The Challenge

Ok, bear with me, my brain is going about 20 different directions tonight after working a closing shift at Universal (wait, what? When did I switch from Disney to Universal??? WELLLLLLLL……. Maybe that can be another post! But Universal is just a part-time job I started to have me not being bored in the summer while I’m not teaching!), so I felt the need to blog.

Anywho

Do you know the toughest thing about trying to get back on track while living in Florida? I had planned ALLLLLL day to go for a run once I got home from work because I knew I had extra energy (I slept in! Huzzah!!!), but of course it starts with a lightning storm as soon as I step out of work. I got done at 9:30, almost 3 hours ago. It’s still storming. And Florida is ALWAYS like this, I plan to run, and it rains as soon as I have a chance to go! 😦 Boo.

So, I’m doing a back up type of workout. Namely: cleaning, and quasi-packing for the big move at the end of next month! woot woot! 😀

So many things in my life you dear readers don’t know about because I’m a horrible blogger! So sorry about that!

 

So, about the title of this post (see? I told you… MIND. EVERYWHERE.)…. my mom has challenged Shaun (the boyfriend) and I to lose 25 pounds between the two of us by the end of this month. Which is really what helped kickstart this getting-on-track-again bit. I mean, we had planned to revamp our eating habits and start running training with it being summer and me not teaching anyway, but it gives us a good incentive.

this was us a year ago… in our Iron Man glory! And look at my pretty hair, I miss it 😦

 

andddd us back in May. I love and hate this picture. Love because, well BOBA FETT and hate because of how terrible I look!

 

we definitely have the weight to lose. My mom had us take pictures of our feet on the scale when we started and then we’re going to take pictures again at the end of the month. I can’t tell you where we’re at now though… our scale is broken. I mean, I don’t think I went from 237 to 102 in just over a week. That would be bad. And seeing as I still look like the girl in the Boba Fett picture (but with super short hair now), I don’t think it’s true.

It is kinda really sad that the only pictures we have of each other are actually only selfies because I hate seeing myself. The only reason this picture made it online in the first place was because of who we got to meet… my face is even blotchy from crying, a sight I would never allow on the web!

Goal: see this girl? She was in a size 12 just last April. This was me 70 POUNDS ago. I know i can do that and more.

 

I wore this blue dress a couple months back, and let me tell you it looked nothing like this on me. It barely covered my butt! But, I know I can get back to her again – a girl who was just starting to feel okay with herself and was on the way to being healthy.

Which is why I jumped at the chance of my mom’s challenge. Shaun wasn’t as keen, but I think that’s partially because this is his first time ever doing anything concerning weight loss besides a few runs with me. The poor boy.

 

So, in honor of the challenge… what are things you’ve found that work? That didn’t work? I’m trying to help Shaun understand what to eat and do and what’s bad (hard for picky eaters like us!), but it is definitely a struggle. Where were the little things you started with? If you were to start fresh, what would be your biggest goal?

 

 

I’m going to try to really use this blog again… it was a motivation for me when I could use it often. So hopefully I’ll get some of the pages up top updated with new things and whatnot. Stay tuned! 🙂

~Courtney

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Back on Track

I’ll be the first person to tell you I’ve been slipping.

Not by much, mind you. Just a little bit here and there. For instance, regardless of the fact that my Brita bottle is on my desk staring at me, I haven’t been drinking enough water. Every once in a while (once like every 4 days), I have a soda. I had a donut this week.

Little things, here and there, that aren’t exactly healthy… but they aren’t big enough standing alone to make a difference (and it takes a bit of them added up to actually make a difference). They’re still there, and I noticed them. And it’s stopping today, right now.

Which is why I’ve already chugged a bottle of water, and had a cup of warm tea instead of green tea from downstairs (I’m almost 100% certain that there’s too much sugar in their green tea to make it healthy, but I love it). I’m counting down to the end of work to get outside and work on the running. I have Luna bars with me, and celery. And a Slim Fast shake. So I won’t be tempted by the Subway next door at all.

But, I haven’t worked out as much as I could have this week… I could have ran on Monday and Tuesday between work and school, but I didn’t because I decided to go to class early since it’s a new block.

Last week, I worked out almost every day… Friday was the only day I had off. This week? I’m struggling like there’s no tomorrow… between my asthma fighting me from one side, and laziness fighting from the other, it’s been a battle. And I was even on the monthly last week, and still able to get my exercises in!

I gained 1.2 after all that working out last week too (either muscle or water weight. Or both.).

People are still commenting on the “Distance” update from last week, and I just wanted to tell everyone thank you so much for your kind words. I’ve been told it’s inspirational to hear my story, but in reality… it’s you guys that are the inspiration.

