Ch-ch-ch-CHANGES

A lot is going on in my health and fitness life!

I am a little over 2lbs away from hitting a total loss of 25lbs, I just joined a new gym, and my Color Me Rad 5k Race is next weekend! Where did time go?

I didn’t blog when I first lost 20lbs because it took me a little bit of time to maintain it. I was seesawing between 19 and 22lbs for a couple of weeks before my body seemed to finally accept my protests and the fact that I wasn’t done losing weight! I hadn’t been doing much differently. Ate well, worked out regularly, the usual. I was confused. I started making smoothies with frozen fruit, almond milk, power peanut butter and protein powder and was convinced that that was my issue. It probably wasn’t. I just needed something to blame it on, I think. I also am running outside a little more which set back my strength training. That’s the likely reason.

Now I can proudly say that I am over 20lbs down and going strong!

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No, this picture is not me. I sure wish it was! I peruse Instagram, Pinterest and a bunch of fitness blogs for motivation every so often.  I have decided that this is my goal body, and I will bust my butt til I get there! Healthy, toned and achievable with hard work. No belly button ring though, never been a fan of those.

I did a little before and after collage of my own on my phone and the difference is definitely noticeable. It’s a nice reminder of my hard work, and great motivation to keep working for more.

In other news, I am finally making the gym switch! I have been working out at my local YMCA for forever. I like it there, I like the people, I like not having to wait in line to use machines and all that jazz. However, I have felt a little limited and would like to be around like-minded people. The Y has wonderful regulars, but they are all much older than me and are there to walk around the track and chat with their long-time gym buddies. I want to be somewhere with people my age that are working toward the same goals! I’m also running close to the end of my family membership allowance.

That being said, the boyfriend added me to his account at LA Fitness yesterday (woohoo, discounts!), and off I went! It was definitely more crowded than I am used to (which I should have expected since I went during the peak hours), and I didn’t know anyone which was kind of a bummer. I am sure it will get better with time. I am definitely excited for something new!

Last, but surely not least, my first 5k is next Saturday! YIKES! I have been running regularly and don’t feel prepared yet, but by next week I think I will be in a good place. I have been giving morning runs a shot and will be doing my first double today! Ran this morning, gym this evening. There is a cycle class at the gym that I am hopefully going to give a try today after some quick weight training. You can find me at the BACK of the class!

15lbs down!

20130516-132426.jpgI have officially lost 15 lbs! 

YAY! Hard work and dedication really does pay off! I am happy to have finally reached this goal and I look forward to the next!

Color Me Rad 5k – Boston

20130425-101509.jpgThe Color Me Rad 5k is in Boston on July 27th and I am officially registered! I have not run a race in 6 years.

Eeek!

Check out the race page here, it looks like a lot of fun! You wear white and spectators throw paint on you as you run. By the time you hit the finish line you are multi-colored. Yay!

I have 3 months to get back into running shape. I’m excited to have something to train for!!

A Little Pick-Me-Up

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“Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go.”

I stumbled across this and it was just what I needed. I thought I would share for anyone else in need of a little motivation.

This quote speaks volumes for me.  Going through a big lifestyle change is hard. Really hard. Between the dietary changes and a serious workout regimen, it is so easy to get caught up in where you think you “should be,” while losing sight of how much you have already accomplished.

I am as impatient as they come. “I want results and I want them now!”  While I am not where I think I should be after 7 1/2 weeks of this change, I overlook the fact that I have already lost 10lbs and FEEL so much better than I did before I started. That’s a huge accomplishment in itself, and I sometimes forget that.

This goes back to the point of my post “Ambitious Goals for April.” I just need to keep telling myself that time is my friend and that the end result is what matters most!

Finally hit the 10lb mark!

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I am nearing the end of my 7th week of the new fitness plan and I have FINALLY hit the 10lb mark!!

I feel like I was teetering one step back from this milestone for a little while now and was starting to worry (unreasonably) that I had hit the weight loss “plateau” that people talk about. I wondered how I could have POSSIBLY hit a plateau when I am still so early in the game?

Anyways, much to my excitement this morning when I stepped on the scale, I was officially down a total of 10.5lbs! YAY! This amounts to an average weight loss of about 1.5lbs a week, which my trainer says is a good pace.

What an excellent start to my day!

IN ADDITION…

TWO people told me yesterday that they can see a difference in my body! YES.

Ambitious Goals for April

nikegoals“Ambitious goals make for outstanding achievements.”

My trainer would like this. He is always telling me to aim high.

I have completed 6 weeks of my new health and fitness plan. Before I started I would hop on a stationary bike at the gym for 30 minutes to an hour depending on my mood, maybe do a weight machine or two, then head home. It felt like a decent enough workout, but “decent” wasn’t enough for the results I wished to see. Just a couple of months ago, when I would finish my ride… I knew I still had a little more in me but didn’t bother pushing myself to my limits. How can you wish for results that you aren’t working hard enough for?

Now I am doing things I never thought I would ever do and I am pushing myself to the point that I am running on fumes by the time I am ready for my cool-down. However, despite the fact that I am working out hard and eating better.. I still have my bad days. Sometimes I cringe and get discouraged when I look at the scale and see that I have gone up rather than down. I ask myself and my trainer why my weight stayed the same or why I weigh more when I feel like I am doing everything that I am supposed to be doing. I worry that I am looking at the scale a little too much, and being too much of a negative nancy when I have an off-day. It happens!

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I try to remember to tell myself that time is my best friend, and that a positive mindset is JUST as important as a getting a good workout in and eating a well-balanced meal.

My goals this month:

1) To not get discouraged by a bad day or week – they happen, and the end result is what matters.

2) To leave the gym crawling after EVERY workout.

3) Get a friend or family member to accompany me to the gym at least 4-5 times during the month of April because working out with someone REALLY is better.

4) To not be neurotic in regards to the scale.

5) To remind myself that time is my friend, not my enemy.

6) To beat my personal record of 18.35 miles in an hour on the stationary bike.

Lastly, and most importantly…

7) To think BIG and achieve BIGGER results in the next 6 weeks.

After all, bikini season is coming fast!