I am a normal girl from a boring town in the middle of nowhere. This is the story of my journey to lose weight, get healthy, and find myself. <3

23rd August 2011

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Back on the Wagon!

So I have recently gotten back on the weight loss wagon. (even though I am not sure that I was ever fully on) It feels good. I always feel better when I eat right and excersize. Why is it so damn hard to stick to it for extended periods of time??

I dont know. Anyways, I joined weight watchers online at the beginning of last week. I figured that I could watch what I was eating on my own, but if I was paying for a program, then I would be more like to stick to it. Last week I lost a little over 3 pounds!! yey.

This week’s goal is to stick to my daily point allowance, and use as little of my weekly points as possible. I am also trying to add in some excersize. I just got Zumba for my Wii and I loveee it!! =) I also want to try to get into running. A while ago I had started Couch to 5 k, but was never able to stick with it. I am thinking about signing up for a 5k with a friend (who is an avid runner) so that I am forced to train for it. I don’t know. We’ll see. At some point I would also like to join a gym. Still gathering up the courage for that one. For some reason the thought of working out around a bunch of random people scares the shit out of me.

6th March 2011

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Fear of failure can be paralyzing. But surely you’ve heard “if your not failing your not trying”? Evidence that failure is all a matter of perspective. Think of all the people you admire, I guarantee you they all failed at one time or another. The key is to recognize setbacks for what they really are – entry points for learning not validation that you aren’t good enough. After a disappointment analyze your actions, get feedback from friends & take inventory of what you could do better next time. This type of self-reflection & improvement will ultimately make success inevitable.
— Jillian Michaels (via facebook)

4th March 2011

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So this past week I got accepted to study abroad in South Africa. Words cannot explain how excited I am. Like. You dont even know. I’ve been hearing all sorts of crazy awesome stories about morning runs to the beach to watch the sunrise, and soccer games with children in townships, and bike ride tours of the area. There is nothing I want more than to be able to participate in all of these activities. I am using this as my goal..my something to work towards and train for. I have about two full months and I would like to try to develop a concrete plan to follow. Any suggestions?? =)

I have been doing C25K…On week 3 right now. I am determined to complete this..and with the weather getting better around here I would like to take my running outside.

On top of that I would like to start lifting weights. I am currently not a member of a gym but would like to join soon..only thing is I have no idea what to do. Haha.

I have also heard about p90x/ insanity/ turbo fire workouts. anyone ever try any of these?? I get bored with workout DVD’s easily but I feel these might be more effective since there is more to do. What do you guys think?

18th February 2011

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When My Sexy Is Right: Introducing the "I Love My Summer Bikini/Bathing Suit Body!" Challenge →

healthiereveryday:

Okay, awesome people who want to participate here’s the plan:

Summer’s coming! It’s a few months away, yes, but that’s plenty of time to make some serious progress on that hot body of yours, so let’s do this!!

Tonight, when you get home, take a picture of yourself in…

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10th December 2010

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Soo I&#8217;ve been on this journey for a little over three weeks now. That makes me an expert right?! Hardly. But I have realized that there are two things that are keeping me going that I was unaware of in previous efforts to lose weight:
1. Optimism is key. If you wake up in the morning and say &#8220;ughh i have to work out today and I can only eat healthy foods?!&#8221; your day is going to suck. Thats pretty much guarunteed. But if you wake up and say &#8221; lets see if I can beat yesterday&#8217;s workout, and find some new healthy recipes&#8221; then you will have something to look forward to. Besides that, just be appreciative of what you have. Thank God (or whoever needs to be thanked) for things that go right, and forget about the things that don&#8217;t.
2. Drink your water. This is something I always heard but never listened to. Now, I drink water with every meal, and it leaves me feeling more satisfied. I drink it between meals, and I find that I am not tempted to look for snacks and I don&#8217;t feel hungry as quickly. I drink it throughout workouts, and it helps get me through. Just drink your water. =)
These two things are probably wayyy obvious, but I know they are things that can be easily overlooked/ forgotten.

Soo I’ve been on this journey for a little over three weeks now. That makes me an expert right?! Hardly. But I have realized that there are two things that are keeping me going that I was unaware of in previous efforts to lose weight:

1. Optimism is key. If you wake up in the morning and say “ughh i have to work out today and I can only eat healthy foods?!” your day is going to suck. Thats pretty much guarunteed. But if you wake up and say ” lets see if I can beat yesterday’s workout, and find some new healthy recipes” then you will have something to look forward to. Besides that, just be appreciative of what you have. Thank God (or whoever needs to be thanked) for things that go right, and forget about the things that don’t.

2. Drink your water. This is something I always heard but never listened to. Now, I drink water with every meal, and it leaves me feeling more satisfied. I drink it between meals, and I find that I am not tempted to look for snacks and I don’t feel hungry as quickly. I drink it throughout workouts, and it helps get me through. Just drink your water. =)

These two things are probably wayyy obvious, but I know they are things that can be easily overlooked/ forgotten.

10th December 2010

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kristensdaily said: Not a question, but a hey-there-welcome-to-the-best-community-ever!!