So, with the inspiration you guys have given me… no more slacking here! In a few months, I’m determined to have another picture up showing progress. I’ll have better stats from the gym, better running times. And my asthma will be down more, and not suffocating me like it tried to do the other night.

Watch out, this girl means business!

It’s Kinda Fun to do the Impossible.

That was the quote my iPod gave me last night for my week 2, day 1 c25k run (which I did outside… more on that later). Talk about a Walt Disney inspiration.

But, I want to counter it real quick… which is something I usually don’t do to Disney quotes, but I feel like this one is even better than what Mr. Walt said….

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m Possible’ ” ~Audrey Hepburn

So, while I sit here eating meal #1 one of the day (oatmeal, 3 mini Babybels, and a thumb-sized portion of peanuts), I’m contemplating what those two mean to me… possibilities vs impossibilities.

For me, what I thought to be impossible would have been things like:

  • Running a marathon, half marathon, or ten-miler
  • Running in general
  • Finally seeing the 150s
  • Giving up soda
  • Actually liking water

And so on and so forth.

But… none of those are impossible to me now, they’re all things that I would have to work for, but they’re in my reach (now impossible would consist of walking on the moon, dating a superstar, being on Broadway, etc). Because I have so much more motivation to get there, that I know I can do it.

Speaking of impossible… I’m already on Day 3 of the Game On! diet… and I’m kicking butts and taking names. I weighed myself this morning, and I am now down 20.8 pounds (my mom gets to buy me a pair of shoes!!!). Meaning, I am less than 2 pounds from being in the 180s for the first time in AGES.

Yesterday was a tough day for me, all I wanted to do was go back to bed or have some caffeine/sugar. I kept crashing throughout the day. Especially when I had to proofread a letter for the bossman. That one was really tough. But, I survived it and am here to tackle another day ahead of me. 🙂

c25k

As I said, last night I did my first day of week two for the program… and it was outside. I got to school a tad early (ok, an hour early), and went “gee, I have time, and it’s actually pretty nice out. Why don’t I do a run?” So I did. Outside. Through a neighborhood. I forgot how different it is to run outside versus the treadmill… with the way the weather has been recently, I was so afraid to run outside because you never knew what would be thrown at ya. But, for a January run, yesterday was perfect. It ended up being 33 minutes long (as compared to last week’s 26 minute workouts), and yes I had to go slow. And my shins were so sore afterwards, but I felt good. The first runs, which were 45 seconds in lenght, were nothing for me… the minute runs were along the same lines of the 45 seconds. But, this week adds in the 90 second run (minute and a half), and I am not a runner, so this was really tough for me to do. The third of the 90 second runs, which was the last run of the training, I started to stop during the run because it was getting to be that hard… and then I looked at the timing and was like “stop being such a lazy ass, Courtney, it’s only 18 more seconds. You can do that no problem!” So I went back to the run.

I apologize to anyone in my class last night that thought I smelled very bad… oops.

 

So, a look to the future of what’s to come:

  • Disney is in a month from today. A MONTH. WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. I’m excited, but I think it will really hit the week before. (Related, Beauty and the Beast is out today in 3d!)
  • Kay’s Kamp 5k is May 26th… this was the 5k I did last year, where I ran 3 different times during it. I want to run the whole thing this year.
  • Delaware’s Mud Run in September… I’m determined to actually be able to do more obstacles than last year, and make our Kamp team look good. 🙂
  • Tower of Terror 10 Miler in September… I’m pretty sure this and the Mud Run are a week apart. I want to figure out how to get to Florida to do this, because a run in Disney is one of those things that is a dream for me and such. And since this is a really big, special one for my favorite ride (and a bunch of internet friends are going too), I really want to go to it. I need to talk to Jess and see if she’s figured out what logistics might be for a weekend trip down for this… (Jess??? Thoughts?).

That’s what I’m looking forward to as of right now… and of course, Kamp is in the summer, student teaching next fall, and hopefully doing the College Program the following spring (so I can do the Princess Half Marathon that weekend and already be there!). 🙂

84 days left

Well, I’m 84 days away from Disney. I figured out a few days ago that I was a day off on my countdown, so the “99 problems” thing is slightly irrelevant now since I decided on 100 days out instead of 99… but I’m not gonna change it now, I like the name!

Over the weekend, I went to visit Leah in Atown (yay), and I got myself a little black book… entitled “Diet and Fitness Journal,” so now I have a cute little way to actually track what I do that fits right in my purse. I tried doing the online/iPod one… but you needed wifi for it, and I’m usually not near wifi (and it messes with my work computer so that’s out of the question too).

