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New Year, New You?

Needless to say, I totally went off the blogging radar for a while now. Quick recap:

  • Mom was here visiting Nov 5-Dec 3. It was AMAZING to spend time with her and I love that she got to see my place, my (new) office, meet my friends and generally see what my life down here is like.
  • I have a new job! As I mentioned before my hiatus, I found out I basically lost my job when the show I was to be production managing got put on hold. The timing was great, though, as it allowed me to spend a whole month with my mom while she was here. Long story short: within a week of leaving my old job, I had interviewed for and been offered a job as Production/Facilities Coordinator at Oktobor, a post-production/VFX company that deals mainly in advertising. (www.oktobor.com for some samples of our work). I LOVE it. It’s the first job I think I’ve ever had that I absolutely love and feel like it’s something that really fits with my experience, personality and generally what I’m looking for in a job. Yay!!!
  • My diet/workout routine went out the window with my blog. The combination of mom’s visit, losing a job, gaining a new job, Christmas and everything else are all just excuses, I know, but kept me thinking about and putting energy into just about everything other than my diet/fitness. And it’s totally taken it’s toll…

In the end, it’s been a couple months of changes that have left me in a really great place. I’m really happy and grounded. I feel like I’m finally working for a company that really values me and wants me to do well. My boss had already talked about the next steps in my career and my options as I work my way up. Add the fact my mom was around for the whole process and got to encourage me before the interviews, celebrate with me after landing the job and even come by and take a tour of my new office and meet my coworkers… the whipped cream and cherry on top!

The downside to all the excitement is my health taking a complete backseat and I think now that I’ve started to slow down a little over the 2 week holiday break, I’m feeling the effects. I’m tired. I have more headaches, feel weaker and almost constantly bloated, and just generally don’t feel all that great. (Sound familiar?)

Taking the break and the new year as a chance to regroup, I’m trying to get back on track. I don’t want to say it’s a resolution, because those seem almost doomed to fail. It’s just refocusing my energy back on me. Putting my health back in the forefront and finding the discipline, inspiration and commitment to get back to where I was late September. Since the new job has longer hours – 8:15-6 as a minimum – I doubt the gym is going to find its way into my schedule too soon. (I let my 3-month membership expire in November. There was too much going on in my life and the gym was getting too busy when I did find time to workout). Thankfully, it’s summer here, so I’m going to try to take advantage. Swimming/surfing on the weekends and just generally getting outside whenever possible. Walks, frisbee games, fishing – whatever.

I don’t think I’ll be updating this every day anymore but hopefully I’ll be able to get something up at least once a week. And, of course, I hope to get back into reading your blogs and commenting and all that good stuff. I know you’ll help boost my inspiration and motivation. ūüôā

 

Did you make any new years resolutions?
Anything I totally missed in the last 2.5 months that I simply MUST read?

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One week to go…

It just hit me. Right now. BAM!

This time next week I will be celebrating my 27th birthday.

Now, I’m not stressing out about this and I’m certainly not all “omg I’m getting old – where has my life gone!?!” or anything ridiculous like that (though I am getting to about the age I though I would be married by… *ahem*). The reason this is hitting me a little more than any other is because, in a lot of ways, this birthday is the reason I started this blog.

Way, way, way earlier this year, I told my mom that I was going to look and feel great by my birthday. A few months later, I realized there was less than 3 months to go and I had done NOTHING to get myself any healthier. (I’m pretty sure I’d even polished off an entire bag of “fun sized” Bounty bars earlier in the week…) I decided I was going to get serious, commit and start actually doing something to reach my goal. Starting a blog was one of the things I did to try to be accountable to myself and stay focused.

Now I’ve got one week. 7 days. 168 hours… give or take. One week until that once distant day is here.

How much can you really change in 3 months? It’s a bit of a rhetorical question, really. The answers can vary from completely to not much at all. I think I’ve learned lots – like the idea of food combining, green smoothies, raw foods and heaps of new recipes, for starters. I’ve changed the way I eat a great deal. I’m way more conscientious of what I eat, when, amounts and how different foods affect me. I’ve all but cut out refined sugars and greatly decreased my intake of red meat and alcohol. I walk to and from work and I joined a gym I now attend regularly.

