Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Day 189 - New Month New Focus


So how did everyone do with Ab month?  I didn't do the Ab Challenge every day like I planned.  However, since I was conscious about it, I tightened my core more often, just when doing every day things.  I also helped build a deck...surely, that counts for something, right?  Tell me how you did in the comments.  I know GCGfriend H did something for her abs; she found them again!  Congrats on the new baby H!  He's gorgeous.

Now on to July.  As the cute little girl above may have indicated, I'm declaring July as Water Month.  (I don't know her; it's just an image from the web.)  I'd like us to focus on getting enough water daily.  We should discuss the benefits of water, the risks of dehydration, factors that influence water needs, and what to do when you'd rather drink something like soda.  But today, let's talk about how much water one needs in a day.

There are so many conflicting recommendations on this...  


-Dr. Oz follows the Institute of Medicine which states that women should consume 91 ounces (or 2.7 liters) per day.  This includes water consumed through food.

-The Mayo clinic recommends a healthy adult female living in a temperate climate should consume about 2.2 liters per day.  But ultimately, it depends on how healthy you are, where you live, and how active you are.

-WebMD talks about the general recommendation of 6 to 8 8oz glass a day.  However, they do say that you should consume more water when exercising intensely, are sick, or are pregnant or breastfeeding.

-According to an article on US News website, you can use a simple formula to determine how much water your body needs at rest.  They describe at rest as "working at a desk, puttering around the house, reading and doing all of the other things you do throughout the day."  They suggest taking your body weight (in pounds) and divide that in half.  That's how many ounces you should drink daily to maintain basic functions.  I believe it was GCGfriend H who originally told me about this method.  So now that I've lost 11 pounds, I am at 160, which means I should drink AT LEAST 80 ounces of water per day.

-And then there is authoritynutrition.com, who says to trust your thirst.  When you're thirsty drink.  I recommend reading this article; it was by far my favorite.  In fact I'm gonna flat-out quote a section from the article.  It was my favorite take-away of all the things I read on this topic.

"How Much Water is Best?

At the end of the day, no one can tell you exactly how much water you need. As with most things, this depends on the individual.  Do some self-experimentation… some people may function better with more water than usual, while for others it only causes the inconvenience of more frequent trips to the bathroom.  That being said, I am not sure if the small benefits of being “optimally” hydrated are even worth having to consciously think about it. Life is complicated enough as it is.  If you want to keep things simple (always a good idea), then these guidelines should apply to 90% of people:
1.       When thirsty, drink.

2.      When not thirsty anymore, stop.

3.      During high heat and exercise, drink enough to compensate for the lost fluids.

4.      That’s it."

I recommend you do whatever works best for you.  Read the articles and see what you agree with.  The main thing is to increase your water intake to further you on your path to a healthy life.  Personally, I'm starting with 64 ounces and working my way up from there.  When I find that I'm thirsty, I'll be grabbing a water instead of my beloved diet cola.

I want to hear from you!  What do you think of water month?  Are you already an avid water drinker?  Is this something you need to work on?  Or do you think I'm crazy to even suggest such a thing because you feel we should get our hydration from beer?  Please comment!


Today's Win
Drank my water!!






Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Day 181 - Just a little motivation

Congrats to BevyD on quitting smoking and starting cross-fit!!!  In honor of you, my friend, here is a little motivation for us all.


Sometimes I think my biggest hurdle is laziness!  I loved finding this pic!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Day 168 - It's Ab Month!!

Get ideas here.

June is Ab Month!!!  Well it is according to me, anyway.  So I'm going to try something new...again... I know, I'm constantly trying something new...someday one of these plans is going to stick.

So you know how it takes 21 days to form a habit?  Well, let's make it a month. Lets's focus on introducing one new thing each month and then by the end of the year we'll have 7 healthy habits we've implemented into our lives!

Since we've already started the 30-day ab challenge, I decided to make June Ab month.  Let's back up a minute to the last post.  Thank you Kristi for joining me yesterday and honestly I didn't started until yesterday myself.  So I printed out a blank calendar to write out my plan, and I re-worked it a little bit so I'll be done July 7th or 8th.  Do what you can!  Don't stress if you can't do it all; at least you're doing SOMETHING.  Yesterday, my schedule was 20 sit-ups, 8 crunches, 8 leg raises and I don't remember how many seconds in a plank.  I quickly discovered that sit-ups are a b!tch!!  I made it to 10 with a couple rests in between.  So I didn't make all 20, but I still did 10 more than I ever have before and I feel great about that!  In addition to the ab challenge, I rocked it in Zumba last night so my abs were screaming today!  But in a good way...what a sense of accomplishment!  I love knowing my muscles are there because I feel them as I move.  I also notice myself tightening my core more often.  Cool.