I am currently at 3 pounds down, and last week wasn’t really as good of a week as I wanted it to be (didn’t get to the gym because of homework, etc. Didn’t eat enough… you know, those things), but I’m determined to make this week a better one. I’ll just need to be careful on Thursday! Ack!

I’ll keep you updated on how it goes with the writing down my foods, and the keeping track of calories against my BMR, etc.

One of my good friends graduated from college with a nutrition degree (she wants to be a dietician), and she’s been working on herself first. She reported yesterday that she lost 5% of her body weight so far! I couldn’t be more proud. But she’s going to come over this week and devise a plan for me to help me get myself on a healthier path towards a happier me. Aka, a me that will love my pictures from Disney! So, once I get that plan I’ll post it here as well to help keep a record of it and how it works out for me. 🙂

Also.. it’s been over 2 weeks since my last beer, and I’ve had 2 sodas in that time (one was a ginger ale because my stomach was really upset – I don’t count that against me. The other was a Coke Zero over the weekend because I decided I wasn’t going to completely punish myself and I let me enjoy it for once!).

I’ve got 99 problems, but my weight ain’t one.

I’ve decided that that is the name for my weightloss attempt this time around. Yes, the first post on here was at day 97 towards my trip but… I made the decision to get on track when I was 99 days away from the World. And, as I said, I want to see a difference in myself in 99 days.

My difference so far: -2.8 pounds.

I am on Day 7 without drinking any beer (yay me), and Day 6 of no soda (a bigger feat… I’ll celebrate the beer if I make it a month without tasting a Yuengling). Plus, I’ve been making an effort to get some sort of exercise in every day. Monday night and Tuesday night I went to the gym, last night I walked from campus to the Dunkin Donuts and back (23 minutes, and 145 calories burned) for a 40 calorie iced coffee to keep me awake during class. Tonight, I plan on walk/jogging the neighborhood behind campus between work and school… and tomorrow is back to the gym. Not to mention the morning puppy walks with Mom, which range between 100 and 170 calories depending on the day.

I got one of those watches from WalMart that measure your calories lost during exercise, and your heartrate. You know, the $30 one. It’s pretty nice, and is set up for my age. I like it so far.

As of now, I’m at 94 days away (Huzzah!), and I know I have a few more healthy habits I really need to start working on. You know: sleeping better, drinking more water, taking vitamins, getting in veggies, actually eating a decent amount. Those things, which will all help me lose weight in the long run (and live longer, etc etc etc)… but trying to change them all at once will backfire on me, because I’m that type of person. So… where do I go next?

97 Days – a Life Update

I swear I didn’t forget about this blog, life’s just been rather busy the past month between work, finishing a block of classes, starting the next block (ick), Pampered Chef, and Disney planning.

I actually had to go and look to see when I last posted… a month from yesterday (sorry!!!).  Well, here’s your update on my life:

  • I am now a Pampered Chef consultant, so if you need any cooking tools… I’m your girl! 😉
  • I got my first C+ at Wilm U (it has been decided by many that it was a the teacher’s fault… I mean, in reality, an 85 is not a C+. Nor is an 89, which is what a classmate got, and she was marked C+ as well), a fact that has completely depressed me. It stands out like a sore thumb on my transcript… which I’ve worked very hard at keeping all “A’s” on!
  • We are currently 97 days away from Dan and my first trip somewhere together… the Disney trip has completely changed from being a Princess Run with the 4 of us to a Valentines trip for just the two of us. I’m excited, because I get to go to Disney – which is the only part of the trips I was really ever concerned about. 🙂
  • I stopped drinking beer (Day 4) and soda (Day 3) to try to work on getting healthier. So, we’re back to doing the #7daychip thing! 🙂

Also, I got on the scale last Thursday… it was not a pretty sight at all. I kinda wish I could walk around everywhere with a huge bag over me. I feel so disgusting. 😦 But, I’m going to the gym after work today, so maybe that will help me out a bit? I hope at least! I’m thinking about looking into Dr. Oz’s Transformation Nation to give me an extra boost to help out this ordeal.

I mean, I only have 97 days now to get myself into a better me… I need to get moving!

101 in 1001

If you look up at the top (go, look up there), you’ll notice that a new page has been added to my blog! Woohoo! In an attempt to better my life, I have decided to start the 101 in 1001 challenge and I have put my list up for you to see and help motivate me! I’ve completed three of them already over the weekend (seeing as mine started Friday), and I will be 25 by the time it’s over, which is kinda scary!! Things done will be put in PINK and italics so you can tell the difference. 🙂

The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

Start Date: September 16, 2011

Finish Date: June 13, 2014

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