Am I where I ultimately want to be? No. Am I on a good path to get there? Yes yes yes.

While saying I was going to be in “the best shape of my adult life” by now was definitely a little over ambitious, I had definitely made strides towards that goal. I still have a long way to go, but I know I’m in it for the long haul now. I’ve changed my lifestyle and it’s only going to keep getting better. I feel a lot better than I did 3 months ago. I have more energy. I don’t crave sugars or junk foods. And while I haven’t been forced into buying a new wardrobe yet, my clothes fit more comfortably and I feel better in them. ¬†(And I’m getting SO close to being able to wear those short shorts!)

And just to keep me motivated, a little reinforcement came yesterday when I walked into my regular sushi place to order a sushi platter for tonight. One of the girls, who I hadn’t seen in a few weeks, looked at me and asked if I had lost weight. “You look skinny! You look good!” I smiled, said I didn’t think I’d lost much weight but thank you! Then said it must be from all the sushi I’ve been ordering from them and laughed. It felt good.

3 months ago I thought my birthday would be the finish line in some crazy health & exercise race. Now I’m realizing, it’s just the beginning.

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2.5 weeks to go

Alright, I sucked it up and did my measurements. A week and a half later than I should have, but it’s done all the same.

Bust: 89 cm /  35 inches  Down 1 cm
Waist: 67 cm /  26.4 inches  No change
Hips: 96 cm / 37.8 inches  Down 1 cm
Thigh: 52 cm / 20.5 inches No change

Weight: ¬†No idea. Will possibly weigh in at the gym tonight, but it won’t really be comparable to the previous 2 weigh-ins…

Not too shabby! While I was right thinking I hadn’t made huge leaps and bounds in terms of loses, I haven’t gained anything either, which I was kinda dreading I might have.

All in all, though, I feel like I’ve plateaued. I know that sounds ridiculous. The measurements show a loss. My belt fits on one notch smaller. These are good things! But even still, I feel like I’ve plateaued. Maybe it’s because I’m getting used to my daily routines. Maybe it’s because walking 20-30 minutes to/from work doesn’t seem like a big deal anymore. Maybe it’s because avoiding sugar doesn’t really feel like some sort of epic battle anymore. Maybe it’s because I actually have changed my lifestyle and it’s just normal routine now.

Thing is, I don’t want it to be routine. Not yet, anyway. I want to feel like I’m actually making an effort in this still! I want to feel challenged. I want to feel like I’m pushing myself and I want to feel proud of myself when I see the results of that hard work.

I think I need to reevaluate. When I started, I thought eating healthier and walking more would be a challenge and that sticking with it would show results. And it did. But I think I’ve reached the limit of what that change is going to do for me. If I want to see more results, I’m going to have to change my routine. So from now on, I’m going to keep doing what I was doing (drinking lots of water, eating healthy foods and walking as much as possible) but I’m also going to step it up at the gym. Andrew’s got himself psyched up about the gym – going so far as ordering bulk protein powder and creatine to help maximize his workout results – which will make things easier, too.

I know if I want to be showing off my body in a bikini this year, I’m going to have to put in the work for it. Ditto if I want to wear those short shorts.

Plus my birthday is in 2.5 weeks. I originally started with 3 months to go, saying I was going to be in great shape by my birthday. I’ve got 2.5 weeks left to really push and make sure when I wake up Oct 1 and turn 27, I’m going to feel damn good about myself.


How often do you reevaluate your goals? Have you ever felt like you weren’t doing enough, even when you were sticking to your plan? What do you do when you feel like you’ve plateaued?

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Pumping iron

I’m very excited to announce that – I went to the gym on Sunday!

This is basically what I look like when I clean.