So decide on something to do this month that will work your abs and stick with it!  If you don't want to do the 30 day ab challenge shown in the last post, try something different.  Kickboxing, abdominal holds, use an exercise ball instead of a chair, an ab class at the Y, Wii Fit...whatever you'll be able to stick with.  Click on the caption above for an article with some belly workout ideas.  I think maybe I'll read and review the article in my next post.

Let me know what you decide!!

Today's Win
So let's call it this week's win.  We have cooked healthy meals every night this week!  Tonight was a FANTABULOUS marinated pork tenderloin with green beans and a low sugar low fat cheesecake-type dessert with berries on top.  YUM!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Day 160 - FOUND IT!

You know that motivation and jump-start I was looking for?  Found it!  Have you seen that 30 Day Ab Challenge for those who need some motivation like me
event floating around on Facebook?  Let's do it!!  So technically it started 
June 1st,  so I think I'll need to just skip the 1st and 2nd so I can stay with 
schedule.
Who's with me?


Comment if you're in!  Now what should I do about my eating???

Today's Win

Rocked the abs and arms in Zumba tonight!


Monday, June 2, 2014

Day 159 - WANT AD

WANTED...OWF seeking WLM.  Feeling blah and set in ways.  Looking to jump-start this bad boy.  All ideas are welcome.


TRANSLATION: I'm an overweight female looking for weight loss motivation and I need help!

So for those of you that have been following me since the beginning...have you noticed that blog absences coincide with the lack of diet/exercise?  Ugh!  I have seriously been unmotivated lately and haven't wanted to blog, because if I blog then I have to diet/exercise...and, well, I've just been lazy about the whole thing lately.  I need some help.  What can I do to jump start things again?  Should I try some kind of cleanse?  Should I drink water only for a certain number of days?  Should I (you fill in the blank here)?

Please comment rather than email so everyone can get the benefit of each other's wisdom!

And while I have had to search deep into the recesses of my brain for one today...

Today's Win!
I made dinner at home rather than take-out.



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Day 140 - Update

Hey there kiddos!  After Zumba last night I decided to make myself accountable to possibly 400 of my closest FB friends.  You all know this of course, because you are reading this as a result of that post.  I refocused this blog on Christmas evening (if you go back far enough you'll see knitting posts) because I was fed up with how much I had let myself go.  I think I was about 47 pounds over my ideal weight.  On the 26th I bought a Fitbit Flex to help remind me to move more.  And then I told about 4 or 5 friends that I was doing this (I wasn't quite ready to be accountable to the world) and gave them the website address.  It was working quite well as a motivating tool for me and (I think) for my friends too.  But, as usual, I got lazy and slacked off on the blog writing, slacked off on my water intake, and well, just slacked off in general.  So it's time to get back to it, because I refuse to let my work conference pictures look as bad as they did last year; I have until November to bring some serious health up in this bitch.

Ok, so caveat:  I always realize as I'm writing this thing that I have a LOT of friends who are teachers.  In fact, of the eight people I know are reading this, 5 are teachers.  So please don't judge my literary skills; I'm an accountant for a reason.  Hopefully, you can move past my crazy use of commas and find some motivation here.

Caveat #2:  Be warned that this is often a bunch of random thoughts strung together.  Use this post as evidence.  ;-)

If you're reading this in an email, try to go to the blog occasionally.  I have a few things in the right margin, which I don't think shows up in the email.

An update for my past readers, Zapamundo and I made it to Day 10 on the "easy" squat challenge.  But we realized that it was too hard on our knees to continue.  Stay tuned though...I'm thinking of a new challenge that may be starting soon!

I think I'm done with my random thoughts for tonight and will leave you with this motivational quote that I find quite appropriate for this post.


Please leave comments so I know that you're out there and let me know if there are any topics you want to talk about.

Today's Win

I blogged!!!




