will get to know each other much better!

Meal planner

This week’s meal plan consists of cooking four meals and making tuna for lunch a couple days.

Monday I made a beef stew/stroganoff type of thing. It had a base more like a stew but I can’t call it a stew because I didn’t put other vegetables in the recipe. I know I really should have. But I paired it with a nice sized salad.
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I know you’re looking and this and thinking what’s healthy about this? Well…

It’s not real pasta, it’s tofu noodles! That’s a big fat, carb and calorie cut right there. Two servings of these noodles only contain 40 calories, 6 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fat and 30 mg of sodium. So much better than pasta! You can check out my post about Shirataki tofu noodles here. 

My salad including Creamy French dressing and a serving of olives was only 220 calories and my main dish was only 280 calories thanks to my pasta swap. That’s a hearty, filling and tasty meal for 500 calories! Now that’s a nice start to my week.

My other meals planned for this week include baked fish and veggies, pizza with a cauliflower crust and a homemade chili. I’m not sure what I’m most excited about… I’ve always wanted to make a homemade chili, but if I like this cauliflower pizza then that’s a great way to get my pizza fix without the carbs and calories of traditional pizza. I’m excited about this…. I’ll definitely let you all know how it goes.

You also may notice that I have juice at the top of my calendar. I ordered my juicer last year and really enjoyed it. It got packed up and brought to the new house and I haven’t pulled it out since. But that’s about to change! I want to have juice for breakfast at least twice a week and I will share my favorite recipes with you all.

If you stumbled yesterday, guess what? You were blessed with another day to get it right! Let’s all make today a good one and vow to give it our best shot.

Happy Friday eve




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Monday I shared that I’ve gained 18 pounds in a few months. So 18 is the magic number of the day. You know when you do something bad and the teacher makes you write lines to realize what you’ve done? Well here’s my attempt at self-discipline and I’m writing 18 reasons why I need to lose these 18 pounds (and more).

18 reasons why I need to lose weight/ exercise more/ eat better

  • Minimize my chances of getting obesity related diseases. (Diabetes and high blood pressure run in my family)
  • I miss the way I looked in my LBD (little black dress) when I bought it. It doesn’t even look like the same dress
  • I think once I’m lighter and fitter I can become a better runner
  • Regain that confidence that I found last year
  • Becoming healthier now can add years to my life
  • I’ll have a good excuse to buy new clothes
  • Prove to myself that I can do it
  • So I can wear THIS!

  •  So the doctors can stop telling to lose weight
  • To go into a store and buy the clothes I want instead of whatever fits
  • So my pants won’t wear out between my legs while the rest of them looks fine
  • So no one will ever call me big girl or fat mama ever again
  •  So I can say my weight out loud with pride
  • To set a good example for my niece and nephew
  • So my future children will never know me as fat
  • So I can comfortably give myself a pedicure
  • Less body pains, foot and knee to be exact
  • Because 2012 I will reach my goals

And just to let you know I’m making an effort and not just all talk this time, I walked 4 miles yesterday and stopped by the gym today and got a little cardio in. I have every intention of going back to the track today and getting at least two miles done. After yesterday and today I realized how much I miss this beautiful fatigue feeling. The tingling of my muscles is my body’s way of thanking me for making it better. This feeling is so addictive and I hope that it’s got me hooked again( remember my post When it hurts so bad)! And guess what’s on the menu for lunch? Broccoli and fruit! I know it sounds strange but I really do love broccoli and berries and I crave both often. And I can’t wait until it finishes cooking so I can devour it! Yum!

Lots of activity + Healthy eating= Goal accomplished

And it’s really that simple. No rocket science or complicated arithmetics. Just a simple one plus one equals two. And I can do it one step at a time. One meal at a time and one workout at a time. I’m one day closer to my goal.

Ways social media can help you get fit

Today I ran across this article in Anytime Fitness magazine that I wanted to pass along that talks about how to use social media to help achieve your goals.. It’s quite clear that I’ve utilized media to stay fit but maybe excerpts from this article will help you all use social media to help reach your goals. Happy reading!

“3 Surprising Ways Social Media Can Help You Get Fit”

   Maybe you don’t associate sitting at your computer with getting in shape. But you’ll be surprised to know that social media provide incredible opportunities to make fitness work better for you. The next time someone asks what you’re doing online, you can tell them, “I’m working on my fitness!” Read on to learn how.

