Wednesday, March 23

Time for a Change

Thank you for all of the sweet birthday wishes! Yesterday was great. Full of fun, family, and cake :-)

Speaking of cake, I am out. of. control. I always gain a little weight between November and March (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, my birthday) but something is different this year. I think my body is realizing I'm an adult now and my metabolism is slowing down. Or maybe it's that I eat Moe's just about everyday for lunch now that I have this food court right below my office. Whichever. I haven't gained a lot, maybe 5-8 pounds, but I can feel it and it doesn't feel good! 

I want to eat (a little) better, but mostly I know I need to have some kind of exercise in my schedule. I loathe exercising, but if I want to continue eating stuff I like, I know I have to start. Every so often, I get motivated to do this, and it lasts for oh, about 3 hours. Maybe even a day. So I'm hoping that if I say this out loud, for all of you to hear, then maybe that will hold me accountable. (By the way, this is not fun to admit out loud. Being this vulnerable for anyone to read is a little scary!)

(Getting even more uncomfortable to talk about....) I realized that I need to change something while we were on vacation in Arizona. I hate wearing shorts, and don't even get me started on bathing suits. Ugh. I just feel so self-conscious and uncomfortable. This realization was sad because I know it takes a bigger toll on me than I realize. I avoid doing things and wearing things just because I am too lazy to get my butt up and work out.

I love food, and I especially love food that is bad for you. I'm not willing to give that up, so I must give up laziness. So, my goal is to not just lose weight, but to feel good about myself. I'm not so concerned with the pounds, but more so my perception of myself. I know what I need to work on, and I'm hoping to feel good by this summer so I can join Doug at the pool and not hide under a towel. I know he would appreciate that!

So, my first attempt at this will be to do workout videos my co-worker told me about that they have for free On Demand. They are 10 minutes...that's definitely do-able! I once tried a Jillian Michaels DVD and just about died. Sadly, Doug was there to witness it. And I hate gyms, so there's no way that's happening. I'll keep y'all posted on my progress, and if I can keep up the motivation! If you feel so led to join me in this little goal, let me know and maybe we can keep each other accountable.


Bridget Bohannon said... Best Blogger Tips

Braden has the P90X DVDs and I tried to be motivated about them, but I am the same way... just plain lazy. There are so many other things I would reather be doing. But, like you, I love my delicious food and WILL NOT give much of that up. So yes, I will have to start being more active, too. I am on my butt in a chair... All. Day. Long. This job is not good for my waistline!

What really needs to happen is some kind of program where you have to pay money if you don't work out. I would be so motivated because I'd see my dollars slipping away if I don't get my butt moving and make an effort.

Brittany said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm with you, girl. I feel so upset with how I look! I'm in a wedding this summer, so I'll join you. I may not lose a TON of weight, but I would like to feel more in shape.

Thanks for doing this entry. It gave me a little more motivation.

meghan said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh. You can combine this with your love of the iPhone. Have you heard of Couch to 5k? There's an app on your iPhone that will help you do it. It's a program for people that don't run to go from out of shape to in shape. The app on your phone beeps at you and tells you when to walk and when to run, etc. It's great! I finished my fourth one today and can definitely feel myself getting stronger. I am combining that with Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and eating 1200 calories to hopefully see some results...I need to lose a lot more than you though...I'm hoping to cut 30 by August...

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

You go girl! I'm on a workout kick too (but then eat waaaay too much to offset all my hard work, haha). We can motivate each other! :)

Also, I cannot BELIEVE you let Doug see you work out. I refuse to work out around boys, especially ones I'm in a relationship with. haha. You are brave!

Jenni@Story of My Life said... Best Blogger Tips

I totally feel ya girl. I'm the same way with exercise, and I've come to realize that all of my excuses for not exercising are just that: excuses. What it comes down to is self-discipline and determination. Nothing more, nothing less. We are the only ones with any control over what we do.

I appreciate your honesty and I enjoyed the time I spent at your blog!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I just found your blog through th eMorgan Taylor blog. We share the same birthday as well! 23 on the
22nd. Insane. And I've also read Water for Elephants. It was very interesting. And had a great ending!

Kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

(so this is definitely a do what I say not what I do type thing) But you know this is what I do for work...I'm just saying; let me know if you'd like some tips! :)

Lesley Anne said... Best Blogger Tips

Girl this reminds me of our Jazzercize days! We were SO cool back then, weren't we?

I totally feel ya on hating to work out, especially with a full-time job in the mix now. I've been using the free workout videos at, they have yoga, cardio, strength-building, you name it! It's really helped me to build back up into a routine. We'll keep each other in check!


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