Seriously. This place is great for support.
I would suggest following smarthealth, hyperbolicdiet, effthisdiet, and smaller-n-smalle if you're not already. They're great resources and super supportive. (Smarthealth is THE man to go to for any health/fitness related questions. He'll even make you a routine if you ask nicely! DavidLamb is also a good resource.)

Best of luck!

Thank you so much for this. i literally just found and followed every single one of the blogs you suggested. =) and thank you for the warm welcome. This seems like a great place to find advice and support, and I can’t wait to start making the progress that i see everyone else on here making.

3rd December 2010

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11 Tips to exercise regularly →

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Exercise is one of the keys to happiness. Research shows that people who exercise are healthier, more energetic, think more clearly, sleep better, and have delayed onset of dementia. They get relief from anxiety and mild depression, comparable to medication and therapy. They perform better at work.

Also, although it’s tempting to flop down on the couch when you’re feeling exhausted, exercise is actually a great way to boost energy levels. Feeling tired is a reason to exercise, not a reason to skip exercise.

But even when you admit that you’d feel better if you exercised, it can be very hard to adopt the habit. My idea of fun has always been to lie in bed and read, preferably while also eating a snack, but I’ve managed to keep myself exercising by using all these tricks on myself:

1. Always exercise on Monday. This sets the psychological pattern for the week. Along those lines …

2. If at all possible, exercise first thing in the morning. As the day wears on, you’ll find more excuses to skip exercising. Get it checked off your list, first thing.

3. Never skip exercising two days in a row. You can skip a day, but the next day, you must exercise, no matter how inconvenient.

4. Give yourself credit for the smallest effort. My father always said that all he had to do was put on his running shoes and close the door behind him. Many times, by promising myself I could quit ten minutes after I’d started, I got myself to start—and then found that I didn’t want to quit, after all.

5. Think about context. I thought I disliked weight training, but in fact, I dislike the guys who hang out in the weight-training area. Are you distressed about the grubby showers in your gym? Do you try to run in the mornings, but recoil from going out in the cold? Examine the factors that might be discouraging you from exercising.

6. Exercise several times a week. If your idea of exercise is to join games of pick-up basketball, you should be playing practically every day. Twice a month isn’t enough.

7. If you don’t have time to both exercise and take a shower, find a way to exercise that doesn’t require you to shower afterward. Twice a week, I have a very challenging weight-training session, but the format I follow doesn’t make me sweat. (Some of you are saying, “It can’t be challenging if you don’t sweat!” Oh yes, believe me, it is.)

8. Look for affordable ways to make exercising more pleasant or satisfying. Could you upgrade to a nicer or more convenient gym? Buy yourself a new iPod? Work with a trainer? Get a pedometer to keep track of your walking distances? Exercise is a high life priority, so this a worthwhile place to spend some money if that helps.

9. Think of exercise as part of your essential preparation for times you want to be in especially fine form—whether in performance (to be sharp for an important presentation) or appearance (to look good for a wedding) or mood (to deal with a stressful situation). Studies show that exercise does help.

10. Remember one of my favorite Secrets of Adulthood, courtesy of Voltaire: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Don’t decide it’s only worth exercising if you can run five miles or if you can bike for an hour. I have a friend who scorns exercise unless she’s training for a marathon—so she never exercises. Even going for a ten-minute walk is worthwhile. Do what you can.

11. Don’t kid yourself. Belonging to a gym doesn’t mean you go to the gym. Having been in shape in high school or college doesn’t mean you’re in shape now. Saying that you don’t have time to exercise doesn’t make it true.

People often ask me, “So if I want to be happier, what should I be doing?” and I always say, “The first thing to do is to make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep and plenty of exercise.”

I know that answer doesn’t sound properly transcendent and high-minded on the subject of happiness, but research shows that you’d be wise to start there. And I’ve found that if I’m feeling energetic and well rested, it’s much easier to follow all my other happiness-inducing resolutions.

 This is great! and so true….I know that if I don’t exersize on mondays I feel like the rest of the week is doomed. It’s so hard to find motivation to excersize though..at least right now anyways. I will keep #4 in mind from now on.

1st December 2010

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Reblog if you’re single.

1st December 2010

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down the road the sun is shining
In every cloud there’s a silver lining
Just keep holding on (just keep holding on)
And every heartache makes you stronger
But it won’t be much longer
You’ll find love, you’ll find peace
And the you you’re meant to be
I know right now that’s not the way you feel
But one day you will
— Lady Antebellum

1st December 2010

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WIW?

So I realized that I haven’t even told you guys how much I weigh, and my goals and all of that good stuff! Slackinn’

What better day then WIW to start off?

Date: 12/1/2010  — December already??

Current Weight: 208.6

Goal for next week: 206.6

Ultimate Goal: 130.     

On another note, I started my winter trimester of school yesterday, which consists of classes from 9a.m. until 6p.m. with a 2.5 hour break around 1:30. There are no places to get a healthy lunch and not really any way to carry/store/eat one that I bring with me.

Anyone know of anything quick that will fill me up but not load me up with sugar/salt/etc?