Monday, March 24, 2014

Day 89 - Thirty

According to Wikipedia Thirty is:

According to Zapamundo and myself, 30 is a crazy-huge number of squats to start with on an easy squat challenge.

I have a feeling that tomorrow is going to be a LOT more difficult...I'm already walking funny.

Today's Win
I got Zapamundo to join me in the 30 day squat challenge!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Day 88 - Adding to the exercise

I'm sorry it's been so long.  I'm struggling with ideas for posts.  I'm willing to take suggestions!  Please feel free to comment with ideas you'd like me to discuss.  What can we talk about that will help motivate YOU?

Finally feeling better after a couple weeks being sick.  I've been doing the best I can with sticking to the plan...Zumba last week and still eating healthy food (for the most part).  I'm now 12 pounds down and every ounce I lose is just additional motivation to keep me going.  I had an AMAZING Zumba class today; I don't remember ever sweating so much.  It was great!!

Now I'm working on Zapamundo.  He has the desire to get healthy, but I don't think his motivation has come along yet.  He picked out some healthy snacks to take to work this week and I was pinning some exercises for him today.  So maybe I'll be reporting on his progress soon as well.  :-)

So you all know I love Zumba.  Of course you know, since I haven't stopped talking about it since the beginning of February.  But unfortunately, I only get out to do it 1-2 times a week which leaves FIVE to SIX DAYS of NOTHING!!  I've decided I need to step up my exercise routine.  1-2 days a week just isn't enough.

So I'm extremely excited about the progress I've made on my core, particularly my upper abs (technical term?).  I can really see a difference and so can Zapamundo.  I think my continued Zumba class will help my on-going transformation on that area.  So now I think I want to work on being able to pull my old pants up above my thighs!!  You know what I'm talking about!  I want to thin and strengthen those thighs and that booty!  

Ok, are you ready for this one?  I think I may be insane.  I am going to do....because I'm crazy... you know I'm nuts...just a few words more....drumroll please...a 30 Day Squat Challenge!  Is that crazy or what?!?  I don't even think I LIKE squats, but maybe I'll learn to love them.  And if I don't...well at least I'll have tighter buns in 30 days.  I found this nifty website called 30dayfitnesschallenges.com where they have all kinds of, you guessed it, 30 day challenges.  What I found REALLY cool about their site is they have short videos on how to do each of the exercises.  I find that when I've tried exercising in the past I was lacking in form.  I hope these videos will help me.  I thought about starting April 1st, you know, seeing as there are 30 days in April and I can easily track which day I'm on.  But I decided why wait; if I start tomorrow I don't have 8 days to talk myself out of it.  So who wants to do this with me?  Any takers?  Below is the challenge, including a link to the website in the caption.
Hey GCGirls!  They also have a 30 Day Beach Body Challenge which looks wicked hard.  But summer will be here before we know it.  Maybe we can do it starting mid-May or in June...except you H.  You can join in next year!  ;-)

I think I'll call it a night...I'm getting sleepy and I have 30 squats to do tomorrow.  Hopefully, I won't go 19 days before another post!

Today's Win!!

Able to fit in a class amongst a busy day.



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Day 69 - As Lent Approaches

Every year for the last few years, I've chosen to give up something that could better my life. In the (quite recent) past I've had no self-control in making good choices where my health is concerned.  However, that never applied to Lent.  I figure if God can sacrifice his Only Son for me, then I can make a hard change for six weeks...and I do it...without question and without whining.  Last year I gave up soda and that went A-Mazing.  Until Easter, that is, when I went overboard and started back up on soda ten-fold...which then led to my fastest weight gain ever...darn lack of self-control.

So I think that'll be different this year.  It's been a month without sugar (with the exception of one treat) and I'm feeling fine.  I've even been able to EASILY resist the 1,400 boxes of Girl Scout cookies I've had traipsing in and out of my dining room this past week.  I haven't found sweets appealing at all lately.  And I have a new confidence in myself that I can set this goal and stick to it...even after Lent is over.

I've decided to give up Fast Food, because even though I've basically omitted sugar, I'm still eating more junk than I should.  I know that this will make me a healthier, happier person.  And that will extend out to better so many other areas of my life.

I realize this post is more of a rambling and I apologize for that...I guess this one is really more for me.  I'm realizing that doing this blog is helping me stay on track...it gives me another reason to do research on my health...and it motivates me knowing you guys are reading it and that maybe, just maybe, it's helping you to stay motivated too.

