Fitness Journey: Entry #1

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Last week I posted about how on this blog I'd talk about things going on in my life.  So here it is, the dreaded reality of my fitness struggle. PSA: I really want to enjoy working out and being healthy I really do, but I love chocolate more than squats.  I also think I missed the "working out" gene in my family. My mom beats me in FitBit challenges every week with 45,000 steps, my dad just recently did several one arm push-ups at a wedding (he's 62), my oldest sister completed an Iron Man last May (if you don't know what an Iron Man is its 2.4 miles swimming, 112 biking and then a marathon), and my middle sister has completed 4 marathons.  Don't get me wrong I played competitive soccer all through high school and did all the conditioning and was in really good shape but without that discipline I just have no drive.  

The problem with changing into a healthy lifestyle, is it's not an instant gratification lifestyle (BOO). It's something you have to really work at. Sadly when I look in the mirror and think I could be more toned, I don't magically wake up with a few less pounds. And I did gain a lot of weight with some medicine I was on a few years ago, but its not really an excuse and I miss being strong; also not being winded by a few flights of stairs would be a major plus.

I have been able to get into working out before but the stints only last a few months and I get sick or busy then I quit and then I'm back to square one.  So I am writing this post because I am officially committing myself to healthier lifestyle publicly (which fingers crossed will give me the little push I need).  Of course I plan on taking you along this journey with me, I hope to post once a month, because lets get real this is not a health & fitness blog.  

So I have written 7 goals for myself to work on during this first month.  Here they are!

1. Be Positive But Realistic - Let me explain this one. I feel too often when I am in a work out kick I punish myself for every non super healthy choice, if I have a donut randomly its the end of the world.  I really beat myself up for the little things, and I get discouraged thinking its not even worth the work out because I ate like crap.  Instead I need to focus on all the good work outs I have been doing and the other healthy things I have eaten.  Be less strict with myself when I am trying.  On the flip side though, I can't eat 75 donuts and think its okay because I walked for 10 minutes. I often look over things because I did exercise. Either way every meal is a choice to eat healthy or not, as is to get active every day.

2. Eat More Protein - I feel starving through most of the day, and especially when I go to bed.  I have read a few things online about not getting enough protein so I am going to try this and see if it calms down my urge to eat ever five seconds.

3. Prepare My Food the Night Before - When I wake up for work in the morning I am usually running around like a mad women, and I either don't pack enough food resulting in eating all the office chips and candy, or I pack bad food.  Preparing the night before will help me the next day and curb my stress in the morning.

4. Work Out 5 times a Week - Sounds like I lot but I have done it before so I know I am capable.

5. Eat Healthy Snacks - This is my downfall especially with goal 3, I never pack healthy snacks.  I know that my meals could use some work but my snacks are so salty or sugary (need a lot of help in this area)

6. Drink Water - I'm constantly so dehydrated and I know this helps curb hunger too.  So lots and lots of water.

7. NO SCALE - The scale is always the demise of me, so tomorrow I plan on getting on to see my starting weight, take my measurements and then it is no scale for a month,  I am hoping this helps a lot. I want to focus on how I feel, and more the measurements rather than the numbers.

Wish me luck! And let me know in the comments what has worked best for you!

Robin Roberts at the Pink Ribbon Luncheon

Today, I had the pleasure of attending the Pink Ribbon Luncheon in Cincinnati with my work.  The guest speaker was Robin Roberts, who if you don't know is a Good Morning America anchor who has survived Breast Cancer and MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome).  She was an amazing speaker and extremely inspiring.  Although the ceremony was geared towards breast cancer and battling the terrible disease, there were a few take-a-ways I had that I believe were applicable to every day life.  This may be a more serious post, but I found it important to share these thoughts with everyone as a friendly reminder you are not alone, in anything.

"Your Mess is Your Message" & "I didn't go through what I went through just to hang out"

I know for myself when I am going through something challenging I often turn in and don't let the outside world in.  But Robin spoke about how so many people go through similar things all the time and that there is a reason we go through the "mess". We are meant to share it.  We will not only help others but we will ultimately help ourselves. The second quote is pointing out that we don't go through the tough things we do to just hang out after. We go through them to become better, learn and grow.  And hopefully to impact others in a positive way.

"Change the way you think to change the feel"

This is something that really hit home to me.  I love the quote from Albert Einstein, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result".  If you are in a negative space you can't expect your circumstance to change if you don't.  I have always worked really hard for the things I've wanted, but its more than that. It's about your attitude and every day thoughts.

"Everyone is a little bit stronger than they think they are" & " We aren't survivors we are thrivers"

This is just a friendly reminder, if you're going through something just keep going.  I know I have been hit with a few unexpected things in my life and I literally thought it was the end of the world.  But here I am writing to all of you, letting you know you are much stronger than you know. 

When you go through something, especially breast cancer, you're fighting every day.  You didn't just make it through, you thrived.  You are better for it on the other side.

My thoughts and prayers are with anyone battling and affect by cancer, and remember, you are never alone.