The original plan was to go to the 11:15 am yoga class on Saturday, but Andrew was in a bad mood after waking up to some work drama and I didn’t want to go alone. So, instead, I went a little OCD and spent about 3 hours cleaning our bedroom and the guest room. One of those pull everything out of the dresser and closet and put them all back, re-folded and neatly organized (possibly by colour), followed by a good¬†vacuuming, dusting and general tidy up. I figure, in the end, that must have been close to a one-hour yoga session. Plus, it’s just so much nicer to walk into a neat, clean room.

Andrew promised me he’d go with me on Sunday and, sure enough, we woke up and he looked over and said “Let’s go to the gym!”. (Ok, maybe it was more like “Let’s go to the gym and get it over with!” but you get the idea…)

We got there around 10:30 and there were a whopping 4 other people working out. I did a 10 minute warmup on the elliptical as Andrew headed straight for the weights. Then we did some weights together – working on machines next to each other or taking turns on the same machine. We then hopped on the treadmills for a 10 minute jog and capped it all off with some basic stretching. It ended up being about an hour’s workout and we both felt great afterwards. Andrew even mentioned that he really liked the gym and how laidback it was. Score! We made a pact that, regardless of what else happens during the week, we will work out at least every Sunday morning.

Does standing on your toes help?

The one thing that brought me down a little, though? The damn scale at the gym. Now, granted, when I weighed myself at home it was in the nude and first thing in the morning. I weighed myself mid-workout (after Andrew saw the scale and wanted to know how much he weighed) and it said 59.5 kg/131 lbs!! What the what!?! That’s .5 kg heavier than my starting weight and 1.5 kg/3.5 lbs heavier than my weigh-in one month in. AAAARGHHHHHHH!!!

I’m trying not to let it get to me. I’m trying to convince myself that, really, my shoes and workout clothes weigh at least 3 lbs and I had easily downed at least another pound of water during my workout. Or, uh, something.

That might be my new weight measuring system, though. I don’t have a scale at home, so I might start using the gym scale – extra weight and all. Though maybe I’ll take my shoes off next time…

Here’s to many more great workouts and making the gym part of my regular routine!

What did you get up to this weekend?

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A confession…

I’ve been bottling this up for a while now. Hiding it away. Pretending it wasn’t there. But, I suppose, it’s time I come out with it.

Yes – this blog is about motivation and accountability on my process of leading a healthier lifestyle.
Yes – I want to get fit and healthy to improve my blood glucose and cholesterol and to balance my hormones, all naturally.
Yes Р Looking and feeling great is a huge, huge motivation.

But there’s something else, too. Something that really kind of triggered this all and continues to be a driving force, though less strong now than it was off the bat. Something seemingly ridiculous and silly and… shallow.

The thing that really kicked this all into gear and got me motivated to actually start eating better and exercising more and generally getting into shape? Short shorts.

Ridiculous? Completely. But let me explain… My friend was selling off a whole lot of clothing that she never wears anymore. Lots of things still had tags on them and there was heaps of great pieces. I was trying on all sorts of things and tossing them into “Buy” and “Put back” piles when I got to the most adorable, well-tailored,¬†gorgeous¬†pair of short shorts. I put them on and fell in love. They were PERFECT! Um, ok, they would be perfect if I could do them up. Even with my mightiest stomach sucking-in, they was still about an inch to go before the button would do up.

Most sensible people would’ve sighed, taken them off and places them in the “Put back” pile. I’m not necessarily known as sensible, and I slipped them off, tossed them in the “Buy” pile and confidently announced that they would fit by summer. Plus, they were $5, so there was no way I could pass them up.

So there it is. The original, honest reason why I initially started this whole thing – to fit in a pair of shorts.

Of course, all the other factors came in as I started. I found my blood test results and read over the dr recommendations. I thought about wanting to have more energy and be able to do more physically challenging things this summer. The hundreds and hundreds of reasons anyone has to lose some weight and get healthier. They are all in the driving forces now, but it all started with a pair of short shorts. Which, might I add, I can now button and zip up fully when I suck in. I consider that progress!