Please remember to add your comments...I miss them!!


Today's Win
After this morning's weigh-in, I am officially, and happily, overweight!  I am no longer considered obese!  WooHoo!  (this one is hard to say "aloud")

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Day 62 - Checking in

Hello Folks!!

So it's been a long day and I'm tired so my planned post will have to wait.  I just want to check in to say that I had a wonderful Zumba class tonight.  ZumbAmy  worked us hard tonight and there was a hilarious woman that kept everyone hooting, hollering and Woo-Hooing the whole class.  I even managed to drag my mom with me!!

I'm 7 pounds down this year and I'm starting to see it.  I'm so excited about that!  I can't wait to see the continued progress.



Today's Win

Baked fish with asparagus and fruit salad for dinner tonight.  Yum!!



Here's an image I saw on Pinterest this week that had me ROFL; it's funny because it's true.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Day 60 - Are you an overeater?

Tonight (as usual), I was playing around on Pinterest and looking through my health board.  So often I pin and pin and pin and never go back to actually read any of the pinned articles.  (You know what I'm talking about.)  But  tonight was one of those rare reading nights.  After a conversation with GCGfriend T today and an almost 2 pound loss this week (Yay Me!), I was motivated to look for additional inspiration.  I came across a couple of articles I found interesting.  One in particular talking about "zero-calorie" foods, which I'll talk about on my next post.  Today I want to talk about a different article which stated some reasons we overeat and then share something about each of them.  I suggest you read the article, "10 Shocking Reasons Why You Overeat."

Reason # 1:  You skip breakfast.  
     I've been guilty of this in the past, but have done great since I started this journey.
Reason # 2:  You eat in front of a screen.
     So occasionally we have family picnics in the living room watching a movie...I'm not worried about those.  However, Zapamundo and I often have our phones at the dinner table and while we do have conversations with the kids I do have to believe that with all these things going on our food decisions suffer.  I'd love to be one of those families with a "no electronics at the dinner table" rule. 
Reason # 3:  No portion control.
     Guilty!  I am not good at portion control.  I don't know what my portion sizes should be for a lot of foods.  However, I am hoping that by increasing my produce and eating that first, I won't have to worry so much about it...We'll see, but I have a feeling I'll be changing my tune in the future.
Reason # 4:  Mistaking thirst for hunger.
     This is SOOOO true.  I heard this years ago and try (i said try) to drink some water first when I think I'm hungry at random times of the day.
Reason # 5:  Eating for your partner.
     Read the article to see if this is an issue for you, but I don't think it is for me.
Reason # 6:  Your bowls and plates are too big.
     We used to talk about this in WW all the time.  Trick your brain by using smaller plates.  You'll feel like your eating more if you have a full small plate instead of having it all spread out on a larger plate.  I usually give the kids the small plates and keep the big ones for the adults...I think it's time for a change.
Reason # 7:  You feel guilty.
     Guilty for making mistakes.  I have to say that this is probably what has derailed me so MANY times in the past.  A few mistakes made and "oh whoa is me...the end of the world...can't do anything right...might as well not do it at all"  and then all health efforts are dropped.  This time: so far so good.  I'm taking baby steps and not being hard on myself when I'm not perfect.
Reason # 8:  You never snack.
     Watch out for this one.  Without healthy snacks in the middle of the day you can become ravenous and that seems to make one completely lose their ability to make good food choices.  It's possible that I may be speaking from personal experience here.
Reason # 9:  Overindulging after a workout.
     Don't you just always want to believe that sweating your booty off for 45 minutes is enough to earn you a big piece of cake??  IT'S NOT!  DON'T DO IT!!  Maybe try some fruit or splurge on a homemade smoothie.
Reason #10:  Getting emotional.
     Oh my.  This is probably my biggest issue.  I'd like to say I'm just a stress eater, but that's not true.  Oh trust me, I eat when I'm stressed.  I do.  But I also...eat when I'm happy, eat when I'm celebrating, eat when I'm bored, and so many other emotions.  UGH!!!  I hate being an emotional eater.  I need to figure out which emotions most trigger me to eat when I'm not hungry.  And then work on finding a health alternative.


So I hope this gives you something to think about and helps you in your journey to a healthier life.



