“Sucking It Up”

Happy New Year’s Eve my friends! I cannot believe another year has come and gone – time goes by too quickly!

I made it to the gym yesterday and I gotta be honest with ya’ll. I’ve hit the gym 2-3 times a week since Rome…which is not enough in my book but I’m not beating myself up about it, at least I’ve made it. A majority of the time, even though I’ve hit the gym, I’ve been, as Jillian Micheal’s would put it, phoning it in. Yep, that’s right – I’ve been at the gym but doing a half-arsed workout.

But I’m going to stop phoning it in, starting now.

I got in a semi-good workout on Sunday. Monday, I met my friend Alexa for a spin class which actually was a pretty good butt kickin’ workout. And yesterday, I did it myself – I got to the gym and ran 2.5 miles, which is the longest I’ve run since the week after Rome. After my run, I did some 20 minutes of weights (arms) and felt amazing. It was the first time since before Rome that I’ve actually felt an adrenaline rush working out – I was floating.

Leave it to a good workout to remind
us how good working out makes us!

You all know I’ve struggled a lot this month with my working out. Every week I’ve posted something about struggling or my lack of excitement around working out. One of the TOP questions I get asked is…

How do you keep yourself motivated?

And my answer? You can’t. It is impossible and is not realistic to expect to be motivated to be healthy 365 days a year. What you have to do is set yourself up so that on those days when you don’t have the motivation to do it yourself, you have backup. Back-up like friends who will take us to the gym kicking and screaming. DVD’s at home so we can do something when we don’t feel like going to the gym. And a gym membership so that we have a place to go and just be. As humans, we have to fight through life. Being healthy is easy when we are motivated. People struggle because of the frequent occurrence of not being motivated. That’s why diets fail, because we are no longer motivated.

If you are reading this because you have a new-found sense of motivation to be healthy, understand one thing. Being healthy means fighting FOREVER. It means being excited to workout one day and then throwing a 4 year old like temper tantrum the next day. It means being excited to try a new vegetable one week and then forcing yourself to eat your peas and carrots the next.  If you chose to accept the challenge of being healthy, be ready for the fight of your life.

I’ll leave you with words from my friend, Leah. Leah lost 170lbs and has maintained it for years – she is also the creator of Mamavation. Leah said it best on Twitter the other day:

@bookieboo: What do I do when I don’t feel like exercising?I do it anyway. That’s it. No secret. I call it “sucking it up!” #mamavation

On that note my friends, I’m off to start my long holiday weekend with a visit to the gym. What are YOU going to do to set yourself up for success?

I’ll be skinny one day, but in the meantime…

I still enjoy dressing to the best of my ability. Well, correction actually. When I was at my heaviest, I didn’t enjoy getting dressed and I certainly didn’t have the confidence to wear the things I really wanted to wear. But the smaller I get, the more I feel like I can start letting out that girl I see in my head.

I know it’s rough when you look down and realize that your stomach isn’t as flat as you would like it to be, or your butt sticks out a little further than it should, or your arms seem a lot more flab than fab. But one thing I have discovered that I would like to pass on to you is that there is whole heck of a lot you can do in the interim to keep yourself motivated and feeling proud of the person you are becoming. Instead of rewarding yourself with food, treat yourself to a manicure or maybe some new makeup you’ve been eyeing. How about a scarf? Or teeth whitening strips? (be careful with these though, or you’ll look like you’ve painted your teeth with white-out) The possibilities are endless, but the point is to get away from rewarding progress with food. If we reward ourselves with food, we are still placing an inappropriate value on food. At least, that’s true for me. If I’m doing really well, and I reward my diligence with a trip to the frozen yogurt shop, then all I’ve done is reinforce the idea that food is something to be treasured and valued.

And that really irks me.

I don’t want to put food on a pedestal anymore.

Let’s find other things to reward our successes with, what do you say? I vote we start with fedoras.

I am going to enjoy this hat for much longer than I would enjoy a brownie. :)

A public challenge.

I’ve caught wind of a challenge that took place between Lindsay, another priorfatgirl and Misty from Life off the D List! The challenge went like this:

First person to their water goal of 64 ounces by 5pm wins the title of H2O Queen of the World.

At first, I was excited about the goal – we all need to get our water intake in and if Lindsay, another priorfatgirl & Misty can make a fun challenge out of it, why not!

But then, I checked Lindsay, another priorfatgirl‘s blog this morning and guess what? By 9am, she had already reached her goal! So I got to thinking…anyone can chug some water and hit a one day goal. But to repeat it and make it a habit? Now THAT takes some serious dedication and truly deserves the H2O Queen of the World title!

Public Challenge

On that note, I would like to publicly challenge both Lindsay, another priorfatgirl and Misty to the below challenge:

H2O Queen of the World Challenge:

For a total of four weeks, track total water intake daily. Each Sunday, email Jen, a priorfatgirl with weekly record. At the end of the 4 weeks, the person who hit a 64ounce/daily goal most will win. Challenge runs from January 2nd through January 29th with the winner announced on January 31′st blog. (Note: this is not amount total ounces consumed but who hit the goal most.)

Winner gets $50 donated to a charity of their choice paid by Jen, a priorfatgirl and the OFFICIAL title of H2O Queen of the World!

Lindsay, another priorfatgirl & Misty, do you accept this challenge?

Reader Note: All readers are welcome to participate in this challenge. Jen, a priorfatgirl will track weekly water intake for everyone but cannot remind participants to submit their data weekly – if you don’t submit, I won’t track you down. $50 donation is only for the competition between  Lindsay, another priorfatgirl & Misty. To participate, send an email to jen@priorfatgirl.com saying you accept the challenge.

Game on!

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.” ~ Helen Keller

Hey all!

So, yesterday, Misty, from Life off the D List! challenged me to a drink off!

Basically, whoever reached 64oz of water before 5pm first is the winner!  Official title:  H2O Queen of the World!

Well, since my phone is a POS, I haven’t gotten a text back from Misty yet… but as of 9:08am – I have 73.8 ounces down!  :)  I’ll let you know the outcome when I speak to Misty. 

Whether I won the competition or not… I’m pretty sure it’s still a win in my book!  H2O = GOOD!  Of course, I’ll continue on drinking water today.. but I will admit, I’m slowing it down.  In about two hours at work, I have run to the restroom 3 times!  Eeeccckk, time to slow it down!  What can I say…?  I’m a competitive girl!  ;)

Baby News!

I had mentioned briefly yesterday that I was going to be an auntie at any moment.. well, IT HAPPENED!  I’m an auntie!

Adam’s sister, Amber, gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Grant, early this morning… I think around 12:30am.  The little chunker weighed in at 9lbs 1oz and is 20.25 inches long with lots of dark hair!

ECCCCCCCKKKK!  :D  I’m an auntie!!!!!!!!!!

Adam and I haven’t met Grant yet – since Amber had to have a C-section there was no point in going up to the hospital in the middle of the night because she still didn’t have a room and stuff.  PLUS, the poor woman was in labor since about 5am yesterday, so we figured we’d give her some time to unwind, relax, and enjoy her new little love bug before we barged in on them.  ;)

Luckily, both Adam and I were able to get half days from work.. so we’re working until noon and then going to meet our new nephew.  (I LOVE saying that.. our nephew!  I have a nephew!!!!)

Stay tuned for pictures!

I hope you all have a fabulous day… but I’m pretty sure it just CAN’T beat my day… I AM a new auntie, after all!  ;)

xo!