What was the thing that caused you to say “Yes. I’m going to change and this time, it’s going to stick!”?

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Bring on month 2!

It’s officially been one month since I started this whole little experiment/journey/lifestyle change and all in all I’m really happy with how I’m doing so far. I’ve only made relatively minor changes so far, which I think is what has helped me stay on track so easily. I didn’t overhaul my life, I just became more conscious of what I’m eating, cut out sugary foods and tried to walk places instead of drive whenever possible.

I took my measurements and weight again this morning…

Bust: 90 cm / 35.4 inches  Down 1 cm
Waist: 67 cm /  26.4 inches  Down 1 cm
Hips: 97 cm / 38.2 inches  Down 1 cm
Thigh: 52 cm / 20.5 inches Down 1 cm

Weight: 58 kg / 128 lbs  Down 1 kg

Overall, I’m really happy. Deep down I was probably hoping the loss would be a little greater overall, to be honest, but realistically I know that’s not logical. My clothes still fit (though they are the slightest bit looser now) and, as I said, I’ve only been making small changes so far so I can’t expect unrealistic results.

I guess my unwritten goal in the first month was to just stick with it. Keep blogging, keep eating healthy foods, keep drinking enough water and walking as often as possible. Basically, just don’t get bored/frustrated and quit like I did every other time I’ve tried this. And I’ve done it! I’ve proven to myself I can change my routine and I can keep up a healthier lifestyle.

Month 2: Step it up.
I have a feeling if I just keep doing what I’m doing now, I’ll plateau very soon and I’m not where I want to be yet. So month 2 will be about building on the base I’ve set up this past month. I’m sticking with the healthy eating and walking everywhere and I’m adding actual workouts. I’m joining a gym and I’m going to use it at least once a week. That may sound silly, but baby steps are working for me, so I’m sticking with them! I could say 4 times per week, and probably stick to that for a little while, but I know things will come up, I won’t keep that goal and I’ll get discouraged and quit full stop. I know I can make it at least once a week, every week, no excuses. And if I go more, bonus! But I won’t be beating myself up for not meeting my own expectations.

So there it is, written and posted for the world to see. This month I will join a gym and I will go and get a decent workout there at least once a week.

What are your goals for this month?

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Week 5

I’ve got 4 weeks under my now looser-fitting belt. I will do a weigh in and take measurements on Thursday Aug 5, at the official “1 month” point. Since I don’t have heaps of weight or inches to lose, I figure doing it any more than once a month is a little silly – and would probably leave me disappointed and discouraged.

Though, I suppose I should talk about my goals. That is, being able to touch my toes and doing 5 pushups by August 1st (yesterday).

Yeah, about those. Um. Pass?

Ultimately, I want to be able to do this.

I think I might have been a little ambitious with those. Sure, it’s probably possible to have¬†achieved¬†those goals within that timeframe, but it would’ve taken far more¬†commitment¬†and training than I actually did. I have been trying to stretch my hamstrings for at least a few minutes each night before bed. I think it’s going to take more than that – and for a longer stretch of time – to significantly improve my flexibility, though. I’m fine with that… it’ll stay as something I’m actively working on.

Push-ups are another story. I’ve been completely slack with those! I’m hoping when I actually start going to a gym regularly, I’ll improve my
strength overall.
Which leads me to the gym… I was supposed to go check it out over the weekend. That didn’t happen for two reasons:

  1. I haven’t sold my Wii yet and the money from that is going to pay my membership.
  2. Andrew was still getting over his chest infection. I know that doesn’t specifically involve me, but I really want Andrew to join with me so I have a workout partner and more motivation to go. I also know Andrew’s not going to be talked into joining any gym when he’s sick and miserable and I didn’t want to go alone and then go back a second time with him and deal with the sales pitch etc twice. He’s promised to come with me next weekend.

A little stall there. Ah well. I kept researching gyms in the area and this one still seems like the best deal in the best location with the best classes, etc. I need to subtly talk it up to Andrew over the upcoming week. Subconsciously get it into his head that he really wants to join, too…

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