Today's Win!!
I reached my step-goal with the help of a fun form of exercise:  ice-skating with family and friends!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Day 49 - Dieting and all that Jazz

So today I want to talk about food and as a fair warning, I have so many different thoughts running through my head I'm not sure how to get them out in a way that anyone can understand.  And since basically all my friends reading this are teachers, I apologize for the destruction I'm about to do to grammar/literature.

So last week after Zumba, ZumbAmy and I were discussing food/diet.  I've been asking around to see what other people are doing to get some idea of what will work for me.  WW, low-carb, no-carb, paleo, VB6...In fact, I've been kicking around the idea of doing VB6 for about 9 months, but have never done it.  It just seems like so much work and something my family wouldn't do with me.  I try to stay away from the crazes and things that sound absolutely ridiculous, like only drinking grapefruit juice with pepper or whatever other crazy things are out there that I ignore.  However, I have tried a few things over the years.  In fact, WW was probably the most successful.  I got down to 130 which, while it's a healthy weight for me, is at the top of my weight range and 5 pounds higher than my dream weight.  But let me tell you a secret, I HATE counting.  I HATE writing everything down.  And no matter how well I do on it, and how much I think it's probably one of the best programs out there to follow, I CANNOT think of it as a lifestyle change.  I just keep thinking of it as a diet and I revert back to my heinous ways once I get close to my goal.  And it's ALL me...it's not the program.  So with that said, I don't want to do it again. Sorry MizMotivator!!!  

This is what I want.  I want to make healthier choices.  I want to cut out sugar...not natural sugars found in fruit, but those found in ice cream and cookies and candy...oh how I love me some sugary candy.  I want to cut out sodas.  I want to eat less breads.  I want to eat more veggies and fruit.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE veggies and fruit so why don't I eat more?  And most of all I want this to be my new LIFESTYLE.

So here's the deal...I admire ZumbAmy and they way she takes care of her body and her health and I'd love to be that healthy.  So after that conversation with her, something clicked.  I just decided "That's it.  I'm not going to be tempted by sugar and sweets.  I am not going to eat that garbage."  And do you know what?  That's exactly what happened.  I haven't had any candy or ice cream or any of that since that conversation.  And it's been super easy to resist.  I've been making some delicious salads for my lunches.  And I'm loving it.  And I CAN'T WAIT for summer and all the fresh produce it brings.

So now I know what you're waiting for...the most exciting part of my revelation...the results.  I lost 2 pounds this week!!!!  Yay Me!!!  So 5.3 pounds down and 41.6 to go!

To end this post, let's raise a glass (of water) to continuing to resist temptation.  Then I can become someone's skinny, healthy friend and maybe be motivation for someone else.  (GCGFriend T  ;-) )

Today's Win
TWO pounds down this week!!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Day 42 - ZUMBA ZUMBA ZUMBA

Hey ladies!

I am doing Zumba and let me tell you I AM LOVING IT!!!  I missed my Tuesday evening class due to snow cancellation so ZumbAmy called me up to go to her Wednesday night class and I had a great time.

Here's the thing about Zumba...I can't dance.  I have no rhythm.  I look like a fool.  But I don't care!  It's so much fun!!!  It's an hour of constant movement and if I remember to keep my core tight, I get a great all-around workout. 

If anyone is willing to join me there is a groupon at http://www.groupon.com/deals/bodies-work-fitness


Today's (Wednesday's) Win

Thanks to my Zumba class I hit over 7900 steps!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Day 15 - Hiatus

Sorry ladies, but there's been a death in the family.  Driving to DC and will be gone for the weekend.  I plan to be back and writing by Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Day 13 - Motivation

So with all this crazy cold weather, and monstrous inches of snow, there hasn't been much going on…other than me going crazy.  So... I've been trying to decide what to post on the blog (thank you GCGfriend T for encouraging me).  I forgot to wear my fitbit for 2 days BUT I did spend about 90 minutes shoveling that crazy deep snow yesterday…that was a GREAT workout and I'm feeling it today.

MzMotivator, what have you been doing since it's too cold to run??  All I've managed to do is shovel.  I wanted to start my Zumba class tonight, but I'm too scared of crazy people who think they can drive normal on snow and ice.

So since the workouts are not quite working out right now, I thought I'd find a motivational quote to inspire us all.  I thought this one was great.