1. Get Informed

   To get in shape, you first need some basic knowledge about what works and what doesn’t. How can you keep up with the latest fitness news, tips and techniques? Social media make it easy.

   You’ll find many leading authorities from the health and fitness world on sites like Facebook and Twitter. Once you follow or “Like” them, you’ll get their latest posts right in your newsfeed, alongside updates from your family and friends. It’s a convenient way to stay informed without having to go out and visit a number of different websites.

2. Get Inspired

   Knowledge is important, but it does no good if you’re not inspired to go out and reach your fitness goals. Thankfully, you’ll find an abundance of inspirational resources online if you know where to look.

   For example, the blogging community is rich with success stories that will inspire you to better fitness. For more inspiration, why not change up your routine? New exercises not only cure boredom, they also exert your body in creative ways to improve results. Anytime Fitness often shares an entire exercise video library, available on YouTube anytime you need it.

3. Get Support

   Don’t underestimate the value of support and accountability along your journey to a healthy lifestyle. It’s a well-known fact that announcing your intentions to the world (or at least your friends) is key to realizing your goals, and social media are the ideal platform to do exactly that.

   You could start your own weight-loss or healthy living blog. Or simply share your goals and provide updates to your friends on Facebook, Twitter or Anytime Health. Your online network can then easily track your progress, offer encouragement, and even provide some good-naatured ribbing along the way.

   You can also use social media to recruit a fitness partner, so you can hold each other accountable. Once you’ve found your “accountabili-buddy,” you can push each other to better health and fitness, both online and off.

Thank you all for being part of my support team! Has this article inspired you to look at social media in a new light?


My Fat Moments

Here’s a little and hopefully entertaining list for Labor Day. I did not put a post up Friday off so I decided not to take today off as well (I am trying to stick to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday post schedule). Here are  a few events that have happened to me that made me stop and think maybe it is time to get my weight under control.

  • I was quite  used to the doctor telling me that it was time to lose weight every time I visited, but when the dermatologist told me it was time to lose weight I was slightly offended. Did that even have anything to do with her specialty? What effect could being fat have on my skin?
  • I reached a weight I said I’d never let myself get to over 30 pounds ago. I could have kept raising the number but I have decided that’s not in my best interest.
  • I could not wrap a large bath sized towel around myself. That embarrassed me a bit so I used to dry off with beach towels so I wouldn’t feel ashamed.
  • I had to lift my stomach up to clean underneath my rolls. (My coworker’s moment)
  • A friend set me up with one of his friends and I asked him why he chose this particular guy for me and he simply replied he’s the only guy I know that likes big girls.
  • When my “fat jeans” became my everyday jeans.
  • Everyday activities made me “fat breathe” that’s what I call when someone is breathing really hard for no reason other than being overweight.
  • I noticed a new roll! Now I am quite fond of my rolls. They are a part of me and hopefully they won’t always be there but I have learned to live with (and camouflage) them to the best of my ability. But I am not ready to live with any extra “friends”
  • Sitting “Indian style” or with crossed legs was uncomfortable and sometimes painful.
  • People ask how far along I am (assuming I’m pregnant).
  • Telling people that I used to be on they track team and their reply would be, “Oh you threw the shot put?”
Does anyone have any fat moments that they would like to share?  If you’re off today that means you have all day to get a good workout in! So what are you doing today? I’m considering doing my couch to 5k, but that all depends on the weather. I’ll work on a backup plan just in case it gets rainy this afternoon. Happy Labor Day to you all.
Update on last week’s progress:
Last week my “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail” post shared my workout plans for the week. I said I would give updates so here’s how I did… I managed to get my four workouts in, but only did my couch to 5k twice. But I’ll attempt to do it four times next week to make up for missing one this week. I tried an aquatic cardio class for the first time and I went to a Pilates class.
This week’s goals…
I will be out of town part of the week so I’ll have more time for exercise. So here’s the plan: couch to 5k (30 minutes of walking/jogging) 4 times, 2 gym visits and at least one group class at the gym (optional). This is a pretty ambitious goal but I’m confident that I can make it.  If anyone’s interested in the day by day schedule let me know and I’ll include it on Wednesday’s post.