No matter what issues you have, I think it's important to recognize them, and incorporate them into what drives you to reach your goals.
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Here's the hard part: admitting my weight. I am 5'11" and currently weigh anywhere from 207 - 215 pounds. ZOINKS! That's a tough pill to swallow. (Though all the junk that got me here tasted fan-fucking-tastic!)
The weight I will get back to is 170 - 175 pounds. I looked great at that weight, but wasn't at my "scary thin" weight that I hit my freshman year of college. At my thinnest, I was 160 pounds at a size 4/6, and according to my sister, I looked a little scary. Ok, 170 sounds good. That's like a size 8 for me, and that ain't bad. I still want curves. I am a 28-year old woman, and dammit, I want to look the part!
Okay, time for the issues. I had listed a few earlier, but I'm a big fan of bullet points, so let's go with that.
- Ridiculous sweet tooth
- Addiction to anything carbtastic
- Fairly sedentary lifestyle
- Somewhat low self-esteem - I don't like what I see when I look in the mirror, and that's that. Obviously, working on it! ;) My favorite thing a guy has said to me lately: "I just know that you have a gorgeous face . . . what about the rest?" WTF?! It's not like I'm Sasquatch!
- Erratic workout habits
- I'm an emotional eater
Okay, these aren't insurmountable issues. Now, for the things that are going well for me:
- A job that allows me to work out during my workday, if I choose
- A membership, and easy geographical access to a kick-ass gym
- Access to a boatload of healthy foods - Whole Foods is right down the street; Austin is chock-full of organic, healthy, delightful choices
- A lot of clothes I used to wear, and will again . . .
- Fit and supportive friends
- The benefit of having a set work schedule, M-F, and the ability to plan ahead.
Ok, so I'm taking a little from Oprah's boot camp, a little from The Biggest Loser, a little from my imagination, and other stuff.
I already work out about 5 times per week, but my diet is nowhere near where it should be. For example, this morning, Kandice brought in donuts. I had two. Then I had a healthy lunch, but wait, there was pizza, so I had half a slice of pepperoni, and since it was Sarah's birthday, we had cake. A huge slab of cake. WTF, Jess? You want to stop jiggling, and you can't stay away from the fried, gloppy, deliciously frosted danger zone? Well, I'm a work in progress.
So, from Oprah's boot camp: Work out 8 times per week. Not as hard as one might think, I think (?) Monday - Saturday, with two double work outs. Okay, before work and after work two days a week. Got it.
Pack my lunch. I cave when I'm hungry. Blood sugar dips, and so does my ability to say NO. I eat worse when I'm hungry, and I have to forage for my own lunch. Bad news bears.
Plan for my sweet tooth. This part is still in development. I don't eat sweets every day, but when I have a bite, I have the whole sugar cow. Moo. I need to look more into healthy options here, but some berries with a DRIZZLE of chocolate may help.
Load up on the greens. Green is good. I learned last night that I greatly dislike raw kale. BLECH. I'll keep trying.
Take weekly measurements. The truth hurts, and I need to see it in black & white before I'll do anything about it.
Some of the best advice I ever got was from a complete jackass, but I'll share it with you now: "Be dumb about things. I became successful because I did what I was told, and I was too dumb to second-guess it. Just do what you're told, and don't over think it."
Good advice, not easy to follow. Oh well, I'll try. And as Michaelangelo said, "Ancora Imparo"; I am still learning.