I know too often we have lofty plans and then we hit a little hiccup and that's it.  How many times T have you and I started something only to stop after a month or two?  So this time when we stumble, let's stand up straight and keep going on our journey.  There should never be an end of our journey to a healthy lifestyle…yes at some point we will reach our goal weights, but we'll keep going, employing the lessons we've learned to maintain that health we've achieved.


TODAY'S WIN
I didn't strangle anyone.



ps-I'll update my stats tomorrow.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Day 10 - Got New Shoes!!

It's been a long day, I'm tired and don't have much to report.  I'm trying to figure out how to get my steps tomorrow when I don't plan on going outside…laps around the main floor??

Today's Win
Got me some runnin' shoes!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Day 9 - Exercise

So today, I started my strength routine…lifted weights for 20 minutes.  I'm sure it will go a little longer once I'm able to do additional reps/sets.  But for now, I'm proud of what I've done.

I also decided on a 5K; thank you for pushing me GCGfriend H.  St. Pius X is doing it's annual Buck Knob Hill 5k.  I've wanted to do it for the past couple years but never knew when it was until it was too late.  According to the event description "Join us for this "heck of a hill" 5K challenge! Race from St. Pius X High School to the cross on Buck Knob Hill and back! You will gain 386-foot elevation in 1.5 miles on your way up! The downhill is the best in town! Enjoy plenty of refreshments when you hit the finish!!! All proceeds benefit Project Prom."  I figure my street is the perfect training ground!!  

The run is on March 29 which gives me 12 weeks to train…not that 12 weeks is necessary for a 5K…but my goal is to get healthy…not just to do a 5k.  I have added my training schedule to my calendar and I'm ready to start on Monday; although the first few sessions may need to be indoors with this insanely cold weather coming our way.


Today's Win

I lifted weights!!  Yay me!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Day 8 - Now that we're all 35+...

….well except for you GCGfriend C; hopefully, you'll find this helpful too!

Today I reread an article from Dr. Oz, Your Over-35 Survival Kit.  I read it about a year ago when I decided I needed to take the appropriate vitamins.  I love Dr. Oz and for the most part tend to trust what he has to say.  So today, I got out my pill box and divvied them out by time-of-day.  Not everyone feels the need for extra-vitamins; and while, I think there is no need to go beyond the 100% DV, I do know that I don't get enough vitamins in my food.
There are a lot more details in the article, but here's the gist:

-Split your multivitamin to help improve absorption throughout the day.
-Omega 3 improves your memory and reduces stress.  Take 600 mg with breakfast.
-Take Calcium and Magnesium together.  The Magnesium will help your body absorb the calcium and be sure to take it about 2 hours after your breakfast or multi-vitamin since calcium can block the absorption of other nutrients.  I take them about an hour before lunch.
-Lutein helps prevent future vision problems…I haven't taken this yet.

I was able to get all of these reasonably priced at the biggest "mart" in town.

The other thing I found REALLY interesting was foods that help your mood!  I'm so gonna try this!!  Fortified cereals have been shown to reduce crankiness, irritability, and mood swings…and since I don't have ANY of those issues, no need for cereal… ;-)  Eating 8 macadamia nuts a day reduces anxiety…definitely need to try that.  Eating one banana a day allows your body to produce more serotonin and we all know what serotonin does for us!

Take a look at the article; it's linked above.  I hope you find it as interesting and helpful as I have!


Today's Win
Out of all the days since I bought my FitBit, today I logged the most steps!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Day 7 - Uh Oh!

Where have I been?  Was that me who said this week's focus was to write in the blog everyday?  
So here's what happened, and this is not excuse time…its more of an infiknitgirl reflection time.  
I started my blog and told MzMotivator and I was good and wrote a couple more entries.  Then on Saturday, I went out with my GCG friends and then never wrote in it again….well for days anyway.  This is not the first time I've had health goals in mind (Planned?) and then slacked off when I told multiple people about it.  I wonder if it has to do with my fear of failure…if I don't start I haven't REALLY failed…and now that I have several people to be accountable too, it scares me to think that I might fail…might as well quit now.
Which of course, I know that's insane and that MsMotivator and GCGfriends will be nothing but supportive.  In fact, GCGfriend H has already tried encouraging me to sign up for a 5k.  It's just something I need to work on.

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Today's Win
Took my before photos and before measurements.